Peter Egan and Mellenia Kloyo Now Formally Engaged
The informal engagement between Peter Egan of Louisiana and Mellenia Kloyo of Lake Sebu, S. Cotabato, Philippines, is now formal. The two are now formally engaged. They had been informally engaged since August 27 of 2017.
Egan visited Lake Sebu (Philippines) in late May through early June. On his first day at the Sunrise Garden Lake Resort (where Peter and Mhellie stayed for the duration of the trip) and second total day in the Philippines, he got down on one knee and formally proposed, and to which she said, “yes.”
Peter and Mhellie met on Facebook, spoke for a year and fell in love before Peter finally got around to visiting, formally proposing and starting Mellenia’s immigration application.
The two enjoyed two weeks together touring Lake Sebu, city built around mountainous lakes with magnificent scenery. Lake Sebu is in South Cotabato Province, Philippines. It is home to the T’boli tribe of indigenous Filipinos.
Peter got to spend time, get to know and share many meals with Mellenia’s (Mhellie’s) friends and family. 17 members of Mhellie’s family drove 3 hours to the airport to greet Peter upon his arrival.
See the next few posts to be published for the full collection of photos from Peter’s adventure in the Philippines.
Peter and Mellenia are tentatively planning on having the wedding in April or May of 2019.
New Orleans Pelicans Looking Like Serious Contender in 10-Game Win Streak
By: Peter Egan
The New Orleans Pelicans are in unfamiliar territory. The perennially mediocre Western Conference NBA franchise is typically trying to make up ground in order just to make the playoffs around this time of the season. For much of the season, it looked like the Pels ceiling was 7th place in the West, and would have surprised no one had they finished in 10th place.
Even while they had a winning record at the time, the loss of DeMarcus Cousins sparked a downturn that saw the Pelicans fall to the 9th place position. However a free agent signing of a long-retired center and a blockbuster trade that brought the diverse Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans. After a five or six games, the Pels had lost the majority of games since the trade. Then the newly acquired players began to gel with guards Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, Ian Clark and E’Twuan Moore, not to mention Anthony Davis and 3-point specialist Darius Miller (acquired from Europe in the offseason).
Since the team became familiar with one another, they’ve looked unbeatable. They seem unbeatable, having won 10 consecutive games, a streak second only to the West’s First-Place team, the Houston Rockets, who have won 17 in a row. During that time period, the Pels have moved from 9th place in the NBA’s Western Conference to 4th, and are only 1/2-game out of third place. The team now sits at 12 games over .500 at 38-26, well on pace to top their record the last time the team made the playoffs. That would be the ’14-’15 season, in Monty Williams’ final season as coach, when the team went 45-37 during the regular season, nearly upsetting the Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs. Had they won that game, who knows how the series would have played out, as the Pelicans traditionally play the Spurs tough.
Anthony Davis has been putting up historic numbers since Cousins’ injury, and the Pelicans appear to have figured out a way to win close games that are decided in the final few minutes.
They also appear to have shaken their 3rd quarter woes, which have been well-documented. The Pels probably have an extra 3-4 wins had it not been for atrocious third quarters in which they blew a big halftime lead, and several close games would have never been in doubt.
In their most recent outing, a 114-101 road win over the Sacramento Kings, the Pels played the Kings to an even 23 apiece in the 3rd frame after building an 18-point halftime lead. Similarly, in their previous game before that they played the Los Angeles Clippers to a 30-30 tie in the third after the Pelicans built a 15 point halftime lead. In their win 126-109 win at Dallas, the Pels only game up 3 net points in the 3rd after building a 16 point halftime lead. The Pelicans actually outscored the San Antonio Spurs by 1 in the 3rd after San Antonio led by 9 at the break in their 121-116 loss to New Orleans.
Should the Pelicans continue this level of play through the remainder of the regular season, with 18 games remaining, the Pelicans could realistically have the conference’s best record aside from Golden State and Houston. If they revert back to their typical form since the franchise was re-branded from the Hornets to the Pelicans, they could just as possibly get edged out for the 8th and final playoff spot. As of March 08, 2018 at 7:20 pm, a grand total of 4 games separate the would-be #3 playoff seed from the #8 seed. Two additional teams (Nuggets & Jazz) are within 1/2 game of being tied with the Clippers for 8th place in the Conference.
While James Harden will likely win the NBA’s MVP award for the season, a strong case can be made for Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. During the month of February, Davis averaged 35 points, 13 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.2 blocked shots and 2.5 steals per game, averaging 37.8 minutes per game for the month. For the season Davis is averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game in 36.5 minutes.
Holiday has been playing much more aggressively lately, something the Pels need to happen if they are to have success short-term or long with the amount of money they committed to Holiday. Mirovic can score in a myriad of ways, can defend multiple positions and shoots the 3 at a high clip, even with DeMarcus Cousins out for the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Pels have plenty of firepower and there’s a legitimate debate as to whether they’re a better team in general without the superstar center.
My personal hope is that the Pelicans do re-sign Cousins in the offseason, providing the Pelicans with the most dominant front-court in the NBA. I like the idea of having at least one of the two in the game at all times, and I think the improvement as a team the Pelicans have experienced since the All-Star Break would have happened anyway had Boogie been present. Those two with Rondo and Holiday as your starting guards and Mirotic at the wing (3, small forward… whatever you want to call it) is as formidable a lineup as any. That lineup, especially with guys like Ian Clark and E’Tuan Moore coming off the bench (both shoot better than Rondo fro outside), all the team lacks is depth. They need another good wing player (perhaps Solomon Hill when he returns from injury) and another big (Okafor works if he can maintain the level of play he’s provided since coming out of retirement to play for Alvin Gentry’s Pelicans, provided he wants to play another season). Cheick Diallo, while he still needs to add weight, has looked very promising as an up-and-coming young player with lots of upside. Diallo recorded 13 points and 15 rebounds in the Pels’ recent win over Dallas.
This is a Pelicans team missing one of the best players in the league and arguably the league’s best at his position to injury has played their way to hosting a playoff series if the season ended today. This is a team that at 28-26, and in 9th place in the West looked like the least likely team of the ten in contention to secure one of the top 8 spots and allow the season to continue.
Perhaps the most impressive detail about this ten-game winning streak is that seven of the ten games have been played on the road, and the Pels have played some good teams during the streak, such as the Bucks, Spurs and Clippers – all appear to be playoff-bound and all three games were on the road.
At 38-26, having won ten in a row, the Pels’ next three games are winnable, at home against Washington, Utah and Charlotte. Following that are the three games that may tell us more about this Pelicans team than any they’ve played so far. The team has to go back to San Antonio and play the Spurs again, this time with a presumably healthier lineup. They then come home for games against the league-leading Rockets and one of the best teams from the Eastern Conference in the Boston Celtics.
If the Pels can figure out how to go 4-2 in those six games, I would wager that barring a major injury, the New Orleans Pelicans are going to host a playoff series this season.
If they’re good enough as built to get the 3rd or 4th seed in the West without Cousins, I think that assuming he makes a full recovery and re-signs, this team will be every bit as dangerous a title contender as the Warriors and Rockets are this year. I think this year they definitely make the playoffs, perhaps win a series, then bow out when matched up with Golden State or Houston. I think next season, the Pelicans – as constructed plus Cousins, are a legitimate title contender.
The NBA’s next “super team” may well be the New Orleans Pelicans. I think next year they’ll be a legitimate title contender that can use it’s strengths to dictate style and tempo, leveling the playing field between themselves and teams like the Rockets and Warriors.
Right-Wing Musicians Must Be Clever, Well-Read to Promote Their Message Without Being Blacklisted by Music Industry
By: Peter Egan
It’s no secret an overwhelming percentage of the biggest names in all of showbusiness are not only left-of-center politically, and that “outing” oneself (or being “outed”) as holding views that aren’t 100% in lock-step with the Democrat party, which has become the most extreme, left-wing, anti-American and either mentally ill of comprised entirely of sociopaths, can spell the end of one’s career, or for the very best in their industry, it will cost them money. This is true whether it be movies, television, print media, music, any other kind of acting as well as online media (written, and video).
However not everyone sold their soul to get to the top of their respective industries. 311 has been a very popular band with global following that could sell out a 50,000 seat venue (mostly with people who’ve seen them in concert before and/or traveled from elsewhere in the country or world to attend the concert). They have revealed in their lyrics that while they’re not (as a group anyway) hyperpolitical, they do consistently write right-of-center lyrics for songs related to politics, typically from the view of a libertarian-leaning conservative. There are so many examples I could list here, but I’ll stick to a few obvious ones at first, then add more to the article as time permits.
From Chaos, Don’t Tread on Me, Evolver, Grassroots and Music all have songs for which I could make the argument.
Listen to DTOM, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Solar Flare and Still Dreaming. That’s four songs on one album that support my argument. DTOM, is widely known as beginning with the Gadsden flag. 311 was just ahead of the curve as it wasn’t until two full years after the album was released that the slogan was revived (among political activists) in resistance to Obama’s attempt at a Presidency.
From From Chaos, listen to “Wake Your Mind Up” and “Reconsider Everything.” There would be no need to reconsider everything you’ve ever learned if the left hadn’t turned the education system and the media into brainwashing ideological tools. That’s another thing, 311 has made more than one negative reference to the media. Why do that if you agree with them?
While stopping short of admitting their views in unmistakable terms, they’ve made so many references, songs and verses in songs that support my claim (that 311 as a group leans right-of-center politically on most issues mentioned in their work), that if I were to list them all it would be nearly impossible to argue the assertion with a straight face.
I will give it to Lil Wayne for having read Ayn Rand and writing a song about Atlas Shrugged where he got Marshall Mathers to rap the lyrics of a character in the novel who represents views he personally strongly disagrees with. “Drop the World” is the song I’m referencing, and having read the book I can’t see any way every line wasn’t intentional, much less his Atlas pose in the video (0:55 second mark).
Lil Wayne Featuring Eminem: DroFrom p the World (Explicit Language)
Compare the two images below:
Plus, the lyrics (to me at least) are obviously Wayne rapping the character of Francisco D’Anconia with elements of Hank Rearden; with Mathers depicting John Galt (as in “Who is John Galt?” … Yeah, that John Galt). This is ironic because Galt is arguably the most right-wing character in the most right-wing book of all fictional literature throughout all of history, Mathers an unapologetic leftist. Wayne basically punked him in getting him to contribute to the most popular right-wing political hit song I’ve heard since 311’s “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars.” FWIW, Atlas Shrugged was written 70 years ago about present-day America and the world.
*Spoiler Alert* John Galt was the man who “stopped the motor of the world” / “stopped the world” (both were used IIRC) in the novel. Wayne does the post right before the first time he says “Drop the World.” The novel got it’s name because of dialog between characters in which one asked another what would happen if Atlas (the producers – taxpayers) were merely to shrug. Atlas in Greek mythology was tricked into having to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders for all eternity. Wayne’s been imprisoned on victimless crimes, and had untold tens of millions of dollars stolen from him by the government. .Make no mistake, Wayne is as right-wing as they come. In “Drop the World,” he did a masterful job of communicating that message to an audience who agrees and has read the novel, using language that someone who hadn’t read all 1,200 pages could interpret differently. Leftists can’t read more than 50 or so pages before shutting the book in horror and reburying their heads in sand. They’d rather be wrong and keep their present views than even so much as contemplate allowing a new way of thinking which inevitably require consuming factual information that totally destroys their entire world as they understand it and forces them to think. They’d rather be told what to think and blindly trust those thinking for them than face the fear of thinking for themselves.
Other bands who have written songs that would imply that at least one member of the band (whoever is writing the lyrics) is likely right-of-center in my estimation would also include Metallica (their version of DTOM was more unmistakable than 311’s), Iron Maiden, Ben Folds Five, Jurassic 5, Incubus, Slaghterhose (and each artist individually in the group) and almost all country music. Even Pearl Jam songs could be interpreted as right-of-center (Greivance is the first to come to Mind, Glorified-G as well), however they have publicly advocated left-wing positions even when lyrics suggest otherwise, so who knows with them?
Truth is most probably would say the leftist position as representative of their music if asked knowing that doing so can lead to free publicity and inclusion in festivals and events at which they’d otherwise not be invited to perform. Once a person exposed to the music becomes a fan, they can listen to the words themselves and where inconsistencies exist can determine what to believe to be true.
If an artist is going to use his or her platform and publicity to advocate for a political cause or criticize another, they’d better agree with me or I won’t listen to them or support them in any way. If they keep their mouths shut and say nothing at all except with their music, I can appreciate that and enjoy that. This is especially true when you have to be smart, educated, have a plus vocabulary, have above-average processing capability and be able to use the information available to extract context and eventually meaning through a heavily encoded message with all the work to encode so only the desired audience gets it is extremely impressive and beyond any of my capabilities. I lack the creativity to encode the way these artists do such that millions of people who listen to a given song won’t think twice about it’s meaning, while the same song communicates important information to those the artist(s) is deliberately trying to reach without tipping off even one from the other side.
Maness Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in Election for LA’s Disctrict 77 State Legislative Seat
Rob Maness looked to be cruising on his way to victory after the primary election for Louisiana’s 77th District seat for the State Legislature. He garnered 12% more votes than the closest of his three competitors, eventual runoff opponent Mark Wright. All he had to do was not self-destruct and the election was his. Unfortunately for Maness, that proved to be too much to ask.
It must have been a solemn night at the Maness headquarters on election night as election day voting followed the trend of early voting, as Wright turned a 12-point deficit after the primary election into an 18-point landslide defeat in just one month. Essentially, everyone who didn’t vote for either candidate in the primary voted for Wright in the runoff save for 18 people, at least in terms of net results.
That kind of massive turnaround in such a short period of time is rare in politics and usually requires some kind of unusual event to occur swaying undecided voters and perhaps even some of the primary winner’s voters as well. That happened, as did a few other key events.
For anyone interested in the science of political campaigning, the following can be used as a lesson in what to do and what not to do when campaigning for public office.
Before breaking down how we arrived at the final results, let’s review them. Shall we?
So how exactly did such a momentous shift occur in just a month?
First, Wright focused more on promoting himself as a good candidate, whereas Maness’ primary message was that he was the ‘one true conservative’, and that powerful “political insiders” were holding him back from winning an election. Thus, once the field was whittled following the primary, Wright made quick work to secure the endorsements of the other two candidates who lost in the primary but did not make the runoff.
This was a very prudent and politically intelligent move on Wright’s behalf. Maness had been adversarial with the other candidates during the primary, levying accusations and loads of innuendo. In other words, he didn’t do anything to make any friends or even give himself a chance at winning the endorsements of either of the two candidates who were eliminated following the primary, whereas Wright was poised to court their support the moment the primary results were in.
With early voting showing a trend toward wright (albeit not enough of one to change the outcome without winning big on election day too), Maness began to self destruct.
The author of this blog, a friend and supporter of Wright, and more importantly experienced campaign operative, decided to become involved with about two weeks remaining, starting with a social media campaign that went viral, locally speaking (within the district). The posts got a lot of exposure, were eloquent and completely disarmed Maness’ unfounded claims that “political insiders” were conspiring against him by claiming to be among the people Maness was referencing as “insiders” conspiring and colluding to keep him down.
The problem this posed for Maness was that this author is more popular within the district, and more highly thought of. Therefore when people saw that I’m who he’s referring to, the claim became extremely suspect – perhaps even to the extent it backfired. For the record, there were no insiders conspiring to keep Maness out of office… Except for myself, if you define me as a “political insider.” Also, in order for there to be a conspiracy you need more than one person. I guess I conspired and colluded with myself, because I acted totally independently of anyone including Wright’s campaign, save for dropping by one time to pick up door hangers, flyers and signs (typical campaign literature).
One of the Facebook posts that was extremely effective in getting inside Maness’ head was this one:
If you click “read more” and read the entire post, you an see how that might have bothered Rob just a little.
Maness actually messaged me to ask why I had posted what I had. The reason is because what I posted was accurate.
Just a few days after that post, with polling showing Wright starting to catch up to Maness’ lead, disaster happened for the Maness campaign. To make a long story short, he had a complete meltdown on live radio, in which he make comments that appeared to be insane about nuclear weapons and him being the most qualified person in history to hold the keys to America’s nuclear arsenal (not sure how that’s relevant for a Louisiana state legislator, but it gives us a glimpse into the mindset Maness was in at the time). Then he shouted obscenities at a caller (again, on live radio) five times — FIVE — before the call screener hung up on the caller. However by that time the damage was done. Nothing he said was censored and voters of the district got to see a side of one one of the men running for state legislature that he’d rather not have shown.
The Facebook posts may or may not have played a role in his radio meltdown, but my suspicion is they did. To what extent I won’t even attempt to guess.
Following the radio debacle, Maness continued digging when rather than issue a statement apologizing and saying the pressure of the campaign had gotten the better of him and that the behavior he exhibited was not indicative of who he is. However, that wasn’t what Rob had in mind. He issued this letter to the editor of a local newspaper, which had inklings of remorse, but the overwhelming theme was to attack the columnist who had written what everyone was already thinking. That certainly didn’t do anything to help undo the damage his radio tirade had done to his plummeting numbers.
In the final days of the campaign Wright received some grassroots assistance from yours truly, which is actually probably a bigger deal than it may sound on the surface. I’ve worked (as a paid campaign staff member) congressional campaigns, statewide races for U.S. Senate, and have been sought out by Congressmen seeking advice on whether or not to run for Senate. I served on Newt Gingrich’s Presidential Exploratory Committee. In southeast Louisiana, I’m as formidable a campaign asset as you’ll find, particularly with regard to grassroots.
In addition to the campaign’s own canvassing efforts, I distributed what must have been 40-50 pounds worth of door hangers and flyers, put up about 20 yard signs including in key locations along major thoroughfares. I also got a few up in some rather unconventional locations, like the wooden beams surrounding the cement structures holding up the Interstate-12 bride over the Tchefuncte River. Every boat passing under the interstate would have seen the signs. I would estimate that number of boaters at at least 1,000 between the time they were posted and the actual election.
Between the campaign astutely courting voters who cast ballots for candidates who did not make the runoff, the campaign’s effective advertising (particularly following the radio incident), grassroots efforts by the campaign and social media posts and grassroots canvassing areas that hadn’t been targeted by renegade volunteer Peter Egan, by election day the outcome was a mere formality. Mark Wright had won in an 18 point landslide, a result no one could have foreseen following the October primaries.
Why Did I Get Involved?
The reason I got involved was because I was unsure of the outcome of the election and wanted to erase that uncertainty – at least to the extent I could.
A PAC that had supported Fleming in the 2016 Senate race was behind a series of negative ads against Maness, a little retribution for him mucking up the Senate race a year prior.
I am friends with former Congressman Dr. John Fleming, MD. Rep. Fleming was not only Louisiana’s most conservative member of the delegation, he had a much better chance of beating Kennedy in a runoff (Kennedy was a lifelong democrat until a few years ago). Maness angrily refused, allowing Charles Boustany to sneak into the runoff. Boustany is a “moderate” Republican well to the left of Fleming, as is Kennedy. So Maness in essence cost the only conservative candidate in the race with a shot at winning a chance at the runoff.
My motivation was to ensure Mark Wright won first and foremost. Secondly, I wanted to do all I could to run up the score so that Rob would never be able to impact a major election (like a Senate race) and use his presence to hand the election to a wishy-washy moderate over a conservative. Whether I had any impact and if so how much, we’ll never know. What is known is that my objectives were met regardless of whether I played a substantial role in that or not.
I do not foresee Maness running for office again in Southeast Louisiana after he handed this race away by failing to maintain his composure when the pressure was on.
To be clear, I’m not taking credit for the outcome of this election. I’m not taking credit for any part of it. I did help out though and Mark and his campaign achieved the result I was hoping to see. Whether I personally played any role in the outcome and if so how much is anybody’s guess. I personally believe Mark would have won comfortably without my support and involvement.
After all, as a HayRide article about Maness’ future eloquently observed:
That seat was winnable (for Maness). But the problem was that Wright, who had been a conservative activist in St. Tammany and had served the movement’s cause for years before taking the plunge and running for the city council in Covington (in other words starting small and moving up, rather than the opposite approach Maness took), had already entered the race. Wright had already learned the retail political skills required to win a state legislative race and he was already building a coalition capable of winning.
Meanwhile, Maness’ approach was to immediately cast himself as the One True Conservative and bash Wright as a Washington lobbyist (which was a stretch; he’s vice president of American Waterway Operators, a trade organization for tugboat and barge companies) when Maness himself is a registered lobbyist, and to trash him as having made crooked deals with the state’s party establishment. That was never going to work, because Wright was a known commodity. People on the Northshore know him better than they know Rob, they know Mark is a conservative with a record of governing like one on that city council, and they like Wright better. And it especially didn’t resonate that Mark was a “career politician;” you don’t get to run for office three times in four years and call anybody else a professional politician. When you start running for office you become a politician, period. Accusing others of that when they run less often than you do simply pisses voters off.
Evidently there’s an “International Men’s Day.” Evidently, that day this year was Sunday, November 19.
A gas station in Covington, Louisiana took a small extra step to recognize International Men’s Day with a twist on the traditional gender indicators on public restroom signs.
According to Wikipedia International Men’s Day is about the following:
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster. The project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991. The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.
Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose 19 November to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the soccer world cup. Dr Teelucksingh has promoted International Men’s Day as not just a gendered day but a day where all issues affecting men and boys can be addressed. He has said of IMD and its grass roots activists, “They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society”
“Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.”
With all the “days” that recognize someone or something, it’s awfully peculiar that this one is so under-recognized such that I didn’t learn of it until Wednesday, November 22.
This appears to be the official logo/flyer of the event:
Peter Egan Attends His Tenth 311 Concert in New Orleans at Champions Square
By: Peter Egan
311 still has “it” after 27 years performing as a band
Friday, August 04 2017, Peter Egan attended his tenth Three-Eleven concert in his lifetime, and the band didn’t disappoint. The performance (not including “New Politics” and any other opening acts) lasted about two-and-a-half hours, which was barely enough time for the group to play MOST of their albums, while performing nine songs from their new release, Mosaic.
It would be easier to identify the albums from which 311 did not perform a song than to list those from which it did. 311 performed a total of 24 songs, including the extended version of Applied Science when band members take their traditional break, followed by all five band-mates beating on the drums simultaneously.
The set list for the show is as follows:
Song Title – Album
Perfect Mistake – Mosaic
All Mixed Up – Blue Album
Homebrew – Grassroots
Too Much to Think – Mosaic
Beautiful Disaster – Transistor
Extension – Mosaic
Stealing Happy Hours – Transistor
Come Original – Soundsystem
Hey, Yo (Not “Hey You”) – Mosaic
Bass Solo – (N/A)
What Was I thinking? – Transistor
Wildfire – Mosaic
Amber – From Chaos
Freeze Time – Soundsystem
Applied Science – Music
’Til the City’s on Fire – Mosaic
Do You Right – Music
Too Late – Mosaic
Beyond the Grey Sky – Evolver
One & the Same – Mosaic
Unity – Music
Down – Blue Album
On a Roll – Mosaic
Freak Out – Music
Creatures (For a While) – Evolver
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the heck out of the show, and I’m most certainly not complaining when I point out that not a single song was performed from Don’t Tread on Me, Uplifter, Universal Pulse or Stereolithic. And of course that’s not counting all the independent releases, bonus tracks on compilation albums and other vintage 311 that you can hear on YouTube or at a 311 Day concert, but not on a studio album.
Let me please make one thing very clear. I enjoy all of 311’s Music. It doesn’t matter what songs from which albums were performed at a given show, I’d have had a good time if I was there and Three-Eleven was playing. That being said it struck me as odd that there were four consecutive studio albums from which not a single song was performed during an entire concert. I can’t help but wonder if this is 311 catering to the more casual fans by mixing in the songs they’re sure to know along with the newly released stuff, or if it’s a reflection of how 311 perceives their four most recent studio albums preceding Mosaic. I would like to think it’s the former and not the latter, as there are just too many good songs on DTOM, Uplifter, Universal Pulse and Stereolithic to leave them off the set list for quality reasons.
In my personal opinion, the high-point of the show was when the band performed Freeze Time, the opening song from the Soundsystem album. If I had to pick out a low or drawback of some sort, the first thing I’d do is complain about the band only performing 24 songs, or roughly two albums worth of work.
I’m one of those spoiled 311 fans who has been to multiple 311 Day (March 11) concerts in my lifetime, and have seen the band play on for more than four hours on multiple occasions. That has to taint my opinion at least a little, as 24 seems like a perfectly reasonable number of songs to perform on a promotional tour.
If forced to pick my least favorite moment from the show (assuming there’s a gun to my head), it would have been Amber. Amber is not a bad song, it’s actually a pretty good song all things considered. However, this isn’t your average band we’re talking about, and it is my personal opinion that Amber got far more recognition than it deserved based on the quality of the song itself relative to all other 311 songs. The reason I believe this is that for decades 311 has been perceived more as a “guy band,” and the women in attendance were mainly brought there by male 311 fans.
Amber got the attention of female fans, and I’m all about there being a record number of females in the audience (out of any of the ten 311 shows I’ve been to, as there was in early August of 2017 in Champions Square in New Orleans. If Amber is in any way responsible for that, wonderful. I guess the band has to take the majority opinion into account when determining which songs to play in a limited allotment of time. I just don’t think it’s as good a song as it is promoted and perceived to be relative to other 311 songs. If I could have replaced it in the set list, there’s not much 311 has ever done that you couldn’t substitute in there and at least from my opinion improve the musical quality based solely on the songs performed. Literally, just pick any song, from any album or from no album, I’ll probably like it more than Amber.
Anyway, I’m a spoiled fan who just has to learn to accept that the band has to throw female fans a bone every show to keep them engaged. I do understand this. However, the August 04 show in New Orleans in 2017 seemed to have not only a much higher ratio of female fans than past shows I’ve been to, the female fans were every bit as into the music as were the male fans. Perhaps the perception that 311 is a “guy band” can be put to rest now?
On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this show an 8, and that’s only because I’ve been to two 311 Day events and I know first-hand from experience what this band is capable of when they’re really motivated to please an audience. They can’t match that level of intensity every night on tour. Hence why they only do those shows once per year, max.
I really can’t find anything to complain about. The venue was much better than in an enclosed arena where police are looking to meet arrest quotas. The 8 was a pretty arbitrary score from a biased observer. For a concert of its nature (a stop during a summer promotional tour), this show was a ten (out of ten). It’s not plausible to compare every 311 show to 311 Day, and I’ve come to accept that with time.
When a band has been playing and making music together for 27 years uninterrupted, they may release more albums than they can touch upon during the nature of a given live performance. When you’re truly as great at what you do as are Nick Hexum, S.A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Pnut and Chad Sexton, these are the sorts of problems you start to create for yourselves over the course of nearly three decades.
When as a fan my biggest complaint is that I didn’t hear songs I wanted to hear, and think through what it would have taken for me to have heard every 311 song I’d like to hear at a concert, I’d need a lot more than one night and they’d need more than one show. There’s just that much great material that this band has put out over the years.
If either a 311 Day concert or cruise is announced at any point in the not-too-distant future, I will eagerly buy tickets to whichever it is, and if it’s the cruise, I’d arrange for some vacation time.
311 is the greatest rock band (arguably the greatest group of musicians) in my generation, and I’ll soak up every show, 311 Day and Cruise I can before they decide to hang it up.
If you missed it, 311 put on an awesome show Friday night, August 04, 2017 in New Orleans. As a writer, all I am able to do is encourage you to attend the next one near you, whoever you are and wherever you happen to be reading this.
I need to hire a WordPress Developer and WP Plug-In Developer (preferably the same individual or company). I don’t know whether to outsource, do contract labor or hire a programmer/developer full-time, in-house.
I also don’t know what a fair price is for the services I require. Can someone please help me with the following questions?
I am trying to develop a site, but the functionality the site needs exceeds my skill-set.
I need to hire a programmer to develop custom plug-ins and ensure proper functionality for the site. The site is about average complexity in terms of functionality relative to most established mutli-user sites/communities.
Outsource, hire contract labor or a hire full-time programmer?
How much should I pay for each full time and outsource/contract? (Site will be fairly elaborate but about average for sites of it’s nature.)
Does WordPress being open source cause any problems with security? I’m comfortable with the platform, but is it worth it to just trust someone else to develop a site using a platform I’m not familiar with and unable to work within?
I will publish all relevant comments so go ahead and put your link in the URL section.
I’ve developed a lot of sites but haven’t coded from scratch since 2005 (Dreamweaver days before CMS took off). I have adequate knowledge of HTML, but not great. I’ve developed hundreds of sites, but nearly all using WordPress, Weebly or some similar platform that makes it easy for people like me to make a good looking website without the development skills I would presume most on this forum possess.
For what it’s worth, I tried posting this to the WordPress development forum, where the admin shut it down on grounds that it belonged in the “Jobs” section. “Jobs” wouldn’t publish it because it’s not a job listing.
Hopefully Reddit can come through and provide me with some objective insights from people with nothing at stake to help me make a decision about what type of help I need and how much money I should set aside for those services.
“Brute Squad” is right… As you can see, Jan was none too eager to allow anyone to potentially help me, even though (at least IMHO) she’s dead wrong about this. I know Reddit can be pretty brutal at times too, but I’ve endured plenty of other people’s superiority complex today so please go easy on me and if you can help answer my questions take the two minutes it takes to do so.
** In addition to comments, I’ll publish a followed link in this post to the site/URL of choice for whomever provides the most helpful answer. **
Peter Egan recently had an opportunity to go offshore fishing with a couple good buddies from high school.
I received a phone call around 6 pm on a Friday night early in May. It was Justin Richard, a friend from high school asking if I’d like to join them for a fishing trip the next morning. That didn’t leave me with a whole lot of time to prepare given that Venice is a good 3.5 hour drive from Covington, however I made it work.
Justin and his father Mitch are a couple of the big shots at Calmar Insulation. If you’re not familiar with the company, they’re the ones that insulated the Superdome during the renovations after Katrina, so it’s a fairly large company.
Anyway, they have a really nice fishing boat, and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to do some blue water, deep sea, offshore fishing in hopes of landing a Tuna, Grouper or Red Snapper.
By the time I made it to Venice (Louisiana) everyone was sound asleep, so I slept in my car and met up with them at around 5:00 am.
The sunrise was beautiful. There’s no words to describe what the sun looks like when it peaks over the horizon out on the open water on what turned out to be a magnificent day.
It was a fun-filled day and a great chance to reconnect with a couple friends I’ve had for more than two decades.
While we didn’t get any Tuna, Grouper or Red Snapper, we did catch a few Amberjack. Unfortunately, at the time there was a federal moratorium in place and we had to de-hook the fish without bringing them into the boat so as to do as little harm as possible.
While I didn’t catch an Amberjack, I did get several bites, caught a few smaller fish in the 2-3 pound range, and landed one 60 pound Jack Crevalle that fought harder than any fish I’ve ever landed in my entire life. I kept the fish, cutting it up to use as crab bait for my grandfather. He’s too old to catch his own bait and throw his own traps so he needs someone to do it for him, and once I got that fish aboard I wasn’t about to let that opportunity slip away.
I literally fought that fish for what seemed like an hour and felt like it must’ve weight at least 150 pounds. I’ve never caught a fish that fights as hard as a Jack Crevalle relative to the fish’s size. Part of that might have been that I was using medium-action spinning gear, but I’d have it no other way.
At the end of the day, I had an incredible time offshore fishing for a solid 10 hours. People pay a lot of money to have the privilege to do that, and I got to do it because I’m friends with someone who owns a boat big enough and designed to accommodate fishing in 600 feet of water.
I am very grateful to the Richards and wish I could thank them enough for the invitation. Any time y’all care to invite me to go fishing with you count me in.
Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is so much fun it’s hard to describe. If you’ve never done it, want to do it but don’t know anyone with a boat, I’d highly recommend doing planning your trip with a guide like Troy Wetzel and get your Venice fishing in with a professional that will ensure you catch your share of fish, and the right kind of fish.
Not all guides are the same. My great uncle for example rarely returns to shore without all of his clients limiting out on both speckled trout and redfish (red drum), sometimes with a black drum, flounder (or four) or sheepshead mixed in. However, not all guides care that their clients have a good time.
If you’re paying for a fishing trip, it’s worth putting the time and effort into thoroughly vetting your guide and making sure his clients have nothing but good things to say. I once went on an inshore saltwater trip out of Venice with a captain whose name I can’t remember (I think it was Chad, but I’m not certain and can’t recall his last name). He was just awful. He’d angle his boat in such a way that only he could cast near the grass beds, allowing him to catch all the fish and catch everybody’s limit while the rest of us fished in futility in water where we weren’t going to catch a fish if we fished it a month straight because of the way he would position the boat.
To make matters worse, he ridiculed his clients for not catching fish when it was clearly evident that the only reason he was and we weren’t was because he had the trolling motor and would angle the boat in such a way that only he had access to the grass beds and shelves. If I ever remember that guy’s name I’m going to update this post with it as a warning to anyone thinking about booking a fishing charter.
Back to my recent fishing trip, I was extremely grateful even though it wasn’t a great day in terms of catching fish. I was an invited guest. I paid them nothing. I did offer to help pay for gas but there was some kind of problem at the marina where they couldn’t split the bill and I didn’t have any cash on me. I’ll settle up the next time I see Justin.
If you’ve never been offshore fishing I urge you to make a point of doing it at least once in your life. It’s well worth the experience whether you catch that 800 pound tuna or not.
Robert Mann: Disgusting Human Being, Liar and Coward
UPDATE: I’m sure no one who reads this post will be surprised to learn this but it has been confirmed that Mann is a Political Science professor at LSU. Intellectual dishonesty the likes of which Mann has displayed in his defamation of two people who’d never even heard of him is unbecoming of anyone paid by the state to teach. This guy must be terminated from the LSU faculty. He is the reason colleges and universities are cesspools of Marxism where race, gender identity and a desire to disarm law-abiding citizens trump learning.
I came upon a post by a pathetic individual by the name of Robert Mann while conducting research. The post consisted of intellectually dishonest, misrepresentations of both myself and my father. These misrepresentations were deliberate, and in my own personal case even the most cognitively-challenged individual could have figured out that the Facebook post Mann cited in an effort to attack my character was a lighthearted joke.
It’s pretty creepy to know that some weirdo that I’ve never heard of is Facebook stalking me. I’m not going to link to his site, because I don’t want to give him any publicity, but I will post my response to it below in the form of an open letter.
The following is an open letter to Robert Mann:
You are quite possibly the least intellectually honest person whose work I’ve ever read.
Your misrepresentation of what my father said coupled with you dragging me into it by trying to misrepresent what was obviously a lighthearted joke as a “racist comment” is as intellectually dishonest an act as I’ve ever witnessed.
For one thing, my father was absolutely right in his description of political prostitute Jay Dardenne. You totally and deliberately misrepresented what he said, and you did it with malicious intent.
You dragging me into it with yet another deliberate misrepresentation of a JOKE crossed the line.
If you can’t construct logical arguments as a means to persuade others of your political views you have no business writing or even speaking about politics.
You’re an angry old man and your willingness to lie and deceive is disgusting. What’s more disgusting is that low-character individuals such as yourself actually influence others. It is a sad reflection on society when someone like you is taken seriously by others.
You’re not man enough to make those same comments about myself and my father to either of our faces. If you care to prove me wrong, I would be delighted. We both know that won’t happen however… Because you’re a coward, and cowards don’t confront people with malicious, unprovoked attacks in person.
You are a lying, intellectually dishonest coward. I’d be miserable too if I had no conscience, and used lies and misrepresentations to impugn the character of people who have never even heard of you, much less wronged you in any way.
I am flattered to know that you’re Facebook stalking me however. It is creepy, no doubt. But I’m more than capable of defending myself from sinister creeps such as yourself, and would welcome the opportunity to do so in person.
But seriously though, using my dead dog and best friend of 17 years as a means of attacking my character is one of the lowest, most pathetic acts I’ve ever witnessed. You really are a despicable human being.
In conclusion, you’re a loser. In the future, if you wish to attack my character with lies and misrepresentations, I kindly ask that you do so directly to me face. I have a feeling your cowardice will never allow that to happen.
Peter Egan Jr.
* Update *
Unlike Mann, who wrote his libelous attacks in hopes that the subjects of his defamation would never learn of his deed, this letter was sent directly to Robert Mann via Twitter. He was notified of its existence within ten minutes of it being published.
Rather than attempt to defend his deliberate mischaracterizations and character assassination, he did what I expected him to do. He blocked me on Twitter and issued no response or defense of his sinister blog. I guess the old cliche is true that you can’t defend the indefensible.
Provided with an opportunity to explain why he felt it necessary to launch vicious personal attacks on two different people he doesn’t even know and whom he has never met, Mann took the coward’s way out. His response is fitting, and consistent with the rest of his cowardly behavior.
Robert Mann is a coward whose cowardice is his defining characteristic.
Totally.me collects, aggregates social media activity
I came upon a pretty neat site lately that is offering an interesting service. Imagine is all your social media accounts were to be combined into one place — all your Facebook posts, all your tweets, all your pins, all your Google+ shares, all your LinkedIn updates, all your Instagram posts — all published in the same place.
Now imagine if you can combine multiple accounts from these social media outlets into this singular source for all things social… For example, suppose you have a couple of Facebook business or community pages in addition to your personal profile. Imagine if you have a personal Twitter account but also one for your business. Same goes for Pinterest and on down the line… That is in essence what Totally.me is.
To be totally fair, this isn’t entirely a new idea. I remember a nearly identical service being offered by an organization called RebelMouse, which at the time, offered this service free-of-charge, as is the case with Totally.me. RebelMouse has moved on to for-profit endeavors and has a notification that it’s free service was to be discontinued last year sometime, but the two accounts I had set up with it remain active, although the menu of administrative options has been drastically scaled-down to the point not even the account owner can make changes at this point.
One other possibility is that if the pages are crawled, social media could become a valid way of going about getting a web page indexed, if in fact these pages are being crawled and the links within the individual posts to the various social media sites are being acknowledged, then posting a link of your new blog post to Twitter or Facebook might actually lead to the page being indexed.
That’s all just a theory, however, as I can’t say for certain that I know how all that stuff works, nor can I really say with certainty anything else in this post except that Totally.me takes whatever social sources you plug into it and creates a page whereby all posts to all social media sites are shown in the order they were posted (regardless of the venue).
One other pretty significant difference between Totally.me and RebelMouse is that users can comment on Totally.me posts using the Facebook comments software. So your twitter post can spark a conversation on a completely different site where it was posted automatically, at least in theory.
SocialSear.ch and Tags
Another difference between the two sites pertains to hashtags. As of now Totally.me links each hashtag in your social posts to a hashtag page for that term at the site socialsear.ch. RebelMouse linked all contents of a given social post back to the original post.
If there has ever been a site that aggregated and combined posts containing the same tags drawn from every major social platform and displayed them all in one place, I’m not aware of it. This seems to me to be a unique idea, the potential of which could be massive. I admittedly don’t know the vision of the site’s creators, but whatever it is I like it.
These differences might be enough to make Totally.me a viable long-term idea whereas its predecessor fizzled out after a while as there was nothing that could be done with the pages other than observe them and their contents, and click back to the original posting. Time will tell…
If you have a desire to keep better track of your activity on social media sites and think having everything you post to all of them collected, compiled and displayed in one place could be beneficial to you, then Totally.me might just have something worth signing up for.
If nothing else, it’s a cool little tool that’s fun to play around with and that really puts your activity into perspective.