Music Theory Quizzes, Trivia, & Games in Flash

If you are interested in music theory, check out these great websites that I found.  They host lessons and music theory flash games.  A great way to brush up on your skills!
MusicTheory.net
Music Theory Quizzes & Trivia

Upcoming Omega Project Acoustic Concert

The Omega Project will be hosting an evening of acoustic music on Thursday Oct. 2nd @ The Crow’s Nest in Santa Cruz.  Carlos will be playing an opening solo set, followed by an acoustic set featuring Patience and Carlos.
The show is from 8:30 – 11:30.  $5 and all ages.
2218 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
For more info:
OmegaProjectMusic.com
OmegaProjectProductions

WAMMFEST 2008!

Join us for the best Grass Roots political party in town!  Music – Politik – Poetry – Games – and fun for the family!  Everyone is Welcome!
Noon to 5pm
Saturday September 27th 2008
San Lorenzo Park
Duck Island
Santa Cruz, CA
Suggested donation: $4.20

Valerie Leveroni Corral
Mike Corral
The Sensory Tinge
The Rubber Souls
Michael O.
Robert Holdrige
The Mojo Navigators

for more info: WAMM.org

Council OKs smoking pot in WAMM tent – From The Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ – Medical marijuana patients will once again be allowed to smoke dope in San Lorenzo Park this Saturday, after city leaders temporarily lifted a smoking ban to allow for a festival celebrating the medicinal herb.

The decision came after testimony from more than 20 patients who reasoned and pleaded with the Santa Cruz City Council to allow them to inhale their medication while partaking in Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana’s annual WAMMfest. Some accused council members of growing old and more conservative, while others said Santa Cruz was losing both its compassion and its weirdness.

“Do not Carmel-ize Santa Cruz,” said Valerie Corral, co-founder of WAMM.

The catch, however, is that the ban was not lifted for the entire park. Instead, those with a medical marijuana identification card only will be allowed to smoke inside a tent designated for that purpose.

“I think it’s good. I think it’s a good compromise,” said WAMM co-founder Mike Corral.

The arrangement is not much different from previous years, where a tent was provided for medical marijuana patients but recreational tokers still smoked up on the lawn.

However, Sean Wharton, a WAMM patient who will double as a security guard at the festival, said he will speak with anyone this year who lights up on the grass.

“I would really like this to happen in the way it has in the past, and I will look for people smoking outside the smoking tent,” Wharton said.

Council members approved the proposal on a 5-1 vote, with Councilwoman Lynn Robinson voting against the measure and Mayor Ryan Coonerty absent.

Robinson said she does not like making exceptions to rules that the city requires everyone else to follow.

“The onus is on the organizers to work within our parameters and not ask our staff to look the other way,” Robinson said.

The issue arose two weeks ago after WAMM requested an exception to the city’s ban on smoking in San Lorenzo Park so its 200 patients could attend WAMMfest and breathe in their drug of choice.

With Councilman Tony Madrigal sick, the City Council split the vote 3-3. All council members voiced their support for medical marijuana, but not all were crazy about granting an exception to city rules for a festival celebrating drugs that are illegal without a prescription, fearing it could draw recreational tokers.

The tie vote pushed the issue onto Tuesday’s agenda, but with Coonerty scheduled to be away, many assumed the vote would split again and no smoking would be allowed. Ed Porter, Cynthia Mathews and Robinson all had voted against lifting the ban.

Porter ended up proposing the compromise that lifted the smoking ban only in the patient tent.

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Thanks to Genevieve Bookwalter & The Santa Cruz Sentinel for this article which I have printed at length.

John Paul Getty Museum of L.A.

Natalie and I went to The Getty Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday.  For anyone who doesn’t know about this place, it is one of America’s premiere museums.  With both resident pieces and exhibits, the Getty always has something amazing to see.  And it is free!  For more info check out: Getty.edu
Here are a few pieces that we saw.


This is a humorous caricature by DaVinci


Medieval Portrait

Medieval Portrait

The wonders of Peru

These pictures are from the Getty Website.

How The U.S. Government Engineered The Current Economic Crisis – from TechCrunch

These people (the U.S. government) need to be stopped. Every time we get ourselves into an economic mess, there’s usually some milestone idiocy we can point back to as the government action that made the meltdown inevitable.

Take the current housing crisis that has now spread to the financial markets in general. The cause was too-easy credit that fueled a massive increase in housing prices as people bought houses they couldn’t afford with mortgages they weren’t able to pay off.

In 1999 there was roughly $5 trillion in total U.S. mortgage debt. That number ballooned to $12 trillion by 2007, and we know what happened from there (data is from the U.S. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight). To put this into perspective, total U.S. GDP is about $11 trillion annually, and U.S. government debt is around $9 trillion. If the housing market really falls apart (meaning more than conservative estimates of a 20% drop), there’s no way the government can simply cover these losses.

Why did it happen? Let’s go back to 1999, when Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, was under pressure by the Clinton administration to find a way to get more loans to “borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans.” A pilot program was launched, which soon became general policy. Money flowed to people who couldn’t afford to pay it back.

These new policies came on top of previous changes in the 90’s that let consumers get zero-down payment loans.

In a 1999 article that now looks absolutely insane, the New York Times reported on the easing of credit terms. Fannie Mae Chairman Franklin Raines, who’s quoted in the article, was all sunshine and roses as he threw away the financial future of millions of Americans. But at least one person. Peter Wallison, had a good idea of how this would all play out:

In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980’s.

”From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us,” said Peter Wallison a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. ”If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.”

Too bad nobody listened to that guy.

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Big Thanks to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch for this article which I have quoted at length.

Introducing the world to Lauren Elizabeth Lindsay!

My family is growing quickly!  My cousin Amanda is having a baby girl!  Her name is Lauren Elizabeth Lindsay.  I also pray protection and inspiration over her life!

Introducing the world to Harper Croix Ragains!

My sister is having a baby boy!  His name is Harper Croix Ragains.  This is his ultrasound picture.  I send out a prayer of inspiration, protection, and passionate wisdom over his life!

What would I like for our baby boy?

  1. A sacred moment of conception.
  2. The very best of Natalie’s and my DNA.
  3. A healthy and successful pregnancy.
  4. A quick and painless birth. 
  5. A powerful first breath.
  6. A strong and steady heartbeat.
  7. A full and complete body and mind.
  8. A bright awareness and deep consciousness.
  9. A stable home and family.
  10. The very best breast milk.
  11. All clothing and bedding.
  12. Happy and Healthy friends and relatives.
  13. A great sense of humor.
  14. Endless opportunity.
  15. Endless resources both interior and exterior.
  16. Defined and refined musical taste and talent.
  17. Boundless imagination.
  18. Depths of compassion and love.
  19. Wisdom beyond his years.
  20. Deep understanding and insight.
  21. Life Everlasting.

It’s time for a woman. Right?

Imagine that you were marrying a beautiful woman named Hillary.  And the reason that you were marrying her was that you loved both her ideology and her persona.  You had spent the last couple of years of your life coming to know and respect this woman.  Many times you had listened to her talk and been wowed by her charisma and knowledge.  You even went so far as to proclaim your love and loyalty for her and the woman that she represented.  Soon, you began to define yourself by her stances.  You began to believe that this was the one for you.  You were ready to make that choice.  
The wedding was planned for November and only time had to pass before she was yours.  You told everyone, you invited everyone.  After all, she was one of a kind and definitely worthy to be your first.  But after all of the hoopla Hillary had to go away.  It was very painful and you and your friends and family were very insulted.  So much time and emotion had been invested in your feelings and ideas about her womanhood.  She was to be your first.  “It was time for a woman” you had argued.  You even had a website – “itstime4awoman.org”  The wedding plans were already in motion, everyone was anticipating November. 
So you take your friends advice and hook up with this hardcore named Sarah.  She’s not like Hillary.  Totally different.  But she is a woman, and as you had said it was time for a woman.  You had told everyone. 
But there wasn’t really time before November to get really attached to this woman.  I mean, you could hang out with her.  Shoot guns and play sports and stuff.  But it won’t be special, and it certainly won’t be as pure as your initial reaction to Hillary.  But the wedding is on, everyone is coming.  So you go for it… After all, It’s time for a woman. Right?

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