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       After days of scouring the net I finally found a stream for the 18 minute epic ‘Ordinary People.’ Neil fans rejoice, another classic has been born:

 http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?delay=y&PV=y&EAN=093624990796&z=y&bnit=H&bnrefer=SHAKESPEARE

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Chrome Dreams II

            The track listing for Neil Young’s latest album has finally arrived, and it looks promising. Including a whopping 18 minute rendition of  the legendary “Ordinary People”, the album looks extremely interesting. Boasting 3 old tunes and 7 completely new numbers, Chrome Dreams II may be one of Neil’s most unique albums to date. In a recent interview, Young was quoted as saying this latest project is more like After the Goldrush or Freedom than any of his other albums. He talked about its level of variation and “mix” of multiple different facets that work together to create one message. We may only speculate at this point as to just how unique sounding it will be.

           According to online sources, “Ordinary People” will be released as the album’s first single this coming monday. This is great news for old Neil Young fans, considering the hype and sheer power this song posseses. Played numerous times throughtout Neil’s 1980s tour with the Blue Notes, “Ordinary People” has long been thought of as the best unreleased song Neil ever played. A timely tale of the average toiler, Neil has made comments concerning the place of the song in modern times. “Some songs, like ‘Ordinary People,’ need to wait for the right time. I think now is the right time for that song and it lives well with the new songs I have written in the past few months. I had a blast making this music,” he said. 

          The entire album itself is slated for release in early October, and will include bonus material as well.

  • 1. Beautiful Bluebird 3:30
  • 2. Boxcar 3:15
  • 3. Ordinary People 18:13
  • 4. Shining Light 4:33
  • 5. The Believer 2:38
  • 6. Spirit Road 5:01
  • 7. Dirty Old Man 2:52
  • 8. Ever After 3:32
  • 9. No Hidden Path 11:31
  • 10. The Way 5:15

            So as I was roaming the Neil Young boards I noticed a recent bulletin. Apparently someone claims to have 3 songs from Young’s newest Chrome Dreams II album. I followed the link and listened to the tunes. I smell a rat here. Vocally it sounds far from Neil. The lyrics mention multiple religious themes that just don’t seem to fit. To me it seems like someone was trying a bit too hard to replicate the godfather of grunge. Now that’s not to say that these tracks are WITH 100 PERCENT CERTAINTY fake. But it seems that if anything, these are merely AMAZING copies of Neil Young. Maybe they are real, but in my opinion it seems a little too good to be true. I will provide the link below so you can listen yourself and see what you think.

(Note: track 2 seems to be the smoking gun in my eyes that destroys any chance of them being real. It just sounds almost nothing like Neil.)

http://www.the-grotto.com/talk/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=11646&message=41947&q=chrome+dreams#41947

               The suspense leading up to the release of one of the most anticipated video games ever is at an all time high. With daily updates at the SSB Brawl website, much has been revealed but not all the questions have been answered. Will Sonic make a cameo in the game?, who is the final boss?, just how many characters will actually be playable? We may only speculate, but the website has offered enough content so far to keep even the most casual Nintendo fan drooling. From what we know, it is obvious that this game will top its predecessor Melee with little or no effort at all.

               First is the aspect of graphics. No the graphics on the Wii are not HD, not even close to the Xbox 360 or PS3, and not really “next gen” persay. But the aspect that matters most in a game is the gameplay itself. Who wants a game where the only memorable moment is looking at the pretty scenery? Super Smash Brothers Brawl will bring something fresh, something new and something just right to Nintendos long lived fighting series. Although the graphics certainly won’t turn any heads, from the screenshots they will most definitely look amazing compared to Melee. Donkey Kong’s fur comes alive with motion, Link breaths as his shirt ripples in the wind and Samus’s armor shines with metallic wonder. The highly updated graphical improvement over the Gamecube’s Meleee is obvious, and serves as mere icing on the cake on the whole.

                The real powerhouse in the game will be its highly addictive gameplay, load of characters and amazing storyline. We do not know much at this time, other than the existence of something known as the “Subspace Emissionary,” which is the story of the game. It looks promising, but I for one am looking forward to the online multiplayer action. What can be more fun than slashing down people overseas as you sip on water and nibble crackers on your couch? Exactly, absolutely nothing. We still have to wait until December 1st, oh the agony. Until then SSB Brawl’s official website ( http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/index.html) will continue to add more characters that are newcomers to the game. Besides Diddy Kong, Zero Suit Samus, Snake, Metaknight, Pokemon Trainer, Ike, Wario and Pit we have no idea. Anyone could show up to join the brawl this time around.

                 If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that this game will offer all the gut splitting, insane aerials, wicked specials, button mashing, combo executing and all out smashing you have come to expect from the SSB franchise. Let us hope that Nintendo has crafted yet another gem in their long line of masterpieces.

 SSB Brawl

          No matter where you look, history has been filled with secrets. Codes, hidden messages, and cryptograms have appeared in every nation and in nearly every situation. Utilized by the world’s greatest leaders to fool the enemy, and some of the most notorious criminals of all time, ciphers have proved to be both helpful and infamously frustrating in a society full of secrets. No one likes the feeling of the unknown; the idea of a hidden meaning challenges us to think outside of the box, bend the rules if we want to know the truth. When the truth isn’t in plain sight it can be easy to get discouraged. With multiple types of encryption and heightened complexity, technology has only aided in the various ways ciphers can be implemented to serve their purpose. Modern and classical encyrption are just the tip of the iceberg in contemporary standards, and people are consistently fascinated by the intricacies utilized to hide something so simple. Codebreaking forces us to see things in a different light; to analyze and interpret patterns, similarities and subtle nuances that hide a deeper truth just below the surface.

           

          For centuries, similar codebreaking techniques have aided troops during World War II, helped unmask serial killers and solve the daily puzzle in the New York Times.  It has been through the art of encryption that deadly secrets have been kept away from corrupted hands, and enemies have been brought to the floor. For years The Zodiac Killer stalked California and the people who lived there. But besides sending a message of hate, he also sent a multitude of ciphers. Clever and many times intricately difficult, many of them have yet to be solved. Although simple in theory, the Zodiac’s ciphers are part of an entirely different dimension of encryption: psychological manipulation.

         

         Everyone likes a surprise; discovering something they did not know existed, something only they know about. Ciphers and codes offer the surprise factor, but they can also offer something else. As in the case of the Zodiac, they offer a psychological threat. Not knowing the statements of a mass murderer or any threat to security can eat away at the mind of even the highest government official. Always wondering, never ceasing to contemplate the possible implications of the undecoded message of “terror.” Of course the message could be nothing more than a knock knock joke, but that is where the beauty lies. It is this undeniable sense of mystery and myriad of POSSIBLE implications that make ciphers so powerful and mentally enthralling.

          Ciphers can offer manipulation, unintentional influence and even intentional distraction. Although one mere example, the saga of The Zodiac represents a crystal clear example of not only the psychological implications of ciphers, but their ability to distract from the obvious answer at hand. (allowing the Zodiac to continually evade police with little or no effort.)

          Everything serves some purpose and intention within society. Ciphers and undecoded tranfers of data can be Satan’s helper or the savior of an entire military operation. The art of encryption is neverending, always evolving, and continaully changing with each new generation and the technology that comes along with it.

         Very informative site on the subject of encryption: http://www.vectorsite.net/ttcode.html

 

This creature is most probably the creation of an environmental problem. Children at a nursery in Weston-super-Mare, England spotted the three headed frog hopping in the garden.

Source: BBC News

The blog famous cyclops kitten, Cy was first thought to be a joke photo manipulation. Living only for a day, It had only one eye and was noseless.
Source: News

The most infamous headless chicken, Mike wowed the world by living for 18 months which indefinitely entered it into the Guinness World Records. It could still live becuase most of his brain stem and ear was left on his body.
Source: Mike The Headless Chicken

Nope this is not photoshop manipulated. A female polar bear named Pelusa turned purple after she was given a special treatment to clear up a skin condition. This has attracted crowds at the Mendoza City Zoo in Argentina. The fur has returned to normal after a few days.
Source: NW Botanicals

Genetic mutation called ‘feather duster’ of a parakeet.

Dolphins has taken a pink hue in the Pear River Delta situated between Hong Kong and Macau. It is not known why they are pink in colour but several assumptions include the lack of natural predators or the pink colour is a byproduct of blushing to regulate body temperature.
Source: 2 Dolphins

The two-month old animal, named Cham Leck which means ‘strange,’ was given to monks at a local pagoda by a farmer who feared the six legged cow would bring him bad fortune.
Source: Steve Quayle

The hooded seal has a large elastic nasal cavity and when fully inflated resembles a large black ruber ball. They are large aggresive mammals that can exceed 3m in length and 400kg in weight.
Source: Canadian Museum Of Nature

The large ocean sunfish vies for the title of strangest fish in the sea. It has an almost circular, flattened body. It weighs up to 2 tons and 3m long. The head is almost a third of the whole body length.
Source: Earth Window

If you had your facts about the Siberian tiger being the largest cat, then you are wrong. The liger is the world’s largest cat, a cross breed between a male lion and a female tiger. They exhibit conflicts between the social habits of the lion and solitary habits of the tiger.

        

The following is reprinted from Uncle John’s Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader.

These tidbits come from  Dr. Ray Broekel, “candy bar historian” and publisher of a newsletter called the Candy Bar Gazebo.

THE AIR MAIL BAR. Introduced in 1930 to honor the first airmail flight in the U.S. – in 1918, from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Ironically, the first flight never made it to New York. After takeoff, the pilot noticed someone had forgotten to fill the fuel tank. Then he got lost over Maryland and had to land in a cow pasture. The Air Mail candy bar had a similar fate.

FAT EMMA. In the early 1920s, the Pendergast Candy Company in Minneapolis introduced a candy bar with a nougat center. They planned to call it the Emma bar. But when it wound up twice as thick as expected (they accidentally put too much egg white in the mixture), they changed the name to Fat Emma. Later, Frank Mars copied the idea to create the Milky Way bar.

THE SAL-LE-DANDE BAR. The first candy bar named after a stripper – Sally Rand, whose “fan dance” at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair shocked and titillated the nation. In the 1960s, another stripper bar was available briefly: the Gypsy bar, named after Gypsy Rose Lee.


Red Grange Bar (Image Credit: Gallery of Red Grange Material)

THE RED GRANGE BAR. Endorsed by Red Grange, the most popular football player of his day. After starring at the University of Illinois, he joined the Chicago Bears in 1925 and helped keep the National Football League in business. Unfortunately, he couldn’t do the same for his candy bar.

THE VEGETABLE SANDWICH BAR. One of the weirdest “health” bar ever made, this 1920s vegetable concoction contained cabbage, celery, peppers, and tomatoes. Its makers claimed that it aided digestion and “will not constipate.”

THE ZEP CANDY BAR. “Sky-High Quality.” One of several candy bars that capitalized on the popularity of “lighter-than-air” dirigibles in the 1930s. This one featured a sketch of a Graf Zeppelin on the wrapper. It was taken off the market after the Hindenburg exploded in 1937.


Chicken Dinner Candy Truck [Image Credit: Charles Phoenix]

THE CHICKEN DINNER BAR. One of the bestselling bars you’ve never heard of. It was introduced in the 1920s and remained on the market for about 50 years. The original wrapper featured a picture of a roasting chicken on a dinner plate – a bizarre way of suggesting it was a nourishing meal and encouraging customers to associate it with prosperity (“a chicken in every pot”). The manufacturer, Sperry Candy Co., even dispatched a fleet of Model A trucks disguised as giant sheet-metal chickens to deliver the candy to stores. Several years after the bar’s debut, Sperry dropped the chicken from the wrapper. But it kept the name.

THE BIG-HEARTED “AL” BAR. George Williamson, owner of the Williamson Candy Company, was a good Democrat and a good friend of New York governor Al Smith, Democratic nominee for president in 1928. Smith lost in a landslide to Herbert Hoover, and his candy bar soon followed.

THE SEVEN UP CANDY BAR. Got its name from having seven connected pieces, each with a different center. The bar came out in the 1930s, before the 7-Up Bottling Company began production of its soft drink – so the Trudeau Candy Company owned the trademark rights to the name. Eventually the 7-Up Bottling Company bought the bar and retired it, so they had exclusive use of the name no matter how it was spelled – Seven Up or 7-Up. [Image Credit: I Remember JFK]

THE “IT” BAR. The #1 female sex symbol of the silent movie era was Clara Bow – known as the “It Girl.” (She had that special quality her movie studio called “It.”) In 1927 the McDonald Candy Company of Salt Lake City tried cashing in on her popularity with a candy bar featuring her face on the wrapper. It did well for a few years, then disappeared along with Bow. (She wasn’t able to make the switch to talkies, because although she was lovely to look at, her Brooklyn accent made her impossible to listen to.)

Reprinted from Uncle John’s Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader. ©1999 by the Bathroom Reader’s Press.

(thanks also to www.neatorama.com)