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Randy Culler

Randy Culler 

Bluegrass banjo, SF Fan, C++ Programmer

Occupation: I work as a computer engineer, designing and programming SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems and doing energy management control. While I've concentrated in C++ and C programm

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2016-07-23 12:29:59 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Entrepreneurial Spirit
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Most reshares: 11

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2016-07-15 10:53:57 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Geek Brain
"Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time." --Monty Python

Most plusones: 65

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2016-07-21 10:15:34 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

I think those muppets have been on Willie's bus

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2016-07-26 10:31:43 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

How was I s'posed to know?

#bluegrass  

How was I s'posed to know?

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-25 10:00:44 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Animals Switched Places With Humans

Animals Switched Places With Humans___

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2016-07-24 13:02:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Paul Williams Sings Fraulein with Doyle Lawson & Joe Mullins- July 2016

#bluegrass  

Paul Williams Sings Fraulein with Doyle Lawson & Joe Mullins- July 2016

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-23 13:50:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Flatt & Scruggs legacy lives on with Earls of Leicester
I thought we would put out a record, everybody would be amused and we would have gotten it out of our systems,” Douglas said. “It would be, ‘OK. We’ve done it. We’ve done our part to re-educate the audience, our audience, to what Flatt & Scruggs meant to the genre. Then we’ll let it go.’ But it just caught fire. I mean, I’ve never really seen anything like it.

Flatt & Scruggs legacy lives on with Earls of Leicester
I thought we would put out a record, everybody would be amused and we would have gotten it out of our systems,” Douglas said. “It would be, ‘OK. We’ve done it. We’ve done our part to re-educate the audience, our audience, to what Flatt & Scruggs meant to the genre. Then we’ll let it go.’ But it just caught fire. I mean, I’ve never really seen anything like it.___

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2016-07-23 13:34:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Across the Blue Ridge #30 - Immigrant Band, plus great tunes and songs from the mountains

This week, our host Paul Brown brings in a collection of fabulous fiddle tunes old and new, including one from Erynn Marshall’s new album of her own composed tunes. A band made up primarily of immigrants from Ireland and Italy puts across some great old time American tunes. And fiddler Rafe Stefanini, who emigrated from Italy to the U.S. because he loved old time music, tells us about how he thought up the idea for the Immigrant Band album, and how he named it – calling on words from a song that was a favorite of North Carolina’s Tommy Jarrell. American old-time and bluegrass music reaches around the globe these days, and this week’s show lets us feel the love. Plus … we hear some exciting yet poignant field recordings made from the 1940s into the 1960s. They’re just a littlescratchy, b... more »

Across the Blue Ridge #30 - Immigrant Band, plus great tunes and songs from the mountains

This week, our host Paul Brown brings in a collection of fabulous fiddle tunes old and new, including one from Erynn Marshall’s new album of her own composed tunes. A band made up primarily of immigrants from Ireland and Italy puts across some great old time American tunes. And fiddler Rafe Stefanini, who emigrated from Italy to the U.S. because he loved old time music, tells us about how he thought up the idea for the Immigrant Band album, and how he named it – calling on words from a song that was a favorite of North Carolina’s Tommy Jarrell. American old-time and bluegrass music reaches around the globe these days, and this week’s show lets us feel the love. Plus … we hear some exciting yet poignant field recordings made from the 1940s into the 1960s. They’re just a little scratchy, but good, transporting us to times gone by.___

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2016-07-23 12:35:12 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Nature was kind to the 'Roo

Nature was kind to the 'Roo___

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2016-07-23 12:29:59 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Entrepreneurial Spirit
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Entrepreneurial Spirit
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2016-07-23 12:24:41 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is preparing astronauts for the future Mars mission. A team of astronauts has been sent to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean where they will stay for 16 days and prepare for the future deep space missions. The mission will tell whether astronauts can survive in such challenging conditions and it will boost the confidence of astronauts for Journey to Mars.

The US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is preparing astronauts for the future Mars mission. A team of astronauts has been sent to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean where they will stay for 16 days and prepare for the future deep space missions. The mission will tell whether astronauts can survive in such challenging conditions and it will boost the confidence of astronauts for Journey to Mars.___

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2016-07-23 11:25:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

"Tried growing mushrooms before, and it didn't work" – if I had money for every time someone has said that to me I'd be a very rich man...and probably no longer a mushroom farmer! Mushrooms are notoriously unreliable to grow, partly due to the mass-produced low quality kits that people often try. Almost mystical organisms, they seem to pop up in the wild in an unpredictable way, often only appearing for just 5 or 6 days before vanishing back into the ground again, not to be seen in the same spot for another year or three. Yet, despite a poor reputation amongst home growers, by using a particularly simple technique and getting a bit of insight into how mushrooms grow, it is possible to successfully grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home. So how exactly are mushrooms cultivated? How can you have success at home? And more to that point - what's all this got to do with waste coffeeg... more »

"Tried growing mushrooms before, and it didn't work" – if I had money for every time someone has said that to me I'd be a very rich man...and probably no longer a mushroom farmer! Mushrooms are notoriously unreliable to grow, partly due to the mass-produced low quality kits that people often try. Almost mystical organisms, they seem to pop up in the wild in an unpredictable way, often only appearing for just 5 or 6 days before vanishing back into the ground again, not to be seen in the same spot for another year or three. Yet, despite a poor reputation amongst home growers, by using a particularly simple technique and getting a bit of insight into how mushrooms grow, it is possible to successfully grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home. So how exactly are mushrooms cultivated? How can you have success at home? And more to that point - what's all this got to do with waste coffee grounds?___

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2016-07-23 11:01:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Duelin' Banjos
Commentary from +Frank Beacham 

Though Ronny Cox is closely associated with “Dueling Banjos” in the 1972 film, Deliverance, there is far more to the story than the scene on screen.

"Dueling Banjos" was an instrumental composition by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. It was composed in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos," which contained riffs from "Yankee Doodle."

Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player, Don Reno.
The composition's first wide scale airing was on a 1963 television episode of The Andy Griffith Show called "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee," in which it is played by the visiting musical family, the Darlings, played by The Dillards, a bluegrass group.

The song wasmade... more »

Duelin' Banjos
Commentary from +Frank Beacham 

Though Ronny Cox is closely associated with “Dueling Banjos” in the 1972 film, Deliverance, there is far more to the story than the scene on screen.

"Dueling Banjos" was an instrumental composition by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. It was composed in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos," which contained riffs from "Yankee Doodle."

Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player, Don Reno.
The composition's first wide scale airing was on a 1963 television episode of The Andy Griffith Show called "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee," in which it is played by the visiting musical family, the Darlings, played by The Dillards, a bluegrass group.

The song was made famous by the 1972 film, Deliverance, which also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, as it was used in the film without his permission.

The film version, arranged and recorded by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell and subsequently issued as a single, went to #2 for four weeks on the Hot 100 in 1973, all four weeks behind Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song," and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks the same year.

It reached #1 for one week on both the Cashbox and Record World pop charts. The song also reached #5 on the Hot Country Singles chart at the same time it was on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Singles charts.

Weissberg, who was hired to record the song, had no idea it was hit until he heard it on his car radio while driving.___

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2016-07-23 10:03:30 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Tony Rice Unit
Here's a great audio clip of Tony Rice, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips, Mike Marshall Live WNCW Radio

#bluegrass  

Tony Rice Unit
Here's a great audio clip of Tony Rice, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips, Mike Marshall Live WNCW Radio

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-22 10:11:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

It was a fitting finale for a banjo master who became renowned for the subtlety of his style. There weren’t any pyrotechnics or confetti cannons or gold watches, and there wasn’t a parade of musicians taking the stage to play one last tune with Eldridge. But two original Seldom Scene members were there—Tom Gray and John Starling—as were the active members of the still-vital band, including Eldridge’s replacement, Rickie Simpkins.

It was a fitting finale for a banjo master who became renowned for the subtlety of his style. There weren’t any pyrotechnics or confetti cannons or gold watches, and there wasn’t a parade of musicians taking the stage to play one last tune with Eldridge. But two original Seldom Scene members were there—Tom Gray and John Starling—as were the active members of the still-vital band, including Eldridge’s replacement, Rickie Simpkins.___

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2016-07-21 17:16:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Apollo 11 Command ModuleView Command Module

To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for download so it can be 3-D printed or viewed with virtual-reality goggles.

Apollo 11 Command ModuleView Command Module

To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for download so it can be 3-D printed or viewed with virtual-reality goggles.___

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2016-07-21 11:06:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Don Knotts was born 92 years ago today.
Commentary from +Frank Beacham 

Knotts was a comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show.
He also played landlord, Ralph Furley, on the 1970s and 1980s television sitcom, Three's Company.

Knotts was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, the son of William Jesse Knotts and his wife, the former Elsie L. Moore. Knotts' father was a farmer.

Because of the burden of a fourth child (Don) being born so late (his mother was 40), William had a nervous breakdown, becoming a shell of his former self. Afflicted with both schizophrenia and alcoholism, he sometimes terrorized his young son, Don, with a knife, causing him to turn inward at an early age.

Knotts' father died of pneumonia when he was 13 years old. Knotts and his three brothers were... more »

Don Knotts was born 92 years ago today.
Commentary from +Frank Beacham 

Knotts was a comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show.
He also played landlord, Ralph Furley, on the 1970s and 1980s television sitcom, Three's Company.

Knotts was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, the son of William Jesse Knotts and his wife, the former Elsie L. Moore. Knotts' father was a farmer.

Because of the burden of a fourth child (Don) being born so late (his mother was 40), William had a nervous breakdown, becoming a shell of his former self. Afflicted with both schizophrenia and alcoholism, he sometimes terrorized his young son, Don, with a knife, causing him to turn inward at an early age.

Knotts' father died of pneumonia when he was 13 years old. Knotts and his three brothers were then raised by their mother, who ran a boarding house in Morgantown.

Knotts is a sixth cousin of Ron Howard, a co-star on The Andy Griffith Show.

Knotts began his career performing in many venues, including a ventriloquist act with a dummy named Danny "Hooch" Matador.
In a TV Guide interview in the 1970s, he spoke about how, when he was in the Army, he was getting tired of playing straight man for a hunk of wood.

According to Knotts, while on a ship in the South Pacific, he took the dummy topside and tossed him overboard. He swore he could hear the dummy calling for help as the ship sailed on, leaving him bobbing helplessly in the waves.
Knotts got his first major break on television in the soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, where he appeared from 1953 to 1955.

He came to fame in 1956 on Steve Allen's variety show, as part of Allen's repertory company, most notably in Allen's mock "Man in the Street" interviews, always as an extremely nervous man.

In 1958, Knotts appeared in the film, No Time for Sergeants, alongside Andy Griffith.

In 1960, when Griffith was offered the opportunity to headline in his own sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968), Knotts took the role of Barney Fife, the deputy — and originally cousin — of Sheriff Andy Taylor (portrayed by Griffith).

Knotts’s portrayal of the deputy on the popular show earned him five Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy, one award for each of the five seasons he played the character.

Self-important, romantic and nearly always wrong, Barney dreamed of the day he could use the one bullet Andy had issued to him although he did fire his gun on a few occasions.

He always fired his pistol accidentally while still in his holster or in the ceiling of the court house, at which point he would sadly hand his pistol to Andy. This is why Barney kept his one very shiny bullet in his shirt pocket.

While Barney was forever frustrated that Mayberry was too small for the delusional ideas he had of himself, viewers got the sense that he couldn't have survived anywhere else.

Don Knotts played the comic and pathetic sides of the character with equal aplomb.

When the show first aired, Griffith was intended to be the comedic lead with Knotts as his straight man, similar to their roles in No Time for Sergeants.

However, it was quickly discovered that the show was funnier with the roles reversed. As Griffith maintained in several interviews, "By the second episode, I knew that Don should be funny and I should play straight."
Believing earlier remarks made by Griffith that The Andy Griffith Show would soon be ending after five seasons, Knotts began to look for other work.

He signed a five-film contract with Universal Studios. He was caught off guard when Griffith announced he would be continuing with the show after all, but Knotts’ hands were tied.

In his autobiography, Knotts admitted that he had not yet signed a contract when Griffith made his decision, but he had made up his mind believing that he would not get this chance again.

Knotts left the series in 1965. Within the series, it was announced that Deputy Fife had finally made the "big time," joining the Raleigh, North Carolina police force.

Knotts went on to star in a series of film comedies which drew on his high-strung persona from the TV series: he had a cameo appearance in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and starred in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), The Love God? (1969) and How to Frame a Figg (1971).

Knotts would, however, return to the role of Barney Fife several times in the 1960s.
He made five more guest appearances on The Andy Griffith Show (gaining him another two Emmys), and later appeared once more on the spin-off Mayberry RFD, where he was present as best man for the marriage of Andy Taylor and his longtime love, Helen Crump.

Don Knotts died on February 24, 2006 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from pulmonary and respiratory complications to pneumonia related to lung cancer.

He had been undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the months before his death, but had gone home after he reportedly had been feeling better.

His long-time friend, Andy Griffith, visited Knotts’s bedside just hours before his death.

Here, Knotts and Andy Griffith perform some sketches in a CBS special in 1966___

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2016-07-21 10:44:58 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Their mission was to rediscover the almost-forgotten story of human’s cruelty against fellow humans. They did find that, but they also discovered a tale of human tenacity, determination to survive, and the ability to organize in the face of adversity.

Their mission was to rediscover the almost-forgotten story of human’s cruelty against fellow humans. They did find that, but they also discovered a tale of human tenacity, determination to survive, and the ability to organize in the face of adversity.___

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2016-07-21 10:15:34 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

I think those muppets have been on Willie's bus

I think those muppets have been on Willie's bus___

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2016-07-21 10:06:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I saw one of these in use yesterday. Innovative ladder!

http://xtendandclimb.com/products/all-products/785p.html

I saw one of these in use yesterday. Innovative ladder!

http://xtendandclimb.com/products/all-products/785p.html___

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2016-07-21 09:27:30 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Nigerian astronaut lost in space needs $3m to get home
In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

Nigerian astronaut lost in space needs $3m to get home
In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.___

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2016-07-20 09:46:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

A Tribute to Ben Eldridge
The Seldom Scene celebrates the official retirement of #banjo  picker Ben Eldridge with a concert at the Birchmere. Celeste's Music captured some of the fun and posted it on Youtube
#bluegrass  

A Tribute to Ben Eldridge
The Seldom Scene celebrates the official retirement of #banjo  picker Ben Eldridge with a concert at the Birchmere. Celeste's Music captured some of the fun and posted it on Youtube
#bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-20 09:14:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Something interesting that we can finally talk about: the AIs are controlling their own datacenters, and it knocks about 15% off our power usage. More specifically, we designed a deep learning system to control things like cooling fans, windows, and other things related to power and cooling, with the objective of minimizing power needs. It turned out that this sort of system reliably outperformed manual control by a lot - enough that we've gradually transitioned datacenters to fully automatic operation.

This is one of those examples of how machine learning can be really useful; at any given instant, its decisions may be roughly as good as a human's would be, but it can make those decisions every few milliseconds and continually adjust things in a way a person couldn't. I expect to see technologies like these greatly increasing the efficiency of all sorts of infrastructure, from power... more »

Something interesting that we can finally talk about: the AIs are controlling their own datacenters, and it knocks about 15% off our power usage. More specifically, we designed a deep learning system to control things like cooling fans, windows, and other things related to power and cooling, with the objective of minimizing power needs. It turned out that this sort of system reliably outperformed manual control by a lot - enough that we've gradually transitioned datacenters to fully automatic operation.

This is one of those examples of how machine learning can be really useful; at any given instant, its decisions may be roughly as good as a human's would be, but it can make those decisions every few milliseconds and continually adjust things in a way a person couldn't. I expect to see technologies like these greatly increasing the efficiency of all sorts of infrastructure, from power to transport, over the next few years - with corresponding savings in both money and resource usage. ___

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2016-07-19 17:02:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A reported 3.7-magnitutde earthquake was actually an 'experimental explosion' caused by the U.S. Navy, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The explosion was reported just over 100 miles from Daytona Beach off the Florida coast at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Geological Survey reports that 68 people felt the force of the blast.

A reported 3.7-magnitutde earthquake was actually an 'experimental explosion' caused by the U.S. Navy, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The explosion was reported just over 100 miles from Daytona Beach off the Florida coast at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Geological Survey reports that 68 people felt the force of the blast.___

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2016-07-19 10:49:31 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Bill Monroe Estate Sale
1572 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

Sale Dates

July 28, 2016 8am-4pm
July 29, 2016 8am-4pm
July 30, 2016 8am-4pm

Bill Monroe Estate Sale
1572 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

Sale Dates

July 28, 2016 8am-4pm
July 29, 2016 8am-4pm
July 30, 2016 8am-4pm___

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2016-07-19 10:05:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-19 10:02:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Hosting an evening star party this summer? Then you're in for a treat. Starting this week, all five naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) are visible in the evening sky at dusk for a bried few weeks.

Hosting an evening star party this summer? Then you're in for a treat. Starting this week, all five naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) are visible in the evening sky at dusk for a bried few weeks.___

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2016-07-19 09:47:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Refreshing In Any Weather

https://www.dannygalieote.com/

Refreshing In Any Weather

https://www.dannygalieote.com/___

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2016-07-19 09:32:06 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Who Still Reads 1950s Science Fiction?
By James Wallace Harris, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Why are people still reading science fiction from the 1950s? I’m always leery to read science books more than a few years old, but crave science fiction written before NASA was created. I’m not alone in preferring moldy, aged SF, but I have no idea how many other fans are like me.

Who Still Reads 1950s Science Fiction?
By James Wallace Harris, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Why are people still reading science fiction from the 1950s? I’m always leery to read science books more than a few years old, but crave science fiction written before NASA was created. I’m not alone in preferring moldy, aged SF, but I have no idea how many other fans are like me.___

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2016-07-19 09:09:19 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Dave Evans, Dana Cupp, Keith Whitley, JD Crowe

via Dana Cupp who said:
Me singing with Keith Whitley and Dave Evans. About 1982. J.D. Crowe to Keith's left. Vanceburg. Kentucky

Dave Evans, Dana Cupp, Keith Whitley, JD Crowe

via Dana Cupp who said:
Me singing with Keith Whitley and Dave Evans. About 1982. J.D. Crowe to Keith's left. Vanceburg. Kentucky___

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2016-07-18 10:38:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending the company's robotic Dragon spacecraft speeding toward the ISS on a resupply mission for NASA.

About 2.5 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's first stage separated and performed a series of engine burns to head back to Cape Canaveral. At 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT), the booster touched down softly a few miles south of its launch pad, eliciting a huge round of cheers from the SpaceX personnel gathered at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending the company's robotic Dragon spacecraft speeding toward the ISS on a resupply mission for NASA.

About 2.5 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's first stage separated and performed a series of engine burns to head back to Cape Canaveral. At 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT), the booster touched down softly a few miles south of its launch pad, eliciting a huge round of cheers from the SpaceX personnel gathered at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.___

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2016-07-18 09:58:15 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

He played #banjo  

He played #banjo  ___

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2016-07-17 13:03:09 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Are all politicians idiots? Or does the job make them that way?

Could nature be mocking North Carolina's law-makers? Less than two weeks after the state's senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting that sea-level rise is accelerating, research has shown that the coast between North Carolina and Massachusetts is experiencing the fastest sea-level rise in the world.

FTA: "Less than two weeks after the state's senate passed a climate science-squelching bill, research shows that sea level along the coast between N.C. and Massachusetts is rising faster than anywhere on Earth"___Are all politicians idiots? Or does the job make them that way?

Could nature be mocking North Carolina's law-makers? Less than two weeks after the state's senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting that sea-level rise is accelerating, research has shown that the coast between North Carolina and Massachusetts is experiencing the fastest sea-level rise in the world.

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2016-07-17 12:44:17 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

True Banjo Cases
She wasn't a bad girl yet, but she DID play the #banjo  

True Banjo Cases
She wasn't a bad girl yet, but she DID play the #banjo  ___

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2016-07-17 12:22:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Hills of Roan County
Paul Williams, Jimmy Martin, JD Crowe

#bluegrass  

Hills of Roan County
Paul Williams, Jimmy Martin, JD Crowe

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-17 11:44:45 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Please don't drink and drive!

Please don't drink and drive!___

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2016-07-17 11:40:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Great Big Woman and A Little Bitty Bottle of Wine

The Bass Mountain Boys from way back when. Johnny Ridge on fiddle, Mike Wilson on guitar, Mike Street on Bass, Mike Aldrige on mandolin, Jim Mills on banjo

Great Big Woman and A Little Bitty Bottle of Wine

The Bass Mountain Boys from way back when. Johnny Ridge on fiddle, Mike Wilson on guitar, Mike Street on Bass, Mike Aldrige on mandolin, Jim Mills on banjo___

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2016-07-17 11:09:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam." -- Popeye the Sailor

I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam." -- Popeye the Sailor___

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2016-07-17 11:05:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The Virginia Squires
When I was posting a Bluegrass Cardinals concert yesterday, something disconnected and I typed "Virginia Squires" instead. Only thing I can figure, my brain had gone to "Great 80's Bluegrass Bands for 1000 Alex" mode.

My mistake. I'll own it.

The Virginia Squires formed in 1983 by Rickie Simpkins (fiddle and mandolin), Ronnie Simpkins (bass), Mark Newton (guitar and lead vocals), and Sammy Shelor (banjo), They stayed together until 1989 and are still known to do a reunion show here and there.

The Virginia Squires
When I was posting a Bluegrass Cardinals concert yesterday, something disconnected and I typed "Virginia Squires" instead. Only thing I can figure, my brain had gone to "Great 80's Bluegrass Bands for 1000 Alex" mode.

My mistake. I'll own it.

The Virginia Squires formed in 1983 by Rickie Simpkins (fiddle and mandolin), Ronnie Simpkins (bass), Mark Newton (guitar and lead vocals), and Sammy Shelor (banjo), They stayed together until 1989 and are still known to do a reunion show here and there.___

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2016-07-16 12:55:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Bagpipe concerto?

One engineer had trouble with his neighbors playing music too loud, so he programmed an Arduino to fight back with louder music.___Bagpipe concerto?

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2016-07-16 12:18:34 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Across the Blue Ridge #29
from Paul Brown
We will continue to sing, to express the good in the human spirit. Across the Blue Ridge this week: Positive energy for us all. Young people spread the joy of music and togetherness. Listen to Kitty Amaral, Presley Barker and Kyser George, from their visit to Muddy Creek Music Hall. They play wonderful tunes and tell their stories in a visit with Paul Brown. There's much more. Tunes from Scott Prouty and John Gallagher; Art Stamper; JD Crowe; the Double Decker String Band; Mac Traynham; Shay Garriock; Jenny Traynham; Scott Freeman; Jeremy Stephens. Join us on the air, online, via podcast. We'll always celebrate the best in humanity, even when we consider struggles through problems and challenges. It's important. Music can do wonderful things. Keep singing, keep playing. Let's remember what it's really all about.

Across the Blue Ridge #29
from Paul Brown
We will continue to sing, to express the good in the human spirit. Across the Blue Ridge this week: Positive energy for us all. Young people spread the joy of music and togetherness. Listen to Kitty Amaral, Presley Barker and Kyser George, from their visit to Muddy Creek Music Hall. They play wonderful tunes and tell their stories in a visit with Paul Brown. There's much more. Tunes from Scott Prouty and John Gallagher; Art Stamper; JD Crowe; the Double Decker String Band; Mac Traynham; Shay Garriock; Jenny Traynham; Scott Freeman; Jeremy Stephens. Join us on the air, online, via podcast. We'll always celebrate the best in humanity, even when we consider struggles through problems and challenges. It's important. Music can do wonderful things. Keep singing, keep playing. Let's remember what it's really all about.___

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2016-07-16 10:55:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

The Bluegrass Cardinals

One of the tightest vocal groups to ever grace a #bluegrass  stage! Here's a 2 hour concert from 1983

The Bluegrass Cardinals

One of the tightest vocal groups to ever grace a #bluegrass  stage! Here's a 2 hour concert from 1983___

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2016-07-15 18:35:47 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-15 17:20:53 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

The Unofficial Poster of Martin Dreadnought Ugly Pickguards

#guitar   #bluegrass  

The Unofficial Poster of Martin Dreadnought Ugly Pickguards

#guitar   #bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-15 17:10:35 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Need a bit of new carpet?

Need a bit of new carpet?___

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2016-07-15 11:06:02 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Back in my day, we wanted ourselves some Pokeymans we set up possum traps round back side'o' the Piggly Wiggly

Back in my day, we wanted ourselves some Pokeymans we set up possum traps round back side'o' the Piggly Wiggly___

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2016-07-15 10:53:57 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Geek Brain
"Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time." --Monty Python

Geek Brain
"Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time." --Monty Python___

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2016-07-15 10:12:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Raymond Fairchild
Press photo shoot for Stelling Banjos 1983. Photo credit-Hugh Morton

#banjo   #bluegrass  

Raymond Fairchild
Press photo shoot for Stelling Banjos 1983. Photo credit-Hugh Morton

#banjo   #bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-14 16:35:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

via Phil Leadbetter

Back in the 90'S with 2 of the best banjo pickers ever. J.D Crowe and Sonny Osborne.
#bluegrass   #banjo  

via Phil Leadbetter

Back in the 90'S with 2 of the best banjo pickers ever. J.D Crowe and Sonny Osborne.
#bluegrass   #banjo  ___

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2016-07-14 10:52:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Banjo Masters - Sammy Shelor
Interviewed by Pete Wernick and picking at Grey Fox

+Lonesome River Band  #banjo   #bluegrass  

Banjo Masters - Sammy Shelor
Interviewed by Pete Wernick and picking at Grey Fox

+Lonesome River Band  #banjo   #bluegrass  ___

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2016-07-14 10:37:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Red Dirt Girl

Sometimes you run across a song that just hits you between the eyes. Here's Emmylou with one of those!

Red Dirt Girl

Sometimes you run across a song that just hits you between the eyes. Here's Emmylou with one of those!___

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2016-07-13 18:15:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Perhaps it's not as senseless as I thought

Any business can be a Pokémon Go destination, and entrepreneurs are already promoting their establishments as such. L'inizio's Pizza Bar in Queens spent approximately $10 on Lure Modules and saw food and drink sales spike by more than 30 percent this past weekend, according to Bloomberg, which also reported that Brooklyn bar Pacific Standard put up a chalkboard outside joking: "Pokémon are for paying customers ONLY!" Elsewhere in Brooklyn, the NYC Pokémon Go Bar Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, starting at Barcade, with thousands of people already signed up.

Perhaps it's not as senseless as I thought

Any business can be a Pokémon Go destination, and entrepreneurs are already promoting their establishments as such. L'inizio's Pizza Bar in Queens spent approximately $10 on Lure Modules and saw food and drink sales spike by more than 30 percent this past weekend, according to Bloomberg, which also reported that Brooklyn bar Pacific Standard put up a chalkboard outside joking: "Pokémon are for paying customers ONLY!" Elsewhere in Brooklyn, the NYC Pokémon Go Bar Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, starting at Barcade, with thousands of people already signed up.___

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2016-07-13 17:10:48 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Marco.......

POLO
via: http://www.webdonuts.com/2016/06/polo/

Marco.......

POLO
via: http://www.webdonuts.com/2016/06/polo/___

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