Friday, November 30, 2018

Top 5 Moments

Tears fell when I watched this video, starting at 4:17.

Not as D as It Sounds

Interviewing Girls Who Have Never Seen 'Star Wars'

It's Just a Movie


Key Moments Compilation - S3 (Part 4)


I can watch this on a Loop

Bayside Setlist on Last Night!

Per, these are the tunes Bayside played last night. I am hoping that "The Ghost" continues to be included in their setlist when they reach Gabes in Iowa City in a short 61 days that I'm sure will feel like 60 x 61 days!
  1. Moceanu
  2. Devotion and Desire
  3. Howard
  4. It Don't Exist
  5. I Think I'll Be OK
  6. Not Fair
  7. Transitive Property
  8. Mary
  9. They Looked Like Strong Hands
  10. Duality
  11. I Can't Go On
  12. The Ghost
  13. Sick, Sick, Sick
  14. Blame It On Bad Luck
  15. Pigsty
  16. On Love, On Life
  17. Don't Call Me Peanut
  18. Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis cover)
  19. Landing Feet First

Live Bayside from 10-2018 & 9-2018

In addition to finding the video below, I've finished this page: Counting Down the 100 Days until the Bayside Concert at Gabes Oasis on 1/30/2019!:

3 or 2 Rev. Robert Levenhagen Obits

  3. You have to pay to see this page - - which is stupid.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Official Declaration!

There was a lot of controversey at Pearson about shifting from cubicles with 6' walls to an open floor plan. It seems ironic to me that Brian Squires, who is employed by Pearson and was there when I was there, liked this article on LinkedIn: It's Official: Open Plan Offices Are Now the Dumbest Management Fad of All Time A new study from Harvard reveals that open plan offices decrease rather than increase face-to-face collaboration. By Geoffrey James Contributing editor

As you can see from the screen capture below, the topic is popular with 79,917 Likes and 5,344 Comments:

Makes me glad to be working where I work!!


Recently, the Supreme Court heard arguments - this link will open a PDF located here: in Apple Inc. v. Pepper.

I read this article - Nobody Made You Buy an iPhone - about a case before the Supreme Court and was struck by the following text, which I sincerely hope is a fair analogy of the case before the Supreme Court, the key word being "hope" since I have no ambition to read the court documents myself:

Imagine the following scenario:
Car Manufacturer A uses only Airbag X
Car Manufacturer B uses only Airbag Y
Airbag Y can be bought for cheap at the Airbag Store
The consumer wants Car A with Airbag Y. Car Manufacturer A says, “we don’t make cars with Airbag Y.” Consumer sues A, claiming that they have created a monopoly by removing airbag choice from consumers.
That is how stupidly litigious our society has become. We assert fake rights to choose. If you want Car A, you get everything that comes with it. If you don’t like it, buy something else. No one is putting a gun to your head saying you must buy Car A.

The linked PDF above was created with Bullzip PDF Printer software, which I'd never heard of until today:
That I had never heard of the software until today is not interesting, but what is interesting is that it is from an official US Government website and the PDF was created with the Freeware edition. when the Commercial version is a mere $69, per their website:

While I was there, I looked at their Knowledge Base, which is located here - - hoping to see something I can adapt into the Knowledge Management project at work as well as just because my role as a technical writer for the last 23 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, 5 days (8693 days) has made me constantly curious about how  companies handle documentation. As is the case many times when I look at websites, I did not see anything I would want to adapt into the Knowledge Management project at work...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Walmart Gaming PC: How to Do Everything Wrong

No Stafford

How is a band going on an "Epic" tour without any dates in states such as IL (Chicago?), MO (St. Louis?), or, yes, IA (Iowa City?)? They would definitely be fun to see at a venue like Gabes.

However, the closest I could go to see them would be either Minneapolis, MN, (on the same night as Bayside so no, that's not happening) or in Milwaukee, WI (on the night after Bayside so no, that's not happening) which means I won't see Stafford in concert.





30 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
31 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren

15-21 - Miami, FL - Jam Cruise 17 – SOLD OUT
30 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
31 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom

01 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
02 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
06 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Iron Works
07 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
08 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
12 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
15 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
16 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
17 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
20 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
21 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
22 - Tampa Bay, FL - The Orpheum
23 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
24 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
26 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Druid City Music Hall
27 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
28 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's

01 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
02 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
06 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
07 - Winter Park, CO - Ullrs Tavern
08 - Winter Park, CO - Ullrs Tavern
09 - Frisco, CO - 10 Mile Music Hall
10 - Frisco, CO - 10 Mile Music Hall
13 - Jackson, WY - Pink Garter Theatre
14 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
15 - Seattle, WA - Nectar
16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
17 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
20 - Bend, OR - The Domino Room
21 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Crown Room
22 - Chico, CA - Lost On Main
23 - San Rafael, CA - Terrapin Crossroads
24 - San Rafael, CA - Terrapin Crossroads

21 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Umphrey’s McGee)

While I Was Rocking in CR, IC was Rocking Too

I Had to Look Twice

At first glance, I thought this was a headline for a story on The Onion satirical website, but no, it's actually a published piece on

After reading the article, it does appear that yes, if you are an alcoholic and you stop drinking suddenly, you can have terrible results, such as death. I'm still happy that I stopped drinking booze. I like myself so much better than the person who did drink booze. I'm still an a$$hole some of the time - Ivan Moody, the lead singer of Five Finger Death Punch, wore a t-shirt with "I'm the nicest a$$hole you'll meet" on it - which may also be true for me as well!

Read the entire article: Quitting alcohol can be deadly: Hundreds in the US die each year by Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY Published 10:04 a.m. ET Nov. 27, 2018 | Updated 10:04 p.m. ET Nov. 27, 2018you'


This is a tease for what I will eventually post on a separate page on this blog:
Alex & I at the Breaking Benjamin / Five Finger Death Punch / From Ashes to New concert

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

I can meet up pretty much anywhere!

The title of this post is the last line in an ad from the CL > bellingham > for sale > musical instruments - by owner site, which happens to be quite a few hours away from my home in North Liberty.

That's why this ad struck me as unintentionally funny.

Ludwig Vistalite Clear Acrylic Kit 5 Piece - $1000

Selling my Vistalite kit. One of the greatest sounding kits ever made. I believe mine is an earlier version, towards when they first started making them. Definitely not a reissue! I never did any restoration, and before I got it it sat unplayed for at least a decade. Anyway, some nice fat sizes for hard rocking. The chrome has some corrosion but its all surface stuff. The kick drum has a crack running through one of the spur mounts, but it hasn't grown since I owned it. They are easy to fix, its just a cosmetic thing more than anything, but its on the bottom so I never cared. It's definitely a worn kit, with the shells kind of cloudy in certain spots, but you could use acrylic cleaners or whatever if you wanted it to look closer to new. A player's kit for sure. Just the kick and four toms are included.

I can meet up pretty much anywhere!

Going through Changes

Glad I Played Bingo instead of watching this...

Monday, November 26, 2018

Stimulating Ideas


 Styx & Larry the Cable Guy

Laugh. Rock. Seriously.

Friday, March 29, 2019

U.S. Cellular Center

10TB for $179

Graduation Blocks My Attendance

My nephew's high school graduation occurs during the final day of this festival in May 2019. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure Alex would be wanting us to take a trip to Columbus, OH. Here's info about the festival: and here's a preliminary list of the bands that are playing:

  1. Foo Fighters
  2. System Of A Down
  3. Disturbed
  4. Bring Me the Horizon
  5. The Prodigy
  6. Ghost
  7. Halestorm
  8. Lamb of God
  9. Chevelle
  10. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  11. The Cult
  12. In This Moment
  13. The Hives
  14. Gojira
  15. The Distillers
  16. Meshuggah
  17. Action Bronson
  18. The Struts
  19. Refused
  20. Killswitch Engage
  21. Parkway Drive
  22. Black Label Society
  23. Beartooth
  24. Scars On Broadway
  25. Architects
  26. Tom Morello
  27. Avatar
  28. Pussy Riot
  29. Bad Wolves
  30. Fever 333
  31. Mark Lanegan Band
  32. Badflower
  33. The Glorious Sons
  34. Issues
  35. Yungblud
  36. H09909
  37. Black Pistol Fire
  38. Scarlxrd
  39. Zeal & Ardor
  40. Basement
  41. The Black Dahlia Murder
  42. Don Broco
  43. Wage War
  44. Hands Like Houses
  45. While She Sleeps
  46. Palaye Royale
  47. Movements
  48. Amigo the Devil
  49. The Plot In You
  50. Boston Manor
  52. Demob Happy
  53. Teenage Wrist
  54. The Pretty Vicious
  55. Black Coffee
  56. Shvpes
  57. Dirty Honey
  58. No1Cares
  59. The Jacks

And in alphabetical order by band name:

  1. Action Bronson
  2. Amigo the Devil
  3. Architects
  4. Avatar
  5. Bad Wolves
  6. Badflower
  7. Basement
  8. Beartooth
  9. Black Coffee
  10. Black Label Society
  11. Black Pistol Fire
  12. Boston Manor
  13. Bring Me the Horizon
  14. Chevelle
  16. Demob Happy
  17. Dirty Honey
  18. Disturbed
  19. Don Broco
  20. Fever 333
  21. Foo Fighters
  22. Ghost
  23. Gojira
  24. H09909
  25. Halestorm
  26. Hands Like Houses
  27. In This Moment
  28. Issues
  29. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  30. Killswitch Engage
  31. Lamb of God
  32. Mark Lanegan Band
  33. Meshuggah
  34. Movements
  35. No1Cares
  36. Palaye Royale
  37. Parkway Drive
  38. Pussy Riot
  39. Refused
  40. Scarlxrd
  41. Scars On Broadway
  42. Shvpes
  43. System Of A Down
  44. Teenage Wrist
  45. The Black Dahlia Murder
  46. The Cult
  47. The Distillers
  48. The Glorious Sons
  49. The Hives
  50. The Jacks
  51. The Pretty Vicious
  52. The Prodigy
  53. The Struts
  54. The Plot In You
  55. Tom Morello
  56. Wage War
  57. While She Sleeps
  58. Yungblud
  59. Zeal & Ardor

Looks like a great festival...

What I Sent to Me to Remind Me to Create a Blog Post

  1. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 3:02 PM FFWF
  2. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:49 PM The myth of self-control – Vox
  3. Thursday, November 22, 2018 5:12 PM Queen UP
  4. Thursday, November 22, 2018 10:51 AM Reminder: White Liberals Hate Living in Black Neighborhoods
  5. Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:38 AM Scientists Slam Trump's Clueless Climate Change Tweet: 'He's A Clown'
  6. Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:36 AM Whitaker's Strange Past: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Toilets For Large Trouser Snakes | Crooks and Liars
  7. Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:35 AM
  8. Friday, November 23, 2018 2:55 PM Friends Of An American Missionary Killed While Illegally Visiting A Remote Tribe Didn't Stop Him Because "That’s What God Is Calling Him To Do"
  9. Friday, November 23, 2018 9:06 AM WWE from 1998
  10. Friday, November 23, 2018 8:18 AM Creed II
  11. Friday, November 23, 2018 8:11 AM Shut down the Mexican border!
  12. Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:12 AM Vinnie Colaiuta 7/8 Groove - Drum Central
  13. Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:11 AM More Absence (2002.05.28) @ Whatever: From My Life
  14. Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:10 AM charlie brown thanksgiving is racist - Google Search
  15. Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:10 AM FACT CHECK: You're a Racist, Charlie Brown?
  16. Saturday, November 24, 2018 8:58 AM Man Murders Family, Media Attempts to Implicate Metallica
  17. Saturday, November 24, 2018 8:22 AM TWD

Read My Mind!

While I agree with the solution Oliver Kauk makes in the second paragraph, I couldn't help but chuckle when I read the first paragraph. My 20+ years of working as a technical writer has taught me that a tool does not "know" that you've entered data by typing into a field until you somehow 'submit' or 'commit' that data to the software's database or storage mechanism. Prior to that, unless there's some code that is tracking how many keystrokes you have made - which is different from when you enter text in a field that has a limit on the number of characters (like if you are writing a tweet using Twitter), my understanding is that there is no way for the software to know if you have accessed a window within the software and entered 1 or 4000 characters.In Oliver's case, he has entered data in a field and pressed the Escape key without committing that data to the Cherwell database.

To be crystal clear, I do agree that you should get a warning message that you have unsaved changes. For example, within Blogger, I clicked the Close button and saw this warning:

I think a similar message would easily resolve what Oliver has raised as an issue.

Sunday, November 25, 2018


200 Days Ago

This is a video from our May 2018 family vacation to the East coast. I uploaded the video to youtube back on October 19, 2018, but I wanted to push out publishing this post until it had been 200 days since we were in the Good Morning America studios in New York City. There are more pictures on this page.

Every Reason Die Hard Is The Greatest Christmas Movie Of All Time

Merry Christmas to anyone silly enough to read my blog on Christmas Day!

Click this link to read Every Reason Die Hard Is The Greatest Christmas Movie Of All Time . . . then, go spend time with family.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Call Me


‘God, I don’t want to die,’ U.S. missionary wrote before he was killed by remote tribe on Indian island

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Chased that Wild Goose ... to Canada?

I started with this ad.
I read additional details - ad on specifies "Waterloo, IA"
Upon digging a bit further, I discovered the position is located in Waterloo CANADA, not Waterloo, IA USA.

S t r e t c h e d T h i n!

Iowa lineman balances football and family with newborn twins at home - After the birth of twin daughters in early September, Dalton Ferguson has rearranged his life to cover his commitments to his family and football. - Anna Kayser, Assistant Sports Editor - November 21, 2018

Top 10s of ELR

Not as Much as I love My Parents....

What the Hell is That Smell?!?

WWE Needs Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose to Carry Raw Through Holiday Season by Donald Wood November 20, 2018

Tucking into a Crevice in my Brain

Book review: Structured Writing by Mark Baker 12 November 2018

Am I Afraid? Maybe...

Big Game on Friday @ 11 AM!

The 4-7 Cornhuskers are coming into Kinnick Stadium breathing some fire. I can't wait to beat Iowa," one Nebraska starter said.

Who Has Proposed a Sensible Gun Law Lately?

Chris G Nailing the Groove

Very Cool!

Bayside Tells This Week in Marvel About Passing the Marvel Torch Onto Their Daughters Bayside's Anthony Ranieri and Jack O'Shea are promising their daughters their comic collections!


Look at all these gadgets, trying to get me to make a purchase. The thing about seeing all these gadgets is I know - sometime in my lifetime - all of these bleeding edge gadgets will be like the manual typewriter.


I am Nested

Sometimes, when I see this job posted "again" and "again" on job boards, I think, "I wonder if I would like working here." Then I think, "Unlikely. I despise "science" unless it's Sheldon explaining "a little physics" to Penny on The Big Bang Theory. I also am unsure if I'd even qualify, given this line:
Bachelor of Science degree required.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Furthermore, I chuckled when I read this line:
Prior experience with a CMS, HTML, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign/InCopy preferred
I love when the serial comma is used properly! Then there's jargon-rich requirement:
Prior relevant lab experience in several of the following preferred: cloning, qPCR, genomic analysis, small RNA functional genomics, next generation sequencing, mutagenesis, other applications using oligonucleotides.
That's 16 words that mean absolutely NOTHING to me. So, with the smirk on my face giving way to a hearty chuckle, here's the complete job description.

Scientific Writer II

Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc
Coralville, IA 52241


The Scientific Writer provides researched, well-written scientific content that establishes IDT as a credible resource for educational, informational, and technical material related to IDT products and their applications. The Scientific Writer II will work independently on writing and editing projects, perform independent research to complete writing tasks, develop strong credibility and approachability by colleagues throughout company, and be an effective spokesperson for Scientific Communications (SciCom) and Marketing goals and strategy.


Essential Functions:
  • Plans, writes, and edits scientific and marketing content for various methods of distribution, maintaining company standards of quality, style, and voice and using “controlled English” that can be internationally understood in all customer-facing documents.
  • Participates in planning and delivering scientific webinars to customers globally.
  • Works with assigned product and marketing managers to produce literature and web pages/information.
  • Uses IDT Style and Trademark Guides when writing and editing, incorporating SEO best practices. Helps maintain and update these documents, with input from Legal department.
  • Contributes to the maintenance of content tracking documents.
  • Develops strong quality control proficiency and serves as part of the review process for customer-directed content created both within and outside of the SciCom group.
  • Assists with updating the existing educational content and removal of out-of-date materials from circulation as appropriate.
  • Uses content management software to post written content onto company website and to update product webpages.
  • Supports corporate communications functions as needed.
  • Participates in weekly Research Group Journal Club, including selection and presentation of relevant publications.
  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with the Integrated DNA Technologies Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science degree required.
  • Advanced degree (in biochemistry, molecular biology, or related scientific field) or the equivalent experience preferred.
Professional Experience:
  • Minimum of two years of experience writing and editing scientific documentation required.
  • Prior relevant lab experience in several of the following preferred: cloning, qPCR, genomic analysis, small RNA functional genomics, next generation sequencing, mutagenesis, other applications using oligonucleotides.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and Adobe Acrobat required.
  • Prior experience with a CMS, HTML, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign/InCopy preferred.
Other Job Qualifications:
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complicated themes concisely and comprehensibly.
  • Excellent project management, time, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a cross functional team and with varied personalities across many departments (Technical Support, Sales, Research, Manufacturing, Legal, etc.).
  • Ability to perform independently with an enthusiastic work ethic, high self-motivation, and willingness to take the initiative, with desire to participate in the growth and success of the company.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Adaptability to performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure.
  • Ability to maintain high standards of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers.
  • Adaptability to accepting responsibility for the direction, control, or planning of an activity.
Physical Requirements:
Exert up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or to a minimal amount frequently
Constant (67%-100% of work day)
  • Sitting: to assume a position in which the weight is largely supported by the buttocks, usually with the body vertical and the thighs horizontal.
  • Using Fingers/Grasping/Feeling: writing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers or palm and perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touch.
  • Repetitive Motion: substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Frequently (34%-66% of work day)
  • Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken work- those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds at normal range; ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when auscultating and percussing.
Occasional (33% or less of work day)
  • Reaching: extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: maintaining an upright position.
  • Walking: moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.
  • Lifting: raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.
  • Bending: bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist and/or bending leg; bending legs at knee to come to rest or kneel.
  • Pushing/Pulling: using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward/using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Climbing: stairs, stools, ramps, ladders.
Visual Activity:
  • Ability to read pertinent printed material and distinguish colors.
  • Ability to prepare and read written documentation; use of computer.
Integrated DNA Technologies is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc - 1 day ago

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