Saturday, January 7, 2012

Here's a Tesla Set

Comin' Atcha Live, LIVE 2008 - Mechanical Resonance, 1986

EZ Come EZ Go - Mechanical Resonance, 1986

I seriously wore out my cassette copy of Mechanical Resonance. I endlessly sat and drummed to it, and I learned a lot of the songs on guitar. It was a staple album from 1986, and a big part of my entrance into rock music. It just barely missed out on one of the greatest little eras of all-time, which I previously posted. It was a part of a second era, which also included The Cult, and Queensryche, to name just a few, that I still plan on posting.

Song & Emotion - Psychotic Supper, 1991

Modern Day Cowboy - Mechanical Resonance, 1986

Heaven's Trail - The Great Radio Controversy, 1989

Little Suzi - Mechanical Resonance, 1986

Hang Tough - The Great Radio Controversy, 1989

Gettin' Better - Mechanical Resonance, 1986

Yeah, I've left out "Love Song" and "What You Give", but those two songs just got way too commercial for me, although they were great for the band.

I recently posted the original "Changes" in an earlier post. Here it is performed LIVE:

Changes, LIVE in San Jose, 1995 - Mechanical Resonance, 1986

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Now This is a Lobster Bake

13 incredible pictures of the king of all lobster bakes. Click HERE to see the rest of the delicious pictures.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Cooking Instructions


ESPN NFL Rankings by Week

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Wrong on So Many Levels


Tesla - Changes


Man I heard this song on the local classic rock station the other day, and I forgot just how awesome it is. Tesla had a lot of great tunes. Probably be posting some more of my all-time Tesla favorites soon.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Spurs 101 - Warriors 95

What a great win for my Spurs tonight! The first game without Manu Ginobili, no doubt Spurs fans everywhere were all on the edges of their seats awaiting someone to step-up. It took a while. Most of the game went just as expected. We trailed by 5, then 12, then 6, then 10, but trailed nonetheless...

Until mid-4th quarter, when something happened. And it was the something we all were hoping to see.

It was a short segment when TJ Ford hit a three from the top of the key, and then the Spurs put together a couple fast breaks, with
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absolutely super play from Danny Green, that gave us the lead for the 1st time in the game. And I don't think we ever let it go.

Popovich put Duncan & Parker back in to finish the game along with the three who had led the charge: TJ, Danny, and Richard Jefferson, who went 5-5 from three point range on the night.

I had told my Mom earlier in the night, "they need to play TJ & Tony together some - it should pay off." I also told her "Danny Green will help us a bunch, too, at the SG slot." -- A sweet and rare "I called it" moment. I also said things about James Anderson, Gary Neal, and Kawhi Leonard, but I have no doubt it's only a matter of time before they, too, will provide the spark(s) needed to pull out wins, until Manu is back.

Tony took over the game in the final two to three minutes, and sealed the win with a critical jumper, and two clutch free throws.

Foreshadowing: Ford, Parker, Green, Jefferson, and Duncan should be seeing a lot of time together when the match-ups allow it.

4-2 ...Mavs in SA Thursday!

Earn More, Work Less: 8 Great Jobs that Escape the Rat Race

by Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger

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Yoga teacher and self-titled "Life Stylist" Sadie Nardini advises her clients, "Think huge-small and medium have a lot of competition." That's just what she did when she went from being a broke, harried studio yoga teacher to harnessing technology, streamlining her workload, and earning in a day what she used to make in a week. In 2010, she put in the hours she wanted and netted close to $300,000.

Nardini got her start as a yoga teacher moonlighting after her day job in cubicle land. Eventually, she got fed up with laboring long days for little money doing office work and decided to teach full time. Soon enough, she was teaching 25 classes a week and feeling just as burnt out as before. "I love the scene in 'Finding Nemo' where he swims into the current with the sea turtles and speeds effortlessly toward his goal," she says. "I asked myself, 'How can I be more passive and less active income-wise?'"

Nardini posted free online videos to gain a wider audience. Now she has 25,000 subscribers on YouTube and 40,000 Facebook followers. She started selling DVDs and teaching at large conferences instead of small classes. She branched out into wellness counseling and life coaching. On a practical level, she set up automatic responses on her website and outsourced all of her administrative work.

Nardini says that fear gets in the way of people actually doing something instead of just talking about it. "People
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often have skills that they doubt anyone will care about. I advised a friend who loved making bracelets to sell them on Etsy. A magazine featured her work and within a month she had earned more money from her bracelets than she had made in a year working an office job."

Here are seven more jobs that offer flexibility, fun, and a good wage:

1 - Massage Therapist
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the majority of massage therapists work under 27 hours a week. Massage therapist Jenny Adams, who has practiced in Pennsylvania for 20 years, describes the benefits of her career: "I get to wear comfy clothes, set my own hours, and work with wonderful people. Most days I see three to four clients which leaves me plenty of time for other things."
Gyms, doctor's offices, sports teams, and spas all employ massage therapists. Some massage therapists are self-employed and travel to people's homes.

Background requirements:
• 300 to 1000 in-class hours (varies state to state). See the AMTA website for info.
• National certification exam for therapeutic massage and bodywork.
• Some states require additional certification.

Earning potential: $60 to $100 per hour

2 - Technical Writer

Are you the only one of your friends who actually reads the manual before powering up a new electronic device? If you are a clear communicator with a good head for technology, you might want to consider a pursuing a career in technical writing-according to the Bureau of Labor Statics, the field is expected to grow by 18 percent between now and 2018. Technical writers translate technical information supplied by experts into easily understandable language for everyday consumers. They usually work for computer systems and software companies, but could also be employed by engineering or architectural firms or in the medical industry. Many are freelance.

Background requirements:

• Most Technical writers hold a Bachelor's degree in English, Communications, or Journalism.
• Being comfortable working with computer systems is a must and desktop publishing and multimedia software experience is also helpful.

Earning potential: $40 to $75 per hour

3 - Make-up artist

Being a make-up artist involves more than just helping people look pretty. Some create detailed prosthetics for film and television. Top fashion and celebrity make-up artists such as Bobbie Brown have created their own multi-million dollar cosmetics lines.

Background requirements:
There are no specific requirements for becoming a make-up artist, but you can take courses at a school such as Make-up Designory (MUD), which has campuses in Los Angeles and New York City. Some budding make-up artists get their start by working at a department store cosmetics counter or volunteering to do make-up for local theater productions.

Earning potential: Entry level make-up artists earn about $15 per hour, but a Hollywood makeup artist who works on successful films can earn a upwards of a million dollars a year.

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George Carlin: Stupidity


We're Not in Iowa

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

English Pronunciation

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.

I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
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Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;

Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,

Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;

One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.

Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,

Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.

River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.

Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,

Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.

Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.

Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.

Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.

We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;

Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.

Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.

Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.

Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.

Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.

Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?

It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

~ English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité


Or If you'd rather listen to it, you can click HERE..

Mechanic's Rates


Don't Stop Believing Google Maps


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oahu's Last 2011 Sunset

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An Easy Win

OK so all of this finally decided to fall this week. Yeah, in Texas this happens in the middle of winter sometimes. And instead of wasting 10-12 bags, we mulched it all up with the lawn mower. I raked. She mowed. No bags. 2 hours of work. Thankfully, my wife listened to me this year.

Lots of dust and remnants, but our yard looks 99% better, and the rest of the work will be a piece of cake. Yesterday, you couldn't see one blade of grass.

Huge oak tree - 0    :    Us - 1

Nevermind the POS car in the driveway..



Remi Gaillard - Greatest Troll Ever

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Funny stuff..

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Let's Go Cowboys!

A Terence Newman tweet:


Yeah I totally believe we'll beat the Giants tonight. I'm glad I ran across this.

UPDATE: Wow. Just wow - How ironic could this have been? If there is ONE player who COULD be blamed for this loss to the Giants, yes, it's Terence Newman. Seinfeld: "Newman!" Gotta replace this guy ASAP. Gotta get 2 corners and 2 safeties who can cover receivers. Lord knows the ones we have can't.

Word to the Wise


Sarazen, Hogan, Player, and Nicklaus


Jet-Powered Hang-glider

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1977.. Not the Wright Brothers. Still an awesome photo for a technology prediction from a long time ago.

Still Life: Bent Objects

Paper training our little dog, Frank:

Go see the rest of the 19-image display!

Thanks, Barbara!

The RC Plane Master - Joe Nall


This guy is incredible! I had a buddy who flew RC planes, and was very good too. I'd be afraid I'd wreck the damn thing. But that's me. First, you have to construct the plane - for hundreds of dollars. Then you can imagine how much this one cost. Wow.

Joe Nall's website..