Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Acoustic Sweet Spot & Other Gems...

A Tease for Tomorrow

Tomorrow, my Counting Down the 100 Days until the Bayside Concert at Gabes Oasis on 1/30/2019! page will be updated with another 10 tunes! If you haven't heard tunes 100 - 91, today is your last day to get caught up! Otherwise, you'll have 20 tunes to listen to, which I think might be overwhelming.
October 22, 2018 100 - 91
November 1, 2018 90 - 81
November 11, 2018 80 - 71
November 21, 2018 70 - 61
November 30, 2018 60 - 51
December 10, 2018 50 - 41
December 20, 2018 40 - 31
January 9, 2019 30 - 21
January 20, 2019 20 - 11
January 29, 2019 10 - 01


Everclear Arrives in

Everclear



Favorite 3 Everclear tunes in order:
This is their latest album - I never knew until reading the above that it existed!

Warning: there's adult language sung in the first track - haven't listened to the entire album - there may be more!



43 Years Ago

On 10/31/1975, the Queen single "Bohemian Rhapsody" is released in the United Kingdom by EMI Records. I was 5 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 6 days (2157 days) old. This means that tune has been available to "the world" for 15706 days and, likely, it has been played on the radio 15706 times (at least). The video has had 667,772,085 views:


However, the first time I have ever heard Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" on the radio was yesterday on Rock 108. I'm not saying it has never been played on the radio - it's the first time I've heard it on the radio.


My earliest recollection of hearing Queen was hearing this tune at Super Skate in Cedar Rapids. I would guess it was in the early 1980s.


What is Going On?!?



From FOX NEWS FIRST: Dem hypocrisy on display as Trump targets birthright citizenship:

DEMOCRATIC HYPOCRISY ON BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP EXPOSED: President Trump ignited a national debate when, while speaking to "Axios on HBO," he announced his intention to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship, which he called "ridiculous" ... However, top Republicans are pointing to a 1993 speech by then-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, in which the future Democratic Senate majority leader argued that "no sane country" would award citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born on its soil and promoted his own legislation to end the practice. In his speech, Reid advocated passing a law that would grant citizenship only to the children of mothers in the U.S. legally. Reid reversed his position in 1999, shortly after the powerful union group AFL-CIO changed its position to support birthright citizenship.

Within hours of the Reid clip surfacing Tuesday, Republican leaders were quick to highlight Democrats' changing tune on immigration. "Stopping the flow of illegal immigration used to be a bipartisan issue," Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman, wrote on Twitter. "But the Democrat leaders of today want to abolish ICE and open our borders." Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reposted an article about Reid's speech.  - Reported by Gregg Re. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re
·         What does the 14th Amendment actually say? A look at birthright citizenship

I Should Reread This Thought Every Day!

What thought would that be? This one:

The past is history, so let it go. The future is a mystery, so let it come. The present is a gift – be truly in the present today and release all your fears (based on the past) and your worries (imagined futures) – this is the work of someone who truly wants to awaken, and break free from the anchors and burdens of dead yesterdays and speculative tomorrows.

To see a pretty picture that will make you smile, see Be Here Now.

This is to make Me Appreciate when ALL of this Cleaning Up is OVER!

Deleting 26736 empty directories because I created empty directories by running a DOS Batch file to sort files will someday be a task like creating a journal on a PC running a 386 processor with 25 MB free. Yeah, that was me in 1996-ish. That's a terrible example, but it's the first one popping into my head this morning. My point is that I sincerely believe I will look back at this post - someday - and marvel at the hoops I created and then jumped through in the effort to back up my files.

Yoga is Catching on with Every Demographic


A Little Chamber Music for Spook's Day!



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

1 Minute



Dishonesty

Trivia



Lars Until He's 80

LARS ULRICH Hopes METALLICA Can Keep Going For Another 20-25 Years

From a Decade Ago



What I Watched

  1. WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from October 29 Kevin Berge October 29, 2018
  2. WWE Raw Results: Ambrose Offers No Explanation and Top Takeaways Erik Beaston October 30, 2018

GVF is Terrible, Per PF

There's some pointed advice about writing music reviews in this article: On Pitchfork’s 1.6 out 10 Review of Greta Van Fleet October 30th, 2018 at 9:53am Vince Neilstein


No - Not that Company

No, this is not the job I mentioned earlier today (duh! That job was for a "Technical Communication Specialist" job and this is for a "Technical Writer II" job), but I thought it was interesting. I assigned the "crappy jobs that I won't apply for" label because of this line in the job description:
Ability to apply fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, and units of measure.
I was an English major for a reason!! 😁

Technical Writer II

Highway Equipment Company
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Desired: Microsoft Office
The Technical Writer II position is responsible for creating and publishing technical documentation such as operator manuals, parts pages, and work instructions. Interprets technical information and creates documentation in a clear and concise manner. This position requires proficient communication and technical ability. This position will receive specific instruction, in addition to general direction of key objectives, to complete essential duties.
Key Responsibilities

RESULTS

Critical
55%

  • Develops and maintains company technical documentation including product operator manuals, parts pages, and work instructions, training documents, etc.
  • Creates high quality product manuals that meet applicable standards and is appropriate for the audience.
  • Acquires knowledge of equipment operation and standards for use in technical documentation.
  • Studies engineering drawings, sketches, parts lists, specifications, mock-ups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.

Productivity / Job Knowledge
20%

  • Works closely with design engineering on technical information needed to produce manuals.
  • Designs models, animations, and other interactive features for manuals, training, and procedures using technology including SolidWorks and Composer.
  • Reads journals, reports, and other material to become familiar with product technologies and industry standards.
  • Reviews manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.
  • Considers size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, selects style and size of type, and recommends / arranges layout based upon available space and aesthetic design concepts.
  • Prepares electronic files and final layouts for printing. Communicates specifications to the printer. May also be involved in the assembly.
  • Reviews final layout and suggests improvements as needed.
  • Prepares illustrations for each project as needed.
  • Remains current in software, technology, and design/layout techniques.
  • Creates and maintains the information architecture.
  • Assists in photo shoots. And captures photos for documentation purposes as needed.
  • Organizes material and completes writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Reviews published materials and recommends revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding. Maintains records and files of work and revisions.
  • Suggests or recommends photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material. Assists in laying out material for publication.
  • Reviews standards (ISO, ANSI, etc) and applies to manuals and internal documents.
  • Reviews government regulations and safety standards for our equipment.
  • Effectively manages time and work load.

Dependability
15%

  • Demonstrates a good attendance record; is aware of the impact that missing work will have on the customer as well as co-workers.
  • Completes goals/projects on time or ahead of schedule.
  • Responds to work assignments and requests by being cooperative and available.
  • Follows through and meets commitments.
  • Available as a resource to subordinates and/or peers.

Safety
10%

  • Follows safety procedures, protocols, policies, and adheres to all SAFESTART concepts, and acts when others are not holding themselves accountable.

Total
100%

CORE VALUES

Act Like an Owner.
20%

  • Leads by example and takes ownership in everything you do and or say.
  • If you see something, say something and follow through until it's right.
  • Treats others with respect and kindness.

Be Interested. Stay Interested.
20%

  • Isn’t complacent. Seizes opportunities to learn by participating in activities to increase understanding.

Create Change. Start With Yourself.
20%

  • Asks "why", is open-minded, and challenges the status quo.
  • Leads and supports changes for the sake of improvement.

Seek New Perspectives.
20%

  • Seeks new perspectives from all available sources to challenge your own, and brings them into your decision making process.
  • Involves all stakeholders in making decisions. Is open to input from all sources.

Fail Fast. Learn Fast.
20%

  • Considers long and short-term outcomes when making decisions.
  • Is fearless.
  • Readily admits mistakes.

Total
100%

Requirements

Qualifications and Essential Skills:
  • Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with four (4) years of experience in the manufacturing setting, or related area; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to grasp technical concepts and make them easily understandable in text and illustrations.
  • Experience working with and across diverse cross-functional teams.
  • Strong CAD skills (SolidWorks preferred).
  • Highly detailed and organized.
  • Experience with researching and analyzing data such as customer design proposal, specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of application.
  • Experience in effectively presenting information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Experience in solving practical problems and dealing with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of safety rules, operating & maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read, and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write documents such as work instructions, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to apply fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions, and units of measure.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with Adobe Design software preferred.
  • Experience with SolidWorks Composer preferred.
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly required to sit and interface with computer systems while maintaining a high level of concentration. The employee is also regularly required to stand and walk while performing the duties of the job. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands/fingers to handle or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet. Employee may be exposed to shop environment while distributing documents to shop area. When on shop floor, employee will be required to wear safety glasses at all times, steel-toed footwear and ear protection when job demands presence in areas outside safety zones and gloves when handling material. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration, and occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the plant shop environment is moderately loud.
We consider applicants for all position without regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
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Highway Equipment Company (HECO) - 24 days ago

Brilliant!

The equivalent of The Onion for heavy music fans is MetalSucks.net which I have linked to elsewhere on this blog. The latest funny thing that they posted is this article: Clickbait Magazine Says These are the 25 Best Metal Albums of All Time. In case you don't want to leave this page to view their Top 25, here they are:

25. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
24. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
23. Napalm Death - From Enslavement to Obliteration
22. Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol
21. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
20. Tool - 10,000 Days
19. Slayer - God Hates Us All
18. Slipknot - All Hope is Gone
17. Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzmosis
16. In Flames - Soundtrack to Your Escape
15. Korn - Korn III: Remember Who You Are
14. Morbid Angel - Heretic
13. Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence
12. Megadeth - The System Has Failed
11. Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
10. Pantera - Reinventing the Steel
9. Lamb of God - Wrath
8. Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution
7. Damn Yankees - Don’t Tread
6. Mötley CrĂŒe - New Tattoo
5. Anthrax - Stomp 442
4. Guns N’ Roses - “The Spaghetti Incident?”
3. Adema - Topple the Giants
2. Metallica - …And Justice for All
1. Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave

Just in case you aren't sure that it's meant to be interpreted as satire, there's this clue:

ATH - 13 Lies Employers Tell About Job Offers

I'm pretty sure I've bemoaned not knowing about Nick Corcodilos during my job search in 2016. I think just reading Corcodilos' perspective would have been really helpful during those days between when I was laid off from Pearson and when my current manager offered my current job to me.

While my job search in 2016 has been on my mind this week - and yes, I know it's only Tuesday! - I've also been thinking about my job search in 2011 because I happened to see a "Technical Communication Specialist" opening at the Unnamed Hellhole in southern Iowa, yesterday. Readers of this blog will recall that the Unnamed Hellhole in southern Iowa company is the label I've given to the company I left Quintrex to join. It's also the company I hated working at. I stayed there for a mere 5 months, 3 weeks, 5 days (177 of the longest days of my E N T I R E  L I F E!!), which is how long it took before I was informed I was not a good fit for the role, which was also called Technical Communication Specialist.

What I noticed in the job ad yesterday were two things:
  1. The job description mentions the need to adhere to standards.
    • When I was at that company, I asked my co-worker what the standard was for spaces after a period. Her response was "Use one unless it looks funny, then use two." I sincerely hope that isn't a "standard" they are wanting this role to adhere to!
  2. The job description mentions that there is a desire to hire a person into this role who has experience with Madcap Software and HTML.
    • When I was at that company, my purpose was to write online Help for their budding software products. However, the idea of using another tool, such as Madcap Flare or RoboHelp for that online Help, was off the table because the department used InDesign in the most asinine possible way on the planet. It was interesting to me to see Madcap Software and HTML listed in the job description when those were not options when I was there.
I worked at the Unnamed Hellhole in southern Iowa and I don't regret anything about the experience. While it's been a whopping 7 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 3 days (2757 days) since I worked there, I went through the following logic in my head.
  1. Had I not left Quintrex for the Unnamed Hellhole in southern Iowa, I don't really know if I would have been hired at Pearson. 
    1. Had I not been hired at Pearson, I don't really know if I would have had at least two things happen that happened during my time at Pearson. 
      1. Professionally, I know that working with Confluence and learning about includes and snippets and variables ignited a passion for my work. I don't know if I would have ever found that renewed passion 
      2. Outside of work, I know without a shadow of a doubt that because Pearson sent me to WritersUA 2012 in Memphis, TN, I found the fire within me for playing drums in an Ideal Band was reignited. I don't know if I would have ever met Joe or Matthew, who were in Lou's Classic Ride with me, or if I would have thought to ask Brian Guitar to play guitar in that band with me. It was such a fluke that Brian Guitar's schedule allowed him to be off early on Friday during the summer. Pearson's policy of allowing its employees to work 36 hours M - R and then 4 hours on Fridays  allowed Joe, Matthew, and I to be able to rehearse on Friday afternoons as well.
        1. Had I not been laid off at Pearson, I don't really know if I would have been hired here.
As you just read, there is a direct relationship between working at the Unnamed Hellhole in southern Iowa and what I do now. As I just wrote, absolutely NO, I don't regret anything about the experience. A lot of elements fell into place and for all of those elements mentioned above and being removed by my internal editor as I write these words, without the good and the bad in life, I wouldn't be where I am now. This article by Nick Corcodilos - 13 lies employers tell about job offers - was published today and while not directly related to anything I have wrote above, just knowing about his existence has seemed to somehow reinforce how God has blessed me by being able to live the life I lead.

My wife is my best friend. I just want us to grow old together.

There Is More to Life Than Politics by Erick Erickson is more of a love letter to the world than a political article. I found myself in tears as I read this article, which confirms two truths in my life, which are that 1) EE is an amazing author and 2) I long to be able to string words in the right order to bring tears to anyone and everyone who reads my words.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Every Metallica Riff... In 4 Minutes

https://youtu.be/uIjFgVxvuTw

NB v RR - Full Match

Not ONE Session Appeals to Me...

The guy who used to put on the WritersUA conference now puts on the Convey UX conference and, just from the titles of the sessions on this page - https://conveyux.com/agenda/ - I could not find a single session I'd want to attend even with the thinnest hint of relevance to what I do on a daily basis. Sure, looking at the UX for the disaster recovery & Knowledge Management projects at work could be something valuable, but not in the way I interpret the session titles. I guess that's okay - I'll always have Writers UA 2012 to think about. In fact, I have the huge inches thick binder from that conference on my bookshelf at work.

On this Day, minus 365...



This is Why MK was Fired

Here's where MK said the words that got her off of TV: https://youtu.be/VY1Hf2taOPY?t=243:



I adore the face of the woman circled in red below. You should re-watch the above video and pay attention to her reactions as they are truly spectacular!

Here's what Jimmy Kimmel did in the year 2000 and he has a nightly TV show. What I really want to know is why is it okay for MK to lose her job but JK to not lose his job? I mean, if talking about putting on blackface is enough to get you fired, where are the consequences for actually putting on blackface?

Another reaction...


Trev is On Fire ... Not Literally... Of Course

There are two camps when it comes to "The Walking Dead":
  1. Those who think that the character of Rick Grimes will die
  2. Those who think that the character of Rick Grimes will NOT die and will be rescued by a helicopter or by Daryl or by Jadis or a secret 4th option
I am in the first camp. I think Rick Grimes will die and that will be that. I HOPE it's the second camp, but I believe the first camp.


Cool Whip & a Bear


KISS' 2019 'End of the Road' World Tour Starts in January




And what happens? No date in Iowa among their Midwest dates:
|
Feb. 27 -- Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
March 1 -- Milwaukee, Wis. @ Fiserv Forum
March 2 -- Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
March 4 -- Minneapolis, Minn. @ Target Center
March 6 -- Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
March 7 -- Omaha, Neb. @ CHI Health Center Omaha
March 9 -- Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
March 10 -- Moline, Ill. @ TaxSlayer Center
March 12 -- Louisville, Ky. @ KFC Yum! Center
|
KS to WI to IL to MN to SD to NE to MI to IL (Quad Cities - close to Davenport, IA) to KY... but no date in IA.

The question then becomes was seeing KISS at Chicago Open Air "close enough" to the end of their career to nullify the necessity of seeing KISS at the TaxSlayer Center? Good question! Alex & I are going to go see Shinedown / Papa Roach / Asking Alexandria the following Saturday night (3/16) so it would be quite the concert week. It's kind of funny how, at one point, as a family, we were planning to go to Cleveland, OH, to see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for Spring Break 2019 and, in my head, that trip would include a stop in Indy to see Metallica on Monday, March 11, 2019. It's funny now because if I had pushed my way into getting Metallica tickets for Indy, I wouldn't likely have the ability to even think about seeing KISS in Moline on their final tour.

ROBOCOPY Returns to My Focus

I started out the day running this DOS Batch file that uses the more efficient "ROBOCOPY" command instead of the tested / verified / awesome "XCOPY" command. However, I quickly realized that the commands below were insufficient because each ROBOCOPY command was set up to copy the entire "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" folder into each of the sub-folders within the c:\rh\drm folder structure, which is not what I want to do. What I want is:

to copy the CSV files within S:\Disaster Recovery Planning to the c:\rh\drm\csv folder
to copy the DOC* files within S:\Disaster Recovery Planning to the c:\rh\drm\DOC folder
repeating that logic for each of the file types I've specified in the commands below.

This is my original code:

cd\
c:
cd c:\rh\drm
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\csv
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\doc
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\jpg
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\png
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\pdf
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\ppt
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\txt
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\vsd
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\xls
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\zip
pause
md c:\rh\drm\csv
md c:\rh\drm\doc
md c:\rh\drm\jpg
md c:\rh\drm\png
md c:\rh\drm\pdf
md c:\rh\drm\ppt
md c:\rh\drm\txt
md c:\rh\drm\vsd
md c:\rh\drm\xls
md c:\rh\drm\zip
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\csv *.csv /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\doc *.doc* /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\jpg *.jpg /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\png *.png /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\pdf *.pdf /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\ppt *.ppt* /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\txt *.txt /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\vsd *.vsd* /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\xls *.xls* /E
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\zip *.zip /E
pause

I am very happy I had inserted "pause" commands so that I could check the progress in the destination folder because I quickly realized my syntax was wrong. Thanks to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/472692/how-to-copy-a-directory-structure-but-only-include-certain-files-using-windows, I know what I would need to do and, actually, I've improved upon the process. My original idea was to use a separate command to copy each file type to a folder for that file type, but now I realize, I can use a single command to copy the files to a single directory structure, use SearchMyFiles.exe to look for all the files in that single folder structure - instead of specifying each sub-folder - select all the files, cut, and paste into the root folder. Then I still use a second DOS Batch file to move each file type to a folder for that file type.

cd\
c:
cd c:\rh\drm
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\csv
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\doc
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\jpg
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\msg
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\png
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\pdf
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\ppt
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\txt
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\vsd
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\xls
rd /s /q c:\rh\drm\zip
pause
md c:\rh\drm\csv
md c:\rh\drm\doc
md c:\rh\drm\jpg
md c:\rh\drm\msg
md c:\rh\drm\png
md c:\rh\drm\pdf
md c:\rh\drm\ppt
md c:\rh\drm\txt
md c:\rh\drm\vsd
md c:\rh\drm\xls
md c:\rh\drm\zip
pause
robocopy "S:\Disaster Recovery Planning" c:\rh\drm\baggage *.csv *.doc* *.jpg *.msg *.png *.pdf *.ppt* *.txt *.vsd* *.xls *.zip /E

One command instead of 10 is always a cool thing!
It makes the requirements for using SearchMyFiles.exe easier as well. Here's the before:



See? Much more slick!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fatal Football Game

https://www.thegazette.com/obituaries/mark-decker-20181024-0000140207-01#comments

Halloween is Near!

https://themuse.jezebel.com/visiting-the-big-bang-theory-on-its-deathbed-week-5-1830022235

KR Meets DV?

RUMOR: Leaked 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Scene Sees Kylo Ren Meet Darth Vader

The next feud

What's Next for Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins After Stunning Shield Breakup?

Endorsement

I know Lonny as a good guy and as a sensible guy. It's interesting to me to see Lonny's endorsement for KK because our household has been inundated with mailers about him.

If he wasn't a member of the Democratic party, which as a party platform approves of abortion - the legal murder of a baby - I would vote for KK.

Now the World is Gone - I'm Just One

The real story behind One by Metallica By Mick Wall a day ago Classic Rock Metallica's One single cemented their status as one of the greatest metal bands in the world – here's the story of how it came to life
This article is crap. It really is. There's nothing about the writing process or how the riff came together. Worthless!!


One of my Favorite Albums - Front to Back - is SATD



Doesn't mean I have to like Vince Neil in concert - I think he's a terrible vocalist in concert. Evidence? Suffer through this:


Backblaze Status as of today @ 6:28

By my simple math, 24.66325911764779 % of my files have been backed up. I would say that's terrible to have had the software for nearly a year and to only be 24.66325911764779 % done, but I've had a couple of false starts along the way. I purchased a different laptop when I was having the issues with the config file and, as you may recall, was told it was because I was using a 32-bit OS instead of a 64-bit OS. I have been dwelling about how to ensure I am using BackBlaze to its full potential. I currently have so many drives:

B - 4TB
D - 4TB
E - 8TB
G - 4TB
I - 4TB
J - 4TB
T - 8TB
U - 2TB
V - 1TB
Y - 4TB
   43TB

And the above does not include these drives:

M - MyCloud
N - MyCloud
Z - Alex's backup

It feels like I am being silly and foolish to be able to list out that I have 43TB of storage and not feel like I have a single set of data that can be backed up. I have so many copies of so many files, it makes me almost nauseous to think about it.

The worst part? I don't have a plan to create that single set of data and to then incorporate new files into the single set of data. When I write "single set of data," I mean I have MP3s, JPGs, PDFs, DOCs, BMPs, PNGs, XLSs, ZIPS, WAVs, WMAs, 3GPs, and HTMLs scattered throughout that 43TB and have no clue if the MP3s on drive E are a backup or the collection of files I should be making changes to. It's such a mess. I really need to wrap my head around it and sooner than later as I have been working on all of this for ~2.5 years. It's lunacy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

110 of 159 is in the Books

Concert review: Metallica kept playing and playing, and then kept staying and staying - By Théoden Janes - tjanes@charlotteobserver.com - October 23, 2018 01:29 PM - Updated October 23, 2018 08:14 PM

7000 Posts

If all of my scheduled posts were published today instead of when they are scheduled to be published, I would have 7000 posts on this blog!
I posted my first post on 11/26/2007, which means for 10 years, 10 months, 4 weeks (3985 days) I've been writing my opinions here. Over the course of those 3985 days, I average 1.744 posts a day. There are 33 days until my 11 year anniversary, which will mean I've existed 4018 days. To average 2 posts / day (4018 x 2), I need to be at 8036 published posts. I am at 6952, which means I'm 1084 short. 1084 / 33 days = 32.84848484848485, which I'll round up to 33 posts / day. 

It's a lot of words for a very simple conclusion: I'm not going to average 2 posts a day on this blog's 11th anniversary.

Didn't Win the $1.6 BILLION Winning Ticket


That Thump was My Head against My Desk...


Can I Change the Past? NO!!

Letting bygones be bygones is easier if you remember you cannot change the past, but you definitely can change the future. You can change here and now so that a mistake is not repeated.

Question for You

The Parking Garage... First Vehicle

The Moon Last Night

Joke

wonderful life

Worst. Idea. EVER!!!

I think I might have seen one or two of these movies - Pirates of the Caribbean - but it wasn't a franchise I could fall in love with, which I have with the Indiana Jones franchise, the Star Wars franchise, the Die Hard franchise, and, oh, the Lethal Weapon franchise - that's a nice even number of franchises to think about on a Wednesday morning at 5:58 AM...


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rollins' Story




Camila - Blame It On Bad Luck-Bayside (Live Cover)

This was released 5 years ago today, but I only watched it for the first time in September 2018. I like it. I looked at another tune by Camila, but didn't like it enough to embed it here



It is 99 days until Bayside plays at Gabes Oasis on Wednesday, January 30. Depending upon Megan's schedule - if she can even go - I might do the special VIP ticket so I can be witness to their soundcheck.

D & D by B in 19