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Music March 17, 2024

Sugar Lime Blue Where is My Mind – The Pixies #SundayShoutOut


Willie Nelson & Kermit the Frog – Rainbow Connection at Luck Reunion 3/14/24

Dropkick Murphys “Bring It Home” ft. Jaime Wyatt (Music Video)


McKenna Family: Special Trad performance | Late Late Show St. Patrick’s Day Special

FYI February 26-28, 2024

On This Day

1266 – Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by Manfred, King of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.[4]
The Battle of Benevento was a major medieval battle fought on 26 February 1266, near Benevento in present-day Southern Italy, between the forces of Charles I of Anjou and those of King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred’s defeat and death resulted in Charles’ conquest of the Kingdom of Sicily, effectively ending the rule of the Hohenstaufen dynasty in the Italian Peninsula and marking the rise of the royal Capetian House of Anjou. The engagement was part of the conflict which pitted Guelphs against Ghibellines.


1626 – Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after leading the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci.[7]
Yuan Chonghuan (Chinese: 袁崇煥; Jyutping: jyun4 sung4 wun6; pinyin: Yuán Chónghuàn; 6 June 1584 – 22 September 1630), courtesy name Yuansu, art name Ziru, was a Chinese politician, military general and writer who served under the Ming dynasty. Widely regarded as a patriot in Chinese culture, he is best known for defending Liaoning from invasions launched by the Jurchen-led Later Jin dynasty. As a general, Yuan Chonghuan excelled as a cannoneer and sought to incorporate European cannon designs into the Ming arsenal.


1525 – Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed on the order of conquistador Hernán Cortés.[3]
Cuauhtémoc (Nahuatl pronunciation: [kʷaːʍˈtemoːk] ⓘ, Spanish pronunciation: [kwawˈtemok] ⓘ), also known as Cuauhtemotzín, Guatimozín, or Guatémoc, was the Aztec ruler (tlatoani) of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521, making him the last Aztec Emperor.[1] The name Cuauhtemōc means “one who has descended like an eagle”, and is commonly rendered in English as “Descending Eagle”, as in the moment when an eagle folds its wings and plummets down to strike its prey. This is a name that implies aggressiveness and determination.



Born On This Day

1416 – Christopher of Bavaria (d. 1448)
Christopher (26 February 1416 – 5/6 January 1448), known as Christopher of Bavaria (German: Christoph von Pfalz-Neumarkt; Danish and Norwegian: Christoffer af/av Bayern; Swedish Kristofer av Bayern), was King of Denmark (1440–48, as Christopher III), Sweden (1441–48) and Norway (1442–48) during the era of the Kalmar Union.[1]


1343 – Alberto d’Este, Marquis of Ferrara (d. 1393)
Alberto (V) d’Este (27 February 1347 – 30 July 1393) was lord of Ferrara and Modena from 1388 until his death.

He was associated in the lordship of the House of Este by his brother Niccolò in 1361, becoming the sole ruler of Ferrara and Modena after the latter’s death in 1388. He was the son of Obizzo III d’Este, who had ruled in Ferrara from 1317 to 1352.

Alberto founded the University of Ferrara in 1391. In the same year he married Giovanna de’ Roberti (d. 1393). After her death, he married his mistress Isotta Albaresani.

He was succeeded by his legitimated son Niccolò (III).

1518 – Francis III, Duke of Brittany, Duke of Brittany (d. 1536)[28]
Francis III (Breton: Frañsez; French: François; 28 February 1518 – 10 August 1536) was Dauphin of France and, after 1524, Duke of Brittany. Francis and his brother, Henry, were exchanged as hostages for their father, Francis I, who had been captured at the Battle of Pavia. They would be hostages for three years. Made duke of Brittany in 1532, this precipitated Brittany’s integration with the Kingdom of France. Francis died 10 August 1536, possibly from tuberculosis.




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By MessyNessy, 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. 684): An ostrich jockey in the streets of Brussels, 1933; Concept art for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937); Van Gogh’s lesser-known Olive Tree series; Carolyn Crawford Is the Best Motown Singer You’ve Never Heard Of; Procrastinate more with this intriguing interactive website about loss, objects and memory and more ->


By Colin Marshall, Open Culture: The Armored-Knight “Robot” Designed by Leonardo da Vinci (circa 1495)
By Colin Marshall, Open Culture: The Life & Work of Richard Feynman Explored in a Three-Part Freakonomics Radio Miniseries
By Colin Marshall, Open Culture: A Preview of Sora, the New OpenAI Tool That Creates Remarkable AI-Generated Videos
By Nathaniel Herz, Northern Journal: Can jet-setting ski racers be climate activists? Anchorage athlete leans into “imperfect advocacy.” Climate change poses an existential threat to cross-country skiing. But it’s hard to talk about for some top athletes, who fear being accused of hypocrisy because of their travel-intensive lifestyles.


By Ernie Smith, Tedium: When Stewards Go Astray A pair of recent controversies around the tech-publishing giant Automattic raise an important question in my mind: Do we have to worry about the future of WordPress?


By Kristin Wong, Lifehacker: The Biggest Wastes Of Time We Regret When We Get Older There are things we all do, or don’t do, that lead us to waste far more time than we realize in the moment.

By Oriana Pawlyk, Politico: ‘I’m Not Trying to Cause a Scene. I Just Want to Get Off This Plane.’ A former senior Boeing employee on why he still won’t fly on a MAX plane.

By Michael Levitt Tinbete Ermyas Ari Shapiro Kat Lonsdorf, NPR: This is what happens when a wind farm comes to a coal town

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BizPac Reviews: This is why you DO NOT mess with Navy Seals…

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Quotes November 23, 2023

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
Amy Grant
“I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.”
Will Arnett
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
Randy Pausch
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”
Gerald Good
“What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from.”
Daniel Humm
“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.”
Joyce Giraud
“There is always, always something to be thankful for.”


Music August 20, 2023

Sweet Jane – Lou Reed Cover Sugar Lime Blue #SundayShoutOut

Zac Brown Band feat. King Calaway & Marcus King – The Weight (Live in Saratoga Springs)
More Than A Feeling – Steve’n’Seagulls (LIVE)

Opry Live – Oak Ridge Boys Jon Pardi and The War and Treaty

Music August 16, 2023

Lars von Retriever: LIAR 2023 [Rollins Band Cover]
The Henry Rollins Band – Liar Live(woodstock 94′)
Pete Townshend – Music From Lifehouse

Music June 12, 2023

Clutch LIVESTREAM | Freak Valley Festival 2023 | Rockpalast
Opry Live – Josh Turner Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson

Quotes May 25, 2023

Courtesy of Rumi:

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?
Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.
If the light is in your heart, you will find your way home.
There’s a field somewhere beyond all doubt and wrongdoing. I’ll meet you there.
Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.
Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands looks for something will find it.
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

Music April 01, 2023

Billy Joel (ft. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top) – La Grange & Tush 3/26/23 MSG Live

Music March 04, 2023

Wayne Shorter (August 25, 1933 – March 2, 2023) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.[1] Shorter came to prominence in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the 1960s, he joined Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, and then co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He recorded more than 20 albums as a bandleader.

Many Shorter compositions have become jazz standards, and his music has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise, and commendation. Shorter won 12 Grammy Awards.[2] He was acclaimed for his mastery of the soprano saxophone since switching his focus from the tenor in the late 1960s and beginning an extended reign in 1970 as DownBeat’s annual poll-winner on that instrument, winning the critics’ poll for 10 consecutive years and the readers’ for 18.[3] The New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff described Shorter in 2008 as “probably jazz’s greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser”.[4] In 2017, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize.[5]


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Quotes January 24, 2023

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
John D. Rockefeller – 1839-1937 – Business Magnate-Philanthropist
Remember a future / from another dream / and hold on.
There is / no reasoning with need.
Claudia Rankine,
poet, writer
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
Izaak Walton – 1593-1683 – Author-Writer
The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself.
Ellen DeGeneres – Comedian-Television Host-Actress-Writer-Producer

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust
Everybody’s sayin’ music is love.
Really what matters is what you do with whatever time you have.
David Crosby,
singer, songwriter, guitarist