Announcement: The One Year Album

On January 1, 2014 I will release an album. As in music. There will  be 12 tracks. I will perform the vocals, play the instruments, compose the music, write the lyrics, and mix the audio.

I don’t know how to do any of those things…yet.

The purpose of this project is to force myself out of my comfort zone and require me to use learning techniques and self-discipline to acquire new skills and knowledge in an area where I have no natural talent or, if I’m being honest, interest.

I know this is 13 months ahead of time but I want to use December to make plans and organize, so that planning the project doesn’t become an excuse not to start in January.

*EDIT: The album will appear here – http://craftmike.bandcamp.com/

Fake Gold Bars

I have a strange fascination with old-fashioned crimes in modern settings. I don’t want bad things to happen to people, I just enjoy the anachronism in the same way that I like seeing blacksmiths with cellphones.

This is a good one:

Diamond District Businessman Tricked Into 
Paying $100K For Fake Gold Bars

Normally I have a policy of posting original source links, but in this case the Boing Boing presentation has working video where the original requires a BS registration.

http://boingboing.net/2012/10/29/fake-gold-bars-infiltrate-prec.html

For integrity’s sake, the original:

http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/168994/ny1-exclusive–diamond-district-businessman-tricked-into-paying–100k-for-fake-gold-bars