Alrighty Then

I’ve been absent for awhile.  Gonna try real hard to make an effort to start blogging again. For those of you that aren’t on Facebook, I’ve been very vocal about my thoughts on the current political scene and will continue to highlight my thoughts on what I believe is wrong with America.  I’m still into Tech also so I do intend to post tech articles again as I have in the past.  Of course the obligatory Pink Floyd articles will also be mandatory.  Actually, I can’t see much changing other than my personal political views will come into play a little more.  I need an outlet to exhaust my pent-up anger at our current administration and legislators.  We should sack all of them.

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, they have changed the format on writing posts here at WordPress!!

For an idea of what to expect, I’m somewhat on the Pro-Gun trail right now and believe armed faculty and/or armed guards and video surveillance are needed in our schools.

More later.  I promise.

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The Official Pink Floyd Thread

For those of you who don’t know me that well, I am a huge and devoted Pink Floyd fan. It appears we have several regulars here who are also Floyd fans. I can’t reveal his identity but CrazyWorld of John is a former college roommate of mine and we enjoyed countless hours of college mayhem, shenanigans and of course Pink Floyd.

My introduction to Pink Floyd came in 1980 in the form of their most popular song – Another Brick In The Wall from The Wall album. I don’t remember listening to the Floyd again until 1985 when my next door college roommates Charlie and Reece introduced me to Dark Side of The Moon. From there I was hooked. To this day there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t listen to a Floyd album or one of the band members solo albums.

  • My favorite Pink Floyd album is unquestionably Meddle. I have so many different live versions/bootlegs of Meddle I can’t even count them!
  • My favorite Pink Floyd songe is unquestionably The Narrow Way from the Ummagumma album
  • My favorite Pink Floyd band member is unquestionably Sid Barrett (followed closely by David Gilmour).

So please share your Pink Floydisms. After all, this is the official thread.

The Band Is Just Fantastic, That Is Really What I Think.

Goodbye Richard

Pink Floyd has been my musical influence for the better part of 20 years now. Richard Wright (Born 1943), Pink Floyd self taught keyboardist and singer/writer of many a good Floyd song died today at 65 years old of cancer. Wright recently toured with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour on the “On an Island” tour in 2006.

Wright (shown at far right) was one of the original members of the Floyd including Syd Barrett (second from left at top) (who died in 06), Roger Waters (left top from Wright), and Nick Mason (far left). Gilmour (bottom center) joined the Floyd in 1968 after Syd could no longer function as a band member.

The NY Times has a good short bio on Wright.

One of my favorite Pink Floyd songs was written and sung by Wright – Remember a Day. Another great compilation by Wright is on the album Dark Side Of The Moon – Us and Them.

So goodbye Richard, thank you for some of the best music I have ever heard. You will be missed.

Coal Fired Pink Floyd Connection

It’s not every day you can connect several dots that in most peoples mind could never be connected. If you are a Pink Floyd fan (and I know deep down you are), then you are going to recognize what I am about to show you.

On the critically acclaimed Animals Album, the Battersea coal fired power plant is featured on the cover.

Fast forward about 30 years and look at what is planned to take it’s place:

ecobattersea

Yes, people of the blogoshpere, an eco dome.
[via INHABITAT]

Mercedes is doing the right thing. To heck with fossil fuel. Who needs it.

We don’t need fossil fuel. Mercedes knows it and so does big oil. Or rather, big Hydrogen that is. Weel, not exactly. I don’t know for sure that LNG is fossil fuel. Big oil is betting on it to move away from oil and toward hydrogen. How molecular.

This kid has watched way too much Ferris Bueller and War Games. Mebbe it’s just a fascination with Mathew Broderick. Anyway, this kid is in huge trouble for, uh, well, a lot of things. Check it out.

I knew the time would come when I had to acknowledge my 250 mb Zip drive is obsolete. Do you think it’s time to buy a new computer when a storage drive becomes obsolete? Can you tell my wife please? I really want to overclock something. All the cool kids are doing it. Over at Gizmodo is a story about obsolete storage devices.

The Day The Music Lived – 1980’s

The 1980’s were my coming of age years. From puberty to my last day of college was all done during the glamorous 80’s.

Looking back, music in the 80’s sucked. I didn’t really like hair bands that much so I started to discover what is now coined indie rock. Back then it was known as “alternative rock”. Make sure to check out the link below to Lucy and Ramona and Sunset Sam and Oh No it’s Devo. Very cool.

Nevertheless, as a young person, you have to have music! Discovering The Smiths (thankyou gravity force of one) in college was definately a step of the beat I was used to pursuing. I still listen to The Smiths pretty regularly.

In the late 80’s, something new was in the air and music was definitely making a change. Guns and Roses was a breath of fresh air for us riff loving rockers. Welcome to the Jungle in 1988 was the signal for change to come. Slash will go down in history as one of the all time great riff guitarists. The guy is incredible with a guitar and in my humble opinion paved the way for the new generation of music (grunge) that followed in the 90’s.

And now, here is my most listened to tunes in the 1980’s. (I hope I don’t sound like Casey Kasum).
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