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The last 18.5 hours of 2006

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Well, it's almost 2007. Hmm, almost 10 years ago, I graduated from 8th grade. Weird! Anyways, I haven't posted hardly at all recently, but I did manage to give this site another facelift for the new year. It's also almost 5:30 AM and I'm ready to go to sleep. Lots has happened recently and a lot is new, but more on that later. For now, goodnight!

What am I up to?

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

So, you're probably wondering why I've been posting about possums and not what I've been doing. Well, at the moment, I'm in the car on the way back from Indiana. My mom and I went with Rod back to his home in Greentown, IN for Thanksgiving. All you have to know about this trip is that I have eaten more in the past 5 days than I have the rest of the year combined. Rod's mom made some two dozen dishes, and make very sure we were fed every 3-5 hours. So, vacation is over, and I have to return to work in the morning. 

 

So, I'm realizing that it's almost 2007, and I haven't accomplished very much this year.. well… as far as learning new things or getting things done I'd like. So, here is a list of things I hope to get done within the next few months.

 

  • Crestron Certification: I attended the first class last February. I intended on completing certification in less than a year… because I know I could. They recommend it take you three years, but my work schedule just hasn't allowed me to get back up to Nyack, NY to finish.
  • This site: I still haven't gotten this site to a point where I want it. The Joomla! upgrade was a good step, but that's where I left off. I need more content, and I need to post more often. I also think I am going to replace the template within the next few days.
  • Flash and Flex: I've learned ActionScript 2.0 to a comfortable level. Although, I'd like to learn more. I haven't come up with a project to learn it for, but I do need to learn more. I also want to learn Adobe Flex. I know nothing about it right now, but I do know it's pretty powerful. We'll see.
  • Drums: I've been playing more lately, but I haven't actually focused on improving in any particular area. Unpredictable schedules are to blame here.

Anyways, that's what I should be up to in the next couple months. And now… to finish this drive!

Possum Stuck

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

So our possum friend is stuck. He got himself in the cat food container (with the bucket on top). Now, he can't figure out how to get out. He keeps peering out, then wondering why its so hard to lift the lid. He'll figure it out. It's quite funny.

 

Happy Feet!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Who else is excited?

My Pet Possum

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Ok, so I don't really have a pet possum. However, this little huge one has been sneaking up on our deck to eat the cat food. Don't ask me how he got into this bin, but he found a way. It's pretty funny actually. Last week, he sat in front of the door peering inside. I think he's learning a lot from the cats.


Confessions of a Republican Voter

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

So, Election 2006 is over. Yes, I voted. I also voted Republican. I won't give you reasons, and hopefully, I don't need to. However, here's some things to consider for those of you who hate George Bush, Republicans, the War in Iraq, and politics in general. 

 

I've been involved in and surrounded by politics for as long as I can remember. My mother is Republican. She was recently appointed to the Salem County Board of Elections. Prior to that, she served four terms as the Salem County GOP Chair. I've campaigned, setup fair booths, rode in parades, attended fundraisers and dinners, and many other things. Does this make me Republican? No! Does it make me want to vote? Yes!

 

First of all, there's no war on our grounds. We don't have militia lined up on every street corner with weapons. We don't have tanks strolling down the I-95 blowing things up. You have your freedoms, and you have very little to complain about really. You don't have it that bad… and it's NOT all because George W. Bush is President.

 

I don't care who you voted for… I just hope you voted. I know many (or most) of you hate George Bush. I could go into hundreds of reasons why you might… Some of you know exactly why, but I'm willing to bet a good number of you simply hate him because it's cool.. or because your friends or favorite bands do. But seriously folks, we're Americans, and we're supposed to support our government and its leaders, regardless of their party affiliation. It just looks bad to other countries that we're over hear bashing our President. I don't care if you think he's an idiot or incompetent human. The point is, WE appointed him President. We as in the people of this country. If you didn't vote in 2004, or if you didn't tell all of your non-voting friends to vote for someone other than Bush, then you're to blame (in part). 

 

I think many of you have this idea that George sits in his office (or on vacation) and makes stupid decisions about the country. You're wrong. There's an entire chain of power and processes that take place for him to say, "OK, let's go to Iraq." He didn't wake up one morning and decide it would be a good place to kill people. Personally, I'd rather have troops there now, even if we don't know why, than regret it later. If Bush were doing so poorly of a job as President, he wouldn't have been voted to a 2nd term. If he's been so bad since then, why hasn't he been impeached yet, and on what grounds? I know some of you think he knew all about 9/11 and even may have had involvement. That's bullshit. I don't know how else to put it. I don't know how else you wanted him to handle that kind of disaster. You can't plan for something like that. No one in the White House has any privacy to the point where a single individual or party could plan or know about something like that without news going through the roof. Clinton couldn't have a secret affair. McGreevey couldn't get away with his gay affair . So what makes you think that Bush could get away with something like a WTC attack? If he's the incompetent idiot many of you think he is, than how does such an idiot plan such a perfect cover-up? Your accusations don't add up! Many of you all went and watched Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and bought every word of it. He deliberately took interviews, media, and situations out of context to structure a persuasion piece. It worked. But for those who bought it – Did you actually go and research on your own the facts? Did you even watch the rebuttal Fahrenhype 9/11? Do your homework people! 

 

I personally don't think that if our Present was a Democrat, or if our President hadn't sent troops to Iraq (or pulled them out by now), that we'd like him. It seems like the cool thing to do these days is to bash your leader. I also don't think that if our country had all Democratic leaders, we'd be a perfect, happy, Government-loving country. We'll always have crap to complain about. We'll always find things wrong with our leaders. It's what we do. If you think something needs changed, you have options. WRITE your senators! Take action. Run for office yourself! 

 

The most important thing here is that you do your research before your go around party bashing. I'll be the first to admit that how I vote will depend a lot on where I live. Parties are different everywhere. Get to know your local candidates. And, for God's sake, do NOT rely on the media! If you use the media for your political jargon, at least use multiple papers, channels, websites, blogs, whatever. They are ALL biased! I will say that most media sources will tend to be liberal. Why? Without the rally for change, they don't have a story. It's as simple as that.  

 

So, when Election 2008 comes around, I know most of you will vote for the Democrat, regardless of who it is just to see Bush out of office. So when the country once again has a Democratic leader, I hope you're not banking on the fact that by 2012, after term one is up, that the country is returned to it's Pre-Bush state or better. For all we know, he could end up in some sort of sex-scandal. Or, he could have a gay affair and appoint his lover to office. Who knows?

Rosie hits 270K!!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

So, today is a big day for Rosie. Today, the odometer hit 270,000 miles. For those of you that don't know Rosie, she is a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. She has a few problems that need to be worked out when I have time, but she still gets me from point A to point B, and as far as vehicles go, that's fine with me.

 

Yesterday, I authored a DVD for work. This involved mastering the audio track, creating the menu interface, and making 40 copies. It took me all day. Tomorrow, I am going to New York City for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters ) Expo . I'll get to walk around a huge convention center floor and drool at all of the fancy video and broadcast technology I don't have. It'll be cool nonetheless.

 

My new release Tuesday purchases for today include: Monster House , My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade, and Norma Jean – Redeemer. New Copeland album next week. I'm excited. 

 

I'm off to do absolutely nothing. I hope you're all having a great day!  

Production Chaos!

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

I had an incredibly busy week. The week for me was prepping for The ZAPP Band and Mikki Howard concert at Delaware State University on Saturday. I also had some prep to do for the Delaware Air National Guard Air Show, that took place on Saturday as well. There was also a Univerity of Delaware event that needed a bit of work, that also happened on Saturday. In addition, I had a few service calls and installs to do. 

 

On Friday, we had to set up for the Air Show. This involved 9 speaker towers and a whole lot of cable, spread out over about a 2-3 acre area. After we got done setting up, I had to go back to the shop, finish prepping for the concert, and then load up a 16-foot truck. By the time I got to loading the truck at about midnight, I realized the 16' foot truck wasn't big enough, and I didn't have any help to flip cases on top of each other. So, I ended up loading the truck and a van. I went home, slept for a few hours, and was back at the shop at 7 AM.

 

 The system consisted of six Clair Brothers' R4-III full range speakers (three per side), 10 Clair Brothers' 12AM monitors, a Soundcraft SM16 console for monitors, a Yamaha PM4000 for front-of-house, a Clair Brothers' ML18 subwolfer for the drummers, 3 monitor amp racks, a house amp rack, and all of the cabling and accessories to make it all work together.

 

Saturday was crazy too. First of all, I was tired, and exhausted. Andrew and I went down to the theater, and by the time we figured out where the concert was taking place, it was about 9 AM. We were supposed to have a union crew there for load in, of about 4 extra guys. No one was there. In addition, the University was supposed to provide the band with 5 people for stage crew. They provided no one. So, Andrew and I unloaded the truck by ourselves, ans setup mostly everything by ourselves. At around 10:30 AM, I realized we were missing a cable truck… so I had to drive back to the shop to get it. It's a 45 minute drive each way.

 

I got back to the theater, and finished setting up and everything went pretty smoothly from there. The concert was scheduled to start at 8 PM, with doors at 7 PM. They opened doors on time, but there wasn't much of a crowd… so they waited. Mikki Howard didn't start her set until about 9:15 PM… an hour late! She got done at about 9:45 PM, and we had to strike all of the monitors and cables they didn't use. ZAPP started at 10 PM, and played a rather amazing, 90-minute, non-stop set. I mean non-stop literally… each song transitions into the next. 

 

 

 

Both artists were rather awesome and easy to mix monitors for. It's always easy when the musicians know exactly what they want. The Soundcraft SM16 is an incredibly nice monitor console. That's what it was designed to be. It provides 16 mixes, a stereo mix, wedge mix, and four mute groups. It's also super simple to use. 

 

The show finished up, and help had arrived for the loud out. I got back to the shop at 2 AM, got some food with Rod, and crashed at about 4 AM. I woke up today at about 2:30 PM. This blog entry is my about of productiveness for the day.  

My monthly post…

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

 

Well, If you can't tell form the photo above.. I just found a small piece of heaven in the form of a burger! It's pretty amazing.. and those fries… Mmmmmm.

 

Rosie is back together and running! However, I need to repaint the bumper… but that'll happen eventually.

 

My jury duty is postponed until January. Why? So I can work next week. Don't ask.

I'll write more interesting things later. 

It’s October!

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

I'm still amazed by the concept of time.. and more specifically, how it's pretty much the only thing I can count on to be consistent. It's October 1st, and well… summer kind of flew by. It was pretty buy work-wise… in fact, I never made it to the beach!

 

So, my weekend consisted mostly of catching up on sleep. I slept till 5 PM on Saturday… after going to bed at about 2 AM. Today, I slept till about 1 PM. I watched Rumor Has It last night, which wasn't too bad… I also reinstalled Windows XP on my desktop PC. It was way past due. Today, I've been painting my Jeep parts. Hopefully, by next week or so, I'll be able to reassemble them on Rosie.