Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kickstarter Gives Start Ups A Chance gives start up businesses a chance:  In my humble opinion, the best chance ever offered in history.  This is a system for venture capital with built in accountability!  It's a dream come true for the dreamers among us.  Aw, come on, you know there's a dreamer in there somewhere.... The diversity of projects is extreme.
There are various musicians attempting to fund their recording studio gigs such as Lelia Broussard, a self proclaimed former waitress and french fry enthusiast, who, along the way became one of the runners up to" The Picture On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone Contest" earlier this year.  We were rooting for you, Lelia!

idrawcars is a very refined site created by some excellent designers in the midwest attempting to create a product for budding designers.  Personally I like their music picks.

Another project was Printrbot that successfully raised $800,000 for their redesign of a 3D printer!  What designer doesn't want a printer that makes solid plastic parts!  The amazing thing is, many parts of these machines can be built with other printers already completed!  In all fairness, there has been a worldwide consortium of  DIY (Do It Yourselfers) named reprap who have approached the process of building 3D printers from various perspectives.  Google's SketchUp can even be used as a solid model platform to interface with a computer.  Uh-oh.....I'm getting a little geeky; sorry about that!

Another is Versalette; a type of clothing design with exotic simplicity in mind.

Anyway, you get the picture.  I need to get back to the drawing board now.

See you next time!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blast From The Past: Could Our President Be A Robbing Hood?

You notice how your sense of optimism may slip away when you least expect it....a slight irritation on the freeway may lead to noticing the dust on your dash and thoughts that you've been thinking of replacing your car, but money's a little tight right now and you won't mind, for the time being that your lifestyle seems to be sliding down a ravine! Cheer up! You're in good company! Everyone in The Western Civilization is going through the same thing. There seems to be an effort to systematically deconstruct our economy, the greatest in history and the kingpin throughout the free world! Hold on to your hats; We're in for a rough ride, but there could be a Robbing Hood (click the hyperlink to see my parody) robbing from the rich and giving (wink, wink, nod, nod) to the poor. Oh, and by the way, I keep flashing back to the various futures presented in "Back To The Future".
I wrote this parody in 2009 and decided to see how it was holding up after all this time. I know, I know it lacks polish, but I hope you'll forgive that aspect and just enjoy it. It was my first and I wanted the bar to be low enough so I could improve on the next one.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Golden Geese Are Hard To Come By

I’m far from the OWS element. Context is elemental in analyzing issues.
I know it’s in your face daily out there in NY. America has traditionally been the place where a person takes a stand and takes control of his/her emotions and future, so the beginning of protests can be exciting. Eventually they degenerate down into buying sleeping bags or equivalents because all organizations need structure and they don’t recognize the beauty of the Constitution, because it was written by “old timers”. The weirdest thing about the protest movements through the years is that the members are unaware of the romanticism associated with swaying back and forth; "We will overcome..." in their solidarity. That feeling of being a part of something bigger than one's self is intoxicating and what I call romanticism. It may be tough on the streets, but they feel they're fighting for a cause; so much more interesting than those mediocre lives where they're merely trying to stay ahead of their bills. Chaos serves the OWS crowd (Ann Coulter’s mob?) and I’m convinced it’s a perfect smokescreen for Obama looting the Golden Goose. Obama’s intelligence must be shallow since Golden Geese are hard to come by and if the USA engine of prosperity is decimated, how will Michelle be able to keep eating lobster? The homeless aren’t worried about the end of the world, because a leveler would serve them. That takes care of the bills, too

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

QR (Quintana Roo) Cooks!

Dan Empfield competed in the first Ironman in Hawaii in 1981, but was disappointed in the choicez available to triathletes at the time. Improving wetsuit designs became a passion and initiated a creative torrent as his suits appeared more and more on winning athletes. His company, named after his favorite place on the planet, Quintana Roo, Mexico, was born in 1987! Shortly after his wetsuit designs appeared with increasing regularity on regular tri winners, he plunged into building up bikes, culminating in the fantastic carbon frame sets seen here.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Explosive debate between Fox Business' Charles Payne and Union Leader: "I took my opportunity"

We hear the "Occupy Wall Street" voices wanting decent healthcare, decent schools and a decent chance at success:  Are we entitled to all the levels of services we expect?    We pay taxes and expect to have a safety net, but just how much of a cushion should citizenship offer? Unfortunately, salespeople within our Government who claim to represent US are determining the parameters and contexts of these issues and framing all this in a central planning way that is under heated debate.  There's nothing at all wrong with the debate, except when Congressional processes are bypassed.
Free market competition has motivated thousands of Americans made brilliant by their motivations and abilities, individually and/or collectively, to follow their dreams and create marvelous products.  American exceptionalism has improved life worldwide.  We have all benefited from an upward spiral driven by free markets with limited regulations.
There's been a simmering between the issues of the left and right, unfortunately made relatively concrete by professional protesters financed secretively.  Mob controlling experts avoid real issues prefering slogans and talking points, as their aim is chaos leading only to argumentative situations set up for a designated leader to "save the day".
Crowds can be destructive and lose focus.  At present, hopefully the seemingly diametrically opposed views within our country are being debated near Wall Street in Manhattan.  There are too many differing viewpoints within the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd to say with certainty that there is monolithic thought.
It's my feeling that history should be increased as part of the context for the debate.  If only the collectivists would be openly honest with their failed track record through history.  Even Ayn Rand's fictional "Atlas Shrugged" as a springboard for debate might help focus for progress.  Universities were once forums for open debate.  Optimism makes me sure that peoples' differences are being fleshed out with a minimum of people just pushing their points until devolved bickering ensues.  Am I a dreamer or what?  I'm sure there's a lot of hooky being played, but  there is an opportunity to make progress and Geraldo is there!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Speak To US, Prez.

Be sure to check out where the "quote" came from. 
The Quote of the Decade: 
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” 
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006!
pass it on till eternity...
( was so nice of him to give us this great quote for posterity!)

There's little room for compromise when our government representatives are so obviously playing with our futures.  I'm really in a quandary when trying to understand how decision makers can be so cavalier about killing the "Golden Goose"; the US innovation idea and money generator that has raised the tides of wealth worldwide for decades.  It's taken for granted, but Dark Ages can return, believe it or not.  Ideological corruption is relentless in it's process of dumbing us down to squabble about plattitudes (rich vs poor etc.) content that we'll always "need them" and continue to tread water rather than actually work towards solutions.  Real smart people are usually unwilling to put up with the brutal gauntlet of public office so we're stuck with these bozos?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jenni Alpert Is A Fantastic Singer/Songwriter

Jenni's a fantastic singer and songwriter.  Click here to go to her website!

Julie London-- "The Good Life"

Jenni Alpert put this on my wall in Facebook.  It gave me a very nice chance to slow down and think of simpler times.  Julie London has such a velvety voice and with the crisp analog studio work of the time all the nuances and snap to her delivery were much appreciated by my aging ears, that have grown so much more patient as time goes by.
 We get so immersed in the music of our times with slight deviations to the outer boundaries just to keep a context.  But, I must admit that the snap and sizzle of singers like Sinatra were not high on my list as a kid, so I've gone back to those sections of time to familiarize myself with special gems here and there.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

US Standard Of Living Threatened

I started writing on this blog as a way to keep a journal of my thoughts and concerns with an intent to possibly gather a following of like minded individuals. I've discovered many things along the way, having experienced upsides and downsides of my expectations that through organizing thoughts, I would improve my abilities to structure ideas and hold peoples' interests. I studied others' work and even broke out E. B. Whites, "The Elements Of Style". But I've severed ties from differences of opinion here and there; one of the downsides of having no deadlines. I've been less effective than the following video at voicing my concerns about some of the pressures inherent in our young nation's governing body.

Friday, August 26, 2011

GoPro HD HERO camera: Formula Car Clip

Jamming in any music genre, be it rock, jazz, what have you, consists of being in the moment and responding to cues and circumstances. Here's a clip of some very fast driving requiring responses at a pace few can comprehend!
I found this clip exhilarating throughout, yet exhausting as the driver passed car after car after car and I'm just sitting here at home on a computer!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dubai Fountain - "Time to Say Goodbye" - Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

So beautiful!

Imagine if we supplied our own oil instead of making Dubai wealthy from buying their oil. Don't you think it's time for a Renaissance in THIS COUNTRY! Dubai looks quite beautiful. What are the Nay Sayers afraid of? Give those regulations a break and get ready for the USA to blossom in a NEW Renaissance!

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Greatest Music Video Ever? Posted by SarahDMZ (Dennis Miller Zone)

VIDEO: The Greatest Music Video Ever?
June 3, 2011
Posted by SarahDMZ

For once, Roger Ebert and might agree on something. See what you think about this stunning Grand Rapids music video, directed by Dennis Miller's radio guest, Rob Bliss.

When Grand Rapids ended up on the list of 'American Dying Cities,' they wanted to prove that there are still in it to win it. With $40,000 and a cast of 5,000, Bliss's goosebumps-worthy video uses a live track of Don McLean's 'American Pie' and a single take through one of the heartland's most prideful cities.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Help Me Help US!

Hi everybody! I haven’t been writing anything serious for quite awhile now. Why, you say? It is a consequence of my current disappointment with the leadership of our Country for the last year or so. I’m appalled at the lack of cohesion to sound moral principles evident in what is considered leadership giving direction to our future. As an American, I aspire to do my part to create moral fiber bit by bit, brick by brick, as it were. After all, freedom isn’t a given, but must be fought for and won over and over. In the words of R. Reagan, “Freedom is never really far from extinction, but must be fought for by each generation.” We must guard ourselves from becoming complacent lest we awaken a sleeping giant who means us harm. The current crop of freshmen in Washington have much potential, but we can’t solely rely on them.

It should be no surprise what we see transpiring around the world. Unfortunately, our current leadership welcomes the chaos and hopes it erupts in our own backyard so he can “save us” by making radical changes unwelcome during peaceful times. His dwindling supporters are still deluded into thinking he’s acting in the Country’s best interests and are convinced his silence is indicative of earnest efforts at thwarting disaster, but hope against hope, he isn’t, but I fear he is a merchant of chaos. Writers across the globe are still trying to derive logical explanations and trying to understand what the plan for our future may be, since the admission of transparency has clearly been trumped by ideology. Many are wondering if the choices unfolding are steps in a logical sequence or just a series of random steps reacting as one who is in over his head and is just “dancing as fast as he can.”

We, as Americans, always have the potential for a powerful and dynamic society, but can’t take it for granted as we must create it, brick by brick after our nurturing as youngsters from the adults who raised us. Most of us have been nurtured with strong family values, but there are those among us who have felt the need to fight for morsels their whole lives, thus lacking the backbone for civility as they feel their survival is constantly under threat and “need handouts” to survive. Remaining childlike and sucking on the nurturing teat our whole lives is, indeed an option, if we want to see our country die as so many have before. We are but a young society and I am unwilling to repeat the errors of the Roman Empire. Are you?

So please, heed these words. Help me create our future. Think before you act. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you etc, etc. There are many adages that people live by. Choose your own, but choose!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Perfect Casting For Atlas Shrugged!

Oh, and by the way....READ THE BOOK and be as open minded as you say or think you are.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tatra 87 Used To Cruise Through My Neighborhood

When I was a kid living in La Capite above Vesenaz a couple of miles outside Geneva two of these cars, maybe even this pair would drive by. I was always curious about them. Maybe someone may let me know their rolling pedigree?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Uncivil Unions - HUMAN EVENTS

Ann Coulter's acerbic wit elicited the following comments from "Saali"; one of her readers;

Ann: "the progressive mind set is one that has emerged to drive a wedge between those with ability and talent and those without."

Saali: "I would just like to add that it is incumbent upon the able and the talented to help those less able not to fall too far behind and feel abandoned. The plus side is that the less able usually appreciate the capable for doing so."

Me: "This type of thinking lead to various embarrassing statements by a woman three steps from the Presidency, Pelosi, about taking some time off to 'follow your dreams,' and 'unemployment checks help the economy.' We are living in a surreal universe!"

The link to Ann Coulter's post follows>>>
Uncivil Unions - HUMAN EVENTS

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fun At The Wedge In Newport Beach, CA

I used to head down to The Wedge every day after class while in College. It was challenging and very refreshing. Whatever was on my mind was washed away after a day in those barrels!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Marwan Muasher and Rami Khouri Speak With Charlie Rose

Rami was one of my brothers' friends in high school. If he ever finds his way to this blog, I don't think he'd mind my mentioning that he was the only guy I knew who had learned all the words to Bob Dylan's, "Like A Rolling Stone". Playing guitar was a necessary aspect of teenage activities at the time. Here, I find myself overly critical of my sentence structure since Rami was the editor of the Jordan Times for years. I haven't seen him since high school except on TV.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Square.....Smooth, Even, Steady

Jack Dorsey was on The Charlie Rose Show talking about the future of Twitter and Square; two of his teams' creations. It'll be free to get the smart phone plugin, then there'll be a fee of 2.75% and that's it!
The complexity with computer banking gone!
As is usually the case with ideas that seem too simple, I over think them and am concerned about the "what ifs" as far as security and "there's gotta be more to it." The simplicity is the result of extreme complexity ruled by organized programming; Jack Dorsey's specialty and passion, by the sound of it. Twitter was borne of the same passion to organize complexity into simplicity. Charlie asked Jack to give an example of what he meant about simplifying complexity. Jack said that he liked to think about the complexity of a city, such as New York. There are thousands of activities all over the city which, with the help of a GPS in a smartphone could be mapped in realtime. I'm afraid that the significance of that statement is a little vague to me, but then I thought about the beautiful 3 D statistical maps lining the walls of the computer room at a University I attended ten years ago and realized that now these are a realtime proposition! What a tool!
Ah yes. I'm reminded of the special company lecture I went to a decade or more ago where a Nobel Prize Winner for Superconductivity was describing how it worked and it sounded so simple when he said it. I had complete confidence I could relay that information to my friends, but found out that I really only retained a smidgeon of the data and it sounded like hogwash when I grappled for context. Without a doubt, Tony Rose was asking questions of a genius who thinks in a plane invisible to me, I'm afraid. But I'll willingly use the products!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Huayra Pronello Ford On The Track In 1969 in HD

This is raw footage; not for the feint of heart!

If Pagani names its next supercar "Huayra," it'll have more than just something to do with wind. In the 1960s, Ford of Argentina and motorsports designer Heriberto Pronello teamed up on a racing prototype for the "Can-Am of the South."

Pronello, an accomplished motorsport designer and longtime friend of Horacio Pagani, started working on the car that would become the Huayra Pronello Ford race car in 1966. By 1969, he'd turned out a strange monster whose prospects looked promising. Powered by a five-liter Ford V8 producing 430 hp, the Huayra was the fastest car in both qualifying and race in nearly all of Argentina's Turismo Carretera races in 1969. Driver Carlos "Picho" Pasqualini set a track record at The Autódromo Ciudad de Rafaela with a top speed of 216 mph.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson Reassures Us With The Big Picture

Victor Davis Hanson has given us an erudite analysis that trumps the regular blather than clutters our poor overworked minds. The unfortunate fact that history repeats itself has driven me to dust off a few formerly overlooked books. Media availability has reached fire hose proportions lately and sometimes I feel a little waterlogged. Hence, I seek out gems of wisdom to attempt to filter through the clutter. Mr Hanson hangs his hat at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He's the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institute. I won't bore you with an analysis, but rather link to his concise summary here.
He was interviewed this morning on the Dennis Miller Radio Show out here on the left coast of our fair continent: Sharp mind. Hope you enjoy it!