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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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2016-09-13 09:54:13 (27 comments; 4 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Bill Monroe backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

photo by Gene Lowinger
#bluegrass  

Most reshares: 11

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2016-09-06 10:29:12 (0 comments; 11 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Illegal Aliens are taking our jobs!

Most plusones: 51

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2016-09-17 10:24:28 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Hank Williams was born 93 years ago today
Commentary from +Frank Beacham

The singer-songwriter and musician is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time.

Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including eleven that ranked #1.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money.

Payne had a major influence on the later musical style of Williams.

After moving to Montgomery, Williams began his career in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program.

He formed as his backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his... more »

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2016-09-27 10:13:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Waylon Jennings and Bill Monroe

from BILL MONROE - and friends MCA 5435 (LP vinyl record)
https://www.amazon.com/BILL-MONROE-friends-vinyl-record/dp/B004NS0BRM

Waylon Jennings and Bill Monroe

from BILL MONROE - and friends MCA 5435 (LP vinyl record)
https://www.amazon.com/BILL-MONROE-friends-vinyl-record/dp/B004NS0BRM___

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2016-09-27 09:39:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

He walked all the way home

I love Blue Highway's recording of this song. Here it is from the man who wrote it, David Norris, with some background info in the intro

He walked all the way home

I love Blue Highway's recording of this song. Here it is from the man who wrote it, David Norris, with some background info in the intro___

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2016-09-26 18:09:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft Bets Its Future on a Reprogrammable Computer Chip

Today, the programmable chips that Burger and Lu believed would transform the world—called field programmable gate arrays—are here. FPGAs already underpin Bing, and in the coming weeks, they will drive new search algorithms based on deep neural networks—artificial intelligence modeled on the structure of the human brain—executing this AI several orders of magnitude faster than ordinary chips could. As in, 23 milliseconds instead of four seconds of nothing on your screen. FPGAs also drive Azure, the company’s cloud computing service. And in the coming years, almost every new Microsoft server will include an FPGA. That’s millions of machines across the globe. “This gives us massive capacity and enormous flexibility, and the economics work,” Burger says. “This is now Microsoft’s standard, worldwidearchitecture.”... more »

Microsoft Bets Its Future on a Reprogrammable Computer Chip

Today, the programmable chips that Burger and Lu believed would transform the world—called field programmable gate arrays—are here. FPGAs already underpin Bing, and in the coming weeks, they will drive new search algorithms based on deep neural networks—artificial intelligence modeled on the structure of the human brain—executing this AI several orders of magnitude faster than ordinary chips could. As in, 23 milliseconds instead of four seconds of nothing on your screen. FPGAs also drive Azure, the company’s cloud computing service. And in the coming years, almost every new Microsoft server will include an FPGA. That’s millions of machines across the globe. “This gives us massive capacity and enormous flexibility, and the economics work,” Burger says. “This is now Microsoft’s standard, worldwide architecture.”___

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2016-09-25 12:21:18 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A Map Highlighting the Lewdest Sounding Town Name in Each State in the United States

A Map Highlighting the Lewdest Sounding Town Name in Each State in the United States___

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2016-09-25 09:25:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-24 13:00:07 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Across the Blue Ridge #39 - Young players keeping early bluegrass style alive
This week's Across the Blue Ridge: A satisfying dose of the early bluegrass sound -- from today's performers. Jeremy Stephens is my guest as we listen to his thoughts and lots of great music from the band he performs in, High Fidelity. Plus ... songs and tunes from Charlie Monroe; the Stanley Brothers; Benton Flippen; Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz; Jim Eanes, and more. Click the link for station and schedule information, and listen anytime via the online links or our podcasts at http://AcrosstheBlueRidge.net

Across the Blue Ridge #39 - Young players keeping early bluegrass style alive
This week's Across the Blue Ridge: A satisfying dose of the early bluegrass sound -- from today's performers. Jeremy Stephens is my guest as we listen to his thoughts and lots of great music from the band he performs in, High Fidelity. Plus ... songs and tunes from Charlie Monroe; the Stanley Brothers; Benton Flippen; Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz; Jim Eanes, and more. Click the link for station and schedule information, and listen anytime via the online links or our podcasts at http://AcrosstheBlueRidge.net___

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2016-09-24 12:05:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

From +Ryan Cavanaugh and +Bennett Sullivan 
Please check out the online master class I will be doing thanks to Bennett Sullivan. We'll be covering various techniques, musical approaches, and my own philosophies for learning and improvising on the banjo.

From +Ryan Cavanaugh and +Bennett Sullivan 
Please check out the online master class I will be doing thanks to Bennett Sullivan. We'll be covering various techniques, musical approaches, and my own philosophies for learning and improvising on the banjo.___

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2016-09-22 20:10:05 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-21 19:25:03 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

No matter what you're playing, have fun with it!

___No matter what you're playing, have fun with it!

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2016-09-21 17:39:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

JD Crowe Picking Solo

Up close and personal! And way too short.
This is a performance from episode 418 of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
#banjo  

JD Crowe Picking Solo

Up close and personal! And way too short.
This is a performance from episode 418 of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
#banjo  ___

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2016-09-21 17:15:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Statesboro Blues
Tom Rush

I woke up this morning
Had them Statesboro blues
I looked over in the corner:
grandma and grandpa had 'em too

Statesboro Blues
Tom Rush

I woke up this morning
Had them Statesboro blues
I looked over in the corner:
grandma and grandpa had 'em too___

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2016-09-21 10:33:45 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Truth

I'm just going to say it: sugar has no business in cornbread. Neither, for that matter, does wheat flour. One might make something quite tasty with well-sweetened wheat flour mixed with cornmeal, but be honest with yourself and call it a dessert. Cornbread is something else.

via +Robert Rambusch___Truth

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2016-09-21 09:52:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

The Church Sisters
We are so excited to announce our signing with Big Machine Label Group! It's an honor to be a part of the Valory Music family and We can't wait to see where this journey takes us. You can watch our brand new music video for "7 Years" at the link below! Let us know what you think!
#countrymusic  

The Church Sisters
We are so excited to announce our signing with Big Machine Label Group! It's an honor to be a part of the Valory Music family and We can't wait to see where this journey takes us. You can watch our brand new music video for "7 Years" at the link below! Let us know what you think!
#countrymusic  ___

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2016-09-19 10:36:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Davis Banjo in Harrisburg NC has introduced a new signature banjo for Don Wayne Reno, based on his father Don’s iconic prewar RB-75, affectionately known as Nellie.

Davis Banjo in Harrisburg NC has introduced a new signature banjo for Don Wayne Reno, based on his father Don’s iconic prewar RB-75, affectionately known as Nellie.___

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2016-09-19 09:59:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Gram Parsons
commentary from +Frank Beacham 

On September 19, 1973 — 43 years ago today — 26-year-old musician Gram Parsons died of "multiple drug use" (morphine and tequila) in a California motel room.

His death inspired one of the more bizarre automobile-related “crimes” on record.

Two of his friends stashed his body in a borrowed hearse and drove it into the middle of the Joshua Tree National Park, where they doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.

Parsons' music helped define the country-rock sound, and his records have influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to Wilco.
But like many musicians of his generation, Parsons struggled with drugs and alcohol. His childhood was unhappy. His father committed suicide when he was 12, and his mother died of alcohol poisoning on the day he graduated from high school.
He dro... more »

Gram Parsons
commentary from +Frank Beacham 

On September 19, 1973 — 43 years ago today — 26-year-old musician Gram Parsons died of "multiple drug use" (morphine and tequila) in a California motel room.

His death inspired one of the more bizarre automobile-related “crimes” on record.

Two of his friends stashed his body in a borrowed hearse and drove it into the middle of the Joshua Tree National Park, where they doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.

Parsons' music helped define the country-rock sound, and his records have influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to Wilco.
But like many musicians of his generation, Parsons struggled with drugs and alcohol. His childhood was unhappy. His father committed suicide when he was 12, and his mother died of alcohol poisoning on the day he graduated from high school.

He dropped out of Harvard and moved to California, where he played with bands like the Byrds (on their seminal album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo) and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

He released two celebrated solo albums with the then-unknown Emmylou Harris singing backup.

At a friend's funeral a few months before he died, Parsons made a drunken pact with his road manager, Phil Kaufman. If anything should happen to one of them, the other would take his body to Joshua Tree and cremate it.

And so, after Parsons' overdose, Kaufman and a roadie named Michael Martin met his coffin at the Los Angeles airport.
They loaded it into a borrowed hearse with broken windows and no license plates. The hearse belonged to Martin's girlfriend, who used it to carry tents and other gear on camping trips.

For complicated reasons involving a disputed inheritance, Parsons’ stepfather had arranged for the body to be flown to Louisiana for a private funeral.

Kaufman convinced the airport staff that the Parsons family had changed its mind about the flight. Having gotten the body, they drove 200 miles to the Mojave Desert, stopping along the way to fill a five-gallon tin can with gasoline.

Then they drove into Joshua Tree and dragged the coffin to the foot of the majestic Cap Rock, where they doused it with the gas and tossed on a match.

Kaufman and Martin were arrested, but since stealing bodies was not actually a crime in California, they were fined $300 each plus $750 for the ruined coffin.

They raised the money by holding a "Kaper Koncert" starring Bobby Pickett & the Cryptkeepers, who played their hit "Monster Mash" over and over.

Parsons' remains are buried in New Orleans.

Thanks History.com___

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2016-09-18 11:25:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Here’s a story you don’t hear too often: An investment banker leaves it all behind to become a touring banjo player. Alison Brown is a USA Artists fellow, a Grammy winner and co-founder of Nashville-based Compass Records. But she only got there by deciding to leave her desk job, a career she says was “born out of pragmatism, not passion.”

Here’s a story you don’t hear too often: An investment banker leaves it all behind to become a touring banjo player. Alison Brown is a USA Artists fellow, a Grammy winner and co-founder of Nashville-based Compass Records. But she only got there by deciding to leave her desk job, a career she says was “born out of pragmatism, not passion.”___

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2016-09-17 10:24:28 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Hank Williams was born 93 years ago today
Commentary from +Frank Beacham

The singer-songwriter and musician is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time.

Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including eleven that ranked #1.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money.

Payne had a major influence on the later musical style of Williams.

After moving to Montgomery, Williams began his career in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program.

He formed as his backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his... more »

Hank Williams was born 93 years ago today
Commentary from +Frank Beacham

The singer-songwriter and musician is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time.

Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including eleven that ranked #1.

Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams moved to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black street performer who gave him guitar lessons in exchange for meals or money.

Payne had a major influence on the later musical style of Williams.

After moving to Montgomery, Williams began his career in 1937 when WSFA radio station producers hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program.

He formed as his backup the Drifting Cowboys band, which was managed by his mother. He dropped out of school to devote all of his time to his career.

When several of his band members were conscripted to military service during World War II, Williams had trouble with their replacements and started drinking heavily, causing the WSFA radio station to fire him.

Williams eventually married, Audrey Sheppard, who became his manager for nearly a decade. After recording "Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" with Sterling Records, he signed a contract with MGM Records.

In 1948, he released, "Move it on Over," which became a hit, and also joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. In 1949, he released a cover of "Lovesick Blues," which carried him into the mainstream of music.

After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. He had eleven #1 songs between 1948 and 1953, though he was unable to read or notate music to any significant degree.

Among the hits he wrote were, "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

During his last years, Williams's consumption of alcohol, morphine and other painkillers severely compromised his professional and personal life.

He divorced his wife and was fired by the Grand Ole Opry due to frequent drunkenness.

Williams died suddenly in the early morning hours of New Years Day in 1953 at the age of 29 from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol.

Despite his short life, Williams had a major influence on country music.

The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists, many of whom have also had hits with the tunes, in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles.

In 1961, Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and he was inducted in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1987, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the category Early Influence.

He was ranked second in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003, behind only Johnny Cash.

Hank Williams is ranked first for the decade 1940–1949 for his song, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

Many rock and roll pioneers of the 1950s, such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Ricky Nelson, Jack Scott and Conway Twitty recorded Williams songs early in their careers.

Here, Hank Williams performs “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
https://youtu.be/FvW6_-TP5cs___

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2016-09-17 09:55:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A life without left turns
By Michael Gartner

This is a wonderful piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. It is well worth reading, and a few good chuckles are guaranteed.

A life without left turns
By Michael Gartner

This is a wonderful piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. It is well worth reading, and a few good chuckles are guaranteed.___

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2016-09-17 09:29:48 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Gary Larson... The Far Side 

Gary Larson... The Far Side ___

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2016-09-17 09:29:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Trains in Roanoke, VA

photo by Jonathon McCreary / Rapor Photography

Trains in Roanoke, VA

photo by Jonathon McCreary / Rapor Photography___

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2016-09-15 10:13:23 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Johnny Cash with his guitar, Nashville, Tennessee, 1960.

Johnny Cash with his guitar, Nashville, Tennessee, 1960.___

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2016-09-15 09:46:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Dwight Yoakam Countrifies Prince's 'Purple Rain' in Twangy Take on the Late Icon's Classic
It was the day that Prince died [and] the third day we were tracking the record. I had been watching the news coverage when it first broke and continued as I got ready to leave the hotel for the day's sessions. I went to the studio, and everyone was kind of experiencing a bewildered sort of shock about it, and I felt deeply saddened

Dwight Yoakam Countrifies Prince's 'Purple Rain' in Twangy Take on the Late Icon's Classic
It was the day that Prince died [and] the third day we were tracking the record. I had been watching the news coverage when it first broke and continued as I got ready to leave the hotel for the day's sessions. I went to the studio, and everyone was kind of experiencing a bewildered sort of shock about it, and I felt deeply saddened___

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2016-09-15 09:35:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The Quebe Sisters
This should put a little swing in your step!

#countrymusic   #westernswing  

The Quebe Sisters
This should put a little swing in your step!

#countrymusic   #westernswing  ___

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2016-09-15 09:29:25 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Been there!

Been there!___

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2016-09-14 15:28:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The team designing Google’s Seattle campus has released a new batch of images that show how the tech giant will drive the next evolution of the South Lake Union neighborhood, right in Amazon’s backyard.

The team designing Google’s Seattle campus has released a new batch of images that show how the tech giant will drive the next evolution of the South Lake Union neighborhood, right in Amazon’s backyard.___

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2016-09-14 10:26:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

All of Me
+Josh Turner along with Gonzalo Bergara and Clipper Anderson

All of Me
+Josh Turner along with Gonzalo Bergara and Clipper Anderson___

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2016-09-14 09:30:59 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

"If it were not for Lucy, there would be no 'Star Trek' today."

via a friend on Facebook...

In honor of today's 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we're celebrating the woman responsible for saving the iconic science fiction show -- comedian and entrepreneur Lucille Ball! In 1964, Ball was the sole owner of Desilu Studios and the first woman to ever run a major Hollywood studio. At the time, Desilu producers were looking for ideas that could be developed into new series and they contracted two ambitious writers to develop pilots: Gene Roddenberry with "Star Trek" and Bruce Geller with "Mission: Impossible."

Desilu took the Star Trek pilot to CBS with whom they had a first-refusal agreement but the network rejected it and opted to pick up another new space-themed show "Lost in Space." The studio then took the pilot, "The Cage," to NBC which called it "too cerebral" but, rather than rejecting it outright, they took the unprecedented move of ordering a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." The network decided to order a season but the Desilu Board of Directors balked. Fearing that the studio was overstretching itself with three expensive new programs -- Star Trek, Mission Impossible, and a western called The Long Hunt for of April Savage -- all but one of the board members voted to cancel Star Trek in February 1966.

Lucille Ball, however, had high hopes for the fledgling show and was impressed by Roddenberry’s vision so she used her power as board chair to override the decision. Production of the show continued and the first episode aired in September of that year. As studio accountant Edwin Holly later conceded, "If it were not for Lucy, there would be no 'Star Trek' today." So the next time that you’re watching Star Trek -- or one of the many science fiction future worlds that it inspired -- remember that you have one more reason to love Lucy!___"If it were not for Lucy, there would be no 'Star Trek' today."

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2016-09-13 10:23:39 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

John Duffey
certified genius nut!

photos via John Malone

#bluegrass  

John Duffey
certified genius nut!

photos via John Malone

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-09-13 10:01:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

People wanted her to act more like Bernie...

People wanted her to act more like Bernie...___

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2016-09-13 09:54:13 (27 comments; 4 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Bill Monroe backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

photo by Gene Lowinger
#bluegrass  

Bill Monroe backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

photo by Gene Lowinger
#bluegrass  ___

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2016-09-12 19:52:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

ING Bank’s main data center in Bucharest, Romania, was severely damaged over the weekend during a fire extinguishing test. In what is a very rare but known phenomenon, it was the loud sound of inert gas being released that destroyed dozens of hard drives. The site is currently offline and the bank relies solely on its backup data center, located within a couple of miles’ proximity.

A Loud Sound Just Shut Down a Bank's Data Center for 10 Hours

h/t +James Cheng ___ING Bank’s main data center in Bucharest, Romania, was severely damaged over the weekend during a fire extinguishing test. In what is a very rare but known phenomenon, it was the loud sound of inert gas being released that destroyed dozens of hard drives. The site is currently offline and the bank relies solely on its backup data center, located within a couple of miles’ proximity.

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2016-09-12 17:05:39 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Congrats Rhiannon Giddons!

In a surprising twist, the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Along with banjo scholar and musicologist Dom Flemons, Giddens has been at the forefront of a movement of young black American artists who seek to reclaim the important contributions that African transplants have had on American folk music.

#banjo  

Congrats Rhiannon Giddons!

In a surprising twist, the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music has been awarded to Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Along with banjo scholar and musicologist Dom Flemons, Giddens has been at the forefront of a movement of young black American artists who seek to reclaim the important contributions that African transplants have had on American folk music.

#banjo  ___

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2016-09-12 10:39:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-12 10:20:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

John McEuen's Banjo
"That banjo is my Florentine - 1927... thanks for asking.. it is what I use on my String Wizards album. except for the two tunes I did with Earl on that.. and for those I used Uncle Dave Macon's ole banjo, which Earl owns.. he paid Doris Macon, the son, $25 for it (I think that was it) "

https://vimeo.com/156061808/29bd2f9bc3

John McEuen's Banjo
"That banjo is my Florentine - 1927... thanks for asking.. it is what I use on my String Wizards album. except for the two tunes I did with Earl on that.. and for those I used Uncle Dave Macon's ole banjo, which Earl owns.. he paid Doris Macon, the son, $25 for it (I think that was it) "

https://vimeo.com/156061808/29bd2f9bc3___

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2016-09-11 12:35:23 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

On July 20, 1969, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite interviewed the two most famous science-fiction authors whose work had inspired a generation of scientists and engineers to attempt the moon landing.

Robert A. Heinlein wrote the 1947 novel Rocket Ship Galileo that Heinlein participated in the adaptation and filming into the 1950 George Pal movie Destination Moon.

Arthur C. Clarke had described communication satellites in a 1945 article so precisely that if he had applied for a patent it most likely would have been granted. The year before the Apollo 11 moon landing the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which Clarke had co-written with director Stanley Kubrick, described a future in which humans had established a moon base.

On July 20, 1969, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite interviewed the two most famous science-fiction authors whose work had inspired a generation of scientists and engineers to attempt the moon landing.

Robert A. Heinlein wrote the 1947 novel Rocket Ship Galileo that Heinlein participated in the adaptation and filming into the 1950 George Pal movie Destination Moon.

Arthur C. Clarke had described communication satellites in a 1945 article so precisely that if he had applied for a patent it most likely would have been granted. The year before the Apollo 11 moon landing the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which Clarke had co-written with director Stanley Kubrick, described a future in which humans had established a moon base.___

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2016-09-10 13:24:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Across the Blue Ridge #37 - Master fiddlers, and a new album from David Holt
Across the Blue Ridge this week! Click the link to see and hear. Check the amazing playlist of musicians past and present. Fiddlers, banjo players and a new album from David Holt and Josh Goforth. Wonderful variety, fantastic listening for your weekend or anytime.

Across the Blue Ridge #37 - Master fiddlers, and a new album from David Holt
Across the Blue Ridge this week! Click the link to see and hear. Check the amazing playlist of musicians past and present. Fiddlers, banjo players and a new album from David Holt and Josh Goforth. Wonderful variety, fantastic listening for your weekend or anytime.___

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2016-09-10 12:35:36 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Presley Barker with 1938 Martin D-18

via Lowe Vintage Instruments who said:
We spent our Monday morning shooting some demo videos with the very talented Presley Barker. He played several guitars, but his favorite was this 1938 D-18! Check out the guitar on our website here:
http://www.lowevintage.com/products.php?id=185

If you go to fiddler's conventions in this part of the country, I'm sure you're already familiar with young Presley. For those of you who aren't...he's only 11 and can already flatpick a guitar better than I ever will! Make sure to check out Presley Barker on Facebook!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH8QQEv6F7I

Presley Barker with 1938 Martin D-18

via Lowe Vintage Instruments who said:
We spent our Monday morning shooting some demo videos with the very talented Presley Barker. He played several guitars, but his favorite was this 1938 D-18! Check out the guitar on our website here:
http://www.lowevintage.com/products.php?id=185

If you go to fiddler's conventions in this part of the country, I'm sure you're already familiar with young Presley. For those of you who aren't...he's only 11 and can already flatpick a guitar better than I ever will! Make sure to check out Presley Barker on Facebook!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH8QQEv6F7I___

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2016-09-10 12:03:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Acoustic Freight Radio
Bluegrass streaming 24 / 7 on a frequency more powerful than a locomotive

Acoustic Freight Radio
Bluegrass streaming 24 / 7 on a frequency more powerful than a locomotive___

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2016-09-10 11:56:03 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

1949
Lester Flatt, Curly Seckler and Earl Scruggs

#bluegrass  

1949
Lester Flatt, Curly Seckler and Earl Scruggs

#bluegrass  ___

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2016-09-09 15:14:34 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Breaking (literally) News!
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the attacker hit the victim in the face with a banjo, but a witness said he believed the attacker used a ukulele.

Breaking (literally) News!
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the attacker hit the victim in the face with a banjo, but a witness said he believed the attacker used a ukulele.___

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2016-09-09 10:48:21 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Far Side

Gary Larson... The Far Side ___Far Side

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2016-09-09 10:06:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

NASA on Thursday evening launched a space probe called OSIRIS-REx to chase down a dark, potentially dangerous asteroid called Bennu. The probe will take a sample of the asteroid and -- in a US space first -- bring the sample back to Earth.
#spaceexploration   #nasa  

NASA on Thursday evening launched a space probe called OSIRIS-REx to chase down a dark, potentially dangerous asteroid called Bennu. The probe will take a sample of the asteroid and -- in a US space first -- bring the sample back to Earth.
#spaceexploration   #nasa  ___

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2016-09-09 09:53:21 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

When Nathan returns to the Lincoln on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., Dr. Ralph will not be with him, but Nathan will honor his papaw in a special tribute show. Dr. Ralph passed away on June 23 at the age of 89.

“I have a lot of great things going on, but the tribute tour has got to happen first. I don’t feel right. It’s in my heart strong. It’s what I wanted to do for him. I think the Lincoln will be a good place to stop on the tour and do the show because we have a lot of friends that will come out to the show,” Nathan said.

When Nathan returns to the Lincoln on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., Dr. Ralph will not be with him, but Nathan will honor his papaw in a special tribute show. Dr. Ralph passed away on June 23 at the age of 89.

“I have a lot of great things going on, but the tribute tour has got to happen first. I don’t feel right. It’s in my heart strong. It’s what I wanted to do for him. I think the Lincoln will be a good place to stop on the tour and do the show because we have a lot of friends that will come out to the show,” Nathan said.___

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2016-09-09 09:47:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Bill Monroe
photos by Tom Isenhour who said:
20 years ago today we lost the Father of Bluegrass Music , William Smith Monroe from Rosine, KY was 84. Bill Monroe was loved the world over. He created an authentic American style of music from his heart and soul. From 1939 when he joined the Grand Ole Opry until his last performance there in 1996, Monroe was a legend. His music continues today and is strong with many of the younger generation tapping into that high lonesome sound. Here are a few photos of mine taken during his later years.

Bill Monroe
photos by Tom Isenhour who said:
20 years ago today we lost the Father of Bluegrass Music , William Smith Monroe from Rosine, KY was 84. Bill Monroe was loved the world over. He created an authentic American style of music from his heart and soul. From 1939 when he joined the Grand Ole Opry until his last performance there in 1996, Monroe was a legend. His music continues today and is strong with many of the younger generation tapping into that high lonesome sound. Here are a few photos of mine taken during his later years.___

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2016-09-08 14:06:14 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

The general idea is this. Graphene can absorb light like few if any other known materials, making it indeed a perfect or close-to-perfect photonic "sponge." The result, referred to as "efficient light-induced ejected electron emission" in the paper, is that the electrons within the material get extra excited or energetic and some of them pop right back out of the material. As the electrons bounce away from the graphene, there is a backwards push against it, just as you'd expect from Newtonian mechanics. Every action has a corresponding reaction and, here, that reaction is motion or a transference of momentum. The sponge moves.

The general idea is this. Graphene can absorb light like few if any other known materials, making it indeed a perfect or close-to-perfect photonic "sponge." The result, referred to as "efficient light-induced ejected electron emission" in the paper, is that the electrons within the material get extra excited or energetic and some of them pop right back out of the material. As the electrons bounce away from the graphene, there is a backwards push against it, just as you'd expect from Newtonian mechanics. Every action has a corresponding reaction and, here, that reaction is motion or a transference of momentum. The sponge moves.___

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2016-09-08 09:24:55 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Pulp Art by Alex Schomburg

Pulp Art by Alex Schomburg___

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2016-09-07 09:03:12 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

So Doggone Lonesome
Johnny Cash

With Flatt & Scruggs letting their deal go down
#countrymusic   #bluegrass  

So Doggone Lonesome
Johnny Cash

With Flatt & Scruggs letting their deal go down
#countrymusic   #bluegrass  ___

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2016-09-06 10:44:19 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Billy Strings & Don Julin

Incredible pickin'!

Never heard of Billy Strings until about 20 minutes ago. Now I really like him. He's on guitar.
___Billy Strings & Don Julin

Incredible pickin'!

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2016-09-06 10:29:12 (0 comments; 11 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Illegal Aliens are taking our jobs!

Illegal Aliens are taking our jobs!___

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2016-09-05 11:48:25 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Harmonica legend and Willie Nelson’s musical right hand for over 40 years, Mickey Raphael reveals the inside story of one of Willie’s best albums, 1998’s Teatro.

Harmonica legend and Willie Nelson’s musical right hand for over 40 years, Mickey Raphael reveals the inside story of one of Willie’s best albums, 1998’s Teatro.___

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