Toto – Kingdom of Desire


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in Music, happiness | Posted on 04-05-2014

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Please share. This song deserves to be sung. Blaring horns, Jimi-style guitars, hammond organ, and drums. Very cool break. Surprises await you. No April Fools joke.

–lyrics follow–

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Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in General, Music, happiness | Posted on 04-03-2014

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6:00 – Dream Theater: Awake

–click below for lyrics–

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One word


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in happiness | Posted on 03-07-2014

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Congrats to Instagram!


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in Tech | Posted on 04-11-2012

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Congrats to Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook. Not bad for a 13 person team to rake in 1 billion dollars! Individual payouts vary on time spent, but one payout is rumoured to be at around 400 million in money & stock.

Say No to Negativity


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in General | Posted on 03-04-2011

Just say no to negativity – don’t surround yourself with it. There are better things to do with your time. Build something, instead of tearing it down.

Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution Bothering Eyes


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in General | Posted on 11-02-2010

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Maybe this will help someone else who wears contact lenses.

With my my saline solution and glasses left at the office, I was stuck. It’s late, and I need to take out my contacts. They are not the disposable kind.

I normally store them in saline solution, because most disinfecting solutions bother my eyes, even after neutralizing the solution.

I was forced to put them in a multi-purpose solution overnight. “No rinse needed.” Yea, right.

The next morning after putting the contact lenses in my eyes, the eyes quickly turned red, itchy and burning.

I read the ingredients on the back, and saw it only had a small amount of cleaner it. So, I tried splashing some water on my eyes. Normally this bugs the contacts, but I had nothing to lose.
It gave me instant relief. After a couple minutes, I splashed more water on my eyes. It felt much better.

I was able to go work without them bugging me too much. Rinsing them with saline there did the final trick.

Thank goodness – my eyes just needed a sip of water.

How to get WAMP to use Wordpress SEO Friendly Permalinks


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in SEO | Posted on 09-02-2010

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This is post is about getting Wordpress to properly work with WAMP.

I often use WAMP , a full-featured web server with MySQL and PHP  and phpMyAdmin to test out website changes and development on my own machine – one of the best things out there for free.  When running Wordpress in WAMP, one of the features of Wordpress is using search-engine-friendly url’s. An example of how this url looks would be

However, WAMP out of the box will not word properly with this feature of Wordpress. Luckily, this is easily fixed.

0) Get Wordpress installed in WAMP – instructions for this are at, so I won’t repeat that here.

1) In wordpress, change the permalink setting to /%postname%/

2) In WAMP, make sure the apache module alias_module and rewrite_module are running.

3) If you are running multiple sites in WAMP, you’ll need to make sure that in the httpd-vhosts.conf file the Allow Override line is replaced with AllowOverride FileInfo Options.

4) That’s it! Restart WAMP and it should work.

Best Buy Reducing CD Inventory, increasing Gaming Systems


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in General | Posted on 08-02-2010

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I stopped in my local Best Buy in Windsor, ON, Canada, and they reduced their cd area to roughly two aisles. It previously was about four aisles. This eliminated around twelve thousand cd’s according to someone there.

What are they going to do with the extra space? They are going to display big screen tv’s with gaming systems, such as the Wii, Xbox, and PS3 to push more gaming systems. This appears to be Best Buy finally responding to trends, although it is a little sad to see.

My Potted Vegetable Garden and Herbs


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 07-22-2010


My Potted Vegetable Garden and Herbs – including Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers.
Just wanted to see if I could grow anything! View to take the tour, lol.

Drums – Ten Great Groove Songs


Posted by Brent Hathaway | Posted in Music | Posted on 06-28-2010

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I play drums, and love a good groove or something that burrows a place in my soul. That said, here are ten great grooves. I’m staying away from really well known songs in an effort to turn you on to some different music. 

In no certain order:

1) Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Michael Cartellone – Damn Yankees.
A cool rock groove with a touch of funk with the bass drum. Michael easily could have played it safer, but I’m so glad he didn’t.  I saw Michael live before, and he is ” energy”.  Last time I checked, he was touring with Skynyrd.

2) Gypsy Train – Jeff Porcaro – Toto
I know a lot of people associate Jeff with Rosanna, but there are a lot of other songs with Jeff on it that are also phenomenal. This was Jeff wearing his rock cap on Toto’s Kingdom of Desire.  To hear Jeff stretch out at the end

This was Jeff’s last release with Toto before he unexpectedly passed away.

3) Dream in Blue – Los Lobos This groove is so infectious, it spreads faster than swine flu.

4) Fashion Fever – Level 42 – Live at Wembly, and/or Running in the Family. My jaw dropped watching Phil Gould in Level 42’s Live at Wembly. His grooves have a lot going on, and if you are checking it out, make sure you get one of these two versions – there are a few versions out there. He is a king of sublety.

5) 6:00 - Dream Theater – Mike Portnoy
This song is well known to any Dream Theater fan, but hearing it for the first time really got me excited about drumming again. I had the pleasure to meet Mike at a DT concert in Pittsburgh.

6) Till The End - Jeff Porcaro – Toto
It’s just a fun groove to play. When this was released, this woke me up to a whole new level of Jeff. Add in some one handed rolls ending in rimshots, and you’ve got a fun time with the drumsticks.

7) Last Goodbye – Matt Johnson – Jeff Buckley
Matt is probably the most underrated guy out there, and he was quoted as saying that had he known how big the album Grace was, he would have spent more time on it. Not to worry, Matt, it is great as it is. His fills punctuate a very sharp groove. I really like his hi hat and bass drum work. This song is a fave among Jeff Buckley fans. A lot of people only know “Hallelujah”, but if so, you’re missing out on Jeff’s secret weapon.

8) No Surrender – Alan Jackman – The Outfield
A cool sixteeth note pulse with some creativity mixed with some great cymbal groovin. It feels magical somehow. This song really takes off on the creative chorus. It was recently announced that he rejoined the band after being away for several years. Looking forward to seeing what he comes up with again.

9) Operation – Bryan Holmes -The Producers
The entire You Make The Heat release in the eighties was a testament to Bryan Holmes’s playing creative drum riffs to very melodic songs. The whole drumset gets used in a pretty cool way, especially in this cut.

10) Friends, Lovers or Nothing – Steve Jordan – John Mayer
Steve closes the Battle Studies release in 2009 with this mid-tempo blues number. Great swingin groove, longer beatle-esque fills, and Steve being blues-pop Steve, which he does so well.

What are some of your own favorite hidden groove gems on drums?

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