Welcome to BlogDogIt Tuesday, April 16 2024 @ 11:03 PM EDT

Spotlight[Living]: The Rock at Boston College

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Becoming Captain
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My father loves four things in the world: my mother, my sister, me, and his sailboat. He spent his childhood on the water of Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts in dinghies, kayaks, and sailboats, occasionally gaining or losing one with each serious hurricane. It’s fitting, of course, that he proposed to my mom on his sailboat, his first pride and joy. His attempts to teach my sister and I how to sail began as soon as we were finally old enough to swim and strong enough to help pull in the lines.

Every sunny Saturday during the summer, we pile into our green SUV, a large cooler full of turkey sandwiches, iced tea, and fruit wedged in between my sister and me in the back seat. When we arrive at the harbor, I become the first mate of our little inflatable dinghy. After zipping up my puffy, bright orange life jacket, I slide into the seat opposite my dad next to the motor. With a yank of the handle, the motor starts to sputter and the propeller churns up the salty water below.

I rest my tiny hand on the tiller, turning it from left to right to adjust the speed. My dad’s hand always starts out just beside mine to ensure that I have it under control. He uses big words and sailing jargon that have eventually become second nature to me, but at first seemed like a foreign language. “Pull up along the port side,” he instructs as he points to the left side of the sailboat when we approach the mooring. “Tie us up to this cleat – you know, the way I taught you,” he says, gesturing to the little metal appliance on deck and reminding me to wrap twice and then loop the line. “We’re just going to use the jib today; can you help me pull it out?” he asks, handing me a line attached to the sail at the bow of the boat. 

Once we leave the channel and let the wind propel us forward, I am my father’s reflection. He sits at the helm with his hand on the gleaming silver wheel, looking out onto the water silently as I sit beside him doing the same. Every so often he lets me take over, directing me which way to turn the wheel with a simple point of his finger. The loud, ceaseless voices of my mom and sister float along with the wind, yet my dad and I remain silent. Sometimes he points to a house on the water and tells me about who grew up there, what their parents were like, and how they used to play football in the middle of the street together. “You know that all the seagulls and cormorants flock to Bird Island because of the dead bodies buried there, right?” he even tries to convince me as we pass the little island with the lighthouse. I know by his gleaming eyes and joking voice to simply roll my eyes at him.

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Spotlight[Entertainment]: The Laugh Button

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The Laugh Button is a place to discover stand up comedy. We have been promoting comedy online since 2004 and realized the Internet is filled with humor but needed more stand up, the purest form of the art. As comedy geeks filled with a passion for good laughs we put together The Laugh Button.

more "ABOUT" on facebook http://www.facebook.com/thelaughbutton/info

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Spotlight[Living]: The Harlow

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The Harlow - All Facets of Human

THE TEMPESTUOS NANCY FOUTS

THE TEMPESTUOS NANCY FOUTS

Aren’t amazing Nancy Fouts creations? Her sculptures are designed on paradox and juxtaposition: on expectation of the unexpected. She combines objects and materials, linking ideas and common sense to surrealism and playfulness.  She basically recombines the meaning of everyday objects. Nancy Fouts, American born but Londoner for life, has pursued a career in advertising. She is either an image maker and a sharp artist. Surely a provocative and witty discovering.

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Original Source: http://www.nancyfouts.com/

 

Source: http://TheHarlow.net/

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight[Art]: Upcycle That

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Upcycling Ideas and Inspiration
 
Hello! We are Upcycle That and we love Upcycling! We curate and create the best upcycling ideas. Why? Because Upcycling is a great way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. Look through our menus and browse by materials or end uses. To learn more about upcycling check out our about page. Get ready to think about that box of unused items a little differently.

Home Brewed iPhone Amp

We definitely “have a thing” for electricity-free iPhone amps, and this lo-fi solution is made of PVC and an old bike horn! This is the absolute bees knees.

iPhone amp horn

Upcycle That!

But wait, there’s more!

Source: Upcycle That

 

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Spotlight[Living]: Codgertation

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Thinking while cycling: about my life and about your life; about the things that matter and things that probably don’t.

"Cycling about 100 miles every week;
thinking as I go and writing it all down"

Fun

A dumped fast-food chain's cup with 'thirsty fun' written on it. It is not fun.
This is not fun.

 

Brilliant fun; great fun; excellent fun – really, really, bloody good fun. Jolly fun. Damn good fun. Simple fun or, maybe, innocent fun. Good, old-fashioned fun. Even fantastic fun if alliteration’s your thing. Any kind of fun you can think of – a fast-food-chain’s cup with ‘thirsty fun’ written on it is none of them. This is ‘fun’ eviscerated. This is fun abused. This renders the notion of fun wholly, utterly and completely meaningless. This is desecrated fun; debased fun. If this is now understood by anyone as fun, whoever they are, however old or young they are, where ever they are, however otherwise deprived of fun in any sensible sense of the word they are, then they have been cruelly conned. If I was feeling forgiving, I’d feel pity for the foul, fun-free, fun-wrecking individual responsible, because somewhere along the line, someone was.

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Spotlight[Health]: XPANDA1969X

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XPANDA1969Xxpanda1969x

Im a 43 year old quirky merry little soul with a mad sense of humor and a head full of random musings. sometimes i think too much......we shall see I love to read, im forever with my head in a book but recently thanks to much encouragement from my partner i have discovered a love of writing too. Currently working on my first novel , a fantasy story that i hope you will all love. Favourite authors include Diana Gabaldon, Barbara Erskine, Trudi Canavan, Maria V Snyder and Garth Nix but i will happily read just about anything. Currently besotted with a handsome vampire bat, ...an odd combination a panda and a vampire bat but trust me it works. Please feel free to stop by and say hello and all comments are welcome :)

Could you be a Cougar??

So what is a cougar??

    Well simply put it is any woman who pursues the attentions of considerably younger men rather than those her own age. Usually a minimum of 7 years younger is required for the age gap to fall into the cougar status. I have always dated slightly younger men, mainly due to the fact that i do not look my age and can get away with it but i have never yet reached the requirements that would fit me into this cougar category. 

    But could i be one??

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Spotlight[Art]: JonnyChapps

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The Random Blog Displaying The
Even More Random Talents Of The
Even More Random Jon Chapin
{and extra random stuff}

JonnyChapps.com

To a new beginning...

 
Well, I have done it. I have taken all of the websites I was running and merged them into one.

The Family Camper...

The Antique Craftsmen...

JonnyChapps Media...

All of them are combined here for one giant blog about everything I do.

Why did I do this? Well, I cycle through these talents and hobbies of mine every couple of months. I'll do a graphic or two and create a 3D Model to sell and then I'll update JonnyChapps Media. I'll take the family camping and want to write something about that so I'll update the Family Camper. I'll then start doing crafts or building furniture and so then I'll update the Antique Craftsman. You see where I'm going with this? So now it'll all be on this one site.

It was a pain in the a** keeping 3 sites up to date and figuring out the best way to market each one. So hopefully this will work out better...

Source: JonnyChapps.com

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Spotlight[Film]: Benend's Basement

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• Certified Classic • Must See • One Time Watch • Not Recommended •
• Waste of Time • Cinematic Turd •


Just another twenty-something film graduate who resorted to writing a blog! I love films and I use my blog (Benend's Basement) to air my many opinions on the new release, and older, films that I see.

Bachelorette

 
Director: Leslye Headland
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Rebel Wilson
Certificate: 18
Run-time: under 90 minutes

 
IN SHORT: An ill-conceived, offensive 'comedy' about three high-school bitches who never grew up. It's NOT Bridesmaids, more a failed female version of The Hangover with an alarming fixation on drugs and seemingly no moral compass.
 
2/10
CINEMATIC TURD

>>> SPOILERS SPOILERS <<<
 
At the moment, all I seem to do is *censored* and whine about films. Maybe I'm just watching the wrong ones? Or perhaps the studio's have lowered their quality control? Whatever it is, I'm back again with another damning review of a film that really doesn't have any redeeming qualities. It's hugely offensive, to the point where it actually affects your enjoyment of it, the storyline is muddled and the comedy is non-existent. The film is Bachelorette.
 
Bachelorette is an ensemble piece following Gena (Caplan), Regan (Dunst) and Katie (Fisher) as they meet up for Becky's (Wilson, or Kristen Wiig's 'English' flatmate in Bridsmaids) wedding. The girls have all known each other since high-school, although due to differing circumstances, they're not as close as they used to be. I believe the group referred to themselves as 'the 4 B's' or something to that affect. Anyway, it seems there are only 3 'B's in this film, as Gena, Regan and Katie are some of the bitchiest, most childish women I have ever seen in a film. Kirsten Dunst's character is uptight, incredibly rude and has a foul air about her. Lizzy Caplan is a drugged-up, unemployed skanky mess and Isla Fisher is a suicidal little girl who craves attention from everyone and anyone. They are unbelievably dislikeable characters and I consider it a plothole that anyone as nice as Becky would be friends with these people!
 

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Spotlight[Music]: The MyMusicTheory Blog

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The MyMusicTheory Blog
Exploring Music Theory & Education
The MyMusicTheory Blog
 
Here is a short list of some of the most useful or interesting websites I use in connection with music in one way or another. If you are studying music, teach music or are just passionate about music, you will probably find something here to tickle your fancy.

Many of these websites I came across by chance, using Stumbleupon for example. Others were recommended to me either directly or via posts in music-related forums. All of them have something unique to offer and are are worth a visit, and all of them are FREE!

So without further ado, in order of how much I like them personally, (totally subjective I know, but never mind!):

See The List...

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