We have A Brewer        

This week we have brought on two more contracted people onto the New Buffalo Team. Jimmy Bass and Jon Downing, of Buffalo News Fame. Jimmy is a prior Marine and I think he will fit in with the rest of the group. (3 out of 8 players are vets).

Jimmy is developing some beers for use while I’ll be in Afghanistan under the mentorship of Jon. This is a very big deal for New Buffalo since Jimmy is training to be a ‘real’ brewer. Not to knock my home brew creations or that of any other home brewer but there is a distinct difference between a home brewer and the formally trained. Jon Downing made introductions to New Buffalo Brewing and I think we’re well on our way. Bringing on Jon and already having Tim we now have a combined 60 years and 180 breweries worth of experience.

I was also contacted to use the New Buffalo Brewing logo in an art project. 26 painting about buffalo each with one letter. They are going to be shown Nov 2nd I think. Sadly I will be unable to be there for the display but we we’re invited to do a beer tasting. I really want to pursue that if possible. I wrote over to custom Beer Crafters to see what it would cost to do a 10bbl run.  While in Nov we’ll still be 6-7 months from producing ourselves I think it would be good to at least get some beer into the hands of the people. It would also let us spread those kegs out over 2 months or so and hit up a few tastings. 

With Jimmy and Jon on board we have the how part of New Buffalo locked in pretty well. The two remaining questions are what and where. As we said in the last post we effectively abandoned the building we had a couple months sunk into and are looking anew.  Putting that aside I’m focused on the what.

On the main page we posted most of my experimental brews for the year and a half. Jimmy is going to redo at least two of them into something that can be scaled up and start creating new brews. Statically I know what we should do, and IPA (20% market share) and a Pale Ale (18%) market share. With the assort packs, I’d safely toss in another 7% . (Assortments and Seasonals made up just over 20%). These are two styles I’m really not interested in doing. There are allot of each on the market, it’s a crowded space and there so overdone. The thing I found the most reveling in the top 15 styles, not a single black beer made it.  These happen to be some of my favorite beers. So it begs the question do we enter the fray with our own Pale and IPA or do we try to seize a niche market? 

I’m sure we can get allot of insight from Tim and Jon on the topic. Point being the other big ones with Amber larger, meaning most craft beer drinkers are still looking for a fairly pale, crystal clear beer. Bitter seems to be the name of the game for the last 10 years.

We have a little time yet, but I’d love to hear from beer drinkers what they want.  

          The Punt: Monday 24 April        
Dave Kelner joins Sam Norris to preview the midweek Premier League football on this edition of the podcast. The pair talk about Jose Mourinho's continuing battle with Pep Guardiola and talk about Crystal Palace's recent resurgence. #PL #betting #football
          The Punt Podcast: 20th May        
Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner join Jack Critchley to discuss the FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United They also reflect on the announcement of the England squad and take a look at Sunday's friendly with Turkey
          Sprint Prepaid Teams Up With Best Buy To Offer Free Month Of Service        
Sprint Prepaid Teams Up With Best Buy To Offer Free Month Of Service

Looks like Sprint is on a roll as we enter into the holiday season. The carrier offers another year-end special offer through its Sprint Prepaid brand, which is collaborating with retail giant Best Buy in giving customers one month of service that is completely free of charge. 

This special offer is a limited time offer only, and is open to all subscribers buying a new eligible handset from Best Buy and activating it under a Sprint Prepaid plan. Phones that eligible include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the LG Tribute, the LG Volt, and the Sharp Crystal.

Customers get to choose from three Sprint Prepaid plans that already include unlimited calls and unlimited text messaging. These plans are: the $35 monthly plan that includes 1 gigabyte of data, the $45 monthly plan that includes 3 gigabyte of data, and the $55 monthly plan 

Apart from unlimited calls and texting, Sprint Prepaid's plans also offer 50 minutes of off-network voice roaming per month. This is not usually offered by other prepaid service providers, which should delight those who decide to go for a prepaid plan from Sprint.

Sprint's free first month special offer is certainly a treat, but other prepaid brands also offer competitive deals. For instance, Cricket Wireless (AT&T's prepaid brand) has its Basic Plan, which offers unlimited calls, unlimited text messaging, and 1 gigabyte of high-speed data for $35 each month, that is once an AutoPay credit is applied.

New prepaid player Red Pocket also has an interesting offer. Via its GSMT Unlimited Everything plan, you get unlimited calls, unlimited text messaging, 200 minutes of international calls, and 2 gigabytes of data at full speed for $39.99 every recharge. This offer is also eligible for a full month of service free of charge from Red Pocket, provided the customer gets two months worth of recharges.

The year is not over yet, and we may still see other holiday deals from prepaid brands in the coming days or weeks. But Sprint Prepaid's offer is truly worth checking out. Customers can avail of it until January 31st of next year at all Best Buy retail stores in the United States.

Sprint has been rather busy in the past few weeks. The carrier has made its iPhone for Life and Easy Pay options available from Apple retails stores for the holidays. Apart from that, it has also teamed up with Uber in offering a free first ride promo for Sprint customers who sign up for the transport service. Interested to know more about Sprint's deals? You can compare plans and phones from the carrier here.

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          #Stalking & Critical Thinking on Law & Justice; Erin Moriarty Presents at University of St. Joseph – BOB THIESFIELD Photo Gallery        

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w/ Credit to Bob Thiesfield, The Cool Justice Report

USJ President Rhona Free w/ CBS '48 Hours' Correspondent Erin Moriarty

  • 38-second video recap


  • Warm Welcome From Crowd at the University's Crystal Room, Mercy Hall

    Moriarty Noted Connecticut's Stalking Law - Relying on Demonstration of Reckless Behavior - Is More Effective Than Those of Other States Which Require Proof of Intent by Often-Disturbed Stalkers

    Attentive Audience

    The Interactive Event Featured Dialogue w/ Students

    'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Shared Her Stalking Torment and Supported Others in '48 Hours' Broadcast Earlier This Year

    Before the Event, Moriarty Met w/ Students Including Erin Castaldi (left), a Veteran Who Is Studying To Be a Social Worker

  • USJ: Look for more exciting speakers in the fall

  •           Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines        


  • Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters

  • Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields’ for Dakota Pipeline Protesters

  • Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.

    Story and Photos by John Briggs

    Cool Justice Editor's Note: OK to repost, courtesy of John Briggs and The Cool Justice Report.

    Corporate – Government Alliance Versus the American People

    Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.

    The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.

    Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.

    The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.

    A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex façade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.

    One mode is the familiar anthropocentric (human-centered) consciousness that the dominant culture most of us were born into favors—a consciousness that assumes reality is a collection of objects to be extracted, owned, and branded. Humans are the focus of this consciousness, meaning that our concerns about climate change focus primarily on the fate of our own species.

    Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.

    The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earth’s family. If we don’t, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.

    Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as “water protectors.” “Mni Wiconi, Water is Life” is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.

    Every day scores of Sioux from North Dakota, South Dakota and nearby states, along with Paiute, Shoshoni, Diné, and a sampling of other Natives from the 300 or so tribes whose flags fly at the Standing Rock encampments set out to pipeline construction sites in a convoy to engage in “actions” on the “front lines.”

    There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.

    DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the state’s eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.

  • Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports

  • The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into “trespassers on their own land.”

    In late August, the tribe’s lawyers filed a stop work petition in federal court detailing areas where sacred sites would be disturbed if construction continued on its planned trajectory. The federal judge routinely forwarded a copy of the filing to DAPL. Over Labor Day weekend, when the company would not have been expected to work, pipeline crews leapfrogged to the disputed sacred and preemptively bulldozed them under. Too late, the judge granted the Sioux an emergency restraining order, but, then in a curious move, allowed construction in some areas where sacred sites have been discovered. DAPL has ignored a request from the Obama administration not to work in buffer areas on either side of the river. No fines have been imposed for intentionally bulldozing the disputed sacred sites.

  • The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline

  • Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site

  • In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.

    North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.

  • ETP CEO Kelcy Warren Says They Have Offered to Pay Protest Related Expenses

  • Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby states—all interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffs’ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.

  • Hennepin Co. sheriff's deputies leave Standing Rock protest

  • Native media’s live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.

    Of course, this struggle with the Wasi’chu (Lakota word for the white man, meaning literally “takes too much”) is an old story for Native-Americans. In the 18th and 19th centuries it took the form of the Sioux nations trying to hold back the tsunami of colonizers flooding into their ancestral lands, occupying and despoiling them. The big difference now is that the fire-power of the state (think Custer’s 7th Cavalry or present day militarized police) has been fused with vast profit centers dependent for their existence on plundering the earth in the name of energy-squandering lifestyle survival.

    The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.

    The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: “According to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.”

    The news site added, “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protesters… [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriff’s Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Media’s attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.”

  • Dakota Access Caught Infiltrating Protests to Incite Violence, Funding Trolls Online

  • On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassment—people maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and “riot” on the Morton County Sheriff’s novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.

    All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)

    Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the day’s action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make “snatch and grab” arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that they’d be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. “The intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So they’re trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.”

  • Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues

  • The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalism—the kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.

    Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: “The county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.”

  • Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions

  • The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: “The U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.

    “ ‘This is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,’ [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.

  • Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert

  • “At least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in ‘inhuman and degrading conditions in detention,’ Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.

  • Dakota pipeline protesters say they were detained in dog kennels; 268 arrested in week of police crackdown

  • “ ‘Marking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,’ the U.N. expert said.

    “ ‘The excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,’ he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.

    “Amnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.”

  • U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters

  • Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: “You know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plains…”

  • Standing With the Standing Rock Sioux

  • The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians

    Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.

    The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of who’s-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.

    Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.

    Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.

    Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.

    But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Dewey’s Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to “follow” him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Dewey’s Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing “documentation” of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.

    Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then he’s panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as he’s telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, “It looked like someone using a drip torch.” He says they called 911, but it’s been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasn’t shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a “hotshot” firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire won’t harm the camp.

    Now here’s Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why he’s here. He’s from the Paiute nation. “I’m here to protect the water,” he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.

    In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. We’re just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where they’re from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level it’s a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesn’t want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Dewey’s face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey can’t resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if he’s sure he doesn’t want to become famous by putting his face on Dewey’s screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectors’ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says “Let’s get out of here; this is enemy territory.” Dewey laughs, turning the car around, “It’s not enemy territory.”

    I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Dewey’s unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.

    Dewey explains to his viewers that what they’re seeing is a “documentation” that’s not edited. “It’s not scripted. It’s not acted out.”

    After a month of watching Dewey’s daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichéd phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporter’s eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.

    Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream media’s very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. You’ve seen them all, repeatedly.

    Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as it’s lived in the moment. It’s not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, it’s how they’ve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And that’s what Dewey’s broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. It’s certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. It’s not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.

    So when Dewey sits in his parked car and does an update video on “10 things to know about DAPL” (Nov. 18, 2016), there’s no editing and no script, meaning that you get to see him thinking through what those top 10 things might be. Some points he makes are incisive and comic, others not so much. But the not-so-much ones can lead you to thinking about gray areas, the imprecise observations we all make. He asks a guy who just got in the car to help out with his list and the guy, William Hawk Birdshead, goes immediately serious on him until Dewey says, “I was trying to keep it light.” So the Birdshead says, “Laughter is good medicine.” Suddenly they’re off. Dewey mimics the shifty-eyed look of the FBI guys lurking around the area and denying they are FBI, the DAPL security characters trying to look all steely and tough. We learn that in the encampments they say that “DAPL dresses up like Ninja Turtles.” You can tell that it’s DAPL undercover because those guys never drive rez cars, which are rusted and dented. Nobody is spared. Dewey describes the water protectors just arriving from California as dudes who’ve “got their animal spirits on… They’re all furred up. They’re coming in all mystical and crystals.” He and his buddy laugh, which Dewey says is laughter “in a good way,” because the whole thing going on at Standing Rock is deadly serious but you need laughter, because that’s good medicine for healing. And healing and praying are about “getting reconnected with the Earth.”

    This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means “all my relations.” When you’re watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock you’re experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. It’s newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether he’s engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what he’s getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.

    What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.

    Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:

    “I pray that we’ll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have been… Although there’s some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But there’s also people on our side to stop them. Don’t start a fight. That’s what it’s all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and they’ll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, we’re beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say we’re a democracy but it’s not showing anymore. The people didn’t want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we don’t care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a whole….We’re standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.”

  • Forcibly removed from prayer at Standing Rock

  • Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earth’s objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasi’shu possess. Webster defines fascism as “a political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.” It’s an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.

    It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.

  • Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

  • This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.

    At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names for—things that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.

    John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Department’s journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Western’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.

    When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.

    Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:

  • Digital Smoke Signals

  • Myron Dewey, Facebook

  • The Antimedia

  • Democracy Now

  • The Intercept

  • The Guardian

  • Censored News

  • Unicorn Riot

  • Living on Earth

  • The Indigenous Environmental Network

  • Status of Standing Rock court claim

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    Three years ago, the New York State Outdoor Writers Association held its annual fall conference in Lake Placid. I limited my outdoor activities that weekend to the various types of lake and stream fi shing the area offers.

    October is a great time to be standing by or in any of the many trout streams or boats fi shing their crystal clear lakes. Threre isn’t a more picturesque place to be during the peak of the colorful foliage season. During the day’s conference, I found out they had a growing population of wild turkeys. Lake Placid Tourism hosted dinner that evening, and I said I’d like to try hunting these high-peak gobblers in the spring.

    In late January, I got an email from Sue Cameron, events and communications manager of the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Offi ce of Sustainable Tourism, asking if I was still interested in hunting turkey in the high peaks, and if I was, what would I need. It didn’t take me long to answer that question. I told her if they could find any properties that had turkeys, all I’d need is permission to hunt. I also added if someone, or a guide, wanted to help me, that would be great.

    Several weeks later, Sue contacted me and said she had talked to many of the hunters in the area, and the name that kept popping up when it comes to turkeys was Bill Moore, the Lake Placid chief of police. I also found out that Bill had taken two NYSOWA members turkey hunting during the fall conference. I thought this was great, because I’d have someone familiar with the territory and the bird’s habits and locations. In all my years of hunting, I’ve never shot a turkey north of Glens Falls, and I was going to be hunting the high peaks.

    Shortly after lunch April 30, I headed for Lake Placid. I’ve always enjoyed the ride on state Route 73 from the Adirondack Northway at Exit 30 to Lake Placid village. It winds through Essex County’s Keene Valley and alongside the famous trout waters of the Ausable River.

    What really surprised me was the large chunks of ice still on some of the high rock walls. I believe when the foliage along this road starts to green, it’s almost as beautiful as in the fall. I wasn’t the only one that day to stop at one of the pull-offs to take a few photos.

    It was right around 3 p.m. when I passed the Olympic ski jumps that were built when Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics. My first stop in town was to check in with Sue Cameron, who gave me directions to The Pines Inn, where I would be spending the night. The Pines Inn is a turn-of-the-century historic inn, but with all the modern conveniences, and the proprietors, Jill and Frank Segger, were very congenial hosts.

    Once settled in, I had an early dinner, and later that afternoon, I met up with Bill at his son, Sean’s, baseball game. Sean was going to join us for opening day of the turkey season, but he was one up on us. On the first day of the Youth Hunt season, Sean shot a 20-pound tom with a nine-inch beard oneinch spurs.


    I set the alarm for 4:15 a.m., but I was up shortly after 3, as usual, anxious to get into the woods. It was still dark when Bill and Sean picked me up, and he said we’d start on his friend’s property. His friend had called the night before and said he heard toms gobbling out behind his house.

    We parked several hundred yards from where the birds were believed to have roosted, then walked slowly down a dirt road winding through the pines, stopping occasionally to call, but got no responses. Before leaving, we set up on the edge of a fi eld, made a few more calls, got one response, but nothing after that.

    “Back to the original plan,” Bill said.

    We packed up and headed for the area he’d roosted birds several times during the week. As we were driving down the road leading to the property, we saw a tom and two hens well out into a field, and on our way to turn around, we spotted at least six birds on the other side of the road, about 200 yards in along a woodline. Two were definitely toms.

    We quickly parked the truck and began sneaking and peeking, using bushes and trees to cover our advance. Sean and I got within about 50 yards of where we thought the birds were feeding, and each took a spot where we could watch each side of the cover. Sean was watching the left, I the right.

    Bill stayed back about 25 yards in the high brush and set out his decoy. The plan was that the tom would see the decoy and head for it, and Sean or I would intercept him.

    Bill began with several soft yelps on his slate and immediately got several booming responses. This is when that chill runs up and down your spine and your fi nger slowly moves towards the safety as you anchor your cheek on the shotgun’s stock. I don’t care who you are or how long you’ve been hunting turkeys, when you know that tom is interested and coming, you can feel your adrenaline level beginning to rise. I know that mine rose significantly when I heard him spitting and drumming, a sure sign that he was close and coming.

    Out he came on a fast trot and in full display with his big bright red head pushed back against his raised fan feathers that were glistening in the morning sunlight, and all he saw was that lovely hen decoy that was about to cost him his life. It was during this stare that I slid the safety off and placed the orange front sight on the base of his neck and squeezed the trigger.

    At just 30 yards, it didn’t take long for the three-inch No. 4 copper-plated pellets of my Federal Premium Mag Shok leaving my Benelli Vince at 1,300 feet per second to reach Mr. Tom. It was quick, clean, and he never took another step. This was my seventh turkey with this gun in just as many shots. Finally, after decades of successful turkey hunting, I’d taken my fi rst high-peaks gobbler.

    But before I could move, two more gobblers announced their presence, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a lone hen walking and clucking her way past Sean. Both of us froze so as not to alert her or the toms. When the hen was out of sight, one soft yelp by Bill was all that was needed to light up those two gobblers and in they came, side by side, and walked behind my downed tom. I think the dead tom might have made them a bit nervous because they quickened their pace as Sean raised his gun. Unfortunately, he was unable to get off a good shot. All this excitement, and it was only 6:45 a.m.

    We estimated my tom weighed about 18 pounds, and his full, thick beard measured 9 1 /4 inches. What was interesting, and a first for me, was that he did not have any spurs.

    Prior to our setting up for these birds, I hadn’t looked at our surroundings and never noticed just how picturesque a background I had for the hunt and our photo shoot. I was just about 100 yards from where we took the photos, and I could actually see the tops of the Olympic ski jumps. But most impressive were the mountains. Looking at them left to right, I could see Marcy, Skylight, Colden, Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois. If you go to my blog at: http://fi shguydblog.blogspot.com/, you’ll see what I mean. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them and check out the snow on the tops of some of them. It’s truly beautiful country.

    With several hours of legal hunting time left, there was plenty in which to get Sean a tom. Bill decided to circle the area where I’d shot my tom and see if we could come in below where the other two toms had run off into the woods.

    We walked down parallel to the woodline several hundred yards away from the birds and then entered a trail that led us deep into the woods. Once inside them, Bill began a walking 50 to 75 yards, stopping to call and listening. But the toms were not talking, and after an hour, we loaded up to move to another area.

    “They’ll be back,” Bill said, “and we’ll give them a try tomorrow.”

    We made several other stops, but none produced sightings or responses, and we ended the day’s hunt about 11 a.m.

    Back at The Pines Inn, I thanked Bill and Sean for their hospitality and for what was definitely one of my most memorable wild turkey hunts.

    Thank you, Sue, Bill, Sean and the Segger’s for your hospitality.

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    Shipyard Brewing‘s Imperial Porter is one of the two limited edition beers being offered under their Pugsley’s Signature Series. Here’s their own description: Imperial Porter is a full bodied, very dark, malty beer with a good roasted character coming from the Crystal, Chocolate and Black Paten..

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              El Rey habla, el pueblo escucha        

    Y escucha que efectivamente, Nintendo tiene algo entre manos. Y que además, el Rey mira con ojos juguetones Wii Motionplus y tiene pensado hacer cosas con él en un futuro. Miya'Rey'moto ha hablado en la entrega del 13º Festival anual de las Artes Multimedia de Japón al recoger ( otro más ) el premio 'Logro especial' (?), que a todo esto se lo ha dado Akitoshi Kawazu, productor de peso en S-E y responsable de FFCC: Crystal Bearers, ya le podrían haber dado una colleja al recoger el galardón. Miyamoto ha aprovechado su momento de gloria para rememorar el éxito de Donkey Kong en recreativas, cómo se inspiró para hacer Galaxy ( en un hámster que tuvo que cuidar. Quedó prendado de la libertad de la ratilla ) y soltar un par de perlas para ponernos los dientes, y lo que no son los dientes, largos; un nuevo hardware de Nintendo y que está diseñado un juego para Wii Motionplus, que se viene a sumar al desaparecido Span Smasher y The Legend of Zelda Wii por parte de Nintendo+Motionplus.

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              OS 150 ANOS DE UMA PAIXÃO MUNDIAL        
    O livro original contendo as primeiras regras oficiais do futebol

    Há 150 anos, mais exatamente no dia 26/10/1863, era dado - literalmente - o pontapé inicial para uma paixão que viria atrair multidões planeta a fora. Foi num pub em Londres, no Freemasons Arms Tavern, localizado em Great Queen Street, que 11 representantes de clubes amadores da capital inglesa se reuniram para redigir as regras oficiais do futebol e fundar a FA - a Football Association. Depois de um século e meio de vida pouquíssimas mudanças ocorreram nas regras e até hoje elas regem a nossa maior paixão esportiva.

    Estiveram presentes à histórica reunião no bar londrino pessoas ligadas aos seguintes times: Barnes, Civil Service, Crusaders, Crystal Palace, Forest of Leytonstone (que posteriormente seria rebatizado como Wanderers), N.N. Club, Blackheath, Kensington School, Perceval House, Surbiton e Blackheath Proprietary School. O Charterhouse foi convidado para participar, mas seu representante declinou do chamado. A maioria desses clubes não existe mais ou apenas atua no rugby.

    Vale salientar que o futebol já era praticado de forma amadora antes de 1863 em solo britânico, mas ainda sem uma regra oficial. O primeiro esboço de norma surgiu em 1848 nos pátios da Universidade de Cambridge. Outro surgiu em Nottingham em 1850. E ambos foram os alicerces para essa regra final criada pelos ingleses.

    Na primeira foto, a edição original do livro de regras escrito naquela noite de 26 de outubro de 1863 escrito por Ebenezer Cobb Morley, que viria a ser o segundo presidente da FA 8 anos depois de sua criação.

    A primeira partida da história sob as regras oficiais foi entre Barnes e Richmond, que não estava presente na reunião de fundação da FA. O placar foi de zero a zero no estádio de Mortlake em 19 de dezembro do mesmo ano.

    Futebol no século XIX na Inglaterra

    Desde então o futebol ganhou adeptos e admiradores até se tornar esse colosso que é hoje em dia. Além de um esporte apaixonante, virou um ótimo negócio que gera lucros cada vez mais exorbitantes. Mas a aprovação das regras, apenas, não era o bastante. Havia a necessidade de se distribuir cartilhas informativas nos clubes, nas escolas, nas livrarias e bancas de jornal, através de livros de regras. E essas regras foram sendo levemente modificadas, e novos manuais passaram a ocupar o lugar das primitivas instruções.

    Em 1868 instituiu-se a figura do juiz. Em 1878, um ano depois de se adotar o travessão de madeira (do mesmo comprimento das portas dos salões da universidade de Cambridge), surgiu o apito, já que até então era na força do grito que o juiz anunciava suas decisões em campo. Em 1882, Inglaterra, Escócia, Pais de Gales e Irlanda fundaram a International Board, que até hoje regula as leis do jogo no mundo inteiro, já como órgão assessor da FIFA. 

    Houve uma revisão total das regras em 1891, quando apareceram as redes nas balizas, para que não houvesse dúvidas quando da marcação do gol, e foi oficializado o pênalti - a falta dentro da grande área. Em 1896, cresce a autoridade do árbitro, que deixa de ser um simples tira-teima, e passa a se guiar pelo que mandam as regras.

    Nos últimos anos do século fixam-se o numero de jogadores em onze, as dimensões do campo, o tamanho da bola e a duração da partida. Os limites das áreas datam de 1901, as leis do impedimento começaram a partir de 1907, definindo-se de vez em 1924. Uma nova revisão foi feita em todo o texto em 1938. A popularização se fez rápida e regularmente, com o apoio dos jornais, cartazes exibidos nas ruas, folhetos distribuídos em comércios, bares e teatros. Uma vez uniformizado, codificado e organizado, o futebol não tardaria a se transformar no mais popular e universal de todos os esportes. 

    E hoje o futebol é o que é há 150 anos: uma paixão mundial!

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              7 Tips - How to Choose a Great Blogger Blog Topic        
    Have you chosen a blog topic that is right for you? Lots of people start their Blogger Blogspot blogs without giving much thought to their selection of blog topic. Or the angle on the topic they want to explore. If you want your blog to stand out from the crowd make sure you consider your blog topic carefully.

    How to Choose A Good Blog Topic - 7 tips for Begniner and Newbie bloggers and anyone who wants to build a successful blogger blogA good blog topic can make or break a blog. Like some partners some blogs and their owners just don't fit no matter which way you look at it. Make sure before you spend 3 to 6 months of slog to develop your blog that you haven't placed your ladder against the wrong wall.

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    Knowing your subject is one thing but finding a fresh angle is something else. If you want to create a blog in a subject area that is already heavily populated with other blogs you are likely to be more successful if you can find a good angle that has yet to be exploited. Most information isn't new it is just repackaged. How will you pitch your blog? Check out other blogs and identify what aspects might not be so well covered. Make a list of these and ask yourself if any of these areas has enough scope to sustain a blog by itself.

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              anahita ~ tourmaline (three:four records, 2017)        

    "Out of the crystal clear and warm cosmic perennial waters comes forth another sparkling jewel from Anahita (Tara Burke (Fursaxa) and Helena Espvall (Espers). Two elves dancing amidst gnarled branches of ancient trees and fragrant herbs, concocting a magical potion for the mind of floating medieval cello spheres and melancholic ceremonial madrigals under the blinking eye of a pale moon and far off constellations of shooting stars." 
    Bart De Paepe, founder of the belgian tape label Sloow Tapes


    released May 12, 2017, Anahita is Tara Burke and Helena Espvall. 

    Recorded in the summer of 2010 and 2011 at the Hestian Den. 
    Engineered by Derek Moench.  Mastered by Julien Grandjean at Jetlag

              lunaria / tvvin_pinez_m4all        

    lunaria ~ all is dream (sounds of the dawn, 2016)

    Second tape release at Sounds of The Dawn brings to the world a new masterpiece in the new age genre - an it's only a debut album, recorded by Daniel - a member of our blog's team. Listening to this tape is an immersion into the state of heightened sensitivity, when everything becomes brighter and clearer. It may sound as a cliche when it comes to ambient new age music, but I'm too assured in the fact that actually any music can do that if it has sincerity. There are nothing supernatural about the impact which music can do on our minds and we don't need scientific proofs for that - just an open-minded listening, which leaves analysis and criticism beyond the perception. Blissful tones of this music is a soft contradiction to the modern pop-music with its aggressive production. One may call it escapism, but then one should ask himself - where are you escaping when listening to radio hits? What is real? Which reality is true and everlasting, and which is just temporary construct of humanity's greed? Nature is all around us, but we mostly ignore it, building our own realities, first concrete and metal, then virtual... But when I go with this though further, while bathing in the crystal clear melodies and chimes of Lunaria, I realise that answer is already here - literally. On the tape cover. It says "all is dream" and duality of the meaning of the word "dream" makes the answer even clearer. There is no escapism. Global civilization, the Humankind, even Cyberspace - everything is Nature, part of our planet's evolutionary process. And this whole process is just a part of universal dream. Who dreams it? We all do, and by doing that we can make all kinds of things... And we do them, many different things, not always pleasant - saying "what the difference?". But when someone makes music like this, when someone listens to it and it makes one's dream a bit brighter and lucid - I can be only happy. And it makes a difference.

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    tvvin_pinez_m4all ~ 植物波 [ p l a n t w a v e ] (adhesive sounds, 2016)

    Colorful, growing plants are the key to livening up any interior décor. 

    During the course of last year or two vaporwave has become much more structured genre, than it was at the beginning. To tell the truth, it was more like a joke, than a "real music" and some people still think that way. But even superficial acquaintance with everything vapowave-themed on Bandcamp brings so many sub-genres and variations, that no joke can have. Being 100% product of postmodernism, this music recycles long-forgotten tunes, giving them another perspective in the massive retromania, which overfilled music market nowadays. And by doing that, vaporwave shifts the perception towards images and situations that actually never existed. If you old enough to remember early 90s, you can feel the similarity in atmosphere and aesthetics, but there are still too many differences, which makes vaporwave-induced nostalgia no more than a postmodernist trick. And it tells a lot about the way we remember, think and perceive. Take this tape - typical, I'd even say classical vapowave album full of slowed disco tunes, ambient passages and late 80s new age reminiscences - but still none of these things in sum. It reminds me making collages of old magazines - you can put together some random parts from your mom's old knitting magazine, modern National Geographic and some last year's newspaper. Of course, you get some new picture, but what is more important - this picture transcends time, it brings everything in present moment, making it joyful. So what's the difference between music for plants, recorded by 80's new age artists and this tape? Only time - which is just an instrument for the artist, a way to make perspective, to give us a hint on our own head interior. Do you have any living plants there? I bet they'll love this tape, because it sounds damn chill and relaxing.

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              Colierul Statement- Cum transformi o rochie         

     Banchete, nunti, petreceri exclusiviste,  toate cer tinute impecabile ceea ce inseamna o gaura in buget.
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     Crystal Bead

     Christine Turquoise
    Pandantiv Rainbow

    Emerald Pearl

    ‘I’m not sure how he managed to do it.  How did he convince me?  Brian can be such a pain.  Now I’m down here getting shot at over some stupid crystals.’ Just a sample of the thoughts running around inside Dan Locke’s mind as his MISC Prospector “Erebus” worked away on collecting shards from the glacier blue crystal formations. An audible warning accompanied by a pale flashing yellow light on the control panel indicates that one of mining storage pods has been filled.  Leaving the Erebus in automatic mode, Dan climbs out of his seat and dons his old beaten up armour.  He pats his ever-present Arclight pistol on his hip and climbs out of the ship. Dan digs out an un-expanded empty storage pod, and then proceeds to detach and secure the full pod.  A small crane helps him lower the heavy storage container down to the ground.  During this entire exercise, Dan continually checks over his shoulder for any… visitors. Finally, after securing the empty mining pod to the Erebus, Dan begins climbing back into his ship when a flurry of laser bolts slam into the rocks, shrubs, and ground around him. Looking up, Dan gazes upon a trio of Dragonflies flown by… those who would rather he was not on Leir III.  The Outsiders, Sand Nomads, Sand People - call them what you will. Returning fire, the Prospector pilot takes cover in the entrance to his ship.  Crouching there in the doorway, Dan had just enough time to mutter, “Brian… you ass.  This is your fault.” Dan closely watches the three Dragonflies, keeping track of their movements despite the incoming fire.  It’s obvious they are surrounding him. Thankfully one of the nomads comes a little too close and a flurry of shots from Dan’s Arclight tear through him to even the odds slightly. Less thankfully... one of the remaining Dragonflies has positioned itself perfectly and opens up a torrent of fire on the Prospector entry.  Dan tucks himself tightly inside the door and ponders his predicament. Surely the other Dragonfly pilot would be attempting to steal the resources he worked so hard to extract. Mid way through Dan formulating a plan of action, a faint rumbling can be heard… growing louder.  Dan’s face sprouts a satisfied smile. Suddenly the stream of weapons fire engulfing the Erebus doorway ceases and the sounds of the Dragonfly in question turning to flee can be clearly picked out. Suddenly, the distinct sound of a larger ship’s laser cannon rings out.  Peering out the door, Dan watches as Brian’s trusty Hull B - the “Knarr” - mows down the fleeing Dragonfly with its twin laser cannons. The Knarr now spins with surprising agility and lights up the other Dragonfly which had just begun its attempt at strategic retreat. Moments later, the Knarr sets down nearby the Erebus. Dan, huge smile on his face, strides towards the newly arrived cargo ship.  Brian meets him at the bottom of the ramp and wraps his best friend up in a brief but genuine hug. “Dan! How are you making out?” Dan continues to wear his grin as he punches Brian solidly in the shoulder, “I’m alright.  Thanks to you.  Though… I was in this mess because of you.  So thanks for at least holding up your end.” Brian’s smile matches his friend’s, “Yeah I know this place can be a bit of a hot zone but those crystals will bring in some good credits!  Should be great for jewelry or holograms.” “Always about the credits eh?  No matter the risks.” “Well, sometimes you have to take the risk.” “Fair enough.  Now… enough of this rambling.  Let’s load up the Knarr and get both of us out of here before their friends come looking for them!” The pair work diligently to load the full Prospector mining pods from Erebus onto the Hull B framework, breaking briefly a couple times to tell jokes and pass along news. Now ready to depart their separate ways for the moment, the two friends embrace once more. “Dan, don’t be a stranger.  I’ll front you 20,000 credits now and I’ll send you the rest of your cut once I have it all sold.  Thanks for joining me in this.” “Don’t mention it Brian… things got a little hairier than I would have liked, but you came through in the end in that department.  Let me know how the sales go and have a safe trip!” “Will do!  Let me know the next time you need an assist from ol’ Knarr here.” Several minutes later the pair of MISC ships ease off the ground and slowly head away from Leir III and on to new destinations with new opportunities.
              Purple Rain        
    Who remembers back in the late nineties/early noughties, when purple was the colour to deck out your room, adorn yourself and paint your nails in if you happened to be a girl aged nine to thirteen with a penchant for Mizz Magazine, lava lamps and wavy, silver-framed mirrors? It was cooler than liking the Barbie-reminiscent, childhood-connotative pink, yet still feminine enough to be girly without having the tomboyish reference of blue. I think my first style encounter with purple as a 'cool', I'm-not-a-kid-anymore colour, was when, aged nine, I persuaded my mum to buy me a sequin-covered, satiny pair of low strappy heels from Tammy Girl to wear at the school disco. The more my mum shook her head at the Spice Girl-esque shoes with their miniture heels and repeated that they were too old for a girl my age, the more I inevitably wanted them, until finally she gave in, making me possibly the happiest nine year old girl on the planet. I thought I would love those shoes forever.

    After that, purple was officially my favourite colour. I proclaimed a strong dislike for baby pink, adorned my eyelids with cheap purple eyeshadow from Boots and became the height of cool (or so I thought) by wearing those hideous stretchy plastic neck chokers from Claire's Accessories (remember those, girls??) Like any other self respecting pre-teen my age, when I was eventually allowed to have my room decorated in a colour of my choice, I went to town with an entirely lilac and silver colour scheme (FYI- our house resembled a building site for most of my pre-teen years, when we lived in a tent in the back of our garden whilst the entire roof was taken off and put back on again, before moving back in and living with bare plastered walls and glassless windows covered in plastic sheeting for a considerable amount of time, so finally having an actual room with painted walls was kiiiind of a huge deal for me).

    It was about the time I approached the age of fourteen, when I became a teenager overnight, that purple was suddenly no longer en-vouge. No longer content to listen to Dido CDs on my silver stereo whilst I crimped my hair and told ghost-stories to my friends on my purple, star-scattered duvet, I filled my days with reading melodramatic romance novels (The Thorn Birds, anyone?) watching hip-hop stars shake their bootys on MTV and lusting after miniscule items of fabric resembling clothing from stores like Clobber and Jane Norman (I know- the memory still haunts me today!) My desire to fit in and to become 'popular' and fanciable took over, and pink was suddenly acceptable again.  I adorned my planner with stereotypical-heartbroken-misunderstood-teen song lyrics, inked carefully in bubblegum pink gel pen, and drew felt-tipped coloured pictures of Disney Princesses to impress the popular girls (whose year eleven planners were covered in Disney Shop sticky-tape, printed with the pretty faces of Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella). I found a new relatability in the Disney princess films I'd watched as a child, suddenly able to fully appreciate the romance of being whisked into jasmine-scented night air on a magic carpet and into a diamond-studded sky by the handsome Aladdin. When I was sixteen, Barbie pink, Disney Princesses and girly memorabilia suddenly became cool again, whilst my sequin covered purple shoes were probably donated to a charity shop along with the purple dress with black lace overlay that I wore to celebrate the millennium. Having fully embraced my girly side again, I unashamedly sprayed my hair with magenta streaks, built up a collection of candy-coloured tops, skirts and dresses and lusted after boys in pink Hacket polos and pink-striped lacoste shirts. When I was finally allowed to re-decorate my room again, just before my GCSEs, the look was full-blown baby pink and black: think baby pink satin curtains edged with black beading and pink satin headboard embroidered with the outline of a black lace heart. Pink was in again, and I incorporated it into my makeup draw, pencil case, and of course, wardrobe. From the ages of fourteen to the age of around nineteen, I don't think I wore one single purple item.

    Since then, purple has slowly began to filter back into my style radar, and these days, being someone who is no longer limited by the desire to fit in as I was in my adolescence, I find that there is space in my closet for anything which happens to be inspiring me at the current moment, weather or not it's 'in'. My re-introduction to purple has began slowly, with a sparkly vintage indigo slip here and a deep mauve, slightly shimmery Mac lipstick there (it's called Violetta, btw, and it's my new best friend.)

    Just lately I've begun to be more and more inspired by the colour purple, and seduced by it's mystical, magical connotations. To me, as well as being the colour of my child-to-teen transition years, purple is the colour of night, mystery and magic. It's the colour of a star- filled, inky-dark night sky, a velvety smooth, gently rippling ocean and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's the colour of Dumbledore's moon-and-star covered cloak in the first Harry Potter book. What's more- for some reason- purple to me is also the colour that I feel best epitomizes the whole Harry Potter Series- that feeling of snuggling on the leather sofas on a humid day in our old playroom in summer whilst a thunderstorm rages against the rain-washed windows, that feeling of smelling the summer rain mixed with that distinctive, comforting musty smell of the pages of a book whilst reading about Hogwarts and Honeydukes and the Three Broomsticks- that magical, cosy feeling is inescapably and undeniably purple. And since I have been re-reading the entire Harry Potter Series almost every summer since I was eleven as a kind of tradition, I am currently starting again on The Prisoner of Azkaban, which is making me feel in a thoroughly purple mood indeed.

    Purple also reminds me of violets, which I think are some of the most beautiful, vibrant-petaled flowers there are. Right now in our garden, an array of lovely, jewel-toned purple flowers have recently burst into bloom, and when you look outside at dusk, it's like this muted lush green backdrop, scattered with dots of bright, vivid, purple that just seem to glow ultra-violet, like gems in the dimness.          

    These are all the things that are collectively inspiring me right now, and making me fall a little head over heels for the deep, mystical, night-sky shade. Not to mention that my uber-stylish friend Justine recently wore out a sparkly purple vintage top as a dress which I am a tiny bit obsessed with. As any readers of my previous posts will know, I have a major thing for vintage and also for anything sparkly, so if it's sparkly, vintage and purple, then you really can't get any better. Right now I love the idea of throwing on a sparkly, over-sized top/dress, teaming it with mega heels, tonnes of necklaces and long, wavy, free flowing hair. Here are some pictures that capture my current purple haze:

    Our garden at dusk, taken by me just after the rain had fallen:

      There's nothing like getting stuck into Harry's magical world for some mystical fashion inspiration worthy of Professor Trelawny (I get so inspired reading about her many glittering necklaces and strings of beads draped over layered-up, spangled shawls as she gazes into a crystal ball).

    From left: sparkly vintage top from Rokit, sheer lace purple blouse- gift from a vintage modeling shoot, purple dress, from a vintage shop in London

    These pics are all from the modeling shoot I recently did- sadly none of the clothes are mine, but these potfits were two of my favourites!
    Me wearing sparkly purple top, Rokit Vintage, Bomber jacket, Rokit Vintage, levis cut-offs, Rokit Vintage, booys, Topshop

    Hop you all enjoyed the post...:-) xxxxxxxxxxx
              All That Glitters...        
    It is my personal belief, that deep down inside every woman, there lies a secretly burning passion for all things that sparkle. After all, isn't that  why diamonds are a girl's best friend? I believe that deep down within even the most tomboyish of girls, there is a secret lust for things that twinkle, things that shimmer, things that sparkle, shine, glitter and gleam. No? Okay, just me then...

    But seriously, ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with glitter. I recall this one time, when one of my oldest friends (that means you, Leah Rossi!) and I sat in my bathroom, when we were about ten or eleven years old, collecting together all the glitter in my house that we could find. We collected up hair glitter, sparkly body spray, glittery mascara, glitter nail polish, glittery talc, shimmer face powder, you name it (remember all that 90's/early 00's stuff?)

    We sampled each of the products, spraying them and puffing them and squeezing them and what have you over the bath, so that it wouldn't go all over the floor, and analysing the different types of glitter. We decided to categorize the different types, to see which was the best. There was glitter with huge shiny bits in it, glitter in tiny particles that gave more of a subtle, shimmery effect...I can still smell the glitter spray now, heady and gluey and with that note of excitement and anticipation on it- it was the spray I put on whenever I was going to a school disco or a year six birthday party or to one of my parents' big new year's eve bashes. I think we thought we were glitter scientists or something. Leah, if you are reading this, you probably don't even recall this weird random memory, but you know what I'm like for having a freakishly good memory when it comes to this stuff! It reminds me of a time even further back, when Leah and I decided to paint all the china ornaments in my room with my gold glittery nail varnish, and the times we used to make 'gems' out of lumps of wet toilet paper left to dry and coloured in with felt-tipped pens and painted with the same glittery nail polish (now I know you remember that!)

    Well, weather or not anyone else shares this particular magpie tendency of mine (and Leah's!) to want to squeal with delight at the sight of glitter, that's what's got me all girlishly excited about my latest look. I'm calling it 'all that glitters' (another Sex and the City Reference, for any of those equally geekily obsessed fans among you). It all started with the outfit that I put together on one of my previous posts, the one with the pink sequined top and the leopard print heels (which I have now bought, and can't WAIT to wear out!) I loved the way the sequins on the top looked like those pink edible cake sparkles you can buy, and the way they winked and flashed and twinkled like stars in the light with my every tiny movement...

    I also adored the soft pale pink of it, and the combination of the sparkles and the girlish pastel hue. So, when I came across this GORGEOUS little vintage gem on my travels in Greenwich a few days later, I simply couldn't get it out of my head.

                                              (here is is, pictured with the pink Topshop top)

    I was browsing the rails in The Vintage Emporium, to see if there was anything that caught my eye, when I glimpsed it, twinkling softly in the dusty light. It was a pale, mint green, sixties style top, which also happened to be sparkly (insert inward screams of delight). I held it up to myself in the mirror and noticed that it went perfectly with my skin tone and hair colour (don't you just LOVE making those discoveries?) but then quickly told myself that I didn't need yet ANOTHER little sparkly top. I moved on to the next shop, The Beehive, which is a total treasure trove of affordable vintage pieces (not to mention owned by the most lovely, friendly, beautiful lady whom I spent a good long while chatting to about all things fashion) and ended up buying an eighties-tastic jumper, featuring a similar colour of green (which I have been living in all week- thanks Beehive!)

    That weekend, I simply couldn't make myself forget the darling little mint green top. It danced tantalizingly in front of my eyes inside my head, calling to me in a sound like crystals twinkling and clinking together (I know I'm getting totally carried away now, but I really did love the top). So, today I went back to The Vintage Emporium and bought it. Did I mention that it was only £15?? Total bargain, I know!

    It goes perfectly with the other stuff I bought to go with the pink Topshop top, so that's two outfits I have yet to wear out! In addition to this, I also decided I needed a cream fur coat to complete the outfit, and found this beauty on ebay, which I won (yay!) and which was delivered today:

    Don't you just love it!? It's real rabbit fur and sooo luxuriously soft and snuggly. I would just like to point out, that although I would never condone the purchase of new fur, this coat is vintage and therefore second hand. Hence, wearing it is actually a form of recycling, and if no one wore it, it would only be rotting away in some landfill somewhere, polluting the planet. ANYWAY.

    The pretty ice cream shades of the tops and the coat got me thinking about Tavi's fantastic Valley of the Dolls posts that I've recently read. If you want to check it out, go to:
    For anyone who doesn't already know this-Tavi is amazing. Her blog was one of the main things that inspired me to start this. But getting back to my main point, her post was inspired by the 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls, which was turned into a film in 1967. I have yet to actually see the film (it's on my list of fashionable things to watch, along with The Taxi Driver, which apparently is the film to channel for the current on-trend seventies vibe) but I've seen pictures from it, and am loving the pretty, innocent but plastic doll-like look that's going on. The look is all about pastels, candy colours, pretty-girl makeup and a kind of creepy doll-like perfection. Think of the candy-coloured houses in Edward Scissorhands (Tavi also references this in her post- I give her full credit for it- although I've always loved that image anyway!)

    To complete the all-that-glitters-meets-Valley-of-the-Dolls-look that I'm loving right now, I also bought two gorgeous Barry M lipsticks, one in an amazingly bright, shocking, almost fluorescent pink, and one in a beautiful pale chalky coral. I love the totally matte texture of the lipsticks combined with the intense, opaque quality of the colours. I have searched high and low for a reeeaally bright pink lipstick with a totally matte finish, and this is the first one I've found. Thanks Barry M!

    I am planning on wearing this look with fun, unexpected twists like leopard print (cue my new heels!), garishly bright lipstick and flashy, gold vintage jewelery to give it a trashy/fun/glam edge. And of course, extra long, doll-like lashes. Pictures of me wearing the outfits will follow (I want you to see them with the full benefit of my two hours of pampering, hair and makeup that I will do when I actually wear them out!)

    Here are some pictures that I feel capture the girly/glam vibe of the all that glitters look with it's Valley of the Dolls feel...enjoy!
     My magpie collection of sparkly tops! From left: vintage from ebay, vintage from ebay, vintage from Rokit, vintage from a shop in Whitechapel, vintage from The Vintage Emporium Greenwich, and Topshop.

     My pretty ice cream shaded tops go perfectly with my gold vintage bag from Rokit which I have actually worn to death!
    (clockwise from top) bracelet: Topshop, cuff: Topshop, earrings: from a charity shop in Hunstanton, earrings: also from charity shop in Hunstanton, ring: Topshop, necklace: vintage from Greenwich Market (only 99p!)

    My Barry M lipsticks, Topshop glitter, Benefit eyeshadow and Mac eyeshadow. Tutti-fruitti shades like this were seen all over the SS11 catwalks!

                                      I <3 Dolly Mixtures! xxx

      Glitter is a girl's best friend...
                                                     The Valley of the Dolls Look
    Hope you enjoyed the post, and please feel free to leave any comments! Have a sparkly day...

    The Porcelain Princes
              Internet Download Manager 6.18 build 2 Final Retail        
    Internet Download Manager 6.18 build 2
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              On The Other Side        

    I just let out a big exhale as I begin to type the letters to this page.  I feel like I should update this blog. It’s been a long while since I have.

    It’s been a  year since I ran my last ultra, Voyageur 50 Mile Endurance Run.   Man, that one took a toll on me. My body finally got through to my brain. I had to stop ignoring and denying the pain I was going through; although feeling pain was better than feeling the emotion, the seriousness of what I was doing to myself. Why do I always have to hurt myself?? What am I trying to fill up? Run away from? Fill the hole..with booze, with running, with food.

    After healing from cellulitis, the fractures, another neuroma, and tendonitis after Voyaguer, I began to walk and was quite concerned when walking was still painful.   I was so inflamed. The nerve damage kept my feet numb, the walking spread the numbness to my ankles into my shins.  Wasn’t I even going to be able to hike? What had I done? Serious damage? I’d quickly stomp out that thought and go back into denial. I’ll be fine. I’ve been here before. Yes, I sure have, too many times. I can barely walk, I try to run through the pain, I ignore my body, breaking down further, gritting my teeth with every step and this becomes normal. Not really cool, Jul.  You have one body. ONE BODY!

    For the past five years I’ve been in pain while running but running in pain was better than not running at all. That was all that mattered. That I was running. 

    In January, 6 months after Voyageur, still not able to run more than a few steps, I was  praying for healing, praying to run again. I was back in this too familiar space…praying for healing from injury once again so that I could run once more  and then what..do this all over again. The cycle continues. Eventually I ‘heard’ from God as I sat on a bench in the woods. ‘What if you prayed for release from this burden to run?”  “I can release this burden from you” What? No. No. No no no . It’s not a burden. I am a runner, I run. That’s who I am, what I am. Moving on…not giving that thought any more attention. Nope, no thanks. I’m good.  But I wasn’t.

    I couldn’t deny the fact months later, that I was still in pain: my ankles, my knees, my hips…everything ached, was inflamed, swollen, a mess.  I couldn’t bend down to my lower cabinets in the kitchen, I couldn’t walk down my steps without bowing my knees out and holding the rail. Most of the time I had to come down sideways. My family would follow me saying ‘slow moving traffic’.  I  had some pretty crazy frantic, manic thought processes as the thought of not running came to solidify in my brain, my heart, my prayer.

    The more I listened, the more I knew what I needed to do. I began to pray for release from the burden of ‘having’ to run. True release from that need. Not just lip service. I really had to run. I felt running made me whole. I defined myself as a runner.  I prayed.  I struggled. I went to a recovery group. I needed help with this one.  I am not one to ask for help. I can do it all myself.  Not this time. I needed others to help me. Something that was dear to me, that defined me, that was my life, I needed to let it go. I didn’t know if I could. I knew that it was hurting me, I knew that I could no longer control it. I had tried running 5 miles each day, telling myself I wasn’t going to race anymore. I would only run a good 5-7 each day . I had been saying that for years!  I would then run 10 and 20 and then enter a 50K, a 50 miler, a 100 miler and end up in the same fricken place. Injured, trying to get back to the other side. I was always crossing the line . Something that was so good for me had become so dark. My running was looking much like my alcoholism. Damn.  How the hell did this happen?

    Very easily.  I became obsessed, again. Obsessive compulsive, call it what you will. Addictive personality? Whatever. I ran in the morning, I ran at lunch, I ran in the evening. I ran all day, all night, more more more. I was shocked when I would read on FaceBook that others were running 2000 miles a year. Why not 4000? What? 4000 was always my yearly goal. Was it too much?  I was applauded for my tenacity, my perseverance. I trained to take my pain and place it into a little black box, separate from me. I could run while blisters popped upon my feet, run with a broken ankle. I could run with tendonitis, fractures, extreme pain, because I had to finish.  I didn’t think it would result in serious injury.  I was called a bad ass when really I was being a dumb ass. For 15 years I racked up miles upon miles and didn’t suffer injury but after I had my hysterectomy I began to injury myself. First it was herniated discs, then over a dozen stress fractures, breaks, neuroma, surgery, foot numbness, nerve damage, celllulitis. One thing after another.  80,000 miles was too much. I had to pay attention.  I had to stop this insanity. This was no longer healthy.

    I began to heal. After 9 months I could walk without pain. I’d try jogging and stop after a few steps.  I’d remember where I was, that I didn’t want to again cross that line. I’ve been hiking 6 miles each day.  My feet are still numb due to the nerve damage, sometimes it goes into my ankles and into my shins.  Every once in a while I’ll have neuroma flare up and excessive inflammation but it goes away. It is no longer chronic.  That is the goal. No chronic inflammation. 

    I think back to Alicia’s wedding shower two years ago. Amy was teaching a yoga class for us.  I was unable  to bend to the ground, I couldn’t sit on the ground, I couldn’t bend my knees.  I couldn’t stretch my calves, my hips were like glass, feeling fragile, ready to break. I was so full of inflammation that my body could no longer  perform simple tasks. I  still ran though.  Oh yeah, I ran.

    Here I am, a year out since the last ultra and I’m feeling really really good. I'm happy. I am at peace. I'm thankful, full of gratitude. I’ve dropped 25 pounds. I joined a hot yoga studio in Elk River. I just had this weird calling to check out yoga again, it had been a while and I wanted to do something in addition to hiking each day. I  found a coupon through Groupon and bought 10 classes. I was scared to death. What do I know about hot yoga? I absolutely loved it. I love the heat, the meditation, sitting quietly, feeling the emotions, harnessing them, then letting them go with unattachment.  I am learning so much. Feeling and letting go. Not feeling and denying or feeling and filling up with something else. Just feeling and being. It’s incredible.  Hot yoga has been healing for me. Spiritually, mentally and physically. I can now bend my knees to 90 degrees and more. I can walk down my stairs without pain and without bowing of the legs or sideways, gripping the rail. I can get into my lower kitchen cabinets.  I am going to a hot yoga fusion (yoga flow/pilates) each MWF at 530 AM which is divine. It’s challenging, strengthening and delicious. I attend an active flow on Saturday and a 90 minute combo/restorative on Sunday.   

    Last Sunday Alicia and I went an all day yoga event in Minneapolis. It was all about detoxing, vegan juices and lifestyle, various forms of yoga, rituals, crystals..we had such a good time. It was great to get together again. We weren’t running. We were doing something else. Growing.  It felt strange  to be practicing yoga, caring for myself while on the same day that one year ago I was running Voyageur, hurting myself so badly. What a strange twist of events. 

    I miss running. I miss it very much but I no longer mourn it, I no longer wish that I were still running. I no longer pine away for it. It was a wonderful time, it was what I needed at that time in my life. It served it’s purpose  and now I will move on. I can move forward. I can grow. 

    I find myself wanting to warn those whom I see following the same path as I. They are  running through serious injury, taking weeks off to recover, only to do it again..because they are runners. It hurts more to stop than to continue.  It is what and who they are. I know that scenario. I know that pain. I know the anguish. I want to let them know, but I don’t. I ask them to be careful.  Just be careful.

    There are so many ultrarunners  I know who are  no longer running due to extreme injury. I don’t know if they didn’t tell me before or if I didn’t care to listen to  their story. Now I listen. Now I nod my head. I know. I know. I should have listened before. 

    Now, I am on the other side of that line that I kept crossing. Gratefully, I am no longer crossing that line.


    I implemented reparenting and renaming since last time.
    Reparenting was rather annoying as I had to write my own function to recursively copy the node and its children to the new location. But it seems to work smoothly and it's the first "cool" feature of the editor.

    I spent the beginning of this week working on the action system (aka undo system).
    Here's how it works.

    Actions derive from iAction but have their own Initialize function taking their needed parameters.

    How to create an action and use it:

    • Create a new instance of your action (new SomeAction(), or through scfCreateInstance, more on that later)
    • Query for the action's interface (iSomeAction),
    • Call someAction->Initialize (params),
    • Call actionmgr->Do (someAction);

    Plugins can implement their own actions. To allow something to instantiate an action implemented in another module, the class should be added to the plugin's metadata. Then it should call scfCreateInstance<Interface> ("crystalspace.editor.action.someaction").

    As it stands, the action system should be fully functional, including the undo/redo menu items. Reparenting is not undoable yet though.

    One current problem is that when you rename something and then undo it, the tree view doesn't update to reflect the old name. I think the best method to get it to update is to have the tree view listen for each iEditorObject's name change. That is to say, I should add a general iEditorObjectChangeListener, that will signal when an object has changed so that interested views can update themselves. This applies to things like properties too, which will come later.

    Future thoughts:

    I'm going to implement a drawer which will draw a bounding box around the current selection in the 3D view as well as little billboard icons for lights (and later, camera positions). Ideally this will have a settings page where you can toggle whether to draw this stuff, or tweak the bbox colors. Settings is another thing I haven't gotten to, although it is not essential yet.

    I'm still thinking about the best way to implement tools in general, and in particular the transform tools, as these are core tools that will be used all the time.

    Other random Q&A's with myself
    Should object select tool be undoable? No, would get quite annoying.
    Should selecting something in scene browser select it in the 3d view (e.g. actually select it)? This seems like a good idea.

    A little reflection:
    GUI work has been interesting. I'm glad I got the chance to do it. In the GUI world, the little things count. Like the status bar/progress bar, or the edit menu telling you what action you're going to undo or redo, or dragging the nodes around in the scene browser to reparent them, or being able to customize your panel layout due to the flexible wxAUI. I've been trying to implement things in a way that is as intuitive as possible. I hope I can continue to find ideas to make things nicer.


    Hierarchy of flarge

    At last, we have a proper hierarchy shown in the scene browser. What you see above is the scene node hierarchy of flarge.

    I'm ignoring the whole multiple names/hierarchies thing that I mentioned in my last post. That stuff can come later.

    TODO for Scene Browser:
    Show icons for nodes, e.g. light bulb for lights, cube for mesh.
    Implement reparenting
    Implement renaming (currently allows you to do it, but doesn't actually change the CS object)
    Implement context menu which has Select, Remove command and shows available one-off tools.

    TODO for other stuff:
    Implement VFS open dialog
    Implement saving

              EditorObject rethinking        

    No screenshots today, sorry.

    There are a few problems with the current iEditorObject abstraction which I've come across so far. I'll deal with them each and try to come up with a solution.

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              Scene Browser Beginnings        

    Sectors in flarge

    The scene browser shows all of the sectors in flarge.

    Here's how it works:
    A plugin implementing wrappers around all of the (useful) CS interfaces is loaded. It registers interface wrapper factories with an iInterfaceWrapperManager. This manager keeps a hash of scfInterfaceID's mapped to iInterfaceWrapperFactory's.
    Another plugin listens for when the map is loaded (which the editor tells it), then creates an EditorObject for all of the sectors in the engine and adds it to the editor's object list.

    EditorObject, using SCF metadata, goes through each interface implemented by the object it's wrapping and requests the iInterfaceWrapperFactory for the given interface. If there's no wrapper for that interface, it ignores it. It then instantiates that wrapper and pushes it onto an array. While it's going through, it finds an interface wrapper that has a name attribute, and stores that for future reference, when something wants to call Get/SetName. It does the same thing for a parent attribute. It also figures out the type (instance, factory, or unknown) and stores that.

    After adding an object to the object list, the scene browser panel will get an Object Added event, and it will put the given object into the tree, using EditorObject to get the name and parent (for the hierarchy).

    I haven't implemented putting the objects into the correct hierarchy in the Scene Browser panel yet, nor have I implemented object name editing or re-parenting via dragging. Also, scene browser should have a way of showing an icon and grouping (or sorting) the different objects.

    Right now, I've only implemented an interface wrapper around iObject, since that provides the name for every engine object. But eventually, I'll need wrappers for every useful object, since I will need to know their properties for the property editor.

    This was partly just a proof-of-concept right now. There are a few functions that could have a better place at the moment.


    Add the rest of objects from engine on map load (other than sectors)
    Clean up some of the nasty parts
    Respect object hierarchy in scene browser
    Implement name editing in scene browser
    Implement re-parenting

              Statusbar ramblings        

    Shining lights

    Well that took somewhat longer than expected, but I ticked off everything from my previous list except for starting on the SceneBrowserPanel. The File->Open only opens flarge right now, since I've yet to make an open dialog.

    I also implemented a custom statusbar which has a progress bar. iEngine::Prepare takes a iProgressMeter* as a parameter, so I gave it an implementation which updates the statusbar with the description and the progress on the Prepare. Prepare reports on lighting. Unfortunately, engine lighting will soon be removed, but I still believe that the iProgressMeter implementation will be useful. After all, it is generic enough to be used in other parts of CS, for example the loader/saver, or even internally in the editor, such as for terrain generation (if someone implements a plugin to do this). I have yet to expose the statusbar in the iEditor interface, but I think this would be a good idea in some form, so that plugins can keep the user abreast of what is going on. Whether they need to show the progress gauge or not, they can still benefit from showing descriptive status text.

    Other than that, I'm getting a segmentation fault at program exit, so I'll have to investigate this a bit.

    Next week:


              Progress Update        

    Editor screenshot

    Today I got the plugin loading and CS initialization code working. So I implemented the CS 3D view panel in a new plugin which is loaded by searching for any plugins under the 'crystalspace.editor.plugin.' hierarchy.

    I didn't have time to make the map loading menu item yet, so I just had it load flarge to test the view functionality.


    Move main frame stuff to separate class
    Add File->Open menu item
    Add world load/save listener
    Make CS view resize in response to frame resize
    Start work on scene browser panel

              Starting to code        

    So I actually got started implementing the editor the past few days. The current state is as follows.

    wxAUI glory

    But you wouldn't know from the screenshot that the panel manager and the panels themselves are potentially pluggable. I say potentially, because I haven't written the CS initialization code yet, including plugin loading of iPanels. Although, I don't expect to ever make the panel manager into a plugin.

    In fact, most things in the editor will be pluggable, meaning you could implement them in a plugin. But to avoid making a plugin implementation for each single SCF interface in the editor, I'm going to include all of the core managers in the editor executable itself. But the core panels, tools, actions, and CS objects will be implemented in a single plugin to serve as an example and also to use consistent code for instantiating these components.

    thebolt made a nice addition to SCF recently to provide access to interface metadata. This should make getting all of the interfaces that an object has so much faster since it means I don't have to iterate over all possible interfaces. Instead, I can keep a hash table of interface names mapped to iInterfaceWrapperFactory's. So to instantiate the correct iInterfaceWrapper objects for a particular iBase* object, I can simply perform lookups in the table. Thanks Marten.

    Panels now also specify a default dock position so that they are laid out in an appropriate way. You can always move the panes around though (except for center pane). It will be nice if I have a menu for saving perspectives, that is, view configurations. But I won't worry about that yet.

    Tomorrow's plan:

    Implement plugin loading code
    Implement CS initialization code
    Implement the main CS 3d panel
    Move wx event pump to CS 3d panel
    Implement a map loading menu item
    Start work on the scene manager and editor object stuff

              Editor Object Abstraction        

    Since my last post, I realized how important SCF is in Crystal Space and how it could help me implement the property editor, tools, scene browser, and asset browser in a way that remains extensible.

    In my last post, I talked about how I will implement the property editor. I'll now talk about how to do the rest of the major parts.

    When something in the editor needs to know about what interfaces an object implements, it must query each possible SCF interface until it finds a match. When you have all of the CS interfaces, all of the CEL interfaces, and user-defined interfaces represented, there is a lot of querying going on.

    Editor object diagram

    Over the weekend, I spent some time to come up with a class EditorObject which abstracts each iBase* object in the editor. This class will keep a list of the interfaces which an object implements. Since I need to do a lot of SCF interface querying, and querying isn't particularly efficient, this cache should boost performance. More importantly, it provides an abstraction of an editor object--no matter what kind of interfaces the object implements, there should be a consistent way of getting/setting the name, parent, and getting the type (factory, instance, or other) and properties.

    For each SCF interface, there will be an implementation of iInterfaceWrapperFactory. This will create instances of iInterfaceWrapper, only if the passed iBase* implements the particular interface which the iInterfaceWrapperFactory wraps (it determines this using QueryInterface). Each iInterfaceWrapper implementation will keep a pointer to the queried interface to carry out requests for the Name, Parent, Properties, etc.

    Upon construction with an iBase* object, the EditorObject calls each registered iInterfaceWrapperFactory on the object, and stores the resulting iInterfaceWrappers in a list. It stores iInterfaceWrappers whose iInterfaceWrapperFactory::HasNameAttribute() and HasParentAttribute(), respectively, return true, separately, but in addition to the aforementioned list. It does this so it can provide constant time access to name and parent attributes. I can't think of a case at the moment in which one object has at least two interfaces which provide a Name attribute, but if this becomes a problem, certain interfaces could be given a higher priority than others. Even in this case, the other Name attribute can still be edited in the property editor.

    How does the Scene Browser and Asset Browser know which objects to display? EditorObject asks each iInterfaceWrapperFactory for the type of the object implementing the interface. By type, I mean instance or factory. For those interfaces which do not help identify whether an object is an instance or a factory, they return unknown type. The EditorObject then stores the resulting type. Ideally, all interfaces return unknown, but one which returns either instance or factory. If there is a conflict where at least one interface says it is an instance type and at least one says it is a factory type, then the logical solution would be to set the resulting EditorObject type to unknown. In this case, both the Scene Browser and the Asset Browser could show it. This isn't as uncommon as it might sound, although I can't think of an example.

    The Property Editor will also need to know about the properties from each interface. Here EditorObject will ask each interface for a list of properties. I still need to come up with a property representation which these GetProperties functions use. I don't think it would be a good idea to have the interface wrappers tied to wxPropertyGrid.

    Instead of showing the interface name as the category in the property editor, there will be a name based on logical groupings of properties, like "Surface", for properties related to a surface. The idea is that there is a better grouping of properties for editing than the groupings dictated by the interfaces, which were designed to be good groupings for runtime. To implement this, each property will specifie under which category that property should be displayed. Ideally, these category names would be standardized. For the advanced user, the underlying interface name can be shown in the property description, and optionally, the properties could be grouped by interface.

    Finally, Tools are interested in what interfaces an object has so that they can determine whether they are available. They can use EditorObject::HasInterface to query for interfaces using cached results.

    On a more practical note...
    My mentor kindly created a branch for me in https://crystalspace3d.org/svnroot/crystal/CSExtra/branches/soc/editor/
    I've gotten both wxAUI and wxPropertyGrid samples to compile from within the CSExtra source tree, by including wxPropertyGrid sources in the tree and assuming wxAUI is built into wxWidgets. I should require wxWidgets 2.8+ since only that has wxAUI, but I haven't messed with the standard configure check yet. A more elegant way would be to make an additional check for wxAUI. In the case that it isn't present, I could have the PanelManager use some sort of static layout with splitters, but this isn't a priority.

    In my next post, I'll talk a bit about registering objects with the editor and selections.

    I hope to really iron out the design during this week so I can get a good start on the code. I'll try to come up with a schedule tomorrow. Signing out.

              Class Diagram and some Q&A with myself        

    Now that exams are over, I can start the real work on the CS editor.

    I decided to start off by trying to make a class diagram of the editor. This allows me visualize the system and locate problem areas in the design.

    Class Diagram

    There are a few issues that I've identified right now:

    1. What type do I use for the selections?

      Since I'm allowing heterogeneous selections, I need an array which can hold basically any CS engine object, including factories. I'm thinking a csWeakRefArray of iBase will work. It should use weak references since, we don't want to keep objects around if they deleted. Perhaps I need to call csWeakRefArray::Compact() before any function dealing with the selection, so I don't need to deal with invalid objects.

    2. How do I get the property editor for the selected objects?

      Each SCF interface will have its own property category, and each of these categories will be registered with the main property editor. To display the appropriate property editor for the selection, for each object, I should query each possible SCF interface until I find a match. The downside of this is that it has to test each and every interface for each object.

      Something like:

      class MeshWrapperPropertyCategory {
        // Pretty name for the category
        const char* GetCategory() {
          return "Mesh Wrapper";
        bool AddToEditor(iBase* obj, PropertyEditor* propEditor) {
          iMeshWrapper* mesh = scfQueryInterface<iMeshWrapper>(obj);
          if (!mesh) return false;
          // ...
          // Add properties to propEditor.
          // These will also setup property change handlers which will call the interface's functions.
          // ...
          return true;
        // Property change handlers go here.

      This should allow you to edit objects of different types as long as they share some common SCF interface. The property editor will only show the interfaces in common. This will also reduce the amount of querying being done, since if the first object doesn't have interface X, we don't have to check if the next object has it.

    3. How do I register the tools with the toolbox?

      When a tool will registers itself with the tool manager, the tool manager should publish a ToolAdded event to its listeners. Among the listeners will be the ToolboxPanel. This should solve that.

    4. How to draw special stuff like the selection, manipulators for the move, rotate, and scale tools, or billboard icons for lights so you can select them visually?

      These should be handled in different classes.

      The CS view should draw the selection bounding box and the billboards for lights.
      The move, rotate, and scale tools should draw the manipulators.

    5. Where to use SCF interfaces in the code?

      I think one of the annoyances of CStudio was that everything was an interface and you had to put up with a lot of SCF boilerplate and interface querying to do anything. That said, I think that parts of the editor which are meant to be implemented by plugins should use SCF so that I can leave the dirty work of plugin loading to SCF. So, you'll probably end up seeing iTool, iPanel, and iAction. I'll have to read up more on SCF and talk to my mentor to make sure this is what I want.

    Still, the diagram is missing some detail, e.g. tool and property category registration, various events/listeners, settings manager, and many tools/actions are not shown.

    I will try to come up with a more complete diagram tomorrow and then I'll try to sort out any further difficulties. Hopefully I can get my hands on some code soon. In the meantime, to entertain my thirst for action rather than abstract thinking, I will try to set up the build system to work with wxAUI and wxPropertyGrid.

              Introduction and First Thoughts        


    Hi! I was accepted to build a Crystal Space World Editor for Google Summer of Code this summer.

    A little about me: I'm an 18-year-old computer engineering major at University of Maryland. My main interests beside computers are classical guitar and biking.

    In this blog I'll post my ideas and progress on this project. Comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Here is the abstract as given in the proposal:

    Crystal Space, being a 3d engine, deserves a good art pipeline so that applications using it can focus on creating assets, not editing world files by hand. Having worked on several game projects using CS over the past 2 years, I have experienced directly the difficulty of getting art into the engine. I would like to help take a huge step in improving it by creating a usable world editor.

    The editor should have a completed framework by the end of the work period, including a working plugin system, undo/redo system, selection system, tool system, save/load functionality, scene browser, factory browser, and property editor. Also, basic selection and transform tools will be implemented. Any remaining time will be used to polish the user interface or implement tools for other CS features, such as terrain.

    The project is currently in the design stage, but the ideas are becoming more focused.
    Here is some of the progress so far.

    Name of the editor

    We had nearly an hour-long name-throwing session on IRC about this, but I don't think any of them stuck. The consensus seems to be that the name shouldn't be too serious. Some highlights: Ochre, Composotron IV, Crystal Latte, Crystachino, Deity for Dummies, Quartz, Chainspoon, Turbospoon, CrystalGarden, Plow, Colloid Space. I would choose Anvil, but it is already the name of my old editor. Maybe Anvil Reloaded? ;) Any more ideas?

    User interface

    The editor will use wxWidgets as a GUI library.
    I'll use wxAUI and wxPropertyGrid widgets. wxAUI is a really nice docking toolkit that should give a very flexible, modern-looking interface. wxPropertyGrid will be great for the property editor.

    wxAUI has been included in wxWidgets 2.8.0+, but wxPropertyGrid is a contrib widget. To handle the dependency, the editor will probably require wxWidgets 2.8.0+ and wxPropertyGrid will be included in the source tree.

    I'll use wxFormBuilder to design the more complex dialogs for the editor (options, material editor, etc) and save them as XRCs. The main window will be done in code, using wxAUI.


    Tools allow the interface to remain consistent when switching between different editing functions. Tools will handle events like mouse move, mouse click, keyboard press, and draw to allow for extra information to be drawn on top of the scene. Examples of tools are select, move, rotate, scale. Plugins can also add tools. Tools will be available through a toolbar. In addition, tools can provide a panel for tool-specific settings.

    There are several types of tools.

    Mesh-specific tools: These tools will be shown based on the type of the selected object.
    e.g. for particle system editor, an emitter editor. For a terrain editor, a tool to modify heights with a brush.

    Creation tools: Tools which create things, e.g. a tool which creates mesh primitives, or a tool which creates an initial flat terrain.

    One-shot tools: Tools which perform one "non-interactive" action, like "compress vertices" or "generate normals".

    Scene Browser

    The scene browser is basically a tree that will show all of the instances in the world file (e.g. all the stuff that goes in between <sector> tags).

    There could possibly be multiple "view modes" for this: Group by sector, group by object type, sort alphabetically.

    Plugins should be able to add 3rd party types to the scene browser (e.g. CEL entities).

    Project Manager

    This should show some of the files that the world file depends on. It will allow you to link or unlink libraries to the world file.

    Assets Browser

    Formerly named "factory browser", the assets browser will allow you to browse through mesh factories, materials, etc. It should allow you to remove them, or edit their properties when selected (in property editor). Adding mesh factories can be accomplished through importing or linking to a library. Or you can use a tool which creates primitives.

    Mesh Browser

    This will show all of the available mesh factories, rendered to textures. The selected one will show a rotating preview.

    Material Browser

    This will show all of the available materials rendered on tiny spheres. You should also be able to create an empty material from here.


    With all of these browsers, there seems to be a commonality between them: they generally provide a view of a certain category of objects, and when selected, they should publish an event to listeners, including the property editor which will allow you to edit the selected object. It seems like they could share a lot of code.

    Property Editor

    There will be a property editor shown for the selected object.

    I will need to implement some custom property types, including one for matrices.

    Another thing I would like is a "link" to another object. It would basically allow you to choose one of the available objects of that type. And it will allow you to follow the link and show the linked-to object in the property editor. For example, the mesh instance property editor will have a link property "Material", which will allow you to choose which material is used for the mesh.

    Saver Improvements

    Since the saver doesn't fully support saving all CS objects, and since it is desirable to preserve comments in the world files, I'll be supplementing the loader to attach the original DOM nodes to engine objects when they are loaded (and only when the saveable flag is on). The editor will then keep track of which objects are modified, and only save those. This means that all unsupported nodes will be preserved. A main failure of the current way of using the saver is that it obliterates any unsupported nodes. Judging by the rate at which the loader advances versus the rate at which the saver plugins advance, this will be necessary for some time.

    The sooner this is implemented, the sooner the editor will be useful for making small tweaks to existing world files. So I do regard it as quite important, although it is not trivial.


    Whew! There are a lot of ideas there. I hope I get some good feedback on this.

    I still have approximately 2 more weeks of school, so I'll be trying to think of this and post when I'm not taking exams. Then, summer! :)

              September New Acquisitions!        
    As we head into Autumn, I found a moment to accession the PLL's newest batch of books. All but one are from the Robert Smithson Collection. The following, Spectrum Analysis by Henry Roscoe, is from the Maria Mitchell Collection. This beautiful volume has multiple color images of spectra, such as the "Spectra of the Metals of the Alkalies & Alkaline Earths:"

    A grouping of blue covers
    The Antarctic Challenged by Admiral Lord Mountevans
    Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm by Gyorgy Kepes
    The Mystery of Matter, edited by Louise Young

    Kepes founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT; his research can be seen in these book spreads:

    A group of grey covers

    Notebooks 1914-1917 by Ludwig Wittgenstein
    The Cardinal Points of Borges, edited by L. Dunham and Ivar Ivask
    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

    The last groupings contain

    Revolution for the Hell of It by Free (Abbie Hoffman)
    Shells & Shelling by Ralph Barrett
    Trees of North America by C. Frank Brockman
    The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things by George Kubler
    Art and Culture by Clement Greenberg
    Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals by Gauguin

    Shells & Shelling is a comprehensive guide that is beautifully designed:

    For any questions about the Library, the Collections, membership, or to check out a book, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.

              1,000 Studio Visits, One Ambitious Crystal Bridges Show        
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              April 2015 Daring Bakers' Challenge - Focaccia         
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    I love making focaccia – I make it twice (sometimes thrice) a week. So this challenge was a breeze since I had two doughs ready in the refrigerator when the challenge was announced.

    See the challenge PDF here

    A big thank you to Rachael of pizzarossa and Sawsan of Chef in Disguise for hosting this month's challenge.

    A most enjoyable challenge and I stunned at the sheer variety of focaccias made by the other Daring Bakers', the spelt flour focaccia was of note.

    My focaccia recipe uses mashed potato which produces a wondrously soft chewy tender (almost cake-like) moist open crumb with a crisp thin crust and increases the shelf life of the bread. Basically you replace ½ cup of water with ½ cup of mashed potato which produces a softer than normal dough that is slightly tacky which encourages the formation of large holes in the crumb of the bread. Also I like to cold-ferment my dough. That is use ice-cold mashed potato and ice-cold water and rise the dough in the refrigerator (overnight or up to five days) which really produces a very flavoursome bread. Using mashed potato captures a lot of moisture so allows for a higher temperature and longer bake time so the crust can develop a deep brown colour and flavour.  I like to really brown (in a very hot 260°C/500°F/gas mark 11 oven) my focaccia since ¾ of the taste of bread comes from the crust. I usually stuff my focaccia with olives, salami sticks and semi-dried tomatoes (or roasted capsicums) and then cut and slice them so I can use them as pizza bases. 

    Cold-Ferment Potato Focaccia
    Using mashed potato and the cold-ferment method produces a thin crisp crust with a crumb (interior) that is soft, tender, moist and airy with large open holes. The slow cold fermentation process gives maximum flavour to the bread and it's still great to eat the next day. The high hydration dough allows a thin crisp deeply coloured and flavoured crust to develop without the bread drying out.

    1. The dough is about 90% hydration it is soft, pliable and elastic and slowly flows into the shape of the pizza pan which ensures that the focaccia is level when baked. The dough when cold-fermented has the consistency of "warm melted mozzarella cheese". Every day in the fridge the dough will improve its internal structure (up to five days) to produce a silky smooth well-hydrated gluten network.  
    2. Resist the temptation to add more flour, the dough should be soft, tacky and loose these characteristics create a crisp crust with an open crumb. The high water content (hydration) of the dough produces a lot of steam when baking so creating a thin crisp crust and large holes within the crumb (interior) of the baked bread.
    3. Using milk increases the colour of the crust when baked.
    4. Cold-fermentation creates the maximum amount of flavour compounds in the dough. 
    5. If using rosemary coat it lightly in oil so it will not burn in the very hot oven.
    6. Gentle handling of the dough is essential when spreading out the dough in the final rise.
    7. If you find your bread is doming too much you can gentle pat (using a clean tea towel) it level ½ way through the baking time.   
    8. Preheat your oven to maximum for an hour, so the initial blast of heat will really give a huge "oven spring" to the focaccia dough. The baked focaccia should have a thin crisp crust with an airy crumb with large holes.
    9. Using mashed potato gives the focaccia an extra soft tender crumb and extends its shelf life since the potato "locks" in the water so delays the bread going stale.
    10. You can use instant mash potato powder, just make up the required amount then add that to the flour mixture do not add the powder to the flour it will lump-up and these lumps will never go away so you will have to start again.
    11. Use the water that the potatoes were cooked in for the water in this recipe to add extra tenderness to the crumb. I usually freeze the water I cook the potatoes in and use that for all my bread doughs it adds a nice touch of tenderness to the crumb. Also yeast just loves potato water it seems to give the yeast beasties extra lifting power. 
    12. Use the best quality extra virgin olive oil you can afford, it will really add a gourmet taste to your final focaccia.
    13. It is important to add a good amount of olive oil to the baking pan before adding the dough for the final rise. The oil soaks into the dough and during the bake it creates a super tasty "fried" base for the focaccia.
    14. Focaccia is a wonderful treat to bring to BBQs, pot-lucks, parties etc. Since you can make the focaccia look authentically rustic or exquisitely elegant by the decorative placement of the toppings into and on the bread.   

    For the dough
    3 cups (750 ml) (450 gm) "OO" bread flour or all-purpose (plain) flour, firmly-packed
    ¾ cups (300 ml) ice-cold water (or milk), might need a few tablespoons extra
    ½ cup (120 ml) ice-cold mashed potato, make sure the mash is very smooth
    ¼ cup (60 ml) best quality extra virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons rock crystal (Kosher) salt
    1 teaspoon dried yeast (½ satchel of yeast) for overnight cold-ferment OR ½ teaspoon dried yeast (¼ satchel of yeast) for three day cold-ferment OR ¼ teaspoon dried yeast (1/8 satchel of yeast) for five day cold-ferment
    ¼ cup (60 ml) best quality extra virgin olive oil, for the baking pan
    Toppings for the stuffed focaccia
    500 gm jar (2 cups) pitted olives, stuffed with pimento or anchovies or chilli/garlic or a combination, or marinated artichokes or marinated feta cheese or similar antipasto
    200 grams (7 oz) salami sticks or spicy cooked-sausage, chopped to the same size as the olives
    Optional 2 large red capsicums (red bell peppers) blackened under the grill (broiler), skins removed, chopped to the same size as the olives
    3 tablespoons (45 ml) best quality extra virgin olive oil, for the dimples
    Toppings for the rosemary and sea salt focaccia
    3 stems of rosemary, washed, dried, whole sprigs removed and lightly-oiled
    2 teaspoons sea salt crystals, try to have some large and small crystals
    3 tablespoons best (45 ml) quality extra virgin olive oil, for the dimples

    Making the cold-ferment focaccia
    1. Whisk the flour & dried yeast in a medium bowl. Add the salt whisk until mixed.
    2. Add the ¾ cups ice-cold water (or milk), ½ cup ice-cold mashed potato and the ¼ cup of olive oil.
    3. Mix with a plastic scrapper or wooden spoon until just combined about a minute, it will look like a shaggy blob of just-mixed flour and water with lumps, just make sure all of the flour is moistened with the liquid. Don't worry the cold ferment process will "knead" the dough for you.
    4. Cover the dough and bowl with a thin layer of oil or oil-spray. The dough should be like a shaggy mess. It will be sticky and tacky but over the cold-ferment it will become a smooth elastic soft dough. 
    5. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap.
    6. Place the bowl in the refrigerator's coldest spot overnight or up to five days max.
    7. The dough will hydrate and knead itself to a soft elastic slow-flowing dough (like "warm melted mozzarella cheese") during its time in the refrigerator. The dough's structure will get better each day (up to five day max) during this process. Add a couple of tablespoons of cold water if the dough isn't soft enough.
    8. Everyday; turn, stir and fold the dough over itself using a scrapper or wooden spoon about 30-60 secs. Re-spray the dough with oil-spray and re-cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place back into the refrigerator.
    9. If making the overnight version; turn, stir and fold the dough over itself, after a few hours of refrigeration to ensure max gluten formation. This step is not necessary if making a multi-day cold-ferment dough.  

    Baking the focaccia
    1. Preheat oven to maximum or to very hot 260°C/500°F/gas mark 11 for one hour. Modern ovens can behave erratically at very high temperatures so go as hot as your oven can handle to establish an even stable temperature most likely 240°C/465°F/gas mark 9.
    2. You can use one large deep pan or two medium pans. On the day you wish to make your focaccia take out the bowl from the refrigerator. Cover your baking pan(s) with the ¼ cup of olive oil (the oil layer should be at least 3 mm (1/10 inch), a little more is even better) & gently “pour” (without deflating too much) the dough into your pan(s). Gently level the dough in the pan(s) using your finger tips in slow careful movements. If the dough resists let it rest a few minutes and continue levelling until completed. 
    3. Firmly poke the stuffed olives, salami (or cooked-sausage) into the dough in a decorative pattern. As an option you can poke the capsicum (red bell pepper) pieces into the pattern as well. (If making the rosemary/sea salt version firmly poke the lightly-oiled rosemary sprigs into the dough in a decorative pattern try to make the sprigs look like open-flowers). Cover with oil-sprayed plastic wrap.   
    4. Let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled (about one to two hours could be longer) in volume. The risen dough should almost cover the olives and salami pieces (or rosemary sprigs) just leaving a dimple of olive or salami (or rosemary) showing. You can poke down the olives and salami pieces (and the optional capsicum pieces) (or rosemary sprigs) if they are poking out of the dough too much. If you wish you can dimple the dough between the olives and salami (or rosemary sprigs).
    5. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the focaccia. (Then sprinkle the sea salt crystals over the focaccia if making the rosemary version) 
    6. Bake in a preheated very hot oven for 35-40 mins for the large focaccia and about 20-25 mins for the two medium focaccia, rotate the pans half way, and cover with foil if over-browning (or reduce oven temperature 20°C/40°F half-way through bake). If baking this recipe for the first time watch carefully since very hot ovens can behave erratically check how the focaccias are baking half-way through and adjust temperature or cover with foil. The crust should be well-browned almost blackened in a couple of small places and the sides of focaccia will have shrunk away from the pan. The base should sound hollow when tapped. Using a high hydration dough allows for a crisp deeply coloured crust to develop with a fully developed taste and a moist chewy open crumb interior.

    Stuffed Focaccia with olive and spicy salami sticks
    I usually make pizza with my stuffed focaccia. I slice the focaccia into two pizza bases then top with fried tomato paste, well-fried onions, blue cheese, some sun-dried tomatoes and extra spicy sausage and bake in a moderate oven for 15 minutes. The cooked pizza stays crisp the next day if wrapped in foil and plastic wrap and stored in the fridge.
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    Rosemary and sea salt focaccia I love the look of this rustic looking bread. I always try to use whole sprigs of rosemary and poke them into the dough to look like open-flowers which really adds to the to the appearance of the final bread. Remember to oil the rosemary so it doesn't burn in the very hot oven. I will be bringing this to the Royal Easter Show tomorrow we are having a picnic there.
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              Nov 2012 Daring Cooks' Challenge Brining & Roasting        

    Hello this Audax from Audax Artifex and I'm honoured to be your host this month. I have decided to concentrate on a couple of important cooking techniques that every good cook should have up his or her sleeve. The first technique is brining – which uses a brine (at its simplest, a combination of salt and water usually with some sugar) to infuse flavour and moisture into poultry, red- & white-meat, fish, seafood and most types of nuts and seeds. Brining guarantees moist succulent roast chickens and turkeys, fried steaks, steamed trout, BBQed prawns (shrimps), grilled seafood and toasted nuts and seeds. Brining is simple and only needs a few simple ingredients and really adds an extra dimension to your cooking. I will be providing a couple of different recipes and guidelines on how to brine which can be used with a whole array of meats, poultry, seafood, nuts and seeds.

    Then for the second technique (once you have brined your chosen cut of meat) I want you to roast (or BBQ) it. Again I will be giving you guidelines and rules on how to roast your cut of meat. The roasting guidelines can be used for meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds. For our non-meat eating cooks I want you to use the roasting guidelines to roast a selection of vegetables and/or nuts or seeds to perfection.

    HOW IT WORKS (from http://www.cooksillustrated.com/images/document/howto/ND01_ISBriningbasics.pdf)

    Soaking in brine improves the taste and the moistness of all fowl (chicken, turkey, goose, duck and guinea fowl), also it works on lean red- and lean white-meats, fish, most seafood and most nuts and seeds. It is simple, cheap and effective and will ensure that your Christmas roast will be the tastiest you have ever made. All you do is brine your cut of meat and then proceed as normal, you will find that the roast is juicy and the skin has a lovely colour. The recipe for all-purpose brine is simple - for each cup (240 ml) of water use 1 tablespoon (18 gm) of table salt this makes a 8% brine solution which can be used for most foods. (This is equivalent to 1 cup of table salt for each gallon (4 litres) of water.)

    Brining works in accordance with two principles, called diffusion and osmosis, these two principles like to keep things in equilibrium (or in stable balance). When brining a fowl for example, there is a greater concentration of salt and sugar outside of the fowl (in the brine) than inside the fowl (in the cells that make up its flesh). The law of diffusion states that the salt and sugar will naturally flow from the area of greater concentration (the brine) to lesser concentration (the cells). There is also a greater concentration of water, so to speak, outside of the fowl than inside. Here, too, the water will naturally flow from the area of greater concentration (the brine) to lesser concentration (the cells). When water moves in this fashion, the process is called osmosis. Once inside the cells, the salt and, to a lesser extent, the sugar causes the cell proteins to unravel, or denature. As the individual proteins unravel, they become more likely to interact with one another. This interaction results in the formation of a sticky matrix that captures and holds moisture. Once exposed to heat, the matrix gels and forms a barrier that keeps much of the water from leaking out as the meat cooks. Thus you have a roast that is both better seasoned and much more moist than when you started.


    Brining does have one negative effect on poultry: Adding moisture to the skin as well as the flesh which can prevent the skin from crisping when cooked. This can be overcome by air-drying, a technique used in many Chinese recipes for roast duck and chicken. Letting brined chicken and turkey dry uncovered in the refrigerator allows surface moisture to evaporate, making the skin visibly more dry and taut and therefore promoting crispness when cooked. Although this step is optional, if crisp skin is a goal, it’s worth the extra time. For best results, air-dry whole brined birds overnight. Brined chicken parts can be air-dried for several hours. Transfer the brined bird to a heavy-duty cooling rack set over a rimmed baking sheet, pat the bird dry with paper towels, and refrigerate. The rack lifts the bird off the baking sheet, allowing air to circulate freely under the bird. If you are not air-drying your fowl it is best to pat dry the skin with paper towels before roasting in a hot oven.

    Surprisingly, brining has one large positive effect on fish fillets, a quick brine (only 10 mins) greatly improves the appearance of cooked fillets, because the brine reduces the unsightly white layer of albumin that coagulates on the surface during cooking, I highly recommend brining fish fillets when presentation is paramount. 

    Lean cuts of meat with mild flavour tend to benefit most from flavour brining also most nuts and seeds can be brined with good affect. These include:

    Chicken: whole, butterflied, or pieces
    Cornish Hens: whole or butterflied
    Turkey: whole, butterflied, or pieces
    Pork: chops, loin, tenderloin, fresh ham
    Seafood: salmon, trout, shrimp
    Beef: use lean pieces of beef
    Nuts and Seeds: Most nuts and seeds are suitable i.e. pumpkin, peanuts, sesame, almonds etc.  

    Fatty meats such as duck, beef, and lamb do not benefit as much from brining (but still can be brined)—they're naturally moist and flavourful. They also tend to be cooked to lower internal temperatures and thus don't lose as much of their natural moisture.

    Kosher salt (called rock salt outside North America) and table salt are the most common salts used in brining.

    Sea salt can be used for flavour brining, but it tends to be quite expensive. If you have a cheap supply available, go for it; otherwise, stick to kosher salt or table salt.
    Some people say that kosher salt tastes "cleaner" than table salt because it does not contain the anti-caking agents added to table salt. Some people prefer non-iodized table salt over iodized table salt, believing that potassium iodide creates an off-taste. However, these flavour differences melt away when salt is diluted in large quantities of water in a brine. In an article about salt in the September/October 2002 issue of Cook's Illustrated magazine, taste testers felt that "all nine salts tasted pretty much the same" when dissolved in spring water and chicken stock, whether it was 36¢/pound iodized table salt, 66¢/pound kosher salt, or $36/pound Fleur de Sel de Camargue sea salt from France.

    Table salt and kosher salt do not have the same saltiness in a flavour brine when measured by volume—but they do when measured by weight.

    Table salt weighs about 10 ounces (285 grams) per cup, while kosher salt weighs 5-8 ounces (140-225 grams) per cup, depending on the brand. If using kosher salt in a brine, you must use more than a cup to achieve the same salt flavour you would get from a cup of table salt.

    The chart below shows equivalent amounts of table salt and the two most popular brands of kosher salt.


    Morton Kosher Salt weighs about 7.7 ounces (220 grams) per cup, making it three-fourths as strong as table salt. Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt weighs about 5 ounces (140 grams) per cup, making it half as strong as table salt.
    What if you're using something other than Morton Kosher or Diamond Crystal Kosher salt? Regardless of the type of salt—sea salt, pickling salt, and any other brand of kosher salt—just measure 10 ounces (285 grams) of it on a kitchen scale and you will have the equivalent of 1 cup of table salt.

    The length of time meat soaks in a flavour brine depends on the type of meat and its size, as well as the amount of salt used in the brine—the saltier the brine mixture, the shorter the soaking time. Here are common brining times found in recipes:


    It is possible to end up with meat that's too salty for your taste, so you may want to brine on the low end of the time range to see how it turns out. You can always brine longer next time, but there's no way to salvage a piece of meat that's been brined too long.

    When we roast brined cuts of meat (or whole birds) the procedure firstly is to brown the skin in a hot oven then to lower the temperature so we reduce the moisture loss in the roasted food. It is important to rest (loosely covered in foil) your roast so that the moisture can redistribute itself in the meat, it greatly adds to the final tenderness of the cooked product.


    For other roasting times for red meat, fish, seafood, nuts and seeds see the additional information at the end of the challenge write-up.

    Recipe Source:  The brine and roast chicken used are traditional recipes used in my family for many generations. The roast vegetable recipe is from my own family cookbook.   

    Blog-checking lines:  Audax of Audax Artifax was our November 2012 Daring Cooks’ host.  Audax has brought us into the world of brining and roasting, where we brined meat and vegetables and roasted them afterwards for a delicious meal!

    Posting Date:  November 14th, 2012

    Download the printable .pdf file HERE

    Note:  Important Information – brining must be done in the refrigerator the salt water will not stop the growth of germs and bacteria. Also brine cannot be reused always discard it after first use.  Make sure that the brine goes into the cavity of large chickens and turkeys when brining.  

    Mandatory Items: If you eat meat you must brine a meat (or seafood) cut and then roast (or BBQ) it. For non-meat eaters please brine some nuts or seeds then roast them or just roast a load of vegetables. I have included an extensive listing of poultry, seafood, nut etc. recipes in the additional information section at the end of the challenge feel free to use any of these recipes. Of course you can use your own favourite recipe if you wish.

    Variations allowed:  Any meat/seafood (or nuts/seeds) can be used for brining. And any vegetable can be used by non-meat eaters. 

    Preparation time:  Generally brining takes from ½ hour to 2 days. Roasting can take up to 2 hours for most pieces of meat, for large poultry 6-7 hours.

    Equipment required:
    non-reactive container for the brine
    roasting pans or trays

    Challenge Recipes
    I have included one all-purpose brine recipe, a roast chicken recipe and a roast vegetable recipe.

    Recipe One – All-Purpose Brine:

    Makes 4 cups of brine enough for about one pound (½ kg) of meat

    This is the brine to use for most cuts of meat and poultry that will be roasted.

    4 cups (1 litre) of cold water (see note 1)
    ¼ cup (70 gm) table salt or  ½ cup (70 gm) Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
    optional 2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) sugar (see note 2)
    optional 3-4 peppercorns, a few springs of herbs, a garlic clove or two, a knob of ginger etc. (see note 3)

    1. Heat 1 cup of water to boiling point add the salt and stir until all the salt has totally dissolved.
    2. Place in a non-reactive container (glass, plastic, stainless steel, zip-lock bags etc). Add the remaining water and stir. Make sure that all the salt has dissolved. Wait until the brine has reached room temperature.
    3. Add your cut of meat make sure that the meat is completely submerged (that is totally covered in the salty water) if need be you can weigh down the cut of meat with a clean plate (etc). If using plastic bags make sure that the meat is totally covered in brine and make sure that is bag is locked securely.
    4. Cover the container with plastic wrap to prevent odours contaminating the flavour brine or the brine leaking.
    5. Place the container into the refrigerator for the soaking time suggested by the guidelines above.
    6. If desired you can air-dry your poultry (usually over night) in the refrigerator if you wish to have crispy skin on your bird. It is best to pat dry your brined item (inside and out) with paper towels before cooking.
    7. Cook the brined item as directed by the roasting guidelines above.

    1. You can replace all or some of the water with a combination of wine, cider, beer, tea, coffee, fruit juice, most sauces (tomato, soya, BBQ, chilli etc), chicken stock, beef stock or fish stock. Be careful with acidic liquids like wine, cider, fruit juices which can turn your meat to mush if brined too long.
    2. A little sugar can help overcome the saltiness of the brine and helps to give a nice sheen to your piece of meat when roasted. You can use up to ¼ cup of sugar (use the lesser amount (2 tablespoons) for high temperature roasting since the brine can burn at high heats if you use too much sugar). You can use brown sugar or honey or other sweeteners if you wish.
    3. Any combination of spices and herbs can be used to flavour the brine. Garlic powder, onion powder and ginger powder are excellent to use for brining.


    Recipe Two – Roast Brined Chicken
    Serves four to six people

    1 whole chicken (organic is best) about 2 kg (4 ½ pounds)
    Enough brine (see recipe above) to cover the chicken in a large non-reactive container


    1. Brine the whole chicken in the flavoured brine in the refrigerator overnight about 6 hours can be overnight. (Make sure that every part of the chicken is covered in the brine you can weigh the bird down with a clean plate so it is completely submerged.
    2. Discard the brine and dry the skin and inside of the bird with paper towels.
    3. If you desire crispy skin then leave the bird on a rack for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator so the skin can dry.
    4. Preheat oven to moderately hot 220°C/425°F/gas 7.
    5. Roast for 15 minutes.
    6. Reduce oven to moderate 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and roast for a further 12-15 minutes per 450 grams/pound, You can check for done-ness the internal temperature should be 165°F/84°C, or the juices should run clear when you pierce the bird between the leg and thigh.  
    7. Rest for approximately 30 minutes covered loosely in foil.


    Recipe Three – Roast Vegetables
    Serves six people

    For best results use the largest shallow heavy-weight roasting pan you have and make sure that the vegetable are well spaced out in the pan and only form one layer, use two trays if necessary. A very hot oven 475°F/240°C/gas mark 9 is the key to roasting vegetables. Only toss the vegetables once or twice during cooking. For lighter-weight vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli or cut corn add it to the pan 15 minutes later, so it doesn't get too brown. Greens like kale and mustard greens are done in only 15 minutes. Root vegetables should be cut into cubes of about one-inch (2½ cm). You can add a small amount of apricot fruit spread or honey in the last 10 minutes to enhance the caramelising process. Fresh basil, rosemary and thyme are best when used fresh. Curry, paprika and turmeric are also great. Grated ginger or crushed garlic can also be added.  

    1 small butternut squash (pumpkin), cubed
    2 red bell peppers (capsicums), seeded and sliced
    1 orange sweet potato, peeled and cubed OR 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced lengthways
    3 Yukon Gold (or any baking) potatoes, cubed
    1 red onion, quartered
    optional 1 fat clove of garlic, crushed
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
    2 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to very hot 475°F/240°C/gas mark 9.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the squash, red bell peppers, sweet potato, red onion and Yukon Gold potatoes and the optional garlic if using.
    3. In a small bowl, stir together thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss with vegetables until they are coated. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
    4. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring one or twice, or until vegetables are cooked through and browned. If using a smaller tray the vegetables will take about 50-60 minutes.

    Roast Vegetables

    Brined and BBQed “seven-bone” steak (notice the shape of the bone in the steak)

    Brined and BBQed “wagyu” steak

    Brined and Roasted Peppered Ribeye Roast

    Additional Information:  Include links to videos or information that can be of assistance to members.
    Kosher salt versus table salt http://bbq.about.com/od/spicesseasonings/a/aa102007a.htm
    Everything you wanted to know about brining http://www.amazingribs.com/recipes/rubs_pastes_marinades_and_brines/zen_of_brines.html
    Brining Nuts and Seeds http://www.jwright44.com/recipes/BrinedNuts.htm
    How to brine pumpkin seeds http://www.ehow.com/how_8144233_brine-pumpkin-seeds.html
    How a quick brine improves the appearance of fish fillets http://www.cooksillustrated.com/howto/detail.asp?docid=36992
    Dry brining thick steaks (a great article) http://steamykitchen.com/163-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steaks-into-gucci-prime-steaks.html
    Brining turkey a primer http://bbq.about.com/od/turkey/ss/aa110808a.htm
    Roast chicken ten ways http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/chickenturkeymore/tp/roastchixtenways.htm
    Cooking a turkey (many articles) http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/chickenturkeymore/tp/Cooking-A-Turkey.htm
    To roast a turkey http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/chickenturkeymore/r/Roast-Turkey-Recipe.htm
    Roasting guidelines for red meat roasts http://www.donaldrussell.com/game-technique?ms=tab5 Jamie Oliver's Roast Potato, parsnips and carrot recipe http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/roast-potatoes-parsnips-carrots 
    Jamie Oliver's Perfect Roast Potato recipe http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/perfect-roast-potatoes
    Delia Smith's Roast Potato recipe http://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/fruit-and-vegetables/how-to-roast-potatoes.html
    How to brine fish http://www.ehow.com/how_5963061_brine-fish-before-cooking.html
    Vegetable Roasting Guide http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101/shopping_cooking_guides/vegetable_roasting_guide
    How to cook a steak to perfection http://howto.yellow.co.nz/food-drink/cooking-and-baking/how-to-cook-steak/
    How to cook a steak (using American cuts of meat) http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-cook-the-perfect-steak/

    The Daring Kitchen and its members in no way suggest we are medical professionals and therefore are NOT responsible for any error in reporting of “alternate baking/cooking”.  If you have issues with digesting gluten, then it is YOUR responsibility to research the ingredient before using it.  If you have allergies, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. If you are lactose intolerant, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. If you are vegetarian or vegan, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. The responsibility is YOURS regardless of what health issue you’re dealing with. Please consult your physician with any questions before using an ingredient you are not familiar with.  Thank you! :)
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    Episode 14: The Beach
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    Пудра создает эффект состаренно, матовой шероховатой поверхности.
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    quick, someone buy this man a beer
    definitely the oldest person thus far to rack themselves on the flybar. big cheers for this 60 something retired school master from northern england for playing like a kid again in the plaza catalun, barcelona. he had me laughing so stinkin' hard. in a higher pitched william wallace (i know, he's scottish, but so is northern england) voice he was muttering, "oh, i say...look at this here. i say, i must have a go, now...hmmm?"

    water has feelings?
    have you ever heard of dr. masuru emoto´s research concerning thoughts/words and their affect on water? if not, you betta aks sum'n. http://www.whatthebleep.com/crystals/ seriously, educate thyself for a minute and come back.

    anyway, i was thinking about this work and how sometimes i can actually feel peoples' thoughts towards me...whether they are sizing me up and condemning me or whether they are sizing me up and intrigued or accepting. and then i realized how i judge people based on their appearances without really even knowing them...so i offer a glimpse into a journal entry:

    "emoto...negative thought vibration...jesus' words about not condemning anyone in your heart/head...stop the thought at the threshhold of my mind's door. do not invite it in for tea. if you want to bring hell to earth and thereby set your direction for it (suffering), then cultivate judgement, ego, fear, envy, bitterness. if you want to bring heaven to earth (the 'kingdom') and have an eternal quality of life now, then seek first to understand others, not necessarily to be understood. everyday i take a plank out of my eye. don't condemn yourself, either...you are made of 70% water."

    so i have developed an exercise. we'll call it a spiritual discipline - that, if applied to my lifestyle every few days or weeks, will strengthen my 'higher self' or 'new man' or 'bad ass' or whatever it is that cooperates with the Spirit of God (i.e. unrelenting generousity & compassion). it's called "people watching". i know we all do it. some of us even watch people watching other people. but this is maybe a bit different b/c of the intention - in the same way one could eat a big mac for nourishment or only for entertainment. so the intention to cultivate is this: no partiality. meaning, that as i am watching big/small, dirty/clean, sober/stoned, rich/poor, pretty/ugly people i am doing so with the intention of seeing value in each one that i focus on. breaking subconscious habits of finding people less than. i am confronting automatic response patterns and prejudices that come up, for example, when i see an anarchist and just want to write him off as an angry lost soul. first, i have to acknowledge that i really do feel this way and then try to move into projecting/thinking/praying only good things for this person - as well as asking the Great Spirit to help me out with my crusty, impatient tendencies to be closed jerk. basically, asking for help as i work towards becoming a more merciful, understanding person. and we all know that life is a lot better when you are hanging out with someone like that. things feel on time and you feel as though you are actually a unique and interesting person.

    donnie, how is your health?
    thanks for asking, mom. i think i have a tiny fracture in my foot...so i amped up my vegas spirit and gambled on some new shoes. ahora, mi vida tiene un equilibrio nuevo. rusty, did roger ever get us our damn zapatos?

    two of my favorite street statues found on las ramblas

    street in barcelona...dudipoo below, 'taking the browns to the superbowl' - was nakey, by the way.

    free travel tip of the day:

    nalgene water bottles are cheaper and less shady than thai massages.

    thanks to big daddy, patrick wroblowski, (boulder-colorado´s foremost jedi touch healer and the guy who helped rolf me back together for this pogrimmage) for teaching me the importance of creatively keeping my IT band suavisito. i was using a lacrosse ball, but i lost it somewhere. indeed, necessity is the mother of all inventions...it freakin' works, too - dare you to try it.

    roll out those demons...

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    Usai bermain imbang 0-0 pada babak pertama, kedua tim mulai memperlihatkan permainan yang menarik di babak kedua. Palace berhasil mencetak gol lebih dulu lewat pemain pengganti, Jason Puncheon di menit 78.

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    Tim asuhan Louis van Gaal akhirnya menutup musim ini, dengan raihan satu trofi. Belum lagi, Wayne Rooney dan kawan-kawan juga mengakhiri penantian 12 tahun lamanya untuk trofi Piala FA, setelah terakhir kali diraih pada 2004 silam.

    Ini juga menjadi trofi ke-12 MU di Piala FA, mereka menyamai pencapaian milik Arsenal dengan jumlah trofi yang sama. Artinya, MU dan Arsenal menjadi tim yang paling sering menjuarai kompetisi tertua di Inggris ini.

    Manchester United sukse mengalahkan Crystal Palace pada final Piala FA yang berlangsung di Stadion Wembley, Sabtu 21 Mei 2016. Pasukan Setan Merah mengunci kemenangan dengan skor 2-1. Disiplinnya pertahanan Palace, benar-benar membuat usaha para pemain Setan Merah sia-sia. Skor 0-0 pun tak alami perubahan hingga berakhirnya pertandingan di babak pertama ini.

    Memasuki babak kedua, para pemain MU langsung tancap gas terus menekan pertahanan Palace. Di menit 60, Martial nyaris mencetak gol bagi MU, andai sundulannya tidak terlalu. Palace malah berhasil mencetak gol di menit 78 lewat pemain pengganti, Janson Pucheon. Lepas dari jebakan offside, Pucheon sukses melesakkan bola ke gawang MU dari sudut sempit.

    Sementara Palace unggul 1-0, dan membuat para pemain MU terus berusaha menyamakan kedudukan. Hasilnya, Juan Mata berhasil membuat skor menjadi 1-1 di menit 81. Gol berawal dari sepakan Rooney yang disambut oleh Fellaini, kemudian bola berakhir di kaki Mata. Mantan pemain Chelsea itu langsung melepaskan tendangan keras ke gawang Palace. Tambahan waktu sebanyak lima menit diberikan oleh ofisial pertandingan. Namun, skor tetap imbang 1-1 dan memaksa laga berlanjut ke babak extra time.

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    Palace berhasil membuat barisan belakang MU bekerja keras di awal-awal babak extra time ini. Sepakan Fellaini masih membentur bek dari Palace di menit delapan. Beruntung bagi Setan Merah, tendangan keras dari Yannick Bolasie masih menyamping di sisi kiri gawang De Gea pada menit 11. MU dipaksa bermain dengan 10 pemain usai Smalling mendapat kartu kuning kedua karena melanggar keras Bolasie di menit 14.

    Menit 16, De Gea sukses mematahkan peluang emas Palace lewat Dwight Gayle. Sundulan Michael Carrick dari dalam kotak penalti masih melambung di atas gawang Palace. MU akhirnya berhasil mencetak gol dan mengubah kedudukan menjadi 2-1 pada menit 21 lewat sepakan keras dari Jesse Lingard. Skor tak berubah hingga berakhirnya pertandingan dan MU keluar sebagai pemenang sekaligus jawara Piala FA 2016.

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              The Sexual Power of Mother Nature in Prodigal Summer        
    Teeming with the imagery of natural fertility, Barbara Kingsolver’s 2000 Prodigal Summer presents the intertwined stories of three unlikely romances: Deanna Wolfe, a ranger dedicated to protecting the ecosystems of Zebulon Mountain, and Eddie Bondo, a bounty hunter in pursuit of pack of coyotes; Nannie Rawley, the liberal owner of an organic orchard, and Garnett Walker, a stodgy old-timer determined to repopulate the Zebulon forests with an ancient breed of chestnut trees; and Lusa Maluf Landowski, a scientist-turned-farmer, and Cole Widener, Lusa’s husband who is killed early in the narrative but whom she comes to know better after his death than she had during their very brief marriage.  Within each of these pairs, the woman comes to represent “mother nature,” pitted—to varying degrees—against the forces of “man,” enacted and symbolized by her partner. 

    The storyline closely associates these women with nature—especially its nurturance and fertility.  The two who are still menstruating, Deanna and Lusa, note that they naturally cycle with the moon, for instance.  Deanna also cares for the wild animals that live near her mountain cabin in a way that Eddie declares can only be classified as “maternal” (190).  And after a couple of months of passionate—even animalistic—intercourse with Eddie, a man nearly 20 years her junior, she realizes that she will have a child of her own (387).  Despite being recently widowed, Lusa, too, becomes a figure of maternal abundance, deciding to adopt a troubled niece and nephew as her sister-in-law loses her battle with cancer (380).  Finally, both Lusa and Nannie use flower pollination as a way of talking about sex with their young charges, Lusa with her niece Crystal (351) and Nannie with Deanna when she was a girl (200).  In this way, they present sexuality as a natural part of life—and, indeed, as necessary to the continuance of life.

    The three women also seem to understand the interdependence of living things more clearly than their male counterparts.  Several times, Deanna explains to Eddie that a predator—though villanized in American culture—is a critical link in the food chain, finally managing to convince him to read her Master’s thesis on the importance of the coyote to the health of the mountain ecosystem (179, 362).  Nannie values predators as well.  When Garnett refuses to stop spraying near Nannie’s farm, she invites him to sit down and delivers a lesson on the different insects that live on her orchard, detailing how the bigger insects naturally take care of the “pests.” This natural form of pest control is disrupted, though, when these predators are killed off by the drift of herbicide that Garnett uses to keep his lawn looking tidy.  The pest population recovers more quickly than the predator population, Nannie explains, and causes great damage to her crops until the bigger insects can once again handle the pests (274).  Lastly, after Cole’s death, Lusa decides to try an alternative to tobacco, previously the Widener cash crop, and raise goats for meat instead.  Quite intentionally, she integrates the goats into the landscape of the farm, using them to keep the briars and thistles from taking over her hayfields and, in turn, allowing the animals to harvest some of the hay in order to round out their nutritional profiles (also turning them into more quality products for market) (157). 

    In the end, each of the men seems to acquiesce to the women’s greater wisdom of the natural world, at least temporarily.  Eddie departs Zebulon Mountain (without knowing about Deanna’s pregnancy), leaving behind a note that simply states, “It’s hard for a man to admit he had met his match” (432).  Deanna takes this one line as an indication that Eddie is “offering his leaving as a gift,” that he is leaving both Deanna and her beloved coyotes alone: “No harm would come to anything on this mountain because of him” (433).  On the Widener farm, Lusa’s goat-raising scheme is successful, bringing more of a profit than Cole’s tobacco ever had.  More importantly, Lusa comes to realize that Cole had disliked the conventional agricultural methods that he felt that he had had to use; she begins to think that Cole probably would have enjoyed seeing the farm reformulated into a hormone- and pesticide-free operation, although he was not willing to implement these kinds of changes himself.  For his part, Garnett accepts Nannie’s offer to use the genetics of the old chestnut trees on her orchard to strengthen the strains that he is developing and, in doing so, starts to accept the idea that she already takes for granted—that relationships are more important than property lines.

    What is interesting about these cases, taken together, is that the men seem to submit to the women as much because they are each irresistibly attracted to their female counterparts on a carnal level as because they are persuaded on an intellectual level to see the women’s points of view.  Both Lusa and Deanna speak with their mates, Cole when he was living and Eddie during his time atop Zebulon Mountain, of the power of women’s pheromones to attract men (37, 92).  After Cole’s death, Lusa is finally able to accept Cole’s sense of attachment to her, and, then, that he would have wanted her to make the farm her own after his death.  Just as Lusa’s pheromones most certainly played a part in the development of Cole’s love for her, it is likely that Deanna’s womanly scents played a part in Eddie’s development of affection for her and his subsequent decision to leave instead of to hunt Zebulon’s coyotes.  For his part, Garnett finally gives in to Nannie’s kindness toward him when he can no longer resist the image of her picking fruit in her “short pants” (427).  Although each situation is different, in each of all three relationships, the man finally succumbs to the power of a distinctly female sexuality. 

    Tom Conoboy has pointed out that the ending of this novel is a little too neat, happy, ultimately “bloodless.”  This is true in lots of ways; one of these is that the men seem to lose very little of themselves in submitting to their female mates.  I would argue, though, that Eddie, Cole, and Garnett may be willing to shift in their worldviews, if only temporarily, because they benefit as much as the women in seeing the interconnectedness of the natural world.  If Deanna, Lusa, and Nannie represent “mother nature” in this text and their male counterparts represent “man,” then the novel seems to suggest that we must allow ourselves to be seduced by the sensuous beauty of the Earth—as Eddie, Cole, and Garnett allow themselves to be by the women in the story.  We must submit to the power of nature’s fertility and abundance in order to reap the benefits of these.  

              Eclipse 02-01-2015 with DJ Deep Rawk        

    - voicebreak -
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    XClan- FTP - Exodus
    Pharoahe Monch- When The Gun Draws feat Mr Porter - Desire
    Nas- Just A Moment - Streets Disciple
    E40 Featuring Leviti- 1Luv - In A Major Way
    Too hort- Life Is Too hort - Life IsToo hort
    Funky Aztecs- Barrioism - Real Tales Of The Funky Aztecs
    Syndicate Sound Labs- Hail Mary - Pacs Instrumentals Vol 2
    Mobb Deep Featuring Crystal Johnson- Temperatures Rising feat Crystal Johnson - The Infamous
    Double Xx Posse- Head Cracker - Double Xx Posse
    The Micranots- All Live - 12
    Lord Jamar- Supreme Mathmatics - The 5 Album
    Marxman- The Fascist Boom - 33 Revolutions Per Minute
    CPO- The Movement - To Hell And Black
    7 Days Of Funk- Hit Da Pavement - 7 Days Of Funk
    KRSOne- Sound Of Da Police - Return Of The Boom Bap
    The Coup- Long Island Iced Tea Neat feat Japanther - Sorry To Bother You
    Heather B- All Glocks Down - All Glocks Down Single
    Organized Konfusion- Stress - The Best Of Organized Konfusion Bonus Track Version
    Lin Que- Let It Fall - Only For The Real DJ A Premier Selection Of Hip Hop Inspired By The Boom Bap Sound Vol 3
    Queen Latifah- UNITY - Black Reign
    Aer- Come Go - The Reach
    Ceschi- Same Old Love Song Feat 2Mex Awol One - Same Old Love Song
    Boss- Recipe Of A Hoe - Born Gangstaz
    Bambu- Crosshairs feat DJ QBert - Sun Of A Gun
    The Chicharones- Never Had It Easy - Swine Flew
    Oliver Hart- How Much Do You Pay - The Many Faces Of Oliver Hart
    DJ Icewater Feat Ill7 And Molina Speaks- Color Blind - 12
    Miguel AtwoodFerguson- Fall In Love - Mochilla Presents Timeless Suite For Ma Dukes
    J Dilla- My Victory Instrumental - Rebirth Of Detroit Instrumentals
    J Dilla- ULove - Donuts
    Alicia Keys- Fallin - Songs In A Minor
    The Roots Erykah Badu- You Got Me - Things Fall Apart
    Flying Lotus- Never Catch Me feat Kendrick Lamar - Youre Dead
    Jadakiss- Why feat Anthony Hamilton - Ride Or Die
    Talib Kweli- I Try - The Beautiful Struggle
    MF Doom- Agrimony - Metal Fingers Presents Special Herbs Vol 3 4
    Dead Prez Featuring Tahir Peoples Army- Its Bigger Than Hip Hop - Lets Get Free
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    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/101/playlistDate/2015-02-01
              Little Gold Rush        
    When I was a child, we went to Colorado often during summer vacation. We always stayed in a really small town where other travelers were few and far between. In between horse-back riding, treks up the mountains, and fishing trips we would head "into town" to check out the local shops. Our first stop was always the old-fashioned ice-cream shop that served up the best cones we'd ever tasted. Afterward my sister and I would always convince our parents to head over to one of many "rock shops."

    These shops were filled from floor to ceiling with every imaginable stone, mineral, geode and boulder--most of which were local. My sister and I would carefully choose sparkling crystals, vibrant stones and magical geodes as souvenirs to take home. Among my most prized acquisitions were rocks speckled with flakes of real gold and little jars of gold dust that glistened in the sunlight. These precious metal minis made us feel as though we were leaving with true riches!

    Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Dollybird's Lil Gold Rush ring yesterday. Small remnants of golden quartz remind me of the treasures of my youth while providing a textural light show. I love the organic beauty and think this is the perfect grown-up version of my young obsession.
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    Mos Def- Get To Steppin - 12
    Planet Asia- In Love With You - 12
    Gurus Jazzmatazz- Supa Love - Streetsoul
    Wordsworth- Get What You Love - 12
    The Roots- Get Busy - Rising Down Bonus Version
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    Lauryn Hill- Every Ghetto - 12
    Fresh Daily- Say Yes - 12
    A Touch Of Jazz- Always - 12
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    Compilation- Cant Get You Out Of My Head - Britannia Soul Vol 1
    Nas- Cant Forget About You - Hip Hops Dead
    OutKast- Love In War - Speakerboxxx The Love Below
    Rapsody- NonFiction feat Raheem DeVaughn AbSoul - The Idea Of Beautiful
    Termanology- So Amazing - Politics As Usual
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    Trel Mac- Charisma - 12
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    UTFO- Ya Cold Wanna Be Wit Me - Hits
    Don Kennedy- Pleeze - 12
    Action Bronson- Strictly 4 My Jeeps - Strictly 4 My Jeeps Single
    Talib Kwali- Turn Up - 12
    Foodchain- Dear Industry - Unknown
    Nas- Let There Be Light - 12
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    5280 Mystic- Soy Sauce - 12 Inch
    Dat Gurl Netta- Drunk In Love - 12
    Stalley- Slapp feat Rashad - Lincoln Way Nights
    Choxmak- Final Destination - 12 Inch
    - Get Up Get Out - 12 Inch
    Wriky Knotz- Rolex - 12
    Trev Rich- Dont Stop - 12 Inch
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    Mike Wird- The Blast Off - Afronaut Funk Vol 1
    The Last Poets Dead Prez And Common- Panthers - 12
    Poor Righteous Teachers- Slaves In America - The Unbound Project
    Pharoahe Monch- When The Gun Draws feat Mr Porter - Desire
    Terminator X And The Godfathers Of Threatt- Under The Sun - 12
    Cormega- The Come Up feat Large Professor - True Meaning
    Mobb Deep Featuring Crystal Johnson- Temperatures Rising feat Crystal Johnson - The Infamous
    Kool G Rap- Nobody Cant Eat - 12
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    JustIce- Latoya - Back To The Old School
    Nemesis- Munchies For Your Bass - 12
    Artist Unknown- Tell Me Whats On Your Mind - 12
    Lateef The Truthspeaker- The Quickening - SoleSides Greatest Bumps
    Marco Polo- Marquee Clean - The Radar EP
    Qwazmodoe- Find Out - 12
    Marley Marl- Symphony - Unknown
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    Doug E Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew- Summertime - 12

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/101/playlistDate/2014-08-03
              Sharp анонсировала второе поколение безрамочного смартфона Aquos Crystal 2        
    В прошлом году компания Sharp удивила нас свои безрамочным смартфоном Aquos Crystal. Не успела публика привыкнуть к первому смартфону, как компания анонсирует Aquos Crystal 2. Второе поколение вышло довольно спортным. Характеристики устройства: S-PureLED дисплей 5,2 дюйма c разрешением 1280х720 Процессор Snapdragon 400 с частотой 1,2 ГГц 2 Гб оперативной памяти До 16 Гб внутренней памяти […]
              AB: The last charge of the MLA pension brigade        

    Times when the legislature doesn’t sit are traditionally easy times for a governing party. No question period, just funding announcements and ribbon cutting ceremonies. Despite these advantages, the Alberta PCs have seemed intent at every turn to shoot themselves in the foot over issues that shouldn’t take a crystal ball to figure out where the public stands. 

              The Dubai Model and the new Arab world         

    Johann Hari’s article “The Dark Side of Dubai” in The Independent in 2009, crystallized the hyperbolic writing on the Gulf emirate in the recent past:

    “This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.”

    Of course, Dubai did not crash into history and Hari was dislodged from his perch due to a plagiarism scandal a few years later. Yet, for many commentators and journalists, any mention of Dubai still evokes a sense of moralistic derision – Dubai the land without culture filled with a people without history. For the youth of the region, however, Dubai represents something different: jobs, a relatively open society, and a government (in progress) that works. As countries in transition, like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt look to transform their own societies, Dubai is an enigmatic model in the distance.  

    What is the Dubai model? It is hard to fully capture the multi-faceted nature of it in just a few words, but there are several key dimensions. In addition, the unique (and transferable) aspects of the Dubai model, however, are less to do with its political system, and more about the policies pursued. In fact, too much time is spent in the region debating the political system rather than the impact of policies on the ground enacted by any ruling group or party.

    Fundamentally, Dubai made itself open to people flows from around the world, with all its associated risks. This has meant that its small population – today 90% of residents are non-citizens – has been able to build an economy depending on an externally generated labor and consumer market. In addition, to unskilled labor, Dubai has also been keen to open itself to the best talent from around the world.  Take Dubai Aluminum (DUBAL) as an example, founded n 1979 and predicated on leveraging international talent and expertise. In fact, in its initial year of operation, few of the 1,386 employees were Emiratis. Yet that has changed over time, as DUBAL has grown to become the world’s largest aluminum smelter. Understanding its own labor market and taking advantage of regional and international labors flows and talent has been critical to the Emirate’s success. 

    Despite being in conservative surroundings, Dubai has also ensured that it functions as an open society, in terms of social and religious practices. While this diversity can raise tension, like last summer’s #UAEdresscode campaign for example, there is an open coexistence, as can be witnessed while walking on JBR Walk, along the beachfront, with full-length niqabs side-by-side with what could well be described as the opposite of that! This openness has also contributed to Dubai becoming a global hub, and now the 7th most visited city in the world, with 10 million tourist arrivals annually. This did not occur overnight, and was linked to the gradual (and sometimes sudden) growth of the hospitality industry and expatriate population. Being an open society, however, does not just mean bottles and bars; the government has consistently emphasized gender empowerment in all fields as a matter of policy, including in key positions, political and economic.

    In addition to people flows, Dubai has ensured an inflow of capital, by building a financial sector and set of institutions to leverage the capital-rich environment around it. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has created a separate regulatory environment and court system to provide security to investors and companies alike. In addition, while still not perfect, it is relatively easy for any foreigner to set up a local free zone company, allowing him or her to deploy capital, which subsequently generates employment (albeit more for non-locals than Emiratis). The stability of Dubai and the strength of its soft and physical infrastructure has meant that in times of uncertainty, capital finds its way there; last year that included $8 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), a 25% increase from 2011.

    In order to spur growth and absorb investment, Dubai borrowed a page from several economic models (Singapore & Hong Kong among them) and cluster-based theories (see Michael Porter). Take a look at the growth of the aviation sector in Dubai, which in 2011, directly or indirectly contributed $12 billion towards the GDP, and accounted for 125,000 jobs (in a city of 2 million people).  The same can be said for the logistics (e.g. Dubai Ports) and retail sectors (e.g. Majid al-Futtaim & City Centres), all of which have benefitted from an ecosystem approach that has included new regulation, government-driven investment, and infrastructure development. Emirates Airlines did not become one of the world’s leading airlines by accident or in isolation.

    Finally, on a consistent basis, Dubai has pushed excellence in public services, culminating in the Government Summit earlier this year, which convened public servants from across the country to “exchange best practices.” In Dubai, there are regular awards for government excellence given to high-performing departments. In fact if you go see the Director-General of the Dubai Courts, he will likely give you a PowerPoint presentation on their caseload, wait times, and improvements.

    Lest, anyone think that everything is ‘perfect’ in Dubai, it is not. There are a number of issues, ranging from political prisoners in the country (due in part to a stifling intellectual/political climate) to the lack of legislative oversight to continued labor exploitation (far less than before but still problematic, given there is still no minimum wage). Societally, there are also a number of challenges, including naturalization, obesity, and a growing culture of materialism, none of which should be taken lightly. And, for the local Emirati population, there is a high rate of unemployment due to a mismatch between expectations and skills and the needs of the labor market. None of these should be under-estimated for both the moral issues they pose as well obstacles they may present to the viability of Dubai's success, as is the case in many transformative development contexts. 

    The Dubai model works quite obviously, in Dubai. While other countries – especially those in transition – cannot copy-and-paste what Dubai has done, particularly on migration, cultural change, and government led-investment, they can still apply lessons from Dubai’s experience. Although it may seem that Dubai had the guarantee of Abu Dhabi behind it or capital flows in the Gulf to harness, every country has an advantage, which can be used as a foundation. Egypt has the largest consumer base in the entire Arab world that can drive industry. Tunisia has some of the highest literacy rates and education levels in the region, and an established tourist bridge with Europe. Libya has tremendous oil-wealth and a strong connection to the Sub-Saharan economy.

    The fragility of transitional countries means that everything must be done to improve.  What Dubai has demonstrated is that there can be positive momentum and development on areas that affect the quality of people’s lives and their livelihoods. There remain critical challenges in front of it, but there is also something that works in Dubai, and it’s about time that some of these lessons are transferred to the wider region. 

              Alberta politicians led to the tax-trough by Hogtown and BC's Lower Mainland        
    No need for a crystal ball, tarot cards or any of those late-night TV psychics, Alberta taxpayers need only to look to the City of Toronto and the Greater Vancouver area to see what's in store if municipal politicians are given more taxing powers.

              Women Films Crystal Lucy Awards June        

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              Upgraded RAF Puma takes to the skies        
    Crews from the RAF’s 33 and 230 Squadrons are carrying out training flights on the upgraded aircraft from their base at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The £260 million upgrade means that the helicopters benefit from new engines which give them 35% more power and improved fuel efficiency to allow them to fly faster and twice as far as the Puma Mk1. They also have highly advanced digitised glass cockpits and upgraded liquid-crystal display instruments. The Puma Mk2 can fit ...
              La Jolla Playhouse Announces Cast and Creative Team for Hansol Jung's WILD GOOSE DREAMS        

    La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Wild Goose Dreams, by Hansol Jung, directed by Leigh Silverman, running September 5 - October 1 (press opening: Sunday, September 10) in the Mandell Weiss Forum.

    The cast will feature Yunjin Kim (TV's Lost; Berkeley Rep's The Woman Warrior) as "Yoo Nanhee," James Kyson (TV's Heroes, Hawaii 5-0) as "Gook Minsung" and Francis Jue (Broadway's Pacific Overtures; Obie Award winner for Yellow Face) as "Father," along with Carolyn Agan (San Diego Musical Theatre's Ragtime) as "Woman/Chorus," Julian Cihi (Broadway's Doctor Zhivago) as "Man/Chorus," Rona Figueroa (Broadway's Miss Saigon) as "Wife/Chorus," Samantha Wang (DNA New Work Series' Akeelah and the Bee) as "Hyonjin/Chorus," and UC San Diego M.F.A. students DeLeon Dallas, Kyle Hester and Kimberly Monks as "Chorus."

    The creative team includes Paul Castles, Composer; Jongbin Jung, Korean Music Composer; Charity Wicks, Music Supervisor; Yasmine Lee, Choreographer; Wilson Chin (Kill Local, Hollywood), Scenic Designer; Tony Award winner Linda Cho (Limelight, The Orphan of Zhao), Costume Designer; Keith Parham (Tribes), Lighting Designer; Joanna Lynne Staub, Sound Designer; Gabriel Greene, Dramaturg; and Melanie J. Lisby, Stage Manager.

    "Hansol Jung's exquisite new play brings together two strangers bound by their shared loneliness in a hauntingly beautiful piece that shifts between the tangible and the ethereal, the literal and the metaphorical. Award-winning director Leigh Silverman makes her Playhouse debut mounting this brand new work with an extraordinary cast and creative team," said La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.

    In Wild Goose Dreams, a North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive, lyrical and darkly humorous piece.

    Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Plays include Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville); Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theater Company); No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, Chicago and Boise Contemporary Theatre) and Wolf Play. Commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of Romeo and Juliet for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court (London), NYTW, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, O'Neill Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Asia Society New York and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the 2016 P73 Playwright Fellowship at Page 73 Productions, Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court. Her plays have received the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (Among the Dead), Honorable Mention from the 2014 Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition (Cardboard Piano), and was named 2014 finalist for the Ruby Prize (No More Sad Things). She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including Evita, Dracula, Spamalot and The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Jung holds a Playwriting M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theater Writers Lab.

    Leigh Silverman is a two-time Obie Award winner, directed the Encores! and Broadway productions of Violet and earned a Tony Award nomination. Other Broadway credits include David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, Lisa Kron's Well, as well as Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party for Encores!. Over thirty world premieres including: All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC); Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb); The Way We Get By (Second Stage); American Hero (Second Stage and Williamstown Theatre Festival); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons); No Place to Go (Public Theater); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); In The Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Rep and Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Pulitzer finalist, Center Theatre Group/Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons/Seattle Rep); Well (Public Theater/Huntington Theatre/ACT).

    Carolyn Agan (Woman/Chorus) won the 2016 Craig Noel Award for Ragtime at San Diego Musical Theatre. Other credits include the national tour of The Phantom Tollbooth, Olive in The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Belle in A Christmas Carol ('10-'15), Freedom's Song, 1776, LiberTy Smith and Parade (Ford's Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Signature/Ford's Theatre), Two Gents: A Rock Opera (Shakespeare Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Olney Theatre), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Bold Girls, The Hostage (Keegan Theatre). Ms. Agan serves as Director of Education at San Diego Musical Theatre and is an associated teaching artist with La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe.

    Julian Cihi (Man/Chorus) has appeared on Broadway in Doctor Zhivago and Off-Broadway as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company. Other credits include The Importance of Being Earnest; A Month in the Country (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Roger in RENT; Orlando in As You Like It (Toho Productions; Japan), directed by Michael Mayer. TV: The Mysteries of Laura (NBC); Mr. Robot (USA); High Maintenance (HBO); Gypsy (Netflix). Born and raised in Tokyo and currently living in New York City, Mr. Cihi earned his B.A. from Brown University and M.F.A. from NYU Tisch Graduate Acting.

    DeLeon Dallas (Chorus) is a third-year M.F.A. actor at UC San Diego, where credits include La Bete, Native Son, Streamers, Strange Men, Damascus. Regional: Honky (San Diego Repertory); Brothers Size (Ubuntu). Film credits: Honky (PBS). He holds a B.A. in Sports Management from Concordia University, Nebraska. He was also chosen for the summer 2017 Guthrie Experience for actors in training. Mr. Dallas collaborated closely with the Guthrie Theater and other actors in his class from different training programs to devise a new works called Incurable: A Fool's Tale.

    Rona Figueroa (Wife/Chorus) appeared on Broadway as Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine in Les Miserables, as well as in Nine and Lennon. Off-Broadway credits include Daisy in Dogeaters (Public Theater) and Grusha in Caucasian Chalk Circle (Vineyard Theater). Regional: Lady Thiang in The King and I (Chicago Lyric Opera), Misaki in I Sing the Rising Sea (Virginia Stage Company), Mimi in Rent (Vermont Theater), Luciana in Boys From Syracuse (Center Stage), Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar (NSMT) and We Will Rock You (Vegas). Film/TV credits: Dragonheart, A New Beginning, Slow Jam King, Mysteries of Laura, Eye Candy, Gossip Girl, Royal Pains. Rock band: Quasilulu, albums on iTunes.

    Kyle Hester's (Chorus) regional credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Annie Get Your Gun (Dutch Apple Theatre); The Jazz Funeral of Stella Brooks (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival). LA: Macbeth (Harold Clurman Lab Theatre); Twelfth Night (LA New Court Theatre); Henry VI, Part 1 (The Production Company). UC San Diego: Strange Men, Streamers, Native Son, Angels in America: Perestroika, Go. Please. Go., La Bête. Film: Praxis, Finale. TV: The Temp Agency. Training: M.F.A. from UCSD (2018), B.F.A. from NYU Tisch.

    Francis Jue (Father) was featured in La Jolla Playhouse's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. On Broadway he has appeared in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie and M. Butterfly. Favorite theatre credits include Yellow Face (Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards; Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (AriZoni Award), Miss Saigon (Elliot Norton Award), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), Cabaret (Bay Area Critics Circle Award), Falsettoland, tokyo fish story, Kung Fu, King of the Yees and Paper Dolls. Film and TV credits include Joyful Noise, and recurring roles on Madam Secretary and Law & Order: SVU.

    Yunjin Kim (Yoo Nanhee) has appeared on the popular television series Lost, Two Sisters and Mistresses. Her theater credits include Yachiyo in Ballad of Yachiyo at Seattle Repertory Theatre; Fa Mu Lan in The Woman Warrior at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Diana in Junk Bonds at Capital Repertory Company, Jing Mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club at Long Wharf Theatre and Huoy in The Survivor at Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Her Korean film and TV credits include Shiri, The Legend of Gingko, Rush! (Japanese film), Iron Palm, Yesterday, Ardor, Diary of June, Seven Days, Harmony, Heartbeat, The Neighbors, Ode to My Father, House of the Disappeared, Beautiful Vacation, Wedding Dress, With Love.

    James Kyson's (Gook Minsung) theater credits include Blood (The Complex); Hair (Knightsbridge). His television appearances include: Preacher, Elementary, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Sleepy Hollow, NCIS: LA, Justified, Hawaii 5-0, and series regular on Heroes. He also voiced the History Channel's WWII in HD, Ken Burns' National Parks, Adventure Time and HBO's Animals. His film credits include Walk to Vegas, Shutter.

    Kimberly Monks (Chorus) is a third-year M.F.A. actor at UC San Diego, where credits include: La Bete, Native Son, Taming of the Shrew, Are You There and Damascus. She received a B.A. in Religion: Youth Leadership from Vanguard University of Southern California. Ms. Monks was also chosen for the summer 2017 Guthrie Experience for actors in training. She collaborated closely with the Guthrie Theater and other actors from different training programs to devise a new works called Incurable: A Fool's Tale.

    Samantha Wang (Hyonjin/Chorus) appeared in the Playhouse's DNA New Work Series reading of Akeelah and the Bee. Other credits include: Vanessa in In the Heights (UC San Diego), Betty-Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Underworld Voice in The Odyssey (The Old Globe), Emma in Lego Friends Live Holiday Show (Legoland California), Sara Crewe in A Little Princess (San Diego Junior Theatre). Ms. Wang is currently working towards a B.A. in Political Science: Public Law and a B.A. in Communications at the University of California, San Diego.

    The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre, through its new play development initiatives, its innovative Without Walls series, artist commissions and residencies. Currently led by Artistic Director and 2017 Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff. La Jolla Playhouse has had 28 productions transfer to Broadway, garnering 38 Tony Awards, among them the currently-running, Tony Award-nominated hit Come From Away, along with Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Who's Tommy, Big River, as well as Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, both fostered as part of the Playhouse's Page To Stage Program. LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

              Barn Stage Company to Present the West Coast Regional Premiere of Road Dahl's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH        

    The Barn Stage Company in association with Temecula Presents present the West Coast Regional Premiere of James and the Giant Peach, based on Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, on the Old Town Temecula Community Theatre stage from August 17th to the 27th. Join The Barn Stage Company for this delightfully imaginative production, perfect for the whole family! The Old Town Temecula Community Theatre is located at 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA. 92590. For tickets, call 866-653-8696 or visit www.TheBarnStagecompany.com.

    PLOT: One of Roald Dahl's beloved books comes to vivid life on our stage in a whole new imaginative production. Young orphan James is sent to live with his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Long days of grueling chores and demeaning remarks from his Aunts make James's life miserable, until one day when a mysterious stranger arrives and suddenly James's life is turned upside-down! When the stranger accidentally spills some unusual crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, magic abounds and James finds an enormous peach growing in his yard! James crawls inside to the very center of the peach where he finds an unusual group of talking insects. The peach starts rolling downhill and James' extraordinary adventure begins.

    THE AUTHOR: Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 - November 23, 1990) was a British author, famous as a writer for both children and adults. Among his most popular children's books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches. Dahl's first children's book was The Gremlins, commissioned by Walt Disney and published in 1942. In addition to writing some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, Dahl also wrote adult short stories and screenplays, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (both adaptations of novels by Ian Fleming). He adapted his own work into the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    THE CAST: The cast is comprised of Barn Stage Company veterans as well as some dynamic newcomers. Lucas Coleman joins the cast as Lahdalord after originating the role of Jehan in Disney Theatricals The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. 10 year old David Landis takes on the role of James. His regional credits include Death of a Late Summer Songbird (Cygnet) and roles in Willy Wonka, Aladdin, Seussical and more! Morgan Carberry (On the Twentieth Century (Cygnet), Oklahoma, Big River (New Village Arts) joins the cast as his horrible Aunt Spiker. Alongside her in the role of Aunt Sponge, is newcomer Carly Carlstrom, a recent BFA graduate from AMDA with roles in Nine, Memphis and Jesus Christ Superstar. The actors taking on the roles of the bugs include: Sidney Aptaker (Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Little Red in Into the Woods) as Spider; Austin Wright as the Green Grasshopper (9 to 5 with SDMT, I'm Not Rappaport with La Jolla Theatre Ensemble). In the role of the Centipede, Joshua Powers makes his Barn Stage debut (Baker in Into the Woods and Shrek in Shrek the Musical), Brooke Farnum joins as the Ladybug (Damn Yankees with SDMT, Eurydice with Oceanside Theatre Company). Audience favorite Jake Bradford returns to Temecula after hosting the 2017 Rising Stars show and starring in Peter and The Starcatcher at The Barn Stage Company. He was recently seen in The Little Mermaid at Moonlight Stage Productions. The rest of the cast includes Emily Chelsea (Next to Normal in Florida, Spring Awakening BSC), Enrique Duenas (Monty Python's Spamalot, Noises off), Fisher Kaake (Dance Captain) seen in The Little Mermaid at Moonlight and Bert in Theatre Royale's Mary Poppins. Alexandra Lee (25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Chess in Concert), Kimberly Marron (Hello Dolly, Thoroughly Mordern Millie, Beauty and The Beast), Collin McCarthy (Beauty and The Beast with MTW, My Fair Lady at The Welk), Ethan Park (Camelot in Concert, Phantom, Last 5 Years) and Katie Walsh (Music Man at The Welk).

    THE TEAM: Directed by Susan DeLeon, who returns to The Barn Stage Company and Southern California after spending the last year teaching acting and musical theatre at Wofford College in South Carolina. Susan has been with us since conception and directed and starred in Next To Normal along side her daughter Jordan in the summer of 2014 at The Merc and returned that following year to direct The Last Five Years. The creative team for James and The Giant Peach includes John Mario Di Costanzo (Conductor/Musical Director) a veteran musical director who was awarded a Founder's Award for his work on Chess in Concert, also has worked on Carousel and Camelot. Chelsea Nicole Lapp (Choreographer), returns to The Barn Stage Company after choreographing Peter & The Starcatcher and Camelot in Concert. The Design team includes Matthew Herman (Scenic Design), Zach Simons (Lighting Design), Costume Design by Cookie Oien, Makeup and Hair Design by Kiana Bjur and Sound Design by James Heliker and Steve Caster. Sheila O'Rourke provides the props and Michael Mulligan creates the Puppets. Sarah Hughes serves as the Stage Manager.

    Enhance your performance experience - kids 5 and older and their adult chaperones are invited to join the cast at our Page to Stage events at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library on August 6th from 2-3pm. This exciting new programming gives kids a behind-the-scenes peek at how plays are created, instills the value of community, teamwork and teaches valuable social skills. For information, please call 951.693.8900.

    James and the Giant Peach begins previews on Thursday, August 17; opening night is scheduled for Friday, August 18 at 7:30pm; and the show then runs through Sunday, August 27, 2017. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Box Office at 866.653.8696, visit us online at www.TheBarnStageCompany.com or www.TemeculaTheater.org, or stop by the box office. The Old Town Temecula Community Theatre is located at 42051 Main Street in the heart of Old Town Temecula.

              Galileo Showcases New Solutions for Helping IT Become More Business User Centric        

    Like an IT crystal ball, new capabilities enhance the user side of the IT experience by predicting application slowdowns and outages before they occur.

    (PRWeb September 14, 2016)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/09/prweb13678583.htm

              Top 10 Most Deceptive Nintendo Box Art Covers        
    • No Showboating Here

      Even as a kid I really should've known that video games couldn't outpace the systems they were built to play on. But game after game, I was deceived by box cover art. In the 1980s, my only source for video game value was Nintendo Power and box art. Some manufacturers had integrity. Kung Fu* said "I'm going to kick you below the belt*. Duck Hunt reminded us all that we had to be warry of blocky explosions of gun fire. The next 10 screens outline the less scrupulous manufacturers.

    • #10 | Friday the 13th

      The cover is pretty clear here. Jason Vorhees is going to come and kill in in rage of 80's technicolor axe killing action. It also implies that at some point in the game you will presumably see Jason, and that he wants to kill you very badly. I rented this game from Erol's, shocked that as a minor I could rent a game that made for an R-rated movie. The joke was on me, you never see Jason. Instead you wander around Camp Crystal Lake aimlessly for hours on end. And in the event you're lucky enough to see Jason (above), Jason basically wants to techno dance with you in an empty room. Sweet.

    • #9 | Toobin'

      WTF is this?! "Hey everybody! I'm cruising down the river with a beer in my hand, hitting some fish with my tube and people be cheering me on. As an indication of how much fun I'm having, the box designer let my foot violate the border. I'm a toobin' rebel!" This game was clearly so epic that they even made a Gameboy version. I can't even talk about this one anymore because it's actually making me angry.

    • #8 | Dragon Warrior

      I spent some serious time with Dragon Warrior, but check out the mythical-y cover with the knight at the base of the dragon's lair. Sweeping cape, Captain America shield, Nintendo seal of quality. Now juxtapose that against the screenshot of the Slime balls. "Oh no a blue hershey's kiss draws near! Command?" Chew 'em computer, chew 'em.

    • #7 | Batman

      The box art clearly shows the Tim Burton Batman movie logo. So color me surprised when I find out the actual game has some dude all decked in purple. Way to ignore any nexus to either the movie or comic book Batman. I can't even imagine the glorious conversation at Sunsoft. "But boss, it's so hard to get Batman's dark black outfit to read against dark city backgrounds." Boss retorts, "Well son, you try a contrasting color like purple?" Had I any commonsense, I would've noticed Sunsoft telegraphing the movie by randomly putting a purple rule at the top of the box art.

    • #6 | Wall $treet Kid

      First, there's the Archie comics illustration, which is actually done some justice in the game. But I fully expected Stanley the "Crafty Consultatnt" to be macking on my girl Ruth. Wait. Why are they advertising that the game "features Ruth and Stanley"? This isn't like a cross-over event with Luigi and Link here. I just felt misled at the outset when I was promised that I needed to "use it... or LOSE IT!" But really any in-game play that has copy that reads "Company divides into shares of equal amounts" doesn't bode well for killer gameplay.

    • #5 | Megaman

      Fortunately this game worked out to completely rule. But look at the box, it looks like I'll be playing on a "State-of-the-Art" Tron grid with "High Resolution Graphics". And I have this Colt .45 looking pistol should I need to Schwarzenegger a bro. Actual gameplay? You're Mario with a helmet and rocket-enabled arm... which is frankly very cool. But knowing that having a gun-integrated-arm may have helped the box designer.

    • #4 | Bayou Billy

      Honestly, I could re-title this post "Ten Misleading Box Art Covers from Konami", because the Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A folks are NOTORIOUS for misleading covers. Bayou Billy came out a year after Crocodile Dundee, and suffice to say they were a little more than "inspired" by the character. And that'd be fine if the game came anywhere close to getting to a knife wielding backwoodsmen who is SO Springsteen he even has a bandana on his thigh. Kudos to the "bad guy" in the top screenshot roshambo'ing Bayou Billy for not being Crocodile Dundee.

    • #3 | Dr. Mario

      Oh sweet! I'm Mario and I'm a doctor and get to inject pills into these crazy gremlin things, presumably un-gremlining them or more rad still, gremlinating them! Hardly. Tetris but with pills. It would be years before I trust another Mario game... or a plumber with a moustache telling me to trust him, as he was a "doctor".

    • #2 | Rambo

      DUDE! On the cover, you're EXPLICITLY telling me there will be copious gun play brought on by me - ultra muscly Rambo. Actual gameplay: I look like the Karate Kid in hot pants. And what's this? No gun? So I just have to take out dudes with my bare hands? Well that'd be cool. No not that either?... You're telling me I spend the majority of the game stabbing jungle snakes. Jungle snakes.

    • #1 | Joust

      "DESCEND NOW MYTHICAL HELLSPAWN OSTRICH!" Here's how dull Joust truly is. I just used the same screenshot for both views above, just flipped one horizontally. And did you notice? Of course not, because that's all you do in this game. Move left and aim to hit some stuff, now time to move right and hit some stuff. The fact this gem didn't even have a soundtrack didn't exactly help gameplay either. A neighborhood kid and I played this every day for a week. We got in a fight every day for that same week too. Not. a. coincidence.

              Blog Post: Gotta Snatch ‘Em All        

    Activision has high hopes for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. The company has shifted away from peripheral-based games – RIP Tony Hawk Ride, DJ Hero, and Guitar Hero – but this new title features interaction with physical objects on a smaller scale. The game utilizes little plastic figurines and incorporates them into games with a portal peripheral. Read on for what you need to know about the game.[Excerpt]

    •    There will be more than 30 figurines available. Each is about two inches tall, brightly colored and brimming with detail. They aren’t poseable or articulated, but kids will probably think they’re neat. Expect to pay about $10 or less for each one.
    •    Each figurine has a translucent green base, which contains an RFID chip. When it’s placed on the portal, the character is “transported” into the game, whether it’s on the 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3. Then that character is available as a playable hero. Characters can be swapped out on the fly, and the process is pretty quick, taking around three or so seconds.
    •    Characters retain their XP and items between all of the different versions of the games. You can play with a friend on their console, and then continue your adventure at home.
    •    The game isn’t the same across all platforms. For example, the 3DS version is more action/platforming oriented, with an emphasis on speed. The console counterparts are more focused on exploration, action, and puzzle solving.
    •    The console version has a decent variety of gameplay, and it’s what you might expect from a game geared toward younger players. It’s colorful, and the puzzles I saw centered around finding keys. Activision says other puzzles include block puzzles, puzzles with moving tumblers, and light-refraction puzzles.
    •    The game encourages players to swap characters out often, with areas that are otherwise gated. Each of the critters has one of six elemental traits, so you have to have the correct one to proceed in these optional areas. Players can beat the game using the three figures that are contained in the starter pack, though they’ll have to buy at least three more to see the rest that the game offers.
    •    The console versions support co-op, as well as competitive multiplayer. I saw an arena battle filled with player-activated spike traps and teleporters. Players earn XP in these modes, too.
    •    The characters are diverse, which extends beyond their appearance. Each one has their own unique fighting abilities. Bash, a rock dragon, can use a 360-degree tailspin attack. Flameslinger is an elven archer who excels at ranged combat. Stump Smash is a tree who’s angry that he was partially logged and releases his frustration with hands that are like giant wooden mallets. Prism Break is a rock crystal golem who shoots lasers and can also position light-bending crystals on the ground. Trigger Happy is a crazy little critter who dual wields pistols, chucks buckets of coins at enemies, and fires gold at bad guys with a mounted turret. I didn’t see anything close to a simple palette swap in the game, which would be tremendously disappointing in a game where you’re essentially buying characters.

              Blog Post: Gotta Snatch ‘Em All        

    Activision has high hopes for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. The company has shifted away from peripheral-based games – RIP Tony Hawk Ride, DJ Hero, and Guitar Hero – but this new title features interaction with physical objects on a smaller scale. The game utilizes little plastic figurines and incorporates them into games with a portal peripheral. Read on for what you need to know about the game.[Excerpt]

    •    There will be more than 30 figurines available. Each is about two inches tall, brightly colored and brimming with detail. They aren’t poseable or articulated, but kids will probably think they’re neat. Expect to pay about $10 or less for each one.
    •    Each figurine has a translucent green base, which contains an RFID chip. When it’s placed on the portal, the character is “transported” into the game, whether it’s on the 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3. Then that character is available as a playable hero. Characters can be swapped out on the fly, and the process is pretty quick, taking around three or so seconds.
    •    Characters retain their XP and items between all of the different versions of the games. You can play with a friend on their console, and then continue your adventure at home.
    •    The game isn’t the same across all platforms. For example, the 3DS version is more action/platforming oriented, with an emphasis on speed. The console counterparts are more focused on exploration, action, and puzzle solving.
    •    The console version has a decent variety of gameplay, and it’s what you might expect from a game geared toward younger players. It’s colorful, and the puzzles I saw centered around finding keys. Activision says other puzzles include block puzzles, puzzles with moving tumblers, and light-refraction puzzles.
    •    The game encourages players to swap characters out often, with areas that are otherwise gated. Each of the critters has one of six elemental traits, so you have to have the correct one to proceed in these optional areas. Players can beat the game using the three figures that are contained in the starter pack, though they’ll have to buy at least three more to see the rest that the game offers.
    •    The console versions support co-op, as well as competitive multiplayer. I saw an arena battle filled with player-activated spike traps and teleporters. Players earn XP in these modes, too.
    •    The characters are diverse, which extends beyond their appearance. Each one has their own unique fighting abilities. Bash, a rock dragon, can use a 360-degree tailspin attack. Flameslinger is an elven archer who excels at ranged combat. Stump Smash is a tree who’s angry that he was partially logged and releases his frustration with hands that are like giant wooden mallets. Prism Break is a rock crystal golem who shoots lasers and can also position light-bending crystals on the ground. Trigger Happy is a crazy little critter who dual wields pistols, chucks buckets of coins at enemies, and fires gold at bad guys with a mounted turret. I didn’t see anything close to a simple palette swap in the game, which would be tremendously disappointing in a game where you’re essentially buying characters.

              Blog Post: Gotta Snatch ‘Em All        

    Activision has high hopes for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. The company has shifted away from peripheral-based games – RIP Tony Hawk Ride, DJ Hero, and Guitar Hero – but this new title features interaction with physical objects on a smaller scale. The game utilizes little plastic figurines and incorporates them into games with a portal peripheral. Read on for what you need to know about the game.[Excerpt]

    •    There will be more than 30 figurines available. Each is about two inches tall, brightly colored and brimming with detail. They aren’t poseable or articulated, but kids will probably think they’re neat. Expect to pay about $10 or less for each one.
    •    Each figurine has a translucent green base, which contains an RFID chip. When it’s placed on the portal, the character is “transported” into the game, whether it’s on the 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3. Then that character is available as a playable hero. Characters can be swapped out on the fly, and the process is pretty quick, taking around three or so seconds.
    •    Characters retain their XP and items between all of the different versions of the games. You can play with a friend on their console, and then continue your adventure at home.
    •    The game isn’t the same across all platforms. For example, the 3DS version is more action/platforming oriented, with an emphasis on speed. The console counterparts are more focused on exploration, action, and puzzle solving.
    •    The console version has a decent variety of gameplay, and it’s what you might expect from a game geared toward younger players. It’s colorful, and the puzzles I saw centered around finding keys. Activision says other puzzles include block puzzles, puzzles with moving tumblers, and light-refraction puzzles.
    •    The game encourages players to swap characters out often, with areas that are otherwise gated. Each of the critters has one of six elemental traits, so you have to have the correct one to proceed in these optional areas. Players can beat the game using the three figures that are contained in the starter pack, though they’ll have to buy at least three more to see the rest that the game offers.
    •    The console versions support co-op, as well as competitive multiplayer. I saw an arena battle filled with player-activated spike traps and teleporters. Players earn XP in these modes, too.
    •    The characters are diverse, which extends beyond their appearance. Each one has their own unique fighting abilities. Bash, a rock dragon, can use a 360-degree tailspin attack. Flameslinger is an elven archer who excels at ranged combat. Stump Smash is a tree who’s angry that he was partially logged and releases his frustration with hands that are like giant wooden mallets. Prism Break is a rock crystal golem who shoots lasers and can also position light-bending crystals on the ground. Trigger Happy is a crazy little critter who dual wields pistols, chucks buckets of coins at enemies, and fires gold at bad guys with a mounted turret. I didn’t see anything close to a simple palette swap in the game, which would be tremendously disappointing in a game where you’re essentially buying characters.

              Foster, Crystal M.        
    Crystal M. Foster Ms. Crystal M. Foster, 41, died Friday, August 5, 2017. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 am in Pinewood...
              Shooting Highlights Role Of Capitol Police         
    Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET Members of the protective detail for Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., are being hailed as heroes Wednesday, shining a spotlight on the little-known police force that guards the Capitol and prominent members of Congress. If not for the presence of the U.S. Capitol Police officers, authorities say, the toll could have been much worse when a heavily armed gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice just outside Washington early Wednesday. "Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told MSNBC . Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives. "I'm sure it made a significant difference," said Tim Slater, the FBI agent overseeing the investigation. Authorities say two members of the Capitol Police force, Special Agent Crystal Griner and Special Agent David
              Episode 43 - Tales of an Uncaged Wolverine        

    In this episode Zylo reviews Crystal Chronicles: Tales of a Darklord and Locke reviews X-Men Origins Wolverine: Uncaged Edition.  Not an episode of happy feelings.

    No comic this week. I'm in between projects and methods and ideas so...

    By the way, Zylo is a jerk.

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              Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ...        
    When Marilyn Monroe said 'We are all of us stars and deserve to twinkle' she must have had jewellery designer (and modern day blonde-bombshell) Sarina Suriano in mind. 

    My latest obsession (after spotting more than one editor wearing similar at Paris Fashion Week) is the set of simply devine Sarina Suriano Swarovski crystal earcuffs - made exclusively for The Dark Horse Jewellery.

    Rhodium plated and nickel free, these will work for even the most sensitive of ears. And the best part? There are multiple ways to wear them! Wear one alone, high or low on the lobe, wear two together on the one ear, wear one on each - the possibilities are endless. Dress them up or down, I wear mine with both luxe furs, or beaten up old vintage tees. 

    Having worked in both Europe, London and now in her hometown of Sydney, Suriano is the only jewellery designer to be invited to show at Australian Fashion Week, showing her sparkling gems on the bare form to an impressed crowd. Suriano has also collaborated with big name Aussie labels such as Alex Perry, Ellery, Willow, Fleur Wood, Alannah Hill, Ginger & Smart, Leona Edmiston, Jayson Brunsdon and most recently, Collette Dinnigan for her Winter 2012 Paris show. 

    From designing high end runway pieces or that infamous Swarovski ear cuff Lara Bingle was sporting at last years Spring Racing Carnival, Sarina's jewellery gets people noticed. 

    And clearly the people at Swarovski have noticed her too, being chosen to participate in this years annual 'Runway Rocks', held in Shanghai, Nov 2013. Designers worldwide are invited to design an extravagant head-to-toe crystal couture piece to showcase, giving them huge international exposure. 

    Check out Sarina's collection here 

    Or learn more at www.sarinasuriano.com

              The Weekend Away - my latest article for Australian Fashion Guide        
    Click here to read my latest article for Australian Fashion Guide! xoxox

    The Weekend Away - Fashion & Beauty, Fashion Designers, News & People - Fashion Directory - Australian Fashion Guide

    You get the call last minute. A weekend away with the girls and you need to be packed by this evening in order to make the flight. Don't panic, AFG has you covered. Simply follow this fool proof guide to packing for that ‘surprise trip-out-of-town’, and you'll never have reason to stress again.

    The first item on the agenda is taking the right bag. Forget lugging an oversized suitcase through Tullamarine, that’s so 2005. These days it’s all about taking carry-on luggage, so you can quickly skip off to your destination as soon as you hit the tarmac. The Samsonite Carrylite Wheeled Duffle in black is perfect. It is large enough to fit a weekend of necessities and small enough to fit in the overhead compartment. It has even been approved as carry-on luggage by Samsonite.

    Shortly after you check into your hotel, it's off to the latest tapas bar for a light dinner and a few cocktails. Work all dress codes in Camilla & Marc's interpretation of this seasons jumpsuit, the "Harmonia" in navy blue silk. Slip on this Charlies Angels inspired piece for a little one-step chic. $550 from Camilla and Marc.

    The sun is up and the birds are singing! What better way to spend the day than by hitting up the markets and doing a spot of shopping, and we all know this means wearing something comfortable. In the softest cotton chambray, and cheeky peek-a-boo cut out at the back, select the “Romantic” jumpsuit by Aussie style favourites Sass & Bide $350 complete this outfit with a pair of Tony Bianco ‘Spencer’ flat sandals. As we all know, nothing ruins a shopping expedition faster than a blister!

    We all know a weekend away with the girls wouldn’t be complete without hitting up a club for a dance and some mingling with cute boys, so get your flirt on in this super cute Shakuhachi off-the-shoulder wrap dress in the very on-trend blush tone. With black sheer mesh panels for a hint of sauciness, nothing’s sexier than leaving a little something to the imagination!

    Exhausted after a night out? Then the only way to spend your last day in town is to go for a splash down the beach and check out the sights. Go for something a little unexpected on the sand in this Seventh Wonderland 7pm Zip one-piece $265 with bandeau wrapping around the bust and contrasting panels that flatter the hips, this is the sort of piece that could take you from beach to bar with the simple addition of a tube skirt.

    As the sun starts to set over the sparkling Pacific Ocean, it’s time to cover up, and who better to assist than the Caftan Queen, Camilla. The Waterfall Off-the-shoulder rouched caftan, in silk crepe with Swarovski crystals is ideal. This loose fitting floaty piece is exactly what you want on your salty skin after swimming all day.

              Dior Cruise 2011        

    The scent of freshly cut white roses, softly lit candles and a private suite 30 floors up at the Crown Towers set the scene for last weeks showing of the 2011 Dior Cruise Collection.

    Inspired by Parisian New Wave cinematic bombshells such as the devine Brigitte Bardot, the collection showed lots of pastels, candy colours, stripes and subtle floral hints, whether printed on the fabric or through intricate beading.

    Even leather with the finest of flowers attached, on close inspection you know you're in the presence of design genius. John Galliano's attention to detail is impeccable, fabrics loomed with the same cross stitch as the original Dior quilted bag and signature bows featured prominently on finer details such as belts and shoulder straps.

    The collection flashes back to the past, with the light floral trench being a modern take on an actual 1950's archived piece.

    Straight from the runway, were showstopping necklaces, cuffs and chokers, adorned with pearls, swarovski crystals and ebony wood, snapping shut with magnet clasps and pins.

    And then there is the metalicised goat skin leather handbag and matching wallet. Drool.

    I had to try a few pieces on, all in the name of research of course! And as you can see, I felt like Alice in Fashion Wonderland!

    Watch the collection being shown here, as shown in Shanghai earlier this year. Enjoy! xoxox

    Huge thankyou goes out to my photographer at Shh .. you know who you are!
    Dior Cruise 2011 - available from late December 2011.

              live: Six Organs of Admittance 9/19/2010        

    Beautiful live Six Organs of Admittance recording taken from Ben Chasney's performance at the Pauluschurch in Tilburg, the Netherlands on September 19th, 2010. Thanks to the Incubate Festival, from which this performance was a part of, for sharing this crystalline collection of audio.

    Six Organs of Admittance - Live at Incubate 2010 - 19/09/2010 by incubate
              Embrace The Challenge With Everyday Heroes        
    Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

    Embrace The Challenge: Erie Crossing is a 20 km cross border swim for solo swimmers and relays across Lake Erie between Canada and the USA.

    Organized as a joint venture between Embrace Open Water Swimming and North Shore Swimmers and run by Miguel Vadillo [shown above] and Joshua Reid, the 12.4-mile Embrace the Challenge requires athletes to traverse between Eastern Lake Erie from Sturgeon Point, New York (USA) to Crystal Beach, Ontario (Canada). Sanctioned by the Great Lakes Crossing Organization, it is part of the Global Swim Series.

    Relays require four swimmers minimum and a maximum of six. Each participant must swim at least once for a 30-minute period in either category:

    • Naked Relay: All swimmers who do not use wetsuits. Swimmers make exchanges with the next swimmer every 30 minutes that is signaled by a siren from the zodiac boats. After every swimmer has completed 30 minutes in the water, the order of the swimmers can change at the discretion of the team.

    • Wetsuit Relay: At least one (but possibly all) swimmers use a wetsuit. Swimmers make exchanges with the next swimmer every 30 minutes that is signaled by a siren from the zodiac boats. After every swimmer has completed 30 minutes in the water, the order of the swimmers can change at the discretion of the team. But, there are no GSS points given to swimmers who participate in a relay.

    In the solo swimmer categories, there are two different categories:

    • Naked Solo Crossing: swimmers who use standard swimwear, have no physical contact with support crew or crafts, and will utilize no assistive or pacing tools. Swimmers will receive an Official Lake Erie Crosser certificates from the Great Lakes Crossing Organization and will have their swims sanctioned as official Great Lakes Solo Swims. GSS points will be assigned to finishers in this category.

    • Wetsuit Solo Crossing: swimmers who use a wetsuit or assistive tools (solo swim bag, pacing tools, etc.) will not be recognized as an official solo crosser.

    The solo categories will be further divided by gender, but the relays will have Male, Female, and Mixed divisions.

    For more information about the event, visit here.

    Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

              10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Dive Tiger Beach in the Bahamas        

    Located in the Bahamas, Tiger Beach is one of the few locations in the world where you can dive specifically with Tiger Sharks in unmatched visibility. The crystal clear water is warm all year long, and is home to Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, and Reef Sharks. Divers often describe their […]

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              DotA2 Hero Screenshot        

    Setelah acara DotA2 yang intens di Gamescom, telah terjadi banyak diskusi komunitas di sekitar tentang penampilan DOTA 2 model Hero dan grafis yang tidak tampak hebat seperti yang diharapkan fans. Kabar baik, Valve telah menerima umpan balik yang berharga dan dirubah DOTA2 desain Hero. Set baru seluruh DOTA2 screenshot keluar menunjukkan perbaikan terbaru yang dilakukan dalam permainan. Lihatlah!

    Kaldr, Ancient Apparition in DOTA 2
    Ancient Apparition - DOTA 2
    Magina, Anti Mage in DOTA 2

    Antimage - DOTA 2
    Rexxar, Beastmaster in DotA 2
    Beastmaster - DOTA 2
    Mogul Khan, Axe in DotA 2
    Axe - DOTA 2
    DOTA 2 – Chen, The Holy Knight
    Chen - DOTA 2
    Rylai, Crystal Maiden in DOTA 2
    Crystal Maiden - DOTA 2
    Clockwerk Goblin – DOTA 2
    Clockwerk - DOTA 2
    Spectre – DOTA 2

    Dark Seer - DOTA 2
    Doom Bringer – DOTA 2
    Doom Bringer - DOTA 2
    Dazzle – DOTA 2
    Dazzle - DOTA 2
    Drow Ranger – DOTA 2
    Drow Ranger - DOTA 2
    Earth Shaker – Echo Slam – DOTA 2
    Earthshaker Echo Slam - DOTA 2
    Earthshaker in DOTA 2
    Earthshaker - DOTA 2
    Enchantress – DOTA 2

    Enchantress - DOTA 2
    Faceless Void – DOTA 2
    Faceless Void - DOTA 2
    Engima in DOTA 2
    Enigma - DOTA 2
    Leshrac – DOTA 2
    Leshrac - DOTA 2
    Lina – DOTA 2
    Lina - DOTA 2
    Lich – DOTA 2
    Lich - DOTA 2
    Demon Witch, Lion DOTA 2

    Lion - DOTA 2
    Morphling in DOTA 2
    Morphling - DOTA 2
    POTM, Mirana in  DOTA 2
    Mirana - DOTA 2
    Nature’s Prophet – DotA 2
    Nature's Prophet - DOTA 2
    Nevermore, Shadowfiend in DOTA 2
    Nevermore - DOTA 2
    Necrolyte – DOTA 2

    Necrolyte - DOTA 2
    Night Stalker – DOTA 2
    Night Stalker - DOTA 2
    Butcher, Pudge in DOTA 2
    Pudge - DOTA 2
    Faerie Dragon, Puck in DOTA 2
    Puck - DOTA 2
    Pugna in DOTA 2
    Pugna - DOTA 2
    Sand King in DOTA 2
    Sand King - DOTA 2
    Razor in DOTA 2

    Razor - DOTA 2
    Shadow Shaman in DOTA 2
    Shadow Shaman - DOTA 2
    Sniper in DOTA 2
    Sniper - DOTA 2
    Slardar in DOTA 2
    Slardar - DOTA 2
    Spectre in DOTA 2
    Spectre - DOTA 2
    Rogue Knight, Sven in DOTA 2
    Sven - DOTA 2
    Storm Spirit – DOTA 2

    Storm Spirit - DOTA 2
    Tidehunter, DOTA 2
    Tidehunter - DOTA 2
    Stone Giant, Tiny in DOTA 2
    Tiny - DOTA 2
    Tinker – DOTA 2
    Tinker - DOTA 2
    Vengeful Spirit – DOTA 2
    Vengeful Spirit - DOTA 2
    Viper – DOTA 2
    Viper DOTA 2
    Venomancer – DOTA 2

    Venomancer - DOTA 2
    Weaver – DOTA 2
    Weaver DOTA 2
    Zeus – DOTA 2
    Zeus - DOTA 2
    Witch Doctor – DOTA 2
    Witch Doctor - DOTA 2
    Windrunner – DOTA 2
    Windrunner - DOTA 2

              WoDotA Top10 Weekly Vol.54        

    Video kali ini datang dari WoDotA. Video kali ini tidak kalah menarik dan seru dari versi-versi sebelumnya. Ini dia video nya :

    Keterangan :
     10. Obsidian Destroyer berhasil melakukan TripleKill dabn menghindari ultimate sniper dengan skill 2 nya.

    9.  Stone Giant berhasil melakukan Rampage dengan mengkombinasi kan skill pertama dan keduanta juga sedikit bantuan temannya. Mengagumkan !

    8. Kunkka melakukan DoubleKill dalam keadaan terdesak dengan Kapalnya yang bergerak.

    7. Sniper berhasil melepaskan diri dari gank-bank razor dan Ogre dan menjebak mereka lalu membunuhnya. Nice Trick !

    6. Panah Mirana yang mengagunkan dantepat mengenai sasaran dari jarak yang jauh.

    5. Pudge berhasil menarik Bloodseeker dua kali dan meloloskan diri dari Chronoshere DT de3ngan menggunakan Force Staff.

    4. Enchantress mengubah creep musuh yang hampir membunuh Crystal Maiden menjadi miliknya dengan skill dua nya, Crystal Maiden yang hampir terbunuh dengan creep lawan berubah menjadi dibunuh oleh temannya sendiri. Yang satu ini tidak kalah menarik.

    3. Kunkka berhasil mengecoh kedua lawannya (Ogre dan Traxex) lalu membunuh mereka berdua.

    2. Geomancer menjebak semua musuh nya dengan skil 1 nya dan membunuh mereka dengan control hero yang baik. Ketika salah satu dari kloning hampir terbunuh dia me-pergi ke kloning yang lain dan membunuh Bone CLink.

    1. Sebuah control hero yang baik dari hero Invoker. Ia membunuh semua musuh yang hendak membunuh ya. Sungguh kontrol hero yang menakjubkan.
              Dota 6.72c Map Download - Dota-Allstars 6.72c Official Map Released!        
    Akhirnya setelah beberapa bulan di rilis nya DotA 6.72b sekarang muncul versi terbaru yaitu 6.72c yang baru saja dirilis. Biasanya pada berubahan map a/b/c IceFrog hanya memperbaiki beberapa bugs, kali ini tampil beda. IceFrog banya memperbaikinya bukan hanya bugs tetapi skil dan gameplay yang lain. Langsung saja ini dia :

    Dota 6.72c Download Link
    Dota 6.72c Download - GameWebZ Mirror
    Dota 6.72c Download - GetDota Mirror

    Dota 6.72c Changelogs


    Bounty Hunter
    - Base intelligence increased from 16 to 19

    - Base movement speed reduced from 310 to 295
    - Spin Web cooldown reduced from 90/70/50/30 to 30
    - Spin Web AoE increased from 500 to 650
    - Spin Web movement bonus increased from 20/23/26/29% to 20/25/30/35%
    - Spawn Spiderlings spawn count decreased from 1/2/3/4 to 1/2/3/3
    - Spawn Spiderlings Manacost rebalanced from 80/100/120/140 to 120
    - Spiderlings & Spiderites are now affected by Spin Web
    - Spiderlings Model size increase slightly
    - Spiderlings & Spiderites they now take more damage from towers (50%-125%)
    - Spiderlings now do more damage to heroes (75%->100%) and less damage to towers (70%-40%)

    Chaos Knight
    - Phantasm manacost reduced from 175/225/275 to 125/200/275
    - Phantasm cooldown reduced from 180/160/140 to 140

    Crystal Maiden
    - Freezing Field hotkey changed from Z to F

    - Tombstone no longer generates usable corpses

    - Base strength increased by 2

    Grand Magus
    - Fade Bolt bounce AoE reduced from 600 to 500

    - Life Break cast range reduced to 550

    - Macropyre damage interval is now smoother (same overall damage, more intervals)

    Naga Siren
    - Intelligence growth increased from 1.65 to 1.95

    Pandaren Brewmaster
    - Base HP regeneration increased to 0.75

    Phantom Lancer
    - Base HP regeneration increased to 0.75
    - Juxtapose rebalanced to have a 12% creation chance at all levels with a max of 2/3/4/5 illusions

    Pit Lord
    - Expulsion cooldown increased from 10 to 18 seconds
    - Expulsion manacost increased from 75 to 125
    - Expulsion corpse AoE and heal/damage AoE reduced from 600 to 575
    - Expulsion interval increased from 1 to 1.25 seconds

    - Added a 2 second fade time to Nature's Guise
    - Overgrowth AOE reduced from 725 to 625
    - Living Armor regeneration reduced from 2/3/4/5 to 1/2/3/4

    - Haunt/Reality now only moves your camera if you are targeting an area away from where your screen is currently looking

    Spirit Breaker
    - Charge of Darkness indicator AoE increased from 2500 to 3000
    - Charge of Darkness manacost increased from 75 to 100

    Shadow Priest
    - Poison Touch is no longer blocked by damage block items like Vanguard

    - Warcry AoE increased from 450 to 700

    - Metamorphosis illusion extra damage taken increased from 250% to 350%

    Troll Warlord
    - Ranged Whirling Axes now does 75 damage
    - Fervor AS bonus rebalanced

    5/10/15/20 AS per attack with a max of 100

    20 AS per attack max of 40/60/80/100

    - Shadow Word cooldown reduced from 24 to 20

    - Lightning Bolt/Thundergod's Wrath now reveals the same area at night as during the day (1000/750 to 1000/1000)


    - Cooldown reduced from 90 to 80

    Veil of Discord
    - Discord AoE increased by 25 and cast range by 75

    Vladmir's Offering
    - Aura AoE decreased from 1100 to the standard 900
    - Now includes the regeneration from its components in the final item

    Gameplay and Cosmetics

    • Melee hero collision size now reduced from 24 to 12
    • Added support for the Filipino language
    • Added a visual effect for Bloodstone's heal (469212)
    • Pitlord is now in CM restriction list
    • Wildkin's Tornado cooldown reduced from 120 to 70
    • Charge of Darkness now displays a minimap signal for allies when it is used (464281)
    • EMP is now an AoE targeting cursor (296622)
    • Added a new attack projectile for QoP (461897)
    • Changed Sniper's projectile arc (274494)
    • New attack projectile for Eredar (459608)
    • Added an Aghanim visual effect for Beastmaster (459402)
    • Added a new Phantom Strike visual effect (463160)
    • Added a new visual effect to Furion's Teleportation (450559)
    • Added a new Icon for Telekinesis (280720)
    • Added a new Icon for Spell Steal (280720)
    • Added a new test command -dummy that creates a level 10 enemy hero in the middle of the map
    • Improved Haunt visual effect (370706)
    • Infest allied only visual effects are now visible to observers


    • Fixed Icarus Dive sometimes affecting Magic Immune units for a short duration
    • Fixed a bug with how Warpath stack count works when it is at max power (new stacks don't count towards incrementing the timer)
    • Fixed a couple of areas that you could still get stuck in with Telekinesis
    • Fixed a bug with Neutral spawning and Goo
    • Fixed Remote Mines explosion to keep the vision while it is exploding (382646)
    • Fixed Hookshot having inconsistent behavior on magic immune units
    • Fixed some bugs with Infest
    • Fixed some bugs with Whirling Axes and Spell Steal
    • Fixed Echo Slam tooltip to make it more accurate
    • Fixed some exploits with Ravage, Thundergod's Wrath, Requiem of Souls, Slithereen Crush and Reverse Polarity
              lcd vs plasma..??        
    lcd vs plasma...

    Plasma displays
    uses a matrix of tiny gas plasma cells that are charged by precise electrical voltages to emit light and hence to create the picture image. In other words, each picture element in a plasma TV display acts as a miniature light source. More on plasma displays can be found in our article: How-it-Works: Plasma Display Panel.

    Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) panels - work by trapping a liquid crystal solution between two sheets of polarized glass. When an electric current passes through the liquid crystals, they change the polarization of the light passing through them in response to the applied voltage – as a result of which, more or less light passes through the polarized glass to reach the face of the display. LCD panels do not generate light - rather they filter or subtract light generated by a back-light source to create the image on the panel surface. More information on LCD displays can be found at How-it-Works: Liquid Crystal Display Technology.


    It is not the scope of this plasma vs LCD comparative guide to go into the actual details of how these different display technologies work. After all, what matters in the end is not what is going behind the screen, more important is how these different display technologies perform as a television screen.

    At the same time, one cannot but keep in mind that it is these same differences that give each of these display technologies, its strengths and weaknesses, and that therefore render one more suitable than the other under certain circumstances.

    Plasma vs LCD TV – Which flat-panel display technology is right for you?

    We apprroach this plasma vs LCD TV comparative analysis by taking a detailed look at three main areas of concern, namely 'price and size', 'picture' related issues, and 'functional' considerations.

    We believe that this approach should help better bring out the main differences between these two technologies, and therefore, make it easier to determine where either of these display technologies fit best.


    Plasma vs LCD TV: Size and Price

    Size ADVANTAGE: This depends on screen size in that when it comes to compare plasma vs LCD TV sets, both technologies are playing on level ground though you have more available options within the plasma TV domain for screen sizes greater than 50-inch. This is partly explained by the fact that though production costs and retail prices have come down for both technologies, yet plasma still has the edge as far as production cost and capacity go.

    On the other hand, at the smaller screen size end of the spectrum, i.e. 37-inch, LCD is the dominant technology while anything smaller than 37-inch implies LCD if what you want is something stylish and slim (at under 4" in depth).

    Price ADVANTAGE: Here, the playing field is leveling at a fast rate. Up to very recent, plasma was the obvious choice for all screen sizes where collision between these two technologies occurs; this is no longer the case.

    In general, plasma still leads by a good margin only at the bigger screen sizes - 50 inch and upwards - with this pricing advantage getting more pronounced as one approaches the 60-inch diagonal. But then, against this higher price tag, LCD HDTVs come with more pixels per display panel.

    At the smaller end of the screen size (37-inch up to 44-inch), the price advantage when it comes to plasma vs LCD TV sets, starts to shift more towards LCD TVs since even though plasmas and LCDs are practically selling at the same price tag, LCD TVs delivers more pixels for the same screen size.


    Plasma vs LCD TV: Picture Considerations

    Overall Picture Performance ADVANTAGE: Here our thumbs up in this plasma vs LCD TV comparative analysis go to plasma televisions even though both technologies are extremely close in terms of overall picture performance.

    In other words, both plasma and the latest high contrast TFT-LCD flat panel displays are capable of producing excellent picture quality - with bright, crisp clear images, high contrast levels, and excellent color reproduction. This means that both technologies are suitable as a TV screen, but...

    Plasma TVs still have an edge over their LCD counterparts when it comes to displaying deep blacks - thus enjoying better contrast and detail in images where lots of dark and light content is being shown simultaneously.

    Generally, Plasma color richness and naturalness will prevail in rooms with controlled lower to normal lighting, while LCDs will be better in brightly lit rooms due to their inherent anti-glare technology.

    Plasma vs LCD TV Viewing Angle ADVANTAGE: What used to be a clear advantage for plasma displays is becoming more and more a non-issue especially with the latest generation of LCD televisions, however...

    Do not always assume that viewing angle is no longer an issue when comparing plasma vs lcd TVs, especially if the viewing angle is not specified. The tendency – in particular with the cheaper LCD TV sets from unknown manufacturers - is that the deterioration in picture quality with off-axis viewing is more accentuated with LCD than with plasma displays.

    Our advice: It is always best to check especially when buying some cheap 'unbranded' LCD TV. If you are buying online, check first the return policy, and opt only for a reputable brand. Buying online is cheaper and safe, but ensure that you follow the recommendations detailed in our Online Buyer's Guide.

    Viewing Distance ADVANTAGE: This is a non-issue when it comes to plasma vs LCD TV sets in that none carries any advantage as long as you are within normal viewing distance for your screen size and your viewing distance is more than approximately 9 feet away from your TV screen. More on viewing distance can be found in our article here: TV Viewing Distance.

    However, the pixel size and shape of an LCD panel renders a smoother picture than an equivalently sized plasma panel for the same pixel count. This means that if you have a too short TV viewing distance, an LCD television may render itself a better option as its pixel structure is less visible.

              North Carolina Death Penalty Costs (2004)        
    Update: North Carolina Death Penalty Costs (2004) (1):
    More Nonsense from Philip Cook

    From Cook's more recent cost study (1).

    1) Cook: " . . . the goal here is to estimate the hypothetical financial and in-kind consequences of abolishing the death penalty on July 1, 2004."

    "Lacking a crystal ball, I make estimates for the recent past and offer the result as a best guess about the flow of savings in the future, with the proviso that there is considerable uncertainty around this steady-state assumption."

    Sharp: "crystal ball" "estimates" "best guess" "uncertainty" "assumption" "to estimate the hypothetical". 

    Let all that sink in. That's the "study".

    Cook doesn't provide any "assumptions", "best guesses" and "hypotheticals" as to how North Carolina's death penalty can save money over life without parole (LWOP). He wouldn't.

    Since 1976, Virginia has executed 111 of her murderers, 70% of those so sentenced, within 7 years of appeals, on average (2), a protocol that would save money over LWOP, in all jurisdictions.

    Cook is aware but not interested. 

    On death penalty issues, Cook appears to be an anti death penalty activist, who happens to be an academic.

    2) Cook: "If the death penalty had been abolished on July 1, 2004, state government expenditures for processing murder cases would have fallen by $10.8 million per year." (pg 28).

    Sharp: The $10.8 million "hypothetical estimate" cost savings of ending the death penalty would be $0.09 (9 cents) per month per North Carolinian.

    9 cents per month   --    1/3 of a penny per day - $0.003/day

    For some perspective, the cheapest cup of coffee at Starbucks is $1.75, or 525 times per day as expensive.

    My hypothetical estimates are different than Cook's. 

    The social and economic costs attributable to ending the death penalty are just too high.

    Cook's latest study has many problems, as does his previous one (3).

    3) Cook: "Note that the bottom line of this analysis rests on certain "assumptions" about how the relevant actors would respond to the abolition of the death penalty." pg 29 "The "estimates" of potential savings from abolition are developed here as follows." pg 3

    Sharp: Cook has no clue as to those responses, for which he assumes and estimates.

    4) Cook: "I assume that the number of courtrooms, judges, prosecutors, and support staff would not be affected by the abolition of the death penalty, nor would the budget of the NC Supreme Court." "The abolition of the death penalty would have other consequences that are unlikely to be reflected in agency budgets."  p8

    Sharp: In fact, Cook cannot state that there will be any net reduction in the state budget, which would be attributable to elimination of the death penalty. 

    Cook finds a cost savings of $0.003/day/North Carolinian  -  a "hypothetical estimate".

    Can Cook tell us that his 
    "hypothetical" end to the death penalty will not result in net additional costs to North Carolinians, as costs accrue, as:

    a) defense specialists would turn their attention to fighting against LWOP, for which there is a well observed movement to end LWOP, a movement which mirrors the attack against the death penalty, as Cook well knows; and 

    b) there will be no more plea bargains to LWOP, which, previously, saved the cost of trials and appeals, as Cook concedes; with 

    c) all potential LWOP cases will now, all, have to go to trial, dramatically increasing total LWOP case costs, as Cook concedes,  and 

    d) causing a huge social cost problem, whereby some cases that would have, previously, resulted in LWOP, will, now, be given life WITH parole, by either plea bargain or trial, as Cook concedes; and

    e) the case that the death penalty/execution is an enhanced deterrent over LWOP is solid (7) and, therefore,  the reality of the social and monetary costs of more innocents being murdered far outweighs Cook's "hypothetical estimates" of saving money by ending the death penalty.

    5) Cook: "Certainly, the debate in other states that have considered ending the death penalty has included a discussion of cost. That was true in the two states that actually did decide to abolish, New Jersey and New Mexico, and elsewhere. For example, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment recommended abolition of the death penalty in 2008, arguing its conclusion in part on the cost study by the Urban Institute (Roman et al., 2008)."  pg 2-3

    Sharp: This reflects on Cook's lack of fact checking and/or his anti death penalty bias.

    New Mexico's Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) used Cook's previous, misleading study on costs in North Carolina, not New Mexico's costs. So it had no effect on any cost debate in New Mexico, as Cook's study actually showed that LWOP was more expensive than the death penalty . . . in North Carolina  . . .  not New Mexico (4). The LFC didn't fact check Cook's study.

    The New Jersey Death Penalty Commission NJDPC) found "The costs of the death penalty are greater than the costs of life in prison without parole, but it is not possible to measure these costs with any degree of precision." (5).

    The NJDPC never looked at LWOP costs so it is hard to imagine how they reached that conclusion. Regardless, there is no savings amount identified. Plus, NJDPC made the same obvious error as other studies have, that is stating that death row incarceration costs are higher than general population cells. Capital murderers are most likely going to be in increased security cells, not general population. There is no evidence they looked at the costs savings of plea bargains to LWOP parole.

    The Urban Institute (Maryland) made significant accounting errors in their study, errors, which when fixed, may have revealed no increase in costs with the death penalty (6).

    Cook was, somehow, unaware? Did he not fact check?



     The death penalty saves more innocent lives, in three ways, than does life without parole (LWOP) (7,8).

    6) Cook:"There is reason to believe that some of those defendants would have pled out to a lesser offense—second-degree murder, say—if the district attorney had lacked the leverage provided by the death penalty."  pg 2

    Sharp: Precisely. Put plainly, more murderers will be released, increasing the costs of additional harm to innocents.  Murderers and other anti death penalty folks, like Cook, may cheer, but I suspect most North Carolinians would happily spend an additional $0.003/day to keep murderers on death row or serving LWOP, as opposed to being released, a huge additional cost.

    Sharp: Since 1973, there have been 14,000 - 28,000 actual innocents murdered by those known murderers that we allowed to murder, again - recidivist murderers (two different recidivism studies from different years) (7).

    Obviously, the death penalty provides increased incapacitation protection over lesser sanctions, thereby protecting more innocent lives.

    7) Cook: "(deterrence) was set aside on the grounds that there is no basis for predicting whether abolition of the death penalty would increase or reduce the murder rate, and good reason to believe that the effect in either direction would be small." pg 31

    Sharp: Deterrence is not measured by murder or crime rates. If it was then we would conclude that no potential crimes were deterred in all other countries, simply because, for example, Iceland has the lowest crime and murder rates and, therefore, no criminals in all other countries were deterred by sanction, because all other countries had higher crime rates than Iceland. 

    Absurd, of course.

    Deterrence is measured by there being lower net crime rates  than there, otherwise, would be without sanction. For example, if we ended all sanctions, would crimes and the crime rates go up? No rational person has any doubts.

    Cook is in error by asserting that there is no greater probability of deterrence.

    The evidence that the death penalty.executions deter some is overwhelming (7,8).

    The evidence that the death penalty/executions deter none does not exist (7,8).

    Death is feared more than life. Life is preferred over death. What is feared more deters more. What is preferred more deters less.

    It is not up to death penalty supporters to prove deterrence.  The evidence is on our side.

    It is up to deterrence naysayers to prove that the death penalty/executions deter none, which they have never and can never establish.

    All sanctions, all negative prospects and all negative incentives deter some, all truisms and all well known, with the death penalty/executions being the harshest sanction, the worst negative prospect and the greatest of negative incentives.

    Cook also avoids the risk to innocents, if we are unsure about deterrence. There is no balance in the sparing of innocents.

    If we are unconvinced and there is death penalty/execution deterrence and we don't execute, we sacrifice more innocents.

    If unknowable, we must execute, if innocent lives matter.


    Rebuttal to follow on these two:

    Deterrences (Donohue and Wolfers, 2006a, 2006b). p 10-14

    "Isaac Ehrlich’s research in this regard has received the most attention, motivating the creation of an expert panel of the National Academy of Sciences—whose report was skeptical of Ehrlich’s findings (Blumstein et al., 1978)." 13

    1)  Potential Savings from Abolition of the Death Penalty in North Carolina, American Law and Economics Review (Advance Access) published December 11, 2009, Philip J. Cook, Duke University

    2) See Virginia within
    Saving Costs with The Death Penalty

    3) "Duke (North Carolina) Death Penalty Cost Study: Let's be honest"

    4) New Mexico's Death Penalty Cost Study

    5) Issue 2, page 39, NEW JERSEY DEATH PENALTY STUDY COMMISSION REPORT, JANUARY 2007, http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/committees/dpsc_final.pdf

    see also

    "DEAD WRONG: NJ Death Penalty Study Commission", Dudley Sharp, 2007,

    6) Death Penalty Costs: Maryland

    7) The Death Penalty: Do Innocents Matter? A Review of All Innocence Issues

    8) OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS: A review of the debate
    99.7% of murderers tell us "Give me life, not execution"

              Durability of natural fibers reinforced calcium aluminate cement matrices        
    Durability of natural fibers reinforced calcium aluminate cement matrices Fernández Carrasco, Lucía; Claramunt Blanes, Josep; Ardanuy Raso, Mònica In this paper we describe a study of the durability of calcium aluminate cement (CAC) reinforced with nano- and micro- cellulose fibers. The nanocelluloses were in the form of nanofibrillated cellulose -obtained from sisal pulp by the application of a high intensity refining process- or as nanocrystals –obtained from acid hydrolysis of pure microcellulose. The setting time (Vicat), strength development (flexural strength), and durability to aging (wet/dry cycles and scanning electron microscopy analysis) were studied. The results have show that the presence of fibers in the matrices modifies the setting times towards reducing them; the mechanical behavior was found better in the fiber CAC matrices compared with CAC mortars. Regarding the durability tests, CAC cementitious systems keep intact the mechanical properties of the fibers. SEM photographs of fracture section show the surface of the fibers with very little state of degradation. These results would indicate that the absence of calcium hydroxide prevents the chemical degradation of cellulose.
              A little summer reading         
    Summer's officially started, but things haven't slowed down a bit at ebizQ. For starters, you'll find plenty of new articles, including Crystall Bedell's package on case management in financial services, Alan Earls' look at approaches to process governance and Joe...
              2010 Crystal Springs Cross Country Invitational Girls JV        
    Cross Country 2010 Crystal Springs Cross Country Invitational Girls JV 26:53 10/09/2010
              Paleo Broccoli Salad        
    I have been craving broccoli lately and making a broccoli salad has been on my mind for weeks! I love when long lingering ideas turn into something tangible and tasty! I will definitely be making this again, and I will definitely ignore my family's anti-raisin gibberish... oh yes, I think this salad would benefit greatly with that added ingredient! Hope you enjoy! :-)

    About 2 broccoli crowns, cut in bite-size pieces
    1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    3/4 C slivered almonds (or walnuts)
    3 strips bacon
    3/4 C raisins (optional)... I thought is sounded good, my family voted me down!
    1 C Paleo Mayonnaise (click here for recipe)
    2 T apple cider vinegar
    1/4 C coconut crystals (coconut palm sugar)

    Cook bacon and let cool, chop or crumble into small pieces. Combine broccoli, celery, onion and almonds. Toss well. In a separate dish, mix Paleo mayonnaise, coconut crystals and apple cider vinegar together until smooth. Stir the dressing mixture into the salad. Refrigerate and serve chilled! I could see this as a great Summer take-along side salad! Enjoy!

    *Paleo Mayonnaise: I used the recipe from Everyday Paleo's website for this mayonnaise. It turned out great! I don't usually use mayonnaise much, but I can see how this could come in handy from time-to-time! I made a little extra to store in my refrigerator for future recipe ideas!

              Zanotti e le scarpe del Mago di Oz        
    Dopo Sergio Rossi, ecco le creazioni di Zanotti per festeggiare il 70esimo anniversario del capolavoro cinematografico: Il Mago di Oz, promosse da Warner Bros. Consumer Products e Crystallized Swarovski Elements.
              Creative Fairy-Tale Retellings with Thought-Provoking Alterations | Review of Once        

    About the Collection

    Six fairytales you thought you knew, set against a tapestry of historical backgrounds.

    A lonely girl plots revenge in the shadow of a mountain. A stolen princess fumbles a century backward. A dwarfish man crafts brilliant automatons. A Polish Jew strikes matches against the Nazis. A dead girl haunts a crystal lake. A terrified princess searches a labyrinth. A rich collection of six historically inspired retellings, Once is a new generation of fairytales for those who thought they'd heard the tales in all their forms.

    Featuring the novellas of Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J Grace Pennington, Emily Ann Putzke, Suzannah Rowntree, and Hayden Wand.

    Available Now!
    Amazon | Goodreads

    My Rating


    My Review

    Creative fairy-tale retellings. A group of fabulously talented indie authors. Diverse historical settings and rich characterization. The Once collection has a lot going for it!

    I love that each story offers its own unique reading experience...

    The Mountain of the Wolf is a very atmospheric Western, with dangers from more than one kind of wolf and a tender, romantic twist.

    She But Sleepeth takes lots of turns and raises some interesting what-if questions about the course of history, the things we value most, and the dreams that don't come true.

    Rumpled offers an emotionally authentic journey from an ordinary life to a happily-ever-after with a steep cost. I think this might be my favorite of the collection (although it's tough to choose!) because of the powerful lessons learned and the satisfying way everything comes together.

    Sweet Remembrance is a tough, bittersweet read, gently told, with past and present scenes tightly interwoven.

    Death Be Not Proud kept me guessing, and I confess that I'm still not quite sure I understand exactly how it all went down and why certain characters acted the way they did. ;) But the great writing and the intense suspense certainly held my attention! This story might require more than one read to fully appreciate.

    With Blossoms Gold has really sweet main characters, a cat companion, an epic quest, and some wonderful character growth. A lovely tale that solidifies my admiration for this author's writing style and skill.

    All in all, this collection offers plenty of variety in its stories, from tone and setting to the type of ending. If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings with strong characters and thought-provoking alterations, you should find much to love in Once.

    *With thanks to the authors for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of the book. This review is my honest opinion.*
              Regulating Special Revelation        

    If God is still speaking to His people today—particularly through mental impressions and premonitions—how can believers exercise discernment when it comes to interpreting and applying these divine messages? Put simply, how is following the private, subjective “leading” of the Lord any more reliable than gazing into a crystal ball?

    As we saw last time, biblical discernment runs contrary to the kind of subjective mysticism many promote in the church today. Without any objective criteria, there is no means for determining truth from error. Such blithe subjectivity leaves people at the mercy of whatever mystical “voice” they’re listening to.

    Upper Abdominal Distress

    It is therefore ironic that advocates of mysticism inevitably treat discernment itself as if it were some kind of subjective, mystical ability. One author speaks of discernment as “a spiritual function,” by which he evidently means that discernment does not involve the intellect. [1] William DeArteaga, Quenching the Spirit (Lake Mary, FL: Creation House, 1992), 55. For a further discussion of DeArteaga’s work, see chapter 6 of Reckless Faith. In one of my earlier books I quoted Bill Hamon, one of the leading proponents of modern revelatory prophecy. Hamon’s recipe for discernment is a classic case of mystical anti-intellectualism. He believes prophecies can be properly evaluated only by people willing to set reason and logic aside:

    I have sometimes heard people say, “I did not witness with that prophecy.” But after questioning them, I discovered that what they really meant was that the prophecy did not fit their theology, personal desires or goals, or their emotions reacted negatively to it. They failed to understand that we do not bear witness with the soul—the mind, emotions or will.

    Our reasoning is in the mind, not the spirit. So our traditions, beliefs and strong opinions are not true witnesses to prophetic truth. The spirit reaction originates deep within our being. Many Christians describe the physical location of its corresponding sensation as the upper abdominal area.

    A negative witness—with a message of “no,” “be careful” or “something’s not right”—usually manifests itself with a nervous, jumpy or uneasy feeling. There is a deep, almost unintelligible sensation that something is wrong. This sense can only be trusted when we are more in tune with our spirit than with our thoughts. If our thinking is causing these sensations, then it could be only a soulish reaction.

    On the other hand, when God’s Spirit is bearing witness with our spirit that a prophetic word is right, is of God and is according to His will and purpose, then our spirit reacts with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We have a deep, unexplainable peace and joy, a warm, loving feeling—or even a sense of our spirit jumping up and down with excitement. This sensation lets us know that the Holy Spirit is bearing witness with our spirit that everything is in order, even though we may not understand everything that is being said, or our soul may not be able to adjust immediately to all the thoughts being presented. [2] Bill Hamon, “How to Receive a Personal Prophecy,” Charisma (April 1991), 68 (emphasis added).

    Notice that Hamon’s emphasis is entirely on feeling, while he derides the intellect, theology, reason, understanding, and by implication, true biblical wisdom. A reaction in the upper abdominal region is supposed to be a more reliable gauge of truth than all those things.

    But that is superstition, not discernment. How your upper abdomen feels about a thing is certainly no measure of truth or falsehood. Neither is “a nervous, jumpy, or uneasy feeling” apart from any rational cause. “A deep, unexplainable peace and joy, a warm, loving feeling—or even a sense of [your] spirit jumping up and down with excitement” is no proof that a supposed prophecy is reliable. Those who practice this sort of “discernment” epitomize reckless faith.

    And those who seek truth by analyzing inner feelings are likely to wind up with nothing but confusion.

    Dueling Prophets

    My editor once attended a service at the Anaheim Vineyard where two “prophets” gave contradictory prophecies. It happened in a Sunday morning worship service. When the congregational singing was over, John Wimber stepped to the platform. Before he could say anything, a young man in the congregation stood and began loudly to prophesy judgment against the leaders of the church. “Jerusalem! Jerusalem!” he began, echoing Luke 13:34, “you persecute My prophets and stone My messengers. My displeasure burns hot toward the leadership of this church for the way you have scorned My prophets and ignored My prophecies. . . .” and so on. The man evidently was disgruntled at the treatment he had received at the hands of church leaders, and this “prophecy” seemed to be his way of striking back. He prophesied in that manner for five minutes or more, earnestly calling the elders of the church to repentance. His entire message was in first person as if from God.

    Immediately when he finished, before John Wimber could respond, another “prophet” from the other side of the congregation popped up and began to prophesy exactly the opposite message. This prophet began with a loose paraphrase of Jeremiah 29:11: “Oh, pastors and leaders of this church, I know My thoughts toward you—thoughts of mercy, and not of judgment. I have loved you with an everlasting love and have laid up for you a crown in heaven, My beloved. You have done according to all My good pleasure, and henceforth all men will rise up and call you blessed. . . .” etcetera, etcetera.

    When the second man finished, a woman stood and sang a song, another person spoke in tongues, and one or two others quoted Bible verses or shared something brief. Then the service continued with Wimber making announcements. No reference was made to the two contradictory prophecies. No attempt was made to explain the dilemma or interpret either prophecy. Members of the congregation were simply left to draw their own conclusions about which, if either, of the two prophecies was correct.

    That illustrates the impossible situation that arises when people are encouraged to voice their own subjective impressions as if they were divine prophecy. And it also reveals the predicament we are placed in if we must allow a sensation in our upper abdominal area to determine the truth or falsehood of a prophetic message.

    Notice that both prophets’ messages echoed biblical terminology. Both of them were delivered with great conviction. Both of them employed first-person pronouns, as if God Himself were doing the speaking. Yet they flatly contradicted each other. They might both be false prophecies, but there is no way they could both be true. How were the people in the congregation supposed to determine which, if either, was correct? If they followed the gut-feeling approach, all the disgruntled people in the church undoubtedly opted for the first prophecy, believing they now had a word from the Lord to confirm their displeasure with their leaders.

    The obvious fact is that once we stray into the realm of subjectivity, we have no way to determine what is really true.

    (Adapted from Reckless Faith.)


    I know I've seen a video of these two brands showcasing their competitive spirits against each other online and my initial reaction was, "Wow! the efforts of these brands are just amazing!" It was funny (and cute at the same time) and I can't help but feel proud as a consumer that they're doing it all to promote their respective brands. At least I know the money I'll be spending on their phones will not just go for the actual phone itself but also, for their promotions. And to think both smartphone brands are not that expensive! I really have big respect for brands who advertise.

    Let's put the spotlight on the Vivo V5s.

    The new Vivo V5s trumps its competitors within the same price range in terms of photo quality and camera specifications, improved selfie tools, and new features like the Groufie or Group Selfie technology.
    With a slew of smartphone brands vying for the patronage of tech-savvy Filipinos and inveterate selfie enthusiasts, top five premium global brand1 Vivo has sprinted past the competition with its “perfect selfie” V5 line, the latest of which is the Vivo V5s. Priced at only P14,990 but loaded with features that are not found in its competitors, the V5s is turning out to be the best smartphone deal vis-à-vis other brands in the same price range.First, the V5s is equipped with a 20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture, which trumps the OPPO F3 Plus’ 16-MP front camera. The V5s’ superior front camera is complemented by its 13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high-definition mode that renders stunning HD images of up to 52 megapixels.
    Selfies have never been clearer and more vibrant with the newest and more impressive member yet of the V5 line, the Vivo V5s, which brandishes a 20-megapixel front camera and high-end selfie-tools for the tech-savvy Filipino.
    Second, the V5s’ 20-MP sensor ensures that the tiniest of details are captured in your selfies. The light-sensing area, at 1/2.78 of an inch, is larger than average, allowing more light to come in, which, in turn, enhances photo brightness.

    Third, the V5s boasts of an updated Selfie Soflight that allows users to take crystal-clear selfies in any lighting condition—even at night.

    Fourth, the Vivo V5s has a Face Beauty 6.0, decidedly superior to the OPPO F3 Plus’ Face Beauty 4.0. The V5s’ Face Beauty 6.0, which works as a skincare tool, has three new functions: buffing, whitening, and enhancing one’s skin tone.
    The newly launched Vivo V5s is equipped with advanced selfie tools, including an improved Selfie Softlight with an enhanced with an enhanced night mode, and the Face Beauty mode 6.0.
    Fifth, the V5s touts still another cutting-edge feature—the Group Selfie technology, which supports both portrait and panorama-oriented photos. This means everyone gets into the act; no one is left out in the ‘groupfie’.

    Sixth, the V5s offers its App Clone, a feature that lets users run two accounts with the same app. With the App Clone, multi-tasking professionals and highly mobile millennials can compartmentalize their personal and social lives online.
    No more excuses not to come up with that perfect, natural, and radiant-looking selfies as Vivo launches its most impressive smartphone yet, the V5s, which boasts of a 20-megapixel front camera and more advanced selfie tools.
    Seventh, the V5s’ slimmer bezels make it smaller than the average 5.5-inch smartphones, and therefore easier and more comfortable to grip.

    Aesthetics and function likewise combine in the V5s. Its 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass cover renders it practically shatter proof and endows it with a minimalistic but elegant look.

    Finally, the V5s’ other notable features include a 4G RAM and 64GB internal memory, Hi-Fi music technology, and 0.2-second fingerprint unlocking mode.

    Whichever way you look at it, the new Vivo V5s gives more bang for your buck and is decidedly the best smartphone deal—in its price range—for all selfie-loving Filipinos.

    For inquiries about Vivo V5s, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivophil) accounts.

    1according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker (http://www.idc.com/promo/smartphone-market-share/vendor;jsessionid=7595C1498F4F0FBF496CC767E273121B)

              I'M BACK AT AZALEA BORACAY!        
    And I'm happy about it. Obviously.
    Photo from Ed Uy of www.whereiseduy.com
    There are two hotels I frequent every time I visit Boracay. They're both located at Station 2 and somehow, near each other. Well technically, everything is near in Boracay if we are talking about the distances of the 3 stations to each other.

    Now I prefer the other hotel if I'm with a small group of 2 - 3. But for big groups like families, Azalea Boracay is the perfect choice! For sure, there's one or two in your family or group of friends who know how to cook because that will help you save a lot. Let's start with that.

    There are a lot of restaurants near Azalea Boracay where you can dine at. There's even a Kuya J inside it if you're craving for a Crispy Pata, among other things. But one of the best things for me about the hotel is it's just a 5-minute walk from D'Talipapa where you can buy fresh seafoods and have it cooked at a reasonable price. But if you prefer to save that extra dough from the "paluto" for your late night drinking (I'm not endorsing this) or water activities, then just buy the ingredients and cook it with your group at your suite in Azalea. Your apartment suite comes with a complete set of cookware and dining set so you're pretty much covered.

    Sounds good?

    This is actually my third stay at Azalea Boracay as of this writing. This time, I'm not with my usual group of online friends. But still, it was fun to have spent my stay with them which gave me the opportunity to get to know them a little better beyond our likes and comments on social media.
    I brought my Cabin Zero backpack for this trip.
    We were all divided and assigned into three apartment suites. I was with John and Rain. They were too considerate to give me the other room (yes, there were as many as 2 - 3 rooms per suite in Azalea) all to myself because I needed to rest well. Same as my last visit, I wasn't feeling good again on this particular trip to Boracay.

    Check this LINK for a tour of Azalea Boracay and all its apartment suites and amenities.

    On top of its facilities and services, Azalea Boracay also has a Travel and Vacation Concierge from which you can request an arranged tour.

    We got to experience these on our second day:

    From the usual island hopping which includes snorkeling aka "the quest to find Nemo",

    to going on a cave adventure at Crystal Cove,

    to a lunch break at Tambisaan beach,

    to just simply enjoying the Puka beach.
    Photos from www.kumagcow.com

    The best part for me about this trip, aside from staying at Azalea Boracay once again, is I got to spend it with these people. Special thanks to John for letting me bully him and not retaliating,
    Look! It's the NIVEA sunblock mascot! Peace, John.:)
    to everyone but most especially to Jeman, Ed, Lou, and Rain for checking up on me if I'm ok every now and then, to Laila for letting me get to know you other than your PR persona, to Ria for being encouraging with your game for everything spirit (and for also being bibo on documenting and the live online updates), to Martin and Erica for never getting tired of returning my smiles with theirs, and most especially to Jeman (again) for organizing everything and considering me for this trip. Special thanks to sir Adrian Ramirez of Azalea for being a cool and generous host.

    Really, my stay at this holiday haven won't be complete without you guys. Thank you! Until our next trip!

    Planning a trip to Boracay for the first time? Want to know how to get to Azalea Boracay? Read HERE.

    Azalea Hotels & Residences Boracay is located at Station 2. For reservations, call +63 917 861 1641 / +61 917 861 1138 /+63 919 9944 140 / Mobile Landline: +63 2 450 1151 / Boracay Landline: +63 36 288 1144 or email reservations@azalea.com.ph.

    For more information about the hotel and its latest promos, visit www.azalea.com.ph.
    I'm gonna be honest that I'm not a big fan of selfies. Go follow me on Instagram (shameless plug -hehe) so that I can prove it to you.

    I don't do selfies for the sole reason that I don't do it well. And I find it kinda late in the game for me to start doing so. Let's just leave it to the ones who started doing selfies long before the selfie term was even coined.

    Now even though that's the case (me not doing selfies), I appreciate smart phone brands that keep on innovating their features such as their cameras -more specifically, by leveling up the 'selfie game' like the Vivo V5s.
    In addition to its high-end camera features and advanced selfie tools. the Vivo V5s brandishes an elegant and sleek design with slimmer bezels and finer details, with the U-shape cover lines making the back cover look even more premium.
    I know I've mentioned myself not doing selfies but hey, Stephen Curry does it. Maybe I can try.

    The Vivo V5s is the newest perfect selfie phone that caters to the arising needs of millenials, working professionals, and people from all walks of life. With a 20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture, the V5s gives you crystal clear, high-resolution selfies, wherein all the details are astonishingly visible. Its 13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high-definition mode also renders stunning ultra HD images of up to 52 megapixels. Plus it's also great with 'groufies', too!
    Touting a 20-megapixel front camera and enhance selfie tools, NBA superstar Stephen Curry uses the new "perfect selfie" Vivo V5s in capturing precious moments in is personal and professional life.
    Here are some photos from the Vivo V5s' big reveal at SM North Edsa last May 19.
    At the launch of the newest perfect selfie Vivo V5s smart phone led by hosts Verniece Enciso and Nikko Ramos.
    Vivo Philippines Vice President Hazel Bascon leads the launch of the new V5s phone and explains why this next big thing in the smartphone industry is the best choice for selfie lovers.
    Vivo national sales manager Robert John Decillo, marketing Director Lindsay Guan. and Vice President Hazel Bascon grace the big reveal of the V5s phone at SM North Edsa last May 19.
    More than its selfie features, here are the top 5 reasons why should you own a Vivo V5s:

    1. The Vivo V5s also features a selfie softlight technology that creates lighting effects similar to those in a professional photography studio, with an enhanced night mode for clearer and more fabulous selfies taken at night or even in poor lighting conditions. The V5s also includes a beauty mode 6.0 feature, which works like a skincare tool that automatically detects your gender and applies beauty touches accordingly.
    2. The Vivo V5s is equipped with 5G-ready capacity for a more stable Internet connection—an upgrade from the 4G capacity of previous V5 units and other phones in the same price range. For its storage, the V5s also has a bigger capacity of 4GB RAM, perfect for games and applications, and a 64GB ROM—expandable up to 256 GB—that can store up to 302 films, 20000 songs or 26,000 pictures, and other documents.
    3. Still another new feature of the V5s is the App Clone, which allows users to log on to two different accounts using the same social media app, thus separating one's professional and personal lives. The said feature currently supports important chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, BBM, Zalo, and Viber.
    4. The V5s shares the elegant and sleek design of the V5 series, with slimmer bezels and a large 5.5 inch display in 2.5D corning gorilla glass that gives impressive video-viewing effects. Vivo designers also gave the V5s an amazing new look with finer details, as the U-shaped cover lines make the back cover look even more premium and high-end.
    5. Other notable features include a smart split 2.0 that enables the V5s to keep two tasks on screen at the same time, an eye protection mode that filters out all the blue light and makes the screen light softer, and a 0.2 fingerprint unlocking.

    For inquiries about Vivo V5s, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (httpps://www.instagram.com/vivophil/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

    One of my airport fears is being held up for something that's inside my hand-carry luggage. I recently experienced that on my way back home from my Taiwan trip and it was nerve-wracking! I overlooked packing this 100ml canister of Super volcanic clay mousse mask I bought from innisfree in my check-in baggage and there I was at the security checkpoint realizing that fear. But luck was on my side that day. They let me through upon checking the product (even though it's 100ml) without taking it. It was not liquid anyway. I was kinda ready to give it up since I bought it for just less than a Php1,000 but a part of me will regret it for sure if the case was otherwise. It's a good product, by the way.

    Now if it was a 100ml bottle of perfume, then that'd be a different story. You know how much a good bottle of perfume costs, right? Add that to the personal fact that I love smelling good always especially on travels.

    I usually bring two kinds of scents. One for when it's hot and the other, for when it's cold. But bringing two bottles of perfume can be a hassle especially at times when the trip is short and when I don't have baggage allowance. In comes Travalo.

    Let's get to know the brand first.

    Travalo originated from the United Kingdom and was launched in October 2009. The brand has won six international awards that include a Red Dot Design Award and a Beauty Challenger Award. Not only has it been raved by bloggers and Youtubers and featured in various publications such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Style, but it also has won the favor of over 10 million users around the world.

    I'm featuring two atomizers today. The stylish Travalo Classic and it's more affordable sister, the Perfume Pod.

    The Travalo atomizer uses the innovative, patented Genie-S system that allows you to "pump to refill" and instantly transfer your favorite fragrance.
    The Travalo Classic comes in a sleek, rounded casing that makes it easy to slip into bags and pockets and it is also made in lightweight aircraft grade aluminum that doesn't have an ounce of glass on it. It is a little over three inches long and is small enough to fit inside an evening clutch or even your pocket. It stores up to 5ml of perfume and can spray between 65 to 80 times before needing a refill.
    This unique system allows the Travalo to refill in seconds without spillage or exposing it to air. All you have to do is remove the spray nozzle,

    connect the bottom part of the Travalo to the exposed tube, then start pumping the same way you spray your perfume. You can actually check through the clear part of the tube if the content is filled to your liking.

    Travalo Classic is available at the 2F of Travalo SM North EDSA, Lazada Philippines, and at 4L SM Aura and retails at Php999.75.

    Now if you prefer a cheaper alternative, then there's the Perfume Pod for you. Same as the Travalo, it comes with the patented Genie-S refill system. The atomizer is durable, scratch-resistant and shatterproof, and is crystal clear so you can see the perfume inside.
    The Perfume Pod measures three inches in length and carries 5ml of perfume to last you the whole weekend and can spray up to 65 to 80 times before needing to be refilled.
    Perfume Pod is available at the 2F of Travalo SM North EDSA, Lazada Philippines, and at 4L SM Aura and retails at Php349.75.

    Is this something you would like to include in your travel essentials? Sound off in the comments below.

    For more information, follow @travaloph on Instagram and like Travalo Philippines on Facebook.

              Once Upon a Time: The Eternal Sky Kingdom of Peach Blossoms        
    It is based on a novel in the wuxia subgenre, xianxia, known for incorporating themes of reincarnation and karma. Sort of fittingly, Tang Qi’s novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms has also gone through many lives and identities. Published as To the Sky Kingdom in America, it has already been adapted for Chinese television as the hit series Eternal Love. More problematically, charges of plagiarism allege the novel’s basic narrative structure was lifted from Dafeng Guaguo’s semi-underground boy’s love novel Peach Blossom Debt, with the yaoi content replaced with straight romance. In any event, karma will not be denied in Zhao Xiaoding & Anthony LaMolinara’s Once Upon a Time (trailer here), which opens this Friday in New York.

    The realm of the immortals remains tranquil after their triumph over the demon clan, but it cost Bai Qian’s master Mo Yuan dearly. After exhausting his qi sealing the Demon Lord in Eastern Bell Mountain, his body was frozen in protective ice. For centuries, the immortal queen has awaited his thaw. In the interim, she has been promised to the crown prince Ye Hua to maintain peace in the Heavenly realm. Despite her loyalty to Mo Yuan, she finds herself developing feelings for the prince and his young son “Rice Ball,” whom he conceived with his late mortal wife Su Su.

    It turns out Bai Qian looks an awful lot like Su Su and Ye Hua is a dead ringer for Mo Yuan. In fact, we eventually learn Bai Qian did indeed renounce her immortality and memory while despondent over the absence of her lord, but she no longer recalls their Earthly interlude. Unfortunately, that first attempt at fairy tale romance was undermined by the machinations of the devious Su Jin, who is still up to her old tricks.

    Bai Qian/Su Su’s story will eventually be pieced together with enough cohesion for high fantasy wuxia. However, the idea that Ye Hua and Mo Yuan could be one and the same never makes any sense, even though the film constantly drops teasing hints to that effect. Frankly, it is pretty easy to see why Chinese TV took the first crack at To the Sky Kingdom of Peach Blossoms. At an hour and forty-nine minutes, it is clear OUAT has glossed over quite a bit. Yet, the vibe is so weird, in a beyond New Age kind of way, you sort of have to go with it. At least half the film feels like the scenes of Laurence Olivier and Ursula Andress wearing togas on Mount Olympus in the original Clash of the Titans.

    Crystal Liu Yifei (of The Four trilogy) has the right porcelain goddess look and wuxia action chops for Bai Qian, a.k.a. Su Su, a.k.a. Si Yin (as her master used to call her). On the other hand, is poorly cast as Ye Hua/Mo Yuan. He looks too young and immature for an eighteen-year-old mortal, so forget about a millennia-old warrior. However, Li Chun makes quite the ruthless but tres elegant femme fatale as the scheming Su Jin.

    The bad news is there is also a precious CGI character who acts like a reject from Monster Hunt. The good news is Su Jin has a cool looking tiger companion. You certainly won’t get bored by OUAT, but confusion is a near certainty. However, there is a large following for the property, who will probably be able to fill in the gaps on their own. Eternal Love is still a huge hit for Dragon TV and Zhejiang TV, like their Game of Thrones, but without the sex and violence (it also streams on dramafever, so the k-drama fans are well versed in Peach Blossoms as well). For newcomers, it is very strange, but it definitely grabs viewers on a deep Jungian archetypal level. Recommended as something different, Once Upon a Time opens this Friday (8/11) in New York, at the AMC Empire.

              Film Review: CYBER BANDITS (1995, Erik Fleming)        
    Stars: 2.5 of 5.
    Running Time: 86 minutes.
    Notable Cast or Crew: Martin Kemp (WAXWORK II, THE KRAYS, of "Spandau Ballet" fame), Alexandra Paul (CHRISTINE, BAYWATCH), Adam Ant (of "Adam and the Ants," NOMADS, JUBILEE), Grace Jones (A VIEW TO A KILL, CONAN THE DESTROYER), Henry Gibson (NASHVILLE, THE 'BURBS, THE BLUES BROTHERS), James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, BLADE RUNNER), Nils Allen Stewart (BLOODSPORT 2, FIREPOWER), Robert Hays (AIRPLANE!, CAT'S EYE, TV's STARMAN). Written by James Dale Robinson (THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) and James Goldman (William Goldman's brother, the playwright who wrote THE LION IN WINTER, FOLLIES, and THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS––here he is credited as "Winston Beard").
    Tag-line: "Welcome to cyberspace. Where danger is a virtual reality."
    Best one-liner: "Strap him down, boys!" (said by Grace Jones)

    In a familiar, darkened alleyway:

    "What are we watching tonight?"
    –"Tonight, we're going to catch a glimpse the future."
    "Oh yeah?"
    –"Well, take a peek, kiddo––if you can handle it. It's called CYBER BANDITS:"

    Cool Cyber Dudes

    Life-Size Cyber Strippers

    Pocket-Size Cyber Strippers

    Read-only Optical Memory

     "The future kinda looks like 1995."
    –"The hell it does!"
    "Is that a CD-ROM?"
    –"Maybe. But what if in the future they have experimental hard drives that hold millions of terabytes of data and they happen to look like CD-ROMs?"
    "Oookay. If it's gonna be watered-down cyberpunk, can we just watch BRAINSCAN instead?"
    –"No. Trust me, you're gonna like CYBER BANDITS. For starters, its cast is comprised almost entirely of famous musicians and John Carpenter actors."
    "Hmm. Go on."
    –"Almost everyone in this film has razor-sharp cheekbones and ice-blue eyes, and it's all accompanied by aggressive house music and fusion jazz noodling. Look at this, it's just three, nearly identical, cheek-bony men staring at each other's cheekbones. It's like being held captive in a hall-of-mirrors at a German discotheque."

    "Okay. Is that, um, Adam Ant?"
    "Does this movie have a plot?"
    "Of course it does. So there's an evil millionaire, played by Robert Hays (who played STARMAN on TV, albeit not directed by John Carpenter), who is financing a device capable of erasing your mind and trapping you in your own catatonic body in a mental hell of your own making. Essentially, it's a jumbo-sized and more malicious version of the neuralyzer from MEN IN BLACK.

    He's got Joe Dante and Robert Altman-standby Henry Gibson as his top scientist on the project, too."

    "So it's more of a 'Henry Gibson picture' than a 'William Gibson picture,' eh?"
    –"Oh, stop. Though, I must give a special shout-out to Gibson, who simpers and leers his way through the picture with sinister refinement, like he's a 1990s Claude Rains."

    Hand over the CD-ROMs if you know what's good for you

     "I do appreciate a solid Henry Gibson performance."
    –"Me too, brother. Anyway, our hero is Martin Kemp (the bassist from Spandau Ballet), who's, um, a sailor on the evil millionaire's yacht."

    "I feel like this character should be played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Or at least Jean-Faux Van Bernhardt."
    –"Oh, hush. So, after a torrid affair with the millionaire's girlfriend (Alexandra Paul, from John Carpenter's CHRISTINE),

    Pictured: a torrid affair from the future, and not, in fact, a torrid affair from 1995.

    and against the advice of his buddy, rocker Adam Ant,

    You'll note that those are the Frank Lloyd Wright tiles from BLADE RUNNER in the background!

    the sailor and the girlfriend decide to steal the plans to the millionaire's neural-cyber-weapon-thing and have them laser-tattooed on Kemp's back with a bunch of little 1's and 0's. (The original title of this picture was A SAILOR'S TATTOO.)

    Incidentally, this is the first (but far from the last) time Martin Kemp will be strapped down to various surfaces throughout this movie.

    Also, it's worth mentioning that the man doing the tattooing is James Hong (from John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA)

    Note his excellent fake mustache.

    who, pre-tattoo, offers them a masked, flamboyant Chinese opera performance.

    He was clearly having so much fun with it, that they bring him back for a post-credits scene where he performs even more Chinese opera. Take that, Marvel movies!"
    "I must say, as far as MacGuffins go, a coded tattoo is not the worst idea."
    –"Of course it isn't!  Didn't I tell you who wrote this thing?"
    –"Two men. One is the guy who adapted THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN..."
    –"...and the other is the playwright who wrote THE LION IN WINTER."
    "Er, what?"
    –"Who incidentally is William Goldman's brother, James. However, he chose to be credited as 'Winston Beard.' Also, don't be so hard on THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN."
    "I'll be as hard on it as I want. Think about it: Sean Connery had such a bad experience working on it that he retired from acting. Therefore, if not for GENTLEMEN, we may have had Connery in INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL which fundamentally would have altered its fabric, which means it might not have had Tarzan vine-swinging and CG aliens. The pity is that we'll never know."
    –"Okay, that's enough out of you. I'm about to get to the best part: the millionaire has a foil––a woman who leads a rag-tag band of cyber-resistance fighters and plans to bring him down for good: ladies and gentlemen, may I present... Grace muthahfuckin' Jones."

    "That's a lot of crazy-eye."
    –"It's one of her specialties, as you well know. You can also see her in Christopher Lee's Cher wig from THE WICKER MAN,

    shouting things like "Strap him down, boys," feeding her pet mouse to her pet snake (with an extra side of crazy-eye),

    setting up a nice cyber-office on the beach (uh... what?)

    and wearing really outré outfits that I guess are supposed to be camouflage,

    but read more as "Cousin It at Milan fashion week."

    SURPRISE––Grace Jones!

    "I'm intrigued."
    –"It's a lot better than it should be. I mean, Grace Jones alone––despite less than 20 minutes of screen-time––is essentially worth the price of admission. It's like a low-rent BLADE RUNNER/NEUROMANCER with big ideas, game actors, silly costumes, and an A-list soundtrack featuring songs like 'Sploosh' by Ozric Tentacles."
    "Wow. I kinda miss the '90s."
    –"I think you mean, 'the future'... don't you?"
              Only now does it occur to me... SEA OF LOVE        
    Only now does it occur to me... that not only does SEA OF LOVE offer the trappings of a kinda-mediocre-but-fun sex thriller in the FATAL ATTRACTION/BASIC INSTINCT/SLIVER/BODY OF EVIDENCE vein, not only does it feature Al Pacino and John Goodman as hot-doggin' detectives,
    who prefer to work outside the system––much to chagrin of their straight-laced boss, John Spencer (of course),
    not only does it feature an extremely young and quippy Samuel L. Jackson,
    Credited in the role of––no joke, unfortunately––"Black Guy"

    not only does it contain an absurd GODFATHER reference alluding to the restaurant cop-killing of Sterling Hayden,
    Pacino: "What is she gonna do, confess? Shoot me? We're in a restaurant!!"

    not only do Pacino and Ellen Barkin offer the most hilarious, post-9 1/2 WEEKS, food-related seduction scene this side of TROLL 2:
    He was lookin' for Chips Ahoy 

    She was lookin' for fresh produce, but then she found...

    No, not love––she found...

    Yellow bell peppers

    Oh yes she did

    No, we shouldn't, look at all this fresh romaine

    Just waiting to go on a salad, perhaps a Caesar

    not only does SEA OF LOVE offer all of these sublime and occasionally laughable joys, but it also, and perhaps most importantly, it depicts the best shower curtain of all time––
    this beautifully whimsical portrait of rumba musicians who happen to be alligators. Said shower curtain belongs to hardboiled cop Pacino,
    whose street cred has never been more crystal clear.

              Game Review: 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand        
    Udgivet af THQ og lavet af Swordfish Studios 1-2 player 3.persons shooter Curtis Jackson aka. 50 Cent spiller en koncert for de amerikanske tropper i et unavngivent land i mellemøsten, selvfølgelig skudsikker vest og kranatbælte (!?!), men da arrangøren ikke har 50’s 10 millioner dollars fÃ¥r han i stedet et diamandbesat kranie… Dette “crystal skull”
              Feld v. Conway        

    Threat Type: 


    Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

    Crystal Conway

    Type of Party: 






    Type of Party: 


    Location of Party: 

    • Massachusetts


    Dismissed (total)




    • Massachusetts

    Location of Party: 

    • Kentucky

    Verdict or Settlement Amount: 


    Source of Law: 

    • Massachusetts

    Legal Counsel: 

    Kathleen A. Reagan

    Court Name: 

    United States District Court, District of Massachusetts

    Court Type: 

    In November 2010, Mara Feld arranged for her thoroughbred gelding to be shipped to a horse farm. The horse was instead sent to a horse auction and may have been slaughtered in Canada. The horse's fate became a topic of... read full description

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    In November 2010, Mara Feld arranged for her thoroughbred gelding to be shipped to a horse farm. The horse was instead sent to a horse auction and may have been slaughtered in Canada. The horse's fate became a topic of great debate on Internet sites dealing with thoroughbred race horses and at some point Crystal Conway became involved in the ongoing online discussions. On December 11, 2010, Conway posted on her Twitter account: "Mara Feld aka Gina Holt - you are fucking crazy!"

    On December 10, 2013, Feld filed a complaint alleging one count of libel. Afterwards, Conway filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the complaint did not state a claim upon which relief can be granted because her statement was an opinion. Conway further argued that the use of vulgarity signaled its lack of clinical or factual significance. Feld responded that the statement in question was not obviously a statement of opinion, because it could be interpreted differently. Furthermore, Feld argued that the use of profanity did not transform the statement into mere opinion.

    The court held that the tweet had to be read in the context of the ongoing online discussion, rather than in isolation. In that context, the court found that the tweet could not reasonably be understood to state actual facts about Feld's mental state. Therefore, the complaint could not support a claim of defamation and Conway's motion to dismiss was granted.

    Subject Area: 

    • Defamation
    • Twitter

              Comment on "The Muslim Rape Army Is Coming to Getcha!", by Jonathan Revusky        
    Balls. You are partly responsible for it. This discussion here with you forced me to revisit the issue and it resulted in crystallization of thoughts I seeded c. 15 years ago. This lead to the Utu's Imperative. I should add I did not formulate it on the basis of evidence we have so far like...
              By: Scott Leslie        
    Seeing my name in the same paragraph with "Clay Shirky's" seems unlikely, but I'm flattered. Indeed, what I wrote has been said many times before, much better than I said it, but I'm a slow learner. The post should be evidence of that - I wrote it because what I'd I'd read all those times before finally became "understanding" for me, and writing it was my way of crystallizing that understanding. Anyways, thanks, and glad if it was helpful to others.
              Peanut Brittle        
    I can't believe it's been exactly six years since I originally posted this recipe. We have made it almost every year since in fact I just made some today in preparation for Christmas. In honor of my "brittleversary" I'm bringing this fun recipe forward. The rest is from the original post enjoy!

    One of Ryan's favorite holiday treats!  I made some last night so he could take it to work to share with his employees he also took some of these with him.  He says he doesn't miss the old version at all with this healthified version.  In fact he actually likes this one better.  He also says they were well received when he brought them into work this morning! 


    Peanut Brittle

    3 cups dry roasted (preferably unsalted) peanuts
    2 cups dehydrated cane juice crystals or Sucanat
    3/4 cup agave nectar (could use honey but I love the mild flavor of agave)
    1/4 cup water
    1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    2 Tablespoons coconut oil with a drop of butter flavor
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    candy thermometer
    2 oiled baking sheets (I used one cookie sheet size and one cake pan size this was about right)

    In a large saucepan, combine Sucanat, Agave, salt and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sucanat dissolves. Bring to a boil, blend in coconut oil and vanilla. Stir nearly constantly until temperature is at 280 degrees, add peanuts. Stir constantly until 295-300 degrees is reached. Remove from heat and quickly stir in baking soda. Mix well. Pour onto the baking sheets try to spread it out with a spoon as quickly as possible to get to desired thickness. Loosen from the pans as soon as possible and turn over. (They were pretty well set up and cool by the time I did this) Break hardened candy up and store in an airtight container or double Ziploc.

              So Basically It’s A Camp For Semi-Introverted Adults Who Believe In Magic.        

    An unmistakable look of panic overtook her facial features as she put a hand to her throat and ran towards the bathroom. I dropped whatever it was I’d been holding, maybe a fork or a priceless crystal heirloom, and the three of us who’d been abandoned at the table ran after her shouting senseless things like, [...]

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              Latest Movies: GROAN! Indy 5 will continue where Crystal Skull ended!        

    OK!, we really have to trust Disney with this one! But after the disaster that was Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of Crystal Skull, (I [read more...]

    The post Latest Movies: GROAN! Indy 5 will continue where Crystal Skull ended! appeared first on Horror Cult Films.

              Top 100 Thinkers of the World Ranking        
    From the brains behind Iran's Green Revolution to the economic Cassandra who actually did have a crystal ball, they had the big ideas that shaped our world. Read on to see the 100 minds that mattered most in the year t

    22 Vote(s)
              Science game with Water .        

    We should keep trying something new and off the hook, which is not been done or tried before. So today going a little away from technology we will peep into a little scientific stuff. Today i'll tell you How to instantly turn water into ice by trying 'Supercooling'.
    'Supercooling' is when you chill a liquid below its freezing point without it becoming solid. Try this amazing trick by following Mark's simple step-by-step instructions.

    Things you'll need:

    • Two 1 litre bottles of water (deionised water for car batteries works best, but you could use filtered water)
    • A thermometer (optional)
    • A clear mixing bowl
    • Two buckets
    • 8kg of ice cubes
    • 3kg of table salt
    • Towel

    How to do it:

    The experiment can sometimes fail if a bottle is knocked by accident. You can increase your chances of success by putting two bottles of deionised water in each bucket.
    Place a bottle of deionised water into a bucket and pack 3kg of ice around the base of the bottle. Leave a few ice cubes aside in the freezer, to use later. Pour 1.5kg of salt over the ice and top up with water until it fills the bucket to the level of the bottle's lid. Repeat the process with the second bucket and bottle.
    Do not disturb your bottles while they are cooling, as the smallest knock can start the ice crystallisation process. Carefully check the temperature of the water using a thermometer. You need to wait for it to cool down to -8C. This process will take around 30 minutes.
    Carefully take one of your bottles out of its bucket and check it is still liquid water. Place it on the table.
    Take the ice cubes you set aside and place into a mixing bowl. Now gently unscrew the top of your water bottle and slowly pour onto the ice cubes. Watch in amazement as the water turns instantly into ice!
    Now carefully lift out the other bottle of water from its ice bucket. Gently wipe it over with a towel. Then, holding it firmly by the lid, give it a sharp tap on the table. You should soon see ice begin to form at the top of the bottle and 'creep' downwards.

    Why doesn't the water freeze at 0C?

    Ice cold water in bottleWater tends to freeze at 0C but there needs to be a 'nucleus' around which the crystalline structure of ice can form. So filtered water can be chilled well below this as there are no impurities for ice crystals to form around, unlike normal water.
    In this experiment, the ice cubes in the bowl, and the bubbles that form when you tap the bottle, act as the 'nucleus' to kick-start crystallisation.

    Why does adding salt to ice water make it get colder?

    When water and ice are mixed together some molecules of ice are melting and some of the water molecules are freezing.
    When the temperature reaches 0C the two processes balance each other out in what is known as dynamic equilibrium.
    However, salt upsets this balance. This is because salt dissolves in water but can't interact with ice.
    The salt molecules start to replace the water molecules so there are fewer water molecules freezing compared to the number of ice molecules melting.
    The water cools down below 0C so more molecules will freeze to achieve balance once again. The more salt you add, the colder the icy water gets.

              10 Teknologi Masa Depan.!!        
    Manusia akan segera memasuki masa depan.
    Teknologi bergerak sedemikian cepatnya sehingga dalam waktu tidak lama lagi seluruh dunia akan berubah besar-besaran. Teknologi-teknologi baru yang sedang dikembangkan benar-benar revolusioner, hal-hal yang nyaris tidak pernah terbayangkan sebelumnya oleh para ilmuwan dan hanya ada dalam khayalan-khayalan manusia.

    Di suatu hari nanti, manusia mungkin bisa hidup ratusan tahun tanpa mengenal penyakit, memiliki kecerdasan yang genius, dan pergi bertamasya ke luar angkasa.

    Ini adalah beberapa teknologi revolusioner yang diperkirakan akan merubah seluruh dunia :
    1. Mesin-mesin Cerdas Seukuran Atom, Nanoteknologi
    2. Zaman Manusia-manusia Super, Rekayasa Genetika
    3. Energi terdahsyat di Alam Semesta, Fusi Nuklir
    4. Regenerasi Wolverine, Stem Cell
    5. Komputer Kuantum
    6. Baju Menghilang Harry Potter, Metamaterial
    7. Space Elevator, Tangga Menuju Bintang-bintang
    8. Scramjet
    9. Hidup Ratusan Tahun, Resveratrol.
    10. Penyatuan Manusia dan Mesin, Singularitas.

    1. Mesin-mesin Cerdas Seukuran Atom, Nanoteknologi
    “Coal and diamonds, sand and computer chips, cancer and healthy tissue: throughout history, variations in the arrangement of atoms have distinguished the cheap from the cherished, the diseased from the healthy. Arranged one way, atoms make up soil, air, and water. Arranged another, they make up ripe strawberries. Arranged one way, they make up homes and fresh air; arranged another, they make up ash and smoke”.Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation

    Nanoteknologi adalah segala teknologi masa depan yang memungkinan manusia memanipulasi partikel-partikel super kecil yang besarnya nyaris seukuran atom! Nanometer sendiri adalah ukuran 1/semilyar meter, atau nyaris ketebalan rambut dibelah 50.000. Itulah kedahsyatan teknologi nano.

    Tujuannya adalah menciptakan material-material baru masa depan, bahkan mesin-mesin dan robot-robot seukuran partikel. Material-material itu akan bisa lebih kuat dari intan, super ringan, tahan panas dan dingin dengan skala yang ekstrim, mampu menghantarkan listrik lebih baik, lebih tahan lama, ramah lingkungan dan seterusnya.

    Kemungkinan aplikasinya benar-benar dahsyat dan akan merubah seluruh dunia. Bayangkan bila kita bisa menciptakan berbagai material baru yang lebih keras dari intan, dan jauh lebih ringan dari baja. (Carbon nanotubes, sp2 bond). Kita bisa menciptakan kerangka super kuat untuk mobil, pesawat terbang, atau bangunan dan jembatan. Dengan bobotnya yang lebih ringan, semua mobil dan pesawat juga akan lebih hemat energi.

    Kita bisa menciptakan baju anti kusut dan tahan noda. Kita juga bisa menciptakan robot berukuran bakteria, nanobots, dan memasukanya ke dalam tubuh manusia. Fungsinya bisa dari menyembuhkan penyakit, menghancurkan sel-sel kanker, bahkan memperkuat tubuh manusia (Feynman, ”Swallowing the Doctor”). Nanobots ataupun nanoparticles bahkan nantinya diperkirakan juga akan bisa kembali menutup lubang ozon.

    Dengan komponen seukuran nano, kita bisa membuat supercomputer sebesar kotak korek api, dan media penyimpanan data yang menyimpan jutaan gigabyte informasi tentang umat manusia dan seluruh alam semesta, sebesar seujung kuku.
    Bagaimana teknologi ini bisa dilakukan? Karena mikroskop super-canggih yang dapat melihat atom sudah ada sejak 1981, Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM), dan Atomic Force Microscope (AFM, 1986).
    2. Era Manusia-manusia Super, Rekayasa Genetika

    “Human genetic engineering has the potential to change human beings' appearance, adaptability, intelligence, character, and behaviour. It may potentially be used in creating more dramatic changes in humans”.
    Wikipedia Genetic Engineering.

    Manusia telah berhasil memetakan gennya dalam proyek raksasa “The Human Genome Project”. Dengan data ini manusia mempunyai peta informasi untuk mengeksplorasi fungsi dan potensi dari tiap gen dalam tubuh manusia. Mulai dari gen yang menentukan bentuk fisik manusia, gen penyebab kanker, gen yang membentuk ingatan, gen yang menciptakan kecerdasan, bahkan gen khusus yang mengatur proses penuaan.

    Ini nantinya akan memungkinkan dilakukannya rekayasa genetika untuk menciptakan manusia-manusia masa depan yang sangat unggul. Manusia dengan kesehatan sempurna, terbebas dari penyakit, berumur lebih dari 100 tahun dan mempunyai kecerdasan mendekati genius.

    Bayangkan bila manusia menemukan gen spesial yang membuat Einstein menjadi genius. Lalu gen itu bisa ditransfer ke seluruh umat manusia. Atau keunggulan fisik David Beckham, atau bahkan kharisma John F. Kennedy.

    Tapi rekayasa genetika tidak hanya untuk manusia, tapi juga bisa untuk tumbuhan dan hewan ternak. Rekayasa genetika bisa menciptakan padi dan gandum jenis baru dengan hasil panen yang berkali-kali lipat. Kita juga bisa menciptakan daging sapi yang lebih empuk dan gurih. Kita bahkan juga bisa menciptakan tanaman dan hewan konsumsi dengan nilai gizi yang unggul.

    3. Energi Terdahsyat di seluruh Alam Semesta, The Power of the Stars

    “What would fusion mean? Endless, cheap energy. Amazing Star Trek, space travel possibilities. Fame, fortune, and undoubtedly a Nobel or two for the lucky scientist”.

    The Observer, Desember 2000

    Matahari, setiap detiknya, mengeluarkan energi sebesar seluruh energi yang digunakan seluruh umat manusia sepanjang sejarahnya. Energi plasma hidrogen raksasa sebesar 380 Milyar-milyar Mega-Watt (380^26 MW), per detiknya. Inilah energi yang dikenal sebagai energi Fusi Nuklir (Nuclear Fusion), The power of the Sun. Dan para ilmuwan dunia sedang berusaha mendapatkannya.
    Dan ini adalah energi yang membuat bintang-bintang raksasa di alam semesta terbakar selama milyaran tahun. Energi terdahsyat, di seluruh alam semesta.

    Sebuah percobaan besar sedang dilakukan di kota kecil Cadarache di ujung selatan Perancis dalam sebuah proyek bernama ITER. Disini atom Deuterium dan Tritium dilebur dengan panas mencapai 150 juta derajat Celcius, nyaris 10 kali panas inti Matahari. Wadah peleburannya dilindungi oleh medan magnet Tokamak sehingga tidak meleleh.

    Hebatnya adalah bahwa Deuterium bisa dihasilkan dari air laut biasa, dan Tritium dibentuk dari Lithium yang bisa didapat dari batu alam. Energi terdahsyat di seluruh alam semesta dari Air dan Batu alam.

    Kalau para ilmuwan ini berhasil menciptakannya, maka seluruh dunia akan mempunyai sumber energi baru yang dahsyat menggantikan minyak bumi. Energi ini akan begitu besar dan efisien, tidak terbatas, sangat murah, serta ramah lingkungan.

    (Note : penggunaan nanoteknologi dalam sel photovoltaic tenaga surya, nanocrystal, juga dikatakan memiliki potensi energi super besar yang mampu menggantikan minyak bumi).

    4. Regenerasi Wolverine, Stem Cell
    Bayangkan bila penyakit jantung dan diabetes bisa disembuhkan secara sempurna, orang lumpuh bisa berjalan, dan orang buta, bisa melihat kembali.

    Anda pernah melihat seekor cecak, yang bisa menumbuhkan kembali ekornya yang putus dengan sempurna? Atau jika anda penggemar komik ”X-Men”, anda pasti tahu tokoh superhero bernama Wolverine. Saat tubuhnya tertusuk pisau atau tertembus peluru, dia dapat menyembuhkan lukanya dengan nyaris seketika. Ia dapat meregenerasi seluruh sel-sel tubuhnya dengan sempurna, secara instan.
    Tapi itu cuma khayalan. Ada sejenis cacing bernama “planarian worm”, yang banyak hidup di laut maupun sungai, yang mampu menumbuhkan ulang bahkan nyaris seluruh tubuhnya.

    Planaria, terutama spesies Schmidtea mediterranea, mampu meregenerasi utuh tubuhnya, bahkan bila tinggal sepotong kecil saja tubuhnya yang tersisa, sampai 1/300 bagian. Dan bila kepalanya dihilangkanpun, dia akan menumbuhkan kembali kepalanya dengan sempurna.

    Bagaimana jika manusia bisa melakukan itu nantinya? Jika kita dapat secara langsung mengganti semua sel-sel tubuh kita yang rusak dengan sempurna dan tanpa cacat. Para ilmuwan telah nyaris mencapai keajaiban itu. Teknologi biologi molekular bernama Stem Cell, atau Sel Induk. Ini adalah sel paling dasar dari tubuh manusia, yang bisa berubah, atau dirubah, menjadi sel atau organ apapun di tubuh manusia.

    Bila anda memiliki penyakit jantung, maka sel jantung itu bisa diganti dengan stem sel dan jantung anda akan berfungsi normal kembali. Bila anda mengalami kebutaan, sel retina anda bisa diganti dengan sel baru dari sel induk dan anda akan bisa melihat kembali.

    Jika anda menderita penyakit yang berhubungan dengan fungsi otak seperti stroke, alzheimer atau parkinson, maka sel otak anda yang rusak, bahkan jaringan pusat otak cerebral cortex, bisa diganti dengan stem cell. Dan kalau anda menderita diabetes, maka stem cell akan menyelamatkan anda dengan meregenerasi sel pankreas penghasil hormon insulin.

    Stem Cell benar-benar membawa revolusi besar dalam kesehatan umat manusia.

    5. Komputer Kuantum

    Bayangkan sebuah komputer masa depan, yang kecepatannya ribuan kali lebih cepat dari supercomputer tercepat sekarang. Ribuan kali lebih cepat dan efisien dari IBM ”Roadrunner” di Los Alamos yang kecepatannya mencapai 1.7 petaflops (1 petaflop = 10^15 operasi per detik).

    Inilah kedahsyatan komputer kuantum. Komputer ini begitu dahsyat karena diciptakan memakai fenomena keajaiban dunia kuantum, Superposition dan Quantum Entanglement.

    Dalam pemecahan kode misalnya (kriptografi), untuk memecahkan kode yang digitnya sampai 140, komputer biasa akan memerlukan waktu milyaran tahun untuk memecahkannya. Tapi dengan komputer kuantum, ini bisa dipecahkan hanya dalam waktu beberapa puluh menit saja.
    Dengan komputer ini manusia juga akan bisa memprediksikan cuaca di bumi dan gejala-gejala alam lain yang sangat kompleks dengan sangat akurat berbulan-bulan sebelumnya, seperti gempa bumi dan tornado. Dan tentu saja ini akan makin merevolusikan lagi kecepatan pengembangan seluruh teknologi canggih yang ada sekarang.

    6. Jubah Menghilang Harry Potter, Metamaterial
    “The announcement last November of an "invisibility shield," created by David R. Smith of Duke University and colleagues, inevitably set the media buzzing with talk of H. G. Wells's invisible man and Star Trek's Romulans”.
    MIT Technology Review

    Hanya beberapa tahun yang lalu, seluruh ilmuwan ternama dunia masih yakin bahwa tidak ada satupun material di dunia ini yang bisa membuat manusia menghilang. Itu benar-benar tidak mungkin, karena itu melanggar semua hukum alam yang diketahui manusia. Tapi mereka semua salah..
    Metamaterial, menjadi salahsatu bahan yang ramai dibicarakan. Bahan ini bisa membuat sesuatu, menjadi tidak terlihat. Sebuah baju yang menggunakan teknologi ini bisa membuat pemakainya ”menghilang”, seperti jubah ajaib dalam ”Harry Potter”.

    Sebuah pesawat tempur dengan bahan metamaterial akan jadi tidak terlihat, bukan sekedar tidak terlihat radar seperti teknologi ”Stealth”, tapi benar-benar tidak terlihat mata seperti alat cloaking device dalam Star Trek.

    Ini bisa dilakukan misalnya dengan menciptakan material artifisial yang mampu membelokkan radiasi elektromagnetik, demikian pula dengan cahaya, yang pada dasarnya adalah radiasi elektromagnetik. Bahannya bisa seperti timah dan plastik yang diatur dalam struktur pola tertentu.

    Metamaterial akan membelokkan cahaya, mengelilingi obyek yang diselimutinya dan berkumpul kembali di ujungnya, seperti air sungai mengelilingi sebuah batu. Dalam penelitian terakhir di Perdue University mereka menggunakan jarum-jarum khusus yang akan membelokkan cahaya melampaui obyek yang diselubungi sementara obyek di belakangnya akan terlihat.

    Material ini sedang diteliti di seluruh dunia termasuk di MIT, University of California Berkeley, Duke University, dan Caltech di LA.

    7. Space Elevator, Tangga Menuju Bintang-bintang
    Space elevator atau Tangga Luar angkasa adalah seperti lift yang sangat tinggi dari bumi menuju ke orbit bumi di luar angkasa, 35.000 kilometer tingginya. Dengan lift ini perjalanan ke orbit bumi akan menjadi lebih mudah, dan murah.
    Banyak orang berharap, bahwa program ruang angkasa yang tadinya berhenti sampai di bulan karena sangat mahal, akan bisa dimulai lagi. Dan mungkin impian manusia untuk pergi ke Mars, akan terwujud.

    Lift ini awalnya hanya berupa khayalan, tapi ternyata dengan ditemukannya sebuah teknologi baru, hal ini menjadi sangat memungkinkan diwujudkan. Teknologi itu adalah Carbon nanotube, material baru yang dikatakan lebih kuat dari intan dan lebih ringan dari baja.

    Hal ini nantinya akan memungkinkan dimulainya era baru dalam penjelahajan ruang angkasa.

    8. Memasuki Era Hiper-Sonik, Scramjet
    Scramjet akan menjadi salahsatu revolusi terbesar dalam sejarah transportasi dunia. Pesawat tempur tercanggih di dunia sekarang, F/A-22 Raptor milik Amerika berkecepatan maksimal Mach 2, atau 2 kali kecepatan suara. Pesawat penumpang Scramjet, akan membawa anda terbang dengan kecepatan 10 kali kecepatan suara, Mach 10.
    Penerbangan dari New York ke Tokyo yang sekarang ditempuh dalam waktu 18 jam yang panjang dan melelahkan, akan ditempuh Scramjet, hanya dalam 120 menit.

    Scramjet tidak perlu memakai bahan bakar roket biasa yang mahal dan berat, bahan bakarnya menggunakan hidrogen cair yang dicampur penyedotan oksigen langsung dari atmosfer (air-breathing scramjet engine). Pembakaran hidrogen dan oksigen pada kecepatan supersonik inilah yang akan mengakselerasikan kecepatannya.

    Ini akan membuat penerbangan dari satu tempat ke tempat lain di seluruh dunia menjadi super cepat.

    9. Fountain Of Youth, Resveratrol
    Mungkin, nantinya kita bisa menemukan sesuatu yang memungkinkan kita hidup ratusan tahun. Tapi para ilmuwan mungkin telah menemukannya, sesuatu yang dinamakan “Sirtuin”, Silent Information Regulator 2 (Sir2) proteins dan resveratrol, zat antioxidan yang ternyata banyak ditemukan dalam buah anggur merah (Jadi sering-seringlah makan buah anggur.)

    Tapi para ilmuwan juga telah menciptakan sesuatu yang bahkan lebih kuat dari resveratrol yaitu sebuah obat dengan kode, SRT1720.

    “SRT1720 is a thousand times more potent than resveratrol, meaning that it could be taken in smaller doses. A person would have to drink hundreds of glasses of wine to get the same health benefits from resveratrol. Resveratrol will pretty soon look like ancient technology,"
    David Sinclair, a biologist at Harvard Medical School

    10. Singularitas.

    Suatu hari nanti, akan datang suatu masa dimana melalui rekayasa genetika seluruh manusia akan mempunyai fisik dan kecerdasan yang nyaris sempurna.
    Lalu dengan kemajuan teknologi komputer, komputer kuantum dan nanoteknologi memungkinkan manusia memasukkan Quantum Computer berukuran partikel ke dalam otaknya dan menggunakan partikel-partikel nano untuk makin memperkuat tubuhnya. Ini adalah hal yang dinamakan Singularitas. Penyatuan antara biologi manusia dengan teknologi.

              Christmas Party Wishlist 2016: ASOS & Boohoo        
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    First up is a selection of my festive outfit picks from ASOS and Boohoo - let me know in the comments which is your fave!

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              Butterfly Mobile in Lavender, Purple & White SMALL SIZE- Baby Nursery Mobile, Baby Shower Gift, Nursery Decor, Photography Prop by LovebugLullabies        

    39.95 USD

    SMALL Butterfly Mobile in Lavender, Purple & White

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              Skull Cross Bones Nursery Mobile SMALL SIZE in Pink Lavender Baby Blue by LovebugLullabies        

    39.95 USD

    Skull Cross Bones Nursery Mobile SMALL SIZE in Pink Lavender Baby Blue

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    This adorable mobile will make the perfect addition for any baby's nursery, child’s room, or give as a unique baby shower gift! Your baby will love watching these shapes as they flutter gently in the subtlest of air movement.

    Satin and organza ribbons in light pink, lavender & white adorn a hoop which cardstock skull & crossbones and stars in light pink, baby blue & lavender are gracefully suspended. The finishing touch is a length of the light pink organza ribbon, which you can use to hang from a ceiling hook (hook can be purchased separately in our shop if you need one).

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              Owl Nursery Mobile in Hot Pink & Green- Baby Mobile, Baby Shower Gift by LovebugLullabies        

    49.95 USD

    SMALL Owl Nursery Mobile in Hot Pink, Light Green & White

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    This adorable owl mobile will make the perfect addition for any baby's nursery, child’s room, or give as a unique baby shower gift! Your baby will love watching these owls as they move and sway gently in the subtlest of air movement.

    Satin and organza ribbons in hot pink, light green & white adorn a hoop from which owls, stars & moons in coordinating colors of cardstock are gracefully suspended. The finishing touch is a length of the white organza ribbon which you can use to hang from a ceiling hook (hook can be purchased separately in our shop if you need one).

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    -Finished hoop diameter (after decorated with ribbon strips) is 10” wide
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    ♥♥I would love to customize the colors in this mobile to match your nursery decor, just let me know!


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              Cars Vehicles Planes Trains Bus Transportation Nursery Mobile; Baby Mobile, Boy Baby Shower Gift- SMALL SIZE by LovebugLullabies        

    45.00 USD

    Cars Vehicles Planes Trains Bus Transportation Nursery Mobile- SMALL SIZE

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    This playful vehicles mobile will make the perfect addition for any baby's nursery or child’s room with a vehicles or transportation theme. Shapes include cars, trucks, airplanes, buses and trains.

    Satin ribbons in navy blue, baby blue, green, white and red adorn a hoop from which cardstock airplanes, cars, trucks, trains & buses in navy blue, baby blue, white, red, light green & yellow are gracefully suspended. The finishing touch is a length of the navy blue ribbon tied with a bow, which you can use to hang from a ceiling hook (hook can be purchased separately in our shop if you need one).

    ♥♥This mobile can be done in any color scheme, or with helicopters in addition to or instead of the airplanes. Just convo us to create your own custom mobile!

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              Aqua Gray White Star Nursery Mobile by LovebugLullabies        

    63.00 USD

    Aqua, White & Gray Nursery Star Mobile

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              Erasing the history        

    Is it just the beginning, is it gonna get worse? The law is clear as crystal, it was put into action on July 2014, giving the power to landlords to evacuate their tenants after 10 years of residence without any negotiation, erasing the history. A cutthroat law paving the way to...

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              Can we just take a minute and chat?        
    Is it really already the middle of February? Is my baby girl really going to be two next week?? 2014 please slow down just for a second. This mama needs a chance to catch her breath.

    Some big things going on in my life recently! I was offered admission into the Honors College at UNCG! This is huge. I got an email saying they were taking applications but I just brushed it off. I figured there was no way I would ever get accepted so why bother trying. Then a day later in the mail I received this letter:

    I did not even apply they just offered me admission. Holy amazing. Thank you sweet Jesus for always keeping me motivated and giving me strength. It’s only through you I have achieved all that I have.

    Another big thing in my life: I am giving up my diet coke addiction COLD TURKEY. I have been getting constant headaches for the longest time. I thought it was just part of having a toddler. However, recently I have been really paying attention to the additives and GMO’s I’ve been consuming and it seems aspartame is the culprit of my headaches. I narrowed it down to that after I cut out diet coke and then had a crystal light packet in my water. Instant headache. I googled the ingredients in Crystal light and wouldn’t ya know aspartame is on there. No more diet anything for this girl. I’ve been replacing it with this amazing green and white mint tea from Trader Joes. I drink copious amount of water through the day and like to have something else with my meals. Breakfast I have coffee and lunch and dinner I would have a diet coke. Not anymore and I feel a lot better.

    Can we talk about how much my girl loves The Wizard of Oz? She has become literally obsessed. She asks for “witch” constantly. Hopefully she doesn’t do it outside the house because sometimes witch sounds like, well that other word that rhymes.

    Girlfriend has some awesome headphones

     But anyway, she will sit so insanely still the whole time. She has even started singing along which just makes my heart of stone melt like ice cream on a hot summer day. She has so much personality wrapped up in such a little girl. I love it! She also only has 2 teeth left to break through! The top molars are giving her real issues though. Terrible sleeping patterns, hit or miss with eating, and only sleeps well when snuggled up next to mommy.
    She is also quite the bed hog :)
     I don’t mind the snuggles. I know one day they wont be here. I just wish she wasn’t in pain. I can tell when they are really bothering her because she just is so out of whack. She went like two straight weeks without a nap. I thought we both were going to jump out the windows with frustration. She’s back to napping thank goodness!

    My church has started a 40 Day Devotion called “God’s Story, My Story.” 

    Its great so far. I love growing closer to God especially as a congregation. The church actually wrote the devotion. It focuses on how God uses our story for His glory. Regardless of your past, God can use everything to his glory. The stories in her are of amazing transformation and God working in people's lives.  Once a week we meet with our small groups for deeper devotion. Going with that I have decided to cut out pretty much all processed foods. I want to focus more on my relationship with Christ and getting on a deeper level with Him. I have been reading Made to Crave by Lysa Turkurst and it is really changing the way I am relating food to my relationship with Christ. I plan on doing a full review once I’m done. The main point is that yes God made us to crave so that we would always want more of Him. However, the devil uses the craving to push us further from him and towards unhealthy food, sexual immorality, gambling, drugs etc. Its really opened my eyes to how much the devil really prowls waiting to jump on God’s children. Lots of prayer. Lots of prayer. Lots of prayer!!!

    Well with all the snow coming our way it is time to bunker down for the snowpocalypse. 

    Stay warm my friends

              Ministry Of Sound Funky House Classics (2010)        

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    Жанр: Funky House
    Продолжительность: 03:51:48
    Аудио кодек: MP3
    Аудио, битрейт: VBR kbps / 44,1kHz / Stereo
    Размер: 336 mb

    01. Sidney Samson Feat Wizard Sleeve - Riverside (Lets Go) (Warren Clarke Remix)
    02. Example - Wont Go Quietly (Wideboys Remix)
    03. Steve Angello And Laidback Luke Feat Robin S - Show Me Love
    04. Armand Van Helden And A TRAK Pres Duck Sauce - ANYway
    05. Booty Luv - Boogie 2Nite (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix)
    06. Solu Music Feat KimBlee - Fade (Grant Nelson Big Room Mix)
    07. Freemasons Feat Amanda Wilson - Love On My Mind
    08. Blaze Feat Barbara Tucker - Most Precious Love (DF Future 3000 Mix)
    09. Room 5 Feat Oliver Cheatham - Make Luv
    10. StoneBridge Feat Therese - Put Em High
    11. Shakedown - At Night
    12. Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me
    13. Soul Central - Strings Of Life Danny Krivit (Re Edit)
    14. Todd Terry - All Stars Get Down (Kenny Dope Original)
    15. Martin Solveig - Rocking Music
    16. Junior Jack - Stupidisco
    17. Mylo Feat Miami Sound Machine - Doctor Pressure
    18. Eric Prydz - Call On Me
    19. Dave Armstrong And Redroche Feat H Boogie - Love Has Gone
    20. Armand Van Helden Feat Tara McDonald - My My My

    01. Alan Braxe And Fred Falke - Intro
    02. Goodfellas - Soul Heaven (Bini And Martini Mix)
    03. Soul Providers - Rise (Bini And Martini Mix)
    04. Class A - Streetlife (Vocal Club Mix)
    05. Barbara Tucker Feat Darryl DBonneau - Stop Playing With My Mind (Whiplash And Turner Vocal Mix)
    06. House Of Glass - Disco Down (Bini And Martini Club Mix)
    07. Scott Grooves - Mothership Reconnection (Daft Punk Radio Edit)
    08. PJ - Happy Days
    09. Bobby DAmbrosio Feat Michelle Weeks - Moment Of My Life
    10. Astrotrax - The Energy (Astrotrax Master Vocal Mix)
    11. Live Element - Be Free
    12. Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden - What You Need (Full Intention Power Mix)
    13. Aly Us - Follow Me (Full Intention Club Mix)
    14. Soulsearcher - Cant Get Enough
    15. Belezamusica - Running Away (Seamus Haji Remix)
    16. Oris Jay Feat Delsena - Trippin (Agent Sumo Mix)
    17. Outsiders - Keep This Fire Burning (Freemasons Remix)
    18. Chanel - My Life (Haji And Emanuel Vocal Mix)
    19. Space Cowboy - Pique And Nique (You Will Miss Me) (Kid Creme Remix)
    20. Eric Prydz And Steve Angello - Woz Not Woz

    01. David Morales Presents The Face - Needin U (Main Anthem Mix)
    02. Ultra Nate - Free
    03. Gusto - Discos Revenge (Freemasons Club Mix)
    04. Kenny Dope Presents The Bucketheads - The Bomb
    05. The Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On
    06. Byron Stingly - Get Up (Everybody) (Parade Mix)
    07. Phats And Small - Turn Around
    08. Paul Johnson - Get Get Down
    09. Moloko - Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)
    10. Roger Sanchez - Another Chance
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    12. Fish Go Deep Feat Tracey K - The Cure And The Cause (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
    13. Tim Deluxe - It Just Wont Do
    14. Milk And Sugar Feat Lizzy Pattinson - Let The Sun Shine
    15. Tom Novy Feat Michael Marshall - Your Body
    16. Lee Cabrera Feat Mim - I Watch You (Ian Carey Remix)
    17. Axwell - Feel The Vibe
    18. Alex Gaudino Feat Crystal Waters - Destination Calabria
    19. Tina More - Touch Me (Esquire Remix)
    20. Jessie Malakouti - Standing Up For The Lonely (Moto Blanco Remix)

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              Viewing Log #84: So rid of all your stories [9/9/11 - 9/18/11]        
    by Ryland Walker Knight


    • Breaking Bad Season 1, [Vince Gilligan, 2008] So far, I'm a fan of the farcical elements that sharpen the edges of the drama and elevate the show past one of the stupidest (or most roll-your-eyes) pitches you can imagine. Oh, a failed chemist now teaches high school and has cancer and, get this, to pay for his chemo he starts selling the purest crystal meth ever thanks to his skills in and knowledge of chemistry? Yeah, that sounds like a party—when does it air? That train of thought is why I never watched. But my friend told me it was funny, actually, and since the first three seasons are all on Netflix Instant at present I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out she was right and I was wrong! It's not dumb, it's funny. But it's dark, a black comedy. However, I can imagine things only get heavier as Walter White turns into more of a heavy. For now, I'm enjoying all the play on that line we draw between right and wrong, legal and not, good and evil. Plus, it's about money in the late oughts and that's bonus points right there.

    • Drive [N.W.Refn, 2011] # I gave it a second chance and I'm still unimpressed. It simply doesn't add up. For a while, after I read the Sallis book a couple times, I thought it might be interesting to write an article all about adaptation using this as an intriguing example (as part of the pitch, too, I'll be honest). But the adaptation's strengths are lost in the haze of what Refn's after, which I think can be simplified to one of the weirdest ways to say, "I love you," to his wife (1). Even disregarding that mostly useless extrapolation of projection-as-interpretation, the object itself is rather basic, though pretty, and altogether empty—a film of integers arrayed, not added up, instead of the matrix of significance it seems to pose as in all those extra beats and drawn out googly eyes scenes. That is, there are a lot of "symbols" that don't add up to any kind of meaning. The most interesting motif—the satin scorpio jacket—is ruined, near the close, with that line of dialog that acts like a "looky here!" instead of letting the images and editing reinforce that the jacket is his armor, what keeps him alive, if not a second skin. He's not wearing it at all times, but when he's not wearing it, he's holding it across an arm. Or he's draping it on the kid, which is both an everyday gesture (keep the kid warm) and a gesture of protection (shielding the boy) (2). After all (spoiler), our "real hero" is stabbed in the gut while he's wearing this "trademark" and he doesn't die; that gratuitous act of violence just bloodies him, and the festishistic camera glides up his stoic face to reify this guy as alone, like so many "heroes" before. What Danny calls soulless, I call boring. I might even call it rote. But I must cop to the fact that I spent a lot of time anticipating the movie, and gabbing with my friends about it afterwards, but more in SF than Cannes because I felt I had to explain myself a lot more. Point is, there's obviously things there (Refn knows how to compose shots, if not film action) if it spawned this many words, this many hours of thinking and talking. Thing is, I still want more to warrant it all.

    • The Driver [Walter Hill, 1978] # Hoberman called it schematic in his review of the Refn picture. I think it's great. My favorite scene might be the one where he trashes their orange Benz to prove his skills behind the wheel. And Isabelle Adjani is super hot. Total score. I've got "deeper thoughts" but this is all you get here.

    • Curb Your Enthusiasm "Larry vs Michael J. Fox" [Alec Berg, 2011 "Thank God he didn't hand you his dick, you know what I mean? He coulda been shaking and shook that dick up, hand you the dick and the dick shot sperm in your face." Finally, a few truly great Leon moments and lines. And what an amazing guest spot: so awesome MJF can make fun of himself like that. And what about that "Paris" set? Priceless.
    • Curb Your Enthusiasm "Mister Softee" [Larry Charles, 2011] A weaker link, but, granted, this one had some good Leon moments, too, to spice up the rather "predictable" convergence of threads.

    • Contagion [Steven Soderbergh, 2011] American movie of the year? Maybe. Truly digital, truly D-G capitalism-as-schizophrenia, truly mosaic. A cheap shot of a human villain in Law, but it's the filmmaking (moviemaking? it's digital, after all...) that elevates the often obvious script. That and the actors. But more later. UPDATE: Here's more.

    • The Runaways [Floria Sigismondi, 2011] It starts well, with all that messy sex stuff and Michael Shannon doing something flamboyant instead of all nervous everywhere, but it sure hits a wall when they get famous and it tries to slow down to get serious as if those two things were dependent on one another. Was really ready for this to join Whip It as this fall's grrl movie I have a place for in my heart but this one just isn't that one.

    the man
    —The real star of the picture

    (1) Refn basically said as much to Durga during their interview.

    (2) Cambomb gave me this reading.

              Qmobile Noir A80 Price & Specs         

    Qmobile Noir A80 Price & Specs 

    Rs. 13,500 USD $139

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              CSU-Kent State Partnership Accelerates Tech Transfer        

    New TeCK Fund made possible by Third Frontier Commission grant

    CSU-KSU Partnership

    An innovative new partnership will soon help accelerate the process of bringing faculty innovations to commercial markets in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

    The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Cleveland State University and Kent State University a grant to develop a joint technology commercialization and startup fund. The program will give university faculty and startup companies access to an $800,000 fund that will assist in accelerating commercialization of university technology and bringing innovative new products to market.

    “CSU and Kent State have unique research portfolios that provide significant opportunities for commercialization in a host of fields, from drug development to assistive devices to liquid crystals,” says Jack Kraszewski, Director of the Technology Transfer Office at CSU. “This new fund will accelerate the process for licensing technology while spurring the development of additional technology transfer opportunities with numerous companies across the state.”

    “This is about getting intellectual property and innovations out of the laboratory and into the marketplace,” notes Stephen Roberts, Director of Technology Commercialization at Kent State. “Universities often do not have ready access to funding for the prototype creation and market research necessary to create successful spin-out companies. This helps fill those gaps.”

    The hybrid accelerator program — to be called the TeCK Fund — will accept applications from faculty teams investigating opportunities to commercialize research and will also assist in connecting university researchers with potential business partners. Funding of up to $100,000 will be available for individual technology validation projects. This is the first time Third Frontier has awarded funds to a joint university collaborative.

    “This fund will be a key component of Kent State and CSU’s broader efforts to commercialize more of our inventions and assist in creating jobs and new economic opportunities in Northeast Ohio,” Roberts adds.

    The Ohio Third Frontier is a technology-based economic development initiative, and is part of the Ohio Development Services Agency. Third Frontier is committed to transforming the state’s economy through the accelerated growth of diverse startup and early stage technology companies.


              Nokia 515 Price & Specs        

    Nokia 515 Price & Specs

    Rs. 16,600 USD $171

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              CSU Hosts Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, March 18 & 19        

    Staged reading produced by Lit Cleveland is part of 2017 Humanities Fest

    Crossing BordersWhen Literary Cleveland put out a call for immigration stories by Northeast Ohio writers, the group was flooded with responses, highlighting both the tremendous contributions of immigrants to the region and the importance of this voice to our cultural heritage.

    Now many of these powerful stories – written by immigrants from Syria, Iran, Colombia, Poland, China, Azerbaijan and elsewhere– will be heard in front of a live audience as part of a staged reading produced with Cleveland State University during the upcoming Cleveland Humanities Festival.

    Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives will be performed Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th at 7 pm in the Cleveland State University Student Center Ballroom at 2121 Euclid Ave, Third Floor. The events are cosponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Cleveland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

    The staged reading of short essays, fiction and poems is directed by Marc Moritz, who has assembled a cast of professional actors to perform the pieces. The stories in the show are provocative, moving, heart-wrenching and funny. The authors address the emotional journey of crossing borders, both literal and metaphorical, and what it means to be both an immigrant and an American.  

    In “The Buttonhook Men,” Jill Sell writes about her Czech ancestors’ uncertain passage through Ellis Island, which could easily have been rejected. “Food and Family,” a piece by Hathaway Brown student Crystal Zhao, tells the story of a second-generation Chinese immigrant bonding with her mother over stories of childhood rebellion. The poem “Genesis” by Daniel Gray-Kontar addresses the journey of African-Americans from the south to northern cities like Cleveland during the Great Migration.

    In the raw “Struggling to Survive,” Syrian immigrant Bayan Aljbawi writes about leaving her troubled homeland for the U.S., an experience she describes as “escaping from one suffering to another: new culture, new country and different language.”

    “My husband, my baby and I were lucky,” she concludes. “The only question left is this: What about too many others who did not get a chance to do the same?”

    And in “American Promise,” award-winning novelist and Case Western University professor Thrity Umrigar – who immigrated here from India over 30 years ago – confronts the current political climate and asks if the U.S. “will be a country that is as small and narrow as its fears” or “as large and glorious as its dreams, as splendid as the hopes of millions of its citizens, immigrant and native born…?”

    The event is free and open to the public but registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit http://www.litcleveland.org/special-events.html.



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              A Year of Grief: Thoughts & Lessons Learned        

    Sabrina and I at Artesa in wine country

    I would imagine that not everyone who reads my blog knows, but as of today, it marks a year that I’ve been going through the process we call grieving. A year ago today, I went through the most traumatic thing a person could go through – I found the person I love more than anything in this world, passed away. My soul mate, lying there, all of my hopes and dreams, lost and crushed in less than a second. Nothing can prepare you for such an abundantly awful thing. Nothing. However, one thing is certain, almost no one on the planet is immune from this experience. No one.

    This post is for you. All of you. If you’ve lost someone close to you, ever, this is for you. If you haven’t yet, you will, and this is for you too. If you know someone who’s lost someone, yes, this is even for you as well. I’ve always known and preached this, but never from personal experience, until a year ago...

    Life is precious, and it’s short. You never know who you’ll never again see tomorrow – and it might be you.

    Palm Beach - Our second picture togetherSo, if you’ve been wondering what happened to my articles, or why certain things have changed on my site, or why I haven’t participated in social media in the same ways as before – now you know why. The proverbial cat is out of it’s equally proverbial bag. That’s the love of my life you see above and throughout this post. You’ll end up finding out more and more about this amazing woman, the more you know me, the more you pay attention to the things I do – because she’s so much a part of who I am and has been for the past 4+ years I’ve known her, and that’s never going to change. She inherently frames everything I do now.


    Grief. It’s a 5-letter word, and it’s thrown around so easily by most of us, on most days. Historically, I’ve been guilty of it too. After playing a joke on someone, I might have said, “I enjoy giving [insert name here] grief.” This is probably one of the most understated words in the English language. We have words for all kinds of things, but there isn’t a word that effectively describes what grief really is, and how awesomely shattering it is to the people that experience it. Grief is in and of itself, one of the most life-altering things any person can go through. It’s experienced in every way – emotional, mental, and even physical.

    Grief for me is a giant, constantly throbbing ball of molten lava-like chaos and emotions, swirling with a level of violence that you can both hear and feel. It’s both physical and mental, ruling your very existence. Not a single thought or movement can be made, without it first passing through that ball of grief-lava. To this day, I have a feeling in my chest that I once described to my therapist saying, “It feels like I had a really bad open heart surgery. They didn’t fix anything. They didn’t sew me back up right. And they left the scalpel in there.”

    Good Grief, Charlie Brown

    Boca Raton, FL - At a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant she foundLet’s be clear… Grief comes in many forms, none of it good. It’s a simple word that’s used to describe the feelings and process that follows loss. Any kind of loss, really. You go through grief on almost a daily basis. You might have a breakup, lose a job, make a mistake on a project – any number of things and situations can cause grief. It’s a simple word. Easy to spell. One syllable. Easy to say, Greeph. Greef. I fucking hate you, grief. The word itself is so simple, yet it’s used to describe one of the most complex and emotionally-charged of all human experiences. This little word simply doesn’t have the weight it should for someone like me. There doesn’t appear to be a word that does.

    First Two Weeks

    When this horrific event happens – no matter how expected or not – you get flooded with love and support initially. Some people show up right away. Some people fly countless miles to be with you. Some call. Some send an e-mail. Some do nothing though. What’s interesting about all of these people and acts, is that most of them are surprises. You never know until something like this happens how much some people truly care about you. How much people think about and care for you. You’ll be surprised at who sends flowers, and who doesn’t. Who comes to the funeral, and who doesn’t. You’ll be even more surprised at the various excuses and incredibly odd things people do to avoid the funeral altogether.

    All of these people say various flavors of the same thing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to ask. Call me if you need anything. Little do they know, a griever won’t call unless we really have no other choice – or maybe they do know; maybe it’s a bluff.

    Treasure Island, CA - The day we found The Winery and the Treasure Island FleaWhat if we called them on that bluff? I have, to some, but it was very difficult, and the result was about what you might expect – mixed. Many business authors have said various versions of the same quote that describes this mixture of results (at least, it does for me)... Money doesn’t change a person. It simply empowers them to be their true self, since they no longer have to answer to someone. Whether or not that true self is a good person is another post, for another time. Regardless, I think grief holds a solid parallel to that idea.

    Then there’s the month and months after…

    Shit People Say

    After the first two weeks, everyone begins to drop off. In bulk at first, then one-by-one. People drift back to their lives. No one can blame them. The world does keep spinning – no matter how insulting that is to someone like me. Why didn’t the entire world stop? It certainly feels like it did to me.

    The interesting thing here is that it’s when people begin to feel empowered. They begin to feel that it’s okay to say horrible things. Are you out of your funk yet? You should do something to keep yourself busy. Are you over it? You should move. You should move on. I doubt most people mean anything negative by these statements. In most cases, I truly do believe they feel that their heart is in the right place. But they forget… Their heart, in the right place or not, is still beating. And the person and people they love also still have beating hearts. They’ve somehow learned or come to the conclusion that it’s okay to stifle someone else’s grief. These people haven’t yet been destroyed in the same way a widow or widower has. Experience is literally the only teacher here. Unlike you, I get to wake up every morning, widowed all over again.

    San Carlos, CA - At our favorite 'regular' bar for brunch, called TownLet’s knock this out…

    There’s no getting out of the funk, and we’re not getting over it. It is here to stay. The funk is something we will learn how to live with for the rest of our lives. No matter how we look and act when you see us, the funk is there – waiting just below the surface for any trigger at all to call it back into action. The level of funk and the period of time it’s visible on the surface can depend on any number of factors, but it’s directly linked to the connection and love two people shared.

    It’s different for everyone, but keeping yourself busy is something I think is a massive mistake for anyone that’s recently widowed. If you’re doing something that keeps you from going through all of the emotions and memories, all it ends up doing is put off the grieving process. You’re going to go through it anyway, so just go through it. You’re otherwise a ticking time bomb. When a trigger occurs, you’re going to be an explosion of balled up emotions. Those emotions will be flying all over the place, hitting anyone and anything unfortunate enough to be in its path. If you’re telling someone to “keep busy,” you’re responsible for setting the bomb. Don’t. Just don’t. We’re the widowed, and we will find when, where, and how to keep busy.

    Moving homes is a thing that sometimes is forced upon us grievers, for various reasons, including literally losing half of your income instantly. Sometimes it’s not. Regardless, where we live is usually where the heart is – almost in a literal sense. Asking or telling someone to move when there’s no actual reason to do it, is generally not something you should do. They built a life with someone. That life was there. For most of us, moving is giving up on the person we loved. Hell, I sold a rowing machine that neither Sabrina or I liked, and it destroyed me on the inside. The door was barely closed before I nearly collapsed in tears. She touched that. I remember hearing her row on it, behind closed doors, because she didn’t want me to watch her exercise. She hated every second on that damned machine, but did it anyway. The cutest and hottest home-rower, ever.

    Moving on… Well, this is the doozy of them all. (And I’m going to talk out of my ass a bit here, because I haven’t gone through this myself yet - moving on - but I speak to fellow grievers that are processing this daily.) One who is recently widowed is never truly ready to move on. They just will talk themselves into it one day. And moving on isn’t what you think. Many who are widowed will decide to date or just accidentally meet someone, almost always far too early. I haven’t heard a story yet of a griever that began dating at the right time. Regardless, it doesn’t matter who you are. It’s not your place to tell us to move on. Being widowed myself, I wouldn’t dare tell another widow or widower to move on. Ever.

    Talk to Us

    San Carlos, CA - My favorite photo of us, at our favorite wine bar, TasteVinDon’t get me wrong. I am not at any level suggesting that you should walk on egg shells around a griever. Say stuff. Make jokes. Have a conversation. Insist on dinner or coffee. Insist, dammit! Take us out. Sit with us, even if we don’t say a thing. We enjoy every second, and we’ll never, ever, ever forget those who did. When you do this, you’re literally saving our life, because – especially in the early stages – we’re not interested in life anymore. Your very presence can and does influence that.

    Bring Them Up

    Above all, PLEASE… Please, please, please talk to us about the loved one we lost. Bring them up. Mention them by name. Tell us a story about them. Ask for a story. Ask about what their favorite things were. Only a couple of months ago, I saw an old friend of Sabrina and mine. He asked me, “Where’s your partner in crime?” I about lost it that very second. No one asks about Sabrina. No one brings her up, mostly in fear of dredging up bad feelings or something. I can tell you that even if a widowed person begins balling and sobbing that very second, you’ve made us happier than you can imagine. By speaking their name, by being interested, you’ve kept them alive. Even if for a second, you let the widowed know that the life of the one they lost mattered.

    This is so damned important. So important, that one widower even created love letters to keep the spirit of his lost wife alive and spread their love.

    The more you talk to someone while they’re actively grieving, and the more you speak about the person they lost, the more they can process it. The better off the grieving process goes overall. We want so desperately to talk about our love. You just need to let us. Don’t worry. We’ll grow through this to have an even stronger bond. You’re saving our life by remembering theirs.

    Even More Loss

    Redwood City, CA - At our pre-movie margarita ritual, getting margarita's at Quinto SolThe more time that goes by, the more people on the outside at this stage also begin to get tired of hearing about someone that’s no longer here. They don’t want to deal with the reality of grief. This is of course only true if they’ve never been through this themselves.

    Yes, on the surface, this sounds cruel and only fitting of the most emotionless of human beings. While that could be true of some, I’d like to think that it’s not. Some people are deeply afraid of being around the kind of sorrow that someone like me is enduring and processing. I get it. If you feel that we should get over it, maybe it’s you that should get over it instead.

    What’s actually cruel about this is that the people who do this to a griever are the ones that we may have called very close friends or family prior. It’s amazing to see who actually cares about you. I’ve seen a quote a number of times that I can’t find right now, that basically says, “If you want to know who actually cares about you, look around when you’re down on the ground.” Most people are in your life in a much more superficial and materialistic way than you might realize. They’re just there for the ride. If you lose anyone during this process, let them go. They may come back, and they may not. For now, at least, you’re better off without them.

    You’re Not Crazy

    Immediately following the loss of my soul mate, odd things began to happen. I mean, very odd things. I have an analytical mind, so I keep records of most of it. I didn’t record anything I can easily explain away.

    I began seeing flashes of light everywhere in the house, never outside, but always in the corner of my eye. The light was always moving suddenly, like I might see it if it didn’t get away quick.

    I had objects that seemingly moved on their own. In one place one second, and look again to find it moved. One night before bed, I found that one of Sabrina’s toothbrushes had been moved, into the slot where mine was.

    A razor that had run out of power 2 months before Sabrina passed magically turned on the morning of her funeral, when I shaved again. I could almost hear her voice in my head, My Simba always is shaved. (Why Simba, you ask?) That razor would continue to work for months without the battery being replaced, almost a year after initially losing power.

    There have been sounds, like cups or dishes falling in the front of the house, but nothing is out of place when I investigate.

    St. Helena, CA - At our final stop whenever we went to Napa Valley, V.SattuiI once heard and felt her whisper in my ear, “Simba!,” when I was in the living room. I know the difference between voices in my head and hearing something.

    I’ve only experienced sleep paralysis once before, but shortly after I began sleeping in our room again, she appeared to save me from my second experience. This would be the only time I’ve seen her in my dreams so far.

    On separate occasions, our bedroom would smell like Nala’s (that’s what I called her) perfume, or smell like a meal she’d cook. The smells where so crystal clear, I had to check windows and look for broken bottles to be sure.

    At my daughter’s choir concert, I began crying during one of the songs. A strong breeze began to hit me, as if the air conditioning began to point only at me with all of its force – then went away once I calmed down. There wasn’t even a slight breeze before or after that moment, and it was inside of a very large concert auditorium.

    To this day, I’ll often feel something brush my leg, arm, or ear, and look to see nothing. No bugs. No flies. Nothing that I can explain to cause it. I’ve even been tickled. Nala was a prankster.

    There’s so much more in my list. I’ve kept a journal of it. Although, the past two months have seen fewer and fewer entries.

    The bottom line here is that anyone who knows me would tell you that I’m a very objective and analytical person. I can’t explain these things I’ve recorded. I’ve tried to disprove everything I’ve logged. If I found even one potential cause, it didn’t go into my notes. I know I’m not crazy. I know I’m not dreaming these things up, or making them up. If you go through this, you’re not crazy either. I didn’t fully believe that though, until I began participating in grief groups. If we’re all experiencing the same kind of things, I can’t be crazy, right?

    The Afterlife

    I’ve spent countless hours reading, watching, and researching everything that we humans know about what happens when and after we die. I obsessed myself with it. Still do. I know more than I ever thought I would about near death experiences (NDE), theories, and everything else that we use to try and explain the things we don’t know. The things that might be true, range from us returning to our Arcturian home, to going to heaven (whichever one you believe in), to nothing at all. Just plain nothing. Gone. I don’t and can’t believe in any of those theories. Not with everything I’ve been through and what I know now. Not when you factor in all of the circumstantial and irrefutable scientific evidence.

    Honolulu, HI - Our final vacation together with Sabrina's family in a Korean BBQI lost my best friend in a car wreck when I was 17. He was in the seat behind me during our final road trip senior year. I held my grandfather’s hand during his last breath, when cancer finally consumed him. I’ve experienced grief before, but I never before had signs and I never before even thought about what happened next. Never felt the need. I loved them, but I wasn’t completely destroyed by their loss. I celebrated their life.

    Now, I find myself questioning everything, as one would and does. For some, your beliefs change, but I’ve seen that most find their original beliefs to be stronger. I’m not trying to tell you what to believe. That would be insensitive and overly ridiculous for me to do... How could I? The shit people say…

    For me, I’ve come to the personal conclusion (not your conclusion) that whatever heaven we know and label it as - it exists - but it’s not what we know it to be in our books of worship and cultural common beliefs. None of us have any way of actually knowing. That’s why it’s called faith, and associated with belief. I firmly believe that there’s something else, and she’s waiting for me, along with my other family. She’s right on the other side of something we can’t see, taste, feel, or touch. Her energy speaks to me and has proven that to me a lot over the past year.

    I will see her, but it won’t be the same as what I remember we had before she left. It will be different. I just desperately hope it will be even better than it was. A statement like that sounds crazy to me. Our relationship was so insanely awesome, like nothing I have ever known. It’s very cliché, but it was the truest of true love. I’ve never loved anyone even remotely close to the same level.

    Getting Better

    I have mostly shied away from the things that would have been “normal” for me before my Nala passed away. Nothing had the same feel anymore. Color? Gone. Flavor? Nixed. Pretty much all of life seemed pointless anymore, and still does to some degree. There’s no getting better. I didn’t ask to be in this involuntary club. This daily dose of bullshit. Yet, I’m still here.

    West Palm Beach, FL - Not sure where we were exactly, but this was her taking the selfie (which is against her nature)I’ve learned in this year of grief that the only way through this is to just take it day-by-day. Each day, I wake up. I go into a routine. I eat. I work. I take care of my daughter. Then I do my best to sleep. Next thing you know, I do it all over again. I’ve resolved myself to this… Every day I live is one more day that I’m closer to my queen, my soul mate, my true love. I need to get through it to get to her, and I can only hope she’s there, with open arms, as excited to see me this time, as she was the first. Jumping up and down like a grade-school girl getting the first present on Christmas morning. For those of you that knew her, I bet you never saw her that excited, did you? Literally jumping up and down, with a massive smile, and squealing. She was so full of life. Happy.

    So now, to earn my reunion, I’ve begun the process of pretending to be all better. Pretending to be “normal” like the majority of you. I smile and laugh sometimes, but it’s not real. I don’t smile in photos yet, because I don’t want the fake me to be recorded. That’s not me right now. I do this to feel “normal,” but I mostly do this to make you feel normal around me too. I’m not normal. There is not a “normal.” I’m broken, but I’ll be okay. “I’m okay,” is my response now.

    Being 100%, or Being “Me” Again

    This story and all of the parts that may follow in the future, they’re part of my past, present, and future. They’re a part of yours too. No one is immune to this part of life. Patton Oswalt recently went through an eerily similar experience, but being a comedian, he’s far more articulate about this than I can ever be. So it’s only appropriate when he describes how he feels, as it fully embodies how I’ve felt from the first moments until today, saying, “I’ll never be at 100% again.” This isn’t to say that I’m not still the Will Strohl that many of you know or follow.

    Most of us throw around the term my other half so frivolously. We don’t realize that some of us are insanely lucky to truly know what that is like and how it feels. You’re 100% of a person finally, and didn’t realize you weren’t until you literally found the one. I wasn’t 100% until I met my beautiful Sabrina – something I didn’t know until the moment I fell in love with her (something that was instant, but I wouldn’t realize or believe until later). I’m still me, albeit a slightly different, more aware of everything, quick to cry, far more knowledgeable on the human condition, more sensitive to others, and ultimately deeply scarred version of me.

    I’m okay.

    Nala kept her promise... I've never seen anything so beautiful

              Uganda's Beautiful Scenery should be Experienced        

    Once you think that the typical Africa countryside can’t offer you rolling bright green hills, snow capped mountains, misty forests and deep crystal clear lakes then you haven't been to Uganda. Though Uganda is a small country, it offers all of this and a lot more white water rafting, gorilla tracking, game viewing and some of the best trekking in Africa. Most outstandingly, the country has friendly and relaxed locals with unique cultural traditions which can’t make you ask for any thing more from an exotic holiday destination. Uganda safari

    The country boasts areas of outstanding natural beauty compared to other African countries. That’s why Sir Churchill called Uganda “The Pearl of Africa”. One looking for a good first stop for a couple of days of relaxation, Jinja near Kampala is a quiet town with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and also, the home of Uganda's white water rafting industry. The rafting is awesome and they claim more grade five rapids than the more famous Zambezi rafting. It is a full day's entertainment with the rafting rounded off by an excellent meal near the river. Besides, the source of the Nile is also in Jinja so doesn’t miss out on the visit to the plaque marking the spot where the Nile leaves Lake Victoria on its long, long journey to the sea. 3 days gorilla safari tours

    However, Uganda is blessed with lakes, variety of wildlife,Primates,Birds and Mountains like Mount Rwenzori ( The Mountains of the Moon) , Mount Elgon sharing it with Kenya on the Eastern Border, Mount Moroto in the Karamajong Region and Mount Mufumbira where you will find the world famous Mountain Gorilla. To the part of Lakes, Uganda is the source of Lake Victoria that is shared with Kenya and Tanzania. This lake is the third largest lake in the whole world. It’s the source of River Nile which is also the longest River in the world. Apart from Uganda Lakes and Mountains, you will be surrounded by stunning scenery from the moment you arrive in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport to the time you leave.

    Still Uganda offers one of the travellers "must do" excursions, which is fabulous for example gorilla tracking trip. There are two options - Mgahinga and Bwindi both in the Southwest and Bwindi, in the impenetrable forest has got the highest population off mountain Gorillas in the world. In terms of security, a huge effort has been made to assure tourists of their safety and armed guards accompany every group.

    Though East African game parks are famous, but Uganda’s game parks are more beautiful than those in other East African countries. Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks are the places to go. The campsite at Murchison Falls is just above the falls and is wonderfully located. It is also only accessible by 4WD cars for rent kampala and roads to the park are well constructed and improved. An excellent way to see the wildlife is to take a boat trip. There are huge numbers of birds in Uganda and in both parks there are so many hippos in the water that you feel as if you can step out of the boat and walk to the river bank on their backs, never getting your feet wet. It's wall to wall hippos with a few crocodiles circling nearby.

    Another wonderful aspect of Uganda is the approach to community tourism that wherever accommodation you see is a community campsite and they are often conveniently located right outside park gates and all the benefits are at a fraction of the cost. In addition, you also know that you are giving something directly back to the community. It is a great opportunity to meet locals, share a beer and have a chat. When it comes to practical matters like food and drink, there are many options. Kampala is well equipped and the many roadside markets sell the most wonderful range of fruit and vegetables. They also sell interesting things like meat, or chicken, on a stick and plenty of Nile perch. Plantains are a stable food in Uganda anyone at a campsite, hotel, lodge will prepare a meal of matoke (mashed plantains) or anything else, for a very reasonable price. There is also plenty of beer available. Uganda gorilla trip gorillas and Chimps

    If you are looking for a break that features contrasts and some of the best scenery the country has to offer then you should consider booking a place to visit Western Uganda. This is the place where you will see all about Uganda top destinations like the mountain gorilla trucking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and many other game parks. On your way to western Uganda, beginning in the south-western city of Masaka Town and winding its way through the Plains Lyantondde to Mbarara, you will see all the sights that make Uganda a world-class tourist destination. rwanda gorilla tour vacations

    Once you leave Mbarara area, you will be greeted by a cold landscape of mountains, gushing streams, as well as forests rather than green terraces and sorghum fields of Kabale and Kisoro Districts. This will signal the beginning of your journey into the Pearl of Africa and you can look forward to your next stop in the town of Kabale and Kisoro. 5 day rwanda gorilla safari
    Leaving the mountains behind the meandering rural roads. The journey will also bring you to Queen Elizabeth national park where you will meet the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and the pictures of Lake Edward, Lake George and Kazinga Channel. Uganda rwanda safari

    Above all, Uganda offers an experience that is as varied and exciting as you want it to be. What you see and experience are only limited by your imagination and sense of adventure so don't let anything put you off discovering a place that truly is the Pearl of Africa and which ever ways you decide to spend your days in Uganda, you are sure to leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. gorilla tours in rwanda

              Ganggang Kristal Jepang        

    Apa itu Kristal Algae Jepang/Algae Kristal/Water Kefir/ Japanische Kristallalgen/Japanese Crystal Algae
    Mau memiliki badan sehat dan umur panjang sekaligus penghasilan tambahan “kristal algae jepang” salah satu jawabannya. Kristal algae jepang sebagai penghasil water kefir ini hidup dan berasal dari Pegunungan Kaukasus Georgia, kristal algae jepang juga sebagai penghasil O2, besar sekali manfaat yang bisa kita peroleh dari kristal algae jepang ini. Penduduk di Kaukasus mengetahui keampuhan dari kristal algae jepang ini dan sudah meminum air rendaman dari kristal algae jepang dari masa kanak-kanak, maka dari itu di tempat kristal algae jepang ini tumbuh penduduknya dapat berumur panjang, bisa mencapai umur 110 tahun. Di sini adalah satu-satunya tempat di dunia di mana penduduknya bisa mencapai usia lanjut dengan tubuh yang benar-benar sehat ( menurut nara sumber tak dikenal, di Toscana / Italia juga ada satu daerah yang penduduknya dikenal hidup sehat sampai uzur ).

    Manfaat / Khasiat /Kegunaan dari kristal algae jepang ini adalah :

    Kristal algae Jepang ini sudah diteliti oleh Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia ( LIPI ) klik disini! dan Prof. Merile. Menurut peneliti Prof. Merile , yang sepanjang hidupnya meriset tentang kristal algae jepang penghasil water kefir ini, bahwa di daerah yang disebut di atas tidak dikenal penyakit seperti TBC, Kanker, sakit maag dll. Di Jerman Dr. Dressen sudah menangani kristal algae jenis ini sejak Perang Dunia I. Kristal algae jepang ini dapat menyembuhkan asma, masalah-masalah pernafasan, penyakit liver, gangguan empedu, penyakit kantung kemih, meningkatkan gairah sex dan sebagian besar penyakit-penyakit parah.
    Khasiat lain dari kristal algae jepang ini:
    Penyakit syaraf, benjolan-benjolan di dalam tubuh, bronchitis, saemtlichen sideroblasten (keime, bahasa jerman), serangan jantung, empedu, liver, infeksi ginjal, sakit kuning, penyakit usus, buang air besar, susah BAB, kurang darah, penyakit luar & eksim. Yang terpenting kristal algae jepang ini menghilangkan kebusukan-kebusukan dalam usus, bisa menyembuhkannya dan itu membuat orang bisa sehat dan panjang umur. Jika perawatan penyembuhan sudah selesai, kristal algae jepang ini tetap dipelihara seperti ditulis di bawah. Jika sudah tidak mau diminum, air kristal algae jepang bisa dibuang atau digunakan untuk mencuci muka.
    Kandungan apa saja yang ada di dalam kristal algae jepang?
    Water kefir hasil dari rendaman kristal algae jepang ini merupakan simbiosis kompleks antara bakteri dan ragi (yeast) dari Lactobacilli (Lb. Galactose, Lb. brevis, Lb. casei subsp. Casei, Lb. paracasei subsp. Paracasei, Lb. casei subsp. Ramos, Lb. casei subsp. tolerant, Lb. coraciiform subsp. torque ns, Lb. fructose, Lb. hilarities, Lb. homophobia, Lb. planta-rum, Lb. pseudo plantarum, Lb. admonishes) dan Streptococci/lactococci (Streptococcus cremeris, Str. Faecalis, Str. Lactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Pediococcus damnosus) serta Yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, S. florentinus, S. pretoriensis, Candida valida, Candida lambica, Kloeckera apiculata, Hansenula yalbensis).
    Cara Penggunaan kristal algae jepang ini
    1. Syaraf : 1 liter/hari
    2. Abcess dalam maag : 1 liter/hari ( abcess dalam maag hilang dalam 2 minggu )
    3. Ashma dan bronchitis : 1 liter/hari ( untuk ashma butuh waktu agak lama )
    4. Kurang darah/masalah sel-sel darah :1 liter/hari ( 2 liter untuk yang sudah parah )
    5. Masalah kulit / eksim : 1 liter/hari ( oleskan langsung algae-nya lalu keringkan, muka dan tangan dicuci dengan air. Dalam waktu 1-2 minggu eksim sembuh. Juga untuk yang sudah parah.
    6. Jika diminum tiap hari sebanyak 1 liter maka dapat menormalkan tekanan darah tinggi.
    7. Kemungkinan dipergunakan juga untuk penyakit syaraf, benjolan-benjolan di dalam tubuh, bronchitis, samtlichen sideroblasten ( kelme ), serangan jantung, empedu, lever, infeksi ginjal, sakit kuning, penyakit usus, buang-buang air, susah BAB, kurang darah, penyakit luar dan eksim.
    8. Air kristal algae jepang / air kefir yang sudah difermentasi selama 24 jam dapat menekan pertumbuhan sel kanker karena adanya bakteri Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lb kefiri, Lb kefirgranum, Lb parakefir, Lb delbrueckii supbsp. bulgaricus, Lb fructivorans, Lb kefiranofaciens, dan Lactococci. Bakteri-bakteri tersebut bersama dengan khamir (ragi) bekerjasama secara simbiosis. Bakteri asam laktat tersebut menghasilkan asam laktat yang merangsang pertumbuhan khamir. Sementara khamir menghasilakan factor pendukung pertumbuhan bakteri asam laktat. Polisakarida larut air kristal algae jepang yang disebut kefiran dihasilkan bakteri asam laktat. Kefiran inilah yang berperan dalam meningkatkan pembentukan system imun dalam tubuh.
    Cara memelihara kristal algae jepang ini :
    1. Taruhlah sekitar 3 sendok teh kristal algae jepang dalam wadah ( semisal teko / moci ) plastik dan masukan ke dalam lemari es jangan letakan di bagian yang beku. Beri 1 Liter air minum, 2 sendok teh gula pasir dan 7 buah kismis kering yang telah dicuci dan tidak mengandung belerang/sulfur, diamkan semalam.
    2. Keesokan harinya tuang air rendaman kristal algae jepang itu kedalam botol plastik / gelas. Saring dengan saringan plastik agar kristal algae jepang-nya terjaring, cuci dengan air minum dan masukkan lagi kedalam wadahnya yang sudah dicuci bersih.
    3. Beri lagi 2 sendok teh gula pasir dengan 7 kismis yang kemarin. Tambahkan 1 Liter air minum yang baru, lalu simpan lagi . . . begitu seterusnya. Saran : ketika mengganti air, masukkan juga beberapa tetes air rendaman kristal algae jepang yang sudah siap untuk diminum.
    4. Air kristal algae jepang yang sudah dituang dalam botol/gelas siap diminum sebagai obat.
    5. Gantilah kismis kering seminggu sekali.
    6. Tanpa pemberian gula pasir dan kismis serta pemakaian wadah dari metal dapat membuat kristal algae jepang-nya mati.
    Yang Perlu Diperhatikan :
    1. Ketika mengganti air baru, masukkan juga beberapa tetes air kristal algae jepang yang sudah siap untuk diminum
    2. Kismis keringnya diganti 1 minggu sekali
    3. Tanpa gula pasir dan kismis serta pemakaian wadah metal dapat membuat kristal algae jepang-nya mati
    4. Bagi penderita Maag usahakan diminum setelah makan, karena rasa air kristal algae jepang agak asam
    5. Kristal algae jepang bukan segala-galanya, kristal algae jepang hanya salah satu bentuk usaha Kita dalam membantu menyembuhkan penyakit. Untuk itu Yakinlah dan Berdoalah sebelum minum kristal algae jepang ini, mintalah kepada Tuhan untuk menyembuhkan penyakit yang Kita derita melalui usaha kita ini. Semoga semua penyakit akan sembuh atas ijin Tuhan YME, Amin.
    Bagaimana rasa water kefir (air rendaman kristal algae jepang) ini?
    kristal algae jepang(biji kefir) mempunyai dua wujud, yang pertama berwarna putih keruh dan yang kedua berwarna bening, Water Kefir (hasil fermentasi kristal algae jepang di air/ berwarna bening) mempunyai rasa masam dan sedikit beralkohol (seperti tuak, atau air buah siwalan atau legen). Sedangakn Milk Kefir (hasil fermentasi kristal algae jepang di susu) berasa seperti yogurt. Jika didiamkan semalam, rasanya seperti air kelapa muda (degan).
    Jika didiamkan > 24 jam, rasanya seperti air buah siwalan atau legen ataupun toak ( Tidak Disarankan ).
    water kefir / Air kristal algae jepang mengandung konsentrasi alkohol antara 0,5% sampai 3% tergantung lamanya proses fermentasi. Untuk menghindari kandungan alkohol yang tinggi disarankan untuk mengurangi masa fermentasinya, yaitu kurang dari 24 jam dan toples sebaiknya tutupnya dilonggarkan agar gas hasil fermentasinya bisa keluar sehingga bisa mengurangi kandungan alkoholnya. Juga disarankan untuk tidak menggoyang-goyang/mengocok toples karena bisa meningkatkan kandungan alkohol. Tidak disarankan bagi wanita hamil.
    Pengalaman & Kesan – Kesan :
    kristal algae jepang bisa juga didiamkan diluar lemari es dengan terlebih dahulu toplesnya dibungkus dengan kresek hitam supaya tidak terlalu panas, usahakan agar di malam sampai pagi hari kristal algae jepang diletakan di luar rumah agar kristal algae jepang dapat tetap tumbuh dan berkembang.
    Anda tidak perlu kuatir karena kristal algae jepang ini penghasil O2 jadi dia akan tahan dalam wadah tertutup.
              Beats by Dr. Dre Studio ~ Review & Giveaway        
    I was very excited when I was contacted by Staples to receive a pair of beats by dr. dre studio for review. My husband and I have been looking for a good pair of headphones for a while. We had heard {beats by dr. dre studio} were pretty nice and I couldn't wait to test them out.

    While waiting for my headphones to arrive, I got a special lil surprise in the mail from my contact, Jessica. It was a Staples Easy Button. LOL I couldn't help but crack a smile. My life just became easier. YAY! My kids have since been pressing the button and the "that was easy" verse has been a regular sound here in my house. Although they were a little disappointed when it didn't make their homework magically get done! Gotta love that easy button.  Getting a {Lot of Laughs} over here! Thank you, Jessica!

    . . . On to my review of these amazing headphones . . .
    As soon as the headphones arrived I was impressed. Impressed with the packaging (yes, I loved the box it came in) quality, sound, carrying case and that I could use them for phone calls. I immediately put them to use. First we all (the kids and I) tried them out by listening to some music. The music sounded clear and precise. We all wanted to use them all night. When my husband got home he tried them out too. He said they were awesome and we got a kick out of him singing out loud. He even tried to steal them from me to take on the road. Nope, they are mine! LOL Ok, maybe I will share a little, but not just yet.
    Next, I tried them out while making some phone calls. While they don't cancel out all noise (kids playing in the background) they do cancel it out enough so I can actually hear what the other person is saying. With other headphones I can still hear my kids and I have to stop and tell them to quiet down while I talk.  With these I don't have to at all.  I also worry about the other person hearing the kids in the background, but with the beats by dr. dre studio I don't. The microphone does a great job of canceling out the background noise.  I tested this out in the car, where it gets pretty loud sometimes and it passed.  I also want to mention that the transition from music to a phone call is smooth and when you hang up, it goes back to your music with ease.  

    The earcups size and cushion make the headphones very comfortable to wear. They are just the right size for children, teens and adults. I do have to say though at the cost of these headphones, I myself plan on only my husband and I using them and possibly supervised use for the kids.  The headphones are durable and I think they would be just fine for kids use, but it's our preference to keep them for adult use most of the time. The headphone case is very impressive with its rigid construction. I didn't even know they came with a case, so I was excited to know I had somewhere to safely keep my headphones and cords all in one place. This case will keep your headphones safe and together when traveling too!
    I would definitely recommend the beats by dr. dre studio to family and friends. They would make a perfect gift for anyone any time of the year. Thanks again to Staples and Jessica for allowing me to host this review.
    The featured product {s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or pr company representing the company. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. By entering this giveaway you agree to Trendy Treehouse Disclaimer/Terms of use.

    Staples has generously offered to GIVEAWAY a pair of dr. dre studio headphones to one of my lovely readers. Valued up to $180.
    (Headphones pictured below are just an example of what you could win. The winner will choose a pair valued up to $180 on Staples.com)
    Enter this giveaway below.
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    The original Beats that took the world by storm

    After 25 years, Dr. Dre was tired of spending months on a track only to have his fans hear it on weak, distorting ear buds. Two years and hundreds of prototypes later, Beats Studio headphones are the icons that bring you sound the way it was originally intended.
    • Powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the noise cancellation feature in a pair of stylish Beats Studio headphones amplifies the music as it blocks out noise, giving you consistently powerful and intense sound
    • Super plush and covered with ultra-soft breathable materials, you’ll be cool and comfortable even during marathon listening sessions. The Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the side also acts as a mute button when you press it. No need to take them off to talk.
    • Take calls, skip songs and adjust volume right from the cord of your Beats Studio headphones. No more searching for your phone or music player just to find the right song
    • A flawless and iconic fit. The perfect lightweight, foldable headphone that fits all sizes and shapes comfortably. The result is a design now copied by brands around the world.
    • Beats Studio on ear Headphones, Two (2) AAA batteries, 3.5mm audio cable, 1/4" audio adapter, In-line remote & mic cable (features may vary), Hard Shell carrying case, Beats cleaning cloth
    "People aren't hearing all the music.

    Artists and producers work hard in the studio perfecting their sound. But people can't really hear it with normal headphones. Most headphones can't handle the bass, the detail, the dynamics. Bottom line, the music doesn't move you.

    With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should: the way I do." - Dr. Dre

    It's All About Sound
    Three years of thorough research and development resulted in the most incredible headphone speaker ever built. Beats features highly advanced materials and construction to deliver a new level of audio accuracy and clarity. Combining extra-large speaker drivers and a high-power digital amplifier, Beats delivers an unprecedented combination of super deep bass, smooth undistorted highs, and crystal clear vocals never heard before from headphones.

    Less Noise, More Music With Powered Isolation
    Today's digital audio recording technology gives music more detail than ever before. Unfortunately, the details get easily lost in today's noisy world: on the street, on the bus, on the plane. The best listening experience isn't just about what you hear, but what you don't. Monster's powered isolation technology actively cuts external noise, so you experience all the rich details your favorite artists want you to hear.

    Extreme Comfort is Music to Your Ears
    With Beats, you feel the music, not the headphones. Spacious earcups give you extra room for a higher level of listening comfort. Plush ear cushions covered with ultra-soft breathable materials keep you cool even when the music's hot.

    Ready for iPhone?
    Stay connected without missing a beat. Beats comes with an additional Monster iSoniTalk™ iPhone enable headphone cable with built-in answer button and microphone so you can easily stop rockin' and start talkin'.


    Wired with Monster Cable
    Advanced Monster™ Cable headphone cable with Quadripole™ 4 twisted pair construction reduces signal loss for balanced sound and clarity.

    Micro Minijack
    Compact connector design reduces bulk and eases unnecessary strain that can damage headphone connectors and ports.

    Push To Listen
    Integrated mute button lets you listen to the outside world without removing your Beats.

    Folding Design
    Beats fold into a compact shape for easy packing wherever you're going.

    Touring Case
    Rugged case with rigid construction keeps Beats and accessories safe during transport.

    Monster CleanCloth
    Ultra-soft cleaning cloth with AEGIS? microbe shield keeps Beats looking good and controls germs on your ear cushions.

    Scratch-Resistant Gloss Finish
    Advanced materials make Beats stand out from the crowd, and keep them looking good.

    What's In The Box
    • Beats Studio headphones
    • Monster Cable headphone cable
    • Monster iSoniTalk™ iPhone enabled headphone cable
    • Rigid Tour case
    • Anti-Microbial Cleaning cloth
    • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
    • Two AAA batteries
    One Year Limited Warranty

    • Weight: 260 grams, 270 grams with batteries
    • Headphone cable length: 1.3 meters
    • Connector: 1/8 inch (3.5mm), gold-plated

              Cavalli Club, Dubai, 2009        
    Cavalli Club, Dubai, 2009 On May 7 the Cavalli Club opens in Dubai in the prestigious Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, one of the city’s most elegant streets. In the Club, spanning a total of 2500 square metres on two floors, architecture, furnishings, and materials are selected to effuse luxury and exclusivity: black quartz floors shine with crystal dust reflecting light and shapes, while six-metre high walls adorned with 436,000 Swarovski crystals illuminate the rooms. A large Italian restaurant is located in the middle of the hall, flanked on both sides by two suspended atolls in gold-colored glass and fur, hosting a sushi bar and a lounge bar. A further suspended platform serves as a stage for entertainments and shows.
               β Recrystallisation characteristics of α + β titanium alloys for aerospace applications         
    Allan, Michael and Thomas, Matthew and Brooks, Jeffery and Blackwell, Paul (2016) β Recrystallisation characteristics of α + β titanium alloys for aerospace applications. In: Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Titanium. John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, pp. 203-208. ISBN 9781119293668
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD 2011 Build 289        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD 2010 Build 544        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD 2010 Build 536        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD 2010 Build 298        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD 2010 Build 291        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD 2010 Build 163        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD Platinum        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD Platinum        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              WinDVD Platinum        
    Watch your favorite DVDs on your home theater system, desktop or laptop PC, and enjoy crystal-clear pictures with top audio performance. With broad format support, state-of-the-art enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies on t...
              Autumn creating ideal fishing conditions        
    The October morning dawned as close to perfect as it gets in the Texas Hill Country, and that’s saying something. Then it got better. The air was cool — crisp, really — and the sky swept clean of clouds and left crystalline sapphire by a pretty potent early-autumn cool front that had blown itself out
              Colt — Reload        
    Colt — Reload
    Cast: Lane Fuller, Rob Romoni, Matt Colmar, Ray Dragon, Marcus Iron, Dave Angelo, Adam Dexter, Jake Gianelli, Chase Hunter, Alex LeMonde, Tod Parker, Trey Rexx
    Genres: anal, bareback, bradbanks, gay, hunks, muscle, oral, porn, twinks
    Video language: English

    This sex-filled to the brim movie takes you from my early drawings and photographs of the male nude all the way into the present with high-quality crystal clear high-energy Man-on-Man sex! RELOAD is a full length feature with the usual high-end production values youve come to expect from Colt, this time with a Rutherford twist

    There are 5 scenes of extremely hot men doing very dirty thing! See handsome studs Marcus Iron and Alex LeMonde devour each other as if we werent there. This scene is unlike any other youve seen. Both men act as if theres no camera in sight pumping, licking, smelling and fully enjoying their manly intimate moment together.

    Format: m4v
    Duration: 1:33:13
    Video: 640x464, AVC (H.264), 1018kbps
    Audio: 153kbps

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    File size: 801.9 MB

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              The Walled Garden at Culzean Castle        
    Another glorious day in Scotland – and another wonderful garden. The annual flower mixes clearly love the conditions – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a planting look quite as good – and in the crystal clear light the flowers positively vibrated with colour. The walled area is a mix of productive planting, magnificent herbaceous borders, […]
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-19-2017 with Yukari        

    Zuleikha And Mirabai- Spirit Lives - Royal Tea Of Love
    Teen Daze- Water In Heaven - Themes For Dying Earth
    The Swanee Quintet- Come To The Edge - What About MeAnniversary Album
    The Swanee Quintet- 1 Small Step - What About MeAnniversary Album
    - voicebreak -
    The Swanee Quintet- Why Must I Feel Like This Today - What About MeAnniversary Album
    The Swanee Quintet- Each Step Moves Us On - What About MeAnniversary Album
    - voicebreak -
    Wavy Gravy Ace Of Cup- Basic Human Needs - Basic Human Needs
    Dave Dale Nadaji- SoHam - Mantra Rocks
    - voicebreak -
    Electric Guest- Glorious Warrior - Plural
    Jim Noir- Happy Day Today - Jim Noir
    - voicebreak -
    All Them Witches- Am I Going Up - Sleeping Through The War
    Wild Nothing- To Know You - Life Of Pause
    The Afghan Whigs- Oriole - In Spades
    Mew- Learn Our Crystals - Visuals
    - voicebreak -
    Hermeto Paschoal- Cano No Paiol Em Curitiba - Hermeto Solo
    Alice Coltrane- Journey To Satchidananda - World Spirituality Classics 1 The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane
    Bill Callahan- Jim Cain - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
    Blackfield- From 44 To 48 - Blackfield V
    Donovan- Catch The Wind - The Essential Donovan
    Bonobo- No Reason feat Nick Murphy - Migration
    Matisyahu- Step Out Into The Light - Undercurrent
    - voicebreak -
    Karen Elson- Distant Shore - Double Roses
    Bridget Kearney- Wash Up - Wont Let You Down
    Kelly Lee Owens With Jenny Hval- Anvi - Kelly Lee Owens
    Carolin No- Still Waters Run Deep - Favorite Sin
    Daeve- Ache - Beta Persei

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2017-07-19
              Hair barrette, hair slide, french clip: purples with tulle overlay. Hand made. by RaccoonsRags        

    12.00 GBP

    Hair barrette/Hairslide - voilet and gossamer.

    In layers of fabric. First there is a tie-dye effect quilters cotton, this is overlaid with purple crystal organza, and then the top layer is spiderweb tulle, which has been fastened down by hand, with tiny stitches.
    Fully lined.
    Binding is sewn by hand.
    Embellished by hand with filigree decals and glass seed beads.
    The inserts for Raccoon's barrettes are thin recyclable plastic and not card, so the piece won't crease inside and deteriorate with use.
    Spring clip.

    Size of the item is shown in the images above.

    Made exclusively by myself at Raccoon HQ.




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              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-25-2017         

    Lee Scratch Perry- Happy Birthday - Celebrate 50 Years Of Jamaican Independence 30 Reggae Ska Rocksteady And Calypso Songs
    Toots The Maytals- Funky Kingston - Funky Kingston In The Dark
    Claudette Miller- Tonight Is The Night - BB Seaton Presents Sunshine Reggae Vol1
    Bob Andy Marcia Griffiths- Young Gifted And Black - Fire Burning
    Tommy James The Shondells- Im Alive - Crystal Blue Persuasion Im Alive Digital 45
    Cock Sparrer- Were Coming Back - Shock Troops
    The Penetrators- Baby Dontcha Tell Me - Basement Anthology 197684
    The Adicts- Viva La Revolution - Viva La Revolution
    Siouxsie The Banshees- Helter Skelter - The Scream Remastered Expanded
    Anderson Paak- Come Down - Malibu
    Selda Bacan- nce nce Bir Kar Yaar - 40 Yln 40 arks
    Karye Pyar- Tafo - The Sound Of Wonder
    Captain Beefheart His Magic Band- Sure Nuff n Yes I Do - Safe As Milk
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience- Manic Depression - Are You Experienced
    Link Wray- Fire And Brimstone - Link Wray
    Bukka White- Parchman Farm Blues - Aberdeeen Mississippi Blues The Vintage Recordings 19301940
    Matthew Logan Vasquez- Red Fish - Does What He Wants
    Waylon Jennings- Im A Ramblin Man - Ultimate Waylon Jennings
    Merle Haggard- Swinging Doors - Merle Haggard
    US Tygers- Plymouth To Pigsey -
    Townes Van Zandt- Lungs - Townes Van Zandt
    Leonard Cohen- Is This What You Wanted - New Skin For The Old Ceremony
    Alice Cooper- Im Eighteen - Alice Coopers Greatest Hits
    The Stooges- 1969 Remastered - The Stooges Deluxe Edition
    The Flaming Groovies- Shake Some Action - A Bucket Of Brains
    Patti Smith Group- Because The Night - Easter
    Parquet Courts- Black And White - Sunbathing Animal
    The Tube- Battery Licker -
    Can- Dizzy Dizzy - Soon Over Babaluma Remastered
    William Onyeabor- Fantastic Man - World Psychedelic Classics 5 Who Is William Onyeabor
    Blackrock- Blackrock Yeah Yeah - Blackrock Yeah Yeah Single
    Chuck Berry- Nadine - The Definitive Collection Chuck Berry
    Pastor TL Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir- Like A Ship - Like A Ship Without A Sail

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2017-05-25
              Association of alpha A-crystallin polymorphisms with susceptibility to nuclear age-related cataract in a Han Chinese population        
    BMC Ophthalmology
              When the lawnmower...        

    ...causes you to float a single Bloom in a Crystal dish.

              Promoção na Arezzo em Curitiba e São José dos Pinhais – Até 50% OFF.        

    A temporada de liquidações começou! A partir de hoje as lojas Arezzo em Curitiba e São José dos Pinhais iniciam uma promoção para começar a limpar o estoque, oferecendo vários produtos com até 50% de desconto.  Os itens que ainda estão sendo procurados para o verão 2015 como: birkens, sandálias, alpargatas, sapatos e rasteiras estão com descontos.

    É uma ótima oportunidade de turbinar o guarda roupa com peças cheias de informação de moda e preços especiais, como algumas alpargatas que de R$ 199,90 estão por R$ 99,90.

    A promoção vale até o dia 20 de janeiro ou enquanto durarem os estoques. E para aquelas que estão programando férias, é a oportunidade para comprar e usar peças novinhas na viagem.

    Em Curitiba as lojas da Arezzo estão nos shopping: Pátio Batel, Mueller, Curitiba, ParkShoppingBarigui, Estação, Palladium e Crystal. E na região metropolitana no Shopping São José.

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    Foto Divulgação

    Onde você encontra: (Curitiba – PR)
    Arezzo | Intagram.com/arezzocuritiba 
    - Shopping ParkShoppingBarigui - 3373-4108
    - Shopping Patio Batel –3020-3413
    - Shopping Crystal - 3323-5306
    - Shopping Estação - 3322-2218
    - Shopping Curitiba - 3323-5202
    - Shopping Mueller - 3232-2926
    - Shopping Palladium - 3212-3790
    - Shopping São José - 3081-9054

              Promoção nas lojas AREZZO com até 50% de desconto – Hot Summer Week.        

    Um boa notícia para quem estava de olho nos sapatinhos da Arezzo! A partir desta quinta-feira, dia 23/10, começa o Hot Summer Week nas lojas Arezzo, uma promoção pontual e com descontos especiais. É a hora de aproveitar e levar os modelos que são os must have da temporada para casa.

    De acordo com a divulgação, is descontos variam e podem chegar até 50% em sapatos, sandálias, gladiadoras, espadrilhes, alpargatas, sapatilhas e sandálias. Mas corra, por que a promoção é por tempo limitado, até o dia 04/11 ou enquanto durarem os estoques.

    Confira algumas ofertas divulgadas:
    - Alpargata Arezzo de R$ 199,90 por R$ 149,90
    - Sandália Gladiadora de R$ 239,90 por R$ 169,90
    - Sandália com amarrações de R$ 339,90 por R$ 259,90
    - Sandália de R$ 259,90 por R$ 179,90
    - Scarpin de R$ 229,90 por R$ 179,90

    Em Curitiba e região, a AREZZO tem lojas no ParkShoppingBarigui, Pátio Batel, Shopping Curitiba, Crystal, Estação, Mueller, Palladium e São José.

    Promoção nas lojas AREZZO com até 50% de desconto – Hot Summer Week.

    Foto: divulgação / Facebook @ Arezzo

    Onde você encontra: (Curitiba – PR)
    Arezzo – Hot Summer Week 
    ParkShoppingBarigui  | Tel. (41) 3373-4108
    Shopping Patio Batel  | Tel. (41) 3020-3413
    Shopping Crystal  | Tel. (41) 3323-5306
    Shopping Estação  | Tel. (41) 3322-2218
    Shopping Curitiba  | Tel. (41) 3323-5202
    Shopping Mueller  | Tel. (41) 3232-2926
    Shopping Palladium | Tel. (41) 3212-3790
    Shopping São José | Tel. (41) 3081-9054

              The 2017 Bessie Awards nominations (and two winners)!        
    With Managing Director Heather Robles (left)
    and Executive Director Lucy Sexton (right)
    opening a press conference at Gibney Dance Center,
    the Bessies organization announced two early winners
    and a slate of nominees for the 2017 Bessies Awards
    set for October 9 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
    (photo: Eva Yaa Asantewaa)

    2017 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award:
    Will Rawls

    "for creating astute, genre-eluding work that explores the relationship between movement and language and delves deeply into ideas of transmission, translation, and authorship; and for his multifaceted artistry as choreographer, writer, editor, and curator, expanding the presence of dance and performance."

    2017 Juried Bessie Award:
    Abby Zbikowski 

    "recognized for her rigorous and utterly unique development of an authentic movement vocabulary, employed in complex and demanding structures to create dances of great energy, intensity, surprise, and danger. (2017 Jury: Kyle Abraham, Brenda Bufalino, and Beth Gill)

    The 2017 Bessie Awards Nominations

    Outstanding Production

    Vanessa Anspaugh
    The End of Men; An Ode to Ocean
    Joyce Unleashed at Abrons Art Center

    Kader Attou of CCN de la Rochelle/Cie Accrorap
    OPUS 14
    Fall for Dance at New York City Center

    Bridgman / Packer
    Sheen Center

    Nora Chipaumire
    portrait of myself as my father
    BAM Fisher

    Antony Hamilton
    La MaMa and Performance Space 122, COIL 2017

    Jessica Lang
    Thousand Yard Stare
    The Joyce Theater

    Ligia Lewis
    minor matter
    American Realness at Abrons Art Center

    Taylor Mac
    A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
    St. Ann’s Warehouse/Pomegranate Arts

    Crystal Pite
    The Statement
    Performed by Nederlands Dans Theater
    New York City Center

    Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang
    BAM Fisher

    Abdel Salaam
    Healing Sevens
    Featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre, Ill Style & Peace Productions, and Dyane Harvey Salaam
    DanceAfrica at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Adrienne Truscott
    New York Live Arts

    Outstanding Revived Work

    Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd
    Conceived by Ishmael Houston-Jones. Co-directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez. John Bernd's music compositions arranged and re-mixed by Nick Hallett. Consultation by Jennifer Monson.
    Danspace Project Platform 2016: Lost and Found

    About Kazuo Ohno
    By Takao Kawaguchi
    Japan Society

    Stephen Petronio Company
    For Trio A (1966), Chair Pillow (1969), and Diagonal (1963) by Yvonne Rainer; Goldberg  Variations (1986) by Steve Paxton; The Courtesan and the Crone (1999) by Anna Halprin
    The Joyce Theater

    Outstanding Performer

    Yeman Brown
    In Citizen by Reggie Wilson
    BAM Harvey

    PeiJu Chien-Pott
    In Virginie Mécène’s reimagining of Martha Graham’s 1933 solo, Ekstasis
    The Joyce Theater

    Sean Donovan
    For his body of work with The Builders Association, Faye Driscoll, Witness Relocation, Jennie MaryTai Liu, and Jane Comfort

    Jonathan Gonzalez
    In minor matter by Ligia Lewis
    American Realness at Abrons Art Center

    Julie McMillan
    In KO-BU by Benjamin Kimitch
    Danspace Project

    Cast of Riff this, Riff that
    By Ephrat Asherie Dance
    River to River Festival, Atrium Plaza

    Anna Schön
    In Citizen by Reggie Wilson
    BAM Harvey

    Nicholas Sciscione
    In excerpts from Steve Paxton’s Goldberg Variations
    Presented by the Stephen Petronio Company
    The Joyce Theater

    Ensemble of the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds: Maria Bauman, Sidra Bell, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Rakiya Orange, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Marýa Wethers, Ni’Ja Whitson, Grace Osborne and others*
    Curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
    Danspace Project Platform 2016: Lost and Found
    *Edisa Weeks and Tara Aisha Willis also appeared in the cast, but are ineligible to vote on or receive awards as current Bessie Awards Committee members.

    Daaimah Taalib-Din
    In Eclipse: Visions of the Crescent and the Cross by Abdel Salaam
    Aaron Davis Hall

    Diana Vishneva
    For Sustained Achievement with American Ballet Theatre

    Cast of we free: DJ BLKWYNTR, Arielle Rosales, and Solo Woods, as well as Courtney Cook, Marguerite Hemmings, Jessica Phoenix and Italy Welton
    By Marguerite Hemmings
    Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

    Outstanding Emerging Choreographer
    (* indicates award recipient)

    Lela Aisha Jones

    Niall Jones

    Will Rawls*

    Katarzyna Skarpetowska

    Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design

    ICTUS ensemble/ROSAS
    For Vortex Temporum
    By Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
    BAM Next Wave Festival, Howard Gilman Opera House

    Chris Kuklis and Will Rawls
    For The Planet-Eaters: Seconds
    By Will Rawls
    River to River Festival, National Museum of the American Indian

    Ryan MacDonald
    For The End of Men, Again
    By Vanessa Anspaugh
    Danspace Project

    Alisdair Macindoe
    For Meeting
    By Antony Hamilton
    La MaMa and Performance Space 122, COIL 2017

    Outstanding Visual Design

    Nora Chipaumire
    For portrait of myself as my father
    By Nora Chipaumire
    BAM Fisher

    Taylor Mac, Niegel Smith, Machine Dazzle, Mimi Lien, John Torres, Eric Avery, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
    For A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
    By Taylor Mac
    St. Ann’s Warehouse/Pomegranate Arts

    Paulina Olowska
    For Slavic Goddesses–A Wreath of Ceremonies
    By Paulina Olowska
    The Kitchen

    Mark Ryden and Brad Fields
    For Whipped Cream
    By Alexei Ratmansky
    Performed by American Ballet Theatre
    Metropolitan Opera House


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              20.10.17 19:00 Uhr - Nürnberg - Dominik Forster: "Crystal.klar"        
    Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung205697-tickets

    Vom Gelegenheitskiffer zum Crystal Meth-Dealer: Dominik Forster hat alles durch. Doch mit Breaking Bad hat alles nichts zu tun: Statt Millioneneinnahmen und Machtmonopol folgen Absturz und Gefängnisstrafen. Als Ex-Knacki und Abhängiger werden ihm die Jobangebote nicht gerade hinterhergeworfen, und so dreht sich die Abwärtsspirale weiter. Nach einem Nahtoderlebnis findet Dominik Forster mit Entzug und Therapie in ein selbstbestimmtes Leben zurück. Heute engagiert er sich ehrenamtlich in der Suchtprävention und leistet Aufklärungsarbeit über Drogenmissbrauch bei Jugendlichen. Dieses Buch zeigt schonungslos seinen Weg durch den Drogensumpf – und wieder zurück.

    "Heute bin ich clean, rauche und trinke nicht, besuche Schulen und halte dort Präventionsunterricht."
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-07-2016 with Michael Buck        

    Paul Kimbiris- Bring Out Your Dead - Dark Side Of Pearl
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    Ages And Ages- Something To Ruin - Something To Ruin
    Anthony DAmato- If Youre Gonna Build A Wall - Cold Snap
    Los Lobos- Bootleg - Quiero Creedence
    Chris Beall- Crossroads - Brand New World
    Ccile DooKingu- Pure Entertainment - Anybody Listening Dialogues Pt 2
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    Of Montreal- Chaos Arpeggiating - Innocence Reaches
    TOR- Vaults - Blue Book
    Crystal Castles- Their Kindness Is Charade - Amnesty I
    The Silver Lake Chorus- Timberline - To Emmylou
    Future Generations- This Place We Go - Future Generations
    Emma Louise- Everything Will Be Fine - Supercry
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    Roger Fisher- Rivers Of Soul - All Told
    Danny Green Trio- Porcupine Dreams - Altered Narratives
    C Duncan- A Year Or So - EP
    Don DiLego- Idiot Heart - Magnificent Ram A
    Wages- Stalingrada - Glace
    Corey Christiansen- Factory Girl - Factory Girl
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    Quaker City Night Hawks- Beat The Machine - El Astronauta
    Goldenchild- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - Bridges
    DJ Shadow- Depth Charge - The Mountain Will Fall
    Gang Of Four- I Found That Essence Rare - Entertainment
    Thee Oh Sees- Jammed Entrance - A Weird Exits
    9bach- Anian - Anian
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    Bjrk- I See Who You Are - Vulnicura Live
    Carl Broemel- 4th Of July - 4th Of July
    Colourbox- Hot Doggie - Lonely Is An Eyesore
    Earth Heart- Burn - Homesick
    Deerhoof- Debut - The Magic
    Sofi Tukker- Drinkee - Soft Animals EP
    Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno- Flowering Theme feat Flowering Inferno - 1000 Watts
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    The Julie Ruin- I Decide - Hit Reset
    Phantom Phunk- Hey There - Arboles Ossific
    Gringo Star- Going Home - The Sides And In Between
    Car Seat Headrest- 1937 State Park - Teens Of Denial
    Red Martian- Cowboy And The Vocoder - Retrailing
    Matt Script- See You Anymore - See You Anymore
    Margaret Glaspy- You Dont Want Me - Emotions And Math

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2016-09-07
              @Cindy, The recurrence dilemma...        

    In reply to :o(

    What are the symptoms of a recurrence? I just don’t know and since I did not have symptoms of note when cancer first surfaced when it was Stage IVB, I have been hesitant to just wait for a recurrence to announce itself. Now, in retrospect, I had subtle symptoms that could have been due to various issues – dietary changes, just that plain old aging thing, medication changes – nothing that was significant enough to note, mostly just digestive issues. I have since researched liver met symptoms and, yes, they were there and now I am more aware of them. I think waiting for significant symptoms allows too much opportunity for advancement beyond reasonable treatment options – but that’s just my opinion. As for lung issues, I was having more problems earlier last year, hardly anything recently. Last spring i had resorted to only playing golf if I had a riding cart - that cut into golf outings considerably, since my husband is the best at finding low cost tee time deals and that's when we play ;-) On Friday, I walked a hilly 18-hole course pushing my cart with no difficulties whatsoever. I'm beginning to appreciate my doctor's constant caveat about my 'yeah!! no organ involvement' with his 'scans don't show everything.'

    No doctor wants to list all possible recurrence symptoms – recurrence where? – too many possibilities and then know I’d be imagining everything might be something. Probably why I hadn’t checked on what they might be. I did ask about brain met symptoms since he will only scan if some indication surfaces and he mentions “a wide-based gait’ - my first husband was a neurologist and my thought was that was not necessarily an early or main symptom, just one of many possibilities.

    As to waiting to treat, the second gyn-onc I consulted basically agreed and even indicated his next chemo consideration would be the same. I have appts. with both doctors this week.

    And all i wanted for Christmas this year was a crystal ball.

              Jak zrobić chwosta z koralików? Wiszące kolczyki DIY        
    jak zrobić chwosta z koralików

    Zapraszam Was na kurs w którym pokaże Wam jak zrobić chwosta z koralików. Chwosty to jeden z moich ulubionych wzorów na lato. Uwielbiam frędzle, frędzelki i chwościki więc dlaczego nie mogłabym połączyć ich z ukochanymi koralikami. Koralikowe frędzelki wykorzystać możecie nie tylko w wiszących kolczykach (które wciąż są bardzo modne, szczególnie latem) ale i naszyjnikach. Do dzieła! Materiały potrzebne do stworzenia kolczyków: Koraliki TOHO – rozmiar 11/0 (kolor Opaque Frosted Lavender) i 15/0 (Inside Color Crystal Lavender) Koraliki Firepolish – 3mm w dwóch odcieniach (Matte Satin Hyacinth Violet oraz Coral Honey Beige) i 4mm (Coral light Lavender) Koraliki – dwa koraliki


    Artykuł Jak zrobić chwosta z koralików? Wiszące kolczyki DIY pochodzi z serwisu Pasart Blog.

              Jak zrobić naszyjnik i kolczyki z kryształkami rivoli? Kurs tworzenia biżuterii        
    jak zrobić naszyjnik z rivoli

    Dziś kurs tworzenia biżuterii, który szczególnie spodoba się fankom eleganckich błyskotek. Jeśli lubicie czasem założyć coś mocno połyskującego czy to w świetle słońca, czy lamp, ten kurs na pewno Wam się spodoba. W kursie pokażemy  jak opleść rivoli w bardzo prosty, ale efektowny sposób. Efektem kursu będzie piękny naszyjnik z chwostem i pasujące do niego kolczyki. Oto niezbędne materiały: Koraliki TOHO – w rozmiarze 11/0, 15/0 (ja wybrałam w kolorze OPAQUE JET) i 6/0 u mnie w kolorze SILVER-LINED / GRAY Kryształki CrystaLove – rondelle / 6x8mm – ja postawiłam na kolor oksydowany srebrny lustrzany – będzie nam potrzebne 10 sztuk Koraliki SuperDuo


    Artykuł Jak zrobić naszyjnik i kolczyki z kryształkami rivoli? Kurs tworzenia biżuterii pochodzi z serwisu Pasart Blog.

              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-17-2016 with Barry Roark        

    The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Pish - Mini Album Thingy Wingy
    Papa Levi- Blackout Dub - Back To Basics
    The Crystal Method- Slipstream feat Jason Lytle - Divided By Night
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    Marcia Griffiths- Dont Let Me Down - Marcia Griffiths Collectors Series
    Oingo Boingo- I Am The Walrus - Boingo
    Richie Havens- Here Comes The Sun - Alarm Clock
    The Breeders- Happiness Is A Warm Gun - Pod
    The Dillards- Ive Just Seen A Face - Wheatstraw Suite
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    Various Artists- The Sky Is Black Featuring Robin Guthrie - Werkschau
    Yndi Halda- Helena - Under Summer
    Asian Dub Foundation- Blade Ragga - More Signal More Noise
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    Lida Husik- Your Bag - Your Bag
    Town Mountain- House Wiith No Windows - Southern Crescent
    Digital Underground- Same Song - Resurrection Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Vad Hnde Med Dem - Revelation
    Doctor Pablo The Dub Syndicate- Red Sea - North Of The River Thame
    The Jayhawks- Ace - Paging Mr Proust
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    Fruit Bats- Birthday Drunk - Absolute Loser
    Lucinda Williams- What If - West
    Boulevards- Weekend Love - Groove
    Nada Surf- Gold Sounds - You Know Who You Are
    Moon Invaders- All I Have To Do Is Dream - On Tour With Jump Up
    Licorice Roots Edward Moyse- Coronation Day - Licorice Roots Orchestra Bonus Version
    Licorice Roots Edward Moyse- September In The Night - Licorice Roots Orchestra Bonus Version
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    Various Artists- Morningstar Earth People - What Incites You
    Nada Surf- Victorys Yours - You Know Who You Are
    Mercury Rev- Car Wash Hair - Car Wash Hair
    Foals- Albatross - What Went Down
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    Various Artists- In The Sun Beat Pharmacy - African Travels
    Belle And Sebastian- Enter Sylvia Plath - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
    Dub Syndicate- Dub Is All I Got Umberto Echo Remix - Dub Is All I Got Remix Clash
    Howard Shore- 1am 4am - After Hours Soundtrack

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2016-05-17
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-22-2016 with Erin Stereo        

    Prince- Partyman - Batman
    Prince- 1000 Xs Os - HITNRUN Phase One
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    Cat Clyde- Mama Said - Ivory Castanets
    Kate Vargas- Second Skin - Second Skin
    Marian Hill- Whisky - Play EP
    Buckethead- Who Me - Monsters And Robots
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    The Coasters- Love Potion 9 - Jukebox Favorites
    Barrett Strong- Money Thats What I Want - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection The Best Of Barrett Strong
    Al Wilson- The Snake - The Snake Single
    Bobby McClure Fontella Bass- Dont Mess Up A Good Thing - Chess Soul A Decade Of Chicagos Finest The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
    Robert Parker- Barefootin - Barefootin
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    Isabel- Fences - Fences Single
    Faithless- North Star feat Dido - The Dance Deluxe Version
    R00ms- Bittersweet Company - Bittersweet Company Single
    Basement Jaxx- Stop 4 Love - Remedy
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    Pusher- Clear feat Mothica - Clear feat Mothica Single
    Chymes- Oracle - Chymes Soundcloud
    Yumi Zouma- Keep It Close To Me - Yoncalla
    Air- La Femme Dargent - Moon Safari
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    Ursa Major- Signs - Ursa Major
    Florence The Machine- Kiss With A Fist - Lungs Deluxe Edition
    OK Go- I Want You So Bad I Cant Breathe - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
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    Xenia Rubinos- Hair Receding - Magic Trix
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs- No No No - Fever To Tell
    Blue Scholars- Wounded Eyes - The Long March EP
    Hydraform- Lamia - Dark Adder
    The Globetroddas- Love - The Love EP
    Buck 65- Devils Eyes - Secret House Against The World
    Camp Lo- Coolie High - Uptown Saturday Night
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    Sage Francis- Message Sent - Personal Journals
    E- The Turning Point Featuring Ishtar - The Turning Point
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    Jill Scott- Bedda At Home - Beautifully Human Words And Sounds Vol 2
    Ian Pooley- Venasque - Since Then
    St Germain- Rose Rouge - Tourist Remastered Deluxe Version
    Layo Bushwacka- Blind Tiger - Night Works
    Cypress Hill- Armada Latina feat Pitbull Marc Anthony - Armada Latina feat Pitbull Marc Anthony Single
    Tommy James The Shondells- Crystal Blue Persuasion - Crimson Clover

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2016-04-22
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-21-2016 with DJ K-Nee        

    Louie Vega- Brand New Day - Elements Of Life
    Stacy Epps- Floatin - Floatin Single
    Prince- I Wanna Be Your Lover Dimitri From Paris ReEdit - I Wanna Be Your Lover dimitri From Paris Reedit Single
    Prince- When Doves Cry - The Hits The BSides
    Prince- 1000 Xs Os - HITNRUN Phase One
    Prince- Sign O The Times - Sign O The Times
    J Rawls- A Tribute To Troy - J Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project
    Andre Zimma YeSolar- Cosmic Tree - Extensions 4Hero Presents
    PM Dawn- Set Adrift On Memory Bliss Radio Edit - Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Positive Flow- My Prediction feat Omar - Flow Lines
    Captain Planet- Get You Some feat Brit Lauren - Cookin Gumbo
    Sango- She Said - Da Rocinha 3
    Anthony Valadez- Under Water feat Mar The Park Full Crate Remix - Under Water feat Mar The Park Single
    DJ Shadow- The Mountain Will Fall - The Mountain Will Fall
    Jono McCleery- Fire In My Hands - Fire In My Hands Single
    Disclosure- Holding On feat Gregory Porter - Caracal
    Urban Soul- Alright Club Mix From 1991 - Alright Systematic Presents Lost Treasures Vol 6 Single
    Prince- 1999 - 1999
    Prince The Revolution- Raspberry Beret - Around The World In A Day
    Maribou State- Wallflower - Wallflower Lane 8 Remix Single
    DJ Zinc- Show Me - Show Me Single
    SHUYA OKINO- Deep Into Sunshine FeatNDea Davenport - DESTINY
    QTip- Life Is Better feat Norah Jones - The Renaissance
    The Slakadeliqs- Dream On - The Other Side Of Tomorrow
    Prince The New Power Generation- Cream - The Hits The BSides
    Prince The Revolution- Purple Rain - Purple Rain Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
    Maxwell- Lake By The Ocean - Lake By The Ocean Single
    Michal Menert FKeepLove C1 Paul Basic- Sweet Remorse - Sweet Remorse Single
    Josef Salvat- Open Season Gryffin Remix - Open Season Gryffin Remix
    Prince The Revolution- Lets Go Crazy - Purple Rain Soundtrack From The Motion Picture

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2016-04-21
              Super Mario Bros (Crystal Screen)        
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-24-2015 with DJ Deep Rawk        

    Living Jazz- Walk On By - A New Sack Of Soul
    Henry Jerome- Respect - American Gold
    Bob Theile And His Happy Good Times Orchestra- Light My Fire - Light My Fire
    The Alchemist- Right And Exact - Alc Music Library
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    Fishbone- Just Call Me Scrooge - The Essential
    The Misfits- TV Casualty - Legacy Of Brutality
    Cannibal Ox- Harlem Knights - Blade Of The Ronin
    Skylab- Liquid State - 12
    Robert Glasper Experiment- The Consequences Of Jealousy Georgia Anne Muldrows Sassy Geemix - Black Radio Revisited The Remix Ep
    Thug Entrancer- Death After Life I - Death After Life
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    Love Trio In Dub- Hard Livin - The Dark Mixes feat URoy
    Bad Brains- I And I Survive Dub Version - 12
    Easy Star AllStars- Money - Dub Side Of The Moon
    Afra Behn City Of Boom- World Of Paper Feat Tara Thomas And The Soul Sistren - World Of Paper
    Falty DL- She Sleeps - Hard Courage
    Nu- Our Theory - Nublu Records Compilation
    OC- Challenge Yall - Smoke And Mirrors
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    Divine Force- Holy War Live - 12
    RunDMC- Christmas In Hollis - A Very Special Christmas Vol 1
    The Ventures- We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Ventures Christmas Album
    Charles Bradley- Dusty Blue feat Menahan Street Band - Victim Of Love
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    James Brown- Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine feat The Original JBs - Sex Machine
    Georgiana Stewart- Beat Street Strut - A Thriller For Kids
    The Younger Generation- We Rap More Mellow Mini Version - We Rap More Mellow
    The Pretty Things- SF Sorrow Is Born - SF Sorrow
    Lou Reed- The Blue Mask - The Blue Mask
    Aloha- Theives Among Us - Sugar
    El Perro Del Mar- Party - El Perro Del Mar
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    Gil ScottHeron Brian Jackson- Winter In America - Winter In America
    God Help The Girl- I Know I Have To Eat - God Help The Girl Ost
    Emika- Young Minds - DVA Bonus Track Version
    Quadron- Favorite Star - Avalanche
    The Roots- Never feat Patty Crash - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
    Little Dragon- Crystalfilm - Ritual Union

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2015-12-24
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-05-2015 with DJ Deep Rawk        

    Della Reese Presents Her Jubilation Singers With Ernestine Rundless- Nobody Knows The Trouble Ive Seen - Amen
    John Coltrane Quartet- Song Of Praise - The John Coltrane Quartet Plays Expanded Edition
    Tony Mottola With The Groovies- With A Little Help - Warm Wild And Wonderful
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    The Budos Band- Black Hills - Burnt Offering
    Syl Johnson- Im Talkin Bout Freedom - Complete Mythology
    The Alchemist- 99 Live - Alc Music Library
    Sharon Jones The DapKings- Stranger To My Happiness - Give The People What They Want Deluxe Version
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    Georgia Anne Muldrow- Fifth Shield - A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
    Little Dragon- Crystalfilm - Ritual Union
    Black Rays- Papillon - Issue 415 Ep
    Amon Tobin Bonobo- Ill Have The Waldorf Salad - Verbal Remixes Collaborations
    Deltron 3030- Look Across The Sky feat Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Event II Deluxe Version
    Flying Lotus- Golden Diva - Los Angeles
    Beastie Boys- The Melee - The MixUp
    Nneka- Babylon - My Fairy Tales
    Mashed Up Funk- Cramp Rakim - White Label
    Visioneers- Funky Fanfare - Hipology
    Clarence Wheeler The Enforcers- Right On - Doin What We Wanna
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    Cloud One- Garden Flamingo Orchestra Feat Margo Williams The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us - DJ Spinna Vs PP Records
    Charles Bradley- Confusion feat Menahan Street Band - Victim Of Love
    The Sylvers- Chaos - The Sylvers
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    Sun Ra- Outer Nothingness - Heliocentric Worlds Volumes 1 And 2
    Archie Shepp Romulus Franceschini- Invocation To Mr Parker - Attica Blues
    Sonny Rollins- Come Gone - Way Out West Remastered
    Dead Kennedys- Kill The Poor - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
    The Convocation Of- Letter Never Sent - The Convocation Of
    The Black Heart Procession- Blank Page - Blood Bunny Black Rabbit
    Kendrick Lamar- King Kunta - To Pimp A Butterfly
    Fela Kuti And His Africa 70- Eko - Fela Kuti And His Africa 70
    Melaza- Mal Amigo - Melaza
    Norman Connors- Drums Across The World - Love From The Sun
    - voicebreak -
    Youssou NDour- Birima - The Best Of Youssou NDour
    The Cool Notes- People Make The World Go Round - Harmony Rhythm And Style Lovers Rock And Rare Groove In The UK 197592
    Thug Entrancer- Death After Life VII - Death After Life
    Electronic- Getting Away With It - 12
    Pharoahe Monch- The Jungle - PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2015-11-05
              Man Not Entitled To Punitive Damages In Suit Over Warranty, Panel Affirms        
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A man who sued a car dealership over an extended warranty for his vehicle is not entitled to punitive damages because he was "made whole" in the dispute and, thus, could not recover compensatory damages at a trial, a Maryland appeals court ruled Aug. 31, affirming a trial court (Anthony M. Frazier v. Castle Ford, Ltd. F/K/A Crystal Ford Isuzu, Ltd, No. 1767, Md. Spec. App.). Full story on lexis.com
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-22-2015 with Dave Blackwood        

    Terence Blanchard- Talk To Me feat The ECollective - Breathless feat The ECollective
    Dom La Nena- Lisboa - Soyo
    The Plates- Boom Boom Rockers - Punky Reggae
    Peter Tosh- Brand New Second Hand - Legalize It Legacy Edition
    Sly Robbie- Melissa - Underwater Dub
    DJ Sun- Tomorrow - One Hundred
    Mbongwana Star- Malukayi feat Konono N1 - From Kinshasa
    El Ten Eleven- Nova Scotia - For Emily Single
    Ratatat- Drift - Magnifique
    Tyondai Braxton- Scout1 - HIVE1
    Gold Youth Trust- Lady Bird - Arts Crafts X
    Air- Playground Love - The Virgin Suicides
    James Pants- Crystal Lite feat Deon Davis - Welcome Bonus Track Version
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Cant Keep Checking My Phone - MultiLove
    Hot Chip- Huarache Lights - Why Make Sense
    Seven Davis Jr- Sunday Morning - Universes
    Esperanza Spalding- Winter Sun - Chamber Music Society
    Ali Shaheed Muhammad Souls Of Mischief- All You Got Is Your Word - There Is Only Now Remix feat Snoop Dogg William Hart

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2015-07-22
              New Post: Writing a driver for high resolution        
    There's some old code in the devkit that supports VMware driver to really high resolutions. We only need someone to work on it...

    2016-08-04 23:18 GMT+02:00 CrystalBlue <[email removed]>:

    From: CrystalBlue

    I want to a GUI in cosmos but I hate ANY resolution below 1366x768!! All tutorials I have seen are for a maximum of 720x480. Is there any way I can write my own driver that can support WXGA+ resolutions?

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              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-19-2015 with DJ Girlfawkes        

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    The New Pornographers- The Laws Have Changed - Electric Version
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra- FFunny FFriends - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Phantogram- Howling At The Moon - Voices
    Broods- Bridges - Evergreen
    Ghostpoet- Off Peak Dreams - Shedding Skin
    - voicebreak -
    Painted Palms- Spinning Signs - Forever
    Tame Impala- Let It Happen - Let It Happen Single
    Purity Ring- Begin Again - Another Eternity
    Braids- Miniskirt - Deep In The Iris
    Faith Healer- Again - Cosmic Troubles
    - voicebreak -
    Alvvays- Archie Marry Me - Alvvays
    Lady Lamb- Billions Of Eyes - After
    Sealion- Heavy Fizz - Heavy Fizz
    Chastity Belt- Time To Go Home - Time To Go Home
    The Duke Spirit- The Step And The Walk - Neptune
    Speedy Ortiz- Raising The Skate - Foil Deer
    Joanna Gruesome- Last Year - Peanut Butter
    The Coathangers- Love Em And Leave Em - Suck My Shirt
    Diarrhea Planet- Heat Wave - Aliens In The Outfield Bonus Track Version EP
    King Tuff- Black Moon Spell - Black Moon Spell
    Liars- Pro Anti Anti - Mess
    Rubedo- My Oh My - Love Is The Answer
    The Stone Foxes- Jericho - Jericho Single
    In The Whale- Girlfriend - Girlfriend Single
    Spells- Ia Huevo - Jet Set BW Ia Huevo Single
    Spells- Jetset - Jet Set BW Ia Huevo Single
    The Go Team- Blowtorch - The Scene Between
    Chromatics- I Can Never Be Myself When Youre Around - I Can Never Be Myself When Youre Around Single
    Fonkynson- Wired - Horny EP
    Brody Dalle- Dont Mess With Me - Diploid Love
    The Vanilla Milkshakes- After School Special - How To Ruin Friendships And Influence Douche Bags
    Courtney Barnett- Pedestrian At Best - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
    The Darling Buds- Crystal Clear - Crawdaddy
    Fawn Spots- New Sense - From Safer Place
    Cotillon- Call Me Up - Cotillon
    Viet Cong- Pointless Experience - Viet Cong
    Lightning Bolt- The Metal East - Fantasy Empire
    Moon Duo- Wilding - Shadow Of The Sun

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2015-03-19
              Nike - C4D / Octane / Houdini / Zbrush        

    Practicing some crystal and organic stuff.


    Instagram: @caskalll

    Cast: Caskal

    Tags: cinema 4d, c4d, octane, zbrush, houdini, timelapse, making of, abstract, process, tutorial, sidefx, 3d, motion graphics, everyday, art, surreal and crystal

              Quartet for the End of Time/The Crystal Liturgy        

    Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time premiered on 15 January 1941 in the prisoner-of-war camp where the composer was interned during World War Two. To celebrate the 75th anniversary Sinfini Music commissioned me to create an animation around it. Working with Prof. Marcus du Sautoy I used the piece to explore Messiaen's complex relationship to mathematics, music and religious belief.

    To learn more about the mathematics and the production process go to vicarage.studio/messiaen

    Animation/Direction: Simon Russell/Vicarage Studio
    Commission: Emma Bharj/Sinifini Music
    Sound Design: Redhorse Studio
    With special thanks to Marcus du Sautoy

    Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen
    Performed by Claude Desurmont (clarinet)
    Luben Yordanoff (violin)
    Albert Tétard (cello)
    Daniel Barenboim (piano)
    © 2015 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

    Cast: Simon F A Russell and Redhorse Studio

    Tags: animation, cinema4d, c4d, mathematics, aftereffects, particles, goldenratio, nature, sync, synaesthesia, messiaen, du sautoy, simon russell and sinfini

              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-07-2015 with Dave Blackwood        

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    The Loomis Fargo Gang- Hazy Lazy Blue - The Prettiest Shade Of Blue
    The Bombay Royale- The River - The Island Of Dr Electrico
    AllahLas- Worship The Sun - Worship The Sun
    Nostalgia 77 Prince Fatty- Marathon Man Dub - In The Kingdom Of Dub
    Karl Hector The Malcouns- Bring It On Down - Unstraight Ahead
    The Budos Band- Burnt Offering - Burnt Offering
    Deltron 3030- Lawnchair Quarterback Pt One feat David Cross Amber Tamblyn - Event II Deluxe Version
    Deltron 3030- The Agony - Event II Deluxe Version
    Amp Live- Flight In G Minor feat Dirty Cello - Headphone Concerto
    Jungle- Smoking Pixels - Jungle
    Radian Howe Gelb- Im Going In - Radian Verses Howe Gelb
    David Byrne- My Big Hands Fall Through The Cracks - The Catherine Wheel The Complete Score From The Broadway Production
    Foxygen- Star Power Airlines - And Star Power
    Foxygen- Cant Contextualize My Mind - And Star Power
    Ron Davies- It Aint Easy - Bowie Heard Them Here First
    Lumerians- Smokies Tangle - The High Frontier
    The Growlers- Big Toe - Chinese Fountain
    Death- Freakin Out - For The Whole World To See
    Parquet Courts- Bodies Made Of - Sunbathing Animal
    Jay Reatard- Greed Money Useless Children - Blood Visions
    Various Artists- Standing In The Trash Can The Legendary Stardust - Songs In The Key Of Z
    Hoyt Axton- California Women - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
    The Lovin Spoonful- Nashville Cats - Truckers Kickers Cowboy Angels The Blissed Out Birth Of Country Rock Volume 1 19661968
    Morly Grey- Peace Officer - Mojo Presents Heavy Nuggets III
    The Undisputed Truth- 1990 - Cosmic Truth
    Scott H Biram- Backdoor Man - Nothin But Blood
    Ty Segall- The Singer - Manipulator
    Iceage- Glassy Eyed Dormant And Veiled - Plowing Into The Field Of Love
    Flying Lotus- Never Catch Me feat Kendrick Lamar - Youre Dead
    Ali Shaheed Muhammad Souls Of Mischief- Panic - There Is Only Now Remix feat Snoop Dogg William Hart
    Shabazz Palaces- Motion Sickness - Lese Majesty
    Howie B- Can I Close My Eyes - Down With The Dawn
    James Pants- Crystal Lite feat Deon Davis - Welcome Bonus Track Version
    Nightmares On Wax- Be I Do - Feelin Good
    Tour De Force- Battle Cry - Battle Cry
    LV Joshua Idehen- Make It Count - Islands
    Simian Mobile Disco- Dervish - Whorl
    Kronen- Human Sacrifice - Predetermined Reality
    Sheela Bringi- Raga Khammaj - Incantations

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2015-01-07
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-29-2014 with Mark Doyle        

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    Karl Blau- Nothing New - Zebra
    Wayne Horvitz- And Sing This Song - Miracle Mile
    Lay Low- Our Conversations - Made In Iceland Vii
    Charlotte Gainsbourg- Little Monsters - 555 Bonus Track Version
    Hector Buitrago- Altisimio - Conector
    Tin Hat Trio- Width Of The World - Helium
    Various Artists- Emil Deta Devla God Bless - Rough Guide To Hungarian Music
    Primus- Golden Ticket - Primus The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
    Quilt- Mary Mountain - Held In Splendor
    Anna Homler Geert Waegeman Pavel Fajt Koen VAN ROY- Iron Rain - Corne De Vache
    X Legged Sally- Am Tisch - Killed By Charity
    Timber Timbre- Creep On Creepin On - Creep On Creepin On
    BETH CUSTER- Rich Blanket Of Love - Dona Luz 30 Besos
    Piney Gir- The Longest Day Of Spring - Outta Sight EP
    Amy X Neuburg- My Fuzzy Muse - Residue
    The EC Nudes- Crystal Palace - Vanishing Point
    Mecca Normal- What About The Boy - The Family Swan
    Iva Bittov Gyan Riley Evan Ziporyn- Melismantra - Eviyan Live
    Kate Bush- Under Ice - Hounds Of Love
    Kate Bush- 50 Words For Snow - 50 Words For Snow
    Lay Low- Talking About The Weather - Talking About The Weather
    Tuxedomoon- The Storm - Pink Narcissus
    Kristi Stassinopoulou- Sol Invictus - Echotropia
    Warsaw Village Band- My Fate - Nord
    Rickie Lee Jones- Donkey Ride - The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard
    Thinking Plague- Love - In This Life
    Radian Howe Gelb- Pitch And Sway Again - Radian Verses Howe Gelb
    Charlotte Gainsbourg- Masters Hands - IRM Version Deluxe
    Charlotte Gainsbourg- IRM - IRM Version Deluxe
    Eno Hyde- Time To Waste It - High Life
    ROBIN HOLCOMB- So Straight And Slow - LP
    Piney Gir- K I S S I N G - Peekahokahoo
    Marta Sebestyen- Tavasz Tavasz - The Best Of Marta Sebestyen
    Laurel MacDonald- Wing And A Prayer - Wingspan Ep
    Zammuto- Io - Anchor

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-12-29
              Memorial day trip to Sequoia and Yosemite        
    We did a 3 day, last minute trip to what is very likely the most popular "long weekend destination" in California. Consequently, we spent most of our time in bumper to bumper traffic both outside and inside (!) the national parks. When we were not stuck in traffic, we were going round in circles looking for a place to park.

    In spite of all that, it was 3 days well spent, out in the open (at least the times when we were not in the car)

    The next time we do this, we decided that the only way to enjoy Sequoia is to camp by the river, just sit back and relax. This means planning and booking campsites. This time we didn't plan in advance and we also missed visiting Moro Rock and Crystal Cave (which I'd done in a previous trip).

    If you don't go camping and are just visiting, remember to carry lunch with you. The delis/restaurants are at one end of the main road. If you don't carry something with you, it'll be late afternoon by the time you reach the visitor area that has the deli, which is near the river campsite.

    Also, if you like Thai food, don't miss dining at this little restaurant called Thai Basil in Visalia. The food is excellent and beats any South Bay Thai place hands down.

    General Sherman:

    Now, Yosemite requires one long, multi-day trip or multiple short trips. We did neither and chose the worst time to visit, which is any long weekend. It looked like the whole of Silicon Valley was in Yosemite Valley.

    Again, remember to carry lunch with you. It gives you the freedom to pull out of traffic at Bridal Veil falls or Cathedral Beach and enjoy lunch instead of waiting in traffic. The only place to buy lunch in the park is in the Yosemite Lodge area or Curry Village. And both places have mostly pizza and not much else.

    If you go during Summer/late Spring, remember to carry mosquito repellant (ouch!). Very useful if you want to hang out near streams and Mirror Lake (Why would you not?).

    We also spotted a mama bear with cub just outside Yosemite. The photo is not very clear though.

    Until next time!
              Extravagant tropical retreat in the Caribbean        

    Caressing the crystal-clear waters of the Samana Peninsula, Sublime Samana Hotel & Residence boasts 20 private suites and casitas nestled on the Dominican Republic’s most dazzling, remote beaches. The Samana province of the island’s northeastern coast remains one of the most undiscovered, unspoiled habitats of the Caribbean. Surrounded by lush, tropical mountains, guests can enjoy […]

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              World’s largest saltwater swimming pool in Chile        

    The Crystal Lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar Resort is located in the city of Algarrobo, Chile and holds the Guinness record for the world’s deepest pool at a whopping 115 feet! The resort has the world’s largest swimming pool, which spans up to 19.8 acres, totaling 20 Olympic-size swimming pools and holding 66 million […]

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              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-02-2014 with Adam Taylor        

    Vampire Weekend- Hannah Hunt - Modern Vampires Of The City
    Quantic- Descarga Cantica feat Fruko Michi Sarmiento - Magnetica
    Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Rich But Poor - Libation
    Afro Fiesta- Prisoner - Fire Down Babylon
    Son Palenque- Cumbia Africana - AfroColombian Sound Modernizers
    Tinariwen- Emajer - Emmaar
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    Ana Tijoux- Mi Verdad - Vengo
    - Our Conversations - Made In Iceland VII
    Grizzly Bear- Listen And Wait Bonus Track - Shields BSides
    Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Airways - A Long Way To The Beginning
    The Crystal Method- Storm The Castle feat Le Castle Vania - The Crystal Method
    Ha Ha Tonka- Arabella - Lessons
    Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Herbalist Prince Fatty Mix feat Top Cat - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
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    Nikki Lane- Loves On Fire - All Or Nothin
    Tennis- 100 Lovers - Small Sound EP
    Sharon Jones The DapKings- People Dont Get What They Deserve - Give The People What They Want
    Rodrigo Y Gabriela- Sunday Neurosis - 9 Dead Alive
    Dwight Yoakam- Close Up The Honky Tonks - 21st Century Hits Best Of 20002012
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    Lucinda Williams- Changed The Locks live - Lucinda Williams Deluxe Edition
    William Oneyabor- Body And Soul Scientist Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
    Chatham County Line- Will You Still Love Me - Tightrope
    Allen Toussaint- Get Out Of My Life Woman - Songbook
    Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Go To The Mardi Gras - New Orleans Funk 3
    The Head And The Heart- Summertime - Lets Be Still
    Beck- Blue Moon - Morning Phase
    Morcheeba- Face Of Danger - Head Up High
    Shaheed DJ Supreme- Champions Of Truth feat Akil The MC From Jurassic 5 - Knowledge Rhythm And Understanding
    Lizzo- Lizzie Borden - Lizzobangers
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    Tab Benoit- Make A Good Gumbo - Voice Of The Wetlands
    The Black Keys- Turn Blue - Turn Blue
    Kinto Sol- La Bestia - La Tumba Del Alma
    Esme Patterson- Valentine - Woman To Woman
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    Courtney Barnett- Avant Gardener - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
    Those Darlins- Optimist - Blur The Line
    Thievery Corporation- Dcollage feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani - Saudade

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-06-02
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-23-2014 with Jahsonic        

    Prefuse 73- Pagina Dos - Prefuse 73 Reads The Books
    Jahsonix- Rosa Vinyl - First Flight
    Mirah- Goat Shepherd - Changing Light
    Tycho- Montana - Awake
    Fatima Al Qadiri- Shanghai Freeway - Asiatisch
    Thievery Corporation- Le Coeur feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani - Saudade
    Loopa Scava Meets Cayetano- Up And Down Feat Pelina - Up And Down
    Beastie Boys Santigold- Dont Play No Game That I Cant Win feat Santigold - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
    Clutch- The Regulator Acoustic Basket Of Eggs - Blast Tyrant Deluxe Edition
    Soundgarden- Halfway There - King Animal Deluxe Version
    Chronixx Kabaka Pyramid- Mi Alright - Rising Sun Riddim
    Thao The Get Down Stay Down- The Feeling Kind - The Feeling Kind EP
    Warpaint- Feeling Alright - Warpaint
    Kye Kye- People - Single
    Various Artists- Get Uptight Man - HiFidelity Dub Sessions
    Vybz Kartel J Capri- Mamacita - Rvssian Riddim EP
    Crystal Fighters- At Home - Star Of Love
    Tensnake- Love Sublime feat Nile Rodgers Fiora - Glow
    Moby- I Love To Move In Here - Last Night
    The Black Keys- Year In Review - Turn Blue
    Little Daylight- Siren Call - Hello Memory
    Them Crooked Vultures- Bandoliers - Them Crooked Vultures Bonus Track Version
    Siouxsie The Banshees- Mirage - Once Upon A Time The Singles
    Franz Ferdinand- Youre The Reason Im Leaving - You Could Have It So Much Better
    Prince Fatty- For Me You Are feat Hollie Cook Horseman - Prince Fatty Versus The Drunken Gambler
    Coco Steel Lovebomb- Yachts - Htel Costes Etage 3 Mixed By Stphane Pompougnac
    Beats Antique Illgates- Alleyway - Elektrafone
    Mirah- Radiomind - Changing Light
    Chronixx- Here Comes Trouble - Rootsman Riddim EP
    Tycho- Awake - Awake Single
    The Three Degrees- When Will I See You Again - The Best Of The Three Degrees When Will I See You Again
    Thievery Corporation- Shadows Of Ourselves - The Mirror Conspiracy
    Los De Abajo- El Indio - Single
    Various Artists- Tom Y Joyce Vai Minha Tristeza - JET SOCIETY 18TH ST LNG
    The Black Keys- Weight Of Love - Turn Blue
    Santigold- Disparate Youth Jacuzzi Remix - Jacuzzi Remixes
    RAC- Cheap Sunglasses feat Matthew Koma - Strangers Pt II
    Orphic- Groove Train - Fractal Beach

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2014-05-23
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-19-2014 with Adam Taylor        

    Magic Sam- Dont Want No Woman - Live At The Avant Garde
    Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Ghana Baby - Libation
    - Miam Maikan - Putumayo Presents Native America
    Quantic- You Will Return feat Alice Russell - Magnetica
    Chico Trujillo- Gran Pecador - Gran Pecador
    The Crystal Method- Emulator - The Crystal Method
    Sly Robbie- French Woman - Underwater Dub
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    Ana Tijoux- Mi Verdad - Vengo
    Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Dry Your Tears Mungos Hi Fi Mix feat Winston Francis - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
    Anglique Kidjo- Eva with ASA - Eve
    Anoushka Shankar- The Sun Wont Set feat Norah Jones - Traces Of You
    Nickel Creek- You Dont Know Whats Going On - A Dotted Line
    Elvis Costello And The Roots- Walk Us Uptown Antibalas Rework Chico Mann Edit - Wise Up Thought Remixes Reworks 2013
    Tennis- Mean Streets - Small Sound EP
    Nikki Lane- Good Man - All Or Nothin
    Lucinda Williams- Something About What Happens When We Talk - Lucinda Williams Deluxe Edition
    - Sugarfoot Stomp Pete Rock Remix - Boardwalk Empire Presents Sounds Of The Onyx
    Tift Merritt- Traveling Alone - Traveling Companion
    - Aint It Funky Now - The Soul Fire Box Set
    The Holmes Brothers- Lickety Split - Brotherhood
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    Tim Easton- Lickety Split - Not Cool
    - All Or Nothing Live - Small Faces Friends
    Special Request- Lana Del Rey Ride Special Request Remix - Soul Music
    - Jokerman - A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
    Morcheeba- Release Me Now - Head Up High
    William Onyeabor- Heaven And Hell - What
    Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Big Chief Pt 2 - New Orleans Funk 3
    Marcia Ball- Roadside Attractions - Roadside Attractions
    The California Honeydrops- Soul Tub - Soul Tub
    Tab Benoit- Howlin For My Darling - The Sea Saint Sessions
    Men In Burka- Bismillah - Warmagic
    Beck- Say Goodbye - Morning Phase
    Dave Alvin Phil Alvin- Key To The Highway - Common Ground Dave Alvin Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy
    Johnny Cash- Im Movin On with Waylon Jennings - Out Among The Stars

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-05-19
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-06-2014 with Stephen Walter        

    Mac Demarco- Passing Out Pieces - Salad Days
    Liars- Mess On A Mission - Mess
    Devendra Banhart- Seahorse - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
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    Edith Piaf- Non Je Ne Regrette Rien - Best Of Edith Piaf Heritage Songs
    Melodys Echo Chamber- Some Time Alone Alone - Melodys Echo Chamber
    Devo- I Cant Get No Satisfaction - Devo Hardcore Volume 1
    Pink Mountaintops- Ambulance City - Get Back
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    Aphrodites Child- Four Horsemen - 666
    Goat- StoneGoat - Dreambuilding Single
    Black Lips- Dandelion Dust - Underneath The Rainbow
    The King Khan BBQ Show- Captain Captain - Whats For Dinner
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    Dub Thompson- Dograces - 9 Songs
    Sex BobOmb- Garbage Truck - Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deluxe Version
    Emily King- Distance - Distance Single
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    Shannon And The Clams- Rip Van Winkle - Dreams In The Rat House
    La Femme- Sur La Planche 2013 - Psycho Tropical Berlin
    Savages- Citys Full - Silence Yourself
    Thee Oh Sees- Can You See - Help
    The Kinks- Where Have All The Good Times Gone - One For The Road
    Timber Timbre- Hot Dreams - Hot Dreams
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    The Liminanas- Votre Cot Yy Memmerde - Costa Blanca
    Anika- In The City - Anika EP
    POLIA- Smug - Shulamith
    The Railsplitters- Evil Apple - The Railsplitters
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    Serge Gainsbourg- Requiem Pour Un Con - Monsieur Gainsbourg Originals
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Faded In The Morning - II
    The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Straight Up And Down - Tepid Peppermint Wonderland A Retrospective
    Iggy The Stooges- Gimme Danger - Raw Power
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    Otis Redding- Satisfaction - Otis Redding Sings Soul
    Night Beats- Outta Mind - Sonic Bloom
    The Black Angels- Black Grease - Passover
    Kurtis Blow- The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
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    David Byrne Brian Eno- Strange Overtones - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
    Weird War- Crystal Healing - Illuminated By The Light
    The Spyrals- Radiator - The Spyrals
    Atlas Sound- Shelia - Logos
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    Ought- Habit - More Than Any Other Day
    Ty Segall- Who Are You - Twins
    The Fall- Ya Wanner - Fall Heads Roll
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    Beck- LeopardSkin PillBox Hat - War Child Heroes Vol 1
    Nathaniel Mayer- White Dress - Why Dont You Give It To Me
    The Kills- You Dont Own The Road - Blood Pressures
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    Nina Simone- The Ballad Of Hollis Brown - Four Women The Complete Nina Simone On Philips Recordings
    Woods- Moving To The Left - With Light And With Love
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    The Velvet Underground- Rock Roll - Loaded Fully Loaded Edition

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-05-06
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-05-2014 with Adam Taylor        

    The Pogues- A Pair Of Brown Eyes - 3030 The Essential Collection
    Halden Wofford And The HiBeams- Loser - Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
    Quantic- Descarga Cantica feat Fruko Michi Sarmiento - Magnetica
    The Holmes Brothers- Lickety Split - Brotherhood
    Anglique Kidjo- Kulumbu with Dr John - Eve
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    Allen Toussaint- Get Out Of My Life Woman - Songbook
    - WhirlYReel No 1 - The Ultimate Guide To Irish Folk
    - First Morning Putumayo Version feat Will Clipman - Putumayo Presents Native America
    Chico Trujillo- La Escoba - Chico De Oro
    The Crystal Method- Storm The Castle feat Le Castle Vania - The Crystal Method
    The Souljazz Orchestra- One Life To Live - Inner Fire
    Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Scrub A Dub Style Prince Fatty Mix feat Sugar Minott - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
    Sly Robbie- French Woman - Underwater Dub
    - Stolen Youth - Zen A Ninja TuneBig Dada Sampler 2013
    Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Ghana Baby - Libation
    - Mr Talkative - Studio One Ska Fever
    DR LOCOS ROCKIN JALAPENO- Migra - Movimiento Music
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    Calexico- Maybe On Monday - Algiers
    The Head And The Heart- Shake - Lets Be Still
    Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Go To The Mardi Gras - New Orleans Funk 3
    - Im The Man - The Soul Fire Box Set
    Xavier Rudd- Let Me Be - Solace
    Kurtis Blow- The Breaks - The Breaks Single
    Wayne Hancock- Jump The Blues - Viper Of Melody
    - Sugarfoot Stomp Pete Rock Remix - Boardwalk Empire Presents Sounds Of The Onyx
    Neil Young- Down By The River Live At The Cellar Door - Live At The Cellar Door
    Lucinda Williams- Changed The Locks live - Lucinda Williams Deluxe Edition
    Beck- Morning - Morning Phase
    Morcheeba- Release Me Now - Head Up High
    Magic Sam- Thats All Right - Live At The Avant Garde
    Medeski Martin Wood- Bubblehouse - Bubblehouse
    William Oneyabor- Body Soul Scientist Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-05-05
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-25-2014 with Gavin Dahl        

    Tom Waits- Straight To The Top - Beautiful Maladies The Island Years
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    Bon Iver- Calgary - Bon Iver
    Moby- The Perfect Life feat Wayne Coyne - Innocents
    The Faces- Ooh La La - Rushmore Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
    Feist- How Come You Never Go There - Metals
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    Broken Social Scene- Shampoo Suicide - You Forgot It In People
    Upside Drown- Dead Phones - Single
    Matisyahu- Beat Box - Live At Stubbs
    Ana Tijoux- Creo En Ti feat Juanito Ayala - Vengo
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    RJD2- A Lot Of Night Ahead Of You - More Is Than Isnt
    SWMMNG- Some Dreams Come True - Some Dreams Come True Single
    Mirah Thao- Rubies And Rocks - Thao Mirah
    Angel Olsen- HiFive - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    The White Stripes- 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues - Icky Thump
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    The Rapture- It Takes Time To Be A Man - In The Grace Of Your Love
    Karl Blau- Dark Sedan - Zebra
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    Cody ChesnuTT- Lets Go Pop lets Pimp The Ghetto Lie - Landing On A Hundred B Sides And Remixes
    DJ Shadow Little Dragon- Scale It Back - The Less You Know The Better Deluxe Edition
    Shabazz Palaces- Recollections Of The Wraith - Black Up
    Gil Scott Heron- The Liberation Song - The First Minute Of A New Day
    Elvis Costello And The Roots- Come The Meantimes Karriem Riggins Remix - Wise Up Thought Remixes Reworks 2013
    Steve Spacek- Dollar let The Dollar Circulate Instrumental - Dollar let The Dollar Circulate EP
    Various Artists- Son Palenque Cumbia Africana - Quantic Presentes Tropical Funk Experience
    Sarah Vaughan- Nature Boy - The Essential Sarah Vaughan
    Arthritis- Herb Scented Bangs - Good Hair
    Asheru- Do U feat Hip Hop Pantsula Omar Hunter Teepee - Sleepless In Soweto
    Blackalicious- Automatique - The Craft
    Gabriel Teodros- 24 Hour Layover - Children Of The Dragon
    Daedelus- Drops CYNE Collaboration - Exquisite Corpse
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    The Souljazz Orchestra- Black Orchid - Inner Fire
    El Ten Eleven- Nova Scotia - For Emily Single
    Zoot Sims Quartet- Blinuet - Rushmore Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
    Ibrahim Ferrer- Marieta Son - Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer
    - Getting It Together - Quantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience
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    DJ Drez- Selecta Move - Jahta Beat The Lotus Memoirs
    Pretty Lights- One Day Theyll Know ODESZA Remix - A Color Map Of The Sun Remixes
    Break Science- Way I Feel feat Danielle Parente - Seven Bridges
    Bjrk- Crystalline - Biophilia
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    TV On The Radio- Caffeinated Consciousness - Nine Types Of Light
    The Julie Ruin- Goodnight Goodbye - Run Fast
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Little Blue House - Single
    Toro Y Moi- Still Sound - Underneath The Pine
    Lake- Takin My Time - The World Is Real
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    Nathaniel Rateliff- How To Win - Falling Faster Than You Can Run

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-03-25
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-05-2014 with Michael Buck        

    Real Estate- Talking Backwards - Atlas
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    Ana Alcaide- Como La Luna Y El Sol - Como La Luna Y El Sol
    Andrew Bird- Ethio Invention No 1 - I Want To See Pulaski At Night
    Nathaniel Rateliff- Falling Faster Than You Can Run - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
    Laura Veirs- Dorothy Of The Island - Warp And Weft
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    Yellow Ostrich- Things Are Fallin - Cosmos
    Trentemller- Still On Fire - Lost
    Daughn Gibson- The Right Signs - Me Moan
    Holy Wave- Sol Love - Relax
    Death Vessel- Mercury Dime - Island Intervals
    Jaune Toujours- Nous Maintenant - Routes
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Colette Subie Subie - Pop Obskura
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    Anglique Kidjo- MBaamba Kenyan Song - Eve
    Woods Of Desolation- Ad Infinitum - As The Stars
    The Crystal Method- Dosimeter feat Nick Thayer - The Crystal Method
    Ceo- Ultrakaos - Wonderland
    The Notwist- Into Another Tune - Close To The Glass
    Pretty Lights- Yellow Bird Michal Menert Remix - A Color Map Of The Sun Remixes
    Cheatahs- Mission Creep - Cheatahs
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    The Souljazz Orchestra- Kingdom Come - Inner Fire
    St Vincent- Digital Witness - St Vincent
    Roberto Fonseca- Chabani feat Faudel Amil - Yo
    West Water Outlaws- Bless Your Soul - West Water Outlaws
    Solids- Terminal - Blame Confusion
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    The Plates- Boombox Vibin - Punky Reggae
    Juakali- Rootz - Feathers Too Bright
    Milosh- Dont Call It - Jetlag
    PINS- Velvet Morning - Girls Like Us
    Tinariwen- Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam - Emmaar
    Ghostpoet- Comatose - Some Say I So I Say Light
    Les Claypools Duo De Twang- Pipe Line - Four Foot Shack
    - voicebreak -
    Robert Pollard- Drawing A Picture - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
    Orchestra Of Spheres- Smash Hit1 - Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music
    Eagulls- Possessed - Eagulls
    Ane Brun- Falling Down - Rarities
    Cate Le Bon- Sisters - Mug Museum
    Hospitality- Rockets And Jets - Trouble
    Angel Olsen- ForgivenForgotten - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-03-05
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-03-2014 with Adam Taylor        

    Bombay Dub Orchestra- Songs From The Seven Towers - Tales From The Grand Bazaar
    Chico Trujillo- La Escoba - Chico De Oro
    Ry Cooder Corridos Famosos- El Corrido De Jesse James - Live In San Francisco
    - Green Green Rocky Road - Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording
    Allen Toussaint- Get Out Of My Life Woman - Songbook
    - voicebreak -
    Lee Ranaldo And The Dust- Ambulancer - Last Night On Earth
    Tedeschi Trucks Band- All That I Need - Made Up Mind
    Linda Thompson- Paddys Lamentation feat Teddy Thompson - Wont Be Long Now
    Billie Joe Norah- Long Time Gone - Foreverly
    Tift Merritt- Traveling Alone - Traveling Companion
    Del McCoury Band- Streets Of Baltimore - The Streets Of Baltimore
    - voicebreak -
    William Onyeabor- Atomic Bomb - World Psychedelic Classics 5 Who Is William Onyeabor
    Anglique Kidjo- Blewu - Eve
    Anglique Kidjo- Eva with ASA - Eve
    The Crystal Method- Emulator - The Crystal Method
    Roosevelt Sykes- Cow Cow Blues - The Original Honeydripper
    - Red Hot Flo From Kokomo Jazz Vampires DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix - Boardwalk Empire Presents Sounds Of The Onyx
    - voicebreak -
    Kid Koala- 8 Bit Blues - 12 Bit Blues Bonus Track Version
    Lizzo- Lizzie Borden - Lizzobangers
    Asheru- Funky DC feat Funk Ark Sitali - Sleepless In Soweto
    Shaheed DJ Supreme- Champions Of Truth feat Akil The MC From Jurassic 5 - Knowledge Rhythm And Understanding
    Tinariwen- Aghregh Medin Hassans Song - Emmaar
    Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr- Morning Thought - Its A Corporate World
    Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr- Simple Girl - Its A Corporate World
    - Hate This Town - Songs For Slim Rockin Here Tonight A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap
    Suzy Bogguss- The Bottle Let Me Down - Lucky
    Vince Gill Paul Franklin- Branded Man - Bakersfield
    Willie Nelson- Making Believe feat Brandi Carlile - To All The Girls
    - voicebreak -
    Shuggie Otis- Sparkle City - Inspiration Information Wings Of Love
    Leftover Salmon- Stay Away Monday - Ask The Fish
    West Water Outlaws- Goodbye Song - West Water Outlaws
    The Wood Brothers- Wastin My Mind - The Muse
    Tennis- Mean Streets - Small Sound EP

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-03-03
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-26-2014 with Stephen Whitehead        

    Dom La Nena- Start A War - Golondrina EP
    Au Revoir Simone- More Than - Move In Spectrums
    Bombino- Tenere The Desert My Home - Agadez
    Obits- Machines - Bed Bugs
    Jaune Toujours- Si Jtais Toi - Routes
    Cate Le Bon- I Cant Help You - Mug Museum
    Manu Chao- Jai Besoin De La Lune - Sibrie Mtait Contee
    - voicebreak -
    Juana Molina- La Rata - Wed 21
    Sarah Jarosz- The Book Of RightOn - Build Me Up From Bones
    Those Darlins- The Whole Damn Thing - Those Darlins
    Sebadoh- Oxygen - Defend Yourself
    Crystal Stilts- Future Folklore - Nature Noir
    Meridian Brothers- Eschuchen El Grito Del Tigrillo - Devocion Works 20052011
    - voicebreak -
    Linnea Olsson- All 4 U - Ah
    Ha Ha Tonka- Lessons - Lessons
    The Hoax- Talk Is Cheap - Big City Blues
    Diane Coffee- Never Lonely - My Friend Fish
    Gringo Star- Taller - Floating Out To See
    Will Kimbrough- When Your Loving Comes Around - Sideshow Love
    Thao The Get Down Stay Down- You Can Have It All - The Feeling Kind EP
    Yuna- Rescue - Nocturnal
    - voicebreak -
    You Are Plural- Rabbit Rabbit - Rabbit Rabbit
    John Wizards- Limpop - John Wizards
    Major Lazer- Jessica feat Ezra Koenig - Free The Universe
    The Family Crest- Brittle Bones - The Headwinds EP
    West Water Outlaws- Rising Sun - West Water Outlaws
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Colette Subie Subie - Pop Obskura
    The B52s- Hero Worship - The B52s
    - voicebreak -
    Son Lux- Plan The Escape - Lanterns
    The Sadies- The Very Beginning - Internal Sounds
    Kurt Vile- Shame Chamber - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    Anoushka Shankar- In Jyotis Name - Traces Of You
    The Melodic- Plunge - Effra Parade
    Femi Kuti- Carry On Pushing On - No Place For My Dream
    - voicebreak -
    Courtney Barnett- Anonymous Club - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
    Mogwai- Simon Ferocious - Rave Tapes
    Damien Jurado- Magic Number - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
    - voicebreak -
    Paul Simon- Gone At Last Demo with The Jessy Dixon Singers - Still Crazy After All These Years

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-02-26
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-12-2014 with Dave Blackwood        

    William Onyeabor- Lets Fall In Love - World Psychedelic Classics 5 Who Is William Onyeabor
    Deco- Peachtree Interlude - Timescales
    Deco- At Most Sphere - Timescales
    Ghostpoet- Them Waters - Some Say I So I Say Light
    Damien Jurado- Silver Donna - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Cybernautic - Pop Obskura
    Crystal Stilts- Future Folklore - Nature Noir
    Gringo Star- In The Heat - Floating Out To See
    Shawn Lee- AJs Mood - Synthesizers In Space
    Lecture On Nothing Eddie Miller- I Will Rise - Lecture On Nothing
    Lecture On Nothing Eddie Miller- Addiction - Lecture On Nothing
    The Speakers- Par La Manana - En El Maravilloso Mundo De Ingeson
    Mexican Institute Of Sound- Cumbia - Soy Sauce
    Courtney Barnett- History Eraser - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
    Django Django- Wor - Django Django
    Kurt Vile- Snowflakes Are Dancing - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    Cibo Matto- Check In - Hotel Valentine
    - voicebreak -
    Diane Coffee- New Years - My Friend Fish
    Jim James- State Of The Art - Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
    The Phoenix Foundation- Friendly Society - Fandango
    Material- The Western Lands A Dangerous Road Mix - The Road To The Western Lands
    Nashaz- Khartoum - Nashaz
    Beats Antique- Charons Crossing - A Thousand Faces Act 1
    Machinedrum- Gunshotta - Vapor City
    Sounds From The Ground- Dimewater - Tribes
    Dbruit Alsarah- Jibal Alnuba - Aljawal
    Youngblood Brass Band- Aint Nobody - Pax Volumi
    The Poets Of Rhythm- The Donkey - The Anthology 19922003
    Fort Knox Five- The Big Score - 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed
    Shaheed DJ Supreme- Right Now - Knowledge Rhythm And Understanding
    Matthew E White- Hot Hot Hot - Outer Face EP

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-02-12
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-05-2014 with Michael Buck        

    Saint Rich- Crying From The Home - Beyond The Drone
    - voicebreak -
    Michael Franti Spearhead- Let It Go feat Ethan Tucker - Spark A Burning Man Story Day Night Music From Inspired By Film
    Anglique Kidjo- Shango Wa - Eve
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Black Receiver - Pop Obskura
    Tim Kasher- Life And Limbo - Adult Film
    Jaune Toujours- Int Movers Of The Heart - Routes
    Robert Pollard- I Killed A Man Who Looks Like You - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
    Kurt Vile- Snowflakes Are Dancing - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    - voicebreak -
    Damien Jurado- Magic Number - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
    Los Sospechos- High Noon - Postales Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Gringo Star- In The Heat - Floating Out To See
    Coke Weed- Buckets - Back To Soft
    - Me And My Arrow - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
    Mike Doughty- Sleepless - Circles
    - voicebreak -
    Akron Family- Everyone Is Guilty - Set em Wild Set em Free
    Courtney Barnett- History Eraser - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
    The Crystal Method- 110 To The 101 - The Crystal Method
    Mogwai- Hexon Bogon - Rave Tapes
    Fort Knox Five- The Brazilian Hipster - 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed
    - Time To Say Goodbye Con Te Partir - Sweetheart 2014
    - voicebreak -
    Cibo Matto- Emerald Tuesday - Hotel Valentine
    BEEdEEgEE- Like Rain Man feat Lizzi Bougatsos - SumOne
    Bjork- New World - Selmasongs
    Anna Von Hausswolff- Sova - Ceremony
    Roberto Fonseca- Mi Negra Ave Mara - Yo
    Linnea Olsson- Dinosaur - Ah
    - voicebreak -
    KiTheory- Foot Falls - Kitty Hawk
    Juakali- Fittest Of The Fittest - Feathers Too Bright
    RJD2- Suite 2 - More Is Than Isnt
    DARKSIDE- Metatron - Psychic
    - The Chauffeur - Arts Crafts X
    Honey Dont- Heart Of Glass - Heart Like A Wheel
    Au Revoir Simone- We Both Know - Move In Spectrums
    - voicebreak -
    Cate Le Bon- I Cant Help You - Mug Museum
    Lindi Ortega- All These Cats - Tin Star
    Barrence Whitfield And The Savages- Blackjack - Dig Thy Savage Soul
    Wavves- Beat Me Up - Afraid Of Heights
    The Claudettes- Do You See It Too - Infernal Piano PlotHATCHED
    Son Lux- Ransom - Lanterns
    The Sadies- Story 19 - Internal Sounds

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-02-05
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              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-15-2014 with Dave Blackwood        

    Miles Davis- Pharaohs Dance - Bitches Brew Legacy Edition
    MINDELIXIR- Eat Grapes - Lunology
    The Whitefield Brothers- Rampage - In The Raw
    Karl Hector The Malcouns- Sahara Swing - Sahara Swing
    William Onyeabor- Something You Will Never Forget - World Psychedelic Classics 5 Who Is William Onyeabor
    - Kana Soro - Afrobeat Airways 2
    Congo Natty- Micro Chip Say No feat Kaya Fyah Phoebe Iron Dread Hibbert Rebel MC - Jungle Revolution
    MC Zulu- Outlaw Speakerbox feat Maga Bo - Outlaw Speakerbox Anthology
    Ratatat- Bilar - LP4
    Brian Eno With Rick Holland- The Real - Drums Between The Bells
    Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon- Maand - Soul March
    The Phoenix Foundation- Supernatural - Fandango
    Ty Segall- Sleeper - Sleeper
    Captain Beefheart- The Clouds Are Full Of Wine not Whiskey Or Rye - Lick My Decals Off Baby
    - voicebreak -
    Howlin Wolf- Do The Do - The London Howlin Wolf Sessions
    Gringo Star- Going Way Out - Floating Out To See
    Dr Dog- The Truth - BRoom
    Lumerians- Koman Tong - The High Frontier
    Shawn Lee- AJs Mood - Synthesizers In Space
    AM Shawn Lee- Two Times - La Musique Numrique
    Diane Coffee- Never Lonely - My Friend Fish
    Beats Antique- Pandoras Box - A Thousand Faces Act 1
    Igor Boxx- Alarm - Breslau
    The Black Angels- Black Isnt Black - Indigo Meadow
    Crystal Stilts- Future Folklore - Nature Noir
    King Khan The Shrines- Born To Die - Idle No More
    The Clash- Somebody Got Murdered - Hits Back
    Thriftstore Masterpiece- The Railroad feat Isaac Brock - Trouble Is A Lonesome Town
    Cave- Sweaty Fingers - Threace
    Menomena- Taos - Mines
    Kurt Vile- Wakin On A Pretty Day - Wakin On A Pretty Daze

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-01-15
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-04-2013 with Michael Buck        

    Ha Ha Tonka- Dead To The World - Lessons
    - voicebreak -
    Neko Case- Ragtime - The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight The Harder I Fight The More I Love You
    Ane Brun- Virvelvind - Rarities
    Bibio- Sycamore Silhouetting - Silver Wilkinson
    The Sadies- The Very Beginning - Internal Sounds
    Those Darlins- Western Sky - Blur The Line
    Kurt Vile- Shame Chamber - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    - voicebreak -
    Crystal Stilts- Electrons Rising - Nature Noir
    Howe Gelb- Instigated Chimes - The Coincidentalist
    Juana Molina- Sin Guia No - Wed 21
    Sounds From The Ground- Feels Reel - Tribes
    Anoushka Shankar- Metamorphosis - Traces Of You
    Psapp- In And Out - What Makes Us Glow Deluxe Edition
    Gogol Bordello- Dig Deep Enough - Pura Vida Conspiracy
    Meridian Brothers- Cancion De Invierno - Devocion Works 20052011
    - voicebreak -
    Causa Sui- Mireille - Euporie Tide
    Midlake- Corruption - Antiphon
    - voicebreak -
    Signal Hill- The Fantastic Hours - Chase The Ghost
    Magic Bronson- Werewolf - Noreaster EP
    Capercaillie- SOch A Dhomhnaill Oig Ghaolaich Waulking Song - At The Heart Of It All
    Beats Antique- Viper Den - A Thousand Faces Act 1
    Robert Pollard- It Disappears In The Least Likely Hands We May Never Not Know - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
    Vex Ruffin- It Will Come - Vex Ruffin
    The Claudettes- ChinUp Tango - Infernal Piano PlotHATCHED
    - voicebreak -
    Hot Chip- Flutes - Dark And Stormy
    Lindi Ortega- This Is Not Surreal - Tin Star
    Hunters- Seizure - Hunters
    MC Zulu- Streets Of Hell feat Liquid Stranger - Outlaw Speakerbox Anthology
    Amos Lee- High Water - Mountains Of Sorrow Rivers Of Song Deluxe
    - voicebreak -
    The Dismemberment Plan- Invisible - Uncanney Valley
    The Chambermaids- Scraped Away - Whatever Happened Tomorrow
    Surf City- Claims Of A Galactic Medium - We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This
    Obits- Pet Trust - Bed Bugs
    Wau Y Los Arrrghs- Malditos Modales - Todo Roto
    Daughn Gibson- Kissin On The Blacktop - Me Moan
    Gringo Star- In The Sun - Floating Out To See

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2013-12-04
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-29-2013 with Joe King        

    Mexican Dubwiser- Revolution Radio feat Rocky Dawuni - Revolution Radio
    - OJays Vs WuTang Clan MREAM - Goodblimeycom
    Bibio- Light Seep - Mind Bokeh
    Digable Planets- 9th Wonder Blackitolism - Blowout Comb
    - Through The Roof N Underground - Rob Garza Remixes
    Devo- SIB Swelling Itching Brain - Greatest Misses
    Dot Wiggin Band- The Fella With A Happy Heart - Ready Get Go
    Grizzly Bear- Will Calls Diplo Remix - Na
    Diplo- Butters Theme feat Billy The Gent Long Jawns - Express Yourself EP
    Soulwax- Krack - Nite Versions
    - voicebreak -
    Little Dragon- Looking Glass - Machine Dreams
    Lance Herbstrong- Uptown Top Ranking Lance Herbstrong Remix - Meth Breakfast
    Up Bustle And Out- Understand This - City Breakers18 Frames Per Second
    - Beats International Vs Brandy - Goodblimeycom
    The Bird And The Bee- I Cant Go For That - Interpreting The Masters Vol 1 A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates
    Nouvelle Vague- Making Plans For Nigel - Nouvelle Vague
    Taken By Trees- My Boys - East Of Eden
    Pomplamoose- Beat It - Tribute To Famous People
    MJFelacom- Billie Jean Is Shakara - The King Meets The President In Africa
    Amerigo Gazaway- Breakadawn - Fela Soul
    Visioneers- The World Is Yours - Dirty Old Hip Hop
    - Darkrum - Shapes
    Ike Bennett The Crystalites- Illya Kuryakin - Lets Do Rocksteady The Story Of Rocksteady 196668
    Barrington Levy- Mini Bus - The Barrington Levy Collection
    - voicebreak -
    Lemaitre- 118 - The Friendly Sound EP
    Whitey- Stay On The Outside - Great Shakes Volume 2
    Suuns- 2020 - Images Du Futur
    Pretty Lights- Yellow Bird - A Color Map Of The Sun Deluxe Version
    RJD2- Suite 3 - More Is Than Isnt
    Jacques Loussier Trio- Prelude No 1 In C Major From The WellTempered Clavier BWV 846 - The Bach Book
    The Swingle Singers- Sinfonia Partita No2 BWV 826 - Jazz Sebastian Bach Vol 1
    Bombay Dub Orchestra- Monsoon Malabar Dub Remix - Monsoon Malabar Remixes Single
    Morcheeba- Make Believer - Head Up High
    Juana Molina- Eras - Wed 21
    Sixto Rodriguez- Crucify Your Mind - Little White Lies Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Kaskade- Frank Sinatras Mistletoe And Holly Remix - Na
    Compilation- Happy Christmas - Life Is Dance

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2013-11-29
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-15-2013 with Wally        

    Delicate Steve- Wally Wilder - Positive Force
    Bad Weather California- Let It Shine - Sunkissed
    SaltnPepa- Heaven Or Hell - Very Necessary
    Phosphorescent- Ride On Right On - Muchacho
    Dirty Projectors- About To Die - Swing Lo Magellan
    Greensky Bluegrass- Dry County - Five Interstates
    The Moondoggies- A Lot To Give - Adis Im A Ghost
    CocoRosie- Lemonade - Grey Oceans
    Elvis Costello The Roots- Cinco Minutos Con Vos - Wise Up Ghost
    John Vanderslice- How The West Was Won - Dagger Beach
    MarchFourth Marching Band- Delhi Belly - Magnificent Beast
    Ben Harper Charlie Musselwhite- Dont Look Twice - Get Up
    Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom- Dutty Rut - Duppy Writer
    The Crystal Ark- Tusk - Just Tell Me That You Want Me A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
    Blakroc- What You Do To Me - Blakroc
    The Bad Plus- I Want To Feel Good Pt 2 - Made Possible
    Balkan Beat Box- What A Night - Give
    The Babysitters- Gigantic Sunglasses - Have A Seat
    Pretty Lights- Around The Block feat Talib Kweli - A Color Map Of The Sun Deluxe Version
    Mike Doughty- I Miss The Girl - Circles
    The Motet- Guru - Dig Deep
    Those Darlins- Too Slow - Blur The Line
    The Sword- Untitled Bonus Track - Gods Of The Earth
    The Wood Brothers- Honey Jar - The Muse
    Chimney Choir- Poor Boy - Compass
    Delta Spirit- Parade - Ode To Sunshine
    RjD2- Ghostwriter Remix - The Horror
    Desaparecidos- Anonymous - Anonymous
    Fleet Foxes- Battery Kinzie - Helplessness Blues
    The Helio Sequence- Silence On Silence - Negotiations

    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2013-10-15
              Music Nights at Cafe Rozella        

    The Music Nights at Cafe Rozella continue with some outstanding performers. Performances start at 7 p.m. on Fridays.

    Alma Villegas brings her sultry voice to an exquisite and passionate selection of Latin favorites. Friday August 15th at 7 p.m.

    From the bouncy feel of Perfidia to the passionate tango version of Besame Mucho and the salsa sound of Mi Tierra these selections have entertained and captured audiences internationally for decades.

    Alma Villegas and her band have performed for five years at various venues including Dulces Latin Bistro, Serafina, Bouchée Café in Fremont, St. Clouds, Misto Café, Mamey’s Cuban Café, Madrid, The Tractor Tavern, El Sombrero, The Sitting Room, Julia’s, the Musicquarium at the Triple Door and Jazz Alley. And, of course, Alma is a regular at Cafe Rozella.
    Children of the Revolution's Acoustic Trio Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m.

    "When you go to a Children of the Revolution show, you might as well leave your preconceptions about world music at the door" wrote Tina Potterf of the Seattle Times. Fans will usually say something like, "That was the best live show I've ever been to; I don't quite know how to describe it." From Bozeman Montana to the caves of Granada, Spain, from Istanbul to Taiwan, COTR make life-long fans wherever they go.

    They can loosely be compared to such breakaway and high-energy world music artists such as Ozomatli, Gipsy Kings, Santana, Manu Chau and the Afro Celt Sound System, but all similarities stop there. Made up of virtuoso musicians, singers and dancers from around the world, COTR blend their Flamenco, Greek, and Rock roots creating, a lush and melodic sound driven by infectious Latin and Middle-Eastern grooves.

    The group is fronted by lead singer Vassili, who grew up on the Greek Islands, and former metal head turned flamenco guitarist Eric Jaeger. Sharing the spotlight is Barcelona-born flamenco dancer Encarnación. Their electrifying and sexy concerts showcase outstanding musicianship and songwriting with world-class dance performances. Both world music aficionados and those new to the genre agree - COTR puts on one of the most unifying and entertaining shows in the world.

    Guest artists both live and recorded have included legendary rock singer, Ann Wilson of
    In less than two years, COTR went from playing small clubs to filling some of the Northwests most prestigious theaters such as Meany Hall, Benaroya Hall and the 3,000-seat Paramount Theater.

    COTR is a consistent audience favorite of major festivals in the region such as Folklife, Vancouver Folk Festival, Bumbershoot and Montanas Sweetpea Festival, 3-6,000 people can be seen dancing and singing at these shows. Eleftheria (the Greek word for freedom) is their anthem that ends the show and ALWAYS gets the crowd jumping in unison!

    COTR have the achievements, experience and systems in place to create a totally new movement in popular music. They have toured extensively through the Northwest and Canada and have been invited to perform at very special historical events such as; the first Western band invited to play for the Buddhas Birthday in Taiwan for over 30,000 people, the Government Leaders conference (organized by Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen) in Seattle at Experience Music Project, opening for former President Bill Clinton at his "We the People" speech in Seattle in 2006, and KROCKs 2005 Tsunami Relief benefit concert headlined by surviving members of Alice in Chains and Heart. COTRs concert DVD has aired on numerous PBS stations across the country and select tracks from their album, Liberation appear on Putumayo Records compilations.

    After spending five months in Europe where they performed and studied with Flamenco masters in Spain, Rye singers in Morocco and Turkish musicians in Istanbul, COTR returned to record their latest CD, Life, Love and Guantanamo Bay. The album is an artistic breakthrough for Children of the Revolution and promises to bring them into the international spotlight.


    Eduardo Mendonca’s exuberant energy always gets the house on its feet to his Brazilian beat!

    Friday August 29th at 7 p.m.

    A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Eduardo traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama Beka (”prophet of the royal court”), as documented by the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia. Eduardo Mendonça has lived for the past ten years in the Seattle area. He began performing in Seattle, and traveling throughout the United States and Canada with the Bakra Bata steel drum band. Now, he has his own group known as Show Brazil!, which has gained much recognition in the past ten years. Show Brazil! has played throughout Western Washington and Brazil at events and locations such as the Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, Seattle Children's International Festival, BrasilFest, Redmond Arts in the Parks, Taste of Bellevue, Hispanic/Latin Month, Fiestas Patrias, Fall Fandango, Fat Tuesday, Sundiata Festival, World Rhythm Festival, Earth Day Festival, West Seattle Street Festival, Marymoor Heritage Festival, Brazilian Carnaval, Burien Strawberry Festival, Edmonds Festival, Mercado Modêlo (Brazil), Itaigara and Piedade Malls (Brazil), and the Catholic University of Salvador (Brazil).

    Eduardo was also featured at Bumbershoot in Seattle, as guest artist of the internationally well-known performing group OLODUM, opening act for Olodum at the Brazilian Carnival in 2003 (Seattle, WA); the Brazilian Carnival in Vancouver- British Columbia - Canada; the Brazilian Carnival in Calgary - Alberta - Canada; the Brazilian Carnival in Seattle - WA - US; and at a Nike-sponsored show in Portland, Oregon. The performances listed above are just a part of Eduardo’s continued success as a performing artist. He also had the honor to play for Pope John Paul II’s welcome to Brazil, former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (Seattle,WA - USA - 1999), Brazilian President João Baptista Figueiredo (Brazil 1979), and was also featured in a Paul Simon documentary video in 1991.

    - Eduardo is voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - GRAMMY.

    -Eduardo Mendonça is winner of “Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S.” for the Brazilian International Press Award 2007 (Florida)

    - Winner of “Tribute for Excellence and Achievements in Advancement of Performing Arts and Education of the Brazilian Music in 2006” - Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and University of Washington;

    - Eduardo is winner of Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award 2005 for his significant contributions to the Brazilian Community and the community at-large of the Northwest
    Charanga Danzón is a fluid ensemble of wonderful musicians, with a repertoire of Cuban music including traditional charanga, son/danzón, cha-cha-chá, classical, and jazz.
    Friday, September 5th at 7 p.m.


    REPTET brings their award-winning and energetic jazz to Rozella.

    Friday September 12th at 7 p.m.