I am not a big fan of karaoke, and I wouldn’t dare subject innocent people to my singing voice, which I am sure would fall under Homeland Security’s jurisdiction definition of terrorist crime. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that at least a couple of my friends sing and carry a tune. I won’t post their names here without their consent, but if you want to see these talented gentlemen live, along with many other “talented” folks, check out Love’s Landing on Airport Way in Renton, Washington. I think karaoke nights are Thursday nights.
Love’s Landing, formally Bergie’s, is one of Renton’s most loved bars in Renton Washington. It’s a place where people can go and have a good time and feel safe. The local patrons are good solid salt-of-the-earth folks that give Love’s Landing a “Cheers” atmosphere. Love’s Landing is a little run down, but it’s comfortable and we like to call it home. Obviously, Love’s Landing is known for its karaoke nights. But it is also known for live music, good food, and great steak cook-outs during the summer. Love’s Landing also has a full line of beers, wines, and spirits. This is a very popular place on the weekends, always drawing a full house. Recently, Love’s Landing has added free WiFi service, and fresh jukebox music to satisfy any crowd.
205 Airport Way, Renton, WA
What people are saying about Love’s Landing:
“I came here for breakfast one morning and I thought their food was pretty good. What surprised me was that they have two separate food menus to choose from. One menu had American style food on it with things like hamburgers, waffles and omelets on it and the other menu had Asian food on it. From what I’ve read elsewhere on the internet the big thing to do at Love’s Landing that gets customers coming to this place is their Karaoke nights that they put on and the name of the place was once Bergie’s Bar And Grill.” Source
“This is a dive bar with a heart. No drama. Many locals call this place part of their family. As an out of town person I felt welcome. The place is safe and the karaoke is awesome. Make friends with some good local folks that like to sing.” Source
“Bergie’s is a family-owned bar with great food & entertainment. They have Monday night football, Tuesday Steak Night as well …” Source
Today is International Women’s day, and I salute all of the women around the world who fought for equality for women. It has been a long road for women, who until the early 1900′s weren’t even considered real citizens in the United States. Women were treated more like property than like human beings. Women couldn’t vote, few could own property or business, and they were discouraged from seeking a higher education and encouraged to be housewives or work in roles of servitude. It’s been a long and difficult struggle towards equal rights in this man’s world, but women proved to be a lot tougher than men gave them credit for.
Today, although there are still inequalities to be corrected, women and men work side-by-side, live side-by-side, and even fight side-by-side. They are managers, business executives and industry leaders, and they are law makers and law enforcers. Women have proven themselves worthy and equal to the same expectations and privileges of their male counterparts. So to women everywhere in the world, I salute you for your strength and determination and your courage. I congratulate you for your achievements. And I encourage you to keep fighting until the day comes when men and woman around the world are truly equal. That will be a great day indeed, and I sincerely hope that I am alive to see it.
More Information about International Woman’s Day can be found on the official International Women’s Day website. The site provides a wealth of information on the history of International Women’s Day, along with current events, and ways to get involved and support the cause for equality. I encourage you to check it out and get involved!
In The News:
- Achievers | Teens awarded at International Women's Day celebration - The Courier-Journal
- Kuwait Opens Women's Sports Clubs - Huffington Post - Huffington Post
- Over 6000 women attend Coca-Cola Philippines' International Women's Day ... - GMA News
- Eastern Equatoria State Finally Commemorates Rescheduled Women's Day - Oye! Times
- Men, we're not against you - Haaretz
- Michigan International Women's Show just days away! - The Detroit News (blog)
- Toronto mayor Rob Ford 'caught smoking crack on video' - Telegraph.co.uk
- Starting Early, And Moving Fast - New York Times
- 'Women in Science & Technology' essay contest's winners announced - Tuoitrenews
- Somali Youth Celebrate Europe Day in Mogadishu - AllAfrica.com
In light of recent network attacks and the rise in cyber espionage and hacking attacks, CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act, will be reintroduced next week in the House of Representatives. You may recall that CISPA was introduced to the House last year, but was quickly abandoned in part over serious privacy concerns. The Obama Administration promised to veto the bill at the time, arguing that it did not provide clear legal privacy protections to citizens and lacked independent oversight, which would undermine the public’s trust in the government.
But the nail that sealed the case for CISPA last year came from freedom activists whose efforts helped to kill the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The immediate response from online activists shocked politicians who were still recovering from their SOPA disaster, and that was it for CISPA. Somehow though, we knew we hadn’t seen the last of CISPA, and we were right.
When it was announced that CISPA would be resurrected and again presented to the House of Representatives, the call to arms was once again sounded, and the ever-ready freedom activists are quickly organizing and growing their numbers and support. We may yet have a cyber war on our hands, and soon. Now, I posted this page as soon as I got the word that CISPA was indeed making a second appearance. As events unfold, I will post updates here. I will also be posting links to resources and other information and news on CISPA.
CISPA In The News:
- CispaIsBack (cispaisback.com) - A Project of Fight for the Future - This new site serves as a landing spot for anti CISPA supporters. There’s not much going on the site right now, but there is some information, educational posters and publications, and a link to their FaceBook page.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) Related pages: www.eff.org/search/site/cispa
- American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) Related pages: www.aclu.org/search/cispa?show_aff=1
- AVAAG.org – The World in Action (www.avaaz.org) Related Pages www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa
- Wikimedia Commons: The CISPA text pdf
- Internet Strike to Stop C.I.S.P.A. FaceBook Page – (www.facebook.com/InternetStrikeToStopCispa)
Happy New Year world! Here’s wishing all of us around the world health and happiness. Let’s really try to put aside our differences and embrace our common grounds. Let’s open our hearts and resources to help someone in need. And let’s work hard to make this amazing little planet a better place for all creatures great and small.
2012 was a good year. We saw our economy pick up, jobs are coming back, and all in all it’s a little easier to live in the Northwest. 2012 brought a few changes in my life. I left my position at one company and found an even better job with another! I also got rid of my car and went back to riding my bike and taking the bus. Now, I am working on loosing weight and getting back into shape. One of my goals for 2013 is to get my weight down to 185lbs, maybe 175lbs. I plan to do most of that between a good diet and bike riding. I am even thinking about taking a week’s vacation this summer and riding to Seaside Oregon and back.
I wish everyone a great year. Good health to you and all the happiness you can handle, and then just a little bit more. I leave you here with this great video of the 2013 fireworks display over Seattle’s Space Needle. It was spectacular this year!
For kids living in foster care the holidays can be an emotional and confusing time. Many worry about whether they will get to see their parents or their siblings. Most wonder whether they are valued and loved. Foster children ask themselves: “Will there be a holiday gift for me?”
That’s why Treehouse needs your help to make sure foster kids have new toys and warm winter clothes this holiday season.
Throughout the coming year, more than 5,000 foster kids will turn to Treehouse to help them succeed in school, meet key material needs, and to provide childhood experiences every kid deserves. Foster kids count on Treehouse.
Every child deserves a happy holiday and a New Year filled with hope for a bright and promising future. Your support makes it possible.
Just when you thought, “Oh God, not another Lord of the Rings movie” or maybe, “Oh God! Another Lord of the Rings movie! Yeah!”, here comes the LEGO Lord of the Rings – All Cutscenes. An hour and thirty-one minutes of riveting, butt-clinching LEGO action. It just doesn’t get any better than this folks.
One of the greatest benefits of the Internet is that it makes knowledge that at one time was restricted to academic institutions available to anyone with Internet access and a browser. This is a short list of academic websites I like to visit when ever I am in the mood to expand my knowledge and explore different academic disciplines. This list will grow and change over the next few weeks. If you would like to be notified when this page is updated, use the form below to subscribe to this post. I promise, no spam!
Professor Messer www.professormesser.com
44 Videos – Total Running Time: 10 hours, 53 minutes – Over 118,000 views!
CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft Training.
Online courses from the world’s top scholars. Hundreds of videos on many academic topics.
Subjects: Online Degrees, Art & Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering (Except Electrical), Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Medicine & Healthcare, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Test Preparation.
Schools: Berkeley, Brandman, Columbia, Dominican,, Drexel, Florida Tech, Georgetown, Hampshire, Harvard, Jacksonville, LeTourneau, Liberty, Marian, Maryland, Michigan, MIT, Northcentral University, NYU, Princeton, Rice, Scranton, Stanford, Tiffin, UCLA, UNC, UNSW, USC, USN, Yale.
Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org
The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
Mathematics: Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics, Pre Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Brain Teasers.
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Healthcare and Medicine, Physics, Cosmology and Astronomy, Computer Science.
Finance and Economy: Core Finance, Valuation and Investing, Venture Capital and Capital Marketing, Credit Crisis, Paulson Bailout, Geithner Plan, Current Economics, Banking and Money, Currency, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics.
History: American Civics, Art History.
Test Preparation: SAT Math, GMAT, CAHSEE, California Standards Test, Competition Math, IIT JEE, Singapore Math.
TED is not an online academic classes or lectures site, but I defy you to view a few videos from a multitude of topics, and walk away without learning something or gaining a new perspective on a topic. TED is an excellent website dedicated to presenting ideas from brilliant people around the world.
MIT Open Courseware www.ocw.mit.edu
Full video lectures, an online textbook, and interactive quizzes help guide independent learners through an introductory survey of the scientific study of human nature.
TUFTS Open Courseware – www.ocw.tufts.edu
Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
How Stuff Works Science – HowStuffWorks.com
Science explains and demystifies the world through the objective of gathering and analyzing data. Explore the natural world, engineering, space, military technology, physics and even supernatural phenomena.
Directories of Open Education
Google Scholar – Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
OpenCourseWare Consortium – This site provides a portal to search through hundreds of free courses or to add new courses you know about to the database.
iBerry – Check out this site for a huge directory of open courseware organized by school and subject matter that can point you in the right direction for any type of learning.
Self Made Scholar Directory – Free online directory of web-based classes and courses.
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- Case Western Reserve University's free online courses attract more than 80000 - Plain Dealer
- Here's a master list of over 700 free online courses from top universities - ITworld.com
- Universities debate credit for free online courses - Lincoln Journal Star
- 'Medieval' lectures could be replaced by free online courses - The Times (subscription)
- Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2013 - Lifehacker
- Free lanuguage courses available online - Slough and Windsor Observer
- More Indian students opting for open online courses - Times of India
- College is free! - CNN
- Khan Academy founder returns home as big name in US school reform - NOLA.com
- 5 things to know before you cut your cable bill - Fox News
Years ago, before my Uncle Rick passed away, he gave me a picture of our family coat of arms, the original image on the left. I rebuilt the image element by element in Photoshop until I completely redesigned the crest. I think I am going to take my design and have it made in a 3 dimensional metal wall plaque.
(Click on either image for a larger view)
I created my Coat of Arms using Adobe Photoshop, with a separate layer for each element. In my design, I made the arm and sword larger, as this represents strength and a willingness to fight for justice. I changed the helmet simply because I didn’t like the original helmet. I also changed the leaves so they frame the shield. My design also displays the O’Brien family Tartan.
Download the O’Brien Family Coat of Arms files
Since I obviously do not own the copyright to the O’Brien Family coat of Arms, I am making my design available to the world. My only stipulations are:
1) My design is not to be used in any way that would defame or discredit the O’Brien name.
2) My design is not to be used in any way that would promote hate or discrimination against any person or persons based on race, political affiliation, religious affiliation, sex, or sexual orientation. Nor is my design to be used to promote or in affiliation with any activity deemed illegal in the United States of America.
3) Although not required, a link back to my website would be appreciated.
History of the O’Brien Surname
O’Brien is a surname of Irish origins meaning descendant of Brien (the Brien in this case being Brian Boru). O’Brien is in Irish Ó Briain, from the personal name Brian.
The meaning of this is problematic. It may come from bran, meaning “raven”, or, more likely, from Brion, a borrowing from the Celtic ancestor of the Welsh which contains the element bre-, meaning “hill” or “high place”. By association, the name would then mean “lofty’ or “eminent”. Whatever the initial meaning of the word, the historic origin of the surname containing it is clear. It simply denotes a descendant of Brian Boramha Boru, “Brian of the Tributes”, High King of Ireland in 1002, and victor at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
Brian was member of the relatively obscure Ui Toirdealbhaigh, part of the Dal gCais tribal grouping based in the Clare/Limerick area. The O’Brien name will be forever linked with the town of Killaloe because it was there that Brian Boru had his palace of Kincora, “Ceann Cora’dh”. He was the grandson of Lorcan and the son of MacCinneide (Kennedy and his wife Bebinn). Their home was near the mountain called Slieve Beragh, where the guardian spirit of his tribe, the banshee Arval was said to watch over them from her lofty brooding crag.. Lough Derg was nearby as was the River Shannon. He was educated at Clonmacois. In 959, his father was crowned king on the Rock of Cashel.
The traditional inauguration site of the, O’Briens is outside the village of Quin at a place called Magh Adhair. All that remains is a large mound of earth but to the discerning eye of the historian or genealogist traces of former glory can still be seen.
Having secured control of the Dal gCais in 976, Brian defeated and killed the Eoghanacht king of Munster two years later, and proceeded to wage deadly war against the kingdoms of Connacht, Meath, Leinster and Breifne. Eventually he secured submission (and tributes) from all but the northern Ui Neill, the Leinsterman and the Vikings. His victory at Clontarf united all of Ireland, nominally at least, under a single leader, though Brian himself was slain. The first individual clearly to use O’Brien as a genuinely hereditary surname was Donogh Cairbre O’Brien, son of the king of Munster, Donal Mor. His descendants split into a number of branches, including the O’Briens of Aherlow, the O’Briens of Waterford, the O’Briens of Arra in north Tipperary, and the O’Briens of Limerick, where the surname is perpetuated in the name of the barony of Pubblebrien.
Sometime between 1206 and 1216 Donnchadha Cairbreach O’Brien established his capital in Ennis – now the principal town in Clare. In 1247 this same O’Brien gave shelter to some wandering friars and they proceeded over the years to build the magnificent Ennis Abbey (now a ruin).
The Inchiquin Tomb here houses the bodies of King Turlough O’Brien who died in 1306, Murrough who died in 1551 and the later Barons of Inchiquin. In 1460 Bishop Donnchadha O’Brien of Killaloe (now the cathedral town of Clare) was killed here by Brian O’Brien.
The O’Briens were of the clan of Dal gCais as were many other powerful Claremen. Originally to be a Dalcassian meant that you came from the area around the border of Clare and Tipperary but nowadays it is used to cover all of County Clare.
The O’Brien name is also famous for its association with Maire Rua McMahon who first married a Neylon of Dysert O’Dea and on his death married Conor O’Brien who was killed by Parliamentary forces in 1651. This Maire Rua O’Brien is the stuff of legends as she is remembered in the countryside for her outstanding courage and also for her temper. She is reputed to have hung her maidservants by the hair and her menservants by the neck from the corbels of her castle. She always rode a black stallion who objected to anyone else on his back. Legend says that Maria Rua used to get rid of unwanted suitors by letting them ride the horse at great speed to the 700 foot high Cliffs of Moher, here the horse would stop suddenly and you can guess the rest. Maria Rua’s ghost is supposed to be imprisoned in a hollow tree on the avenue of Carnelly House in Clarecastle. Visit there on a windy night if you dare!
From the “Annals of the Four Masters”
“October 30, 1938, millions of radio listeners were shocked when radio news alerts announced the arrival of Martians. They panicked when they learned of the Martians’ ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Many ran out of their homes screaming while others packed up their cars and fled.”
“Though what the radio listeners heard was a portion of Orson Welles’ adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real.”
The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds (1898).
The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that, the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining show (it ran without commercial breaks), adding to the program’s realism. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated.
In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage and panic by certain listeners, who had believed the events described in the program were real. The program’s news-bulletin format was described as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast. The episode secured Welles’s fame.
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This time-lapse was created from photographs taken from the International Space Station from August to October 2011. As well as providing a very cool HD view of our Earth from space, this video also presents a spectacular rarely seen perspective of the Aurora Borealis.
Shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
If you are into astronomy, you might like these books I selected from Amazon:
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe - This astronomy guide is written for beginner and novice level astronomists. It covers basic equipment and setup, and contains excellent charts and enlarged photography. It’s also spiral bound, perfect for infield use!
Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer (Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series) – Astrophysics is often – with some justification – regarded as incomprehensible without at least degree-level mathematics. Consequently, many amateur astronomers skip the math, and miss out on the fascinating fundamentals of the subject. In Astrophysics Is Easy! Mike Inglis takes a quantitative approach to astrophysics that cuts through the incomprehensible mathematics, and explains the basics of astrophysics in accessible terms. The reader can view objects under discussion with commercial amateur equipment.
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