Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Here's a couple of videos of his playing:
And, even though he's not playing drums, he's running around with an un-mic'ed tambourine in this one from the same concert as above.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
On Monday, Alex had drum lessons.
On Tuesday, I went to the NL City Council meeting to ask the city to include a trail from our neighborhood to the trails network. I was on TV. When I got home, Bill and Debbie were over so we talked to them. I was nervous as hell.
On Wednesday, Megan had piano.
On Thursday, Alex and I went out selling World's Finest Chocolate, a fundraiser for school. We stopped @ Dave and Cindy's and talked to them for awhile. Dave is going to Red Lake in Canada, fishing. He hired Alex to mow his grass while he is gone. Got home ~9, quickly finished Alex's homework and called it a night.
Last night, we went to Fred and Julie's for adult beverages. I got a call from my manager b/c a client needed some CDs overnighted because the files on the FTP site didn't work. Turned out that instead of including an entire folder, only one file had been put on the FTP site. That was corrected and life went on. Megan spent the night at Fred and Julie's with their daughter Erin.
Today, Alex and I need to make at least a start on Dave's yard - I'm contemplating bringing my mower to his house and doing the front while Alex does the back (or vice-versa) but I also think he needs to put the time in mowing to earn the $ he is being paid. From 2-4 is the Todd Sucherman drum clinic and then 5:15 Mass. I am voting for pepperoni pizza for the boys and Chinese for the girls from Hy-Vee for supper.
Tomorrow, Alex and I need to mow our yard.
Upcoming events include camping next weekend in Elkader with my in-laws. The following weekend is the Iowa v. ISU football game. That night, September 12, is the Iowa v. ISU football game and I think I am going to go to the Picador to see Inept. It's an all ages show - would like to take Megan but I don't think it will happen.
The next few weeks are going to be busy @ work too. A big project has to be released by 9/18. I was able to trim my project Bucket List to 63 because I eliminated a bunch of projects that are not progressing through the life cycle. Some are awaiting funding from clients or are assigned to a programmer, but not a high priority. I feel better about my project list now. There's still 19 weeks of work, and there are 18 weeks of 2009. My hope is to - somehow - be caught up one day in 2009, even if it's 4:59 on 12/31/9. I want to have all my backlog of projects done. I know there will be one project that will not be done, so maybe I need to qualify that a bit. I want to have all non-long-term projects completed as soon as possible.
Hopefully, the things I want to continue, continue, and the things I want to stop, stop.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Nov 03 2009 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Nov 04 2009 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Nov 05 2009 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Nov 06 2009 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Nov 07 2009 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
11/6/9 is a Friday and I've always wanted to see a band @ the Metro. Seeing Bayside there would be PERFECT.... To hear them play this song would be great...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
1. Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a Singles match for the WWE Championship
2. Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and JTG) in a Tag team match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship 3. Jeff Hardy vs. C.M. Punk in a in a TLC match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
4. Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
5. D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) vs. The Legacy (Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes) in a Tag Team match
6. The Great Khali vs. Kane in a Singles Match
7. Jack Swagger vs. Montel Vontavious Porter in a Singles match.
8. Christian vs. William Regal in a Singles match for the ECW Championship
I'm really surprised Kofi Kingston is not in a match. I like watching him.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I didn't set out to 'collect' links today but it seemed like they kept coming my way. First of all, those damn "activist" judges are at it again, this time (gasp) ruling that Microsoft cannot sell Word 2007. Seriously. Read about it here.
Moving on, Rock Gone Wild in Algona, IA, had been moved from Algona and now, officially, it is cancelled. People that have bought tickets are having difficulty, supposedly, getting their money back. There is a press release on their website about it.
I have tried to stay out of the whole national health care debate. However, I happen to have found my voice through Dave Nathanson:
From: Dave Nathanson [mailto:Dave.lists@Nathanson.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Web405] [OT] free medical and/or dental health care
(stepping onto the soapbox in the frying pan)
This is why I firmly believe that Health Care (HC) reform should NOT
be about providing insurance for all. The insurance is part of the
problem. "Standard" allowed payout prices (big insurance co, medicare,
etc) is a big part of what raised prices. The insurance companies,
even if they are the almost bankrupt govt, are at cross-purposes to
the consumer. The better HC you get, the more it costs them, the more
they want to withhold services to reduce costs. A better way would
align the payor with the benefit. Think about it. If YOU got a bonus
every time you chose a cheaper service for people you didn't know nor
care much about... What would you do? That's the situation when any
insurance company or government program is in charge of your
For these reasons I feel it is important for the customer to have
control over, and for a disinterested 3rd party (insurance company)
not to have control over how your healthcare dollar is spent.
IMHO Healthcare reform should be about making it possible for
customers to price-shop. That is impossible now. Prices for common
procedures need to be clearly posted. That will let people choose how/
where to spend their money; so they can choose any provider they want,
and choose to go cheap, or full service. This will also enable medical
providers to compete based on price, which will drive prices down more
effectively than any govt insurance plan ever could... And without
stifling innovation, nor crushing competition. Some HC providers could
compete on cheapness, others on quality. Just like in every other
normal American business.
I really don't understand why all the HC reforms I hear about are all
about bigger insurance, reducing competition & reducing available
choices when a better solution seems so simple. Just make all HC
providers post their real prices, enabling cost/service comparisons.
Costs will come down as real competition increases. The consumers
On Aug 12, 2009, at 10:22 AM, Gail Parker wrote:
Looking back over his long career, Potter sees an industry corrupted
by Wall Street expectations and greed. According to Potter, insurers
have every incentive to deny coverage - every dollar they don't pay
out to a claim is a dollar they can add to their profits, and Wall
Street investors demand they pay out less every year. Under these
conditions, Potter says, "You don't think about individual people.
You think about the numbers, and whether or not you're going to meet
Wall Street's expectations."
Why shouldn't I know ahead of time how much something is going to cost? You go to have your car worked on, you get an estimate. Then you get other estimates. You make an informed decision. Easy. Someone responded to Dave, saying 'what if you are on the way to the hospital, how can you comparison shop?' You can't. There needs to be a separation in the health care debate because there are two issues:
- Emergency care - I am dying. I need help 10 minutes ago.
- Non-Emergency care - I am not dying but I need help soon. This also includes regular routine physicals and other appointments. Non-Emergency care should allow the consumer to shop around.
Think of it this way. You need a non-emergent procedure. There are two local doctors, in the same building, that do this procedure. Doctor Joe is charging $50 for a procedure and Doctor Frank is charging $100 for the same procedure. Both doctors will do the same thing to you. Why would you go to Doctor Frank? It'd be stupid to do so!
Moving along, I don't need this macro now, but someday I might.
From: Word-Pc List
On Behalf Of Marta Cepek
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: Need VB Help with Looping
Here you go, as a standalone, or copy the whole with/end with into your
'5 spaces = 1 tab
.Text = " "
.Replacement.Text = "^t"
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindContinue
'tab+space = 1 tab
.Text = "^t "
.Replacement.Text = "^t"
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindContinue
' 2 tabs = 1 tab
.Text = "^t^t"
.Replacement.Text = "^t"
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindContinue
From: Word-Pc List [mailto:WORD-PC@liverpool.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Brown, Donald
Sent: August 12, 2009 2:17 PM
Subject: Need VB Help with Looping
I import text documents and convert to tables. I have been able to do
the conversion, but now looking for some way to make it more efficient
and basically clean up the macro. Since I am converting this to a table
I am separating text by tabs. The problem is that I have set up to
replace all spaces to tab. That is, I start with 40 spaces and repeat
this over and over to get down to 2 spaces.
What is the syntax to set a loop and replace spaces (starting at 40)
with a tab until there is 2 spaces left?
Also, good news! The recession should end this quarter, per PC Magazine. That's fine by me! My only concern is this: I cannot stay afloat at work. It seems to hit me every so often that I have way too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it. I put some numbers together today regarding my latest new project.
The amount of work I have in front of me is staggering. There are 2021 topics to evaluate, 1810 graphics, and 3730 places to replace the name of their company with my company and no, it's not a simple find and replace because their name is used in the navigation to their program on the Windows Start menu and, frankly, we may not follow their exact path. There is, probably, 6 weeks of work. If I started on this on Monday, 8/17, and only worked on this for the next 6 weeks, I would have 3 days until 10/1/09. That would be my goal - to plow through this project as quickly and as forcefully as I can. However:
- There are still 5 "other" hot projects that are going to take at least 40 hours each.
- There are going to be UI changes I need to develop.
- There are going to be CDs of our next release to assemble and burn.
- There are going to be other projects that I know Development is working on but haven't arrived in my department yet that will require my attention.
So "if you can't do it all" is what I am told, who is going to do it? I can tell you that aside from the cow-orkers that were talking about bird shit a few weeks ago, there is not a single bored sole in my employer's building. Everyone is busy - everyone has hot projects.
On a related note, I was in a session at our client conference today - each August, our clients come to town to hear about what we've accomplished and what we plan to do soon - that included our CEO talking about our corporate direction. Without revealing specifics, there is a HUGE project that we, as a company, need to complete. We have talked about it and talked about it and FINALLY have the pieces of the puzzle in the same building - all we need to do is to figure out the frame of the puzzle so its innards become clear. That's when it became very clear to me that we, as a company, need a corporate vision as to what we want to do. We need 100% buy-in. We need to set priorities on projects so that we are focused on our highest priority #1. We need to plan to dedicate resources to the projects that need to be done and, where we fail sometimes, not pull people to Hot Project #2 when Hot Project #1 also needs to be completed. We need to budget our time and not require each other to put in 40 hours in 2 days in order to meet an insane deadline. We need to have more parties - like $1 bowling @ Westdale - and to enjoy life. My friend Phil said he had too much work to do so he didn't go to our banquet last night. We need to find a way to not put each other in that situation.
And, on the subject of last night's banquet... I was hypnotized. People tell me that the following happened:
1) I was told I would win a car and when I did, I was supposed to say what kind of car I won. I said a Lambourgini. I was asked what accessory I wanted with my car and I said, "My wife." Then I was pulled over from speeding. When asked why I was speeding, I said that I was late for work. "Where do you work?" "At the best company on Earth."
2) When someone said our city, Person A stood up and asked, "Who's your Daddy?" I then stood up and said, "I am." And each time I stood up, I was more and more agitated. I told the hypnotist, "You need to tell him to shut up."
3) I played a balloon as a guitar for an Elvis song and a Shania Twain song.
That was about it. There is a DVD and I'd like to see it.
Monday, August 10, 2009
We got home last night, fairly early, because I thought Immaculate Conception Sunday PM Mass was at 5, but it was really 5:30. Guess who arrived 30 minutes early? It was okay because we were able to say the rosary because a lady was leading it.
We got home, ordered pizza, and then the dark clouds and a storm came our way. As the storm hit our area, the Pizza Hut guy arrived. I tipped him $2 (instead of my usual $1) and we watched Bridezilla as we ate. Because of the storms, I didn't bother sitting at the PC.
Tonight, then, is a catch-up night. I watched WWE Raw (of course) so it's now 10:50. I need to register Alex for school, I need to find out more about the LAMB OF GOD show in Des Moines, IA, on Friday, October 9th - PLEASE, LET ME HAVE NOTHING PLANNED!!! - and I also need to get this blog caught up.
And the first way to do that is to listen to Zach Gill's "Don't Touch My Stuff"
One of the kids on the Dudes has left the team because he was asked to play on another team. You wouldn't know him but he is a good player. I liked coaching him the last couple of years. I had visions of him being a leader for the team because it seemed like everyone likes him. As of now, I will be the assistant coach. I know we will be able to have a good season with the remaining players. We started to play well towards the end. I am hoping each member realizes that teamwork is the key and PASSING is the key to a good team.
So, yes, Lamb of God is playing in Des Moines on a Friday night. They are headlining 25 shows and opening 25 shows for Metallica on this tour. Unfortunately, the show in Des Moines is - and this is said as positive as possible - just them and Job for a Cowboy:
GROSS!!! Plus GWAR!!!
I don't know if I can tolerate Job for a Cowboy and GWAR...
So let's pause a moment. I don't like Job for a Cowboy. But I like this song by Otep:
Fair? Does that make sense? No? Oh well...
Friday, August 7, 2009
If I am at my current employer - no plans to move as of today - I am sure I will still have a Bucket List of projects to work on. I sure hope that the projects on my current list are still not there!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
To say that I enjoyed his movies would be an understatement. You probably saw one of his movies. These are my favorite (in order):
The Breakfast Club
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
National Lampoon's Vacation
What enormous talent the man possessed.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I signed up for Twitter. Don't really understand why but I'm @prhmusic. I guess we'll see what happens with that.
Other than that, work is going well. I have the UI changes for our next update done, I have the .exe files created that the users will install on their PC, I have a CD of our Supp Apps ready (pretty much) so I'm actually ahead of schedule, which is nice. The UI changes went really slick. Found a bug in our software yesterday but I think it's mainly because I was running menu options out of order and a real life user wouldn't do that. I hope.
WWE was okay. The guest host turned on John Cena and had him fight a lumberjack match with all the heels surrounding the ring. In other news, HHH teased a DX reunion but Shawn Michaels hung up on him, supposedly. HHH was beat up by Legacy so he talked about getting a gang together. Here's a wild thought. Put HHH with Kofi Kingston. Or put him with Undertaker. Or Kane. Someone he has not teamed up with before as a 'gang' and go through a whole angle where HHH is "auditioning" partners. Have some of the partners fail to help HHH when he needs it. Kofi Kingston gets a lot of cheers. Hell, put HHH with Cryme Tyme since they are fighting Legacy at Summerslam. Please, I implore the writers @ WWE, do not put HHH in the same tired DX angle.
Off to work I go...
Monday, August 3, 2009
So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.
As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away.
This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!
At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"
The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."
Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.
IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!
St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"
The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"
I'm willing to bet that whomever is playing in this golf tournament will not miss Sunday church because the tournament is on a Monday...
Meanwhile, I'm kind of working on coming out of retirement from playing drums. NOTHING is set in stone, but there are two potential projects that have my interest.
The first is a guitarist who told a co-worker he was looking for a drummer. The guitarist plays ambient music and rock so I gave him a cassette of an Old Stew rehearsal with a 10 minute jam that I call "10 Minute Jam." The song eventually breaks into a song we were working on at the time called "Lemonade" but for the beginning of the song, it's improv. So I gave the guitarist the tape, then didn't hear anything and didn't hear anything. There was a Nine Inch Nails show that prolonged my co-worker from seeing him a week and then, I heard through my co-worker that he liked what he had heard. Late last week, my co-worker let me listen to 6 songs he had put together. The first one I heard was called "Rigor and Frost" and immediately, I could hear a Metallica ballad within it. I wanted to bash out a tom pattern immediately, on the first listen. The others are good as well - a couple of them have piano - but I really hope I can someday jam "Rigor and Frost" with him. I don't know what the next step of this will be so it'll just be a journey.
The second is Jenn, who cuts my hair, plays with a guitarist named Don. They have 2.5 hours of music together and when they get to 3, Jenn said they would be looking for bandmates. I'm not a shoo-in for this gig as I would expect them to audition drummers and maybe it'd work, maybe not. I do know that I heard Jenn sing this song with the guitarist playing in the background and I liked what I heard. This would be country music. I'm a metal head, but I can tolerate non-twangy country. My first thought is that it would be fun to just see where and how it progresses.
Just to be clear, I do not consider myself a member of either band. It may not click if I were to play in either of these situations so I guess it's wait and see.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
We also watched the majority of "G.I. Jane." I am such a wimp. There is no way, in my mind, that I could do any of the physical training depicted in that movie. I know it's Hollywood and there is probably a giant chasm between reality and that movie... but even with the stuff they have to do in the movie... I am too wimpy. Given that, I appreciate the armed services because they protect me and my family. Because of them, I do not have to be a Navy SEAL or carry a gun or fly a plane. I have a lot of respect for them.
Back to today. We are leaving in a short 1.5 hours for Des Moines for Karen's cousin's wedding. My in-laws are picking us up and we're riding with them. It is 8:25 AM now and the wedding is @ 2. Because of the location of the church and the location of the hotel, we are getting ready for the wedding here b/c we aren't going to the hotel first.
Karen is done in the shower so I need to go. Should be a good time. I'm excited.
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