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Alvin Stearns has been at 1 events

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Ryan Van Sickle770,461ON 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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steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707580
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305617
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574371
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211429
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465026
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
AyJay Schibig51,916AWESOME CIRCLE 3.8.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-03-09 07:28:42500857399
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Andrew Coffman6,907I'm not a big circle sharing kind of person, but this short list of people contain the people that I always read what they post, even if they don't post every day, and I always try to engage every day on G+ or through other avenues.2014-02-16 21:17:4235003
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567
AyJay Schibig46,776AWESOME CIRCLE 1.27.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page   +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-27 08:44:48414744391
Pam Adger35,023This is my no drama circle. Great interaction, no drama. I picked people at random using the relevance filter...I stopped at 20 because 20 is a good number for a circle. If you weren't included it has nothing to do with your drama meter...blame Google's algorithms. I rarely look at the people page anymore. If you were notified, you are included in the circle.2014-01-19 04:34:452034019
Jason Levy19,543This is my Surprise Welcome Circle 3If you received a notification, you are in the circle - this is my thank you and welcome to my circles.This circle contain people who are new to my circles.Because of the holiday season, It's actually been a few weeks since I've published a welcome circle. Many of the people in this circle have already engaged with me in some way.They are all great people, and without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience as they plus, share and comment on your own posts.Please plus, add and publicly share the circle so that everyone will benefit*Please also plus, add and publicly share my Elite Inner Circle here: https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts/eqggXPGhqxE *If you are in the circle, then well done! You have reached the first level. To get to the next level and become a Team Elite Engager (and this also applies to people who aren't in this circle), there are two simple steps:1. +1 this post2. share this post3. Comment to say hi and let me know what you have done!My Team Elite Engager Circles are shared regularly by other circle sharers - they currently span two circles at 1000 active sharers, and will be reviewed and reshared regularly, so do yourselves a big favour and become one of the Elite!    #teamelite  ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~Looking for a cure for tinnitus, or just tinnitus relief? Looking for tinnitus treatment prices? To get affordable private tinnitus treatment in London, go here:http://www.thelondontinnitustreatmentclinic.co.uk/Tinnitus-Treatments/tinnitus-treatment-prices.html2014-01-12 21:28:514941275688
Asif Raza657Add people. You will be added back.Share circle to extend its reach. Have Fun. #circleshare   #circle   #sharing   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 03:07:37406415
John Nuntiatio24,007#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-10 10:43:08487322335
Asif Raza340This circle has no specific description. Everyone is regular user and posts some good stuff.Add people and share it with others as well. #Circle   #sharingcircles  2014-01-08 17:06:32187426
John Nuntiatio23,207#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-04 17:47:08487281337
Константин Вишневский40,080Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. If you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends2014-01-02 16:06:42447372465
AyJay Schibig40,675AWESOME CHRISTMAS CIRCLE   12.20.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Plus, Comment, Add and Share! Merry Christmas!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2013-12-21 01:50:46425623886
Meirav M.8,464so apparently there's this thing where you share your December Dozen.no way could I restrict myself to that level and pick only 12 plussers to share. so here you are - this is my December Double Dozen.they're all fabulous, each and every one of them.that is all. #DecemberDozen   #sharedcircles  2013-12-16 23:16:4024705
Vladimir Samsonov24,810Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-15 06:13:214859164115
Charlotte Hoather2,173#sharedcircles   I would love to share this circle with anyone trying to connect with new friends.  These were my first contacts on Google+ and I would like thank them for their support :)2013-12-06 08:54:1049013523
Vladimir Samsonov22,737Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-01 13:34:46479392366
Vladimir Samsonov22,094Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-26 14:09:264538259112
Vivi Amb541CIRCLE TO HAVE TODAY !My best Google + Users to FollowSpecial thanks to all off us !This Circle will Grow if :1 - You add Contacts creating a new Circle (if this is not done)2 - Share and +1 the circle#circles #circle   #circlesharing #circleshare2013-11-25 00:28:09239509
AyJay Schibig36,338AWESOME CIRCLE   11.23.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share.See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2013-11-24 02:19:11422613586
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (84 comments, 28 reshares, 322 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (84 comments, 28 reshares, 322 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (84 comments, 28 reshares, 322 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

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2014-10-21 14:26:10 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Best Bad Guys Edition

What are the elements of your favorite bad guy or gal?  You know, the villain.  Or, the one others would call the villain in the absence of anybody else to carry that title.

My favorites are the Loki types.  No, not that character from the Marvel movies.   The Loki.  The trickster.  The cleverest one in the room who knows just how to pull every person's string.  He or she will cause everybody to dance to a chosen tune.  The dancers remain so sure and self-affirmed in their pretty illusions that they do not notice they're being manipulated.

Literary example:  Author Terry Pratchett created the character of Havelock Vetinari, the ruler of the city of Ankh-Morpork.  Though a character in a comic series of books, Vetinari exemplifies my ideal bad guy.  He will affect people, matters, events, andoutcomes t... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Best Bad Guys Edition

What are the elements of your favorite bad guy or gal?  You know, the villain.  Or, the one others would call the villain in the absence of anybody else to carry that title.

My favorites are the Loki types.  No, not that character from the Marvel movies.   The Loki.  The trickster.  The cleverest one in the room who knows just how to pull every person's string.  He or she will cause everybody to dance to a chosen tune.  The dancers remain so sure and self-affirmed in their pretty illusions that they do not notice they're being manipulated.

Literary example:  Author Terry Pratchett created the character of Havelock Vetinari, the ruler of the city of Ankh-Morpork.  Though a character in a comic series of books, Vetinari exemplifies my ideal bad guy.  He will affect people, matters, events, and outcomes to suit his agenda, almost always without others realizing that they were merely players in Vetinari's covert agenda.  He isn't insane or blood-thirsty, he is intelligent and pragmatic.  Though, what motivates him remains something of a mystery.  It may be that some few people are born to herd where most are born to flock.

Cinematic example:  Keyser Söze is a character in the movie "The Usual Suspects."  We are led to wonder if Söze even exists.  His principle story-teller, Roger "Verbal" Kint, builds up the legend and mythology of Söze so that any objective bystander would start to scoff.  Söze is intelligent, focused, ruthless, and when crossed is capable of extremely brutal choices and actions.  The denouement is both fun and shocking.  One of cinema's most brilliant bad guys existed in plain sight, and by the time you know he's there, poof! He's gone.   Indeed, the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he does not exist.

What's your favorite bad guy type?

And, Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-21 13:47:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Most people insanely cling to their pleasing illusion even as their world begins to burn.  That could feel annoying to you.

Do relax, re-think.

Encourage others' illusions.

They feel good, you pay nothing.

Your prize:  You get to kindle the flame.

Remember to make a wish before you walk off.

Happy Halloween.

The Spirit of Halloween

Most people insanely cling to their pleasing illusion even as their world begins to burn.  That could feel annoying to you.

Do relax, re-think.

Encourage others' illusions.

They feel good, you pay nothing.

Your prize:  You get to kindle the flame.

Remember to make a wish before you walk off.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-21 13:12:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Yep

Yep___

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2014-10-21 12:56:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Extraordinary

Extraordinary___

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2014-10-20 22:52:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The subcontinent makes Thrash Metal!  Here are The Down Troddence, a band out of Kerala, India.  The song is called "Shiva."

The song is included on the band's album, How Are You?  We Are Fine, Thank You, released this year and available on iTunes and at Google Play's Music store.

The subcontinent makes Thrash Metal!  Here are The Down Troddence, a band out of Kerala, India.  The song is called "Shiva."

The song is included on the band's album, How Are You?  We Are Fine, Thank You, released this year and available on iTunes and at Google Play's Music store.___

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2014-10-20 19:26:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Pam Adger* and I were just discussing* her giving me Billy Idol white hair as part of my Pam-make over.

So good to she +Aisha Tyler on Plus!

Met Billy Idol on the show today. Middle school me just fainted a little. Okay, a LOT.

Listen to exclusive message: http://www.whosay.com/l/Pav9sQ7___+Pam Adger* and I were just discussing* her giving me Billy Idol white hair as part of my Pam-make over.

So good to she +Aisha Tyler on Plus!

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2014-10-20 17:27:37 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Hair achieving that alluring Southern revivalist preacher phase.

Over-time for a haircut.

Hair achieving that alluring Southern revivalist preacher phase.

Over-time for a haircut.___

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2014-10-20 09:40:18 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

What people like

Postings on metal music, the band KISS, and Bollywood movies.  I chuckle to see that when I post on those things I get hundreds of pluses and multiple comments and shares from people all over the world.

I suppose it does not hurt that I like metal music, KISS, and Bollywood movies and I try to be respectful of them.  By extension I'm respectful of the people who also like those things.

Now, if KISS would star in a Bollywood movie with an Indian-metal soundtrack?  Woo!

What people like

Postings on metal music, the band KISS, and Bollywood movies.  I chuckle to see that when I post on those things I get hundreds of pluses and multiple comments and shares from people all over the world.

I suppose it does not hurt that I like metal music, KISS, and Bollywood movies and I try to be respectful of them.  By extension I'm respectful of the people who also like those things.

Now, if KISS would star in a Bollywood movie with an Indian-metal soundtrack?  Woo!___

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2014-10-20 07:26:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Good stuff.

It's time to make some pumpkin seeds. This video shows some very helpful steps on separating the seeds and preparing them for roasting. No instructions necessary for eating them. Enjoy!___Good stuff.

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2014-10-19 01:20:45 (84 comments, 28 reshares, 322 +1s)Open 

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  

I love Bollywood movies and Salman Khan is my favorite actor.  Here he is in the title song and dance number from his 2011 movie, "Bodyguard."  Everything is done BIG in Bollywood movies.  Irony is almost non-existent.  Heroes are superhuman, and villains have no redeeming values.  The production values are very good.  And, oh man, those elaborate music numbers.

Netflix streams lots of Bollywood movies.  If you've never seen one, pick a title and dive in.  ___

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2014-10-18 16:42:50 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Apple pie. Not my best, but never bad on an autumn weekend.

Apple pie. Not my best, but never bad on an autumn weekend.___

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2014-10-18 15:01:54 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Making an apple pie.  When it's too wet to garden, and you're too lazy to rake or limb?  Might as well.

Tip:  Avoid fancy veggie peelers and contraptions.  You need a quality paring knife, apples, good music and a bit of time.  That's all you've ever needed.

Mixing apples?  That's a menage a trois I can get behind.  Do it.

Making an apple pie.  When it's too wet to garden, and you're too lazy to rake or limb?  Might as well.

Tip:  Avoid fancy veggie peelers and contraptions.  You need a quality paring knife, apples, good music and a bit of time.  That's all you've ever needed.

Mixing apples?  That's a menage a trois I can get behind.  Do it.___

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2014-10-18 06:39:23 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Ritual Death

Relax.  In this instance, it's an autumnal Halloween alcoholic beverage.

My advice?  For all ingredients, if you can, go with quality.

For two Ritual Deaths, add to a cocktail shaker:
3 ounces spiced rum
2 ounce pumpkin puree
2 ounce maple syrup
2 teaspoon orange-flavored cognac (think Grand Marnier)
Dash of bitters (think Compari)
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon
Fill the shaker with ice and shake the heck out of it
Pour into chilled glasses.  Martini glasses are traditional.  (But I prefer large glass drinking glasses.  Ritual Death needn't be fancy, it just requires presence.)
Optional:  Garnish with grated nutmeg

You did dig the graves first, right?

Happy Halloween

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The Spirit of Halloween

Ritual Death

Relax.  In this instance, it's an autumnal Halloween alcoholic beverage.

My advice?  For all ingredients, if you can, go with quality.

For two Ritual Deaths, add to a cocktail shaker:
3 ounces spiced rum
2 ounce pumpkin puree
2 ounce maple syrup
2 teaspoon orange-flavored cognac (think Grand Marnier)
Dash of bitters (think Compari)
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon
Fill the shaker with ice and shake the heck out of it
Pour into chilled glasses.  Martini glasses are traditional.  (But I prefer large glass drinking glasses.  Ritual Death needn't be fancy, it just requires presence.)
Optional:  Garnish with grated nutmeg

You did dig the graves first, right?

Happy Halloween

//___

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2014-10-18 04:12:57 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

I am great friends with a thrifty couple.  Some years ago they decided to build on land very near my land.  So that they could be close to the building site, they decided to look for a small trailer or camper.  But, since the accommodation would be temporary they did not want to spend a lot of money.

They found what they wanted.  A small, 20-year-old trailer. Cramped, but they got it for very little money.  The reason?  The trailer had hosted the suicide of its previous occupant.  The wall that separated the centrally-located living room from the single bedroom was pocked with holes in its center.  The evidence of the shotgun pellets that passed through the former owner's jaw, sinuses and brain before exiting his blown out skull.  

The couple renovated the trailer, refinished the damaged wall.  It transformed from a testament toviolent s... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

I am great friends with a thrifty couple.  Some years ago they decided to build on land very near my land.  So that they could be close to the building site, they decided to look for a small trailer or camper.  But, since the accommodation would be temporary they did not want to spend a lot of money.

They found what they wanted.  A small, 20-year-old trailer. Cramped, but they got it for very little money.  The reason?  The trailer had hosted the suicide of its previous occupant.  The wall that separated the centrally-located living room from the single bedroom was pocked with holes in its center.  The evidence of the shotgun pellets that passed through the former owner's jaw, sinuses and brain before exiting his blown out skull.  

The couple renovated the trailer, refinished the damaged wall.  It transformed from a testament to violent self-destruction into a cozy and livable environment.  

Still.  Each time I sat in their temporary home I found my eyes shifting to that particular wall.  Surely, despite the new surfacing and pleasant paint color, the wall underneath still contained some of the tissue and trace bits of bone and hair of the space's former owner.  I imagined the former owner in his final moments.  Lost.  Beaten.  Probably drunk and sweating.  Sitting down on his sofa.  Angling the shotgun under his jaw.  Hands grip, steadying.  A minor flex of finger muscles.  The sudden and shocking explosion of powder and human biology.

My friends lived in the trailer less than a year.  Their house is lovely.

The trailer?  It was bought by a newly-divorced young laborer for $500 more than my friends spent on it, just enough to cover their costs in renovating it.  Within the next year, I heard that he died in a fire in the trailer.  The fire department decided he had fallen asleep drunk in the living room with a lit cigarette.  He likely slipped away from inhalation of noxious fumes before fire consumed his corpse and the trailer.

True story.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-18 00:49:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It's a good week.  I understood half the pictures and blurbs on the back page "Bullseye" section.

It's a good week.  I understood half the pictures and blurbs on the back page "Bullseye" section.___

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2014-10-17 03:44:10 (24 comments, 13 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Big tents, freaks, twisted townies, a killer clown, and Bowie.  I want to live there.

Ladies and Gentlemen!  Jessica Lange's Elsa Mars channels Marlene Dietrich to sing David Bowie's "Life on Mars?"!

FX's "American Horror Story," Wednesdays, 2200.

The Spirit of Halloween

Big tents, freaks, twisted townies, a killer clown, and Bowie.  I want to live there.

Ladies and Gentlemen!  Jessica Lange's Elsa Mars channels Marlene Dietrich to sing David Bowie's "Life on Mars?"!

FX's "American Horror Story," Wednesdays, 2200.___

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2014-10-17 00:39:56 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I'm enjoying the commercials where Matthew McConaughey smokes a bong just before getting behind the wheel of a Lincoln MKZ and telling us his thoughts.

I'm enjoying the commercials where Matthew McConaughey smokes a bong just before getting behind the wheel of a Lincoln MKZ and telling us his thoughts.___

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2014-10-16 14:10:27 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

I love when people make feel good/stupid.  Got a private message from a fine human being who said, in essence, that he's been having a hard time lately, and my postings help him.  (He also politely excused my insanity for the good that comes from it, which made me actually lol.)  

It feels good to know something I've done has helped another.

I feel stupid in that moment for entering it feeling badly about myself and my circumstances.  All grapple with hard things too, just like me.  If nothing more than my stupid words can help another?  It's going to be fine.

Good/stupid.

Not a bad way to dive back into the insane asylum of burning good time, life and labor in exchange for stupid money and insurances.

We depend upon each other, after all.  There are no worthwhile comparisons that end in self-doubt and pain.  Accept right nowand kno... more »

I love when people make feel good/stupid.  Got a private message from a fine human being who said, in essence, that he's been having a hard time lately, and my postings help him.  (He also politely excused my insanity for the good that comes from it, which made me actually lol.)  

It feels good to know something I've done has helped another.

I feel stupid in that moment for entering it feeling badly about myself and my circumstances.  All grapple with hard things too, just like me.  If nothing more than my stupid words can help another?  It's going to be fine.

Good/stupid.

Not a bad way to dive back into the insane asylum of burning good time, life and labor in exchange for stupid money and insurances.

We depend upon each other, after all.  There are no worthwhile comparisons that end in self-doubt and pain.  Accept right now and know that you are a match for this day?   Better.  Progress.  There's hope in that.

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2014-10-16 13:32:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Every time you come out of the fire, catch your breath.  Like the song says, look, there's an all-consuming fire lying straight ahead.  Don't worry, you've done this before, over and over.

Today's ear worm.  For me on most days, Lou Reed's greatest song of all time.  Accept the inevitable losses for being bold enough to accept the magic.

"Magic and Loss -- The Summation"
performed by Lou Reed, Magic and Loss (1992)

When you pass through the fire
you pass through humble

You pass through a maze of self-doubt

When you pass through humble
the lights can blind you

Some people never figure that out

You pass through arrogance you pass through hurt

You pass through an ever present past
and it's best not to wait for luck to save you

Pass through the fireto ... more »

Every time you come out of the fire, catch your breath.  Like the song says, look, there's an all-consuming fire lying straight ahead.  Don't worry, you've done this before, over and over.

Today's ear worm.  For me on most days, Lou Reed's greatest song of all time.  Accept the inevitable losses for being bold enough to accept the magic.

"Magic and Loss -- The Summation"
performed by Lou Reed, Magic and Loss (1992)

When you pass through the fire
you pass through humble

You pass through a maze of self-doubt

When you pass through humble
the lights can blind you

Some people never figure that out

You pass through arrogance you pass through hurt

You pass through an ever present past
and it's best not to wait for luck to save you

Pass through the fire to the light

As you pass through the fire
your right hand waving
there are things you have to throw out

That caustic dread inside your head
will never help you out

You have to be very strong
because you'll start from zero
over and over again

And as the smoke clears
there's an all-consuming fire
lying straight ahead

They say no one person can do it all
but you want to in your head

But, you can't be Shakespeare
and you can't be Joyce
so what is left instead

You're stuck with yourself
and a rage that can hurt you

You have to start at the beginning again
and just this moment
this wonderful fire started up again

When you pass through humble
When you pass through sickly
When you pass through
"I'm better than you all"

When you pass through
anger and self-deprecation
and have the strength to acknowledge it all

When the past makes you laugh
and you can savor the magic
that let you survive your own war
you find that that fire is passion
and there's a door up ahead, not a wall

As you pass through fire, as you pass through fire
try to remember its name

When you pass through fire licking at your lips
you cannot remain the same

And if the building's burning
move towards that door
but don't put the flames out

There's a bit of magic in everything
and then some loss to even things out

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2014-10-15 01:06:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Bob's Burgers is a wonderful show.  Season 2 started with Cyndi Lauper singing a parody of "Goonies R Good Enough."  Tonight season 5 started with Carly Simon singing a parody of--well, not quite her Oscar winning "Let The River Run," but close enough!

Bob's Burgers is a wonderful show.  Season 2 started with Cyndi Lauper singing a parody of "Goonies R Good Enough."  Tonight season 5 started with Carly Simon singing a parody of--well, not quite her Oscar winning "Let The River Run," but close enough!___

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2014-10-14 14:11:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Despite our species' abiding fascination with dividing ourselves up by skin color, ethnicity, origin, language, politics and religion, every human alive now and over the last several thousand years shares one abiding truth:  we are and have been all remarkably genetically alike.  Given nature's love of diversity, how do we account for this global lack of human genetic diversity?

Sifting the pieces of our present and of earth's history, scientists across several fields point to a curious event that happened about 73,000 year ago.  The Toba super eruption.

Today's Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, is the remnant of the planet's last super volcanic eruption, 73,000 years before present plus or minus 4,000 years.  Toba's super explosive eruption is reckoned to have blanketed Southeast Asia in ash fall, spewing enough ashand... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Despite our species' abiding fascination with dividing ourselves up by skin color, ethnicity, origin, language, politics and religion, every human alive now and over the last several thousand years shares one abiding truth:  we are and have been all remarkably genetically alike.  Given nature's love of diversity, how do we account for this global lack of human genetic diversity?

Sifting the pieces of our present and of earth's history, scientists across several fields point to a curious event that happened about 73,000 year ago.  The Toba super eruption.

Today's Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, is the remnant of the planet's last super volcanic eruption, 73,000 years before present plus or minus 4,000 years.  Toba's super explosive eruption is reckoned to have blanketed Southeast Asia in ash fall, spewing enough ash and gas into the planet's atmosphere to cause a worldwide drop in temperatures.  At least years of ecological disaster followed, if not decades, in the wake of the volcanic winter.  The last ice age, already underway, was not caused by the eruption, but it surely got a nice boost.

Meanwhile, study of genetics reveals that today's entire human population might have derived from about 1,000 to 10,000 breeding pairs of humans who lived 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.  The narrowest estimate puts our genetic Adams and Eves at about 70,000 years ago, right around the time of the Toba event.  Any period where a species' numbers drastically decline, reducing possible genetic diversity, is called a genetic bottleneck.  

Scientists who place the facts together theorize that the super volcanic eruption of Toba stressed the planet's life, including human life, to the point where a handful of survivors were left to repopulate the world after the thousand-year effects of Toba.  If so, imagine those survivors.  They would have been a hard and determined people.  The only members of our family to survive the latest worst ecological disaster in life's history.

It is cool to consider that at the time of the Toba eruption our species was still not the only members of the genus Homo on the planet.  Neanderthal humans still shared our world with us, and it looks like Homo floresiensis managed to cling on for some time on the island of Flores.  Our ancestors, following Toba, began to migrate out of Africa.  We know that our ancestors and Neanderthals lived among each other for a very long time.  For whatever reason (many theories are out there), by 20,000 years ago our ancestors were the only human species left on the planet.  All others had joined the long list of Earth's extinctions.

From that genetic bottleneck of a small number of humans, our ancestors spread across the globe.  By 10,000 years ago humans had started to plant crops, selecting grains and grasses for abundance and yield, kicking off the Agricultural Revolution, the single greatest social and biological development in our species' history.  

Our ancestors also began domesticating animals, beginning with dogs, and then sheep, goats, cattle, chickens and pigs.  By 4,500 years ago our ancestors had built cities, created writing, and began to develop complex political and legal systems and mythlogies to domesticate humans out of a hunter/gatherer psychology and morphology and into today's 9 to 5, coffee-clutching human.

Out of a dark and hostile distant past, Homo sapiens sapiens has claimed the planet.  We domesticated its resources, and in turn domesticated ourselves.  We are not those struggling, shivering, starving few who led to us.  

Out there, right now, is the potential for another Toba-like event.  It is not a question of it it will happen.  Only when it will happen.  Our planet's clock moves on a geological time scale, not on our 9 to 5 one.  But, the planet's clock never stops.  Not for our ancestors, and not for us.

Enjoy the loveliness of today.  The abundance around you.  Appreciate it and realize this:  we are all related, after all.  Given what our own planet has done and will again do to us, perhaps our domesticated fears and desires seem a bit silly in comparison?

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-13 23:15:00 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Funny

Via +Shaun Burks 

___Funny

Via +Shaun Burks 

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2014-10-13 19:36:44 (28 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

My Halloween playlist is usually songs that have scary or spooky or macabre titles and/or themes.  But, this year I feel like connecting with my inner tween.  I'm pondering a Halloween playlist of songs that did or would have appealed to me at 12 years old.  So, pretty much anything by Kiss.  I'd like your suggestions.  I'll kick things off:

"I Stole Your Love" by Kiss.

OK.  Your turn.

My Halloween playlist is usually songs that have scary or spooky or macabre titles and/or themes.  But, this year I feel like connecting with my inner tween.  I'm pondering a Halloween playlist of songs that did or would have appealed to me at 12 years old.  So, pretty much anything by Kiss.  I'd like your suggestions.  I'll kick things off:

"I Stole Your Love" by Kiss.

OK.  Your turn.___

2014-10-13 01:33:06 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I.  Love.  Carol.

#thewalkingdead  

I.  Love.  Carol.

#thewalkingdead  ___

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2014-10-12 14:27:48 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

The Pornography Factor

The US Supreme Court Associate Justice, Potter Stewart, is most famous for his comment, paraphrased, that pornography is hard to define, but he knew it when he saw it.  (It is worthwhile here to point out the Justice's comment led to his upholding of freedom of expression regarding the movie under upper-echelon justice review.  In making the comment, the Justice pronounced that the subject under review was not pornography.  Look it up, if you're interested.  Most people use the quotation to back up their own knee-jerk impulse to declare anything involving human sexuality to be pornography.  An injustice to the Justice.)

Unlike Justice Potter, I can always define pornography versus not-pornography.  You can check with me in future, if you'd like a pronouncement.  But, it may require a period ofinterv... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

The Pornography Factor

The US Supreme Court Associate Justice, Potter Stewart, is most famous for his comment, paraphrased, that pornography is hard to define, but he knew it when he saw it.  (It is worthwhile here to point out the Justice's comment led to his upholding of freedom of expression regarding the movie under upper-echelon justice review.  In making the comment, the Justice pronounced that the subject under review was not pornography.  Look it up, if you're interested.  Most people use the quotation to back up their own knee-jerk impulse to declare anything involving human sexuality to be pornography.  An injustice to the Justice.)

Unlike Justice Potter, I can always define pornography versus not-pornography.  You can check with me in future, if you'd like a pronouncement.  But, it may require a period of interview.

Pornography is primarily about technique:  Insert Tab A into Slot B and as quickly as possible.

Not-pornography can include technique, but it is not about technique.  Something more is happening inside you for the experience.

Pornography is about reduction of humanity to mere impulse and gratification and/or subjugation.  It is not about being human, it is only about getting off or about being used so the other can get off.

Not-pornography illustrates the human complexities and costs and benefits of that impulse.  

But, you have to be open to seeing and wrestling those distinctions. 

In short, merely f***ing is no story.  It's been done since the dawn of time by countless animals.  It is only our modern expressions of 2,000 year-long weirdness about f***ing that leads us to focus so singularly and perversely on it as the highest expression of both fulfillment and damnation.  

We are lost in this 2,000 year-long wandering.  In our confusion we resort to the basest expressions of animal nature, seldom realizing the higher purposes and possibilities of human sexuality.  We, frankly, love pornography (even if we outwardly express to hate it) because we have so few teachers who don't make sex suspect and damnable.  

So, Alvin's pornography versus not-pornography formula:

--  If you grew up being shown and know that human sexuality is one of the greatest and most powerful motivators and expressions of our humanity, then you will smile at, but quickly grow bored with Tab A into Slot B expressions of sexuality.   It is pornography, and who cares?  Who would chase such a thing?  

--  If you grew up and know that human sexuality is wrong and perverse and why we are inherently flawed beings on planet Earth, you will smile and possibly become addicted to advancing and progressively more extreme expressions of Tab A into Slot B because your sexuality is so compartmentalized and shameful to you that your only recourse is to narrowly and obsessively focus on sexuality's most technical and particular expressions.  It is pornography, and you will denounce it even as you obsess over it.

In other words, anything remotely sexually titillating can be pornography.  It depends on who you are and what you bring to the experience.

There is nothing to be afraid of, after all, unless you're born to be afraid.  The only true horror is in letting your fears control you so absolutely that you speak in one way and act in another.  To be such a man or woman is the true horror.

And if you are such a man or woman who outwardly condemns and inwardly obsesses over the basest matters, I adore you.  You are the essential ingredient in every thrilling waking nightmare and tale of terror.  Carry on!  I love you, in a deep and possibly pornographic manner.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-12 12:44:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Effective poisons are such a time-saver, aren't they?  Who has time to wait for poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle choices to complete the job of shuffling off one's intended from this mortal coil?  Self-poisoning is a time-honored post-industrial condition, but too slow, and you can't make hard plans based around another's self-destructive lifestyle.

There are solutions (pun intended) to help those who are better off dead to reach his or her ultimate and deserved fate.  Really, it's absurdly simple, the preparations and delivery.  The judicious poisoner is seldom discovered or convicted--look to every mother who loads up her babies on sugars, nitrates, fats, and pesticides.  Nobody bitches, much, or effectively.  So, really, what's a bit of cyanide, easily produced, after all, to finish off what mother lovestart... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Effective poisons are such a time-saver, aren't they?  Who has time to wait for poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle choices to complete the job of shuffling off one's intended from this mortal coil?  Self-poisoning is a time-honored post-industrial condition, but too slow, and you can't make hard plans based around another's self-destructive lifestyle.

There are solutions (pun intended) to help those who are better off dead to reach his or her ultimate and deserved fate.  Really, it's absurdly simple, the preparations and delivery.  The judicious poisoner is seldom discovered or convicted--look to every mother who loads up her babies on sugars, nitrates, fats, and pesticides.  Nobody bitches, much, or effectively.  So, really, what's a bit of cyanide, easily produced, after all, to finish off what mother love started?

If you are discovered in the act, smile.  All you've done is the best that you could.  In the instance, you will have joined the small Hall of Fame of people who keep the art of poisoning alive in infamy and popular imagination.

Attached is a listing of famous poisoners and their victims.  It's not a good list.  Most of the listed poisoners had no real appreciation of the art.  They were simply greedy and, in truth, stupid.  Begging to be found out, and rightly condemned.  Hardly a Hall of Fame one would wish to join.  

So.  Don't be greedy, it's a poor trait among the mortal.  And if you're stupid today, better yourself before acting.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-12 11:25:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Cabin Fever 3:  Patient Zero

It's greatest claim to fame could be the phrase, "Dropping the mouse."

Not the worst horror flick.  Far from the best.  Streaming now on Netflix.

Cabin Fever 3:  Patient Zero

It's greatest claim to fame could be the phrase, "Dropping the mouse."

Not the worst horror flick.  Far from the best.  Streaming now on Netflix.___

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2014-10-11 17:26:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Pretty.

Pretty.___

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2014-10-11 17:19:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

All that remains. Apart from the dozen or so left where they grew, for the animals to enjoy.

Some will be processed by me. Some will be taken to work to give away. The rest will go by the roadside next to the "Free Pumpkins" sign.

All that remains. Apart from the dozen or so left where they grew, for the animals to enjoy.

Some will be processed by me. Some will be taken to work to give away. The rest will go by the roadside next to the "Free Pumpkins" sign.___

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2014-10-10 14:10:39 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

All pumpkins, apart from the miniature ones, are edible.  Even some of the miniature ones are, but don't risk it.  Just enjoy their appearance and don't try to eat any part of them.

Pumpkin puree is easily bought, and it tastes fine, usually.  So, I won't go into in this posting the simple methods for roasting and pureeing pumpkin flesh.

Besides, most people buy pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns.  It's the one time of year when most people get that satisfying sensation of thrusting a knife into flesh, cutting and disemboweling.  Ah, good times!

Inside every pumpkin is a treasure of seeds.  If you throw them away, fine, but I say your are a fool to waste such treasure.  When you murder your pumpkin, put the seeds into a bowl.  Don't get fancy about washing them.  Pick out the biggest bits of guts and slime,but don&... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

All pumpkins, apart from the miniature ones, are edible.  Even some of the miniature ones are, but don't risk it.  Just enjoy their appearance and don't try to eat any part of them.

Pumpkin puree is easily bought, and it tastes fine, usually.  So, I won't go into in this posting the simple methods for roasting and pureeing pumpkin flesh.

Besides, most people buy pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns.  It's the one time of year when most people get that satisfying sensation of thrusting a knife into flesh, cutting and disemboweling.  Ah, good times!

Inside every pumpkin is a treasure of seeds.  If you throw them away, fine, but I say your are a fool to waste such treasure.  When you murder your pumpkin, put the seeds into a bowl.  Don't get fancy about washing them.  Pick out the biggest bits of guts and slime, but don't sweat it.  No part of the pumpkin's guts are poisonous, and the residual gore adds flavor to what comes next.

Pour 1/4 cup of salt onto the seeds and then drown them in water.  Swirl gently to mix.  Cover with at least a cloth and set aside for several hours.  You're brining the seeds.  It softens the tough outer coating of the seeds and makes the finished seeds delightfully salty on your tongue.

After several hours have gone, turn on the oven to 300 degrees.  Drain your seeds, thoroughly.  Get out as much of the water as you can.  Shake them.  I actually roll them in a large clean kitchen cloth, but I'm odd.  Just get them as dry as you can, it's fine.

Put the seeds into a clean bowl.  Ahh, now!  You can oil the seeds.  Or not.  (I recommend you oil the seeds.  Sesame oil is fine.  So is Canola.)  If you oil, use a bit.  You're not trying to drown the seeds, just evenly coat them.

Flavorings!  Go mad.  What do you like?  Sweet?  Use sugar, cinnamon and ginger.  Savory?  Use herbs, whichever ones you like.  Exotic?  Spice it up!  They're your seeds, taken from your pumpkin kill.  Use them how you want.

If you have parchment paper (and if you do not, fix that), tear off a sheet to cover a cookie pan.  Spread the seeds onto the paper.  Stick the pan into the middle of the pre-heated oven.  If you need reminding, set a timer for 7 minutes.  At 7 minutes, remove the sheet and use a spatula to mix up the seeds.  If you're using parchment paper a simple tip is to roll up the sides one by one, using the spatula the loosen stuck seeds.  Rearrange them.  Put them back in the oven.

Repeat this 7 minute step as many times as necessary to evenly brown and roast the seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are like coffee, people's tastes vary:  some like a light roast, some want them nearly burned.  Go with your tastes, but if you're a newbie to this err on the side of lightly roasted.  You can sacrifice more pumpkins, play, and experiment.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-10 12:55:21 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Giving Halloween candy is such an established tradition now in North America.  But, that tradition is not even 100 years old yet.  Halloween has deep roots that share ancient harvest season traditions across many cultures.  The season of hard labor in the fields and orchards is done.  The days are shorter.  If the crops were good you and your neighbors enjoy an orgy of plenty.  Next stop, the long dark and cold of winter.

Industrial America and Canada became home to millions of Irish immigrants who brought with them several traditions, including Halloween.  Prior to Halloween, Christmas was the season of spooks and haunts and things that go bump in the night.  It still is--think of all the Christmas stories (not claymation ones) that involve ghosts and monsters--but, it has taken a back seat to Halloween.

Halloween originally was abouta pause... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Giving Halloween candy is such an established tradition now in North America.  But, that tradition is not even 100 years old yet.  Halloween has deep roots that share ancient harvest season traditions across many cultures.  The season of hard labor in the fields and orchards is done.  The days are shorter.  If the crops were good you and your neighbors enjoy an orgy of plenty.  Next stop, the long dark and cold of winter.

Industrial America and Canada became home to millions of Irish immigrants who brought with them several traditions, including Halloween.  Prior to Halloween, Christmas was the season of spooks and haunts and things that go bump in the night.  It still is--think of all the Christmas stories (not claymation ones) that involve ghosts and monsters--but, it has taken a back seat to Halloween.

Halloween originally was about a pause in the change of seasons.  It was the community coming together to enjoy the harvest plenty and to remember their ancestors.  The dead were part of the living always, and mid-autumn when work slowed down was a time to give them their recognition and due.  You can still see this idea and tradition carried out in celebrations like Mexico's Day of the Dead.

In North America, the 20th century found the rise of big business, marketing and advertising.  The cultural history of North America can be expressed in terms of maximizing production toward capital growth across every sector of human society and tradition.  Halloween became just another market.  

By the 1950s candy producers and advertisers had penetrated the Halloween tradition and changed its focus from community, home-made, and the dead toward youthful folly, festivity and store-bought candy, which people gave to children who came to the door.  The Trick-or-Treat was born and old enough in the 1950s to walk on its own market-produced legs.  

Prior to the latter half of the 20th century, people usually gave homemade treats.  Cookies, cakes, candies, or refreshing drinks.  It was, after all, a time when people living in a community tended to know each other.  They often didn't just ring the bell, collect and move on.  They went inside.  Talked.  Re-bonded.  

Prior to the latter half of the 20th century, people looked upon factory made foods with a degree of suspicion.  Today, we are learning to once again be suspicious.  But, between now and then, North Americans grew to trust and rely upon factory-made food and the Halloween candy treat became the norm.  

In fact, by the 1970s, culture had done a 180 on its mistrust of packaged and sold goods and developed the urban legend of the Halloween predator, the ones who spike apples with razors or who poison home-made treats.  "Trust the factory-made wrapped candies, children.  We no longer know our neighbors and we suspect some of them are trying to kill you."  It was all an urban legend, after all.  But, the Halloween candy industry went from walking to running.

Today, Halloween retains much of its 20th century appearance and flavor.  Kids put on costumes and travel door to door.  Often not even on Halloween, which is not a holiday that merits a national day off in America and Canada.  Depending on the calendar and community organizers, Halloween celebrations can happen any time in the week or so prior to October 31.  

Since the 1980s, Halloween has matured into a celebration enjoyed by adults, too.  Gay culture in particular has adopted Halloween as an almost official gay holiday.  Halloween allows for recognition that what we see and seem is not all that there is.  We can be anything we are supposed to be, were born to be, and possibly should be.  Halloween links the past with the present.  It invites the dead as well as the living.  Everybody shares, everybody changes, everybody feasts.  Also, it's the one time of year you can be Cher or Fabio or a hobbit or elf and it is not only fine, it is celebrated.

This year, why not make some homemade cookies, pies, breads and cakes?  Even if you don't give them to that neighbor-stranger's kids, they will probably taste wonderful.  Do not forget to leave a bit outside during the week of Halloween and particularly on October 31.  On the doorstep is fine.  On top of an old stump.  In the garden where this year's plants are now withered and dry.  

It's sad to not know your neighbors.  It's worse to forget the dead.  All of our ancestors knew this.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-09 14:14:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

Lyrics exist to make people listen to music.  We are by nature creatures who crave the story, the words, the connection to something outside of ourselves delivered in words that sink into our brain like a hook into a trout's cheek.  We love and crave the sweet pain of sugary safe words that assure us that even pain is OK because it is universal.  And happiness?  It is the drug.  Delivered by words.  Delivered right into your brain like a cattle gun.  Such peaceful release.

Before Pop and its massive wordy sugar rushes, there was poetry.  If you want to feel oddly alive and outside of yourself, plan this:  Get a book of poetry.  Make a date, with somebody you love or wish to have love you, or with yourself, alone.  Go out into the cool autumn Halloween night.  Step into the dark scary place where nobody goes unless they have to.
Read the ... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Lyrics exist to make people listen to music.  We are by nature creatures who crave the story, the words, the connection to something outside of ourselves delivered in words that sink into our brain like a hook into a trout's cheek.  We love and crave the sweet pain of sugary safe words that assure us that even pain is OK because it is universal.  And happiness?  It is the drug.  Delivered by words.  Delivered right into your brain like a cattle gun.  Such peaceful release.

Before Pop and its massive wordy sugar rushes, there was poetry.  If you want to feel oddly alive and outside of yourself, plan this:  Get a book of poetry.  Make a date, with somebody you love or wish to have love you, or with yourself, alone.  Go out into the cool autumn Halloween night.  Step into the dark scary place where nobody goes unless they have to.

Read the words.  Aloud.  Become both music and verse, hook and bolt.  A concert in yourself, in the night.  The poetry.  How it flows from you, one mind communicating to another.  Into that void where we never go unless we have to.  Let the words be your oracle and your guide.  Your killer?  He or she is probably at a club, hoping to score.  Probably.

If you don't actually die in the experience, you will meet the dawn safe, at home, probably asleep, already an improved and different person because you risked experiencing being alive.

Need some poetry?  Visit the link.  Then plan.

The dark and the void are waiting.

Happy Halloween.___

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2014-10-09 13:52:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

"The Fine Art of Poisoning" sung by Jill Tracy.  A must for every Halloween music playlist.  It stirs up a cocktail of strings and bass tinted with teasing malevolence and a hint of bitter almonds.  

Oh, are you OK?  Maybe you should lay down.  No no, rest.  I can take care of everything for you.

"The Fine Art of Poisoning"
performed by Jill Tracy, Diabolical Streak  (1999)

It's quite an elaborate scheme
The fine art of poisoning
The dose to comatose
Slyly administered

Not for the frail of heart
The vengeful must play their part
A friend to the bitter end
Or so they say

Nice and slow
Misfortune will flow

Peril in the nursery
It seems a tainted pastry
One bite what a dreadful fright
She was such a delicate littledishmore »

The Spirit of Halloween

"The Fine Art of Poisoning" sung by Jill Tracy.  A must for every Halloween music playlist.  It stirs up a cocktail of strings and bass tinted with teasing malevolence and a hint of bitter almonds.  

Oh, are you OK?  Maybe you should lay down.  No no, rest.  I can take care of everything for you.

"The Fine Art of Poisoning"
performed by Jill Tracy, Diabolical Streak  (1999)

It's quite an elaborate scheme
The fine art of poisoning
The dose to comatose
Slyly administered

Not for the frail of heart
The vengeful must play their part
A friend to the bitter end
Or so they say

Nice and slow
Misfortune will flow

Peril in the nursery
It seems a tainted pastry
One bite what a dreadful fright
She was such a delicate little dish

A pleasant parlor gathering
Quicksilver concealed in a ruby ring
Two lumps or three
I have always adored bergamot tea

Nice and slow
Misfortune will flow
But who will know?

//___

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2014-10-09 10:10:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I flip through the husband's "Entertainment Weekly" not to be better informed about Pop culture, but for those moments when I recognize bits of popular culture.

I recognize "American Horror Story."  And, oh my goodness, yes, I'm so there!  New season premier airs tonight!

The majority of the rest of the mag's pages and pictures?  Eh, somebody cares.  I don't have to.

I flip through the husband's "Entertainment Weekly" not to be better informed about Pop culture, but for those moments when I recognize bits of popular culture.

I recognize "American Horror Story."  And, oh my goodness, yes, I'm so there!  New season premier airs tonight!

The majority of the rest of the mag's pages and pictures?  Eh, somebody cares.  I don't have to.___

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2014-10-09 09:18:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Time can stop now.

I want it always to be moments before actual dawn.  In early October.  Full moon.  Cool air. World quiet.  Everybody at peace.  Me walking through that world, quiet and at peace.

Going forward, knowing time will not stop, I will fry ham and eggs, toast bread, make coffee, and create an amazing breakfast even as I frown a bit at the dawn outside the window and imagine what might have been . . .

Time can stop now.

I want it always to be moments before actual dawn.  In early October.  Full moon.  Cool air. World quiet.  Everybody at peace.  Me walking through that world, quiet and at peace.

Going forward, knowing time will not stop, I will fry ham and eggs, toast bread, make coffee, and create an amazing breakfast even as I frown a bit at the dawn outside the window and imagine what might have been . . .___

2014-10-09 08:51:24 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Halloween

"[R]ecent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence."  

Those are the words of Jared Diamond, one of our time's greatest scholars, historians and thinkers. 

Were we a better, happier, more well-rounded and fulfilled species before we happened upon artificiality?  Are we now so domesticated that we are no longer even the right people to ask to judge our species, its progress, and its destiny?  In the echoing vastness of time and space, do we even matter within the narrow context of homo sapiens sapiens?  

Is it possible that the ancestors we can never know had lives andlife... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

"[R]ecent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence."  

Those are the words of Jared Diamond, one of our time's greatest scholars, historians and thinkers. 

Were we a better, happier, more well-rounded and fulfilled species before we happened upon artificiality?  Are we now so domesticated that we are no longer even the right people to ask to judge our species, its progress, and its destiny?  In the echoing vastness of time and space, do we even matter within the narrow context of homo sapiens sapiens?  

Is it possible that the ancestors we can never know had lives and life experiences better than our own, despite never being recorded, Tweeted, or curated?  Did we peak some time before the last 12,000 years, and our era is just the present ongoing scream of continuing alienation from self, community and everything? 

The knee-jerk impulse is to say, "No!"  We have digital, on-demand, medicines, incomes to pay for things made by others, complex political and corporate structures, domination of an entire world, and astonishing longevity! 

Still.

Happy much?  If so, ask yourself:  At whose expense?  If the question doesn't matter, and its answer matters even less, is that in itself the answer that defines you?

Happy Halloween.  ; )

Props to one of my favorite podcasts for reminding me and causing me to re-read one of my favorite Jared Diamond essays.  ___

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2014-10-09 02:20:40 (26 comments, 11 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

How to know you are a peanut butter person and a dog person:  You have a jar of peanut butter, plus three back-up jars of peanut butter, plus a jar of peanut butter marked "Dogs" in Sharpie, cuz there's nothing better than a big spoonful of peanut butter (if you're human) or a spoonful of peanut butter in a beef bone (if you're a dog).

If you need help understanding peanut butter bone, it's a big ol' teaspoon of peanut butter that you put in the hollow of a big ol' used up beef bone.  Give that to the dog.

In case you need help understanding peanut butter time, it's when you scoop up a big ol' tablespoon full peanut butter out of the jar and eat it on the futon while chuckling at "Parks and Recreation."

How to know you are a peanut butter person and a dog person:  You have a jar of peanut butter, plus three back-up jars of peanut butter, plus a jar of peanut butter marked "Dogs" in Sharpie, cuz there's nothing better than a big spoonful of peanut butter (if you're human) or a spoonful of peanut butter in a beef bone (if you're a dog).

If you need help understanding peanut butter bone, it's a big ol' teaspoon of peanut butter that you put in the hollow of a big ol' used up beef bone.  Give that to the dog.

In case you need help understanding peanut butter time, it's when you scoop up a big ol' tablespoon full peanut butter out of the jar and eat it on the futon while chuckling at "Parks and Recreation."___

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2014-10-09 00:43:24 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Now and then in the day I get anxious and feel like I should be remembering something that I'm forgetting.  Bills?  Taxes?  Truck oil change?

Then I remember.   "The Walking Dead" season six premier happens on Sunday!   Oh my gosh, I have so missed that twisted drama that features a wrecked world full of wrecked and struggling people.  It's like reliving an idealized childhood.

I just wish there was anybody else who loved the show, its characters, their story arcs, and the moral and philosophical questions posed in the characters and their story arcs.  (sigh)

Oh.  And, of course, Daryl Dixon.

Now and then in the day I get anxious and feel like I should be remembering something that I'm forgetting.  Bills?  Taxes?  Truck oil change?

Then I remember.   "The Walking Dead" season six premier happens on Sunday!   Oh my gosh, I have so missed that twisted drama that features a wrecked world full of wrecked and struggling people.  It's like reliving an idealized childhood.

I just wish there was anybody else who loved the show, its characters, their story arcs, and the moral and philosophical questions posed in the characters and their story arcs.  (sigh)

Oh.  And, of course, Daryl Dixon.___

2014-10-07 19:05:10 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

You know you're distracted when you have two cups of coffee on your desk. You know you're addicted when you drink both of them.

You know you're distracted when you have two cups of coffee on your desk. You know you're addicted when you drink both of them.___

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2014-10-07 01:12:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Fun!  "The Quest" grew on me over its run, and catching up on past episodes via on demand.  Reality TV is almost always about manipulative, venal people doing awful things to each other, and we applaud them for it.  On "The Quest" it's about discovering the hero inside you, mentally, physically and emotionally.  Good stuff.  Plus, it's just fun seeing a group of people who dreamed their whole lives of living the fantasy, and they get to do it!

#thequestarmy  
#projecthero  
#thequest  

Fun!  "The Quest" grew on me over its run, and catching up on past episodes via on demand.  Reality TV is almost always about manipulative, venal people doing awful things to each other, and we applaud them for it.  On "The Quest" it's about discovering the hero inside you, mentally, physically and emotionally.  Good stuff.  Plus, it's just fun seeing a group of people who dreamed their whole lives of living the fantasy, and they get to do it!

#thequestarmy  
#projecthero  
#thequest  ___

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2014-10-05 23:49:11 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

I never liked "The Waltons" while growing up.  Years later, I met and married a man who has fond childhood memories of the show.  I overlook that he puts it on the TV virtually every. single. night.

Husband:  "Oh!  This is the episode where Grandma comes home!"

Me:  Mm?  Oh.  Yes.  Ellen Corby was unique for television dramas.  Actual stroke, returned to the role.

Husband:  She didn't have a stroke!

Me:  She did.  (Mildly impatient)  Look, if this is going to be like giants and the Old Testament . . .

Husband:  She had a stroke?

Me:  Of course she did.  And the show brought Ellen Corby back to revive her character as she was.

Husband:  OK.  Yeah.  Well, later the second daughter takes her in.

Me:  You mean Aaron.  (Pause)  Oh my god, I don't like this show!  Whydo I know more than yo... more »

I never liked "The Waltons" while growing up.  Years later, I met and married a man who has fond childhood memories of the show.  I overlook that he puts it on the TV virtually every. single. night.

Husband:  "Oh!  This is the episode where Grandma comes home!"

Me:  Mm?  Oh.  Yes.  Ellen Corby was unique for television dramas.  Actual stroke, returned to the role.

Husband:  She didn't have a stroke!

Me:  She did.  (Mildly impatient)  Look, if this is going to be like giants and the Old Testament . . .

Husband:  She had a stroke?

Me:  Of course she did.  And the show brought Ellen Corby back to revive her character as she was.

Husband:  OK.  Yeah.  Well, later the second daughter takes her in.

Me:  You mean Aaron.  (Pause)  Oh my god, I don't like this show!  Why do I know more than you?!

(sigh)___

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2014-10-05 18:03:21 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

This plump matron has fled my machine from sunny front to shady back.

Run along, before I use you for magic, Mother Toad.

This plump matron has fled my machine from sunny front to shady back.

Run along, before I use you for magic, Mother Toad.___

2014-10-03 20:22:12 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

My favorite typo of the month, so far.

The letter was supposed to be addressed to the White Birch Center.

You can imagine the typo that's had me spontaneously chuckling all afternoon.

My favorite typo of the month, so far.

The letter was supposed to be addressed to the White Birch Center.

You can imagine the typo that's had me spontaneously chuckling all afternoon.___

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2014-10-01 23:28:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Fame is a killer.

Fame is a killer.___

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2014-09-30 21:01:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

For today I'll let it go
You've been good to me
Have I been good to you? 

For today I'll let it go
You've been good to me
Have I been good to you? ___

2014-09-30 20:51:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Sometimes you're a hero for seeing the path to another's devastation, deserved, and choosing not to be the cause of further suffering, just another asshole heaping misery and calling it justice.

A quiet hero, but a hero.

Sometimes you're a hero for seeing the path to another's devastation, deserved, and choosing not to be the cause of further suffering, just another asshole heaping misery and calling it justice.

A quiet hero, but a hero.___

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2014-09-27 17:10:42 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Have I mentioned lately that I hate iTunes?

I hate iTunes.

Apple, once this device craps out?  It's over between us.

Have I mentioned lately that I hate iTunes?

I hate iTunes.

Apple, once this device craps out?  It's over between us.___

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2014-09-26 16:12:35 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Glorious Spam!

Glorious Spam!___

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2014-09-24 14:55:55 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

I chose not to give hours to others today for pay so that I could work on things that matter.  To keep the husband from doing anything stupid.  I cannot guarantee success, but I can at least moderate his worst impulses and be here to say, "Yeah, that hurts, huh?" as I get him stabilized again.

It's a lovely Maine fall day.  The sun is bright, the air dry and cool.  I'm about to hang out laundry.  Meanwhile, the oven roasts a chicken.  I have onions caramelizing, and potatoes in the pot standing by to turn into mashed potatoes.  I'll make a gravy from the chicken, of course.  The one nod to body health will be the salad.  Finally, I have a lovely ciabatta bread that I'll slice up and toast with olive oil, garlic, herbs and Parmesan.

Enjoy your day, whatever the circumstances.  If you look, there's always a reason and the means to make it afeast.... more »

I chose not to give hours to others today for pay so that I could work on things that matter.  To keep the husband from doing anything stupid.  I cannot guarantee success, but I can at least moderate his worst impulses and be here to say, "Yeah, that hurts, huh?" as I get him stabilized again.

It's a lovely Maine fall day.  The sun is bright, the air dry and cool.  I'm about to hang out laundry.  Meanwhile, the oven roasts a chicken.  I have onions caramelizing, and potatoes in the pot standing by to turn into mashed potatoes.  I'll make a gravy from the chicken, of course.  The one nod to body health will be the salad.  Finally, I have a lovely ciabatta bread that I'll slice up and toast with olive oil, garlic, herbs and Parmesan.

Enjoy your day, whatever the circumstances.  If you look, there's always a reason and the means to make it a feast.___

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2014-09-23 19:15:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It feels so good when people get you.

Saw this and thought of +Alvin Stearns .  Just for the record, I haven't read any of these.___It feels so good when people get you.

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