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Sean Cowen

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

Occupation: Writer and Creator (Creator of Worlds)

Birthday: 10/21

Followers: 59,680

Following: 3,796

Views: 179,659,847

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Tech Times T-Lounge196Join @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 Musk3,806,292Hey 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  
Sean Cowen59,680This 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 Musk3,806,292*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  
The Huffington Post3,762,891  +The Huffington Post and +HitFix are excited to talk  2014 Television LIVE on Thursday, February 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT with a panel of #awesomepeople  including TV Critics +Alan Sepinwall (What's Alan Watching?, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), Daniel Fienberg (the Fien print, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast and New Video Show), +Maureen Ryan (Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan), and +matthew rappaport (+Hangout Conversations Host)! They will be examining the best shows to come and that have recently premiered in 2014 along with the premieres of some of your favorites (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and more!), taking your questions LIVE, a fun amount of mirth to be had and just asking "WHY?!" with certain series PLUS always surprises and epic moments! Happy to have you TUNE in G+ers :) Join us LIVE or Watch later! Please submit all questions, comments and other thoughts using the Q&A App in the corner of the video, list them on our watch page or Tweet us using  #huffposthitfixTV . Also, be sure to check out MOAR while you're waiting: Alan & Dan's fun, new Video Show &The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast http://www.hitfix.com/podcasts/firewall-iceberg Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan http://talkingtvwithryanandryan.libsyn.com/ What's Alan Watching? http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching  the Fien Print http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print Hangout Conversations http://www.youtube.com/hangoutconversations #television   #thewalkingdead   #tv2014   #gameofthrones   #truedetective   #firewallandiceberg   #seasonpremiereHuffPost & Hitfix 2014 Television Hangout On Air Roundtable2014-02-06 19:28:2041  
byron rempel165,708Mostly 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 Festival475,688http://ugpff.com Live, interactive and showing in a city near you including New York, Singapore, Wellington, New Zealand, Seattle, Mexico and more.      • Watch great short films and web series.      • Interact with filmmakers live.      • Attend film panels with industry experts.      • Meet other filmmakers and film lovers. *Seattle Event Information:* RSVP here, limited seats available. http://www.celebrations.com/rsvp/zh2ne64yk663gwz2f   The 3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival in partnership with +SnagFilms, is becoming the world's largest short film and web series festival.  Live and interactive, this global event celebrates the best in short cinema from around the world and allows the audience to attend a world class film festival from the comforts of their own home.   The future of film festivals is finally here.3rd Annual Unofficial Google+ Film Festival2013-12-13 19:00:00468  
matthew rappaport223,318It's almost Halloween which means #nychirl3  and Surprise Hangouts On Air throughout between October 31 and November 3, 2013! More info on the New York City Event: https://plus.google.com/events/c0v0a356o41fa282ud92pqqt4lo It'll be mini surprises and feel free to suggest stuff here in NYC and Plussers popping in from all angles :)  #awesomesauce  +G+ Achievement Unlocked #nychirl3 : Hangouts On Air at any point during the Weekend / Halloween2013-11-01 03:00:0017  
Trey Ratcliff8,773,253Join us!  I'll be announcing a new big event in Japan at the end of the week at the Google HQ in Tokyo!  Also, we'll be catching up with +Thomas Hawk  +Cali Lewis +Clayton Morris +Gino Barasa and +Erica Joy  on the latest photography news... full-rez photos on Google+...  Comment-ranking changes on Facebook... backing up on the road and more! :) If you have live questions, come to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com and see the embedded player! :)Show #73: Photography Hangout with Thomas Hawk from ThomasHawk.com, Clayton Morris from Fox, Gino Barassa from Mars (7 PM PT, 10 PM ET)2013-04-09 04:00:00245  
pio dal cin82,727Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00276  
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival475,688*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 Musk3,806,292*You, Me & A LIttle Music History!* Join me - virtually - on November 29th for a very special live in-studio, interactive Hangout Concert from Times Square in New York City! *How To Join The Hangout!* ★ RSVP Right Here! ★ Circle @109766514680275896293  They're our gracious Hangout Hosts ★ Be a VIP by commenting below! I'll add you to my early-invite VIP circle! ★ We'll rotate the Hangout seats to get as many people in as possible! ★ Global Start Times: http://bit.ly/QbrDDv *Tell Me More...* I have a feeling this virtual, interactive, multi-dimensional concert will be another amazing night to remember and share together! We'll have cameras, lights, lots of songs and tons of action! This is the launch of a new series of Hangout Event Series by +Stonehenge NYC and I'll be singing and hanging with you from world-famous KMA Recording Studios where everyone from Whitney Houston, to Karmin to Jay-Z have laid down their tracks!  And our secret(ly awesome) undisclosed location has been revealed! It's The Brill Building - where hit songs have been written and recorded generation after generation. The walls are singing with music legends past and now you and me will be a part of it's storied history! Woop! :) *One More Surprise* is on the way... Something special for everyone joining the Hangout... I can't wait to light up New York City with you... More deets to come ;) XO, DariaDaria & You ★ In-Studio Concert From Times Square ★ Live At Stonehenge NYC2012-11-30 02:00:00379  
Ryan Van Sickle787,092*HOPE RISING* *_A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert_* *Thursday, November 8th at 9PM EST*  *Host @111048918866742956374 Along with* *Singer Songwriters @102002299339025067376 @107291158434082397409 & Friends* *Charities* The Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/ New York Cares - http://www.nycares.org/ *We would love for you all to participate, so from 10PM - 11PM it will be open to anyone wanting to tell their story or share a song.* Photo by @114242552432938641752 & Poster by @117344786984788205452 HOPE RISING A Hurricane Sandy Benefit ON AIR Concert w/ Heather Fay, Ryan Van Sickle, Matthew Rappaport & Friends2012-11-09 03:00:00226  
Jessica Northey1,955,877Join @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 Wilson1,550,330It'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 Play9,533,625Google 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 01:00:006769  
matthew rappaport223,318*NYC @116758906530929229377 Concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 as part of #nychirl2  weekend*   Join us as we rock and roll all through the night with +Amazing music, laughs, and more at this @101066233324483545716 @107733598197138913821 Free Concert @The Living Room NYC (No Tickets Required!) It'll be amazing to see each other after 6 months and reunite where we had an EPIC Party the 1st time round & meet new PLUSpals.                             An All-Star+ Music Lineup & Surprises: Starting at 9pm : @114728696012925918708 & @107291158434082397409  The Living Room NYC Located at 154 Ludlow Street http://www.livingroomny.com Are you coming to the Official #nychirl2  Weekend concert? OH WHAT A +NIGHT! A Major @103052407716987048126 to rock your world and it'll all be BROADCAST live via a #hangoutsonair ! You won't have to miss a thing! (Although we do want to see you dance & smile!)                     Lots of fun in store for the Night and entire weekend! For more info about the #nychirl2  Weekend happening the 2nd weekend of August : Thursday, August 9 - Monday, August 13, 2012 Check out the @101560853443212199687 @117173351243749913463 Page:  https://plus.google.com/events/cca0dj8ro36ruegud2go8ap9rg0/111048918866742956374 Any Questions? Comment below or @111048918866742956374!  #plusversary   #nychirl   #livemusic   #coolhangouts   #nowTHISiscommunity   Latest Post with +H.I.R.L.tinerary for the weekend to check out: https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/7pbifsbxuRk H.I.R.L. - Hangout In Real Life Memories2012-08-10 21:00:0069  
Ryan Van Sickle787,092ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027  

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2016-04-22 01:34:47 (34 comments; 33 reshares; 385 +1s)Open 

There Are No Words...

Yes, there are a million posts in everyone's stream, talking about the loss of, well, can we call him anything short of Musical God Rock N' Funk Legend the icon we all knew as Prince?

I think the shock took us all by surprise, and one day we'll be able to coherently talk about his impact on rock n' roll. For now, RIP Prince. Rest In Peace up in your own Paisley Park in the sky...

#prince   #paisleypark   #signothetimes   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #pop   #funk   #soul   #icon   #ripprince  

Classic Prince | 1987 Sign “☮” The Times - Jeff Katz album cover Paisley Park stage photo session - a fan cropped out Cat. Sign o' The Times promotional photo (1987) © Jeff Katz

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2016-05-03 06:10:39 (21 comments; 66 reshares; 444 +1s)Open 

'Voodoo Chile' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience Was Recorded on May 3, 1968

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

#jimihendrix   #voodoochile   #rocknroll   #rocknrollhistory   #guitar   #guitarist  

Jimi Hendrix - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" [Live Stockholm 1969]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55G55MaAZqk

image | Jimi Hendrix, Panhandle Festival at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco... - Psychedelic Jungle
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2016-04-28 03:43:32 (29 comments; 38 reshares; 569 +1s)Open 

Ed Roman Made Badass Guitars. Period. Like This Rockinbat

I saw this and my eyes started bulging. Honestly, it was a physiological effect. Nobody does this one-of-a-kind of work anymore (well, few people do at least)These are guitars filled with mystery and passion, and engulfed with creativity and ingenuity. His story is one of risk-taking and living the dream. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

About Ed Roman, and Roman Guitars

The late Ed Roman (1950 - 2011) was quite the unique individual, particularly in the world of guitars. He had a long history in this industry. His passion and energy for this business was both unparalleled and rarely seen in the world of guitars. Ed was dramatic and had a flare for showmanship, but he always backed up his beliefs with what he felt was the best way to do something, despite what others may have... more »

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2016-05-05 06:02:38 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 116 +1s)Open 

Rock N' Roll Kids

"Little girl with an AC/DC shirt! Somebody instilled rock and roll early in the game. Winning."

This got me thinking: for all the rock n' roll parents out there: are you exposing your kids to things like classic rock, hard rock and metal music? Letting them listen to the best of the 60s and 70s and 80s in your house? Are they listening to R & B and Soul classic songs? Dance tracks from your Golden Days? Badass tunes from today?

I wonder since my mom was always playing music in the house. In our house, music was a big part of growing up. Dad loved classical, and mom would play hits, Broadway music, and lots of rock n' roll Old School classics. There were always albums around, and music was frequently played. I think it deeply affected me and turned me into a lifelong music lover...

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Rock N' Roll Kids

"Little girl with an AC/DC shirt! Somebody instilled rock and roll early in the game. Winning."

This got me thinking: for all the rock n' roll parents out there: are you exposing your kids to things like classic rock, hard rock and metal music? Letting them listen to the best of the 60s and 70s and 80s in your house? Are they listening to R & B and Soul classic songs? Dance tracks from your Golden Days? Badass tunes from today?

I wonder since my mom was always playing music in the house. In our house, music was a big part of growing up. Dad loved classical, and mom would play hits, Broadway music, and lots of rock n' roll Old School classics. There were always albums around, and music was frequently played. I think it deeply affected me and turned me into a lifelong music lover...

Are you doing the same with your kids?

#musiclover   #rocknroll   #musicfans   #musicinthehouse   #acdc   #parenting   #growingup  

via/ buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/26-things-that-will-make-your-brovaries-explode

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2016-05-05 05:45:15 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Steampunk Mask by Laboratorio Di Puck

This is via Etsy and I don't believe they have current listings, but this piece is stunning. Yes, I know it hits all the steampunk requirements, with gears and flowing elements à la Captain Nemo, but it does have a certain presence that is pretty compelling...

We are Angelica & Chiara, the Laboratorio di Puck is our shop-online.
It's a place of Magic, Creativity and Dreams.

We are two young artists and Imagination is our only creative tool.
Here you can find all our works, all designed and handmade by us.
Every detail makes each creation unique and unrepeatable.

#steampunk   #mask   #creativity   #handmade  

via/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaboratorioDiPuck

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/292452569526176544/

Steampunk Mask by Laboratorio Di Puck

This is via Etsy and I don't believe they have current listings, but this piece is stunning. Yes, I know it hits all the steampunk requirements, with gears and flowing elements à la Captain Nemo, but it does have a certain presence that is pretty compelling...

We are Angelica & Chiara, the Laboratorio di Puck is our shop-online.
It's a place of Magic, Creativity and Dreams.

We are two young artists and Imagination is our only creative tool.
Here you can find all our works, all designed and handmade by us.
Every detail makes each creation unique and unrepeatable.

#steampunk   #mask   #creativity   #handmade  

via/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaboratorioDiPuck

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2016-05-05 05:12:09 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Drumkit Chopper

My mind is racing with all kinds of questions about this: easy to change a tire? Are you actually playing the drums while you cruise down the highway? Any kind of sound equipment installed, too? Is there a chopper out there more badass than this?!

#motorcycle   #chopper   #musiclover   #drums   #music   #cruising   #drumkit  

*via/ sickdrummermagazine.com

Drumkit Chopper

My mind is racing with all kinds of questions about this: easy to change a tire? Are you actually playing the drums while you cruise down the highway? Any kind of sound equipment installed, too? Is there a chopper out there more badass than this?!

#motorcycle   #chopper   #musiclover   #drums   #music   #cruising   #drumkit  

*via/ sickdrummermagazine.com___

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2016-05-05 05:05:02 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Russian Motorcycle Band

I have now officially seen it all. This band is playing live - on a motorcycle - with a drummer and full kit, and a guitarist. Holy Hell, cool doesn't get any better than this. THAT is a group of true music fans!

#music   #musiclover   #motorcycle   #drums   #guitar   #russia  

Russian Motorcycle Band

I have now officially seen it all. This band is playing live - on a motorcycle - with a drummer and full kit, and a guitarist. Holy Hell, cool doesn't get any better than this. THAT is a group of true music fans!

#music   #musiclover   #motorcycle   #drums   #guitar   #russia  ___

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2016-05-05 03:46:39 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

The First American in Space On This Day in History - 5 May 1961

They didn't call it a "Space Race" for nothing. It was a sprint, a marathon, and a battle all rolled into one. There was one objective: to be the first country to put a man in space, then return him to Earth. Then the stakes were upped: to be the first country to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.. It was expensive, it was bold, and it was (and is) part of our American history and our continual quest for new frontiers...

From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space... more »

The First American in Space On This Day in History - 5 May 1961

They didn't call it a "Space Race" for nothing. It was a sprint, a marathon, and a battle all rolled into one. There was one objective: to be the first country to put a man in space, then return him to Earth. Then the stakes were upped: to be the first country to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.. It was expensive, it was bold, and it was (and is) part of our American history and our continual quest for new frontiers...

From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA was established in 1958 to keep U.S. space efforts abreast of recent Soviet achievements, such as the launching of the world’s first artificial satellite–Sputnik 1–in 1957. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the two superpowers raced to become the first country to put a man in space and return him to Earth. On April 12, 1961, the Soviet space program won the race when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, put in orbit around the planet, and safely returned to Earth. One month later, Shepard’s suborbital flight restored faith in the U.S. space program.

NASA continued to trail the Soviets closely until the late 1960s and the successes of the Apollo lunar program. In July 1969, the Americans took a giant leap forward with Apollo 11, a three-stage spacecraft that took U.S. astronauts to the surface of the moon and returned them to Earth. On February 5, 1971, Alan Shepard, the first American in space, became the fifth astronaut to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.

#spaceexploration   #spacerace   #astronaut   #alanshepard   #apollo   #moon   #exploration   #freedom7   #nasa   #mercury  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-first-american-in-space

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2016-05-04 05:53:15 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 194 +1s)Open 

My Rock N' Roll Bedroom Growing Up

Okay. You were (and are) a massive rock n' roll music lover. If you were a typical teen, you had to have had some rock band posters on your wall. Our bedrooms were our secret lairs - they were our private spaces, the places where we no longer had to share a bedroom with a younger sibling. It was there that we had the chance to express ourselves. The space was ours - it was our bedroom, and we damn well would put up whatever poster we wanted.

What rock n' roll bands' posters or photos did you have on your walls?

On your clothing and backpacks (what pins and buttons or patches); what bands on your guitar cases, in your school lockers, on your school binders, and on bumper stickers on your cars? (yes, that's for Old Schoolers. ha!)

I had posters of dozens of bands on the walls, and later, when I... more »

My Rock N' Roll Bedroom Growing Up

Okay. You were (and are) a massive rock n' roll music lover. If you were a typical teen, you had to have had some rock band posters on your wall. Our bedrooms were our secret lairs - they were our private spaces, the places where we no longer had to share a bedroom with a younger sibling. It was there that we had the chance to express ourselves. The space was ours - it was our bedroom, and we damn well would put up whatever poster we wanted.

What rock n' roll bands' posters or photos did you have on your walls?

On your clothing and backpacks (what pins and buttons or patches); what bands on your guitar cases, in your school lockers, on your school binders, and on bumper stickers on your cars? (yes, that's for Old Schoolers. ha!)

I had posters of dozens of bands on the walls, and later, when I got older, I had massive sized posters of Nevermind and one big one of The Cult that I glued to a foam board. It must've been 4' x 6'. I had bumper stickers of tons of 80s bands, and I had patches sewn onto jackets that I had (thanks, Mom). I had a huge button collection that I wish I still had today (though I still have a few). Of course, at school, I had stickers everywhere in my locker and all over my binders. Yeah - a lifelong rock n' roll fan here.

Let's here how obsessive you were! :-)

#rocknroll   #musiclover   #musiclegend   #nirvana   #musicfan   #rocknrollposters   #growingup    

via/ Kurt Cobain by Masiz on DeviantArt
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2016-05-04 04:51:17 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Sgt. Stryker's Death Squad and Our Army At War Featuring Sgt. Rock: New Additions to My World War II Collection

Yes, admittedly, I am a geek at heart. While I love comics, I got these a few weekends back to add to my World War II collection. It's a group of books, models, Field Manuals, photographs, gear, Blu-Ray's - essentially anything authentic and of the period that honors the soldiers who preserved our way of life in one of the darkest periods in our history -- or honors the people in the homeland who sacrificed so much for their success."

I'm not sure when I'll have my grand display done (are collectors ever really done?) But when I do, I'll show it here. I'd like to add some more models and other ephemera first to make it cooler.

Do you collect anything? Tell us about your collections (and the lengths you've gone to to... more »

Sgt. Stryker's Death Squad and Our Army At War Featuring Sgt. Rock: New Additions to My World War II Collection

Yes, admittedly, I am a geek at heart. While I love comics, I got these a few weekends back to add to my World War II collection. It's a group of books, models, Field Manuals, photographs, gear, Blu-Ray's - essentially anything authentic and of the period that honors the soldiers who preserved our way of life in one of the darkest periods in our history -- or honors the people in the homeland who sacrificed so much for their success."

I'm not sure when I'll have my grand display done (are collectors ever really done?) But when I do, I'll show it here. I'd like to add some more models and other ephemera first to make it cooler.

Do you collect anything? Tell us about your collections (and the lengths you've gone to to add to them!)

#worldwarii   #soldiers   #comics   #comicbooks   #collection   #collectibles   #collectors   #wwii   #war   #memorabilia  

FYI, in Death Squad, their mission is: Kill Rommel! In Sgt. Rock, it features a Gut-Grabbing Combat Saga - Brittle Harvest!___

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2016-05-04 03:41:34 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

Star Wars Day - Juan Esteban Rodriguez - The Empire Strikes Back

This was a limited edition screen print, produced with only 225 pieces. Unfortunately, it is long "sold out." But in honor of #starwarsday I thought it represented. Old School.


#starwars   #starwarsfans   #empirestrikesback   #atat   #maythe4th #screenprint   #screenprinting  

via/ https://www.bottleneckgallery.com/products/juan-esteban-rodriguez-empire

Star Wars Day - Juan Esteban Rodriguez - The Empire Strikes Back

This was a limited edition screen print, produced with only 225 pieces. Unfortunately, it is long "sold out." But in honor of #starwarsday I thought it represented. Old School.


#starwars   #starwarsfans   #empirestrikesback   #atat   #maythe4th #screenprint   #screenprinting  

via/ https://www.bottleneckgallery.com/products/juan-esteban-rodriguez-empire___

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2016-05-04 03:26:44 (9 comments; 20 reshares; 158 +1s)Open 

C. Allan Gilbert - "All Is Vanity", 1892

Now and then, you stumble upon artwork that seems entirely appropriate for the times in which you live. With so much attention paid to self nowadays (think: selfie) and not to our fellow man, this work from 1892 seems to nail it down: our time here is limited, and we have to make the best of it while we are here. Very haunting, and cool...

About Charles Allan Gilbert

Charles Allan Gilbert (September 3, 1873 – April 20, 1929), better known as C. Allan Gilbert, was a prominent American illustrator. He is especially remembered for a widely published drawing (a memento mori or vanitas) titled All Is Vanity.

The drawing employs a double image (or visual pun) in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, when viewed from a distance, appears to be a human skull. The title isa... more »

C. Allan Gilbert - "All Is Vanity", 1892

Now and then, you stumble upon artwork that seems entirely appropriate for the times in which you live. With so much attention paid to self nowadays (think: selfie) and not to our fellow man, this work from 1892 seems to nail it down: our time here is limited, and we have to make the best of it while we are here. Very haunting, and cool...

About Charles Allan Gilbert

Charles Allan Gilbert (September 3, 1873 – April 20, 1929), better known as C. Allan Gilbert, was a prominent American illustrator. He is especially remembered for a widely published drawing (a memento mori or vanitas) titled All Is Vanity.

The drawing employs a double image (or visual pun) in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, when viewed from a distance, appears to be a human skull. The title is also a pun, as this type of dressing-table is also known as a vanity.

The phrase "All is vanity" comes from Ecclesiastes 1:2 (Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.) It refers to the vanity and pride of man. In art, vanity has long been represented as a woman preoccupied with her beauty. And art that contains a human skull as a focal point is called a memento mori (Latin for "remember you will die"), a work that reminds people of their mortality.

It is less widely known that Gilbert was an early contributor to animation, and a camouflage artist (or camoufleur) for the U.S. Shipping Board during World War I.

#art   #amomentomori    #vanity   #death   #skull   #mortality   #illustrationart  

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

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2016-05-03 06:10:39 (21 comments; 66 reshares; 444 +1s)Open 

'Voodoo Chile' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience Was Recorded on May 3, 1968

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

#jimihendrix   #voodoochile   #rocknroll   #rocknrollhistory   #guitar   #guitarist  

Jimi Hendrix - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" [Live Stockholm 1969]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55G55MaAZqk

image | Jimi Hendrix, Panhandle Festival at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco... - Psychedelic Jungle
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'Voodoo Chile' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience Was Recorded on May 3, 1968

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

#jimihendrix   #voodoochile   #rocknroll   #rocknrollhistory   #guitar   #guitarist  

Jimi Hendrix - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" [Live Stockholm 1969]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55G55MaAZqk

image | Jimi Hendrix, Panhandle Festival at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco... - Psychedelic Jungle

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2016-05-03 04:25:48 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 68 +1s)Open 

Niccolo Machiavelli Born On This Day In History, 3 May 1469

With the Circus we've had in the Political Arena in the United States for the last year or so - this seems entirely timely and relevant. Say the word "Machiavellian" and you instantly conjure up images of our political process here in the States. There is no avoiding it...

On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory.

Machiavelli entered the political service of his native Florence by the time he was 29. As defense secretary, he distinguished himself by executing policies that strengthened Florence politically. He soon found himself assigned diplomatic missions for his principality, through which he met such luminaries... more »

Niccolo Machiavelli Born On This Day In History, 3 May 1469

With the Circus we've had in the Political Arena in the United States for the last year or so - this seems entirely timely and relevant. Say the word "Machiavellian" and you instantly conjure up images of our political process here in the States. There is no avoiding it...

On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory.

Machiavelli entered the political service of his native Florence by the time he was 29. As defense secretary, he distinguished himself by executing policies that strengthened Florence politically. He soon found himself assigned diplomatic missions for his principality, through which he met such luminaries as Louis XII of France, Pope Julius II, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and perhaps most importantly for Machiavelli, a prince of the Papal States named Cesare Borgia. The shrewd and cunning Borgia later inspired the title character in Machiavelli’s famous and influential political treatise The Prince (1532).

Machiavelli’s political life took a downward turn after 1512, when he fell out of favor with the powerful Medici family. He was accused of conspiracy, imprisoned, tortured and temporarily exiled. It was an attempt to regain a political post and the Medici family’s good favor that Machiavelli penned The Prince, which was to become his most well-known work.

Though released in book form posthumously in 1532, The Prince was first published as a pamphlet in 1513. In it, Machiavelli outlined his vision of an ideal leader: an amoral, calculating tyrant for whom the end justifies the means. The Prince not only failed to win the Medici family’s favor, it also alienated him from the Florentine people. Machiavelli was never truly welcomed back into politics, and when the Florentine Republic was reestablished in 1527, Machiavelli was an object of great suspicion. He died later that year, embittered and shut out from the Florentine society to which he had devoted his life.

Though Machiavelli has long been associated with the practice of diabolical expediency in the realm of politics that was made famous in The Prince, his actual views were not so extreme. In fact, in such longer and more detailed writings as Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy (1517) and History of Florence (1525), he shows himself to be a more principled political moralist. Still, even today, the term “Machiavellian” is used to describe an action undertaken for gain without regard for right or wrong.

#machiavelli   #italy   #thisdayinhistory   #florence   #politics   #politicaltheory  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

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2016-05-03 03:22:08 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Astronomers Find 3 ‘Temperate’ Planets That May Support Life

Wonderful. Great! Love this story. But after citing Nature , the co-author of the paper in the Journal, Michael Gillon of the University of Liege in Belgium, and M.I.T. Researcher Julian De Wit - this "writer" then pulls quotes from sources Gizmodo (a blog from Gawker Media. Yes, them.) and The Verge -- from Vox Media. Both, imho, are questionable sources for this sort of scientific topic.

Maybe I'm reading too much into things, but so much fact-checking is no-existent any more (even at the major newspapers) and this kind of trend - mixing content from real scientific journals with content from blogs and entertainment sites - troubles me. 

#spaceexploration   #theuniverse   #lifeelsewhere   #outerspace   #temperateplanets  

Astronomers Find 3 ‘Temperate’ Planets That May Support Life

Wonderful. Great! Love this story. But after citing Nature , the co-author of the paper in the Journal, Michael Gillon of the University of Liege in Belgium, and M.I.T. Researcher Julian De Wit - this "writer" then pulls quotes from sources Gizmodo (a blog from Gawker Media. Yes, them.) and The Verge -- from Vox Media. Both, imho, are questionable sources for this sort of scientific topic.

Maybe I'm reading too much into things, but so much fact-checking is no-existent any more (even at the major newspapers) and this kind of trend - mixing content from real scientific journals with content from blogs and entertainment sites - troubles me. 

#spaceexploration   #theuniverse   #lifeelsewhere   #outerspace   #temperateplanets  ___

2016-05-03 02:28:27 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times. Tomorrow is National Teacher Appreciation Day - May 3, 2016

In honor of that, I thought we'd have a little more complex poll, as education is complex and truly is one of the building blocks of our success as human beings. Did you have one teacher (or maybe ten) who went above and beyond? They pushed you, they inspired you, they made you want to be a better person?

1. I had one or more amazing teachers! (see my story in the comments)

2.  I wish I had teachers that inspired me. 

3. It was hard to be inspired by school, hated it.

4. All my teachers were out of Dickens novels. (and not the good characters - the mean ones. The harsh ones. The nasty ones!)

5. It's all a haze. Did I even go to school?

My story

I had handfuls of those teachers,b... more »

It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times. Tomorrow is National Teacher Appreciation Day - May 3, 2016

In honor of that, I thought we'd have a little more complex poll, as education is complex and truly is one of the building blocks of our success as human beings. Did you have one teacher (or maybe ten) who went above and beyond? They pushed you, they inspired you, they made you want to be a better person?

1. I had one or more amazing teachers! (see my story in the comments)

2.  I wish I had teachers that inspired me. 

3. It was hard to be inspired by school, hated it.

4. All my teachers were out of Dickens novels. (and not the good characters - the mean ones. The harsh ones. The nasty ones!)

5. It's all a haze. Did I even go to school?

My story

I had handfuls of those teachers, but my most memorable is probably my 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Roberts. That was a tough year for me - I was on the road a lot with the speech and debate team, I was on the tennis team, I won the lead in the Fall play, and I was at a brand-new high school. I had no idea what I wanted to do in college. Mrs. R pushed me so damn hard (she could see I loved English) and she would grill me all the time on details and minutiae in literature. She worked me to the bone over Shakespeare and Dickens, Hawthorne, Whitman, Poe, Twain, Steinbeck, Dickinson, and on and on and on until my eyeballs bled (yes, embellishment. Cough) -- and guess what? When I became a lit major, I was ready.

#poll   #teacherappreciation   #education   #inspiration   #greatteachers  

via/ http://nj1015.com/jim-gearhart-celebrates-national-teacher-appreciation-day/___

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2016-05-02 05:38:51 (7 comments; 11 reshares; 135 +1s)Open 

Boats and Rocks by Giorgio Gosti of Italy

It's always striking to me how some artworks and original paintings jump out at me. They absolutely capture my eye. This is one of those. If you have a chance to explore a bit at saachiart.com, do so. You will discover amazing contemporary works of art that will stir your imagination.

This watercolor original is 17 x 13 and it very much reminds me of adventures, and even of The Lord of The Rings films. It's ethereal and filled with wonder...

#watercolors   #art   #originalart   #painters   #painting   #saatchi  

via/ http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-boat-and-rocks/746251/2825407/view

Boats and Rocks by Giorgio Gosti of Italy

It's always striking to me how some artworks and original paintings jump out at me. They absolutely capture my eye. This is one of those. If you have a chance to explore a bit at saachiart.com, do so. You will discover amazing contemporary works of art that will stir your imagination.

This watercolor original is 17 x 13 and it very much reminds me of adventures, and even of The Lord of The Rings films. It's ethereal and filled with wonder...

#watercolors   #art   #originalart   #painters   #painting   #saatchi  

via/ http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-boat-and-rocks/746251/2825407/view___

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2016-05-02 04:42:10 (30 comments; 30 reshares; 397 +1s)Open 

Hello. I'm Johnny Cash

There was no mistaking Johnny Cash's on-stage style. Pictured here performing in 1959, he holds his guitar right up to his chin, as he often did. If there is a list of Old School Rock N' Roll Legends, Johnny will surely always be right near the top. He embodied Americana and he oozed being cool. What a life, and what a man!

Rare, revealing photos of the musician from Life Unseen: Johnny Cash an illustrated biography full of pictures from Sony Music Entertainment's archives.

#johnnycash   #musician   #guitarist   #rocknroll   #guitar  

via/ http://parade.com/155350/viannguyen/10-years-later-rare-photos-of-johnny-cash-american-legend/#johnny-cash-10

Bonus Videos

Johnny Cash - "God's Gonna Cut You Down"http... more »

Hello. I'm Johnny Cash

There was no mistaking Johnny Cash's on-stage style. Pictured here performing in 1959, he holds his guitar right up to his chin, as he often did. If there is a list of Old School Rock N' Roll Legends, Johnny will surely always be right near the top. He embodied Americana and he oozed being cool. What a life, and what a man!

Rare, revealing photos of the musician from Life Unseen: Johnny Cash an illustrated biography full of pictures from Sony Music Entertainment's archives.

#johnnycash   #musician   #guitarist   #rocknroll   #guitar  

via/ http://parade.com/155350/viannguyen/10-years-later-rare-photos-of-johnny-cash-american-legend/#johnny-cash-10

Bonus Videos

Johnny Cash - "God's Gonna Cut You Down"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJlN9jdQFSc

Johnny Cash  - "Folsom Prison Blues"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMyzoHBtaME___

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2016-05-02 04:23:27 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

22 Incredible Outdoor Cinemas Worldwide

Ah, seriously cool. There are some phenomenal places here to visit, and who wouldn't want to have a unique experience like this? It got me thinking: what's the most unusual cinema you've watched a movie at?

I'll get things started. In Prague, in Kampa Park I  think it was, I was out with a group of friends to watch the opening night of Pulp Fiction. The theater had seats that were scattered within old mining cars. Our seats were inside the cars, and It was wacky and wild, and that is where I first saw this masterpiece.

What's your best story?

#hollywood   #cinema   #movietheater   #movietheatre   #movies   #outdoorcinema   #films  

I think my favourite is No. 6: Hot Tub Cinema!

22 Incredible Outdoor Cinemas Worldwide

Ah, seriously cool. There are some phenomenal places here to visit, and who wouldn't want to have a unique experience like this? It got me thinking: what's the most unusual cinema you've watched a movie at?

I'll get things started. In Prague, in Kampa Park I  think it was, I was out with a group of friends to watch the opening night of Pulp Fiction. The theater had seats that were scattered within old mining cars. Our seats were inside the cars, and It was wacky and wild, and that is where I first saw this masterpiece.

What's your best story?

#hollywood   #cinema   #movietheater   #movietheatre   #movies   #outdoorcinema   #films  

I think my favourite is No. 6: Hot Tub Cinema!___

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2016-05-02 04:09:42 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 149 +1s)Open 

Empire State Building Dedicated On This Day in History, 1931

On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York.

The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the gleaming 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. 

Not to be bested, Raskob assembled a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. The groupchose ... more »

Empire State Building Dedicated On This Day in History, 1931

On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York.

The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the gleaming 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. 

Not to be bested, Raskob assembled a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. The group chose the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates to design the building. The Art-Deco plans, said to have been based in large part on the look of a pencil, were also builder-friendly: The entire building went up in just over a year, under budget (at $40 million) and well ahead of schedule. During certain periods of building, the frame grew an astonishing four-and-a-half stories a week

At the time of its completion, the Empire State Building, at 102 stories and 1,250 feet high (1,454 feet to the top of the lightning rod), was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Depression-era construction employed as many as 3,400 workers on any single day, most of whom received an excellent pay rate, especially given the economic conditions of the time. The new building imbued New York City with a deep sense of pride, desperately needed in the depths of the Great Depression, when many city residents were unemployed and prospects looked bleak. 

The grip of the Depression on New York’s economy was still evident a year later, however, when only 25 percent of the Empire State’s offices had been rented.

In 1972, the Empire State Building lost its title as world’s tallest building to New York’s World Trade Center, which itself was the tallest skyscraper for but a year. Today the honor belongs to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower, which soars 2,717 feet into the sky.

#empirestatebuilding   #newyorkcity   #skyscraper   #nyc   #history   #architecture  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/empire-state-building-dedicated

Photo via James Clear
http://jamesclear.com/photography___

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2016-05-01 02:59:29 (17 comments; 4 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Peaky Blinders

I just discovered this BBC2 show on Netflix. It stars Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill (from the Jurassic Park films). Pretty cool so far. It's got many great things going for it - period drama, big sets, grand themes, gangsters, crime, violence. I'm liking it so far.

Any other fans out there who have seen this?

About the Show

Peaky Blinders is a gangster family epic set in Birmingham, England, in 1919, just after the First World War. The story centres on the Peaky Blinders gang and their ambitious and highly dangerous boss Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy). 

The gang comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (played by Sam Neill), a detective in the Royal Irish Constabulary sent over from Belfast (where he'd been sent to clean up the city of the IRA, gangs,and common c... more »

Peaky Blinders

I just discovered this BBC2 show on Netflix. It stars Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill (from the Jurassic Park films). Pretty cool so far. It's got many great things going for it - period drama, big sets, grand themes, gangsters, crime, violence. I'm liking it so far.

Any other fans out there who have seen this?

About the Show

Peaky Blinders is a gangster family epic set in Birmingham, England, in 1919, just after the First World War. The story centres on the Peaky Blinders gang and their ambitious and highly dangerous boss Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy). 

The gang comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (played by Sam Neill), a detective in the Royal Irish Constabulary sent over from Belfast (where he'd been sent to clean up the city of the IRA, gangs, and common criminals). 

Winston Churchill (played by Andy Nyman in series 1 and Richard McCabe in series 2) charged him with suppressing disorder and uprising in Birmingham and recover a stolen cache of arms meant to be shipped to Libya.

The second series is set two years after the first and sees "the Shelby family expand their empire South and North while maintaining a stronghold in their Birmingham heartland". Beginning in 1921, it ends with a climax at Epsom race-course on "Derby Day" in June 1922.

#peakyblinders   #gangsters   #netflix   #tvseries   #birmingham   #cillianmurphy   #samneill  

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2016-04-30 20:48:47 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Blue Eyes

Picked this up last weekend for the partner and he wasn't that enthusiastic about it, so I may just keep "Blue Eyes" as a mascot in my part of the office here. This cat is cool. It's lightweight and made from laser-cut wood.  It was made by a local craftsman in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area - Kevin Berkshire. I did another post that showed his skills:

https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/DuuLSbg6TR2

#woodworking   #art   #cat   #lasercutart  

Find more great works at
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Blue Eyes

Picked this up last weekend for the partner and he wasn't that enthusiastic about it, so I may just keep "Blue Eyes" as a mascot in my part of the office here. This cat is cool. It's lightweight and made from laser-cut wood.  It was made by a local craftsman in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area - Kevin Berkshire. I did another post that showed his skills:

https://plus.google.com/+SeanCowen/posts/DuuLSbg6TR2

#woodworking   #art   #cat   #lasercutart  

Find more great works at
laser1316.wix.com/laser___

2016-04-30 07:29:26 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Can You Play A Musical Instrument?

It's a simple poll, but fraught with old memories and anxieties. I took guitar lessons for a while, but it was never my thing. My parents got me a drum set when I was four (Ritalin kid) and I loved the hell out of that. They didn't. ha! Later, I realized my "instrument" was my voice, and I did pretty damn well with concerts and gigs, and recording songs in the studio. This is a picture of Sun Studios.

Can you play an instrument, and if not, have you wanted to?

#musiclover   #musicalinstrument   #instruments   #music  

Can You Play A Musical Instrument?

It's a simple poll, but fraught with old memories and anxieties. I took guitar lessons for a while, but it was never my thing. My parents got me a drum set when I was four (Ritalin kid) and I loved the hell out of that. They didn't. ha! Later, I realized my "instrument" was my voice, and I did pretty damn well with concerts and gigs, and recording songs in the studio. This is a picture of Sun Studios.

Can you play an instrument, and if not, have you wanted to?

#musiclover   #musicalinstrument   #instruments   #music  ___

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2016-04-29 06:17:57 (14 comments; 21 reshares; 280 +1s)Open 

Corvette Stingray Looking More Badass Than Ever!

1963 Corvette Stingray in front of the Theme Building at LAX in 1967. This pic captures three of my major loves:  airports, the future, and classic cars.

This is one of those penultimate images that you won't soon forget. I've had some pre-flight drinks at Encounter in the background, but apparently, it's now closed. Damn. Such great views!

"Why is L.A.'s beloved 900 tons of steel topped with 135-foot-tall parabolic arches standing empty? Apparently we just didn't love it enough."

Show me any classic images that involve #airports  or #classiccars or the  #goldenageoftravel  and I'm hooked.

via/ http://coolerthanbefore.tumblr.com/post/18271594230/1963-corvette-stingray-in-front-of-the-theme
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Corvette Stingray Looking More Badass Than Ever!

1963 Corvette Stingray in front of the Theme Building at LAX in 1967. This pic captures three of my major loves:  airports, the future, and classic cars.

This is one of those penultimate images that you won't soon forget. I've had some pre-flight drinks at Encounter in the background, but apparently, it's now closed. Damn. Such great views!

"Why is L.A.'s beloved 900 tons of steel topped with 135-foot-tall parabolic arches standing empty? Apparently we just didn't love it enough."

Show me any classic images that involve #airports  or #classiccars or the  #goldenageoftravel  and I'm hooked.

via/ http://coolerthanbefore.tumblr.com/post/18271594230/1963-corvette-stingray-in-front-of-the-theme

via/ http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/08/news/la-trb-lax-theme-building-closes-20140107___

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2016-04-29 05:28:53 (17 comments; 6 reshares; 127 +1s)Open 

Old Hollywood Favorite Actors

If you're a fan of pre-60s Hollywood and love the old classic films from the 20s to the 60s, who are your favorite actors? (I'm purposely not saying "actresses" as well. They are all "actors" in my book. Who could you watch again and again in the old movies? They were arguably from the best period in film, and it's curious to me to see if newer generations have even seen many of the great, classic films that Hollywood today was built on.

Let us know your favorites - your favorite films of theirs, and why!

Maybe it was Marlon Brando or Paul Newman. Jean Harlow or Gene Tierney. Maybe you've always loved Greta Garbo, or Elizabeth Taylor, or Katharine Hepburn. It might have been Gene Kelley or Myrna Loy, or Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard -- you see my point, the list can go on and... more »

Old Hollywood Favorite Actors

If you're a fan of pre-60s Hollywood and love the old classic films from the 20s to the 60s, who are your favorite actors? (I'm purposely not saying "actresses" as well. They are all "actors" in my book. Who could you watch again and again in the old movies? They were arguably from the best period in film, and it's curious to me to see if newer generations have even seen many of the great, classic films that Hollywood today was built on.

Let us know your favorites - your favorite films of theirs, and why!

Maybe it was Marlon Brando or Paul Newman. Jean Harlow or Gene Tierney. Maybe you've always loved Greta Garbo, or Elizabeth Taylor, or Katharine Hepburn. It might have been Gene Kelley or Myrna Loy, or Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard -- you see my point, the list can go on and on...!

#oldhollywood   #film   #movies   #hollywood   #filmmaking   #stars   #moviestars   #actorslife   #actor   #actress  

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A Streetcar Named Desire Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVDecBMyyZI

The Maltese Falcon Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phUxnXGhEiI

North By Northwest Trailer with Alfred Hitchcock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRfmTpmIUwo

The Wizard Of Oz IMAX 3D Official Trailer #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_3T4DGw10U___

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2016-04-29 04:16:35 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 93 +1s)Open 

World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C. On This Day In History, 29 April 2004

Right off the bat, I'm gonna say that I am not a fan of small monuments. This was one of the most defining moments in our nations history - when we collectively stood alongside the Allied powers against the Axis powers, and this was how we honored our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice?

Give me monuments that are grand and visionary, like the Lincoln Memorial, or the Washington Monument. When did we start thinking so small when it came to monuments that honored the men and women who risked their lives in WWII and other wars? I get the controversy over other wars, but America gave so very much to help other nations in World War II. We sacrificed lives at Pearl Harbor, we sacrificed lives in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters. Our homeland made daily sacrifices that  involved... more »

World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C. On This Day In History, 29 April 2004

Right off the bat, I'm gonna say that I am not a fan of small monuments. This was one of the most defining moments in our nations history - when we collectively stood alongside the Allied powers against the Axis powers, and this was how we honored our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice?

Give me monuments that are grand and visionary, like the Lincoln Memorial, or the Washington Monument. When did we start thinking so small when it came to monuments that honored the men and women who risked their lives in WWII and other wars? I get the controversy over other wars, but America gave so very much to help other nations in World War II. We sacrificed lives at Pearl Harbor, we sacrificed lives in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters. Our homeland made daily sacrifices that  involved rationing. America was never the same after the way, in good and bad ways. Everything changed.

No, of course, nothing near the 27 million people that the USSR lost - but we did contribute a major part to stopping the Axis powers dead in their tracks. And all those soldiers who gave their lives for others, fighting in Europe and in the Pacific - they didn't even have a damn  memorial until 2004 - 59 years later!

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

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

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

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

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

About World War II

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.

In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust (in which approximately 11 million people were killed) and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres (in which approximately one million were killed, and which included the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

#wwii   #worldwarii   #wwiimomument   #war   #worldhistory   #monument   #sacrifice   #soldiers   #americanhistory  

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2016-04-29 02:45:17 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 125 +1s)Open 

International Jazz Day Is 30 April 2016

In 2015, people in 195 countries organized more than 800 events on April 30th. Here are just a few examples of events organized over the past three years. 

A teacher in Tuscaloosa, USA organized a workshop on how to use jazz to inspire leadership and innovation.

A jazz club in Yerevan, Armenia presented a jazz photo exhibition, a screening of the 1944 documentary “Jammin’ the Blues,” and an open jam session.

The city council of Knox City, Australia sponsored a concert at the local community center featuring two traditional jazz bands.

A venue in Bogotá, Colombia produced a day of public education programs including classes, concerts and jam sessions.

In Yangon, Myanmar, organizers invited a jazz guitarist to give performances and educational workshopswith lo... more »

International Jazz Day Is 30 April 2016

In 2015, people in 195 countries organized more than 800 events on April 30th. Here are just a few examples of events organized over the past three years. 

A teacher in Tuscaloosa, USA organized a workshop on how to use jazz to inspire leadership and innovation.

A jazz club in Yerevan, Armenia presented a jazz photo exhibition, a screening of the 1944 documentary “Jammin’ the Blues,” and an open jam session.

The city council of Knox City, Australia sponsored a concert at the local community center featuring two traditional jazz bands.

A venue in Bogotá, Colombia produced a day of public education programs including classes, concerts and jam sessions.

In Yangon, Myanmar, organizers invited a jazz guitarist to give performances and educational workshops with local musicians.

A group of friends in Comune di Casalmaggiore, Italy organized a concert and jam session at their local public library.

A jazz trio in Kuwait City, Kuwait inaugurated a concert series at a local restaurant.

A conservatory in Kathmandu, Nepal hosted local and travelling musicians for joint concerts, followed by an open jam session. The event was broadcast live on the radio.

A jazz community group in New Zealand premiered several works at a lunchtime concert.

A record producer in Tehran, Iran organized a series of concerts with local musicians at an historic cultural center.

A “mobile jazz club” in Alcoy, Spain attempted to set the record for largest jazz jam session in Spanish history, bringing together more than 100 musicians in Alcoy’s historic Plaza de Dins.

A lounge in Juba, South Sudan played jazz recordings all day for customers.

A jazz club in Damascus, Syria screened the All-Star Global Concert for patrons.

A planetarium in Ukraine hosted a jazz concert accompanied by a 3D video show.

How will you celebrate  #jazzday ?

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2016-04-28 04:43:57 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Mutiny on the HMS Bounty On This Day In History, 28 April 1789

I admit it, I've been drawn to this story my entire life. And it all stemmed from watching Mutiny On The Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as a kid. (Sorry, even though that was from 1935, I've never seen another version that approached it, imho. Okay, the Brando film was good as well, but this was it for me.)

At an early age, I was drawn towards adventure and the sea, towards ships and travel, and exotic places like Tahiti, and lands abroad. This is what we did as kids: dream. We had three TV channels, plus public television, and a few UHF channels (if the rabbit ears were working). So on weekends, and when we weren't outdoors, we'd read the adventure books, and watch the adventure movies. That's what we did. 

They showed us amazing worlds,... more »

Mutiny on the HMS Bounty On This Day In History, 28 April 1789

I admit it, I've been drawn to this story my entire life. And it all stemmed from watching Mutiny On The Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as a kid. (Sorry, even though that was from 1935, I've never seen another version that approached it, imho. Okay, the Brando film was good as well, but this was it for me.)

At an early age, I was drawn towards adventure and the sea, towards ships and travel, and exotic places like Tahiti, and lands abroad. This is what we did as kids: dream. We had three TV channels, plus public television, and a few UHF channels (if the rabbit ears were working). So on weekends, and when we weren't outdoors, we'd read the adventure books, and watch the adventure movies. That's what we did. 

They showed us amazing worlds, worlds we didn't experience in our suburban backyards. Yes, I vividly remember seeing this film for the first time, and it was thrilling!

The History of the Mutiny

Three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set course for Tubuai south of Tahiti.

In December 1787, the _Bounty_ left England for Tahiti in the South Pacific, where it was to collect a cargo of breadfruit saplings to transport to the West Indies. There, the breadfruit would serve as food for slaves. After a 10-month journey, the _Bounty_ arrived in Tahiti in October 1788 and remained there for more than five months. 

On Tahiti, the crew enjoyed an idyllic life, reveling in the comfortable climate, lush surroundings, and the famous hospitality of the Tahitians. Fletcher Christian fell in love with a Tahitian woman named Mauatua.

On April 4, 1789, the _Bounty_ departed Tahiti with its store of breadfruit saplings.On April 28, near the island of Tonga, Christian and 25 petty officers and seamen seized the ship. Bligh, who eventually would fall prey to a total of three mutinies in his career, was an oppressive commander and insulted those under him. 

By setting him adrift in an overcrowded 23-foot-long boat in the middle of the Pacific, Christian and his conspirators had apparently handed him a death sentence. By remarkable seamanship, however, Bligh and his men reached Timor in the East Indies on June 14, 1789, after a voyage of about 3,600 miles. Bligh returned to England and soon sailed again to Tahiti, from where he successfully transported breadfruit trees to the West Indies.

Meanwhile, Christian and his men attempted to establish themselves on the island of Tubuai. Unsuccessful in their colonizing effort, the Bounty sailed north to Tahiti, and 16 crewmen decided to stay there, despite the risk of capture by British authorities. Christian and eight others, together with six Tahitian men, a dozen Tahitian women, and a child, decided to search the South Pacific for a safe haven. 

In January 1790, the Bounty settled on Pitcairn Island, an isolated and uninhabited volcanic island more than 1,000 miles east of Tahiti. The mutineers who remained on Tahiti were captured and taken back to England where three were hanged. A British ship searched for Christian and the others but did not find them.

In 1808, an American whaling vessel was drawn to Pitcairn by smoke from a cooking fire. The Americans discovered a community of children and women led by John Adams, the sole survivor of the original nine mutineers. According to Adams, after settling on Pitcairn the colonists had stripped and burned the Bounty, and internal strife and sickness had led to the death of Fletcher and all the men but him. In 1825, a British ship arrived and formally granted Adams amnesty, and he served as patriarch of the Pitcairn community until his death in 1829.

In 1831, the Pitcairn islanders were resettled on Tahiti, but unsatisfied with life there they soon returned to their native island. In 1838, the Pitcairn Islands, which includes three nearby uninhabited islands, was incorporated into the British Empire. By 1855, Pitcairn’s population had grown to nearly 200, and the two-square-mile island could not sustain its residents. 

In 1856, the islanders were removed to Norfolk Island, a former penal colony nearly 4,000 miles to the west. However, less than two years later, 17 of the islanders returned to Pitcairn, followed by more families in 1864. Today, around 40 people live on Pitcairn Island, and all but a handful are descendants of the Bounty mutineers. About a thousand residents of Norfolk Island (half its population) trace their lineage from Fletcher Christian and the eight other Englishmen.

#hmsbounty   #mutinyonthebounty   #thisdayinhistory   #tahiti   #ships   #britishhistory   #pitcairnisland   #southpacific   #travel   #adventure   #oldhollywood   #frenchpolynesia   #mutineers   #southseas  

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Mutiny On The Bounty Official Trailer #1 (1935)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFalJyGNGmE

Mutiny On The Bounty 1962 Trailer
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2016-04-28 03:43:32 (29 comments; 38 reshares; 569 +1s)Open 

Ed Roman Made Badass Guitars. Period. Like This Rockinbat

I saw this and my eyes started bulging. Honestly, it was a physiological effect. Nobody does this one-of-a-kind of work anymore (well, few people do at least)These are guitars filled with mystery and passion, and engulfed with creativity and ingenuity. His story is one of risk-taking and living the dream. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

About Ed Roman, and Roman Guitars

The late Ed Roman (1950 - 2011) was quite the unique individual, particularly in the world of guitars. He had a long history in this industry. His passion and energy for this business was both unparalleled and rarely seen in the world of guitars. Ed was dramatic and had a flare for showmanship, but he always backed up his beliefs with what he felt was the best way to do something, despite what others may have... more »

Ed Roman Made Badass Guitars. Period. Like This Rockinbat

I saw this and my eyes started bulging. Honestly, it was a physiological effect. Nobody does this one-of-a-kind of work anymore (well, few people do at least)These are guitars filled with mystery and passion, and engulfed with creativity and ingenuity. His story is one of risk-taking and living the dream. And isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

About Ed Roman, and Roman Guitars

The late Ed Roman (1950 - 2011) was quite the unique individual, particularly in the world of guitars. He had a long history in this industry. His passion and energy for this business was both unparalleled and rarely seen in the world of guitars. Ed was dramatic and had a flare for showmanship, but he always backed up his beliefs with what he felt was the best way to do something, despite what others may have thought. He always had so many ideas. 

Before one idea came to fruition he would have two others and already modified the first. It could be frustrating working with him when he was in that mode, but you couldn't deny his excitement for turning things around in ways that were not part of the status quo. That was one of his strengths, to not limit his creations by what is "industry standard" especially if that standard meant perpetuating outdated thinking. Always "building a better mouse trap" when at all possible. 

While he wasn't afraid to try new ideas, he also wasn't afraid of respecting old ones, when they worked...but whether discovered or not, he did believe that there always were alternatives.

Looking back at some of the business deals Ed made throughout the years is quite something. Like the obtaining of the contents of the Steinberger USA Newburgh, New York factory from Gibson. The purchasing of the Class Axe era BC Rich bodies, necks, cores, etc. Purchases from Kramer and Jackson among many others. He was not afraid to invest, to take a chance, because he believed in his craft and in his ability to make things work, when others could not see the diamonds in the rough. 

He gave attention, support and room in his showrooms for up and coming builders in addition to developing his own custom build lines. The Ed Roman Guitar shops were never quite the same as your local music store or your large chain store. There was always something different and if you didn't see what you were looking for, then perhaps, together we could find it or better yet create it.

Now, here we are, Ed Roman's legacy is simply Roman Guitars. A place where we can express a level of individuality in a world of mass production

#edroman   #guitars   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #electricguitar   #oneofakind   #unique   #passion   #risktaking   #guitarshop   #rockinbat  

Don't forget to see the JAWS guitar!
http://romanguitars.com/v/quicksilver-shark-custom/P1257

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2016-04-28 02:55:56 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

The Blessing Way, The Skinwalkers & So Many Great Novels from Tony Hillerman

As I was driving towards work today on my morning commute, an old book series popped into my head - Tony Hillerman's mystery series featuring the Navajo Tribal Police. Wow, I hadn't thought about those books for many, many years, but every one was a great read to me. I was thinking again of the methodical detective work of the always-curious Lt. Joe Leaphorn and the younger, fearless Sgt. Jim Chee, who adhered more towards the traditional ways, but nevertheless still took risks. I really did look forward to the next book in the series, and I couldn't wait to read each one. I'm not sure why these books popped into my head, but I'm glad they did. Time to read them again!

About Tony Hillerman

Anthony Grove Hillerman grew up in Pottawatomie County,O... more »

The Blessing Way, The Skinwalkers & So Many Great Novels from Tony Hillerman

As I was driving towards work today on my morning commute, an old book series popped into my head - Tony Hillerman's mystery series featuring the Navajo Tribal Police. Wow, I hadn't thought about those books for many, many years, but every one was a great read to me. I was thinking again of the methodical detective work of the always-curious Lt. Joe Leaphorn and the younger, fearless Sgt. Jim Chee, who adhered more towards the traditional ways, but nevertheless still took risks. I really did look forward to the next book in the series, and I couldn't wait to read each one. I'm not sure why these books popped into my head, but I'm glad they did. Time to read them again!

About Tony Hillerman

Anthony Grove Hillerman grew up in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, attending elementary and high school with Potawatomie children. He was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, serving from August 1943 to October 1945. He served as a mortar-man in the 103rd Infantry Division. He earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. He attended the University of Oklahoma after the war, meeting Marie Unzner, a student in microbiology. The couple wed and have one biological child and five adopted children.

From 1948–62, he worked as a journalist, then moved his family to Albuquerque, where he earned a master's degree from the University of New Mexico in 1966. It was during his time as a writer for the Borger News-Herald in Borger, Texas that he became acquainted with the sheriff of Hutchinson County, the man upon whom he would pattern the main character in his Joe Leaphorn novels. He taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and also began writing novels. He lived there with his wife Marie until his death in 2008. 

At the time of his death, they had been married 60 years and had ten grandchildren.

A consistently bestselling author, he was ranked as New Mexico's 22nd wealthiest man in 1996. He wrote 18 books in his Navajo series. He wrote more than 30 books total, among them a memoir and books about the Southwest, its beauty and its history. His literary honors were awarded for his Navajo books. Hillerman's books have been translated into eight languages, among them Danish and Japanese.

Hillerman's writing is noted for the cultural details he provides about his subjects: Hopi, Zuni, European-American, federal agents, and especially Navajo Tribal Police. His works in nonfiction and in fiction reflect his appreciation of the natural wonders of the American Southwest and his appreciation of its people, particularly the Navajo. 

His mystery novels are set in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona, sometimes reaching into Colorado and Utah, with occasional forays to the big cities of Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City. The protagonists are Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police. Lt. Leaphorn was introduced in Hillerman's first novel, The Blessing Way (1970). Sgt. Jim Chee was introduced in the fourth novel, People of Drakness. The two first work together in the seventh novel, Skinwalkers.

#navajo   #nativeamerican   #mystery   #fourcorners   #joeleaphorn   #jimchee   #southwest   #newmexico   #arizona   #navajonation   #americanwest  

via/ http://www.amazon.com/Blessing-Way-Navajo-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B000FC10VQ___

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2016-04-27 22:51:45 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Does that cat, in any way, look worried? Naw. he's good. :-)

#g33k   #dragon   #cats   #indieart  

Dragon VS Cat! 

It's the beginning of an epic battle ... 
own a print for just $10 http://bit.ly/dragonVScat___Does that cat, in any way, look worried? Naw. he's good. :-)

#g33k   #dragon   #cats   #indieart  

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2016-04-27 05:31:08 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

The Town Without An "S." An Unsolicited Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Lego City has a mean streak on the best of days, and that wasn't often. The town was like your drunken Uncle who walked around with a permanent chip on his shoulder - you know the one. Hates the world, hates his life, just loves to hate in general. Smacks around little old ladies and priests. And mean as a cat getting a daily bath.

A stranger riding riding into town on a pale horse might have fit in the centuries past, but this was 1920's America, buddy, and no one took kindly to Equines stinkin' up the town. In Lego City, you either drove a plastic car, or you hoofed it. Anything else made you stand out like a sore thumb, and as Confucius or some other ancient, dead Chinese guy said - "that thumb will get hit with a hammer." Or something like... more »

The Lego of Death -- Is there a dark side to the Lego Universe?

I've always wanted to explore the seedy side of Lego City. I know there has to be a smokey bar with a dimly-lit back entrance. A tavern where the piano is out of tune, and the reality of the music hits you square in "the feels". I would shoot it completely in black and white (like a old noire comic book or movie).

Unfortunately -- I don't have the space for such a delusional endeavor right now. Maybe one day I'll have the time and space to explore this monster of an idea 😊👍

#lego #grimreaper #death #palehorse #noire

___The Town Without An "S." An Unsolicited Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Lego City has a mean streak on the best of days, and that wasn't often. The town was like your drunken Uncle who walked around with a permanent chip on his shoulder - you know the one. Hates the world, hates his life, just loves to hate in general. Smacks around little old ladies and priests. And mean as a cat getting a daily bath.

A stranger riding riding into town on a pale horse might have fit in the centuries past, but this was 1920's America, buddy, and no one took kindly to Equines stinkin' up the town. In Lego City, you either drove a plastic car, or you hoofed it. Anything else made you stand out like a sore thumb, and as Confucius or some other ancient, dead Chinese guy said - "that thumb will get hit with a hammer." Or something like that.

Jack Blitzer didn't give a damn. About the town, or its people, or even about himself very much, if he was being honest. ("Which I'm not." he said to himself, knowing how deadly he really was. Nobody was ever going to kill him, but he might just do that himself. Or he would if he could, being Death and all. "Shit," he said out loud. "I hate those damn paradoxes."

Clump-clump-clumping down the old cobblestone street now he headed right for the seedy part of town. He'd been there before, often, but it was usually for work. This was personal. This was a special trip he was making - to see a man about a coffin. And that man was Mr. S. owner of half the South Side, definitely a "made man" and one tough son-of-a-bitch. If anyone "owned" Lego City, he did. And he let everyone know it, one way or another.

Jack never met the man personally, but he'd seen the aftermath carnage and blood rivers of dozens of deaths he personally administered. If there was a low-life out there that ever earned a visit from Jack Blitzer, it was this miscreant. But first, Jack had to get in the door of his lair - his fortified nightclub called "The Kit Kat Bar" and that was never easy. Why?

One reason (well, five actually). Mr. S always kept a legion of door bouncers out front that all looked like they won belts in the WWE. And not those puny belts from underground events that resembled The Fight Club - Main Event belts. (Yeah, I know, doesn't make any sense. Can you hum "Faaake?") They were badasses, and they carried their own weather around them. Jack knew that if he had any chance of getting into that smoke-filled room of snakes, he'd have to neutralize these hombres first. He needed a plan, but he figured that would come to him once he crushed the gladiators in front of him.

They saw him coming, of course. I mean, they weren't that stupid. (at least, that's what they told themselves). Their ringleader was an ogre-sized tough named Sketch McFinn, and his bone-crushing upbringing with six other bigger brothers in his Irish-Catholic family seasoned him for a lifetime. Nobody messed with Sketch (at least, no one who lived). Jack jumped off his horse, and casually tied his strap to a lamp post a few feet away.

Sketch eyed him wearily, knowing who he was dealing with. He gave a long sigh. "What's with the mask, Jack?"

Jack slowly removed it, exposing skin, or what was left of the skin clinging onto his skull for dear life, and he actually smiled. The other toughs let out what sounded like the cries of young girls, and slowly backed into the shadows. Sketch noticed, but stood his ground.

"Ah, Sketch. Long time. Wife good? Kids?" He grinned, with a smile that could blind a pilot 30,000 feet in the air, and for the first time, Sketch also started backing up a little bit.

"I don't want no trouble, Jack. You'se know the Boss ain't gonna take this nicely and all." He was almost whispering at the end, 'cause he knew exactly who he was talking to. "I, I, I can't..."

"Can't?
"Can't, or won't?"

It wasn't the words he said, but how he said them that had all five men suddenly frightened out of their minds. Now with guns in hand, they knew how silly they looked. They weren't winning this battle.

Jack raised his arms in the air, as if to surrender, and slowly made his way towards them. Now, they were within two feet of each other.

"We're just gonna talk, Sketch. Promise. Then  he gave that smile/grin again and they all shuddered all at once. Sketch made his way to the door, his hands shaking, and he pounded on it three times. Then stopped. Then he pounded on it four times more. It was the code - and a small opening appeared with a pair of beady eyes staring though it.

"He's clean," said Jack, now full-on trembling. "He, uh, er - let him in!" he shouted, backing away.

Jack casually sauntered into the entrance to the Kit Cat Bar and knew he didn't need another smile. If they hadn't already pissed themselves, they would all night back home with their girl or with the missus.

As he moved towards the main room, all he could hear were sad keys being pecked - not played exactly, but pecked on an out-of-tune old upright piano from the Becker Brothers of New York. He knew his instruments, just as he knew human nature, and the cries during the infliction of pain. He smiled once more, to himself, and walked directly into the decadence that was playing out around him. 

He stopped for a moment and took in the scene; patrons laughing and sucking up booze (illegally, of course) at the round tables that littered the main room;  he saw one beautiful kitten crooning on the stage, backed up by nothing more that sad piano that today would be played by some nightclub cat named Tom Waits.

He looked at the barkeeps, seemingly transfixed by the kitten, then he saw Mr. S, surrounded by a bevy of gals that could make a grown man sweat in an icebox. Seconds passed, then their eyes locked, and Mr. S gave the biggest laugh Jack had ever heard. It was full of life, happy, sad, mysterious, taunting, and deadly all at the same time.

Jack smiled at Mr. S and laughed as well. A piercing, haunting, dirge-like sound escaped his throat and the bar suddenly became silent. The piano keys stooped, in mid-tap, and the crooning stopped faster than a cop taking a bribe. All eyes were on Mr. S, then on Jack, then back on Mr. S. And suddenly...

Let me know if you might want more of the story...

#lego  #grimreaper   #death   #palehorse   #noire   #legocity  

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2016-04-27 03:55:34 (7 comments; 16 reshares; 217 +1s)Open 

Weep: Fractal Art by Kim Redd

While I'm not normally a huge fan of abstract art, fractal art interests me. This composition compels my eyes to take it all in, and to absorb the rich, nuanced colors.

Her palette here reminds me of the artists in the Art Nouveau period. It has flowing lines, and earthy colors, yet you can still see distinct patterns, which is suggestive of the Art Deco period which would follow later. I'm even feeling some of the warmth of the Arts & Crafts era. As I said, this is a compelling piece to me and I can find myself starting at it for a while, taking it all in...

#fractalart   #indieartist   #artnouveau  

via/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/FractalArtByKimRedd

Weep: Fractal Art by Kim Redd

While I'm not normally a huge fan of abstract art, fractal art interests me. This composition compels my eyes to take it all in, and to absorb the rich, nuanced colors.

Her palette here reminds me of the artists in the Art Nouveau period. It has flowing lines, and earthy colors, yet you can still see distinct patterns, which is suggestive of the Art Deco period which would follow later. I'm even feeling some of the warmth of the Arts & Crafts era. As I said, this is a compelling piece to me and I can find myself starting at it for a while, taking it all in...

#fractalart   #indieartist   #artnouveau  

via/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/FractalArtByKimRedd___

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2016-04-27 03:27:27 (3 comments; 13 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost On This Day in History, 27 April 1667

Blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for a mere 10 pounds. Illustration by Gustave Doré.

One long weekend (or week), when you have some time to relax and cozy up to a fire, pull out your copy of Paradise Lost, take your time, going very slowly, and absorb the greatness within this vast, epic poem. It truly is one of the most remarkable pieces of writing in the English language, But fair warning: there are over ten thousand lines of blank verse!

Milton was born and raised the indulged son of a prosperous London businessman. He excelled at languages in grammar school and at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he took a bachelor’s and a master’s, which he completed in 1632. He then decided to continue his owneducatio... more »

John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost On This Day in History, 27 April 1667

Blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for a mere 10 pounds. Illustration by Gustave Doré.

One long weekend (or week), when you have some time to relax and cozy up to a fire, pull out your copy of Paradise Lost, take your time, going very slowly, and absorb the greatness within this vast, epic poem. It truly is one of the most remarkable pieces of writing in the English language, But fair warning: there are over ten thousand lines of blank verse!

Milton was born and raised the indulged son of a prosperous London businessman. He excelled at languages in grammar school and at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he took a bachelor’s and a master’s, which he completed in 1632. He then decided to continue his own education, spending six years reading every major work of literature in several languages. He published an elegy for a college classmate, Lycidas in 1637 and went abroad in 1638 to continue his studies.

In 1642, Milton married 17-year-old Mary Powell, who left him just weeks later. Milton wrote a series of pamphlets arguing for the institution of divorce based on incompatibility. The idea, however mild it seems today, was scandalous at the time, and Milton experienced a vehement backlash for his writing.

Milton’s wife returned to him in 1645, and the pair had three daughters. However, he continued espousing controversial views. He supported the execution of Charles I, he railed against the control of the church by bishops, and he upheld the institution of Cromwell’s commonwealth, for which he became secretary of foreign languages.

In 1651, he lost his sight but fulfilled his government duties with the help of assistants, including poet Andrew Marvell. His wife died the following year. He remarried in 1656, but his second wife died in childbirth. Four years later, the commonwealth was overturned, and Milton was thrown in jail, saved only by the intervention of friends. The blind man lost his position and property.

He remarried in 1663. Blind, impoverished, and jobless, he began to dictate his poem _Paradise Lost_  to his family. When the poem was ready for publication, he sold it for 10 pounds. Once printed, the poem was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of the English language. In 1671, he wrote Paradise Regained, followed by Samson Agonistes. He died in 1674.

#johnmilton   #paradiselost   #epicpoem   #literarymasterpiece   #poem   #gustavedore  

via/ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-milton-sells-the-copyright-to-paradise-lost

Book 1. The Argument

This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac't: Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by the command of God driven out of Heaven with all his Crew into the great Deep. 

Which action past over, the Poem hasts into the midst of things, presenting Satan with his Angels now fallen into Hell, describ'd here, not in the Center (for Heaven and Earth may be suppos'd as yet not made, certainly not yet accurst) but in a place of utter darkness, fitliest call'd Chaos: 

Here Satan with his Angels lying on the burning Lake, thunder-struck and astonisht, after a certain space recovers, as from confusion, calls up him who next in Order and Dignity lay by him; they confer of thir miserable fall. Satan awakens all his Legions, who lay till then in the same manner confounded; 

They rise, thir Numbers, array of Battel, thir chief Leaders nam'd, according to the Idols known afterwards in Canaan and the Countries adjoyning. To these Satan directs his Speech, comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven, but tells them lastly of a new World and new kind of Creature to be created, according to an ancient Prophesie or report in Heaven; for that Angels were long before this visible Creation, was the opinion of many ancient Fathers. 

To find out the truth of this Prophesie, and what to determin thereon he refers to a full Councel. What his Associates thence attempt. Pandemonium the Palace of Satan rises, suddenly built out of the Deep: The infernal Peers there sit in Councel.

All of Paradise Lost

https://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_1/text.shtml


OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, [ 5 ]
Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,
In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth
Rose out of Chaos: Or if Sion Hill [ 10 ]
Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd
Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th' Aonian Mount, while it pursues [ 15 ]
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread [ 20 ]
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence, [ 25 ]
And justifie the wayes of God to men.
Say first, for Heav'n hides nothing from thy view
Nor the deep Tract of Hell, say first what cause
Mov'd our Grand Parents in that happy State,
Favour'd of Heav'n so highly, to fall off [ 30 ]
From thir Creator, and transgress his Will
For one restraint, Lords of the World besides?
Who first seduc'd them to that foul revolt?
Th' infernal Serpent; he it was, whose guile
Stird up with Envy and Revenge, deceiv'd [ 35 ]
The Mother of Mankind, what time his Pride
Had cast him out from Heav'n, with all his Host
Of Rebel Angels, by whose aid aspiring
To set himself in Glory above his Peers,
He trusted to have equal'd the most High, [ 40 ]
If he oppos'd; and with ambitious aim
Against the Throne and Monarchy of God
Rais'd impious War in Heav'n and Battel proud
With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power
Hurld headlong flaming from th' Ethereal Skie [ 45 ]
With hideous ruine and combustion down
To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire,
Who durst defie th' Omnipotent to Arms.
Nine times the Space that measures Day and Night [ 50 ]
To mortal men, he with his horrid crew
Lay vanquisht, rowling in the fiery Gulfe
Confounded though immortal: But his doom
Reserv'd him to more wrath; for now the thought
Both of lost happiness and lasting pain [ 55 ]
Torments him; round he throws his baleful eyes
That witness'd huge affliction and dismay
Mixt with obdurate pride and stedfast hate:
At once as far as Angels kenn he views
The dismal Situation waste and wilde, [ 60 ]
A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv'd onely to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace [ 65 ]
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all; but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum'd:
Such place Eternal Justice had prepar'd [ 70 ]
For those rebellious, here thir Prison ordain'd
In utter darkness, and thir portion set
As far remov'd from God and light of Heav'n
As from the Center thrice to th' utmost Pole.
O how unlike the place from whence they fell! [ 75 ]
Beelzebub. To whom th' Arch-Enemy,
And thence in Heav'n call'd Satan, with bold words
Breaking the horrid silence thus began.___

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2016-04-26 22:02:55 (12 comments; 7 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Some Aliens Can't Catch a Break: A Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Bolaji had started out the day feeling very positive. Giddy almost (not that you could tell, you know, permanent menacing scowl affixed to his face and all). But he knew - and he felt good for once. His first mission was a complete success (he got to do his favorite chest-bursting and everything, taking out that filthy Krogort beast on Xix 52) but he was only a youngster then.

Now, when he was just hitting his stride as an angry teen (again, not that anyone could tell, menacing scowl, remember) and right as he was packing his gear, ready to join the hunt with his best buddies Yaphet, Scammel, and Ver, his "boss" showed up at his side, and berated him for his very-far-from-immaculate appearance.

"Look, Bolaji, you're reflecting badly on the rest of... more »

Some Aliens Can't Catch a Break: A Collaboration with Photographer +krash override

Bolaji had started out the day feeling very positive. Giddy almost (not that you could tell, you know, permanent menacing scowl affixed to his face and all). But he knew - and he felt good for once. His first mission was a complete success (he got to do his favorite chest-bursting and everything, taking out that filthy Krogort beast on Xix 52) but he was only a youngster then.

Now, when he was just hitting his stride as an angry teen (again, not that anyone could tell, menacing scowl, remember) and right as he was packing his gear, ready to join the hunt with his best buddies Yaphet, Scammel, and Ver, his "boss" showed up at his side, and berated him for his very-far-from-immaculate appearance.

"Look, Bolaji, you're reflecting badly on the rest of the ship. Other aliens are starting to notice, and a few are even spitting out acid, and not in the face-melting good way. Understand?"

Bolaji felt like an asteroid had just hit him in the chest.

"But we all look alike. C'mon, sir. I mean, look at us!"

His boss scowled (again, you get the idea...) and pulled Bolaji aside..

"I'm sorry son, but while your friends are going over to that other ship and have their way with, well, I don't know what to call them. Aliens, maybe, I'm afraid I'm putting you on desk work today. Lots of filing, lots of typing of reports. It's for your own good. We can't have you reflecting badly on this crew. That happens, and word gets back to HQ, well..."

His boss looked around and leaned in towards Bolaji, pausing.

"Let's just say there are worse things in space than face-melting acid. Got me?"

He then walked away and Bolaji just caught a shadow of his friends walking down the corridor in their gear in their, uh, skin. He sighed, knowing he had caught Yaphet grinning (but he couldn't prove it - ya, you know where this is going). Immediately he starts hitting the computer keys and there might just have been a tear rolling down his cheek, but....

#alienday    #collaboration   #sciencefiction   #horrow   #alien   #aliens   #macrophotography  ___

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2016-04-26 05:19:00 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 111 +1s)Open 

Walt Disney Hyperion Studios

When we think of American ingenuity, we inevitably think of men and women who took massive risks. Our culture has always revolved around risk taking, and that is sometimes very different from many other cultures. When you travel abroad, you get to understand this first-hand. Our young country has always sought themes like adventure, discovery, invention, creativity ... and these themes have defined who we are as a nation. Walt Disney was born into this theme, and he created an empire out of hard work, dedication, and creating new worlds. He said it best when he said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

The name Hyperion is well-known to Disney fans. It is the book-publishing division of the Walt Disney Company and the monorail in Disney California Adventure Park travels... more »

Walt Disney Hyperion Studios

When we think of American ingenuity, we inevitably think of men and women who took massive risks. Our culture has always revolved around risk taking, and that is sometimes very different from many other cultures. When you travel abroad, you get to understand this first-hand. Our young country has always sought themes like adventure, discovery, invention, creativity ... and these themes have defined who we are as a nation. Walt Disney was born into this theme, and he created an empire out of hard work, dedication, and creating new worlds. He said it best when he said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

The name Hyperion is well-known to Disney fans. It is the book-publishing division of the Walt Disney Company and the monorail in Disney California Adventure Park travels across the Hyperion Bridge as it speeds past the Buena Vista Street entrance. However, Disney fans may not know the significance of the name Hyperion in Disney history. On a segment of The DIS Unplugged Podcast: Disneyland Edition, I spoke with Disney historian and author, David Lesjak, about life at the original Walt Disney Studios and his presentation on  “The Disney Hyperion Studios, 1929-1939, The Foundation of an Empire” at The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

The Hyperion Studio Music Room, late 1929 or early 1930. Image courtesy of David Lesjak.

In 1925, Walt Disney was making the Alice Comedies out of a store front. Walt decided he needed a stand-alone studio. Before marrying Lillian Bounds, Walt Disney and his brother Roy placed a $400 down payment on a plot of land between Griffith Park Boulevard and Monon Street on Hyperion Avenue. The neighbors were a gas station and an organ factory. In 1926, Walt and Roy filed a permit for a three-room artist studio. This was the beginning of the studio at 2719 Hyperion Avenue. The new studio included two small offices for Walt and Roy Disney, a camera room, and a large partitioned work area for the animators and ink and paint staff.

1927 and 1928 were significant milestones in film making history and in the history of the Walt Disney Studio. In 1927, The Jazz Singer debuted which was the first feature length film with synchronized sound, and in 1928 Walt lost the rights to his most famous character at the time, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Walt saw these events as opportunities and soon introduced Mickey Mouse and the first cartoon short with sound, “Steamboat Willie”.

As Walt and his animators became more creative and innovative technically and artistically, the studio had to grow to meet the demands of Walt’s vision. During the next four years the original studio building went through several renovations and additions until a two-story building called “Animator’s Building # 1” and a sound stage were added in 1931. Walt and Roy purchased additional plots of land surrounding the studio and built the “Animator’s Building #2/Shorts Building”in 1934, Ink and Paint and Annex buildings in 1935, and a “Features Building” in 1937. Several other smaller buildings were constructed on the property, including a Wurlitzer Organ building, warehouse, film vaults, sound stage monitor room, camera room, and a garage for Mickey Mouse’s car.

By 1939 there was no more room to grow on the Hyperion Studio lot. By this time, the Disney Studio had 1,500 employees and the layout of the Hyperion Studio was so haphazard there was a feeling among some that the Hyperion Studio could no longer meet the goals of the Disney Studios. 

In June of 1938, Walt and Roy paid a $10,000 deposit for a 51 acre plot of land in Burbank and construction on a new studio began shortly afterwards. In the fall of 1939, the first staff moved into the new Burbank studios. Walt was a pioneer in recycling and transported buildings from Hyperion to Burbank. The bungalow where D23 members meet for studio events and the Company Store are surviving buildings from the Hyperion Studio.

In 1941, half of the Hyperion Studio property was sold to Thomas Curtis Optical Laboratories. The Weldon T. Thomas Company, a vitamin manufacturer, purchased the remaining property. On August 26, 1966, the studio property was torn down and replaced by a Mayfair Market and later Gelson’s Market. A duplex from the former Hyperion Studio property still stands in its original location and is a private residence.

During the Hyperion Studios short 14 years, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck,  Snow White, Pinocchio and many more beloved characters were given life. In many ways, the Hyperion Studios represents “the golden age” of Walt Disney’s imagination.

#waltdisney   #hyperionstudios   #OldHollywood   #hollywood   #studios   #movies   #films   #filmmaking   #animatedfilms  

http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2013/07/28/the-walt-disney-hyperion-studios-1929-1939-the-foundation-of-an-empire/

The Podcast
http://www.disunplugged.com/2013/05/09/dis-unplugged-podcast-050913-disneyland-show/___

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2016-04-26 04:36:33 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

I admit it ... 99% of the time I'm the content creator here (and have been since Day One), but I really like the work of +krash override and I'm hoping more people will discover some of the cool works he does. This is kind of an amalgam for fans of Star Wars and Star Trek and for fans of a 'lil bit of subversiveness.... OBEY!

Survived Another Monday -- Beer Me!

#ewok #starwars #stormtrooper #bikerscout #actionFigure #rebelscum #livelongandprosper 🖖 ___I admit it ... 99% of the time I'm the content creator here (and have been since Day One), but I really like the work of +krash override and I'm hoping more people will discover some of the cool works he does. This is kind of an amalgam for fans of Star Wars and Star Trek and for fans of a 'lil bit of subversiveness.... OBEY!

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2016-04-26 04:24:48 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 110 +1s)Open 

I hate that I'm in Ohio and not NYC when I see things like this. This involves not only Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but a Book byJulian Fellowes, the theater where Cats ran for 18 years, a Battle of the Bands as a central theme, and, of course, it's got the cache of School of Rock involved. I want to see this!

#rocknroll   #schoolofrock   #broadway   #andrewlloydwebber   #julianfellowes   #broadway   #musical  

http://www.playbill.com/production/school-of-rock-the-musical-winter-garden-theatre-vault-0000014098

About the Play
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_of_Rock_(musical)

Our friends at +School of Rock the Musical are now jammin' with 5 performances every weekend and a show every Monday at 7PM! The show currently features two REAL #SchoolofRock  students -- Raghav of +School of Rock Princeton and Jersey of +School Of Rock West LA.

Get your tickets here: http://schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets/___I hate that I'm in Ohio and not NYC when I see things like this. This involves not only Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but a Book byJulian Fellowes, the theater where Cats ran for 18 years, a Battle of the Bands as a central theme, and, of course, it's got the cache of School of Rock involved. I want to see this!

#rocknroll   #schoolofrock   #broadway   #andrewlloydwebber   #julianfellowes   #broadway   #musical  

http://www.playbill.com/production/school-of-rock-the-musical-winter-garden-theatre-vault-0000014098

About the Play
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_of_Rock_(musical)

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2016-04-26 03:18:19 (12 comments; 14 reshares; 126 +1s)Open 

Polio Vaccine Trials Begin On This Day in History, April 26, 1954

Kids of a certain age here will never forget the day they had this shot (if they weren't lucky enough to get the oral version later). I wasn't one of the lucky ones (and I still have the scar to prove it, though after looking at the comments, I myself may have had the agony from a smallpox shot. In any case, it was all trauma for me...)). All I remember from that day is a sense of dread we all felt, and later the screams and crying. It had to be done, but the day I got my shot I was a day I've never forgotten. And regardless of smiling kids here, it hurt like hell for me!

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in... more »

Polio Vaccine Trials Begin On This Day in History, April 26, 1954

Kids of a certain age here will never forget the day they had this shot (if they weren't lucky enough to get the oral version later). I wasn't one of the lucky ones (and I still have the scar to prove it, though after looking at the comments, I myself may have had the agony from a smallpox shot. In any case, it was all trauma for me...)). All I remember from that day is a sense of dread we all felt, and later the screams and crying. It had to be done, but the day I got my shot I was a day I've never forgotten. And regardless of smiling kids here, it hurt like hell for me!

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo. On April 12, 1955, researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America. In the ensuing decades, polio vaccines would all but wipe out the highly contagious disease in the Western Hemisphere.

Polio, known officially as poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease that has existed since ancient times and is caused by a virus. It occurs most commonly in children and can result in paralysis. The disease reached epidemic proportions throughout the first half of the 20th century. 

During the 1940s and 1950s, polio was associated with the iron lung, a large metal tank designed to help polio victims suffering from respiratory paralysis breathe.

President Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39 and was left paralyzed from the waist down and forced to use leg braces and a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In 1938, Roosevelt helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes. The organization was responsible for funding much of the research concerning the disease, including the Salk vaccine trials.

The man behind the original vaccine was New York-born physician and epidemiologist Jonas Salk (1914-95). Salk’s work on an anti-influenza vaccine in the 1940s, while at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, led him, in 1952 at the University of Pittsburgh, to develop the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), based on a killed-virus strain of the disease. 

The 1954 field trials that followed, the largest in U.S. history at the time, were led by Salk’s former University of Michigan colleague, Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr.

In the late 1950s, Polish-born physician and virologist Albert Sabin (1906-1993) tested an oral polio vaccine (OPV) he had created from a weakened live virus. The vaccine, easier to administer and cheaper to produce than Salk’s, became available for use in America in the early 1960s and eventually replaced Salk’s as the vaccine of choice in most countries.

Today, polio has been eliminated throughout much of the world due to the vaccine; however, there is still no cure for the disease and it persists in a small number of countries in Africa and Asia.

#polio   #vaccine   #virus   #jonassalk   #onthisday   #history   #fieldtrials   #immunization   #childhoodmemories  

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2016-04-26 03:04:48 (26 comments; 13 reshares; 188 +1s)Open 

California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento

Every time I get back to Sacramento, I make it a point to see this museum again. I've probably been there a few dozen times now, over the years, and the reason I return (other than being a massive train lover) is that this museum is quite simply world-class when it comes to trains and tying-in the railroads to California history.

When you walk through the various rooms and exhibits, it feels as if you are walking back through history. Some of the cars seem as if they're frozen in time and they have that "you are here" feeling. They're kinda eerie but cool at the same time. This museum is worth taking your time with, and your kids will love it. How could they not? It's situated within Old Sacramento, which is worthy of it's own trip, albeit one that's been polished up a little bit. (read:... more »

California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento

Every time I get back to Sacramento, I make it a point to see this museum again. I've probably been there a few dozen times now, over the years, and the reason I return (other than being a massive train lover) is that this museum is quite simply world-class when it comes to trains and tying-in the railroads to California history.

When you walk through the various rooms and exhibits, it feels as if you are walking back through history. Some of the cars seem as if they're frozen in time and they have that "you are here" feeling. They're kinda eerie but cool at the same time. This museum is worth taking your time with, and your kids will love it. How could they not? It's situated within Old Sacramento, which is worthy of it's own trip, albeit one that's been polished up a little bit. (read: reconstructed)

If you are visiting the Western United States, I highly recommend seeing this museum. You will not be disappointed!

About the Museum

First opened to the public in 1976, the California State Railroad Museum complex is one of Sacramento's largest and most popular visitor destinations. Over 500,000 visit the Museum annually, with guests traveling from throughout the world to experience this world-renowned facility. 

The California State Railroad Museum complex consists of six original, reconstructed, and new buildings completed at a cost of $30 million. The primary exhibit building, the Railroad History Museum, totals 100,000 square feet. Completed at a cost of $16.1 million, it opened in May 1981. 

With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California and the West. 

Throughout the main Railroad History Museum building, 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people's lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. Included are a Pullman-style sleeping car, a dining car filled with railroad china, and a Railway Post Office that visitors can actually step aboard.

#california   #railroad   #train   #oldsacramento   #museum   #americanhistory   #oldwest   #westernamericana  

Info via/ http://www.csrmf.org/

Photograph by: Allie Caulfied
https://www.flickr.com/people/28577026@N02

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More About The Museum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Railroad_Museum___

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2016-04-25 05:28:58 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 124 +1s)Open 

Spider Art & The Great American Garage Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana

On Saturday, +Blaine Hall and I headed into Indiana for a fun event at the War Memorial Coliseum: The Great American Garage Sale. It was a blast, and Blaine was in his element there. Lots of smoozing and deal-making.  Towards the end of our journey, we stumbled on this booth for K & L Laser. The artist wasn't there, but his daughter was, and she explained how her dad created this amazing cardboard art.

She said that her father, Kevin Berkshire could create some of these intricate pieces in 30 minutes! I instantly thought of +Lerato Majikfaerie with this spider work, but all of his work was awesome! He even does some busts and heads that are mind-blowing. I was significantly impressed, and the sale overall was so fun for us. It was a rare Saturday out together!

#spider   #... more »

Spider Art & The Great American Garage Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana

On Saturday, +Blaine Hall and I headed into Indiana for a fun event at the War Memorial Coliseum: The Great American Garage Sale. It was a blast, and Blaine was in his element there. Lots of smoozing and deal-making.  Towards the end of our journey, we stumbled on this booth for K & L Laser. The artist wasn't there, but his daughter was, and she explained how her dad created this amazing cardboard art.

She said that her father, Kevin Berkshire could create some of these intricate pieces in 30 minutes! I instantly thought of +Lerato Majikfaerie with this spider work, but all of his work was awesome! He even does some busts and heads that are mind-blowing. I was significantly impressed, and the sale overall was so fun for us. It was a rare Saturday out together!

#spider   #garagesale   #artist   #laserart   #woodworking   #art   #woodengraving  

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2016-04-24 06:28:03 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 231 +1s)Open 

‘67 Shelby Mustang GT 350

We drove into the "Big City" today (Fort Wayne) and about a mile from my farm I saw a local farmer washing this car out front. He recently built a four car garage on an adjacent property, and I knew he had to have had cool cars inside (car buffs like myself know what I'm talking about). We're in Car heaven in our area, what with the Auburn Classic Car Auction held twice a year here. So I always know that I'll stumble on cool cars.

As we zipped by I also noticed a Pontiac GTO inside. Wow. I was thrilled and more than a little envious. The garage was beautiful, and it made me want to instantly build my own. Sigh...

#cars   #automobile   #shelbymustang   #mustang   #ford   #pontiac #GTO   #gm   #carcollector   #garage  

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‘67 Shelby Mustang GT 350

We drove into the "Big City" today (Fort Wayne) and about a mile from my farm I saw a local farmer washing this car out front. He recently built a four car garage on an adjacent property, and I knew he had to have had cool cars inside (car buffs like myself know what I'm talking about). We're in Car heaven in our area, what with the Auburn Classic Car Auction held twice a year here. So I always know that I'll stumble on cool cars.

As we zipped by I also noticed a Pontiac GTO inside. Wow. I was thrilled and more than a little envious. The garage was beautiful, and it made me want to instantly build my own. Sigh...

#cars   #automobile   #shelbymustang   #mustang   #ford   #pontiac #GTO   #gm   #carcollector   #garage  

via/ https://www.flickr.com/people/bb-kristinsson/___

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2016-04-24 05:28:31 (16 comments; 21 reshares; 331 +1s)Open 

The Beatles Visit The Peppermint Lounge in New York City, 1964

Photo by Michael Ochs

Amazingly, they all look happy, and are smiling, How that would change so drastically only a few short years later. But for fans of The Beatles, we'll always treasure these moments. I imagine that first US Tour was amazing and a great ball of fun for the Fab Four...

Rock and roll band 'The Beatles' visits The Peppermint Lounge on their first night in the United States on February 7, 1964 in New York City, New York. (L-R) George Harrison (pointing), John Lennon (in sunglasses), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (below Paul), Cynthia Lennon.

#thebeatles   #thefabfour   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #newyorkcity   #britishinvasion   #peppermintlounnge  

via/ http://bit.ly/PeppermintBeatles

The Beatles Visit The Peppermint Lounge in New York City, 1964

Photo by Michael Ochs

Amazingly, they all look happy, and are smiling, How that would change so drastically only a few short years later. But for fans of The Beatles, we'll always treasure these moments. I imagine that first US Tour was amazing and a great ball of fun for the Fab Four...

Rock and roll band 'The Beatles' visits The Peppermint Lounge on their first night in the United States on February 7, 1964 in New York City, New York. (L-R) George Harrison (pointing), John Lennon (in sunglasses), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (below Paul), Cynthia Lennon.

#thebeatles   #thefabfour   #musiclover   #rocknroll   #newyorkcity   #britishinvasion   #peppermintlounnge  

via/ http://bit.ly/PeppermintBeatles___

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2016-04-24 04:45:42 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I'm binge-watching Stargate Universe tonight and this song was prominently featured in S1. E3. I thought it enhanced the episode perfectly, and it's a cool song on it's own.

Any Stargate fans out there?

#musiclover   #aleximurdoch   #singersongwriter   #stargateuniverse  

I'm binge-watching Stargate Universe tonight and this song was prominently featured in S1. E3. I thought it enhanced the episode perfectly, and it's a cool song on it's own.

Any Stargate fans out there?

#musiclover   #aleximurdoch   #singersongwriter   #stargateuniverse  ___

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2016-04-23 06:31:28 (8 comments; 17 reshares; 160 +1s)Open 

World Book Day (and the Day Shakespeare Died) Is Celebrated On 23 April 2016

World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 22 April and wasb... more »

World Book Day (and the Day Shakespeare Died) Is Celebrated On 23 April 2016

World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 22 April and was buried on 23 April according the Gregorian calendar; however, at this time England still used the Julian calendar. Whilst Shakespeare died on 23 April by the Julian calendar in use in his own country at the time, he actually died eleven days after Cervantes because of the discrepancy between the two date systems. The apparent correspondence of the two dates was a fortunate coincidence for UNESCO.

World Book Day by country

Ireland

In Ireland the day is held annually on the first Thursday in March and is organized in conjunction with World Book Day in the UK.

Spain

To celebrate this day Cervantes' Don Quixote is read during a two-day 'readathon' and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the King in Alcalá de Henares. In Catalonia, Spain, since 1436, St. George's Day has been 'The Day of the Rose', where the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones occurs. It is analogous to Valentine's Day. 

Although the World Book and Copyright Day has been celebrated since 1995 internationally, the first time that books where also exchanged in 'The Day of the Rose' in Catalonia was in 1926 to commemorate the death of Cervantes.

Sweden

In Sweden, the day is known as Världsbokdagen (World Book Day), and the copyright part is seldom mentioned. Normally celebrated on April 23, it was moved to avoid a clash with Easter to April 13 in the year 2000 and 2011.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, World Book Day is held annually on the first Thursday in March, to avoid the established international 23 April date due to clashes with Easter school holidays, and the fact that it is also the National Saint's Day of England, St George's Day.

#worldbookday   #books   #booklovers   #readers   #cervantes   #shakespeare  

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2016-04-22 05:29:52 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Ok. Seriously? It does not get any better than this! #gameofthrones fans will L-O-V-E this! Maisie totally tries to trick the fans into thinking she's not who they think she is, and, well, they're not having any of that!

Watch this - it's fun! h/t to +Scott Kreidler for the find!

___Ok. Seriously? It does not get any better than this! #gameofthrones fans will L-O-V-E this! Maisie totally tries to trick the fans into thinking she's not who they think she is, and, well, they're not having any of that!

Watch this - it's fun! h/t to +Scott Kreidler for the find!

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2016-04-22 03:55:47 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

VR

This is a fascinating "insiders look" into a new and emerging medium; the medium of VR. This read requires some commitment, but anyone who loves the processes of filmmaking (and the tech behind the magic) will read this story with a little zest. The fascination for me is seeing these massive intersections of technology with storytelling. Will this medium change and adapt? Most certainly? Will it be a fad? My guess is no. The luster may wear off, but I expect we're seeing snippets of the future right now with virtual reality.

I asked whether V.R. would be as transformative as the Internet, and Batt didn’t hesitate. “Let me put it this way,” he said. “It’s not a new way to watch movies, or a new gaming platform. It’s a new medium. How often do new mediums come along?”

#vr   #virtualreality   #storytelling   #experiences   #wevr  #filmmaking  ... more »

VR

This is a fascinating "insiders look" into a new and emerging medium; the medium of VR. This read requires some commitment, but anyone who loves the processes of filmmaking (and the tech behind the magic) will read this story with a little zest. The fascination for me is seeing these massive intersections of technology with storytelling. Will this medium change and adapt? Most certainly? Will it be a fad? My guess is no. The luster may wear off, but I expect we're seeing snippets of the future right now with virtual reality.

I asked whether V.R. would be as transformative as the Internet, and Batt didn’t hesitate. “Let me put it this way,” he said. “It’s not a new way to watch movies, or a new gaming platform. It’s a new medium. How often do new mediums come along?”

#vr   #virtualreality   #storytelling   #experiences   #wevr   #filmmaking  ___

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2016-04-22 03:00:47 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 107 +1s)Open 

How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the World

July 16, 1966, the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco. Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead have just finished their sets, and as patrons shuffle to the exits they’re handed fliers for another concert, The Association and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The lettering on the 14- by 20-inch poster is a bright orange flame, electrifying, disorienting.

Later Bill Graham, the Fillmore’s promoter, will head out on his Lambretta motor scooter to plaster the posters around the city, as has been his practice for the last few months.

More and more, though, he notices them disappearing. His advertisements have become coveted works of art. The psychedelic concert poster, with bubbled, flowing lettering and lava lamp colors, was invented by the man behind that now classic “Flames” flier, a local artist named WesWilson. ... more »

How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the World

July 16, 1966, the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco. Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead have just finished their sets, and as patrons shuffle to the exits they’re handed fliers for another concert, The Association and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The lettering on the 14- by 20-inch poster is a bright orange flame, electrifying, disorienting.

Later Bill Graham, the Fillmore’s promoter, will head out on his Lambretta motor scooter to plaster the posters around the city, as has been his practice for the last few months.

More and more, though, he notices them disappearing. His advertisements have become coveted works of art. The psychedelic concert poster, with bubbled, flowing lettering and lava lamp colors, was invented by the man behind that now classic “Flames” flier, a local artist named Wes Wilson. Fifty years ago, as San Francisco transformed from a beatnik era of black and white to a hippie decade spiked with color, 

Wilson’s designs for concerts featuring bands such as Santana, Muddy Waters and even the Beatles became the signature style for America’s fomenting counterculture, as central to our comprehension of that era’s visual landscape as long hair, bell-bottoms and VW buses.

Wilson started working in a San Francisco print shop in 1965. The 28-year-old had little formal training but was inspired by the freedom of Art Nouveau’s sinuous shapes and the block-like lettering of Vienna Secessionist artists like Alfred Roller. “I started to see lettering as a form maker as well as a content of information,” recalls Wilson, who now lives in Missouri’s Western Ozarks. 

#concertposter   #rocknroll   #musiclover   #billgraham   #fillmore   #sanfrancisco   #psychedelic  

Read the full story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/psychedelic-concert-poster-rocked-world-180958780/

And a huge h/t to +Chris Kim A for catching my eye with this!___

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2016-04-22 01:34:47 (34 comments; 33 reshares; 385 +1s)Open 

There Are No Words...

Yes, there are a million posts in everyone's stream, talking about the loss of, well, can we call him anything short of Musical God Rock N' Funk Legend the icon we all knew as Prince?

I think the shock took us all by surprise, and one day we'll be able to coherently talk about his impact on rock n' roll. For now, RIP Prince. Rest In Peace up in your own Paisley Park in the sky...

#prince   #paisleypark   #signothetimes   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #pop   #funk   #soul   #icon   #ripprince  

Classic Prince | 1987 Sign “☮” The Times - Jeff Katz album cover Paisley Park stage photo session - a fan cropped out Cat. Sign o' The Times promotional photo (1987) © Jeff Katz

There Are No Words...

Yes, there are a million posts in everyone's stream, talking about the loss of, well, can we call him anything short of Musical God Rock N' Funk Legend the icon we all knew as Prince?

I think the shock took us all by surprise, and one day we'll be able to coherently talk about his impact on rock n' roll. For now, RIP Prince. Rest In Peace up in your own Paisley Park in the sky...

#prince   #paisleypark   #signothetimes   #musiclovers   #rocknroll   #pop   #funk   #soul   #icon   #ripprince  

Classic Prince | 1987 Sign “☮” The Times - Jeff Katz album cover Paisley Park stage photo session - a fan cropped out Cat. Sign o' The Times promotional photo (1987) © Jeff Katz___

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2016-04-21 05:20:39 (18 comments; 27 reshares; 274 +1s)Open 

Stairway To Heaven by JackRackham on Deviant

There are always those songs that resonate with us, for various reasons. We heard it at a wedding reception, or we saw the band in concert, but it was an intimate concert with only 50 fans. We ran into them in the most out-of-the-way restaurant/bar you can imagine, and they were so gracious and cool. We turned a corner in Paris, and there they were, acting as if they weren't Rock Star Gods, just normal blokes. And they even took the time to talk to us and sign autographs.

Or in one that happened to me, I went to a friend's party at his flat in Prague and there was Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, just hanging out, and giving us the best stories of the night!

Those are the stories I hope are out there for legendary bands, and for legendary songs. This song is most definitely legendary, and an amalgam of... more »

Stairway To Heaven by JackRackham on Deviant

There are always those songs that resonate with us, for various reasons. We heard it at a wedding reception, or we saw the band in concert, but it was an intimate concert with only 50 fans. We ran into them in the most out-of-the-way restaurant/bar you can imagine, and they were so gracious and cool. We turned a corner in Paris, and there they were, acting as if they weren't Rock Star Gods, just normal blokes. And they even took the time to talk to us and sign autographs.

Or in one that happened to me, I went to a friend's party at his flat in Prague and there was Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, just hanging out, and giving us the best stories of the night!

Those are the stories I hope are out there for legendary bands, and for legendary songs. This song is most definitely legendary, and an amalgam of beauty and fierceness, honesty and truth, and probably a hundred other things. When you hear the term Classic Rock this is the song that should pop in your head.

This work involves a cat stepping on it, yet it is still powerful and unique. As are the best stories and songs...

As Zeebee from the UK says -- "A picture of Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin done with light and dark blue felt tip in the lyrics to a rather good song of theirs. Unfortunately a cat with wet paws decided to step on it."

#ledzeppelin   #stairwaytoheaven   #rocknroll   #classicrock   #song   #songlyrics   #rockgods   #robertplant   #jimmypage  

via/ http://jackrackam.deviantart.com/art/Stairway-To-Heaven-40379660

Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven" (Live from Madison Square Garden and from The Song Remains The Same)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q7Vr3yQYWQ___

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2016-04-21 04:10:32 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 86 +1s)Open 

753 B.C. Rome Founded On This Day In History

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.

According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were the sons of Rhea Silvia, the daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa. Alba Longa was a mythical city located in the Alban Hills southeast of what would become Rome. Before the birth of the twins, Numitor was deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become a vestal virgin so that she would not give birth to rival claimants to his title. 

However, Rhea was impregnated by the war god Marsand... more »

753 B.C. Rome Founded On This Day In History

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.

According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were the sons of Rhea Silvia, the daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa. Alba Longa was a mythical city located in the Alban Hills southeast of what would become Rome. Before the birth of the twins, Numitor was deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become a vestal virgin so that she would not give birth to rival claimants to his title. 

However, Rhea was impregnated by the war god Mars and gave birth to Romulus and Remus. Amulius ordered the infants drowned in the Tiber, but they survived and washed ashore at the foot of the Palatine hill, where they were suckled by a she-wolf until they were found by the shepherd Faustulus.

Reared by Faustulus and his wife, the twins later became leaders of a band of young shepherd warriors. After learning their true identity, they attacked Alba Longa, killed the wicked Amulius, and restored their grandfather to the throne. The twins then decided to found a town on the site where they had been saved as infants. They soon became involved in a petty quarrel, however, and Remus was slain by his brother. Romulus then became ruler of the settlement, which was named “Rome” after him.

To populate his town, Romulus offered asylum to fugitives and exiles. Rome lacked women, however, so Romulus invited the neighboring Sabines to a festival and abducted their women. A war then ensued, but the Sabine women intervened to prevent the Sabine men from seizing Rome. A peace treaty was drawn up, and the communities merged under the joint rule of Romulus and the Sabine king, Titus Tatius. Tatius’ early death, perhaps perpetrated by Romulus, left the Roman as the sole king again. 

After a long and successful rule, Romulus died under obscure circumstances. Many Romans believed he was changed into a god and worshipped him as the deity Quirinus. After Romulus, there were six more kings of Rome, the last three believed to be Etruscans. 

Around 509 B.C., the Roman republic was established.

Another Roman foundation legend, which has its origins in ancient Greece, tells of how the mythical Trojan Aeneas founded Lavinium and started a dynasty that would lead to the birth of Romulus and Remus several centuries later. In the Iliad,an epic Greek poem probably composed by Homer in the eighth century B.C., Aeneas was the only major Trojan hero to survive the Greek destruction of Troy. A passage told of how he and his descendants would rule the Trojans, but since there was no record of any such dynasty in Troy, Greek scholars proposed that Aeneas and his followers relocated.

In the fifth century B.C., a few Greek historians speculated that Aeneas settled at Rome, which was then still a small city-state. In the fourth century B.C., Rome began to expand within the Italian peninsula, and Romans, coming into greater contact with the Greeks, embraced the suggestion that Aeneas had a role in the foundation of their great city. 

In the first century B.C., the Roman poet Virgil developed the Aeneas myth in his epic poem the Aeneid, which told of Aeneas’ journey to Rome. Augustus, the first Roman emperor and emperor during Virgil’s time, and Julius Caesar, his great-uncle and predecessor as Roman ruler, were said to be descended from Aeneas.

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2016-04-21 03:36:53 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

I Had To Bury My Friend Christopher Today

Christopher will always be this cool cat in my eyes. He was always a lover and not a fighter. He was the most laid-back kitteh we had, and I got to enjoy him for ten years. He was part of the package deal of getting together with +Blaine Hall then moving to our Utopia on the farm in Ohio. We've lost other pets, but this loss will probably be the hardest.

We had a special connection. A special code together. If I wanted to think about a nap on the weekend, he instinctively knew and would be right there with me. When he needed tummy rubs, he let me know. He never rocked these Elton John eyeglasses - but I know he could of! 

No, he didn't look exactly like this (and you can never find that perfect photo when you're grieving, can you?) He had his own style; a unique mix of colors on the fur of his belly, a... more »

I Had To Bury My Friend Christopher Today

Christopher will always be this cool cat in my eyes. He was always a lover and not a fighter. He was the most laid-back kitteh we had, and I got to enjoy him for ten years. He was part of the package deal of getting together with +Blaine Hall then moving to our Utopia on the farm in Ohio. We've lost other pets, but this loss will probably be the hardest.

We had a special connection. A special code together. If I wanted to think about a nap on the weekend, he instinctively knew and would be right there with me. When he needed tummy rubs, he let me know. He never rocked these Elton John eyeglasses - but I know he could of! 

No, he didn't look exactly like this (and you can never find that perfect photo when you're grieving, can you?) He had his own style; a unique mix of colors on the fur of his belly, a total softy to hold, claws that could cut diamonds when they needed to, eyes so big they looked like they were painted by Margaret Keane - and I swear - the longest forearms of any cat I've ever seen. He would lay out and it was like looking at the Sphinx!

Chrissy passed away on his own last night, just after his pain was starting to kick in and a day before we could take him on a final trip to the vet. I couldn't stand to see him suffer, but he was a trooper, right to the end. The week before, I even took to sleeping on the sofa so he could fall asleep in my arms. I wanted to be there for my best boy. He always purred for hours during those times. But at the end, he weighed about 1/3 of his normal size and he could barely walk any longer. When I saw him smacking the water in his water bowl, over and over, I knew we we're looking at hours, not days. And I think he knew, too. Christopher passed away at the age of fifteen.

Today I buried Christopher under some beautiful trees by the side of the house. I read him some nice words from my boss about the loss of a pet, and then I gently laid him in the hole I dug. I must've told him I'm sorry and that Daddy loves you a hundred times before I stared for one last time into his big eyes. 

I did the same thing last summer when our two beautiful Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull babies Meg and Atticus died in a tragic barn fire here. I was the Undertaker then, too. Seems like I'm the designated gravedigger in my family. I'm okay with that - I get to say the final goodbyes to our babies, but of the eight pets we moved here with, we're down to three, and each passing kills me. They just kill me inside, and Chrissy's burial today hit me the hardest of all.

Rest in peace, Chrissy-Biss. Daddy loves you...

#cats   #dying   #loss   #grief   #pets   #lossofapet   #burial  

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2016-04-21 02:22:54 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 86 +1s)Open 

So How Does Analog Film Work Anyway?

When you think about all those pre-digital movies we love, you usually remember the 70mm classics, but there were an amazing amount of incredible films in 16mm and even 8mm!

Even though it contains some of the most memorable images in human history, how many of us really know how film actually works?
Let’s break it down to the components. First, those little holes along the side of film strips are called perforations (perfs for short). The sprockets inside cameras and projectors latch onto those to move the film along at a steady pace. Sometimes these holes are on both sides of the film, but in other cases one set of perfs is replaces by a magnetic or optical strip for sound recording.

Between these two rails are the frames themselves, which are measured in a whole slew of confusing ways. The width of the filmi... more »

So How Does Analog Film Work Anyway?

When you think about all those pre-digital movies we love, you usually remember the 70mm classics, but there were an amazing amount of incredible films in 16mm and even 8mm!

Even though it contains some of the most memorable images in human history, how many of us really know how film actually works?
Let’s break it down to the components. First, those little holes along the side of film strips are called perforations (perfs for short). The sprockets inside cameras and projectors latch onto those to move the film along at a steady pace. Sometimes these holes are on both sides of the film, but in other cases one set of perfs is replaces by a magnetic or optical strip for sound recording.

Between these two rails are the frames themselves, which are measured in a whole slew of confusing ways. The width of the film is what most people are familiar with (8mm, 16mm, 35mm) but it doesn’t tell the whole story: some formats take up more space on the strip; the number of perforations per frame are also important; some are even oriented horizontally! They all have different uses, which partially explains why filmmakers are so obsessive about film stock.
Regardless of which stock is in the camera, film exposes more or less the same way. Different layers of the film are coated with chemicals sensitive to either red, green, or blue light. With all three stacked on top of each other, the exposed film is able to reproduce the full spectrum of visible light.

Depending on what point in the history of cinema you’re talking about, film was made of either acetate, polyester, or nitrocellulose—which was abandoned around 1950 because it was really, really flammable (if you’ve seen _Inglourious Basterds_, you already know this).

While some directors still opt to shoot on film, we’re reaching a point where digital is able to perform as well as or better than analog, and often at a fraction of the cost. With Academy Awards for both best cinematography and best direction, _The Revenant_ —which was shot digitally with Arri Alexa 65s — might be the harbinger of film’s dying days.

I tend to think that film will be around as long as Hollywood, though maybe I'm deluding myself. Then again, vinyl albums are having a resurgence, so who knows.  Digital fan or analog?

#filmmaking   #hollywood   #film   #analogfilm   #digitalfimmaking   #8mm   #16mm   #35mm   #70mm   #directing   #cinematography  

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