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Food Network

February 11th, 2009

Well, I’m swearing off the news for a while – I’m going to have the food network going when the TV is on.

Today’s highlights were Senator Schumer of NY saying American’s don’t care about our government wasting money on pork and/or earmarks, the Banks charging us millions in fees to accept the billions in bailouts, and a few sellout senators enabling the spendulus bill, which has no earmarks according to Obama.

I think I need about 4 years without news at this rate.

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Windows Key

February 8th, 2009

I realized as much time as I spend on a computer I wasn’t taking advantage of the Windows Key and the shortcuts it provides.

Here’s a nice reference.

Win Key reference

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Alarm Clock

January 8th, 2009

Just switched to Vista, and wanted to replace some of my google and yahoo widgets with Widows sidebar gadgets. I did not find a decent clock with alrm functionality, but I found and free stand alone windows app that does a nice job.


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Music business finds a model for this generation

December 2nd, 2008

I noticed on the new Mudvayne album that they have figured out a model to make music pay.

If you want to see Mudvayne in concert, join the fanclub.

To join the fanclub, enter a code from the album.

To get the code, buy the album.

If the audience wants to see them live – buy the album. It’s about time someone got a clue.

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Seems like common sense

November 12th, 2008

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
– William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln)

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Take it from the bridge

November 8th, 2008

Funny thing last night – hanging out with a friends Rush tribute band. They were trying to figure out where to start a section of the song to work on it – after they finally got head nods all around and got started, I had to laugh. It’s not like you can say “take it from the bridge” in a Rush song.

Well – I thought it was funny.

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Hard habit to break…

November 6th, 2008

It’s been awhile since I’ve worked on anything musical – and much longer since I worked on music that engages me.

It may be time to look into some music projects…

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The next four years

November 6th, 2008

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the election of Obama – and reasons to worry. The optimist will look toward change which is certainly in order, and we hope the change will be in a positive direction. The pessimist will worry of what the change may bring.

Both may be correct. Only time will tell.

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Personal views

October 23rd, 2008

I have to say I am disappointed by some friends and associates.

It’s great to have an opinion about politics and I am glad they are involved. They are unfortunately unable to keep the discussion about issues and/or ideology.

A healthy discussion is good for our country. Calling people idiots or traitors – ends the rational discussion.

I expect more from otherwise intelligent people.

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President and the Congress

October 23rd, 2008

A quote I find interesting from John Steele Gordon.

“In the 1990s interstate banking was finally allowed, creating nationwide banks of unprecedented size. But Congress’s attempt to force banks to make home loans to people who had limited creditworthiness, while encouraging Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to take these dubious loans off their hands so that the banks could make still more of them, created another crisis in the banking system that is now playing out.”

Full article

I’m just not sure I’m willing to buy the idea that the President holds anything like absolute power over either legislative body – House or the Senate.

It reminds me of an old saying – trying to herd cats…

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