Saturday, June 30, 2018

Disney Didn't

Just Let Everyone In

I wish "pro-immigration" protesters would just be honest. Make a sign that says, "Starting now, ANYONE can come inside America with ZERO vetting. Murderers or not, it doesn't matter." That's what they want, right? And if you're going to abolish ICE, what is going to replace it? It's easy to decry a federal agency, right?


Father Harry Koekler taught me the phrase "Grow into love." I knew him at Saint Pius in Cedar Rapids. He is celebrating 50 years of priesthood.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bernie Won!!


Breaking Bad reunion: The cast shot and portraits you need to see

Tony Stank


BS - (Bernie Sanders) - Lays Out the Case


Iowa City Press-Citizen: CJ Fredrick searches for niche as new Hawkeye

So This is Bad...

Iowa City Press-Citizen: UI dentistry to turn away new Medicaid patients

Talk Before Death

Regarding, I love Sammy Hagar's idea. Get over the past and live in the present.

Death to All but Metal

Monday, June 25, 2018

I Worry about This

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Not about Shoes

Better than What

Hogg... Now Guns R Good

Strong Words

Coming Soon: Iowa Basketball!


What is Going On?!?

Found Out about the End


Check out:


Wishful Thinking

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster sells for $550,000



What Sadness

Suicide takes another one...

Friday, June 22, 2018

T 2 Me

NBA Drought

20 years, no NBA draft first-rounders for Iowa basketball Big Ten has only a small role lately in feeding NBA top players

Opinion to Vet

Every To-Do List App Sucks, Switch To todo.txt Instead by Justin Pot on June 15th, 2018

No Iowa Stop for C

Clutch announce North American Tour

50 2018

The 50 best metal albums of 2018 (so far) By Luke Morton

If Only Remote were an Option...

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Close to Done!

Great Scenes!

I love the birds in the background - nice touch to add atmosphere.

This is a great scene as well.

Damn! There are some really good scenes in this series.

Sorry, but you have to wait until to get the "big payoff" for this video.


Thursday, June 21, 2018


Make the Ammends

SEBASTIAN BACH Says He Was Urged By ROBERT TRUJILLO To Reconnect With His Former Bandmates In SKID ROW June 20, 2018

Where are They?

We've heard from the first ladies. Where are their husbands?

Really? A Jacket?

Tough Issues

Starcade 1992 - Sting v. Vader

1 Riff - 20 Bands

Ranking Chris'

Here's a capture-worthy comment from "Tornado Chaser" that I don't want to forget:

I love the Iron Man - Captain America relationship in Civil War! I think it makes complete sense. It demonstrates more than anything the character development that has occurred for the characters. It's true that before, Cap would firmly side with the government, and Iron Man would firmly side against it, but due to events that have unfolded over the years, they've changed as people. Back in Iron Man 2, Tony completely refused to give his technology to the government, but after the events of Age of Ultron, he saw the damage he could cause due to his own reckless attitude, as Ultron caused massive damage, destruction, and human casualties. The angry mother blaming Tony for her son's death cemented his position. Tony is visibly more weathered by the many challenging things he's had to endure in Civil War - the anxiety attacks, the constant worry of an impending alien attack, and guilt. On the other hand, Cap has become completely jaded by the government after the events of The Winter Soldier, seeing that Hydra had infiltrated the government and secretly been there for decades, as well as brainwashed his best friend and turned him into an assassin. His trust in the government has been broken and it's never coming back. As he said in Civil War, the government is "run by people with agendas, and agendas change".
I also never saw Cap as grumpy, he could be seen as plain and boring, but he was always a beacon of hope due to his unwavering and well-defined morality, that could never be shaken in the face of even insurmountable odds.

I found it under this video:

I love the kind of analysis Tornado Chaser made. The comment lays out an argument and then backs it up with much more than the boring and mundane "because I said so, I'm right" illogical argument. "I want home videos and our pictures burned to DVDs." "Why?" "Because I want a DVD." If the response is "Because I want to have a second backup for our memories," what argument can be made against that?!? It's the "because I [want] / [said so]" argument that kills a discussion. "I want to live in [this city] when I retire." "I don't want to live in [that city] when I retire." There's a lot to be said about finding compromises in life. I can say to my wife, "I want to buy concert tickets for 10 concerts that are going to be in the area" and she can reply, "10 concerts are too many, what about picking the 3 with the highest priority instead?" There's an offer in that response that can be negotiated. I can say to my wife, "I want to buy concert tickets for 10 concerts that are going to be in the area" and she can reply, "No." There's no offer in that response.

What Men Need (probably?)

Creed II

WWE Mid-term Report

WWE Mid-term Report

Some News

No Foresight

Editor's Note: You've been posting all these Rummy 500 pictures. Why didn't you have the foresight to create a single page, like your drum videos or your single source rantings or your MP3 to CD conversion, for all of these victories? Dumb ass.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I want that job - Full-time Star Wars Geek

IYE Avant-garde "Sing

This makes me chuckle:

Austin synth pop duo BUHU has released an original cover of Peter Gabriel's 'In Your Eyes' in the form of an avant-garde "sing-along" video.

When referring to a song, can both adjectives - "cover" and "original" - be used to describe the same song?!?


Build a New Arena in Coralville! They will still Skip Iowa

Coralville is building a new stadium near Iowa River Landing (IRL), which is located by exit 242 on I-80. Historical nugget: IRL is located where a country bar called The Red Stallion that Karen and I used to go to with friends for a night of boozing and dancing used to be located. Anyways, I'm not convinced the new arena being built is going to draw a band like T-Rextasy to Iowa. This is their current tour:


7/26 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Brewery
7/27 - Cambridge, MA - The Lilypad
7/28 - Burlington, VT - Sidebar
7/29 - Montreal, QC - Casa De Popolo
7/30 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
7/31 - Toronto, ON - Baby G
8/01 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall's
8/02 - Chicago, IL - Grandmaster Warehouse
8/03 - St Louis, MO - Foam
8/04 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
8/06 - Denver, CO - Your Mom's House
8/07 - Fort Collins, CO - Surf 7
8/08 - SLC, UT - The Underground
8/09 - Boise, ID - Funky Taco
8/11 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge
8/12 - Vancouver, BC - Stylus Records
8/13 - Portland, OR - TBD
8/15 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
8/16 - San Francisco, CA - TBD
8/18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
8/19 - Phoenix, AZ - The Lunchbox
8/21 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie's
8/22 - Dallas, TX - Transit Bicycle Co.
8/23 - Little Rock, AK - Stickyz
8/24 - Nashville, TN - Two Boots
8/25 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
8/27 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
8/28 - Washington, DC - TBD
8/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Everybody Hits
8/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (Zone One)

I didn't know what I would hear when I began watching the video:

It's okay - I wouldn't go to Chicago or St Louis to see them, but if they were at Gabes Oasis?

Still no.

Here's more info about them, which is a cut & paste from the email I received today at 10:14 AM:



New York, NY, June 20 - Today, New York based punk queens T-Rextasy reveal the music video for their new single Girl, Friend, out 6/20 on Danger Collective. This is the band’s first release since their critically-acclaimed debut, “Jurassic Punk” (2016) that earned praise from Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone and NPR Music.
T-Rextasy performed over 100 gigs in 2017 and will bring their spectacular and theatrical show to 30 cities in North America this summer. The band will donate part of their merchandise earnings to various organizations supporting LGBTQ+ rights and reproductive justice.

The quirky and evocative film for Girl, Friend, powered by unbridled riffs and whimsical lyrics, finds T-Rextasy members Annie, Ebun, Lyris and Vera in their colorful “Pool of Luv”, hoping to snag the hearts of passersby.

The video for Girl, Friend was co-directed by Annie Fidoten and Emily Cohn and shot in Inspiration Point in Washington Heights.

While the Dino Dames are lounging in an inviting posture, they soon realize that the visitors aren’t enamored of them and prefer building their own romance in their “Pool of Luv”. As Annie explains: “The video for Girl, Friend is centered around the forlorn cupids of T-Rextasy, who have decided to set up a match-making scheme to facilitate queer summer love, but end up more and more devastated as everyone finds a match except themselves.”

Despite a joyful narrative, the video evokes the realities individuals face upon questioning their sexual orientation and embracing it. At first, the “Pool of Luv” is a radiant and blissful place, where protagonists hope to explore and experience their blossoming queerness. But then, a watershed ensues, and members of T-Rextasy are left aside.
Annie had this to say about it: “The concept of the video was centered around something we've chatted about on long stretches of tour driving-- the myth of instant queer love. There's this funny idea sometimes that it's "easier" to be gay, that the minute you come out you just u-haul yourself up, find your love, live your dream etc. A lot of the songs we've been writing try to look at the messy edges of it all, all the fumbles and false starts and scary moments of trying to be your "real" self. That's what I was trying to get at in making this video.”

For Annie, self-discovery is a process and “doesn’t stop when you come out as gay. People think that it’s easier once you claim it, but it’s not true; your problems don’t simply vanish.”

Committed to intersectional feminism and the power of community, the group mobilizes their live act and social media platforms to raise awareness on issues such as prison abolition, LGBTQ+ rights, and reproductive justice. On previous tours, they have donated part of their merchandise earnings to the following organizations: Make the Road New York, CLPP, Planned Parenthood, Black Student Alliance @ University of Virginia, Black and Pink, Black Mama's Bail Out.

During their sets, the group acknowledges the indigenous communities originating from each city and land they are performing upon. Annie adds: “Our songs are not all political. But our actions are; without action, it means very little.”

The band intentionally curate inclusive bills for every performance. Lyris explains their process:”We are trying to build a network through touring by connecting with bands and aiming to do our part in upholding resources that support bands that are not cis white men.”

This summer, T-Rextasy will take their rapturous live show on an extensive 30-date tour. They are colorful fashionistas who’s stage presence is undeniable: charismatic and scenic, they are as generous on stage as they are in their lives. A tireless band, enthralling unanimous and diverse crowds, they played 100 sets in 2017 alone, making stops at festivals like SXSW and Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. Spectacular antics, neon ensembles, synchronized dancing, and audience participation make their show memorable: part performance art, part carnival act, part rock gig.

The first T-Rextasy LP, "Jurassic Punk", released on May 20, 2016 on Father/Daughter Records, earned praise from Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone who included “Gap Yr Boiz” in his Top 25 Songs of 2016 and dubbed them “Hyper-verbal rock & roll goddesses”. NPR Music said “The music of T-Rextasy is an impeccable combination of sarcastic, swaggering humor and timeless pop-punk grooves,” adding, “T-Rextasy delivers flawless punk-rock guitar riffs and snappy ska-infused bass lines embedded in intentional, radical politics.”

Dwight & Daryl

100 Great Lines before the Kill (Movies)

Film List (in order of appearance):
  1. Independence Day (1996) Predator (1987) Scarface (1983) They Live (1988) Dirty Harry (1971) Terminator (1984) Cobra (1986) Invasion U.S.A. (1985) Action Jackson (1988) True Grit (1969) Stargate (1994) Friday The 13th (2009) Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) The Mummy Returns (2001) Team America: World Police (2004) Star Trek (2009) Evil Dead II (1987) Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) Air Force One (1997) Commando (1985) Die Another Day (2002) Die Hard (1988) The Rock (1996) Leon: The Professional (1994) The Heat (2013) 300 (2006) Die Hard 2 (1990) Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984) GoldenEye (1995) Moonraker (1979) Robocop (1987) Tremors (1990) Wolverine (2013) True Lies (1994) Casper (1995) Judge Dredd (1995) The Lion King (1994) The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) Wild Wild West (1999) The Matrix (1999) The Boondock Saints (1999) The Dark Knight (2008) Batman (1989) Batman Begins (2005) Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) Death Wish 2 (1982) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Stone Cold (1991) Army Of Darkness (1992) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Big Game (2014) Con Air (1997) Die Hard 2 (1990) Dr. No (1962) The Dead Pool (1988) Equilibrium (2002) From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) Hot Fuzz (2007) Jaws (1975) Last Action Hero (1993) Live And Let Die (1973) Pulp Fiction (1994) RoboCop (1987) Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010) Scream (1996) Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Star Wars (1977) Terminator (1984) Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003) WALL-E (2008) The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King The Princess Bride (1987) Transformers (2007) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Unforgiven (1992) Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Blade (1998) Clear And Present Danger (1994) I Come In Peace (1990) X-Men (2000) Sudden Impact (1983) Eraser (1996) Heist (2001) Highlander (1986) Maximum Overdrive (1986) Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian (2009) The Condemned (2007) Child’s Play (1988) The Rookie (1990) The Running Man (1987) The Running Man (1987) The Running Man (1987) V For Vendetta (2006) The Thing (1982) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1986) The Karate Kid II (1986) Iron Man 3 (2013)

Film List (in order of appearance): Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) Eraser (1996) Speed (1994) Commando (1985) Dr. No (1962) The Untouchables (1987) Commando (1985) Django Unchained (2012) Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Eraser (1996) Gladiator (2000) Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (2005) Goldfinger (1964) Kung Fury (2015) Last Action Hero (1993) Pineapple Express (2008) Die Hard (1988) Rush Hour (1998) Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) Speed Racer (2008) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Commando (1985) The Fifth Element (1997) The Last Stand (2013) Army Of Darkness (1992) Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992) Predator (1987) Thunderball (1965) Commando (1985) Thunderball (1965) Above The Law (1988) Kuffs (1992) For Your Eyes Only (1981) A View To A Kill (1985) Darkman (1990) Outrageous Fortune (1987) Goldfinger (1964) Pineapple Express (2008) Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) Die Hard (1988) Goldfinger (1964) Tron Legacy (2010) Home Alone (1990) Live And Let Die (1973) Last Action Hero (1993) Mission Impossible III (2006) You Only Live Twice (1967) License To Kill (1989) Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997) Hudson Hawk (1991) Moonraker (1979) The Living Daylights (1987) Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) Last Action Hero (1993) Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Man On Fire (2004) Mortal Kombat (1995) The World Is Not Enough (1999) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) The 6th Day (2000) Iron Man 3 (2013) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Unforgiven (1992) R.O.T.O.R. (1987) Starsky And Hutch (2004) Quantum Of Solace (2008) Universal Soldier (1992) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Pitch Black (2000) Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith The Dark Knight Rises (2012) GoldenEye (1995) Black Dynamite (2009) The Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966) Total Recall (1990) The Rock (1996) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Under Siege (1992) Total Recall (1990) Judge Dredd (1995) The Expendables 2 (2012) Moonraker (1979) The Running Man (1987) Watchmen (2009) Terminator 2: Judgement Day Diamonds Are Forever (1971) The Running Man (1987) Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011) Hellboy (2004) Batman (1989) Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) The Running Man (1987) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Hot Fuzz (2007)


Australian Man Blasts Drowning Pool To Piss Off Abortion Protesters June 19th, 2018 at 2:59pm Kayla

Rusev Day

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Words that Hurt

"Infest," "Violent," "Shithole": This Is The Language Trump Uses To Talk About Immigrants

Avengers News

Wading into a Pool I Know Nothing About (Again)

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 18 Erik Beaston June 18, 2018

Thumbs Up for Q's Operation Mindcrime

For soooo many years, Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime" album was the only Queensryche release I would mention when discussing the band, which is why, I suspect, seeing this guy in Espionage wearing a t-shirt with that album on his t-shirt made me smile.

Loudwire lists two tracks from the album on their list of the 10 Best Queensryche songs - here - which I think is rather low. My personal favorite Q tune is "One and Only" - especially at this part, which the drummer in the video below NAILS perfectly.

He also nailed Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" here:


  1. Backing Up Your Work: Everything You Need to Know About External Hard Drive and Cloud Storage Solutions for Your Images
  2. How to Transfer Data Between Two Computers Without Losing Anything David Nield Yesterday 9:20am

Catching Up On Some Rummy Victories


Chris Pratt Tells Crowd: You Have a Soul, There is a God, and Learn to Pray

Monday, June 18, 2018


We Are Reasonable People

Whiplash & Seek

CA v Loki

Go ahead and Try to Take the Earth

Marvel's The Avengers:

Put Me on This Route

MITB Results

WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Jack Black Meets Slipknot

S Me

While the subject of the email I received tries to sell this sync tool as a way to "sync large files with friends and family," I see potential in using it as a way to store a backup of my music files. This is important because I have one of my PCs unplugged at home, which BackBlaze is not pleased about:

Backblaze has been unable to backup one of your hard drives for more than 21 days. Please connect any disconnected hard drives now to avoid data deletion from your backup on the computer named: W7_YYYY_MM_DD

Why is this important? Backblaze backs up your data, and data on additional hard drives looks like data on your computer. If you remove a hard drive it looks like that data has been deleted. Backblaze keeps data for 30 days after it gets removed from your computers, and this is true for additional hard drives that are unplugged too. If you'd like to learn more about how Backblaze interacts with multiple hard drives, please read our External Drive FAQ.

In order to ensure that your hard drive's data continues being backed up, please:
• Connect all hard drives
• Turn on your computer and connect it to the internet
• Make sure Backblaze is running
• Leave it running for at least a few hours.


I just really need to bite the bullet & purchase a second 8 TB external hard drive from Best Buy for ~$175 and be done. I've stewed about going down during my lunch hour for a couple of weeks now and I just need to do it. I figure I can actually store ~7 TB on a 8 TB external hard drive and for my 'main' external hard drives, I have

Overlooked Classic Gets the JS Treatment

Friday, June 15, 2018



A Subject I Could not Ignore

I could not ignore the email with this subject:

This is the greatest lyric video I’ve ever seen — Toronto’s Kalyna Rakel creates comic book for new album & video “Who Knew”

Thank Goodness! I Was Worried if I2 was going to Be Good

Incredibles 2

Toto Skips Iowa

Toto just announced 40 tour dates, none of which are in Iowa. Springfield, MO or Kansas City are the closest.
  1. 7/30 Vancouver, BC The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
  2. 7/31 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
  3. 8/1 Portland, OR Revolution Hall
  4. 8/3 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
  5. 8/4 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Grand Theatre
  6. 8/5 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
  7. 8/7 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
  8. 8/8 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre (Orange County Fair)
  9. 8/10 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino - Sunset Amphitheater
  10. 8/11 Grand Junction, CO Las Colonias Amphitheater
  11. 8/12 Littleton, CO The Hudson Gardens and Event Center - Outdoor Amphitheatre
  12. 8/14 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
  13. 8/15 Austin, TX Stubbs
  14. 8/17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
  15. 8/18 Atlanta , GA Atlanta Symphony Hall
  16. 8/19 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
  17. 8/21 Kansas City, MO Crossroads KC
  18. 8/23 Windsor, ON The Colosseum At Caesars
  19. 8/24 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
  20. 8/25 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live
  21. 10/20 Greeneville, TN Niswonger Performing Arts
  22. 10/21 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Center
  23. 10/23 Mobile, AL Saenger Theater
  24. 10/24 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
  25. 10/26 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
  26. 10/27 Melbourne, FL King Center For The Arts
  27. 10/28 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
  28. 10/30 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
  29. 11/1 Charleston SC Charleston Music Hall
  30. 11/2 Augusta, GA Miller Theater
  31. 11/3 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
  32. 11/5 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre of Durham
  33. 11/6 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center For The Performing Arts
  34. 11/8 Washington D.C. Warner Theater
  35. 11/9 Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino & Resort - Tropicana Showroom
  36. 11/12 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
  37. 11/13 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
  38. 11/15 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
  39. 11/16 Brookville, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
  40. 11/17 Lynn, MA Lynn Veteran's Memorial Auditorium

The Experts predict Money in the Bank Winners

Loaded Card for Sunday's PPV

Styx in WI Dells

Remember back in November 2017, when I wrote about how Karen was going to Wisconsin Dells, WI, for a "Women's Weekend Away" and that Styx happened to be playing in town that weekend? I just came across these videos from the gig I didn't see. Todd Sucherman, their drummer, was on fire that night!!

Some Blind Poison Links

The Rock at His Best

And later that night, this happened:

Knock on Wood - No EHD Issues to Report!

MiniTool Supplies Users With Different Data Recovery Solutions 2018

How is your marriage doing?

This was in an email I received from David Robbins, FamilyLife CEO, and I thought it was worth capturing on my blog:

Just like every car needs an oil change every few months, we need a gut check or a tune-up in our marriages.

So, how is your marriage doing?

It's not always easy to take a hard look at where your marriage needs work, but asking the tough questions can actually bring you closer to your spouse.

Reading this, you may be thinking, "Oh, I can DEFINITELY tell you where my spouse needs fixing..." But I'd like to encourage you to take a look at your own heart as well.

To help you evaluate your marriage and how well you're pursuing unity with your spouse, we've put together a short quiz called How Well Are You Communicating With Your Spouse?

This quiz will help you see how you communicate with your spouse and offer some suggestions and resources to improve your communication and overall health of your marriage.

I'd love for you to take advantage of this free resource to assess how you are communicating with your spouse.

You can take the quiz at this link.

I hope the results of this quiz offer an opportunity for you and your spouse to have a conversation about where you can improve your relationship. Unity in your marriage is so important, and we want to help you have intentional conversations that draw you closer together - no matter how far you may have drifted away from it.

I am so grateful for you, and I am encouraged by your desire to build a healthy marriage. Please know that FamilyLife is committed to helping you in any way we can. I pray that your marriage will be strengthened through this resource, so it clearly reflects Jesus to those around you.

Ghostly Sandman

From Watch Ghost Honor Metallica With Blistering 'Enter Sandman' Lars Ulrich talks band's unlikely rise after receiving music's "Nobel Prize":

Ulrich seemed humbled as he described Metallica's mainstream breakthrough in the late-Eighties and early-Nineties, and he closed his remarks saying, "Receiving this prize solidifies the idea that no matter how alienated you feel, connecting to other people through music is not only possible but can be outright inspirational and life changing."

Just BACK OFF Ulrich Haters!

Good for Washington!

Growing up, Cedar Rapids Washington (CRW) was a rival high school in the southeast quarter of Cedar Rapids. The southeast quarter of Cedar Rapids is unique because it is where you can go down Bever Avenue and transition from expensive housing to cheap and (sometimes) run-down housing. As I think I've mentioned, I was a swimmer during each of my 4 years in high school and the CRW boy's swim team was dominant. Like, really dominant! I know none of the 4 teams I was on won against CRW at a dual meet and I suspect their dominance has continued. Some of the guys on the CRW boy's swim team were good guys - nice, friendly, personable - while others thought their shit had no odor for one reason or another.

All that said, I am happy to read that, at long last, Cedar Rapids Washington softball is victorious [as the] Warriors split with Dubuque Senior to snap a 55-game skid. I hope it is the first of many victories this season.

Editor's Note: Both "Washington High School" and "softball" are labels that were added thanks to this post.

New Idea

Instead of up-around x 3, I went up 1 and around 11 times in 18 minutes for 2593 steps. I used a green marker for tracking my laps. I will try to do it again each working day until next Friday, to get back into walking shape. The first half of June has been bad for me walking. To be at half of the steps that I recorded last month, I should have 170979 steps.

I have 118293, after what I walked this morning.

I need to average 13513 each day for the next 15 days to equal the 341958 steps that I walked in May.

Yeah... Sure thing!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Miz on Sunday

Shoddy Sound Quality

This page - - includes this video - - of the new Guns-n-Roses tune called "Shadow of Your Love." I get why Guns-n-Roses made the video of their new tune available (because it's a new tune) but the video has shoddy sound quality. I much prefer the way Metallica releases their "MetOnTour" videos, which are mixed prior to releasing the video.

Jason Richardson


Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died


George Lucas’ Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Would Have Been About the Whills

As diehard Star Wars fans may know, George Lucas‘ earliest drafts for the original movie’s script involved a higher order of beings known as the Whills.

My Victories!

Some Hawk Basketball Info

Check out this story from Iowa City Press-Citizen: Mailbag: Will Xavier Foster become too big for Iowa?

The Register's Matthew Bain answers your questions in his weekly Iowa recruiting mailbag.

All Metallica Tunes by a 10 Year-Old in 12 Minutes

Get Deeper in the Pursuit of Health


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Senri Kawaguchi

With over 40 million views on YouTube, Senri Kawaguchi has swept the world with her amazing musicianship and mastery of the drum-set. Her phenomenal rise to fame has earned her accolades from the drumming community, being selected as one of the top-500 drummers in the world by Drummerworld and as the cover artist for an issue of Drumhead magazine. Senri has also released three albums as a solo artist and as part of Kiyo*Sen and has worked with a varied selection of world-class musicians such as David Sanborn, Bootsy Collins, Lee Ritenour, E-girls, Philip Seth and Guthrie Govan.

Clumsy Writing

I didn't post this, but it has been posted for 10 years

Using Excel Tables

I use MS Excel daily and have done so for many years throughout my career as a technical writer. It's eye-opening to learn that Excel isn't a table, which I didn't know until I read this:

Combine "Slayer" and "WHAM!" and you get "SlAM!"


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I Could Train That Behavior Out of Her

Just SHOW SOME RESPECT for the Past

Good Show

I Want It

When someone says they want pictures and home videos burned to DVDs, instead of uploading both assets to Cloud storage, and offer only "I want it [a DVD of the pictures and home videos]" as their reason why, it's a conversation killer. There's no point in continuing the discussion. How do you argue point-counterpoint when there is no point? Ben Shapiro;s article - No, 'Star Wars' Isn't Failing Because Of Hateful Trolls. It's Failing Because Kathleen Kennedy Has Done A Garbage Job. by Ben Shapiro - points this out when he writes about the legion of Star Wars fans that don't like what Kathleen Kennedy has done with the Star Wars franchise in recent years. He lays out his argument as follows:

Kennedy had two choices upon being granted the helm of the Star Wars universe:
  1. fast-forward fifty years, beyond the original characters, and reboot, losing the nostalgia of the original characters but gaining freshness;
  2. recast the original characters and pick up where Return of the Jedi left off.
Instead, in fully risk averse fashion, she chose door leech off the nostalgia while introducing new characters a few years in the future.

I like Ben Shapiro, as a political commentator because of the way he breaks down whatever he is talking about in a way that makes sense to me. I like passages like this:

Calling your audience a bunch of deplorables didn’t work well for Hillary Clinton; it’s not going to work well for Disney, either.

That said, my take on the whole "Star Wars Haters" crowd is that they are very similar to music fans by which I mean that if a band makes an album that sounds like their previous one - looking at you AC/DC - the band is written off as simply rewriting their previous album. If a band makes an album that sounds nothing like their previous one to the casual listener - looking at you Metallica - the band is written off as trying to be hip to the modern music scene. The fans that wrote off Metallica claim that they haven't sounded good since "And Justice for All" and that they stopped caring about Metallica when they "sold out" and released the "Black" album. Those same fans want an album that sounds like "Master of Puppets" but I suspect have also been the ones adoring "Spit Out the Bone" on "Hardwired to Self-Destruct" (their latest album) and that album's final track. They write off the opening track as a rehash of other Metallica fast-tempo tunes ("Battery" or "Damage Inc." come to mind) before going on to praise "Spit Out the Bone." Personally, I have no problem with "Spit Out the Bone" as a tune - it's fantastic and exciting and interesting. What gets me is that these same fans also would have no issue if Metallica played "Fade to Black," which is their ballad from their second album. Wait. If you want Metallica to be "heavy" like their first four albums, then why is it okay for the band to release "Fade to Black" on their second album but not "Nothing Else Matters" on their fifth album? I would argue those two tunes follow the same pattern of starting out slow before transitioning to the more aggressive ending, but I don't have a degree in music - just English.

The Metallica fans that have wrote off the band's recent tunes are the same as the Star Wars fans that have wrote off both the prequel trilogy as well as "The Force Awakens," "Rogue One," "The Last Jedi" and, most recently, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" as not being up to par of the original trilogy, but when you ask them about any of those movies they have wrote off, they claim ignorance and say, "I haven't seen any of them but I know about them." That's illogical and both Sheldon Cooper and Spock - two fictional characters that enjoy arguments based upon logic, not emotion, would love.

There's also this article - Can 'Star Wars' Survive Kathleen Kennedy's Critically Acclaimed Box Office Hits? - but I am using this post to talk about the Shapiro article because "I want it."

Monday, June 11, 2018

10 Years

Glenn Campbell - I"m not Gonna Miss You

I think I just found my funeral tune.

[Lyrics Glen Campbell - I'm Not Gonna Miss You]
I'm still here, but yet I'm gone
I don't play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you 'til the end

You're the last person I will love
You're the last face I will recall
And best of all, I'm not gonna miss you
Not gonna miss you

I'm never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You're never gonna see it in my eyes
It's not gonna hurt me when you cry

I'm never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains
I'm not gonna miss you
I'm not gonna miss you

Sun Dogs


I'd never heard of Father John Misty until I read this article:

It's Over

Spoiler warning if you have been watching "Fear the Walking Dead" but didn't see last night's mid-season finale, don't watch this video!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Which is it: played more than 9000 or performed live over 9000 times

This is a case when the author of this blurb ran out of data points and repeated what had already been mentioned.

I would have 'published' the following:

French is most famous for his role as the founding member and one of the guitarists of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Since his first performances with Twisted Sister, French has played more than 9000 concert performances. Being an avid runner, French has also completed two New York Marathons, in 1981 and 1986. As a guitar player, manager, producer and executive producer, French has sold over 20 million albums, and performed in 34 countries and performed live over 9,000 times.

I think that eliminates the clunky "performed" and "performed" construction.

Some Victory for Me

When My Kid Steps On The Legos He Refused To Clean Up


On the list of movies I will NEVER EVER POSSIBLY watch in my lifetime, I will add this movie.

Should I start a list of movies to play if I'm in a medically-induced coma so that I can come out of my coma and proudly boast that I watched it? Perhaps.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Band

Hammil Won

Cantina Aliens

Top 20 KISS

Eddie Trunk's Top 20 Kiss songs:
  1. Lover Her all I can 
  2. A Million to One 
  3. Larger than Life 
  4. Rocket Ride 
  5. Strange Ways 
  6. I Want You 
  7. Magic Touch 
  8. 100,000 Years 
  9. Creatures of the Night 
  10. C'mon and Love Me 
  11. Rock Bottom (Live) 
  12. Flaming Youth 
  13. Got to Choose 
  14. Mr. Speed 
  15. King of the Nighttime World 
  16. Black Diamond 
  17. Love Gun 
  18. Strutter 
  19. Deuce (Live) 
  20. Detroit Rock City

August 9th in Dubuque is Becoming More and More of a Tempatation...


'Itching to Finish' off the Series, Kevin Durant Finally Pushes Aside LeBron

Look at the Bright Side of Ugh Moment

CBJ News

From my "Corridor Business Journal" email that I received today at 8:03 AM:

UIHC needs millions to dissolve health alliance

University of Iowa Health Care needs to spend $9.5 million to fully dissolve the UI Health Alliance, a network of four regional providers the university said it would leave earlier this year, the Gazette reports. UIHC on Wednesday told the state's Board of Regents it needs $7.5 million "to meet cash flow requirements to facilitate discontinuance," and another $2 million to cover "residual cash flows of UI Community Connect projects," which worked to bring IT infrastructure to health care providers. UIHC is seeking to transfer that money to a separate nonprofit, UI Health System, which manages the alliance - a move that has some precedent. The regents last approved a $30 million transfer in 2014 to help the alliance develop a "clinically integrated network capable of pooling their collective abilities and knowledge."

Related links:

Self-Service at McD!

Kiosks @ Mickie Dee's!

Why I Do Not Regret NOT Reading the Iowa City Press-Citizen

It seems like a lifetime ago, but I used to mock the Iowa City Press-Citizen for their writing. I have a spiral notebook, somewhere, with clippings from the newspaper that are awe-inspiring stupid. The one I remember most vividly is the caption under a picture that said a driver was "driving east from Iowa to Nebraska" - and because it's a caption, it means the driver either said it wrong and the reporter quoted him correctly or the reporter heard the general context of what the driver was saying and wrote the caption independent of a direct quote from the driver. In either scenario, that's just stupidity.

When I saw the caption below at the eye doctor in the waiting area, I felt like writing "...bats during aa game at..." ranks up there as being equally stupid as driving east from Iowa to get to Nebraska. To do so would require driving to a state like North Carolina, getting on a ship and riding on it with your car to Europe, then driving across Europe and Asia up to Alaska, then south to Washington state and then down to Colorado to get to Nebraska so you can be driving east to get to Nebraska. Do the editors at this newspaper have eyes?

Ludicrous speed anyone?!?

"Petty excuse for an officer..." - Oh my gosh. "Petty officer!" I've watched this movie (too) many times, but I just caught that!

FYI: Not Every Cop is Like This

Arizona Cops On Paid Leave After Video Shows Them Beating Unarmed Man

Editor's Note: Never intended "The Police" label to be used for posts like this, but it's understandable.

Practice Sessions

1.5 hours of practicing!

I know it's live because at this point - - his son comes in to tell him "good news and good news - what do you want to hear first?" Love it! This is Rob Brown's 26:15 long practice video! I want the click he is playing along to in this video!!!

Not a Huge DB Fan

There's a radio station (98.5 in Iowa City) that claims it plays "smart rock" on its station. Whenever Rock 108 plays Nine Inch Nails or Deftones or Filter (c'mon - do I really need to hear "Hey Man Nice Shot" again?!?) or Aerosmith (please! if "Walk This Way" has to be played, mix it up with the Run DMC collaboration just to mess with people), I change to their station. When I got in the truck this AM, the radio was set at 98.5 and, when this song began, I didn't change it. I'm not a huge Doobie Brothers fan - I've never had "The Doobie Brothers" as a label on any of the 6000ish posts on this blog - but I respect what they've done. I have their 'greatest hits' tunes and, on occasion, I give that a spin.

My all-time favorite DB tune is "China Grove" because I love the guitar riff:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It’s OK to have a hobby

GS Arrested for Not Paying Hotel Bill

Grandmaster Sexay Arrested for Not Paying Hotel Bill


Unnecessary "To Me"

I never feel like it's a curse to look at writing and instantaneously edit the words in my head, which I did when I saw the following on my up / around³ at work this morning.

My revised text is this: True leadership means inspiring others to do & be their best, building them up instead of making them feel small. It's the little things that give me energy.


These were in my Indeed newsletter today:


Technical Writer
Sedona Staffing 283 reviews - Dubuque, IA 52001
$32 - $40 an hour
PAY: $32-$40/HOUR

Technical Writing Skills – Will be writing technical writing for training purposes
Soft Skill Training – Customer Service (with both internal and external customers), Communication
Training Design for both technical and soft skills
Strong listening skills to understand needs and then the ability to translate needs to training
Analytical skills – understand how the training will impact the business

Nice to Have:
Experience using Authoring Tools such as Camtasia/Captivate
Ability to create and present synchronous and asynchronous training

Please email resume to
Sedona Staffing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
16 hours ago


Quality Engineer/Technical Writer
Assa Abloy 288 reviews - Mason City, IA 50401
Implement and sustain elements of the QMS (Quality Management System). These include corrective actions, supplier quality management, root-cause analysis for customer complaints, change control, audit process, standard procedures, test methods and process controls.
Write, edit, and deploy standardized technical documentation for the organization. This includes but is not limited to Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, Forms, ISO14001 documentation, Material and Design Specifications, Training Materials, Polices, etc.
Serve as the champion for the Document Control System for the organization.
Conduct formal root-cause analysis and corrective actions to understand and eliminated defective products.
Develop process controls of reduce process variation to target control limits.
Generate quality scorecards and report to all aspects of plant quality.
Monitor, control, and analyze product and process quality to meet internal and external customer requirements.
Participate in continuous improvement initiatives.
Partner with production in detecting root causes for defects during production phases.
Work with management staff in analyzing data for purpose of developing and implementing preventative measures to limit or eliminate quality defects.
Participate in and facilitate Lean Six Sigma process improvement opportunities throughout the plant.
Assist with resolution on customer NCR claims in concert with Warranty Claims Manager, by participating in root cause analysis and corrective action planning.
Abides by, supports and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations, AADG policies and procedures and the ASSA ABLOY Code of Conduct.
Other duties as assigned

#CB Education:
Associates Degree, Bachelor’s degree preferred in technical field.
Six sigma or Lean GB certification desired or ability to attain within 1 year.

0-2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment.

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to be able to identify problems quickly and find the underlying causes so changes can be made.
Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills. Will work closely with quality technicians, supply chain, engineering, and operations teams throughout the manufacturing facility.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills. This role will relay complex ideas to a wide range of audiences.
Strong attention to detail.
Understanding of Quality Management Tools to include Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control, MS-Excel, Visio, DOE, DFR, etc.
Ability to multi-task & handle tasks with competing priorities.
Effective and efficient use of Microsoft office programs including MS-Excel, MS Word, and MS Power-Point, MS Access or comparable programs.
Change agent with energy, passion & enthusiasm.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Trashy Situation!

Hell on Wheels: The Rogue World of One of New York’s Major Trash Haulers

GP was a Great Show!

Jonathan & Jojo

And by practicing this video each day for hours a day for year after year, this would be how I can play like J & J:

Get to work me!


I like this!

A Dream

From the san antonio > for sale > musical instruments - by owner page comes this, which I am not planning to purchase.


All drums are lacquer painted no covering
All birch shell 24 x 18 Kick drums
TOM 12'' x 10''
TOM 13'' x 12''
TOM 14'' x 13''
TOM 16'' x 14''
16 x16
18 x 16
1 12'' SPLASH

a lot of cables and extra mikes

CD PLAYER turnable used once

1 EACH TOM 12 X 10
1 EACH TOM 13 X 11



Here are the pictures that make me drool:

Club Scene in JW

The video below is from a movie that was rated R by the MPAA. Viewer beware!