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This Blog Is Not Dead

This Blog Is Not Dead

Contrary to appearances, this blog is not dead.  I’ve just been busy, that’s all.  I promise I’ll be back with new content but in the meantime won’t you look in the sidebar to the right and click on one of the “popular posts” or recent posts?  Or click on a category and scroll thru.  If this is your first visit I might suggest that you start scrolling and keep scrolling scrolling down, down, down.  Think of it as “the best of” Ego-Vero.  And by “best of” I mean “all of”.

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My goal is to inform, entertain and enlighten my readers and myself.  Mostly myself it seems, but occasionally I have a reader.  And since you’re here…to get you started I’ve picked out a few relatively recent posts.  Enjoy!

Meet An Old Friend of Mine (June 3, 2015)

Eulogy For A Metaphor (April 28, 2015)

California’s Leaders, Visionaries Lacking in Leadership, Vision (April 20, 2015)

A Puppy’s Tale – epilogue (March 28, 2015)

In case you need one of these

In case you need one of these

Most Lunar Excursion Modules are getting on in years and occasionally need wrenching on.  The Haynes Workshop Manual is indispensable in these cases.

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Coincidentally (I’m sure) you can purchase one through the Cuana Enterprises store at this link.

Happy flying, and I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.

This was kind of a big deal 46 years ago

This was kind of a big deal 46 years ago

Back in those halcyon days when a man’s tax dollars actually bought him a piece of some magnificent hardware, we sent men to the moon.  This year marks the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11 and, in fact, 46 years ago today Neil Armstong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were the very first men to walk on the moon.  It was a moment in time when it felt like the aspirations of the entire human race were epitomized in the actions of two men.  The event was broadcast live and was watched all around the globe.  There were people who called the space program a waste of money, but I can tell you that in my lifetime there has never been another event like the moon landing that, if even for only a few hours, brought the whole globe together into one family.  And so for those moments alone it was worth whatever the cost.

Spare 15 minutes of your time and watch this video – made for schoolkids, but suitable for all ages.  It sums up the whole Apollo 11 mission very succinctly.

Now take a few minutes and think about how this was accomplished in fewer than 10 years.  The technology used was primitve comared to what is commonplace today – our cellphones are more powerful computers than those employed in the LEM and Command Modules.  There was no such thing as the internet.  Yet the task was completed and resulted in at least a few hours of  international brotherhood.  Something that we couldn’t do today even if we tried.

Cross posted at Men Out of Work Blog

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

July 4th, 1776: The Continental Congress adopts the text of the Declaration of Independence.

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Though Congress had voted in favor of actually declaring independence from Great Britain on July 2nd, Thomas Jefferson was selected to draft the document and after 2 days of writing and editing, the text was ratified on July 4th.  This was not a trivial act – it was an act of treason.  Were the revolution to fail, it would mean a death sentence.

Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence here.

Reflect for a moment today on what we have to be grateful for, because some men a few hundred years ago had the courage to draft and sign a document.

Cross posted at Men Out of Work Blog

Today is the 71st Anniversary of D-Day

Today is the 71st Anniversary of D-Day

Please tell me you know what D-Day is.  In case you don’t, go here.  Then stop whining about how tough we have it today.

Follow this link to the National WWII Museum website D-Day Timeline for an hour by hour account.  Here’s a sample:

 

Cross posted at Men Out of Work Blog

Music Friday – prequel (appetizer) edition

Music Friday – prequel (appetizer) edition

Welcome at long last to another Music Friday!

Today we’re going to drill down to the bedrock that the foundation of my musical tastes are built upon.  You may remember that over the last few months I have been trying to determine my “peak music year” by examining the BillBoard Hot 100 music charts and that based on those charts I had eliminated 1972, ’73 and ’74 as possibilities for consideration.  However, there was much music I liked that occured during those years that did not appear on the charts, much of it by artists like The Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald and of course Steely Dan.  There is something – or rather someone – that The Doobies and Steely Dan have in common:  Michael McDonald.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s the proof:

Steely Dan with Michael McDonald: Pretzel Logic live

The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald: Minute by Minute live (note – long intro skip ahead to 2:20)

OK, there’s the appetizer.  Main course right below – scroll down!

Music Friday – Deep In The Weeds (Entree) Edition

Music Friday – Deep In The Weeds (Entree) Edition

I said deep in the WEEDS, not deep in the weed.

Here is Donald Fagen, one of the founders of Steely Dan talking about the composition of one of their songs, Chain Lightning.  He goes way, way way into detail.  One of the reasons why Steely Dan is so popular among musicians is that there is really some craft that goes into their “meaningless” songs.  There is some “there” there if you know where to look for it – kind of like an inside joke.  Take a listen:

Now just the song without the lecture.

Oh yeah.  Don’t bother to understand…don’t question the little man…be part of the brotherhood.

Chain Lightnin’…Feels So Good.  How did you like your meat ‘n potatoes?  Dessert’s next.

Music Friday – Existential Question (dessert) Edition

Music Friday – Existential Question (dessert) Edition

How do the fools survive?  Who’s asking?  And just who are those fools?  Like any good dessert, a little sweet and a little tart.  And not too heavy.

“I hand them this life, to do what they will.  They got to make their way from here…”  

Indeed.  We got to make our way.

Oh…and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (who is apparently some kind of genius) on the gee-tar.

When a door opens, just say “yes” and figure it out later

When a door opens, just say “yes” and figure it out later

Over a PriceEconomics.com I read a story of a guy who took a job with UPS because he heard they had good benefits.  He started out working the ramp at Louisville Inernational Airport where the shipping company had established it’s hub, and as years passed, this fellow worked his way up the food chain until one day he was tasked with figuring out how to ship two whale sharks from Taiwan to Atlanta and then later two Beluga whales from Mexico City to Atlanta.  His name is Bland Matthews and he is known as UPS’ logistical guru.  Oh…and the answer to those questions involves a Boeing 747 and a balancing act.

UPS 747

Click here to read the whole fascinating story.  While it is an intersting tale of how to get big jobs done, Mr. Matthews reveals a little secret about life in general:

On Christmas morning, he received a call. “They asked me to be a ‘cargo load master’ and I immediately said yes, not even knowing what that was,” says Matthews. “When a door opens, I don’t say ‘I can’t do it,’ — I just say yes, then figure it out later.”

cross posted at Men Out of Work Blog

Welcome New Readers

Welcome New Readers

If you are a new vistior here, welcome!

Let me give you a couple tips on how to get the maximum out of your time spent here.  Essentially this is my soap box, a forum to express my thoughts through writing.  My secondary goals are to entertain my readers, perhaps even to educate or inspire them as well.  For more background, click on “about” in the upper right hand corner.

The technical stuff:  the articles (or “posts”) are in chronological order – newest at the top and older below.  To the left of each title is the date the post was created.  The main page shows all the posts in all categories – if you want to narrow it down, click on a category in the list on the right and – voila!  Only posts in that category are displayed.  Also on the right hand sidebar are “recent posts” whaich are – you guessed it – the 5 most recent posts; and “popular posts” which are the posts that have received the most views in case you like to follow the crowd.  My recommendation?  Read everything.

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Within each post you will notice some text in red.  These are links to additional information.  Click on the red text and a new tab will open taking you to an article, a wikipedia page, a song or something that supports or relates to the material I am writing about.  Try it – click on this link and see where it takes you.

Most pictures within posts can be enlarged by clicking on them.

And – the blog is interactive.  That’s right!  You can participate by leaving a comment or comments on each post by clicking the “comments” button on the left under the date.  All comments are moderated (that means I have to approve them before they are published) so I will see your comment.  And so will the rest of the world if I approve it.

So – happy reading!  And enjoy!

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