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 Happy Birthday Muddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Life

 

” Although in his later years Muddy usually said that he was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1915, he was actually born at Jug’s Corner in neighboring Issaquena County in 1913. Recent research has uncovered documentation showing that in the 1930s and 1940s he reported his birth year as 1913 on both his marriage license and musicians’ union card. A 1955 interview in the Chicago Defender is the earliest claim of 1915 as his year of birth, which he continued to use in interviews from that point onward. The 1920 census lists him as five years old as of March 6, 1920, suggesting that his birth year may have been 1914. The Social Security Death Index, relying on the Social Security card application submitted after his move to Chicago in the mid-1940s, lists him as being born April 4, 1913. Muddy’s gravestone gives his birth year as 1915.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Muddy’s grandmother, Della Grant, raised him after his mother died shortly following his birth. Della gave the boy the nickname “Muddy” at an early age because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek. Muddy later changed it to “Muddy Water” and finally “Muddy Waters”.

The shack where Muddy Waters lived in his youth on Stovall Plantation is now located at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He started out on harmonica, but by age seventeen he was playing the guitar at parties, emulating two blues artists who were extremely popular in the south, Son House and Robert Johnson.[7][page needed]“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” On November 20, 1932, Muddy married Mabel Berry; Robert Nighthawk played guitar at the wedding, and the party reportedly got so wild the floor fell in. Mabel left Muddy three years later when Muddy’s first child was born; the child’s mother was Leola Spain, sixteen years old (Leola later used her maiden name Brown), “married to a man named Steven” and “going with a guy named Tucker”. Leola was the only one of his girlfriends with whom Muddy would stay in touch throughout his life; they never married. By the time he finally cut out for Chicago in 1943, there was another Mrs. Morganfield left behind, a girl called Sallie Ann.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Waters Official Website

 

“Growing to manhood there, in the very heart of the region that had spawned this magnificent music, Waters was drawn early to its stark, telling, expressive power. He had been working as a farm laborer for several years when at thirteen he took up the harmonica, the instrument on which many blues performers first master the music’s rudiments. Four years later he made the switch to guitar. “You see, I was digging Son House and Robert Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The two were the undisputed masters of the region’s characteristic “bottleneck” style of guitar accompaniment. With this technique the Delta bluesman could utilize the guitar as a perfect extension of his voice, the sliding bottleneck matching the dips, slurs, sliding notes and all the tonal ambiguity of the voice as it is used in singing the blues.Within a year, Waters recalled, he had mastered the bottleneck style and the jagged, pulsating rhythms of Delta guitar. He had learned to sing powerfully and expressively in the tightly constricted, pain-filled manner that characterized the best Delta singers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” By the time a team of Library of Congress field collectors headed by Alan Lomax visited and recorded Waters for the Library’s folksong archives in 1941 (they were looking for Robert Johnson at the time, unaware of his death three years earlier), returning to record him further the following year, he had had several years’ local performing experience behind him.Providing the musical impetus for dancers at rough-and-tumble back country dances, in juke joints, and at picnics, houseparties and other rural entertainments had sharpened the young bluesman’s vocal and instrumental abilities to a keen edge. The recordings show the strikingly distinctive power of the young Waters, both as singer and master of Delta bottleneck guitar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britannica

” In 1943 Waters—like millions of other African Americans in the South who moved to cities in the North and West during the Great Migration from 1916 to 1970—relocated to Chicago. There he began playing clubs and bars on the city’s South and West sides while earning a living working in a paper mill and later driving a truck. In 1944 he bought his first electric guitar, which cut more easily through the noise of crowded bars. He soon broke with country blues by playing electric guitar in a shimmering slide style. In 1946 pianist Sunnyland Slim, another Delta native, helped Waters land a contract with Aristocrat Records, for which he made several unremarkable recordings. By 1948 Aristocrat had become Chess Records (taking its name from Leonard and Phil Chess, the Polish immigrant brothers who owned and operated it), and Waters was recording a string of hits for it that began with “I Feel Like Going Home” and “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His early, aggressive, electrically amplified band—including pianist Otis Spann, guitarist Jimmie Rodgers, and harmonica virtuosoLittle Walter—created closely integrated support for his passionate singing, which featured dramatic shouts, swoops, and falsetto moans. His repertoire, much of which he composed, included lyrics that were mournful (“Blow Wind Blow,” “Trouble No More”), boastful (“Got My Mojo Working,” “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”), and frankly sensual (the unusual 15-bar blues “Rock Me”). In the process Waters became the foremost exponent of modern Chicago blues.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Tours of clubs in the South and Midwest in the 1940s and ’50s gave way after 1958 to concert tours of the United States and Europe, including frequent dates at jazz, folk, and blues festivals. Over the years, some of Chicago’s premier blues musicians did stints in Waters’s band, including harmonica players James Cotton and Junior Wells, as well as guitarist Buddy Guy. Toward the end of his career, Waters concentrated on singing and played guitar only occasionally. A major influence on a variety of rock musicians—most notably the Rolling Stones (who took their name from his song “Rollin’ Stone” and made a pilgrimage to Chess to record)—Waters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allmusic

 

” By the end of the ’50s, while Waters was still making fine music, his career was going into a slump. The rise of rock & roll had taken the spotlight away from more traditional blues acts in favor of younger and rowdier acts (ironically, Waters had headlined some of Alan Freed‘s early “Moondog” package shows), and Waters‘ first tour of England in 1958 was poorly received by many U.K. blues fans, who were expecting an acoustic set and were startled by the ferocity of Waters‘ electric guitar. Waters began playing more acoustic music informed by his Mississippi Delta heritage in the years that followed, even issuing an album titled Muddy Waters: Folk Singer in 1964. However, the jolly irony was that British blues fans would soon rekindle interest in Waters and electric Chicago blues; as the rise of the British Invasion made the world aware of the U.K. rock scene, the nascent British blues scene soon followed, and a number of Waters‘ U.K. acolytes became international stars, such as Eric Clapton,John MayallAlexis Korner, and a modestly successful London act who named themselves after Muddy‘s 1950 hit “Rollin’ Stone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While Waters was still leading a fine band that delivered live (and included the likes of Pinetop Perkins on piano and James Cotton on harmonica), Chess Records was moving more toward the rock, soul, and R&B marketplace, and seemed eager to market him to white rock fans, a notion that reached its nadir in 1968 with Electric Mud, in which Waters was paired up with a psychedelic rock band (featuring guitarists Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch) for rambling and aimless jams on Waters‘ blues classics. 1969′s Fathers and Sons was a more inspired variation on this theme, withWaters playing alongside reverential white blues rockers such as Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield; 1971′s The London Muddy Waters Sessions was less impressive, featuring fine guitar work from Rory Gallagher but uninspired contributions from Steve WinwoodRick Grech, and Georgie Fame.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Curiously, while Chess Records helped Waters make some of the finest blues records of the ’50s and ‘60s, it was the label’s demise that led to his creative rebirth. In 1969, the Chess Brothers sold the label to General Recorded Tape, and the label went through a long, slow commercial decline, finally folding in 1975. (Waters would become one of several Chess artists who sued the label for unpaid royalties in its later years.) Johnny Winter, a longtime Waters fan, heard the blues legend was without a record deal, and was instrumental in getting Waters signed to Blue Sky Records, a CBS-distributed label that had become his recording home.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ” Winter produced the sessions for Waters‘ first Blue Sky release, and sat in with a band comprised of members of Waters‘ road band (including Bob Margolin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith) along with James Cotton on harp and Pinetop Perkins on piano. 1977′s Hard Again was a triumph, sounding as raw and forceful as Waters‘ classic Chess sides, with a couple extra decades of experience informing his performances, and it was rightly hailed as one of the finest albums Waters ever made while sparking new interest in his music. (It also earned him a Grammy award for Best Traditional or Ethnic Folk Recording.) “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Of Fame

 

” Waters also capitalized on the folk-music craze of the late Fifties and early Sixties with a series of albums that found him assaying acoustic blues on such albums as Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill (a tribute to rural bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, released in 1960), Muddy Waters, Folk Singer (1964) and The Real Folk Blues (1966). Less successful were attempts to contemporize his sound with such ill-advised efforts as “Muddy Waters Twist” (a 1962 single) and Electric Mud (an album of psychedelic blues from 1968). More satisfying by far were a couple of albums - Fathers and Sons (1969) and The London Muddy Waters Sessions (1972) – that found Waters accompanied by such vanguard rock musicians as Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton. His thirty-year tenure with Chess Records ended in 1975 with the release of The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. From here, he moved to the Blue Sky label (a Columbia subsidiary). “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Waters’ audience grew exponentially following his electrifying performance in The Last Waltz, a film documentary (produced by Martin Scorsese) of The Band’s farewell concert. Staged at San Francisco’s Winterland ballroom, the Thanksgiving 1976 event was a star-studded affair. Water’s scalding rendition of “Mannish Boy” – on which he was accompanied by The Band and Paul Butterfield on harmonica – was an unforgettable highlight. Subsequent to that, he kept the momentum going with a series of uncompromising albums for Blue Sky that were produced by longtime fan Johnny Winter. These included Hard Again (1977), I’m Ready (1978), Muddy Mississippi Waters Live (1979) and King Bee (1981). All were critical and popular successes. “

 

 

 

 

 

” In addition to his musical legacy, Waters helped cultivate a great respect for the blues as one of its most commanding and articulate figureheads. Drummer Levon Helm of The Band, who worked with him on The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album and at The Last Waltz, had this to say about him in a Goldmine magazine interview: “Muddy taught us to take things in context, to be respectful, and to be serious about our music, as he was. He showed us music is a sacred thing.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Waters, who remained active till the end, died of a heart attack in 1983. He was 68 years old. In the years since his death, the one-room cedar shack in which he lived on the Stovall Plantation has been preserved as a memorial to Waters’ humble origins”

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

Muddy Waters At Newport 1960

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Chess 1960

Muddy Waters Sings “Big Bill”

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1960

Folk Singer

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Pye International 1964

Down On Stovall’s Plantation

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Testament Records 1966

Muddy, Brass & The Blues

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1966

More Real Folk Blues

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1967

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters - Super Blues ‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Checker 1967

Howlin’ WolfMuddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The Super Super Blues Band ‎ ◄ (8 versions)

CheckerChess 1967

Electric Mud

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Cadet Concept Records 1968

After The Rain

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Cadet Concept Records 1969

The Real Folk Blues

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1969

Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald “Duck” Dunn / Sam Lay - Fathers And Sons‎ ◄ (18 versions)

Chess 1969

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters - Super Blues ‎ (LP, Album)

Bellaphon 1969

“Live” (At Mr. Kelly’s)

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Chess 1971

“Live” (At Mr. Kelly’s)

‎ (LP)

Chess 1971

Back In The Early Days Volumes 1 And 2

‎ (2xLP)

Syndicate Chapter 1971

Rare Live Recordings Vol. 2

‎ (LP)

Python 1972

The London Muddy Waters Sessions

‎ ◄ (11 versions)

Chess 1973

Mud In Your Ear

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Muse Records 1973

Can’t Get No Grindin’

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1973

Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf - London Revisited ‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 1974

“Unk” In Funk

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Chess 1974

The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1975

Hard Again

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Blue Sky 1977

I’m Ready

‎ ◄ (13 versions)

Blue Sky 1978

Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Blue Sky 1979

Mississippi

‎ (LP, Album)

Cleo 1980

King Bee

‎ ◄ (15 versions)

Blue Sky 1981

Rolling Stone

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 1982

Hoochie Coochie Man

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Blue Sky 1983

B.B. King & Big Mama Thornton & Muddy Waters - Live At Newport ‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Blue Moon 1984

I Can’t Be Satisfied

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Showcase 1985

Live In Paris, 1968

‎ (LP)

France’s Concert 1988

Live In Antibes, 1974

‎ (LP, Album)

France’s Concert 1988

Live

‎ (CD)

Roots (6) 1990

Live

‎ (LP)

Roots (6) 1990

Goin’ Home (Live In Paris 1970)

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Last Call Records 1992

Chicago Blues

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Orbis 1994

Otis Spann With Muddy Waters & His Band* - Live The Life ‎ (CD, Album)

Testament Records 1997

Live In Chicago, 1979

‎ (CD, Album)

Altaya 1997

Champion Jack Dupree / Muddy Waters - Me And My Mule ‎ (CD, Album)

TKO Collectors 1999

Country Blues

‎ (LP)

Past Perfect Silver Line 2000

The Lost Tapes

‎ (LP, 180)

Blind Pig Records 2008

Live / Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco 11/04-06/1966

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 2009

Stepping Stone

‎ (CD, Mud + 2xCD, Rol + 3xCD, I’m + 4xCD, The + 5xDV)

Proper Records Ltd. 2009

Blow Blues Blow

‎ (CD, Album, Dig)

Music Avenue 2010

The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Muddy Waters: Country Blues

‎ (LP, Ltd, RM, 180)

World Music Network 2011

Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, The - Checkerboard Lounge, Live Chicago 1981 ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Eagle Vision 2012

Down On Stovall’s Plantation

‎ (LP)

Doxy 2013

Hard Again

‎ (LP, Album)

Epic Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Videos

I Hear The Blues-Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson-Granada TV

Blues and Gospel Train – 1964 – Muddy Waters, Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny & Brownie, Cousin Joe Pleasants

Muddy Waters – Live At The Chicago Fest 1981

Messin’ With The Blues [live '74]

Johnny Winter & Muddy Waters Soundstage 1974

Muddy Waters Blues Summit in Chicago

Muddy.Waters.Live.68.-.78

 

 

 

Interviews

Muddy Waters Interview

 

 

Links , Fan Pages Etc…

Muddy Waters - Listen to Free Music by Muddy Waters on …

Muddy Waters Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story – …

iTunes – Music - Muddy Waters - Apple

Muddy Waters | Bio, Pictures, Videos | Rolling Stone

Muddy Waters - Profile of Chicago Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Free Music Online – Internet Radio – Jango

Muddy Waters - New World Encyclopedia

Trail of the Hellhound: Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters - wolfgangsvault.com

Muddy Waters, a Mississippi musician – Mississippi writers …

Muddy Waters | Facebook

Muddy Waters Historical Exhibit & Blues Tribute Website

Muddy Waters - NNDB: Tracking the entire world

Muddy Waters : NPR

Muddy Waters - Always Victorian

Muddy Waters - All About Jazz

LivinBlues- Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters Biography | Bluescentric – Blues t-shirts | delta …

Muddy Waters | Legacy Recordings

 

 

 

Obituaries

Muddy Waters, Blues Performer, Dies – The New York Times …

Meet McKinley Morganfield - Hattiesburg American | Hattiesburg …

Legends & Legacies | Notable Obituaries and Deaths in the News …

Rhythm and Blues 60s Oldies Man: News Obituaries

Muddy Waters Changed Music Forever With His Trip Up the Blues …

Blues Foundation Honors Muddy Waters With Blues Trail Marker …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest In Peace Muddy Waters 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on Apr 2, 2014

” Vladimir Putin calls Sarah Palin to chat about her prediction that he’d invade Ukraine.
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Leap Frogs At Padres Home Opener

 

 

Published on Mar 30, 2014

” The Navy Parachute Team not only got to jump into the Padres’ 2014 home opener, but were able to participate in honoring baseball legend Jerry Coleman by flying a special flag with his initials and trademark star. https://www.facebook.com/leapfrogs 
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  PR1 Vic Maldonado and SOC Brad Woodard were the jumpers with the San Diego Flag and the Jerry Coleman flag. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Lapse: Puppy To Adult In 40 Seconds. Dunder Photo A Day. Year 1

Uploaded on May 19, 2011

” See more Dunder at! http://facebook.com/thedunderboy

  A photo a day of Dunder the German shepherd. 8 weeks old to 1 year in 40 seconds. It really does feel like he grew up this fast. Created by http://remediestudio.com/about “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-Year-Old Boy Is A SEAL For A Day At Missouri Training Center

 

 

 

 

 

” Mason Rudder peppered bullets from a fully automatic M4 rifle into a car, charged through a field while firing an AR-15, and helped build and set off a wall bomb that blew the door off a building.

  Though Mason is no war hero, he got to feel like one Sunday. He is 6 years old and dreams of joining the Navy SEALs.”

 

 

MASON RUDDER SEAL

 

 

” Mason’s parents, George and Suzanne Rudder, former St. Louis County residents who now live near Kansas City, surprised Mason for his birthday by driving across the state to a tactical training center near Farmington, Mo., to shoot and train with a former member of the Navy SEALs.

“ He didn’t know until today,” said Suzanne Rudder, 36. “I think he was just stunned when we got here.”

  Mason was born with a genetic disorder (Escobar syndrome) that causes limited movement and a decreased range of motion, his parents say. Mason is about 3½ feet tall and weighs just 32 pounds. Mason’s sister, Haley, 7, also has the disorder; their brother, Collin, 9, does not.”

 

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12 Simple April Fools’ Day Pranks

 

 

” April Fools’ Day is upon us, which means a prank could be lurking ’round every corner, chair or potentially Saran-wrapped door.

If you didn’t plan the greatest, most YouTube-worthy prank of all time, no worries. You can still fool your friends and family with pranks that require little effort and yield big laughs. (From you, at least.)

This year, forget blasting your mom’s car with Post-it notes and settle for a simpler prank. Check out these easy gags you can pull together before the day’s end.

But don’t blame the Internet if your friends shun you for a few days — it’s tough to forgive someone for a donut full of mayonnaise.”

 

 

nail polish soap

 

1. Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish to prevent it from lathering.

See the other helpful April Fool hints here and see also: “50 amazingly epic pranks

Buy The ICON D200 Power Wagon

 

 

Icon Dodge Power Wagon

 

 

” If you don’t remember the ICON D200 Power Wagon, I strongly suggest you take a moment to familiarize yourself. The truck is another one of Jonathan Ward’s brilliant creations, and it combines a 2006 Dodge ¾-ton pickup truck chassis with a 1965 Dodge D200 Power Wagon Crew Cab body. There’s a 5.9-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine under the hood that’s been worked over by Gale Banks that dumps 975 lb-ft of torque and 560 hp on the ground. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Incredible truck, fusing vintage aesthetic with modern functionality. We took a vintage 1965 Dodge Crew Cab, ex-military, truck, then restored and modified it upon the chassis and mechanical underpinnings of a modern 3500HD Dodge MegaCab turbo diesel truck. Get the best of both worlds, 975 lbs. of torque, refined performance and chassis dynamics with the timeless lines of the early Power Wagon. It is tough to describe everything that went into this truck. There are so many subtle design details. All custom ICON designed CNC’ed stainless steel trim, architectural silver glass, Hutchinson Bead Lock wheels, 37″ BFG tires, a host of Gale Banks engine performance modifications, enhanced suspension and brakes (with exhaust brake), class IV tow hitch, all LED lighting, Bison leather and Rolls Royce Wilton wool interior, extensive Dynamat insulation, Lear jet visors, high end Focal iPod dependent audio system, and much much more. We are currently building two more varations on this truck. This is the one that started the style. Featured in multiple magazines, numerous awards and reviews on line, simply Google “ICON D200″. “

 

 

 

This is one Badass truck and you can read more about it at Road & Track Magazine and the Icon web page .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” It’s a question that has been asked by many first-time anglers, and one that will be asked many more times in the future. Of course, different fishermen will have all sorts of different answers to this question, based on everything from personal preference to scientific study. Sunset is one of the most ideal times of day to fish. Here’s eight reasons why.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NRA Giveaway

 

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Yesterday’s Awesomeness , Today … Better Late Than Never

 

 

 

   I thought that today we would start with some well-armed women … Any complaints ? … I didn’t think so …

 

 

 

 

   What’s better than a Pistol-Packin’ Mama ?

 

 

Well Armed Girl

 

 

 

 

 

Not much … except perhaps a Full-Auto Female …

 

 

Full Auto Female

 

 

 

 

 

 

But nothing compares with Women Warriors …

 

 

Women Warriors

 

 

 

 

And for our finale … how about a Sexy Sniper …

 

 

Sexy Sniper

 

 

 

 

See the other 52 photos at The Brigade

 

 

 

 

 

 

… It Is Priceless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Baytown, Texas, teen recently saw a police car parked in a fire lane near her apartment complex and wrote the officer a ticket.

” He was parked on the side of the building. It said it was a fire lane all the way around,” 14 year-old Annie Jones told KPRC-TV.

  Officer Tommy King found the ticket on his windshield and started laughing.

  Jones’ ticket asked King to pay $10 to the apartment manager. He was so impressed that Jones didn’t ask for the money to be paid to herself, that the officer paid the manager and gave Jones a $40 gift certificate to Toys ‘R Us.

” I have a new friend. I think the lesson is not to be afraid of law enforcement, we’re here to help,” King told KPRC-TV.”

 

 

   Thanks to CNS News for reminding us of how cops used to behave back when they served the public and not the State .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hammerhead Shark Takes Florida Kayaker For 2-Hour Tow

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Florida Atlantic University student in a kayak got an unexpected two-hour tow from a hammerhead shark, and the 6-minute video he silently took of part of that 12- mile adventure is now making the rounds of national news websites from The Huffington Post, Gawker and Reddit to MSN and ABC World News.

  It started with Adam Fisk’s YouTube video, “Lone Man Gets Towed for Miles in Kayak By 11 Foot Hammerhead Shark.

  According to theTampa Bay Times, Fisk is a senior at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and is aiming for a career with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  Fisk told the paper he put in off the Boynton Inlet at 6 a.m. with the head-mounted camera and some fishing poles aboard. Several hours later, the shark took over the navigation taking him all the way to Lake Worth, Fla.”

 

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‘Minecraft’ Creator Cancels Oculus Rift Version Following Facebook Acquisition

 

 

 

Minecraft Creator FB

 

 

” Minecraft creator Markus Persson has revealed that an Oculus Rift version of the game was potentially in the works, but following the sudden news that Facebook has acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, that’s no longer the case. “I just cancelled that deal,” Persson tweeted. “Facebook creeps me out.” He later expanded on his reasoning in a blog post, citing in particular Facebook’s constantly changing platform, which has proved a challenge for game developers.

I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook,” wrote Persson. “Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me.” “

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Attention Blues Fans Now Is Your Chance To Get 2 Extra Nights Free

 

 

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 Four nights of Amazing music & friends
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This one is not to be missed, folks… Gather your crew and get bent with us!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

    See the links to decide on the package that is right for you . bear in mind that the package deals through the Riviera are the only way to see the shows . There will be no individual tickets will be sold . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Blues Bender Packages

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Ready to Attend? Big Blues Bender is sold as “Packages” that include your accommodations as well as your event pass. Please note that this is the only way to attend the Bender. We want to protect your vacation investment, and Bender security will ensure only ticketed guests will enter our venues. Do not attempt to book accommodations at another hotel nor directly via the Riviera’s website, as any reservation made elsewhere is not transferable to Big Blues Bender.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

    All shows are held within the confines of the Riviera Resort and Casino and so there is no need to travel beyond the nearest elevator to see , hear and experience some of the greatest blues acts alive and performing today . With this lineup it is a bluesman’s nirvana . You’ll think you’ve died and gone to the Delta … Sign up now before it’s too late .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Who could pass up the chance to see the likes of BB King , Tab Benoit , Cocoa Montoya , Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials , Rick Estrin & The Nightcats , Charlie Musselwhite , George Thorogood , Ana Popovich and so many more Blues Giants all in one place ? You can follow the news about the Big Blues Bender at the website , on Facebook or follow them on Twitter .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honda Builds A Batbike

 

 

 

 

” Honda has revealed a new motorcycle called the NM4 Vultus. While not the most inspiring name, it does at least look really stealth. Cool stealth. Batbike-level stealth.

  It’s not a Batbike, of course, but is instead inspired by ‘Japanimation’ – that’s anime and manga – both genres long interwoven into the fabric of Japanese life and culture. Just last week we found out how Toyota is now plumbing this as inspiration for the new Aygo.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Reference is made to a ‘stealth bomber silhouette’, and it measures 933mm across the mirrors, while the seat sits at 650mm high. There are full LED headlights too, while everything else comes in black and stainless steel. Some concession to colour has been made: the digital dash changes depending on mood, ranging from white, through blue and pink and finally red.

  Underneath there’s a 745cc twin-cylinder engine canted forward, with a low centre of gravity delivering “strong low and mid-range power and torque”. It produces 54bhp and 50lb ft, with twin balance shafts and a single 36mm throttle body. Honda reckons it’s efficient, too, offering up 185 miles from a single 11.6-litre tank.”

 

BBC Autos has the scoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Bay Wins 1st In High School Robot Competition

 

 

 

” More than 60 teams competed in the 14th annual FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional Competition, considered the “Superbowl of Smarts” that culminated with an alliance of teams from three South Bay high schools taking home the top trophy.

  The winners came from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Union High School and West High School in Torrance. They will now go on to the FIRST Championships in St. Louis set for April 23-26.

“ As the competition went on, it just got more and more exciting,” said Michael Tamaki, 17, of West High School in Torrance. This was the first year the school’s team, with about 30 students, competed in the event. “On Wednesday, when we were loading everything for the trip, we weren’t expecting to get any goals in. But we just won, and it’s an incredible feeling.”  “

 

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Store Surveillance Footage Shows Ghostly Activity

 

 

Ghostly Prescence NH Store

 

 

 

” A New Hampshire store owner is starting to believe in the supernatural after she had a ghostly encounter in her store that was all caught on tape!

  The surveillance video from the Ellacoya Country Store in Gilford NH shows a glass tray thrown from the table after the employees leave the store.

  After the tray crashed, a store employee, Heidi Boyde, runs back into the room to investigate and found the glass shattered all over the floor.”

Read more here and see the unedited raw video here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Public School Takes Students On A Field Trip To The Shooting Range

 

Craver Middle School Gun Trip

 

 

” School officials in Pueblo County, Colorado are bucking the anti-gun trend and recently approved a field trip for middle school students to a local shooting range where they learned about gun safety and how to properly handle a firearm. The gun safety and marksman group Project Appleseed, an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, was brought in to instruct students, all of whom fired at the range with live ammunition. The trip was scheduled shortly after students learned about The Revolutionary War in their classrooms.

” We’ve never been allowed to bring actual real firearms into a school. Until this week. This is a very big deal. We had them touching fire arms, holding them and learning about how to handle them safely,” Appleseed Instructor Elizabeth Blackwood told KRDO.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From James Gourley Via Political Correctness Gone Wild

 

 

     This video is spreading across Facebook with over a half million shares and climbing but we have no idea what it is . A UFO ? If someone could translate the videographer’s conversation it might help us but right now we have no idea what we saw . View it for yourself and let us know what you think .

Fueled Presents: 40 Years Of Cellphone

 

 

” Starting with the DynaTAC in 1974 and ending with a side-by-side comparison between the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy Note, Fueled’s designers and animators crafted the 40-year history of the mobile cell phone. For some it will be a walk down memory lane, for others a history lesson.

  Fueled’s Design Team describes the short video as Art Deco, a style characterized by its bold geometric shapes and rich colours. It’s a very eclectic style, deriving taste from a broad range of sources — some representing the machine age. You’ll notice the snappy animation style reflects the lightning fast transformation and evolution of cellphones.

  While the film may have ended with the first model of an iPhone, Fueled decided to dig into the evolution of Apple’s iPhone and compare it to top Android phones. It’s remarkable how little the iPhone’s aesthetic has changed in contrast to Android models, which are becoming larger and changing constantly.

  What will the next 40 years look like? Fueled’s Founder Rameet Chawla says, “While I don’t know exactly when, it’s only a matter of time before the cellphone will be completely obsolete.”

  If you recognize the voice in the script, you’ll know it’s from an old advertisement from 1980s for DynaTAC. At the time, no one knew how big mobile would become and that this one man’s prophecy would come true.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students Compete To Build Craziest Rube Goldberg Contraptions

 

Rube Goldberg Contest

 

 

” There were more mad scientists than normal at COSI Columbus Saturday morning. 

  Eight high schools – including six from Ohio – sent their Rube Goldberg teams to complete a simple task: Zip a zipper. But in Rube Goldberg fashion, their goal was to include as many extra steps as possible to make the zipper move. 

“A Rube Goldberg machine is a series of different machines doing a very simple job but in a very complex way,” said Reno Sith, one of the West High School competitors. Goldberg was an  early 20th century cartoonist known for drawing elaborate, complicated machines that resulted in everyday tasks being finished in a comical way. 

The regional competition was won by Columbia Central High School in Brooklyn, Michigan. Columbus’ Centennial High School placed second. Other area high schools included Metro, Beechcroft, Reynoldsburg’s eStem Academy, and West. “

 

    Continued  … LOL … The Rube Goldberg way of taking a simple task and making as difficult as possible reminds us present day government … think about it . The difference being that Rube Goldberg inspired creations are funny were disfunctional government is not .

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Ted Cruz’s So – Cal Blacklisted & Loving It Tour”

 

Ted Cruz - I Don't Smoke Cigarettes

 

 

” Although the location of the poster says the Hilton, Senator Cruz is expected to be the keynote speaker at the Claremont Institute’s annual Winton Churchill dinner on Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

  The black-and-white images have appeared in front of popular L.A. clubs: the Viper Room, the Seventh Veil, Whiskey-a-Go-Go, as well as on car windshields and utility poles among other places.

  The comeback from Cruz is hysterical: 

” I saw these posters popping up around Los Angeles, but I noticed a glaring error in them. And since I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about me, I wanted to be clear about something. I don’t smoke cigarettes.” “

 

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31 Of The Most Exotic Pools On Earth…

 

 

Infinity pool in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands resort

 

Infinity Pool Singapore Marina Bay Sands

 

 

” Summer is right around the corner and I’m sure you’ll want to jump into a swimming pool soon to celebrate. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most awesome swimming pools on earth for you.”

 

 

If you’re not to keen on heights perhaps a pool a little closer to the water would be more to your liking …

 

 

 

Chongwe River House pool in Zambia, Africa

 

Chongwe River Pool

The suite that goes with the Changwe pool for $2000 per night must be seen to be believed .

 

 

Finally , for those who like a more traditional pool/seaside combination we offer you this beauty from the Bahamas …

 

 

 

The pool at Nandana Villas in Bahamas

 

Nandana Villa Pool

 

 

The inquisitive reader can explore the other 28 exotic water holes here … Think summer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinesh D’Souza’s New Movie ‘America’ Asks An Amazing Question

 

 

 

 

” Has America been a force for good or evil in the world?  Would the world have been better off had America never existed? Starting from the premise of George Washington’s death in 1776, “America” attempts to answer these questions.”

 

Courtesy of IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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