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July 15th, 2012

02:33 pm: Things I believe
(Reposted from an ealier facebook status July 12 2012)

Speaking Out.

As time goes by, I find myself seeing more and more of the bigger picture and what I see leaves me angry and afraid. I’ve never been particularly good at putting on blinders and just focusing on what is right in front of me, and losing myself in drink is no longer an option.

I’ve been saying for a while now, that if you want to find out who your friends are, start speaking up about what you believe in, especially if it goes against the grain of popular opinion.

It was one thing when the people getting angry were at the edges of my life. Lately there have been people I respect and admire turning their backs to me, and that becomes a harder thing.
I consider myself pretty moderate in my views, but they are definitely leaning more to the left these days.

These are things I believe:

I’m not a Communist, Marxist, or Anarchist. I believe in Democracy. I just want my Government to be about people, not Corporations. Let our elected politicians listen to the people, not the lobbyists.

These are things I believe.

I’m not a Tree hugger, Radical Environmentalist, or Sierra Club member. I just want to see things done correctly, with thought given to sustainability. We simply cannot continue at the pace we are, and survive.

These are things I believe.

I believe in Economy, but not the current Debt-based Money-Market model. I watched the World Economy being tossed into a tailspin by a handful of people, and feel it needs to change.
I believe in Business, but not Corporations. Business is still about people. Corporations are about dollars.

These are things I believe.

I believe in God, but not Religion. Too often, I’ve watched people distort God’s will for their own agenda. Every major religion in the world has a version of the Golden Rule. “Treat people the way you want to be treated.”

These are things I believe.

To me, these things seem very simple, in a complicated world. Its not black and White, but rather ten thousand shades of gray. In order to be true to myself, I need to speak up for these fundamental things, and hope someone is listening.

If these things offend you, I’m sorry. I'm not trying to be hurtful. I'm trying to be honest, and true to myself.

02:29 pm: Internt Control.
(Posted to facebook status and Internetocracy, July 15 2012)

I spoke at a rally a few months ago, where I made the point that the symbol for Change in the 21st Century isn't a raised fist, its a hand holding a cell phone.

Every day, more news spreads of Corporate abuse, and high level Banking fraud. People are getting angry, and the powers pulling the purse strings know what happens if people get angry enough.

So now they are going to lock down the internet. Soon, you will only be able to know what they tell you to know.

http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-president-order-communications-770/

http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/un-telecom-agency-releases-secret-treaty-critics-unswayed.php

http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/watch-out-washington-cispa-replaces-sopa-as-internets-enemy-no-1/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/cispa-supporters-list-800-companies-that-could-help-uncle-sam-snag-your-data/

The time to speak up is NOW, while you still can!

~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

02:27 pm: Activism
I'm going to start saving some of the things I do and write here, so I have them somewhere.

Here is my first speech. I Talk at 21:00

http://bambuser.com/v/2598351

There is going to be more here. I want to get some of this stuff copied somewhere.

June 18th, 2012

05:24 am: 42
"All right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question ..."

"Yes ... !"

"Of Life, the Universe and Everything ..." said Deep Thought.

"Yes ... !"

"Is ... " said Deep Thought, and paused.

"Yes ... !"

"Is ... "

"Yes ... !!! ... ?"

"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. ...

"Forty-two!" yelled Loonquawl. "Is that all you've got to show for seven and a half million years' work?"

"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."

(Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything)


Today I turn 42. As I tend to do on milestone occasions in my life, its time to take stock.

My life today is beyond anything I would have considered 6 years ago. Married to a wonderful partner. A career that, while not perfect, is on a trajectory. Amazing people in my life that teach, guide and inspire on a daily basis. My life is not just simply amazing, but Simple and Amazing.

I'm finally at peace with who I am, and what my place is, and with my responsibility to grow.

Its a good place.

June 16th, 2012

09:16 am: Well... I'm back.
I been gone a long time.....

So here I am. 42 in a couple of days. Married. In IT for a year now. Next month 6 years sober. All in all, my life has become a pretty happy place.

So why am I here?

This was my place to work stuff out in my head. I don't need to do that so much anymore. Its one of those things that I left behind with sobriety. Its not that I dont need to work things out, its that I have so many amazing people in my life to bounce ideas off of.

The crux of the matter is, I started Martial Arts 2 days ago. This has brought some thoughts swirling around my mind, that I don't need to "Work out" so much as "get down somewhere."

This is the perfect place for that.


So what AM I doing?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_European_martial_arts

This is Western European Martial Arts. Its largely forgotten in the 21st century, but some manuals and a small tradition have kept it alive. Its not a particularly "elegant" style, but is very practical. One of the main focuses, is on Longsword.

http://calgarybassist.livejournal.com/42399.html

Go back to this, from June 2007. I bought it, and it has looked fantastic over the fireplace ever since. Now I'm going to learn how to USE it.

Its going to be very cool.

January 28th, 2008

05:38 pm: Rant
So...I've been let go from yet another "Classic Rock" project. As usual...the problem is MY ATTITUDE.

Here's my problem:

I haven't been in/auditioned for/talked about a band in 5 years that hasn't been more worried about GETTING GIGS, than they were about HAVING SOMETHING TO SHOW PEOPLE. Bands grab the lowest common denominator songs, jam them onstage, wearing tshirts and jeans, picking the barest minimum songs needed, ones that wont take a bunch of rehearsal, and go.

The ONLY Calgary band I've seen put ANY real thought into their presentaion, is Broken Toys. Then again, no other band in the city can pack a bar, with lineups by 10, on a tuesday night either.

This isnt to say that Calgary wants or needs a Kiss-style bar band, or some big huge 80's presentation, or a "gimmick," but I think some thought about presentation goes a long way. Did the guys in the band take time to dress similarly? Like they are a BAND? Or is everyone wearing whatever. Is there something for lights? Is there at least a banner? Is there something different about these guys, so people will remember them, even after the hangover?

Now, I'm going to paint with a wide brush here... but GENERALLY the people going to bars EVERY friday and saturday night are 18 to 25. The people in their 30s have wives and kids at home. Is the band playing music they like, or are they convincing themselves that all 18 year old kids are as in love with Zepplin as they are? personally, I dont see a lot of 18 year old bar kids that think Trooper is great anymore.

What music is the band playing? It is fun ...dancy party music? People want to have fun when they are partying. We have 50 YEARS worth of rock and roll to choose from... are you playing songs because they are great songs, or because "Everyone else plays them?"

That being said...even what Smokin Clovers does, goes against a lot of this. BUT, the Smoking Clovers isn't my band...I'm a hired gun. I'm blessed enough to get hired by a guy who respects my opinion. What we are talking about is a "Classic Rock Cover Band". I get asked to do one at least once a month.

I've done the generic band thing to death, and refuse to put energy into yet another half assed band, with nothing to say.

December 29th, 2007

03:31 pm: OK...I'm stressed.

I've been able to handle the shopping season, and all that goes with it, with a reasonably pleasant demeanor. I've been saying for months that I want to be finding a new place in the new year, and I wasn't making any big changes until the new year.

The Universe it seems, has other plans.

Paula let me know that Jazz has to move. Now.

So...I started looking for a place...I was stressed, but I could handle it. I wasn't happy about this bomb being dropped in my lap, but whatever.

I found a place. nice...4 blocks from work. Cool. gave my notice, and started planning a move.

Then this morning, the guy lets me know he has changed his mind. he found a woman with a kid that "Needs the space more than I do."

So I'm back to square 0ne, only now its with notice given.

Fuck.

November 21st, 2007

04:13 pm: Writer's Block: Total Transformation
What's the most drastic change you've ever made to your appearance?


I went from hair halfway down my back to completely bald.

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November 11th, 2007

12:46 pm: Some things I've read/heard lately that I liked:

"God gave us memories, so we could see roses in December."

"There's a difference between fishing, and standing on the shore, looking like an idiot."

"The children the world almost breaks, will become the adults that save it."

Great stuff that.

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