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Sean Cowen

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Writer first, then Bookseller, Speaker... Founder of +Friday Night Sessions and +Helping Others. Passionate about the arts, and life.

Occupation: Writer and Creator (Creator of Worlds)

Birthday: 10/21

Followers: 59,600

Following: 3,779

Views: 173,670,218

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Tech Times T-Lounge196Join @109147574323970937362 & @112711494543746598839 as we broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas for the kick off event to @114786898916421737866 2015: *CES Unveiled* We will be hanging out and streaming all the cool technology we see with our video host and director of social, @111048918866742956374 who will be joined as well by @103883275526489130828 and @101618838660572321623  We welcome your comments and questions at anytime and look forward to bringing you this year's innovative event at @112507134346032712650! Please visit our CES page for more breaking stories: http://www.techtimes.com/ces2015 Also subscribe to our @115229808208707341778 and watch more great CES coverage: https://www.youtube.com/user/tloungevideo/videos     #CESUnveiled   #TechTimesCES   #CES2015  CES 2015: CES Unveiled with Tech Times - Hangout On Air2015-01-05 01:00:0018  
Daria Musk3,803,548Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring you with me (virtually) to the famous Pace University Stage in New York City! It’s the same spot where they film the TV show “Inside The Actor’s Studio” and just like that show I’ll be sitting down for a passionate conversation about music, business, tech, being an “artistprenuer" and making what-you-love-what-you-do! And of course I’ll be singing for you and all the smarty-pants business and arts school students in the house too!  *YOU CAN RSVP & WATCH LIVE RIGHT HERE!* And quick! Zap me a note through Gchat if you want to be one of the 10 people featured in the actually Hangout on stage! I promise your gorgeous faces will be huuuuge! I’ve seen the screen, it’s one of the biggest we’ve had so far!! Can’t wait to sing our story to a whole new group of G+niuses and dreamers! *XO, Daria*Daria Musk Live At Pace University2014-10-21 18:15:00141  
Google Partners1,371,398In the past few months our Shopping team has covered Merchant Center and Shopping campaigns. For this Google Partners HOA, we'd like to cover some best practices for Product Listing Ads to improve on the performance for existing campaigns. We'll share tips and insights on how to optimize your ads by using tools such as the bid simulator or impression share. This will be a live Hangout On Air with a Q&A. Ask your questions on the event page, or via the Q&A app in the Hangout to get them answered live by Googlers Nicole Premo and Chris Azalde === For agencies in North America (required) we also invite you to join the Google Partners North America community where you can discuss tips and tricks for growing your business and making the most of Google products like AdWords, Analytics and YouTube - http://goo.gl/N3iIKQBest Practices from the Google Shopping Team2014-07-10 20:00:001000  
Sean Cowen59,600This is our LAUNCH DAY/PARTY event for the product I've been working so hard on, the @114238219828751986709! I'll be holding HANGOUTS throughout the day, showing you my company's plant and operations, and, of course, showing off this product we are so proud of. *You'll be among the first in the world to see it. LIVE!* I might even figure out a way to get a kiddie pool here in my office to show how cool this is (then you can see it in action). Who knows? There may be cocktails out early as well. Join me, even if you just want to say "hi" and offer your support. Tell a friend! *Look for prizes, giveaways, and more!*Global Launch of the Pool Netr™2014-06-27 21:00:0025  
Daria Musk3,803,548*HUGE HANGOUT CONCERT!* _This Wednesday, 5/21, I'll be playing and hanging out with *you* live from the world-famous House Of Blues in New Orleans! OMG!!_ I am so crazy excited about this G+niuses! Beyonce drops surprise albums, we drop surprise Hangout Concerts!!! Yeah, we woke up like dis.  *HOUSE OF BLUES HERE WE COME!* It's time for our first big blow-out Hangout Concert of the season and I can't imagine a cooler way to do it! This will be the _first_ interactive live concert from The House Of Blues, ever! And most importantly, it's featuring *you*! There will be a huge screen up on stage with your gorgeous faces on it as you join and watch the show live!! That means you'll be the real stars of the show, with the packed house "ooohing and aaahing" at your awesomeness. *WATCH & JOIN THE HANGOUT CONCERT LIVE:* Read below to see how you can hop into the Hangout and be live on-stage with me on Wednesday! Yay! _Here's your Hangout to do list:_ ✖ RSVP HERE! ✖ Let me know - in the comments - that you'd like to join live and see your face on the big screen! ✖ You'll get a private message from me and the team who will be running the Hangout backstage to confirm your VIP first-join status! ✖ Feel free to make fun signs to show off in the Hangout so the crowd at the venue and the global audience watching see how awesome you are! ✖ Spread the love and share this post (and the event page) so everyone can rock out with us!! ✖ Get ready to rock on Wednesday 5/21! _Cannot wait to look up and see you on stage with me!_ *XO, Daria* _Ps. This concert will be brought to you by CO-OP Connected Credit Unions. Empowering people. Amplifying Dreams._DARIA MUSK ★ HANGOUT CONCERT ★ LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES2014-05-22 02:45:00398  
Sony Pictures Entertainment0Join the first-ever movie-themed Google+ Shoppable Hangout for a LIVE Q&A Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Director Marc Webb  Watch and Share your thoughts on the  #SpiderManHangout"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" - LIVE Google+ Shoppable Hangout2014-04-21 23:00:001701  
The Huffington Post3,762,891  +The Huffington Post and +HitFix are excited to talk  2014 Television LIVE on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT with a panel of #awesomepeople  including TV Critics +Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching?, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), Daniel Fienberg (the Fien print, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), +Maureen Ryan (Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan), and +matthew rappaport (+Hangout Conversations Host)! They will be examining the best shows to come and that have recently premiered in 2014 along with the premieres of some of your favorites (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and more!), taking your questions LIVE, a fun amount of mirth to be had and just asking "WHY?!" with certain series PLUS always surprises and epic moments! Happy to have you TUNE in G+ers :) Join us LIVE or Watch later! Please submit all questions, comments and other thoughts using the Q&A App in the corner of the video, list them on our watch page or Tweet us using  #huffposthitfixTV . Also, be sure to check out MOAR while you're waiting: Alan & Dan's fun, new Video Show &The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast http://www.hitfix.com/podcasts/firewall-iceberg Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan http://talkingtvwithryanandryan.libsyn.com/ What's Alan Watching? http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching  the Fien Print http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print Hangout Conversations http://www.youtube.com/hangoutconversations #television   #thewalkingdead   #tv2014   #gameofthrones   #truedetective   #firewallandiceberg   #seasonpremiereHuffPost & Hitfix 2014 Television Hangout On Air Roundtable2014-02-06 19:28:2040  
Wacom318,322Social media is a growing trend in the marketing industry. Brands, large and small, are capitalizing on the organic (and paid) conversations that social media can provide. For artists, freelancers and business owners, social media can be an efficient and successful platform to get more eyes on your work. Join our social media for artists Google+ Hangout with @109171655397746295481 community manager, Renee Busse, photographer and G+ master, @114056084994793924628 and @108424020240415471405 marketing mavens, @110242987337641628505 and @101269616518480136760. We'll cover: - Platforms - Content - Networking - Tips for getting more reach *Ask your questions in the questions section during the Hangout. We'll be randomly choosing 2 questions that will win a license of @109171655397746295481 .*Using Social Media To Boost Artists' Brands2014-01-29 20:00:00185  
byron rempel165,765Mostly doodling my day and the events that transpired, as well as talking about marketing and youtube and stuffdrawing my day and talking about marketing and stuff2013-12-18 04:13:287  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival475,688http://ugpff.com Live, interactive and showing in a city near you including New York, Singapore, Wellington, New Zealand, Seattle, Mexico and more.      • Watch great short films and web series.      • Interact with filmmakers live.      • Attend film panels with industry experts.      • Meet other filmmakers and film lovers. *Seattle Event Information:* RSVP here, limited seats available. http://www.celebrations.com/rsvp/zh2ne64yk663gwz2f   The 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival in partnership with +SnagFilms, is becoming the world's largest short film and web series festival.  Live and interactive, this global event celebrates the best in short cinema from around the world and allows the audience to attend a world class film festival from the comforts of their own home.   The future of film festivals is finally here.3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival2013-12-13 19:00:00468  
matthew rappaport223,246It's almost Halloween which means #nychirl3  and Surprise Hangouts On Air throughout between October 31 and November 3, 2013! More info on the New York City Event: https://plus.google.com/events/c0v0a356o41fa282ud92pqqt4lo It'll be mini surprises and feel free to suggest stuff here in NYC and Plussers popping in from all angles :)  #awesomesauce  +G+ Achievement Unlocked #nychirl3 : Hangouts On Air at any point during the Weekend / Halloween2013-11-01 03:00:0017  
HEATHER FAY2,051,983*WE DID IT!!*  Thanks to you YOU, my G+ Family, I am making my brand new album!!  You guys donated, supported and encouraged me and we surpassed our goal!  So now....It's time to *CELEBRATE*! Join me and my special guest +Tim Clary  for a fun celebration.  We'll hang, I'll play a few songs and Tim will *REVEAL* his awesome limited edition print that will be going to ALL who donated!  Can't wait to see you there!!HEATHER FAY - ALBUM FUNDRAISER CELEBRATION HANGOUT! (with Special Guest Tim Clary!)2013-04-12 02:30:0030  
Trey Ratcliff8,766,668Join us!  I'll be announcing a new big event in Japan at the end of the week at the Google HQ in Tokyo!  Also, we'll be catching up with +Thomas Hawk  +Cali Lewis +Clayton Morris +Gino Barasa and +Erica Joy  on the latest photography news... full-rez photos on Google+...  Comment-ranking changes on Facebook... backing up on the road and more! :) If you have live questions, come to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com and see the embedded player! :)Show #73: Photography Hangout with Thomas Hawk from ThomasHawk.com, Clayton Morris from Fox, Gino Barassa from Mars (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-09 04:00:00245  
Google for Nonprofits2,220,185In partnership with Google+, join us for a hangout celebration on World Water Day, March 22nd at 10:30 am PST! This year we are focused on raising awareness for the 780 million people that do not have access to clean water -- and what we can do together to solve the water crisis.              The hangout will feature representatives from +charity: water, +Water.org, +Water For People, +WaterAid, +PEOPLE WATER, +WHOLE WORLD Water, and be moderated by YouTube Star +Justine Ezarik. The participants will be discussing the water crisis at large, and how we can take action. #WorldWaterDay2013World Water Day Google+ Hangout Celebration2013-03-22 18:30:00470  
NASA2,921,718Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008297  
pio dal cin82,728Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS14,425For the first time ever, @103052407716987048126 is holding a HANGOUT. And it's not just any hangout - *it's a Mayan End of the World Party!* I figured since all good things must come to an end we might as well go out with a BANG! I'll be your host, @103333429938529668020, and I will be asking everyone who joins in to bring one thing: *your favorite songs*. Those songs that, if you had to meet your maker, you'd play before departing this big blue marble! They don't have to be from the 80s (my usual MO). They can be from ANY genre or style, any time period. Whatever makes you happy. And shouldn't we have some happiness so we can stick it to those grumpy Mayans?! I'll try to rotate people in all night long, we'll watch videos, have some drinks, share some laughs, and many of us will meet together for the first time. YOU, all of you, have made *FNS* what it is, and I wanted to share my last night with you! Anyone who follows our page is welcome to join in - and I'll likely be posting to the stream as well throughout. So - I hope you'll join me, and if they have a chance to drop in and say hello, I hope you'll get to meet a few of my co-conspirators, @116397559521404580243  @110434060057917582769 @107291158434082397409 @113489919044803972423 @104556905831991887746 and @103389452828130864950 if any of them are around! If not, it's just you and me and the whole world watching us have some fun!MAYAN WORLD'S END PARTY @ FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS2012-12-21 22:00:0015  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival475,688*Film Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-1/ *Film Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-2/ *Film Block 3* http://youtu.be/BkZPiWB1mH0?t=17m5s *Web Series Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-1/ *Web Series Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-2/ *Web Series Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/web-series-panel/ *Pitch Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/pitch-fest-submit-your-pitch-to-screenwriting-panelists/ *Producer Financing Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/producer-financing *Music Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/music-panel/ We are getting ready to go live at +The Los Angeles Film School and to the world for our third block of films. Stay tuned for a great show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZPiWB1mH0 We will pass on a requests to the Google+ development team to include an option to message guests for future festivals!  Thanks. We are live with filmmakers from all over the world for our first block of short films. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAjEmHYcGI4 The Pitch Panel. http://www.youtube.com/user/UGPFilmFestival?v=yuMmmfR8bK4 Web Series Block 1 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?hd=1&t=10m Web Series Block 2 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?t=1h18m22s The Unofficial Google+ Film Festival is an online, interactive, live, international short film festival featuring some of the best short films and web series out there. To be notified of the most accurate information for the festival visit: http://ugpff.com/signup *This years festival includes* 1. Great short films w/ live interactive Q&A sessions w/ the filmmakers. 2. Interactive film panels. 3. An interactive marketplace. 4. A public film festival lounge where anyone can interact with anyone attending. 5. Free live showings in both Los Angeles, CA and Asheville, NC. See our complete schedule of events here. http://goo.gl/NXxcN or add the complete event to your iCal http://goo.gl/WN1WV By using some of the tools of Google+ like Hangouts On Air, as well as the easy of the internet, we are able to bring the film festival experience to your living room or computer.  You will be able to interact directly with the filmmakers and participate as if you were actually sitting in a theater. Join us for many of our exciting events between Fri. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 2, 2012 for our second annual film festival.  This event is *FREE* to anyone who wants to attend. Please share this event and help make this one of the most exciting events on Google+ (and beyond). Thank you, +Adam J. Cohen  #ugpff2012  Unofficial Google+ Film Festival - 2012 (Public Event)2012-12-01 22:30:001014  
Daria Musk3,803,548*You, Me & A LIttle Music History!* Join me - virtually - on November 29th for a very special live in-studio, interactive Hangout Concert from Times Square in New York City! *How To Join The Hangout!* ★ RSVP Right Here! ★ Circle @109766514680275896293  They're our gracious Hangout Hosts ★ Be a VIP by commenting below! I'll add you to my early-invite VIP circle! ★ We'll rotate the Hangout seats to get as many people in as possible! ★ Global Start Times: http://bit.ly/QbrDDv *Tell Me More...* I have a feeling this virtual, interactive, multi-dimensional concert will be another amazing night to remember and share together! We'll have cameras, lights, lots of songs and tons of action! This is the launch of a new series of Hangout Event Series by +Stonehenge NYC and I'll be singing and hanging with you from world-famous KMA Recording Studios where everyone from Whitney Houston, to Karmin to Jay-Z have laid down their tracks!  And our secret(ly awesome) undisclosed location has been revealed! It's The Brill Building - where hit songs have been written and recorded generation after generation. The walls are singing with music legends past and now you and me will be a part of it's storied history! Woop! :) *One More Surprise* is on the way... Something special for everyone joining the Hangout... I can't wait to light up New York City with you... More deets to come ;) XO, DariaDaria & You ★ In-Studio Concert From Times Square ★ Live At Stonehenge NYC2012-11-30 02:00:00379  
Ryan Van Sickle786,964*HOPE RISING* *_A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert_* *Thursday, November 8th at 9PM EST*  *Host @111048918866742956374 Along with* *Singer Songwriters @102002299339025067376 @107291158434082397409 & Friends* *Charities* The Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/ New York Cares - http://www.nycares.org/ *We would love for you all to participate, so from 10PM - 11PM it will be open to anyone wanting to tell their story or share a song.* Photo by @114242552432938641752 & Poster by @117344786984788205452 HOPE RISING A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert w/ Heather Fay, Ryan Van Sickle, Matthew Rappaport & Friends2012-11-09 03:00:00226  
Jessica Northey1,952,758Join @115263347034954886450  Wednesday October 24th starting 5pm PT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eDGGFu-Ok9w We'll be talking about Americana and folk music with @115355394914388821672, @101855386466968203040, @102002299339025067376, @107291158434082397409 as well as @111956683258824284439  We'll talk about what Americana music is and some performances showing difference styles! A few weeks ago, I wrote about the never-ending debate about the definition of Country Music. As tough as that is, it’s nothing compared to how one defines the term “Americana.”  In writing about this topic, I’m going to be (gasp!) honest about my thoughts – as they were when you first started hearing the term to describe a musical genre. There were several artists who had been favorites of the Country genre who no longer found themselves played on mainstream radio. Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris were two examples of this. Crowell had a string of top tens from 1988-1992, but all of a sudden his name disappeared from radio playlists. The same happened to Emmylou Harris following her 1988 top ten “Heartbreak Hill.” Critics of the musical format said it was that Country Music had changed – and gotten more pop and rock influenced. That is true – but, only halfway. If you listen to some of Harris’s post 1992 work, as well as Crowell’s, you’ll find some different sounds and subject matter that they weren’t doing earlier. That’s not saying they weren’t doing great music – but it WAS different than their own music that was played on top-40 Country radio just a few years earlier. So, (at least in my mind), that’s how the Americana format was born– as a place for acts who weren’t getting the commercial reception that they once had. Ok, I know I just offended several of my friends with that – but that’s my opinion. I never said that the music was bad, just different. Twenty years later, the definition of Americana is not that simple in my mind. One of the best albums of late in the format is Radney Foster’s current album, DEL RIO, TEXAS REVISITED: UNPLUGGED AND LONESOME , is a stunning re-take on his classic 1992 album DEL RIO, TEXAS 1959. The songs are the same that were radio hits back in the early 1990s. They were Country then, what changed? When artists like Patty Loveless release new projects, they get a warmer reception in the Americana format than Country – and this is by an artist that is a former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Granted, she wasn’t cutting Bluegrass music back in 1988 as her last album was, but the voice is still as pure and stunning as ever. But, Americana reaches far beyond the Country format. There’s tinges of Blues, Rock, Gospel, and Bluegrass that are sprinkled throughout. So, is Americana “anything outside of the mainstream?” I don’t know. The Civil Wars, a critical favorite, recently collaborated with Taylor Swift on “Safe and Sound.” What do you call that?  Part of my continuing education concerning “Americana” Americana & Folk Music Twangout with Twang Nation's Baron Lane, Joe Whyte, Heather Fay and Ryan Van Sickle.2012-10-25 02:00:0046  
Billy Wilson1,550,245It's now the 29th episode of my weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 thank you guys for being so supportive! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining Caricature Artist @105046530334806680420; @103333429938529668020 who's quite known around G+ and is the host of @103052407716987048126; Geek, Writer, and Host @100035762233109552669; Tea Enthusiast and the person behind the Google+ Book Club @117665613028757061169 who's going to be talking to us about her new show called "Family By the Fireside"; Country Music Chat Host @105901258272269401150; and Special Musical Guest @101758878457837294885 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! Thank you so much for a lively thread last episode! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #29: Caricatures, M Monica's New Show, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-20 04:00:00143  
Google Play9,481,092Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their first ever Hangout On Air where they will be exclusively premiering the trailer for their upcoming movie, Lincoln. Google Play will update this event invite with a link to the live hangout a little before 4pm PT. You can also watch the hangout at play.google.com/+ starting at 4pm PT/7pm ET.  #lincolnhangout   ABOUT THE MOVIE: Steven Spielberg directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in  “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt2012-09-14 01:00:006770  
matthew rappaport223,246*NYC @116758906530929229377 Concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 as part of #nychirl2  weekend*   Join us as we rock and roll all through the night with +Amazing music, laughs, and more at this @101066233324483545716 @107733598197138913821 Free Concert @The Living Room NYC (No Tickets Required!) It'll be amazing to see each other after 6 months and reunite where we had an EPIC Party the 1st time round & meet new PLUSpals.                             An All-Star+ Music Lineup & Surprises: Starting at 9pm : @114728696012925918708 & @107291158434082397409  The Living Room NYC Located at 154 Ludlow Street http://www.livingroomny.com Are you coming to the Official #nychirl2  Weekend concert? OH WHAT A +NIGHT! A Major @103052407716987048126 to rock your world and it'll all be BROADCAST live via a #hangoutsonair ! You won't have to miss a thing! (Although we do want to see you dance & smile!)                     Lots of fun in store for the Night and entire weekend! For more info about the #nychirl2  Weekend happening the 2nd weekend of August : Thursday, August 9 - Monday, August 13, 2012 Check out the @101560853443212199687 @117173351243749913463 Page:  https://plus.google.com/events/cca0dj8ro36ruegud2go8ap9rg0/111048918866742956374 Any Questions? Comment below or @111048918866742956374!  #plusversary   #nychirl   #livemusic   #coolhangouts   #nowTHISiscommunity   Latest Post with +H.I.R.L.tinerary for the weekend to check out: https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/7pbifsbxuRk H.I.R.L. - Hangout In Real Life Memories2012-08-10 21:00:0069  
Ryan Van Sickle786,964ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027  

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The 2010s: Who Are Your Favourite Bands?

Yeah, I like twenty one pilots and have for a while. I also love bands from the 50s to today, as I play them all at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS. But let's stick to NOW. Who are your favs from 2010-2016? I ask 'cause I like to pull in all genres and bands from any given time - and as I have a new THEME for each week's show - I want to be current when I can, and be inclusive. So - again - who do you love from the last six years?

#rockbands   #rocknroll   #2010s   #10s   #musiclover   #twentyonepilots   #blurryface  

twenty one pilots: Stressed Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXRviuL6vMY

twenty one pilots: Tear In My Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nky4me4NP70

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2016-04-22 01:34:47 (31 comments; 28 reshares; 360 +1s)Open 

There Are No Words...

Yes, there are a million posts in everyone's stream, talking about the loss of, well, can we call him anything short of Musical God Rock N' Funk Legend the icon we all knew as Prince?

I think the shock took us all by surprise, and one day we'll be able to coherently talk about his impact on rock n' roll. For now, RIP Prince. Rest In Peace up in your own Paisley Park in the sky...

#prince   #paisleypark   #signothetimes   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #pop   #funk   #soul   #icon   #ripprince  

Classic Prince | 1987 Sign “☮” The Times - Jeff Katz album cover Paisley Park stage photo session - a fan cropped out Cat. Sign o' The Times promotional photo (1987) © Jeff Katz

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2016-04-28 03:43:32 (14 comments; 23 reshares; 389 +1s)Open 

Ed Roman Made Badass Guitars. Period. Like This Rockinbat

I saw this and my eyes started bulging. Honestly, it was a physiological effect. Nobody does this one-of-a-kind of work anymore (well, few people do at least)These are guitars filled with mystery and passion, and engulfed with creativity and ingenuity. His story is one of risk-taking and living the dream. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

About Ed Roman, and Roman Guitars

The late Ed Roman (1950 - 2011) was quite the unique individual, particularly in the world of guitars. He had a long history in this industry. His passion and energy for this business was both unparalleled and rarely seen in the world of guitars. Ed was dramatic and had a flare for showmanship, but he always backed up his beliefs with what he felt was the best way to do something, despite what others may have... more »

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2016-04-28 04:43:57 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Mutiny on the HMS Bounty On This Day In History, 28 April 1789

I admit it, I've been drawn to this story my entire life. And it all stemmed from watching Mutiny On The Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as a kid. (Sorry, even though that was from 1935, I've never seen another version that approached it, imho. Okay, the Brando film was good as well, but this was it for me.)

At an early age, I was drawn towards adventure and the sea, towards ships and travel, and exotic places like Tahiti, and lands abroad. This is what we did as kids: dream. We had three TV channels, plus public television, and a few UHF channels (if the rabbit ears were working). So on weekends, and when we weren't outdoors, we'd read the adventure books, and watch the adventure movies. That's what we did. 

They showed us amazing worlds,... more »

Mutiny on the HMS Bounty On This Day In History, 28 April 1789

I admit it, I've been drawn to this story my entire life. And it all stemmed from watching Mutiny On The Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as a kid. (Sorry, even though that was from 1935, I've never seen another version that approached it, imho. Okay, the Brando film was good as well, but this was it for me.)

At an early age, I was drawn towards adventure and the sea, towards ships and travel, and exotic places like Tahiti, and lands abroad. This is what we did as kids: dream. We had three TV channels, plus public television, and a few UHF channels (if the rabbit ears were working). So on weekends, and when we weren't outdoors, we'd read the adventure books, and watch the adventure movies. That's what we did. 

They showed us amazing worlds, worlds we didn't experience in our suburban backyards. Yes, I vividly remember seeing this film for the first time, and it was thrilling!

The History of the Mutiny

Three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set course for Tubuai south of Tahiti.

In December 1787, the _Bounty_ left England for Tahiti in the South Pacific, where it was to collect a cargo of breadfruit saplings to transport to the West Indies. There, the breadfruit would serve as food for slaves. After a 10-month journey, the _Bounty_ arrived in Tahiti in October 1788 and remained there for more than five months. 

On Tahiti, the crew enjoyed an idyllic life, reveling in the comfortable climate, lush surroundings, and the famous hospitality of the Tahitians. Fletcher Christian fell in love with a Tahitian woman named Mauatua.

On April 4, 1789, the _Bounty_ departed Tahiti with its store of breadfruit saplings.On April 28, near the island of Tonga, Christian and 25 petty officers and seamen seized the ship. Bligh, who eventually would fall prey to a total of three mutinies in his career, was an oppressive commander and insulted those under him. 

By setting him adrift in an overcrowded 23-foot-long boat in the middle of the Pacific, Christian and his conspirators had apparently handed him a death sentence. By remarkable seamanship, however, Bligh and his men reached Timor in the East Indies on June 14, 1789, after a voyage of about 3,600 miles. Bligh returned to England and soon sailed again to Tahiti, from where he successfully transported breadfruit trees to the West Indies.

Meanwhile, Christian and his men attempted to establish themselves on the island of Tubuai. Unsuccessful in their colonizing effort, the Bounty sailed north to Tahiti, and 16 crewmen decided to stay there, despite the risk of capture by British authorities. Christian and eight others, together with six Tahitian men, a dozen Tahitian women, and a child, decided to search the South Pacific for a safe haven. 

In January 1790, the Bounty settled on Pitcairn Island, an isolated and uninhabited volcanic island more than 1,000 miles east of Tahiti. The mutineers who remained on Tahiti were captured and taken back to England where three were hanged. A British ship searched for Christian and the others but did not find them.

In 1808, an American whaling vessel was drawn to Pitcairn by smoke from a cooking fire. The Americans discovered a community of children and women led by John Adams, the sole survivor of the original nine mutineers. According to Adams, after settling on Pitcairn the colonists had stripped and burned the Bounty, and internal strife and sickness had led to the death of Fletcher and all the men but him. In 1825, a British ship arrived and formally granted Adams amnesty, and he served as patriarch of the Pitcairn community until his death in 1829.

In 1831, the Pitcairn islanders were resettled on Tahiti, but unsatisfied with life there they soon returned to their native island. In 1838, the Pitcairn Islands, which includes three nearby uninhabited islands, was incorporated into the British Empire. By 1855, Pitcairn’s population had grown to nearly 200, and the two-square-mile island could not sustain its residents. 

In 1856, the islanders were removed to Norfolk Island, a former penal colony nearly 4,000 miles to the west. However, less than two years later, 17 of the islanders returned to Pitcairn, followed by more families in 1864. Today, around 40 people live on Pitcairn Island, and all but a handful are descendants of the Bounty mutineers. About a thousand residents of Norfolk Island (half its population) trace their lineage from Fletcher Christian and the eight other Englishmen.

#hmsbounty   #mutinyonthebounty   #thisdayinhistory   #tahiti   #ships   #britishhistory   #pitcairnisland   #southpacific   #travel   #adventure   #oldhollywood   #frenchpolynesia   #mutineers   #southseas  

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Mutiny On The Bounty Official Trailer #1 (1935)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFalJyGNGmE

Mutiny On The Bounty 1962 Trailer
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2016-04-28 03:43:32 (14 comments; 23 reshares; 389 +1s)Open 

Ed Roman Made Badass Guitars. Period. Like This Rockinbat

I saw this and my eyes started bulging. Honestly, it was a physiological effect. Nobody does this one-of-a-kind of work anymore (well, few people do at least)These are guitars filled with mystery and passion, and engulfed with creativity and ingenuity. His story is one of risk-taking and living the dream. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

About Ed Roman, and Roman Guitars

The late Ed Roman (1950 - 2011) was quite the unique individual, particularly in the world of guitars. He had a long history in this industry. His passion and energy for this business was both unparalleled and rarely seen in the world of guitars. Ed was dramatic and had a flare for showmanship, but he always backed up his beliefs with what he felt was the best way to do something, despite what others may have... more »

Ed Roman Made Badass Guitars. Period. Like This Rockinbat

I saw this and my eyes started bulging. Honestly, it was a physiological effect. Nobody does this one-of-a-kind of work anymore (well, few people do at least)These are guitars filled with mystery and passion, and engulfed with creativity and ingenuity. His story is one of risk-taking and living the dream. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

About Ed Roman, and Roman Guitars

The late Ed Roman (1950 - 2011) was quite the unique individual, particularly in the world of guitars. He had a long history in this industry. His passion and energy for this business was both unparalleled and rarely seen in the world of guitars. Ed was dramatic and had a flare for showmanship, but he always backed up his beliefs with what he felt was the best way to do something, despite what others may have thought. He always had so many ideas. 

Before one idea came to fruition he would have two others and already modified the first. It could be frustrating working with him when he was in that mode, but you couldn't deny his excitement for turning things around in ways that were not part of the status quo. That was one of his strengths, to not limit his creations by what is "industry standard" especially if that standard meant perpetuating outdated thinking. Always "building a better mouse trap" when at all possible. 

While he wasn't afraid to try new ideas, he also wasn't afraid of respecting old ones, when they worked...but whether discovered or not, he did believe that there always were alternatives.

Looking back at some of the business deals Ed made throughout the years is quite something. Like the obtaining of the contents of the Steinberger USA Newburgh, New York factory from Gibson. The purchasing of the Class Axe era BC Rich bodies, necks, cores, etc. Purchases from Kramer and Jackson among many others. He was not afraid to invest, to take a chance, because he believed in his craft and in his ability to make things work, when others could not see the diamonds in the rough. 

He gave attention, support and room in his showrooms for up and coming builders in addition to developing his own custom build lines. The Ed Roman Guitar shops were never quite the same as your local music store or your large chain store. There was always something different and if you didn't see what you were looking for, then perhaps, together we could find it or better yet create it.

Now, here we are, Ed Roman's legacy is simply Roman Guitars. A place where we can express a level of individuality in a world of mass production

#edroman   #guitars   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #electricguitar   #oneofakind   #unique   #passion   #risktaking   #guitarshop   #rockinbat  

Don't forget to see the JAWS guitar!
http://romanguitars.com/v/quicksilver-shark-custom/P1257

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2016-04-28 02:55:56 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

The Blessing Way, The Skinwalkers & So Many Great Novels from Tony Hillerman

As I was driving towards work today on my morning commute, an old book series popped into my head - Tony Hillerman's mystery series featuring the Navajo Tribal Police. Wow, I hadn't thought about those books for many, many years, but every one was a great read to me. I was thinking again of the methodical detective work of the always-curious Lt. Joe Leaphorn and the younger, fearless Sgt. Jim Chee, who adhered more towards the traditional ways, but nevertheless still took risks. I really did look forward to the next book in the series, and I couldn't wait to read each one. I'm not sure why these books popped into my head, but I'm glad they did. Time to read them again!

About Tony Hillerman

Anthony Grove Hillerman grew up in Pottawatomie County,O... more »

The Blessing Way, The Skinwalkers & So Many Great Novels from Tony Hillerman

As I was driving towards work today on my morning commute, an old book series popped into my head - Tony Hillerman's mystery series featuring the Navajo Tribal Police. Wow, I hadn't thought about those books for many, many years, but every one was a great read to me. I was thinking again of the methodical detective work of the always-curious Lt. Joe Leaphorn and the younger, fearless Sgt. Jim Chee, who adhered more towards the traditional ways, but nevertheless still took risks. I really did look forward to the next book in the series, and I couldn't wait to read each one. I'm not sure why these books popped into my head, but I'm glad they did. Time to read them again!

About Tony Hillerman

Anthony Grove Hillerman grew up in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, attending elementary and high school with Potawatomie children. He was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, serving from August 1943 to October 1945. He served as a mortar-man in the 103rd Infantry Division. He earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. He attended the University of Oklahoma after the war, meeting Marie Unzner, a student in microbiology. The couple wed and have one biological child and five adopted children.

From 1948–62, he worked as a journalist, then moved his family to Albuquerque, where he earned a master's degree from the University of New Mexico in 1966. It was during his time as a writer for the Borger News-Herald in Borger, Texas that he became acquainted with the sheriff of Hutchinson County, the man upon whom he would pattern the main character in his Joe Leaphorn novels. He taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and also began writing novels. He lived there with his wife Marie until his death in 2008. 

At the time of his death, they had been married 60 years and had ten grandchildren.

A consistently bestselling author, he was ranked as New Mexico's 22nd wealthiest man in 1996. He wrote 18 books in his Navajo series. He wrote more than 30 books total, among them a memoir and books about the Southwest, its beauty and its history. His literary honors were awarded for his Navajo books. Hillerman's books have been translated into eight languages, among them Danish and Japanese.

Hillerman's writing is noted for the cultural details he provides about his subjects: Hopi, Zuni, European-American, federal agents, and especially Navajo Tribal Police. His works in nonfiction and in fiction reflect his appreciation of the natural wonders of the American Southwest and his appreciation of its people, particularly the Navajo. 

His mystery novels are set in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona, sometimes reaching into Colorado and Utah, with occasional forays to the big cities of Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City. The protagonists are Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police. Lt. Leaphorn was introduced in Hillerman's first novel, The Blessing Way (1970). Sgt. Jim Chee was introduced in the fourth novel, People of Drakness. The two first work together in the seventh novel, Skinwalkers.

#navajo   #nativeamerican   #mystery   #fourcorners   #joeleaphorn   #jimchee   #southwest   #newmexico   #arizona   #navajonation   #americanwest  

via/ http://www.amazon.com/Blessing-Way-Navajo-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B000FC10VQ___

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2016-04-27 22:51:45 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Does that cat, in any way, look worried? Naw. he's good. :-)

#g33k   #dragon   #cats   #indieart  

Dragon VS Cat! 

It's the beginning of an epic battle ... 
own a print for just $10 http://bit.ly/dragonVScat___Does that cat, in any way, look worried? Naw. he's good. :-)

#g33k   #dragon   #cats   #indieart  

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2016-04-27 05:31:08 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

The Town Without An "S." An Unsolicited Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Lego City has a mean streak on the best of days, and that wasn't often. The town was like your drunken Uncle who walked around with a permanent chip on his shoulder - you know the one. Hates the world, hates his life, just loves to hate in general. Smacks around little old ladies and priests. And mean as a cat getting a daily bath.

A stranger riding riding into town on a pale horse might have fit in the centuries past, but this was 1920's America, buddy, and no one took kindly to Equines stinkin' up the town. In Lego City, you either drove a plastic car, or you hoofed it. Anything else made you stand out like a sore thumb, and as Confucius or some other ancient, dead Chinese guy said - "that thumb will get hit with a hammer." Or something like... more »

The Lego of Death -- Is there a dark side to the Lego Universe?

I've always wanted to explore the seedy side of Lego City. I know there has to be a smokey bar with a dimly-lit back entrance. A tavern where the piano is out of tune, and the reality of the music hits you square in "the feels". I would shoot it completely in black and white (like a old noire comic book or movie).

Unfortunately -- I don't have the space for such a delusional endeavor right now. Maybe one day I'll have the time and space to explore this monster of an idea 😊👍

#lego #grimreaper #death #palehorse #noire

___The Town Without An "S." An Unsolicited Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Lego City has a mean streak on the best of days, and that wasn't often. The town was like your drunken Uncle who walked around with a permanent chip on his shoulder - you know the one. Hates the world, hates his life, just loves to hate in general. Smacks around little old ladies and priests. And mean as a cat getting a daily bath.

A stranger riding riding into town on a pale horse might have fit in the centuries past, but this was 1920's America, buddy, and no one took kindly to Equines stinkin' up the town. In Lego City, you either drove a plastic car, or you hoofed it. Anything else made you stand out like a sore thumb, and as Confucius or some other ancient, dead Chinese guy said - "that thumb will get hit with a hammer." Or something like that.

Jack Blitzer didn't give a damn. About the town, or its people, or even about himself very much, if he was being honest. ("Which I'm not." he said to himself, knowing how deadly he really was. Nobody was ever going to kill him, but he might just do that himself. Or he would if he could, being Death and all. "Shit," he said out loud. "I hate those damn paradoxes."

Clump-clump-clumping down the old cobblestone street now he headed right for the seedy part of town. He'd been there before, often, but it was usually for work. This was personal. This was a special trip he was making - to see a man about a coffin. And that man was Mr. S. owner of half the South Side, definitely a "made man" and one tough son-of-a-bitch. If anyone "owned" Lego City, he did. And he let everyone know it, one way or another.

Jack never met the man personally, but he'd seen the aftermath carnage and blood rivers of dozens of deaths he personally administered. If there was a low-life out there that ever earned a visit from Jack Blitzer, it was this miscreant. But first, Jack had to get in the door of his lair - his fortified nightclub called "The Kit Kat Bar" and that was never easy. Why?

One reason (well, five actually). Mr. S always kept a legion of door bouncers out front that all looked like they won belts in the WWE. And not those puny belts from underground events that resembled The Fight Club - Main Event belts. (Yeah, I know, doesn't make any sense. Can you hum "Faaake?") They were badasses, and they carried their own weather around them. Jack knew that if he had any chance of getting into that smoke-filled room of snakes, he'd have to neutralize these hombres first. He needed a plan, but he figured that would come to him once he crushed the gladiators in front of him.

They saw him coming, of course. I mean, they weren't that stupid. (at least, that's what they told themselves). Their ringleader was an ogre-sized tough named Sketch McFinn, and his bone-crushing upbringing with six other bigger brothers in his Irish-Catholic family seasoned him for a lifetime. Nobody messed with Sketch (at least, no one who lived). Jack jumped off his horse, and casually tied his strap to a lamp post a few feet away.

Sketch eyed him wearily, knowing who he was dealing with. He gave a long sigh. "What's with the mask, Jack?"

Jack slowly removed it, exposing skin, or what was left of the skin clinging onto his skull for dear life, and he actually smiled. The other toughs let out what sounded like the cries of young girls, and slowly backed into the shadows. Sketch noticed, but stood his ground.

"Ah, Sketch. Long time. Wife good? Kids?" He grinned, with a smile that could blind a pilot 30,000 feet in the air, and for the first time, Sketch also started backing up a little bit.

"I don't want no trouble, Jack. You'se know the Boss ain't gonna take this nicely and all." He was almost whispering at the end, 'cause he knew exactly who he was talking to. "I, I, I can't..."

"Can't?
"Can't, or won't?"

It wasn't the words he said, but how he said them that had all five men suddenly frightened out of their minds. Now with guns in hand, they knew how silly they looked. They weren't winning this battle.

Jack raised his arms in the air, as if to surrender, and slowly made his way towards them. Now, they were within two feet of each other.

"We're just gonna talk, Sketch. Promise. Then  he gave that smile/grin again and they all shuddered all at once. Sketch made his way to the door, his hands shaking, and he pounded on it three times. Then stopped. Then he pounded on it four times more. It was the code - and a small opening appeared with a pair of beady eyes staring though it.

"He's clean," said Jack, now full-on trembling. "He, uh, er - let him in!" he shouted, backing away.

Jack casually sauntered into the entrance to the Kit Cat Bar and knew he didn't need another smile. If they hadn't already pissed themselves, they would all night back home with their girl or with the missus.

As he moved towards the main room, all he could hear were sad keys being pecked - not played exactly, but pecked on an out-of-tune old upright piano from the Becker Brothers of New York. He knew his instruments, just as he knew human nature, and the cries during the infliction of pain. He smiled once more, to himself, and walked directly into the decadence that was playing out around him. 

He stopped for a moment and took in the scene; patrons laughing and sucking up booze (illegally, of course) at the round tables that littered the main room;  he saw one beautiful kitten crooning on the stage, backed up by nothing more that sad piano that today would be played by some nightclub cat named Tom Waits.

He looked at the barkeeps, seemingly transfixed by the kitten, then he saw Mr. S, surrounded by a bevy of gals that could make a grown man sweat in an icebox. Seconds passed, then their eyes locked, and Mr. S gave the biggest laugh Jack had ever heard. It was full of life, happy, sad, mysterious, taunting, and deadly all at the same time.

Jack smiled at Mr. S and laughed as well. A piercing, haunting, dirge-like sound escaped his throat and the bar suddenly became silent. The piano keys stooped, in mid-tap, and the crooning stopped faster than a cop taking a bribe. All eyes were on Mr. S, then on Jack, then back on Mr. S. And suddenly...

Let me know if you might want more of the story...

#lego  #grimreaper   #death   #palehorse   #noire   #legocity  

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2016-04-27 03:55:34 (6 comments; 12 reshares; 163 +1s)Open 

Weep: Fractal Art by Kim Redd

While I'm not normally a huge fan of abstract art, fractal art interests me. This composition compels my eyes to take it all in, and to absorb the rich, nuanced colors.

Her palette here reminds me of the artists in the Art Nouveau period. It has flowing lines, and earthy colors, yet you can still see distinct patterns, which is suggestive of the Art Deco period which would follow later. I'm even feeling some of the warmth of the Arts & Crafts era. As I said, this is a compelling piece to me and I can find myself starting at it for a while, taking it all in...

#fractalart   #indieartist   #artnouveau  

via/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/FractalArtByKimRedd

Weep: Fractal Art by Kim Redd

While I'm not normally a huge fan of abstract art, fractal art interests me. This composition compels my eyes to take it all in, and to absorb the rich, nuanced colors.

Her palette here reminds me of the artists in the Art Nouveau period. It has flowing lines, and earthy colors, yet you can still see distinct patterns, which is suggestive of the Art Deco period which would follow later. I'm even feeling some of the warmth of the Arts & Crafts era. As I said, this is a compelling piece to me and I can find myself starting at it for a while, taking it all in...

#fractalart   #indieartist   #artnouveau  

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2016-04-27 03:27:27 (3 comments; 12 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost On This Day in History, 27 April 1667

Blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for a mere 10 pounds. Illustration by Gustave Doré.

One long weekend (or week), when you have some time to relax and cozy up to a fire, pull out your copy of Paradise Lost, take your time, going very slowly, and absorb the greatness within this vast, epic poem. It truly is one of the most remarkable pieces of writing in the English language, But fair warning: there are over ten thousand lines of blank verse!

Milton was born and raised the indulged son of a prosperous London businessman. He excelled at languages in grammar school and at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he took a bachelor’s and a master’s, which he completed in 1632. He then decided to continue his owneducatio... more »

John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost On This Day in History, 27 April 1667

Blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for a mere 10 pounds. Illustration by Gustave Doré.

One long weekend (or week), when you have some time to relax and cozy up to a fire, pull out your copy of Paradise Lost, take your time, going very slowly, and absorb the greatness within this vast, epic poem. It truly is one of the most remarkable pieces of writing in the English language, But fair warning: there are over ten thousand lines of blank verse!

Milton was born and raised the indulged son of a prosperous London businessman. He excelled at languages in grammar school and at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he took a bachelor’s and a master’s, which he completed in 1632. He then decided to continue his own education, spending six years reading every major work of literature in several languages. He published an elegy for a college classmate, Lycidas in 1637 and went abroad in 1638 to continue his studies.

In 1642, Milton married 17-year-old Mary Powell, who left him just weeks later. Milton wrote a series of pamphlets arguing for the institution of divorce based on incompatibility. The idea, however mild it seems today, was scandalous at the time, and Milton experienced a vehement backlash for his writing.

Milton’s wife returned to him in 1645, and the pair had three daughters. However, he continued espousing controversial views. He supported the execution of Charles I, he railed against the control of the church by bishops, and he upheld the institution of Cromwell’s commonwealth, for which he became secretary of foreign languages.

In 1651, he lost his sight but fulfilled his government duties with the help of assistants, including poet Andrew Marvell. His wife died the following year. He remarried in 1656, but his second wife died in childbirth. Four years later, the commonwealth was overturned, and Milton was thrown in jail, saved only by the intervention of friends. The blind man lost his position and property.

He remarried in 1663. Blind, impoverished, and jobless, he began to dictate his poem _Paradise Lost_  to his family. When the poem was ready for publication, he sold it for 10 pounds. Once printed, the poem was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of the English language. In 1671, he wrote Paradise Regained, followed by Samson Agonistes. He died in 1674.

#johnmilton   #paradiselost   #epicpoem   #literarymasterpiece   #poem   #gustavedore  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-milton-sells-the-copyright-to-paradise-lost

Book 1. The Argument

This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac't: Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by the command of God driven out of Heaven with all his Crew into the great Deep. 

Which action past over, the Poem hasts into the midst of things, presenting Satan with his Angels now fallen into Hell, describ'd here, not in the Center (for Heaven and Earth may be suppos'd as yet not made, certainly not yet accurst) but in a place of utter darkness, fitliest call'd Chaos: 

Here Satan with his Angels lying on the burning Lake, thunder-struck and astonisht, after a certain space recovers, as from confusion, calls up him who next in Order and Dignity lay by him; they confer of thir miserable fall. Satan awakens all his Legions, who lay till then in the same manner confounded; 

They rise, thir Numbers, array of Battel, thir chief Leaders nam'd, according to the Idols known afterwards in Canaan and the Countries adjoyning. To these Satan directs his Speech, comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven, but tells them lastly of a new World and new kind of Creature to be created, according to an ancient Prophesie or report in Heaven; for that Angels were long before this visible Creation, was the opinion of many ancient Fathers. 

To find out the truth of this Prophesie, and what to determin thereon he refers to a full Councel. What his Associates thence attempt. Pandemonium the Palace of Satan rises, suddenly built out of the Deep: The infernal Peers there sit in Councel.

All of Paradise Lost

https://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_1/text.shtml


OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, [ 5 ]
Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,
In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth
Rose out of Chaos: Or if Sion Hill [ 10 ]
Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd
Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th' Aonian Mount, while it pursues [ 15 ]
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread [ 20 ]
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence, [ 25 ]
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
Say first, for Heav'n hides nothing from thy view
Nor the deep Tract of Hell, say first what cause
Mov'd our Grand Parents in that happy State,
Favour'd of Heav'n so highly, to fall off [ 30 ]
From thir Creator, and transgress his Will
For one restraint, Lords of the World besides?
Who first seduc'd them to that foul revolt?
Th' infernal Serpent; he it was, whose guile
Stird up with Envy and Revenge, deceiv'd [ 35 ]
The Mother of Mankind, what time his Pride
Had cast him out from Heav'n, with all his Host
Of Rebel Angels, by whose aid aspiring
To set himself in Glory above his Peers,
He trusted to have equal'd the most High, [ 40 ]
If he oppos'd; and with ambitious aim
Against the Throne and Monarchy of God
Rais'd impious War in Heav'n and Battel proud
With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power
Hurld headlong flaming from th' Ethereal Skie [ 45 ]
With hideous ruine and combustion down
To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire,
Who durst defie th' Omnipotent to Arms.
Nine times the Space that measures Day and Night [ 50 ]
To mortal men, he with his horrid crew
Lay vanquisht, rowling in the fiery Gulfe
Confounded though immortal: But his doom
Reserv'd him to more wrath; for now the thought
Both of lost happiness and lasting pain [ 55 ]
Torments him; round he throws his baleful eyes
That witness'd huge affliction and dismay
Mixt with obdurate pride and stedfast hate:
At once as far as Angels kenn he views
The dismal Situation waste and wilde, [ 60 ]
A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv'd onely to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace [ 65 ]
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all; but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum'd:
Such place Eternal Justice had prepar'd [ 70 ]
For those rebellious, here thir Prison ordain'd
In utter darkness, and thir portion set
As far remov'd from God and light of Heav'n
As from the Center thrice to th' utmost Pole.
O how unlike the place from whence they fell! [ 75 ]
Beelzebub. To whom th' Arch-Enemy,
And thence in Heav'n call'd Satan, with bold words
Breaking the horrid silence thus began.___

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2016-04-26 22:02:55 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Some Aliens Can't Catch a Break: A Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Bolaji had started out the day feeling very positive. Giddy almost (not that you could tell, you know, permanent menacing scowl affixed to his face and all). But he knew - and he felt good for once. His first mission was a complete success (he got to do his favorite chest-bursting and everything, taking out that filthy Krogort beast on Xix 52) but he was only a youngster then.

Now, when he was just hitting his stride as an angry teen (again, not that anyone could tell, menacing scowl, remember) and right as he was packing his gear, ready to join the hunt with his best buddies Yaphet, Scammel, and Ver, his "boss" showed up at his side, and berated him for his very-far-from-immaculate appearance.

"Look, Bolaji, you're reflecting badly on the rest of... more »

Some Aliens Can't Catch a Break: A Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Bolaji had started out the day feeling very positive. Giddy almost (not that you could tell, you know, permanent menacing scowl affixed to his face and all). But he knew - and he felt good for once. His first mission was a complete success (he got to do his favorite chest-bursting and everything, taking out that filthy Krogort beast on Xix 52) but he was only a youngster then.

Now, when he was just hitting his stride as an angry teen (again, not that anyone could tell, menacing scowl, remember) and right as he was packing his gear, ready to join the hunt with his best buddies Yaphet, Scammel, and Ver, his "boss" showed up at his side, and berated him for his very-far-from-immaculate appearance.

"Look, Bolaji, you're reflecting badly on the rest of the ship. Other aliens are starting to notice, and a few are even spitting out acid, and not in the face-melting good way. Understand?"

Bolaji felt like an asteroid had just hit him in the chest.

"But we all look alike. C'mon, sir. I mean, look at us!"

His boss scowled (again, you get the idea...) and pulled Bolaji aside..

"I'm sorry son, but while your friends are going over to that other ship and have their way with, well, I don't know what to call them. Aliens, maybe, I'm afraid I'm putting you on desk work today. Lots of filing, lots of typing of reports. It's for your own good. We can't have you reflecting badly on this crew. That happens, and word gets back to HQ, well..."

His boss looked around and leaned in towards Bolaji, pausing.

"Let's just say there are worse things in space than face-melting acid. Got me?"

He then walked away and Bolaji just caught a shadow of his friends walking down the corridor in their gear in their, uh, skin. He sighed, knowing he had caught Yaphet grinning (but he couldn't prove it - ya, you know where this is going). Immediately he starts hitting the computer keys and there might just have been a tear rolling down his cheek, but....

#alienday    #collaboration   #sciencefiction   #horrow   #alien   #aliens   #macrophotography  ___

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2016-04-26 05:19:00 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

Walt Disney Hyperion Studios

When we think of American ingenuity, we inevitably think of men and women who took massive risks. Our culture has always revolved around risk taking, and that is sometimes very different from many other cultures. When you travel abroad, you get to understand this first-hand. Our young country has always sought themes like adventure, discovery, invention, creativity ... and these themes have defined who we are as a nation. Walt Disney was born into this theme, and he created an empire out of hard work, dedication, and creating new worlds. He said it best when he said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

The name Hyperion is well-known to Disney fans. It is the book-publishing division of the Walt Disney Company and the monorail in Disney California Adventure Park travels... more »

Walt Disney Hyperion Studios

When we think of American ingenuity, we inevitably think of men and women who took massive risks. Our culture has always revolved around risk taking, and that is sometimes very different from many other cultures. When you travel abroad, you get to understand this first-hand. Our young country has always sought themes like adventure, discovery, invention, creativity ... and these themes have defined who we are as a nation. Walt Disney was born into this theme, and he created an empire out of hard work, dedication, and creating new worlds. He said it best when he said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

The name Hyperion is well-known to Disney fans. It is the book-publishing division of the Walt Disney Company and the monorail in Disney California Adventure Park travels across the Hyperion Bridge as it speeds past the Buena Vista Street entrance. However, Disney fans may not know the significance of the name Hyperion in Disney history. On a segment of The DIS Unplugged Podcast: Disneyland Edition, I spoke with Disney historian and author, David Lesjak, about life at the original Walt Disney Studios and his presentation on  “The Disney Hyperion Studios, 1929-1939, The Foundation of an Empire” at The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

The Hyperion Studio Music Room, late 1929 or early 1930. Image courtesy of David Lesjak.

In 1925, Walt Disney was making the Alice Comedies out of a store front. Walt decided he needed a stand-alone studio. Before marrying Lillian Bounds, Walt Disney and his brother Roy placed a $400 down payment on a plot of land between Griffith Park Boulevard and Monon Street on Hyperion Avenue. The neighbors were a gas station and an organ factory. In 1926, Walt and Roy filed a permit for a three-room artist studio. This was the beginning of the studio at 2719 Hyperion Avenue. The new studio included two small offices for Walt and Roy Disney, a camera room, and a large partitioned work area for the animators and ink and paint staff.

1927 and 1928 were significant milestones in film making history and in the history of the Walt Disney Studio. In 1927, The Jazz Singer debuted which was the first feature length film with synchronized sound, and in 1928 Walt lost the rights to his most famous character at the time, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Walt saw these events as opportunities and soon introduced Mickey Mouse and the first cartoon short with sound, “Steamboat Willie”.

As Walt and his animators became more creative and innovative technically and artistically, the studio had to grow to meet the demands of Walt’s vision. During the next four years the original studio building went through several renovations and additions until a two-story building called “Animator’s Building # 1” and a sound stage were added in 1931. Walt and Roy purchased additional plots of land surrounding the studio and built the “Animator’s Building #2/Shorts Building”in 1934, Ink and Paint and Annex buildings in 1935, and a “Features Building” in 1937. Several other smaller buildings were constructed on the property, including a Wurlitzer Organ building, warehouse, film vaults, sound stage monitor room, camera room, and a garage for Mickey Mouse’s car.

By 1939 there was no more room to grow on the Hyperion Studio lot. By this time, the Disney Studio had 1,500 employees and the layout of the Hyperion Studio was so haphazard there was a feeling among some that the Hyperion Studio could no longer meet the goals of the Disney Studios. 

In June of 1938, Walt and Roy paid a $10,000 deposit for a 51 acre plot of land in Burbank and construction on a new studio began shortly afterwards. In the fall of 1939, the first staff moved into the new Burbank studios. Walt was a pioneer in recycling and transported buildings from Hyperion to Burbank. The bungalow where D23 members meet for studio events and the Company Store are surviving buildings from the Hyperion Studio.

In 1941, half of the Hyperion Studio property was sold to Thomas Curtis Optical Laboratories. The Weldon T. Thomas Company, a vitamin manufacturer, purchased the remaining property. On August 26, 1966, the studio property was torn down and replaced by a Mayfair Market and later Gelson’s Market. A duplex from the former Hyperion Studio property still stands in its original location and is a private residence.

During the Hyperion Studios short 14 years, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck,  Snow White, Pinocchio and many more beloved characters were given life. In many ways, the Hyperion Studios represents “the golden age” of Walt Disney’s imagination.

#waltdisney   #hyperionstudios   #OldHollywood   #hollywood   #studios   #movies   #films   #filmmaking   #animatedfilms  

http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2013/07/28/the-walt-disney-hyperion-studios-1929-1939-the-foundation-of-an-empire/

The Podcast
http://www.disunplugged.com/2013/05/09/dis-unplugged-podcast-050913-disneyland-show/___

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2016-04-26 04:36:33 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

I admit it ... 99% of the time I'm the content creator here (and have been since Day One), but I really like the work of +krash override and I'm hoping more people will discover some of the cool works he does. This is kind of an amalgam for fans of Star Wars and Star Trek and for fans of a 'lil bit of subversiveness.... OBEY!

Survived Another Monday -- Beer Me!

#ewok #starwars #stormtrooper #bikerscout #actionFigure #rebelscum #livelongandprosper 🖖 ___I admit it ... 99% of the time I'm the content creator here (and have been since Day One), but I really like the work of +krash override and I'm hoping more people will discover some of the cool works he does. This is kind of an amalgam for fans of Star Wars and Star Trek and for fans of a 'lil bit of subversiveness.... OBEY!

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2016-04-26 04:24:48 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

I hate that I'm in Ohio and not NYC when I see things like this. This involves not only Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but a Book byJulian Fellowes, the theater where Cats ran for 18 years, a Battle of the Bands as a central theme, and, of course, it's got the cache of School of Rock involved. I want to see this!

#rocknroll   #schoolofrock   #broadway   #andrewlloydwebber   #julianfellowes   #broadway   #musical  

http://www.playbill.com/production/school-of-rock-the-musical-winter-garden-theatre-vault-0000014098

About the Play
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_of_Rock_(musical)

Our friends at +School of Rock the Musical are now jammin' with 5 performances every weekend and a show every Monday at 7PM! The show currently features two REAL #SchoolofRock  students -- Raghav of +School of Rock Princeton and Jersey of +School Of Rock West LA.

Get your tickets here: http://schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets/___I hate that I'm in Ohio and not NYC when I see things like this. This involves not only Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but a Book byJulian Fellowes, the theater where Cats ran for 18 years, a Battle of the Bands as a central theme, and, of course, it's got the cache of School of Rock involved. I want to see this!

#rocknroll   #schoolofrock   #broadway   #andrewlloydwebber   #julianfellowes   #broadway   #musical  

http://www.playbill.com/production/school-of-rock-the-musical-winter-garden-theatre-vault-0000014098

About the Play
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_of_Rock_(musical)

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2016-04-26 03:18:19 (11 comments; 11 reshares; 109 +1s)Open 

Polio Vaccine Trials Begin On This Day in History, April 26, 1954

Kids of a certain age here will never forget the day they had this shot (if they weren't lucky enough to get the oral version later). I wasn't one of the lucky ones (and I still have the scar to prove it, though after looking at the comments, I myself may have had the agony from a smallpox shot. In any case, it was all trauma for me...)). All I remember from that day is a sense of dread we all felt, and later the screams and crying. It had to be done, but the day I got my shot I was a day I've never forgotten. And regardless of smiling kids here, it hurt like hell for me!

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in... more »

Polio Vaccine Trials Begin On This Day in History, April 26, 1954

Kids of a certain age here will never forget the day they had this shot (if they weren't lucky enough to get the oral version later). I wasn't one of the lucky ones (and I still have the scar to prove it, though after looking at the comments, I myself may have had the agony from a smallpox shot. In any case, it was all trauma for me...)). All I remember from that day is a sense of dread we all felt, and later the screams and crying. It had to be done, but the day I got my shot I was a day I've never forgotten. And regardless of smiling kids here, it hurt like hell for me!

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo. On April 12, 1955, researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America. In the ensuing decades, polio vaccines would all but wipe out the highly contagious disease in the Western Hemisphere.

Polio, known officially as poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease that has existed since ancient times and is caused by a virus. It occurs most commonly in children and can result in paralysis. The disease reached epidemic proportions throughout the first half of the 20th century. 

During the 1940s and 1950s, polio was associated with the iron lung, a large metal tank designed to help polio victims suffering from respiratory paralysis breathe.

President Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39 and was left paralyzed from the waist down and forced to use leg braces and a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In 1938, Roosevelt helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes. The organization was responsible for funding much of the research concerning the disease, including the Salk vaccine trials.

The man behind the original vaccine was New York-born physician and epidemiologist Jonas Salk (1914-95). Salk’s work on an anti-influenza vaccine in the 1940s, while at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, led him, in 1952 at the University of Pittsburgh, to develop the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), based on a killed-virus strain of the disease. 

The 1954 field trials that followed, the largest in U.S. history at the time, were led by Salk’s former University of Michigan colleague, Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr.

In the late 1950s, Polish-born physician and virologist Albert Sabin (1906-1993) tested an oral polio vaccine (OPV) he had created from a weakened live virus. The vaccine, easier to administer and cheaper to produce than Salk’s, became available for use in America in the early 1960s and eventually replaced Salk’s as the vaccine of choice in most countries.

Today, polio has been eliminated throughout much of the world due to the vaccine; however, there is still no cure for the disease and it persists in a small number of countries in Africa and Asia.

#polio   #vaccine   #virus   #jonassalk   #onthisday   #history   #fieldtrials   #immunization   #childhoodmemories  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/polio-vaccine-trials-begin

Image/ http://www.aadl.org/node/314409___

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California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento

Every time I get back to Sacramento, I make it a point to see this museum again. I've probably been there a few dozen times now, over the years, and the reason I return (other than being a massive train lover) is that this museum is quite simply world-class when it comes to trains and tying-in the railroads to California history.

When you walk through the various rooms and exhibits, it feels as if you are walking back through history. Some of the cars seem as if they're frozen in time and they have that "you are here" feeling. They're kinda eerie but cool at the same time. This museum is worth taking your time with, and your kids will love it. How could they not? It's situated within Old Sacramento, which is worthy of it's own trip, albeit one that's been polished up a little bit. (read:... more »

California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento

Every time I get back to Sacramento, I make it a point to see this museum again. I've probably been there a few dozen times now, over the years, and the reason I return (other than being a massive train lover) is that this museum is quite simply world-class when it comes to trains and tying-in the railroads to California history.

When you walk through the various rooms and exhibits, it feels as if you are walking back through history. Some of the cars seem as if they're frozen in time and they have that "you are here" feeling. They're kinda eerie but cool at the same time. This museum is worth taking your time with, and your kids will love it. How could they not? It's situated within Old Sacramento, which is worthy of it's own trip, albeit one that's been polished up a little bit. (read: reconstructed)

If you are visiting the Western United States, I highly recommend seeing this museum. You will not be disappointed!

About the Museum

First opened to the public in 1976, the California State Railroad Museum complex is one of Sacramento's largest and most popular visitor destinations. Over 500,000 visit the Museum annually, with guests traveling from throughout the world to experience this world-renowned facility. 

The California State Railroad Museum complex consists of six original, reconstructed, and new buildings completed at a cost of $30 million. The primary exhibit building, the Railroad History Museum, totals 100,000 square feet. Completed at a cost of $16.1 million, it opened in May 1981. 

With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California and the West. 

Throughout the main Railroad History Museum building, 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people's lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. Included are a Pullman-style sleeping car, a dining car filled with railroad china, and a Railway Post Office that visitors can actually step aboard.

#california   #railroad   #train   #oldsacramento   #museum   #americanhistory   #oldwest   #westernamericana  

Info via/ http://www.csrmf.org/

Photograph by: Allie Caulfied
https://www.flickr.com/people/28577026@N02

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More About The Museum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Railroad_Museum___

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2016-04-25 05:28:58 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Spider Art & The Great American Garage Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana

On Saturday, +Blaine Hall and I headed into Indiana for a fun event at the War Memorial Coliseum: The Great American Garage Sale. It was a blast, and Blaine was in his element there. Lots of smoozing and deal-making.  Towards the end of our journey, we stumbled on this booth for K & L Laser. The artist wasn't there, but his daughter was, and she explained how her dad created this amazing cardboard art.

She said that her father, Kevin Berkshire could create some of these intricate pieces in 30 minutes! I instantly thought of +Lerato Majikfaerie with this spider work, but all of his work was awesome! He even does some busts and heads that are mind-blowing. I was significantly impressed, and the sale overall was so fun for us. It was a rare Saturday out together!

#spider   #... more »

Spider Art & The Great American Garage Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana

On Saturday, +Blaine Hall and I headed into Indiana for a fun event at the War Memorial Coliseum: The Great American Garage Sale. It was a blast, and Blaine was in his element there. Lots of smoozing and deal-making.  Towards the end of our journey, we stumbled on this booth for K & L Laser. The artist wasn't there, but his daughter was, and she explained how her dad created this amazing cardboard art.

She said that her father, Kevin Berkshire could create some of these intricate pieces in 30 minutes! I instantly thought of +Lerato Majikfaerie with this spider work, but all of his work was awesome! He even does some busts and heads that are mind-blowing. I was significantly impressed, and the sale overall was so fun for us. It was a rare Saturday out together!

#spider   #garagesale   #artist   #laserart   #woodworking   #art   #woodengraving  

via/ laser1316.wix.com/laser___

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2016-04-24 06:28:03 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 196 +1s)Open 

‘67 Shelby Mustang GT 350

We drove into the "Big City" today (Fort Wayne) and about a mile from my farm I saw a local farmer washing this car out front. He recently built a four car garage on an adjacent property, and I knew he had to have had cool cars inside (car buffs like myself know what I'm talking about). We're in Car heaven in our area, what with the Auburn Classic Car Auction held twice a year here. So I always know that I'll stumble on cool cars.

As we zipped by I also noticed a Pontiac GTO inside. Wow. I was thrilled and more than a little envious. The garage was beautiful, and it made me want to instantly build my own. Sigh...

#cars   #automobile   #shelbymustang   #mustang   #ford   #pontiac #GTO   #gm   #carcollector   #garage  

via/ https://www.flickr.com/people/bb-kristinsson/

‘67 Shelby Mustang GT 350

We drove into the "Big City" today (Fort Wayne) and about a mile from my farm I saw a local farmer washing this car out front. He recently built a four car garage on an adjacent property, and I knew he had to have had cool cars inside (car buffs like myself know what I'm talking about). We're in Car heaven in our area, what with the Auburn Classic Car Auction held twice a year here. So I always know that I'll stumble on cool cars.

As we zipped by I also noticed a Pontiac GTO inside. Wow. I was thrilled and more than a little envious. The garage was beautiful, and it made me want to instantly build my own. Sigh...

#cars   #automobile   #shelbymustang   #mustang   #ford   #pontiac #GTO   #gm   #carcollector   #garage  

via/ https://www.flickr.com/people/bb-kristinsson/___

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2016-04-24 05:28:31 (14 comments; 19 reshares; 292 +1s)Open 

The Beatles Visit The Peppermint Lounge in New York City, 1964

Photo by Michael Ochs

Amazingly, they all look happy, and are smiling, How that would change so drastically only a few short years later. But for fans of The Beatles, we'll always treasure these moments. I imagine that first US Tour was amazing and a great ball of fun for the Fab Four...

Rock and roll band 'The Beatles' visits The Peppermint Lounge on their first night in the United States on February 7, 1964 in New York City, New York. (L-R) George Harrison (pointing), John Lennon (in sunglasses), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (below Paul), Cynthia Lennon.

#thebeatles   #thefabfour   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #newyorkcity   #britishinvasion   #peppermintlounnge  

via/ http://bit.ly/PeppermintBeatles

The Beatles Visit The Peppermint Lounge in New York City, 1964

Photo by Michael Ochs

Amazingly, they all look happy, and are smiling, How that would change so drastically only a few short years later. But for fans of The Beatles, we'll always treasure these moments. I imagine that first US Tour was amazing and a great ball of fun for the Fab Four...

Rock and roll band 'The Beatles' visits The Peppermint Lounge on their first night in the United States on February 7, 1964 in New York City, New York. (L-R) George Harrison (pointing), John Lennon (in sunglasses), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (below Paul), Cynthia Lennon.

#thebeatles   #thefabfour   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #newyorkcity   #britishinvasion   #peppermintlounnge  

via/ http://bit.ly/PeppermintBeatles___

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2016-04-24 04:45:42 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I'm binge-watching Stargate Universe tonight and this song was prominently featured in S1. E3. I thought it enhanced the episode perfectly, and it's a cool song on it's own.

Any Stargate fans out there?

#musiclover   #aleximurdoch   #singersongwriter   #stargateuniverse  

I'm binge-watching Stargate Universe tonight and this song was prominently featured in S1. E3. I thought it enhanced the episode perfectly, and it's a cool song on it's own.

Any Stargate fans out there?

#musiclover   #aleximurdoch   #singersongwriter   #stargateuniverse  ___

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2016-04-23 06:31:28 (7 comments; 17 reshares; 152 +1s)Open 

World Book Day (and the Day Shakespeare Died) Is Celebrated On 23 April 2016

World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 22 April and wasb... more »

World Book Day (and the Day Shakespeare Died) Is Celebrated On 23 April 2016

World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 22 April and was buried on 23 April according the Gregorian calendar; however, at this time England still used the Julian calendar. Whilst Shakespeare died on 23 April by the Julian calendar in use in his own country at the time, he actually died eleven days after Cervantes because of the discrepancy between the two date systems. The apparent correspondence of the two dates was a fortunate coincidence for UNESCO.

World Book Day by country

Ireland

In Ireland the day is held annually on the first Thursday in March and is organized in conjunction with World Book Day in the UK.

Spain

To celebrate this day Cervantes' Don Quixote is read during a two-day 'readathon' and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the King in Alcalá de Henares. In Catalonia, Spain, since 1436, St. George's Day has been 'The Day of the Rose', where the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones occurs. It is analogous to Valentine's Day. 

Although the World Book and Copyright Day has been celebrated since 1995 internationally, the first time that books where also exchanged in 'The Day of the Rose' in Catalonia was in 1926 to commemorate the death of Cervantes.

Sweden

In Sweden, the day is known as Världsbokdagen (World Book Day), and the copyright part is seldom mentioned. Normally celebrated on April 23, it was moved to avoid a clash with Easter to April 13 in the year 2000 and 2011.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, World Book Day is held annually on the first Thursday in March, to avoid the established international 23 April date due to clashes with Easter school holidays, and the fact that it is also the National Saint's Day of England, St George's Day.

#worldbookday   #books   #booklovers   #readers   #cervantes   #shakespeare  

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2016-04-22 05:29:52 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Ok. Seriously? It does not get any better than this! #gameofthrones fans will L-O-V-E this! Maisie totally tries to trick the fans into thinking she's not who they think she is, and, well, they're not having any of that!

Watch this - it's fun! h/t to +Scott Kreidler for the find!

___Ok. Seriously? It does not get any better than this! #gameofthrones fans will L-O-V-E this! Maisie totally tries to trick the fans into thinking she's not who they think she is, and, well, they're not having any of that!

Watch this - it's fun! h/t to +Scott Kreidler for the find!

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2016-04-22 03:55:47 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

VR

This is a fascinating "insiders look" into a new and emerging medium; the medium of VR. This read requires some commitment, but anyone who loves the processes of filmmaking (and the tech behind the magic) will read this story with a little zest. The fascination for me is seeing these massive intersections of technology with storytelling. Will this medium change and adapt? Most certainly? Will it be a fad? My guess is no. The luster may wear off, but I expect we're seeing snippets of the future right now with virtual reality.

I asked whether V.R. would be as transformative as the Internet, and Batt didn’t hesitate. “Let me put it this way,” he said. “It’s not a new way to watch movies, or a new gaming platform. It’s a new medium. How often do new mediums come along?”

#vr   #virtualreality   #storytelling   #experiences   #wevr  #filmmaking  ... more »

VR

This is a fascinating "insiders look" into a new and emerging medium; the medium of VR. This read requires some commitment, but anyone who loves the processes of filmmaking (and the tech behind the magic) will read this story with a little zest. The fascination for me is seeing these massive intersections of technology with storytelling. Will this medium change and adapt? Most certainly? Will it be a fad? My guess is no. The luster may wear off, but I expect we're seeing snippets of the future right now with virtual reality.

I asked whether V.R. would be as transformative as the Internet, and Batt didn’t hesitate. “Let me put it this way,” he said. “It’s not a new way to watch movies, or a new gaming platform. It’s a new medium. How often do new mediums come along?”

#vr   #virtualreality   #storytelling   #experiences   #wevr   #filmmaking  ___

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2016-04-22 03:00:47 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the World

July 16, 1966, the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco. Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead have just finished their sets, and as patrons shuffle to the exits they’re handed fliers for another concert, The Association and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The lettering on the 14- by 20-inch poster is a bright orange flame, electrifying, disorienting.

Later Bill Graham, the Fillmore’s promoter, will head out on his Lambretta motor scooter to plaster the posters around the city, as has been his practice for the last few months.

More and more, though, he notices them disappearing. His advertisements have become coveted works of art. The psychedelic concert poster, with bubbled, flowing lettering and lava lamp colors, was invented by the man behind that now classic “Flames” flier, a local artist named WesWilson. ... more »

How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the World

July 16, 1966, the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco. Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead have just finished their sets, and as patrons shuffle to the exits they’re handed fliers for another concert, The Association and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The lettering on the 14- by 20-inch poster is a bright orange flame, electrifying, disorienting.

Later Bill Graham, the Fillmore’s promoter, will head out on his Lambretta motor scooter to plaster the posters around the city, as has been his practice for the last few months.

More and more, though, he notices them disappearing. His advertisements have become coveted works of art. The psychedelic concert poster, with bubbled, flowing lettering and lava lamp colors, was invented by the man behind that now classic “Flames” flier, a local artist named Wes Wilson. Fifty years ago, as San Francisco transformed from a beatnik era of black and white to a hippie decade spiked with color, 

Wilson’s designs for concerts featuring bands such as Santana, Muddy Waters and even the Beatles became the signature style for America’s fomenting counterculture, as central to our comprehension of that era’s visual landscape as long hair, bell-bottoms and VW buses.

Wilson started working in a San Francisco print shop in 1965. The 28-year-old had little formal training but was inspired by the freedom of Art Nouveau’s sinuous shapes and the block-like lettering of Vienna Secessionist artists like Alfred Roller. “I started to see lettering as a form maker as well as a content of information,” recalls Wilson, who now lives in Missouri’s Western Ozarks. 

#concertposter   #rocknroll   #musiclover   #billgraham   #fillmore   #sanfrancisco   #psychedelic  

Read the full story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/psychedelic-concert-poster-rocked-world-180958780/

And a huge h/t to +Chris Kim A for catching my eye with this!___

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2016-04-22 01:34:47 (31 comments; 28 reshares; 360 +1s)Open 

There Are No Words...

Yes, there are a million posts in everyone's stream, talking about the loss of, well, can we call him anything short of Musical God Rock N' Funk Legend the icon we all knew as Prince?

I think the shock took us all by surprise, and one day we'll be able to coherently talk about his impact on rock n' roll. For now, RIP Prince. Rest In Peace up in your own Paisley Park in the sky...

#prince   #paisleypark   #signothetimes   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #pop   #funk   #soul   #icon   #ripprince  

Classic Prince | 1987 Sign “☮” The Times - Jeff Katz album cover Paisley Park stage photo session - a fan cropped out Cat. Sign o' The Times promotional photo (1987) © Jeff Katz

There Are No Words...

Yes, there are a million posts in everyone's stream, talking about the loss of, well, can we call him anything short of Musical God Rock N' Funk Legend the icon we all knew as Prince?

I think the shock took us all by surprise, and one day we'll be able to coherently talk about his impact on rock n' roll. For now, RIP Prince. Rest In Peace up in your own Paisley Park in the sky...

#prince   #paisleypark   #signothetimes   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #pop   #funk   #soul   #icon   #ripprince  

Classic Prince | 1987 Sign “☮” The Times - Jeff Katz album cover Paisley Park stage photo session - a fan cropped out Cat. Sign o' The Times promotional photo (1987) © Jeff Katz___

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2016-04-21 05:20:39 (18 comments; 27 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

Stairway To Heaven by JackRackham on Deviant

There are always those songs that resonate with us, for various reasons. We heard it at a wedding reception, or we saw the band in concert, but it was an intimate concert with only 50 fans. We ran into them in the most out-of-the-way restaurant/bar you can imagine, and they were so gracious and cool. We turned a corner in Paris, and there they were, acting as if they weren't Rock Star Gods, just normal blokes. And they even took the time to talk to us and sign autographs.

Or in one that happened to me, I went to a friend's party at his flat in Prague and there was Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, just hanging out, and giving us the best stories of the night!

Those are the stories I hope are out there for legendary bands, and for legendary songs. This song is most definitely legendary, and an amalgam of... more »

Stairway To Heaven by JackRackham on Deviant

There are always those songs that resonate with us, for various reasons. We heard it at a wedding reception, or we saw the band in concert, but it was an intimate concert with only 50 fans. We ran into them in the most out-of-the-way restaurant/bar you can imagine, and they were so gracious and cool. We turned a corner in Paris, and there they were, acting as if they weren't Rock Star Gods, just normal blokes. And they even took the time to talk to us and sign autographs.

Or in one that happened to me, I went to a friend's party at his flat in Prague and there was Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, just hanging out, and giving us the best stories of the night!

Those are the stories I hope are out there for legendary bands, and for legendary songs. This song is most definitely legendary, and an amalgam of beauty and fierceness, honesty and truth, and probably a hundred other things. When you hear the term Classic Rock this is the song that should pop in your head.

This work involves a cat stepping on it, yet it is still powerful and unique. As are the best stories and songs...

As Zeebee from the UK says -- "A picture of Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin done with light and dark blue felt tip in the lyrics to a rather good song of theirs. Unfortunately a cat with wet paws decided to step on it."

#ledzeppelin   #stairwaytoheaven   #rocknroll   #classicrock   #song   #songlyrics   #rockgods   #robertplant   #jimmypage  

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Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven" (Live from Madison Square Garden and from The Song Remains The Same)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q7Vr3yQYWQ___

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2016-04-21 04:10:32 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

753 B.C. Rome Founded On This Day In History

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.

According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were the sons of Rhea Silvia, the daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa. Alba Longa was a mythical city located in the Alban Hills southeast of what would become Rome. Before the birth of the twins, Numitor was deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become a vestal virgin so that she would not give birth to rival claimants to his title. 

However, Rhea was impregnated by the war god Marsand... more »

753 B.C. Rome Founded On This Day In History

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.

According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were the sons of Rhea Silvia, the daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa. Alba Longa was a mythical city located in the Alban Hills southeast of what would become Rome. Before the birth of the twins, Numitor was deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become a vestal virgin so that she would not give birth to rival claimants to his title. 

However, Rhea was impregnated by the war god Mars and gave birth to Romulus and Remus. Amulius ordered the infants drowned in the Tiber, but they survived and washed ashore at the foot of the Palatine hill, where they were suckled by a she-wolf until they were found by the shepherd Faustulus.

Reared by Faustulus and his wife, the twins later became leaders of a band of young shepherd warriors. After learning their true identity, they attacked Alba Longa, killed the wicked Amulius, and restored their grandfather to the throne. The twins then decided to found a town on the site where they had been saved as infants. They soon became involved in a petty quarrel, however, and Remus was slain by his brother. Romulus then became ruler of the settlement, which was named “Rome” after him.

To populate his town, Romulus offered asylum to fugitives and exiles. Rome lacked women, however, so Romulus invited the neighboring Sabines to a festival and abducted their women. A war then ensued, but the Sabine women intervened to prevent the Sabine men from seizing Rome. A peace treaty was drawn up, and the communities merged under the joint rule of Romulus and the Sabine king, Titus Tatius. Tatius’ early death, perhaps perpetrated by Romulus, left the Roman as the sole king again. 

After a long and successful rule, Romulus died under obscure circumstances. Many Romans believed he was changed into a god and worshipped him as the deity Quirinus. After Romulus, there were six more kings of Rome, the last three believed to be Etruscans. 

Around 509 B.C., the Roman republic was established.

Another Roman foundation legend, which has its origins in ancient Greece, tells of how the mythical Trojan Aeneas founded Lavinium and started a dynasty that would lead to the birth of Romulus and Remus several centuries later. In the Iliad,an epic Greek poem probably composed by Homer in the eighth century B.C., Aeneas was the only major Trojan hero to survive the Greek destruction of Troy. A passage told of how he and his descendants would rule the Trojans, but since there was no record of any such dynasty in Troy, Greek scholars proposed that Aeneas and his followers relocated.

In the fifth century B.C., a few Greek historians speculated that Aeneas settled at Rome, which was then still a small city-state. In the fourth century B.C., Rome began to expand within the Italian peninsula, and Romans, coming into greater contact with the Greeks, embraced the suggestion that Aeneas had a role in the foundation of their great city. 

In the first century B.C., the Roman poet Virgil developed the Aeneas myth in his epic poem the Aeneid, which told of Aeneas’ journey to Rome. Augustus, the first Roman emperor and emperor during Virgil’s time, and Julius Caesar, his great-uncle and predecessor as Roman ruler, were said to be descended from Aeneas.

#rome   #legend   #mythology   #romulus   #remus   #italy   #worldhistory   #onthisday   #romanempire  

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2016-04-21 03:36:53 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

I Had To Bury My Friend Christopher Today

Christopher will always be this cool cat in my eyes. He was always a lover and not a fighter. He was the most laid-back kitteh we had, and I got to enjoy him for ten years. He was part of the package deal of getting together with +Blaine Hall then moving to our Utopia on the farm in Ohio. We've lost other pets, but this loss will probably be the hardest.

We had a special connection. A special code together. If I wanted to think about a nap on the weekend, he instinctively knew and would be right there with me. When he needed tummy rubs, he let me know. He never rocked these Elton John eyeglasses - but I know he could of! 

No, he didn't look exactly like this (and you can never find that perfect photo when you're grieving, can you?) He had his own style; a unique mix of colors on the fur of his belly, a... more »

I Had To Bury My Friend Christopher Today

Christopher will always be this cool cat in my eyes. He was always a lover and not a fighter. He was the most laid-back kitteh we had, and I got to enjoy him for ten years. He was part of the package deal of getting together with +Blaine Hall then moving to our Utopia on the farm in Ohio. We've lost other pets, but this loss will probably be the hardest.

We had a special connection. A special code together. If I wanted to think about a nap on the weekend, he instinctively knew and would be right there with me. When he needed tummy rubs, he let me know. He never rocked these Elton John eyeglasses - but I know he could of! 

No, he didn't look exactly like this (and you can never find that perfect photo when you're grieving, can you?) He had his own style; a unique mix of colors on the fur of his belly, a total softy to hold, claws that could cut diamonds when they needed to, eyes so big they looked like they were painted by Margaret Keane - and I swear - the longest forearms of any cat I've ever seen. He would lay out and it was like looking at the Sphinx!

Chrissy passed away on his own last night, just after his pain was starting to kick in and a day before we could take him on a final trip to the vet. I couldn't stand to see him suffer, but he was a trooper, right to the end. The week before, I even took to sleeping on the sofa so he could fall asleep in my arms. I wanted to be there for my best boy. He always purred for hours during those times. But at the end, he weighed about 1/3 of his normal size and he could barely walk any longer. When I saw him smacking the water in his water bowl, over and over, I knew we we're looking at hours, not days. And I think he knew, too. Christopher passed away at the age of fifteen.

Today I buried Christopher under some beautiful trees by the side of the house. I read him some nice words from my boss about the loss of a pet, and then I gently laid him in the hole I dug. I must've told him I'm sorry and that Daddy loves you a hundred times before I stared for one last time into his big eyes. 

I did the same thing last summer when our two beautiful Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull babies Meg and Atticus died in a tragic barn fire here. I was the Undertaker then, too. Seems like I'm the designated gravedigger in my family. I'm okay with that - I get to say the final goodbyes to our babies, but of the eight pets we moved here with, we're down to three, and each passing kills me. They just kill me inside, and Chrissy's burial today hit me the hardest of all.

Rest in peace, Chrissy-Biss. Daddy loves you...

#cats   #dying   #loss   #grief   #pets   #lossofapet   #burial  

I'm sorry, I have to idea who took this image, and I have no will to seek out the answer...___

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2016-04-21 02:22:54 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

So How Does Analog Film Work Anyway?

When you think about all those pre-digital movies we love, you usually remember the 70mm classics, but there were an amazing amount of incredible films in 16mm and even 8mm!

Even though it contains some of the most memorable images in human history, how many of us really know how film actually works?
Let’s break it down to the components. First, those little holes along the side of film strips are called perforations (perfs for short). The sprockets inside cameras and projectors latch onto those to move the film along at a steady pace. Sometimes these holes are on both sides of the film, but in other cases one set of perfs is replaces by a magnetic or optical strip for sound recording.

Between these two rails are the frames themselves, which are measured in a whole slew of confusing ways. The width of the filmi... more »

So How Does Analog Film Work Anyway?

When you think about all those pre-digital movies we love, you usually remember the 70mm classics, but there were an amazing amount of incredible films in 16mm and even 8mm!

Even though it contains some of the most memorable images in human history, how many of us really know how film actually works?
Let’s break it down to the components. First, those little holes along the side of film strips are called perforations (perfs for short). The sprockets inside cameras and projectors latch onto those to move the film along at a steady pace. Sometimes these holes are on both sides of the film, but in other cases one set of perfs is replaces by a magnetic or optical strip for sound recording.

Between these two rails are the frames themselves, which are measured in a whole slew of confusing ways. The width of the film is what most people are familiar with (8mm, 16mm, 35mm) but it doesn’t tell the whole story: some formats take up more space on the strip; the number of perforations per frame are also important; some are even oriented horizontally! They all have different uses, which partially explains why filmmakers are so obsessive about film stock.
Regardless of which stock is in the camera, film exposes more or less the same way. Different layers of the film are coated with chemicals sensitive to either red, green, or blue light. With all three stacked on top of each other, the exposed film is able to reproduce the full spectrum of visible light.

Depending on what point in the history of cinema you’re talking about, film was made of either acetate, polyester, or nitrocellulose—which was abandoned around 1950 because it was really, really flammable (if you’ve seen _Inglourious Basterds_, you already know this).

While some directors still opt to shoot on film, we’re reaching a point where digital is able to perform as well as or better than analog, and often at a fraction of the cost. With Academy Awards for both best cinematography and best direction, _The Revenant_ —which was shot digitally with Arri Alexa 65s — might be the harbinger of film’s dying days.

I tend to think that film will be around as long as Hollywood, though maybe I'm deluding myself. Then again, vinyl albums are having a resurgence, so who knows.  Digital fan or analog?

#filmmaking   #hollywood   #film   #analogfilm   #digitalfimmaking   #8mm   #16mm   #35mm   #70mm   #directing   #cinematography  

via/ http://sploid.gizmodo.com/so-how-does-analog-film-work-anyway-1772146723___

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2016-04-20 04:13:16 (22 comments; 16 reshares; 212 +1s)Open 

Old Las Vegas (and New): What Are The Best Shows/Concerts You Ever Saw There?

I've written about the Rat Pack more than a few times, and they are definitely a show I would have liked to have seen. Bloated Elvis? Yup. Liberace? You bet. I'm a lover of Old Vegas, but I know that there have been great acts and bands that performed in Vegas throughout its history.

What bands or acts did you see (or would you have liked to have seen) throughout the long Las Vegas history? Rock concerts? Small shows? Intimate performances? If it's music related, let's hear it!

As to the Rat Pack, it's funny, I read a Times story that talked about the Rat Pack in the 60s, the Brat Pack in the 80s, and now the Snap Pack (Snapchat and Instagram dominating everything now). I wonder if kids today would even watch the concert, or just take endless Snaps and photos of... more »

Old Las Vegas (and New): What Are The Best Shows/Concerts You Ever Saw There?

I've written about the Rat Pack more than a few times, and they are definitely a show I would have liked to have seen. Bloated Elvis? Yup. Liberace? You bet. I'm a lover of Old Vegas, but I know that there have been great acts and bands that performed in Vegas throughout its history.

What bands or acts did you see (or would you have liked to have seen) throughout the long Las Vegas history? Rock concerts? Small shows? Intimate performances? If it's music related, let's hear it!

As to the Rat Pack, it's funny, I read a Times story that talked about the Rat Pack in the 60s, the Brat Pack in the 80s, and now the Snap Pack (Snapchat and Instagram dominating everything now). I wonder if kids today would even watch the concert, or just take endless Snaps and photos of it. Hmm. Weigh-in?

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Owning the town. Rat Pack leaders Frank, Dean, and Peter at the Vegas movie premiere of Ocean's 11, Las Vegas, 1960. Where's Sammy?

#oldlasvegas   #lasvegas   #concerts   #rockconcerts   #performers   #liberace   #elvis   #rocknroll   #franksinatra   #deanmartin   #peterlawford   #oceans11  

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2016-04-20 03:30:26 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

How To Decorate Your Home Like Hogwarts

I saw this picture surfing the net and It stopped me in my tracks: that is a serious dedication to party decorating. Really well thought through and most impressive.

So it got me wondering: what's the most outrageous decorations and lengths you've gone to for a party or holiday? It could be a "Harry Potter" party, or a birthday party for your kids, or maybe it was even a quinceañera. Possibly it was for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or for a movie of years past. It might have been for a graduation, or unusual wedding. In any case - how far did you go, and how did it turn out? Let's here the stories!

#party   #decorations   #harrypotter   #hogwarts   #holidays   #birthdays   #birthdayparty  
vi... more »

How To Decorate Your Home Like Hogwarts

I saw this picture surfing the net and It stopped me in my tracks: that is a serious dedication to party decorating. Really well thought through and most impressive.

So it got me wondering: what's the most outrageous decorations and lengths you've gone to for a party or holiday? It could be a "Harry Potter" party, or a birthday party for your kids, or maybe it was even a quinceañera. Possibly it was for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or for a movie of years past. It might have been for a graduation, or unusual wedding. In any case - how far did you go, and how did it turn out? Let's here the stories!

#party   #decorations   #harrypotter   #hogwarts   #holidays   #birthdays   #birthdayparty  

via/ http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/features/crafts/potterparties/decoratehomelikehogwarts___

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2016-04-20 03:09:57 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Here’s the Real Reason We Associate 420 With Weed

It was a joint effort.

In a little under an hour, 4/20 will officially be celebrated here in the East Coast, though I imagine celebrations are already underway all over the world. Cough.

Both marijuana smokers and non-smokers recognize April 20 or 4/20 as a national holiday for cannabis culture, but few actually know how the date got chosen.

Some say “420” is code among police officers for “marijuana smoking in progress.” Some note 4/20 is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday. And some go as far as to cite Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” because 12 multiplied by 35 equals 420. But, to put it bluntly, those rumors are false.

The most credible story traces the date to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would reportedlymeet at 4:20 p.m. by t... more »

Here’s the Real Reason We Associate 420 With Weed

It was a joint effort.

In a little under an hour, 4/20 will officially be celebrated here in the East Coast, though I imagine celebrations are already underway all over the world. Cough.

Both marijuana smokers and non-smokers recognize April 20 or 4/20 as a national holiday for cannabis culture, but few actually know how the date got chosen.

Some say “420” is code among police officers for “marijuana smoking in progress.” Some note 4/20 is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday. And some go as far as to cite Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” because 12 multiplied by 35 equals 420. But, to put it bluntly, those rumors are false.

The most credible story traces the date to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would reportedly meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’s statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. Two of these students, David Reddix and Steve Capper, wrote an article for The Huffington Post about how this group—known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall—would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.

A brother of a group member apparently knew Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, so the band is said to have helped popularize the term. On Dec. 28, 1990, Deadheads in Oakland handed out flyers reportedly inviting people to smoke “420” on April 20 at 4:20 p.m—and one got in the hands of Steve Bloom, a former reporter for High Times magazine, an authority on cannabis culture. 

Once the publication published the flyer in 1991 and continued to reference the number, it became known globally for its association with marijuana. In 1998, the outlet recognized the “Waldos” as the “inventors” of 420 after they came forward.
Bloom, now the publisher of Celebstoner.com, has credited the people who wrote the flyer for the date’s reputation as an annual gathering of pot smokers. “They wanted people all over the world to get together on one day each year and collectively smoke pot at the same time,” he wrote last year. “They birthed the idea of a stoner holiday, which April 20 has become.”

#420day   #maryjaneday   #stoner   #april20   #cannabis   #pot   #weed  

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http://time.com/4292844/420-april-20-marijuana-pot-holiday-history/___

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2016-04-19 06:09:48 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Dream of Robots Tonight!

For some reason, robots are a recurring theme in many  a dream for me, and this work was exposed to me by +Michelle C! It will take me to that dream state as I drift off to oblivion tonight. Night, Plussers!

To Boldly Go by Matt Dixon (animated by Billy Allison)

#robot   #robotics   #dreams   #dreamtime   #goodnight   #nightplussers  

via/ https://spyrale.tumblr.com/post/142837274279/to-boldly-go-by-matt-dixon-animated-by-billy

Dream of Robots Tonight!

For some reason, robots are a recurring theme in many  a dream for me, and this work was exposed to me by +Michelle C! It will take me to that dream state as I drift off to oblivion tonight. Night, Plussers!

To Boldly Go by Matt Dixon (animated by Billy Allison)

#robot   #robotics   #dreams   #dreamtime   #goodnight   #nightplussers  

via/ https://spyrale.tumblr.com/post/142837274279/to-boldly-go-by-matt-dixon-animated-by-billy___

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2016-04-19 05:43:39 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Loved watching this! After visiting Cape Canaveral for the JUNO launch by +NASA in 2011, we were excited to see private sector companies stepping up with #spaceexploration . I remember many a time staying up in the middle of the night watching some of these incredible #spacex launches, and I'm just as much of a #spacegeek   #fanboy  today as I was then!

h/t to +Jason Mayes for this bit of awesomeness!

#falcon9  

The evolution of the #SpaceX Falcon 9 - from baby steps it has come a long way. Shows how much testing and incremental innovation has happened before we got to the stage where it could land on a boat. Worth 5 mins of your time.___Loved watching this! After visiting Cape Canaveral for the JUNO launch by +NASA in 2011, we were excited to see private sector companies stepping up with #spaceexploration . I remember many a time staying up in the middle of the night watching some of these incredible #spacex launches, and I'm just as much of a #spacegeek   #fanboy  today as I was then!

h/t to +Jason Mayes for this bit of awesomeness!

#falcon9  

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2016-04-19 04:32:21 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 146 +1s)Open 

R.E.M. Played Their First Gig (Outside a Church) On This Day In Rock 'N Roll History in 1980.

April 19: Their first performance under the name R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens. The show was shut down because it was not a licensed venue. I can only imagine how cool it would have been to see them at the beginning. So, I have to ask:

Do you have a favourite R.E.M. song, and what's the story behind it?

For fun, listen to Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) From their debut EP, Chronic Town.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv4nuD7q2uQ

#REM   #alternativerock   #altrock   #athensmusic   #musiclovers   #rocknrollhistory  

http://onlineathens.com/rem-hall/timeline.shtml

http://www.athenswelcomecenter.com/docs/CCTAthensMusicTour1.pdf

Picture circa 1987 via Rolling Stone

R.E.M. Played Their First Gig (Outside a Church) On This Day In Rock 'N Roll History in 1980.

April 19: Their first performance under the name R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens. The show was shut down because it was not a licensed venue. I can only imagine how cool it would have been to see them at the beginning. So, I have to ask:

Do you have a favourite R.E.M. song, and what's the story behind it?

For fun, listen to Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) From their debut EP, Chronic Town.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv4nuD7q2uQ

#REM   #alternativerock   #altrock   #athensmusic   #musiclovers   #rocknrollhistory  

http://onlineathens.com/rem-hall/timeline.shtml

http://www.athenswelcomecenter.com/docs/CCTAthensMusicTour1.pdf

Picture circa 1987 via Rolling Stone___

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2016-04-19 04:07:24 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Some books stay with you a lifetime. I always enjoyed the writing style of Karen Blixen, and maybe more so with "Seven Gothic Tales." But I love this book and the way it captured a way of life, and a period of time. I thought the film was well-done and the score only enhanced my continual love for the book.

About Out of Africa

Out of Africa is a memoir by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then called British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation on Blixen’s life on her coffee plantation, as well as a tribute to some of the people who touched her life there. It provides a vivid snapshot of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Blixen wrote thebook in Eng... more »

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Some books stay with you a lifetime. I always enjoyed the writing style of Karen Blixen, and maybe more so with "Seven Gothic Tales." But I love this book and the way it captured a way of life, and a period of time. I thought the film was well-done and the score only enhanced my continual love for the book.

About Out of Africa

Out of Africa is a memoir by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then called British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation on Blixen’s life on her coffee plantation, as well as a tribute to some of the people who touched her life there. It provides a vivid snapshot of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Blixen wrote the book in English and then rewrote it in Danish.

"I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the north, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up; near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold."

Karen Blixen moved to British East Africa in late 1913, at the age of 28, to marry her second cousin, the Swedish Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke, and make a life in the British colony known today as Kenya. The young Baron and Baroness bought farmland in the Ngong Hills about ten miles (16 km) southwest of Nairobi, which at the time was still shaking off its rough origins as a supply depot on the Uganda Railway.

The Blixens had planned to raise dairy cattle, but Bror developed their farm as a coffee plantation instead. It was managed by Europeans, including, at the start, Karen’s brother Thomas – but most of the labor was provided by “squatters.” This was the colonial term for local Kikuyu tribespeople who guaranteed the owners 180 days of labour in exchange for wages and the right to live and farm on the uncultivated lands which, in many cases, had simply been theirs before the British arrived and claimed them.

When the First World War drove coffee prices up, the Blixen family invested in the business, and in 1917 Karen and Bror expanded their holdings to six thousand acres (24 km²). The new acquisitions included the site of the house which features so prominently in Out of Africa.

#outofafrica   #classicfiction   #books   #booklover   #karenblixen   #africa   #kenya   #coffeeplantation   #literature  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_Africa___

2016-04-19 02:04:07 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

The Generations

Easy poll. What generation were you born in? I thought about this book today and remember buying it at Tower Books in Sacramento when it was released by Douglas Coupland. It got me wondering how Google+ is represented, and especially in people that follow me. Cast your vote! _There is some slight disagreements over the exact beginning and ending dates, but let's go with these. Also, I just put the end date on Gen Z to show that there will be another to follow (cycle of life and all that...)

If you're curious about the book:

Generation X is a framed narrative, like Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, or _The Decameron_ by Boccaccio. The framing story is that of three friends—Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy—are living together in the Coachella Valley in southern California. The tales are told by the variouscharacters i... more »

The Generations

Easy poll. What generation were you born in? I thought about this book today and remember buying it at Tower Books in Sacramento when it was released by Douglas Coupland. It got me wondering how Google+ is represented, and especially in people that follow me. Cast your vote! _There is some slight disagreements over the exact beginning and ending dates, but let's go with these. Also, I just put the end date on Gen Z to show that there will be another to follow (cycle of life and all that...)

If you're curious about the book:

Generation X is a framed narrative, like Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, or _The Decameron_ by Boccaccio. The framing story is that of three friends—Dag, Claire, and the narrator, Andy—are living together in the Coachella Valley in southern California. The tales are told by the various characters in the novel, which is arranged into three parts. Each chapter is separately titled rather than numbered, with titles such as "I Am Not A Target Market" and "Adventure Without Risk Is Disneyland."

The novel was set circa 1990, in the then rapidly growing and economic booming-turned-into-depressed communities of Palm Springs and the Inland Empire region. Some characters were born and raised in Los Angeles and suburban Orange County.

#polls   #generation   #silentgeneration   #babyboomers   #generationx   #generationy   #millennials   #generationz  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X:_Tales_for_an_Accelerated_Culture___

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2016-04-18 05:58:18 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Peter Pan Gets It

There's something about a good quote that is comforting. Not only that, it embraces our questions and fears & choices and directions. Good quotes help us to guide ourselves towards resolutions. As in, resolved: I want to do something different with my life.

Peter Pan had it easy; for the rest of us, it always seems to be about duty and commitment, and staying the course. But what if that course was wildly off? What if we are heading down a course of action/life that doesn't involve dreams and plans? How do we right an overturned boat when the waves are crashing all around us, mercilessly?

#peterpan   #quotestoliveby   #quotes   #quotesonlife   #lifelessons   #changinglives   #dreams   #time   #gettingolder  

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Peter Pan Gets It

There's something about a good quote that is comforting. Not only that, it embraces our questions and fears & choices and directions. Good quotes help us to guide ourselves towards resolutions. As in, resolved: I want to do something different with my life.

Peter Pan had it easy; for the rest of us, it always seems to be about duty and commitment, and staying the course. But what if that course was wildly off? What if we are heading down a course of action/life that doesn't involve dreams and plans? How do we right an overturned boat when the waves are crashing all around us, mercilessly?

#peterpan   #quotestoliveby   #quotes   #quotesonlife   #lifelessons   #changinglives   #dreams   #time   #gettingolder  

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2016-04-18 02:56:31 (10 comments; 18 reshares; 119 +1s)Open 

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 - On This Day In History

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). 

Severe shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. *Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days.The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American urban disasters.

Between 227,000 and 300,000 people were left homeless out of a population of about 410,000; half of those whoevacuated fled ac... more »

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 - On This Day In History

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). 

Severe shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. *Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days.The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American urban disasters.

Between 227,000 and 300,000 people were left homeless out of a population of about 410,000; half of those who evacuated fled across the bay to Oakland and Berkeley. Newspapers described Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, the Panhandle and the beaches between Ingleside and North Beach as covered with makeshift tents. More than two years later, many of these refugee camps were still in operation.

San Francisco’s brick buildings and wooden Victorian structures were especially devastated. Fires immediately broke out and–because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them–firestorms soon developed citywide. At 7 a.m., U.S. Army troops from Fort Mason reported to the Hall of Justice, and San Francisco Mayor E.E. Schmitz called for the enforcement of a dusk-to-dawn curfew and authorized soldiers to shoot-to-kill anyone found looting. 

Meanwhile, in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls. On April 20, 20,000 refugees trapped by the massive fire were evacuated from the foot of Van Ness Avenue onto the USS Chicago.

By April 23, most fires were extinguished, and authorities commenced the task of rebuilding the devastated metropolis. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires it inflicted upon the city. Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district.

#sanfrancisco   #earthquake   #california   #naturaldisaster   #fire   #californiahistory   #greatsanfranciscoearthquake   #1906earthquake  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-great-san-francisco-earthquake___

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2016-04-17 05:42:07 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 111 +1s)Open 

Sherlock: A Study In Pink

I couldn't help myself: I asked for some cool recommendations for films an TV shows on Netflix, but i had to go back to Sherlock.

I think you could watch each episode 100x and still find new details you missed. As a massive fan, I can watch this show over and over and I still find myself laughing out loud (I don't seem to retain the details, so each episode feels fresh to me). I hate that there are so few episodes, but I love that the quality of each is superb. If you love detectives and mysteries, and especially Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories, you will love this show. Though I would find it incredible that you haven't found it already...

#sherlock   #mystery   #tvshow   #sherlockholmes  

image | From a different episode... but the background allows me to posthumously slip in this: #ca... more »

Sherlock: A Study In Pink

I couldn't help myself: I asked for some cool recommendations for films an TV shows on Netflix, but i had to go back to Sherlock.

I think you could watch each episode 100x and still find new details you missed. As a massive fan, I can watch this show over and over and I still find myself laughing out loud (I don't seem to retain the details, so each episode feels fresh to me). I hate that there are so few episodes, but I love that the quality of each is superb. If you love detectives and mysteries, and especially Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories, you will love this show. Though I would find it incredible that you haven't found it already...

#sherlock   #mystery   #tvshow   #sherlockholmes  

image | From a different episode... but the background allows me to posthumously slip in this: #caturday  ___

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2016-04-17 05:03:10 (7 comments; 13 reshares; 187 +1s)Open 

The Mustang

I have to confess that I always wanted a Mustang. It was one of those cars that whispered to you. You know, as in "Buy me. I'll make your life great!" I never did get one, and not even close: I ended up with my first car being a Ford Maverick. Nice name, but an atrocious car next to the beauty of the Mustang...

The Ford Mustang, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, is officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. That same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across America and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers.

Named for a World War II fighter plane, the Mustang was the first of a type of vehicle that came to be known as a “pony car.” Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs within its first year of production, far exceeding salesexpec... more »

The Mustang

I have to confess that I always wanted a Mustang. It was one of those cars that whispered to you. You know, as in "Buy me. I'll make your life great!" I never did get one, and not even close: I ended up with my first car being a Ford Maverick. Nice name, but an atrocious car next to the beauty of the Mustang...

The Ford Mustang, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, is officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. That same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across America and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers.

Named for a World War II fighter plane, the Mustang was the first of a type of vehicle that came to be known as a “pony car.” Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs within its first year of production, far exceeding sales expectations.

The Mustang was conceived as a “working man’s Thunderbird,” according to Ford. The first models featured a long hood and short rear deck and carried a starting price tag of around $2,300. Ford general manager Lee Iacocca, who became president of the company in October 1964 (and later headed up Chrysler, which he was credited with reviving in the 1980s) was involved in the Mustang’s development and marketing. 

The car’s launch generated great interest. It was featured on the covers of Newsweek and Time magazines and the night before it went on sale, the Mustang was featured in commercials that ran simultaneously on all three major television networks. One buyer in Texas reportedly slept at a Ford showroom until his check cleared and he could drive his new Mustang home. 

The same year it debuted, the Mustang appeared on the silver screen in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” A green 1968 Mustang 390 GT was famously featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt,” in a car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Since then, Mustangs have appeared in hundreds of movies.

Within three years of its debut, some 500 Mustang fan clubs had cropped up. In March 1966, the 1 millionth Mustang rolled off the assembly line. In honor of the Mustang’s 35th anniversary in 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the original model. In 2004, Ford built its 300 millionth car, a 2004 Mustang GT convertible 40th anniversary model. The 2004 Mustangs were the final vehicles made at the company’s Dearborn production facility, which had been building Mustangs since their debut. (Assembly then moved to a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.)

Over the decades, the Mustang underwent numerous evolutions, and it remains in production today, with more than 9 million sold.

#mustang   #car   #automobile   #ford   #classiccars   #onthisday  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ford-mustang-debuts-at-worlds-fair

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2016-04-17 03:29:39 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

Record Store Day 2016

We headed into Fort Wayne, Indiana today and I was determined to get an LP or two to support local stores. In my youth, I managed a record store, right about the time the Pixies were hitting it big. Man, heady days. Great stories, bands dropping by, live events - I saw it all. It was my very own version of Cusack's High Fidelity in a way.

I loved working in a record store, and it was a big deal. Everyone wanted to work there and every store oozed it's own version of coolness.

Today, at Wooden Nickel Music in Fort Wayne, I felt that cool vibe again. There was a big group of people milling around (apparently, 200+ people were in line at 8am when the store opened!) and while we were there, a high school-aged band called The Union Project were playing. 

Think of some of the best rock bands from the 60s who... more »

Record Store Day 2016

We headed into Fort Wayne, Indiana today and I was determined to get an LP or two to support local stores. In my youth, I managed a record store, right about the time the Pixies were hitting it big. Man, heady days. Great stories, bands dropping by, live events - I saw it all. It was my very own version of Cusack's High Fidelity in a way.

I loved working in a record store, and it was a big deal. Everyone wanted to work there and every store oozed it's own version of coolness.

Today, at Wooden Nickel Music in Fort Wayne, I felt that cool vibe again. There was a big group of people milling around (apparently, 200+ people were in line at 8am when the store opened!) and while we were there, a high school-aged band called The Union Project were playing. 

Think of some of the best rock bands from the 60s who had amazing organ sounds - think The Doors and Ray Manzarek; or think of Alan Price;s Vox Continental seeping in on "House of the Rising Sun" or Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge and his haunting organ intro to "You Keep Me Hanging On" and these kids were that good. I was floored. Floored, and floored to find out that they have an EP but no album yet? I'm not sure of those details - all I know is that I want to buy their album when it comes out! 

They honestly blew me away - what kids today are doing that sound? Incorporating the organ into their rock n' roll, and in such a upfront way?

The visit was great, and while I know I never photograph well with all these damned white whiskers, here I am, because I very much support indie artists and musicians and local stores keeping the dream I had alive.

#recordstoreday   #fortwayne   #theunionproject   #indiemusic   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #blues   #rock   #psychedelic   #jamband  

Members of The Union Project

Sam Byus- Guitar/Vocals Austin Marsh- Guitar/Vocals Jake Allan- Keys Lance Roberts- Bass Colton Conrad- Drums

https://www.facebook.com/unionbluesband

PS. For the record, no pun intended, I ended up bying LPs of The Call - "Modern Romans," "Music From Mr. Lucky" by Henry Mancini, and an LP from Boots Randolph - "The Yakin' Sax Man. Cool albums all...___

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2016-04-17 02:29:47 (10 comments; 9 reshares; 133 +1s)Open 

Netflix Recommendations: What's In Your Queue?

Most Saturday nights and into Sunday I try and catch up on some great flicks when I can. Our closest movie theater is one state over, so Netflix comes to the rescue. I'll need your help with this one: what are the latest cool shows and movies you've watched on Netflix, and on a scale of 1-10, ten being best, how do you rate your choices?

What shows or movies have you just seen on Netflix that you love and want to share with the world?

I'm open to all genres and styles and I can just as easily watch a blockbuster as a doc or foreign film. I like variety - and to be surprised. And since my movie palace is at home, I want to make sure they're good ones. Okay, let's see where this goes, and how full my queue is going to get!

#movies   #films   #netflix   #moviewlovers  #ne... more »

Netflix Recommendations: What's In Your Queue?

Most Saturday nights and into Sunday I try and catch up on some great flicks when I can. Our closest movie theater is one state over, so Netflix comes to the rescue. I'll need your help with this one: what are the latest cool shows and movies you've watched on Netflix, and on a scale of 1-10, ten being best, how do you rate your choices?

What shows or movies have you just seen on Netflix that you love and want to share with the world?

I'm open to all genres and styles and I can just as easily watch a blockbuster as a doc or foreign film. I like variety - and to be surprised. And since my movie palace is at home, I want to make sure they're good ones. Okay, let's see where this goes, and how full my queue is going to get!

#movies   #films   #netflix   #moviewlovers   #netflixandchill  

The photo is from James Cole, and it's The Rialto Theatre.

https://jamesmcolephotography.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/rialto-theatre-the-vaudeville-movie-palace/

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find beautiful architecture. It’s right in your back yard.  This is one of my favorite images and one of my bestselling. The Rialto Theatre opened in 1926 in Joliet, Illinois, and was originally designed as a vaudeville movie palace. Designed in a Neo-Baroque style it now houses musicals and concerts and is considered by the American Institute of Architects to be one of the “150 greatest places in Illinois.” This theatre is breathtaking.___

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2016-04-16 19:59:47 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

This is beyond cool and WOW - I'm just glad I'm around to see this happening (in real time!)

h/t to +matthew rappaport for the find!

#virtual3d   #teleportation  

HOLO ALL THE THINGS! h/t @omartodd ___This is beyond cool and WOW - I'm just glad I'm around to see this happening (in real time!)

h/t to +matthew rappaport for the find!

#virtual3d   #teleportation  

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2016-04-16 18:44:07 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Saturday Surfing

You know how Saturdays can go - either feast or famine. Either you're out and about doing fun things, or serious things, or you're at home doing the same. Or maybe much more mundane things, like laundry and mowing the grass, those sorts of things. I like to surf a  bit and I stumbled on this and it made me lol. Perfect random image and great #streetart .

#billmurray   #postnobills   #funny  

via/ http://thechive.com/2015/04/24/daily-afternoon-randomness-in-hq-44-photos-15/

Saturday Surfing

You know how Saturdays can go - either feast or famine. Either you're out and about doing fun things, or serious things, or you're at home doing the same. Or maybe much more mundane things, like laundry and mowing the grass, those sorts of things. I like to surf a  bit and I stumbled on this and it made me lol. Perfect random image and great #streetart .

#billmurray   #postnobills   #funny  

via/ http://thechive.com/2015/04/24/daily-afternoon-randomness-in-hq-44-photos-15/___

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2016-04-15 23:19:52 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Giant LEGO Characters from An Amazing Teacher

When you see passion and dedication like this, it is awe-inspiring. It reminds me of some of the best teachers I ever had, and he would be right up there with them. Very cool work!

My name is John Lavelle and I am the art specialist at a school on Long Island, New York for children with developmental disabilities. Prior to becoming a teacher, I attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degree.  I love making art and I enjoy sharing and exploring with my students, it's a gift to be able to do what I do, and I cherish every moment of it. 

I made ten LEGO figures in total, an average LEGO boy, Unikitty from the movie, Emmet from the movie, Batman, Spider-Man, R2-D2, C3PO, a grad wearing a cap and gown, a female teacher and a race car driver sitting in his race car ofc... more »

Giant LEGO Characters from An Amazing Teacher

When you see passion and dedication like this, it is awe-inspiring. It reminds me of some of the best teachers I ever had, and he would be right up there with them. Very cool work!

My name is John Lavelle and I am the art specialist at a school on Long Island, New York for children with developmental disabilities. Prior to becoming a teacher, I attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degree.  I love making art and I enjoy sharing and exploring with my students, it's a gift to be able to do what I do, and I cherish every moment of it. 

I made ten LEGO figures in total, an average LEGO boy, Unikitty from the movie, Emmet from the movie, Batman, Spider-Man, R2-D2, C3PO, a grad wearing a cap and gown, a female teacher and a race car driver sitting in his race car of course.  

I found an image of a LEGO on the internet, printed it out, and measured the length and height of all the components of the LEGO figure, such as the length and height of the torso.  I then multiplied the measurements by 4, and used the resulting measurements to create a pattern.  

The pattern was drawn and cut from sheets of flat corrugated cardboard.  Once I had that pattern, mass production ensued.  I painted everything with craft paint and mini rollers (they are the best). I then used hot glue to assemble and added details at the end.

#teachers   #LEGO   #teaching   #education   #dedication   #passion   #kids   #learning   #children   #kids   #kidsville  

via/ http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/AMAZING-CARDBOARD-LEGO-CREATED-BY-TEACHER___

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2016-04-15 06:23:07 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

I couldn't help myself ... all I thought of when I saw this brilliance from +Chris Kim A was how this was a big part of one of my favorite flicks ... Blazing Saddles. It worked in the movie, and maybe it will for this town!

#blazingsaddles   #movies   #films   #art   #cutouts   #nebraska   #pbs  

___I couldn't help myself ... all I thought of when I saw this brilliance from +Chris Kim A was how this was a big part of one of my favorite flicks ... Blazing Saddles. It worked in the movie, and maybe it will for this town!

#blazingsaddles   #movies   #films   #art   #cutouts   #nebraska   #pbs  

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2016-04-15 05:45:18 (44 comments; 5 reshares; 142 +1s)Open 

The 2010s: Who Are Your Favourite Bands?

Yeah, I like twenty one pilots and have for a while. I also love bands from the 50s to today, as I play them all at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS. But let's stick to NOW. Who are your favs from 2010-2016? I ask 'cause I like to pull in all genres and bands from any given time - and as I have a new THEME for each week's show - I want to be current when I can, and be inclusive. So - again - who do you love from the last six years?

#rockbands   #rocknroll   #2010s   #10s   #musiclover   #twentyonepilots   #blurryface  

twenty one pilots: Stressed Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXRviuL6vMY

twenty one pilots: Tear In My Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nky4me4NP70

The 2010s: Who Are Your Favourite Bands?

Yeah, I like twenty one pilots and have for a while. I also love bands from the 50s to today, as I play them all at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS. But let's stick to NOW. Who are your favs from 2010-2016? I ask 'cause I like to pull in all genres and bands from any given time - and as I have a new THEME for each week's show - I want to be current when I can, and be inclusive. So - again - who do you love from the last six years?

#rockbands   #rocknroll   #2010s   #10s   #musiclover   #twentyonepilots   #blurryface  

twenty one pilots: Stressed Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXRviuL6vMY

twenty one pilots: Tear In My Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nky4me4NP70___

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2016-04-15 05:14:12 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 125 +1s)Open 

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

I've always loved the "pluckiness" of JK Rowling. Her story is one for the ages: Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until she finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

As a writer myself (and working on a novel at the moment) it always fascinates me to see someone pull themselves up by their boot straps and do what she did. She created an entirely new fantasy world. It was rich, fleshed outentire... more »

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

I've always loved the "pluckiness" of JK Rowling. Her story is one for the ages: Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until she finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

As a writer myself (and working on a novel at the moment) it always fascinates me to see someone pull themselves up by their boot straps and do what she did. She created an entirely new fantasy world. It was rich, fleshed out entirely, and it excited us to see where the story would go, over the course of the seven novels. 

But now, we see that she's going back in time, 70 years before the Harry Potter years, and to New York, a new excitement builds again. I think this is an infinitely smart move, pulling this beloved series in new directions (and onto a new continent!) These preview clips are incredible, and since three films have been announced, I think it's safe to say the Jo will be in our hearts and minds for many years to come. She's an inspiration to me at this point in time, just as she was in the past...

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Announcement Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj1devH5JP4

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Teaser Trailer [HD]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViuDsy7yb8M

The Facts on Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the "Harry Potter" novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). Without inflation adjustment, it is the second highest-grossing film series with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts, of which seven out of eight films are among the 50 highest-grossing films.

#harrypotter   #fantasticbeasts   #jkrowling   #wizards   #davidyates   #Hollywood   #fantasy   #movies   #blockbusters     #fantasy   #fantasybooks  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_(film_series)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._K._Rowling

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Beasts_and_Where_to_Find_Them

fantasticbeasts.com

pottermore.com___

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2016-04-15 02:49:42 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 130 +1s)Open 

The Little Boy Who Loved To Read (and His Faithful Companion)

I shot this yesterday in front of the County Courthouse in Bryan, Ohio. I posted the other picture of the little girl perched on a stack of books, and this young gent is fine having one really good book to read! It was a nice spring day for taking shapshots,

#booklovers   #reading   #sculpture   #books  #bookgarden    #ohio   #serendipity   #readingboy  

The Little Boy Who Loved To Read (and His Faithful Companion)

I shot this yesterday in front of the County Courthouse in Bryan, Ohio. I posted the other picture of the little girl perched on a stack of books, and this young gent is fine having one really good book to read! It was a nice spring day for taking shapshots,

#booklovers   #reading   #sculpture   #books  #bookgarden    #ohio   #serendipity   #readingboy  ___

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2016-04-14 05:55:00 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

Agatha Christie & My Love of Mysteries (a Multi-Generational View)

It's funny, sometimes I think back to being five, or ten. Sometimes I remember specific days with absolute clarity, while others are hazy and foggy. But one thing I remember from my youth is my love of the mysteries of Agatha Christie. I loved the films, but the books pulled me into so many wonderful, exotic worlds. And I have to thank my dad, and mostly my grandmother for that.

Dad loved sci-fi more, but he let me indulge my curiosity with mysteries because his mom loved them to death. Heck, even in her last years, in her 80s, Grandma was still re-reading some of Christie's books 4, 5, 6 times. (I know because she kept a detailed journal of every book she read for decades. She would add new notes now and then, but usually it was the case of how many times she had read it. I loved that about... more »

Agatha Christie & My Love of Mysteries (a Multi-Generational View)

It's funny, sometimes I think back to being five, or ten. Sometimes I remember specific days with absolute clarity, while others are hazy and foggy. But one thing I remember from my youth is my love of the mysteries of Agatha Christie. I loved the films, but the books pulled me into so many wonderful, exotic worlds. And I have to thank my dad, and mostly my grandmother for that.

Dad loved sci-fi more, but he let me indulge my curiosity with mysteries because his mom loved them to death. Heck, even in her last years, in her 80s, Grandma was still re-reading some of Christie's books 4, 5, 6 times. (I know because she kept a detailed journal of every book she read for decades. She would add new notes now and then, but usually it was the case of how many times she had read it. I loved that about her, and she loved Agatha. She also introduced me to John Creasey and other very cool mystery writers. But in the end, it was Agatha she always went back to...

I fell in love with the mysteries of AC at an early age, and I'll probably love them until the day I die...

About Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books,  behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible.

According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.

#agathachristie   #mystery   #mysterywriter   #writer   #englishwriter   #herculepoirot   #janemarple  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_Christie___

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2016-04-14 05:11:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

This is a very short short but I wanted to amplify it for +krash override and see if you guys would encourage him to do more of the stop motion work! 

He's a newbie that I encourage everyone to add. It'll boost his confidence, he'll get that "new car smell: around him, and he'll do fun things for this UI we all love!

#stopmotion   #animation   #filmmaking  

Hardware Upgrade -- Someone just got digit-ized 😉

I don't usually do stop-motion stuff but every now and then I'm inspired take the time and have some fun. This new set of hands had a very insect like appearance to me and seemed to take on a life of their own ....that, along with a less-than-stellar day , was all I needed for inspiration.

After Watching the completed video It reminded me of something out of the Bolex Brothers film " The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb

#robot #stopmotion #threea #itsAlive
Music by Underworld___This is a very short short but I wanted to amplify it for +krash override and see if you guys would encourage him to do more of the stop motion work! 

He's a newbie that I encourage everyone to add. It'll boost his confidence, he'll get that "new car smell: around him, and he'll do fun things for this UI we all love!

#stopmotion   #animation   #filmmaking  

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2016-04-14 04:52:05 (13 comments; 13 reshares; 236 +1s)Open 

Dangerous Love

Every Wednesday it's like clockwork. I start thinking about my theme for my Friday show on +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS. I rarely settle on it there and then, but usually I'll watch some videos and I'll have some visual and sonic clues to guide me towards wisdom.

Watching this song video by Eminem tonight, it was a powerful pull to towards this week's theme: what songs got you through the toughest times with love? Those times when you fought with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Those times when you were separated, like Tyrone Power and Betty Grable were in the pic? What music saved your soul when all you could do was punch a wall or hurt someone, anyone, because the pain was so deep? Or because the relationship was so dangerous?

Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna (with Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox acting)
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Dangerous Love

Every Wednesday it's like clockwork. I start thinking about my theme for my Friday show on +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS. I rarely settle on it there and then, but usually I'll watch some videos and I'll have some visual and sonic clues to guide me towards wisdom.

Watching this song video by Eminem tonight, it was a powerful pull to towards this week's theme: what songs got you through the toughest times with love? Those times when you fought with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Those times when you were separated, like Tyrone Power and Betty Grable were in the pic? What music saved your soul when all you could do was punch a wall or hurt someone, anyone, because the pain was so deep? Or because the relationship was so dangerous?

Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna (with Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox acting)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U

#musiclover   #love   #toughlove   #relationships   #angst   #boyfriend   #girlfriend   #couple   #lovehate   #dangerouslove   #dominicmonaghan   #meganfox  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Yank_in_the_R.A.F.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_the_Way_You_Lie___

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