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Terrorists…where is the real enemy?

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December 14, 2011 at 3:19 am

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America is Breaking Up! on Vimeo

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December 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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Tunages and Songwiches

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tony's tunages

tony's tunages

For those who didn’t know, I am also a musician.

I have created a new web page to promote my music.

I started playing guitar at the ripe old age of 13 (nearly 30 years ag0, so you’d think I’d know what I was doing by now). My guitar playing is influenced by Jerry Garcia, Bruce Cockburn, James Taylor, The Edge, Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, and others. I enjoy music as far ranging as baroque to bluegrass, Swedish death metal to Gregorian chants, numerous forms of folk music, punk music, rock music, ambient electronic music, industrial, dubstep, and a thousand other varieties of music from around the world, etc. I just LOVE music!

Being the tinkerer I am with computers, I have also recently begun creating electronic music.

Elektronika elektronika by tony-baldwin-1

It will come as no suprise to you that the above tunages were all created with free/open source software, especially LMMS – Linux MultiMedia Studio and Rosegarden (mostly lmms), on Debian GNU/Linux systems.


And here we have some acoustic music I have created over the years (plus one tribute to Jerry Garcia, played by me). acoustika by tony-baldwin-1

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November 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

This is what Revolution looks like

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The historian Crane Brinton in his book &quotAnatomy of a Revolution&quot laid out the common route to revolution.

The preconditions for successful revolution, Brinton argued, are:

  • discontent that affects nearly all social classes,
  • widespread feelings of entrapment and despair,
  • unfulfilled expectations,
  • a unified solidarity in opposition to a tiny power elite,
  • a refusal by scholars and thinkers to continue to defend the actions of the ruling class,
  • an inability of government to respond to the basic needs of citizens,
  • a steady loss of will within the power elite itself and defections from the inner circle,
  • a crippling isolation that leaves the power elite without any allies or outside support and,
  • finally, a financial crisis.

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November 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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Angel Spit
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from last night at the Webster, in Hartford, Angel Spit.

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November 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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The Mexican Fisherman

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The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The American then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.
You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

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October 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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99 percent is a very large percentage

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Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending.

and other observations from Lemony Snicket

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October 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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