Okay, so, actually it's early on a Monday morning, but oops, oh well. I spent this morning sending out invites to my show that takes place in exactly a week . . . .
My good friend Benjamin Rumble designed this promo banner for me. Isn't it really cool?
I just got done watching a good bit of the VMA's tonight. There were some pretty good performances. Those Jonas Brothers can actually sing and play instruments. I hope they'll be given room to grow creatively. It would be tragic if they were singing the same kinds of songs ten years from now.
Oh gosh, Britney looked fan-freakintastic!!! She won a slew of awards without barely even trying. Maybe Mtv felt bad about her performance last year. Who knows. She certainly has a knack for getting a lot of the attention.
Watching all of this got me thinking about how much the music industry has changed. All of it is so glossy and youth-oriented right now, and hip-hop is huge. It seems as if money is dictating the madness. Oh, I don't know. The skirts are skimpier. Rappers' jeans droop lower. Mens' jeans are skinnier. There is this insatiable need to take everything to provocative extremes. Well, I suppose that's what you call entertainment, but I miss the days when people were also allowed to be subtle and understated.
I'm headed for another busy week of deadlines and preparations. Maybe someday I can hire an assistant. There's just too much to do. I'm just going to have to prioritize.
I took some sleeping pills to make sure I get plenty of rest. They are kicking in right about now as I am yawning.
I've got a bunch of goodies to post this week at WPR (Where Pianos Roam). Stay tuned.
So, last Thursday, I finally made it out to one of my nephew Tyler's football games. Here are some photos: [caption id="attachment_223" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="My sister Leth and my niece Lai at the game."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Are you ready for some football!!!!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_225" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The final score. Mt. Juliet Won!!! Yay! "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_226" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My nephew Nacho (our little gangster) just chillin' with his sister."][/caption] My nephew's team from Mt. Juliet High School won with a score of 19-6. Tyler scored one touchdown and played on offense and defense through most of the game. That boy's got some serious skills, and I have a feeling his teammates feel very blessed to have him. Highschool football is definitely a step above the little leagues he's been playing in all these years leading up to this. The pace is so much faster, and the players are SO MUCH BIGGER. I couldn't help but be a little worried that he might get hurt. I used to change this kid's diapers and now look at him . . . (Oh, and isn't he a handsome devil?) [caption id="attachment_227" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="That's Tyler with our little family friend Caleb."][/caption] They grow up so fast. (Sigh) That game last Thursday was so much fun! I'm looking forward to proudly watching many more. This got me thinking about all the things that I did when I was young that warranted my family's presence in the audience. I really was not much of an athlete at all, but I do remember at least a couple of piano recitals. Those were fun. One day, my parents took me to a boy scout activity day in hopes that I might like it and want to join. I HATED it!!!!! I remember thinking, "So, ummmm, you want me to tie this little rope over and over again? WTF?". Needless to say, that day was my only foray into the world of boy scouts. I also danced in a couple of Filipino cultural events that they did back on the island. My mom choreographed and orchestrated these very elaborate and beautiful presentations of our native culture. (She was so good that the local Chinese community asked her to do it for them as well.) I can't remember too much otherwise. My older brother and sister were much more active. They even won 3rd place at this break-dancing contest looking like little Michael Jackson-wannabe-midgets. They were so cute. In any case, I think it's wonderful when kids do fun things do display their gifts and talents. It becomes even more special when family and friends can share in these priceless moments. Well, that's a wrap for another one of my Sunday morning posts. I hope you enjoyed the photos. This week I'll be starting a new series of posts entitled, "Gordon's Milestones". I'm using this blog to document my life in a variety of ways, and one thing I've been thinking about doing is writing about the most significant moments and accomplishments in my life so far. This will be an ongoing series since I hope to achieve many more milestones in the future. Look for the very first instalment this week. Thanks and I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!! -g
Well, a very cool trend is happening at Hacker News - people are posting "Offer HN" threads offering advice and help. The first one seems to be "Will Work for Karma" by todayiamme, which kicked the whole thing off. My favorite is "Tax Help for Startup Entrepreneurs" because there's a lot of insight and analysis just in the thread itself. I like learning about law, but it's damn expensive to learn about either in time or money. That said, learning law can save you a lot of money when you write a contract correctly or when you have a company buyback shares instead of purchasing them yourself when buying a partner in a two person partnership out.
After a bunch of "Offer HN" threads started kicking up, there were two discussion topics, both by guys I respect. "Please stop offering your services" and "Please keep offering your services" by Swombat and Jacques. There seems to be a few themes going on:
1. Some people think this is really cool and nice of people. 2. Some people are skeptical of the intentions of people doing this. 3. Some people don't want to see HN get bogged down/clogged up by this.
Let's cover those in reverse order.
First, if it gets out of control and you want to see news without offers, Paul Graham implemented http://news.ycombinator.com/offerless - no offers there. So that solves that problem.