Archive for February, 2005

Mortgage and Lending

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

My guess is if you have not refinanced in the last 2 years, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR MONEY!

You know that to keep your car in tip-top running condition, you have to take it in to the shop periodically and have it checked out. Well, the biggest expense you will probably make in your life is your home. So why wouldn’t you give your mortgage the same attention as you give your car??? When was the last time you talked to a mortage professional? The best part, the “check up” costs you NOTHING!

You owe it to yourself to see what Mortgage and Lending has to say – with no obligation.


First Step Taken

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

The last few weeks have found me reading and studying the real estate principles course book in preparation for taking my online test. This is a mandatory first step toward applying for the California real estate salesperson’s license.

After fixing the problem I had earlier in the day with my Linksys router successfully resetting itself to factory default settings, and killing my ability to connect to the Internet for 3 hours, I settled in to take the 100 question, open-book exam.

Two hours later, I submitted the test and was immediately advised I passed the exam, and printed out my course completion certificate.

Monday, I’ll be sending off my $25 bucks and the application to the California Real Estate Exam Board to get on the calendar for my state licensing exam; which could be yet another 4 or 5 weeks out. In the meantime, I plan on spending 2 hours a night with the Virtual Tutor that came as part of the course materials in prepping for the test.

I also am reading the real estate practices textbook, since I will be taking the online test for that in mid-March.

When all is said and done, I should have a 4-year California real estate sales license; and then pursue taking the licensing exams for a few other western states.

In the meantime, anyone needing a refinance, I highly recommend checking out A great bunch of people, and the painless way to get a refinancing program that is customized to fit your particular needs.

Tell them Steve sent you!


Friday, February 25th, 2005

Minimalist site design with an intriguing concept. Javalegos.

DeWalloping Complete!

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Less (distraction) is more (relaxing).

In an effort to begin purging myself of the clutter collecting in my personal mental garage, I decided to voluntarily remove myself from Microsoft’s Wallop development portal test team.

Not that I have anything against the people or the environment, but because I just don’t feel like spending the time there any more. There are so many hours in the day, and I find less and less time that I choose to devote to these communal sharing environments.

Am I becoming anti-social? Maybe. But in this particular case, I found that more and more of the posts were showing up in Chinese. Since I am NOT proficient in Chinese – either reading or speaking (but I do enjoy eating Chinese) – it became uninteresting.

So, I have voluntarily changed my behavior in this case. Wonder what behavior will be next on my “to trim” list.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
– Elbert Hubbard

Radio Rumpus Room

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Radio Rumpus Room. If a musical mixmaster of Surf, Hot Rod, ’60s Garage, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Psychedelia, Back-To-The-Roots Country, Primal Pop and Primitive Rock’n’Roll sounds good to you, you’re home.

Every Friday night for nearly 11 years we have unleashed this unholy smorgasbord of sounds on a loyal listenership. Stop by each week and participate in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Radio!

Counting Out Time

Monday, February 21st, 2005

In April 2002, following a two year absence, Counting Out Time was revived due to popular demand. Every so often a special album will be reviewed by a DPRP (Dutch Progressive Rock Page) Team Member, and by doing so we are counting out time… to illustrate the strength and diversity within prog rock.

The albums featured will either be milestones in the history of progressive rock, other influential albums, or just good examples from the catalogue of a certain band. Each article is designed to offer an insight into the background of the band, the musicians, the writing and events surrounding the recordings. Not so much a review but more of an in-depth feature assessing the impact made by these particular recordings.

Museum of Bad Album Covers

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

“The Worst Album Covers Ever!”

Thanks to my friend Jeff for pointing out this site that pays tribute to the uniqueness of that which is artwork designed to sell record albums. Good design and taste can be left at the door.

Reminds me of a popular site I recall visiting – Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl.

MusicStack – Music Marketplace

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Buy music CDs, used cds and vinyl records from thousands of online record stores at MusicStack.

Find used music, Cheap CDs, Out-Of-Print Albums, Rare CD Singles and Hard To Find LPs from record shops.

Welcome To Get Hip

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

From the About page…

“Get Hip records was founded in 1985 by Gregg Kostelich, Michael Kastelic, and Bill von Hagen, then three of the four members of the Cynics. Our original intent was two-fold: to provide a way to release Cynics material and guarantee some promotion, and to start a more accessible label that could sponsor and release material by some of the truly cool bands we knew about. Today, almost eightteen years later, The Cynics are still together and Get Hip is totally owned by Gregg, with several hundred CD, LP, 10”, and single releases under our belts.

“Over the years, we’ve expanded our roster of artists and created the “Get Hip Archive Series”, for the sole purpose of reissuing countless number of bands from the fifties and sixties.”

The PSB Gallery of Thrift Store Art

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Why waste time driving from Salvation Army to Goodwill to St Vincent De Paul Society to Catholic Church rummage sales when you can visit an online collection of the best of the worst thrift store art on the planet.

At one time, the artists really thought they were creating something important and influential. Well, their dreams of being immortalized for all the world to cherish has now taken place. See if you can spot some of YOUR old artwork here.

Houseplant Picture Studio

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Another site to visit when you feel like browsing and discovering smiles you did not know you had inside you. You will find some cool tunes, and links – Check out the Dr Demento site. Bring back old memories. Enjoy and tell your friends.

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Welcome to!

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Don’t rely on your failing memory to bring back the Doctor Demento show. Now you can listen to them online! Nifty…

Demophonic – The Nu Kats

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

While playing a music trivia game on the Record Collectors Guild Forum, the name of a song I remember from the early 80’s came to mind – “It’s Not A Rumor” by an L.A. Group named The Nu Kats. I had first heard the song on a collection of LA bands entitled “Yes Nukes”, and subsequently bought the group’s EP “Plastic Facts”.

Well, I found a website that pays tribute to this long forgotten – at least in my aging brain – rock band. Give

It’s Not A Rumor a listen and see what you think!

Vinyl Eaters – Photo Opportunity

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

If you have any desire to photograph wild vinyl collectors gathering together and participating in a feeding frenzy, you will find a listing here of meeting spots of the wandering bands of nomads.

I, myself, have yet to witness one of these events in person, but may decide to visit one or two of the local ones – proudly wearing my “epiclectic vinyl” t-shirt and see if it has any impact on visits to my site… Maybe I could even sell one or two of ’em!

Freak Emporium – Music mail order

Monday, February 7th, 2005

The Freak Emporium was started in 1991 as an insert inside the cult UK fanzine Freakbeat – a magazine dedicated to garage rock and psychedelia. Since those simple photocopied catalogues The Freak Emporium has grown into a huge and sophisticated specialist music collector’s website with over 20,000 products.