Mumbai, August 7: The Indian Girlsâ Under-20 rugby team performed creditably well to clinch the fourth position at the Asia Rugby U-20 Girls Sevens Series which was held at the Kings Park Stadium, Hong Kong, China on August 4 & 5, 2017. The team participated under the aegis of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the governing body for the sport of Rugby in India and was supported by Societe Generale, the financial partner of Rugby India. The tournament was played on a round-robin league basis.
Playing against heavyweights, the Indian girlâs put up some impressive performances winning three of the six matches and finished among the top 4 from out of the 7 participating countries, namely China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, India and hosts Hong Kong. The formidable and more experienced Chinese girls were crowned champions.
The Rugby India Girls played well but came up short against some stiff competition on the first day. They lost the opening match against Thailand (0-36) but won the second defeating Malaysia (10-0). The Indian girls suffered two more defeats, losing to China (0-32) and Hong Kong 0-39).
After a tough start to the tournament, the girls turned things around on the second day, registering two successive victories. Both matches went down to the wire but the girls handled the pressure well. First the Indian girls overcame Singapore 10-5 and later beat Uzbekistan 22-15.
We are extremely proud of the teamâs performance at this tournament. It just goes to show that the future of womenâs rugby in India is in safe hands.
The India team: RuchiShetty â Captain (Maharashtra), GargeeWalekar (Maharashtra), NeelamPatil (Maharashtra), RiaBisht (Delhi), Rajani Sabar (Odisha), BasantiPangi (Odisha), Manjulata Pradhan (Odisha), KabitaKasturi (Odisha), Chanda Oraon (West Bengal), Swapna Oraon (West Bengal), Suman Oraon (West Bengal), Punam Oraon (West Bengal).
The final Rankings: 1. China, 2. Thailand, 3. Hong Kong, 4. India, 5. Singapore, 6. Malaysia, 7. Uzbekistan
Performance of the Indian U20 Girls Rugby Team
Day One â4th August, 2017
Day Two- 5th August, 2017
About Rugby India : Rugby India, founded in 1998, is the sole governing body for the sport of Rugby in India. Recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sport, Govt. of India, Rugby India is a full member of World Rugby, Asia Rugby and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The body is responsible for the growth & development of the sport of Rugby across the country from the grassroots to the high performance level.
IRFU is the sole governing body of all formats of the sport of Rugby in India for all genders and ages. The formats included are as follows: Rugby Union, Fifteen-a-Side Rugby, Seven-a-Side Rugby, 10-a-Side Rugby, 12-a-Side Rugby, Touch Rugby, Non-Contact Rugby - Tag Rugby, Flag Rugby, Beach Rugby, Snow Rugby, Wheelchair Rugby, Underwater Rugby.
Rugby has been included in the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) for all age-groups (U14, U17 & U19 boys & girls) and the National University Games for both Men & Women, under the aegis of the Associationof Indian Universities (AIU), The sport is also a part of the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and played by the Paramilitary & Police Forces.
Rugby in India has a rich history and heritage and dates back to 1872. However, only over the last decade has the sport seen a major rise in following and Rugby India has been instrumental in garnering this interest across the country. There has been a significant growth and increase in participation numbers and currently, within India, over 120 Rugby Clubs are affiliated to our State and Districts Associations with competitive Rugby, for both Men & Women, being actively played across 24 States in India.
Mumbai: Hosting their home leg at the Dome @ National Sports Club of India (NSCI), SVP stadium in Mumbai between the 25th and 31st of August 2017, U Mumba announced the start of their sale for tickets and offers on ticketing partner websites paytm.com and insider.in. The home leg will be the fifth of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, that will extend into the last week of October.
The VVIP tickets are priced at INR 7,000, while the VIP tickets are priced at INR 5,500. Both the VVIP and VIP tickets include refreshments and the seating surrounds the playing area.
In the General Stand, tickets for Section 2 are available at INR 1,000 and Section 3 and INR 800. U Mumba fans have a lot to cheer about with the team reducing prices of tickets in the General Stands by 25%.
With tickets now available for sale online, fans can avail attractive discounts on Season Passes, Weekend Passes and Weekday Passes.
Season Passes (for all 6 match days) and Weekday Passes (for games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) are available at a 25% discount.
The Weekend Pass (for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are available at 10% discount.
In an offer exclusive to the student community, students aged under 21 years, are entitled to a 35% discount on Section 3 tickets. These can be purchased online and collected at the Box-Office on displaying their Student ID.
NSCI members can avail a special discount of 10% at the Box Office by displaying their membership cards.
âWith 6 games, weâll have an entire week of Kabaddi in Mumbai city and this is a real treat for our fans, especially given the exciting line-up of matches scheduled. Further, with the Ganesh Festival coinciding with our home leg, we look forward to celebrating the festival together with all our fans,â commented U Sports CEO Supratik Sen.
The Dome @ NSCI, SVP stadium will play host to the extended league for 6 days this season with U Mumba taking on the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the first encounter followed by the Maharashtra Derby on the second night with their weekend ending with a match against Dabang Delhi. Post their Rest Day on Monday, U Mumba will face debutants Gujarat Fortunegiants and Haryana Steelers on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively and close their home leg with a match against the Jaipur Pink Panthers again.
All matches start at 8:00 PM and Gates Open at 6:00 PM on match days.
A curare la raccolta Ã¨ stato Simone Scaffidi L. Da un'idea di: Pietro Pace, Mauro Vanetti e Alessandro Villari (Avvocato Laser). Il progetto grafico e l'impaginazione si devono a Franco Berteni (Mr Mill) e Simone Scaffidi L. La copertina e le illustrazioni sono di Alessandro Caligaris e Francesca Sibona.
Qui di seguito, ecco il mio contributo, pubblicato nel terzo volume della raccolta. Buona lettura.
Il flauto tradito
A suo modo, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith era un uomo generoso. La sera del 20 agosto 1801, dopo la trionfale prima della sua opera I misteri d'Iside al Teatro della Repubblica, il compositore offrÃ¬ la cena all'intera troupe, comparse e suggeritore compresi.
Erano passate le quattro del mattino quando Modonnet e Gizzio ritornavano al foborgo Sant'Antonio. Davanti alle botteghe dei fornai c'erano giÃ le prime code. I volti e i discorsi delle persone in fila per il pane manifestavano stanchezza, frustrazione, rabbia.
Â«Quattordici soldi per quattro libbre di pane! CosÃ¬ non si puÃ² andare avantiÂ».
Â«Uno schifo, altro che!Â».
Â«Bonaparte non sta facendo un cazzoÂ».
Â«Sbagli, cittadina. Bonaparte sta facendo parecchio. Solo, non per noialtriÂ».
Â«Per i grandi proprietari. Per i nobili, gli speculatori, i fornitori dell'esercito e i finanzieri. Per quei merdosi, ecco per chi sta lavorando il Primo console...Â».
Gizzio sembrava ancora piÃ¹ taciturno del solito. Per tutto il cammino dal centro al foborgo, dove lui e Modonnet abitavano, disse a malapena due parole, eccettuate le strane bestemmie che ogni tanto sputava tra i denti.
Â«Toglimi una curiositÃ Â» gli chiese alla fine Modonnet mentre stavano per arrivare a casa. Â«Al tuo paese Ã¨ normale invocare con tanta frequenza la ghigliottina su GesÃ¹ Cristo, sulla Madonna e su tutti i santi, come fai tu?Â».
Gizzio rise amaramente: Â«Lo facciamo di continuo. Tutti, anche i bambini e i preti. Vieni a vivere un mese dalle mie parti, e capiraiÂ».
Â«Non mi ricordo mai come si chiama la tua cittÃ Â».
Â«Io stesso vorrei non ricordarmene. Comunque, non Ã¨ una cittÃ : Ã¨ un villaggio di poche anime sperduto nell'Aspromonte. Ammesso che esista ancora. Non ho sue notizie da due anni, cioÃ¨ da quando sono venuto qui a ParigiÂ».
Era il discorso piÃ¹ lungo che Modonnet gli avesse mai udito fare.
Â«Ne ho sentito parlareÂ» commentÃ² Modonnet. Â«Le bande del cardinale Ruffo, non Ã¨ vero? Una specie di Vandea...Â».
Â«Molto peggio. I vandeani, almeno, sapevano per cosa combattevano; i sanfedisti invece si sono solo fatti affascinare dai feudatari e dai preti. Hanno avuto quello che si meritavano. Li aspettano altri due o tre secoli di dispotismo e di miseria. E ti dico la veritÃ : penso che anche qui, in Francia, andrÃ a finire allo stesso modo. Te lo concedo: finora il popolo di Parigi si Ã¨ comportato bene, specialmente i tuoi compagni del foborgo Sant'Antonio. Ma quanto ancora potranno resistere? I contadini francesi non sono affatto
Quella notte, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, davanti al portone di casa sua, mentre frugava un po' alticcio nelle tasche del suo soprabito per cercare la chiave, notÃ² una scritta di colore rosso fosforescente sul muro proprio accanto alla porta:
Prima che avesse il tempo di chiedersi cosa stava succedendo, avvertÃ¬ il brivido freddo di una lama proprio sotto il mento, e udÃ¬ alle sue spalle una voce altrettanto metallica e tagliente: Â«Cittadino musicista, vogliate cortesemente condurmi nel vostro studioÂ».
Â«Come volete, amico mioÂ» diceva Lachnith mentre saliva le scale, tallonato da Scaramouche. Â«Non c'Ã¨ bisogno di tutta questa commedia... vi ho riconosciuto, sapete?Â».
Â«MerdaÂ» pensÃ² Modonnet.
Â«Eravate con me a cena ieri sera. Ammetto che il ruolo che vi Ã¨ stato assegnato nell'ultima produzione Ã¨ al di sotto delle vostre capacitÃ attoriali; ma tenete conto che si tratta di un'opera, e che Voi non sapete cantare. Ho delle conoscenze, e posso farvi ottenere una buona scrittura per la prossima stagione di prosa... perÃ², immagino che vogliate un risarcimento piÃ¹ immediato, e in contantiÂ».
Erano intanto entrati nello studio del compositore.
Â«Immaginate maleÂ» disse Scaramouche. Â«Voglio solo porre rimedio a uno dei piÃ¹ insensati e odiosi crimini contro il buon gusto e il buon senso che si possano citare nella storia dell'arte musicale. Voglio cancellare la macchia con cui voi avete insudiciato la memoria di un grande musicista. Voglio che mi diate la partitura originale di quello scempio chiamato I misteri d'IsideÂ».
Â«EccolaÂ». Lachnith sollevÃ² un manoscritto dal ripiano della sua scrivania e lo consegnÃ² a Scaramouche: Â«Cosa ve ne farete, adesso?Â».
Â«Non lo so ancora. La strapperÃ² in mille pezzi e la getterÃ² nella Senna. Oppure ne attaccherÃ² i fogli ai muri di Parigi per denunciare la vostra cialtroneriaÂ».
Â«Ce ne ricorderemo per la prossima rivoluzioneÂ» disse Scaramouche.
Questo racconto deve molto al primo capitolo del libro di Augusto Illuminati Gli inganni di Sarastro, Einaudi, Torino 1980, che indaga â sia pure con qualche eccessivo schematismo â le relazioni fra la teoria politica di Rousseau, le scoperte di Franz Anton Mesmer, il Bastien und Bastienne â la cui prima rappresentazione si dice abbia avuto luogo nel giardino della casa di Mesmer a Vienna â e Il flauto magico di Mozart.
Sulle critiche rivolte a Mozart dal musicista suo contemporaneo Giuseppe Sarti si veda il saggio Sarti contro Mozart di Massimo Mila, ora in M. Mila, Mozart. Saggi 1941-1987, Einaudi, Torino 2006, pp. 332-58.
La sorprendente identitÃ fra il tema iniziale dell'ouverture del Bastien und Bastienne e l'inizio della Terza Sinfonia di Beethoven Ã¨, secondo Hermann Abert â citato da Wolfgang Hildesheimer nella sua nota biografia mozartiana â, una pura coincidenza. Com'Ã¨ noto, Beethoven intendeva intitolare la sinfonia a Napoleone Bonaparte; secondo la tradizione, il musicista strappÃ² la dedica quando seppe che Napoleone si era fatto incoronare imperatore.
Il parallelo fra Napoleone Bonaparte e il Sarastro di Mozart/Lachnith si trova in Jean Tulard, Napoleone. Il mito del salvatore, Rusconi, Milano 1980, p. 9. Alle pp. 183-85 dello stesso libro si parla della crisi alimentare in Francia fra la primavera del 1801 e il 1802.
Le idee esposte qui da Lachnith sulla modernitÃ come spettacolo e sulla âgenteâ che si vuole divertire derivano in realtÃ dal libro di Alessandro Baricco L'anima di Hegel e le mucche del Wisconsin, Feltrinelli, Milano 2009.
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'This factory-like system seems increasingly out of date. More and more people are crying out for innovation in education and starting to experiment with curricula, technologies, and governance in schools. But is it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school? And what would it look like? A superb example can be found in the center of Berlin in Germany. The âESBZâ is a grade 7-12 school that opened its doors in 2007 with more than a bit of improvisation. Just three months before the start of the school year, the city council had suddenly given a decrepit prefabricated building from communist times to a group of pesky parents who simply wouldnât let go of their dream. When the school year started, only 16 students were registered. A few months later, at the mid-year point, 30 more students had joined, mostly rejects and troublemakers other schools had expelled. Hardly a promising start for a new school. And yet today, only a few years later, the school has 500 students and attracts hundreds of principals, teachers, and education specialists from all over the country who want to study the ESBZ model.'
'..Yet unlike Sudbury, Montessori or Steiner schools, Rasfeldâs institution tries to embed student self-determination within a relatively strict system of rules. Students who dawdle during lessons have to come into school on Saturday morning to catch up, a punishment known as âsilentiumâ. âThe more freedom you have, the more structure you need,â says Rasfeld.
The main reason why the ESBC is gaining a reputation as Germanyâs most exciting school is that its experimental philosophy has managed to deliver impressive results..'
'..At OberlÃ¤nderâs school, there are no grades until students turn 15, no timetables and no lecture-style instructions. The pupils decide which subjects they want to study for each lesson and when they want to take an exam.
The schoolâs syllabus reads like any helicopter parentâs nightmare. Set subjects are limited to maths, German, English and social studies, supplemented by more abstract courses such as âresponsibilityâ and âchallengeâ. For challenge, students aged 12 to 14 are given â¬150 (Â£115) and sent on an adventure that they have to plan entirely by themselves. Some go kayaking; others work on a farm. Anton went trekking along Englandâs south coast.
The philosophy behind these innovations is simple: as the requirements of the labour market are changing, and smartphones and the internet are transforming the ways in which young people process information, the schoolâs headteacher, Margret Rasfeld, argues, the most important skill a school can pass down to its students is the ability to motivate themselves.
âLook at three or four year olds â they are all full of self-confidence,â Rasfeld says. âOften, children canât wait to start school. But frustratingly, most schools then somehow manage to untrain that confidence.â
The Evangelical School Berlin Centre (ESBC) is trying to do nothing less than âreinvent what a school isâ, she says. âThe mission of a progressive school should be to prepare young people to cope with change, or better still, to make them look forward to change. In the 21st century, schools should see it as their job to develop strong personalities.â
Making students listen to a teacher for 45 minutes and punishing them for collaborating on an exercise, Rasfeld says, was not only out of sync with the requirements of the modern world of work, but counterproductive. âNothing motivates students more than when they discover the meaning behind a subject of their own accord.â
Students at her school are encouraged to think up other ways to prove their acquired skills, such as coding a computer game instead of sitting a maths exam. OberlÃ¤nder, who had never been away from home for three weeks until he embarked on his challenge in Cornwall, said he learned more English on his trip than he had in several years of learning the language at school.
Germanyâs federalised education structure, in which each of the 16 states plans its own education system, has traditionally allowed âfree learningâ models to flourish. Yet unlike Sudbury, Montessori or Steiner schools, Rasfeldâs institution tries to embed student self-determination within a relatively strict system of rules. Students who dawdle during lessons have to come into school on Saturday morning to catch up, a punishment known as âsilentiumâ. âThe more freedom you have, the more structure you need,â says Rasfeld.
The main reason why the ESBC is gaining a reputation as Germanyâs most exciting school is that its experimental philosophy has managed to deliver impressive results..
Aged 65 and due to retire in July, Rasfeld still has ambitious plans. A four-person âeducation innovation labâ based at the school has been developing teaching materials for schools that want to follow the ESBCâs lead. About 40 schools in Germany are in the process of adopting some or all of Rasfeldâs methods. One in Berlinâs Weissensee district recently let a student trek across the Alps for a challenge project. âThings are only getting started,â says Rasfeld.
âIn education, you can only create change from the bottom â if the orders come from the top, schools will resist. Ministries are like giant oil tankers: it takes a long time to turn them around. What we need is lots of little speedboats to show you can do things differently.â '
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It took me quite a while to get through my backlog of podcasts, so I just listened to a great episode from Chris Bugaj of the A.T.Tipscast. Episode 132 featured an interview with a former educator spreading the word about Wandoo Planet. Wandoo Planet is a recommendation engine for children, think Pandora or Netflix. Basically, kids pick some of their favorite interests, via a fun game, and the website suggests books and/or movies for them to check out. The goal is to help students find books in their interest and get them reading more, which as we all know, is one of the best ways to increase students ability to read!
I took a few minutes and tried it out myself, and have to say it's fun. The game is a great way to get children thinking about their interests. Some students may need to have the interests read to them, and a suggestion to make it more accessible might be to include pictures or text to speech for the interests. It looks like a fun way to engage students and get them reading!
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SERIBU MACAM PEKERJAAN kisah ini diawali ketika aku ke jombang, aku bangun jam 3 pagi , biasa tahajjud dulu dan baca alqur'an 1 juz, dan stelah itu sholat subuh dan lanjut matsurat, jam 5 pagi langsung mandi dan persiapan berangkat, dan waktu itu undangan ada tiga tempat, undangan ke PPPA daarul quran malang, ke HUT bayangkara di Polsek Purwodadi, dan BBPPT jombang. pagi itu aku langsung berangkat naik ojek dan turun pertigaan purwodadi dan langsung ke acara HUT Polri yang waktu itu belum mulai, ijin tidak bisa ikut acara dan langsung naik angkot ke Purwosari. kira-kira jam 6.30 sudah dapat bis dan bisnya BIS RESTU, ada hal yang masih kuingat sampai sekarang yaitu waktu didalam bis, dan gak dapat tempat duduk kira-kira sampai sukorejo , baru dapat tempat duduk selama 20 menit berdiri banyak hal yang aku lihat dengar dan perhatikan, pertama waktu dapat tempat duduk aku bersyukur dan alhamdulillah bisa rehat, eh tiba2 ada percakapan sengit antar dua orang penumpang yang berdiri ditengah, kata kondektur geser geser ketengah, dan ditirukan oleh seorang ibu turut menyahut geser geser pak. namun apa yang terjadi ada jawaban dari seorang bapak ditengah dalam posisi sambil berdiri , lah wong kamu gak mau geser kok merintah orang. tambah seru di jawab oleh ibu tadi. nek aku gak nggowo barang geser pak.(kalau aku tidak bawa barang bisa geser pak )memang badanku besar dan barangku juga banyak jd tidak bisa geser2 ketengah. setelah waktu berlalu sampai ke pandaan dan ada penumpang turun ada juga yang naik, terjadi lebih seru lagi ada dua orang karyawan mau lewat belakang, permisi mau lewat, ada yang menyahut seorang ibu tua lewat kono karo mendek2 lak iso ta,( turun dengan membungkuk khan bisa )na bersamaan waktu itu pulah ada pengamen, Subhanallah, seorang bocah membawa gitar kecil apa yang terjadi..? pengamen itu bisu ..jadi cuma genjrenk gitarnya saja dan mengatur penumpang, subhanallah begitu semangat dengan ketebatassan, sampai digempol penumpang turun dan pengamen tadi juga, ganti pengamen baru sm seorang bocah dengan kemampuannyya menyanyikan lagu nostalgia tempo dulu tidak ada yang aneh cuma kaosnya bertuliskan berandal jalan,,,ha ha ha aku tersemyum sejenak. berlanjut kisah kedua
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When athletes from around the world come together, some of them compete for the glory of winning. When the 6,500 athletes from across the globe competed at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, they were playing for so much more â acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Â Â
In order to bring together thousands of athletes, tens of thousands of volunteers, half a million spectators, and tens of millions of dollars in donations, the World Games Organizing Committee had a herculean task ahead of them. They needed technology that could keep up with their ambitious goals.Â
Growing an audience for the World Games was paramount. With Google Ad Grants to run an AdWords campaign and Google Analytics to track behavior on their site, they were able to get their message in front of millions of people. Instead of flying around the world to train their many volunteers, they relied on Google Hangouts to efficiently and cost-effectively spread their knowledge. Twenty-five different sporting events means a lot of things to keep track of. They used Google Sheets to ensured everyone stayed on the same page and Google Sites to publicize the transportation schedule.Â
As Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games says, âWhen people are educated, inspired and engaged, hearts and minds are changed.â Carrying their message further means a more inclusive world for us all.Â
Watch members of the World Games explain how they used Google toolsÂ here.
Each year, one in six people in the U.S. will be victims of violent crimes. Two years ago, we became part of the effort to change that, when we began work with Broadway Unlocked.Â
Two years ago, we metÂ Jessica RyanÂ â a woman whose mission is rooted in two seemingly unique spheres: celebrating live theatre and helping survivors of interpersonal violence. Jessica founded the Â Broadway UnlockedÂ #giveback concert, a livestream, interactive benefit concert aimed at connecting the two communities and helping raise awareness and donations for theÂ Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC). The CVTC, New York Stateâs largest and most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program, provides therapy and services to survivors of assault, abuse and violence. All treatments at CVTC are free.
In an effort to reach a larger audience and expand the nonprofitâs donor base, Broadway Unlocked collaborated with Google for Nonprofits to broadcast the show and spread the message globally in 2016. On February 22, Google for Nonprofits helped bringÂ Broadway to YouTubeÂ for the second year in a row with one night of song and social responsibility through the concert. To bring the show beyond NYC, Google Fiber hosted a watch party at the Fiber space with local Kansas City theatre groups and community members.Â
This was a Broadway show unlike any other. This was Broadway with a variety of star performers, including Kyle Dean Massey, Carolee Carmello, Ali Stroker, Natalie Weiss, and Collabro. This was Broadway hosted by Google Fiber. Streamed via Google Hangouts on Air. And fueled in part by fundraising through donation cards on YouTube. This was Broadway on the internet -- crowdfunded and broadcast for one night only.
How did Broadway Unlocked make their globally livestreamed and crowdfunded event a success? Weâre turning the mic towards Broadway Unlocked to hear what they learned.
5 Lessons Learned from Hosting a Livestream Benefit
Engaging the community is key: Using Hangouts on Air, we were able to pull off a cross-city sing-a-long! Check it out. The video wasnât flawless, but we successfully transported Broadway beyond the Big Apple.
Global events can help grow engagement and donor base: Putting on an event in different cities is no easy feat. But it's amazingly rewarding to bring like-minded people and groups together to support similar causes. Hangouts and livestream technology made reaching new communities easier to do in one event. And by engaging these communities, weâve been able to grow a stronger community and ultimately, donor base.
Interactive video adds another dimension of creativity: Using Hangouts allowed us to engage the audience on the other side of the screen, adding a new dimension unique from watching on a passive screen. Our creative team came up with Musical MadLibs, (our new favorite game!), which really shows how we were able to interact with the crowd through video chat.
Google is a gamechanger for nonprofits: YouTube and Google Fiber enabled us to livestream the concert to theatre lovers and supporters in Kansas City and hundreds of people at home that night. This allowed us to increase the viewership of our benefit by 10X more than if we had only shown the concert to the folks at the Greene Space in NYC.
Crowdfunding and donation cards can help you reach your goals: Through crowdfunding using donation cards on YouTube, One Today donations, live fundraising at the concert, and private donations, we raised more than ever before -- an astounding $50,000. This additional funding will hugely impact our ability to provide treatments for victims of domestic violence in tandem with the CVTC.
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We are officially out of the crazy place that was our former abode. I learned so much, living there. Here is my list. 1) Never move into a house with 7 room-mates. It doesn't matter how big the house is. One Kitchen + 7 peeps = a bajillion problems. 2) Never live with males unless you a) are related to them or b) are in love with them or c) nope, can't think of a c. 3) Take away any video games that require physical movement immediately...unless you wish to see male room-mates (referenced above) doing Dance Dance Revolution in 12 year old Super Mario boxer shorts, and nothing else. 4) Don't rent from slumlords. Research the landlords before you move in. If they've sued 80% of their previous tenets? Probly a sign you shouldn't trust your shelter to them. 5) Don't let someone else pick out somewhere to live and don't sign a lease without seeing it. 6) Don't sign a lease 6 months before the move in date. Plans can change. So can friendships and relationships. 7) Did I mention the "don't rent from slumlords" rule? Well DON'T.
So, as you can see we had a pretty crappy experience at our last place. All I can say is: TGIO...Thank God it's OVER!!!!!
After what felt like eternity, the search for the true king of Westeros started anew last night with the season three premiere of Game of Thrones. While I am certainly no GOT fanatic â having never read a single page of the books â I felt like the showâs biggest fan last night as soon … Continue reading →
This week we have brought on two more contracted people onto the New Buffalo Team. Jimmy Bass and Jon Downing, of Buffalo News Fame. Jimmy is a prior Marine and I think he will fit in with the rest of the group. (3 out of 8 players are vets).
Jimmy is developing some beers for use while Iâll be in Afghanistan under the mentorship of Jon. This is a very big deal for New Buffalo since Jimmy is training to be a ârealâ brewer. Not to knock my home brew creations or that of any other home brewer but there is a distinct difference between a home brewer and the formally trained. Jon Downing made introductions to New Buffalo Brewing and I think weâre well on our way. Bringing on Jon and already having Tim we now have a combined 60 years and 180 breweries worth of experience.
I was also contacted to use the New Buffalo Brewing logo in an art project. 26 painting about buffalo each with one letter. They are going to be shown Nov 2nd I think. Sadly I will be unable to be there for the display but we weâre invited to do a beer tasting. I really want to pursue that if possible. I wrote over to custom Beer Crafters to see what it would cost to do a 10bbl run. While in Nov weâll still be 6-7 months from producing ourselves I think it would be good to at least get some beer into the hands of the people. It would also let us spread those kegs out over 2 months or so and hit up a few tastings.
With Jimmy and Jon on board we have the how part of New Buffalo locked in pretty well. The two remaining questions are what and where. As we said in the last post we effectively abandoned the building we had a couple months sunk into and are looking anew. Putting that aside Iâm focused on the what.
On the main page we posted most of my experimental brews for the year and a half. Jimmy is going to redo at least two of them into something that can be scaled up and start creating new brews. Statically I know what we should do, and IPA (20% market share) and a Pale Ale (18%) market share. With the assort packs, Iâd safely toss in another 7% . (Assortments and Seasonals made up just over 20%). These are two styles Iâm really not interested in doing. There are allot of each on the market, itâs a crowded space and there so overdone. The thing I found the most reveling in the top 15 styles, not a single black beer made it. These happen to be some of my favorite beers. So it begs the question do we enter the fray with our own Pale and IPA or do we try to seize a niche market?
Iâm sure we can get allot of insight from Tim and Jon on the topic. Point being the other big ones with Amber larger, meaning most craft beer drinkers are still looking for a fairly pale, crystal clear beer. Bitter seems to be the name of the game for the last 10 years.
We have a little time yet, but Iâd love to hear from beer drinkers what they want.
If you’re reading this, it’s pretty safe to assume you’re irrationally nostalgic about a handful of classic NES games like I am. Prepare to be awed by the incredible fidelity of the following stop-motion recreations. Right? I can’t for the life of me figure out what the first game is, though. Tell me in the […]
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The Premier League is back!
The Punt podcast is action-packed this week with Derek McGovern and In-Play Football Trading Manager, Andy Excell, previewing the TV games and the Times' Chief Sports Writer, Matt Dickinson, joining us to talk about the burning issues in the sport.
We'll also catch up with Pete Farries, Gav Puszczalowskyi and Al Ross who give their best bets in the Championship and Leagues One and Two respectively, and Sam Norris picks a bet out in the European games this weekend.
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It's a brand new dawn for The Punt!
All your football betting needs are covered on the inaugural edition of the podcast.
Dave Kelner is your host, Derek McGovern gives his Premier League prediction and previews the Community Shield with William Hill's In-Play Football Trading Manager, Andy Excell.
The Sun's Martin Lipton is the FWA guest for the week. There's talk about Neymar's world record transfer fee and Martin gives a bet ahead of the new season.
In addition to this, Pete Farries, Gav Puszczalowskyi and Al Ross give their best bets in the Championship and League's One and Two respectively, and Sam Norris picks a bet out in the European games this weekend.
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Deputy Head of Sport at The Sun, Martin Lipton, joins Dave Kelner ahead of the final set of fixtures in the Premier League.
Martin talks about Chelsea's success, the future for Spurs and gives his predictions for the two TV games on Sunday.
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London Football Correspondent for the Guardian and Observer, Dominic Fifield, joins William Hill's Dave Kelner on this edition of the podcast.
The pair preview all six TV games in the Premier League this weekend.
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Sam Norris is joined by Alex Dunn on this edition of the European Football Podcast.
The pair preview three games this weekend across Spain, Italy and France and Alex provides you with his nap of the weekend.
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The Daily Mail's Football Editor, Ian Ladyman, joins Dave Kelner to preview the Premier League football this weekend.
Ian talks about Pep Guardiola, diving and gives his predictions for the TV games.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Alex Dunn on this edition of the European Football Podcast.
The pair preview two games this weekend and Alex provides you with an accumulator.
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Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are with you to preview all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.
The trio give bets in all games, talk about the Manchester derby and David Moyes at Sunderland.
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Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are back with you to preview the FA Cup semi-finals and the eight Premier League games this weekend.
Can Spurs perform at Wembley? Will Manchester City compound Arsene Wenger's misery? Hear from the chaps on that and much more. Predictions and best bets for all the matches.
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Sam Norris is joined by Pete Farries to preview this weekend's Football League action. Pete takes a look at the televised games from the Championship with Gav and Al offering their best bets from Leagues One & Two.
Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin preview all 10 Premier League games this weekend.
The chaps talk about Aitor Karanka's dismissal, Romelu Lukaku rejecting a new contract and they give their best bets.
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Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best League One bets and Al Ross goes through League Two.
Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best League One bets and Al Ross goes through League Two.
Alex Dunn is joined by Sam Norris to preview this weeks fixtures in the Champions League as well as Manchester United's Europa League trip to Rostov plus the Premier League game between Manchester City and Stoke.
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The Guardian's Chief Football Writer, Danny Taylor, joins William Hill's Dave Kelner to preview the Premier League action this weekend.
Danny, who won two awards at the SJA Awards on Monday, gives his predictions for the TV games and speaks about Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp and Sergio Aguero.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin to preview all 10 Premier League games this weekend.
Derek talks about forfeiting your right to be called a punter, if you back a certain team this weekend, and Thom puts his hopes in one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League.
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Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best League One bets and Al Ross goes through League Two.
Mark Walton is joined by Sam Norris to preview all four of this week's games in the Champions League and the two Europa League matches involving Premier League teams.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin ahead of the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The chaps talk through all the games involving Premier League teams and predict a shock in one of the televised matches.
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Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin preview the Boxing Day fixtures on this edition of the podcast.
All 10 Premier League games are analysed and Derek continues his love affair with Manchester United.
Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for listening.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin to preview all 10 Premier League games this weekend.
The trio reflect on the midweek fixtures and give their best bets.
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Dave Kelner talks to The Sun's newly-appointed Chief Sports Writer, Dave Kidd, about the televised Premier League matches this weekend.
Dave gives his predictions for the games and reflects on Spurs' Champions League disappointment.
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Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are with you to preview the 10 Premier League matches this weekend.
As ever, the chaps give you their best bets in all 10 games and Derek puts the boot into Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best League One bets and Al Ross goes through League Two.
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Alex Dunn stands in for Dave Kelner, and is joined by Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin to offer their best bets in the International games involving the Home Nations across the weekend, including England v Scotland.
Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are back with you to preview the 10 Premier League games this weekend.
The trio battle it out to nap one particular team, who look to be too big a price on the coupon.
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The Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis speaks to Dave Kelner on this edition of the podcast.
The pair reflect on Manchester City's scintillating performance against Barcelona at the Etihad and preview this weekend's televised Premier League games.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin to preview all 10 Premier League games this weekend.
The trio also speak briefly about Sam Allardyce and give their best bets at the end of the podcast.
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The Daily Telegraph's, Chris Bascombe, speaks to Dave Kelner on this edition of the FWA Podcast.
The pair discuss Sam Allardyce's departure and preview the televised Premier League games.
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Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin join Dave Kelner to preview all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.
The chaps give their best bets in each game, starting with Friday night's eagerly-anticipated clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
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Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are on hand to take you through all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.
The chaps analyse the betting markets, with Derek and Thom giving their predictions on each game.
The podcast finishes with the best bets.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Thom Kirwin to look at the European games involving the British clubs and the EFL matches this midweek.
Thom also gives you a treble for Tuesday and Wednesday night.
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Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are back to look at all 10 #PL games this weekend, with bets in them all.
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The FWA Podcast returns, with the newly-elected Chairman of the Football Writers' Association, Paddy Barclay, in conversation with William Hill's, Dave Kelner.
The pair go through the televised Premier League games, pinpointing some good looking bets.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Pete Farries, Gav Puszczalowskyi and Al Ross on this edition of the podcast.
The chaps give you all the best bets in the three leagues and Pete previews the live games in the Championship.
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We look ahead to semi-final number two on this edition of the podcast and Derek McGovern, Stefan Bienkowski, Andrew Gibney, Dave Kelner, Lee Phelps and Mark Walton all feature.
They look ahead to the game between Germany and France and flag up their best bets along the way.
Wales take on Belgium in the second quarter final at the Euros. On this edition of the podcast we look at the game from all angels, with Dereck McGovern and Chris Mayer offering their selections for the game.
Sunday's games see France take on the Republic of Ireland before Germany v Slovakia and Hungary v Belgium.
On this edition we hear from Dereck McGovern, Chris Mayer & Stefan Bienkowski on the respective matches.
The last-16 of the Euros kicks off on Saturday and we look ahead to all three games.
Derek McGovern, Oliver Zesiger and Tom Kundert join Dave Kelner to preview each match and we also get the usual country file and trivia along the way.
Jack Critchley is joined by Derek McGovern, Chris Mayer & Tom Kundert to look ahead to the final group games in Groups E and F.
There's also the usual sprinkling of trivia, a country file and plenty of enhanced odds.
Groups C and D come to a close on Tuesday evening and we look ahead to all four games with a variety of pundits.
Derek McGovern, Lee Phelps. Stefan Beinkowski, Karl Matchett and Emre Sarigul all feature, offering their thoughts and best bets along the way.
The final placings in Group B will be decided on Monday evening, with England taking on Slovakia and Wales facing Russia.
Derek McGovern joins Mark Walton to look ahead to those games, with Derek offering up his best bets along the way.
We have a jam-packed podcast with Emre Sarigul, Stefan Bienkowski, Neil Lennon, Derek McGovern and Lee Phelps all joining Michael Wood to preview the day's games.
Turkey take on Croatia, Poland face Northern Ireland and Germany are against Ukraine.
Listen now for information on all six nations playing on day three.
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We have a jam-packed podcast with Robbie Savage, Sol Campbell, Derek McGovern and Lee Phelps all joining Dave Kelner to preview the day's games.
England start their campaign against Russia, while Wales are in action against Slovakia. Listen now for information on all six nations playing on day two.
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Mark Walton is joined by Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner to preview the Internationals involving the Home Nations and the Champions League final.
Atletico and Real are usually involved in tense affairs and the chaps talk about the prospect of another one on Saturday night.
Listen now for their best bets in all four games.
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Jason Lewis and Sam Norris preview the remaining play off games in League 1 and 2. With the games between Barnsley and Walsall, Bradford and Millwall and Accrington and Wimbledon up for discussion.
Lee Phelps returns to join Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner for the final Punt of the season (sob).
The chaps talk through all 10 Premier League games and there's an insert with some of the pre-season predictions.
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Sam Norris is joined by Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner to preview the 10 Premier League games this weekend.
Derek basks in the glow of another winning nap and reflects on another fantastic European evening at Anfield.
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Dave Kelner is joined by Sam Norris to preview three big games in Europe this weekend.
The pair look at a game in the Bundesliga, a game in Serie A and one in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
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Mark Walton is joined by Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner to preview the midweek Premier League matches on this edition of the podcast.
The Merseyside derby is televised on Wednesday and the chaps have contrasting perspectives on the magnitude of the encounter. Listen now for the best bets on all five games.
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Love it when you mix up the usual crew with esteemed experts now and again. I'm so greatful for Nathan's plug of his podcast. I now have fifteen hours of game design to listen to. I mean, som day my bakc listening of the Jank Cast will end och then I need something to fill the void.
I practice for RPGs, but generally when I know that I'm going to be doing a character thing that doesn't specifically come naturally to me. For example, I practiced accents and vernacular prior to heading into the studio to record with One Shot Podcast a few weekends ago. That to me felt more like acting than playing a game to me, and I approached it like I would a performance gig. I've done prep work for Jank Cast APs before when I know that we're recording a specific thing for an audience to listen to, because again - it's a permanent thing that will exist for people to consume as entertainment.
As far as games I'm not "performing" in, I do tend to research things that will be instrumental to my character so that when the time comes for me to add to the narrative, I can do it from an informed place. I did some prep like this for my latest Mountain Witch game, mostly so that when I was describing things my samurai used and wore that they were correct, and so that when I added detail into the narrative, that it was period correct. I find that I draw a lot of my RP in the moment via improv and Meisner technique skills I've learned over the years, so from a perspective of relationships and allowing myself to be affected by actions/dialogue/events, I prefer to be a blank slate in game. This does not, however, keep me from making speeches that I WOULD HAVE SAID in that perfect moment when I get home from a game session that I just didn't think of at the time. My cats love them. Even though it's a weird little unpacking mechanism I have, I do find it helps to set me up for the next session, because I can practice my character's voice and their intentions.
Nice episode, I feel like y'all only scratched the surface on this one. I like the idea of characterization coming in the moment, from choices. So in a RPG context every time you have to make a choice or speak in character (which I guess is a choice) you decide in that moment who your character is, based on what has come before, and then from the directors stance, what you want to happen. in a video game context like Mass Effect every time you come to a decision point, the game is asking you to characterize your version of its protagonist to be either Paragon, neutral or correct. :)
As much as we'd like perfect consistency, characterization changes (outside of intentional character arcs) whether we want it to or not. This comes from the gaps between play sessions, differences in our emotional play state (bleed), and the (almost necessarily) fluid nature of characters in the shared imagined landscape. This isn't a bad thing most of the time because it's minor and we modify our characters slightly based on the outcomes we as players would like to see.
In a recent game of Eclipse Phase I just ran over Roll20 I had all the characters introduce themselves with a dream sequence. I made it very clear that this was to be an opportunity for solo storytelling and had everyone else follow the microscope rules of shutting up and not helping as to preserve a unique vision. It went over really well, even if we had a few more pauses for thought than normal, and even over Roll20 the characterization was very clear and shined through.
That's another thing, characterization is much easier in person or through text than it is online which has always been one of my bigger pet peeves with online gaming. In person you get to use all of your senses, through text you get to expound as much as you'd like, online you're normally restricted to voice and actions. It makes you work harder and practice which brings a lot to in person games.
Yet another thing, how quickly does a character come to you? Are most NPCs at the same level of characterization in their first min of screen time as say an ApoWo character? Obviously we know more about the ApoWo character but does that come through right away or do you build that character up with every interaction/decision? I would say the later. Another way to say that would be: Are most characters defined more by what's on their sheets or what's in our heads?
Could y'all post a link to 183 days from the rants section? I seem to be having trouble finding it. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#newwindow=1&q=183+days+rpg
Oh, have y'all ever Janked (that's now a thing, I'm making it a thing) about practicing for RPGs? If not, I have a potentially stupid topic for a cast, Do You Practice for RPGs?
We practice writing, tennis, medicine, improv, calculus, sex, woodworking, and juggling; why not RPGs?
This may be something that I'm alone in doing but I first took up acting in local theater partially because I thought it would bring something to my "craft" of role-playing.
A lot of the time when I'm watching movies (especially bad but interesting ones like "In Time" or Divergent) I'm thinking about how I would translate that into a game (Fate conversion and Misspent Youth in those cases) and I'm logging away interesting choices or details that I can later bring back to the table. Staying in genre can be difficult when you have 5 different peoples conceptions of what noir is. But when you reference a movie or book everyone is familiar with then people are suddenly on the same page both conceptually and thematically. In general when I'm about to play in a game, or even worse run one, I often immerse myself in fiction of that genre to get it right. which seems like practicing a genre for an RPG to me.
I've watched more than a few online videos on voice acting (see Roll20 stuff above).
My bedside readers are fiction and things like Long-Form Improv by Hauck and Writing 21st Century Fiction by Maass.
I've even run experimental one shots before to test out narrative concepts, like extreme flashbacks that only tie in tangentially to the main story, or practice something else unusual. I've never really retroactively declared anything longer than a one shot practice before but my first couple of fumbling forays into RPGs with D&D (because of coarse it was D&D) could certainly be called practice.
I know RPGs aren't supposed to have a goal per se but what I'm striving for are improvisational stories that surprise me, thrill me, and touch my heart. What I'm after is a fluid game with little overt communication about it between players in the moment (all I'm asking for is mind reading here!). What I desire is a game that could be written down and sold as a good book and I feel like that takes practice.
I practice to impress others,
I practice to feel more relaxed and confident,
but most importantly
I practice to have a more distilled, better quality of fun.
P.S. Your'e welcome for the text wall!
Tinder for gamers already exist, someone beat you to the idea. It's called GameFindr. It apparently was originally designed for Magic the Gathering players but they've expanded to variety of geek games. Unfortunately, in my area, there isn't a sufficient concentration of users (according to the app, I have 3 D&D or Pathfinder players within a 300 mile radius, no other RPG players). So join! Encourage others to join!
I am hopelessly behind on my podcasts, so I only just got around to listening to this today. There were two things that struck me about this episode. You'll have to forgive me, though, because I'm not good at remembering the names of the casters and whose voice is whose.
First, I must say that the idea of regimented interaction is precisely why I enjoy gaming. I'd always considered myself an introvert, but my wife, who is truly an introvert, has classified me as an extrovert who is just painfully shy. She can't stand to be around people for more than a couple hours and a time and needs to go home and have a lot of downtime to recharge. (She has never gotten into RPGsâas opposed to board games or card gamesâbecause the idea of spending several hours being forced to interact with people sounds like a nightmare to her.) I, on the other hand, really enjoy being around people for long periods of time. The only problem is that I have trouble keeping up a conversation unless there's something very definite to talk about, and that's where games come in.
Second, when one of the casters mentioned that tabletop roleplaying gamers tend to be a progressive group of people (and that he himself was an activist for a time), I definitely agreed. I am huge into comic books, but one of the reasons I can't stand to listen to comic book podcasts is because the hosts tend to be your typical bigoted fanboys who will go into a nerd rage if a previously straight character comes out of the closet, or a white superhero is replaced by another character of a different skin color* or sex, or anything they perceive as being political correctness being forced into their comics. While the TTRPG community's record certainly isn't spotlessâthere were some particularly vile comments from TTRP-gamers after Gen Con delivered the press release regarding Indiana's "religious freedom" billâI don't feel that the bigotry involved is nearly as rampant as it is in the worlds of comics and video games.
*See the recent announcement of Miles Morales replacing Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the main Marvel Universe.
Uemei, yeah I was thinking the Cortex+ games (I've only played Marvel Heroic and Firefly myself) the whole cast.
Those games did a great job of emulating the feel of their IPs. The system's a little too fiddly/complex for me personally (Firefly less so than Marvel), but I'd say they're the best adaptations I've played.
As a counterpoint to Todd's supposition that story games can do it better I submit that Mass Effect Apocalypse, Mass Effect the Story Game, and the aforementioned Mass Effect Fate are all three terrible fan adaptations of the IP, mostly due to the fact that the creators placed the system before the IP.
The most disappointing part of the AW hacks is that Dungeon World is such a good adaptation of the AW engine to D&D that they had no real excuse for keeping it all same-y. Likewise each version of Cortex+ I've played bar Firefly, sorry PK, felt very well adapted to the TV shows and comics they were simulating.
Additionally; and this is directed to mrm1138: Do yourself a favor and hang the DC M&M and track down copies of Smallville and Marvel Heroic. The only way you could make a better (read more complete) supers game would be if you hacked the life path system from Smallville into Marvel Heroic!
I had a couple questions about the topics brought up on this episode.
1) Re: a Conan RPG, have you tried either Barbarians of Lemuria or On Mighty Thews? I unfortunately haven't yet had a chance to play either, but I know they were both made specifically to emulate the sword & sorcery genre. I'd be curious to hear how you feel they stack up.
2) DC Adventures/Mutants & Masterminds are very well received superhero games, but considering that they are derived from the d20 system, how do you feel they stack up to something like BASH!, which uses 2d6 times the attribute, or Supers!, which uses a dice pool?
Hi all, great discussion. I think setting is really important and so I'm a little surprised that licensed products aren't more successful. I'm also surprised that there isn't more commissioned fiction to support established settings and that so much of what is produced seems of pretty poor quality. Perhaps it's just not how the creative process works (ooh, topic suggestion - interview Stolze about this). Getting everyone at the table to have a shared a vision of the fiction seems important to me and surely licensed games and commissioned fiction is great way of supporting that. As you discussed, an important element is producing mechanics that encourage the feel of the fiction. I think Mouseguard is a great example of this. When I played it everyone had read at least the first trade before we played our second session and the feel of the mechanics mirrored the feel of the comics.
What was the name of the Apocalypse World-esque novel discussed during this episode? Since I listen to podcasts while I drive to and from work, I figured I'd just wait until I could check the show notes. Unfortunately, the show notes don't actually mention any of the games, movies, books, etc. mentioned in the episode. That would be incredibly helpful in the future.
This ep was really cool. I know there's a stigma against "tell me about your campaign" stories, but I love them--especially when the teller is as passionate as Kev was here (PS: college is terrible, more Walking Eye please :P).
I've always thought a world that mixed X-Men and Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Optic Blasts?) would be amazing--where a few powerful individual mutants made factions/houses around their own particular mindset. Of course, this would lead to a cold war of constant intrigues/politicking with the constant threat of all out mutant war breaking out.
So, youâd have the Magneto faction of violent activists/freedom fighters, the Hellfireâs exploitative/millionaire club, Sinisterâs science by any means faction, Bishopâs (maybe?) government-sponsored response team, and, not to mention, Xavierâs wanna-be superheroes all competing against each other for public opinion and new mutant recruits.
After this episode, Iâve been thinking about actually doing something with that. Thanks!
I think the core of the mind control issue really is how the game presents itself. If you imagine a game where players take turns controlling characters I don't imagine it would be such a big deal, as these games are more about creating a story. Isn't Sorcerer like that? You guys should put that on your Actual Play list.
Is there a game which actually has a mind control mechanic? Bacchanal has mood control sorta.
[Continued from yesterday. P.G.] ... Here lay Deane Honiwood last night. I met and talked with him this morning, and a simple priest he is, though a good, well-meaning man. W. Joyce and I to a game at bowles on the green there till eight o'clock, and...
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The Nintendo Wii U arrives on Japanese shores on December 8th starting at 26,260 yen (around $340), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced this morning via Nintendo Direct's video stream. A presentation later today in New York City starring Nintendo of America prez Reggie Fils-Aime will reveal pricing and release dates for the rest of the world, but you'd be right in guessing it won't be too far from the Japanese launch.
A basic set (only in white) and premium set (only in black) were revealed, with the darker option adding more storage; 32GB, up from 8GB on the cheaper bundle. The Premium set (priced at 31,500 yen, or about $405) consists of the console, GamePad, a charging stand, play stand, and yet another stand for the Wii U itself. Those GamePads will also be available standalone for 13,440 yen, which could see American gamers paying around $173 for the luxury of a spare.
The Wii U pro controllers are priced at 5,040 yen ($65) each, while the Wiimote will continue to be priced at 3,800 yen (around $50), now in a range of colors. Likewise, the nunchucks will come in three color palettes. The GamePad charging stand will also be available to buy separately -- setting you back around 1,870 yen -- around $25. Naturally, there's going to be some international variance in these prices so we'll be updating once we get those global prices cemented.
We've been given a little more detail on the technical specifics too, with the Wii U packing 1GB of its own ("main") memory alongside 1GB for running games. Two titles, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will both debut alongside the console -- we're expecting to hear even more software details later today.
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BOONE, Daniel, pioneer, born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, 22 October, 1734 (For more on Daniel Boone's birthplace please visit his Homestead); died in Missouri, 26 Sept., 1820. Among the immigrants that landed, 10 Oct., 1717, at Philadelphia was George Boone, of Exeter, England, who came with his wife and eleven children, bought land near Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and joined the society of Friends. His son, Squire Boone, married Sarah Morgan, and Daniel was their son. Squire Boone, who was a farmer, moved, about 1748, to Holman's Ford, on the Yadkin, in North Carolina.
Daniel's education was very limited; he could read and write, but beyond that all he knew related to the fields, the woods, the net, the rifle, and hunting. He was a hunter born, and loved the solitude of the forest. Strong, brave, lithe, inured to hardship and privation, he traced his steps through the pathless forest, sought out the hiding places of panther, bear, and wolf, and was the match of any Indian in the sagacity with which he detected the footsteps of the red man. About 1755 he married Rebecca Bryan and set up his own log cabin, but, displeased with the encroachments of civilization on his solitude, and incited by the glowing accounts brought by John Finley, who had penetrated into the unknown regions of Kentucky, formed a company of six kindred spirits, and, bidding adieu to his family and the comforts of home, on 1 May, 1769, set out on his perilous journey of exploration.
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After numerous adventures with the Indians, having become intimately acquainted with the character of the country, established an enviable reputation for sagacity and integrity on important frontier service assigned to him by Lord Dunmore in the campaign against the Indians, usually called "Lord Dunmore's War," and constructed a strong fort on the left bank of Kentucky river, which he named "Boonesborough," he determined to bring his wife and family to the new home. Some of his neighbors joined him, and he conducted the party, numbering upward of thirty, safely to "Boonesborough" without having encountered any other difficulties than such as are common to this passage.
Daniel Boone founded Boonesborough while he worked for Richard Henderson of the Transylvania Company.
On one occasion Boone, with an armed party of thirty men, had gone for a supply of salt to a place called "Salt Licks," nearly 100 miles north of Boonesborough, and was captured, with twenty-seven of his men, by a band of more than 100 Indian warriors led by two Frenchmen.
They carried them first to Old Chillicothe, on the Miami, and then to Detroit, where they surrendered for a ransom all their prisoners except Boone; him they took back to Old Chillicothe, where the great Blackfish, a renowned Shawanese chief, adopted him into his family under an imposing but painful ceremonial; all his hair, except a tuft three or four inches in diameter on the crown of the head, was plucked out; that tuft was allowed to grow to the length of the "warlock," dressed with feathers and ribbons; an ablution in the river was supposed to cleanse him from the taint of white blood; a coat of paint on his face, and a solemn charge from Blackfish, completed the rite.
After a prolonged and anxious residence among them, during which he was kindly treated, he discovered their intention of marching upon Boonesborough, and resolved, at the peril of certain death in the event of recapture, to attempt his escape and save his family and friends. Chased by 450 Indians, he performed that daring feat in the forty-third year of his age, and thus simply records it: "On the 16th [of June], before sunrise, I departed in the most secret manner, and arrived at Boonesborough on the 20th, after a journey of 160 miles, during which I had but one meal." At the fort he learned that his wife and children, despairing of ever seeing him again, had returned, and safely reached her father's home in North Carolina. The Indians assailed the fort, but were repelled with loss, and retreated. Boone then, in the autumn of 1778, rejoined his family on the Yadkin, and returned with them to Kentucky in 1780.
The country, though well settled, was still unsafe, and, soon after his return, Boone and his brother, Squire, were surprised by Indians; Squire was killed and scalped, and Daniel had a narrow escape. A sanguinary engagement, called the "Battle of the Blue Licks," took place in 1782, in which Boone's two sons fought at his side. One of them was killed, and the other severely wounded. Boone was full of expedients, and on one occasion extricated himself from four armed Indians by blinding them with tobacco dust. Kentucky was admitted into the union, 4 Feb., 1791, and in the survey of the state the title to Boone's land was disputed. The case was decided against him, and, stung to the quick by the wrong, he had again to seek a new home, which he established at Point Pleasant, between the Ohio and the Great Kanawha; but in 1795 he removed to Missouri, then a Spanish possession, and received not only the appointment of commandant of the Femme Osage district, but a grant of 8,000 acres. The Spanish possessions passed into the hands of Napoleon, who sold them to the United States, and, in the survey that followed, the Spanish grant of Boone's lands was pronounced invalid. An appeal to the legislature of Kentucky, and another to congress, resulted in a grant by the latter of 850 acres. Boone was then seventy-five years of age, hale and strong. The charm of the hunter's life clung to him to the last, and in his eighty-second year he went on a hunting excursion to the mouth of Kansas river. He had made his own coffin and kept it under his bed, and after his death they laid him in it to rest by the side of his wife, who had passed away seven years before.
On 13 Sept., 1845, their remains were removed to the cemetery near Frankfort, Kentucky, a few miles from the fort of Boonesborough, by the concurrent action of the citizens of Frankfort and the legislature of Kentucky.
Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky where Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone were re-interred
An American biographical and historical dictionary Containing an account of the lives, characters, and writings of the most eminent persons in North America from its first settlement, and a summary of the history of the several colonies and of the United States. By: W. Hyde, 1832.
BOONE, Daniel, colonel, one of the first settlers of Kentucky, was born about 1730. While he was young, his parents, who came from Bridgeworth,England removed from Pennsylvania or Virginia to the Yadkin river in North Carolina.
He was early addicted to hunting in the woods; in the militia he attained to the rank of colonel. In 1769, in consequence of the representation of John Finley, who had penetrated into the wilderness of Kentucky, he was induced to accompany him in a journey to that country. He had four other companions, John Stuart, Joseph Holden, James Money, and William Cool, with whom he set out May 1. On the 7th of June they arrived at the Red river, a branch of the Kentucky; and here from the top of a hill they had a view of the fertile plain's, of which they were in pursuit. They encamped and remained in this place till Dec. 22, when Boone and Stuart were captured by the Indians near Kentucky river. In about a week they made their escape; but on returning to their camp, they found it plundered and deserted by their companions, who had gone back to Carolina.
Stuart was soon killed by the Indians; but Boone being joined by his brother, they remained and prosecuted the business of hunting during the winter, without further molestation. His brother going home for supplies in May 1770, he remained alone in the deep solitude of the western wilderness until his return with ammunition & horses July 27th. During this period this wild man of the woods, though greeted every night with the howlings of wolves, was delighted in his excursions with the survey of the beauties of the country and found greater pleasure in the solitude of wild nature, than he could have found amid the hum of the most elegant city. With his brother he traversed the country to Cumberland river. It was not until March 1771, that he returned to his family, resolved to conduct them to the paradise, which he had explored.
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Having sold his farm, he set out with his own and 5 other families, Sept. 25,1773, and was joined in Powell's valley by 40 men. After passing over two mountains, called Powell's and Walden's, through which, as they ranged from the north east to the south west, passes were found, and approaching the Cumberland, the rear of the company was attacked by the Indians on the 10th of October, when six men were killed, among whom was the eldest son of colonel Boone. One man was also wounded, and the cattle were scattered. This disaster induced them to retreat about 40 miles to the settlement on Clinch River, where he remained with his family, until June 6,1774, when, at the request of gov. Dunmore, he conducted a number of surveyors to the falls of Ohio. On this tour of 800 miles he was absent two months. After this he was entrusted by the governor, during the campaign against the Shawanese, with the command of three forts.
Early in 1775, at the request of a company in North Carolina, he attended a treaty with the Cherokee Indians at Wataga in order to make of them the purchase of lands on the south side of the Tennessee river. After performing this service, he was employed to mark out a road from the settlements on the Holston to the Kentucky river. While thus employed, at the distance of about 15 miles from what is now Boonesborough, the party was attacked March 20, and 23, 1775 by the Indians, who killed four and wounded five. Another man was killed in April. On the first day of this month at a salt lick, on the southern bank of the Kentucky,in what is now Boonesborough a few miles from Lexington, he began to erect a fort, consisting of a block house & several cabins, enclosed with palisades. On the 14th of June he returned to his family in order to remove them to the tort.. His wife and daughters were the first white women, who stood on the banks of the Kentucky river. Dec. 24th one man was killed and another wounded. July 14, 1776, when all the settlements were attacked, two of Colonel Calway's daughters and one of his own were taken prisoners; Boone pursued with 18 men and in two days overtook the Indians, killed two of them, and recovered the captives.
The Indians made repeated attacks upon Boonesborough; Nov. 15,1777 with 100 men, and July 4 with 200 men. On both sides several were killed and wounded; but the enemy were repulsed; as they were also July 19 from Logan's fort of 15 men, which was besieged by 200. The arrival of 25 men from Carolina and in August of 100 from Virginia gave a new aspect to affairs, and taught the savages the superiority of "the long knives," as they called the Virginians. Jan. 1, 1778 he went with 30 men to the blue licks on the Licking river to make salt for the garrison. Feb. 7, being alone, he was captured by a party of 102 Indians and 2 Frenchmen; he capitulated for his men, and they were all carried to Chillicothe on the Little Miami, whence he and 10 men were conducted to Detroit, where he arrived March 30. The governor, Hamilton, treated him with much humanity, and offered 1001, for his redemption. But the savages refused the offer from affection to their captive. Being carried back to Chillicothe in April, he was adopted as a son in an Indian family. He assumed the appearance of cheerfulness ; but his thoughts were on his wife and children. Aware of the envy of the Indians, he was careful not to exhibit his skill in shooting. In June he went to the salt springs on the Sciota. On his return to Chillicothe he ascertained, that 450 warriors were preparing to proceed against Boonesborough. He escaped June 16, and arrived at the fort June 20th, having travelled 160 miles in 4 days, with but one meal. His wife had returned to her father's. Great efforts were made to repair the fort in order to meet the expected attack. On August 1st, he went out with 19 men to surprise Point Creek town on the Sciota; meeting 30 Indians, he put them to flight and captured their baggage. At last, Aug. 8, the Indian army of 444 men, led by captain Dugnesne and 11 other Frenchmen, and their own chiefs, with British colors flying, summoned the fort to surrender.
The next day Boone, having a garrison of only 50 men, announced his resolution to defend the fort, while a man was alive. They then proposed that 9 men should be sent out 60 yards from the fort to enter into a treaty; and when the articles were agreed upon and signed, they said it was customary on such occasions, as a token of sincere friendship, for two Indians to shake every white man by the hand. Accordingly two Indians approached each of the nine white men, and grappled with the intent of making him a prisoner; but the object being perceived, the men broke away and re-entered the fort.
An attempt was now made to undermine it; but a counter trench defeated that purpose. Atlast on the 20th the enemy raised the siege, having lost 37 men. Of Boone's men two were killed and four wounded. "We picked, up," said he, "125 pounds of bullets, besides what stuck in the logs of our fort, which certainly is a great proof of their industry." In 1779, when Boone was absent, revisiting his family in Carolina, Colonel Bowman with 160 men fought the Shawanese Indians at old Chillicothe.
In his retreat the Indians pursued him for 30 miles, when in another engagement col. Harrod suggested the successful project of mounting a number of horses and breaking the Indian line. Of the Kentuckians 9 were killed. June 22nd,1780, about 600 Indians and Canadians under col. Bird attacked Riddle's and Martin's stations and the forks of Licking river with 6 pieces of artillery, and carried away all as captives. Gen. Clarke, commanding at the falls of Ohio, marched with his regiment and troops against Reccaway, the principal Shawanese town on a branch of the Miami, and burned the town, with the loss of 17 on each side.
About this time Boone returned to Kentucky with his family. In Oct. 1780, soon after he was settled again at Boonesborough, he went with his brother to the Blue Licks, and as they were returning the latter was slain by a party of Indians, and he was pursued by them by the aid of a dog. By shooting him Boone escaped. The severity of the ensuing winter was attended with great distress, the enemy having destroyed most of the corn. The people subsisted chiefly on buffalo's flesh. In May 1732 the Indians having killed a man at Ashton's station, captain A. pursued with 25 men, but in an attack upon' the enemy he was killed with 12 of his men. Aug. 10 two boys were carried off from major Hay's station. Capt. Holden pursued with 17 men; but he also was defeated, with the loss of four men. In a field near Lexington an Indian shot a man and running to scalp him, was him- self shot from the fort and fell dead upon his victim. On the 15th Aug. 500 Indians attacked Briant's station, five miles from Lexington,and destroyed all the cattle; but they were repulsed on the third day, having about 30 killed, while of the garrison 4 were killed and 3 wounded. Boone, with cols. Todd and Trigg and major Harland, collected 176 men and pursued on the 18th.
They overtook the enemy the next day a mile beyond the Blue Licks, about 40 miles from Lexington, at a remarkable bend of a branch of Licking river. A battle ensued, the enemy having a line formed across from one bend to the other, but the Kentuckians were defeated with the great loss of 60 killed, among whom were cols. Todd and Trigg, and Major Harland, and Boone's second son. Many were the widows made in Lexington on that fatal day. The Indians having 4 more killed, 4 of the prisoners were given up to the young warriors to be put to death in the most barbarous manner.
General Clarke, accompanied by Boone, immediately marched into the Indian country and desolated it, burning old Chillicothe, Peccaway, New Chillicothe, Willis town, and Chillicothe. With the loss of four men he took seven prisoners and five scalps, or killed five Indians. In October the Indians attacked Crab orchard. One of the Indians having entered a house, in which were a woman and a negro, and being thrown to the ground by the negro, the woman cut off his head. From this period to the peace with Great Britain the Indians did no harm. "Two darling sons and a brother," said Boone, "have I lost by savage hands, which have also taken from me 40 valuable horses and abundance of cattle. Many dark and sleepless nights have I spent, separated from the cheerful society of men, scorched by the summer's sun and pinched by the winter's cold, an instrument ordained to settle the wilderness."
From this period he resided in Kentucky and Virginia till 1798, when in consequence of an imperfect legal title to the lands, which he had settled, he found himself dispossessed of his property. In his indignation he fled from the delightful region, which he had explored, when a wilderness, and which now had a population of half a million. With his rifle he crossed the Ohio and plunged into the immense country of the Missouri In 1799 he settled on the Femme Osage river with numerous followers. In 1800 he discovered the Boone's Lick country, now a fine settlement: in the same year he visited the head waters of the Grand Osage river and spent the winter upon the head waters of the Arkansas. At the age of 80, in company with a white man and a black man, laid under strict injunctions to carry him back to his family, dead or alive, he made a hunting trip to the head waters of the Great Osage, and was successful in trapping beaver and other game.
In January 1812 he addressed a memorial to the legislature of Ky. stating that he owned not an acre of land in the region, which he first settled; that in 1794 he passed over into the Spanish province of Louisiana, under an assurance from the governor, who resided at St. Louis, that land should be given him; that accordingly 10 thousand acres were given him on the Missouri and he became Syndic or chief of the district of St. Charles; but that on the acquisition of Louisiana by the United States his claims were rejected by the commissioners of land, because he did not actually reside; and that thus at the age of 80 he was a wanderer, having no spot of his own, whereon to lay his bones.
The legislature instructed their delegates to congress to solicit a confirmation of this grant. He retained, it is believed, 2,000 In his old age he pursued his active course of life, trapping bears and hunting with his rifle. Though a magistrate and sometimes a member of the legislature of Virginia, and much engaged in agriculture; yet he preferred the solitude of the wilderness to the honors of civil office and the society of men.
He died at the house of his son, Major A. Boone, at Charette, Montgomery Company, September 26th, 1820, aged nearly 90 years. His wife died in the same place. He left sons and daughters in Missouri. In consequence of his death the legislature of Missouri voted to wear a badge of mourning for 20 days. A brother died in Mississippi Oct. 1808, aged 81.
Col. Boone was of common stature, of amiable disposition, and honorable integrity. In his last years he might have been seen by the traveler at the door of his house, with his rifle on his knee and his faithful dog at his side, lamenting the departed vigor of his limbs, and meditating on the scenes of his past life.
Whether he also meditated on the approaching scenes of eternity and his dim eyes ever kindled up with the glorious hopes of the christian is not mentioned in the accounts of him, which have been examined. But of all objects an irreligious old man, dead as to worldly joy and dead as to celestial hope, is the most pitiable. An account of his adventures, drawn up by himself, was published in Filson's supplement to Imlay's Description of the Western Territory, 1793.â Niles Register, March 13, 1813.
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I've got nothing against non-traditional monetary models in games. BattleForge's odd setup, where players buy card packs through the online store to supplement their significant starting pool, and complete real-time strategy missions with created decks, is an intriguing framework. The online backend is solid, with a browser that lets players quickly find teammates or opponents for the mission they're interested in. It's too bad that the actual gameplay is so shoddy I wouldn't play it if the entire thing were free.
The basic combat is very traditional RTS battle, granting victory to the player who best uses counter units and properly employs his troops' activated abilities. Many of the little details that go into RTS design are poorly done, though. The massive pool of creatures and spells you may encounter makes it difficult to keep abreast of strengths and weaknesses. The extremely fast pace makes it easy to be overwhelmed – especially if, as in many scenarios, you have multiple fronts to deal with. [Excerpt]
There isn't much of an economic game, either. Controlling nodes gives a trickle of power to your pool, and any dead units slowly return their power cost to your bank as well. Strategic orbs can be captured to allow access to the higher tiers of spells in your deck. Most maps are designed in such a way that each player has access to a preset amount of these, meaning the units you summon are virtually the only determinant of success.
BattleForge is a combination of strange mechanics and bad design. Units are diverse, and yet none of them are terribly interesting. Missions have a ton of variety on the surface, but in practice they're variations on the same few objectives. Combat is vanilla RTS, but too messy to allow for much tactical or strategic creativity. New revenue models are a good way to try to find success in a tough PC gaming market, but even the cleverest is nowhere near as important as good gameplay.
Whoâs Who Whatâs What In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors
The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors By WAYNE MADSEN ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9
Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].
From the Introduction
One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate â all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agencyâs payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.
An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIAâs use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:
âI think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence AgencyâCIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.â
The 21st centuryâs CIAâs partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIAâs top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.
Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazonâs CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.
American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.
American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the instituteâs director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.
AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the âfirst inâ at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym âFletcher M. Knight,â among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a âsecret armâ of the CIA, Bechtelâs executives included those who would join President Reaganâs Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.
Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in Kingâs Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.
Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.
DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.
Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran âWild Billâ Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.
Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIAâs MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.
Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enronâs payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIAâs Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.
In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.
General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIAâs Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.
Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford Universityâs Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the âgoogle project.â
Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC âconnectedâ law firm.
Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banisterâs own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.
Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIAâs New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIAâs Independence and Brown Foundations.
Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the worldâs largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.
Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.
Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Husseinâs missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.
Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowltonâs numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.
Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.
Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Krollâs Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John OâNeill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.
Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.
Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.
Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Blackâs Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsantoâs agri-business operations worldwide.
National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloidâs founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIAâs psychological warfare unit and the agencyâs Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.
Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweekâs stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.
Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.
Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called âDC Madam.â During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfreyâs request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.
Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazineâs co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.
Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.
Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.
Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that âthe Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.â
Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUEâs board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.
Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Haroldâs Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIAâs Glomar Explorer project.
Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdingsâs intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his fatherâs presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.
Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.
The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughesâs Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.
United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIAâs training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.
U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.
Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIAâs coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhutâs outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.
Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.
Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agencyâs media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nationâs capital.
W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.
The stubborn Memphis Grizzlies aren't the only obstacles in the Los Angeles Clippers' path to closing out a rare playoff series victory. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are banged-up heading into Game 6, and Caron Butler continues to play with a broken left hand.
Chris Paul scored a season-high 36 points, Blake Griffin added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 103-95 Wednesday night to snap a two-game skid in their last game before the All-Star break.
A few months ago (the last day of April, to be exact, which was also the first day of my Orientals week-long course), I had the pleasure and honour to host a special guest throughout the day: Dan Riegler of Apothecary's Garden - a purveyor of fair trade resins from around the world - especially frankincense and myrrh that are wild crafted in the traditional methods in countries such as Somalia, Yemen and Kenya. He also sources Cretan labdanum, and other rare raw materials, and sells resin-centrered products that he concocts himself, which you can find on his online shop. One of them being a highly fragrant moustache wax which basically surrounded him with a cloud of frankincense - so obviously he made an instant good impression on me!
We started the day at the Baha'i Gardens in Akko (which deserve a full post dedicated to them) and then went to my studio to make incense - and burn a bunch too. Little did I know what I was signing up for. On top of the usual things I burn for this class (palo santo chips, sandalwood incense sticks, one type of myrrh and frankincense resins and my own rendition of Egyptian Kyphi) - Dan had a trunk-load of resins that he just imported from Africa, and was immensely kind and generous to share with us the most incredible incense resins with me and my class. We spent the afternoon burning rare myrrh, olibanum, and also some gums I never knew existed, namely Sandarac and Ammoniacum, the latter of which totally blew my mind.
I learned so much from Dan, about the resins (and the other raw materials he curates and sells), how they are harvested and collected, the chemical makeup of the resins and how it affects the stages of burning (it turns out that incense resins also have top, heart and base notes) - and this post is just a little taste of all the beautiful resins we burnt when he was here. I'm looking forward to meeting him again on his next visits in Israel on the way to the African continent.
Frankincense usually comes in "tears" shape as this Boswellia carterii - but not always. Below is a specimen of the less known B. neglecta that look more like a chunk of resinous granules. B. carterii has the characteristic, most unmistakable scent of frankincense - beginning with sweet citrus notes of lemon drops and orange candy and continuing into more resinous, woody and even balsamic, caramel-like nuances as the incense burns on the charcoal.
While looking pretty much the same, other frankincense species provide further nuances and a whole frankincense burning comparative study (or incense games a-la Japenese Koh-Doh) can easily occupy half a day. Compare this to Maydi (Boswellia frereana) which albeit its slightly herbaceous (sage-like) opening, is more subtle, woody and perfumey. In fact, it smells almost powdery like violet and iris. Ethiopian frakincince (Boswellia papyrifea) is even finer with its suave, light perfume notes, slightly sweet and with notes of burnt sugar at the end of the charcoal burning process.
Boswellia neglecta is endemic to north Kenya and comes in white and black forms (as you can see in the photo) and is not widely known. The white and the black smell significantly different. The white begins resinous-green, piney and mysterious, surprisingly juice like crushed leaves with hints of parsley, galbanum and ammonia (smells a lot like amoniacum). It has a hint of sweaty note, a little like coriander seed. The final burning moments bring to mind the smoke coming out of autumnal piles of fall leaves.
The black neglecta smells completely different - you wouldn't think it came from the same plant: it smells dark and looming, like moss, mushrooms, decaying fall leaves, peat, forest floor and hints of campfire. It's surprising and magical that a resin can possess so many different facets.
Sandarac (tetraclllyris) comes from Malta and just like its pure milky appearance, burns clean with a woody-balsamic-resinous scent that is fine and very pleasant. It's a little bit like elemi, a little like mastic but not quite. There is a tiny hint of seashore to it that I only detected after many times of burning. It is quite lovely, even if underwhelming at first impression. Ammoniacum is intense and pungent, like a mixture of galbanum, asafoetida, sulphur, greens. It it a very interesting odour but I suspect it would have better effect in magic and exorcism ceremonies rather than contemplative incense rituals.
Commiphora confusa, as the name suggests, is a type of myrrh that is hard to identify, and for several reasons: the flowers look different on each plant, the resin looks different as well - and the most surprising of all: it smells more like frankincense than myrrh.
Commiphora myrrha (from Ethiopea) has the characteristic bitter, rubbery scent when burnt, and is what I'd imagine the Queen of Sheba to wear on her neck when seducing King Solomon.
Commiphora kataf (from Kenya) has pieces of wood in it (which would change the smell of the smoke depending on which chunk you burn). It has a strange, sulphuric-sweaty odour. I guess you could call it spicy, as it has a hint of cumin in it too. Overall it reminds me more of the smell of food than incense - barbecuing kebabs comes to mind.
Commiphora holtziana does not smell like myrrh at all to me. It's more woody than C. myrrha, and a tad fresh to start with. Dan describes it as briny and sea-like but I'm not getting it. Arabian/Yemeni Myrrh is by far the most incredibly beautiful myrrh resin I've ever burnt. Although it came in a strange looking chunk, containing pieces of the plastic bags used by the collectors, and even a piece of wool yarn, it has the most fantastic scent, like a perfume on its own accord. It reminds me of the unique "version" of frankincense that B. papyrifea offers. I would love to have this as an essential oil and create a perfume with it.
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Sony promised us a YouTube app for the PlayStation Vita this month, and although it's just sliding under the wire, that app is here. The viewer as it hits the console will play videos over 3G and WiFi as well as in HD quality, if you've got the bandwidth to burn. Most of the basics for favorites and searches are covered, including a small player that will let you hop between clips. There's no mention of subscriptions for those perpetually addicted to Maru or Ray William Johnson, however. That quirk aside, the free app is due to swing by the PlayStation Store any moment now, so fire up your Vita and get ready to watch game strategy videos distracting pet clips on that OLED-packing handheld.
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In reviewing the readings for the weekend I had wondered why, beginning three weeks ago, that our Sunday lectionary interrupted the Gospel of Mark, in order to insert the 6th chapter of John â a sermon often called: âThe Bread of Life Discourse.â Instead of following the earlier Gospel writers and recollecting the Last Supper, John talks about Eucharist in a different way.
Why did John make this substitution of stories? After all, what could be more important than Eucharist? It would seem that Johnâs Gospel goes to great lengths to remind us there is more than just coming to the table to receive the real presence of Christ.
So how can the insight of three Jesuits, a game of pinochle and potato pancakes shed light on this Gospel?
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Here's an expansion of mobile competition in the US that comes out of left field, even for us: GameStop as a cellular provider. GameStop Mobile, as it's called, is that rare bird of an AT&T-based MVNO that relies on a bring-your-own-device strategy. As long as your hardware works on AT&T's 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands and isn't locked to another carrier, you can bring any GSM- and HSPA-based phone (or data-only device) and use it contract-free: rates start at anything from a strictly pay-as-you-go $5 through to a $55 monthly plan with unlimited voice and text, if just an anemic 500MB of data. Tablet owners and other data-only fans can pay the same $55 for 1GB per month -- a bit stiff considering that those on AT&T proper can get 5GB of data for slightly less. No doubt this is to take advantage of iPad and iPhone trade-ins, PlayStation Vitas and the overall rise of unlocked devices. We're just wondering whether GameStop will catch a few customers subscribing as they pick up their Diablo III pre-orders or else face the uncertain future that befalls many MVNOs.
Update: As our friends at Joystiq have pointed out, the GameStop Mobile website is no longer publicly accessible. Looks like someone may have pulled the switch a bit too early.
Hey, America ... no soup for you! Vita apparently means no discounted downloads of your beloved disc-based PSP games as Kotaku reports Sony won't be offering its "UMD Passport" service in the US. Since December, Sony has let existing Japanese PSP owners upgrade UMD games to Vita downloadable copies for around ¥500-1,000 ($6.50 - $13). Penny-pinching US gamers can perhaps console themselves with the fact that they can still get a discount for digital downloads of Vita games. Well, that or make hungry eyes for free at Vitas displayed in kiosks at select stores.
Semalam off day sebab weekend ni kena keja... sob sob~ malas sangat lah nak keluar rumah. Nak masak pun macam malas jugak, tapi tak makan kang kebulur. Rasa macam nak lepak kat rumah, layan citer Korea, main game, tido sampai lebam! Kalau bakal mak mertua tahu punya malas perangai ni, mau direject. Hahahah~ sebab dah malas, so resepi kali ni pun resepi bermalas-malasan, tapi harus sedap dan kena selera. Ajet-ajet nak "eat clean", jaga pemakanan sikit kali ni. Acerrrr nengok resepi Ikan Stim Masak Taucu ni ha..
Ikan?? Haaa~ selit sikit story. Yang mana kenal wanie, tahu laa wanie ni jenis tak boleh nak siang-siang ikan.. Tak tahan bau bohhh, lepas tu kesian pulak kalau nengok orang siang ikan cabut perut tu, kalau kesian takleh makan, tapi suka makan ikan~ fret not! zaman sekarang internet di hujung jari, semua boleh! Ikan, ayam, daging, udang semua dah siap potong basuh wehhhh.. korang order je kat Barang Dapur Basah ni haaa... mudah kan hidup kite-kite yang acah busy ni.. hahahaha
Bahan-bahannya: - 2 ekor ikan - 1 inci halia (hiris) - 1 biji bawang besar (hiris) - 4 biji bawang putih (ketuk) - 1 batang serai (ketuk) - 2 keping asam keping (kalau besar, 1 keping cukup) - 2 sudu besar taucu (wanie guna brand Tamin) - 2-3 sudu besar apple cidar (cuka apple) - 1 sudu besar sos tiram - 2 batang cili hijau - 3 batang cili padi (ketuk/potong bulat-bulat pun boleh) - 1 biji tomato potong 4 bahagian (optional) - garam + gula - 1 cawan air - 2-3 sudu besar minyak menumis
Cara-caranya: 1. Stim ikan dalam 15 minit (wanie guna rice cooker je.. air rebusan tu wanie saje letak serai 3-4 batang (sebab serai lama nak buang sayang dan halia).
sebab kesian tengok ikan takde geng, so wanie tabur tabur bunga rampai bawang besar, halia dan cili padi... hahahaha~
2. Panaskan minyak dalam kuali. Masukkan serai, cili hijau dan bahan hirisan, tumis sampai wangi. Bila dah naik bau, masukkan air.
ni bahan-bahan nak berenang dalam kuali.. hehehe
3. Masukkan taucu, asam keping, tomato dan sos tiram. Masukkan juga cuka apple nak bagi "kick" rasa dia. Bila dah mendidih, perasakan dengan garam dan gula supaya seimbang.
wanie memang suka taucu, so wanie lebihkan sikit taucu. brand taucu tamin tak berapa masin sangat, so tak lah takut-takut nak letak banyak.. hehehe
4. Biar mendidih sampai tomato layu, kemudian boleh masukkan ikan stim tadi. Biar dia berenang dalam kuali pula dalam 5 minit. Ok siap, ready to serve!
Worried your PlayStation Vita is going to be so full of repurchased PSP content that you won't be be able to store it all? Yeah, neither are we -- but if you want another place to keep your Vita's picture, video, music and game content, Sony says your PC and PS3 will do nicely. An application page on the Japanese PlayStation website details a Vita app that lets users transfer data between the three platforms, noting that content can be purchased on the PC or PS3, and then transferred to the Vita for use later. Gamers looking to save scratch on that not-so-optional memory card will be able to use this content sharing feature to get the most out of whatever size storage they can afford. Sure, 4GB of storage the cheapest Vita memory card offers isn't ideal, but at least Sony is throwing you a bone to make it work.
When Sony mentioned that the Vita wouldn't support the PSP's existing UMD library, we had to wonder what would become of the little discs. Sony hinted that something was on the way for physical media aficionados at TGS, but wasn't ready to go into detail yet. Today, however, SCEJ announced the UMD Passport program -- a service that will let Japanese PSP owners register UMD games through a PSP app to secure discounts for repurchasing titles on the new console. The discounted games average between ¥500-1,000 (about $6 and $13, respectively) a pop, but can go for as high as ¥2,400. The UMD registration app hits the Japanese PlayStation store on December 6th, and Sony hopes to make the system compatible with roughly 200 titles. Hit the source links below for Sony's official press release and an initial list of Passport compatible games, in Japanese, of course.
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B. A messenger bag sized specifically for vinyl records
C. A modded Game Boy/Game Boy Color/etc. for creating music
D. The freshest styles and moves, straight from Planet Funketron
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If you're looking for footage of PlayStation Vita games, we can't think of anything more handy than the post you're reading right now. That's because it contains absolutely every scrap of video we've managed to assemble related to Sony's fantastically impressive new handheld.
It's the kind of thing you'll want to bookmark and come back to whenever you need a little encouragement to wait out the months until the system's release. It's not going to be easy. Click past the break to commence the trailer-a-thon.
Call of Duty! This project has been my primary creative focus for the last couple of years, and it's been a great honour and a pleasure to have been involved with such a potent franchise. There's not much bigger than COD! The development studio for Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward, has been my home since January and part of last year, and it's been a dream come true to live and work in Los Angeles. Ever since I was a kid, looking through art-of books of my favourite movies, LA has been the place I always wanted to be.
I had been working remotely, as a freelancer, on the IW project for a while, creating concepts like the C12 here, so it was a natural next step to join the team in house in sunny California. The project needed a dose of solid, believable, and badass science fiction flavour, and that's exactly what I love to do! The C12 was the first thing I designed for the project, and it turned out great. The brief was for a walking tank, an enemy robot with a threatening presence, bristling with armaments. I love the right hand appendage, a combination door breaching hammer and articulated claw. The arms are mounted on curved shoulder rails, so they can rotate around and track various targets. There is so much articulation in this guy, it really taxed the rigging department! Bone count be dammed! ha ha
This is the accompanying human sized enemy robot, the C6. A menacing eyeless axe shaped sensor head is mounted on a 360Â° degree swiveling pintle frame, so the head can target you from any angle. I imagined the player shoot one in the back, only to have the head spin 180Â° round and target you, the weapon following a split second behind, helped by the highly mobile shoulder and upper arm sections, allowing the robot to move in ways a human can't, and creating a unique adversary. The work done by the character department to model and texture these robots was insane. It was a true honour to have my concepts brought to life by such a talented team!
A couple of variations on the standard SDF enemy soldiers. The idea was to create an iconic look, something clearly a guy in a suit, but still dehumanised and threatening enough to make them clearly the badguys, and worthy of killing by the hundreds. I added some frames to the 'muzzle', similar to the mounts on a modern day soldiers helmet, that can have additional optics or emergency breathing apparatus attached, to create an aggressive look. The reinforced polymer face pieces have a variable opacity laminate, I imagined a scene where you see a soldier seal up his transparent mask, then the mask turns cloudy white from the bottom up, obscuring the face and turning the visage into an eyeless skull. These SDF soldiers live in their suits, and have multiple redundancy life support systems, with visible added connective cable and hoses, to create a unique inside-out look to contrast against the clean and slick suits of the Earth forces.
Ethan, or E3N, the buddy brobot you as the player have alongside for the game. This guy was fun to design, and I love how the head and upper arms worked out. My brother was the inspiration for this character, he's a big badass dude with the right friendly demeanor that I thought was perfect for this robot. I wanted Ethan to look and feel like someone who would have your back in battle, and be down for some extreme sports in down time. My bro is into motocross, so for the articulated pistons on Ethan's neck, I gave him gold cylinders to reflect the awesome looking forks you find on race bikes. Ethan's head is also a combination of elements from a motocross helmet, with articulated lens hood pieces from a camera lens, and the top hood piece forming a cap and visor peak shape.
Really happy with how his head was resolved. It's tough to come up with a unique and iconic robot head with the right character and ability to emote.
The final design for the UNSA SATO Marine helmets. With the hero Marines, I wanted to create a rugged and tough suit that paid homage to some classic Marine ideas. Mainly the thick armoured neck and arms. The thick neck was an attempt to create a different silhouette than the usual space suit form of thin neck/big helmet. I kept the helmet as slim and 'operator' as possible, while pumping up the neck, to create a unique look that feels badass, and harks to the leatherneck moniker of the Marines.
With the arms I wanted the suit to feel like the rolled-up-sleeves look that's popular with Marines, and seen in some classic movies like Aliens. The lower arm sections and neck utilise mechanical pressure to protect from the vacuum of space, while the rest of the outfit is a traditional gas pressure space suit. Taking inspiration from the latest concepts of future space suits from places like NASA, with their elasticated tight fitting sleeves and lines of non-extension, I created a rugged military look with a thick armoured feel and beefy grid like pattern.
I've loads more concepts to share in the future, so excited to show some of the other cool characters and weapons I was lucky enough to create for the project. Be sure to check out the game too, I'm playing through the final product now and it's rad, so cool to see my work realised to such a high level by a huge and talented team. Cheers!
Here's a little taste of one of the rad freelance jobs I've had the privilege of working on over the past year. This is one of many designs I've created for the game Figureheads, and it's absolutely been one of the most fun jobs I've ever had. Look out for a lot more of these coming soon!
I feel bad for not posting here often enough. I've been doing heaps of work though, honest! My Carbon project has had to take a back seat due to the badass project I'm working on in LA at the moment, although I'm always planning stuff for it. It will all be worth it though, and I've got a shit load of rad stuff to share in the mean time, when I can, from a variety of jobs.
Introducing Carbon, the first full length book showcasing my personal ideas around science fiction art and design. This is a project I'm very excited about, a chance to delve deep and develop the various worlds and concepts that are the result of a life long passion for nature, science, technology, and futuristic science fiction ideas.
These images are explorations I have been working on to develop the design and art direction of the book. It's been a lot of fun to work with concepts springing from the Carbon name. Carbon is the workhorse element of nature, it forms the strongest bonds and is the basis for life as we know it in the universe. Carbon nanotubes and graphene take their hexagonal molecular structure and hold great promise for artificial muscle, advanced building materials, powerful motors, faster computing, and so much more.
Carbon will contain a wealth of exclusive artwork, design, and descriptive text breakdowns, including in depth development of several personal projects that I wish to evolve into short film and video game concepts. In this sense Carbon forms the first step towards turning these dreams into reality.
I'm looking forward to exploring the graphic design of the book, and want to create a bold and exciting product that will be much more than just a collection of art and ideas.
I'm also looking forward to exploring ideas in environment design and story telling, realms I rarely get to delve into with my regular conceptual design work.
I have a heap of artwork for Carbon already, but this is just the start and familiar to anyone who knows my work. The book will allow me the opportunity to really push myself and create fresh new work, to go crazy and expand on some of the more involved ideas I've been thinking about for years. I have a massive pile of sketches ready to be fleshed out, some real exciting stuff!
The kick starter campaign will have to wait till I get back from a trip to the US for Comicon (more on that later), so keep an eye out, it should be something special! Cheers!
Here's one of the fun freelance jobs I've been working on lately, meet the War Machine! This is the initial design for the player character for 'World War Machine', a game in early pre-production, be sure to check out the pitch page.
The basic idea is that after a future cataclysm there is perpetual war between the shattered remnants of humanity, in the form of these war machines. I wanted to explore this idea through robotics design that has a biomechanical feel, and shows hints of the lost humanity that created them. Milled metal forms take on bone and cellular structural forms, ribbon cables connecting componentry mimic nerves and vascular systems. Kind of like an anatomically inspired skinned robot. Lots of fun to develop! Big thanks to Jeff and the team at Tuque Games for letting me try something different! I'll post some more images from this project soon.
Scottish Rugby and principal partner RBS are delighted to recognise Cartha Queens Park as Octoberâs RBS Club of the Month.
Playing from Drumbreck Road in the South side of Glasgow, Cartha were winners not only due to the current form and success of their tableâtopping first XV in RBS Championship A, but also for the work they are doing to promote the game through both their bustling youth and ladies sections.
That's right, the sequel to Mistwalker Corporation's hit tile-based tactical role-playing game Terra Battle is available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store as of today. Apparently, it is aiming to offer a different gameplay experience but still wants to retain the core battle mechanics of the original. So your guess is as good as mine as to what to expect from the gameplay when the sequel is released.
Honestly, it's no surprise that Mistwalker Corporation has been toiling away working on Terra Battle2.
One look at EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap and you are instantly transported back to the 90's where Japanese RPGs reigned supreme. This is no surprise of course as the developers behind EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap had a hand in creating some of the most memorable RPGs in history such as Kingdom Hearts, Mother 3, and the Mana series.
While this 18 minute gameplay trailer should give you a good idea what to expect out of EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap, I would like to highlight some of the more interesting bits about this release below.
Warner Bros. International Enterprises has a mobile version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War that is currently available on the Play Store for pre-registration. Luckily I have gotten my hands on an APK and have sideloaded the game in order to let all of you know how it plays in advance of the title's release.
I would like to briefly mention that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a soft-launch title that is currently only available in the US for pre-registration.
Popular PC survival roguelike NEO Scavenger has just been released onto the Play Store, and you can try it out for free for an unlimited amount of time. While the demo has limited some features, you can unlock the full version for $9.99 through the game's only in-app purchase. So if you are looking for a new roguelike that allows you to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, NEO Scavenger may just be what you are looking for.
There is an upcoming Android version for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and you can pre-register for it today on the Google Play Store. It looks like it will be your standard free-to-play hero collection RPG with plenty of gacha mechanics. You can undoubtedly expect to collect and upgrade countless characters from the Lord of the Rings franchise, all while being tasked with the job of overthrowing Sauron. Let's just hope that the gameplay actually turns out to be good.
Behold Studios has just released Galaxy of Pen & Paper onto the Play Store. It costs $4.99, and there are no advertisements or in-app purchases. While many may remember the fiasco that Paradox Interactive created when converting Knights of Pen & Paper 2 to a free-to-play game, I would like to make it clear that Galaxy of Pen & Paper is being handled by the original developer of the series. That is right, Behold Studios is back behind the reins and have adamantly stated that Galaxy of Pen & Paper will stay a premium priced game.
Bandai Namco have released an all new Tales game onto the Play Store. It's titled Tales of the Rays, and it is being billed as a "console quality" release that you can easily play on the go. But what exactly does that mean? Is this title really comparable to Bandai Namco's console games, or is this yet another free-to-play gacha release that was only disguised to look like its console siblings?
That is right, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 has gone completely free. It used to be that you had to pony up $4.99 in order to download the game, now you can install it sans moola. Typically people would celebrate being able to download a once paid game for nothing, but in this case, there are plenty of angry users. It would appear this move to a free-to-play app is not free of any casualties.
Much like Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, and Icewind Dale have received enhanced edition ports to Android, classic CRPG Planetscape Torment is receiving the enhanced edition treatment as well. To be more specific, the developer Beamdog will be releasing Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition as a cross-platform release on April 11th of this year.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a beautifully designed board game, a deep turn-based tactical RPG, an interesting swipe-based action game, an offshoot turn-based RPG from a popular MMORPG franchise, a cute voxel-based endless runner, a flight simulation space opera, and a deeply detailed construction simulator.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a hectic Space Invaders like arcade game, a fun pixel-based indie local multiplayer, an endless runner digging game, a neon arcade-like twin-stick roguelike, a pleasant looking old-school strategy RPG, and a colorful endless road building game.
Bandai Namco seems to pump out anime games at a rate of knots unseen by man, so it's no surprise to see a new one in the Sword Art Online series, this time called 'Memory Defrag,' originally announced in June. This is the third game available for Android, after End World and Code Register were released in 2013 and 2014.
Besides the slightly bizarre name, this looks like a good anime RPG game, by all accounts.
Super Mario Run is still a no-show for Android (Nintendo said just today that it's aiming for a March release), but there's another classic franchise coming to the Play Store in just a couple of weeks. Fire Emblem Heroes, the first mobile entry in a long-running series of tactical strategy games, will arrive on Android on February 2nd. Like Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes adapts familiar elements of the franchise in new ways for mobile players.
Someone at Ubisoft really loves horses. Possibly to a creepy and/or illegal-in-most-jurisdictions degree. In 2014 the publisher released a mobile version of Howrse, a sort of horse-themed management/pirate math game. Then in 2015 they brought us Horse Haven Adventures, which may or may not be about a demonic princess riding the mythical Mares of Diomedes across a defeated and despoiled Earth. Now they're back with Horse Adventure: Tale of Estria, a third horse-themed game seemingly unconnected to the other two.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a fantasy take on Risk, a stylish action-platformer, a minimalist god game, an RPG expansion, a train puzzle game, and an 8-bit endless runner.
Mobius Final Fantasy looks like a pretty standard entry in the famous RPG series from the last ten years or so: vague otherworldly threat, androgynous young hero, production design that borders on cocaine-fueled insanity. It helps that the plot is fleshed out in beautiful 3D cutscenes with full voice acting and orchestral music, unlike other "original" Final Fantasy mobile games such as All The Bravest. Indeed, Mobius might be the first Square-Enix title that can lay claim to being a truly original Final Fantasy game, built from the ground up for mobile devices.
Independent game publisher Versus Evil has so far released two Android games - The Banner Saga and Fear The Walking Dead: Dead Run, a tie-in with AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Today it's third game hits the Play Store, titled Guild of Dungeoneering, a role-playing game based around restoring your guild to its former glory in your role as Dungeon Master.
Dungeoneering is already available on Steam for Windows and macOS (the trailer above is for those versions, thus the cursor), so to see it come to Android should be a boost for the platform and Google Play.
DotEmu is in the business of taking the hits of yesteryear and porting them to mobile devices. Titan Quest isn't as retro as many games DotEmu has published, having just come out on PC 10 years ago (and was well-received). It still costs $15 on Steam, but you can get the Android version for $6.99 right now.
Titan Quest is a hack-and-slash RPG with a huge world to explore. Titan Quest is a much more in-depth game than you usually see on mobile. DotEmu promises more than 60 hours of gameplay, thousands of items, and dozens of creatures to fight.
If you're an avid tabletop role playing game enthusiast, it's almost impossible that you haven't heard of Pathfinder. This re-organized variant of the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset, published by Paizo and supplemented with a huge variety of extra modules, literature, and lore, has quickly become one of the most popular tabletop RPGs on the market. The publisher has created a few satellite properties for Pathfinder, including novels, comic books, and a licensed card game called Pathfinder Adventure.
It's hard to predict which games among the hundreds of thousands in the Play Store will hit the sweet spot and become a sensation. Taichi Panda, Snail Games' Diablo-style dungeon crawler, is a good example. Since its release a little over a year ago it's gained over five million downloads and an impressive audience of frequent players both free and paid. After a successful soft launch period, the developer is returning to its anthropomorphic well with a sequel called Taichi Panda: Heroes.
Fui a um restaurante com "espaÃ§o para crianÃ§as" fui animada levar meu filho, lÃ¡ encontrei uma monitora completamente desmotivada e 4 vÃdeo games. Um baÃº com brinquedos quebrados e sem peÃ§as. Voltamos para a mesa, onde eu entreteria meu filho com muito mais criatividade e motivaÃ§Ã£o.
Medo! JÃ¡ se perguntaram se nÃ£o estÃ¡ faltando oportunidade para essa crianÃ§a se desenvolver, quer dizer se desenvolver plenamente? Desenvolver seus instintos, conhecer plenamente seu corpo, os espaÃ§os e principalmente os seus limites? Ou ficamos tÃ£o entusiasmados com um surpreendente quietude da crianÃ§a que fazemos qualquer negÃ³cio.
Vamos repensar nossa conexÃ£o com nossos iguais. Nossos filhos sÃ£o futuros cidadÃ£os do mundo, devemos cria-los como tal, com o minimo de egoismo. Deixemos os celulares um pouco desligados de modo a nos conectarmos na sintonia fina e suave das crianÃ§as.
As wonderful and constant as commercial real estate is, there are some major pitfalls that can completely ruin the interest, investment and return on a property. Besides inaccurate assessments and risks that are beyond your comfort zone, the only real reason these pitfalls occur is because of the lack of due diligence that you perform. By not investigating deeply enough, not overturning every rock, and rushing into what seems like an awesome deal, you can experience some horrible events that can literally cost you hundreds and thousands of dollars.
These are setbacks I hope you never experience by asking every question, verifying everything, and assuming nothing.
Below you will find some unfortunate and common mistakes that can occur if you are not completely on your game.
Some of the major pitfalls in commercial real estate are related to the zoning and use of a property. Brokers may offer information that is not accurate about the rezoning and use capabilities of a property. Although many of the people in this business are honest and have integrity, you can bet you will run across a few brokers or agents that will do and say almost anything to sell a property.
Some problems that arise may include not checking with the city planning and zoning decision makers to see if a property can and will be able to be rezoned to the zoning that is expected. Also, just because the zoning may include your use, you must check with the city to make sure there are no special contingencies regarding use.
The last thing you want is to have a property you believe can be re-zoned to a higher and more profitable use, and after you purchase it, realize you cannot do what you intended! This can mean a less of a return on investment, or a complete loss of an investment. Believe me, situations can get very bad regarding the rezoning and use of a property, and fighting with the city will take more money, energy and time than it is often worth.
Another pitfall that can arise is purchasing a building that is leased, and then losing tenants due to leases or rental agreements being up! It is important to see and verify the leases of a building to make sure you will have some income to cover the debt service while you change, renovate, or do whatever it is you are going to do with the property. Verify you will have tenants when you purchase the property otherwise, you may not have enough income, and this can leave you in the red.
It must be acknowledged that every property and situation can differ greatly from another. Because of this, there can be many different ways that a property can go. For this reason, all âwhat ifsâ must be addressed, as well as exit strategies created for every scenario. When you limit yourself on exit strategies, you increase your possibility for failure.
With every property you must ask yourself, “What is the worse that can happen?â Weigh the risks and the probability of the worst happening, and either plan an exit strategy for this possibility, or don't move forward. You must look at everything from the worst to best case scenario, and have an exit strategy for each. Not only will you be prepared for anything that comes your way, but you will have less of a chance of really getting buried and losing money on an investment gone badly.
In commercial real estate, I often see a person trying to save a few thousand dollars that ends up costing him or her hundreds of thousands, just because they try to play hard ball with negotiations. It is always important to know what you are willing, and not willing to do when you go into negotiations regarding the purchase or selling of a property, as well as leasing and rental agreements.
For example, asking for $35.00 per square foot and being offered $30.00 per square foot, (reasonable in this situation), and assuming the interested party is very motivated about the space, and coming back with $33.00 a square foot and nothing less, my cause the loss of the three year leasing agreement, and the income for another two months from the property because it is not leased out is definitely not worth it!
Take the $30.00 per square foot get the property leased up, and make an agreement that the rate will increase two or three dollars every year after. Don't lose the tenant because you want to play hard ball in negotiations when, really, you can make it work!
As you become more educated and get closer to reaching your goal of being a real estate insider, you may want to branch out into new markets and expand your comfort zone. This is great. However, you must realize there are many differences between various types of properties. Doing a deal with a 120 unit apartment complex is different than a 55,000 square foot office building.
When moving into different markets, items can easily be overlooked, and major problems can arise, simply because you are not aware of them. It is often a good idea to partner with someone already in that new market so that you may have the benefit of experience and know-how on your side. Learn form this venture so you will be more familiar with the market, property, and how it should be addressed. It is easy to get in over your head with new markets that can lead to major and expensive problems.
As you continue on your adventure in commercial real estate, be sure to do all your homework regarding a property. You will be less likely to run into problems, or better yet, be prepared to fix the problems if financially worth it. Never assume everything is as it appears, because, more often than not, it isn't! You must play smart in this game, or you can lose everything. Use you resources to get the best and most accurate information and you can avoid these pitfalls in commercial real estate.
Kim enjoyed a second solid day in a row at the Women's British Open, finishing Friday's round atop the leaderboard. Her round of four-under golf included an eagle on the 11th and just a single bogey, despite miserable weather conditions as she finished her round.
Consistency was once again the key, as the Korean star took few risks with her approaches and relied on smart putting to grab the lead.
Earlier in the day, Hall and Thompson fired themselves to a share of the lead, at nine-under. The former dropped her first two shots of the tournament but had a great run on the front-nine, with four straight birdies, and finished the day five-under par.
As shared by the tournament's official Twitter account, her short game was on point:
Thompson struggled on the front-nine but was sensational on the back-nine, opening with five straight birdies and eventually settling for a score of four-under.
Here's a look at one of her finishes:
Ally McDonald also finished four-under to position herself one shot behind the duo, as things are tight at the top.
Wie, who set a new course record on Thursday, endured a horrid day to finish with a score of four-over and tumble out of the top 10.
The 27-year-old recorded just a single birdie and had a double-bogey on the 17th. Rich Lerner of the Golf Channel noted she did not look smooth in her swing:
At four-under, she still has a shot at a good finish if she can replicate Thursday's form.
At the 4-H Shooting Sports 17th annual banquet and auction last April I sat at the table with my friend Steve LaBarron, Saratoga when he won the bidding on an African big game hunt with the Kuvhima (Run and Hunt) Outfitters. And what a hunt(s) he had. He arrived on July 1 and headed for the Free State Province. Here he took all 4 species of Springboks to complete the Grand Slam. He took the Springboks and Blesbuck with a .223 Remington at around 300 yards and a Black Wildebeest at 275 yards with a 30-06.
On the second day he travel 6 hours to the Limpopo Providence to the main 22,000 acre main lodge ranch. The next morning he shot a Nyala on a ledge 200 yards up a mountain with a .30-06 and watched it go down. But when they climbed up the mountain â no Nyala. On the third day they spotted an Eland which Steve shot with a .30-06. They estimated the Elandâs weight to be 2600 pounds. On the last day just before dark they spotted the Nyala again but no luck. Then on August 20 th Steve got and email from the PH (professional Hunter) saying they finally caught up with the Nyala and put him down and that they would be shipping the head and cape to him. Steve told me that all his trophies made the Safari Club International Record Book. I am willing to bet that Steve will be bidding on this hunt at next yearâs 4H Shooting Sports Banquet again.
STEVE LaBARRON - AFRICAN HUNT
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At the 4-H Shooting Sports 17th annual banquet and auction last April I sat at the table with my friend Steve LaBarron, Saratoga when he won the bidding on an African big game hunt with the Kuvhima (Run and Hunt) Outfitters. And what a hunt(s) he had. He arrived on July 1 and headed for the Free State Province. Here he took all 4 species of Springboks to complete the Grand Slam. He took the Springboks and Blesbuck with a .223 Remington at around 300 yards and a Black Wildebeest at 275 yards with a 30-06.
On the second day he travel 6 hours to the Limpopo Providence to the main 22,000 acre main lodge ranch. The next morning he shot a Nyala on a ledge 200 yards up a mountain with a .30-06 and watched it go down. But when they climbed up the mountain â no Nyala. On the third day they spotted an Eland which Steve shot with a .30-06. They estimated the Elandâs weight to be 2600 pounds. On the last day just before dark they spotted the Nyala again but no luck. Then on August 20 th Steve got and email from the PH (professional Hunter) saying they finally caught up with the Nyala and put him down and that they would be shipping the head and cape to him. Steve told me that all his trophies made the Safari Club International Record Book. I am willing to bet that Steve will be bidding on this hunt at next yearâs 4H Shooting Sports Banquet again.
NYS OUTDOOR WRITERS SAFARI 2013 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY - GREAT
Washington County safari yields a tom
Reach Gazette outdoors columnist Ed Noonan at enoonan@nycap.-rr.com.
Last Thursday, I was one of 16 members of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association who visited the Cambridge/Salem area of Washington County for our annual safari. Each spring in May, NYSOWA chooses a New York county to visit and enjoy the outdoor activities our host county has to offer. Unlike our annual conferences, the safari is strictly a âno businessâ event in which we just have fun and renew friendships. Iâm a bit embarrassed to say this was my first hunting visit to the area, and I live less than 30 miles from Cambridge. The two primary outings this time of the year center around turkey hunting and fishing, and what better place to fish in May than on the famous Battenkill River. When canoeing, kayaking and hiking trips through those beautiful plush green hills that surround this picturesque area are added, you couldnât ask for a better place to spend a long weekend. Our Thursday evening Meetand-Greet get-together was held at Mommaâs Restaurant in Cambridge, where we were welcomed by Christine Hoffer, Washington County tourism administrator, who outlined our busy agenda and introduced the two places where we would be staying â Batten Kill Valley Outdoors (www.battenkillvalleyoutdoors.com) and Battenkill Riversports and Campground (www.brsac.com). The former offers all types of river rides, boat rentals and a vacation rental house we used as our headquarters, and they have quite an assortment of gear and flies in their shop. Battenkill Riversports and Campground is located right on the Battenkill. After driving up to Cambridge, especially along New York Route 313, where both these places are located, I came to the conclusion that Vermont may be the Green Mountain State, but this southern area of Washington Countyâs rolling hills are equally as green. The next morning, I found out just how hilly they really were. FRIDAY Everyone was up early and anxious to chase gobblers or hook up with some of those Battenkill brown trout. The turkey hunters, with the exception of three, headed off with their guides where they would hunt private lands. Melody and Frank Tennity of Honeoye and I were going to be on our own, hunting several portions of state land that had been pointed out to us the afternoon before. My starting point was the 512-acre Eldridge Swamp State Forest that borders the Battenkill. This area is stocked with pheasants every fall by DEC. And I know that two of them are still alive. When I arrived there just before sunup, I made my way along the edge of the wood line and stopped at a corner of the field to wait and listen. A morning greeting from a distant owl got me the response I wanted (gobbles) several hundred yards off into a mixed pine and hard woods, and I quickly and quietly headed in the direction of where the tom was still gobbling. I stopped about 75 yards from him, and my first soft yelp got a double gobbling result, and I set out my three decoys. Then our conversation began. I knew he was coming, but fi rst in was a hen who eyed my decoys. Mr. Jake appeared shortly after, gobbling and all puffed up with his notched tail. He wasnât what I wanted, but fun to watch, and finally they moved off. I waited about 10 minutes and began calling again, and I got a response from the same area, and this one came in on the run. It was another jake, who continued to strut around the decoys. For fun, in a very loud voice I asked him: âWhat are you doing here?â He actually fell down twice trying to run off. At about 6:30 a.m., after walking and calling without any responses, I decided to try spot number two, up behind the lodge. It was defi nitely âup,â and there was no trail. Eventually, I made it to the stone fence they told me about and set up again. I didnât hear anything for more than an hour, nor was I able to solicit a gobble, so I guessed it was time to do a little walking and talking. For the next hour, I followed the wall, stopping every 100 yards or so to call, fi rst with a low tone and then increasing the volume. At 8:30, I headed down and back to the truck â time to visit spot number three, the 2.5-mile State Peaked Rock Trail, also in the Battenkill State Forest. Its peak altitude is 1,100 feet above the Battenkill. As I made my way slowly up the trail, I found these 69-year-old legs were not as strong as they used to be, and believe me when I tell you, there were numerous stops. Up about a half-mile or so from its head, the trail bordered several different green fields on one side and a dried creek bed on the other. At each field, while resting, I made some yelps with my box call. I got one response on the other side of the road on private land. At the top of the third field, I noticed there was a deep gully leading to the creek bed which had three to four inches of water in it. It looked like a good spot to rest and call. My normal calling ritual when walking and stopping to call is to begin by making soft yelps, then, depending upon the results, continue to increase the call volume. I repeat the sequence every fi ve or 10 minutes. I liked the looks of the area, so I decided to stay a little longer and occasionally make a few calls. On my fifth calling sequence, I got a thundering response gobble somewhere above me. I estimated him to be at least 200 yards up, but on the other side of the creek. Every time I called, he responded and was getting closer, but still on the other side of the creek. Now the âbookâ says incoming toms will not cross creeks. So I grabbed my decoys, slid down the gully, crossed the creek, set them out on the edge of that side, then I climbed about three-quarters of the way back up from the creek on the trail side and settled in with my Benelli and got him talking again. With all that up-and-down running around, itâs a good thing I donât use a mouth call. I wouldnât have had enough wind to blow it. What happened next was a fi rst for me. The tom crossed back over to my side, and I thought all was lost when he went quiet. I was looking straight to where I heard his last call when out of the corner of my eye, there he was, fully displayed and walking âinâ the creek toward the decoys. It was the fi rst turkey I ever shot in the water, and he was a beauty, even though he was wet. I canât remember the last time I shot a turkey on New York state land, and I couldnât wait to show him off. My Washington County gobbler, after drying, was over 20 pounds, carried a 9 3 /4-inch beard and 1 1 /8-inch spurs. Thank you, Jerry Wilson, for your great box call. It did it again (www.wilsongamecalls. net). You can also see my Washington County tom at http://fi shguydblog.-blogspot.com/. Back at the lodge for lunch, I found out that the Battenkill River and Dead Lake anglers all had some nice trout on ice. Our afternoon tour of the Quality Deer Management Co-op in Easton began with a most interesting presentation by Tony Rainville, president and founding member of the local branch, and Jami Whitney, local branch director. What I learned and saw on our walking tour of the food plots, etc., was very impressive and clarifi ed many questions Iâve had. These individuals are a dedicated group thatâs truly improving the deer herd, and itâs a LOT more than just developing trophy bucks. I urge every deer hunter to go to www.qdma.com and see what itâs all about. Thank you, Christine Hoffer, and all the Washington County individuals who helped make this safari a very enjoyable and successful outdoor experience. Iâll be back.
DAN LADD Charles Witek of West Babylon, a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, fishes with his wife, Theresa, from a boat on Dead Lake in Washington County. They were part of the groupâs annual safari.
LAKE PLACID HIGH PEAKS TURKEY HUNT MAY 1, 2013
HIGH PEAKS GOBBLER
Three years ago, the New York State Outdoor Writers Association held its annual fall conference in Lake Placid. I limited my outdoor activities that weekend to the various types of lake and stream fi shing the area offers. October is a great time to be standing by or in any of the many trout streams or boats fi shing their crystal clear lakes. Threre isnât a more picturesque place to be during the peak of the colorful foliage season. During the dayâs conference, I found out they had a growing population of wild turkeys. Lake Placid Tourism hosted dinner that evening, and I said Iâd like to try hunting these high-peak gobblers in the spring. In late January, I got an email from Sue Cameron, events and communications manager of the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Offi ce of Sustainable Tourism, asking if I was still interested in hunting turkey in the high peaks, and if I was, what would I need. It didnât take me long to answer that question. I told her if they could find any properties that had turkeys, all Iâd need is permission to hunt. I also added if someone, or a guide, wanted to help me, that would be great. Several weeks later, Sue contacted me and said she had talked to many of the hunters in the area, and the name that kept popping up when it comes to turkeys was Bill Moore, the Lake Placid chief of police. I also found out that Bill had taken two NYSOWA members turkey hunting during the fall conference. I thought this was great, because Iâd have someone familiar with the territory and the birdâs habits and locations. In all my years of hunting, Iâve never shot a turkey north of Glens Falls, and I was going to be hunting the high peaks. Shortly after lunch April 30, I headed for Lake Placid. Iâve always enjoyed the ride on state Route 73 from the Adirondack Northway at Exit 30 to Lake Placid village. It winds through Essex Countyâs Keene Valley and alongside the famous trout waters of the Ausable River. What really surprised me was the large chunks of ice still on some of the high rock walls. I believe when the foliage along this road starts to green, itâs almost as beautiful as in the fall. I wasnât the only one that day to stop at one of the pull-offs to take a few photos. It was right around 3 p.m. when I passed the Olympic ski jumps that were built when Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics. My first stop in town was to check in with Sue Cameron, who gave me directions to The Pines Inn, where I would be spending the night. The Pines Inn is a turn-of-the-century historic inn, but with all the modern conveniences, and the proprietors, Jill and Frank Segger, were very congenial hosts. Once settled in, I had an early dinner, and later that afternoon, I met up with Bill at his son, Seanâs, baseball game. Sean was going to join us for opening day of the turkey season, but he was one up on us. On the first day of the Youth Hunt season, Sean shot a 20-pound tom with a nine-inch beard oneinch spurs. THE HUNT I set the alarm for 4:15 a.m., but I was up shortly after 3, as usual, anxious to get into the woods. It was still dark when Bill and Sean picked me up, and he said weâd start on his friendâs property. His friend had called the night before and said he heard toms gobbling out behind his house. We parked several hundred yards from where the birds were believed to have roosted, then walked slowly down a dirt road winding through the pines, stopping occasionally to call, but got no responses. Before leaving, we set up on the edge of a fi eld, made a few more calls, got one response, but nothing after that. âBack to the original plan,â Bill said. We packed up and headed for the area heâd roosted birds several times during the week. As we were driving down the road leading to the property, we saw a tom and two hens well out into a field, and on our way to turn around, we spotted at least six birds on the other side of the road, about 200 yards in along a woodline. Two were definitely toms. We quickly parked the truck and began sneaking and peeking, using bushes and trees to cover our advance. Sean and I got within about 50 yards of where we thought the birds were feeding, and each took a spot where we could watch each side of the cover. Sean was watching the left, I the right. Bill stayed back about 25 yards in the high brush and set out his decoy. The plan was that the tom would see the decoy and head for it, and Sean or I would intercept him. Bill began with several soft yelps on his slate and immediately got several booming responses. This is when that chill runs up and down your spine and your fi nger slowly moves towards the safety as you anchor your cheek on the shotgunâs stock. I donât care who you are or how long youâve been hunting turkeys, when you know that tom is interested and coming, you can feel your adrenaline level beginning to rise. I know that mine rose significantly when I heard him spitting and drumming, a sure sign that he was close and coming. Out he came on a fast trot and in full display with his big bright red head pushed back against his raised fan feathers that were glistening in the morning sunlight, and all he saw was that lovely hen decoy that was about to cost him his life. It was during this stare that I slid the safety off and placed the orange front sight on the base of his neck and squeezed the trigger. At just 30 yards, it didnât take long for the three-inch No. 4 copper-plated pellets of my Federal Premium Mag Shok leaving my Benelli Vince at 1,300 feet per second to reach Mr. Tom. It was quick, clean, and he never took another step. This was my seventh turkey with this gun in just as many shots. Finally, after decades of successful turkey hunting, Iâd taken my fi rst high-peaks gobbler. But before I could move, two more gobblers announced their presence, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a lone hen walking and clucking her way past Sean. Both of us froze so as not to alert her or the toms. When the hen was out of sight, one soft yelp by Bill was all that was needed to light up those two gobblers and in they came, side by side, and walked behind my downed tom. I think the dead tom might have made them a bit nervous because they quickened their pace as Sean raised his gun. Unfortunately, he was unable to get off a good shot. All this excitement, and it was only 6:45 a.m. We estimated my tom weighed about 18 pounds, and his full, thick beard measured 9 1 /4 inches. What was interesting, and a first for me, was that he did not have any spurs. Prior to our setting up for these birds, I hadnât looked at our surroundings and never noticed just how picturesque a background I had for the hunt and our photo shoot. I was just about 100 yards from where we took the photos, and I could actually see the tops of the Olympic ski jumps. But most impressive were the mountains. Looking at them left to right, I could see Marcy, Skylight, Colden, Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois. If you go to my blog at: http://fi shguydblog.blogspot.com/, youâll see what I mean. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them and check out the snow on the tops of some of them. Itâs truly beautiful country. With several hours of legal hunting time left, there was plenty in which to get Sean a tom. Bill decided to circle the area where Iâd shot my tom and see if we could come in below where the other two toms had run off into the woods. We walked down parallel to the woodline several hundred yards away from the birds and then entered a trail that led us deep into the woods. Once inside them, Bill began a walking 50 to 75 yards, stopping to call and listening. But the toms were not talking, and after an hour, we loaded up to move to another area. âTheyâll be back,â Bill said, âand weâll give them a try tomorrow.â We made several other stops, but none produced sightings or responses, and we ended the dayâs hunt about 11 a.m. Back at The Pines Inn, I thanked Bill and Sean for their hospitality and for what was definitely one of my most memorable wild turkey hunts. Thank you, Sue, Bill, Sean and the Seggerâs for your hospitality.
Last week I traveled to the Canadian Province of British Columbia where I hoped to fulfill my final requirement for the National Wild Turkey Federationâs (NWTF) Canadian Slam by harvesting a Merriam turkey. According to NWTFâs record book only one person, Kathleen Neault, Colorado, has completed this Slam; and I was hoping to become the second. In October last year I had harvested an Eastern turkey in Hastings County, Ontario. These are the only two turkeys needed to qualify for this recognition. This past winter I surfed the net for turkey hunting outfitters in Canada that guided for Merriam and found out that there were very few. Turkey hunting in Canada is fairly new and generally there is little interest in hunting them; but that has been rapidly changing with the continuing increase in the Canada populations of wild turkeys. My choice for this hunt was the Kettle River Guides/Outfitters operated by Tami and Melvin Kilback who have been in business for over 33 years for whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, bear, cougar, lynx and bobcat. And their trophy wall of successful clients was extremely impressive. And they were eager to add some turkey photos to this collection.Upon my arrival at the base camp I was greeted by my guide, Jamie York who helped me settle in to my cabin and then sat down to discuss the morningâs strategies. We would be hunting the high ground on a vast piece of Crown(public) hunting land and based on what Jamie had scouted we decided that we would get there early and walk and talk our way along the trails trying to solicit gobbles from a love sick tom. As for calling, I handed him a Wilsonâs Game Call black walnut box call and told him he could call and I would shoot. According to Jamie 10 years ago in this area turkey sightings were very rare but now the population has increased significantly. Little did we know just how big this population really was. What I liked immediately about the hunt was the fact that we could legally hunt from sunup(5 a.m.) until a little past 8 p.m. And he also said that turkeys could hunt with either a shotgun or a rimfire rifle. And in the spring the limit was just one bearded bird.My choice of gun for this Slam was a new Mossberg model 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun which, for the first time in my turkey hunting career, I topped off with a fixed power, circle and cross hair reticle Maine Vue scope. I was very impressed with this combination at the range. It had worked well on my Ontario turkey hunt and I also used it to shoot several coyotes this past winter. In fact I also shot a dozen or so Canada geese with it during the early September season hunt. So my confidence level with this gun was extremely high. When that target was in that circle it was history.It seemed like I had just closed my eyes when the alarm announce sounded my 3 a.m. wake-up. The things a hunter will do just to chase a wild turkey; but what a beautiful country to do it in. Coffee to go and a banana, and we were headed up a narrow dirt road to Crown (public) land where Jamie had seen a number of Merriam a few day before. We never got a chance to use our walk and talk plan because the birds began to gobble before he had gone 50 yards from the truck and it was still 20 minutes before legal shooting time. There were 4 gobbles coming from 4 different directions so we thought it best to set up as soon as we were out of sight of the truck. With our two decoy hens in place we started to yelp softly and the double-gobbling responses were immediate. I never expected this type of a greeting but I will admit I had visions of calling the airlines that afternoon after the photo shoot of my tom, to see if I could get an early flight home. No such luck because those toms, which continued to gobble for about an hour never came close to us; they just went silent. Something was wrong and I did not know what it was. Moving farther up the ridge about a half mile we called again and got several more responses which sent us scrambling to get set up. And the results were an exact duplicate of our first encounter - they would not come in. For the next several hours we had toms gobbling all over this high country and never got one to come to us. When we headed back at 10 a.m. for breakfast we had 17 responding toms and not one sighting.Now breakfast was a real SLAM prepared by our camp cook, Jeannie. Her breakfast menu was right out of the weight watchers cook book. It included pancakes with 4 kinds of syrup, eggs over easy, home fries, sausage and bacon. And that evening at dinner it too was a 5 star meal. And that is the way it was for the rest of my stay. I never left the table hungry. When we returned to the turkey woods that afternoon it was like a repeat of the morning with plenty of turkey talking and responses but no appearances. The total gobblers heard that day we estimated to be 22. On Day two we awoke to find the ground covered with about 1-2 inches of snow and a very cold biting wind; but it had little or no effect on the turkeys. They were again gobbling and responding to our calls all morning and still no incoming toms. I was beginning to loose my confidence and was definitely confused at what was happening. I did however believe that from what we were experiencing, that perhaps the breeding season was over. Moving on we found an area where we could see where turkey had been feeding and I decided to take off on one set of tracks that headed down the hill. Tracking a turkey in the snow is something I had never done in all my years of hunting turkeys. It was definitely different but unfortunately the trail ended at the edge of a brook after three-quarters of a mile. And at dayâs end we had spoken with 16 more toms, and not once did I release the safety on my Mossberg.FINAL DAYIf it did not happen today I would have to re-book and wait a whole year to get another chance at completing my Canadian Slam. And to add to the pressure, the blinding snow and occasional rain was constant. I told Jamie to stay warm and dry and just drop me off a quarter of mile from where we had found the tracks the day before. I planned on setting up and sitting there all day in hopes of their return. At sunup they were talking but not moving and after 4 Â½ hours of sitting and shivering I called Jamie to be picked up. Time to ride and call and until be got a response. And I will admit that my confidence level was extremely low and I believed it was over until next Spring. But we were not ready to call it quits just yet.At our third stop we got a chorus of gobbling response but again they would not come in. Jamie, who knew this country better than anyone, suggested be try a drive. He would get above the birds and try to move them down to me. I am not confident in turkey drives but, at this point it couldnât hurt to try. When he got there I heard him softly calling and the turkeys answering but nothing was coming down to me. I was wondering why he had stopped calling when I heard the truck coming. âEd, I think they are roosted up there,â he said; âwant to see if we can sneak them?â Now sneaking and peeking a group of turkeys is next to impossible to do without being busted. But âWhy not?âBack up on top we slowly began to move down the snow-covered hill towards what sounded like a flock of toms gobbling; even though we were not calling them. After each step I took I expected to hear the putt, putt alarm and the flapping of wings as they flew off. But Jamie had and idea, which I believe was the whole key to the final success of this hunt, when he moved off to the right of ,me and then down out of sight of the turkey continuing to work the box call softly all the way. By doing this the turkeys were looking in his direction which allowed me a little more freedom to make my move.My plan was to reach a large fallen pine tree which I estimated to be about 20 yards from the birds. When I reached it I shouldered the Mossberg, put my thumb on the safety, took a deep breath and stepped around the tree. My plan was to take the first tom that I saw. But when I did step out I did not expect to see what probably was close to 20 toms; some roosting and others on the ground. Picking out the closest one I got him in the scope and squeezed the trigger. In seconds there were turkeys in the air everywhere; except for the one 2 year old tom who lay on the ground. My quest for the Canadian Slam had ended. When Jamie retrieved my turkey he said that the shot was actually 45 yards. It was a great hunt, in a great setting with some great people. I can assure you that the turkey woods of Kettle River Guides/Outfitters have an abundance of Merriam turkeys. You can check them out at kettleriverguides.com. If possible, I plan on returning to British Columbia next April; and if you are interested in coming along drop me an email (email@example.com).
When I first saw the Taurus International Judge revolver at the 2007 Shot Show it was being promoted as a self-protection gun and actually got its name because judges in high crime areas of Miami, Florida were purchasing them for personal defense in their courtrooms.
The Judge is chambered for .410 bore shot shells and the .45 colt cartridge, which makes it very versatile. But my thoughts had nothing to do with self defense, but rather with small game hunting in New York State and, turkey in several other states where it is legal and where I hunt each year.
My Judge, has been involved in some very interesting, enjoyable and exciting hunts, and it has issued the death sentence to a number of NYS rabbits and squirrel, a Pennsylvania eastern turkey, a Texas Rio Grande turkey, and several nasty rattlesnakes. And last week, due to changes in the New York State hunting regulations, a Saratoga wild turkey.
These new 2010 turkey hunting regulation state âYou may hunt with a shotgun or handgun only when using shot no larger that No. 2 and no smaller than No. 8.â You still are not allowed to take a turkey with a rifle, or with a handgun firing a bullet. My turkey hunting ammunition choice for this hunt was Federal Premium 2 1/2 inch No. 4 shot.
On my first day in the turkey woods with the Judge I had a jake at no more than 10 feet from me. I had the hammer drawn and was about to end the hunt when I heard a loud gobble from across the field and saw a big tom which I assumed was headed for me. I gently lowered the hammer to wait for the bigger bird and ended up with neither. The jake was scared off by the gobbler and I have no idea what scared the gobbler. But on my second time out I did a bit more planning and scouting; and so as not to be tempted to use my regular turkey gun, I left it home in the cabinet.
I was hunting in northern Saratoga County where I had put a big tom with his ladies to bed. I actually watched them two nights and felt confident that I knew their routine. The next afternoon around 1 p.m. I came in the backside of where I thought the turkeys would be and found some very thick brush near the field they had been flying down to; or so I thought. I cut three shooting lanes in the brush no larger than a dinner plate; one on the left, right and in front. My goal was to get a shot at no more than 10 yards. And before I left I placed my two decoy stakes just 5 paces from where I would be hiding. I wanted this gobbler in close.
Early the next morning almost an hour before legal shooting time I slipped into the field, put my decoy bodies out and climbed into my natural blind to wait to see what happen. Perhaps 10 minutes before legal shooting time there was a gobble right where I hoped it would be and for a few minutes I talked with him to be sure he knew exactly where I was. But when he finally flew off his roost it was not into the field but rather away from me. I immediately called and he answered; but he did not come; he was answering, but moving away.
For about an hour he did not answer any of my calls and I thought it was over. And then he gobbled on his own and when I yelped he answered, I thought for sure this time he was coming. But again he stayed in the woods and only answered me every once in awhile. My thoughts were that he had to be with hens and he refused to leave them. I continued to call but did not get any response. Then, about 45 minutes later he gobbled from behind me sending chills up and down my spine; he was very close to me and I dare not move. I did however get my thumb on the hammer of the Judge.
It seemed like forever before he moved but when he did I could hear his spitting and drumming as he moved and came in on my left. He actually scraped against the bush I was hidden in. Slowly I raised raised the Judge and drew back the hammer. And when that red head entered my shooting hole in the brush the Judge spoke and I had my first NYS wild turkey with a handgun. He weighed in at 15 pounds and carried a 5 1/2 inch beard. As for the shot it was no more that 3-4 yards. This was absolutely one of my most exciting turkey hunts ever. That single Federal shotshell casing is now in my gun cabinet along with his beard. If you want to see the photos of my Judge turkey go to, noonanpics.blogspot.com
PART I - THE BEGINNING Have you ever flipped through the pages of Field & Stream or watched an exciting big game hunt on the Outdoor Channel and said to yourself, âSomeday I would like to do that?â I guess all hunters have a specific species they dream about pursuing and mine has always been a moose. In terms of my âbucket listâ for animals I want to hunt, the moose has always been number one. For years, I have sent my check to Vermont and Maine in hopes of getting drawn in their moose hunting lottery; but it never was. But last Fall I received an email from Amsterdam hunters Dick Andrews and Marshall Knapik and Rich Kraus(Ballston Spa) about their Newfoundland moose hunt that finally lit the fire under me. And the results is that in 3 weeks my dream hunt will finally become a reality.
The moose, which is derived from the Algonkian name meaning âeater of twigs,â was not native to Newfoundland. They were introduced, two bulls and two cows from New Brunswick, in 1904 and today it is estimated that there is a population of 120,000. Moose are the largest member of the deer family with a weak eyesight but their most acute sense is their hearing. Their habitat is includes swampy areas as well as forested higher ground around lakes.
The destination, which I choose mainly because of Dickâs recommendation and the fact that he has hunted there successfully five times already and will be returning in 2010, is Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps located in Portland Creek, Newfoundland, Canada. Owned and operated by Sam and Hebbert Caines, they have over 30 years of experience guiding and outfitting hunters. Samâs has three hunting camps located in Area No. 3 on the Northern Peninsula: St. Paulâs Big Pond, where I will be hunting, which is one-half mile from Gros Morne National Park which is 35 miles from Deer Lake; Long Range Mountains at Trophy Lake and High Pond which are each 60 miles from Deer Lake which is the pick up point for all Samâs hunters. Now although we will be hunting from fly-in remote sites, which I am looking forward to, it is comforting to know that there is two-way radio and cell telephone contact with these camps.
There are two ways to get to Deer Lake; driving and flying. If you drive there is a 5 - 8 hour ferry crossing depending upon the weather or, my choice, drive to Montreal and fly into Deer Lake. Here I will spend the night, be picked up early the next morning and flown in to camp by helicopter. And this, the helicopter ride, is something I am looking forward to also. All the camps are built to Newfoundland Tourism specifications and include indoor toilets, showers, two bedroom with two single beds in each, a large dining room and a kitchen. And each camp has a full time cook. Each hunter has his/her own guide. The actual hunting is done by spot and stalk, which is walking and glassing a variety of terrains, and/or sometimes glassing from elevated blinds.
Now when choosing a guide/outfitter success rate should always be a major consideration. In the case of Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps he has a 90 percent success rate for moose and 100 percent for caribou. Unfortunately, I applied for a Woodland caribou hunting tag but did not receive one; but I did get a black bear permit which I hopefully will be able to fill during this hunt. As for the caribou, I will try again next year.
BORDER CROSSING When hunting in Canada there are a number of forms and documents that are needed when crossing the border. The easiest way to travel to and from Canada is with a passport. As for your firearm, this too is fairly simple and most of the paperwork can be competed before you go. You cannot bring a fully automatic weapon, handgun or pepper spray into Canada. Your regular hunting rifle/shotgun is not a problem as long as complete a Nonresident Firearms Declaration(CAFC909EF) form. Sam sent this form to me when I confirmed my hunt with him in February. The form is very simple to complete and on it you can register up to 3 firearms and the cost is $25(Canadian) which you pay at the time of crossing. The registration is good for 60 days. Do not sign and date the form until you are at customs. In all the times I have traveled to Canada with a firearm(s) to hunt it has been a very simple process which usually will take no more than 30 minutes. To download this form Goggle âCanadian firearms declaration form.â
With regards to transporting firearms to Canada , which they may or may not inspect at the border, is in a protective and lockable case, and obviously, unloaded. It is wise if your gun is a bolt action to remove the bolt, and if it a clip remove the clip.
CLOTHING Weather-wise, during September it is usually very pleasant in the mid - 40s which is good hunting weather. But Dick and other hunters who have been to Newfoundland in September all agree that things can change very quickly. âYou will hunt in the rain,â they tell me and things will get damp and therefore layering you clothing is the best method. The absolute must for this trip is quality rain gear which should include quality rubber boots that are 16 or 17 inches high and with aggressive tread.
THE GUN/AMMO Now those of you who know me are probably saying: âFirst moose hunt; he will surely have to buy a new gun.â Thatâs what my wife thought also. Well, believe it or not, the gun that I will be using is one that is already in my gun cabinet. In fact I have had it for at least 7 years now and never really shot anything with it. It is a ported Remington Model 700 BDL in the .300 Win Mag caliber. I told you I knew that one day I would be making this hunt and actually bought the gun solely for the purpose of hunting moose with it. The only action it has seen up until now has been a twice a year complete cleaning and oiling. But now that my dream hunt is going to be a reality I have added a quality optic and spent some range time getting acquainted with this gun; and I am very impressed with its performance and power; just what is needed to bring down a large bull moose that stands higher than a large saddle horse and can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.
When I asked Sam and Hebbert what to expect in terms of the range of shooting distance he said that it could be anywhere from 50 yards to 400 yards; which was another reason I chose the .300 win mag cartridge.
With the number of quality scopes offered today my selection of the right one for this rifle and especially this hunt was difficult. At the Shot Show in January I spent one day visiting optic manufacturers booths and reviewing what they were offering in scopes. One in particular impressed me; Hawke Optics. And when Brad Bonar, their Sales Manager, let me look through their Endurance 30 series 3-12x50 L3 Dot IR reticle scope all I could think about was placing that red dot on the shoulder of my Newfoundland bull moose. Other important features include a 30mm matt black mono tube, it is fog and waterproof, shockproof and has an 11 setting rheostat to adjust the Dotâs intensity to any light condition.
After mounting and bore sighting the scope I headed for the range where I tested 3 brands of ammunition shooting from a Caldwell Lead Sled shooting rest which is the only way to sight in a firearm for two reasons: one is that you get the best accuracy and two, it absorbs almost all of the felt recoil. My 3-shot grouping with the Endurance was quite impressive(one-half inch) and the best results were with the Winchester Supreme Elite XP3, 180 grain 2-stage expansion bullet with delayed controlled expansion, deep penetration and high weight retention. Ballistically it has a muzzle velocity of 3000 feet per second and energy of 3597 foot pounds. Just the right medicine for taking a moose down. Zeroed at 200 yards it will be 1.4 inches high at 100 yards and 6.4 inches low at 300 yards. And should I get that 400 yard shot, my holdover will be 18.5 inches.
One other service I found helpful when dealing with Hawke Optics was their Ballistic Reticle Calculator(BRC) which is a free software package that will help you to choose the right ammunition for your gun and print a copy of the results. This program covers calibers from a 177 air rifle, up to a 300 Weatherby magnum and even will calculate the best crossbow bolt for your crossbow. To get the BRC go to their web at hawkeoptics, click on âHawke BRCâ and they will email it to you. And while you are there click on âNEW Reticle Informationâ and see how my L3 DOT IR looks when sighting in a bull elk in the field.
PART II - THE HUNT
Forty five years ago when I realized how much I enjoyed big game hunting I promised myself that someday I was going to go on a moose hunt. And two weeks ago my wish came true in Newfoundland at Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps; and I can honestly say it was the most exciting hunting adventures I have ever experienced.
It was 2a.m. when I stepped off the plane in Deer Lake along with several other camo clad passengers and headed for the baggage claim conveyor. Now if you have ever traveled with a firearm on a hunting trip you know how good you feel when you see that gun case come out on the conveyor; and mine did. But my suitcase, with all my hunting clothes, boots and other accessories, didnât. Now I had a real problem because in just 4 hours my outfitter Sam Caines was going to pick me up and take me to the helicopter that would fly me into St. Paulâs Big Pond; which was the only access to the camp.
At the airline desk I completed the missing baggage claim form and explained the situation and asked how, when they found my bag, they would get it to me. They would have to send it to the outfitter who would then have it flown out to me at the camp. So when I climbed into that helicopter later that morning I was wearing my hunting clothes: jeans, Nike shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, baseball cap and a photographerâs vest. Not exactly what I needed for the spot and stalk hunting in wet bogs in the wind and rain and temperatures in the low 40s.
The helicopter ride was great and I got a chance to see just how beautiful the Newfoundland wilderness really is; and it was then that I felt the excitement of the upcoming hunt despite the knot in my stomach because of my lost luggage. I could not hunt like this and all I thought about was having to stay in camp for 7 days and not being able to hunt; something I waited a lifetime to do.
After settling in, which did not take long for me, I got to meet the other three hunters: Oscar Primelles, my roommate from Florida; and Victor Chandler and Wayne Cleveland who were both from Nova Scotia. The staff included guides Hebbert, Sherman and Harrison Caines, Ralph House and Derrick Kelly our camp cook. Each hunter at Samâs has his/her own guide. Ironically all had heard of my problem with the airlines and they all said âthey would dress me.â Each one of them contributed to my hunting outfit and when I dressed for hunting on Monday morning the only piece of clothing I was wearing that was mine was my underwear; which by the way, I washed each evening and hung over the wood stove to dry.
That evening before the hunt I felt lot better knowing I would be able to hunt comfortably and thoroughly enjoyed Derrickâs ham dinner with all the trimmings which we all found out was equally outstanding all week. And that included the home made bread, pies and cakes.
MONDAY It rained all night and it was raining at 7 a.m. with 5-10 ph winds and temperatures in the mid - 30s when Sherman, my guide, and I along with Oscar and his guide Hebbert, all climbed into an 18 foot aluminum boat and headed for the other end of the pond. This âpondâ by the way was the size of Saratoga Lake.
Once on shore we all started up 12 STOP mountain which is the name I gave it because it required 12 rest stops where I would catch my breath before I reached the top. Sherman and I stayed on one side of the top while Oscar and Hebbert went over the top to the other side to set up. Each of the guides would call, using only their mouths, but nothing came in.
By 9 a.m. the wind had picked up considerably and that combined with the heavy rains made sitting difficult; and at by 11:00 we were back in the boat and headed for camp. And when we got there Derrickâs homemade turkey vegetable soup was just what we all needed. No one that morning had seen a moose.
The afternoon watch took us up another steep incline( 10 Stop mountain) and the bad weather conditions were the same. I remember reading that moose do not move much when it is rainy and windy and they didnât this evening either. Victor and Ralph reported seeing two cow moose that evening but they were about 500 yards across the bog.
TUESDAY Anticipation was high that morning despite the fact that conditions had actually gotten tougher and we had to wait about an hour for the fog to lift before we left camp. This time Sherman and I headed out behind the camp for an area they called the Waiting Rock stand. It was an 8 stops climb for me and we climbed into the 20 foot high tower. These towers are quite unique. They(guides) find four 10 - 12 inch trees that are in a square about 5 or 6 feet apart, trim the branches from the ground up, cut the tops off the trees, and build a platform blind enclosing the sides with canvas and with seats. It is quite comfortable but I found out that temperatures were a bit colder at this height. And at times the high winds would create horizontal rains which added to our discomfort. But thatâs hunting. And again, by 10 a.m. we were headed back to camp without sighting a single moose.
It was on this trip back to camp that I found out about what Newfoundlanders call a bog hole, and why they told me to always watch and duplicate where your guide steps; which I did on the first day. However on this day I got caught up in looking at the beautiful scenery and my right foot with the 18 inch high boot found its way into a 24 in hole full f water. I knew than that I was done hunting for the day. But as it turned out, because of the bad weather no one went out that afternoon.
WEDNESDAY Finally Mother Nature turned off the water, reduced the wind and replaced them with chilly 34 degree temperatures. At daybreak Sherman and I headed back up for the Waiting Rock tower; but we never made it. The evening before Hebbert had told me that in the history of this camp Waiting Rock had produced at least 100 moose harvests and on this day I was about to make it 101.
Several hundred yards from camp we stopped and Sherman made a few cow calls but got no response. Continuing up the hill we were just about 100 yards from the bog that the tower was located in when Sherman stopped, tapped his ear and pointed at the thick spruce off to our left. I heard the scraping and then saw those large palmated antlers thrashing the trees and brush about 80 yards from us. I think I froze momentarily in awe. It is one thing to watch something like this on the Outdoor Channel, but it is nothing like actually being there. Quickly and quietly I chambered a round and turned the Hawke scopes power down to 4. I donât remember being nervous but I am sure I was.
By watching the movement of the bushes and trees we could see the bull was heading parallel to us and hopefully he would cross a 15 foot opening about 50 yards from me. Sherman motioned me up a few yards where I set up on a small rise in the trail, got down on one knee, clicked off my safety and laid my cheek on the stock.
All the time I could feel the chill running up and down my spine and my heart was pounding. To keep the bull headed in our direction Sherman cleverly turned his back on the bull and called again making it sound like this love sick cow was leaving. It worked.
Not only did the bull step into the opening but he started to turn down the trail towards me. I donât know remember my feelings or even pulling the trigger when that big bull was just 40 yards from me slowly tossing his head from side to side. I knew I had hit him, but I am not sure he knew. Shot number two got the reaction I was looking for and shot number three put him on the ground. It was then that I remember what the veteran hunters and guides in camp said; â shoot until he is down.â
My knees were a bit shaky when I stood up and so were my hands as Sherman and I waited a few minutes before moving cautiously toward the fallen bull. And when we were sure he was dead the high 5s, hoots, hugs and handshakes began. I donât know exactly how many times I thanked Sherman, my 27 year old guide, for my first bull; and he thanked me also; because I was actually the first client he had guided.
I believe I stood over my bull for at least 15 minutes just admiring his rack, head, swollen neck and shoulders. Everything about him was âBIG.â
Now the real work was about to begin for Sherman. That big half ton at least animal had to be rolled over and not only field dressed but boned, quartered and carried out on a pack frame.
Back in camp that afternoon after another long photo shoot Hebbert gave me my bulls statistics. He estimated that the bull weighed 1500 pounds, was 7-8 years old, had 22 measurable points, 13 inch palms, a 48 3/4 inch spread and the bases of his antlers measured 9 3/4 inches around.
As for the other hunters in camp they too tagged out by the end of the week. My cabin roommate Oscar, shot a 10 point bull, called in by Hebbert, just about 550 yards from where I took my bull on the Waiting Rock watch. On the next morning, Thursday, Harrison called in a 3 point bull and a cow moose to Victor, who chose to shoot the cow. And at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, the final day of hunting, I was in camp when Ralph called in to report he had called in a 4 point bull at the Waiting Rock tower, which Wayne dropped with just one shot at 158 yards. It was this 73 year old gentlemanâs 10 th bull and his 10 th year of hunting with Sam. The first week of the 2009 moose hunt at St. Paulâs Big Pond was 100 percent successful. And I later found out that only one hunter in all three of Samâs outpost camps had not taken a moose this week.
If you have ever considered a moose hunt I highly recommend that you contact Samâs Hunting and Fishing Camps(709-898-2535).
Behind the fence hunts have been a controversial topic for many years and one of the primary targets of the anti-hunting organizations. And unfortunately they are also looked upon by some hunters and hunting organizations with disdain as well. I understand the objection by the antiâs but quite frankly I do not understand that of the hunters. But after talking with many of these hunters I have found that the majority of them do not totally understand exactly what takes place at these preserves and ranches. True, years ago there were fenced operations which literally offered and utilized unethical âboxedâ hunts. But these places are, and have been gone for many years, and todayâs hunting preserves offer a truly realistic and ethical hunt. And in this article that I will attempt to explain to the hunter, not the unreasonable anti-hunter, just what goes on âbehind the fenceâ and how these hunting preserves serve a very important purpose, not only to the hunter; but the future of our hunting tradition as well.
I think Ted Nugent summed it up perfectly in a recent Field & Stream interview when asked if high fence hunting degrades the heritage of American hunting and the rules of fair chase. Here is a recap of his answers. This is the Motor City Madman at his very best.
There will always be whiners and small-minded squawkers who overreact base on assumption and other unidentifiable presumptuous notions. To their way of thinking in-line muzzleloaders, scopes, treestands, compound and crossbows, deer drives, etc. degrade our American hunting heritage and our reputation. They are so divisive and unsophisticated and I pray that they become educated.
And when asked if he prefers to hunt in enclosures or in the wild he said, âI prefer to hunt, period, and shall more and more each year everyplace I possibly can. I am a hunter.â
Now letâs look at some the truths about hunting these enclosures; first from my own experiences.
Part of my job as an outdoor writer is to test, evaluate and report to the sportsmen/women on the latest new firearms, bows and even crossbows. These tests include extensive on the range accuracy and performance reviews and comparisons which I like to followed up by an actual hunting situation.
Hunting with these new firearms and bows are usually not a problem in NYS but it is with the crossbow due to strict disable-only hunter regulations. However these regulations do not apply to hunting preserves in NYS and therefore I am able to hunt with the Horton Crossbow at a preserve just a short distance from my home.
Actually my first harvest with a crossbow took place on a preserve. My choice of game - a 1700 pound bison that took me that I think covered almost every inch of the preserve and two full days of hunting before I was able to get clean kill shot. It was one of my greatest hunts that included some very anxious moments and a VERY dramatic and dangerous face to face encounter with a one ton herd bull who was not happy with my continued pursuit of him and his herd that I will never forget.
It was at this same preserve that I met two hunters who were both hunting their first Russian wild boar. And it was from these average hunters that I really learned what these preserves really offered the everyday hunter.
During dinner that evening at the lodge I asked them âwhy they chose a preserve to hunt.â Their answer was short and simple: time and money. âWe just do not have the time nor the money to go out of state to hunt boar. We priced the wild boar hunts in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and the average costs would have been close to $2000; and that did not include transportation and taking a week off from work. Here it is just $500, we donât need a license, we can pick our own season and it was just a 31/2 hour ride from our house.â Economics, convenience and the thrill of a good hunt - this is what any reputable preserve will offer you.
Now I would like to ask one questions for those of you hunters who look down upon those who hunt behind the fence: âWho gets hurt ?â If a man or woman has the desire to shoot a trophy or exotic animal not native to the area, but cannot ever hope to afford it, should he/she be denied the opportunity or right to do it, as long as it is done legally, ethically and within the confines of a preserve? I agree that it may not be for everyone, but you should not judge the intentions of those that do.
Fair chase is another term that often arises in conversations involving enclosure or behind the fence hunting. Boone and Crockett defines fair chase as the ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit and taking an any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals. Doesnât hunting legally over bait, using a ground blind or treestand, using a rifle scope, etc. also give the hunter an advantage?
In the past twenty years I have hunted in a number of preserves and do not consider myself any less of a hunter. I know that I would have probably never been able to afford or experience the thrills and excitement of hunting 9 wild boar, 2 fallow and sika deer, stags, bison, rams and 2 wild crossbow turkeys. And I can honestly say that my most memorable hunt took place last year behind a fence where I shot a magnificent bull elk. Let me share this elk hunt with you.
THE HUNT It was well before sunup when I met Dan Jennings, the manager of the Easton View Outfitters, a private preserve located in the Washington County town of Easton, New York. Dan was going to be my guide for my elk hunt and I must admit I was pumped. Joining me was Tim Blodgett, host of the local All Outdoors radio show, who would be taping the play-by-play of the hunt. He would also be doubling as my camera man.
The game plan was to circle the preserve and come in through the heavily wooded topside of the mountain and work our way down. Dan expected the elk would be bedded down in the valley, fields and swamp below us.
I remember standing on a ledge whispering how excited I was about the hunt and describing how pretty the sun was as it started to peek through the pines into Timâs tape recorder when we heard our first unsolicited bugle. A bull elk bugling in New York State - it gave me the chills followed shortly thereafter by a real adrenaline rush. I donât think I have felt this way since the first time I sighted in on a whitetail buck.
Quickly Dan had us moving down the steep slopes to a blow down about 200 yards below us. Once in place Dan hadnât even finished his first call when the bull responded. And each call he made the bull answered; but he didnât seem to be getting any closer. Then out of nowhere, there about 100 yards below was a young spike bull headed right for us. At one point he was less than 10 yards from where I was sitting.
For the next hour I had no less that four other bull elk in my scope at distances from 10 to 100yards; one of which was a beautiful 5 by 5 that had Dan given me the word, I would have ended my hunt right then. But he said, âNot that one; we can do better.â Easy for him to say, but I trusted his judgement and relaxed.
Another hour and a half of calling got distance responses but they just didnât seem to get any closer to us. Perhaps the bull already had his harem of cows and did not want to leave them. And when he stopped responding to the calls and we sat in silence for another 45 minutes I was beginning to get that, âI should have taken the 5 by 5 feeling.â But that ill-feeling quickly departed when Dan nudge me and smilingly whispered: âThereâs your bull; get ready.â
There just 200 yards below was a beautiful 6 by 6 bull elk raking his huge rack on several small scrub pines. Now he was talking again and each call Dan made was answered with a spine chilling response and he was coming closer. It was awesome to watch the bull as he lowered his head and responded to Danâs love-sick cow calls.
It took several deep breaths to settle my nerves and at about 75 yards I slowly raised the old Marlin 336SC towards him and placed the crosshairs of my scope on his massive body, following him as he moved through the heavy cover.
Each step brought him closer but there was really only one opening between two pines where I could get a clear shot; hopefully he would walk through it. He was about 50 yards slightly quartering away when I place the crosshairs just behind his front shoulder and unleashed the 200 grain Hornady LEVERevolution 200 grain FTX bullet.
Immediately I saw the fur fly through my scope and watched him stumble and fall; and all I could think of was âwhat a bull.â I guess I must have repeated it out loud because both Dan and Tim echoed their agreement. I just sat there staring at him when I heard Dan say we may have a little problem. About 100 yards below my fallen trophy was a huge 7 by 7 and he was headed towards the downed bull at a very quick pace.
He ignored our shouts and charged right in, head down and rammed my bull actually moving him along the ground several yards. Obviously these two must have had previous confrontations. It wasnât really until Dan continued to shout and threw a few rocks and branches at him that he finally backed off. There was one moment however when he turned and faced us shaking his head from side to side, that I thought he was going to charge, but he didnât, and finally we watched him disappear into the edge of the swamp.
High - 5s and photos were all a part of the after the hunt celebration as was the interview Tim taped of my feelings. Absolutely the best hunt that I have ever had and it all occurred within 30 miles of my home.
But it wasnât really until I stood over my bull that I fully appreciated what I had just accomplished - he was huge. The tale of the tape and scale revealed just how magnificent he really was. He tipped the scale at 807 pounds and his antlers measured: 40 inch wide spread, 41 inch main beams, with 9 inch bases. In terms of record book score I never did get an official score but I do know that he scored ânumber oneâ in my book; and always will.
For information on Easton View Outfitters go to: eastonviewoutfitters.com or check out their ad in this issue of Outdoors Magazine. And by the way, that 7 by 7 is still there and a year older.
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North of the Margaret Burroughs Beach, a Caracol-inspired gathering space with a Mesoamerican hop scotch game is be part of a new trail in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. This is one of five sites installed in by teams of artists and community-based organizations whose designs are inspired both by local ecology, as well as the heritage of communities adjacent to the south lakefront.
Moving along the trail, just past the 31st Harbor, an intertwined monarch butterfly sculpture crowns a hill, this design will be circled with common milkweed. West of Lake Shore Drive on 31st Street, south on the trail, a Scholar's rock sits in a grove of mature oak trees; have a seat and imagine the sounds of traffic as waves from an ocean, urban nature at its best. Crossing 39th street/Oakwood, on the west side of Lake Shore Drive, designed for growth every year, sculpted willow branches take organic shapes. The woodchip trail continues, a fallen tree hugs a bird sculpture born from the Sankofa symbol, a soulful reflection on nature.
The Gathering Spaces, part of the Roots & Routes Initiative, were curated by a volunteer committee comprised of arts professionals and community leaders.
Non-profit partner: contratiempo (Pilsen) â preserves and highlights the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking
Latino population in the United States.
Description: Drawing on rich connections from the natural world and cultural symbolism, Caracol (âsnailâ and âshellâ in Spanish) represents the immigrant's desire to belong while maintaining the core of memory and identity. Snails perform a critical role in the food chain, breaking down plant matter and aiding in the nutrification of the soil. Likewise, immigrants economic and cultural contributions enrich and revitalize the host society. CaracolÂ´spiral-shaped structure suggests ongoing movement from the core to a widening exteriorâfrom the familiar to the unknown. The installation includes a table that can function as a work or picnic table, and as a painting surface for a series of murals featuring the interplay of language and images, a stage, and a hopscotch game that uses Mesoamerican numbers.
Non-profit partner: Casa MichoacÃ¡n (Pilsen) â promotes cultural, social, and sporting activities between the Mexican and immigrant MichoacÃ¡n community, with a transnational vision.
Description: This project is a circular sculpture inspired by the magic symbolism of the butterfly, harmony with nature, and migration. It is demarcated by a delicate sculptural ring or ârondaâ of interlocking butterfly forms. The center of the space features native plants and cement blocks that are being repurposed as rustic seating.
Non-profit partner: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (Chinatown) -- promotes the culture and history of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest through exhibitions, education and research.
Description: This project is an interpretation of a traditional Chinese âscholarâs rockâ by sculpting, molding and fabricating a sculpture that emulates the magnificence felt through viewing these rocks. The scholarâs rock sculpture is placed at the center of a tranquil rock garden with hand-carved log benches for viewing/contemplation.
Non-profit partner: Bronzeville Community Development Partnership (Bronzeville) -- focuses on information technology, heritage tourism, hospitality workforce development and training, preservation and sustainability in Bronzeville.
Description: This site includes several organic, amorphous sculptural forms that rise from the ground in different heights and shapes, covered with native plant material. Some of these forms serve as seating, and some have âsound portsâ or ânesting ports.â These openings allow for visibility through the forms as well as opportunities for specific audial experiences between people. This piece commemorates and remembers the strength and resilience of thousands of African-Americans who made the journey from the South seeking better opportunities North with 100 years of the Great Migration.
Architects: Monica Chadha and Mike Newman; Landscape Architects Nilay Mistry and Nathan Wright; Willow Furniture Maker and Consultant Dave Chapman
Non-profit partner: South Side Community Art Center (Bronzeville) -- preserves, conserves and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists, while educating the community on the value of art and culture.
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@Sean Aaron: Neither of those links worked. I got "page not found" errors from Hershey's website. :P A quick search of "Reese's Nutrageous" shows that you're right, though. I wonder how I'd missed that before? I guess I just don't usually go for that one, so I didn't pay any attention to it. :P
I think I'd heard Hershey's was unpopular in the UK, but I have no idea why, 'cause their stuff ROCKS! Isn't Cadbury one of (if not THE) main chocolate companies over there? They barely represent themselves over here, mostly with the creme eggs at Easter.
Try this link and then click products: http://www.hersheys.com/products/chocolate.asp
I think some Hershey's stuff is good, but their chocolate bars are pretty waxy and probably wouldn't qualify as "chocolate" in Europe given they have little in the way of actual cocoa mass in them (probably more cocoa butter and flavouring). The Reeses stuff gets imported (what a fate for them to be owned by Hershey's!) because of the novelty peanut butter factor, though I do find it amusing that Nestle sells a peanut butter Chunky Kit Kat here, but not in the States.
Cadbury's is massive, but they seem to sell mainly to Commonwealth nations like Canada and Australia and not to the States as you've noted. Cadbury-Schweppes does own a number of American soft drinks companies as well like Dr. Pepper/7-Up, Stewart's (lovely classic sodas) and IBC (also lovely, though it seems odd they own these guys and Stewarts due to the product overlap).
Everyone is probably aware of why dogs like to chase moving objects. Chasing and bringing down game is at the root of survival for dogs living in the wild. This behavior is even more obvious when the âtriggerâ for the chase is a cat or a flock of sheep. Less obvious, perhaps, is when the trigger is in the domestic context of a jogger, a cyclist or a car. Depending on which trigger sets a dog off, the conclusion of the chase could be dangerous for the victim or the dog, or both. Therefore, it is a behavior which must be brought under control by the owner. The best way to deal with this problem is to avoid it all together. Puppies which are de-sensitized, corrected and/or diverted into socially acceptable behavior from an early age are less likely to become problematic chasers later in life. This means taking your puppy out, under your control, as early as possible. Take the puppy into the environment in which it will be expected to live among all these exciting, stimulating âmovingâ objects, and have it behave in a socially acceptable manner. A young puppy will begin to de-sensitize to moving objects if they are a regular part of the everyday scene. Your reaction to any potential âchasingâ trigger should be to remain calm and you should have lots of diversions and rewards at hand, such as titbits and favorite squeaky toys. If the puppy does not find out how much fun chasing can be and is diverted into more appropriate behavior, it is much less likely to take up the habit later, even when it has a chance. Be particularly aware of the necessity of introducing children to a new puppy.
Your dog should always be rewarded for returning to you, even if it previously did something wrong. The last thing your dog remembers is that it came to you and you punished it. Your dog does not link the punishment to earlier behavior. Unfortunately, most of you are probably thinking âbut what about the dog who has been chasing joggers for the past 5 years and my schedule involves getting up at 4am in order to walk the dog and avoid everyone.â Well, you are not alone! There are a large number of you that must hit the street with your dog in the wee hours of the morning in order to avoid meeting other dogs, people, cyclist, joggers, etc. Otherwise, walks are a misery both for the owner and for the dog. The owner is embarrassed by an out of control dog who can never be trusted off lead. The owner would like to allow the dog to play with other dogs, or run freely after thrown objects, but the risk is too great. There is always the chance that the dog will trigger to something else to chase or, even worse, end up injuring itself or its victim. So what is to be done?
You must now do what should have been done when your dog was still young. You must de-sensitize and divert your dog from the unacceptable behavior. The problem is that your dog now knows how much fun chasing can be; it has found out how little control you have over this behavior; and you may have already lost your temper out of frustration and fear (and embarrassment!) and disciplined your dog when it finally decided to return to you. So now you must back up and start over. Try teaching or re-teaching some basic commands. For instance, try using new commands for behavior your dog is supposed to know. If you have been using âComeâ, try changing to a dog whistle or, instead of âNoâ try using âLeave itâ. The reasoning behind this is that your dog has been hearing (and ignoring) the old commands for some time now. He also may have linked the old command with unpleasant experiences. Letâs start over! This time you are not to give a command when you cannot control the outcome, and when your dog returns to you it will ALWAYS be praised, petted, played with or given a titbit, or all of the above. Being by your side is absolutely the best place to be.
On walks, take along the favorite squeaky toy (or titbit) and when your dog begins to âtriggerâ; i.e. stiffen body, ears alert, focused on moving his moving object, command âLeave it!â and divert the attention to the toy/titbit. Do not wait to make your command when your dog is already in full stride. Try to anticipate your dogâs reaction. Watch for body language which tells you he/she is going to trigger, and make your command at that time. You should remain in control by having the dog on an extended lead or long line during these training sessions. Also, make sure you encourage your dog to play appropriate chase games, such as chasing a Frisbee or a ball.
It may also be helpful to set up situations in which the victim; i.e. cyclist, jogger etc. âstrikes backâ. This could be an aversion such as a spray of cold water, or a noise aversion such as a sealed tin of pennies thrown on the pavement near the dog. Timing is crucial. Triggering by the dog should be immediately met with the aversion and then you should immediately bring the dog to your side with the extended lead and whistle where he/she will be met with praise, toys, titbits etc. You are the best place for your dog to be when anything runs by!
Remember that the longer your dog has been getting away with a behavior, the longer it will take to extinguish it, particularly with behavior such as predatory chasing. Chasing is a primary instinct with the dog and, once allowed, the reward to the dog is so great that it is often difficult to extinguish.
This information is to be used as guidelines only. Decisions made about the future of any pet should be based on a professional assessment and a course of treatment that is personalised for the pet's individual situation
One of the most common themes in dog training concerns problems people have with house training their dogs.
When house training goes well new pet owners assume that this is a cake walk and it should be like this all the time. These people are wrong. More often than not problems come up and when that happens people get frustrated.
The fact is there are many many reasons that puppies and older dogs develop house training problems. There is no one silver bullet that is going to fix each and every dogs problem. With this said the solution to all house training problems lies in owner education.
Before owners can solve their dogâs problem they must first have a clear picture of the correct way to house train a dog. I have written an article on House training which is on my web site.
This purpose for article is to help pull a lot of information from my web site together so dog owners can develop a game plan on solving their house own training problems.
When problems arise pet owners almost always often fall into a common trap. They start to ask family and friends what they can do to fix these house training problems. Unfortunately most these people are unqualified and lack the experience to offer accurate advice. This results in a lot of bad information being passed out which only makes the problems worse.
Here are some of the most common problems areas.
Puppies usually canât hold it for 8 hours until they are 16 weeks old. With this said some have problems until they are 6 to 7 months old some are good at 8 weeks. Usually dogs on an all natural diet do better because they poop about 5 times less than commercial kibble.
You have to use a dog crate, If your not prepared to do this, quit reading and move on because you are wasting your time. You are not going to reinvent the wheel by doing this without a crate.
In the beginning take your dog out a lot. The concept is to teach the dog that âif it holds it just a little longer you are going to take it outsideâ
The way we house train a dog in our home (both puppies and adults) is explained in detail in the article I wrote titled THE GROUNDWORK TO BECOMING A PARK LEADER
It takes a dog about 5 seconds to pee. This translates into a simple rule which is âNEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOUR DOG â not even for 5 secondsâ
Those âpee padsâ that pet stores sell are the dumbest idea I have ever heard. They teach dogs to pee and poop in the house.
We donât let our dogs to have free time in the house until they are 2 to 3 years old. If a dog has an accident in the house they go right back to square one and start again. Some dogs can not be house trained to the extent that they can be left alone inside the house (out of the crate) when you are gone.
If you have a dog thatâs between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age I strongly recommend that you get my DVD titled Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months
If your dog is 4 to 5 months old I recommend my 4 hr DVD titled Basic Dog Obedience. Obedience training is one of the steps in teaching our dogs that are âRIGHTâ and âWRONGâ things to do in life. The fact is if you as a pet owner find yourself in a problem with house training you have more to learn than your dog. My 10,000 page web site, and my web discussion board with over 100,000 posts in itâs archives can help you through this process.
As a reward to all you fans who faithfully support your team and spend your hard-earned money on season tickets and paraphernalia, the NFL has finally found a way to repay you for your loyalty, should your squad make it to the big game this season. They’re hiking up the price of already ridiculously expensive […]
Remember back in the day when football players could have fun after they scored a touchdown? I think they called it something like a “touchdown dance”? From T.O.’s pom-pom shake with a cheerleader to Joe Horn’s “Can You Hear Me Now” moment, touchdown dances were often times the best part of the game. So leave […]
Remember that time a woman snuck a hand grenade hidden inside her Kate Spade purse into an NFL game? Or the time that mom managed to get a machete into a stadium by hiding it in her toddler’s diaper bag? Oh wait a minute, those things never happened. Which begs the question: why is the […]
My reaction to this week’s win against Cleveland was almost as lackluster as my excitement leading up to the game. I think I’m still suffering residual effects of Week 1’s trauma at MetLife and have yet to fully lift the veil of numbness that overtook me that dark, dark day. I spent most of the […]
Thanks for reading today’s update of Nonko Trading. On June 20, 2015 I published a review of Nonko Trading. My allegations were simple and direct, that Nonko Trading was masquerading as a stock broker for underfunded day traders. That Nonko’s day trading platform, also known as Logix had no exchange connectivity, and was little more than a stock trading video game. Nonko Trading Â was specializing on preying upon the naive and uninformed. Traders desperate to gain 20X leverage on initial deposits were induced into wiring their monies into third world banks with zero transparency, and zero recourse. Once the money
@schmeg: It's possible he played through the game in Japanese with (or without) a translation guide before the fan translation was completed. It took about 2 years from the time the game was released, and a lot of people didn't want to wait for the patch.
One bit of news was Earthbound was the grand finale game run for Summer Games Done Quick 2017... it was a glitchless run that raised a lot of money for charity; you (yes, you holding the controller!) should check it out if you get a chance!
Oh the games I'd include if we could get a full 30 on the thing like the NES Classic...
However, it's still an interesting deal. I mean, I'm getting it solely for Starfox 2, but it's a good gift for some kids who may know Undertale and want to see what all the fuss on Earthbound was all about.
I'm a bit disappointed that the NES Classic didn't bother including Beginnings, namely because the Wii U NES emulator is pretty shoddy.
The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow, tunnel-like structure in the wrist. The bottom and sides of this tunnel are formed by wrist (carpal) bones. The top of the tunnel is covered by a strong band of connective tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. The median nerve travels from the forearm into the hand through this […]
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of a pair of cruciate ligaments in the human knee. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four main ligaments of the knee, and the ACL provides 85% of the restraining force to anterior tibial displacement at 30 degrees and 90 degrees of knee flexion. Surgery for […]
By far the best iOS game I ever played. Unlike Angry Birds or Cut the Rope this is a puzzle game that is not only challenging but it manages to tell an intriguing story.The objective is to escape the room(s) and move on in the story. Each Chapter is a new room and features a simple puzzle that is easily misinterpreted. The puzzle is solved by observing both the audio and the images while reading through the text. Once solved the player is allowed to move forward into the next room/chapter. What I liked about this was the way it required me to look at what I was doing and reading in different ways.
Without spoilers, the story left me thinking for hours after completing the game. The writing moved me and challenges you chapter after chapter, then concludes in a way that made me rethink everything that I had just played. It is so hard to explain but that is the beauty of it.
My last point is the sheer brilliance of Device 6's excellent design. I never thought twisting and turning my iPod through text would fun, but Device 6 did it flawlessly. Pictures shift as you scroll past them, buttons appear and disappear, elevators move down automatically when you get to them, I don't know if I can call it platforming but it is genius. It's an interactive story book, just more mature and with puzzles.
This is the first iOS game I played for more than 30 min. and I didn't feel like I was wasting my life. It felt just as rewarding as finishing a great book. It has no flaw, the length is purposeful, the ending is though-provoking, and puzzle's are challenging but not impossible. Thus in my opinion compared to other apps it deserves a 10/10.
You awaken in a strange cylindrical room without a recollection of how you got there. Your head hurts. Judging from the view from a window, you’re in a tower. You head downstairs, open a door, and turn. At least, that’s what your character, Anna, is experiencing; for you, the player, things are just as disorienting.[Excerpt]
You see Anna’s story displayed on your screen in text. You swipe down as you read, and see a small graphic of a window inset into the text. As Anna sees that she’s in a tower and makes out a lighthouse, you’ve scrolled the text down far enough for that lighthouse to appear in the window frame. The words stack like stairs as she begins her descent. When she opens the door at the bottom and heads to the right, the text turns as well – and you turn your iPad to keep up. You never take direct control of Anna. Instead, you swipe along branching paths of text, solving puzzles and reading about her fate along the way.
Simogo Games’ horror title Year Walk showed that a modern game could effectively provide scares without relying on gross-out visuals or overly complex gameplay. The mobile release also cleverly played with the concept of apps, with an optional free companion providing valuable insight into Year Walk’s folklore and help for puzzles. Device 6 shows a continued fascination with both the peculiarities of mobile gaming and an even more stripped-down approach to adventure.
I’d advise you to play with a notebook nearby; there are loads of little details sprinkled throughout, and even things that seem insignificant can be critically useful later on. Chapters are short enough that backtracking (or reading) isn’t bothersome. Puzzles are tricky without being needlessly obscure. Because each chapter is self-contained, you usually have access to everything you need to complete each one within a few minutes. Of course, that assumes that you’ve been paying close attention. The puzzles are stripped down as much as the visuals, usually only requiring button presses between two options. They’re no less satisfying than those with full visual inventories, however, and my internal “Hell yeah!” moments were just as loud as in any other puzzle-heavy game.
Once you complete a chapter, Simogo doesn’t exactly break the fourth wall, as much as it presses firmly against it. There are a lot of clever things going on within (and outside of) the game’s story, and I hate to ruin it for prospective players. Without going into detail, I will say that I loved the regular pendulum swing between drollness and desperation.
Sound is used to great effect throughout the game. Device 6 opens with a jazzy tune that would be perfect for most retro spy movies, and espionage-inspired audio elements are retained throughout the game. Many of the recordings that you hear in the game reminded me of those mysterious numbers stations heard on shortwave radios. There are light touches throughout, too. Anna leaves crunching footsteps as players scroll, and sound effects seemed to have been timed perfectly for when my eyes would hit the appropriate moment. It’s a visually sparse experience, and the audio helps to fill in some of those atmospheric gaps.
I wasn’t expecting to discover that one of my new favorite point-and-click adventure games would feature so little pointing and clicking, but that’s what Device 6 has done. I felt more than a little silly rotating my iPad around to read Anna along a new path, but her story was worth it in the end.
Olympic Games are perfect opportunity to do a fun data visualization project - just like
New Year, you can easily predict when they
will happen and you can get something interesting ready in advance. I used this year's
Games in Rio as a motivation to resume working on The Gamma
project. If you did not read my previous
the idea is to build tooling for open, reproducible and interactive data-driven storytelling.
When you see a visualization, not only you should be able to see how it has been created
(what data it uses & how), but you should also be able to modify it, without much programming
experience, and look at other interesting aspects of the data.
The first version of The Gamma project tries to do some of this, using historical and current
data on Olympic medals as a sample dataset. You can play with the project at The Gamma web
Without further ado, here are the most important links if you want to explore how it all works
on your own. However, continue reading and I'll describe the most important parts!
contains implementation of most of the client-side code. In particular, this includes compiler
for the language that is used to write the visualizations. It is written using F#
The project is still in early stages and the code needs more documentation (and ReadMe files, I
know!) However, if you would be interested in using it for something or you have some interesting
data to visualize, do not hesitate to ping me at @tomaspetricek.
Also, thanks to the DNI Innovation Fund for funding
the project and to the Alan Turing Institute for providing a place to work
on this over the coming months!
The nearly 150-year-old Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card that was was discovered late last year in a photo album bought at a yard sale has sold for $80,000 â $92,000 if you count the auction house's buyer's premium.
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Certificate of complete ting 1st part of preschool ill be one proud momma on that day it hasn't been easy but hopefully in August will go better this preschool has three levels 2a which she just finished 3a&3b so still quite a while to go but as long as his mom and I talk to her in Spanish over the summer she should be able to get back in the game a little easier and 6 of her friends are going to be in the same class with her. So that'll make things easier too.
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Speaker(s): Howard Daves, Robert Peston | There is still no consensus on who or what caused the financial crisis which engulfed the world, beginning in the summer of 2007. A huge number of suspects have been identified, from greedy investment bankers, through feckless borrowers, dilatory regulators and myopic central bankers to violent video games and high levels of testosterone among the denizens of trading floors. There is not even agreement on whether the crisis shows a need for more government intervention in markets, or less: some maintain that government encouragement of home ownership lay at the heart of the problem in the US, in particular. In this public event to mark the launch of his new book 'The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?' Howard Davies charts a course through these arguments, and the evidence advanced for each of them.
Distrito 9 comienza con una premisa interesantÃsima, usando la ciencia ficciÃ³n como excusa para poner de manifiesto los abusos de autoridad, la xenobofia de la sociedad, los intereses e intervencionismo de multinacionales y el finalmente, negocio de las armas. Todo esto con un cabeza de turco, Van Werhe, que lidera el deshaucio del campo de concentraciÃ³n para trasladarlos a otro. Los primers veinte minutos con esta puesta en escena tan atractiva e original, narrada siempre a modo de documental que cuenta los hechos. Ãsa era la idea de Blomkamp en su corto Distrito 9que le valiÃ³ para finalizar sus estudios de cine y de paso entrar por la puerta grande de la gran H. Aunque el corto se queda algo escaso, la idea es buena, pero no extenderla. O al menos no como lo ha hecho Blomkamp, cogiendo una estupenda idea sci fi y convirtiendÃ³la en una amalgama de lÃ¡seres, mechas y humanos que petan como globos de hemoglobina.
Ya no soy un jugÃ³n como antes. El llegar a casa, encender el ordenador y pasarme tres horas seguidas en una partida a Age of Empires 2 ( cuando la podÃa haber terminado en dos, pero uno es de los que si tienes que arrasar, arrasa hasta al explorador extraviado ) ha pasado a la historia. Soy uno de aquellos que agradece que haya puntos de guardado cada cinco pasos o que en Wii proliferen los juegos arcade de encender y jugar durante unos minutos. Breves dosis de diversiÃ³n virtual para poder acabar relajado el dÃa.
Pero llega cuando puedes echarle horas, te olvidas del reloj y solo existe la pantalla para tÃ... hasta que suena el timbre, salta el 'plin' del microondas, oyes el olor a (re)quemado de la cena, el perro decide tener una relaciÃ³n carnal completa con tu pierna derecha, te llama el colega soltero para ir de caza nocturna, explota un volcÃ¡n en Islandia, y tantos otros imprevistos que te obligan a poner un 'pausa' a tamaÃ±o 32 en tu televisor. Eso, si puedes.
En abril, Wiiware es feudo espaÃ±ol. Un feudo chapado a la antigua, pues tanto Chronos Twins DX ( Enjoy Up ) como Zombie Panic in Wonderland ( Akaoni ) son puros tributos a la vieja escuela, para alegrÃa de todos los canosos del lugar y descubrimiento de los mÃ¡s yogurines. Pero ambos juegos, que comparten la caracterÃstica retro pero se parecen tanto como una castaÃ±a y un huevo, tienen otra cosa en comÃºn: no tienen botÃ³n de pausa. Algo se les ha pasado por alto al testeo de Nintendo, que no puedes parar de jugar porque Â¡ no hay botÃ³n para ello ! Gracias al Dios Miyamoto que el wiimote tiene el botÃ³n HOME que te permite hacer un stop en el trayector. Pero cosas tan simplonas como tener un menÃº ingame para poder toquetear la configuraciÃ³n, o ver el tiempo que te queda o puntuaciÃ³n que llevas se echan en falta cuando no las tienes. Puede que sea un descuido, puede que un homenaje a las partidas non stop sin concesionas para ir a mear de la vieja de escuela de la que tanto beben ambos tÃtulos. Vaya usted a saber.
En estos Ãºltimos tiempos que recuerde solo los juegos de Nintendo, debido a la peculiaridad del control, y en los juegos de Valve contienen tutoriales y ademÃ¡s bien implementados con el desarrollo del juego: la habitaciÃ³n transparente y cuadrada de Portal o la rutina de preparaciÃ³n para el experimento fallido de Black Mesa en Half-Life. Amputar esta parte del juego, ( su tutorial ) es arrancarle de cuajo una parte de lo que los hace grande. SeÃ±ores desarrolladores, no me hagan ni mÃ¡s fÃ¡ciles los juegos ni mÃ¡s complicados, simplemente enseÃ±admelo mejor.
Las third parties han tenido presencia en el evento. primero para sacar pecho de ventas ( 54 juegos third en Wii han superado el millÃ³n y 63 en DS, frente a los 22 (Wii) y 45 (DS) de Nintendo que lo han logrado ), segundo para poner sobre la mesa cosillas como la fecha yanqui de Monster Hunter Tri ( 20 de abril, diez dÃas antes que aquÃ y con regalo de 500 puntos a quien lo reserve en GameStop ) o lucir exclusivas como el Prince of Persia original en el nuevo juego del PrÃncipe. Como el ultimo de Indiana Jones mira, igual se repite la triste historia...
El Wiiware puede estar de enhorabuena porque... Â¡Â¡ Cave Story sale el 22 de marzo !! No estaba muerto, estaba de parranda, entre este, Megaman 10 el 21 del mismo mes y dos nuevos Art Style en primavera ( Light Trax y Rotozoa ), nos damos por satisfechos.
Esto es todo amigos. Â¿ Alguna decepciÃ³n ? Â¿ Alguna alegrÃa ? A la espera del embargo de impresiones y de la conferencia de maÃ±ana europea. Estos mismos juegos, pero aquÃ. SeÃ±or@s, me declaro en ruina oficialmente; de tiempo y dinero.
Esta semana High Voltage ha vuelto a ser noticia en todos los rincones de Internet. Los padres de The Conduit, que adoraban a Wii sobre todas las cosas y querÃan demostrar que en la consola hay lugar para todo tipo de jugadores, anuncia que su The Grinder serÃ¡ multiplataforma. Â¿ Perdemos algo importante los usuarios de Wii ? SÃ³lo tiempo, puesto que la multiplataformidad conllevarÃ¡ que el juego se retrase un aÃ±o mÃ¡s, hasta octubre de 2011. Pero posiblemente tengamos un mejor juego, no ya por el tiempo extra ( que aprovecharÃ¡n para pulir las versiones HD ) sino porque se el aumento de presupuesto y la ambiciÃ³n del propio estudio. No tengo la menor duda que ahora The Grinder supone un proyecto aun mayor tanto para High Voltage como para la editora ( Â¿ puede que otra vez Sega ? HV cuando lo anunciÃ³ dijo que ya tenÃa editora, ahora parece que la han perdido). Sin ir mÃ¡s lejos, en apenas seis meses el cambio entre el primer trailer del juego y el Ãºltimo lanzado es abismal. AdemÃ¡s no estamos hablando de una conversiÃ³n tardÃa o menor, sino de un juego de Wii que se pasa a las otras plataformas, como sucediÃ³ con No More Heroes y seguramente sucederÃ¡ con muchos mÃ¡s con la llegada de Natal y Arc. Wii sigue siendo principal, The Grinder continua siendo uno de los mÃ¡s prometedores de Wii, aunque ya no lleve el 'Only For'.
ApuntÃ¡te este nombre: Reformat the Planet. Un documental de la joven productora 2 Player que aborda el tema del movimiento musical chiptune, aquello a que los miembros de Gaijin Games honran tributo con su saga Bit Trip entrega tras entrega. Un repaso al Blip Festival, un acontecimiento anual en Nueva York dedicado a la musica electronica ocho bitera. O sea que sÃ algun dÃa os dejÃ¡is caer por la ciudad de los rascacielos a) visitÃ¡is la Nintendo World Store sacando brillo a la Visa y b) pasÃ¡is del Studio 54 y os marcÃ¡is un non stop a ritmo de GameBoy, la consola sempiterna.
JerÃ´me defende as cores do Bayern de Munique desde 2011 e estÃ¡ novamente entre os 23 convocados por LÃ¶w para a disputa do Mundial aqui do Brasil. JÃ¡ Kevin-Prince deixou o Portsmouth logo apÃ³s a Copa de 2010 rumo ao italiano Genoa. Depois passou por Milan e hoje veste a camisa do alemÃ£o Schalke 04. Neste dia 21 de junho de 2014 em Fortaleza, apenas 2 dias antes de se completarem 4 anos exatos do primeiro embate histÃ³rico, irmÃ£os separados por uma Copa voltarÃ£o aos gramados defendendo suas naÃ§Ãµes, seja de nascimento ou de adoÃ§Ã£o.
Abaixo, dados e estatÃsticas dos irmÃ£os em lados opostos na Copa do Mundo.
* Nascimento:3 de setembro de 1988 em Wilmersdorf/ALE
* Clubes (4):Hertha Berlin (2006/07), Hamburgo (2007 a 2010), Manchester City/ING (2010 a 2011) e Bayern de Munique (desde 2011)
* TÃtulos (10):Campeonato Europeu de SeleÃ§Ãµes sub-21 (2009), FA Cup (2011), Supercopa AlemÃ£ (2012), Liga dos CampeÃµes da Europa (2012/13), Supercopa da UEFA (2013), Mundial de Clubes (2013), Copa da Alemanha (2012/13 e 2013/14) e Campeonato AlemÃ£o (2012/13 e 2013/14)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o alemÃ£:40 partidas e nenhum gol desde 2009
* Nascimento:6 de marÃ§o de 1987 em Wilmersdorf/ALE
* PosiÃ§Ã£o: meio-campo
* Clubes (7):Hertha Berlin (2005 a 2007), Tottenham Hotspur/ING (2007 a 2009), Borussia Dortmund (2009), Portsmouth/ING (desde 2009), Genoa/ITA (2010), Milan/ITA (2010 a 2013) e Schalke 04 (desde 2013)
* TÃtulos (3): Copa da Liga inglesa (2007/08), Campeonato Italiano (2010/11) e Supercopa da ItÃ¡lia (2011)
Estiveram presentes Ã histÃ³rica reuniÃ£o no bar londrino pessoas ligadas aos seguintes times: Barnes, Civil Service, Crusaders, Crystal Palace, Forest of Leytonstone (que posteriormente seria rebatizado como Wanderers), N.N. Club, Blackheath, Kensington School, Perceval House, Surbiton e Blackheath Proprietary School. O Charterhouse foi convidado para participar, mas seu representante declinou do chamado. A maioria desses clubes nÃ£o existe mais ou apenas atua no rugby.
Vale salientar que o futebol jÃ¡ era praticado de forma amadora antes de 1863 em solo britÃ¢nico, mas ainda sem uma regra oficial. O primeiro esboÃ§o de norma surgiu em 1848 nos pÃ¡tios da Universidade de Cambridge. Outro surgiu em Nottingham em 1850. E ambos foram os alicerces para essa regra final criada pelos ingleses.
Na primeira foto, a ediÃ§Ã£o original do livro de regras escrito naquela noite de 26 de outubro de 1863 escrito por Ebenezer Cobb Morley, que viria a ser o segundo presidente da FA 8 anos depois de sua criaÃ§Ã£o.
A primeira partida da histÃ³ria sob as regras oficiais foi entre Barnes e Richmond, que nÃ£o estava presente na reuniÃ£o de fundaÃ§Ã£o da FA. O placar foi de zero a zero no estÃ¡dio de Mortlake em 19 de dezembro do mesmo ano.
Houve uma revisÃ£o total das regras em 1891, quando apareceram as redes nas balizas, para que nÃ£o houvesse dÃºvidas quando da marcaÃ§Ã£o do gol, e foi oficializado o pÃªnalti - a falta dentro da grande Ã¡rea. Em 1896, cresce a autoridade do Ã¡rbitro, que deixa de ser um simples tira-teima, e passa a se guiar pelo que mandam as regras.
Infelizmente nem sempre o futebol traz alegria e emoÃ§Ã£o ao torcedor. Assim como qualquer outra atividade na vida tem seus momentos de tristeza e amargura, como o que vimos na Ãºltima semana em Port Said, no Egito, onde 74 pessoas morreram e outras centenas saÃram feridas apÃ³s uma partida pela liga local entre Al-Masry e Al-Ahly.
A histÃ³ria mostra, ao lado de triunfos e da euforia de equipes e torcidas vitoriosas, que os problemas dentro e fora dos estÃ¡dios sÃ£o bem antigos. Sejam por mÃ¡ gestÃ£o da organizaÃ§Ã£o do evento, estruturas precÃ¡rias, pela fÃºria desenfreada de vÃ¢ndalos travestidos de torcedores ou, simplesmente, por ineficiÃªncia da seguranÃ§a no local. E o fato lamentÃ¡vel ocorrido em solo egÃpcio foi mais um a entrar nas estatÃsticas do lado triste que o futebol tem â e que pelo visto vai demorar muito a ficar sem soluÃ§Ã£o, nÃ£o sei se por negligÃªncia das autoridades ou por falta de civilidade de quem frequenta esses locais.
Arquibancada feita de Ãºltima hora destruÃda em Bastia
Bastia e Olympique de Marselha iam se enfrentar pela Copa da FranÃ§a e a diretoria dos donos da casa resolveram de Ãºltima hora aumentar a capacidade do estÃ¡dio em 50%, tendo em vista a importÃ¢ncia do confronto. As autoridades locais aprovaram a nova estrutura sem nenhuma restriÃ§Ã£o. Momentos antes do jogo o novo setor jÃ¡ estava sendo tomado e nÃ£o suportando o peso do pÃºblico desabou matando 18 pessoas e ferindo aproximadamente outras 2300.
EstÃ¡dio Mateo Flores (Cidade da Guatemala/GUA) â 16 de outubro de 1996
You've misunderstood what justx was saying. Unless you win a prize that's big enough to require a claim form, none of the states even know that you play the lottery. They obviously have plenty of data about how many tickets are sold for each game, what numbers are played, and so on, but none of that information is linked to the individuals who are buying the tickets. Even if you've had to claim a prize with a form, they still only know that you bought the tickets for which you notified them by
The lottery loves the fact people dont claim money. Some of the scratch offs now have that sneaky bonus box that people forget to scratch. On one scratch off about 20% of the prize money is won in that little bonus box. And the crossword games are also games that the lottery wins a lot of unclaimed money on. As I am sure many people arent careful with those games. And since Illinois doesnt have the code encrypted in the tickets it is easy to sometimes miss possible prizes. ( I personally enj... [ More ]
I think Illinois should hold a special drawing for that $240,000,000.They should announce that ALL online tickets for a specified game on a specfied date are also eligable for a special drawing to be held for unclaimed money.Everyone that buys a ticket is eligable for both jacpots (the regular game the special drawing).That would add more excitement to the specified game causing more sales raising the jackpot.
In fairness, MacOS is about the only mainstream OS left that's tied to its vendor's hardware, however tenuously (yes I know about RISC OS, but whilst I'm very happy for you if YOU are happy with it, that doesn't make it mainstream). So I think updates about new hardware are fair game in this case.
author: Jacqueline Susann
average rating: 3.65
book published: 1966
read at: 1995/08/01
date added: 2009/12/17
review: There is no shame in this game. Simply one of the most engrossing reads ever.
Today I will be talking about how to set either a future date or past date on your Blogger posts (Blogspot posts). This Blogger feature is easy to use and comes in handy when you need to set a Blogger post date other than the current date.
Last year sometime Blogger started to support future dating of blog posts. That meant that webmasters could set up their posts ahead of time and schedule them to become live at a particular point in time of their choosing. This future dating feature is particularly useful if you are going away on holiday or you just want to stay ahead of your game.
I also make use of the post date feature. When I am setting up a new blog I frequently use this feature to set pages like the About page to a date that is a long way back. Another time that has been very handy is when I have missed a post and want to fill in a gap.
To Post Date a Blogger Post
Navigate to New Post and create a Blogger post
In the Blogger HTML editor click on Post Options which is just below the compose box
Select your Blogger post date and time to any date and time before the current date and time
Click on Save and Publish Post
Click on Edit Posts to find and View your post
To Future Date a Blogger Post
Navigate to New Post and create a Blogger post
In the Blogger HTML editor click on Post Options which is just below the compose box
Select your Blogger post date and time to any date and time in the future
Click on Save and Publish Post
Click on Edit Posts to find your post will be marked in red as scheduled for the date and time set
Summary A user defined future date or past post date can be set for any Blogger post. In this Blogger tutorial I have shown you how to schedule future posts for publication and to assign past dates to your Blogger posts. This date feature is very useful for setting your post dates to suit your own posting schedule and needs.
Guenter Schlienz(Stuttgart, Germany) is known for his vast catalogue of tape & cdr releases on different great labels around the world â Sacred Phrases, SicSic, Goldtimers, Constellation Tatsu, etc. He is the man behind wonderful Cosmic Winnetou label, releasing all kinds of experimental/drone/ambient artists â maybe not as frequently as we'd like, but each time pleasing the taste of any tape music geek. Creating his minimalist compositions by means of d.i.y modular synths, tape loops and field recordings, Guenter achieves the serenity of classic ambient works, while keeping the vibe of 70s kosmische musik (think Cluster or Harmonia) and sometimes reaches the territories of academic minimalism, exploring the sound as ding an sich, inspiring the listener to invent its own narrative. Being part of Navelband since mid 90s, Guenter's place in music world has a long, but still almost unknown story which continues nowadays with further explorations of all kinds of ambient music.
Pied Paper: First of all, I'm curious about how it all started for you â ambient music, synth building, tape releases, etc. I know that you were involved in many other projects before, call you tell a bit about them too?
GS: phew, where did it all startedâ¦ definitely many many moons ago. was active mid till end 90s in some heavy stoner psychedelic rock band. was the guy responsible for producing some "far out sounds" with his guitar and some delay pedal. so there already was this drone element in what i did. but far from recognizing it as this for myself. bit later during the same decade i did a session with a guy who did guitar and singing for another noise rock outfit. we just fiddled around with our guitars and with every pedal we could get our hands on. we recorded our very first session with some broken 4track and quite liked the results. after presenting the finished cdr people came back and reported "this is quite cool drone music". so yep, that's how we learned the name of this style. and after having the name we were able to dig deeper and learned names like Stars of the Lid, Flying Saucer Attack, Brian Eno etc pp. this guitar drone project of us is called Navel and we are still recording and doing live shows.
beginning of the 00's i quit doing this rock band stuff, so there was plenty time to do some other things. after getting introduced to all this amazing kraut and kosmische musik (during a navel live show in france by an english man, but that's another story) there was the idea to do some kind of electronic music solo. so i needed an instrument, and after bit of research i discovered that the schematics for some modular synthesizer would be something i could manage with the training in electronics i already had. so i started soldering, first quite simple filters, later more and more sophisticated modules.
the tapes, yep, fast forward to the end of last decade. stumbled over this tape scene thing by accident via the internet (god bless it). those days i was pretty frustrated and bored by the music all the labels and magazines i knew presented, so this occurred to me like a big relief. yes. so many people and projects and bands and labels are doing fantastic stuff, exactly the music i love, right at the moment, and sell it for very low money to people all around the world. yes! couldn't belief my eyes. that the favorite medium of all those labels and projects were cassettes don't really bothered me (of course i had this "ugh? on tape? strangeâ¦" moment like everybody else i guess), because i never really stopped using this media since my early childhood days.
I like to dramatize a bit some things some times, but this discovery of the tape label scene kind of saved my artistic live. it gave me so much energy and confirmation and countless hours of joy during listening sessions that i got the feeling that i have to give something back. hence i started my own tape label.
Pied Paper: Your music sounds almost academic sometimes, especially works as Organ Studies, Loop Studies and Furniture Sounds â which, as I understand is a homage to Eric Satie. But your name is strongly associated with "underground tape scene", as we call it. Did you ever thought about making your music open for the interpretations, to write it down on a paper maybe, letting the others perform it?
GS: huh, not sure if i my music sounds bit like academic music. for sure i'm quite interested in this genre, mean contemporary composers with "classical" musical education composing pieces for concert halls and operas and stuff. like their approach to their art through quite rigid concepts, their huge knowledge about musical structures and about music of many centuries and cultures. perhaps you see my enthusiasm for their rigidness shining through my stuff? that would be a compliment for sure, at least in my opinion. and of course, if there would be a small ensemble crazy enough to perform it, i would love to write a score for them (though not sure if i would like to conduct it). but i guess your name must be some lou reed or some other in the same league to be honored like this. actually i'm pretty sure that many of those academic contemporary composers would be happily release their stuff on tape if they would only know this special scene around it.
Pied Paper: It's clear that ambient music is a wide field for interpretation, same sound can be perceived in different ways depending on the artwork, liner notes, track titles, etc. Can you tell something about your own perception of your music? Does it have some stories within, or it's just abstract form which everyone can fill with its own meaning?
as you see in the answer of the last question i like some kind of concept around the music. and if this concept even gets its visual equal with the artwork i'm more than happy. so of course, there is a story in every piece. but hey, its music, its a form of art, so who am i to dictate what some listener and spectator wants to see in it? isn't it the very meaning of any art, that the consumer of it knits his very personal meaning to it?
actually i am not able to describe what i hear in my music anyway. for me the answer to this question would lead to some kind of poem, some painting, some huge novel, some dance or any other arty abstraction. in none of the mentioned techniques 'm very good at, so please, listen to the music.
Pied Paper: Imagine a situation when you someone asks you to create music with specific mood, theme, etc. â like for a movie scene or something â would it be easy for you? What you enjoy more - improvisation or composition?
already did this, i mean creating some music for a specific use (to earn some money), and hey, that is pretty hard work (and hard earned money)! to create some music without some customers needs to be satisfied, just the personal ones, isn't really easy to do as well, but much more gratifying for the soul. its an privilege to be able to do this, and i have a (pretty time consuming) bread and butter job to create the circumstances to fulfill it.
can't really separate those strategies during my performances, both live and during my recording sessions. its always a mixture of plan and being ready to include some coincidences respectively enlightenments. actually my believe is, gained through many observations and talks about such things, that nearly every work in which i am interested in is created this way.
Pied Paper: I know that you enjoy recording outdoor, do you have any specific set-up for this?
not really specific, the equipment just have to have some possibility to work battery driven. luckily my modulars fall into this category. just to improve the handling of such adventure i have build my modulars as small and compact as possible, and since a couple of months a work on some modules who will be included into some water proofed case.
Pied Paper: Probably you've noticed that releases of first wave of cassette drone/ambient in 2009-11 was mostly lo-fi and many of same artists still doing tapes nowadays came to much cleared and well-produced sound - is that natural growth or trying to be more "mainstream"?
yes, i'm aware of this development as well. i think it just was some other group of people with bit different background which had been running those labels you' mention. In those early days of the reemerging of this medium the leading actors had had mostly a background in the noise scene. hence the tape as favorite medium, hence the cheap and ugly aesthetics of the chosen instruments. these different (don't like to ad some other evaluative adjective) sounding tapes of lately are from people without this background, they just take over the torch and work with it out of their musical socialization. so in my opinion it is either "natural growth", this sounds like some kind of improvement who isn't any need for, nor a try to reach broader audiences. the good stuff of recently is produced by people who are just as true to their own style as their ancestors had been, and therefore it is as important and equal beautiful as the old stuff.
Pied Paper: As a label owner, can you tell how many demos you receive? Which kind of styles you receive most? I'm asking because it seems that ambient/psych/drone music isn't that popular anymore - I see tons of vaporwave/webpunk tapes at new-born labels, while such imprints as Stunned, Tranquility tapes, Goldtimers are long gone (or maybe it's just old man's talk, huh).
yes, and i'm very happy about it, i receive quite a lot of demos. always love to get some new sounds for my ears. mostly the artists are very good informed about the style of the music i usually release and about the aesthetics i'm interested in. perhaps you are right, there are less people out there which do their own style of ambient/psych/drone as perhaps eight years ago, but i'm not sure about that. and as i stated in the last paragraph i think those vaporwave labels and the like took the torch of the cassette celebration and run with it their own way. and this is a good thing. who needs the 16th or whatever version of the emeralds (insert here the name of your favorite release of those years)? isn't this exactly what have happened with pop and rock music and what makes this stuff sometimes unbearable to listen to?
Pied Paper: And what are your plans for the Cosmic Winnetou in the foreseeable future?
prepare my next batch right now which will be released in a couple of weeks. but after this 13th cosmic winnetou bundle of cassettes i will need a hiatus, unfortunately. i love to do the label work, but it is very time consuming. have lots of projects for this year, music and private stuff, so i have to pull the brakes to this project for this year. but really looking forward to restart the tape label with new ideas and energies end of this year.
Pied Paper: Do you ever think about future of music? Is it possible to invent something new, or we are doomed to retro-mania, returning to same tunes from different angles?
of course there will some day somebody release some music which haven't been heard before and will blow all of us completely into the void. don't know which day this will happen, but i'm pretty sure someday it will. just look around, not only the music is stuck into retro mode. clothing, hair style, performing arts, pictorial arts, industrial design, i think that in our days nearly every form of artefacts are done with quite old ideas, just a few new kind of tools here and there. the whole mood, you can call it "zeitgeist" if you like, is like "let's try to preserve what we have", not "perhaps this is a better idea for the future, let's work on it". in my opinion everything is linked together somehow, and we have this retro mania since the 90s, starting with this global change of the modus vivendi. but nothing is forever, so i'm sure this will change someday. these thoughts are just my 50cents about a very complex question. but yeah, i think about this, and love to exchange ideas about this kind of topic.
Pied Paper: Humans already sent some music with space probes - which titles would you choose for such mission? I know you won't choose Wagner, huh :)
really nice question, this is. indeed already thought about that, and i think the nasa did a quite good job with the "golden record" for the voyager mission. very good selection which shows how wonderfully diverse sounds humans are able to produce, and each and all of them aim at the listeners heart. but always wondered if it would be perhaps a good idea to send some field recordings of this strange planet into the void, and f so, which i would chose.
some people laughing, some people fighting, a mother singing her baby to sleep, the audience at a soccer game, a sundown at the shore of a calm sea with waves and cicades and everything? what else?
Pied Paper: Okay, that's it â you can send high fives here or add something if needed! Thank you!
hey, high five to you and many thanks for those questions! took my a while to type the answers, because you found some topics and ideas i love to share my thoughts on it. and of course many thanks for your support!
perhaps i would like to ad a big "thank you" to all the readers of those lines, time is precious and i'm happy that you waste it reading them. and a big "thank you" to all the people who listen to my music and perhaps even bought the cassettes and cds and vinyls with my music on it. to know that somebody out there cares about my music means a lot to me. hugs.
Â«CHECK OUT is a project involving sound, images and words. It is divided into sections (chapters / tracks) and has three main granularities, i.e. excess, exposure, and deathÂ» ~ horschaft
This is simply gorgeous. No exaggerating, this is the first and second and third impression on this release. Even before hearing the music, holding this beautiful LP-sized book with matte-finished hardcover, full of atmospheric photographs and collected impressions makes my heart beating faster. Maybe just because I like photography and work in printing business, but I don't think it is the only reason. The book unfolds masterfully captured moments of fleeting beauty, seen in tiny details, in landscape, in urban and naturalistic, in simple movements and casual glances. And while the music starts its weaving, your attention is already caught by spells of this creation. It is really hard to make something outstanding in times of ambient music abundance, which we are facing now. Revival of physical formats paves new ways of representation of highly subjective artistic visions and it results in variety of forms â handmade editions, special inserts, quests for ordering, etc. But despite the common idea that music must speak for itself, it's actually a new level of music production â making not really a product, but an art object. Imagine yourself visiting art gallery: some pictures on the walls, subtle music playing... Your impression is fleeting, it depends on so many factors and lies under so much pressure of the modern life-style and its rhythm, that it dissipates as quickly, as the morning dew under the sun since you leave the gallery... Subjective means personal, and personal art it's always just a tiny window, a glance inside the world of the Other. The less objective you are trying to be, the bigger this window gets, expanding the ways of perceive and understand each other. Simple idea, but not that easy to follow when it comes to practice. But if you have the exhibition delivered right at your place, carefully prepared for revisiting its virtues, hiding some details for attentive exploration... Probably it gives much more freedom both for you and for the artist. Ability to explore deeper is a luxury in a modern world.
I won't divide the music and pictures of this edition, I'd rather tell that they are as inseparable as our five senses. Interconnection of impressions creates polarity, accumulates the impulse to discovery, and that's a very good approach in case of ambient music. It creates the deepness and instead of hearing just another melodic guitar ambience and dusty, melancholic soundscapes we plunge into the world of CHECK OUT without hesitation, exploring sensation of every tiny detail of mood, which appears only once â right now, right at this page, with this exact transition of the sounds. This album gives us an environment so fragile and sensitive to any change. It seems that CHECK OUT is aboutcapturing the fleetness of our life, about unavoidable death of every beautiful thing... But at some point of deepening inside it you may realize that this is happens all the time and that's what life is, a game of perception, of the novelty and excess, of discovery and forgetting... This album not just captures something, but brings the deeper level in the game.
Â«A 54 minute tapestry of transcendental motifs caterwauling fizzy manifestations hurled forth from the Unified Field. Professionally dubbed and duplicated blue-green glitter tape with printed art and full color J-card in a soft poly caseÂ».dugout canoe
Imagine Terry Riley playing some old video game and realizing that instead of actually playing it, he can play music with it. So he starts pushing all those buttons in a manner he does with electronic organ and the game becomes more and more chaotic, yet doesn't want to end anyway. At some point game gains awareness and transcends its own code, achieving digital enlightenment and disappearing from the physical plan... Now you get an idea how this tapes sounds, with the only difference that instead of Terry there is Jacob Isaacs behind the wheel and you may heard his tunes already in Bridgetown Records catalogue. Speed is really high, so all your attempts to analyse this music are doomed to vanish in abundance of 8-bit tunes, voice samples and rumbling drones somewhere deep beneath all of this. It may seem pretty hard-core, but actually this music has certain New Age and bright futuristic feeling about it, sounding like dynamic Osho meditation for cybernetic mind or minimal techno party for androids on the loose. Take Kara-Lis Coverdale and Giant Claw, let them dance, smoke few joints and flirt (only musically speaking, of course) and you'll get "Over Unity" in result.
PS: By the way, one of this album's perks is the fact that you can listen to it from any point, it works perfectly from any tape position and at any player / volume / speakers / headphones, etc. Just amazing!
Â«Pilar se fue el 16 de noviembre de 2015, se fue tras 14 aÃ±os juntos. medir la pegada emocional que eso supone es imposible. sÃ³lo el que tenga peludos y los ame como a un humano puede entenderlo. si ya no comes animales, como en mi caso, la cercanÃa emocional es intangible. desde el dÃa uno he tenido miedo al adiÃ³s de Pilar, ese miedo ha sobrevolado como una nube cada uno de los dÃas que compartimos vidaÂ».apenino & Ã¡rbore
There is no such thing as happiness, when you lost someone. There can be a lot of things as emptiness, despair, anxiety, but happiness turns into abstract concept. Society will tell you a lot about death and how to deal with it, we have formulas and catchwords for every imaginable situation. But under the surface of dealing with pain it remains untouched â fear, uncomfortable feeling of change, that cannot be reversed... And it doesn't really matter who's missing in your life now. Animal can be the closest family member and if you ever lost one, you know what I'm talking about here. Maybe it's too sentimental but knowing that your animal will definitely live shorter life than you never helps to deal with their passing. And how beautiful when this feeling of loss transforms into art, into vivid memory, that will never disappear as easily, as human memory can do. Music is a very flexible material and anything can be projected onto it. As a water surface, it reflects things, but at the same time has its own deepness. And at some point it doesn't even matter what artist wanted from this tunes for himself â music always gives you more. In case of this wonderful 17-min track sound creates a beautiful picture of the sunny day, spent in happy laziness, just watching the game of light and shadows in you room. Wind gently touches curtains, bringing flower aromas with it. And beneath all of this you hear slow evolving drone, so similar to cat's purr...
------------ Note 1: Hello, and welcome to the annual edition of my pretending to understand how the average-age-55-years-white-American-old-men vote to find the best movie of the year! It's almost like how the new Pope is picked. Almost.
Note 2: Post 3.0 is going to be awesome, just like my previoustwo posts. Also, this year, a bunch of us got together to make an AWESOME app for Oscars - Award Street. Check it out! ------------
This year is pretty much going to be Boyhood vs. Birdman. A lot of people are going to get their predictions wrong this year depending on which way The Academy leans, unless your prediction is that a movie whose name starts with the letter 'B' is going to take home the grandest prize, and you can be sure about nailing it. Personally, I want to be screaming "It's a boy!" when it's announced. That man, Linklater, deserves a trophy by now. He got nominated for the last 2 movies of the 'Before' trilogy, and has made cult classics like Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and School of Rock. He might just walk away with 3 trophies in his hands this year and that would be AWESOME. If The Academy leans towards Birdman instead of Boyhood, it will be sad, and them trying incredibly hard to be cool. Boyhood is an achievement, period. A movie event we are going to be talking about for a long, long time. It will be fitting if Boyhood is announced for the Best Picture, and this plays:
I don't wanna be a big man
Just wanna fight like everyone else
No major controversies with the nominations, although no love for Nightcrawler, The Lego Movie, and no cinematography nod for Interstellar broke my heart a little. But then, what's an Oscar without a little heartbreak, right?
I think this category isn't even a contest. Boyhood is by far the best movie on this list. Also, instead of the standard Film/Director split the Academy is known for doing, I think this year is going to see a Film/Writing split, between Boyhood and Birdman.
'You know how everyone's always saying seize the moment? I don't know, I'm kind of thinking it's the other way around, you know, like the moment seizes us.'
The chills Rosamund Pike gives you! Goodness. I wish she won this one, but she won't.
From Gone Girl: 'I'm the cunt you married. The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this cunt might like. I'm not a quitter, I'm that cunt. I killed for you; who else can say that? You think you'd be happy with a nice Midwestern girl? No way, baby! I'm it.'
Please. Starting to feel a little bad for Mr. Anderson though. Maybe Mr. Anderson is destined to be seventh time lucky another year.
'I finally figured it out. It's like when they realized it was gonna be too expensive to actually build cyborgs and robots. I mean, the costs of that were impossible. They decided to just let humans turn themselves into robots. That's what's going on right now. I mean, why not? They're billions of us just laying around, not really doing anything. We don't cost anything. We're even pretty good at self-maintenance and reproducing constantly. And as it turns out, we're already biologically programmed for our little cyborg upgrades. I read this thing the other day about how When you hear that ding on your inbox, you get like a dopamine rush in your brain. It's like we're being chemically rewarded for allowing ourselves to be brainwashed. How evil is that? We're fucked.'
Miss. IÃ±Ã¡rritu, Birdman. Oh well. Another year, bigger movie, Linklater!
This is going to be a close call, but I think Birdman will pull through in the end. Also, if it does, the Best Picture announcement is going to induce double the nervousness. Writing/Film split seldom happens. The last time this happened was with Argo (2012), and Million Dollar Baby (2005) before that.
From Boyhood: 'I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? Yoy know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you'd think that was pretty magical, right?'
'You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it.'
A lack of Theory of Everything here was a little bit surprising.
'I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she's exceedingly lovely.'
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Zimmer's score made Interstellar more grandiose than it already was. Just 1 win for him from 9 nominations, I think he can use another win, and deservedly so. Theory of Everything has a good chance of taking it away.
'Those aren't mountains, they're waves.'
Miss. Grand Budapest Hotel. This movie is on a roll tonight! Desplat deserved a win, nominated for 2 movies this year, and 7 before this.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
------------ Note 1: It is after a long time that I want to write about an (Indian) movie!
Note 2: Considering that Haider is adapted from a well-known (and arguably the most famous) Shakespearean play, The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, I will go easy with spoilers and without warning. And for those unfamiliar with tragedies by Shakespeare, spoiler alert, everybody dies. ------------
I knew Vishal Bhardwaj has a fetish for Shakespeare. Haider is the final installment of his trilogy spanning Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello) before this. Shakespeare's influence on him is also evident in his outings not based on plays, most notably in Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, and less visibly in 7 khoon maaf, and Ishqiya among others. But this is also a man who truly loves cinema and adores the medium. So much that the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from the original play are depicted as Salman and Salman, a duo which run a VHS rental store, idling their time away to the moves of Salman Khan, the rising superstar from the 1990s. It is a fitting tribute to the time and place in which Vishal Bhardwaj grew up as a filmmaker.
I mention this because I wager this man is heavily influenced in his style by another man who adores cinema, Quentin Tarantino, a director famous for his revenge epics. With all the bloody gruesomeness that leaves its trail along a saga of revenge, the conflicts, the deliberations, the mess - how cool is it that our home-grown director does homage to Tarantino's trademark trunk shot and ends Haider with a sampling straight from his movies (edit: my bad. The sampling at the end of Haider is from Extreme Ways.)
Set in the mid-1990s in Kashmir, the story embeds itself flawlessly in the setting, rather than it just being a background setup for the events adapted from the original play.
Jhelum, jhelum dhoonde kinara
Jhelum, jhelum dhoonde kinara
Dooba sooraj, kin aankhon mein
Sooraj dooba, kin aankhon mein
Jhelum huya khaara
This has to be Shahid Kapoor's highlight performance of his career yet. I was skeptical about this casting choice from the trailers, but boy was I wrong. The amount of preparation he put behind this role shows. The monologue scene in front of an audience at the town square is exaggerated just the right amount, and the execution of the play-within-a-play exposition scene from the original is neat. His costumes, makeup, body language, all fit together seamlessly as he owns his character.
Hai ki hai nahi, bas yehi sawaal hai
Aur sawaal ka jawab bhi sawaal hai.
Dil ki agar sunoon to hai, dimaag ki to hai nahin
Jaan loon ki jaan doon, mai rahoon ki mai nahin.
And what a find Shraddha Kapoor is! Elegant, charming, poised, controlled, absolutely not afraid to let her eyes to the talking, and leaves you yearning for more. I wish I was there to see her keeping a straight face as she mispronounces 'loved' as 'love-edd' as they were filming it! I, for one, definitely want to see her do meaningful roles in the future. Irrfan Khan delivers a spirited punch during his meager screen time, playing the ghost from the play.
But the highlight performance in the movie has to be Tabu's, arguably her career's best, atleast in a very long time. A delight she is as she sets the screen on fire bringing her character to life. There is a scene in which she is trying to convince Haider to leave Kashmir for a better future. With her teary, swollen eyes, and a gun pointed to her head, she ultimately gets her way. I cannot imagine another actress from around here who can pull that off with such elegance.
"Vaishi bhediyaa ban chuka hai wo."
"Shukr hai aasteen ka saanp nahi banaa."
Vishal Bhardwaj, with his direction and music (for Gulzar's excellent lyrics), tops himself. Being true to the source material and still making it his own, he comes out triumphant. He is at the top of his game here. Kashmir has been shot so delicately! (I want to go there ASAP! And we we don't need foreign locations!) The gravedigger scene, in particular, is the crowning jewel, a scene which drips with his love and affection for his craft.
Arre aao na, ki jaan gayi, jahaan gaya, kho jaao
Arre aao na, ke thak gayi, hai zindagi, so jaao
I might have profusely appreciated the movie thus far, but the movie is not without its gripes. I'll start with the anachronisms. In one of the best and most important scenes in the movie, the play-within-a-play scene, there is a mobile cellular tower prominently visible throughout in the background. Forgetting for a moment that we did not have cellular networks in the 1990s, its presence is distracting. I would have expected this to come up in post-processing/editing, especially when a viewer is able to catch it in first viewing. This is the kind of attention-to-detail I would expect from a director of his caliber. Then, to depict Bangalore, they used footage of the iconic Domlur flyover here. Again, its construction hadn't started as late as 2003, and the footage of sprawling flyovers plastered suddenly coming from the valleys of Kashmir moments ago is jarring to say the least.
Also, in my opinion, the Oedipus aspects of the play were overplayed in the movie. It wasn't necessary. Not as much. But my major complaint is how they handled the character of Ophelia. Transforming it into a childhood love, and having scenes of brimming romance between Haider and Arshia feels out-of-place in a Shakespearean revenge epic such as Hamlet.
But hey, the movie is probably a little too "heavy" already for Indian audiences, and removing the little romance might have aggravated it, so what do I know? I am sure it took enough courage already to deal with the Censor Board's scissors and to release this film pitted against the 24,000-screens-release of multi-starrer blockbuster Bang Bang.
I can already read some negative Internet chatter around 1) The depiction of Kashmir; 2) It being a heavily political movie; and 3) "maa bete ka rishta". Please, folks, can we let art remain art? Pretty please?
I cannot recommend this movie enough. Please go watch it, something like this comes rarely in our country. Thank you Vishal Bhardwaj for making Haider.
------------ Note 1: Well, I did a post on Oscars last year, so I am going to do one every year now. Talk about being clingy, heh.
Note 2.0: Post 2.0 is going to be bigger and better, aww yeah! ------------
It hasn't been a stellar year for movies compared to the previous year, neither there nor here. A year of massive snubs too (I weep for you, Coen brothers, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson). '12 years a slave' emerges as the 'Lincoln' from last year, and TEN nominations for 'American Hustle', are you effing kidding me?! The race is wide open (which makes it mildly interesting), and my prediction is that this year predictions in general are going to go for a toss. My sentiments for this year's Oscars are best summarized by the movie nominated this year for Makeup and Hairstyling, a movie that will be selling DVDs with 'Oscar nominee' plastered on its cover - 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'.
The complete list of nominations is available here. This is going to be a difficult year for predictions, so whenever in doubt, I will stick to a golden rule - snub American Hustle!
Her was a surprise (and deserving) nomination for this category, and the minimalism in the look and feel of the movie only goes on to show how much thought was put into it. Oh, and yes, F. U. American Hustle.
From Her: "Your past is just a story you tell yourself."
While I really wish Thomas Newman, after being nominated 11 times before this (including WallÂ·E), won this one for his great score in a music-heavy Saving Mr. Banks, I feel Steven Price deserves this one. Check it out.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
This is a tough one to pick, between 'Ordinary Love' and 'Let it go'. I do want to see U2 win, after they didn't win the last time they were nominated. And while you are at it, 'The Moon Song' from 'Her' is absolutely heart-breaking.
------------ Note 1: I am posting this from Rajdhani Express.
Note 2: I realised that since I have come to Bangalore, I have not done any train journey at all! Specifically Rajdhani Express, it's been almost 8 years since I boarded one. It is the one thing that the Indian Railways gets right after-all (apart from Palace on Wheels, I suppose). I used to absolutely love the experience as a kid. They used to serve soup-sticks with soup. Soup-sticks! On a train! Must have that experience again. I am on an epic 34-hour journey from Delhi to Bangalore. On Rajdhani Express. ------------
I reached the Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi well in advance. I went to my platform, my train was waiting for me. How sweet! I checked the passenger chart pasted beside the entrance of my coach 'B8', not to confirm my name on the chart, but for a more customary glance to scout for 'F22' to 'F26' "fellow" passengers. This is the reason I had booked a 3rd AC ticket as against a 2nd AC ticket. You have 5 fellow passengers in 2nd AC, but 7 fellow passengers in 3rd AC. I was merely hoping to tilt 'Law of averages' in my favour. If it worked, imagine a cute girl sitting next to you with nowhere to go and no-one to talk to but you for 34 hours. Thirty, four, hours! I could have then let my charm do the rest.
As luck would have it, most of my co-passengers are > 'M45'. Worse, there is a family travelling with an ever-curious 8-year old kid travelling ALL the way to Bangalore with me. The annoying kid began asking his dad weird questions, which apparently pissed off his dad, even. The kid wanted to know a real-time answer to "Papa, train ki speed kitni hai abhi?", asked every two minutes. The geek in me made me tell the dad that there was an android app which he could install on his phone which tells the exact speed using GPS. Indirectly, my way of telling the kid to STFU. Thank goodness for the invention of GPS. One annoying kid shut up. And as if fate hadn't already had all the fun with me, there were two cute girls, my age, sitting bang in the next compartment. I smiled at them, they ignored me, life moved on. I realised that my coach was a bait rather than a 'B8', and I had fallen into its trap.
The clock struck 8:50 PM, and the train moved. Woah! ON TIME?! Like I said, the one thing Indian Railways gets right.
As soon as the train started, the staff jumped to action, and oh boy, first up, soup with soup-sticks! Paisa wasool already! While sipping my soup, I realised that a train journey is so much more comfortable than air travel. You have ample space to sleep, eat, stretch, relax. Plus, for people who smoke, there are two excellent smoking lounges (read: toilets) on both sides of the coach! If only the staff who served food looked like their Indian air-travel counterpart:
So, after a proper three-course dinner, I took out my laptop, and aptly for the moment, decided to watch a romantic comedy - 'The Princess Bride'. Nothing much about the movie, except that I found parts of the movie mildly annoying. It did though answer something for me which I have been thinking about since I started watching 'Sherlock'. Remember the pilot episode? In which the cabbie has pills in two containers in front of him, one of them poisoned and the other not, and our hero has to deduce which one is poisonous and has to make his pick. Well, the case gets solved, cabbie is killed (apologies for the spoiler), but we never find out which was the correct choice. The exact same game is played in 'The Princess Bride', with a solution that is both plausible and mind-boggling, even in the context of 'Sherlock', which made the movie worthwhile.
Another equally awesome discovery I made on this trip was Alpenliebe Mangofillz, which they served with the evening snacks. Oh. My. God. I haven't had a candy so full of joy in a LONG time. Smooth, delicious, filled with raw mango awesomeness! I am going to buy me a jar as soon as I reach Bangalore!
About 12 hours of my journey to go, which includes a movie or two, and another awesome dinner, until Bangalore...
On the first day of Facebook's F8 Developer Conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's shift to augmented reality. Facebook's camera will be capable of recognizing people and objects and add Snapchat-like effects to the world. Facebook is hoping developers will help them take augmented reality to the next level, both using Facebook Camera Effects and the Oculus Rift. Facebook also announced a new social virtual reality app, Facebook Spaces, which will allow users to interact with each other in VR using cartoon avatars. Other announcements included an expanded focus on Messenger chat bots, QR code-like parametric codes, and Messenger Platform 2.0. The latter will add AI, games, music, and more to Messenger.
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Birthed out of reunion of former basketball players, the Wayne Cobb Scholarship has been established at East Central University.
Forty-five of Cobbâs players converged on ECUâs Sterling L. Williams Center on April 8 to reminisce and share stories about Cobb, the Tigersâ all-time winningest coach, during a five-hour celebration.
As a result, the Wayne Cobb Scholarship, valued now at $21,000, was created.
âThis was an opportunity to thank Wayne and donate toward the scholarship,â said Craig Kurtz, a former player under Cobb and current chief executive officer for the ECU Foundation, Inc.
Attending the event were former players and current coaches such as Phil Johnson, Jim Wooldridge, Vernell Kemp, Jeff Coleman. Bobby Shelton, Pete Papahronis and Todd Scott.
Cobb, an NAIA Hall of Famer, posted a 417-251 record in his 24-plus years as head coach of the ECU program from 1978-2003. Included in that was an appearance and subsequent runner-up finish by his Tigers in the 1989 NAIA National Championship game. His teams appeared in three other NAIA Tournaments, including two Elite Eight berths in 1996 and 1998.
He coached ECU to eight regular season conference championships, two postseason conference tournament crowns and six 20 or more win seasons.
Cobbâs overall coaching record was 638-345, including coaching stints at Chattanooga High School (two years), Sulphur High School (one year) and Murray State College (nine seasons).
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I'm very excited to say I have a five page backup story in issue 29 of Brandon Graham'sProphet reboot for Image comics. Prophet is one my favorite books being published at the moment and i'm super excited to be a part of it. Here's a preview of the issue drawn by Farel Dalrymple.
and here's a preview of my backup story, the first page sans text
and here's the excellent cover image by Fil Barlow.
Prophet #29 is out in stores today so go pick up an issue!
It’s strategic and it’s pretty. We get to see gameplay footage of Failure in its pre-alpha state, showcasing the overall game idea from mechanics to how a match plays out, alongside it’s beautiful visuals with all those neons. Check out the game’s Kickstarter page for more information.
The Elder Scrolls Online looks great. Real time combat, stamina bar and omg the beautiful vivid environments. We all know the series very well and TESO is staying true to it origins. ZeniMax is bringing back the most memorable and iconic aspects such as vampires, guilds and so much more! I check out http://tesozone.com to keep up on every detail and the latest information!
I love dragons as much as the next guy, but come on. In Skyrim, that was obviously a special incident. They cannot just tack dragons on because people like them. Doesn't really fit with the canon.
Though I suppose they could make it work. I was glad that they finally cleared up where their story was coming from. I couldn't find anything about what the game was about it the lore on websites. Interesting that Bethesda Game Studios left that span of time relatively empty.
i'm super happy that they are delving so deep into the Tamrielic Lore but the combat system still worries me. hopefully, they can keep it as interesting as the other TES games but, for me, good combat is essential. i will still be buying it when it does come out, but it is still up in the air as to whether i consistently play it like i have Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.
Man, I love the lore to this series, but I can't stop flogging the dead horse over this combtat system.
In 2004 WOW was the first MMO that created a way to pretend it had action combat in a tab targeting auto attack system making it fast paced and twitch.
It's been 8 years, we don't have to pretend anymore. Tera Online has just demonstrated that MMO combat doesn't need to pretend anymore. We have the technology. You can rebuild him.
Maybe in 10 years or so we can see the Elder Scrolls online as it should have been.
The Elder Scrolls "MMO" AND not being made by Bethesda? That's two strikes. But in all honesty I can't help but feel like it isn't TES without Bethesda, and single player. But I hope they prove me wrong.
Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne, County Derry, Northern Ireland. Perched on a 120 foot cliff over the ocean, this dramatic spot is a fantastic place to explore and visit. The beach below was used in the Game of Thrones series to film the burning of the Seven Gods. The mansion was built in the 18th […]
São rostos com a testa alta, e o contorno da mandíbula mais estreito e comprido. Para esse formato, experimente chapéus de aba larga e copa baixa. Geralmente os chapéus de praia, possuem a aba maior, o que vai contrapor bem o formato alongado do seu rosto. Outro modelo bacana para usar é o cloche, as abas nao são longas, mas o modelo cobre bem a testa, criando a impressão de um rosto menor.
Dica: Evite chapéus de copa alta, porque vão alongar ainda mais sua face. E se joga nos turbantes, porque eles foram feitos para você.
Observe o comprimento do seu rosto, se é quase igual a largura, então é quadrado. A testa mais larga e o queixo acentuado são as principais características deste formato. Neste caso, a ideia é alongar, escolha chapéus de copa alta, como chapéu de praia, modelo country ou floppy. Opte também por chapéus de abas redondas e com detalhes na vertical.
Dica: Inclinar o chapéu quebra a simetria do rosto, dando ainda mais charme no look. E não use chapéus de aba curta ou sem aba, pois eles darão ênfase aos ângulos bem definidos do seu rosto.
Oval já diz tudo, o formato te lembrará um ovo. As maçãs do rosto são maiores, já a testa e o queixo são ligeiramente estreitos. Este formato é considerado o ideal para acessórios de cabeça. Sinta-se privilegiado, porque terá uma variedade de chapéus para usar. Basta escolher o que te mais agrada, ou variar todos os dias com um look diferente.
Queixo arredondado e bochechas cheinhas. A idéia é afinar, para isso invista nos chapéus com topos médios ou altos e aba proporcional. Para acrescentar mais simetria, use os modelos fedora e estilo panamá.
Dica: Tente inclinar o chapéu um pouco para frente, para dar impressão de alongamento da face. E evite chapéus de copas redondas, para não ficar tudo muito circular.
O famoso formato "pêra" onde a parte inferior é mais fina que a superior. O queixo é destacado por ser angular ou arredondado. Mais democrático que os demais, assemelha-se ao rosto oval, por isso, as opções são inúmeras. Mas ainda sim, para não errar opte por copa e abas mais curtas.
Dica: Inclinar o chapéu para um lado, criará a impressão de rosto mais afinado. E as abas largas enfatizam a testa e afinam muito o queixo. Se joga nos chapéus com abas médias, como fedora, cloche ou boina.
87 days prior to 11/02/16 brings us to the 8/7 (87) mo/day.
87 = 29 prime X 3.
Just a bit more....
87 days from 11/02/16 brings us to 12/01/16 which was Javier Baez's 24th birthday. These next 87 days will be the final days of his 24th year - when we can call him to be 23 years old.
How does this fit?
Well this was the 112th World Series.
Javier's birthday is always 112 days away from 8/11. 8/11 is the mo/day when the sun rises over Lake Michigan was EXACTLY 5:55 am which is the beginning of the Leo (356th) minute of the day.
112 is the sum of 23 I (9) Am (14) plus 89 which is the highest prime factor of the word Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4.
When you combine 23 and 89 it's like proclaiming "I (9) Am (14) Leo (356)".
2389 is the Leo (356th) prime number.
89 also corresponds to HR (89) = "Home Run."
Javy made 2 out of the 3 Cubs' errors last night. He also missed the ball on a bunt attempt which ended in a strike out. But he made up for the errors with his HR and some other great plays. Javy's play was essentially a microcosm of how the Cubs played as well as how they were coached last night. The rain started right after he missed that bun attempt, but the delay allowed the Cubs to regroup and go onto win the final Game 7 of what has been an incredibly epic year.
"Grant DePorter, who insists destiny and numerology will propel the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years, pointed his phone at the scoreboard behind the left-field wall at Wrigley Field, started recording and put his theory to test.
It was was Oct. 7, Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and the San Francisco Giants. Javier Baez, the Cubsâ second baseman, was at the plate facing Johnny Cueto, the Giantsâ starting pitcher.
DePorterâs video showed Cuetoâs pitch count â 107 at that point in the game â just moments after DePorter predicted that Baez would hit a home run on pitch 108."
One tidbit already sticks out worth noting: Charles Webb Murphy (born January 22, 1868 in Wilmington, Ohio â died October 16, 1931 in Chicago). My father was born on 1/22/25 - 57 years after Charles Murphy was born. My father turned 57 in 1982 which was the year my wife turned 23.
My father and mother first lived at 1311 Chicago Avenue here in Evanston - after they got married in Montana where my mother is from. 1311 is an amazing non-prime number for it's the result of multiplying 23 and 57 - 2, 3, 5, 7 are first 4 prime numbers after ONE (1). If you examine the digits of pi you will find that beginning at digit 1311 you will find 8989 which factors into 101 prime X 89 prime.
89 is the prime of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4. Leo is the astrological sign for the Divine Birthmonth of August whose ruling planet is the Sun and which corresponds to the Human Heart.
Why is 89 so important to the current World Series? Well do the math: the 2016th World Series is the 112th which is the sum of 23 "I (9) Am (14)" and 89 which is the prime of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4.
Much of the Cubs loaded young talent were born in between 1992 and 1994 - which means they came into their 23rd "I (9) Am (14)" season of life just as the Cubs surged into the new light of this recent historic run. 2389 is a prime number composed of those 2 special prime numbers and it just happens to be the Leo (356th) prime number.
Examining the Digits of pi:
The string 108 occurs at position 2,534 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. The 3. is not counted. 2534 factors into 181 prime X 14. 181 is the prime of We (55) Are (195) One (655) = 905 = 181 prime X 5. You could say that the year 1991 provided a foundation for the current Cubs run for all of the young Cubs players were born in 1992 or beyond. 1991 = 181 prime X 11.
Speaking of 181 X 11 (1991).....when you combine 181 and 11 it forms the number 18111 which mirrors 010811 and 1811. Our Lord was born on 8/11 in 6 BC. When you correct for the 2334 days in BC time that he lived the "corrected year" becomes Year 1. 010811 corresponds to Year 1, Month 8, Day 11. Charles Murphy's numerical age (NA) on 10/25/16 - Day ONE (1) of the 112th World Series was 54333 which factors (partially) into 18111 X 3.
Another note on Charles Murphy (born January 22, 1868 in Wilmington, Ohio â died October 16, 1931 in Chicago):
His Numerical Age (NA) was 23277 which is isn't a prime number but is composed of 23 prime and 277 prime.
23 corresponds to I (9) Am (14) which is our Lord's original name and title given to Moses on Mt. Sinai - "I Am...the Lord thy God..." Exodus 20:2.
277 is the highest prime factor of this phrase "Divine Love" as follows:
Divine (494955) Love (3645) = 498600 = 277 prime 1800.
So you could say that Charles Murphy - even for as much as he was a "hated man" - lived a Numerical Age that corresponds to the phrase "I Am Divine Love."
23277 factors into 7759 prime X 3 prime.
7759 days prior to January 22, 1868 - Charles Murphy's birth - we arrive at October 25 in the year 1846 which was EXACTLY 170 years prior to October 25, 2016 which was Game ONE (1) of the 2016 World Series.
If we move ahead 23277 "I Am Divine Love" days from October 25, 1846 we will arrive at July 19, 1910. This is a significant date for a few reasons: 1) 7/19 is always 23 "I (9) Am (14)" days from August 11th, the Divine Birthdate 2) 7/19 (719) corresponds to "Christ The Lord God GO" - which mirrors "Chicago" as follows: Chi (389) is the Greek letter "X" which stands for "Christos" which is where the English "Christ" originated from Ca (31) is the prime of The (285) Lord (3694) God (764) = 4743 = 31 prime X 153