“Getting IN… with ‘The IN Crowd'”

April 15, 2014

Well that was quite a month. (Did you miss me, here?) Preparing to give a presentation (about LinkedIn) to the Maplewood Library in-person group of Northern NJ Professionals in Transition. Which meant making a slide-show. Which meant learning how to use MS PowerPoint…

getting in

It wound up being 75 slides! With many flashy transitions and many graphics and many animations. Yes, when I Googled “newbie mistakes in PowerPoint” I was told not to make “too many” slides or have it be too busy/complicated. And yes, I had some small font sizes, too. But they worked out to be legible.

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Check out (my friend) Noël Ramos!

January 16, 2013

I first met him at the
Philadelphia Music Conference,
mmmany mmmoons ago,
and we’ve kept in touch.

He’s consistently/constantly been a tireless champion for
and supporter of

*Independent* Musicians


You (should) remember him from his magazine

(formerly called Mixx Magazine)
[and formerly containing my “Rayve Reviews”!]:

[Remember to click any and all graphics on my blog]

InterMixx.com's Independent Music Magazine


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I missed this tweet by Nate Silver!

January 8, 2013

Note on 1/8/13:

I just found this in ‘Drafts’—
apparently I never pressed the ‘publish’ button, back then!

Nate Silver tweets

He tweeted that on October 27, 2012.

[Click the above graphic to read the Examiner article.]


I am

Following Nate Silver

him now!

[Click the above graphic to go to Nate’s Twitter account.]

Check out “Gasland”!

January 2, 2013

gasland01a film by Josh Fox

Gasland(click above graphic to watch a movie trailer)

About the film

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking [tap] water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

(click below graphic to go to the website)gasland1

How does hydraulic fracturing work?

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.

What is horizontal hydraulic fracturing…?

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Check out some of my old business titles!

November 8, 2012

I met Derek Sivers on (at the beginning of) the worldwide web. He was an early adopter of communication/technology (also) and I stumbled upon the site of what seemed to be a band. I had searched for “music”—I forget (and always wonder) how many (how few!) sites were found by that (which?) search engine, using (version 1.0? of) the Mosaic browser, back then, but I visited them ALL. I wasn’t even sure what I was doing, “clicking” the underlined words, but of course now every child weaves many elaborate virtual trails, jumping from computer to who-knows-where-the-next-computer-is. I discovered a “cross between The Beatles and James Brown;” where “peanut butter meets Pez.” The sound samples (that I downloaded onto my work PC [which had a network card], put on a diskette, and played on my work Mac [which had a sound card]) were fun and funky!

Derek had made hitme.net [it’s no longer up] for (the “band”) Hit Me, and the (multimedia) CD called “Greatest Hits, Vol. 17.” This recording was a very talented young man (Derek) doing his original songs on guitar, bass, piano, voice, with some help from a drummer [where is Rodney now?] and a female singer [where is Christine now?]. Having studied at Berklee College of Music, he knew how to record on a multi-track machine, and got the results mixed, mastered, and mass-produced. It had art, a bar-code, and shrink-wrapping, and so it looked like a “real” “grown-up” (professional) (major label) music CD.


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President Obama wins election for a second term!

November 7, 2012

Check out ACIEM Studios!

March 8, 2012

Telefunken AR-51 Tube Mic

My friend Brian Brodeur has kept me abreast of
the ongoing building of his new sound recording facilities—
as he painstakingly and meticulously gathered
all the best analog & digital equipment—
and they are top-notch.

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