Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review Tuesaday: BLACK FRIDAY by Alex Kava (2010)


BLACK FRIDAY
by Alex Kava
When unwitting suicide bombers go off in America's biggest mall, it may have exposed a much deeper conspiracy. 
This book is part of Kava's Maggie O'Dell series. The gutsy FBI profiler has something to prove to her new boss who holds her responsible for the ebola death of his predecessor. Perfect timing. On Black Friday, what was supposed to be an episode of electronic chaos for business in the Mall of America perpetrated by some college kids being controlled by The Project Manager, turned out to be a bombing.

The book is a series of clever twists and turns until the ending.  The chapters are pretty short, which has you turning the pages faster. The pace is steady. The course is unpredictable. There is a very interesting subplot regarding American security (or lack thereof) and a link to the Oklahoma City bombing. 

Fun book, and well worth reading. I really like Kava's style.

AMAZON

Abi Ann To Join Kelly Clarkson On Piece By Piece Tour

 

Emerging country/pop artist Abi Ann will join Kelly Clarkson on her Piece by Piece Tour, alongside Pentatonix and Eric Hutchison. The tour kicks off in Hershey, PA on July 11th and will wrap up in Camden, NJ on September 20th.

"I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to join the Piece by Piece Tour with Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, and Eric Hutchison! Traveling to 36 cities in the U.S. and Canada is more than a dream come true for me. Sharing the stage with such huge talent is surreal and I am beyond Honored to support this tour," Abi Ann stated.

Abi recently released an official video for her brand new single "Future Ex Boyfriend," which Country Weekly describes as "an electric guitar and fiddle driven stomper sung from the perspective of a young woman who disposes of guys like used Kleenex." The video has "an air of upper-class opulence akin to Taylor Swift's recent video for "Blank Space.'" The single is being spun currently on country radio and is #4 on UK's Hotdisc Chart.

At only 17 years old, Abi Ann currently holds titles including Favorite Country Artist, the coveted Artist of the Year for 2014, and was just awarded Teen Artist of the Year for 2015. across all genres through the Indie Music Channel. Abi has an extreme passion for charity, is an anti-bully activist and has headlined anti-bully rallies across the country. A strong work ethic instilled in Abi Ann early on in her life - she successfully balances a rigorous honors school schedule as well as her touring, songwriting and appearances while applying to strong academic higher education universities. She is an avid scuba diver, surfer, swimmer, race car driver, spinner, markswoman and has traveled to well over 40 countries in her 17 years. Abi recently graduated high school and will be attending Belmont University in Nashville following her U.S. tour with Kelly Clarkson.

"Future Ex Boyfriend" and Abi Ann's new EP 17 are now available on iTunes.

Stay up to date on Abi Ann by visiting http://abi.fm/ .

Upcoming Tour Dates with Kelly Clarkson
7/11 - Hershey PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
7/12 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/14 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/19 - Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/21 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/23 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
7/25 - Toronto, ON @ Moison Canadian Amphitheater
7/26 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/1 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
8/2 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/4 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
8/6 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
8/8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre
8/10 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center
8/12 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
8/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Beach
8/16 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
8/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
8/21 - Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
8/23 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
8/25 - Phoenix, AX @ AK-CHIN Pavilion
8/27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta
8/29 - Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater
8/30 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/1 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/3 - N. Little Rock, AK @ Verizon Arena
9/5 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
9/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
9/12 & 9/13 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Filene Center
9/15 - Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/17 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
9/19 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 
9/20 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
"Future Ex Boyfriend" Official Video: https://youtu.be/8-0z8Ci7yf8

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Weekend Box Office: 05/26/2015

Top Box Office
  1. Tomorrowland (2015) $32.97M 
  2. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) $30.83M 
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) $24.82M 
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) $21.69M 
  5. The Age of Adaline (2015) $15.00M 
I have to say I am still perplexed by all this. TOMORROWLAND??? PITCH PERFECT 2??? Who goes to see these?


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

bafflegab \BAF-uhl-gab\ noun,
  • Slang. confusing or generally unintelligible jargon; gobbledegook: an insurance policy written in bafflegab impenetrable to a lay person. 
Origin: Bafflegab is a portmanteau of baffle and gab and is credited to Milton A. Smith, a lawyer for the US Chamber of Commerce during the 1950s. Milton humorously defined this word as "multiloquence characterized by consummate interfusion of circumlocution or periphrasis, inscrutability, and other familiar manifestations of abstruse expatiation commonly utilitzed for promulgations implementing Procrustean determinations by governmental bodies." 

you got to be fist fucking me
  • When someone does something really stupid.
You don't celebrate Bob Day? You got to be fist fucking me.

Holiday
  • Bob Day (May 26th, annually) 


History

  • Edict of Worms: declared Martin Luther an outlaw and banned his writings (1521)
  • Andrew Johnson: 17th president of the United States was acquitted by one vote in his impeachment trial (1868)
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: stock market index was first published by The Wall Street Journal (1896)
    Dracula - The vampire novel by Bram Stoker was first published igniting an entire genre of fiction and fantasy (1897)
  • George Willig: the "human fly" scaled the South Tower of the World Trade Center in 3.5 hours; he was fined $1.10 for the illegal feat — a penny per story (1977)
  • Ellis Island: the US Supreme Court ruled that the immigration landmark belonged more to New Jersey than New York (1998)
Birthdays
  • Abraham De Moivre 1667
  • Alexander Pushkin 1799
  • Al Jolson 1886
  • Norma Talmadge 1897
  • John Wayne 1907
  • Robert Morley 1908
  • Ben Alexander 1911
  • Peter Cushing 1913
  • Jay Silverheels 1919
  • Peggy Lee 1920
  • James Arness 1923 - Actor ("Gunsmoke")
  • Jacques Bergerac 1927
  • Teresa Stratas 1939
  • Brent Musburger 1939 - Sportscaster
  • Cliff Drysdale1941
  • Levon Helm 1942 - Musician (The Band)
  • Ray Ennis 1942 - Musician (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
  • Sam Posey 1944
  • Gerry Paterson 1945 - Musician (The Guess Who)
  • Stevie Nicks 1948 - Singer
  • Pam Grier 1949
  • Hank Williams, Jr. 1949 - Country musician
  • Phillip Michael Thomas 1949 - Actor ("Miami Vice")
  • Verden Allen 1949 - Musician (Mott the Hoople)
  • Sally K. Ride 1951 - Astronaut
  • Colin Vearncombe 1951 - Musician (Black)
  • Margaret Colin 1957 - Actress
  • Dave Robbins 1959 - Musician (Blackhawk)
  • Wayne Hussey 1959 - Musician (Mission)
  • Genie Francis 1962 - Actress ("General Hospital")
  • Bobcat Goldthwait 1962 - Comedian, actor ("Police Academy" series)
  • Joe Dumars 1963 - Basketball player
  • Lenny Kravitz 1964 - Musician
  • Helena Bonham-Carter 1966 - Actress
  • Phillip Rhodes 1968 - Musician (Gin Blossoms)
  • Joseph Fiennes 1970 - Actor ("Flashfoward")
  • Joey Kibble 1971 - Musician (Take 6)
  • Matt Stone 1979 - TV producer ("South Park")

Monday, May 25, 2015

Look forward to Jenya

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Jenya D.

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Hotty of the day
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Monday, May 25, 2015

defenestrate \dee-FEN-uh-streyt\ verb
  • to throw (a person or thing) out of a window. 
Origin: Defenestrate is a backformation of the noun defenestration, which entered the lexicon around 1618, when Bohemian insurgents in Prague threw two imperial regents and their secretary out of the windows of Hradčany (Prague Castle); this event is known as the Defenestration of Prague. Both of these terms derive from the Latin fenestra meaning "window." 

Service the Account
  • A euphemism for masturbating, especially at work.
Hey Chris, it's a slow day here at work. I need to find something to concentrate my efforts on. Maybe it's a good day to service the account!
Holiday
  • Memorial Day, holiday in the United States observed in late May. Previously designated Decoration Day, it was inaugurated in 1868 by Gen. John A. Logan for the purpose of decorating the graves of Civil War veterans and has since become a day on which all war dead are commemorated.
  • Towel Day: (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
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History
  • Constitutional Convention: convened in Philadelphia; George Washington presided (1787)
  • Monkey Trial: John T. Scopes was indicted in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution (1925)
  • Babe Ruth: hit his 714th home run, setting a record that held until 1974, when Hank Aaron broke it (1935)
  • track and field: at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships, Jesse Owens tied one world record and broke three others, all within 45 minutes (1935)
  • OAU: was founded at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the goals of encouraging African unity, promoting development and fighting neocolonialism (1963)
    STAR WARS first opened on 32 screens across the USA. (1977)


  • ALIEN, In Space No One can Hear You Scream, was released in 1979.

    Hands Across America: more than five million people joined hands in a line that stretched for 4,000 mi/6,400 km from New York City to Long Beach, CA; participants raised money for the fight against hunger and homelessness (1986)
  • Erik Weihenmayer: became the first blind man to climb Mt. Everest (2001)
Birthdays
  • Ralph W. Emerson 1803 - Essayist, philosopher, poet
  • Luther 'Bill' Robinson (Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) 1878 - Tap dancer, actor
  • Philip Murray 1886 - Steelworker, labor leader
  • Igor Sikorsky (Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky) 1889 - Pioneer in aviation with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
  • Ginny Simms 1916 - Singer
  • Claude Akins 1926 - Actor
  • Lindsey Nelson 1919 - Sportscaster
  • Hal David 1921 - Lyricist
  • John Weitz 1923 - Fashion and industrial designer
  • Jeanne Crain 1925 - Actress
  • Miles Davis 1926 - Trumpeter, bandleader, composer
  • Kitty Kallen 1926 - Singer
  • Norman Petty 1927 - Musician, songwriter, record producer
  • Robert Ludlum 1927 - Author (The Jason Bourne series of books)
  • Beverly Sills 1929 - Opera singer
  • K.C. Jones 1932 - Basketball player
  • Ron Nessen 1934 - White House Press Secretary for President Gerald Ford
  • Tom T. Hall 1936 - Country singer, songwriter
  • Donnie Elbert 1936 - Singer
  • Raymond Carver 1938 - Short story writer, poet
  • Dixie Carter 1939 - Actress ("Designing Women," "Desperate Housewives")
  • Ian McKellen 1939 - Actor
  • Jessi Colter 1943 - Country musician
  • Leslie Uggams 1943 - Actress, singer
  • John "Poli" Palmer 1943 - Musician (Family)
  • Frank Oz 1944 - Actor, puppeteer (many Muppets characters, Yoda's voice)
  • Karen Valentine 1947 - Actress ("Room 222")
  • Mitch Margo 1947 - Musician (Cross Country)
  • Clarence Burke Jr. 1949 - Musician (Five Stairsteps)
  • Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn 1951 - Actress, model
  • Connie Sellecca 1955 - Actress, model
  • John Grimaldi 1955 - Musician (Argent)
  • Sugar Minott 1956 - Reggae singer
  • Klaus Meine 1958 - Musician (Scorpions)
  • Paul Weller 1958 - Musician (The Jam, Style Council)
  • Mike Myers 1963 - Actor, comedian, screenwriter, cast member on "Saturday Night Live," ("Austin Powers" movies)
  • Anne Heche 1969 - Actress ("Volcano")
  • Jamie Kennedy 1970 - Actor, comedian, rapper
  • Justin Henry 1971 - Actor ("Kramer vs. Kramer" [1979])
  • Molly Sims 1973 - Actress
  • Miguel Tejada 1974 - Baseball player
  • Lauryn Hill 1975 - Musician (The Fugees)
  • Cillian Murphy 1976 - Actor
  • Brian Urlacher 1978 - Football player
  • Shawne Merriman 1984 - Football player

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Venom's Head is exploding


I wonder why?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

depredation \dep-ruh-DAY-shun\, noun:
  1. An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
  2. [Plural] Destructive operations; ravages
Depredation comes from Late Latin depraedari, "to plunder," from Latin de- + praedari, from praeda, "plunder, prey."
 
Manufactured Outrage 
  • A falsified righteous outrage at things that are basically unimportant and meaningless, frequently employed by politicians, political activists, or the media. Politicians and talking heads use it to garner support for their causes, to claim the moral high ground and to tar their opponents; the media often just uses it in a cynical bid to increase ratings.
  • Manufactured outrages of note include Nipplegate, the Monica Lewinski scandal, the 2009 tea partys, backmasked satanic lyrics, lapel pin, hoodies, race controversies...
Just about any time you hear any politician, activist, or radio show host getting outraged about anything, really. The louder and angrier they get, the harder they're working at manufacturing it.

History
  • "What hath God wrought?": inventor Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the first telegraph message; it went from Washington, DC, to Baltimore and it quoted Numbers 23:23 (1844)
  • Brooklyn Bridge: engineering marvel linking Brooklyn and Manhattan opened to traffic (1883)
  • Crosley Field: hosted MLB's first nighttime game played under lights; Cincinnati's Reds beat Philadelphia's Phillies, 2-1 (1935)
  • Concorde: supersonic passenger aircraft began flying to Washington, DC (1976)
  • James Jeffords: Republican senator became an Independent, giving control of the US Senate to the Democrats (2001)
Birthdays
  • Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit 1686 - Physicist, engineer, he determined the temperature scale named after him
  • Emanuel Leutze 1816
  • Queen Victoria (Britain) 1819
  • Samuel I. Newhouse 1895
  • Tommy Chong 1938 - Comedian (Cheech and Chong)
  • Prince Buster 1938
  • Lilli Palmer 1914
  • Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) 1941 - Traveling Wilburys
  • Derek Quinn 1942 - Musician (Freddie and the Dreamers)
  • Gary Burghoff 1943 - Actor ("M*A*S*H")
  • Patti LaBelle (Patricia Louise Holte) 1944 - Singer
  • Priscilla Presley 1945 - Wife of Elvis Presley
  • Steve Upton 1946
  • Judy Kahan 1948
  • Jim Broadbent 1950 - Actor
  • Alfred Molina 1953 - Actor
  • Rosanne Cash 1955 - Singer
  • Larry Blackmon (Cameo) 1956
  • Kristin Scott Thomas 1960 - Actor ("Under the Cherry Moon")
  • Joe Dumars 1963
  • Gene Anthony Ray 1963
  • Vivian Trimble 1963 - Singer (Luscious Jackson)
  • John C. Reilly 1965 - Actor
  • Heavy D 1967
  • Erin Close 1967 - Actor ("Without a Trace")
  • Tommy Page 1967
  • Rich Robinson 1969 - Musician (The Black Crowes)
  • Brad Penny 1978 - Baseball player
  • Billy L. Sullivan 1980




Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blonde joke or Aussie joke?

A Drover walks into a bar with a pet crocodile by his side.

He puts the crocodile up on the bar. He turns to the astonished patrons. 'I'll make you a deal. I'll open this crocodile's mouth and place my manhood inside. Then the croc will close his mouth for one minute. 'Then he'll open his mouth and I'll remove my unit unscathed. In return for witnessing this spectacle, each of you will buy me a drink.'

The crowd murmured their approval. The man stood up on the bar, dropped his trousers, and placed his John Thomas and related parts in the crocodile's open mouth. The croc closed his mouth as the crowd gasped. After a minute, the man grabbed a beer bottle and smacked the crocodile hard on the top of its head. The croc opened his mouth and the man removed his genitals unscathed as promised. The crowd cheered, and the first of his free drinks were delivered.

The man stood up again and made another offer. 'I'll pay anyone $100 who's willing to give it a try.' A hush fell over the crowd. After a while, a hand went up in the back of the bar.

A blonde woman timidly Spoke up..........
'I'll try it - Just don't hit me so hard with the beer bottle!'

Saturday, May 23, 2015

equanimity \ee-kwuh-NIM-uh-tee; ek-wuh-\, noun:
  • Evenness of mind; calmness; composure; as, "to bear misfortunes with equanimity."
Equanimity comes from Latin aequanimitas, "impartiality, calmness," from aequanimus, "impartial, even-tempered," from aequus, "even" + animus, "mind, soul."
metatation 
  • Metatation: The act of contemplating meditation itself, putting oneself outside the very state of meditation.
I was not satisfied with my meditation practice, so I began a metatation.
Holiday

  • World Turtle Day - (05/23 annually)
World Turtle Day 5/23



History
  • Joan of Arc: was captured by the Burgundians who sold her to the English (1430)
  • Captain Kidd: was hanged in London for murder and piracy (1701)
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad: began the first passenger service in the US (1830)
  • Mounties: the North West Mounted Police was created; it would later become the federal police force of Canada (1873)
  • New York Public Library: after 16 years of construction, the library's main building was dedicated by President William H. Taft (1911)
  • Bonnie and Clyde: Depression-era outlaws were ambushed and killed by police in Louisiana (1934)
  • West Germany: was reconstituted from post-WWII occupation zones (1949)
Birthdays
  • Friedrich Anton Mesmer 1734 - Physician, astrologist
  • Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli) 1810 - Journalist, criti, women's rights activist
  • Arabella Mansfield 1846 - She was the first female lawyer in the United States
  • Douglas Fairbanks 1883 - Actor
  • Herbert Marshall 1890 - Actor
  • Artie Shaw 1910 - Band leader
  • Scatman Crothers (Benjamin Sherman "Scatman" Crothers) 1910 - Actor, musician, singer, dancer
  • John Payne 1912 - Actor, singer
  • Betty Garrett 1919 - Actress ("All in the Family," "Laverne and Shirley")
  • Helen O'Connell 1920 - Singer, actress, dancer
  • Alicia de Larrocha 1923 - Pianist
  • Mac Wiseman 1925 - Singer
  • Nigel Davenport 1928 - Actor
  • Rosemary Clooney 1928 - Singer, actress
  • Julian Euell 1929 - Jazz musician
  • Barbara Barrie 1931 - Actress
  • Joan Collins 1933 - Actress ("Dynasty")
  • Robert Moog 1934 - Musician
  • Charles Kimbrough 1936 - Actor ("Murphy Brown")
  • General Johnson 1943 - Musician (Chairman of the Board)
  • Lauren Chapin 1945 - Actress ("Father Knows Best")
  • Misty Morgan 1945 - Musician
  • Judy Rodman 1951 - County singer
  • Anatoly Karpov 1951 - Chess grandmaster
  • "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler 1952 - Boxer
  • Luka Bloom 1955 - Singer
  • Drew Carey 1958 - Actor, game show host
  • Shelley West 1958 - Country singer
  • Linden Ashby 1960 - Actor
  • Karen Duffy 1961 - Actress, model
  • Phil Selway 1967 - Musician (Radiohead)
  • Noel Gallagher 1968 - Musician (Oasis)
  • Laurel Holloman 1968 - Actress ("The L Word")
  • Lorenzo 1972 - Singer
  • Maxwell 1973 - Singer
  • Jewel 1974 - Singer
  • Kelly Monaco 1976
  • Adam Wylie 1984 - Actor