Thursday, March 31, 2005
Meanwhile testimony is being delivered to THE US SUPREME COURT. So we can pretty much BET that the RIAA is perjuring itself blue in the face in document and in word before the "august" (well. . whatever!) BODY of the US Supremes.
Those of you who are clicking over to the homepage and trombone stuff:
PLEASE SIGN THE GUESTBOOK!
I never use email addresses . . .
. . .other than to chat briefly with friends, acquaintances and potential friends and acquaintances. . .
it's a smaller world out here now that the net is so pervasive.
I've been running around a bit lately doing interviewing for some serious job positions. I've still not fully convinced myself which is the better thing for the long run: COMPLIANCE or ACCOUNTING.
You see, I have invested a great deal of time and effort in becoming very knowledgeable about the Securities Industry and its regulations. This is valuable and could be lucrative for me. It's more "text oriented", but then I'm happy to be writing. . as you can see. . .
On the other hand, I've seemed to really lightup once put in front of a general ledger. I just love the complexity and yet the sheer "order" that comes from GL work.
Kinda biblical: "Out of chaos,. . .Order!"
Anyway that, and my Digital Audio shenanigans have been taking time. I recently attempted an audio collage with Jabba, the Senator (T Kennedy. . .for those of you who don't recognize the name).
Maybe I'll put the audio up one day. Right now it's pretty obnoxious. . .copy the audio of the Chappaquidick Speech, where Jabba blurbles: "Today, I plead guilty to a charge of 'leaving the scene of an accident' . . ." and he goes on to intone: "I seek your prayers. . ." and on, and on. It would be intrinsically funny, if it were not on the heels of his DUI/Car crash into the bay. . .
Anywhere else, MANSLAUGHTER! But NO!!!! Not in MASS.
Anyway, for those in the know about history. . .the audio can be made pretty funny. . .Monty Python style. . .This audio needs editing and spiffing up.
Meanwhile the serious trombone/over lush "devocalled" backgrounds needs finishing. Also, I've got a temporary CSS version of my homepage. This will have columns and will somewhat resemble the "blogspot" look and feel. That way I can integrate blogspot and the website to have a powerful log facility instead of the modest one provided by the website host.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Here is the blog of the founder of "Demidec". This company provides study materials for persons competing in Academic Decathlon events. If you don't already know what an Academic Decathlon is, you should check out the links at the lower right. There is a link to the California Academic Decathlon. You can also Google on "academic decathlon" and you will get several sites from either participating high schools or hosting entities which provide the state or national forum for these events.
[that was a very looong sentence. . . sorry!]
Anyway, this fellow Dan Berdichevsky, is running an interesting company. He is also blogging. How cool!
Dan was a star academic decathalete and then figured that it would be a good thing to create material for others studying for the decathlon. There is a national organization which establishes the curricula of each year's competition, so the material is standardized.
Meanwhile, I'm focusing on improving the CAD site, but may have to scale back a bit. I may be moving on in the employment arena (. . .the good kind of moving on. . .but sadly, CAD may not be the place. . )
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
This is interesting. . .Charles Krauthammer is on a board having to do with bio-ethics (a sort of funny thing. . if you know scientists. . .or knew my father, the engineer. . .my view of the typical scientist: amoral) Anyway, CK has interesting things to say about research and stem cells.
Apparently, the process to produce a stem cell is the same as cloning. The only difference is that the cloned cells are not allowed to continue to develop, but are torn apart.
So, despite the almost universal (except some scientists. . .remember?) hatred of cloning for "spare parts" and so forth, the world just "doesn't get it" enough to understand that they can't have embryonic stem-cells and not kill neo-blastocysts (or whatever the few-celled being is called at that point).
I know I'm showing my lack of formal scientific "power" here, but then my science is mostly electronics and physics. Bio science has been getting pretty distressing lately, and I think I must have seen this coming for a very, very looong time. I never really did like bio other than the cool "frog-killing" thing.
It seems to me that you just got to look at Hypocrates's: "First Do No Harm" philosophy even when engaging in microbiological research.
But then I'm such a goofus. . .
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Well. . .I'm Glad THAT'S Over!
CAD Director, Marvin Cobb sent me a copy of the spreadsheet with the results and I made up the new webpage for the final California State results.
You can see the results right here.
The pictures did not come out as good as I would have liked. This was due to the 2.1 megapixel size and due to using so much "existing light" photography. I don't like to use a tripod, either. I may have to change to a better camera and to using at least a monopod.
Anyway, many of the photos ought to be good enough to place on the web. I'll undoubtedly be doing that in the next few weeks.
Valley Village, CA
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
This year CAD is having corporate sponsors help defray the costs. . We've got backing from Leonard Green & Partners L.P (a Los Angeles based investment firm specializing in buyouts, restructuring and similar financings), ALL Student Loan, also based in LA., one of the largest originators of student loans.
I'm truly excited having worked for several months at CAD, but having never participated in the annual testing, "decathlon" event. I know I will be busy, but that is part of the fun. Being a natural "ham", as are many musicians, I'm comfortable being in front of thousands of people in big halls like Pauley. . .but I will need to concentrate. I'm only moderately skilled in photography (maybe heavy intermediate would be a more apt description).
I will try and get either a tripod or a mono pod to use for this one. I had blurring problems in my Canada photos due to the long shutter times that came from low light situations. Existing light photography generally looks better to me than photos taken with the small flash units typically attached to the digi cameras like mine.
The camera is a Olympus model C700 UZ. A 2.1 megapixel 10x optical zoom unit. This should be sufficient for digital photo use on the website. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my eyes open.
This should be fun, nonetheless.
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Mr. Kerry is at it again! Not satisfied with speeding the imminent destruction of the Democratic Party, he now wishes to honor a fellow Massachussett citizen.
But this is no ordinary citizen. . .read the article to see how W.E.B. DuBois acted as a political appologist for the evil of communism. More than mere commentator, DuBois renounced American citizenship, claiming hatred toward American ways.
DuBois helped found the NAACP, but was twice kicked out for his belief in the benefits of segregation.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Only liberals would somehow figure out that "outing" gays can somehow be justified. . .
After all, the ends justifies the means, N'est-ce-pas?
Read this great piece by Ann Coulter. . . .NO! It's not "hate speech". In fact, it's really quite funny. Or, it would be totally funny if it weren't true.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
This is a link to a great radio show featuring the arrangements (and some composition) by arranger/composer Adrian Drover.
Those of us who subscribe to the TROMBONE-L listserver discussion list on things "trombone", know Adrian as a very funny fellow. . . but, in reality Adrian is a really very gifted musician, arranger and composer. Mr. Drover is living in Scotland and here is heard conducting the BBC big band in two forms:
With added horn section (as in "french" horn) and tuba AND as a regular big band complement of five trumpet, five trombone, five sax and rhythm section.
I'm hearing very good contrapuntal writing and enjoyable music in a modern, yet traditionally grounded big band style.
Gotta go to the Academic Decathlon soon. We're gearing up for the 2005 Decathlon, to be done March 11, 12 with registration starting March 10. I'm updating the webpages now to add forms and info docs available over the net.
Later, I'll have to debug an app that is used to update the News onto the news page and the home page. The app is bringing back a very old version of the home page. I'll have to figure out how it's doing that and change the code or come up with something else entirely new which will do the same thing.