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April 2014 – Yep, still here

Posted by nickxyz on May 1, 2014

Life has accelerated proportional to the age of our little guy. Usually around 8 pm each evening, my conviction gets renewed once more that the Energizer Bunny incarnate has taken up residence in our domicile. The average speed with which two dogs and a little guy race around in circles holds steady at 110 mph.

In an attempt to encourage energy consumption, we have signed up for various athletic outlets throughout the year. It being spring, we are talking soccer. This is our third season, and progress has been quite apparent. Our first season was mostly a vain attempt at herding cats on a green field. I was entirely unaware of how many grass hoppers and earth worms deliberately hide on said green field. That round thing commonly referred to as soccer ball was nothing more than a distraction from the primary explorative mission.

Second season brought us the revelation of team work, and how important it is to have a descriptive yet flashy team name – The Fireballs. It really doesn’t matter if there are players with a different colored shirt on the field, they all share the same (physical structure) goal anyway. Everyone tries to touch, carry, cover, get ahold of the newfangled soccer ball, it most likely won’t leave the closely spaced group of tykes anyway.

Third season is about to wrap up. Ball coordination has made great strides, there are some pretty hard direct goal kicks and quite impressive one-on-one display of skills; and there are girls on the team!! One in particular. We, the evil scheming parents that we are, have now quite a bit of incriminating photographic evidence, which will get ample use at some deliberate point in the future.

Gotta go, the little guy is already half a mile ahead….

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Side notes

Posted by nickxyz on November 26, 2010

As everyone is aware, we had mid-term elections in November.

I still remember the excitement and hype when a new President was elected 2 years ago; all the promises, all the “yes, we can”, everything was to be improved upon and the world (US that is) made into a better place.

Fast forward 2 years: the deficit is staggering, the indebtedness is mind-boggling, the health care reform has had a rough start at the federal level to even get passed, the states are close to revolting and filing law suits preventing the forced adoption at the state level, future generations have received loads of questionable government gifts, i.e. debt, … Anyone purveying a moderate news consumption knows the above listing is merely scratching the surface. Suffice it to say, the People are not happy.

Elections have now taken place: given the overall sentiments that spilled into the elections from the current year, the predictions for significant change in Washington D.C. as a result could almost be considered guarantees. Although, without the proper voting process, one cannot officially call them just that. So, elections are being held, votes tallied and guess what… now, they can be called just that.

The change has indeed been staggering; a strong shift away from the Democrats, towards the Republican spectrum. For good measure, we’ll just omit the internal shift of focus within the Republican party itself for now, and still call it Republican.

Was it because of voter disappointment over the promises and the (awfully executed) delivery of Democratic concepts, or was it more driven by the admittedly bad timing coinciding with the downturn of the economy in the last 2 years? Or was it rather that the Democratic aspirations and actions increased and negatively leveraged the effects of the current economic cycle?

Regardless of the combination of more or less impacting drivers that contributed to the current state of affairs, shouldn’t it be at the core of any government, irrespective of political party makeup, to focus its attention foremost on securing a stable and reliable environment for its People to enjoy their unalienable Rights, that there read “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. The emphasis, as is in the famous document from which the previous was quoted, is on the term environment. Otherwise also known as framework or foundation.

But that is it… nothing further. No thank you. The greatest experiment of modern times, or the New World, is predicated on the puritan spirit of entrepreneurship, free pursuit of believes, realizing one’s own dream in one’s own endeavors, actions and work.

It is not predicated on the government holding hands and singing songs around the camp fire, shielding its People from the oh so awful consequences of free market capitalism, forcing its People to behave and live in a pre-defined world, nicely packaged by the indenture of its future children. Attempting to modify the Bill of Rights and take away the self-governing and self defending provisions, because the omnipotent government is here to protect us all. Nicely evidenced (only one example) by the recent increase in “government foiled planned terror acts” on US soil. Is that admitting that TSA and the body scanners are not working? I am digressing…

Rather than free printing mountains of money, eroding the strength of the dollar abroad, thereby increasing the export volume to the US of trading partners (didn’t you love the sincere attempt to convince the G-20 to institute a maximum on their exports to the US????), creating additional government sponsored Czar agencies that provide absolutely no value, interfering with the economic cycles in artificially preventing unviable businesses from expiring (yes, I am talking car manufacturing bailouts, among others), attempting to push for a Green Agenda, which in its execution is nothing short of abysmal (the Kyoto concept, albeit not a perfect solution either, was not even being considered), while energy consumption and pollution levels continue to be sky-high and alternative energy research is more effective (and not government sponsored, or shall I say hindered) in the private sector and a lot faster to produce promising first (not perfect or yet viable) approaches; let’s not even touch the education aspect for future economic competitiveness within this context … we could keep going for quite a while longer, but I think the main points have been made.

While some problems are inherently systemic to most government, the Democratic (or rather social(istic)) inspired approach of the current administration, has successfully brought all of theses issues into the public limelight, exacerbating most of them significantly and thereby incited a political awareness and involvement within its People at previously unknown levels. It almost could be interpreted as if the original spirits of the founding fathers are shining through loud and clear and vowing to come back to take care of business.

To say the least: interesting times. Let’s hope they lead to fruitful (non-violent) and productive re-orienting.

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Blog Quality – Family Review

Posted by nickxyz on June 25, 2008

Mhhh, it seems as if the extended family has found the URL to this blog 🙂

Guess, that means, I need to up my blog quality 🙂 and possibly the frequency of posting as well.

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BLog Visitor # 5000

Posted by nickxyz on June 18, 2008

Visitor #5000 to my blog has been today!! Congrats to

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Germany’s Next Top Model – Finale

Posted by nickxyz on June 5, 2008

I am not quite sure which one was the original ‘idea’ to create a TV show that casts new models, but by now each country in the civilized world appears to have one…. USA, Germany… Australia?? American Idol shows even made it to the UK… Amazing 🙂

Well, I admit, I watch the German show religiously. Also have seen the US counterpart once before, but was not impressed. Obviously, a show viewer cannot objectively judge what is actually going on during a particular project, but from the casual observer, the US show repeats, and repeats, and repeats, and repeats “you are still in the race for America’s next top model’ at least 500 million times in each segment. That does not leave much room for any type of other intelligent dialog, unfortunately. Maybe there is some sort of advertising scheme going on as to how often the same punch line has to be repeated for highest payout. Who knows. Enough of the bashing… since there are more planned seasons, someone is apparently watching the show after all. Have I actually seen any of the finalist or winners in real life ad campaigns, TV spots or magazine ads??? Who actually won? Btw, I just saw a Martini TV spot featuring George Clooney on German TV.

OK, on with the show. I am just downloading the live finale episode of Germany’s next top model. Well, it won’t be live for me. Anyway, I am very much holding myself back from googling any results yet before I have actually seen the show. Although… no, I can wait. I think I can. I am at 45% download!!

I actually enjoyed watching the show over the last several weeks. It was interesting to see where the girls would be traveling to, what kind of gigs they would try out for and some hopefully also get. In my humble opinion, the German format shows more of the actual going ons that happen during the project. While the German show also shows the inevitable chick fights and little skirmished among the girls, thank God, the producers keep those to a minimum. I find that the US show reduces all participants to chit chatting, scheming, superficial, back-stabbing weirdos… supporting a really bad stereotype the world already has of Americans.

Change in topics. Some of the challenges presented to the girls are really creative. Like the Ninja film spot or the vertical cat walking. Now, yes, I am not a model, nor am I anywhere close to the industry, so take my opinions and musings with a grain of salt. There just appears to be more than just cat walking, posing for some pictures and a clothes mannequin that happens to be breathing. I kinda like that. Gives me, the outsider, a glimpse into some other world.

The only thing that I would have a really hard time with is the eating part. I love food way to much as to reduce my caloric intake to greens and salads all the time. Heard of German chocolate before??? Or Spaetzle with dark gravy and a little piece of meat on the side? Meat, the best invention since sliced bread.

My download is slowing down at 62%. The impatience grows… The dog wants to play ball. For crying out loud, it rains outside. I have seen the billboards in LA, ha. I even saw the female razor TV spot. Now there’s some real life connection.

What I would really like to find out is whether the group of the last 10 or so girls really gets kicked out of the model world entirely. Gina Lisa has been able to pick up her own TV show on German TV. Kinda cool. More power to her! All of those girls should have killer books… and some initial contacts in the industry. Wouldn’t they be able to just do some more “go sees” (see, I am paying attention) on their own? Or would they be stigmatized as being the next top model – ‘rejects’? Somehow, I can’t believe that. What a waste that would be. They might have to start ‘over’ with the German based agencies, I would think, some of which should already know them since I am assuming those type of model scouts and executives also do watch TV on rare occasions. I could be completely wrong though…

Maybe, that should be a viewer comment to the show producers to incorporate that somehow into a final review or summary documentary… Be creative people.

Ok, my download is done… See ya.

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