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An Evening with Annie Leibovitz and notes on her new book

An Evening with Annie Leibovitz at the Long Center, a sold-out talk with an opportunity for a signed book in one of one five cities to promote her new photography book Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 – 2016, turned out to be one of those rare moments of engagement that happens in mass events where you don’t […]

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Even If It Kills Me

book notes: Even If It Kills Me by Donivan Blair

When offered for review Even If It Kills Me, a non-fiction book about a 40ish rock and roll bass player who decides to pursue a martial arts black belt, the only correct response is “hell yeah!” Donivan (Doni) Blair is the bass player in question, playing for The Toadies as of the writing of his […]

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International Space Station

Viewing the International Space Station

We saw the International Space Stations (ISS) as we drove from Houston to Austin Monday evening (10/16/17) at about 7:50pm looking at the NW horizon. At first we saw lots of planes and stars thinking it might be the ISS, but once it came shooting across the sky it was easy to see. We heard […]

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Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar and The Circle – Sugarland 09/15/17

I wrote a long article about Sammy Hagar then and now about a week before this  concert. Here’s my notes on the show. Opening act – The Contagious We arrived expecting to see Sammy’s son as the opening act. Instead, we witnessed three 9th graders from Montgomery, Texas, baby-faced young men who rocked the crowd […]

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Sammy Hagar – 35 years ago and now

As you downsize, a process my wife and I are currently going through, the plethora of items from one’s past that you must classify as keep/store/trash is larger than you think. The number of items in one’s house grows to accommodate available space. Furniture, clothes, tools – those are just things, with little sentimental value. […]

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Five Years of Beer on UnTappd

According to the Untappd app, August 23, 2017 marks five years since I started using the app. Also according to the app and website, during the last 1,826 days (plus 1 added for a leap year!) I have consumed 1,753 Unique Beers, 2,589 Beers Checked-in (not all of the beers I drank in that time […]

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Steps to Rate and Review Apps on the Apple App Store

An App’s visibility on the Apple App Store is enhanced by its ratings and reviews. We’ve received many great ratings and reviews for our JoSara MeDia apps that are in the Apple App Store. And the steps to provide App Store reviews and ratings have changed slightly between the current iOS10 and the forthcoming iOS11 […]

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The Witchwood Crown

The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (Book 1 of The Last King of Osten Ard)

It was with equal parts anticipation and trepidation that I began reading The Witchwood Crown, the first book in The Last King of Osten Ard series which follows the classic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. The anticipation points are obvious: there is evidence all over this blog how deep I’ve gotten into Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, and how […]

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Tad Williams Osten Ard

The Witchwood Crown – Thoughts on the return to Osten Ard – Part 5

As much as I tried to make the return to Osten Ard in The Witchwood Crown last, for there is a wait of at least a year before The Empire of Grass arrives, it had to end at some point. Similar to the binge watching Netflix crowd who like to feast on entire seasons of a show […]

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The Witchwood Crown

The Witchwood Crown – Thoughts on the return to Osten Ard – Part 4

As I sit on Chapter 28 of 54 chapters in The Witchwood Crown, a few random observations: Chapter Names I mentioned this in the re-read and commentary eBook that I put together, but I’ll bring it up again. I normally never read the Chapter names in a book. Some authors keep it simple by naming […]

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  • This Day In History: July 31, 1964 - Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, takes the first close-up images of the moon4,308 in totalbefore it impacts with the lunar surface northwest of the Sea of the Clouds. and on This Day in History, July 31, 1990, Nolan Ryan wins the 300th game of his career...as a Ranger. #
  • This Day In History: July 27, 1890 - Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in a wheat field outside Auvers-sur-Oise, in France; he died two days later, at the age of thirty-seven. The debate over Van Gogh's physical and mental health continues, with epilepsy, schizophrenia, inner-ear disorder, absinthe and other factors cited as cause of his troubles. #
  • This Day In History: July 26, 1945 - Results of the UK General Election was an unexpected landslide victory for Clement Attlee's Labour Party, over Winston Churchill's Conservatives, giving Labour its first majority government, and a mandate to implement its postwar reforms. Looking back in history, a pretty amazing results given the way Churchill was looked on as a heroic figure. It was a large victory for Labor, and Churchill resigned immediately. Attlee went back to the in-progress Potsdam conference to represent the UK with Truman and Stalin. #
  • Tesla Motors open sources all of their patents. A great headline, and an interesting idea. Open source the patents. Tesla is ahead of the electric car competition, behind the big car companies in sales, so why not? Wonder what it just did to their valuation; probably not much, with a market cap of $25B. But probably saved them a lot in legal fees! #
  • Apple and Beats Three thoughts on the Beats acquisition (or alleged, or rumored, or soon to be). One, this article on Apple wanting to be perceived as a fashion company (and, from Tim Cook's perspective, have the multiples that go along with that vs. the existing painfully low tech multiples). Two, since the Apple stores sell Beats, Apple should have good sell through numbers and a good understanding of not only Beats sell through Apple stores but relative sell through big box stores like Best Buy and Target (which you mentioned in the last episode). Three, Beats acquisition of the Mog streaming service should mix well with the somewhat weak iTunes Radio. And it is only 2% of Apple's cash...so well worth in IMHO. #

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