Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Index of all Articles - The First 100

Now the list of my articles has grown to 100 and it’s becoming more difficult to find one you might be looking for just by scrolling down, so from time to time, I will post an index here to allow you to more quickly find something that might interest you. Remember that you can click on any picture to enlarge it to see more detail.

Don’t Get Me Started – Val Serrie
100. Real Estate Scams
99. MTV Visits My House
98. Humphrey Bogart - To Have and Have Not
97. The Civil War In Iraq
96. The Freedom Cycle: From Chaos to Dictatorship and Back
95. Life and Leaving The Nest
94. Bringing People Up To Speed
93. Cars: Buying or Leasing? New or Pre-Owned?
92. Mini Concert
91. Hawaii
90. Star Trek Technology Today?
89. Memories of Arizona
88. The Show Party
87. In The Movies
86. It's Raining Aliens - Again??
85. Al DiMeola
84. The Gentle Fog
83. Guitar vs. Piano - A Comparison
82. The Dallas Guitar Festival
81. The Art of Archery
80. The Profound Silence at the Top of The World
79. A Better Democracy, Perhaps?
78. I'm Published!!
77. Money and Couples and Earning a Living
76. Education By Proxy
75. Extended Warranty Scams
74. Is Time Travel Possible?
73. The Cure for Cancer
72. The Obsolescence of College Degrees Over Time
71. A Different Perspective on Immigration
70. Writing Music - My Albums (10 CDs)
69. My Little Recording Studio
68. The Toothpaste Lesson
67. The Legend of 1900
66. Groundhog Day
65. Education, and the Decline of American Civilization
64. My Little Guitar Collection...
63. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Flame"
62. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Thunder"
61. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Cherry Blossom"
60. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Brazil"
59. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Monterrey"
58. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Ivory and Ebony"
57. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Songbird"
56. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Little Donny"
55. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Midnight Storm"
54. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "EJ Frankenstrat"
53. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Quicksilver"
52. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Lady In Red"
51. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Flash Gordon"
50. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "The Jetsons"
49. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Excalibur"
48. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "White Magic"
47. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Lightning"
46. GuitArt - The Guitar Calendar - "Ruby"
45. The Choreography Tree
44. A Flying Car - My Design
43. Christmas Lights - Streets on Fire
42. Truckstop Christmas in 1960
41. The Mystery of How The Pyramids Were Built
40. Naked Art
39. Overcoming Hate
38. Overcoming Terrorism
37. The Tablecloth
36. Yes... But Is It Really "Art"?
35. Dragons - Did they Actually Exist in the Past?
34. Intelligent Design - Supernatural Science?
33. The Ant and the Grasshopper - Canadian Version
32. Where Did The Bible Come From?
31. Creationism vs Intelligent Design vs Evolution + Big Bang Theory
30. Smart Children
29. Stratocasters - Mexican-made vs. American-made
28. The Nature of Magic ...
27. The Grocery Store - A Rant
26. America's Capacity For "Greatness"
25. The Space Program - America's Peak Era
24. iPOD - The Clever Marketing Guys at Apple
23. My Experience About Life and Death and Living Again
22. Thinking Skills to Allow Anyone to Solve Any Problem
21. Drive-in Theaters - An American Tradition
20. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Creator of Sherlock Holmes
19. William Shakespeare
18. Should a President be Qualified for the Job?
17. Picture of Val
16. Creative Music Writing Techniques
15. The Music Industry and the Quality of Music
14. Buying a Telescope
13. Should an Artist Please Themselves, or Please Their Audience?
12. Recording Studio Techniques
11. Where Do We Go From Here?
09. Happiness
08. You Might Be A Persnickety Fussbudget If…
07. The Dark Side
06. Americans in Prison
05. A Special Kind of Love
04. Artistic Authority
03. The Thief
02. Singer or Model?
01. Weather Modification


At 8/24/2006 11:34 AM, Anonymous igor said...

have you ever listened to those things ? :

At 8/24/2006 1:54 PM, Blogger Val Serrie said...

I had never heard of it before - but it is interesting. A violin that plays itself.
$17,500 seems like a lot for a novelty item like this. But then I envisioned this as part of a larger work of art set in the lobby of a large, expensive building - perhaps a concert hall, like The Meyerson here in Dallas, or Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, or Roy Thompson Hall there in Toronto.
I pictured a sculture of a violinist with a cast on his hand and in anguish because he cannot play, and the violin playing itself is his own imaginings and desires come to life.

Perhaps as part of an artistic concept sculpture it would be better worth the high price.


At 8/24/2006 9:11 PM, Blogger Ellie said...

During this horrendous rain storm, it got really dark, I just started blogging and watching the wind blow the rain sideways. Got to your blog and spent the next half hour reading. No surprise to me V. I miss your rants. Remember the rant email list?


At 8/25/2006 7:20 AM, Blogger Val Serrie said...

Hi L,
Yes I certainly do remember the rant list. In fact, one of my rants from that list is here in this blog. It's the Grocery Store rant, written in the comedic style of Dennis Miller. Remember that one? It is #27 on the list here.
I'm glad you were entertained here for a while.
Please feel free to browse all you like, madam. You can read all 100 if you want, it's all the same price - free. LOL.
I have to warn you though, some of them are long ones! But I think you know that as well as anyone. LOL
In fact, I'm sure that there is more than a whole book's worth of content here by now.
but it would make a crazy book with all of the different topics like this.

What I don't understand about these is where is making the money from this. It is free to set up a blog, and free to write and post and free to read the blogs, and there are no advertisements. Where is the business model for this. Reality has to set in somewhere!
Are they waiting until we have so much time and effort invested, and then say that they are going to shut it down unless we start paying a monthly fee?

It costs money to keep the servers going, and supply disk space to hold this, and the network and lines to make it accessible not to mention the programmers to support it and keep it running. Who is paying for all this?
Something doesn;t add up here.
Either someone has made a bad businesss decision, or something else is happening beneath the covers.
Is information being mined and sold to the government? Sold to companies?
Who would need it or want it, or pay for it?
Interesting to think about, yes?


At 8/25/2006 9:14 AM, Anonymous lauren said...

Well it looks like you can put ads on your blog so they make money off that I guess.

I use livejournal and you can have ads on that as well. They just sold to a much bigger company and made a ton of moeny that way. Also, livejournal has paid accounts which give you a ton more features so that's always been a way they make money. I don't know if your blog site works like that.


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