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Posts from April 2014
by Sean Dillon posted Apr 30 2014 11:03AM
My dad always told me, "if you can't do it right, step aside and let someone else do it." The first time I stepped aside, I found that I wasn't involved with the project ever again.  So instead of stepping aside, I tried my damnest to do the task.

Quick fixes never work and in the end cost people jobs.  Take the healthcare website.  There was such a push to get it out and it just didn't work.  What IT/Software mastermind came up and said... "yup, take it around for a spin." The software was glitchy, nothing tested right and people lost their jobs because it didn't work. 

But was it a failure of JUST the designers, or a failure of the people who created the program in the first place.  If it was up to me, I would have had a fully designed , beta tested and appproved, website MONTHS before I ever threw out the initiative.

Because in the effort to get things done fast, they weren't done right.

There are people in the world who believe solving any problem with the path of least resistence.  There are other people who believe that fixing a problem involve rigging a complex series of things most of them involving duct tape and bailing wire.

But why can't we do things right the 1st time?

Cause if the website worked in the first place, nobody would give a damn about it now.

I once asked my dad for a scooter. My friends had scooters, and at 14, a scooter that could go 30 miles per hour was a step closer to a motorcycle. 

I got a bicycle, with a basket and tassles.

My dad tried a quick fix.

In the end, my brother enjoyed that wonderful bike and I walked everywhere. Because after riding with my friend on his motorcycle, there was NO WAY I was riding a bicycle... with a basket... and tassels.
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 28 2014 9:48AM
Well, you knew it had to happen. We've had too much silence from the lack of Breaking News from Malaysian Flight 370. The news crews had to find some controversy to gin up and this one is a DOOZY.

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers allegedly said some really nasty things that were caught by a recorder and was released by TMZ Sports.

First, no matter what happens, Donald Sterling is an idiot.  I don't care what you say, in this time and age, it's GOING TO BE RECORDED.  If you are an owner of a team whose organization is majority minority players, why would you ever say anything as stupid as he allegedly said.

Now, I'm not going to argue the point of what should happen.  The NBA will take away his team and he will be paid a large amount of money. He will go and scurry to his next place of destruction.

But think of this, could this had been an underlying reason why the L.A. Clippers were the doormats of the NBA for years?

Tell me, would you want to work there?
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 26 2014 9:49PM
As long as derogatory words and actions continue to be said in this world, Racism exists.  As long as you "joke" with your friends about some tacky story you heard or pass on that picture of that person that is to big, tall, short, rich, poor or skinny you have the ability to let your hatred out.

White, African-American, Asian, Latino, we are all different and that's what is amazing about this country.  But we are all the same.

As hard as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tried for us to come together, there will always be separation.

Think of it this way. As long as we have political arguments that start with they word "THEY", we will never be truly free.  Because THEY is a word used in negative connotation all they way back to they deepest hatred this country has ever seen.

As long as we allow hatred to exist, the Donald Sterling's of the world will exist.

It's up to us to live in a world of not only freedom, but with understand and RESPECT for all.
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 25 2014 10:18AM
The Texas Rangers have a majority of their players either on the DL or GONE from last years team.  They have bullpen specialists starting games and players from their minor leagues all over the starting batting order.  They got rid of perennial whiner Ian Kinsler and replaced him with Prince Fielder.

Kinsler is batting lights out for the Tigers.

Prince can't smell the Mendoza line.

Yet... with all this strife and crap...



The Rangers are tied for 1st in the AL West after sweeping the A's this week with the best record in the American League.

So why are people panicking?

Because of all the Frisco Rough Riders who are getting their chance at the brass ring. People think that they are going to choke.

I don't.

Mark my words.

Get this team healthy and it will be DIRTY! Playoff baseball is returning to DFW.

Maybe with the right pieces healthy & in place, World Series baseball.
 
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 22 2014 10:28AM
Recently, I've been sent letters from professionals who want my help on their projects. It's an honor to be considered for these efforts, but I am distracted by the amount of spelling mistakes that somehow get past. Now in a blog, Zuckerbook or something informal, I can understand being loosey-goosey with the language, but this was a PROFESSIONAL LETTER ASKING FOR MY HELP!

Really? As a society, we should realize that technology is our friend and that we have the ability to have several spell checkers / dictionaries / online dictionaries available to us and we should use them.

Because seeing this:

  should scare the living hell out of you.
by Sean Dillon posted Apr 16 2014 1:15PM
AC/DC posted this to their website this morning:

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.

But how bad is Malcom's condition?

 
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 16 2014 10:45AM
It will be the concert event that EVERY classic rocker is going to want to go to.  When Ringo Starr and his All Star Band came into Amarillo, I grabbed the original Rockforce 1 and bought tickets to the show. I was not going to miss an opportunity to miss one of the legends of Classic Rock. I have the same feeling in my gut right now.


June 14th United Spirit Arena.  McCartney.  One Night Only.


Paul has wanted to play Lubbock many times as he is a huge Buddy Holly fan, but routing and timing would never coincide.

This show is a YOU BETTER BE IN THE HOSPITAL SICK kinda show.

Remember the old days where you would stand in line / camp out for tickets. 

This is the show I would do that for.

OFFICIAL INFORMATION

PAUL McCARTNEY IS GETTING BACK “OUT THERE”

June 14 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena 

$250/ $165/ $89.50/ $59.50

ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Lubbock Area  SELECT-A-SEAT outlets

806.770.2000 WWW.SELECTASEATLUBBOCK.COM

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul's return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now 10 confirmed US shows.

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the Lubbock show go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. through Select-a-Seat of Lubbock at  www.selectaseatlubbock.com, by phone at 806-770-2000 or toll-free 1-800-735-1288, and at all Lubbock area Select-a-Seat outlets (Civic Center box office, TTU Student Union box office, Dollar Western Wear, Ralph’s Records and Tapes, and United Supermarkets). Ticketing fees apply. Ticket prices subject to change up to the on sale date.

Select-a-Seat is the only authorized ticket vendor.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m., www.selectaseatlubbock.com.

PaulMcCartney.com

 

 

THE CRITICS WEIGH IN ON PAUL McCARTNEY’s OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013:

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursday night at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

BOSTON GLOBE

“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”

BOSTON HERALD

“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”

EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”

INDIANAPOLIS STAR

“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”

MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”

MEMPHIS FLYER

“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”

NEWSDAY

“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”

NUVO NEWSWEEKLY

“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”

ORLANDO SENTINEL

“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”

ORLANDO WEEKLY

“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”

ROLLING STONE

(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”

SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER

“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”

SF WEEKLY

“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air — familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply — Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”

TULSA WORLD

“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2½ hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”

THE WASHINGTON POST

“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”

 

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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 14 2014 10:05AM
So over the weekend Harrison Ford, Han Solo from the Star Wars movies, BAD ASS mofo, did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit when he was asked the question that everyone always thinks of when you think of the 1st Star Wars...



Yup, he just gave a perfect Han Solo answer.

He's not here for the glory, just to be that man who sprays us with water and tells us to get the F off his lawn.

Rumor is Ford will be back for Star Wars 7. 

Are you excited about the Return of Solo?
by Sean Dillon posted Apr 11 2014 11:01AM
I want you to remember the heartaches that Texas Tech have had to suffer through the last 25 years. Yup, it's been 25 years since the 1989 All American Bowl Victory vs Duke for the Red Raiders to finish 9-3. But Sean, I hear you crying, "we've done better, 2007, 2008."  We've also done worse, 2011, 1996-2001, 1990-1994 just to give you some examples.

We can't live in mediocrity any more.  We've had coaches that have allowed it, we've had coaches that were miserable and we've kicked out coaches because they didn't fit in with administration and the good ole boys network.

We, as a fan base,  needed a fresh start. We needed a unifying candidate. Tech gave the university and their fans Kliff Kingsbury.

Wow.

A breath of fresh air on the South Plains. He relates to the players, he's played at the highest level and developed players to make their mark at the highest level.

What more can we ask for?

Fine, I'll do it.

Kliff, give the Red Raider Nation a Big 12 title in the next 2-3 years. 

You still have major national presence and have recruited well. When your players relate to you like this,
 

You can ask them to do anything for you and they will.

Bring the Red Raider Nation a Big 12 title. It's not like I'm asking for a National Championship, but now that you bring it up...
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 9 2014 10:06AM
Why do I honor Palmer, Player and Nicklaus like golf gods and ignore Woods, Mickleson and Garcia?  Because the former played golf for the love of the game. They played with honor and played as much as they could because golf didn't have big tournament purses. They needed that money to survive.  Now golf players have equipment that are 1000 times better than the clubs in Palmer's time and people shoot in the 60's like it was taking the trash out.

It wasn't easy for Palmer, Player and Nicklaus, but they will always be heroes to me, because they played the game without sponsor exemptions and with technology. They played cause they loved the game.

So this morning 3 of my gold heroes Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus teed off to start the 2014 Masters.  The old guard will be pushed aside , but as long as we never forget them.

I hope that Tiger Woods never beats Jack Nicklaus. Yes, Tiger has skills and talent, but he has the heart of a corporation. 

 
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 8 2014 10:34AM
Yup, the NCAA’s are over and we’ve come to the portion of the year where some of us just can’t wait for: the return of football.  This weekend Texas Tech will host their spring game and some fans will start getting excited about the potential of these kids. But let’s be realistic with them. They are just kids. There is enough pressure that they have to perform under. 
 
Yup, they are under pressure.  We have such incredible expectations of these kids and very few times do kids perform under pressure well.  Most wilt.  If all of them performed well under the expectations of pressure that we as fans put them under, we’d see better results. But people fold, change and their perspectives of what is important, modify under pressure.  If every #1 prospect performed like a #1, we’d talk about them for years to come.
 
Ryan Leaf would be a Hall of Fame QB instead of a bust and in jail.  We put unreasonable expectations on these kids. We expect them to win National Championships, yet we should be expecting them to graduate instead.
 
So as we start to slug through the dog days of summer, we wait, for these children to be forged into men and onto the gridiron they go, fearless champions, ever be.
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 4 2014 5:15PM
It's coming, the day where all NFL teams have deals in mind and the ability to fill team needs for the next couple of years. Some players will make it, most won't and there is always a Mr. Irrelevant.

Draft Day , a movie that looks at a imaginary Cleveland Browns draft may or may not show what goes behind the scenes at our favorite teams.

Wouldn't we all like to know what Jerry Jones is thinking before he makes a pick that angers some fans while endearing him to others.

I'm looking forward to the movie because I think Jennifer Garner is GORGEOUS, I'm not excited about Kevin Costner, but I think these are just leftover feelings from Water world.

The NFL Draft 2014 starts on Thursday, May 8th. What trades are yet to happen, who will be the 1st round pick, who will get ignored and slide down being embarrassed in the green room. (Manziel is my guess)

We just have to wait and I think waiting is the roughest part, cause once Draft Day is here, the beginning of football is just around the corner.

Here's to Football!
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by Sean Dillon posted Apr 3 2014 5:00PM
so I went to the doctor because I couldn't breathe... and I was sent to get blood work done.  I hate needles and everything about taking blood since my days of being a poor college student and selling plasma, but that's a WHOLE nother story for another time.

So I had this poor intern assigned to taking my blood and let's just say it didn't go as well as she expected.

Now I could say I was taping the whole thing, but I wasn't but I have a sample of what it looked like.

So it went just about that nice and the intern turned bright red apologizing for hurting me, and the squirting of my blood turned into a Benny Hill Sketch. Blood went everywhere and I felt sorry for the phlebotomy intern who was trying to get the "perfect stick". So now I have a black and blue mark on my hand about the size of a baseball, people are asking me if I'm shooting up and what a stupid place to shoot up, and all I did was try and get blood work done so I could feel better.

So I'm thinking of next April Fools, having a squirting blood hand next year, squirting red dye water at them.

What do you think?
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