Poetry & Art – Regrets & Gone Girl by Ryan Fu

Regrets

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Gone Girl

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RYAN FU

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Artsy Fartsy – Do you have Faith in Humanity? – Art Pieces by Banksy

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Dorothy Police Search

Banksy’s Dorothy Police Search canvas is yet another piece featuring a pop-culture figure to help express a message. Much like the beginning portion of the Wizard of OZ, the piece is in typical Banksy style, done in a black and white stencil. The only exception to this is the officer’s gloves, which are presented in a blue-latex material.

In the piece, Banksy creates this 2D storyline. It appears that the police official is stopping Dorothy without probable cause. The blue-latex gloves handling the basket imply the officer is searching for something. Dorothy and Toto’s efforts to get home are being delayed by the search.

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I Remember When All This Was Trees

Location: Detroit, Mich.

Banksy’s take on Detroit created somewhat of a firestorm. The work originally stood on a brick wall outside of the Packard Plant in Detroit until members of the 555 Gallery took it upon themselves to dismantle the newly discovered piece. The work of the anonymous artist was then transported to the gallery in southwest Detroit. Since the piece was put up on the downtrodden remains, however, no one could truly claim ownership of the work.

The piece is a take on Detroit’s financial deprivation, quite evident by the placement of the work. The Packard Plant has fallen into abandon since the automotive market left Detroit. The words “I remember when all this was trees” stands beside a dejected child, referring to the scene of many squatters and homeless individuals within the Packard Plant.

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Artsy Fartsy – In Bed: The Kiss (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1892 painting, In Bed: The Kiss, captures two prostitutes from a brothel in a lip-locked moment of lesbian love. After painting several female couples getting cozy in bed, Toulouse-Lautrec supposedly said, “This is better than anything else. It is the very epitome of sensual delight.”

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In fact, the artist considers this painting as the epitome of pleasurable and sensual delight. The color scheme that he selected was brilliant with shades of red and yellow, which were subdued by grey, green and blue. This enchanting masterpiece expresses the tender love shared by the couple, as though they were fearful of being separated from each other.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! – Light Margarita Recipe (Please Drink and Party Responsibly)

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla. Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

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The Cooking Light Margarita:
1 ounce premium or silver tequila, 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur, 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice. Shake with 3/4 cup ice; garnish with lime.

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Poetry Mondays – The Wait by Richard Brautigan

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It seemed

like years

before

I picked

a bouquet

of kisses

off her mouth

and put them

into a dawn-colored vase

in

my

heart. 

But

the wait

was worth it.

Because

I

was

in love.

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It’s that time again – Earthquakes!!! What to Do? Before, After & During a Quake – Tell us your earthquake Tips & Stories

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“VICTORY LOVES PREPARATION.”

Once again if you live in California you’re used to waking up early in the morning by an earthquake, just like I was this morning. Like most people on a Sunday, I like to prepare for the week. For example, I might write things to do that week and form a plan with goals. Most successful people have plans and goals they follow like a form of religion. Naturally, Mother Nature doesn’t give a fuck about your plans. It comes at a moment’s notice, like early on a Monday morning when you are trying to sleep in because you don’t have to go to work. Listen “Shit happens” and you can’t control everything but I believe you can always give yourself a better chance to succeed in anything including surviving an earthquake. If your a L.A. Native like myself, who has lived in earthquake country, I’ve learned a thing or two about Earthquakes. I’m usually jokey about subjects with funny pictures but I’ve learned in my short time on Earth, that Mother Nature is nothing to mess with because it can give life and take it away at the same time. So, please read and follow these tips on how to keep your friends and family safe Before, After & During an Earthquake.

PLAN FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

DEVELOP A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN. PLEASE SEE THE “FAMILY DISASTER PLAN” SECTION FOR GENERAL FAMILY PLANNING INFORMATION. DEVELOP EARTHQUAKE-SPECIFIC PLANNING. LEARN ABOUT EARTHQUAKE RISK IN YOUR AREA. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE, AMERICAN RED CROSS CHAPTER, STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, OR DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS FOR YOUR AREA. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE 41 STATES OR TERRITORIES AT MODERATE TO HIGH RISK, MANY PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR EARTHQUAKES IN THEIR AREA.

If you are at risk from earthquakes:

  • Pick “safe places” in each room of your home. A safe place could be under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you. The shorter the distance to move to safety, the less likely you will be injured. Injury statistics show that persons moving more than 10 feet during an earthquake’s shaking are most likely to experience injury.
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold-on in each safe place. Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm. Practicing will make these actions an automatic response. When an earthquake or other disaster occurs, many people hesitate, trying to remember what they are supposed to do. Responding quickly and automatically may help protect you from injury.
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold-on at least twice a year. Frequent practice will help reinforce safe behavior.
  • Talk with your insurance agent. Different areas have different requirements for earthquake protection. Study locations of active faults, and if you are at risk, consider purchasing earthquake insurance.
  • Inform guests, babysitters, and caregivers of your plan. Everyone in your home should know what to do if an earthquake occurs. Assure yourself that others will respond properly even if you are not at home during the earthquake.
  • Get training. Take a first aid class from your local Red Cross chapter. Get training on how to use a fire extinguisher from your local fire department. Keep your training current. Training will help you to keep calm and know what to do when an earthquake occurs.
  • Discuss earthquakes with your family. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing earthquakes ahead of time helps reduce fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond.

ASSEMBLE A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

Please see the “Disaster Supplies Kit” section for general supplies kit information. Earthquake-specific supplies should include the following:

    • A flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bedside.
    • Disaster Supplies Kit basics

Evacuation Supply Kit.

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WHAT TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Drop, cover, and hold on! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Most injured persons in earthquakes move more than five feet during the shaking. It is very dangerous to try to leave a building during an earthquake because objects can fall on you. Many fatalities occur when people run outside of buildings, only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. In U.S. buildings, you are safer to stay where you are.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are. Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops. Injuries can occur from falling trees, street-lights and power lines, or building debris.
  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking has stopped. Trees, power lines, poles, street signs, and other overhead items may fall during earthquakes. Stopping will help reduce your risk, and a hard-topped vehicle will help protect you from flying or falling objects. Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit. More injuries happen when people move during the shaking of an earthquake. After the shaking has stopped, if you go outside, move quickly away from the building to prevent injury from falling debris.
  • Stay away from windows. Windows can shatter with such force that you can be injured several feet away.
  • In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake. Earthquakes frequently cause fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems to go off even if there is no fire. Check for and extinguish small fires, and, if exiting, use the stairs.
  • If you are in a coastal area, move to higher ground. Tsunamis are often created by earthquakes. (See the “Tsunami”section for more information).
  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris that could be loosened by the earthquake. Landslides commonly happen after earthquakes. (See the“Landslide” section for more information.)

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WHAT TO DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Check yourself for injuries. Often people tend to others without checking their own injuries. You will be better able to care for others if you are not injured or if you have received first aid for your injuries.
  • Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. This will protect your from further injury by broken objects.
  • After you have taken care of yourself, help injured or trapped persons. If you have it in your area, call 9-1-1, then give first aid when appropriate. Don’t try to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards. Putting out small fires quickly, using available resources, will prevent them from spreading. Fire is the most common hazard following earthquakes. Fires followed the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 for three days, creating more damage than the earthquake.
  • Leave the gas on at the main valve, unless you smell gas or think it’s leaking. It may be weeks or months before professionals can turn gas back on using the correct procedures. Explosions have caused injury and death when homeowners have improperly turned their gas back on by themselves.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids immediately. Avoid the hazard of a chemical emergency.
  • Open closet and cabinet doors cautiously. Contents may have shifted during the shaking of an earthquake and could fall, creating further damage or injury.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe. Aftershocks following earthquakes can cause further damage to unstable buildings. If your home has experienced damage, get out before aftershocks happen.
  • Help neighbors who may require special assistance. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
  • Listen to a portable, battery-operated radio (or television) for updated emergency information and instructions. If the electricity is out, this may be your main source of information. Local radio and local officials provide the most appropriate advice for your particular situation.
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, drop, cover, and hold on! Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months following an earthquake.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and stay out of damaged areas. Hazards caused by earthquakes are often difficult to see, and you could be easily injured.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe. Damaged buildings may be destroyed by aftershocks following the main quake.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights to inspect your home. Kerosene lanterns, torches, candles, and matches may tip over or ignite flammables inside.
  • Inspect the entire length of chimneys carefully for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to fire or injury from falling debris during an aftershock. Cracks in chimneys can be the cause of a fire years later.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Avoid smoking inside buildings. Smoking in confined areas can cause fires.

SORRY ABOUT THE FUNNY PICTURES, I COULDN’T RESIST BUT TAKE THIS SHIT SERIOULY BECAUSE JOHN CUSACK IS NOT COMING TO RESCUE YOU…

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Twisted Colossus — the World’s Longest Hybrid Coaster Opening May 23rd (Would you ride it?)

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I grew up in the valley near Magic Mountain which I went to every weekend my friends and I would go to Magic Mountain to ride and play games all day long. Eventually, I got one of my first jobs there as a ride operator. Colossus was my first ride that I got to the chance to operate, which I thought it was a boring ride but then when I heard last year they were going to get rid of it, a piece of my childhood memory died but then I heard about Twisted Colossus, the next generation of the beloved wooden roller coaster that thrilled millions of guests in its 36-year reign at the park, will be a unique technological marvel combining an iconic wooden structure with state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track.

Old School Colossus

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The advanced technology, available exclusively at Six Flags, provides ride experiences never before possible on wooden coasters, such as over-banked turns and inversions. Twisted Colossus will feature numerous exciting components including a “Top Gun” element, the western hemisphere’s first “High Five” element, and a Zero G Roll.

With its unique construction, Twisted Colossus will feature:

  • “Top Gun Stall” – an inversion where the train slows down upside down
  • Western Hemisphere’s first “High Five” – where two trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that you can reach out and “high five” other riders
  • Zero G Roll where track twists 360 degrees
  • A staggering 116-foot drop at an amazing 80-degrees
  • 18 airtime hills
  • Two lift hills
  • Four minutes of thrills on nearly 5,000 feet of track – longest hybrid coaster in the world

Twisted Colossus will be the focal point of the newly themed area where you can expect the unexpected through whimsical experiences in entertainment, food and retail. The original Colossus wooden coaster opened on June 29, 1978 and offered its farewell run on August 17, 2014.

Twisted Colossus — the World’s Longest Hybrid Coaster

  • Opening Date: Spring 2015
  • Height Restriction: Must be at least 48” tall
  • Location: Twisted Colossus will be the focal point of the newly themed area where guests can expect the unexpected through whimsical experiences in entertainment, food and retail.

Credit: Six Flags

Poetry & Art – Graceful

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Budweiser Pulls Slogan After It’s Accused Of Promoting Rape Culture – What do you think? Is our culture too sensitive now?

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Budweiser have issued an apology and pulled the latest slogan from their beers after it was accused of promoting rape culture. 

The new Bud Light slogan read, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary.” It was also accompanied by the the tagline, “The perfect beer for whatever happens.”

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People soon started to register their disgust at Budweiser’s poorly worded slogan, which was also accompanied by the Twitter campaign of #UpForWhatever. The furor began after the first image of the new bottle appeared on reddit.

Media outlets then picked up the story on Tuesday morning, and by the evening, a social media storm had gathered and criticism was being launched towards the company.

Twitter was soon lit up with messages from users lambasting Budweiser.

What do you think? Is our culture too sensitive now? Or are people in the right to be offended?

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The Dragon’s Philosophy – Trust the Process

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