Friday, July 26, 2019

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July 26, 2019

I just started using ZOHO Docs. I have the free version which has a tonne of options and comes with 5gb of web storage. One has the option of getting 50gb of space for five bucks a month, which is reasonable, but I think I can do well with just the five. I'm not getting compensated for saying all good things about ZOHO, I'm just providing good information for any visiters to my site. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

School is over and I'm happy.

The summer semester at NCC ended this past Thursday, June 27, but I had to finish reading the last set of papers and enter the grades. However, as of four a.m. this morning, I'm free. I don't have to teach until August 20th, and I'v decided to make this week my vacation week. That is, I'm not going to think about the fall semester until Monday, July 8. Lots of time ahead with no strings attached, but I still will stay focused on my goals, especially my writing. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Everytime I think I've heard the stupidest thing that a majority of Americans believe, a new revelation surpasses it.

Now get this: A poll shows that 56 % of Americans don't want their children to be taught Arabic numerals in school. 
Guess what? We already use them. Our number system is based on Arabic numerals.  Read more about it in the article posted on the Daily Kos blog. Click the link below.

For examples of extensive ignorance of many Americans, you might want to read either or both of these books:

Just How Stupid Are We?  Rick Shenkman

Idiot America  Charles P. Pierce

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Blind pursuit of Equal OUTCOME leads to an "Abomination of Justice" - Jo...

An interesting look into some erroneous assumptions by social justice warriors. As Benjamin Disraeli said,  "There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. In his lecture to college students, the brilliant and always logical, Jonathan Haidt, demonstrates, with irrefutable evidence, that the reason there are many more men working in technology (think Silicon Valley) than women is that most women don't want to work in tech. The best indicator of this is a surveys that were conducted with high school students. However, watch the video, and you'll get the whole story. 

Some Americans are ignorant and proud (S1E92) How many pounds are in a ton?

This is sad. It frightens me that some of these people probably vote.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Featuring Annie: Disco Singer from Norway

                                    Euro Dance                                      

Put on your dancing shoes and groove to Annie (I Don't Like Your Band)

"Songs Remind me of You"

About Annie (Norwegian singer) | Biography | Singer
  1. Anne Lilia Berge Strand (born 21 November 1977), better known by her stage name Annie, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Annie began her recording career in 1999 with the underground hit single "The Greatest Hit" and gained international acclaim, particularly from music bloggers, for her debut album Anniemal (2004).

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Puro Instinct "Tell Me" (Official Video)

Puro Instinct is one my three favorite groups, along with Yumi Zouma, and Chad Valley. That may change down the road a piece, but for now, they're my go-to bands. 

The group was started by the fabulous Kaplan sisters, Piper and Skylar (featured in the video) Through the years, they've had various backup musicians (though Skylar plays Cello and Guitar.) who helped them create a truly unique sound. Their music has been described as Dream Pop, Synth Pop, Chillwave, and Hypnagogic pop* Call it whatever you want, I call it amazing. It takes me on an ethereal voyage to dreamscapes of the imagination. 

*More about Hypnagogic Pop in another post. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Let the Music Play


In too many towns, counties, or cities school districts are cutting music programs. In some cases they are eliminating them altogether. However, very often sports programs are given special consideration. If I had my way, both sports and music programs would have all the funding they needed, and would continue to prosper and grow. But I’m not responsible for making budgets, and I know the school chancellors or whomever is responsible for these decisions face very tough choices. One thing that the residences of the towns or counties etc. could do: stop crying the blues when the school taxes go up. 

In the words of Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Homes: "Taxes are what we pay to have civilized society." Music helps us in so many ways to be civilized. Go to a high school concert. Listen to the young people play and think of how much they worked, most of it after school, to achieve the level of achievement that have. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Third Rail Issues  

In politics, certain issues like abortion, the death penalty, gun control, and Social Security benefits have often been referred to as third rail issues. That is, most politicians try to stay clear of them, since they can pack the same 650 volt wallop (to their careers) as touching the third rail on a train track. My contention is that in most circles all political subjects are “third-rail” issues. Think about the old adage “Never discuss politics or religion in polite circles.” The assumption is that we can’t be civilized or polite when discussing these subjects, and most of the time that’s true. But does it have to be? People get very emotional and passionate about their religious and political beliefs, and they should. They are a reflection of our living philosophy. But does that mean that we can’t have a rational and polite discussion about politics or religion?

Some people claim that they are not political, but, as Aristotle says, “By his very nature, Man is a political animal.” (That includes women, too.) For more about Aristotle and philosophy, visit this web page: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

When you meet a supposed a-political person, ask her whether or not we should continue tax-payer funded public schools, or should all schools be privatized, so that only those who could afford to attend would be educated? Anyone who has a brain has to have an opinion on this. I could name dozens of questions like this one, which can start a debate (I hope a civil one)

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