Steve Jobs, Ron Paul and Yoda

I enjoyed working with many Japanese groups during my tenure as a recording engineer and producer. Then and on trips to Japan, I made several friends and business acquaintances. We relied on each other heavily for contacts, sources and ideas, East-to-West and vice versa.

In the early 1980s, one friend solicited my help. Japanese industry was easily on a par with America’s then. In technology and engineering, Japan was seen as superior. Sony, Toyota, Pioneer and other companies owned American consumer interest.

There was one area where Japan continued to lag, my friend told me. Despite all the intellectual and empirical horsepower they could muster, Japan still envied the creative genius of companies like Disney and other…

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Cosmic Forecast, Oct. 6-Oct. 12

The Sun is on its descent as we enter the twilight of the year. One more Moon ’til, once again, Scorpio’s dark night chill shall reappear. Does love mean more amidst the/such twilight? Years, fears and those we hold dear take on added meaning as we watch the setting Sun and experience the moment’s equilibrium. “In a circle of magique. In a circle ’round the Sun. In a circle of love, while the Sun and Moon are one. With the planet of love ascending, forever rising to its zenith, in a circle never ending, Let Venus come between us.” From the 2012 release of “The Zodiac,” for Libra: “Let Venus Come Between Us.”
   —MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

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Perplexing Problems

Few, if any, saw this coming: Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17.

Yes, the oddsmakers gave Wisconsin more of an advantage than expected for a game involving undefeated teams, ranked seventh and eighth nationally. But a 31-point margin of victory for the No. 7 Badgers? Who could have imagined such a Big Ten debut for Nebraska?

Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the Huskers’ lopsided loss was the continued problems on a defense that coordinator Carl Pelini said prior to spring practice had the potential to be the best during his time at Nebraska. “It’ll be interesting how it all comes together,” he said.

With All-America candidates at all three levels of the defense – tackle Jared Crick,…

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Sunshine Superman: Donovan Leitch on Musical Healing

Between the balmy, carefree beats of the Beach Boys and the edgier introspection of the Beatles, showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than the Rolling Stones, Donovan Leitch, known simply as “Donovan” then, bounded to the top of the charts in the mid-1960s.

With iconic hits such as “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Catch the Wind,” “Atlantis,” and “Season of the Witch,” Donovan led more than one generation to metaphysics-as-music and music-as-mystical musings. His strong anti-war stance and embrace of Transcendental Meditation made him the epitome of peace, love and elevated consciousness.

Donovan was rock royalty, shepherding the Beatles and Hollywood illuminati to India to study the ancient traditions of awareness long before…

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Hockey is Here

Fifteen years ago former University of Nebraska at Omaha athletic director Don Leahy and few influential Omahans came up with a crazy plan: Let’s play college hockey in Omaha. It seemed preposterous. Where was the infrastructure of youth teams? Where would the team play? Who would want to coach a fledgling program? Who would want to watch?

Fifteen years later, as UNO starts its second season in the most prestigious hockey conference in the country, the issue is not how will the Mavs compete, but how they will deal with expectations. UNO is ranked No. 14 to start the season in the first USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

Michigan, Yale, North Dakota, Boston College…

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Cosmic Forecast, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

“If we are the diggers/miners of gold of/for the gods, then their speech must be of such epic proportions that their words would seem as a humming silence to/for us.” These words are the start (Inshallah) of my newest/next work. That’s what we need — a new start. In 2 short weeks it’s the Full Moon in Aries (October 12th); the start of the night of the year. All things of culture are born at night. Let’s start something cultural, and refine it during these next 2 seasons. If I may continue… “Fortunately for me, my god is silence — and my prayers are always answered. That’s why we go to sleep.” It’s time (Saturn), this week, to create…

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Jays prepare to tackle Terps

Another game, another shutout victory for Creighton men’s soccer. The No. 3 Jays beat St. Mary’s 1-0 on Sept. 24, running their shutout streak to seven games. Things are about to get more difficult. Creighton will face top-ranked Maryland on the road Friday, then head to No. 7 Indiana the following weekend. Sandwiched in between is a mid-week trip to Madison, Wisconsin. to face the Badgers ... Speaking of the Badgers is there any truth to the Internet mock-ups of Nebraska in black helmets/pants? My guess is no, but I’m not opposed. Black would bring the attitude the Blackshirts seem to be missing early this season. Not so sure it could help them get lined up…

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Accepting the challenge


Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our...

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What’s in Store for Two-Oh-One-Four

Glow, little glowworm. Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor turned 40 in August of 2013. Plagued by a plethora of dangerous malfunctions, it looked like it...

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Wha’ Happened!?

 

That was it? That was 2013? Whew! Well, let’s hope hindsight, being 20/20, converts to foresight with similar acuity in 2014. Find links to all...

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude...

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