Mr. Obama, I'm Not a "Substandard" Father

by Dave Hamilton in , ,

I don't hate Barack Obama. I wish the man no ill will and, honestly, I originally liked ObamaCare's high-level concepts.

Ensuring that everyone gets some basic level of healthcare is A-OK by me, and I have gone on record stating that I am OK paying a little more to ensure that happens. I also like the idea of simply changing something about the system so that we'd break out of the status quo. In addition to those talking points, though, I also liked the idea that I could keep my health insurance plan if it suited me. As I posted yesterday, that seems not to be the case, but that's yesterday's news.

Today, though, I read something that really bothered me more than any of the rest of this. Today I read that Mr. Obama called the health insurance plan I have "substandard." That took all manner of politics out of it and hit home in a very very personal way for me.

I am not a perfect man. I am not a perfect husband (despite repeated assertions by my wife to the contrary!), and I am not a perfect father (for the record, my kids make no assertions to the contrary). But I do try really hard, and I care so very much, and I realized today that calling anything I do for my kids and family "substandard" hits a nerve.

Yesterday, Mr. Obama called the type of health insurance plan that has served my family for 10+ years "substandard." This type of plan has served us through the birth of a child, several sets of broken bones, major invasive surgery and related hospitalization, a concussion, Lyme disease, Bell's Palsy, and all manner of everyday maladies that happen to a growing family.

Every year I take the previous three years' numbers and run them against all kinds of insurance plans. I, too, like the "pie in the sky" idea of a no-fuss, $30-copay, and every year I hope that my math will show me that in at least one of the previous three years that would have been the smart plan to get. But every single time I do the math it shows me that the only correct move for us is the one I have always chosen: a high-deductible plan that does nothing more than protect us from bankruptcy. True insurance.

With this type of plan we pay for our healthcare starting with dollar one, and the plan essentially only kicks in when we've spent more than about $5,000 on any one person in the family. Yes, that means our cash flow is sometimes unpredictably impacted, but it saves us thousands every year. 

It's never made any sense whatsoever for us to carry maternity coverage, either. Even in the year our son was born it made more financial sense to pay out-of-pocket for the pregnancy-related costs than it would have to add maternity to our plan. It's important to note that while our plan didn't cover routine maternity costs (by our choice, of course), it would have (and did) cover any pregnancy-related complications.  Again, our insurance was chosen by us to minimize our yearly out-of-pocket costs (and protect us from bankruptcy, of course), nothing more.

Every year I put a lot of responsible thought and effort into choosing exactly the right health insurance plan for my family, and for our President — someone to whom we're supposed to look up and respect — to call it "substandard"  says to me that he thinks I'm a substandard father for actively and repeatedly choosing this path for my family.

Screw you, buddy. To call any human "substandard" is not something I'll tolerate from anyone. Not from my kids, not from my coworkers, and certainly not from you.


ObamaCare's New Normal: The Healthy Self-Employed Now Pay For Their Sick Neighbors

by Dave Hamilton in ,

Finally the national discussion is beginning to address the big three-and-a-half year old elephant in the room regarding ObamaCare: many (most?) people with individual health care/insurance plans will lose these plans in 2014.

Note, for clarity: I'm not saying that we'll lose access to coverage. We'll simply lose the plans we have now and be forced to sign up for new plans.

This goes quite contrary to the talking point Mr. Obama liked to repeat, saying if we liked our health plan, we could keep our health plan. That's only true if you've had your health plan since before March 23, 2010 (when he signed ObamaCare into law) and if you haven't made any changes to your plan since then.

But we all know all this now. And knowledge is a good thing, though it's likely far too late to do anything about it for 2014. What's important is that we all understand why this must be so.

For Every Action There Must Be an Equal and Opposite Reaction

Perhaps the most popular bullet point of ObamaCare is the fact that it will allow people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage.

For the record, that's always been the case for people participating in group insurance, with their employer or other organization. For as long as I've been buying insurance (20+ years), group plans have had several mandates: they must cover everyone (even if that means raising the group's premiums to do so), they must cover maternity care, and there are minimum levels of coverage they must carry. These mandates were presumably put into place to protect unsuspecting employees from signing on with a company only to find out the company's health plan didn't carry something (or someone) they assumed would be covered. (I say shame on that employee for not researching before accepting the job offer, but ... I digress).

Prior to ObamaCare there were also such things as true "individual" health insurance plans: you'd apply and then go through an underwriting process where they blood tested you, drug tested you, and asked you a pant-load of questions after which they would come up with a rating. That rating would range from "preferred plus" with very low rates for people with no health issues at all to "no freakin' way" with very high rates (or a "no, thank you") for folks who were sick.

ObamaCare does away with this latter portion. No, I don't mean it does away with the latter portion of the last paragraph: it does away with the whole last paragraph. There are no more individual plans, no more underwriting, no more preferred rates for healthy people. In order to cover people with pre-existing conditions, we all will be placed into groups organized by locale: the healthy people will be put into groups with the sick people — and our rates are averaged out.

Individual plans were typically purchased by two groups of people: the self-employed and the unemployed (or retired). But since we all have to be in groups now it means that starting in 2014 healthy people will be subsidizing their sick neighbors' healthcare. If you, as a family, make more than $94k/year on paper you also don't qualify for any subsidies/discounts on your insurance, either. This paints a huge target on the self-employed as the source for funding this new provision of our national healthcare.

My family's insurance currently costs us $480 per month. We were (and still are, thankfully) quite healthy when we went through the underwriting process. Starting in August, 2014 (our plan's anniversary and now termination date) we will likely have to sign up for a plan that costs almost $1,000 per month. After all, I have to pay for my sick neighbors' health care now. It's how ObamaCare works.

You're welcome.


Kenwood Dennard with Phish: The Beat of a Different Drummer Isn't Always a Good Thing

by Dave Hamilton in

Let's get this part out of the way: Kenwood Dennard is an amazing drummer by anyone's standards, and he's one of my favorites. "Drummer" doesn't even begin to cover it... he's an amazing musician.  His list of credentials speaks for itself, but don't bother reading it. Just spend three minutes watching this guy play the drums... and keyboards ... and sing. SIMULTANEOUSLY.

OK, now that we're all on the same page with regards to Mr. Dennard's musical prowess we can move forward. On Saturday night in Worcester, Kenwood Dennard sat in with Phish. I've seen Phish a lot ... in fact, Saturday was my 50th show (it was my wife's 52nd, and she likes to rub that in). I love that these guys are unpredictable... usually.

The show followed its normal formula... two sets, and then the band came out for an encore. They took the stage and started up their cover of Stevie Wonder's,  "Boogie On Reggae Woman." I noticed that their drummer, Jon Fishman, called over a technician and said something to him, then the tech left the stage, pointing to something off to the side. My attention drifted until suddenly I was jarred by ... something. I looked on stage and saw that Fishman had left the stage and Kenwood Dennard was behind the kit. At first he was standing (I think Fishman's stool was too low for him) and then he finally sat down, playing the whole time.

What I observed next was very enlightening. Here's this drummer that, by most accounts, would be considered a better  drummer than Fishman, but the whole room stopped bouncing quite as much. Dennard played just fine, and his groove was fine, but it was also very different. And the crowd as a whole had trouble settling into this groove after three hours of being locked in with Fishman.  

They played a second encore, "Possum," for which Dennard stayed behind the kit. On this one he came up with a groove that wound up being a half-time version of what Fishman normally plays. This was clearly an unrehearsed situation, but the band adapted and went with it... still, the crowd — especially at this point of the show — never really locked in the way they normally would. 

Had Dennard been behind the kit all night I suppose things might have gone better, but even then... I'm not so sure. Again, he's a great drummer (one of the greatest alive today!), but perhaps not for that scenario.

A drummer myself, I've certainly been in gig-time situations that involved a spontaneous fill-in (with me either as the fill-in or as the guy relinquishing the throne for such an occasion), but I believe this was the first time I'd solely been a spectator at such an event. It was enlightening to witness, and I will very carefully consider future decisions to participate in a drummer fill-in scenario. If there's a happy crowd already up and moving, the best plan is likely to stick with whatever drummer they're already used to feeling.


Geeks and Sonos, The Windows v. Mac Problem All Over Again

by Dave Hamilton in ,

It’s interesting how misunderstood Sonos is by us geeks. I say “us” because I was firmly in this “Sonos doesn’t make sense to me” camp right up until the day I wasn’t. Kind of like how some computer geeks used to be (and some still are) about the Mac. “It’s too easy.” “It looks cheap but costs too much.” “It doesn’t have a zillion settings that make me feel comfortable knowing I’m getting full geek value out of it.”

It seems we geeks truly have trouble grokking just how easy and profound Sonos is. I did. Again, like the Windows/Mac thing I think it’s because we geeks become very comfortable rolling our own solutions. We take pride in them. Lots of moving parts, any one of which can malfunction, but that’s OK: we assembled it ourselves and we know how to make it all work. Heck, I take enjoyment out of every aspect of that: creating it, using it, and troubleshooting it. It’s truly a hobby for me.

And if it’s just us geeks, then that’s perhaps OK. I had one of those solutions so that I could bounce my music to any room (ok, well, 2 rooms) in the house. And when I wanted it to work, by golly it worked. But no one else in the house wanted to use it. They could … they’re all really smart and fairly technically savvy. But they didn’t want to.

Truth be told, I didn’t want to, either. Especially as I began rolling that solution to even more rooms. It always seemed to require a computer to be on to make it work right. And the right software running. And always something to tweak.

Right about that time one of our Mac Geek Gab listeners bugged me again about Sonos. So I went down and met with them and … the rest is history. I’m a full-on Sonos kool-aid drinker now, and not only am I happier for it, but my family is happier. We finally listen to music again. Sonos makes it easy to make music social. The playlist is stored ON the Sonos system… not only does that mean it can easily be bounced to any room with the tap of a button on any device (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows) in our house, but it also means that ANY of those devices can add to or modify the playlist as it’s playing.

Because of Sonos, listening to music has again become that thing that a family — our family — can do together. For me that hasn't existed since the invention of the iPod.

I’ll leave you all with one last thing that impressed me about Sonos when I first met with them several years ago. One of their VPs said to me, “listen… you’re a geek… both a music geek and a computer geek. We understand that you grok how this stuff works. And we love that. But we don’t want your feature requests. However… if your family has any feature requests, please pass them along to me immediately.”

Seemed like a very Apple way to handle things. ;) I’m still amazed no one else is out there truly competing with them.

 (thanks to my friend, Kirk McElhearn, for inspiring this post, which I originally posted as a comment on his, "Sonos: I Just Don't Get It" blog post)


Internet Advertising Will Suffer the Click of Death

by Dave Hamilton in , , ,

A friend of mine recently pointed me to this Salon article which cites the CEO of the company behind AdBlock Plus as saying that they're going to start charging advertisers to not  have their ads blocked. His reason is simple: 80% of AdBlock Plus's users aren't against all advertising... they're just against the irrelevant junk advertising that's become prevalent.

He's right. It's true. And I dare say it's all Google's fault. They've trained advertisers to focus on the one thing that makes Google money: the click. The thing is that clicks don't make anyone BUT Google money. And in order to get more clicks, you've got to have ads that are obtrusive and annoying.

Take the click away and people go back to the type of advertising that, you know... works. Branding advertising. The kind of thing that readers (i.e. humans) don't mind. Ads that are in some obvious way related to the content they accompany do quite well.

Podcast ads, sponsorships, and simply relevant banner ads all fit this model. The companies that use these methods see actual results. These results don't come right away, mind you, but over the course of one-to-three months these ads pay off in a huge way: towards the companies sales and, ultimately (if the company is managed properly), the bottom line.

But yes, we've got to get away from the click and, as the Salon piece says, eventually we will ... one way or another.



You Don't Have Health Insurance, But I Do

by Dave Hamilton in ,

I'll start by saying that I think Obamacare will wind up being seen similar to how No Child Left Behind is now: something that was a great idea at the start but through the political machine turned into a steaming pile of insert-your-favorite-noun-here. "Healthcare for the poor" and "all kids getting a good eduction" are talking points everyone can (mostly) get behind. In the end, they'll screw us all.

Ok, hopefully that keeps this from attracting all kinds of "you hate Obama" comments. I might hate him, but I don't hate him and his administration any more or less than I hated the last guy and his administration. And I might not hate any of them.

Now, on to my point: you don't have health insurance. At least you probably don't, and you almost certainly never have. I have health insurance, and it works quite well for me and my family. It's not perfect, but it allows us to really see what we're spending and where.

You have car insurance, or at least you probably do. You carry that insurance to do what insurance is meant to do: protect you from bankruptcy in the event something unexpectedly bad happens. If you get into an accident or mow down some children, insurance kicks in to save you from losing your house.  

But you don't pay a $10 co-pay every time you get an oil change. And if you go in for a tune-up you don't choose your spark plugs based on which ones your car insurance company covers. No, of course you don't. That's not what insurance is for, and you probably don't buy a third-party maintenance plan for your car.

When you go to the doctor, though, you do think about things like that. You probably don't know (or care, even worse) what an office visit costs. You just pay your co-pay and go on your way. You also may not know what your prescriptions cost for the same reason, but you darned sure make certain that the version of the drugs you're taking are on your plan's formulary.

That's a maintenance plan, not insurance. Yes, that maintenance plan includes an insurance-like component (because it also protects you from bankruptcy), but it does a lot more, doesn't it?

I have health insurance, nothing more. My family of four pays just shy of US$500 per month to ensure we don't go bankrupt in the event something catastrophically horrible happens. When we go to the doctor we pay for it. When we get a prescription, we pay for that, too. It all goes against a very high deductible.

I've done the math: it's cheaper for us to carry a plan like this and pay out of pocket than it is to have the comfort of a flat fee/co-pay for all of these things. It makes managing money a little more difficult, but that's OK by us. It's our choice. 

From the looks of it Obamacare is going to force us to lose this choice. We're going to be forced to carry all kinds of things we don't want or need (like maternity coverage, and maybe even sick doctor visits), and that's going to possibly double our premiums. It's terrible.

And yes, Obamacare will (hopefully?) solve the problem of "the uninsured" getting coverage.  

But why is it that the uninsured need coverage? Maybe they don't have coverage now because they don't have enough money to care about what happens if they're sued into bankruptcy by some hospital that has to treat them regardless. If I didn't care about that I wouldn't have coverage.

Regardless, Obamacare does absolutely zilch to solve the real problem: here in the USA we pay a fortune in medical costs (go ahead, watch the video. I'll wait).


Yup, you heard that right: we pay WAY more than any other country, regardless of their health care plans. And Obamacare isn't going to solve that. It's not even trying to solve that. It's solving a completely different problem, and what it results in is the medical industry making even more money from the rest of us.

If you really want to solve our "healthcare problem" in this country, do at least one of these two things: 

  • Reduce our actual costs for medical procedures and pharmaceuticals.
  • Reduce the doctors' time and costs incurred when processing insurance claims.

Do either of those things and you'll be my hero. Like this guy


My Pitch for Theory-Based Piano Lessons for All Musicians

by Dave in

We have this habit in FLING (one of the bands I play in) to get into protracted email conversations about a variety of subjects when we're not together rehearsing or playing. Recently, Mike, one of our guitar players, pointed us all towards this 15-minute YouTube video about learning music theory. Mike's an awesome guitar player who learned his craft with both some private lessons as well as just learn-it-yourself dedication (and if you haven't heard FLING play, you owe it to yourself to soak in one of Mike's killer leads). It was interesting to me that someone this accomplished wouldn't have been taught some theory along the way, but the more I thought about it, this actually makes sense.
As someone who's taken quite a few years of harmony and theory in school and also dabbled in piano and guitar enough to be incompetent and dangerous on those instruments, I've come to the following conclusion:
Key signatures and, indeed, sharps and flats, are a piano-rooted construct that has become the common language for our conversations and communication about music. When applied on guitar — when learned on guitar — they don't make a whole lot of sense because everything looks equal on the fretboard. On piano, of course, sharps and flats are (for the most part) the black keys, and provide a much simpler and quicker way to visualize and learn the basics. 
Because of this I highly recommend even just a year (or maybe even less) of theory-based piano lessons for all musicians simply to muck with and grok these concepts quickly and visually. It gets a lot of the legwork out of the way and then you can come back to guitar, etc., and understand how silly it is to try to learn these things there. On guitar, for example, going from an E to an F is one fret, but going from an F to a G is two frets. How in the world is that supposed to make sense to someone who doesn't first understand that this is a piano-based concept where going from an E to an F and an F to a G both mean that you're just going up "one white key." The only difference is that, oh yeah, between the F and the G there's this black key that doesn't exist between E and F. On guitar they're all treated equally in a visual sense.
Anyway, there's my pitch for some (theory-based) piano lessons for all musicians.

My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-10-14

by Dave in

  • If someone broke into our house and woke us up at this time we would kill them first and then ensure it couldn't happen again. Insanity.  #
  • What astounds me is that our board of education isn't holding special sessions to figure out how to fix this waking up at dark-o-clock issue  #
  • Every time I mess with our 20+ year-old boiler I can't help but think of The Shining.  #
  • It's possible "Reset All Settings" helped my iPhone 5. Was at 98% 6 hours ago, now at 94% after essentially sitting idle. #icanlivewiththat  #
  • I love seeing extended family work together to help each other. It makes me even happier when it happens for my extended family. Good stuff.  #
  • Oh dear heaven. iTunes Match secretly replaced the "Exit...Stage Left" version of "Red Barchetta" with the one from R30.


  • They should have mood lighting and comfortable couches in doctor's exam rooms.

    And Teddy Pendergrass playing softly in the background.  #

  • Perfect New England fall sweater weather. Love it!  #
  • Curious about AT&T experience: easier to get concessions from phone customer service reps or in-store staff?  #
  • "Peace ... by grilled cheese" (made with love by my daughter)  #
  • How much more black could my son's Halloween costume be? None more black.  #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-10-14

by Dave in

  • If someone broke into our house and woke us up at this time we would kill them first and then ensure it couldn't happen again. Insanity. #
  • What astounds me is that our board of education isn't holding special sessions to figure out how to fix this waking up at dark-o-clock issue #
  • Every time I mess with our 20+ year-old boiler I can't help but think of The Shining. #
  • It's possible "Reset All Settings" helped my iPhone 5. Was at 98% 6 hours ago, now at 94% after essentially sitting idle. #icanlivewiththat #
  • I love seeing extended family work together to help each other. It makes me even happier when it happens for my extended family. Good stuff. #
  • Oh dear heaven. iTunes Match secretly replaced the "Exit...Stage Left" version of "Red Barchetta" with the one from R30.


  • They should have mood lighting and comfortable couches in doctor's exam rooms.

    And Teddy Pendergrass playing softly in the background. #

  • Perfect New England fall sweater weather. Love it! #
  • Curious about AT&T experience: easier to get concessions from phone customer service reps or in-store staff? #
  • "Peace ... by grilled cheese" (made with love by my daughter) #
  • How much more black could my son's Halloween costume be? None more black. #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-10-07

by Dave in

  • Apparently Santa uses Android. #spyphoto @ Whittemore Center Arena #
  • First game, first puck (Thanks, Agosta!) @ Whittemore Center Arena #
  • My favorite pre-game view. @ Whittemore Center Arena #
  • It's good to be back at the Whitt for UNH Hockey! #
  • Halfway through the day, very light usage for email and Twitter, no calls, and my iPhone 5's battery is at 44%. Guess I need a battery case. #
  • 9am is a good time to start lining the field for a game with a 9am kickoff, don't you think? #
  • A heads-up for @boxcar users: If you upgraded your iPhone, log out of boxcar and then back in, otherwise your new device won't be registered #
  • How is it possible that I haven't owned "Waiting for Columbus" until yesterday?

    Clearly it retroactively goes on my favorite albums list. #

  • It seems like there’s just never enough Wi-Fi channels. #
  • I guess I live in "off-campus housing" #
  • If I have a UPS connected to my Mac and set Energy Saver to power down, seems the "Start up automatically after a power failure" is ignored. #
  • Forget this debate, there's bigger news: Rush was finally nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction! #
  • Are Romney's lying sons better behaved than the two guys fighting on TV? If so, can we elect one of those 5 boys instead? #
  • What. is. the. deal with how LONG it takes for baggage to reach the carousel at Boston Logan Airport? 40 minutes and counting. #
  • Awesome family reunion weekend. We surprised my wife's grandfather for his 93rd birthday by all meeting on a quick 3-day Bahamas cruise. :) #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-30

by Dave in

  • Interesting. Here at Logan airport in BOS I have LTE from AT&T on my iPhone 5 but only 3G from Verizon on my iPad 3. #
  • ???? Who put the ketamine in Mrs. Murphy's chowder?

    ???? Nobody answered so I'll ask a little louder! #

  • "@Jury I can’t wait to see Ed Hochuli again"

    +1 #

  • Wife: "You can put whatever you want in your suitcase."

    Daughter: "I can put a gun?"

    Wife: "No."

    Me: Proud. #

  • Snake! (My son took this one) #
  • Why does school start at 7:30am? Nothing starts at 7:30am. This is ridiculous. #
  • This up-at-6:30-every-day thing is incompatible with this particular Hamilton Family Unit. Need wake-up time upgrade. #
  • “@BarackObama: NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon. -bo”

    Well, that’s saying something. #

  • “@XPlaneOfficial: Wow! That’s one crazy takeoff!”

    Awesome. #

  • This iOS maps situation inspired me to write.

    iOS 6: A Two Map App System, Same as it Ever Was #

  • AT&T's LTE on the iPhone 5 works quite well in Boston tonight. #
  • I think we can live with these seats for Peter Gabriel @ TD Garden #
  • Heading to Boston this evening to see Peter Gabriel and his band. Should be fantastic. ;) #
  • The carriers' about-face from charging for minutes and having unlimited data to having unlimited minutes and metering data is interesting. #
  • I'm considering giving up my unlimited data for AT&T's mobile share plan. With 4 phones and our average data usage, it's quite attractive. #
  • Why does iOS 6 insist on re-ordering the email addresses? I want my default to be the first one I set in prefs! #
  • I've got the best family. Get home from podcasting to find a fondue dinner for my birthday this week. Awesome. ;) #charmedlife #
  • I haven’t slept past 10:30 since I don’t know when. I think maybe I’ve been overdoing it lately. Maybe I’ll take next weekend off. ;) #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-23

by Dave in

  • The definition of an auspicious start to a gig: a bachelorette party just walked in. #
  • Good news: iPhone 5 now connects to my AT&T MicroCell #
  • Some discussion including supposed relays from AT&T reps about iPhone 5/MicroCell issues. Fix may be out in 24 hrs. #
  • I love it when one of the kids gets irate about something and starts into a good, long rant. Makes me so proud. #
  • Interesting. I don't think my iPhone 5 wants to connect to my AT&T MicroCell. Anyone else seeing this? #
  • Ahh there we are. Was @binny_uk's tweet and handwriting #
  • Funny, and true for iOS 6. I wish I knew who took it! #
  • My advice for you today: When you find a big kettle of crazy, it's best not to stir it. #dilbert #
  • Oh wow. Just found out that both Tony Levin and Manu Katché are playing with Peter Gabriel this tour. SO excited for Monday's show (my bday) #
  • 10.8.2 hung on reboot each time. Verbose mode showed me that com.paragon-software.snapshot.kext was the issue. Deleted using Terminal, good. #
  • Sometimes you just KNOW its going to be a Good Hair Day. #
  • Oh, good news. The update *did* stop after the restore & jailbreak. Man, this thing had a mind of its own for a while there. Yikes! #
  • OK. SHSH saved to Cydia and locally with Tiny Umbrella. Now I'll let the damned thing update to iOS 6 and I can roll back to 5.1.1 later. #
  • Oh yeah. My wife will inherit my 4S, and she needs to jailbreak. Guess how easy it is to stop an OTA iOS update? Answer: it's not. #
  • iOS 6 Here we come. #
  • Solving the world's problems, one step at a time. #
  • You know it's been a long weekend when while announcing a youth football game you refer to a team's "own 52 yard line." #
  • This whole more-than-2-gigs in 24 hours thing is an interesting way to live. Cathartic, but at some level I think it might be unhealthy, too #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-16

by Dave in

  • I bet they sell more French fries than onion rings. @ Derryfield Deck #
  • Summing up my hands-on time with the new iPhone 5, iPod touch & nano: Bigger is Better #
  • I took some time to check out Apple's new EarPods and… they aren't bad in the right places! #
  • Looking forward to checking out the new EarPods mid-flight. I’ll let you all know how they do. #
  • I think its time to find a new "I have 3 minutes to kill and want to play a game" app for my iPhone. Suggestions? #
  • This place should call the “spicy chicken bowl” the “spicy chicken bowl surprise.”

    The surprise? It’s not spicy. #airportfood #

  • So long for now, San Francisco. See you next time! #
  • And the new nano feels *great* in the hand. #
  • Taylor Hawkins clarified for me: it was a *piece* of a stick that broke off and hit Dave Grohl. Glad we settled that. #
  • This iPhone 5 is REALLY lightweight in the hand. #
  • EarBuds make great party gifts. @ Yerba Buena Gardens #
  • Funny to literally run into Al Gore in the men's room line. #
  • A more proper shot of the colorful Apple logo in prep for tomorrow. @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts #
  • Arrived in SF just in time to check-in for my flight home tomorrow. :) #
  • A quick shot of Yerba Buena Gardens from the cab on my way into town. Already lookin @ Yerba Buena Gardens #
  • The last time I was scheduled to fly on 9/11 flights were canceled while I was en route to the airport. Today's a different day #remember911 #
  • Boarded and looking forward to checking out the "WindowSeat" app mid-flight (as recommended by @fulkb!) #
  • Sweet. Just did a last-minute check and found (and snagged) an empty aisle seat on my BOS->SFO UA511 flight today. Whew! #
  • A note about tomorrow, @united: If you want me to check my carry-on because the flight's full, tell me *before* I go thru security, please. #
  • Burning 600 calories per hour ain’t no joke! #drumming #
  • Now that's good sleeping weather.

    Too bad I have to be in SFO Tues/Weds. #

  • Lisa spread the Sunday Football Snack Feast. Go Pats! (on TiVo...) #
  • An interesting highlight of Friday's Rush concert was Alex Lifeson telling his poop joke to 15k people while tech issues were sorted out. ;) #
  • I'm proud to say that FLING played 6 sets (2 gigs) today and we didn't repeat a single tune. Even had about 12 left on the list! #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-09

by Dave in

  • Did you hear the one about the musician who got up at 6:30 in the morning to play a gig?

    It's no joke. #

  • Yup, that's an 8pc string action behind them. #Rush @ Verizon Wireless Arena #
  • "The Anarchist" #Rush @ Verizon Wireless Arena #
  • #Rush #Lifeson #guitar @ Verizon Wireless Arena #
  • Waiting for Rush @ Verizon Wireless Arena #
  • Crazy week, now off to see Rush in Manchester, NH. Then tomorrow it's a 7am load out for 2 gigs of my own.

    Rest is for the weary! #

  • Re: the FBI's UDID "source," it's also completely reasonable to think it could have been Facebook. The CIA invested in them, after all. ;) #
  • Today @jgamet reasons that the FBI's UDID codes came from their @instapaper server seizure. Best logic I've heard. #
  • You know what? I think October 24th will be the next Apple Event (likely iPad "mini"). And that's also my wedding anniversary. Hrm. #
  • Weather Report at The Beacon Theater in 1981 (with my Dad, stepmom, and aunt) was my first big concert experience. What was yours? #
  • Having a DJ as the opening act in an arena is really interesting (awful). #
  • Waiting for ... well, it ain't Godot. @ TD Garden #
  • The Hamilton Family Summer Concert Series is in full force this week. Tonight: Madonna @ Boston Garden. Friday night, Rush in Manchester. #
  • My life feels like a David Garibaldi drum part. Lots happening, each thing getting full focus, no pattern, few breaks, yet grooving well. #
  • I love ExpressionEngine but their concept of "caching" is confused and convoluted. So this morning I wrote GhettoCache and now the (cont… #
  • …cont) site works. #
  • The last time I was booked to fly on 9/11 things got ugly. Here's to hoping next week's trek west for the Apple event is smoother for us all #
  • New TMO is rolled (new backend, too). Check it out! I awoke in a cabin in the woods 22 hrs ago. Now.. sleep time. #
  • For polling calls on Labor Day my response is: "My rate is $300/hr with a 1hr minimum. Do you want to continue with this call?" #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-02

by Dave in

  • The downside to having been an "always be prepared" Boy Scout means I always bring more crap than I need. But I'll need *some* of it. :) #
  • Yup, that should be enough stuff to get 4 people through 3 days of family camp! #
  • If I've got my times right, Synology's DiskStation Manager 4.1 is now officially released. Looking forward to installing that next week. #
  • Listen, we're musicians. Waking up at this hour is against our religion. #
  • I've gotta stop doing this.

    The kids need to talk to their teachers about this unsavory start time each day.

    It's inhumane. #

  • I speak Esperanto like a native. #
  • Sometimes the money I pay to the swear jar is the most rewarding money I spend. #
  • Interesting that Federighi's bio still has the "Mac" in front of "OS X" #
  • Good that Federighi is on the same level as Forstall now.

    Next move: convince Forstall to retire to greener pastures. #

  • Give him Ragu, because he's been through enough. #
  • Racing to the football field after 3 hours of sleep followed by sitting for an hour in the early morning sun is an interesting kind of buzz. #
  • 7

    You know, ^G. #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-08-26

by Dave in

  • .@MarkM good point. My mistake. This morning's rant should have been about MY doctors, not all doctors. My apologies, my friend. :) #
  • Just finished announcing the kids football jamboree, now off to play the youth hockey benefit. Pimping myself out for the kids. ;) #
  • I really hate how disrespectful the medical profession is with my time. Thy set an appointment and then don't seem to care when it happens. #
  • It's a shame Steve Jobs didn't live to see this verdict. #
  • Near Kingston, NH? FLING is playing a benefit at Sanborn Regional HS on Saturday at 7pm for their new hockey program #
  • I need to install 'nano' on my Synology DiskStation. Going back and forth between nano and vi is causing my fingers to fire wrong commands. #
  • Spidey climbs at the Lee, NH firehouse @ Lee Fire Department #
  • Heartbeat or bandwidth graphs? #
  • Now that's what I call a perfect forecast. 80s during the day, 59s at night. #
  • Yes! Made Streambaby work perfectly on my Synology DiskStation. Will post details later for all. #
  • Over the past couple of days I've seen mail delayed in sending under Mountain Lion on multiple systems. Anyone else? #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-08-19

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  • Just finished a 3hr dinner @momborestaurant for @tbearnh’s birthday with our daughter. We just about ate one of everything on the menu. Yum! #
  • Shoulders are sore (and bruising up nicely! :) from shooting today. Right shoulder from the shotgun, left from the .30-06 rifle. #
  • That thing's a serious rifle. #
  • My next perch. This looks like its going to be a boys' day. #
  • My morning view #
  • If the rain clears, I'm headed to the lake where I'll get my birthday present from my wife early: a seaplane ride picking me up at the dock. #
  • When watching web-based TV, I wish it would tell me the time to watch *with* ads factored in. I don't mind the ads, just want accurate time. #
  • After 3 nights of gigs followed by a night up late (and up early this morning) with old friends visiting, it is butt-on-couch time! #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-08-12

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  • My post-gig rockstar plan: ice cream and Gatorade (gotta stave off leg cramps, you know) while watching "Community" on TiVo. #
  • Busy week. New DB server setup, MGG app submitted, TMO redesign inching closer, 2 gigs played, one to go. Time to make tonight's setlist. #
  • I think my MacBook Air has the longest time between install and needing a JVM of any of my machines: 1.5 weeks. #
  • Just finished watching "A Thousand Words." #horrendousfamilymovienight #
  • Our waiter is a pleasant young man. I look forward to seeing him again soon. #
  • A nice place for lunch on a summer day. @ Fresh Local Bayside #
  • I bought blueberry pie a la mode at the summer stage theatre last night and got a $2 bill in change.

    That's at least 3 cool things there. #

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My Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-08-05

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  • Welker, Brady, Hoyer at in-stadium training camp @ Gillette Stadium #
  • Father & son at Patriots training camp tonight. @ Gillette Stadium #
  • That's a lot of WiFi coverage (if only we knew the password) @ Gillette Stadium #
  • “@DuffyFranco: Well, I can brag, too, you know! Here are my results”

    NICE! #

  • So it seems Mountain Lion disables my ability to run @VMWareFusion 4.1.0 (which I kept to be able to run Snow Leopard) #
  • I realize that Comcast's own internal speed tests are not quite "real world", but I sure enjoy seeing 74 down, 11 up ;) #
  • Holy moly. Just got an email from ComCast that my Internet speed was doubled. It was! Now I get 56Mbps down and 11 Mbps up. :) #
  • The snake ate. He finally ate!! #
  • Alight. This ball python hasn't eaten since we got him in January. Now, live-feeding time. It's on. #
  • Alright, work finished (for now); clone finished; now time to update my main iMac to Mountain Lion #
  • I know Android's all cool with Jellybean and Ice Cream Sandwich and all that, but they've got nothing on Hot Dog Stand. #
  • Mountain Lion adds the ability to configure multiple Time Machine destinations simultaneously. #
  • smegma dogmatagram fishmarket stew #
  • Didacts and Narpets. #
  • To ensure I'm raring to go for @MacGeekGab tonight! #
  • Partying and playing music all day at @JohnnieBackBeat's creates an interesting conundrum for @MacGeekGab tonight: keep going or rest up? ;) #
  • I like the new Apple commercials. Fun, snarky, and focused on the Mac. Good stuff. #

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