Merry Christmas        

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It really brings out the best in people. Spending time with family and friends, great food and, of course, great drinks! I hope everyone enjoyed it and is looking forward to New Year’s celebrations!

Once again, I haven’t posted in several weeks. Things have been extremely busy since getting back from Afghanistan. As of yesterday, I am no longer on active duty with the Air Force. I am now a reservist with the 914th at Niagara Falls! That also means that today is my first day working ‘full time’ with New Buffalo Brewing.

We have done a lot in the last month, but we haven’t talked about it much. We set up a small lab in Clarence, and are currently dialing in on what we think will be our first four beers.  We are also working on a Kickstarter Campaign, which is a huge project. The support we receive from donors will make the difference between opening this spring and pushing off for several more months.

I want to talk about the lab in today’s post. It’s small, with a Brew Magic as our system, six half-barrel fermenters, and room for only one and a half barrels of finished beer. We are producing all the beer we need to have ready between now and April on this nano- of nano systems! You can imagine space will become an issue.

The plan is as follows: We are going to brew six beers between January 25th and March 10th. We aren’t publicizing the names yet, but we will have a brown ale, bitters, APA, and IPA. Our last two are still wild cards. We have two dry stout variants, a sweet stout and a porter. As much as I like the sweet stout, I think it’s on the chopping block. Many people we have talked to have varying degrees of lactose intolerance, and we want to make sure we are making something everyone can enjoy.

So where is this beer going? We have a couple of big things in the pipe. First, we want to be able to enter all our beers into the Amber Waves of Grain on March 10th.  Second, we need to have samples for the distributors and the bank to try. But I’m sure most people are interested in our the tastings…

We are planning four events to go with our Kickstarter campaign, three in Buffalo and one in Rochester. We’ll be sure to give everyone a big heads up once we have the locations nailed down. So far we have one place approved and three in the works.

So watch for an active blog again, and I will be updating the main site often over the next month or so as we get ready to announce our ‘official’ beers. Thanks for reading!


          Re: GeeChee Dee’s Kitchen is as a better take-out spot        
Matt, thanks for the heads up. It's on my list.
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          Comment on The Crypto stock that’s better than GBTC by ghostface        
Was there recently some insider purchases on the open market? He supposedly got into mining to learn the crypto currency/blockchain business with plans to use that in circling back to security. So far just his secure phone idea. Not sure if this will all pan out but if we compare blockchain excitment to 1999 dot com bubble where there were new ipos and re-imagined stale companies adding dot com to their name and stocks galore exploding higher every day. Under the current situation there is a a dearth of choices on the securities front with a lot of money still learning and wanting to chase any crpto/blockchain story. The money has yet to rush into the limited stocks offering a home to the demand imo. I had forgotten about this one. Thanks for the heads up.
          Osborne's attempt to discredit Robin Hood Tax is a bit rich        
George Osborne has complained to his fellow European finance ministers that they're wasting time debating a financial transaction tax because he believes pensioners will pay for it rather than bankers.

Good to see our Chancellor fighting the cause for pensioners. He's always got their interests at heart. Like when he changed the rate of indexation from RPI to CPI costing pensioners on average between £2,250 and £2,500 per year and wiping off £75 billion off the value of private sector pensions. Not to mention the millions of public sector workers his government are currently seeking to make work longer and pay more for less pension.

It is somewhat galling therefore that he seeks to reject a progressive tax that would raise £30bn to fight poverty by painting himself as some kind of defender of pensioners.

He doesn't see the point of discussing it as it will not be unilaterally agreed. He ignores a report by Bill Gates that cites that the tax would work even if it wasn't agreed by all countries. He ignores faith leaders such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope and Desmond Tutu, and he ignores a global movement of more than 220 million people who are calling for it to help the world's poor and allow the banks to atone for creating the current financial crisis.

France, Germany and Brazil among others can hold their heads up high in the knowledge that their government's back this tax. I for one am ashamed that my government doesn't just not support it, but out-rightly seeks to disingenuously undermine it.

Again, Osborne is out to protect the interests of the wealthy few rather than the millions suffering from poverty.

The Robin Hood Tax campaign does a good job of refuting Osborne's bias against the tax on their website.

          Republishing ArgumentCollection posts        
Just a heads up that I plan to republish a number of my ArgumentCollection blog posts here as Broadchoice plan to reuse the domain name for an upcoming support / corporate blog to accompany their new support documentation wiki and support forums. That means your RSS feed may show a number of articles that you have already read on their original dates. I will republish each article using the original date but I can't guarantee they won't show up new for you :)
          Comment on Thoughts upon returning from the Big Apple by subliminal messages        
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          By: poed        
It's rumored that Marine View tenants had to begin paying for their own electric last year and that they were given a 33% rent increase for this year. If I am not mistaken a pilot can start increasing/charging market rate when their Pilot ends. Sounds like somebody got the heads up. :x
          Comment on Contact by seo in lahore        
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          If a DB is your leading tackler, then you might stink!        


Just A Little Heads Up.

At the end of the 2007 season 25 out of the top 30 individual leaders in TOTAL TACKLES were linebackers. Five of the top 30 were defensive backs (including #4 Will Dunbar of UAB).

UAB was #114 in Total Defense.

The other 4 Defensive backs in the Top 30 in total tackles?

*Jordan Lake of Baylor (#110 in Total Team Defense)

*C.J. Spillman of Marshall (#107 in Total Team Defense)

*Alex Kube of Northern Illinois (#97 in Total Team Defense)

*Davonte Shannon of Buffalo (#72 in Total Team Defense)


My advice?

If the leading defensive tackler on a team is a defensive back, then LOOK OUT!


*UAB had the #4 tackler in the land, and he was a DB, and they gave up 487 yards per game. They gave up an average of 6.5 yards per play. They gave up 4.4 touchdowns per game and went 2-10 that year.


We can expand on this premise by locating the teams that have a high rate of DB tackles. Since the above mentioned teams already stunk on defense. What we can do is seek the higher rates of DB tackles on OVERRATED FAVORITES and, for that matter, overrated Doggies.

This should serve as a red flag in the NFL as well.

You might notice that the absence of Bob Sanders in the Colts defense causes that team to falter? You could see it in Denver, as well, in past seasons. It's a mini capping signal.

Heads up!


Please note that a DB in a "Stack" or "Pressure (man-coverage)" defense will be closer to the line. Nickle packages or Nickle copycats will also inflate a DB's tackle numbers.

          Elf Cards        
Just wanted to share some exciting elf cards are being printed as we speak! That means you, sweet readers, will be able to share some holiday jollies through the mail this year. I designed the cards in a large 5.5" x 8.5" when folded  size to show off the happy friends and to give you plenty of room to send holiday wishes.

These cuties will be in my shop early next week so I thought I'd give you guys a heads up in case you are already deciding on your Christmas cards.  If you want to be notified when the cards are ready for purchase please leave a comment with your email addy or shoot me a message at lindseysgreatfull at gmail dot com. 
          Blog Salon moved!        
Heads up! The OCLC Blog Salon has moved locations.
Now we will be in the Westin Waterfront, Stone Room.
The full info:

OCLC Blog Salon

Sunday, January 17
Not just for bloggers anymore! The blog salon is open and welcome for anyone interested in "Web 2.0" kinds of stuff--from blogs and tweets to APIs, mash-ups, mobile apps and more. It's your chance to rub shoulders with other technically and social-media savvy folks, and make some new friends in a relaxed, social setting.
5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Westin Waterfront, Stone Room

See you there!
          Reply #676        
Heads up. The pair 39 is a hot pick for Sunday.

389 for good number to play. Has not hit since June 2013

I would play it 839

any thoughts or feedback on that on the pair 39
          Travel to Austria – Your Year-Round Travel Destination        
So you want to travel to Austria. Well, you've made a wise choice. Austria is considered one of the top year-round travel destinations. Because of its beautiful Alps, winter sports are quite popular in Austria, providing Austria with high tourist attendance in the winter and giving you a reason to travel to Austria any time of the year.

If you want to travel to Austria, here are some quick facts you should know when you go.

Austria – The Region
A land-locked country, Austria is located in Central Europe. It is a mountainous country with an area of 83,855 km2. Austria consists of nine provinces: Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Burgenland, and Vienna. Approximately 99% of Austrians are of Germanic ethnic origin and 78% are Roman Catholics. As for the terrain, the Alps occupy the southern and western regions of the country, and numerous forests, valleys, lakes, and rivers can be found throughout Austria.

The Weather
When you travel to Austria, it's important to have an idea about the weather and Austria's seasons. Austria has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Summers are generally warm and pleasant with cool nights. Rain does occur during the summer season but the showers are normally short. Austria's winters are sunny, with reliable and frequent snowfalls. Winters are also cold and accompanied by warm and dry winds in some parts. However the weather overall is changeable throughout the year, so when you travel to Austria, pack appropriately.

The Culture
When you travel to Austria, you'll quickly realize why Austria is widely recognized for its rich cultural past and present. Austria's affluence of artistic achievements is obvious in its architecture and structures like the Stephansdom (Saint Stephen`s Cathedral), Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, the "Goldene Dachl" in Innsbruck, Melk Abbey, and the "Loos-Haus" or the "Hundertwasser-Haus". Austria is also the birthplace of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss Jr., Johann Strauss Sr., and Johannes Brahms. Like most European countries, Austria has a rich culture and affluence that awaits anyone who decides to visit.

The Activities
If you pre-plan your activities for your trip to Austria, here's a heads up. Because of Austria's mountainous terrain, two of the more popular activities for tourists tend to be skiing in the winter and hiking. There are a number of different resorts to fulfill your skiing desires. If you prefer flat terrain to hills, cross-country skiing opportunities are also available anywhere where there's sufficient snow and few buildings. As for hiking, there are thousands of kilometers of hiking trails that will allow you to explore the Alps and its breathtaking views. If you're looking for things to do when you travel Austria, skiing in the winter and hiking are two very popular and exciting Austrian activities for tourists.

Austria has a lot to offer travelers and those who want to travel Austria. From its rich culture to mountain activities, Austria is the answer to those who want to travel in Europe year-round.

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          Change is in the Air        
Hey, Everyone!  This is a heads up that I’m getting ready to consolidate my websites.  In a few days, you’ll be redirected to when you visit this site.  All the posts you’ve enjoyed here will be moving there, too.
          Reply #4275        
Aaaaaaaawww Congrats on your win....and just a heads up

234 combination is almost a guaranteed and a favorite to

hit after the trip in pick 4 or the all evens

204, 206, 208, 068, 048, 406 just fyi....
          Comment on IMG_2936 by Men's Tek Gear 10-pk. Quarter-Crew Socks        
Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seemm to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I'm not sure if thgis is a formatting issue oor something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hopee you get the problem solvdd soon. Cheers
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-08-2017 with Dave Blackwood        

Saib- Morning Coffee - Summer Days
Vibronics Meets Conscious Sounds- Dub Somebody - Half Century Dub
Charles Okafor- America - America
Balkan Beat Box- Chin Chin - Shout It Out
Autistici- Heated Dust On A Sunlit Window - Evidence Of Intense Beauty
Heimer- Qqq - Teilzeit Swag
Adrian Younge- Chicago Wind feat Toni Scruggs - Linear Labs Los Angeles
Adrian Younge- Black Noise - The Electronique Void
Lettuce- Mt Crushmore - Mt Crushmore
Senor Coconut- Riders On The Storm - Fiesta Songs
- voicebreak -
Marco Benevento- VII Follow The Arrow - The Story Of Fred Short
Goat- Alarms - Requiem
Acid Arab- Medahat - Musique De France
Michael Mayer- We Like To Party -
Senor Coconut- Smoke On The Water - Fiesta Songs
Flo Morrissey And Matthew E White- Look At What The Light Did Now - Gentlewoman Ruby Man
Warpaint- Whiteout - Heads Up
Foxygen- On Lankershim - Hang
SUSTO- Gay In The South - Im Fine Today
All Them Witches- Dont Bring Me Coffee - Sleeping Through The War
Ty Segall- Break A Guitar - Ty Segall
Sleep- Dragonaut - Heavy Nuggets Vol 4 13 Sabbath Inspired Tracks
Thee Oh Sees- You Will Find It Here - An Odd Entrances
Ron Gallo- Young Lady Youre Scaring Me - Heavy Meta
The Regrettes- Bronze - Feel Your Feelings Fool
SleaterKinney- Entertain - Live In Paris
Reed Mathis Electric Beethoven- Finale feat Stanton Moore Robert Walter - Beathoven
Howie B- Can I Close My Eyes - Down With The Dawn
Run The Jewels- Down feat Joi - Run The Jewels 3
Canon- Eagles - Loose Canon Vol 3
Coins- AliveIntergalactic Daft Science Remix - Daft Science
Beats Antique- Killer Bee feat Lafa Taylor - Shadowbox
A Tribe Called Red- Sisters Feat Northern Voice - Nation II Nation
FurmigaDub- Raggatimosfrico - Ciranda De Maluco Remixes EP
Howie B- Night Nice - Down With The Dawn
various Artists- Potholes In My Lawn - Tommy Boy Greatest Beats Vol 4
Kid Koala- Fender Bender - Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
The Slew- 100 - 100
Kid Koala- 10 Bit Blues - 12 Bit Blues Bonus Track Version

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-02-2017 with Mark Doyle        

Chimney Choir- A Little Escape - Dream
Painted Caves- Paper Tigers Ballad Of The Office Worker - Painted Caves
Jain- Come Frank Pole Remix - The EP
Lou Barlow- Apocalypse Fetish - Apocalypse Fetish EP
- voicebreak -
Tanya Tagaq- Aorta - Retribution
Django Django- Hand Of Man - Django Django
Dylan LeBlanc- Cautionary Tale - Cautionary Tale
Psapp- Chapter - Tiger My Friend
Laurie Anderson- The End Of The World - Talk Normal The Laurie Anderson Anthology Remastered
Jesca Hoop- Dig This Record - The House That Jack Built
- voicebreak -
Dengue Fever- Durian Dowry - Cannibal Courtship
Sonny The Sunsets- Nightmares - Moods Baby Moods
Paul Simon- In A Parade - Stranger To Stranger
Floex- Precious Creature feat James Rone - Zorya
Warsaw Village Band- Lull Lullaby - Sun Celebration
Iva Bittov Gyan Riley Evan Ziporyn- Nalhav - Eviyan Nayive
Jessica Lurie- Up From The Bottom Of The Well - Licorice And Smoke
- voicebreak -
Flobots- The Rose And The Thistle - The Circle In The Square
Kristin Hersh- Soma Gone Slapstick - Stereotypes
Thinking Plague- Dead Silence - In Extremis
Tunng- Mothers Daughter - This Is Tunng Mothers Daughter And Other Tales
Karen Nielsen- Juliets Flight - Deliverance
Agnes Obel- Mary - Citizen Of Glass
- voicebreak -
Dead Can Dance- As The Bell Rings The Maypole Spins Remastered - Aion Remastered
Steve Jansen- Pieces Cancelled feat Anja Garbarek - Slope 2013 Deluxe Edition Vol 1
Rubi Ate The Fig- Breathe With Me Slowly - Live Santa Fe NM
- voicebreak -
The Evolution Control Committee- Pwn Monkey - All Rights Reserved
DVA- Labalibe - Fonok
Firefly Burning- We Are A Bomb - Skeleton Hill
Mick Rossi- Euro - Rossi 160
DakhaBrakha- SoZPodDuba - Yahudky
Zrn- Tesk - Nsleduj Kojota Deluxe
Balkan Beat Box- Kum Kum feat Awa - Shout It Out
Stan Ridgway- Salesman - The Big Heat
Piney Gir- Oh God You Devil - Mr Hydes Wild Ride
She Him- You Really Got A Hold On Me - Volume One
Warpaint- By Your Side - Heads Up
Jesca Hoop- Love And Love Again - Kismet

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-14-2016 with Dave Blackwood        

Them Two- Am I A Good Man - Shanghaid Soul
Lady Wray- Its Been A Long Time - Queen Alone
The Brothers Rap- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Afterschool Special The 123s Of Kid Soul
Rev Sekou The Holy Ghost- The Revolution Has Come - The Revolution Has Come
Tay Sean- Higher Vibrations - Leavings
- voicebreak -
Takuya Kuroda- Actors - Zigzagger
DJ Shadow- Changeling II - Endtroducing Endtroducing ReEmagined
Makam- Chihuahuas - Than Sadet
Makam- When Light Gives You Hope - Than Sadet
Sedcairn Archives- Little Doors - OOBYDOOB
Warpaint- Whiteout - Heads Up
Beats Antique- Three Sisters feat Tatyana Kalmykova - Shadowbox
Acid Arab- Buzq Blues - Musique De France
Goat- Goatfuzz - Requiem
Thee Oh Sees- You Will Find It Here - An Odd Entrances
Acid Tongue- Lately - I Died Dreaming EP
- voicebreak -
Adrian Younge- Voltage Controlled Orgasms - The Electronique Void
DJ Click- Mohal Club Mix feat Simo Bouamar - Labesse Club
Michael Mayer- State Of The Nation -
Waldeck- Western Saloon Cartoon feat Mud - Gran Paradiso
Lee Scratch Perry- Psycho Dread - Must Be Free
Rico Rodriguez- Take 5 qw Mix - Wareika Dub
Wax Tailor- I Had A Woman - By Any Beats Necessary
John Evans- Polyester - Polyester
Tim Presley- Clue - The Wink
Communist Daughter- The Dealer - The Cracks That Built The Wall
The Scientists- Nitro - A Place Called Bad
Batwings Catwings- Totally Outrageous - Coast To Coast EP
Alejandro Escovedo- I Dont Want To Play Guitar Anymore - Burn Something Beautiful
Motorama- Reflection - Dialogues
David Bazan- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Dark Sacred Night
Gonjasufi- Maniac Depressant - Callus
Bon Iver- 33 GOD - 22 A Million
Lambchop- The Hustle - Flotus
Coins- AliveIntergalactic Daft Science Remix - Daft Science
Balkan Beat Box- Chin Chin - Shout It Out
Gotan Project- Panamericana - Tango 30

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-09-2016 with Dave Blackwood        

Kamasi Washington- The Magnificent 7 - The Epic
Augustus Pablo- Ancient Harmonies - Blowing With The Wind
Arjun- Gravity feat Molly Cherryholmes - Gravity
Babeheaven- Moving On - Moving On
Warpaint- Whiteout - Heads Up
Bob Weir- Ghost Towns - Blue Mountain
Bob Weir Grace Potter- Friend Of The Devil - Dear Jerry Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia Live
Megafauna- Panpsychist - Welcome Home
Brandon Cant Dance- Bathroom Cigarettes feat Chloe Sierka - Lxve Ep
Bon Iver- 33 GOD - 22 A Million
Tim Presley- The Wink - The Wink
AllahLas- High Dry - Calico Review
JPNSGRLS- A Girl From A Different Dimension - Divorce
Pixies- Head Carrier - Head Carrier
Gringo Star- Going Home - The Sides And In Between
Holy Sons- In The Garden - In The Garden
Elvis Perkins In Dearland- Slow Doomsday - The Doomsday EP
- voicebreak -
Brian Eno David Byrne- America Is Waiting - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
Moby The Void Pacific Choir- Break Doubt - These Systems Are Failing
- voicebreak -
Bill Callahan- America - Apocalypse
Tobacco- Human Om - Sweatbox Dynasty
JC Flowers- China Girl - Driving Excitement And The Pleasure Of Ownership
Parquet Courts- Dust - Human Performance
Car Seat Headrest- Vincent - Teens Of Denial
Piers Faccini- Bring Down The Wall - I Dreamed An Island
The Wood Brothers- American Heartache - Paradise
Jamestown Revival- American Dream - The Education Of A Wandering Man
Blackberry Smoke- Let It Burn - Like An Arrow
The Yawpers- Doing It Right - American Man
Balkan Beat Box- Chin Chin - Shout It Out
Lee Scratch Perry- Must Be Free - Must Be Free

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-12-2016 with Dave Blackwood        

Wah Wah Watson- Bubbles - Elementary Baby
- voicebreak -
Alsarah The Nubatones- Salam Nubia - Manara
Goat- Dejorolen Union Of Sun And Moon - Requiem
MIA- Jump In - AIM Deluxe
Throttle Elevator Music- Back To Form feat Kamasi Washington - Throttle Elevator Music IV feat Kamasi Washington
Jamie Xx- Gosh - In Colour
DJ Shadow- Mambo - The Mountain Will Fall
Yma Sumac- Bo Mambo - Ultimate Collection
Vampire Sound Inc- The Lions And The Cucumber - Vampyros Lesbos Sexadelic Dance Party Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- voicebreak -
Cassius- Ibifornia - Ibifornia
Clipping- Long Way Away Intro - Splendor Misery
Clipping- The Breach - Splendor Misery
Computer Magic- Dimensions - Obscure But Visible EP
Oy- Space Diaspora - Space Diaspora
Dusky- Songs Of Phase - Outer
New York Citi Peech Boys- Life Is Something Special - 12
- voicebreak -
Ultimate Painting- Bills - Dusk
Tim Presley- Long Bow - The Wink
The Growlers- Ill Be Around - City Club
Thee Oh Sees- Gelatinous Cube - A Weird Exits
Steel Cranes- Today Is The Day - Tango
Gringo Star- Rotten - The Sides And In Between
Twin Peaks- Walk To The One You Love - Down In Heaven
- voicebreak -
Preoccupations- Zodiac - Preoccupations
Lvl Up- Pain - Return To Love
Devendra Banhart- Celebration - Ape In Pink Marble
Wovenhand- Go Ye Light - Star Treatment
Warpaint- New Song - Heads Up
Drugdealer- The End Of Comedy feat Weyes Blood - The End Of Comedy
Audion- Destroyer - Alpha
- voicebreak -
AfroHaitian Experimental Orchestra- Bade Zile - AfroHaitian Experimental Orchestra
Marchfourth- Magic Number - Magic Number
Doe- No 1 - Doe
Klangstof- Close Eyes To Exit - Close Eyes To Exit
Bon Iver- 33 GOD - 22 A Million
- voicebreak -
ORB- Electric Blanket - Birth
- voicebreak -
Car Seat Headrest- 1937 State Park - Teens Of Denial
Dinosaur Jr- Tiny - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not

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          Reply #3331        
Thanks Ladyc for the heads up on NY.

Wow your numbers look GOOD! Luv those Trips
          Across Kentucky – March 31, 2016        
Across Kentucky
Western Kentucky University’s Research Foundation was recently approved by the state ag development board for a $105,000 grant of state funds for software and instrumentation improvements of the Kentucky Mesonet weather monitoring system. Stuart Foster heads up that network and discusses its role here, and how the upgrade will continue to impact farmers and the […]

          Reply #2840        
Thanks for the heads up on that I will post favorites...
          Graphics drivers updates for everyone        
Just a quick technical note (thanks to WorldofWar for the heads up): both of the major graphics card makers have released brand new drivers for their video cards recently. Even if you're not technically inclined, all you need to know is that the newer the version of video card drivers you have running, the better your 3D videogames (of which WoW is one) will look.

If you're running Nvidia cards, you can get the latest version right here. And those with ATI cards can find their new drivers over on their site. Just download the right file for your operating system, run it (you'll probably have to restart your system, so save your work), and then marvel at... OK, it probably won't look too different, but trust me when I tell you you want to be running the newest drivers possible. In fact, if anything will fix those graphical problems people have been seeing in the last patch, this probably will.

But Mike, you say, what if I don't know what kind of card I have? For Windows XP, just right click on My Computer and go to Properties. Choose the Hardware tab, then Device Manager, and then look for the "Display Adapters" menu in the list-- that should tell you the build and brand of your video card. For Mac OS X, you don't have to worry-- Apple updates your drivers for you with Software Update. And for Linux-- well, if you're running WoW on Linux, I'll assume you already know what you're doing, because I sure don't (though you can probably find help here if you need it). And yes, you technically inclined and sharp-eyed ladies and gents, I do call my custom-built, lightning fast XP box "Refridgerator." Why? Because it's freakin' cool, man.
          Swine Flu Dangers - Do You Know What To Do?        
Medical experts watching the Swine Flu tell us that once the flu is detected in an area, the entire community can be QUARANTINED for 6 to 12 weeks, the normal time for the Swine Flu to run its course, IF no further outbreaks are detected.

Being prepared for all types of emergencies should be a priority for everyone in the U.S. With more threats than ever before, we know that any number of events can be right around the corner. But lately its completely understandable that many of us probably have our mind on economic worries at the very least. But knowing what we do know about the swine Flu break out, it might be a good time for us to consider investing in our own safety just in case.

Find More About The Swine Flu Dangers Now

As of now there are over 1,000 deaths in the country of Mexico. Granted we are not Mexico, and we do have an outstanding heads up on the current situation, that doesnt mean that we shouldnt take precaution anyways.

But a bigger point can be made - We should be ready for any other crisis that could happen, even if the Swine Flu stays contained.

Further more, the swine flu cannot be see as the end to it all. If everything ends up well and the swine flu remains contained in a few countries, which is hopefully what will happen, we will see be prepared for any case of illness and disease that might happen in the future.

But just because we have caught this virus earlier than Mexico, doesnt mean its going to be O.K. Honestly, we are right nesxt door to the country, and we havnt done a great job of keeping Mexican immigrants out of our country in the past. And it only takes 1 unknowing victim to spread the Swine Flu virus to a large group of unsuspecting colleagues , classmates, or total strangers in a supermarket.

Find Out About The Swine Flu Dangers Now

I am definitely not trying to be someone that tries to scare people, but whenever a society takes something like this too lightly , things can spiral out of control in the blink of an eye. It is our responsibility to take stock of situations like these and make honest assesments.

In the coming weeks we will know for sure if the Swine Flu will become epidemic, pandemic, or nothing more than a slight outbreak. I hope that its the latter. But I really hope that we are all prepared for anything and everything.

For more information on Swine Flu preparedness and emergency Food Supplies follow the link below:

Swine Flu Dangers
          Natural Products Expo West 2014        
I finally decided to stop being jealous of Quarrygirl's Natural Products Expo West blog posts and go visit the mecca for myself. Safe to say, I was blown away by the size and the quality of the Expo. I got to see some great products, meet tons of awesome people and, of course, get my name printed up on a press pass. The Expo is held in Anaheim, which is nice because it's right next to Disneyland, so you can really make a vacation out of it. Also, you're still close to LA (just don't drive there on a Friday night) so you can check out all the Vegan eats and catch a concert.

So, day one of the Expo, I really lucked out and caught Sarah from The Spooky Vegan in the press line. This was the first time at the Expo for both of us, so it really worked out because we didn't know what the hell we were doing. Sarah is the best Expo buddy you could ask for!

Ever since I've been back everyone is like "what was your favorite product???" I had a few that I loved, but the Gardein Golden Fishless Filet was my top pick. I still haven't seen it in Omaha yet, but I can't wait to get reacquainted.

So what else did I love? Well, Amy's Tofu Breakfast Sandwich was killer. Mr. Dewie's Cashew Milk Ice Cream was off the hook amazing. The Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers (and Apple Maple Breakfast Sausages) were delish. And Phoney Baloney's new Coconut Bacon flavors (especially Apple Fennel) were mouth-watering good!

My favorite moment from the Expo is when I spotted Amy Berliner serving food at the Amy's Kitchen booth. I told Isa "look it's Amy!" and Isa was like "what are you talking about?" and I was like "look, It's AMY!" Isa finalllly got it and we were able to snag a pic. I'm happy to report that Amy is super nice and down to earth. And I finally got to tell her I put her through college. Life complete! Shout out to Allie Drew for making it happen.

And my second favorite moment from the Expo was getting Vega formulator Brendan Brazier and Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness creator Robert Cheeke together for a pic. Two cool dudes doing good things in the Vegan community.

So many awesome booths with great food! The Chicago Vegan Foods peeps brought the nacho cheese pump, so you know this expo is official. Follow Your Heart had yummy grilled cheese sandwiches right off the grill. Team Phoney Baloney was ready to greet the Vegans and all the people who ask "how can coconut be bacon?" One of the Qrunch team members was from Nebraska, gotta love my home state folk!

Sarah and I LOVED the Beyond Meat "Taco Beyond" booth. Their tacos were AMAZING. Cobra Corn is a product you need to try, headquartered in Chicago. The Bombay Seasoning Cobra Corn is worth getting shipped from Vegan Essentials. Daiya had a MASSIVE booth with tons of "Daiya Girls" walking around, giving samples. Mr. Dewie's had some really great ice cream and they entertained the heck out of us bloggers. Cybele from Cybele's Free to Eat told me she appreciated my putting up a pic of her cookies on Facebook. I thought that was pretty cool! And it took all three days of the expo, but I finally caught up with Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack. She's always the life of the party!

Nature's Path had some cool new things to sample and their rep was cracking us up. Dr. McDougall's had some new soups I hope to see soon. Vegetarian Plus had tons of stuff I've never seen before and I got to sample it. Sweet Earth had a sweet new Hickory and Sage Seitan Bacon that I can't wait to try again. Morinaga had a pamphlet with Terry Hope Romero on it, so we had to chat it up with them. And the Hail Merry ladies were super nice and gave us a heads up that Costco carries them now!

Always a treat to see Dan and Nicole from Upton's Naturals. Their Bacon Seitan is in my fridge 24/7. Happy to see the Liz Lovely booth, but they broke my heart by getting rid of the chocolate dipped cookies and pretzels. Wildwood got harassed by Isa about their creamer, I'm sorry. Vega had this nifty dispenser for Vega One. Oddly I didn't take any because it wasn't 6:20 am and I wasn't driving to work. Tofurky had a new gluten-free pizza I'd like to try again. I had a sample, but I need a whole pizza of that stuff. And Peanut Butter & Co. was in the house as they should be.

Sjaak's was very sweet and gave us bloggers a metric ton of candy to split amongst ourselves. I love their chocolates so much! JJ Sweet's Cocomels out of Boulder, Colorado was representing with their amazing caramels. Bee Free Honee gave a taste of everything. The honee is made out of apples, it's really good stuff! Endangered Species Chocolate had this amazing Raspberry Orange Creme Filled Dark Chocolate Bar that was to die for. I can't wait to find it here in Omaha.

So that was Natural Products Expo West 2014 in a nutshell! I didn't post half of what I actually saw, it really is a lot of stimuli. Lots of food, people and more people. Thank you to everyone who hung out with me and made my trip so special. I look forward to 2015!

          I set up a service plan with this company and the ...        
I set up a service plan with this company and the customer service lady was always so sweet to me and wanted me to sign up for more services. Well, I entered into a contract and today the pest guy is supposed … I set up a service plan with this company and the customer service lady was always so sweet to me and wanted me to sign up for more services. Well, I entered into a contract and today the pest guy is supposed to be coming. Last time he came, he was an hour early, which is usually fine. Today I have another apt and won t be here until the exact time of service. I called just to tell her that I will be here at my apt time and not to come too early this time because of my apt. She accused me of lying and said that he NEVER comes early. Um...ok? I think I saw it last time with my own eyes, I am not lying. He came an hour early last time because another apt got cancelled. I was just trying to give them a heads up because you get charged if you do not have check in hand when he arrives. It rubbed me the wrong way, because I wasn t lying, and I was trying to do them a favor and give them a heads up. Oh well, my contract ends in a month and I will be done. I guess when you get into a contract, they aren t required to be nice on the phone.
          By: Atariboy        
Hmmmm we'll look into that, thanks for the heads up Jason.
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I find it disturbing that people who rely on the Meander Reservoir for their drinking water aren’t outraged by ODNR’s permitting of frack wells in our protected watershed. I suppose it is possible that they don’t know where their water comes from. Heads up, people of Canfield, Boardman, Austintown, Youngstown, Niles, Jackson Township etc. It’s more likely that they drank the industry and ODNR Kool-Aid, and believe that unconventional shale gas hydro fracking is safe—it is not. They no doubt believe there are plenty of regulations in place that will protect them.

Actually, there are many laws and regulations in place. Unfortunately, they are designed to protect the industry- not the people. ODNR’s job is to oversee and facilitate the use of Ohio’s natural resources. They have done a great job of facilitating, but a really poor job of oversight. Remember the earthquakes? ODNR dragged their feet for months, before they finally conceded that Northstar 1 was the cause. Also, it was a whistle blower that exposed D&L for dumping toxic flow back down a storm drain. ODNR very publicly took the credit for job well done.

So if ODNR won’t protect our water, who will? Maybe the Ohio EPA? Nope. They are only authorized to step in after an environmental accident has occurred. How about our local government officials? Can we count on them to act in the best interest of we the people? Nope. Their authority to regulate oil and gas extraction via zoning was stripped by the state legislature in 2004. Besides, most local officials are as clueless about unconventional gas extraction from shale as are their constituents. For example, our Mahoning County Commissioners sold 8.25 million gallons of our Meander water to CNX to frack in our watershed. Also, tanker trucks, many from out of state, were regularly filling up with our treated water from a hydrant in front of the Youngstown Water Department. The water department has recently built a filling station on their property to enable the sale of MORE water.

Now, For the Really Bad News. Consider the tragic spill that occurred in the Elk River in West Virginia. There had been no federal or state inspections of the facility since 1991. Also, not much is known about either of the two chemicals that spilled- how to remove it from water or its effects on the people who ingested it. Fortunately the flow of the Elk River carried most of the toxic chemicals downstream. So what if, God forbid a spill or blow-out were to occur that rendered our Meander water undrinkable? THERE IS NO DOWNSTREAM. IT DOESN”T FLOW. One significant spill of a substance that can’t be removed from water (and there are many used in the fracking process) and its GAME OVER!

          Reply #1156        
Dang it I missed that one Thanks for

the heads up Hun
          Lauryn - Birmingham, AL Newborn Photographer        

Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer Appear Photography, Hoover, Birmingham, AL newborn baby photographer I really enjoyed doing Lauryn's newborn session. I tried to get a little extra creative and use a few new props and ideas. She was such a sweet girl and towards the end she flashed me a few big smiles. It doesn't get much better than a smiling newborn baby. My husband had the pleasure of photographing her parents' wedding last year (my talented husband heads up the wedding side of our business) and it was great to see them come back to us and allow me to work with them now that they have this precious new addition to their family.

          Re: Sexy new Beetles for sexy new games: Why EA needs to make Beetle Adventure Racing a second time | Gamer's Guide to        

A ridiculously fun part of this game are the 9 beetle battle tracks that can be unlocked if you beat the game 100% and save it on a controller pack (it's not easy). In heads up play, the strategy and skill level ceilings can be really high. Me and my best friend spent our teenage years fighting absolutely epic battles. It was always amazing that after thousands games played and years of playing, new situations and strategies could be developed. For us, this is the greatest game ever developed. And we'd desperately love for them to release it on DS so we can play it locally. (You guys listening? Pretty please? We don't have DS's but we'd buy them you did!)

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          Comment on Twitter Digest Lives! by Tim        
JAB_AU - Thanks for the heads up on the hash tag links. I'll update those soon. Tim
          5 key considerations for effective Mobile Marketing        
A few weeks ago I attended the Mobile Marketing Association Forum in London. It’s held in various cities across the world, but the London chapter heads up the EMEA market. The two day conference featured professionals not just from various industries – banking, insurance, FMCG, travel – but also from the various areas of the […]
          Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty        

Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and so many others. Don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about early stage investing. Naval’s an incredibly deep thinker who challenges the status quo on so many things. He’s thought deeply about stuff that’s near and dear to us, like reading, habits, decision-making, and life. Just a heads up, this is the longest podcast I’ve ever done. Our conversation lasted over two hours. If you’re like me, you’re going to take a lot of notes.

Enjoy this amazing conversation.

          Comment on New European market, restaurant names chef by Mike Guerra        
I cant wait for this to open! Thanks for the heads up.
          CEP Gran Final 2013: Sevilla gana y Martínez Campeón de España        

Felipe Sevilla ha conseguido una gran victoria en el torneo del CEP celebrado en el Gran Casino Aranjuez, etapa que ha coronado a Jordi Martínez como Campeón de España.

La principal atracción de la última jornada del CEP Gran Final 20013 y de toda la temporada tuvo una resolución realmente rápida ya que Axier Otxoa, el único que podía arrebatarle el título de Campeón de España de Poker (siempre que ganase el torneo) a Jordi Martínez fue eliminado a las primeras de cambio, finalizando el CEP Madrid 2013 en novena posición.

Axier Otxoa tenía más que complicado proclamarse como Campeón de España de Poker ya que necesitaba ganar el torneo y comenzaba la mesa final en penúltimo lugar, aunque hasta que no se quedó sin fichas siempre creyó en la proeza.

De esta forma y tras la eliminación de Otxoa, Jordi Martínez conseguía su objetivo, ser el Campeón de España de Poker 2013 y conseguir su bicampeonato tras la victoria en 2011.

Felipe Sevilla consigue la victoria en el CEP Madrid 2013

Resuelto el principal interrogante solo quedaba saber quién sería el ganador del torneo de Aranjuez, considerado Gran Final del Campeonato de España de Poker 2013, comenzando la jornada José Manuel Nuñez como favorito al finalizar el día 2 como líder en fichas.

Tras algo menos de cuatro horas de juego y tras haber perdido la posición de liderazgo, José Manuel se ha visto envuelto en un all-in que Sergio del Corral le pagó, ganándole la mano y eliminándolo del torneo en tercera posición (6.745 euros como premio) y configurando el heads up final del torneo.

Tras haber alcanzado un pacto en el que ambos jugadores se repartían la misma cantidad de dinero (11.907,5 euros) y dejaban 2.650 reservados para el ganador ha comenzado el cara a cara final que ha coronado, en menos de 15 minutos de juego tras confirmarse el pacto, a Felipe Sevilla como ganador del CEP Madrid Gran Final 2013.

CEP Gran Final 2013 – Ganador y premios del torneo


Felipe Sevilla

14.557,5 euros (tras acuerdo)


Sergio del Corral

11.907,5 euros (tras acuerdo)


José Manuel Núñez

6.745 euros


Álvaro Ballesteros Varico

5.190 euros


Stuwach Dzmitry

3.890 euros


Iñaki Santos

3.115 euros


David Masana

2.595 euros


Fernando Santillán

2.075 euros


Axier Otxoa

1.875 euros

Con este resultado y la coronación de Jordi Martínez como Campeón de España de Poker por segunda vez el CEP se despide del año 2013.


          When you're alone you can always go "Downton": The transition to a binge watching culture         

The below post can also be read on my website here.

Last week, I watched a video by College Humor in which a couple discusses the pros and cons of starting "Breaking Bad," much in the way a young couple would discuss the pros and cons of having a child.

Starting a show is a big commitment for a couple. Starting a show is a big commitment for anyone, more so for a couple. Click to watch the video. Screen grab taken from

This, along with the basis for one the "B.S. Report's" Half-Baked Ideas, brought me back to an old relationship I had with a girl, coming out of college. She's a year younger than me so we did the long distance thing for a while. Whenever I visited her for the weekend, we watched a couple of episodes of "Freaks and Geeks." We broke up with episodes to spare. I had seen the show multiple times but one of my first thoughts after we ended   was concern for how/if she would finish the series because it's a pantheon show and her seeing it was more important than our relationship. It's a wonder we aren't still together.

I had a similar experience with an old roommate and THE pantheon show, "The Wire." He had the second season on DVD despite not owning or having seen the first season. We agreed to watch the show together but we were in the process of moving out so I had to take matters in my own hands.I marathoned through the first season so I could do the same with his second season discs before we parted ways. I know this was insensitive and a display of a skewed priorities but there was no way he had the required dedication or endurance to finish in time. In case you're wondering, we're still good friends.

Netflix's decision to release the entire first season of it's new show, "House of Cards," at once draws attention to the changes in the way we watch TV that began with the "24" DVD sets. TV became a weekend activity as well as a weekly one.

Binge also turned out to be  a very different experience than watching week to week. Shows became movies rather than a one-hour entry. Seeing Niki and Paulo on DVD is as easy to get over as hitting next on the remote but seeing them on air is all you get for 167 hours (although I like that episode as a standalone piece of Hitchcock-ian drama).

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With "House of Cards," the only way to watch it is in a few giant gulps . It's possible to space the episodes out to one or two a week but why would you? From my own experiences, It's nearly impossible to leave a good cliffhanger alone. If I can find out how it ends by watching the next episode, I will.

This is strange since discussing TV drama's is more than half the fun of the process. Cubical neighbors are disappointed if their discussion about last night's "Mad Men," is interrupted by "I haven't seen it yet," forcing the an end to the conversation. We're always in different places in our shows, making it necessary to watch in solitude (or with those who can simulate the experience) as well as to develop our own ideas before joining the conversation. This is why episode reviews/recaps on sites like The AV Club (hence their mention in video) have become so popular. They simulate these discussions but with someone of authority on the subject.

Heads up, spoilers in the video below:

Netflix's distribution method is "audience Darwinism." It makes sense the platform that changed the way we consume movies and TV would spark such a change. Watching the first two episodes of "House of Cards," I know it would be my dad's second favorite current show TV (behind "The Americans") but his abandoning Netflix after a lack of use, means he will never enjoy it even though he is barely aware of it. This isn't a tragedy by any means - it is just TV after all - but this format will phase-out traditional viewers, for lack of a better phrase.

Once this transition finishes - though at the rate these things change, it might never have a chance to - and binge watching becomes the norm and in doing so, a social experience just as TV viewing once was.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. You can follow me on Twitter at @TylerLyon or by clicking the “follow” button below. Feel free to shoot me an email at Finally if you like what you read, like it on WordPress, share it on social media and tell your friends. Thanks for reading!

          Unbound Unscripted        
We’re pleased to present the second installment of Unbound Unscripted, a monthly video series featuring staff members in our Kansas City office. Watch this video to meet Matt Young from the service center, where he heads up a team with a combined 89 years of experience. Unbound Unscripted: Matt Young from Unbound on Vimeo. Watch last month’s episode.
          We Can Hurt Together - My Review of Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis        

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins. 


They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earth-shattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood.

About Jill Shalvis: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.      
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So... This is the review that almost didn't happen. I am a Jill Shalvis fan, but I got a little nervous when I read that Lost and Found Sisters was being classified as 'Women's Fiction'. I know that makes little sense, as this genre is still closely related to Romance, however, I've watched other favorite authors make the switch and I was not a fan of the result. When I was contacted, more than once about the possibility of reviewing Lost and Found Sisters, I just couldn't turn my back on it. I have to say I'm so glad I gave it a chance.

Lost and Found Sisters follows Quinn as she leaves behind her family, a successful job, and the man who wants to marry her and visits Wildstone, California to receive and inheritance from family she wasn't even aware of. Along with this inheritance comes a whole slew of responsibilities that Quinn isn't sure she's ready or strong enough to face.

Quinn is an amazing character. She is faced with many changes in her life and yet she remains true to herself and what she has been taught her whole life. Like most women, she has a skewed self-image. She views herself as selfish and even a little bit grumpy, but in reality, she is always looking out for others and brightens many people's day. 

Being a romance lover, I was extremely happy when Mick showed up. He is a great romantic interest and quickly makes up his mind to seduce Quinn, he doesn't waver. While his future isn't in Wildstone, he knows pretty quickly that he wants it to include Quinn and the baggage she comes with.

The additional romance between Tilly and Dylan is such an unexpected bonus.

Lost and Found Sisters has some fantastic side characters. Tilly, Chuck, Lena, Greta, Trinee, and Dylan are all excellent supporting cast for this wonderful story. They each bring something special to the table.

I have been a fan of Jill Shalvis's work for many years now, and with this story, she has secured me for life. 

5 out of 5 Stars

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          Reply #244        
Thanks for the heads up Renae....Good Luck today
          Manitoba Fibre Festival - Handspinning        
After much planning and a gorgeous weekend, the Manitoba Fibre Festival has wrapped up its fourth year.  There is much I could write about, but I will focus on the Handspun Skeins competition because I was the co-organizer of this event.  Last year was the first competition on a smaller scale.  As a lace-spinner, I wasn't satisfied by the requirement last year that yarns be of a medium weight, so I mentioned to the fabulous Festival organizers that I would love to see more categories and - as one has to expect when one asks for a volunteer-run event to develop an area - I found myself co-organizing this larger competition. Joanne Seiff was my fellow co-organizer.

All of our organization would have been for naught without a judge.  We were fortunate enough to have local Master Spinner Jo-Anne Tabachek as our judge. She carefully assessed each skein backstage at the Festival before they went on display.

We were impressed by the many beautiful entries and all the wonderful prize donations.  I have linked to the websites that exist for the donations, but a few of them do not have websites. However, they are all local (to the Winnipeg area) and can likely be found again this January at the Norwood Naughty Knitters fibre event. Stay tuned for that announcement and if you want a direct update you should join the NNK on Facebook. NNK will also cross-post in the Yarn Over Manitoba group if you are there.

Back to our competition update.
In the Singles category, this bright green skein of squishiness
 won this fluffy delight of a batt from Wild Wind Naturals.
Note that we did not have many singles submitted, so if you are a singles-spinner, send in a skein for next year's competition!

In the 2-ply category, this jewel-toned yarn
 won a delightful braid of wool top from The Wacky Windmill.

Also from the 2-ply category, this soft brown yarn
 won some squishy roving from Spin It.

In the multi-ply (3 or more) category, this much-admired skein of local shetland
 won this soft roving from Turtle Mountain Alpacas.

In the heavier weight of multi-ply yarns, this chunky 3-ply spun from local Shetland
full disclosure - this one is mine
won a gorgeous batt of Shetland and other goodies from Tog & Thel
Also mine now; I'm a wee bit excited. Prizes were assigned to categories in advance of judging.
For novelty yarns, much to our surprise there were only two entries and both were gorgeous. The winner was this corespun yarn.
 The spinner received this fantastic blend of top from Manjusha Fibres

Our final category was yarn spun from a raw, animal source. The spinner had to start with the raw material. There were three categories - wool, camelid, and "other" (for angora, silk, chiengora, etc.) We had 5 submissions of wool, but quite surprisingly only one of alpaca. We were not surprised by the lack of submissions outside of the wool or camelid category, but perhaps that will be an incentive to spinners - you could win in this category by default. Heads up you bunny-keepers.

Back to the winners.  For the wool category,  this gorgeous orange yarn was not only cleaned, prepared, and spun by the contestant, but she also dyed it. I love orange.
 She won a wonderful selection of Shetland and Mohair from Prairie's Edge Wool Farm

Our lone alpaca yarn (come on alpaca-spinners, regale us next year!), was this soft beauty
that won some very soft alpaca roving from Penny Lee Alpacas.

All the submissions were lovely and received much admiration from the public.  Here they are.

My singles submission using merino dyed by Cloud 9 Fibreworks

merino-silk. gorgeous.

I managed to take a terrible photo of my own yarn. It is much prettier in person.

My cable-plied yarn. Now I can finally knit it!

My submission spun from "All the Wool Fleeces", the brown fleece. 

I look forward to next year's competition and all the beautiful submissions!

          Here's What's UP        
This might be it. I've just gotten word that they are now releasing the results of the exam we've taken 2 weeks ago. I had preferred a different application before I knew I was eligible to take the exam. But something inside of me wanted to pursue different options. Sad to say that the position I had originally planned to apply for didn't seem to bother giving me a heads up. Whether I'm up for an interview or they just didn't like me. What a way for slow rejection.

As for the good news. I have, finally, received good news of something I've kind of been wanting to pursue.

This is really great. Even though I know that they might opt for what they think are better suited people for the job, at least I gotten past their standards *just a bit though*
It was a good thing the people I waited for the results with went home when they called my name, otherwise they'd known that I passed. It's not that I don't want anyone to know. My lack of self-esteem, has made me bet on NOT passing.
Hopefully, they wouldn't find out. Otherwise I'd be paying them a hundred bucks.

I'm just concerned about that one part of the exam, the dreaded Test 4 (which was btw all about words I don't know what the hell they mean).

She said that it was made as a separate basis for an individual's capability/skill when it comes to grammar and all that
stuff. I'm not that good, nor perfect with composition or grammar. But I know how to make a sentence work. What to use and NOT use in a conversation. It's a good thing I'm a blogger. This has totally groomed my talent for words, making stories and stuff. Hopefully I can use this as an edge or something.

God does have greater plans for me. ^_^

For other news. I'm becoming a bit obsessed with Adam Lam
(for those who doesn't know who he is, Adam's is the runner-up for American Idol Season 8. With Kris Allen being the Season 8's Idol.) Obsessed, for me means signing up for his official website. And pretty much that's it. I'm not exactly a stalker-type-obsessed-psycho. I just read all the articles and watch videos of him online. Even if it means I'd have to constantly refresh updates on my Twitter to check the latest about Glambert. ^_^

Anyone using Plurk? It's kind of in a way like Twitter, but a bit annoying. Specially when it comes to getting updates-per-second on your timeline. THAT YOU DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT.
I've decided to delete my Plurk account and faithfully use Twitter. I mostly follow, Ashton Kutcher (who has about 2 million followers already), Ryan Seacrest (for American Idol/Adam Lambert updates), Perez Hilton (for fun and idiotic insults on celebs), and some of my friends (just 2 of them to be exact).

And now, I must go off to bed. Since I haven't slept yet and my insides hurt from battling in the restroom.

          re: Exploring The Great Beyond In Starbound        

Gah, I consistently kept mixing that up for some reason. I thought I caught them all. Thanks for the heads up!

          FYI: Swerve is having a BIG SALE!!!        

Swerve has now become what those of us cooking LC,SF and GF are using in much of our recipes.
It measures like sugar, does not have that cooling after effect as some other erythritols or that licorice after flavor of many stevias.  Where we used to blend etythritols with stevia or stevia glicerite in most recipes it is not necessary with Swerve. It is my 1st "go to" for a sweetener now.

Sale through 9/30
2 Canisters for $10 (reg. $6.99 ea)

Sale prices will be reflected on final checkout page before you complete purchases as "Promotions Applied"
Learn more about Swerve: Click Here         
Thanks for the heads up Maria         

          A refreshed NCR website is coming soon        
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Website Relaunch Thursday. I wanted readers to get a heads up that change is coming to

          Op Shopping in Rotorua        
Hello Blogland!

About a year ago, while my husband tried to work out a way to save the education system (NZEI conference) Stan and I spent 3 BLISSFUL days in Rotorua  sleeping, wandering aimlessly and op shopping. It was Absolutely brilliant.

We're doing it again in a week's time! (which was what inspired this post!)

Firstly a shout out to a blog called Rotorua Travel Secrets for the opshops info! I didn't necessarily agree with her/his opinions about the best op shops (that's subjective of course) but it was SOOOO good to have the heads up about where to find them all!

Nice little church one in the city centre.

Also in the city centre.

That's Stan, as he was. He's a year older and bigger now obviously! 

This was a little beauty, with the friendliest, loveliest staff. 

My utter and total favourite. I absolutely LOVE this one. It's out of the way in an industrial area off Lake Rd, so not as obvious.. but an absolute gem. My favourite type of op shop is junky ones like this, in which you have to literally treasure hunt and rummage. And heaps of heaps, everywhere. And the woman working there still wears her actual specs, funky ones from the 50s. May this hospice shop NEVER change!!

This was next to nothing. 

A bit more than I like to pay (coz I'm a cheaparse) but I couldn't resist these from the Habitat for Humanity store. 

My basketry obsession continues.

Makes weighing oneself a little more pleasant.

When I showed the kids this, and they asked if it works, I confessed that I didn't know but for 50c it was worth a go. Of course my oldest son popped up with a line from my favourite Macklemore Song (having technical issues  can't link it!)
 "Saw a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard." Crack up. 

Old toys are best. Actually. 

Cute bags of cheap Christmas kitsch stuff. #stash

Clothes, linen, fabric obviously. 

A different colourway of this pattern to what I already have. Score. 

I obviously had to get this, because of the Irises. (and because I ALWAYS buy these if I see them and they're a good price!) #collectALLthethings

Cute winking dog. 

Look out Rotorua - I'm coming at you again!

          Autumn Garden        

Lovely long chillies, waiting for them to turn red, chose a variety with not too much heat in the hope I can sneak some into the kids meals too, miss cooking with chilli....

A couple of rogue pumpkins that sprung up from the compost in the weed patch behind the garage that we have not done a thing with yet.  They are different colors so not sure if they grew on separate vines & are different varieties?, hard to tell in the jumble of vines & weeds.  Interestingly the pumpkins I planted didnt grow so might have to plant them in this spot next spring

Capsicums turned from green to black, now waiting for the red to kick in, these grew on last years plants which I left in

Garlic coming through, not much success with my last batch so hope this spot does better.  You can also see some of my masses of basil bushes alongside

Peas growing up the fence, then a row of carrots, row of coriander, row of beets & some marigolds to ward off the pests

Bright & cheery nasturtium, again to help with bugs

Joshie lending a hand with this mornings garden chores, raking leaves & bug spraying (my garlic & oil mix from Vasili), Chloe still sound asleep...

And the asparagus plot coming up nicely, believe in a year or 2 I might even be able to harvest.  Meantime I am growing some carrots in the space at the back.

Have also planted some broad beans, show peas & rainbow chard which are yet to poke to their heads up through the soil, love waiting for everything to grow & ripen & nice always having something ready to harvest.  At the moment the tomatoes have just come to a halt, cucumbers said bye bye & beans which we have been eating almost every night dug up too though I do have one stalk in a pot that looks quite vigorous & may produce some late beans yet.  Meantime masses of herbs for the picking, waiting for chillies & capsicums to ripen & some rocket & lettuce just about ready for my lunch

          ~*~ MyIGN Weekly Blog Theme #59 - Fall TV, 2015 ~*~        

Greetings folks, and welcome to the latest edition of MyIGN Weekly Blog Themes!

The purpose of this blog is simple. Each week, I will come up with a new topic for the community to write about. It could be something very broad in scope, or something more in-depth about a specific topic or two. In the end though, one thing shall remain common throughout -- this blog is designed to help the community maintain or even increase general activity.

Previous Theme's Results!

Last time, I asked the community to put together blogs detailing some of their favorite minions/henchmen in media.  A few brave souls were kind enough to supply blogs for the topic, so make sure to check them out!



This Week's Theme!

What I'd like people to do this week, is submit blogs about your thoughts on the upcoming Fall TV season! A lot of new shows are coming out this season, and I have a feeling at least some of you out there are looking forward to what the networks have to offer. Are there new shows you're looking forward to trying out, or are there some old favorites returning that you want people to have a heads up on?  Are there shows you think people need to stay away completely from?  Whatever the case may be, if you've got thoughts, share them!

If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts, don't hesitate to ask away at your convenience!

          Reply #6449        
I'm happy to see alot of winners in Jax. I don't want anyone to say all the winners are in Miami because North FL has been #winning the most recently.

Also, in regards to SM, I would recommend buying them from the Jax District Office before Thursday. I'm buying up all books in the relevant jackpot range on that date, so just a friendly heads up.
          Heads Up!!!        
Hi friends.  I'm popping in briefly with a heads up on a sale!!!!  The owner of Heart & Soul Rubber Stamp Co. is going to retire and she is having a closeout sale.  All unmounted stamps are $1.00, no matter what size they are. I'm sad to see them close. (Though I do wish Sue a wonderful retirement.) This has been a favorite company of mine over the years.  She carries a lot of Christian stamps, but has many others too. 

Also, she wants to sell her stamp company, if she can find a buyer/buyers, so check it out if you are interested.

I'm not affiliated with this company in any way.  Just a very happy customer. :)  I thought some of you might like to shop at the sale and maybe there's even a buyer for the company here.

Inky hugs!
          Heads up, city council        
Who watches out for the welfare of Seattle? It may not be our city council. That’s the message the Coalition for a Sustainable SR 520 is sending in a letter to the council this week. So far, the city council has given the go-ahead to the state’s currently “preferred alternative” plan for expanding 520. Council
          Reply #5437        
As I said the other day when news broke on the winning ticket, I went in there and got dinner. Nobody in that whole store knew there was a winner and even the cashier said oh they didn't win it here we don't have the sign up...I was like that's because it was literally claimed a few hours ago lol. Apparently I was the first one to give management a heads up on the fact their store had a jackpot claimed.

very frustrated I went to all that trouble on 50x and I'm heading to gville to buy a
          So The Pumpkin Said To The Scarecrow…        

Autumn-CountryLife-FarmLife-ShortStory 1

*Sigh*…Autumn-CountryLife-FarmLife-ShortStory 2

Autumn-CountryLife-FarmLife-ShortStory 3“What’s wrong Peter Pumpkin, something got your gourd?” snickered Scotty Scarecrow.

“Nah…I guess…well, it’s just…”, Peter Pumpkin tried to say, swallowing hard, mid-sentence, as if a big ol’ lump of pumpkin pulp got stuck in his throat.

“Spit it out, minus the seeds, will ya?” said Scotty, stifling this time the urge to chortle.

“Well geez, all the bigger pumpkins have been sold already in Farmer Brown’s pumpkin patch, all, that is, except for me.”, Peter said with such an orangey forlorn look.

“Ah, Peter, it happens, huh? Maybe you were just too big, too beautiful-even, so Farmer Brown made you a hefty price? Maybe you are the Gauguin of Gourds and nobody could afford you.” offered Scotty.

“Yeah…maybe.” Peter sighed, not really buying into the Big Bling excuse.

“Listen, sure, you’re the last big one, the last best looking, all firm and perfectly symmetrical in all your pumpkin perfection; but there’s a truckload of other pumpkins all lying around you, it’s not like you’re all alone and abandoned here. I’m still here too, and no one is going to buy me. Look at the state I’m in, all shrivelled up and ragged clothes, I’m a scarecrow only my Mother could love.”, Scotty offered, in his feign attempt to bolster up the spirits of his pouty, pulpy friend.

“Yeah. but, Scotty, that is how you’re supposed to look. If there were a sale on scary scarecrows, you’d be the FIRST to be sold too, and you know it.” …*sigh*

“Peter, it’s not always about being popular, you know, someone has to look over Farmer Brown, make sure he’s okay there in the barn at night. Heck, he even hung this lantern on me so I could help him make his way safely back to the farm house when he’s done feeding the horses and milking the cows. My job is important…and so is yours.” stated Scotty.

“Yeah, but what’s MY job if no one buys me? Why am I here? Why was I grown then? No children to carve me up for Halloween, no Mothers picking me up for a Harvest Time adornment. I’ll just sit here and rot…useless…no point to me at all.” Peter spit out, seemingly seedless, mind you, choking back his tangy tears.

“Farmer Brown loves all of his livestock, the ones with four legs and the ones not so much. He knows you’re worth everything to him, isn’t that enough for you? It should be.” insisted Scotty.

And Scotty added, “And as far as I’m concerned, look at how sad I would be if you weren’t below me, especially at night. No one to talk to about my cares and woes, no one at all, for it seems your lowlier pumpkin pals didn’t grow the chat gene. And when I’m sad, I droop even more, and that would mean that Farmer Brown could never hang this lantern on me, it would just fall off if he tried, and that would mean he’d have no light to guide his way back home. If something happened to him, we’d all perish. You keep me happy, I keep Farmer Brown safe, we live a very peaceful and contented life here on the Farm. If no one buys you, you are still the most important pumpkin in this patch…to me, to Farmer Brown, to All of Us.”, Scotty cawed soberly, and with loveAutumn-CountryLife-FarmLife-ShortStory 4,

as Charlie, Cedric and Calvin Corn nodded in agreement from across the dirt road.

“Yeah, Peter, Scotty is right!” Charlie Corn blurted out, colonels of corn spewing in every direction onto the cold, hard ground as he did.

“If it weren’t for you, we’d all perish!”, the look of veggie fright on the mature husk as Charlie cried out.

Charlie must have spoken a wee bit too loud, for Farmer Brown yelled back, “Who’s out there? Anyone out there?”

Cedric and Calvin Corn swatted Charlie with their dried, crusty husks as they scolded, “Geez, watch it, will ya. Settle Petal. Any more ruckus and we’ll be caught by Farmer Brown and I can’t imagine the amount of shrink visits he would need if he caught us all yakking. Don’t think veggies are supposed to be able to talk, ya know?”

“Rrrright…thanks for the Heads Up.” softly chimed in Charlie. Scotty and Peter silently nodding in agreement.

“Listen, we’re all here to do very important jobs. Farms don’t run themselves, ya know? Sure, it looks all pastoral perfection but imagine if I weren’t here – Crow City it would be. Imagine if Farmer Brown had none of us to sell at all, no corn, no pumpkins, because the Crazy Crows had taken over. We help each other, we’re here for and because of each other. We’re a farm fraternity, we make the country as beautiful as it seems to the Outsiders, whether they “buy” Us or not.

Autumn-CountryLife-FarmLife-ShortStory 5*Creeeeeeeak* went the hinges on the single barn door as Farmer Brown closed up for the night. The golden glow from the many lanterns lit inside, extinguished now, the place, this pasture, all in darkness, save for the single lantern left alight on Scotty. Farmer Brown slowly sauntered down the dusty lane, a smoldering pipe in his mouth and a small wagon in tow, picking up his lantern from the arm of Scotty before making his way to the gate. But before he left the pumpkin patch, he bent down and plucked Peter from his vines and with a wide, satisfied smile, gently, oh, so gently, lifted him onto the wagon.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, said Farmer Brown. Is Betty, my one heck of a wonderful farmer’s wife, gonna be glad to see you! Oh, yeah, she’s got great plans for you, Mr. Pumpkin Head – pumpkin pies, pumpkin loaves, hot pumpkin soups, she’ll dry and salt your seeds for delicious pumpkin seed snacks, and then she’ll carve you up but good and sit you high and wide on our big picture window sill to attract the last of this Season’s veggie-buying citified crowd. We are so lucky you grew so well, Mr. P. H., it’ll make a perfect end to a perfect Harvest Sale for Us All this year.”

With utter astonishment on his firmly ripened face and the glowing wide-mouthed cracking grins of his buddies - Scotty Scarecrow, Charlie, Cedric and Calvin Corn - all looking on, off went Peter Pumpkin to his rarefied Destiny. The gang, now left behind, seen only with the cool glow from the Harvest Moon, quietly waved Goodbye and a Fare Thee Well with their crispy dried-leafed hands to their pumpkin patch pal , so utterly thrilled that all had worked out for Peter in the end.

“Peter was one uptight pumpkin alright.”, Scotty said to the gang once Farmer Brown was out of earshot. “Worrying and fretting over nothing, Peter did. That’s what you get when farmers spill out the last of their cold coffee, on a pumpkin patch, on their way to and from the Barn. Caffeine is a buggar on the nerves!”

Autumn, Country Life, Farm Life, Short Story

          Politics - USA        
I thought this was an interesting read....describes things on both sides pretty well, I think, and how distracted everybody has become (sometimes intentionally, sometimes un intentionally).


We say we hate what Democrats have done to the country, so we elect a House and Senate full of Republicans who proceed to also place THEIR heads up their collective asses as well. It seems as if both parties forgot what they were supposed to be doing and whom they are supposed to be representing.

We pick sides and parties and teams and defend them to the ends of the Earth, ignoring the facts, pointing the fingers and hoping someone else will cover the cost of our skyrocketing and borderline pointless health insurance.

We talk about the number of homeless vets who we have to feed and clothe and house when it’s convenient for us to leverage them like pawns in a game – yet tomorrow, so many will forget to feed and clothe and house them.
          Politics - USA        
Prestor Jon wrote:
 dogma wrote:
Prestor Jon wrote:
I can't think of a scenario in which being forced to spend hours in a room with Hillary wouldn't be painfully awkward, uncomfortable and unpleasant.

But you aren't going to hang out with them. You're not electing a friend, you're electing a President.

I understand that but apparently, according to media that covers and promotes these elections the degree to which I'd like to hang out with or have a beer with a candidate is a key factor in determining for whom I should cast my vote. The campaign is for the popular vote so it's just a popularity contest which makes personality important. It seems to be commonly accepted that Bill Clinton is a good politician because he's good at communicating with people and being personable. People enjoy his company so they're comfortable with him and therefore more accepting of him being in a position of authority. Being intelligent or capable or experiences or all three is nice but if people think you're a gakky person they're not going to want to put you in a position of authority and you're unlikely to win a popularity contest. Being likeable is important even if you're just putting on a facade. Hillary isn't very likeable so it's difficult for people to get past that dislike and put more value on her policy positions and voting record. Heck, Hillary and Bernie have almost identical voting records in the senate yet the way they each deal witht he public and interact with voters has a very strong impact on whether or not people want to support them.
Hillary Clinton may not be fun to hang out with, but you have to remember that the president's job is to attend boring meetings where the other people do not have much of a choice whether they want to talk with you or not. I trust Hillary Clinton to sit through a meeting with world leaders without causing too much of a fuss. Maybe she does not go out with them to grab a beer afterwards, but she gets the job done. Trump on the other hand I would not leave him in the room with any one else for fear that he would insult them and their mother. When the dust settles from World War III and the survivors are digging through the rubble of our past civilisations searching for what could have pushed us to annihilation, I do not want the answer to be "Trump got into a shouting match with Putin over the size of his hands".

TheMeanDM wrote:I thought this was an interesting read....describes things on both sides pretty well, I think, and how distracted everybody has become (sometimes intentionally, sometimes un intentionally).


We say we hate what Democrats have done to the country, so we elect a House and Senate full of Republicans who proceed to also place THEIR heads up their collective asses as well. It seems as if both parties forgot what they were supposed to be doing and whom they are supposed to be representing.

We pick sides and parties and teams and defend them to the ends of the Earth, ignoring the facts, pointing the fingers and hoping someone else will cover the cost of our skyrocketing and borderline pointless health insurance.

We talk about the number of homeless vets who we have to feed and clothe and house when it’s convenient for us to leverage them like pawns in a game – yet tomorrow, so many will forget to feed and clothe and house them.
What are you trying to show with this article? It is nothing but a long rant in a blog where someone complains about people having issues.They make bizarre claims and base most of their article off of an appeal to emotion rather than any evidence. The only thing that I can gleam from reading this is that you still need to find better sources (a blog is not a good news source),

          Reply #4576        
Thanks for the heads up Steeler. I'll make sure I'm cautious to not post that.

I played some $2 Double Deuces yesterday, and encountered mostly duds except for a $15 winner so got most of my money back. Took that money, and bought myself beer and boneless bbq chicken.

@ Gators - Any luck lately, or are you taking a break?

For those curious about Super Millions/$2M Jackpot, I have the instant liability data, and requested all locations of where these can be purchased. I totale... [ More ]
          What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean For Average Americans?        
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: For nearly a decade, we've had extremely low interest rates. Now the winds are changing. The Federal Reserve this week pushed rates higher and is expected to keep nudging them up over the next year. To find out what rising interest rates mean for Americans who have home loans, student loans, other kinds of loans, we turn now to NPR's Chris Arnold, who heads up our up our money and life coverage. Hi, Chris. CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Hey, Robert. SIEGEL: What would you say is the most important thing for people to understand about rising rates? ARNOLD: Well, Robert, I would say it's the same thing as when we're talking about the stock market crashing down or stocks rising up - that you don't want to freak out and make any sudden moves that might not be that well thought out. And I was talking this week with a financial adviser, and he got a call from a client who was saying, well, I guess we have to buy a house now. What's going to
           Heads up psychology /         
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Author: Weeks, Marcus.
Shelf Number: J150/W396h
Notes: Includes index.

          Speaking at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association on January 24th!        
Just a quick heads up – I’ll be speaking at the WBA in Madison, WI on January 24th.  The seminar is on surviving social media chaos, and it is open to non members.  There are lots more details here:  WBA in Madison.  I’d love to see you! This post may contains affiliate links, which means […]

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          Re: Tennessee Genealogical Society        
Thanks for the heads up. I was going to contact them to find my family.
          Summer Fun by the Water in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD        

When it comes to the summer break and ways to keep cool during those hot days, my family and I find that we enjoy spending our days by the water. We like to not just take a day to spend by the water but also take it to cool down as we hang out on the beach, take our puppy to play in the water and sand, and also relax as we throw a line from the shore on those days where fishing just sounds like the thing to do. So when we were given the chance to check out the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, we decided to take it as we enjoy some summer fun by the water!
With the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, we get a vehicle that has the space we need so that the whole family has room as we head out to enjoy our summer days. This is because with this vehicle, we get 3 rows of seating, allowing my family of 5 plenty of room when we pack up the vehicle for a day of adventure.

Aside from the space we get I can also appreciate some of the extras that can be found on the inside, which include the simple to use latches for when we need to move the seats forward to let those in the third row in and out. To do so, you just simply pull up on the latch, and the seat then moves either forward or back in place depending on the position it is in when you go to pull the latch. Another plus that my kids liked having was the USB port availability for the passengers to use, so they can each plug in their devices to charge when in the car. And when it comes to even more convenience and comfort for passengers in the back seats, I like that they can also control the temperature as well, ensuring that everyone stays nice and cool while we drive on these hot summer days.

Then when it comes to the driver and the features that are available, I found that along with the easy to view radio, Bluetooth and navigation features that the Heads Up Display for monitoring my speed is a big plus. This allows me to keep my eyes on the road ahead, and instead of looking down to watch my speed or trying to look for a sign that tells me what the speed limit is, I can see it straight ahead of me in the hologram that is displayed for the driver. Along with the safety feature and the ease of use when it comes to the many amazing tech options that the driver can use safely while on the road, I like that with this car, it is made to be family budget friendly in the gas department, giving me an average of 21 miles per gallon while driving around locally and up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway! Making the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, a great choice to go with not just for taking to the water during the summer, but to have all year round as you head out with the family!

I was loaned a vehicle for a week long test drive, thank you to Drive Shop USA for supplying me with the vehicle for this review, all opinions are my own.
          Badass Ladies You Should Know: Saba Sulaiman        
When literary agent Saba Sulaiman isn't ushering new writing talent into the world (or mothering her new baby!), she's busy working to make publishing a more inclusive place -- whether that means counseling women of color about their path into the industry, judging entries for the We Need Diverse Books Walter Grant, writing posts at Pub Hub, or just taking the time to answer a few questions for interviews like this one. If you have a manuscript that's ready to query, be sure to get Saba on your list of potential agents.


Kate: Describe your career(s) and/or current projects. What path(s) and passions led you there?

Saba: I’m a literary agent, and I can safely say that this is my dream job—not a day goes by when I don’t reflect on how incredibly lucky I am to be able to find and work with inspiring, talented writers and introduce them to the world. I was lucky to have stumbled into this field myself—I was in graduate school and sometime towards the end of my time there, I decided to switch tracks from academia to…well, the real world. So I began looking for jobs in CT (where my then fiance lived) while writing my MA thesis, and after almost a year of searching, I got my start as an Editorial Intern at Sourcebooks. I ended up working there for almost a year, with other fabulous, very badass women, and because it was a small, satellite office, I got to learn the ropes of the industry pretty hands-on. And then, my boss referred me to my current boss for another internship, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Kate: What's your biggest challenge?

Saba: Finding the time to do everything I want to, and then overcoming the paralysis that sets in when I realize I haven’t done even a fraction of what I set out to do for the day. I’m working on setting smaller, more achievable goals, and being more disciplined with my time.

Kate: Did you have any defining moments that galvanized your understanding of and/or commitment to feminism? How does it inform/inspire your work? 

Saba: I came of age in an environment where it was normal to be leered at. Young girls in Pakistan are essentially taught to expect mild to middling levels of sexual harassment if they walk around in certain neighborhoods, even in broad daylight. And I happened to go to school in one of those neighborhoods, so I couldn’t really escape it. The catcalls, the deliberate attempts to brush against me, to grope me and smell me. A guy once licked me. I shrugged it all off at the time. My female friends and I kept a running tab of how often we’d get harassed, and laugh at our male friends’ horror, the tough girls we were. Because being tough about it was the only option, really. At least that’s how I was made to feel.

I now think back to those moments and feel rage. I’m angry that so many women in the world are never given the opportunity * not * to be tough about it. They aren’t really allowed to process their trauma—in fact, more often than not, they’re blamed for the experiences that caused it. My commitment to feminism has always been strong (thanks to my feminist hero, my father), but these experiences have motivated me to encourage women to speak their minds and hearts, about everything.

I’ve benefitted a lot from being a part of an industry that is mostly populated by women. Not many other bosses are as kind and caring as mine has been when it came to matters such as sick leave due to a difficult pregnancy, maternity leave, and child care. This kind of consideration should be universal, and although I don’t have the kind of clout to affect much social change in this regard, I do what I can to advocate for it. I have clients who are mothers, and I encourage them not to apologize for taking the time they need to attend to their responsibilities as mothers first. And, of course, I read and enjoy books by female authors, and actively encourage everyone around me to do the same.

And just another heads up: I’m also committed to supporting and bringing in more women of color to publishing. There’s a dearth of us around here, and I’m always willing and eager to speak to young WoC who are seriously considering a career in publishing. Reach out to me, and we’ll talk!

Kate: What are the best ways to support other women?

Saba: Give other women’s words the respect and thought you expect your own words to receive. Encourage everyone, including men, to do the same. Point out the tiny injustices women face on a daily basis. It’s not complaining – it’s spreading awareness. It might lead to a better world for young women in the future. Don’t belittle your struggles, or judge other women for struggling just because you may not have had a hard time doing the same task. You can never know the difficulties of another person’s conditions. Acknowledge their pain, and don’t be afraid to admit to your own. Do what you can to reject, and fight against the unrealistic expectations society puts upon women.

Cheer us on as we carve our own, unique way towards excellence. Give us the license we deserve to define what it means to be beautiful, what it means to be successful, what it means to be strong. It’ll inspire other young women to do the same, to answer to no one except themselves.

Kate: What is your advice to aspiring badasses?

Saba: Keep fighting for what you want and what you believe in, but don’t be too hard on yourself—remember, you get to define what it means to be badass. Don’t be afraid to occupy all the space + take all the time you need to achieve your goals. Find a community you connect with, and do what you can to nurture the relationships you make through it—these relationships will give you strength when you need it the most. Remember that asking for help does not mean you are weak. And most importantly, stay true to yourself, no matter what.


Saba Sulaiman is a literary agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. Being a first generation immigrant in the process of negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in fiction with veracity and heart.  //  //  @agentsaba  // Pub Hub

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          Heads Up (7/13/2017)        

Ty and Dan walk through a series of intriguing one-on-one propositions and pick which sides they think will come out on top. Also, what Hideo Nomo has in common with the Big Ten West, the looming Zai-Era in Florida, and Tom Herman.

          Reply #2059        
Oh sorry about that. I took them with my phone, which has a 2K resolution screen. I thought resizing them on lottery post reduces the size. Wow, no wonder they still took a while to load haha. I'll reduce them next time. Thanks for the heads up.
          Comment on What is E-Dinar? – Revealed! by Jason        
I never heard of E-Dinar until now. I've heard of Bitcoins before, but never realized what it was either. I feel as if these currencies are somewhat like stocks and dealing with trading. It does look like E-Dinar is the next currency to invest. Thanks for the heads up!
          Reply #802        
Full moon is never a good day for me. thanks for the heads up now I know to duck. LOL
          Comment on Kauri Cliffs – Pebble Beach on Steroids! by Connor        
Just a heads up, the quote from Snedeker I believe was for their sister property, Cape Kidnappers.
Top World News Now                 
February 21, 2013


 Heads up from AntiMullah. Separate vacations and Obambi brings Reggie Love back with  him. If you do  not know what this is, you need to visit/view more often to keep up with latest developments.

Tone and content reflects information not normally provided by Lame Stream Media's love fest with Obambi. And worldwide events that discredit his claims and motives for anti-American, pro-Moslem Brotherhood policies and actions.
Read and become knowledgeable and stop believing the incredible lies Obama feeds us at every opportunity. Lies his own Democrats increasingly have a problem swallowing and are intentionally leading our nation into certain fiscal and political destruction.

United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights

Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars

Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania


Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'

Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea

Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die

Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
Official Details French Role in Mali
US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
Insight Into Today’s News
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Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry


Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
Salafis open fire on Morsi
Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
Bahrain condemns Iran's statements

Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
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Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
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Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today

Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
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Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
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US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
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Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war

Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
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A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
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          Comment on Detect Attacks with PHP and .htaccess by Jeff Starr        
You're welcome, glad to help. And thanks for the heads up on the code error -- got that fixed up proper. Thanks also for sharing your thoughts and code. I'm sure others will find it useful. I got your email as well, and will reply to it shortly. Cheers.
          Blues Legacy 08-07-2015 with Desdemona Finch        

Daddy Mack Blues Band- Muddy Waters - A Bluesman Looks At Seventy
Paula And The Pontiacs- Coffee Blues - Cadillac Love
Muddy Waters- Mean Disposition - Fathers And Sons
- voicebreak -
Lil Ed The Blues Imperials- My Mind Is Gone - Heads Up
Etta James- Born Blue - Etta James Live In San
Elmore James- The 12 Year Old Boy - Best Of
Jessie Mae Hemphill- Go Back To Your Used To Be - Get Right Blues
Preacher Boy- Ugly - Gutters And Pews
Lazy Lester- Blues Stop Knockin - Blues Stop Knockin
Snooks Eaglin- Im A Country Boy Down In New Orleans - Country Boy Down In New Orleans
Sista Monica- Put It In The Crock Pot - Cant Keep A Good Woman Down
Kentucky Headhunters Johnnie Johnson- Shufflin Back To Memphis - Meet Me In Bluesland
- voicebreak -
Pokey LaFarge- Underground - Something In The Water
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio- Falling Down Blues - Live At The Spotted Cat Music Club New Orleans
Brownie McGhee- Daisy - The Folkways Years 19451959
Keb Mo- Suitcase - Suitcase
Odetta- Cant Afford To Lose My Man - Blues Everywhere I Go
Lightnin Hopkins- Long Gone Like A Turkey Through The Corn - The Tradition Masters
Robert McCoy- Gone Mother Blues - Bye Bye Baby
- voicebreak -
Igor Prado Band- Talk To Me Baby feat Rod Piazza Honey Piazza - Way Down South
North Mississippi All Stars- Skinny Woman - Shake Hands With Shorty
Shirley Johnson- Killer Diller - Killer Diller
Robert Lockwood Jr- Here It Is Brother - Just The Blues
Luther Snake Boy Johnson- Hush Hush - Lonesome In My Bedroom
Sonny Landreth- Firebird Blues - Bound By The Blues
Bruce McCabe- Dream Come True - Bruce McCabe
Delbert Mcclinton- Lie No Better - One Of The Fortunate Few
David Honeyboy Edwards- How Long - Roamin And Ramblin
Andrew Jr Boy Jones- Stinky Dink - Watch What You Say
Jimmy McGriff- Blue Juice - Best Of Jazz Organ
RL Burnside- Its Bad You Know - Come On In
Memphis Slim- Boogie Woogie At The Penthouse - Boogie Woogie
Etta James- Id Rather Go Blind - Live From San Francisco
JD McPherson- Fire Bug - Signs Signifiers
Kelley Hunt- Talk To Me - Kelley Hunt
Rebirth Brass Band- What Goes Around Comes Around - Rebirth Of New Orleans
Hazmat Modine- Steady Roll - Bahamut
- voicebreak -
Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters- New Gospel Tune - Hope Radio
Frank Morey- Luci - The Delmark Sessions
Marion James- Youre History Baby - Essence

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          Reply #933        
Just a heads up.. I've never seen a big win on a card where all numbers are matched. The outcome is typical of what you described there. Maybe it's a $20 under the prize and you wind up getting 400-500.. but the BIG winners are almost always a 1 number hit.
          Headed to Pensacola        
Just a heads up for my dive buddies; I’m heading down to Pensacola, Florida for at least the next two years starting in September. So for those here in Texas - let’s get in a few more dives before I go, and for those in the Pensacola area - I’m on my way back fellas, lets go diving!
          Absence of a Voice        
Hello everyone, it has been a busy week and I have much to write about and very thankful for your audience and your words. Thanks for all of you who remind me that you read this blog and I hope that we continue to engage with one another to pray for mutual inspiration and encouragement. It is in this circle of friendship I feel most pointed towards God, so your presence in my life has been a true blessing in my walk with God.

Easter Reflections: Voices and Silence
Since undergoing this journey of co-leading "Experiencing God" for Grace in Motion, the college and career fellowship group at Syracuse Alliance Church, I have been focused on reflecting on the cross and the experience of Christ on the cross. It has been a difficult reflection because of the sheer brutality of it, the wounds, the voices of accusers, the presentation of Mary by John, and what strikes me most is not the voices that is present but the absence of the Father's voice...Jesus states that "I thirst..." which water (river, overflowing, etc.) represents the presence of God (see Psalm 23). But somewhere in this moment, I find myself easily satisfied with the voices that seem to affirm who I am...the voice of my friends...the prestige and celebrity of speaking at certain venues...but I am really bothered by the apparent muted voice of God? He is easily heard in my morning devotions, on my ipod (on my "spiritual" playlist) but I don't know if I reallly take moments of deep pause to hear Him...not just for direction but the sheer beauty of experiencing His presence.

One of the things that captivate me is the sound of birds...Bird chirping is one of the things that really catches my heart, as I am writing this, I hear the sounds of birds and I stop my typing to hear them...because it is beautiful to me...yet, do I stop to hear God? How often do we really pause to listen, to hear and discern with a sense of holy hunger for God? And yet, what is endemic to the church is the apparent "silence" of God in our lives. I wonder if the "silence" is because of what we are tuning into...what catches us when we listen...a whisper of a beloved, the sounds of the newest sports updates, the approval of a supervisor at work, or even worse, the deceit of the enemy that tells us we are so much less than what God wants us to be. So I journey towards Good Friday with a sense of expectation...To listen...and to be transformed by the wonders of His words.

Here is a quote I want to share with you:

"I'd always know, in one place in my throat, how Jesus must have cried in the garden—crying not to die, because there was no fear of death, and not to leave his friends, because he walked alone, and not to suffer, because the blood and bruises and thorns were part of his perfection—but crying because he could not find his Father's face, because when he would suffer all that he could bear, the pain of every person, living and dead, in that dark moment, there was really nobody there." Paul Shepherd, More Like Not Running Away: A Novel

Prayer Support Letter
I am sending them out this week and you should receive it before Easter Sunday. I will also post it on the yahoogroup site, if you have not done so already, please join the yahoogroup so that you can access the new and old prayer letters. Please pray that it will be able to communicate my calling to this new Asian American laity project and also serve as a source of encouragement.

Laity Ministry
I have made some inroads to launch the ministry in August with some assistance with IV, Campus Crusades for Christ and professors from Alliance Theological Seminary. I am also going to work with some local ministries to come together to serve the Asian American leadership through fellowship, training and mentoring. I am hoping to have a strategy and ministry vision formation at the Eastern Chinese Bible Conference in September.

I am also working together with some ministry leaders to come up with some definitive plans for ministry development for their leadership and to offer some resources and insight for implementing and developing ministry models. Pray that God will use this as a springboard for the ministry to move forward. Pray for guidance and a ministry saturated with Holy Spirit insight.

I am excited to announce that we will move forward to another Refl3ctions event in the summer! The first two Refl3ctions Events were huge successes that was part of a youth movement for engagement for witnessing and to intersect into the lives of Asian American youth. The first one was to challenge them to Refl3ct on three questions and served as convergence event for the Billy Graham Crusades of Greater New York which featured performances by Koo Chung and Jinny Kim. The second one was a historic event of having youth from all over the city and ethnic groups to gather to pray for the lost. The picture from the event was used for a New York Times article. Pray for this next event to build on what God did last year and pray for my leadership in preparing for this event.

I have been invited to serve with OneHouse event happening in the end of summer. At its core it is to bring the churches of New York City to be united and to spend an evening celebrating our unity and to challenge us towards missions and justice. Here is a mission statement from last year's event...

One House is the celebration of our family united in Jesus Christ, embodied through the worship of our Savior and Lord. As fellow believers in a city of nearly nine million people, many of whom are squished onto an island only 22.7 square miles, Christians here have the awesome privilege of being in one of the largest communities in America.

Because we share the same devotion and commitment to Jesus, not only can we celebrate life within our local houses of worship, but we can all praise Him together as one in this city, in this world, because we all belong under One House under God. Worshipping together is just the beginning. The stage is set for a multitude of opportunities for churches within our community to partner in furthering the commandments of our Lord; first and foremost, to love.

Journey of a Servant Website
I know that there has been a delay in getting this up, but I have made a commitment to get the website up by the first week of excuses...It will feature prayer updates, my venues where I am speaking and also some resources for other pilgrims on this journey towards serving.

Asian American blog
I have been invited by Blogger Dave Park to be a co-author for an online blog for the Next Gener.Asian Church. I look collaborating with Mr. Park on some issues facing the Asian American church. I am still working on an essay for the Asian American church called "Exit Wounds..." I am hoping that it could be a good launching pad for my personal website so that we can start an online thinktank for New York based ministry and also to gain some national perspective. Pray for opportunities for community and for exchange of ideas and strategies and heart felt engagement.

In my last week's sharing, I expressed a more intentional pursuit of discovering what God is doing here in Syracuse and I am thankful for your words of encouragement and also for the way God continues to unveil the work He is doing here. I went to

Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship at Syracuse held a colloquim called "My Profession as My Mission" by Syracuse Professor J. David Richardson. He spoke with deep conviction and insight about how we are to use opportunities where we work as a field for spiritual harvest and testimony. I have posted his talksheet on the yahoogroup here. I was moved by his authencity in his passions and his shortcomings as a fellow follower of Christ. Truly blessed to also meet other grad students on campus who is working out their faith in Christ and their professional endeavors. I was happily surprised to see Kar-Lai visit the fellowship as well to offer some of her insights and thoughts.

I met with an amazing minister and visionary, Rufus Morris who heads up this ministry bridge through Street BUZZ TV. I was amazed by his heart for the youth in the community and his openness to hear and learn from others. It reminded me of the work that Jeremy Delrio does at Generation Xcel and Adam Durso's Christ Tabernacle Youth Explosion Ministries. They are exploring media and music to enter into the lives of youth and their heart language. I am amazed and inspired. I hope to visit one of his afterschool programs and ministry in the near future.

I met with pastoral staff this week at Syracuse Alliance Church to discuss opportunities to serve with the church and I am on a journey of prayer and expectation for me to see how I can serve this community. Personally it has been a trying time since I feel that there is a great deal of holding back and just learning the culture here and to honor the existing structure of ministry. I am looking to serve and not to "innovate" but rather to humbly walk aside what God is doing here and to just be a faithful child to the "bride of Christ." Pray for wisdom and for a deepening heart for the church and its people. Pray that I continue to balance ministries that I am involved in.

Speaking Engagements
I have prepared my talk for the Chinese Evangel Mission Church Queens Coffeehouse Outreach which is in two Saturdays. I will be attending a wedding in the morning of Lauren Chiang and Carleton Mak (I have the privelege of reading scripture for their wedding) and then off to the church. Here is the theme for the evening:"Above the Noise" Ever feel like being choked by the world, and its ways? Bombarded with so many different noises and couldn't distinguish which voice to listen to? Do you ever wish to be free from the snares of the world so that you can hear the voice of the LORD clearly?

I have accepted the invitation to speak at the Mid-Hudson Chinese Christian Church on June 4th, 2006. Pray for a specific topic for me to preach on and that the preparation is faith filled.

I will be at my 6th Teen Eastern Chinese Bible Conference and I will be doing a workshop on "Vote for Pedro: An Insiders Look at our Identity in Christ" Yes, I have sold-out to the whole Napoleon Dynamite movement. The theme is on Hope...Pray that God wil move in my presentation and my engagement with the youth. Every year I have attended and serve, I am always amazed how God moves to heal and to inspire this generation of youth to become radical followers of Christ.

Hofstra Conference: I will be the main youth speaker for
New York Summer Conference. I am preparing for my talk and my workshop for this upcoming conference in July, I am so excited to have this opportunity and reflecting on how God has brought me to so many experiences on this journey that allowed me to "persevere..." It has been filled with His grace and I am still amazed by this miracle of being where I am, despite some of the wilderness journeys I have undergone. Pray that God continue to humble me and to seek His face in what I should share and how to express the word of God in a narrative that is impactful and faithful.
Here is the theme of the conference:

"Persevering Faith"
"...These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." {Hebrews 11:39-40}

Friday, June 30th - Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

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          Reply #364        
Thanks for the heads up, I saw there was a new survey available but haven't done it yet. Additionally, I think we regular players should make a concerted effort to write the lottery and demand the odds for the $500 level are in line with previous Gold Rush games, and express our discontent for the worsening of odds for the newer games they have released.
          RAWtalk 224: This Photographer Makes A Living Shooting NAKED WOMEN        
On this episode I interview photography Corwin Prescott who makes a living shooting nude photos of woman, men and couples. A quick heads up, if you go to his website the photos are NSFW, you’ve been warned The interview starts at 15:20 What I loved about Corwin is how you can tell he does […]
          Reply #248        
Hey thanks for the heads up Saaaaaamlsx!! I need to follow the new releases of the new games early so I can get them asap when the best prizes are fresh. It seems like a week or two after the new tickets come out the buzz increases, but the wins drop down and nice prizes become very scarce when the buzz hits and people start buying them up like crazy. Thats when I try to go to the mom and pop stores hoping they still have the first or at least second roll available with no big prizes won yet. Bu... [ More ]
          Reply #245        
Thanks for the heads up about the new $20 game. Any chance you have a link you can post? It would be cool to see it ahead of time and see what the odds are. Haven't seen it yet, going to search now but thanks for the heads up
          NEW Simon Says Stamp Release + GIVEAWAY!        

Hi! Just a heads up that Simon Says Stamp has a brand new release. And I have a big giveaway!

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          Painting Boral TruExterior® Trim        

A quick and inconclusive ‘heads up’ about a recent experience we had painting Boral TruExterior® composite trim. We have been sharing in our Facebook Spray Group the progress on a large pre-finishing project, with about 6000 lf of 1×12 pine shiplap siding for a new barn build by a local custom builder. The siding stain is […]

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          Dublin, Our Playground // Dalkey Island        

My husband's birthday took place on the 1st of August. Wanting to mark his 35th birthday with something special, but not too expensive as we have an upcoming trip to the States, I planned a family day out to explore Dalkey Island. 

Dalkey Island, view from Coliemore Road
A lighthouse in the distance

The origins of Dalkey Island go back over 6,500 years, including evidence that it was once used as a Viking base. It's main features are the ruins of St Begnet's Church, erected in the 7th century, as well as two buildings from the 19th century, a Gun Battery and a Martello Tower, one of 8 that line the Dun Laoghaire coastline as a first line of defense against invasion during the Napoleanic Wars.

After living in Dublin for 21 months, we've always seen Dalkey Island from a distance. When we visit Killiney Beach or White Rock Beach we can see the island. A hike up Killiney Hill offers stunning views of Dalkey Island too. It was time to finally check it out! 

In preparation, I packed a picnic lunch that consisted of:
-Chicken salad, cranberries & sunflower seeds on ciabatta or multiseed bread
-Tricolored, bow tie pasta salad with red onion, celery, cheddar and a light vinaigrette dressing 
-Peanut butter & jam sandwiches
-Pretzels, popcorn and grape snacks 
-Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting & chocolate shavings

To make the occasion feel a bit more festive than our typical weekend picnics, I brought along some helium filled balloons in various colors. 

We arrived at Coliemore Harbour at 1130am to a small queue of seven other island-hopping enthusiasts. While we waited for Ken the Ferryman to make two quick trips before ours, we witnessed a battle between one of the pier's fishermen and a determined fish. In the end, we were delighted to watch the fisherman land two small dogfish sharks. 

When it was our turn to take the boat over, Ken the Ferryman guided us into his 5-passenger boat where we all donned life jackets. He even had them for the small children. The boat ride to the island is quick, taking less than 5 minutes, which was just enough time to get a chat in with the friendliest ferryman in the harbour! Once on the island, you're welcome to explore for as long as you'd like. When I asked Ken how would he know when to come back for us, he simply grinned and said "Just wave at me". Oh how I love those cheeky Irishmen. 

From a distance, the island always appeared small to me. I imagined that if a few people were all on it together at once, it'd feel confined. Once we were actually on the land, the island felt much more vast than I'd expected, yet also incredibly intimate.  It felt like we were VIPs to a special venue, even with the other 20 odd visitors roaming around the island too. Sitting on 22 acres, there are plenty of places to drop a blanket for a picnic, loads of paths to follow for a little exploration, and stunning views from every direction. 

My two little nature lovers were thrilled with their new surroundings, especially when we saw several rabbits on the loose. But to be completely honest, with the amount of rabbit holes and rabbit poop covering the island, I thought we'd see more than what we did! We also witnessed a few seals swimming just off the island. They'd poke their heads up and ride the waves, every so often disappearing under the blue waters, only to be spotted in a different location when they broke through the surface again. But the wild goats, the rumoured herd of 6 goats that I thought surely on a small island, how could we miss them? Well, they remained elusive, for this particular visit anyways. Apparently they like to hang out on the edges of the cliffs, away from the likes of us weekend adventurers. 

There are no facilities on the island so pack your lunch and find a restroom before you board the boat over. When we were ready to head back to the mainland, a mere 300 metres away, there was a family waiting as Ken pulled into the inlet with another couple of visitors. We happily took in the final moments of the gorgeous sunshine and our beautiful surroundings.  

My husband grew up in Dublin, spending his first 21 years of life here, and had never been on Dalkey Island. His parents, who have been in Dublin for most or all of their lives had never been either. Most Dubliners that I've spoken with about the island had never been nor realized you could visit the uninhabited place.  So this trip was the perfect way to celebrate my husband's 35th birthday, in a special, family-friendly way, while allowing us the opportunity to sight see, learn some history, and most importantly, share some memories on an experience that will never be forgotten!

For more information on Dalkey village and Dalkey Island, check out the link here. Let me know what you think if you ever do go. I know I'll certainly be back again- I still have to catch a peek at the wild goats, after all!

Oh and a very happy 35th birthday to my loving husband, Alan! Emme, Harry & I couldn't be luckier to have the most adoring Father, Husband & Best Friend in our lives. And an extra special thanks for letting me use your birthday as the perfect excuse for exploring ;) We love you so much xoxo

          TV Tuesday: Ozark        
In need of a new show to watch in the end-of-summer TV lull, my husband and I watched the first episode of Ozark, a new Netflix show, last week and immediately watched the second episode, too! That trend has continued this week - we are totally addicted to this unique, suspenseful, poignant, funny show filled with movie-star talent.

Jason Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a seemingly mild-mannered (some might say dull) financial planner in Chicago. Marty normally lives a quiet life, but in the first episode, that gets blown away in a single day. First, he finds out his wife, played by Laura Linney, has been cheating on him, and then he's called out in the middle of the night to answer to Del, the scary head of a Mexican drug cartel, about missing money. It turns out that Marty and his partner, Bruce, have been laundering money for the cartel, and Bruce has been skimming some off. Marty barely saves his own life and his family's lives by convincing Del that he can continue to launder his money from a new location, Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri (this involves some fast-talking and total BS on Marty's part, after Bruce had given him an Ozarks brochure earlier in the day). Del says that Marty and his family must be out of Chicago and settled down there within 48 hours.

And that's where this family's adventure - and nightmare - begins! Marty rushes home and tells his (cheating) wife, Wendy, everything, the house is on the market by morning, and their poor kids - 15-year old Charlotte and younger brother Jonah - are suddenly ripped from their lives and into a stuffed family van heading to Missouri. They arrive to find a depressed region filled with rednecks that relies heavily on summer tourist money. Marty immediately sets out to find cash-based businesses to launder the drug money through, but no one wants anything to do with this fast-talking stranger, until he finally stumbles onto a run-down old summer resort that has seen better days and whose owner is just desperate enough to buy Marty's story of being an "angel investor."

That's the basic set-up, but every episode of Ozark is just chock-full of twists, turns, and surprises, as the Byrde family begins to settle into their new home and Marty struggles to keep his family not only financially afloat but alive. One of the best aspects of the show is the local family of hicks known as the Langmores, who butt up against the Byrdes right from day one. With her father in prison, nineteen-year old Ruth Langmore, played by the brilliant Julia Garner, heads up the ragtag family. She is far more intelligent than her uncles and cousins and also hardened from growing up in the midst of a criminal family. Before long, Ruth worms her way into Marty's business, though her intentions are far from noble. Throw in a local drug business that sees Marty as a threat, a preacher on the water, a dying man in the Byrde's new basement, and an FBI agent hot on Marty's trail, and you have a gloriously tangled and constantly changing plot!

We have watched seven episodes so far of the 10-episode first season (oh, no - only three more to go!), and we are completely hooked on this original show. The actors are all first-rate and completely inhabit their characters. The plot is constantly moving, with surprises in every episode - sometimes the good guys become the bad guys in an instant or the bad guys are suddenly allies! It's a unique and intriguing setting, with the gorgeous backdrop of Lake of the Ozarks and its wealthy summer tourists against the poverty of the locals. Despite its serious themes and nonstop suspense, the show also has a good sense of humor (often dark humor!) that we love and delves into the emotional lives of its characters, too. We are loving every minute of it (as are many of my friends) and hope there will be a season two! I can't wait for my husband to get home tonight so we can watch another episode.

Ozark is a Netflix original program, so it is available exclusively on Netflix.

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          Making Gorgeous Bouquets With Your Garden Flowers Seeds—Indoor Planting        

A great time to use all those container you’ve been saving!

One of the best times of the year is when I get to start my garden flower seeds. I love to see the little starts coming up knowing the beautiful flowers they will produce in about 3 to 4 months. Growing your own garden flower seeds gives you the opportunity to grow flowers not available in your nursery shops. It’s also less expensive and you get more garden flowers than you can buy.

Growing garden flower seeds also means you can use organic methods from the start and that means a healthy plant without diseases and pests. Ohhh, it’s a good start for any garden flower.

Germination And Temperature For Garden Flower Seeds

These are the two most important conditions for starting your garden flower seeds. If the temperature is wrong then the seeds won’t start or they will start slow. What you want is for your garden flower seeds to germinate quickly and have the seedlings grow vigorously. Providing the right conditions is the key to growing your garden flowers.

If you buy your seeds the information will be found on the packet or in a gardening book. Most garden flower seeds germinate better in warmth but there are some that require cold in order to germinate (called stratify, I will explain this later). The best degree of warmth is a few degrees above what the garden flower seed packet says. If they suggest 70 degrees then the best temperature is about 73 to 75 degrees.

Unlike the garden flower seed packet I don’t agree they need light, just warmth to germinate. But if you want to put them in a window sill or under a grow light then go ahead, you have my permission (like you need it). Anyway, they only need light when they peak out of the soil with their little smiles on. Then they need strong light to grow up to be that gorgeous garden flower bouquet on your dining room table.

What is Stratification?

Some garden flower seeds need the cold to germinate. I sure you noticed how Mother Nature has different seasons. At the end of the growing season, usually the end of summer, your flowers have dropped seeds all through the season and they are waiting for spring and the warm weather to germinate and grow new flowers for your viewing pleasure.

When starting garden flower seeds indoors they need a bit of cold to break down the outer shell of the seed for water to get in and start the germination process. By putting them in the refrigerator or the freezer acts like Mother Nature and when you start your seedlings indoors you mimic Mother Nature and fool the seeds into thinking they have gone through the winter and now it’s time to start the germination process all over again.

All flower seeds need the rest of winter and the warmth of spring to germinate. Some garden flower seeds need it more than others. Such as lavender, heathers, apples, oranges, lily of the valley, and bluebells are just some of the seeds that need stratification. I usually use a wet paper towel and put the seeds in between then put them in a plastic bag. I write the name of the seed, date I put them in and when to take them out. I have started apples in August with this method. See the picture of my little apples seeds.

Once your garden flower seeds have germinated, they don’t need the high temperatures but they still need some heat plus they need the light. If your garden flower seeds become straggly and pale, they are reaching for the light and need to be moved closer to the light source. At this time your garden flower seedlings need to be protected against frosts and draughts.

Just don’t put your flower seedlings outside the minute they pop their little heads up in the soil. They need to be acclimated to outdoors a little bit at a time. I usually take two weeks to acclimate my garden flower seeds then transplant them to the garden where I want them. Keep them watered but not soggy and they will make beautiful flower arrangements for your house or they make wonderful gifts to cheer anybody’s soul.

A little bit a time and attention with your garden flower seeds will yield you some gorgeous flowers.

          New Project Buttons        
Just wanted to give a heads up on my new kniting project icons on my side bar. They link directly to my Ravelry page, so you need to be a member to access the pages if you click on them....
          Cosmo Bag: Part Two        
When I finally started sewing the bag, I found it to be surprisingly easy. I had read through the instructions multiple times before I started and I had read multiple blogs that had done the bag, and had thought that I might have gotten in over my head. Alas! I had no trouble with steps 4-9.

Step  Four: Make the pleats on the main panel. I used a fabric marker kit to transfer the marking from pattern to fabric, but it didn't really work too well. You could use a fabric pencil or marker  and eyeball it. Very easy to make pleats, even if its your first time.

Step Five: I know it seems a bit complex putting two different kinds of curves together, but don't worry. I started pinning from left to right instead of pinning the middle and going out like it suggests. 

Just take your time sewing and clipping your curves. I was really excited to have these done!

Step Six: Attaching the handles.

The only advice I would have is do 6f AFTER you do 6j. It makes it easier to do the other steps when the handles are not together. It's your preference! Ironing the clipped curves were so much fun. I did end up taking the machine baste stitch I did across the pleats out after the handles were attached.

Step Seven: Make and attach the side pockets to the exterior side panels. 

Be careful for when you are actually sewing and basting. It really won't matter on attaching the pocket to the panel, but just a heads up!

Step 8: Attach the exterior side and main panels together.

BAM! A shot of cuteness!

Line up the bottom first when you start pinning and remember to leave a 1/2" at the bottom. I forgot on one and had to get the seam ripper. I didn't press my seems open, because it was pretty much impossible with them clipped, so press them first and then clip. 

Remember right sides together and make sure that the panels are not upside down! Common sense, but distractions are everywhere so I am extra careful. Purple!

Step 9: Attach the bottom panel. The only issue I had with this step was why there is a need to leave a 1/2" at every end. I did this and ended up with holes when I trimmed the corners. So I would just go ahead and sew all the way.

I am so excited that the Main Body is finally finished! Noah is peaking out, seven more weeks until he is due! Tomorrow I will finish the bag. He is going to have the cutest diaper bag ever!

Note: After I completed the bag I realized that the handles are not on correctly! 

          Seemed like I was Driving to Boston…Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza        
The experience When I called Ogre at 4:30 to tell him I picked up Mina and was headed to my mom’s, he informed me that he had a 7 o’clock meeting in Irving.  Nice heads up.  I asked him if he wanted to eat dinner before and he was a little suspect with his answer.  [...]
          mom cave        
well i am working on redoing the play room since the kids are getting older and really don't use the room. the room is hard since it is a pass see it from the kitchen and you have to walk through it to get to the outside and my office.

i wanted it to be sort of a sunroom type thing, so i am not sure what will end up happening...

the view from the kitchen

the view from my office ( i really need a new outside door with windows)

ashley's new table to go into her room once done....
another view....rug is one from lowe's for $17 on sale!! heads up from some great bloggers!!! took me 3 stores and a few hours but worth it ;)

I like this photo!! not sure if i should do one nice chair or a bigger love seat type thing or what..the view outside is awesome!!

any suggestions i'd love to hear them...need tons of accessories and things, but i am so strapped with cash...can't wait till columbia gets a homegoods!!

          Boise Cascade appoints new corporate secretary        

Jill Twedt first joined company in 2007

Boise Cascade Company has promoted Jill Twedt to vice president, legal and corporate secretary, effective August 3. She reports to John Sahlberg, senior vice president of human resources and general counsel.

Twedt’s position is a new one at the company: she was previously associate general counsel and has assumed the corporate secretary role from Sahlberg, according to a spokesperson.

Twedt joined Boise Cascade as senior counsel in 2007 and heads up the company’s compliance committee. Boise Cascade describes itself as one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading US wholesale distributor of building products.

‘Jill’s experience in working on our various acquisitions and divestitures and her knowledge of our business will help us to continue to focus on our growth and compliance efforts,’ Boise Cascade CEO Tom Corrick says in a statement.

          A Future for Symbian Smartphones        
Come dream with me for a while. Dreaming about technology, especially when those dreams are firmly rooted in currently reality, is a truly helpful way to determine what trends and features are important to the big picture.

Imagine it's ten years in the future.

The mobile internet is a given, devices are tightly integrated, with precise positioning available, along with sophisticated mapping information, routing, and so forth. RFIDs (radio frequency IDs) abound, allowing RFID readers in smartphones to detect what is around them at any time. Business have moved much more of their catalogs online, encouraging richer consumer-level e-commerce.

But your smartphone is no longer the monolithic device we're used to. It's functionality has now spread much farther. Your watch alerts you, shows simple information (such as what this alert is about), and allows simple interaction (for example, accept, reject, or delay). Your headset now sits inside your ear, offering noise cancellation or transparency, depending on context, as well as voice recognition. Your glasses offer a large, high resolution heads-up display. A lightly textured piece of cloth on the side of your leg is pressure sensitive, allowing discrete, chorded input (pressing different combinations of fingers together to indicate a single letter). All of these are networked via a low-power personal area network (the descendant of Bluetooth) to the phone which you hardly ever take out of your pocket.

Your phone itself roams from network to network, using whatever resources are available to it at the time, depending on your preconfiguration. It has Terabytes of storage, a powerful CPU, and the various high-speed wireless data connections. But you rarely take it out of your pocket, except to take a high-resolution photo or video.

Imagine grocery shopping
It's grocery shopping time. Can't remember what to buy? A few quick commands brings up your phone's memory of the RFIDs it detected in the fridge that morning (you have an old fridge which isn't on the internet), your Food Management software compares that to your observed weekly requirements (the average of your requirements each week), and makes a tentative list.

As you walk through the supermarket shelves, the heads-up display brings up alerts when you approach items you want (as the phone detects their RFIDs), even showing you what they look like, and emphasizing if they're on sale (as specified in the stores online catalog).

While shopping, your list suddenly gets some urgent updates. Your spouse, Kris, has just added some triggered shopping requests for you, and since you're already in the shop, the trigger has added the items to your list. At the same time your watch buzzes subtly. A quick glance shows that those shopping items have a purpose: friends are coming to dinner in two hours, the recipe will take an hour to prepare (according to the online database it was snarfed from), and you're half an hour from home. Not much time to waste. You accept the alert.

Imagine travelling
As you leave the shop, pushing the trolley through the RFID reader, and typing your PIN in acceptance of the charge to your account (offered by your phone), your schedule suddenly changes, though you're not yet aware of it. Your friend's flight has been delayed and their phones have informed yours.

You become aware of the extra time you have when you walk past the newsagent, and a triggered event reminds you that you want to check out the range of birthday cards. Surprised, you actually look at your schedule, and note that the dinner has been delayed by half an hour. Still, you're not in the mood to look at cards, so you reject the suggestion and continue home.

On the way home you listen to the latest e-book on your phone, read out over the car's sound system. Close to home you need to make a detour to avoid an accident. The e-book is interrupted with a gentle request: "Jenny's going to be ready to go home from school in four minutes, the detour could go by the school, would you like to take her home with you?"

You query the system, "Where is Kris?" And it responds that your spouse is still at home.

You accept the opportunity to share journeys with your daughter, and stop at the school, listening to the e-book for the couple of minutes until Jenny gets into the car. Then on the way home you talk about your days. Waiting at a set of lights, Jenney unfolds her phone's display to show you a diagram she drew at school -- it's clarity of layout impresses you, although Jenny points out that it works even better on a display bigger than the unfolded A4 display of her phone.

At home
When you arrive home, your spouse asks you to prepare the dinner. You find the activity for cooking already tentatively in your schedule, with a link to the recipe. The cooking schedule is linked to the ETA for your friends, and needs to start soon (they travelled a little earlier than expected). So, you put away the food you don't need, and start cooking, following the instructions and pictures on your glass's heads-up display (even for things you don't need glasses for, the heads up display is so useful that you tend to use what used to be called "cosmetic spectacles", ie. glasses that have no corrective function).

While waiting for a particular stage you check out the afternoon's headlines (who wastes time sitting down to watch the news anymore?). As you approach the last stage, you see that your friends are scheduled to arrive in a few minutes, and so they do. You spend the rest of the evening happily offline, catching up. Your phone withholds all but emergency alerts (of which, thankfully, there are none).

How does it work?
This sort of scenario seems so much science-fiction to us, doesn't it? And yet there's not much there that current technology can't manage (the prevalence of RFIDs, the integration of data systems, and the more advanced interfaces to the phone are the major advances).

The point is that this seamless integration, of phone software and services with online services, and of phone hardware and systems with other interface systems, is the way that smartphones are heading.

For example, doing voice recognition in a headset has significant advantages in keeping personal area (or near field) communications to a minimum. Having glasses with heads-up displays capable of running substantial chunks of software has the same benefit, in addition to ensuring smooth animations without high network bandwidths or embarrassing dropouts.

Achieving this type of distributed, highly integrated software requires a system that is both a light user of resources (glasses have very little space or weight for CPUs and batteries, and native software, rather than resource-consuming software layers will be required) and able to be distributed (i.e. a microkernel based system with strong Inter Process Communications). That's Symbian (but not Windows or Linux).

And note what happens in the scenario: there is little need for a PC for most everyday tasks. Rather than desktop OS's scaling down, it seems likely to me that powerful device OS's will scale up.

Is this possible? Yes. Is it likely? Well, that depends on the vision of the handset and accessory manufacturers, operators, ISVs, and even retailers. Open interfaces are critical to this vision, and are the most likely thing to never come true.

Let's all hope that there are enough people with vision to help make this a reality.

          Final Mercury Retrograde in 2016        
Heads up that communication planet Mercury goes retrograde on December 19 2016 at 2:55 am PST for three weeks until January 8 2017. Mercury retrograde is time to rethink, redo, and restructure. This Mercury is retrograde is in Earth sign Capricorn. Due to the influence of practical Capricorn, this Mercury retrograde can be a good […]
Last week some calm weather blew into the Chalten massif, but with cold and snowy conditions. Jon and I hiked into Niponino with some loose plans to scratch around on something while wearing crampons. After hemming and hawing for a while on the Torre Glacier at first light on the 16th, we finally decided to head up Tobogan. Tobogan is a slanting system of of ramps and gullies that climbs on the southeast aspect of Cerro Standhardt up to the Col dei Sogni (the col between Cerro Standhardt and Punta Herron). The route was established in 1999 by the uber-powerful team of Rolando Garibotti and Silvo Karo.

Jon and I found much icier conditions on Tobogan than Rolo and Silvo experienced, allowing us to enjoy high-quality ice and mixed climbing, rather than the "alpine groveling" that Rolo refers to. And while the dry conditions forced Rolo and Silvo into aid on some of the lower portions of Tobogan, the good ice conditions allowed Jon and I to make the first free ascent (if you're into that kind of thing... :P), at reasonable difficulties I would estimate to be AI4, M6.

I believe that we made the second ascent of Tobogan to the Col dei Sogni, but, like Rolo and Silvo, we didn't manage to climb any higher than the col, and the route remains unfinished to the summit of Punta Herron or Cerro Standhardt.

Jon soloing up the mellow first pitch of Tobogan:

Jon coming up to the base of the first steep pitch:

Jon following the first steep pitch on Tobogan. After the sun went around the corner things re-froze, but on the first few pitches we were climbing wet, dripping ice-slush:

Jon a few pitches up Tobogan:

With the pesky sun gone, Jon heads up one of many pitches of excellent AI4 runnels:

More quality ice climbing!

Jon on the mid-route traverse:

Jon leading the crux pitch - an icy, low-angle offwidth, that I would guess to be M6 in the conditions we found:

Jon leading the last steep pitch on Tobogan, before a mellow ice gully climbs the rest of the way to the Col dei Sogni:

Jon coming up the last few meters to the Col dei Sogni:

Jon at the Col dei Sogni, with a frosty Spigolo dei Bimbi above, about to start our favorite ritual - rappelling through the night!

The line of Tobogan (photo from a few years ago):

Jon also has some of his photos up on his blog:
          Sneak Peek #3        
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          Comment on Tuesday Freebies-Free Lantern from Copehagen by Mara Sweet        
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          Spring Cleaning Part 2        
I had a chance to take a look at the site again. A few of you left comments that some pages weren’t loading up along with some images. I’ll go take a look at that now. The menu to the left isn’t loading fully. I have an idea of what the problem is so I’ll probably get it fixed by the end of this week. All pending comments have been approved. I’ll try to find time later this week to respond and note all your suggestions, questions, and requests. The same goes with any emails sent. Please excuse me for the late reply. I won’t try to update the forum again for now until the above are all addressed. I’ll give you a heads up though when I do just in case it blows up again. In the next update, I believe I will actually be starting the regular rounds of posts, tutorials, and all that good stuff again so thanks for being patient. The light at the end of the tunnel is up ahead. Stay tuned!

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Me too.. Thanks for the heads up!

Enjoy the rest of your day.
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          An Article About Last Tuesday's Gallifreyan Embassy 25th Anniversary Event        

Daphne Ashbrook signing autographs at our event. #DoctorWho #Podshock

A heads up for those may not have caught the tweets from myself as well as @GEmbassy and @Podshock that there's another article in the Mineola Patch about our most recent 25th anniversary event for the Gallifreyan Embassy which was held last Tuesday at Eleanor Rigby's in Mineola, NY.

'Doctor Who' Actress Visits Mineola for Fan Club’s 25th Anniversary - Mineola, NY Patch:

"'What started in 1985 with newsletters and meetings, in 2010 is now an online presence like the website or podcasts and things,' Louis Trapani told fellow fans of the 40-plus year British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' gathered at Eleanor Rigby's Tuesday night. 'But there's still nothing better than good old-fashioned people getting together and having a good time and we have a great community of Doctor Who fans on Long Island.'

Along with fellow fan Ken Deep, Trapani is head of the 'Gallifreyan Embassy,' billed as the largest 'Doctor Who' fan club on Long Island, and which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Deep said that it was 'fitting' that the group was in Mineola because club member Beth Trekman had been working at the Mineola post office where the original club newsletters were mailed. 'You used to see Mineola as our paid postage meter-thingy from the post office,' Deep said. 'Mineola has a special place in our hearts.'

Trapani said he decided to start a 'Doctor Who' fan club on Long Island in 1985 'since there was nothing there at that time, (and) since there was nothing there I said 'hey, I'll start it' and little did I know 25 years later they're still talking about it.'"

(Via - read the rest here)

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Shit.. Så gik der stort set lige et halvt år uden en lyd fra mig, herinde. Undskyld. Eller.. Siger man det? Jeg ved sgu ikke engang selv lige hvad der skete, og gud fri mig vel, om jeg ikke tit har tænkt på, lige at kigge forbi herinde. Jeg er utroligt taknemmelig, hvis nogen af jer stadig sidder derude. Jeg forlod jer lidt pludseligt, kan man vist godt sige. Og jeg må være jer svar skyldig, for jeg ved faktisk ikke hvorfor. Fra den ene dag til den anden gad jeg bare ikke. Mig.. Som har skældt og smældt på bloggerne og deres "jeg holder en pause, jeg er ikke inspireret, jeg ved ikke hvilken vej bloggen skal gå fremover".

Men sÃ¥ blev det tirsdag d. 10. januar. Og sÃ¥ loggede jeg ind igen. Hvis I sidder derude, og har lyst til at følge med igen – vil I sÃ¥ ikke være skide søde at give mig en heads up? Lige nu har jeg lyst, lyst og lyst til at starte op igen. Men det bliver ikke uden jer <3 

          Scaup in the gloom        
One look at the pond this morning and there was no chance we would see the valve tower let alone a common scoter so we cleared off. Just our luck the mist and murk lingered for most of the morning and so had very little on Napton on the Hill while Napton Reservoir produced 3 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall the first female Goldeneye of the winter here, Sparrrowhawk and hundreds of winter thrushes. Popped back to Draycote Water in the afternoon after Bob gave a heads up on two male Scaup he had located when the gloom lifted.

          0007602: Test suite crashes on aarch64        
I'm running the test suite on aarch64 with the very latest gcc, glibc and binutils:<br /> <br /> gcc-7.1.1-7.fc27.1.aarch64<br /> glibc-2.26-1.fc27.1.aarch64<br /> binutils-2.29-6.fc27.aarch64<br /> <br /> and it crashes in the test suite. For crash details, see below.<br /> <br /> This worked before I upgraded those packages. I suspect either glibc or binutils are really to blame here and it may not be OCaml at all, so this is mainly a "heads up" that something is going on.<br /> <br /> Reading symbols from /home/rjones/d/fedora-ocaml/testsuite/tests/lib-dynlink-native/main...done.<br /> [New LWP 32284]<br /> [Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]<br /> Using host libthread_db library "/lib64/".<br /> Core was generated by `./main'.<br /> Program terminated with signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.<br /> #0 0x0000ffff8954d0e4 in camlPlugin__entry ()<br /> from /home/rjones/d/fedora-ocaml/testsuite/tests/lib-dynlink-native/<br /> (gdb) bt<br /> #0 0x0000ffff8954d0e4 in camlPlugin__entry ()<br /> from /home/rjones/d/fedora-ocaml/testsuite/tests/lib-dynlink-native/<br /> #1 0x00000000004bfe3c in caml_start_program ()<br /> #2 0x00000000004bab64 in caml_callback (<br /> closure=closure@entry=281474943984712, arg=arg@entry=0) at callback.c:173<br /> <a href="">0000003</a> 0x00000000004bf8ac in caml_natdynlink_run (handle_v=<optimized out>, <br /> symbol=<optimized out>) at natdynlink.c:141<br /> <a href="">0000004</a> 0x00000000004bfdac in caml_c_call ()<br /> Backtrace stopped: previous frame identical to this frame (corrupt stack?)<br /> <br /> Dump of assembler code for function camlPlugin__entry:<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0d0 <+0>: sub sp, sp, #0x20<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0d4 <+4>: str x30, [sp, <a href="">0000024</a>]<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0d8 <+8>: adrp x0, 0xffff8956c000<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0dc <+12>: add x0, x0, #0x2d8<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0e0 <+16>: adrp x16, 0xffff8954d000 <__do_global_dtors_aux+24><br /> => 0x0000ffff8954d0e4 <+20>: str x0, [x16, <a href="">0000576</a>]<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0e8 <+24>: adrp x1, 0xffff8956c000<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0ec <+28>: add x1, x1, #0x2c0<br /> 0x0000ffff8954d0f0 <+32>: adrp x16, 0xffff8954d000 <__do_global_dtors_aux+24><br /> <br /> (gdb) info registers <br /> x0 0xffff8956c2d8 281472985907928<br /> x1 0xfffffe0ca418 281474943984664<br /> x2 0x19958c20 429231136<br /> x3 0x198fb010 428847120<br /> x4 0x1 1<br /> x5 0x0 0<br /> x6 0x0 0<br /> x7 0xffff90c144a1 281473110328481<br /> x8 0xfffffe0ca520 281474943984928<br /> x9 0x4bfe9c 4980380<br /> x10 0x0 0<br /> x11 0x19958128 429228328<br /> x12 0xffff8954c2c0 281472985776832<br /> x13 0x0 0<br /> x14 0x17 23<br /> x15 0xffff8954d0d0 281472985780432<br /> x16 0xffff8954d000 281472985780224<br /> x17 0x559000 5607424<br /> x18 0x0 0<br /> x19 0x199581b0 429228464<br /> x20 0xffff89be2468 281472992683112<br /> x21 0x557000 5599232<br /> x22 0x0 0<br /> x23 0xffff8954d1e0 281472985780704<br /> x24 0xffff8954d038 281472985780280<br /> x25 0xffff89be2ab8 281472992684728<br /> x26 0xfffffe0ca2e0 281474943984352<br /> x27 0xffff89be1fd0 281472992681936<br /> x28 0xffff899f2000 281472990650368<br /> x29 0xfffffe0ca310 281474943984400<br /> x30 0x4bfe3c 4980284<br /> sp 0xfffffe0ca2c0 0xfffffe0ca2c0<br /> pc 0xffff8954d0e4 0xffff8954d0e4 <camlPlugin__entry+20><br /> cpsr 0x80000000 [ EL=0 N ]<br /> fpsr 0x0 0<br /> fpcr 0x0 0
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          Reply #1102        
you know what u was seeing Congrats bdstrach u also give me heads up thank u
          Reply #815        
thanks for the heads up abria.....
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          THE TROUBLE WITH         

The only trouble with Siren Theatre Company's The Trouble With Harry was that it was nearly, so almost, trouble free, but just enough short of fully trouble-free to be a bit frustrating.

In a conscious effort to get to more theatre, and a conscious effort to support the Mardi Gras events, off we went. I knew little about the story, other than Harry wasn't a real Harry, and murder most foul was only the beginning of what scandalised Sydney in the 1920s. K knew nothing. The audience was very female skewed, and I happened to quip to one couple - "Bit of a girl night!" - which drew a quick retort - "then you'll fit right in dear" - and we roared with laughter and giggled about it sitting across the aisle from each other, she especially pleased with her quick wit. "Serves you right" said K.

On a spare set, so beautifully lit that I wish there were some visual records somewhere, with some stunning compositions and direction by Kate Gaul, with marvellous use of four simple curtains to define time, space, illusion, and mystery, the story of Harry Crawford from Lachlan Philpott's pen evolves in the lanes and pubs and poverty and struggle for survival and love in the rough guts of early 20th century Sydney. This was the Sydney of my parents formative years. It interests me a lot.

I loved what Mr Philpott wrote. I'd like to read it, and linger with it. The use of the 'Under Milkwood' like man and woman to describe the scenes, paint visual and acoustic pictures, play with emotions, echo (literally) the action, and spell gossip and innuendo in a poetic vernacular was at once much the core of the beauty of it while at the same time much the source of the trouble. I, and not alone I think, was missing too much. It flew past me too fast when I would really have liked to savour the words, let alone stay abreast of some details.

The full story I didn't grasp till I read the Herald's review (and what an amazing and heart breaking story) after the show.  I had a pretty good grasp on things, but K was struggling, and one woman we spoke with heading to the car park said she hated it because she didn't ever get to grips with the plot. Which is a big shame, because it was all there, the jig-saw falling into place. And yes, audiences have to pay attention - it's not play school - I know, but ...

Anyway, I'm reluctant to criticise. The cast I thought were wonderfully good, especially the difficult woman playing a woman playing a man of Jodie Le Visconte, Jane Phegan's brave but hapless wife, the wide-eyed innocence, not for long though, of Jonas Thompson's son, and the deeply disturbed daughter of Bobbie-Jean Henning. I was ultimately moved to tears.

The Seymour Centre was pretty brutally minimal. Maybe some lights swung outside? Gosh, even coloured ones? Or is this the new way of the world. Anyway, it's a good theatre space, the small one downstairs. Heads up to Siren. Ham Funeral next.

          Feedback for Beer.        

Thanks for the heads up, Bob.

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thanks for the heads up - *puts BK date in calendar*
          I'm off to CES 2016        
Just a bit of a heads up for anybody who loves their gadgets - I'm off to CES next week. This isn't a free PR junket so don't expect me to come our writing nice things about companies that have taken me! smile

I'm attending with a media pass so will have access to some behind the scenes stuff that the general public don't. My plan is to hopefully have a blog post up each night with some of the best things I've seen that day.

Since there are a lot of you here who will never get the opportunity to go, I'm keen to help out others. If there is a product or company you'd like to know more about, post a question or suggestion in the thread or post a comment here. I'll see what I can do (no promises).

          Welcome Goldfinches! (sponsored post)        
IMG_20130322_190736.jpgI love the Perky Pets review group!  This month we have been provided with a fantastic feeder for our favorite outdoor friends.  We have the privilege of enjoying and reviewing the "Select-A-Finch Tube Feeder".  Yes, I received the product in exchange for this review.  All opinions are honest, and my own.

This super cool feeder has 4 food ports that can be set right side up, or upside down.  When the ports are upside down, only goldfinches will eat from them!  It has nice, bright yellow flowers on each food port, to help attract finches, and should only be filled with thistle seed.

We put out feeder out about a week ago and waited... and waited.  It felt like we were never going to see any action from the finches!  This week we have a pair of goldfinches visiting our feeder!  They are neat to watch and seem much braver than the birds that visit our other feeders, they don't even get too jumpy when my boys pop their heads up into the window! We enjoy this great feeder.                  

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          Why Cheaper Gas Doesn't Move the Needle        

There's been a lot of chatter in the financial entertainment industry about the boost that lower gasoline prices should give to consumer spending. I decided to take a look at my records for the last 3 years to see if we've seen any benefit.

Both of us have worked for the same companies during the period in question and there have been no other lifestyle changes. Most of our driving is in town. That chart up there  shows our quarterly gasoline purchases for the last 3 years. The big dips in Q1 2013 and 2015 cover periods when we took lengthy vacations.

Here are the numbers behind the chart:

So what do we have? Q3 2012 was our most expensive quarter; we spent $385.85 on gasoline and Q3 2015 was our cheapest non-vacation quarter at $250.82 a savings of $135.03 for the quarter or about $45.00 per month.

That's nice, but in the overall scheme of things in our household that represents about 1.28% of our monthly budgeted expenditures (about $3498 monthly). But let's take a look at inflation:
2.1%, 1.5%, 1.6% and what looks to be close to zero for 2015. What looks like $45 a month savings over 3 years has had it's buying power gobbled up by inflation in each year except 2015.

So pundits heads up!  Here's one family that hasn't seen any real benefit from lower gas prices.

          HEADS UP: The Happy Healthy Lesbian Online Conference Starts Next Week        

Your 2014 resolution to become the best lesbian you can be just became a little more attainable. Next week the Happy Healthy Lesbian Telesummit kicks off with an informative, online women’s wellness conference. The gathering features five days worth of empowering, lesbian-centric discussions on everything from staying in shape to traveling to keeping things nice…

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          Recension: Absorbing the Pain bästa köp i tyngsta klassen        
HÃ¥rdrockarPappan gÃ¥r i bilköpartankar. Om det myckna läsandet av biltester pÃ¥verkar hans skrivande? Döm själva i rapporteringen efter provkörningen av en riktig turbokärra i den tyngre klassen: Absorbing the Pains ”Heads Up.”

Betyg: 4, Ute 16 maj.

Svensktillverkat har under årtionden betytt hög kvalitet när det gäller de tyngsta klasserna av dieseldoftande rock. På senare år har dock en smygande känsla av trötthet letat sig in hos de dominerande drakarna.

HårdrockarPappan upplevde besvikelse efter att ha provkört årets släpp från såväl Mustasch som The Nomads. Likadant var det med fjolårets släpp från Hammerfall och In Flames.

Tur då att det finns yngre utmanare som andas både innovation, körglädje och krut under huven. Som till exempel Absorbing the Pain som den här veckan låter sin tredje utgåva ge sig ut på motorvägen.

Mest utmärkande är att farthållaren fungerar så väl. I spellistornas tidevarv är det allt färre album som har hästkrafter nog för längre distanser. Allftör ofta sackar tempot rejält redan efter ett par låtars lyssning. Det gäller inte för ”Heads Up.” Vi snackar inte fullt ställ hela tiden, kompsitionerna är varierade och lekfulla, men utan att förlora sin punkighet. Och det gör att ATP till och med kommer undan med en ballad, ”Hollow”, på sjunde spåret. Det är det inte många tillverkare av tung rocktrafik som fixar.

Efter att ha testat ”Heads Up” i så skiftande miljöer som torsdagsstädningar, fredagsmiddagar, måndagförmiddagar kan HårdrockarPappan konstatera: Just nu är Absorbing the Pain förmodligen bästa köp, om du propsar på fabriksnytt och svensktillverkat.

Kör inte för försiktigt bara. Dra på.

Bästa spår: Sheila Rose

          My Master Cleanse Experience        
     I broke my ten day cleanse...I'm feeling honestly rather shit about it too. I did eight full days and just started onto nine until my body literally couldn't do it. I was weak, tired, and nutritionally very off. But, I did greatly enjoy this cleanse, I felt cleaner, lighter, brighter, more aware, clear-minded, and throughout the experience~ I really dug deeper in myself and did a lot of self-reflection.'s the "wrap up."

Day one:
    This first day wasn't hard, I was amped, eager, and the day passed by without any issues. I began the morning with laxative tea and psyllum husks (the salt water flush scared me a bit...a slight sodium fear I've got here). Just a heads up, I had no cayenne so I used gochu pepper powder AND agave. I did scroll far too many blogs boasting of beautiful foods and dreaming up what I wanted to whip up as soon as I succeeded in this mission. I found myself talking far too much about food and definitely annoying my partner. Oops~ To deal and silence the food talk, I made a Korean meal for him and that got loads of my parts smiling. I swear, I genuinely enjoy cooking, making, and providing healthy tasty food much more than ingesting it. I drank my lemon drink and he ate soup...great day! At night, I made myself fresh ginger tea with the lemon rinds and then some laxative tea!

Day two:
     The  morning began with bowel movement and laxative tea. I honestly and maybe embarrassingly will admit that while using the bathroom, I was knocking back my tea. Anyways, this day was the beginning of a new job so I had to plan ahead and make a massive bottle of the lemonade and truck it around. I was a bit concerned about whether or not I would have enough and if I was messing things up due to the lemons not staying fresh.
     I found myself more aware of my surroundings and feeling SO good walking in the sun. I kept closing my eyes and smiling as I bounced to the train appreciation!!! When I got to work, I met a classroom full of punks. I got into teacher mode and then snack time happened....vegan tteokbokki. I had to spoon it out and I had no desire to slip a bit of the sauce into my mouth. I listened to the kids squishing their rice cakes and I drank lemonade.
     After work, I walked to my next job...still bouncing in the sun. I took a super long walk and felt the wind dance through my hair and the sunlight restore my Vitamin D battery. I got to my tutoring gig early and made myself some warm lemon tea and read a book. I was full FULL of energy and eager to share class time. I had more than enough lemonade left and finished it just as I walked back into my apartment. Made another lemonade, laxative tea, and ginger tea and drank everything. And then whined about food to my partner...such a doll I yam....

Day three:
     I had work training today...I got my bathroom time in, made me lemonade for the day and took an hour long walk just to get more sunlight in! I felt really good. Lighter, clearer, achey though. My joints were not feeling very strong but the walking was helping! I got to training and wrapped it up in a fix then walked to Haebongchon...for some reason that I can't quite recall. It was a nice forty minute slow walk and I just was enamored by everything around me. My legs felt so good stretching out and my hair felt alive...just dancing around freely. Ah,...I met up with a buddy to catch up and art-explore! I ran out of my lemonade and had to make one with organic honey (shock!!!) It was delicous and I was SO full. I eventually wandered to the Foreign Food Market and got a massive jug of agave and real cayenne pepper and wandered back home...where again I made ginger tea and laxative tea...snooze.

Day four:
    I started the morning with a bowel movement and knocked back another lax tea right after along with the drink. I was struggling with getting the required eight glasses of this in me, and with water and teas. My tummy was stressing with all of this liquid. I felt really energetic, brighter, happier! I had really achy joints and some pain in my stomach, along with bloating. I could feel my shoulders loosen up and as if some weight was off of me (mentally that is.) I spent the day outside, smiling at the sun, and drawing a lot while inside. I am clearer, more focused...comfortable.

Day five:
   Today was my first day of work and I trucked a giant two liter bottle full of lemonade to school. I felt engaged with the students, more present, and again; clearer. I wasn't hungry or craving food but I was wanting to lay out in the sun in the grass. After work I was planning on walking to Haebongchon (Abby's last girl's night) but decided to try out the bus system. I ended up taking the bus on the wrong side of the road and took a much longer route. Instead of being short or impatient, I was clam...pleasant. Breathing. I eventually got to my destination and found myself so weak and very out of it. I was having a very hard time focusing and staying awake and engaged. I was weak. I drank all my lemonade and made some laxative tea and was fine. I chugged along with my ladies until the end of the night and grabbed a cab home. As weak and tired as I was, my body was able to persevere! I got home, crashed into bed and fell very quickly asleep. Tomorrow was going to be a more demanding night!

Day six: 
    This was a no work, carefree, snuggling, relaxing day. I slept in and enjoyed the peace of my warm bed. I had a bowel movement and was just not hungry enough to want more lemonade. I put it off for a few hours debating whether or not to consume it or not. I knew I needed energy and need to take in something with caloric content, but I just wasn't feeling it. I was also getting a bit dark about myself, the self-hate I possess is a big reason why I wanted to start this cleanse. I wanted (and still) so badly to love myself, respect me, who I am, what I physically am...I want to stop hating myself. I was feeling bloated, large, thick...just very unhappy. I didn't want to eat anything. But...this was Abby's last night in town and the ladies were gathering. I needed to have fuel...I could not crash on this. I was definitely weak, achy, pained, but I honored my goals and kicked it to the girls and had a great night. I kept myself awake with hot teas, laughter, tears, and genuine happiness that I was surrounded by the ladies I adore so much, my sisters. As weak and tired as I was, and felt...I kept out until the early hours and then blundered into a cab back home. I entered an empty house, a tired soul, and the heat of my bed embracing me.

Day seven:
    Another good-bye party was to occur but I was mentally stressed. My partner and I have been arguing and I've been so under-nourished. This played even more into not wanting to ingest anything. I only managed to have a glass of lemonade and instantly felt horrible about myself. I tried on nearly twenty different options for clothes, falling into a fit of tears each time. I was so achy, crampy, and mentally exhausted. I spent most of the day in the house crying...then I gathered myself and joined my friends. Slapped on a smile, some of it genuine because I do love these people. But parts of me craved sleep and complete disappearance. We started off in Gangnam, I drank caffeine-free teas, then we rolled to Sincheon. I was completely out of it, my legs were shaking, my eyes were so heavy, and brimming with tears. I felt like shit, and being better focused-I was in it. I grabbed a cab home, crying every so often, then when I did get home, my credit card couldn't work. The taxi driver was yelling at me in broken English and I felt a surge of weight and pressure. My heart was thumping so loudly and I just wanted to scream. I was experiencing so many different things, so many emotions and...just hatred, self-pity, self-disgust. I gave him US dollars and walked up the five flights of stairs home, opened the apartment door and blacked out. I got up off the floor, dizzy and unsure of what just happened, picked myself up and removed my shoes, bag, changed my clothes, and walked towards the bed where again I found myself on the floor, inches from the bed. I pulled out a liter of lemonade, drank it, grabbed four almonds and threw them into my throat. Then I threw up and pulled myself into bed. Exhausted.

Day eight:
    I kept this day silent and emotionally distressed. I spent most of the entire day inside looking out my big window just thinking and reflecting and self-hating. It wasn't the highest of days for sure. When the sun started to set I went for a long walk. I just blanked out and stepped forward. I can't really trace where I wandered, I know it was for two hours and most of the thoughts going on in my mind were
     "Why am I here? Why isn't this cleanse working? Why do I still hate myself? I hate my _____. I want to just stop everything." A LOT of darkness, sadness, emptiness. I drank one lemonade, two laxative teas, water...and cried or sweated most of it out. When I got home...the house was still empty. I could hear the pang in my stomach screaming with my sensible "healthy" part to get some nutrition. Get some sustenance and then my mood, my place will improve. I didn't listen to it, and wobbled around, drinking hot teas and more lemonade...and staying in this space.
     My partner got home, argument settled and fixed...I wanted...needed food. I could hear everything in me saying I needed it. The emotional, mental, and physical demands had done their part...I needed something. My partner was supportive, I needed to listen to this body of mine.

Day nine:
    It officially was day nine, my body was needing partner and I went to the only place open, a CU. I bought an apple, a mushy apple and it didn't matter. As soon as I bit into it, a peace vibrated through my entire being. My bones and muscles screamed and cheered. I closed my eyes, savored the textures and juices...I just kissed day nine.

     This cleanse...regardless of the ending and negative stuff, was wonderful. (What's really left when you take out the negative right?) I didn't do the cleanse right, I didn't get the minimal amount into my system and I was a bit active throughout the entire process. I wish I had wrapped up day ten but...I will and aim to do this cleanse again. And correctly.

     A few days after, I signed up for a gym and finally got to weigh myself and stretch these hungry muscles of mine.
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          rory rambles, spins himself, pins the tail on the inner donkey, and brings you another installment of coulrophobia desensitization training        
Perhaps the past foretells the future. Some time ago a presumed member of the sub-species homo redneckus delivered this car to this woodland road that rory rambled on yesterday between forays into swamp, up slippery rocks, and through briar and blueberry, while tracking wildlife to put a tiny jingle in his purse and serve mistress science. In the past this automobile burned fossil fuels and contributed to the invasion and scarring of nature. Then it died. It don't work no more. Nature is reclaiming it. Every day some more molecules leave it. rust forms. taking it back into the elemental form from whence it came. iron was mined in revolutionary times and many years after not far from where this steel hulk lies. sorta like it came home to die. one day, no car will run on this planet. perhaps the past foretells the future.

now that roryz said somethin' 'bout his "purse" in the above passage he realizes that the conditioned minds of modern amerikan folk will wonder, is rory gay? this puts rory in the position of wanting to say fuck yes, I'm gay, because I think gay is okay. if I were gay that'd be fine with me. however, I'm not. now that roryz said that, he thinks to himself, why do you even bother saying that? I am gay. I am not gay. If I were a clown, I could get out of this whole mess as pointed out in my first clown post, because according to Christian Clowning authorites, clowns are "asexual." see for example:

of course if I were a clown, I would shoot myself. point is, if any, why the fuck does anybody care who is gay and what the fuck is wrong with a man carrying a purse? rory has carried a shoulder bag of an outdoorsy type at times and occasionally had a comment that nobody is going to say anything about a guy like rory carrying a purse. well, that ain't true cause saying nobody is gonna say anything is frickin' sayin' something. so one thing rory has to say today is: Gay is okay. another thing: perhaps the past foretells the future.

so during the rambles yesterday, rory sees this beautiful sight. oh what a lucky man i was.

she was so polite. it is a she. a gravid she. she said in her musical, lovely, way, with the tail-tip maraca. "scuse me sir. you scare me. i don't know you. would you please step away a little?" how polite these creatures are. how well mannered. no unnecessary unprovoked attacks disproportionate to the circumstances. no energy wasted. just a clear statement. "please step away. if you try to hurt me, i will try to hurt you, so that you won't hurt me." pretty frickin' reasonable. not very scary really, when you think about it. and how pretty she is even now as her hide grows dull as the time for shedding and re-brightening approaches. reminds me of a conversation rory had with a trucker, who, seeing rory carrying some telltale gear towards the hills above a truck lot, said, "lookin' for snakes?"

rory replied, "yep."
trucker asked, "what kind?"
rory replied, "rattlesnakes."
trucker looked rory over.
rory looked trucker over. trucker was about 6' 2", 'bout 5 inches shorter than rory. trucker weighed 'bout 400 lbs. conservative estimate. shit you not. trucker had an irregular stubble. like he'd shaved parts of his face 'bout two days ago and other parts 'bout a week ago. not in the conventional pattern of any beard, goat, stache, or burns, however. trucker's T-shirt had two arrows on it. one pointing up. one pointing down. between the arrows two lines of words. the top line: "the man." the bottom line: "the legend." it was a "white" shirt with black writing though. not like the example here.

t shirt had what appeard to be coffee, barbecue sauce, and chocolate stains on it. trucker's belly was hanging out below the bottom of the t shirt 'bout 7 or 8 inches. belly was hanging over his belt buckle obscuring it. truckers 5 to 7 remaining teeth were the color toilet bowl porcelain gets to be when the bowl has been filled to the brim with urine and excrement and then left to dessicate in an abandoned service station restroom during an august heat wave. the arrow leading down from the text stating "the legend" pointed directly at his toad-belly-white-buckle-obscurin' -flab-flap. kinda ruined the impact, I would think. wearing a cap. greasy cap. said "hostess cakes" on it.
trucker says to rory, "snakes is disgustin'. I hate snakes. oughtta kill 'em all."
rory says, "see ya." heads up into the hills to work.

meanwhile dead cars rust. people wanna kill snakes that did them no harm. and clowns make balloon animals. what a frickin' world 'tis. judging from the comments made by some of the few readers of this scream into the vast darkness of the internet known as roryshock, roryz loyal binary code buddies are disproportionately coulrophobic. rory hopes you availed yourself of the link to help. please. seek professional help. although what follows may help to desensitize you to clowns so that someday your seeing of even the most hideous shrine or rotary-sponsored clown making the most obscene balloon animals will be as easy as shooting defenseless families in haditha is for marines. desensitization. that's what we're goin' for here. now take a deep breath. and tell yourself. it's only a clown. it's only a balloon. it's only a clown with a balloon. he can't harm you. you are safe.

okay. now breathe. rory knows that was very scary. good job. breathe. in and out. in and out. okay. now look at the next clown image. breathe. that's it. not so scary is it?

[sound of rory screaming in terror!!!!!!!]

whew. guess that desensitization didn't work. wait. it's a news flash. comin' in from kansas senator sam brownback. an anti-internet porn crusader of the first order.

balloon animals. they're disgustin'. oughta kill 'em all.
          530 Login authentication failed error FileZilla        
530 Login authentication failed error FileZilla just a “heads up” in case you ever experience the same problem… yesterday, me and my techie partner were working on a couple of new sites and  when he started to try uploading files to the new sites using FileZilla he got locked out of ftp with a “Response: […]
          Preds vs. Bruins        
Colin Wilson returns to Boston tonight- hope he does well! I'm jealous of my friends John, Mike, and Ed who are 17 rows behind the penalty box tonight. Two weeks is just too long between home games! Will miss Arnie tonight, but no excuses, guys. Boston is playing w/out Savard (another blow to my fantasy team...) and I guarantee they will bring it hard. Our guys need to bring it harder!

Period 1:
Like the intensity I'm seeing so far. Legwand is actually looking good! He played awesome against the Bruins when they were here in February, so hopefully he will find his rhythm tonight. Awesome goal by Smithson- Legwand made the move and Smitters was there to bury it! Klein- please don't shoot from the blue line. Glad to see them trying something new on D- splitting up Weber & Suter. I love them together, but I am interested to see how this works, since I wrote about it in a previous post (and I didn't get to see it Saturday night). Tim Thomas is an outstanding goalie- just robbed Shea with an awesome glove save. WOW!!! Look at Colin mixing it up! Way to hold your own, kid! O'Reilly robbed by the post- that was a hard shot!!! Great first period! Good discipline and pretty good hockey. Nice to go into intermission with the lead! Congrats, Cody Franson on your first NHL point (assist).

Period 2:
Seconds in, the Bruins have scored. The linesman should be credited with an assist. Let's not have our second period slump!! Good play in front of the net by Weber. We need more people in front of the net. (As I say that, JP almost buries one) Great presence in front of the net this power play- we didn't score, but I thought we played that one well. WOOO HOOOO!!! Hornqvist- nice job of driving it in instead of the old "dump & chase"! Wilson in great position on that one. Goal goes to Wilson- his first NHL goal! Great that it came in Boston with his friends & family there. It was only a matter of time before he scored. I hope to see a LOT more of that from him. So far, I'm still liking the intensity, and loving that the kids (Wilson, Franson, Hornqvist) are killing it tonight! Great idea on the backward pass by Smithson, but nobody home. I'd love to see Wardo get a goal tonight. Just like that, tied again. We are playing much better than recent games, but the power play is still struggling. At least we're taking more shots. I'm hearing Erat's name a lot tonight- in a GOOD way! Good second period. Hate that we let them back in the game, but this may be the best I've seen the entire team play this season so far. Hope we keep the heat on in the third!

Period 3:
Well we made it through a little more than 40 minutes without a penalty, pretty good discipline for our guys. Great job on the penalty kill with no shots for the Bruins. Sullivan is playing hard- wish something would fall for him. Another penalty for us- hope we didn't save all of them for the third. Boston is playing really hard so far. Another good penalty kill by us, and again no shots for the Bruins. I always forget just how BIG Zdeno Chara is until he parks himself in front of the net. Congrats to Wade Belak on game #500. The footage of him manning the drive-thru at McDonald's was kinda funny. Bruins take the lead as another referee gets in the way. Wonder how he'll feel tomorrow after big Shea Weber ran him over. We look really frazzled and a little sloppy now. Need to regroup and play like we did the first two periods. Nice shot by Klein- I hope he can turn things around after his really rough start this season. A lot of hard hitting this period by both teams. Erat so close! Nice rush to the net again. Scatchard seems to have a big target on him, seems like the Bruins have been after him all night. Good rush at the net, but time just ran out on us. Preds lose 3-2.

Overall, I think we played much better. A "complete" game, if you will. We just need to build on this. I saw some real fight in our guys tonight, and, even though we lost, we can take some positives from this and hold our heads up. A loss sucks, but I can deal with a loss if we are playing hard and trying! Tonight is definitely a loss I can stomach.

Don't know how much of tomorrow's game I will get to see. Hope I get home for at least half of it. Until next time....

P.S. I love Colin Wilson- his post game interviews make me smile :)
          Reply #152        
Thanks for the heads up Hotmama...

I will keep him in for a few draws
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          CNP Costa del Sol 2015: Luis Magán revienta la mesa final para ganar        

Luis Magán ha sido el gran protagonista de la mesa final del CNP Costa del Sol 2015. Finalmente se ha llevado la victoria tras un pacto debido al cansancio.

El éxito de participación del torneo Costa del Sol perteneciente al Circuito Nacional de Poker 4.0 ha protagonizado tres días de acción que han mermado las fuerzas de los jugadores, dejándolos exhaustos incluso antes de dar por finalizado el torneo.

El último día del CNP Costa del Sol 2015 comenzaba con 25 gladiadores luchando por alcanzar la mesa final y por llevarse el cetro de campeón del torneo. Todos los clasificados para el día 3 (día final) del torneo se habían asegurado entrar en premios ya que la burbuja se había roto en los últimos compases de la jornada anterior.

José Pinto (1,750.000 fichas) y Juan Pérez (1,628.000) empezaban el último día en posiciones privilegiadas. Mientras Pinto seguía dominando la situación en todo momento y acumulando fichas, Pérez parecía que no conseguía carburar al mismo ritmo.

Mesa Final CNP CdS
Mesa final del CNP Costa del Sol (foto: CNP).

En cambio Joaquín Delgado, quien había comenzado el día en una posición media, conseguía acumular fichas hasta situarse a la estela de José Pinto justo antes del inicio de la mesa final.

En el momento en que se rompía la burbuja de la mesa final, ambos estaban claramente destacados en la clasificación doblando a sus más inmediatos perseguidores.

CNP Costa del Sol 2015 – Configuración de la mesa final

José Pinto

Asiento 6

3,600.000 fichas

Joaquín Delgado

Asiento 1

3,500.000 fichas

Peter English

Asiento 3

1,800.000 fichas

Juan Bolinaga

Asiento 8

1,620.000 fichas

José Mellado

Asiento 4

1,475.000 fichas

Luis Magán

Asiento 5

1,220.000 fichas

Javier Fernández

Asiento 2

1,040.000 fichas

Juan Pérez

Asiento 7

740.000 fichas

José Cervantes

Asiento 9

215.000 fichas

Luis Magán comienza con el espectáculo

La mesa final del CNP Costa del Sol 2015 comenzaba con todos expectantes por ver qué es lo que ocurriría en la lucha de José Pinto y Joaquín Delgado, además de ver si se mantendrían en lo alto o se verían superados por algún rival.

Heads Up CNP CdS
El cansancio había hecho mella (foto: CNP).

Rápidamente se pudo ver que estábamos ante el gran día de Luis Magán, el cual ha protagonizado un inicio de mesa final espectacular que le convertía en serio candidato al triunfo final.

Dominando el juego y atizando constantemente a sus contrincantes, Magán ha sido el gran agitador de la mesa final del CNP Costa del Sol 4.0, hecho que le permitía convertirse en serio aspirante al título y en favorito para muchos.

La anécdota surgía antes de la eliminación de Delgado, los cuatro jugadores con vida pensaban en alcanzar un pacto y Magán, con una cantidad de fichas muy superior a sus rivales se negaba a este. Los otros tres jugadores pedían pactar por el 2º, 3º y 4º, un esperpento imposible de realizar según la lógica y las palabras del director del torneo.

Finalmente se llegaba al pacto entre los cuatro supervivientes. Tras este y debido al cansancio, el juego se volvió realmente agresivo, con mucha acción, por lo que rápidamente tuvimos a Delgado y Pinto eliminados. Dos manos después del pacto ya solo quedaban Magán y Mellado con vida, luchando ambos por el 10% dejado fuera del pacto.

Tanto desgaste había hecho mella en los jugadores y estos tan solo querían dar por finalizado el torneo, lo que ha propiciado que Magán y Mellado decidiesen dar por concluido (con la aprobación de la organización) el CNP Costa del Sol sin disputar el heads-up final tras el abandono definitivo de su rival.

Debido a una mayor acumulación de fichas, Luis Magán se coronaba como ganador del torneo Costa del Sol disputado en el Casino Torrequebrada.

CNP Costa del Sol 2015 – Ganador y premios de la mesa final

1ª posición

Luis Magán

26.000 euros (tras pacto)

2ª posición

José Mellado

13.000 euros (tras pacto)

3ª posición

José Pinto

12.300 euros (tras pacto)

4ª posición

Joaquín Delgado

11.00 euros (tras pacto)

5ª posición

Javier Fernández

6.500 euros

6ª posición

Juan Bolinaga

4.925 euros

7ª posición

Juan Pérez

3.800 euros

8ª posición

Peter English

3.100 euros

9ª posición

José Cervantes

2.600 euros

La caravana del Circuito Nacional de Poker se traslada a Bilbao, lugar donde tendrá lugar la tercera parada de la cuarta temporada del CNP entre el 25 y el 28 de junio.


          CNP Málaga 2014: Abselam se corona ante Alejandro Piñeiro        

Hutman Abselam ha logrado una increíble victoria en el CNP 3.0 Costa del Sol disputado en el Casino Torrequebrada.

El jugador ceutí Hutman Abselam ha conseguido una gran victoria en el torneo de Málaga perteneciente al Circuito Nacional de Poker.

El sábado por la mañana, al inicio del segundo día de juego, pocos habrían apostado que Abselam llegaría lejos en el torneo ya que era uno de los jugadores que menos fichas acumulaban de los 121 participantes que superaron las dos jornadas inaugurales y que regresaban a la acción el día 2.

Contra todo pronóstico, Hutman Abselam fue aumentando su stack y creciendo en su juego hasta finalizar el día 2 en segunda posición para regresar el último día del torneo en una situación privilegiada y tan solo por detrás del líder en ese momento del CNP Málaga 2014 Antonio Galiana.

Tras haber sido casi defenestrado, Abselam partía como uno de los favoritos entre los 20 supervivientes que habían accedido al último día de juego y confirmaba sus opciones de victoria al entrar en una mesa final (en 4ª posición de los nueve jugadores que continuaban con vida) que lideraba Alejandro Piñeiro.

CNP Málaga 2014 – Configuración de la mesa final


Alejandro Piñeiro

Asiento 1

3,740.000 fichas


Julio Mejías

Asiento 3

2,480.000 fichas


Antonio Galiana

Asiento 8

2,015.000 fichas


Hutman Abselam

Asiento 7

1,810.000 fichas


José Javier Patiño

Asiento 6

1,490.000 fichas


Tuomas Jalonen

Asiento 5

1,415.000 fichas


Carlos Durán

Asiento 2

725.000 fichas


Toni Diéguez

Asiento 9

645.000 fichas


José María Cervantes

Asiento 4

340.000 fichas


Mesa final del CNP Málaga 2014

Alejandro Piñeiro, gran conocido del poker español y conocido como “Taotattoo” tanto en las mesas online como en vivo, había conseguido situarse en primera posición, lo que unido a su clase le permitía enfocar la disputa de la mesa final del torneo de Málaga desde una situación privilegiada.

Tras las tres primeras eliminaciones (Jalonen, Patiño y Diéguez) la jornada sufrió un parón realmente grande ya que la mayoría de los jugadores se mostraban atentos a lo que ocurría pero evitando entrar mucho en juego.

Esto, unido al tardío comienzo de la mesa final (20 minutos antes de las 21.00), algo normal en torneos como el CNP en el que se comienza el último día cuando todavía falta por configurarse la mesa final, así como a la parada de dos horas que se había realizado para cenar y ver El Clásico, presagiaban una larga noche en el Casino Torrequebrada.

Tras la eliminación sobre las 3 de la mañana de Carlos Durán (sexto clasificado), parecía que la acción regresaba a las mesas, aunque no al ritmo que se esperaba.

Finalmente y tras un intento de pacto cuando quedaban cuatro jugadores se llegaba al cara a cara final entre Hutman Abselam y Alejandro Piñeiro, los cuales sí que han alcanzado un pacto (recordando que todo esto ocurría a las 6 de la mañana) que otorgaba 21.000 euros a Abselam y 18.000 euros a Piñeiro as dominar 3 a 1 el jugador de Ceuta al alicantino.

Si la disputa de la última jornada había ido con excesiva lentitud, el Heads Up entre los dos últimos gladiadores supervivientes se resolvería en tan solo unos minutos, con una velocidad similar a la de un duelo en una película del oeste.

Hutman ha eliminado a Alejandro Piñeiro y se ha hecho con la victoria uniéndose a Lucía Navarro, triunfadora en el CNP Valencia 2014, en la lista de clasificados para el Masters Final de este año reservada a los ganadores de los eventos principales de la tercera temporada del Circuito Nacional de Poker.

CNP Málaga 2014 – Ganador y premios de la mesa final

1ª posición

Hutman Abselam

21.000 euros (tras pacto)

2ª posición

Alejandro Piñeiro

18.000 euros (tras pacto)

3ª posición

José María Cervantes

10.950 euros

4ª posición

Julio Mejías

8.750 euros

5ª posición

Antonio Galiana

7.010 euros

6ª posición

Carlos Durán

5.900 euros

7ª posición

Toni Diéguez

4.925 euros

8ª posición

José Javier Patiño

3.850 euros

9ª posición

Tuomas Jalonen

3.000 euros

El siguiente torneo perteneciente al CNP 3.0 se disputará en Lloret de Mar, celebrándose el evento principal entre el 15 y el 18 de mayo.


          By: Bruce Ashford        
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          Comment on Predictions from The iPanel 2.0 by Declan Kelly        
Given the speed at which technology has developed, I'm going to aim high with my predictions for the tablet in 5 years time. I think you'll be looking at the following features as standard: Cinema style HD projection from the tablet onto a viewing point of your choice with built-in image and audio optimisers so you get crystal audio and picture quality where ever you're viewing. I also think there will be full tablet personality options as operating systems move from intuitive to actually becoming a friend in your life with your selected defined personality assigned to it. I think they will be uber connected to all aspects of your life, particularly the area of personal health. They will monitor your blood pressure, heart, lungs, blood sugar, the works, all by swiping your finger over the multi sensory inbuilt pad or by it merely scanning you when nearby. I think battery life will extend beyond days and weeks into months as someone susses out how to make energy from ambient light of sufficient power to remove the need for any battery. Finally, I think they will become shrinkable, rollable, less cumbersome in general. Like something you can fit in your shirt pocket. If you are willing to pay for the upgrade, you can get your OptiRetinal Connector TM, which means you pop in a contact lense type device, and get a heads up display, only visible to you, operated by gestures. Ok, you might get funny looks on the Bus as you twitch your eyebrows a lot, but small price to pay for being a leading edge tablet owner in 2016!!!!!!!!
          Wiltshire's Wares        
The following article originally appeared in Essentially Catering, a national magazine for caterers and food retailers.


It may be characterised by high downland and wide valleys, by the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury and by the famous white horses carved into its hillsides, but Wiltshire is as famous for exceptional food and drink as it is for its stunning countryside. Darryl W Bullock sampled the culinary delights of this West Country heaven for foodies

From the former railway town (and now buzzing modern metropolis) of Swindon to the Cathedral city of Salisbury and Wilton – the ancient capitol of Saxon Wessex – Wiltshire’s rolling hills, chalk plains and river valleys are home to a wealth of producers, offering food and drink of the utmost quality.
The county is awash with some stunning cheesemakers. At Loosehanger Farmhouse Cheeses in Redlynch, Ness and Gwyn Williams have developed an award-winning range of original recipes that capture the flavour and characteristics of the pure Ayrshire cows’ milk used as the basis for all of their cheeses. Old Sarum, a velvety cheese with blue-green veining and a natural grey rind, was crowned Best Blue Cheese at the 2007 British Cheese Awards, and many of the dairy’s other cheeses are equally highly praised.
In the village of Hamptworth, the shelves of Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers must be groaning under the weight of the dozens of awards their cheeses have garnered over the years. Situated on the very edge of the New Forest, Mike and Judy Smales make superb cheese, and the Old Winchester (described by The Sunday Telegraph as “delicious, strong and characterful”) and garlic and nettle varieties deserve space on any discerning cheeseboard.
Highgrove foodsHighgrove foods
Visit any farm shop or deli in the region and the chances are that you’ll come across a product or two from Highgrove Fine Foods, which has nothing to do with HRH’s Gloucestershire abode. The company’s ever-expanding range includes anything from goose fat (essential for the perfect roast spud) to clotted cream, casserole sauces and 100 per cent natural sea salt. You may also find some of the excellent English wines produced by a’Beckett’s Vineyard of Littleton Panell near Devizes. Earlier this year a’Beckett’s won gold for its Estate Rosé as well as taking the top trophy at the Wessex Vineyards Association Wine of the Year Competition.
There are plenty of other top-rated drinks suppliers in the region, such as Stonehenge Ales, which opened for business in 1984 in an old water-powered mill (and former electricity generator) in Netheravon. The brewery recently added to its distinguished list of accolades with a gold award at the SIBA South West Beer Competition 2008 for Danish Dynamite, a strong and fruity golden ale.
Tracklements Cranberry & Orange SauceTracklements Cranberry & Orange Sauce
With products in more than 1200 speciality delicatessens, butchers and farm shops across the UK, another name you’ll find it hard to avoid is Tracklements, which produces award-winning chutneys, relishes (including the wonderful, gold award-winning Onion Marmalade) sauces and mustards. Founded in 1970 in Sherston by William Tullberg, the company is now run by his son, Guy, who heads up a team of about 50 staff. Each day they produce a phenomenal 10,000 jars from a range of more than 50 different products, using traditional methods and recipes. New for autumn is sweetcorn and crabapple relish, and they’ve a great selection of Christmas essentials too, from gift boxes to le parfait jars of cranberry and orange sauce with port.
Being one of the country’s most landlocked counties, you’re not going to find any locally caught seafood. However, Wiltshire is home to Trafalgar Fisheries, one of the longest-established commercial fish farms in the UK. For more than 30 years Trafalgar has been producing and processing rainbow, golden and brown trout and, in 1999, was awarded Soil Association certification for both their brown and rainbow trout. Over in Mere, Chris and Janet Wood of the Mere Fish Farm (01747 860461) raise and smoke their own rainbow trout, producing delicious terrines, smoked trout parcels and miniature roulades, which you can purchase from their stalls at the Salisbury and Warminster farmers’ markets or direct from their farm.
Venison filletVenison fillet
With acre upon acre of rolling green pasture, it stands to reason that Wiltshire houses some excellent meat producers. One that makes great use of its close proximity to the New Forest is Newhouse Venison, of Gill’s Hole Farm, Redlynch (01794 884543). The company supplies top quality wild venison and an excellent range of sausages: old English traditional venison, venison with port and redcurrant, wild boar with cider and apple and the unusual hot venison firecracker. Ted Clancy, a licensed game dealer from Mere (01747 860121), sells everything from venison to wild boar, pigeon, rabbit and even squirrel at many farmers’ markets in the area – subject to season of course.
Will and Dawn Hawking run Marshfield Ice Cream, one of only a handful of ice cream manufacturers in England based on a working farm. “We milk 200 Friesian cows to produce the organic milk we put in our ice cream,” says Dawn. “We do not use any artificial additives or colouring and try to source local ingredients where possible. The brownie we use in our Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream is made by Marshfield Bakery, less than half a mile from the farm.” This small family business tripled capacity last year, extending the factory into the adjacent stables, and they’re constantly improving their range. Earlier this year the newly launched Blackcurrants in Clotted Cream flavour took gold at its debut Great Taste Awards outing.
Maggie Ramage cakeThe aforementioned Marshfield Bakery was started in 1984 by Paul and Lynne White from the kitchen of their house in Marshfield High Street. The bakery offers a mouth-watering selection of handmade cakes and biscuits – including the West Country-inspired Heritage range. “A great favourite at Christmas time is our delicious mince pies,” says sales director, Ben White. “We make our own mincemeat, chopping up apples, oranges and lemons ourselves, and use handmade butter pastry rolled out by hand.
“Staying in Wiltshire has definitely been beneficial to our growth,” Ben adds. “By doing so we have been able to continue to use locally sourced ingredients and keep our loyal staff. Wiltshire has a great food identity and we are proud to be part of it.” 
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          13764: Talk The Talk…        

Advertising Age spotlighted “The Talk”—a campaign featuring a video depicting Black parents discussing the thorns and threats of racism with their children. The work falls under Procter & Gamble’s “My Black Is Beautiful” initiative. What makes the latest project downright outrageous? The video was created by White advertising agency BBDO New York. First of all, there’s something very familiar about the concept, but MultiCultClassics can’t immediately identify the “inspiration” for the video. Second, they should have included a parent warning their kid about encountering blatant racism—by pursuing a job at BBDO or any other White advertising agency in America. The saddest part is, BBDO CCO David Lubars will probably nab an ADCOLOR® Award for the hypocritical bullshit. This mess is a shining example of talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

Procter & Gamble is both “Proud Sponsor of Moms” and supporter of African-American women, with its ongoing “My Black Is Beautiful” campaign. These concerns merge in the marketer’s heart-rending film about the unique challenges African-American mothers have in raising kids—in decades past, and continuing today.

Scenes that take place over different eras depict moms consoling and educating their children after they encounter racism: one daughter receives a compliment that she’s pretty—“for a black girl,” a boy gets called the n-word while another has faced discrimination on the sports field.

The mothers encourage their kids to endure and hold their heads up high, no matter what the challenges. One mom tells her daughter she’ll do fine at science camp, but she’ll have to “work twice as hard and be twice as smart,” and the mother with the “pretty” daughter drives home that she’s “beautiful, period.”

But there are other fears as well, ones that the women may have little control over. One mom insists that her son take his ID with him to music practice, because it will be late when he returns home. Then a young woman at the steering wheel tells her mother she need not worry because she’s a “good driver,” but that’s not what Mom’s real concern is.

Unlike many other socially-conscious ads, the film, entitled “The Talk,” doesn’t sugarcoat with assurances that things will only get better. It’s inspiring yet filled with an unsettling uncertainty—a thoughtful marketing approach that’s sure to promote real conversation.

BBDO New York created the ad, and Malik Vitthal of The Corner Shop directed.

P&G introduced the “My Black Is Beautiful” campaign a decade ago, with the goal of helping black women and girls feel confident about themselves, and in the process, develop a stronger bond with black consumers. The marketer intends this latest ad to open about a broader discussion about discrimination among a spectrum of communities. Further films on the accompanying website for “The Talk” show how real people have dealt with negative bias in their everyday lives.

“We know that bias is not just an African American issue,” said Damon Jones, director of global company communications of Procter & Gamble in a statement. “It’s an issue that takes on many shapes and forms, across gender, race, age, weight, sexual orientation, and more. Our goal with ‘The Talk’ is to help raise awareness about the impact of bias. We are also hopeful that we can make progress toward a less biased future by recognizing the power of people of all backgrounds and races showing up for one another.”

          Quilt Market (and a little Aussie slang)        
[Heads Up:  giveaway chance if you make it the end of this long post]

I am still basking and reflecting in the incredible weekend of Quilt Market.  I am still loosing sleep over the new fabric lines coming out this summer.  I am still laughing at the fool I made of myself as well. I'd have to say the Quilt Market is this sewing nerds Comic-Con.
 I met Mo Bedell through her amazing booth, (Note the first place ribbon?)  but her kindness bowled me over.  She was so personable and chatty- and fun.  I learned that she is also a Portland girl and we are hunting for a screen printing studio to play in this summer. (!!!!!)  She premiered her new line, Full Moon Lagoon for Andover Fabrics, which is stunning!

I have to admit, that  I was pretty star struck when I came across designers whose fabrics I have long adored.  Heather Ross' new line will blow your away.  This great quilt was designed by the darling Rae Hoekstra.  If you follow me on Instagram you will see the book I'm holding.  I had just snapped the photo at another booth when I ran into Heather's booth.

And here's one more for you to drool over, and laugh at me.  I have followed Jodie Carleton's blog ever since the iconic selvage dress.  I have adored her patterns, and have meant to make the Kinder girls for ages now.  Someone had mentioned this booth on instagram and I jumped in.  "No way, she's here!  What booth?"   Jodie replied, "900 something or other, love your name".  So the next day I stopped by to snap pictures and buy patterns.  She laughed and told me that she wondered what kind of girl "greendoodle" would turn out to be.  It seems that doodle in Australia does not have the same meaning as doodle in the US.   (doodle meaning- down under style)

Turns out  I've been packing all along!

[and as promised: a give-away]


Two winners

To enter:
Leave a comment below
Double entry if you follow greendoodle, 
make sure to mention you are follower in your comment

Winners will be chosen at random on June 15, 2013.  Available to ship internationally.

          New SP Features Soon: Instant Msg & Page Look        
Coach Jen gave team leaders a heads up on a couple new changes that you'll soon see on SparkPeople. Here's a copy of her message; I'm sure we'll all see the official announcement when they are available:

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to let you know about 2 new features launching next week.

The first is a SparkPage redesign. Don't worry- it's not going to be huge changes, but just a few things to make pages easier to navigate and less cluttered. We've gone through ...
          My Favorite Baby Things        
  Recently I was talking to a friend that is in the beginning stages of pregnancy. She was asking me about different products that she should put on her baby registry. So instead of just sending her an email, I decided to blog about it. That way I can refer other people to it also in the future.

  First of all registering for a baby is so much more intimidating than registering for a wedding. When Matt and I were registering when we got married for the most part we knew what we wanted and how to use it. For a baby it was a totally different situation. We had no idea what half of the stuff even was. When we were registering we asked other people that have recently had babies, but I also used a blog, Create Studio, that my sister told me about. The author wrote a blog post "How in the World to Register for Your First Baby!". So I mostly went off this list, but I had some things that I liked better than what she recommended. When registering for/ buying baby products, keep in mind that every baby is different. One thing that my baby liked, yours may not like. So here we go!!


Aden & Anais Swaddling Blankets- I used these all the time for the first 3 months until baby learned to get out of the swaddle. I will say that only about 4 of these blankets are really necessary.

Halo SleepSack- We used this swaddling blanket from about 3 months- 5 months. We used the microfleece one, only because baby was born in the winter. One or two of these may be useful, but you could survive with just one.

Aden & Anias Sleeping Bag- Now we use this and have since baby was 5 months. We don't use it every time we lay baby down, only when baby is cold. I also bought the "cozy" one, only because I found it on sale at (Two other website to check out for cheaper baby items are and Zulily)


Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Video Monitor- The things that I like about this monitor are: you can rotate the camera from the video screen, it clicks in easily on the charging dock, and a percentage of battery life is on the screen. 

Portable Crib- 

There are lots of options out there. Probably the most common is the Graco Pack N' Play. We got one with a reversible napper/ changing station. 

It seemed like a good concept. But the napper/ changing station was never level when we flipped it. So if I bought another one I would buy one with separate napper and changing station

The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light 2 looks to be pretty cool. It is super light, small, and goes up quickly.

Phil & Teds Lightweight Traveller is very similar to the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib, but it looks like it may require a little longer assembly. This one does has a zip away side, though.

Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib is basically the same concept too.
Swings/ Bouncers- We got a used swing from a friend and a new bouncer seat with music and vibrations. We put baby in the swing more often then the bouncer seat. Although, I wish I would have just registered for a Portable Swing.

Mobile- I never found a mobile that I liked and matched the baby room. So my sister in law made a really cute decorative one. But now that baby is pulling up in his crib, we took it down. I don't think it's a super necessary item, but I have heard of it entertain baby, especially if they can start the motion.


Bibs- I've heard the Baby Bjorn Soft bibs are great. I don't have any yet.

Breast Pump- I have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced

I have loved it! But have I really needed this pump, since I'm a stay-at-home-mom? Probably not. If you are not going to use a pump daily, a Medela Swing may be a better choice economically.

Nursing Cover- There are lots of covers out there, but Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover is one of the biggest and has a stiff rim to look in while nursing.
Nursing Bras- I bought the Medela Ultra- Soft Cotton Nursing Bra and the Medela Ultra-Stretch Nursing Bra. Both of them have been good. I never got a sleeping bra. I just wear nursing cami/ tank top with bra inside.
Bottles- I rarely use bottles, but I have just used the 4oz Medela bottles that came with my pump. I did try a Calma nipple. It worked well when he was young, now the regular nipples that came with the pump and bottles work best.
Nursing Pillow- My Brest Friend was my favorite over the Boppy, because it was firmer and more supportive.
Nursing Pads- A friend recommended Lansinoh Ultra Soft Disposable Nursing Pads. They are pretty much all I've used. They have worked well. 
Soothie Gel Pads were awesome, especially the first few weeks. They really helped with soreness, especially when they are cold from the refrigerator.
High Chair- We have just started using ours, but the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair is great and turns into a booster seat when baby is bigger.
Bumbo Seat- I've heard other babies and parents love these, but our baby could only sit in these for a few minutes before he was tired of it.


Stroller- We got the Baby Jogger Summit primarily for jogging. Some the feature we liked best are: hand brake, shocks, rubber handle, and folds up with one pull. We did not get the adapter for our infant carseat, just to save the money. We put baby in the jogging stroller fully reclined when he had pretty good head control and was six weeks old.
Since the jogging stroller is bigger and heavier, we also got an umbrella stroller. We didn't get just any old umbrella stroller. We got a Chicco Liteway Plus. This stroller is awesome! It can hold our carseat and has a seat.

Car Seat- We got the Chicco Keyfit 30. We love this carseat. It is so easy to install.

Baby Carriers- I have used my carriers probably more than I have used our strollers. Our baby loves baby wearing. 
  Moby Wrap- I used this all the time until baby was about 4 months old, when he was a little too heavy for the Moby. I used it every week at church and even flew with it when baby was 10 weeks old. Highly recommend. 

Just a heads up at first they are kinda complicated to tie. So here's the video I used to learn how.


Precinct / County Meeting Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.


You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may be a little more organized. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to take you under their wing, so to speak. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. We cannot reach the goal alone. We need your help. These people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in their county. If you'd like to recruit for your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.


County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.




© Copyright 2013, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

          Vermont Republican Party Reorganization 2013        

Vermont Republican Party Reorganization 2013

Beginning in September, Republican voters will start the process of reorganizing the party in Vermont. It's a bottom-up process and the first step is the 200 or so town meetings across the state.

The designated town meeting date, state-wide, is Thursday, September 19, 2013. While most towns will have their meetings in the evening on that day, some towns are having their meetings up to 9 days earlier and an even smaller number will have them later. IMPORTANT: To make sure you don't miss your town meeting, check your Town / County Meeting Information.

If you wish to be among the power-wielders at any level of the party, this is where you start. Those who show up at the town meetings have the potential to attain key party positions at the town and county level.

For a heads up on the entire process and to get your questions answered, join the teleconference.

What:Vermont Republican Party Reorganization Teleconference
When:Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Eastern)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Vermont PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

To get the teleconference details, text 'Vermont PC' with your name and e-mail address to (973)498-8066 or sign up at Project City Hall ( ).

Can you help yourself out?

Each of you has family, friends, and neighbors. Share this post with them so that they can learn how to attain their share of power in the party.

To learn more about what committeemen are, if you don't already know, take a minute and read Precinct Committeeman - A Center of Power ( ).


To answer questions and plan to install like-minded people in the Republican Party organization, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to take effective action.
  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a town, city, or county committee member, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of the committee member.
  • What happens at a meeting.
  • Why you need to connect with like-minded individuals before the meeting.
  • Why you should bring your posse.
  • How to win in a competitive election.

How to Determine Your Meeting Location

Vermont Statutes

The rules for the town, city, and county committees are dictated by Vermont statutes and state party bylaws. Project City Hall has put together the relevant Vermont Election Code, Chapter 45 Political Parties (Condensed) for your convenience, but don't be afraid to read the complete Vermont Statutes, Title 17, Chapter 45 -- it's educational.

While most counties follow the state bylaws and rules, a few may have their own special rules. For those, you'll need to get your local county party rules. Contact your county party to get it's bylaws and rules. (Project City Hall is building a library of State and County bylaws and rules, so if you are able to get or create an electronic copy, please share it.)

Robert's Rules of Order

On the teleconference, I will discuss Robert's Rules of Order. Here is a link to the Motion Chart which will be the reference for the discussion.

I won't be going over the whole motion chart, but you should print it out and bring it with you to any meeting that you attend. The teleconference will take the view of the minority and show you how to get your officers elected or at least make sure that you don't get run over. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

If you intend to take a leadership role in the party, and we would hope you do, your investment in the complete edition Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (RRONR), 11th Edition will pay off many times over. Robert's Rules is revised only once every ten years, so it's got a long shelf life. The paperback edition is widely available for under $15 at most book outlets. There is no electronic edition.

Preparing for the Meeting

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

  1. Call your county central committee and ask how many officer and delegates your town, city, or county can elect.
  2. Ask for the names of each of the current officers and delegates and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask how many people from the county attended at the previous meeting (two or four years ago), and how many votes were cast for each nominated officer and delegate on the ballot.
  4. Join other Vermonters on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can ask questions.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone you meet from your town, city, and county.
  6. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have.

If you're not currently registered, or your registration does not match your current home address, you may still have time to get your registration in order. Contact your Town or City Clerk.

Winning the Election

Winning a town or city committeeman election can be a little challenging, unless no one is running against you. Often you'll find that the same people have been holding these positions over a long period of time. Incumbency is, generally, not a sufficient reason to re-elect someone. Nevertheless, you can win if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

In general, assume a positive attitude and you're very likely to have a say in the party process. Only the people who get elected get to vote on party matters. Your goal is to get elected as a town committeeman or a county delegate or both. If you don't have election as your goal, then you should help elect like-minded people.

Election to the town and county positions are achievable even by newcomers. If you aspire to a state-level position, you're now in a different ballpark. Contact us directly, if you're in this category.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party central committee by-laws and of your county party central committee by-laws along with the rules of the committee you are elected to.
  2. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective meeting participant.

How the Republican Party Works in Vermont

For the Republican Party, Vermont has a four-level process.

  1. Direct election of town or city committeemen at town caucuses.
  2. Election of town or city officers and county delegates at town committee meetings.
  3. Election of county officers and state delegates at county committee meetings.
  4. Election of state officers at state committee meeting.

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.


Town / County Meeting Information

On September 12, 2013, the state party site posted a town meeting list. Our independent research produced a few more meetings and one or two discrepancies. You should always check with a local person to verify the information so that you show up at the right place on the right day and time.

There are over 100 towns that do not have meetings scheduled. If you are in one of those towns, we urge you to contact your county chair to get an instruction packet to hold a meeting in your town. These meetings must be completed before October 1, 2013.

Not all the meeting information is publicly available. For the towns that have a town chair, the chair's name and contact information is listed to the right. The dates of meetings that have conclude are in red, those happening today are in yellow. If your town is not listed, contact the county chair, whose contact information is listed for each county.

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.


You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may be a little more organized. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to take you under their wing, so to speak. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. We cannot reach the goal alone. We need your help. These people are actively recruiting town and county committeemen in their county. If you'd like to recruit for your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.


County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.



© Copyright 2013, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

          Illinois Republican Party Reorganization 2014        

Illinois Republican Party Reorganization 2014

In 2014, Republican voters in Illinois will elect (potentially) over 11,000 precinct committeeman.

Only those elected will have a voice in electing new Republican Party county chairmen, and State Central Committee members.

If you you're not on the ballot in the 2014 primary election, you will not have a voice in this process.

If you don't get on the ballot by the deadline in the fall of 2013, you will not be on the ballot.

For a heads up on the entire process and to get your questions answered, join the teleconference.

What:Illinois Precinct Committeeman Planning Teleconference
When:Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:00 am (Central)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Illinois PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

To get the teleconference details, text 'Illinois PC' with your name and e-mail address to (973)498-8066 or sign up at Project City Hall ( ).


I'm sure you've heard about the frequency with which Barack Obama voted 'present' when he was an Illinois state senator. 'Present' is a non-vote. When it comes time to decide on the new leaders of the Republican party in 2014, will you vote 'present,' or will you stand for something?

As you may know, Pat Brady, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party resigned on May 7th ( ). This Saturday, June 1st, 18 people, the members of the Republican State Central Committee, in a closed, smoke-filled (just a guess), private meeting, will elect a new chairman. ( See for some facts and opinions about the process. )

Have you heard from your representative to that meeting? Do you even know who's put their hat in the ring for the chairmanship? If the answers, are 'no' and 'no,' then 'Houston, we have a problem.'


Early next year, new party leadership, including the 18 people who are meeting on Saturday, will be up for election. By who? -- By the people who show up! Will YOU be one of those people?

In order to show up, however, YOU have to be on the ballot. That process starts in September 2013.

It will be 2018 before you have another opportunity to elect the Republican State Central Committee. If you want to be one those who show up, join the Illinois Precinct Committeeman Planning Teleconference on June 8th at 9:00 a.m.

Illinois Republican Party Reorganization 2014


To learn more about what committeemen are, if you don't already know, take a minute and read Precinct Committeeman - A Center of Power ( ).

P.S. Can you help me out?

Each of you has family, friends, and neighbors. Share this message with them so that they can learn how to really shake things up in the party.

P.P.S. Today I called the Illinois Republican Party offices. At the Chicago office, a recording informed me that the voice mail box was full and not accepting messages. At the Springfield office, a recording answered and I was able to leave a message, but have not gotten a return call. Is the staff in hiding? This is the face of the Illinois Republican Party presents to the public.


To answer questions and plan to install like-minded people in the Republican Party organization, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

Project City Hall will produce additional calls leading up to the petition filing period in the Fall 2013.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

Illinois Statutes

The rules for the precinct, township, and ward committeeman are dictated by the Illinois Election Code. Project City Hall has put together the relevant Illinois Election Code, Article 7 - The Making of Nominations by Political Parties (Condensed) for your convenience, but don't be afraid to read the complete Article 7, Illinois Election Code -- it's educational.

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct, township, or ward committeeman election is a little challenging, unless no one is running against you. While there are many precincts without candidates, most townships and ward committeeman elections are competitive because they encompass many precincts. Nevertheless, you can win if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

In general, assume a positive attitude and you're very likely to have a say in the party process. Only the people who get elected get to vote on party matters. In the smaller counties and outside of large (over 200,000) cities, your goal is to get elected as a precinct committeeman. In Chicago and large cities, you're in a ward which consists of many (sometimes over 100) precincts. In Cook county outside of Chicago, you're in a township which also consists of many precints. If you don't have election as your goal, then you should help elect like-minded people.

How the Republican Party Works in Illinois

For the Republican Party, Illinois has a three-level process.

  1. Direct election of precinct, township, or ward committeeman at primary election.
  2. Election of county chairman and state central committee member at county convention.
  3. Election of state chairman at state central committee meeting.

State Central Committee (SCC)

The SCC is defined as one member for each of Illinois' eighteen (18) congressional districts. (See 10 ILCS 5/7-8.) The SCC is elected once every four years (2014 is next election) at county conventions. Withing forty-one days of being elected, the SCC must hold an organization meeting to elect officers and perform other basic. While the Democratic Party SCC must elect state chairman from the SCC members, the Republican SCC can elect anyone, in other words, someone who did not have to be elected to the SCC. Neither party requires any other SCC officer to be a SCC member. All the other powers and duties of the SCC are granted to it in the Illinois Republican Party Bylaws.

It's important to note that the statute requires a complicated voting scheme for SCC business. Basically, each member has a weighted vote based on the total number of ballots voted at the most recent Republican primary election. The negative side of this scheme is that a minority of members can control the entire committee, which is tiny (Illinois has the smallest SCC of any state) to begin with. The anti-fairness aspect, in my opinion, of the SCC is that elected officials are permitted to be members. States like Texas prohibit a public offical from being a member of the party organization at all levels. In a similar vein, Pennsylvania prohibits many public employees from holding party positions. In general, it's a conflict of interest issue, when the people with official power also have party power.

County Central Committee (CCC)

The county conventions are convened twenty-nine (29) days after the primary election in each of the 102 counties in Illinois. At the county conventions, the first order of business is to elect a chairman of the CCC. The chairman must have been elected to his precinct, township, or ward at the preceding primary election. The other officers, same as the SCC level, need not be members of the county committee. Similarly to the SCC, the CCC members have weighted votes for all CCC business based on the number of ballots cast in their election unit (precinct, township, or ward) at the preceding biennial primary election.

The CCC chairman is, therefore, a vulnerable position. For example, the current Cook County chairman, Aaron Del Mar, his Palatine Township committeeman position by a scant 1% margin in 2010. If he had lost, he would not have been eligible for the powerful Cook County chairmanship.

Precinct, Township, and Ward Committeeman (PC, TC, and WC)

Each PC must get elected at the primary election in the spring of every even-numbered year. PCs serve two-year terms. In order to get on the ballot, a PC must submit a nominating petition with at least ten (10) valid signatures from electors (registered voters) who live in his precinct. There are some other documents needed as well. Write-in candidates must also file documents and must get at least as many votes as the nominating petition requires in order to be elected. Write-in campaigns are dificult to wage, unless there is no challenger, so why not just get on the ballot?

In Cook County, WCs are elected in presidental primary election years and TCs are elected in the non-presidential primary election. Unlike PCs, TCs and WCs serve four-year terms. TCs (30 in Cook County) are up for election in 2014.

The larger the election district, the more weight a committeeman's vote has. If you are going to run for a committeeman position in 2014, it's in your own best interest to get the highest voter turnout in your party that you can. The more votes cast on your party's ballot, the more power you have in the county and state committees. I should note that the weighting is based on the number of party ballots cast, not the number of votes you get or the number of votes that any indivudal candidate on the ballot gets.

Once elected as a committeeman, besides becoming a member of the CCC, you are also automatically on several other committees that are defined in the statute. Those committees are rather specialized, so just read the statute to find out what they are.

County Party Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.


Precinct / County Meeting Information

If you have corrections or additions to this information, please let us know.


You've Got A Friend

If this is your first meeting, it helps to get together with others who may be a little more organized. The party insiders already know the other insiders, so incumbents, as usual, always have an advantage. Here are a list of contacts, by county, who are willing to take you under their wing, so to speak. You may not agree with them on everything, but they are not insiders, so they, like you, are probably in the minority.

All politics is local. We cannot reach the goal alone. We need your help. These people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in their county. If you'd like to recruit for your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.


County Rules Analysis

Below you will find an analysis of county organization rules that differ from the norm.



© Copyright 2013, Project City Hall. All rights reserved.

          MTS27 - Melanie Cushion - Pneumocystis carinii        

Melanie Cushion holds down two jobs: she’s a research career scientist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and she’s also professor and associate chair for research in the department of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Dr. Cushion focuses her research on the fungus, Pneumocystis carinii, which is a harmless commensal for most people, but a deadly pathogen for others. 

Pneumocystis carinii was shrouded in obscurity for many years until its fifteen minutes in the spotlight came in the 80’s, when, unfortunately, an outbreak of Pneumocystis pneumonia prefigured the AIDS epidemic.  Large numbers of previously healthy homosexual men in California became deathly ill with Pneumocystis pneumonia, and doctors knew something unusual (later found to be HIV) was going on.  Dr. Cushion says Pneumocystis pneumonia is an opportunistic infection: it strikes individuals with immune systems too weak to fend it off.  This explains why it was – and still is – a well-known sign that the patient is stricken with an active HIV infection or some other immune-suppressing disorder. 

Dr. Cushion heads up the Pneumocystis genome project and she’s also looking into a new line of drugs called glucan synthase inhibitors, which have a profound effect on Pneumocystis’s life cycle and may offer new insights into managing the pathogen.

In this interview, I talked with Dr. Cushion about some of the more surprising results to come out of her genomics work, why Pneumocystis is a tough nut to crack in the laboratory, and about why she’s not giving her young investigator award back to the Society of Protozoologists any time soon.

          Comment on Band Day 2012 by door posters        
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          BlackBerry releases Notable for Android as part of the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications        
Released as BlackBerry Notable, the latest app is a content creation and sharing app that allows you to quickly capture content on the screen, mark it up with text or free-form drawing tools, and share it with friends and colleagues. Although we had a little bit of heads up of its arrival, thanks to a post that went live a little bit early, BlackBerry has now introduced the latest Android app that will join the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications. Released as BlackBerry Notable, the latest app is a content creation and sharing app that allows you to quickly capture content on the screen, mark it up with text or free-form drawing tools, and share it with friends and colleagues. Read More »...
          Finally, The Firestorm Has Returned to Indy Wrestling?!?!?!        
Just a heads up to everyone in the area. If you want to see me crawl out of the cave that I have been in, I’ll be doing so this weekend. I’ll be appearing on two independent wrestling shows on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Please keep in mind that for various reasons, I will […]
          Kdrama Review: The Moon Embracing the Sun        
Drama: The Moon Embracing the Sun
Genre: Historical drama/romance
Starring: Kim Soo Hyun, Han Ga In, Jung Il Woo, Song Jae Rim
Rating:  â¤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This was one of our exchange student's most favorite dramas of all time. She wanted so bad to share it with me and watch with me. We finally fit it in toward the end of her stay and had a great time watching it together. She told me when this aired a few years ago in Korea it had the best ratings a drama has ever had... then... and still. How could I pass that up? I was intrigued, and so we watched, and I was not disappointed at all.

This is a saga of a drama. A sweeping historical romance that covers a big time period and has a very complicated political plot and complicated messed up romances and relationships. I have no idea how to summarize it! But here goes my try at it.

The first episode sets the back story of the rivalry between two clans that are vying for power of the throne. There's violence and some strange sorcery magical stuff. At the end of it we are to understand that this particular shaman is charged with watching over and protecting the baby that is about to be born. 

Next episode, skip ahead several years and this baby girl is now 13 years old. There's an event near the palace and she just happens to stumble upon the 15 year old Crown Prince who is trying to escape for a moment on his own. They are instantly intrigued and fascinated with each other. (Of course she has no idea who he is.)

The Crown Prince and his Princess of choice, behind the scenes and out of character!
Aren't they so cute!!!

Well, it turns out that she and another girl end up being invited to come and live at the palace to be the companions and playmates with the young princess (the Crown Prince's little sister.) And then that's when things start getting interesting. The Crown Prince is being forced to choose his wife and he knows who he wants without question. There's a sort of audition for the position, including our girl and the other girl.. who just happens to belong to the above mentioned rival family.

Well. It appears all is well, and our two little nobles will eventually be allowed to marry. Because of course our girl wins the competition. 

But... the Queen Dowager, who heads up the rival clan, makes plans to do away with her. It's the most tragic and sad and dramatic and terrible thing! It appears she has succeeded but we are only now about 8 episodes in and there are 12 more episodes to go!

Skip ahead about 8 or 10 years and suddenly the Crown Prince is grown up. (New actors now join the cast and Kim Soo Hyun finally arrives! Though I totally loved the kid who played his younger self. Man, that kid was GOOD!) His dad has died and so he is now king. And he is married to the rival girl. But he has refused to consummate the marriage even though everyone is getting awfully upset that he won't help with the insurance that there is an heir produced. He pleads sick every time! What is his problem!!??? Well, we know that he is still in love with the other girl of course.

Kim Soo Hyun as His Majesty the King
He pretty much has a perfect face, imho.

So they get the new shaman in town to be his "bad luck talisman" and she comes and sits by his bed at night to absorb all the bad vibes. It's awesome. I want one of these! Well, and guess who this girl is? 

Yep. It's true.

And then things get oh so very complicated and crazy and intense and wonderful from there!
Hmmm... I wonder if he figures out who his talisman is?

I have no idea if this drama is any representation of what really went on during this time period in Korea's history, but if so... sheesh. It's crazy stuff. 

Think of this as a period drama, like watching stuff from our British Tudor history or something. It's like that. Just like that!

It's all very emotional, but I held it in for the most part. Until the last couple of episodes and then I gave up and let the tears stream. Sigh. It's so good and heart wrenching! 

P.S. Do you like long-haired angsty body guards? Me too.

This is a fan made trailer. They did an amazing job. It gives me chills! How about you?

And of course some scenes set to the love song:

Yeah. Mark this down as one of my favorites.

          Heads Up        
Instrumental arrangement done with an online studio.
          30 Must-Read Blogs For The Growing Entrepreneur        
Starting a business can be tough and may not get easier once you are up and running. Advice from other entrepreneurs who showcase their successes and failures is a great way to get a heads up on what to look out for. Luckily, there are numerous entrepreneurs and bloggers that have this business thing figured out and […]
          Reply #35        
So close, I played it last week and gave up, wouldn't be surprised to see, 11's show up, I like 119 also, getting ready to crunch numbers for march, I give eveyone a heads up.
          MacGIRLver strikes again!!!!!!        
Ok, Ok I admit it.  I AM my father's daughter.  I can fix most anything..that's why my friends call me MacGIRLver.  Those of you old enough will get it......I'm also a Gadget Girl (that's almost a rule as MacGIRLver don't you think).  Again, I come by it very honest--my Dad, again.

SO, not to get lost in my ADHD; I recently read a story about this handheld scanner.  I was jazzed.  I started reading about it and searching on it and GUESS WHAT.  I found the exact scanner under another name and at for less.  I research people, places and things for a living, so naturally I'm going to find the least expensive highest quality way to get all my gadgets.

Check it out!! it's even cheaper today than when i bought it last week.  Works great and is a genealogists dream.  I get NOTHING for saying this...just thought those of you interested would like the heads up!  YAWSEEERRRR!!!

          Le foto delle Warpaint al Carroponte – 13/07/2017        

foto di Starfooker Sul palco del Carroponte di Sesto San Giovanni, per l’anteprima del Siren Festival della prossima settimana, salgono le Warpaint per la loro unica data italiana. C’è un nuovo disco, Heads Up uscito lo scorso autunno per Rough Trade, ma anche un rinnovato interesse da parte della scena musicale. Tale attenzione viene ripagata […]

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          Making some BIG changes...        
Hey Hey!
So I wanted to give ya'll a heads up :)

Blogger is getting increasingly difficult to use. People are unable to comment on posts OR click on links. Not to mention they have deleted posts and comments quite frequently. I am not able to post at times because "blogger is down"  Blogger has been so hit and miss...I feel like I can not fully support the businesses I am supporting if this is happening.

So, I have decided to make the switch to my own server.
It was a difficult decision knowing that I would be putting money out there that we don't have...I think most of ya'll know My hubby is in school and we have been living off our savings for almost a year now. My business helped with the expenses and that was a HUGE blessing :) and I am THRILLED with the way it is coming out!

I am going to be able to promote these businesses easily! The navigation is perfect for what my dream and mission is! I cannot wait to be able to promote these businesses to the full potential I can!

So, here comes the difficult part...I decided to switch my blog domain to Smitten By A Promise. I have put A LOT of money and giveaways into Family fashion and facts and to switch was a bit devastating... I had to make a new Facebook page and loosing over 500 fans was hard. BUT I have some amazing friends promoting for me which is REALLY encouraging :)

Smitten By A Promise MEANS something to me...the name came from
1 John 2:25 which says, " And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life." God has promise those who choose to follow him and have a relationship with Him eternal life! It is also, the name of my etsy shop! I thought in the long run it would be so much better! 

 Anyway, this website will run the same as Family fashion and facts it will just have a different name and look :) Giveaways every Thursday and everything! Thank you all for sticking with me! This was a hard decision but I believe businesses will benefit :) As soon as the website is up and running I will let ya'll know!

Also, I am so computer illiterate that I NEEDED help with this project lol So, I met Aimee a while back and we were instant friends! When I posted on facebook about anyone having solutions to the blogger problem she came to my aid! AND she is AMAZING! If ya'll are thinking about switching is AMAZING it is definitely worth taking a look at! She will work with you till you LOVE your website! Click HERE for her facebook page! And HERE for her website!

Thanks for understanding everyone! AND look out for the BIG reveal!


P.S. if ya'll would follow me on facebook you will get the NEWEST updates available! Click HERE to head on over to Smitten By A Promise!

          March 29th: Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness        
Heads up to this community event (additional details on our event calendar): The  Washington State University Bee Program ( is bringing Paul Stamets and Louie Schwartzberg to Seattle to provide education and awareness about mycelium, honey bees and solutions to problems that have an impact on our food supply. We will be hosting an event […]
          Comment on 3 Moments When Scleroderma Broke Me by Debbie Morris        
Thanks for sharing sweetie..all of these things help so many of us as patients to continue to keep purchase heads up and fight!Scleroderma may be alot for us to endure but we are warriors and we can stick together and beat this disease!! Love and hugs
          In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web        

The Mosquitoz fly high at the Aboriginal Music Summit. - CBC Scene

The spotlight shines bright on Aboriginal music this weekend. -

Les Jupes take a different route on its new EP. - Winnipeg Free Press FREE download

Les Jupes create a new map to Negative Space. - Contact Music 

Get a taste of new tunes before Les Jupes head overseas. - Stereo Board

Les Jupes find a unique sound in Negative Space. - CBC Scene

Learn all you wanted to know about Les Jupes' new EP. - Stylus

You need bands like Les Jupes in your life. - Sabotage Times

Real Love Winnipeg spreads the love. - The Uniter

Matt Epp heads up North. Far North. - CBC Player

Mise en Scene is an electric gem. - Greatest Berlin

Mise en Scene was birthed from brush and canvas. - FastForward Magazine

Mise en Scene radiates energy. - Wild Wechsel

The Perms hop the pond for a European tour. - Music Industry News Network

Sara Stasiuk speaks on fees for international touring musicians. - BT Winnipeg

Get the first taste of Second Chances from Slow Leaves. - Top40 Charts

Keri Latimer takes young songwriters to new levels. - CBC Scene

Royal Canoe gets an A+ on its live show report card. - The Reflector

Watch Royal Canoe invade. - Exclaim!

Ruth Moody wakes up Winnipeg to the sound of music. - BT Winnipeg

The Duhks kick off the season for Bitterroot Performing Arts. - Ravalli Republic

Al Simmons makes a long over due return to the WECC. -

Get a taste of Cara Luft's upcoming speech on empowering women. - Country 93.3

Sweet Alibi gets intimate at home. - Comox Valley Record

John K. Samson heads back to school. - University of Manitoba

Tanya Tagaq lends an unreleased song to art exhibition. - The Ubyssey

Fred Penner plays blindfolded at CNIB fundraiser. - Winnipeg Free Press

Fred Penner welcomes students back. - New Trail

Harvest Moon Festival celebrated its 12th year. - The Manitoban

          Girls With Slingshots - GWS Chaser #631        

New comic!

Today's News:

Jameson is Hazel's number one face-reader.">Here's the old strip!

Oh, and I'm about to post a new Stuck at 32 strip early just for Patreon patrons. Heads up! :)

          Visual Bookshelf        
For the past three and a half years I've been keeping a electronic booklist of all the books that I read. I wanted some way to be able to leave my comments/reviews/thoughts on all the books that I read. Well, thankfully to Visual Bookshelf on facebook, that's what I've been able to do.

While using it I was also using GetGlue. I would check in while reading books because I like getting recommendations for other books, that I might not have ever seen or heard of before. I usually check into GetGlue for a few weeks then go update Visual Bookshelf.

I have a horrible memory, I'm an avid reader & oh did I mention my horrible memory?!

That being said is the reason I had over 500 + books saved on there :\ so much for that anymore. I logged onto Visual Bookshelf on August 13, 2011 to update my list of books just to find a message. I copied & pasted below.

This is what shows on the actual page when you go to your bookshelf:
"It's not you. It's us.
First of all, thank you for your enthusiastic support over the past four years. Your continued engagement with our these applications means a lot to us here at LivingSocial, and we're sad that we haven't been able to dedicate the time and effort you deserve to keep this community alive and thriving.

It's not you. It's us. You see — about two years ago — we tried a new idea, which has taken our team and company in a new direction. This community needs tools and products that are fully supported and continually improved, and unfortunately, this is something we just can't support right now.

We know your data is important to you. Before we discontinue the service, we gave you 30 days to save it.

We have helped many of you do just that and migrate to other applications around the internet, such as GoodReads, LibraryThing, etc.

On August 12th, 2011, we shut down this suite of applications.

If you have any concerns/questions or just want to say hi (or grr!), you can reach us at"

Sooooo...yeah, I was a freakin' day late. Lost all that electronic data. I KNOW there's no way in hell I can remember all the books that I've read. Being just a wee bit peeved was a complete understatement that day to find that message. Thanks for the 30 days of a heads up, but being a iPhone user I maybe log onto my facebook on my laptop once a month (if that) since I find it easier to on my iPhone. So I never got the damn warning! Grrr!

I ended up at GoodReads because they have a iPhone App (thank you) & I can check in, update book lists, give my opinion & keep up with my favorite authors. I ended up spending over two hours just adding what few books I can remember. Still about 400 short :( damn it to hell!

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          Deranged: Matthew Dowd Compares Trump to Kim Jong-un, Speculates Europe Fears Trump More        

ABC political analyst and faux Republican Matthew Dowd spent Wednesday afternoon with fellow liberal Republican Nicolle Wallace’s Deadline White House, serenading MSNBC viewers with the claim that Trump’s “fire and fury” statement could easily be said by North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un. 

Receiving zero pushback, Dowd also speculated that Europe is more scared of Trump than a murderous communist like Kim Jong-un, so there’s that for what passes as acceptable political rhetoric. Surely the reaction would different if someone stated that about Barack Obama.

Wallace did her part in teeing up fellow ex-Bush official:

Let me just ask you about the character of a president who would threaten fire and fury without having enough respect for his military leadership, for his national security adviser, for his chief of staff and for his secretary of state to give them a heads up.

Dowd began by imploring everyone to “end this whole story that keeps developing that somehow Donald Trump is going to change and be something different than he is” as no one or anything (even retired General John Kelly) have been able to change Trump. 

This set the table for part one of Dowd’s imprudent tangentt:

There weren’t a strategy in this. To me, if you read a paragraph in the beginning of the newspaper that said this. A bellicose, threatening, emotionally immature, insecure leader did “X,” a year ago would you have thought the President of the United States was that person or would you thought that the head of North Korea was that person? That's the problem today. 

He soon added, when taking into consideration “stable actors” versus unstable ones: “[I]t's hard for me to believe that the people in Europe aren't looking at this situation today and who are they more worried about? That's actually an honest question in this time that we have.”

Dowd is arguably correct in Trump’s ill-timing when it comes to the “fire and fury” comments in relation to the Nagasaki anniversary and his tweets about transgender people in the military. Fair enough. 

But putting a U.S. President who uses colorful language to someone who starves millions of people and used anti-aircraft guns to murder security officials? Give me a break. Spare us this pathetic attempt at moral equivalency.

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This was not the first such piece of lunacy from Dowd. For frequent fliers here at NewsBusters, Dowd makes near daily appearances on our pages. Just this summer, Dowd has argued that Trump’s tweets are as distracting as skinny dippers and Congress is treating Trump “like a child” so he can’t “harm” them.

Dowd and Wallace continue to show on a daily basis why they’re such beloved members of the New York-Washington media elite. 

Whether it’s Wallace suggesting the Trump immigration policy push last week centered on “xenophobia” or Dowd touting single-payer health care, folks like these have become case studies in what the media want to see from conservatives and Republicans.

Here’s the relevant portions of the transcript from MSNBC’s Deadline: White House on August 9:

MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
August 9, 2017
4:16 p.m. Eastern

NICOLLE WALLACE: Let me just ask you about the character of a president who would threaten fire and fury without having enough respect for his military leadership, for his national security adviser, for his chief of staff and for his secretary of state to give them a heads up. 

MATTHEWS DOWD: So the first thing I hope we can end this whole story that keeps developing that somehow Donald Trump is going to change and be something different than he is, and he has some master strategy he's going to take over the world and make the United States – let's just end that. General Kelly made no difference, every speech that Donald Trump has made no difference, the statements that he’s made, yesterday — had made a lot of difference badly in this. But they weren't planned. There weren’t a strategy in this To me, if you read a paragraph in the beginning of the newspaper that said this. A bellicose, threatening, emotionally immature, insecure leader did “X,” a year ago would you have thought the President of the United States was that person or would you thought that the head of North Korea was that person? That's the problem today. When we talk about stable actors and people we can count on in all of this, it's hard for me to believe that the people in Europe aren't looking at this situation today and who are they more worried about? That's actually an honest question in this time that we have. The other thing that he doesn’t — I think Donald Trump does — I think he has no consent of history. Today is the anniversary of dropping the bomb on Nagasaki, right? That is the anniversary today. When he announced that transgender people were no longer to be in the military it was on the anniversary of Harry Truman desegregating the military. He has no concept of what he says in how it relates to history and what impact it has on the world.

SARA FAGEN: It goes to Nicolle's point there's no vetting process there because, in a normal White House somebody would look at the history of the issues that are being talked about and make sure that the President and the rest of the staff knew, hey, if we're going to do something on transgender people in the military, we might want to wait a week. 

WALLACE: And Michael Steele, just quickly, I bang my head on this table, but I did that a lot during the campaign and it actually hurts if anyone’s is wondering where the bleep are the Republicans? 

MICHAEL STEEL: I think right now the President is moving so fast during a congressional recess that there's not a lot of response. And here you see Senator McCain —

WALLACE: So fast. He's going in one direction. Down. 

STEEL: You see John McCain showing up about that. What's terrifying to the earlier points here, they're now comparing this to the Cuban missile crisis. In the Cuban missile crisis, the hinge between war and peace, was carefully chosen words between the president of the united States and we have to illusion that, in this situation, we will hear carefully vetted, appropriate words from the President of the United States. 


4:20 p.m. Eastern

DOWD: The only hope I have in this — the only hope I have in this, I think them as the five linemen protecting the Americans in the pocket.

WALLACE: Name them and then we’re going to have to hit pause.

DOWD: Nikki Haley, General Mattis, General Kelly, General McMaster, and Rex Tillerson, right? And I think those five — there’s like a trip wire, right? That's my hope that all of Donald Trump's belligerence and the stuff he does and not reacting — hoping he doesn't react emotionally the five people are between the American public and something really bad happening.

          Blog Giveaway!        
Just a quick heads up:  Olof of the Icelandic Gardner is giving away a copy of Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson.  If  you haven’t seen any of Anderson’s Itty Bitty series, she’s got several books of adorable little projects for babies.  I’ve got her Itty Bitty Hats book, and the hats in there […]
          Reply #164        
Hey TF, just noticed you did the journey for 082 as opposed to 081. Just a heads up...
          Empire : The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014        
Empire : The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014

Between May 14 and 25, the Cannes International Film Festival will play host to some of the most gifted and glamorous faces in movieland. Empire, whose face likes to think it combines both qualities into one geeky visage, will be there covering every gala, screening and soirée worth physically breaking into. But which movies will hoover up the most attention in the Midi? Our very own Damo-on-the-spot, Damon Wise, has picked his ten to keep an eye out for.

Category: In Competition
Director: David Cronenberg
Cronenberg has been a frequent visitor to the Croisette since Crash made the competition in 1996. Maps To The Stars – written by Bruce Wagner, screenwriter and author of the eccentric Oliver Stone-producer mini-series Wild Palms – promises to be the kind of fractured genre riff that has characterised the director's recent work (notably A History Of Violence), dealing with a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Evan Bird, playing a troubled former child star, heads up an impressive cast that includes Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson.

Category: Midnight Screening
Director: David Michôd
David Michôd, who made a big splash with his debut, Animal Kingdom, has been tucked away in the Midnight Screening strand, which suggests that his latest film, ostensibly another crime drama, might not quite be what it seems. Though you wouldn't know it from the trailer, The Rover is actually sci-fi variant set in a post-apocalyptic world, this time starring Guy Pearce as the title character, who teams up with Robert Pattinson to track down the gang that stole from him.

Source => Empire / Via => Thinking of Rob
          Comment on About by Romon Caldwell        
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          Comment on How to Cook Quinoa by Diana        
Thanks for the heads up, Jan! I made the correction, and yes, the ratio is always 2 parts water/broth to one part dry quinoa. Hope you enjoy the endless possibilities the world of quinoa has to offer. Happy Cooking!
          That's all Folks!        

12 month have passed, 12 apps have seen the light of day.

What started out as a simple project to kill time in between lectures, turned into all embracing monster from the shallows of the Android underground, which consumed every bit of spare time, and could only be tamed by making sacrifices in the form of long nights and code driven weekends (yes, it was that dramatic ;)).

In any case, 2015 is over, we had a super amount of fun, and now want to take this post as a form of Good Bye to the Android Challenge. So, there it goes!

1. Flippy Pairs

FlippyPairs banner

For starters in January we wanted to do something small. We didn’t feel the urge to revolutionize the world quite yet, but rather wanted to make sure we could actually deliver on our promise. So we started with the little well know game Memory (yes, the children’s game), and decided to make a multiplayer version where multiple phones / tablets could be connected to form one giant memory playing field.

Initial progress was quick. We split the app into three rough components (network communication, game logic and UI) and started dividing tasks. For combining multiple devices we wanted to try out Bluetooth P2P, but quickly discovered that the world of Android Bluetooth P2P really wasn’t as advanced as we had hoped, and definitely not as developer friendly. After about a week of digging through documentation and trying out different libraries, we dropped the idea of Bluetooth altogether and went with a regular client-server pattern over Wifi. Not as fancy, but simple and functional. Heads up: Google Play Games Services would have been a good candidate here retrospectively.

For the UI we spent some time on scrapping funny robot images from, which generates peseudo-random robot images. The pseudo part is important. Turns out the robots are generated by simply combining various robot heads with torsos and different eyes. If you try playing a game with 5 screens full of them, boy does that game become hard!

Lesson learned: unless you are trying to come up with a new fancy network protocol or have very specific requirements, just pick a well known and established network library and stick with that. Your time is needed elsewhere.

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2. Trip Weather

Trip Weather banner

Flippy Pairs got us pretty excited. It was our first app and looked half decent, so we spent a couple of extra days in February adding additional features to Flippy Pairs (bad idea …). At the same time February is also traditionally crammed with exams so we were slightly struggling to find yet another small app idea which we could make happen in just a couple of days. Eventually somebody suggested an advanced weather app which would show you the forecast along a particular route as you travel, which we thought sounded cool and so we went with that.

This gave us a chance to play around with the Google location services (which there are a lot of!), but also led to us maxing out our available Google quotas on a daily basis just by doing simple testing (we then learned the value of caching). We used the Google Places API for translating user input into actual addresses, the Google Maps Geocoding API for converting those addresses to GPS locations, and finally the Google Maps Directions API for getting routes between start and end locations. Based on this route we simply interpolated between the wayspoints and fetched the forecast from OpenWeatherMap. Retrospectively we didn’t nearly spend enough time on fine tuning the weather data (the free tier on OpenWeatherMap is very roughly grained when it comes to forecasts), but spent most of your energy on getting the locations part to work.

Lesson learned: four weeks per app sounds like a lot of time, but in reality it usually boils down to one or two at the maximum, since there is always other work to catch up on or cool features you can add to one of the previous apps.

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3. Box Club

Box Club banner

Finally we had some time on our hands! University was over, no more exams and no excuses for not getting an early start with the app for March: a single player boxing game with sensor controlled punching. In fact, we were even lucky enough to have a new addition to the team: Julia! She had seen us hacking away out our little apps in the previous months and wanted to help, which was awesome :)

Box Club was the first (and only) really graphic “intense” game we made at FauDroids. Everything in the game is homegrown: the graphics, physics, sensor reading, AI. Other than logging, Box Club does not use a single external library!

Lesson learned: drawing nice graphics takes time, a looooot of time. Best to have somebody who is okay with only drawing and not coding for a while.

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4. Mr. Hyde

Mr. Hyde banner

We are on a roll! Box Club looked awesome, we had grown from two to three people and now even managed to pick up Richard for anything server / Python related.

April: another month between semesters and without any exams. Great, so we decided to tackle the biggest downfall of blogging via Jekyll on GitHub: you need a computer to do that! Sure, nobody really wants to type a super long blog post without a proper keyboard anyways (confession: this post was not written using MrHyde), but we sometimes wanted to make quick changes on the go while still enjoying the luxury of getting a full preview of the updated blog, without (!) having to publish the changes first (another confession: this post was edited using MrHyde!).

MrHyde uses the pretty straight forward GitHub API for fetching and editing files in repositories on demand. In addition we also created a backend which would take an existing repository, plus a git diff and render those files using a Jekyll installation on the backend. The resulting HTML files are then hosted on the backend for a couple of minutes, which gives the app a chance to show a preview of your blog including the changes you just made.

Yeah, our first app which solved a very real problem. FauDroids is on fire!

Lesson learned: the more excited you get about an app, the more time you want to spend on it. Remember the four weeks problem?

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5. Team Blocks

Team Blocks banner

Enough serious talk, back to games! Over barbeque we started to combine fun old arcade games to see if we could come up with something new, and eventually landed at Team Blocks: a multiplayer version of Tetris (yes, heard that before), where you don’t play against one another (uh, ok?), but have to work together in order to remove lines (yes, great!).

This time, having learnt from Flippy Pairs and the rather messy state of Bluetooth, we turned to the Google Games Services for managing communications. From past experience, getting started with Google APIs usually involves a fairly steep learning curve, especially since the APIs have changed over time, often times leading to contradicting documentation. Luckily integrating the Games Services “just worked”.

So, with network and game state out of the way, building the rest of the game really wasn’t that hard. Instead we managed to spend quite some time actually playing the game (it got addictive for a while. I hear a certain Simon and Philipp are still at the top of that highscore, cough Julia :D).

Lesson learned: there is hardly a more satisfying feeling than walking into a classroom, only to discover that all your peers are busy playing your latest game (oh, and Google Games Services really do rock).

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6. SigLocate

SigLocate banner

Building apps makes students hungry. Hungry students have to go to the local cafeteria to eat. That cafeteria is biiiig and finding each other difficult. SigLocate to the rescue!

SigLocate is a small app for marking your location inside the cafeteria and sending a picture of that to other friends (via Whatsapp, Facebook, etc.). From a technology point of view this is probably the simplest app we built. But the simplicity is what makes it awesome ;)

Only mayor bump we experienced here was getting a somewhat accurate map of our cafeteria. We didn’t want to do all the measuring ourselves, the management wasn’t going to help us (and I quote: “it will be too difficult to administer this app”. Hm, what?), but the local public construction office was kind enough to give us copy of the original floor plan for the cafeteria. Pretty cool to see one of those, it even contained all the conveyor belt routes.

Lesson learned: sometimes less really is more.

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7. KeepOn

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Not many people know this, but if you are a student at the FAU there is a 3 weeks summer course in the alps which you can attend at pretty much no cost. Not only do you get free food and lodging (do I need to say any more?), but you are thrown together with students from all disciplines and given the chance to build pretty much anything you want. In 2014 one those projects was about motivating people to do more sports, by letting them tackle various challenges in groups. One example would be to run a total distance of 1000 km in a group within a certain time period. While the app didn’t quite get finished in those three weeks (lots of students in one location also leads to lots of parties), the general idea still found resonance with us at FauDroids, and we decided to build a very rough prototype of this game for August. Proptype really is the keyword here because everybody was busy rapping up the university semester, so we really only managed a single player version of the game, which gave just a hint of what a future version might look like. At the moment the app supports tracking running exercises and lets you sum up your traveled kilometers to win a number of distance trophies.

Lesson learned: developing sports apps is actually pretty great. Not because the code you are writing is particularly different and more exciting than with any other app, but rather the way of testing is. When building a website, all you have to do is press F5. When building an exercise tracker to have to … well, do exercise to see the result. So to test KeepOn we got our bikes and spent an afternoon driving around the park in Erlangen, trying to collect just enough kilometers to crack the KeepOn challenges.

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8. BabyFace

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Maybe you have seen this video: Time Lapse Lotte. The video is 2 minutes and 45 seconds long and shows a girl (Lotte) growing from the age of 0 to 12. Her dad made this video by taking a small video of her every couple of days and later combining those to a time lapse video.

With BabyFace we wanted to create something similar, only instead of taking slightly shaky videos, we wanted still pictures with a face detection software working in the background, to steady the position of the face. We weren’t so much afraid of handling the regular photo capture part, although implementing custom image capturing turned out to be pretty painful in Android, but were more focusing on the image detection part. In our initial approach we saved the photos in a Google Drive folder of the user and had a separate server which would download this folder and take care of creating the video. This approach had the advantages that we could

  • easily use ffmeg for combining photos to a video.
  • take advantage of the awesome OpenCV framework for detecting faces and manipluating the photos in pretty much any way we wanted.

On the downside we had a server which needed to be maintained, paid for and integrated with the Android app in a reliable manner.

No sooner than when we were finished with a early prototype and were gaining confidence that, while not super pretty, we could get this client-server setup working, Google added face detection to the Google Play Services. Ok, so we just put a lot of energy input into building our (very beautiful!) server, but doing all that on the client was just too good to be true. So we threw our backend over board and integrated the “native” face detection Sigh.

Lesson learned: if you are building one app every month, think really carefully about whether or not you need a server. Sure, todays frameworks are powerful enough that you can hack something together in a couple of hours, but the real price comes when having to maintain that setup over a long period of time.

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9. Wiesn FindMe

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September is Oktoberfest time! If you have read the last part about BabyFace you might have guessed that we spent more than 4 weeks on that. So with that in mind we needed something simpler for September. Luckily a friend suggested that we take SigLocate and make it work for the Oktoberfest, and not just the Oktoberfest area in general, but also with maps from inside the tents. The code was already in place so we only needed to get our hands on some maps. Some tent providers have those online, but most did not. We tried calling but nobody seemed to be particularly thrilled about sending us any materials. In the end we tried to piece together maps from the inside, by watching videos on YouTube, and browsing through tons of party pictures. Not the most effective way to do things, but after some time we got a pretty good idea of how the tents were laid out. In any case we managed to finish the app just in time for the “Anstich” (opening) of the Oktoberfest, and even got an interview at (thanks so much at Katharina!).

Lesson learned: reaching the audience of an event like the Oktoberfest is not easy at all. Another app for an event of this kind would have to have better distribution channels, an official partnership with organizers for example. The customer acquisition cost were way higher than we thought. We tried Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and various blogs and online magazines, we even were on radio - but did not get real traction. At the same time everybody who saw and/or used the app was thrilled about it. The problem: the target audience is very heterogeneous and usually visits the Oktoberfest only once. So if you can’t get your app showcased through big/official channels or maybe directly on site, you will have a hard time.

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10. MyAdvent

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We believe advent calendars a great, and that everybody should have (at least) one! In case you are not familiar with the tradition (seems to be a German thing?): an advent calendar is usually a box with 24 doors (one for each day in December until Christmas Eve) filled with chocolates or some other sweet goodies.

MyAdvent lets you create advent calendars online by uploading images, text and audio. Those calendars can then be shared via URL with family and friends. You can see an example calendar here.

It was by far the biggest and most complex app we have built at FauDroids, largely because it is so much more than just an app, but rather a web client, and android app plus a backend for managing all those calendars. Besides being the biggest app from a technology point of view, it also received quite a bit of media attention, ranging from an interview with the ERLANGER Nachrichten to numerous blog posts and a nice Facebook fan community. In the end over 500 calendars were created, and those are just the ones with 20 or more pictures. All in all it there were more than 3000 calendars.

Lesson learned: if you are building an app with a time critical component (like advent calendars where the second door really should open on the second of December), make sure you have somebody on call for technical support. In MyAdvent the logic for deciding which door can be opened was the following (Javascript):

let i = '1';    // idx of door, starting at 0
let d = i + 1;  // day in December
if (today >= d) openDoor();
else doNotOpenDoor();

That made for some very interesting phone calls :)

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11. Bored Rudolph

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Remember the days back at the schoolyard when the first snowflakes began to fall from the sky? Still remembering the urge you felt letting one of these tiny crystals melt on your tongue? This is what Bored Rudolph brings to apps having boring loading screens!

Bored Rudolf is a small library for Android developers who wish to replace their standard pull-to-refresh layout with something a little more suited for the Christmas season: a quick game about catching snowflakes!

Lesson learned: initially we had bombs dropping from the sky, and only later changed that to snowflakes. So I guess the lesson here is think about the kids?

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12. Werewolf

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Do you like the party game Werewolf? Great, we do to! So for our final act in 2015 we sat down one last time and create a little app for helping you getting started with playing Werewolf, in case nobody remembered to bring cards. The app does not try to be any more than that, no fancy director which guides you through the game and no strict rules about how to play Werewolf. Instead it gives you the standard Werewolf cards and helps the game manager by distributing those cards among the players.

Lesson learned: December is a tough month. You have already created 11 apps, are probably in the middle of the pre-Christmas stress of having to finish work projects and getting all presents ready, such that there is little to no time to think about that final app. So, unless you find that magic bag of free time, pick something small and get it done before Christmas (yes, not the greatest advice, I know, but figuring it out is half of the fun :)).

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These apps wouldn’t exist today, if it hadn’t been for a team of students which spent their spare time hacking away at Android. To finish of this post, here are some final thoughts from each of the FauDroids heros:


Android actually wasn’t my first experience with mobile systems (although the other experience was just cracking a game for my once beloved Blackberry). But somehow this experience got me interested in stuff like that. I got in touch with Philipp and Julia while programming our world famous Fliegeviecher Simulator (the result of a university course), and one day had chat with Philipp about the lacking motivation to keep personal projects going.

So me being interested in learning a bit about Android programming, which I had absolutely no clue about at the very time, and Philipp being the awesome guy he is, got this whole thing started. After we tackled the first hurdles and actually got started I soon realized how much fun this whole thing was. Spending hours in front of computers may sound boring as hell, but believe it or not, we always had a good laugh. It got even better when our team began to grow (which caused other people to leave the room as soon as we entered it :D), and I still remember the excitement about our first pull request. Thanks for all the fun and good times, FauDroids!

P.S. I’m still rocking the TeamBlocks highscore! :P


I met Philipp at the notorious Ferienakademie of our university (where also the inspiration for Keep Going emanated from). When the next semester break came I had some spare time and Philipp suggested me to join the FauDroids. At that time I had no idea how an Android App is developed but I thought: Why not, sounds like fun! Consequently I was not a big help at the beginning, struggling with the easiest commands (but hey, something is better than nothing). As time passed by I learned quite a lot: not only programming, but also the whole production cycle of software (from brainstorming sessions about the next month’s project to design sessions (all the cute robots and reindeers have to come from somewhere and you cannot imagine how many different shades of green there are and how hard it is to decide for one…)). And finally when the app was released I always felt really proud about what we have accomplished in one month! The feeling got even better when the first comments and requests from people who were actually using our apps reached us. Unfortunately I could not take part in the last three months of the challenge because of going to Boston as a visiting student. But it was an amazing time and I’m deeply grateful for this experience! So last but not least, thanks to my crazy FauDroid guys and all the people supporting us and our ideas!


I joined the team when they started developing MrHyde. It was a huge project and I really liked developing server infrastructure in python, so I decided to board the crew of FauDroids. It was awesome. It was nice to work in a team of talented and kind people, it was interesting to figure out how much work one could put into an app in a single month. The most awesome part was the moment when you released the app that you put so much work into for the last month. Especially Mr. Hyde took a lot of effort on my side and when all the cogs finally decided to work together, I was a very happy man. I want to thank both the FauDroids team and everybody who supported us or uses our apps from the bottom of my heart!


I joined FauDroids quite late towards the end of August. Overall it was a great experience to work with really passionate, nice and talented developers. I especially enjoyed the part of creating the idea of a product from scratch with the team and carefully evaluating the different features and their implementation order. I also learned a lot by experimenting with different marketing channels, seeing what works and what does not as well as finding out why to make it better next time. Finally, it was a pleasure to see our “big hit” MyAdvent have more than 500 created calendars and over 700 people opening their virtual doors every day.


The first few Android apps I touched, aside from the obligatory “HelloWorld”-primers, were actually malware samples, which I reverse-engineered in the context of some activity at our IT-Security chair. Consequently, as a member of FauDroids, I forward-engineered apps for the first time :) Although I joined pretty late (MyAdvent was almost done), I have learned a lot in regard to the whole cycle of developing ideas over implementing them up to actually releasing stuff. Especially the last part, having “customer” contact, was a new and really satisfying experience. In that sense, thank you, if you have contributed to this experience.
Another aspect of joining late was that my mates were much more experienced than I was in regard to Android app development. This in combination with their helpful nature enabled me to pick up things fast and actually contribute to our projects, which I really enjoyed. Amigos, thank you very much, it was a great time!


Most of my previous “developer career” has been about doing one thing and making sure it’s “perfect” before going public. Well, turns out that even after a couple of years doing that not much has actually gone public. For me FauDroids was an attempt to break free of this “it’s not ready” mentality and enter a more goal oriented one. Doing a one app a month challenge has definitely helped, and I am super grateful for all that we have accomplished. Thanks to everybody at FauDroids for taking on this challenge with me and thanks to all the numerous supporters that have donated their time to give feedback and try out all the crazy stuff we built. Thank you.

          Mama vs the Accent 1400        

When we first brought Cary Lynn home to live with us she was little, observant, and non verbal.

At nine months old when babbling and words are starting to kick in my daughter remained silent.

That was our first meeting.  Mind you with a mouth full of binky it's hard to say anything.  And in the beginning that binky was a staple for every one's sanity!

But that didn't mean she didn't communicate.  My daughter knows how to get her point across.  The first week when we landed in the hospital the doctor came in and made the rounds.  He stood by my daughter's bed and compared her intelligence level to that of a slug.  Or something uncomplimentary.  Anyway, he then stuck his finger too close to her mouth to poke at her.  She bit him.  Hard.  Yup I thought, she's a keeper.  It was at that point that I really fell in love with my new daughter.

We dutifully did what all good parents did and signed up for speech with Early Intervention.  Her teacher came weekly and her goal was speech.  But still the words didn't come.  You see Cerebral Palsy robbed my daughter of so many things.  Looking at an MRI we saw that her language center is roached (not a medical term but you get the point).  Asking her to learn to speak is as pointless as asking me to learn Sanskrit.

But lack of speech does not mean lack of communication.  Those are two different things.  Even though the words didn't come the sounds did.  Clicks, raspberries, facical expression and various vocal tones erupted.  Even though words weren't there sounds were.  Soon it dawned on me that she had a lot to say.  So I started to listen.  Soon I found myself understanding Cary Lynn's primitive language.  I also got to be her interpreter.

But I wanted more for her.  I wanted HER to say words.  So by then we were outpatients at Children's Hospital.  They introduced me to the big mac switch.
Yay!  I felt like we were getting somewhere!!!  But the thrill didn't last.  You can record ONE phrase. That's it.  So Cary Lynn got bored.  I tried to convince her speech people that she could say more.  But they were stuck on "we only do it this way and kids like Cary Lynn just can't handle more than one phrase."  My daughter was being denied a voice.  I tried to make it work.  We had a huge meeting with the heads up.  They were only concerned with the attendance policy.  Not giving my child words.  In fact they really believed that kids weren't capable.  So I did something really sensible.  I left.  I figured no therapy was better than what she was getting.  We did finally find a good fit at a new center. 

I was discouraged.  I started to question whether Cary Lynn really was capable.  Then the stars lined up.  First I met another mom who was passionate about communication.  She made Cary Lynn a very special book. 
This is PODD.  This book with the switch opened a whole new world.  With a person scanning the words Cary Lynn had lots of options.  But I was greedy.  I wanted more for her.  I wanted her to have ALL the words.  

So I traveled to another children's hospital and had her evaluated.  After two hours they brought us back.  After another two hours we were told we get to trial an Accent 1400.  Cary Lynn rocked it in the eval but after I went home I started to get a little (OK a lot) anxiety ridden about it.  What if it didn't work?  What if it was too much?  What if she couldn't?  What if I didn't model it just right or just enough?  

Once again stuff fell into place.  We met with Kate Ahern.  If you don't know who this fantastic human is check her out here.  She met and spent quite a bit of time working with my daughter.  Because she believed in us and that we can make this happen I believed that I can do this and we can give my child a voice.  

Then the device came.  Our sales person conveniently went on vacation but luckily my friend came up and we got that bad boy in gear!

This is core scanner.  It doesn't look like much yet, but as time goes on more and more words will be added.  This is the start.  I was overwhelmed a bit (ok a lot but I managed to squelch it) and I hesitantly introduced Cary Lynn to Chip (yes I name everything).

Here's Chip your new personal communication assistant, said with a smile. The Cary Lynn proceeded to push Chip off her tray in an effort to kill him off quick.  And laughed.  Because you know destroying a $7000 device is all in a day's work.

NO NO NO YOU DON'T THROW CHIP!!!!  So Chip needed a second and so did I at that point.  I took a breath, turned him on and started playing with Marvin.  As I demonstrated Chip to Marvin I heard interested grunting coming from some little person.  I asked her if she wanted to try again.  A click meant yes.  So I handed over Chip.  Carefully.

Chip and Cary Lynn have started bonding.  She still likes to try to send him to his untimely demise but she is starting to understand that her words have power.
She has a switch, Chip reads the words and she picks.  Right now she prefers to wack Chip in the face with her hands. 
But I'm not picky.  I'll take what I can get.  She even asked to use Chip today!!!  So we are making progress. It takes time but I'm willing to invest the time.  I'm only hoping that the world sees what I can see.  A little girl who is smart, sassy and finding her voice.  

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Amy Fields is a wife, mother of two special needs children, three deranged cats and a opossum.  You can follow her adventures in her blog Many Kinds of Families.  
          Your Friskyscopes For The Week Of December 1-7, 2014        
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): This week, the flip side of the coin is going to land heads up. Faces and places will be changing fast and the exhilaration will be fierce. Of course, you’re no stranger to the rodeo and if it means having to haul extra ass to see how this will play out,
          Reply #1449        
I will definitely consider it. Thanks for the heads up.
          Comment on Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout by anti aging hand cream        
Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Safari. I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I'd post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Kudos
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that's the way to call it folks. Thanks for the heads up Karamu,Aleon and welcome back BigAuburn!!! (sitting back in the cut) Lucky, Shakeydee and Lotterybreaker.....the list from the first of the month is still producing!!!!!

I see some newfolks here. Just wanted to say welcome...welcome....welcome. Glad to have ya! Your input is wanted, needed and always appreciated.

We all do various workouts and whatever your method and... [ More ]
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Lmaooo I am just waiting on the SIGNAL and HEADS UP,
          Demo 1.4 Linux build        
Just a quick heads up, I uploaded the Linux version of AM2R Demo 1.4.
You'll find the updated links in the Demo 1.4 Download page.
Please share your experiences in THIS forum topic, if you have any trouble with this build.

Thank you very much for all the positive comments and suggestions. It's really comforting to see all the work that was put into an area to be enjoyed by people.

During the course of this week I'll be updating the soundtrack as well, so stay tuned.
Have a good week!
          Heads up!        
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          You Can Eat to Beat Diabetes        

The number hit you like a slap in the face: Nearly half of Americans have diabetes or likely will soon, according to a recent crunching of national data in the Journal of the American Medical Association. If you just mentally counted yourself out of that half because you aren’t fat, or you think you’re pretty fit, heads up: You’re not Continue Reading

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          Reply #558        
I'm gonna see what Illinois plays tonite before I decide....some old habits do die hard. Thanks for the heads up!

got my eye on the 245 and 208 suit though.

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          Prepare now for the quantum computing revolution in encryption        

Whether quantum computing is 10 years away or is already here, it promises to make current encryption methods obsolete, so enterprises need to start laying the groundwork for new encryption methods.

A quantum computer uses qubits instead of bits. A bit can be a zero or a one, but a qubit can be both simultaneously, which is weird and hard to program, but once folks get it working, it has the potential to be significantly more powerful than any of today's computers.

And it will make many of today's public key algorithms obsolete, said Kevin Curran, IEEE senior member and a professor at the University of Ulster, where he heads up the Ambient Intelligence Research Group.

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          Heads Up: New Nikon Lens Instant Savings Go Live on Sunday        
This is only a heads up! Starting at some point on Sunday, a new round of Nikon Lenses Instant Rebates will go live. This is a heads-up so you can plan ahead and/or check reviews and such. Among the lenses that are expected to be discounted are: + F2.8 ZOOMS: 14-24/G for $1700, 24-70/2.8G for … Continue reading "Heads Up: New Nikon Lens Instant Savings Go Live on Sunday"
A collection of conversational comments overheard 

"This is John Lennon. See, he's the tall one."
- Rex, explaining the scene / individuals on the poster for Abby Road, which he bought for me with my money at his school book fair for 1$ because he knew it was a "collectible." Then hung in his room instead of mine.

"But I gave them a discount!?"
- Arlo, in response to the lecture he got for selling fidget spinners I BOUGHT to his brothers.

"Sit down. Be Humble."
- Me, Elevating Lamar's song to the title to that of my current parenting mantra.

"Yay!!! Me went pee pee!"
- Hayes, with clapping hands every time he puts on a new pair of big boy underwear and proceeds to pee IN them. Proving we both have different ideas as to what "go potty" "like a big boy" actually consists of.

"I can't wait to go."
- Arlo, on Cochella. After a stale description of the event by me failed to singe his interest.

"He seriously unfollowed me again over it."
- Me, to Mike in reference to another random scolding that prompted a swift unfollow by Rex that afternoon after he admitted (having been granted recent permission to set up his own private Instagram) that he unfollows me whenever I make him mad. Which is quite often.

"Can we just go somewhere we I can wear a Hawaiian shirt and sit in my own chair and drink juice from a coconut?"
- Leon's summer vacation request, prompted possibly by a Corona commercial?

"But she asked if I was hungry"
- Rex, on his teacher being concerned that he doesn't get enough food in his lunch. Because he told her so. Because he is determined to make me look like the flaky, forgetful and neglectful mother I'm (usually) not.

"She's pretty, but she's a feisty one!"
- Old women at Rite Aid about Hayes, holding a nerf gun aimed at her mid complement.

"Is this your boy?"
- Stranger at the Pine Derby Scout event last night who kindly guided a pantless Hayes (naked from the waist down) to me after he'd peed his pants and took them off near the bathroom all in the 5 minutes it took for me to cheer his brothers (who clearly needed all the support they could get after coming in last on every race) as he made his way across a crowded room all the way to me and Mike (who literally ran from us as both seeing his bare body headed for us) with the help of this kind woman.

"My Mom is prettiest when: She goes out to dinner with my dad."
- Leon's sweet mother's day school card complement.

"My mom is the best because: she is kind and puts up with all of us even though we can be a pain in the butt."
- Arlo's mother's day school card complement.

"My mom is good at: Making bean and cheese burritos."
- Rex's mother's day school card praise.

"I don't want to wear glasses anymore because they don't go with my hat."
- Leon, stoked on a new hat.

"Isn't all of it?"
- Mike, talking about my wardrobe in response to my shock in realizing the denim jumper I was wearing was actually maternity wear.

"I probably broke up with him because he made fun of Dylan, then married Mike because he looked like Dylan."
- My sentiments on finding a box of old photos. With a couple pics of boyfriends who did, and did not make the cut.

"I think - and just bare with me on this one - that it could also be that you have four kids?"
- A friend's two cents. In regards to my obsession with googling diseases linked to "excessive tiredness."

"Siri, what makes me love you?"
- Leon, and the Siri love affair saga continues.

"I need to give them back and tell her you didn't like them."
- Rex, on what he was going to tell his teacher when he returned the school photos I neglected to buy (again)

"I'm dead serious when I say it hurts to look at. Just giving you a heads up."
- Me, via text to my best friend as I was waking up to images of Trump, Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nyugent locking arms in front of a portrait of Hillary at the white house.

"No, a boom to die people"
- Hayes, correcting my inquiry into what he built with his magna tiles. I guessed a boat. To "Sail" people.

"Look what I bought!"
- Rex, beaming over the new key chain (purchased from Arlo)

"Mom, did you ever use to work?"
Leon, uninformed.

- Hayes, top of his lungs to me in Trader Joes after asking if he needed to use the potty.

"But I feel like he would arrange the hotel and help me pick out a dress and stuff."
- My friend talking about her husband while entertaining brunch conversation pertaining to the the "Indecent Proposal" scenario to a table full of ladies who agreed.

"How is old is she?"
- Old man in line at Vons, pointing to Hayes in a ponytail holding a toy sword to my gut.

          Christina Plays ‘Heads Up!’ On Ellen        

Christina visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to catch up and played a game of Heads Up! Watch below.

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          Radio Dreams        
An ensemble dramedy set at a radio station in San Francisco speaks to assimilation, loss and art Mohsen Namjoo heads up an ensemble cast depicting a somewhat random group of people who pass away a day at a Farsi-language community radio station in San Francisco. Namjoo portrays Hamid Royani, who is a well-known poet in Iran and a sensitive soul.…
          Blog Post: The Apocalypse Done Right        

It's the NEW apocalypse.  Bring friends. 

Where to begin, well, I'll break it up into sections for your own convenience.


This section isn't exceptionally important, but some people just HAVE TO HAVE perfect graphical appliances, so here we go.

The graphics being 2009 (OMG 2 years ago!!!!!1!) are just, brilliant.  The zombies look like they should, bloodthirsty, sometimes injured, sometimes dead.  The gore is especially over-the-top, which most games don't normally take it into account that a Spas-12 can blow a midget-sized hole in someone's chest.  This game not only does that, but it also adds the appropriate blood spray, screams, and fully depicted organs/bones.

The guns themselves also look like the perfect weapons of destruction, from the katana to the cricket bat, to the AK-47 and the chrome shotgun.  Everything is in order.  PERFEEEECT order.  All the special effects are also near cinematic in the way they, well, do stuff.  Such as a propane tank being shot, a loud bang, a burst of flames and sparks, and a pile of dismembered zombies on the ground spread around a 20 foot radius.

Let's not forget the people you play as!  Every single one of them looks like they were ripped out of real life, handed a gun and told to shoot everything that moves.  They blink, talk, breathe, gasp around Smokers, yell, yelp, run, jump, climb, walk, limp, and die.  All in extremely beautiful fashion.

To summarize graphics, they are better than most games these days such as Homefront.


Valve handles this game like only Valve can, very fashionably and utilitarian.  That means both nice to look at and to use. 

The HUD (Heads Up Display) shows and tells you everything you need to know.  You will always be able to locate teammates in a hurry, gather objectives, and pick up all the little things you find.  This is all accomplished through a unique technique Valve uses which puts a colored outline around objectives, items, and players to where you can see them when they go around a corner (the players) or jump through a window. 

This also can tell you the current state of the player through a color coated system of outlines for the players ONLY.  Say, Nick (one of the players) is in perfect health and he goes around a corner, his outline will show up green, but if he was badly hurt, his outline would be red.

Gameplay includes controls, and they are also very usable and simple.  All of the controls are similar to most Valve games, so fans of Valve will feel at home.  The only major differences from most games is that reload is B and crouch is LB.  But,  there is also a handy little feature that allows your player to snap around quickly to face anything behind them.


Like all Valve games, no sound is left out, from the perfectly timed musical scores when the Horde attacks, to the blasts from a shotgun, everything is quite in check.

This also includes the sounds of the Special Infected, and the plain Infected.  The Special Infected each have unique and eerie cries.  From the Smoker's excessive coughing, to the Hunter's bloodthirsty cries.  The Infected also have their own moans, groans, screams, and their Horde Cry, in which every zombie in the area attacks at once.

Let's not forget the gorey sounds too!  When blasted with a shotgun, the infected will give a cry, you'll hear a kind of squishing sound, like melons being crushed and sliced at the same time.  You can also hear the sickening thud of a zombie taking a plunge after taking a Desert Eagle to the chest. 

The environment also has it's unique sounds, such as dogs barking in urban areas to birds frantically fleeing the area.  All of the explosions and bursts of flames and all that are all top notch in the sound book. Every gun has a realistic and militarily correct sound.  From the Spas-12 to the Desert Eagle.  All is as it should be.


All right, I had to write this section because alot of trolls out their, all they want is multiplayer, so I'll tell you about it.

The multiplayer is basically this, a team of 4 survivors, hopefully friends because they'll be depending on each other for survival, and a team of 4 Special Infected, fight against each other while the Survivors try to complete whatever objective it is they need to complete.

Now, these objectives are Scavenge, in which the Survivors gather Gas Cans to escape the Infected.  Versus, in which the Survivors and the Infected simply combat and try to kill each other while the Survivors attempt to reach the Safe House without dying.  Campaign, in which 4 friends simply play the normal campaign together and try not to die.  Realism, in which the outline I mentioned earlier is removed, along with most of the HUD, same as Campaign, gameplaywise.  And a combination of Realism and Versus, I think you can figure out what that is.

Now, like I said for the Survivors, the controls for the Infected are easy to use and remember, basically the same except the Survivors pick stuff up and the Infected can't and so on.  Infected also have largely the same HUD, except no ammo bar or anything, just health, a reticule, and your teammates health.

That about wraps up multiplayer, explore the options and have fun. Now, I gotta get back to the Safe House, like I said, it's the Apocalypse done right.


This is an illustration i did for the back page of the McSweeny's newspaper issue. It's kind of a kids page made up of some fine people who I'm humbled to be included with. This page was put together by Mac Barnett, who is great.

i was always kind of interested in 'spot the differences' games, because you go into them with such gusto, but they're so unsatisfying to finish. once you've spotted all the differences, thats it. at least it gave me an excuse to do a symmetrical composition instead of doing it for no reason like i usually do.

Also, I was lucky enough to snag a spot in the latest incarnation of Taschen's 'Illustration Now', curated by Julius Wiedemann. Here is proof of this claim:

I also have a very nice section in a magazine called DPI which i understand is all the rage in Taiwan. Thanks to Miss Effie Lin for being so great at putting it together. here is more visual proof:

to close, a heads up of a very interesting show coming up in London in January called 'If You Could Collaborate'. David O'Reilly and me (but mostly David) made something for it. Here's a link to the details, a link to David's site which you should look at every day, and a cryptic picture from the project. i'll post more show details and the project itself when the time is right.

          ON NO THEY DIDN'T!? DID THEY REALLY?!        

So I know some of you guys still follow my naughty escapades on Kinky Wednesday, so I thought I'd give you a heads up on a vintage post I just did tonight. I fell into a little treasurechest of sweet vintage smut & found it both delightful & refreshing & quirky.

& no it's not Wednesday, but the new blog allows me to work around this. I post whenever I want & what I want. Which is why you will get a blogger warning notification when you go to the naughty place. Don't worry it's still me & it's still hot, but if dicks scare you, be warned:-) Enjoy people. Click for kick.
Hey there you fellow nail polish fanatics – let me present more of the new BB Couture Men’s Wild West Collection, a unique collection of colors that are reminiscent of the days when life was wild and the pioneers forged their living from being bold and daring!

Gals and guys, you are going to really like these polishes. There is something for everyone here, so saddle up your nail-painting skills and let’s get on the trail!

Here is Gunfighter – a Medium Bluish-Gray Metallic
This is a surprising color because when I saw it in the bottle, I thought “Oh, another silver-gray metallic…”. But when I tried it, it turned out to be a fascinating steel-blue with a very attractive micro glitter semi-matte finish. One coat is really all that is required and it produces a nice neutral looking gray that anyone would be comfortable wearing. Two coats darkens it a bit and then the blue tint begins to show up more.
This would make a a very attractive fingernail color for gals too!

Check out how awesome the grainy texture makes this color look. I love these polishes that don't look anything like the others!

Next, meet Rustler - a true semi-sweet Chocolate Brown
Another color that looks even better on your nails than in the bottle. A very pleasing warm brown that, as is true of many good-quality crèmes, spreads and dries as smooth as glass. It has no red or purple tint to it either, which in my experience is difficult to find in a brown. A great choice for toes!

Heads up, pardner! Here comes Sundance - a Shimmery Reddish-Orange
A brighter, fun and definitely noticeable color! It’s a bold shade of orange – even leans a little toward red, and the metallic shimmer gives this polish a lot of depth and intrigue. What an awesome color to help you melt away the winter ‘blahs’.

This picture shows the result with three coats, so it's a bit darker than it would normally look. I wanted to demonstrate here the incredible depth this polish has to offer!

And as you can see, this is a real head-turner. If we had any real sun around here (don't get me started...) I could show you how this one really 'pops' when it's illuminated.

Last, but certainly not least, Bandito - a Deep Blackish-Purple
Mysterious and classy, this is a really great color for those who like darks and want a little variety from just black. The purple is subtle enough that guys can get away with it while gals will love the way it gives nicely shaped nails an attractive vampy look. It also has a mischievous duo-chrome look to it in the sun and the finish is like glass!
Wow, how's that for a roundup?
I know many of you may think that I am BB Couture-crazy, but there is a good reason. BBC has been instrumental in creating unique colors that you just can't find anywhere else. And from the first introduction of the men's collections almost two years ago, they made a bold statement that it's not only okay for men to enjoy wearing nail polish, but it really does work for guys! Many women love the fact that these colors are new and vibrant too, and they can give gals a very cool masculine edge to their look that says they are open-minded and willing to try new ideas.
I try to look for nail polishes that a no tthe norm - there are plenty of other bloggers who do a fantastic job of reviewing those for you. I see it as my job to bring you an alternative to the mainstream so you can have fun with your nails and express your unique self!
I whole-heartedly encourage women to do what you have to to get your guys to try this stuff because it is just darned cool to share this interest with them!
And men, get out of your dang society-induced box and learn to enjoy some freedom to do something different and fun too! Wearing nail polish won't kill you and it may in-fact change the way you preceive others, giving you a more open and accepting mind about life. And you might even enjoy it too - many other have before you...
Okay, I am stepping off of my soapbox now. Enjoy yourself and have an awesome day!
Jake the Toepaintguy :)

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Just a heads up Dream is my GrandDaughter's Birthday so I won't be here to post for you tonite..but I will post Pa later tonite when I get back....Sorry Guys.....
          Comment on Episode 217 – The Secrets of the Captain’s Quarters by Andrew Lucas        
Just a heads up. My podcast app (Podcast Addict) did not download your last 3 episodes... (217-219) Not sure if it's my app or not. Not sure if you guys already know, but I figured I'd just post it here anyway.
          Five-Minute Tutorial: Inserting Column Power Switches in EDI        

Hello my fellow Digital Designers,

I'm sorry I haven't been around the blogs much lately. We've had a lot of exciting design work going on that has kept me pretty busy. I hope all of you are having a great 2015 so far. Just a heads up - all links below require a Cadence Online Support account.

Our Educational Services team has been busy putting together some short videos called Training Bytes. These are excerpts from full classes and could certainly fall under the Five-Minute Tutorial category. Today's topic covers how to insert power switch columns into a shut-off domain. More and more designs these days are taking advantage of multiple low-power techniques, and power shut-off is a popular one.  EDI offers a lot of flexibility for different power switch methods - in fact, I think the command "addPowerSwitch" should win an award for having the most command options. Seriously, check it out in the EDI System Text Command Reference sometime! 

What I like about this Training Bytes video is that it drills down to the basics, using the GUI, to get you going quickly with the most common settings. Starting from scratch with the text command is quite a daunting task, so I expect this video to come in handy for a lot of people. Enjoy the video below, and stay tuned to this blog for more Training Bytes videos in the future! 

- Kari Summers

          Comment on Sailor Moon 13 “Snakes, Sandstorms, Nazis! Oh My!” by Steph Kingston        
Thanks for the heads up, I'm a dingus and uploaded the wrong episode! Fixed now!
          Poll: "Of Mites and Men"        
(We're posting polls inspired by Eureka Season 4.5 episodes! If you haven't seen the episode, heads up -- mild spoilers follow.) This week’s episode “Of Mites and Men” shows selection for the Astraeus mission getting downright mental. This story, like last week's physical fitness training, was inspired by real qualification tests for aspiring astronauts… doesn't look like a picnic, does it? And of course who's locked up with you would make all the difference. Which Eureka character would you want to be trapped with in an isolation chamber? (We've exempted the characters who were tested in the episode -- Zane,...
          Poll: "Omega Girls"        
(We're posting polls inspired by Eureka Season 4.5 episodes! If you haven't seen the episode, heads up -- mild spoilers follow.) We were so excited when the story idea that became "Omega Girls" first came up in the room! Here was the perfect chance to put our own Eureka spin on a classic story: a man (or woman) alone in a fight against overwhelming odds. Now that the episode has aired, we’ve chased down some of our favorite/infamous examples of the theme. Vote for the one you liked the best! Of course, if we’ve missed yours, drop us a note...
          Comment on Revgear Holiday Contest by Derrik Putzel        
How do I know if all of my entries have been accepted. I pretty much did every option. I liked on facebook, follow on twitter and pinterest. I also posted that I did the above. Can someone confirm they have been accepted? Also heard about this from Chris Camozzi on the UG. Thanks for the heads up Chris! and F the UG!
           Video Assist HYPERD/AVIDAS74K 4K 7” high resolution monitor with Ultra HD recorder        
 Video Assist HYPERD/AVIDAS74K 4K 7” high resolution monitor with Ultra HD recorder

Video Assist HYPERD/AVIDAS74K 4K 7” high resolution monitor with Ultra HD recorder

7” high resolution monitor with Ultra HD recorder Video Assist 4K features a 7” high resolution screen, two high speed recorders for non-stop Ultra HD recording, XLR mic inputs, a built in speaker and more! The larger screen is 1920 x 1200, so you can see a full 16:9 image without the status bar covering the picture. Video Assist 4K features the latest high speed UHS-II SD card recorders and can record 1080 HD as well as Ultra HD up to 2160p30 on low cost, readily available SD cards! You also get two extremely low noise professional analog mini XLR connections so you can bypass low quality DSLR audio and connect professional microphones directly. Professional HD and Ultra HD Recorder 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording The 7” Video Assist 4K records HD and Ultra HD up to 2160p30. You get incredible looking, broadcast quality 10-bit, 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD files that work with all major editing software so you can start editing without having to convert them! Recording can be automatically triggered from SDI and HDMI so you can stay focussed on getting the shot, without having to worry about operating additional gear. The 7” Video Assist 4K also has two recorders so when one card is full, it automatically continues recording onto the next. Records to High Speed SD Card Low cost, high performance storage you can get anywhere Record HD video using standard SD memory cards and also record to super high performance UHS-II cards which are fast enough to record Ultra HD! That means it’s now possible to record Ultra HD using low cost cards that cost less than $2 per GB. By connecting Video Assist to your existing camera, you can eliminate proprietary and expensive media such as XDCAM, P2 and SxS. UHS-II cards are fully backwards compatible with regular SD card slots so you can just insert them into your computer to start editing the media immediately. Better Monitoring Super bright and clear display Blackmagic Video Assist has a bright 5” or 7” display so you don’t have to carry extra monitors and scopes on set! The large screens make it easy to see focus peaking and overlays such as histogram, audio meters, controls and more! You can mount it on cameras as a large crew monitor, hand it to the cinematographer for composing shots, or set it in front of the director to review each take. The screen has a wide 135º viewing angle, which means it’s easy to see, even when several crew members are watching. The image also auto rotates, so you can even rig it upside down! High Quality Audio Better audio recording than most cameras Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder! You get two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so you can attach external microphones to record audio with Video Assist, instead of your camera. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DLSR cameras! With an amazing equivalent input noise floor of -128dBV, you get high quality, crystal clear audio that sounds dramatically better than camera audio! Sound is recorded into the same file as the video so you don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files. Easy Touchscreen Controls Use simple tap and swipe gestures to make adjustments! The built in monitor is also an interactive touchscreen that makes setting up the Blackmagic Video Assist incredibly intuitive. All of the functions are at your fingertips, allowing you to use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. The elegant heads up display let’s you change recording formats or view the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode, and more, all while still keeping your eyes on the shot. Professional Connections The compact design of the Blackmagic Video Assist includes HDMI and 6G-SDI so you can connect them to virtually any DSLR, prosumer or professional camera! The loop thru output lets you monitor on larger displays or projectors. The 12V universal power supply gives you continuous operation. When you’re on location, two side by side LP-E6 batteries give you enough power for longer shoots! The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K also features a LANC connector and two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power for connecting microphones, along with a built in speaker that automatically mutes while recording! Work with Professional Software Record files that are ready for editing and grading Blackmagic Video Assist captures ProRes and Avid DNxHD files which are the most widely accepted post production video formats in the world. If you are working with popular editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer, you can start editing and color correcting without having to transcode or convert the files. Since it comes bundled with DaVinci Resolve Lite, you can begin editing and creating looks on set! Even motion graphics and visual effects artists using software like Fusion and After Effects, or sound editors using ProTools can easily work with the files for fantastic collaboration.

          attention lilly pulitzer fans...        
head's now you all are probably members of rue la la, right!

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just wanted to give you all a heads up and let you know that lilly pulitzer will be on rue la la on wednesday at 11:00am  CST!

remember, get there early! the good stuff sells fast! not a member of rue la la? no problem, click on the link below:

sales are private! membership is free!

happy shopping!!!
          Win a copy of THE RAILWAY MAN Blu-ray        

Academy Award-winner Colin Firth heads up a stellar cast in this moving war drama, based on the bestselling autobiography of Eric Lomax. Chronicling Lomax’s experiences as a British Army Officer in a Japanese labour camp, THE RAILWAY MAN provides a haunting and inspiring tale of heroism and redemption as it arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and to download from 5th May, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man), THE RAILWAY MAN tells the story of Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine, Great Expectations, War Horse), serving in the Second World War when he is captured and held prisoner by the Japanese. Brutally tortured and forced, along with his fellow captives, to build the Thai-Burma Railway, he is left traumatised and uncommunicative for years to come, despite the best efforts of his wife (Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy, Stoker).

Many years later, an older Lomax (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech) resolves to track down one of his torturers, Takashi Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada, 47 Ronin, The Wolverine), hoping to find the answers that will enable him to finally let go of the hatred he has felt throughout his life.

Featuring captivating performances from the outstanding cast, THE RAILWAY MAN is a poignant, extraordinary and deeply affecting drama exploring the after-effects of war and the power of forgiveness.

“Powerful” The Scotsman

“Colin Firth gives one of his best performances” Independent

“Firth turns in a performance of immense emotional complexity” The Guardian

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We have 5 copies of THE RAILWAY MAN Blu-ray to give away; to enter just answer the question below:-


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          Vaughan Mason - Rocking Big Guitar        
Just scored two nice Vaughan Mason 45's for the collection. Well known bomb ass tunes that are dope to have in the 45 format. 'Rocking Big Guitar' and 'You Can Do It' are indeed classic party rockers in my book. Major plus that they are both picture sleeves.
Don't know why every time I hear 'Rocking Big Guitar' it sounds like to me they are saying 'feel my dick get hard'? You can ad-lib the rest of your own dirty lyrics if you want. Perhaps it was intended to be a vulgar jam.

These 45's are ripe for some upcoming gigs over the next two weekends. If you're in the Bay Area (Particularly the EAST BAY)  there's a few things to check out we here at SB approve of.
Perfect for the 45 loving crowd, Friday night, Feb. 21st in Oakland at the legendary '45 Sessions' and Saturday, March 1st for 'Where It's At' which is now a merger between them and Lower Bottoms. So, two nice parties, and sure to be loads of funk, soul and goodness...often on 45 only. Perhaps you will see or hear yours truly at one or both of these events. The Sweaterfunk crew is one of the guest for 45 sessions and the 'Where It's At' party has a solid line up of performers The Grease Traps and Iron Sides both on the already legendary Colemine label.

Known world wide 45 Sessions always comes thru with the epic parties,
and always features a record swap in a near by room, don't miss.

This particular Oakland Saturday night promises to be a good partay.

Im just showing off here... but, love this little 45!

And, the way...this Rocking Big Guitar is from the 12inch version and is an enormous file. So, may take a minute to download. Just a heads up. I decided to upload the LONGER and better 12 inch version. But, does NOT come in a sweet picture sleeve cover. lol. 

Vaughan Mason - Rocking Big Guitar
          Trying to improve my colouring in with promarkers        
Evening crafters, just wanted to give you the heads up of a talented artist called mitzi, who has gorgeous images which she sells on etsy and has a facebook page. she is worth checking out and I have posted the links for you to pop over and have a nosey round


anyways here is my effort and hope to be posting many more in the future, please leave feedback as I love to read what others put

          This Mesozoic Month: April 2017        

Not the roller coaster that March was, but April's been another nifty month in matters paleontological, and that's no foolin'!

In the News

Edmontosaurus lovers, heads up. The cranium of E. regalis is the subject of a new paper in PLoS One. Brian Switek has been writing a cool series called "The Dead Zoo" for Omni, and he profiled the mighty duckbill, taking into account all of this new information we've been getting about it over the last decade.

A new paper describes the earliest, basalmost phytosaur of all: Diandongosuchus fuyuaensis.

There's a wee lil' new microraptorine on the block, Zhongjianosaurus. Read more at Theropoda and Letters from Gondwana.

If early, early archosaurs are your thing - and why wouldn't they be, after all - you're in luck. The description of Teleocrater rhadinus in Nature fills in some gaps down at the base of the tree. Hear Liz Martin-Silverstone talk about it on Palaeocast.

Around the Dinoblogosphere

Sarah Gibson did a two-part interview with Brian Engh at the PLOS Paleo Community blog. Check out part one and part two.

I wasn't able to attend Paleofest as I'd hoped, but David Prus is here with a write-up of his visit to the annual prehistoric bonanza in Rockford, IL.

At Earth Archives, Vasika Udurawane has begun a series on the evolution of plants. Start here.

Matt Martyniuk is back with another "You're Doing it Wrong" post. This time he covers the bill of Pteranodon.

At Pseudoplocephalus, Victoria pays a visit to a biomechanics exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre.

Zach writes about the snouty thallatosaurs at Waxing Paleontological. "The more I read about the Triassic," he writes, "the weirder it gets."

As Saurian gets closer to its pre-release, the team have released a new devlog teasing the field guide book.

Herman's back with a book review attack, upping one that rocks, dissing one that lacks. Hit it!

At Tyrannosauroidea Central, Thomas Carr writed about the implications of the recent publication of Daspletosaurus horneri: ontogeny and the anagenesis hypothesis.

Check out the sweet paleo-themed dinner plate Paul Pursglove found.

The LITC AV Club

The Royal Tyrrell Museum's speaker series continues, with a presentation on the halisaurine mosasaurs by Dr. Takuya Konishi of the University of Cincinnati.

Brian Engh revisits Aquilops in his newest paleoart video.

Crowdfunding Spotlight

Following up her portrait series on the diversity of the paleontology community, Thea Boodhoo is working on organizing a workshop on diversity at this August's SVP meeting in Calgary. They need funds to make the workshop a great experience for all attendees. Head to GoFundMe to help out.

After her successful set of prehistoric enamel pins funded a couple months ago, Jessy Smith is back with a set of Mesozic megafauna. Pledge at Kickstarter.

A Moment of Paleoart Zen

I love this Rodrigo Vega illustration of a gnarly-looking Yacarerani boliviensis, a notosuchian from the Late Cretaceous.

Yacarerani boliviensis © Rodrigo Vega, used here with the artist's permission.

          Watch Footage From Megadeth's Secret New York Show        
Heads up, Megadeth fans: If you ever happen to notice a local concert listing for a band calling itself Vic and the Rattleheads, snap up tickets without delay. Continue reading…
          2017-2018 SAT Registration Deadlines        

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          Balancing Act.        
I'm running short on time as usual so it's nice when designers themselves give me a heads up about new stuff. Equilibrium is a new player in town for shirts and jeans. Right now, they are giving away a new freebie a week as well as a gift in their group joiner. This weeks. Freebie is a graphic white ribbed tank that you can pick up in the bag by the door. (click picture for larger view.)

Their regular prices run between $100-150L for shirts, $250-300L for some really well designed jeans and jeans sets (good texture, nicely done prim cuffs and belt options.) The freebie shirt comes in multiple layer option too. If you head upstairs where most of the shirts are, you'll also find a vendor that sells their older graphic design tanks and tees for $10L each. These are single layer as far as I know, but the graphic work is nice and the cloth textures are just as nice. I picked up this blue on blue fox graphic -- I wish it came ina shirt layer but I think I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it regardless.

After picking up the free tee, I headed over to Maschienenwerk to see what I could scare up there and while I'm not much of a track suit guy, the new ones looked sharp - top and bottom and a hoodie (down). I grabbed the grey, (365_Suit_coal) but there are multiple color options that are, as usual, free. These are great renderings, moddable, shirt in a jacket layer. But the other thing I caught was a really nice living room set on the first floor of the first building. Mute the Colors is a full set with poses; sofa, two stools and a table. It's not prim heavy, has a nice shadows, and again, free. (Sofa is partially pictured here.)

In a another time saver, Davi Designs, dropped a really nice tattoo called "Doodles" on me recently via DSN. It's a mayan/aztec influenced design in multiple layers and multiple shade options: Black, Dark, Henna and Soft.

I hit the store and what should I find but an MM board with a really nice dragon design and a fast camp chair for these gold and black wrist cuffs (10 minutes. ) I camped while typing and signed up on the board. The store offers and eclectic mix of goods: tattoos, jewlery, artwork, furniture and even photography. There are two lucky boards there that didn't roll me an "R" while I was there, but they are worth watching.

(The jeans pictured here are from Equilibrium (Calca)(RGs)(B1), $250L.)
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Just a heads up, the alt (option) + click for managing multiple libraries currently exists and has since the initial release of Photos 1.0.
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and thanks technics for the heads up on the repeat..i like it as box method worked today

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and thanks technics for the heads up on the repeat..i like it as box method worked today





216 is there

Thanks to alienpunk for the heads up on this! 
Pretty cool seeing it online again, 
 (unfortunately the embedded stuff doesn't work)

I'm uploading the newer site to my ISP webspace right now, 
will post when done

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gotzmoney thanks for the heads up-616 should be hitting any day now, its been traveling like crazy, the 313 and 199 did that forever too before it got to texas, congrats to all winners, and glad to hear everyone is safe, hope everyone families are as well.scary stuff.... I posted about this in the D4 forum, but here goes, I decided to go back to March 30th-could be a fluke here, but 282 DAY AND 133 NIGHT

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          Easy Mentalism - $1.00        
INSTANT DOWNLOAD! - Welcome to the easy world of mind reading and mentalism. The techniques and effects revealed in this ebook will enable you to put on a terrific display of mentalist and mind reading routines that will astonish your friends, family and colleagues. You may find that after demonstrating your amazing mental powers, people never think of you in the same way again! Imagine asking someone to select a card at random from a normal deck of cards. You ask them to concentrate on the design of the card. You look into their eyes. You examine tiny inflections of the muscles in their face. Then piece-by-piece, you name the card they have. First you state the colour, then the suit and finally you state the exact card they chose! All this is done without ever looking at their chosen card – not even a sneak peek. Or how about asking someone to flick through a normal book, then to read and concentrate on the first line of a chosen page. Again you look into their eyes and after a short time, scribble something onto a notepad. You ask the person to read the first line out aloud. You turn your notepad over, revealing you’ve written exactly the same sentence your volunteer was reading. These two effects alone will convince people you really can read minds! Some More incredible effects Include: Pseudo Hypnosis - Against their will, a spectators fingers stick together by mind control. Find the Lady - they win occasionally, but you WIN EVERY Time! Flatliner - A spectator is asked to take your pulse. Soon your pulse slows down until it finally stops, dead. Cutting cards by touch - a Spectator give you a number - you cut the cards and by touch alone you have removed that amount of cards that the spectator dictated. Wallet, Watch & Coin - a Spectator places his wallet, Watch and coin on a table, you turn your back while he places them in different pockets - using your skills you will be able to announce what item is in what pocket. Someone hides a coin in their fist - by reading their body language you can tell which hand the coin is in. Who's Got What - Three people select three different playing cards from a deck of cards. Without watching them, you can correctly state who has chosen which card. Guess The Card - You let someone cut a pack of cards and remove 1 card - ask them to concentrate on that card, without seeing it and with a moments concentration you can tell them the card they are holding. You’ll also learn how to make predictions. For instance, you place a sealed envelope and three coins of differing values on the table. The spectator chooses one of the coins and flips it. You open the envelope, revealing that not only have you correctly predicted which coin they would choose but also whether it would land heads up or tails up. Or how about asking someone to draw a simple picture and to seal it in an envelope. In another demonstration of your mind reading powers, you can describe the picture they’ve drawn, even reproducing it exactly if you wish. All of these routines and many more are fully explained in easy to follow step by step ebook guide. You’ll have seen effects like these done on television and stage by famous illusionists. Now you can learn their secret techniques and perform these illusions yourself. You’ll be amazing people with your newly found skills after just a few hours practice and what’s more, you’ll enjoy the dumbstruck expressions on your victims’ faces. The ebook is divided into two sections. The first presents a wide selection of mind reading Illusions and Psychological Illusions. The second part is an Introduction to Hypnosis. I’ll say it now and repeat it several times throughout the ebook – the secret to performing convincing mind reading illusions is in the performance. Some of the techniques you’ll learn are astonishingly simple, so the more you can do in your performance to distract your audience away from that fact, the better. The introduction to hypnosis is included to give you some idea on how you can phrase your patter and increase the illusion. So let’s get going with some mind-blowing illusions… Easy Mentalism is delivered immediately after purchase as a downloadable book, compatible with both mac and windows.
          5 Ways To Master The Long Bob        

The bob never really looses its trend status, it just evolves along with whatever is happening in the fashion world... shorter, longer, sleek, shaggy...and right now the Long Bob is stealing the limelight,” says Andrew Carruthers, Education Director  for Sam Villa.

Bob’s can be adapted to compliment nearly any face shape or hair texture. They can be classic, edgy, or quirky, and in spite of their simplicity, they always speak volumes about the personality of the individual. The simplicity that gives the bob its power also makes it one of the most challenging shapes to create. Regardless of whether it is blunt, layered, graduated, tilted forward, tilted back, heavy, or highly texturize, the critically important focal point is the perimeter line. If that line is not flawlessly placed on the head shape and executed with a precision, the impact is lost.

Tools For Success

Styling Product of Choice

  • Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer with Heat Protection
    • Shake well, spray through wet hair, evenly distribute
  • Redken Satinwear 02 - Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion
    • Apply to towel-tried hair after you apply Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer
  • Redken Fashion Waves 07 - Sea Salt Spray
    • Shake well and mist through damp hair in sections after you apply Satinwear 02
    • Allow this cut to air dry or diffuse
    • Redken Hot Tip: To achieve loose waves in straight hair and enhanced definition in wavy hair, mist liberally onto damp hair and scrunch. Continue to reapply until desired texture is achieved. Mist Fashion Waves 07 on damp hair and air-dry, then re-apply throughout the day to re-animate waves
  • Redken Move Ability 05 - Lightweight Defining Cream Paste
    • Rub this low tack product between palms and distribute to define for ultimate cream-paste texture

Master The Bob With These  5 Tips:

Move: The single most important design aspect in creating that perfect perimeter line is being sure that it flows with the head shape. That can’t be achieved if feet are cemented to the floor – so move to mirror the changes in the shape of the head. The most common area that goes wrong is where the head shape turns a very strong corner from the back of the head leading to just behind the ear. Most bobs will start in the center back which is where feet should start. When working towards the ear, the head shape turns a very sharp corner (corner back for Redken PBD users). If the body does not mirror that same dramatic change, it will create unwanted over direction in that area and compromise the flow of the perimeter. Practice keeping toes on the same plane as the surface of the head when cutting and move the body often!

Get Low: Elevation is another aspect that can make or break the power of a perimeter. To keep that edge strong, elevation needs to be as close to natural fall as possible. Getting lower (even eye level) to the perimeter will resist the temptation to elevate the hair, which will cause unwanted graduation. Another way to keep elevation at natural fall is to use a comb to hold the hair rather than fingers. Keep the teeth of the comb toward the head and it will minimize elevation, as the hair will fall out of the comb if accidentally lifted.

Shift Perspective: Shift thoughts of what visually creates the "side" versus "back" of the silhouette. Most are taught to ‘T’-part the head at the ear or mastoid process before cutting which is excellent for breaking the head into manageable areas for cutting. The challenge is that it makes many think the hair in front of the ear makes up the side of the silhouette. Take a few steps back, what the world sees as the side of the head really begins at that pivotal area mentioned earlier at the back corner of the head. This also means that the back of the silhouette is actually a very small area between those corners. AND, make sure you step back from your work often to get a fresh perspective!

Heads Up: Keep the head in its upright and natural position when cutting. This makes sure that the line that is cut is actually the line seen. When guests tip their chin down, perspective on the stylist’s line is lost. The tension on the skin actually changes at the nape as well. Reach back, lay a hand on the back of the neck, and then tip head forward. Notice that the skin right in the center becomes tight and the skin just behind ears becomes loose. When cutting in this position, the line can change when the head returns to natural head position. This rule can be broken during the refinement stage. When the cut is complete and fully blown dried, tip the head forward and to the sides to reveal hairs that pop out when guest moves their head... clean these off following the line originally cut and it will add that perfect finish from any angle.

Pop the Top: Bobs can be plagued with unbalanced weight distribution between the back and sides. There are an extra few inches of hair beneath the occipital and there is less density in front of the ear. Because this challenge originates below the occipital, clip the hair above this up and out of the way to focus weight removal where it's needed most. Drop the top back down often to see how things are balancing out. If texturizing is not sufficiently addressing the problem and bulk needs to be eliminated, consider under cutting the area. Guests will love how much easier their morning blow dry is without that extra mass weighing them down.

Armed with these five tips, you are now ready to create a reputation in your community for being the bob master! Great careers are built on solid foundations and there is nothing more fundamental than the almighty bob.

Be sure to check out Sam Villa's BOBology DVD or on demand download and discover the tips and tricks for creating the perfect bob!

Show off your bobs! Post your photos to Instagram along with #samvilla for a chance to be featured!

Check out these other videos to help with the refinement of your bobs:

Photo Credits:
Photography - Shalem Mathew
Hair - Geneva Cowen, Artistic Director for Sam Villa
Color - Tina Calzaretta, Sam Villa Support Team
Makeup - Lorina Alailefaleula

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          South East Asia travel guide - Tips and Tricks about backpacking        

South East Asia is one of the most amazing and easiest places to backpack. Here's a couple of tricks and heads up to make your trip as good as possible. Sleeping, transportation, shopping, food and weather. Check the video.

Get inspired: Asia information
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          Miami Florida Supercon!        

Ok folks, just a little heads up for this year's Florida Supercon . I'll be in attendance (table 8-104) and will be participating in 2 panels:

DC Comics Panel: with me, Tony Bedard, Rob Hunter, Tyler Kirkham and Brad Walker- July 4th, 5:00-6:00pm

Superman: The Artists of an Icon, with me, Brad Walker and Tyler Kirkham.-July 5th 1:00-2:00pm

See youse there!

          The Modern Myth of Morales        
Just a heads up folks: This Sunday night you can tune in to my podcast with Chris Clow, Sean Gerber, and Josh Costella (and a couple of questions from a guy named Brad--no, not Meltzer) at MODERN MYTH MEDIA. We talk about all kinds of nerdy shit, so come by and check it out.

Modern Myth Media
          Beaten - but we can hold our heads up high        
I MUST have stood in the ground for 20 minutes at the end of last Thursday's game attempting to collect my thoughts. Frustration, anger, dismay, sheer devastation. as the defiant chants kept coming, I felt above all proud to be a supporter of Wycombe Wanderers.
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Thanks-I am so sad that you are leaving this thread as soon as my mind is getting there-I have yr papers at home all in my room at work all about-I am trying-COnfess still a lil green-I want to stop playing , but a lil hook-Hope to get some of my dollars back first. Thanks to Golgo for the heads up-When i saw the 33 ,I think yr 11's looking next
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Thanks for the heads up Buddyven,

Best of luck to you
          Equalities 'historic opportunity' for evangelicals        

Equalities 'historic opportunity' for evangelicals


The think-tank Ekklesia, which examines religion in public life, says that the controversial appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is "a historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."


London, UK - FRI NOV 9, 2007 The think-tank Ekklesia, which examines religion in public life, says that the controversial appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is "a historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."

The appointment of the Rev Joel Edwards as a EHRC commissioner is provoking intense debate because the organisation he heads up has previously been against the Sexual Orientation Regulations and full legal equality for lesbian and gay people in all aspects of public life.

"The appointment of Joel Edwards necessarily depends upon his acceptance that, whatever the moral and theological debate within sections of the church, the full practical and legal equality of everyone should be upheld in national life, irrespective of sexual orientation," said Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow.

"If that is the case, it marks the possibility of a significant shift in the thinking and practice of a significant constituency which has been reluctant or unwilling to sign up to the full equalities agenda", declares Ekklesia - which has argued vigorously that full acceptance and inclusion of lesbian and gay persons ought to be a Christian as well as a public duty.

The think-tank says its analysis shows that, underneath the very public rows about sexuality within the Anglican Communion and elsewhere, there are already signs of such a shift. It points to the fact that Faithworks, a prominent evangelical Christian service agency with thousands of supporters across the UK, publicly supported the Sexual Orientation Regulations - even as many other evangelicals opposed them.

Ekklesia also points to the growth of Accepting Evangelicals, affirming the full dignity and rights of gay people within the church and society as a whole, and the work of Courage Trust - a former 'ex-gay' ministry which is now pro-gay.

"Evangelicals who recognise that equality ought to be a key part of the Christian message have been slowly coming out of the closet, and even the Evangelical Alliance's sceptical opinions on this issue have been expressed much more temperately of late," said Ekklesia's Jonathan Bartley.

"We fully understand the concern that EHRC should not make appointments that undermine the full equalities agenda from within, but we know Joel, and though we disagree with him on a number of issues we believe him to be a person of integrity who will respect the new obligations he has been given and encourage recognition of them in the section of the church where he has great influence" said Jonathan Bartley.

However, Ekklesia has expressed concern that if a dialogue with 'religion and belief' is to be an element of the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights, this should be conducted fairly. "In particular the commitments of humanists and the principles of others who do not subscribe to religious views, a significant proportion of the population, should be represented and acknowledged too. The aim should be to develop a broad consensus on comprehensive equal rights."


1. Ekklesia is a leading think-tank, founded in 2002, which promotes transformative theological ideas in public life.

2. It was listed among 20 leading think-tanks in Britain in 2005, by the Independent newspaper. It has been profiled by London's Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph.

3. Ekklesia is independent of all church denominations, and operates on a self-financing, not-for-profit basis. It has one of most visited religious websites in the UK, and raised over £250,000 last year for peace, justice and development work.

Simon Barrow

Jonathan Bartley

News release distributed by Ekklesia, which examines the role of religion in public life. Ekklesia is a limited company no. 5831226.

          Warpaint – “New Song (Mike D Remix)”        
LA quartet Warpaint dropped their third album, Heads Up, a few weeks ago. One of the standout tracks was the synth-doused, irresistibly rhythmic lead single "New Song." Today, it gets injected with even more bounce and transformed into a pop/hip-hop romp courtesy of the Beastie Boys' Mike D. He slows the song down, repurposing the…
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Read the first sentence of the first post again.

          Best Photography Online Business Ideas To Sell More Photos        
There are a variety of reasons that stock photography is one of the hottest online business ideas to get involved in not the least of which is that it is something you can do from anywhere in the world. Furthermore, for every photo that is sold there is a 50-80% commission rate which also makes it a very lucrative field to get involved in. Finally, it is so simple that you can continue your current job and take photos in your spare time then upload them to a free site.

While it may seem a straight forward industry there are certain tips and tricks that can help you save time and sell more. The book, Turn Your Photos Into Cash, gives you all the basic materials and ideas to sell your photos online as well as giving you a heads up on which sites are worthwhile and which are not. The list of online Photography business ideas is ever ending.

If you do a basic Internet search you will find that there are a variety of Stock Photography sites, many of which cater to particular genres. For instance, specializes in postcards and postcard books so if you feel your photos fit this niche you may want to head here. caters to calendar and poster creation and may be another avenue to pursue of this is a sector you are interested in.

If you have the skills to set up your own web site and wish to host and market your own photos instead of working with existing sites then you may want to check out If you are thinking of stock photography as a profession this may be your best option as it eliminates commissions that you would have to pay.

If you are interested in adding to your income and have an interest in photography then please don't hesitate to take advantage of our free information and online business ideas. Learn which photos sell best, why some people fail, and where you can sell your photos at You are virtually being given the knowledge to set up this stock photography business for free and I am convinced that with the resources that this blog has provided, just about anybody anywhere in the world could start to make money by selling digital photos online.
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          heads up        
i've always loved the look of birdcage veils. probably because they're the best of many worlds: hair adornment, mystique of a veil, and the practicality of not having to take it off for the reception (and not getting it in your soup...) they also look fantastic with shorter hair, so if you're concerned about growing out your hair (just so you can put it up) think again!

ere are some gorgeous ones from Head Dress Couture.

and a few more from Artikal.

super-cute little "hat."

          BSDCan 2017 registration is at The Red Lion        
After many years, the registration night (Thursday, June 8th starting @ 15:00) will be in a new location, The Red Lion. While Dan has mentioned it on various media, I think I should mention it here. Once again, it will NOT be at the Royal Oak this year. HEADS UP: BSDCan 2017 registration at the […]
          Meet Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella        
Today Microsoft has announced ‘Satya Nadella’ as their new Chief Executive Officer at Redmond,Washington. Previously, Nadella held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Satya Nadella is the third CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates heads up to as Technology Advisor and John Thompson as Chairman of Board of Directors. “During […]
          New Year New Products        
  So its a new year and hope so far that you all are getting off to a great start…. Here, we are adding new items and wanted to give everyone a heads up and check out our New Products … Continue reading
          Azure / Office 365 – 2 wekelijks overzicht – deel 18        

De ontwikkelingen rond Azure en Office 365 gaan snel. Er wordt veel over geschreven en er wordt veel gedeeld op social media. Het is haast niet meer bij te houden! Hieronder geef ik een overzicht van interessante artikelen en video’s die de afgelopen 2 weken voorbijgekomen zijn op social media.  Mocht ik er toevallig één vergeten, plaats een reactie! Dan voeg ik hem toe aan het overzicht. Algemeen The Fourth Edition of Office 365 for IT Pros is Nearly Here Free Office 365 Security and Compliance Webinar OWA and Conditional Access: Inconsistent Error Reports Office 365 May news—exciting new value coming with the new Surface Pro Heads Up, Public Developer Preview is Here! The new Azure AD Admin Console is GA! Access Your On-Premises Applications Directly in Teams SharePoint Virtual Summit May 2017 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in Note-taking made easier for everyone—redesigning OneNote Comparing Solutions for Mobile Device and Application Management in Office 365 SharePoint Virtual Summit: Continuing the Rebirth of SharePoint Transform Data By Example—a Microsoft Garage project for Excel Development SharePoint PnP Webcast – Common (mis)conceptions about SharePoint Framework New SharePoint CSOM version released for SharePoint Online – May 2017 JS Link – Creating Custom Links Announcing updated SharePoint Framework developer training […]

Het bericht Azure / Office 365 – 2 wekelijks overzicht – deel 18 verscheen eerst op SP&C NL.

           Cheap Pandora Bracelets Sale be further        

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ROFL   didn't even see it    lol.....AND NO   this does not mean i'm a loving bounty (amor=love[in spanish])   Thanx a million for the heads up Draco...


          FORWARD, NOT BACK        
Addition: January 2016:  Donald Trump recently said, if he shot someone in Times Square, his numbers would still go up. The implications: He believes he has total and ongoing immunity for his behavior/statements, and that most of his followers have the twisted mentality to sanction random murder to see him as president.  These are the makings of a dictator/tyrant:  ignoring such implications in blind devotion is prerequisite for tyrants to rise to and to stay in power.  Of course, it is uncertain whether he really would have such immunity and the current level of devotion in such a situation or that he would be a dictator.  He does, however, say whatever some people apparently  want to hear, which further confirms not only his arrogance to do or say whatever his ego blurts out without a thought to any consequences, but also exploitation of some of his followers worst tendencies. There is something amiss here with the will to be divisive and a refusal on the part of his supporters to see the danger of a Trump coming to power.  Some will say whatever he says is "just a joke," and not really a big deal. Maybe, but, at the very least, it says a great deal about his judgement--if anything more needed to be said!

Donald Trump, an arrogant, immature and egotistical celebrity, has been able to influence and attract many potential voters who must confuse bravado and the privilege of power and wealth with the capacities required for presidential leadership.  Pundits note that people like him for his honesty. They say he is “genuine," says what he means and means what he says. He doesn't care what anyone thinks, apparently another characteristic able to stir the masses. He is charismatic in an anti-hero kind of way, with an ability to articulate for his followers their deep-seated resentment toward the present administration and all others who are scapegoats for their discontent, which is all understandable, and maybe inevitable, for a certain American imagination--that of the attraction to the cult of personality.

And he has captured that imagination, at least at this early date, with his independence, self-reliance and the attainment of the American Dream, but not in the sense once described by Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose thoughtful definition of self-reliance had more to do with inner strength and character than appearance.  Appearance is what celebrity is all about. There are more than a few reasons to believe that a Trump presidency would perhaps be a point of no return for America. 

Currently there are many who believe his approach would be a successful one, (if they have thought that far ahead). Others question: Would he ever be willing or able to work with his own cabinet, let alone the Pentagon, congress, states and other nations with any amount of tact, diplomacy, effectiveness or respect over the long haul? The Donald (a moniker which may be an indication of...something!) doesn't come off as interested, or even able, to build consensus, cooperate or compromise (that being a liberal quality, or flaw, depending on what so-called "side of the isle" you sit on). It seems he'd rather build walls (and not just ones to keep immigrants out). So far, he has not significantly addressed specific issues, or laid out substantial, workable policies and strategies. Apparently, then, people are not enamored with, or seem to care about the content of his platform (if, in fact, he has one) and are more interested in his tweets defending himself at even the slightest criticism (thin-skinned is not a recommended trait for a president).

Donald has not only lowered the bar for national civility and decorum, he has done away with it altogether His "bluster-effect" and permanent facial expressions of disdain and anger have further revealed America's under-belly, with its juvenile, vindictive and snarky sarcasm--the norm on social media. He has insulted whole groups--Mexicans, as well as individuals--Senator McCain, Rosie O’Donnell, and, recently, Fox News's Megyn Kelly, with his off-the-wall, crude and vulgar remarks. Yet, his followers see him as eminently fit to represent America--to be our face to the world?  Are we to believe he is a “patriot,” (a neo-con catch word), and will be “phenomenal to women” (whatever that means), as he has recently proclaimed?  It seems there are those who stand in awe of his hutzpah, while others cringe at the hubris.

Observing the "bread and circus" of his candidacy calls to mind the aphorism: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time," especially those who rely on critical thinking to make judgements. The opposite of critical thinking has raised Donald to popularity--emotionalism.  Logical fallacies abound in all political campaigns; in Trump's they reign supreme.   

His opinions may sound like facts. They may feel good to those who have the same ones in private, but have been discouraged from revealing them in public (because someone might call them on it, or be offended).  Now, however, offending people is entertainment, and serves as a cathartic for many.  Donald's delighted followers can say, along with Donald, “If you don't like it, too bad!" Demeaning and randomly diminishing anyone and everyone is what he does to the great approval of many.  

It has been said, and not only by conservatives, that political correctness is now taken to the extreme, as it seems to pander to "overly-sensitive" minorities, and prevents us from "telling it like it is," not to mention throwing a wet blanket on our sense of humor. The reason political correctness came about in first place was that “telling it like it is” (or like people think it is) is mostly rooted in stereotypical perceptions which do not take individuals' or group experience into consideration. Some people still think/believe that a particular group (religious, ethnic, racial, etc.) can be defined in a few words (good or bad). Is this another reason Donald has endeared himself to many? Keeping it simple, avoiding nuisances works better for the masses.  It seems so. The thing is, not only does he avoid political correctness, he blurts out whatever comes to mind at the moment about a person or a topic, which is not the same as "telling it like it is."  No, he describes the world according to Donald--but not the world most of us want to live in.   

We have heard his promise of "going back." I would like to suggest that we might at least want to go back to a time when a presidential candidate--say, Thomas Jefferson, would not have called Martha Washington (or any other person) a “fat pig,” or a president--say, Abraham Lincoln, would not have (for the fun of it) diminished the legacy of a captured Union or Confederate soldier. It's a given that there are many problems to be solved, issues to be worked on, legitimate challenges to the present administration's achievements and/or failures, and alternatives to be explored.  

Mostly what we've heard from Donald are shallow, adolescent  responses and off-handed remarks which play to his audience, like a side-show carnival act, portraying everything in the world as a "disaster, the he can fix single handedly.  We don't have to worry about the "details." He knows more than Isis, the generals, experienced civil servants, diplomats and certainly much more than you and I do. He will take care of everything--trust him! What other  president has ever done all that he has promised, even if he intended or tried to, but no other leader, except for tyrants have claimed to know everything and will take care of everything if we just trust them. Heads up, folks! 

Presidents do not have (should not have) the full power to do anything they wish, but can certainly change the conversation and direction of the dialogue nationally and internationally to our detriment.  In Trump's case, it seems to be going in the direction of an irreversible uncivil and dangerous divisiveness of the American people. Whereas someone like Bernie Sanders suggests unity of all Americans against the greatest threats to our democracy (which is alway fragile, despite what we think--read a little history). 

Some admire, cheer on and approve Donald’s lack of political correctness. They would like to "go back" to the days when everyone wasn't so "sensitive," a time when they could "call a spade a spade," which, by the way, was also a time when all manner of discrimination and racial, sexist and ethnic slurs were the norm which inevitably leads, on the part of some, to acts of violence. Certainly, those who abhor political correctness are not okay when lack of it targets them. With the tables turned, they are quick to protest that they were being "persecuted," (e.g. "angry, white males" or "evangelical bigots" and would attribute it to political motivation). 

At its core, political correctness is common sense and common decency, with emphasis on the "common" good. Although it has swung to the extreme in some cases, and deteriorated in some cases  to focus on "micro-agressions" (petty complaints). Essentially political correctness can be understood as consideration for others and respect for an individual's or group's situation and experience.  Isn't it also based on a certain decorum among civilized human beings, use of polite references, awareness and thoughtfulness of our words and deeds. These attributes are the tools for and the means to peaceful interactions across the board, the creation of good will, and can even reflect kindness and compassion, or in another catch word “values" (and even virtues). 

Donald’s tone, language, demeanor and intent can not be taken for other than mean-spiritedness by those who are his targets. His attacks are approved of and applauded by some who may see themselves as victims, some who undoubtedly get a great deal of their "news" from narrow main-stream media, (all other sources are seen as corrupt), ranting radio talk show hosts or publications whose vitriol creates divisiveness, resentment and conjures up conspiracies and takes extreme positions, ignoring facts in favor of fiction and false claims.  

 â€œLet's take our country back.”  Does that mean back to how wonderful it was when George W. Bush left office?  or back to the pre-civil rights era in the early 60’s, when the Confederate flag was first hung at the state house in North Carolina as a protest against those liberal, bleeding-heart “crazies” who dared to support the newly instated law of the land--civil and human rights. Yet their is the pretense that it stands for nobles oblige.  What "side" has ever lost a war gets to hang a their flag of protest (except in swastika graffiti)?

Some conservatives speak of a lack of values in America today (and it appears to be true if one takes media for reality), but is most often referenced in response to the granting of human/civil rights, as if only they understand and employ values rightly. Is respect, compassion and understanding among these values?  I don't see Donald's followers talking much about values. The truth is some individuals and factions (not limited to party or religious affiliations) are selective about values--about how they behave toward and speak about others not like themselves. Unfortunately, this behavior and language is also based on stereotyping, judgement and may include angry responses, unfair accusations, sarcasm, insults, threats and sometimes worse. These are apparently some of the "values" embraced by Donald Trump and his followers. 

If we could think of national/contexts as analogous to our smallest common contexts: that of our closest relationships and associations--people with whom we live and work--we might we get a different perspective. The approach that has been shown to be most effective and successful within these  contexts involves: 

  • acknowledgement and/or inclusion of all members
  • effective and civil communication
  • mutual respect and appreciation, as well as support and help

Isn't this the approach needed for getting along in everyday life with our spouses/children; in the workplace, in addressing any disagreement/conflict; for organizing events, and in many other situations?  

Getting along and surviving in our everyday relationships requires listening and compromising. One person imposing his or her will on all others, or blaming, shaming and name-calling does not work unless it is through power and control, and of fear of retribution. Getting things done requires an awareness of how our words, behavior and decisions may affect and the situation. A climate of mutual cooperation; concern and care for all members--kindness and generosity of spirit can go far. As members of a family (or any group association) we need recognition/acknowledgement of our abilities and contributions to support to strengthen whatever weakness exists and a plan to address difficulties that arise. We also need to look to ourselves when things are not working to see what part we play in the difficulty. 

Yes, this approach may be the ideal (not always the reality), but isn't that what we would want for ourselves, our children, families and friends? If we said to members of our family, bosses, civil and church leaders, as Republican leadership expressed first thing in Obama's administration:  that we will block and undermine at every turn their endeavors, will be uncompromising, will demonize (as in Trump's birther myth), and to bring under suspicion their every motive, thought, word, deed or action, then how would life be for us? 

Of course, there are instances when firm decisions and actions must be taken by a person in the group for the good of group, which may hurt, offend and/or cause resentment. However, these actions, hard choices and decisions have to be well thought out, dispassionate, for the right reasons, and certainly would not involve red-faced scowls, angry shouting, vulgarity, hurled insults, blame and defensiveness ala "The Donald." This approach results in more conflict, escalation and divisiveness--whether within a family, workplace or a nation. Critiques and complaints without suggestions for alternatives to problems are counter productive. If this approach does not work in our everyday lives and situations, how would it be effective in politics and global situations? 

While politics has always polarized people, used mud-slinging, rhetoric and negative strategies to win or win over, to divide and conquer, there is something a bit different in Trump's approach. There has, at least until recently, been a certain stature to the office of the presidency and a respect given to the process and to the ideal of democracy, despite party affiliation.  In a president, I had thought we have looked for a demeanor of thoughtfulness, not impulsivity; maturity, not adolescent whining and ranting; global awareness, not isolationism; cooperation and compromise, not unilateral actions; consideration of the many, rather than the few--or in his case, the one!  

Some think Donald will "take our country back." But what country are we taking back?  If we could go back to at least the civility toward and respect in public and private life; if we could go back to aspiring to behave, speak and carry ourselves in a more dignified manner; if we could go back to thinking of ourselves and our leaders as role models for the young. If we could go back to thoughtful debate and exchange of ideas and ideals. If we did not see people who don't agree with (or don't live as we do) as enemies and demons--treating others as we would want to be treated (Golden Rule and Biblical teaching) then, by all means, LET'S GO BACK! 
I would rather hear Donald, and every other presidential candidate say,  "Let’s take our country forward.” Let’s look to the future, not the past. Let's go forward with civility, aspiration, dignity, courage and a little touch of humility. Let’s go forward with those needed attributes we would ideally use within our own families, in our work places and in our places of worship. Let’s go forward toward realizing the potential envisioned by our founding fathers (and believe) that we are all created equal, with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

          A little joke        
Here's a joke that somebody sent me. I don't normally go in for such things, but this one is funny. Also, it was clearly written by somebody from Texas, which makes it even better. Is it highly partisan? You bet. But hey, as my buddy Guillermo says, funny's funny.

Heaven or Hell

Walking down the street one day, George Dubya Bush is shot by a disgruntled NRA member. His soul arrives in Heaven and he is met by St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. "Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem: We seldom see a Republican around these parts, so we're not sure what to do with you." "No problem, just let me in; I'm a believer," says Dubya. "I'd like to, but I have orders from the Man Himself," says St. Peter. "He says you have to spend one day in Hell and one day in Heaven. Then you must choose where you'll live for eternity." "But, I've already made up my mind; I want to be in Heaven," Dubya answers. St. Peter shakes his head. "I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to an elevator and Dubya goes down, down, down, all the way to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a lush golf course; the sun is shining in a cloudless sky, the temperature a perfect 72 degrees. In the distance is a beautiful clubhouse. Standing in front of it his dad and thousands of other Republicans who had helped him out over the years: Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Jerry Falwell. The whole of the "Right" is here, everyone laughing, happy; casually but expensively dressed. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had getting rich at expense of the "suckers and peasants." They play a friendly game of golf, then dine on lobster and caviar.
The Devil himself comes up to Dubya with a frosty drink. "Have a margarita and relax, Dubya!" he grins. "Uh, I can't drink no more, I took a pledge," says Dubya dejectedly. "Aw, this is Hell, son! You can drink and eat all you want and not worry," says the Devil. "It just gets better from here!" Dubya takes the drink and finds himself liking the Devil, who is a very friendly guy who tells funny jokes and pulls hilarious nasty pranks, kind of like a Yale Skull and Bones brother with real horns. They are having such a great time that, before he realizes it, it's time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves as Dubya steps on the elevator and heads upward.

The elevator door reopens on Heaven and St. Peter is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit Heaven," the old man says, opening the gate. So for 24 hours Dubya is made to hang out with a bunch of honest, good-natured people who enjoy each other's company, talk about things other than money, and treat each other decently. Not a nasty prank or frat-boy joke among them; no fancy country clubs and, while the food tastes great, it's not caviar or lobster. And these people are all poor; he doesn't see anybody he knows, and he isn't even treated like someone special! Worst of all, to Dubya, Jesus turns out to be some kind of Jewish hippie with his endless 'peace' and 'do unto others' jive. "Whoa," he says uncomfortably to himself, "Pat Robertson never prepared me for this!"

The day done, St. Peter returns. "Well, then," he says, "you've spent a day in Hell and a day in Heaven. Now choose where you want to live for eternity." With the 'Jeopardy' theme playing softly in the background, Dubya reflects for a minute, then answers, "Well, I would never have thought I'd say this -- I mean, Heaven has been delightful and all -- but I really think I belong in Hell with my friends."

So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down, all the way to Hell. The doors of the elevator open, and Dubya finds himself in the middle of barren, scorched earth covered with garbage and toxic industrial waste...kind of like Houston. He is horrified to see all of his friends dressed in rags and chained together, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. They are groaning and moaning in pain, faces and hands black with grime. The Devil comes over to Dubya and puts an arm around his shoulder. "I don't understand," stammers a shocked Dubya. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a clubhouse and we ate lobster and caviar and drank booze. We screwed around and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and everybody looks miserable!"
The Devil looks at him and smiles slyly. "Yesterday we were campaigning," he purrs, "Today you voted for us."

          Ode to Jean Val Jean - Emmanuel Delcour        

Dear Jean Val Jean:

We have only just met. I noticed your tardiness on Chef Academy as well as your sweet smile and nonchalance. With each passing indiscretion, you left your fellow classmates wondering who is this douchebag? But my feelings never wavered, you would never keep me waiting would you Jean Val Jean? But their annoyance of you caused them to goggle your birth name - Emmanuel Delcour and low and behold, the great Jean Val Jean was outed to the world. Porn Star Extraordinaire. How your presence has evaded me this long, I am uncertain, but it was destined that we should meet. I watch anything Bravo deigns to create. Your talents could only have gone unnoticed so long. Award winning adult star, great practitioner of analingus, body builder, graphic artist and fabulous chef. Beautiful, graceful ... who wouldn't want to take you home to mom? Hey mom, my baby daddy cooked, designed my website and one sheets, ran 5 miles and gave me 5 wicked orgasms today. What did you do today mom? Huh, what?

Oh Jean Val Jean, how you have my curiosities peaked. What is there to the art of analingus? Until today, I had never heard the word. It sounds so much nicer than tossing salad. How do you like your anus prepped? I imagine there is a bit of waxing and perhaps a spot of bleach. One doesn't want to stick a hairy two-toned sphincter in someone's face. That is just rude. What's your stance on enemas? Kills the spontaneity perhaps, but one doesn't want to catch hepatitis or pink eye for that matter. What flavors do you desire Jean Val Jean? Raspberry jam, caramel, white chocolate, lime sorbet? Might I suggest Nutella or would the color be off putting? Maybe you prefer the sweating, musky natural flavor (eau de female). Eureka, butterscotch. What's good enough for Chef Novelli is good enough for me. And as we're making sweet, sweet love (after the Quest Diagnostics full blood work up and a HPV vaccine (for you and me) - Thanks Dr. Drew for the heads up) please whisper those lovely words into my ear in that heavy French accent ... "no comment". Aw, i melt, i die, i melt.
          Those Fracking Russians! Colluding Up Some Sand With Green Activists        
Frack Free Illinoisfracking

Tens of millions of dollars are moved from Russia through Klein “in the form of anonymous donations” to a U.S.-based nonprofit called the Sea Change Foundation. Newsweek

 My buddy, Stu Haugen, gave me a heads up on some Russki Collusion.

Since 2014,   Putin has been colluding with Obama bundler and environmental-oligarch Tom Steyer to put an end to fracking.

Top U.S. government officials who have acknowledged the connection between Russian and environmental groups include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
In 2014, Clinton delivered a “private speech” in which she discussed Russia’s financial support for environmental groups, the letter says. The speech was included in documents released by WikiLeaks, it says.
An Oct. 10, 2016, report in The Washington Times quoted Clinton as saying:
"We [the State Department and the U.S. government] were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand up against any effort, ‘Oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you,’ and a lot of that money supporting that effort was coming from Russia."

Fracking is a modern method of getting cheaper fuels.

Can't have that,  any more than cheaper health care, according to the American elites.

While Donald Junior has stepped on his . . .finger, shall we say . . .with the e-mail dump from people who set him up like pay-day-loan customer and given the elites more combustible oxygen to burn out any thoughts other than Putin and Trump collusion, environmentalists  have taken Kremlin coin to fight fracking.Image result for FARM LAND NOT FRAC SAND Utica Illinois

I saw this in North Utica, Illinois where I spent a glorious 4th of July.  There was this huge sign coming into town from I-80.  La Salle County, Illinois and Hegewisch as well as Whiting, Indiana have been targeted by Green activists for some serious activism and now it appears that like most Left-of -Center initiatives - grassroots come from far, far away.  In this case Vlad Putin's Russia. Fractrakker is one method and resource for activists who would not know Wisconsin Drift from Loess Over Bedrock, but would bus happily over to Starved Rock, or the Pierogo Festival to anti-Fas up a storm.

That said, fracking is controversial.  I have yet to set a match to a water faucet in Hegewisch, Whiting, or Utica and get immolated.   People have had problems.  Farmers are surrounded by sand pits, as more mining operations take hold in La Salle County

"Mining frac sand is a lot like mining regular sand except it's wildly profitable, and that's why everyone wants to do it," said Todd Vencil, managing director of equities research at Sterne Agee, a privately owned brokerage firm based in Birmingham, Ala.
The company paid $8 million to buy the land, according to property and state records, and it expects to invest $25 million to $50 million to get the mine running, according to company filings.
The rolling corn and soybean fields near Starved Rock State Park, 95 miles southwest of Chicago, are coveted by multinational corporations for the fine-grain sand deep below the rich soil. Known as Ottawa white, the sand is uniformly circular — perfect for drillers who pump a mixture of sand and chemicals into fracking wells across the nation.
"In the world, there are not that many — geographically speaking — deposits of very high quality northern white sand that has the technical specifications that are in greatest demand.
One of those areas is in Illinois, and it's close to the surface of the earth," said Robert Stewart, executive vice president of strategy, corporate development and communications at Eagle Materials. (emphases my own)
La Salle County is not new to controversy - that was one of Com Ed's nuclear stations built to fight America's dependency on OPEC - remember them?  Nuclear power had environmentalists screaming doom to the loam, because La Salle County might be at seismic risk ( earth quake) and I might become an NBA power guard - the odds are about the same 1-357,143.

Fracking is good. Even Obama's energy Czar Ernest Muniz said so, â€œThe natural gas boom, in particular, has led to the displacement of high-carbon coal with low-carbon natural gas producing fewer emissions. ”  The Obama EPA released a report that many of the myths about dangers to drinking water were revealed to be myths and uncomfortable falsehoods. 

That will not stop the Birkenstock irregulars from boarding buses and holding news conferences for the nodding public.

Fracking is the Green beef du jour in Illinois. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is heavy in Illinois and owns many State Representatives and State Senators. The NRDC is home to Robert Redford and Leonardo DiCaprion, as well as Illini activist Henry Henderson.  Henderson is a veryfrequent Huffington Post expert poster on things Green and as far back as 2013 has attempted to stop fracking in its steps
But our overall position on fracking has not changed: unless and until we have strong, protective safeguards on the books, we should not start fracking in Illinois. Certainly, plenty can happen between this point and the Governor’s desk, so while we are encouraged by what is currently in the bill (check my colleague Ann Alexander’s blog for a rundown of the technical issues addressed in the bill that has been introduced), we will remain vigilant for any weakening of the standards. A watered down version of the bill as it stands today might point to the need for other options in the Land of Lincoln.
Well, Illinois politicians are moved by their wallets Henry.

It sure seems that groups like NRDC needed to put the touch on Putin

 Contrary to what Russia’s propaganda machine and its environmental allies have told news consumers in Europe and America, fracking is safe, effective, and enormously beneficial, Nick Loris, an economist and energy policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, said in an email to The Daily Signal.
“If successful, an anti-fracking campaign is depriving Americans of good-paying jobs and affordable, dependable energy,” Loris said. “Despite smears and outright lies from environmental activists, smart drilling and energy extraction technologies have been proven to be safe.”
“It feels like every week a new study is published, confirming what we already know,” he said. “Hydraulic fracturing does not contaminate drinking water. The facts and history of hydraulic fracturing, a history that dates back more than half a century and over 1 million fracked wells, indicate that many of the fears associated with the process are grossly exaggerated or flat-out unsubstantiated.” Newsweek. 

Well, frack me crosseyed!

Better ask Vlad for more dough.

In the mean time - How About that Trump Kid?

          Spero heads up songwriting camp        
Correne Spero heads up a summer songwriting camp for girls.

First things first: No one calls Correne Spero "Correne." The musician, who's been curating shows at South on Main during the month of June, is known almost exclusively as "Spero," and one of the two Little Rock bands she's in even bears her name (though it's SPERO, in all caps — "the person is not in all caps," Spero says). Spero has been on the music scene for quite a while; Northern State, the New York-based all-girl band she performed with previously, toured with groups like Cake, Tegan and Sara and Questlove and The Roots, and some of Northern State's songs were featured on smash-hit television shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Damages." But these days, Spero is working on something much closer to her heart: a songwriting camp for girls. We sat down with Spero to get the goods on her unique plan to bolster the future of Little Rock music — and to help girls find out who they are and just what it is they're capable of.

So I have to ask, how did you end up in Little Rock after living in New York City and successfully touring internationally with Northern State?

We were looking for an opening act in the South — someone with a local draw. The co-producer of our last album was simultaneously working on an album with the American Princes out of Little Rock, which was a very random coincidence. We heard their album a bunch when he was working on it, so we reached out to them and asked if they wanted to open for us. We developed a great friendship on the road, and I stayed in touch with several of them. One of them — David Slade — convinced me to come to Little Rock and record some songs I'd been working on. About that time, Northern State came to a decision that, after 10 years, we were going to, at the very least, take a break, and at the very most, disband. Then one of the girls moved and I was like, "You know what? I could move!" I hated living in New York. I hated every minute of it. I loved my band, I loved my work and I loved my friends, but as far as the day-to-day life in New York, I just hated it. I had developed a network of friends down here when I was recording, and I just felt so welcomed here. I felt like the town really reached its arms around me and kind of gave me a big hug. I've been here for seven years now.

Do you have plans to go back?

Hell, no! I barely even visit.

Let's talk about what you have going on here in Little Rock this summer. What led you to wanting to host a summer camp?

I was inspired by a lot of different music camps around the country. I follow a bunch of them on Instagram and I kept wondering, "Why don't we have anything like that here? We need one." And then finally I just got to the point where I was like, "Well, maybe I should do it." But I didn't want to do the standard "rock camp" model that I've seen; I wanted to do something a little bit different ... to narrow the focus to songwriting. I wanted it to be a very small group: sort of an intensive workshop. Songwriting is such a valuable way to express ideas. To metaphorically — and literally! — find your voice. To turn your ideas and your thoughts into words and music and start to sort of believe that those things can be valid enough to create a whole song! Because if you haven't done that before, it can be really empowering. At least it was for me.

What made you decide to focus on girls only?

Well, I offer private sessions and workshops with anybody: kids, adults, boys, girls, whatever. With this camp, I don't mean to be exclusive or not inclusive, but I did want to carve away a little piece of the summer — one little week — and make it a girls-only space. ... In my experience as a songwriter and musician, I spent a lot of time in female-only spaces and groups with only girls, and I feel like working in an all-girls band, and learning and growing that way, just gave me a sense of freedom to experiment and explore. It helped me build my confidence. You know, it is a fact that girls in the music business tend to get a later start, maybe don't have as much encouragement, don't feel as comfortable occupying traditionally male spaces, like the recording studio. I was in the music business for a full decade and music engineers would talk down to me, think I didn't know what I was talking about. I went to audio engineering school! Guys at a show doing the sound check would make absolutely rude comments. There's so much sexism in every industry, and it continues to be pervasive in music. I just found that one of the best weapons against this was to create a bond with other women. We can feel strong together, so we can begin to occupy some of the spaces with more confidence. ... I wanted to provide a space for girls to create — free of all that other stuff, hopefully. It's always hard to put yourself out there, creatively. It always feels risky. I'm trying to remove some of the obstacles and create a really intimate space for sharing. I want to be empowering and also, hopefully, to help create another generation of women musicians here in Little Rock.

Is that important to you? Contributing to the music scene here in Little Rock?

Totally. I play in an all-girl band here called DOT, and we could count the number of women playing music in this town on one hand. OK, maybe two hands. I would love to help contribute to the next generation of girls who are going to come up and play music here. Little Rock has such a vibrant music scene! I would just love to see women play more fully in it.

Is there anything else about the camp we should know?

Yes! Girls don't have to have instrumental experience to participate. The emphasis is on songwriting — not being a brilliant instrumentalist. ... Songwriting came first for me. I had the songs in my head, so I got a guitar and started learning it. Now I play keyboards, drums, guitar — I play a little bit of everything. If a girl who comes this summer has never really played an instrument, I'm going to give them choices. We have a piano, a keyboard, drums. If you want to bang out a simple beat on a tambourine and rap, you could do that. That's songwriting. If you have a guitar and you want to play something on it, more power to you. If you've never played the keyboard before, I can show you the notes and you can hear what sounds good to you and write it down. And before you know it, you're playing an instrument! ... My whole thing is: We're in the trust tree. If you like how it sounds, that's good enough for me.

Spero's songwriting camp for girls will be held July 24-28 in North Little Rock. Contact Correne Spero at 917-202-6344 or for more information. Tuition is $200, but scholarships are available for those who need them.

          Comment #6415        
I think there is a third option, the people who still support Obama have their heads up their asses.

Obama broke many laws but since he had the justice department in his pocket it was easy to sweep

things under the rug. Take the targeting of some groups by the IRS. Take the OK. oil man that was

a supporter of fracking and after a meeting with Obama, a dead endangered bird found on his land and he

was fined out the ass by the EPA. Another crooked agency in obama's pocket. What about
Mike Martin, our friend from I’m A Hot Tee gave us the heads up on his newest tee, Wheeevolution. The tee was inspired by a childhood movie favorite – The Rocketeer. The design features the human evolutionary line that we’ve seen on past tees, with the twist coming at the end. At the hight of […]
          Bass Player Live and Bass Day 2008        
Last weekend was Bass Player Live in LA, thanks to Carol for the heads up – sorry it was the other Carol that got the Lifetime Achievement award, there’s still next year ;). Check out Bass Player TV, some of the sessions will make their way there. Don’t forget that the UK has Bass Day 2008 […]
          Update....A phooey!!!        
Ok, time for another update!

This fall has brought a busy time for the team. In September, we headed out to Sacramento Raceway’s Governor’s Cup race. It was a two day race, but the jets were scheduled only to make runs on Saturday.

We dropped off the car and trailer on Friday afternoon, and just hung out watching the Nostalgia Dragsters and the CIFCA funny cars make their qualifying passes.

We came out to the track at 10 AM on Sunday, with light sprinkles and overhead clouds crammed in the sky. By noon the race was called, and rescheduled for Sunday.

On Sunday, we were all set to run and were put on a short hold due to sprinkles again, but only a short time. Finally, the sun came out and we were off to the races….

This year we face Jeff Atamian in his J-