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Today I felt like listening to some songs and posting a few more lyrics:
Sunshine On My Shoulders – This is a song from my teens / early adulthood.  When I first heard it, I thought it was one of the sappiest songs I’d ever heard.  As I’ve grown older and seen a few sunrises and sunsets, it’s come to mean more and more to me.  Now, whenever I hear it, I think of pristine lakes and evergreen forests and glorious sunrises.
You’re Gonna Miss This – Every dad can relate to this song.  It’s as simple as that.  The funny (ironic) thing is that at every point in the song – it’s true – so in the end, every minute needs to be cherished because they will all be missed.
Nobody Knows It But Me – This is another in a long line of “lonely” songs which I always favor.  Love is always bitter-sweet when lost.  This version, performed by The Tony Rich Project is my favorite of the many covers because at the end he goes to find her (his lost love).  Some of the other versions don’t do this verse.
My Wish – This is one of two Rascal Flatts songs I can listen to a million times.  I haven’t (nearly), but I could.  It’s another of those songs you’d always want your kids to live up to or keep in their heart.
Bless The Broken Road – Like Robert Frost’s poem (The Road Not Taken), you never know what road will lead you to where you need to be.  Hopefully, it actually does lead you to someone to love…
Enjoy the words, go listen to the music online somewhere and then, if they touch you as they’ve touched me, don’t forget to buy them!!
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Like any writer, a translator has to have a target audience clearly in mind.
  —  Donald E. Knuth
From his book:  “Things A Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About
[I would argue the same is true for teachers – as well as writers and translators – because these are all similar functions – communicating ideas to a target audience.  In fact, I would make the case that teaching is translating.  —  KMAB]
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Well, if there was much doubt about my review the other day about “The King’s Speech“, it was laid to rest tonight when the movie won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the 83rd Academy Awards.  Bravo Colin Firth!  Well done, lad!
I must admit, “Inception” did not do as well as I thought it was going to when I first saw it.  I felt it was a brilliant movie and would have a long term impact on the industry and society – much like “Matrix” did.  But it (“Inception“) never has.  It also won several awards tonight, but they were technical awards mostly about sound.
Friday night, I re-watched “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen“.  I must admit it was much better on the smaller screen and I was able to follow the fight action much better with the limited view of having everything directly in front of me instead of having to shift my eyes or head as I would have to do at a theater.   I’m going to watch T:I and T:II again before T:III comes out later this year.  I think, so far, the first was better than the sequel because the first had more (and better) humor, but T:II had some pretty good moments too.  I particularly like the action shot of the carrier being destroyed by the Transformer bad-guy “meteors”.  That was a very well done action sequence.
Last night (Saturday), I re-watched “The Guardian” with Kevin Cosner and Ashton Kutcher.  It’s a cross between “An Officer And A Gentleman” and “The Karate Kid“, but it really works for me.  They both worked individually (for me) so there is no reason to think a combo wouldn’t.  The movie is about the US Coast Guard elite jump-swimmers (they jump from helicopters) who save lives at sea.  Of the two, I’d rate Guardian over T:II if only because it was less comic bookish.  All in all, a good weekend for watching movies and relaxing.
Non-Movie Notes:
Friday I got a permanent crown put in.  I got the temp a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday, Hil and I went out for another meal with Donnie (my son’s god father).  He’s going away on vacation for a couple of months, so it was kind of a farewell dinner.
Hil and I went for an afternoon walk around Lafayette Reservoir this afternoon, after church.  It was beautiful – sunny but with a nice cool breeze.  It felt good to spend some time out with Hil – just walking and enjoying the air, view and each other’s company.
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Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputations to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
  —  John Maynard Keynes
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Derivatives are financial instruments that have no value of their own.  That may sound weird, but it is the secret of what they are all about.  They are called derivatives because they derive their value from the value of some other asset, which is precisely why they serve so well to hedge the risk of unexpected price fluctuations.  They hedge the risk of owning things … in short any asset whose price is volatile.
… Derivatives cannot reduce the risks that go with owning volatile assets, but they can determine who takes on the speculation and who avoids it.
  —   Peter L. Bernstein
From his book:  “Against The Gods
[And this is the problem with the current housing crisis.  Bad loans have been mixed (“bundled”) with good loans in an unspecified (unregulated by the government) mishmash which devalues the good loans and the derivatives from the associated bundles.  The risk has been “socialized” by passing on these bundles of undetermined value to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (essentially, us the U.S. taxpayer).  Without the ability to “un-bundle” the good from the bad, anyone holding derivatives from the last ten years has no way to determine value or risk.  The financial structure (banks and other private holders of bundles) cannot do it without the real risk of being forced into bankruptcy by having to acknowledge how much is bad;  the government cannot do it (in a timely manner) without acknowledging much of the financial structure is bankrupt and therefore forcing a great depression…  The only hope is a slow, moderated unwinding of the process while simultaneously ensuring it is not still happening.  But time is against you, because the emperor has no clothes!  —  KMAB]
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You believe in a God who plays with dice, and I in complete law and order in a world which objectively exists.
  —  Albert Einstein
(In a letter to Max Born)
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But there is one thing government cannot provide: the individual’s sense of achievement.
Yet this is the essential element of development.  What is needed in this world today is not primarily wealth.  It is vision.  It is the individual’s conviction that there is opportunity, energy, purpose to his society, rather than problems, inertia, and hopelessness.
  —  Peter F. Drucker
From his book:  “The Age Of Discontinuity
[It always comes back to HOPE and PRIDE.  —  KMAB]
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