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Alvin Stearns has been at 1 events

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Ryan Van Sickle771,900ON 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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Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Circles and Photography33,617Builders 5      11.10.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-11 01:54:52442032
Lư Thăng18,117Chia sẻ vòng ngon cho các bạn nè... #circlecount   #circleshare   #circle2014-11-06 10:16:33362004
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498445685
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707880
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305617
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574371
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211429
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465026
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
AyJay Schibig51,916AWESOME CIRCLE 3.8.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-03-09 07:28:42500857399
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Andrew Coffman6,907I'm not a big circle sharing kind of person, but this short list of people contain the people that I always read what they post, even if they don't post every day, and I always try to engage every day on G+ or through other avenues.2014-02-16 21:17:4235003
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567
AyJay Schibig46,776AWESOME CIRCLE 1.27.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page   +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-27 08:44:48414744391
Константин Вишневский43,146A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+2014-01-25 13:00:32447361255
Pam Adger35,023This is my no drama circle. Great interaction, no drama. I picked people at random using the relevance filter...I stopped at 20 because 20 is a good number for a circle. If you weren't included it has nothing to do with your drama meter...blame Google's algorithms. I rarely look at the people page anymore. If you were notified, you are included in the circle.2014-01-19 04:34:452034019
Jason Levy19,543This is my Surprise Welcome Circle 3If you received a notification, you are in the circle - this is my thank you and welcome to my circles.This circle contain people who are new to my circles.Because of the holiday season, It's actually been a few weeks since I've published a welcome circle. Many of the people in this circle have already engaged with me in some way.They are all great people, and without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience as they plus, share and comment on your own posts.Please plus, add and publicly share the circle so that everyone will benefit*Please also plus, add and publicly share my Elite Inner Circle here: https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts/eqggXPGhqxE *If you are in the circle, then well done! You have reached the first level. To get to the next level and become a Team Elite Engager (and this also applies to people who aren't in this circle), there are two simple steps:1. +1 this post2. share this post3. Comment to say hi and let me know what you have done!My Team Elite Engager Circles are shared regularly by other circle sharers - they currently span two circles at 1000 active sharers, and will be reviewed and reshared regularly, so do yourselves a big favour and become one of the Elite!    #teamelite  ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~Looking for a cure for tinnitus, or just tinnitus relief? Looking for tinnitus treatment prices? To get affordable private tinnitus treatment in London, go here:http://www.thelondontinnitustreatmentclinic.co.uk/Tinnitus-Treatments/tinnitus-treatment-prices.html2014-01-12 21:28:514941275688
Asif Raza657Add people. You will be added back.Share circle to extend its reach. Have Fun. #circleshare   #circle   #sharing   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 03:07:37406415
John Nuntiatio24,007#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-10 10:43:08487322335
Asif Raza340This circle has no specific description. Everyone is regular user and posts some good stuff.Add people and share it with others as well. #Circle   #sharingcircles  2014-01-08 17:06:32187426
John Nuntiatio23,207#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-04 17:47:08487281337
Константин Вишневский40,080Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. If you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends2014-01-02 16:06:42447372465
AyJay Schibig40,675AWESOME CHRISTMAS CIRCLE   12.20.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Plus, Comment, Add and Share! Merry Christmas!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2013-12-21 01:50:46425623886
Meirav M.8,464so apparently there's this thing where you share your December Dozen.no way could I restrict myself to that level and pick only 12 plussers to share. so here you are - this is my December Double Dozen.they're all fabulous, each and every one of them.that is all. #DecemberDozen   #sharedcircles  2013-12-16 23:16:4024705
Vladimir Samsonov24,810Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-15 06:13:214859164115

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I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (85 comments, 27 reshares, 323 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (85 comments, 27 reshares, 323 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

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2014-11-26 02:41:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

SyFy's "Helix."  The TV series for those who find Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" too simple and understated.  Thirteen episodes.  The first few are interesting, pitting science against a mysterious infectious disease outbreak at an equally mysterious Arctic biological research facility.  It devolves into turgid story-telling that veers from genre to genre.  One moment it's "The X-Files" at its best, then it's a zombie shocker, next it's suspenseful, just before it sinks into romantic drama.  It's a hot mess with some very cool moments.  The production values are very good.  The writing overall is weak.  It is produced by the same guy who brought us "Battlestar Galactica."  But, it ultimately collapses under its own absurdities.  It is, after all, a SyFy production.

So, yes, there will be a season two in 2015.  
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SyFy's "Helix."  The TV series for those who find Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" too simple and understated.  Thirteen episodes.  The first few are interesting, pitting science against a mysterious infectious disease outbreak at an equally mysterious Arctic biological research facility.  It devolves into turgid story-telling that veers from genre to genre.  One moment it's "The X-Files" at its best, then it's a zombie shocker, next it's suspenseful, just before it sinks into romantic drama.  It's a hot mess with some very cool moments.  The production values are very good.  The writing overall is weak.  It is produced by the same guy who brought us "Battlestar Galactica."  But, it ultimately collapses under its own absurdities.  It is, after all, a SyFy production.

So, yes, there will be a season two in 2015.  

"Helix" season one now available on Netflix.___

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2014-11-16 14:33:57 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So, this is a thing that I did not know about.  Now I do.  

Filed under:  Some things don't bear knowing.

So, this is a thing that I did not know about.  Now I do.  

Filed under:  Some things don't bear knowing.___

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2014-11-15 20:30:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Tomorrow night, honey.  Yessiree.

Seems about right...
#WalkingDead  
#GamerGeek  
#DukeNukem  
#TombRaider___Tomorrow night, honey.  Yessiree.

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2014-11-15 14:49:05 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Indian Pudding   Don't attack me for the term Indian.  I've known many American Indians over the years and only one referred to herself and her family and people as Native American.  She was membership director for a Native American museum, so it was more professional preference and job protection than anything else.  

Indian Pudding is a traditional New England dish.  It evolved out of simple English puddings based on heating wheat flour and milk with additions of salt, meat fats or whatever else might be around.

The New World of the English northeast wasn't known for its vast acreage of amber waves of grain.  But, it had maize, a native grass that produces the now-ubiquitous corn that is the foundation of the modern Western diet alongside highly subsidized, inexpensive animal muscle and artificial sweeteners and flavors.

Resourceful Englishcolon... more »

Indian Pudding   Don't attack me for the term Indian.  I've known many American Indians over the years and only one referred to herself and her family and people as Native American.  She was membership director for a Native American museum, so it was more professional preference and job protection than anything else.  

Indian Pudding is a traditional New England dish.  It evolved out of simple English puddings based on heating wheat flour and milk with additions of salt, meat fats or whatever else might be around.

The New World of the English northeast wasn't known for its vast acreage of amber waves of grain.  But, it had maize, a native grass that produces the now-ubiquitous corn that is the foundation of the modern Western diet alongside highly subsidized, inexpensive animal muscle and artificial sweeteners and flavors.

Resourceful English colonists adopted corn and modified their favorite dishes to corn's properties.  But, Englishmen were not Indians, and they wanted not only to eat and survive, but to take advantage of the potential of this new world and its goods, and to bring in goods from outside.  So, the infamous triangle trade was born.

New England businesses and ships dominated the triangle trade that saw African slaves delivered to the Caribbean and American colonial south, loading up in Caribbean and southern ports with raw materials for transport to English ports, where they would load up with finished goods to start the the triangular travel all over again.  A lot of money was made.  A lot of people suffered and whole nations were born.

Along with cuisines.  One component of Indian Pudding is molasses, a product of slavery-based Caribbean sugar cane cultivation and sugar production.  Molasses is used in rum distillation.  New England was home to several rum distilleries, so barrels of molasses traveled north from the Caribbean to ports in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut to be turned into rum.  That rum was loaded onto ships sailing out of New England ports, bound for England and Europe.  (An aside:  To this day, one of Boston's greatest industrial disasters was the 1919 molasses flood.  Seriously.  Read about it here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster)

The human world had become truly global and connected thanks to the pioneering travels of men like the 16th century's Ferdinand Magellan.  His famous and incredibly brave ocean voyage proved beyond all doubt that the planet is a sphere and if you travel far and long enough in any one direction you will end up back where you started.  Europe had known of Eastern spices for centuries.  The rise of the Age of Exploration allowed Atlantic European nations, chiefly England, to seize the will and the means to control the exotic Eastern trade.  The spices flowed across the planet.

And some of them landed in New England.  Indian Pudding evolved into a sweet and spicy favorite.  It draws upon the resources and legacy of a by-gone era when men clambered aboard risky wooden vessels, propelled by winds and currents and produced wonders and holocausts in equal measure.  Here is the shopping list:

--  New World corn meal;

--  Old World cow's milk;

--  Caribbean molasses via sugar cane that traversed the centuries and its south Asia origins to become established on New World plantations worked by dark-skinned slaves;

--  Chicken's eggs, another original of south Asia that has been traveling with our Old World ancestors for thousands of years and then brought to the New World by other of our ancestors;

--  Sugar, the ultimate refinement of sugar cane;

--  Salt, found throughout the planet on land and in the seas, a mineral essential to the proper operation of the human body;

--   Ginger and cinnamon, both native to south Asia and valued for their flavors.

--   Butter, a product of processing the cream from the Old World's cow's milk.

Make some Indian Pudding this holiday season.  It is simple, sweet, and best served hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  You can add raisins and nuts if you want, but you'll never find those added to my Indian Pudding.  I think it's even better the next day, pulled out of the fridge and heated up.

Enjoy the journey in making and enjoying it, and the journey that brought you here to be able to make it.

The video is a good visual primer on making Indian Pudding.  See the link in the video for the best basic recipe, just type "Indian Pudding" into the search bar.  It's easy to make, I promise.___

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2014-11-14 12:19:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Snowy morning.

Snowy morning.___

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2014-11-13 23:12:35 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Spent half the day plugged into wonderful classical music to try to shake the grumps.  Won't say grumps are shaken, but I feel better than I might have otherwise.  

For whatever arcane reason, post-marathon classical session, this disco gem is my ear worm going into supper.

Ahhhhhh, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love . . .

(shrug)

Spent half the day plugged into wonderful classical music to try to shake the grumps.  Won't say grumps are shaken, but I feel better than I might have otherwise.  

For whatever arcane reason, post-marathon classical session, this disco gem is my ear worm going into supper.

Ahhhhhh, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love . . .

(shrug)___

2014-11-13 15:45:23 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Note: Do not listen to Marilyn Manson on a day when you feel grumpy.

Switching to Mozart.

Note: Do not listen to Marilyn Manson on a day when you feel grumpy.

Switching to Mozart.___

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2014-11-08 21:15:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The great present a glorious false front so that others can bask in the glow.  The meaningful show themselves in all their glory and awfulness without making either the problem of others.  The best straddle both of the former states and point out the humor in all of it.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you've never met him or if you need reminding, I present +Alistair McHarg.  One of our best.

Happy Holidays.

The great present a glorious false front so that others can bask in the glow.  The meaningful show themselves in all their glory and awfulness without making either the problem of others.  The best straddle both of the former states and point out the humor in all of it.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you've never met him or if you need reminding, I present +Alistair McHarg.  One of our best.

Happy Holidays.___

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2014-11-08 14:46:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Anne, I think you're awesome.  Let's just be friends.

Anne, I think you're awesome.  Let's just be friends.___

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2014-11-07 23:35:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

For thousands of years the city of Babylon was the London, the New York City of the world.  It was an ancient center of power, science, trade and religion by the time Alexander the Great wandered through one of its gates.

I love that just now when I typed "Babylon" into Google and then clicked on its Map function, it points me to the Babylon Restaurant (closed) in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Seems right.

All great things end.

For thousands of years the city of Babylon was the London, the New York City of the world.  It was an ancient center of power, science, trade and religion by the time Alexander the Great wandered through one of its gates.

I love that just now when I typed "Babylon" into Google and then clicked on its Map function, it points me to the Babylon Restaurant (closed) in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Seems right.

All great things end.___

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2014-11-07 13:44:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Today's ear worm

Watch me clinging to the beat  
I had to fight to make it mine  
That religion you could sink in neat  
Just move your feet and you'll feel fine  

Culture Club
"Church Of The Poison Mind"
Colour By Numbers  (1983)  

Today's ear worm

Watch me clinging to the beat  
I had to fight to make it mine  
That religion you could sink in neat  
Just move your feet and you'll feel fine  

Culture Club
"Church Of The Poison Mind"
Colour By Numbers  (1983)  ___

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2014-11-07 03:41:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

This week's "American Horror Story" features another Bowie song.  A repeat of Elsa singing "Life on Mars" and the album track of Bowie's second US hit, "Fame."

Have a pink cupcake?

This week's "American Horror Story" features another Bowie song.  A repeat of Elsa singing "Life on Mars" and the album track of Bowie's second US hit, "Fame."

Have a pink cupcake?___

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2014-11-07 01:53:21 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I did a horrible thing today.

I'm very free with my honest compliments.  If you look good, I will tell you.  How you've done your hair.  How you're carrying yourself.  Your smile.  Something you've done that sets you above most others.

I seldom negatively criticize about another's appearance, unless doing so is important beyond simple appearance.

So, I was shocked even as the words left my mouth when I told a woman at work that the color of her cardigan sweater did not suit her.  She gaped at what I'd said.  I gaped at what I'd said.  I blushed.  I quickly recovered and said, "You're gorgeous, don't get me wrong.  That's just not a color that works for you."  She regarded her sweater arms.  "I don't normally wear this color."  I nodded.  Turned to walk away.  Turned back.  "I'm soembarrassed now... more »

I did a horrible thing today.

I'm very free with my honest compliments.  If you look good, I will tell you.  How you've done your hair.  How you're carrying yourself.  Your smile.  Something you've done that sets you above most others.

I seldom negatively criticize about another's appearance, unless doing so is important beyond simple appearance.

So, I was shocked even as the words left my mouth when I told a woman at work that the color of her cardigan sweater did not suit her.  She gaped at what I'd said.  I gaped at what I'd said.  I blushed.  I quickly recovered and said, "You're gorgeous, don't get me wrong.  That's just not a color that works for you."  She regarded her sweater arms.  "I don't normally wear this color."  I nodded.  Turned to walk away.  Turned back.  "I'm so embarrassed now," I sighed.  "You are gorgeous, always.  If it was a gift from your husband or something . . ."  She smiled and waved me off.  "Thank you!" she said.  "I don't mind.  Honestly."

If she wears that sweater more, I'll know it's in protest to my idiocy.  If she never wears it again . . .___

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2014-11-07 01:25:44 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

My theory after watching "The Walking Dead" episode Slabtown.  

SPOILERS for the episode follow







The show goes back in time from the previous episode, and then pushes forward a bit in time by the end.  We first see Beth after her capture and delivery to the Atlanta hospital by the goons (the cars with the white crosses, easy).  

She and Noah sneak out, but only Noah gets away.  

At end of the previous episode, it's Noah who Daryl invites to step out of the bushes and show himself to Michonne.   Noah and maybe Carol following along.

Because, we have to figure out how Carol ends up the Atlanta hospital, as shown at the end of Slabtown.

Most likely she's legitimately captured since nobody at the hospital is alarmed by her arrival--it's treated as a regular ol' delivery, sothe ... more »

My theory after watching "The Walking Dead" episode Slabtown.  

SPOILERS for the episode follow







The show goes back in time from the previous episode, and then pushes forward a bit in time by the end.  We first see Beth after her capture and delivery to the Atlanta hospital by the goons (the cars with the white crosses, easy).  

She and Noah sneak out, but only Noah gets away.  

At end of the previous episode, it's Noah who Daryl invites to step out of the bushes and show himself to Michonne.   Noah and maybe Carol following along.

Because, we have to figure out how Carol ends up the Atlanta hospital, as shown at the end of Slabtown.

Most likely she's legitimately captured since nobody at the hospital is alarmed by her arrival--it's treated as a regular ol' delivery, so the deliverers have to be legit to not raise alarm by those inside.

So, how did Carol get there?  And in which creative ways will she destroy the hospital goons, hopefully assisted by Beth?___

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2014-11-07 01:02:38 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Our ancestors understood sympathetic magic.  The famous caves of Lascaux, France, still have images painted by Stone Age people.  Early anthropologists theorized that one particularly odd painting depicted a hunting accident.  Absurd.  No hunter would depict a hunting accident.  Doing so would cause, by sympathetic magic, hunting accidents.

And so I smiled when I heard the "Today" show use U2's "Beautiful Day" as its opening theme.  The song is about desperation and, ultimately, about the hope of coming to the realization that what you fear means nothing, what you care about is ultimately not that much after all.  It's a beautiful day, but will you dare to know and feel that, for itself and the miracle of you in it?  It's a cautionary song, not an uplifting song.  And "Today" suffered in ratings and people connected with the show suffereddeep per... more »

Our ancestors understood sympathetic magic.  The famous caves of Lascaux, France, still have images painted by Stone Age people.  Early anthropologists theorized that one particularly odd painting depicted a hunting accident.  Absurd.  No hunter would depict a hunting accident.  Doing so would cause, by sympathetic magic, hunting accidents.

And so I smiled when I heard the "Today" show use U2's "Beautiful Day" as its opening theme.  The song is about desperation and, ultimately, about the hope of coming to the realization that what you fear means nothing, what you care about is ultimately not that much after all.  It's a beautiful day, but will you dare to know and feel that, for itself and the miracle of you in it?  It's a cautionary song, not an uplifting song.  And "Today" suffered in ratings and people connected with the show suffered deep personal challenges.  Hmm.

Now I see that American Express is running commercials for Small Business Saturday, November 29, using Simon & Garfunkel's "America."  If you actually listen to the song, it's ultimately about having no connection to yourself and your world.
"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping 
I'm empty and aching, and I don't know why    
Hmm.

Enjoy your shopping holidays.  And use the Visa.___

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2014-11-07 00:15:00 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

In honor of Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead.  Which I'm only just now able to watch via DVR.

In honor of Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead.  Which I'm only just now able to watch via DVR.___

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2014-11-05 01:45:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A Film by Kirk

"Gilmore Girls" fans will know.

A Film by Kirk

"Gilmore Girls" fans will know.___

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2014-11-05 00:14:50 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

My proximate coworker and friend is having a rough personal time, not getting enough sleep, and hasn't been eating well.  So, tomorrow I'm making her lunch:
Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, finished with a little toasted sesame oil;
Sauteed green beans with slivered toasted almonds;
Sauteed mushrooms;
Creamy carrot and almond soup, topped with some of the toasted slivered almonds;
Plain ol' garden salad with a bit of vinaigrette dressing.

There will be so much food, even with both of us eating, that she can take the rest home.  And hopefully she takes the rest of the week off.

My proximate coworker and friend is having a rough personal time, not getting enough sleep, and hasn't been eating well.  So, tomorrow I'm making her lunch:
Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, finished with a little toasted sesame oil;
Sauteed green beans with slivered toasted almonds;
Sauteed mushrooms;
Creamy carrot and almond soup, topped with some of the toasted slivered almonds;
Plain ol' garden salad with a bit of vinaigrette dressing.

There will be so much food, even with both of us eating, that she can take the rest home.  And hopefully she takes the rest of the week off.___

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2014-11-04 13:11:40 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

There is no worthless life  Sometimes there is a practice life.  Or a starter life.  Or a life tossed and broken, a struggle to make the tossing and breaking mean something.

The end always comes.  Meantime, learn to relax.  No matter what, it is all going to be fine.  

And then it is time to start over.

There is no worthless life  Sometimes there is a practice life.  Or a starter life.  Or a life tossed and broken, a struggle to make the tossing and breaking mean something.

The end always comes.  Meantime, learn to relax.  No matter what, it is all going to be fine.  

And then it is time to start over.___

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2014-11-02 22:17:31 (40 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Until recently I only knew of "Gilmore Girls" from a one-off reference in an episode of "Happy Endings."  It's on Netflix, "Gilmore Girls."   It's a fun show!  Seven years it was on.  It debuted when I was still young and handsome and lived in NYC.  It ended when I'd given up being young and much of anything that doesn't involve being mostly left alone in Maine.

"Gilmore Girls."  Thumbs up.  Give it a try.  I think this will be a fun winter meander through all seven seasons.

Until recently I only knew of "Gilmore Girls" from a one-off reference in an episode of "Happy Endings."  It's on Netflix, "Gilmore Girls."   It's a fun show!  Seven years it was on.  It debuted when I was still young and handsome and lived in NYC.  It ended when I'd given up being young and much of anything that doesn't involve being mostly left alone in Maine.

"Gilmore Girls."  Thumbs up.  Give it a try.  I think this will be a fun winter meander through all seven seasons.___

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2014-11-02 17:36:40 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It is all quite pretty. Apart from human misadventures.

It is all quite pretty. Apart from human misadventures.___

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2014-11-02 17:28:25 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Now most of town is without power. Thank goodness for portable generators. 

Now most of town is without power. Thank goodness for portable generators. ___

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2014-11-02 16:42:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Still snowing. And there's turkey in the fridge. Roasting to follow.

Still snowing. And there's turkey in the fridge. Roasting to follow.___

2014-11-02 14:28:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The husband just said, "When you go out to get the turkeys, will you get me stew vegetables?  I need them for the cottage pie."

Translation:  Get up, go to the food store, now.

I'm off.

The husband just said, "When you go out to get the turkeys, will you get me stew vegetables?  I need them for the cottage pie."

Translation:  Get up, go to the food store, now.

I'm off.___

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2014-11-02 13:29:51 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Blustery snowy Sunday morning. The food store has $.49 per pound turkeys. I think I'll get two. Which means buying one, then going back in buying another. One per customer. I'll be Alvin the first time. Juan Pablo the second time. Ole!

Blustery snowy Sunday morning. The food store has $.49 per pound turkeys. I think I'll get two. Which means buying one, then going back in buying another. One per customer. I'll be Alvin the first time. Juan Pablo the second time. Ole!___

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2014-11-02 12:26:26 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It's snowing in my bit o' Maine.  Fitfully.  Clumpy wet snow.  Blowing around, back and forth, like a hormonal teen trying to find a jacket and an identity that fits.

Still.  Technically, it's snowing.  I like it.

It's snowing in my bit o' Maine.  Fitfully.  Clumpy wet snow.  Blowing around, back and forth, like a hormonal teen trying to find a jacket and an identity that fits.

Still.  Technically, it's snowing.  I like it.___

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2014-10-31 22:49:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

The End edition

A virus doesn't care about you, personally.  It doesn't care where you live.  It doesn't care where your ancestors came from.  It doesn't care about your history.  It doesn't care about your age, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, or what language you speak.

Hug your children.  Love yourself and others.  Appreciate right now, every day.  Take comfort in this age, right now.  

You didn't know you lived in a golden age.  Nobody in a golden age knows it at the time.  You are golden.  Smile.  Appreciate.  Enjoy.

This blessed time ends.  

Happy Halloween.

The Spirit of Halloween

The End edition

A virus doesn't care about you, personally.  It doesn't care where you live.  It doesn't care where your ancestors came from.  It doesn't care about your history.  It doesn't care about your age, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, or what language you speak.

Hug your children.  Love yourself and others.  Appreciate right now, every day.  Take comfort in this age, right now.  

You didn't know you lived in a golden age.  Nobody in a golden age knows it at the time.  You are golden.  Smile.  Appreciate.  Enjoy.

This blessed time ends.  

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-31 01:07:34 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

What is a good first wedding anniversary display, thing, or event?

I contrived our wedding last year, Halloween. It was a terrible year for both of us.  I'd just banned my last family member from speaking to me or interfering further in my life.  The now-husband had been fired for being too expensive to his corporate overlords only two weeks previous.  The world was collapsing.

I am most effective when the world collapses.  I clench my jaw, flash my eyes and damn the consequences.  The now-husband was shocked, demoralized, deeply hurt.  He believes in the basic goodness of people.  I know otherwise:  people are base, venal and horrible creatures.  Our daily existence in our posh circumstances depends upon the satisfactions of others.  Remove one block?  It all tumbles down.

But, I am alive, I am not yet dribbling, and so I vacillated between traditionalstyles of ... more »

What is a good first wedding anniversary display, thing, or event?

I contrived our wedding last year, Halloween. It was a terrible year for both of us.  I'd just banned my last family member from speaking to me or interfering further in my life.  The now-husband had been fired for being too expensive to his corporate overlords only two weeks previous.  The world was collapsing.

I am most effective when the world collapses.  I clench my jaw, flash my eyes and damn the consequences.  The now-husband was shocked, demoralized, deeply hurt.  He believes in the basic goodness of people.  I know otherwise:  people are base, venal and horrible creatures.  Our daily existence in our posh circumstances depends upon the satisfactions of others.  Remove one block?  It all tumbles down.

But, I am alive, I am not yet dribbling, and so I vacillated between traditional styles of family revenge and doing nothing.  As is my wont, I turned right and made my own path.  I planned a wedding, having already secured my betrothed's promise to follow through and accept me and give himself to me.

Halloween.  My high holy day.  The then-partner's least favored holiday, behind Arbor Day.  Win/win.  I get to never forget my wedding day, and he gets something good to associate with my favorite day.

Long story short, I made it happen.  I delivered a great community event and wiped the tears from my future-husband's eyes while affirming his being and value in my life, sincerely.  In the process, I was unexpectedly and stupidly reduced to sentimental nonsense seeing how so many others turned out and made it so special.  I got married.  For the first and only time.

Since that day a year ago, I have bent my will and talents and energy to salvaging my husband's feelings and reputation.  I won at every turn.  He is better off now than he was a year ago, not including his promises to me.  Those are just bonus, for me.

Now a year has gone by.  And now I have a new challenge.  So, again:

What is a fine display to make on the occasion of one's first anniversary?  Nothing awful is happening.  There is no crisis.  Therefore, I am at a loss.  I have no mission, except to do something good and true to the one I've promised so much and argued and fought and struggled so hard for.___

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2014-10-30 12:51:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Halloween movie night

"The Taking of Deborah Logan" (2014)

A documentary-style chiller that finds a group of video journalists chronicling the progress of dementia in the patrician Deborah Logan and the impact of the disease on both Mrs. Logan and her adult daughter and caregiver.  But, there's more at work here than amyloid plaques and the slow evaporation of self.  There's evil afoot as Deborah slips away and something sinister slips in. 

Avoid reading about this movie.  Most of its surprises and fun come from going in as blind as a diseased mind wiped of memory and identity.

I want the husband to watch this one with me.  I think he could take it.  It's not a gory slasher movie and the shocks are haunting, not an assault upon the senses.  I'd like him to critique how the movie handles dementia, one of his clinicalspecia... more »

Halloween movie night

"The Taking of Deborah Logan" (2014)

A documentary-style chiller that finds a group of video journalists chronicling the progress of dementia in the patrician Deborah Logan and the impact of the disease on both Mrs. Logan and her adult daughter and caregiver.  But, there's more at work here than amyloid plaques and the slow evaporation of self.  There's evil afoot as Deborah slips away and something sinister slips in. 

Avoid reading about this movie.  Most of its surprises and fun come from going in as blind as a diseased mind wiped of memory and identity.

I want the husband to watch this one with me.  I think he could take it.  It's not a gory slasher movie and the shocks are haunting, not an assault upon the senses.  I'd like him to critique how the movie handles dementia, one of his clinical specialties.  

"The Taking of Deborah Logan" is streaming now on Netflix.___

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2014-10-30 01:20:36 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Reminders of why you're here edition

Our 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel sometimes has seizures.  He started having them around age 4.  At first they shocked both him and us, the husband and me.  

The husband would flip out, almost having seizures himself because the Cocker is having a seizure.  I'd ignore the husband.  Kneel.  Lay by the Cocker.  Bundle him close to my body and talk to him.  

The seizures pass.  And he's lasted 12 long dog years.

He knows when a seizure is approaching.  Human epileptics call it an aura, a sense of the impending event.  Dogs have seizure auras.  I know this because I know what it means when our Cocker comes to me and has that look about him.  If a dog could look concerned and worried, it's that look.

I pull him to me, or I lay down by him and pull him tome as the se... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Reminders of why you're here edition

Our 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel sometimes has seizures.  He started having them around age 4.  At first they shocked both him and us, the husband and me.  

The husband would flip out, almost having seizures himself because the Cocker is having a seizure.  I'd ignore the husband.  Kneel.  Lay by the Cocker.  Bundle him close to my body and talk to him.  

The seizures pass.  And he's lasted 12 long dog years.

He knows when a seizure is approaching.  Human epileptics call it an aura, a sense of the impending event.  Dogs have seizure auras.  I know this because I know what it means when our Cocker comes to me and has that look about him.  If a dog could look concerned and worried, it's that look.

I pull him to me, or I lay down by him and pull him to me as the seizure grips his body.  I talk to him.  I tell him stories about himself:

"When you were a baby you were covered with mud and ticks.  So tiny compared to your brothers and sisters."

"You're the most courageous dog of all.  Not because you're biggest or strongest.  Because you won't back down.  You freak out bigger stronger dogs because you won't back down."

"You're smelly.  You've always been smelly.  What's up with that, man?"

"You give lessons in loving.  I'm not sure you 'get' love.  But you could teach it to those who should."

Within a couple of minutes the seizure and its after-effects pass.  I don't coddle him (the husband always does).  I slap his hinder and tell him to get up.  We both have a bit of a treat.  A smackerel of something.  

We've earned it.

How is this the Spirit of Halloween?  Life is horror.  How you approach, treat and handle life?  That's Halloween, baby.  Own it.  And never back down.

Happy Halloween.  And, woof.

The video is not mine, but that's what the seizures look like.  The difference?  I bundle my Cocker close to me.  Like a father holding his child close.  I talk to him while he's betrayed by his body.  If I'm wrong?  OK.  But, I'm the one he always runs to when the seizure approaches.  And he's 12 with zero sign of "Cocker rage" for being held like a child when he's seizing--he remains the most loving dog I've ever known.  Individual results?  I don't care, that's your dog, not my Cocker.  ___

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2014-10-29 15:00:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This sounds fun. Duly forwarded to myself for later reading.

Halloween Stories

This one is not Fake.. Idk if you know the History of this tiny murder. But the creepy or funny thing is that he was born on Oct the 31st. on 1896. I know his History because He was in the southest and coldest prison of the world, 200KM far from I was born in Tierra del Fuego.

+Alvin Stearns  I know you are a big Halloween storysharer. Maybe this History is a new one for you.

#halloween   #PetisoOrejudo   #Ushuaia  ___This sounds fun. Duly forwarded to myself for later reading.

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2014-10-29 01:03:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Now time needs to slow down.

I'm not ready for it to be Halloween.  Because next it's not Halloween any more.

(sad face)

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Now time needs to slow down.

I'm not ready for it to be Halloween.  Because next it's not Halloween any more.

(sad face)

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2014-10-28 03:17:49 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Four Walls and a Roof

The Walking Dead season 5 SPOILER follows, and includes the comments section.






I have watched, backed up and re-watched the scene in this episode about six times that starts with Martin asking, "Are we done?" and ends with Maggie saying, "No.  It's just four walls and a roof."  In between I enjoy the slaughter of Gareth and his degenerate minions.  

I've read some Internet drivel about Rick & Co. losing their humanity in the brutal executions of the Terminus survivors.  No.  Characters (or actual people) who deceive others with promises of acceptance and sanctuary only to murder and eat them lose any appeal and their annihilation is not only justified, it's necessary.

So sayeth Alvin.

Let's back it up and watch one more time . . .

#the... more »

Four Walls and a Roof

The Walking Dead season 5 SPOILER follows, and includes the comments section.






I have watched, backed up and re-watched the scene in this episode about six times that starts with Martin asking, "Are we done?" and ends with Maggie saying, "No.  It's just four walls and a roof."  In between I enjoy the slaughter of Gareth and his degenerate minions.  

I've read some Internet drivel about Rick & Co. losing their humanity in the brutal executions of the Terminus survivors.  No.  Characters (or actual people) who deceive others with promises of acceptance and sanctuary only to murder and eat them lose any appeal and their annihilation is not only justified, it's necessary.

So sayeth Alvin.

Let's back it up and watch one more time . . .

#thewalkingdead  ___

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2014-10-28 00:48:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Theses and Feces Edition

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Saxony, part of the Holy Roman Empire, later Germany.  His catalyzing complaint was the idea that sins could be remedied by giving cash to the Pope's agents--commonly referred to as the selling of indulgences.  Luther's several complaints challenged the authority of the Pope.  He argued that the Bible, not the Pope or his cardinals and bishops, is the source of Christian teaching and the guide for Christian conduct, and that works and treasure do not provide salvation.  Only God's grace through Jesus' perfect sacrifice, Luther argued, can keep people from an eternity in Hell. 

Luther did not arrive out of nowhere.  He was the latest in a series of upsets and challenges to Papal policiesand s... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Theses and Feces Edition

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Saxony, part of the Holy Roman Empire, later Germany.  His catalyzing complaint was the idea that sins could be remedied by giving cash to the Pope's agents--commonly referred to as the selling of indulgences.  Luther's several complaints challenged the authority of the Pope.  He argued that the Bible, not the Pope or his cardinals and bishops, is the source of Christian teaching and the guide for Christian conduct, and that works and treasure do not provide salvation.  Only God's grace through Jesus' perfect sacrifice, Luther argued, can keep people from an eternity in Hell. 

Luther did not arrive out of nowhere.  He was the latest in a series of upsets and challenges to Papal policies and supremacy.  However, we must grant that Luther's admirable scholarship, deep convictions and great eloquence, both spoken and on the page, greatly propelled events towards what became known as the Protestant Reformation.

Incidentally, he had a decidedly scatological bent in his writings about his struggles with his ideas, and against the very arch-evil, Satan himself. 

The idea of Satan as the king of all evil had existed in Christianity for some time by the 16th century.  Satan had evolved out of mish-mash of ideas and personifications that stretch back into antiquity.  By Luther's day, Satan was very real, his machinations and malevolence manifest in every facet of human life.  Nobody was safe.  In fact, the Reformation raised Satan's profile.  The 16th century was the dawn of the infamous witch hunts with church and secular leaders arresting, torturing and murdering thousands for perceived Satanic influence.  Luther and others would write at great length about Satan, demons, and their mortal agents on earth.

Now, Luther had a thing about . . . well, shit.  He liked to use it as an example of lies and worthlessness, to a fault.  Here is an example, from a sermon he gave before his peers in 1515.  He's speaking on the subject of slander and its evils:
A slanderer does nothing but ruminate the filth of others with his own teeth and wallow like a pig with his nose in the dirt.  That is also why his droppings stink most, surpassed only by the Devil’s. . . . And though man drops his excrements in private, the slanderer does not respect this privacy.  He gluts on the pleasure of wallowing in it, and he does not deserve better according to God’s righteous judgment. When the slanderer whispers: Look how he has shit on himself, the best answer is: You go eat it...  

Try to get extraordinary language like that on the Christian Broadcast Network.

Later, Luther would write about an astonishing toilet room battle with Satan in which the two fling poo at each other.  He is quoted to have once "routed Satan with a fart."  The man had a definite biological fixation, which he used as the ideal metaphor for evil and doing battle against evil.

Later revisionist writings cleaned the toilet, so to speak.  The toilet became a desk.  Feces became ink.

I understand the impulse to clean up cultural heroes (or villains, to some).  But, I argue that we can only fully appreciate our past when we accept it in context, in its own words, and on its own terms.  Each of us comes from unwashed and not always virtuous ancestors.  Luther, in today's terms, was shockingly hateful in many ways.  But, he was also astonishingly incisiveness and influential.  The world was never the same after him.

At best, he encouraged questioning and self-revelation as the only true path to salvation--ideals we still hold, if not practice, today.  At worst, he espoused hatreds and violence against people who were deemed "other" and unregenerate agents of Satan.

In the spirit of Martin Luther and that Halloween day in Wittenberg so many years ago, consider writing up your grievances against the powers that be.  Nail them to the appropriate door.  And, in the spirit of Luther, don't forget to also light that bag of poop dropped on the steps.

Bonus:   If you'd like to be insulted by Martin Luther in his own words, click the link.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-27 20:38:56 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

What time is it?

What time is it?___

2014-10-27 19:43:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

The Royal Tricks Edition

James Stuart was Mary Queen of Scots' little boy and became king of Scotland upon mom's death. Mama Mary was executed by order of Elizabeth Tudor, queen of England. Queen Elizabeth, Henry VIII's little girl, ruled England for a very long time and famously never married. She died, as they say, without issue.

Though Queen Elizabeth never formally named a successor, it was commonly understood that James, the closest heir in the tangled royal bloodline, would receive the crown of England. And in 1603 he did, becoming both James VI of Scotland and James I of England. (But, there was no Great Britain at this time. England and Scotland remained separate sovereign kingdoms that happened to be concurrently ruled by one monarch.)

So. The royal trick, versus treat?

James was famously... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

The Royal Tricks Edition

James Stuart was Mary Queen of Scots' little boy and became king of Scotland upon mom's death. Mama Mary was executed by order of Elizabeth Tudor, queen of England. Queen Elizabeth, Henry VIII's little girl, ruled England for a very long time and famously never married. She died, as they say, without issue.

Though Queen Elizabeth never formally named a successor, it was commonly understood that James, the closest heir in the tangled royal bloodline, would receive the crown of England. And in 1603 he did, becoming both James VI of Scotland and James I of England. (But, there was no Great Britain at this time. England and Scotland remained separate sovereign kingdoms that happened to be concurrently ruled by one monarch.)

So. The royal trick, versus treat?

James was famously dismissive of public displays and public relations, arenas where his predecessor, Elizabeth, excelled. James much preferred hunting and the company of his chosen handsome male companions. Upon being urged to appear in public and pass among his subjects so that they could see his face he impatiently scoffed and replied, "God's wounds! I shall pull down my britches and they shall also see my arse!"

I like that attitude in a monarch.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-27 01:45:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Rick Keeps His Promise

And Michonne reunites with an old friend.

#thewalkingdead  

Rick Keeps His Promise

And Michonne reunites with an old friend.

#thewalkingdead  ___

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2014-10-27 01:15:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The Revenge of Bob.

The Walking Dead

SPOILER





I suspected he'd been bitten in the food collection trip in last week's episode.  Now I just hope you can't kill the infection through cooking.

#thewalkingdead  

The Revenge of Bob.

The Walking Dead

SPOILER





I suspected he'd been bitten in the food collection trip in last week's episode.  Now I just hope you can't kill the infection through cooking.

#thewalkingdead  ___

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2014-10-23 14:43:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

When the ending comes.  And it will come.

Is it the happy ending you twisted your life toward creating?

Or is it just you choking for another breath.  One last breath. That never comes.

Happy Halloween.

The Spirit of Halloween

When the ending comes.  And it will come.

Is it the happy ending you twisted your life toward creating?

Or is it just you choking for another breath.  One last breath. That never comes.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-22 14:28:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

You know it'll be fun.

Cruel Sister - Pentangle

A tale of betrayal, murder, and haunting. Classic #halloween  stuff!

#folkmusic   #murder   #Jealousy   #haunting   #ghost  ___You know it'll be fun.

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2014-10-22 14:25:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

I come not to bury Caesar, but to perform a postmortem upon him.  

Nobody said that, but Gaius Seutonius Tranquillus (just call him Seutonius), a historian during the early years of the Roman Empire, did record one of history's earliest recorded postmortems in his "The Lives of the Twelve Emperors."  

--  The victim:  Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator, Roman Republic, 56 years old

--  The date:  March 15, 44 BC

--  Crime scene:  The Senate-house, Rome, capital of the Roman Republic

--  The killers:  A dozen Roman senators, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus

--  Mechanism of injury:  23 knife/stab wounds to the torso

-- Anecdotal:  Seutonius records that Caesar delayed attending the Senate meeting that day, considering not going at all.  On hisway to the Sen... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

I come not to bury Caesar, but to perform a postmortem upon him.  

Nobody said that, but Gaius Seutonius Tranquillus (just call him Seutonius), a historian during the early years of the Roman Empire, did record one of history's earliest recorded postmortems in his "The Lives of the Twelve Emperors."  

--  The victim:  Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator, Roman Republic, 56 years old

--  The date:  March 15, 44 BC

--  Crime scene:  The Senate-house, Rome, capital of the Roman Republic

--  The killers:  A dozen Roman senators, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus

--  Mechanism of injury:  23 knife/stab wounds to the torso

-- Anecdotal:  Seutonius records that Caesar delayed attending the Senate meeting that day, considering not going at all.  On his way to the Senate-house he was handed a note warning him of the conspiracy; Caesar did not read it, but added it to the papers he carried with him to the Senate-house.  Despite ritual sacrifices providing no good omens, Caesar moved to enter the Senate-house.  One Spurrina had earlier warned Caesar to beware the middle days of March.  Seeing Spurrina as he approached the entrance to the Senate-house, Caesar mocked the man and his prophecy.  Spurrina warned that though the middle days of March had arrived, they were not over.  Caesar entered the Senate-house and took his seat.

--  The crime:  One of the conspirators drew close to Caesar, who inclined to hear him.  The conspirator gripped Caesar's shoulders to restrain him.  As another conspirator stabbed him below the neck, Caesar stabbed the conspirator holding him with his pen, to no avail.  Realizing he was surrounded by assassins, Caesar covered his head with his robe as he was stabbed a total of 23 times and died on the Senate-house floor.  

--  The victim's final words:  When gripped by the shoulders, Caesar is supposed to have cried, "Why, this is violence!"  When Marcus Junius Brutus moved  forward to stab him, some report that they heard Caesar say to Brutus, "You too, my child?"

--  Postmortem events:  The conspirators fled the scene following the murder.  Seutonius reports that Caesar lay dead on the Senate-house floor "for some time."  Finally, three slaves moved the body onto a litter and carried it from the Senate-house to Caesar's home.

--  The post-mortem:  Seutonius records that a physician named Antistius examined Caesar's corpse and reported that none of the wounds were fatal, apart from one to the chest.  Most likely cause of death:  blood loss due to multiple stab wounds.

Happy Halloween.

Image is a still from the 1953 movie, "Julius Caesar," featuring a woofy Marlon Brando as Mark Antony gazing away from the slain Caesar, vengeance upon the assassins to follow.  ___

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2014-10-21 14:26:10 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Best Bad Guys Edition

What are the elements of your favorite bad guy or gal?  You know, the villain.  Or, the one others would call the villain in the absence of anybody else to carry that title.

My favorites are the Loki types.  No, not that character from the Marvel movies.   The Loki.  The trickster.  The cleverest one in the room who knows just how to pull every person's string.  He or she will cause everybody to dance to a chosen tune.  The dancers remain so sure and self-affirmed in their pretty illusions that they do not notice they're being manipulated.

Literary example:  Author Terry Pratchett created the character of Havelock Vetinari, the ruler of the city of Ankh-Morpork.  Though a character in a comic series of books, Vetinari exemplifies my ideal bad guy.  He will affect people, matters, events, andoutcomes t... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Best Bad Guys Edition

What are the elements of your favorite bad guy or gal?  You know, the villain.  Or, the one others would call the villain in the absence of anybody else to carry that title.

My favorites are the Loki types.  No, not that character from the Marvel movies.   The Loki.  The trickster.  The cleverest one in the room who knows just how to pull every person's string.  He or she will cause everybody to dance to a chosen tune.  The dancers remain so sure and self-affirmed in their pretty illusions that they do not notice they're being manipulated.

Literary example:  Author Terry Pratchett created the character of Havelock Vetinari, the ruler of the city of Ankh-Morpork.  Though a character in a comic series of books, Vetinari exemplifies my ideal bad guy.  He will affect people, matters, events, and outcomes to suit his agenda, almost always without others realizing that they were merely players in Vetinari's covert agenda.  He isn't insane or blood-thirsty, he is intelligent and pragmatic.  Though, what motivates him remains something of a mystery.  It may be that some few people are born to herd where most are born to flock.

Cinematic example:  Keyser Söze is a character in the movie "The Usual Suspects."  We are led to wonder if Söze even exists.  His principle story-teller, Roger "Verbal" Kint, builds up the legend and mythology of Söze so that any objective bystander would start to scoff.  Söze is intelligent, focused, ruthless, and when crossed is capable of extremely brutal choices and actions.  The denouement is both fun and shocking.  One of cinema's most brilliant bad guys existed in plain sight, and by the time you know he's there, poof! He's gone.   Indeed, the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he does not exist.

What's your favorite bad guy type?

And, Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-21 13:47:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Most people insanely cling to their pleasing illusion even as their world begins to burn.  That could feel annoying to you.

Do relax, re-think.

Encourage others' illusions.

They feel good, you pay nothing.

Your prize:  You get to kindle the flame.

Remember to make a wish before you walk off.

Happy Halloween.

The Spirit of Halloween

Most people insanely cling to their pleasing illusion even as their world begins to burn.  That could feel annoying to you.

Do relax, re-think.

Encourage others' illusions.

They feel good, you pay nothing.

Your prize:  You get to kindle the flame.

Remember to make a wish before you walk off.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-21 13:12:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Yep

Yep___

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2014-10-21 12:56:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Extraordinary

Extraordinary___

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2014-10-20 22:52:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The subcontinent makes Thrash Metal!  Here are The Down Troddence, a band out of Kerala, India.  The song is called "Shiva."

The song is included on the band's album, How Are You?  We Are Fine, Thank You, released this year and available on iTunes and at Google Play's Music store.

The subcontinent makes Thrash Metal!  Here are The Down Troddence, a band out of Kerala, India.  The song is called "Shiva."

The song is included on the band's album, How Are You?  We Are Fine, Thank You, released this year and available on iTunes and at Google Play's Music store.___

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2014-10-20 19:26:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Pam Adger* and I were just discussing* her giving me Billy Idol white hair as part of my Pam-make over.

So good to she +Aisha Tyler on Plus!

Met Billy Idol on the show today. Middle school me just fainted a little. Okay, a LOT.

Listen to exclusive message: http://www.whosay.com/l/Pav9sQ7___+Pam Adger* and I were just discussing* her giving me Billy Idol white hair as part of my Pam-make over.

So good to she +Aisha Tyler on Plus!

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2014-10-20 17:27:37 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Hair achieving that alluring Southern revivalist preacher phase.

Over-time for a haircut.

Hair achieving that alluring Southern revivalist preacher phase.

Over-time for a haircut.___

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2014-10-20 09:40:18 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

What people like

Postings on metal music, the band KISS, and Bollywood movies.  I chuckle to see that when I post on those things I get hundreds of pluses and multiple comments and shares from people all over the world.

I suppose it does not hurt that I like metal music, KISS, and Bollywood movies and I try to be respectful of them.  By extension I'm respectful of the people who also like those things.

Now, if KISS would star in a Bollywood movie with an Indian-metal soundtrack?  Woo!

What people like

Postings on metal music, the band KISS, and Bollywood movies.  I chuckle to see that when I post on those things I get hundreds of pluses and multiple comments and shares from people all over the world.

I suppose it does not hurt that I like metal music, KISS, and Bollywood movies and I try to be respectful of them.  By extension I'm respectful of the people who also like those things.

Now, if KISS would star in a Bollywood movie with an Indian-metal soundtrack?  Woo!___

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (85 comments, 27 reshares, 323 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  ___

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