Feb 03

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Guitar Chords

I bought a guitar today. I do not have much knowledge about playing the guitar and I bought it with the intention of learning a new skill and just having a good time with it. I’m hoping to learn to play over the next few months. As will be the case with kids mine thought I am apparently a professional guitar player as soon as they saw it and within a few minutes they were begging me to play “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” for them. Of course, I didn’t know how, but I told them I’d try to learn it. I found this video on youtube video which is an awesome electric guitar cover of the My Little Pony song. In the comment section someone posted the chord progression so I’m well on my way. Here it is if you’re interested!

The video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=rApnYmZWnzM

A link to it in case you don’t see it above.

The chords:
(D) My Little Pony,
(A) My Little Pony
(G) Ah, (A) ah, (Bm) ah, (C#) ah
(D) My Little Pony
(Bm) I used to wonder
(A) what friendship could be
(D) My Little Pony
(Bm) Until you all shared its
(A) magic with me
(G) Big adventure
(Bm) Tons of fun A
(A) beautiful heart Faithful and strong
(A) (G) Sharing kindness It’s an
(Bm) easy feat And
(A) magic makes it all complete You have
(D) My Little Pony
(Bm) Do you know you are my
(A) very best friends (G)(A)(Bm)(C#)(D)

Mar 29

Context Clues (why is there a lion on the radio?)

Kids are so awesome… they’re just missing the filter that most of us have that keep us from asking silly questions. I mean, after all, maybe there are special situations where a lion might actually be on the radio!

The other day I was driving my 5 year old home from ballet class. We were chatting about class and when we were done I started my Dave Ramsey podcast up. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dave Ramsey I’ll just tell you that he is someone who helps people become financially secure by providing them with a plan for paying off their debts and getting their finances / investing in order. He does a radio show, live events, has some books, and more I’m sure. I may have done him a great disservice with that super brief description, but, to be honest this post isn’t about him… it’s about my kiddo and her use of context clues.

She hears Dave talking on the radio and says “who is that”.

Daughter (5 yrs): Who is that?

Me: On the radio? That’s Dave Ramsey.

Daughter: Who? Is that a man or a woman?

Me: Well, the caller was a woman. But the person talking now is Dave… and he’s a man.

Dave just finished with the previous caller and now a new caller is getting started.

Radio: … Hey, Dave. Thanks for taking my call. I was just wondering….

Daughter: What!? Why is there… Is there a lion on the radio?

Me: Huh? What did you say?

Daughter: Is there a lion on the radio?

Me: A lion? I thought that is what you said.

Now, at this point I’m not sure what is going on in her head, but I’ve learned that this one doesn’t generally ask goofy questions for no reason. There is usually some thought that actually gets her here. So I try to figure out how we got here.

Me: So…. why would you think there was a lion on the radio.

Daughter: He has a paw. (very nonchalantly)

Me: Ummm… I don’t understand. He has a paw?

Daughter: Yeah, he said “Hey, Dave. Thanks for shaking my paw”.

Me: Ahhh… I think you misheard him, kiddo. He said, “Thanks for TAKING MY CALL”.

This idea made much more sense to hear than the idea that there was a lion on the radio, but her little mind made sense of what it thought it had been presented with and didn’t skip a beat. Well, maybe enough of one to ask why a lion was on the radio, but not enough of one to rule out the possibility.

Of course, the next question was “what’s a call?”… and why is Dave taking it from this other guy (who we now know not to be a lion). I gave her the answers she sought as we continued home, all the while chuckling to myself about the lion on the radio who was thanking dave ramsey for shaking his paw.

 

Jul 18

lock down you wifi! and an overview of things to come

I had a birthday recently. On my birthday I made a sort of “resolution” to try to write atleast one post per week. This is week 3 (or 4 maybe) after that birthday and I’m just writing the first one. Sounds about right for a resolution, eh?

So here’s what I thought I would do. I’m going to make a list of some things that I plan to write about so I can reference it and have quick ideas in the future.

One of the things I want to write in depth on is the dangers of leaving your wifi open. I’ve read some really scary stories lately that in retrospect could probably have been predicted. I’ll give you the short version of my recommendation right now… lock down you wifi. No matter how altruistic your motives for leaving it open to whoever wants to use it allowing them to do so is not worth the potential legal issues. I just added security (or attempted to anyway) in the last couple of weeks, and I just hope no one did anything too shady before then. I’ll give a full writeup at some point in the near future.

Another thing I’ll be writing about will be some things I’ve learned business related. It’s been another year that I’ve been running a website that COULD make money and I will share some of what has and has not worked for me along those lines. The things that didn’t work were either due to being a poor idea in general or perhaps due to poor execution. I’ll talk about advertising on Facebook, google adwords, arguing with your customers, plans for revenue streams.

I might talk about kids. They are certainly a never ending source of material. The same parents can have kids that are opposite in so many ways it can be almost comical if it wasn’t so frustrating. One child knows exactly why they do everything… the other child believes “I don’t know” is an answer to why they did anything wrong. Bill Cosby would be proud of the second.