Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dance

These days, you can learn a lot about a lot of things on the Interwebz but you still probably need to go to an actual studio to learn how to dance properly. It is even better when you go to a studio run by a world-renowned dance expert who has choreographed dance scenes for movies and TV and taught celebrities how to move. If you are in the California area, you can find professional dance classes here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

500-lb. Boar Killed in North Carolina

500-lb Boar Shot in North Carolina
500-lb Boar
A few years back, hunters noticed an incredibly large boar on camera. The boar was marked for death but it took until now for anyone to bring it to justice! Hunter Jett Webb shot and killed the beast with a .308 rifle after stumbling across it almost by accident.

“I just set out to put a little meat in the freezer,” he says. “But afterwards I was completely blown away.”

Actually Webb had been hunting the boar after spotting it in the area earlier in the week. He bagged a similar-sized hog a year or so back that is mounted on the wall of the hunting club to which he belongs.

© The Weirding, 2014

Eco-Drive Watches

Hey! Check out these these eco drive watches! They are powered by light - any light, not just the sun - so that makes them... is that still solar-powered? (I don't know much about Geology.) Anywho, they are really nice watches that never need a battery, so not only are they eco-friendly and good for the environment, they save you money. And watch batteries can be rather expensive, depending on the type your watch needs - I am guessing the more expensive the watch, the more expensive the battery, but that is just a guess.

While it is true that all these techno-gadgets with which we are surrounded these days all have clocks, I love wearing a watch. And, more than once, I have actually needed one! So check them out and feel good that you are doing the world a favor.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

LSD Helps Terminal Patients

Although the article is brief and says little about the study, an article reports that LSD can help terminal patients better handle their impending death. According to one of the researchers, the patients' anxiety went down and stayed down. This signals "success" in the sense that none of the participants were harmed, all reported that the LSD trip helped them, and the effects lasted. This is the first serious study involving the drug in more than 40 years.

Mostly, the test proves that LSD can be researched just like any other drug, although the positive and lasting effects it had on anxiety levels in patients is pretty important, too. Some of the participants were given 200mg of LSD while the rest were given 20mg. Those in the first group reported a decrease in anxiety while those who took the smaller amount reported an increase in anxiety - until they were given the 200mg dose, at which point their anxiety levels also fell and stayed down.

© The Weirding, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

CD/DVD Recorders

Now these may be important for amateur ghosthunters and cryptid sleuths but they got me thinking more along the lines of independent music:

They have cd recorders at guitar center which you will almost certainly need if you plan on releasing your own CD or DVD - even a demo! That sort of thing would ruin most home PCs - even "Business" PCs it would also take longer than it does when using a dedicated device.

Monday, February 24, 2014

RIP Harold Ramis, aka Dr. Egon Spengler, Ghostbuster

Harold Ramis has died at age 69 due to complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, which he had been battling for years. Although he has a list of impressive credits a mile long, I am writing an obit for him on The OddBlog because he will best be remembered as Dr. Egon Spengler from the classic comedy, Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters is a pop-cultural touchstone but it's of special interest to those of us who enjoy discussing ghosts and the Supernatural. A comedy classic centered on the paranormal, one of the many reasons it is so notable is that it set the Hollywood standard for theme songs. Countless movie theme songs have become hits both before and after Ghostbusters, but the incredible popularity of the movie and song swept the nation, making "ghostbusters" a household word. Ray Parker, Jr.'s classic pop song also introduced the phrase, "Who ya gonna call?" into the American vernacular. The movie inspired a sequel, as well as a Saturday Morning Cartoon (to which we regularly post links on our Facebook fanpage).

Co-star Dan Aykroyd's father was a paranormal investigator in real life, known as a Ghostbreaker. This was the basis for the film. Many of the movie's themes are based on actual theories from the field of parapsychology, though obviously not meant to be taken seriously given that it's a comedy. Still, the popularity of the film made paranormal investigation somewhat more acceptable to the mainstream and sparked a general interest in matters of the Supernatural outside of a religious context.

Ramis not only appeared in the film, he wrote it with co-stars Aykroyd and Rick Moranis. Aykroyd claims to have experienced the Supernatural and has even written about it.

Our condolences to Harold Ramis' friends and family.

© The Weirding, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Clarinets

Back in school, the "band nerds" had a tendency to be rather snobbish when it came to playing music. Although they were certainly maligned by almost everyone, they did have a tendency to bring it on themselves from time to time. Of course, while there is a difference between playing Fine Music and pop stuff - even technically difficult pop music - it is still musicianship and should be mutually respected. If you child is into music of any kind, check out the alto clarinet reeds at guitar center. And be sure not to let them become a music snob!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fright-Day Nights on The Weirding @ Facebook

Okay, so I freely admit the name is a bit cheesy/cornball, but it's all in good fun. The point of this post is to let you know that we are playing Horror, Supernatural, and Paranormal -themed programming on The Weirding @ Facebook Page on Friday nights. Most of these programs are from Hulu and you can watch them on your computer (though not always on your TV or mobile devices, unfortunately). Then, at midnight, we have a Horror movie.

We've only done it once and I meant to promote here before then but got tied-up with another event and simply forgot. That page is a lot for one person to run by himself but I'm doing what I can!

So please join us and Like and comment on the programs and features you enjoy so I know what to bring you more of. Thanks!

© The Weirding, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Keyboard

I could be very wrong but it appears to me that rock n roll - Heavy Metal, in particular - is making a resurgence. I, for one, am ecstatic about this turn of events. I love rock n roll - and Heavy Metal, in particular - and the years in which it was "on top" (particularly the '80s and early '90s) were better, overall, than the last decade or so has been.

Someone recently argued in an article that kids don't need to learn a musical instrument but I disagree. It's a great way to learn discipline, feel accomplished, and explore one's creativity and Imagination. This eMedia Keyboard is perfect for kids just starting out.

Seeking Administrative Staff

I told you earlier that we opened a Facebook Page for the website. Far from simply promoting the site, it is an extension of it. We can do certain things on the FB Page that we cannot on the site itself.

However we desperately need administrators (admin) to help us find and post content - that's really all there is to it! You simply find content online that fits with the content we provide and cover and post it to the Timeline for others to see.

If you think you could help us do this, please message the Page directly or just comment here. Be sure to give me some way of contacting you, as well. Thanks!

© C Harris Lynn, 2014

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