Category: Beauty


 Happy Birthday Eric 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Life

 

” Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929 d. March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (21 March1920 – 15 May 1985), a 25-year-old soldier from Montreal, Quebec. Fryer shipped off to war prior to Clapton’s birth and then returned to Canada. Clapton grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, who was stepfather to Patricia Clapton and her brother Adrian, believing they were his parents and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton’s real surname is Clapp (Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose’s first husband, Eric Clapton’s maternal grandfather). Years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany, leaving young Eric with his grandparents in Surrey.

  Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitar, made in Germany, for his thirteenth birthday, but the inexpensive steel-stringed instrument was difficult to play and he briefly lost interest. Two years later Clapton picked it up again and started playing consistently. Clapton was influenced by the blues from an early age, and practised long hours to learn the chords of blues music by playing along to the records.He preserved his practice sessions using his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, listening to them over and over until he felt he’d got it right.

  After leaving Hollyfield School, in Surbiton, in 1961, Clapton studied at the Kingston College of Art but was dismissed at the end of the academic year because his focus remained on music rather than art. His guitar playing was so advanced that by the age of 16 he was getting noticed. Around this time Clapton began busking around KingstonRichmond, and the West End.In 1962, Clapton started performing as a duo with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs around Surrey. When he was seventeen years old Clapton joined his first band, an early British R&B group, “The Roosters”, whose other guitarist was Tom McGuinness. He stayed with this band from January through August 1963.In October of that year, Clapton did a seven-gig stint with Casey Jones & The Engineers. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further On Up The Road

” By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world’s major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the YardbirdsJohn Mayall’s BluesbreakersCream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut album, though it spawned the Top 40 hit “After Midnight,” was typical of his self-effacing approach: it was, in effect, an album by the group he had lately been featured in, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Not surprisingly, before his solo debut had even been released, Clapton had retreated from his solo stance, assembling from the D&B&F ranks the personnel for a group, Derek & the Dominos, with whom he played for most of 1970 and recorded the landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsClapton was largely inactive in 1971 and 1972, due to heroin addiction, but he performed a comeback concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on January 13, 1973, resulting in the album Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert (September 1973). But Clapton did not launch a sustained solo career until July 1974, when he released 461 Ocean Boulevard, which topped the charts and spawned the number one single “I Shot the Sheriff.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Of Fame Bio

 

” A January 1973 comeback concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre re-introduced him to public performing, but his solo career really commenced in earnest a year later with 461 Ocean Boulevard. Recorded in Miami, it was influenced by the mellower likes of J.J. Cale and Bob Marley. Striking a chord with the public, 461 Ocean Boulevard topped the album charts in 1974. Meanwhile, Clapton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff,” originally by Bob Marley and the Wailers, helped introduced reggae to a mass audience. Working with a steady band that included guitarist George Terry, Clapton pursued a mellow, song-oriented course that accentuated his husky, laid-back vocals. His Seventies output, including such albums as There’s One in Every Crowd (1975) and No Reason to Cry (1976) has been largely underrated and is ripe for rediscovery. Clapton again struck commercial paydirt in 1977 with Slowhand, a strong set that included Clapton’s definitive version of J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine” and the #3 hit “Lay Down Sally.”

  Clapton remained a prolific artist throughout the Eighties, releasing a live double album that reached #2 (Just One Night), cutting two albums (Behind the Sun and August) with Phil Collins as producer, and launching his own label, Duck Records, in 1983, with one of his stronger studio efforts, Money and Cigarettes. In January 1987, he undertook the first of what would become an annual series of multi-night stands at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 1992, his career received a major boost from his appearance on MTV’s Unplugged series. Returning to his roots on the heels of that acoustic folk-blues set, Clapton next cut a long-promised blues album, From the Cradle (1994). Throughout the Nineties, he continued to amass hits–no mean feat, given the shifting musical climate–including “Tears in Heaven,” a memorable elegy for his late son Conor; “Change the World,” a beatbox-driven collaboration with R&B artist/producer Babyface that won a Grammy for Record of the Year; and “My Father’s Eyes,” a ballad from his 1998 album Pilgrim.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

last.fm

 

“ Tears in Heaven” was written after his son’s tragic death. It was co-written with Russ Titelman and acknowledged with a Grammy in 1993.


Most recently, Eric Clapton has organized a benefit concert in honor of Hubert Sumlin, the great bluesman, to take place at the Apollo Theater in New York on February 24, 2012. He will be joined by Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Levon Helm, and Derek Trucks among others. Clapton is known to sponsor an array of charitable events and concerts. He has also established a rehabilitation clinic in Monserrat to help those with substance abuse problems.

‘ Clapton’ was released on September 27, 2010 by Reprise.

  A live album titled Play The Blues Live At Lincoln Center performed with Wynton Marsalis was released on September 13, 2011 by Reprise.

  Early 2013 saw the release of ‘Old Sock’, an album of 10 cover songs and two new originals, which was met with mixed reviews, some saying that it was lazy and unnecessary (“little commitment to the music here and even less enthusiasm”) whilst others appreciated the mastery he still exhibits over his craft (“winding down a legendary career with his typical class, reverence to the past and master’s touch”).

  Eric Clapton is highly regarded as a premier musician, and continues to remain a force in music today.”

 

 

 

 

ERIC CLAPTON DISCOGRAPHY

 

 
 
 
 

 Concert Videos

 

Happy Birthday Eric . Thank You

 

Further Reading

 

Eric Clapton- NPR

MTV

Eric Clapton – IMDb

Eric Clapton on Yahoo! Music

Where’s Eric | The Eric Clapton Fan Club Magazine

Eric-Clapton – The Unofficial Website

Eric Clapton |  Rolling Stone

Eric Clapton –  on Pandora 

Rock On The Net: Eric Clapton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Sassy 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittanica :

 

” Sarah Vaughan, in full Sarah Lois Vaughan, byname Sassy or the Divine One   (born March 27, 1924, Newark, N.J., U.S.—died April 3, 1990, Hidden Hills, Calif.), American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.

Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstines band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan’s singing style was influenced by their instruments—“I always wanted to imitate the horns.” Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded “Lover Man” together in 1945.”

 

 

PBS Jazz – A Film By Ken Burns :

 

” During the five-year contract with Columbia that marked her rise to stardom (1949-54), she recorded often with studio orchestras and only once in a jazz context (with Miles Davis in 1950). A new contract with Mercury (1954-9) allowed her to pursue a dual career: for Mercury she made commercial discs, including her hit Broken-Hearted Melody (1958), while for EmArcy, Mercury’s jazz subsidiary, she recorded with Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, the sidemen of Count Basie‘s orchestra, and other jazz musicians. She combined these activities under later contracts with Roulette, Mercury, and Columbia (1960-67). In 1971, after a five-year absence from recording, she began once again to make popular albums, occasionally employing a jazz-flavored accompaniment, as on her album with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson in 1978. In public performances Vaughan is accompanied by a trio of piano, double bass, and drums, either alone or as the nucleus of a big band or symphony orchestra. Among the distinguished members of her group have been Jimmy Jones (1947-52; 1954-8), Roy Haynes (1953-4), Richard Davis (late 1950s-early 1960s), Roland Hanna (early 1960s), Bob James (1965-8), Jan Hammer(1970-71), Jimmy Cobb(1970-78), Andy Simpkins (from 1979), and Harold Jones (from 1980). From 1978 to 1980 the trio became a quartet under the leadership of Vaughan’s then manager, conductor, and husband, Waymon Reed. In 1987, Vaughan recorded an album of Latin-jazz songs. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

All About Jazz :

 

” In 1958, Vaughan was earning a yearly income of $230,000. In July of the following year, she scored her first million-selling hit, “Broken Hearted Melody,” with the Ray Ellis Orchestra. A hit with both black and white audiences, “Broken Hearted Melody,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award, reached number five on the pop R&B charts.

When Vaughan’s contract with Mercury ended in the fall of 1959, she signed with Roulette Records and became, over the next few years, one the label’s biggest stars. Her 1960 sessions for Roulette included “The Divine One,” arranged by Jimmy Jones and a session with Count Basie Band featuring such talents as trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman and saxophonists Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell. Featured in duet numbers with singer Joe Williams, the Basie Band session produced the sides, “If I Were a Bell” and “Teach Me Tonight.” “

 

 

 

 

 

Trivia

 

” Ranked #50 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.

Was an Honorary Memeber of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 854-856. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

She is nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

She was interred at Glendale Cemetery (Crestwood Section, Lot 2 Grave 3) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was a lifelong Democrat and during the Lyndon Johnson Administration was a frequent guest singer at The White House.

She & Clyde B. Atkins adopted a daughter in 1961, whom they named Deborah Lois (now Paris Vaughan).

She was close friends with crooner Billy Eckstine.”

 

 

 

Discography:

Sarah Vaughan
Studio albums
Live albums
Compilation albums
Other album appearances
Extended plays
Songs
Related topics

 

 

 

 

 

*A Tribute To
starSarah Vaughan

” Her voice, which has four octaves and out-classes that of most operatic sopranos, came in unequal parts, a rich middle section, a little-girl high register, and a sometimes vulgar, echoing bottom range. She uses it like a horn . . . ” wrote Whitney Balliett, in New Yorker Magazine, July, 1977. (Balliett is a writer of America’s unique art form, jazz. His criticism is esteemed by fans and colleagues wherever music is performed.)”

Happy Birthday Divine One 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—-

Watch The Plunge From This New 325-Foot Roller Coaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While most of the country is shivering in the cold, a theme park wants you to shiver with excitement at what it calls the world’s tallest and fastest “giga” coaster expected to make its debut later this month.

  Carowinds, one of 11 amusement parks operated by Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair LP (NYSE: FUN), made the first test run Wednesday of its 325-foot-tall Fury 325 earlier this week. Its first passenger was a video camera, but when it opens March 27, 32 visitors in each open-air train car will be able to experience the climb to the top of the hill, a 81-degree drop and speeds of up to 95 miles an hour.

  A giga coaster, a term coined by Cedar Fair’s first park, Cedar Point, has a drop from 300 to 399 feet. The next class is a “strata” coaster with a height of more than 400 feet.

  In comparison, the Statue of Liberty stands 305 feet, 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the torch, according to the National Park Service.

  When the Fury 325 opens, it will be among the five tallest roller coasters in the world, coming in at No. 3 or No. 5 depending on whether you’re including shuttle roller coasters, according to UltimateRollercoaster.com and EntertainmentDesigner.com. Steel-track shuttle coasters don’t travel a complete circuit.”

 

Read more at USAToday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Drone Film Festival – March 7, 2015 NYC

 

 

 

” New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography.  The festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work (shot anywhere in the world), emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and more.  Director, landscape photographer, and aerial cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin founded the festival in 2014 with a desire to change the perceptions of drones. “I’m tired of drones being synonymous with questionable legality and FAA regulation. I want to celebrate the art of aerial cinematography”

Submissions for the 2015 festival are closed. 

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Te 2015 New York City Drone Film Festival Will Take Place:

March 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm 

The Directors Guild of America Theater

110 West 57th street, NYC

The Official After Party Is At 10:30PM @ FC Gotham 409 W 13TH ST, New York, NY 10014

On Sunday March 8th, The NYCDFF, New York City Drone Users Group And The AMA 

will host an official fly-in. Bring your drones and come fly with the NYC drone scene. 

1:00 PM Sunday March 8th at
Sea View Rotary RC Club Calvert Vaux Park
Entrance on Shore Parkway Service Road Gravesend Bay, Shore Parkway service road, Bay 44-Bay 49 Streets
Brooklyn, NY “

    Among the videos on view will be film clips from drone artists such asYeah Drones , Roberto Serrini , Corridor Digital , Jos Stiglingh , Jacob Southard , Gabriel Ng , Per Von Koch and Davey Orgill .

   At the present time tickets are sold out but due to the high demand the producers are considering adding a second screening . You can show your interest and perhaps gain potential tickets by signing up to their mailing list here .

   Below are the film categories to receive awards :

 

 

” The festival jury will present awards to films in various categories including:

 

    -Narrative

    -Landscape/Travel

    -Reel

    -FPV/Proximity/Technical Flying

    -Architecture

    -X-Factor

    -Most epic Dronie

    -Best In Show

    -Audience choice award “

 

 

    Fellow drone fans and pilots that , like ourselves , were not lucky enough to land tickets for this cool show can at least salve their wounded feelings with one of the cool T-shirts or the poster available from the on-line gift shop . one example of which is displayed below :

 

 

NYCDFF SPENCER Mockups.jpg

 

 

 

   Of course if you are in the NY city area on the 7th , drive by the theater , who knows maybe there will be some scalpers to provide you with a ticket to his sold-out show .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weasel On Woodpecker: ‘How I Snapped The Photo’ BBC News

 

 

 

From BBC News

” The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is “almost a dream”.

  Martin Le-May took it while walking with his wife in Hornchurch Country Park in east London. He said “It’s almost a dream that you take a photograph that lots and lots of people not only look at but like”. “

    Watching the video and hearing Mr Le-May explain the circumstances of the tiny weasel attempting to take down prey nearly twice it’s size immediately brought to mind this old Merry Melodies cartoon :

      Like the weasel , this tiny chickenhawk had the “cojones” to tackle prey many times his size , namely Foghorn Leghorn … LOL

Exclusive Drone Video Shows A Frozen Niagara Falls

 

 

 

 

   From NBC News: ” The bitter cold temperatures have turned Niagara Falls into a beautiful series of frozen falls.”

Viral Video Ice Sled Ice Machine Still Works, Old Engine Saw Blade Wheel Reworked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2015

” This Viral video of an ice sled used for transportation across ice utilizes a John Boat and metal pipe runners. The old gas engine has a centrifigal clutch that engages the large saw blade that bites into the ice and gives it forward momentum. Forrunner to snowmobile.

  Angling for Free Fishing Videos? Here is a video on Fishing Tips and Tricks, I do video on many species such as Catfish, Walleye, Muskie, Northern, Panfish, Salmon to include most freshwater and some saltwater fish. Information good from Fishing Pro to Novice angler will like this instruction where you can Discover Fishing when you are on the hunt for big fish. I will be talking about Fish, Fishing, Outdoors, lures, boats, motors, rods, reels, Bass, Boating, and wildlife.”

 

HT/Wide Open Spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly Frozen Waves Captured On Camera By Nantucket Photographer

 

(Photo credit: Jonathan Nimerfroh  - Instagram: @jdnphotography)

(Photo credit: Jonathan Nimerfroh – Instagram: @jdnphotography)

 

 

” The record-setting winter of 2015 has left us with all kinds of remarkable images, most of them of snow and ice. But a photographer on Nantucket found something most of us have never seen – nearly frozen waves.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Jonathan Nimerfroh was walking along a beach on the island recently when he saw these waves rolling in like slush. “ It looks like a big Slurpee rolling ashore,” Fisher said. “

 

Thanks to CBS Boston and Jonathan Nimerfroh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoPro: Majestic Wingsuit Flight In Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 16, 2015

” Brandon Mikesell gracefully navigates his wingsuit through the vibrant mountains in Walenstadt, Switzerland.

Shot 100% on the HERO3+® camera from http://GoPro.com.

Get stoked and subscribe: http://goo.gl/HgVXpQ

Music
ODESZA “Koto”
Link to buy: http://goo.gl/OGRz4m “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird’s Eye View Of Aircraft ‘Graveyard’ Outside Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 23, 2015

” Drone footage gave a rare bird’s-eye-view of one of Russia’s many plane graveyards earlier in February, capturing amazing shots of the Central Air Force Museum located just 40 kilometres (24.

  You can use the footage in all types of projects including commercial. Don’t forget to write/link our channel’s name in the description where video material .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Reels In 1,058-Pound Blue Marlin Off Kona Coast

 

 

 

 

 

” It was certainly the catch of the day for a New York City teenager when he “caught the fish of a lifetime,” a 1,058-pound blue marlin, off the Kona coast on Wednesday.

” I would imagine that there’s not very many more things as exhilarating than catching a ‘grander’ in Kona,” said 16-year-old Kai Rizzuto.”

 

 

 

 

” The gargantuan marlin measured 11 feet from its jaw to tail and took Kai 30 minutes to reel in. “It was a 30-minute fight. I’ll tell you it was the hardest 30 minutes I’ve ever fought a fish,” said Rizzuto. “When I saw that fish at the end of line I was just thinking, don’t break off. Do not break off.” “

 

Hawaii News Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrasports Custom Boats Unveils Their Suenos 53′

 

 

 

 

” HydraSports Custom is unveiling 53’ Sueños, the world’s largest, outboard powered, center console at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2015.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The most common question has been, “Why such a large boat?”  The answer is simple according to Elias De La Torre III, CEO of HydraSports Custom boats, “We’ve sold 140 of the 42’ center consoles and our boat owners have requested a larger boat to move into.”  After extensive market research and input from current HydraSports boat owners it seemed the market was finally ready. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As with all HydraSports Custom boats, 53’ Sueños, will have very limited production.  The plan is to build no more than 12 of these boats per year for world-wide distribution via a network of factory direct test centers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This boat features Advanced Combat Craft Construction leveraging two million dollars of US Navy funded research for their Advanced Combatant Craft.  Developed by Structural Composites this technology has won numerous awards including three Congressional Medals of Merit.”

 

 

 

 

The specs are just as impressive as the photos …

 

 

 

” LENGTH  52′ 11″
BEAM  13′ 
DEADRISE  TBD
WEIGHT  28,323 LBS DRY W/ QUAD SEVEN MARINE 557
HORSEPOWER RATING  NO MAX
FUEL CAPACITY  1,000 STANDARD
FRESHWATER CAPACITY  100 GALLONS
LIVEWELL CAPACITY  2 @ 60 GALS EACH
DRAFT – ENGINES UP  TBD
BRIDGE CLEARANCE WITH THE TOP  TBD
OUTRIGGERS FOLDED ADD  TBD “
   We are particularly impressed with the “No Max Horsepower Rating” , meaning that as of now there is no combination of outboards manufactured that this boat cannot accommodate . Wow . Thousand gallon fuel capacity … Wow 
   This boat sets a new gold standard in center console fishing machines , from the flatscreen TV to the granite countertops the interior is not something one would expect on your normal fishing boat . Go to Hydrasports’ page for much more info and picture of this ground-breaking center console yacht . 

    Additional info on this massive open ride can be found at the following links:

 

The World’s Largest Center Console: Hydra-Sports 53 Suenos

Hydrasports Custom Announces The 53’ Sueños

Innovation, Opulence Highlight South Florida Boat Show

HydraSports Custom To Unveil 53′ Suenos

Hydrasports’ Fishing Boat Receives MIL-TOUGH Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corgis Are Now A ‘Vulnerable’ Breed In Britain

 

 

 

 

” Corgis are now listed as a “vulnerable” breed in the United Kingdom, only a week after the Sunday Express newspaper reported Queen Elizabeth would no longer introduce more of the dogs in the royal household.

” Pembroke Welsh Corgis” are joining their cousins, the “Cardigan Welsh Corgis,” and 28 other breeds on the list, which is updated each year by the Kennel Club, a British organization promoting the health and welfare of dogs.

  Last year, registration numbers for Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies were at 274, falling under the 300 threshold needed to stay off the list. They had been on a watch list for the past four years when the number fell under 450. While overall numbers of Corgis are estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club told ABC News there had been a 16 percent drop since 2013.

  Why are the numbers declining? Because celebrities aren’t buying Corgis, Kisko said. “It makes sense when you look at the increased popularity of exotic breeds: French bulldogs registrations have gone up from 350 in 2004 to 9,000 last year.”

“ People are daft,” Kisko said, “because celebrity isn’t a good reason to buy a dog. Corgis are for everyone. They are fun, intelligent and active. We want people to do their research before buying a dog.”

  Not everyone believes in the celebrity factor. Diana King, chairwoman of the Welsh Corgi League, told ABC News she believes the decline is due to a 2007 ban on tail-docking (the practice of cutting off the animal’s tail) in the U.K.”

 

More on the fall from favor of the quintessential British dog at ABC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—-

Japanese Army Troops Have Built A Giant “Star Wars” Snow Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

” More than 200 snow and ice sculptures have been erected for the Sapporo Snow Festival, which opens Feb. 5. Among the main attractions this year in the city that hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics is a gigantic Disney-sponsored tribute to the classic sci-fi movie Star Wars , a marketing spectacle in advance of the next installment in the series, set to be released this coming December. “

” The design, approved by Lucasfilms, features the villainous Darth Vader wielding an icy lightsaber, flanked by a posse of three Stormtroopers. Following the festival’s tradition, Japanese army troops built Snow Star Wars, as it’s called. 

  With a squadron of bulldozers, the Hokkaido-based 11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force worked on the project for almost a month. “

   While Darth and crew have stolen the show the video below gives the readers a taste of some of the the other fabulous happenings taking place at the Festival.

    Click through to see a series of photos documenting the construction of Darth and his stormtroopers …

RC Millennium Falcon Drone Created By Hobbyist

 

 

 

” Star Wars fans are sure to want to make of get their hands on this awesome Millennium Falcon drone that has been created by hobbyist and drone master builder and YouTube member, Oliver C, who’s next project is going to be a Tie Fighter.

  The Millennium Falcon drone custom skin is constructed from lightweight foam and fits snuggle onto the original chassis of the drone. You can see it being tested as a prototype and flown outside in the videos below.”

 

Geeky-Gadgets has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch This Expert Backhoe Handling From Malik Tajamul Hayat Khan

 

 

 

 Who needs a trailer with a operator as skilled as this ?

Drone Video Tours Frozen Shore Of Lake Michigan

 

 

 

 

“Michigan teenager shared stunning footage of a partially frozen Lake Michigan he shot using a drone-mounted GoPro camera.

  Tommy Sadler, a student at Byron Center High School in Grand Haven, posted a video to YouTube Sunday showing the frozen shore of the second largest of the Great Lakes at the Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven. “

 

UPI News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yosemite Climbers Expect To Reach Top Of El Capitan On Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who began their latest attempt to conquer El Capitan on Dec. 27, started climbing the final 11 “pitches” of the so-called Dawn Wall on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.

  The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet. The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in 1970, but never before without climbing tools.”

 

Toronto Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Brothers Create Amazing Sea Turtle Snow Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

” A trio of Minnesota brothers is upping their snow sculpture game. For the past four years the Bartz brothers of New Brighton, Minnesota have used their front lawn, and snow from Mother Nature, to create amazing works of art.

  Their past creations include a walrus, shark, and puffer fish. This year the brothers created a giant sea turtle sculpture out of snow.”

 

 

     Just over a year ago we featured these brothers for their creation of the “Snow Shark” . This year’s creation comes to us thanks to WHOTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbin International Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival

 

 

 

 

 

” The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks:Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.”

 

 

 

 

” The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world.”

 

 

 

” Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. The festival includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances, wedding ceremonies on ice, trade talks, trade fairs and all kinds of national or international sports events etc.”

 

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Frenchies And Parrot To Shoot Extreme Sports Thanks To Bebop Drone

 

 

 

 

 

” Globally known for their famous base jump with a human catapult from the highest cliff in the world and for having walked on a rope between two hot-air balloons, the Flying Frenchies now provide a new point of view of their exploits thanks to their drone.

  Controlled by its Skycontroller, the Parrot Bebop Drone shot the latest stunt of the Flying Frenchies: the first base jump from a trapeze. A world premiere! “

 

Thanks to Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Family’s Presents Were Stolen, Lexington Police Officers Took Kids Shopping

 

 

 

” After a family’s Christmas presents were stolen, Lexington police officers who responded to the call found a way to make sure the family would still have a good Christmas.

  Jason Rothermund, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge, said the officers, Tim Ball, James Dellacamera and Benjamin Blank, contacted the organization and asked if there was money left over from their annual event, Shop with A Cop, in which officers take children in Lexington out shopping for presents.

  Rothermund said they did have leftover funds, which were then used to buy gifts for the family.

” These officers took the initiative to go above and beyond what they normally do,” he said.

  The original Christmas gifts were recovered later the same day they were stolen, but the officers took the kids shopping for more presents because they didn’t have a lot originally, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

  Christina Edwards, 28, has custody of her nieces, Jaylin Beeman, 6, and Destiny Edwards, 4 months, and her nephew, Brayden Edwards, 3. She is raising them by herself.

  When the officers came back later saying they wanted to take the kids shopping, Edwards was thrilled.

” I felt very blessed that somebody would want to help,” she said.

  Edwards said the officers had $300 to spend on the kids, and the kids had a great time shopping for their gifts at Meijer. Brayden and Jaylin each got pajamas, clothes and shoes. Brayden got a SWAT team badge, helmet and gun, as well as a soccer ball and other toys. Jaylin picked out Barbie dolls and a Barbie jeep.

  Rothermund said the most important thing about what the officers did is that they didn’t have to do it, they wanted to.

”  This is the type of story that makes me proud to be a police officer,” he said. “It’s why people become police officers.” “

Thanks to Kentucky.com

The Artist Picks His Favorite Paintings

 

ball of fire 9208

BALL OF FIRE (18×15 inches, watercolor; 2008)

 

 

” Guy Harvey is many things, nearly all of them related to the ocean and his love and appreciation of that environment. Dr. Harvey is best known internationally as a prolific and talented painter of marine animals, his interest in marine biology (in which he holds a PhD) and his countless hours of underwater observation leading to an obsession with accurate detail. By 1988, Harvey was widely recognized as a top game-fish artist in the world.

  Harvey is also one of the staunchest advocates of marine conservation on the planet. In 1999, the artist/diver/cinematographer/explorer collaborated with Nova Southeastern University in Dania Beach, Florida, to establish the Guy Harvey Research Institute, one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to the science-based conservation of marine fish populations and biodiversity.

  You can read more about Harvey here.

  Sport Fishing is honored to share with our audience this exclusive gallery, not merely of 50 Guy Harvey  paintings, but the 50 favorites picked by the artist, with a  comment from him on each. It’s also worth mentioning that a portion of all Harvey’s art sales go to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Reproductions are available for most images here or call 954-581-0073. “

 

 

See all fifty paintings at SportFishing.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megyn Kelly On Jimmy Kimmel 12.17.14

 

 

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,184 other followers