The Freemont Experience is a likable attraction for downtown Las Vegas, but a more ambitious plan was to put a full-sized Starship Enterprise from Star Trek there:
Konformist Book Club: Urville
Urville, the capital of a large island province, has a population of nearly 12 million, making it the one of the most significant cities in Europe. It is also entirely imaginary. Gilles Trehin, an autistic man with exceptional creative talents and an obsession with large cities, conceived and developed Urville over the course of 20 years. He shares his vision in this beautifully illustrated guide to the city, which he renders convincingly real in nearly 300 drawings of different districts of Urville. He describes, in remarkable detail, the architectural styles of its individual buildings and provides historical, geographical, economic and cultural information. This includes historical figures and cultural anecdotes grounded in historical reality - Trehin accounts for the effects of the Vichy regime, the Second World War and globalisation on his imagined city. This book offers fascinating evidence of and insight into the creative power of the autistic mind and will be of interest to people with autism and without.
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Steampunk began as a radical satirical form of fiction, but today it encompasses much more. What precisely is steampunk? As the editors of Steampunk Magazine explain, steampunk is “a vibrant culture of DIY crafters, writers, artists, and other creative types, each with their own slightly different answer to that question”. By its diverse nature, steampunk resists definition. Furthermore, in the ever evolving nature of steampunk, “as each new iteration of the idea becomes more ambitious, the mutations are delightfully limitless and unpredictable”...
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FeedBack: Christ's disciples' remains 'discovered'
If you actually want to understand what these symbols mean, you first need to understand ancient symbology. No one involved in this project seems to have a clue and thereby all assertions about symbols and their interpretations are without any factual support.
I will demonstrate that this image purposely portrays the merger of both a fish and a vessel and it is Hebrew, not Christian. To fully understand what this image represents, it must be viewed correctly with the "ball" at the bottom, just as it was drawn. Changing its position breaks the meaning of the symbolic code. Consider that the ball is the sun rising above the horizon at the spring equinox. The fish/vessel is the constellation Pisces, and thereby this shows the spring equinox sun, rising into Pisces, which is how you determine the current age on the zodiac.
This image would then represent a zodiacal/astrological time stamp pointing to the second temple period, which was at the start of the age of Pisces. The fish thereby represents the constellation Pisces, and the vessel shape holds the "waters" of that age. Water symbolizes the flow of deeds through time, and a vessel holds a measured quantity of water (or other liquids like wine and oil). The measured period of time is the 2160 years of the age of Pisces, which ended in 2001. This image is a perfect symbolic code for the age of Pisces and the time and deeds (waters...) it represents.
The second temple period was the 11th 360-year cycle on the Hebrew calendar. That is why the Dead Sea Scrolls were buried in exactly 11 caves, during the 11th cycle, which is also symbolized by the 11 stars in Genesis. The 11th cycle was also the beginning of the age of Pisces, and it is well known that the zodiac was used by those who buried the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as other groups throughout the region.
The symbology of that image is not Christian, but instead a symbolic time code pointing to the age of Pisces and related details. That is also the true source of the fish symbolism used by early Christians and later recast by Church leaders to hide the astrological source and associations with those most call the “Essenes.” Visit my website (SevenStarHand.org) and download a free copy of my ebook to learn the basic rules for this ancient symbology. They prove all previous interpretations are erroneous, though both a fish and a vessel were correct guesses.
You have discovered something that none of you understand and now I bring proof of the correct solution to this mystery. Sadly for religious leaders, it completely exposes pivotal ancient lies…
This image provides key proof that Christian assertions about the fish and related symbology have always been wrong. I’ll publish more details soon.
Here are more insights:
Dead Sea Scrolls' Burial Secret Completely Exposes Ancient Lies
Here is Wisdom...
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Awesome Quotes: Watchmen
"I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, 'Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.' Man bursts into tears. Says, 'But doctor... I am Pagliacci.' Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains."
Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach
April 15th (ironically, better known as income tax day) marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about The Titanic...
* On the evening of April 14, the first-class passengers on the Titanic enjoyed a ten-course meal that included oysters, poached salmon, sirloin of beef, lamb with mint sauce, chocolate éclairs and waldorf pudding. According to Armchair World, a different wine was served with each course, and coffee and cigars accompanied by port and distilled spirits were available with the last course.
* The Titanic had its own newspaper. According to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, The Atlantic Daily Bulletin was printed daily and included news articles, the latest stock prices, horse-racing results, society gossip and a daily menu.
* The massive ship had some unheard of amenities. A Discovery Channel article details perks such as an onboard Turkish bath, libraries, a squash court and a heated swimming pool. The luxury liner even had an infirmary with an operating room.
* While the Titanic boasted some of the wealthiest people in the world on board, two famous men of that era didn't make the trip. According to Discovery.com, financier J. P. Morgan and famed chocolatier Milton S. Hershey had planned to sail aboard the ship's maiden voyage but canceled at the last minute.
* Less than a month after the tragedy, silent film actress and Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson starred in the film "Saved From the Titanic." According to Stageclick, the actress reenacted her personal story of the tragedy, complete with the actual white silk evening dress she wore on that fateful night. The film was a hit in America and England, but the only known prints were destroyed two years later in a fire.
* Many artifacts from the Titanic were salvaged. The Titanic Museum in Massachusetts houses The Titanic Historical Society's collection, which includes a lifejacket, lifeboat flag, luncheon and dinner menus, a square of first-class stateroom carpet, letters and postcards written on board, first class china and a bridge bell.
* According to UK's Mirror, a violin alleged to have belonged to Titanic bandleader Wallace Harley was recently discovered. While tests are being done to prove its authenticity, if sold it would break the record for a Titanic artifact, post office keys that were sold in England for £101,000 in 2007.
* The former home of one of the most famous Titanic survivors is now a museum in Denver. The 1910 home of socialite Margaret Brown - known after the tragedy as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," is open for tours and workshops.
* The last remaining survivor of the Titanic died in 2009. Millvana Dean was only nine weeks old and the youngest passenger on the ship when she was put on a lifeboat and saved. According to The Guardian, her death at age 97 came just a month after "Titanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet helped pay her nursing home expenses.
* Many sources have pegged the band's final song as "Nearer My God To Me." But in a 1912 interview with The New York Times, surviving crew member Harold Bride said the band played the hymn "Autumn" as the ship went down.
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Magic Bullet Egg Nog
Nothing says, "Holiday Season" like creamy, delicious egg nog. Dazzle your guests with this quick and easy home brew.
2 Tbs sugar
pinch of salt
1 - 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Start by... adding all the ingredients to the Tall Cup and blend with the Cross Blade until smooth (about 8 seconds).
Then... Pour into a sauce pan and over low heat, warm the mixture making sure to stir it constantly.
When... the mixture has thickened remove it from heat. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
This recipe serves 2, double or triple the ingredients (and use the Blender Attachment) for more servings.
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• 2 lbs. potatoes (5 to 6 medium), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
• 1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
• 2 Tbsp. vinegar
• 1-1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. sugar
• 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
• 1 cup thinly sliced celery
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (optional)
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Japan comes up with some great ideas, and here's one of them: neko cafes, where patrons can hang out and pet cats while sipping coffee. This is an idea that should be an easier sell than sushi. Sadly, they may be shutting down due to laws combatting exploitation of animals, even though the cafes were never meant to be the target of the laws:
Food Porn of the Month:
From the UK, Pizza Hut is offering a "Hot Dog Stuffed Crust" pizza with a mustard drizzle. Meanwhile, back in the USA, Burger King is test marketing a bacon sundae in Nashville:
'The Voice': New Bible translation focuses on dialogue
Bob Smietana, USA TODAY
The name Jesus Christ doesn't appear in The Voice, a new translation of the Bible.
Nor do words such as angel or apostle. Instead, angel is rendered as messenger and apostle as emissary. Jesus Christ is Jesus the Anointed One or the liberating king.
That's a more accurate translation for modern American readers, says David Capes, lead scholar for The Voice, a complete edition released this month by publishing company Thomas Nelson. Capes says that many people, even those who've gone to church for years, don't realize that the word "Christ" is a title.
"They think that Jesus is his first name and Christ is his last name," says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University in Texas.
Seven years in the making, The Voice is the latest entry into the crowded field of English Bible translations.
Unlike the updated New International Version and the Common English Bible — both released last year — much of The Voice is formatted like a screenplay or novel. Translators cut out the "he said" and "they said" and focused on dialogue.
So in Matthew 15, when Jesus walks on the water, scaring his followers, their reaction is immediate:
Disciple: "It's a ghost!"
Another Disciple: "A ghost? What will we do?"
Jesus: "Be still. It is I; you have nothing to fear."
"I hope we get people to see the Bible — not as an ancient text that's worn out — but as a story that they participate in and find their lives in," Capes says.
The title for The Voice came from the New Testament book of John and from the Greek word logos. It's usually translated as "word" in verses such as John 1:1, which reads: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," in the New International Version, one of the most popular English translations.
In The Voice, that passage reads: "Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God." Frank Couch, the executive editor and publisher of The Voice, says that translation better captures what logos means...
THE Paul Krassner, Konformist Kontributor, friend and idol, has turned 80:
Matt Groening reveals that Springfield in The Simpsons is based on the city near his hometown in Oregon
Pat Summitt retires as Tennessee women’s basketball coach, won 1,098 games & 8 NCAA titles
The DARPA Robotics Challenge is looking for machines to help the military, but insists it's not to develop killer robots (as if the military would want machines to kill humans!) but rather to do things like drive vehicles, replace broken machinery, and snuggle:
Jack Nicholson turned 75. In honor of his birthday, Life Magazine released on its website unpublished photos taken in 1969 of the soon-to-be megastar:
Jamie Moyer, 49, becomes oldest pitcher to win a MLB game:
Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice in Chains, has been dead for a decade:
The New York Mets turn 50:
Which of the following honors should a man pursue more:
1. Going to Cleveland for induction in the prestigious Rock Hall of Fame
2. Getting a blowjob from Lana Del Rey
Say what you will about Axl Rose, but the crazy SOB sure has his priorities straight...
Best Buy has lost it's CEO, and as CNet puts it: "Best Buy would still need a miracle to avoid the fate suffered by the likes of Good Guys, Circuit City, and CompUSA, let alone return to its go-go days. The problem is less anything that Best Buy did or didn't do than the fact that times have changed and there's no going back."
Viking robots found life on Mars in 1976, scientists say:
Bubba Watson wins the Masters:
Phil Humber tosses MLB's 21st perfect game:
Arkansas fires coach Bobby Petrino following scandal:
Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer known as the ‘Merchant of Death’, was sentenced to 25 years in prison...
San Francisco restaurant Sam Wo, made famous by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen and the "Tales of the City" novels of Armistead Maupin, closes after 100 years:
Lollapalooza 2012 lineup headliners: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, The Black Keys and, batting cleanup, Black Sabbath:
Thomas Kinkade, one of America's most popular painters, 54. Stop drinking the haterade, all you dissers! "What people were responding to was the way his paintings made them feel. We used to call it a 20-second vacation on their wall. People wanted to put themselves into the picture in their imagination. He wanted to give people a way to celebrate the good things in the world around them and visually take a little break in what they contend with day-to-day."
Amplifier maker Jim Marshall, 88
As Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue put it: "You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music's history and 50% of all our hearing loss......"
Ferdinand A. Porsche, Designer of the 911, Dies at 76:
"60 Minutes" icon Mike Wallace dies at 93:
Dick Clark of American Bandstand:
Levon Helm, co-founder of The Band, dead at 71:
Jonathan Frid, ‘Dark Shadows’ Star, at 87: