Kevin Gilbert – 20 Years Gone

Gone 20 years today. RIP Kevin.

I first heard Kevin while listening to the Mark & Brian show on KLOS (Los Angeles) back in the early 90s (when Toy Matinee was released). Kevin and Marc Bonilla were often guests on the radio show and played various songs in the studio and during their special Christmas shows. At the time, I was more interested in Marc Bonilla’s guitar work and sought out his albums first (EE Ticket, American Matador). I did get the Toy Matinee album, but didn’t fully appreciate Kevin until 95 when Thud was released. An expertly crafted, intelligent, pop-rock album that really showcased Kevin’s genius.

It is sad to ponder the incredible music that he would have surely created in the past 20 years.

Deep Thought For The New Year

One of my all time favorite quotes, from an outstanding book that I believe everyone on this planet should read.

Pale Blue Dot

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

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Trimming your wallet with Evernote and NFC

Originally posted on September 27, 2012

Costanza's Wallet

“This isn’t just my wallet. It’s an organizer, a memory and an old friend.” – George Costanza

If you find yourself tilting to one side while you sit, due to the size of your wallet, it may be time to use technology to put your old friend on a diet. While I never had the pocket filing cabinet problem of poor old George Costanza, I did want to strip my wallet down to the bare minimum. I chose to do this not only for convenience, but also for security. The less important things that you are carrying around town, the less you have to worry about replacing in the event of a loss or theft. Also, a much slimmer wallet would allow me to switch to carrying it in my front pocket, for even more security. Continue reading Trimming your wallet with Evernote and NFC