07 February 2015

Hayek versus Keynes

We've been going back and forth for a century.  Keynes: I want to steer markets.
Hayek: I want them set free.
There's a boom and bust cycle and good reason to fear it.
Hayek: Blame low interest rates.
Kenynes: No...it's the animal spirits.













I've read these books and recommend them!

06 February 2015

War of the Currents

"I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident.... Almost none of my inventions were derived in that manner. They were achieved by having trained myself to be analytical and to endure and tolerate hard work." -Thomas Edison


Though Thomas Edison created the first lightbulb and created direct current electricity, which was used in New York, Nikola Tesla created alternating current which powers the world today.  Tesla worked under Edison, but resigned after Edison wouldn't consider further his AC design.




To the right is an Epic Rap Battles of History: “It’s a shocking real story of a banker and you; And if the people knew you stopped me from making power free, they would curse the con Edison with every utility.”  Those are some Shakespearean words.
To the left is an exerpt from the History Channel about Thomas Edison. 
 

03 February 2014

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

On Columbus Day I pondered:
Without the Chinese knowledge of gunpowder and guns, the Spanish reconquest, pushing the Moors out of the Iberian peninsula, likely would not have happened.  Thus, their language and the Spanish Empire in the New World would have never spread.  
Ferdinand and Isabella likely wanted to increase the prestige of the liberated Spain, so they accepted Colombus’ demands- 10% of the wealth found and be named Viceroy of the lands conquered....
Without Spain's empire building in the "New World", other countries would not have felt pressure to go, especially if they never heard about the lands west of the great Atlantic Ocean.  Would the United States, originally 13 British colonies, exist as we know it today?  Would Canada, originally British and French colonies as well, exist?  
                History is indeed interesting.

Also, as many are aware, Leif Erikson discovered America 500 years before Christopher Colombus.  Some people say that Bartolom√© de Las Casas, a contemporary of Colombus, would have been a better candidate for a holiday. He is a symbol of justice and human rights in the Americas.

Also I would recommend the book, A People's History of the United States. I read it a few years ago.  Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” In many ways this is true.   Howard Zinn in his book gives a "voice to the voiceless",  but we all have a voice in this post-printing press age.  With the internet, information, and misinformation, can freely flow.  I encourage my readers to study and research to find the answers.  Look into different sides, opposing views if possible.  The truth is not always what it seems, but then again we all have a different perspective.  One shouldn't blatantly disregard official history or education as indoctrination, because it is all perspective.  Just look into the other sides.  Research and question the Why and How.   *Many of my blogs I provide links that are underlined or in a different color. Feel free to start research there.*

24 August 2013

Guitar tone obsession

    I've been watching many youtube videos of guitar pedals the last couple weeks in search of amazing tone and versatility.  I read the comments from users of these metal boxes in sites like Amazon and Musician's Friend.  One of the best guys who demos the pedals on youtube is Andy from ProGuitarShop.  After conducting much research, I've compiled a list of pedals I would like to own for my sound.  One thing that is often overlooked, however, are the knobs on the guitar and amp.  If you were to start with a low gain and high volume on the amp, maybe a 6 or 7, and roll back the volume knobs on the guitar, you can give yourself much versatility.  Then when you want more volume and boost, just turn up the guitar sans stompboxes.  Don't get me wrong, I still have a list of pedals that would be useful, including a compression, an overdrive/distortion, a mid/treble booster (for solos), a delay, and maybe a wah-wah.
    If you are like me and like making loops on the fly, a loop pedal is a must.  When you can get the timing right, they are a lot of fun.  I've been using the original Digitech Jamman with a footswitch that scrolls up and down between saved loops. It's perfect for setting up verse, chorus, and bridge parts!  The Jamman is pretty cool, but I have my eyes set on an Infinity Looper from Pigtronix.  It can do a lot more I see from the videos and reviews.
    So my sought after list of guitar pedals has been placed in order of importance, and order of future purchase.  If I had unlimited money I could purchase all of this at once and set up my pedal-board!  That however will have to wait.  I wrote down my ideas in the meantime:-)
    I know I've been talking about guitar pedals, but I also intend on buying a 4-string bass guitar.  A guitarist and singer who can also play bass could work out great.  Look at Sting and Geddy Lee.  I mostly want to compose music, though.  After improving my abilities at programming drum beats in a computer, playing live guitar and bass and recording through maybe Pro-Tools, I could make some good music and maybe market it and myself online.
    Playing music to me is such a stress reliever too.  If I never make money at it and just play for enjoyment, it is still worthwhile to me.  After having a bit of a playing hiatus, I was asked to play bass guitar in church.  I accepted and have been borrowing a bass to play.  Playing with a band that includes my wife on guitar, a drummer, and a couple singers is very rewarding.  To be serving the Lord and others by going to practice and playing is priceless.

20 April 2013

Zune

I am really glad I bought a 30 gigabyte Zune.  Unfortunately my MacBook Pro wasn't compatible.  Of course iTunes doesn't work with it either.  After I bought my windows compatible laptop, I was able to load the Zune software and use all of my music that I had saved in WMA format off my external hard drive.  All of my original CDs I have at my parents house, but I ripped most of them in WMA on my old HP Pavilion more than a few years back and saved them to the hard drive before the HP Pavilion died.  I used to make WMA CDs to play in my car too.
Now I have all the music I want, which is a wide variety, on my Zune.  On our roadtrip to Missouri for my sister-in-law's wedding, we listened to it until it ran out of power before I realized I forgot the USB to charge it.  And I left all of my CDs at home.  Lesson learned.  Always have a backup.  

27 March 2013

One Year Anniversary

I now believe in love, even though I had lost all hope.
God's providence manifest by sending me you.
One year has come and gone since we said "I do"
We've grown closer even though we've been apart.
My love, my life, my heart, my mind are completely yours! You are completely mine.
We complement each other so well like puzzle pieces forming a picturesque scene.
One complete person are we- husband and wife.


I couldn't wait til April 14th to post this.  I love you so much Olivia!

26 March 2013

Investing

I started to buy stocks about a year ago after I had paid off my debts.  I'm not rich, but I try to make wise choices with my money.  I'm not looking for a quick return just good long term investment.  Here are a few stocks I bought:
Coinstar Inc.  The company owns the Redbox machines where movies cost $1 or 2.  I like that you can drop your movie off at any location.  Plus soon they will be competing with Netflix and Amazon online.  http://www.redbox.com/ 
Amazon though the stock is so expensive to get into.  I know myself and others buy almost everything on the site, especially when I was stationed overseas.
Dunkin Donuts because I absolutely love their coffee over any other place!  I will buy their coffee at the grocery store because it is perfect!  I haven't had any donuts from there in a while though.  Their website http://www.dunkindonuts.com/ shows breakfast sandwiches and other pastries offered.  I will have to check it out!
Ocean Power Technologies http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/ who invest in renewable energy from buoys in the ocean. I feel good investing in renewable energy and hope it pays off.