Saturday, November 26, 2011

JUST FOR FUN

 

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PEOPLE ARE AWESOME

 

 

I am amazed at what these dare devils undertake and succeed. They are breathtaking and really show well defined skills and motivation.

MORE BUMPER WISDOM

 

  • Custer wore an Arrow shirt.
  • I'm pink, therefore I'm SPAM.
  • I love animals. They're delicious.
  • I poke badgers with spoons.
  • Be alert. The world needs more lerts.
  • I'm going compostal for the environment.
  • Keep on working, millions on welfare depend on you!
  • You're just jealous because the voices only talk to ME.
  • You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without hanging on.
  • You're not the boss of me!

POWERFUL WORDS, POWERFUL IMAGES

 

 

juanosborne-lowresJuan Osborne doesn't just create portraits using type, the Spanish artist only chooses words relevant to that particular subject. In fact, he's known to use over 200,000 words for one piece!
"Words are powerful, they go straight into the human mind and really add something to my pictures that you can' get from a regular picture taken with a camera," says Osborne. "Mine have stories behind them that can be read, which is pretty unique."

To create the portraits, the 40-year-old artist uses a standard netbook and basic software that he built. "There are no limits to creativity - if I need something or think of a new way to make something I just create a new application to do it," he says. "I feel free without the need for commercial software."

Engagement announcement search terms.

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More than one hundred Obama speeches.

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Words used in the last 5 seasons of LOST.

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Words from 89 Radiohead lyrics

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One thousand comments that people left after his death.

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Ten words related to the most famous blond ever.

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Top ten Paul Newman movies.

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Ten words belonging to the titles of Humphrey Bogart movies.

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Imagine

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The numbers from 0 to 9.

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Five Lauren Bacall’s movies titles.

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Nirvana lyrics.

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To view more of Juan Osborne’s work click HERE

In Juan’s words “If you enjoy my free works please consider donating. Here is my promise: 100% of donations will go to charity related to children in the Third World.The amount of money you donate is up to you! No matter how much you give.”

And that you can do through his site above … worth supporting!

COOL IMAGES

 

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MORE MUSICAL STOCKING FILLERS

 

SOLDIERS

Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, are actual soldiers who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War. In 2009, they soared into the top ten of the UK album chart and into the hearts of the British public with their debut album Coming Home. They followed up that success with another top ten album in 2010.

Message To You features fifteen new songs and is enhanced with Robin Gibb's appearance on the single "I've Gotta Get A Message To You". The songs have been carefully selected for their poignancy and meaning to the Armed Forces and their families and include classics such as "Right Here Waiting", "Desperado", "Pipes Of Peace" and ends with a rousing version of the anthemic evergreen "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Track Listing:
1. I've Gotta Get A Message To You-The Soldiers And Robin Gibb
2. Pipes Of Peace
3. Make You Feel My Love
4. Right Here Waiting
5. Dance With My Father Again
6. If Tomorrow Never Comes
7. Better Be Home Soon
8. Do I Make You Proud
9. Desperado
10. Home Coming
11. For All Your Loved Ones
12. Father And Son
13. I'll Be There For You
14. Through The Barricades
15. You'll Never Walk Alone

 

 

BOYZ II MEN

Cd1
01. Believe 03:30
02. So Amazing 04:37
03. Put Some Music On 04:15
04. Slowly 04:22
05. More Than You’ll Ever Know 04:09
06. I Shoulda Lied 04:06
07. Benefit Of A Fool 03:53
08. Refuse To Be The Reason 04:31
09. One More Dance 04:33
10. Will You Be There 04:15
11. Flow 03:40
12. One Up For Love 03:28
Cd2
01. Motownphilly 03:47
02. On Bended Knee 05:32
03. Four Seasons Of Loneliness 04:53
04. Water Runs Dry 03:21
05. A Song For Mama 05:08
06. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye 02:58
07. To Yesterday 03:57
08. I’ll Make Love To You 05:31
09. End Of The Road 04:32

 

 

ALFIE BOW

Alfie is a diverse collection of classics sung by the hugely popular tenor Alfie Boe. Bow turns his hand to the likes of "When I Fall In Love", Leonard Bernstein’s impassioned "Maria" from West Side Story and Ewan MacColl’s heartfelt "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

Having teamed up with good friend Matt Lucas for a duet on his first album, the singer is this time joined by one of his heroes, rock legend Robert Plant. After a chance meeting in a bar, the two singers were soon in a studio recording this extremely moving version of Tim Buckley’s "Song To The Siren". Away from recording the album, Boe continues his incredible stint in Les Misérables, taking the lead role of Jean Valjean. On Alfie he is joined by "king of musical theatre", Michael Ball, for a duet version of "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables".

Alfie takes us on a journey through the musicals, with the uplifting "Being Alive" from the musical Company, the all-time favourite "Music Of The Night" from Phantom of the Opera, George Gershwin’s jazz standard "Someone to Watch Over Me" from Oh, Kay!, "Wheels of a Dream" from the musical Ragtime and of course Jean Valjean’s own "Who Am I ('I’m Jean Valjean!')" from Les Mis.

Track Listing:
1. Being Alive
2. Maria
3. When I Fall In Love
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. Song To The Siren
6. When You Wish Upon A Star
7. Music Of The Night
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. In My Daughter's Eyes
10. Over The Hills And Far Away
11. Empty Chairs At Empty Tables
12. Wheels Of A Dream
13. It Was A Very Good Year
14. Who Am I
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

TRIVIA BITS

 

  • For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality.
  • For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
  • For reasons of security, only people who were illiterate were considered for more routine jobs at the first atomic bomb construction centre in New Mexico.
  • For Roman Catholics, 5 January is St Simeon Stylites' Day. He was a fifth-century hermit who showed his devotion to God by spending literally years sitting on top of a huge flagpole.
  • For the 66% of American's who admit to reading in the bathroom, the preferred reading material is "Reader's Digest."
  • For the movie the Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was paid $35 a week while Toto received $125 a week.
  • Formula One Driver, Jackie Stewart, who won three motor racing world championships, also has been the British clay pigeon shooter five times.
  • Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodle maker.
  • Forty-six percent of the world's water is in the Pacific Ocean; that's around 6 sextillion gallons of water. The Atlantic has 23.9 percent; the Indian, 20.3; the Arctic, 3.7 percent.
  • Forty-six US federal agencies have officers with the authority to carry firearms and arrest people.

KOREHIRA WATANABE …THE SWORD MAKER

 

As one of Japan's last remaining sword smiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword.

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker from Etsy on Vimeo.

QUOTABLES

 

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Friday, November 25, 2011

THIS WORLD … ROCK FORMATIONS

 

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JUST FOR FUN

 

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JIMI HENDRIX NAMED THE GREATEST GUITARIST OF ALL TIME

 

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Rock magazine Rolling Stone has named Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitarist of all time.

The legendary American axe-player topped four Britons who also came of age during rock's formative years in the 1960s: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck.

The list published on Wednesday was compiled by a panel of dozens of top guitarists selected by the magazine.

Hendrix, who died from a drug overdose in 1970, eased effortless grace in his playing, said guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

"There's not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it," Morello wrote.

"It feels like it's all flowing through him."

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SPHERICAL FLYING MACHINE

 

 

SPHERICAL FLYING MACHINE DEVELOPED BY JAPAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

What a myriad of uses could be developed from this innovation!

YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT UNIVERSITY WHEN ...

 

  • Betta fish are like your family.
  • You bring back socks from the laundry room that may or may not be yours.
  • You know what people carrying suspiciously heavy backpacks after dark are doing…
  • The elevators take forever but you’ll wait 10 minutes just so you don’t have to climb stairs.
  • Your roommate asks you to check the weather on your computer when they’re standing 5 feet away from the door.
  • Showers become more of an issue.
  • You press the automatic door opener instead of simply grabbing the handle when you approach a door.
  • Christmas lights seem to be acceptable all year round.
  • Class size doubles on exam days.
  • You donate plasma even though you know it’s pretty sketchy.

A MURMURATION OF STARLINGS

 

What an amazing experience it would be to suddenly have a murmuration of starlings appear and to watch in awe and somewhat fear this phenomenon.

 

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

COOL IMAGES

 

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ANNE MCCAFFREY PASSES

 

 

Anne-McCaffrey-007Anne McCaffrey, whose vision of an interstellar alliance between humans and dragons spawned two dozen Dragonriders of Pern novels, has died in Ireland aged 85.

Her publisher Random House said the Cambridge, Massachusetts-born author died of a stroke on Monday at her rural residence south of Dublin, her home for four decades. She christened her self-designed house Dragonhold.

"Surrounded by the reassuring presence of family and close friends, her passing was swift and without suffering," her three children said in a statement on Wednesday.

McCaffrey turned to the male-dominated world of sci-fi writing after dabbling in singing and amateur acting.

"I have always used emotion as a writing tool," McCaffrey told the science fiction magazine Locus in a 2004 interview.

"That goes back to me being on the stage. The thing is, emotion - if it's visibly felt by the writer - will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it."

She was the first woman to win the top two prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and the Nebula, in 1968 and 1969 respectively following publication of her first two novellas set on the fictional planet of Pern.

McCaffrey moved to Ireland in 1970 after filing for divorce from her husband of 20 years. She had ancestral ties to Ireland, which also had just launched a unique program to woo novelists to live there exempt from income tax.

Her popularity surged with the 1978 publication of The White Dragon, which completed her original trilogy begun in the late 1960s. It was her only novel to break into The New York Times best-seller list.

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But she maintained a prolific writing pace, producing a further 21 novels set in Pern at various periods of its imagined history.

Over the past decade as her health faded, she increasingly collaborated with her son Todd, who co-authored five Pern-based novels and wrote three others on his own.

The 23rd novel, Dragon's Time, was published in June with mother and son sharing the writing credit, while the 24th, Sky Dragons, is set for publication next year.

McCaffrey is survived by two sons and a daughter.

MORE MUSICAL STOCKING FILLERS

 

PINK MARTINI

Nearly 77 minutes of Pink Martini fabulousness! Featuring a kaleidoscope of favourites studded with a bevy of unreleased gems, this album is a eye-opening exploration of 15 exciting years in the life of America s favourite little orchestra.

Track Listing:
01. Una Notte A Napoli (First Recording) *
02. Hang On Little Tomato
03. ?Donde Estas Yolanda? (China Forbes Vocals Version)*
04. Hey Eugene
05. La Soledad
06. Splendor In The Grass
07. Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu (The Hiroshi Wada Mix) *
08. Anna (El Negro Zumbon)
09. Ma Solitude (featuring Georges Moustaki)
10. Mas Que Nada (featuring Saori Yuki) *
11. Sympathique
12. Lilly
13. How Long Will It Last? (featuring Michael Feinstein)
14. Tuca Tuca
15. Que Sera Sera
16. Moon River (featuring Gus Van Sant) *
17. Amado Mio
18. The Man With The Big Sombrero *
19. Aspettami (First Recording)*
20. Auld Lang Syne
21. Una Notte A Napoli (DJ Johnny Dynell Remix) *
* previously unreleased

 

ASHFORDANDSIMPSON

Soul music's Romeo and Juliet timeless contributions to music cannot be explained anymore than it already has but, this collection is more than essential. Ashford and Simpson brings together their best and hard to find tracks and remixes on this banging two disc set. It's great to have their best dance tracks readily available again - since these tracks will put a hurtin' on your pockets if you ever try to collect the original 12" singles.

"Over and Over" and "Stay Free"  are back on CD after being out of print for a few years. "Tried, Tested, and found true" and "One more try" are tough and smooth slices of proto disco. You can't do no wrong with their flagship disco anthem "Found a Cure". "Bourgie Bourgie" is available on other anthologies but, it blends in smooth with the rest of the tracks. "Nobody Knows" is a tight fusion of blues & soul with a discofied production style. The originals is classic material all the way.

 

Nick and Val took time to acknowledge the remixers for seeing their songs from a different light. Props also go to Johnny D Demairo for organizing this whole project and handpicking the right remixers who understood and respected Nick and Val's material.


Track Listing:
DISC 1 - ORIGINALS:

01. Over And Over (12 Disco Mix) - 05:23
02. Have You Ever Tried It - 03:26
03. Everybody's Got To Give It Up - 03:29
04. One More Try (12 Disco Mix) - 05:12
05. Tried, Tested and Found True (12 Disco Mix) - 05:28
06. Send It - 04:29
07. Top Of The Stairs - 04:40
08. Don't Cost You Nothing (12 Disco Mix) - 06:49
09. It Seems to Hang On (12 Disco Mix) - 07:00
10. Found a Cure (12 Disco Mix) - 07:03
11. Nobody Knows (12 Disco Mix) - 06:37
12. Love Don't Make It Right (12 Disco Mix) - 04:23
13. Stay Free - 05:30
14. Bourgie Bourgie - 06:08

DISC 2 - REMIXES:
01. Found A Cure (A Tom Moulton Mix) - 10:33
02. It Seems To Hang On (Tommy Musto Re-Touch) - 08:28
03. One More Try (Dimitri Re-Edit) - 07:59
04. Bourgie Bourgie (Joe Claussells Classic Remix) - 11:20
05. Over And Over (Simphouse M&M Mix) - 09:00
06. Stay Free (Dims The Missing Mix) - 07:50
07. Love Don't Make It Right (Joey Negro Mix) - 06:32
08. Tried, Tested and Found True (Simphouse/M&M Soulful Mix) - 07:36
09. Stay Free (Dims Club Mix) - 07:44

 

 

SUSAN BOYLE

Someone to Watch Over Me is the third album by Scottish pop singer Susan Boyle which will be released on November 7th in the U.K and November 1st in the U.S. The album has been described as a “diverse mix of music” which includes songs inspired by the stories of Boyle’s fans who write letters to her.

Track Listing:

1. “You Have to Be There”
2. “Unchained Melody[2]”
3. “Enjoy the Silence”
4. “Both Sides, Now”
5. “Lilac Wine”
6. “Mad World”
7. “Autumn Leaves”
8. “This Will Be the Year”
9. “Return”
10. “Someone to Watch Over Me”

THE FASCINATION OF ANTIQUE BOOKS

 

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