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Archive for February 28th, 2008

Since I graduated from Michigan State University back in 1990, I’ve not really considered additional education or advanced degrees.  First off, how much smarter can I get?  I may have peaked around my sophomore year.  But also, I have never been interested. Simply put, not in to it.  Until now!

Yep, I’m going to go back to school. 

Tuition is pretty steep, but I think it’s worth it.

Amp School, here I come!

Two days of intensive training on how to build a classic tube guitar amplifier.  You actually build your own custom tube amp during the class.  How cool is that?  You learn all about how tube amps work, and why they sound the way they sound.  You’re taught how to assemble the amp, including soldering.  You even get schooled on mods.  I’m so down with this class.

So, maybe for my birthday, if I’m good, I might get this class as a gift.  $1,600 may be kinda expensive, but you do come home with a boutique tube head that is your own creation.  And you just can’t put a price on that. (Well, I guess you can. They put it at $1600 bucks).

Who’s with me?  Check it out here.

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On this Day in History

February 28. That date seems familiar but, I can’t think of why…

  • 1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church
  • 1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad formed, becoming first commercial transportation
  • 1854 – The Republican Party is organized
  • 1861 – Colorado is organized as a territory
  • 1883 – The first vaudeville theater is opened in Boston, Mass
  • 1922 – The United Kingdom accepts Egypt’s independence
  • 1940 – The first basketball game is televised
  • 1952 – Watson and Crick make informal announcement about discovering the chemical structure of DNA
  • 1983 – Final episode of MASH aired (Still the most watched on television)

Some February 28 birthdays include:

  • Linus Pauling (1901)
  • Bugsy Siegel (1906)
  • Charles Durning (1923)
  • Frank Gehry (1929)
  • Gavin MacLeod (1930)
  • Dean Smith (1931)
  • Tommy Tune (1939)
  • Mario Andretti (1940)
  • Bernadette Peters (1948)
  • Mercedes Ruehl (1948)
  • Gilbert Gottfried (1955)
  • Ivo Karlovic (1979)

I just can’t seem to figure why this date rings a bell. Any thoughts?

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In some sort of brilliant marketing idea, two head writers for CBS shows are switching roles and writing for the others’ show. Sounds kinda neat, right?

Some opportunities to open up creatively. Stretch your legs, get out of your rut. But the two shows?

CSI and Two and a Half Men. Huh? Those two shows couldn’t be more different.

We think that you’ll be able to tell when you see the episodes. Expect to see Grissom bedding Catherine Willows. Grissom teasing Nick relentlessly about being a loser that no woman would have, about being broke, about loosing women to other women.  It’s going to be wall-to-wall laugh tracks on CSI!

We also know that Two and Half Men will have to start with an opening song from The Who. I predict it’ll be “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” (or possibly “Pinball Wizard”). Also, predicting that Charlie will wake up with a dead body in his bed. Charlie and Alan will proceed to figure out what happened using tackle-boxes filled with flashlights and Q-tips.  Expect many beautiful overhead vista shots from helicopters  everytime we come back from commercial. Maybe the Miniature Killer makes a pitstop in Malibu? Little diorama left on the doorstep of our favorite two and one half men.

NBC will be up next. Expect Marc Cherry and Carlton Cuse to change places and the we”ll see a polar bear chained in the basement of the newest neighbors on Wisteria Lane. No more gossip between the ladies of Desperate Housewives, now they’ll learn useful information that could help their friends, but they won’t share the tiniest morsel, just like on Lost!  No talking to each other.  But we the viewers will learn all about the H-wives via flashbacks and flashforwards.  Maybe another neighborhood will come in to play (The Others)?

Meanwhile on the beaches of Lost, Kate gets locked out of her tent completely naked (“She’s so klutzy and kooky!”). Sun’s baby is really Sayid’s, not Jin’s. Hurley’s coming out of the closet. The Voice Over woman will probably parachute into the neighborhood. And Bernard and Rose? Their secret is going to rock you to your core…

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