Category Archives: School

In A Gadda Da Vida

Iron Butterfly was best known for their song In A Gadda Da Vida which had a short version (3:47 minutes) that you heard on the radio, back in the 70’s, and then they had a long version that you had to buy the album to hear. That version was a bit over 17 minutes and had the best drum solo of all times.

I remember going to a school dance, back when they had live bands that played, not a D.J. playing recorded songs and this particular band took a chance and decided to play this wild song that just wouldn’t have sounded the same using  electronic drums. And I have to say that they rocked the place into a frenzy during those wonderful 17 minutes. That it the only dance that I really remember, the rest are all just a jumble in my memory.

So when I went online and Googled musiscians friend it reminded me of the days when music was a whole different ball game. It’s sad to think that kids these days won’t know experiencing a live band is all about unless they go to a concert. These days the cost of going to a live concert is outrageous and the huge crowds are a real concern for so many safety reasons.

In the meantime, if you have 17 minutes to listen to a true “Golden Oldie” here is Iron Butterfly at it’s finest.

Iron Butterfly was best known for their song In A Gadda Da Vida which had a short version (3:47 minutes) that you heard on the radio, back in the 70’s, and then they had a long version that you had to buy the album to hear. That version was a bit over 17 minutes and had the best drum solo of all times.

I remember going to a school dance, back when they had live bands that played, not a D.J. playing recorded songs and this particular band took a chance and decided to play this wild song that just wouldn’t have sounded the same using electronic drums. And I have to say that they rocked the place into a frenzy during those wonderful 17 minutes. That it the only dance that I really remember, the rest are all just a jumble in my memory.

So earlier today when I went online and Googled Musicians Friend it reminded me of the days when music was a whole different ball game. It’s sad to think that kids these days won’t know experiencing a live band is all about unless they go to a concert. These days the cost of going to a live concert is outrageous and the huge crowds are a real concern for so many safety reasons.

In the meantime, if you have 17 minutes to listen to a true “Golden Oldie” here is Iron Butterfly at it’s finest. Not the best quality video ever put on YouTube but then again we weren’t into videos back then.

Girls and Games

The invention of the internet is one of the most important of our lifetimes. It allows us to access all kinds of information in just a few clicks. It helps us do our jobs, do our schoolwork, and look up every subject under the sun. It also plays another important role; it allows us to play games. My daughter loves that part and the games she likes the best are called virtual girl games. When I questioned her about it, she explained them to me.

She told me that many of the girls at her school play these games all the time. Virtual girl games are typically about subjects that interest girls. They consist of games that allow the player to dress up their character or change their hair style. Other games are about cooking or celebrities. The games are becoming very popular with the girls.

I think it’s good that girls have the chance to play games that interest them. There are many bad things on the internet and I like the fact that virtual girl games allow them to express themselves in a good clean manner. It pleases me that I don’t have to watch everything my daughter does when she is on the computer. I am sure that those of you with daughters will consider introducing them to these types of games.

Doing What You Love

Sometimes in life, we must accept the inevitable. This is especially true with my cousin chip. While he is truly a great guy, he is not what you would call physically gifted. In fact, he is a bit ungainly when it comes to physical activity. That’s why there are some areas where I believe he will not be able to find a job. The good news is that he is very smart and has the attention to detail that is needed for the career he wants to pursue.

He wants to become a tax preparer. I think that this is a job that is ideally suited for him. He will be able to do most of the work from home and will not have to strain himself physically. He will be able to use his mind in order to do his job. I also happen to know that this is something that he wants to do. I think this will be good for him.

Another good aspect of this potential job is that he can learn everything he needs to know online. There are websites that offer the courses needed so that he can get a tax preparer certification. He will have access to study guides and will also be able to take practice exams. I know that my cousin will be alright and will have a gr4eat future doing what he loves. That’s always a good thing.

Longer School Years

One thing that president Obama has been talking about for a good long while was the fact that American students have been falling behind the rest of the world in math and science. He has recommended that we as a nation lengthen our school years to match those of other countries. He believes this will help our children better their grades. I have to say that this is something that really needs to be considered and put into place as soon as possible. We have a long way to catch up.

Teachers are also a big issue in the news. The president wants to get rid of teachers who are performing badly. He wants better training and an awards system for teachers as an incentive. I think our children are well worth investing in and I believe the president is correct on this issue.

a great way to start

Expanded Learning Time

Beefing Up the Credentials

Sometimes you just top out at your job, no matter how long you’ve worked for the company and no matter how good you are at your job. At some point, the HR people need credentials to justify giving you a promotion or significant raise. The hard part is finding a way to beef up the credentials while you are still working. That’s why I’m checking into Online Colleges to get my degree. I still need 6 hours to finish up and I’m just going to have to find a way to do that.

I need a college that offers online degree programs in business and then I need to find some financial aid to make it happen. I have been looking at grants and loan programs online, and am not sure which is the best way to go.

The Government has a good web site with some student loan information. I found a free application for Federal student aid http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and I think there might be a way to get my company to match some of the money with their tuition reimbursement program. There are even programs at the state level because of the lottery money that has been coming in. In fact, making the proceeds available to education was one of the requirements that state had when they approved having the lottery here in the first place.