Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Warning! Has F-bombs!Link to the story about the video
I think I am the only one in the world that cannot stomach Grease. I think that I saw it when I was too young. Because of this, I just never embraced the hype. I cite it as an awful movie and why I despise musicals.
I also realize after reading the article that the backstory of the movie is interesting enough to share.
I think that it was bound to happen - the men's basketball team lost at Maryland on Thursday night. Maryland had an impressive home court undefeated streak going in to the game and it will continue to be impressive. As I watched the game, I had a weird sense that they would not win. Jarod Uthoff had a poor shooting game and the shots wouldn't go in the basket. When Iowa did get the advantage in the second half, Maryland had an impressive answering play.
This article tells the team's reaction to the game:
For the family, I am sad.
In pretty much any other situation, it would be funny; that's the reason for the funny stuff label.
Friday, January 29, 2016
I don't like this.
I feel insecure about the future and I wish I knew what it has in store for me.
I know that I have to offer this up to God and that He doesn't give me more than I can bear. Daily Mass is now in my schedule - I went Wednesday, Thursday, and will go today (it's 8:13 AM, Mass is at 9 AM).
With that said, I can safely state that I have a few opportunities in motion. I don't want to jinx myself and write long dissertations on this blog about this opportunity and that opportunity and that third opportunity over there. I'd rather reserve those hopes for essays to be captured within my personal journal.
I did start another spiral notebook on Wednesday to capture the thoughts I have about this journey. Traditionally, I only purchase 200 page, college-ruled, spiral notebooks. The one I purchased at Wal-Mart is a 150 page, college-ruled, spiral notebook. I am writing each day what occurs to me, starting a new page each day regardless of whether I filled the previous page. I am doing that because I had a lyric in my head. It's from a band called P.O.D. and the song is "Alive."
Editor's Note: Before being laid off, an email with the subject "Performance Review" was received. Like Sheldon's hatred for Will Wheaton, hatred for PRs has been verbalized!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Read more here and here.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I admit it's a bit surreal. I went through something similar in my career and I was confident I would not have to go through it again - ever - in my career. Kevin, whom I've known for 17 years, has been through several layoffs in his career and yet - here's where I make lemonade from lemons - he has always found a way to bounce back.
I know I will bounce back too.
- Spoiler alert, Triple H won the Royal Rumble so he is now the WWE Champion. He goes on to Wrestlemania to face someone. Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie, and Triple H came out to start the episode and announced that the they (the stable known as "The Authority") would evaluate all of the wrestlers and then decide who will be in the next PPV (Fastlane) main event and that that winner would go on to Wrestlemania to face Triple H.
- AJ Styles, who I enjoyed watching in TNA and Ring of Honor, fought Chris Jericho. It was Styles' first ever Raw match. Styles won, which is good. Jericho is a part-time wrestler and probably only going to be on Raw as long as it takes for Fozzy, his heavy metal band, to be ready to record another album. I will say, though, Styles looked a bit rusty in the ring. I don't think there was good chemistry between the two. The camera showed Jericho calling out the next move during the match, which is bad. That said, there were a couple of moves that impressed me based upon the decades I have watched hundreds of pro wrestling matches. The best was when Styles was in the Walls of Jericho submission move (which must really hurt as Styles' body was bent in a way that I could never be bent) and crawled across the ring to break the hold instead of tapping out. A jaded viewer like me never sincerely thought Jericho was going to get the victory against Styles, especially since Styles probably required a good sum of money. What would have been interesting would be to have Bubba Ray Dudley, who Styles fought in TNA, come out and either congratulate or beat down Styles after the match. Instead, Styles offered Jericho a handshake - which is what the wrestlers in Ring of Honor do before a match - which Jericho reluctantly accepted. It would be interesting to see Styles / Jericho become tag team partners with an eventual betrayal by Styles to make Jericho the face and Styles the heel.
- The Rock showed up and wow, he's entertaining. As he was doing his promo, he noticed some fans dressed up as other professional wrestlers - The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and Macho Man Randy Savage - and said, into the microphone, "This is where we leave the script." It was an impromptu move and the Rock, charismatic as ever, pulled off the segment. When the New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) came out to interrupt him, he asked why they were the tag team champions when they had llama penises on their forehead. The crowd ate it up and started chanting, "llama penis!" It was genuinely funny. The Rock stated that he would be at Wrestlemania and, when he said that, the thought flashed in my mind that Triple H and The Rock had an uneasy promo a while back about who won more matches between them. I thought it was going to be a setup for The Rock v. Triple H at Wrestlemania.
- For the main event, it was Roman Reigns / Dean Ambrose v. Sheamus / Rusev in a tag team match. Reigns / Ambrose were referred to as "brothers in arms" by the WWE announcers a couple of times during the match. After Reigns got the win, I sincerely thought that The Authority would put Reigns v. Ambrose in the Fastlane main event as a way to screw with Reigns even more. Instead, The Authority announced that the Fastlane main event would be a triple threat match, announcing that it would be Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and -- here's where I thought they would name Sheamus -- Brock Lesnar. After the announcement, the camera focused on the reaction from Reigns & Ambrose because, now, they have to fight each other for the chance to face Triple H at Wrestlemania 32. Even though we've seen the "friends fighting friends" angle before, I'm predicting the WWE announcers will follow the storyline that in order to fight Triple H, Reigns not only has to fight Lesnar, an enemy, but also his friend, Ambrose. I must say, the way WWE pulls this angle off will be very interesting.
Monday, January 25, 2016
On the Republican side, Donald Trump declared he could shoot someone and wouldn't lose any voters.
On the Democrat side, there's a movement to legitimize Bernie Sanders as a viable candidate. Of course Bill O'Reilly has an opinion. He had a recent Talking Points memo as well as a column about Candidate Sanders - I included links at the bottom of this post. There was a point in the 2016 campaign season when Hillary Clinton was considered "a sure thing" previously. In 2008, she had that same status until Obama entered the race. Now, in 2016, she was considered "a sure thing" but some don't see it like that anymore. There have been a lot of controversy about Benghazi, the email server, and other things. What has been spinning around in my mind is that there are actually 3 Democratic candidates at this moment: Clinton, Sanders, and O'Malley. What happens if Clinton does have to exit the race (though I personally don't see that happening)? O'Reilly's theory is that Sanders doesn't have a chance as a Socialist Democrat winning the election. If you play out that theory to fruition, what happens if the DNC figures that out? Then their only "current" choice is O'Malley.
I only bring this up because I read a headline that said NYC mayor Michael Bloomfield is considering a presidential run. It's awfully late in the process to be "considering" it - the Iowa caucuses are two weeks from today (Feb 1). So that makes me think, why would anyone be considering a presidential run when there is no infrastructure in place for the candidate? Editor's Note: This paragraph is inaccurate. Bloomfield is not a Democrat - he is an Independent. Additionally, the third link at the bottom of this post describes the steps he has taken, which are more substantial than I stated.
The only answer, today, is that the potential candidate believes, as O'Reilly does, that Clinton will have to drop out, Sanders will be considered a longshot, and O'Malley doesn't have the name recognition. That's a dangerous presumption - who knew Obama's name prior to him jumping into the race?
I do know that the campaign season is running full speed ahead.
Shifting to the basketball court, with 11 games remaining in the men's basketball season, the University of Iowa team is undefeated. It is already a special season for this team to be 7-0. Despite losing an exhibition game early in the season (which is not reflected on their overall record), this group of young men has defied the odds. Their first game was against MSU. This team defeated MSU at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. After that game, a lot of the media focused on the fact that MSU's star player, Valentine, did not play. Thus, in their fourth game, they traveled to East Lansing, MI, for a rematch with MSU. This group of players defeated MSU on their court. Both prior and after that game, a lot of the media focused on the fact that no University of Iowa men's basketball team had won on the MSU basketball court since 1993, which was a few days after the death of an Iowa player named Chris Street. With yesterday's victory at home over Purdue, it looks like Thursday's game against Maryland takes on additional importance. Maryland lost, 74-65, to MSU. By extension, Iowa should win the game because, after all, Iowa defeated MSU twice. Nothing is a given, though.
The point of these two recaps is that the University of Iowa football completed a special season and, as of this moment with a 7-0 record, the men's basketball team looks to have a special season. The women's basketball team is having a tough year - their current record is 13-7 (overall, 3-5 in conference games), including a 90-73 defeat at Purdue yesterday.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Donald Trump stated that illegal immigrants would be sent to the country that they came from; liberals went nuts about a lack of compassion. President Obama began raids to gather illegal immigrants and now Democrats in the Senate want those raids to stop.
Once again, if the correct phrase that describes you starts with "illegal" .... Good for Obama to do what the law says.
On Facebook, you can go to this site and it will automatically generate a little story. This is mine, but I won't post it on Facebook because first, it's not true - I am 5 years sober - and b, there's a typo: alot is always a lot.
This is Paul.
Paul feels sad.
Paul drinks alot.
Paul doesn't pretend to be drunk to make phone calls to his ex.
Paul is smart.
Be like Paul.
I had a weird dream about babysitting for some young kids. It was a bratty little girl and she turned on the garden hose and flooded the basement. I opened the door in a corner to let the water out. No more pints of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream before bed!
Also, Karen and I drove to Cedar Falls on a whim. We surprised Mark and Susie (first) and then Megan. We went to 5 PM mass at Saint Joseph and then went to Toad's, a bar on Main Street, for supper. We stopped by Megan's dorm room and then, on the way to Mark and Susie's house, there was a college girl naked in front of an open window. I told Mark to slow down. My nephew, 15, Jonathan said, "Thank you!" Megan was embarrassed by this incident.
I am up this morning after the aforementioned nightmare, sitting on the couch in the basement with Sadie.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
- From Metallica: https://metallica.com/blog/news/381189/wednesday-night-note
- From the Sandman Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153910517387990&set=a.10150542469677990.436348.504287989&type=3
- Of course, once this information was released, many music news websites reported this information: http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2016-01-14/metallica-back-tribute-act-faced-with-legal-threat
"As I said in November, these changes will, unfortunately, involve job losses. We expect to reduce the size of the total <snip>Company_Name</snip> team by around 10% (that’s around 4,000 full time equivalent roles), by the end of 2016."
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Just contemplating the idea of what will our country be like in 2076? Thinking about how America is trying to solve "big issues" and then considering that there will be 15 elections between now and 2076. Think about the differences in American life between the first president (George Washington) and James Buchanan, the 15th president. I won't have to deal with any of the issues, but Alex & Megan will (hopefully) - Alex will be 78, Megan will be 80. Here's a list of the first 15 presidents:
John Quincy Adams
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
James K. Polk
Here's the link: http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/01/19/nicholas-rafeala-ordaz-celebrates-82-years-marriage-102nd-birthday
On a somewhat related note, my dentist office has Christian music playing on the speakers as background music. As my dental hygienist was doing her magic, I heard this song on the speakers. It made me smile.
This is not my video, but it's what I saw in Indy.
Per the Amazon website - link below - there is a 4 GB internal memory card. I converted 1 hour of a Mini-DV tape to digital and it was 13 GB. Of course, I really don't know if the conversion settings I used are typical or of a higher quality than "normal."
Here's the link.
- This reaffirms why drinking booze & I do not mix: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/01/20/why-youre-jerk-when-drink-alcohol.html
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Read about it here: http://features.en.softonic.com/the-first-ransomware-of-the-year-reaches-a-new-level-of-threat
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
From Iowa City Press Citizen Iowa takeaways: Wagner's emergence, Uthoff's goofiness http://dmreg.co/1Rv6Slx
Wagner finished with five points in Sunday’s 82-71 win — four more than the he scored combined in spot duty in Iowa’s first four Big Ten games. He’s forced his way into Fran McCaffery’s rotation with defense and hustle plays.
Newsted left. His choice. A decade and a half later and it is still relevant? How?
Robert Trujillo has been in the band for several years. Let's enjoy the present.
I do know I have this concert on a VHS tape which could be converted to digital and uploaded. This is my favorite part of the two videos below.
But for the moment, here are parts 1 and 2.
President Obama made a mistake!! Almost too ironically for belief, while pointing out this mistake, the author of the article, linked below, has a typo!
Many in the press had a field day when George W. Bush made similar gaffes. One light-hearted one occurred when Queen Elizabeth was visiting the United States in 2007. White introducing the monarch, Bush noted that she had met with 10 presidents during her reign. “You helped the nation celebrate its bi-centennial in 1776…1976,” he said, then paused, looked over at the queen and winked and smiled.
"White introducing the monarch" should have been "While introducing the monarch".
This article didn't need to be written - it's that simple. Let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone. It's bullshit articles like this that make me ashamed to lean towards the conservative movement in America.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Since it now appears that my personal favorite candidate, Carly Floriana, isn't going to convert the masses to her logical solutions, I am forced to consider alternatives to support. I don't see Donald Trump as a candidate that can defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton. That said, I think that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio should leave the self-proclaiming bullshiter Donald Trump in the dust by forming a coalition. If they can't declare a truce, I do like how Chris Christie's making his infrequent time to speak on camera be a simple message: I will defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
That all said, I like the way Ted Cruz has responded to the controversial comment about New York values: /lastresistance.com/15782/ted-cruz-kicks-liberals-to-the-curb-with-apology-for-his-new-york-values-comment/
Others, not so much: http://crooksandliars.com/2016/01/cruzs-follow-new-york-values-wingnut
Friday, January 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
- wireless, as described on http://www.howtogeek.com/235283/what-is-a-wireless-hard-drive-and-should-i-get-one/
- wired. This 5 TB external hard drive is on sale for $109 while a 4 TB external hard drive is on sale for $117.99. Is shipping available or not?
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
- The Very Best of 1969 to 1973
- Best of Bowie [US/Canada Bonus CD] Disc 1
- Best of Bowie [US/Canada Bonus CD] Disc 2
- Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [Bonus Tracks]
After publishing the above, I saw this in my Fox News First Daily Politics daily email:
Saying you liked the music of David Bowie would be like saying you liked Chinese food. There are so many kinds and so many variations within the kinds that there is something for everyone. Glam, rock, Motown-style soul, dancehall, the deep dark depths of Berlin, electronica, pure pop, proto-punk, funk, epic poetry and even the coveted goblin disco king demographic. That means that there is room enough for everyone to have their own favorite song. As music lovers of all kinds mourn Bowie’s passing, his remarkable catalogue is a reminder of perhaps one thing above all others: The real luxury of career success is the chance to take risks. RIP.
That's fair. I would have to state that the song that is linked to an example of "dancehall" would be my favorite Bowie song:
Sunday, January 10, 2016
I think that the Republican party was destroyed when the current group of republican presidential candidates all announced that they were running. There was no possible way half of these candidates had a chance to win. John Kasich? Rand Paul? All that they have done is muddy the water. Even Mike Huckabee, who I personally like, hasn't been in the mix.
So, armed with the knowledge that DOS is all-powerful, I wanted to automatically create folders based upon the date and time so that it would be done automatically. I love automation. Don't make me do something manually when I know there is a way to do it through a DOS command or a macro or something. I want to save time any chance I get.
I started poking around and came across the sites listed below and, armed with that knowledge, I began writing my own commands. What FINALLY got me to a mental breakthrough was when I observed the DOS window as it ran. The first command created a folder with the date and time, the second ran a DIR command that generates a TXT file in that folder. Then it goes to the second DIR command but because "current time" has changed between the first DIR and the second DIR, DOS puked and said, "I can't find a folder that has the "current time of the second DIR command" in it. Then the third DIR command ran and it was looking for a folder with the "current time of the third DIR command" in it, but the only folder that exists is the folder with the "current time of the first DIR command" in it.
What finally got me over the hump was analyzing the DOS commands more closely. These commands are from the second link:
@echo Backing Up Server1
mysqldump -A -Q -R -c -e --lock-tables=FALSE -uXXXX -pXXXX -hX.X.X.1 > c:\backup\01.sql
@echo Backing Up Server2
mysqldump -A -Q -R -c -e --lock-tables=FALSE -uXXXX -pXXXX -hX.X.X.2 > c:\backup\02.sql
@echo Backing Up Server3
mysqldump -A -Q -R -c -e --lock-tables=FALSE-uXXXX -pXXXX -hX.X.X.3 > c:\backup\03.sql
move c:\backup\*.sql c:\backup\%folderdate%\%foldertime%\
Notice how this command - mkdir c:\backup\%folderdate%\%foldertime% - is not done at the beginning of the commands - it's done at the end! A-ha! I had my order reversed. I need to run all the DIR commands I'm going to run and then create a folder with the date and time in it.
This is a work-in-progress, but here are the links:
The synch job to put E and G in line has ran for this amount of time: 10:30:50 and there is 1 hour 15 minutes remaining, as shown below.
Here are the results. There is not enough room on the E:\ drive so I need to free up some space. But not now - It's time to go to 11 AM Mass.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Josh Gallagher is a stud. Be sure to hear what he says at the end of the video - it's funny.
Domenic Nardone is one of my new favorite drummers. He has several videos on his youtube.com channel, including this video in he recorded in 2011 when he was 46. I'm 46 now! I really think his set has a gorgeous look to it. The red looks great!
Domenic Nardone also has this video of one of my favorite Police tunes, "Message in a Bottle."
It also appears he is playing in a cleverly titled band called Harry Mulligan.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Does that automatically mean that he is not able to have an opinion about guns? No man has ever had an abortion but I certainly think men can have an opinion about them, no? Once again, I am not extremely passionate about gun control so I'm not really pro-gun or anti-gun. I think it's an important issue to debate and discuss rationally, but, frankly, I rate it under other issues, such as the national debt and illegal immigrants.
To read the article about the town hall meeting, with an embedded video of the discussion, go here.
To read an entirely separate article about this bombshell admission, go here.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
First up is a Craigslist ad. 4500 CDs for $500 ... that's ELEVEN CENTS a CD!?!?
4500+ CD Collection for Sale - $500 (CAMARILLO)
I'm moving out of state and it would be nice to find a home for my CD Collection.
ALL the DISCS are in MINT CONDITION and the cases are in VERY GOOD to MINT/NEAR MINT Condition.
I TAKE CARE OF MY STUFF!!!!
I can provide a complete list of the collection upon request.
IT'S FREAKING HUGE!!!!!
Everything from Rock to Roll to Metal to Country to Blues to Alternative.... I collected everything!!!
If the band was causing a buzz, I probably have it!!!
This is basically a give away!!!
Let me know, moving at end of month.... :)
As if that wasn't compelling enough, there are at least two bands looking for drummers.
HEY DRUMMER--WE NEED YOU--ESTABLISHED WORKING BAND (VENTURA)
We are a well established Ventura County based working band. We do shows all over So Cal. Not just a bar band--we got gigs at at Festivals, Fairs, Casinos, Corp Events, Resorts as well as some clubs. All are paid. We are currently using a couple of free lance drummers and there have been recent schedule conflicts that have been a huge problem. The rest of the band have been together several years and are committed to this band. We are well rehearsed, with excellent vocals and a female singer.
We are looking for a drummer to commit. We play mostly on the weekends, so you need another means of support. Age is not an issue--but an ability to get along and no substance abuse is.
We offer a turn key situation with a full calendar of paid shows plus we have a fully equipped rehearsal studio with a high end drum kit.
Our music: Classic Rock and Country Music. We have a CD out and are working on a new one. You need to be able to play rock beats, shuffles, 2/4, and train beats.
Send us your cell phone #, a short bio, and any links.
Rock Band needs a drummer (Simi Valley)
Great sense of humor, easy going, no drama , entertainer, wants to have a good time
and of course can drum .... and have fun.... did we mention the fun....
Guitar and Bass (with vox) , quirky rock band looking to do this as a full time gig, casinos, corporate events, etc... we are older guys over 40 and still 20 at heart looking to perform professionally.
If interested email me for more info, please send links , pics or at least something about yourself and I will gladly reply with more details... Please, no form letter replies....
Thanks for reading :)
I only looked @ the Musicians page because there's slim pickings on the Iowa City CL Musicians page. Stuff like this:
Drummer wanted for alternative band
Drummer wanted for alternative band, Such as Taking back Sunday, or Jimmy Eat World, in the quad cities area Illinois side. We've had a few before but are now trying to take off and need a more consistent and dedicated member. Please be experienced and able to play to a metronome and be versed in double bass and drum rolls.
Drum rolls? Really?
The video below is from a movie that was rated R by the MPAA. Viewer beware!
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