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Americans idolize ignorance and violence.
This makes me sad


...been listening to lots of vintage Bowie even!

Hey, I'm not here much anymore. Not that y'all aren't all fabulously entertaining, it's just I don't feel 'interaction'. I travel a lot (a LOT!) for work and I've been using more 'realtime-ish' connections to keep in touch with people.

I'm on BearBook as musklebear, but so far it just seems like it's a bunch of welcome messages
Bear411 as (you guessed it) "MuskleBear"
I'm on foursquare, but I forget how I'm signed up there.

blah blah blah
will try to post here someday.
Was just in Seattle, WA & Eugene, OR, Bay Area before that, Chicago before that, next weekend is Atlanta, weekend after is Beckley, WV, then the Bay Area again, the Chicago, then in my cubby's arms for about 12 days in Toronto. Whew!

Rawk Star

Stolen from tbrough

1. Hit random on wikipedia.com. The page that comes up is your band name.

2. Hit random on quotationspage.com. The last 4 or 5 words of the LAST quote on the page make the album title.

3. Flickr.com - click on the last seven days link at the very bottom, then click on interesting photos from last seven days. The 3rd picture is your album cover.

4. MSPaint or Photoshop it and post in the comments.

(a little artistic license taken with band name)

Now who wants to collaborate and release the cd? LOL
At least a vanity project for download on iTunes or something?

OMG! This is SO Hilarious!

Check this guy out...it fully rules:


He's SUCH an asshole.
Ya know what?  I think if you got a nasty message from him, you GOTTA post it like a badge!

You are NO ONE until you've been insulted by this guy!
Go for it!


From tbrough

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this list; bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of The Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (This is 7 books!!!)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 1984 - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (This is 3 books!!!)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbitt - JR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie The Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazu Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare - again wasn't this covered?
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Numbers don't lie

Well, at least there's a huge margin of error in these random statistics, but I look at things this way:

There are 1336865 people in San diego.
49.60% of those are male leaving 663085.04 dateable men.
28.33% are in the 34-55 age range (althogh my preferred age range is 40-45 I didn't find the right breakdown so I'm using this one), leaving 187851.9918 dateable men.
6.80% of the population is gay leaving 12773.93544 dateable gay men
I like bald guys. In that age range, 50% of men are bald, leaving 6386.967722 dateable gay men in the realm of my physical attraction
89.40% of people in San Diego are employed, leaving 5709.949144.
27.85% of people are single leaving 1590.220837
I prefer to date homeowners, so that's 47.53% leaving 755.8319636
I like white boys, which in San Diego is 63.89% leaving 482.9010415
i refuse to date christians, or pretty much anyone who is religious. non-religious people count for 21% of the population leaving 101.4092187
Obesity rate rate is 24.8%, and i don't want to get dragged down by dating someone with sleep apnea, edema, diabetes and the health problems that go with morbid obesity. That leaves 75.20% or 76.25973248
I prefer to date guys with at least 2 year degree which is 27.08% leaving 20.65113556.
Sorry, but I REALLY prefer blue eyes (out of white americans): 22.40%, leaving 4.625854364 that are dateable in San Diego.


This doesn't count in the fact I like guys in a certain height range, or their availability, or the possibility that they have the tools to BE in a relationship and are wired for monogamy...let alone actually the possibility of running into them in a social situation.

So next time you whine about there being 'no good men' in your area, realize it's WAY harder than you think to meet a guy you click with. And when you find someone you click with, fight like hell to keep them around, k?

I've dated 6 guys in San Diego over the last 11 years, 4 of which were one date only (no click).

No wonder I'm dating outside my own zip code!

My latest project

Okay, so I'm working on another Instructor's Toolkit and my fusion CD at the same time (hope they don't crossover - one is traditional, the other not!).

So I'm going to include a few tracks I've already put together (like Mikis Trip that I've posted previously, and a remix of Selimah, and the trip hop version of Samira (although I want to change the name of that track)). Along with that, here's one of the newest tracks I've been working on. This one went to together really quickly, (a day?) but I've spent the last week refining the mix (eq, fx, levels, etc).

This is the latest version.

Still debating...

My time is up with with Verizon. Now, do I want a Droid X or Crackberry Tour on Verizon? or do I switch to Sprint because of the service issues I've had with Verizon?

- Droid: More options wrt apps; less security; sexy
- Crackberry/Verizon: better security; everything I have will work/familiar platform
- Sprint/Evo: lose my $100 new-every-two credit on Verizon, but will have a 4g phone (little 4g actual coverage tho) and will be free of Verizon (and hopefully happy with Sprint long enough to get me well into my contract)

Oh, and Sprint will be about $20/month cheaper with their unlimited plan. Oh, and hopefully no freakin BING! HATE that Verizon keeps pushing that to my Crackberry desktop.