06/10/19 – Blue Heron

CURRENT EVENTS

If you have a koi pond like I do, you certainly don’t want Blue Herons visiting your pond. However, they are a magnificent bird, something that appears to be from prehistoric times when you see them flying above you.

I have some plastic Blue Herons around my pond to indicate to the real Blue Herons that the pond is already taken.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Longest Trek

By Grace Lee Whitney with Jim Denney

I almost stopped reading this book because of Grace’s description of the assault she experienced as well as other bad experiences. But there is enough interesting material in this book to make it of interest to a Star Trek fan. If you are not a Star Trek fan, you may want to pass on this book.

She opened for jazz great Billie Holiday, shared the set with Marilyn Monroe, and flirted on-screen with Jack Lemmon. In her dream role, Gene Roddenberry beamed her aboard the Starship Enterprise as Yeoman Janice Rand in the original “Star Trek” series. But a terrifying sexual assault on the studio lot and her lifelong feelings of emptiness and isolation would soon combine to turn her starry dream into a nightmare.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

I’ve watch thee episodes of this series and found it entertaining, although like most films they either take some liberties with the facts or simply make some up if we don’t know what actually took place. Still, I found it entertaining.

THE Spanish Princess

The Spanish Princess is a British-American historical period drama television limited series developed by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham for Starz.

It is based on the novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory and it is a sequel to the miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess.

The series premiered on May 5, 2019, with an initial eight episode order. On June 3, 2019, Starz ordered an additional eight episodes to premiere in 2020 and conclude the story. (Source: Wikipedia)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Let’s Dance

By Chris Montez

Here is an early 1960s version from American Bandstand

ART OF THE WEEK

I think it isn’t art, unless it says something. I took these photos of these chairs while I was recently in Krakow.

Memorial to victims of the Krakow ghetto

 

The Memorial shown in the above photos, was designed by Krakow architects Piotr Lewicki and Kazimierz Latak, and opened on 8 December 2005.

This square was the place where the Jews had to assemble before being transported to the concentration/death camps.  The Jews who were able to work were sent to the Plaszow forced labor camp just outside the city of Krakow, and the rest were sent to the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

According to information given by the Auschwitz Museum, March 13, 1943 was the day that the gas chamber in Krema II at Birkenau was first used when 1,492 women, children and elderly Jews from the Podgorze Ghetto were put to death immediately upon arrival and their bodies were burned in the ovens.

 As horrible as you can imagine these camps to be, seeing them was even more horrible than anything I could have imagined. I think everyone should see these absolutely horrible places one, but I never want to see such places again.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson(born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist.Nelson [is] one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

In 1990, Nelson’s assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed $32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson’s assets cleared his debt. (Source: Wikipedia)

Last Man Standing

By Willie Nelson

I wish I did not understand so well what Willie is singing;

on second thought, maybe I do.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

I’ll be benching and deadlifting this Thursday, June 13.

Here I am with my Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar that I was taking to the gym to use for the first time. It worked great, I did a 345 lbs. deadlift with it and put the big wheels on it to do a 365 lbs. deadlift.

Just in case you don’t know what big wheels are, here is a photo I took a couple of years ago.

CHARACTER TRAITS

I think one is always better off in the long run being honest on their resume.

You certainly don’t want this to happen to you.

In addition to being honest, some student advisors tell their students to try to figure out what the interviewer is looking for and try to position yourself as that kind of person. Personally, I think this is a mistake because you will either have to  be someone you are not your entire career or you will disappoint your employer. Neither is a winning outcome.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

Corrective lens can be so annoying.

LEARNING TRAITS

Advertisers and politicians know the importance of selecting a clever name or phrase, so try not to be fooled by them.

MISCELLANEOUS

Not only does it feel better, but often your attitude can influence the outcome.

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Have you ever watched a film involving Spartacus?

Yes  61.11%  (11 votes) 

No  38.89%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

Have you ever watched a “silent” film.

Yes  70.59%  (12 votes) 

No  29.41%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Have you ever heard of “The It Girl”, Clara Bow, before today?

Yes  56.25%  (9 votes) 

No  43.75%  (7 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Have you heard of Leon Redbone?

No  68.75%  (11 votes) 

Yes  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
How often are you out after 9 pm?

Only for special events or obligations  62.5%  (10 votes) 

Rarely  25%  (4 votes) 

Frequently for almost any reason  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Are you a person who minds their own business?

Yes  42.86%  (6 votes) 

Maybe  42.86%  (6 votes) 

No  14.28%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

06/03/19 – Shampoo Warning

CURRENT EVENTS

BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Spartacus War

By Barry Strauss

I’ve watched several films related to Spartacus and they were all misleading, some a lot, and others not so bad. I don’t know why film makers feel they have to embellish the real story of Spartacus, which is an amazing tale.

An authoritative account from an expert author: The Spartacus War is the first popular history of the revolt in English. A leading authority on classical military history, Barry Strauss has used recent archaeological discoveries, ancient documents, and on-site investigations to create the most accurate and detailed account of the Spartacus rebellion ever written—and it reads like a first-rate novel.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

I saw this play yesterday at Meadow Brook Theater, in Rochester, Michigan, USA. I thought it was extremely well done.

THE IT GIRL

By BT McNicholl – Michael Small – Paul McKibbins

Here is a lighthearted tribute to silent movies and Clara Bow that reinvents her 1927 Paramount Picture “IT.”  Betty is a sassy department store sales clerk who wins an advertising contest held to find the girl with the elusive, thrilling quality known as “IT”. Among those she enchants with sexy charm is the heir to the retail empire that employs her.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I thought you might fine this a little different.

Clips of Clara Bow’s hit movie “It” (1927) set to a song written about her called ‘She’s Got It’ by Harry Reaser.

ART OF THE WEEK

Malbork Castle

Me & Carol at Malbork Castle

 

The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is a 13th-century Teutonic castle and fortress located near the town of Malbork, Poland. It is the largest castle in the world measured by land area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was originally constructed by the Teutonic Knights, a German Catholic religious order of crusaders.  In 1457, it was sold by the Bohemian mercenaries to King Casimir IV of Poland and it since served as one of the several Polish royal residences, interrupted by several years of Swedish occupation, and fulfilling this function until the First Partition of Poland in 1772.

From then on the castle came back to German rule for over 170 years. Following Germany’s defeat in World War II in 1945, the land was assigned to Poland by the Allies. Heavily damaged, the castle was renovated under the auspices of modern-day Poland in the second half of the 20th century and most recently in 2016. Nowadays, the castle hosts exhibitions and serves as a museum. (Source: Wikipedia)

Seat of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order

This 13th-century fortified monastery belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier conservators.

I could not resist sitting in the seat of the Grand Master

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone, the perpetually anachronistic, famously mysterious artist who rose to prominence as a performer on Toronto’s folk circuit in the early ’70s, died Thursday while in hospice care in Bucks County, Pa.

Redbone’s family confirmed his death through a publicist. No cause was given, and Redbone’s age was a subject of speculation for decades.

“I’ve heard he’s anywhere from 25 to 60,” Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in 1974, “and I can’t tell, but you gotta see him.” That same year, when asked about his age by Rolling Stone, Redbone replied: “Of course I don’t know. It’s just something I vaguely recall. I can’t say for sure.” In the news release announcing his death, Redbone’s age was cited as 127.

The only things known — ostensibly — of Redbone’s origins were revealed by Toronto Star columnist George Gamester in the 1980s: that he was a Cypriot named Dickran Gobalian, who emigrated to Ontario in the 1960s and changed his name after arriving in Canada.

Redbone’s obscurantist tendencies, including his ever-present, masking uniform of sunglasses, bushy mustache and Panama hat, gave Redbone the aura of a quixotic time-traveler, someone who simply stepped onto the stage fully formed.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

CHARACTER TRAITS

SOCIAL TRAITS 

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

Are you a fan of Star Trek?

Yes  68.75%  (11 votes) 

No  31.25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Did you watch the first episode of Season 7 of Elementary?

No  50%  (7 votes) 

Yes or I plan to  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No and not interested in doing so  14.29%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
If you have watched the “Old Town Road” video with Lil Nas & Billy Ray Cyrus, what feelings did it inspire in you?

Positive  62.5%  (5 votes) 

I have no feelings  37.5%  (3 votes) 

Negative  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 8

Within the last 12 months, have you visited a country that you have never before been too?

No  57.14%  (8 votes) 

Yes  35.71%  (5 votes) 

No, but I plan to within the next 12 months  7.14%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 14
Do you make time to exercise?

Yes  76.92%  (10 votes) 

Not enough  23.08%  (3 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13

Are you living every day or just going through the motions?

Mostly living every day  83.33%  (10 votes) 

Mostly going through the motions  16.67%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 12

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.