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Sean Cowen

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

Occupation: Writer and Creator (FNS Studios)

Birthday: 10/21

Followers: 61,698

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Tech Times T-Lounge190Join @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 Musk3,843,442Hey everyone! I am so excited to bring you with me (virtually) to the famous Pace University Stage in New York City! It’s the same spot where they film the TV show “Inside The Actor’s Studio” and just like that show I’ll be sitting down for a passionate conversation about music, business, tech, being an “artistprenuer" and making what-you-love-what-you-do! And of course I’ll be singing for you and all the smarty-pants business and arts school students in the house too!  *YOU CAN RSVP & WATCH LIVE RIGHT HERE!* And quick! Zap me a note through Gchat if you want to be one of the 10 people featured in the actually Hangout on stage! I promise your gorgeous faces will be huuuuge! I’ve seen the screen, it’s one of the biggest we’ve had so far!! Can’t wait to sing our story to a whole new group of G+niuses and dreamers! *XO, Daria*Daria Musk Live At Pace University2014-10-21 18:15:00140  
Sean Cowen61,698This 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 Musk3,843,442*HUGE HANGOUT CONCERT!* _This Wednesday, 5/21, I'll be playing and hanging out with *you* live from the world-famous House Of Blues in New Orleans! OMG!!_ I am so crazy excited about this G+niuses! Beyonce drops surprise albums, we drop surprise Hangout Concerts!!! Yeah, we woke up like dis.  *HOUSE OF BLUES HERE WE COME!* It's time for our first big blow-out Hangout Concert of the season and I can't imagine a cooler way to do it! This will be the _first_ interactive live concert from The House Of Blues, ever! And most importantly, it's featuring *you*! There will be a huge screen up on stage with your gorgeous faces on it as you join and watch the show live!! That means you'll be the real stars of the show, with the packed house "ooohing and aaahing" at your awesomeness. *WATCH & JOIN THE HANGOUT CONCERT LIVE:* Read below to see how you can hop into the Hangout and be live on-stage with me on Wednesday! Yay! _Here's your Hangout to do list:_ ✖ RSVP HERE! ✖ Let me know - in the comments - that you'd like to join live and see your face on the big screen! ✖ You'll get a private message from me and the team who will be running the Hangout backstage to confirm your VIP first-join status! ✖ Feel free to make fun signs to show off in the Hangout so the crowd at the venue and the global audience watching see how awesome you are! ✖ Spread the love and share this post (and the event page) so everyone can rock out with us!! ✖ Get ready to rock on Wednesday 5/21! _Cannot wait to look up and see you on stage with me!_ *XO, Daria* _Ps. This concert will be brought to you by CO-OP Connected Credit Unions. Empowering people. Amplifying Dreams._DARIA MUSK ★ HANGOUT CONCERT ★ LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES2014-05-22 02:45:00397  
The Huffington Post3,900,446  +The Huffington Post and +HitFix are excited to talk  2014 Television LIVE on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT with a panel of #awesomepeople  including TV Critics +Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching?, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), Daniel Fienberg (the Fien print, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), +Maureen Ryan (Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan), and +matthew rappaport (+Hangout Conversations Host)! They will be examining the best shows to come and that have recently premiered in 2014 along with the premieres of some of your favorites (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and more!), taking your questions LIVE, a fun amount of mirth to be had and just asking "WHY?!" with certain series PLUS always surprises and epic moments! Happy to have you TUNE in G+ers :) Join us LIVE or Watch later! Please submit all questions, comments and other thoughts using the Q&A App in the corner of the video, list them on our watch page or Tweet us using  #huffposthitfixTV . Also, be sure to check out MOAR while you're waiting: Alan & Dan's fun, new Video Show &The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast http://www.hitfix.com/podcasts/firewall-iceberg Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan http://talkingtvwithryanandryan.libsyn.com/ What's Alan Watching? http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching  the Fien Print http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print Hangout Conversations http://www.youtube.com/hangoutconversations #television   #thewalkingdead   #tv2014   #gameofthrones   #truedetective   #firewallandiceberg   #seasonpremiereHuffPost & Hitfix 2014 Television Hangout On Air Roundtable2014-02-06 19:28:2041  
byron rempel165,334Mostly 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 Festival468,185http://ugpff.com Live, interactive and showing in a city near you including New York, Singapore, Wellington, New Zealand, Seattle, Mexico and more.      • Watch great short films and web series.      • Interact with filmmakers live.      • Attend film panels with industry experts.      • Meet other filmmakers and film lovers. *Seattle Event Information:* RSVP here, limited seats available. http://www.celebrations.com/rsvp/zh2ne64yk663gwz2f   The 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival in partnership with +SnagFilms, is becoming the world's largest short film and web series festival.  Live and interactive, this global event celebrates the best in short cinema from around the world and allows the audience to attend a world class film festival from the comforts of their own home.   The future of film festivals is finally here.3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival2013-12-13 19:00:00468  
matthew rappaport223,964It'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 Ratcliff8,887,210Join us!  I'll be announcing a new big event in Japan at the end of the week at the Google HQ in Tokyo!  Also, we'll be catching up with +Thomas Hawk  +Cali Lewis +Clayton Morris +Gino Barasa and +Erica Joy  on the latest photography news... full-rez photos on Google+...  Comment-ranking changes on Facebook... backing up on the road and more! :) If you have live questions, come to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com and see the embedded player! :)Show #73: Photography Hangout with Thomas Hawk from ThomasHawk.com, Clayton Morris from Fox, Gino Barassa from Mars (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-09 04:00:00245  
pio dal cin82,805Samantha 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 Festival468,185*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 Musk3,843,442*You, Me & A LIttle Music History!* Join me - virtually - on November 29th for a very special live in-studio, interactive Hangout Concert from Times Square in New York City! *How To Join The Hangout!* ★ RSVP Right Here! ★ Circle @109766514680275896293  They're our gracious Hangout Hosts ★ Be a VIP by commenting below! I'll add you to my early-invite VIP circle! ★ We'll rotate the Hangout seats to get as many people in as possible! ★ Global Start Times: http://bit.ly/QbrDDv *Tell Me More...* I have a feeling this virtual, interactive, multi-dimensional concert will be another amazing night to remember and share together! We'll have cameras, lights, lots of songs and tons of action! This is the launch of a new series of Hangout Event Series by +Stonehenge NYC and I'll be singing and hanging with you from world-famous KMA Recording Studios where everyone from Whitney Houston, to Karmin to Jay-Z have laid down their tracks!  And our secret(ly awesome) undisclosed location has been revealed! It's The Brill Building - where hit songs have been written and recorded generation after generation. The walls are singing with music legends past and now you and me will be a part of it's storied history! Woop! :) *One More Surprise* is on the way... Something special for everyone joining the Hangout... I can't wait to light up New York City with you... More deets to come ;) XO, DariaDaria & You ★ In-Studio Concert From Times Square ★ Live At Stonehenge NYC2012-11-30 02:00:00379  
Ryan Van Sickle787,266*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 Northey1,995,888Join @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 Wilson1,548,789It'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 Play9,838,998Google 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 01:00:006762  
matthew rappaport223,964*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 Sickle787,266ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027  

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2016-09-15 05:18:07 (91 comments; 24 reshares; 374 +1s; )Open 

PINK FLOYD - Wish You Were Here

1975, Pink Floyd released their ninth studio album Wish You Were Here in the UK. The album which explores themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett's mental decline peaked at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to spend a total of 84 weeks on the chart.

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 12 September 1975 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and a day later by Columbia Records in the United States. Inspired by material the group composed while performing around Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded during numerous recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

Some of the songs on the album critique the music business, others express alienation and the track "Shine On You Crazy... more »

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2016-09-18 04:27:23 (67 comments; 50 reshares; 533 +1s; )Open 

Walker Electric Guitars

Scott began tinkering with electronics at an early age. In his early teens he began playing guitar and experimenting with pickups. Fifteen years later he found himself working alongside luthier Richard Hoover, of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, studying acoustic guitar construction.

At Santa Cruz Guitar Company he hand carved over 1000 necks. During this time he carved necks for artists such as Tony Rice and Norman Blake. Custom neck carving became his specialty. While mastering every aspect of neck construction he took on other responsibilities as the Shop Foreman. These included all phases of guitar construction, guitar finishing with Nitrocellulose, wood management and tool maintenance.

At this time he began developing an electric guitar for the 21st century. After meeting musician Barry Sless, he began to develop an instrument that... more »

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2016-09-24 07:44:32 (45 comments; 44 reshares; 734 +1s; )Open 

67 Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.

It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1965. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.

With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power. The 1971 model saw a drastic redesign to its predecessors. After an initial surge, sales were steadily declining, as Ford began working on a new generation Mustang. With the onset of the 1973 oil crisis, Ford was prepared,h... more »

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2016-09-30 04:12:43 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

London Has Fallen

I lasted about 20 minutes with this one, and gave up, exasperated that any screenwriter could think the bad guys could have pulled off 10% of this sh*t simultaneously at this phenomenally protected event. I know it's Hollywood and all, but even my amateur eye knows more about the Secret Service and protocols and security measures in London etc than these, er, writers.

Did anyone watch this all the way through?

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The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen. The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world.

However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known... more »

London Has Fallen

I lasted about 20 minutes with this one, and gave up, exasperated that any screenwriter could think the bad guys could have pulled off 10% of this sh*t simultaneously at this phenomenally protected event. I know it's Hollywood and all, but even my amateur eye knows more about the Secret Service and protocols and security measures in London etc than these, er, writers.

Did anyone watch this all the way through?

Plot

The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen. The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world.

However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.

London Has Fallen Official Trailer #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AsOdX7NcJs

#londonhasfallen   #movies   #films   #actionfilms  

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/london_has_fallen/___

2016-09-29 07:52:25 (30 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

International Coffee Day

In honor of today, this is a simple, straight-forward question: if you like coffee, how do you take it?

1. Black. Nothing added. NO cream, no sugar, no milk, nothing added. I LIKE the flavour of each individual coffee, from Maui to Sumtra.

2. With cream and/or sugar. The typical way.

3. I love coffee that has a smooth layer of milk added to it, latte style. Café con leche (Spanish: "coffee with milk") is a Spanish white coffee beverage. It is somewhat more similar to the Italian caffè latte (latte) than to the French café au lait. A latte, however, is made with espresso. Café con leche is a coffee beverage consisting of strong or bold coffee (usually espresso) mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio. Or maybe a mocha.

4. I love coffee that you have to shake out of themug... more »

International Coffee Day

In honor of today, this is a simple, straight-forward question: if you like coffee, how do you take it?

1. Black. Nothing added. NO cream, no sugar, no milk, nothing added. I LIKE the flavour of each individual coffee, from Maui to Sumtra.

2. With cream and/or sugar. The typical way.

3. I love coffee that has a smooth layer of milk added to it, latte style. Café con leche (Spanish: "coffee with milk") is a Spanish white coffee beverage. It is somewhat more similar to the Italian caffè latte (latte) than to the French café au lait. A latte, however, is made with espresso. Café con leche is a coffee beverage consisting of strong or bold coffee (usually espresso) mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio. Or maybe a mocha.

4. I love coffee that you have to shake out of the mug, like Turkish coffee (or a Turek in the Czech Republic). Bold, thick, dark roasted beauties.

5. Sorry, you could't pay me to drink coffee. Give me tea or anything else any day of the year!

#coffee   #latte   #cafeconleche   #turek   #turkishcoffee
#internationalcoffeeday   #coffeeday    

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

Bonus Question: How many cups of coffee (on average) do you have a day?___

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2016-09-29 04:53:46 (34 comments; 3 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

A Monster Calls

Is this film on anyone's radar? Sounds dark and fascinating as a children's book. Curious to see how well it is adapted for the screen.

A Monster Calls is a 2016 fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, and written by Patrick Ness based on his own eponymous novel. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.

A MONSTER CALLS - Official Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMgm20Di9Wg

Plot

Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy who tries to deal with the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones) and the attacks by local school bully Harry (James Melville). One night, Conor encounters a "monster" (Liam Neeson) in the form of a giant humanoid yew tree who has come to tell him stories and soon begins to help Conor fix his... more »

A Monster Calls

Is this film on anyone's radar? Sounds dark and fascinating as a children's book. Curious to see how well it is adapted for the screen.

A Monster Calls is a 2016 fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, and written by Patrick Ness based on his own eponymous novel. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.

A MONSTER CALLS - Official Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMgm20Di9Wg

Plot

Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy who tries to deal with the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones) and the attacks by local school bully Harry (James Melville). One night, Conor encounters a "monster" (Liam Neeson) in the form of a giant humanoid yew tree who has come to tell him stories and soon begins to help Conor fix his unhappy life.

#amonstercalls   #film   #movies   #fantasy   #grief   #deathaddying   #imagination   #coping  

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

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2016-09-29 04:37:11 (12 comments; 22 reshares; 270 +1s; )Open 

"Preserving My Marbles" by Darryl Gortner

Do kids even play marbles anymore? I had so many victories and wins on the playground. This contemporary work reminds me so much of my youth. We had some of the best (and most competitive) games on the playground during recess. It was always good to win, and to be King of the Playground for that day!

Marble Terminology

"Knuckle down": the position adopted at the start line at the beginning of a match. The player begins with his or her knuckle against the ground.
"Quitsies": allows any opponent to stop the game without consequence. Players can either have "quitsies" (able to quit) or "no quitsies".
"Keepsies" (or "for keeps"): the player keeps all the marbles he or she wins.
"Elephant stomps": when... more »

"Preserving My Marbles" by Darryl Gortner

Do kids even play marbles anymore? I had so many victories and wins on the playground. This contemporary work reminds me so much of my youth. We had some of the best (and most competitive) games on the playground during recess. It was always good to win, and to be King of the Playground for that day!

Marble Terminology

"Knuckle down": the position adopted at the start line at the beginning of a match. The player begins with his or her knuckle against the ground.
"Quitsies": allows any opponent to stop the game without consequence. Players can either have "quitsies" (able to quit) or "no quitsies".
"Keepsies" (or "for keeps"): the player keeps all the marbles he or she wins.
"Elephant stomps": when called, it allows a player to stomp his or her marble level with the ground surface, making it very difficult for other players to hit.
"Bombies": when called, it allows a player to take one or two steps while holding his or her marble and, while closing one eye, will line up over one of the opponent's marbles and drop the marble trying to hit the marble on the ground.
"Leaning tops": when called, a shooter leans in on his or her off hand for leverage over an indentation on any type of surface or obstacle.
A "taw" or "shooter" is generally a larger marble used to shoot with, and "ducks" are marbles to be shot at.
Various names refer to the marbles' size. Any marble larger than the majority may be termed a boulder, bonker, masher, plumper, popper, shooter, thumper, smasher, taw, bumbo, crock, bumboozer, bowler, tonk, tronk, godfather, tom bowler, fourer, giant, dobber, dobbert, hogger, biggie or toebreaker.

A marble smaller than the majority is a peawee, peewee or mini. A "grandfather" is the largest marble, the size of a billiards ball or tennis ball.

Various names for different marble types (regional playground talk, Leicester, UK): Marleys (marbles), prit (white marble), Kong (large marble), King Kong (larger than a bosser), steely (metal bearing-ball). Names can be combined: e.g. prit-Kong (large white marble). There are many more such names, as discussed in the next section.

Types of Marbles

Aggie - made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alley
Alley or real - made of marble or alabaster (alley is short for alabaster), streaked with wavy or other patterns with exotic names like corkscrew, spiral, snake, ribbon, onyx, swirl, bumblebee, and butterfly
Ade - strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc.
Cat's eye or catseye - central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble)
Beachball - three colors and six vanes
Devil's eye - red with yellow eye
Red devil's - same color scheme as a devil's eye but swirly.

Clambroth - equally spaced opaque lines on a milk-white opaque base. Rare clams can have blue or black base glass. Medium-high value for antique marbles; rare base color valued much higher.
Lutz - antique, handmade German swirl, containing bands of fine copper flakes that glitter like gold. Erroneously thought to have been invented by noted glassmaker Nicholas Lutz. Medium-high value for antique marbles, depending on specific sub-type of Lutz design.
Oilie or oily - opaque with a rainbow, iridescent finish
Onionskin - antique, handmade German swirl, with many closely packed surface streaks. Medium price range for antique marbles.

Opaque - a popular marble that comes in many colors
Oxblood - a streaky patch resembling blood
Pearls - opaque with single color with mother of pearl finish
Toothpaste - also known as plainsies in Canada. Wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange.
Turtle - wavy streaks containing green and yellow
Bumblebee - modern, machine-made marble; mostly yellow with two black strips on each side
China - glazed porcelain, with various patterns similar to an alley marble. Geometric patterns have low value; flowers or other identifiable objects can command high prices.
Plaster - a form of china that is unglazed
Commie or common - made of clay; natural color or monochrome coloration. Made in huge quantities during 19th and early 20th centuries.

Bennington - clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze—usually brown, often blue. Other colorations fairly scarce. Fairly low value.
Crock - made from crockery (earthenware) clay
Croton alley or jasper - glazed and unglazed china marbled with blue
Crystal or clearie or purie - any clear colored glass - including "opals," "glimmers," "bloods," "rubies," etc. These can have any number of descriptive names such as "deep blue sea", "blue moon", "green ghost", "brass bottle".
Princess - a tinted crystal

Galaxy - modern, machine-made marble; lots of dots inserted to look like a sky of stars
Indian - antique, handmade German marble; dark and opaque, usually black, with overlaid groups of color bands; usually white, and one or more other colors. Can also have many colors like blue, green and scarlet. Medium price range for antique marbles.
Mica - antique, handmade German marble; glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty. Value depends on glass color.

Steely - made of steel; a true steely (not just a bearing ball) was made from a flat piece of steel folded into a sphere and shows a cross where the corners all come together.
Sulphide - antique, handmade German marble; large (3 to 8 cm [1.25 to 3 in] or more) clear glass sphere with a small statuette or figure inside. Most common are domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, cows, etc.; then wild animals; human figures are scarce; inanimate objects such as a train or pocket watch are very rare and command high prices. The interior figures are made of white clay or kaolin, and appear a silvery color due to light refraction. A sulphide with a colored-glass sphere, or with a painted figure inside, is also very rare and brings a high price. Like other types of antique marbles, sulphides have been reproduced and faked in large quantities.
Swirly - is a common marble made out of glass with one swirly color.
Shooter- Any marble but in a bigger size.
Tiger- clear with orange-yellow stripes
Baby - white with colours visible on the outside

#marbles   #art   #playground   #growingup   #kidsgames   #aggie   #boulder   #steely   #catseye   #bumblebee   #shooter   #tiger  

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2016-09-28 23:44:58 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I'm always amazed to run into people like this, who do whatever they can to give back to the world. Adam Driver didn't need to do this, heading into his Star Wars fame; he wanted to. Though perhaps need was involved, as he saw what was lacking in the military when he was in the Marines. There is great selflessness involved with all the actors that form these AITIF troupes. Cool video.

#aitif   #monologues   #adamdriver   #actorslife  

I'm always amazed to run into people like this, who do whatever they can to give back to the world. Adam Driver didn't need to do this, heading into his Star Wars fame; he wanted to. Though perhaps need was involved, as he saw what was lacking in the military when he was in the Marines. There is great selflessness involved with all the actors that form these AITIF troupes. Cool video.

#aitif   #monologues   #adamdriver   #actorslife  ___

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2016-09-28 05:40:47 (21 comments; 3 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

The Blacklist

I'm not into much Network television any longer, as we cut the cord some time ago - but I've been addicted to The Blacklist from the beginning.

There's the eye candy of Ryan Eggold and Amir Arison combined with every single speech/talk/comment Raymond Reddington makes.

I've always been a fan of James Spader - but this character is so incredibly well-rounded and erudite that he amazes me. I am hooked by every episode, even if the show is a Network one....

Premise

Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former US Naval Intelligence officer who had disappeared twenty years earlier to become one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI "black site," Reddington... more »

The Blacklist

I'm not into much Network television any longer, as we cut the cord some time ago - but I've been addicted to The Blacklist from the beginning.

There's the eye candy of Ryan Eggold and Amir Arison combined with every single speech/talk/comment Raymond Reddington makes.

I've always been a fan of James Spader - but this character is so incredibly well-rounded and erudite that he amazes me. I am hooked by every episode, even if the show is a Network one....

Premise

Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former US Naval Intelligence officer who had disappeared twenty years earlier to become one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI "black site," Reddington claims he wishes to help the FBI track down and apprehend the criminals and terrorists he spent the last twenty years associating with; individuals that are so dangerous and devious that the United States government is unaware of their very existence.

He offers Cooper his knowledge and assistance on two conditions: immunity from prosecution, and that he wants to work exclusively with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler newly assigned to Cooper. Keen and Cooper are suspicious of Reddington's interest in her, but he will only say that she is "very special."

After Cooper tests Reddington's offer in locating and killing a terrorist in the first episode, Reddington reveals that this man was only the first on his "blacklist" of global criminals, which he has compiled over his criminal career, and states that he and the FBI have a mutual interest in eliminating them.

The mysteries of Reddington's and Liz's lives, and his interest in her, are gradually revealed as the series progresses. Each episode features one of the global criminals, Reddington assisting the team tracking and apprehending them. The rank of the featured criminal on the list is displayed at the start of every episode. The only exception to this rule is the sixty-third episode of the series, titled "Cape May."

#television   #crime   #terrorists   #criminals   #tvshow   #theblacklist #jamesspader  ___

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2016-09-28 03:25:36 (19 comments; 8 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

California Woodie & Surfboards

Photograph by Diane Trimble

Wavecrest Woodie Meet . . . Encinitas, California. You have to love pictures of classic woodies, and especially ones with surfboards. They remind me of living in a beach community in Southern California, and of bygone days. Adding surfboards just ramps up the coolness factor.

#woodie   #woodiecars   #cars   #automobile   #surfboard   #beach   #socal   #southerncalifornia   #classiccars  

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodie_(car_body_style)

California Woodie & Surfboards

Photograph by Diane Trimble

Wavecrest Woodie Meet . . . Encinitas, California. You have to love pictures of classic woodies, and especially ones with surfboards. They remind me of living in a beach community in Southern California, and of bygone days. Adding surfboards just ramps up the coolness factor.

#woodie   #woodiecars   #cars   #automobile   #surfboard   #beach   #socal   #southerncalifornia   #classiccars  

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2016-09-27 05:06:52 (51 comments; 5 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

I saw a post earlier by +Jim Nooney and I was reminded how much I loved this as a kid. And when I watched it many other times over the years. Great comedy, with a side order of adventure, treasure hunting, slapstick, and many wonderful performances by established actors.

Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale ofs... more »

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

I saw a post earlier by +Jim Nooney and I was reminded how much I loved this as a kid. And when I watched it many other times over the years. Great comedy, with a side order of adventure, treasure hunting, slapstick, and many wonderful performances by established actors.

Stanley Kramer followed his Oscar-winning Judgment at Nuremberg with this sobering investigation of American greed. Ah, who are we kidding? It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends. For sheer scale of silliness, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is unlike any other, an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ($2,705,000 today) in stolen cash by a diverse and colorful group of strangers. The ensemble comedy premiered on November 7, 1963. The cast features Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, and Jonathan Winters.

The film marked the first time that Kramer had directed a comedy, though he had produced the comedy So This Is New York in 1948. He's best known for producing and directing drama films about social problems, such as The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. His first attempt at a comedy film paid off immensely, as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World became a stunning critical and commercial success in 1963 and went on to win an Academy Award (for Best Sound Editing) and to be nominated for five additional Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

Despite this, the film suffered severe cuts by its distributor United Artists in order to give the film a shorter running time for its general release. The footage was excised against Kramer's wishes. The lost footage seriously deteriorated through the decades and was once thought impossible to restore.

On October 15, 2013, however, it was announced that The Criterion Collection had collaborated with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and film restoration expert Robert A. Harris to reconstruct and restore It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World to be as close as possible to the original 197-minute version envisioned by Kramer. It was released in a 5-disc "Dual Format" Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on January 21, 2014. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World featured at #40 in the American Film Institute's list 100 Years...100 Laughs.

#classicfilms   #OldHollywood   #film   #movies   #comedy   #spencertracy   #miltonberle   #sidcaesar   #mickeyrooney   #ethelmerman   #buddyhackett   #philsilvers   #jonathanwinters  
#jimmydurante  

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Official Trailer #1 - Mickey Rooney Movie (1963) HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BAtxv62H6c

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Kick the Bucket; Widescreen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w00Kab17aeI

Jonathon Winters' Finest Hour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3DOHvR1-yw

Text
https://www.criterion.com/films/28579-it-s-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world

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2016-09-27 04:38:18 (9 comments; 12 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

John Adams Appointed to Negotiate Peace Terms with British

Of course, this is the Cliff's Notes version of the events as it IS history.com as the source, but the facts are sound, and it was extremely important to our beginning as a new nation.

On 27 September in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission.... more »

John Adams Appointed to Negotiate Peace Terms with British

Of course, this is the Cliff's Notes version of the events as it IS history.com as the source, but the facts are sound, and it was extremely important to our beginning as a new nation.

On 27 September in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission.

Accompanied by his young sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams sailed for Europe that November aboard the French ship Sensible, which sprang a leak early in the voyage and missed its original destination (Brest), instead landing at El Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. After an arduous journey by mule train across the Pyrenees and into France, Adams and his group reached Paris in early February 1780.

While in Paris, Adams wrote to Congress almost daily (sometimes several letters a day) sharing news about British politics, British and French naval activities and his general perspective on European affairs. Conditions were unfavorable for peace at the time, as the war was going badly for the Continental Army, and the blunt and sometimes confrontational Adams clashed with the French government, especially the powerful Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. In mid-June, Adams began a correspondence with Vergennes in which he pushed for French naval assistance, antagonizing both Vergennes and Franklin, who brought the matter to the attention of Congress.

By that time, Adams had departed France for Holland, where he was attempting to negotiate a loan from the Dutch. Before the end of the year, he was named American minister to the Netherlands, replacing Henry Laurens, who was captured at sea by the British. In June 1781, capitulating to pressure from Vergennes and other French diplomats, Congress acted to revoke Adams’ sole powers as peacemaker with Britain, appointing Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Laurens to negotiate alongside him.

The tide of the war was turning in America’s favor, and Adams returned to Paris in October 1782 to take up his part in the peace negotiations. As Jefferson didn’t travel to Europe and Laurens was in failing health after his release from the Tower of London, it was left to Adams, Jay and Franklin to represent American interests.

Adams and Jay both distrusted the French government (in contrast with Franklin), but their differences of opinion and diplomatic styles allowed the team to negotiate favorable terms in the Peace of Paris (1783). The following year, Jefferson arrived to take Adams’ place as American minister to France, forming a lifelong bond with Adams and his family before the latter left to take up his new post as American ambassador to London and continue his distinguished record of foreign service on behalf of the new nation.

#americanhistory   #johnadams   #benjaminfranklin   #France   #history   #revolutionarywar   #GreatBritain  

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2016-09-27 04:17:50 (68 comments; 15 reshares; 453 +1s; )Open 

Metallica

Wondering how many Metallica fans are on here, and what your favourite Metallica song is? Anyone have any good CONCERT stories about Metallica?

About the Band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. Metallica's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer.... more »

Metallica

Wondering how many Metallica fans are on here, and what your favourite Metallica song is? Anyone have any good CONCERT stories about Metallica?

About the Band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. Metallica's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first four albums; their third album Master of Puppets (1986) was described as one of the most influential and heaviest of thrash metal albums.

The band expanded its musical direction and achieved substantial commercial success with its eponymous fifth album Metallica (1991), which resulted in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience. The album was also their first to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, a success that they also achieved on their following four studio albums. In 2000, Metallica joined with other artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band's copyright-protected material without consent from the band. A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service.

The release of St. Anger (2003) alienated fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and the "steel-sounding" snare drum, and a film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording of St. Anger and the tensions within the band during that time. The band returned to its original musical style with the release of Death Magnetic (2008), and in 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Metallica has released nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and five of its albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The band's eponymous 1991 album has sold over 16 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era.

Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 110 million records worldwide. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 61st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

As of December 2012, Metallica is the third-best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 54.26 million albums in the U.S. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced four of the band's studio albums between 1990 and 2003 and served as a temporary bassist during the production of St. Anger.

In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos. The band is currently promoting its tenth studio album, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which is expected to be released on November 18, 2016.

Metallica - Black Album [Full Album HD]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc3cE4pYw5I

Metallica Full Album Vinyl Rip - Master Of Puppets (1986) BEST SOUND EVER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcUCbhZ_29Q

Metallica - Death Magnetic - Full Album [HQ]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLpRedlLapA

Metallica - Live - Moscow - 1991 [Full Concert] (Tushino Airfield)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyfiEq4urpY

Metallica - Enter Sandman Live Moscow 1991 HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W7wqQwa-TU

Metallica - Master of Puppets [Live at Rock Am Ring 2008] (HQ)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fgcxpy_Dns

#metallica   #heavymetal   #hardrock   #musiclovers   #music   #hornsup   #metalmusic   #thrashmetal  

As of last year, all 151 Metallica songs ranked by SPIN Magazine
http://www.spin.com/2015/07/every-metallica-song-ranked/

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2016-09-26 05:40:00 (24 comments; 16 reshares; 250 +1s; )Open 

The Humbucker Trussart Steelcaster Red Star Guitar takes the classic "T" shape and adds a unique twist.

The hollow steel construction that Trussart has become renowned for is not only visually stunning but also creates a "steely" resonance not normally found in guitars made of wood. All that you need to do to see that the Steelcaster is different is strum one cord, even unplugged the tone is rich and full with its own unique character.

The Steelcaster is available with a wide array of options from different finishes to multiple pickup options. The Deluxe Steelcaster features an eloquent F hole for a true hollow body look.

Every Steelcaster has its own unique look due to the wearing process used.

This guitar is the Steelcaster design that features the Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation that reduces the weight of the guitar... more »

The Humbucker Trussart Steelcaster Red Star Guitar takes the classic "T" shape and adds a unique twist.

The hollow steel construction that Trussart has become renowned for is not only visually stunning but also creates a "steely" resonance not normally found in guitars made of wood. All that you need to do to see that the Steelcaster is different is strum one cord, even unplugged the tone is rich and full with its own unique character.

The Steelcaster is available with a wide array of options from different finishes to multiple pickup options. The Deluxe Steelcaster features an eloquent F hole for a true hollow body look.

Every Steelcaster has its own unique look due to the wearing process used.

This guitar is the Steelcaster design that features the Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation that reduces the weight of the guitar by approximately 1 pound, a Alnico II Pro Humbucker in the Neck position, and a OD Green aged finish with painted Red Star!

Model: Steelcaster
Serial Number: 13188
Weight: 8 lbs 1 oz
Body: Steel w/ Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation
Neck: Maple w/ Rosewood
Neck Shape: '62 - 9" Radius - 25-1/2" Scale
Frets: 6105 Narrow Tall
Bridge: Vintage 3 Saddle
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Gears: Tone Pro Kluson Tuners
Pickguard: Steel w/ Red Star paint option

Electronics: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Switch
Input Jack: Side Jack
Knobs: Textured Metal
Neck Pickup: Alnico Pro II Humbucker Neck
Bridge Pickup: Arcane Inc. Tele Bridge

Finish: OD Green
Paint Option: Red Star
Other Options: Holey Metal Front and Back Perforation
String Gauge: .010 - .046 Dunlop
Case: Deluxe Hardshell

#guitar   #music   #rocknroll   #musiclover   #handmade   #musician   #steelcaster   #guitarist   #redstar  

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2016-09-26 04:57:46 (22 comments; 4 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

What Villain and What Hero Roles From Literature or Film Would You Play in a Fairy Tale?

This is a great, open-ended question that lets your imagination roam. It can be a role in traditional fairy tales - like those from the Brothers Grimm, or in tales from Tolkien, Disney, or hundreds of other sources, worldwide.

1. If I was a VILLAIN in a fairy tale, I'd be ..........
2. If I was a HERO in a fairy tale, I'd be ..............

About Fairy Tales

A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, mermaids, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and... more »

What Villain and What Hero Roles From Literature or Film Would You Play in a Fairy Tale?

This is a great, open-ended question that lets your imagination roam. It can be a role in traditional fairy tales - like those from the Brothers Grimm, or in tales from Tolkien, Disney, or hundreds of other sources, worldwide.

1. If I was a VILLAIN in a fairy tale, I'd be ..........
2. If I was a HERO in a fairy tale, I'd be ..............

About Fairy Tales

A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, mermaids, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables. The term is mainly used for stories with origins in European tradition and, at least in recent centuries, mostly relates to children's literature.

In less technical contexts, the term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in "fairy tale ending" (a happy ending) or "fairy tale romance" (though not all fairy tales end happily). Colloquially, a "fairy tale" or "fairy story" can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it is used especially of any story that not only is not true, but could not possibly be true.

Legends are perceived as real; fairy tales may merge into legends, where the narrative is perceived both by teller and hearers as being grounded in historical truth. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times.

Fairy tales are found in oral and in literary form; the name "fairy tale" was first ascribed to them by Madame d'Aulnoy in the late 17th century. Many of today's fairy tales have evolved from centuries-old stories that have appeared, with variations, in multiple cultures around the world.

The history of the fairy tale is particularly difficult to trace because only the literary forms can survive. Still, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon, such stories may date back thousands of years, some to the Bronze Age more than 6,000 years ago. Fairy tales, and works derived from fairy tales, are still written today.

Folklorists have classified fairy tales in various ways. The Aarne-Thompson classification system and the morphological analysis of Vladimir Propp are among the most notable. Other folklorists have interpreted the tales' significance, but no school has been definitively established for the meaning of the tales.

#fairytales   #villain   #hero   #roles   #literaryhistory   #folklore  ___

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2016-09-26 04:35:38 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 97 +1s; )Open 

RIP Arnold Palmer

I'm not sure I've written about this before here, but I grew up as a "golf kid." Eve when I was a youngster, my dad would take me and my brother out on the public golf courses often. His dad golfed, and my dad used to make money as a teenager by collecting golf balls at a course in Monticello, Iowa. Then they'd let him play a free round.

Over the years, we played many fine courses, and contrary to the sloth I am today, I was an active kid/teenager. We skied, swam, golfed, played racquetball, bowled, and we played tennis year round.

But some of my strongest memories are watching PGA tournaments with dad, and especially watching Arnold Palmer on TV play as a kid. Later, I even remember playing miniature golf at an Arnold Palmer course. Great memories, and I always remembered him being quite a gentlemen. One lasting... more »

RIP Arnold Palmer

I'm not sure I've written about this before here, but I grew up as a "golf kid." Eve when I was a youngster, my dad would take me and my brother out on the public golf courses often. His dad golfed, and my dad used to make money as a teenager by collecting golf balls at a course in Monticello, Iowa. Then they'd let him play a free round.

Over the years, we played many fine courses, and contrary to the sloth I am today, I was an active kid/teenager. We skied, swam, golfed, played racquetball, bowled, and we played tennis year round.

But some of my strongest memories are watching PGA tournaments with dad, and especially watching Arnold Palmer on TV play as a kid. Later, I even remember playing miniature golf at an Arnold Palmer course. Great memories, and I always remembered him being quite a gentlemen. One lasting memory I have is playing a last round of golf with my grandfather and dad, and talking about the greats like Arnold. I'll never get those times back again.

Rest In Peace, Arnold. You made a difference to many people.

About Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history. He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955.

Nicknamed "The King", he was one of golf's most popular stars and its most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.

Palmer's social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivaled among fellow professionals; his humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes. Palmer is part of "The Big Three" in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world.

Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

#golf   #arnoldpalmer   #progolfer   #nostalgia   #memories   #growingup  ___

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2016-09-24 08:09:07 (60 comments; 7 reshares; 194 +1s; )Open 

Zootopia

Saw this on Netflix, and I thought it was really well done. I was surprised by how cool it was, and how much "heart" it had, just like a Pixar film. I see how it became a $1 BN film.

Zootopia (released as Zootropolis in some countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy cop mystery crime comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film.

The film is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira. The film details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they uncover a conspiracy that involves... more »

Zootopia

Saw this on Netflix, and I thought it was really well done. I was surprised by how cool it was, and how much "heart" it had, just like a Pixar film. I see how it became a $1 BN film.

Zootopia (released as Zootropolis in some countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy cop mystery crime comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film.

The film is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira. The film details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they uncover a conspiracy that involves the disappearance of predator civilians within a mammalian metropolis.

Zootopia premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on February 17, 2016, and began a general theatrical release in conventional 2D, Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on March 4, 2016. The film was praised for its story, animation, cast, humor, and themes about racism and stereotypes. It opened to record-breaking box office success in several countries and has earned a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 24th highest-grossing film of all time.

Review from Rolling Stone

The last thing you'd expect from a new Disney animated marshmallow is balls. But, hot damn, Zootopia comes ready to party hard. This baby has attitude, a potent feminist streak, a tough take on racism, and a cinema-centric plot that references The Godfather, Chinatown and L.A. Confidential. The kids, paying zero attention to such things, will love it. But the grownups will have even more fun digging in.

Our star is a bunny, scrappily voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin: She's Judy Hopps, whose parents and 225 siblings are having trouble keeping this firecracker down on the farm. Judy has dreams of being a cop and kicking ass in Zootopia, a kind of barnyard metropolis where predators and prey live in segregated harmony. I didn't say peace; the town isn't perfect, though the animation is.

A tour through the byways of Zootopia is a bracing blend of color and richly detailed design, especially during a chase scene in Little Rodentia where Judy gets to lord it over prey much tinier than she is. Otherwise this bunny is constantly on the defensive, trying to crack the glass ceiling erected by a Cape buffalo police chief named Bogo, voiced with vibrant gruff by this year's should-have-been Oscar winner Idris Elba.

Bogo and a lot of other male beasts — hippo, rhino and elephant — in this nation want to stop Judy's ambitions at meter maid. Luckily, Mayor Lionheart (J.K. Simmons) has begun a new mammal-inclusion initiative. Judy puts on a brave face. But first day she's scammed by Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fast-talking fox happily possessed of Bateman's delicious comic snark. Still, this odd couple makes a dynamite team when it's crisis time. (Come on, you knew it was coming from the first notes of Michael Giacchino’s noirish score.)

Predators revert to nature and go on snarling, violent attacks. Animals go missing. And Judy and Nick find a research facility that jails predators that have "gone savage." Impressionable tots may hide their eyes.

Directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), along with co-director Jared Bush, who shares screenplay credit with Phil Johnston, know how to keep things light. There's a nifty scene at a DMV exclusively staffed by sloths. But they also know how to take a deep dive when necessary, especially when certain species are treated as threats and cause public panic. Listen up, Mr. Trump.

Like I said, this big-city crime caper puts a lot on its animated plate. Zooptopia takes chances and doesn't play it safe. Is it too soon to talk about next year's Oscars?

Zootopia - Best Scenes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKS_2ulNBYU

Zootopia Official US Trailer #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWM0ct-OLsM

#zootopia   #disney   #animatedfilm   #Hollywood   #movies   #film  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zootopia___

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2016-09-24 07:44:32 (45 comments; 44 reshares; 734 +1s; )Open 

67 Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.

It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1965. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.

With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power. The 1971 model saw a drastic redesign to its predecessors. After an initial surge, sales were steadily declining, as Ford began working on a new generation Mustang. With the onset of the 1973 oil crisis, Ford was prepared,h... more »

67 Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.

It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1965. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.

With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power. The 1971 model saw a drastic redesign to its predecessors. After an initial surge, sales were steadily declining, as Ford began working on a new generation Mustang. With the onset of the 1973 oil crisis, Ford was prepared, having already designed the smaller Mustang II for the 1974 model year. This new car had no common components with preceding models.

The 1967 model year Mustang was the first redesign of the original model. Ford's designers began drawing up a larger version even as the original was achieving sales success, and while "Iacocca later complained about the Mustang's growth, he did oversee the redesign for 1967. The major mechanical feature was to allow the installation of a big-block V8 engine. The overall size, interior and cargo space were increased. Exterior trim changes included concave taillights, side scoop (1967 model) and chrome (1968 model) side ornamentation, square rear-view mirrors, and usual yearly wheel and gas cap changes. The high-performance 289 option was placed behind the newer 335 hp (250 kW; 340 PS) 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE engine from the Ford Thunderbird, which was equipped with a four-barrel carburetor.

A 390 GT engine, and a 4-speed manual transmission recorded quarter mile times of approximately 13 seconds and trap speeds of over 105 mph (169 km/h)[citation needed]. During the mid-1968 model year, a drag racer for the street could be ordered with the optional 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet engine which was officially rated at 335 hp (250 kW; 340 PS) all of these Mustangs were issued R codes on their VIN#'s.

The 1967 Deluxe Interior was revised, discontinuing the embossed running horse motif on the seat backs (the source for the "pony interior" nickname) in favor of a new deluxe interior package, which included special color options, brushed aluminum (from 8/1966 production) or woodgrain dash trim, seat buttons, and special door panels.

The hardtop also included upholstered quarter trim panels, a carryover from the 65-66 deluxe interior. The 67 hardtop also had the chrome quarter trim caps, carried over from 65-66, but these were painted to match the interior in 1968 models. The 1967 deluxe interior included stainless steel-trimmed seat back shells, similar to those in the Thunderbird. These were dropped at the end of the 67 model year, and were not included in the woodgrain-trimmed 1968 interior. The deluxe steering wheel, which had been included in the deluxe interior for the 65-66, became optional, and could also be ordered with the standard interior.

The 1968 models that were produced from January 1968 were also the first model year to incorporate 3 point lap and shoulder belts (which had previously been optional, in 67-68 models) as opposed to the standard lap belts. The air-conditioning option was fully integrated into the dash, the speakers and stereo were upgraded, and unique center and overhead consoles were options. The fastback model offered the option of a rear fold-down seat, and the convertible was available with folding glass windows. Gone too was the Rally-Pac, since the new instrument cluster had provisions for an optional tachometer and clock. Its size and shape also precluded the installation of the accessory atop the steering column.

The convenience group with four warning lights for low fuel, seat belt reminder, parking brake not released, and door ajar were added to the instrument panel, or, if one ordered the optional console and A/C, the lights were mounted on the console.

#ford   #mustang   #automobile   #cars   #musclecars   #ponycar  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang_(first_generation)___

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2016-09-23 18:11:20 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

In The Heart of Transylvania

A worthy long read and a fascinating story about a man forgotten by time. What an interesting character, and much like Lawrence of Arabia in some ways...

Sacel Castle was once the family home of Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvas, an Austro-Hungarian aristocrat born in 1877. Baron Nopcsa was a notorious figure in his day. A wild genius with a flair for the dandyish and the dramatic, he was an explorer, spy, polyglot and master of disguise. He crossed the Albanian Alps on foot and befriended local mountain men, sometimes involving himself in their tribal feuds.

Once, he was nearly crowned King of Albania. It was said that he would disappear for months at a time only to arrive for polite tea at posh European hotels dressed as a peasant. Along with a younger man whom he called his secretary, he traversed swaths of the Balkans... more »

In The Heart of Transylvania

A worthy long read and a fascinating story about a man forgotten by time. What an interesting character, and much like Lawrence of Arabia in some ways...

Sacel Castle was once the family home of Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvas, an Austro-Hungarian aristocrat born in 1877. Baron Nopcsa was a notorious figure in his day. A wild genius with a flair for the dandyish and the dramatic, he was an explorer, spy, polyglot and master of disguise. He crossed the Albanian Alps on foot and befriended local mountain men, sometimes involving himself in their tribal feuds.

Once, he was nearly crowned King of Albania. It was said that he would disappear for months at a time only to arrive for polite tea at posh European hotels dressed as a peasant. Along with a younger man whom he called his secretary, he traversed swaths of the Balkans on motorcycle. He kept up years-long correspondences with famous and learned men all across Europe. Later in his life, he was known for chasing villagers from his estate with a pistol.

It is easy for the intrigue and romance of Nopcsa’s exploits, and the manner of his tragic death, to obscure the quieter fact that the baron was one of the great scholars and scientific minds of his time —and was largely self-taught. He was one of the first scientists to look at fossilized dinosaur bones and see a living, social creature. In fact, he was a staunch believer in the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs, decades before the idea became widely accepted among paleontologists. His overall contributions to the field have led some to call him the forgotten father of dinosaur paleobiology. “Nopcsa was asking questions nobody else was asking,” says David Weishampel, a paleontologist at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

#dinosaur   #paleobiology   #paleontology   #transylvania   #scientist #biography   #adventurer   #spy  

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-forgot-rogue-aristocrat-discovered-dinosaurs-died-penniless-180959504/___

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2016-09-23 05:16:57 (54 comments; 11 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

I'm not sure what to say about this, other than I thought it was fascinating that Morrison was there, and also about the way Lennon died. That's about all I have - no comment about guns themselves. But it was curious to me that they recorded this at all...

23 September 1968, Working on new songs for their forthcoming The White Album, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand’, (working title of 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun').

The title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morrison from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.

#thebeatles   #johnlennon   #jimmorrison   #thewhitealbum   #guns   #happinessisawarmgun   #musiclovers   #music   #musichisto... more »

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

I'm not sure what to say about this, other than I thought it was fascinating that Morrison was there, and also about the way Lennon died. That's about all I have - no comment about guns themselves. But it was curious to me that they recorded this at all...

23 September 1968, Working on new songs for their forthcoming The White Album, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand’, (working title of 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun').

The title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morrison from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.

#thebeatles   #johnlennon   #jimmorrison   #thewhitealbum   #guns   #happinessisawarmgun   #musiclovers   #music   #musichistory  

image | http://whereisfancybread.deviantart.com/art/A-Warm-Gun-72686225

If someone finds a good HD link to the entire album, post a link in the comments, please.___

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2016-09-23 04:37:38 (22 comments; 4 reshares; 148 +1s; )Open 

The Artist's Loft

This space appears to be pretty cool at first glance, then when my eye wanders around the room, it definitely feels "ordered." Is this a good thing? A bad thing? What are your thoughts on an open living space like this that is obviously well-decorated, or at least, laid out?

Finding beauty in your surroundings is key to maintaining a happy home. But when you make your life and living as an artist, you must also be able to find inspiration there. While some artists may be inspired by vast swaths of blank canvas or the ultimate in simplicity, others prefer mementos of their lives, channeling memories, images, sights, and sounds that can then be a source of that elusive creative spark

On every surface is an image, a texture, or a color that could be a potential source of inspiration. The open loft is characterized by building... more »

The Artist's Loft

This space appears to be pretty cool at first glance, then when my eye wanders around the room, it definitely feels "ordered." Is this a good thing? A bad thing? What are your thoughts on an open living space like this that is obviously well-decorated, or at least, laid out?

Finding beauty in your surroundings is key to maintaining a happy home. But when you make your life and living as an artist, you must also be able to find inspiration there. While some artists may be inspired by vast swaths of blank canvas or the ultimate in simplicity, others prefer mementos of their lives, channeling memories, images, sights, and sounds that can then be a source of that elusive creative spark

On every surface is an image, a texture, or a color that could be a potential source of inspiration. The open loft is characterized by building materials that are far from the perfectly polished surfaces we are used to seeing. Planks of wood dangle precariously from the ceiling and unpainted brick peeks out from behind reclaimed advertising signs. Even the tapestries look as though they had former lives that left them worn and dirty. But the result is a space that looks carefully undone. Clearly artistic and definitely on purpose.

#loft   #loftliving   #artistslife   #studio   #studiolife   #design   #decor  

More Pictures of all the rooms at:
bit.ly/ArtistLoft___

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2016-09-23 04:21:20 (48 comments; 3 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

The Discovery, and Remarkable Recovery, of the King Tut’s Tomb of Silent-Era Cinema

Nearly four decades ago, a treasure trove of film from the early 20th century was found, underneath a hockey rink, in the remote Canadian town of Dawson City.

In anticipation of Bill Morrison’s new documentary, Dawson City: Frozen Time, Lawrence Weschler dives into how and why the Dawson City archive came to be.

Film burns. It melts, delaminates, molders, and rots, turning from a pasty goop to a clotted puck which every so often, and not that infrequently, spontaneously combusts and even explodes. This is not the case with all film, but it certainly applies to film made from cellulose nitrate, which means most movies made before the early 1950s, when a general conversion to acetate began.

A vast amount of film has been lost to time—wholecaree... more »

The Discovery, and Remarkable Recovery, of the King Tut’s Tomb of Silent-Era Cinema

Nearly four decades ago, a treasure trove of film from the early 20th century was found, underneath a hockey rink, in the remote Canadian town of Dawson City.

In anticipation of Bill Morrison’s new documentary, Dawson City: Frozen Time, Lawrence Weschler dives into how and why the Dawson City archive came to be.

Film burns. It melts, delaminates, molders, and rots, turning from a pasty goop to a clotted puck which every so often, and not that infrequently, spontaneously combusts and even explodes. This is not the case with all film, but it certainly applies to film made from cellulose nitrate, which means most movies made before the early 1950s, when a general conversion to acetate began.

A vast amount of film has been lost to time—whole careers vaporized, entire catalogues of once-thriving studios laid waste, miles of newsreels gummed up beyond salvage.

Which explains what Bill Morrison was doing up in the Yukon a couple of years ago, 165 miles south of the Arctic Circle, in Dawson City, the hub of the late-19th-century Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson City was the site, 38 years ago, of one of the most astonishing and unexpected bonanzas in cinematic history: the chance discovery of a mother lode consisting of more than a thousand reels of nitrate film stock from the earliest days of the movie industry —virtually all of it unique and long thought lost, improbably preserved inside a permafrost landfill underneath an abandoned ice-hockey rink.

This mother lode came to be known as the Dawson City archive. It is the King Tut’s tomb of early movies. Why and how it came to be found in Dawson is a story in itself.

Dawson City: Frozen Time | Trailer | NYFF54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvT4cQuXyw4

#filmmaking   #movies   #silentfilms   #dawsoncity   #canada  

Read the Entirely Long Read Cool Story Here:
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/09/the-discovery-and-recovery-of-the-king-tuts-tomb-of-silent-era-cinema___

2016-09-22 04:25:09 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The Hobbit

Of the three films released, which is your favorite? Not talking about the book here, just the films - and your vote can consider the special extended editions as well. We all know the book is out of this world, so let's just stick to the work we see on the screen for this poll.

The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King, which expand on the story told in The Hobbit, as well as new material and characters written especially for the films.

*Together they act as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The films are subtitled An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the... more »

The Hobbit

Of the three films released, which is your favorite? Not talking about the book here, just the films - and your vote can consider the special extended editions as well. We all know the book is out of this world, so let's just stick to the work we see on the screen for this poll.

The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King, which expand on the story told in The Hobbit, as well as new material and characters written especially for the films.

*Together they act as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The films are subtitled An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

Filming

Principal photography began on 21 March 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. Filming took place at Wellington Stone Street Studios, the town of Matamata and at other undisclosed locations around New Zealand.

The costumes for each of the Dwarves included six wigs and eight beards, which were worn by the actors, stunt doubles, and stand-ins.

During July 2011, scenes from The Hobbit were filmed at Pinewood Studios, England. Sets were constructed on the F Stage and N&P Stages for the shoot. Jackson recorded a video blog from the set, which featured Christopher Lee in full makeup and costume as Saruman.

The second block of shooting in New Zealand began at the end of August and was completed in December 2011. Principal photography ended on 6 July 2012, after 266 days of filming.

During May 2013, additional filming for the second and third films began in New Zealand and lasted for 10 weeks.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - World Premiere Highlights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5gkvk7cnJ4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit_(film_series)___

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2016-09-22 04:00:55 (28 comments; 40 reshares; 506 +1s; )Open 

The $40 Million Bugatti

There are only two Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in the world. The one from 1936 changed hands for $40 million three years ago, while the 1938 example belonging to Ralph Lauren’s collection won the Concorso d’Eleganze Villa d’Este. (2013).

The Atlantic is not just a car, but a monument to pre-war Europe. It’s one of the last great things mankind produced before everybody switched to building tanks. It’s also the pinnacle of the Bugatti family’s contribution to the twentieth century and the automotive industry. It’s a significant piece of history and its is basically art deco on four wheels. It’s also a ghost we can touch.

When Jean Bugatti’s Aérolithe concept debuted in Paris in 1935, the public didn’t get it. It was made out of a light but flammable magnesium alloy called Elektron, therefore the body panelswere riveted externa... more »

The $40 Million Bugatti

There are only two Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in the world. The one from 1936 changed hands for $40 million three years ago, while the 1938 example belonging to Ralph Lauren’s collection won the Concorso d’Eleganze Villa d’Este. (2013).

The Atlantic is not just a car, but a monument to pre-war Europe. It’s one of the last great things mankind produced before everybody switched to building tanks. It’s also the pinnacle of the Bugatti family’s contribution to the twentieth century and the automotive industry. It’s a significant piece of history and its is basically art deco on four wheels. It’s also a ghost we can touch.

When Jean Bugatti’s Aérolithe concept debuted in Paris in 1935, the public didn’t get it. It was made out of a light but flammable magnesium alloy called Elektron, therefore the body panels were riveted externally. Under that was a new chassis (T57) and a new double overhead-cam engine, making the Aérolithe the most advanced car of its time. Still, it was too much to take in.

Ettore Bugatti was disappointed, and the Aérolithe disappeared soon after. It remains a great mystery where it went. It could be the casualty of war or be scrapped for parts. Ettore Bugatti could have hidden it forever. He was that sort of a person.

But back to the thirties. After the Aérolithe show car, Bugatti only produced four supercharged Atlantic coupes using aluminum instead of magnesium while keeping the rivets. Powered by supercharged 3,257 cc inline-8 engines, these 170+ horsepower cars could do north of 120 mph. In 1936.

Today, two cars remain. The first is at the Mullin Automotive Museum in California, with the following history:

It was delivered to Lord Victor Rothschild in England on September 2, 1936. Three years later, in 1939, Mr. Rothschild had the Bugatti factory install a Roots supercharger from a Type 55 engine, upgrading the model to a Type 57SC. Having blown up the engine, he nevertheless kept the car in storage in England until 1941, when he sold it to his countryman Mr. T.P. Tunnard Moore. Mr. Moore and Robert Arbuthnot, a sometime racer at Brooklands, were partners at High Speed Motors of London. At some point, Mr. Moore sold the car to Arbuthnot, who in turn sold it in to Rodney Clarke of Continental Cars, Ltd., in 1944.

A year later, Mr. Clarke sold the Type 57SC to Mr. Robert Oliver, a wealthy American doing duty in France as a member of the US Army Medical Corps. In August 1946, Mr. Oliver had 57374 shipped to the United States, where he received it in New York and proceeded to drive it home to Los Angeles. In 1953, Mr. Oliver shipped the car back to the Bugatti factory, where its engine was completely rebuilt and the correct Type 57SC supercharger and hydraulic brakes were installed. Following Mr. Oliver’s passing the Atlantic was sold in 1971 through public auction to Dr. Peter Williamson who paid an unprecedented $59,000.

Following refurbishment, the car was shown at Pebble Beach in 2003 and won “Best in Show”. In 2010 the Williamson family sold the Atlantic to a buyer from whom the car is graciously on loan.
The other one belongs to Ralph Lauren, has a number plate, and sounds like this:

Ralph Lauren's 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic - Start Up & Exhaust Sound
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhG0eTdMvAQ

More Pictures at the Link:
http://jalopnik.com/why-ralph-laurens-40-million-bugatti-is-worth-every-511238056

#automobile   #bugattii   #cars   #classiccars   #rarecars  ___

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The Lord of the Rings

Of the three films released, which is your favorite? Not talking about books here, just the films - and your vote can consider the special extended editions as well. We all know the books are out of this world, so let's just stick to the work we see on the screen for this poll.

The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).

The series was a major financial success, with the films collectively being among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations. The final... more »

The Lord of the Rings

Of the three films released, which is your favorite? Not talking about books here, just the films - and your vote can consider the special extended editions as well. We all know the books are out of this world, so let's just stick to the work we see on the screen for this poll.

The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).

The series was a major financial success, with the films collectively being among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award nominations. The final film in the series, The Return of the King, won all of its 11 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, which also tied it with Ben-Hur and Titanic for most Academy Awards received for a film. The series received wide praise for its innovative special and visual effects

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings_(film_series)___

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Pan-Am

You always have to wonder: what went wrong? How do you go from America's largest airline from 1927-1991, and then disappear? Another story on the scrapheap of American business stories. I'm leaving out much of the background here, but the entire Wiki article is worth a read if you'd really like to get a sense of destiny.

Pan American World Airways, known from its founding until 1950 as Pan American Airways and commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, the airline became a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and... more »

Pan-Am

You always have to wonder: what went wrong? How do you go from America's largest airline from 1927-1991, and then disappear? Another story on the scrapheap of American business stories. I'm leaving out much of the background here, but the entire Wiki article is worth a read if you'd really like to get a sense of destiny.

Pan American World Airways, known from its founding until 1950 as Pan American Airways and commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, the airline became a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems.

It was also a founding member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global airline industry association. Identified by its blue globe logo ("The Blue Meatball"), the use of the word "Clipper" in aircraft names and call signs, and the white pilot uniform caps, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century. In an era dominated by flag carriers that were wholly or majority government-owned, it was also the unofficial overseas flag carrier of the United States*. During most of the jet era, Pan Am's flagship terminal was the Worldport located at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

Clipper Era

Pan Am started its South American routes with Consolidated Commodore and Sikorsky S-38 flying boats. The S-40, larger than the eight-passenger S-38, began flying for Pan Am in 1931. Carrying the nicknames American Clipper, Southern Clipper, and Caribbean Clipper, they were the first of the series of 28 Clippers that symbolized Pan Am between 1931 and 1946. During this time, Pan Am operated Clipper services to Latin America from the International Pan American Airport at Dinner Key in Miami, Florida.

In 1937 Pan Am turned to Britain and France to begin seaplane service between the United States and Europe. Pan Am reached an agreement with both countries to offer service from Norfolk, Virginia, to Europe via Bermuda and the Azores using the S-42s. A joint service from Port Washington, New York to Bermuda began in June 1937, with Pan Am using Sikorskys and Imperial Airways using the C class flying boat RMA Cavalier.

On July 5, 1937 survey flights across the North Atlantic began. Pan Am Clipper III, a Sikorsky S-42, landed at Botwood in the Bay of Exploits in Newfoundland from Port Washington, via Shediac, New Brunswick. The next day Pan Am Clipper III left Botwood for Foynes in Ireland. The same day, a Short Empire C-Class flying boat, the Caledonia, left Foynes for Botwood, and landed July 6, 1937, reaching Montreal on July 8 and New York on July 9.

PAA's China Clipper service cut the time of a transpacific crossing from as much as six weeks by sea to just six days by air.
Trippe decided to start a service from San Francisco to Honolulu and on to Hong Kong and Auckland following steamship routes. After negotiating traffic rights in 1934 to land at Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Wake Island, Guam, and Subic Bay (Manila), Pan Am shipped $500,000 worth of aeronautical equipment westward in March 1935 using the North Haven, a 15,000 ton merchant ship it chartered for the purpose of provisioning each island that the clippers would stop at on their 4 to 5-day flight.

Pan Am ran its first survey flight to Honolulu in April 1935 with a Sikorsky S-42 flying boat. The airline won the contract for a San Francisco – Canton mail route later that year and operated its first commercial flight carrying mail and express (no passengers) in a Martin M-130 from Alameda to Manila amid media fanfare on November 22, 1935. The five-leg, 8,000-mile (12,875 km) flight arrived in Manila on November 29 and returned to San Francisco on December 6, cutting the time between the two cities via the fastest scheduled steamship by over two weeks. (Both the United States and Philippine Islands issued special stamps for the two flights.) The first passenger flight left Alameda on October 21, 1936. The fare from San Francisco to Manila or Hong Kong in 1937 was $950 one way (about $15640 in 2015) and $1,710 round trip.

Jet Age

Pan Am was the launch customer of the Boeing 707, placing an order for 20 in October 1955. It also ordered 25 of Douglas's DC-8, which could seat six across (the 707 originally was to be 144 inches wide with five-abreast seating; Boeing widened it to match the DC-8). The combined order value was $269 million. Pan Am's first scheduled jet flight was from New York Idlewild to Paris Le Bourget (stopping at Gander to refuel) on October 26, 1958, with Boeing 707–121 Clipper America (N711PA) with 111 passengers. The 320 "Intercontinental" series 707 in 1959-60, and the Douglas DC-8 in March 1960, enabled non-stop transatlantic crossings with a viable payload in both directions.

Pan Am was the launch customer of the Boeing 747, placing a $525 million order for 25 in April 1966.*On January 15, 1970 First Lady Pat Nixon christened a Pan Am Boeing 747 Clipper Young America at Washington Dulles in the presence of Pan Am president Najeeb Halaby. *During the next few days, Pan Am flew several 747s to major airports in the United States as a public relations effort, allowing the public to tour the airplanes. Pan Am began its final preparations for the first 747 service on the evening of January 21, 1970, when Clipper Young America was scheduled to fly from New York John F. Kennedy to London Heathrow. An engine failure delayed the inaugural flight's departure by several hours, necessitating the substitution of another 747 which eventually flew to London Heathrow. Passengers cheered and drank champagne as the jet finally lifted off from the runway at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Pan Am carried 11 million passengers over 20 billion miles (32,186,880,000 km) in 1970, the year it revolutionized air travel with the first widebodied airliner.

Peak

At its peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Pan Am advertised under the slogan, the "World's Most Experienced Airline". It carried 6.7 million passengers in 1966, and by 1968, its 150 jets flew to 86 countries on every continent except for Antarctica over a scheduled route network of 81,410 unduplicated miles (131,000 km). During that period the airline was profitable and its cash reserves totaled $1 billion. Most routes were between New York, Europe, and South America, and between Miami and the Caribbean. In 1964 Pan Am began a helicopter shuttle between New York's John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports and Lower Manhattan, operated by New York Airways.

Aside from the DC-8, the Boeing 707 and 747, the Pan Am jet fleet included Boeing 720Bs and 727s (the first aircraft to sport Pan Am — rather than Pan American — titles). (The airline later had Boeing 737s and 747SPs (which could fly nonstop New York to Tokyo), Lockheed L-1011 Tristars, McDonnell-Douglas DC-10s, and Airbus A300s and A310s.) Pan Am owned the InterContinental Hotel chain and had a financial interest in the Falcon Jet Corporation, which held marketing rights to the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet in North America. The airline was involved in creating a missile-tracking range in the South Atlantic and operating a nuclear-engine testing laboratory in Nevada.In addition, Pan Am participated in several notable humanitarian flights.

At its height Pan Am was well regarded for its modern fleet and experienced crews: cabin staff were multilingual and usually college graduates, hired from around the world, frequently with nursing training. Pan Am's onboard service and cuisine, inspired by Maxim's de Paris, were delivered "with a personal flair that has rarely been equaled."

Bankruptcy

Pan Am was forced to declare bankruptcy on January 8, 1991. Delta Air Lines purchased the remaining profitable assets of Pan Am, including its remaining European routes and Frankfurt mini hub, the Shuttle operation, 45 jets, and the Pan Am Worldport at John F. Kennedy Airport, for $416 million. Delta also injected $100 million becoming a 45 percent owner of a reorganized but smaller Pan Am serving the Caribbean, Central and South America from a main hub in Miami. The airline's creditors would hold the other 55 percent.

The Boston–New York LaGuardia–Washington National Pan Am Shuttle service was taken over by Delta in September 1991. Two months later Delta assumed all of Pan Am's remaining transatlantic traffic rights, except Miami to Paris and London.

In October 1991 former Douglas Aircraft executive Russell Ray, Jr. was hired as Pan Am's new president and CEO. As part of this restructuring, Pan Am relocated its headquarters from the Pan Am Building in New York City to new offices in the Miami area in preparation for the airline's relaunch from both Miami and New York on November 1, 1991. The new airline would have operated approximately 60 aircraft and generate about $1.2 billion in annual revenues with 7,500 employees. Following the relaunch, Pan Am continued to sustain heavy losses. Revenue throughout October and November 1991 fell short of what had been anticipated in the reorganization plan, with Delta claiming that Pan Am was losing $3 million a day. This undermined Delta's, Wall Street's and the traveling public's confidence in the viability of the reorganized Pan Am.

Pan Am's senior executives outlined a projected shortfall of between $100 million and possibly $200 million, with the airline requiring a $25 million installment just to fly through the following week. On the evening of December 3, Pan Am's Creditors Committee advised U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Cornelius Blackshear that it was close to convincing an airline (TWA) to invest $15 million to keep Pan Am operating. A deal with TWA owner Carl Icahn could not be struck. Pan Am opened for business at 9:00 am and within the hour, Ray was forced to withdraw Pan Am's plan of reorganization and execute an immediate shutdown plan for Pan Am. Over 9,000 employees lost their jobs. As a result of this action, Delta was sued for more than $2.5 billion on December 9, 1991 by the Pan Am Creditors Committee. Shortly thereafter, a large group of former Pan Am employees sued Delta. In December 1994 a federal judge ruled in favor of Delta, concluding that it was not liable for Pan Am's demise.

Pan Am ceased operations on December 4, 1991 following a decision by Delta's CEO, Ron Allen, and other senior executives not to go ahead with the final $25 million payment Pan Am was scheduled to receive the weekend after Thanksgiving. As a result, some 7,500 Pan Am employees lost their jobs, thousands of whom had worked in the New York City area and were preparing to move to the Miami area to work at Pan Am's new headquarters near Miami International Airport. Economists predicted that 9,000 jobs in the Miami area, including jobs at companies not connected to Pan Am that were dependent on the airline's presence, would be lost after it folded. The carrier's last flown scheduled operation was Pan Am flight 436 which departed that day from Bridgetown, Barbados at 2 pm (EST) for Miami under the command of Captain Mark Pyle flying Clipper Goodwill, a Boeing 727–200 (N368PA).

Pan Am was the third American major airline to shut down in 1991, after Eastern Air Lines and Midway Airlines.

After serving only two months as Pan Am's CEO, Ray was replaced by Peter McHugh to supervise the sale of Pan Am's remaining assets by Pan Am's Creditor's Committee. Pan Am's last remaining hub (at Miami International Airport) was split during the following years between United Airlines and American Airlines. TWA's Carl Icahn purchased Pan Am Express at a court ordered bankruptcy auction for $13 million, renaming it Trans World Express. The Pan Am brand was sold to Charles Cobb, CEO of Cobb Partners and former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland under President George H.W. Bush and Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Reagan. Cobb, along with Hanna-Frost partners invested in a new Pan American World Airways headed by veteran airline executive Martin R. Shugrue, Jr, a former Pan Am executive with 20 years of experience at the original carrier.

In his book, Pan Am: An Aviation Legend, Barnaby Conrad III contends that the collapse of the original Pan Am was a combination of corporate mismanagement, government indifference to protecting its prime international carrier, and flawed regulatory policy. He cites an observation made by former Pan Am Vice President for External Affairs, Stanley Gewirtz:

"What could go wrong did. No one who followed Juan Trippe had the foresight to do something strongly positive … it was the most astonishing example of Murphy's law in extremis. The sale of Pan Am's profitable parts was inevitable to the company's destruction. There were not enough pieces to build on.”

Under the terms of bankruptcy, the airline's International Flight Academy in Miami was permitted to remain open. It was established as an independent training organization beginning in 1992 under its current name, Pan Am International Flight Academy. The company began operating by using the flight simulation and type rating training center of the defunct Pan Am. In 2006, American Capital Strategies invested $58 million into the academy. Owned by the parent of Japanese airline All Nippon Airways as of October 2014, Pan Am International Flight Academy is the only surviving division of Pan American World Airways.

Come Fly With Me - The Story Of Pan Am (BBC Documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPaCT0pMlQY

Pan Am ("Come Fly With Me")
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gZwqTaLB4Y

#panam   #airlines   #aviation   #jetage   #aviationhistory   #clipper   #flying   #airplane   #juantrippe   #boeing   #boeing707   #boeing747  

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The Old Grey Whistle Test

21 September 1971, The first edition of the new BBC TV music show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' was aired. Presented by Richard Williams, the show included; film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey Festival playing 'Wild Thing', Bob Dylan playing 'Maggies Farm', plus America and Lesley Duncan 'live' in the studio. The influential show went on to enjoy a run from 1971 to 1987.

According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys—doormen in grey suits. The songs they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.

History

The show's focus on "serious" rockm... more »

The Old Grey Whistle Test

21 September 1971, The first edition of the new BBC TV music show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' was aired. Presented by Richard Williams, the show included; film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey Festival playing 'Wild Thing', Bob Dylan playing 'Maggies Farm', plus America and Lesley Duncan 'live' in the studio. The influential show went on to enjoy a run from 1971 to 1987.

According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys—doormen in grey suits. The songs they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.

History

The show's focus on "serious" rock music, rather than chart hits covered on BBC1 by Top of the Pops, was emphasised by a lack of showbiz glitter: bands would often perform their songs in front of either the bare studio walls or plain wooden boards (actually the backs of set walls from other programmes filmed in the same studio).

As with many BBC productions, this was (initially at least) as much a matter of money as of style; other late night shows of the time, having only 'minority' appeal, also had to be content with spartan sets. Another factor was that the programme was originally produced in a studio at BBC Television Centre in west London known as "Pres B", which had been originally designed for shooting little more than in-vision continuity. The studio was only 32 by 22 feet (10 m × 7 m) which left little room for a set once the cameras and band were in.

The original opening credits were played over a naked dancing woman painted in green to Santana's "Jingo". When Richard Williams was replaced by 'Whispering' Bob Harris, the series' opening titles theme was changed to the now more famous animation of a male figure made up of stars (known as the 'Star Kicker') dancing. The programme's title music, with its harmonica theme, was a track called "Stone Fox Chase" by a Nashville band, Area Code 615.

The first host was Richard Williams, features editor of Melody Maker, the music weekly. From 1972, the programme was presented by disc jockey Bob Harris (nicknamed "Whispering Bob Harris", because of his quiet voice and "laid back" style). He later became notorious among the younger generation for calling the New York Dolls "mock rock" and left OGWT in 1978.

After Harris's departure, Anne Nightingale took over as host. In December 1980, Nightingale presented the show in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of John Lennon (who had himself appeared on the show in 1975). This particular episode consisted almost entirely of interviews with various people about Lennon's life and career.

Following the departure of Nightingale in 1982, Andy Kershaw, David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and Richard Skinner also took turns as presenters. The same four presenters also co-presented The BBC's television coverage of Live Aid.

In 1983, the programme was moved to a live mid-evening slot. The title was abridged to Whistle Test and the title credits and music were changed. The programme's run ended with a live New Year's Eve special broadcast through to the early hours of New Year's Day 1988; material included "Hotel California" by The Eagles, live from 1977, and "Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf.

The executive producer of The Old Grey Whistle Test was Mike Appleton. Tom Corcoran (died October 2014), Derek Burbidge and Kate Humphreys directed, including the series location inserts. The audio was always of prime importance. Gregg Baily was the recordist for the show on location.

Many viewers assumed the bands were always playing live. However, owing to technical issues during the show's early years, and the need to ensure performances were controlled, the bands often recorded the instrumental tracks the day before. The vocals were then performed live, "99 percent" of the time. However, after 1973, the show changed to an entirely live format.

Other directors and camera operators were Martin Pitts in the USA, and for England, John Metcalfe and Tim Pope, John Burrowes in the UK along with David Croft. Location shoots all over the world were an essential part of the programme.

The Old Grey Whistle Test Story (2007)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le9TKTe1TVM&list=PL8ife9Rz61MusESIGCpKQl7cSghwXlWuN

Talking Heads Psycho Killer Old Grey Whistle Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzIuZ-mrIL0

The Cult - The Old Grey Whistle Test 1987
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a52SMv4npw

Billy Joel - Live At The Old Grey Whistle Test 1978 (Full Concert)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtENAk4w5HI

John Lennon - The Old Grey Whistle Test - part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUG2qmSfbAs

Queen Bitch - David Bowie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFcKPKSr4fk

The Old Grey Whistle Test - Ry Cooder (1977)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc-9RmT0ARM

BONNIE RAITT...BBC TV - Old Grey Whistle Test 1976
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NgEqtCNtzU

Johnny Winter - Old Grey Whistle Test 1979 - Full Concert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4BcI-o-R88

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards on The Old Grey Whistle Test in the 70's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_662jDQvjs

The Kinks live at the Old Grey Whistle Test 1977
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkRXfMj7lk4

#oldgreywhistletest   #rocknroll   #tvshow   #london   #uk   #music   #musiclover  

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Defiance Public Library

I had an intense final interview round of testing today (for a new job) in Defiance, Ohio, and I decided to wind-down afterwards at the beautiful public library that's alongside the picturesque Auglaize River. It was pretty cool, and inside, they have a good reading room that faces directly on the river. Talk about mesmerizing!

#library   #defiance   #ohio   #auglaizeriver   #reading   #books   #booklovers   #architecture   #stainedglass  

Defiance Public Library

I had an intense final interview round of testing today (for a new job) in Defiance, Ohio, and I decided to wind-down afterwards at the beautiful public library that's alongside the picturesque Auglaize River. It was pretty cool, and inside, they have a good reading room that faces directly on the river. Talk about mesmerizing!

#library   #defiance   #ohio   #auglaizeriver   #reading   #books   #booklovers   #architecture   #stainedglass  ___

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2016-09-21 03:23:25 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 

Sedlec Ossuary

With Halloween around the corner, it's time to bring up Sedlec again!

The Sedlec Ossuary (Czech: Kostnice v Sedlci) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints (Czech: Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých) in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic.

It is one of twelve World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have, in many cases, been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic - attracting over 200,000 visitors annually.

Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least oneof e... more »

Sedlec Ossuary

With Halloween around the corner, it's time to bring up Sedlec again!

The Sedlec Ossuary (Czech: Kostnice v Sedlci) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints (Czech: Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých) in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic.

It is one of twelve World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have, in many cases, been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic - attracting over 200,000 visitors annually.

Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a coat of arms of House of Schwarzenberg, and the signature of Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance.

History

In 1278, Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia. He returned with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe.

In the mid 14th century, during the Black Death, and after the Hussite Wars in the early 15th century, many thousands were buried in the abbey cemetery, so it had to be greatly enlarged.

Around 1400, a Gothic church was built in the center of the cemetery with a vaulted upper level and a lower chapel to be used as an ossuary for the mass graves unearthed during construction, or simply slated for demolition to make room for new burials.

After 1511, the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was given to a half-blind monk of the order.

Between 1703 and 1710, a new entrance was constructed to support the front wall, which was leaning outward, and the upper chapel was rebuilt. This work, in the Czech Baroque style, was designed by Jan Santini Aichel.

In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps into order, yielding a macabre result.

In Media

In 1970, the centenary of Rint's contributions, Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer was commissioned to document the ossuary. The result was a 10-minute-long frantic-cut film of skeletal images overdubbed with an actual tour-guide's neutral voice narration. This version was initially banned by the Czech Communist authorities for alleged subversion, and the soundtrack was replaced by a brief spoken introduction and a jazz arrangement by Zdeněk Liška of the poem "Comment dessiner le portrait d'un oiseau" ("How to Draw the Portrait of a Bird") by Jacques Prévert. Since the Velvet Revolution, the original tour guide soundtrack has been made available.

In the documentary Long Way Round, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman stop to see this church. Dan Cruickshank also views the church in his Adventures in Architecture.

The ossuary is a major plot device in the John Connolly novel The Black Angel.

The ossuary is used as a location for the Dungeons & Dragons movie and the movie _Blood & Chocolate.

The ossuary was also featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not and is described by Cara Seymour in the final scene of the film Adaptation.

The ossuary was also the influence for Dr. Satan's lair in the Rob Zombie film House of 1000 Corpses.

#sedlec   #ossuary   #bones   #churches   #czechrepublic   #odd   #kutnahora   #worldheritagesite   #worldtravel   #macabre   #halloween  

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2016-09-21 03:09:58 (16 comments; 13 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

One of those grand, cavernous rooms you know would be so cool. That's a room for reading and daydreaming!

h/t to +Kay Solo for the post.

#design   #decor   #library   #reading   #booklovers  

Sometimes I like the warm, cozy places, and other times I like those sweeping rooms with lots of space and natural light. This is perfection in the second category. (Except maybe change the couch to face the trees so nothing can sneak up on me. You know something lives in there.)___One of those grand, cavernous rooms you know would be so cool. That's a room for reading and daydreaming!

h/t to +Kay Solo for the post.

#design   #decor   #library   #reading   #booklovers  

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2016-09-20 05:54:46 (22 comments; 18 reshares; 229 +1s; )Open 

Fame

20 September 1975, 'Fame' gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon's voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: "Fame, Fame, Fame" from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.

David Bowie - Fame
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9kuNMdUq_0

#davidbowie   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #johnlennon   #music   #musiclover  

http://www.feelnumb.com/2009/10/21/john-lennon-co-wrote-david-bowies-song-fame/

Fame

20 September 1975, 'Fame' gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon's voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: "Fame, Fame, Fame" from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.

David Bowie - Fame
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9kuNMdUq_0

#davidbowie   #rocknroll   #rockmusic   #johnlennon   #music   #musiclover  

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Magellan Sets Out on 20 September 1517

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil, where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take him to the Pacific.

He searched the Río de la Plata, a large estuary south of Brazil, for a way through; failing, he continued south along the coast of Patagonia. At the end of March 1520, the expedition set up winter quarters at Port St. Julian. On Easter day at midnight, the Spanish captains mutinied against their Portuguese captain, but Magellan crushed the revolt, executing one of the captains and leaving another ashore when his ship left St. Julian in August.

On October 21, he finally discovered the strait he had... more »

Magellan Sets Out on 20 September 1517

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil, where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take him to the Pacific.

He searched the Río de la Plata, a large estuary south of Brazil, for a way through; failing, he continued south along the coast of Patagonia. At the end of March 1520, the expedition set up winter quarters at Port St. Julian. On Easter day at midnight, the Spanish captains mutinied against their Portuguese captain, but Magellan crushed the revolt, executing one of the captains and leaving another ashore when his ship left St. Julian in August.

On October 21, he finally discovered the strait he had been seeking. The Strait of Magellan, as it became known, is located near the tip of South America, separating Tierra del Fuego and the continental mainland. Only three ships entered the passage; one had been wrecked and another deserted. It took 38 days to navigate the treacherous strait, and when ocean was sighted at the other end Magellan wept with joy.

He was the first European explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic. His fleet accomplished the westward crossing of the ocean in 99 days, crossing waters so strangely calm that the ocean was named “Pacific,” from the Latin word pacificus, meaning “tranquil.” By the end, the men were out of food and chewed the leather parts of their gear to keep themselves alive. On March 6, 1521, the expedition landed at the island of Guam.

Ten days later, they dropped anchor at the Philippine island of Cebú–they were only about 400 miles from the Spice Islands. Magellan met with the chief of Cebú, who after converting to Christianity persuaded the Europeans to assist him in conquering a rival tribe on the neighboring island of Mactan. In fighting on April 27, Magellan was hit by a poisoned arrow and left to die by his retreating comrades.

After Magellan’s death, the survivors, in two ships, sailed on to the Moluccas and loaded the hulls with spice. One ship attempted, unsuccessfully, to return across the Pacific. The other ship, the Vittoria, continued west under the command of Basque navigator Juan SebastiÁn de Elcano. The vessel sailed across the Indian Ocean, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at the Spanish port of SanlÚcar de Barrameda on September 6, 1522, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.

More About Magellan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Magellan

#magellan   #navigation   #explorer   #exploration   #southamerica   #adventure   #newworld   #ship   #portugal   #pacificocean   #circumnavigation   #expedition  

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Chill Darth

Even Darth gets a cigarette break now and then, and what better way to relax on those breaks than with some music...

Illustration by Smithe/Mexican Art Director & Graffiti Artist

#darthvader   #darth   #starwars   #starwarstuesday   #relaxation   #smokebreak  

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Chill Darth

Even Darth gets a cigarette break now and then, and what better way to relax on those breaks than with some music...

Illustration by Smithe/Mexican Art Director & Graffiti Artist

#darthvader   #darth   #starwars   #starwarstuesday   #relaxation   #smokebreak  

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The Ultimate Photo Shoot Location - Targeting Earth Photographs From Orbit

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph the Earth roughly 250 miles below him. The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). The Cupola’s 31 inch window is the largest ever used in space.

#iss   #spacestation   #astronaut   #earth   #photography   #nasa  +NASA 

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The Ultimate Photo Shoot Location - Targeting Earth Photographs From Orbit

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph the Earth roughly 250 miles below him. The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). The Cupola’s 31 inch window is the largest ever used in space.

#iss   #spacestation   #astronaut   #earth   #photography   #nasa  +NASA 

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2016-09-19 05:47:28 (22 comments; 4 reshares; 166 +1s; )Open 

Pearl Jam Vs.

Vs. is the second studio album by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released through Epic Records. After a relentless touring schedule in support of their 1991 debut album Ten, Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993 facing the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut. The resulting album, Vs., featured a rawer and more aggressive sound compared with the band's previous release. It was the band's first collaboration with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Pearl Jam decided to scale back its commercial efforts for Vs., including declining to produce music videos for any of the album’s singles. Upon its release, Vs. set the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week, a record it held for five years. Vs. occupied the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart forf... more »

Pearl Jam Vs.

Vs. is the second studio album by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released through Epic Records. After a relentless touring schedule in support of their 1991 debut album Ten, Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993 facing the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut. The resulting album, Vs., featured a rawer and more aggressive sound compared with the band's previous release. It was the band's first collaboration with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Pearl Jam decided to scale back its commercial efforts for Vs., including declining to produce music videos for any of the album’s singles. Upon its release, Vs. set the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week, a record it held for five years. Vs. occupied the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks, the longest duration for a Pearl Jam album. The album has been certified seven times platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Recording

For its second album, Pearl Jam felt the pressures of trying to match the success of its debut album, Ten. In a 2002 interview, guitarist Mike McCready said, "The band was blown up pretty big and everything was pretty crazy." Vs. was the first Pearl Jam album to have production duties handled by producer Brendan O'Brien. It was also the band's first album with drummer Dave Abbruzzese, who had joined the band in August 1991 and toured for the album Ten.

Rehearsals for Vs. began in February 1993 at Potatohead Studio in Seattle, Washington. The band then moved to The Site in Nicasio, California in March 1993 to begin recording. Abbruzzese called the tranquil recording site "paradise" while lead vocalist Eddie Vedder said, "I fucking hate it here...I've had a hard time...How do you make a rock record here?"

The band took the approach of recording one song at a time, and agreed with O'Brien to mix the songs as each one was finished. O'Brien had the band members set up much as they do live, and most of the songs were developed out of jam sessions. Guitarist Stone Gossard said, "I think we allowed things to develop in a more natural, band-oriented sort of way, rather than me bringing in a bunch of stuff that was already arranged."

Gossard added that most of the songs were arranged once Vedder joined in and started singing, elaborating, "You could tell when the music wanted to change just by the way he was singing." In a 2009 interview, Gossard stated, "[Vs.] was probably where it felt better recording wise. I saw how it could change and evolve which gave me a lot of inspiration to go we can do ballads, we can do fast stuff, we can do slow stuff, we can do punk stuff. That was where I realized there were gonna be a lot of places to go with Ed."

The first week of recording produced "Go", "Blood", "Rats", and "Leash" before the band hit a lull. In order to keep up his intensity, Vedder traveled into San Francisco and began sleeping in his truck, as well as the sauna at the recording studio. Bassist Jeff Ament said, "Recording Vs., there was a lot more pressure on Ed. The whole follow-up. I thought we were playing so well as a band that it would take care of itself...He was having a hard time finishing up the songs; the pressure, and not being comfortable being in such a nice place."

Ament added that "toward the end it got fairly intense" and that the band "tried to make it as uncomfortable for [Vedder] as we could." Eventually the band was able to get "back on track" according to Ament as Vedder was allowed "to get in the space of his songs." The album was finished in May 1993. Vedder later said, "The second record, that was the one I enjoyed making the least...I just didn't feel comfortable in the place we were at because it was very comfortable. I didn't like that at all."

Release and Reception

Vs. debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart and stayed there for five weeks. Vs. sold 950,378 copies in its first five days of release, which set a record for the most copies of an album sold in its first week of release and outperformed all other entries in the Billboard top ten that week combined. *Vs. held this record for five years before it was broken by Garth Brooks' 1998 album, Double Live. While Double Live officially beat Vs. in first week sales, Vs. still holds an unbreakable record in that Soundscan only counted the first five days of an album's release in its first week sales until 1998. Vs. has been certified seven times platinum by the RIAA, and, as of July 2013, has sold 6,010,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rolling Stone staff writer Paul Evans gave Vs. a favorable review, saying, "Few American bands have arrived more clearly talented than this one did with Ten; and Vs. tops even that debut." He added, "Like Jim Morrison and Pete Townshend, Vedder makes a forte of his psychological-mythic explorations...As guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready paint dense and slashing backdrops, he invites us into a drama of experiment and strife."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times stated that "Pearl Jam uses its new album...to broaden its music," and added that "most of the album...projects individual misery as public catharsis." AllMusic staff writer Steve Huey gave the album four out of five stars, saying "_Vs_ may not reach the majestic heights of Ten, but at least half the record stands with Pearl Jam's best work."

Remastered LP with Bonus Tracks etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBt8DnKC1_Y&list=PLJNbijG2M7OyOwJqzF9CxdLEU_NSbeZNK

#rocknroll   #pearljam   #altrock   #vinyl   #album   #musiclover  

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Zarooq Motors: Supercars From The Desert

Zarooq Motors is a United Arab Emirates car manufacturer of high-performance cars, based in Dubai. Zarooq Motors is the first to manufacture the chassis, the car body and to assemble a production series automobile in the UAE. It is also the first car manufacturer with Emirati Management, therefore at the forefront of emiratisation and Dubai diversification in Industry.

Their main focus is performance Off-Road, road homologated cars. The name was inspired by the Schockari Sand Racer, the fastest snake in the desert, in Emirati: Zarooq زاروق

The SandRacer is designed for the desert yet road legal, capable of riding dunes and the road, in style, with the distinctive performance and look of a supercar.

A handbuilt racing tubular chassis (1200kg) with a rear-mid mounted V6 delivering 500hp, 2 seater,RWD,... more »

Zarooq Motors: Supercars From The Desert

Zarooq Motors is a United Arab Emirates car manufacturer of high-performance cars, based in Dubai. Zarooq Motors is the first to manufacture the chassis, the car body and to assemble a production series automobile in the UAE. It is also the first car manufacturer with Emirati Management, therefore at the forefront of emiratisation and Dubai diversification in Industry.

Their main focus is performance Off-Road, road homologated cars. The name was inspired by the Schockari Sand Racer, the fastest snake in the desert, in Emirati: Zarooq زاروق

The SandRacer is designed for the desert yet road legal, capable of riding dunes and the road, in style, with the distinctive performance and look of a supercar.

A handbuilt racing tubular chassis (1200kg) with a rear-mid mounted V6 delivering 500hp, 2 seater, RWD, 45cm suspension travel and premium interior.

#cars   #automobile   #zarooq   #sandracer   #uae   #dubai   #autocompany   #offroading  

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

Zarooq sand racer supercar in Dubai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYbVYMANIuQ___

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Nevada Is Site of First-Ever Underground Nuclear Explosion on 19 September 1957

This is the history.com version of the event, so I'll be leaving out 1000 lines or so of the complex and full history, but here's the abridged version. And yes, I know the picture shows a blast that wasn't underground, but here its is...

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as... more »

Nevada Is Site of First-Ever Underground Nuclear Explosion on 19 September 1957

This is the history.com version of the event, so I'll be leaving out 1000 lines or so of the complex and full history, but here's the abridged version. And yes, I know the picture shows a blast that wasn't underground, but here its is...

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957.

In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world’s first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first nuclear weapon test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.

1957’s Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.

#nuclearbomb #nevada   #operationplumbbob   #americanhistory   #coldwar   #manhattanproject   #nuclearwar   #history   #bomb   #nevadatestsite   #undergroundexplosion   #underground  

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

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November 1951 nuclear test at Nevada Test Site. Test is shot "Dog" from Operation Buster, with a yield of 21 kilotons of TNT (88 TJ). It was the first U.S. nuclear field exercise conducted with live troops maneuvering on land. Photos shown are 6 mi (9.7 km) from the blast.___

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Art Deco Death Ray Lamp

If you're going to embrace Deco, why not throw in a death ray as well? That's just being prudent, right? lol

From the artist: "Death Ray table lamp. Puts out a nice soft light. Great for a desk lamp or for mood lighting. About 20 inches tall. I made this out of found objects and put them together as a one-of-a-kind art object which also serves as a practical light."

Materials: Found objects, wood, proton accelerator

#deathray   #artdeco   #lamp   #lightingdesign   #foundobjects   #creativity   #etsy  

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Art Deco Death Ray Lamp

If you're going to embrace Deco, why not throw in a death ray as well? That's just being prudent, right? lol

From the artist: "Death Ray table lamp. Puts out a nice soft light. Great for a desk lamp or for mood lighting. About 20 inches tall. I made this out of found objects and put them together as a one-of-a-kind art object which also serves as a practical light."

Materials: Found objects, wood, proton accelerator

#deathray   #artdeco   #lamp   #lightingdesign   #foundobjects   #creativity   #etsy  

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2016-09-18 04:27:23 (67 comments; 50 reshares; 533 +1s; )Open 

Walker Electric Guitars

Scott began tinkering with electronics at an early age. In his early teens he began playing guitar and experimenting with pickups. Fifteen years later he found himself working alongside luthier Richard Hoover, of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, studying acoustic guitar construction.

At Santa Cruz Guitar Company he hand carved over 1000 necks. During this time he carved necks for artists such as Tony Rice and Norman Blake. Custom neck carving became his specialty. While mastering every aspect of neck construction he took on other responsibilities as the Shop Foreman. These included all phases of guitar construction, guitar finishing with Nitrocellulose, wood management and tool maintenance.

At this time he began developing an electric guitar for the 21st century. After meeting musician Barry Sless, he began to develop an instrument that... more »

Walker Electric Guitars

Scott began tinkering with electronics at an early age. In his early teens he began playing guitar and experimenting with pickups. Fifteen years later he found himself working alongside luthier Richard Hoover, of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, studying acoustic guitar construction.

At Santa Cruz Guitar Company he hand carved over 1000 necks. During this time he carved necks for artists such as Tony Rice and Norman Blake. Custom neck carving became his specialty. While mastering every aspect of neck construction he took on other responsibilities as the Shop Foreman. These included all phases of guitar construction, guitar finishing with Nitrocellulose, wood management and tool maintenance.

At this time he began developing an electric guitar for the 21st century. After meeting musician Barry Sless, he began to develop an instrument that had the broadest tonal range available. After five years he opened shop and offered his guitars to the public. During his pursuit to develop an electronic package to incorporate into these instruments, he began working with electronic wizards Peter Miller and John Cutler. The collaboration between Scott, John, Peter, Barry and Steve Kimock has opened the door to a variety of options now available on these instruments. Scott plays guitar and Pedal Steel guitar. Music is his passion.

The guitar pictured is The Fathom

The Fathom has the appearance of a guitar made of solid bronze that was buried at sea for over a hundred years—but it’s constructed with alder, so it’s still light and resonant. The Fathom’s look is a finish and hardware upgrade that can be applied to any of Walker’s models. This bronze patina finish is very durable, sealed for a comfortable feel, and low-maintenance enough to not require polishing. The road-worthy Fathom is offered with a wide variety of patina techniques for players wanting to bring out their own personality on their instrument.

Scott Walker Guitars "Guided by Harmony"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOX-9MzkTuw

#guitar   #handmade   #music   #musiclover   #handmadeguitars   #musicalinstruments   #electricguitar   #rocknroll  

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Review
http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Scott_Walker_Guitars___

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Capitol Cornerstone is Laid on 18 September 1793

On this day in 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government. The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War.

Today, the Capitol building, with its famous cast-iron dome and important collection of American art, is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings, all developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As a young nation, the United States had no permanent capital, and Congress met in eight different cities, including Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia, before 1791. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which gave... more »

Capitol Cornerstone is Laid on 18 September 1793

On this day in 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government. The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War.

Today, the Capitol building, with its famous cast-iron dome and important collection of American art, is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings, all developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As a young nation, the United States had no permanent capital, and Congress met in eight different cities, including Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia, before 1791. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which gave President Washington the power to select a permanent home for the federal government. The following year, he chose what would become the District of Columbia from land provided by Maryland. Washington picked three commissioners to oversee the capital city’s development and they in turn chose French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant to come up with the design.

However, L’Enfant clashed with the commissioners and was fired in 1792. A design competition was then held, with a Scotsman named William Thornton submitting the winning entry for the Capitol building. In September 1793, Washington laid the Capitol’s cornerstone and the lengthy construction process, which would involve a line of project managers and architects, got under way.

In 1800, Congress moved into the Capitol’s north wing. In 1807, the House of Representatives moved into the building’s south wing, which was finished in 1811. During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol on August 24, 1814. A rainstorm saved the building from total destruction. Congress met in nearby temporary quarters from 1815 to 1819. In the early 1850s, work began to expand the Capitol to accommodate the growing number of Congressmen. In 1861, construction was temporarily halted while the Capitol was used by Union troops as a hospital and barracks. Following the war, expansions and modern upgrades to the building continued into the next century.

Today, the Capitol, which is visited by 3 million to 5 million people each year, has 540 rooms and covers a ground area of about four acres.

#uscapitol   #washingtondc   #georgewashington   #cornerstone   #pierrelenfant   #warof1812   #americanhistory  

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2016-09-17 07:45:05 (43 comments; 20 reshares; 286 +1s; )Open 

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I and II

17 September 1991, Over 4 million copies of Guns N' Roses album, 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' were simultaneously released for retail sale, making it the largest ship-out in pop history in the US.

The Use Your Illusion albums represent a turning point in the sound of Guns N' Roses. Although the band did not abandon the aggressive hard-rock sound they had become known for with 1987's Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I demonstrated a new-found musical maturity, incorporating elements of blues, classical music, heavy metal, punk rock, and classic rock and roll.

This is exemplified by the use of piano on several tracks of this album by lead singer Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed, as well as on Use Your Illusion II. Use... more »

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I and II

17 September 1991, Over 4 million copies of Guns N' Roses album, 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' were simultaneously released for retail sale, making it the largest ship-out in pop history in the US.

The Use Your Illusion albums represent a turning point in the sound of Guns N' Roses. Although the band did not abandon the aggressive hard-rock sound they had become known for with 1987's Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I demonstrated a new-found musical maturity, incorporating elements of blues, classical music, heavy metal, punk rock, and classic rock and roll.

This is exemplified by the use of piano on several tracks of this album by lead singer Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed, as well as on Use Your Illusion II. Use Your Illusion I contains two of the three songs, "November Rain" and "Don't Cry", whose videos are generally regarded by fans as a trilogy. The third song, "Estranged", can be found on Use Your Illusion II.

Another factor in the different sound to this album compared to the band's earlier work is the addition of former The Cult drummer Matt Sorum, who replaced member Steven Adler. Adler was earlier fired from the group due to a serious heroin addiction. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin said of the change, "Adler's sense of swing was the push and pull that give the songs their feel. When that was gone, it was just... unbelievable, weird. Nothing worked. I would have preferred to continue with Steve, but we'd had two years off and we couldn't wait any longer."

A number of songs on the album were written in the band's early days. They were not included on Appetite for Destruction but can be found on the so-called 'Rumbo Tapes', a popular bootleg album of early demo tapes. "Back Off Bitch", "Bad Obsession", "Don't Cry" (referred to by Rose during the ensuing tour as 'the first song [they] ever wrote together'), "November Rain", and "The Garden" are considered part of this group. There is also a cover of Paul McCartney and Wings' "Live and Let Die".

Besides the stylistic differences, another new aspect seen in Use Your Illusion I was longer songs. "November Rain", an epic ballad, is nearly nine minutes long, and "Coma" is more than 10 minutes long. Another change was the presence of tracks sung by other members of the band (even though certain songs from Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies featured other members on duet vocals): lead vocals on "Dust N' Bones", "You Ain't the First" and "Double Talkin' Jive" are performed by rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin. In addition, "14 Years" and "So Fine" from Use Your Illusion II were sung by Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, respectively.

The band had some difficulty achieving the final sound of the album, especially during the mixing stages of the production of both albums. According to a 1991 cover story by Rolling Stone magazine, after mixing 21 tracks with engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain, the band decided to scrap the mixes and start from scratch with engineer Bill Price of Sex Pistols fame. Slash has stated that a great deal of the material for the album was written on acoustic guitars in a couple of nights at his house (the Walnut House), after several months of non-productivity.

Release and Reception

Released on midnight of September 17, 1991, the Use Your Illusion albums were among the most anticipated in rock history. Predictions in the industry were of sales reaching the likes of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A., this despite the fact that major stores K-Mart and Walmart refused to stock the albums due to the profanity present. Estimates suggested that over 500,000 copies of the two albums were sold in just 2 hours. Both albums ultimately underperformed expectations domestically but were still commercially successful, with Use Your Illusion I selling 5,502,000 and both being certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA. Use Your Illusion I debuted below Use Your Illusion II mainly due to the fact that the second album contained the main lead single of the two albums "You Could Be Mine".

Reception to Use Your Illusion I was mainly positive, and it is regarded as the more hard-rocking album of the two due in part to the influence of Izzy Stradlin. Critics praised the highlights of the album such as "November Rain" and "Coma", the closing track, but criticized the amount of filler on the album. Asked if the wait was worth it, David Fricke of Rolling Stone said "yes."

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (Full Album) 1991
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8bfysXDH7Y

Guns N´Roses - Use Your Illusion II Full Album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8bfysXDH7Y

#gunsnroses   #rocknroll   #hardrock   #rockmusic   #useyourillusion   #rockalbums   #musichistory  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_Your_Illusion_I___

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2016-09-17 07:20:50 (52 comments; 15 reshares; 240 +1s; )Open 

The Addams Family

I have quite a few favorite shows from the 60s, but this show was always a cool, odd show to me. I loved every episode and all the characters, and it was just one of those shows that captured your imagination and never let go.

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ABC from September 18, 1964, to April 8, 1966, for a total of 64 episodes. It is often compared to its CBS rival, The Munsters, which ran for the same two seasons and achieved somewhat higher Nielsen ratings. The show is the first adaptation of the Addams family characters to feature The Addams Family Theme.

Premise

The Addamses are a close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests and... more »

The Addams Family

I have quite a few favorite shows from the 60s, but this show was always a cool, odd show to me. I loved every episode and all the characters, and it was just one of those shows that captured your imagination and never let go.

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ABC from September 18, 1964, to April 8, 1966, for a total of 64 episodes. It is often compared to its CBS rival, The Munsters, which ran for the same two seasons and achieved somewhat higher Nielsen ratings. The show is the first adaptation of the Addams family characters to feature The Addams Family Theme.

Premise

The Addamses are a close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests and supernatural abilities. No explanation for their powers is explicitly given in the series.

The very wealthy, endlessly enthusiastic Gomez Addams (John Astin) is madly in love with his refined wife, Morticia, née Frump (Carolyn Jones). Along with their daughter Wednesday (Lisa Loring), their son Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax), Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan), and Grandma (Blossom Rock), they reside at 0001 Cemetery Lane in an ornate, gloomy, Second Empire-style mansion, attended by their servants: Lurch (Ted Cassidy), the towering butler, and Thing (billed as "itself", but portrayed by Cassidy and occasionally by Jack Voglin, when Lurch and Thing appear in the same scene), a disembodied hand that usually appears out of a small wooden box.

Occasionally, episodes would feature other relatives such as Cousin Itt (Felix Silla), Morticia's older sister Ophelia (also portrayed by Carolyn Jones), or Grandma Frump, Morticia's mother (Margaret Hamilton), Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan) and Lurch (Ted Cassidy).


Much of the humor derives from their culture clash with the rest of the world. They invariably treat normal visitors with great warmth and courtesy, though some of their guests often have bad intentions. They are puzzled by the horrified reactions to their own good-natured and normal behavior, since the family is under the impression that their tastes are shared by most of society.

Accordingly, they view "conventional" tastes with generally tolerant suspicion. For example, Fester once cites a neighboring family's meticulously maintained petunia patches as evidence that they are "nothing but riffraff". A recurring theme in the epilogue of many episodes was the Addamses getting an update on the most-recent visitor to their home, either via mail, something in the newspaper, or a phone call.

Invariably, as a result of their visit to the Addamses, the visitor would be institutionalized, change professions, move out of the country, or suffer some other negative life-changing event. The Addamses would always misinterpret the update and see it as good news for their most-recent visitor.

The tone was set by series producer Nat Perrin, who was a close friend of Groucho Marx and writer of several Marx Brothers films. Perrin created story ideas, directed one episode, and rewrote every script. As a result, Gomez, with his sardonic remarks, backwards logic, black mustache and ever-present cigar (pulled from his breast pocket already lit), is comparable to Groucho Marx.

The series often employed the same type of zany satire and screwball humor seen in the Marx Brothers films. It lampooned politics ("Gomez, The Politician" and "Gomez, The People's Choice"), the legal system ("The Addams Family in Court"), rock n' roll and Beatlemania ("Lurch, The Teenage Idol"), and Hollywood ("My Fair Cousin Itt").

The Addams Family - Original 1964 Theme!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfKvJq-bAzQ

The Addams Family Season 2 Episode 10 Gomez,The Reluctant Lover
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEGkPrawoLo

addams family in the chair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEh1j42C7ls

'MAD ABOUT THE ADDAMS FAMILY' 2007 Mini Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suoZ-zlzPHA

#addamsfamily   #tvshows   #satire   #comedy   #darkhumor  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Addams_Family_(1964_TV_series)___

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2016-09-16 23:47:31 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

Step Inside The Beautifully Renovated, Circa-1880s Beekman Building

h/t to +Tom Moncho for his post that caught my eye. But this is probably the room I'd want to live in. Wow, just spectacular! The ambiance, the decor, those curio/book cabinets. Just stunning!

It's almost impossible to believe how long the 5 Beekman building sat in abandonment, given its gorgeous bones and glorious glass atrium. The building was in decay when we last stepped inside in 2010—at the time developers were working out what was next for the space, originally known as the Temple Court Building and Annex.

After some changes in plans and keys changing hands, the new Beekman is finally here, and visually it looks like a Wes Anderson set, but one created for a grand party thrown by Baz Luhrmann. The top floor, sitting under a dramatic glass roof, is made for tossing confetti andp... more »

Step Inside The Beautifully Renovated, Circa-1880s Beekman Building

h/t to +Tom Moncho for his post that caught my eye. But this is probably the room I'd want to live in. Wow, just spectacular! The ambiance, the decor, those curio/book cabinets. Just stunning!

It's almost impossible to believe how long the 5 Beekman building sat in abandonment, given its gorgeous bones and glorious glass atrium. The building was in decay when we last stepped inside in 2010—at the time developers were working out what was next for the space, originally known as the Temple Court Building and Annex.

After some changes in plans and keys changing hands, the new Beekman is finally here, and visually it looks like a Wes Anderson set, but one created for a grand party thrown by Baz Luhrmann. The top floor, sitting under a dramatic glass roof, is made for tossing confetti and popping champagne.

#beekmanbuilding   #newyorkcity   #design   #decor   #library   #lounge  

via/ http://gothamist.com/2016/09/15/inside_the_beekman_hotel.php#photo-1___

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2016-09-16 04:15:36 (20 comments; 7 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

This Winged Waterfront Skyscraper Was Inspired By An Ancient Statue

Beautifully messy, for sure, and I get where the architect was heading. I'm more of a traditionalist, I suppose, and some of these ideas of late don't quite capture my imagination. That's just me. What do you think?

"Usually towers compete in height," Russian architect Vasily Klyukin told DesignBoom in regards to his concept design for a massive, winged skyscraper. "I wanted to compete in beauty, playing with the acts and forms."

While it's undetermined if his design will ever come to fruition, Klyukin's skyscraper model inspired by Winged Victory of Samothrace, a 2nd-century BC marble sculpture of Greek goddess Nike is a stunner. Visualizations of the building include a protruding facade in the shape of the statue, jutting out... more »

This Winged Waterfront Skyscraper Was Inspired By An Ancient Statue

Beautifully messy, for sure, and I get where the architect was heading. I'm more of a traditionalist, I suppose, and some of these ideas of late don't quite capture my imagination. That's just me. What do you think?

"Usually towers compete in height," Russian architect Vasily Klyukin told DesignBoom in regards to his concept design for a massive, winged skyscraper. "I wanted to compete in beauty, playing with the acts and forms."

While it's undetermined if his design will ever come to fruition, Klyukin's skyscraper model inspired by Winged Victory of Samothrace, a 2nd-century BC marble sculpture of Greek goddess Nike is a stunner. Visualizations of the building include a protruding facade in the shape of the statue, jutting out towards surrounding waterfronts, a nod towards Nike's legacy of sea battles.

Klyukin's design is awe-striking, and an interesting juxtaposition of ancient mythology and ultra-modern architecture. Take a look at some of the concept drawings below, and imagine what it would feel like to have a corner office at the top of this behemoth.

#architecture   #building   #design   #waterfront   #mythology   #greekgoddess   #nike   #wingedvictory  

via/ http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/this-winged-waterfront-skyscraper-was-inspired-by-an-ancient-statue___

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2016-09-16 03:42:21 (30 comments; 6 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Taking Flight :a fantastic animated short film

I used to post animated shorts all the time. I need to start again. This one is PHENOMENAL and I see great things for this director. It has heart and soul, and charm, wit, and it will pull at your heartstrings, especially the dad's out there...

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by the life and heritage of Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin’s legacy, what begins as a small boy’s over-scheduled, over supervised, boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe.

Through the power of imagination and epic adventure, a boy learns to be a kid, a father learns to be a dad, and a grandfather reminds us all what childhood is about.

I saw at theend... more »

Taking Flight :a fantastic animated short film

I used to post animated shorts all the time. I need to start again. This one is PHENOMENAL and I see great things for this director. It has heart and soul, and charm, wit, and it will pull at your heartstrings, especially the dad's out there...

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by the life and heritage of Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin’s legacy, what begins as a small boy’s over-scheduled, over supervised, boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe.

Through the power of imagination and epic adventure, a boy learns to be a kid, a father learns to be a dad, and a grandfather reminds us all what childhood is about.

I saw at the end the music was by W.G. Snuffy Walden & Will Walden. You may know Snuffy's music from the theme music to The West Wing, Roseanne, thirtysomething,The Wonder Years and a whole lot other great work.

#animatedfilm   #animatedshort   #shortfilm   #kids   #dadlife   #grandparents   #grandpa  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Snuffy_Walden___

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2016-09-16 03:21:01 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Magnificent to watch on a big screen and it will remind you that we all are, indeed, part of something much bigger. Spectacularly filmed. h/t to +Gnotic Pasta and +Shar Banning for catching my eye!

#astronomy   #stargazing   #theuniverse  

Not insignificant, but part of something bigger

Make sure you watch the video at full screen. simply amazing.___Magnificent to watch on a big screen and it will remind you that we all are, indeed, part of something much bigger. Spectacularly filmed. h/t to +Gnotic Pasta and +Shar Banning for catching my eye!

#astronomy   #stargazing   #theuniverse  

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2016-09-15 06:22:34 (52 comments; 3 reshares; 142 +1s; )Open 

The Shawshank Redemption

I think that's a great movie poster, only if you've seen the film. I don't think it would make great sense to someone who hasn't seen the film, but it is indeed powerful if you have...

But in thinking about what +Jim Nooney said in the comments, hmm, I may be wrong. This IS a powerful image on its own, and it DOES pull you into the story. In any case, it's a phenomenal film worth watching!

The Film

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.more »

The Shawshank Redemption

I think that's a great movie poster, only if you've seen the film. I don't think it would make great sense to someone who hasn't seen the film, but it is indeed powerful if you have...

But in thinking about what +Jim Nooney said in the comments, hmm, I may be wrong. This IS a powerful image on its own, and it DOES pull you into the story. In any case, it's a phenomenal film worth watching!

The Film

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.

During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money-laundering operation.

Although the film was a box office disappointment, it received multiple award nominations (including seven Oscar nominations) and highly positive reviews from critics for its acting, story, and realism. It is now considered to be one of the greatest films of the 1990s. It has since been successful on cable television, VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. It was included in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition).

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The Shawshank Redemption - Escape Andy Dufrense
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQSmfzfg2MY

#theshawshankredemption   #movies   #filmmaking   #stephenking  

image | http://www.fromupnorth.com/beautiful-movie-posters-1173/___

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2016-09-15 05:18:07 (91 comments; 24 reshares; 374 +1s; )Open 

PINK FLOYD - Wish You Were Here

1975, Pink Floyd released their ninth studio album Wish You Were Here in the UK. The album which explores themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett's mental decline peaked at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to spend a total of 84 weeks on the chart.

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 12 September 1975 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and a day later by Columbia Records in the United States. Inspired by material the group composed while performing around Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded during numerous recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

Some of the songs on the album critique the music business, others express alienation and the track "Shine On You Crazy... more »

PINK FLOYD - Wish You Were Here

1975, Pink Floyd released their ninth studio album Wish You Were Here in the UK. The album which explores themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett's mental decline peaked at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to spend a total of 84 weeks on the chart.

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 12 September 1975 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and a day later by Columbia Records in the United States. Inspired by material the group composed while performing around Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded during numerous recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

Some of the songs on the album critique the music business, others express alienation and the track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a tribute to Syd Barrett, whose mental breakdown had forced him to leave the group seven years earlier after the release of the group's debut studio album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

It was also lead writer Roger Waters' idea to split "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" into two parts and use it to bookend the album around three new compositions, introducing a new concept as the group had done with their previous album, The Dark Side of the Moon. As with The Dark Side of the Moon, the band used studio effects and synthesizers, and brought in guest singers to supply vocals on some tracks of the album. These singers were Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on "Have a Cigar", and the Blackberries, who added backing vocals to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".

Wish You Were Here was an instant commercial success (despite the fact that Harvest Records' parent company EMI was unable to print enough copies of the album to satisfy commercial demand), and although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since gone on to receive critical acclaim. It appears on Rolling Stone's lists of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and the "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have cited Wish You Were Here as their favourite Pink Floyd album, and many critics and fans have considered the album to be the band's magnum opus.

#pinkfloyd   #rocknroll   #wishyouwerehere   #album   #lp   #vinyl   #vinyllover  

The Full Album (Remastered) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54W8kktFE_o&list=PLYjaa9h0s4AZXNy0ILZxh89DeVPXeqpoQ

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wish_You_Were_Here_(Pink_Floyd_album)

Tracks

Side 1

"Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)" ... 13:32
"Welcome to the Machine" ... 7:32

Side 2

"Have a Cigar" ... 5:24
"Wish You Were Here" ... 5:40
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)" ... 12:29___

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2016-09-15 04:43:11 (47 comments; 13 reshares; 193 +1s; )Open 

Ali Defeats Spinks to Win World Heavyweight Championship on 15 September 1978

On this day in 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Ali, who once claimed he could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” left the sport permanently in 1981.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 14, 1942, the future world champ changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. He earned a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Husaker in October 1960, winning the bout in six rounds. On February 25, 1964, Ali defeatedthe... more »

Ali Defeats Spinks to Win World Heavyweight Championship on 15 September 1978

On this day in 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Ali, who once claimed he could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” left the sport permanently in 1981.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 14, 1942, the future world champ changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. He earned a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Husaker in October 1960, winning the bout in six rounds. On February 25, 1964, Ali defeated the heavily favored Sonny Liston in six rounds to become heavyweight champ, after which he famously declared, “I am the greatest!”

During the Vietnam War, Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. armed forces and in 1967 was convicted of draft evasion and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed and returned to the ring in October 1970, knocking out Jerry Quarry in Atlanta in the third round. On March 8, 1971, Ali fought Joe Frazier in the “Fight of the Century” and lost after 15 rounds, the first loss of his professional boxing career. In June 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Ali’s conviction for evading the draft.

At a January 1974 rematch at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Ali defeated Frazier in 12 rounds. In October of that same year, an underdog Ali bested George Foreman and reclaimed his heavyweight champion belt at the heavily hyped “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire, with a knockout in the eighth round.

On February 15, 1978, in Las Vegas, an aging Ali lost the title to Leon Spinks in a 15-round split decision. For Spinks, who was born in 1953 and won a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the fight was just the eighth of his professional career. However, seven months later, on September 15, Ali won the title back, in a unanimous 15-round decision.

In June 1979, Ali announced he was retiring from boxing. On October 2, 1980, he returned to the ring and fought heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, who knocked him out in the 11th round. After losing to Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981, Ali left the ring for the last time, with a record of 56 wins, five losses and 37 knockouts. In 1984, he was revealed to have Parkinson’s disease. Spinks retired from boxing in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 losses and 14 knockouts.

#boxing   #muhammadali   #heavyweight   #sports   #joefraser   #larryholmes   #leonspinks   #professionalboxing   #history  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ali-defeats-spinks-to-win-world-heavyweight-championship

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2014/oct/30/muhammad-ali-25-best-photographs-cassius-clay-legendary-boxer

Jonny Weeks/The Guardian "This brutal photo of Leon Spinks’ contorted face communicates the power of Ali’s punch. Ali’s expression is also compelling – he looks somewhat savage. Technically the framing is awkward. I would prefer it if Spink’s face weren’t at the very edge of the frame, but it’s hard to grumble with such a visceral shot."

Photograph: Dirck Halstead/Getty Images___

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2016-09-15 04:26:31 (32 comments; 3 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

Speed Racer

No other words needed. If you grew up with Speed Racer, Racer X, Trixie, Spritle, Chim-Chim, Pops Racer, Mom Racer, and Sparky, this picture says it all!

#speedracer   #japaneseanime   #manga   #mach5  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_Racer

image | superpunch.net

Speed Racer

No other words needed. If you grew up with Speed Racer, Racer X, Trixie, Spritle, Chim-Chim, Pops Racer, Mom Racer, and Sparky, this picture says it all!

#speedracer   #japaneseanime   #manga   #mach5  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_Racer

image | superpunch.net___

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2016-09-15 04:10:54 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Google Takeout: Download Your Data Today!

We never know what the future will hold for us, and many times over the years I've talked about being prepared and making backups. Google Takeout will allow you to "take" all of your posts/comments/+1's/formatting/permalinks/links to profiles with you in a "takeout form." You'll have every post you ever wrote and every comment, date stamped, so you will never lose all the hard work you put into Google+.

Take Out Is Easy - start at google.com/takeout

You'll choose which Google products to "take out" choosing from:

G+ +1's
Blogger
Bookmarks
Calendar
Chrome
Contacts (vCard format)
Drive
Fit
Google Photos
Google Play Books
Google+ Circles
Google+ Pages
Google+ Stream
Groups
Hangouts... more »

Google Takeout: Download Your Data Today!

We never know what the future will hold for us, and many times over the years I've talked about being prepared and making backups. Google Takeout will allow you to "take" all of your posts/comments/+1's/formatting/permalinks/links to profiles with you in a "takeout form." You'll have every post you ever wrote and every comment, date stamped, so you will never lose all the hard work you put into Google+.

Take Out Is Easy - start at google.com/takeout

You'll choose which Google products to "take out" choosing from:

G+ +1's
Blogger
Bookmarks
Calendar
Chrome
Contacts (vCard format)
Drive
Fit
Google Photos
Google Play Books
Google+ Circles
Google+ Pages
Google+ Stream
Groups
Hangouts
Keep
Location History (JSON format)
Mail (all mail)
Maps (your places)
Moderator
My Maps
Orkut
Profile
Searches
Tasks
Voice
Wallet
YouTube (All data types. OPML (RSS) Format

Choose the Google products to include in your archive and configure the settings for each product. This archive will only be accessible to you.

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190?hl=en

Please note that mail archives may take a long time (hours or possibly days) to create. Once you receive an email that everything is completed, you'll receive a ZIP file to download. Once you do, you'll unzip the file the save it to the destination you choose.

Take it one step further like I do, and also upload those same zip/ downloaded files to the cloud, to sites like DROPBOX or BOX etc. Safety first! This way you'll never loose the thousands of hours you put into all your hard work here and with all the Google products. Give it a try!

#googletakeout   #takeout   #backupfiles   #cloudstorage   #gplustips   #safetyfirst  ___

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2016-09-14 05:27:44 (41 comments; 32 reshares; 180 +1s; )Open 

The Movie vs. The Book

This is the oldest story since the advent of filmmaking. Which is better? The movie or the film? Honestly, I think that always depends on your own imagination (and how rich it is) when reading books, and most bibliophiles will side with you, But man, looking at some of the worlds created in the movies today, with CGI or not, I'm not certain how to answer this sometimes. I tend to love them both, for different reasons...

#books   #booklover   #bibliophile   #filmmaking   #movies   #film  

via/ https://booksandopinions.com/2016/01/05/the-best-book-picture-ever/

The Movie vs. The Book

This is the oldest story since the advent of filmmaking. Which is better? The movie or the film? Honestly, I think that always depends on your own imagination (and how rich it is) when reading books, and most bibliophiles will side with you, But man, looking at some of the worlds created in the movies today, with CGI or not, I'm not certain how to answer this sometimes. I tend to love them both, for different reasons...

#books   #booklover   #bibliophile   #filmmaking   #movies   #film  

via/ https://booksandopinions.com/2016/01/05/the-best-book-picture-ever/___

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2016-09-14 04:04:52 (19 comments; 8 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

Eclectic Loft Apartment

I've always wondered about these mythical loft apartments. They always seemed so majestic, with their huge proportions that seemed out of reach of mere mortals. I mean, I've seen a average New York apartment, and it was nothing like this. Do these fantasy spaces even exist for anyone with less than US $20M?

This flat is in Moscow, but it has all those grand lines and the height of spectacular lofts i NYC and elsewhere.

What do you think? Dream space, or worst nightmare?

#loft   #apartment   #flat   #moscow   #newyorkcity   #design   #decor   #apartmentliving   #musician  

More pictures https://homeadore.com/2015/08/03/midlife-crisis-loft-lev-lugovskoy/

Eclectic Loft Apartment

I've always wondered about these mythical loft apartments. They always seemed so majestic, with their huge proportions that seemed out of reach of mere mortals. I mean, I've seen a average New York apartment, and it was nothing like this. Do these fantasy spaces even exist for anyone with less than US $20M?

This flat is in Moscow, but it has all those grand lines and the height of spectacular lofts i NYC and elsewhere.

What do you think? Dream space, or worst nightmare?

#loft   #apartment   #flat   #moscow   #newyorkcity   #design   #decor   #apartmentliving   #musician  

More pictures https://homeadore.com/2015/08/03/midlife-crisis-loft-lev-lugovskoy/___

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