1994        

From: "scrittore della domenica" <scritdom72@unimi.it>
To: "lorenzo" <Lrnz73@unipi.it>
Date sent: Mon, 14 Feb 1994 12:09:05
Subject: Eccomi

Mannaggia a te! Che c'era di male nelle lettere cartacee? Signornò. "Dai, mandami un'e-mail! E' facile, divertente, vedrai!". - Intanto ho dovuto iscrivermi al laboratorio d'informatica di questa cavolo di università, dove bisogna fare domanda in carta bollata anche per un caffè al bar. Poi, io il computer manco lo so usare. A quest'ora dovrei essere in sala studio a preparare l'esame di diritto privato comparato (capirai); invece sto qua ad arrovellarmi con tastiera e mouse.

Va beh. Ti scrivo per questo: devi assolutamente registrarmi un po' di cassette di musica rock. Hai presente? Quella che tu hai sempre detto che io la snobbo. Specialmente, quanto più progressive anni '70 riesci a procurarmi. Non so, gli Yes, i Genesis, i King Crimson, quella roba là. E poi il grunge. Non i Nirvana, ché onestamente non li reggo: Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. E magari della musica da discoteca, però di un certo livello. E ci sarebbe un pezzo di un gruppo inglese che mi ossessiona, si chiama... ce l'ho sulla punta della lingua. Basta, appena mi ricordo il titolo te lo dico.

No, non sono impazzito. E' che ho conosciuto una ragazza molto simpatica che ha questi gusti musicali. Anche molto bella, a dire la verità. Anzi, la sola cosa che le vorrei dire è proprio questa: che la trovo bellissima. Ma, tu mi conosci; non c'è verso; se provo ad affrontare l'argomento, ammutolisco senza rimedio. Così mi servono urgentemente altri argomenti di conversazione. Lei studia inglese, e fin qui posso arrangiarmi. L'ho anche accompagnata a lezione, ho studiato i suoi appunti. Sai? Sto diventando, credo, il massimo esperto di T. S. Eliot di tutto il basso Ionio reggino. Quest'estate, se non altro, potrò esibirmi nei locali sul lungomare recitando The Waste Land a memoria.

Ma tutto questo non basta. Prima o poi dovrò trovare il coraggio di invitarla a uscire una sera, che so, ad un concerto, o addirittura (non ridere) a ballare. Perché ho capito che alle matinée in Conservatorio lei non ci viene. Ebbene, è qui che subentri tu. Devi aiutarmi ad andare oltre Beethoven. Ripeto, procurami del rock, perché mi serve come il pane!

Attendo tue notizie, stammi bene.

P.S. Mi sono ricordato il titolo di quella canzone: Creep, dei Radiohead.


From: "scrittore della domenica" <scritdom72@unimi.it>
To: "lorenzo" <Lrnz73@unipi.it>
Date sent: Mon, 21 Mar 1994 15:31:22
Subject: Re: Re: Eccomi

Grandi novità! Abbiamo occupato. Ora la nostra casa dello studente è Pensionato Universitario Occupato Autogestito. L'abbiamo deciso venerdì sera, al termine di un'agitata assemblea sugli ultimi aumenti delle rette e della mensa. Io mi sono aggiudicato la gran parte dei turni di notte in portineria: sia per evitare i turni di pulizia, sia perché mi piace fare le ore piccole e perché durante l'occupazione c'è un bel clima. Si parla, si beve, si fuma tabacco e non solo: effettivamente, non sto studiando granché. Però mi diverto.

Ieri, per esempio, verso la mezzanotte la situazione comprendeva una bottiglia di mirto, uno stereo, sei-sette persone fra cui Alice (la ragazza di cui ti ho parlato nella mia ultima lettera) e me. Il guaio è che dopo un'oretta loro sono usciti, per andare credo in discoteca, mentre io dovevo rimanere per continuare il turno; ma mi hanno lasciato la bottiglia, d'altronde semivuota, e lo stereo. O forse due bottiglie e due sterei, a quel punto non capivo più bene. Sono riuscito, in qualche modo, a togliere la cassetta dei Rage Against The Machine e a mettere su il Lamento d'Arianna di Monteverdi, che in quel momento era anche più adatto.

A proposito: mi hai registrato le cassette che ti ho chiesto? Se scendi anche tu in Calabria per le elezioni, tra una settimana me le puoi dare. Ma l'hai visto quel pagliaccio miliardario? E pensa che magari qualcuno lo voterà anche. Viviamo in un paese meraviglioso.


From: "scrittore della domenica" <scritdom72@unimi.it>
To: "lorenzo" <Lrnz73@unipi.it>
Date sent: Fri, 15 Apr 1994, 16:05:30
Subject: buona notte al secchio

La sai una cosa? Tre anni fa, dopo il diploma, commisi un solo errore.

Allo sportello della stazione chiesi un biglietto per Milano. Sbagliai: avrei dovuto comprare un sola andata per Londra, o per Parigi, o per Berlino.

L'occupazione è finita. L'Ente per il Diritto allo Studio ha promesso che, col nuovo bilancio, ben il 3,75% delle risorse aggiuntive sarà stanziato per porre rimedio ai recenti rincari delle tariffe, compatibilmente con il principio del pareggio contabile.

Insomma: non abbiamo ottenuto un bel niente.

Ho saputo che Alice si è fidanzata. Con uno studente d'ingegneria, milanese da varie generazioni e di ottima famiglia, buon giocatore dilettante di basket. Ha una macchina svedese con doppia alimentazione, benzina verde e gas, perché bisogna proteggere l'ambiente. Un bravissimo ragazzo.

Tutto è perduto. Mentre questa ridicola nazione, consegnatasi ancora volontaria nelle mani di un tirannello squilibrato, si avvia verso il suo triste destino, io ti comunico la mia irrevocabile decisione.

Pongo rimedio al mio errore.

Espatrio.

E basta, con queste e-mail del piffero! Ti farò avere prossimamente il mio nuovo recapito estero.

La sai un'altra cosa? Siamese Dream degli Smashing Pumpkins è molto più noioso della più tediosa sinfonia di Bruckner.


From: "scrittore della domenica" <scritdom72@unimi.it>
To: "lorenzo" <Lrnz73@unipi.it>
Date sent: Tue, 26 Apr 1994 16:28:43
Subject: scherzavo

E niente: all'estero non sono andato.

Ti spiego cos'è successo.

Sai che mi è sempre piaciuto stare sveglio fino a tardi; ultimamente sto esagerando; mi succede spesso di fare l'alba. Da un po' non scendo neanche più in sala studio, per non rischiare d'incontrare Alice. La sera me ne sto tappato in camera, ascoltando Brahms.

Un mio consiglio per i giovani: se abitate in una casa dello studente, cercate di non innamorarvi mai di un'altra persona ospite del pensionato. Soprattutto se non corrisposti.

Bene: domenica notte, mentre studiavo, ho messo su il Tristano. Così, tanto per cambiare. Ma, poco dopo il preludio, ho dovuto spegnere.

Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?


Mi si è annebbiata la vista, e ho scoperto che avevo finito i kleenex. Ho chiuso il libro. Mi sono alzato dalla sedia e sono andato a lavarmi il viso con l'acqua fredda. Poi sono tornato alla scrivania.

Ho acceso il quinto canale della radio (quello che trasmette solo classica). C'era un brano di avanguardia; una cosa che non conoscevo, una specie di collage sonoro sul tipo di Revolution 9 dei Beatles, hai presente? Folle in tumulto, suoni strani, rumori ambientali, nastri in loop, voci umane che declamano sillabe incomprensibili. Un delirio.

Roba forte! Ho attaccato lo spinotto delle cuffie alla radio e mi sono sparato il brano nelle orecchie, chiudendo gli occhi e reclinando indietro la testa. A un certo punto, dal tappeto sonoro ha cominciato a emergere una voce femminile, che sembrava pronunciare un testo coerente. Dapprima si sentiva sullo sfondo, e non si capiva bene cosa dicesse; qualcosa sul Vietnam. Man mano, la voce diventava sempre più forte, più netta, e veniva sempre più in primo piano. Alla fine, con una presenza sonora impressionante, la voce scandiva, anzi no scolpiva, queste parole: "Rimanete qui, e combattete per la vostra dignità di uomini".

"Avete ascoltato: Luigi Nono, Contrappunto dialettico alla mente", ha detto l'annunciatore.

Ho staccato lo spinotto, ho tolto le cuffie e ho spento la radio.

Ho riconsiderato la mia intenzione di espatriare. Ho pensato: ma non l'ho già fatto? Sono già emigrato. E prima di me mio padre, proprio negli anni in cui Nono componeva quel pezzo.

Quante volte ancora voglio fare le valigie?

Possibile che l'unica soluzione sia quella di scappare sempre più lontano?

L'indomani, 25 aprile, sono andato alla manifestazione. Il concentramento era alle due del pomeriggio; ma mi sono svegliato così tardi che non ho potuto neanche fare colazione. Ho preso un caffè al distributore automatico giù in atrio e sono uscito, in direzione porta Venezia.

Era previsto un corteo molto grande. E' stato immenso. Mai vista tanta gente tutta insieme! E che varietà, quanti colori, che musiche, che allegria! Quanta pioggia, anche: veniva giù a secchiate, per tutta la durata della manifestazione.



Io ero in fondo al corteo, e pensa che non sono neppure riuscito a entrare in piazza Duomo, tanto era gremita! Ho svoltato per piazza Fontana, poi per via Larga. Ho vagato per un pezzo; non so chi o cosa mi aspettassi di trovare, a parte qualcosa da mettere sotto i denti, dato che avevo una fame da lupo.

Mi sono ritrovato, non so come, in piazza Sant'Alessandro, vicino alla facoltà di lingue, che naturalmente era chiusa; c'era però un bar-tavola calda miracolosamente aperto; mi ci sono fiondato dentro.

Ero seduto sul mio sgabello, dando le spalle all'ingresso, e divoravo la mia pizzetta, ovviamente pessima come solo a Milano la sanno fare, quando mi è parso di vedere una sorta di variazione nella luce. Come se avesse improvvisamente smesso di piovere e fosse uscito un sole splendente.

Mi giro, e vedo Alice entrare nel locale e raggiungermi.

Era in tenuta da manifestazione: jeans sdruciti, camicia grunge, niente make-up (lei che di solito è così curata). I lunghi capelli biondi inumiditi dalla pioggia, che intanto continuava a scrosciare.

"Ciao", le dico. "Dov'è il tuo fidanzato?"

"Sciocco", mi ha risposto. "Oggi ci sono cose più importanti", ha detto. "C'è mezza casa dello studente qui fuori: abbiamo fatto uno striscione molto figo, lo andiamo ad attaccare al portone dell'I.S.U. Cosa fai qua, solo come un gufo? Vieni anche tu!"

Non me lo sono fatto dire due volte.

E dunque. Fra un mese ho l'esame di diritto sindacale. Materia interessante, sai? Credo che chiederò la tesi.

Per ora rimango qui.

(Racconto già pubblicato su Evulon. Ogni riferimento a fatti, persone, città, eventi, uomini politici, bar e pizzette della realtà è puramente casuale).
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UPDATES:





  • 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



  •           Capers        

    Caper plant (Capparis spinosa)
    Legend has it that the caper plants originate in the Western Wall, where the little folded letters containing the prayers, dreams and promises of the pilgrims are transformed into beautiful white caper blossoms, blooming for a day and sending the prayers to heaven.

    Many of the prayers are of barren couples who beg for a child of their own. Perhaps that is why these caper flowers are considered a remedy for fertility, as are the roots of the the plant. But this is only one of the many medicinal qualities attributed to capers in herbal and folk medicines. I will only highlight a few that I read about: The entire plant parts (root, leaves, fruit) were used as remedy for toothache, and an infusion of the fruit after it has been boiled in water is considered to aid those suffering from diabetes. The fruit and the root, when ground up, are placed for short periods on aching joints to relieve joint pain (long exposure of the skin will create burns). Despite all its many therapeutic values, caper is not a very common plant in the modern pharmacopeia -perhaps because of the emphasis on it as a culinary item.

    Caper (Capparis spinosa) buds on the bush
    The pickled capers most people are familiar with are the buds of Capparis spinosaIt grows here in the wild, and quite in abundance. What's special about it is that it blooms all summer long, from May through September - an unusual quality in those scorching months, which on its own alludes to nearly magical qualities.

    Soaking caper buds for pickling

    My first jar which I've pickled about three weeks ago turned to be quite the delicacy, so I thought I'd better hurry and go get some more buds before the season is over. As it turns out - in the meantime, the plants developed their fruit (AKA caper berries). They look like plump and short cucumbers are also very pickle-able, as are the leaves and stems of this plant.

    Caper berries

    I was pleased to learn that the blooming season is rather long, and will continue all summer. The hardiness of the plants around here to the arid conditions is amazing to me. I can barely survive a hot day and they can endure all summer with very little water from dew and that which is found deep in the crevices of rocks.

    Capers has interesting history and uses - both culinary and medicinal. The famous "Cypriot wine" mentioned in the Talmud as well as in the Jewish daily prayer (used in the preparation of incense) was intact wine made of capers.

    Capers have a unique flavour that is a tad mustard-like which develops while they pickle and release the glucocamparin (mustard oil) within them. Through the picking process, white or violet coloured dots will form on the buds, which contain the citrus flavalnol ruin, which is also dominant in asparagus, buckwheat flour and black raspberry. The stems can be added to yogurt, and both the stems and leaves can be pickled and added to salads.

    Recipe for pickling capers:
    The hardest part about this task is the actual harvest: the bushes are equipped with hook-shaped thorns that are quite vicious. Once you endured a few of these claws-in-flesh encounters, and collected enough caper buds or berries, soak them in water for three days, changing the water daily.

    To pickle, sterilize a clean jar by rinsing with boiling water, fill with the capers, and cover with the salt and vinegar solution:

    1/2 cup filtered or spring water
    1/2 cup appel cider vinegar 
    1 Tbs salt

    Season with:
    2-4 Bay leaves 
    1 tsp yellow mustard seeds, whole 
    (Both are local spices, so to speak, that grow wild)

    Marinate for one week, then keep refrigerated. The pickled buds can be used as a flavourful garnish to sandwiches to offset fatty elements such as cheese and smoked salmon. It's great as an addition to salads, marinates, stuffed vegetables, and just to eat on their own on the side with ripe watermelon or charcuterie. It can also be used to make tartar sauce, pasta sauce (spaghetti ala puttanesca, anyone?) - and just anything else your imagination may take you to.

    As for the pickled caper berries (or fruit) - I have one more week to wait till they are ready. So will report later.

    Pickling capers



              Comment on Dear QRG… Am I A Misogynist? #DearQRG by Ginkgo        
    "I was trying to show how the feminist argument functions structurally by embodying that structure myself. " That got right past me; thanks for helping me out. " I’m fully aware it can be endlessly reversed, albeit more often than not in the same language-terms of ‘privilege’ and ‘power’. " "Topping from the bottom' for example. Good observations and now I see what you were saying. Good point about how the narrative reinforce passivity and the hyperagency/hypoagency dyad. "Perhaps Christabel did her working-class compatriot a favour by giving him his white feather: she validating his sacrifice by underwriting his actions with a cost. Why an ‘oppression’? Why not a social exchange?" Madam is witty today. I can think of some "social exchanges" she could have offered him that would have been a lot less oppressive than exposing him to chemical weapons and machine gun fire. "she validating his sacrifice by underwriting his actions with a cost." This is gold, pointing out the silliness of a man counting a woman's approval worth more than his life.
              Comment on Dear QRG… Am I A Misogynist? #DearQRG by innegative        
    "This is a Western perception, specifically Anglophone." Agreed. I should have been clearer here. I was trying to show how the feminist argument functions structurally by embodying that structure myself. Or I was trying to distil what we value in the West that allows their arguments to function. So, for example, it is obvious men in general could take women in general in a fist fight. By extrapolation, it's obvious that if a man sets his mind to it he can have most women by force. Similarly, the male's penetrative function gives him the appearance of being the active agent and puts the women in the apparent position of permanent passivity as an object of action. It's perhaps the West's emphasis on this kind of power (that of action and that of objective demonstrability) that allows the feminist narrative to function. I'm trying to get at what makes it persusive. I'm fully aware it can be endlessly reversed, albeit more often than not in the same language-terms of 'privilege' and 'power'. Hobbes' State of Nature fails in that it shows life at its most skeletal. It's a crude model and it conceives of 'power' only in terms of its force, never in terms of how it reciprocates, challenges, and demands counter-challenge. It's a view stripped of all communicative nuance and the self-flagellating cycles of social exchange. Such a view of 'power' is maybe part of the problem. It's the Western tendency to measure everything in terms of who is winning and who is losing - always the individual being liberated from adverse forces. This inter-gendered struggle is the consequence of our having invented 'power' and given it such precedence in everything. Perhaps Christabel did her working-class compatriot a favour by giving him his white feather: she validating his sacrifice by underwriting his actions with a cost. Why an 'oppression'? Why not a social exchange?
              Comment on Lunatic Speaks – Caroline Hagood’s Debut Poetry Collection by Magical Surrealism – Making Maxine’s Baby By Caroline Hagood #poetry #amwriting | Quiet Riot Girl        
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    Technology in the real estate industry doesn’t start and stop with the computer and smartphone. Regardless of your role in the real estate transaction, you can no longer afford to dismiss the impact of technology in the home buying process. Technology in real estate is designed to improve the end-to-end experience for home buyers and …Read more
              For When You've Shat Your Pot Full        
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    This is a test, a worksong, an experiment. A demo podcast, to check that it is going okay, that it can be accessed and listened to. A collection of songs that are linked together solely because I think they sit alongside each other suitably well. Quite a down-tempo collection, this podcast to me feels like that anxiety when you realise something is not quite right, but you struggle to work out exactly what's gone wrong. Then it hits, you. You've only gone and shat your pot full! 1. Gruff Rhys- Candylion 2. Blonde Redhead- 23 3. The Pierces- Boring 4. Mercury Rev- Secret for a Song 5. Arcade Fire- No Cars Go 6. Johnny Cash- God's Gonna Cut You Down 7. The Hold Steady- Chips Ahoy 8. Elliot Smith- Everything Reminds Me of Her 9. Blind Melon- No Rain 10. Elton John- Tiny Dancer 11. Labi Siffre- I Got The 12. Otis Redding- Satisfaction 13. Isaac Hayes- Good Love 14. Erykah Badu- On and On 15. Soulsavers- No Expectations 16. R.E.M.- Bad Day 17. The Triffids- Bury Me Deep In Love 18. James- She's a Star
              Pussy Riot and the Emerging Power of Women        

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              Mekko        









    Tämä kangas löytyi eurokankaasta kun oli 10e pussillinen kankaita. Kangasta jäi vielä sen verran että voisi saada vaikka jonkun mekon taikka tunikan taikka paidan :D Itse tykkään jotenkin tästä kankaasta kun on niin erillainen. Tää on trikoo kangasta mutta hauskat noi revityt kuviot :D. Itse en taaskaan ole varma mallista ja taisi tulla ina liian lyhyt. Sopii myös leginsien kanssa. Ehkä tähän mekkoon tottuu kun sitä käyttää taikka kun joku sanoo jotain positiivista :D  Malli on siis ihan suora ja keskelle vaan ommeltu kuminauhakuja johon pujotin kuminauhan. Malli on siinä kiva että mun "makkarat" ja "pömpömaha" on piilossa eikä vyötäröstä kiristä :D



              Wilfork retires a Patriot great        
    FOXBORO -- For Vince Wilfork, retirement means a chance to sleep late, go fishing or just hang around without needing to be someplace special.
              Carnival in Guinea Bissau        

    Uniquely in West Africa, Guinea Bissau follows the latin tradition of holding a carnival on the days leading up to Lent.  As a desperately poor country this clearly isn't the extravaganza of the one in Rio, but I had heard that the people make up in inventiveness what they lack in financial resources and so I used some of the precious time I have left in the region to fly down to Bissau for a long weekend to see the carnival parades.

    What a good decision that was - I would recommend this carnival to anyone!  A riot of drumming and colour!

    The parades started at 4pm on Monday, with each of nine districts of the capital putting on their own displays in a relay that lasted until well after dark at 7.30pm (a little sad for those parading last given the lack of street lighting in Bissau), with the same pattern the next day for the regional displays.  The basic format was the same for each district, first the dancers in costume, and then those sporting giant papier-mache masks, all accompanied by fast and frantic drumming.

    The costumes varied enormously.  There were many troupes of near-naked women and girls, wearing just strings of shells and beads with a grass skirt or for some just a piece of snake skin hanging from the waist for modesty, their bodies gleaming with a yellowy sheen of palm oil.  I was very surprised at the amount of bare flesh on show for a region of the world where the female body - at least the lower half - is usually very well covered.  There were traditional fibre costumes and wooden masks, some of the locally made 'lapa' strip-woven cloth, and some more modern outfits such as army uniforms, the dancers carrying fake machine guns (remember this is a country whose politics is dominated by the army) and in one case handing over the guns, as part of their dance, to women wearing the white of peace - this latter was very popular with the crowd!

    Other dances were focused on the need to stop female genital cutting and enforced early marriage.  Some included mock fights, or sharing the rice contained in a big calabash, and one involved two men walking around carrying a large live crocodile, its mouth tied shut with pink string.  Nobody near me in the crowd could explain the significance of that one.

    The papier-mache masks were enormously varied and impressive, from tigers and dragons, pieces of fruit and vegetables, army chiefs and colonial administrators, fishing boats and - my favourite - a turtle mask, its poor 'wearer' having to crawl along on all fours around the carnival route.

    The crowd were enjoying it all immensely, pressing forward into the road; every so often the police would hit out with big sticks to get them back into place.  Others were perched in the branches of trees to get a better view - and at one point a branch fell with the weight of the people there and a commotion ensued as an ambulance forced its way through the crowd to collect the injured.  But nothing could stop the party spirit.

    It all reminded me, again, of what it is that makes me so enjoy my life here.  It is that Africa, unlike the West, has not yet lost its primitive side.  The rhythms are of night and day, and seasons (rather than of clocks and calendars) accompanied by the rhythms of the drums and the wonderfully expressive forms of African dance.  They bring both a feeling of being at peace with the environment and a joy in being alive.  Perhaps that is why most Africans, despite the pervasive poverty, are usually smiling.


              Collecting Watches and Thinking about Time         
     Recommended Books Review—Marking Time: Collecting Watches and Thinking about Time





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    The reason’s are many. It’s superbly well written for one thing. Besides being a successful novelist, Korda was Editor-in-Chief at Simon & Schuster publishers for many years and it shows in the book’s clear, entertaining prose. Indeed, you feel while reading it almost like you’ve sat down beside a terribly witty, erudite gentleman raconteur on a train…one who just happens to very much like watches. It’s never boring. There are no dry, dull historical passages to slow down the proceedings. Korda tells amusing anecdotes about how he came to be a watch collector and the fascinating journey its led him on for over fifty years. Perhaps most importantly, he does a better job than anyone we’ve encountered in explaining the seemingly impossible: why we watch lover’s are so watch-obsessed in the first place. His answer is worthy of a direct quote:

    “We cannot possess time or stop it or hold onto it; it’s like water running through our fingers. But we can possess the instruments that measure time—hence, the endless fascination with clocks and watches, and the fact so many people collect them, often without knowing why, except for the fact they’re pretty or mechanically interesting or expensive, or simply because they draw envious glances from those who know the value of the object on our wrist.”


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              10 suất ngoại giao Kiot The Vesta Hà Đông – CĐT Hải Phát        

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              Home        
    Home. Where is home. We’ve had a few, us humans. Earth. I guess it all started there. Earth was home; still is, to some. But what about our other planets? What about Mars? Terra? Are they home? Our houses are homes. Or are our homes houses? Either way, I‘d have to have one for it to be one. Now… my Prospector. She’s a home. She’s my home. Where is she though… HA! Who’m I kidding?! She’s right where she ought to be, under my hands, mining! Just me and my Prospector, my Napanee, floating through space. Just floatin’. Minin’. Who needs a ‘home’. --- There’s a feeling one has, when they look at something completely extraordinary that they’ve been seeing their entire life. The feeling someone who lives on the coast gets every morning when they wake up and look out over the ocean. The feeling the best poker player in the ‘Verse gets when he wins the Galactic Invitational for the thirteenth time running. The feeling a mother gets when she has her seventh child. The feeling a 30 year veteran gets during another Vanduul raid. It is perfectly described in one word. ‘Enh.’ The word comes with a shrug, that kind of nonchalant noncommittal shrug that says, well… it says ‘enh’. The word and the shrug go together, like a jam and cheese sandwich eaten by someone with no taste buds. That word and shrug, though, they perfectly embodied the feelings running through Anoty’s head as he looked up through the asteroid field, looked up at all the other small rocks with their small domes, owned by the other prospecting families. Dozens of asteroids of different shapes and sizes and colours, all floating aimlessly, drifting lazily, through the cold black of space. Like cheerios floating in milk when you’ve eaten most of the cheerios and there are just a few left. Except that they weren’t all clumped together like they do in milk, but kept kind of separate in the milk instead, like how asteroids in space float kinda together but not really too close. Anoty had just started the metaphor segment of his English schooling. It was a work in progress. He sat in his room in his house under the force dome and missed his dad. Well, not his house, it was his mothers’ house. But it was his dad that he missed. He remembered his mom, four years ago, sitting him down and saying his dad was dead. That he’d taken the prospector out on a mission, that he’d got himself blown up by raiders. That the UEE had called her, said there wasn’t even a semblance of the ship anymore, or of his dad, the wreckage was so bad. Anoty sat on his bed, thinking. Thinking about his dad, and where he’d got to. Thinking of home. Wondering why his dad hadn’t thought home was with him. For Anoty, home wasn’t in the asteroid belt. Here he was stuck inside a dome on a gyrating asteroid orbiting a small planetoid in one of the most breathtaking displays of orbital dynamics that human eyes have ever seen, a literal stellar stereotype, the distant planetoid hazy through its fuchsia-tinged atmosphere, the closer asteroids and their domes spinning and revolving in a gravitational ballet of the highest magnitude, all seen from a dusty dirt rock with a horizon of infinity. Home was a place where his mom was still happy, and where his dad hadn’t left. --- Shaer hated home. Home was bills. Home was stress. Home was memories. Home was a son who played games all day, who couldn’t get his basic schooling figured out. He’d failed English, math, astronomic, piloting, farming, law, chemistry, and every other conceivable course she could download from the central UEE home-school repository. And every one of those downloads cost credits. To Shaer, home was in default. To Shaer, home was a lifeless rock, completely mortgaged out to pay for a ship for a low-life scum of an ex husband who’d taken the ship and left, sticking her with an idiot child, a worthless rock, and no way to pay the bills. To Shaer, home was the last straw. The final blow in a lifetime of blows. She’d wanted to go to the inner planets, visit Terra, Earth, Mars. She’d wanted to see the ‘Verse, to see where humanity came from. She thought about that, as she smashed the control-panel for the dome, causing the power to fail and the safety-net between the house and the black void of space to come crashing down. She’d always wanted to see Earth, especially. Learn where she’d come from; where everyone had come from. As the air rushed away from those that needed it most, raging like a hurricane, loud as a summer storm, quiet as a whisper, and then silent as death, Shae thought of Africa, of how she’d always wanted to see it. To see where Humanity had come from. To see something that truly was home. --- Anoty, in his panic and confusion, in the terrible, aching last gasps of life, thought of his father, knew that he would come back, that he would save Anoty and his mom. --- Home SWEET home, Dale said, patting the Prospector on the dash. He’d dropped off a load of trellium ore at the refinery, picked up a nice young thing to keep his mind and… other parts… occupied, and was headed back into the black. He’d checked the news. Life was good. Home was wherever he wanted. There was nothing left to hold him back.
              Comment on Goddesses and Rape: The Issue is That we Have Raped Devotion Itself! by Desh Kapoor        
    If I dont answer I am in trouble? LOL. How so? Will send some bouncers to teach me a lesson? Who I think is Shiva? How will that matter? You seem to have decided who he is and anything I say may run counter to what you have already decided of him. Then what? You will say that is my belief and this is your belief. Right? So its really useless. But let me humor ourselves for some - In the Yogic lore, Shiva is not a “god” at least not in the way people have made him out to be. I have been to Kedarnath and Kailash and whatever I have experienced there – EXPERIENCED is the key word here ok? – helps me appreciate Shiva as the complete source of Spiritual / Cosmic knowledge. My Guru has said he manifests Shiva. I have experienced him more during the many sessions – specially when he takes you beyond physical and mental world. Based on my experience of my Guru, I tend to understand Shiva. He is not a calendar god who is shown in TV serials. I find that simply restricted by belief. If what my Guru manifests is Shiva, then Shiva is the primordial self/consciousness. Whatever I experienced in that state (where Sadhguru takes us to the point where we can experience the enlightened world in a special program) cannot be explained and is far humongous than any explanation. It more huge than I could imagine huge to be… he/it was everywhere… I cannot explain it in words in any way. That, is Shiva for me. Are you alive – is a very important question. You are taking that lightly. And the reason why I asked that was because you were on and on about how a seeker doesn’t know anything and came up with your own caricature of Arjun and Krishna. As for what Sadhguru means by a Seeker, I know fully well. Not only has he read my posts but has personally agreed to work on a project with me, where he will guide me as I write a book on just this subject! So stop trying to trying to do your patronizing crap with me here. Look Ram – or whatever your name is – I know your game. I am playing along because you have approached my blog as a reader. But if you think you are smart enough to play me with your patronize/troll process in the hope that you can “play to the gallery” – then you are mistaken buddy. I know who I am dealing with and why, and I will engage with you the way you are. “Chootiya” – where the heck did you see me using that word for anyone?!!! Or are you simply hallucinating? As for words like Idiot – well all you need to do is pick up Bhagwad Gita. You will see that used by Krishna all the time! I am sure you know enough Hindi to know what Moodh means right? I am not my Guru and my Guru is not me. Yes, I am not completely there with respect to Spirituality, but that does not mean I cannot say anything. Swami Vivekananda wasn’t enlightened till almost the end. He approached most of what he said vis-a-vis his intellectual understanding. Ditto for Adi Shankara for a long time. I am not implying my level is anywhere near theirs. All I am saying is that as little as I do understand, I write about it. As for how I treat people who are simply stuck in a needless oneupmanship – maybe to show how relevant you are in your eyes by arguing stuff that you have neither contemplated on or looked at carefully and directly – it has nothing to do with any spiritual work.
              Comment on Goddesses and Rape: The Issue is That we Have Raped Devotion Itself! by Ram Swamy        
    Desh – It is so amusing for me to see your responses! It is like watching the big bad wolf trying his best to look like granny! The wolf fooled little red riding hood, not the hunter! Let me start from the top! If you ignore this question the 4th time, then boy you’ve found yourself in a bit of trouble isn’t it! I asked you three previous times, do you believe in lord Shiva, you ignored the question all 3 times! If you say yes, then you’re a believer (this is by your own definition), and if you say no, you have yourself to answer to because you are disavowing one you hold dear. So which is it? Now let’s address your other statements…. “Do you know you are alive?.....” Is this proof of your “spiritual” credentials? Does one have to be on the spiritual path to know this or is this something that every human being able to verbally communicate knows? Even a little toddler knows he is alive! One has to admittedly be a little older to know about the birds and the bees, but most teenagers who aren’t still living in the past know this! “there is NO Interventionist God “out there”.” So now you qualify the existence (or non-existence) of god by using the word “interventionist”! So who is Shiva then? You have written about him time and time again, which type of god is he? Or do you have another elaborate term to define him? This is what I wrote in my previous comment to you. In my book a seeker is Arjun, the guy on one knee, hands together and listening to Krishna speak! He just asks questions, he doesn’t “know what he knows and doesn’t know what he doesn’t know!” No, I wasn’t there, you definitely write as if you were! I wrote that because I thought you would understand with an image what I was trying to say to you. The fact that Arjun said “no” means nothing, he said no out of ignorance, and then he was lead into the light, but to be lead into the light, he had to listen. That is the lesson to be learned. Another amusing tangent you go on next! Something about being good! Where did I ever even talk about being good? Your ego my friend is a fat one! You read into a conversation what you want, you judge based on your limited “knowledge” which you take a lot of pride in and then you start dishing out your own sermon. Which spiritual being, during a discussion turns around and calls the other person a “chootiya?” Did your guru teach you this? Using words like stupid and idiot to disparage the person you’re speaking to doesn’t show how learned you, just shows how little spiritually evolved you are! Also goes to show childishness and immaturity. Not emphatic, pathetic! Your rant about sai baba, etc. again makes no sense! I never said I believed in sai baba? So you should save your preaching for others who will be fazed by your bluster! And let’s address your final statement, “There is no arrogance is saying what is and what is not.” You my dear friend don’t know much about spirituality anyways, yes, I am sure you can say you are alive! Let's thank the non-intervensionist god for that! You are a believer, a wannabe seeker at best, You have few qualities of a seeker. Here, click on this link, maybe seeing your own guru’s words describing a seeker might ring true! Do you see yourself even remotely like the seeker he describes? Just being a wind bag and blowing hard doesn’t make you knowledgeable or a seeker! http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/sadhguru/masters-words/skeptics-are-true-seekers/ Hopefully you will take some time to pause, find a mirror, look at yourself, shake your head and start all over again. If you’re still uncertain, take this entire conversation to your guru, I am sure he will put you right . Humility my dear friend, humility…your guru is humble…he is your guru and he is humbler than you are! Tells you something, or doesn’t it? I visit your blog once in a while, if you notice, it is your posts on spirituality that have me commenting most, when what you say makes no sense whatsoever, not because I can’t understand the material, but because what you have written is just in such knots. There is no clarity of thought, just big fancy words, bluster and preaching thrown together to make a listless soup. For the sake of your own spirituality, come back to earth from your ego trip and you will find all those answers that yet elude you. Sorry to disappoint you, I don’t respond with words like stupid or idiot even when I am clearly talking to one.
              IGGY POP - O PADRINHO DO PUNK ROCK        
    Nº73 MOTO REPORT Janeiro 2008

    James Newell Osterberg Jr., actualmente com 60 anos de idade, assistiu em 1967 a um concerto dos The Doors, na Universidade do Michigan, que o haveria de influenciar para o resto da vida. Em vez de copiar a atitude de Jim Morrison em palco, optou por fazer desse o seu ponto de partida, exagerando-o e distorcendo-o até ao limite.

    Iggy Pop é um cantor rock e, ocasionalmente, também actor.
    Começou a sua carreira musical como baterista em diversas bandas do ensino secundário em Ann Arbor, no Michigan. Uma dessas bandas foram os “The Iguanas”, donde terá adaptado o seu pseudónimo Iggy. Depois de explorar bandas locais de blues, como os Prime Movers, acabou por sair da Universidade do Michigan e mudou-se para Chicago para aprender mais acerca desse estilo musical. Inspirado pela onda do Chicago Blues, assim como pelas bandas “The Sonics e The MC5, formou os Psychedelic Stooges, passando nessa altura a ser denominado de Iggy Stooge.

    As suas performances ao vivo sempre foram míticas e… caóticas. Aos seus movimentos frenéticos em palco juntam-se outras exibições de cariz mais radical como sejam vomitar, despir-se, mutilar-se com objectos cortantes e ainda o bem conhecido stage-diving (o mergulho do palco para a multidão do qual é, em abono da verdade, o seu inventor).

    Nesta fase, os problemas de Iggy Pop com as drogas agudizaram-se. A sua dependência de heroína terá sido inclusivamente o motivo de separação da banda logo após a saída do segundo disco (agora com o nome abreviado para The Stooges). Para mais, as vendas até à data haviam sido fraquíssimas, segundo os critérios da Elektra Records.

    David Bowie juntou-se ao colectivo para ajudar a produzir o terceiro álbum do grupo. Contudo, com a banda absolutamente instável devido ao álcool e às drogas, o seu talento acabou por não sobressair. A dada altura, neste período, durante um concerto, a banda envolveu-se em confrontos físicos com um grupo de bikers (documentado no registo ao vivo Metallic KO), e a sua carreira foi então suspensa por alguns anos.

    Em 1975 Iggy Pop falhou, pela primeira vez, em superar a sua adiçãodependência, já que esteve internado no Instituto Neuropsiquiátrico da Universidade da Califórnia em Los Angels, onde David Bowie – que era uma das suas visitas regulares – acabou por, nalgumas ocasiões, lhe entregar precisamente… mais droga. Em 1976 deu entrada numa clínica psiquiátrica em Berlim para uma tentativa de se reabilitar de vez dos vícios de que padecia. David Bowie radicou-se também em Berlim, por essa altura, e terá continuado a ser uma das poucas visitas de Iggy Pop na clínica.

    Em 1977 Iggy Pop lançou dois álbuns em nome próprio. São trabalhos basilares da sua carreira a solo, e contam com a intensa intervenção de David Bowie na produção, tendo também tocado teclados ao vivo. Temas como “The Passenger” e “China Girl” (este último mais popularizado por Bowie alguns anos depois) são fruto deste período de trabalho em parceria. Pop haveria de contribuir, também nesse ano, com coros e vocalizações incidentais para o álbum Low do seu amigo e produtor britânico.

    Entre 1979 e 1981, deu-se o lançamento de New Values, Soldier e Party, sendo que o primeiro deles conta com a participação do guitarrista dos The Stooges, Scott Thurston. Os dois últimos trabalhos foram ambos fracassos comerciais. Por seu turno, a toxicodependência de Iggy Pop tinha abrandado, mas não desaparecido.

    No decurso da década de oitenta havia ainda de trabalhar com Steve Jones (ex-guitarrista dos Sex Pistols), com quem fez uma versão bem sucedida do tema “Wild One (Real Wild Child)”, original de Johnny O’Keefe, editado em 1959.

    Os anos noventa trouxeram sete trabalhos em nome próprio (quatro originais, um ao vivo, e duas compilações) e um disco com os The Stooges. Esta é também a década onde se deram as principais incursões no cinema, quer por via da representação, quer por via das bandas sonoras, como foi o caso de Trainspotting onde “Lust for Life”, tema-título de 1977, foi incluído.

    Já em pleno século XXI, Pop mantém-se pleno de actividade e criatividade, interagindo em várias ocasiões com diversos artistas, ora como convidado, ora como anfitrião, como sejam os casos de Madonna e Green Day, respectivamente.

    Iggy Pop é, ou foi, ao longo do tempo, influência artística para muitos compositores. Desde os Joy Division aos Nine Inch Nails, ou de Mark E. Smith a Henry Rollins. Nick Cave e Jack White mencionaram ambos que Fun House, dos The Stooges, terá sido dos melhores álbuns rock de sempre. Já os Red Hot Chili Peppers fizeram referência a Iggy na sua canção “Coffe Shop”. Kurt Cobain, fã confesso dos The Stooges, referiu que Raw Power era o seu disco favorito da banda.

    The Passenger é um filme biográfico sobre a juventude de Iggy Pop e o início dos The Stooges que está neste momento a ser produzido, pelo que chegará previsivelmente às salas de cinema durante 2008. Elijah Wood (o Frodo de O Senhor dos Anéis) encarnará a personagem do punk-rocker, tendo sido obrigado a perder uns quilitos para que o papel lhe assentasse que nem uma luva. Aguardemos.
    DISCOGRAFIA
    Com os The Stooges:
    1969 - The Stooges
    1970 - Fun House
    1973 - Raw Power
    1977 - Metallic K.O.
    1995 - Open Up and Bleed
    2007 - The Weirdness
    A solo, em estúdio:
    1977 - The Idiot
    1977 - Lust for Life
    1979 - New Values
    1980 - Soldier
    1981 - Party
    1982 - Zombie Birdhouse
    1986 - Blah Blah Blah
    1988 - Instinct
    1990 - Brick by Brick
    1993 - American Caesar
    1996 - Naughty Little Doggie
    1999 - Avenue B
    2001 - Beat 'Em Up
    2003 - Skull Ring
    A solo, ao vivo:
    1978 - TV Eye Live 1977
    1994 - Berlin 91
    1996 - Best Of...Live
    Compilações:
    1996 - Pop Music
    1996 - Nude & Rude: The Best of Iggy Pop
    2005 - A Million in Prizes: The Anthology

    Citação:
    «Se penso na minha pila? A toda a hora.»

    in Rolling Stone
    Ora, quem diz a verdade não merece castigo!

    Imperdível no You Tube:
    Uma entrevista desconcertante, onde Iggy Pop se apresenta em estúdio visivelmente alterado, mostrando o quão genial ele é a inventar desculpas esfarrapadas para as maleitas físicas que vai exibindo. Sem complexos e sem comentários…
    IGGY POP INTERVIEW TOM SNYDER SHOW 1980
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    © General Moto, by Hélder Dias da Silva 2008

              Regional Roundup 7/28: WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre, MAMMA MIA! at The Gateway, and SOMETHING ROTTEN in Kansas City!        

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    St. Louis: Check out video highlights from The Muny's production of UNSINKABLE Molly Brown! Hannibal Missouri's own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. The tempestuous can't-live-with-him/can't-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever. This is one of those classic musicals that will have your heart soaring! The show is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with Michael Rafter as Music Adaptation, Music Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements.



    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre! He writes "Matthew Gardiner directs this show with conviction and authenticity. Placing the acting front-and-center (let's face it, acting is often the forgotten component in many musical productions) Gardiner carefully crafts the scenes for maximum emotional impact, building the symphony of Arthur Laurents' script as precisely as he does Leonard Bernstein's score. It's definitely worth noting how fabulous the orchestra sounds, led by the baton of music director Jan McDaniel. Choreographer Amy Reynolds-Reed recreates the critical and iconic moments of Jerome Robbins' original staging, but adds quite a few novel and contemporary surprises without ever taking us out of the world of the play."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews MAMMA MIA at The Gateway! She writes "Briana Rapa is adorable as Sophie. An outstanding voice and a youthful quality make her a natural for the role. Donna is effortlessly and beautifully portrayed by Joan Hess. Indeed an audience favorite is Ms. Hess's lead on the iconic title song and a heart tugging rendition of "The Winner Takes It All". Also a treat is Patrick Cassidy who portrays Sam, one of the men believed to be Sophie's father. It is especially entertaining to see Mr. Cassidy share the stage with David Engel and Fred Inkley who portray Harry and Bill, respectively (the other men believed to be Sophie's father). They appear like old buddies rather than strangers."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews SOMETHING ROTTEN on tour! He writes "This is where the show really takes off and never lands. There are more funny allusions to musical shows of the next three hundred years than a retrospective at the Tony Awards. Some of them you get - Others fly on by. It is like watching an Elizabethan Henny Youngman throwing out one-liners. Their first idea for a show subject is the "Black Death." Close, but no cigar. Back to Shakespeare! The real man was a little pudgy and bald. This Shakespeare is a blond, nasty, literal rock star who presides over a rave. If this sounds a little bit like Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, you've got the idea. It is the kind of creative anachronism you enjoyed in "A Knight's Tale" with the late Heath Ledger."


    Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews CURIOUS INCIDENT at the Paramount. He writes "Director Marianne Elliott took the genius tact of staging the entire show so the audience is forced to see the world the way Christopher does with intense lights, overlapping sounds, and stylized movement making the piece a fully immersive journey into an already emotional tale. And this is where we may lose some people. I find the world they've created fascinating and revel in the innovation of it all but it's not a comfortable show. This is certainly not a happy little jaunt where you can wander through the story, these folks make you work for it and even when you think you've finally got the rhythm of the show down they make a sharp left turn to throw you off again. But if you are up for the work, the payoff is immense."


    Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "As for this production, it's got a very talented cast led by Catherine Charlebois, who perfectly captures all of the characteristics of Belle. She's spunky, funny, charismatic, and a woman who can easily stand up for herself. As the Beast (a role originated on Broadway by NCT alumni Terrence Mann), actor Ben Michael not only shows us the monster that character can be on the outside, but also the human he is on the inside. He very successfully sells the audience on the arc he goes on from selfish prince, to a real gentleman. Peter Saide steals the show as the narcissistic, yet villainous Gaston, who will stop at nothing to marry Belle. Heartfelt performances come from Ann Van Cleave as the maternal head of the castle's kitchen turned teapot, Mrs. Potts and Lamont Wade as Belle's loving, yet eccentric father, Maurice. Comedic highlights include Dirk Lumbard as the maitre turned candelabra, Lumiere; Michael Brian Dunn as the head of the castle turned mantle clock, Cogsworth; Matthew Simpkins as Gaston's bumbling sidekick, Lefou; Talia Robinson as the maid turned feather duster, Babette; and Aimee Henderson as the opera singer turned wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE Molly Brown. He writes "Beth Malone is a self assured wonder as Molly, engaging and full of life, she brings her knowledge of the role to the stage of the MUNY and completely captures your heart with her performance. Since we view every other character through her prism, it's essential that she stands out, and Malone definitely does. Mark Kudisch fights a tug of war with Molly as her beleaguered, but supportive husband, J.J. Brown. Molly isn't typical of the times by anyone's standards, so it's a true test of love that keeps them together when that bond is strained, and it is, often. Whitney Bashor is quite good as a recent widow (there's that miner superstition coming true) Molly encounters, and Justin Guarini (Vincenzo), David Abeles (Erich), and Paolo Montalban (Arthur) contribute nicely as miners. The ensemble also does splendid work."


    Connecticut: Contributor Sherry Shameer Cohen reviews GROUNDED at Wesport Theatre. She writes "This portrait, flawlessly played by Stahlmann, is not unusual. Many soldiers suffer from PTST. The play evokes questions about that, especially since women are twice as likely to get it. How do women soldiers reconcile their ability to kill and their ability to give life? StahlmAnn Humanizes the pilot and her meltdown in a credible way. Riccardo Hernandez's simple military/industrial set design complements the dismal work conditions of the drone operators. Kate Marvin's sound design and Solomon Weisbard's lighting are perfect. But Yana Birÿkova's projections are spectacular. Kudos also to Liz Diamond for her excellent direction. This is a play that is especially timely because this year is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military service's using clones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles) and the fact that the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan after nearly 16 years. The Air Force is training more pilots for drones than for conventional aircraft. As of mid-2016, there have been an estimated 4,189 militants and 479 civilians killed by drones."


    Central NY: Contrinutor Natasha Ashley reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at the Centreal NY Playhouse. She writes "The set is not the only strong element though. Let's discuss the dancing and music. The production features high energy choreography by Sami Hoerner which consisted mostly of moshing, a type of dance that is commonly seen at punk rock live music show. It, along with the music performed by a talented orchestra under the direction of Abel Searor, helped fuel the electric atmosphere. Together, they offer a headbanging good time, but unfortunately, at times the sound design/mixing work by Robert Searle (Sound Designer) and Dusten Blake (Sound Mixer) made it hard to hear and/or understand the lyrics in various musical numbers.:


    Baltimore: Contributor Charles Shubow reviews THE KING AND I on tour at the Kennedy Centre. He writes "The hit musical has been revived four times on Broadway. The latest incarnation was the Lincoln Center Theatre production in 1995 which garnered four Tony Awards starring Kelli O'Hara in the leading role of Anna and the DC production is based on that success with about 1/3 of the Lincoln Center cast still involved and has a total of 37 actors on stage. "Anna" is now played by lovely Laura Michele Kelly who I listen to almost every day on the CD of the hit musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Kelly is just plain marvelous."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Ronn Burton
    Oklahoma Contributing Editor

    Ronn Burton splits his time between NYC and OKC working as an actor, filmmaker, and director. Selected credits... ACTOR: TV/Film: Celebrity Ghost Stories, Enchantments. Off-Broadway/New York Theatre: Carnegie Hall concerts with Kelli O'Hara and Stephen Sondheim, Iron Curtain, Wonderful Town, The House of Blue Leaves, Marat/Sade, Angelina Ballerina the Musical. Regional Theatre: Red, Dog Sees God, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Little Women, The Last Five Years, Rent, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hello, Dolly! DIRECTOR: Stage: The Agony and The Agony, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Hello Again; Film: Encounters, Abandon, and the firsr live webseries Watch Us Fail. Follow him @RonnBurton.


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              The extra mile....        
    We are amidst the fun frenzy of wedding season! The past two weekends were filled with three weddings, yes three! Just this weekend we had a rehearsal dinner lobster bake at The Contented Sole, the reception for that wedding at the Inn and another wedding reception at The Contented Sole. The previous weekend was a rehearsal lobster bake at the Inn, a wedding reception at The Contented Sole oh and a wedding shower at The Sole as well. Phew!
    Photo: Reception at The Contented Sole.

    The attention to detail, small touches and effort that everyone puts forth for each event is amazing. Here are just some examples:

    • Delivering crudité, lime cucumber water with rose petals and sandwiches to the bridal party as they get hair and makeup done for the big event.
    • A basket of hair pins, mouth wash, baby powder and other girly 'may needs' in the ladies room.
    • Walking the bride to her chariot with a umbrella to shield her from the rain.
    • Surprising the couple with the tables they wanted as a gift.
    • Saying yes to making a special breakfast for the bride and groom the next day because they want to be the bride and groom for a little bit longer.
    • Retrieving a last minute 'sweetheart table' for the happy couple.
    • Climbing onto the roof to get into a room for a locked out guest 1/2 hour before the wedding!
    Reception pics!
      As a guest at an event at The Inn or The Sole, you look around and everything is picture perfect and beautiful. Behind the scenes it is reminiscent of the characters in Beauty and The Beast a flurry of activity and everyone in 6th gear trying their hardest. This is clearly a result of Beth and Warren setting an example of hard work and dedication. They pour their hearts and souls into each event and yet somehow manage to compliment the staff, even in the busiest of times, on how terrific they are doing. It makes everyone work that much harder to achieve the very best.

      Yes, by the end of the weekend we are all exhausted, but smiling and ready for the next big event!


                Comment on Submit Content by Pedro Rodrego        
      ###Event Notice### Fight Back against Police Brutality Students and activists are holding A demonstration to call for an end to police brutality and harassment of students and visitors. Meet on SF State campus at Malcolm X plaza at 2pm today, Friday May 17. 36 hours after being violently evicted from their home by the San Francisco Police Department, former SFC residents were beaten, harassed, and arrested again by Police. On Thursday, May 16th, a few members of the collective were visiting friends at a SF State dorm. SFSU police first began harassing individuals while they where outside of the dorm and proceeded to follow them back to their friend's room. Within minutes, campus PD and SFPD invaded, beat, and arrested many of those inside. Six former residents of the squatted home and social center known as the SFCommune were arrested. During the altercation, one person was repeatedly struck in the ribs by a police baton while he was face down and another person was tazed. Three individuals were hospitalized for injuries by police. Some of those arrested are currently facing charges of: battery, trespassing, conspiracy and, lynching. It is still unclear when they will be released. The SFCommune located at 200 Broad st. was a vacant building transformed into a squatted social center. activists, who cleaned the dilapidated building, making it habitable for the first time in years and planted a blooming community garden, maintained an active community kitchen, and offered emergency shelter to those in the city who needed it. Welcomed by the community for their efforts in cleaning the neglected space, during its 13 month existence, they were met by riot police with lethal weapons Wednesday morning; 28 residents were forcibly removed and briefly detained, while three were arrested. Heres some Links http://www.goldengatexpress.org/2013/05/16/arrest-at-sf-state/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ5vpt08nb8
                Clashes erupt outside Egyptian court trying ex-minister        
      CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptians angry with the delays in the trial of ex-interior minister Habib Adly clashed on Sunday with anti-riot police outside the courtroom, an AFP reporter witnessed. Adly, once one of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s most trusted ministers, and six other defendants are acc...
                forcené        
      Saint-Priest : il menace de faire exploser son appartement après s’être retranché chez lui avec un couteau Tôt ce samedi matin, un San-Priot a été interpellé à son domicile. L’homme, âgé de 28 ans, s’était retranché à son domicile armé d’un couteau. C’est la BAC qui est intervenue, vers 5h30, au logement du forcené, situé rue Claude-Farrère Saint-Priest, selon Le Progrès. Alors que l'individu était retranché, les policiers ont eu affaire à un homme particulièrement menaçant. Il s’était barricadé dans sa chambre en y bloquant l’accès avec des meubles, après avoir menacé sa mère et sa sœur avec son arme. Il a également dit vouloir faire exploser son logement. Les forces de l’ordre ont fait usage d’un bélier pour accéder à la pièce et ont ensuite interpellé l’individu à l’aide d’un Taser. Pendant l’intervention, l’un des policiers s’est blessé à la main en essayant d’ouvrir la porte. Le forcené, lui, a été conduit à l’hôpital pour être interné dans une unité psychiatrique. Une enquête est ouverte.
      https://www.lyonmag.com/article/89845/saint-priest-il-menace-de-faire-exploser-son-appartement-apres-s-etre-retranche-chez-lui-avec-un-couteau
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      (période critique septennale des 28 ans - rythmes courts à voir)
                Obama: Don't go out and buy guns        
      Since people have been purchasing guns in droves since Obama's been pres-elect, he has told people it's ridiculous to keep buying them. I personally don't trust him and will use credit cards if I have to before inauguration to buy a couple more.

      See article http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1318968,obama-gun-sales-up-120808.article

      My take:

      People are stocking up on guns because they don't trust the federal government any longer. They are buying the guns for protection against the government, such as martial law or civil unrest. Obama has already spoke at length about 'flaws' the constitution has. I have no doubt he will attempt to disarm citizens. It was Jefferson who knew that citizens themselves were the only last resort in overthrowing a tyrranous government; and as our government becomes larger and more communistic, we will someday need these guns to defend ourselves.

      The inauguration of presidents to 'uphold and protect the constitution' is an absolute joke. They all want to subvert it, modify it and ignore it. Just look at the patriot act.

      I no longer trust my government as I once had some faith that our government was setup to protect us. I no longer believe this with the banksters running the show.

      I hope you will educate yourself and make your own decisions regarding this. You will find our liberties are on the brink of being done away with.

      We need to restore our republic with leaders who will actually support and defend the constitution. Otherwise our liberties are doomed.
                A member of the hair nation picks the best songs ever        
      Hair metal is a loose term, as loose as the women in your average hair metal video (this kind of wit is prevalent throughout this blog, so pat yourself on the back, wise reader, for choosing to read this).
      But it's a term that usually garners at least a giggle from those who remember back in the day. These are the same giggles reserved for skyrocketing bangs, mullets, pink suit jackets with the sleeves rolled up, hoop earrings and thinking "Knight Rider" was a great show.
      Hair metal deserves better. I'm here to give it to you. We shouldn't have to be embarrassed about it. Take me. I have some culture in my music tastes. I've played Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mozart in symphony orchestras and Miles Davis in jazz bands. I've listened to many of the kings and queens of jazz and own many of their records. I have the box sets of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin.
      And yet I'm an unabashed fan of metal. Metal forever and metal for life and whatnot. That includes hair metal, which, despite its wild success at its peak,  probably gets teased more than any other era of music except perhaps disco. And as a result I expect exactly two people to read this until the end, including me.
      But here you go. The top 25 hair metal songs of all time.
      I did have to leave out Hall Of Fame bands such as Iron Maiden, Dio, Dream Theater, Helloween, Queensryche, Metallica, Grim Reaper, Armored Saint, Judas Priest, Chastain (obscure band but one of my favorites, probably worth a blog post at some point) and Savatage because they're not really hair metal. They're not glam metal. They're not even hard rock. They are metal, and even if I preferred those bands growing up, that's not the point of this post. If there's any point to this post at all.
      I tried not to repeat bands. That probably means leaving out a lot of great songs, but I was able to find a signature hit, at least in my opinion, from many key bands from the Spandex Era.
      I also didn't put them in order. Maybe I should, but just to make this list is an honor. About as big an honor as a Grammy, I'm pretty sure.
      Speaking of Grammy, er, grammar, I have made the bands plural even though a band is a single entity. It's much easier to read that way. I apologize in advance.
      Let's get to it:
      • "Live Wire" By Motley Crue — Motley Crue was the first hard rock/metal/hair metal band I ever got into. My neighborhood kid friends brought me a tape one day, and I listened to it with a sense of wonder, excitement and fear. The tape was "Shout at the Devil." It seemed kinda evil, and I remember, late at night, becoming a little scared at what bringing this group into my life could mean (I was, unfortunately, kind of a deep kid who overthought far too many things. You MAY be able to see the resemblance to the adult me now.) In fairness, I was in like fifth grade, and this group at the time had just opened for Ozzy Osbourne, who bit the heads off doves and bats and drank their blood like lemonade (at least that's what I heard). My parents didn't take us to church, but that pentagram and the lyrics "Shout at the DEVIL" still made me worry that I was going to want to sacrifice small, cute animals after listening to the tape.
      Of course, I also remember thinking Metallica, when I first heard "Ride The Lightning," was just various recordings of coyotes. Fortunately I got over my pansy ways. Motley Crue was my first step.
      I discovered "Live Wire" later, when you fall in love with a band and check out its older albums. Motley Crue has had many great songs. The first track off their first album remains their best, especially the remix that helped take out some of the sludgy production of the original.
      Shit, this may be a long post. That was a lot of description.
      • "Foolin'" By Def Leppard — Def Leppard's "Pyromania" was one of my first hair metal albums, after the Crue's "Shout at the Devil." I got it in a six-pack of tapes I got from those music clubs that gave you 12 for a penny if you agreed to buy six more at regular (inflated) prices and sacrifice small, cute animals. My other tapes were The Police, Duran Duran and a bunch I can't remember, so you can see where my mindset was at the time. I think "Pyromania" is a nearly perfect hard rock album, and it's by far Def Leppard's best. Def Leppard was at one time a band that sounded like AC/DC, only with catchier melodies and a better singer, and it's a shame that they castrated themselves a bit with "Hysteria," a fine record with far too many ballads and the most overplayed song in history, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." The fact that I've heard that song approximately 40 billion times and my parents' radio station (KUDL, pronounced "cuddle") could play it because it was soft enough and catchy enough not to offend the menopause crowd and yet hard enough to make the station seem "edgy" eliminates the song from my top 25. It was hard to pick between "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages" and this one, but I remember adoring this song when I was younger, and so it wins, even if the other two songs are probably better.
      Yep, this post will be long. Sorry.
      • "You Shook Me (All Night Long) By AC/DC — The OTHER most overplayed song in history, besides "Sweet Home Alabama," and there are many other AC/DC tracks I personally like better, including "Hells Bells," "Highway to Hell" and "It's A Long Way To The Top," but I believed this was the one song I could not leave off the list regardless of my personal feelings for it. It's proof that "hair metal" is a loose term because these guys were pretty much the OPPOSITE of a hair metal band. They were ugly guys who dressed like factory workers, save for Angus, who wore a schoolboy outfit that would probably get him arrested if he went anywhere but a concert hall. Yet this song helped kick off the catchy, radio-friendly-yet-hard-edged hair metal era because of its wild success. Basically every band tried to copy it. The band also featured a smoking hot blonde in the video. I can STILL see her riding that mechanical horse. 
      As an aside, KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite," which compares favorably with this song in many ways (classic band, overplayed song loved by everyone, catchy as hell), is NOT on the list. It's a great song, but it's really not from the era. And the hair metal era, which boosted the careers of many older bands that actually got their start in the 70s (such as the Scorpions, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, AC/DC and perhaps even Judas Priest and Iron Maiden) almost destroyed KISS. The band took off its makeup and made mostly forgettable records filled with songs like "Crazy Crazy Nights" and "God Gave Rock and Roll To You" that really sounded like a desperate uncle trying to fit in at one of his nephew's fun parties. Still...
      • "Heaven's On Fire" By KISS — This song was a glorious exception. It's my favorite song by KISS, and I really do love KISS. It's stupid as hell but even catchier.
      • "We're Not Gonna Take It" By Twisted Sister — I was trying to think of perhaps the worst hair metal band in the era simply in terms of ability. I came up with Krokus, Danger Danger and Britney Fox, but I still think Twisted Sister was probably the worst. "Stay Hungry" sounds as if it was played by a bunch of fifth-graders. And yet it's not only a good record, it's a classic. Why? The power of songwriting. Dee Snider was simply a great songwriter. He wrote "I Wanna Rock" and "Stay Hungry" and "The Price," and he wrote this insanely catchy number too, filled with attitude and one of the best choruses ever for a rock song. My DAD liked this one for God's sake. Dee was also a great metal singer. He didn't resort to the "balls in a vice" falsetto that so many other singers had to abuse to fit in. They had a good look, and their videos were hilarious. They didn't take themselves too seriously, a lesson I wish more metal bands learned.
      • "Rock Me" by Great White — A nightclub fire, as horrible as it was, shouldn't mean we overlook this band. Yes, Great White was a ripoff of many better classic rock bands, and yes this song took pieces of a half-dozen Led Zeppelin songs and glued them together, but that still makes for a great song. This band was a bit more no-nonsense than most in the era and would have fit comfortably in the 70s. It has a solid greatest-hits collection, including three off "Once Bitten," the band's biggest album, and that's far more than most hair metal bands. I also liked "Desert Moon" a lot.
      • "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by The Scorpions — The Scorpions are proof that hair metal or pop metal could be really good if a great band played it and wrote it. The Scorpions didn't need the hair metal era to be popular, though there's no doubt they benefitted from it, and here's exhibit A: This song is one of the best songs of the 80s, with perhaps the best opening riff of all the hair metal songs. It's so simple, too: Da-da-da, dudu, dududa, dadaaa. It's also heavier than you remember, and the video is almost kinda scary, not just the band writhing around a hot girl. The centerpiece from "Love At First Sting," a classic album. The Scorpions weren't flashy, attractive guys, but they had at least a dozen great songs, were a great live band (they were the best, I thought, when I saw "Monsters of Rock" with Van Halen and Metallica) and deserve a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
      • "Out of Love" by Blue Murder — Who? Yeah, I know. Blue Murder was a trio led by John Sykes, who actually played guitar on Whitesnake's monster album, not the pretty boys in the videos. This album shows just what a good guitarist (and singer) he was, and it, quite frankly, rocked. This is a sappy ballad, but it's probably my favorite hair ballad ("Still Loving You" and "Home Sweet Home" are the only ones that come close; I really wasn't much of a fan of ballads). This band put out two albums (that I know of), but the self-titled one, the debut, is still worth owning.
      • "Modern Day Cowboy" by Tesla — Tesla opened for Def Leppard on the Hysteria tour, and it was one of those glorious, rare times when I got my socks knocked off by a band I didn't know. They kicked Leppard's butt, and I bought the album the next day. It's still one of my favorites, and it ranks up there with "Appetite for Destruction" as a debut album by a hard rock band. This is the best track on an album full of great ones, including "Little Suzy" and "Comin' Atcha Live".
      • "Down Deep Into The Pain" by Stevie Vai — Marginal hair metal, but Vai played on Whitesnake's "Slip of the Tongue" and David Lee Roth's debut and therefore had a big role in the hair metal era. This is Devin Townsend's debut as well, as far as I can tell, and he's a big name in metal today. I always liked Vai's "The Audience Is Listening" too.
      • "Lights of Heaven" by Joe Satriani — Speaking of instrumental guitarists, here's the best, ever. He performed in this era, so I put him here. Satriani is famous for "Surfing with the Alien," but I think the album that spawned this track is better, and this is his best song.
      • "Wild Child" by W.A.S.P. — I love W.A.S.P. Blackie Lawless was a strange dude, almost too strange, as the band's antics and acting as Tipper Gore's thorn overshadowed the fact that Lawless not only had a terrific metal voice, he wrote a TON of catchy, hard tunes. This is my favorite track, but there are many other great ones, including a song, "Helldorado," that the band released in 1999 (!).
      • "Panama" by Van Halen — One of my best friends who enjoys this kind of music and is probably the biggest Rush fan ever says Van Halen was a hair band. I have passionately disagreed, but I'll give him this point: "1984" was basically a hair metal album, and so I've included what I think was the best track here. Man, "1984" was a great album: "Jump," "Hot For Teacher," "I'll Wait" and this song. Was "1984" Van Halen's best album? I think so.
      • "Cherry Pie" by Warrant — I was not a fan of Warrant, just like I wasn't a fan of many of the marginal glam hair bands that played pop metal more watered down than a free casino drink. But Warrant redeemed itself with this outrageous, horrible hunk of cheese that just happens to feature one of the catchiest choruses in the history of hair metal. One of the best videos, too. I mean, at one point, the band hoses down the incredibly hot blonde. You know, cause she's SO HOT. Get it? I thought you might.
      P.S. I just watched the video. Yeah, it holds up even less than I thought. I really didn't think that was cool at one point, did I?
      • "In My Dreams" by Dokken — If you overlook the fact that magazines loved to focus on the fact that George Lynch and Don Dokken hated each other, and if you maybe ignore the fact that Don Dokken had the personality of a moldy sponge, you'd be left with a pretty damn good hair metal band. Dokken was a terrible live band. You really could see why the guys hated each other, as there was no chemistry at all. Don, who I think was a lot older than he let on, came out for Dokken's Monsters of Rock gig, the same one I saw in Kansas City, and said "Hey, I smell some DOOOOOBAGE," and it went downhill from there.
      Even so, Jeff Pilson, the bass player, could sing, Don had a good hair metal voice and Lynch could really play. They also wrote some great songs. They would have a nice greatest hits collection. "Kiss of Death" is a close second.
      • "Youth Gone Wild" by Skid Row — Skid Row holds a special spot somewhere in my cold metal heart not only for this killer, killer, killer song but for the fact that the band was set up to have a nice, long, cheesy career. The opening track of their debut was "Big Guns," a song about a woman's...never mind. Anyway, the band followed up with a second album, and it was the heaviest I'd ever heard from a supposed hair metal band. Seriously, some pretty fierce power metal bands couldn't match that guitar crunch, and Bach could always scream with the best of them. I'm convinced it destroyed their career, but I admire them for sticking to their roots and not putting out a featherweight product because that's what the label (and unfortunately probably the public) wanted.
      • "The Final Countdown" by Europe — Abused by many sports teams now, this song featured the best keyboard riff in a hair metal song, like, ever. It's a good example of a riff really acting as the chorus, since there wasn't much of a chorus. They just sang the song's name over that sweet riff a few times. It worked, just as it did for "Layla." Unbelievably, Europe, not a great band by any stretch, did have another great song, this one on their first album, called "Wings of Tomorrow." Check it out.
      • "All We Are" by Warlock — Warlock was heavier than most hair metal bands, but I still count it because the video for this song is candy-corn corny. Here's a secret: I really have a thing for metal chicks, and Doro was the metalist chickiest of all. Her pipes were as amazing as her blonde hair that went down to her waist.
      • "Addicted to that Rush" by Mr. Big — Mr. Big hit it big with "Be With You," a pretty awful hair metal ballad that sounded like a ripoff of "More Than Words," Extreme's big one (which is a much better song, but it won't make this list either).  But this song leads off their lesser-known debut album, and it's a shredder, something Racer X might have played (and I just looked it up, and sure enough, the band's guitarist, Paul Gilbert, played in it). Mr. Big also had Billy Sheehan and therefore had more chops in the cushions of their couch than even most power metal bands.
      • "Cryin' in the Rain" by Whitesnake — I was a bigger fan of Whitesnake than the band probably deserved, though David Coverdale could really sing, and they had some good songs even before the monster self-titled album was released ("Slide It In," "Slow 'N' Easy" and "Love Ain't No Stranger" are three of the best). Yes, this album had many whoppers, but I always thought "Still of the Night" was too much of a Zep rip-off, and I never really forgave Whitesnake for releasing a remixed, poppier version of "Here I Go Again." So this is my pick, which features an incredible solo by John Sykes and some tour-de-force vocals from Coverdale. I really would have liked to have seen Tawny slither (see what I did there?) to this one. Whitesnake gets a lot of derision these days, and I have two theories as to why. The first is simple: The band name sucks. The second, I think, comes from the fact that many people love to make fun of this era, as I've said before. I can't blame them. This era, like Disco, really makes you wonder what the fuck we were all thinking. But like Disco, this era put out a lot of great music that's unfairly judged because of all the costumes and hair and overall silliness. Whitesnake absorbs quite a bit of that today because they weren't quite Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns and Roses or Motley Crue, bands that people still love today without shame. But Whitesnake was bigger than most other bands such as Quiet Riot, Cinderella and probably even Ratt. They already were a fairly established band when "Whitesnake" was released, and that album sold millions and was huge. HUGE. So people remember them as much as Def Leppard, but they don't carry the same nostalgia as Leppard does and therefore people don't mind throwing darts their way. Whitesnake is probably the Village People of the hair metal era. We can be honest, though: Rudy Sarzo probably didn't need to lick the neck of his guitar in those videos quite that much either.
      P.S. After Tawny kinda wigged out and beat up her baseball husband, it took away a bit of the luster of her on that car, didn't it? Bowling For Soup's "1985" video nailed the parody.
      • "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns and Roses — I honestly couldn't decide between this one and "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" and "Rocket Queen" and...I think you get the point. What an amazing album. It still holds up today: Pull out the CD (oh don't lie, you do TOO still have it) and give it a whirl. I chose this song because Slash's solo is one of the best on any song, ever. Slash was hair metal's Jimmie Page, a guitarist who could play solos that matched the songs rather than tossing some fast scales and tricks around for 30 seconds.
      • "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Quiet Riot — Yeah, it's a cover, but really, does anyone associate Slade with this song? (Slade had a big hit of its own. Remember "Run Runaway"? I do.) Quiet Riot proved it could write their own song with "Metal Health," but this by far their best single. Even the verses sounded as good as the chorus. I remember seeing them on the TV show "Solid Gold," and to their credit, they actually chose to play their song live, rather than just lip synch it like 95 percent of all the other groups.
      • "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi — I didn't really get Bon Jovi, even if I thought "Runaway" was a good song. Bon Jovi seemed like a bunch of pretty boys that had zero good songs (besides "Runaway"), and yet all these girls wore their shirts and thought Jon Bon Jovi was dreamy. Then I heard this song and instantly loved it, and I could not BELIEVE it was Bon Jovi. So I sighed, bought the album, popped in the cassette and...wow, ticked off the hits, one by one. Sure enough, "Livin' On A Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Never Say Goodbye" (yuck) followed. Classic record. Easily one of the best from the era, and eventually that alone will put this band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame one day. I was sorely tempted to put "Livin' On A Prayer" in this list too but I wanted to follow my rule.
      I find it interesting that this band still seems to have major credibility. I realize Motley Crue and Def Leppard still tour, but I don't think there's any doubt that most people who go to those shows are there to see them sing their classic hits. Most other hair metal bands only tour small clubs or package themselves with other hair metal bands to land bigger concerts. But Bon Jovi is still seen as more than a nostalgia act and draws big crowds on its own. It had a big hit, "It's My Life," many years after this era (even though the song sounded like it came from the band's hair metal days).
      • "Prime Mover" by Zodiac Mindwarp — What a name, right? Sometimes a band that has no business even making a record drinks some really good gin or smokes a magic mushroom and writes an incredible song that is far catchier than it should be. This is that song, a messy masterpiece that even manages to avoid many of the trappings of the hair metal era and therefore could honestly be on the radio today without too many giggles.
      • "Round and Round" by Ratt — If you forced me to pick a favorite song out of this whole list, this might be it. There's some serious nostalgia here, as this was the first hair metal song that truly hooked me after I discovered Motley Crue and became more comfortable with listening to heavy metal, and the video STILL cracks me up. But it's still an incredible riff, terrific chorus and a great duel guitar solo. Perfect song. Ratt, like W.A.S.P., was a touch underrated. They had almost as good a catalogue as Def Leppard. Seriously. "Lay It Down" is another monster, and there are a dozen others, like "Way Cool Jr.," "Wanted Man" and "You're In Love." But Ratt never had one of those sappy ballads that drew in the girls, and the guys in the band had a bit of a creepy look to them. It seemed to me only the more serious hardcore metal chicks (and I dated a couple) really liked Ratt, whereas everyone, even the cheerleaders, liked Def Leppard.
      Whatever. That's what made me like Ratt even more.






                Real Life: Selling Things        
      Happy fun summer-times!! It's so exciting that the summer is finally here, and although the Northeast is having a bit of a slow start, I've been soaking it in as much as I can. And when I'm not soaking it in, I feel the guilt creep in telling me that I'm an absolute idiot for being in doors. 

      So with some of the life changes coming up, I'm going to be selling some of my belongings. I've put a couple up on ebay, so if you're interest in a camera-bag or timbuk2 messenger bag, take a look! 


      view Nikolette vegan camera-bag here 


      view Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag here 

                Our Final Super Bowl Prediction Post        
      NEVER FORGET
      Enough with the tears and memories...there will be more time for that later.  Let's talk about the biggest sporting event on the planet before we flat-line.  I've been breaking down the Super Bowl in my own unique way since this blog’s creation. This is the 9th year that I've instituted my 15-prong attack to figure how Sunday's game will shake out. I can't remember if the system is 6-2 or 5-2 so we'll just assume that we are 6-2. It picked Denver last year even though I kept saying throughout that I hated that pick (and bet against it).  I expect to continue our traditional winning ways this year. As a reminder, I don't know how this breakdown will go until I finish it. Personally, I have no real feel on this game at all. I can’t look at either team and say “yes, this is why they will definitely win” as I have been able to do in the past. This is a tough game to handicap. The line opened at SEA -2.5 but has gone bonkers and has settled on New England -1 with an O/U of 47.5.
      Remember, RIBS are on the line (and we have a new leader):

      13-7: JSaul
      12-8: G$, Drew, Ide, Iceman
      10-10: Buke, Andrew B
      9-11: Lacey, Seal, Jeff
      8-12: Mr. Ace
      7-13: Prime...an embarrassment
      Lover of getting pegged: -Rex

      It's a five stud race to the finish.  The tie-breaker will be Gronk receiving yards using Price is Right rules (because as we all know, in football, LOW MAN WINS).  Let's fire up the Predictifier one last time:

      QB - Tom Brady is possibly the best QB to ever live so he is definitely ELITE.  Rusty Dubs is well on his way there at this pace.  However, rumors are swirling on Twitter that he definitely had a concussion against GB (TOTES OBVZ) and is still dealing with headaches now.  Also, Brady bangs Gisele while Rusty is nailing Snowphat (left and a man) and is probably gayer than Michael Sam.  NE +4

      RB - Lynch is the goddamn best.  Treating the media like the filth that they are and celebrating with dick grabs and candy is just amazing.  Blount is a piece of shit and deserves nothing but bad things.  SEA +5

      WR/TE - You really have to give Seattle a ton of credit for doing what they've done the last two years with absolutely zero decent wide receivers.  Doug Baldwin is terrible.  The Patriots have the three best pass catchers in this game (if not more).  I haven't done any prop research yet but I will probably go over on Brandon LaFell's total yards.  Have a feeling that he's going to have a big role.  Gronk gets extra points for A Gronking To Remember.  NE +6

      OL - The Seahawks have a guy named JR Sweezy which is the least white name a white man has ever had.  As you remember, the Pats had #77 Nate Solder score a receiving touchdown last game.  We favor #77's making the score sheet here.  NE +3

      DL - When you start a guy from Bowling Green, you are inferior always.  Michael Bennett (the DL, not the horrible RB from Wisconsin from about a decade ago) wore a hilarious cowboy hat to Media Day.  Props to that.  SEA +2

      LB - I really like both Bobby Wagner and Jason Collins or whatever his name is.  Malcolm Smith is still there I think and he won the SB MVP last year somehow.  Circle gets the square. SEA +2

      DB - There is no doubt that Richard Sherman and Revis are the two best CBs in the league (Peterson is third and Justin Gilbert is last).  Chancellor and Thomas are badasses and I can't wait to watch them deal with Gronk.  I think that Patrick Chung sucks though and Brandon Browner is the most OVERRATED CB in the game.  Dude holds on every route.  SEA +3

      K/P - Still have not forgiven Belichick for getting rid of ZOLTAN.  Gostkowski and Hauschka are both incredible kickers (takes one to know one).  SEA wins the points though because Jon Ryan is a touchdown throwing machine and trolled Big Gay Aaron Rodgers after he did it.  Respeck, BRAH! SEA +2
      WTF?

      Return Game - A bald idiot once constantly mouth-queefed that "SPECIAL TEAMS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS" and it has to be true with these two squads.  I mean, each team features a white punt returner.  That is huge.  PUSH DUE TO EQUAL GRIT

      Coach - I am not much of a Pete Carroll fan but at least he doesn't cheat.  However, McDaniels is killing it with formations and schemes and that could be a deciding FACTor.  That leads me to ask the question: Is Josh McDaniels a FACTorback?  NE +3

      City - Would I rather spend a weekend in Seattle or Boston?  LOL!  I'll take mountains over fall foliage every day.  SEA +4

      Fans - Who do I hate more: SeaHulk and the 12th Man (blatant rip-off of Texas A&M by the way) or Tommy From Quincy and people of that ilk.  Maybe I'm growing soft over the years but I find the 12th Man to be way more nauseating.  Probably because you can shut up any Pats fan by mentioning that they can't be ELI.  Also, I'm a fan of Li'l Poopson.  NE +2

      Celeb Fans - I can forgive Seattle for embracing Macklemore because they have Johnny Karate on their side.  Bostonians can go to the Hell of Hell forever.  SEA +5

      Organization - Bob Kraft killed his wife instead of just divorcing so that he could fuck models.  And now he wants an apology from the NFL even though he and Goodell play tummy-sticks on the reg.  I feel like the Seahawks owner is the Microsoft guy or the Starbucks guy or Boeing or some such thing that I've used plenty of times.  SEA +3

      Against The Spread - Seattle was 11-7 against the number this year while the Patriots were 10-8.  The team that makes people the most money gets the point.  SEA +1

      Add it all up and The Predictifer has...

      Seattle goes back-to-back with a 27-18 (SEA Under) victory in Super Bowl 49 at Burke's House.  It's pretty simple: who wins the middle of the field when New England has the ball?  I like those safeties more than Gronk and Edelman.  Put me down for Gronk with 77 yards because that is the best number.

      It should be a great game.  All week, I was thinking New England but The Predictifier brought up a lot of great points.  I believe in sports karma and thus there is no chance in Detroit that the Patriots deserve to hoist a trophy Sunday night.  Then again, this has been a God awful year for the NFL so what better way to cap it off than by having the cheaters win.  As for my slovenly ways, I have decided on making a taco pizza (sheet style) and I very much looking forward to making that.  I don't know who I am rooting for (probably will be Seattle) but I know that I am definitely on Team Katy Perry.  See you Monday.  Enjoy the Super Bowl.
                YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER THAN ME?!?!?        
      "Hey.  Nice tit bags, lady.  Those puppies just got you a free dessert."
      I hate pompous servers.  Especially the ones who act like what they do is sooooo dificult.  I've never been a server myself but I know it can't be that hard.  High schoolers do it for fuck sake.  I'm sure by now everyone has seen these smug little articles being shared by bartenders and servers all across the poisonous landscape of Facebook.  Facebook is a landfill of filth and rot.  The dumbest of the dumb share whatever insanely moronic article that happens to pass by their eyeballs.  Without even reading it all the way, they frantically smash the "share" button so they can be the first idiot fuck to pollute a social media site with information that isn't even close to being correct.  For example...a month ago some dickless fuckin knob I went to high school with shared an article saying how Aaron Hernandez was acquitted of all charges and set to rejoin the Patriots for the playoffs.  Really.  You don't say.  Well just a simple Google search would have shown this guy that he's a total fucking dipshit.  But I guess he would rather look like an idiotic ass then take the two God Damn seconds to FACT CHECK himself.

      I'm getting away from myself.  Anyway...there are these articles being shared that are written by bartenders and servers loudly boasting about all the things they can't stand about the people they serve on a daily basis.  A "dos" and "donts" as a customer, if you will.  Oh, really?

      First of all, you're a server.  You're doing a job that business owners and managers entrust to immature, teenagers that specialize in fucking up.  You are 100% replaceable so don't act like you're saving the fucking world here.  Second of all, if you hate all this shit and the people you serve so much...GET A DIFFERENT FUCKING JOB.  You are literally the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to the work force.  I respect janitors more.  So GIVE IT A REST on these bitching lists or do something else for a living.

      After (regretfully) reading these hilarious lists, I have decided to concoct my own list of "dos" and "donts" for people responsible for serving me food.  If you get to air your grievances then I think it's only right that I get to air mine.

      1.  Don't act annoyed that I'm there
      The only time you're allowed to act like a cock is if some asshole waltzes in 10 minutes before close.  Because that's a fucking dick move.  Taco Bell closes at 3am.  Go shove that in your fat, lazy mouth, loser.  I have a 30 minute rule that I operate by.  If you close in 30 minutes or less...I won't come in.  Because that's rude as fuck, IMO.  But if you close in 40 minutes then you're fair game.  So if I'm giving you that courtesy, then I expect it back, fucko.  Don't roll your damn eyes at me if I walk in at 9:20 and you close at 10.

      2.  Know the menu
      If the menu says "a starch" comes as a side and you can't name that starch, it makes you look like a moronic toad.  Not to mention that it also happens to be YOUR FUCKING JOB to know.  Let's not gloss over that.  And for the love of Baby Jesus's dirty diapers...don't tell me that "you think" the starch is mashed potatoes and then bring me grits.  Because I fucking hate grits.  Have you ever bit into grits expecting it to be mashed potatoes because that's what your server told you?  There are no words to describe the fury.

      3.  Remember my order
      Listen.  No onions is a pretty simple request and pretty easy to remember, I would think.  If you have problems remembering things that were discussed about 8 seconds ago then write it down on your standard restaurant issued goofy little notepad thing.  Don't act like Johnny Fuckin Know-it-all and forget I hate onions by the time you get back to the kitchen because you can't stop starting at hostess Monica's barely 18 tits.  No one likes a hero, pal.  And another thing.  If you fuck up my order, don't go back to the kitchen and have one of the high school drop outs working the grill just scrape off what I don't like with his nut skin.  Re-do it.  You're the one who fucked up.  Not me.

      4.  I'm not a professional eater
      More times than not, I utilize the appetizer page of the menu.  Fuck off, I like to eat.  Just because I eat like a hog doesn't mean I care to look like one too.  So wait until I've finished my appetizer before you bring anything that has to do with my main course, dick smack.  I don't even give a rat's ass if you take my entree order WHILE I'm enjoying my appetizer.  Go nuts, if you must.  Just don't shove everything I ordered in front of me all at once.  I'm not Joey Fucking Chestnut.  I'm not housing everything in under 6 minutes.  Furthermore, I don't care to ruin any shirt sleeves from unknowingly dipping them into the marinara trough as I reach for my double bacon cheeseburger.

      5.  Pet names
      These are annoying.  Don't use them.  I'm not a "hun" or a "sweetie" or a "babe".  I'm a fucking man with a fucking name that you don't need to know or use.  Your job isn't to get to know me on a personal level.  Your job is to take my order (correctly) and make sure Billy Trailer Park in the back cooks it right without doing anything illegal to it.  That's it.  Pretty simple.

      6.  Refills
      This pisses me off like no other.  I don't know how everyone else here is, but I must have a beverage at all times while eating.  I just do, okay?  I shouldn't have to stop you as you pass by my table for the 5th time and beg for a refill after my drink has been empty for 10 minutes.  I know you've had a tough night because you just got 30 Snapchats of your girlfriend getting finger slammed in some college guy's TransAm but don't take your grief out on my thirst.  I'm sure you have "a lot of tables" but making sure my drink is always full goes a long way towards that tip you think you deserve so much.

      7.  Tips
      Here's my philosophy on tipping.  You have to fucking earn it.  I'm not going to automatically tip the suggested 20% if you've been a dead fish all night.  I can't stand it when I get reminded that servers rely on tips to survive.  Oh yeah??  Then they better do their fucking best at earning those tips, now shouldn't they?  And if I'm paying in cash then bring me back bill denominations conducive to tipping properly.  Instead of giving a ten and two fives, bring out a ten, a five and five ones.  That's serving 101, dick head.  If you don't give me proper tipping change then that shitty tip is on you, hoss.

      8.  Check, please.
      I hear this a lot...in the whiniest, most nasally voice ever.  "I hate it when people stay too long after their meal.  They don't realize I make more money by flipping tables faster."  Is that a fact?  That's odd because it always takes forfuckingever to get my check and have you process it.  The checkout process should take no more than 5 minutes.  Drop check off, fill another table's drinks, come back to me, take check with my cash/card inside, swipe card or cash out, bring back, goodbye forever.  Simple.  I don't want to be there any longer than you want me to be there, shit lips.  So let's do each other a fucking favor and speed this whole process up.

      Eight is an odd number to end on but whatever.  This was strictly off the top of my head with no real structure.  Just an angry retort to asshole servers who think they're better than the people they serve.  So shove that up your asses, dick wads.  You guys think you're so fucking perfect but guess what?  You suck just as much, if not more, than the shit heels you serve and bitch about on the Internet.  The same people you rely on to put gas in your Honda Civic that gets you to community college you'll never finish.  I hope you enjoyed your dining experience with the Iceman today.  I'm here to make the world a better, more hate filled place for all.
                Final Thoughts On A Shitty College Football Season        
      Ah Ah Ah Ah Table Five, Table Five--Disco Dabo
      We're going to officially wrap up the season Frank Shirley-style today (with a big red bow on it OBVZ).  Enough has been said about the final game although I'm 100% certain that that will carry the day again but I am going to spend my focus on everything else.  If you recall, the season began with an otherworldly performance by future four time Heisman winner, Kenny "Trill" Hill, and a week later we laughed very hard at a certain local team getting murked by a favorite watering hole of Oriental gunman.  Five months later, that local team is the last team standing and Hill is looking for a new school to suck dicks at.  Point is: shit changes quick.

      Let's bullet-point the fuck out of the 2014-2015 college football season:

      *We finally got to see Gunner Kiel and he was about as average as they come.  That's great, too, because he is such a piece of shit.  Tommy Tuberville was not a good hire by UC.

      *Florida State's weekly dance with the devil turned out to be one of the year's finest plots.  It ended the only way that felt right: in completely embarrassing fashion on a gigantic stage.  Jameis Winston kept being an idiot and Jimbo Fisher kept selling his soul for one more W.  The last two years of Noles Football and FSU Twitter was one hell of a wild ride, bruh.

      *The ACC is sort of an afterthought if you aren't discussing FSU, Clemsoning, or Canes getting arrested on the reg, but there are some rock solid coaches down there that don't get the attention that they probably deserve.  What David Cutcliffe and Paul Johnson do is pretty amazing.  I'm also not giving up on Al Golden.

      *Speaking of the Canes, The U Part 2 was just as pathetic as the first one.  If you want to see a bunch of grown ass men whining about everything, boy do I have four hours of jock-sniffing for you!  The very end with the flag thrown in and the title number taken away was disgusting.  GIVE IT A REST.

      *We talk about the Big Ten here all the time so I won't dwell on it too much today but I do want to say again that the chasm between the East teams and the West is like the NFC West vs. the Columbus City League.  The Big Ten championship is going to suck for a LONG time.

      *The Big 12 was left holding the colostomy bag because they couldn't decide which team was their ONE TRUE CHAMPION and this is going to keep being an issue until they either add more schools or stop being a pussy.  It would also help if Texas became a power again and Bob Stoops would quit being a loser.

      *Bob Stoops fucking sucks.  I'm glad that everyone is getting on this bandwagon that should have been full from the start.  Oklahoma would be better if they named Jim Ross head coach.

      *Anyone else scratch their head at Brian Bosworth and Jim Tressel getting into the College Football Hall of Fame?  Tressel still isn't allowed to coach from breaking all the rules and Boz's entire persona was based on steroids and breaking the rules.  This seems odd.

      *Notre Dame started out like gang-busters and, once they were stopped from running cheating pick plays, they folded like Dut at a poker table.  Fuck Lacey or whatever Iceman says weekly.  However, Malik Zaire or whatever his name is looked pretty good in the bowl game.

      *The MAC continued to be a force of all that is pure and good in this world.  The conference keeps getting better even after all of the coaches move on.  PJ Fleck will be the next to go for sure.  What won't go?  The Glory Hole of the Week which continues to make money fist-over-fleshlight.

      *Oregon keeps banging their head on the ceiling.  This program thinks that they are the smartest people in the room but every time that they get a little resistance, they're fucked.  They have one gear: warp speed.  If you fuck with that, it's done.  This is not going to change.

      *I expect a monster comeback season out of STANFORD FOOTBALL in 2015.  They just got away from playing STANFORD FOOTBALL too much this season.

      *Finally, let's talk about the SEC.  Yeah, they had a very bad bowl season and are now two years removed from a title.  I don't believe that the country is catching up to them.  One coach is (who will remain nameless) and has figured out how to go toe-to-toe.  I think it's important to look beyond just the bowl season though.  Auburn has the best offensive mind in the sport and now has Will Muschamp running that terrible defense.  They're going to be very good.  Les Miles is always going to be insane but quality.  Sumlin, Mullen, and Freeze are trending upward.  But it's the Berts and the Butchs and the Jimmy Macs (and to a far lesser extent, the Dawgs and Cocks) that tell me that the SEC is going nowhere.  They will still be the big swinging dick with the loudest and drunkest fans.  I'm particularly intrigued by Tennessee.  That program has been a sleeping giant for a while now but they have some really, really interesting players coming back.

      2014 will be a very memorable season for many here simply due to how it ended but outside of Jameis's wacky antics, it wasn't a very interesting year.  Oh sure, we finally got our playoff that came with plenty of controversy, but I can't say that this was an all-timer of a season.  The hottest team won at the end.  That's usually how sports works.  We will likely be taking some time off from college football here until around National Signing Day so get it all out of your system now.  And just remember that when the 2015 season kicks off, it will cum with 100% more BRAH!

      ***Also: let's all wish Grumpy good luck as he fell (LOL!) and broke his leg (not so much LOL) the other day and is having surgery this afternoon to fix it...need to get him one of those "fallen and I can't get up" things IMO.  You've got two months to heal up for Ribfest.***
                The Worst of the Wild Card Round Vol.VIII        
      LOL SW Ohio Jeep Racism!
      Before we get into the playoff games, I want to talk about the Buffalo Bills for a little bit.  By now we all know that they are searching for a new head coach as Doug Marrone took his asshole-looking self out of town and a hefty paycheck with him.  And you know what, I don't blame him.  Dude got the Bills to 9 wins.  He isn't going to be without a job for long.  So apparently there was a clause in his contract that allowed him a three day window to walk with full pay if there was an ownership change--no strings attached.

      What this comes down to is that the Buffalo Bills bet 4 million dollars on the health of a man in his 90s.  LOLOLOLOLOLOL!  Who the fuck negotiated this deal?  Marrone's agent has to be the best in the business.  I highly doubt that they miss Doug fucking Marrone but it does make an already dumb franchise look even more stupid.  Maybe this will teach them a lesson for future negotiations.  Guys coming from Syracuse have no bargaining power and playing financial chicken with the grim reaper is a bad idea.  One more time, LOL Bills.

      I write the intros to these on Friday most of the time and this week is no exception.  The games don't have much juice behind them this week so hopefully they shock the world and give us some enjoyable football.  But before we get there, ugh, let's talk about the Redskins for a second.

      Bruce Allen - Our moron President/GM speaks to the media only a couple of times per year and it is always a painfully embarrassing experience for all of us dipshit fans.  After correctly getting rid of Jim Haslett (worst five year stretch of defense in NFL history!) earlier on Wednesday, Bruce took the mic and proclaimed "we're winning off the field".  WE ARE WINNING OFF THE FIELD.  SMH.  SMDH.  I want to quit this team so bad.  They value charity over on-field victory apparently.  I hate them so much.

      Ryan Lindley - Yikes.  The less said about this piece of shit game the better but I found it fitting that this was played at the site of the Belk Bowl because I would rather watch 400 Belk Bowls as opposed to a replay of this turd.  What a waste of three plus hours.  I don't blame Lindley.  Everyone knows he sucks and he shouldn't be playing.  One more time, how bad must Logan Thomas be?

      Ted Ginn - If the Cards had ANY chance (they did not), it was ruined by the Fuckeye.  I mentioned this on Twitter but go back and look at the box score from this game.  This is a real Who's Who for awful players that scored.  Fozzy Whitaker might be the best player to find the endzone.

      Brentan Burson - That isn't how you spell his name but I like to think that he is quite the combo of legendary Naptown personalities.  You've got to respect his punt return philosophy of blocking the kicked punt like a hockey goalie for some reason.

      Cam Newton - Sucked.  He shouldn't get to claim that as his first playoff win.  I hope that Carolina loses by 50 next week as a punishment for Saturday.  You've really got to love the national writers who kill this guy every week for his lack of postgame socks or whatever.  Fucking terrible.  Sportswriters are garbage people.

      Settling for Suisham - In the history of football, when you settle for three, you lose (except for Ohio Buckeyes on Thursday).  If you come away with three, you come away with an L.  Saturday night was no exception.  The Steelers couldn't push it in and they ended up getting their turds pushed further in.

      Big Ben - I think we all knew that the Steelers would barely try to run the ball and they didn't.  The problem is that your QB better be sharp and Ben was just a tad off.  It didn't help that his OL was awful for the first time in a while.  I thought it was really funny watching the docs put him through the concussion tests.  Dude is an idiot.  How can you tell if he is concussed?  So they put him back in only to throw a horrible pick right away.

      People who don't find Flacco to be ELITE - That's now SEVEN road playoff wins, butthorn!  ELITE ELITE ELITE!!!  You see that playoff beard he's growing?  Amazing.  His coach called him the best QB in the NFL!  His ELITEness got Jimmy BRAH on the sideline, too!  I would not be surprised if the Ravens go on a run again.  They have the same look about them as they did two years ago.  The Patriots should be very worried.

      Grumpy and Jeff - Losers IMO.  Thanks for depriving America of a Steelers/Broncos rematch and unlimited memories of Timmy Tens, you heaps of shit.

      Cancer - Motherfucker.  We all woke up yesterday to news that Stuart Scott passed away.  I'm not going to act like I knew the guy and eulogize him.  We only met once when I was receiving my second internet Pulitzer but Stu will never be forgotten.  Boo-yah forever, fella.  The SNL spoof will always be one of my favorite sketches of all time. The Rich Eisen and Hannah Storm videos were absolutely heartbreaking by the way.

      Surprisingly, not Andy Dalton - Oh sure, he lost another playoff game and didn't throw a TD pass but who was he supposed to throw to?  He had no weapons at all.  Sanu is average at best.  The best non-RB was Rex fucking Burkhead who IS a RB.  Can you believe that a lot of people picked the Bengals to win?  Idiots!

      Marvin Lewis - Jeremy Hill, who led the NFL in rushing over the final 7 weeks, got 13 carries.  That's pathetic.  He was their ONLY shot at winning and they barely acted like he was there.

      TY Hilton and Boom Herron - Oh sure, if you just looked at the box score, they both had decent games but Motel 6 dropped every thing and Herron had 14 fumbles.  The Colts win by 30 if those guys clean it up.  And Denver is going to absolutely bury these guys next week.

      Andrew Luck - Bro, you look like an idiot. Shave and get a haircut.

      Pete Morelli and Crew - The last game was certainly the best but, of course, it had to get ruined by horrendous, horseshit officiating.  Listen, I know that being a referee is hard.  But if you make a call/throw a flag then you OBVZ saw a penalty otherwise you do nothing.  There is no way around that PI.  The guy impeded Pettigrew from making a catch and did not turn around.  Every idiot watching from home knows that if you don't turn around then it is a flag.  And when the head official ANNOUNCES THE CALL, you can't take it back.  That's bullshit.  I'm 99% certain that the Lions would have blown it anyway.  They don't need garbage non-calls helping with that.

      Chris Christie - Fuck him.  If you are a big whale of a man, you should probably leave the red XXXL sweaters at home unless you like it when everyone hates you and calls you Kool-Aid Man to your face.

      Jason Garrett - It's 2015 and this guy still wears a mock turtleneck.  I'll have to get Ide's take on this as he is our high fashion correspondent but I'm going to guess that that is considered a terrible look on anyone.

      Trench warfare - I enjoy watching good line play and there aren't many better than the Dallas OL and Detroit DL.  It was a tale of two halves obvz.

      Teryl Austin - The Lions DC is a hot head coaching name but he shouldn't be.  When you have DeAndre Levy covering Dez Bryant one on one then you suck.  Man, that game is going to piss me off for awhile and I don't even care about the Lions.  The point is that they got fucked hard and the Cowboys didn't deserve shit.  That game will never be remembered for anything other than that goddamn picked up flag.

      FUCK THAT SHIT.  I hope that Green Bay beats them by a million next weekend.  This Cowboys bullshit needs to end ASAP.  It's gone on for too long.  This team plays Josh Brent for fuck's sake.  We've got some much better games next week even though the NFL is putting Carolina in the primetime Saturday for some odd reason.  I hate the Cowboys more than Your Biggest Stan loathes an Iceman bullet point, bruh.
                5 Sebab Membuatkan Orang Akan Pilih VIP Hotel Untuk Menginap Di Segamat Johor        
      Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Sapa orang Segamat yer best lah kat sana korang boleh menginap di VIP Hotel iaitu hotel bertaraf 3 bintang. Hotel ini terletak di Jalan Buluh Kasap iaitu laluan utama jadi ia sangat mudah untuk dicari.


      Maha cite pasal hotel ini kerena Maha sendiri pernah menginap kat sana walaupun tak lama tapi sangat puasa hati. Masa fisrt sampai kat tepi jalan tu nampak tersergam indah hotel setinggi 6 tingkat. Dulu ia sebuah hotel lama dan telah dimajukan untuk kemudahan orang yang datang ke bandar ini. Kat sini Maha boleh uraikan 5 sebab utama orang kalau datang ker Segamat akan tinggal kat hotel ini.

      Keselesaan Bilik Tidur Yang Buat Malam Korang Mimpi Indah


      Sampai sebegitu sekali Maha boleh huraikan tentang keselesaan dalam bilik yang mereka sediakan kat hotel ni. Hari Maha datang tu dapat bilik tidur Standard Twin tapi kat sini mereka ada banyak jenis bilik dari bilik yang Maha tidur tu kemudian ke bilik Standard Queen untuk pasangan suami isteri, lepas tu ada bilik Superior King. Bagi yang datang dengan anak-anak ada juga Family Suite.





      Pada yang datang urusan kerja atau koporat event ada Executive Suite untuk lebih selesa. Last kalau ada bajet lebih sikit boleh ambil VIP Suite. Semua bilik kat sini ada free wifi dan juga saluran Astro. Booking sini jangan risau sebab mereka ada pakej dengan sarapan pagi sekali. Harga pun berpatutan range dari RM150 hingga ker RM218 semalam tertaluk kepada sebarang perubahan.




      Ok tak bagi korang bilik yang Maha duduk ni. Ini tingkat 3 dan korang boleh pilih untuk mengadap pemandangan bandar atau juga untuk mengadap pool. Bilik air tak adalah tab mandi tapi ada shower dengan air panas sekali juga toiletries yang lengkap kalau lupa bawa boleh guna tak perlu sibuk beli.

      Pilihan Makanan Timur Dan Barat Di The Chef


      Kalau menginap kat hotel ni korang tak perlu risau untuk cari makan. Kalau tak nak keluar jalan-jalan pun kat hotel ini ada restoran yang menyajikan makanan setiap waktu sarapan pagi, makan tenghari, minum petang dan juga makan malam. Paling penting restoran ini mendapat sijil Halal sepenuhnya daripada JAKIM so jangan risau makan tanpa was-was ok.


      Tak silap Maha sarapan pagi bermula dari pukul 7.00 pagi hingga 10.00 pagi. Kalau korang malas nak turun mereka sediakan room service menghantar makanan ke bilik. Tapi Maha suka turun makan kat restoran ini kerana restoran ni betul-betul terletak di tepi swiming pool boleh makan sambil hirup udara segar dan pancaran matahari yang menyihatkan kulit ok.


      Nasi Goreng Kampung Jabi

      Kalau makan tenghari kat sini mereka ada sediakan buffet cuma untuk makan malam jer mereka sediakan ala-cart dengan pelbagai pilihan. Korang boleh pilih makanan tradisional dan juga makanan barat. Tapi Maha rekmen korang cuba Nasi Goreng Kampung Jabi ni adalah signature kat restoran hotel ni cuba tau.






      Menu lain yang ada kat sini Mee Rebus, Laksa Johor, Char Koay Teow untuk pilihan barat ada juga Medallion Beef, Chicken Chop, Crown Of Lamb Rack dan banyak lagi pilihan ikut selera korang. Western Maha sarankan cuba Chicken Chop sedap. Last kena ambil dessert lah hari tu Maha cuba Banana Split nak bagi segar sikit makan aiskrimkan.

      Kemudahan Hotel Seakan Betaraf 5 Bintang


      Walaupun hotel ni 3 bintang sahaja tapi kemudahan yang ada kat sini memang cukup. Ini adalah satu-satunya tempat yang ada swimming pool kat bandar Segamat ini. Mereka selalu adakan kelas renang untuk orang-orang luar yang nak belajar berenang kat pool ini. Kawasan pool pun sangat luar cantik. Cuma mungkin boleh diasingkan kolam renang kanak-kanak dan dewasa jangan campur kerana ia sangat berbahaya.



      Jangan tak percaya kat sini ada kemudahan gym. Gym ini pula terletak berdepan dengan pool jadi lepas main gym boleh terus berenang. Sambil memeluhkan badan tu boleh tengok gelagat orang berenang kat pool. Kaum hawa pula sini ada V-Spa bagi merehatkan diri dan memberi kesegaran. 



      Kat sebelah pool tu juga ada dewan besar yang boleh memuatkan lebih kurang 200 orang dalam satu-satu masa. Jadi dewan ini sesuai untuk mereka mengadakan majlis keraian, koporate dinner juga untuk majlis perkahwinan. Tengok sendiri deko dewan ini sangat mewah ok.

      Kedudukan Strategik Untuk Berjalan Cari Makan


      Hotel ini Maha pilih bukan setakat semua yang Maha cite kat atas tadi tapi yang paling best ia adalah strategik. Kenapa sebab duduk hotel ni korang boleh pergi ke mana-mana sahaja kawasan yang berhampiran hotel ini. Kalau nak beli belah kat sini ada KIP Mart, ada Gaint Segamat, ada gedung Jakel dan macam-macam lagi.




      Tapi Maha paling suka adalah kat sini ada beberapa tempat makan special yang sempat Maha Pergi masa menginap kat Segamat. Walaupun tak banyak tapi menarik antaranya adalah Restoran Selera Nasi Beringin. Konsep makan kat restoran ini adalah dalam talam yang kecil comel molek. Ada pelbagai jenis lauk pauk yang boleh dimakan dengan Nasi Beringin ini seperti Kari Kambing, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Ayam Masak Merah dan Kari Ayam.



      Maha rekmen kalau dah sampai kat Segamat datang cuba makan kat sini sangat unik hidangan mereka. Boleh lah makan tenghari sampai kenyang. Kemudian lepas makan tenghari perkena pula cendol dan yang paling popular kat sini adalah Cendol Segar Amat. Kata orang kat sini asal usul nama Segamat adalah daripada perkataan Segar Amat. Cendol sini layan siot makan dalam cuaca panas dapat segarkan tekak. 




      Last sekali kena cuba Nasi Ayam Pak Mus kata orang popular juga kat sini tapi Maha tak sempat nak cuba hari tu sebab dah kenyang sangat. Kat bandar ini tak adalah kosep hiburan seperti KL kerana pukul 10.00 malam bandar ni dah mati. Cuma ada masa akan ada pasar malam kat area tepi sungai.

      Layanan Sangat Memuaskan


      Paling penting adalah bila kita datang menginap kat hotel layanan semua pekerja mereka daripada receptionist, house keeping, kitchen sehingga lah ke pekerja am semua menyambut mesra tetamu yang datang. Senyuman tak lekang dekat bibir mereka jadi kita pun akan selesa betul tak. Bukan minta untuk disanjung cukup dengan senyuman dan kata-kata baik.


      Maha kalau pilih hotel first mesti tengok kemudahan yang ada macam senarai kat atas tadilah. Lepas tu baru tengok harga sebab kalau murah sangat pun tak ada kemudahan tak guna. Tapi bagi Maha VIP Hotel ini cukup lengkap untuk penginapan bagi tujuan balik kampung atau urusan kerja. Selamat bercuti semua dan selamat menginap.

      Tempahan dan pertanyaan hubungi :-
      VIP Hotel
      Batu 1, Jalan Buloh Kasap,
      85000 Segamat, Johor

      Tel : +607-9312101
      Email : reservation@viphotel.com.my







                Bonus movie review: 30 Minutes or Less        
      Last night, I met with a friend who is moving to North Carolina Monday. She was stressed about the move and I was hoping to cheer her up, so we headed to a movie theater for a comedy. Thankfully, there were two options: "30 Minutes or Less" and "Our Idiot Brother." I ultimately want to see both, but had a hunch that the latter choice may be sappier, or maybe even sad at times (I don't know yet if my hunch is right), so we headed to "30 Minutes or Less." It wasn't quite the funniest movie I've...
                Le Personnage: Bousaadia        

      Selma Z. has posted:

      Le boussadia était un danseur ambulant de type saltimbanque ou griot rattaché au folklore tunisien. Aujourd'hui presque disparu, même si on le voit encore rarement à Djerba, il appartient au patrimoine oral au travers des récits des conteurs.

                By: David Wolf        
      I'll tell you one thing. I lived in 'Bigfoot' country in N. California. It was very rural and every house had at least one gun, usually loaded by the door with another one in the pickup. A reservation is about the same. Only a suicidal idiot would dress up in a gorilla suit, or top hat, and skulk around people's houses. I never saw one, but know people who swear they had. Why lie when people would think you were crazy? /0
                A Metaphor for Collaboration        

      Find more videos like this on LearningTown!

      A while ago I blogged on BPX/SDN about the metaphor of a Jazz ensemble for collaborative behavior in our community. The title: Successful Collaboration is Like Jazz and the blog content was inspired by the meeting I had with Social Media expert Kevin De Kock.
      Today I stumbled upon another collaborative metaphor which really resonated well. This time I found it by visiting a video posted on Elliot Masie's Learning Town wiki, which is a learning collaborative platform growing exponentially these past 3 months. The idea featured in the video of rowing (crew) being an almost perfect collaborative analogy, shouldn't have taken me by surprise as I've spent the last year supporting, admiring and yes, even dabbling in this sport which my youngest daughter, Carmel, excels in. The video blends a great visual with texts that typify an ideal collaborative environment.
                Sneaker Update Fall/Winter 2016        
      It’s been a minute since I’ve really been in a blogging mood. So much has happened since fall of sixteen… Bae is now Ex-Bae I moved down the street I have lost nearly 40 pounds Some idiot broke into my car Work is awesome I had dental surgery again And most importantly I copped (many) […]
                Author & Hollywood screenwriter Elliot Paul converts to Orthodoxy        

      On March 5, 1958, the New York Times ran the following article: AUTHOR ADOPTS FAITH Elliot Paul, in Hospital, Joins Greek Orthodox Church PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 4 (AP) — Elliot Paul, author, became a member of the Greek Eastern Orthodox Church today in bedside ceremonies at the Veterans Administration Hospital here. Mr. Paul is seriously…

      The post Author & Hollywood screenwriter Elliot Paul converts to Orthodoxy appeared first on OrthodoxHistory.org.


                The Virus - An Ultra Lite Novel        


      The Virus
      (An Ultra Lite Novel by Howdy)

      This Monday started like most any day but would end anything but
      typical. The Weather Channel forecasted mild atmospheric conditions
      (even for November) but unfolding events would soon challenge and
      startle mankind as never before.

      In an elaborate government building somewhere in Rome, a multitude
      of dedicated world renowned computer and technology experts studied
      The Virus that had already secretly infected 98% of the planet's
      computers in its first stage. Up to this point, none outside this edifice
      had ascertained the existence of the silent menace.

      In Jerusalem, heavy crowds were milling around The Dome of the Rock,
      the third holiest site to Muslims worldwide. On the other side of the
      Wall, a larger than expected crowd of Jewish worshipers prayed even
      as portions of the wall continued to collapse.

      In New York City, the Stock Market opened slightly higher while
      down in Washington - Pentagon officials poured their second cup
      of Maxwell House Decaf. Further south, the last edition of The
      Atlanta Journal was being prepared while further west, parents
      turned toward their offices after depositing their children at school.

      Work halted temporarily in the government building as the new
      dynamic and charismatic leader's entourage entered. He spoke
      over the JBL sound system. "Good associates, The Virus is
      scheduled to be released as planned in two stages. Stage one as
      you know affects all the world's primary computers while the
      second will decrease the excess occupiers that have so strained
      our fragile environment. Both will begin to take effect within the
      hour thanks to your hard work." He will later become Time Magazine's
      "Man of the Year".

      Unexpected to those in Rome, The Wall in Jerusalem collapses and
      thousands of Muslims lose their lives along with hundreds of Jewish
      worshipers. The Dome of the Rock along with all nearby buildings of the
      Islamic Faith disappear into rubble. Within moments a very great riot
      commences with each side blaming the other. Syria (with Iraq's lost
      WMD) & Iran ready their hidden nuclear arsenal.

      With a new surprising show of unity in Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta, Tokyo,
      Pyongyang, New Delhi along with other Far East capitals, 200 million
      multi-asian troops are placed on alert. Moscow prepares its revived
      army for an eventual march south....very far south.

      Stage one hits Wall Street, the Pentagon, Main Street and homes
      across America as well as the entire Western World. Business stops
      as all funds - the complete wealth of the Industrialized World - is
      transferred by computer virus via the web to Rome. All modern military
      weapons are now under the new leader's absolute command as well as
      the world's media (Rule of Rome once again).

      As the second stage of The Virus is released, millions will become sick
      and die with a highly infectious disease stronger that the SARS & Ebola
      viruses combined. Fortunately for some, certain large groups of people
      have been quietly immunized earlier. Millions of Christians disappear at
      5 PM EST (Midnight in Jerusalem) virtually unnoticed because of the
      pandemonium. The controlled media is not allowed to print this story.

      The President is declared lost because Air Force One is down over the
      Atlantic according to managed reports but did his aircraft ever leave
      Andrews Air Force Base? Is this a cover up from Rome to perhaps hide
      his evanescence also? Other prominent members of the President's
      Party are missing but from the other side? Exiguous.

      This disappearance will go virtually unnoticed because of the manipulated
      media and its potentate who controls also the world's assets & armaments -
      the ultimate coup d' tat - all without a shot being fired. He will woo the planet,
      restore peace to the Middle East for a short time with false promises of pro-
      tection as well as rebuild a new Jewish Temple on the destroyed site. The
      Islamic world will cheer because their faith has expected this great new leader.
      With an appearance before nearly all mankind live on all media (TV, radio, &
      even computers on-line), men, women, and children are mesmerized. Stay tuned...

      After The Return of The King:
      They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
      And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall
      not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they
      learn war anymore.


                Mamallapuram – Rathas        
      Mamallapuram – The Workshop of the Pallavas Rathas Ratha, as a word, would be translated into a chariot or a car, a conveyance used by royalties and gods. The tradition […]

                Hello Fall! Let's get ready for (a little) more time spent inside.        
      Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, isn't it?  Mother Nature really struts her stuff.  You think green leaves and flowers in every shade are pretty?  Then they all turn a riot of hot shades and it's hard to keep your eyes on the road when you drive as the scenery is so stunning.  Love it!

      We start to think of fun holidays and gathering with family and friends, and of cozy evenings snuggling on the sofa.  I might change out a few of the accent pillows, using richer colors and fuzzy textures and then put a warm throw over a chair near a big window with a beautiful view, but has a bit of a draft.


      Flanking that beautiful-but-drafty window with a pair of gorgeous drapes in a color like Spicy Amber (shown here on our Modern Stripe pattern with q European header) is a quick and easy way to get ready for the season.  We use a thick nap lining with this fabric, to give it nice body, but it also provides some great insulation against any coolness coming in from the window frame.


      Modern Stripe also comes in 2 fantastic blues.  This one is Aqua Delight.  It's more of a bird's egg blue with a raised detail that features a tiny pop of rust with stripes in a range of warm beige.  



      And this one is Modern Stripe in our Grey Blue.  A cooler blue, with that raised detail in grey with a stripe that leans toward chartreuse.  This pattern is a great way to use a stripe without going too cabana-y.  We love this pattern in every room, but it's a standout in the Dining Room.  

      Since our drapes are custom made upon order, they take 4-6 weeks to arrive at your doorstep.  Now is a great time to start thinking about getting the house ready for parties, pictures and presents!

      Ciao,
      Anne


                Paradigm Shift with Edge Intelligence        
      In my Internet of Things keynote at LinuxCon 2014 in Chicago last week, I touched upon a new trend: the rise of a new kind of utility or service model, the so-called IoT specific service provider model, or IoT SP for short. I had a recent conversation with a team of physicists at the Large Hadron […]
                In Search of The First Transaction        
      At the height of an eventful week – Cloud and IoT developments, Open Source Think Tank,  Linux Foundation Summit – I learned about the fate of my fellow alumnus, an upperclassman as it were, the brilliant open source developer and crypto genius known for the first transaction on Bitcoin. Hal Finney is a Caltech graduate who went […]
                Innovators in the Internet of Things | IoT Nexus        

      Get the results from our industry wide survey on who are the real innovators in the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things continues to march forward in 2015.

      (PRWeb March 27, 2015)

      Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12612487.htm


                77% of IoT Professionals see Interoperability as the biggest challenge facing IoT        

      After surveying hundreds of multinational corporations, start-ups and SMEs in the space, IoT Nexus found that 77% of respondents saw interoperability as the biggest challenge facing the internet of things.

      (PRWeb February 24, 2015)

      Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12540050.htm


                77% of IoT Professionals see Interoperability as the biggest challenge facing IoT | FC Business Intelligence Survey        

      After surveying hundreds of multi-national corporations, start-ups and SME’s in the space, IoT Nexus found that 77% of respondents saw interoperability as the biggest challenge facing the internet of things.

      (PRWeb February 24, 2015)

      Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12535904.htm


                GE, ARM and IBM voted most influential IoT companies | FC Business Intelligence        

      Industry ide survey uncovers the most powerful companies, people and innovators in the Internet of Things

      (PRWeb February 19, 2015)

      Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12525683.htm


                Rampant Swifts run riot at Ramblers and there are good pre-season run-outs for other local clubs        
      The pre-season win of the day award for north Essex's non-league clubs went to Heybridge Swifts as they won 11-0 on their trip to Burnham Ramblers.
                Timeless Moments: Memory, Time, and Eternity in T.S. Eliot and Wong Kar Wai        
      This is the use of memory: For liberation – not less of love but expanding Of love beyond desire, and so liberation From the future as well as the past. -T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” Released every ten years, the Sight & Sound poll of the hundred greatest films ever made is often considered the most authoritative list on […]
                ibiza, spain        
      although ibiza is most renowned for its all-night-dionysian-techno-hump-fests it also affords some amazing meditarranean moments, not to mention, being the supposed home of christopher columbus as well as a muse for many artists including brian eno, jimmy page, albert camus, and bob dylan (who spent a summer in a windmill writing in these islands). of course, as luck would have it...actually, let's call it 'mercy' - a dear friend of mine, elliot moore (the most open dude i know), gave me his aunt's info who happens to live on ibiza (she deserves her own posting, of which i will write later). nonetheless, we got in touch and she told me to come on out. i left my russian friends and headed south determined to find the most epic and cheapest way to get to the islands. upon arriving in the port town of Denia, i made my way to the private docks to ask folks if i could get passage on their boat in exchange for work. this did not work - at least this particular time. so, i decided to spend my last euros on ferry. but i was too late and the faux-hawked british girl in front of me in line at the ticket office got the last available space on the night ferry. "ok, no worries...you are living life as an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be figured out" i say to myself as i leave the office and head into the shipping yard. sitting on my flybar, i watched the movements of another docked ferry for about 15 minutes and decided to sneak onto it as a stowaway (long story for the southern sun in boulder). mission accomplished only to find out in the early morning that it wasn't going to ibiza, rather a repair yard (thank God i got caught) - thus, leaving me no other option than to sleep on a park bench and catch the next morning's ferry at 6am. which i did.

      other tramps and trampings...

      after connecting with the lovely, johnnis lunow (elliot's aunt), i wandered into the metropolitan areas of eivissa town whereupon i met some kindred hearted travelers waiting out the sun's midday heat under some shade in the plaza del parque. we got jugglers, musicians, poi-fire dancers, magicians...basically a bunch of cool looking girls and guys who look like they were all braveheart extras. the dreadlock mullet is humming over here...

      anyway, i meet pablo and maru...two kids in their early twenties from the canerie islands on their summer break. they are beautiful together and totally in love. over the course of the next few days everytime i looked at them i would hear the guitar seagulls from don henley's classic song, "boys of summer". turns out, pablo is a rockclimber. we share jubilation for a few seconds and then he drops mad science on me about some great spots to climb here in abiza...


      atlantis y es vedra


      over the next few days we organize a camping and climbing trip with a few other transients from ibiza's beach squatting summer sub-culture. the excitement brewing during the bus ride away from the noisy city, and the hike into another part of the island quickly turned to gasping amazement as we arrived at the zenith of our trail to see these epic land masses rising out of the ocean.
      this is es vedra and people talk about the "energy being really good here" - nostradomas purportedly talked about it, too...something about this being the place to be when the end of world comes. no shit, sherlock. who wouldn't want to be?

      anyway, we find an amazing place to call home for next several days underneath a giant boulder on the edge of the land and sea.it is here where we sleep in til 10, prepare humble potpurri meals of rice and anything else we can find to mix in, scratch ourselves like cavemen, and of course, conduct spanish/english lessons like a pack of oxford dons. this is all interrupted by occasional exploratory excursions, swims, siestas, scratching faces and figures into sand cliffs, and fantastic ocean bouldering - of which the pictures speak for themselves.


      ah yeah...






      alex finds his way while tio pibo coaches from the drink










      pablo is very laid back...except when he's climbing. then he's more like a pissed off lion.









      "yarrrrgh."







      pay it forward
      a few days into our trip, we ran out of water and tio pibo and i volunteered to hitch hike back to the nearest town to obtain el jugo de vida. liquid gold, man. enter, david and laura from valencia, spain...another couple sojourning and laughing their way through life.david just returned from 6 months in india where he was studying reiki, yoga, and thai massage.

      he has an old converted van/home. it was very comfortable to go to the store in. i am putting a picture of them here b/c they are real live examples of people who are kind, happy, and loving life without having much money at all. also, because they embody a musing of one of their fellow spainards -pablo picasso, when he said, "i am constantly doing that which i cannot do, in order that i may learn to do it." amen. not only did david and laura give pibo and i a ride to the store, they turned around and gave us a lift back to trail into atlantis...which was totally out of their way and totally a blessing to us as the sun was in a bad mood that day. keep learning, guys...keep loving.




      a few more pics...









                Commented Unassigned: Two critical data communication bugs [408]        
      Hi, I use `System.Net.FtpClient` assembly to download/upload a bunch of files to FTP from *single* thread (all timeout are default). I shortly reached the server connection limit (20 pcs) if `EnableThreadSafeDataConnections=true`. I investigated the assembly code and found that `OpenRead`/`OpenWrite` don't close duplicated connections and they alive for timeout (see `ftpClient` variable):
      ```
      public virtual Stream OpenWrite(string path, FtpDataType type)
      {
      FtpDataStream ftpDataStream = (FtpDataStream) null;
      lock (this.m_lock)
      {
      System.Net.FtpClient.FtpClient ftpClient;
      if (this.m_threadSafeDataChannels)
      {
      ftpClient = this.CloneConnection();
      ftpClient.Connect();
      ftpClient.SetWorkingDirectory(this.GetWorkingDirectory());
      }
      else
      ftpClient = this;
      ftpClient.SetDataType(type);
      long fileSize = ftpClient.GetFileSize(path);
      ftpDataStream = ftpClient.OpenDataStream(string.Format("STOR {0}", (object) path.GetFtpPath()), 0L);
      if (fileSize > 0L)
      {
      if (ftpDataStream != null)
      ftpDataStream.SetLength(fileSize);
      }
      }
      return (Stream) ftpDataStream;
      }
      ```
      So, I set `EnableThreadSafeDataConnections=false` and .... got strange errors. My investigation shows that the answers from ftp server mixed: `ExistDirectory`/`CreateDirectory` sometimes throw error "550 Could not get file size", `TYPE I` doesn't apply for binary uploading (I got corrupted binary files), ... The problem was with double answer for data transfer commands (for example `STOR`/`RETR`): "150 Ok to send data" + "226 Transfer complete". Your code doesn't expect second answer! So, next commands read previous answers! I expect the bug with any other FTP commands where data connections used.

      Could you please fix both critical bugs?

      Comments: The idiot is the person who say that word to an another unknown person. Thanks for the redirect. Google can't match `FluentFTP` and `System.Net.FtpClient`...
                Commented Unassigned: FileExists perfromance issue [409]        
      Hi, could you please use `SIZE` ftp command in case `SIZE` feature is supported by FTP server? Now you use `GetListing` and it's works very slow because every time new data connection creates:
      ```
      public bool FileExists(string path, FtpListOption options)
      {
      string ftpDirectoryName = path.GetFtpDirectoryName();
      lock (this.m_lock)
      {
      if (!this.DirectoryExists(ftpDirectoryName))
      return false;
      foreach (FtpListItem ftpListItem in this.GetListing(ftpDirectoryName, options))
      {
      if (ftpListItem.Type == FtpFileSystemObjectType.File && ftpListItem.Name == path.GetFtpFileName())
      return true;
      }
      }
      return false;
      }
      ```

      Comments: The idiot is the person who say that word to an another unknown person. Thanks for the redirect. Google can't match `FluentFTP` and `System.Net.FtpClient`...
                Eclipse 03-23-2014 with Jahsonic        
      Playlist:

      Bob James- Night Crawler - Heads
      Bob James Common Guru- State Of Clearity - Unknown
      The Roots Blu Phonte Patty Crash- Now Or Never - How I Got Over
      Foodchain- Dear Industry - Unknown
      AL Ft Edo G Solid Theory Niekrocka- Time Is Real - Future Classic Music
      Dilated Peoples- Years In The Making - The Platform
      Too hort- Gettin It - Gettin It Album Number Ten
      Kev Brown Oddisee Phonte- Beats N Rhymes - I Do What I Do
      Souls Of Mischief- Tour Stories - Montezumas Revenge
      Nas- Youre Da Man - Stillmatic
      4 Tay- Playas Club - Bay Area Hits 90s
      Public Enemy- He Got Game - He Got Game
      Blackalicious- The Fall And Rise Of Elliot Brown Parts 1 And 2 - The Craft
      Wale Ft Sam Drew- Love Hate Thing - Unknown
      A Tribe Called Quest- Get A Hold - Beats Rhymes Life
      Fugees- Nappy Heads - The Fugees Greatest Hits


      playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/101/playlistDate/2014-03-23
                Standing Rock lawsuit update        
      SUBHEAD: Army Corps of Engineers sent back to analyze the environmental justice of the Dakota Access pipeline.

      By Yessenia Funes on 3 August 2017 for Yes Magazine -
      (http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/standing-rock-lawsuit-started-a-year-ago-heres-where-we-are-now-20170803)


      Image above: More than 380 tribes around the world came forward to stand with the water protectors. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov.From original article.

      On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline. Just over a year later, the project has been completed and carries crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to an export terminal in Illinois. The case is still pending, and continues to be the tribe’s last hope to protect its water and land.

      The lawsuit alleged that authorization of the pipeline violated the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to adequately conduct an efficient environmental assessment and skipping an environmental impact statement (EIS) altogether.

      “If history is to repeat itself, it doesn’t look good for us,” says Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have hope.”

      The lawsuit has now been joined by the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes, but at its heart, the case remains the same since its initial filing, said lead attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents the Standing Rock Sioux on behalf of nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice.

      He’s been arguing that the $3.8 billion energy project ignores treaty rights and needs further environmental review. The goal is that U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg will rule in favor of an EIS and pause pipeline operations indefinitely, and, ultimately, stop them completely.

      In December, pipeline opponents almost secured the EIS under former President Barack Obama when the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would prepare the statement and not permit the pipeline to cross beneath the Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, an area of cultural, religious, and spiritual significance to the tribe.

      It was a near victory. With the EIS secured, the court shelved the lawsuit, but there was more bubbling beneath the surface. Dakota Access launched a counter lawsuit once the Obama administration requested the EIS, and Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration loomed on the horizon. The lawyers, the tribe, and even the court knew the situation could change drastically.

      “The court was pretty explicit that this could be undone,” Hasselman said. And it was.

      Trump rescinded the EIS and issued the final easement across Lake Oahe in February. Immediately, the attorneys amended their initial complaint to include the final easement. Things moved along quickly from there, Hasselman explained. For the first time, the tribe had something concrete to contest, not something they were asking the courts to prevent.

      “We were finally able to put those environmental review issues and treaty issues up front and center,” Hasselman said. Until then, the case was essentially in “pause mode.”

      Then in June, Judge Boasberg found that the Corps had not sufficiently considered the pipeline’s environmental effects or environmental justice impacts when issuing its permit, and remanded the case back to the EIS process to reconsider its analysis. This is the first time Earthjustice is aware of such an environmental justice ruling.

      Boasberg’s recent decision offers DAPL’s opponents hope, but a favorable outcome is anything but assured. A pipeline has never before been stopped with a lawsuit, Hasselman said. “The legal and regulatory infrastructure is badly broken.

      You just don’t have the big overarching federal permits for a crude oil pipeline that you have in a lot of other contexts.” Unlike natural gas pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates a pipeline’s terms and conditions of transport, but not its actual construction and operation.

      Earthjustice didn’t take up the case because it believed the court held the answer but, rather, because it recognized the political power such a case could build. To that end, it has surpassed expectations.

      “What I had in mind was substantially more modest than what happened,” Hasselman said. He had hoped that 50 people would show up to court and they’d end up on the evening news. He wasn’t expecting the iconic fight for indigenous sovereignty that Standing Rock has become.

      The Dakota Access pipeline is now a matter of global interest. More than 380 tribes around the world—from New Zealand’s Māori to the Ecuadorian Amazon’s Kichwa—came forward to stand with the water protectors. “That’s a very significant time in history: when the tribes come together collectively and unite and say, Enough is enough,” Archambault said.

      The tribe’s effort became a movement with the support of spirit and prayer camps outside the reservation—including the Sacred Stone and Oceti Sakowin camps—and a 1,500-mile run to Washington, D.C., in which about 30 Native American youth delivered a petition with more than 140,000 signatures to the Army Corps headquarters demanding it halt the pipeline’s construction.

      Although this attention hasn’t influenced the lawsuit, Hasselman said, it legitimized the movement. Once the world set its eyes on Standing Rock, it could no longer ignore that the historic violent treatment of indigenous people isn’t a thing of the past—it continues today.

      Now? Hasselman thinks they have a shot. “We have an uphill struggle in persuading the court to shut down the pipeline while the remand process is underway, and we have an uphill struggle persuading the Army Corps to do a legitimate and appropriate analysis on remand, but we’re all working 24/7 to make that happen,” he said.

      Judge Boasberg is set to decide in September whether to pause pipeline operations while the Corps continues its review, and court proceedings are ongoing as both parties make their arguments. Until then, the tribe will see its challengers in court.

      See also:
      Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL battle not over 6/15/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Defense contractors fought NoDAPL 5/27/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Tribes divest DAPL Bankers 2/13/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Veterans defending NoDAPL 2/11/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps okays DAPL Easement  2/8/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Trump orders go on DAPL EIS 2/3/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Water Protectors pipeline resistance 2/1/17 
      Ea O Ka Aina: Force a full EIS on DAPL 1/27/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Missile launcher at Standing Rock 1/19/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline 1/10/17
      Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock has changed us 12/9/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: As Standing Rock celebrates... 12/5/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps denies easement 12/4/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: My Whole Heart is With You 12/2/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: The Loving Containment of Courage 12/1/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: The Beginning is Near 12/1/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Feds to shutdown NoDAPL Camp 11/25/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL people are going to die 11/23/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Hundreds of vets to join NoDAPL 11/22/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Obama must support Standing Rock 11/21/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Trump's pro oil stance vs NoDaPL 11/15/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Kauai NoDAPL Demonstration 11/12/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Obama to Betray Standing Rock 11/12/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Trump impact on Standing Rock 11/12/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Ann Wright on Standing Rock 11/8/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Turning Point at Standing Rock 11/6/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Jackson Browne vs DAPL owner 11/5/16
      Democracy Now: Boycott of DAPL Owner's Music Festival
      Ea O Ka Aina: World responds to NoDAPL protests 11/5/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL victory that was missed 11/5/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL hid discovery of Sioux artifacts 11/5/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Dakota Access Pipeline will leak 11/5/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Route of the Dakota Access Pipeline 11/4/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Sanders calls for stopping DAPL 11/4/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Obama hints at DAPL rerouting 11/3/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: New military attack on NODAPL 11/3/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: How to Support NoDAPL 11/3/16
      Unicorn Riot: Tweets from NoDAPL 11/2/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock & the Ballot Box 10/31/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL reclaim new frontline 10/24/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: How far will North Dakota go? 10/23/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodman "riot" charge dropped 10/17/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodwin to face "Riot Charge" 10/16/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Shutdown of all tar sand pipelines 10/11/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Why Standing Rock is test for Oabama 10/8/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Why we are Singing for Water 10/8/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Labor's Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis 10/3/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Firm for Standing Rock 10/3/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Contact bankers behind DAPL 9/29/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL demo at Enbridge Inc 9/29/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Militarized Police raid NoDAPL 9/28/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Stop funding of Dakota Access Pipeline 9/27/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: UN experts to US, "Stop DAPL Now!" 9/27/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: No DAPL solidarity grows 9/21/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: This is how we should be living 9/16/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: 'Natural Capital' replacing 'Nature' 9/14/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: The Big Difference at Standing Rock 9/13/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Jill Stein joins Standing Rock Sioux 9/10/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Pipeline temporarily halted 9/6/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Native Americans attacked with dogs 9/5/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Mni Wiconi! Water is Life! 9/3/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Sioux can stop the Pipeline 8/28/16
      Ea O Ka Aina: Officials cut water to Sioux 8/23/16




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                President Obama Is Too Nice to Kentucky        
      President Barack Obama is a much better person than I could ever be. If the Democratic governor of a Democratic-registered state that had nevertheless voted overwhelmingly for my republican opponent in the last election begged me for help to get his backward state out of an emergency they had basically created themselves, I would not have been this nice:

      President Barack Obama last night approved Gov. Steve Beshear's request for an emergency Presidential Disaster Declaration that will expedite assistance to people in need across the commonwealth.

      "President Obama called me last night to express his concern about the plight facing our state and many of our people. I appreciate the president's quick response to our request for a disaster declaration," Gov. Beshear said as he traveled throughout Western Kentucky to meet with local officials and survey damage to the region. "We will move quickly to bring power generators, communications equipment and debris removal equipment into the region to help restore power and protect our people in their time of need."

      No, indeedy, I would not have been nice at all. I would have said something like this:

      "Well, Steve, I see the mess you're in and it certainly is a nasty one. But I notice Kentucky had almost exactly the same mess six years ago, and its Democratic leaders made all kinds of promises about burying power lines to make sure this never happened again. Kentucky didn't keep a single fucking one of those promises, did it, Steve? Nope, it sure didn't. And here you are, in a shit hole any idiot could have predicted would happen again with the next ice storm.

      "I really would like to help you, Steve, but I've got these Congressional republicans, including four house members and two Senators with KY next to their names, raking me over the coals for wanting to give money to people who don't deserve it. You know, people who promise to do better but don't, people who waste the opportunities they're given to improve themselves. I would just have a hard time explaining to Mitch and Jimbo and Eddie and Hal and Geoff and Brent why I'm helping that notorious welfare queen Kentucky when we all know she's never going to change her behavior.

      "And even if I didn't care what the republicans thought, I've got the actual Democratic majority in Congress that would throw a hissy fit if I gave federal emergency status to a state the majority of whose registered Democrats voted just three months ago to re-elect the obstructionist, evil republican minority leader in the Senate.

      "So you have my sympathy, Steve, but my hands are tied. See if you can't get your state to sit up straight and fly right for a while, and maybe elect a few actual Democratic candidates next year, then we'll see about letting you have a little money. Until then, you're on your own."

      As a Kentuckian with no electricity since Tuesday and no hope of getting any in the foreseeable future, I am grateful that President Obama did not turn his back on the sure-to-be-ungrateful Commonwealth. But I wish he had found some way of using the Declaration to cudgel some sense into our state's so-called leaders.

      Cross-posted at They Gave Us A Republic ....
                Finalists for the 2015 European Car of the Year        
      Holy strudel and baguettes!  It's the 2015 European Car of the Year Finalists!

      It's that time of the year when we look to the future of motoring greatness.  Current economic strife aside, Europe did give us the internal combustion engine and Western Civilization, so their opinion on what makes a great car is significant to us folks here on the other side of the Atlantic. 

      Or is it?  

      So what cars have made the final cut? (Click on the links for more info/pics of each car). 

      The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer 
      No relation to the awesome 2 Series coupe, this front-wheel-drive four door high hatch shares a platform with the latest Mini.  From what I can tell, it's sort of a competitor to the Mercedes Benz B-Class.  BMW keeps making more cars that seem to scream "Me too!"  And if the segment doesn't already exist, they invent it.   

      Citroen C4 Cactus
      Another family hatch, but this one carries a more economical badge than the aforementioned offering from Bavaria.  Also, this one seems to be clad in riot gear and it's French.  Finally, the name is derived from a prickly desert plant so I don't know if I would ever sit in one.

      Ford Mondeo
      It's really the 2013 Ford Fusion (for once North America got the cooler version of this platform first!).  So we all know it's pretty and an overall good mid-sized offering.  Only in Europe it can be had with a diesel that has 295 lb-ft of torque from 2000-2500 RPM.  We don't get that one here.  Bummer.

      Mercedes-Benz C-Class
      The new C-Class is essentially filling in where the old E-Class used to sit, and the CLA is pulling C-Class duties as the entry level Benz sedan.  The new E-Class is sort if sitting in a no-mans-land between where it used to be and the S-Class.  It's like Mercedes created a new middle management position for a longtime employee who knows too many company secrets: they're unqualified for upper management, but if they don't get a promotion they'll blab to the competition.  Now I have to pay $10,000 more for a decent C-Class because it's moving into the vacancy left by the old E-Class.  This is why I hate politics.   

      Nissan Qashqai
      Where I come from, a "u" follows every "q", so I'm immediately put off by this car.  However, this relative of the North American Nissan Rogue is probably an excellent small family crossover.  It has attractive styling, it's practical and it seems like fun to drive.  All good qualities.  Now if they could only do something about that name. 

      Renault Twingo
      Finally, a European small car makes the list!  Unlike North American small calls, European small cars are very small.  This one is special though!  The rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout makes it a pseudo spiritual successor of the original VW Beetle.  And, unless you've been in one for three hours straight, when is that car never fun?! 

      Volkswagen Passat
      No, not the same bloated and cheaply made North American Passat.  This one is the real, German, deal.  Essentially this car does everything our Passat does only with more class and refinement.  Unfortunately, our market seems to prefer size and features over substance.  In the battle of quality vs quantity, quantity seems to win every time.  It's like trading a child 57 pennies for their 4 quarters.  Sure they think they've hit the jackpot, but if they only knew...

      Well those are the finalists.  I'm not sure who's going to win this year, but if I had to guess (and this is just a 'Hail Mary', folks) it would be the Twingo.  Mostly because it seems to be the most quintessentially European car on this list: it's quirky, peppy and can fit down narrow and bendy roads.  Also, if you needed to have it moved out of a tight parking spot, a small Italian bodybuilder could lift it out for you.


      TTFN

         
                From Hyundai to Tatra: today's slice of the atuomotive world!        
      Well my initial intention was to do a bit of an in-depth analysis of Fiat-Chrysler's new long-term plan, but so many automotive journalists have already weighed in that I didn't really think it was worth my time.  Probably the most important thing to remember is tat the company that makes your Caravan (which is slated for the chopping block) also makes Ferrari.  Which means, this new Dodge Challenger Hellcat should be AMAZING (although also not long for a world where fossil fuel preservation is a key issue). 
      On the less amazing front, but still fairly important, the newly redesigned Hyundai Sonata is going to cost about $300 less than the current version.  Of course after taxes, dealer fees and set of snow tires, it isn't really much in the way of savings.  Then again $300 is $300.  Of course it could be a rebate for the decrease in horsepower across the board.  I'm not too sure if there is a big market for slower cars, but if there is Hyundai is sure going to tap into it. Having driven Sonatas with both motors, the power on the turbo version is going to be missed by some.  It was a blast to drive.  

      Speaking of speed, the new Mustang is doing well in Europe already.  The first 500 units slated for European soil were spoken for in 30 seconds!  Having spoken to some Europeans regarding American cars, I do know for a fact that there is a huge market for classic USA muscle.  Just like we covet the vehicles that are only released in foreign markets, those foreign markets covet the vehicles that are only released here.  We're not so different after all. 

      On the Eastern front of the performance car spectrum, apparently Mitsubishi will continue to sell it's four door rally monster, the Evo, for another model year.  Originally, the company had stated that there was going to be no 2015 Evo.  However, the gods of fun said "nay!" and the uber-boosted riot on wheels gets one more crack at the can. 

      Now on to Mitsubishi's rival, Subaru.  Their BRZ (twin of the Scion FRS and the Toyota F-86) was universally applauded for its amazing handling and low traction tires that allowed for a "safe" level of hooliganism with relatively little power being produced under the hood.  Thus, despite what looks on paper to be a lackluster effort, the BRZ scores super high on fun scale.  However, just about every review I've read mentioned that the car could certainly benefit from a few more ponies under the hood.  Most cite the WRX and STI as potential power plant sources for this as-of-now-imagined turbo powered BRZ.  Well, if you were hoping that the new Blue edition would be the answer to that hope, you better be sitting down.  Although the car is peppered with STI badging, the BRZ Blue does not benefit from that car's awesome motor.  Bummer. 

      And last but not least, it looks like Roman from TFLCar made it to Prague to buy himself a Tatra that he will now have to bring to Pebble Beach in time for the annual car show their.  The good folks from my favourite Colorado automotive blog had been trying to raise money for this adventure for some time.  The last time I had checked out their kickstart page they weren't even close to raising the money needed to do the trip right.  I'm glad to see that things seem to have worked out somehow and Roman can now make his dream a reality.  You can visit their site here to see a list of posts that cover the journey TFLCar has taken to get this project from concept to reality.     

      TTFN!
                150 Things to Know on Canada’s 150th Birthday        
      On the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday here are 150 things to know...

      1. Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the world’s most popular political leaders.
      2. Justin Trudeau emerged out of the shadows and into the political spotlight when delivering the eulogy at his father’s funeral, the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau in September 2000.
      3. The four pallbearers at the funeral were Justin Trudeau, the Aga Khan, former President Jimmy Carter and…the late Cuban autocrat Fidel Castro.
      4. Justin Trudeau’s brother, Alexandre Trudeau, is a fearless filmmaker, who was Embedded in Baghdad before, during and after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
      5. While Justin is a social media star, his father was the true showman, who once famously pirouetted behind Queen Elizabeth’s back.
      6. In fact, this was just one of many colorful moments. To this day in Canada to give the ‘Pierre Trudeau salute’ means something, very interesting…
      7. And who can forget the moment featuring the Rolling Stones, the paparazzi and the Prime Minister.
      8. However, the elder Trudeau also did some amazing things for Canada. For starters, until 1982 when he brought it back to Canada, the constitution was effectively governed by the Queen of England.
      9. That same year he pushed through the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.
      10. This protection of Canadian rights and diversity did not emerge overnight. Back in 1971, the elder Trudeau declared the new Canadian multiculturalism policy.
      11. Four years earlier, in 1967, Pierre Trudeau uttered these famous words: “There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” when he decriminalized homosexuality in sweeping changes to the criminal code.
      12. It took Canada until 2005 to legalize same-sex marriage, being the first nation outside of Europe and fourth in the world to do so.
      13. However, while things were eventful under Pierre Trudeau they were also turbulent. He suspended civil liberties during the ‘October Crisis’ in 1970, when he invoked the ‘War Measures Act’ after a provincial cabinet minister was kidnapped by separatist militants.
      14. He also enacted the National Energy Program in the 1980s which effectively federalized revenues from energy resources in Alberta, creating long-term hostility towards the federal Liberal Party in the years to come in Western Canada.
      15. Trudeau was also an antagonist to separatist ambitions in Quebec, delivering two fiery speeches, one in 1980, and another in 1995 to thwart referendums for independence.
      16. All in all, the elder Trudeau served for 15 years but he wasn’t the longest serving Prime Minister. That would be William Lyon Mackenzie King, who served for 21 years.
      17. In second place was the founding Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, who served for 18 years – and who also had a bit of a drinking problem.
      18. When Canada was founded in 1867, there were only four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
      19. In fact it was not until 1949 that the last province, Newfoundland joined Canada, and that was only after a barely won referendum.
      20. Canada also has three Territories: the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavat, the latter being formed in 1999.
      21. The country is extremely ‘big’, the second largest in the world with over 2 million lakes, among other things.
      22. But, 75% of Canadians actually live within 100 miles of the U.S.-Canada border.
      23. This may be one of the reasons why the U.S.-Canada economic relationship is the largest in the world, estimated to total US$630 billion in 2016 alone.
      24. Close to 30,000 trucks cross the border every single day between the two countries.
      25. While things are rosy today, it wasn’t always so. During the War of 1812, the Canadas, as the British colonies were known then, went to battle with the U.S., ultimately burning down the White House on August 24, 1814.
      26. War was quite frequent back then due to competing French, British, and American ambitions. After fierce fighting, the 1763 Treaty of Paris essentially gave the British control over much of French Canadian land.
      27. In addition, one cannot forget that much of Canadian land belonged to the First Nations, who have been marginalized, ostracizied, occupied and colonized throughout much of Canadian history.
      28. During Canada’s first years, a group of people called the Metis who were ethnically mixed between First nations and European descent, rose up in rebellion, ultimately establishing a short-lived provisional government in 1870.
      29. The leader of that rebellion Louis Riel was ultimately ranked as the 11th Greatest Canadian.
      30. That battle was only one of many for the acknowledgement of the rights of First Nations. One of the worst stains on Canadian history was the residential school system that at one point put a third of all First Nations children under the care of the state.
      31. Thousands of students died, and many more were subject to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
      32. While today, people acknowledge some of these aspects of history, the fight is not over. One of the scandals that was a campaign issue for Justin Trudeau, was the plight of up to 4,000 missing or murdered aboriginal women.
      33. Canada’s history has not always been one of inclusivity. The Chinese Exclusion or Immigration Act of 1923 effectively banned immigrants of Chinese origin.
      34. This was a culmination of violence and protests against immigrants from East and South Asia, including riots in 1907 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
      35. Today, whites are expected to become a minority in Vancouver by 2031 (although I suspect this has already happened).
      36. 20.6% of Canadians are foreign-born today and 19.1% identify themselves as visible minorities. 3% of the population identifies as Muslim.
      37. There are more Sikhs in the Canadian Cabinet than there are in India’s government (4 versus 2).
      38. It was not until the 1940s, however, that Sikhs truly received voting rights.
      39. Canadian women achieved the right to vote around the same time as women in the U.S. in the late 1910s.
      40. Canada also became home to a number of Black Canadians due to the Underground Railroad, although racism has reared its ugly head in Canada as well.
      41. While ethnic and racial struggles have been real, so have class struggles. A lot of this culminated in gained labor rights and ultimately universal healthcare.
      42. The ‘grandfather’ of universal healthcare was actually New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas, who was named the Greatest Canadian in that (in-)famous poll.
      43. Tommy Douglas is also the grandfather of prominent Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland.
      44. Kiefer Sutherland’s father is Donald Sutherland, who married Tommy Douglas daughter, prominent public figure, Shirley Douglas.
      45. While living in the U.S. Donald Sutherland retained only Canadian citizenship but lost the right to vote due to the Conservative Party’s new laws in 2015.
      46. This also led to a rallying cry by then candidate Justin Trudeau, that “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
      47. There are almost 3 million Canadians living abroad but many retain a vibrant Canadian identity.
      48. For example, the Terry Fox Run, a hallmark of Canada, has been held in over 60 countries by countless millions over the years.
      49. Through these runs over $650 million has been raised for cancer research.
      50. And it is all inspired by Terry Fox, who ran the Marathon of Hope in 1980 after losing one leg to cancer.
      51. He ended his run after reaching 5,373 kilometres over 143 days.
      52. Inspired by Terry’s courage, a fellow West Coaster, Rick Hansen embarked on a Man in Motion World Tour for two years in 1985.
      53. He criss-crossed 34 countries raising $26 million along the way.
      54. It also inspired the song St. Elmo’s Fire, which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts.
      55. The best-selling Canadian artist of all time remains Celine Dion, who has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
      56. It appears though that fellow Canadian Justin Bieber may soon beat her on the charts.
      57. There are a lot of Canadian singers, that are quite prominent, but they often live abroad, like Bryan Adams.
      58. In fact, Bryan Adams and Beverley Hills 90210 star Jason Priestly went to the same high school, Argyle Secondary School in Vancouver.
      59. And while Bryan Adams is known for his singing, he once mixed up the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem.
      60. The Canadian national anthem, ‘O Canada’, was itself composed in 1880.
      61. However, the lyrics of the anthem were originally French and were then translated into English.
      Since there are no large bodies of water near tOSU, where did the boosters hold their Yacht sex parties?

      -Mike

      I wish I knew.  I never got invited to them :(

      So, who do you hate more: the NCAA or The Villain?

      -Ben

      The only logical way to answer this is to first make a list of pros and cons, so here it goes.

      The NCAA

      Pros

      • Provides an opportunity for thousands of people to get a free education while playing a sport they love at a highly competitive level
      • March Madness
      • Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the finest cities in America

      Cons

      • Has a budget that exceeds $5.5 billion and exists solely because of 18-23 year old athletes, but won’t let the 18-23 year old athletes see hardly any of that money in the form of cash
      • Makes players sit out a full season after transferring, while the coaches making millions of dollars off the athletes who do the exact same thing face no punishment whatsoever (in fact, the coaches typically get raises since it can be assumed that they’re leaving for a higher-paying and better job)
      • Has no interest in even remotely exploring serious reform, despite the increasing uproar from the media and general public about how archaic and unfair their rules are
      • Supports communist principles

      Evan “The Villain” Turner

      Pros

      • Provided me with seemingly unlimited entertainment for three years in the form of killing fools on the basketball court
      • Provided me with seemingly unlimited entertainment for three years in the form of losing his mind over something petty on a daily basis
      • Wore a CLUB TRIL shirt during pregame warm-ups on my senior night at OSU
      • Indirectly contributed to the success of this blog
      • Once called my blog “amazing”
      • Passed the ball to me one time in practice

      Cons

      • Would frequently reach into his pants and furiously scratch his butthole during film sessions and team meetings and consequently make everyone in the room uncomfortable
      • Tried to fight me no less than 3 times during our tenure as teammates
      • Gave my fiancée a bear hug that he held for five seconds when he first met her, which in turn caused her to tell me later in the night that it was weird and creeped her out
      • Never called me by my name when we were teammates but instead referred to me as “walk-on”, “bum”, “couch potato”, or “mooch.”
      • Borrowed $5 for a haircut from Keller and never paid him back
      • Apparently gets $5 haircuts

      I really think this might be too close to call.  Evan probably is more of an annoyance to me personally than the NCAA is, but the NCAA is more detrimental to society as a whole so I think I’ll go the unselfish route and say I hate them more.  Plus, somewhere under Evan’s rough exterior is a momma’s boy who doesn’t want any trouble and just wants to cuddle with his teddy bear.  Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure that underneath the NCAA’s rough exterior there is nothing but a gigantic pit of molten lava that they throw puppies into after they mouthrape them.

      What is the over/under on the number of times Deshaun Thomas will get the "the only type of shot he doesn't like is when he is at the Doctor's office" comment from TV announcers this year?  2500 ?

      There has to be some sort of drinking game created with Deshaun Thomas.  Something like.... every time he passes, you must chug a 40 oz of Olde English and punch a leprechaun.

      -Scott

      I love this idea.  I know I’ve said this many times before, but I really don’t think I can say it enough – Deshaun Thomas is my favorite Ohio State athlete of all-time (primarily because he doesn’t pass and has no problem acknowledging that he doesn’t pass) and he hasn’t even started his sophomore season yet.  He might not be a popular guy among Buckeye fans, but I absolutely love the guy and actually yelled “Everybody shut the hell up, Deshaun’s checking into the game!” on a few occasions last year while watching OSU basketball games with friends (who obviously don’t appreciate him as much as I do).  The guy is like the Manny Ramirez of college basketball - you don’t know for sure what’s going to happen, but you do know that when he’s in the game he’s going to have some sort of effect (good or bad) and is going to at least provide some form of entertainment (in that regard, he’s like the exact opposite of me).

      Anyway, how about this for a Deshaun Thomas drinking game – match Deshaun shot for shot.  Every time he takes a shot, you do too.  I even came up with a name for it: “suicide by alcohol poisoning.”

      What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done in front of a member of the opposite sex?

      -Kevin

      I once dated a girl from Indiana who went to a college other than Ohio State and hadn’t grown up as an OSU fan.  Because of this, she didn’t have any OSU clothes, so when she visited me in Columbus one time I told her I’d take her shopping and get her some Ohio State clothes.  That way she could be decked out when she came to our games once the basketball season rolled around.  Anyway, we went to Buckeye Corner or something and she picked out a bunch of stuff she wanted, but she felt bad because she thought she was making me spend too much money.  I  told her not to worry about it and just get what she wanted because I was still on a basketball scholarship and was basically being given free money from Ohio State.

      Just to be polite, she asked if I was sure that she could get everything and I promised her it was cool.  But I couldn’t just say, “Seriously it’s cool” and leave it at that.  No, I had to somehow make myself seem more awesome than I really am.  So instead of just saying “yeah it’s cool” or whatever, I decided to jump at the opportunity to flaunt my money a little bit.  Since most college kids are dirt poor, I figured her privates would get moist over my scholarship money, so I decided to explain to her how rich I was.  I said something like, “Yeah it’s really not a big deal.  I get paid so much money by Ohio State that I really don’t think I could spend it all even if I wanted to.”  And just like that, I knew I had her hooked…

      …until my debit card got declined because I apparently only had $17 left in my bank account. 

      Because she didn’t bring any money with her since I told her I was going to buy her stuff, she couldn’t get anything she had picked out and had to go put everything back.  A couple of weeks later, she dumped me. Whoops.

      Help settle an argument that has been raging since the onset of puberty amongst 2 of my friends and myself.  Friend A is convinced that given an opportunity he could score one point on any NBA player in a game of one on one.  Not win mind you, but simply put the ball in the hoop. One time. Versus a highly motivated pro, putting forth his best effort in a game to 11 by ones and twos. Friend B and myself think friend A is an idiot and have told him so many times.  Friend A (5'9, 165lb), friend B and myself have been playing ball all our lives and while none of us are awful we could not play varsity basketball at a moderately large high school.  Those are the facts.  We are in our 30s now and need an answer. Or possibly you could shut him out for us and end this 20 year debate.  Either way Judge Titus your help/ruling would be much appreciated.

      -Travis

      I’m going to make this response short because there really isn’t even an argument here and I’m kind of annoyed that this is wasting my time.  Here’s your answer: your friend is out of his mind if he thinks he could score on an NBA player in a game to 11.  He’d have to be completely delusional to think otherwise, especially if he’s 5’9” 165 pounds. In fact, I don’t think I could even score on an NBA player (cue the “that’s why you were a benchwarmer scrub” jokes).  If he had infinite chances to score on the NBA guy, then yeah, I’m sure at some point he’d be able to throw up some garbage and get lucky.  But in a single game to 11 against an NBA player playing as hard as he possibly can?  He’ll be lucky to even get a shot off.

      I could give a detailed and realistic explanation of what would happen if he played any NBA player, but I think it would take far less effort for me to just play him one-on-one and shut him out myself than it would to explain how everything would go down.  And make no mistake about it – based on what you’ve told me about the guy, I don’t think I’ve ever been more confident about anything in the world as I am in thinking that even I could shut him out.

      So there is a hypothetical fight between 2 identical twins. They both are equal in all physical attributes (size, strength, speed) and they both train for one week with a fighting master. However one gets a pool stick and the other gets a hunting knife. Who wins in a cage match to the death?

      -Brian

      The bell rings to start the match.

      Guy with pool stick swings at guy with knife.  Guy with knife ducks, forcing guy with pool stick to miss.  As guy with knife stands back up, he violently thrusts his knife into the torso of guy with pool stick.  Guy with pool stick stumbles backwards as he reaches for the knife that is protruding from his torso.  After he falls to the ground, he pulls the knife out.  He immediately realizes that this was a bad idea because blood furiously pours out.  With blood rapidly flowing out of his body, his only option is to take his pool stick and jam it into the wound to stop the bleeding.  He chooses this option.  After he plugs the wound, he stands up to continue the fight.  As he stands up, he reaches for the knife in the same spot that he had dropped it when he removed it from his torso. 

      But it’s not there.

      As guy with pool stick turns his head to continue his search for the knife, guy with knife sneaks up from behind him and slits his throat, instantly killing him. 

      Game over. Guy with knife wins.

      I was in a corporate video twirling the baton while wearing my Fundamentals Montage shirt. Don’t you think that’s awesome?

      -Ann

      Yes. Yes I do.

      Speaking of that shirt…

      Even whilst living in the depths of the globe here in Australia I have managed to procure myself a (somewhat striking) 'Fundamentals Montage' tee. I would argue that the tee contains the single most obscure reference of any other t-shirt in existence. So my question is - has there ever been anything less prominent than a 3 second screengrab from a basketball-based Youtube video that has justified it's existence on a t-shirt available for public consumption?

      -Berko

      Let me first say that this is one of the finest backhanded compliments I’ve ever received, even though it shouldn’t count for anything because it’s from an Aussie.  And I truly mean that. 

      Secondly, to answer your question, I’m not sure there possibly could be one.  I mean, Mr. Rainmaker wasn’t exactly a viral video and really only reached cult-like status at best, so right off the bat there’s a very limited market for the shirt right there.  Then, like you said, the Fundamentals Montage only makes up a small part of the video, so really we’re only talking about a few seconds of a mildly popular video.  I really don’t see how there could be a shirt with a more obscure reference that is lost on virtually everyone but the wearer than the Fundamentals Montage shirt.  I’m guessing this is why Homage discontinued it.

      Since we’re apparently on the topic of Club Trillion shirts, here are two more relevant emails…

      A few months ago my house was robbed. I still live with my parents so there was actually some stuff of value to take. They mostly took electronics like tvs and computers, but after about a week I realized they took something else. They took my Club Tril shirt. No one else had any clothes taken and all my other clothes were still there except for that shirt. I know I didn't lose it somewhere else because I'm a badass and had recently had my mom wash it. What kind of monster would do this? This also makes me question the types of people you draw to your blog.

      -Zane

      Can whoever took Zane’s shirt please get it back to him?  This is why we can’t have nice things.  I’m sure he’ll let you keep the electronics, but please don’t make him suffer anymore by making him live in this world without his CLUB TRIL shirt.

      Now that we got that out of the way, I gotta say that I can’t help but feel a little flattered about this.  I mean, it sucks for you and your family and everything, but a part of me is honored that someone places such a high value on one of my shirts.

      Also, I think I might have an idea of who did this.  A couple of months ago someone showed me this mug shot that was taken in Naperville, Illinois.  I’m pretty sure it’s the first and only time someone was wearing a CLUB TRIL shirt in an official police mug shot, which is pretty awesome.  Anyway, my theory is that this kid had to change out of his shirt and put on an orange jumpsuit after he was arrested and when he was released the cops “accidentally” lost his shirt.  But he knew the truth – one of the cops liked the shirt and wanted to keep it for himself.  So when this kid got released, he went from town to town on a rampage looking for the cop that took his shirt.  After two months of breaking into the all sorts of houses, he finally broke into yours, saw your shirt laying there, and just assumed that your dad was the cop that took his shirt.  And to really get back at him, he took a bunch of electronics too.

      Yeah, that’s gotta be what happened.  That’s your guy for sure.

      What is more effective when attempting to court a female, throwing up the shark or wearing the club tril shirt? This of course is assuming that it is impossible to do them both at the same time.

      As you can see from the picture provided, doing them in unison has such an enormous power over the female nether regions, that it would even turn a guy like Justin Timberlake into a jealous doucher. (In case you can't see me because I am drowning amongst a litany of marginally attractive college coeds, I am the one throwing up the shark, rocking a club tril shirt, while also wearing a daytona 500 hat)

      photo1

      -Sam

      First of all, I’m pretty sure the bitches swoon over the CLUB TRIL shirt more than the shark fin.  From what I can tell, the shark fin is more of a thing for the fellas.  But I’ve been wrong before, so what do I know?

      Secondly, I’m saying that there’s about a 98% chance that you were photobombing this picture and weren’t in the preliminary stages of a orgy like you are trying to make it seem.  But I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and say that this particular instance is included in that 2%, and all these girls huddled around you for this picture, immediately ripped their clothes off right after it was taken, and then all jumped on board the Sam Tram for an express trip to Pound Town.

      I recently turned 29 years old and in about a month I'm going to (hopefully) celebrate my second wedding anniversary.  Most of my friends are in a similar place that I am, either in the trying to have a kid or two phase or already have 1-3 kids.  I love kids but I have a small problem with them.  See I love college football and I love the Buckeyes.  So on Saturday afternoons in the fall I want to drag myself out of bed just in time for College Gameday then watch games all day long until I can hear Herbie telling Mussburger to shut his Michigan loving trapper.  For some reason all parents (and when I say parents I mean wives) want to do is throw their kid's birthday party on Saturday afternoon.  Like people don't have anything else to do.  I mean come on your kid is 2 years old, do they really care what day of the week their party is on?  No but some of us adults would like a say in the matter.  If 75% of all Buckeye games are on at 12:00 on a Saturday and 75% of all birthday parties are scheduled at 1:00 someone didn't do their planning.  Throw the kid a party on Tuesday night.  Heck I will even leave work early just to be there on time. 

      This is why with my wife I have proposed a dry season.  No babies shall be born within the period of September 1st and early December as to not cause any confusion with birthday party planning.  So as soon as the Rose Bowl ends until the end of March Madness we go into protection mode.  I am very happy to say I made it through my very 1st dry season and my wife and I recently found out we are in line to have our first child with a due date of March 31, 2012. 

      The dry season can be implemented for any season.  I don't know where you plan on living once you get married but if you are planning to stay in Ohio I propose we get this trend started as soon as possible.

      -James

      You’re doing the Lord’s work, James.

      I have a older gentlemen neighbor who apparently has an odd sense of dressing in the warm summer months. He often feels that it is so hot out that he can't wear a shirt, but cool enough to still be wearing jeans. Do you have any experience with this phenomena? Please help rationalize his logic.

      -Chris

      He has prosthetic legs and gets embarrassed when people find out. He fought in Vietnam for your freedom and at one point during the war, he stepped on a landmine and it completely mutilated both of his legs. He should’ve died and the doctors said he was never supposed to walk again, even with prosthetics. But the doctors never accounted for his resolve. He wasn’t going to just give up. Not after all those years of fighting.

      So he worked his ass off for years just so maybe he could one day walk again. Day in and day out he did hours of strenuous physical therapy, unsure of whether or not it would ever really pay off. Like anything else, there were good days and bad days, but through it all he kept pushing. He kept thinking about his goal – one day walking down his driveway and getting his paper without any help. It wasn’t a very glamorous goal, sure. But he was a high school dropout from the south side of Chicago who had served five years fighting a war with no end in sight in the unimaginable hell that was the Vietnam jungles. Nothing about his life was glamorous.

      Every now and then, he’d think back on that fateful day and ask God why He would let such a terrible thing happen to him. Why God didn’t just let him die right then and there. Why God made him suffer through all this pain. It was impossible not to think that way. After all those years of wondering whether he’d ever walk again, he felt like he had every right to feel sorry for himself every once in a while. Can’t say I fault the guy.

      Eventually all the physical therapy took its toll on him. He couldn’t take it anymore. He was ready to tell the doctors that he had finally given up. That he had accepted that he was going to be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. That that landmine had finally gotten the better of him. But he thought he’d do one last therapy session before he threw in the towel. For old time’s sake. He owed himself that much.

      The physical therapist walked into his room like she had all those days before, always optimistic that that particular day was going to be the one that they’d have their breakthrough. She’d never been right, of course, but he appreciated her optimism nonetheless. It was something that he himself couldn’t even muster these days.

      She strapped him into the harness and set up the guide bars like she had done every other day for the past few years. She would never admit it to him, but while she was optimistic for some sign of progress on the outside, on the inside she was just as jaded as he was. She knew that nothing significant was going to happen that day. But she was wrong.

      She gave him the same routine commands she always had and he mumbled under his breath while she talked just like he always had. When she finished instructing him, he rolled his eyes and said, “Here goes nothing” as he attempted to take a step. He expected the same results as before, but this time something happened. This time the prosthetic moved. It was the breakthrough they had been waiting for all these years. He couldn’t believe it.

      That moment breathed new life into him. He was back. No more feeling sorry for himself. He was going to walk again. No excuses. Over the course of the next couple of months, he made steady progress. Nothing too crazy, but it was progress dammit. Nobody could take that sense of accomplishment away from him.

      Not any more than a year after that initial breakthrough, his physical therapy was complete. He could walk again. Not very well, mind you, but it was a start. He had the rest of his life to figure out his new legs. For the time being, he was going to celebrate his victory by simply walking out of the hospital on his own power. That was all he ever wanted.

      These days he keeps to himself for the most part. He’s a simple man with a simple life but he’ll tell you he wouldn’t change a thing about it. He’ll tell you that he’s lived more life than most people. He’ll tell you that he’s proud to have fought in the war and served his country. He’ll tell you that he’s got all he ever wanted out of life. But he’ll also tell you that the prosthetics embarrass him. He can’t help but feel guilty that he didn’t give enough. So many of his brothers perished and all he gave were his two legs. The more he thought back on everything, the more surviving became a burden.

      But he’s learning to cope with it. He’s finally finding peace with himself and what happened on that day that forever changed his life. But he still doesn’t like revealing his prosthetics to people just because there is too much baggage that comes with people knowing. He doesn’t want to have to tell the stories and relive the horrors. Most importantly, he doesn’t want to deal with the judgment. He knows he’ll be looked at as either a freak or as a hero. He thinks both labels are unfair. He’s just an old man trying to live out whatever years he has left to the best of his abilities.

      So he always wears jeans to cover his fake legs and his very real memories. He’s not sure how much time he has left on this Earth and when he’s going to be reunited with his fallen brothers, but what he is sure of is that he’s going to spend most of that time with his family and loved ones. And any free time in between he’s going to spend tending to his garden and wondering why the dipshit kid next door always gives him weird looks when he walks around with his shirt off.

      Either that or he’s just a crazy old man who really loves his jeans.


      Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

      Mark Titus

      Club Trillion Founder


                Another Misguided Concept        

      Admit it – you don’t think I can pull it off, do you?  Well, it’s Day 2 of what I’m now referring to as Nut Up or Shut Up Week at Club Trillion and here I am.  In case you were wondering, I am actually writing all of these blogs posts the same day that I publish them, so don’t think that I wrote a bunch of these and stockpiled them just so I could just sit back and make it seem like I’m working diligently (I really am working diligently, dammit!).  Also, even though it may seem like this week is all about me giving back to the Trillion Man March or something, the truth is that I’m much more selfish than that.  The sole purpose of this week is to get me to stop being so lazy and to give myself the kick in the pants that I kinda need right now, which is ironic since had I not issued this challenge to myself in the first place there’s a solid chance I wouldn’t have even put pants on at all this entire week (another irony: this last sentence discussed both pants and irony and sometimes I iron my pants before I put them on!!!).

      Anyway, for Day 2 I’ve decided to write about something I’ve been giving some thought to for a little while and was just reminded of this past weekend when I went back to Indiana and stayed in my hometown for a few days.  Now, I’ve mentioned Brownsburg a time or two on this blog before, but in case you missed it or don’t remember what the town is like, just imagine your stereotypical suburban town and that’s pretty much it.  There’s really nothing all that special about the place (save the Little League World Series appearances in 1999 and 2001 and the fact that Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, Drew Storen of the Washington Nationals, and Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals all graduated from BHS within a few years of each other), but there is at least one thing about Brownsburg that I’ve yet to see duplicated anywhere else, and that one thing is the unprecedented amount of adolescent loitering. Yes, loitering (loitering…and smoking the reefer).

      Forgive me for sounding like a grumpy old geezer, but every time I go back to my hometown, there always seems to be a ridiculous amount of 12-15 year old dudes just hanging out everywhere throughout the town.  They never have any sort of agenda and seem like they’re just really bored and want to get out of their houses cause their moms are strung out on drugs and their dads are alcoholics who beat them or something.  No matter the day of the week or the time of day, it always seems like there are kids hanging out at the grocery stores, the bowling alley, the Wal-Mart, the movie theater, both of the McDonald’s (don’t want to brag or anything but yeah, Brownsburg’s got two), and even the liquor stores.  It’s like a gay pedophile’s paradise seeing as how the entire town is crawling with 12-15 year old boys.

      Now, using my own adolescence as a template, I originally thought that these kids were at the grocery stores to MILF hunt, were at the bowling alley to hit on girls their own age, were at the Wal-Mart to commit petty theft, were at the movie theater to sneak into some terrible (probably Tyler Perry) movie and get a handy in the back row, were at the Mickey D’s to get free food from their friends who work there, and were at the liquor stores to try to get someone who is 21 to score some booze for them.  But I’ve observed these kids enough to know that they aren’t doing any of that (um, I swear I observed them for research purposes for this blog post and not some other reason). 

      Instead, they’re just hanging out by the entrances of all these places and are talking amongst themselves, presumably about how big of a bitch their English teacher is or how badly they want to see that Kelly chick’s boobs.  More often than not, they never actually go into the establishment that they’re hanging out by and instead just get in everyone’s way since they’re sitting right by the entrance, which is why these kids annoy me so much.  Also, without fail there is always at least one kid in the group who has a skateboard with him.  And that’s what got me thinking.

      Because of the kid in the group with a skateboard, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed a bit of a disdain for all kids who skateboard, primarily because I’m a stereotyping ass.  Having said that, though, I don’t have a blanket hatred for all skateboarders, as I actually think pro skateboarders are pretty badass and enjoy watching them do their thing during the X Games every summer.  I’m a big fan of Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek, and Jason Ellis in particular, and anyone who knows anything about me knows that just thinking about Rune Glifberg doing a Christ Air on Tony Hawk Pro Skater makes my nipples rock hard.  I really do enjoy skateboarding, but thanks to these kids who loiter with their skateboards at popular places in my hometown and annoy me to no end, I only like pro skateboarding and kinda think that all non-pro skateboarders are crusty tampons.

      After giving it some thought, I realized that skateboarding isn’t the only thing that I feel this way about.  There seem to be a handful of skills/activities that I think to myself, “That guy’s a douche” if I see someone doing the activity recreationally or as just a hobby or something, but also think, “That guy’s a total badass” when I see an expert doing the exact same thing.  Obviously this is somewhat hypocritical thinking since it’s impossible for someone to become an expert at something without being a novice first, so it’s stupid to rag on young skateboarders because Tony Hawk was once a novice too. 

      With that in mind, this is more of an observation of my own flawed thought process than anything else.  So if you do any of the activities that I’m going to mention in a little bit as a hobby, please don’t take this the wrong way and think that I think you’re an idiot for what you choose to do with your free time.  I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life.  I’m instead just basically pointing out how messed up my logic is (although, my guess is that a lot of you feel the same way about a few of these things so really it’s more of me pointing out how messed up everyone’s logic is).

      Now that we got that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at my list of the nine things other than skateboarding for which I think novices are losers but experts are badasses.  Before we do, though, I should address the fact that you might be thinking that this criteria applies to all activities.  You might be saying to yourself, “But of course you think novices suck and experts are awesome.  That’s because novices are novices and experts are experts.  That’s how everything works.”  My response to this is well, not necessarily.  Here’s a chart that provides some examples and shows the difference between a few separate activities.

      novice vs expert chart

      If you play pick-up basketball but aren’t that good, nobody is going to look down on you or judge you or anything (I mean that they won’t judge you for the decision to play basketball – if they make fun of you, it’s because you are atrocious and can’t even hit the rim and not because of what you choose to do as a hobby).  Meanwhile, video games are something that are almost better to not be that good at.  It’s cool to play video games with your friends every now and then, but when you become an expert at a particular game, people think you’re a complete loser who never leaves your house (this explains the genesis of Nut Up or Shut Up Week).  And poor Magic: The Gathering players – no matter how good or bad you might be, the mere fact that you’re playing it at all kinda makes you a loser.

      So now that you see the difference, keep in mind that we’re concerned with just that fourth case on the chart.  I’ll provide my list, but part of the reason I wrote about this is because I want some input from the Trillion Man March.  I know that there are some things I didn’t think of, which is why I’m hoping some of you will email me with examples you come up with.  Anyway, here’s my list:

      Martial Arts

      I guess MMA guys could also kinda be grouped in with this, but here I really mean guys who do karate or judo or taekwondo or whatever else they teach at your local dojo.  Just think for a second how you’d react if you found out your friend goes to karate class every Thursday night versus how you’d react if you found out your friend was a black belt in karate.  I don’t know about you, but I’m equal parts jealous and terrified of anyone who has a black belt in any of the martial arts, which might explain why I make fun of people who take martial arts classes and aren’t yet black belts.  Maybe I’m just getting in my licks while I feel like I still can since once they get black belts they’d be able to mutilate me without even breaking a sweat (yes, I’m aware that even non-black belts could still have their way with me).

      Ventriloquism

      I know some people probably think ventriloquists fall into that Magic: The Gathering group in that no matter how good or bad they are, they’re still kind of weird for doing it at all.  But there’s something about good ventriloquism that I appreciate.  I really shouldn’t have to defend myself, but I offer this example as one bit of evidence why I am sometimes jealous of and thoroughly entertained by ventriloquists.

      Parkour

      It’s been brought to my attention that some people don’t know what Parkour is, so if you’re included in this group, watch this video and get up to speed.  I might be alone in this, but the first time I watched that, my jaw would have dropped all the way to the ground had my fully erect penis not stopped it first.  Some of the stuff on there completely blows my mind and makes me wonder exactly how someone practices that stuff….

      …which brings me to the homeless man I saw in downtown Los Angeles a couple of months ago who was apparently trying to run up walls.  Now, there’s a good chance this guy was just high on LSD, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was actually just trying to practice some Parkour, because he also jumped over a few benches and twirled himself around a street sign.  Up until that point, I had always assumed that all Parkour was sweet, but then I saw this homeless man faceplant after he tried to jump over a bike rack and I realized that for as cool as the Parkour experts are, the Parkour novices are exactly that uncool.

      Freestyle Rapping

      There’s this guy and then there’s Tom Green and Xzibit.  I think those two videos prove my point for me.

      (If you didn’t click the links, I should mention that the video that I linked to as the good example probably isn’t the one that you thought was going to be the good one.)

      Cooking

      Obviously there’s nothing wrong with being able to make a good meal for yourself, so don’t think I’m picking on you if you regularly cook.  I’m more concerned with the guys like Randy Marsh from the “Crème Fraiche” episode of South Park.  You know, guys who own all sorts of utensils (and probably don’t know what most of them do), obsess over cooking shows, are always on the hunt for good recipes, and think they’re gourmet chefs just because they can make a casserole.

      Actual gourmet chefs, on the other hand, are doing the Lord’s work.  I fully respect people who can make elaborate and delicious meals, to the point that the rare times I eat at a nice restaurant, I typically don’t enjoy the meal as much as I should because I’m too busy envying the chef and hating myself for not knowing how to make anything more than a ham sandwich.

      Magic

      This is pretty self-explanatory. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your cheesy uncle who thought he was awesome when he would pretend to pull his thumb off or find a quarter behind your ear whenever he saw you at family reunions was actually a complete loser. Conversely, this is kind of badass.

      Doing Drugs

      This one is a little different than all the others in that I personally never get jealous of someone because they do drugs (just say no, kids).  But I still thought I should include it because there are enough examples of people who I think are pure badass primarily because of the boatloads of drugs they did or still do.  Plus, I think the juxtaposition of a looking down on the stereotypical meth head high school dropout and idolizing the stereotypical rock star who shoots up in his trailer before and/or after playing to a packed house is interesting.

      Sure there are exceptions and not everyone who does a ton of drugs is awesome (Lindsay Lohan), but guys like Hunter S. Thompson, Charlie Sheen (I know he’s become a cliché at this point and has kind of run his course, but less than six months ago the guy was on fire), and handfuls of pro wrestlers leave me no choice but to tip my hat to them simply because their ability to consume enough drugs to take down even the huskiest of Michigan cheerleaders is pretty impressive to me in some strange way.

      Graffiti

      The kids who spray paint random lines on alleyways and the sides of trains are undoubtedly complete twats, but after watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, I can’t help but think that guys like Banksy and Shepard Fairey rule (if Exit Through the Gift Shop was a hoax, that only makes me respect Banksy that much more since he was able to dupe so many people).

      Guitar

      Anybody who has spent any time on a college campus has seen the guy who knows two or three chords and sits in a grassy area on campus (usually with his shirt off), strums his guitar, and throws lyrics to a popular song over top of some guitar playing that in no way matches the actual song.  This is the novice I’m talking about, not people like me who tried to teach themselves how to play guitar (but failed miserably) in the privacy of their own homes (of course I’m not talking about me – I have to find a way to save face, after all).  And really, you don’t even have to be an expert at guitar for me to think you’re awesome.  So long as you can actually play the thing and aren’t just trying to give the impression that you know how to play, you’re cool in my book.  It’s the dude with his shirt peeled who is desperate for attention and bought a guitar just because he thought chicks would like him more that needs a swift kick to the taint.


      I think I might make my blog post for Friday a mailbag post, but that depends mostly on whether or not I get any good emails between now and then, so if you have anything to ask or tell me, send it to me in the form of an email and I’ll respond to it for all the world to see.  I know Simmons is in the midst of his “Summer of Mailbag” over at Grantland, so after you’re done complaining about how I’m copying him and after you’re done sulking over the fact that he didn’t include your email in his mailbag column from last week, send your rejected email my way and I’ll take care of you.

      And don’t forget to do your homework tonight and send me any ideas you came up with for what I discussed with this post.  If I get some good ones, I’ll post them at the end of the blog entries throughout the week and give you a shoutout, which will in turn surely result in at least 2 or 3 Facebook friend requests you wouldn’t have otherwise received.

      As always, if your ideas suck please keep them to yourselves.

       

      Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

      Mark Titus

      Club Trillion Founder


                We’ll Put A Boot In Your Ass, It’s The American Way        

      It’s no secret that I’m a patriotic person who gets so aroused at the thought of freedom that I may or may not have tried to look up the Statue of Liberty’s robe to see her labia of liberty when I visited New York City for the first time (more like Snatch-ue of Liberty, am I right?).  In fact, I’m so patriotic that “I love America” was one of only three things I included in the online dating profile I made a few years ago that lead to exactly 239 dates (if you must know, the other two things were “I am terrified of every kind of mustard” and “My penis is somewhere in between 4 and 17 inches long”).  I’m well aware that my patriotism could sometimes be interpreted as if I’m playing some sort of character and only pretend to care about America to be funny or something, but the truth is that I really do have a strong passion for my country.  While foreigners (and even a majority of Americans) scoff at how ridiculous it is that the cast of Jersey Shore are all millionaires, that singular fact epitomizes why I love the US of A so much (even though I also agree that it’s ridiculous that they’re rich) – it’s the only country in the world where literally anyone and everyone has a chance to make a name for themselves, even alcoholic douchers from New Jersey (like you, Barrale).  Simply put, this is the land of opportunity, where anyone can be anything they want to be.  Sure it helps to be born into a wealthy family or to be given freak athletic genes if you want to make it to the big leagues, but at the end of the day, every American is born with a blank slate and a world of opportunity ahead of them.  It’s on us to make the most of these chances.

      (One more thing and I’m done with this part of my rant: I was watching coverage of the royal wedding last week – but only because [insert acceptable excuse here]!!! – and I saw something about how Kate Middleton’s mom was chastised by the British media a few years ago for chewing gum in the Queen’s presence.  Now, I respect British traditions and actually do find the history of the royal family to be fascinating stuff, but I think I speak for all Americans when I say that I’m thankful I live in a country where I can not only chew gum in front of the president, but I can also tell him to lick my chode without any real repercussions if my heart desires.  I know Kate Middleton’s mom didn’t actually break any laws and wasn’t arrested or anything, but still.  The fact that she got chastised in the media was bad enough.  By comparison, disrespecting and disagreeing with the president is actually some Americans’ favorite pastime, not to mention a great way to get your own show on Fox News. So yeah, just another reason why America rules.)

      With all of that being said, because I’ve made it clear in the past how patriotic I am, I seem to be the guy that the Trillion Man March turns to whenever something happens that could warrant a USA chant.  No matter the time of year, I get all sorts of emails, tweets, Facebook messages/posts, etc. from the TMM whenever you all see a patriotic YouTube video, a news story that triggers national pride, or a badass picture of Teddy Roosevelt shooting bigfoot while smoking a cigar.  For many of you, I’m apparently your patriotic correspondent who you turn to when America is kicking ass and taking names.  So when the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, I knew I’d get bombarded by the TMM, which was ultimately exactly what happened.  And so, because of this reaction, I feel obligated to address bin Laden’s death, since I’m sure it would be a huge letdown for some of you if I ignored it altogether and didn’t at least offer my thoughts.  It still baffles me why anyone would care about my opinion on anything that could even remotely be considered a serious topic, but nonetheless some of you apparently do, so here’s how I feel about it.


      On the morning of September 11, 2001, a librarian from my school came into the classroom I was in and whispered something to my 8th grade US history teacher that left him visibly shaken.  Once the librarian left the room, my teacher somberly relayed the news to us: someone had flown a plane into the World Trade Center.  Being an ignorant 14-year-old, I had no idea what the World Trade Center was and therefore thought something along the lines of, “It’s sad and all, but plane crashes happen all the time.  Why did our librarian interrupt class to tell us about a random plane crash?”  This was the prevalent thought in our classroom, as pretty much nobody other than our teacher had the slightest clue what the World Trade Center was.  As it turned out, though, it didn’t really matter that I didn’t know what the WTC was, because even when I did ultimately learn that planes crashed into the tallest buildings in NYC, I still didn’t give much thought to it all due to the fact that I wasn’t mature enough comprehend the magnitude of death in general, let alone the deaths of thousands of people at once (regretfully, I remember being more concerned about whether or not we would play our football game the next day than anything else).  But now, almost ten years later, I can comprehend death, which is why the death of Osama bin Laden is such a big deal to me.  I can now comprehend the magnitude of all the deaths he caused, and in turn can comprehend the magnitude of his own death.

      The fact of the matter is that because 9/11 happened when I was just 14-years-old, Osama bin Laden has been the most wanted man in the world for almost half of my life.  That is truly incredible for me to think about.  What’s even crazier to think about is that there are very few things I remember before 9/11, which means that it’s difficult for me to remember a world in which bin Laden wasn’t the most dangerous man on the planet and didn’t have his sights set on bringing total destruction to the country I live in.  So nevermind the fact that he was supposedly just a figurehead at this point and didn’t have all that much power with Al Qaeda.  Nevermind the fact that killing him doesn’t mean the war against terrorism is over.  And nevermind the fact that the terrorists will most likely try to retaliate.  At the end of the day, the most evil person to walk the face of the earth in my lifetime – a man singlehandedly responsible for thousands of innocent civilian lives and public enemy #1 for the American people – is dead. That in and of itself is a very big deal and is reason to celebrate.

      There are a lot of self-righteous people who are trying to say it’s a disgrace that people would cheer the death of another human being, no matter how evil he may have been.  And there are also people who think bin Laden deserved a fair trial and killing him makes us just as inhumane as the terrorists are.  God bless these people. I think it’s awesome that there are people in this world who are compassionate and have such a strong moral fiber that they’re willing to treat Osama with the same respect as they would a loved one.  But I’m not one of these people.  The way I see it, bin Laden has repeatedly made it clear that he’s not actually a human but is instead a monster.  And the last time I checked, the protocol when dealing with monsters/zombies isn’t to slap some handcuffs on them, waste time and money on a trial that would obviously result in capital punishment, and then just shrug our shoulders and ho-hum as someone who has been terrorizing us for years dies.  No, the protocol is to put a bullet between his eyes, throw his ass on the express train to Hell, and rejoice that the world is rid of one less demon.

      Let me lastly say that I’m not naïve in thinking that America is suddenly fixed now.  We are far from perfect and still have a bunch of problems that need to be addressed.  But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate a significantly historic victory.  The bottom line is that I would make absolutely no difference in the war on terror if instead of celebrating in the streets and partying at Mirror Lake, I decided to stay focused and try to figure out how to fix America.  The beauty of our country is that I can sit on my lazy ass and play FIFA all day while the big shots in Washington figure out how to fix our problems (for the record, I couldn’t care less about politics. Everyone I know who is interested in politics basically just bitches all day about how the other party is wrong. I’m not interested in bitching so I just stay out of it altogether).  Whether or not I riot in the streets in celebration has literally zero effect on the American mission to end terrorism. 

      Sorry for the rant and sorry for being serious with all of this, but I honestly do view this as a historic time in America and felt compelled to quickly write about it, not only because it’s a significant time in our country’s history but also because some of the holier-than-thou people who are criticizing the majority of Americans for being excited kinda piss me off.  We aren’t necessarily excited that a human being died – we’re excited that no matter what else happens with this war on terror, the man who killed thousands of our innocent civilians and caused one of the most somber times in American history will never again hurt a single one of us.  Screw every other detail about the situation.  That alone is enough for me to be absolutely ecstatic.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

      God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.

      Proud To Be A Buckeye But Even Prouder To Be An American,

      Mark Titus

      Club Trillion Founder


                The Cage, Volume III        

      I was watching ESPN last week and I saw an interview they did with Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended by the NFL because he apparently used a bathroom stall for a number other than 1 or 2 (hint: it was 69). During the interview, Roethlisberger completely jacked Magic Johnson’s concept of having an alter ego created from fame and money. In an HBO documentary that aired earlier this year, Magic explained that it wasn’t actually Earvin Johnson who routinely cheated on his wife and got HIV. It was “Magic.” Magic was the leader of the Lakers who threw behind the back passes, oozed all sorts of charisma and personality in interviews, and put his tallywhacker where it didn’t belong. Earvin was a shy kid from Michigan who was humble, respectful, and could apparently grow a kickass afro. He went on to say something like deep down he was Earvin, but fame and money had turned him into Magic. Basically, he was a victim of his own success. Poor guy.

      The crazy thing about Magic’s interview was that I actually ended up feeling bad for him, even though everything he said suggested that I should have felt the exact opposite. The reason for this is because Magic is quite possibly the most likable athlete to ever live, which is why guys like me were listening to what he said and were thinking, “Wow, I never thought of it like that. Magic didn’t want to have sex with all these women, but since he was rich and famous, he had no choice.” I never once questioned his logic, because he’s Magic Johnson, and Magic Johnson could tell me that he murdered my family and destroyed every copy of FIFA ever made, and as long as he smiled and let out that hearty laugh of his, I’d probably shake his hand and tell him not to worry about it.

      Ben Roethlisberger, on the other hand, comes across as a guy who is as charismatic and persuasive as Brett Favre’s penis. So when he blatantly stole Magic’s alter ego concept and said something like “I stopped being the Ben Roethlisberger who grew up in Findlay and spent his weekends sheltering the homeless, and I started becoming Big Ben, captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” I couldn’t help but think of how big of a jerk this guy is and how I don’t feel sorry for him at all. Sure he used the exact same excuse as Magic, but since he’s nowhere near as likable as Magic, I was furious. The excuse works for guys who have an infectious smile (and in Magic’s case, an infectious disease) or at least a likable personality. It most certainly does not work for guys who think it’s appropriate to have the most rapist-looking haircut in the world right after they’ve been accused of sexual assault.

      I guess the point I’m trying to convey here is that I’m really upset that Big Ben had to completely ruin this otherwise great excuse for misbehaving. Magic laid the foundation for athletes and celebrities to save themselves with nothing more than a little charisma and an alter ego. I even used Magic’s model to formulate a plan for myself. In five to ten years, when the cops inevitably bust open my door to find a dead hooker in my bathtub and an unconscious me laying in the living room with my pants around my ankles and my face buried in a huge mound of cocaine, I was going to be so excited to tell the judge that it wasn’t me who got into all that trouble. It was The Shark. But no. Ben Roethlisberger has to go and be an unlikable sleazeball and ruin it for everyone. Wait, I got that wrong. It was Big Ben who ruined it for everyone. Ben Roethlisberger did nothing wrong. My bad.

      Now that I got that off my chest, let’s open up The Cage and see if I can do my best to avoid answering your emails. Before you ask, the answer is yes – all of these are real emails from real people, except for the ones that aren’t. ___________________________________________________

      My email question is: Why do you never answer emails?
      - Ann L.

      Good question.

      Dear Mark, you are my hero. I love you.
      -Riley A.

      Good statements.

      Since you are a mid twenties something man, I am sure that you were excited when you heard of NBA JAM 2010. And since you grew up in Indiana, I was wondering what you thought about the fact that Reggie Miller and Rik Smits didn't make the Pacers legends roster.
      - Matt S.

      Even though I grew up 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, I admittedly have never been much of a Pacers fan. This is predominantly because I absolutely despised the way Reggie Miller played basketball, which is to say that I despised how dirty of player he was and how much he trash talked. I hated all the theatrics that came with his game and I reached my boiling point with him when he pushed off of Jordan to hit that shot in the ‘98 Eastern Conference Finals, and then proceeded to execute the worst game-winning shot celebration in history. That play alone epitomized everything I hated about Reggie Miller.

      As I grew older, though, I realized that trash talking and playing dirty were woven into the fabric of basketball tradition just as much as Chuck Taylors and teammates using the N-bomb as a term of endearment. Upon learning this, I gained a greater appreciation for Reggie’s talents and actually respect the hell out of the guy now. He was one of the best clutch shooters of all-time and made the NBA that much better during his playing days. As for Rik Smits? He was always one of my favorite players if for no other reason than he had a mullet and an awesome nickname (The Dunkin Dutchman). I liked him so much that I briefly considered playing for Marist when they were recruiting me in high school, even though I knew absolutely nothing about the school or basketball program other than the fact that Rik Smits played there.

      To answer your question, I think this has the potential to make the fine people of Indianapolis the most upset they’ve been since Steven Tyler disgraced our great country with his national anthem at the 2001 Indy 500. Miller and Smits are the Pacers. If you asked all the Pacer fans who will buy NBA JAM 2010 to name the first two Pacers to come to mind, every one of them would say Miller and Smits. How could they possibly leave both of these guys off the game? More importantly, who got the nod ahead of them? Travis Best?

      Now that we got Moss how many more years does Favre stay for? 4? 5? 45?
      - Nate H.

      All of the above. He will retire after four more years, come back, retire again after another year, come back, and then finally retire for good 40 years later. But his final retirement won’t be his choice. It will be God’s. Following the 2055 NFL season, an 86-year-old Brett Favre will have a heart attack, pick up the phone to dial 911, and ultimately die in stunned silence after Tracy Porter intercepts his call.

      (I thought that taking an hour-long rape shower immediately after the Vikings lost the NFC Championship last year would get me over the loss. I couldn’t have been more wrong.)

      Who would win in a street fight? Mark Madsen or Craig Ehlo?
      - Doug P.

      This is a no-brainer. I’m taking Craig Ehlo over Mark Madsen in a fight of any kind, whether it be street, MMA, or pillow. This is because I’m 100% sure that he’s tougher than the Maddog. Think about it. Both of these guys are known for one thing respectively. Madsen is famous for setting white people back at least 20 years with his horrendous dancing at the Lakers championship celebration. And by 20 years, I mean that he didn’t set white people back at all because pretty much all white guys dance like that. But still.

      Ehlo’s claim to fame, however, is that he was repeatedly abused by Michael Jordan. I’m guessing a lot of people reading this are Cavs fans who don’t need to be reminded, but the rest of you probably only know Ehlo because of the shot Jordan hit over him at the buzzer to knock the Cavs out of the ‘89 playoffs, when in reality he was frequently dominated by Jordan (in Ehlo’s defense, though, who wasn’t?). Along with hitting “The Shot,” Jordan’s career high of 69 points also came against the Cavs in 1990, and while Ehlo didn’t start out guarding Jordan, he certainly guarded him (or attempted to) for a majority of the game. Ehlo got abused by Jordan so much, in fact, that during a game in Chicago, following a play in which Jordan scored on Ehlo even though Ehlo had wrapped him up with both arms, one of the game announcers was in such disbelief at how frequently plays like that happened that he felt compelled to say, “It always happens to Craig Ehlo” (I’m too lazy to look it up on YouTube, but I can just about guarantee that you’ll be able to find it). Jordan obviously had many victims during his career, but nobody got abused on a regular basis by Jordan like Craig Ehlo did. Nobody. Sorry, Cavs fans.

      So what does that have to do with fighting? It’s pretty simple, really. People have spent the past 10 years telling Madsen that he sucks at dancing, which is something that I’m sure he’s somewhat proud of. Meanwhile, people have been telling Craig Ehlo for the past 15+ years that he’s Jordan’s bitch. You and I can’t even fathom how much pent-up anger Ehlo is waiting to unleash because of this. That’s why I think if these guys really got into a fight, Ehlo would be like the disgruntled employee who finally snaps and shows up to work with a shotgun, only instead of pumping bullets into his co-workers he would be pumping a steady dose of knuckle sandwiches into Mark Madsen’s face.

      I think it's fair to say that I anticipated FIFA 11 just about as much as anyone. And, of course, was disappointed just as much as everyone. My roommate is the only one of my friends to share a love for the beautiful game. We got FIFA 10 last year to start preparing for the World Cup, and it was a great ride. I've even been getting up at 9:55 on Saturdays to watch EPL games. When FIFA 11 arrived we spent the next 2 days playing it and came to the conclusion that indeed it did suck, and maybe we'll just have to play FIFA 10. A few days go by and we give it another chance. Sure enough, I hate it just as much as before, however... he now pulls a 180 and says he likes it better than it's predecessor. I was floored. He read the first paragraph of your latest blog, and closed it. He refused to read, as he called it, “garbage.” So my question is - 1. Is his TMM membership revoked? and B. How do I best handle this doucher?
      - Dan W.

      As much as I’d like to revoke his TMM membership, the fact is that the only crime he’s guilty of is loving FIFA too much, which obviously isn’t a crime at all. I would be a hypocrite to denounce him for defending FIFA, so I can’t exactly be that upset.

      However, anyone who thinks FIFA 11 is better than FIFA 10 is obviously completely out of their mind. These are the same people who probably prefer the first Home Alone, the second version of DX, and the Third Reich. These people are so off-base with their thinking that they can’t be rationalized with. There is no saving your friend. I suggest you knock him unconscious, throw him in the trunk of your car, drive until you reach the depths of hell, and then leave his ass to rot in Ann Arbor, Michigan for being so dumb. Or you could just draw penises on his face the next time he passes out. Whatever works for you.

      What are your thoughts on Rufus taking on Brutus?
      - Justin B.

      I’m kinda split on this particular mascot attack. On the one hand, I’m all for mascot-on-mascot violence because every time it happens, it’s always hilarious to me. Always. Plus, when the kid who dressed up as Rufus was interviewed, he said that the only reason he ever tried out in the first place was because he knew that OU played Ohio State and he wanted to attack Brutus. I completely respect this kid’s ambition and desire to achieve his dreams. But, on the other hand, he kinda took a cowardly approach by springing a surprise attack on Brutus. There is absolutely no honor in how he went about doing it which kinda takes away from the act altogether. If you’re going to start a mascot fight, you gotta do it the old fashioned way – walk up behind the other mascot and give him a nice little shove. When he turns around to acknowledge your shove, you shove him again to let him know that it wasn’t an accident and that it most certainly is on. From there, you wait a second to let him have a chance to process what exactly is going on, and then you unleash hell. That’s the only fair way to go about it that still makes for great theater. It’s Mascot Fighting 101.

      When I first read about this mascot fight, I was immediately struck by how awesome both mascot names are. I was sure that a fight between Rufus and Brutus would have to be the greatest combination of mascot names that could possibly get into a fight, but like most things, I was wrong. After doing a little Wikipedia research, I’ve decided that the best possible mascot fight that could ever take place, based solely on the names of the mascots involved, would be if Scrotie (from the Rhode Island School of Design) fought Gaylord (from Campbell University). Can you imagine the headlines if this ever happened? I would actually go buy a newspaper for once in my life, just so I could have a copy of a paper with an inadvertently hilarious headline like “Gaylord Wrestles With Scrotie.” Another element of hilarity is added when you consider that this story is absolutely unGooglable, because Googling “gaylord” and “scrotie” together would result in nothing but gay porn on at least the first 27 pages of results (not that I would know or anything). That really would be the greatest mascot fight ever. I dare you to check out the Wikipedia list of mascots and come up with something better than that.

      Speaking of homosexuality…

      I played D3 hoops and we always had uncomfortable conversations about why one or two guys would rather hike back to the dorms in the winter weather than get into the team shower mix. Along those lines, were you a shower sandal wearer, or were you willing to take that risk? Did you ever pee on your feet as a faux method to kill fungus? Did your teammates offer to do it for you? Was my locker room just that weird?
      - CC

      First I’ll answer your questions - no, yes (just to freak out my teammates who apparently never realized that I’d douse my feet in soap after I did it), no, and yes if your teammates offered to do it for you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll address something that should have been addressed long ago.

      Locker room shower etiquette is one of the most confusing things in the world to me, right up there with the female anatomy and Three 6 Mafia winning an Oscar. In all my years of playing sports, I’ve never understood it. It’s completely counterintuitive for one fairly obvious reason.

      It’s no secret that male athletes (specifically football and basketball players) are some of the most homophobic people on the planet. This is solely because they have an unspoken pressure to be as tough as they possibly can, and doing anything that could ever be perceived as “gay” would completely destroy their macho reputation in their minds. This is why they annoyingly overuse the phrase “no homo” on a regular basis (“no homo but I’m really hungry”), because even the slightest act of “gayness” would destroy an athlete’s reputation among his colleagues. Yet these are the same people who see no problem with packing twelve naked guys into a tiny communal shower area or making fun of a teammate with a small penis. It truly is perplexing.

      And then there are women athletes, who are often stereotyped as being lesbians, even though a majority of them aren’t. But even so, anyone who has ever been on spring break can tell you that there are tons of straight girls who are willing to make out with each other if you offer them $20 or simply start a convincing group chant. Women athletes don’t have that macho perception to live up to, which is why they tend to be much less paranoid about being perceived as gay. But if you were to ask women athletes if they use the locker room showers after their games, nearly all of them would say something along the lines of, “That’s disgusting. Why would we do that?” It truly is perplexing.

      Speaking of homosexuality…

      My bromate named Chris continually bashes soccer for only being for homosexual people. Do you believe that assessment is true?
      - Terry P.

      In a word, no. In a hyperlink, this.

      What is your greatest experience with a Thad Matta halftime or postgame tongue lashing?
      - Caleb W.

      A little known fact about Coach Matta is that he might be the worst yeller in the history of getting angry. What I mean by this is that it’s completely unnatural for him to yell, so when he does it’s hard to take him seriously. He’s the consummate “players’ coach,” which is why I was able to write my blog and act like an idiot on a daily basis. Because of this, he rarely ever screamed at us and when he did it was always a little forced. Looking back, it was always pretty funny when he yelled but one story involving his yelling sticks out more than any other, even though it wasn’t at halftime or after a game.

      During my freshman year at Ohio State, Coach Matta began having back problems that eventually led to him having foot drop in his right foot that still plagues him today. Before his injury, one of his favorite ways of expressing his anger during practice was to dropkick a basketball into the Schottenstein Center stands. When yelling simply wasn’t getting the job done, he’d find a ball laying close to him scream a few four-letter words, and cherry bomb for the upper deck. But when he started having back problems, he obviously couldn’t punt basketballs anymore, so he had to start improvising.

      Maybe the funniest moment in my Ohio State career happened at one practice after Coach Matta’s back problems came up. He got upset with the way we were playing, presumably because Ivan Harris was shooting too many fade-away threes and Ron Lewis was smacking his lips at everybody, and stopped practice to unleash a furious tirade. After he thought he got through to us, we started practicing again. But on the very first play back, somebody didn’t do something right (my guess is that Daequan Cook forgot that he had to run to the other end of the floor and play defense after he scored) and Coach Matta lost it. He temporarily forgot about his foot drop as he searched for a basketball to punt into the stands. When he eventually found one, the proverbial light bulb in his head went off telling him that kicking a basketball is right next to swinging a golf club and receiving a powerbomb on the list of “The Absolute Worst Things You Could Possibly Do With A Bad Back.” Upon realizing this, Coach Matta turned to a nearby assistant coach and quickly told him something that was undoubtedly along the lines of “kick this for me.”

      The assistant (who will remain unnamed for his sake) was obviously flustered by the request, because it was probably the last thing he expected to hear. Plus, he hadn’t even been that upset that we were playing badly, or at least he certainly wasn’t mad enough to want to kick a basketball. Still, the assistant didn’t want to upset Coach Matta more than he already was, so he quickly wound up to kick the ball. But instead of kicking it, he almost completely whiffed, as the ball grazed the side of his foot and rolled to the other end of the court. When this happened, the assistant was so embarrassed about whiffing that he actually became just as mad as Coach Matta, even though it was for a completely different reason. In a hilarious turn of events, the assistant coach decided that the best way to release the anger that he had just developed was to, you guessed it, dropkick another basketball. He hurriedly grabbed another ball and again wound up to boot the snot out of it. This time he made a little better contact, with “little” being the operative word here. The ball shot off the side of his foot as he shanked the kick into only the fifth row of the stands. I started laughing so hard that I had to bury my face in my jersey, and eventually acted like I had to pee so I could leave the gym without getting busted for not taking things seriously. It was, without a doubt, the worst execution of an angry tirade by a coaching staff that I’ve ever witnessed.

      Ok, so maybe it wasn’t the funniest thing to happen when I was at Ohio State. But it’s still pretty funny to think about a pissed off Coach Matta delegating the role of ball-kicker to a flustered assistant coach, who just so happened to be so bad a kicking that he made Ray Finkle look like Morten Andersen.

      Just was wondering what your thoughts are on OSU basketball team this upcoming year. Think they will be as good as you guys were last year even with the loss of The Villain? I know they have a good incoming freshman class that will help, especially with Sullinger. So just seeing what your thoughts are on the subject.
      - JJ S.

      Obviously I could make some wisecracks about how Ohio State is going to struggle to replace me and my record for the most wins in the history of the program. And I could joke about how I brought so many intangibles to the team that I’m just as synonymous with intangibility as MC Hammer. And I could also make some funnies about how screwed the team will be because they’ll have one less silky smooth J to have to keep in check during practice, which means they won’t be nearly as prepared as they should be for games. I could do all those things, but since most of you are probably Ohio State fans who really do want to know how good the team will be, I’ll give you my honest opinion on this year’s team.

      I fully expect this year’s team to be every bit as good as our team from last year, even though they lost The Villain. In fact, I think they might actually be better off without The Villain. Obviously, on the surface it seems like I’m saying this just because I want to take shots at The Villain, but the truth is that last year we won or lost based on how he played. Clearly he played well more often than not, but even so, many of our games consisted of four guys standing around watching Evan take over. This became a problem during a few stretches of last season. There’s no way that they’ll be able to replace The Villain this year, but I don’t think they necessarily need to. This team will have a lot more parity, which will force teams to plan their defenses around more than one guy.

      On an individual level, I really think Will Buford will be the best player in the Big Ten this year, which may be surprising to hear for some people. I don’t think he has much of a chance to win the Big Ten POY simply because of the fact that the people who vote for these things are unfathomably stupid, but he certainly has the talent to be phenomenal this year. From what I’ve seen over the summer and early this fall, Will has not only improved his basketball skills, but he’s also taken his mental approach to a whole new level. Last year he kinda took a backseat and picked his spots throughout the season, but this year he’s already showing signs of being the undisputed go-to guy on the team. He’s playing his ass off right now and I would say his swagger is through the roof, except I’ve never actually used the word “swagger” to describe anything in my life and I really don’t want to start now. But you get the idea.

      As for some of the other guys – Dallas Lauderdale finally gave in to his baldness and shaved his head, which is hilariously awesome to me. Dave Lighty has promised me that since this is his 17th and last year at OSU, he’s planning on making it his best. And Jon Diebler is still the same doucher he’s always been.

      Oh, and Coach Matta told me that Jared Sullinger is the best player he’s ever recruited. Ever. And this was when Jared was at least 30 pounds overweight. He’s since lost a lot of weight and is in much better shape. Translation: I’m going to every home game this year.

      Which brings us to the next email…

      I'm a freshmen here at the great OSU. Basketball tickets go on sale today, and the games I've been to I (and I'm sure you also) have noticed some great fans in the student section such as Red Man Group and the Cowboy. With the basketball fans getting a lot of flack about not being good enough and the reforms they made to the student section this year (behind the bench), do you have any ideas for one person or a group of people to get a 4 year tradition of great Buckeye fanhood? The only idea I have that is decent (or maybe not) would be to have 5 guys all in full uniform behind the bench every game and call ourselves "Second String" or something like that. So let me know if you've got some good ones and you can see your work in action this winter at the games.
      - Eric L.

      If there’s one thing I’ve always wished I was better at, it’s parkour. But if there’s two things I wished I was better at, they’re parkour and coming up with creative ideas for basketball fans or fantasy football/intramural team names. For some reason I always draw a blank on these kinds of things, probably because I have never actually experienced any of them. I’ve never played intramurals or fantasy football and I was always too busy making it rain to think about creative basketball fan costumes or signs, which is why I think I’m so far behind on the creative curve with this stuff. It’s a lame, copout of an excuse, I know. But I really think this Second String idea is solid. I’d go with that if I were you.

      I’m a sophomore in high school. Today I was eating lunch and like we do everyday, we were shooting trick shots into the trash can with our empty Gatorade bottles, the only drink for high quality athletes. I made a behind the back bounce off one table and over our assistant principal. I just wanted a judgment of this shot from a respected, honorable American like yourself. On a scale from 1 to the size of Greg Oden's penis, what would you rate this shot?
      - Nathan P.

      Without video evidence, I just don’t see how I can give it anything higher than a Brett Favre.

      Since there has been a tremendous lack of historical wrestling flavor in your blog save for a few small references, I would like to share with you that two of the all-time legends, Ric Flair and Mick Foley, will battle it out in the upcoming TNA Impact in somewhat of a "Last Match".
      Where does this fall in the list of all-time saddest wrestling moments?
      - AJ K.

      In order, here’s my list of the Top 10 all-time saddest moments in wrestling history:

      1. My parents telling me when I was in 3rd grade that I couldn’t watch wrestling anymore because it’s “filth.” It would be almost five years before I started watching again. An obvious choice for #1.
      2. Owen Hart falling to his death
      3. Chris Benoit murders/suicide
      4. The Montreal Screwjob
      5. Ric Flair and Mick Foley – “Last Match”
      6. Keller showing me a particular zoomed in screen shot from the X-Pac and Chyna sex tape (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky – you honest to God don’t want to know)
      7. Earthquake squashing Damien
      8. Mae Young giving birth to Mark Henry’s hand baby (sad because it was an awkward and embarrassingly terrible storyline)
      9. The Rock starring in The Tooth Fairy
      10. The fact that this video doesn’t even have 60,000 views

      I know it goes without saying, but just so we’re clear – the greatest moment in wrestling history is without a doubt “The Plane Ride from Hell,” highlighted by Ric Flair trying to get a flight attendant’s attention by spinning his penis in circles while wearing nothing but one of his badass robes.

      I've been thinking for some time that you're input could be valuable on this subject. Since last winter my roommates and I have debated what would be the best way to "make whoopee" with Jillian from The Biggest Loser. I guess there really are a lot of excellent options to go about this but the following are the choices for the four of us:
      1. My personal favorite: Give her absolutely everything you've got only to have her screaming at you how inferior you are
      2. Completely dominate and control her to turn the tables
      3. Cover her in all manner of fatty delicious deserts and eat them off each other as foreplay
      4. The two of you are
      “furries.” I think this guy has a fetish b/c I'm not sure how it relates to Jillian.
      - Scott C.

      Call me old-fashioned, but if I had to “make whoopee” with Jillian I’d just do it the same way I’ve done it my whole life – I’d make her a mixtape full of K-Ci & JoJo to get her attention, I’d give her my class ring to prove my sincerity, and then I’d slip a roofie into her drink and have my way with her underneath the bleachers during the 3rd quarter of the varsity football game. But that’s just me. I’m more chivalrous than most. ___________________________________________________

      After I called out the walk-on community with my last blog post, tons of walk-ons around the country emailed me to sign up for The Belt. This is very encouraging, but I still think we need more guys. So again, please email me if you are a Division I men’s basketball walk-on. Even if you aren’t eligible for The Belt, you can still help out by writing a Facebook message or something to the walk-ons for your favorite basketball team that will let them know about this awesome contest.

      I also want to take a second to remind everyone about the Club Trillion Halloween costume contest I decided to have. In case you forgot, the only rule for the contest is that your costume has some sort of reference to Club Tril. This reference can be as strong or as weak as you want, as costumes can range from a walk-on basketball player sitting on a bench to my idea of a giant inflatable penis wearing an Evan Turner jersey. Remember: the stakes are high, as the most creative costume gets a free “FUNDAMENTALS MONTAGE!!!” shirt.

      Finally, I wanted to let the Trillion Man March know that we will again be taking part in Movember this year for prostate cancer awareness/research. Since this blog post is already long enough, I’ll provide all the details with the next blog post. For now, I just wanted to remind you all to get mentally prepared to start growing your mustaches out on November 1st. Also, I’m planning on having maybe a couple mustache contests and I’m working on getting Barbasol to sponsor everything by providing shaving cream for the winners. Get excited. ___________________________________________________

      Your awesome YouTube was sent in to me by John J. and features Mitchell, a member of the TMM, wearing his CLUB TRIL shirt. There’s your shout-out, John. And here’s your video.

      Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

      Mark Titus

      Club Trillion Founder


                Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Bryce Pinkham to Star in BENNY & JOON Musical at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!        

      The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the first show of its 2017-2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Based on the beloved 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil, Benny & Joon is directed by Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director of New York's Transport Group.

      It will run September 7 - October 22, 2017, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run September 7 - 14, with opening night on Friday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $36 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 18 at 12:00 noon.

      Benny & Joon is a delightful world premiere musical based on the beloved offbeat '90s romantic comedy movie. As Joon's sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe, and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world-full of classic films, Buster Keaton, and an oddball approach to domestic life-turns everything upside down. With unforgettable characters and a beguiling and tuneful score, Benny & Joon explores what happens when we step out of our comfort zones and take a leap toward love.

      The cast features Andrew Samonsky (Broadway's South Pacific, Scandalous) as Benny, Hannah Elless (Bright Star at the Globe and on Broadway) as Joon, and Bryce Pinkham (Tony Award nominee for Broadway's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as Sam, along with Colin Hanlon (Broadway's Falsettos, In Transit) as Mike, January LaVoy (Enron on Broadway, Coraline Off Broadway) as Ruthie, Paolo Montalban (Globe's Allegiance, ABC's Cinderella with Brandy) as Larry, Natalie Toro (Broadway's A Tale of Two Cities, Les Misérables) as Dr. Cruz and Mrs. Smail, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Disney's Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse) as Waldo and Video Store Owner. Completing the cast as Understudies are San Diego local Katie Whalley Banville (Globe's A Doll's House, Playhouse's Freaky Friday and Escape to Margaritaville) and Jake Millgard (Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. graduate, Globe's Guys and Dolls).

      The creative team includes Scott Rink (Choreographer), Dane Laffrey (Scenic and Costume Design), R. Lee Kennedy (Lighting Design), Kai Harada (Sound Design), Michael Starobin (Orchestrations), J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director), Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting), Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager), and Amanda Salmons (Stage Manager).

      "I'm truly excited to open the Globe's 2017-2018 Season with this special new musical," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "A world premiere based on the delightfully offbeat 1993 MGM film, Benny & Joon centers on something rare in the musical theatre: the bond between siblings. The love between the brother and sister of the title is deep, moving, and real, and it gives this musical a gentleness and sweetness that I find completely captivating. Creators Kirsten Guenther, Nolan Gasser, and Mindi Dickstein have brought to the Globe a memorable and unique show, and my friend Jack Cummings III-who has carved out a unique space in the American theatre with the very human, people-driven stories he tells-brings Benny & Joon a beautiful spontaneity and freshness. The show's score-rich, complex, melodic, and fun-won me over instantly when I first heard it, and I am happy to share this bright new work with San Diego audiences."

      Additional events taking place during the run of Benny & Joon include:

      VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m.

      An opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE.

      SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, September 16 following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

      Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians, and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! FREE.

      POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesday, September 19, Tuesday, September 26, and Wednesday, October 4.

      Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast, crew, and/or Globe staff members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. FREE.

      Single tickets to Benny & Joon start at $36 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 18 at 12:00 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

      Performances begin on September 7 and continue through October 22, 2017. Performance times: Previews: Thursday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.; and Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. Opening night is Friday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances (September 16 - October 22):Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be no performances on Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. and no matinee performance on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m.

      ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

      Kirsten Guenther (Book) previously lived in Paris, where she worked as a Paris correspondent for USATODAY.com and penned the popular weekly column "The Sexy Expat," about an American journalist trying to navigate and date the French. Her current theatre commissions include The Years Between (T. Fellowship) and the new musical Measure of Success (The Rockefeller Foundation Grant). Ms. Guenther wrote the book and lyrics for Little Miss Fix-It (as seen on NBC) and the book for Mrs. Sharp (Richard Rodgers Award for the Playwrights Horizons workshop starring Jane Krakowski, directed by Michael Greif). She penned the books to Out of My Head (licensed by Steele Spring Stage Rights) and The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (Bay Area Theatre Award nomination). Ms. Guenther is the recipient of a Johnny Mercer Writers Fellowship, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a Lincoln Center Honorarium. She has penned sketches for personalities such as James Franco, Jared Leto, Christopher Walken, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steve Buscemi, Kathie Lee and Hoda, and others. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from USC and an M.F.A. from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University.

      Nolan Gasser (Music) is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist. He is most notably the architect of Pandora Radio's Music Genome Project and the company's chief musicologist from its founding in 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University. His original compositions have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, among many others. His theatrical projects beyond Benny & Joon include the opera The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (2013); the oratorio Repast: An Oratorio on the Life of Booker Wright (2015); and the musical Start Me Up, in development. Dr. Gasser's forthcoming book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste, will be released in 2018 (Flatiron Books - Macmillan Publishers). He is also the subject of a documentary for the ESPN FiveThirtyEight series The Collectors entitled "Breaking Music Down to Its Genes" (2015). The film highlights his forthcoming work with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to pilot an algorithm to provide personalized musical therapy for cancer patients. Dr. Gasser's TEDx Talk, "Empowering Your Musical Taste," is available on YouTube.

      Mindi Dickstein (Lyrics) is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright. She wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Little Women (licensed by Music Theatre International, original cast album released by Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records). Her work on Benny & Joon, showcased in the 2016 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival, was developed in part at Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and Transport Group. Her current projects include Snow in August (based on the Pete Hamill novel), which had a developmental reading at Second Stage in June; and Alight Arise Return, developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and Lark Play Development Center. Her other musicals include Disney's Toy Story: The Musical, for which she wrote the book; and Trip (Playwrights Horizons Steinberg Charitable Trust Commission), Notes Across a Small Pond (Bridewell Theatre), and Beasts and Saints (Boston Music Theatre Project, ASCAP Foundation Workshop), for which she wrote book and lyrics. Her short play Starving to Death in Midtown was produced worldwide as part of the 2015 Climate Change Theatre Action. Her songs have been performed widely, including at Lincoln Center's Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists. Ms. Dickstein's honors include a Jonathan Larson Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowships. She received her M.F.A. from and is currently on the faculty of New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

      Jack Cummings III (Director) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Transport Group, where he most recently directed William Inge's Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba in rotating repertory. His favorite Transport Group credits include Queen of the Mist by Michael John LaChiusa (world premiere); See Rock City & Other Destinations by Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias (New York premiere); The Audience (conceiver, world premiere); cul-de-sac by John Cariani (world premiere); Normal by Yvonne Adrian, Tom Kochan, and Cheryl Stern (world premiere); Marcy in the Galaxy by Nancy Shayne (world premiere); and Three Days to See (author/conceiver, world premiere); as well as revivals of I Remember Mama; Hello Again; First Lady Suite; Once Upon a Mattress; Almost, Maine; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; The Boys in the Band; All the Way Home; and Our Town. His other New York credits include the world premiere of Terrence McNally's And Away We Go (The Pearl Theatre Company), 1,000 Words Come to Mind by Michele Lowe and Scott Richards (Inner Voices Theatre, world premiere), and Arlington by Polly Pen and Victor Lodato (Inner Voices Theatre, world premiere). His regional credits include I Remember Mama (Two River Theater), A Streetcar Named Desire (Gretna Theatre), Violet and The Young Man from Atlanta (Barksdale Theatre), and The Illusion (Nevada Theatre Company). He received his B.A. in International Relations from William and Mary and his M.F.A. in Directing from University of Virginia. He is married to actress Barbara Walsh.

      Katie Whalley Banville (Understudy) returns to The Old Globe, where she previously worked on A Doll's House. Her recent credits include Disney'sFreaky Friday and the world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville (La Jolla Playhouse). She is a Resident Artist at Cygnet Theatre Company, with credits including Dainty June in Gypsy, April in Company, Parade, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, and Man of La Mancha. Her other regional credits include Louise inGypsy (Craig Noel Award) and Clara in Passion (ion theatre company), Jenny Hill in Big Fish and Gingy in Shrek The Musical (Moonlight Stage Productions), and Andi Lee in 42nd Street (San Diego Musical Theatre). Her choreography credits include Gutenberg! The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company) and A Christmas Carol (Cygnet).

      Hannah Elless (Joon) returns to The Old Globe, where she originated the role of Margo Crawford in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musicalBright Star. Ms. Elless made her Broadway debut singing "Bless the Lord" in the revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, followed by a very "Neil" turn in the Drama Desk Award-nominated The Other Josh Cohen under the direction of Tony Award winner Ted Sperling. She was most recently seen Off Broadway in Transport Group's Obie Award-winning productions of Picnic, as Millie Owens, and Come Back, Little Sheba, as Marie Buckholder. She can be found this fall on HBO's new television drama "The Deuce." Ms. Elless's film credits include Before Winter, The Lake Effect, and The Over/Under, as well as the upcoming When Mary Met Ally.

      Colin Hanlon (Mike) was in the Falsettos revival, In Transit, and Rent on Broadway. He also played Fiyero in the first national tour of Wicked. He was Adam in The New York premiere of Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman (Vineyard Theatre). Mr. Hanlon was in the original casts of I Love You Because and Edges. He played Pete in the world premiere of The 12 by Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company) and Luke in the regional premiere of Next Fall at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Hanlon's television credits include Steven on the Emmy Award-winning "Modern Family" on ABC, "Difficult People" on Hulu, and "The Sinner" on USA Network. He also starred in and produced "Submissions Only."

      January LaVoy (Ruthie) is makes her Old Globe debut in Benny & Joon. She has appeared on Broadway in Enron and Off Broadway in Measure for Measure (Theatre for a New Audience), Wings (Second Stage Theatre), Coraline (MCC Theater), and Two Trains Running, Home, Funnyhouse of a Negro,and the world premiere of Will Eno's Wakey, Wakey (Signature Theatre Company). Her regional credits include Mattie Campbell in Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Mark Taper Forum), Kate in Good People (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Isabella in Measure for Measure (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Dawn in Lobby Hero, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Denver Center Theatre Company), and the world premiere of Native Guard (ALLIANCE THEATRE). Her television credits include "Blue Bloods," "3 lbs.," "Law & Order" (original, "Criminal Intent," and "Special Victims Unit"), and Noelle Ortiz on "One Life to Live". Her voiceover work includes many national commercial campaigns and over 150 audiobooks. Ms. LaVoy has been honored as Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly and has received multiple Audie Awards.

      Jake Millgard (Understudy) was last seen in the Globe's productions of Guys and Dolls, Measure for Measure (Globe for All), Love's Labor's Lost,Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, and Arms and the Man. He received his M.F.A. from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and appeared in their productions of As You Like It, The Seagull, Clybourne Park, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. His New York credits include Sex and Violence, On Campus, and Remembering Kimberly. His regional credits include Dracula and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Full Monty (Northern Stage), and Art, The Odd Couple, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre). He also appeared in the premiere of The Open Road Anthology (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Some of his television and film credits include "Grimm," Pudding Face, Placebo, and Frank and Barry.

      Paolo Montalban (Larry) was last seen at the Globe as Mike Masaoka in the world premiere of Allegiance. He is best known for portraying The Prince opposite Brandy in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (ABC), as well as the series lead Kung Lao in "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" (TNT), which was based on the popular video game. He has appeared on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Emilia Clarke; as Manjiro in Pacific Overtures(Roundabout Theatre Company); and in The King and I. He was most recently seen Off Broadway as Tommie Haw, a stripping Chinese American cowboy, in Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons). His other New York credits include Eglamour in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in the Park) and Claro in The Romance of Magno Rubio (Ma-Yi Theater Company). His regional work includes Arthur in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (The Muny, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company), the world premiere of Bella (Dallas Theater Center), The King in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music (American Conservatory Theater), The Emperor in The Orphan of Zhao (La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater), and Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse). Mr. Montalban has played recurring and guest-starring roles on "Madam Secretary," "The Blacklist," "Nurse Jackie," and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." His film credits include Just Wright, American Adobo, andThe Great Raid.

      Bryce Pinkham (Sam) is making his Old Globe debut. His Broadway credits include A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles,Holiday Inn, Ghost, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His favorite television appearances are on PBS's "Mercy Street" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down." He is a frequent collaborator with Outside the Wire, a theatre company that brings social-impact performances to American military audiences around the world. His most recent tours include Kuwait, Qatar, Japan, and Guantanamo Bay. He is a proud Leonore Annenberg Fellow and an enthusiastic graduate of Boston College and Yale School of Drama. Along with Globe M.F.A. alumnus Lucas Caleb Rooney, he co-founded a charity that uses theatrical storytelling to empower at-risk youth in Madagascar and the United States.

      Andrew Samonsky (Benny) has appeared on Broadway as Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Kenneth Ormiston in Scandalous, and Lt. Cable in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, with which he was also seen in the "Live from Lincoln Center" PBS broadcast. Most recently he played Robert Kincaid in the first national tour of The Bridges of Madison County. He originated the role of Captain Phoebus in the American premiere ofThe Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse). Mr. Samonsky was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Frank Russell in the Off Broadway production of Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist, and he appeared in the City Center Encores! productions ofFiorello! and Merrily We Roll Along. He has originated the roles of Richard in Somewhere in Time (Portland Center Stage), Beauchamp in Tales of the City(American Conservatory Theater), Joshua in Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), and Nick in Disney's On the Record (first national tour). He is a soloist with symphonies across the country, including the New York Philharmonic and Boston Pops. His television and film credits include "Elementary," "Guiding Light," The Ceiling Fan, and The Secret Song.

      Natalie Toro (Dr. Cruz, Mrs. Smail) originated the role of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway and won Sarasota Magazine's Best Featured Actress Award in its pre-Broadway run. She was the first American to play the role of Eponine in Les Misérables, and she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Eva Peron in the 20th anniversary tour of Evita. She originated the role of Sally in Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol and also played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Grizabella in Cats, and Camila in In the Heights. She has originated roles Off Broadway including La Bruja in The Yellow Brick Road and Ginger in Zombie Prom. Her regional work includes The Bikinis, Zorba, Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers,Frances of Guernica, Everything's Ducky, and The Fix produced by Cameron Macintosh. Ms. Toro is currently a headliner with her one-woman show on major cruise lines around the world. Her CD Natalie Toro includes a duet with Sutton Foster, and her holiday CD Just in Time for Christmas features duets with Ryan Kelly from Celtic Thunder and Grammy Award winner Jon Secada. Ms. Toro's television credits include "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Elementary," "Person of Interest," and "Black Box." She has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras and at Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

      Jason SweetTooth Williams (Waldo, Video Store Owner) is making his Old Globe debut with Benny & Joon. He has spent the last year in the new Disney musical Freaky Friday, enjoying runs at La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Alley Theatre, and Signature Theatre Company, where it received its world premiere. He was also recently seen Off Broadway opposite Jackie Hoffman as Prince Dauntless in Transport Group's production of Once Upon a Mattress directed by Jack Cummings III. Mr. Williams is a longtime collaborator of award-winning writer Joe Iconis, having appeared in Iconis's Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (Summer Play Festival/The Public Theater), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and Things to Ruin (album available on Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records). His other favorite theatre credits include Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group), The Trouble with Doug (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), and The Disappearing Man (Musical Theatre Factory). As a writer, Mr. Williams co-wrote the '70s Blaxploitation-inspired action musical Broadway BounTy Hunter, which had its world premiere last summer starring Annie Golden at Barrington Stage Company.

      Scott Rink (Choreographer) choreographed the Off Broadway productions of Once Upon a Mattress, Three Days to See, Queen of the Mist, Hello Again, Being Audrey, Crossing Brooklyn, Songs for a New World, and Normal. Mr. Rink's regional credits include Carnaval de Fuego (Six Flags Elitch Gardens),Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Children's Theatre), Disney's Mulan (Imagination Stage), and Seussical (Wagner College). His commissioned works include dances for Ailey II, ABT II, Oakland Ballet Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Theatre, The Ailey School, Harvard University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and University of Minnesota, among others. Mr. Rink has created a number of works for his company danceRINK in New York City and abroad. As a dancer, Mr. Rink performed in the companies of Eliot Feld, Elisa Monte, Karole Armitage, and Lar Lubovitch.

      Dane Laffrey (Scenic and Costume Design) previously designed sets for The Old Globe's production of The Few. His Broadway credits include set and costumes for Deaf West's Spring Awakening, set for Fool for Love, and sets for this season's revival of Once on This Island at Circle in the Square Theatre. His recent Off Broadway credits include sets and/or costumes for Rancho Viejo, Indian Summer, The Christians, and Iowa (Playwrights Horizons),Sell/Buy/Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Homos, or Everyone in America (LAByrinth Theater Company), Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group), The Harvest (Lincoln Center Theater), The Glory of the World (Brooklyn Academy Of Music's Harvey Theater), Cloud Nine (Atlantic Theater Company), and other work at Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, MCC Theater, Soho Rep., Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Transport Group, and many others. Mr. Laffrey's regional work includes the Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Goodspeed Musicals, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, New York Stage and Film, and others. He has also designed internationally in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka, and throughout Australia. Mr. Laffrey won a 2017 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Set and Costume Design, and he has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and four Henry Hewes Design Awards, along with numerous regional accolades.

      R. Lee Kennedy (Lighting Design) is the resident lighting designer for New York City-based Transport Group, and he has designed their Off Broadway productions of Inge in Rep: Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba; Once Upon a Mattress; Three Days to See; I Remember Mama (Henry Hewes Design Award nomination); Almost, Maine; Queen of the Mist (Hewes nomination); Hello Again; See Rock City (Drama Desk Award nomination); Bury the Dead(Drama Desk nomination); Marcy in the Galaxy; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; Normal; The Audience (Drama Desk nomination); First Lady Suite;Requiem for William; Our Town; and the world premiere play And Away We Go by Terrence McNally, produced by The Pearl Theatre Company. His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza (Barrymore Award) and The Outgoing Tide (Barrymore nomination) (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Cake Off (Signature Theatre Company), and I Remember Mama (Two River Theater), as well as Illinois Shakespeare Festival's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 seasons. Mr. Kennedy has designed national tours of The Secret Garden (Joseph Jefferson Award Citation), Once on This Island, Five Guys Named Moe, and A Grand Night for Singing.

      Kai Harada (Sound Design) designed the Broadway productions of Amélie, Sunday in the Park with George, Allegiance, Gigi, Fun Home, On the Town,First Date, Follies (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), and Million Dollar Quartet. His other credits include Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Beaches (Drury Lane Theatre), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Little Dancer and First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb (The Kennedy Center), Zorro (Moscow, Atlanta), Hinterm Horizont (Berlin), Sweeney Todd and The Pirates of Penzance (Portland Opera), and She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He was also the audio consultant for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

      Michael Starobin (Orchestrations) previously orchestrated In Your Arms at The Old Globe. His credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, Freaky Friday, Kid Victory, Falsettos, First Daughter Suite, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, If/Then, Annie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, The People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal (Tony Award), The Glorious Ones, Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Assassins (Tony Award), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys and Dolls (1992), My Favorite Year, In Trousers, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance/Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, and Von Richthofen. His film credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Goofy Movie, Life with Mikey, Home on the Range, Tangled, Lucky Stiff, and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

      J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director) previously served as music director of The Old Globe's Rain. He recently penned new arrangements for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, currently playing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His select New York credits include Adding Machine, Curtains, First Daughter Suite, The House of Blue Leaves, Iowa, Mary Poppins, We the People, and seven seasons with Lincoln Center Theater. His regional credits include Barrington Stage Company, Hangar Theatre, The Kennedy Center, New York Stage and Film, three national tours for Theatreworks USA, and Two River Theater. He is part of the founding faculty of New Studio on Broadway at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, as well as the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and he is music supervisor at Camp Broadway. He is also a composer, lyricist, and writer whose works have been seen Off Broadway. In addition, he is the resident composer for The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York and is a recipient of an American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant.

      Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting) returns to The Old Globe after casting their productions of October Sky and Bright Star (Artios Award nomination). His Broadway and national tour credits include Bright Star, Next Fall (Artios nomination), The Seafarer, Coram Boy, Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Dirty Dancing, and South Pacific. Off Broadway and regionally he has cast productions for Lincoln Center Theater, Women's Project Theater, New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater (Artios nomination for The Power of Duff), Atlantic Theater Company, Naked Angels (Artios Award for Fault Lines), Pasadena Playhouse, Irish Arts Center, Soho Theatre in London, American Theater Group, and New York Musical Festival, among many others.

      Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on the Globe productions of King Richard II; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; October Sky; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; Bright Star; Dog and Pony; The Winter's Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; Allegiance; A Room with a View; Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show; The Savannah Disputation; Kingdom; and the 2007 Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Nero also worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and will soon be launching the show's tour. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff,Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, Siti Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few. Her other selected credits include Schick Machine (Paul Dresher Ensemble), which toured both nationally and internationally, and Garden of Forbidden Loves and Garden of Deadly Sound (IMAGOmoves), which performed at the International Hungarian Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania.

      Amanda Salmons (Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on King Richard II; The Blameless; Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; October Sky; Macbeth; Rain; The Metromaniacs; Kiss Me, Kate; The White Snake; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Last Goodbye; Globe for All (2014, 2015); the Summer Shakespeare Festival (2011-2013); Somewhere; Lost in Yonkers; I Do! I Do!; and The Price. Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, miXtape, See How They Run, The Music Man, and The Rivalry (Lamb's Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego), and SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society). She received her B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego.

      The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.


                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.


                Regional Roundup 7/28: WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre, MAMMA MIA! at The Gateway, and SOMETHING ROTTEN in Kansas City!        

      BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More!

      Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


      St. Louis: Check out video highlights from The Muny's production of UNSINKABLE Molly Brown! Hannibal Missouri's own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. The tempestuous can't-live-with-him/can't-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever. This is one of those classic musicals that will have your heart soaring! The show is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with Michael Rafter as Music Adaptation, Music Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements.



      Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre! He writes "Matthew Gardiner directs this show with conviction and authenticity. Placing the acting front-and-center (let's face it, acting is often the forgotten component in many musical productions) Gardiner carefully crafts the scenes for maximum emotional impact, building the symphony of Arthur Laurents' script as precisely as he does Leonard Bernstein's score. It's definitely worth noting how fabulous the orchestra sounds, led by the baton of music director Jan McDaniel. Choreographer Amy Reynolds-Reed recreates the critical and iconic moments of Jerome Robbins' original staging, but adds quite a few novel and contemporary surprises without ever taking us out of the world of the play."


      Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews MAMMA MIA at The Gateway! She writes "Briana Rapa is adorable as Sophie. An outstanding voice and a youthful quality make her a natural for the role. Donna is effortlessly and beautifully portrayed by Joan Hess. Indeed an audience favorite is Ms. Hess's lead on the iconic title song and a heart tugging rendition of "The Winner Takes It All". Also a treat is Patrick Cassidy who portrays Sam, one of the men believed to be Sophie's father. It is especially entertaining to see Mr. Cassidy share the stage with David Engel and Fred Inkley who portray Harry and Bill, respectively (the other men believed to be Sophie's father). They appear like old buddies rather than strangers."


      Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews SOMETHING ROTTEN on tour! He writes "This is where the show really takes off and never lands. There are more funny allusions to musical shows of the next three hundred years than a retrospective at the Tony Awards. Some of them you get - Others fly on by. It is like watching an Elizabethan Henny Youngman throwing out one-liners. Their first idea for a show subject is the "Black Death." Close, but no cigar. Back to Shakespeare! The real man was a little pudgy and bald. This Shakespeare is a blond, nasty, literal rock star who presides over a rave. If this sounds a little bit like Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, you've got the idea. It is the kind of creative anachronism you enjoyed in "A Knight's Tale" with the late Heath Ledger."


      Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews CURIOUS INCIDENT at the Paramount. He writes "Director Marianne Elliott took the genius tact of staging the entire show so the audience is forced to see the world the way Christopher does with intense lights, overlapping sounds, and stylized movement making the piece a fully immersive journey into an already emotional tale. And this is where we may lose some people. I find the world they've created fascinating and revel in the innovation of it all but it's not a comfortable show. This is certainly not a happy little jaunt where you can wander through the story, these folks make you work for it and even when you think you've finally got the rhythm of the show down they make a sharp left turn to throw you off again. But if you are up for the work, the payoff is immense."


      Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "As for this production, it's got a very talented cast led by Catherine Charlebois, who perfectly captures all of the characteristics of Belle. She's spunky, funny, charismatic, and a woman who can easily stand up for herself. As the Beast (a role originated on Broadway by NCT alumni Terrence Mann), actor Ben Michael not only shows us the monster that character can be on the outside, but also the human he is on the inside. He very successfully sells the audience on the arc he goes on from selfish prince, to a real gentleman. Peter Saide steals the show as the narcissistic, yet villainous Gaston, who will stop at nothing to marry Belle. Heartfelt performances come from Ann Van Cleave as the maternal head of the castle's kitchen turned teapot, Mrs. Potts and Lamont Wade as Belle's loving, yet eccentric father, Maurice. Comedic highlights include Dirk Lumbard as the maitre turned candelabra, Lumiere; Michael Brian Dunn as the head of the castle turned mantle clock, Cogsworth; Matthew Simpkins as Gaston's bumbling sidekick, Lefou; Talia Robinson as the maid turned feather duster, Babette; and Aimee Henderson as the opera singer turned wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche."


      St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE Molly Brown. He writes "Beth Malone is a self assured wonder as Molly, engaging and full of life, she brings her knowledge of the role to the stage of the MUNY and completely captures your heart with her performance. Since we view every other character through her prism, it's essential that she stands out, and Malone definitely does. Mark Kudisch fights a tug of war with Molly as her beleaguered, but supportive husband, J.J. Brown. Molly isn't typical of the times by anyone's standards, so it's a true test of love that keeps them together when that bond is strained, and it is, often. Whitney Bashor is quite good as a recent widow (there's that miner superstition coming true) Molly encounters, and Justin Guarini (Vincenzo), David Abeles (Erich), and Paolo Montalban (Arthur) contribute nicely as miners. The ensemble also does splendid work."


      Connecticut: Contributor Sherry Shameer Cohen reviews GROUNDED at Wesport Theatre. She writes "This portrait, flawlessly played by Stahlmann, is not unusual. Many soldiers suffer from PTST. The play evokes questions about that, especially since women are twice as likely to get it. How do women soldiers reconcile their ability to kill and their ability to give life? StahlmAnn Humanizes the pilot and her meltdown in a credible way. Riccardo Hernandez's simple military/industrial set design complements the dismal work conditions of the drone operators. Kate Marvin's sound design and Solomon Weisbard's lighting are perfect. But Yana Birÿkova's projections are spectacular. Kudos also to Liz Diamond for her excellent direction. This is a play that is especially timely because this year is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military service's using clones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles) and the fact that the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan after nearly 16 years. The Air Force is training more pilots for drones than for conventional aircraft. As of mid-2016, there have been an estimated 4,189 militants and 479 civilians killed by drones."


      Central NY: Contrinutor Natasha Ashley reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at the Centreal NY Playhouse. She writes "The set is not the only strong element though. Let's discuss the dancing and music. The production features high energy choreography by Sami Hoerner which consisted mostly of moshing, a type of dance that is commonly seen at punk rock live music show. It, along with the music performed by a talented orchestra under the direction of Abel Searor, helped fuel the electric atmosphere. Together, they offer a headbanging good time, but unfortunately, at times the sound design/mixing work by Robert Searle (Sound Designer) and Dusten Blake (Sound Mixer) made it hard to hear and/or understand the lyrics in various musical numbers.:


      Baltimore: Contributor Charles Shubow reviews THE KING AND I on tour at the Kennedy Centre. He writes "The hit musical has been revived four times on Broadway. The latest incarnation was the Lincoln Center Theatre production in 1995 which garnered four Tony Awards starring Kelli O'Hara in the leading role of Anna and the DC production is based on that success with about 1/3 of the Lincoln Center cast still involved and has a total of 37 actors on stage. "Anna" is now played by lovely Laura Michele Kelly who I listen to almost every day on the CD of the hit musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Kelly is just plain marvelous."


      Regional Editor Spotlight:

      Ronn Burton
      Oklahoma Contributing Editor

      Ronn Burton splits his time between NYC and OKC working as an actor, filmmaker, and director. Selected credits... ACTOR: TV/Film: Celebrity Ghost Stories, Enchantments. Off-Broadway/New York Theatre: Carnegie Hall concerts with Kelli O'Hara and Stephen Sondheim, Iron Curtain, Wonderful Town, The House of Blue Leaves, Marat/Sade, Angelina Ballerina the Musical. Regional Theatre: Red, Dog Sees God, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Little Women, The Last Five Years, Rent, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hello, Dolly! DIRECTOR: Stage: The Agony and The Agony, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Hello Again; Film: Encounters, Abandon, and the firsr live webseries Watch Us Fail. Follow him @RonnBurton.


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                WRITE OUT LOUD presents 8th Annual TWAINFEST, 8/19        

      WRITE OUT LOUD, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audience - announces the 8th Annual TwainFest to take place on Saturday, August 19th from 11am - 5pm in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego. New this year, TwainFest expands into the evening with Twain After Dark, a ticketed event for adults at the Cosmopolitan Hotel which starts at 6:00pm. TwainFest is produced by Write Out Loud and sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes in association with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

      TwainFest, now a tradition for many San Diego families, is an all day FREE festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. There is something for everyone at this festive old-fashioned gathering at the park. Presentations occur at a variety of park venues throughout the day.

      Returning Festival Favorites:

      • Local San Diego performers present 19th Century stories and poems by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman, Eugene Field, Cervantes and many more at venues throughout the park.

      • Cygnet Theatre's Storytelling on the Green presents abridged Shakespeare designed for all ages.

      • Giant puppets of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edgar Allan Poe will wander the green.

      • An arcade of unique literary games and activities designed especially for TwainFest will entertain players of all ages on the green. The Election of 1872, Jim Hawkins Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fiction and Telegraph Crunch are just a few activities that join sack races, ring toss and other games of the period to assure a fun-filled yet educational day for all ages.

      • The Authors Salon provides the opportunity to meet Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson and other beloved writers of the period.

      • The Armory Band recreates the only band that played for both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, providing patriot music of the time played on vintage instruments.

      • Civil War Field Encampment, complete with General Grant, provides classes for all ages in fife and drum and artillery.

      • For those who want to dress up in period attire there's a 19th Century Literary Costume Contest.

      • A backdrop of 19th Century music enlivens the day's activities.

      • Free books are provided to all who participate in 5 or more activities.

      New To TwainFest for 2017:

      Twain After Dark - a new ticketed event starting at 6pm at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Audience will move from room to room for:

      • Literary Seance is conducted by medium Madame Caprella who will conjure literary figures from the 19th Century

      • Literary Bordello - Madama Rosalina and her 'girls' will entice you with 'spicey' literature of the day

      • Literary Tarot Readings - Have your fortune told as it relates to literature

      In addition to TwainFest, Write Out Loud - led by Artistic Director, Veronica Murphy and Executive Director, Walter Ritter - provides the community five other core programs serving over 18,500 people annually. Additional programs include a six show season of Story Concerts presented at Old Town Theatre, Stories for Seniors, StoryBox Theatre for elementary students, Read Imagine Create for teens and Poetry Out Loud for high school students. More information at www.writeoutloudsd.com.


                Re: Bills in North Carolina, Congress Target Companies That Boycott Israel        
      More conservative Communism. What part of freedom of speech do these imbeciles not understand...The right to protest...Is an American right...But republicans those so called champions of the constitution are in an all fired hurry to destroy our rights to further their aggression against descent.
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      They fear voters and that is why they are so concerned about a non issue of voter fraud...Republicans are the only frauds.
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      I finally came across a thread, the link above, that had a guy comment on that very issue and somebody explained that deaf people speak in a shorthand unique to sign language.

      Anyway, I never thought about it that way.
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                Orpheus - Orpheus (1968)        

      IX

      Tan sólo aquel que levantó la lira,
      incluso entre las sombras,
      puede expresar, entre presentimientos,
      la alabanza infinita.

      Tan sólo aquel que comió con los muertos
      la adormidera, la de ellos,
      no volverá a perder
      el más leve sonido.

      Aunque el reflejo del estanque
      se desvanezca muchas veces
      sabe la imagen.
      Sólo en el reino doble
      se volverán las voces
      eternas y suaves.

      Rainer Maria Rilke - Los Sonetos a Orfeo


      Hay pocos personajes mitológicos tan atractivos como Orfeo, ese semidiós que bajó a los infiernos por amor, acción que ninguno de nosotros, simples mortales, está dispuesto a imitar. Hijo del dios Apolo y de la musa Calíope, recibió de sus padres los dones de la música y la poesía. Su talento era inconmensurable: al tocar la lira maravillaba a seres humanos y dioses, e inclusive conseguía que la mismísima Madre Naturaleza detuviera su constante discurrir para deleitarse; su voz, mientras tanto, era hermosa y según se cuenta, logró anular el embrujo que producían las sirenas. El mito de Orfeo fue revivido por infinidad de poetas y también por músicos populares: Tom Jobim y Vinicius de Moraes comenzaron a trabajar juntos en la composición del soundtrack de "Black Orpheus", la película de Marcel Camus (1957); "Orpheus" fue el título de una de las primeras composiciones de Scott Walker, incluida en el disco "Images " de Walker Brothers (1967); Nick Cave se burló de la historia de Orfeo y Eurídice en "The Lyre of Orpheus" (2004); Marc Almond cantó "Orpheus in Red Velvet" en "Enchanted" (1990), uno de sus mejores discos; mientras que David Sylvian le dedicó una de las canciones del maravilloso "Secrets of the Beehive" (1987). Orpheus representó al mito de manera implícita, pero antes de contar su historia debo referirme al sunshine pop, y al hacerlo, abriré ante ustedes las puertas de un mundo maravilloso.

      Desde 1966 a 1969 se concibió una nueva forma de hacer pop. Harpers Bizarre, Millenium, The Ballroom, Sagittarius, The Yellow Ballon, The 5th Dimension, The Free Design, Spanky and Our Gang, The Association, The Arbors, The Sunshine Company, Harper's Bizarre, The Peppermint Rainbow, Eternity's Children, The Moon, Fun & Games, The Collage, Mark Eric, Peppermint Trolley Company, Chamaeleon Church, Orpheus por supuesto y, tangencialmente, The Beach Boys, The Left Banke, The Merry Go-Round (el primer grupo de Emmit Rhodes), The Zombies y Honeybus fueron los protagonistas de este movimiento. Ellos, junto a los productores Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, Bones Howe, Curt Boettcher y Alan Lorber -deudores del Brill Building Sound, de Burt Bacharach, de Phil Spector- concibieron un sonido barroco, colmado de arreglos sofisticados y melodías luminosas. Estos nombres fueron rápidamente olvidados, tal vez por el triunfo de la psicodelia más rockera (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane) o por el surgimiento del soft-rock (Bread) Lo cierto es que los encantos del sunshine pop eran demasiado refinados como para interesar a la audiencia.

      I

      Dicen que tanto pesa el oro del reino subterráneo
      que no pueden erguirse las cabezas abrumadas por sus coronas,
      las excesivas joyas no permiten levantar las manos,
      los brazos sonoros de pulseras, desfallecen.

      ¿Como puede atravesarlo una muchacha con una herida en el pie?

      Dicen que el polvo de rubíes sofoca la atmósfera de aquel reino:
      antiguo, denso polvo que proviene del lento, interminable
      roce de la joya y el metal,
      pero que nunca habrá de aligerarse...

      ¿Como podrá el sonido de una lira atravesarlo?

      Dicen que la luz no existe allí,
      pero de vez en cuando una oscuridad más leve se insinúa
      en la angustiada, legendaria y convulsa oscuridad,
      descubriendo por un instante, turbiamente,
      la eterna, casi inmóvil sesión de la Corte,
      los cortesanos aplastados por el peso dorado de sus mantos,
      las damas sin aliento bajo el peso de sus oscuras guirnaldas
      de rocas sangrientas,
      los párpados vencidos, apenas entreabiertos.

      Orfeo, ¿como puede ella atravesarlo con una herida en el pie?

      Tennessee Williams - Orfeo desciende


      Luego de vivir numerosas aventuras, Orfeo se radicó en Tracia. Allí conoció a Eurídice, ninfa del bosque, e inmediatamente se enamoró de ella. Se casaron, y vivieron felices hasta que su esposa tuvo un incidente con Aristeo, hijo del dios Apolo, quien trató de abusar de ella. Al tratar de escapar de su acosador, la ninfa fue mordida por una serpiente, y a partir de ese instante el averno fue su morada. Desolado por la pérdida, Orfeo decidió ir a rescatarla. Deslumbró a cada uno de los guardianes que encontró a su paso con la belleza de su canto, hasta que finalmente llegó ante la presencia de Hades y Perséfone, los dioses del infierno. Hades, tal vez influido por su esposa, tuvo un inédito gesto de misericordia y accedió a que Eurídice retorne a nuestro mundo, pero antes puso como condición que Orfeo no voltee a mirarla durante su viaje de regreso: "Debes confiar en que te estará siguiendo. Hasta que ambos no se encuentren de nuevo en la Tierra, no debes mirar hacia atrás, o tu viaje habrá sido en vano", dijo Hades. Nuestro héroe aceptó la cláusula y comenzó su retorno hacia el hogar a través del sendero tenebroso, mientras Eurídice lo seguía, guiada por el sonido de su lira. Esta vez el itinerario por el infierno fue mucho más arduo, ya que Orfeo se debatía entre la alegría del reencuentro y el terror por los horrores que sufría su esposa. Cuando, por fin, divisó un hilo de luz que penetraba las sombras corrió hasta encontrarse fuera de la oscura caverna, y emocionado, se dio vuelta para encontrar la mirada de su mujer. Nunca sabremos si lo hizo por impaciencia o porque desconfió de los dioses infernales, lo concreto es que Eurídice, que todavía no había alcanzado a traspasar el umbral del averno, comenzó a desvanecerse. Al darse cuenta del error, Orfeo intentó estrecharla entre sus brazos, pero fue en vano: la musa había desaparecido para siempre. Todo intento posterior de rescate fue estéril, y no volvió a recibir respuestas a sus súplicas, tampoco a su canto... A partir de ese momento, se dedicó a vagar por Tracia, acompañado sólo por su lira.

      II

      Bien está recordar tus prodigios en el reino de la luz,
      las voces del abismo y la floresta creadas por tu canto,
      el alterado curso del río como un brazo que se dobla
      bruscamente,
      los momentos que hiciste perdurar con la dulce vibración
      de una cuerda que pulsaste...

      Pero aquellos prodigios eran naturales junto a los que
      intentas
      en el reino subterráneo
      y éstos no podrás lograrlos.
      No, no podrás lograrlos.

      Pero tú, tú mismo, debes aprender lo que nosotros por
      fuerza sabemos:
      que algunas cosas, por naturaleza, no pueden realizarse;
      solo cabe anhelarlas, tratar de hacerlas y luego darse por
      vencido.

      Y tú, tú mismo, debes aprender lo que nosotros por
      fuerza sabemos:
      la fatal atracción por la caída que a nuestro mundo
      gobierna,
      el descenso inmediato del manantial que brota.

      Ahora, Orfeo, arrástrate, arrástrate, avergonzado fugitivo,
      vuelve la espalda al agrietado muro de ti mismo, a ese
      muro que se desploma.
      Pues no eres tú las estrellas que en el cielo dibujan la
      forma de una lira,
      sino el polvo de que han sido desgarrados por
      las Furias.

      Tennessee Williams - Orfeo desciende


      Orpheus es uno de los grupos menos conocidos del sunshine pop; inclusive, su nombre suele ser omitido en las antologías del género. Para conocer el génesis de esta banda, deberemos remontarnos al año 1964 cuando Bruce Arnold y Jack McKennes -ambos guitarristas y vocalistas- formaron el dúo de folk The Villagers en su Boston natal. Luego de años de actividad, durante el verano del amor conocieron al productor Alan Lorber, cambiaron su nombre por el del protagonista de este post y consolidaron su sonido con la incorporación de Eric "The Snake" Gulliksen (bajo) y Harry Sandler (batería). A finales de 1967 completaron la grabación de un disco debut que publicaron al año siguiente. MGM, el sello editor, aprovechó los lanzamientos de Beacon Street Union y Ultimate Spinach para promocionar a los tres grupos como parte de un hipotético "Boston Sound", algo que no fue particularmente efectivo –ni cierto- ya que las coincidencias entre estos grupos eran mínimas. "Orpheus" es una travesía cuyo único fin es la belleza; una obra de arte que nos ofrece veintiseis minutos de ensueño, conjugando hits categóricos (“I've Never Seen Love Like This”, “I'll Stay With You”, “I Can't Find The Time To Tell You”) sunshine (“Lesley's World”, “Congress Alley”, “Music Machine”) psicodelia (“Never In My Life”) y baladas atemporales (“Door Knob Song”, “The Dream”). Las diáfanas voces de Arnold y McKennes se conjugan con los exuberantes arreglos de cuerda -gentileza de The New York Philharmonic- con una naturalidad extraordinaria.
      Ese delicado equilibrio entre sencillez y elaboración, entre levedad y profundidad, está tan logrado que aún hoy resulta excepcional.

      XXII

      Somos los errantes.
      Pero el andar del tiempo
      tomadlo como nimiedad
      en lo que siempre permanece.

      Todo aquello que corre
      habrá pasado ya;
      pues sólo lo que queda
      nos inicia.

      No echéis, muchachos, el valor
      a la velocidad
      ni al intento de vuelo.

      Todo ha descansado:
      tiniebla y claridad,
      flor y libro.

      Rainer Maria Rilke - Los Sonetos a Orfeo


      A “Orpheus” (1968) le siguieron “Ascending” (1968) –que incluía covers de The Zombies ("She's Not There") y The Left Banke ("Walk Away Renee")- y “Joyful” (1969), dos bonitos discos de sunshine pop, aunque mucho más convencionales que su estupendo debut. En 1970 la banda se separó y Bruce Arnold formó Two Foot Lamb Door junto a Steve Martin y Elliot Sherman. “Orpheus 4” (1971) registra el material de este nuevo grupo, hacedor de un soft-pop convencional aunque muy agradable. A principios de este año Bruce Arnold publicó un nuevo disco llamado “Orpheus Again” que aún no he podido localizar.

      Track List:
      01. I've Never Seen Love Like This
      02. Lesley's World
      03. Congress Alley
      04. Music Machine
      05. Door Knob Song
      06. I'll Stay With You
      07. I Can't Find The Time To Tell You
      08. Never In My Life
      09. The Dream

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                JUDGES AS JACKASSES: DEATH PENALTY        
      NEBRASKA JUDGES AS JACKASSES: THE DEATH PENALTY

      To:  Governor Pete Ricketts, his cabinet & staff
              Nebraska Catholic Bishops, staff and parishes

      Nebraska Supreme Court
      Nebraska Legislators & staff
      Nebraska County Sheriffs
      The Police Officers' Association of Nebraska
      Attorney General Doug Peterson & staff        
      Nebraska County Attorneys Association
      Nebraska Crime Commission
      U of Nebraska Law School
      Colleges & Universities Throughout Nebraska

      Media throughout Nebraska 

      Distributed 11/4/16

      Re:  "We Nebraska judges support retaining repeal of the death penalty", Local View, Lincoln Journal Star, 10/31/16  (1)

      Subject: More Anti Death Penalty Nonsense: Clueless and/or Willful Ignorance? Nebraska Judges 

      From: Dudley Sharp 

      Judges As Jackasses 

      Nationally, many (hopefully most) of us have been appalled by the series of judicial sentences, over the last few years, wherein we have witnessed  judges giving extremely light sentences for rapists (2) and for a 16 year old drunk driver, who killed four innocent people, injuring 9 more, 2 severely, with that judge giving no jail time, based upon the judge honoring the "affluenza" defense, that being incarceration being too harsh for someone who grew up spoiled and rich (3). 

      All, horrendous decisions, contrary to any basic understanding of justice. 

      Irresponsible judges have been a problem, as long as there have been judges. 

      How Irresponsible Are the Non-Magnificent 7 (NM7)? 

      Enter the referenced anti death penalty op/ed, by 7 retired Nebraska judges (4), the NM7,  presenting their own level of irresponsibility , contrary to justice.

      This NM7 represent 4% of the state District Court and state Supreme Court justices who have served in Nebraska, in the post Gregg v Georgia (1976) era, generally viewed as the beginning of the modern death penalty era in the US. 

      Let's see how irresponsible the NM7 are: 

      Keep two things in mind . . .

       1) There is one constant  -  Judges are the case managers,  in charge of both timing and costs, pre trial, trial and on appeals. 

      2) These jackass NM7 judges never mentioned the innocent victims murdered - a common anti death penalty "oversight" (5).  

      3) The NM7 state, "Our legal experience has led us to conclude that the death penalty is an unworkable and failed policy." 

      Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

      Most know this to be false, as I suspect the NM7 do, as well. 

      One wonders: Are the judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

      The NM7 blame the death penalty, when we all know that it is not the policy that has failed, but those, like the judges, who have failed to responsibly manage that policy. Governors, attorney generals, legislators and correction officials, also share, in that responsibility, or irresponsibility  . . . as do the citizens who allow such incompetents to continue being paid with their tax dollars. 

      There is no legal nor rational reason why death penalty appeals, should take longer than 2-3 years, on average,  within each of the state supreme court, the federal district and circuit courts - or 6-9 years, total, on average. Cases, rarely, go to SCOTUS. 

      The NM7 are the case managers, denying their own responsibility for failing both justice and the citizens they work for. 

      It seems, nearly, always the case, that government officials, employed by the citizens, blame everyone or everything, but themselves, for their own irresponsibility. These NM7 judges and the death penalty are no different. 

      ====== 

      It has been nearly 20 years since Nebraska's last execution, while the other death penalty states have executed nearly a thousand murderers.  Why? Irresponsible Nebraska officials, inclusive of the judges.  

      Nationally, from 1984-1988, when double digit executions began, it took 6.6 years of appeals, on average, prior to execution, nationally (6).

      6.6 years. 

      ====== 

      4) The NM7 state: "In the four decades since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, states have tinkered with death penalty statutes, repeatedly promising that they can fix them. The evidence is clear that they cannot." You cannot design an efficient system of capital punishment, which delivers punishment swiftly, while also avoiding the risk of executing the innocent.  States that hold onto the death penalty end up with a government program that fails on both these fronts – it is inefficient and makes mistakes."

      Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

      The NM7's statements are, blatantly, false. 

      Since 1976, Virginia has executed 112 murderers, representing 70% of those so sentenced and has executed them within 7 years of full appeals on average, with not even a hint of an innocent executed (7) - very efficient, no "mistakes". 

      Virginia's last execution, Oct. 1, 2015, was after 5 years of FULL appeals. 

      If Virginia can do it so can all states. 

      The roadblock? Most often, irresponsible judges (6), as well as others, who have all failed both their citizens and justice. 

      Innocents are better protected, in three ways, by the death penalty than with a life sentence (8). 

      One wonders: Are the NM7 clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

      ====== 

      Pennsylvania judges/jackasses, both state and federal, are very obvious in their efforts to stop the death penalty in that state. With some 420 death sentences since 1973, there have been only 3 executions. Why? Because the judges will only allow murderers who waive their appeals to be executed. 

      Any murderer, sentenced to death in Pa. will never be executed as long as they continue appeals, because the judges will not allow appeals to end or they will overturn the sentence. 

      It is a blatant and obvious fight against the law, by the judges, aka dictators in robes. 

      ====== 

      5) The NM7 state: "The death penalty prolongs and adds uncertainty to the legal process, often harming murder victims’ families. More death sentences are overturned than end in an execution. For those few death sentences ending in an execution, the average wait between conviction and execution is more than 15 years, and sometimes much longer (as we have seen in Nebraska)." 

      Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

      The NM7 dead wrong, again. 

      The death penalty does not prolong itself nor does it add uncertainty to itself nor does it harm murder victims' families, by itself - it takes the judges, like these NM7, as other of the citizens' employees, to do all of those irresponsible, harmful things. Government policies are managed - or mismanaged - by the employees of the citizens, inclusive of the judges, as the NM7 jackasses well know.

      95% of murder victims families support the death penalty (9). 

      One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

      ====== 

      California judges/jackasses --  Since 1977, California has executed 1.4% of their death row murderers, after an average of 18 years on death row.The last 5 murderers executed have averaged  22 years on death row. 

      It will only get longer, based upon the horrendous irresponsibility of Ca judges, a continuing disaster usurping the law . . .  unless folks stand against them. 


      California's jackass judges are, obviously, trying to kill the death penalty. 

      ====== 

      6)  The NM7 state: "Despite promises to the contrary, politicians cannot dramatically expedite this process. Because of past mistakes, death penalty cases must go through a complex federal appeals process, which state lawmakers can't change. Death penalty cases thus force murder victims’ families to endure a prolonged and uncertain legal process. For them, the death penalty is a false promise." 

      Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

      This is, clearly, false. Politicians, with earnest resolve, as Gov. Ricketts, can work with judges, the attorney general, legislators, prosecutors, defense counsel and citizens to produce a responsible death penalty system, as we all know and as occurs in other states. 

      We also know that irresponsible anti death penalty politicians and judges will do all they can to drain as much time and money out of their citizens, in order to make sure that our worst murderers live, as detailed, throughout.

      As with Virginia and Texas, if those states can produce responsible death penalty protocols, so can Nebraska, as can all states.

       With or without mistakes, all cases must go through the federal courts, so the NM7 statement is bizarre.

       One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

      ====== 

      Colorado -  "A Colorado study in 2013 found that death penalty cases took more than five years on average to complete, compared to 1 1/2 years for cases involving life without parole." (10) 

      Understand, that is 5 years for pre trial and trial, only, not appeals. How irresponsible are Colorado judges/jackasses? 

      In contrast, we have: 

      John Allen Muhammad , the DC sniper, was arrested on October 24, 2002, his Virginia trial began on October 14, 2003, he was sentenced to death on November 24, 2003 - 13 months after arrest . . .

       and the prosecution called more than 130 witnesses and introduced more than 400 pieces of evidence. (10) 

      and this mass murderer was executed in Virginia on November 10, 2009, after 6 years of FULL appeals. (10) 

      and then we have  Colorado judges and many other irresponsible state judges/jackasses doing all they can to increase costs to destroy the death penalty, as is obvious. 

      ======

       7) The NM7 state: "The death penalty wastes resources that should go to measures that actually reduce crime. Death penalty cases are more complex, take more time, require more lawyers, and therefore cost more money. There is no valid evidence that the money spent on the death penalty impacts murder rates. It is imperative, then, to dedicate our law enforcement dollars to measures that – unlike the death penalty – actually reduce crime." 

      Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

      We can see why the NM7 jackasses blame the death penalty as a waste of resources, when it is the judges, themselves, as others, who create that waste - not the death penalty, as easily known and demonstrated, as herein. 

      There is no legal nor rational reason for the death penalty to cost any more than life without parole (7), as demonstrated. 

      Never has it been shown that any criminal sanction, any negative prospect and any negative outcome did not deter some. Never. (8) 

      One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

      ====== 

      Kansas -   "The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the last seven attempts by (The Kansas Supreme Court)  to reverse the convictions of murderers and predators. If the nine robed jurists in Washington consistently overrule Kansas’s highest court, it’s not only embarrassing to the state—it’s evidence that these justices are making up the law." (11)

      " . . . the U.S. Supreme Court found the Kansas Supreme Court had misapplied the Constitution. But each of these cases is emblematic of a broader pattern of lawlessness that merits voting against retaining these justices." (11) 

      "As the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote just weeks before his untimely death, “Kansans ... do not think the death penalty is unconstitutional and indeed very much favor it, which might suggest that a retention election that goes before such people would not come out favorably for those justices who create Kansas law.” (11) 

      When justices " . . . thwart the application of criminal law by rewriting the laws the people's representatives passed, they undermine the sovereignty of “we, the people” and replace it with “we, the enlightened judges.” Removing them from office does not politicize the courts — the justices’ choice to impose their politics already did that. Voting them out is the only way to restore impartiality and the rule of law . . ."  (11) 

      " . . . vote corruption out and the law back in." (11)

      ====== 

      8) The NM7 state: "The death penalty puts innocent lives at risk of execution. As judges, we strove to ensure that the innocent were protected and the guilty held accountable. At the same time, we recognize that judges and others in the criminal justice system are fallible. It is simply too much to expect perfection in any human institution – which is what the death penalty demands, since it is impossible to bring back the wrongfully executed. The more than 155 death row exonerations nationwide, and wrongful convictions of the Beatrice 6 here in Nebraska, make clear that the death penalty should have no place in our fallible justice system." 

      The jackass NM7 avoid reality: 

      There is no proven actual innocent executed in the US, after the 1930s (8, 12). 

      Just since 1973: 

      Some 16,000 actual innocents have  been murdered by those known murderers we have allowed to murder, again - recidivist murderers (8); 

      Some 400,000 actual innocents have  been murdered by those known criminals we have allowed to harm, again - recidivist criminals (8). 

      The 155 "exonerated" has been a very well known fraud (12) since 1998, when the numbers started at 69. Basic fact checking reveals there might be 36 removed from death row based upon actual innocence, that being about 0.4% of those sent to death row in the modern era - none were executed.

       Did the NM7 fact check, anything? 

      It appears unlikely that the jackass NM7 can tell us where innocents are at risk in our "fallible justice system". 

      Maybe they could hazard a guess?! 

      One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

      ====== 

      ". . .  in California, appeals attorneys are not appointed (by judges) for three to five years. (Those attorneys, then, allowed by judges) to take four years to learn the case and file their appeal. Attorneys for habeas appeal (through the federal courts) are not appointed (by the judges), on average, until eight to 10 years after the death sentence." (6) 

      California judges/jackasses are, obviously and intentionally, killing the death penalty, in conflict with the law. 

      ======

      In 1996, the US Congress passed the Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), part of which was supposed to quicken death penalty appeals. 

      Every year since then, the average time of appeals, until execution, has been  greater than in 1996 (10.4 years), with the longest being 16.5 years, (2011) (6). 

      Apparently, judges didn't like the AEDPA and have taken a stand in conflict with the law -

      The judicial move against the death penalty became even more obvious. 

      ====== 

      THE END.  


      1) Found here: http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/local-view-we-nebraska-judges-support-retaining-repeal-of-the/article_f8977528-c3b7-5f83-b02b-cf6ecd61f4cf.html 


      2) https://www.google.com/#q=horrible+judges+sentencing+rape+cases 


      3) watch the video
      What Is Ethan Couch's 'Affluenza': An Explainer, Gillian Mohney, ABC News, Dec 30, 2015, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ethan-couchs-affluenza-explainer/story?id=36011293 


      4) Retired judges/jackasses:  Nebraska Supreme Court Justice William Connolly, District Judge Stephen A. Davis, District Judge Sandra L. Dougherty, District Judge Patrick Mullen, Douglas County; District Judge Ronald Reagan, District Judge John Hartigan, District Judge Merritt C. Warren. 


      5) Anti Victim: Anti Death Penalty Movement
      http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/04/anti-victim-anti-death-penalty-movement.html 



      6) Judges Responsible For Grossly Uneven Executions
      http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/11/judges-responsible-for-grossly-uneven.html 


      7) See Virginia Saving Costs with The Death Penalty
      http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/02/death-penalty-cost-saving-money.html  


      8) The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives
      http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-death-penalty-do-innocents-matter.html  


      9) 95% Death Penalty Support by Loved Ones of Capital Murder Victims
      http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2016/03/95-death-penalty-support-by-capital.html  


      10)  see paragraph 3, sections B. Judicial Roadblocks and C.2. 128% INCREASE IN APPEALS TIME and paragraphs 4 and 6, within 

      Courts, states put death penalty on life supportDeath Penalty: 
      HOW MEDIA MURDERS THE TRUTH
      http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2015/09/courts-states-put-death-penalty-on-life.html 


      11) Kansas' Judges Should Be Recalled Before They Do Any Further Harm BY T. ELLIOT GAISER, PJ Media,  AUGUST 24, 2016,
      https://pjmedia.com/election/2016/08/24/kansas-judges-should-be-recalled-before-they-do-any-further-harm/?singlepage=true 


      12) a) The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty StrategyREAD SECTIONS 3&4 FIRSThttp://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-innocent-frauds-standard-anti-death.html 
          
           b)  The 4.1% "Innocent" on Death Row: More Nonsense

                Maria Sharapova is best Player of this Generation        

      It was hard for anyone to imagine even in his wildest of dreams that Maria Sharapova, one of the best female tennis players of this generation, would lose to her compatriot and 97th ranked Daria Gavrilova in Round no. 2 in Miami yesterday.

      Miami has been one of the most favoured venues for Sharapova. She has had so much of success there.

      She had made as many as 5 appearances in the title round there and had surely seemed in for the 6th one this time around. But, it was not to be.

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                SEL        
      A. SEJARAH PENEMUAN SEL
      Sel adalah unit terkecil dalam organisme hidup, baik dalam dunia tumbuh-tumbuhan maupun hewan. Sel terdiri atas protoplasma, yaitu, isi sel yang terbungkus oleh suatu membran atau selaput sel.
      Evolusi sains seringkali berada sejajar dengan penemuan peralatan yang memperluas indera manusia untuk bisa memasuki batas-batas baru. Penemuan dan kajian awal tentang sel memperoleh kemajuan sejalandengan penemuan dan penyempurnaan mikroskop pada abad ke tujuh belas. Sehingga mikroskop sejak awal tidak dapat dipisahkan dengan sejarah penemuan sel, yang dijelaskan sebagai berikut:
      • Galileo Galilei (Awal Abad 17) dengan alat dua lensa menggambarkan struktur tipis dari mata serangga. Gallei sebenarnya bukan seorang biologiwan pertama yang mencatat hasil pengamatan biologi melalui mikroskop.
      • Robert Hook (1635-1703) melihat gambaran satu sayatan tipis gabus suatu kompertemen atau ruang-ruang disebut dengan nama Latin cellulae (ruangan kecil), asal mula nama sel.
      • Anton van Leeuwenhoek (24 Oktober 1632 – 26 Agustus 1723), menggunakan lensa-lensa untk melihat beragam spermatozoa, bakteri dan protista.
      • Robert Brown (1733-1858) pada tahun 1`820 merancang lensa yang dapat lebih fokus untuk mengamati sel. Titik buram yang selalu ada pada sel telur, sel polen, sel dari jaringan anggrek yang sedang tumbuh. Titik buram disebut sebagai nukleus.

      • Matias Jacob Schleiden pada tahun 1838 berpendapat bahwa ada hubungan yang erat antara nukleus dan perkembangan sel.
      • Teodor Schwan (1810-18830): Sel adalah bagian dari organisme

      B. TEORI SEL
      Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) seorang ahli fisiologi menyatakan bahwa sel membelah menjadi dua sel. Sel berasal dar sel yang sudah ada.
      Analis mikroskopis pada pertengahan abad 19 membuktikan bahwa sel adalah unit terkecil kehidupan yang berlangsung terus menerusberasal dari pertumbuhan dan pembelahan sel tunggal. Konsep-konsep tersebut menjadi teori sel:
      1. Semua organisme tersusun atas satu se atau lebih sel
      2. Sel adalah unit terkecil yang memiliki semua persyaratan hidup
      3. Keberlangsungan kehidupan secara langsung berasal dari pertumbuhan dan pembelahan sel.

      C. SEL PROKARIOTIK DAN EUKARIOTIK
      Sel ialah satu unit kehidupan. Semua benda hidup baik hewan atau tumbuhan disusun oleh sel. Sel-sel ini berkumpul dan bergabung dengan adanya bahan antara sel diantaranya untuk membentuk jaringan seperti otot, tulang rawan dan saraf. Dalam keadaan tertentu beberapa jaringan bergabung dan membina organ seperti kelenjar, pembuluh darah, kulit dal lain-lain.
      Di alam inikita dapat membagi sel ke dalam dua kelompok, yaitu sel prokariotik dan sel eukariotik. Istilah prokariotik, dibangun dari kata pro dan karyon. Pro, artinya sebelum dan kryon, artinya inti. Jadi sel prokariotiiik artiya ”sebelum inti”. Ini mengandung pengertian bahwa sel prokariotik bukannya tanpa inti, melainkan memiliki materi genetik yang tersebar di dalam sitplasmanya. Eukariot dibangun dari kata Eu da Karyon. Eu, berarti sungguh dan karyon berarti inti. Jadi sel eukariotik adalah sel-sel yang telah memiliki inti sel, atau sel yang memiliki materi inti yang terorganisasi dalam suatu selaput, sehingga inti selnya tampak jelas (Sumardi dan Marianti, 2007).
      Telah diketahui bahwa semua organisme hidup di bumi sekarang berasal dari sel tunggal yang lahir 3.500 berjuta-juta tahun yang lalu. Sel purba ini digambarkan dengan suatu selaput di sebelah luar, salah satu peristiwa yang rumit yang memimpin penetapan hidup di atas bumi. Molekul organik sederhana tersebut mungkin telah diproduksi dalam kondisi-kondisi yang memungkinkannya hidup dan lestari di bumi dalam status awal hidpunya (kira-kira selama milyaran tahun pertamanya).
      • Sel Prokariot
      Yang termasuk di dalam golongan sel-sel prokariotik adalah bakteri dan ganggang hijau-biru atau Cyanobacteria. Struktur sel bakteri dapat di lihat pada gambar berikut:

      Berdasarkan gambar di atas, dapat dilihat di bagian dalam membran plasma terdapat sitoplasma, ribosom dan nukleoid. Sitoplasma dapat mengandung vakuola, vesikel (vakuola kecil) dan menyimpa cadangan gula komplek atau bahan-bahan organik. Ribosom terdapat bebas di dalam sitoplasma dan tempat terjadinya sintesis protein.

      • Sel Eukariot
      Sel-sel eukariotik memiliki struktur yang lebh maju dari pada sel-sel prokariotik. Sel pada umumnya terlihat sebagai massa yang jenih dengan bentuk yang tidak teratur, dibatasi oleh sutu selaput dan ditengah-tengahnya tedapat bangunan yang lebih pucat yang bentuknya bulat, disebut nnukleus atau inti sel. Jadi secara umum sel itu dibina oleh selaput atau membran sel, plasma sel, dan inti sel. Di bawah dapat dilihat struktur sel eukariotik (sel hewan dan sel tumbuhan):

      a. Membran Sel
      Membran plasma merupakan batas kehidupan, batas yang memisahkan sel hidup dengan sekelilingnya yang mati. Lapisan tipis yan luar biasa ini tebalnya kira-kira 8 nm. Seperti semua membran biologis, membran plasma memiliki permeabilitas selektif, yakni membran ini memungkinkan beberapa substansi dapat melintasinya dengan mudah daripada substansi lainnya. (Campbell, dkk., 2002)
      Berikut dapat dilihat struktur dari membran plasma:

      Secara umum, fungsi membran plasma adalah sebagai berikut (Landriani, 2007) :
      1. Mengatur transport zat
      2. Melindungi sitoplasma dan isi sel
      3. Terdapat protein integral untuk transport aktif
      4. Terdapat protein perifer untuk menangkap zat yang dibutuhkan

      b. Sitoplasma
      Sitoplasma disebut juga plasma sel. Istilah ini digunakan untuk memberikan nama dari cairan sel dan segala sesuatu yang terlarut di dalamnya, untuk membedakan cairan yang berada dalam inti sel, yaitu nukleoplasma.

      Sitoplasma berada dalam sistem koloid kompleks, sebagian besar adalah air yang di dalamnya terlarut molekul- molekul kecil maupun besar (makromolekul), ion-ion, dan bahan hidup atau organel-organel. Organel-organel yang terdapat dalam sitoplasma antara lain:
      a) Retikulum endoplasma
      Retikulum endoplasma berupa sistem membran yang sangat luas di dalam sel, berupa saluran-saluran dan tabung pipih. Ruang yang terkurung itu mungkin saling berhubungan Retikulum endoplasma ada dua jenis, yaitu:
      - RE kasar atau bergranula
      - RE halus atau tak bergranula

      RE kasar kerana terdapat unit-unit ribosom pada permukaan external membrannya. RE halus tidak mempunyai ribosom pada permukaannya. RE licin banyak terdapat dalam sel-sel hepar dan kelenjar adrenal.
      b) Ribosom
      Ribosom merupakan struktur yang paling kecil yang tersuspensi di dalam sitoplasmanya. Bentuknya agak bulat, dengan diameter kurang lebih 250 A. Fungsi ribosom adalah sebagai tempat sintesis protein. Di bawah mikroskop elektron, tampak bahwa ribosom terdiri dari dua bagian, yang satu leih besar dari yang lain:

      c) Badan Golgi
      Badan Golgi terbentuk oleh susunan lempengan kantong-kantong yang khas dikelilingi membran. Lempengan kantong ini disebut sisterna. Dalam sel tumbuhan, badan Golgi terdiri atas susunan dari beberapa sisterna. Pada penghujung kantong terdapat kantong-kantong bulat kecil atau vesikula yang menempel dan yang seolaholah terjentik dari ujung kantong yang berukuran lebih besar (Sheeler and Bianchi, 1987).

      Badan Golgi sebagai organel sel eukariotik mempunyai fungsi yang beragam, antara lain (Sheeler and Bianchi, 1987):
      1) Mengemas bahan-bahan sekresi yang akan dibebas-kan dari sel,
      2) Memproses protein-protein yang telah disintesa oleh ribosom dari retikulum endoplasma,
      3) Mensintesa polisakarida tertentu dan glycolipids,
      4) Memilih protein untuk berbagai lokasi di dalam sel,
      5) Memperbanyak elemen membran yang baru bagi membran plasma, dan
      6) Memproses kembali komponen-komponen membran plasma yang telah memasuki sitosol selama endositosis. Badan golgi berperan dalam banyak proses selular yang berbeda tetapi yang utama adalah dalam hal sekresi.

      d) Mitokondria
      Mitokondria berbentuk lonjong atau oval, berdiameter kurang lebih 0,2 µm. Mitokndra memiliki membran rangkap, membran dalam membentuk lipata-lipatan yang dinamakan krista. Di dalam sel jumanya banya sekali, terutama pada sel-se yang giat bekerja seperti hat, ginjal, dan sel-sel otot. Fungsi utama dari mitokondria adalah sebagai tempat respirasi sel atau sebagai pembangkit energi.


      e) Lisosom
      Lisosom adalah struktur-struktur kecil, berbentuk agak bulat dan bermembran. Ia merupakan organel sitoplasma yang mengandung berbagai jenis enzim hidrolisis. Dapat dibedakan atas lisosom primer dan lisosom sekunder. Lisosom hanya ditemukan pada sel hewan saja.


      f) Kloroplast
      Kloroplast hanya terdapat pad tumbuhan dan ganggang tertentu. Kloroplas dibatasi oleh membran rangkap, di dalamnya terdapat cairan atau matriks fluid yang disebut stroma, dapat dilihat pada gambar berikut:

      Berdasarkan gambar dapat dilihat bahwa pada bagian dalam stroma terdapat struktur yang membran yang dinamakan tilakoid. Tumpukan tilakoid disebut granum. Bagian dalam tilakoid disebut lokulus. Tilakoid yang menghubungkan antar grana disebut fret. Di dalam membran tilakoidterdapat enzim-enzim untuk kelengkapan reaksi terang fotsintesis, dan di sinilah terdapatnya lorofil. Jadi fungsi tilakoid adalah sebagai tempat berlangsungnya reaksi terang fotosintesis. Sedangkan pada stroma terdapat enzim-enzim yang sangat penting untuk reduksi CO2 menjadi kabohidrat. Jadi fungsi stroma adalah tempat berlangsungya reaksi gelap fotosintesis
      g) Peroksisom
      Peroksisom merupakan ruangan metabolisme khusus yang dilingkupi oleh membran tunggal (gambar). Peroksisom mengandung enzim yang mentransfer hidrogen dari berbagai substrat ke oksigen, yang menghasilkan hidrogen peroksida (H2O2) sebagai produk samping, dari sinilah organel tersebut mengambil namanya.

      Peroksisom berbentuk agak bulat dan sering memiliki inti butiran atau kristal yang mungkin saja kumpulan banyak enzim. Peroksisom ini berada dalam sel daun. Berdasarkan gambar di atas dapat dilihat kedekatannya dengan dua keloroplastdan sat mitokondria. Organel-organel ini bekerja sama dengan peroksisom dalam fungsi metabolisme tertentu.
      h) Vakuola
      Vakuola dan vesikula merupakan kantung terikat membran di dalam sel, tetapi vakuola lebih besar daripada vesikula. Vakuola sentral biasanya merupakan ruangan terbesar di dalam sel tumbuhan, yang meliput 80% atau lebih dari sel dewasanya. Vakuola sel tumbuhan merupakan ruangan yang serbaguna. Vakuola ini merupakan tempat menyimpan senyawa organik, seperti protein yang ditumpuk dalam vakuoa sel penyimpanan dalam benih. Vakuola ini juga ,erupakan tempat penimbunan ion anorganik yang utama dari sel tumbuhan, seperti kalium dan klorida.

      c. Inti Sel
      Nukleus merupakan organel yang paling penting bagi sel. Ada sel yang mempunyai dua nukleus seperti sel otot jantung dan ada multinukleus seperti sel otot rangka. Dari segi morfologi, nukleus terdiri atas:
      a) membran nukleus
      b) kromatin
      c) nukleolus
      d) nukleoplasma

      Inti sel berbentuk bulat atau lonjong, dibatasi oleh membran rangkap. Fungsi inti sel adalah sebagai pusat aktivitas sel dan sebagai pengatur pewarisan sifat-sifat keturunan (kromosom).

      D. PERBEDAAN SEL PROKARIOT DAN EUKARIOT
      Berikut adalah tabel perbedaan sel prokatiot dan eukariot:



      DAFTAR PUSTAKA

      Anonim, 2007, Teori Sel, http://biodas.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/02-sejarah-teori-sel-jenis-sel.pdf (13 September 2008).

      Anonim, 2007, Kuliah2, http://www.vet.upm.edu.my/vpm2010/Kuliah2.pdf (13 September 2008).

      Campbell, N.A., dkk., 2002, Biologi, Erlangga, Jakarta.

      Sumardi dan Marianti, A., 2007, Biologi Sel, Graha Ilmu,Yogyakarta.
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                Windows 10 Reportedly the Last Version of Windows — Is Windows a Service Now?        
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                Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities & Restraints to 2020        

      Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

      Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market for 2020. IoT is a web of physical devices connected to the Internet, enabled by sensors and software to collect and transmit data. Using IoT users can collect massive amount of data and convert into meaningful information by with the help of advance analytics techniques. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors.

      The global internet of things (IoT) market in healthcare sector to grow at a CAGR of 36.5% during the period 2017-2020.

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      With a purpose of enlightening new entrants about the possibilities in this market, this report investigates new project feasibility. Various details about the manufacturing process such as market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis and so on, is discussed in the report.

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                Friday's Featured Sermon: "A Warning to Pretenders"        

      One of the most staggering achievements of Judas Iscariot is that he spent three years looking like a genuine disciple of Christ. Of course, Jesus knew all along that Judas was an imposter (John 6:70). But the rest of the disciples were completely oblivious to the infiltrator in their midst.

      Two millennia later, not much has changed. Phony Christians mingle among God’s people with minimal suspicion. Scripture repeatedly reminds us that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15), goats among the sheep (Matthew 25:32), and apostates who sneak into the church (Jude 4). Churches always have people among them who affirm Christ verbally, but deny Him by their works (Matthew 7:16-20), unrepentant sin (1 John 3:8), and lack of love for their brethren (1 John 3:10).

      You may claim to know Christ, but how can you be sure that Christ won’t say that He “never knew you” (Matthew 7:23)? You may claim to have faith in Christ, but how do you know it isn’t the false faith James warns about (James 2:18–26)? That’s why Scripture declares: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

      John MacArthur recognizes the pastoral importance of acknowledging false Christians in the church, and maintaining a constant evangelistic posture towards them. His sermon, “A Warning to Pretenders” does just that.

      A greater concern than Christians who aren’t what they ought to be is people who aren’t even Christians who are in the church. It’s overwhelming to think about going to hell from Grace Community Church. This is not a good place to go to hell from because to whom much is given, much is required. . . . Far worse eternal punishment falls to the one who has heard the truth and rejected it. And if you’ve been in this church any length of time, you should have really heard it. And the more you have heard it, the more responsible you have become.

      In “A Warning to Pretenders,” John expounds Hebrews 5:11–6:8—a passage that features one of the most startling warnings in all of Scripture.

      In the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the power of the ages to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. (Hebrews 6:4–6)

      There’s a lot of conjecture in the church today over what those three verses mean and who they apply to. “A Warning to Pretenders” is a message that brings much-needed clarity to the confusion, and sobriety to our own self-examination. And it’s best to hear that now while we remain on this side of God’s judgment.

      Click here to listen to “A Warning to Pretenders.”

             

                The Importance of Community Events        

      Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at the 4th Annual March for Equality. The event is hosted by Central Arizona Rainbow Education (C.A.R.E.). It kicks off with a march and then goes into a festival. The theme this year was the importance of community and I was asked to speak on the importance of community events. It was a great day and I wanted to share the speech with you all here:


      It is an honor to be here today. The 4th Annual March for Equality is an event that gives us a chance to come together – create awareness about the injustices that face the LGBT community and participate in a festival that allows us to celebrate who we are. Our community loves events. From Prides to parades – from dinners to the drag shows – we have community events constantly. The events are important to our community. Not just as fundraisers and time to see each other but because of the direct impact they have had on our movement.

      The famous lesbian poet and activist, Audre Lorde once said, “Without community there is no liberation.” I couldn’t agree more. A perfect example of this is the Stonewall Riots. On June 28th, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, known to many as the only gay bar in NY City. But this riot wouldn’t end like the others. See these individuals had found a place where they could meet, they could dance, they could drink, they could establish a sense of strength in each other. They were not alone. That night the patrons of the bar fought back against the police. Within days, gay rights organizations formed and within two years there was a gay rights organization in every major city across the country. This small bar community led to visible communities all across the country. On the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots the first Gay Pride March was held and is a tradition that we honor by marching today and each time we attend a Pride event.
      While Pride marches and festivals let us celebrate and provide an opportunity to be visible in the society we live in, Marches also allow us to show our strength and to let our voices be heard. In 1979, the first March on Washington was held. The purpose was to nationalize the gay movement, which had previously been focused on local struggles. The event had approximately 100,000 participants and included a Congressional Lobby Day and organizational trainings. Having such a large number of LGBT and allied individuals participate in the March showed that our community was not willing to be in our closets. The LGBT community was willing to fight publicly for our rights. When the next March on Washington was held in 1987 more than 500,000 people participated. This March was held on Oct. 11th – which has become known as National Coming Out Day. To date there have been five Marches on Washington by the LGBT community. Each one has strengthened our community and our voice.
      So whether the community event happens in a bar or on the National Mall they have importance. The event has importance because it reminds us that we are not alone - that we are all fighting for the same thing - that there is strength in numbers. Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams said, “I have inherited a belief in community, the promise that a gathering of the spirit can both create and change culture. In the desert, change is nurtured even in stone by wind, by water, through time.” What a powerful statement – to believe that a community can come together to create and change culture. That’s why I am so excited to be here today. To watch as our Arizona LGBT community comes together to change the culture of our state to a place where LGBT individuals are no longer discriminated against. To look out and see so many faces looking to create that culture. This is a critical time for our movement. Our visibility and the visibility of our allies have never been more important. So thank you for being here today and for being an active part of our community and I will see you at the next community event!

                DISCOVER DAPPER WITH SALADBOX MAN        
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                Democoding, tools coding and coding scattering        
      Not so much post here for a while... So I'm going to just recap some of the coding work I have done so far... you will notice that It's going in lots of direction, depending on opportunities, ideas, sometimes not related to democoding at all... not really ideal when you want to release something! ;)

      So, here are some directions I have been working so far...


      C# and XNA

      I tried to work more with C#, XNA... looking for an opportunity to code a demo in C#... I even started a post about it few months ago, but leaving it in a draft state. XNA is really great, but I had some bad experience with it... I was able to use it without requiring a full install but while playing with model loading, I had a weird bug called the black model bug. Anyway, I might come back to C# for DirectX stuff... SlimDx is for example really helpful for that.

      A 4k/64k softsynth

      I have coded a synth dedicated to 4k/64k coding. Although, right now, I only have the VST and GUI fully working under Renoise.. but not yet the asm 4k player! ;)



      The main idea was to build a FM8/DX7 like synth, with exactly the same output quality (excluding some fancy stuff like the arpegiator...). The synth was developed in C# using vstnet, but must be more considered as a prototype under this language... because the asm code generated by the JIT is not really good when it comes to floating point calculation... anyway, It was really good to develop under this platform, being able to prototype the whole thing in few days (and of course, much more days to add rich GUI interaction!).

      I still have to add a sound library file manager and the importer for DX7 patch..... Yes, you have read it... my main concern is to provide as much as possible a tons of ready-to-use patches for ulrick (our musician at FRequency)... Decoding the DX7 patch is well known around the net... but the more complex part was to make it decode like the FM8 does... and that was tricky... Right now, every transform functions are in an excel spreadsheet, but I have to code it in C# now!

      You may wonder why developing the synth in C# if the main target is to code the player in x86 asm? Well, for practical reasons : I needed to quickly experiment the versatility of the sounds of this synth and I'm much more familiar with .NET winform to easily build some complex GUI. Although, I have done the whole synth with 4k limitation in mind... especially about data representation and complexity of the player routine.

      For example, for the 4k mode of this synth, waveforms are strictly restricted to only one : sin! No noise, no sawtooth, no square... what? A synth without those waveform?.... but yeah.... When I looked back at DX7 synth implem, I realized that they were using only a pure "sin"... but with the complex FM routing mechanism + the feedback on the operators, the DX7 is able to produce a large variety of sounds ranging from strings, bells, bass... to drumkits, and so on...

      I did also a couple of effects, mainly a versatile variable delay line to implement Chorus/Flanger/Reverb.

      So basically, I should end up with a synth with two modes :
      - 4k mode : only 6 oscillators per instrument, only sin oscillators, simple ADSR envelope, full FM8 like routing for operators, fixed key scaling/velocity scaling/envelope scaling. Effects per instrument/global with a minimum delay line + optional filters. and last but not least, polyphony : that's probably the thing I miss the most in 4k synth nowadays...
      - 64k mode : up to 8 oscillators per instrument, all FM8 oscillators+filters+WaveShaping+RingModulation operators, 64 steps FM8's like envelope, dynamic key scaling/velocity scaling/envelope scaling. More effects, with better quality, 2 effect //+serial line per instrument. Additional effects channel to route instrument to the same effects chain. Modulation matrix.

      The 4k mode is in fact restricting the use of the 64k mode, more at the GUI level. I'm currently targeting only the 4k mode, while designing the synth to make it ready to support 64k mode features.

      What's next? Well, finish the C# part (file manager and dx7 import) and starting the x86 asm player... I just hope to be under 700 compressed byte for the 4k player (while the 64k mode will be written in C++, with an easier limitation around 5Ko of compressed code) .... but hey, until It's not coded... It's pure speculation!.... And as you can see, the journey is far from finished! ;)

      Context modeling Compression update

      During this summer, I came back to my compression experiment I did last year... The current status is quite pending... The compressor is quite good, sometimes better than crinkler for 4k... but the prototype of the decompressor (not working, not tested....) is taking more than 100 byte than crinkler... So in the end, I know that I would be off more than 30 to 100 byte compared to crinkler... and this is not motivating me to finish the decompressor and to get it really running.

      The basic idea was to take the standard context modeling approach from Matt Mahoney (also known as PAQ compression, Matt did a fantastic job with his research, open source compressor....by the way), using dynamic neural network with an order of 8 (8 byte context history), with the same mask selection approach than crinkler + some new context filtering at the bit level... In the end, the decompressor is using the FPU to decode the whole thing... as it needs ln2() and pow2() functions... So during the summer, I though using another logistic activation function to get rid of the FPU : the standard sigmoid used in the neural network with a base 2 is 1/(1+2^-x)), so I found something similar with y = (x / (1 + |x|) + 1) /2 from David Elliot (some references here). I didn't have any computer at this time to test it, so I spent few days to put some math optimization on it, while calculating the logit function (the inverse of this logistic function).

      I came back to home very excited to test this method... but I was really disappointed... the function had a very bad impact on compression ratio by a factor of 20%, in the end, completely useless!

      If by next year, I'm not able to release anything from this.... I will put all this work open source, at least for educational purposes... someone will certainly be clever than me on this and tweak the code size down!

      SlimDx DirectX wrapper's like in C++

      Recall that for the ergon intro, I have been working with a very thin layer around DirectX to wrap enums/interfaces/structures/functions. I did that around D3D10, a bit of D3D11, and a bit of D3D9 (which was the one I used for ergon). The goal was to achieve a DirectX C# like interface in C++. While the code has been coded almost entirely manually, I was wondering If I could not generate It directly from DirectX header files...

      So for the last few days, I have been a bit working on this... I'm using boost::wave as the preprocessor library... and I have to admit that the C++ guy from boost lost their mind with templates... It's amazing how they did something simple so complex with templates... I wanted to use this under a C++/Cli managed .NET extension to ease my development in C#, but I end up with a template error at link stage... an incredible error with a line full of concatenated template, even freezing visual studio when I wanted to see the errors in the error list!

      Template are really nice, when they are used not too intensively... but when everything is templatized in your code, It's becoming very hard to use fluently a library and It's sometimes impossible to understand the template error, when this error is more than 100 lines full of cascading template types!

      Anyway, I was able to plug this boost::wave in a native dll, and calling it from a C# library... next step is to see how much I can get from DirectX header files to extract a form of IDL (Interface Definition Language). If I cannot get something relevant in the next week, I might postpone this task when I won't have anything more important to do! The good thing is for example for D3D11 headers, you can see that those files were auto-generated from a mysterious... d3d11.idl file...used internally at Microsoft (although It would have been easier to get directly this file!)... so It means that the whole header is quite easy to parse, as the syntax is quite systematic.

      Ok, this is probably not linked to intros... or probably only for 64k.... and I'm not sure I will be able to finish it (much like rmasm)... And this kind of work is keeping me away from directly working with DirectX, experimenting rendering techniques and so on... Well, I have to admit also that I have been more attracted for the past few years to do some tools to enhance coding productivity (not necessary only mine)... I don't like to do too much things manually.... so everytime there is an opportunity to automatize a process, I can't refrain me to make it automatic! :D


      AsmHighlighter and NShader next update

      Following my bad appetite for tools, I need to make some update to AsmHighlighter and NShader, to add some missing keywords, patch a bug, support for new VS2010 version... whatever... When you release this kind of open source project, well, you have to maintain them, even if you don't use them too much... because other people are using them, and are asking for improvements... that's the other side of the picture...

      So because I have to maintain those 2 projects, and they are in fact sharing logically more than 95% of the same code, I have decided to merge them into a single one... that will be available soon under codeplex as well. That will be easier to maintain, ending with only one project to update.


      The main features people are asking is to be able to add some keywords easily and to map file extensions to the syntax highlighting system... So I'm going to generalize the design of the two project to make them more configurable... hopefully, this will cover the main features request...

      An application for Windows Phone 7... meh?

      Yep... I have to admit that I'm really excited by the upcoming Windows Phone 7 metro interface... I'm quite fed up with my iPhone look and feel... and because the development environment is so easy with C#, I have decided to code an application for it. I'm starting with a chromatic tuner for guitar/piano/violins...etc. and it's working quite well, even if I was able to test it only under the emulator. While developing this application, I have learned some cool things about pitch detection algorithm and so on...

      I hope to finish the application around september, and to be able to test it with a real hardware when WP7 will be offcialy launched... and before puting this application on the windows marketplace.

      If this is working well, I would study to develop other applications, like porting the softsynth I did in C# to this platform... We will see... and definitely, this last part is completely unrelated to democoding!


      What's next?

      Well, I have to prioritize my work for the next months:
      1. Merge AsmHighlighter and NShader into a single project.
      2. Play a bit for one week with DirectX headers to see if I could extract some IDL's like information
      3. Finish the 4k mode of the softsynth... and develop the x86 asm player
      4. Finish the WP7 application
      I still have also an article to write about ergon's making of, not much to say about it, but It could be interesting to write down on a paper those things....

      I need also to work on some new directX effects... I have played a bit with hardware instantiating, compute shaders (with a raymarching with global illumination for a 4k procedural compo that didn't make it to BP2010, because the results were not enough impressive, and too slow to calculate...)... I would really want to explore more about SSAO things with plain polygons... but I didn't take time for that... so yep, practicing more graphics coding should be on my top list... instead of all those time consuming and - sometimes useful - tools!
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                Yom Kippur, Ham Sandwiches, Bomb Hoaxes and Riots        
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                Living Room        

      Artist: The Life Force Trio

      When one hears music discussed in regards to "vibes" and "spirits," it's usually just a pretentious put-on; modern posers trying to resurrect a long-last studio magic. Unless, that is, you're talking about The Lifeforce Trio out of Los Angeles. The vibes and spirits at play on Living Room are very much the real thing: Sly's funk and energy, Sun Ra's spacey jazz genius, the manic passion of 'Trane (Alice and John), and most of all Nino's own coolly effervescent soul. In short: this is a Living Room decorated with generations of musical vibrancy.

      The Life Force Trio was conceived and founded by Carlos Niño (Ammoncontact, Build An Ark, Hu Vibrational, The Sound Of L.A. . . .) when he started production on celebrated soul-jazz singer Dwight Trible's Love Is The Answer in Summer of 2003. Enlisting multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and fellow Aquarian Dexter Story to be his partner in the project, Niño set out to create a progressive new sound. Many have asked who the third member of the trio is and Niño's answer is always the same, "the third member is floating."

      When Love Is The Answer was finished, Niño and Story, together with friends and fellow musicians, started recording sketches for a new project. The writing process was quick and spontaneous. Within several weeks, Niño started fine-tuning what would become Living Room.

      "Sly & The Family Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On and Fresh, Shuggie Otis's Inspiration Information, Sun Ra, John & Alice Coltrane and everything from French Impressionism to African High-Life and '60s Space Rock - to me, that's the vibration we were tuned to making Living Room," Niño mentions. "We just got together and made music that was open and from the heart. We all wrote music and/or directed the flow of a jam session, creating a very collective exchange," Niño adds. The "all" that Niño reffers to are multi-instrumentalists Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Andres Renteria and Gaby Hernandez, along with Niño's Ammoncontact partner Fabian Ammon and special guests, Derf Reklaw, Dwight Trible and Jesse Sharps.

      Recorded by Niño in his Echo Park living room, and mixed by Elvin "Nobody" Estela with Niño in Nobody's bedroom studio, Living Room in Niño's words, "is a raw, spiritual journey on an elevator to a higher realm, with no enclosure - there's no chance of falling… it's like the wind."

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                Meet Sir Basil Seal        
      I noticed a write-up on myself and Man About Mayfair over at a place called "The People's Media Company". Well, any group whose title includes the words 'the' and 'people's' is one, for obvious reasons, which has me reaching for the Riot Act...Anyway, there is a lady in Dublin who ran across Man About Mayfair, and has written an introduction for the uninitiated. An introduction which includes many mentions of 'snob', 'prig', 'aristocrat', etc...I must point out a few errors in her write-up, she got the 'snob' and 'prig' part right, but the other website she mentions concerning the Legion of Well-Dressed Men actually belongs to RW, I am just a humble member, and I cannot vouch for RW being a snob or not. And my wife is not a 'baroness' but a Countess...My son is the Baron...And my language is not reminiscent of a 'Dickens novel', I eschew Dickens, how about Waugh or Munro, I would be in better company with those comparisons. And really, everyone is welcome, but a jacket and tie are required...Helps keep the riff-raff out, don't you know...She does go into some technical detail about search engines and the like, which seems to indicate, to my immense relief, that I am hard to find. "Advertise my domain" forsooth, I should think a gentleman would never stoop to advertise anything...But anyway, It is indeed a pleasure to meet you Didi of Ireland, and thank you so much for stopping by...

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                Gamer's God "Tom Clancy" Dead.        
      Best-selling author co-founded studio Red Storm in 1996
      It has been officially reported that the ultra popular  writer Tom Clancy is dead. Author of many record selling books Tom Clancy was 66, and died at John Hopkins Hospital in his home town of Baltimore after a brief illnesss. Famous to millions for his books like The Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot Games and The Sum of All Fears, gamers will know him better via titles such as Rainbow SixGhost Recon and Splinter Cell.
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      Clancy co-founded games studio "Red Storm"  in 1996, which was acquired by Ubisoft in 2000. And from then onward Ubisoft is adding Clancy's name in some high profile titles such as HAWXEndWarGhost Recon: Shadow Wars and several new entries in the Splinter Cell franchise — including Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which launched on Wii U recently. The next game to be published with Clancy's name on the cover is The Division.

      Ubisoft recently released the statement -
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      Though Clancy's involvement in the game was very little, but his presence in one way or other gave a slight edge to every thing he get involved in whether it is a book, movie or any game.

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                Elliot Brown Artwork        
      Elliot Brown is a figurative painter, illustrator, sculptor, based in Los Angeles, California.


                Remember this date: 7th of november 2016        
      This was a date for you here around Ferrybridge. We developed our insurance policy for three of us. Chip apu and me. That was not a joke. That poison there was a developed version of antrax in that case eanough to clean this area around in 50 miles circle. If any of us wouldn't make it to this point this would been a very very calm startup for the following...
      Apu él, Chip él és döntött, én élek.
      Ezek itt nagyítóval válogathatók, de csak arra kell koncentrálni kiben van még valami remény... jót nem fogtok találni közöttük. Olyat nagyítóval akiből még talán talán lehet valami.
      ---
      Ohh yes. Chip helped apu to get some money and peace that's why he managed that museum order to build some old stuff. Apu nagyon szerette az ilyen dolgokat. És addig se nyírta senki az idegeit.
      És azután chip odaküldte apu és az ő két közös haverját akik elvitték az agyakat és azzal ki is lettünk zárva a projektből. Gyakorlatilag felmarkolták a pénzt is helyettünk. De kinyomoztam mi volt itt és ki milyen parancsot adott... És ez után végig zongoráztuk az összes szemetet amit a chipnek építettem... azt az antraxot és a többit is. És megoldottam hogy csak a saját patkány zsoldosai dögöljenek meg ha ő leesik a tábláról.
      De a mostani talákozóig el kellett jutnia. Viszont tegnap elvégezte a feladatát. Úgyhogy neki itt a vége. Zöld lámpa a leszedésére.Szóval Chip has nothing. Nincs semmije ellenünk. A rabszolgatartó szarházik már alulról szagolják az ibolyát ezért fölösleges tovább etetni őket. Most Chip van a szarházi világ tetején őt rettegik és félik mert ő a Nagyyúr. De már nem sokáig. Ide kellett jönnie az antraxért viszont a csávó aki tárolta és vigyázta az én emberem volt, ezért kellett felébresztenem, hogy tudja mit kell tenni vele és hogy ne kerüljön a kezükre... Apunak meg magától rá kellett döbbennie, hogy mi van és megtennie a megfelelő lépéseket. George green is a képben volt ez a kis csapat ide kellett hogy jöjjön. Ezért zártuk le ezt a területet. Egyik se megy innen sehová se, mert nem mehetnek. Aki ezeknek a karaktereknek a helyére lép azok is mind meghalnak. Sorozatban kell őket irtani akkor is ha ezret készítettek elő belőlük. Ha százezret ha egymilliót, akkor is meg kell őket nyuvasztani amint felbukkanak valahol.
      ---
      Chip just sent me a message: "9-11; you will suffer" they used that ID for a long time... why? Because "Always work with the bests" "This is why I work with a lot with mossad" said Chip... hahaha yes it was Chip who done 9-11 they asked me to help with it. "Always work with the best." Well I noticed all the others who where listening... And in those days when the preparation happened I had to maintain the memory ereasure effectiveness. I could not have it happen to give them the clue I can remember and I do leak everything I developed for them. But I did. I did my part guys if there is anybody out there it is your turn. And as we run out of time I suggest you take them off the map of course with careful planning. The world will be a better place without them. However good they are in fight or killing all of them have their weak side or weaknesses I gave you the clues about all ofthem. Now is the time to act. Now or never.
      ---
      That woman on the bridge smiling is one of those who hold back the help for us and she still does it. She told the rest of her community to help for now because she knew they all will die if they do not get their hand dirty and stay away from killing the shit away. But still she doesn't want to engage in helping us. She helps only the crap and that means she is absolutely conscious about what she does and why. Therefore extreme measures needed to get this shit mashine to get on its knees. Yes we still have the antrax but we gave them a small sample tjust to know that this is for real. We will use it somewhere where it is needed. But there are more to come here as well and I am not willing to help any more until there is no official recognition and support from you. These fugs still think they can ride this horse... Well so be it. Chip just changed skin and got his replacement for the party before you cracked down on them. He play with us for now... doing the next job. He rides the black horse. "He kept his word..."
      The biritsh military also did not help at all so they get nothing in return again... And that guy who told me to sign off wbelong to that woman's team and community... So that is them. "They are helping..." somone tells me... but they are not. They are helpng you because they still can drive you. Just like these here local... "They are stronger let's make it look like we are helping." All shit. All around. I feel a bit bad to stop this happening but for now you can get away. The next one will go off to because as far as I can see you still all fight egeinst me and my plan so you need it.
      ---
      So was this woman helping us? No. Was she helping us now? No. Why she did help she killed many of them... would say aome of you. But did she? Her life was on the line in this case. And she made the move. Why? ohhhoohoo Weit a second here. At first she HAS AN ARMY. A well trained army. Now why this army did not help us before? Second: she has a lot of money. Most of those businesses what I cleaned up from the shit ended in her heand and has been organised by her soldiers. Ahhha. So she has money she has an army and she acts only when her life is at steak? Well you see guys this is what we have to do. They only move when their life is at steak.
      And there is one more small addition: the Old man new there is no emipre lasting long without love, without real love. Now her job was to teach and apply love into the system. Yes! She is part of it and that head has to be cut jst like the others because above this job the second most important job was to maintain control over her people. When the Old man could not manage somebody by fear, corruption and so on - than he pulled this woman and made the thing come trough. Also she had a very strong psychic ability to foresee things and to spy on us what we plan and how. She could do this because her "lovers" all around the world planted the love plugin to us. They provided love for us when nobody did because of fear of the system. They dared because this was their job to do that. She is also one head of the old system. She is part of the Circus. But not for long anymore.
      Also she is the one who managed to lock me out of any kind of real love. that is something incredible dirty and ruthless thing to do whilst she manage to keep up her all loved and respected image around the world.
      She supports salvery and their people sit in their comfortable homes and lought at us who fight against the devli ruthless puppetmusters. They enjoy the busnisess what we built many what they gain their money is built by me, and thay take a shit on us. Now they helped because their life was on the line. Now this is the way.
      ---
      they dug out the weapon from down below... They examined the replacement for chip, figured that it is one of their own underneath the mask... she is dead (or will be in minutes) - that was a bit personal for chip and me and many others, one of chips woman died because of her, one of my very best who never new true love died because she manipulated him through a very kind lover of hers, and she knew how to manipulate him because she planned his isolation and luck of love prison... There is an enourmous long bill on her account, and the bill always come soon or later.
      And also they still continue same way as before, that was the order she gave out... of course they would do that anyway...
      ---
      Chip had a woman who got killed by this EVOL woman actually by her army. He got there in the last minutes but there was nothing to be done already only to hold her hands as she passes. But she was still conscious and she told Chip that she was working for a woman and her job was to love him and than she got the order to withraw her love. She couldn't do that. That was the reson why EVOL sent the army to take her out. She fall in love with Chip and understand a lof of what he is about to heading for. She made her deciesion. She died because we did not thing of this back than. The Old man was very very smart. Those who cannot be driven on fear or greed he drove them on love. This devil Evol woman had incredible power all over the world.
      I had a guy who just turned and started to see and fell the freedom and the right fight. We engaged in a situation and he got seriously injuried. It was lethal would, no help, nothing to do. I hold his hands in his last moments.
      "How is it?" someone asked from the team. The Kid examined the would and he realised that this is very very bad.
      "I know I won't make it!" said Henrik. "But don't worry Peter I know that this is the right fight and I made my peace. I know you sent that girl to love me and she showed me love what I didn't know this excisted on Earth."
      "I didn't sent any girl to you."
      "Ohhh come on, I know you. She showed me such pleasure and comfort I am happy to just think about her."
      The Kid smiled a bit he knew the girl loved him for real. He stopped talking because Henrik passed out. After he closed his eyes there was no any word in the air for a while. One moment the Kid and someone from the team suddenly thrown a knife to the same spot. Someone sneakedd ylose to them in the bushes.
      "Let's get out from here. But this has to be investigated. I want to know who that girl is."
      As they packed up in a hurry one of them just commented. "I have an eye on her, she is a cute girl seems to be fine. But do you think she has something to do with his death?"
      "Yes." - said the kid. "I am sure about that." he added. The whole team stopped and looked at him. "I can finish her in minutes if you say so." They stopped the Kid was thinking it over. "No. Her love wass real. I have no doubt about that. And if so than she was used to manipulate Henrik without her consiousness. And that means those who can do such thing will make sure nobody gets to know how they did it and who did it. This means in the moment they figure out that it worked they will kill her to cover they footprints." - he turned to the guy who had his eyes on this girl "Tell your team to get her from wherever she is, hold her safe. And do not hurt her! I need to interogate her."
      ...
      Later the team started to inwestigate what happened. The young girl was devastated. She had no clue what she had done. The Kid told her his suspition. She broke into peaces and agree a bit later to go into deep hypnotic state to find the manipulator. It turned out that she went to a sex party to help Henrik to find someone and there was a guy who made some videos of the party. The Kid spotted that guy as he professionally built rapport chaked the rapport and than placed the order in her head.
      The team in the watchroom also brought up some details, and the seemingly not relevant one appeard to be the most important. We found our guy. But the Kid was not statisfied yet.
      "Ok we have to build a profile about him find him and collect everything on him. All his characters where he moves who he contacts and so on. Do not kill him yet. This is way more sopchisticated than I've seen before. The mossad uses sexual pleasure to drive somebody to do things but this is way much more advanced than what they do. And the mastermind is a woman. At the end of this chain there is a woman not a man. And she managed to kill one of us thorugh several transfers thorugh more people to hit the target. And this woman is a psychic with very strong abilities. That guy who set our girls mind is just a good hipnotiseur he is not the mastermind."
      "Why do you think that?"
      "Based on my experience knowledge of human psyché, and the clues she left. Woman tend to use trickery to kill and to get things done man rather go straight, and there are many more small links to this case from other cases. I think I met this woman at some point and this woman is a hell lot dirtier than anybody I met in my life. She uses love to kill."
      ---
      "How can you say that I kill Henrik? I was willing to die for him. How could you suppose that at all?" she cried desperate.
      "You did. But you where not conscious about what you did. You have benn used to do this by very smart people."
      "But how?"
      "You did not practice those exersices Herik tought to you. You thought this is some joke or unnessesary supid habit and you left practicing those. That's why you did not realise yuo are bing used to kill."
      The girl crashed. The Kid let her to fell the pain and desperation. He knew that this is neccessery. He saw many people ahd a big practice how to brak someone how to help someone to find their own responsibility and face with their own misdeeds and also knew how to find resolution. timing was everything in this job.
      "Ok than KILL me! I dont what to do this anymore!" she cried.
      "For his memory, you'd better to do those excercises and contuniue help us! This is what you can do about this not to run away from your responsibility. You are resposible for his death. But you can make amendment and continue what he singed up for. Do those excersices learn how to overcome this kind of manipulation and teach as many as many you can to do the same. Save our lifes until we continue with this war."
      She did after all. And she did even more. She found this woman. who I was not able to find. Later I figured out that she was tone of the very first ones who started to build up rapport with me. The Old man employed her to get the triggers in place.
      Until Chip's replacement was heading for the big party as usualy after more of these shitheads meet at one place, he got out quiclly.
      ohh by the way as the armies around the world developed thanks to our training methodes, and she couldn't keep up with the load and started to loose her army, she asked me to develop and train her army. And so I did. Of course I did the same as with everyone... They lied to me so I lied to them. When she told me about her vision as she walks up to that bridge to meet me there... I knew that is going to be the place she dies.
      We built up a team to influence and monaipulate her visions - of course this leaked out and now it is out and this is the reason we HAVE TO TALK LOUD AND HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION. Nothing you can be sure what is not said loud.
      So Chip - the real one - was waiting her when she passed me on the other side of the brige. She was smiling to me. I smiled back. I had to force myself to learn this and od manage to forget what she done to me from the age of 3. This was personal for me too. But much more than that.
      We had to wait until she gives the order to kill openly to her team. We had to wait because she had more power than even the Old man had. She wan't that smart, but had more power. Because she built her network over love. Now as she gave out this order it is going to be spread and we ollected all eveidences on her what she did in the last 15-20 years. There is a lo of blood on her account. Lot of lives taken by love. More devil than the worst sadist. Her network has to be torn apart. At it will be.
      I had to use this antrax threat to frighten her to give out the order and make sure she will manage to give enough love to Jani, and Chip. I knew they can get killed in isolation because they where not that strong as me. I even can get killed this way. And also I showed to the rest of the world that if only one of us dies this planet will be hell for the rest and we will distroy it completly. We have everything in place.
      George Green had her in his side for a while. Bu the as smart enough to ask me if she is ok or not. And he got the respond. But she still has a few trainees I remember she as training someone ahen we where at Orpington... "This color suits you." "How did he break our conditioning just like that?" "No he didn't brak it just got to her heart by being honest. To break our conditioning he would need more time to spend with her. What we won't allow."
      She learned how to be as quiet as we used to be. There are so many of her community you cannot even imagine. And she lied about us. And she peinted herself as good and the rest of the world sccepted those lies. An she always told everyone not to kill but to find other solutions. And she enjoyed giving me a very hard time. But she did that from distance. That's why it was so painful in London. Nearly all of those assholes attacking me belonged to her and been manipulated by her. She told everyone that I am about to distroy the earth. And she did not lie about that she just forgot to mention that I will do that if my goal would become impossible. To end salvery, end tornishing our planet. What she singed up for. Mastermind. Smart. But she is dead. And her puppetmasters follow down to the last peace of shit. We cut from above first and go downward. As they realise the power killing them off, they will have to surrender. If it happens in time there is a chance to this Planet. Otherwise...
      ---
      "Chip is playing us." súgta apu a találkozóponton... "Please don't expose me I am weak finacially."
      ---
      Ez a lehetőség többször is felmerült. Apuval sokszor beszélgettünk erről. Amikor felhívtuk a speckó rádión kersztül (ham radio from Baja Hunagry to Philadephia 1991 kb) akkor is úgy beszélt mindig, hogy hallgatni se bírtam. Apu elmondott neki valamit hogy mit csinált erre kifakadt hogy húú az te voltál hát én kiküldtem egy pár srácot érted ezek itt meg vannak őrülve amiatt..." "hazudik" súgom neki ő meg röhög a szokott hangtalan módján, "tudom" legyint elengedi a mikrofon gombját halkan súgja: "megtaláltak" "és mi volt?" "söröztünk egy jót" nevet a maga hangatalan nevetésével... amit csingacskug figurájába is beleírt.
      Szóval biztos a mi biztos arra az esetre ha úgy alakulna én kiváltottam mindent amit chipnek építettem biztosíték gyanánt és azok számára akik elég őszinték voltak el is mondtam mik ezek. Szóval ha így lenne, akkor őt le tudjuk venni gond egy szál se.
      Azért alakulhatott ez így mert ő is ügyes fejlesztő de közel se olyan mint én. Viszont én meg annyit összeszedtem tőlük innen onnan, hogy én átláttam az egész tudományos keretet sőt én annál tovább is láttam. Próbálta ő összeszedni a dolgaimat és több kevesebb sikerrel össze is jött neki, de a legjobbakat nem sikerült megértenie sem, mert nincsenek meg hozzá a képességei és a tudása. Ha nem lesz tiszta víz a pohárban, akkor maradunk ketten. Persze úgy már nem fogjuk sokáig bírni. És akkor jön aminek jönnie kell. Ha pedig nem változik semmi - márpedig nem sok változás van, akkor 3 max négy év múlva én letörlöm ezt a hibát az univerzum térképéről.
      A következő találkozópont után beindul a pusztítógépezet, ha nem leszünk ott és így a többi.
      "We are holding them up now." mondja Chip Castleford utcáján.
      Igen. Ezt már észrevettem magam is. Valóban valahogy Chip keze mindig benne volt az összes az elmúlt 10 évben engem ért támadásban. De ne mcsak az övé. Ezé a szarházi kurváé is Evolé is.
      Chipnek még mindig van pénze. Sok pénze van. Ez mutatja hogy ő megalkudott a fekete lóhoz tartozó hálózattal támogatja őket ők meg támogatják őt. Ezért lehet pénze.
      Lehet hogy megalkudott azzal a nővel. És most ketten írányítanak és eljátsszák nekünk a nagy semmit. Lehet hogy még él. Lehet hogy még él mindkettő. Én innen már nem tudom ezt eldönteni mert ők is megtanulták hogyan manipuláljanak. Nem láttam mi történt a hídon túl. Elengedtem. Az viszont rémlik hogy Chip erősködött hogy ne öljem meg ott a hídon mert megőrülhetek bele. S végül igazat adtam neki. Viszont lehet hogy ők összemelegedtek a hatalom nyergében és remekül megvannak ott.
      Mivel senki sem beszél velem nem tudom. A zajt és az üzengetést meg nem tudom komolyan venni. Megbízatatlan. Ha így történt akkor baj van méghozzá nagy. Akkor a levegőnek annyi, a pszichés térnek annyi (a rabszolgarendszer megy tovább) és ez a rombolás folytatódik. És négy év múlva el fogom pusztítani a földet. Pontosabban az én hiányom fogja elpusztítani a földet. Nem lesz aki leállítsa a beprogramozott gépezetet. Azt meg hogy itt tovább rugodossanak mint egy focilabdát nem fogom eltűrni. És négy év múlva nem is lesz már értelme se annak hogy eltűrjem.
      Próbálják azt eljátszani hogy, rejtve van elektromos motor az autókban... Mégis fogy a benzin valahogyan. Érdekes nem? Nos bizonyára van egy két patkány akinek van ilyen autója mint az air combat controllereknek csináltam ilyen motort amibe bele van építve egy generátor ami olyan pici és olyan sok áramot termel hogy menet közben visszatermeli amit elfogyaszt. kis golyómágnes volt az eredeti verzióban amit iszonyú sebességgel pörgettem egy vákumos mágneses térben. Zéro súrlódással nem melegszik.
      Rengeteg pénzt csinált a chip abból hogy eladta ezt az amerikai hadseregnek meg más hadseregeknek is.
      Mégis tovább megy a légrongálás és a vízrongálás. És tovább rohasztják a környezetünket és továbbra is elszigetelnek és támadnak bennünket - akik a szabad és tiszteletteli életre szavasztunk és ezt követeljük és ezen dolgozunk mindenki számára. Lehet hogy így van. De van bárki aki képes ezt átlátni és képes bármit is tenni? És olyan van-e ezek között akik hajlandóak is tenni valamit? Nincs.
      Jelentem az a helyezet hogy nincs ilyen. Nem keresek többé munkát és továbbra se fogom eltűrni a zaklatás semmilyen formáját. És amikor nem bírom tovább elbúcsúzunk. Azután pedig meg fogjátok tanulni hogy jobb lett volna ha csináltok valamit.
      ---
      Fúúú... Ahogy forgatom az emlékeket a fejemben most kezdek rádöbbenni hogy mi is történt valójában. És miért kezdtük el kiváltani Chip minden biztosítékát amit felépítetett velem.
      Ezek tényleg összefogtak. Chip és Evol. Philpots a tipikus példa: Lauren a chip embere volt, drogkereskedő, kurva és a többi, az Andrea pedig az igazgatói feladatokat látta el, a tulajdonos meg csak egy kamu álca egy stróman. Ketten együtt dolgozták ki a műsort. Itt is ugyanez történt. Evol embere fejezte be a történetet, a chip embere provokált. És ráadásul én adtam a Chip kezébe az eszközt. Vele dolgoztuk ki annak a módszerét hogyan tudják a pszéhés képességeit tompítani és félrevezetni. Meg is tanítottam neki. A francba. Londonban amikor megtáncoltattak akkor a Chip vezette a Fitzroy house ban elkövetett támadást. Ki akart nyírni de nem mert mert tudta hogy ő se élheti túl. Ma kaptam egy emailt valami munkaajánlattal amire persze semmi seélyem se jelentkezni mert nem felelek meg a követelményeknek amit odaírtak kint a boltnál meg ott állt egy teher autó amin ott olt az openreach felirat. Ez a kommunikációs stílus az evoLé. Nesze semmi fogd meg jól. Közben a másik csapat is megüzente hogy szenvedni fogok...
      Apuval felkészültünk erre a forgatókönyvre. De hogy mi lett azt nem tudom. Azt tudom hogy a srác aki az antraxot kezelte az ő embere volt, de én képeztem ki speciálisan erre a feladatra. Meg kellett taulnia úgy harcolni hogy a táska a kezében van és nem töri össze a tartót. Meg kellett tanulnia hogyan tud rázkódásmentes dobozt készíteni és főként olyan kellett aki önként belement a feladatba és megértette hogy miért van erre szükség és mit akarok vele elérni. A hipnózisba is önként kellett belemennie. Így annyira erős lett a hipnózisa, hogy nem tudott kilépni belőle magától csak az én jelenlétem hatására. Szegényt igen megkínozták, valószínűleg a chip megtornáztatta, hogy megmutassa a többieknek hogy azt csinál vele amit csak akar. Azért kért meg engem a chip mert ő nem tudott olyan erős feltörhetetlen programozást csinálni mint én. Persze hogy nem mert az ő szándékai soha nem voltak tiszták, nem úgy mint az enyémek.
      Azt még hallottam amikor valaki hangosan élőszóban kijelentette mögöttem hogy: "Chip has nothing!" De nem tudom mi lett azután.
      Emlkszem arra is amikor a Lin Dike madárlesnél egyszer Chip beszorított. Bementem a madárlesbe és bezáratott oda az embereivel. Előtte megbeszéltük hogy hogy preparálja az ajtót, hogy mégis ki tudjak törni. De nem úgy csinálta meg ahogy megbeszéltük és kénytelen voltam lebukni azzal hogy mégis kitörtem belőle. Vannak kémiai módszerek amivel meg lehet gyöngíteni egy fém szerekezetet úgy hogy nem lehet szemmel látni rajta a preparációt. Úgy volt hogy preparálja a zsanérokat hogy ki tudjak törni és az emberei megdöbbenjenek az erőm láttán. A dolog azért merült feledésbe, mert ebből tudtam és mindig rájöttem hogy Chip hazudik nekem és ezért neki se mutattam meg mindent sőt az erőmet is titkoltam előtte.
      De lassan beszélt - persze lehet hogy csak azután hogy számtalan alkalommal bizonyítottam hogy ne memlékszem a dolgokra amik korábban történtek. Egyre tisztul ez a kép. Az érzelmi kötődésem hozzá valamiért erős pedig ő volt az egyik legkegyetlenebb kiképző akivel találkoztam. Rengeteg gyereket meggyilkolt akik nem bírták vagy nem tetszettek neki. Mégis megőrizte a sokarcúságát.
      Lehet hogy miután elmondtam a hálózatban a tetején levőknek hogy az Öreg tulajdonképpen egy hetesikrek és egymást váltják - így igen nehézzé vált a pontos profiljának elkészítése - azután ők is elkezdték ezt a módszert használni és folyamatosan váltották egymást a lehető legpontosabb szinkronra törekedve. Bár ezt talán kiszírtam volna hiszen annyira pontos szinkront csak a telepaták tudnak kialakítani akik pontosan tudják mi történt a másik és közöttem. Belülről. Ezt olyanok akik nem telepaták és nem így születtek még géppel se tudják megoldani olyan kiválóan mint az Öreg(ék) tették. Ha végiggondolom a Chippel kapcsolatos emlékeimet akkor benne van minden: a sátánista véráldozattól kezdve a legodaadóbb szeretet, önfeláldozó vállalások, hősies kitartás és bajtársiasság, aljas hazudozás, drogozás, kurvázás, gyilkolás, kéjelgés, lopás csalás, olyan sokféle dolog ami egy egységes emberi profilba sehogyan sem férne bele. Bár Chip karaktere egy kitalált karakter, én újítottam fel, de valaki más átvette. És valószínűleg vagy az Öreg vagy valamelyik másik nagyágyú, little georgie, vagy evoL vagy egy másik... és hozzáírtak vagy írtak egy ugyanolyan fizimiskájú de teljesen különböző karaktert és amikor megölték akkor mindig visszahelyettesítették és valaki a háttérből váltogatta őket vagy ők egymást. Nem tudom. De evoL csapatában is találtam értelmes becsületes embereket akik megértették a dolgokat. Itt csend a fülemben az egyikük kacagása amikor rájött hogy tényleg úgy van amit mondok hogy tényleg ezt akarom megvalósítani. És elmondta hogy őket mivel etette meg a nő. Meg se lepődtem rajta. Ez a világ az őrület világa. Őrült hazudozás a végtelenségig.
      Egy kettő akad aki nem hazudik. Én is hazudtam mindenkinek aki nekem hazudott vagy viszatartotta a fontos információkat. Az is hazugság. Mégpedig az egyik leggyakoribb fajta.
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      gábor kerek világ: "Csinálnod kell egy erődemonstrációt."
      "Nem. Csinálj egy videót amit összevágsz a többiből ami van."
      "Nem lehet Péter. Minden digitális - sőt még az analóg gépek is - rögzítik hogy hol készült a felvétel és milyen hosszú, lett e vágva vagy szerkesztve. Minden változtatás pontosan visszakövethető a felvétel eszközére és minden változtatás is rögzítésre kerül magában a kép adatkódolásában. Nem emlékszel? Mi csináltuk az egész projektet?"
      Gábornak elege volt abból hogy videószerkesztőként használják ingyen és aludni se hagyják annyi dolga van...
      Nem tudom hogy Chipnek ott volt-e embere de evoLnak volt. Az eszter a kővári jani felesége. Lehte hogy a Révai Laci a chip alól került ki. A gyuri benne volt eredetileg is az öregék csapatában...
      Fú basszus... Na jó elég volt ebből mára...
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      És ahogy tovább forgatom ezt a dolgot az is szembe jut hogy mi van ha apu is kijátszik engem... Azok a kis pornós sukák mind evoL női voltak akikkel dugott, és ezer százalék hogy azon dolgoztak, hogy őt is megfordítsák vagy kontroll alá vegyék. És akkor eszembe jut az a beszélgetés is amit ketten folytattunk arról hogy kell a biztosíték mert különben soha nem fogják megállítani ezt az önpusztító régi rendszert. Ő tiltakozott ellene és látszólag könnyen elfogadta a halál gondolatát úgy hogy a művünk befejezetlen marad. Ezért mondtam is neki hogy én megcsinálom magam a biztosítékot magamnak, mert nem hagyom hogy ők boldogan éljenek úgy hogy engem a végtelenségig kihasználtak és tönkretették közben az egész életemet.
      S ha azt is hozzáveszem, hogy a borax vagon projekt során rádöbbentem, hogy tulajdonképpen egyáltalán nem is ismerem és gyakorlatilag keveset tudok róla, meg azt hogy ő is csak az Öregék parancsát teljesítette, mint bárki más... akkor ez a kép igen igen elkeserítő és tényleg nagyon úgy tűnik, hogy itt a vége.
      Van egy olan érzésem, hogy a japán cimani is egy ilyen biztosíték volt valamelyikünk számára aki ott lakott azon a területen és megölték. A szarházi horda ott megkapta a magáét. A kiszolgáló magukat védő hálózatnak adták ki magukat és eladták azt az embert.
      És ha belegondolok abba hogy gyerekkoromtól loptak tőlem a projektjeimből megkeresett pénzekből letagadták és újra hazudtak nekem ők is... akkor teljesen elkeseredem. Apu azzal érvelt hogy úgyis megkapják amit érdemelnek, ha tovább folytatják amit csinálnak miért kellene nekük meggyorsítani ezt a folyamatot.
      De ki tudja ki volt akkor éppen az ő szerepében, hiszen felépítettem egy kioltó mechaizmust hogy ne jöjjek rá hogy nem ő van otthon hanem más, mert mindig lebuktattam.
      Szóval egy rakás nagy szar ez az egész úgy ahogy van. Patkányvilág.
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      "Eddig se csináltunk semmit, ezután se fogunk." mondta az egyik csávó Castlefordban.
      Két fiatal iskoláslány lejtett el előttem, érzékeltem rajtuk hogy pronóznak... "He can see everything. What can we do about it? Nothing just don't care about him. He's not going to live too long anyway."
      "Csak úgy kell csinálnunk mintha kicseréltek volna. Meg kell változtass pár dolgot pl vastagabbá teszed a lábod máshogy beszélsz ilyesmi... s az hiszik hogy meg lettünk ölve és kicseréltek." Ennyi az egész? hahaha " nevet a szomszédom.
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      Ja hát ennyi. Viszont valamiért mégis csak muszály eljátszani hogy ki lettek cserélve... Valamiért mégse mertek még nekem jönni és megölni közvetlenül. Valamiért ez a horda mégis eljuttatja hozzám a videókat amike csináltam, mert mégse tudták összerakni hogy mit miért és hogyan csináltam. És amit még mindig nem értenek vagy nem akarják hogy kikerüljön azt meg visszatartják. Érdekes.
      Persze mert mindent fegyverként használnak és sok magyarázatom rámutat arra hogy mit hogyan lehet megoldani.
      Pl amikor az air combat controllereknek csináltam az a nagyon gyorsan pörgő golyós mágneses generátort, akkor kiderült hogy a golyó nem jó, mert egy idő után elfordul egy kicsit. Szóval át kellett váltanom egy henger alakú mágnesre hogy ne tudjon elfordulni. Azon sokat gondolkodtam hogy vajon miért fordul el amikor a többi tényező változatnal vagy majdnem állandó és mágneses szempontból is valamennyire szigetelve van. Ott rájöttem valami fontos dologra a föld mágneses tulajdonságaira nézve s a mozgását meghatározó külső és belső tényezők hatásmechanizmusára.
      Ezeket valaki visszatartja. Pedig most már majdnem mindegy. Ez nem élet és nem is látom hogy lesz -e ebből bármi. Szóval szarok rá.
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      Someone said in the background that I wrote this all beforehand. Well yes and no. I planne many things beforehand but it is not possible to make this happen all alone. This is something what is just bullshit. If you think about it you'll see how idiot you are. I planned many things and I developed many things but YOU all did give your part into this and that is not somethig I could have written to the detail. No way. YOU made this to become what it is right now. I did plan on to show people what is going on behind the scene but I did not plan to get it this far. We DAMEGED our planet so badly you cannot even realise how this can turn out in just 50 years last. But you will see the effects much much earlier than that. If we make it there at all. But the goal is the same and I am not the man who is going to change the destination. All or nothing. You can play around have fun, laugh at me whilst I suffer in this shit but you won't laugh when you understand this is not a game. At all. I am just tired to write any more. Still I do. You'll learn how bad it is anyway as far as I can see. S oyou all put your shit into the storyline. And it didn't go the way I wanted it to go.
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      Minnél többet gondolok ezekre a dolgokra annál elkeserítőbb az egész. Csalódni valakiben vagy csak azon tűnődni hogy eladott-e vagy sem irtózatos dolog. Meg emészhetetlen. Aput is eladták kismilliószor, engem is, gyakorlatilag ebben a nemzetközi mocsoktengerben mindenki eladott mindenkit. Hiába mondtam bármit mindig kiforgatták és elfuserálták a terveimet, vagy üzletet csináltak maguknak belőle. Még ez az utóbbi volt a legjobb dolog, mert úgy legalább el tudtam indítani néhán változást. Például hogy van egyáltalán elektromos autó. Meg szélerőmű. Napelem. Ledlámpa.
      Ezek jó dolgok. A többi meg szemét.
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      Apu: "De ő azt mondja hogy te mondtad neki hogy irtsa ki akkor az egész falut."
      "óóó úgy? Én azt is mondtam ám hogy akasszátok fel magatokat mind! Hogy lehet hogy még mindig életben vagytok?" "Amikor valami szart csináltok azt mindig rám kenitek amikor meg jó dolgot összehozok azt mindig elhazudjátok a magatokénak. És különben is hányszor csinálták meg velem hogy jól feldühítettek és utána rámeresztettek valakit hogy kérdezzen mit csináljon. Azután persze úgy állította őszintén a többiek előtt hogy én mondtam és tényleg én mondtam ilyet is meg olyat is. De hányszor megbeszéltük hogy ezt tudatosan kijátsszák és megcsinálják. Veled is megcsinálják, ha még nem tették. Visszakapjátok ám ezt mind."
      Apu csak hallgatott.
      "Azért amit csináltok benneteket terhel a felelősség. Mindegyikőtök tudja hogy miért dolgozom. Mindegyikőtök tudja hogy velem lehet beszélni és vitázni is kérdezni is, de nem úgy hogy előtte jól felbőszítetek vagy rámküldtök naponta két bérgyilkost hogy kikészüljek és azután kértek meg arra hogy ezt meg azt döntsem el. hányszor szivattak emg a patkány barátaid ilyen módon megsáolni is alig tudom. Nem apu a haverod maga döntött így. ráadásul az a figyelő akit ki akart nyírni nekem dolgozott. Nekem segített, és erre csak utólag jöttem rá. Úgyhogy erről ennyit."
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      Mindegy fene... én írok azután mindenki meghozza a maga döntéseit, jót rosszat. Az nem az én felelősségem. Ha nem gondolkodtok, ha nincs nyílt párbeszéd akkor tökmindegy úgyis mind elpusztulunk, de engem nem fogtok túlélni.
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      Ahogy nyomoztunk tovább a Henrik barátnőjének ügyében lassan egyre bonyolultabbá vált a dolog. Megtaláltuk a hipnotizőrt és kiszedtünk belőle mindent amit tudott. Közben rájöttem arra is hogy ki ez a nő. Valóban én írtam egy ilyen karaktert is, de közel sem úgy működött ahogy azt én megírtam. Pont ellenkezőleg. Az Öreg és kis csapata minden karakterből amit felépítettem valami szörnyeteget próbált csinálni és ugyanúgy ahogy a többiek elfelejteték az egyezségünk rájuk vonatkozó részeit és elvették a pénzt amit adtam, ugyanúgy a karaktereim fő cálját kihagyták a karakterből. Érdekes nem?
      Gyerekkoromban sok mindent megértettem, de nagyon sok minden volt amit nem érthettem meg mert nem volt róla tapasztalatom és bizonyoságom hogy tényleg úgy van-e ahogy nekem mondják. Meg kellett győződnöm egy csomó mindenről saját magamnak. Ami nagyon sok keserves és fájdalmas élménnyel járt.
      Szóval egy idő után felmerült annak a lehetősége is hogy ez a lány - Henrik barátnője - igenis pontosan tudta hogy mit csinál. Később evoL oldalán kötött ki mint tanítvány. Több filben is látható, szerette a szereplést gemma.
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      "Neked van valami speciális tudásod?" kérdemaput, maga elé néz komoran és mereng.
      "Hát az erdőkről sokat tudok." hallgattunk. Én gondolkodtam, hogyan lehetne ebből a tudásból olyan pusztító erőt létrehozni ami képes lenne visszatartani a mocsokhordát attól hogy megöljék. Nem jutott eszembe semmi. elkeserítő volt a gondolat hogy az Öreg ennyire semmibe vette a bolygón élő jó emberek sorsát. Tudtam hogy mindegyik karakterébe belerejtett valami fontos tudást nem akartam elhinni hogy nincs semmi apu kezében.
      "Valami tudást csak adott az Öreg a kezedbe. Muszály hogy elmondd nekem, ne titkold apu ennek a bolygónak a sorsa függ a mi sorsunktól. Mondd el." apu tovább gondolkodott.
      "Hát megtanította a kovácsolást nekem. Hogyan kell a vassal dolgozni. Ezért lettem én szerszámkészítő."
      Ez felvillanyozott egy kicsit. "Mutasd meg! Tanítsd meg nekem és kitalálok valamit."
      ...
      Eltelt egy kis idő és végül a Borax vagon projekt során megmutatta. A froge welding az egyik legerősebb forrsaztási módszer. Persze ezt se tudja mindenki olyan jól megcsinálni, de nincs komoly titok körülötte. Sokan ismerik a módszert, főleg miután apu egyik részeg kocsmai beszélgetés során elmondta hogy mi az amit rászór a vas felületére hogy jól odakössön a másik vasdarabhoz. De ez nem nagy titok.
      "Hát ez van, Péter." Ültünk és néztünk magunk elé. Koncentráltam. Nem akartam elhinni hogy tényleg kiszolgáltatta a többieknek ezt az embert hogy úgy rugdossák és gyötörjék egész élete során mint valami boxzsákot. Nem akartam elhinni hogy ennyire rohadt lelke legyen valakinek, még akkor sem amikor már sok ilyet láttam.
      Merengtem. Vágtam a videófelvételt amit készítettünk közösen emlékeztetőnek. Néztem lelassítva amint a kalapács hatalmas erővel zúdul rá az izzó vasra és a kéreg szerteszét repül róla... és akkor hirtelen látni kezdtem. Megláttam a pusztítőerőt ami a kovácsmester kalapácsa alatt rejtőzködik.
      "Figyelj csak." mondom apunak
      "Na."
      "Hát tudod neked adta az Öreg az egyik legkomolyabb védelmet ami létezheta földön."
      Apu megint csak a földre nézett. Nem értette. "Mi az?"
      "Ha te meghalsz szét fogjuk robbantani a földet."
      "De hogyan nem értem."
      "Még én sem tudom pontosan, de meg fogom érteni."
      És dolgozni kezdtem rajta. Mindent megtanultam a földről, az anyagokról, a hőről, az elektromosságról a mágnesességről, a fényről, a kémiai folyamatokról, a pszichéről, a csilagászatból és rájöttem hogyan fogom megteremteni azt a pusztítóerőt ami kikényszerítheti azokat a változásokat amiket végre akartam hajtani a földön még életemben. A gond csak az volt hogy ha bennünket is megőrjítenek, akkor nehogy beindítsuk véletlenül vagy gyenge pillanatokban, amikor megszorítanak bennünket. Bár pont eztért csináltam az egészet de apu csak csak ellenkezett hogy az úgy nem jó. "Miért? Te ebben a mocsokban akarsz élni egész életedben focilabdaként?" Kicsit furcsa is volt nekem hogy ennyire le akar erről beszélni. most már lehe hogy hajlok arra hogy ő is nyúzta a békákat és a csingacskugból is részeges kötözködőt csinált, mert unta már azt az émelygős szerepet... "hja hát ismerned kell az ellenségedet"... mondta Chip róla hogy miket mondott és tett. De még mindig hittem benne, mert sok jó dolgot csinált amiket szerettem. Közben mégis állandóan bántott, bár azt se tudom kik helyettesítették annak idején. Ki volt ki és mit csinált.
      Nem tudom. Hallgat mindenki aki meg sugall az meg állandóan beleteszi a manipulációját, hogy eltereljen valamerre.
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      Jelen pillanatban semmi se történik csak próbálják összeszedni hátha rájönnek mi az én biztosítékom... Ez a robbantós dolog csak a kettőnk közös biztosítéka. Csináltam neki külön is, meg magamnak is külön ami csak hozzám tartozik.
      Valamelyik hipnotizőr igyekszik engem befolyásolni folyamatosan próbálgatja lehalkítani a beavatkozásait és terelgetni valamerre. Azt szeretnék bizonyítani hogy az egész mocskot én terveztem... na ja... Valóban írtam karaktereket sokáig tettem én is bele dolgokat, de egy idő után rájöttem hogy mit művelnek velük, úgyhogy nem csináltam több olyat amiben benne volt valami tudás amit én szedtem össze. Csak a figyelmet és a fókuszt irányító mankókat tettem beléjük. Ezért bosszankodtak sokan amikor belebújtak a radio mechanic szerepébe, azt hitték hogy feltárul majd a rádiózás elektronikai kincsesládája előttük és hirtelen mindent megértenek - pedig az a karakter is csak annyit tartalmazott ami a külső kép a belső történet - élettörténet - és a kialakult alapértékek megjelenése az elektronika területén. A szakmai tudást mindenkinek magának kellett megtanulnia. Egy idő után már csak a legfontosabb alapértékeket tettem bele a figuráimba, egy két a figyelmet irányító, segítő mankót.
      Szóval ezt az egész mocskot igyekeznek az én nyakamba varrni. Jellemző. A szarházik még mindig kis gyerekek akik azt akarnak tenni amit csak akarnak de mindezt úgy hogy soha ne kelljen szembe nézniük azzal hogy mit csinálnak és mi a tetteik következménye. Gyakorlatilag még gyerek állapotban lévő felnőttek, akiket nem lenne szabad hagyni önállóan tevékenykedni- miközben ők rendelkeznek a legerősebb irányító hatalmak felett.
      Ugyanazt folytatják amit eddig. Hazudnak és tömik a zsebüket meg a hasukat. Nem érdekli őket semi addig amíg vagy a zsebük vagy az életük nincs veszélyben.
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      This janapese guy helpedd me to understand wave equations. He decided to help. He was dumb and an asshole but he deserved insurance and also I decided to use him as an example for the world wide network. I knew he is going to fall because he did not understand many things and lied about many things and he believed in his network around. They let him down. He died and the tcunami happened with a bit of calculated overdone around the nuclear power plant. The network kept quiet about it because they did not want to end my suffering and give a green light to my program.
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      Apu ügye zavar nagyon. Szerintem ő belül még valahol jó, de hajlítható. Arra felkészítettem, hogy az összes nő akivel dolga lesz mind manipulálni fogja és hogyan tudja felismerni hogy melyik mire akarja rávenni. Megtanítottam neki hogyan tudja meditációval az utcán sétálva kihámozni a gyönyör mögé rejtett gyilkos és hazug impulzusokat. Nem tudom hol tart ezzel. Időnként abbaan sem vagyok biztos már hogy él-e még egyáltalán valahol... De láttam itt Castlefordban. Maskban volt de ott volt. Hogy melyik verzió azt nem tudom. Ebben sem vagyok biztos, mert ő is rejtőzködik. "A Psiti is eladott." mondta "Vigyázz vele." "Már tudja." mondta valaki más a háttérben.
      Nos igen. Írtam ilyen karaktereket még a legelején de valahogy a lényeget egyik se valósította meg és ehhez viszont egy nálam erősebb vagy közel erős ember kellett aki más nem lehetett mint az Öregék. Módosították őket és sikeresen elfelejtkeztek az eredeti célról. Minden karakter amit én írtam és építetem a fő célomat szolgálta, mint minden akcióm is amiben részt vettem.
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      Egyébként ahogy haladtunk előre a nyomozásban Henrik ügyében egyre több minden került elő és egyre feketébbé vált a kép. Amikor elkezdtem arról kérdezősködni hogy mi is volt azon a szexpartin és miért akarta Henrik hogy a csaj odamenjen akkor kiderült egy csomó olyan dolog ami megint elkeserített. Mint szinte mindig ebben a mocsok sazrtengerben amikor elkezdtem valakinek a profilját összeállítani és az adatokat gyűjteni róla - általában kiderült hogy a kép egyáltalán nem olyan fehér sőt a legtöbbször olyan mélységes álnok és profi módon leplezett hazugságokra bukkantam ami mindig elképesztett. A legelkeserítőbb az a tudat volt, hogy léteztek annyira eltorzított pszichéjű emberek akik halálukig eljátszoták a szerepüket nem érdekelte őket az sem ha megkínozták vagy levágtáák a kezüket lábukat, akkor is a végletekig csinálták amire a programozójuk beprogramozta őket.
      Még szerintem ma se tudnám eldönteni, hogy Henrik vajon tényleg megfordult-e vagy csak beépülni akart mert ez volt rábízva. De legalább boldogan halt meg. Viszont aközben miközben nekünk is segített másoknak is dolgozott méghozzá gyakorlatilag elvállalt bármilyen gyilkosságot. Furcsa. Az ilyesmit soha sem fogom megérteni. Töredezett és eltorzult elmék, sorsok.
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      Végül amikor a segítségemet kérte hogy képezzem ki a csapatát, később elmondta hogy ő volt, azután mondott még pár dolgot Henrikről amit már le sem ellenőriztem annyira elegem volt a hazugságaiból. De ő se húzza sokáig, hiszen aki hazudott az hiába szed össze bármit innen onnan, nem képes azt a szintet elérni ami lehetővé teszi számára hogy megvédhesse magát. Az alapállás az értékek rendszere amire az életét építi valaki meghatározza hogy mi a legmagasabb szint ahová eljuthatnak.
      Mit csinálsz? Miért? És Hogyan? Ez a három legfontosabb kérdés. Amit teszel az hogyan illeszkedik az univerzum rendjébe, a bolygó rendjébe, a közvetlen köösséged rendjébe és a te saját személyes életed rendjébe. A legmagasabb szinttel érdemes kezdeni a három fő kérdés vizsgálatát, ha ott elbuki a terved, akkor a terved rossz, romboló és pusztítást hoz a világra.
      Az a pusztítóerő amit létrehoztam egyébként le fog állni amikor elérem a célomat. El fogom részletesen magyarázni hogy hogyan működik és milyen fizikai kémiai elektromosságtani tényekre alapul. Részletesen. De ez csak akkor fog bekövetkezni amikor véget ér az izolációm és egészséges környezetben egészséges pszichikai térben építő feladatokat tudok végezni egy emberi közösség részeként.
      Nos ezt a dolgot elvágták. Múlt idő. A legszutyokabb szarosabb munkahelyen is ugyanazt a szemetet csinálják mindenhol. A kontrollgrid építőelemeit manipulálják, az emberek pszichéjét formálják de nem szabaddá és felelősen gondolkodó emberekké hanem jól irányítható önfejlesztő robotokat csinálnak belőlük - akik őket szolgálják.
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      Apu meghalt. Most jöttem rá. Akkor halt meg amikor páár évvel ezelőtt kitört a vulkán Izlandon.
      "De miért nem akarod? Meg fognak ölni téged is. Ezeket nem érdekli semmi sem. Tovább folytatnak mindent ugyanúgy mint eddig. Ha nem csináljuk meg neked is a biztosítékot téged ugyanúgy megölnek."
      Apu lenézett a földre nagyon komor volt.
      "Ne hívj engem apunak. Nem vagyok az apád."
      "Jól van - mondta a gyerek kétségbeesetten - akkor minek hívjalak coopernek?"
      Cooper csak legyintett. "Mindegy. Nem érdekes."
      "De érdekes. Engem érdekel. Azért választottalak téged erre a karakterre mert fontos amit csinálsz. Nélkülözhetetlen."
      "Én nem számítok."
      "De hogy mondhatsz ilyet igenis számítasz! Szükségem van ilyen emberekre mint te. Nélkülünk itt olyan brutális undorító mocsok terebélyesedne amilyet el se tudsz képzelni. Mivel vettek rá hogy ilyeneket mondj. Tudom hogy sokszor megkínoztak, miért akarod védeni őket, akik magasról tesznek rád?"
      "Én nem akarom hogy milliók haljanak meg ha elpusztítanak."
      "De akkor megölnek."
      "Akkor megölnek."
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      De végül beleegyezett abba hogy elmondja amit tud. Megmutatta a Borax projekt során. Úgy mutatta meg hogy a többiek ne tudják meg soha mit adott át. Én csináltam az ő karakterét és úgy csináltam meg hogy senki utána ne tudjon kiszedni belőle semmit se. A Chipet meg rávettem, hogy fizesse és szervezze meg azt a projektet. Azért túrtak ki bennünket, hogy utána átvegyék a karaktereket és kiszedjék belőlük a tudást. De nem sikerült nekik. Ezért utána megint megkínozták. Akkor lett az ágyhoz kötve. Anyu kötöte oda. De nem tudtak belőle kiszedni semmit se amit én tettem hozzá csak olyat amit az Öreg arra az esetre előkészített az elméjébe ha megkínoznák. Az Öreg embereiből nem lehet kynzással kiszedni semmit se csak egy előkészített hazugságot.
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      Azért ne mmutatkozik, mert már nem él. A helyét átvette valaki aki eljátssza időnként hogy megnyugodjak. Tudtam hogy ez is meg fog történni és én magam készítettem ezt így elő, mert a többi karaktert amit korábban írtam ugyanúgy írtam meg mint az Öreg szokta. Nem lehet őket megölni és erősek. Azaz ha meg is ölik őket mindig újra lehet őket csinálni. Viszont belekerült mindegyik ilyen korai karakterembe a feloldókód is amivel eleszítik az erejüket. Ezért kellett megoldani hogy mégis legyen valaki aki eljátssza itt apu szerepét hogy ne indítsuk be a pusztító mechanizmust. evoL ereje meggyengült. Abban a pillanatban elveszítette az erejét amikor kimondta hangosan a parancsot hogy öljék meg emezeket. A sok félrevezetett akik alá tartoztak onnantól többé nem hallga
                Comment travaillait J.S.Bach ?        
      Voici quelques extraits de la remarquable biographie de J.S.Bach écrite par Sir John Eliot GARDINER, grâce à un impressionnant travail d’archives:  » Musique au château du ciel Un portrait de Jean-Sébastien BACH » (Flammarion – 770 pages – 2014) Extrait du Chapitre 7 (page 307): John Mathias Gasner, Directeur de la Thomasschule (Leipzig), et témoin oculaire  […]
                Travel to Boston: Not Your Grandmother’s Tea Party        
      Boston has traditionally stood as the beacon of New England thought, culture and historical direction, and consequently has been the major force behind the independent progress of the United States of America. Boston’s well preserved colonial architecture gracing the tree lined streets or the original oak seats of Fenway Park baseball stadium add insurmountable character to the historically indispensable city. With a nickname like “the Hub of the Universe,” given by Oliver Wendell Holmes, it is impossible to justify not visiting Boston to discover the inspiring source of this pseudonym!

      The Cradle of More than Liberty
      Boston spearheaded the fight for freedom and independence from Britain during the Revolutionary War through both thought and action. The Old South Meeting House in the city center is where colonists gathered in 1773 before disguising themselves as Native Americans and dumping British tea into the harbor to protest taxation without representation. The Meeting House is open today for tours, concerts and historical reenactments. The site of the Boston Massacre and the Battle of Bunker Hill are also nearby. While in the city center, stop by the Paul Revere House, which is notable both for being the oldest building in Boston, built in 1680, and for being the home of the legendary patriot who warned colonists of British military action.

      Further strengthening its earned title as the ‘Cradle of Liberty,’ Bostonians were firm supporters of abolition and the Underground Railroad. Boston has long remained on the progressive edge of education and social reform, boasting a plethora of elite universities and academies that include Harvard and MIT among their ranks. For an all around journey through time, travel to Boston and take the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail, which starts in the excellent shopping area of Boston Common and continues through the city past 16 historical sites, terminating at the USS Constitution.

      Up to Speed
      Not only a key player in American heritage, Boston is a continually updating metropolis that helps shape the evolving modern identity of the United States. Newbury Street is Boston’s ultra-chic shopping area that will bedazzle you with specialty shops, designer boutiques and private galleries. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a stunning collection of classic works housed in a breathtaking Venetian-style palace situated about a four-story oasis-like courtyard. As Boston is the Kennedy Family hometown, the beautiful marble John F. Kennedy Museum and Library was opened here in 1979 and is considered to be one of the city’s shining architectural highlights. Boston is also known for its large immigrant population. Feast on the spoils of multiculturalism and head to the North End of Boston for an authentic Italian meal, and don’t forget to order the cannoli for desert!

      A trip to Boston is fundamental to understanding the foundations upon which the United States of America was built. America’s pastimes and ideals are firmly entrenched in the people’s history of Boston and its independent and free-thinking spirit that still permeates the city’s culture today. Also, when you travel to Boston, make sure to get out and explore the beautiful countryside of Massachusetts. Even nearby Boston Harbor Islands National Park has 34 islands accessible for hiking and biking.


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                Sejarah Facebook        


       

       Facebook adalah sebuah social networking yang baru saja dirintis pada tahun 2006 oleh seorang mahasiswa Harvard yang bernama Mark Zuckerberg. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg atau Mark Zuckerberg lahir lahir pada 14 Mei 1984 di Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, New York, Amerika Serikat (AS).

      Ide berawal ketika dia bersekolah di Exeter High School, New HampshireSaat itulah dia berkenalan dengan Adam D’Angelo. Zuckerberg lulus dan masuk Harvard University, awalnya membuat program Coursematch yang memungkinkan mahasiswa di kelas yang sama bisa melihat daftar teman-teman sekelas. Proyek selanjutnya membuat facemash.com. Lewat situs ini para pengunjung bisa memberi stempel “keren” atau “jelek” foto seorang siswa, dan membuat Zuckerberg dipanggil oleh Badan Administrasi Universitas Harvard karena dianggap membobol sistem keamanan komputer kampus, melanggar peraturan privasi di internet, dan melanggar hak cipta.


      Oleh karena itu ia mebuat Facebook dan diluncurkannya pada tahun 2004. Dalam waktu singkat duapertiga mahasiswa Harvard jadi pengguna Facebook. Teman sekamarnya, Dustin Moskovitz dan Chris Hugh, dberhasil mengembangkan sayap ke Universitas Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Ivy College, dan beberapa sekolah lainnya di wilayah Boston. Dalam waktu singkat, mereka meluncurkan Facebook ke 30 sekolah.

      Zuckerberg bersama Moskovitz dan beberapa teman lain pindah ke Palo Alto, California, liburan musim panas 2004 menyewa rumah kecil buat kantor. Oleh karena ingin mengerjakan Facebook dengan serius mereka meninggalkan Harvard. Di kantornya itulah Zuckerberg bertemu Peter Thiel, pendiri Paypal, yang ngasih dana segar sebesar US$ 500.000 ,merupakan investor pertama mereka sehingga mereka bisa pindah ke kantor yang lebih besar di di Universitas Avenue yang dinamai sebagai kantor “Kampus Urban”
      Pada 23 Agustus 2005 Zuckerberg membeli domain facebook.com dari Aboutface Corporation senilai US$ 200.000 atau sekitar Rp 1,86 miliar. Pada 2 September 2005, Zuckerberg meluncurkan situs Facebook khusus untuk anak-anak sekolah menengah atas. Hanya dalam waktu 15 hari sejak peluncurannya, sebagian besar sekolah di AS sudah menjadi anggotanya. pada akhir tahun 2005, Facebook telah mencakup sekitar 2.000 kampus dan 25.000 sekolah menengah atas di AS, Kanada, Inggris, Meksiko, Puerto Riko, Australia, Selandia Baru, dan Irlandia.

      Pada 27 Februari 2006, dia mulai mengizinkan para mahasiswa yang menjadi pengguna situs ini untuk menambahkan siswa-siswa SMA sebagai temannya. BusinessWeek, melansir kabar bahwa Zuckerberg tengah bernegosiasi dengan calon pembeli potensial Facebook. Tapi, akhirnya, dia menolak tawaran yang disebut-sebut bernilai US$ 750 juta atau sekitar Rp 6,97 triliun. Pasalnya, Zuckerberg menganggap harga itu terlalu murah. Saat itu, dia memperkirakan nilai Facebook US$ 2 miliar.

      Pada April 2006, investor pertama situs ini, yaitu Peter Thiel, Greylock Partners, dan Meritech Capital Partners, menambah investasi di Facebook dengan menyetorkan dana US$ 25 juta. Facebook pun masuk ke India melalui Institut Teknologi India dan Institut Manajemen India.

      Dia juga memberikan fasilitas Facebook Notes. Fitur baru ini merupakan fitur blogging yang memungkinkan pengguna memberikan tagging, memasukkan gambar, dan fitur-fitur lainnya. Selain itu, pengguna bisa mengimpor blog dari situs Xanga, LiveJournal, Blogger, dan situs blogging lainnya. Berkat fitur baru tersebut, pembaca bisa memberikan komentar terhadap tulisan yang dimuat pengguna Facebook. September 2006, Zuckerberg membuka layanan Facebook bagi semua pengguna internet. Namun, langkah ini justru menuai protes dari para pengguna dan pelanggan setianya. Alhasil, dua minggu berselang Facebook terpaksa membenahi layanan baru itu dengan membuka pendaftaran bagi pengguna internet yang mempunyai alamat surat atau e-mail yang jelas.


      Peter Thiel, memprediksi pendapatan situs ini pada 2015 nanti bisa mencapai US$ 1 miliar. Nah, pada saat itu, nilai perusahaan pun bakal ikut meroket menjadi sekitar US$ 8 miliar. Ada juga iklan baris gratis di Facebook. Fitur yang diberi nama Facebook Marketplace ini diluncurkan pada 14 Mei 2007. Layanan baru ini pun langsung menjadi pesaing perusahaan-perusahaan online lain. Craigslist yang sudah lebih dulu menempatkan iklan baris di situsnya. Bisnis Zuckerberg pun kian mengalir lancar. Bahkan, Apple rela memperpanjang kerja sama dengan Facebook untuk memajang contoh musik iTunes.

      Facebook membeli perusahaan Parakey Inc., dari Blake Ross dan Joe Hewitt, pada Juli 2007. Parakey adalah produsen aplikasi komputer yang mempermudah transfer data berupa tulisan, gambar, dan video ke sebuah situs di internet. Bill Gates, pada Oktober 2007 membeli 1,6% saham Facebook seharga US$ 240 juta. Pasalnya, Zuckerberg tidak berniat menjual semua saham Facebook sekaligus. Alasannya sederhana dan sungguh mulia, dia ingin Facebook tetap independen.

      Pada 7 November 2007, situs ini meluncurkan layanan terbaru berupa pemasangan iklan dengan sistem yang disebut Facebook Beacon. Triliuner Hongkong, Li Ka-shing, tertarik untuk menanamkan duit senilai US$ 60 juta di Facebook pada 30 November 2007.

      Sekarang jumlah pegawainya sendiri telah mencapai 400 orang. Namun, Facebook adalah perusahaan unik. para eksekutif dan petingginya masih berusia muda, antara 24 tahun-37 tahun. Markas besar Facebook lebih mirip asrama mahasiswa. Para pegawai, yang setiap hari mendapat jatah makan gratis, bekerja sambil melakukan kegiatan favoritnya. Ada yang bermain gitar, bersepeda, main pesawat kontrol, atau bergoyang ditemani musik racikan seorang disc jockey (DJ). Mereka juga tak perlu berpakaian rapi. Celana pendek dan sandal jepit adalah kostum favorit mereka di kantor. Zuckerberg mengaku ogah suasana kantor yang terlalu formal.

      Meski sudah mampu menghimpun harta kekayaan hingga US$ 3 miliar atau sekitar Rp 27,9 triliun Zuckerberg tetap tampil apa adanya, seperti pemuda kebanyakan yang menggemari pakaian santai.

      Sumber: http://id.shvoong.com/humanities/history/1946922-sejarah-facebook/#ixzz28LFXgWDI

                The Future of AI: Redefining How We Imagine        

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      To commemorate the silver jubilee of FICO’s use of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we asked FICO employees a question: What does the future of AI look like? The post below is one of the thought-provoking responses, from Sadat Nazrul, an analytic scientist at FICO, working in San Diego.

      Looking at the next 20 years, I see us moving well beyond the productivity enhancements AI has brought about so far. With the advent of AI, we will be seeing a renaissance in our own personal lives as well as society as a whole.

      Healthcare

      Today, our gadgets have the ability to monitor the number of steps we take, the rate of our heart beat, as well as the contents of our sweat. All this rich information allows a team of doctors, engineers and analysts to monitor our well-being and to maintain our peak performance. Similarly, with innovations in genomic sequencing and neural mapping passing FDA trials, we will soon be seeing huge leaps in the field of personalized medicine. AI will help us understand individual physiological needs in order to come up with customized prescriptions and improve our overall health standards.

      Cognitive Abilities

      People are keen to improve cognition. Who wouldn’t want to remember names and faces better, to be able more quickly to grasp difficult abstract ideas, and to be able to “see connections” better? Who would seriously object to being able to appreciate music at a deeper level?

      The value of optimal cognitive functioning is so obvious that to elaborate the point may be unnecessary. Today we express ourselves through art, movies, music, blogs, and a wide range of social media applications. In the field of image recognition, AI can already “see” better than we can by observing far more than the RGB. Virtual Reality allows us to feel as though we have teleported to another world. New idioms of data visualization and Dimensionality Reduction algorithms are always being produced for us to better experience the world around us.

      We are constantly trying to enhance our 5 senses to go beyond our human limits. 10 years from now, these innovations, coupled with IoT gadgets, will act as extensions of who we are and help us experience our surroundings more profoundly.

      Emotional Intelligence

      Just as we enhance our 5 cognitive senses, so too do we enhance our ability to express ourselves and to understand those around us.

      Many times, we don’t even know what we want. We strive to connect with those around us in a specific way or consume a particular product, just so we could feel a very unique emotion that we fail to describe. We feel much more than just happiness, sadness, anger, anxiety or fear. Our emotions are a complex combinations of all of the above.

      With the innovations in neural mapping, we will better understand who we are as human beings and better understand the myriad emotional states that we can attain. Our complex emotional modes will be better understood as we perform unsupervised learning on brain waves and help find innovative ways to improve our emotional intelligence. This would include both understanding our own emotions and being more sensitive towards those around us.

      Perhaps we can unlock new emotions that we have never experienced before. In the right hands, AI can act as our extensions to help us form meaningful bonds with the people we value in our lives.

      Experience and Imagination

      The effect of AI on our experience and imagination would result from an aggregate of better cognitive abilities and emotional intelligence. The latest innovations in AI may help us unlock new cognitive experiences and emotional states.

      Let’s imagine that the modes of experience we have today is represented in space X. 10 years from now, let’s say that the modes of experience are represented in space Y. The space Y will be significantly bigger than space X. This futuristic space of Y may have access to new types of emotions other than our conventional happy, sad and mad. This new space of Y can even allow us to comprehend abstract thoughts that reflect what we wish to express more accurately.

      This new space of Y can actually unlock a new world of possibilities that lies beyond our current imagination. The people of the future will think, feel and experience the world at a much richer degree than we can today.

      Communication

      10 years ago, most of our communication were restricted to phones and emails. Today, we have access to video conferences, Virtual Reality and a wide array of applications on social media. As we enhance our cognitive abilities and emotional intelligence, we can express ourselves through idioms of far greater resolution and lower levels of abstractions.

      We already have students from the University of Florida achieving control of drones using nothing but the mind. We even have access to vibrating gaming consoles that take advantage of our sense of touch for making that Mario Kart game that much more realistic. 10 years from now, the way we communicate with each other will be much deeper and more expressive than today. If we are hopeful enough, we might even catch a glimpse of the holograms of Star Wars and telepathic communications of X-Men.

      Virtual Realities of today only limit us to our vision and sense of hearing. In the future, Virtual Realities might actually allow us to smell, taste and touch our virtual environment. Along with access to our 5 senses, our emotional reaction to certain situations might be fine-tuned and optimized with the power of AI. This might mean sharing the fear of our main characters on Paranormal Activity, feeling the heartbreak of Emma or being excited about the adventures of Pokemon. All this can be possible as we explore the theatrical arts of smart Virtual Reality consoles.

      Information Security

      AI allow us to unearth more unstructured data at higher velocity to generate valuable insight. However, the risk of those very sensitive data falling into the wrong hands will also escalate.

      Today, cybersecurity is a major concern on everyone’s mind. In fact, 2017 is the year the fingerprint got hacked. With the help of AI, information technology will get more sophisticated in order to protect the things we value in our lives.

      It is human nature to want to go beyond our limits and become something much more. Everyone wants to live longer healthy lives, experience more vividly and feel more deeply. Technology is simply a means to achieve that end.

      See other FICO posts on artificial intelligence.

      The post The Future of AI: Redefining How We Imagine appeared first on FICO.


                Good Evening, FS Warriors! We are having ...        
      Good Evening, FS Warriors! We are having some pretty warm days here in the Land of Lincoln. Somewhere around 97 yesterday, and about the same today, though I would swear that the humidity made it feel like 105. I've only been back on my workout routine for a couple of weeks now, but I decided to see where I stand so I would be able to set some realistic goals for myself in the 5K or half marathon. I ran a mile today, hot as it was, to get some kind of base info. I came it at 12:26. I wasn't a speed demon before and I am certainly not one now. However, for being 66 and over 50 pounds overweight, I guess I cannot complain. I think I can realistically shoot for about 39:00 in the 5K, and I hope to be able to do about 2:45 in the half next spring. I've been watering all of the roses, the garden and all of the other plants and trees we planted every other day. I do not have the luxury of having installed sprinkler systems, so I am hauling out about 200 feet of hose every time I do it. But it is paying off. We haven't had any rain, and the tomato plants are as big as I am – literally. I mowed the church acreage today and drove some t-posts to support some of the bigger trees that are leaning or bending. Like I said, it was hot, so I did not want to overdo it. Bible College lessons are still demanding, but they are going well. I will finish my present course up in another five weeks, and then there is a semester break for six or seven weeks. I am really looking forward to that. I hope to get some things done, get in some fishing, and even do some motorcycle riding. I'm still fighting the fat monster, but I think I'm doing better. I have to put some new batteries in the idiot box. It's really kind of weird because when we bought this scale, the first batteries lasted about five years; now they seem to be lasting about six months. Well, I've got to get back to work on my studies. I put off my assignments till the evening because I have so many projects, and then end up finishing up my assignments about midnight or one in the morning. I guess I'm too much of a perfectionist to just meet the minimums. I know that getting the proper amount of sleep has a lot to do with weight loss, but I've feel like I've compromised on sleep for the last 50 years; why stop now? Well, enjoy the rest of your weekend. Toodles!
                Adoption Blogger Interview Project 2012 - Meet Lynn        
      I mentioned last month that I had decided to participate in the Adoption Bloggers Interview Project 2012.  This project is put on by Heather at Production, Not Reproduction in connection with Open Adoption Bloggers.  The project helps celebrate Adoption Awareness Month and gives us an opportunity to get to know fellow bloggers.

      I was paired with Lynn of Open Hearts, Open Minds.  Lynn and her husband Tim have a fantastic little boy Elliot who they adopted at birth three years ago.  It was terrific getting to know Lynn through her blog and our email correspondence.  Lynn lives in Michigan so geographically we are not that far away.  Talking with her made me think of the four years I spent in Windsor.  In particular the two years I lived directly under the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit.  Oh university life... lol.

      Lynn is a writer and among other projects has written a few children's books, one based on a story she wrote for Elliott about his adoption.  Lynn's blog was a joy to read.  She talks not only about her open adoption with Elliott's birth family but also about raising her son, travel and life in general.  I found her posts on bilingual parenting especially interesting since I would love to teach myself and Gaby Italian.  Lynn is teaching her son Spanish and has an amazing grasp on it herself even though it is not her first language.

      Below is my interview with Lynn.  If you would like to read her interview with me you can find it here.  Heather has posted a list of all the interview project pairs on her blog if you are interested in exploring any of the other interviews.


      Me:When we as potential adoptive parents make the decision to adopt we learn allot throughout the adoption process.  Our families do not always have this same opportunity.
       
      You talk allot in your blog about adoption being the way Elliot joined your family not one of his defining characteristics.  Do you find this is a point you have to remind friends and family of (eg. positive adoption language)?

      Lynn:Fortunately, no…we have not often had to remind family and friends to use positive adoption language. I have had a few situations where acquaintances have referred to Elliot’s birth parents as “his parents” and I’ve immediately corrected them. I’m hyper-vigilant about people saying things like “he is adopted” (defining characteristic) vs. “he was adopted” (one-time event), although this has rarely come up.

       
      Me:In response to an open adoption bloggers prompt that stated "open adoption is about information sharing" you spoke about how you felt open adoption was about love.  Over the years has your opinion on this changed at all? Why?
       
      Lynn:I’m not a big fan of rereading my own writing, so I’m not going to go back and see what I wroteJ However, I do feel that love is at the heart of our (and any successful) open adoption. Love – and wanting to do the best thing for their unborn child -- was the motivating factor beyond Elliot’s birth parents’ adoption decision. Love – of each other and of the idea of growing our family – was what prompted Tim and me to explore adoption. Although it’s not really expressed, I think love is the underlying current that connects Elliot’s birth parents and us.

      And of course, parenting is love, and the love I feel for Elliot is hard to put into words. 
        
       
      Me:When you adopted Elliot his birth parents were still together. Are they still? If so how do you think Elliot will feel about this as he gets older?

      Lynn:They are still together, but I don’t feel that their relationship with each other should in any way affect how Elliot feels about their adoption decision. A lot of birth mothers make an adoption decision because they are in a situation where they would otherwise have to parent alone, and that’s valid. However, it’s a misconception to think that all birth parents (usually birth mothers) decide on adoption as an alternative to single parenthood.

      Not everyone wants to be a cook. Not everyone is cut out to be a runner. In the same way, not every person in this world is meant to be a parent. Elliot’s birth parents love him, but realized that they shouldn’t be his parents. That’s what I plan to tell Elliot as he gets older, and I’m confident he’ll understand.

      Me:You have said that you do not have and would not have wanted an open adoption agreement.  In Ontario it is required that an open adoption agreement be signed.  It is part of the paperwork reviewed by the ministry of child and youth services before granting finalization of an adoption.     
      Looking back if you would have been required to have an openness agreement would it have changed the level of openness you were willing to have? Why?

      Lynn:A theoretical question of this type is hard to answer. It makes me think of a marriage pre-nuptial agreement. We had no reason to have one, so don’t. But, if it were legally-mandated, we would.

      Likewise, Tim and I would have obviously agreed to an openness agreement if it were mandated by law. However, I’m not sure that I would have been comfortable stating that we’d get together with Elliot’s birth parents once a month or so, which was our verbal agreement. I think perhaps we would have agreed in writing to a lesser degree of openness, but would have hoped to have the level of contact we have currently.

       
      Me:There are many stereotypes about birth mothers.  They are all teenagers, unwed, drug users, poverty stricken, eg...  Have you ever had someone assume that Elliot's birth parents fit one of these stereotypes? How did you handle the situation?

      Lynn:Elliot’s birth parents do not fit any of the popular stereotypes, but people often assume that they do. In the beginning, people would often ask, “Are they really young?” as if assuming this would be the only reason someone would decide not to parent. When this has happened, I’ve simply explained that their age didn’t have anything to do with their decision and that they simply had never wanted to be parents…so, they made the wise decision not to be. People generally seem surprised, but they always “get” it.
       
      Me:In your blog you discuss how at times it is difficult to determine when it is important to tell people Elliot was adopted and when to leave it alone.  You make a great point in saying that eventually it should be Elliot's decision who should be told and in what circumstances. It is his story...

      Our daughter is only 9 months old and I already struggle with this.  Do you have any advice on how to deal with these situations? 

      Lynn:Elliot is only three years old, so you might have to check back with me in a few years!

      In part because all of the important people in our lives obviously already know that Elliot joined our family by adoption, it’s not something that comes up nearly as frequently as it used to. When Elliot was a baby, I felt that I needed to tell people that we adopted Elliot -- sometimes, because people in the neighborhood suddenly saw us with a baby after I hadn’t been pregnant; sometimes, when other mothers were sharing stories about their birth and breastfeeding experiences, which I couldn’t relate to.

      Today, the fact that Elliot is not our biological child really only comes up at doctor’s appointments. It’s not a secret by any means; it’s just not relevant to our day-to-day lives.

      I anticipate that the topic may come up more when Elliot is older. When he’s old enough to understand, I plan to discuss with him how and when we should deal with any questions that may arise.


      I would like to say thank you to Lynn for participating in the interview project this year and also to Heather for all of her hard work.  Without her there would be no interview project.






                PeakUp IoT Maker 2017 Programı        

      Fikirlerin var hayata geçirsen müthiş olur diye mi hissediyorsun ama fikirlerini masaya yatırıp uygulamak veya yeni fikirler bulmak için aradığın yeri bulmakta zorlanıyor musun, işte doğru zaman doğru yer. Bunun için bir IoT Maker Programı düzenledik. 1 ay boyunca ofisimizde gerçekleştirilecek proje geliştirme serüveni boyunca katılımcılar mentörler tarafından takip edilip, proje dönemi içerisinde gösterdikleri başarıya …

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                Particle Photon Maker Kit – Kutu Açılışı        

      Merhabalar, Particle Photon; STM32F20 tabanlı, bünyesinde Wi-Fi chip’i barındıran bir elektronik prototipleme kartıdır. Bu kart ile istediğiniz bir nesneyi, aracı veya gereci internete bağlarak IoT dünyasına giriş yapabilirsiniz. 1MB flash hafızası ve 128 Kb RAM donanımıyla küçük ve hobi işlerinizi fazlasıyla görecektir.   Şekil 1. Particle Photon Bu ürünü Particle.io incelememiz için tarafımıza ulaştırdı. Türkiye’de …

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                Heather Bliss        
      we have known the bliss for a while. and they are our best couple friends. i mean, "before kids, stay up till 4 am, go out every weekend, eat at each other's house 3x a week" kind of friends. we were devastated to leave them in provo.

      heather flew out to lubbock to help out with babe. can you believe that? she flew to lubbock. who does that? (unless you're mom). i couldn't wait to spend time with her, watch the kids together, and just hang out...but of course, that didn't work out. she couldn't have been here at a more perfect time. she was here when i went in to the hospital a second time. she no longer was "tia heather", she quickly became the mom of my two kids. she was there on my really bad day of vomiting and couldn't even stand up from migraines. she waited on me hand and foot. when i came home from the hospital, she had baked my favorite pumpkin bread...the smell overwhelmed the house, best thing to come home to.

      i can't express the love i have for heather, and the love we have for eliot who watched their son and let her come! bliss family, you are our favs. next time, we want the whole family here.

      she took a lot of pictures of the kids with her iphone...but unfortunately we didn't even get a picture WITH tia heather!




                SFIFF54 #5: Hear the words in here out there        
      by Ryland Walker Knight

      Onlookers on

      Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Toronto's own Adam Nayman as he was in San Francisco on FIPRESCI jury duty for the festival. One of the fruitful conversations we shared was about Kelly Reichardt and her new movie, Meek's Cutoff, which, at first, made me madder than a snake. (What're spoilers?) The finest point to point at in my reaction to the film is its ending, which is exactly the kind of storytelling move that I've grown to detest: that seemingly open-ended "grace note" that feels if not over-determined then a cop-out. I complained to another friend that, if you're going to write a story about life and death consequences (risking starvation) on the road to the frontier, then you ought to make some real choices about trajectory, about what those consequences mean; and that it appeared Reichardt "copped out" on any such choices by opting for a "mystic allegory" that makes the film's alarmingly literal lefty slant unavoidable and, well, without argument beyond what I already know about how confused and confusing humans can be. That is, the political element is as rootless as the characters, awash in reaction not conviction. After all, the majority of the film made me angry because the way Meek is characterized—the ignorant blow hard wearing a red shirt quick to beat The Other he refuses to grant any value, let alone agency—leaves little room for interpretation outside allegory when met at first glance (1). But I must admit that not only was I rapt through the plodding but also that I marvel at Reichardt's gift for film grammar and staging. And, yes, that, while grimacing my way through the post-screening talks, trying and failing to bite my angry tongue, I tried to add to every exchange that I did not trust my basic reaction because it felt reductive and far too broad (funny how those dovetail!) for a film this specific.

      When Adam and I started talking about the film a few days later nobody had presented any kind of argument to get me out of my funk with the film. I still explained the anger in terms of expecting the ending: "In that reverse shot through the trees, looking at the Indian, before the penultimate one of Williams, I was thinking, Please don't do it, and then you get Williams' face—did you realize her lips are perfect no matter what?—and she's all 'confused' or whatever before the final reverse, this time with less leaves, and I kept thinking, Don't fucking do it, and then it starts down, starts to fade, and I'm a riot inside, just totally, You fucking did it, didn't you? And I wanted to bolt from the theatre." Adam's reply was as simple as it was brilliant, one of those, ouch, I-should-breathe-better moments where your jaw doesn't drop but your mouth does open. He asked, "Does it matter that it's Williams' point of view, looking through those trees, to you?" My head went click and thud, my eyes widened and I said, "Huh, well, okay. Yes, of course that matters. How did I not think of that?" It's not like that question precipitated a complete reversal but it did open a new way to appreciate the film, or, at the very least, a way to let my useless anger abate. Because I'm still not sold on it, nor Reichardt, though I do like being forced to think about a movie, about a filmmaker, about my criteria, about myself. Thinking about thinking and thinking about how you are thinking are rather indulgent modes, I suppose, but that's all I understand criticism to be at bottom. Or, that's the kind of philosophical criticism I'm attracted to: the kind that brings intentionality into play while guiding a reader through one's experience of an object. I realize that ideal is not always possible, or desirable.

      There is nothing as hideous as criteria based on emotion.

      Part of what makes it improbable is that sense of duty a critic feels inside a festival's screening schedule not only to see as many films as possible but also to have something to say about all those free tickets she's received (2). "Duty" may be the wrong word, however, when what's really motivating me (I can only speak for me) is that I simply like going to the movies. But, in turn, I guard that enthusiasm by not going to the movies. (In fact, after Meek's, I only saw five films of the fifteen I'd planned (via iCal) to see. There were a lot of reasons, but the truth of the matter is that I wanted to watch basketball more than I wanted to watch movies. Luckily, this is something Adam is amenable to since he is, among other things, a big basketball fan as well. We will return to this.) Which gives me pause on the eve of my first visit to the Cannes Film Festival. I'm in Nice writing this and though my fatigued body wants to stay inside and lay down or get into some stretching, my brain wants to push that body outdoors as often as possible to feel a different sun and speak a different language walking around a city I do not know. Granted, I'll have a running mate in Danny at the festival and I don't doubt some odd kind of competition will push me to see more and write more than normal. Yet, no matter how flat out cool it is to the fan in me that I get to participate in this festival this year, the sun will always tempt me. Which is another motivating factor to pump out this post to wrap up my SFIFF54.

      Thus, to regain the thread: I enjoyed Adam's question of perspective because it brought back a rather basic question I'd forgotten in the haze my eyes had created, reacting to the simple story onscreen in Meek's. Because that is the great thing at work in the film: bringing this woman's eyes to the fore. Her gaze may not be clear, or always level, but she's the moral rock of the picture and by the close she has, in fact, been brought from the back of the wagon ditching heirlooms to the center of the frame with a voice and a face for all to reckon. This reading, too, is reductive of course. But I'd much rather value the film for its picture of a woman emerging than disparage a film for its (by my lights) lazy storytelling. Reichardt may not be interested in story the same way I am, I must allow, since she has a certain a-g background that speaks to interests in space and time (both paramount abstractions here), but the fact is she chose to make a narrative feature that is only ever subtle in its patient formal craft, not its ideas, and that still bugs me. Then again, all three of Reichardt's Oregon pictures are on the cynic's side of the table and part of my problem may simply be my desire for a more generous world, my desire to see some new way towards charity. Put otherwise, I know I rate magnanimous movies higher for their obvious alignment with my own values. This may be selfish.


      This is also why I love something like Claire Denis' 35 Rhums, which is nothing if not charitable. So imagine my thrill to meet Stuart Staples of Tindersticks prior to their event at the festival, adding a live score to a sort-of clip-reel of films they have worked on with Mme Denis. Our chat was brief but I can assure that Mr Staples is a gentle and patient man. He talked about a duty, too, he feels to the object at hand, to do right by it by the end of the process. On their first score with Mme Denis, for Nenette et Boni, he said the band had the idea that they would follow in Miles Davis' footsteps by trying to play live to the images, to be real jazz musicians, before they realized it would take time to find apt melodies and write real songs where needed. Now, he says, they get ideas earlier thanks to the script and dailies but it really takes seeing a rough assembly to have the kind of emotional reaction necessary to inspire his/their/that responsibility to the object that can produce such wonders as the delicate, lilting rhymes of the opening image-and-score tandem of 35 Rhums, where the train and its tracks shuffle a bit in time with the accordion. Or the title track from the soundtrack to Trouble Every Day, which was a highlight of the live performance (3) along with the song "Tiny Tears" from that first partnership on Nenette et Boni. Lucky for us, somebody talented shot that part of the show, its finale, and put it on youtube:


      It was a low-key event. But it was certainly more about the concert than it was about the visuals (or the interplay between stage and screen) from my vantage. Which is fine, of course, since I feel privileged to live in one of the two U.S. tour stops for the show. And the music is really great, no matter how much I wanted to re-order things or at least open with more of a bang than that (admittedly lovely) shot of Alice Houri floating in the pool near the front of N&B. So I'll quit that tact by saying, Thanks.

      Some other things I was grateful to catch on a big screen before departure include: Ben Russell's Trypps #7, which really did start its shorts program with a bang (or a bong, or a gong), as it took me forever to figure out we were looking in a mirror at that lady's face stay placid in the quivering frame; T.Marie's Slave Ship was projected smaller than the rest of the series but it still impressed the hell out of me because it flips the "watching paint dry" quip into something productive, forcing us to see an image not take shape but explore its own variance; The Mill and The Cross by Lech Majewski is somewhat confounding, especially from the 2nd row, but its palate is wide and deep and its ideas, though rooted in the narrative structure of the painting, feel yet more modern in how arrayed (not inter-related) they are, but then maybe Breugel was just ahead of his time (in any case I was too tired to offer a more cogent take); Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte is by turns cute and brilliant, with far more whimsy than any note could prepare me for, which isn't a bad thing since we should welcome some levity inside a largely wordless observation on cycles of life (it's not Disney, ok, though its like-minded brevity is a blessing) that still exist outside cities; Breillat's The Sleeping Beauty is nowhere near Disney and so full of stuff that I can't say what I think other than I like how she sees a dream life in a similar way to Lynch on a thematic level if nowhere close on a stylistic or formal level; and, finally, that big bad momma of some smoke and a shitload of mirrors, RWF's World on a Wire.


      Believe me, I'm sorry to have missed plenty, but at the least I saw this large-scale goof of a thesis on modernity that's so funny and smart it's hard to believe people get daunted by its size. It's the kind of movie all cinephiles will enjoy, if not adore, and the kind they can never sell to non-movie-people they love. The running time is unavoidable in any description one might try to entice with due, in part, to the fact that the film just keeps getting better as it goes along, accruing incidents of insanity designed for maximum punchline effect. The gambit is easy enough, though, and largely ripped off: there's a government-funded project to build a computer world that mimics our own with a series of programmers, each holding the (invisible marionette) strings on fabricated subjects, going mad when they realize the very apocryphal truth of their own reality. Sounds familiar, huh? Well part of the joy in the thing is precisely its lower case, 16mm filmmaking that relies on performance and structure and sound design with very minimal set decoration to get at a sense of a future just past our present (even if the costumes are unmistakably 1973)—as well as a world enveloping itself. I'm astounded this is only the second Fassbinder film I've seen. But that just gives me another autodidact project, among so many, for after Cannes.

      The trick is to step out of such impulses, though, when you're in a foreign country (4) (5) and look how I've failed today, spilling so many words. Whatever, I say; I say, my body saw the sun this morning—for a stroll to the market and beyond, for a lunch in the park and for a snack on the patio at my hotel with the owner. So out I go again, hoping for a cheap pizza and some good wine on a sidewalk where I can watch people in clean clothes try their best to act like they don't have a million eyes on them at all times, or actually convince themselves their lover's the only one looking at them—and only them!—in the world.

      NICE
      —Happy Mothers Day, moms

      (1) He's an easy Bush stand-in, if I must use that name, and Michelle Williams' character has a line of dialog that only helps cement this link: "I don't know if he's ignorant or just plain evil."

      (2) Not to mention the fact that you want to ply press people with clips to quiet at least one chorus of voices ringing in one corner of one ear.

      (3) However, the selection of the man-eating scene was, as S.S. promised, shocking. Even when you see that scene in the context of the greater film it's brutal, gross and nigh gratuitous. Here, it rankled more than most and, again, I looked away for the duration, though that didn't spare me the sounds of the horny young dude screaming and choking and bleeding to death.

      (4) I'll be in Europe for a while post-Cannes.

      (5) That's the trick anywhere, I think, which is part of the point of World on a Wire: you should want to want your own body, you should want to live in it, you should want to move it and slap windows with delight at movement and light.

                Comment on BenQ W1070 and the Universal Ceiling Mount by Mark        
      maybe i'm being an idiot here :-) do the arms remain "loose" that attach to projector? meaning, they are still able to slide? if not, how do they tighten up?
                Grammarly - Don's Detestations        

      I was interested in your 'Grammarly' list of solecisms. Here are some of mine from my book 'Milestones':

      Detestations

      1.

      How I detest the silly fool
      Who calls the noble street 'Pawl Mawl'
      But I'll make him a lifelong pal
      Who, unaffected, says 'Pal Mal'.

      2.

      Some people in a verbal mix
      Will call this star * an asterix
      Far better not to take the risk
      But properly say 'asterisk'.

      3.

      'Crèche' said 'craysh' just blows my mind I'd like to kick the sayer's behind While shouting 'Crèche is 'cresh' you fool Were you taught nothing at your school?'

      4.

      Bought for brought and brought for bought Is trotted out with little thought By teachers and TV presenters, Police, MPs and riot fomenters Proselytisers, red wine swillers - They're all of them just language killers!

      5.

      Singular, data is datum
      So I hand you this stern ultimatum -
      If you didn't do Latin at school
      You shouldn't use Latin at all.


      Don Donovan. Writer & Illustrator.

                Ronald M. Berkman Announces Plan to Retire as President of Cleveland State University        

      Tenure Marked by Transformation of University and Improvements in Student Success

      CSU President Ronald M. Berkman

      Cleveland State University President Ronald M. Berkman today announced his decision to retire from the presidency in June of 2018. Berkman, 70, is CSU’s sixth president and has served in that role since 2009. The University will mount a national search for his replacement beginning next month.

      “It’s been one of the great honors of my career to lead CSU during an amazing period of progress,” said Berkman. “Thanks to the faculty, staff, trustees and donors, and to the Cleveland community that has embraced us, we’ve brought ‘engaged learning’ to life.  In so many ways, CSU is a different university than it was in 2009.”

      “It’s hard to overstate the impact Ron has had on CSU during his tenure,” said Bernie Moreno, chair of CSU’s Board of Trustees. “He has led the transformation of the University across every dimension, from his focus on student success, to the many innovative community partnerships he’s created, to the remaking of the campus and his extraordinary success attracting philanthropy. We will miss having him as president, but we also owe him a huge debt of gratitude for putting us in position to attract a great candidate to succeed him.”

      Moreno said Berkman approached him to propose the transition plan earlier this year. He added that the Board of Trustees is grateful that Berkman has given them ample time to find his successor, that he’s agreed to be available to help the new president and that he’ll be returning to CSU to teach following a one-year sabbatical.

      A number of new initiatives that Berkman has undertaken will impact CSU in the years to come. In light of that, Berkman told Trustees he believed that the timing of the transition would help the new president get off to a good start.

      “We’ve just successfully completed a number of major efforts, including our first capital campaign, and will soon be launching some large, multi-year projects that would be better to hand off early rather than in midstream,” Berkman added.

      The search for CSU’s next president will begin in July. The Board will form a Search Committee, chaired by Moreno, that will include members of the University community as well as the community at large.  The board also plans to engage one of the leading national executive search firms. Moreno believes the search will attract highly qualified candidates, thanks to the progress made under Berkman’s leadership.

      “Ron has created tremendous momentum during his tenure as president, and the highly successful capital campaign he led has added even more,” said Moreno. “We want to do everything we can to maintain that momentum for the ongoing benefit of the University.”

      Accomplishments under Berkman’s leadership include:
       

      Student Success
      • Affordability: CSU has implemented a number of initiatives that have reduced the cost of earning an undergraduate degree by more than $3,350 annually.  CSU’s average student loan debt is the second lowest among Ohio public universities, more than $1,800 less than the state average.
      • Multi-term registration: CSU is the first state university in Ohio to offer multi-term registration, allowing students to plan and schedule courses for fall, spring and summer terms at the same time and ensuring access to required courses.
      • Adjusted tuition band: CSU has expanded its tuition band to 18 credit hours per semester, which allows students to take up to 18 credit hours without incurring additional charges.
      • Innovation: CSU was awarded a 2015 Excellence and Innovation Award in the category of Student Success and College Completion given by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
      • Recruitment: 2016 saw the largest freshman class with 1,900 first-year students and increases in GPA and ACT scores.
      • Graduation rates: Increased 60%
      • Awards, accreditations and national rankings: CSU’s number one rank in research growth over the last decade; winner of the AASCU national innovation award; finalist of the APLU national innovation award and accreditation as a Carnegie Engaged institution
       
      $500 Million Campus Transformation
      • Student housing: 1,000 students living on campus
      • Center for Innovation in Medical Professions: The new CIMP building houses the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the CSU Health and Wellness Clinic, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Audiology labs, Nursing labs, and Occupational Therapy/ Physical Therapy (OT/PT) training rooms, as well as Distance Learning rooms, meetings rooms, lounge and quiet study areas, and associated faculty offices.
      • Washkewicz College of Engineering: A 100,000-square-foot addition providing students and faculty with state-of-the-art labs, learning spaces, classrooms, motion and control lab and makers’ space with the latest prototyping and fabrication technology.
      • Film School: CSU is the first university in Ohio to have a film, TV and interactive media school to uniquely prepare students for careers in the field. Created with a $7.5 million capital appropriation from the state, the school will also further the development of Cleveland as a center of media production.
      • Jack Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College: The honors program was elevated to college status on receipt of a gift from the Mandel Foundation.  Renamed in honor of Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, the college became CSU’s ninth and moved into renovated space in the main classroom building.
      • Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion: A $1.4 million donation from Medical Mutual enabled Cleveland State University to become the first, and only, Horizon League school with indoor tennis facilities on campus.
      • Completed additional buildings: The new Student Center and Julka Hall College of Education and School of Nursing buildings, begun during Michael Schwartz’s tenure at the University, were also completed.
       
      Philanthropy
      • Engage: The Campaign for Cleveland State:  CSU’s first capital campaign reached its $100 million goal two years ahead of schedule, providing funds needed for scholarships and initiatives that enable student success.
      • Fundraising: Doubled the University endowment, personally raised over $60 million
      • Ahuja gift: Secured a $10M gift from alumnus Monte Ahuja, the largest in CSU history to that point, naming the business college the Monte Ahuja College of Business.
      • Washkewicz gift: Secured a $10M gift from Don Washkewicz and a matching $10M gift from the Parker Hannifin Foundation, together the largest in CSU history. The gift allows for the renovation and 100,000 square feet expansion of the engineering college, which will open in 2018 as the Washkewicz College of Engineering. 
       
      Engaged Learning Partnerships
      • Playhouse Square: The original scope and vision of the theatre program’s move into Playhouse Square was expanded into a new CSU Arts Campus, which now includes the departments of theatre, dance and art. The program allows students to learn from professionals at the second largest performing arts complex in the nation.  The Department of Theatre and Dance performs in Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre Complex, home to three state-of-the art stages: the 514-seat Allen Theatre, the 334-seat Outcalt Theatre, and the 150-seat Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre (“The Helen”). The Campus also features a retail location for CSU art galleries on Euclid Avenue.
      • Northeast Ohio Medical University: CSU joined forces with NEOMED to create a dual-campus medical program for training general physicians to serve the health care needs of inner city populations. A $7.25M grant from The Cleveland Foundation helps fund the program.
      • Cleveland Metropolitan School District: CSU has established an “education park” that encompasses two Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools on the CSU campus: MC2STEM High School and Campus International School.
      • Partnerships and collaborations: Ongoing enhanced relationships and support from University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, and Metro hospitals; St. Vincent Charity Hospital research collaboration (engineering) behavioral health initiative and several Internet Of Things (IOT) initiatives, including the Governor’s request to build center of excellence in IT at CSU and collaboration with Case Western Reserve University on IOT as well as a growing inventory of projects.

       

      About Ronald M. Berkman

      Prior to his arrival at CSU, Dr. Berkman held various leadership positions at Florida International University (FIU), including Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs as well as Executive Dean of an interdisciplinary College with accredited Colleges of Nursing, Health Sciences, Public Health, Social Work and Policy and Management.

      Dr. Berkman came to FIU from the City University of New York (CUNY), where he developed partnerships among city, state and federal government agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations as Dean of Urban Affairs. He also served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of CUNY’s first School of Public Affairs, located at Baruch College.

      Dr. Berkman received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has taught at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, the University of California at Berkeley, Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, New York University and the University of Puerto Rico.

      Dr. Berkman is chair of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, a consortium of the state’s 14 public universities. He also serves on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

       

      About Cleveland State University

      Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, 10 colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2017 as one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Find more information at www.csuohio.edu, on Facebook and by following @CLE_State.


                 The Top 10 Most Difficult Books        

      Back in 2009, The Millions started its "Difficult Books" series--devoted to identifying the hardest and most frustrating books ever written, as well as what made them so hard and frustrating. The two curators, Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg, have selected the most difficult of the most difficult, telling us about the 10 literary Mt. Everests waiting out there for you to climb, should you be so bold. If you can somehow read all 10, you probably ascend to the being immediately above Homo sapiens. How many have you read? What books would you add?Let us know in the comments!

      Emily's Picks
      Nightwood by Djuna Barnes - Dylan Thomas called Nightwood "one of the three greatest prose books ever written by a woman,” but in order to behold this greatness you must master Barnes' tortuous, gothic prose style. In his introduction to the novel, T.S Eliot described Nightwood’s prose as “altogether alive” but also “demanding something of a reader that the ordinary novel-reader is not prepared to give.” Nightwood is a novel of ideas, a loose collection of monologues and descriptions. What will keep you going: The cross-dressing Irish-American "Dr. Matthew-Mighty-grain-of-salt-Dante O'Connor," who, when not wandering Paris, drinking heavily, or dressing in nighties, rouge, and wigs of cascading golden curls, is expounding great rambling sermons that fill most of the book. These are funny, dirty, absurd, despairing, resigned—even hopeful in a Becketty I-can't-go-on-I'll-go-on kind of way.


      A Tale of A Tub by Jonathan Swift - The first difficulty: The superabundant references to obsolete cultural squabbles (some obscure even in Swift’s eighteenth-century England) and then there’s the narratorial persona: an impoverished, syphilitic madman who cuts pieces out of his manuscript and his fellow citizens remorselessly. His compulsive digressiveness is deliberately baffling, but more baffling still is that this satire, aimed at “the Abuses and Corruptions in Learning and Religion” and written by a conservative, Anglican clergyman, ends finding nothing sacred. If you can bear it (and the 100s of footnotes you’ll need to understand its historical context), it’s the ultimate expression of cultural alienation and despair.

      The Phenomenology of the Spirit by G.F. Hegel - Do you enjoy a good intellectual gobsmack every now and again? If so, Hegel’s your man and this book, a classic of German idealism and unquestionably one of the most important works of modern philosophy, is a fine place to start. Hegel’s refutation of Kantian idealism, history of consciousness, and quintessential explanation of the process of the dialectic is hard to understand and harder still to retain (“goes through you like lentils,” as one Stanford professor described it to me), due first and foremost to the breadth of its subject and its terminology. The book’s nearly impenetrable without a good edition and guide or two: The Oxford UP edition is widely considered the best (and don’t skip the notes and foreward) and the Routledge Philosophy Guidebook’s commentary by Robert Stern makes good warm-up reading; also good (and free) are J.M. Bernstein’s lecture notes for his UC Berkeley graduate course on the Phenomenology, available at BernsteinTapes.com.

      To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - In its intermingling of separate consciousnesses, Virginia Woolf’s fiction is both intellectually and psychically difficult. Not only is it hard to tell who’s who and who’s saying or thinking what, it is also disconcerting—even queasy-making—to be set adrift in other minds, with their private rhythms and associative patterns. It feels, at times, like being occupied by an alien consciousness. Some readers don’t ever find their sea-legs with Woolf. The trick is to surrender yourself (true with other high modernists too), to let the prose wash over you and take you where it will—not to worry too much about understanding a dogmatic way.

      Full article at PW

                 Book Sales Had Strong Christmas Week in the US        

      Book sales had a strong showing in the week leading up to Christmas with sales rising 24% over the prior week at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan. The 27.3 million print units sold during the week ended December 23, moreover, was a 5% increase over the last week before Christmas in 2011 when 26.1 million units were sold.
      Gains were driven by the children’ categories with nonfiction up 19% and fiction ahead 7%. The adult categories had more modest gains with fiction sales increasing 2% and nonfiction up 1%.

      Sales through retail and clubs rose 6% in the most recent week over 2011, while sales through mass merchandisers and other retails were 3% down compared to last year. Frontlist and backlist titles performed about the same with frontlist up 5% in the week and backlist units ahead 4%. Sales in BookScan’s South Atlantic region had the biggest gain in the week with sales up 12%, while sales were weakest in the Middle Atlantic where they were flat with 2011.

      Jeff Kinney’s The Third Wheel was the top selling title in Christmas week at outlets that report to BookScan, though its 186,214 units sold was actually 4% behind the sales volume in the previous week. Bill O’Reilly took second and third place in the week with Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln. The Racketeer and Proof of Heaven rounded out the top five bestsellers. 

      And how did the book of the year do as a Christmas present? Fifty Shades of Grey landed in ninth place in Christmas week, selling a shade under 65,000 units.

                CMS State of the Union: Data-Based Insights From the Past Two Years        

      CMS State of the Union 2017

      If you didn’t already know, CMS is an acronym for “content management system.” A CMS is used by many developers, consultancies, and companies to build their website. It’s an incredibly common thing to do, as any flavor of CMS you choose will always save you effort and money, compared to building a website from nothing. This is especially true if you look at the lifetime investment of your website. Using a CMS framework or solution of some kind just seems to make sense. After all, this is what I’ve built my own career upon since 2001. However, then, CMS was known as a portal or portal framework. That’s a long time ago, so it’s not a bad idea to take stock of things every now and thing to see if what you’re doing is the correct thing. To this end, I asked myself, “How is CMS doing right now, and does it make sense to still be doing CMS-related work in the future?”

      Please note that this article is mostly focused on the perspective of those of us that in some way provide website development services, where you deliver a website to clients.

      Riddle Me This… Is CMS Worth My Time?

      This article is the result of me asking that very question. If I’m going to invest my own time, effort, money and that of others into CMS, is it still a good investment today? This is an easy question to ask, but how exactly do you go about making that determination? This, it turns out, is not so easy. There’s a lot of disconnected information out there. The most useful information it seems is locked behind the closed doors and high-priced clutches of research firms like Forrester. So what now?

      Before I move forward any further, I should get one thing out of the way for my fellow DNN community members… This is not a look specifically at DNN, nor is it meant in any way to speak directly to DNN. For that matter, not only is this article not intended to hurt DNN, it’s also not intended to disparage any CMS. This was purely done as an exercise to research CMS in general. If CMS as a whole is doing well, then any good or great CMS will do well too.

      Another worthwhile disclaimer would be that I’m not necessarily a professional researcher, only in that I’ve never held such a title in my professional career, but like most of you, I have performed research that has informed entire companies since I’ve been in the workforce. So, generating data, parsing it for commonalities and abnormalities, and making decisions based on that data are all tasks that I’m very familiar with. I’m just not a mathematician, statistician, or a formal research analyst.

      In doing a similar exercise to answer similar questions in the past, it occurred to me that there actually is a way to do this research and it would only cost me my time. I guess I’ll have to bill myself later, as it took a long time and this is valuable information. Information I’m now giving to you.

      Gathering The Data

      Gathering the data for anything like this is often the most time-consuming part. You need to find it first and foremost, but then you need to find a way to make sense of it, then do the same thing again to make sure others can make sense of what you figured out. This is a process, it’s not always the same process, and it takes a lot of time with a few dashes of trial and error.

      The data I found was hiding in plain sight. Long ago I’ve learned to use services like BuiltWith to help me get to know prospects, clients, and competitors. BuiltWith is a great way to get a lot of information about the various technologies used on nearly any website, sometimes in as quickly as a click or two. It’s surprisingly very accurate. Since BuiltWith came onto the scene, others have been doing similar things and one of my favorites in this area is a company called Datanyze. I’m much more a fan of them because of their great UI and convenient tie-ins to lead generation and business development processes. However, in this case, I used their free service that’s similar to what BuiltWith offers, that shows you market share. In this case, their CMS market share area.

      The market share tool is based upon people landing on a site while having the Datanyze browser plugin installed, and I believe they have bots that scour the web as well. They first analyze a site and then determine which technologies are being used by the site. Then, over time, when those technologies change, they can help you make informed decisions for your needs based upon the migrations.

      If you just look at the market share tool on its own, it doesn’t do much for you. You can simply see the figures for all CMS’s over a small period of time. This is convenient enough to figure which CMS is the best and worst at any given moment, but it’s not at all useful to make any actual decisions. That is, unless you aggregate the data and begin charting it. Herein begins the time suck…

      Now, before you begin harping on the accuracy and latency of tools like this, I agree with you. At any given moment, a website could be refreshed using a completely new set of technologies. When this happens, the data is a bit off. This introduces a certain degree of inaccuracy. You’re also dealing with the fact that these tools are essentially crawlers, depending upon end users initiating the scans of various sites. So, they don’t likely have the picture of the entire internet. Despite these drawbacks, this is still incredibly useful, as it allows you to have a true sense when drawing a picture. This is increasingly more interesting with Datanyze since it also analyzes internal or non-public websites in some cases.

      For example, it’s not at all important for this kind of research to know that a specific number of sites are using WordPress or Drupal for example. What is definitely useful though is using the numbers to draw conclusions based on percentages. This is where it gets fun. If you can now say that 89% of websites are using this CMS or that one, that means something.

      What’s to follow are insights gathered from data from January 2015 to November 2016. I won’t have December 2016 until next month, but we have enough as it is. In the data itself, I kept mostly to the top 20 CMS’s in use today.

      But What is a CMS, Really?

      You’re probably already drawing a pretty common conclusion without seeing any of the data, which is that WordPress is ruling the CMS kingdom in terms of overall adoption. If you’re thinking this, you’re right – but that doesn’t really mean anything. Also, it doesn’t really matter if you consider WordPress or any other solution a CMS or not. It matters that the marketplace uses it as such. For example, I didn’t know until this exercise that some people consider Blogger a CMS. Now, if you’re even remotely close to being a purist, you’ll be one of the first to scream an expletive at someone who suggests that. In discussing my findings with various people in the CMS ecosystem and technology community overall, I was just as surprised by this and was even more surprised to find that some individuals whose names may be synonymous with CMS use Blogger and similar tools to roll out client websites in the same way as most people do with traditional CMS’s. Don’t forget that this is how WordPress itself began too, and few people argue the merits of it being a CMS today. (I do though, but I digress…)

      There are few types of CMS as you probably have figured out by now. There are many that are aimed at a specific vertical, such as car dealership or auto part CMS’s. There are others like Blogger who focus on brochure-style websites. There’s e-commerce CMS’s. There are application frameworks like DNN or Umbraco. There’s so very many, and they’re all more or less included in this article.

      Media Outlook

      When you look at the various news stories and industry articles, there’s no shortage of CMS-related news. However, you may have noticed a similar trend that I did. The CMS news has become ambiguous. You’ll find e-commerce news alongside CMS articles, and sometimes in the same article. The same goes for other types of solutions as well. This is part of what prompted me to look into this more. Why is there so much non-CMS news on a CMS industry site? There are many reasons for this. It’s just yet another symptom to keep in mind.

      Despite the news shift, there’s plenty of money being reported as being spent in the CMS space. In the past, you could spend only a moment though looking for the amount expected to be spent, and have a few pages of search results. Try searching for that now. CMS is not the hot topic keyword it used to be. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any news article addressing CMS spending specifically. It’s just not an actual line item anymore. The conversation and outlook have changed. Instead of talking about CMS, the conversation is about overall budgets in IT and marketing departments. Media reporting on CMS is instead mostly sponsored by the various vendors out there now, and focus primarily on features and releases. It’s a marketing engine instead of a true news engine. Again, this isn’t necessarily good or bad on its own. it’s another symptom.

      Something that’s more interesting, is the attention that the 2016 Gartner report on IT spending got last year. In this report, web isn’t even really spoken about in any meaningful way. Instead, the conversation is all about the internet of things (IoT), 3D printing, and RFID. However, the amount of spending in these areas is worth talking about. In the chart below, they speculated that 24% of the overall $3.14T IT budget would end up being spent on IoT.

      Gartner: IT Spending in 2016

      Market Leaders

      Overall, you’ll find that WordPress is by far the winner when it comes to market share. This should surprise no one. This is just a snapshot, but in looking at it, you may want to immediately shift your time and resources to support WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal since they’re all on the same stack. Sure, there’s a huge market share there overall at 72% collectively, which is a big pool of prospective customers to fish in. Though, there’s much more for any business to consider. When you look at the chart below, the CMS vendor list on the right is listed from the biggest market share on the top, to the smallest on the bottom.

      CMS Market Share 12-2016

      Another thing to take away from this is that ASP.NET CMS’s don’t total more than 1% of the overall market share, where 1% is around 150,000 sites. If you’re someone like me, who makes their living on the Microsoft stack, that could feel a bit discouraging, but again, this is a snapshot. This alone doesn’t paint a full enough picture. Also, don’t forget that this is only the sites that they can see, and only CMS’s. So while the number is discouraging, the percentage is what’s more meaningful. When you apply 1% across the entire internet, it’s a pretty big number. I’m not proposing that all sites will use a CMS in the future, but most will (or something like it).

      Oh My, The Trends…

      The most important part of my research is that I wanted to look for positive trends. Having existing market share is like owning an entire bag of M&M’s, buying them one at a time. Once you have the whole bag, there’s nowhere to go from there. You need a new business. Is the CMS market growing? I’d love to give you good news here. I really would. Alas, I’d like to tell you the truth.

      Until I refreshed the data for this article, only a single CMS vendor was showing positive growth over the past two years, and it wasn’t WordPress. Despite being the giant on the playground, it seems businesses were beginning to play with someone else. It seems Datanyze had an anomaly in September 2016 though, adding nearly 600,000 sites in a single month. This is almost a factor of 4 higher than their highest volume month. This could most likely be attributed to an algorithm being updated, and those additional sites should have already been added over time. If you were to normalize the September anomaly, WordPress would still be trending down over the past two years.

      WordPress Growth: 2015-2016

      This overall trend in the non-ASP.NET stack can be seen across all of the most popular CMS’s in that category.

      Non-ASP.NET Growth: 2015-2016

      Until August, Adobe’s Experience Manager (formerly Adobe CQ5) was the only non-ASP.NET CMS to be seeing growth. It was all positive. Unfortunately, the last few months has reversed their trend line. Despite this, Adobe’s Experience Manager has shown very consistent growth over the past two years. They’re a very clear competitor out of everyone I’ve looked at so far.

      Adobe Experience Manager Growth: 2015-2016

      So that means people are fleeing the LAMP stack and running to the Microsoft stack, right? As a fan of that stack, I wish I could tell you that. I really wish I could. It would be a lie. When you isolate only the ASP.NET CMS’s, they’re showing the same anti-growth trend I saw in the others above.

      ASP.NET Growth: 2015-2016

      In fact, the largest ASP.NET CMS market share over the past two years is surprisingly Kentico. They edged out DNN by 1,000 sites. DNN has traditionally been considered to be the behemoth to battle against on the Microsoft stack ever since it was first released. Having been in this ecosystem for a long time now, this may have been the most surprising thing to me about this exercise. Unfortunately, even isolated on their own, all of the ASP.NET CMS’s show an anti-growth trend almost identical to Kentico’s.

      Kentico Growth: 2015-2016

      Since most of my readers are DNN enthusiasts, you may want to see how that stacks up, first with DNN on its own. You’ll find the downward trend to be painfully obvious.

      DNN Growth: 2015-2016

      When you stack DNN up against Kentico, they both show a very similar migration pattern, but it’s trending downward regardless. Sadly, you don’t even need to have the trend line in the graph to illustrate this.

      DNN vs. Kentico: 2015-2016

      Why No Growth?

      Whoa… so if you’re hearing for the first time, I’m guessing you’re no doubt a bit speechless. Everyone I’ve spoken to about this so far seemed to be completely caught off guard. An important note about this is that while the trends are all going down, the gains in the marketplace are mostly net positive over the same period of time. More sites are being gained than lost by most vendors, but that is something that’s clearly not going to last. People are leaving traditional CMS as a trend. It begs the question, “Where is everyone going?”

      I tried for a couple of weeks to try and find the answer to where people are going. I poured over the data I do have, and I simply could not find the gains to show where companies are going, when they’re not choosing an existing prominent vendor. None of the smaller vendors are showing the growth necessary to explain it.

      The answer came to me through an off-chance conversation with someone I know in the South Florida startup scene. He had literally just gotten off of the phone with someone at Forrester the week before, having a similar conversation about website trends. They weren’t speaking about CMS specifically of course, but they were talking about where and how companies were deploying their websites. As it turns out, there are multiple factors playing at the same time to cause the anti-growth patterns you’ve seen above.

      First, there are cloud solutions being more and more prominent, each taking on a specific task from a company. In many cases, they’re even things that previously used to exist on their own website, such as a company blog. All of these are chipping away slowly at features that used to be gained from a CMS. Why deploy an entire CMS if you just need one specific feature? Sure, there are pros and cons to going or not going with a CMS, but budget and total cost of ownership will generally point towards a non-CMS decision.

      Second, among cloud and traditional software, many vendors are now offering add-on services that fulfill the basic needs of most companies. For example, a CRM vendor may not have what you may consider being a traditional CMS, but they may offer a website service that’s nearly just as good. It offers exactly what the company needs, without all of the bells and whistles that a CMS usually comes with. You may know from experience yourself that while a business may have a formidable checklist or RFP, they only really intend to deploy a small fraction of those requirements initially. As with most IT projects, all of those nice to have’s and wish list items tend to get forgotten – prioritized below other business objectives. If you pay any attention at all to startup mergers and acquisitions over the past 3 years, you probably have already been seeing the evidence of this without even realizing it.

      A third factor includes all of the vertical-specific CMS solutions that have sprouted up over the past few years. There’s far too many to show up on the radar in reports like Datanyze offers, and so it’s possible that all of these are collectively stealing the market share, and we can’t even see it yet.

      A possible fourth contributor is custom-built websites. However, I have yet to find any data to show that this has any larger growth than it typically does. Anecdotally, all of the agencies I know that build custom-made websites aren’t showing any growth in this area either.

      Your Future with CMS

      Where does that leave you if you want to CMS still? Well, it’s far too early to panic, but you need to get into gear and start making plans now. If you haven’t already diversified, you need to. There are of course the immediately obvious options, such as specializing in multiple CMS’s in the same stack, or choosing one each from both stacks. However, this is fairly short-sighted in my opinion.

      Do you remember that IT spending chart from Gartner waaaaaaaay up at the top of this article? IoT and 3D printing are massive areas of opportunity if you provide any kind of software solutions, but especially mobile- and web-based solutions. It would be a very safe bet that your CMS future is somehow going to merge with those areas, whether you like it or not. Ideally, you may want to jump on that preemptively, to shortcut your competition. There’s simply far too much money being spent in those two areas.

      There’s another area of diversification though. You may need to find yourself specializing in a handful of CMS’s, each focusing on specific verticals. In this case, you may even find there to be opportunities for integration work, but even that is getting chipped away at. Companies like MuleSoft have done a phenomenal job of taking care of that for companies. There are even many cases where a company such as this prevents any code from being written at all.

      The bottom line from my findings is this… If you’re specializing in CMS today, you should make that only one of a few specialties you offer in the future. That is unless you specialize in many CMS’s. CMS isn’t going to die, but its bubble had burst a long time ago, but no one really has begun talking about it yet.

      What do you think though? Do you have your own research on this? Are you still planning to stick to just one CMS option? Why or why not? Let me know what you think in the comments below.


                Comment on GREEN DAY @ TIMES UNION CENTER, 7/25/09 by paul wied        
      thats why IDIOT 2 must come out, before IDIOT 1 is melted. sept 11 has influenced are minds, greenday exploited THEM..............
                Comment on GREEN DAY @ TIMES UNION CENTER, 7/25/09 by paul wied        
      first saw them on IDIOT tour, that album has alot of curse words if that is what you call them. anywhere you go with ride if your rude behind wheel the other driver will flash a finger. school shootings would not have occurred if kids would swear when upset. ritalin-prozac is what you take when upset. cho never talked to classmates, you see bottled-up anger. greenday only represents are thoughts that can & will come out if need BE.
                I am officially allowed to sing and play the blues now.        
      For my friends, family, and readers who cannot and will not understand or try to understand why I have been doing some of the radical things I have been doing lately, such as being arrested deliberately, please know that for many years, once upon a time, I saw things from your side. Probably even held a a staunchly more conservative view than you can imagine. Until recently, I have always followed the letter of the law in my activism, such as signing petitions and merely marching in rallies. I have done things the way the law tells me I must, but nothing ever changed. It never gets any better. It only gets worse and the lies from above get bigger and more outlandish as more and more go without the hard-earned dollars they should be getting a lot more of than they do.

      And now people who lie across railroad tracks may potentially be considered terrorists because they are trying to save the planet from the corporate "people" who are raping the planet of its valuable, non-renewable resources, creating pollution on a scale never seen before, manipulating the government and the economy...egads, where does it have to end before people will stop scratching their heads and wondering what I'm taking against a stand against...and why. And for whom. I love you ladles and jellyspoons, and wish I could tell you how it feels the moment you realize you are willing to put yourself at great risk for something to change for the good. I know exactly what I'm doing. And I'm doing it because I believe someone has to. May as well be me. Don't support my cause, that's fine. Don't support me if you don't choose to, and that's fine, too. But please don't tell me I'm an idiot for doing something that you've never done, especially considering the conscious reasons I'm making these decisions. If you don't understand it from my perspective, it does not make it stupid. It only makes it a wrong choice for you. A right choice for me. Not wrong for either...just different.

      This isn't open for discussion; I simply wanted a place to air how I feel. Yes, I'm proud to have been arrested, and I think you would be, too, if you were in my shoes, but bigger than my pride is my sorrow for the lessons I learned in jail...that our country dropped the ball on seeing to the wellbeing of its citizens' children. As a former foster parent, I got to see where my foster kids end up: like the 21-year old mother of two who has been in this jail 11 times this year. Where did we go wrong, America? What do I do to fix it? I might not get it right, but at least I'm trying. Radical Altruism. Because Greed, Corruption, and War don't work. Peaceful action might. It's hella cheaper than funding a pre-spun war overseas, too. All we want are some warm blankets and a cuppa or a bowl of hot soup (I've been craving a hearty vegetarian leek and potato soup for weeks) while we hang out together and try to change things. As my original sign reads..."Please pardon our peaceful chaos as we reboot our country's operating system". There's bound to be some inconvenience, just like when there's a detour when the road is being fixed. It's a bother, but in the end, the smooth surface makes the traveling so much nicer.

      I will be telling my jail story soon. I'm still decompressing and digesting. I'm glad I did it. It was enlightening. I've grown.

      Wishing each of you and yours the very brightest blessings of the holiday season. Namaste'.

                        
      (Typed before I had access to any news)
      So, apparently, Occupy Wall Street is under attack. Or was. Even the media was first uninformed, then arrested when some reporters showed up, and the protestors have lost Zucotti Park. My cell phone, my only real source of news outside the camp except for my fellow Ninety-Niners, won't keep a decent charge in the cold, but the last text message I got from my PuppetMan (a dear friend in Chicago who is one of the artists of PuppetBike there) was that OWS was blowin' up. I went to bed knowing the police were there, but didn't know what would happen. And I still don't know what's happening, as the camp is particularly empty this morning. I won't know much until I go up the hill to charge my phone and hear the news, which is when I'll also post this notepad creation to Bicycles and Beansprouts. If I'm lucky, I'll have just enough charge on my laptop every day to formulate a post while I'm sitting in my warm sleeping bag, waiting for my day to start. And because there's so much uncertainty to what is happening to the peaceful occupation movement in New York, I'm feeling a bit more unsettled than the last 15 or 16 mornings I've woken up in my wee tent here.

      What happens there affects us here, as we are their 99% and they are ours. I fear for them. And for all the movements that are peaceful. We are horribly misrepresented by the majority of the media. Any drug overdose you hear about in an encampment is one that could have and probably would have happened anywhere else. As for filth, this park is cleaner than it was before we occupied it. Sure, we each have our representatives that might not serve as well as others, but that's also true in any organization or family. The media, a tool for the very corporations guilty of the deeds that have wrecked our planet, will show you only what they're "allowed" to show you. Remember the twins in "Good Morning, Vietnam", the ones who censored the news feed feed before Robin Williams' character could read it on the air because "what we didn't know wouldn't hurt us"? If you don't believe that the media is controlling you just as it is being controlled, then you're probably not the right type of audience for me, quite frankly. No offense, but please...do some thinkering.

      I digress. Occupy Wall Street. Without knowing what's going on, my mind has the potential to fear the worst: rubber bullets and fractured skulls, pepper spray and skin burns, tear gas and mass confusion, mayhem, and chaos...in another word, WAR. Why?!? Someone please make me understand how camping peacefully (if they're even allowed tents) and doing the necessary work to make things right in our government at long last is a crime. And even if it is, how is it feasible that it's so potentially dangerous to anyone but the 1% that the police need to go to such great lengths to hurt the peacemongers who don't have riot shields to hide behind? We're unarmed. No weapons allowed. As far as I know, the movement of non-violence is prevalent throughout every Occupy movement. So why are we battled out of the places we paid to build with violence and weapons? I can't fathom where treatment of people is acceptable in any country, but this is us...the good ol' USA. And just like in the wars where we send our young men and women to battle for reasons they're not told and lies they believe, we are at war with our own countrymen because of the same lies. Only we don't have bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, riot gear, and batons. Those of you still scratching your heads, saying, "You 99% camps...we still don't get it"? You may not understand, but the 1% does, and they're scared. And as always, they administer hate as a treatment for what they fear. They are sending our own countrymen after us. And not for the reasons you're being fed by the media.

      I can't imagine being rousted out of my warm sleeping spot by someone behind a riot shield, wearing full protection, identity obscured by a mask. How scary. Are sleeping peacemongerers really that dangerous? Beside the point is that our First Amendment tells us we can peaceably assemble. And now we're having that right not only ignored, but raped away from us in the middle of the night by men with weapons. In what operating system is this right? What kind of mind would acquiesce to those kind of orders? Law enforcement officers are just as lucky as the rest of the country to have a job these days, but where is the line of integrity drawn?

      Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. War has NEVER worked. Isn't it time we tried peace? Speaking for my camp, we do an excellent job of that, and I'm fairly certain that we truly are the 99%...our camps are like those of the others. Peaceful. Non-violent. Not deserving to be evicted from the parks we paid for, but worse, we are being physically assaulted in the process. I say "we" in solidarity, as the police here have been most gracious. We would hope that their jobs have been maybe even a tad easier since we include the homeless in our community, helping them stay off the streets to some degree. I can't imagine a single reason that the police might be justified in tearing apart our camp, especially armed to the hilt against unarmed citizens who do well just to stay warm against the winter cold.

      Have you not felt the great civil unrest? Have you not realized that every revolution has to start somewhere, and this is it? Even in places like Bellingham, "the City of Subdued Excitement", population 80,000ish, there is a shift occurring. People are waking up to the injustice we have experienced not only ourselves, but to the wrongs done to our friends and family, our communities and small merchants, the mom-n-pop shops and restaurants that I am coming to love more and more as I work on blog posts and research from the comfort of a place where I can get a cuppa and borrow some 'lectric juice for my phone (and now my laptop). There is no comparison to sitting in a building with a near-100-year history, writing about the revolution that is happening right in front of my nose and yours than, say, blogging from a McDonalds tucked away in a Wal-Mart. These small businesses are the 99%, as well, too often in competition with the big corporations...and losing. Shame, that. And now the police are attacking us because we're trying to defend their way of living. What is the world coming to when the very citizens who sometimes shop these independent establishments protect the country from the citizens who run them? With bullets. I don't get it. Never will. So I will stay on