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Sean Cowen

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

Occupation: Writer and Creator (FNS Studios)

Birthday: 10/21

Followers: 61,044

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Tech Times T-Lounge192Join @109147574323970937362 & @112711494543746598839 as we broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas for the kick off event to @114786898916421737866 2015: *CES Unveiled* We will be hanging out and streaming all the cool technology we see with our video host and director of social, @111048918866742956374 who will be joined as well by @103883275526489130828 and @101618838660572321623  We welcome your comments and questions at anytime and look forward to bringing you this year's innovative event at @112507134346032712650! Please visit our CES page for more breaking stories: http://www.techtimes.com/ces2015 Also subscribe to our @115229808208707341778 and watch more great CES coverage: https://www.youtube.com/user/tloungevideo/videos     #CESUnveiled   #TechTimesCES   #CES2015  CES 2015: CES Unveiled with Tech Times - Hangout On Air2015-01-05 01:00:0018  
Daria Musk3,841,614Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring you with me (virtually) to the famous Pace University Stage in New York City! It’s the same spot where they film the TV show “Inside The Actor’s Studio” and just like that show I’ll be sitting down for a passionate conversation about music, business, tech, being an “artistprenuer" and making what-you-love-what-you-do! And of course I’ll be singing for you and all the smarty-pants business and arts school students in the house too!  *YOU CAN RSVP & WATCH LIVE RIGHT HERE!* And quick! Zap me a note through Gchat if you want to be one of the 10 people featured in the actually Hangout on stage! I promise your gorgeous faces will be huuuuge! I’ve seen the screen, it’s one of the biggest we’ve had so far!! Can’t wait to sing our story to a whole new group of G+niuses and dreamers! *XO, Daria*Daria Musk Live At Pace University2014-10-21 18:15:00140  
Sean Cowen61,044This is our LAUNCH DAY/PARTY event for the product I've been working so hard on, the @114238219828751986709! I'll be holding HANGOUTS throughout the day, showing you my company's plant and operations, and, of course, showing off this product we are so proud of. *You'll be among the first in the world to see it. LIVE!* I might even figure out a way to get a kiddie pool here in my office to show how cool this is (then you can see it in action). Who knows? There may be cocktails out early as well. Join me, even if you just want to say "hi" and offer your support. Tell a friend! *Look for prizes, giveaways, and more!*Global Launch of the Pool Netr™2014-06-27 21:00:0025  
Daria Musk3,841,614*HUGE HANGOUT CONCERT!* _This Wednesday, 5/21, I'll be playing and hanging out with *you* live from the world-famous House Of Blues in New Orleans! OMG!!_ I am so crazy excited about this G+niuses! Beyonce drops surprise albums, we drop surprise Hangout Concerts!!! Yeah, we woke up like dis.  *HOUSE OF BLUES HERE WE COME!* It's time for our first big blow-out Hangout Concert of the season and I can't imagine a cooler way to do it! This will be the _first_ interactive live concert from The House Of Blues, ever! And most importantly, it's featuring *you*! There will be a huge screen up on stage with your gorgeous faces on it as you join and watch the show live!! That means you'll be the real stars of the show, with the packed house "ooohing and aaahing" at your awesomeness. *WATCH & JOIN THE HANGOUT CONCERT LIVE:* Read below to see how you can hop into the Hangout and be live on-stage with me on Wednesday! Yay! _Here's your Hangout to do list:_ ✖ RSVP HERE! ✖ Let me know - in the comments - that you'd like to join live and see your face on the big screen! ✖ You'll get a private message from me and the team who will be running the Hangout backstage to confirm your VIP first-join status! ✖ Feel free to make fun signs to show off in the Hangout so the crowd at the venue and the global audience watching see how awesome you are! ✖ Spread the love and share this post (and the event page) so everyone can rock out with us!! ✖ Get ready to rock on Wednesday 5/21! _Cannot wait to look up and see you on stage with me!_ *XO, Daria* _Ps. This concert will be brought to you by CO-OP Connected Credit Unions. Empowering people. Amplifying Dreams._DARIA MUSK ★ HANGOUT CONCERT ★ LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES2014-05-22 02:45:00397  
The Huffington Post3,889,844  +The Huffington Post and +HitFix are excited to talk  2014 Television LIVE on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT with a panel of #awesomepeople  including TV Critics +Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching?, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), Daniel Fienberg (the Fien print, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), +Maureen Ryan (Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan), and +matthew rappaport (+Hangout Conversations Host)! They will be examining the best shows to come and that have recently premiered in 2014 along with the premieres of some of your favorites (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and more!), taking your questions LIVE, a fun amount of mirth to be had and just asking "WHY?!" with certain series PLUS always surprises and epic moments! Happy to have you TUNE in G+ers :) Join us LIVE or Watch later! Please submit all questions, comments and other thoughts using the Q&A App in the corner of the video, list them on our watch page or Tweet us using  #huffposthitfixTV . Also, be sure to check out MOAR while you're waiting: Alan & Dan's fun, new Video Show &The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast http://www.hitfix.com/podcasts/firewall-iceberg Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan http://talkingtvwithryanandryan.libsyn.com/ What's Alan Watching? http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching  the Fien Print http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print Hangout Conversations http://www.youtube.com/hangoutconversations #television   #thewalkingdead   #tv2014   #gameofthrones   #truedetective   #firewallandiceberg   #seasonpremiereHuffPost & Hitfix 2014 Television Hangout On Air Roundtable2014-02-06 19:28:2041  
byron rempel165,336Mostly doodling my day and the events that transpired, as well as talking about marketing and youtube and stuffdrawing my day and talking about marketing and stuff2013-12-18 04:13:287  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival469,433http://ugpff.com Live, interactive and showing in a city near you including New York, Singapore, Wellington, New Zealand, Seattle, Mexico and more.      • Watch great short films and web series.      • Interact with filmmakers live.      • Attend film panels with industry experts.      • Meet other filmmakers and film lovers. *Seattle Event Information:* RSVP here, limited seats available. http://www.celebrations.com/rsvp/zh2ne64yk663gwz2f   The 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival in partnership with +SnagFilms, is becoming the world's largest short film and web series festival.  Live and interactive, this global event celebrates the best in short cinema from around the world and allows the audience to attend a world class film festival from the comforts of their own home.   The future of film festivals is finally here.3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival2013-12-13 19:00:00468  
matthew rappaport224,008It's almost Halloween which means #nychirl3  and Surprise Hangouts On Air throughout between October 31 and November 3, 2013! More info on the New York City Event: https://plus.google.com/events/c0v0a356o41fa282ud92pqqt4lo It'll be mini surprises and feel free to suggest stuff here in NYC and Plussers popping in from all angles :)  #awesomesauce  +G+ Achievement Unlocked #nychirl3 : Hangouts On Air at any point during the Weekend / Halloween2013-11-01 03:00:0017  
Trey Ratcliff8,879,378Join us!  I'll be announcing a new big event in Japan at the end of the week at the Google HQ in Tokyo!  Also, we'll be catching up with +Thomas Hawk  +Cali Lewis +Clayton Morris +Gino Barasa and +Erica Joy  on the latest photography news... full-rez photos on Google+...  Comment-ranking changes on Facebook... backing up on the road and more! :) If you have live questions, come to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com and see the embedded player! :)Show #73: Photography Hangout with Thomas Hawk from ThomasHawk.com, Clayton Morris from Fox, Gino Barassa from Mars (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-09 04:00:00245  
pio dal cin82,833Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival469,433*Film Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-1/ *Film Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/the-unofficial-google-plus-film-festival/film-block-2/ *Film Block 3* http://youtu.be/BkZPiWB1mH0?t=17m5s *Web Series Block 1* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-1/ *Web Series Block 2* http://www.ugpff.com/web-series-block-2/ *Web Series Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/web-series-panel/ *Pitch Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/pitch-fest-submit-your-pitch-to-screenwriting-panelists/ *Producer Financing Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/producer-financing *Music Panel* http://www.ugpff.com/panels/music-panel/ We are getting ready to go live at +The Los Angeles Film School and to the world for our third block of films. Stay tuned for a great show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZPiWB1mH0 We will pass on a requests to the Google+ development team to include an option to message guests for future festivals!  Thanks. We are live with filmmakers from all over the world for our first block of short films. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAjEmHYcGI4 The Pitch Panel. http://www.youtube.com/user/UGPFilmFestival?v=yuMmmfR8bK4 Web Series Block 1 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?hd=1&t=10m Web Series Block 2 http://youtu.be/VozU9Xxbg5g?t=1h18m22s The Unofficial Google+ Film Festival is an online, interactive, live, international short film festival featuring some of the best short films and web series out there. To be notified of the most accurate information for the festival visit: http://ugpff.com/signup *This years festival includes* 1. Great short films w/ live interactive Q&A sessions w/ the filmmakers. 2. Interactive film panels. 3. An interactive marketplace. 4. A public film festival lounge where anyone can interact with anyone attending. 5. Free live showings in both Los Angeles, CA and Asheville, NC. See our complete schedule of events here. http://goo.gl/NXxcN or add the complete event to your iCal http://goo.gl/WN1WV By using some of the tools of Google+ like Hangouts On Air, as well as the easy of the internet, we are able to bring the film festival experience to your living room or computer.  You will be able to interact directly with the filmmakers and participate as if you were actually sitting in a theater. Join us for many of our exciting events between Fri. Nov. 30 - Sun. Dec. 2, 2012 for our second annual film festival.  This event is *FREE* to anyone who wants to attend. Please share this event and help make this one of the most exciting events on Google+ (and beyond). Thank you, +Adam J. Cohen  #ugpff2012  Unofficial Google+ Film Festival - 2012 (Public Event)2012-12-01 22:30:001014  
Daria Musk3,841,614*You, Me & A LIttle Music History!* Join me - virtually - on November 29th for a very special live in-studio, interactive Hangout Concert from Times Square in New York City! *How To Join The Hangout!* ★ RSVP Right Here! ★ Circle @109766514680275896293  They're our gracious Hangout Hosts ★ Be a VIP by commenting below! I'll add you to my early-invite VIP circle! ★ We'll rotate the Hangout seats to get as many people in as possible! ★ Global Start Times: http://bit.ly/QbrDDv *Tell Me More...* I have a feeling this virtual, interactive, multi-dimensional concert will be another amazing night to remember and share together! We'll have cameras, lights, lots of songs and tons of action! This is the launch of a new series of Hangout Event Series by +Stonehenge NYC and I'll be singing and hanging with you from world-famous KMA Recording Studios where everyone from Whitney Houston, to Karmin to Jay-Z have laid down their tracks!  And our secret(ly awesome) undisclosed location has been revealed! It's The Brill Building - where hit songs have been written and recorded generation after generation. The walls are singing with music legends past and now you and me will be a part of it's storied history! Woop! :) *One More Surprise* is on the way... Something special for everyone joining the Hangout... I can't wait to light up New York City with you... More deets to come ;) XO, DariaDaria & You ★ In-Studio Concert From Times Square ★ Live At Stonehenge NYC2012-11-30 02:00:00379  
Ryan Van Sickle788,023*HOPE RISING* *_A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert_* *Thursday, November 8th at 9PM EST*  *Host @111048918866742956374 Along with* *Singer Songwriters @102002299339025067376 @107291158434082397409 & Friends* *Charities* The Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/ New York Cares - http://www.nycares.org/ *We would love for you all to participate, so from 10PM - 11PM it will be open to anyone wanting to tell their story or share a song.* Photo by @114242552432938641752 & Poster by @117344786984788205452 HOPE RISING A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert w/ Heather Fay, Ryan Van Sickle, Matthew Rappaport & Friends2012-11-09 03:00:00226  
Jessica Northey1,993,169Join @115263347034954886450  Wednesday October 24th starting 5pm PT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eDGGFu-Ok9w We'll be talking about Americana and folk music with @115355394914388821672, @101855386466968203040, @102002299339025067376, @107291158434082397409 as well as @111956683258824284439  We'll talk about what Americana music is and some performances showing difference styles! A few weeks ago, I wrote about the never-ending debate about the definition of Country Music. As tough as that is, it’s nothing compared to how one defines the term “Americana.”  In writing about this topic, I’m going to be (gasp!) honest about my thoughts – as they were when you first started hearing the term to describe a musical genre. There were several artists who had been favorites of the Country genre who no longer found themselves played on mainstream radio. Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris were two examples of this. Crowell had a string of top tens from 1988-1992, but all of a sudden his name disappeared from radio playlists. The same happened to Emmylou Harris following her 1988 top ten “Heartbreak Hill.” Critics of the musical format said it was that Country Music had changed – and gotten more pop and rock influenced. That is true – but, only halfway. If you listen to some of Harris’s post 1992 work, as well as Crowell’s, you’ll find some different sounds and subject matter that they weren’t doing earlier. That’s not saying they weren’t doing great music – but it WAS different than their own music that was played on top-40 Country radio just a few years earlier. So, (at least in my mind), that’s how the Americana format was born– as a place for acts who weren’t getting the commercial reception that they once had. Ok, I know I just offended several of my friends with that – but that’s my opinion. I never said that the music was bad, just different. Twenty years later, the definition of Americana is not that simple in my mind. One of the best albums of late in the format is Radney Foster’s current album, DEL RIO, TEXAS REVISITED: UNPLUGGED AND LONESOME , is a stunning re-take on his classic 1992 album DEL RIO, TEXAS 1959. The songs are the same that were radio hits back in the early 1990s. They were Country then, what changed? When artists like Patty Loveless release new projects, they get a warmer reception in the Americana format than Country – and this is by an artist that is a former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Granted, she wasn’t cutting Bluegrass music back in 1988 as her last album was, but the voice is still as pure and stunning as ever. But, Americana reaches far beyond the Country format. There’s tinges of Blues, Rock, Gospel, and Bluegrass that are sprinkled throughout. So, is Americana “anything outside of the mainstream?” I don’t know. The Civil Wars, a critical favorite, recently collaborated with Taylor Swift on “Safe and Sound.” What do you call that?  Part of my continuing education concerning “Americana” Americana & Folk Music Twangout with Twang Nation's Baron Lane, Joe Whyte, Heather Fay and Ryan Van Sickle.2012-10-25 02:00:0046  
Billy Wilson1,549,973It's now the 29th episode of my weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 thank you guys for being so supportive! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining Caricature Artist @105046530334806680420; @103333429938529668020 who's quite known around G+ and is the host of @103052407716987048126; Geek, Writer, and Host @100035762233109552669; Tea Enthusiast and the person behind the Google+ Book Club @117665613028757061169 who's going to be talking to us about her new show called "Family By the Fireside"; Country Music Chat Host @105901258272269401150; and Special Musical Guest @101758878457837294885 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! Thank you so much for a lively thread last episode! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #29: Caricatures, M Monica's New Show, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-20 04:00:00143  
Google Play9,797,066Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their first ever Hangout On Air where they will be exclusively premiering the trailer for their upcoming movie, Lincoln. Google Play will update this event invite with a link to the live hangout a little before 4pm PT. You can also watch the hangout at play.google.com/+ starting at 4pm PT/7pm ET.  #lincolnhangout   ABOUT THE MOVIE: Steven Spielberg directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in  “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.Google Play presents: Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt2012-09-14 01:00:006764  
matthew rappaport224,008*NYC @116758906530929229377 Concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 as part of #nychirl2  weekend*   Join us as we rock and roll all through the night with +Amazing music, laughs, and more at this @101066233324483545716 @107733598197138913821 Free Concert @The Living Room NYC (No Tickets Required!) It'll be amazing to see each other after 6 months and reunite where we had an EPIC Party the 1st time round & meet new PLUSpals.                             An All-Star+ Music Lineup & Surprises: Starting at 9pm : @114728696012925918708 & @107291158434082397409  The Living Room NYC Located at 154 Ludlow Street http://www.livingroomny.com Are you coming to the Official #nychirl2  Weekend concert? OH WHAT A +NIGHT! A Major @103052407716987048126 to rock your world and it'll all be BROADCAST live via a #hangoutsonair ! You won't have to miss a thing! (Although we do want to see you dance & smile!)                     Lots of fun in store for the Night and entire weekend! For more info about the #nychirl2  Weekend happening the 2nd weekend of August : Thursday, August 9 - Monday, August 13, 2012 Check out the @101560853443212199687 @117173351243749913463 Page:  https://plus.google.com/events/cca0dj8ro36ruegud2go8ap9rg0/111048918866742956374 Any Questions? Comment below or @111048918866742956374!  #plusversary   #nychirl   #livemusic   #coolhangouts   #nowTHISiscommunity   Latest Post with +H.I.R.L.tinerary for the weekend to check out: https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/7pbifsbxuRk H.I.R.L. - Hangout In Real Life Memories2012-08-10 21:00:0069  
Ryan Van Sickle788,023ON 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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2016-08-13 07:39:12 (55 comments; 41 reshares; 582 +1s; )Open 

Jimi

One of the all-time great musicians that, to this day, still shows up in my dreams, when music is on my mind. There will never, ever, be another Jimi Hendrix...

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; hew... more »

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2016-08-12 06:26:10 (44 comments; 63 reshares; 926 +1s; )Open 

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 557 800 HP 5 Speed Pro Touring

There are cars with great street presence, and then there are cars like this sinister 1969 Mustang pro-tourer which are wicked manifestations of high octane and pure adrenaline.

Masterfully camouflaged in deceitful Boss 429 regalia, and stunning in absolutely every regard, this bad ass pony car is the ultimate big block Mustang! With one twist of the key its 557 cubic inch big block V8 comes to life and shatters it’s thinly veiled 429 subtlety into a million pieces.

And when its tires hit the road, its custom suspension and modern 5-speed transmission allow it to chew up lesser muscle cars for lunch and eat modern performance cars for dinner. The only time this car has been shown, at the 2009 Bowling Green, Kentucky Goodguys event, it easily walked away with the Best Ford Award. And today, roughly3... more »

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2016-08-12 06:26:10 (44 comments; 63 reshares; 926 +1s; )Open 

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 557 800 HP 5 Speed Pro Touring

There are cars with great street presence, and then there are cars like this sinister 1969 Mustang pro-tourer which are wicked manifestations of high octane and pure adrenaline.

Masterfully camouflaged in deceitful Boss 429 regalia, and stunning in absolutely every regard, this bad ass pony car is the ultimate big block Mustang! With one twist of the key its 557 cubic inch big block V8 comes to life and shatters it’s thinly veiled 429 subtlety into a million pieces.

And when its tires hit the road, its custom suspension and modern 5-speed transmission allow it to chew up lesser muscle cars for lunch and eat modern performance cars for dinner. The only time this car has been shown, at the 2009 Bowling Green, Kentucky Goodguys event, it easily walked away with the Best Ford Award. And today, roughly3... more »

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2016-08-24 04:20:28 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

The Grand Library

I like rooms like this on first glance, but then I start looking for flaws. This sort of room is flawed to a #bookgeek like myself. It needs vastly more comfortable chairs, reading nooks, side table to hold your single-malt Scotch at the very least, and it is far too formal for my taste.

Yes, it is grand and quite photogenic (and the fireplace is welcome during those long, cold winters), but I don't believe formality like this works for our 21st century psyche's. We need a room where we can lay out, and stay connected, and a room for relaxation when we read. We need comfortable chairs, and footrests, and this room does not have that. That being said, yes, it is grand and formal (and of a different era), and that fireplace is surely opulent and awe-inspiring, but I myself would need more, well, clutter and comfort to truly make it a warm... more »

The Grand Library

I like rooms like this on first glance, but then I start looking for flaws. This sort of room is flawed to a #bookgeek like myself. It needs vastly more comfortable chairs, reading nooks, side table to hold your single-malt Scotch at the very least, and it is far too formal for my taste.

Yes, it is grand and quite photogenic (and the fireplace is welcome during those long, cold winters), but I don't believe formality like this works for our 21st century psyche's. We need a room where we can lay out, and stay connected, and a room for relaxation when we read. We need comfortable chairs, and footrests, and this room does not have that. That being said, yes, it is grand and formal (and of a different era), and that fireplace is surely opulent and awe-inspiring, but I myself would need more, well, clutter and comfort to truly make it a warm library.

What do you think?

#library   #bibliophile   #books   #booklovers   #grandrooms   #decor  

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2016-08-24 03:46:30 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

The Unbroken Seal on King Tutankhamun's Tomb, 1922. It Remained Intact and Unbroken for 3,245 Years!

This is one of those stories that captivated my imagination as a young boy who loved to read about exploration and adventure, and especially about archaeology, most often through National Geographic Magazine and in their archaeological books. I had them all, and I was completely enamored with the story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun!

Photograph by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute, Oxford, National Geographic Society

This seal was actually a seal to King Tut’s fifth shrine. The king was buried in a series of four sarcophagi, which were in turn kept inside a series of five shrines. This unbroken seal stayed 3,245 years untouched. The late discovery of Tut’s tomb resulted from the fact that it was covered by debris from that ofRam... more »

The Unbroken Seal on King Tutankhamun's Tomb, 1922. It Remained Intact and Unbroken for 3,245 Years!

This is one of those stories that captivated my imagination as a young boy who loved to read about exploration and adventure, and especially about archaeology, most often through National Geographic Magazine and in their archaeological books. I had them all, and I was completely enamored with the story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun!

Photograph by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute, Oxford, National Geographic Society

This seal was actually a seal to King Tut’s fifth shrine. The king was buried in a series of four sarcophagi, which were in turn kept inside a series of five shrines. This unbroken seal stayed 3,245 years untouched. The late discovery of Tut’s tomb resulted from the fact that it was covered by debris from that of Ramesses IV which was located directly above its entrance.

While the outermost shrine of the youthful pharaoh had been opened not once but twice in ancient times, the doors of the second of the huge shrines of gilded wood containing the royal sarcophagus still carried the necropolis seal which indicated the pharaoh’s mummy was untouched and intact.

The tomb of the boy-king was opened by the famous archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in the early 1920’s. The tomb contained treasure more spectacular than any previous discoveries. Shortly after Howard Carter removed the lid of the outermost shrine in Tutankhamun’s Burial Chamber, he discovered three more.

Harry Burton photographed the ornately decorated doors of the second shrine while closed, their simple copper handles secured together tightly by a rope tied through them. The knotted cord was accompanied by a delicate clay seal featuring Anubis, the ancient Egyptians’ jackal god entrusted with the protection of the cemetery.

Even at the outset, Carter and his financier, Lord Carnarvon, knew that the tomb had been compromised, because of a re-plastered and sealed hole in the outer doorway (not on the fifth shrine). Furthermore, once they had entered the tomb, the disorganized state of the material, the damage sustained by several objects and the discernible lack of solid metalwork, bedding, glass, oils and unguents all suggested that the tomb had been robbed during antiquity.

The story goes that he also found an ancient clay tablet in the antechamber. When he later translated it, the inscription read: “Death will slay with his wings whoever disturbs the peace of the pharaoh”. This would later became the famous “Curse of the Pharaohs”, which in fact is just a myth. The curse, which does not differentiate between thieves and archaeologists, allegedly can cause bad luck, illness or death.

Tutankhamen was a very inconsequential king while alive, however because the tomb was located under an existing tomb and grave robbers never found it, it became one of the most valuable archaeological finds. Because of its lower position in the Valley of the Kings, the tomb’s entrance was sealed by rocks and mud from flooding and the location was lost until Carter’s discovery.

Tutankhamen was a relatively minor Pharaoh who seemingly died unexpectedly at a young age so whatever wealth with which he was buried (and that archeologists uncovered) was just a fraction of what it could have been, had he gone on to live a full life. So can you imagine the immense wealth that must have been buried with great Pharaohs such as Ramesses II.

How did the rope last 3,200 years without deteriorating? Rope is one of the fundamental human technologies. Archaeologists have found two-ply ropes going back 28,000 years. Egypt was the first documented civilization to use specialized tools to make rope. One key to its longevity isn’t the rope itself, but the aridity of the air in the desert. It dries out and preserves things.

Another key is oxygen deprivation. Tombs are sealed to the outside. Bacteria can break things down as long as they have oxygen, but then they effectively suffocate. It’s not uncommon to find rope, wooden carvings, cloth, organic dyes, etc. in Egyptian pyramids and tombs that wouldn’t have survived elsewhere in the world.

Egypt’s desert conditions made possible the preservation of far more organic material than would have otherwise been the case. This in contrast to, say, Maya sites in Central America which are far younger, but from which almost no organic material has been recovered. The main difference is jungle versus desert conditions.

#egypt   #kingtutankhamun   #howardcarter   #archaeology   #tomb   #egyptology   #treasure  

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2016-08-23 06:27:48 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

David Bowie - "Ashes To Ashes"

23 August 1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes' his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. The video for 'Ashes to Ashes' was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.

The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from 1969's "Space Oddity" in a darker theme, which he referenced once again in 1995 with "Hallo Spaceboy." The song's original title was "People Are Turning to Gold."

Interviewed in 1980, Bowie described the song as a "nursery rhyme": "It's very much a 1980s nursery rhyme. I think 1980s nursery... more »

David Bowie - "Ashes To Ashes"

23 August 1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes' his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. The video for 'Ashes to Ashes' was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.

The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from 1969's "Space Oddity" in a darker theme, which he referenced once again in 1995 with "Hallo Spaceboy." The song's original title was "People Are Turning to Gold."

Interviewed in 1980, Bowie described the song as a "nursery rhyme": "It's very much a 1980s nursery rhyme. I think 1980s nursery rhymes will have a lot to do with the 1880s/1890s nursery rhymes which are all rather horrid and had little boys with their ears being cut off and stuff like that." Years later, Bowie said that with "Ashes to Ashes" he was "wrapping up the seventies really" for himself, which "seemed a good enough epitaph for it."

AllMusic critic Dave Thompson described the track and its accompanying music video as "a very deliberate acknowledgement of the then-burgeoning new romantic scene."

#rocknroll   #davidbowie   #ashestoashes   #musicvideo   #rockmusic  

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2016-08-23 05:08:18 (13 comments; 26 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

State of Franklin Declares independence On 23 August 1784

I'm fairly confident that a huge majority of you have no knowledge whatsoever of this historical fact. And in that majority, I include myself. There are so many hidden secrets within American History that are never shared in the standard textbooks, and I admit it: I had never heard of this...

On this day in 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declare their independence as the state of Franklin. The counties lay in what would eventually become Tennessee.

The previous April, the state of North Carolina had ceded its western land claims between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River to the United States Congress. The settlers in this area, known as the Cumberland River Valley, had formed their own independent government from 1772 to 1777 and were concerned that Congress would... more »

State of Franklin Declares independence On 23 August 1784

I'm fairly confident that a huge majority of you have no knowledge whatsoever of this historical fact. And in that majority, I include myself. There are so many hidden secrets within American History that are never shared in the standard textbooks, and I admit it: I had never heard of this...

On this day in 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declare their independence as the state of Franklin. The counties lay in what would eventually become Tennessee.

The previous April, the state of North Carolina had ceded its western land claims between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River to the United States Congress. The settlers in this area, known as the Cumberland River Valley, had formed their own independent government from 1772 to 1777 and were concerned that Congress would sell the territory to Spain or France as a means of paying off some of the government’s war debt. As a result, North Carolina retracted its cession and began to organize an administration for the territory.

Simultaneously, representatives from Washington, Sullivan, Spencer (modern-day Hawkins) and Greene counties declared their independence from North Carolina. The following May, the counties petitioned for statehood as “Frankland” to the United States Congress. A simple majority of states favored acceptance of the petition, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, even after the counties’ changed their proposed name to “Franklin” in an attempt to curry Benjamin Franklin’s and others’ favor.

In defiance of Congress, Franklin survived as an independent nation for four years with its own constitution, Indian treaties and legislated system of barter in lieu of currency, though after only two years, North Carolina set up its own parallel government in the region.

Finally, Franklin’s weak economy forced its governor, John Sevier, to approach the Spanish for aid. North Carolina, terrified of having a Spanish client state on its border, arrested Sevier. When Cherokee, Chickamauga and Chickasaw began to attack settlements within Franklin’s borders in 1788, it quickly rejoined North Carolina to gain its militia’s protection from attack.

Franklin's first capital was Jonesborough. After the summer of 1785, the government of Franklin (which was by then based in Greeneville), ruled as a "parallel government" running alongside (but not harmoniously with) a re-established North Carolina bureaucracy. Franklin was never admitted into the union. The extra-legal state existed for only about four and a half years, ostensibly as a republic, after which North Carolina re-assumed full control of the area.

The creation of Franklin is novel, in that it resulted from both a cession (an offering from North Carolina to Congress) and a secession (seceding from North Carolina, when its offer to Congress was not acted upon, and the original cession was rescinded).

#americanhistory   #stateoffranklin   #secession   #northcarolina   #tennessee   #18thcentury   #secessionistmovement  

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2016-08-23 04:52:58 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Do you remember books you read in your youth that have stayed with you for decades, or even your entire life? This is one of those novels. Most people will remember the film adaptation, but so many of these great films always start with the words on the pages of outstanding novels; novels that speak to you as you are turning from a teenager into adulthood...

SPOILER ALERTS: with the plot summary and the video! The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel, but did most of the work when she was 16 and a junior in high school. Hinton was 18 when the book was published.

The book follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs (pronounced by the author as /soʊˈʃəz/, short for Socials), who are divided by theirsoc... more »

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Do you remember books you read in your youth that have stayed with you for decades, or even your entire life? This is one of those novels. Most people will remember the film adaptation, but so many of these great films always start with the words on the pages of outstanding novels; novels that speak to you as you are turning from a teenager into adulthood...

SPOILER ALERTS: with the plot summary and the video! The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel, but did most of the work when she was 16 and a junior in high school. Hinton was 18 when the book was published.

The book follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs (pronounced by the author as /soʊˈʃəz/, short for Socials), who are divided by their socioeconomic status. The story is told in first-person narrative by protagonist Ponyboy Curtis.

The story in the book takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1965, but this is never stated in the book.

A film adaptation was produced in 1983, and a little-known short-lived television series appeared in 1990, picking up where the movie left off. A stage adaptation was written by Christopher Sergel and published in 1990.

Plot Summary

Ponyboy Curtis, a member of a gang called the “Greasers”, is leaving a movie theater when groups of “Socs” (short for "Socials", pronounced /ˈsoʊʃɪz/ soh-shiz), the Greasers’ rival gang, jump him. His two older brothers—Darry and Sodapop—and several members of their gang rescue him. The next night, Ponyboy and his Greaser friends Dallas "Dally" Winston and Johnny meet Socs, Cherry Valance and Marcia, at a drive-in movie theatre. Ponyboy realizes that Cherry is nothing like the Socs he has met before.

Afterward, Two-Bit Matthews, another gang member, Ponyboy, and Johnny walk Cherry and Marcia home. Socs Bob Sheldon and Randy Adderson see them and think the boys are trying to pick up their girlfriends. Cherry prevents a fight and the girls leave with Bob and Randy willingly. When Ponyboy comes home at two in the morning, Darry becomes angry and in a fit of rage starts to yell at both Soda and Pony. Ponyboy runs away after Darry strikes him, and meets up with Johnny to run away. Ponyboy calms down and wonders if running away would be a good idea.

The boys wander into a park in the neighborhood. Bob, Randy, and three other Socs confront them. After exchanges of derogatory remarks, Ponyboy spits at them. The Socs attempt to drown Ponyboy in a fountain. Johnny, anxious and terrified (and having been brutally jumped by Bob on a previous occasion) stabs Bob, accidentally causing his death. Ponyboy and Johnny, frightened and unaware of what to do because both know those who murder in Oklahoma will be executed on the electric chair, seek Dally’s help.

Dally gives them money and a loaded gun and tells them to hide in an abandoned church in Windrixville. During their stay, Pony cuts and dyes his hair as a disguise and reads Gone with the Wind to Johnny. He also recites the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost.

Dally comes to check on them, he reveals that the tensions between the Greasers and Socs have increased since Bob's death. Johnny decides to turn himself in and Dally agrees to take the boys back home. As they attempt to leave, they notice the church has caught fire and several children are trapped inside.

The boys run inside the burning church to save them, but Ponyboy is rendered unconscious by the fumes. At the hospital he discovers that he and Dally are not badly injured, but a piece of the church roof fell on Johnny and broke his back. Sodapop and Darry come to the hospital; Darry breaks down and cries. Ponyboy then realizes that Darry cares about him, and is only hard on Ponyboy because he wants him to have a good future...

The Outsiders (1983) - Trailer (updated with new music in 2009)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJmi3-Eau00

#theoutsiders   #sehinton   #teenagers   #yafiction   #novel   #growingup  

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2016-08-22 06:10:25 (23 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Have You Ever Been on a Cruise Ship Trip Before?

I've always wanted to take a trip on a cruise ship one day, but never have. It probably stemmed from loving The Love Boat back in the day. Cheesy, but good entertainment back then. The closest I got was on a 24-hour ferry ride from Le Havre, France to Cork, Ireland. It was a rockin' and rollin' trip to be sure!

Have you ever taken a trip on a cruise ship? If so, how many times?

1. I've been on a cruise ship 1-5 times.

2. I've never taken a trip on a cruise ship before, but wanted to!

3. I've never wanted to take a trip on a cruise ship. I prefer dry land.

4. I've been on a cruise ship 6-10 times.

5. I've been on a cruise ship 11+ times!

Have You Ever Been on a Cruise Ship Trip Before?

I've always wanted to take a trip on a cruise ship one day, but never have. It probably stemmed from loving The Love Boat back in the day. Cheesy, but good entertainment back then. The closest I got was on a 24-hour ferry ride from Le Havre, France to Cork, Ireland. It was a rockin' and rollin' trip to be sure!

Have you ever taken a trip on a cruise ship? If so, how many times?

1. I've been on a cruise ship 1-5 times.

2. I've never taken a trip on a cruise ship before, but wanted to!

3. I've never wanted to take a trip on a cruise ship. I prefer dry land.

4. I've been on a cruise ship 6-10 times.

5. I've been on a cruise ship 11+ times!___

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2016-08-22 03:49:51 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 98 +1s; )Open 

My T-Shirt Design Being Worn at the Mountain Sky Bluegrass & Blues Music Festival!

So, I created a design for a rock n' roll t-shirt, and my good buddy +Di S who is one of my top fans at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS bought one and told me she would wear it at this fest. And she did! It looks AWESOME on her, and it made me feel proud to see her wearing my design!

Now I know what +byron rempel +Cliff Roth +Aaron Wood +eric orchard +Tim Clary +N. M. Scuri and so many other artists must feel when they see their work outside in the world. I love this!

From +Di S "Here ya go!! Got my RNR shirt on at the Blues Fest!! 👍😀My son's ready for some Clarence Spady!! Lol!! Its a gorgeous day here at Mt Sky, a nice breeze and right now, there's a sunshower!! Hi, peeps !! 😎😊 Think we better go and find some food!! Later!! 👍"
http://www.caf... more »

My T-Shirt Design Being Worn at the Mountain Sky Bluegrass & Blues Music Festival!

So, I created a design for a rock n' roll t-shirt, and my good buddy +Di S who is one of my top fans at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS bought one and told me she would wear it at this fest. And she did! It looks AWESOME on her, and it made me feel proud to see her wearing my design!

Now I know what +byron rempel +Cliff Roth +Aaron Wood +eric orchard +Tim Clary +N. M. Scuri and so many other artists must feel when they see their work outside in the world. I love this!

From +Di S "Here ya go!! Got my RNR shirt on at the Blues Fest!! 👍😀My son's ready for some Clarence Spady!! Lol!! Its a gorgeous day here at Mt Sky, a nice breeze and right now, there's a sunshower!! Hi, peeps !! 😎😊 Think we better go and find some food!! Later!! 👍"

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#tshirtdesign   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #bluegrass   #blues   #musiclover   #fridaynightsessions  

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2016-08-22 03:39:23 (5 comments; 12 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Unforgettable Picture of Felix Baumgartner on the Edge of Space

I've always wondered how far I'd go to be in his shoes. To go further by being an astronaut. How far would you go? I'm a #spacegeek so there isn't much off the table.

Would I like to be on a mission to the moon? Of course. On a mission to Mars? You bet! On multi-year or decades-long mission to the far-flung corners of our galaxy and beyond? Possibly, but I also would deeply miss life on this planet, and the people here who I love. I cannot imagine the sacrifice involved in doing a deep space mission...

#space   #spaceexploration   #astronaut   #moon   #mars   #deepspace   #baumgartner   #nasa   #outerspace   #spacediving  

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Unforgettable Picture of Felix Baumgartner on the Edge of Space

I've always wondered how far I'd go to be in his shoes. To go further by being an astronaut. How far would you go? I'm a #spacegeek so there isn't much off the table.

Would I like to be on a mission to the moon? Of course. On a mission to Mars? You bet! On multi-year or decades-long mission to the far-flung corners of our galaxy and beyond? Possibly, but I also would deeply miss life on this planet, and the people here who I love. I cannot imagine the sacrifice involved in doing a deep space mission...

#space   #spaceexploration   #astronaut   #moon   #mars   #deepspace   #baumgartner   #nasa   #outerspace   #spacediving  

via/ http://www.space.com/17905-go-space-diving.html

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2016-08-21 06:00:26 (24 comments; 4 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Is anyone looking forward to this film? I admit, I don't know much about it, well zero actually. I've seen the book, but haven't read it either. Have you? I have to say that while I love Tim Burton, I'm not at all sure about this project, and especially about Eva Green, who rubs me the wrong way in some of her projects. What have you heard?

About the Novel

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs from the personal archives of collectors listed by the author.

This young adult book was originally... more »

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Is anyone looking forward to this film? I admit, I don't know much about it, well zero actually. I've seen the book, but haven't read it either. Have you? I have to say that while I love Tim Burton, I'm not at all sure about this project, and especially about Eva Green, who rubs me the wrong way in some of her projects. What have you heard?

About the Novel

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs from the personal archives of collectors listed by the author.

This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and was introduced to other collectors.

The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather's old photographs which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.

The book has been a New York Times best seller. It reached the #1 spot on the Children's Chapter Books list on 29 April 2012 after being on the list for 45 weeks, remaining there until 20 May, when it dropped to the fourth spot on the list. Critics have generally praised the book for creative use of vintage photographs as well as good characterization and settings.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Eva Green Movie HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAdpJw-MM-M

#timburton   #movie   #film   #missperegrines   #hollywood   #vintagephotographs   #book   #firstnovel  

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2016-08-21 05:42:47 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Hawaii Becomes 50th State On 21 August 1959

I'm pretty sure I'm the last person that I know who hasn't visited Hawaii, though I've wanted to my entire life. It seems so, well, idyllic to me.

The modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official July 4, 1960.

The first known settlers of the Hawaiian Islands were Polynesian voyagers who arrived sometime in the eighth century. In the early 18th century, American traders came to Hawaii to exploit the islands’ sandalwood, which was much valued in China at the time. In the 1830s, the sugar industry was introduced toH... more »

Hawaii Becomes 50th State On 21 August 1959

I'm pretty sure I'm the last person that I know who hasn't visited Hawaii, though I've wanted to my entire life. It seems so, well, idyllic to me.

The modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official July 4, 1960.

The first known settlers of the Hawaiian Islands were Polynesian voyagers who arrived sometime in the eighth century. In the early 18th century, American traders came to Hawaii to exploit the islands’ sandalwood, which was much valued in China at the time. In the 1830s, the sugar industry was introduced to Hawaii and by the mid 19th century had become well established. American missionaries and planters brought about great changes in Hawaiian political, cultural, economic, and religious life. In 1840, a constitutional monarchy was established, stripping the Hawaiian monarch of much of his authority.

In 1893, a group of American expatriates and sugar planters supported by a division of U.S. Marines deposed Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. One year later, the Republic of Hawaii was established as a U.S. protectorate with Hawaiian-born Sanford B. Dole as president. Many in Congress opposed the formal annexation of Hawaii, and it was not until 1898, following the use of the naval base at Pearl Harbor during the Spanish-American War, that Hawaii’s strategic importance became evident and formal annexation was approved. Two years later, Hawaii was organized into a formal U.S. territory. During World War II, Hawaii became firmly ensconced in the American national identity following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

In March 1959, the U.S. government approved statehood for Hawaii, and in June the Hawaiian people voted by a wide majority to accept admittance into the United States. Two months later, Hawaii officially became the 50th state.

About Hawaii

The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are—in order from northwest to southeast: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawaiʻi Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.

Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawaii's culture is strongly influenced by North American and Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiian culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu.

Hawaii is the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the fifty U.S. states. It is the only state with an Asian plurality. The state's coastline is about 750 miles (1,210 km) long, the fourth longest in the U.S. after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida and California.

House of Kamehameha

During the 1780s and 1790s, chiefs often fought for power. After a series of battles that ended in 1795, all inhabited islands were subjugated under a single ruler, who became known as King Kamehameha the Great. He established the House of Kamehameha, a dynasty that ruled the kingdom until 1872.

After Kamehameha II inherited the throne in 1819, American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii converted many Hawaiians to Christianity. They used their influence to end many traditional practices of the people. The islands' first Christian King was Kamehameha III. Hiram Bingham I, a prominent Protestant missionary, was a trusted adviser to the monarchy during this period.

Other missionaries and their descendants became active in commercial and political affairs, leading to conflicts between the monarchy and its restive American subjects. Catholic and Mormon missionaries were also active in the kingdom, but they converted a minority of the Native Hawaiian population.

Missionaries from each major group administered to the leper colony at Kalaupapa on Molokaʻi, which was established in 1866 and operated well into the 20th century. The best known were Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope, both of whom were canonized in the early 21st century as Roman Catholic saints.

The death of the bachelor King Kamehameha V—who did not name an heir—resulted in the popular election of Lunalilo over Kalākaua. Lunalilo died the next year, also without naming an heir. In 1874, the election was contested within the legislature between Kalākaua and Emma, Queen Consort of Kamehameha IV. After riots broke out, the United States and Britain landed troops on the islands to restore order. Governance passed to the House of Kalākaua.

In 1887, Kalākaua was forced to sign the 1887 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Drafted by white businessmen and lawyers, the document stripped the king of much of his authority. It established a property qualification for voting that effectively disenfranchised most Hawaiians and immigrant laborers and favored the wealthier, white elite. Resident whites were allowed to vote but resident Asians were not.

Because the 1887 Constitution was signed under threat of violence, it is known as the Bayonet Constitution. King Kalākaua, reduced to a figurehead, reigned until his death in 1891. His sister, Queen Liliʻuokalani, succeeded him; she was the last monarch of Hawaiʻi.

In 1893, Queen Liliʻuokalani announced plans for a new constitution. On January 14, 1893, a group of mostly Euro-American business leaders and residents formed the Committee of Safety to stage a coup d'état against the kingdom and seek annexation by the United States. United States Government Minister John L. Stevens, responding to a request from the Committee of Safety, summoned a company of U.S. Marines. According to historian William Russ, these troops effectively rendered the monarchy unable to protect itself.

In January 1893, Queen Liliʻuokalani was overthrown and replaced by a provisional government composed of members of the American Committee of Safety. American lawyer Sanford B. Dole became President of the Republic when the Provisional Government of Hawaii ended on July 4, 1894.

Controversy ensued in the following years as the Queen tried to regain her throne. The administration of President Grover Cleveland commissioned the Blount Report, which concluded that the removal of Liliʻuokalani had been illegal. The U.S. government first demanded that Queen Liliʻuokalani be reinstated, but the Provisional Government refused.

Congress conducted an independent investigation, and on February 26, 1894, submitted the Morgan Report, which found all parties, including Minister Stevens—with the exception of the Queen—"not guilty" and not responsible for the coup. Partisans on both sides of the debate questioned the accuracy and impartiality of both the Blount and Morgan reports over the events of 1893.

In 1993, the US Congress passed a joint Apology Resolution regarding the overthrow; it was signed by President Bill Clinton. The resolution apologized for the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and acknowledged that the United States had annexed Hawaii unlawfully.

#hawaii   #statehood   #americanhistory   #pearlharbor  

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2016-08-20 07:34:29 (49 comments; 30 reshares; 423 +1s; )Open 

The Beatles - "‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy)"

After finishing "I Want You, (She’s So Heavy)", The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album, and the placement of ‘Octopus's Garden’ and ‘Oh! Darling’ were reversed from the final version. The album was to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes ‘I Want You (She's So Heavy)’. This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios.

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is a song by the Beatles, written by John Lennon, (credited to Lennon–McCartney) The song closes side one on the Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road.

This song is an unusual Beatles composition for a variety of reasons, namely its length (nearlyeight minutes),... more »

The Beatles - "‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy)"

After finishing "I Want You, (She’s So Heavy)", The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album, and the placement of ‘Octopus's Garden’ and ‘Oh! Darling’ were reversed from the final version. The album was to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes ‘I Want You (She's So Heavy)’. This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios.

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is a song by the Beatles, written by John Lennon, (credited to Lennon–McCartney) The song closes side one on the Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road.

This song is an unusual Beatles composition for a variety of reasons, namely its length (nearly eight minutes), few lyrics (the title makes up most of the lyrics, aside from two more phrases; only 14 different words are sung), a three-minute descent through repeated guitar chords (a similar arpeggiated figure appears in another Lennon contribution to the album, "Because"), and abrupt ending. It is the first song recorded for the Abbey Road album but one of the last songs that the Beatles mixed as a group, on 20 August 1969.

Josh Hart and Damien Fanelli, writing for Guitar World, placed the song 34th in their list of the 50 Heaviest Songs Before Black Sabbath, and said the song may "have inadvertently started doom metal". Similarly, Classic Rock magazine commented that "the song pre-dated Black Sabbath's creation of doom rock by several months".

#thebeatles   #rocknroll   #doommetal   #musiclovers   #abbeyroad   #doomrock   #johnlennon   #paulmccartney  

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2016-08-20 07:16:56 (6 comments; 11 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

First Around-the-World Telegram Sent, 66 Years Before Voyager II Launch, On 20 August 1911

On this day in 1911, a dispatcher in The New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message–a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings–shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II.

The Times decided to send its 1911 telegram in order to determine how fast a commercial message could be sent around the world by telegraph cable. The message, reading simply “This message sent around the world,” left the dispatch room on the 17th floor of the Times building in New York at 7 p.m. on August 20.

After it traveled more than 28,000 miles, beingrelayed... more »

First Around-the-World Telegram Sent, 66 Years Before Voyager II Launch, On 20 August 1911

On this day in 1911, a dispatcher in The New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message–a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings–shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II.

The Times decided to send its 1911 telegram in order to determine how fast a commercial message could be sent around the world by telegraph cable. The message, reading simply “This message sent around the world,” left the dispatch room on the 17th floor of the Times building in New York at 7 p.m. on August 20.

After it traveled more than 28,000 miles, being relayed by 16 different operators, through San Francisco, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Bombay, Malta, Lisbon and the Azores–among other locations–the reply was received by the same operator 16.5 minutes later. It was the fastest time achieved by a commercial cablegram since the opening of the Pacific cable in 1900 by the Commercial Cable Company.

On August 20, 1977, a NASA rocket launched Voyager II, an unmanned 1,820-pound spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the first of two such crafts to be launched that year on a “Grand Tour” of the outer planets, organized to coincide with a rare alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Aboard Voyager II was a 12-inch copper phonograph record called “Sounds of Earth.” Intended as a kind of introductory time capsule, the record included greetings in 60 languages and scientific information about Earth and the human race, along with classical, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll music, nature sounds like thunder and surf, and recorded messages from President Jimmy Carter and other world leaders.

The brainchild of astronomer Carl Sagan, the record was sent with Voyager II and its twin craft, Voyager I*–launched just two weeks later–in the faint hope that it might one day be discovered by extraterrestrial creatures. *The record was sealed in an aluminum jacket that would keep it intact for 1 billion years, along with instructions on how to play the record, with a cartridge and needle provided.

More importantly, the two Voyager crafts were designed to explore the outer solar system and send information and photographs of the distant planets to Earth. Over the next 12 years, the mission proved a smashing success. After both crafts flew by Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager I went flying off towards the solar system’s edge while Voyager II visited Uranus, Neptune and finally Pluto in 1990 before sailing off to join its twin in the outer solar system.

Thanks to the Voyager program, NASA scientists gained a wealth of information about the outer planets, including close-up photographs of Saturn’s seven rings; evidence of active geysers and volcanoes exploding on some of the four planets’ 22 moons; winds of more than 1,500 mph on Neptune; and measurements of the magnetic fields on Uranus and Neptune. The two crafts are expected to continue sending data until 2020, or until their plutonium-based power sources run out. After that, they will continue to sail on through the galaxy for millions of years to come, barring some unexpected collision.

#telegraph   #telegram   #voyager   #nasa   #spaceexploration  

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2016-08-19 07:27:04 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

The Man In The High Castle

Art by: Paolo Giandoso, Concept artist and VFX concept artist. If you enjoy a show with amazingly high-quality sets and production values, and a show that is literate and destined for longevity, this is the show for you. Ridley Scott had created a phenomenal show that will stay with you for a long time. It is beautifully realized and filmed, and it is, at many times, simply stunning with its visuals. Watch this show!

Frank Spotnitz is no stranger to altered realities. As one of the core writer/producers on “The X-Files,” Spotnitz was one of the people who introduced millions of avid viewers to mutants, bizarre killers and ominous plots that may have involved alien visitation.

Spotnitz’s new show, “The Man in the High Castle,” is firmly anchored to Earth-bound reality — but it’s a grim reality in which North America,having lost W... more »

The Man In The High Castle

Art by: Paolo Giandoso, Concept artist and VFX concept artist. If you enjoy a show with amazingly high-quality sets and production values, and a show that is literate and destined for longevity, this is the show for you. Ridley Scott had created a phenomenal show that will stay with you for a long time. It is beautifully realized and filmed, and it is, at many times, simply stunning with its visuals. Watch this show!

Frank Spotnitz is no stranger to altered realities. As one of the core writer/producers on “The X-Files,” Spotnitz was one of the people who introduced millions of avid viewers to mutants, bizarre killers and ominous plots that may have involved alien visitation.

Spotnitz’s new show, “The Man in the High Castle,” is firmly anchored to Earth-bound reality — but it’s a grim reality in which North America, having lost World War 2, has been split up by the Axis powers and its populace must contend with an enormous array of discriminatory and oppressive policies. In Spotnitz’s version of the classic Philip K. Dick novel “The Man in the High Castle,” the forbidden books that characters exchange have been replaced by copies of an underground film, but the themes of subversion, rebellion and compromise remain in play.

Note: Spotnitz will be stepping down as show runner for S2. Hmm. Interesting to see what changes occur as a result of that...

The Man in the High Castle - Official Trailer: What If? | Amazon Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzz_6dmv03I

The Man in the High Castle - Official Comic-Con Trailer | Amazon Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzayf9GpXCI

The Man in the High Castle - Season 2 Official Teaser | Amazon Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YekQIyZdmVo

The Man in the High Castle - Defiance (Teaser) | Amazon Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9LKv_r5mxU


#maninthehighcastle   #althistory   #philipkdick   #scifi   #amazon   #tvseries  

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2016-08-19 04:49:06 (15 comments; 14 reshares; 237 +1s; )Open 

The Beatles Kick Off First U.S. Tour at San Francisco’s Cow Palace on 19 August 1964

The Beatles took America by storm during their famous first visit, wowing the millions who watched them during their historic television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. But after the first great rush of stateside Beatlemania, the Beatles promptly returned to Europe, leaving their American fans to make do with mere records. By late summer of that same year, however, having put on an unprecedented and still unmatched display of pop-chart dominance during their absence, the Beatles finally returned.

On August 19, 1964, more than six months after taking the East Coast by storm, the Fab Four traveled to California to take the stage at the Cow Palace in San Francisco for opening night of their first-ever concert tour of North America.

Although inr... more »

The Beatles Kick Off First U.S. Tour at San Francisco’s Cow Palace on 19 August 1964

The Beatles took America by storm during their famous first visit, wowing the millions who watched them during their historic television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. But after the first great rush of stateside Beatlemania, the Beatles promptly returned to Europe, leaving their American fans to make do with mere records. By late summer of that same year, however, having put on an unprecedented and still unmatched display of pop-chart dominance during their absence, the Beatles finally returned.

On August 19, 1964, more than six months after taking the East Coast by storm, the Fab Four traveled to California to take the stage at the Cow Palace in San Francisco for opening night of their first-ever concert tour of North America.

Although in retrospect it would seem a laughable underestimation of their drawing power in America, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein chose venues like the 17,000-seat Cow Palace for the 1964 tour expressly because he feared that the Beatles might not sell out large sports stadiums like San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, where they would play their final official concert in 1966. Suffice it to say that the Beatles had no difficultly filling the Cow Palace, which was packed with 17,130 screaming fans when the group bounded to the stage shortly after 9:00 p.m. on this day in 1964 and launched into “Twist And Shout.”

The Beatles’ set that night and throughout the tour that followed featured only 12 songs, most often in this order:

”Twist and Shout”

“You Can’t Do That”

“All My Loving”

”She Loves You”

“Things We Said Today”

“Roll Over Beethoven”

“Can’t Buy Me Love”

“If I Fell”

“I Want to Hold Your Hand”

“Boys”

“A Hard Day’s Night”

“Long Tall Sally”

At other stops on the tour, the Beatles’ performances would last approximately 33 minutes, but the show that night in San Francisco lasted some five minutes longer—not because of any difference in the Beatles’ performance, but because of police intervention to stem the growing pandemonium.

Within the first few seconds of the first song that night, at least one radio journalist traveling with the Beatles had been trampled to the ground along with a young female fan who broke a leg in the melee. And thanks to an offhand comment by George Harrison about the group’s favorite candy in the days leading up to the show, the Beatles themselves were pelted with flying jelly beans throughout that night’s set.

Though John, Paul, George and Ringo were uninjured, they left the Cow Palace that night by ambulance after their limousine was swarmed by berserk fans. It was a scene that would become familiar to them as they continued on their first historic tour of America in the months ahead.

Supporting acts for this show were The Righteous Brothers, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, and Jackie DeShannon.

The Beatles at the Cow Palace, San Francisco - August 19, 1964
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISGXSm6DySA

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand - Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 2/9/64
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenWdylTtzs

#thebeatles   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #musichistory   #cowpalace   #60smusic   #beatlemania  

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2016-08-19 04:29:05 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Happy Birthday Blaine!

My partner in crime is having one of those once-in-a-lifetime birthday's today, so I had to post this for him, as he's being low-key about it. Nothing but love, Leo! Have a merry, happy birthday!

#happybirthdayblaine  +Blaine Hall 

Happy Birthday Blaine!

My partner in crime is having one of those once-in-a-lifetime birthday's today, so I had to post this for him, as he's being low-key about it. Nothing but love, Leo! Have a merry, happy birthday!

#happybirthdayblaine  +Blaine Hall ___

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2016-08-19 04:12:45 (9 comments; 27 reshares; 224 +1s; )Open 

Gustav Gurschner, Art Nouveau Bronze Mermaid Lamp with Nautilus Shell Shade

This is circa 1899 and it was signed and numbered. There is so much natural, flowing beauty within Art nouveau; so many twists and turns that feel completely unique to each piece, and this piece is no exception.

Gustav Gurschner (1873–1970) was an Austrian sculptor active in the decorative arts. He studied under August Kühne and Otto König at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. He married the writer Alice Pollak in 1897. In 1898, he participated in the inaugural exposition of the Vienna Secession. From 1904 to 1908, he was part of the Hagenbund, a group of like-minded Austrian artists.

His body of work consists of functional objects such as ashtrays, electric lamps, door knockers, and doorknobs. Gurschner's style was influenced by the sinuous lines of Art nouveau and thesym... more »

Gustav Gurschner, Art Nouveau Bronze Mermaid Lamp with Nautilus Shell Shade

This is circa 1899 and it was signed and numbered. There is so much natural, flowing beauty within Art nouveau; so many twists and turns that feel completely unique to each piece, and this piece is no exception.

Gustav Gurschner (1873–1970) was an Austrian sculptor active in the decorative arts. He studied under August Kühne and Otto König at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. He married the writer Alice Pollak in 1897. In 1898, he participated in the inaugural exposition of the Vienna Secession. From 1904 to 1908, he was part of the Hagenbund, a group of like-minded Austrian artists.

His body of work consists of functional objects such as ashtrays, electric lamps, door knockers, and doorknobs. Gurschner's style was influenced by the sinuous lines of Art nouveau and the symmetry of the Wiener Werkstätte.

In 1914 Gurschner designed medals and uniforms for the sovereign prince of Albania, Wilhelm zu Wied. In July he raised and led a small army of 150 volunteers to help the prince fight of rebels who laid siege to his capital of Durrës.

#artnouveau   #lamp   #mermaid   #artist   #bronze   #nautilusshell   #vienna   #hagenbund   #sculpture   #decorativearts  

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

http://www.artnet.com/artists/gustav-gurschner/past-auction-results___

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2016-08-18 06:32:27 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Mars Exploration

This was a fascinating "long read" in WIRED. It mainly focuses on NASA's Office of Planetary Protection, and it raises many fundamental questions about traveling to and exploring Mars, which we all believe is destined to be in next 5+ years or so, if things go according to plan.

About the Office of Planetary Protection

One of the core rationales for the office’s existence is purely scientific. If alien life exists, researchers will of course want to study how it originated and evolved—to glimpse what planetary scientist Chris McKay calls a “second Genesis.” And to prevent false leads, humans have to be careful not to muddy space with our own trail of bacteria.

Another less official rationale for today’s planetary protection policy is ecological—you might even call it anticolonial. Essentially, Conley’soffice serves... more »

Mars Exploration

This was a fascinating "long read" in WIRED. It mainly focuses on NASA's Office of Planetary Protection, and it raises many fundamental questions about traveling to and exploring Mars, which we all believe is destined to be in next 5+ years or so, if things go according to plan.

About the Office of Planetary Protection

One of the core rationales for the office’s existence is purely scientific. If alien life exists, researchers will of course want to study how it originated and evolved—to glimpse what planetary scientist Chris McKay calls a “second Genesis.” And to prevent false leads, humans have to be careful not to muddy space with our own trail of bacteria.

Another less official rationale for today’s planetary protection policy is ecological—you might even call it anticolonial. Essentially, Conley’s office serves to prevent NASA from doing to Martians what European explorers did to Native Americans with smallpox. Because Mars lacks Earth’s history of abundant life, it has that much more raw material for Earth’s bacterial stowaways to devour—should any of them, say, come into contact with water, find a niche they can survive in, and start to reproduce. “The whole planet is a dinner plate for these organisms,” she says. “They will eat Mars.”

Conley wants to make sure we at least know whether Martian life exists before we introduce an invasive species that will wipe it out.

And the third main rationale for Conley’s office is, well, mildly apocalyptic. In the late 1960s, when the space age was brand-new, the specter of interplanetary contagion ran high in the public imagination. In 1969, Michael Crichton published The Andromeda Strain, his novel about an extraterrestrial microbe that drops to earth on a satellite and wipes out an Arizona town.

Two months later, when the Apollo 11 crew returned from their triumphant moon landing, NASA spirited the astronauts from their ocean splashdown to a hermetically sealed facility in Houston, where they were isolated, poked, prodded, and scrubbed with bleach for two weeks before they could receive their full hero’s welcome. (A priceless photo shows Richard Nixon using a microphone to chat with the astronauts, who are locked, grinning, inside a sealed Airstream trailer.) In those days, planetary protection was primarily about us—about guarding this planet against potentially virulent alien life.

If you have any interest in the exploration of Mars, this is definitely a worthwhile read...

#mars   #spaceexploration   #nasa   #theredplanet  ___

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2016-08-18 05:55:58 (21 comments; 6 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

If you're looking for a fun film to add to your movie queue, add this one. And if your kids haven't seen it, they might get a kick out of it! It's from the late 80s and it still holds up brilliantly (and it contains one of the best opening sequences ever). If you love Old Hollywood, you'll love this as well!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Frank Marshall and Robert Watts, and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman. The film is based on Gary K. Wolf's 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?.

The film stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye (in his final film role before his retirement and death), and Joanna Cassidy. Set in Hollywood during the late 1940s in an alternative timeline... more »

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

If you're looking for a fun film to add to your movie queue, add this one. And if your kids haven't seen it, they might get a kick out of it! It's from the late 80s and it still holds up brilliantly (and it contains one of the best opening sequences ever). If you love Old Hollywood, you'll love this as well!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Frank Marshall and Robert Watts, and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman. The film is based on Gary K. Wolf's 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?.

The film stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye (in his final film role before his retirement and death), and Joanna Cassidy. Set in Hollywood during the late 1940s in an alternative timeline where animated characters really exist, the film tells the story of Eddie Valiant, a private detective who must exonerate "Toon" Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman.

Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights for Who Framed Roger Rabbit's story in 1981. Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman wrote two drafts of the script before Disney brought in executive producer Steven Spielberg, and his production company, Amblin Entertainment. Zemeckis was brought on to direct the film, and Canadian animator Richard Williams was hired to supervise the animation sequences. Production was moved from Los Angeles to Elstree Studios in England to accommodate Williams and his group of animators. While filming, the production budget began to rapidly expand and the shooting schedule ran longer than expected.

Disney released the film through its Touchstone Pictures division on June 22, 1988, to critical and commercial success, becoming a blockbuster. The film brought a renewed interest in the Golden Age of American animation, spearheading modern American animation and the Disney Renaissance.

#disney   #oldhollywood   #whoframedrogerrabbit   #animation   #animationmovies   #robertzemeckis   #toons   #cartoon  

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYNqYC_jNAg

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Opening Cartoon (Watch This!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HsIBqZGFIQ

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2016-08-18 04:16:00 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

The Children's Railway, Budapest Hungary

Spurred on by an article in Smithsonian Magazine, I had to know more about this unusual railway. Run by kids. What? That alone piqued my interest, as did this photo by Alessandro Sgarito.

The Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút), built after World War II, and originally called Pioneer's Railway, is run by children under the supervision of adult railway workers. Children do various types of jobs, from selling tickets to traffic management. Similar projects had been introduced in the former Soviet Union in the 1940’s.

All seven stops along the Children's Railway route are popular recreation spots. Csillebérc, where the Challangeland zip-line is located; Normafa, known for its beautiful scenery; János Hill, the highest peak in Budapest; Vadaspark, home to a charming zoo; and Hüvösvölgy, the siteof the ... more »

The Children's Railway, Budapest Hungary

Spurred on by an article in Smithsonian Magazine, I had to know more about this unusual railway. Run by kids. What? That alone piqued my interest, as did this photo by Alessandro Sgarito.

The Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút), built after World War II, and originally called Pioneer's Railway, is run by children under the supervision of adult railway workers. Children do various types of jobs, from selling tickets to traffic management. Similar projects had been introduced in the former Soviet Union in the 1940’s.

All seven stops along the Children's Railway route are popular recreation spots. Csillebérc, where the Challangeland zip-line is located; Normafa, known for its beautiful scenery; János Hill, the highest peak in Budapest; Vadaspark, home to a charming zoo; and Hüvösvölgy, the site of the popular restaurant called Náncsi Néni, are the most favorite stops.

When Children’s Railway first opened some stations were named after symbols of the pioneer movement, which were then changed in 1990. There is a museum on site (at Hüvösvölgy station) displaying some relics from the Communist/Pioneer era.

From the Photographer

I spent a day visiting the "Children's Railway" in Budapest, a 12 km railway managed by kids. At the end of the day the light in the station was perfect so I asked these two to be my photographic subjects.

Image | Alessandro Sgarito
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/people/the-turning-point/#Jebij5Dx9FVEYOoX.99

http://visitbudapest.travel/activities/fun-things-to-do/childrens-railway/

Children's Railway Website
http://www.gyermekvasut.hu/___

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2016-08-18 03:52:52 (15 comments; 17 reshares; 332 +1s; )Open 

The Police

The Police made their live debut as a three-piece band when they played at Rebecca's Birmingham, England on 18 August 1977.

The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

Their 1978 debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, reached No. 6 in the UK, and their second album Reggatta de Blanc became the first of five consecutive UK No. 1 albums. Synchronicity from 1983 was No. 1 in both the UK and U.S., selling over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone. The Police have sold over 75 million... more »

The Police

The Police made their live debut as a three-piece band when they played at Rebecca's Birmingham, England on 18 August 1977.

The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

Their 1978 debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, reached No. 6 in the UK, and their second album Reggatta de Blanc became the first of five consecutive UK No. 1 albums. Synchronicity from 1983 was No. 1 in both the UK and U.S., selling over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone. The Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. They were the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.

The band has won a number of music awards, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Police were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

#rocknroll   #rockmusic   #thepolice   #newwave   #britishinvasion   #sting  

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The Police 1978 - Outlandos d'Amour [Remastered 2003 Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2FOBZsL-8-BR04ZVMIEguI95tZyKP6VS

Reggatta de Blanc - The Police
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL01F70AC6BFFF42A3

The Police 1980 - Zenyatta Mondatta [Remastered 2003 Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2FOBZsL-8-DB15ILYkw1Gsx81ZX8a-IM

The Police 1981 - Ghost in the Machine [Remastered 2003 Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2FOBZsL-8-B4shxPt-6ydC7qHyjrMObz

The Police 1983 - Synchronicity [Remastered 2003 Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2FOBZsL-8-DLf2v-VAYCwGSwXtJmX6bP

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2016-08-17 05:22:49 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

RKO "Radio" Pictures

RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum) Pictures (also known as RKO Productions, Radio Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, RKO Teleradio Pictures and, for a short time, RKO Pathé) was an American film production and distribution company. It was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age.

The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) vaudeville theatre circuit and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) studio were brought together under the control of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in October 1928. RCA chief David Sarnoff engineered the merger to create a market for the company's sound-on-film technology, RCA Photophone. By the mid-1940s, the studio was under the control of investor Floyd Odlum.

During the summer, I've posted about the "Big 6" in Hollywood, the major... more »

RKO "Radio" Pictures

RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum) Pictures (also known as RKO Productions, Radio Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, RKO Teleradio Pictures and, for a short time, RKO Pathé) was an American film production and distribution company. It was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age.

The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) vaudeville theatre circuit and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) studio were brought together under the control of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in October 1928. RCA chief David Sarnoff engineered the merger to create a market for the company's sound-on-film technology, RCA Photophone. By the mid-1940s, the studio was under the control of investor Floyd Odlum.

During the summer, I've posted about the "Big 6" in Hollywood, the major studios. I covered Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios. I'll end this summer by looking at the other majors of the Golden Era of Hollywood - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and RKO Pictures. Heading into Fall, I'll look at some of the "mini-majors" today; companies like Summit Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Relativity Media, and Lionsgate.

RKO has long been celebrated for its series of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid-to-late 1930s. Actors Katharine Hepburn and, later, Robert Mitchum had their first major successes at the studio. Cary Grant was a mainstay for years. The work of producer Val Lewton's low-budget horror unit and RKO's many ventures into the field now known as film noir have been acclaimed, largely after the fact, by film critics and historians. The studio produced two of the most famous films in motion picture history: King Kong and Citizen Kane.

Maverick industrialist Howard Hughes took over RKO in 1948. After years of turmoil and decline under his control, Hughes sold the troubled studio to General Tire and Rubber Company in 1955. The original RKO Pictures ceased production in 1957 and was effectively dissolved two years later.

In 1981, broadcaster RKO General, the corporate heir, revived it as a production subsidiary, RKO Pictures Inc. In 1989, this business with its few remaining assets, the trademarks and remake rights to many classic RKO films, was sold to new owners, who now operate the small independent company RKO Pictures LLC.

The Film Slate

RKO released a limited slate of twelve features in its first year; in 1930, that figure more than doubled to twenty-nine. Exceptions like Cimarron and Rio Rita aside, RKO's product was largely regarded as mediocre, so in October, 1931, twenty-nine-year-old David O. Selznick visited Sarnoff in New York and convinced him to replace LeBaron as production chief.

As the new studio chief Selznick implemented rigorous cost-control measures, championed the unit production system, which gave the producers of individual movies much greater independence than they had under the prevailing central producer system. "Under the factory system of production you rob the director of his individualism", said Selznick, "and this being a creative industry that is harmful to the quality of the product made" (even though Selznick earned a sour reputation for meddling in director output).

Instituting unit production, he predicted, would also result in cost savings of 30–40 percent. To make films under the new system, Selznick recruited prize behind-the-camera personnel, such as director George Cukor and producer/director Merian C. Cooper, and gave producer Pandro S. Berman, aged twenty-six, increasingly important projects. Selznick discovered and signed a young actress who would become a star created by RKO, Katharine Hepburn. Also enlisted was established star John Barrymore for a few memorable performances.

Selznick worked fifteen months as RKO production chief before resigning over a dispute with new corporate president Merlin Aylesworth, and then moved up to MGM to work for his powerful father-in-law, Louis B. Mayer. He backed several major successes, including A Bill of Divorcement (1932), with Cukor directing Hepburn's debut, and the monumental King Kong (1933)—largely Merian Cooper's brainchild, brought to life by the astonishing special effects work of Willis O'Brien.

Cooper took over as production head after Selznick's departure and oversaw two hits starring Hepburn: Morning Glory (1933), for which she won her first Oscar, and Little Women (1933), director Cukor's second collaboration with the actress.

Among the studio's in-house productions, the latter was the biggest box-office success of the decade. Ginger Rogers had already made several minor films for RKO when Cooper signed her to a seven-year contract and cast her in the big-budget musical Flying Down to Rio (1933). Rogers was paired with Astaire, making his movie debut. Billed fourth and fifth respectively, the picture turned them into stars. Hermes Pan, assistant to the film's dance director, would become one of Hollywood's leading choreographers through his subsequent work with Astaire.

Along with Columbia Pictures, RKO became one of the primary homes of the screwball comedy. As film historian James Harvey describes, compared to their richer competition, the two studios were "more receptive to experiment, more tolerant of chaos on the set. It was at these two lesser 'majors'...that nearly all the preeminent screwball directors did their important films—[Howard] Hawks and [Gregory] La Cava and [Leo] McCarey and [George] Stevens."

Lacking the financial resources of industry leaders MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros./First National and Fox, RKO turned out many pictures during the era that made up for it with high style in an Art Deco mode, exemplified by such Astaire–Rogers musicals as The Gay Divorcee (1934), their first pairing as leads, and Top Hat (1935). One of the figures most responsible for this was creative Van Nest Polglase, chief of RKO's highly regarded design department for almost a decade.

Film historian James Naremore has described RKO as "chiefly a designer's studio. It never had a stable of important actors, writers, or directors, but ... it was rich in artists and special-effects technicians. As a result, its most distinctive pictures contained a strong element of fantasy—not so much the fantasy of horror, which during the thirties was the province of Universal, but the fantasy of the marvelous and adventurous."

George J. Schaefer, handpicked the previous year by the Rockefellers and backed by Sarnoff, took over in 1939. With Berman gone, Schaefer became in effect production chief, though other men—including the former head of the industry censorship board, Joseph I. Breen—nominally filled the role.

Schaefer, announcing his philosophy with a new studio slogan, "Quality Pictures at a Premium Price", was keen on signing up independent producers whose films RKO would distribute. In 1941, the studio landed one of the most prestigious independents in Hollywood when it arranged to handle Samuel Goldwyn's productions. The first two Goldwyn pictures released by the studio were highly successful: The Little Foxes, directed by William Wyler and starring Bette Davis, garnered four Oscar nominations, while the Howard Hawks–directed Ball of Fire at last brought Barbara Stanwyck a hit under the RKO banner. However, Schaefer agreed to terms so favorable to Goldwyn that it was next to impossible for the studio to make money off his films. David O. Selznick loaned out his leading contracted director for two RKO pictures in 1941: Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith was a modest success and Suspicion a more substantial one, with an Oscar-winning turn by Joan Fontaine.

That May, RKO released Citizen Kane, coproducing with director Orson Welles's Mercury Productions. While it opened to strong reviews and would go on to be hailed as one of the greatest movies ever made, it lost money at the time and brought down the wrath of the Hearst newspaper chain on RKO. The next year saw the commercial failure of Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons_—like Kane, critically lauded and overbudget—and the expensive embarrassment of his aborted documentary _It's All True.

The three Mercury productions combined to drain $2 million from the RKO coffers, major money for a corporation that had reported an overall deficit of $1 million in 1940 and a nominal profit of a bit more than $500,000 in 1941. Many of RKO's other artistically ambitious pictures were also dying at the box office and it was losing its last exclusive deal with a major star as well.

Rogers, after winning an Oscar in 1941 for her performance in the previous year's Kitty Foyle, held out for a freelance contract like Grant's; after 1943, she would appear in just one more RKO production, thirteen years later. On June 17, 1942, Schaefer tendered his resignation. He departed a weakened and troubled studio, but RKO was about to turn the corner. Propelled by the box-office boom of World War II and guided by new management, RKO would make a strong comeback over the next half-decade.

Read the rest of the history here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RKO_Pictures

The complete history would take hundreds of lines more to cover the rebound under Koerner, the studio's focus on B Movies, HUAC and Howard Hughes, General Tire and the studio's demise.

#oldhollywood   #rkopictures   #filmstudio   #hollywoodmovies   #fredastaire   #gingerrogers   #katharinehepburn   #robertmitchum   #howardhughes   #kingkong   #citizenkane   #frankcapra  

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Paramount Pictures
https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/9fvkibS7H9C

Warner Brothers Pictures
https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/ffVr8zRkB82

20th Century Fox
https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/WK9o5mpd6u4

Columbia Pictures
https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/XvDHV98xbPs

Universal Pictures
https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/SLMbK6toN3T

Walt Disney Studios
https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/PnEWtUVBzZ8___

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Wicked Cool Animated GIF

London has as many as a million CCTV cameras. But why capture a crime on video if no one can identify the perpetrator?

I'm not posting this for the story, though that is interesting all on its own. I'm posting this ultra-cool animated gif, since it stopped me in my tracks and made me start thinking of compelling art.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/londons-super-recognizer-police-force

ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLAS ORTEGA; ANIMATION BY ALEJANDRO USSA

Wicked Cool Animated GIF

London has as many as a million CCTV cameras. But why capture a crime on video if no one can identify the perpetrator?

I'm not posting this for the story, though that is interesting all on its own. I'm posting this ultra-cool animated gif, since it stopped me in my tracks and made me start thinking of compelling art.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/londons-super-recognizer-police-force

ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLAS ORTEGA; ANIMATION BY ALEJANDRO USSA___

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2016-08-16 05:15:53 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

The Get Down

Full Disclosure: I have not seen Vinyl on HBO, but I have seen the pilot of The Get Down by Baz Luhrmann on Netflix. I was mesmerized. I could feel and see many elements that he has always excelled in, and I couldn't stop watching. I was instantly pulled into New York City, in the South Bronx, in the 1970s...

Hip-hop was always in the fringes around me, but it was never on my personal radar, back in the day. I did my own variation of Poetry Slam over in Europe, (and played with many musicians who gave me an Acid-Jazz backing to my readings and shows well before the insurgence of Poetry Slams here in the USA), but true hip hop predated that, going back to the era covered in this new series, and even back to the 60s.

Today, I play many songs within themes on my Friday shows for +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS, but I'd really like to do a few shows... more »

The Get Down

Full Disclosure: I have not seen Vinyl on HBO, but I have seen the pilot of The Get Down by Baz Luhrmann on Netflix. I was mesmerized. I could feel and see many elements that he has always excelled in, and I couldn't stop watching. I was instantly pulled into New York City, in the South Bronx, in the 1970s...

Hip-hop was always in the fringes around me, but it was never on my personal radar, back in the day. I did my own variation of Poetry Slam over in Europe, (and played with many musicians who gave me an Acid-Jazz backing to my readings and shows well before the insurgence of Poetry Slams here in the USA), but true hip hop predated that, going back to the era covered in this new series, and even back to the 60s.

Today, I play many songs within themes on my Friday shows for +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS, but I'd really like to do a few shows that go back to the roots and beginnings of hip-hip, coming out of the disco era, and also including the works that pre-date that era.

I was familiar with Grandmaster Flash and other cool DJs of this time, but I never knew their backstories. This series explores those stories, and it has, of course, all the trappings of musicals and engaging films, namely love stories, conflict, passions, dreams, violence, resolution, longing, a search for belonging and respect, and an exploration of our family ties.

I'm not sure if the entire series will be incredible, but I am hooked and willing to go along for the ride...

The Get Down | Main Trailer [HD] | Netflix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usv442G6H8A

The Cast of "The Get Down" on Bringing NYC's 1970's Hip Hop History to 190 Countries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj-wPEpKavA

#hiphop   #hiphopmusic   #bazluhrmann   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #1970s   #disco   #thebronx   #musicmonday   #musiclovers  

Read This: It's Awesome. (I promise! Especially about Baz seeing his crates!)
http://www.vulture.com/2016/08/grandmaster-flash-explains-what-the-get-down-is.html___

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2016-08-16 03:56:04 (16 comments; 14 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Duesy

We drove right past the A-C-D Museum (Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum) in Auburn, Indiana today, on our way back from Michigan. We've been there before, and it's a spectacular, small museum with world-class cars set in an Art Deco setting (I've posted about this before). A car like the one below would fit there perfectly!

Duesenberg Motors Company (sometimes referred to as "Duesy") was an American manufacturer of race cars and luxury automobiles. It was founded by brothers August and Frederick Duesenberg in 1913 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where they built engines and race cars. The brothers moved their operations to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1916 to manufacture engines for World War I. In 1919, when their government contracts were cancelled, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and established the Duesenberg... more »

Duesy

We drove right past the A-C-D Museum (Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum) in Auburn, Indiana today, on our way back from Michigan. We've been there before, and it's a spectacular, small museum with world-class cars set in an Art Deco setting (I've posted about this before). A car like the one below would fit there perfectly!

Duesenberg Motors Company (sometimes referred to as "Duesy") was an American manufacturer of race cars and luxury automobiles. It was founded by brothers August and Frederick Duesenberg in 1913 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where they built engines and race cars. The brothers moved their operations to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1916 to manufacture engines for World War I. In 1919, when their government contracts were cancelled, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and established the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, Inc. (Delaware).

In late 1926, E.L. Cord added Duesenberg to his Auburn Automobile Company. With the market for expensive luxury cars severely undercut by the Depression, Duesenberg folded in 1937.

Model J, SJ, SSJ, JN, SJN (1928–1937)

E.L. Cord bought the company on October 26, 1926 for the brothers' engineering skills, talent and the brand name in order to produce luxury cars. He challenged Fred Duesenberg to design an automobile that would be the best in the world. Indeed, Cord wanted the biggest, fastest, and most expensive car ever made. He also ordered a large chassis to be able to compete with the biggest, most powerful, and most luxurious European cars of the era, such as Hispano-Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls-Royce.

After Cord's takeover, the new company was renamed "Duesenberg, Inc." Fred would continue in the new organization, now with the title of vice president in charge of engineering and experimental work. Whereas Augie had played an important role in the development of the Model A and its variant, the very rare X, he had nothing to do with the J and had no formal connection with Duesenberg, Inc. until later. According to the expert Marshall Merkes, "Cord did not want Augie around." However, all Duesenberg racing cars produced after 1926 were Augie-built in an enterprise that functioned separately, and in a building apart from the main Duesenberg plant. He was also responsible for a number of engineering achievements like the superchargers he developed for both the Auburn and Cord motorcars.

The newly revived Duesenberg company set about to produce the Model J, which debuted December 1 at the New York Car Show of 1928. In Europe, it was launched at the "Salon de l'automobile de Paris" of 1929. The first and — at the time of the New York presentation — only example made of the series, the J-101, was a sweep-panel, dual-cowl phaeton, with coachwork by LeBaron, finished in silver and black. By the time the Great Depression hit in October 1929, the Duesenberg Company had only built some 200 cars. An additional 100 orders were filled in 1930. Thus, the Model J fell short of the original goal to sell 500 cars a year.

The Model J's straight-eight was based on the company's successful racing engines of the 1920s; designed by Duesenberg, they were manufactured by Lycoming, another company owned by Cord. In unsupercharged form, the eight produced an impressive (for the period) 265 horsepower (198 kW), aided by dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The Model J was capable of a top speed of 119 mph (192 km/h), and 94 mph (151 km/h) in second gear. Other cars featured larger-displacement engines, but none surpassed its power. It was also both the fastest and most expensive American automobile in the market.

As was the custom among the luxury car brands, only the chassis and engine were displayed, since the interior and body of the car would be coachbuilt to the owner's specifications. The chassis on most Model Js were the same, as was the styling of such elements as fenders, headlamps, radiator, hood and instrument panel.

Duesenberg bodies came from both the United States and Europe, and the finished cars were some of the largest, grandest, most beautiful, and most elegant cars ever created. About half the Model Js built by Duesenberg had coachworks devised by the company's chief body designer, Gordon Buehrig. The rest were by independent coachbuilders from the United States, such as Derham, Holbrook, Judkins, Le Baron, Murphy, Rollston (later renamed Rollson), Walker, Weymann, and Willoughby, and from European works Fernandez et Darrin, Franay, Gurney Nutting, Saoutchik, etc. However, other coachworks were made by Duesenberg branches in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Florida and Denver, as well as by smaller dealers. For the in-house bodies Duesenberg used the name of La Grande.

The chassis cost $8,500 ($9,500 after 1932); the completed base model cost between $13,000 and $19,000 (two of the American-bodied J's reached $25,000), at a time when the average U.S. physician earned less than $3,000 a year.

#duesenberg   #luxurycars   #automobile   #auburn   #indiana   #acdmuseum  

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

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

image and more pictures of the interior
https://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014/12/04/1935-duesenberg-sj-town-cabriolet-reportedly-designed-for-mae-west-heads-to-auction/

ACD Museum
automobilemuseum.org

AUBURN - CORD - DUSENBERG AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM. A FANTASTIC CAR COLLECTION IN AUBURN, INDIANA. VERY ART DECO AND 1930s!

https://plus.google.com/103333429938529668020/posts/Gdvcpuk8KFL___

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Celebrating a big birthday in Michigan with +Blaine Hall​. Had a good night. Exhausted. Now having a nightcap and back at it tomorrow. Beautiful area along Lake Michigan. We're going to walk the quaint small town in the morning and hopefully get some pictures of the lake!

Celebrating a big birthday in Michigan with +Blaine Hall​. Had a good night. Exhausted. Now having a nightcap and back at it tomorrow. Beautiful area along Lake Michigan. We're going to walk the quaint small town in the morning and hopefully get some pictures of the lake!___

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2016-08-14 06:15:58 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Lake Michigan

We're driving to one of the Great Lakes today and staying at New Buffalo, Michigan, alongside Lake Michigan. A one-day mini-vacation. It's time to get away from Nowhere, Ohio for one day, and relax. We need this very much. I cannot remember the last time I had a true vacation day with an overnight stay in a hotel. We're going to sit and play slot machines all day at the Four Winds New Buffalo Casino, and hopefully get out and see the area a bit. Rejuvenation time.

About Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the U.S. and Canada. It is the second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third-largest by surface area, after Lake Superior and Lake Huron (and is slightly smaller than the U.S.... more »

Lake Michigan

We're driving to one of the Great Lakes today and staying at New Buffalo, Michigan, alongside Lake Michigan. A one-day mini-vacation. It's time to get away from Nowhere, Ohio for one day, and relax. We need this very much. I cannot remember the last time I had a true vacation day with an overnight stay in a hotel. We're going to sit and play slot machines all day at the Four Winds New Buffalo Casino, and hopefully get out and see the area a bit. Rejuvenation time.

About Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the U.S. and Canada. It is the second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third-largest by surface area, after Lake Superior and Lake Huron (and is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia).

To the east, its basin is conjoined with that of Lake Huron through the wide Straits of Mackinac, giving it the same surface elevation as its easterly counterpart; the two are technically a single lake.

Lake Michigan is shared, from west to east, by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Ports along its shores include, Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Gary, Indiana, and Benton Harbor, Michigan. The word "Michigan" originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwa word mishigami meaning "great water". In the earliest European maps of the region, the name of Lake Illinois has been found in addition to that of "Michigan".

#roadtrip   #lakemichigan   #casino   #newbuffalo   #rejuvenation  

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Who's Next Was Released on 14 August 1971

Who's Next is the fifth studio album by English rock band The Who. It developed from the aborted Lifehouse project, a multi-media rock opera written by the group's Pete Townshend as a follow-up to the band's 1969 album Tommy. The project was cancelled due to its complexity and conflicts with Kit Lambert, the band's manager, but Townshend was persuaded to record the songs as a straightforward studio album.

The Who recorded Who's Next with assistance from recording engineer Glyn Johns. After producing the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" in the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, they relocated to Olympic Studios to record and mix most of the album's remaining songs.

They made prominent use of the synthesizer on the album, particularly on "Won't Get Fooled... more »

Who's Next Was Released on 14 August 1971

Who's Next is the fifth studio album by English rock band The Who. It developed from the aborted Lifehouse project, a multi-media rock opera written by the group's Pete Townshend as a follow-up to the band's 1969 album Tommy. The project was cancelled due to its complexity and conflicts with Kit Lambert, the band's manager, but Townshend was persuaded to record the songs as a straightforward studio album.

The Who recorded Who's Next with assistance from recording engineer Glyn Johns. After producing the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" in the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, they relocated to Olympic Studios to record and mix most of the album's remaining songs.

They made prominent use of the synthesizer on the album, particularly on "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley", which were both released as singles. The cover photo was shot by Ethan Russell and made reference to the monolith in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, as it featured group members having urinated against a concrete piling protruding from a slag heap.

Who's Next was an immediate success when it was released on 14 August 1971. It has since been viewed by critics as the Who's best record and one of the greatest albums of all time. It was reissued on CD several times with additional songs originally intended for Lifehouse.

Recording and Production

The first session for what became Who's Next was at Mick Jagger's house, Stargroves, at the start of April 1971, using the Rolling Stones Mobile. The backing track of "Won't Get Fooled Again" was recorded there before the band decided to relocate recording to Olympic at Johns' suggestion; the first session was on 9 April, attempting a basic take of "Bargain".

The bulk of the sessions occurred during May, when the group recorded "Time is Passing", "Pure and Easy", "Love Ain't for Keeping" (which had been reworked from a rock track into an acoustic arrangement), "Behind Blue Eyes", "The Song Is Over", "Let's See Action" and "Baba O'Riley". Nicky Hopkins guested on piano, while Dave Arbus was invited by Moon to play violin on "Baba O'Riley". John Entwistle's "My Wife" was added to the album at the last minute late in the sessions, and was originally intended for a solo album.

In contrast to the Record Plant and Young Vic sessions, recording with Johns went well as he was primarily concerned about creating a good sound, whereas Lambert had always been more preoccupied about the group's image. Townshend recalled, "we were just getting astounded at the sounds Glyn was producing". Townshend used the early synthesizers and modified keyboard sounds in several modes: as a drone effect on several songs, notably "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", as well as on "Bargain", "Going Mobile" and "The Song Is Over".

The synthesizer was used as an integral part of the sound, as opposed to providing gloss as was the case on other artists' albums up to this point. Moon's drumming had a distinctly different style from earlier albums, being more formal and less reliant on long drum fills – partly due to the synthesizer backing, but also due to the no-nonsense production techniques of Johns, who insisted on a good recording performance that only used flamboyancy when truly necessary. Johns was instrumental in convincing the Who that they should simply put a single studio album out, believing the songs to be excellent.

The group gave him free rein to assemble a single album of whatever songs he wanted in any order. Despite Johns' key contributions, he only received an associate producer credit on the finished album, though he maintained he acted mainly in an engineering capacity and based most of the arrangements on Townshend's original demos.

An ARP synthesizer similar to the one used on Who's Next. The album opened with "Baba O'Riley", featuring piano and synthesizer-processed Lowrey organ by Townshend. The song's title pays homage to Townshend's guru, Meher Baba, and minimalist composer Terry Riley (and is informally known as "Teenage Wasteland" from a line in the lyrics). The organ track came from a longer demo by Townshend, portions of which were later included on a Baba tribute album I Am, that was edited down for the final recording. Townshend later said this part had "two or three thousand edits to it".

The opening lyrics to the next track, "Bargain", "I'd gladly lose me to find you", came from a phrase used by Baba. Entwistle wrote "My Wife" after having an argument with his wife and exaggerating the conflict in the lyrics. The track features several overdubbed brass instruments recorded in a single half-hour session. "Pure and Easy", a key track from Lifehouse, did not make the final track selection, but the opening line was included as a coda to "The Song is Over".

"Behind Blue Eyes" featured three-part harmony by Daltrey, Townshend and Entwistle and was written for the main antagonist in Lifehouse, Brick. Moon, uncharacteristically, did not appear on the first half of the track, which was later described by Who biographer Dave Marsh as "the longest time Keith Moon was still in his entire life."

The closing track, "Won't Get Fooled Again", was critical of revolutions. Townshend explained, "a revolution is only a revolution in the long run and a lot of people are going to get hurt". The song features the Lowrey organ fed through an ARP synthesizer, which came from Townshend's original demo and was re-used for the finished track.

The Full LP
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAEDA04D41A82213C

Side one

1. "Baba O'Riley" Roger Daltrey (verses), Townshend (bridge) 5:08
2. "Bargain" Daltrey (verses), Townshend (bridge) 5:34
3. "Love Ain't for Keeping" Daltrey 2:10
4. "My Wife" Entwistle 3:41
5. "The Song Is Over" Townshend (verses), Daltrey (chorus) 6:14

Side two

6. "Getting in Tune" Daltrey 4:50
7. "Going Mobile" Townshend 3:42
8. "Behind Blue Eyes" Daltrey 3:42
9. "Won't Get Fooled Again" Daltrey 8:32

#thewho   #rocknroll   #musichistory   #rockmusic   #70smusic  

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Murdoch Mysteries

I stumbled upon this show on Netflix, and of course, I'm getting hooked. It's fascinating, and being around the turn of the 20th century, there are many cool steampunk vibes to it so far. Cool show, and the steampunk element feels like a mashup between Sherlock Holmes and Thomas Edison (or Nikola Tesla, as we saw in S1E1).

About the Show

The series takes place in Toronto starting in 1895 and follows Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto Constabulary, who solves many of his cases using methods of detection that were unusual at the time. These methods include fingerprinting (referred to as "finger marks" in the series), blood testing, surveillance, and trace evidence.

Some episodes feature anachronistic technology whereby Murdoch sometimes uses the existing technology of his time to... more »

Murdoch Mysteries

I stumbled upon this show on Netflix, and of course, I'm getting hooked. It's fascinating, and being around the turn of the 20th century, there are many cool steampunk vibes to it so far. Cool show, and the steampunk element feels like a mashup between Sherlock Holmes and Thomas Edison (or Nikola Tesla, as we saw in S1E1).

About the Show

The series takes place in Toronto starting in 1895 and follows Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto Constabulary, who solves many of his cases using methods of detection that were unusual at the time. These methods include fingerprinting (referred to as "finger marks" in the series), blood testing, surveillance, and trace evidence.

Some episodes feature anachronistic technology whereby Murdoch sometimes uses the existing technology of his time to improvise a crude prototype of a technology that would be more readily recognizable to the show's 21st-century audience. In one episode, for instance, he creates a primitive version of sonar to locate a sunken ship in Lake Ontario. In another, he effectively invents wire-tapping.

In still another, a foreign police officer has a photograph that Murdoch needs as evidence, so Murdoch asks the other officer to overlay the photograph with a grid numerically coded for the colour in each square, and to transmit the numerical data to Murdoch via telegraph – with the end result that the foreign officer has essentially sent Murdoch a bitmap image they call a "facsimile" – a telefax.

Detective Murdoch is assisted by the three other main characters: Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Doctor Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), and the inexperienced but eager Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), who aspires to be a mystery-novel writer. Brackenreid, Murdoch's immediate superior, is a blunt and sceptical Yorkshireman with a fondness for whisky, and prefers conventional methods of detection over Murdoch's eccentric methods, though he is typically pleased and proud when Murdoch is successful despite the odds.

Crabtree is often unable to grasp the more advanced methods, but his enthusiasm and loyalty make him a good assistant. Like Crabtree, Dr. Ogden is a great supporter of Murdoch's methods. Her skill in pathology usually helps by revealing a great deal of useful evidence to aid Murdoch in solving cases. Throughout the series, Murdoch's growing infatuation with her, and his inability to express his feelings, provide a light subplot.

In the fifth season, after Dr. Ogden is married to Dr. Darcy Garland (a colleague she met in Buffalo), a new doctor is introduced, Doctor Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly). She and George Crabtree show some romantic interest in each other.

Real history is an important element in most episodes, and the plots, though fictitious, sometimes involve real people, such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, H G Wells, Nikola Tesla, Wilfrid Laurier, Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle, Queen Victoria, Oliver Mowat, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Henry Ford, Sir Winston Churchill, Bat Masterson, Alexander Graham Bell, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison.

Future events are often foreshadowed. For example, it is implied that secret British-American government co-operation has produced a highly advanced aircraft similar to an airship, and Crabtree and Murdoch allude to the building of a secret government facility in Nevada and New Mexico "at Concession 51" (an allusion to Area 51). Characters also refer to actual inventions of the 19th century and extrapolate from them to future inventions such as microwave ovens, night-vision goggles, computers, the games "Cluedo" (marketed as "Clue" in the U.S.) and "Hangman", the toy Silly Putty, and a silencer for small arms.

Another underlying theme of the series involves the fact that Murdoch is a Roman Catholic in what was at the time a predominantly Protestant city, and the prejudices that he occasionally encounters as a result.

#mystery   #detective   #crime   #toronto   #canada   #steampunk   #TV   #tvseries   #edison   #sherlockholmes   #television  

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Jimi

One of the all-time great musicians that, to this day, still shows up in my dreams, when music is on my mind. There will never, ever, be another Jimi Hendrix...

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; hew... more »

Jimi

One of the all-time great musicians that, to this day, still shows up in my dreams, when music is on my mind. There will never, ever, be another Jimi Hendrix...

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".

Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, earning a place in the Isley Brothers' backing band and later with Little Richard, with whom he continued to work through mid-1965.

He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith, who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager. Within months, Hendrix had earned three UK top ten hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", and "The Wind Cries Mary". He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the US; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

Hendrix was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues. He favored overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, and was instrumental in utilizing the previously undesirable sounds caused by guitar amplifier feedback. He helped to popularize the use of a wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. Holly George-Warren of Rolling Stone commented: "Hendrix pioneered the use of the instrument as an electronic sound source. Players before him had experimented with feedback and distortion, but Hendrix turned those effects and others into a controlled, fluid vocabulary every bit as personal as the blues with which he began."

Hendrix was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1967, readers of Melody Maker voted him the Pop Musician of the Year, and in 1968, Rolling Stone declared him the Performer of the Year. Disc and Music Echo honored him with the World Top Musician of 1969 and in 1970, Guitar Player named him the Rock Guitarist of the Year.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked the band's three studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, and Electric Ladyland, among the 100 greatest albums of all time, and they ranked Hendrix as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Hey Joe"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXwMrBb2x1Q

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjwWjx7Cw8I

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "The Wind Cries Mary" (Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJunCsrhJjg

Jimi Hendrix 'Voodoo Child' (Slight Return)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZBlqcbpmxY

#rocknroll   #jimihendrix   #musiclovers   #guitarist   #guitar  

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Berlin is Divided On 13 August 1961

Shortly after midnight on this day in 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. Note to politicians: walls don't work, and they will ultimately be torn down!

After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city.

After a massive Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the Soviet fold. Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between... more »

Berlin is Divided On 13 August 1961

Shortly after midnight on this day in 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. Note to politicians: walls don't work, and they will ultimately be torn down!

After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city.

After a massive Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the Soviet fold. Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between 2.5 million and 3 million of its citizens head to West Germany in search of better opportunities. By 1961, some 1,000 East Germans–including many skilled laborers, professionals and intellectuals–were leaving every day.

In August, Walter Ulbricht, the Communist leader of East Germany, got the go-ahead from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to begin the sealing off of all access between East and West Berlin. Soldiers began the work over the night of August 12-13, laying more than 100 miles of barbed wire slightly inside the East Berlin border. The wire was soon replaced by a six-foot-high, 96-mile-long wall of concrete blocks, complete with guard towers, machine gun posts and searchlights. East German officers known as Volkspolizei (“Volpos”) patrolled the Berlin Wall day and night.

Many Berlin residents on that first morning found themselves suddenly cut off from friends or family members in the other half of the city. Led by their mayor, Willi Brandt, West Berliners demonstrated against the wall, as Brandt criticized Western democracies, particularly the United States, for failing to take a stand against it. President John F. Kennedy had earlier said publicly that the United States could only really help West Berliners and West Germans, and that any kind of action on behalf of East Germans would only result in failure.

The Berlin Wall was one of the most powerful and iconic symbols of the Cold War. In June 1963, Kennedy gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”) speech in front of the Wall, celebrating the city as a symbol of freedom and democracy in its resistance to tyranny and oppression. The height of the Wall was raised to 10 feet in 1970 in an effort to stop escape attempts, which at that time came almost daily. From 1961 to 1989, a total of 5,000 East Germans escaped; many more tried and failed. High profile shootings of some would-be defectors only intensified the Western world’s hatred of the Wall.

Finally, in the late 1980s, East Germany, fueled by the decline of the Soviet Union, began to implement a number of liberal reforms. On November 9, 1989, masses of East and West Germans alike gathered at the Berlin Wall and began to climb over and dismantle it. As this symbol of Cold War repression was destroyed, East and West Germany became one nation again, signing a formal treaty of unification on October 3, 1990.

#berlinwall   #germany   #communism   #eastgermany   #coldwar   #westgermany   #sovietunion   #berlin  

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250 Million

I hit a bit of a milestone today. I've had 250 million views of my posts and images. A Quarter Billion! Squee!

Now, if you're one of the superstar photogs here, that is basically meaningless, as you probably have TENS OF BILLIONS of views at this point. But you have to understand that I live on a farm, in the middle of Nowhere, Ohio, I'm not a photographer, and I have never been on any SUL. I started with one follower, and one view -- and my POSTS have got me to where I am now. I've invested five+ years of my life here, and I truly hope that I've shared some things that have resonated with you all.

It's been a long struggle to break through and be recognized for my writing, but I have never given up. Not once. I love G+ (and always have), and I consider my time here to be some of the best times of my... more »

250 Million

I hit a bit of a milestone today. I've had 250 million views of my posts and images. A Quarter Billion! Squee!

Now, if you're one of the superstar photogs here, that is basically meaningless, as you probably have TENS OF BILLIONS of views at this point. But you have to understand that I live on a farm, in the middle of Nowhere, Ohio, I'm not a photographer, and I have never been on any SUL. I started with one follower, and one view -- and my POSTS have got me to where I am now. I've invested five+ years of my life here, and I truly hope that I've shared some things that have resonated with you all.

It's been a long struggle to break through and be recognized for my writing, but I have never given up. Not once. I love G+ (and always have), and I consider my time here to be some of the best times of my life!

Thank you all for following me, and for following my collections -- and for hanging in there with this farm boy from Ohio. No matter what anyone says -- if you believe in your passions, and you share your passions with others, you will be successful here. I truly believe that.

And now I have numbers to back me up!

But really, I'm the same guy who shyly started here on 30 June 2011, and who became crazy excited for the next five days. That excitement has never waned for me!

#googleplus   #milestone   #quarterbillion  

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 557 800 HP 5 Speed Pro Touring

There are cars with great street presence, and then there are cars like this sinister 1969 Mustang pro-tourer which are wicked manifestations of high octane and pure adrenaline.

Masterfully camouflaged in deceitful Boss 429 regalia, and stunning in absolutely every regard, this bad ass pony car is the ultimate big block Mustang! With one twist of the key its 557 cubic inch big block V8 comes to life and shatters it’s thinly veiled 429 subtlety into a million pieces.

And when its tires hit the road, its custom suspension and modern 5-speed transmission allow it to chew up lesser muscle cars for lunch and eat modern performance cars for dinner. The only time this car has been shown, at the 2009 Bowling Green, Kentucky Goodguys event, it easily walked away with the Best Ford Award. And today, roughly3... more »

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 557 800 HP 5 Speed Pro Touring

There are cars with great street presence, and then there are cars like this sinister 1969 Mustang pro-tourer which are wicked manifestations of high octane and pure adrenaline.

Masterfully camouflaged in deceitful Boss 429 regalia, and stunning in absolutely every regard, this bad ass pony car is the ultimate big block Mustang! With one twist of the key its 557 cubic inch big block V8 comes to life and shatters it’s thinly veiled 429 subtlety into a million pieces.

And when its tires hit the road, its custom suspension and modern 5-speed transmission allow it to chew up lesser muscle cars for lunch and eat modern performance cars for dinner. The only time this car has been shown, at the 2009 Bowling Green, Kentucky Goodguys event, it easily walked away with the Best Ford Award. And today, roughly 300 miles after its completion, it’s a take-no-prisoners muscle car which is ready to compete, drive or race anytime and anywhere. If you’re looking for the coolest big block Mustang money can buy, this 1969 pro-tourer is the car for you!

One look at this Mustang’s slick body reveals a fresh, highly detailed frame-off build with super smooth surfaces and laser straight lines. All of the Mustangs solid panels were stripped to bare metal and thoroughly worked to transform it from a nice piece of machinery into a trophy winning piece of art. Once that canvas was as close to perfect as possible, and displayed excellent fit and finish, a dynamic coat of Raven Black urethane was expertly applied, sealed in a glossy clearcoat shell and buffed to a fantastic shine.

The result is one lust-worthy pro-tourer which oozes cool, looks absolutely evil and has enough aesthetic appeal to start its own parade!

At the front of the car, a fully functional hood scoop sits above a stainless trimmed grille which hangs a pristine red, white and blue Mustang emblem inside of bold fog lights. At the top of that grille, billet hood pins provide a little added security on the strip. At sides of that grille, deep set headlights cap aggressive, ridged fenders. And below that grille a show-worthy chrome bumper perfectly complements a gloss black SCCA style front spoiler. Behind that spoiler, the cars smooth profile trades typical Mustang ornamentation and striping for a traditional, subdued Boss look which is complete with a slick set of painted “BOSS 557” fender call outs.

And above those call outs, like-new glass is framed by bright stainless trim, correct color-keyed race mirrors, brand new door handles and awesome rear fender air scoops. At the back of the car, gloss black rear window louvers are centered above a Mach 1 style decklid spoiler and factory fresh segmented tail lights. And a second showroom fresh chrome bumper hangs between and a highly detailed fuel cap, chrome trimmed reverse lights and TTI stainless exhaust tips.

So, what does an enterprising Mustang fan do when a Boss 429 or Mach 1 428 powerplant just won’t cut it? He orders a professionally built Jon Kaase racing engine which produces 800 horsepower and 750lb./ft. of pavement melting torque! Pull the pins on this awesome Mustangs solid steel hood and you’ll find a 557 cubic inch V8 which has been tweaked, bathed in a sweet coat of bright blue paint and fully dressed in some of the best aftermarket components on the planet.

At the top of the engine, a bright blue air cleaner feeds a chrome 1050cfm Holley carburetor through a K&N reusable filter which sits just inside the cars fully functional hood scoop. Below that carburetor, a silver powder coated Jon Kaase alloy intake is bolted between Kaase Boss 9 aluminum heads which have been fitted with silver powder coated “Boss 557” valve covers and finished with chrome K&N crankcase breathers. Below those heads, 10.4 to 1 pistons combine with a roller cam to create explosive combustion; and in front of those heads, a reliable points distributor sends fire through blue Jon Kaase racing wires which have been fitted with MSD end caps.

At the sides of the block, custom 2.25 inch Metalcrafters ceramic coated headers send vaporized dinosaurs into a brutal sounding exhaust system. And at the front of the block, a Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine system spins a chrome alternator and a high performance aluminum water pump behind a full array of billet pulleys. Cooling is provided by a proven Be Cool aluminum radiator which is complete with fresh chrome tubes and two electric fans. And fuel is provided by two thick braided hoses which span the distance between a polished fuel regulator and the big four barrel carburetor.

The vicious sounding engine sits in a completely custom engine bay which has been sprayed Raven Black to match the car’s exterior panels. And nice pieces like billet hood hinges, a billet master cylinder and gloss black wire looms sprinkle in some excellent detail work which keeps things interesting.

Remember Metalcrafters, the guys who built the custom headers for the motor? They’re the ones who are largely responsible for this Mustang’s exceptionally clean and expertly detailed undercarriage as well. Behind the big 557, a fresh Tremec TKO500 5-speed manual transmission turns a traditional nine inch Ford rear end which has been equipped with a Detroit Locker center section, a Fab 9 housing and seat bending 3.90 gears. Holding that driveline off the ground is a Heidts front and rear suspension which includes polished tubular control arms and polished tie rod ends up front, polished coil over shocks at all four corners, and Raven Black sway bars at both ends of the car.

After Metalcrafters installed the suspension, they stiffened the frame by grafting Heidts subframe connectors into the floor; and fabricated a custom exhaust system which sends spent gases from a ceramic coated H-pipe to either polished Dynomax mufflers with ceramic coated tail pipes or electronically activated cut outs. Step on the throttle and a polished fuel tank supplies gas to a finned electric fuel pump and fresh stainless fuel lines. Step on the brakes and four wheel electronically assisted Wilwood power discs provide serious resistance for the serious motor.

Power is put to the pavement by great looking 15 inch chrome Magnum 500 wheels that are wrapped in fresh 215/70 front and giant 275/60 rear BF Goodrich Radial T/As. And everything under this car from its solid floor pans to its braided brake lines wears either a nice coat of Raven Black urethane, or a polished or satin finished metal surface.

Peer inside this awesome ’69 Mustang and you’ll find a black and silver interior that is, like the rest of the car, an exceptional mix of both vintage and modern pieces. The seats are thick units which wear traditional Clarion Knit covers under two piece racing belts; and the like-new dual cowl dash pad looks like it came straight out of the box yesterday morning. Inside that dash, a custom silver instrument panel holds a full assortment of Auto Meter Phantom gauges opposite a solid silver panel over the cars glove box, and the cars traditional Philco AM radio has been swapped for an MP3 compatible Sony Xplod CD player.

Below the dash, a custom black and silver center console, courtesy of the guys at Metalcrafters, holds a traditional chrome Hurst shifter between Auto Meter auxiliary gauges and switches for the cars power windows. And at the sides of the car, sculpted door panels are decorated with more silver trim, pristine Mustang emblems and trick billet door lock knobs. At the bottom of the car, new carpet is protected by color-matched floor mats and bordered by Teal detailed sill plates. And at the top of the car, a heavy duty vinyl headliner hangs over a solid Metalcrafters roll bar which runs from the kick panels all the way to the rear hatch.

In front of the driver, a chrome Grant GT steering wheel is bolted to a tilt steering column which is complete with a billet aluminum hub and billet stalks. And Behind the cockpit, Infinity Kappa speakers hang over a custom upholstered trunk which displays a cool satin finished “Boss 557” motif.

There’s no question this is a very special car and that its existence has moved the bar for top-line pro-touring customs. If you’re the sort of person who wants to own only the best, and understands that quality doesn’t compromise, then you’re already familiar with what this car has to offer. Stunning to look at, thrilling to drive, and exceptional to show, it’s a state-of-the-art pro tourer that will remain timeless thanks to smart design and immaculate craftsmanship. And in 20 years, it will still draw crowds like it does today!

#mustang   #fordmustang   #cars   #automobile   #mustangboss  

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Marshall Amps

1959 Les Paul and old Marshall. The best of both worlds.

Marshall Amplification is an English company that designs and manufactures music amplifiers, speaker cabinets, brands personal headphones/earphones, and, having acquired Natal Drums, drums and bongos. It was founded by drum shop owner and drummer Jim Marshall, and is now based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

Marshall's guitar amplifiers are among the most recognised in the world. They are known for their Marshall "crunch". This signature sound was conceived by Marshall after guitarists, such as Pete Townshend, visiting Marshall's drum shop complained that the guitar amplifiers then on the market didn't have the right sound or enough volume.

After gaining a lot of publicity, Marshall guitar amplifiers and loudspeaker cabinets were sought by... more »

Marshall Amps

1959 Les Paul and old Marshall. The best of both worlds.

Marshall Amplification is an English company that designs and manufactures music amplifiers, speaker cabinets, brands personal headphones/earphones, and, having acquired Natal Drums, drums and bongos. It was founded by drum shop owner and drummer Jim Marshall, and is now based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

Marshall's guitar amplifiers are among the most recognised in the world. They are known for their Marshall "crunch". This signature sound was conceived by Marshall after guitarists, such as Pete Townshend, visiting Marshall's drum shop complained that the guitar amplifiers then on the market didn't have the right sound or enough volume.

After gaining a lot of publicity, Marshall guitar amplifiers and loudspeaker cabinets were sought by guitarists for this new sound and increased volume. Many of the current and reissue Marshall guitar amplifiers continue to use vacuum tubes, as is common in this market sector. Marshall also manufactures less expensive solid-state, hybrid (valve and solid state) and modelling amplifiers.

After a successful career as a drummer and teacher of drum technique, Jim Marshall first went into business in 1962 with a small shop in Hanwell, London, selling drums, cymbals and drum-related accessories; Marshall himself also gave drum lessons. According to Jim, Ritchie Blackmore, Big Jim Sullivan and Pete Townshend were the three main guitarists who often came into the shop and pushed Marshall to make guitar amplifiers and told him the sound and design they wanted.

Marshall Ltd. then expanded, hired designers and started making guitar amplifiers to compete with existing amplifiers, the most notable of which at the time were the Fender amplifiers imported from America. These were very popular with guitarists and bass players, but were very expensive. The three guitarists were among the first customers of the first 23 Marshall Amplifiers made.

Jim Marshall thought he could produce a cheaper alternative to American-made guitar amplifiers, but as he had limited electrical-engineering experience he enlisted the help of his shop repairman, Ken Bran, an EMI technician, Dudley Craven, and Ken Underwood. They most liked the sound of the 4x10" Fender Bassman and made several prototypes using the Fender Bassman amplifier as a model. The sixth prototype produced, in Jim's words, the "Marshall Sound".

First amplifiers: Birth of the JTM 45

The original idea was talked about late one night in early 1963 in a Wimpy bar in Ealing in West London. The first six production units were assembled in the garden sheds of Ken Bran, Dudley Craven,and Ken Underwood in the same year, in Heston, Hanwell and Hayes, all in West London. They were almost copies of the Bassman circuit, with American military-surplus 5881 power valves, a relative of the 6L6.

Few speakers were then able to handle more than 15 watts, which meant that an amplifier approaching 50 watts had to use four speakers. For their Bassman, Fender used four Jensen speakers in the same cabinet as the amplifier, but Marshall chose to separate the amplifier from the speakers, and placed four 12-inch Celestion speakers in a separate closed-back cabinet instead of the four 10-inch Jensens in an open-back combo. Other crucial differences included the use of higher-gain ECC83 valves throughout the preamp, and the introduction of a capacitor/resistor filter after the volume control. These circuit changes gave the amp more gain so that it broke into overdrive sooner on the volume control than the Bassman, and boosted the treble frequencies.

This new amplifier, tentatively called the "Mark II", was eventually named the "JTM 45", after Jim and his son Terry Marshall and the maximum wattage of the amplifier.

The Marshall Legacy

The classic Marshall Stack consists of one head containing the actual amplifier, on top of two stacked 4x12s, which are loudspeaker cabinets each containing four 12 inch loudspeakers arranged in a square layout. The top cabinet has the top two loudspeakers angled slightly upwards, giving the Marshall stack a distinctive appearance. When a single cabinet is used, the complete unit is called a half stack.

In the early-mid-1960s, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle of The Who were directly responsible for the creation and widespread use of stacked Marshall cabinets. Townshend later remarked that Entwistle started using Marshall Stacks to hear himself over Keith Moon's drums and Townshend himself also had to use them just to be heard over Entwistle.

In fact, the very first 100 watt Marshall amps were created specifically for Entwistle and Townshend when they were looking to replace some equipment that had been stolen from them. They approached Jim Marshall asking, if it would be possible for him to make their new rigs more powerful than those they had lost, to which they were told that the cabinets would have to double in size. They agreed and six rigs of this prototype were manufactured, of which two each were given to Townshend and Entwistle and one each to Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott of The Small Faces.

These new "double" cabinets (each containing 8 speakers) proved too heavy and awkward to be transported practically, so The Who returned to Marshall asking if they could be cut in half and stacked, and although the double cabinets were left intact, the existing single cabinet models (each containing 4 speakers) were modified for stacking, which has become the norm for years to follow.

#amplifier   #marshall   #marshallamps   #musician   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #musiclover  

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Federal Prisoners Land on Alcatraz On 11 August 1934

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven when it was explored by Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. He named it Isla de los Alcatraces, or “Island of the Pelicans.” Fortified by the Spanish, Alcatraz was sold to the United States in 1849. In 1854, it had the distinction of housing the first lighthouse on the coast of California.

Beginning in 1859, a U.S. Army detachment was garrisoned there, and from 1868 Alcatraz was used to housemilitary crim... more »

Federal Prisoners Land on Alcatraz On 11 August 1934

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven when it was explored by Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. He named it Isla de los Alcatraces, or “Island of the Pelicans.” Fortified by the Spanish, Alcatraz was sold to the United States in 1849. In 1854, it had the distinction of housing the first lighthouse on the coast of California.

Beginning in 1859, a U.S. Army detachment was garrisoned there, and from 1868 Alcatraz was used to house military criminals. In addition to recalcitrant U.S. soldiers, prisoners included rebellious Indian scouts, American soldiers fighting in the Philippines who had deserted to the Filipino cause, and Chinese civilians who resisted the U.S. Army during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1907, Alcatraz was designated the Pacific Branch of the United States Military Prison.

In 1934, Alcatraz was fortified into a high-security federal penitentiary designed to hold the most dangerous prisoners in the U.S. penal system, especially those with a penchant for escape attempts. The first shipment of civilian prisoners arrived on August 11, 1934. Later that month, more shiploads arrived, featuring, among other convicts, infamous mobster Al Capone. In September, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, another luminary of organized crime, landed on Alcatraz.

In the 1940s, a famous Alcatraz prisoner was Richard Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz.” A convicted murderer, Stroud wrote an important study on birds while being held in solitary confinement in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Regarded as extremely dangerous because of his 1916 murder of a guard at Leavenworth, he was transferred to Alcatraz in 1942. Stroud was not allowed to continue his avian research at Alcatraz.

Although some three dozen attempted, no prisoner was known to have successfully escaped “The Rock.” However, the bodies of several escapees believed drowned in the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay were never found. The story of the 1962 escape of three of these men, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, inspired the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz. Another prisoner, John Giles, caught a boat ride to the shore in 1945 dressed in an army uniform he had stolen piece by piece, but he was questioned by a suspicious officer after disembarking and sent back to Alcatraz.

Only one man, John Paul Scott, was recorded to have reached the mainland by swimming, but he came ashore exhausted and hypothermic at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Police found him lying unconscious and in a state of shock.

In 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered Alcatraz closed, citing the high expense of its maintenance. In its 29-year run, Alcatraz housed more than 1,500 convicts. In March 1964 a group of Sioux Indians briefly occupied the island, citing an 1868 treaty with the Sioux allowing Indians to claim any “unoccupied government land.” In November 1969, a group of nearly 100 Indian students and activists began a more prolonged occupation of the island, remaining there until they were forced off by federal marshals in June 1971.

In 1972, Alcatraz was opened to the public as part of the newly created Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is maintained by the National Park Service. More than one million tourists visit Alcatraz Island and the former prison annually.

Alcatraz is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. Hornblower Cruises and Events, operating under the name Alcatraz Cruises, is the official ferry provider to and from the island.

It is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools and a seabird colony (mostly western gulls, cormorants, and egrets). According to a 1971 documentary on the History of Alcatraz, the island measures 1,675 feet (511 m) by 590 feet (180 m) and is 135 feet (41 m) at highest point during mean tide. However, the total area of the island is reported to be 22 acres (8.9 ha).

Landmarks on the island include the Main Cellhouse, Dining Hall, Library, Lighthouse, the ruins of the Warden's House and Officers Club, Parade Grounds, Building 64, Water Tower, New Industries Building, Model Industries Building, and the Recreation Yard.

#alcatraz   #sanfrancisco   #prison   #federalprison   #alcapone   #machinegunkelly  

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2016-08-11 04:21:28 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

24 Unofficial Movie Posters That Are Better Than The Real Posters

Listen, studio designers are great at designing movie posters, but fanboys are even better at it. We understand the nuances of the stories and we delve into characters and relationships (and plots) with reckless abandon. True Fanboys and Fangirls can do justice to any movie poster, or lobby card or display. We are fans, and we want to represent the movie in the best possible light. Yeah, some might be more abstract, but they are cool!

#hollywood   #movieposters   #fanboys   #fangirls   #movies   #film   #hollywoodmovies   #posterart  

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24 Unofficial Movie Posters That Are Better Than The Real Posters

Listen, studio designers are great at designing movie posters, but fanboys are even better at it. We understand the nuances of the stories and we delve into characters and relationships (and plots) with reckless abandon. True Fanboys and Fangirls can do justice to any movie poster, or lobby card or display. We are fans, and we want to represent the movie in the best possible light. Yeah, some might be more abstract, but they are cool!

#hollywood   #movieposters   #fanboys   #fangirls   #movies   #film   #hollywoodmovies   #posterart  

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2016-08-11 04:03:34 (5 comments; 11 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Smithsonian Institution Created on 10 August 1846

Easily one of the crown jewels of the world, and among the most prestigious institutions in America. You could get lost within its collections for months and still miss so much...

After a decade of debate about how best to spend a bequest left to America from an obscure English scientist, President James K. Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.

In 1829, James Smithson died in Italy, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. In the event that his only nephew died without any heirs, Smithson decreed that the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited arousedsigni... more »

Smithsonian Institution Created on 10 August 1846

Easily one of the crown jewels of the world, and among the most prestigious institutions in America. You could get lost within its collections for months and still miss so much...

After a decade of debate about how best to spend a bequest left to America from an obscure English scientist, President James K. Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.

In 1829, James Smithson died in Italy, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. In the event that his only nephew died without any heirs, Smithson decreed that the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited aroused significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Smithson had been a fellow of the venerable Royal Society of London from the age of 22, publishing numerous scientific papers on mineral composition, geology, and chemistry. In 1802, he overturned popular scientific opinion by proving that zinc carbonates were true carbonate minerals, and one type of zinc carbonate was later named smithsonite in his honor.

Six years after his death, his nephew, Henry James Hungerford, indeed died without children, and on July 1, 1836, the U.S. Congress authorized acceptance of Smithson’s gift. President Andrew Jackson sent diplomat Richard Rush to England to negotiate for transfer of the funds, and two years later Rush set sail for home with 11 boxes containing a total of 104,960 gold sovereigns, 8 shillings, and 7 pence, as well as Smithson’s mineral collection, library, scientific notes, and personal effects. After the gold was melted down, it amounted to a fortune worth well over $500,000. After considering a series of recommendations, including the creation of a national university, a public library, or an astronomical observatory, Congress agreed that the bequest would support the creation of a museum, a library, and a program of research, publication, and collection in the sciences, arts, and history. On August 10, 1846, the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution was signed into law by President James K. Polk.

Today, the Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African American History and Culture, nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo.

Besides the original Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the “Castle,” visitors to Washington, D.C., tour the National Museum of Natural History, which houses the natural science collections, the National Zoological Park, and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Museum of American History houses the original Star-Spangled Banner and other artifacts of U.S. history.

The National Air and Space Museum has the distinction of being the most visited museum in the world, exhibiting such marvels of aviation and space history as the Wright brothers’ plane and Freedom 7, the space capsule that took the first American into space. John Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution’s great benefactor, is interred in a tomb in the Smithsonian Building.

#smithsonian   #museum   #worldclass   #americanhistory   #science   #airandspace   #washingtondc   #travel  

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2016-08-11 03:10:07 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

The Beginnings of The Catcher In The Rye

J.D. Salinger served in the U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in the field in Europe during World War II.

Salinger could speak both French and German and his work involved interviewing enemy prisoners and civilians. He formed a strong friendship with three other men in the CIC that would last decades. They dubbed themselves “The Four Musketeers.” One of them took the only known photo of Salinger writing The Catcher in the Rye during his army service.

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year with totalsales... more »

The Beginnings of The Catcher In The Rye

J.D. Salinger served in the U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in the field in Europe during World War II.

Salinger could speak both French and German and his work involved interviewing enemy prisoners and civilians. He formed a strong friendship with three other men in the CIC that would last decades. They dubbed themselves “The Four Musketeers.” One of them took the only known photo of Salinger writing The Catcher in the Rye during his army service.

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.

The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at #15 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

Writing Style

The Catcher in the Rye is narrated in a subjective style from the point of view of Holden Caulfield, following his exact thought processes. There is flow in the seemingly disjointed ideas and episodes; for example, as Holden sits in a chair in his dorm, minor events, such as picking up a book or looking at a table, unfold into discussions about experiences.

Critical reviews affirm that the novel accurately reflected the teenage colloquial speech of the time. Words and phrases that appear frequently include:

"Old" - term of familiarity or endearment.
"Phony" – superficially acting a certain way only to change what others think of you
"That killed me" – I found that hilarious or astonishing
"Flit" – homosexual
"Crumbum" or "crumby"– inadequate, insufficient, disappointing
"Snowing" – sweet-talking
"I got a bang out of that" – I found it hilarious or exciting
"Shoot the bull" – have a conversation containing false elements
"Give her the time" – sexual intercourse
"Chew the fat" or "chew the rag" – small-talk
"Rubbering" or "rubbernecks" - idle onlooking/onlookers
"The Can" - the bathroom

#jdsalinger   #catcherintherye   #books   #booklovers   #teenagers   #americanliterature   #angst   #alienation   #holdencaulfield   #ya  

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Elvis In Person

When Elvis Presley's late-1960s comeback is discussed, talk generally centers on two events--his 1968 NBC-TV special and the recordings made in Memphis at American Studios shortly thereafter.

There was actually a third key event--Presley's first Las Vegas engagement in 13 years (he flopped the first time), which kicked off at the brand-new International Hotel on July 31, 1969. The event is downplayed now since Vegas has become so synonymous with the King's decline--but this was a revitalized Presley, and, for the most part, he rocked.

The white jumpsuits and "My Way" would come later; for this show, Presley wore a black karate suit and was backed by one of the hottest rockabilly bands on earth, with the legendary James Burton on lead guitar. Presley does early hits, Sun stuff, a Willie Dixon blues tune, and his... more »

Elvis In Person

When Elvis Presley's late-1960s comeback is discussed, talk generally centers on two events--his 1968 NBC-TV special and the recordings made in Memphis at American Studios shortly thereafter.

There was actually a third key event--Presley's first Las Vegas engagement in 13 years (he flopped the first time), which kicked off at the brand-new International Hotel on July 31, 1969. The event is downplayed now since Vegas has become so synonymous with the King's decline--but this was a revitalized Presley, and, for the most part, he rocked.

The white jumpsuits and "My Way" would come later; for this show, Presley wore a black karate suit and was backed by one of the hottest rockabilly bands on earth, with the legendary James Burton on lead guitar. Presley does early hits, Sun stuff, a Willie Dixon blues tune, and his latest singles ("In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds"). The furthest he steps outside his oeuvre is a cover of the Bee Gees' "Words." If only he'd continued in this vein. As it is, this stands with Onstage, February 1970 as his finest live recording.

From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis is the 36th studio album by Elvis Presley, released in October 1969 by RCA Records, catalogue LSP 6020. Recording sessions took place at American Sound Studio in Memphis, on January 13–15 and 21–22, and February 17–18, 1969, and at the International Hotel in Paradise, Nevada on August 24–26, 1969. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified Gold on December 13, 1969, by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Content

Issued to capitalize upon the response to From Elvis in Memphis and its hit singles, and his newfound success as a headliner in Las Vegas, Vegas/Memphis is Presley's first double album and his first official live album. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, secured a month-long engagement at the International Hotel, and in keeping with the "clear-the-decks" philosophy of the previous album, Presley jettisoned his long-serving 1960s sidemen in favor of musicians who would become his Taking Care of Business band.

The musicians used on the second lp were assembled by Chips Moman dating back from early 1969 at the American Sound Studios sessions in Memphis.

The first album consisted of recordings from those shows, Elvis' first live performances since his March 1961 benefit concert in Hawaii. Signature hits from his 1950s and early 1960s repertoire appeared alongside a cover of "Words" by The Bee Gees, his recent hit single "In The Ghetto" and an extended version of "Suspicious Minds", the single of which had only just been released during the engagement.

The second album consisted of ten recordings from the winter of 1969 sessions at American Sound not used for From Elvis in Memphis. Although drawn from what were basically leftovers, still "Stranger in My Hometown" equaled the intensity of the already issued songs. Of these remainders, "The Fair's Moving On" and "You'll Think of Me" had previously appeared as b-sides respectively to "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" and "Suspicious Minds" earlier in the year.

#elvispresley   #theking   #rocknroll   #elvis   #lasvegas   #nevada   #musiclovers  

Elvis-From Memphis To Vegas/ From Vegas To Memphis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zop1OM8u0SU

Elvis Presley Live In Las Vegas August 10, 1970 Opening Night with new audio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFRS4VFneww

Elvis Rehearsing At the Las Vegas International Hotel August 1970
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7piUjpXDgNw

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The Orient Express

I've wanted to ride this train most of my life. I became enamored with it first when reading the book, then watching the film version of Agatha Christie's "Murder On The Orient Express." It's been on my bucket list every since I was that little boy!

The Orient Express was the name of a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL).

The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Constantinople... more »

The Orient Express

I've wanted to ride this train most of my life. I became enamored with it first when reading the book, then watching the film version of Agatha Christie's "Murder On The Orient Express." It's been on my bucket list every since I was that little boy!

The Orient Express was the name of a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL).

The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Constantinople (Istanbul), the original endpoints of the timetabled service.

The Orient Express was a showcase of luxury and comfort at a time when travelling was still rough and dangerous. CIWL soon developed a dense network of luxury trains all over Europe, whose names are still remembered today and associated with the art of luxury travel – the Blue Train, the Golden Arrow, North Express and many more.

In 1977, the Orient Express stopped serving Istanbul. Its immediate successor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna, ran for the last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. After this, the route, still called the "Orient Express", was shortened to start from Strasbourg instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much shorter travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service left Strasbourg at 22:20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and was attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna.

On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a "victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines". The Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. using original CIWL carriages from the 1920s and 1930s, continues to run from London to Venice and to other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul. In March 2014 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. was renamed Belmond.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0ykCP1AYlk

#luxurytravel   #goldenageoftravel   #orientexpress   #train   #venice   #istanbul   #luxurytrain   #europe   #paris   #london   #agathachristie  

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2016-08-10 04:03:21 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

The artwork for this looks incredible and I cannot wait to see this new Star Wars land at Disneyland. Who's excited about it?

#starwars   #sw   #disneyland   #starwarsfans  

The artwork for this looks incredible and I cannot wait to see this new Star Wars land at Disneyland. Who's excited about it?

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2016-08-09 06:15:19 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 261 +1s; )Open 

Thunderbird

The thing with cars and guys is that wanting a cool car in your teens was, and is, ingrained in our DNA. You're a 14 or 15 year old guy, you are reading ALL of the car magazines and studying all of the makes and models of the manufacturers. Something in your DNA (as a guy) tells you that you need to find a cool car for your first car, no matter what.

What was your FIRST CAR, if you had one?

I'm sure the ladies must have had similar thoughts, but my guess is that many of them went more towards function than form. Maybe not. I know this sounds incredibly sexist, but this was a massive part of my mid-teen years, and its was what us guys had on our brains all the time (with the exception of, cough, sex, of course. Double cough). :-)

For the record, my first car was a piece of shit Ford Maverick, and I paid for it in... more »

Thunderbird

The thing with cars and guys is that wanting a cool car in your teens was, and is, ingrained in our DNA. You're a 14 or 15 year old guy, you are reading ALL of the car magazines and studying all of the makes and models of the manufacturers. Something in your DNA (as a guy) tells you that you need to find a cool car for your first car, no matter what.

What was your FIRST CAR, if you had one?

I'm sure the ladies must have had similar thoughts, but my guess is that many of them went more towards function than form. Maybe not. I know this sounds incredibly sexist, but this was a massive part of my mid-teen years, and its was what us guys had on our brains all the time (with the exception of, cough, sex, of course. Double cough). :-)

For the record, my first car was a piece of shit Ford Maverick, and I paid for it in cash that I earned. It got me from A to B just fine. But yeah, I would have loved just about any other car on the planet before that one. I was too rational and frugal! The thing I fell in love with later on with cars was details. Details like the fin on this Thunderbird. Car companies today overlook little (but in our minds, massive) details like that. And that's a damn shame...

#cars   #automobile   #myfirstcar   #carlovers   #thunderbird   #ford  

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2016-08-09 05:51:55 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Mars Explorers Wanted

Retro Posters Show NASA’s Vision for Our Future on Mars.

The Poll Question is dead simple: would you want to be a Mars explorer, or not?

1. I would donate a kidney to be a Mars explorer.

2. Not a chance in Hell. I'm fine here on Earth.

3. I might consider if you loosened me up with some liquor. grin

NASA has taken a nostalgic approach to promoting its Journey to Mars initiative: stunning travel posters that highlight Mars and its moons in all their glory.

More Flash Gordon than Mark Watney, the retro-style posters—newly released online—have been more than seven years in the making. Created by design firm BRC Imagination Arts for the space agency, they have been a part of the “Explorers Wanted” exhibit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex since2009.
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Mars Explorers Wanted

Retro Posters Show NASA’s Vision for Our Future on Mars.

The Poll Question is dead simple: would you want to be a Mars explorer, or not?

1. I would donate a kidney to be a Mars explorer.

2. Not a chance in Hell. I'm fine here on Earth.

3. I might consider if you loosened me up with some liquor. grin

NASA has taken a nostalgic approach to promoting its Journey to Mars initiative: stunning travel posters that highlight Mars and its moons in all their glory.

More Flash Gordon than Mark Watney, the retro-style posters—newly released online—have been more than seven years in the making. Created by design firm BRC Imagination Arts for the space agency, they have been a part of the “Explorers Wanted” exhibit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex since 2009.

*“We wanted to design an exhibit that would speak to the future of space exploration, and inspire young people to become interested*—and perhaps become our future workforce [of] scientists, engineers, and astronauts,” says Andrea Farmer, the public relations manager for the complex.

As inspiring as a human trip to Mars would be, however, it would hardly be the effortless, romantic trip the posters invoke.

“It’s a choice, not an imperative,” John Logsdon, an emeritus professor at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, said in a previous interview. “Mars is far away, it’s hard to get there, and it costs a lot of money.”

Exploring Mars would be like traveling nine months one-way to visit a landscape even more inhospitable than Antarctica. Mars’s bone-dry atmosphere, more than 50 times thinner than the air at Everest’s summit, is not breathable. Temperatures swing from -225 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (-153 to 20 degrees Celsius), and gentle winds swirl over soils filled with toxic perchlorates.

Then, assuming anyone survives this onslaught, how exactly would astronauts leave Mars to return to Earth?

There’s also the political question. Recent studies of bare-bones Mars missions have managed to keep costs contained to NASA’s current exploration budget—roughly eight billion dollars in 2016—if Congress committs to annual increases to adjust for inflation. But even the most aggressive plans yet announced put humans on Mars’s surface by the 2030s, requiring a long-term financial commitment and decades of political will.

Even these posters have been caught up in the shifting political winds. Originally, they were intended to highlight NASA’s Constellation program, a Bush administration plan to return to the moon, visit a near-Earth asteroid, and eventually put boots on Martian soil.

However, a blue-ribbon committee expressed concerns with the program in 2009, ultimately scuttling Constellation and forcing Kennedy Space Center to redesign its exhibit, which is now in line with NASA’s current Journey to Mars plans.

Despite the dangers and challenges, people around the world—and throughout NASA—continue to dream big, working toward a day where the posters' fantasies may well become realities.

After all, said Logsdon, “it’s what space people do.”

#mars   #space   #spaceexploration   #explorer   #astronauts  

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2016-08-08 06:37:01 (40 comments; 38 reshares; 484 +1s; )Open 

The Cover Art for The Beatles Abbey Road Album Was Filmed on 8 August 1969. It Would Become one of the Most Iconic Images of All Time!

The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She's So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.

About the Album

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let ItBe was the ... more »

The Cover Art for The Beatles Abbey Road Album Was Filmed on 8 August 1969. It Would Become one of the Most Iconic Images of All Time!

The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She's So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.

About the Album

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band's dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. A double A-side single from the album, "Something"/"Come Together", released in October, topped the Billboard chart in the US.

Abbey Road is a rock album that incorporates genres such as blues, pop and progressive rock, and it makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. Side two contains a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece. The album was recorded amidst a more collegial atmosphere than the Get Back/Let It Be sessions earlier in the year, but there were still frequent confrontations within the band, particularly over Paul McCartney's song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", one of four tracks on which John Lennon did not perform. He had privately left the group by the time the album was released and McCartney publicly quit the following year.

Although Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached number one in the UK and US, it received mixed reviews, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production's artificial effects. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles' best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison's contributions, "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun", are considered to be among the best songs he wrote for the group. The album's cover features the four band members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in the history of recorded music. As of 2011, Abbey Road remains one of the Beatles' best-selling albums.

#thebeatles   #abbeyroad   #rocknroll   #musiclovers   #album   #coverart   #iconicimage   #johnlennon   #paulmccartney   #georgeharrison   #ringostarr   #musichistory  

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2016-08-08 06:20:06 (24 comments; 5 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

President Nixon Resigns on 8 August 1974

This is one of those rare times when I post about history that I can say this: I was there. I was a youngster who lived right outside the Beltway in Washington, D.C. during this entire scandal. I was pretty bright as a kid, so yes, I became a news junkie early on in life. And I vividly remember seeing many articles about all of this from The Washington Post during this time. If you want to feel how this time felt, watch All The President's Men with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman (as Woodward and Bernstein).

In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave... more »

President Nixon Resigns on 8 August 1974

This is one of those rare times when I post about history that I can say this: I was there. I was a youngster who lived right outside the Beltway in Washington, D.C. during this entire scandal. I was pretty bright as a kid, so yes, I became a news junkie early on in life. And I vividly remember seeing many articles about all of this from The Washington Post during this time. If you want to feel how this time felt, watch All The President's Men with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman (as Woodward and Bernstein).

In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California.

Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

On June 17, 1972, five men, including a salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee, were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, D.C., Watergate complex. Soon after, two other former White House aides were implicated in the break-in, but the Nixon administration denied any involvement. Later that year, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discovered a higher-echelon conspiracy surrounding the incident, and a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude erupted.

in May 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, began televised proceedings on the rapidly escalating Watergate affair. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and that President Nixon had been aware of the cover-up.

Meanwhile, Watergate prosecutor Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of thousands of citizens by the administration, and contributions to the Republican Party in return for political favors.

In July, the existence of what were to be called the Watergate tapes–official recordings of White House conversations between Nixon and his staff–was revealed during the Senate hearings. Cox subpoenaed these tapes, and after three months of delay President Nixon agreed to send summaries of the recordings. Cox rejected the summaries, and Nixon fired him. His successor as special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, leveled indictments against several high-ranking administration officials, including Mitchell and Dean, who were duly convicted.

Public confidence in the president rapidly waned, and by the end of July 1974 the House Judiciary Committee had adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of presidential powers, and hindrance of the impeachment process. On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, Nixon finally released the Watergate tapes. On August 5, transcripts of the recordings were released, including a segment in which the president was heard instructing Haldeman to order the FBI to halt the Watergate investigation. Three days later, Nixon announced his resignation.

By the way, point of fact: Gerald Ford was never elected to either the Vice-Presidency or the Presidency. Ponder that when you think about American politics and the vagaries of history.

#nixon   #watergate   #president   #scandal   #washingtonpost   #americanhistory   #richardnixon  

All The President's Men - Trailer
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2016-08-07 07:36:29 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 148 +1s; )Open 

The Monuments Men

Walker Hancock, Angel of the Resurrection (1950-52), Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial, Phila., Pa. - Hancock was one of the World War II, “Monuments Men”, who rescued innumerable works of art from the Nazis.

I enjoyed the recent Robert Edsel book immensely, as I was familiar with their story even when I was a young boy. Being an old timer, I was much closer to the aftermath of WWII than, of course, millennials today.

The story is a timeless one; it is a story of a small group of dedicated soldiers who believed in preserving the artistic heritage of European art with the singular goal of saving many of the world's greatest cultural treasures that had been looted by Adolf Hitler and his Nazis.

The Monuments Men were a group of men and women from thirteen nations, most of whom volunteered for service in thenew... more »

The Monuments Men

Walker Hancock, Angel of the Resurrection (1950-52), Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial, Phila., Pa. - Hancock was one of the World War II, “Monuments Men”, who rescued innumerable works of art from the Nazis.

I enjoyed the recent Robert Edsel book immensely, as I was familiar with their story even when I was a young boy. Being an old timer, I was much closer to the aftermath of WWII than, of course, millennials today.

The story is a timeless one; it is a story of a small group of dedicated soldiers who believed in preserving the artistic heritage of European art with the singular goal of saving many of the world's greatest cultural treasures that had been looted by Adolf Hitler and his Nazis.

The Monuments Men were a group of men and women from thirteen nations, most of whom volunteered for service in the newly created Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, or MFAA. Most had expertise as museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists. Their job description was simple: to save as much of the culture of Europe as they could during combat.

These men not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of civilization, but then joined the front lines to do something about it.

#monumentsmen   #wwii   #art   #artlovers   #culturaltreasures   #hitler   #germany   #nazis   #museum   #europe  

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2016-08-07 07:09:18 (18 comments; 14 reshares; 296 +1s; )Open 

Green Day

It's funny how some bands just end up staying with you, in your thoughts, for years or even decades. Green Day is that sort of band for me. Through the ups and downs of my own life, I've always heard their songs playing in the background. That's what great bands do - they hang in the fringes, ready to be there for you when you need them.

About Green Day

Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the group's career, the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1992). In 2012, guitarist Jason White became a full-time member after having performed with the band as a session and touring member since 1999.
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Green Day

It's funny how some bands just end up staying with you, in your thoughts, for years or even decades. Green Day is that sort of band for me. Through the ups and downs of my own life, I've always heard their songs playing in the background. That's what great bands do - they hang in the fringes, ready to be there for you when you need them.

About Green Day

Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the group's career, the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band's second studio album, Kerplunk (1992). In 2012, guitarist Jason White became a full-time member after having performed with the band as a session and touring member since 1999.

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands Sublime, Bad Religion, The Offspring, Blink-182, and Rancid, with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.

Green Day's three follow-up albums, Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997), and Warning (2000) did not achieve the massive success of Dookie, though they were still successful, with Insomniac and Nimrod reaching double platinum and Warning achieving platinum status.

The band's rock opera, American Idiot (2004), reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation, selling six million copies in the U.S. The band's eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released in 2009 and achieved the band's best chart performance to date. 21st Century Breakdown was followed up by a trilogy of albums called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, which were released in September, November and December 2012 respectively.

Green Day has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording.

In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design, losing only the first. Also in 2010, Green Day was ranked no. 91 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in the band's first year of eligibility.

#greenday   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #punkrock   #americanidiot   #broadway  

American Idiot on Broadway - American Idiot (opening number!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAGPhhnXUPk

American Idiot on Broadway closing night, SURPRISE GREEN DAY CONCERT p4.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbWzRYpPlIY

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2016-08-07 06:27:37 (15 comments; 8 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

The Andromeda Strain & Other Classics

A few days ago, I stayed over in Indiana with +Keith Cramer and +Lori Cramer and +Halfdan Reschat at Keith & Lori's summer cabin on the lake, and Keith, Halfdan, and I watched _Logan's Run. Cheesy, I know, but still part of the history of sci-fi films. Watching that made me think of some other "must see" films of the day, and we got talking. Of course, we talked about Planet of the Apes holding up, but there is so much more out there, for anyone interested in films not made a year ago. Cough.

I mentioned to Halfdan that he should see The Andromeda Strain, Soylent Green and The Omega Man. None of which he'd seen. (ah, youngsters today. ha!).

What all-time great (or even cheesy but fun) sci-fi movies would you recommend to Halfdan (pre-Star Wars) that will help him... more »

The Andromeda Strain & Other Classics

A few days ago, I stayed over in Indiana with +Keith Cramer and +Lori Cramer and +Halfdan Reschat at Keith & Lori's summer cabin on the lake, and Keith, Halfdan, and I watched _Logan's Run. Cheesy, I know, but still part of the history of sci-fi films. Watching that made me think of some other "must see" films of the day, and we got talking. Of course, we talked about Planet of the Apes holding up, but there is so much more out there, for anyone interested in films not made a year ago. Cough.

I mentioned to Halfdan that he should see The Andromeda Strain, Soylent Green and The Omega Man. None of which he'd seen. (ah, youngsters today. ha!).

What all-time great (or even cheesy but fun) sci-fi movies would you recommend to Halfdan (pre-Star Wars) that will help him further his education?

The Andromeda Strain

Plot -- (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!) Two crewmembers of the U.S. government's "Project Scoop" investigate the town of Piedmont, New Mexico, to retrieve the Scoop 7 satellite. They find townspeople dead in the streets and die themselves while reporting back to Scoop Mission Control. Suspecting the satellite may have brought back an extraterrestrial pathogen, Scoop Mission Control activates an elite scientific team it had previously recruited for just this type of emergency.

Nobel laureate Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), the team leader, and Dr. Mark Hall (James Olson), the team surgeon, are dropped in Piedmont by helicopter, where they search the town for Scoop 7 in hazmat suits. They find the town's doctor, who died after opening the satellite out of curiosity. Hall cuts open the doctor's corpse and finds that all of his blood has clotted and turned to powder. Stone and Hall retrieve Scoop 7 and find two survivors — a 62-year-old man and an infant (who "can't be more than 6 months old").

The entire team of four core research scientists, including Dr. Charles Dutton (David Wayne) and Dr. Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid), are summoned from their academic and research appointments to arrive at a top secret, high-tech underground laboratory in Nevada, named Wildfire, where they undergo a full day of decontamination procedures, descending through five rigorous disinfection levels of the lab. Before decontamination, Hall is informed that the facility's nuclear device has been armed and will go off automatically within five minutes should there be a containment breach. He is entrusted with a key to disarm the bomb from designated substations within that window. The team enter the facility under the impression that Piedmont has already been sterilized by a nuclear bomb.

The team begins to experiment on the agent inside Scoop 7 and discovers that it is transmitted by air, kills lab animals instantly, and is too large to be a virus. After searching the satellite with a high-powered microscope, they discover the agent responsible for the deaths: a greenish, throbbing mass stowed away on a micrometeorite. It receives the code name "Andromeda".

Soylent Green

Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and, in his final film, Edward G. Robinson. The film combines the police procedural and science fiction genres, depicting the investigation into the murder of a wealthy businessman in a dystopian future suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, and year-round humidity due to the greenhouse effect. Much of the population survives on processed food rations, including "soylent green".

The film, which is loosely based upon the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film in 1973.

The Omega Man

Plot -- SPOLIER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

In 1975, biological warfare between China and Russia kills most of the world's population. U.S. Army Col. Robert Neville, M.D. is a scientist based in Los Angeles. As he begins to succumb to the plague himself, he injects himself with an experimental vaccine, rendering himself immune.

By 1977, Neville believes he is the plague's only immune survivor. Struggling to maintain his sanity, he spends his days patrolling the deserted city of Los Angeles, hunting and killing members of "The Family", a cult of plague victims who were turned into nocturnal albino mutants. The Family seeks to destroy all technology and kill Neville, who has become a symbol of the science they blame for humanity's downfall. At night, living atop a fortified apartment building equipped with an arsenal of weaponry, Neville is a prisoner in his own home.

One day, as Neville is in a department store helping himself to new clothing, he spots a woman who quickly runs away. He pursues her outside but later decides he is hallucinating and dismisses the sighting.

On another day, the Family finally captures Neville. After a summary trial he is found guilty of heresy by the family's leader, Jonathan Matthias, a former news anchorman. Neville is sentenced to death and nearly burned at the stake in Dodger Stadium. He is rescued by Lisa, the woman he had earlier dismissed as a hallucination, and Dutch, a former medical student. Lisa and Dutch are part of a group of survivors, some of whom are children.

Although their youth has given them some resistance to the disease, they are still vulnerable to it and will eventually succumb to mutation. Neville realizes that even if it is possible to duplicate the original vaccine, it would take years to salvage humanity. However, he believes it may be possible to extend his immunity to others by creating a serum from his own body.

Neville and Lisa return to Neville's apartment where they begin treating Lisa's brother Richie, who is succumbing to the disease. Neville and Lisa are about to have a romantic evening together just as the generator runs out of fuel and the lights go off. The Family then attacks, sending Matthias' second-in-command Brother Zachary to climb up the outside of Neville's building to the open balcony of his apartment. Neville leaves Lisa upstairs as he goes to the basement garage to restart the generator. Neville returns to the apartment to find Zachary right behind an unsuspecting Lisa. Neville shoots him and he falls off the balcony to his death, dropping his spear on the balcony as he goes...

Now you know you want to see all of these if you're a true sci-fi lover!

#classicscifi   #scifi   #crichton   #andromedastrain   #oldhollywood  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Andromeda_Strain_(film)

The Andromeda Strain 1971 original film trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qEsqjJAY-k

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

Soylent Green (1973) Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LozJSTjrvek

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

The Omega Man -Trailer
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2016-08-07 05:57:21 (9 comments; 24 reshares; 181 +1s; )Open 

Albert Einstein: You Know You've Made It When Your Likeness Is Made Into a Marionette

“Albert Einstein carrying an Albert Einstein marionette, 1931”

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics", in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

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Albert Einstein: You Know You've Made It When Your Likeness Is Made Into a Marionette

“Albert Einstein carrying an Albert Einstein marionette, 1931”

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics", in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on general relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe.

He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 and, being Jewish, did not go back to Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He settled in the U.S., becoming an American citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research.

This eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein supported defending the Allied forces, but largely denounced the idea of using the newly discovered nuclear fission as a weapon. Later, with the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, Einstein signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons. Einstein was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.

Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. On 5 December 2014, universities and archives announced the release of Einstein's papers, comprising more than 30,000 unique documents. Einstein's intellectual achievements and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with "genius".

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Albert Einstein

1. He never failed math. This is a popular “fact” promoted on the internet, maybe in an attempt to relate to genius. However, it is simply not true. Overall, Einstein was an average student, but math was one area where he excelled, unsurprisingly.

2. Einstein encouraged the development of the nuclear bomb. His involvement is often misinterpreted, with some claiming that he helped create the atom bomb. In reality, what he did was write a letter to President FDR encouraging him to begin work on such a weapon, which led to the Manhattan Project. Although a dedicated pacifist and, later, an anti-nuke spokesman, Einstein was convinced that America needed the atomic bomb before the Nazis.

3. He was a great musician. If the whole “genius” thing didn’t work out, Einstein could have become a violinist. His mother played piano so he had the love of music instilled in him—via violin lessons—at the young age of five.

4. He could have been the President of Israel. When Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, died, Einstein was offered the position, but he declined.

5. He married his cousin. After Einstein divorced his first wife, Mileva Maric, he married his cousin, Elsa Lowenthal. He was, actually, quite a bad husband to his first wife in their later years. He had affairs he never tried to hide, he moved the entire family to Berlin without discussion, and treated her more as a servant than a wife.

6. He won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics. This alone isn’t particularly surprising. What is surprising is the fact that he didn’t receive it for the general or special theory of relativity, but rather for the photoelectric effect.

7. He loved to sail. Ever since university, Einstein sailed as a hobby. But by his own admission, he never made a particularly good sailor. In fact, he didn’t even know how to swim.

8. He really didn’t like socks, and usually didn’t wear them. In fact, in a letter to Elsa, he bragged about getting away “without wearing socks” while at Oxford.

9. He had an illegitimate daughter. This wasn’t known until the 1980s, but according to correspondence between Albert and Mileva it was determined that the two had a daughter in 1902 called Lieserl. At one point, all mention of her in letters stopped so her fate is unknown.

10. His brain was stolen. After Einstein died, the pathologist who did his autopsy took his brain without permission. He eventually got the permission necessary from Einstein’s son, but he was fired from Princeton when he refused to turn the brain over. He kept it for over forty years before finally returning it in 1998.


#einstein   #genius   #physics   #theoryofrelativity   #nobelprize   #manhattanproject  

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Exploding Kittens

i'm not sure what to say except... watch the video to understand the game, and five minutes later, you'll get it. Anyone can play this game in minutes, and it's a blast when you have a group of people up at a lake cabin. ha! It is a HELL OF A GOOD TIME!

+Keith Cramer +Lori Cramer +Scott Cramer +Rhonda Britton +Kari Tedrick +Charlie Cramer +Blaine Hall +Halfdan Reschat 

Seriously, I'm usually slow with games, until I figure out how to dominate the world. I learned this game INSTANTLY!

#explodingkittens   #cardgames   #games  

Exploding Kittens

i'm not sure what to say except... watch the video to understand the game, and five minutes later, you'll get it. Anyone can play this game in minutes, and it's a blast when you have a group of people up at a lake cabin. ha! It is a HELL OF A GOOD TIME!

+Keith Cramer +Lori Cramer +Scott Cramer +Rhonda Britton +Kari Tedrick +Charlie Cramer +Blaine Hall +Halfdan Reschat 

Seriously, I'm usually slow with games, until I figure out how to dominate the world. I learned this game INSTANTLY!

#explodingkittens   #cardgames   #games  ___

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2016-08-06 07:57:44 (44 comments; 32 reshares; 222 +1s; )Open 

American Bomber Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima On 6 August 1945

However you look or approach history, it is clear that Japan was never going to willingly surrender to the US over WWII. It was a fight to the death in their eyes (culturally and historically), and drastic measures were required - though I'm not sure they had any idea whatsoever of how drastic that would be.

The Pacific Theatre was ugly, no matter how you parsed it, and the war with Japan was exponentially far worse than the European campaign since they neither respected the lives of prisoners, nor their own lives. Those insights would have forced ANY US President to lean towards drastic measures...

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people arek... more »

American Bomber Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima On 6 August 1945

However you look or approach history, it is clear that Japan was never going to willingly surrender to the US over WWII. It was a fight to the death in their eyes (culturally and historically), and drastic measures were required - though I'm not sure they had any idea whatsoever of how drastic that would be.

The Pacific Theatre was ugly, no matter how you parsed it, and the war with Japan was exponentially far worse than the European campaign since they neither respected the lives of prisoners, nor their own lives. Those insights would have forced ANY US President to lean towards drastic measures...

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. And so on August 5, while a “conventional” bombing of Japan was underway, “Little Boy,” (the nickname for one of two atom bombs available for use against Japan), was loaded onto Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets’ plane on Tinian Island in the Marianas.

Tibbets’ B-29, named the Enola Gay after his mother, left the island at 2:45 a.m. on August 6. Five and a half hours later, “Little Boy” was dropped, exploding 1,900 feet over a hospital and unleashing the equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT.

The bomb had several inscriptions scribbled on its shell, one of which read “Greetings to the Emperor from the men of the Indianapolis” (the ship that transported the bomb to the Marianas).

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city’s 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before - only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.

According to John Hersey’s classic work Hiroshima, the Hiroshima city government had put hundreds of schoolgirls to work clearing fire lanes in the event of incendiary bomb attacks. They were out in the open when the Enola Gay dropped its load.

There were so many spontaneous fires set as a result of the bomb that a crewman of the Enola Gay stopped trying to count them. Another crewman remarked, “It’s pretty terrific. What a relief it worked.”

Oh, and if you're wondering why we don't use "Nukes" Donny Trump, you stupid c*nt, this is why...

#wwii #worldwarii #hiroshima #bomb #nuclearbomb #japan #atomicbomb #b29 #enolagay #potsdamconference #americanhistory #littleboy

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