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Shane Koyczan and Hannah Epperson

Dare you carve six minutes of your life to be amazed?

Dare you witness rant and rave, poetry and rhyme? What do you get when you join logic and memory with music and lyrical thoughts? When time is framed into perspective and ambition placed into our dreams -- six minutes.

Six minutes of context, hope and light-- darkness, fear and burning hell. Pain meshes with joy in a spiritual, lithe-meets-blithe experience.

Curious? Six minutes.

Humor sears discomfort, life-lessons enjoin thoughts, ambition is revealed through testament -- an experience of poetry in motion. Arrogance, hubris with a dash of humility. Six minutes.

Step not into the TWILIGHT ZONE, but into a much greater, personal place-- your "me" zone, brought to you by "them"Shane Koyczan and Hannah Epperson.

Can you spare six minutes? Six short minutes that will stimulate and amaze? You'll visit places long forgotten and aspire to go to places long dreamed. The trip is light and colors, with a dash of darkness to keep you on your toes.

Dare you carve six minutes of your life to be amazed? Don your technicolor dream coat.



Video- Iconic Writer, Weaver of My Nightmares, Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Dies At 87


I usually don't get verklempt over writers, but this man is such a part of my life. When I was a way geeky kid, I memorized the stories, authors, actors etc of every single Twilight Zone episode. Matheson of course, was everywhere. The first really scary film I ever saw in a theater was "Legend of Hell House" in a place on Calle Ocho with Spanish subtitles. ("Necrophilia...." Remember Olga?) Kolchak? OMG, Freaking Kolchak! I Am Legend, even that cheesy "Somewhere In Time". Books, movies, television! Other than King and Bradbury, no other writer has ever left an imprint on me like he did. Rest his soul, time to reread some of the greats. Killer NPR write up here.

It is ironic that one of the books author Richard Matheson, who has died at the age of 87 according to publisher Tor/Forge, is best known for is 1956′s The Shrinking Man. While that novel related the tale of a person diminishing away to virtually nothing, Matheson’s influence on the science fiction genre continues to grow more than a half century after the book’s publication. Just last week saw the release of World War Z, a film which owes a huge debt to George A. Romero’s classic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and hence to Matheson’s similarly revered 1954 tome I Am Legend, to which Romero paid extremely generous homage in his film. Maybe too generous, according to Matheson himself. In 2007, the Allendale, N.J.-born writer told me with a chuckle about the time he met Romero for lunch. ”The first thing he said to me, putting his arms up as if I was abut to strike him, [was], ‘Didn’t make any money from Night of the Living Dead,’” Matheson recalled. “‘Homage’ means I get to steal you work. He’s a nice guy, though. I don’t harbor any animosity toward him.” (Romero later confirmed this story: “I confessed to him that I basically ripped the idea off from I Am Legend. He forgave me because we didn’t make any money. He said, ‘Well, as long as you didn’t get rich, it’s okay.’”)


Video Overnight Thread- Reg Presley of the Troggs (Wild Thing) dies aged 71


Man oh man. There was a cover band that did a killer rendition of this at the old Eastown Saloon in Grand Rapids when I was in college, and we used to go cahrazy when they played it. I'm getting old. Obit here.


Video Overnight Thread- Gilda Radner Sings "Memories"


She really was a treasure. Gotta's post on Mr Hamlisch's passing here. Via Boing Boing.

The Way We Were, which starred Barbra "Katie" Streisand and Robert "Hubble" Redford and was about "an outspoken Jewish girl with a big nose who goes to Hollywood with her beautiful blond husband and gets disgusted." At least that's how Gilda Radner told it when she performed "The Way We Were" in her show, Gilda Live. And I think it's a sweet way to remember a man who wrote songs that could bring a deeply romantic geek to tears

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Video- Jon Lord, Deep Purple founder who co-wrote classics including Smoke On The Water dies at 71


You know how certain songs immediately transport you back to wherever you heard them the first time? 1973 Melbourne, Florida. Sitting around with a bunch of newly made redneck friends, drinking 45's and rocking out. Wow.

Rock star Jon Lord, who founded the band Deep Purple, died yesterday aged 71.

The keyboard player, who co-wrote many of the heavy rock band’s legendary songs including Smoke On The Water, had pancreatic cancer.

A statement posted on his website yesterday declared that Lord – who had said that writing music had been therapy through his illness – had passed ‘from Darkness to Light’.

The musician, who had enjoyed success in the last decade as a classical composer, suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism at a private clinic in London. His publicist said that he was surrounded by his family.

Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968 and it went on to be one of the world’s most successful rock bands, selling more than 100million albums.

Note- I swiped the headline from the article and never even noticed the discrepancy in names. Grassy to readers.


Mitt Romney shares "humorous" nostalgic moment: His dad closing auto factory, laying off workers


Willard Romney uses this "humorous" little memory to show how close he feels to the people of Wisconsin. Via JSOnline:

One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors …  They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”

Boy howdy, can we ever! What a knee slapper!

Romney said he recalled a parade in which the school band marching with his father’s campaign only knew the Wisconsin fight song, not the Michigan song.

So every time they would start playing ‘On, Wisconsin, On, Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.

No, you can be sure they didn't want people to be reminded of that... but they will be now. And, hey, what a coincidence, that reminds me of something else:

Bain Capital’s involvement in mass layoffs is likely to haunt Romney in a campaign focused on jobs.

As Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

Talk about out. Of. Touch. Not to mention downright callous.

No wonder President Obama's leading him by double digits in some polls.


VIDEO: Mitt Romney has vivid childhood memories of an event that happened before he was born


Video via.

Willard may not be affable, but he sure is gaffe-able (that link has some doozies).

At a Michigan tea party event, he was nostalgic as he could be about those sweet days of yesteryear when he was but a lad of four, specifically the day of the Golden Jubilee at which there was a celebration of  the 50th anniversary of the American automobile. He remembered it fondly, because, after all, he was right there with his dad.

Why it was just as clear to him as if it were yesterday!

The Star nails it:

The Golden Jubilee described so vividly by Romney was indeed an epic moment in automotive lore. The parade included one of the last public appearances by an elderly Henry Ford.

And it took place June 1, 1946 — fully nine months before Romney was born.

Mitt really needs to stop talking, especially when there's no teleprompter in sight.

H/t: Taegan