TicketMaster/Live Nation Ticketing and why you should care

March 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

1994.  In 1994, Pearl Jam took on Ticketmaster for creating a monopoly in the live music business.  Back then, Pearl Jam tried to baseline ticket “fees” at $1.85 per ticket.  $1.85!  Think about the last time you bought tickets to a concert- how much did it cost?  We bought 4 tickets for the Adele concert in Seattle, the fees were $16.50 per ticket for a “Service Fee”, A facility fee of $4.00 and another order processing fee of $4.00 for a total of $88.25 on 4 tickets!  That means that in a venue like Key Arena, which seats 17,459– Ticketmaster collects $288,073.50 in “Service Fees” alone. Here’s the crazy part– that isn’t even what I submitted a complaint to the Washington State AG’s office!  No, the fees to me are part of the ticket price– if you want to go see someone, you have to pay the fees, I accept that– although after just listing all of that out, I am not sure I feel the same way anymore… No, what I […]

Backup….

February 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Twice. Twice now I have had fatal errors on an external hard disk that was holding major data for my personal and professional life.  It had been awhile since I indexed exactly what all of it is, but you know, the birth pictures and videos of your kids, short stories you managed to throw together in the spare moments of your life, random iphone photo dumps that you haven’t gone through but will someday… All of it gone… not once but twice. Last time I learned that backing things up on something like carbonite was the thing to do– sure they charge $120 bucks a year to back it up, but then its backed up– no worries. Wrong. Carbonite and most other backup like places only actually store your data for 30days!  Files older than 30 days get written over– so, if you have a backup that dies and you don’t check the backup for a month and it hasn’t written itself to the Carbonite drive…. Its gone.  This isn’t an “edge […]

Rising Up and Rising Down

January 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

Its been months since my last post– PRE-Star Wars!  The last post was about the upcoming film, now ancient history in the grand scheme of things.  I wrote a post about what I thought of the film and I will probably release that in the next week now that most everyone has seen the film that wants to. It has been a crazy couple of months for our little family– we went through some transition and popped out on the other side and we appear to be safe from any kind of choas for the time being.  In November, I was laid off from my contract job at AT&T, where I had worked as a Senior Project Manager for over two and half years.  2015 was a total mess in my org and it wasn’t a total shocker that I had been laid off– the writing had been on the wall for months and my boss did a good job of trying to promote our value in the ecosystem, but he also […]

STAR WARS: WHY THE LAST 3 MOVIES SUCK… (it’s not just Jar Jar)

November 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I am re-watching the Star Wars films again and showing them to my son, who is 4.  I was 4 when the original Star Wars came out, so I figured it was a fitting time to introduce the series to him.  I had wanted to do this before he was even a person, before he was even a concept– it is one of the things where I thought, ok, having a son will allow the following things:  among them, being able to see Star Wars through the eyes of a child.  Similar to a lot of things that I get to do these days, I get the absolute pleasure of discovering things through how my son sees them, reacts to them– its a pretty cool way to look at things in a new way. I have to say that the first film released, A New Hope as it is now titled, is suitable for a 4 year old.  The first three episodes went swimmingly well.  (I showed him the films the way that they were released).  The […]

Melon Collie turns 20…

October 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

20 Years ago… One of the most prolific albums, a soundtrack to my life personally, was released by Virgin records on this day.  10/23/1995.  What an album and what a year.  For me, this album said everything about myself and my generation at the same time.  Personally, this album was right were I was mentally at the time– raging, yet eternally all over the place, happy, depressed, sad, swarmed by people, lonely, everything.  That summer was the last summer I would work in Yellowstone park, bleeding into the late fall, the summer of a complete breakdown of several relationships, I was literally travelling between Seattle, Yellowstone and Buffalo trying to figure out where I really was going to live, how I was going to end up– I was 23, headed to 24 and I was a mess.  It was time to grow up or not– but I needed to figure out where next was.  I was so old, right? The album itself was a much different take on what was the Pumpkins […]

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