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Sean Cowen has been at 19 events

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Tech Times T-Lounge204Join @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 Musk3,819,572Hey 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 Cowen62,977This 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 Musk3,819,572*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  
HuffPost3,882,694  +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 rempel164,711Mostly 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 Festival465,245http://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 rappaport223,120It'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 Ratcliff8,855,656Join 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  
NASA3,045,152Having 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 cin82,307Samantha 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 Festival465,245*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 Musk3,819,572*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 Sickle783,027*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 Northey1,977,759Join @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 Wilson1,541,974It'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 Play9,899,398Google 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 01:00:006757  
matthew rappaport223,120*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 Sickle783,027ON 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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What are your favorite 70s bands? Let's see what kind of cool list we can get together! Bonus points for the more obscure bands! Go!

#70smusic #music #musiclovers #rocknroll #iloverocknroll

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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

(via/ https://www.facebook.com/alanwilliamsmetalartist/)

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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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2017-05-25 10:28:43 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Speed. The chase. Racing. Vintage travel and auto racing posters will capture my attention every time..

#cars #automobile #racing #sansebastian

Speed. The chase. Racing. Vintage travel and auto racing posters will capture my attention every time..

#cars #automobile #racing #sansebastian___

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2017-05-21 08:06:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEN BEGHTEL!

Here's a birthday wish for one of the most excellent dudes I know, +Ken Beghtel!

I know he's working on his B-Day, but he deserves a special, very nice day, and I hope his weeks get better and better! From one VW lover to another, motor on my man! Big hugs!

#happybirthday #birthdaywishes #volkswagen #vw #vwbug

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Old VW, taken in Norwich.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEN BEGHTEL!

Here's a birthday wish for one of the most excellent dudes I know, +Ken Beghtel!

I know he's working on his B-Day, but he deserves a special, very nice day, and I hope his weeks get better and better! From one VW lover to another, motor on my man! Big hugs!

#happybirthday #birthdaywishes #volkswagen #vw #vwbug

via/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/mushroomgod/5640934175/

Old VW, taken in Norwich.___

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2017-05-21 07:06:51 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

1949 Grand Prix International: Monza

I'm addicted to vintage posters like this one: the styling, the action, the thrill of racing, all come alive to me when I see them. I can feel the speed. I can envision being there, back in 1949, right in the middle of the action.

Cars and motorcycles will always be in my blood, and this poster instantly puts me there. It oozes coolness!

#grandprix #racing #cars #automobile #monza #posterart #posters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1949_Italian_Grand_Prix

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1949 Grand Prix International: Monza

I'm addicted to vintage posters like this one: the styling, the action, the thrill of racing, all come alive to me when I see them. I can feel the speed. I can envision being there, back in 1949, right in the middle of the action.

Cars and motorcycles will always be in my blood, and this poster instantly puts me there. It oozes coolness!

#grandprix #racing #cars #automobile #monza #posterart #posters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1949_Italian_Grand_Prix

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2017-05-14 07:51:29 (28 comments; 8 reshares; 211 +1s; )Open 

1970 Plymouth Superbird

The short-lived Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner with well-known graphics and horn. It was the factory's follow up stock car racing design for the 1970 season to the Dodge Charger Daytona of 1969, and incorporated many engineering changes and modifications (both minor and major) garnered from the Daytona's season in competition on the track.

The car's primary rival was the Ford Torino Talladega, a direct response to the Mopar aero car. It has also been speculated one motivating factor in the production of the car was to lure Richard Petty back to Plymouth. Both of the Mopar aero cars famously featured a protruding, aerodynamic nosecone, a high-mounted rear wing and, in the case of the Superbird, a horn which mimicked the Road Runner cartoon character.

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1970 Plymouth Superbird

The short-lived Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner with well-known graphics and horn. It was the factory's follow up stock car racing design for the 1970 season to the Dodge Charger Daytona of 1969, and incorporated many engineering changes and modifications (both minor and major) garnered from the Daytona's season in competition on the track.

The car's primary rival was the Ford Torino Talladega, a direct response to the Mopar aero car. It has also been speculated one motivating factor in the production of the car was to lure Richard Petty back to Plymouth. Both of the Mopar aero cars famously featured a protruding, aerodynamic nosecone, a high-mounted rear wing and, in the case of the Superbird, a horn which mimicked the Road Runner cartoon character.

Superbirds equipped with the top-of-the-line 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi engine with a pair of four barrel Carter AFB carburettors (2x4bbl) producing 425 hp (317 kW) could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.

History

Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird, a modified Road Runner, was Plymouth's follow-on design to the Charger Daytona fielded by sister company Dodge in the previous season. The Charger 500 version that began the 1969 season was the first American car to be designed aerodynamically using a wind tunnel and computer analysis, and later was modified into the Daytona version with nose and tail.

The Superbird's smoothed-out body and nosecone were further refined from that of the Daytona, and the street version's retractable headlights (made of fiberglass[10]) added nineteen inches to the Road Runner's original length. The rear wing was mounted on tall vertical struts that put it into less disturbed air thus increasing the efficiency of the downdraft that it placed upon the car's rear axle. For nearly 30 years the mathematic formula used to determine the exact height of the enormous wing was thought to be a highly guarded Chrysler secret. In the 1990s a retired Chrysler project engineer claimed publicly that the height was determined in much simpler fashion: it was designed to provide clearance for the trunklid to open freely. It should be noted that by a co-incidence the height of the wing was at the optimum level for maximum downforce. The rear-facing fender scoops were to hide cut outs. These cutouts were to allow wheel clearance due to the larger, wider wheels and lowered height of the vehicle for NASCAR. On Daytonas, the scoops were actually for ventilating trapped air from the wheel wells in order to reduce under fender air pressure and lift. For standard road going Superbirds the covers or "air extractors" were a cosmetic enhancement, for looks only. Ground clearance was 7.2 inches (18 centimetres).

NASCAR's homologation requirement demanded that vehicles to be raced must be available to the general public and sold through dealerships in specific minimum numbers. For 1970, NASCAR raised the production requirement from 500 examples to one for every two manufacturer's dealers in the United States; in the case of Plymouth, that meant having to build 1,920 Superbirds. Due to increasing emissions regulations, combined with insurance hikes for high performance cars and NASCAR's effective ban on the aero cars, 1970 was its only production year.

"Superbird" decals were placed on the outside edges of the spoiler vertical struts featuring a picture of the Road Runner cartoon character holding a racing helmet. A smaller version of the decal appears on the driver side headlight door. Superbirds had three engine options: the 426 Hemi V8 engine producing 425 hp (317 kW), the 440 Super Commando Six Barrel with three two-barrel carburetors producing 390 hp (290 kW) or the 375 hp (280 kW) 440 Super Commando with a single 4-barrel carburetor. Only 135 models were fitted with the 426 Hemi. As the 440 was less expensive to produce, the "Street" version of the 426 Hemi engine used in competition was homologated by producing the minimum number required.

On the street, the nose cone and wing were very distinctive, but the aerodynamic improvements hardly made a difference there or on the drag strip. In fact, the 1970 Road Runner was actually quicker in the quarter mile and standard acceleration tests due to the increased weight of the Superbird's nose and wing. Only at speeds in excess of 60 mph (97 km/h) did the modifications begin to show any benefit.

Production Numbers

Chrysler memos of September 1969 show that the Sales Programming staff was preparing to handle 1,920 winged Plymouths for 1970, but published figures say as many as 2,783 were built. The current figure generally accepted is 1,935 SuperBirds built and shipped to United States dealers, with anywhere from 34 to 47 allegedly heading towards Canada. The engine option question is again a sticky one, although the most frequently seen numbers report 135 426ci. Hemi SuperBirds and 716 440ci. Six-Pack editions, with the remainder powered by 440ci. 4bbl. motors. It is believed that over 1,000 Plymouth SuperBirds exist today.

#chrysler #plymouth #superbird #cars #automobile #roadrunner #nascar #racing #richardpetty

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Ray Guns

I can't help it ... every time I see vintage ray guns, I'm reminded of the young boy version of me. That kid who grew up wanting to be an astronaut; the kid who loved sci-fi stories and films, and who was always fascinated by the endless variety of ray guns. What kid did't want a cool ray gun to protect himself, and his family and friends from the impending alien invasions? Yup, that was me. One day, I hope to build a vintage collection of robots and ray guns. Until then, I have pictures, lol.

#raygun #scifi #space #aliens #vintage #vintagetoys #toyguns

Ray Guns

I can't help it ... every time I see vintage ray guns, I'm reminded of the young boy version of me. That kid who grew up wanting to be an astronaut; the kid who loved sci-fi stories and films, and who was always fascinated by the endless variety of ray guns. What kid did't want a cool ray gun to protect himself, and his family and friends from the impending alien invasions? Yup, that was me. One day, I hope to build a vintage collection of robots and ray guns. Until then, I have pictures, lol.

#raygun #scifi #space #aliens #vintage #vintagetoys #toyguns___

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2017-05-05 10:32:06 (277 comments; 32 reshares; 296 +1s; )Open 

What are your favorite 70s bands? Let's see what kind of cool list we can get together! Bonus points for the more obscure bands! Go!

#70smusic #music #musiclovers #rocknroll #iloverocknroll

What are your favorite 70s bands? Let's see what kind of cool list we can get together! Bonus points for the more obscure bands! Go!

#70smusic #music #musiclovers #rocknroll #iloverocknroll___

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2017-05-05 10:28:26 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Morning, world.

Where will you travel TODAY? In your mind, or in real life. I'm curious to see where the world is going. For myself, I'm heading out to one of the world's biggest buildings shortly.

#prague #cz #czechreepublic #travel #seeingtheworld





Morning, world.

Where will you travel TODAY? In your mind, or in real life. I'm curious to see where the world is going. For myself, I'm heading out to one of the world's biggest buildings shortly.

#prague #cz #czechreepublic #travel #seeingtheworld



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2017-04-29 18:32:32 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 157 +1s; )Open 

World War II Monument Opens In Washington, D.C. ON 29 April, 2004

On April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. The memorial is located on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol dome is seen to the east, and Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River to the west.

The granite and bronze monument features fountains between arches symbolizing hostilities in Europe and the Far East. The arches are flanked by semicircles of pillars, one each for the states, territories and the District of Columbia. Beyond the pool is a curved wall of 4,000 gold stars, one for every 100 Americans killed in the war.An Announcement Stone... more »

World War II Monument Opens In Washington, D.C. ON 29 April, 2004

On April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. The memorial is located on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol dome is seen to the east, and Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River to the west.

The granite and bronze monument features fountains between arches symbolizing hostilities in Europe and the Far East. The arches are flanked by semicircles of pillars, one each for the states, territories and the District of Columbia. Beyond the pool is a curved wall of 4,000 gold stars, one for every 100 Americans killed in the war.An Announcement Stone proclaims that the memorial honors those “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.”

Though the federal government donated $16 million to the memorial fund, it took more than $164 million in private donations to get it built. Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in the war, and actor Tom Hanks were among its most vocal supporters. Only a fraction of the 16 million Americans who served in the war would ever see it. Four million World War II veterans were living at the time, with more than 1,100 dying every day, according to government records.

The memorial was inspired by Roger Durbin of Berkey, Ohio, who served under Gen. George S. Patton. At a fish fry near Toledo in February 1987, he asked U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur why there was no memorial on the Mall to honor World War II veterans. Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, soon introduced legislation to build one, starting a process that would stumble alongthrough 17 years of legislative, legal and artistic entanglements. Durbin died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.

The monument was formally dedicated May 29, 2004, by U.S. President George W. Bush. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it received some 4.4 million visitors in 2005.

#wwii #worldwar2 #washington #monument #war #soldiers

The National World War II Memorial: The Meaning of the Memorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-L0cdQLPnY
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2017-04-26 18:09:12 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

I was addicted to models as a kid. Cars, battleships, and cool spaceships. Yes, I was THAT kid, lol. Thanks for the memories, +Luca Oleastri​​!

#models #revell #childhood #spaceship #cars #baattleships #model kits 

XSL-01 Manned Space Ship - plastic model kit by Revell, 1957
#modelkits #vintage #retrofuture #spaceship___I was addicted to models as a kid. Cars, battleships, and cool spaceships. Yes, I was THAT kid, lol. Thanks for the memories, +Luca Oleastri​​!

#models #revell #childhood #spaceship #cars #baattleships #model kits 

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2017-04-20 10:33:37 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Iconic Book Covers

What are some of the most ICONIC book covers that have stayed in your memory? My problem is that there are hundreds. I'm very visual, so the artwork remains, swirling around inside my brain. But when you see great artwork, it does stay with you. Sometimes for years, sometimes forever. Like this artwork...

#booklovers #bookporn #bookjacket #bookcovers #books #bookartwork

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Iconic Book Covers

What are some of the most ICONIC book covers that have stayed in your memory? My problem is that there are hundreds. I'm very visual, so the artwork remains, swirling around inside my brain. But when you see great artwork, it does stay with you. Sometimes for years, sometimes forever. Like this artwork...

#booklovers #bookporn #bookjacket #bookcovers #books #bookartwork

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2017-04-20 10:19:34 (19 comments; 11 reshares; 229 +1s; )Open 

Spider Bug

It just goes to show that things do not necessarily have to end up as they started. Supposedly, Spider Bug is located in the Carson City, Nevada area. Creepily cool!

#spiderbug #vw #bug #nevada #carsoncity #art #foundart #upcycling

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Spider Bug

It just goes to show that things do not necessarily have to end up as they started. Supposedly, Spider Bug is located in the Carson City, Nevada area. Creepily cool!

#spiderbug #vw #bug #nevada #carsoncity #art #foundart #upcycling

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2017-04-08 05:23:49 (95 comments; 28 reshares; 457 +1s; )Open 

Kurt Cobain

Anyone who lived through the "grunge" sound of the 90s knows how influential Nirvana was (along with many other Sub Pop bands). There are seminal artists and bands from all eras, and Kurt will always be one of those artists, misanthropic as he was...

On April 8, 1994, rock star Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home outside Seattle, Washington, with fresh injection marks in both arms and a fatal wound to the head from the 20-gauge shotgun found between his knees. Cobain’s suicide brought an end to a life marked by far more suffering than is generally associated with rock superstardom. But rock superstardom never did sit well with Kurt Cobain, a committed social outsider who was reluctantly dubbed the spokesman of his generation. “Success to him seemed like, I think, a brick wall,” said friend Greg Sage, a musical hero of Cobain’s from the local punkrock sc... more »

Kurt Cobain

Anyone who lived through the "grunge" sound of the 90s knows how influential Nirvana was (along with many other Sub Pop bands). There are seminal artists and bands from all eras, and Kurt will always be one of those artists, misanthropic as he was...

On April 8, 1994, rock star Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home outside Seattle, Washington, with fresh injection marks in both arms and a fatal wound to the head from the 20-gauge shotgun found between his knees. Cobain’s suicide brought an end to a life marked by far more suffering than is generally associated with rock superstardom. But rock superstardom never did sit well with Kurt Cobain, a committed social outsider who was reluctantly dubbed the spokesman of his generation. “Success to him seemed like, I think, a brick wall,” said friend Greg Sage, a musical hero of Cobain’s from the local punk rock scene of the 1980s. “There was nowhere else to go but down.”

Kurt Cobain rose to fame as the leader and chief songwriter of the Seattle-based band Nirvana, the group primarily responsible for turning a thriving regional music scene in the Pacific Northwest into a worldwide pop-cultural phenomenon often labeled “grunge.” As enormously popular as Nirvana became in the wake of their era-defining single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991), it’s easy to forget just how far outside the mainstream the band really was, and just how ill-suited to pop celebrity the misanthropic, heroin-addicted Kurt Cobain was. In his suicide note, Cobain wrote: “I have it good, very good, and I’m grateful, but since the age of seven, I’ve become hateful towards all humans in general….Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

Cobain’s suicide note was found stabbed to a pile of potting soil with a ballpoint pen, nearby his body in the greenhouse on his Lake Washington property. It was probably written on or about April 5, 1994—the estimated date on which Cobain actually shot himself and one day after Cobain’s rock-star wife, Courtney Love, filed a Missing Person Report stating that Cobain was possibly suicidal and in possession of a gun. It was not the Seattle police, however, but a workman inspecting lighting on Cobain’s property who first discovered Cobain’s body on this day in 1994.

#kurtcobain #nirvana #grunge #grungemusic #seattle #musiclovers #subpoprecords #music #rocknrollhistory #rip

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2017-03-26 07:46:12 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

50 South Virginia

Revived. Re-purposed. Re-imagined.

This is the old post office in Reno. It's now a cool re-imagined place with unique subterranean shops, and a ground floor branch of West Elm (started in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn).

It has a great feel that reminded me of Old Sacramento and Seattle a bit (along with tines of some of the great subterranean joints in Prague). With a great industrial feel, it's retained those cool Art Deco and Moderne lines. Definitely worth seeing if you visit Reno, as it's in the heart of the downtown.

History

In February 1928, President Coolidge signed a bill appropriating $100 million for construction of new post offices across the country, including $450,000 for a new Reno post office and federal building. The postal service considered several sites, eventually purchasing the site south of... more »

50 South Virginia

Revived. Re-purposed. Re-imagined.

This is the old post office in Reno. It's now a cool re-imagined place with unique subterranean shops, and a ground floor branch of West Elm (started in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn).

It has a great feel that reminded me of Old Sacramento and Seattle a bit (along with tines of some of the great subterranean joints in Prague). With a great industrial feel, it's retained those cool Art Deco and Moderne lines. Definitely worth seeing if you visit Reno, as it's in the heart of the downtown.

History

In February 1928, President Coolidge signed a bill appropriating $100 million for construction of new post offices across the country, including $450,000 for a new Reno post office and federal building. The postal service considered several sites, eventually purchasing the site south of the Truckee River between Virginia and Center streets. During this period, the Treasury Department’s Office of the Supervising Architect designed most post offices. This building was unique because the Postal Department hired a local architect and because that architect convinced them to approve plans for what would become Nevada’s only Art Deco post office.

Nevada’s Only State Architect

The Postal Department hired Frederic J. DeLongchamps, one of Nevada’s most prolific architects. DeLongchamps was born here in Reno, learning the building trades from his father, a carpenter, and studying mining at the University of Nevada, Reno.

After traveling to San Francisco to aid in the post-earthquake rebuilding, DeLongchamps returned to Nevada and began working as an architect. Despite no formal training (legend says he may or may not have apprenticed under an architect in S.F.), DeLongchamps spent two years on small projects before bidding to design the Washoe County Courthouse, which he won.

DeLongchamps ultimately designed nine county courthouses including two in California, major additions to the Nevada State Capitol, mansions for the Mapes family and George Whittell, and over five hundred other buildings. DeLongchamps won awards for his buildings at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expositions in San Francisco and San Diego. DeLongchamps served as Nevada’s first state architect from 1919 until the position was eliminated in 1921. When Nevada governor James Scrugham reinstated the position in 1923, he appointed DeLongchamps to the position again.

A Marvel of Nevada Architecture

The McDonald Engineering Company commenced the building of DeLongchamps’s design in late 1932. Schools closed early and many businesses closed their offices for an hour on November 15 for the groundbreaking ceremony. The University of Nevada band played and Senator Tasker Oddie and local dignitaries spoke while Reno radio station KOH broadcasted the ceremony.

Completed in 1934, the building has been deemed “an outstanding example of a combined post office and federal office building for a medium-sized city.” And, according to its 1990 NRHP nomination, it is the sole post office built by the U.S. government in all of Nevada that has Art Deco/Moderne styling. DeLongchamps is also the only known Nevada architect to make extensive use of terra cotta as a building material, using it as the outer layer and incising it to resemble quarried stone. Inside features include walls paneled in black Georgia marble and casted aluminum detailings.

#nevada #architecture #history #design #artdeco #moderne #reimagined

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2017-03-19 05:56:41 (87 comments; 8 reshares; 140 +1s; )Open 

Passengers

Saw this a few nights ago and I'm still not sure what to think of it. The visuals were stunning, amazing, and any one of a hundred other superlatives. But I suppose a story with a true heart was missing in this film, at least imho. I wanted so much more of this film...

Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García. The film tells about two people who wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016 in 2D and RealD 3D by Columbia Pictures. It has grossed $294 million worldwide. The film was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Production Design at the 89th Academy... more »

Passengers

Saw this a few nights ago and I'm still not sure what to think of it. The visuals were stunning, amazing, and any one of a hundred other superlatives. But I suppose a story with a true heart was missing in this film, at least imho. I wanted so much more of this film...

Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García. The film tells about two people who wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016 in 2D and RealD 3D by Columbia Pictures. It has grossed $294 million worldwide. The film was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Production Design at the 89th Academy Awards.

Plot (Spoilers)

The starship Avalon is transporting over 5,000 colonists and crew in hibernation pods to the planet Homestead II, a journey that takes 120 years. Thirty years into its journey, the ship encounters an asteroid belt, in which it collides with a large asteroid. As a result of the collision, the ship's protective energy shield is weakened enough to allow a piece of it to pass through the shield, impacting the ship. This causes a malfunction that awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years too early.

After a year of isolation, with no company except Arthur (Michael Sheen), an android bartender, Jim contemplates suicide. One day he notices beautiful Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) in her pod. Her video profile reveals she is a writer with a humorous personality. After struggling with the morality of manually reviving Aurora for companionship, he awakens her, claiming her pod malfunctioned like his. The only one knowing about what Jim did, is Arthur. He promises Jim to not tell Aurora about why she really woke up. Aurora, devastated she may grow old and die before the ship reaches Homestead II, attempts a fruitless effort at re-entering hibernation, just as Jim had tried. Eventually, she accepts her situation and begins writing a book about her experiences. Jim and Aurora grow closer, becoming lovers...

VIA/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passengers_(2016_film)

#scifi #scifimovies #passengers #chrispratt #jenniferlawrence #hollywood #space___

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2017-03-05 07:52:55 (77 comments; 8 reshares; 254 +1s; )Open 

The Prestige

I always found this a fantastically nuanced film, full of magnificent cinematography and all the deft touches C. Nolan is known for. His movies fascinate me, and this film is worth watching a few times to see what you've missed.

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery thriller drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by Nolan and his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results.

The American-British co-production features Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Michael Caine, Scarlett... more »

The Prestige

I always found this a fantastically nuanced film, full of magnificent cinematography and all the deft touches C. Nolan is known for. His movies fascinate me, and this film is worth watching a few times to see what you've missed.

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery thriller drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by Nolan and his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results.

The American-British co-production features Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, and Rebecca Hall. The film reunites Nolan with actors Bale and Caine from Batman Begins and returning cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, film score composer David Julyan, and editor Lee Smith.

A co-production between Touchstone Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was released on October 20, 2006, receiving positive reviews and strong box office results, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Along with The Illusionist and Scoop, The Prestige was one of three films in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians.

Themes are important in this film, and many roads are explored in this film...

Themes (*SPOILERS)

The rivalry between Borden and Angier dominates the film. Obsession, secrecy, and sacrifice fuel the battle, as both magicians contribute their fair share to a deadly duel of one-upmanship, with disastrous results. Angier's obsession with beating Borden costs him a great deal of money and Cutter's friendship, while providing him with a collection of his own suicide victims; Borden's obsession with maintaining the secrecy of his twin leads Sarah to question their relationship, eventually resulting in her suicide when she suspects the truth. Angier and one of the twins both lose Olivia's love because of their inhumanity.

Finally, Borden is hanged and the last copy of Angier shot. Their struggle is also expressed through class warfare: Borden as The Professor, a working-class magician who gets his hands dirty, versus Angier as The Great Danton, a classy, elitist showman whose accent makes him appear American. Film critic Matt Brunson claimed that a complex theme of duality is exemplified by Angier and Borden, that the film chooses not to depict either magician as good or evil.

Angier's theft of Borden's teleportation illusion in the film echoes many real-world examples of stolen tricks among magicians. Outside the film, similar rivalries include magicians John Nevil Maskelyne and Harry Kellar's dispute over a levitation illusion. Gary Westfahl of Locus Online also notes a "new proclivity for mayhem" in the film over the novel, citing the murder/suicide disposition of Angier's duplicates and intensified violent acts of revenge and counter-revenge. This "relates to a more general alteration in the events and tone of the film" rather than significantly changing the underlying themes.

Nor is this theme of cutthroat competition limited to prestidigitation: the script incorporates the popular notion that Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison were directly engaged in the War of Currents, a rivalry over electrical standards, which appears in the film in parallel to Borden and Angier's competition for magical supremacy. In the book, Tesla and Edison serve as foils for Borden and Angier, respectively.

Den Shewman of Creative Screenwriting says the film asks how far one would go to devote oneself to an art. The character of Chung Ling Soo, according to Shewman, is a metaphor for this theme. Film critic Alex Manugian refers to this theme as the "meaning of commitment." For example, Soo's pretense of being slow and feeble misdirects his audience from noticing the physical strength required to perform the goldfish bowl trick, but the cost of maintaining this illusion is the sacrifice of individuality: Soo's true appearance and freedom to act naturally are consciously suppressed in his ceaseless dedication to the art of magic.

Nicolas Rapold of Film Comment addresses the points raised by Shewman and Manugian in terms of the film's "refracted take on Romanticism":

Angier's technological solution—which suggests art as sacrifice, a phoenix-like death of the self—and Borden's more meat-and-potatoes form of stagecraft embody the divide between the artist and the social being.

#theprestige #movies #Hollywood #movies #magic #magician #christophernolan

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2017-03-05 06:04:20 (25 comments; 9 reshares; 175 +1s; )Open 

40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Play Famous ‘Love You Live’ Club Shows

It wasn’t a surprise that the Rolling Stones were in Toronto in the winter of 1977. The Royal Mounted Police had alerted the world to the band’s Canadian presence due to one of the biggest drug busts in rock history.

In late February, Stones guitarist Keith Richards was found with an obscene amount of heroin and cocaine in his possession. The incident made international news because Richards was initially charged with trafficking (due to the large amounts) and there was a possibility that the rock star could be headed for a long jail sentence.

The other Stones, who had already been in Toronto practicing, were less than thrilled. Not just for the obvious reasons, but because Richards has potentially blown their cover. Months earlier, frontman Mick Jagger and his manager Peter Rudge had setup a pa... more »

40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Play Famous ‘Love You Live’ Club Shows

It wasn’t a surprise that the Rolling Stones were in Toronto in the winter of 1977. The Royal Mounted Police had alerted the world to the band’s Canadian presence due to one of the biggest drug busts in rock history.

In late February, Stones guitarist Keith Richards was found with an obscene amount of heroin and cocaine in his possession. The incident made international news because Richards was initially charged with trafficking (due to the large amounts) and there was a possibility that the rock star could be headed for a long jail sentence.

The other Stones, who had already been in Toronto practicing, were less than thrilled. Not just for the obvious reasons, but because Richards has potentially blown their cover. Months earlier, frontman Mick Jagger and his manager Peter Rudge had set up a pair of secret Stones shows at the city’s El Mocambo Club with the idea of using some of the live recordings for a forthcoming concert album.

Rudge “asked me, ‘Do you think you can pull it off?’,” promoter Duff Roman recalled to the National Post. “I told him that we could and then started thinking about how we could actually do it without anyone knowing.”

Secrecy was paramount because the upper level at the El Mo (as it’s known) only can contain about 300 people. If the Stones’ cover got blown, the shows would quickly become a media circus – especially with what was going on with Richards. The El Mocambo’s booker, Dave Bluestein, came up with a misdirection. He would schedule Montreal’s April Wine to play March 4 and 5 at the club.

“We had natural cover,” Bluestein said, “because if anything got out, we could say, ‘No, look, April Wine is playing. That’s the gig.’

April Wine was billed along with an unknown band, called the Cockroaches. Of course, in reality, the Canadian rockers were set to open for the biggest band in the world.
In order to ensure that the gigs were attended by friendly crowds, Roman devised a radio contest in which Stones fans could enter to see April Wine. He and Stones members handpicked the winners, who were told of the actual plan while on the bus en route to the gig. The guests entered through the back of the club to cut down on any chance hysteria.
That night, after April Wine’s opening set, the Rolling Stones took the El Mocambo stage, the arena-rocking band’s first club show in 14 years. Richards remembers being thankful for having something positive to do, after all of his legal and media woes.

#rocknroll #rollingstones #rockhistory #loveyoulive #musiclovers

Read More: 40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Play Famous 'Love You Live' Club Shows | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rolling-stones-surprise-gig/?trackback=tsmclip___

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2017-03-01 16:43:48 (71 comments; 34 reshares; 431 +1s; )Open 

Oh, yes. History was made on this day. Still one of the most requested bands and songs I get each week at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS​. Dark Side. Dark Side!

#rocknroll #musichistory #pinkfloyd. #darksideofthemoon

___Oh, yes. History was made on this day. Still one of the most requested bands and songs I get each week at +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS​. Dark Side. Dark Side!

#rocknroll #musichistory #pinkfloyd. #darksideofthemoon

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2017-02-26 09:12:56 (46 comments; 24 reshares; 385 +1s; )Open 

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.

Specs

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.

Specs

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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2017-02-21 17:51:47 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 260 +1s; )Open 

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 (17 comments; 13 reshares; 274 +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 (30 comments; 24 reshares; 264 +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 (20 comments; 20 reshares; 117 +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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http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Stormtrooper

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2017-02-15 18:32:40 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 202 +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

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

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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 (9 comments; 36 reshares; 229 +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 (5 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 (49 comments; 9 reshares; 173 +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; 186 +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

(via/ http://ivstvs.deviantart.com/art/Box-painted-181912096)

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 (42 comments; 14 reshares; 213 +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 (48 comments; 24 reshares; 299 +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 (38 comments; 8 reshares; 158 +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 (13 comments; 10 reshares; 126 +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 (34 comments; 42 reshares; 435 +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 (25 comments; 15 reshares; 193 +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 (18 comments; 11 reshares; 130 +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 (88 comments; 29 reshares; 362 +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 (46 comments; 41 reshares; 390 +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 (64 comments; 2 reshares; 65 +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 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 65 +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; 34 +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 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 117 +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 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 105 +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

(via/ https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Photography-Motel-Tucumcari-New-Mexico-Edition-3-of-9/709022/2504081/view)___

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2017-01-31 21:03:18 (35 comments; 38 reshares; 562 +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 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 119 +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

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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 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 93 +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; 66 +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

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2017-01-24 23:45:42 (7 comments; 31 reshares; 255 +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

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

#sherlockbbc #sherlockholmes #bbc #quotes #etsy

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2017-01-24 15:23:50 (13 comments; 11 reshares; 129 +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  

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2017-01-24 03:20:54 (25 comments; 4 reshares; 137 +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; 15 reshares; 106 +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/___

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