907 Updates December 29, 2016

One bullet each
Jerzy Shedlock: Mother of Christmas Eve shooting victim addresses son’s alleged killer in court


Annie Zak: As Alaska’s population ages, health care employment is increasing


Alex DeMarban: Legislative audit to investigate money transfers at state-led gas line agency


Jim Paulin, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman: Fish-stealing whales duck cameras but can’t hide from human observers



Shorpy December 29, 2016

San Francisco circa 1927. “Paige Landau Coupe at Lafayette Park.” Latest contestant in the Shorpy Pageant of Automotive Obscurities. 5×7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin.


Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, Wholesome Ingénue In 1950s Films, Is Dead at 84
Ms. Reynolds, who held her own at 19 dancing with Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain,” died one day after her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. — New York Times
May 1954. “Debbie Reynolds with Jane Powell in dance scene from the MGM musical Athena.” Kodachrome by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment “Behind the Scenes — A Day With the Stars.”




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Starting with a recording of raindrops hitting the skylight in his old apartment, this track titled Order from Chaos from London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest album Emergence is the culmination of three years work merging his interests in science, music and visual arts. French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret was asked to provide the visuals and the result is a mesmerizing blend of biological simulations and music video. Cellular forms appear to collide, merge, and even compete for resources while brain-like structures explode and crash across the screen.




Classic. Extra long cord for the handset: Luxury!



Quotes December 28, 2016

“On any one day you can massively change the direction of your life.”
Jim Rohn


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts


“The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness.”
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair


Stop planting flowers in peoples yards who aren’t going to water them.


Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.
Mark. Twain


Too much love never spoils children.  Children become spoiled when we substitute “presents” for “presence.”
Anthony Witham

907 Updates December 28, 2016


Zaz Hollander: Parents of slain Palmer teen question crime bill as defendants appear again in court


One bullet
Chris Klint, Jerzy Shedlock: Suspect in fatal shooting of Anchorage couple arrested


Tegan Hanlon: Anchorage’s West High wants students to attend school, and what it’s doing seems to be working


Congratulations! East High’s Mount Rushmore — the top four athletes from that school, as selected by ADN sports staff — includes Scottie Gomez, Trajan Langdon, Don Clary and Kikkan Randall.
Beth Bragg: The Mount Rushmore of sports, Anchorage high school edition



Shorpy December 28, 2016

“Boy on bicycle ca. 1895-1916” is the improvised title of this 5×7 dry plate from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C., whose legacy is a collection of some 30,000 glass negatives recently digitized and catalogued by the Library of Congress after spending the better part of a century in “a succession of basements and farm buildings.”


Chicago circa 1912. “The busy crowd on State Street.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Quotes December 27, 2016

“Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize.”
Diane Arbus


“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
Anna Quindlen

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.
Marie Curie,
physicist and chemist


Get the facts first.  You can always distort them later.
Mark Twain


Josh Shipp:

“Your imperfections make you human, your humanity makes you influential.”

“Every kid is ONE caring adult away form being a success story.”

“Impossible and difficult are NOT synonyms.”


Aspire not to have more, but to be more.


There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith.  You must decide which one will live there.



FYI December 27, 2016

On this day:

1512 – The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regard to native Indians in the New World.
The Leyes de Burgos (“Laws of Burgos”), promulgated on 27 December 1512 in Burgos, Kingdom of Castile (Spain), was the first codified set of laws governing the behavior of Spaniards in the Americas, particularly with regard to the Indigenous people of the Americas (‘native Caribbean Indians’). They forbade the maltreatment of the indigenous people and endorsed their conversion to Catholicism. The laws were created following the conquest and Spanish colonization of the Americas in the West Indies, where the common law of Castile was not fully applicable.


1922 – Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.


1932 – Radio City Music Hall, “Showplace of the Nation”, opens in New York City.
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978.



Carrie Frances Fisher[1] (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker. She was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally… (1989).[2] Fisher was also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and its nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the show.

Katharine Trendacosta: RIP Carrie Fisher, Who Was So Much More Than Just Our Princess



Richard George Adams (9 May 1920 – 24 December 2016)[1] was an English novelist who is best known as the author of Watership Down, Shardik and The Plague Dogs. He studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II. Afterwards, he completed his studies, and then joined the British Civil Service. In 1974, two years after Watership Down was published, Adams became a full-time author.


2016 – Liz Smith, English Actress (b. 1921)
Betty Gleadle, MBE (11 December 1921 – 24 December 2016), known by the stage name Liz Smith, was an English character actress, known for her roles as Annie Brandon in I Didn’t Know You Cared, Bette and Aunt Belle in 2point4 Children, as Norma Speakman (“Nana”) in the BBC comedy The Royle Family, Letitia Cropley in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley and as Zillah In Lark Rise to Candleford.


Ryan F. Mandelbaum: The Woman Who Convinced Us That Dark Matter Existed Was Never Awarded a Nobel Prize

Vera Rubin (née Cooper; July 23, 1928 – December 25, 2016) was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. This phenomenon became known as the galaxy rotation problem. Although initially met with skepticism, Rubin’s results have been confirmed over the subsequent decades.[1] Attempts to explain the galaxy rotation problem led to the theory of dark matter.




Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (/fəˈɹ̠ɛːl/; born April 5, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer.

Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo The Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist and drummer of the rock-funk-hip hop band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first single, “Frontin’“, in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind in 2006.[2] His second album, Girl, was released on March 3, 2014.[3][4] This album was preceded by the commercially successful single, “Happy“. As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists.[5]

Williams owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams’ endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club.

Williams has earned ten Grammy Awards including two with the Neptunes.

Pharrell Williams website



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Music December 27, 2016