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Sean Cowen has been at 25 events

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Tech Times T-Lounge195Join @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 Musk3,764,074Hey 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 18:15:00141  
Google Partners1,370,402In the past few months our Shopping team has covered Merchant Center and Shopping campaigns. For this Google Partners HOA, we'd like to cover some best practices for Product Listing Ads to improve on the performance for existing campaigns. We'll share tips and insights on how to optimize your ads by using tools such as the bid simulator or impression share. This will be a live Hangout On Air with a Q&A. Ask your questions on the event page, or via the Q&A app in the Hangout to get them answered live by Googlers Nicole Premo and Chris Azalde === For agencies in North America (required) we also invite you to join the Google Partners North America community where you can discuss tips and tricks for growing your business and making the most of Google products like AdWords, Analytics and YouTube - http://goo.gl/N3iIKQBest Practices from the Google Shopping Team2014-07-10 20:00:001000  
Sean Cowen59,301This 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 Musk3,764,074*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 02:45:00398  
Sony Pictures Entertainment0Join the first-ever movie-themed Google+ Shoppable Hangout for a LIVE Q&A Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Director Marc Webb  Watch and Share your thoughts on the  #SpiderManHangout"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" - LIVE Google+ Shoppable Hangout2014-04-21 23:00:001700  
The Huffington Post3,695,362  +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 19:28:2040  
Wacom285,174Social media is a growing trend in the marketing industry. Brands, large and small, are capitalizing on the organic (and paid) conversations that social media can provide. For artists, freelancers and business owners, social media can be an efficient and successful platform to get more eyes on your work. Join our social media for artists Google+ Hangout with @109171655397746295481 community manager, Renee Busse, photographer and G+ master, @114056084994793924628 and @108424020240415471405 marketing mavens, @110242987337641628505 and @101269616518480136760. We'll cover: - Platforms - Content - Networking - Tips for getting more reach *Ask your questions in the questions section during the Hangout. We'll be randomly choosing 2 questions that will win a license of @109171655397746295481 .*Using Social Media To Boost Artists' Brands2014-01-29 20:00:00185  
byron rempel165,916Mostly 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 Festival477,326http://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 rappaport222,388It'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  
HEATHER FAY2,024,650*WE DID IT!!*  Thanks to you YOU, my G+ Family, I am making my brand new album!!  You guys donated, supported and encouraged me and we surpassed our goal!  So now....It's time to *CELEBRATE*! Join me and my special guest +Tim Clary  for a fun celebration.  We'll hang, I'll play a few songs and Tim will *REVEAL* his awesome limited edition print that will be going to ALL who donated!  Can't wait to see you there!!HEATHER FAY - ALBUM FUNDRAISER CELEBRATION HANGOUT! (with Special Guest Tim Clary!)2013-04-12 02:30:0030  
Trey Ratcliff8,671,523Join 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  
Google for Nonprofits2,218,737In partnership with Google+, join us for a hangout celebration on World Water Day, March 22nd at 10:30 am PST! This year we are focused on raising awareness for the 780 million people that do not have access to clean water -- and what we can do together to solve the water crisis.              The hangout will feature representatives from +charity: water, +Water.org, +Water For People, +WaterAid, +PEOPLE WATER, +WHOLE WORLD Water, and be moderated by YouTube Star +Justine Ezarik. The participants will be discussing the water crisis at large, and how we can take action. #WorldWaterDay2013World Water Day Google+ Hangout Celebration2013-03-22 18:30:00470  
NASA2,836,469Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008308  
pio dal cin82,749Samantha 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  
FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS13,578For the first time ever, @103052407716987048126 is holding a HANGOUT. And it's not just any hangout - *it's a Mayan End of the World Party!* I figured since all good things must come to an end we might as well go out with a BANG! I'll be your host, @103333429938529668020, and I will be asking everyone who joins in to bring one thing: *your favorite songs*. Those songs that, if you had to meet your maker, you'd play before departing this big blue marble! They don't have to be from the 80s (my usual MO). They can be from ANY genre or style, any time period. Whatever makes you happy. And shouldn't we have some happiness so we can stick it to those grumpy Mayans?! I'll try to rotate people in all night long, we'll watch videos, have some drinks, share some laughs, and many of us will meet together for the first time. YOU, all of you, have made *FNS* what it is, and I wanted to share my last night with you! Anyone who follows our page is welcome to join in - and I'll likely be posting to the stream as well throughout. So - I hope you'll join me, and if they have a chance to drop in and say hello, I hope you'll get to meet a few of my co-conspirators, @116397559521404580243  @110434060057917582769 @107291158434082397409 @113489919044803972423 @104556905831991887746 and @103389452828130864950 if any of them are around! If not, it's just you and me and the whole world watching us have some fun!MAYAN WORLD'S END PARTY @ FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS2012-12-21 22:00:0015  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival477,326*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 Musk3,764,074*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 02:00:00380  
Ryan Van Sickle784,098*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 03:00:00227  
Jessica Northey1,916,328Join @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 Wilson1,547,045It'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 Play9,302,965Google 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 01:00:006771  
matthew rappaport222,388*NYC @116758906530929229377 Concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 as part of #nychirl2  weekend*   Join us as we rock and roll all through the night with +Amazing music, laughs, and more at this @101066233324483545716 @107733598197138913821 Free Concert @The Living Room NYC (No Tickets Required!) It'll be amazing to see each other after 6 months and reunite where we had an EPIC Party the 1st time round & meet new PLUSpals.                             An All-Star+ Music Lineup & Surprises: Starting at 9pm : @114728696012925918708 & @107291158434082397409  The Living Room NYC Located at 154 Ludlow Street http://www.livingroomny.com Are you coming to the Official #nychirl2  Weekend concert? OH WHAT A +NIGHT! A Major @103052407716987048126 to rock your world and it'll all be BROADCAST live via a #hangoutsonair ! You won't have to miss a thing! (Although we do want to see you dance & smile!)                     Lots of fun in store for the Night and entire weekend! For more info about the #nychirl2  Weekend happening the 2nd weekend of August : Thursday, August 9 - Monday, August 13, 2012 Check out the @101560853443212199687 @117173351243749913463 Page:  https://plus.google.com/events/cca0dj8ro36ruegud2go8ap9rg0/111048918866742956374 Any Questions? Comment below or @111048918866742956374!  #plusversary   #nychirl   #livemusic   #coolhangouts   #nowTHISiscommunity   Latest Post with +H.I.R.L.tinerary for the weekend to check out: https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/7pbifsbxuRk H.I.R.L. - Hangout In Real Life Memories2012-08-10 21:00:0069  
Ryan Van Sickle784,098ON 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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Cutting The Cord: What Are Your Recommendations?

We went dark today for the first time in many, many years. We severed our DirecTV ties and decided to take a new approach. Only, we're not sure what that approach should be. It just seemed crazy feeding more money to AT&T when Blaine hardly watches anything, and I feel confident I can find my beloved shows elsewhere.

So - for those of you who have walked this walk - what are your thoughts on Netflix, Hulu, Prime etc?

I watch dozens and dozens of shows religiously, everything from Shameless to Downton Abbey and Sherlock, to Game of Thrones and The Expanse. Of course, I have to have my The Walking Dead and we have to have our Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D , Agent Carter, and so many more. So -- what's your recommendation? We have a First Gen Chromecast that we're thinking could work (if I could... more »

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Filling a Room with The Lord of the Rings

Decal of Middle Earth Vintage style wall map of The Lord of the Rings Large vinyl wallpaper, wall mural, and the perfect addition to any fan's dedication to Tolkien...

#middlearth   #tolkien   #lordoftherings   #jrrtolkien   #mural  

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2016-01-29 06:28:33 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Cadillac: A Storied Past

Cadillac, formally the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of U.S.-based General Motors (GM) that markets luxury vehicles worldwide. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China, but Cadillac-branded vehicles are distributed in 34 additional markets worldwide.

Historically, Cadillac automobiles have always held a place at the top of the luxury field within the United States. In 2014, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 170,750 vehicles.

Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902, almost nine years before Chevrolet. It was named after Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan. The Cadillac crest is based on his coat of arms.

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2016-02-09 05:12:04 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

The Normandie: On This Day In History in 1942, She Burned in New York City

The Normandie, regarded by many as the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burns and sinks in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship.

Built in France in the early 1930s, the Normandie ruled the transatlantic passenger trade in its day. The first major liner to cross the Atlantic in less than four days, its masterful engineering was only surpassed by its design excellence. The 1,000-foot ship’s distinctive clipper-ship bow was immediately recognizable, and its elaborate architecture and decorations popularized the Moderne style.

After the American entrance into World War II, it was seized by the U.S. Navy for the Allied war effort and renamed the U.S.S. Lafayette. However, on February 9, 1942–just days before it was to be completedfor... more »

The Normandie: On This Day In History in 1942, She Burned in New York City

The Normandie, regarded by many as the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burns and sinks in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship.

Built in France in the early 1930s, the Normandie ruled the transatlantic passenger trade in its day. The first major liner to cross the Atlantic in less than four days, its masterful engineering was only surpassed by its design excellence. The 1,000-foot ship’s distinctive clipper-ship bow was immediately recognizable, and its elaborate architecture and decorations popularized the Moderne style.

After the American entrance into World War II, it was seized by the U.S. Navy for the Allied war effort and renamed the U.S.S. Lafayette. However, on February 9, 1942–just days before it was to be completed for trooping–a welder accidentally set fire to a pile of flammable life preservers with his torch, and by early the next morning the ship lay capsized in the harbor, a gutted wreck. It was later towed south to New Jersey and scrapped.

#vintagetravel   #thenormandie   #ship   #oceanliner   #1930s   #wwii   #history   #maritimehistory   

I remember reading about this ship as a young boy, and even then, I was fascinated with its design and opulence...

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/normandie-burns-in-new-york___

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2016-02-09 04:49:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Turning Sound Into Ceramics

The two men came up with the idea of mounting a speaker below a 3D ceramics printing platform. Then they played a variety of sounds as the printer did its thing.

The vibrations from the sounds changed the printing pattern, giving the resulting pots a kind of knitted texture.

#3dprinter   #3dprinting   #sound   #vibration   #ceramic  

Turning Sound Into Ceramics

The two men came up with the idea of mounting a speaker below a 3D ceramics printing platform. Then they played a variety of sounds as the printer did its thing.

The vibrations from the sounds changed the printing pattern, giving the resulting pots a kind of knitted texture.

#3dprinter   #3dprinting   #sound   #vibration   #ceramic  ___

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2016-02-09 03:48:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Rock N' Roll Forever

One of those perfect marriages of a font style and an image, rolled into one simply perfect statement.

#rocknroll   #music   #musiclovers   #guitar  

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Rock N' Roll Forever

One of those perfect marriages of a font style and an image, rolled into one simply perfect statement.

#rocknroll   #music   #musiclovers   #guitar  

via/ ebay.___

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2016-02-09 03:35:23 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Continuing the theme of musical interludes for your day, here's a mashup of 57 distinct pieces by 33 different composers, from the Baroque to the modern day. And it works weirdly well.

Continuing the theme of musical interludes for your day, here's a mashup of 57 distinct pieces by 33 different composers, from the Baroque to the modern day. And it works weirdly well.___

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2016-02-08 04:56:30 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

Non Classical Portraits of Classical Musicians

From some years ago, but still compelling, great photos...

"If you were asked to create a portrait for a classical musician, what would the picture look like? I guess even if you did the job perfectly, the result would still look boring!

Denmark-based photographer and cellist Nikolaj Lund decided to reinvent the portraiture of classical musicians by taking the subjects out of their natural environment – the orchestra pit – and asking them do strange poses in places like streets, oceans and deserts. The results are beyond amazing!

“Nikolaj is incredibly able to make photos “speak”; from the atmosphere he creates in the photos, it is really easy to travel into the picture and become part of it! I believe this is essential when portraying musicians; the lack of sound is totallycompensat... more »

Non Classical Portraits of Classical Musicians

From some years ago, but still compelling, great photos...

"If you were asked to create a portrait for a classical musician, what would the picture look like? I guess even if you did the job perfectly, the result would still look boring!

Denmark-based photographer and cellist Nikolaj Lund decided to reinvent the portraiture of classical musicians by taking the subjects out of their natural environment – the orchestra pit – and asking them do strange poses in places like streets, oceans and deserts. The results are beyond amazing!

“Nikolaj is incredibly able to make photos “speak”; from the atmosphere he creates in the photos, it is really easy to travel into the picture and become part of it! I believe this is essential when portraying musicians; the lack of sound is totally compensated by the breathing atmosphere.” said violinist Isabelle van Keulen  after the shoot."

Website: nikolajlund.com

#music   #classicalmusic   #musiclovers   #bwphotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #portrait  

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2016-02-06 01:59:34 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

What's YOUR Geek Sign?

Creating smiles and starting discussions for years. I first brought this out in 2011, and every year it makes an appearance. Chinese New Year for 2016 is on Monday.

#ChineseNewYear  

This year, it's the Year of the Monkey Spy. Here's an updated chart below. Happy New Year!

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THE GEEK ZODIAC - in honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year! Which one are you?

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1. Treasure Hunter
2. Robot
3. Wizard
4. Alien
5. Superhero
6. Undead
7. Pirate
8. Daikaiju
9. Time Traveler
10. Spy
11. Astronaut
12. Ninja/Samurai

This is my year coming up - the Year of the Dragon. In the Geek Zodiac I'm the Undead. + Soulful, transcendental, knows value of all life. - Haunted, tormented, difficulty connecting to humanity.

Dragon – 龍 / 龙 (辰)(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal,wise, humble, imperious, foresighted, demanding, intolerant, peaceful, impetuous,understanding, and blunt.

The Chinese New Year for 2012 begins on January 23rd.

via/http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25665389/geek-zodiac-3-resize.jpg___What's YOUR Geek Sign?

Creating smiles and starting discussions for years. I first brought this out in 2011, and every year it makes an appearance. Chinese New Year for 2016 is on Monday.

#ChineseNewYear  

This year, it's the Year of the Monkey Spy. Here's an updated chart below. Happy New Year!

https://josheck.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/gz-chart-2013-webjpg.jpg

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2016-02-05 04:55:22 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

This Oak Could Have Walked Out of The Lord Of The Rings

The spooky specimen, suspected to be an oak, was spotted by Charlotte Laurie on a quiet country lane at Boxted, near Colchester, Essex. This is from some years back...

#scarytrees   #lordoftherings   #oaktree  

via/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2100602/Scary-trees-walked-Lord-Rings.html

This Oak Could Have Walked Out of The Lord Of The Rings

The spooky specimen, suspected to be an oak, was spotted by Charlotte Laurie on a quiet country lane at Boxted, near Colchester, Essex. This is from some years back...

#scarytrees   #lordoftherings   #oaktree  

via/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2100602/Scary-trees-walked-Lord-Rings.html___

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2016-02-05 04:37:25 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

The '54 Gibson Les Paul Guitar That Was Lost for 30 Years ... and Found!

Peter Frampton holding his '54 Gibson Les Paul that was presumed destroyed in a plane crash. He gets it back after 30 years.

I saw this somewhere before and the story stuck in my head. I thought that was a bit of coolness there. Wow, thirty years later..

The Story

Peter Frampton’s long-lost guitar was recently discovered after its disappearance in a plane crash 32 years ago. In 1980, a cargo plane carrying Frampton’s equipment for an upcoming show in Panama crashed, supposedly destroying all of the instruments on board including Frampton’s cherished 1954 Gibson Les Paul. Thanks to the unyielding work of two dedicated fans, one in Holland and one on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, as well as the CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Frampton was reunitedwith th... more »

The '54 Gibson Les Paul Guitar That Was Lost for 30 Years ... and Found!

Peter Frampton holding his '54 Gibson Les Paul that was presumed destroyed in a plane crash. He gets it back after 30 years.

I saw this somewhere before and the story stuck in my head. I thought that was a bit of coolness there. Wow, thirty years later..

The Story

Peter Frampton’s long-lost guitar was recently discovered after its disappearance in a plane crash 32 years ago. In 1980, a cargo plane carrying Frampton’s equipment for an upcoming show in Panama crashed, supposedly destroying all of the instruments on board including Frampton’s cherished 1954 Gibson Les Paul. Thanks to the unyielding work of two dedicated fans, one in Holland and one on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, as well as the CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Frampton was reunited with the guitar in an emotional meeting last month in Nashville, TN.

The Curaçao Tourist Board helped acquire the guitar from an individual after hearing news that they may indeed have a lead on the long lost and beloved guitar. Together in Nashville, TN at the Gibson Custom Shop, with experts from Gibson Guitar and Peter Frampton, the team confirmed it was the original guitar long missing from Frampton’s collection.

Frampton’s custom guitar was given to him in 1970 by a man named Mark Mariana when Humble Pie played at the Fillmore West. Frampton borrowed Mariana’s guitar for the show and afterward tried to buy it from him, “But to my surprise he said he couldn’t sell it to me—he wanted to give it to me!” he notes.

Frampton played the guitar exclusively on Humble Pie’s "Rock On" and "Rocking the Fillmore" albums. The guitar also appeared on a number of sessions for other artists including George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, and John Entwistle. *Most notably, Frampton played the guitar on the electrifying "Frampton Comes Alive!", one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Frampton is ecstatic to have the guitar back in his hands once again. “I am still in a state of shock, first off, that the guitar even exists let alone, that it has been returned to me. I know I have my guitar back, but I will never forget the lives that were lost in this crash. I am so thankful for the efforts of those who made this possible. And, now that it is back I am going insure it for 2 million dollars and it’s never going out of my sight again! It was always my #1 guitar and it will be reinstated there as soon as possible—some minor repairs are needed. And, I just can’t wait to get Mark Mariana on the phone.”

#lespaul   #guitar   #peterframpton   #humblepie   #amazingstories   #music   #musiclovers  

via/ truefire.com/blog/favorites/peter-frampton-reunited-long-lost-les-paul-guitar/

Humble Pie - I Walk On Gilded Splinters (Live At The Fillmore East/1971)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BLxnIZtmaI

Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do" (Full Version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Yq5m9eLIQ___

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2016-02-05 04:06:22 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Mountain Dew Is Slang for ... Moonshine!

Today, Mountain Dew's name might seem like it is supposed to evoke pristine alpine conditions where the soda fuels feats of extreme athletic prowess, but its original meaning was intended to reference something very different.

The phrase "mountain dew" was actually slang for mountain-brewed moonshine, write Tabitha Waggoner and Jessica Davis for the Tennessean. 

#mountaindew   #moonshine   #sodapop  

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mountain-dew-had-ties-moonshine-once-upon-time-180957978/#qzGhuAwtRvE8CSED.99

Mountain Dew Is Slang for ... Moonshine!

Today, Mountain Dew's name might seem like it is supposed to evoke pristine alpine conditions where the soda fuels feats of extreme athletic prowess, but its original meaning was intended to reference something very different.

The phrase "mountain dew" was actually slang for mountain-brewed moonshine, write Tabitha Waggoner and Jessica Davis for the Tennessean. 

#mountaindew   #moonshine   #sodapop  

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mountain-dew-had-ties-moonshine-once-upon-time-180957978/#qzGhuAwtRvE8CSED.99___

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2016-02-04 14:29:02 (14 comments; 14 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

World Cancer Day

All of us know someone who had died of cancer. All of us. It is the most evil, most destructive, "lives shattering" illness and it steals futures from us every single day. Today, we make the world stand up with one voice, and scream at the top of our lungs ... f*&k cancer!

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

There are multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements is #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have... more »

World Cancer Day

All of us know someone who had died of cancer. All of us. It is the most evil, most destructive, "lives shattering" illness and it steals futures from us every single day. Today, we make the world stand up with one voice, and scream at the top of our lungs ... f*&k cancer!

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

There are multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements is #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have "hairticipants" shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment. Images of participants are then shared over social media. Local events occur throughout the world - check with your local cancer charities for specific events in your area.

#worldcancerday   #cancerawareness   #cancer  ___

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2016-02-04 01:56:37 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

The Strange & Exotic Scopitone Machines from the 60s

In the 1960s, music videos were shown in coin-operated machines from a French company called Scopitone. Strange and somewhat exotic visuals were added to pop songs to draw viewers to the machines, which were introduced to the US in 1964. Collector’s Weekly talked to Scopitone film collector Bob Orlowsky, who not only gives us the history of these “visual jukeboxes,” but also shares some of the videos from those days.

Collector's Weekly Article
collectorsweekly.com/articles/scopitone-60s-music-videos-youve-never-seen/

Scopitone's Pussycat A Go Go
bit.ly/PussycatGoGo

Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
bit.ly/ProcolHarum

#60s   #musicvideos   #scopitone   #jukebox  

The Strange & Exotic Scopitone Machines from the 60s

In the 1960s, music videos were shown in coin-operated machines from a French company called Scopitone. Strange and somewhat exotic visuals were added to pop songs to draw viewers to the machines, which were introduced to the US in 1964. Collector’s Weekly talked to Scopitone film collector Bob Orlowsky, who not only gives us the history of these “visual jukeboxes,” but also shares some of the videos from those days.

Collector's Weekly Article
collectorsweekly.com/articles/scopitone-60s-music-videos-youve-never-seen/

Scopitone's Pussycat A Go Go
bit.ly/PussycatGoGo

Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
bit.ly/ProcolHarum

#60s   #musicvideos   #scopitone   #jukebox  ___

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2016-02-04 01:29:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

This is the launch that I watched live right next to the countdown clock at NASA, back in 2011. I also held the first hangout live from NASA that same week.

The earth was shaking hard that day at the Cape. Go, #Juno !

#jupiter   #moon   #spaceexploration   #nasa  

Fire the thrusters! After a successfully adjusting its flight path today, our solar-powered Juno spacecraft is continuing its journey to Jupiter. This is the first of two trajectory adjustments that fine tune Juno’s orbit around the sun, perfecting our rendezvous with Jupiter on July 4. Find out more: http://go.nasa.gov/23JwYFE #NASABeyond___This is the launch that I watched live right next to the countdown clock at NASA, back in 2011. I also held the first hangout live from NASA that same week.

The earth was shaking hard that day at the Cape. Go, #Juno !

#jupiter   #moon   #spaceexploration   #nasa  

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2016-02-01 04:35:33 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

House of Cards, or More Brilliance from Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright

I held out as long as I could, but now that we're on Netflix, the first order of business was watching House of Cards. I knew it would be great, just not this cool. Time for some binge-watching, 'cause this series pulls you in and doesn't let go!

#houseofcards   #kevinspacey   #washingtondc   #politics  

House of Cards, or More Brilliance from Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright

I held out as long as I could, but now that we're on Netflix, the first order of business was watching House of Cards. I knew it would be great, just not this cool. Time for some binge-watching, 'cause this series pulls you in and doesn't let go!

#houseofcards   #kevinspacey   #washingtondc   #politics  ___

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2016-01-31 04:25:02 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

The Cocktail Bus

Where have you been all of our lives? grin

#vwbus   #volkswagen   #cocktailbus  

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The Cocktail Bus

Where have you been all of our lives? grin

#vwbus   #volkswagen   #cocktailbus  

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2016-01-30 05:13:00 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Woodstock, 1969

A great shot of some of the craziness from the original Woodstock concert...

Photo: Courtesy of Baron Wolman, via "Every PIcture Tells a Story: The Rolling Stone Years_"

#rollingstone   #woodstock   #music   #musicfestival   #60s  

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Woodstock, 1969

A great shot of some of the craziness from the original Woodstock concert...

Photo: Courtesy of Baron Wolman, via "Every PIcture Tells a Story: The Rolling Stone Years_"

#rollingstone   #woodstock   #music   #musicfestival   #60s  

via/ bit.ly/RollingStoneWoodstock___

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2016-01-30 04:19:17 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

On This Day In History - Sunday, Bloody Sunday - 30 January 1972

In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paratroopers in an event that becomes known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protesters, all Northern Catholics, were marching in protest of the British policy of internment of suspected Irish nationalists. British authorities had ordered the march banned, and sent troops to confront the demonstrators when it went ahead. The soldiers fired indiscriminately into the crowd of protesters, killing 13 and wounding 17.

The killings brought worldwide attention to the crisis in Northern Ireland and sparked protests all across Ireland. In Dublin, the capital of independent Ireland, outraged Irish citizens lit the British embassy aflame on February 2.

The crisis in Northern Ireland escalated in 1969 whenBri... more »

On This Day In History - Sunday, Bloody Sunday - 30 January 1972

In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paratroopers in an event that becomes known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protesters, all Northern Catholics, were marching in protest of the British policy of internment of suspected Irish nationalists. British authorities had ordered the march banned, and sent troops to confront the demonstrators when it went ahead. The soldiers fired indiscriminately into the crowd of protesters, killing 13 and wounding 17.

The killings brought worldwide attention to the crisis in Northern Ireland and sparked protests all across Ireland. In Dublin, the capital of independent Ireland, outraged Irish citizens lit the British embassy aflame on February 2.

The crisis in Northern Ireland escalated in 1969 when British troops were sent to the British possession to suppress nationalist activity by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and to quell religious violence between Protestants and Catholics.

In April 1972, the British government released a report exonerating British troops from any illegal actions during the Londonderry protest. Irish indignation over Britain’s Northern Ireland policies grew, and Britain increased its military presence in the North while removing any vestige of Northern self-rule. On July 21, 1972, the IRA exploded 20 bombs simultaneously in Belfast, killing British military personnel and a number of civilians. Britain responded by instituting a new court system composed of trial without jury for terrorism suspects and conviction rates topped over 90 percent.

The IRA officially disarmed in September 2005, finally fulfilling the terms of the historic 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. It was hoped that the disarmament would bring with it an end to decades of politically motivated bloodshed in the region.

#bloodysunday   #ira   #northernireland   #worldhistory   #britishhistory   #irishrepublicanarmy  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bloody-sunday-in-northern-ireland___

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2016-01-29 06:28:33 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Cadillac: A Storied Past

Cadillac, formally the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of U.S.-based General Motors (GM) that markets luxury vehicles worldwide. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China, but Cadillac-branded vehicles are distributed in 34 additional markets worldwide.

Historically, Cadillac automobiles have always held a place at the top of the luxury field within the United States. In 2014, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 170,750 vehicles.

Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902, almost nine years before Chevrolet. It was named after Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan. The Cadillac crest is based on his coat of arms.

By the... more »

Cadillac: A Storied Past

Cadillac, formally the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of U.S.-based General Motors (GM) that markets luxury vehicles worldwide. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China, but Cadillac-branded vehicles are distributed in 34 additional markets worldwide.

Historically, Cadillac automobiles have always held a place at the top of the luxury field within the United States. In 2014, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 170,750 vehicles.

Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902, almost nine years before Chevrolet. It was named after Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan. The Cadillac crest is based on his coat of arms.

By the time General Motors purchased the company in 1909 Cadillac had already established itself as one of America's premier luxury carmakers. The complete interchangeability of its precision parts had allowed it to lay the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles. It was at the forefront of technological advances, introducing including full electrical systems, the clashless manual transmission and the steel roof. The brand developed three engines, with its V8 setting the standard for the American automotive industry.

Cadillac was the first American car to win the Royal Automobile Club of England's Dewar Trophy by successfully demonstrating the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 1908; this spawned the firm's slogan "Standard of the World". It won the trophy again in 1912 for incorporating electric starting and lighting in a production automobile.

#cadillac   #GM   #luxurycars  

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

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2016-01-28 06:00:24 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

On This Day in History, 1986: The Loss of The Challenger

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger (OV-099) (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two Payload Specialists.

The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:39 EST (16:39 UTC). Disintegration of the vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB aft field joint attachment hardware and external fuel tank.

This led to the separation of the... more »

On This Day in History, 1986: The Loss of The Challenger

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger (OV-099) (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two Payload Specialists.

The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:39 EST (16:39 UTC). Disintegration of the vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB aft field joint attachment hardware and external fuel tank.

This led to the separation of the right-hand SRB's aft field joint attachment and the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces broke up the orbiter.

Approximately 17 percent of Americans witnessed the launch live because of the presence of Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first teacher in space. Media coverage of the accident was extensive: one study reported that 85 percent of Americans surveyed had heard the news within an hour of the accident. The Challenger disaster has been used as a case study in many discussions of engineering safety and workplace ethics.

#spaceshuttle   #thechallenger   #nasa   #disaster   #onthisday   #history   #americanhistory   #spaceexploration   #space   #astronaut  

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

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/challenger-explodes___

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2016-01-27 05:07:10 (3 comments; 16 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Filling a Room with The Lord of the Rings

Decal of Middle Earth Vintage style wall map of The Lord of the Rings Large vinyl wallpaper, wall mural, and the perfect addition to any fan's dedication to Tolkien...

#middlearth   #tolkien   #lordoftherings   #jrrtolkien   #mural  

via/ bit.ly/TolkienMural

Filling a Room with The Lord of the Rings

Decal of Middle Earth Vintage style wall map of The Lord of the Rings Large vinyl wallpaper, wall mural, and the perfect addition to any fan's dedication to Tolkien...

#middlearth   #tolkien   #lordoftherings   #jrrtolkien   #mural  

via/ bit.ly/TolkienMural___

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2016-01-24 04:35:27 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

Snapped this today but didn't catch any names. They were very, uh, cheerful!

#indianapoliscolts   #indianapolis   #colts   #cheerleaders   #football   #nfl  

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

Snapped this today but didn't catch any names. They were very, uh, cheerful!

#indianapoliscolts   #indianapolis   #colts   #cheerleaders   #football   #nfl  ___

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2016-01-24 04:28:20 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

If ever there was a weekend, seems like this would be the one...

Plenty of raw materials around to make your perfect AT-AT and to create smiles all around...

#sw   #starwars   #atat   #snowmageddon  

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If ever there was a weekend, seems like this would be the one...

Plenty of raw materials around to make your perfect AT-AT and to create smiles all around...

#sw   #starwars   #atat   #snowmageddon  

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2016-01-22 13:56:34 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

What are you listening to today? What's on right now?

I'm in Indianapolis for the next ten days for a busy Home & Garden show. I could probably put on any Bowie pre-80s right now and be in heaven. But work beckons!

#musiclovers   #bowie   #musicplayingrightnow   #dj   #ipod   #turntable  

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What are you listening to today? What's on right now?

I'm in Indianapolis for the next ten days for a busy Home & Garden show. I could probably put on any Bowie pre-80s right now and be in heaven. But work beckons!

#musiclovers   #bowie   #musicplayingrightnow   #dj   #ipod   #turntable  

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2016-01-21 05:22:59 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

Braille 2.0

Advances like these keep my blood pumping, and give me hope for the world.  I think something like this will open up new world's for an entire community of sightless people. So cool!

Sorry, I missed who to h/t for introducing this into my stream, but a definite h/t to +Takayuki Yamazaki for this!

#braille   #technology   #newinventions   #futurism  

Refreshable Braille Device

Video: https://youtu.be/0fIg4rI4cDw
Article: http://goo.gl/eROAjD

Reading a computer screen in Braille is a cumbersome process today. The visually impaired people who rely on the system of raised dots only have access to one line at a time. Beyond that, current systems don't translate charts or graphs. A team of researchers from Michigan Engineering and the School of Music, Theater and Dance are working on a solution.___Braille 2.0

Advances like these keep my blood pumping, and give me hope for the world.  I think something like this will open up new world's for an entire community of sightless people. So cool!

Sorry, I missed who to h/t for introducing this into my stream, but a definite h/t to +Takayuki Yamazaki for this!

#braille   #technology   #newinventions   #futurism  

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2016-01-21 05:09:40 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Concorde Takes Off On This Day In History - 21 January, 1976

Since I started flying the Puddle Jumpers at a very early age, and being right there at the beginning of the Jet Age, I had always wanted to fly the Concorde. That dream never happened -  but maybe one day we'll have a new form of supersonic flight, and I'll be first in line, ready for this experience!

From London’s Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight on January 21, 1976. The London flight was headed to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and the Paris to Rio de Janeiro via Senegal in West Africa. At their cruising speeds, the innovative Concordes flew well over the sound barrier at 1,350 miles an hour, cutting air travel time by more than half.

The flights were the culmination of a 12-year effort thatpi... more »

Concorde Takes Off On This Day In History - 21 January, 1976

Since I started flying the Puddle Jumpers at a very early age, and being right there at the beginning of the Jet Age, I had always wanted to fly the Concorde. That dream never happened -  but maybe one day we'll have a new form of supersonic flight, and I'll be first in line, ready for this experience!

From London’s Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight on January 21, 1976. The London flight was headed to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and the Paris to Rio de Janeiro via Senegal in West Africa. At their cruising speeds, the innovative Concordes flew well over the sound barrier at 1,350 miles an hour, cutting air travel time by more than half.

The flights were the culmination of a 12-year effort that pitted English and French engineers against their counterparts in the USSR. In 1962, 15 years after U.S. pilot Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier, Britain and France signed a treaty to develop the world’s first supersonic passenger airline. The next year, President John F. Kennedy proposed a similar U.S. project. Meanwhile, in the USSR, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev ordered his top aviation engineers to beat the West to the achievement.

There were immense technical challenges in building a supersonic airliner. Engines would need to be twice as powerful as those built for normal jets, and the aircraft’s frame would have to withstand immense pressure from shock waves and endure high temperatures caused by air friction. In the United States, Boeing tackled the supersonic project but soon ran into trouble with its swing-wing design. In England and France, however, early results were much more promising, and Khrushchev ordered Soviet intelligence to find out as much as possible about the Anglo-French prototypes.

In 1965, the French arrested Sergei Pavlov, head of the Paris office of the Soviet airliner Aeroflot, for illegally obtaining classified information about France’s supersonic project. Another high-level Soviet spy remained unknown, however, and continued to feed the Soviets information about the Concorde until his arrest in 1977.

On December 31, 1968, just three months before the first scheduled flight of the Concorde prototype, the fruits of Soviet industrial espionage were revealed when the Soviet’s TU-144 became the world’s first supersonic airliner to fly. The aircraft looked so much like the Concorde that the Western press dubbed it “Konkordski.”

In 1969, the Concorde began its test flights. Two years later, the United States abandoned its supersonic program, citing budget and environmental concerns. It was now up to Western Europe to make supersonic airline service viable before the Soviets. Tests continued, and in 1973 the TU-144 came to the West to appear alongside the Concorde at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport. On June 3, in front of 200,000 spectators, the Concorde flew a flawless demonstration. Then it was the TU-144’s turn. The aircraft made a successful 360-degree turn and then began a steep ascent. Abruptly, it leveled off and began a sharp descent. Some 1,500 feet above the ground, it broke up from overstress and came crashing into the ground, killing all six Soviet crew members and eight French civilians.

Soviet and French investigators ruled that pilot error was the cause of the accident. However, in recent years, several of the Russian investigators have disclosed that a French Mirage intelligence aircraft was photographing the TU-144 from above during the flight. A French investigator confirmed that the Soviet pilot was not told that the Mirage was there, a breach of air regulations. After beginning his ascent, the pilot may have abruptly leveled off the TU-144 for fear of crashing into this aircraft. In the sudden evasive maneuver, the thrust probably failed, and the pilot then tried to restart the engines by entering a dive. He was too close to the ground, however, and tried to pull up too soon, thus overstressing the aircraft.

In exchange for Soviet cooperation in the cover-up, the French investigators agreed not to criticize the TU-144’s design or engineering. Nevertheless, further problems with the TU-144, which was designed hastily in its bid to beat the Concorde into the air, delayed the beginning of Soviet commercial service. Concorde passenger service began with much fanfare in January 1976. Western Europe had won its supersonic race with the Soviets, who eventually allowed just 100 domestic flights with the TU-144 before discontinuing the airliner.

The Concorde was not a great commercial success, however, and people complained bitterly about the noise pollution caused by its sonic booms and loud engines. Most airlines declined to purchase the aircraft, and just 16 Concordes were built for British Airways and Air France. Service was eventually limited between London and New York and Paris and New York, and luxury travelers appreciated the less than four-hour journey across the Atlantic.

On July 25, 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed 60 seconds after taking off from Paris en route to New York. All 109 people aboard and four on the ground were killed. The accident was caused by a burst tire that ruptured a fuel tank, creating a fire that led to engine failure. The fatal accident–the first in Concorde’s history–signaled the decline of the aircraft. On October 24, 2003, the Concorde took its last regular commercial flight.

#concorde   #supersonic   #jetage   #supersonicflight   #flying   #airplanes   #konkordski   #ussr   #uk   #france   #heathrow   #orly  

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2016-01-21 04:36:05 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Anyone who knows me from here is well aware that I'm a "lifer" here. From Day One, Google+ has embraced me (and I, it) and I am more comfortable writing and posting here than anywhere else.

That being said, I also spend time where other people have gone. I'm active again on FB, but mostly by commenting on your posts, and helping you share things. That's primarily where I talk with old, old friends and family. But I also talk to many a Plusser there, so that's kind of fun, in a subversive way.

Since it began, I'm been in the shadows on TSU as well. Due primarily to my buddy +John Voshell keeping the vibe going there, I stay there as well. In each case, I post exclusive content on each site, rarely overlapping. So if you are elsewhere nowadays, let's stay in touch. 

Join, or say hello to me on Tsu:more »

Anyone who knows me from here is well aware that I'm a "lifer" here. From Day One, Google+ has embraced me (and I, it) and I am more comfortable writing and posting here than anywhere else.

That being said, I also spend time where other people have gone. I'm active again on FB, but mostly by commenting on your posts, and helping you share things. That's primarily where I talk with old, old friends and family. But I also talk to many a Plusser there, so that's kind of fun, in a subversive way.

Since it began, I'm been in the shadows on TSU as well. Due primarily to my buddy +John Voshell keeping the vibe going there, I stay there as well. In each case, I post exclusive content on each site, rarely overlapping. So if you are elsewhere nowadays, let's stay in touch. 

Join, or say hello to me on Tsu:
https://www.tsu.co/seancowen

Say hello on Facebook, and see +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS there as well!
http://facebook.com/TheFridayNightSessions

See you around the universe, wherever you may be!___

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2016-01-20 06:18:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

The Art of Designer Artificial Limbs - The Atlantic Story by Roc Morin.

Sophie de Oliveira Barata makes hyper-realistic prostheses as well as elaborate costume limbs that reflect the wearer's personality.

There is a moment when each ultra-realistic prosthetic limb crafted by Sophie de Oliveira Barata transitions from a hunk of silicon into something more. “It happens around this point,” the artist explained, gesturing to a half-finished leg jutting mid-kick from her work bench. “I’ll know it’s happened when I handle a limb a bit roughly, and I find myself apologizing to it: ‘Oh, sorry!’”

It’s an easy mistake to make. With precision molding, hand-painted veins, and real human hairs, the limbs scattered around Sophie’s studio look uncannily real: legs on the verge of dancing and hands ready to burst into applause. Withthese prostheses, S... more »

The Art of Designer Artificial Limbs - The Atlantic Story by Roc Morin.

Sophie de Oliveira Barata makes hyper-realistic prostheses as well as elaborate costume limbs that reflect the wearer's personality.

There is a moment when each ultra-realistic prosthetic limb crafted by Sophie de Oliveira Barata transitions from a hunk of silicon into something more. “It happens around this point,” the artist explained, gesturing to a half-finished leg jutting mid-kick from her work bench. “I’ll know it’s happened when I handle a limb a bit roughly, and I find myself apologizing to it: ‘Oh, sorry!’”

It’s an easy mistake to make. With precision molding, hand-painted veins, and real human hairs, the limbs scattered around Sophie’s studio look uncannily real: legs on the verge of dancing and hands ready to burst into applause. With these prostheses, Sophie enables her customers to conceal their absences and blend in.

But the artist also caters to another kind of clientele: amputees wanting to stand out. She works with these clients to imagine the missing parts of their bodies as fantastical works of art: an arm housing a motorized coiling snake, a jewel-studded leg with embedded stereo, a bird-wing arm with a metal hook for a talon. “Instead of seeing what’s missing,” she remarked, “you see what’s there.”

I met Sophie in her cozy London studio recently to discuss her work. After serving tea, the artist returned to the task of tenderly shaping a silicon calf as we spoke.

How did you get your start in prosthetics?

I actually started out in film, doing special effects make-up. Later, I heard about a job making realistic limbs for amputees. Every single limb was bespoke and made by hand. I worked for that company for years.

Where did the idea of making alternative limbs come from?

I was always experimenting in my spare time. Back then, I was going out quite a lot to all these crazy clubs where everyone would dress outrageously. I started sculpting costume pieces for myself.

Like what?

Well, there was one that had a bra on one side and a lemon squeezer on the other, plus a collar made out of loads of colored pencils. Also, I had a bit of envy, you know. I thought, why should it just be amputees that have prostheses? So, I made a silicon copy of my own feet to wear as slippers. And it was brilliant walking down the street because I’d wear socks under them. I’d be curious to catch people’s faces as they passed me, thinking, “How does she have feet on the outside of her socks?”

Did you ever show your employers?

Certainly not! Some of the costumes were quite risqué. I’d wait until everyone went home and I’d stay at my workplace all night sculpting, just with this crazy passion to make something. Nobody knew that I stayed the night. Whenever the janitor would come round, I’d turn out all the lights and hide. In the morning I’d pretend to leave and come back again. I’d be exhausted but very happy!

How did you incorporate that kind of creativity into your prostheses?

I started working with a little girl who lost her leg. It was really tragic. She was in a pushchair with her mum and granny when a bus came onto the pavement. The grandma was killed against a wall, the mother had scarring, and the little girl had to have her leg amputated. I saw her every year, because she was growing and needed a new leg. Well, she wanted something a bit different on the leg every time. It started with these little pigs that were riding bicycles and eating ice creams. The next time she wanted a Christmas scene around the top of her leg. Then she wanted all these pictures of her family: her aunty there, and her little dog over there, and her mum, and her brother. I could see that every year she was getting really excited about coming in. And, it wasn’t something she had to do that other people didn’t, it was something she got to do that other people didn’t. It was a nice event for her psychologically. So, she was quite a good inspiration.

Do the clients always know what they want?

Some of them have definite ideas of what they want. A lot of the men want to look like some kind of superhero—loads of Iron Man requests. Other people don’t know what they want at all and need you to help them pull the information out. That’s really good fun. I usually tell them to go on the Internet and just search for images that speak to them and save them in a folder. When they’ve got, say a hundred images, we’ll be able to see a pattern as to what they’re interested in—whether it’s color or composition or materials or an atmosphere—there’ll be something, and then you’ll talk that through together.

Being so focused on other people’s limbs all the time, I wonder, what’s your relationship with your own limbs like?

Well, it’s interesting, I feel differently about them than I did when I was younger. With my feet for example, since I started making limbs, I really like them from an artistic perspective. I’ve got loads of little thread veins. I get really excited if an older person comes in for a realistic limb, because it just means more detail. There’s more personality there. Of course, not everybody feels that way. I had a woman come over the other day to watch me sculpt a leg for her. Originally, all she wanted was a match of her existing leg, but when I gave her the opportunity for feedback, she said “I don’t want the yellow on the toenails, and maybe not so many veins.” And it’s like, “Hold on a minute, it’s not going to look anything like the other one!”

You mentioned that you used to feel differently about your limbs. How did you feel about them when you were a kid, for example?

It’s funny you mention that. You know how vertigo is the fear of wanting to jump off things? Well, sometimes, actually, because my hands mean so much to me, if [I saw] something like a big churning thing, I’d be like, “Oh, God, keep it away! I might put my hand in there!” And, it was just the idea of having control over your destiny. That if I put my hand in there, it would ruin everything, but for that split second I’d have control over the whole of my destiny and that would be quite an empowering thing. Of course, that would destroy my chances of being creative with my hands, so I chose not to.

Do you think that fascination had anything to do with the profession you’ve chosen?

Maybe! Of course, I don’t have that impulse anymore. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot simpler as I’ve gotten older, but life’s a lot easier as a result of it.

Have you thought about what kind of limbs you’d make for yourself if you were an amputee?

Maybe super strong arms or something…

What would you do with them?

I don’t know! Hmm… well, I always thought it would be quite sweet to have a sweet dispenser leg—maybe a bubble gum machine with lovely metalwork. You’d press a button and a gumball would spiral down. The kids would all crowd around your leg, grab the sweets, and just take off. Ideally, I’d like to have a bunch of limbs, all interchangeable, each one reflecting a different part of myself back at me. 
#amputee   #prostheses   #arms   #legs   #limbs   #artificiallimbs   #ultrarealism   #bodyparts   #missinglimbs   #realisticlimbs   #surrealart   #surrealism  

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2016-01-20 05:06:41 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

32 Million Records

With the passing of Glenn Frey, I thought it might be interesting to see what a few reviewers had to say about the album. Crank up the music, drink a toast to Glenn, and drift off into the night as we revisit the Hotel California...

The Full Album (Remastered)
bit.ly/HotelCaliforniaRemastered

The Rolling Stone Magazine Review by Charley Walters, 1977

Hotel California showcases both the best and worst tendencies of Los Angeles-situated rock, but more strikingly its lyrics present a convincing and unflattering portrait of the milieu itself. Don Henley, handling five of the eight vocal tracks, expresses well the weary disgust of a victim (or observer) of the region's luxurious excess.

Yet the record's firm musical bases cannot be overlooked. Bernie Leadon departed and Joe Walsh arrived; the... more »

32 Million Records

With the passing of Glenn Frey, I thought it might be interesting to see what a few reviewers had to say about the album. Crank up the music, drink a toast to Glenn, and drift off into the night as we revisit the Hotel California...

The Full Album (Remastered)
bit.ly/HotelCaliforniaRemastered

The Rolling Stone Magazine Review by Charley Walters, 1977

Hotel California showcases both the best and worst tendencies of Los Angeles-situated rock, but more strikingly its lyrics present a convincing and unflattering portrait of the milieu itself. Don Henley, handling five of the eight vocal tracks, expresses well the weary disgust of a victim (or observer) of the region's luxurious excess.

Yet the record's firm musical bases cannot be overlooked. Bernie Leadon departed and Joe Walsh arrived; the Eagles have abandoned most of their bluegrass and country & western claims in favor of a more overt rock stance. Walsh's exact effect isn't always obvious, but this record does have subtleties and edges that have sometimes eluded the group. The title cut, for example, incorporates a pinch of reggae so smoothly that it's more felt than heard. "Life in the Fast Lane," propelled by Walsh's guitar and Glenn Frey's clavinet, rocks like it really means it; "Victim of Love" works similarly, though at a slower tempo. Henley is superb on all three.

The frequent orchestration, however, doesn't always fit. "Pretty Maids All in a Row" employs glistening, high-pitched string synthesizer to good effect, adding a reserved tension to the slowly paced arrangement; but the approach fails on "Wasted Time," an over arranged wash embodying the worst of rock-cum-Hollywood sensibilities. What does work is the elegant fullness of "The Last Resort," whose concluding words best sum up Hotel California: "You call some place Paradise ... kiss it goodbye."

 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/hotel-california-19770224#ixzz3xl0IubLx 

Review by ClassicRockReview.com --  I am uncertain who the reviewer is

Whether it was done intentionally or not, Hotel California came pretty close to being a true concept album by the Eagles. The songs each loosely share the themes of paradise lost or squandered and the album is bookmarked by geographical locations of such. As the band’s fifth album, it was transitional in several ways including music and personnel wise. Guitarist Bernie Leadon, a strong influence on the band’s country sound of the early years was replaced by funk-rock guitarist Joe Walsh, who had previously fronted the groups James Gang and Barnstorm. As a result, the band’s sound got a bit heavier while never abandoning its mainstream pop sensibilities.

The album was produced by Bill Szymczyk, who had produced the Eagles previous two albums as well as several albums by Joe Walsh and the James Gang. Szymczyk was noted for laboriously experimenting until he found the right “sound” in each artist, as the producer possessed no musical talent or training, just extraordinary listening skills. The band took 18 months between releases of their previous album One of These Nights and Hotel California, with eight of those months in the studio recording.

Thematically, members of the Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America. The band’s lead singer, songwriter, and drummer Don Henley said that because it was the bicentennial year and the “Eagle” is the symbol of our country, they felt obliged to make some kind of artistic statement. He explained how they used California as a microcosm of the whole United States, with comments on the nature of success and the attraction of excess, and an extremely pessimistic history of America.

While the lyrical content of the album is up for debate, the true beauty of Hotel California is the sound, much of which was unlike anything the Eagles had done before. The opening theme song starts with long acoustic/electric intro, which was originally introduced to the band by lead guitarist Don Felder as an instrumental piece. This acts as a dramatic overture before the song kicks in with a quasi-Caribbean rhythm and beat with the first verse and the cryptic, yet intriguing, storytelling lyrics. However, the real treat that makes this song a bonafide classic are the dual electric guitars by Walsh and Felder, which float above the lyric stinging electric melodies throughout the verse and chorus, and take center stage with the long, dual guitar lead to close the song.

To this day, many of the unique terms and phases used in the song’s lyric are debated as to their exact meaning or intent. These include “colitas”, “this could be Heaven or this could be Hell”, “wine” referred to as a “spirit” (which it is not), “steely knives”, and the key phase of the song – “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”.

"Live In the Fast Lane" single After this unique artistic masterpiece, the band serves up a couple of songs which both went on to be big hits, one in the country-rock style of the past, and one in the heavier rock style of the future. “New Kid In Town” is probably the greatest country rock song ever (if there ever really was such a genre) It has some great chord structure, a beautiful mix of instrumentation, and more great guitar by Don Felder, although much less subtle than on the title song. Co-written by J.D. Souther and sung by Glenn Frey, the song ascends keys in the third verse and then finds a smooth passage back before the outtro, in a piece of musical mastery. “Life In the Fast Lane” features a heavy guitar riff and lead by Joe Walsh, with lyrics that are a bit edgy. It uses the driving analogy for a drug and danger fueled lifestyle and contains a great hook with an almost-disco beat. The nice flanged section after last chorus gives the song an edgy, new-wave feel that makes the sound quite advanced for 1976.

The first side ends with “Wasted Time”, a song that may be the perfect barroom ballad speaking of broken relationships. The song is very slow and measured, with great vocals by Henley. However, the orchestral reprise of the song which opens up the second side of the album is, in fact, “wasted time” as it adds absolutely nothing to the album. This short foray is mercifully disrupted by the hard rocker “Victim of Love”, a song which proves that the Eagles can do more with two chords than any other band ever. This song was recorded live in the studio and contains a great descend into a slide solo by Joe Walsh.

Walsh’s only songwriting and lead vocal effort is “Pretty Maids All In a Row”, which is not a very strong representation of his talents. It is a piano ballad, surprising by Walsh with Felder playing the lead guitar role. “Try and Love Again” was written and sung by bassist Randy Meisner, who has that strange kind of voice which gives songs a cool edge, such on his “Take It To the Limit” on the previous album. Hotel California would be Meisner’s last album with the band, as he decided to return to his native Nebraska in order to be with his family.

The album concludes with Henley’s “The Last Resort”, which bookends the “Hotel California” theme nicely on one hand, but is kind of the anti-Hotel California on another hand. Where that classic song is poetic and leaves much room for interpretation, this one is preachy with lyrics that are a bit bigoted, racist, elitist, and yet self-loathing, taking away from the otherwise beautiful melody and score. All that being said, the song does include some profound lyrics;

There is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye…”

 
Hotel California would be the absolute pinnacle of the The Eagles’ career, selling more than any other of their multiple successes and being considered high up on several “all time” lists. The band went on to record one more studio album, The Long Run, which took even longer to create. Although that album was also a smash hit, it contributed greatly to the tensions that ultimately broke up the band in 1980.

http://www.classicrockreview.com/2011/12/1976-eagles-hotel-california/

AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California. The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks a major leap for the Eagles from their earlier work, as well as a stylistic shift toward mainstream rock. An even more important aspect, however, is the emergence of Don Henley as the band's dominant voice, both as a singer and a lyricist. On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a metaphor for a dark, surreal world of dissipation; comments on the ephemeral nature of success and the attraction of excess; branches out into romantic disappointment; and finally sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism. Of course, the lyrics kick in some time after one has appreciated the album's music, which marks a peak in the Eagles' playing. Early on, the group couldn't rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft. In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of "classic rock," music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing. The result was the Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/hotel-california-mw0000189884

#theeagles   #glennfrey   #hotelcalifornia   #donhenley   #classicrock   #70srock   #joewalsh  ___

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2016-01-20 04:22:50 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

James Beckwourth: Worthy of a Future Tarantino Film, or Going Totally in the Direction of Glory.

Jim Beckwourth was an African American who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. Although there were people of many races and nationalities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only African American who recorded his life story, and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

Take a look at his titles, and decide if there might be a movie surrounding Beckwourth. That is some kind of list.

• Slave
• Freedman
• Blacksmith
• Trapper
• Mountain Man
• Explorer
• Indian Fighter
• Warrior, then Chief, then leader of "the Dog Clan" of the Crow band of Native Americans
• Foughtin the Second Sem... more »

James Beckwourth: Worthy of a Future Tarantino Film, or Going Totally in the Direction of Glory.

Jim Beckwourth was an African American who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. Although there were people of many races and nationalities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only African American who recorded his life story, and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

Take a look at his titles, and decide if there might be a movie surrounding Beckwourth. That is some kind of list.

• Slave
• Freedman
• Blacksmith
• Trapper
• Mountain Man
• Explorer
• Indian Fighter
• Warrior, then Chief, then leader of "the Dog Clan" of the Crow band of Native Americans
• Fought in the Second Seminole War in Florida
• Trading Post Builder
• US Army Courier in the Mexican-American War
• Store Owner
• Professional Card Player
• Discoverer of the Beckwourth Pass in Sierra Nevada Mountains
• Ranch, Trading Post, and Hotel Owner
• Founder of Beckwourth, California
• Had his life story written by Judge Thomas D. Bonner
• Local Agent for Indian Affairs in Denver
• Scout for the Third Colorado Volunteers


If you've seen The Revenant you may notice a familiar character...

In the 2015 film The Revenant, an African-American is depicted as part of Ashley's 100. Since the chronology of events in the life of Hugh Glass was changed slightly for the film, it is unclear if the African-American shown was intended to be James Beckwourth or simply a representation of the wider acceptance and equality of blacks on the frontier that gave rise to historical figures like Beckwourth.

Hugh Glass' legendary return after being abandoned occurred in 1823, and Beckwourth did not join the expedition until 1824. However, there was an intervening period of time between the return of Glass and his confrontation, with Bridger and Fitzgerald, that did occur, subsequent to 1824, that was changed in the film for the sake of brevity.

#jamesbeckwourth   #africanamerican   #explorer   #mountainman   #trapper   #oldwest   #wildwest   #cardplayer   #seminole   #sierranevada   #mexicanamericanwar   #americanhistory   #crow   #nativeamerican   #therevenant  

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

Picture and Opening Paragraph:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/494481234059452375/___

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2016-01-20 03:31:26 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

While this is fantastic, the clock is ticking on so many other culturally significant sites...

Meanwhile, archaeologists around the Middle East are rushing to document endangered historical sites before they are destroyed by the fighting, using 3D-scanning technology to create detailed digital models.

This coming spring, a pair of 3D-printed arches replicating the Palmyra’s Temple of Bel's own arches that escaped being fully demolished by ISIS militants will be installed in New York City and London as a gesture of defiance against the group’s destruction of heritage sites.

#heritagesites   #demolishedmonuments   #destroyingculture   #syria   #refugees   #miniature   #art   #iconiclandmarks  

While this is fantastic, the clock is ticking on so many other culturally significant sites...

Meanwhile, archaeologists around the Middle East are rushing to document endangered historical sites before they are destroyed by the fighting, using 3D-scanning technology to create detailed digital models.

This coming spring, a pair of 3D-printed arches replicating the Palmyra’s Temple of Bel's own arches that escaped being fully demolished by ISIS militants will be installed in New York City and London as a gesture of defiance against the group’s destruction of heritage sites.

#heritagesites   #demolishedmonuments   #destroyingculture   #syria   #refugees   #miniature   #art   #iconiclandmarks  ___

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2016-01-20 02:07:00 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Model Railroad Enthusiast Builds HP Lovecraft's 'Arkham' with Toy Trains

Model railroader John Ott has devoted years to creating a fantastically detailed, HO-scale recreation of Arkham, the site of HP Lovecraft's horror stories, complete with model railroad engines and historically accurate cars.

Ott's buildings have interior lighting and details, but they've also got elaborate backstories that draw on the Lovecraft mythos that imbue them with an eldritch vitality that chills to core of your soul.

Across Garrison, the Bensalem Building hosts a variety of enterprises. The mesmerists, Drs. Nikola and Mabuse, have set up shop selling questionable cures and "rubber goods." One of the shady mesmerists can be seen with a female patient in the bay window, doubtlessly trying to convince the young woman how theraputic it would be... more »

Model Railroad Enthusiast Builds HP Lovecraft's 'Arkham' with Toy Trains

Model railroader John Ott has devoted years to creating a fantastically detailed, HO-scale recreation of Arkham, the site of HP Lovecraft's horror stories, complete with model railroad engines and historically accurate cars.

Ott's buildings have interior lighting and details, but they've also got elaborate backstories that draw on the Lovecraft mythos that imbue them with an eldritch vitality that chills to core of your soul.

Across Garrison, the Bensalem Building hosts a variety of enterprises. The mesmerists, Drs. Nikola and Mabuse, have set up shop selling questionable cures and "rubber goods." One of the shady mesmerists can be seen with a female patient in the bay window, doubtlessly trying to convince the young woman how theraputic it would be to reveal the combination to her husband's wall safe.

Next door, Messrs. Maskull and Nightspore offer astral travel for the adept, with tours of Tormance, Leng, and Barsoom a specialty. One would think they wouldn't have many clients, but some prominent Arkhamites, namely the Carter family— Randolph, John, and Nick— rely upon them heavily. Dr. Caligari's Cabinet, a curio shop, occupies the last address. Is that a shining trapezohedron in the window?

Up on the roof, Professor Pickering has his private observatory. Prof. Pickering is famous for having confirmed the sighting of those flashes on Mars a few years back. These days, he's searching for a ninth, trans-Neptunian, planet— which he calls Yuggoth, for some reason— which he's sure is there.

"I knew this strange, grey world was not my own, But Yuggoth, past the starry voids..." —HP Lovecraft, "Fungi From Yuggoth"

It is totally worth visiting the links below - so many more photos and great background...

The Miskatonic Railroad 1882-1907
http://www.ottgallery.com/MRR.html

Welcome to Arkham - Your train leaves at 11:35
http://www.ottgallery.com/WelcometoArkham.html

Arkham Wasn't Built in a Day (Or a Night) - All About Lighting and Decor
http://www.ottgallery.com/Illumination.html

Deconstructing Arkham Station
http://www.ottgallery.com/Salem%20Station.html

#hplovecraft   #arkham   #modelling   #modeltrains   #modelrailroad   #horrorstories   #cthulhu   #darkculture  

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2016-01-19 07:27:59 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Just for fun, I pulled one of my posts out of the vault from 2011. This film is surreal to the Nth degree, and you will see things you have never seen on celluloid before. Incredible.

Want to add an odd, but spectacular film to your Netflix cue? Add Legend of 1900 and be ready to be astounded! Giuseppe Tornatore will amaze you!

#legendof1900   #surrealism     #tornatore     #filmmaking  

The Legend of 1900 - I Swear, You Have Never Seen a Scene on Film Like This One. I Am Amazed, and I Still Say It Is One of The Most Original Scenes in a Movie! Ever.!

*STORYLINE* 

From the director of Cinema Paradiso comes a compelling drama of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of his life. Years later, the ship may be destroyed, and a former band member fears that 1900 may still be aboard, willing to go down with the ship. A beautiful film...

Source: RottenTomatoes.com | And from my original post on 18 July 2011.___Just for fun, I pulled one of my posts out of the vault from 2011. This film is surreal to the Nth degree, and you will see things you have never seen on celluloid before. Incredible.

Want to add an odd, but spectacular film to your Netflix cue? Add Legend of 1900 and be ready to be astounded! Giuseppe Tornatore will amaze you!

#legendof1900   #surrealism     #tornatore     #filmmaking  

2016-01-19 05:13:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

When I drove up to Toronto and finally met +byron rempel in person for the first time (and his cool family) it was great on so many levels. Byron had a booth with +N. M. Scuri at HORROR-RAMA: Toronto's Only All-Horror Convention. We all spent a handful of glorious days together, and I really got to see two artists in action: Byron for his art, and N.M. for her writing. I highly recommend their books -- somehow they just seem to blend together effortlessly.

I think this book reading is going to be a special night - and a terrific time had by all! I love +byron rempel and +N. M. Scuri to death. Literally. grin

#horror   #horrorwriting   #twosentencehorrors   #horrorstories   #booksigning  

Join us for an evening with writer +N. M. Scuri  to celebrate the release of One Bite at a Time, a collection of illustrated two-sentence horror stories. 

Reviews from 13 Stories and Paintings:
"They are snappy, gory little things .... Maybe it's just my sense of humor, but I chortled all the way through this."

A wonderful journey.... I have always admired the work of N.M. Scuri, and to read this collection, it was an extension of her superb craft. An enjoyable collaboration of ideas, and imaginary thoughts in one collection.

Great artwork and there are some very intriguing stories within this collection about a zombie outbreak - with quite a few OMG moments ... Very well written though, so I would definitely read more work by this author.

Please note that while Michael Scarola Rare And Used Books is pleased to present this event at no charge, any signed items must accompany an in-store purchase. Thank you.___When I drove up to Toronto and finally met +byron rempel in person for the first time (and his cool family) it was great on so many levels. Byron had a booth with +N. M. Scuri at HORROR-RAMA: Toronto's Only All-Horror Convention. We all spent a handful of glorious days together, and I really got to see two artists in action: Byron for his art, and N.M. for her writing. I highly recommend their books -- somehow they just seem to blend together effortlessly.

I think this book reading is going to be a special night - and a terrific time had by all! I love +byron rempel and +N. M. Scuri to death. Literally. grin

#horror   #horrorwriting   #twosentencehorrors   #horrorstories   #booksigning  

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2016-01-19 04:34:27 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary

I think enough time has passed, but let me say ... spoilers ahead ... just in case...

The definitive guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary. Beautiful photography and clear, authoritative text by Lucasfilm insider Pablo Hidalgo names and explains all the details of costumes, weapons, and accessories. Includes three exclusive, specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model maker John Goodson.

"The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary" gives some fascinating insight into the world behind the movie…" — io9.com

"Virtually every aspect of "The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary" is broken down into manageable bits. The book beautifully 'grounds the fantasy' and makes senseof ... more »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary

I think enough time has passed, but let me say ... spoilers ahead ... just in case...

The definitive guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary. Beautiful photography and clear, authoritative text by Lucasfilm insider Pablo Hidalgo names and explains all the details of costumes, weapons, and accessories. Includes three exclusive, specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model maker John Goodson.

"The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary" gives some fascinating insight into the world behind the movie…" — io9.com

"Virtually every aspect of "The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary" is broken down into manageable bits. The book beautifully 'grounds the fantasy' and makes sense of even its most alien concepts." — StarWars.com

80pp. Ages 10 and up. Meant to be a children's book, but of course, we can all discover our inner children as adults reading this.

#starwars   #starwarstheforceawakens   #starwarstuesday   #kyloren   #stormtrooper   #rey   #niimaoutpost   #resistancepilots   #mazkanata   #childrensbooks   #illustratedbooks   #dkbooks  

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2016-01-19 04:12:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

NYC - Manhattan - Chanin Building - Rene Paul Chambellan

Photo by cerdsp on Flickr

Chanin used his own architectural department head, Jacques I. Delamarre and Rene Chambellan, an architectural sculptor, to decorate the interiors. Fantastic Art Deco grills, elevator doors, mailboxes and sculptures greeted the visitor.

Two bronze-painted plaster reliefs by Chambellan represent Achievement and Success. The means to gain these are represented in six matching reliefs: three are physical, Effort, Activity and Endurance; and three are mental, Enlightenment, Vision, and Courage.

About the Chanin Building

The Chanin Building is a brick and terra-cotta skyscraper located at 122 East 42nd Street, at the corner of Lexington Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Built by Irwin S. Chanin in 1929, it is 56 stories high,... more »

NYC - Manhattan - Chanin Building - Rene Paul Chambellan

Photo by cerdsp on Flickr

Chanin used his own architectural department head, Jacques I. Delamarre and Rene Chambellan, an architectural sculptor, to decorate the interiors. Fantastic Art Deco grills, elevator doors, mailboxes and sculptures greeted the visitor.

Two bronze-painted plaster reliefs by Chambellan represent Achievement and Success. The means to gain these are represented in six matching reliefs: three are physical, Effort, Activity and Endurance; and three are mental, Enlightenment, Vision, and Courage.

About the Chanin Building

The Chanin Building is a brick and terra-cotta skyscraper located at 122 East 42nd Street, at the corner of Lexington Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Built by Irwin S. Chanin in 1929, it is 56 stories high, reaching 197.8 metres (649 ft) excluding the spire and 207.3 metres (680 ft) including it. It was designed by Sloan & Robertson in the Art Deco style, with the assistance of Chanin's own architect Jacques Delamarre, and it incorporates architectural sculpture by Rene Paul Chambellan.

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1978, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

#nyc   #newyorkcity   #artdeco   #chaninbuilding   #architecture   #building   #skyscraper   #architecturalsculpture  

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

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2016-01-18 06:51:26 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Russian Parliament to Take Up Anti-LGBT Bill, or When We Finally Decide to Tell Russia To Fuck Off

I leave politics and LGBTQ posts to other people imminently more qualified (and filled with more angst ) than I, usually, but enough is enough. This is utterly "beyond the pale" and if Russians don't speak up against this, it is the final nail in the coffin for me.

Russia’s parliament is scheduled to take up a bill on January 22 that will ban gays and lesbians from showing any form of public affection. The bill was proposed in October by two members of the Communist Party, and has made its way to the Duma’s lower house.

In an interview, Ivan Nikitchuk, Russian lawmaker and a sponsor of the bill, said that the proposal will stop “sick and crazy people” from “displaying their demonic desires which the West has forced on us.”

Ifthe bill is... more »

Russian Parliament to Take Up Anti-LGBT Bill, or When We Finally Decide to Tell Russia To Fuck Off

I leave politics and LGBTQ posts to other people imminently more qualified (and filled with more angst ) than I, usually, but enough is enough. This is utterly "beyond the pale" and if Russians don't speak up against this, it is the final nail in the coffin for me.

Russia’s parliament is scheduled to take up a bill on January 22 that will ban gays and lesbians from showing any form of public affection. The bill was proposed in October by two members of the Communist Party, and has made its way to the Duma’s lower house.

In an interview, Ivan Nikitchuk, Russian lawmaker and a sponsor of the bill, said that the proposal will stop “sick and crazy people” from “displaying their demonic desires which the West has forced on us.”

If the bill is passed, “the public expression of nontraditional sexual relations, manifested in a public demonstration of personal perverted sexual preferences in public places” will be criminalized. Anyone caught breaking the law will be fined an equivalent of $65 and face up to 15 days in jail. The law is so vague that any action or behavior that is non-gender-conforming will also be punishable.

The current gay propaganda law in Russia already prohibits the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.” If the proposed bill passes, members of the LGBT community in Russia will face further discrimination.

#loveislove   #queer   #lgbtq   #russia   #fuckrussia   #gaypride   #gay   #sexualdiscimination   #discrimination   #lesbian  

via/ out.com/news-opinion/2016/1/16/russian-parliament-take-anti-lgbt-bill___

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2016-01-18 06:15:57 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Imperial Rhapsody

Try and get the song out of your head. I double-dog dare you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ

#starwars   #bohemianrhapsody   #queen   #starwarstheforceawakens  

Imperial Rhapsody

Try and get the song out of your head. I double-dog dare you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ

#starwars   #bohemianrhapsody   #queen   #starwarstheforceawakens  ___

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2016-01-18 05:36:45 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

James Cameron's Avatar

I watched Avatar again tonight, and I have to say that even though I watched it maybe five years ago last, it holds up. Here's what Roger Ebert said about the film. What do you say?

Review by Roger Ebert

Watching "Avatar," I felt sort of the same as when I saw "Star Wars" in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations. James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his "Titanic" was. Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.

"Avatar" is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a... more »

James Cameron's Avatar

I watched Avatar again tonight, and I have to say that even though I watched it maybe five years ago last, it holds up. Here's what Roger Ebert said about the film. What do you say?

Review by Roger Ebert

Watching "Avatar," I felt sort of the same as when I saw "Star Wars" in 1977. That was another movie I walked into with uncertain expectations. James Cameron's film has been the subject of relentlessly dubious advance buzz, just as his "Titanic" was. Once again, he has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.

"Avatar" is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as "Lord of the Rings" did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event, one of those films you feel you must see to keep up with the conversation.

The story, set in the year 2154, involves a mission by U. S. Armed Forces to an earth-sized moon in orbit around a massive star. This new world, Pandora, is a rich source of a mineral Earth desperately needs. Pandora represents not even a remote threat to Earth, but we nevertheless send in ex-military mercenaries to attack and conquer them. Gung-ho warriors employ machine guns and pilot armored hover ships on bombing runs. You are free to find this an allegory about contemporary politics. Cameron obviously does.

Pandora harbors a planetary forest inhabited peacefully by the Na'vi, a blue-skinned, golden-eyed race of slender giants, each one perhaps 12 feet tall. The atmosphere is not breathable by humans, and the landscape makes us pygmies. To venture out of our landing craft, we use avatars--Na'vi lookalikes grown organically and mind-controlled by humans who remain wired up in a trance-like state on the ship. While acting as avatars, they see, fear, taste and feel like Na'vi, and have all the same physical adeptness.

This last quality is liberating for the hero, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who is a paraplegic. He's been recruited because he's a genetic match for a dead identical twin, who an expensive avatar was created for. In avatar state he can walk again, and as his payment for this duty he will be given a very expensive operation to restore movement to his legs. In theory he's in no danger, because if his avatar is destroyed, his human form remains untouched. In theory.

On Pandora, Jake begins as a good soldier and then goes native after his life is saved by the lithe and brave Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). He finds it is indeed true, as the aggressive Col. Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) briefed them, that nearly every species of life here wants him for lunch. (Avatars are not be made of Na'vi flesh, but try explaining that to a charging 30-ton rhino with a snout like a hammerhead shark).

The Na'vi survive on this planet by knowing it well, living in harmony with nature, and being wise about the creatures they share with. In this and countless other ways they resemble Native Americans. Like them, they tame another species to carry them around--not horses, but graceful flying dragon-like creatures. The scene involving Jake capturing and taming one of these great beasts is one of the film's greats sequences.

Like "Star Wars" and "LOTR," "Avatar" employs a new generation of special effects. Cameron said it would, and many doubted him. It does. Pandora is very largely CGI. The Na'vi are embodied through motion capture techniques, convincingly. They look like specific, persuasive individuals, yet sidestep the eerie Uncanny Valley effect. And Cameron and his artists succeed at the difficult challenge of making Neytiri a blue-skinned giantess with golden eyes and a long, supple tail, and yet--I'll be damned. Sexy.

At 163 minutes, the film doesn't feel too long. It contains so much. The human stories. The Na'vi stories, for the Na'vi are also developed as individuals. The complexity of the planet, which harbors a global secret. The ultimate warfare, with Jake joining the resistance against his former comrades. Small graceful details like a floating creature that looks like a cross between a blowing dandelion seed and a drifting jellyfish, and embodies goodness. Or astonishing floating cloud-islands.

I've complained that many recent films abandon story telling in their third acts and go for wall-to-wall action. Cameron essentially does that here, but has invested well in establishing his characters so that it matters what they do in battle and how they do it. There are issues at stake greater than simply which side wins.

Cameron promised he'd unveil the next generation of 3-D in "Avatar." I'm a notorious skeptic about this process, a needless distraction from the perfect realism of movies in 2-D. Cameron's iteration is the best I've seen -- and more importantly, one of the most carefully-employed. The film never uses 3-D simply because it has it, and doesn't promiscuously violate the fourth wall. He also seems quite aware of 3-D's weakness for dimming the picture, and even with a film set largely in interiors and a rain forest, there's sufficient light. I saw the film in 3-D on a good screen at the AMC River East and was impressed. I might be awesome in True IMAX. Good luck in getting a ticket before February.

It takes a hell of a lot of nerve for a man to stand up at the Oscarcast and proclaim himself King of the World. James Cameron just got re-elected.

#Avatar   #jamescameron   #scifi   #hollywood   #films   #movies  

via/ http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/avatar-2009___

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2016-01-17 06:58:31 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

The Man in The High Castle

I binge-watched Season 1 on Amazon today, after being addicted to the pilot last year. Damn. It delivers. Everything about this production screams quality. You will not be able to stop watching episode after episode. Well done, gents!

#themanintheighcastle   #philipkdick   #amazonseries   #alternatehistory  

via/ huffingtonpost.com/lev-raphael/the-man-in-the-high-castl_b_8617100.html

The Man in The High Castle

I binge-watched Season 1 on Amazon today, after being addicted to the pilot last year. Damn. It delivers. Everything about this production screams quality. You will not be able to stop watching episode after episode. Well done, gents!

#themanintheighcastle   #philipkdick   #amazonseries   #alternatehistory  

via/ huffingtonpost.com/lev-raphael/the-man-in-the-high-castl_b_8617100.html___

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2016-01-16 07:24:45 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Prohibition Took Effect On This Day In History in 1919

One of the stupidest laws to come out of Congress. But I'm sure we'll see many more again...

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Prohibition tookeff... more »

Prohibition Took Effect On This Day In History in 1919

One of the stupidest laws to come out of Congress. But I'm sure we'll see many more again...

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.

#prohibition   #liquor   #drinking   #uscongress   #usconstitution   #18thamendment  

via/history.com/this-day-in-history___

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2016-01-15 06:45:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Really well done and poignant. and all of my fellow "Old Dinosaurs" out there will get the feels with this one...

h/t to +Karl Hansen for this...

#monster   #stopmotion   #films   #movies   #moviemonster   #g33k   #shortfilm  

An Aging Movie Monster Looks Back On His Career in This Poignant Short http://io9.gizmodo.com/an-aging-movie-monster-looks-back-on-his-career-in-this-1753022131___Really well done and poignant. and all of my fellow "Old Dinosaurs" out there will get the feels with this one...

h/t to +Karl Hansen for this...

#monster   #stopmotion   #films   #movies   #moviemonster   #g33k   #shortfilm  

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2016-01-15 06:25:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

City Hall (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) New York City (Abandoned 70 Years Ago) - Perfect for Some Urban Exploration


City Hall, also known as City Hall Loop, was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), named the "Manhattan Main Line", and now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Opened on October 27, 1904, this station, located underneath the public area in front of City Hall, was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino tile, skylights, colored glass tilework and brass chandeliers. The Rafael Guastavino-designed station is unique in the system for the usage of Romanesque Revival architecture.

The station was built on a curve and could only accommodate five-car trains, which proved to be inefficient as... more »

City Hall (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) New York City (Abandoned 70 Years Ago) - Perfect for Some Urban Exploration


City Hall, also known as City Hall Loop, was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), named the "Manhattan Main Line", and now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Opened on October 27, 1904, this station, located underneath the public area in front of City Hall, was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino tile, skylights, colored glass tilework and brass chandeliers. The Rafael Guastavino-designed station is unique in the system for the usage of Romanesque Revival architecture.

The station was built on a curve and could only accommodate five-car trains, which proved to be inefficient as subway ridership grew. Due to the infrastructural shortfalls, as well as its proximity to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station, passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945, although the station is still used as a turning loop for 6 <6> trains.

#NYC   #newyorkcity   #subway   #urbex   #urbanexploration  

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Hall_%28IRT_Lexington_Avenue_Line%29

http://tribecacitizen.com/2013/03/14/inside-the-old-city-hall-subway-station/___

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2016-01-14 07:20:01 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

I'm in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 21-31, 2016

Okay. What cool things are there to do in town? What are the "must see" attractions there? What should I absolutely, positively not miss when I visit INDY in the dead of Winter??

Are you from the Indy area? Do yo have G+ friends from the area? Let me know! We'll have Booth #107 at the Indianapolis Home Show for ten days, so let's connect if you're in the area!

#indianapolis   #indiana   #homeshow   #ontheroad   #usatravel  

I'm in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 21-31, 2016

Okay. What cool things are there to do in town? What are the "must see" attractions there? What should I absolutely, positively not miss when I visit INDY in the dead of Winter??

Are you from the Indy area? Do yo have G+ friends from the area? Let me know! We'll have Booth #107 at the Indianapolis Home Show for ten days, so let's connect if you're in the area!

#indianapolis   #indiana   #homeshow   #ontheroad   #usatravel  ___

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2016-01-14 06:27:41 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

The Story: Barcelona

For fun, what do you think the story is behind this photo? Not looking for comments, but a quick story that your imagination makes up.

The Morning Walk

Esperanza found herself walking fast, faster than normal through the Gothic Quarter. It was a Sunday, and most families were warm in their beds at this hour. She was on a mission, though. An important one, and one that could not wait. Not even for a lovely, sunny morning like this one.

No, she had to be at her parents house on Baixada de Sant Miquel just as they were waking up, or some blabbermouth neighbor in the Quarter would pull her father aside and mention (casually, of course) that they had seen his Esperanza just last night over at that upscale place, Les Quinz Nits (only through the window, of course), and it looked like his daughter was with some man he didn't... more »

The Story: Barcelona

For fun, what do you think the story is behind this photo? Not looking for comments, but a quick story that your imagination makes up.

The Morning Walk

Esperanza found herself walking fast, faster than normal through the Gothic Quarter. It was a Sunday, and most families were warm in their beds at this hour. She was on a mission, though. An important one, and one that could not wait. Not even for a lovely, sunny morning like this one.

No, she had to be at her parents house on Baixada de Sant Miquel just as they were waking up, or some blabbermouth neighbor in the Quarter would pull her father aside and mention (casually, of course) that they had seen his Esperanza just last night over at that upscale place, Les Quinz Nits (only through the window, of course), and it looked like his daughter was with some man he didn't recognize, and it further looked like maybe a proposal was going on.

As you might suspect, it was another father doing the gossiping (typical speech of a cottilear), and Esperanza's father, Agustín, would take it all in and would immediately want to summon his eldest daughter - the Jewel of his eye, Esperanza, for an immediate explanation, and fatherly interception at the very least. 

So, yes, Esperanza suddenly became a young girl again, as she doubled her pace. She did not want to be in another gazpacho with her papa. Top of her class at her bachillerato? Wouldn't matter. Top of her class at the U of M? Nope, wouldn't raise an eyebrow? But an unknown tío that my father never met? No. No, no, no, no, and double no. It could not happen!

She loved her Little Artist, Alejandro, who had a small but cool flat over on Carrer d'en Serra, Though he was originally from Gràcia, she had fallen in love with him instantly one night over at El Paraigua and a night of jazz.  (The la marcha there was otherwordly!) After six months of dating and hitting all the best nightspots of La Rambla, she was determined to be his bride, come hell or high water, or, well, regardless of her father's intervention.

In any case, she now tripled her pace as  the morning sun rose higher, and her anxiety reached levels she never even experienced on her darkest days climbing her educational ladder. She was on a mission, and it was one that was going to be successful in her eyes, no matter what. Her time was now and whatever it took - Papa needed to know how loved she felt when Alejandro held her.

There was just that sticky situation of them meeting for the first time, and that, uh, unfortunate business of being proposed to without her dad's permission. ¡Venga, hombre! Like that was going to happen. She quickly re-wrapped the silk scarf around her neck and decided that maybe a brief jog might be in order, as a million and one thoughts exploded in her head...


#gothic   #barcelona   #blackandwhitephotography   #bwphotography   #blackandwhitephotos   #spain  

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2016-01-13 06:31:56 (21 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

My Favourite Legal Content Provider Is...?

This one is to help us have an idea of where we go after cutting our ties with DirecTV after many, many years. What do YOU think is the best legal content provider out there right now? The one that caters to FILM BUFFS as well as TV ADDICTS (like myself. Cough.) I am really, really a consumer of TV shows, and films are kind of secondary. But we're open to all ideas here...

My Favourite Legal Content Provider Is...?

This one is to help us have an idea of where we go after cutting our ties with DirecTV after many, many years. What do YOU think is the best legal content provider out there right now? The one that caters to FILM BUFFS as well as TV ADDICTS (like myself. Cough.) I am really, really a consumer of TV shows, and films are kind of secondary. But we're open to all ideas here...___

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2016-01-13 06:08:58 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Cutting The Cord: What Are Your Recommendations?

We went dark today for the first time in many, many years. We severed our DirecTV ties and decided to take a new approach. Only, we're not sure what that approach should be. It just seemed crazy feeding more money to AT&T when Blaine hardly watches anything, and I feel confident I can find my beloved shows elsewhere.

So - for those of you who have walked this walk - what are your thoughts on Netflix, Hulu, Prime etc?

I watch dozens and dozens of shows religiously, everything from Shameless to Downton Abbey and Sherlock, to Game of Thrones and The Expanse. Of course, I have to have my The Walking Dead and we have to have our Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D , Agent Carter, and so many more. So -- what's your recommendation? We have a First Gen Chromecast that we're thinking could work (if I could... more »

Cutting The Cord: What Are Your Recommendations?

We went dark today for the first time in many, many years. We severed our DirecTV ties and decided to take a new approach. Only, we're not sure what that approach should be. It just seemed crazy feeding more money to AT&T when Blaine hardly watches anything, and I feel confident I can find my beloved shows elsewhere.

So - for those of you who have walked this walk - what are your thoughts on Netflix, Hulu, Prime etc?

I watch dozens and dozens of shows religiously, everything from Shameless to Downton Abbey and Sherlock, to Game of Thrones and The Expanse. Of course, I have to have my The Walking Dead and we have to have our Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D , Agent Carter, and so many more. So -- what's your recommendation? We have a First Gen Chromecast that we're thinking could work (if I could get it to work, that is. Can't get it to work so far).

Is this how you/many other people around the world are getting the TV and films now? I feel a bit lost and truly welcome your comments...

#netflix   #hulu   #amazonprime   #chromecast   #syfy  ___

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2016-01-13 04:53:38 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The Record Shop

The stairwell alone is heavenly, so I imagine the store must be otherworldly. Man, record shops were something else to behold in person. A dying breed now, but I mentioned how cool would it be if one opened near this Vap shop in the town where I work, and this twenty-something kid's eyes lit up. That was cool to see. Maybe there is some passion still out there for experiences like this was...

#recordstore   #lp   #album   #vinyl   #vinylalbums   #music   #musiclovers   #recordshops  

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The Record Shop

The stairwell alone is heavenly, so I imagine the store must be otherworldly. Man, record shops were something else to behold in person. A dying breed now, but I mentioned how cool would it be if one opened near this Vap shop in the town where I work, and this twenty-something kid's eyes lit up. That was cool to see. Maybe there is some passion still out there for experiences like this was...

#recordstore   #lp   #album   #vinyl   #vinylalbums   #music   #musiclovers   #recordshops  

via/ lagunaalps.com___

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2016-01-13 04:35:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

I will always recommend the music of +HEATHER FAY! Blaine and I love her and had the best time ever meeting her and other friends in New York City a while back. Love you, HF!

#supportindieartists   #supportindiemusicians   #indiemusic   #indiemusicians   #folkmusic  

BE PART OF MY NEW RECORD!
I'm making a new record and I'd love for you all to be part of it, My Loves!  The Girls From Ruby Falls (my new band) is a dream project of mine. I'm collaborating with incredible musicians to bring this project/story/album to life....but I can't do it alone.  

You all have always been so incredibly supportive of my musical dream and have been integral in my journey.  If you'd like to contribute to the making of this new record, please head over to our indiegogo campaign and pre-order our album. There are some super cool PERKS too!!

As Always,  THANK YOU!

All My Love,
Heather

p.s.- If you've been wondering where I've been lately...I've been busy dreaming up this new project!

p.p.s - It's never fun to ask people to donate to an artistic endeavor...especially when there are so many people and charities needing help.  Thank you for never making me feel badly for reaching out to you all for support.  I hope that my music, in some way helps to make the world a better place...even for a moment. :)

#heatherfaymusic   #thegirlsfromrubyfalls   #tuesdaytunesday   #music   #gratitude   #love  ___I will always recommend the music of +HEATHER FAY! Blaine and I love her and had the best time ever meeting her and other friends in New York City a while back. Love you, HF!

#supportindieartists   #supportindiemusicians   #indiemusic   #indiemusicians   #folkmusic  

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2016-01-12 07:00:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash

I always think of guys like Johnny Cash and Steve McQueen when I think of ultimate cool. Johnny here proves it. This was recorded in 1969 and is from his 1970 album "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"

Johnny Cash - "The Devil To Pay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E73k5yh9XIY

#coolcats   #johnnycash   #stevemcqueen  

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash

I always think of guys like Johnny Cash and Steve McQueen when I think of ultimate cool. Johnny here proves it. This was recorded in 1969 and is from his 1970 album "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"

Johnny Cash - "The Devil To Pay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E73k5yh9XIY

#coolcats   #johnnycash   #stevemcqueen  ___

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2016-01-12 05:56:02 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

One Interview

Hypothetical. You have the opportunity to sit down for a full 24-hour interview with one person, living or dead. There are no restrictions, nothing is off-limits, and it promises to be the interview of a lifetime.

You can choose from celebrities, politicians, authors, playwrights, historical figures -- anybody who has lived on Planet Earth is in the running for this interview.

Who do you choose? And why? And what is one earth-shattering question you'd ask them?

#interview   #celebrities   #actors   #author   #playwright   #politician   #historicalfigure   #president   #musician   #painter   #artist   #writer  

One Interview

Hypothetical. You have the opportunity to sit down for a full 24-hour interview with one person, living or dead. There are no restrictions, nothing is off-limits, and it promises to be the interview of a lifetime.

You can choose from celebrities, politicians, authors, playwrights, historical figures -- anybody who has lived on Planet Earth is in the running for this interview.

Who do you choose? And why? And what is one earth-shattering question you'd ask them?

#interview   #celebrities   #actors   #author   #playwright   #politician   #historicalfigure   #president   #musician   #painter   #artist   #writer  ___

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2016-01-12 04:39:49 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Eternal Peace, David...

I always liked Bowie's work in The Hunger and this haunting classic frames the film brilliantly. Look around the stream, and you get an idea of how many lives his music touched. I'd say his was a life well lived.

Rest now, David. Rest.

#RIPDavidBowie   #davidbowie   #thehunger  

Eternal Peace, David...

I always liked Bowie's work in The Hunger and this haunting classic frames the film brilliantly. Look around the stream, and you get an idea of how many lives his music touched. I'd say his was a life well lived.

Rest now, David. Rest.

#RIPDavidBowie   #davidbowie   #thehunger  ___

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