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Alvin Stearns has been at 1 events

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Ryan Van Sickle773,011ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027 

Alvin Stearns has been shared in 172 public circles

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Luis V.66,374This is my first #FollowFriday  shared circle and all the people in here belong in my circles. These are all people that should be followed and post good content, interact with others and are active on Google Plus. If you want to be excluded, let me know and I will pull your name.I'll be sharing on Fridays and if you want to ne in any future shared circles, do these things...Comment on here, share this circle, add me.I'll check your profile and posts. No spam or porn. 2014-12-27 02:49:03478002
Giorgio De Novellis6,998FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!2014-12-22 08:31:08493000
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500000
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221130025
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120849256
Sport News95Dear Google Friends! - You're in this CircleAdd Users & Pluss +1 & ShareThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers 2014-11-30 05:41:14500000
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
tunc serkan ozdinc2182014-11-27 23:04:53234001
Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Circles and Photography33,617Builders 5      11.10.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-11 01:54:52442032
Lư Thăng18,117Chia sẻ vòng ngon cho các bạn nè... #circlecount   #circleshare   #circle2014-11-06 10:16:33362004
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest 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 ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498445685
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707880
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305617
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574371
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211429
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465026
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
AyJay Schibig51,916AWESOME CIRCLE 3.8.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-03-09 07:28:42500857399
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Andrew Coffman6,907I'm not a big circle sharing kind of person, but this short list of people contain the people that I always read what they post, even if they don't post every day, and I always try to engage every day on G+ or through other avenues.2014-02-16 21:17:4235003
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567
AyJay Schibig46,776AWESOME CIRCLE 1.27.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page   +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-27 08:44:48414744391
Константин Вишневский43,146A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+2014-01-25 13:00:32447361255
Pam Adger35,023This is my no drama circle. Great interaction, no drama. I picked people at random using the relevance filter...I stopped at 20 because 20 is a good number for a circle. If you weren't included it has nothing to do with your drama meter...blame Google's algorithms. I rarely look at the people page anymore. If you were notified, you are included in the circle.2014-01-19 04:34:452034019
Jason Levy19,543This is my Surprise Welcome Circle 3If you received a notification, you are in the circle - this is my thank you and welcome to my circles.This circle contain people who are new to my circles.Because of the holiday season, It's actually been a few weeks since I've published a welcome circle. Many of the people in this circle have already engaged with me in some way.They are all great people, and without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience as they plus, share and comment on your own posts.Please plus, add and publicly share the circle so that everyone will benefit*Please also plus, add and publicly share my Elite Inner Circle here: https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts/eqggXPGhqxE *If you are in the circle, then well done! You have reached the first level. To get to the next level and become a Team Elite Engager (and this also applies to people who aren't in this circle), there are two simple steps:1. +1 this post2. share this post3. Comment to say hi and let me know what you have done!My Team Elite Engager Circles are shared regularly by other circle sharers - they currently span two circles at 1000 active sharers, and will be reviewed and reshared regularly, so do yourselves a big favour and become one of the Elite!    #teamelite  ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~Looking for a cure for tinnitus, or just tinnitus relief? Looking for tinnitus treatment prices? To get affordable private tinnitus treatment in London, go here:http://www.thelondontinnitustreatmentclinic.co.uk/Tinnitus-Treatments/tinnitus-treatment-prices.html2014-01-12 21:28:514941275688

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2014-11-07 01:53:21 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I did a horrible thing today.

I'm very free with my honest compliments.  If you look good, I will tell you.  How you've done your hair.  How you're carrying yourself.  Your smile.  Something you've done that sets you above most others.

I seldom negatively criticize about another's appearance, unless doing so is important beyond simple appearance.

So, I was shocked even as the words left my mouth when I told a woman at work that the color of her cardigan sweater did not suit her.  She gaped at what I'd said.  I gaped at what I'd said.  I blushed.  I quickly recovered and said, "You're gorgeous, don't get me wrong.  That's just not a color that works for you."  She regarded her sweater arms.  "I don't normally wear this color."  I nodded.  Turned to walk away.  Turned back.  "I'm soembarrassed now... more »

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2014-12-16 05:53:46 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

My favorite memory of Bowie's "Slip Away" is of walking my Golden Retriever, Betty, at the college during a gathering blizzard.  Dumb to be out, much less miles from home, pausing to walk in a blizzard.  But, we enjoyed such things, Betty and I.  She was an all-weather dog, and I like the sensations of being in the storm.  

The song is nostalgic, bittersweet.  A meditation on age, aging, and a past lost, with memory the last tender tether to anything that might matter.  

The night before the storm the partner (now husband) had been talking about work.  At that time he worked with dementia patients.  

That day, shoulders hunched, head down against the wind and stinging snow, Betty and I trudged through the snow, ear buds plugged into my head, and the song began.  The opening tones created a vision of a saline solution drip, salty water fallinginto a l... more »

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2014-11-07 01:25:44 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

My theory after watching "The Walking Dead" episode Slabtown.  

SPOILERS for the episode follow







The show goes back in time from the previous episode, and then pushes forward a bit in time by the end.  We first see Beth after her capture and delivery to the Atlanta hospital by the goons (the cars with the white crosses, easy).  

She and Noah sneak out, but only Noah gets away.  

At end of the previous episode, it's Noah who Daryl invites to step out of the bushes and show himself to Michonne.   Noah and maybe Carol following along.

Because, we have to figure out how Carol ends up the Atlanta hospital, as shown at the end of Slabtown.

Most likely she's legitimately captured since nobody at the hospital is alarmed by her arrival--it's treated as a regular ol' delivery, sothe ... more »

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2014-12-25 23:25:11 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A new Christmas tradition.  It's not Christmas until Leo bites somebody.  This year it's me.  Just my foot, and not badly.  Not like last year's emergency room visit and many many apologies.

(sigh)

A new Christmas tradition.  It's not Christmas until Leo bites somebody.  This year it's me.  Just my foot, and not badly.  Not like last year's emergency room visit and many many apologies.

(sigh)___

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2014-12-25 13:48:40 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Merry Christmas, all you formerly young dudes and chicks.

Never lose the joy and the wonder.  Yes, of course, it all ends.  It's not ended yet.  So, do only what you love, pursue only your passions, never accept being less than anybody you're with.

I won't wish you all the best in 2015.  I insist that you make and become the best.  It's your destiny.

Merry Christmas, all you formerly young dudes and chicks.

Never lose the joy and the wonder.  Yes, of course, it all ends.  It's not ended yet.  So, do only what you love, pursue only your passions, never accept being less than anybody you're with.

I won't wish you all the best in 2015.  I insist that you make and become the best.  It's your destiny.___

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2014-12-24 21:33:41 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Christmas makes me think of "Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special," which reminds me of the Del Rubio Triplets.  Remember when they were a thing?  

They're all dead now.

But here they are performing "Winter Wonderland" on Pee Wee's 1988 Christmas extravaganza--a who's who of later 80s pop.  Now available on demand on Netflix USA.

Just remember, between tonight and tomorrow, if you hear anybody say "Year," scream real loud!  Somewhere, Cher will smile.

Christmas makes me think of "Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special," which reminds me of the Del Rubio Triplets.  Remember when they were a thing?  

They're all dead now.

But here they are performing "Winter Wonderland" on Pee Wee's 1988 Christmas extravaganza--a who's who of later 80s pop.  Now available on demand on Netflix USA.

Just remember, between tonight and tomorrow, if you hear anybody say "Year," scream real loud!  Somewhere, Cher will smile.___

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2014-12-24 13:42:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It's Christmas Eve.   Today's ear worm, Bowie's "Scary Monsters ..... and Super Creeps."  This song and its album were a revelation to me when I was gawky adolescent pup.  Disco was fun, but like liquor and Twinkies, it can't keep you going long-term.  Punk was fun, but like anger and youth, neither should or can be sustained over the long haul.  Pop radio, like one's yearbook photos, seemed fun at the time, but you'll later cringe:  Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb, the musical mullet.

Nobody I knew had heard of this song or its album.  Those who heard it hated it.  That just made me more sure I was on the path, finding something.  Life's scary monsters can keep you running scared, but there are amazing sounds along the way.

Merry Christmas Eve, everybody.

"Scary Monsters ..... and Super Creeps"
by DavidBowie, S... more »

It's Christmas Eve.   Today's ear worm, Bowie's "Scary Monsters ..... and Super Creeps."  This song and its album were a revelation to me when I was gawky adolescent pup.  Disco was fun, but like liquor and Twinkies, it can't keep you going long-term.  Punk was fun, but like anger and youth, neither should or can be sustained over the long haul.  Pop radio, like one's yearbook photos, seemed fun at the time, but you'll later cringe:  Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb, the musical mullet.

Nobody I knew had heard of this song or its album.  Those who heard it hated it.  That just made me more sure I was on the path, finding something.  Life's scary monsters can keep you running scared, but there are amazing sounds along the way.

Merry Christmas Eve, everybody.

"Scary Monsters ..... and Super Creeps"
by David Bowie, Scary Monsters ..... and Super Creeps   (1980)

She had an horror of rooms
She was tired, you can't hide beat
When I looked in her eyes
They were blue, but nobody home

Well, she could've been a killer
If she didn't walk the way she do, and she do
She opened strange doors
That we'd never close again

She began to wail jealousy's scream
Waiting at the light, know what I mean?

Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared
Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared

She asked me to stay
And I stole her room
She asked for my love
And I gave her a dangerous mind

Now she's stupid in the street
And she can't socialize
Well, I love the little girl
And I'll love her till the day she dies

She wails
Jimmy's guitar sound jealousy's scream
Waiting at the light, know what I mean

Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared
Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared

Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared
Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Etc.

//___

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2014-12-17 01:15:34 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The pumpkin scooped out after baking and puréed. A bowl lined with a clean flour sack dish towel. Fresh pumpkin purée tends to be very wet. Scoop into the cloth, gather it and gently squeeze out a lot of that water. Then your purée is ready to use, or put in the fridge or freezer for later use. This will be used tonight.

The pumpkin scooped out after baking and puréed. A bowl lined with a clean flour sack dish towel. Fresh pumpkin purée tends to be very wet. Scoop into the cloth, gather it and gently squeeze out a lot of that water. Then your purée is ready to use, or put in the fridge or freezer for later use. This will be used tonight.___

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2014-12-17 00:42:36 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I donated a pumpkin to my workplace's reception. A receptionist was shocked when I said she should now take it home and make a pie. "You can do that?" she asked.

I can, and I am.

Gotta love a simple challenge that another believes is near-magical. I'll take the pie in to work tomorrow.

That's the pumpkin halved, gutted (seeds saved, of course, for roasting after a night in brine), sprinkled inside with salt, and roasted on 400 for 40 minutes.  Let that cool, scoop out the pumpkin, puree, and then it's just pie makin'.

I donated a pumpkin to my workplace's reception. A receptionist was shocked when I said she should now take it home and make a pie. "You can do that?" she asked.

I can, and I am.

Gotta love a simple challenge that another believes is near-magical. I'll take the pie in to work tomorrow.

That's the pumpkin halved, gutted (seeds saved, of course, for roasting after a night in brine), sprinkled inside with salt, and roasted on 400 for 40 minutes.  Let that cool, scoop out the pumpkin, puree, and then it's just pie makin'.___

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2014-12-16 23:54:58 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Want some free Christmas Music?
Trans-Siberian Orchestra's The Christmas Attic (1998) is free on USA Google Play's Music Store.

Want some free Christmas Music?
Trans-Siberian Orchestra's The Christmas Attic (1998) is free on USA Google Play's Music Store.___

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2014-12-16 23:51:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Currently free on USA Google Play's Music Store
Linkin Park's The Hunting Party (2014)

Currently free on USA Google Play's Music Store
Linkin Park's The Hunting Party (2014)___

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2014-12-16 17:22:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

But, would you wish to be the ring bearer?

Via +Amy Gabriel

The precious is FREE!!! Thank you Google Play! ___But, would you wish to be the ring bearer?

Via +Amy Gabriel

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2014-12-16 05:53:46 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

My favorite memory of Bowie's "Slip Away" is of walking my Golden Retriever, Betty, at the college during a gathering blizzard.  Dumb to be out, much less miles from home, pausing to walk in a blizzard.  But, we enjoyed such things, Betty and I.  She was an all-weather dog, and I like the sensations of being in the storm.  

The song is nostalgic, bittersweet.  A meditation on age, aging, and a past lost, with memory the last tender tether to anything that might matter.  

The night before the storm the partner (now husband) had been talking about work.  At that time he worked with dementia patients.  

That day, shoulders hunched, head down against the wind and stinging snow, Betty and I trudged through the snow, ear buds plugged into my head, and the song began.  The opening tones created a vision of a saline solution drip, salty water fallinginto a l... more »

My favorite memory of Bowie's "Slip Away" is of walking my Golden Retriever, Betty, at the college during a gathering blizzard.  Dumb to be out, much less miles from home, pausing to walk in a blizzard.  But, we enjoyed such things, Betty and I.  She was an all-weather dog, and I like the sensations of being in the storm.  

The song is nostalgic, bittersweet.  A meditation on age, aging, and a past lost, with memory the last tender tether to anything that might matter.  

The night before the storm the partner (now husband) had been talking about work.  At that time he worked with dementia patients.  

That day, shoulders hunched, head down against the wind and stinging snow, Betty and I trudged through the snow, ear buds plugged into my head, and the song began.  The opening tones created a vision of a saline solution drip, salty water falling into a length of tubing that ended in a thin-skinned and bony arm.  The partner's work, the song, my imagination and the weather combining to create a fiction.  Based in somebody's reality.

The street lamps were mere gray/white halos.  Visible only within 20 feet or so.  "They slip away."  

I imagined monsters in the storm.  Just out of sight.  I shivered.  At my inner visions, not the cold.  I was protected from the cold.  Monsters?  

I imagined that they come out only during storms like that one.  Waiting under the earth, and squished into eaves and trees.  Awaiting the change of pressure.  The skyfall.  Then, they increase.  Flex.  Inhale.  Open eyes and more fearsome orifices. Lumbering or lurching into the gathering gloom.  Hungry.

As I imagined all of this a small female student in a hurry trudged right into my chest (creating a sense memory of 9/11 and a similar situation in Lower Manhattan that day).  She was likely hurrying to her dorm, or maybe to a dining hall.  She screeched a bit at the unexpected impact.  (More sense memory.)  Before I could speak, she quickly detoured around me and hurried away.  Soon lost to my sight in the dense atmosphere.  (Cap to sense memory, situation almost perfectly recreated.)

I stood, head turned in her direction.  I looked at Betty.  She had her head turned into the wind, eyes closed, ears fluttering in the wind.  Gathering scents.  Then she dipped her head and tasted the snow.  

I smiled.

All along.  The need to go out into the storm.  To feel it.  To experience it.  To be alive in a way offered only in the extremity.  To feed on it.  I was the monster in the storm.  Me and a dog named Betty.

"Slip Away"
by David Bowie, Heathen (2002)

Oogie waits for just another day 
Drags his bones to see the Yankees play 
Bones Boy talks and flickers gray
Oh, they slip away 

Once a time they nearly might have been
Bones and Oogie on a silver screen 
No one knew what they could do 
Except for me and you
They slip away 
They slip away 

Don't forget to keep your head warm 
Twinkle twinkle, Uncle Floyd 
Watching all the world 
And war torn 
How I wonder where you are 

Sailing over Coney Island 
Twinkle twinkle, Uncle Floyd 
We were dumb, but you were fun, boy 
How I wonder where you are 

Oogie knew there's never ever time
Some of us will always stay behind
Down in space it's always 1982 
The joke we always knew
 
What'sa matter with you
Come on, let's go
Slip away 

Don't forget to keep your head warm
Twinkle twinkle, Uncle Floyd 
Watching all the world 
And war torn 
How I wonder where you are

Sailing over Coney Island
Twinkle twinkle, Uncle Floyd
We were dumb, but you were fun, boy
How I wonder where you are.

//___

2014-12-15 18:34:35 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Was asked to stop sending emails in haiku format.

This workplace is no fun.

Was asked to stop sending emails in haiku format.

This workplace is no fun.___

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2014-12-15 14:32:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

From factory to field, how many tears must fall
Down there below, nothing is moving  

Fun remix of Bowie's "A Better Future."  

From factory to field, how many tears must fall
Down there below, nothing is moving  

Fun remix of Bowie's "A Better Future."  ___

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2014-12-15 14:00:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Sitting here wishing on a cement floor
Just wishing that I had just something you wore

The Pixies originated it and recorded it in 1988.  Bowie did a great cover in 2002.  Today's ear worm.  And here it is.

The Pixies can be heard spelling out PIXIES between choruses.  Bowie's version spells out DAVID.  Cute.

It's a song about a crazed obsessive who wishes his obsession to sweat, spill food and wine, and bleed upon her dress, then send the dress to him--as a guard against loneliness and as proof she's not dead.  You know, your typical love-obsessed pop song, just more explicit and honest.

Sitting here wishing on a cement floor
Just wishing that I had just something you wore

The Pixies originated it and recorded it in 1988.  Bowie did a great cover in 2002.  Today's ear worm.  And here it is.

The Pixies can be heard spelling out PIXIES between choruses.  Bowie's version spells out DAVID.  Cute.

It's a song about a crazed obsessive who wishes his obsession to sweat, spill food and wine, and bleed upon her dress, then send the dress to him--as a guard against loneliness and as proof she's not dead.  You know, your typical love-obsessed pop song, just more explicit and honest.___

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2014-12-12 13:56:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Today's ear worm.  Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" is one of his most remixed and reimagined, mashed up and mic-ready songs.  Released in 1974 on Bowie's "1984"-infused Diamond Dogs album, the song had been conceived for a musical that never made outside of Bowie's head, apart from the odd song, like "Rebel Rebel."   Diamond Dogs itself is a collection of music Bowie put together for an aborted musical adaptation of George Orwell's "1984", an exploration of totalitarianism.  In this way we see that our successes do not always depend upon us reaching our initial goals.

In the second decade of the 21st century we have social movements to combat bullying, to assure young gays that "it gets better," and every kid gets an award just for showing up.  In the early 70s, Bowie was telling the kids, "You got your mother in awhir... more »

Today's ear worm.  Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" is one of his most remixed and reimagined, mashed up and mic-ready songs.  Released in 1974 on Bowie's "1984"-infused Diamond Dogs album, the song had been conceived for a musical that never made outside of Bowie's head, apart from the odd song, like "Rebel Rebel."   Diamond Dogs itself is a collection of music Bowie put together for an aborted musical adaptation of George Orwell's "1984", an exploration of totalitarianism.  In this way we see that our successes do not always depend upon us reaching our initial goals.

In the second decade of the 21st century we have social movements to combat bullying, to assure young gays that "it gets better," and every kid gets an award just for showing up.  In the early 70s, Bowie was telling the kids, "You got your mother in a whirl, cuz she's not sure if you're a boy or a girl."  But, it's OK.  "I love your dress.  You're a juvenile success.  Because your face is a mess.  How could they know?"  

In our world, where virtually every movement is a virtual, removed and remote platform for the message-givers to shine, songs still have the ability to get in, to deliver personal revelations, and to save lives.

Here's, as far as I know, the last recorded incarnation of "Rebel Rebel," a bonus track from Bowie's 2003 Reality album. 

"Rebel Rebel"
You've got your mother in a whirl
She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl
Hey babe your hair's alright
Hey babe let's go out tonight
You like me and I like it all
We like dancin' and we look divine
You love bands when they're playin' hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down, they say I'm wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on

Rebel, rebel you've torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

You've got your mother in a whirl 'cause she's
Not sure if you're a boy or a girl
Hey babe your hair's alright
Hey babe let's stay out tonight
You like me and I like it all
We like dancin' and we look divine
You love bands when they're playin' hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down they say I'm wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on

Rebel, rebel you've torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

Rebel, rebel you've torn your dress
Rebel, rebel your face is a mess
Rebel, rebel how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so

You've torn your dress, your face is a mess
You can't get enough but enough ain't the test
You've got your transmission and your live wire
You got your cue line and a handful of 'ludes
You wanna be there when they count up the dues

And I love your dress
You're a juvenile success
Because your face is a mess
(Rebel, rebel)
So how could they know?
I said, how could they know?
(Rebel, rebel)

So what you wanna know?
Calamity's child, child, chi-child
(Rebel, rebel)
Where'd you wanna go?
What can I do for you? Looks like you've been there too
'Cause you've torn your dress
(Rebel, rebel)
And your face is a mess
Ohh your face is a mess
(Rebel, rebel)
Ohh, ohh so how could they know?
Eh, eh how could they know?
(Rebel, rebel)

//___

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2014-12-06 16:35:03 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Fat Guys in the Woods.  I like this show.  It's a reality show, so it's manipulating situations for entertainment appeal.  But, unlike most reality shows, this one is putting people into real world situations and teaching them not only to accept the reality, but to learn from it.

Each week in the last year, survival expert Creek Stewart took three regular American overweight Joes into the mountains and woods with nothing but the environment and the few tools and resources he allows them.  (Plus a camera crew, several signed waivers and releases, and an action plan in case of disaster.)  Creek teaches our Joes that they can survive more than they imagine.  Just like their ancestors did for tens of thousands of years.  

Does one week make a survivor?  Probably not.  But one week can  create the idea in a man's mind that his survival is up to him, and must beup to him... more »

Fat Guys in the Woods.  I like this show.  It's a reality show, so it's manipulating situations for entertainment appeal.  But, unlike most reality shows, this one is putting people into real world situations and teaching them not only to accept the reality, but to learn from it.

Each week in the last year, survival expert Creek Stewart took three regular American overweight Joes into the mountains and woods with nothing but the environment and the few tools and resources he allows them.  (Plus a camera crew, several signed waivers and releases, and an action plan in case of disaster.)  Creek teaches our Joes that they can survive more than they imagine.  Just like their ancestors did for tens of thousands of years.  

Does one week make a survivor?  Probably not.  But one week can  create the idea in a man's mind that his survival is up to him, and must be up to him.

"Fat Guys in the Woods" airs on The Weather Channel and is available on demand from most cable and satellite carriers.___

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2014-12-05 14:09:43 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Today's ear worm. A selection from Foreigner's eponymous 1977 debut album.  Foreigner is one of those bands that if you were young when they burst onto the radio, their music remains coiled around your brain stem, never letting go.  It's entirely possible that when dementia ravages such a mind, one's final utterance could be "Your'e closing the door, you leave the world behind," croaked nowhere near Lou Gramm's growling howl on this song.

The band took an unfortunate turn in the 1980s toward sappy big pop sounds.  The 80s did many odd things to otherwise amazing artists.  The sturdy ones survived, the rest begat the Justins and the Britanys, and the self loathing disguised under a hip veneer, and venality disguised as credibility, which are the hallmarks of the present pop scene.  Thank goodness for the Foo Fighters and others who continue to fly thebann... more »

Today's ear worm. A selection from Foreigner's eponymous 1977 debut album.  Foreigner is one of those bands that if you were young when they burst onto the radio, their music remains coiled around your brain stem, never letting go.  It's entirely possible that when dementia ravages such a mind, one's final utterance could be "Your'e closing the door, you leave the world behind," croaked nowhere near Lou Gramm's growling howl on this song.

The band took an unfortunate turn in the 1980s toward sappy big pop sounds.  The 80s did many odd things to otherwise amazing artists.  The sturdy ones survived, the rest begat the Justins and the Britanys, and the self loathing disguised under a hip veneer, and venality disguised as credibility, which are the hallmarks of the present pop scene.  Thank goodness for the Foo Fighters and others who continue to fly the banner of truly great rock on the battered ramparts of the old school.  And for a past that can always be revisited, as with this band and this song.

Finally, I believe that Lou Gramm has the best rock voice in all of rock history.

Ladies and gentleman, feel that ear worm tighten around your brain stem.  It's "Cold As Ice."___

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2014-12-05 02:44:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Does anybody watch AMC's "Comic Book Men"?  I'm a dweeb who can lose myself in pondering song lyrics.  I think that when an author creates lines that etch themselves into your brain, then that's high art and you are experiencing it.  I believe that a good dinner is finer than great technology.

But, I cannot understand the appeal of a show about awkward men who work in a comic book store and all that that entails.

As a professed dweeb, what do I not get about the appeal of that show?

Incidentally, I have watched some episodes of the show, so it's had a good chance with me.  It happens to air after "The Walking Dead," "The Talking Dead," and the repeat of that night's "The Walking Dead."  "Comic Book Men" is like AMC's Sunday after dinner mint.  You might eat it, but the slight tastesensa... more »

Does anybody watch AMC's "Comic Book Men"?  I'm a dweeb who can lose myself in pondering song lyrics.  I think that when an author creates lines that etch themselves into your brain, then that's high art and you are experiencing it.  I believe that a good dinner is finer than great technology.

But, I cannot understand the appeal of a show about awkward men who work in a comic book store and all that that entails.

As a professed dweeb, what do I not get about the appeal of that show?

Incidentally, I have watched some episodes of the show, so it's had a good chance with me.  It happens to air after "The Walking Dead," "The Talking Dead," and the repeat of that night's "The Walking Dead."  "Comic Book Men" is like AMC's Sunday after dinner mint.  You might eat it, but the slight taste sensation is a minor epilogue to the main event.___

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2014-12-04 04:05:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

You could barely hear the dialogue for the thud of falling bodies in tonight's episode.  "Blood Bath" in more ways than one.

You could barely hear the dialogue for the thud of falling bodies in tonight's episode.  "Blood Bath" in more ways than one.___

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2014-12-03 12:24:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Today's ear worm.   Nobody knows what the future holds, and it's bad enough just getting old.  

Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young."  Released in 2013, the song's title and subject is a play on the similarities between hearing "dying young" and "Diane Young."  

I like quirky word-play and thoughtful lyrical composition, one reason why I've been a long-time enthusiast of Bowie and artists like him.  We all enjoy the big ship of songs about "ooh, baby" and loving another in loves many and co-dependent, often frightening (if you think about them) expressions.  But, songs can also be fun, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and even disturbing, amid catchy beat and hook.

As I write I'm trying to think of when Bowie recorded a straight up love song of the "ooh, baby" variety.  I suppose "Let'sDance&... more »

Today's ear worm.   Nobody knows what the future holds, and it's bad enough just getting old.  

Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young."  Released in 2013, the song's title and subject is a play on the similarities between hearing "dying young" and "Diane Young."  

I like quirky word-play and thoughtful lyrical composition, one reason why I've been a long-time enthusiast of Bowie and artists like him.  We all enjoy the big ship of songs about "ooh, baby" and loving another in loves many and co-dependent, often frightening (if you think about them) expressions.  But, songs can also be fun, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and even disturbing, amid catchy beat and hook.

As I write I'm trying to think of when Bowie recorded a straight up love song of the "ooh, baby" variety.  I suppose "Let's Dance" qualifies, but it's presented from a place of ennui and alienation, so it's not really a song of the "ooh, baby" variety.  "Absolute Beginners" is romantic, an invitation from the smitten to his equally naive intended.  "Soul Love" from the early 70s is maybe his most "ooh, baby" moment.  "Kooks" is sweetly innocent, but it's a song from a young father to his infant son, so it doesn't qualify.

Darn. I hoped that by exploring all of that I'd euthanize my ear worm.  Nope, "Diane Young" is still there, chugging away.  Luckily, it's a very good song.  And here it is:

"Diane Young"
by Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

You torched a Saab like a pile of leaves
I'd gone to find some better wheels
4, 5 meters running 'round the bend
When the government agents surround you again

If Diane Young won't change your mind,
Baby, baby, baby, baby right on time

Out of control but you're playing a role
Do you think you can go til the 18th hole
Or will you flip-flop the day of the championship?
Try to go it alone on your own for a bit

If Diane Young won't change your mind,
Baby, baby, baby, baby right on time

Baby baby baby baby right on
Baby baby baby its a light on
Baby baby baby its a lifetime
Baby baby baby baby right on
Time
Baby baby baby baby right on time

Oooh, Let 'em go Di-Diane
If Diane Young won't change your mind
Baby baby baby baby right on time

Irish and proud, baby, naturally
But you got the luck of a Kennedy
So grab the wheel and keep holding it tight
Til you're tottering off into that good night

If Diane Young won't change your mind,
Baby, baby, baby, baby right on time

Baby baby baby baby right on
Baby baby baby its a light on
Baby baby baby its a lifetime
Baby baby baby baby right on
Time
Baby baby baby baby right on time

Nobody knows what the future holds
And its bad enough just getting old
Live my life in self-defense
You know I love the past cause I hate suspense

If Diane Young won't change your mind,
Baby, baby, baby, baby right on time

//___

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2014-12-03 09:53:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Watched by Tobias Funke

That's a category that I just noticed on Netflix.  Everybody's favorite analrapist on "Arrested Development" has viewed the following movies:
"Can't Stop The Music"
"The Birdcage"
"Kinky Boots"
"Interior. Leather Bar"
"Mr. Angel"
"The Workshop"
"Almost Blue"
"Mission Blue"
"Nanny 911"
"The Master of Disguise"
"How to be a Man"
"I Don't Want to be a Man"

I don't see a listing for Buster Bluth, but I'd bet it includes "Throw Mama from the Train."

Watched by Tobias Funke

That's a category that I just noticed on Netflix.  Everybody's favorite analrapist on "Arrested Development" has viewed the following movies:
"Can't Stop The Music"
"The Birdcage"
"Kinky Boots"
"Interior. Leather Bar"
"Mr. Angel"
"The Workshop"
"Almost Blue"
"Mission Blue"
"Nanny 911"
"The Master of Disguise"
"How to be a Man"
"I Don't Want to be a Man"

I don't see a listing for Buster Bluth, but I'd bet it includes "Throw Mama from the Train."___

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2014-12-02 12:59:42 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Pew pew!

Funny

Via +Brian Fields

The Fall of the Onomatopoeian Empire
by Scott Hilburn
http://www.theargylesweater.com/___Pew pew!

Funny

Via +Brian Fields

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2014-12-02 12:35:53 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

David Bowie albums, worst to best.  I generally agree with the rankings.  I would place "Scary Monsters" closer to 1 and "Let's Dance" farther from 1.  I think most would agree that "Never Let Me Down" belongs in the worst pile, and yet even that low point has its random gems.  "Low" certainly is a high point, among many high points, but number 1?  Depends on my day and mood.

We like lists and rankings.  They mean nothing in themselves.  Their use is to encourage critical thinking.  

However you stack up his studio albums, David Bowie has enjoyed a lifetime as glam/rock/pop god.  You know you're an institution when you are still recording in the second decade of the 21st century, but you've summed up your veteran status over 30 years earlier:
Same old thing in brand new drag comes sweeping into view  
Asugly as a... more »

David Bowie albums, worst to best.  I generally agree with the rankings.  I would place "Scary Monsters" closer to 1 and "Let's Dance" farther from 1.  I think most would agree that "Never Let Me Down" belongs in the worst pile, and yet even that low point has its random gems.  "Low" certainly is a high point, among many high points, but number 1?  Depends on my day and mood.

We like lists and rankings.  They mean nothing in themselves.  Their use is to encourage critical thinking.  

However you stack up his studio albums, David Bowie has enjoyed a lifetime as glam/rock/pop god.  You know you're an institution when you are still recording in the second decade of the 21st century, but you've summed up your veteran status over 30 years earlier:
Same old thing in brand new drag comes sweeping into view  
As ugly as a teenage millionaire pretending it's a whiz kid world 
You'll take me aside, and say  
"Well, David, what shall I do? They wait for me in the hallway" 
I'll say "Heavens, don't ask me, I don't know any hallways"  
But they move in numbers and they've got me in a corner 
I feel like a group of one, no no they can't do this to me 
I'm not some piece of teenage wildlife 

From "Teenage Wildlife," Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980)___

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2014-12-01 02:57:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I love Beth.

(Wipes a tear.)

I love Beth.

(Wipes a tear.)___

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2014-12-01 02:47:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Not so easy when you're not the only one holding all the cards, eh Atlanta hospital pricks?

Daryl is on the roof, looking down a gun sight.  Rick is fine.  I love Daryl.

Not so easy when you're not the only one holding all the cards, eh Atlanta hospital pricks?

Daryl is on the roof, looking down a gun sight.  Rick is fine.  I love Daryl.___

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2014-12-01 02:34:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I don't like Dawn.  But, man, the lady has balls.

I don't like Dawn.  But, man, the lady has balls.___

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2014-12-01 02:25:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Dolphin smooth or not, I love Abraham.

A sergeant does his duty.  Until the job is done.

Dolphin smooth or not, I love Abraham.

A sergeant does his duty.  Until the job is done.___

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2014-12-01 02:13:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Michonne!  Kicks walker hinder with a baby on her back.  

I love Michonne.

Michonne!  Kicks walker hinder with a baby on her back.  

I love Michonne.___

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2014-12-01 02:05:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

BANG!  "Shut up."

Oh my gosh, I love Rick Grimes.  It's going to be a long, slow, cold winter.

All Bob had to do was stop.

BANG!  "Shut up."

Oh my gosh, I love Rick Grimes.  It's going to be a long, slow, cold winter.

All Bob had to do was stop.___

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2014-11-30 01:58:44 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

It's easy to be angry.  Anger is justified.  In many moments in life.  Anger is a moment, not a lifestyle.  Not a life worth experiencing, anyway.

Whoever you are angry at?  Are they also angry at you, hurting you, wishing to hurt you?  Think about that.

Is that really where you think you can live?  Should live?

However you get there, and like the song says, let it go.  Your life is waiting.  But, it won't wait forever.  Anger longer than a moment concludes, always, in regret.

It's easy to be angry.  Anger is justified.  In many moments in life.  Anger is a moment, not a lifestyle.  Not a life worth experiencing, anyway.

Whoever you are angry at?  Are they also angry at you, hurting you, wishing to hurt you?  Think about that.

Is that really where you think you can live?  Should live?

However you get there, and like the song says, let it go.  Your life is waiting.  But, it won't wait forever.  Anger longer than a moment concludes, always, in regret.___

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2014-11-29 17:39:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-28 11:20:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Google Play's Music store each month offers a raft of "new" artists.  (Put in quotation marks because those hawked as new by the arbiters and marketers of art arrive at us after years of learning, reflection, effort, experimentation and performance.  If they're new, it's only to us.)

Ryan Corn's song "Wonderful Things," for me, is the best of the "new" artist offerings.  Get it free while it lasts on Google Play's Music store: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Ryan_Corn_Wonderful_Things?id=Bizt7qz4cn43xeu76jan3j7yc7y&hl=en

And if you like the song, buy his stuff.  The man has a family to support. 

The video is not the album track that you'll find at the Music store.  It's Ryan Corn with an acoustic guitar, singing the song.  I like this version better than the produced track with horns,etc.... more »

Google Play's Music store each month offers a raft of "new" artists.  (Put in quotation marks because those hawked as new by the arbiters and marketers of art arrive at us after years of learning, reflection, effort, experimentation and performance.  If they're new, it's only to us.)

Ryan Corn's song "Wonderful Things," for me, is the best of the "new" artist offerings.  Get it free while it lasts on Google Play's Music store: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Ryan_Corn_Wonderful_Things?id=Bizt7qz4cn43xeu76jan3j7yc7y&hl=en

And if you like the song, buy his stuff.  The man has a family to support. 

The video is not the album track that you'll find at the Music store.  It's Ryan Corn with an acoustic guitar, singing the song.  I like this version better than the produced track with horns, etc.___

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2014-11-28 10:42:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

My drive home from work on Wednesday, about 5:30pm.  Groceries, wine, and five gallons of gas aboard.  It took 20 gallons in the generator to ride out the storm's power outage.  All good.  I don't mind storms.  Moving snow is a meditation.  I like to look into the house now and then, see the husband watching TV or on his computer, the dogs asleep.  All is well.

The driving?  Dodgy in that wet snow, but manageable.  Mostly you watch out for other drivers.

Plenty of 911 calls on the radio through Wednesday night into Thanksgiving.  Observation:  If you use anything that exhausts carbon monoxide, plan for ventilation.  Carbon monoxide will frak you up and you might not know it's happening until it's too late.

And remember, lift with your legs, not your back.

My drive home from work on Wednesday, about 5:30pm.  Groceries, wine, and five gallons of gas aboard.  It took 20 gallons in the generator to ride out the storm's power outage.  All good.  I don't mind storms.  Moving snow is a meditation.  I like to look into the house now and then, see the husband watching TV or on his computer, the dogs asleep.  All is well.

The driving?  Dodgy in that wet snow, but manageable.  Mostly you watch out for other drivers.

Plenty of 911 calls on the radio through Wednesday night into Thanksgiving.  Observation:  If you use anything that exhausts carbon monoxide, plan for ventilation.  Carbon monoxide will frak you up and you might not know it's happening until it's too late.

And remember, lift with your legs, not your back.___

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2014-11-28 09:52:10 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Free on Google Play's Music store.  Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions."  Get it while it lasts.

Free on Google Play's Music store.  Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions."  Get it while it lasts.___

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2014-11-28 09:32:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Santa/Bubbles:  "Yes, Ricky, I'll somehow figure out a way to paint your penis and make it look bigger for Christmas."  

That's mild talk for our friends from Sunnyvale Trailer Park.  Julian is selling stolen Christmas decorations from his trailer, Ricky is panicked because he punched Santa last Christmas and now he won't get presents this year, and Bubbles just wants everybody to get into the Christmas spirit.  The boys get invited by their fan club to appear in Minneapolis, and Bubbles tricks Ricky into coming by convincing him that Minneapolis is the North Pole and he can apologize to Santa.  Mr. Lahey and Randy are along for the ride.

It's the best Christmas ever.  Especially if you don't mind numerous f-bombs and endless jokes about getting drunk and stoned.  I don't mind.

Merry Christmas, and Santa Jesus God bless us,every ... more »

Santa/Bubbles:  "Yes, Ricky, I'll somehow figure out a way to paint your penis and make it look bigger for Christmas."  

That's mild talk for our friends from Sunnyvale Trailer Park.  Julian is selling stolen Christmas decorations from his trailer, Ricky is panicked because he punched Santa last Christmas and now he won't get presents this year, and Bubbles just wants everybody to get into the Christmas spirit.  The boys get invited by their fan club to appear in Minneapolis, and Bubbles tricks Ricky into coming by convincing him that Minneapolis is the North Pole and he can apologize to Santa.  Mr. Lahey and Randy are along for the ride.

It's the best Christmas ever.  Especially if you don't mind numerous f-bombs and endless jokes about getting drunk and stoned.  I don't mind.

Merry Christmas, and Santa Jesus God bless us, every one.

"Trailer Park Boys Live at the North Pole" streaming now on Netflix.___

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2014-11-28 08:44:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tried a new turkey brine this Thanksgiving.  People like my roasted turkey.  It's always moist and flavorful.  I always brine my turkey.  And I've done it the same way for years.  It works, but I got bored.  So, I tried a brine from Martha Stewart and roasted it in my usual way.
For a 12-14 pound turkey, use:
3 cups of kosher salt;
5 cups of sugar;
2 onions coarsely chopped;
2 peeled and coarsely chopped carrots;
2 celery stalks coarsely chopped;
(Martha's recipe called for leaks, I used 2 parsnips);
2 dried bay leaves;
3 sprigs of fresh thyme (which I happened to have, but you can use 2 teaspoons of dried thyme, it's fine);
Martha's recipe calls for fresh parsley, but who cares?  I skipped parsely;
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns;
Martha's recipe calls for 10 cups of water, but I used some left over veggieand tu... more »

Tried a new turkey brine this Thanksgiving.  People like my roasted turkey.  It's always moist and flavorful.  I always brine my turkey.  And I've done it the same way for years.  It works, but I got bored.  So, I tried a brine from Martha Stewart and roasted it in my usual way.
For a 12-14 pound turkey, use:
3 cups of kosher salt;
5 cups of sugar;
2 onions coarsely chopped;
2 peeled and coarsely chopped carrots;
2 celery stalks coarsely chopped;
(Martha's recipe called for leaks, I used 2 parsnips);
2 dried bay leaves;
3 sprigs of fresh thyme (which I happened to have, but you can use 2 teaspoons of dried thyme, it's fine);
Martha's recipe calls for fresh parsley, but who cares?  I skipped parsely;
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns;
Martha's recipe calls for 10 cups of water, but I used some left over veggie and turkey stock, then used water to completely cover the bird in the brine.

Heat up all the stock ingredients and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved.  Allow the stock to completely cool, 40 degrees is good.  I did this by setting the pot outside on the bricks for several hours while I cleared snow.

Rinse your bird and place it breast side down in the stock.  Top off with enough water to cover the bird.  I happen to have a pot large enough for a 12-14 pound bird.  If you don't, you can buy a new 5 gallon utility bucket for about $5.  Use it for nothing but your brining and you can use it over and over.  

Keep the brining bird either in the fridge.  Or, if you have a cooler large enough to hold it, put the bucket in that with several ice packs.  Whatever you do, do not let your brining bird get warmer than 40 degrees.

Did I mention you need to allow for at least eight hours of brining time?  You do.  Some people brine for much longer.  Martha's recipe calls for 24 hours.  I know a lady who brines her turkey for a week!  I find that eight to 12 hours if good.  You get the flavor, but your turkey doesn't become waterlogged.  I like a juicy bird, but not a soggy bird.

After eight to 12 hours, remove the bird from the brine, rinse and dry it.  I like to to use a 1/2 inch deep roasting pan with a rack set in it for roasting.

Rub down the bird with Canola oil.  Sprinkle salt and freshly ground pepper on the bird.  You can consider smoke paprika or other herbs, whatever you like.  I don't stuff my turkey, but I do usually throw in a halved onion, maybe an apple, some sage.  Or, use nothing in the bird, it's fine.  I never stuff my bird with stuffing, I find it pointless and messy.  But, if that's your tradition, go for it.  Just don't pack it in.  

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, placing the rack in the lowest part of the oven.  

If you have a internal probe thermometer insert the probe into the center of the thickest part of a breast, avoiding bones.  If you don't have a probe thermometer, consider getting one.  Food is done when it's cooked to the right internal temperature, not after a cook book's given number of hours and minutes.  A 12-14 bird using my method will be done within 2 hours, so you can plan on that.

Put your bird on its rack in the pan into the oven.  Pour four cups of water into the pan.  Close the door and roast at 450 for 20-30 minutes.  Then, turn back to the heat to 325.  

If you have giblets, kidneys, heart and liver and want to use them for gravy, add those to the rack when the bird's internal temperature hits 90-100 degrees.

The bird is done when your probe thermometer hits 160 degrees.  165 is the golden point, but your bird will continue to cook for several minutes after you shut off the heat source.  Remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil.

While the bird rests, you can puree your giblets, etc., and get ready to make gravy.  I use a wand mixer and add either corn starch or roux at the end of the pureeing, mixing it into the organ puree.

After about ten minutes, carefully remove the bird to a carving plate.  Pour the drippings into a sauce separator and pour off the liquid, minus the fat, into a heavy pan.  

Heat the drippings and stir in the roasted pureed organ meat.  Stir as it heats.  The corn starch or roux will thicken the gravy.  I like to add freshly ground black pepper and a bit of balsamic vinegar.  Some people get much more elaborate, but nobody has ever said my gravy sucks, so I keep it simple.  Remember, gravy thickens as it cools, so don't overdo the corn starch or roux in the heating process.  You want it shiny and somewhat thick, but not super thick in the hot pan.  Strain into your serving dish and your gravy is done.

Now it's time to carve the bird.  Before I start I usually show it to the folks.  "Presentation!"  I smile at the oohs and ahhs and then take away the bird for carving.  I use an electric knife to take off the legs and carve up both breasts.  I leave the (hot) thighs and the rest for the end.  I arrange the meat on a platter, and it's time to eat.

However you do your bird, I hope you find it fun and fulfilling as people scarf down your results.

The brine change this year?  People were hesitant when I said I'd changed something in how I roast the bird.  "Your turkey is fine!" a friend protested.  "I know, but we all need to embrace change."  People liked the flavor of the meat, so the new brine was a success.  
Here's a video of Martha tolerating an idiot in her kitchen as she brines a turkey.  (I kick out everybody, idiot or not, I can't deal with people when I'm working on food.)___

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2014-11-27 23:27:09 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Internet dropped 14 hours ago.  It's back.  Power dropped 25 hours ago.  Still waiting . . .

Thank goodness for portable generators.

The apartment, which is empty, has a gas stove and oven.  So, to spare the gennie from overworking, I used the apartment stove and oven to make Thanksgiving lunch:  roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauteed Brussels sprouts with crumbled bacon, sweet potato stew, cheeses and fruits platter, wines, and incidentals.  We figured, what the heck, and moved the whole shebang up to the apartment.  49-year-old me revisiting a life and celebrations from a quarter century ago.  I lived in that apartment in my 20s..

Now the apartment is cleaned and empty again.  (It's mine, I'd prefer to keep it empty, apart from those who truly need and/or love the space as I do.)   Alone again, the husband and I are being lazy andwaiting t... more »

Internet dropped 14 hours ago.  It's back.  Power dropped 25 hours ago.  Still waiting . . .

Thank goodness for portable generators.

The apartment, which is empty, has a gas stove and oven.  So, to spare the gennie from overworking, I used the apartment stove and oven to make Thanksgiving lunch:  roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauteed Brussels sprouts with crumbled bacon, sweet potato stew, cheeses and fruits platter, wines, and incidentals.  We figured, what the heck, and moved the whole shebang up to the apartment.  49-year-old me revisiting a life and celebrations from a quarter century ago.  I lived in that apartment in my 20s..

Now the apartment is cleaned and empty again.  (It's mine, I'd prefer to keep it empty, apart from those who truly need and/or love the space as I do.)   Alone again, the husband and I are being lazy and waiting to rejoin the grid.

Happy Thanksgiving, America.

//___

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2014-11-26 02:41:43 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

SyFy's "Helix."  The TV series for those who find Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" too simple and understated.  Thirteen episodes.  The first few are interesting, pitting science against a mysterious infectious disease outbreak at an equally mysterious Arctic biological research facility.  It devolves into turgid story-telling that veers from genre to genre.  One moment it's "The X-Files" at its best, then it's a zombie shocker, next it's suspenseful, just before it sinks into romantic drama and "The X-Files" at its worst.  It's a hot mess with some very cool moments.  Good production values.  The writing overall is weak.  It is produced by Ronald Moore, the same guy who brought us "Battlestar Galactica."  But, it ultimately collapses under its own absurdities.  It is, after all, a SyFy production.

So, yes, therewill be a ... more »

SyFy's "Helix."  The TV series for those who find Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" too simple and understated.  Thirteen episodes.  The first few are interesting, pitting science against a mysterious infectious disease outbreak at an equally mysterious Arctic biological research facility.  It devolves into turgid story-telling that veers from genre to genre.  One moment it's "The X-Files" at its best, then it's a zombie shocker, next it's suspenseful, just before it sinks into romantic drama and "The X-Files" at its worst.  It's a hot mess with some very cool moments.  Good production values.  The writing overall is weak.  It is produced by Ronald Moore, the same guy who brought us "Battlestar Galactica."  But, it ultimately collapses under its own absurdities.  It is, after all, a SyFy production.

So, yes, there will be a season two in 2015.  

"Helix" season one now available on Netflix.___

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2014-11-16 14:33:57 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So, this is a thing that I did not know about.  Now I do.  

Filed under:  Some things don't bear knowing.

So, this is a thing that I did not know about.  Now I do.  

Filed under:  Some things don't bear knowing.___

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2014-11-15 20:30:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Tomorrow night, honey.  Yessiree.

Seems about right...
#WalkingDead  
#GamerGeek  
#DukeNukem  
#TombRaider___Tomorrow night, honey.  Yessiree.

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2014-11-15 14:49:05 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Indian Pudding   Don't attack me for the term Indian.  I've known many American Indians over the years and only one referred to herself and her family and people as Native American.  She was membership director for a Native American museum, so it was more professional preference and job protection than anything else.  

Indian Pudding is a traditional New England dish.  It evolved out of simple English puddings based on heating wheat flour and milk with additions of salt, meat fats or whatever else might be around.

The New World of the English northeast wasn't known for its vast acreage of amber waves of grain.  But, it had maize, a native grass that produces the now-ubiquitous corn that is the foundation of the modern Western diet alongside highly subsidized, inexpensive animal muscle and artificial sweeteners and flavors.

Resourceful Englishcolon... more »

Indian Pudding   Don't attack me for the term Indian.  I've known many American Indians over the years and only one referred to herself and her family and people as Native American.  She was membership director for a Native American museum, so it was more professional preference and job protection than anything else.  

Indian Pudding is a traditional New England dish.  It evolved out of simple English puddings based on heating wheat flour and milk with additions of salt, meat fats or whatever else might be around.

The New World of the English northeast wasn't known for its vast acreage of amber waves of grain.  But, it had maize, a native grass that produces the now-ubiquitous corn that is the foundation of the modern Western diet alongside highly subsidized, inexpensive animal muscle and artificial sweeteners and flavors.

Resourceful English colonists adopted corn and modified their favorite dishes to corn's properties.  But, Englishmen were not Indians, and they wanted not only to eat and survive, but to take advantage of the potential of this new world and its goods, and to bring in goods from outside.  So, the infamous triangle trade was born.

New England businesses and ships dominated the triangle trade that saw African slaves delivered to the Caribbean and American colonial south, loading up in Caribbean and southern ports with raw materials for transport to English ports, where they would load up with finished goods to start the the triangular travel all over again.  A lot of money was made.  A lot of people suffered and whole nations were born.

Along with cuisines.  One component of Indian Pudding is molasses, a product of slavery-based Caribbean sugar cane cultivation and sugar production.  Molasses is used in rum distillation.  New England was home to several rum distilleries, so barrels of molasses traveled north from the Caribbean to ports in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut to be turned into rum.  That rum was loaded onto ships sailing out of New England ports, bound for England and Europe.  (An aside:  To this day, one of Boston's greatest industrial disasters was the 1919 molasses flood.  Seriously.  Read about it here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster)

The human world had become truly global and connected thanks to the pioneering travels of men like the 16th century's Ferdinand Magellan.  His famous and incredibly brave ocean voyage proved beyond all doubt that the planet is a sphere and if you travel far and long enough in any one direction you will end up back where you started.  Europe had known of Eastern spices for centuries.  The rise of the Age of Exploration allowed Atlantic European nations, chiefly England, to seize the will and the means to control the exotic Eastern trade.  The spices flowed across the planet.

And some of them landed in New England.  Indian Pudding evolved into a sweet and spicy favorite.  It draws upon the resources and legacy of a by-gone era when men clambered aboard risky wooden vessels, propelled by winds and currents and produced wonders and holocausts in equal measure.  Here is the shopping list:

--  New World corn meal;

--  Old World cow's milk;

--  Caribbean molasses via sugar cane that traversed the centuries and its south Asia origins to become established on New World plantations worked by dark-skinned slaves;

--  Chicken's eggs, another original of south Asia that has been traveling with our Old World ancestors for thousands of years and then brought to the New World by other of our ancestors;

--  Sugar, the ultimate refinement of sugar cane;

--  Salt, found throughout the planet on land and in the seas, a mineral essential to the proper operation of the human body;

--   Ginger and cinnamon, both native to south Asia and valued for their flavors.

--   Butter, a product of processing the cream from the Old World's cow's milk.

Make some Indian Pudding this holiday season.  It is simple, sweet, and best served hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  You can add raisins and nuts if you want, but you'll never find those added to my Indian Pudding.  I think it's even better the next day, pulled out of the fridge and heated up.

Enjoy the journey in making and enjoying it, and the journey that brought you here to be able to make it.

The video is a good visual primer on making Indian Pudding.  See the link in the video for the best basic recipe, just type "Indian Pudding" into the search bar.  It's easy to make, I promise.___

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2014-11-14 12:19:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Snowy morning.

Snowy morning.___

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2014-11-13 23:12:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Spent half the day plugged into wonderful classical music to try to shake the grumps.  Won't say grumps are shaken, but I feel better than I might have otherwise.  

For whatever arcane reason, post-marathon classical session, this disco gem is my ear worm going into supper.

Ahhhhhh, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love . . .

(shrug)

Spent half the day plugged into wonderful classical music to try to shake the grumps.  Won't say grumps are shaken, but I feel better than I might have otherwise.  

For whatever arcane reason, post-marathon classical session, this disco gem is my ear worm going into supper.

Ahhhhhh, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love . . .

(shrug)___

2014-11-13 15:45:23 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Note: Do not listen to Marilyn Manson on a day when you feel grumpy.

Switching to Mozart.

Note: Do not listen to Marilyn Manson on a day when you feel grumpy.

Switching to Mozart.___

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2014-11-08 21:15:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The great present a glorious false front so that others can bask in the glow.  The meaningful show themselves in all their glory and awfulness without making either the problem of others.  The best straddle both of the former states and point out the humor in all of it.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you've never met him or if you need reminding, I present +Alistair McHarg.  One of our best.

Happy Holidays.

The great present a glorious false front so that others can bask in the glow.  The meaningful show themselves in all their glory and awfulness without making either the problem of others.  The best straddle both of the former states and point out the humor in all of it.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you've never met him or if you need reminding, I present +Alistair McHarg.  One of our best.

Happy Holidays.___

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2014-11-08 14:46:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Anne, I think you're awesome.  Let's just be friends.

Anne, I think you're awesome.  Let's just be friends.___

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2014-11-07 23:35:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

For thousands of years the city of Babylon was the London, the New York City of the world.  It was an ancient center of power, science, trade and religion by the time Alexander the Great wandered through one of its gates.

I love that just now when I typed "Babylon" into Google and then clicked on its Map function, it points me to the Babylon Restaurant (closed) in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Seems right.

All great things end.

For thousands of years the city of Babylon was the London, the New York City of the world.  It was an ancient center of power, science, trade and religion by the time Alexander the Great wandered through one of its gates.

I love that just now when I typed "Babylon" into Google and then clicked on its Map function, it points me to the Babylon Restaurant (closed) in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Seems right.

All great things end.___

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2014-11-07 13:44:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Today's ear worm

Watch me clinging to the beat  
I had to fight to make it mine  
That religion you could sink in neat  
Just move your feet and you'll feel fine  

Culture Club
"Church Of The Poison Mind"
Colour By Numbers  (1983)  

Today's ear worm

Watch me clinging to the beat  
I had to fight to make it mine  
That religion you could sink in neat  
Just move your feet and you'll feel fine  

Culture Club
"Church Of The Poison Mind"
Colour By Numbers  (1983)  ___

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2014-11-07 03:41:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

This week's "American Horror Story" features another Bowie song.  A repeat of Elsa singing "Life on Mars" and the album track of Bowie's second US hit, "Fame."

Have a pink cupcake?

This week's "American Horror Story" features another Bowie song.  A repeat of Elsa singing "Life on Mars" and the album track of Bowie's second US hit, "Fame."

Have a pink cupcake?___

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2014-11-07 01:53:21 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I did a horrible thing today.

I'm very free with my honest compliments.  If you look good, I will tell you.  How you've done your hair.  How you're carrying yourself.  Your smile.  Something you've done that sets you above most others.

I seldom negatively criticize about another's appearance, unless doing so is important beyond simple appearance.

So, I was shocked even as the words left my mouth when I told a woman at work that the color of her cardigan sweater did not suit her.  She gaped at what I'd said.  I gaped at what I'd said.  I blushed.  I quickly recovered and said, "You're gorgeous, don't get me wrong.  That's just not a color that works for you."  She regarded her sweater arms.  "I don't normally wear this color."  I nodded.  Turned to walk away.  Turned back.  "I'm soembarrassed now... more »

I did a horrible thing today.

I'm very free with my honest compliments.  If you look good, I will tell you.  How you've done your hair.  How you're carrying yourself.  Your smile.  Something you've done that sets you above most others.

I seldom negatively criticize about another's appearance, unless doing so is important beyond simple appearance.

So, I was shocked even as the words left my mouth when I told a woman at work that the color of her cardigan sweater did not suit her.  She gaped at what I'd said.  I gaped at what I'd said.  I blushed.  I quickly recovered and said, "You're gorgeous, don't get me wrong.  That's just not a color that works for you."  She regarded her sweater arms.  "I don't normally wear this color."  I nodded.  Turned to walk away.  Turned back.  "I'm so embarrassed now," I sighed.  "You are gorgeous, always.  If it was a gift from your husband or something . . ."  She smiled and waved me off.  "Thank you!" she said.  "I don't mind.  Honestly."

If she wears that sweater more, I'll know it's in protest to my idiocy.  If she never wears it again . . .___

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2014-11-07 01:25:44 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

My theory after watching "The Walking Dead" episode Slabtown.  

SPOILERS for the episode follow







The show goes back in time from the previous episode, and then pushes forward a bit in time by the end.  We first see Beth after her capture and delivery to the Atlanta hospital by the goons (the cars with the white crosses, easy).  

She and Noah sneak out, but only Noah gets away.  

At end of the previous episode, it's Noah who Daryl invites to step out of the bushes and show himself to Michonne.   Noah and maybe Carol following along.

Because, we have to figure out how Carol ends up the Atlanta hospital, as shown at the end of Slabtown.

Most likely she's legitimately captured since nobody at the hospital is alarmed by her arrival--it's treated as a regular ol' delivery, sothe ... more »

My theory after watching "The Walking Dead" episode Slabtown.  

SPOILERS for the episode follow







The show goes back in time from the previous episode, and then pushes forward a bit in time by the end.  We first see Beth after her capture and delivery to the Atlanta hospital by the goons (the cars with the white crosses, easy).  

She and Noah sneak out, but only Noah gets away.  

At end of the previous episode, it's Noah who Daryl invites to step out of the bushes and show himself to Michonne.   Noah and maybe Carol following along.

Because, we have to figure out how Carol ends up the Atlanta hospital, as shown at the end of Slabtown.

Most likely she's legitimately captured since nobody at the hospital is alarmed by her arrival--it's treated as a regular ol' delivery, so the deliverers have to be legit to not raise alarm by those inside.

So, how did Carol get there?  And in which creative ways will she destroy the hospital goons, hopefully assisted by Beth?___

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