Thursday, October 01, 2009

You did make the switch, right?

Just a friendly reminder that I've decided to experiment with switching blogging platforms so if you're reading this, you didn't get the memo.

You're currently looking at From now on, go here: and bookmark that site. That URL will never lead you astray.

Also, you can subscribe to The Other Drummer and get all my brilliance, wit and insight delivered straight to your favorite RSS reader by clicking here.

Questions? Email me at dave at theotherdrummer dot com.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Don't get left behind - please read carefully

It's been a while since I've fiddled with this blog. And I've got the itch once again.

I'm going to experiment with switching blogging platforms from Blogger to Posterous. In order to make sure you don't get left behind in the transition, here are some quick-n-easy things you can do to make the transition with me. (For many of you, it won't require you to do anything.)

Dear readers, here's all you need to do:

  1. Make sure you have bookmarked NOT
  2. If you have subscribed via RSS (which you should) make sure you're subscribed to
That's it. If you've done those two things it should be a seamless transition for you. Sometime in the next few days when you go to it will look different and that's it. All my posts and tags will be switched over.

The only major downside (at this point) is that comments on all the posts will be staying here for the time being. I've been in touch with one of the founders of Posterous and he said the ability to import comments from Blogger is coming, but it will be a while. I'll be sure and import comments when the option becomes available. In the meantime, will still be here should you get nostalgic and want to look back over the good times we've had.

The upside is that I think using the new platform will enable me to post (perhaps) shorter posts a bit more frequently - hopefully once a day. Also, it's a much cleaner design.

And, hey, if it doesn't work I can always switch back to Blogger and, as long as you've followed the two steps above, no harm done.

So... who's ready for me to make the jump? Let me know in the comments if you've done the two steps above. Any questions? Email me.

Thanks and see you on the flip side.

Yet another brilliant news headline

Because, as of right now, the Web isn't a massive network.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Aunt Clara's Pink Bunny Pajamas

These would go very nicely with my brother in-law's leg lamp.

You can by them here starting at $109. (Ouch.) Or if you're really feeling flush you could opt for the pair that comes with an Official Red Ryder Carbine Action Lightning Loader 650 Shot Range Model Air Rifle for just $60 more.

Please note I have created a new label for this blog called AWESOMENESS.

Via SwissMiss.

Scene from Star Wars?

Nope. It's a dust storm in Australia. This is a picture of the Sydney Harbour (or, "Harbor" in real English) Bridge. Crazy, huh?

Via (Because, really, don't you get all your pictures of Australia from

Monday, September 21, 2009

Portland montage

Makes me a bit homesick.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Whole Foods is being boycotted over this??

I've seen rumblings lately online of social media channels being used to organize a boycott of Whole Foods (so far over 33,000 people organized on Facebook to boycott). Deciding I'd better see what all the fuss was about, I decided to read the Wall Street Journal article written by Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey which started the controversy.

I won't quote the whole thing here for a number of reasons (1. It's too long 2. the WSJ should get traffic for the article they posted and 3. I won't want Rupert Murdoch suing me - heaven forbid I promote his content) but I will pull a couple of key quotes:

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment.


Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges.


Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.

UNBELIEVABLE. People are boycotting over this? After reading the article I actually want to go buy overpriced soy nuts just to support this man. While I'm not in 100% agreement with him (be sure and read the article - he suggest eight points of reform) I think he's definitely on the right track: people should accept responsibility, retain power instead of handing it over to the government, and be financially responsible.

I know it's a touchy subject but I love a good debate/conversation - mainly because it helps me look at things from different points of view. Not being all that bright in general (but particularly about politics and economics), I look forward to finding some insight in your comments.

So hit the comments and let's get discussin'.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My iPhone is for sale

My original iPhone is for sale. I have the chance to upgrade to a 3GS - if I can sell this one.

My phone is unlocked and in near-perfect condition except for two things:

1. The WiFi is a bit wonky - won't keep a connection. Apple has a troubleshooting list on their site but I haven't gone through it because I've been fine using my data plan.

2. There's a small scratch on one corner.

Other than that, it's pristine - you know how much I care about/baby my gadgets. It's had an Invisible Shield on it (professionally installed so it looks nice) since I got it (a $35 value) and the only scratch it has on it is the one on the corner.

Here are the perks to this phone:
  • It's unlocked and will work on either T-Mobile or AT&T (no Verizon nor Sprint, sorry). 
  • You won't have to extend your contract or pay an activation fee - just pop in your SIM card and it will start working on your account. 
  • You can use the phone without an expensive data plan if you want.
  • The iPhone works just as it does on AT&T (with the exception of visual voicemail) - you can download songs and applications to it perfectly.
  • I'll tell you how to get unlimited data on it for $6/month instead of $25/month. :)
I'm asking $200 (or best offer). I know the WiFi is wonky so it's cheap - comparable phones on KSL are going for $250-300.

I'd like to sell it by Friday. So restore a sense of childlike wonder in your life and buy an iPhone. Leave word in the comments if you're interested (or know someone who is) or email me at theotherdrummer @gmail dot com.

Please spread the word.

Photo courtesy of here.

My son is like an insurance company

Generally, all he says is, "no" and "more."

Of course, another way of saying it is that insurance companies behave like two year-olds.

Monday, September 07, 2009


Played golf here Saturday. It was a beautiful day. I shot a 77.5...on the back nine.
I did have one really good drive - 200 yards in the fairway. I also got to drive a golf cart. It doesn't matter that I've been driving for over a decade...I still get a kick out of driving a golf cart.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Politicans forget who they serve

And, yes, we do tell you how to run your congressional office. You represent us, remember?

Via Saric...and Counting.