Friday, January 29, 2010

I love Ads

30 Hilarious Print Advertisements | Spyre Studios

A Killer Idea for tuning and Using a Sub Live

From Mix. What more can I say - less is more is always best.

However, if you really want to mind your bottom, here's an alternative approach: Use one of the console's auxiliary outputs as a subwoofer send. This concept removes unwanted audio from the subwoofer simply by virtue of the fact that you turn up the subwoofer aux only on the channels that need to be in the sub. Channels such as kick drum, floor tom, bass guitar and synth get fed to the sub aux, while channels such as lead vocals, hi-hat and the triangle microphone do not. The aux output designated as the subwoofer feed is usually routed to a crossover or lowpass filter, from the filter to a compressor and then to the subwoofer amplifiers.

P.A. Basics-Live Sound System Setup, Tuning and Optimization

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just What Every Modern Home Needs!

And now you know why they run so fast when you turn on the lights!

Solar Cockroach


The other night I was watching an NBC News "expose" regarding the state of the health insurance industry.  The show was part of the dateline franchise and was called "Critical Condition." One of the reports involved a young girl, Nataline Sarkisyan, diagnosed with and treated for leukemia, but who ultimately died because, as NBC's Ann Curry wanted us to believe, because she didn't receive a liver transplant.

Several things were just so outrageously wrong, they had to be lies.  They involve the claimed costs, and the reasoning for the liver transplant.

First off were the cited costs. CBS said the treatment, a bone marrow transplant which is the usual course for leukemia, can cost $700,000.00. I have done video work regarding leukemia, and have been close to those treating the disease. I know how involved the procedure can be.  But, Wow, I thought, that's expensive.   So I checked.  The actual numbers for a bone marrow transplant range from $50,000 to $200,000 for the really complex ones. So how can CBS be so wrong? Because they wanted to be.

First off, journalism isn't rocket science.  Meaning, no one's life is at stake if a few numbers are wrong.  They think that the important thing is to make your point.  However, with the backdrop of Obama's healthcare reform initiative, which specifically addresses costs, don't these numbers have a special meaning? And isn't accuracy especially important because of it?

It looks like NBC News was trying to fire up viewers to feel as though costs are completely out of control.  If one accepts $700K for a BMT, than that assumption would be true.  But if a BMT (a pretty involved procedure, by the way), is correctly marked at $50K, the whole issue looks different. And I haven't addressed the liver transplant yet.

The girl's family insisted that she receive the liver transplant recommended by her physician.  Note that the discussion didn't go into issues such as why her liver had failed.  Point-of-fact, the poor girl was dying, and her organs began to fail. A liver transplant might have extended her life for a few weeks, but no more. In the end, her insurer approved the new liver, but Natalione dies before the procedure could be performed.

I'm not discussing whether or not she deserved it.   But I will say, had she received a new liver then died a few weeks later, that the liver she used would have been unavailable to someone who was less ill, someone whose life could have been saved for years. It's not like we send out to WalMart for a liver; they are hard to come by. This mode of thinking is called triage, and is, at best, difficult. It's life and death. But it has to be done to favor the greater good over the lesser.

So, what should we think about NBC? They munged up all the facts, bending  them to suit. The story was very compelling, and made the health insurer look mean and evil. But the bottom line is that they did everything reasonable to save the girl's life. At no additional cost to the family.

People die. But family members need to accept that it's seldom someone else's fault. The mother of the girl and the tone of the story definitely went that way.

The clarion call of the media used to be Accuracy, but no more. I am reminded on a line from the film, 12 Monkeys - "there's no right, there's no wrong, there's only public opinion."

The moral of the story: Distrust the media.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chinese Capitalism

I saw this article and was thinking, "The Chinese communists do captalism better than we do anymore.

A lesson to be learned, before we sink.

Chinese firm to invest billions in solar battery plant | Green Tech - CNET News
Chinese car and battery maker BYD--which is 10 percent owned by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway--will invest $3.3 billion over five years to build China's largest solar battery plant, a report said Saturday.
Shenzhen-based BYD, which aims to sell 800,000 vehicles next year, will build the plant in China's Shaanxi province, a report in the South China Morning Post said, citing the Shaanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission Web site.
The plant will have capacity to produce a total of 5,000 megawatts of batteries, the report said.
BYD's F3 sedan was the best-selling car in China in the first 11 months of 2009. BYD is expected to start selling its first electric car, the e6, in the first quarter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

PC comes to Cameras

Face-Detection Cameras: Glitches Spur Charges of Racism - TIME

...HP isn't the only company whose cameras have exhibited an accidental prejudice against minorities, since many brands could be using the same flawed code. TIME tested two of Sony's latest Cyber-shot models with face detection (the DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1) and found they, too, had a tendency to ignore camera subjects with dark complexions.

My Type of Marxist

I read in the newspapers they are going to have 30 minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8 to educate America. They couldn't educate America if they started at 6:30.

- Graucho Marx - 'Idol' Sensation General Larry Says 'Pants on the Ground' Being Stolen - 'Idol' Sensation General Larry Says 'Pants on the Ground' Being Stolen
General Larry Platt, who became a national obsession after performing his original tune "Pants on the Ground" during an "American Idol audition," said Thursday that he is being taken advantage of by folks looking to make a fast buck from his hip hop tune and is searching for representation, Fox News reported.
Platt, a civil rights soldier turned rap impresario, said he wants to protect his song.
In just a little over a week, his hit song made its way from American Idol to the radio and even the football team the Minnesota Vikings' locker room.
SLIDESHOW: 'Pants on the Ground' Goes Viral.
Platt said he knew all about the use of his song and likeness without his consent.
"I need a copywriter to help me. They are stealing my stuff," he said.

You just can't Make this stuff Up! - Scorned Mistress of Married Obama Adviser

Scorned Mistress of Married Obama Adviser Posts Billboards Nationwide - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News -

This billboard -- which also has gone up in Atlanta and San Francisco -- is the ultimate act of revenge -- a very public retaliation by a dumped mistress aimed at a very wealthy, and married, businessman who is an adviser to President Obama.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Will your new home still be standing in 50 years? - MSN Real Estate - Page 5 of 17

Will your new home still be standing in 50 years? - MSN Real Estate - Page 5 of 17

“Most residential structures (today) are built to last 50 years,” he says. Builders could go further, of course. Some do. The codes, after all, only set a minimum standard. Meeting code “is like getting 70% in a test,” quips Carter, who also allows that a home built today is more likely to survive an earthquake or violent storm.

Zebron and James