Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Judas Priest in Atlanta

A great show by an all-time great metal band, only 25 years after I saw them at my first rock concert at age 14.

I was a lot closer than the fellow who shot this video, so for me it was 100% eye-popping extravaganza fueled by equal parts thunder and lightning! Woot!

Here's my Grandpa Simpson moment: The ticket for the show in 1984 was $13.50, while the "convenience fees" for this show totaled $14.00!

Thousands and Thousands Sing Along with Sabbath

Just moments before the stage was taken by Birmingham's other legendary metal band.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Economic Straight Talk

Thanks again to PointSpy!

The End of Retirement

People nowadays invest for many reasons, but one of the most common is retirement. Ever since the American pension system and its government equivalent, Social Security, began to shed their reputation for stability and adequate funding, a growing number of Americans – pushed that way by large and lavishly funded ad campaigns – have placed their hopes for a comfortable old age on investments. The result is a huge fraction of Americans who are emotionally as well as financially invested in the hope that a big payoff from their assets will enable them to have the retirement of their dreams.

If you are among the people who cling to that belief, I’m sorry to say I have bad news. Over the next decade or so, the huge overhang of paper wealth that now floods the world economy is going to lose nearly all its value. As it goes, it will take your retirement funds with it.

Read the whole essay at The Archdruid Report.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Path to Freedom

This family is growing three tons of food a year on 1/10 of an acre in the middle of Pasadena, California!

Here's a link to their website, Path to Freedom.

Thanks to PointSpy for the linkup!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Giving up my iPod for a Walkman

When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.


Read all at: BBC News Magazine.