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Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe |Welcome to a new friend: papergong

YouTube‘s Newest Viral Music Videos


When Daft Punk’s much-anticipated “Random Access Memories” dropped in May, many longtime fans were feeling at least a bit underwhelmed when the album turned out to be more funk than the much more electronic sounds of the “Homework” days. But the synth sounds of “The Bones Of What You Believe” should prove to be a sound for sore ears for anyone searching for something more in the electro-pop scene.

Merely listening to a recording you may not realize, but the scottish synthpop band, Chvrches does not employ a traditional drummer in the band. Martin Doherty uses samplers and drum machines to create what you could call an authentic 80’s pop sound. The crunchy synthesizer sounds of Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook are aggressive and unapologetic which contrasts well with Mayberry’s pure, vibrato-less voice.

When you first hear the way Mayberry uses her voice it reminds you in a way of Cyndi Lauper on “Time After Time”. Not planning on a career in music, Mayberry carries a master’s degree in journalism, but what some could say is a lack of voice training, actually gives her voice a simple, honest, and yet captivating indie folk sound. When you hear Mayberry and Cook together on “Under The Tide” it takes you back to the nearly historic indie rock moment when Martha Wainwright teamed up with Snow Patrol for “Set The Fire To The Third Bar”.

The sounds of “The Bones Of What You Believe” are an immediate joy especially for anyone with a taste for electronic indie pop. Chvrches delivers something nostalgic but fresh in a genre where so many of our longtime favorite artists seem to be trying but floundering.

via Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe | papergong.

[Terry:  OK, I’m going to show you a few videos but you’ve GOT to visit the website to see Ron Burgundy do Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s new campaign song!]

20 Songs 1 Minute

Jack Johnson Rudolph

Rewind 2013


Part-time Monster and Sourcerer| Welcome to a new friend: Sourcerer or Monster or Someone

Part Time Monster

Mommy. Perpetual Grad Student. Reader, writer, and observer. Lover of strange and impossible things.

I am a PhD student, mother of a four year old son, partner of an independent filmmaker, college English instructor, writing tutor, and guardian of a rescue pup. I wear many hats, if you will. Just in case my PhD status didn’t alert you to this, I’m also a tremendous nerd. I am a sufferer of panic disorder, a curator of the weird, a lover of the beautiful, and an enjoy-er of pop culture. Writing here will thus feature an array of content; I am sometimes a monster.

I will also feature content here that is written by some of my friends, who are tremendously talented individuals with interests as varied as my own. They, too, are part-time monsters. And so are you, in all likelihood. Even if you don’t yet recognize it.

This is Our Other Project


It’s sweet to have a writing website I designed myself. It’s even sweeter to give my little sister a dragon. That what Sourcerer is. He is Part Time Monster’s dragon. Today we see how loud he can roar.

I posted this to WordPress as I shared it with you. People are also finding it on LinkedIn. We even have a little outpost on Tumblr.

Sourcerer is still a fledgling. I plan to eventually connect it to every network WordPress allows.

We did this is because we want to build the blog of our dreams, but it can’t be built all at once. The blog of our dreams is a bit like Comparative Geeks, but we want a blog with a lot more geeks.

We have a strategy to reach our goal. We started four blogs. We picked one to be our brand and specialized the other three.

We invite contributors and collaborators.

Our top priority right now is providing Part Time Monster fresh content every day. If we keep that up long enough, we believe we will one day have the blog of our dreams.

I hope you will follow us, watch us grow, and share this with your friends.

We love readers just as much as we love writers.

And we really love a good story.

via This is Our Other Project | Sourcerer.

13 Things

1. I like lists. There’s something profoundly comforting about a list.

2. I was born and raised in a small Mississippi town, where I lived most of my life. I’ve recently moved to New Orleans.

3. I earned an undergraduate degree in English with a history minor from Mississippi University for Women; I earned a master’s degree in British literature from University of Southern Mississippi, where I am now pursuing a PhD.

4. I have a young son who brings more joy to my life than I can ever, ever say. For the purposes of this blog, the Star Wars obsessed little guy will be known as the Little Jedi.

5. Ants frighten me, especially in large numbers. Scratch that-any bug frightens me in large numbers. But ants are particularly nerve wracking.

6. I miss the years when I could wear pajama pants to class at MUW without anyone looking at me strangely, because most everyone else was wearing their pajama pants, too.

7. I’m a feminist; I trace this to the seventh grade, when I decided to join the band and wanted to play the drums, but couldn’t because Mom told me they were a “boy” instrument.

8. I love animals. I have a rescue pup, and I’d have more if I had the room and time to devote to them.

9. I’m a teacher and a tutor. I love my jobs; there’s nothing quite like the light in someone’s eyes when they understand a concept in a new way, and I love being able to assist. I also love all the things I get to learn while working with others.

10. I love children’s and young adult literature and watching cartoons, but my favorite film genre is drama.

11. I’m a curly-girl, and I feel different when my hair is straight, like I’m pretending to be something I’m not.

12. I develop little crushes on people very easily. I fall in love with the passion someone has while talking, the way their hair falls across their face, or the soft exhale of their cigarette smoke.

13. There are so many books that I want to read, that I should read, that I have problems re-reading any book. I feel as if I’m wasting my time, even if I love the book.

The Good Curl |Welcome to a new Friend: Robin Josey

Fabulously Natural

via …my journey | The Good Curl.

…my journey


It’s not so much going natural, as it’s a RETURN.

I had previously worn my hair in different styles, but always relaxed. At its shortest, I relaxed the curls, but not all the way to keep my hair wavy. Lots of people liked my hair this way, and so did I. The funny thing, I thought my short, relaxed pixie was easier to manage and looked better than my actual natural curls.

Then, as it always does, life decides to throw you a sinking fastball.

In 2011, I was in a car accident that made it impossible to do anything, but sit and lay down, let alone do anything to my hair. I had already grown it longer, but it was still relaxed. At least when it was shorter, it was still curly. The bob I had at the time, was not as forgiving.  So as soon as I was given the all clear from the doctor, I decided that I would stop relaxing my hair.

And thus began my love affair with all the naturals that I have followed on YouTube. I also relied on my sister who has been natural for over 20 years. It’s been a dizzying experience. Going from relaxing my hair and having all these options I thought I had, to embracing my natural texture and realizing, that the options are really that much more once I decided to love what my hair can really do when it’s healthy.

Along the way, there have been many setbacks: breakage, TWA regret and angst, why won’t my hair grow frustration. But all of it has been informative, and led me to my blog, and what you’re reading today.

This page is dedicated to my continuing journey, and incorporates my makeup enthusiasm, and love for fashion and accessories. It includes whatever’s on my mind as well. I mean, yeah, I’m here for the hair, but let’s be real, we want to chop it up every now and then with some fun, and thought-provoking stuff on occasion.

Where else am I around the web: Just click on the icons at the upper right of the screen for where you would like to follow my journey. And thanks for coming along.


Watch “The Good Curl | The Basics Series: The Regimen” on YouTube

Episode two is now available. This séries will cover the beginning, establishing a cleansing and conditioning regimen, accessories, styles and trimming.

Thanks for watching.




Is the answer to this question a simple one? Or, is it steeped in something deeper, such as the history of slavery in the country, exhibition, or invasion of personal space.

I think there exists a true historical aspect to why this is so sensitive a subject. The very real aspect is the slavery issue where black people were put on display before being sold. Teeth were examined, musculature too. And if you’re not familar with Sarah Baartman, you should be, as her story is intriguing and sad.

Baartman, also known as the Hottentot Venus, was a freak show display in Great Britain in the 1800’s because her large cheeks and elongated labia were intriguing to the white men who paid thousands of dollars to watch her walk around a small cage. Even after her death, she was still a major attraction. Her remains were included in a French museum for white men, and black to goggle and admire.

Now, I don’t think having an event where people can come and touch your hair is akin to Sarah’s life of degradation at all. In, fact, they are not similar at all in my humble opinion. She was put in a cage, bought and sold and then after she died, further humiliated by having her publicly displayed again and again. Seen as an oddity, a sexual being only, and not treated as the woman she was. Her hair was not at issue. And far more people need to be outraged over the similarities between her and Nikki Minaj, lil Kim and Foxy Brown. (I’m dating myself with those last two, but it’s still relevant)

No, we are not on display. I can even undertsand why people would not want to be touched. But the responses are just ridiculous.


A simple no will do. Why must the response be one that almost boasts physical violence?

I’ve been told that I don’t take it seriously enough, that I need to be more militant, that I don’t understand how offensive the question is.

Excuse me? Having someone ask to touch my hair and saying yes means I’m not adequately in touch with my blackness?

I’m 46 years old, and I’ve been black for every one of those years. I’ve been called the ‘n’ word, more times than I care to remember. I think I’m well aware how black I am. I’ve been reminded everytime I look in the mirror.

It’s ridiculous to even argue about it. I think that people ask because they’re genuinely curious. I mean at least they ask. Yes, I know there are those that don’t, and there should be a different kind of response for unwelcome touching of my hair, or Amy part or my person. But I’m not going to threaten them with amputation, or my foot in their neck.

Why can’t we use the opportunity to teach someone? Or simply say, “thank you, but I’d rather you didn’t.” You’d be surprised the response you get.

I’ve had people say, it’s just so pretty and looks so soft. How do you get it to look like that. And because I wear it in twist outs a lot, I can see why I’d get that question. And I answer.

And these are from non black people.

I get more side eye, jealous stares and whispers from my kinky sisters than anyone else.

Real. Talk.

Seriously, just a simple no thank you answers the question. I realize it’s supposed to be humorous, but it’s not. And we need to do better.




I wonder if President Obama wanted to karate chop this kid in the clavicle.


And how many of us Oooooooh’d and aaaaaahd’d over this picture.

See we can’t pick one or the other. Either everyone can, or no one can.

Ya dig?

Join the discussion.

By the way, yes you can.

Friday, September 13 . . . this will be a very special evening with Chris Forbes & Mark Lamb

Friday, September 13
. . . this will be a very special evening with
Chris Forbes & Mark Lamb
presented by The Kettle Music Collectivepic

Ibeam Brooklyn
168 7th Street . . . F & R trains to 4th Ave


Christopher Forbes TRIO w/
Chris Forbes . . . piano/comp
Hill Greene . . . bass
Michael TA Thompson . . . drums

Mark Lamb . . . storyteller, dancer w/
Maryanne de Prophetis . . . voice
Chris Forbes . . . piano

“Chris takes off on the piano for the stratosphere with some inspired and intense free runs. “
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery review for Morcilla – The Manifestation Drama

Mark Lamb fuses dance, music and storytelling in order to paint a personal picture that somehow is universal in its scope. The New York Times has recognized his work as “quietly celebratory” “gently charming” and “an expression of communal joy.”

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3 Pillars of Selling More Books Online | Digital Book World

The 3 Pillars Of Selling More Books

by Beth Bacon

Strategies for creating best sellers take time.

Strategies for creating best sellers take time.

In the digital book marketplace, individual authors fight in the same ring with legacy publishers. The big publishers have an advantage: the power of their reputations grabs the notice of readers. Indie authors and publishers struggle for any attention at all. The “little guys” can overcome this disadvantage if they build their careers around three strategic pillars: brand curation, relationship marketing, and, finally, creating quality books.

Pillar 1: Brand Curation

Successful authors don’t just write books. They build their careers. Bestselling authors don’t become a household name on the sales of just one book. (Okay, there’s Harper Lee, but To Kill A Mockingbird is an epic exception). Successful writers become known within their niche. They build series, work in a single genre, and develop a clear, focused brand.

Know your audience

Authors who sell a lot of books know their readers. Elmore Leonard recently passed away at age 87. In its eulogy of the late, great crime writer, the business radio show Marketplace ran an old interview with Leonard  in which a reporter suggested he should write about Wall Street. After all, he joked, the place is full of criminals. “But I don’t write that,” Leonard replied without even pausing, “My people don’t have stock. I think it’s the most boring thing in the world.” Leonard knew his audience and wrote for them specifically.

Center it all on your website

A major part of curating a great career is running an effective web site. High-selling authors treat their online presence like it’s the hub of the universe—because, for their fans, it is. Take a look at John Green’s Tumblr page. Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and other YA novels. His posts are fun, educational, and often have nothing at all to do with his books. But they all have everything to do with the worldview of his teen audience. Green uses YouTube and Twitter and a bunch of other social media vehicles as avidly as the  teenagers who read his books. But his single Tumblr web site connects to them all. It’s his hub, the one solid place his fans can track the many balls that John Green juggles.

Be yourself

Finally, to have a great career as a writer, don’t be trendy, be yourself. Erotica is big right now. But if you are more comfortable writing PG romances, don’t add titillating scenes just to jump on the racy bandwagon. Stick with your voice, be true to your own sensibilities. Readers are very canny at picking up inauthenticity.

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via 3 Pillars of Selling More Books Online | Digital Book World.

THE CHIA PET CIRCUS| Welcome to a new friend: Matthew Curry


Essays and art by Matthew Curry

A little bit about me…

I used to work in the newspaper business. Now I work at a mill. I’ve written a science fiction novel called Under the Electric Sun. There’s a link to it on the right side of the screen. I’m currently writing a new one, which I think will be much better.

I love writing, drawing, and walking around in circles as fast as I can at the track. Twitter: @Curry_in_a_box

via Child on a haystack | THE CHIA PET CIRCUS.

Child on a haystack


Lately, I’ve slipped into the habit of blogging on Sunday afternoons. I didn’t get around to it yesterday because I was busy working on the last chapter of my new novel. There’s not much left to write (I only have one scene left) but I’m staggering very slowly across the finish-line.

Rather than squeezing an essay out of my brain, I’m just going to present you with a colored pencil drawing. This is a little girl I go to church with. Her name is Abbi. I drew her back in January. The original photo was taken at a fall festival.

Ann Bisky (and Kenny Rogers)


Here’s a drawing of my friend Ann Bisky. She writes, tweets, and creates amusing YouTube videos.

Last week, someone visited Ann’s blog and posted a link to a self-help book. Ann was annoyed with the person for using her blog as a promotional platform … but she was even more offended because the self-help book was about gambling. Ann felt like the person was insinuating that she had a gambling problem … but Ann doesn’t gamble at all.

When she told me about it, I immediately sent her a video of Kenny Rogers singing The Gambler. We had a nice little laugh about it.

Afterward, I poked around on YouTube and stumbled across more Kenny Rogers videos. I discovered some old commercials for Kenny Rogers Roasters, a food chain that served “home cooked” food and specialized in chicken. I saw those restaurants when I was a kid, but I never ate at them. (Whenever my parents wanted chicken, we headed to KFCColonel Sanders was a staple of my childhood. At all the important family gatherings, I remember seeing red and white buckets everywhere, speckled with warm grease.)

I haven’t seen Kenny Rogers Roasters since the early ’90s. I’ve never given it much thought, but I always assumed (in the very back of my mind) that the business sank like a rock and Kenny Rogers was sitting in a dimly lit room somewhere, hurling whiskey bottles at the wall and cursing Colonel Sanders.

However, I did some research on the subject. (In other words, I glanced at Wikipedia for seven seconds.) As it turns out, Kenny’s chicken empire is still alive and well … but not in the United States. According to the Wikipedia article, Kenny Rogers Roasters “continues to flourish in Asia, particularly in Malaysia and the Philippines.”

As I skimmed over the Wikipedia article, I was shocked and amazed. It’s so surreal (to me, anyway) to imagine people in Malaysia and the Philippines eating good ole Southern home cookin’. (Especially at a restaurant with the name “Kenny Rogers” written in blazing red letters above the door.)

For me, it’s perfectly normal to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant … or sit down in a sushi restaurant with my cousin Ellice and struggle to operate a pair of chopsticks … or go to a Mexican restaurant … or go to Outback Steakhouse, a restaurant with Australian signs hanging everywhere. But it blows my mind when I realize that people in other countries eat at American restaurants. (Think of the way Marty McFly reacted in Back to the Future 2 when he stepped into the Café ’80s.)

After I mulled it over for a little while, I realized that I’ve experienced this same feeling before. Many years ago, when I visited Germany, my friend Jochen told me that everybody refers to McDonald’s as “The American Embassy.”

I still laugh about that sometimes.

I didn’t sleep much last night because I was working on Ann’s portrait. I need to rest now. I’ll leave you with these videos…

Take a break from life. Sit back. Enjoy the sounds.| Welcome to a new friend: Soundtrack Of The Youth

Soundtrack Of The Youth

23 year old girl from Norway. Passionate about listening, sharing and talking about music. I like to keep myself updated on new songs, especially within indie and electronica.

My taste in music is pretty laid-back, I love songs that I can listen to in any occasion, songs that are chill, but mind-blowing at the same time. We live in an amazing era of music, there is so much to explored and enjoyed!

I like to make long playlists that function as a kind of soundtrack in my life, so that I can listen to songs that truly define the present, and that at a later point, those same songs will remind me of memories, moods and feelings from the past. I love the idea that music can define a certain time in life, just like a soundtrack.

I find most of my music through Soundcloud, various Youtube channels or other music blogs.


via About | Soundtrack Of The Youth.

Sunday chillaxing

Thought I’d share a couple of chill tracks on this mellow, relaxing sunday.

First of all we got San Fran’s own Geographer, an indie rock band who made a hugely successful cover of Arthur Russell’s song “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”. Hear the epic track below.

Secondly I wanted to share the collaboration between Dillon Francis and the English artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (yes, that’s actually his artist name), and their song called Without You.

Have a nice sunday!

Matt Corby, the one and only

5b2217f6de625fc0c5f08dbe3193ff9d If you’ve read the title and you’re still unsure about who I am talking about: I now present to you Matt Corby. He is your average girl’s big crush, and I actually believe there are also some guys who have kind of a mancrush on him (which is completely okay, understandable in fact). He is insanely talented as a writer, singer and musician. He has an incredible ability in his voice to go from low to high tones, and he has a sort of Jeff Buckley feel in his music. Being born just outside of Sydney, he first became famous after appearing on Australian Idol in 2007 (I know, lame) where he made second place, though he definitely was the contestant with the biggest female fanbase.. Although Matt Corby has been a known name back in the land down under since Idol, he has had quite a long and rough path to get to where he is today. In the past year or two he has had an enormous international breakthrough, and he is now touring with his latest EP called Resolution. This guy has stardom written all over him. He is one of my absolute favorite artists at the moment.

Be sure to check out the acoustic versions of his songs Souls A’Fire and Brother in the Youtube clips below! You can find more of his music on his Soundcloud profile or on Spotify. And, as pretty much goes without saying, you will hear a lot more from this artist in the coming months on this blog!

The Chop-Shop Draft |Catching up with Writer’s Conquest by Thomas A Fowler

Swedish Fish – A Blog for My Family

Word Count Wednesday:

As I’m on the road for September and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Gold Conference, I’ve been working on revising the manuscript with the finishing touches. What has amazed me in these first few weeks is how much this draft is getting chopped.

Coming in at over 101,500 words, I knew the manuscript was coming in heavy on word-count. So this approach has been asking if the words were absolutely necessary to the plot, characters, and overall narrative structure. What’s astonishing is how much you implement that isn’t required for the story. You spend so many hours developing your world, and feel like so much is needed. But when you ask “Is this absolutely needed?” it’s insane how many times you can say no.

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I currently have 9094 words completed on this second to last draft. After this, it’ll be the “Where’s that one sentence, or spelling, error?” draft. I’m pretty adamant to keep this draft under 100,000 words and am pretty sure it’s going to happ

en. After all, my manuscript, in the Word document, is at 45 pages. On the previous draft, this same chapter ended at 61 pages. So this shortly into the draft, I’ve already shaved quite a few pages.

This will be really great to see a tightly woven manuscript that embraces the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Thales faster, and leaves them in peril for the majority of the narrative, an amazing suggestion from Jessica Engman, my editorial consultant.

How are you doing on your manuscript? I’m tracking my word count through the app, wait for it, called “Word Count.” Share your progress in the comments section, or tweet me @ThomasAFowler.

If you missed Tuesday’s post on Finding Readership through Target Demographics, look no further. Click here to read up. The accompanying YouTube video, focusing on the topic at hand, is just below, too. Thanks for stopping by; keep kicking some ass and be proud of what you do

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via Word Count Wednesday: The Chop-Shop Draft | Writer’s Conquest by Thomas A Fowler.

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The Naked Robert Watson: An Expose Of A Writer | Novel Ideas

The Naked Robert Watson: An Expose Of A Writer

This isn’t just another author interview. This is an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes upbringing of Robert Watson. Robert, sailor, author, father, lover, friend and living, breathing history. I wanted to know what made him the man he is today. What were his cultural experiences? What did he see? Hear? Do? Let’s find out…

Robert relaxing after a hard day spent writing.

A) I am happy to report that they seem to be getting stronger and stronger. My publisher has released the paperback two months early. I think that speaks volumes, don’t you?

Q) Let me ask you something else regarding your books. What are you hoping for from your books?

A) Nick, I really write just to hear that people to enjoy my work. I really have no illusions about making millions or being another Tom Clancy. That just isn’t me at all.

Q) Why not?

A) Now, don’t get me wrong! I am not saying I don’t want that. I just happen to believe that sometimes there is a reality to writing. That reality is simply as follows… Not everyone makes it that big. Now, if I do make it that big, so be it.

Q) One of the burning issues of the moment is promotion. What works for you? How do you promote your work?

A) All the usual stuff, Nick. I do interviews. I use Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and I do have a web page. My daughter and some good friends made a YouTube page for me. I am also happy to report that the local papers are very good with me as well. I feel well loved. I think the most important method is word of mouth. You can’t beat people promoting your books for free.

Q) So, what really matters to you, Robert?

via The Naked Robert Watson: An Expose Of A Writer | Novel Ideas.

Welcome to a new friend: Immanuel Rein Bako

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via Lagu Pakpak – cikala le pongpong | MeantToBeGood.

[Terry: Even Google Translate is screaming and asking to be allowed to stop trying to translate the first poem/computer program/short story. I can’t promise anything like a real translation. it appears to be Malay but that’s only because I get one or two words of English more than Indonesian.]

Lagu Pakpak – Kekelengenku Tanoh Dairi

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Lae na pe malum mahan peridinki
Njolmit-njolmit i gembar kuta i

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Mengidah krina silotna isi
Lolo ngo atengku kessa sakat misi
Mi kuta Lebbuh Empung idi

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Melihat Fakta di Sekitar Kita

1.Sampai berusia 6 bulan, bayi dapat bernafas dan menelan dalam waktu yang bersamaan.

2.Bahwa nyamuk jantan vegetarian.

3.Bahwa ukuran mata kita selalu sama sejak lahir, tetapi hidung dan telinga kita terus bertumbuh.

4.Pada suhu 40 derajat celsius, orang akan kehilangan sekitar 14,4 kalori per jam untuk bernafas.

5.Ada sebuah hotel di Swedia yang seluruhnya dibangun dari es, hotel tersebut dibangun kembali setiap tahun.

6.Kucing, unta, dan jerapah adalah 3 binatang di dunia (tidak ada binatang lain selain ketiga binatang tersebut) yang berjalan kaki kanan, kaki kanan, kaki kiri, kaki kiri, daripada kaki kanan, kaki kiri.

7.Suara yang kita dengar ketika kita menggeretakkan ruas jari, sebenarnya adalah suara gelembung-gelembung nitrogen yang meletus.

8.Mengunyah permen karet pada saat memotong bawang dapat membantu orang menghentikan air mata yang keluar.

9.Berlawanan dengan kepercayaan orang, permen karet yang tertelan tidak tinggal di dalam usus. Permen itu akan melewati jalan yang biasa dan akan dikeluarkan.

10.Bawang dapat mengurangi kolesterol jika dimakan setelah menyantap hidangan yang berlemak.

11.Rata-rata pandangan orang dapat mencakup sudut selebar 200 derajat.

12.Tanaman yang disiram dengan air hangat akan tumbuh lebih cepat dan lebih besar daripada tanaman yang disiram dengan air dingin.

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We view the facts in the Environment

1.Sampai 6 months of age, babies can breathe and swallow the same time.

2.Bahwa vegetarian male mosquitoes.

3.Bahwa our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears continue to grow.

4.In the temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, people will lose about 14.4 calories per hour breathing.

5.Ada a hotel in Sweden built entirely from ice hotel was built back every year.

6.Kucing, camels, and giraffes are 3 animals in the world (there are no other animals all animals) that right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot from the right foot, left foot.

7.Suara that we hear when we menggeretakkan phalanx finger, actually is the voice of nitrogen bubbles that implode.

8.Mengunyah gum when cutting onions can help people stop tears coming out.

9.Berlawanan with the belief, that swallowed chewing gum does not stay in the gut. Candy will skip the normal way and will be removed.

10.Bawang can reduce cholesterol if eaten after a fatty meal eat.

11.Rata average person view can include a wide 200-degree angle.

12.Tanaman a watered with warm water will grow faster and larger than plants watered with cold water.

[Terry: Actually, it makes a sort of cool, cybernetic “found art” where you have some facts and you have to deduce the rest. I mean, if I knew what “Bawang” was, I could certainly use it. ]

trailers and expectation | Goodreads | Carrie Vaughn’s Blog –

trailers and expectation

Carrie Vaughn

[Terry: When I read this, I was thinking about how much it relates to selling a book. Or even writing one.]

I’ve been thinking a lot about movie trailers and the expectations they raise.  Specifically, why the trailers for The Lone Ranger filled me with such dread while the trailers for Pacific Rim, which by all rights ought to be the exact same kind of overblown outrageous summer FX extravaganza, fill me with such transcendent joy.  So this is me, thinking out loud a little bit.

My first thought is this is comparing apples and oranges.  Ranger is a western, Pacific Rim is a monster/mecha movie.  But no, it’s not — they’re both intended to be summer blockbusters.  They’re both genre movies — I mean, both of them got their own homage issues of Planetary, that celebration of all things genre. (Planetary’s Lone Ranger homage is discussed here, its kaiju homage here.)  They both have things I love and ought to push my buttons and light up my brain.

So what about The Lone Ranger trailers suggested that the movie was going to be overblown dreck? And what about the Pacific Rim trailers have me so excited I can’t even sit still?

It turns out, I’m much more willing to believe CGI depicting something that can’t possibly happen — giant mecha suits battling unlikely giant monsters — than I am something that really can happen — a train crash — but which is made to look more like a cartoon that defies all laws of physics.  Because the train crash in TLR trailers looked so cartoony, it suggested that the filmmakers were going to be treating the whole thing as a big cartoon.

Johnny Depp’s Tonto reinforced that impression.

I do not want a Lone Ranger that is treated like a goofy-ass cartoon.  The filmmakers did not seem to take the character seriously.  And to everyone who says the Lone Ranger can’t possibly be taken seriously in our modern cynical age, I once again direct your attention to Captain America, which took an old-fashioned character, played him totally straight and earnest, and everybody loved it.  In fact, I think modern audiences may be hungry for old-fashioned earnest heroes.

Pacific Rim has been dismissed by some as nothing more than “Transformers v. Godzilla,” or “loud awful CGI monsters whatever.”  But here’s the thing an old-school geek like me sees in the trailer:  I see a live action version of this, and this, and this – all things I never thought I would see done well in live action, ever.  (The links go to YouTube clips of Robotech, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, and Voltron.)  This movie is getting the aesthetic of mecha anime, modernized and updated, exactly right.  Which tells me the filmmakers understand what they’re doing, know what their audience wants, and know how to give it to them.

The Lone Ranger trailers showed me things I’d seen before — goofy action, western — on steroids, which is not something I necessarily want to see.  I ended up seeing The Lone Ranger partly because I was curious to see if my assessment of the trailers was accurate.  It was.

The Pacific Rim trailers hint at a story.  Maybe not much of one, but it’s there — threat to the Earth, a unit of super-trained mech warriors, an obstacle to their success, will they win?  The Lone Ranger trailer had a lot of action scenes, and relied on audience knowledge of the story already attached to the franchise — the Ranger and Tonto will team up and do stuff.  Yay.  The Pacific Rim trailer actually makes me want to see what happens next.

And there it is, an off the cuff analysis of trailers.  Now, plenty of people seemed to like The Lone Ranger just fine, and I can’t really fault the trailers because they delivered exactly what they promised.  I’m hoping Pacific Rim will do likewise.  And I think I may have finally learned my lesson:  if  a trailer fills me with existential dread, don’t go see the movie!  I’m planning on seeing Pacific Rim at some point this weekend.  I’ll let you know how it measures up to my expectations.

via Goodreads | Carrie Vaughn’s Blog – trailers and expectation – July 12, 2013 08:42.

How To Fight — For Writers Who Need to Write & Not Fight

Zevon in a promotional picture from 2000.

Zevon in a promotional picture from 2000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK, I’m not a Mixed Martial Artist or a SEAL but occasionally your fictional hero pretty well has to “hit somebody” (Warren Zevon song about hockey players). Now, I have a problem with a couple of things about both book and TV/Movie violence.

1. My understanding is that if you hit someone in the face with an unprotected fist, the fist is likely to lose. It you cut your hand on the teeth, your hand will blow up like a balloon from the infection.

2. How do these people know precisely how hard to hit someone on the head with a pistol to keep them unconscious for exactly 3 hours with no lasting effects? 4 years of Med School?

3. Hitting someone over the head with an object (say a tire iron) would seem to risk a Murder rap.  Or at least years of paperwork and civil trials.

4. Anyone who discharges a firearm anywhere but a firing range is in serious trouble. A cop is going to be doing paperwork for years and, from what I read, killing someone is a major traumatic act (for the killer! I know it’s traumatic for the victim!) So when is firing a gun an acceptable risk?

5.  Every time I get a “wound,” (say a hangnail), it doesn’t go away when I shake it off. And I really  doubt that a “flesh wound” means that you can go through a 15 minute bar fight in the next couple of weeks, let alone hours.

So, I did buy “Throwing Lead: A Writer’s Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them)” on Kindle and LOVED it. It tells you which revolver will probably break your female protagonist’s wrists, where those pesky bullets go after they miss the target and why hiding behind any part of a car but the engine block is completely useless.

and now, I watched this guy Travis Roesler of the Fight Smart Training Program run a bunch of neighborhood toughs ragged by simply dodging their punches. He’s also got a YouTube subscription channel that essentially shows you a series of ways to win a fight in a rational way or simply avoid one. (I once had an Aikido teacher who said it’s very effective to just keep slipping blows until the other guy just starts laughing)

So, just because you’re a wuss (like me,) is no excuse for having silly-ass slugfests or bullets that end up killing some 3-year-old a half-mile away. Here is a short list of stuff from Kindle
The Gun Primer: A Writer’s Guide To Firearm Facts For Fiction
Science Fiction Weaponry: A Guide for Writers (Throwing Lead Singles)
Writing Fight Scenes
Write The Fight Right
Armed and Dangerous: A Writer’s Guide to Weapons (Classic Wisdom on Writing)
and, of course, if something does go wrong.
Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure

These probably aren’t the best books (and I would greatly encourage suggestions) but at least it will keep your protagonist from simply looking like an idiot when you really want to look cool.

Coming out of the Closet for Happiness | Speak Happiness

Coming out of the Closet for Happiness

Posted on June 21, 2013 by speakhappiness

Yesterday, I watched Gabrielle Union’s amazing speech accepting the Essence “Fierce and Fearless” Award, and it kicked my ass a little. A few lines from the speech will be tomorrow’s Happy Quote Saturday, but that is not the part that got to me.

The message that came through for me was that you can’t be successful if you aren’t living your truth, and if promoting yourself requires pretending, then it’s not worth it, and you won’t succeed anyway.

For the past few months, I have been promoting a book that I think has a broad audience. It doesn’t matter what your background, race, income, religion, nationality or life choices are, there is something in this book for everyone.

So I made a conscious decision that in the marketing of the book, I wouldn’t offend or turn off anyone. All are welcome as long as they have the resources to buy the book and the willingness to read it. Nobody needs to know my politics and beliefs if that might stop them from putting money in my pocket. So I hid all of that, including hiding the one thing I am most proud of — that I am a straight ally.

I was afraid that fact might cost me book sales. I was afraid that people who still cling to the belief that they have the right to define the marriage of total strangers might not buy my book if they knew.

You know what?

Screw that.

Those people need my book more than just about anyone else and if they want to let their prejudices stop them from reading it, it’s their loss, not mine.

I believe in Marriage Equality.

Beyond believing in it, I have written. produced and directed 44 commercials and PSAs and one documentary in support of it. Forty-Four! I have raised tens of thousands of dollars, donated hundreds of volunteer hours, flown around the country and sat on panels to talk about it, and I am so grateful to Gabrielle Union for reminding me that this is a huge part of my Truth!

The Declaration of Independence, one of the two most important documents in the history of this country, acknowledges that we were granted by our creator with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of HAPPINESS. Denying marriage equality to consenting adults who love each other takes away two of those rights, and I cannot continue to pretend I don’t have a side here, especially not simply to sell a book. About Happiness!

If you’re curious, you can see my work by going on YouTube and searching for “The Wedding Matters,” and on FunnyorDie under “Your Gay Neighbors” and on the website

And here is the spot I wrote, produced and directed that is closest to my heart:

Say I Do

I hope you enjoy it.And if watching it makes you not want to buy my book, well…I am happy to live with that.

via Coming out of the Closet for Happiness | Speak Happiness.


[Terry: Brava! Brava! {thunderous applause} Brava! {stamping of feet} ]

A Live Interview With J.W. Northrup! | Novel Ideas

A Live Interview With J.W. Northrup!

Exciting news, Folks!] A new interview with J.W. Northrup hit Youtube yesterday, and it really is a stormer.

J.W. and I discuss a list of questions as long as the arm of a giant. You really need to click the play button and watch this one.

J.W. talks about the writing process, the all-important business of promotion, and the very important details of how to handle a publisher!

Wait… Why am I telling you about it? Go over and see it!
via A Live Interview With J.W. Northrup! | Novel Ideas.

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JIMROMENESKO.COM – No Dogs or Old People

The reader who forwarded this Craigslist ad writes: “I guess the days of ‘will offer employment for food and board’ are now upon us. And notice that they require applicants be between 20-35 in age. Isn’t that illegal?” ( | Read the reactions from my Facebook friends and subscribers. | UPDATE: The ad has been deleted, but I’ve posted the text.

via » Morning report for May 31, 2013 JIMROMENESKO.COM.

Deleted “Unique Startup Opportunity” Craigslist ad

This Craigslist was deleted by its author, but the text was saved by Romenesko.CL new york brooklyn all jobs writing/editing jobsUnique Startup Opportunity

You and four other applicants will be invited to LIVE, WORK, and PLAY with an exciting new tech startup based out of a beautiful property on one of the nicest blocks in the Hamptons.

Our team is in the process of building a transparent e-commerce platform that’s going to change the world. To do that we need designers, programmers, content creators and just about every other talent you can think of. . .

Chosen applicants will be given a large bedroom, three delicious meals a day and the possibility long-term employment with potential equity option ownership – in exchange for 50 hours a week of hard work.

You will be working side-by-side and living with a team of young executives who share a combined 30 years of industry experience.

Your free time is yours to do with what you please, whether that be taking a night job, traveling away for the weekend or enjoying what could quite possibly be the best place on the planet to spend one’s summer.

High School Degree

Must be between the ages of 20 and 35

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But Dude, Like I’m only 23. Seriously, I have this rare medical condition where my hair went gray when I was, like, five. And I can so definitely do the work, man.  And being in the Hamptons would just be radical. Work all morning and surf all afternoon, right? I’m telling you, I’m 23..ok 24 in a bad light. I’ve still got a motorcycle and all the latest Pearl Jam recordings.  Oh? They’re too old to work here? Really? I went to see the Rolling Stones last week…OK, they’re all grandfathers but they’re still cool, right? Oh, the word ‘cool’ isn’t cool any more? How about ‘Shiny’? Well, yeah, that ‘s from Firefly but that’s like in the future and all.  Look, I can do push ups and … OK, I can do A pushup. Whew, it’s hot out here. Really, dude, I’m a young dude, dude. Oh, you don’t want to be called dude? Why not? Yeah, but there are like Woman Dudes, right?  Not since the 80’s, huh?  Well, OK, if you don’t want me, I’ll take off. Hey, I hate to ask but you don’t have money for the bus, do you? A bus? Well, it’s like a big car except lots of people can ride in it. No, it’s not a limousine.

Ah, never mind.

Terry Irving: Full Circle – YouTube

Terry Irving: Full Circle – YouTube.

Why would anyone want to watch me on Video?

Girl Story – Chapter Seven – Girl Meets Boy | Trista DiGiuseppi

Chp 7: Girl Meets Boy

Strange Candor opened after twenty minutes. Cat was lazy and took his time. Girl realized that ten minutes was a flat-out lie. Glaring at Girl as she walked into the shop, she ignored the fat Cat, stepping over him, moving deeper amidst the merchandise. All around were shelves lined with instruments – some more familiar than others. The more exotic the instrument, the higher it was placed on the shelf. Some were stored so high that Girl could not even see them.

“Don’t touch anything,” hissed Cat. And on that note, he climbed up a carpeted kitty tower placed in the corner of the shop. When Cat reached the top of the tower, he flopped. Then he stared out a nearby window, chittering at pigeons as they moved through the dark.

“Bullshit!” yelled a voice from the back of the shop. Startled, Girl jumped.

Girl said to herself, “Who is that?”

More at  Girl Story – Chapter Seven – Girl Meets Boy | Trista DiGiuseppi.


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Welcome to a new friend: | Reality Swipe

Welcome to Reality Swipe

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Reality Swipe

Reality Swipe is the champion of Science, Statistics and Research! Here we look at what’s happening in the news. The difference? well instead of taking a random stab at causes for an issue – the tactic chosen by most social commentators – we try to strip away any bias, spontaneous reaction and presumptions then use research to get to the heart of the problem. Striving for the reality behind anything, despite how murky the water gets! Warning, there may be attempts at jokes. I’ll apologies for them now….

Feel free to join in with the discussion! Comment on what you like or tweet me on @RealitySwipe

via Welcome to Reality Swipe | Reality Swipe.

Science Vs Parole Judges

We hope that while you find today’s information interesting, you never have to personally use it out there in the real world. This is because this week’s Reality Swipe puts us smack bang in the centre of the legal system! Court is in session and the case is Science Vs Parole Judges. Those parole judges should be worried, like always, science has some irrefutable evidence.

An American judge talking to a lawyer.

An American judge talking to a lawyer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before that, imagine that you are a lawyer and your client is three quarters of the way through his prison sentence. He is up for parole, and has asked you for advice. You spent years working with this client, you know they have seen the error of their ways and are ready to be released in to the community. What advice would you offer to get them through the parole hearing?  We put this to the Reality Swipe team. “Don’t be late”, was the first piece of advice they would offer. Sounds good but as prisoners cannot move around as easy as they want, this one may be a little out of their hands. Another suggestion was to tell them to, “watch their manors” as we all know please and thank you can go a long way. Did you come up with any others?  Did you use common sense tips on good presentation to offer advice to your client like we did? Whilst we are sure these things do contribute, new research into judicial decision show there is one factor that has an overwhelming influence on if a person gets parole.  It has nothing to do with the presentation of the defendant or how they come across to the judge. Worryingly, is it does not even matter on something as important as the details of the case.

What times of the day do you work at your best? Most of my writing is done in the morning just after breakfast.  Writing up until about 11, then I will check the news and see what is new on YouTube until lunch.  After lunch, similar to the morning, I will work for a few hours then pick up some of the less mentally taxing stuff as the day goes on. I am pleased to find out that this pattern of producing a better standard of work after meals is common amongst people in all careers. This wisdom was the starting point for Jonathan Levav, an associate professor at the Columbia Business School, who took this idea and started gathering data. He wanted to see how this style of working affected certain type of professions. Could it affect the profession where making a wrong decision could cost a man his freedom?

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