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Ryan Van Sickle768,039ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027G+

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steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519871260CC G+
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919678367CC G+
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 14:37:331779413CC G+
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 20:16:01374827CC G+
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001CC G+
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101CC G+
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 05:16:124763112CC G+
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655CC G+
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 19:18:1119017315CC G+
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170CC G+
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632CC G+
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228CC G+
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102CC G+
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 05:03:174777219CC G+
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474CC G+
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 08:32:53437372952CC G+
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215CC G+
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 03:07:50428574471CC G+
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 21:17:48500211429CC G+
John Nuntiatio34,626#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-24 15:13:1547881716CC G+
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111CC G+
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 17:49:31465022CC G+
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 17:44:59465036CC G+
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566CC G+
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 07:28:42500857399CC G+
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406CC G+
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 21:17:4235003CC G+
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567CC G+
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 08:44:48414744491CC G+
Константин Вишневский43,146A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+2014-01-25 13:00:32447361256CC G+
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 04:34:452034019CC G+
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 21:28:514941275689CC G+
Asif Raza657Add people. You will be added back.Share circle to extend its reach. Have Fun. #circleshare   #circle   #sharing   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 03:07:37406415CC G+
John Nuntiatio24,007#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-10 10:43:08487322335CC G+
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 17:06:32187426CC G+
John Nuntiatio23,207#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-04 17:47:08487281337CC G+
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 16:06:42447372465CC G+
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 01:50:46425623986CC G+
Roleta Anedotas9,158Photographers, Artists & Lots of Interesting People CirclePlease share!Ask me to add yourself to this circle.Also, check out my awesome  #GooglePlus  *pages*:+Roleta das Anedotas <-- Viral Videos+Redhotmustang <-- Comics and Cartoons (which I draw myself)+Punch Notes <-- Daily "Post-it" Quotes#sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #bestcircles   #quotes   #cartoons   #comics   #viralvideo  2013-12-20 11:16:44476562951CC G+
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 23:16:4024705CC G+
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 06:13:214859164115CC G+
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 08:54:1049013523CC G+
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 13:34:46479392366CC G+
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 14:09:264538259112CC G+
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 00:28:09239509CC G+
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 02:19:11422613586CC G+
Jayant Khoshiya2,896THIS WILL BE A MONSTER SHARE! The First Snowballcircle. Time to rock the gplus community!Thx to my man +Mike Pachulski  and +Chris Cota  #Thesnowballcircle Keep this simple! 1. ADD the circle 2 Share the post 3. Plus the post. 4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? My #UDEMY course will be here  #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #Circle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing   #FollowBack   #TeamFollowBack   #HeroicHenry   #FollowTrain   #CircleTrainHave a nice day!! :-D+Jayant yadav +Jayant Yadav +Mohit Khoshiya +Mohit Khoshiya +Alem kim +Angela Ilie +Angel Zoya +Fixfol #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #shared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #add   #addmetoyourcircles   #addcircle   #sharing   #sharingiscaring   #sharingmeansthankyou   #justanaverageteenagerwhoexpresseshisopinionsovertheinternetcircle   #justanaverageteenagerwhoexpresseshisopinionsovertheinternet      2013-11-20 09:47:5146120923CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216CC G+
Dustin W. Stout26,662The Most Creative and Inspiring People on Google+As the first of my #circlesplosion  shares, this crowd-curated circle is comprised of those people who have been personally endorsed as some of the most creative and inspiring people on Google+.These folks are artists, designers, photographers, crafters, painters, musicians, videographers, marketers, and all around creators of things here on Google+.If you're a creator of things and want to connect with more people who create and inspire, add this circle.  Keep watch of the people in this stream and connect with the people you resonate with. About #circlesplosionAs I discussed in my introduction to #circlesplosion  (here - dustn.tv/circlesplosion/) managing and curating your circles will ultimately give you the greatest experience here on Google+. In an effort to connect people with passion, with other people with those same passions, I have resolved to share these crowd-curated circles with the world. I hope this group gives you as much value as it has me! Have a great monday everyone!  #creativity   #inspiration   #sharedcircles  2013-11-11 19:47:102367441113CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov20,493Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-11 08:08:57471411954CC G+

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2014-08-13 14:24:29 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)

Apple has gone mad.  For the last two years iTunes regularly dorks my Touch.  Lately it says I have about 5 GB of "other" on the player.  Not audio, not video, not apps.  "Other."  This morning when I plugged in the Touch iTunes recognized 25 GB of music and went off the charts and over my storage limit with "Other."

Today when I opened my iTunes it announced that an update is available.  I let it load, again hoping that this time Apple has figured out its longstanding issues and fixed them.  Update done, I rebooted upon request.  Now iTunes just crashes before even opening.

I'm reaching the end of the my interest in Apple and its products.

Most reshares: 3

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2014-08-28 13:47:27 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

I love Alanis Morissette's "Thank U" and its video, and . . .

Most plusones: 34

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2014-08-13 14:24:29 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)

Apple has gone mad.  For the last two years iTunes regularly dorks my Touch.  Lately it says I have about 5 GB of "other" on the player.  Not audio, not video, not apps.  "Other."  This morning when I plugged in the Touch iTunes recognized 25 GB of music and went off the charts and over my storage limit with "Other."

Today when I opened my iTunes it announced that an update is available.  I let it load, again hoping that this time Apple has figured out its longstanding issues and fixed them.  Update done, I rebooted upon request.  Now iTunes just crashes before even opening.

I'm reaching the end of the my interest in Apple and its products.

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2014-09-01 21:26:49 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Well, now that door needs to be painted too.

Well, now that door needs to be painted too.___

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2014-09-01 14:41:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

The evolution of god is the evolution of human consciousness and spirit.  

Most gods started as a particular god to a tribe or people.  "We are Tribe X, and we worship god Y."  That's not to say that other gods do not exist.  They're just not your particular god(s).  

In time, many people came to see other people's gods as analogs of their own.  "The god you call Y is the god we call X."  The fancy word for this is syncretism.  This does two things:  1) it doesn't invite religious wars; 2) it lets you feel superior because, obviously, your analog of the god is the superior analog, "But yours is fine too.  Over there.  Away from us."

Morality is an intrinsic feature of humanity, just like gods.  As morality evolves, god does too.  If your morality says that you must nurture and protect your tribe, but it'sperfectly ac... more »

The evolution of god is the evolution of human consciousness and spirit.  

Most gods started as a particular god to a tribe or people.  "We are Tribe X, and we worship god Y."  That's not to say that other gods do not exist.  They're just not your particular god(s).  

In time, many people came to see other people's gods as analogs of their own.  "The god you call Y is the god we call X."  The fancy word for this is syncretism.  This does two things:  1) it doesn't invite religious wars; 2) it lets you feel superior because, obviously, your analog of the god is the superior analog, "But yours is fine too.  Over there.  Away from us."

Morality is an intrinsic feature of humanity, just like gods.  As morality evolves, god does too.  If your morality says that you must nurture and protect your tribe, but it's perfectly acceptable and sometimes desirable to kill every man, woman and child not of your tribe, your god will reflect that morality.  In that time.  Until god evolves because the people's consciousness evolves.  Wait for it . . .

Want to destroy a people?  Kill their god.  Invade, kill anybody who resists, place the rest under your control, take their stuffs, and annihilate the temples and altars of the god of the beaten people.  Then gloat a bit.  "So, you thought god X was all that and honeycomb?  Now you see that god Y rules all, including you.  Now get back to work."

Sometimes you didn't even have to invade to achieve your purposes.  (Though, if you have the army and there's nothing else to do, why not?  God says it's fine.).  Sometimes you tapped your chin and thought, OK, I get it.  God X is my god Y, just in another aspect."  It's not that god X is like god Y, he is god Y.  Because there's one god, right?  Yours.  Therefore other people's gods are your god, just in different clothing.  So, when you invade, etc., do what you want with the people and stuffs, just be sure you respect the god--it's your god too, after all.

In time, great conquerors/leaders arose.  The world, which hadn't changed, felt smaller because more people got plugged into a larger system of politics, trade, history, culture and, yes, populations of gods.  Particularly intelligent rulers didn't mess with the gods of other people, except to honor them.  Locally, in their places and among that god's worshippers.  The leader would co-opt the god of the conquered, title himself something like "Blessed of God X."  Also "Blessed of God Y," and every other god in the divine and now imperial alphabet.

An aside:  Gods evolve in appearance, too.  The earliest gods might be shown to reflect what is considered most important, desirable, and sometimes sexy:  a well-fed goddess with big breasts and swelling fertile belly, perhaps.  Plenty to eat, the tribe will continue through its babies, and hubba hubba.  

Early on, a god might walk with you.  Hang out and talk.  Much like you, but much more powerful than you.  We like gods in our image because we want to feel that god makes us in his image.  A mutually validating narrative and iconography is nothing to sneeze at.

Anyway.  Sometimes a god is killed through invasion and temple destruction, but the god's worshipers can't let go.  Even dragged off into exile, away from their homeland and the places of worship, they can't let go of their god even though by every rule of the politics of humans and gods that god is defeated, destroyed and deserves to join so many of its fellows on the divine scrap heap.

So, sometimes a people change the rules, so they can keep their god.  Accomplishing this rules-defeating feat takes a particular evolution of consciousness, which bumps into morality, which, done well, changes the world.  Let's look in on that.

"God Y is our god," I hear you say, and watch you write the words.  Sure, that's said before by others.  Not earth shattering.  So, you tap your chin and chew your pointy stick a while.  "God Y is the only god," you mutter, bending to jot the text, "and there are no other gods except god Y."  Yeah.  OK.  We've done that before too.  God Y is the only god, and god X is god Y, just in another--  You interrupt, "God Y is the only god, and all other gods are demons."

Whoa.  Hold up there, poindexter.  Stop scribbling on that papyrus for a minute.  Look, I get it.  You're upset.  You got invaded and had the snot kicked out of you, your god's temple destroyed, and all the best families carted off to a distant and alien land.  That's no reason to--  "We are the chosen of God!" you interrupt.  "We are God's instrument, and through us and our covenant with the one and only God we will bring all the people of the world to understand the power and glory of God!"

Now, that's a tremendous evolution in human and god consciousness.  Well done.  But, will it succeed?  I mean, can people give up thousands of years of traditional consciousness and adopt that radical consciousness?  Why would they?  What's the carrot?

The carrot is the potential to broaden morality.  God is like the human brain in a way.  You have the oldest parts that manage essential and basic functions.  In time, god grows, becomes more specialized, possesses more nuances and embodies a complex system of laws and morality and ideas of justice that reflect either the situation on the ground, or--more often--the yearnings of a people whose consciousness has evolved to the point where they want a world that is more just, more moral, more fair.

Where the god goes, the people may follow.  At any rate, once the consciousness appears, gorgeous and glistening like Aphrodite rising out of the waters off Cyprus, it's harder to go back.  

It's also harder sometimes to understand the new more evolved god.  In the past people basically understood that god was about order versus chaos.  Sometimes people did tremendously horrible things to each other. Regrettable, but accepted as part of the landscape that included gods who are much like you and me, just as prone to passions and angers and jealousies and loves as us, but equipped to do a great more about them.

This newly evolved god?  If he's moral and just (which means we must be moral and just), how does he explain allowing all these terrible things that happen?  I mean, why would he allow all these terrible things to happen, to keep happening, outrage upon outrage?

We are in the world of this currently evolved god.  For better or worse.  God was never a static being.  He/she/it has been evolving with us, humanity.  He/she/it must keep evolving, because it's important for us that our consciousness keeps evolving.

So, if you're ever angry at god, or about god, or at the people who espouse god?  Stop a moment.  Any questions you would have for god, turn them around.

Ask yourself that question.  "How can you let---"  "Why do you allow---?"  

God depends on you.  We depend upon you.  You have every right to also depend upon us, even knowing that sometimes we will fail you.  But, god?  God is the best of us.  Our loves, hopes, ideals, yearnings.  His worst, if you identify such, is our worst.  

Keep evolving.  God is right there with you, always.

Enjoy this image with pithy text.  Not shown:  the zombie chasing the lass.

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2014-09-01 13:22:18 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Happy Halloween season!

It's September, a month that contains, among other things, my birthday, foggy mornings, cooling temperatures, changing leaves, the golds and russets of late blooming flowers in the fields and verges, ripened blackberries and grapes, pumpkins up the wazoo, and the stirring of spirits and a thinning of the veil that separates this world from others.  

Fun things to do in September:

--  Lay on your back in the grass on clear cool nights and gaze up at the black bowl of the sky.  Don't talk.  Don't let your mind chatter.  Just look into the vastness dotted with lights.  You'll become tempted to let yourself fall into it, but try to stay on the ground;

--  Watch a scary movie at night, preferably during a storm.  Enjoy the movie, but remember that the window is just to the side of you.  If you turn your gaze justa bit to... more »

Happy Halloween season!

It's September, a month that contains, among other things, my birthday, foggy mornings, cooling temperatures, changing leaves, the golds and russets of late blooming flowers in the fields and verges, ripened blackberries and grapes, pumpkins up the wazoo, and the stirring of spirits and a thinning of the veil that separates this world from others.  

Fun things to do in September:

--  Lay on your back in the grass on clear cool nights and gaze up at the black bowl of the sky.  Don't talk.  Don't let your mind chatter.  Just look into the vastness dotted with lights.  You'll become tempted to let yourself fall into it, but try to stay on the ground;

--  Watch a scary movie at night, preferably during a storm.  Enjoy the movie, but remember that the window is just to the side of you.  If you turn your gaze just a bit to the side, will you see nothing but night, or will you see the terrifying form and face of a demon zombie killer pressed to the glass?!

--  Cook and bake.  Feed yourself, your family, your neighbors, your coworkers.  Make jams and jellies.  Roast birds and pigs and vegetables.  Leave a bit of everything outside at dusk to feed the things in the night, lest they come inside while you sleep, because they're hungry.

--  Pick the corn, but peel and leave an ear on each stalk, the crow's bonus.  In spring you planted corn and strew extra corn seed on the rows for the crows and made the bargain.  They did their part and left your seedlings alone.  Don't forget their autumn bonus.  

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween.  

Here's the link to Maine's Common Ground Fair, an annual event which I am attending this year. ___

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2014-08-31 16:03:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Love is not caring about tennis, but putting on the US Open for the husband, who loves tennis and should be home any minute.

Then going outside to work.

Love is not caring about tennis, but putting on the US Open for the husband, who loves tennis and should be home any minute.

Then going outside to work.___

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2014-08-30 02:00:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

John Roberts, the voice of Linda Belcher and Bob's better half on FX's "Bob's Burgers."  I heard that he got the part after the show's creator saw his series of YouTube videos where he channels his own mother.  Here's a timely video called "Indian Summer."

John Roberts, the voice of Linda Belcher and Bob's better half on FX's "Bob's Burgers."  I heard that he got the part after the show's creator saw his series of YouTube videos where he channels his own mother.  Here's a timely video called "Indian Summer."___

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2014-08-29 13:46:20 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

If I was tasked with storing the most important artifacts of human history on planet Earth, this song and its video would be included.  The song has made me happy since I was a little boy.  I didn't see the video until I was in my early 20s.  Strangely, I saw it on a TV in Europe in the 1980s.  

The song was released in 1966 and rose to number 1.  Since then it has appeared and reappeared as an important piece of pop from Vietnam to Van Nuys.  One of the most covered number 1 pop songs, its been to Motown, given the metal treatment, and mangled by the Muppet's Swedish Chef.  It's been a recurring staple on TV and in movies.  In Walmart stores across the nation women think they look like the women in the video, and in drag bars across the nation dudes attempt the perfect tuck to pull off the short hemline to go with the boots.

Somebody the other day mistakenlythought... more »

If I was tasked with storing the most important artifacts of human history on planet Earth, this song and its video would be included.  The song has made me happy since I was a little boy.  I didn't see the video until I was in my early 20s.  Strangely, I saw it on a TV in Europe in the 1980s.  

The song was released in 1966 and rose to number 1.  Since then it has appeared and reappeared as an important piece of pop from Vietnam to Van Nuys.  One of the most covered number 1 pop songs, its been to Motown, given the metal treatment, and mangled by the Muppet's Swedish Chef.  It's been a recurring staple on TV and in movies.  In Walmart stores across the nation women think they look like the women in the video, and in drag bars across the nation dudes attempt the perfect tuck to pull off the short hemline to go with the boots.

Somebody the other day mistakenly thought that Billy Ray Cyrus originated the song.  This posting is to redress the misconception and restore a little bit of human pop history balance.

Also.  Eye candy.

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2014-08-29 12:46:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

Today's post-sleep ear worm.  "Sugar Sugar" was released in 1969, the work of studio musicians and singers, and attributed to the fictional band The Archies on the USA cartoon series The Archie Show.  It rose to number one in the US and UK and was the most popular single of that year.  When people think bubblegum pop this song is at the top of almost everybody's list.

As for sugar, the planet's life runs on it.  Plants produce sugar to greater or lesser degree through photosynthesis.  Sugar cane and sugar beets are just particularly extraordinary sugar producers.  Bees make honey, a sugar, as a food source.  Animal bodies convert carbohydrates and starches into glucose, a kind of sugar that fuels cells.  You don't need added sugars (sucrose, fructose, HFCS, etc.)  for your body to do its job and keep you running.  Artificial sweeteners do nothing foryour body... more »

Today's post-sleep ear worm.  "Sugar Sugar" was released in 1969, the work of studio musicians and singers, and attributed to the fictional band The Archies on the USA cartoon series The Archie Show.  It rose to number one in the US and UK and was the most popular single of that year.  When people think bubblegum pop this song is at the top of almost everybody's list.

As for sugar, the planet's life runs on it.  Plants produce sugar to greater or lesser degree through photosynthesis.  Sugar cane and sugar beets are just particularly extraordinary sugar producers.  Bees make honey, a sugar, as a food source.  Animal bodies convert carbohydrates and starches into glucose, a kind of sugar that fuels cells.  You don't need added sugars (sucrose, fructose, HFCS, etc.)  for your body to do its job and keep you running.  Artificial sweeteners do nothing for your body except deliver a sweet taste.  All the glucose you need arrives or is produced from food and drinks in a well-balanced diet.

The human brain in particular is a glucose hog.  If glucose levels in the blood stream drop, usually because somebody simply hasn't eaten, a person can become irritable, confused, and eventually appear as though intoxicated until the body gets more sugar.  

Diabetes is a failure of the body's ability to deliver glucose to cells.  Most of us produce the hormone insulin.  Think of human cells as boxes with a lock on them.  Insulin is the key that opens the lock so that glucose can get inside.  People with diabetes either produce no insulin or have developed a reduced capacity in the insulin/cell/glucose process.  With medicine, sound lifestyle choices, self-education and self-advocacy, most people with diabetes can manage their body's failure.

Sugar production, trade and use in our foods is a multi-billion dollar business for one simple reason:  evolution designed us to seek and feel good through the taste of sugar.  Sugar runs the body, after all, so most of of us come with our own internal Homer Simpson moaning "Sugar, yum!" when offered the chance to indulge in the sweet stuff.  

Unlike in the past, sugar is super abundant and most people can find some of it without going far.  As a result many people's sugar-satiation level--a person's cut off point between sweet-enough and too-sweet--is extremely high.  That satiation point can be lowered by gradually reducing the amount of sugary stuff.  It's not self-denial, it's simply a re calibration of the taste buds so that less sugar feels like enough sugar.

Sugar has been an important engine in human history.  Had sugar cane, sugar beets and dates never existed, we would live in a very different human world.  For a great read on this topic, pick up a copy of "Sugar: A Bittersweet History" by Elizabeth Abbott.

Stay sweet.

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2014-08-28 20:56:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Oh, I want to see this for real!

Via +Dat Moose

This.
The redefinition of #awkwardmoment .

#gif   #funnygif   #magic   #allergies  ___Oh, I want to see this for real!

Via +Dat Moose

2014-08-28 17:31:38 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Tell me something good.

Tell me something good.___

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2014-08-28 14:29:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Speaking of Alanis.  1991, when she was a teenager and channeling Tiffany.

Four years later she released "Jagged Little Pill."

Speaking of Alanis.  1991, when she was a teenager and channeling Tiffany.

Four years later she released "Jagged Little Pill."___

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2014-08-28 13:47:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

. . . I love French & Saunder's parody of Alanis Morissettes's "Thank U" and its video.

. . . I love French & Saunder's parody of Alanis Morissettes's "Thank U" and its video.___

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2014-08-28 13:47:27 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

I love Alanis Morissette's "Thank U" and its video, and . . .

I love Alanis Morissette's "Thank U" and its video, and . . .___

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2014-08-28 13:38:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Royal Blood's "Figure It Out' free this week on iTunes.  Great band, great song, if you like Rock that keeps one foot in the garage.  Which I do.  Here's a taste.  If you like it, go get it.

It goes without saying:  don't date girls like the one in the video.

Royal Blood's "Figure It Out' free this week on iTunes.  Great band, great song, if you like Rock that keeps one foot in the garage.  Which I do.  Here's a taste.  If you like it, go get it.

It goes without saying:  don't date girls like the one in the video.___

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2014-08-28 13:30:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Metal music fans, Google Play's Music store has 14 tracks by various bands free in August.  

Katy Perry's "PRISM" is also free at the moment, but that's another pop music audience.

Metal music fans, Google Play's Music store has 14 tracks by various bands free in August.  

Katy Perry's "PRISM" is also free at the moment, but that's another pop music audience.___

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2014-08-28 01:10:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

I've fallen in love with the show "Granite Flats."  It's a BYUtv original series.  As in Brigham Young University Television.  The Mormons have their own cable channel.  (Don't be jealous, Southern Baptists, you still have 57 other cable channels dedicated to Evangelical Christianity.)

The show is not about Mormons or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It's set in the early 60s in a small Colorado town.  The town has an army installation with its own hospital, a stalwart chief of police, a dedicated pastor, pretty and professional nurses, smart kids who act like kids, and . . . murder! espionage! commies!  G-men!  CIA mind control experiments!  spy satellites!

It's all going in Granite Flats.  Very much an ensemble cast, but at the show's heart are three bright kids who take it upon themselves to investigate thetown'... more »

I've fallen in love with the show "Granite Flats."  It's a BYUtv original series.  As in Brigham Young University Television.  The Mormons have their own cable channel.  (Don't be jealous, Southern Baptists, you still have 57 other cable channels dedicated to Evangelical Christianity.)

The show is not about Mormons or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It's set in the early 60s in a small Colorado town.  The town has an army installation with its own hospital, a stalwart chief of police, a dedicated pastor, pretty and professional nurses, smart kids who act like kids, and . . . murder! espionage! commies!  G-men!  CIA mind control experiments!  spy satellites!

It's all going in Granite Flats.  Very much an ensemble cast, but at the show's heart are three bright kids who take it upon themselves to investigate the town's strange goings-on.

I found the show by chance, flipping through my newly set up satellite channels.  I paused on one channel and thought, hey, that's the guy from "An American Werewolf in London."  Sure enough, David Naughton is in the cast.  He got me to watch.  The stories and characters kept me coming back. Season 2 introduces Christopher Lloyd (quirky English teacher with a passion for Shakespeare) and Cary Elwes (diabolical and amoral CIA agent).

There's no profanity, minimal violence, and no tricky sexual situations or nudity.  Just characters and stories.  You could watch this with grandma to your left and a ten-year-old to your right.  It's what The Disney Channel could be doing if it could taper off the tween comedies and princesses.

Here's a season 1 recap.  The show just completed season 2.  Season 3 starts next spring.___

2014-08-27 20:38:27 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

Do you know what I like about you? You contribute positive things in my day. You express your passions. You create wonderful comedy and tragedy out of your passion. Your authenticity shines through. Your light makes the comedy wonderful, and the tragedy is always shared, never inflicted.

Sure, you have a bad day sometimes, we all do. The difference between you and some people? You don't define yourself by the bad days. You get through it and get back to the business of owning your life, your experiences and your creations. In this way, you shorten my bad days and remind all of us to have faith.

I like that about you.

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Do you know what I like about you? You contribute positive things in my day. You express your passions. You create wonderful comedy and tragedy out of your passion. Your authenticity shines through. Your light makes the comedy wonderful, and the tragedy is always shared, never inflicted.

Sure, you have a bad day sometimes, we all do. The difference between you and some people? You don't define yourself by the bad days. You get through it and get back to the business of owning your life, your experiences and your creations. In this way, you shorten my bad days and remind all of us to have faith.

I like that about you.

//___

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2014-08-27 13:38:32 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)

The things I find when I clean my truck . . .

I made this wand over a year ago. Lost track of it, forgot about it. Found it under the passenger seat of my truck.

I'd wondered why oddly random things sometimes happened when I hit big bumps. I didn't need a mechanic. I need to be tidier.

The things I find when I clean my truck . . .

I made this wand over a year ago. Lost track of it, forgot about it. Found it under the passenger seat of my truck.

I'd wondered why oddly random things sometimes happened when I hit big bumps. I didn't need a mechanic. I need to be tidier.___

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2014-08-27 12:44:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Exegesis  

Fun word.  A noun.  As with many words, exegesis arrived in the English lexicon from olde timey Greek and means "to lead out," as in leading out the truth to be found in written words.

It means a critical interpretation and explanation of text.  The word is often used to refer to explanations of religious texts, what the text is saying, what it means, the author's intentions, and how all of that applies to human life.  It can be an every day word too.  "While I appreciate your sophisticated exegesis on the guy's Plus posting with "I can haz cheezburger" image, maybe you should consider a better hobby."

Exegesis  

Fun word.  A noun.  As with many words, exegesis arrived in the English lexicon from olde timey Greek and means "to lead out," as in leading out the truth to be found in written words.

It means a critical interpretation and explanation of text.  The word is often used to refer to explanations of religious texts, what the text is saying, what it means, the author's intentions, and how all of that applies to human life.  It can be an every day word too.  "While I appreciate your sophisticated exegesis on the guy's Plus posting with "I can haz cheezburger" image, maybe you should consider a better hobby."___

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2014-08-27 02:38:42 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

The living daylights.

Such an odd English idiom.  I've heard it all my life, as in, "It scared the living daylights out of me," or, "I'll beat the living daylights out of you."

So, I checked it out.  It's first recorded use was in the 18th century and "living daylights" referred to one's eyes and sense of sight.  Becoming insensible to vision was to lose one's living daylights.

Later the idiom came to refer to all of one's senses.  To lose one's living daylights is to become insensible through extreme fear or pain.

"The Living Daylights" is also the title of one of the lesser James Bond movies.  Here's Norwegian 80s pop group A-Ha performing its title song.  It's not very good, I'm afraid.

The living daylights.

Such an odd English idiom.  I've heard it all my life, as in, "It scared the living daylights out of me," or, "I'll beat the living daylights out of you."

So, I checked it out.  It's first recorded use was in the 18th century and "living daylights" referred to one's eyes and sense of sight.  Becoming insensible to vision was to lose one's living daylights.

Later the idiom came to refer to all of one's senses.  To lose one's living daylights is to become insensible through extreme fear or pain.

"The Living Daylights" is also the title of one of the lesser James Bond movies.  Here's Norwegian 80s pop group A-Ha performing its title song.  It's not very good, I'm afraid.___

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2014-08-27 02:24:09 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)

The five seconds beginning at 1 minute, 50 seconds.

I'll dream that tonight.  It will not be pleasant.

The five seconds beginning at 1 minute, 50 seconds.

I'll dream that tonight.  It will not be pleasant.___

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2014-08-26 19:53:00 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

Auto Awesome thinks my bored photo-taking warrants a polish. Snapped this in the morning after dropping off my truck with my mechanic and while waiting for my ride to work.

My mechanic is excellent. Took my 1990 truck to him for years. Traded that in 19 years in. Now five years after that, warranty expired, this truck also is in the hands of the best mechanic in the county.

If I keep this truck as long as the last, both my mechanic and I will be drawing Social Security by the time I trade in.

Auto Awesome thinks my bored photo-taking warrants a polish. Snapped this in the morning after dropping off my truck with my mechanic and while waiting for my ride to work.

My mechanic is excellent. Took my 1990 truck to him for years. Traded that in 19 years in. Now five years after that, warranty expired, this truck also is in the hands of the best mechanic in the county.

If I keep this truck as long as the last, both my mechanic and I will be drawing Social Security by the time I trade in.___

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2014-08-26 11:07:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Today's post-sleep ear worm.  I remember hearing this on FM radio (WHEB, Portsmouth NH) when it was a hit in 1976.  Casey Kasem clued me then that the song originally referenced 1933 and the end of prohibition.  Then it was changed to 1953.  But, that was thought too remote a time for Top 40 listeners, so it was finally changed to 1963, about an old romance.  Frankie Valli, the usual lead singer for The Four Seasons, takes a supporting vocal role on the song with Gary Polci, drummer, providing lead vocals.

Uptempo with a blend of early 70s wocka-wocka guitar, late 70s disco keyboard and horn, and a great piano riff.

"December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)"
performed by The Four Seasons (1975)

Oh, what a night, late December back in '63
What a very special time for me
As I remember what a night.
Oh what a night,
You know Ididn... more »

Today's post-sleep ear worm.  I remember hearing this on FM radio (WHEB, Portsmouth NH) when it was a hit in 1976.  Casey Kasem clued me then that the song originally referenced 1933 and the end of prohibition.  Then it was changed to 1953.  But, that was thought too remote a time for Top 40 listeners, so it was finally changed to 1963, about an old romance.  Frankie Valli, the usual lead singer for The Four Seasons, takes a supporting vocal role on the song with Gary Polci, drummer, providing lead vocals.

Uptempo with a blend of early 70s wocka-wocka guitar, late 70s disco keyboard and horn, and a great piano riff.

"December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)"
performed by The Four Seasons (1975)

Oh, what a night, late December back in '63
What a very special time for me
As I remember what a night.
Oh what a night,
You know I didn't even know her name
But I was never gonna be the same
What a lady, what a night.
Oh, I got a funny feeling when she walked in the room
And I, as I recall it ended much too soon
Oh what a night,
Hypnotizing, mesmerizing me
She was everything I dreamed she'd be
Sweet surrender, what a night.
I felt a rush like a rolling ball of thunder
Spinning my head around and taking my body under
(Oh what a night)
Oh, I got a funny feeling when she walked in the room
And I, as I recall it ended much too soon
Oh what a night! Doo dit doo dit dit doo dit doo dit dit
Oh what a night! Doo dit doo dit dit doo dit doo dit dit
Oh what a night! Doo dit doo dit dit doo dit doo dit dit
Oh what a night! Doo dit doo dit dit doo dit doo dit dit
Oh what a night,
Why'd it take so long to see the light?
Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right
What a lady, what a night.
I felt a rush like a rolling ball of thunder
Spinning my head around and taking my body under
(Oh what a night)
I felt a rush like a rolling ball of thunder
Spinning my head around and taking my body under
Oh what a night! Doo dit doo dit dit doo dit doo dit dit
Etc.

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2014-08-26 10:49:54 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

It's like having art delivered to your home.

LIVE SHOW - THIS WEEK!
Hello, my Plus Loves!  I'll be playing some songs over on Concert Window this Wednesday!  Just click the link and pay what you want to join and listen - http://www.concertwindow.com/artists/9175-heather-fay 
Hope to see you there!
XOXO___It's like having art delivered to your home.

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2014-08-26 02:57:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Doesn't that look delicious?  When I was a little boy each kid had his and her individual birthday cake.  My brother:  chocolate cake, chocolate frosting.  My older sister:  Yellow cake with chocolate or vanilla frosting (the lack of frosting discipline I found maddening).  My baby sister:  Yellow cake baked in a Winnie the Pooh pan and decorated with colored frosting.  

Mine:  White cake with white frosting.  I mean white cake, no leaving in the yolks; that's yellow cake and it's wrong.    Everybody agrees I have the most boring birthday cake.  I don't give a tiny rat's hinder.  It's my birthday, so I get my cake.  

However, this year, maybe I'll mix it up a bit.  This cake could tempt me to do so.

Yes, I also make my own birthday cake.  Other people, no matter how well intended, just get it wrong.  (Did I mention I'malso a Virgo?)... more »

Doesn't that look delicious?  When I was a little boy each kid had his and her individual birthday cake.  My brother:  chocolate cake, chocolate frosting.  My older sister:  Yellow cake with chocolate or vanilla frosting (the lack of frosting discipline I found maddening).  My baby sister:  Yellow cake baked in a Winnie the Pooh pan and decorated with colored frosting.  

Mine:  White cake with white frosting.  I mean white cake, no leaving in the yolks; that's yellow cake and it's wrong.    Everybody agrees I have the most boring birthday cake.  I don't give a tiny rat's hinder.  It's my birthday, so I get my cake.  

However, this year, maybe I'll mix it up a bit.  This cake could tempt me to do so.

Yes, I also make my own birthday cake.  Other people, no matter how well intended, just get it wrong.  (Did I mention I'm also a Virgo?)___

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2014-08-23 23:44:45 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

Beware. Angels.

Beware. Angels.___

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2014-08-22 04:33:50 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)

There's no drama like MMO game drama.  I got to use the phrase, "Because you're a puffed up dope with a little talent at one important thing, and you believe that makes you a leader."

A long pause, and then he came back to say that I'd hurt his feelings.  

Ouch.

I was the MMO game drama.  

I apologized, gave him some supplies he needed, and he's teaching me how to be better at that one important thing he knows how to do in the game.

They are just games, after all, and people arrive at all times with a capacity for feelings.

There's no drama like MMO game drama.  I got to use the phrase, "Because you're a puffed up dope with a little talent at one important thing, and you believe that makes you a leader."

A long pause, and then he came back to say that I'd hurt his feelings.  

Ouch.

I was the MMO game drama.  

I apologized, gave him some supplies he needed, and he's teaching me how to be better at that one important thing he knows how to do in the game.

They are just games, after all, and people arrive at all times with a capacity for feelings.___

2014-08-21 20:15:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Point of diminishing returns. It means don't make human animals sit through two hours of mind-bendingly dull information. Technically, the information will have been presented. Practically, nobody takes away much that will prove useful.

I look at large groups of human animals like they're a single bright two-year-old: keep it focused and brief, with frequent diversions, allow for displays of childish ego, but never cede grown up control over the situation.

Point of diminishing returns. It means don't make human animals sit through two hours of mind-bendingly dull information. Technically, the information will have been presented. Practically, nobody takes away much that will prove useful.

I look at large groups of human animals like they're a single bright two-year-old: keep it focused and brief, with frequent diversions, allow for displays of childish ego, but never cede grown up control over the situation.___

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2014-08-21 14:40:55 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

I'm a tiger. Rawr.

___I'm a tiger. Rawr.

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2014-08-21 14:39:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Facebookers, shoot some Likes the lady's way.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO "LIKE" ME?
Hello, my Plus Loves!  We all know G+ is the place to be...the place filled with engagement and conversation and friendships and love!  In a perfect world, we wouldn't need Facebook! Unfortunately, in the world of music, indie musician, like myself, need to have a Facebook page.  Most venue bookers request a Facebook page link so they can see how many "likes" an artist has.  I've tried to get them over to G+ (and will continue to try!) but for now, I need to use my FB Music Page when booking shows.  More "likes" on my FB page means more likelihood of booking shows and being able to come to your towns to play for you! So, that being said,  would you mind helping me have a greater chance of coming to play for you?  All you have to do is head over to my Heather Fay- Music Facebook page and give me a "like"?  I'd really appreciate the help!! 

THANK YOU!!  LOVE YOU ALL!!
XOXO

https://www.facebook.com/HeatherFayMusic?ref=hl___Facebookers, shoot some Likes the lady's way.

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2014-08-21 13:33:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

YouTube banned the 16 second promo of this video in 2012 for not being "family safe."  You won't see any naughty bits in the video or even kissing.  You will see two males mostly standing together.

The artist is Mike Hadreas, who records under the moniker Perfume Genius.  His costar in the video is Arpad Miklos, born Péter Kozma in Hungary, an adult movie actor who regrettably committed suicide in 2013.

The song is called "Hood," from Hadreas's 2012 album Put Your Back N 2 It.  It's about how if somebody knew everything about you, they'd leave you.  In the video Hadreas does not face or fully acknowledge Miklos until the make up is on, the illusion in place, his true face obscured.

It's an interesting and subtle message, delivered without poor taste or pornography.  You can now find the full video on YouTube.  What youcannot ... more »

YouTube banned the 16 second promo of this video in 2012 for not being "family safe."  You won't see any naughty bits in the video or even kissing.  You will see two males mostly standing together.

The artist is Mike Hadreas, who records under the moniker Perfume Genius.  His costar in the video is Arpad Miklos, born Péter Kozma in Hungary, an adult movie actor who regrettably committed suicide in 2013.

The song is called "Hood," from Hadreas's 2012 album Put Your Back N 2 It.  It's about how if somebody knew everything about you, they'd leave you.  In the video Hadreas does not face or fully acknowledge Miklos until the make up is on, the illusion in place, his true face obscured.

It's an interesting and subtle message, delivered without poor taste or pornography.  You can now find the full video on YouTube.  What you cannot find are reports of families feeling unsafe because of it.

If you like the music, Perfume Genius has dropped two albums, and a third, Too Bright, will be released next month.

"Hood"
by Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It (2012)

You would never call me baby
If you knew me truly
Oh, but I waited so long for your love
I am scared baby that I can't keep it up for long

Oh, I wish I grew up the second I first held you in my arms
Underneath this hood you kiss, I tick like a bomb

You would never call me baby
If you knew me truly
Oh, but I waited so long for your love
I will fight baby not to do wrong

//___

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2014-08-21 00:19:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Casey Wilson.  One of the finest comedic actresses going right now.  She was part of the great ensemble cast on the stupidly-canceled "Happy Endings."  As I predicted then, she's doing well because she's talented, beautiful, funny and smart.

In this November 2013 interview with Craig Ferguson on his show, Ferguson verges into creepy territory with his come-ons.  I love her response to him at 3 minutes 57 seconds, complete with winning smile and finger point.

By the way, if you're checking out news on Casey Wilson, try not to mess up and type "Casey Williams."  I mean, unless you are looking for a Colt Studios gay porn star.

Casey Wilson.  One of the finest comedic actresses going right now.  She was part of the great ensemble cast on the stupidly-canceled "Happy Endings."  As I predicted then, she's doing well because she's talented, beautiful, funny and smart.

In this November 2013 interview with Craig Ferguson on his show, Ferguson verges into creepy territory with his come-ons.  I love her response to him at 3 minutes 57 seconds, complete with winning smile and finger point.

By the way, if you're checking out news on Casey Wilson, try not to mess up and type "Casey Williams."  I mean, unless you are looking for a Colt Studios gay porn star.___

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2014-08-20 14:15:30 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

When I was a little boy I asked my mother if she was sure that I belonged with them.  She did not appreciate the question, though it was sincere and sincerely asked.  

I seldom felt part of those people.  I can't say that I ever learned to like any of them, though I did love them.  I never saw the point, beyond eating versus starving.  My parents were broken people, so I did not learn what parents are for, or any good reason why parents produce children.  

I was taught that god is harsh and pissed off at me most of the time, so I learned fear, not wonder.  My relationship to the divine, my place in the world, the prospect of eternity:  it all seemed so pointless and depressing to my child's mind.

I have since learned that people create gods in their own image, their experience of life.  Mostly, god validates.  Things like salvation and lifeeverlasti... more »

When I was a little boy I asked my mother if she was sure that I belonged with them.  She did not appreciate the question, though it was sincere and sincerely asked.  

I seldom felt part of those people.  I can't say that I ever learned to like any of them, though I did love them.  I never saw the point, beyond eating versus starving.  My parents were broken people, so I did not learn what parents are for, or any good reason why parents produce children.  

I was taught that god is harsh and pissed off at me most of the time, so I learned fear, not wonder.  My relationship to the divine, my place in the world, the prospect of eternity:  it all seemed so pointless and depressing to my child's mind.

I have since learned that people create gods in their own image, their experience of life.  Mostly, god validates.  Things like salvation and life everlasting are incidental.  Want better gods in a generation?  Smile more and help children feel safe, not afraid.

When I was in kindergarten, each morning I was made to stand on a blue circle outlined in white with a white number 4 stenciled in the center.  The other children had their numbers to stand on.  The morning ritual confused me.  Why 4?  Why not 6 or 2?  I had yet to learn about randomness or to grasp humanity's pathological need for order amid randomness.  I just knew I grew to resent being 4.  I had not chosen it.  Maybe I would have, but I was never asked.  

In my resentment I started to move one foot out of the blue circle.  A large harsh-voiced woman whose sole reason for being seemed to be to organize the ranks of children would yell at me to get my foot back into my circle.  I would, because she was scary, and when she'd turn her back I'd slip a foot back out of the circle, onto chosen land.  A childish protest.

Many other things happened.  I suspect I may have been made insane as a child.  But, if so, I think insanity is so common that it's normal.  We wear the outer garments of sanity, of fitting in.  Inside?  Hmmm.

Now, grown up, flawed and failed and insane in so many ways, I try to be clear with people, unashamedly honest about me in relation to others, to things that others find important:

--  I am awkward.  

--  I am confident and comfortable one-on-one as long as the other is not hostile toward me.  

--  I'm easily bored by pretense and circumstances where mere things or titles are supposed to make people more or less important.  

--  I'm drawn to the genuine, even if it means entering dark and painful places.  

--  I loathe being in groups where the only comfort on offer is just membership in the group.  

--  I will be silent unless I have a reason to speak.  If I have something to say I can talk at length.

--  Common courtesies matter to me, but chatter is painful to me.  That story where you forgot half the names and lost any semblance of a point?  We're both that amount of time closer to death. 

-- I don't wear badges to show where I've been, and any titles I carry are meant to clarify, not to subordinate me or to elevate me in relationship to others.

--  I can easily care about you.  But, I cannot save you.  However, caring about you, I will do whatever is reasonable and healthy to help you save yourself.  

--  I may grow to love somebody.  Love is wonderful, but it creates more responsibilities, it does not excuse abdication of responsibilities.  Love is wonderful and exhausting.

--  Appeals to fear of gods or eternities of suffering will amuse me, but not sway me.  However, don't let that stop you trying.  The fears you try to instill in me speak volumes about you, and I will listen.  Because I like to know who you really are under all that illusion.

--  If I don't want to be in your company or your group, don't worry.  I'll affect your belief that you chose to exclude me.  Everybody gets what they want and there's no resentment.

It's not much, I know, but it's sincere.

Here's the band Concrete Blonde performing "Days and Days" from their 1990 album Bloodletting.  Concrete Blonde combines a rock sound with introspective lyrics.  I like that.  You're invited to believe one thing in hearing, and to find something else in listening.  

The dirty leaves are sailing 
On a hot wind ocean
And the summer comes and the summer goes 
And always has and will
And something, somewhere that you said 
Goes ricochet all through my head
And flashing like a neon sign, the time stood still

Hours of forever
Running all together
Like the crossroads of a minute
And you and me were in it
And I never saw it coming
Never saw it fade away
Today, today, today
Days and days
Days and days
Days and days
Days and days

And still the whining of the wheels
Is closest to the way I feel 
And winter comes and winter goes
And always has and will
Another hour, another day
Another year you pissed away
Remember walking in the rain
I'm walking there still

That’s hours of forever
Running all together
Like the crossroads of a minute
And you and me were in it
And I never saw it coming
Never saw it fade away
Today, today, today
Days and days
Days and days
Days and days
Days and days

Like every heart to beat before
And every wave to kiss a shore
I'm not the first, I'm not the last
And soon to be your past
But every morning 
When the light comes
Creeping in around my eyes
Another future falls behind
The one I had in mind

It’s hours of forever
Running all together
Like the crossroads of a minute
And you and me were in it
And I never saw it coming
Never saw it fade away
Today, today, today
Days and days
Days and days
Days and days
Days and days

Days and days and days and days and days and days and days and days

//___

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2014-08-20 11:41:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

This morning's post-sleep ear worm.  You're welcome!

"Music! Music! Music!"
performed by Teresa Brewer with the Dixieland All-Stars (1950)

Song trivia:  The song refers to a nickelodeon as a type of jukebox.  However, the only use of the word before this song was as the name of a chain of silent-era movie theaters (nickel=cost of viewing; odeon=Greek/Latin for a venue for music or poetry events).  The song seems to have popularized the term nickelodeon to refer any automatic song player.

Why this should be my morning ear worm?  My unconscious slipped me a curve ball, I have no idea.

Put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is having you
And music, music, music

I'd do anything for you
Anything you'd want me to
All I want is kissin' you
And music, music, music
Cl... more »

This morning's post-sleep ear worm.  You're welcome!

"Music! Music! Music!"
performed by Teresa Brewer with the Dixieland All-Stars (1950)

Song trivia:  The song refers to a nickelodeon as a type of jukebox.  However, the only use of the word before this song was as the name of a chain of silent-era movie theaters (nickel=cost of viewing; odeon=Greek/Latin for a venue for music or poetry events).  The song seems to have popularized the term nickelodeon to refer any automatic song player.

Why this should be my morning ear worm?  My unconscious slipped me a curve ball, I have no idea.

Put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is having you
And music, music, music

I'd do anything for you
Anything you'd want me to
All I want is kissin' you
And music, music, music

Closer, my dear, come closer
The nicest part of any melody
Is when you're dancing close to me

So, put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is lovin' you
And music, music, music

[Instrumental Interlude]

Put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is having you
And music, music, music

I'd do anything for you
Anything you'd want me to
All I want is kissin' you
And music, music, music

Closer, my dear, come closer
The nicest part of any melody
Is when you're dancing close to me

So, put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is lovin' you
And music, music, music

"C'mon, everybody
Put some nickels in
And keep that old Nickelodeon playing"
Music, Music, Music

Dum-dee, dum-dee, dah-dee-dum
Dum-dee, dum-dee, dah-dee-dum
Dum-dee, dum-dee, dah-dee-dum
And music, music, music

Dum-dee, dum-dee, dah-dee-dum
Dum-dee, dum-dee, dah-dee-dum
Dum-dee, dum-dee, dah-dee-dum
And music, music, music

//___

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2014-08-19 11:38:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

It looks like Disney's defunct Pirates of the Caribbean Online (which shuttered exactly eleven months ago) might be getting revived.  Not by Disney this time, but with the Big Mouse's blessing as long as the game runners keep it not-for-profit.  

The game, at least for now, is titled "Pirates Online Rewritten."  Yes, let's hope somebody chooses a better name, soon.

From the game's forum:
Q: What is a realistic time frame for full release?
A: We don't want to give a specific date, as we really don't have one. To this point, with the way things are going, we would suggest anywhere from December of 2014, to February 2015. 

I've also read that the game will have a more adult-friendly user experience.  I'm interpreting that to mean that the new game runners will eliminate Disney's ban on the use of numbers inchat... more »

It looks like Disney's defunct Pirates of the Caribbean Online (which shuttered exactly eleven months ago) might be getting revived.  Not by Disney this time, but with the Big Mouse's blessing as long as the game runners keep it not-for-profit.  

The game, at least for now, is titled "Pirates Online Rewritten."  Yes, let's hope somebody chooses a better name, soon.

From the game's forum:
Q: What is a realistic time frame for full release?
A: We don't want to give a specific date, as we really don't have one. To this point, with the way things are going, we would suggest anywhere from December of 2014, to February 2015. 

I've also read that the game will have a more adult-friendly user experience.  I'm interpreting that to mean that the new game runners will eliminate Disney's ban on the use of numbers in chat and censoring of many words.  Which I never minded, Disney was just doing its best to protect child gamers.

All you retired POTCO buccaneers, keep your chin up, your sword sharp, and your fingers crossed.  And, if you fee like it, head over to the new home page (which looks like the old home page, but with code parts and pieces all over the place) and register your name.  If it gets approved I'll get "Sam," the original first name of my former pirate character.  Gotta love getting in early and having the name you want.

Can you tell I'm excited at the idea that POTCO might be revived?

#piratesofthecaribbeanonline   #piratesonlinerewritten   #potco   #onlinegaming  ___

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2014-08-19 00:55:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

54 days and 23 hours . . .

54 days and 23 hours . . .___

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2014-08-18 22:49:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Who's prepping the Maine Republican Party volunteers?

Just hung up on an automated survey call.  Voice of a young woman, saying, "Hello.  I'm Amanda, and I'm calling on behalf of the Maine Gop."  Not Gee Oh Pee.   The gop, like glop, but without the L.

The Maine GOP is in good company, though.  I now give you a magician name Gob.

Who's prepping the Maine Republican Party volunteers?

Just hung up on an automated survey call.  Voice of a young woman, saying, "Hello.  I'm Amanda, and I'm calling on behalf of the Maine Gop."  Not Gee Oh Pee.   The gop, like glop, but without the L.

The Maine GOP is in good company, though.  I now give you a magician name Gob.___

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2014-08-18 01:29:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

It's silly.  But, hey, zombies!

"Kill Zombie," a 2012 Dutch entry in the zombie genre.  More for laughs than scares.

Hey look, a trailer.

It's silly.  But, hey, zombies!

"Kill Zombie," a 2012 Dutch entry in the zombie genre.  More for laughs than scares.

Hey look, a trailer.___

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2014-08-17 13:35:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Message to an acquaintance.  

Do not collect broken people just because they are broken.  Collect the ones who know they are broken and excel in their brokenness.  

Image is by Andrew Bell.  Find more of his work at his site http://www.creaturesinmyhead.com/2008/01/.

Message to an acquaintance.  

Do not collect broken people just because they are broken.  Collect the ones who know they are broken and excel in their brokenness.  

Image is by Andrew Bell.  Find more of his work at his site http://www.creaturesinmyhead.com/2008/01/.___

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2014-08-17 13:21:55 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Her:  You should be careful talking about Satan.

Me:  I agree, but what's your reason?

Her:  You could invite him in.

Me:  Do you believe that God plans to end the world and judge all people?

Her:  Of course.

Me:  There's the difference.  You need Satan to be real.  I do not.

Her:  Are you sure?

Me:  Poor ROI.  No self-respecting Big Bad would bother with me.

(Though, I would like to know what products the pictured Jesus uses on his hair.)

Her:  You should be careful talking about Satan.

Me:  I agree, but what's your reason?

Her:  You could invite him in.

Me:  Do you believe that God plans to end the world and judge all people?

Her:  Of course.

Me:  There's the difference.  You need Satan to be real.  I do not.

Her:  Are you sure?

Me:  Poor ROI.  No self-respecting Big Bad would bother with me.

(Though, I would like to know what products the pictured Jesus uses on his hair.)___

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2014-08-17 13:12:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Google Play's Music has lot of free music this month.  A stand out for me is "Carmine," a track from Cloud Boat's 2014 album Model of You.  NPR's Tom Moon profiled the band and album back in June, attached.  

"Carmine"
Cloud Boat, Model of You (2014)

He's gone, but he's sleeping
'Cause he's worried that they've got nowhere to hide
But you know, he's never fully dreaming
'Cause he's scared that they'll find one another

You'd hold hands with him
To know that someone reached
A space in time
Where you know that you've got things to see

Like the corner where the air came in
And the bedroom where the walls were thin
I heard you calling in the early hours
Please someone will you let me in?

My friend, you're struggling... more »

Google Play's Music has lot of free music this month.  A stand out for me is "Carmine," a track from Cloud Boat's 2014 album Model of You.  NPR's Tom Moon profiled the band and album back in June, attached.  

"Carmine"
Cloud Boat, Model of You (2014)

He's gone, but he's sleeping
'Cause he's worried that they've got nowhere to hide
But you know, he's never fully dreaming
'Cause he's scared that they'll find one another

You'd hold hands with him
To know that someone reached
A space in time
Where you know that you've got things to see

Like the corner where the air came in
And the bedroom where the walls were thin
I heard you calling in the early hours
Please someone will you let me in?

My friend, you're struggling
'Cause you know that life outside is grey
And you said that everything is nothing
Compared to the silence of another

//___

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2014-08-14 03:23:06 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)

Happiness is eating the last of the peanut butter right out of the jar.

Happiness is eating the last of the peanut butter right out of the jar.___

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2014-08-13 14:24:29 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)

Apple has gone mad.  For the last two years iTunes regularly dorks my Touch.  Lately it says I have about 5 GB of "other" on the player.  Not audio, not video, not apps.  "Other."  This morning when I plugged in the Touch iTunes recognized 25 GB of music and went off the charts and over my storage limit with "Other."

Today when I opened my iTunes it announced that an update is available.  I let it load, again hoping that this time Apple has figured out its longstanding issues and fixed them.  Update done, I rebooted upon request.  Now iTunes just crashes before even opening.

I'm reaching the end of the my interest in Apple and its products.

Apple has gone mad.  For the last two years iTunes regularly dorks my Touch.  Lately it says I have about 5 GB of "other" on the player.  Not audio, not video, not apps.  "Other."  This morning when I plugged in the Touch iTunes recognized 25 GB of music and went off the charts and over my storage limit with "Other."

Today when I opened my iTunes it announced that an update is available.  I let it load, again hoping that this time Apple has figured out its longstanding issues and fixed them.  Update done, I rebooted upon request.  Now iTunes just crashes before even opening.

I'm reaching the end of the my interest in Apple and its products.___

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2014-08-12 14:52:41 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)

In the beginning was the word.  It was a good start.  The word became words.  Words that became a story.  A story that becomes the length and breadth of human bodies and experiences across time and space.

Creation isn't fallen.  Unless you believe that it is and write it that way.

Creation is not inherently evil.  Unless you believe that it is and write it that way.

Or inherently good.  Again, believing, etc.

There is order, and there is chaos.  As experiences.  One is not better than the other.  They just are.  We tend toward one or the other.  With every choice, every action.  Consciously or not.  

We are not good or evil.  We are finite matter existing in seemingly limitless time and space.  We experience ourselves in time and space and spin meanings from experiences.  

Meanings are tricky things.  Meaningschange, like the ... more »

In the beginning was the word.  It was a good start.  The word became words.  Words that became a story.  A story that becomes the length and breadth of human bodies and experiences across time and space.

Creation isn't fallen.  Unless you believe that it is and write it that way.

Creation is not inherently evil.  Unless you believe that it is and write it that way.

Or inherently good.  Again, believing, etc.

There is order, and there is chaos.  As experiences.  One is not better than the other.  They just are.  We tend toward one or the other.  With every choice, every action.  Consciously or not.  

We are not good or evil.  We are finite matter existing in seemingly limitless time and space.  We experience ourselves in time and space and spin meanings from experiences.  

Meanings are tricky things.  Meanings change, like the sun's light across the course of a day.  But, every smile and every tear come from the same common experiences.  Let them mean whatever you like, of course.  You are telling the story.

We accept rules as facts and use them in a spectrum that stretches from preservation to exploitation to lighting the world on fire just to watch it burn.  

Whatever one's choices, everybody ends.  Those still putting together words assign paradises and hells upon nothing more substantial than memories of the dead.  The dead have nothing left to do or be, except meanings invented and assigned by the story-tellers.

Morality is recognition that tending toward order is the best hope for self, family, tribe, and the continuity of the species.  Thou shalt not kill.  Until you do kill, or allow the death of another.  Then you experience something.  Maybe you use words to create new gods and new ideas.  To justify creating chaos to serve a hoped-for order?  Brilliant stuff.  Astonishingly clever and bold words.

The universe takes no personal interest in us.  But, our gods can.  If we tell it so.  In the beginning was the word, and the word was with god, and the word, indeed, was god.  Useful.  You can make something with those words.

The greatest sin?  As written by Alvin:  sometimes we murder without killing another's body.  We murder joy.  And peace.  And creativity.  And hope.  And childhood.  And innocence.  Everybody walks away.  Nobody in the story is ever the same.  The world changes, tending away from some things and toward other things.  Such world-changing murders are the greatest sin.  It's true.  I just wrote it down.

Ultimately, though, I end.  We all do.  Maybe some of our carefully gathered meanings survive, along with bits of memory, which, upon our death, become malleable, mutable, and tools for the story-tellers.  Things no longer part of us, but maybe still part of the story.

Because the story, you see, does not end.

So, what are you waiting for, story-teller?  

Editing of past efforts is allowed and encouraged.  

In the begining [you can start filling in here].___

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2014-08-12 13:34:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Hmm.

What does it say about me that I already have every song on Quill's mix tape?

Hmm.

What does it say about me that I already have every song on Quill's mix tape?___

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2014-08-12 04:44:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Oh dear, oh dear.

Did you know that a compound in asparagus metabolizes in the human body into a volatile sulfurous compound and that that's why urine takes on a fetid odor after eating the vegetable?  Also, that not everybody can smell this volatile compound, leading a minority to erroneously believe that their body does not produce the odor when asparagus is consumed?  Their bodies do produce it, they just can't smell it.

Factoids provided as a public service in compensation for sharing a clip from "Witchslayer Gretl,", a SyFy Channel movie that truly stinks.

Oh dear, oh dear.

Did you know that a compound in asparagus metabolizes in the human body into a volatile sulfurous compound and that that's why urine takes on a fetid odor after eating the vegetable?  Also, that not everybody can smell this volatile compound, leading a minority to erroneously believe that their body does not produce the odor when asparagus is consumed?  Their bodies do produce it, they just can't smell it.

Factoids provided as a public service in compensation for sharing a clip from "Witchslayer Gretl,", a SyFy Channel movie that truly stinks.___

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2014-08-08 14:17:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

What is Elton John saying?!  A generation wondered.  Not what you might have imagined, as it turns out.

"Bennie and the Jets"
Elton John
From the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight's hitting something
That's been known to change the weather
We'll kill the fatted calf tonight
So stick around
You're gonna hear electric music
Solid walls of sound

Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
But they're so spaced out, Bennie and the Jets
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Bennie, she's really keen
She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine
Bennie and the Jets

Hey kids, why don't you plug into the faithless
Maybe they're blinded
ButB... more »

What is Elton John saying?!  A generation wondered.  Not what you might have imagined, as it turns out.

"Bennie and the Jets"
Elton John
From the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight's hitting something
That's been known to change the weather
We'll kill the fatted calf tonight
So stick around
You're gonna hear electric music
Solid walls of sound

Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
But they're so spaced out, Bennie and the Jets
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Bennie, she's really keen
She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine
Bennie and the Jets

Hey kids, why don't you plug into the faithless
Maybe they're blinded
But Bennie makes them ageless
We shall survive, let us take ourselves along
Where we fight our parents out in the streets
To find who's right and who's wrong

Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
Oh but they're so spaced out, Bennie and the Jets
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Bennie, she's really keen
She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine, oh
Bennie and the Jets

Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
Oh but they're so spaced out, Bennie and the Jets
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Bennie she's really keen
She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine, oh
Bennie and the Jets

//___

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2014-08-08 03:16:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

If Stephen Colbert and Lyle Lovett had a gay love child . . .  

If Stephen Colbert and Lyle Lovett had a gay love child . . .  ___

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2014-08-08 02:16:17 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

SyFy's "Dominion" is silly.  Apart from the poor writing and soapy drama, the Archangel Gabriel's accent sounds dangerously close to the priest's in "The Princess Bride."  Mawwiage!  

SyFy's "Dominion" is silly.  Apart from the poor writing and soapy drama, the Archangel Gabriel's accent sounds dangerously close to the priest's in "The Princess Bride."  Mawwiage!  ___

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2014-08-08 01:22:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

The Poisoner's Garden

Aconitum
aka Monkshood
aka Wolfsbane

The name aconitum derives from Greek and means "without struggle."  The plant, which grows wild in temperate, well-watered upland meadows, is wholly toxic, but the white, carrot-like taproot is a potent source of the alkaloid pseudaconitine.  

The common name monkshood is because the flowers, which grow on a stalk, look like a monk's head covering.

Arrowheads and bait laced with aconitum poison were used to kill wolves, which is how the plant got its other common name, wolfsbane (bane being a term for a deadly poison).

Consuming any part of the plant can cause burning in the mouth, increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, tingling sensation in the skin, blood pressure and heart irregularities, coma and sometimes death.

Happy gardening.

The Poisoner's Garden

Aconitum
aka Monkshood
aka Wolfsbane

The name aconitum derives from Greek and means "without struggle."  The plant, which grows wild in temperate, well-watered upland meadows, is wholly toxic, but the white, carrot-like taproot is a potent source of the alkaloid pseudaconitine.  

The common name monkshood is because the flowers, which grow on a stalk, look like a monk's head covering.

Arrowheads and bait laced with aconitum poison were used to kill wolves, which is how the plant got its other common name, wolfsbane (bane being a term for a deadly poison).

Consuming any part of the plant can cause burning in the mouth, increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, tingling sensation in the skin, blood pressure and heart irregularities, coma and sometimes death.

Happy gardening.___

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2014-08-08 00:48:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

So sharky.  Neighborhood.

So sharky.  Neighborhood.___

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