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Sean Cowen has been at 19 events

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Tech Times T-Lounge202Join @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 Musk3,827,445Hey 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 18:15:00138  
Sean Cowen63,037This 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 Musk3,827,445*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 Post3,890,772  +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 rempel165,057Mostly 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 Festival466,465http://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 19:00:00467  
matthew rappaport223,751It'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 Ratcliff8,868,730Join 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  
NASA3,048,438Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008295  
pio dal cin82,504Samantha 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 Festival466,465*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 Musk3,827,445*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 02:00:00378  
Ryan Van Sickle784,551*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 Northey1,983,307Join @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 Wilson1,544,705It'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 Play9,891,466Google 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 01:00:006758  
matthew rappaport223,751*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 Sickle784,551ON 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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United Artists Created on 5 February 1919

By 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith were all heavyweights in the rapidly growing motion-picture industry.

Chaplin was a British actor and former vaudeville performer whose “Little Tramp” persona had made him one of the biggest stars of silent film. Pickford, silent film’s favorite ingenue, and Fairbanks, her leading man on-screen and off, were equally familiar to American audiences, and Griffith’s controversial feature Birth of a Nation (1915) had become Hollywood’s first blockbuster, establishing the director as a pioneer in filmmaking techniques.

All four, however, were seeking to gain more financial and artistic control over producing and distributing their films. On February 5, 1919, they joined forces to create their own film studio, which they called theUnited Ar... more »

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"I Wanna Hold Your Hand"

1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.

With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group's first million seller "She Loves You", their... more »

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'57 Chevy Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range Two-Ten, and the One-Fifty.

A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the "Delray" was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television.

The '57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon.

The 1957 Chevrolet was called by some a "Baby Cadillac", because of many similar styling cues to Cadillacs of the time. V8-optioned cars got a large gold "V"... more »

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Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet

The Mercedes 500K (type W29) is a grand touring car built by Mercedes-Benz between 1934 and 1936. First exhibited at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show, it carried the factory designation W29.

Distinguished from the 500 sedan by the "K" for Kompressor (German for supercharger) only fitted to these performance cars, it succeeded the Mercedes-Benz 380 introduced just the previous year. It offered both a larger, more powerful engine and more opulent coachwork to meet customers' demands for greater luxury and performance.

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The 500K used the same independent suspension as had been introduced on the 380, with a double wishbone front axle, double-joint swing axle at the rear, and separate wheel location, coil springs and damping, a world first. Consequently, it was a more comfortable and better handling car than... more »

Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet

The Mercedes 500K (type W29) is a grand touring car built by Mercedes-Benz between 1934 and 1936. First exhibited at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show, it carried the factory designation W29.

Distinguished from the 500 sedan by the "K" for Kompressor (German for supercharger) only fitted to these performance cars, it succeeded the Mercedes-Benz 380 introduced just the previous year. It offered both a larger, more powerful engine and more opulent coachwork to meet customers' demands for greater luxury and performance.

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The 500K used the same independent suspension as had been introduced on the 380, with a double wishbone front axle, double-joint swing axle at the rear, and separate wheel location, coil springs and damping, a world first. Consequently, it was a more comfortable and better handling car than Mercedes' previous S/SS/SSK generation of roadsters from the 1920s, and offered greater appeal to buyers, particularly the growing number of well-heeled female drivers of the time.

Pressing the throttle pedal fully engaged the Roots supercharger, inducing the five litre straight-eight engine to produce up to 160 horsepower (120 kW) and making the car capable of over 160 kilometres per hour (100 mph), while consuming fuel at the rate of up to 30 l/100 km (9.4 mpg‑imp; 7.8 mpg‑US) as it did so.

Three different chassis and eight bodies were available for customers; the two longer "B" and "C" four-seat cabriolet versions rode on a wheelbase of 3,290 mm (129.5 in), and would later be used on other sedan and touring car models. The short "A" chassis, with a 2,980 mm (117.3 in) wheelbase, underpinned the two-seater models: the Motorway Courier, and the 1936 Special Roadster which offered the highest performance. All models featured such advanced equipment as safety glass, hydraulic brakes, and a 12-volt electrical system sufficient to bear the load of the electric windscreen wipers, door locks, and indicators.

Today, the cars remain highly prized for their heritage and scarcity. When the car collection of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was auctioned in October 2007 it included five pre-war Mercedes, and his 500K Special Cabriolet fetched almost £700,000 (US$1.45 million).

#cars #automobile #mercedesbenz #sportscars #classiccars #500k

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NASCAR Founded on 21 February 1948

On this day in 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing–or NASCAR, as it will come to be widely known–is officially incorporated. NASCAR racing will go on to become one of America’s most popular spectator sports, as well as a multi-billion-dollar industry.

The driving force behind the establishment of NASCAR was William “Bill” France Sr. (1909-1992), a mechanic and auto-repair shop owner from Washington, D.C., who in the mid-1930s moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona area was a gathering spot for racing enthusiasts, and France became involved in racing cars and promoting races. After witnessing how racing rules could vary from event to event and how dishonest promoters could abscond with prize money, France felt there was a need for a governing body to sanction and promote racing. He gathered members of theracing co... more »

NASCAR Founded on 21 February 1948

On this day in 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing–or NASCAR, as it will come to be widely known–is officially incorporated. NASCAR racing will go on to become one of America’s most popular spectator sports, as well as a multi-billion-dollar industry.

The driving force behind the establishment of NASCAR was William “Bill” France Sr. (1909-1992), a mechanic and auto-repair shop owner from Washington, D.C., who in the mid-1930s moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona area was a gathering spot for racing enthusiasts, and France became involved in racing cars and promoting races. After witnessing how racing rules could vary from event to event and how dishonest promoters could abscond with prize money, France felt there was a need for a governing body to sanction and promote racing. He gathered members of the racing community to discuss the idea, and NASCAR was born, with its official incorporation in February 1921. France served as NASCAR’s first president and played a key role in shaping its development in the sport’s early decades.

NASCAR held its first Strictly Stock race on June 19, 1949, at the Charlotte Speedway in North Carolina. Some 13,000 fans were on hand to watch Glenn Dunnaway finish the 200-lap race first in his Ford; however, Jim Roper (who drove a Lincoln) collected the $2,000 prize after Dunnaway was disqualified for illegal rear springs on his vehicle. In the early years of NASCAR, competitors drove the same types of cars that people drove on the street–Buicks, Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, among others–with minimal modifications. (Today, the cars are highly customized.)

In 1950, the first NASCAR-based track, the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, opened. More new raceways followed, including the Daytona International Speedway, which opened in 1959. Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500, which was run on February 22 of that year. The Daytona 500 became NASCAR’s season opener and one of its premiere events. Lee Petty’s son Richard, who began his racing career in 1958, won the Daytona 500 a record seven times and became NASCAR’s first superstar before retiring in 1992. On February 18, 1979, the first live flag-to-flag coverage of the Daytona 500 was broadcast on television. An end-of-the-race brawl between drivers Cale Yarborough and Donnie and Bobby Allison was a huge publicity generator and helped boost NASCAR’s popularity on a national scale.

In 1972, France’s son, William France Jr., took over the presidency of NASCAR from his father. Over the next three decades, the younger France (1933-2007) was instrumental in transforming NASCAR from a regional sport popular primarily in the southeast U.S. into one with a global fan base. France led NASCAR into a new era of lucrative corporate sponsorships and billion-dollar TV contracts. Today, NASCAR has three national series as well as four regional series and two international series. The organization sanctions over 1,200 races at 100 tracks across North America.

#nascar #atuomobile #cars #racing #stockcar #stockcarracing #daytona500

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2017-02-19 08:49:03 (16 comments; 11 reshares; 226 +1s; )Open 

Aston Martin

Has any other automobile been so closely associated for so long with a literary character like 007? I can't think of any. I continue to be impressed with every new Aston Martin I see introduced in the Bond films. Such beautiful cars...!

Bond has driven several models made by the British luxury sports car manufacturer over the years, but this one is slightly different. The bespoke DB10 was designed specifically for Spectre, with input from Sam Mendes.

For over 50 years, Aston Martin has been the sports car of choice for James Bond. Produced exclusively for Spectre, DB10 was designed, engineered and hand crafted by a dedicated team at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in the UK.

Creating the Aston Martin DB10 has been our most closely-guarded secret in years. Celebrating an enduring relationship, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10g... more »

Aston Martin

Has any other automobile been so closely associated for so long with a literary character like 007? I can't think of any. I continue to be impressed with every new Aston Martin I see introduced in the Bond films. Such beautiful cars...!

Bond has driven several models made by the British luxury sports car manufacturer over the years, but this one is slightly different. The bespoke DB10 was designed specifically for Spectre, with input from Sam Mendes.

For over 50 years, Aston Martin has been the sports car of choice for James Bond. Produced exclusively for Spectre, DB10 was designed, engineered and hand crafted by a dedicated team at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in the UK.

Creating the Aston Martin DB10 has been our most closely-guarded secret in years. Celebrating an enduring relationship, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.

#astonmartin #jamesbond #spectre #007 #classiccars #sportscars #secretagent #coolcars #db10 #brittishcars

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2017-02-19 08:24:11 (21 comments; 17 reshares; 201 +1s; )Open 

Marines Invade Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945

On this day, Operation Detachment, the U.S. Marines’ invasion of Iwo Jima, is launched. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.

The Americans began applying pressure to the Japanese defense of the island in February 1944, when B-24 and B-25 bombers raided the island for 74 days. It was the longest pre-invasion bombardment of the war, necessary because of the extent to which the Japanese–21,000 strong–fortified the island, above and below ground, including a network of caves. Underwater demolition teams (“frogmen”) were dispatched by the Americans just before the actual invasion. When the Japanese fired on the frogmen, they gave away many of their“secret” ... more »

Marines Invade Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945

On this day, Operation Detachment, the U.S. Marines’ invasion of Iwo Jima, is launched. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.

The Americans began applying pressure to the Japanese defense of the island in February 1944, when B-24 and B-25 bombers raided the island for 74 days. It was the longest pre-invasion bombardment of the war, necessary because of the extent to which the Japanese–21,000 strong–fortified the island, above and below ground, including a network of caves. Underwater demolition teams (“frogmen”) were dispatched by the Americans just before the actual invasion. When the Japanese fired on the frogmen, they gave away many of their “secret” gun positions.

The amphibious landings of Marines began the morning of February 19 as the secretary of the navy, James Forrestal, accompanied by journalists, surveyed the scene from a command ship offshore. As the Marines made their way onto the island, seven Japanese battalions opened fire on them. By evening, more than 550 Marines were dead and more than 1,800 were wounded. The capture of Mount Suribachi, the highest point of the island and bastion of the Japanese defense, took four more days and many more casualties. When the American flag was finally raised on Iwo Jima, the memorable image was captured in a famous photograph that later won the Pulitzer Prize.

This historic photo that was taken in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. U.S. Marines & a U.S. Navy corpsman raised the flag of the U.S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Of the 6 men depicted in the photo, 3 (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, & Michael Strank) were killed during the battle; the 3 survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, & Ira Hayes) became National Heroes upon their identification in the photo....

#iwojima #wwii #worldwarii #japanese #pacifictheater #marines #americanhistory #war #thisdayinhistory

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2017-02-17 14:59:05 (16 comments; 15 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Samurai Stormtrooper

Incredibly cool for all fans of samurai and Star Wars.

Samurai (侍?) were the military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan.

In Japanese, they are usually referred to as bushi (武士) or buke (武家). According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning "to wait upon" or "accompany persons" in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility", the pronunciation in Japanese changing to saburai. According to Wilson, an early reference to the word "samurai" appears in the Kokin Wakashū (905–914), the first imperial anthology of poems, completed in the first part of the 10thcentury.
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Samurai Stormtrooper

Incredibly cool for all fans of samurai and Star Wars.

Samurai (侍?) were the military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan.

In Japanese, they are usually referred to as bushi (武士) or buke (武家). According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning "to wait upon" or "accompany persons" in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility", the pronunciation in Japanese changing to saburai. According to Wilson, an early reference to the word "samurai" appears in the Kokin Wakashū (905–914), the first imperial anthology of poems, completed in the first part of the 10th century.

By the end of the 12th century, samurai became almost entirely synonymous with bushi, and the word was closely associated with the middle and upper echelons of the warrior class. The samurai were usually associated with a clan and their lord, and were trained as officers in military tactics and grand strategy. While the samurai numbered less than 10% of then Japan's population, their teachings can still be found today in both everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts.

#samurai #stormtrooper #starwars #sw #japanese #japan #bushi #warrior

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2017-02-15 18:32:40 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

Ed Turner Motorcycles

Saw this picture, and I was intrigued by what they do. I love discovering new motorcycle co's. (at least to me), and I really enjoy seeing the craftsmanship and stories behind the bikes...

"In the beginning there was an engine, often ill, and ready for a change… Nothing could be clearer than the direction I needed to take… But from the moment the first frame tubes are bent and positioned in white around the engine, the machine itself starts to take part in the decisions and lets me know what is expected. You can’t force these things. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. The bike knows what is good for her!"

#motorcycle #edturner #cycles #craftsmanship

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Ed Turner Motorcycles

Saw this picture, and I was intrigued by what they do. I love discovering new motorcycle co's. (at least to me), and I really enjoy seeing the craftsmanship and stories behind the bikes...

"In the beginning there was an engine, often ill, and ready for a change… Nothing could be clearer than the direction I needed to take… But from the moment the first frame tubes are bent and positioned in white around the engine, the machine itself starts to take part in the decisions and lets me know what is expected. You can’t force these things. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. The bike knows what is good for her!"

#motorcycle #edturner #cycles #craftsmanship

(via/ http://www.edturner-motorcycles.com/en/motorcycles.html)

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2017-02-14 23:33:02 (6 comments; 25 reshares; 188 +1s; )Open 

Tin Can Robot Lights

Adorable, cute lights made with found objects and ingenuity!

#lights #foundobjects #diy #foundart #robots #vintage #junk #steampunk

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Tin Can Robot Lights

Adorable, cute lights made with found objects and ingenuity!

#lights #foundobjects #diy #foundart #robots #vintage #junk #steampunk

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2017-02-14 06:36:12 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Look, everyone needs some help at some point. Everyone. And how we respond to those cries for help says a lot about how we are as human beings. I cannot help my friend +byron rempel monetarily, but I CAN amplify this post for him, with the hope that one of two people might feel philanthropic towards a struggling artist with a family, who is doing absolutely everything in his power to provide for his family. And who has faced some back to back bad shit.

He's not looking for handouts, and he certainly will "work for his meal." But he is one of the proudest guys I know here, and I know how hard this was for him to ask. Be respectful and thanks for sharing this (or contributing), if you're so inclined...



Look, everyone needs some help at some point. Everyone. And how we respond to those cries for help says a lot about how we are as human beings. I cannot help my friend +byron rempel monetarily, but I CAN amplify this post for him, with the hope that one of two people might feel philanthropic towards a struggling artist with a family, who is doing absolutely everything in his power to provide for his family. And who has faced some back to back bad shit.

He's not looking for handouts, and he certainly will "work for his meal." But he is one of the proudest guys I know here, and I know how hard this was for him to ask. Be respectful and thanks for sharing this (or contributing), if you're so inclined...

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2017-02-12 09:24:20 (45 comments; 4 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin, performed for first time On 12 February 1924

One of the most original compositions ever written by an American composer. Gershwin deserves a spot in the Pantheon of Music. This work is simply ambitious, creative, and wildly original. I believe it will eternally be unforgettable. In my mind, it helps to underline the quintessential American contribution to the history of music.

“The audience packed a house that could have been sold out at twice the size,” wrote New York Times critic Olin Downes on February 13, 1924, of a concert staged the previous afternoon at the Aeolian Hall in New York City.

Billed as an educational event, the “Experiment In Modern Music” concert was organized by Paul Whiteman, the immensely popular leader of the Palais Royal Orchestra, to demonstrate that the relatively new form of musiccalled ... more »

Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin, performed for first time On 12 February 1924

One of the most original compositions ever written by an American composer. Gershwin deserves a spot in the Pantheon of Music. This work is simply ambitious, creative, and wildly original. I believe it will eternally be unforgettable. In my mind, it helps to underline the quintessential American contribution to the history of music.

“The audience packed a house that could have been sold out at twice the size,” wrote New York Times critic Olin Downes on February 13, 1924, of a concert staged the previous afternoon at the Aeolian Hall in New York City.

Billed as an educational event, the “Experiment In Modern Music” concert was organized by Paul Whiteman, the immensely popular leader of the Palais Royal Orchestra, to demonstrate that the relatively new form of music called jazz deserved to be regarded as a serious and sophisticated art form. The program featured didactic segments intended to make this case—segments with titles like “Contrast: Legitimate Scoring vs. Jazzing.” After 24 such stem-winders, the house was growing restless. Then a young man named George Gershwin, then known only as a composer of Broadway songs, seated himself at the piano to accompany the orchestra in the performance of a brand new piece of his own composition, called "Rhapsody In Blue".

“It starts with an outrageous cadenza of the clarinet,” wrote Downes of the now-famous two-and-a-half-octave glissando that makes 'Rhapsody in Blue" as instantly recognizable as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. “It has subsidiary phrases, logically growing out of it…often metamorphosed by devices of rhythm and instrumentation.” The music critic of the New York Times was in agreement with Whiteman’s basic premise: “This is no mere dance-tune set for piano and other instruments,” he judged. “This composition shows extraordinary talent, just as it also shows a young composer with aims that go far beyond those of his ilk.”

It may be true that George Gershwin had always hoped to transcend the category of popular music, but the piece he used to accomplish that feat was put together very hastily. Just five weeks prior to the “Experiment in Modern Music” concert, Gershwin had not committed to writing a piece for it, when his brother Ira read a report in the New York Tribune stating that George was “at work on a jazz concerto” for the program. Thus painted into a corner, George Gershwin pieced "Rhapsody In Blue" together as best he could in the time available, leaving his own piano part to be improvised during the world premiere. "Rhapsody" would, of course, come to be regarded as one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. It would also open the door for a whole generation of “serious” composers—from Copland to Brecht—to draw on jazz elements in their own important works.

Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynEOo28lsbc

Rhapsody in Blue - Fantasia 2000 (This is great!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWJ-kGuOA_Q

#georgegershwin #rhapsodyinblue #gershwin #jazz #musiclovers #americanmusic #composer #piano #pianomusic #newyorkcity

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2017-02-12 08:29:18 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 157 +1s; )Open 

Karl's Steampunk Box

Glorious details, stunning execution, great design. I love the care and creativity put into this.

"This is a box to put drawings in for my little nephew. Have a look at the unpainted version: fav.me/d305f7t

The sign on the top left corner reads: "Cogitatio - inductus aeternus" (Fantasy - Eternal Drive)

The two big advantages of this design are one the one hand: It always looks great on a bookshelf and on the other hand: you can never pile something else on it because of the cogwheels. --> So this box will never vanish in the deeps of a lumber room. ^^

#steampunk #diy #creativity #artsandcrafts #deviantart

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Karl's Steampunk Box

Glorious details, stunning execution, great design. I love the care and creativity put into this.

"This is a box to put drawings in for my little nephew. Have a look at the unpainted version: fav.me/d305f7t

The sign on the top left corner reads: "Cogitatio - inductus aeternus" (Fantasy - Eternal Drive)

The two big advantages of this design are one the one hand: It always looks great on a bookshelf and on the other hand: you can never pile something else on it because of the cogwheels. --> So this box will never vanish in the deeps of a lumber room. ^^

#steampunk #diy #creativity #artsandcrafts #deviantart

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2017-02-11 07:20:46 (31 comments; 14 reshares; 166 +1s; )Open 

John Steele, Paratrooper

The most photographed paratrooper in Normandy is the monument to John Steele who was caught on the Sainte-Mère-Église church spire during D-Day. Fans of Band of Brothers will recognize Ste. Mère Église and its significance.

The Operation

On the night before D-Day (June 5–6, 1944), American soldiers of the 82nd Airborne parachuted into the area west of Sainte-Mère-Église in successive waves. The town had been the target of an aerial attack and a stray incendiary bomb had set fire to a house east of the town square. The church bell was rung to alert the town of the emergency and townspeople turned out in large numbers to form a bucket brigade supervised by members of the German garrison. By 0100 hours, the town square was well lit and filled with German soldiers and villagers when two sticks (planeloads of paratroopers)from th... more »

John Steele, Paratrooper

The most photographed paratrooper in Normandy is the monument to John Steele who was caught on the Sainte-Mère-Église church spire during D-Day. Fans of Band of Brothers will recognize Ste. Mère Église and its significance.

The Operation

On the night before D-Day (June 5–6, 1944), American soldiers of the 82nd Airborne parachuted into the area west of Sainte-Mère-Église in successive waves. The town had been the target of an aerial attack and a stray incendiary bomb had set fire to a house east of the town square. The church bell was rung to alert the town of the emergency and townspeople turned out in large numbers to form a bucket brigade supervised by members of the German garrison. By 0100 hours, the town square was well lit and filled with German soldiers and villagers when two sticks (planeloads of paratroopers) from the 1st and 2nd battalions were dropped in error directly over the village.

The paratroopers were easy targets, and Steele was one of only a few non-casualties. His parachute was caught in one of the pinnacles of the church tower, causing the suspension lines of his parachute to stretch to their full length, leaving him hanging on the side of the church. The wounded paratrooper hung there limply for two hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. He later escaped from the Germans and rejoined his division when US troops of the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment attacked the village capturing thirty Germans and killing another eleven. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat.

Though injured, Steele survived his ordeal. He continued to visit the town throughout his life and was an honorary citizen of Ste. Mère Église. The tavern, Auberge John Steele, stands adjacent to the square and maintains his memory through photos, letters and articles hung on its walls.

#dday #wwii #worldwarii #paratrooper #war #normandy #france

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2017-02-10 15:30:11 (43 comments; 17 reshares; 241 +1s; )Open 

Ziggy Stardust Makes His Earthly Debut on 10 February 1972

It was one of those events that virtually nobody witnessed, yet almost but many wish they had: the concert at London’s Toby Jug pub on February 10, 1972, when the relatively minor rocker named David Bowie became the spaceman Ziggy Stardust.

While it might be said of many such historic moments—like John meeting Paul at a backyard birthday party, or Elvis ad-libbing “That’s All Right (Mama)” between takes at Sun Studios—that their significance became clear only in hindsight, there was at least one man who knew exactly where Ziggy’s earthly debut would lead: David Bowie himself.

“I’m going to be huge,” is what David Bowie told Melody Maker less than three weeks earlier and still six months prior to the release of the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. “Andit’s quite frightenin... more »

Ziggy Stardust Makes His Earthly Debut on 10 February 1972

It was one of those events that virtually nobody witnessed, yet almost but many wish they had: the concert at London’s Toby Jug pub on February 10, 1972, when the relatively minor rocker named David Bowie became the spaceman Ziggy Stardust.

While it might be said of many such historic moments—like John meeting Paul at a backyard birthday party, or Elvis ad-libbing “That’s All Right (Mama)” between takes at Sun Studios—that their significance became clear only in hindsight, there was at least one man who knew exactly where Ziggy’s earthly debut would lead: David Bowie himself.

“I’m going to be huge,” is what David Bowie told Melody Maker less than three weeks earlier and still six months prior to the release of the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. “And it’s quite frightening in a way, because I know that when I reach my peak and it’s time for me to be brought down it will be with a bump.” That last bit may have been a case of Bowie confusing his Ziggy persona with real life, but that was what put the act over in the first place. Any rock musician can put on a costume, but how many could have inhabited the identity of an androgynous Martian rock star come to Earth in its dying days so convincingly, so effortlessly?

Bowie has credited two men with serving as his inspiration for creating Ziggy Stardust. One was the man he met and spoke with after his first Velvet Underground concert and took to be Lou Reed, but who was, in fact, Reed’s replacement in the Velvets. “He sat there and talked as though he was Lou and he was talking about how he wrote ‘Waiting For The Man’ and all these things!” recalled Bowie years later. “And it was at that point that I realised that, at the time, it didn’t matter to me if this was the real one or a fake one.” The other inspiration was Vince Taylor, an obscure figure to Americans, but a figure well-known in late-60s London as a former pop star very publicly losing his mind. “He fired his band and went on-stage one night in a white sheet. He told the audience to rejoice, that he was Jesus. They put him away.”

From this mix, Bowie created the persona and groundbreaking album that offered “a finger up the nose of pop sincerity…a boot in the collective sagging denim behind of hippie singer-songwhiners” and made his career. As one of the roughly sixty young Londoners in the audience that night at the Toby Jug now recalls, “Bowie had brought theatre to a humble pub gig….I couldn’t blink for fear of missing something—nothing would ever be the same again.”

#davidbowie #ziggystardust #rocknroll #music #musiclovers #1970s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWm03wYBTbM&list=PLuR3CWq59OyrTdWAeVkqH3F6UziQICYeN

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2017-02-08 07:01:04 (31 comments; 8 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

Zombies and Marital Strife: The Santa Clarita Diet

The Netflix show stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as a couple thrown off course when one of them becomes undead.

Okay, let me say this right up front. This series seems to elicit two main responses (and only two, apparently). Either you will love this, and find yourself frequently lol'ing, or you will hate this with a passion. I haven't seem too many reviews/responses in the gray area in between. I fu&^in love this show (as does my brother, who binge-watched it with me). The writing is amazing, the amount of comedy seems endless, and this is truly a show with a unique take on the zombie world. But it is definitely not a show everyone will love, and it takes a few episodes to reach it's stride. But at 1/2 hour each epi, binge-watching will fly by, and certain episodes (and scenes) will stick in... more »

Zombies and Marital Strife: The Santa Clarita Diet

The Netflix show stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as a couple thrown off course when one of them becomes undead.

Okay, let me say this right up front. This series seems to elicit two main responses (and only two, apparently). Either you will love this, and find yourself frequently lol'ing, or you will hate this with a passion. I haven't seem too many reviews/responses in the gray area in between. I fu&^in love this show (as does my brother, who binge-watched it with me). The writing is amazing, the amount of comedy seems endless, and this is truly a show with a unique take on the zombie world. But it is definitely not a show everyone will love, and it takes a few episodes to reach it's stride. But at 1/2 hour each epi, binge-watching will fly by, and certain episodes (and scenes) will stick in your mind for a loooong time! (Trying to superglue a toe. Just sayin' ...)

SANTA CLARITA DIET Official Trailer (2017) Comedy, Horror, Netflix Series HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvW8SYF-Ty0

#santaclaritadiet #comedy #zombies #netflix #tvshows #bingewatching

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/02/santa-clarita-diet-netflix-drew-barrymore-timothy-olyphant/515586/___

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2017-02-08 06:38:32 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

Charles Dickens Was Born on 7 February 1812

One of my all-time favourite authors. I spent many an hour living in his Dickensian world, hearing his amazing characters speaking to me often. What are your favorite characters (or quotes) from his panapoly of books?

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formale... more »

Charles Dickens Was Born on 7 February 1812

One of my all-time favourite authors. I spent many an hour living in his Dickensian world, hearing his amazing characters speaking to me often. What are your favorite characters (or quotes) from his panapoly of books?

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication.

The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens improved the character with positive features. His plots were carefully constructed, and he often wove elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in ha'pennies to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.

Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction.

Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers*—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. *The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.

#dickens #charlesdickens #victorian #literature #literary #writing #novel

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2017-02-06 07:34:35 (29 comments; 35 reshares; 412 +1s; )Open 

Steampunk Owl

Steampunk Eagle Owl made from cutlery, motorbike, and bicycle parts. Mounted on driftwood and forged steel branch. By Alan Williams.

Love this, and it reminds me how creative artists can be sometimes, especially with found objects and manipulating items like bicycle and motorcycle parts. Very cool!

#steampunk #owl #metalworking #artist #artlovers #metalart #bicycleparts

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Steampunk Owl

Steampunk Eagle Owl made from cutlery, motorbike, and bicycle parts. Mounted on driftwood and forged steel branch. By Alan Williams.

Love this, and it reminds me how creative artists can be sometimes, especially with found objects and manipulating items like bicycle and motorcycle parts. Very cool!

#steampunk #owl #metalworking #artist #artlovers #metalart #bicycleparts

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2017-02-06 07:13:01 (23 comments; 12 reshares; 173 +1s; )Open 

Elizabeth Becomes Queen on 6 February 1952

On this day in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham.

Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27.

King George VI, the second son of King George V, ascended to the throne in 1936 after his older brother, King Edward VIII, voluntarily abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. During World War II, George worked to rally the spirits of the British people by touring war zones, making a series of morale-boosting radio broadcasts (for which he overcame a speech impediment) and shunning the safety of the countryside to remain with his wife inbom... more »

Elizabeth Becomes Queen on 6 February 1952

On this day in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham.

Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27.

King George VI, the second son of King George V, ascended to the throne in 1936 after his older brother, King Edward VIII, voluntarily abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. During World War II, George worked to rally the spirits of the British people by touring war zones, making a series of morale-boosting radio broadcasts (for which he overcame a speech impediment) and shunning the safety of the countryside to remain with his wife in bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace. The king’s health deteriorated in 1949, but he continued to perform state duties until his death in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth, born on April 21, 1926, and known to her family as Lilibet, was groomed as a girl to succeed her father. She married a distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, on November 20, 1947, at London’s Westminster Abbey. The first of Elizabeth’s four children, Prince Charles, was born in 1948.

From the start of her reign, Elizabeth understood the value of public relations and allowed her 1953 coronation to be televised, despite objections from Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others who felt it would cheapen the ceremony. Elizabeth, the 40th British monarch since William the Conqueror, has worked hard at her royal duties and become a popular figure around the world. In 2003, she celebrated 50 years on the throne, only the fifth British monarch to do so.

The queen’s reign, however, has not been without controversy. She was seen as cold and out-of-touch following the 1996 divorce of her son, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana, and again after Diana’s 1997 death in a car crash. Additionally, the role in modern times of the monarchy, which is largely ceremonial, has come into question as British taxpayers have complained about covering the royal family’s travel expenses and palace upkeep. Still, the royals are effective world ambassadors for Britain and a huge tourism draw. Today, the queen, an avid horsewoman and Corgi dog lover, is one of the world’s wealthiest women, with extensive real-estate holdings and art and jewelry collections.

#queenelizabethii #england #monarchy #uk #thequeen #thisdayinhistory #history

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2017-02-05 08:56:57 (13 comments; 10 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Turn A Samsonite Suitcase Into A Bass Drum

Musical instruments are some of the most expensive pieces of equipment out there. Guitars are way over priced, amplifiers even more so, and good drums are equally as expensive.

Of course you can always buy used gear, but making your own is the cheapest way to go. Plus, depending on the sound and feel of the band, sometimes using homemade gear fits the vibe you want to give off.

Suitcase drums have become regularly used instrument in LoFi and Folk Based Indie music, but the drum we are going to be taking a look at today is specific to Shakey Grave's one man band suitcase drum. It's more complex than a suitcase being hit with a foot pedal. The suitcase itself becomes the drum in this instructable. A drum head and rim is installed into the suitcase.

This drum will sound good, be very... more »

Turn A Samsonite Suitcase Into A Bass Drum

Musical instruments are some of the most expensive pieces of equipment out there. Guitars are way over priced, amplifiers even more so, and good drums are equally as expensive.

Of course you can always buy used gear, but making your own is the cheapest way to go. Plus, depending on the sound and feel of the band, sometimes using homemade gear fits the vibe you want to give off.

Suitcase drums have become regularly used instrument in LoFi and Folk Based Indie music, but the drum we are going to be taking a look at today is specific to Shakey Grave's one man band suitcase drum. It's more complex than a suitcase being hit with a foot pedal. The suitcase itself becomes the drum in this instructable. A drum head and rim is installed into the suitcase.

This drum will sound good, be very portable, and can be mic'd up very easily. That and you can store other gear inside it. Along with that, there will also be a battery powered LED light bar installed on the inside that'll help you set the drum up on a dark stage.

#drums #instruments #music #musiclovers #musicalinstruments #samsonite #musicalequipment #bassdrum

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2017-02-05 07:19:03 (76 comments; 23 reshares; 305 +1s; )Open 

United Artists Created on 5 February 1919

By 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith were all heavyweights in the rapidly growing motion-picture industry.

Chaplin was a British actor and former vaudeville performer whose “Little Tramp” persona had made him one of the biggest stars of silent film. Pickford, silent film’s favorite ingenue, and Fairbanks, her leading man on-screen and off, were equally familiar to American audiences, and Griffith’s controversial feature Birth of a Nation (1915) had become Hollywood’s first blockbuster, establishing the director as a pioneer in filmmaking techniques.

All four, however, were seeking to gain more financial and artistic control over producing and distributing their films. On February 5, 1919, they joined forces to create their own film studio, which they called theUnited Ar... more »

United Artists Created on 5 February 1919

By 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith were all heavyweights in the rapidly growing motion-picture industry.

Chaplin was a British actor and former vaudeville performer whose “Little Tramp” persona had made him one of the biggest stars of silent film. Pickford, silent film’s favorite ingenue, and Fairbanks, her leading man on-screen and off, were equally familiar to American audiences, and Griffith’s controversial feature Birth of a Nation (1915) had become Hollywood’s first blockbuster, establishing the director as a pioneer in filmmaking techniques.

All four, however, were seeking to gain more financial and artistic control over producing and distributing their films. On February 5, 1919, they joined forces to create their own film studio, which they called the United Artists Corporation.

United Artists quickly gained prestige in Hollywood, thanks to the success of the films of its stars, notably Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925), as well as the work of actors such as Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson. Chaplin directed UA films as well as acted in them, and Pickford concentrated on producing after she retired from acting in the 1930s. With the rise of sound during that decade, UA was helped by the talents (and bankrolls) of veteran producers like Joseph Schenck, Samuel Goldwyn, Howard Hughes and Alexander Korda. The corporation began to struggle financially in the 1940s, however, and in 1951 the production studio was sold and UA became only a financing and distributing facility.

By the mid-1950s, all of the original partners had sold their shares of the company, but UA had begun to thrive again, releasing such films as The African Queen (1951), High Noon (1952), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment and The Magnificent Seven (both 1960) and West Side Story (1961). In addition, the company was responsible for the James Bond and Pink Panther film franchises. UA went public in 1957 and became a subsidiary of the TransAmerica Corporation a decade later.

UA films garnered a slew of Best Picture Academy Awards over the course of the 1970s, for Midnight Cowboy (1969), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Rocky (1976) and Annie Hall (1977). Soon after that, however, five top executives left the company in a disagreement and formed the Warner Brothers-backed Orion Pictures. UA sustained an even more devastating blow in 1980, when it released the big-budget flop Heaven’s Gate, directed by Michael Cimino. Two years in the making and way over budget, the film earned less than $4 million at the U.S. box office. After that debacle, UA struggled throughout the 1980s. In 1981, MGM bought the company, merging with it in 1983 to become MGM/UA Entertainment. In a highlight of those relatively dark years, UA did release another Best Picture winner, Rain Man, in 1988.

In 1992, the French bank Credit Lyonnais acquired the corporation and changed its name back to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., abandoning the United Artists name altogether. The James Bond and Pink Panther franchises were revived, with varying degrees of success. MGM changed hands and was reorganized repeatedly over the next decade and a half, during which UA was repositioned as a boutique producer of smaller, so-called “art house” films such as Bowling for Columbine (2002), Hotel Rwanda (2005) and Capote (2006). In November of 2006, MGM gave the actor/producer Tom Cruise (star of Rain Man) and his production partner, Paula Wagner, control over the United Artists production slate, announcing the decision as a “reintroduction” of the UA brand in the spirit of its founders. Cruise and Wagner, whose former deal with Paramount Pictures ended amid reported acrimony earlier in 2006, released their first co-production with UA, Lions for Lambs, in 2007.

Chaplin, Pickford and Fairbanks signing United Artists contract
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNTcUNZM66A

#ua #unitedartists #hollywood #filmmaking #hollywoodstudios #charliechaplin #douglasfairbanks #dwgriffith #marypickford

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2017-02-03 06:27:56 (32 comments; 33 reshares; 339 +1s; )Open 

The Day The Music Died

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson Died in a Plane Crash on 3 February 1959.

“It was already snowing at Minneapolis, and the general forecast for the area along the intended route indicated deteriorating weather conditions,” wrote the Civil Aeronautics Board investigators six months after the crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson on this day in 1959.

“The ceiling and visibility were lowering…and winds aloft were so high one could reasonably have expected to encounter adverse weather during the estimated two-hour flight.”

All of this information was available to 21-year-old pilot Roger Peterson, if only he had asked for it. Instead, he relied on an incomplete weather report and on the self-confidence of youth in makingthe decision ... more »

The Day The Music Died

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson Died in a Plane Crash on 3 February 1959.

“It was already snowing at Minneapolis, and the general forecast for the area along the intended route indicated deteriorating weather conditions,” wrote the Civil Aeronautics Board investigators six months after the crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson on this day in 1959.

“The ceiling and visibility were lowering…and winds aloft were so high one could reasonably have expected to encounter adverse weather during the estimated two-hour flight.”

All of this information was available to 21-year-old pilot Roger Peterson, if only he had asked for it. Instead, he relied on an incomplete weather report and on the self-confidence of youth in making the decision to take off from Clear Lake, Iowa, shortly after midnight on February 3, 1959. Untrained and uncertified in instrument-only flight, Peterson was flying into conditions that made visual navigation impossible. “Considering all of these facts,” the investigating authorities concluded, “the decision to go seems most imprudent.”

The young pilot’s decision to go may well have been influenced by the eagerness of his almost equally young client, Buddy Holly, to spare himself and his backing band another miserable night in the unheated tour bus that had already sent his drummer to the hospital with symptoms of frostbite. Eleven days into a scheduled 23-stop tour, Holly was fed up, worn out and looking forward to a good night’s rest in a warm bed before the next night’s show in Moorhead, Minnesota.

In a similar mindset was a tired and ill J.P. Richardson, who played on the sympathies of Holly’s guitarist to wangle his seat on the flight with Holly. That guitarist was future country legend Waylon Jennings. Meanwhile Tommy Allsup, Holly’s guitarist, offered to flip a coin with up-and-coming young star Ritchie Valens for his seat. And so it was that Peterson’s Beechcraft Bonanza carried not Holly and his band, but Holly and two of the three other stars of the Winter Dance Party Tour on its ill-fated flight. Dion di Mucci was the fourth of those stars, but he would join Allsup, Jennings and the various other tour musicians on the freezing bus ride ahead.

The plane would crash, and Holly, Richardson, Valens and Peterson would be dead, within five minutes of takeoff, as the direct result of pilot error. Only the next morning, when Waylon Jennings learned what had happened hours earlier, would he recall his final, good-natured exchange with Buddy Holly. “Well,” said Holly when he learned of Jennings’ swap with the Big Bopper, “I hope your old bus freezes over.” Jennings’ response: “Well, I hope your plane crashes.”

Buddy Holly & His Crickets "That'll Be The Day" on The Ed Sullivan Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVGM86XIilw

Ritchie Valens ~ Come On Let's Go (HQ)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHQ8wI6BlVE

Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI

#rocknroll #musiclovers #buddyholly #ritchievalens #thebigbopper #50smusic #rocknrolllegends #planecrash #thedaythemusicdied

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2017-02-02 16:53:47 (65 comments; 2 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

SUPERBOWL LI

Easy poll. Who do you want or think will win? Passions run high in the USA when it comes to the Superbowl, and as the Patriots are so loved (cough) this ought to be interesting.

Bonus: Any special PLANS or PARTIES/EVENTS planned for the big day?

#superbowl #superbowlli #football #superbowl51 #patriots #falcons

SUPERBOWL LI

Easy poll. Who do you want or think will win? Passions run high in the USA when it comes to the Superbowl, and as the Patriots are so loved (cough) this ought to be interesting.

Bonus: Any special PLANS or PARTIES/EVENTS planned for the big day?

#superbowl #superbowlli #football #superbowl51 #patriots #falcons___

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2017-02-02 16:07:04 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Great photography and you can feel the #vinyl passion throughout. #musiclovers will love this. h/t to +Jan Tore Skråmestø!

___Great photography and you can feel the #vinyl passion throughout. #musiclovers will love this. h/t to +Jan Tore Skråmestø!

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2017-02-02 15:26:43 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Resharing this classic comfort film for #groundhogday. Bill Murray, woohoo!

Groundhog Day, and Other Movies I Could (and Have) Watched 100 Times

What movies do you love to death, you know, the ones that you've watched a hundred times. I call them "comfort movies" and they're always perfect for those cold winter nights, or lazy summer afternoons. You know the type of films I'm talking about.

Let's see what kind of list and variety we can come up with...

I probably have hundreds on my list, as I'm an insane film buff, but any of these would quality (giving you some inspiration here...)

Star Wars IV,V,VI
The Fifth Element
Trading Places
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2012
Dune
Groundhog Day
Any Wes Andersen film
Most Kubrick films
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Raiders of the Lost Ark
It's A Wonderful Life
Citizen Kane
Lawrence of Arabia
WALL-E
The Sting

So - what's on your list?

#movies   #films   #Hollywood   #filmbuff   #comfortmovies  

image.: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76992463/bill-murray-as-phil-connors-in-groundhog___Resharing this classic comfort film for #groundhogday. Bill Murray, woohoo!

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2017-02-01 15:25:02 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 98 +1s; )Open 

Remembering Columbia

14 years ago today we lost the crew of #Columbia. Remembering them, their families, & lessons learned as we continue human space exploration.

STS-107 was the 113th flight of the Space Shuttle program, and the disastrous final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16, 2003, and during its 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds in orbit conducted a multitude of international scientific experiments.

The seven members of the crew were killed on February 1 when Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the atmosphere. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board determined the failure was caused by a piece of foam that broke off during launch and damaged the thermal protection system (reinforced carbon-carbon panels and thermal protection tiles) on the leading edge of... more »

Remembering Columbia

14 years ago today we lost the crew of #Columbia. Remembering them, their families, & lessons learned as we continue human space exploration.

STS-107 was the 113th flight of the Space Shuttle program, and the disastrous final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16, 2003, and during its 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds in orbit conducted a multitude of international scientific experiments.

The seven members of the crew were killed on February 1 when Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the atmosphere. The Columbia Accident Investigation Board determined the failure was caused by a piece of foam that broke off during launch and damaged the thermal protection system (reinforced carbon-carbon panels and thermal protection tiles) on the leading edge of the orbiter's left wing.

During re-entry the damaged wing slowly overheated and came apart, eventually leading to loss of control and disintegration of the vehicle. The cockpit window frame is now exhibited in a memorial inside the Space Shuttle Atlantis Pavilion at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

#spaceshuttle #space #astronaut #nasa #spaceexploration #iss #history #thisdayinhistory

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2017-02-01 06:36:50 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

BUCKAROO MOTEL

Photography by Ed Freeman/USA

After traveling thousands of miles on the back roads of the Western USA, Ed sought out structures and signage that struck him as uniquely beautiful or whimsical. I saw this photo and was reminded of abandoned motels on the outskirts of Reno. In some places, only the cool old neon signs remain. I used the see the same thing traveling throughout Nevada, and the west.

#motel #neonsign #neo #backroads #travel #photography #newmexico

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BUCKAROO MOTEL

Photography by Ed Freeman/USA

After traveling thousands of miles on the back roads of the Western USA, Ed sought out structures and signage that struck him as uniquely beautiful or whimsical. I saw this photo and was reminded of abandoned motels on the outskirts of Reno. In some places, only the cool old neon signs remain. I used the see the same thing traveling throughout Nevada, and the west.

#motel #neonsign #neo #backroads #travel #photography #newmexico

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2017-01-31 21:03:18 (30 comments; 36 reshares; 532 +1s; )Open 

'57 Chevy Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range Two-Ten, and the One-Fifty.

A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the "Delray" was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television.

The '57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon.

The 1957 Chevrolet was called by some a "Baby Cadillac", because of many similar styling cues to Cadillacs of the time. V8-optioned cars got a large gold "V"... more »

'57 Chevy Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range Two-Ten, and the One-Fifty.

A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the "Delray" was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television.

The '57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon.

The 1957 Chevrolet was called by some a "Baby Cadillac", because of many similar styling cues to Cadillacs of the time. V8-optioned cars got a large gold "V" under the Chevrolet script on the hood and trunk lid.

#chevy #belair #chevrolet #automobile #classicar #cars

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2017-01-30 06:01:05 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe Published on 29 January 1845

Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven,” beginning “Once upon a midnight dreary,” is published on this day in the New York Evening Mirror.

Poe’s dark and macabre work reflected his own tumultuous and difficult life. Born in Boston in 1809, Poe was orphaned at age three and went to live with the family of a Richmond, Virginia, businessman. Poe enrolled in a military academy but was expelled for gambling. He later studied briefly at the University of Virginia.

In 1827, Poe self-published a collection of poems. Six years later, his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” won $50 in a story contest. He edited a series of literary journals, including the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond starting in 1835, and Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in Philadelphia, starting in 1839.Poe’s excessive dri... more »

THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe Published on 29 January 1845

Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven,” beginning “Once upon a midnight dreary,” is published on this day in the New York Evening Mirror.

Poe’s dark and macabre work reflected his own tumultuous and difficult life. Born in Boston in 1809, Poe was orphaned at age three and went to live with the family of a Richmond, Virginia, businessman. Poe enrolled in a military academy but was expelled for gambling. He later studied briefly at the University of Virginia.

In 1827, Poe self-published a collection of poems. Six years later, his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” won $50 in a story contest. He edited a series of literary journals, including the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond starting in 1835, and Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in Philadelphia, starting in 1839. Poe’s excessive drinking got him fired from several positions. His macabre work, often portraying motiveless crimes and intolerable guilt that induces growing mania in his characters, was a significant influence on such European writers as Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Mallarme, and even Dostoyevsky.

The Raven
BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
“’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—
This it is and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;—
Darkness there and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore—
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;—
’Tis the wind and nothing more!”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—
Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said “Nevermore.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
“Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore—
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of ‘Never—nevermore’.”

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
“Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—
On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—
Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!

#theraven #edgarallanpoe #poetry #americanliterature #writers #macabre

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-raven-is-published

illustration | johnwalkerillustration.com___

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2017-01-27 08:32:07 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

I swear, I am completely lost with this "new" G+ UI, but this feels like I must be connecting. I have no real idea, though. Are these numbers "good" in this new and improved verse?

I swear, I am completely lost with this "new" G+ UI, but this feels like I must be connecting. I have no real idea, though. Are these numbers "good" in this new and improved verse?___

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2017-01-26 15:53:25 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Ben Quilty, Australian Artist

His works are fascinating, and just doing an image search will expose you to a treasure trove of self-portraits, portraits, and amazing works on the state of war. I am enamored with his work...

Ben Quilty (born 1973 in Sydney) is an Australian artist and social commentator, who won the 2014 Prudential Eye Award, 2011 Archibald Prize and 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

From 11 October until 3 November 2011, Quilty was attached to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) observing their activities in Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australian service personnel who are deployed as part of Operation Slipper.

After his return, Quilty spent six months producing work for the Australian War Memorial's National Collection. Such work is in the tradition of war... more »

Ben Quilty, Australian Artist

His works are fascinating, and just doing an image search will expose you to a treasure trove of self-portraits, portraits, and amazing works on the state of war. I am enamored with his work...

Ben Quilty (born 1973 in Sydney) is an Australian artist and social commentator, who won the 2014 Prudential Eye Award, 2011 Archibald Prize and 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

From 11 October until 3 November 2011, Quilty was attached to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) observing their activities in Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australian service personnel who are deployed as part of Operation Slipper.

After his return, Quilty spent six months producing work for the Australian War Memorial's National Collection. Such work is in the tradition of war artists that began in World War I with artists Arthur Streeton, George Lambert and Frederick McCubbin. Quilty's experiences as a war artist and the work he produced as a result of it was explored in the ABC TV's Australian Story program "War Paint" screened on 3 September 2012.

#painter #artist #benquilty #australia #portrait #selfportrait

benquilty.com

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

http://artradarjournal.com/2015/02/06/straight-white-male-australian-artist-ben-quilty-explores-masculinity-in-pictures/___

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2017-01-25 14:59:32 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

MARS (National Geographic Miniseries)

Discovered this show from a recommendation from my brother, and while reviews are mixed, from people who review for a living), we loved this! It has a fascinating mix, imho, and yes, while some transitions may be jarring a bit, I like the concept behind the miniseries, and the haunting theme by Nick Cave. Try it out: you'll get hooked...

MARS is a six-part docudrama television miniseries produced by National Geographic, which premiered on November 14, 2016, on their channel, and FX. Prior to its official air date, it was launched in a streaming format on November 1, 2016. It blends elements of real interviews with a fictional story of a group of astronauts as they land on the planet Mars.

The series is based on the 2015 book How We'll Live on Mars by Stephen Petranek. The narrative alternates between... more »

MARS (National Geographic Miniseries)

Discovered this show from a recommendation from my brother, and while reviews are mixed, from people who review for a living), we loved this! It has a fascinating mix, imho, and yes, while some transitions may be jarring a bit, I like the concept behind the miniseries, and the haunting theme by Nick Cave. Try it out: you'll get hooked...

MARS is a six-part docudrama television miniseries produced by National Geographic, which premiered on November 14, 2016, on their channel, and FX. Prior to its official air date, it was launched in a streaming format on November 1, 2016. It blends elements of real interviews with a fictional story of a group of astronauts as they land on the planet Mars.

The series is based on the 2015 book How We'll Live on Mars by Stephen Petranek. The narrative alternates between the years 2016, 2033 and 2037, using 2016 interviews to explain events unfolding in the story. The series was filmed in Budapest and Morocco.

A companion book to the series, called Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet, was published in October 2016 detailing the science behind the show. A prequel episode, called "Before Mars", was produced and released conjointly with the series. It tells the fictional story of a moment in the life of one of the astronauts, and the decisions they made to get involved in science.

MARS: Trailer #2 | MARS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tIXHLC24aY

#mars #science #astronaut #spacex #nasa #spaceexploration #future #tvseries #nationalgeographic

(via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_(miniseries))___

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2017-01-24 23:45:42 (3 comments; 28 reshares; 212 +1s; )Open 

Always one of my favourite #Sherlock quotes and timeless. And this is nicely done, and available via Etsy.

#sherlockbbc #sherlockholmes #bbc #quotes #etsy

(via https://www.etsy.com/listing/116507781/side-of-the-angels-bbc-sherlock-the-fall)

Always one of my favourite #Sherlock quotes and timeless. And this is nicely done, and available via Etsy.

#sherlockbbc #sherlockholmes #bbc #quotes #etsy

(via https://www.etsy.com/listing/116507781/side-of-the-angels-bbc-sherlock-the-fall)___

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2017-01-24 15:23:50 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

First Canned Beer Goes on Sale - January 24, 1935

For all our beer can fans out there, this is where it started!

Canned beer makes its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.

By the late 19th century, cans were instrumental in the mass distribution of foodstuffs, but it wasn’t until 1909 that the American Can Company made its first attempt to can beer. This was unsuccessful, and the American Can Company would have to wait for the end of Prohibition in the United States before it tried again. Finally in 1933, after two years ofresea... more »

First Canned Beer Goes on Sale - January 24, 1935

For all our beer can fans out there, this is where it started!

Canned beer makes its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.

By the late 19th century, cans were instrumental in the mass distribution of foodstuffs, but it wasn’t until 1909 that the American Can Company made its first attempt to can beer. This was unsuccessful, and the American Can Company would have to wait for the end of Prohibition in the United States before it tried again. Finally in 1933, after two years of research, American Can developed a can that was pressurized and had a special coating to prevent the fizzy beer from chemically reacting with the tin.

The concept of canned beer proved to be a hard sell, but Krueger’s overcame its initial reservations and became the first brewer to sell canned beer in the United States. The response was overwhelming. Within three months, over 80 percent of distributors were handling Krueger’s canned beer, and Krueger’s was eating into the market share of the “big three” national brewers–Anheuser-Busch, Pabst and Schlitz. Competitors soon followed suit, and by the end of 1935, over 200 million cans had been produced and sold.

The purchase of cans, unlike bottles, did not require the consumer to pay a deposit. Cans were also easier to stack, more durable and took less time to chill. As a result, their popularity continued to grow throughout the 1930s, and then exploded during World War II, when U.S. brewers shipped millions of cans of beer to soldiers overseas. After the war, national brewing companies began to take advantage of the mass distribution that cans made possible, and were able to consolidate their power over the once-dominant local breweries, which could not control costs and operations as efficiently as their national counterparts.

Today, canned beer accounts for approximately half of the $20 billion U.S. beer industry. Not all of this comes from the big national brewers: Recently, there has been renewed interest in canning from microbrewers and high-end beer-sellers, who are realizing that cans guarantee purity and taste by preventing light damage and oxidation.

#beer   #beercan   #thisdayinhistory   #history  

history.com___

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2017-01-24 03:20:54 (23 comments; 5 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

Just finished watching this with my brother, and it definitely is a dark, black comedy with ample violence. Think of the death count in 'John Wick' and this is that on a smaller scale. Or think of Tarantino or The Cohen Brothers, and this gets close. This film has many comic touches, and is subtitled in English.

In Order of Disappearance (Norwegian: Kraftidioten) is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård. The film had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Plot

Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) is a snow plough driver somewhere in Norway. He learns that his son has died, supposedly of a heroin overdose. Nils knows his son was no addict but does not know what happened.W... more »

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

Just finished watching this with my brother, and it definitely is a dark, black comedy with ample violence. Think of the death count in 'John Wick' and this is that on a smaller scale. Or think of Tarantino or The Cohen Brothers, and this gets close. This film has many comic touches, and is subtitled in English.

In Order of Disappearance (Norwegian: Kraftidioten) is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård. The film had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Plot

Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) is a snow plough driver somewhere in Norway. He learns that his son has died, supposedly of a heroin overdose. Nils knows his son was no addict but does not know what happened. While grieving he learns the local drug gang is behind the crime. He hunts down the two killers and kills both of them, but not before they confess. Based on this information, he goes after their boss. But a retaliation killing by the local boss puts him in the crossfire between two rival gangs: one local, one "imported" from Serbia.

#blackcomedy   #foreignfilm   #norway   #thriller   #vengeancethriller  
http://www.magnetreleasing.com/inorderofdisappearance/

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

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2017-01-22 07:25:46 (10 comments; 14 reshares; 98 +1s; )Open 

An Adorable Crocheted Version of Star Wars’ AT-AT Walker

This might be the most adorable AT-AT walker I’ve ever seen, and thanks to Etsy user Krawka, you can crochet one of your own at home, given that you know how to crochet, of course.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/463377288/at-at-walker-crochet-pattern-by-krawka

Crochet walker, when finished, is 26 cm tall (10.2 inches), 28 cm long (11 inches). He is quite large and therefore we will have a lot of parts to make, please be patient and don’t give up because the end result is totally worth it… oh (I almost forgot) May the force be with you!!

#starwars   #atat   #crochet   #atatwalker   #crafts   #etsy  

via/ https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2016/12/29/adorable-crocheted-version-star-wars-walker/

An Adorable Crocheted Version of Star Wars’ AT-AT Walker

This might be the most adorable AT-AT walker I’ve ever seen, and thanks to Etsy user Krawka, you can crochet one of your own at home, given that you know how to crochet, of course.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/463377288/at-at-walker-crochet-pattern-by-krawka

Crochet walker, when finished, is 26 cm tall (10.2 inches), 28 cm long (11 inches). He is quite large and therefore we will have a lot of parts to make, please be patient and don’t give up because the end result is totally worth it… oh (I almost forgot) May the force be with you!!

#starwars   #atat   #crochet   #atatwalker   #crafts   #etsy  

via/ https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2016/12/29/adorable-crocheted-version-star-wars-walker/___

2017-01-20 07:02:52 (33 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

KEURIG

Dead simple poll: do you have one of these single serve coffee makers in your home, or not? (with a few other alternatives)...

Everywhere I go, I see K-Cup pods for all these Keurig coffee makers. And I mean everywhere. So I wondered how many of my fellow coffee-drinkers on the Plus have at least one of their systems?

1. I have a KEURIG coffee machine, and it IS dead simple to use!

2. I don't have this system, but I'd like to.

3. I prefer my old Mr. Coffee or other coffee makers.

4. I'm not a coffee drinker.

5. Starbucks and others make my coffee: I'm lazy! :-)

#coffeelovers   #coffeeaddict   #keurig   #coffeetime   #kcup   #coffeepods  

KEURIG

Dead simple poll: do you have one of these single serve coffee makers in your home, or not? (with a few other alternatives)...

Everywhere I go, I see K-Cup pods for all these Keurig coffee makers. And I mean everywhere. So I wondered how many of my fellow coffee-drinkers on the Plus have at least one of their systems?

1. I have a KEURIG coffee machine, and it IS dead simple to use!

2. I don't have this system, but I'd like to.

3. I prefer my old Mr. Coffee or other coffee makers.

4. I'm not a coffee drinker.

5. Starbucks and others make my coffee: I'm lazy! :-)

#coffeelovers   #coffeeaddict   #keurig   #coffeetime   #kcup   #coffeepods  ___

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2017-01-20 06:23:57 (25 comments; 8 reshares; 246 +1s; )Open 

Extreme Jeep

Okay Jeep fans, what say you? Would you love a tricked-out monster like this Wrangler, or not? For myself, I'm too damn cheap (always running gas prices in my head). But if you have the ducats, would you have or want this?

#jeepwrangler   #jeep   #jeeplife   #extremevehicles   #sickcars  

via/ http://www.jeepwrangleroutpost.com/gallery/jeepwrangleroutpost-com-jeep-fun-c-9/

Extreme Jeep

Okay Jeep fans, what say you? Would you love a tricked-out monster like this Wrangler, or not? For myself, I'm too damn cheap (always running gas prices in my head). But if you have the ducats, would you have or want this?

#jeepwrangler   #jeep   #jeeplife   #extremevehicles   #sickcars  

via/ http://www.jeepwrangleroutpost.com/gallery/jeepwrangleroutpost-com-jeep-fun-c-9/___

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2017-01-20 06:06:32 (47 comments; 9 reshares; 101 +1s; )Open 

INCORPORATED

Is anyone watching this Syfy series? I just discovered it tonight. My brother just hooked up Vudu, Hulu, and Netflix via Roku and we stumbled on this show. It looks kind of fascinating to me, but I'm sure we must be in the middle of a season. The future tech is wildly cool so far. Thoughts?

Set in the year 2074, when corporations have unlimited power, this sci-fi thriller follows young executive Ben Larson, who hides his true identity to infiltrate a dangerous world to save the love of his life. Through a surprising turn of events, he is forced to compromise his position as he takes on the whole corporate system and discovers that climbing the corporate ladder can prove to be a deadly game. "Incorporated" has a strong behind-the-scenes pedigree, with Oscar winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck among the show's executive producers.... more »

INCORPORATED

Is anyone watching this Syfy series? I just discovered it tonight. My brother just hooked up Vudu, Hulu, and Netflix via Roku and we stumbled on this show. It looks kind of fascinating to me, but I'm sure we must be in the middle of a season. The future tech is wildly cool so far. Thoughts?

Set in the year 2074, when corporations have unlimited power, this sci-fi thriller follows young executive Ben Larson, who hides his true identity to infiltrate a dangerous world to save the love of his life. Through a surprising turn of events, he is forced to compromise his position as he takes on the whole corporate system and discovers that climbing the corporate ladder can prove to be a deadly game. "Incorporated" has a strong behind-the-scenes pedigree, with Oscar winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck among the show's executive producers.

And, of course, any show with Dennis Haysbert immediately captures my imagination!

Premise

The series takes place in a dystopian Milwaukee in the year 2074, where many countries have gone bankrupt due to a number of crises and climate change. In the absence of effective government, powerful multinational corporations have become de facto governments, controlling areas called Green Zones. The remaining territories are called Red Zones, where governance is weak or non-existent.

Plot - SPOILERS


Ben Larson is a manager at Spiga Biotech, the largest corporation in the world. He works for Elizabeth, the estranged mother of his wife, Laura. In reality, he is a climate refugee from the Red Zone outside Milwaukee whose real name is Aaron. Aaron has infiltrated the Green Zone, assuming the identity of Ben Larson to search for his childhood love Elena, who through a series of unfortunate circumstances has become an executive club companion—a high-end, indentured prostitute who works at a Spiga "executive club" called Arcadia. Arcadia is an exclusive brothel for senior Spiga executives.

Aaron resolves to work his way up to a senior position in order to access Arcadia and rescue her. After framing his boss Chad for stealing classified information and ensuring his dismissal from the company, Aaron endeavours to get promoted to the now-vacant position and rescue Elena, all while maintaining his Ben Larson cover in the face of increasingly paranoid Spiga security scrutiny and competitive coworkers. He is assisted by Theo, Elena's brother who is still living in the Red Zone, and Reed, another Red Zone denizen who managed to assume a Green Zone persona years before Aaron managed the same feat.

INCORPORATED Comic Con Trailer SEASON 1 (2016) SyFy Series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hnnt44OdXQ

#incorporated   #tvseries   #syfy   #dystopian   #futuristic   #corporations   #futuretech  ___

2017-01-20 01:38:26 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Am I just being stupid or was I just prevented from adding more than one photo to a post using the "new" Google+? Considering I had some posts with dozens or a hundred photos, I think my insides are starting to churn.

I got a bad feeling about this...

Am I just being stupid or was I just prevented from adding more than one photo to a post using the "new" Google+? Considering I had some posts with dozens or a hundred photos, I think my insides are starting to churn.

I got a bad feeling about this...___

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2017-01-19 06:34:59 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

Caesar's Palace circa 1971

What a storied history, and it's crazy to imagine what the Strip once looked like. Hint: a bit like that. Fast forward to today and it's stunning how much this hotel has changed (and how quite a bit still retains the feel of the original...

History

In 1962, cabana motel owners Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin applied for a $10.6 million loan from the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. They began plans to build a hotel on land owned by Kirk Kerkorian. Sarno would later act as designer of the hotel he planned to construct.

He wanted to emulate life under the Roman Empire, to literally come up with a palace in which everybody staying at the hotel would feel like a Caesar. Caesars Palace was instrumental in beginning a new era of lavish casinos from the late 1960s onward. Architectural writer Alan... more »

Caesar's Palace circa 1971

What a storied history, and it's crazy to imagine what the Strip once looked like. Hint: a bit like that. Fast forward to today and it's stunning how much this hotel has changed (and how quite a bit still retains the feel of the original...

History

In 1962, cabana motel owners Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin applied for a $10.6 million loan from the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. They began plans to build a hotel on land owned by Kirk Kerkorian. Sarno would later act as designer of the hotel he planned to construct.

He wanted to emulate life under the Roman Empire, to literally come up with a palace in which everybody staying at the hotel would feel like a Caesar. Caesars Palace was instrumental in beginning a new era of lavish casinos from the late 1960s onward. Architectural writer Alan Hess stated: "Caesars Palace needed only a sumptuous array of Classical statuary and a host of marble-white columns to establish its theme. The visitor's imagination, in league with well-placed publicity, filled in the opulence".

Jefferson Graham wrote that the result was "the gaudiest, weirdest, most elaborate, and most talked about resort Vegas had ever seen. [Its] emblem was a chesty female dipping grapes into the waiting mouth of a recumbent Roman, fitted out in toga, laurel wreath, and phallic dagger".

At the inauguration ceremony of the hotel on August 5, 1966, Sarno and his partner Nate Jacobsen spent one million dollars, with the "largest order of Ukrainian caviar ever placed by a private organization", with two tons of filet mignon, 300 pounds (140 kg) of Maryland crabmeat and 50,000 glasses of champagne. Cocktail waitresses in Greco-Roman wigs would greet guests and say "Welcome to Caesars Palace, I am your slave". Among the performers at the opening were Andy Williams and Phil Richards. According to author Ovid Demaris, Caesars Palace was "a mob-controlled casino from the day it opened its doors". By the time it opened, the significant publicity of the new hotel had generated $42 million in advanced bookings.

On December 31, 1967, stunt performer Evel Knievel arrived at the hotel to watch a boxing match and convinced Sarno that he could jump over the distance of 140 feet (43 m) over the fountains. ABC came in to film the jump, in which Knievel hit the top of the safety ramp after the jump and flew over his handlebars into the parking lot of neighbouring Dunes. Fracturing his pelvis, several bones and suffering a concussion, he lay in a hospital unconscious for 29 days in a coma before recovering. On April 14, 1989, Knievel's son Robbie successfully completed the jump.

The first casino at the hotel was named Circus Circus. It was intended to be the world's liveliest and most expensive casino, attracting elite gamblers from around the world. In 1969, a Federal Organized Crime Task Force accused the casino's financial manager, Jerome Zarowitz, of having ties with organized-crime figures in New York and New England.

Although Zarowitz was never tried, the task force pressured Sarno and his other investors to sell the casino, which led to it being acquired by Lum's restaurant chain owners Stuart and Clifford S. Perlman for $60 million. The company soon shed its restaurant operations and changed its name to Caesars World. On July 15 of that year, executives lay ground on an expansion area of the hotel, and they buried a time capsule in the area.

Frank Sinatra began performing at Caesars Palace in 1967, after a fallout with Howard Hughes and Carl Cohen at The Sands. He signed a three-year contract. In the early morning hours of September 6, 1970, Sinatra was playing a high stakes baccarat at the casino, where he was performing at the time. Normal limits for the game are US$2,000 per hand; Sinatra had been playing for US$8,000 and wanted the stakes to be raised to US$16,000.

When Sinatra began shouting after his request was denied, hotel executive Sanford Waterman came to talk with him. Witnesses to the incident said the two men both made threats, with Waterman producing a gun and pointing it at Sinatra. Sinatra walked out of the casino and returned to his Palm Springs home without fulfilling the rest of his three-week engagement there. Waterman was booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, but was released without bail. The local district attorney's office declined to file charges against Waterman for pulling the gun, stating that Sinatra had refused to make a statement regarding the incident.

Despite swearing to never perform at Caesars again, Sinatra returned after his retirement in January 1974, and became a frequent performer at Caesars Palace throughout the decade. He was performing at Caesars when his mother Dolly died in a plane crash in January 1977, and in 1979 he was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award in a party at the hotel, while celebrating 40 years in show business and his 64th birthday. When Sinatra was given back his gaming license by the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1981, he became an entertainment-public relations consultant at the casino for $20,000 a week.

#caesarspalace   #lasvegas   #oldvegas   #thestrip   #franksinatra   #themob   #vegas  

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

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2017-01-18 06:11:00 (70 comments; 49 reshares; 463 +1s; )Open 

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand"

1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.

With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group's first million seller "She Loves You", their... more »

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand"

1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.

With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group's first million seller "She Loves You", their previous UK single, which was having a resurgence of popularity following intense media coverage of the group. Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" stayed at number one for five weeks and remained in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks in total.

It was also the group's first American number one, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 18 January 1964 at number 45 and starting the British invasion of the American music industry. By 1 February it held the number-one spot, and stayed there for seven weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You", a reverse scenario of what had occurred in Britain.

It remained on the Billboard chart for 15 weeks. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" became the Beatles' best-selling single worldwide. *In 2013, Billboard magazine named it the 44th biggest hit of "all-time" on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

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

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Beatles' first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C. This rare color image reveals the jelly beans thrown by fans. Fred Ward.___

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2017-01-18 05:46:13 (21 comments; 31 reshares; 349 +1s; )Open 

The Sequence by Arne Quinze

Quinze says, “The Sequence bridges the communication gap between people, and generates movement in the city. I want to reconnect people and let them interact with each other like they did in the past on squares. At least people talked to each other back then.”

Quinze is known for his trademark sculptures made out of wooden planks. His installations are built to provoke reaction and to intervene in the daily life of passersby confronted with his sculptures. Quinze sees his installations as places where people meet each other again and start conversations.

In 2006, he gained a lot of attention by building Uchronia: A message from the future, a large wide wooden sculpture at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City,in the Nevada desert, United States. Cityscape (2007) and The Sequence (2008) are two of his giant wooden public artins... more »

The Sequence by Arne Quinze

Quinze says, “The Sequence bridges the communication gap between people, and generates movement in the city. I want to reconnect people and let them interact with each other like they did in the past on squares. At least people talked to each other back then.”

Quinze is known for his trademark sculptures made out of wooden planks. His installations are built to provoke reaction and to intervene in the daily life of passersby confronted with his sculptures. Quinze sees his installations as places where people meet each other again and start conversations.

In 2006, he gained a lot of attention by building Uchronia: A message from the future, a large wide wooden sculpture at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City,in the Nevada desert, United States. Cityscape (2007) and The Sequence (2008) are two of his giant wooden public art installations in the centre of Brussels, Belgium. It was the first time a sculpture gave the impression touching two buildings in the city center while traffic still passes by underneath it.

The installation for the Flemish Parliament became an unequivocal actor in the city. In Munich, Germany, he built Traveller (2008) for French luxury fashion and leather goods brand Louis Vuitton. Other public art installations by Arne Quinze have recently been revealed in the centre of Paris, France (Rebirth, 2008), Beirut, Lebanon (The Visitor, 2009) and Louisville, Kentucky (Big Four Bridge, ongoing).

#artist   #art   #installationart   #artlovers   #sculpture   #publicart  

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2017-01-17 06:09:23 (16 comments; 4 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Earthquake Rocks Los Angeles on 17 January 1994

Of course, as my luck would have it, I drove to Los Angeles the day before. I was staying in my brother's apartment in Huntington Beach, and the quake woke me up in the middle of the night, throwing me out of bed. As my brother had sketchy, druggie friends, I thought a fight was going on. This earthquake was huge, and one I'll never forget...

On this day in 1994, an earthquake rocks Los Angeles, California, killing 54 people and causing billions of dollars in damages. The Northridge quake (named after the San Fernando Valley community near the epicenter) was one of the most damaging in U.S. history.

It was 4:31 a.m. when the 6.7-magnitude quake struck the San Fernando Valley, a densely populated area of Los Angeles located 20 miles northeast of the city’s downtown. With an epicenter 12 milesb... more »

Earthquake Rocks Los Angeles on 17 January 1994

Of course, as my luck would have it, I drove to Los Angeles the day before. I was staying in my brother's apartment in Huntington Beach, and the quake woke me up in the middle of the night, throwing me out of bed. As my brother had sketchy, druggie friends, I thought a fight was going on. This earthquake was huge, and one I'll never forget...

On this day in 1994, an earthquake rocks Los Angeles, California, killing 54 people and causing billions of dollars in damages. The Northridge quake (named after the San Fernando Valley community near the epicenter) was one of the most damaging in U.S. history.

It was 4:31 a.m. when the 6.7-magnitude quake struck the San Fernando Valley, a densely populated area of Los Angeles located 20 miles northeast of the city’s downtown. With an epicenter 12 miles beneath the earth’s surface, the earthquake caused the collapse of several apartment buildings. At the Northridge Meadows complex, 16 people died, all of whom lived on the first floor, when the weak stucco structure fell down on them as they slept.

Given the strength and location of the earthquake, it was fortunate that the death toll was not far higher. Two key factors were critical in reducing the casualties. First, the quake struck in the middle of the night while nearly everyone was at home in their beds. A mall parking lot in the Valley collapsed, but no one was killed because it was entirely empty. Several highways also suffered critical failures, but only one police officer died, when his vehicle plunged off an overpass. The other key factor was that the city’s building and safety codes were strengthened following the 1971 Sylmar quake that collapsed the San Fernando Veterans Hospital. Every building constructed after the new regulations were implemented stayed intact.

Still, the quake caused a huge amount of property damage over a wide area, especially in the beach community of Santa Monica, even though it was relatively far from the epicenter. As much of Santa Monica stands on soil that is less solid than bedrock, it suffered severe ground movement during the earthquake. The partial collapse of the Santa Monica freeway snarled traffic in Los Angeles for months. All told, it is estimated that the earthquake was responsible for $20 billion in damages.

#earthquake   #northridgeearthquake   #americanhistory   #history   #california   #onthisday  

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2017-01-16 05:42:41 (41 comments; 10 reshares; 132 +1s; )Open 

The Mick

This show is absolutely insane and completely LOL funny. I've already spewed my drink three times, it's that wacky and brilliant. NOT FOR MOST KIDS, I'd say.

If you liked Kaitlin Olson in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, her character here goes wayyy beyond that. hehe

The Mick is an American sitcom television series broadcast on Fox as a midseason entry. Kaitlin Olson serves as executive producer and also plays the lead role in the show, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series premiered on January 1, 2017, and resumed in its regular Tuesday night slot on January 3, 2017. On January 11, 2017, Fox picked up the series for a full season of 17 episodes.

Plot

Mackenzie, an irresponsible drifter relocates from Warwick, Rhode Island to Greenwich, Connecticut. She becomes... more »

The Mick

This show is absolutely insane and completely LOL funny. I've already spewed my drink three times, it's that wacky and brilliant. NOT FOR MOST KIDS, I'd say.

If you liked Kaitlin Olson in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, her character here goes wayyy beyond that. hehe

The Mick is an American sitcom television series broadcast on Fox as a midseason entry. Kaitlin Olson serves as executive producer and also plays the lead role in the show, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series premiered on January 1, 2017, and resumed in its regular Tuesday night slot on January 3, 2017. On January 11, 2017, Fox picked up the series for a full season of 17 episodes.

Plot

Mackenzie, an irresponsible drifter relocates from Warwick, Rhode Island to Greenwich, Connecticut. She becomes the parental guardian for her niece and nephews because her very wealthy – and estranged – sister Poodle and her husband Christopher have been arrested on federal fraud charges and tax evasion. After a day watching the three children, Mackenzie continues to watch them when Poodle calls to tell her that she and Christopher are leaving the country.

THE MICK Official Trailer (HD) Fox Comedy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mtCfBW4Vt8

#themick   #comedy   #humor   #tvseries  

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2017-01-16 01:08:47 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

Dreamlike and Surreal Self-Portrait Photo Manipulation by Achraf Baznani

Achraf Baznani, an artist photographer and filmmaker, who was born in Marrakesh, is the most inspiring artistic photographer in Morocco. Photography has always been his passion.

He is a self-taught artist, but he wanted to go a step beyond normal shots, and focused more on photo manipulation. Among his inventive scenarios, small human figures—often the artist himself—appear trapped within glass jars or the size of a camera lens; in other works, Baznani more or less dissects his body, as for example, in one, he cleanly removes his brain from his cranium, or in another, twists off his hand, much as if it were a light bulb.

#photography   #photomanipulation   #artist   #surrealism   #book  

via/ https://photogrist.com/surreal-self-portraits-achraf-baznani/

Dreamlike and Surreal Self-Portrait Photo Manipulation by Achraf Baznani

Achraf Baznani, an artist photographer and filmmaker, who was born in Marrakesh, is the most inspiring artistic photographer in Morocco. Photography has always been his passion.

He is a self-taught artist, but he wanted to go a step beyond normal shots, and focused more on photo manipulation. Among his inventive scenarios, small human figures—often the artist himself—appear trapped within glass jars or the size of a camera lens; in other works, Baznani more or less dissects his body, as for example, in one, he cleanly removes his brain from his cranium, or in another, twists off his hand, much as if it were a light bulb.

#photography   #photomanipulation   #artist   #surrealism   #book  

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2017-01-15 19:13:09 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

Mini Minion!

Aww, this little itty bitty guy oozes steampunk coolness, and absolutely looks like a "mini-Minion." Awesomeness...

#steampunk   #minion   #recycled   #foundobjects  

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Mini Minion!

Aww, this little itty bitty guy oozes steampunk coolness, and absolutely looks like a "mini-Minion." Awesomeness...

#steampunk   #minion   #recycled   #foundobjects  

via/ http://scanic.livejournal.com/___

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2017-01-13 04:59:31 (22 comments; 9 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

Buddha Amid Chaos

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ~ Rumi Title: Buddha amid chaos

#art   #buddha   #sorrow   #startingover  

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Buddha Amid Chaos

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ~ Rumi Title: Buddha amid chaos

#art   #buddha   #sorrow   #startingover  

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2017-01-13 04:50:31 (27 comments; 19 reshares; 211 +1s; )Open 

The NoMad Hotel - New York

Now that is a spectacular space! I would end up spending hours in an incredible space like this. Wow!

#books   #library   #booklovers   #library   #newyorkcity   #nyc  

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The NoMad Hotel - New York

Now that is a spectacular space! I would end up spending hours in an incredible space like this. Wow!

#books   #library   #booklovers   #library   #newyorkcity   #nyc  

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2017-01-05 23:27:54 (35 comments; 10 reshares; 219 +1s; )Open 

Major Vinyl Collector

This is what a serious VINYL collection looks like! Our Crate Diggers series profiles record collectors around the world. Up next: Midwest veteran techno DJ and producer DVS1.

Not many DJs have a backstory like Zak Khutoretsky’s. Born in Saint Petersburg under Soviet regime, Zak moved Minneapolis at a young age, his parents divorced early on, and he spent most of his troubled childhood getting kicked out of schools.

After attending some Midwest raves, he started throwing his own underground parties, aged 18, but also got caught up drug dealing in the scene. He was briefly incarcerated. The experience left him with a new sense of determinism, leading him down a promising path as sound guy, club owner and eventually full-time DJ and producer.

His major breakthrough came in 2009 with a release on Ben Klock’s influentialKlo... more »

Major Vinyl Collector

This is what a serious VINYL collection looks like! Our Crate Diggers series profiles record collectors around the world. Up next: Midwest veteran techno DJ and producer DVS1.

Not many DJs have a backstory like Zak Khutoretsky’s. Born in Saint Petersburg under Soviet regime, Zak moved Minneapolis at a young age, his parents divorced early on, and he spent most of his troubled childhood getting kicked out of schools.

After attending some Midwest raves, he started throwing his own underground parties, aged 18, but also got caught up drug dealing in the scene. He was briefly incarcerated. The experience left him with a new sense of determinism, leading him down a promising path as sound guy, club owner and eventually full-time DJ and producer.

His major breakthrough came in 2009 with a release on Ben Klock’s influential Klockworks label. He’s since launched his own Hush label and party series, as well as sub-label Mistress Recordings for “house, techno and everything in between.” Describing himself as a DJ first, producer second, he’s known for his regular appearances at techno juggernaut Berghain. An avid record collector with a gobsmacking set up, Zak’s been on our Crate Diggers hitlist for some time.

#rocknroll   #musiclover   #vinyl   #vinyllps   #recordcollector   #dj   #musicproducer   #technomusic   #recordcollection  

via/ http://thevinylfactory.com/features/crate-diggers-dvs1/___

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2017-01-05 22:32:13 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Has anyone used AIRBNB when traveling in the USA?

I've been familiar with it for a long time, but have never used it. I was wondering if you have (or if you have an AirBnb rental yourself). It sounds like a cool idea, and the rentals I've looked at so far very much remind me of my olden days in Prague. I'm very curious to talk with anyone who has traveled this way before...!

#airbnb   #traveling  

Has anyone used AIRBNB when traveling in the USA?

I've been familiar with it for a long time, but have never used it. I was wondering if you have (or if you have an AirBnb rental yourself). It sounds like a cool idea, and the rentals I've looked at so far very much remind me of my olden days in Prague. I'm very curious to talk with anyone who has traveled this way before...!

#airbnb   #traveling  ___

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2017-01-05 06:58:49 (23 comments; 12 reshares; 216 +1s; )Open 

Golden Gate Bridge Construction Begins on 5 January 1933

On January 5, 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages.

Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. Soon, a plan was hatched to build a bridge that would span the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait that serves as the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County.

Although the idea went back as far as 1869, the proposal took root in 1916. A former engineering student, James Wilkins, working as a journalist with the San Francisco Bulletin, called for a suspension bridge with a centers... more »

Golden Gate Bridge Construction Begins on 5 January 1933

On January 5, 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages.

Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. Soon, a plan was hatched to build a bridge that would span the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait that serves as the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County.

Although the idea went back as far as 1869, the proposal took root in 1916. A former engineering student, James Wilkins, working as a journalist with the San Francisco Bulletin, called for a suspension bridge with a center span of 3,000 feet, nearly twice the length of any in existence. Wilkins’ idea was estimated to cost an astounding $100 million. So, San Francisco’s city engineer, Michael M. O’Shaughnessy (he’s also credited with coming up with the name Golden Gate Bridge), began asking bridge engineers whether they could do it for less.

Engineer and poet Joseph Strauss, a 5-foot tall Cincinnati-born Chicagoan, said he could.

Eventually, O’Shaughnessy and Strauss concluded they could build a pure suspension bridge within a practical range of $25-30 million with a main span at least 4,000 feet. The construction plan still faced opposition, including litigation, from many sources. By the time most of the obstacles were cleared, the Great Depression of 1929 had begun, limiting financing options, so officials convinced voters to support $35 million in bonded indebtedness, citing the jobs that would be created for the project.

However, the bonds couldn’t be sold until 1932, when San-Francisco based Bank of America agreed to buy the entire project in order to help the local economy.

The Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937, the longest bridge span in the world at the time. The first public crossing had taken place the day before, when 200,000 people walked, ran and even roller skated over the new bridge.

With its tall towers and famous red paint job, the bridge quickly became a famous American landmark, and a symbol of San Francisco.

#sanfrancisco   #goldengatebridge   #california   #history   #bridge #californiahistory  

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2017-01-05 06:05:25 (28 comments; 11 reshares; 223 +1s; )Open 

Jeep, Ascending

Great picture of a Jeep Tribe ascending a steep hill. Love this! Though my Grand Cherokee is a gutless wonder next to these, it'd still try and climb that hill, 'cause ... Jeep!

#jeepwrangler   #jeep   #cars   #automobile   #carlovers   #offroad   #4x4  

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Jeep, Ascending

Great picture of a Jeep Tribe ascending a steep hill. Love this! Though my Grand Cherokee is a gutless wonder next to these, it'd still try and climb that hill, 'cause ... Jeep!

#jeepwrangler   #jeep   #cars   #automobile   #carlovers   #offroad   #4x4  

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