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Randy Culler
Attended North Carolina State University
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The G+ Banjo Circle
Please add the circle and re-share it!
If you already have us circled, you might want to re-add to pick up the new members.

Get some #banjo  in your stream!

If you play banjo, are interested in banjo, or even if you just like banjo player jokes, add the circle and get ready for some fun!

Drop a comment if you'd like to be included (or removed).

Also, drop by The G+ Banjo Community and say howdy
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111937478617127176862

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WOMEN SING THE BLUES
When Bessie Smith, backed by Louis Armstrong in a recording from 1925, sings W.C. Handy’s ‘The St. Louis Blues’, one of the oldest tunes going way back, 1892 at least. Well, … if you don’t feel a tear welling up inside, you best go get your pulse checked.
[Pic: Ethel Waters]
[Pic: Ethel Waters] There’s a brilliant quote that winds up the trailer for the new film about Bessie Smith's life starring Queen Latifah, “The blues is not about people knowing you, it’s about you knowing people”. ...
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Watch +NASA TV now for live coverage of the arrival the +SpaceX  Dragon space freighter at the International Space Station. Italian astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti will capture Dragon with the +Canadian Space Agency's Canadarm2 robotic arm at 7 a.m. EDT... http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
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With the passage of House Bill 195 into law, the State of Louisiana has banned the use of cash in all transactions involving secondhand goods.  State representative Ricky Hardy, a co-author of the bill, claims that the bill targets criminals who traffic in stolen goods.  According to Hardy, “It’s a mechanism to be used so the police department has something to go on and have a lead.” The bill prohibits cash transactions by "secondhand dealers," defined to include garage sales, flea markets, resellers of specialty items, and even non-profit resellers like Goodwill.
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Seriously? That's ridiculous. Check books will be making a comeback I guess
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Ralph Stanley to be on Letterman
 
Congrats to Ralph Stanley for being chosen by David Letterman as one of the final musical guests for the Late Show!

Interestingly, the musical guests aren’t so much current superstars as artists who reflect Letterman’s own taste, including the Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, the Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Amos Lee and Ralph Stanley.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/letterman-packs-late-show-episodes-all-stars-article-1.2183377

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Legendary Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen joined BMI for an album release party, celebrating his latest release, The Happy Prisoner. Before playing a rousing set of songs from the album, Keen was honored with BMI’s inaugural Troubadour Award presented by BMI’s Jody Williams. “It’s hard to define success as a songwriter,” says Williams. “We have charts and sales tallies and best-of lists, all designed to help us keep track of who’s on top. But the best songwriters will tell you, that as exciting and encouraging as those benchmarks can be, they aren’t necessarily the most accurate barometers of success. The Troubadour Award celebrates the artists who craft for the sake of the song. It’s the songwriter’s songwriter award.”
Legendary Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen joined BMI for an album release party, celebrating his latest release, The Happy Prisoner. Before playing a rousing set of songs from the album, Keen was honored with BMI’s inaugural Troubadour Award presented by BMI’s Jody Williams. “It’s hard to define success as a songwriter,”…
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Destiny - Mission Impossible 34 : Dranke reaches a crossroads after he was able to track down the hacking device identified by the Hnnet. The story of Mission Impossible continues, read on to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 33rd installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you wish to follow the series from the beginning, please follow it from this post - http://goo.gl/TFEbGN

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This episode goes out with special good wishes to +L.S. Cody.

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The Raven was docking at the spacecommand new docking center. Things had changed since Dranke had been away. The whole complex had taken on a new look and everywhere they looked, Hnnet devices were being used to create new st...
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I like that
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Mona
 
We need more #banjo  around these parts!
It would be hard to label this song with a genre, but I'm sure that's just fine with these musicians. Here's Mona a song by Sam (the banjo player) written for his grandmother. 

Joe D'Esposito, violin
+Josh Turner  , guitar
Jacob Warren, bass
Ethan Setiawan, mandolin
Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose, banjo
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I think nowadays that would classify as Acousticana. They all are good and the banjo frailin' is my kind of Banjer pickin' for sure.
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Dear IRS

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Yep, me too !! ;-)
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Podcast of two Kim Stanley Robinson Martian stories
Tony from +StarShip Sofa  sez, "StarShipSofa podcast is very proud this week to have two short stories by the great science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson.

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Tony from Starshipsofa sez, "StarShipSofa podcast is very proud this week to have two short stories by the great science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. First up is the 1999 short story Purple...
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The debate on the activity level on Google+ has raged for years. How many users are really active on it? Is the place a ghost town? Why hasn’t Google shut it down already? Well, I decided to put it to the test, so I did a hardcore analysis of 516,246 randomly selected Google+ profiles, and this post has the scoop for you. Sit down and fasten your seat belts because here we go!
 
The Hard Numbers for Google Plus Activity

JUST PUBLISHED: +Eric Enge's massive study of over half a million Google+ profiles

Click here >> http://stonet.co/GPlusRealNumbers

Learn how much public posting actually occurs on Google+ from real data on real Google+ profiles.

Please share this important study!

Read at http://stonet.co/GPlusRealNumbers
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Ah, so it's not 540 million, or even 54 million. It's 23.4 million. That's 23.4 million. Now, that seems more intuitive and likely.
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I work as a computer engineer, designing and programming SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems and doing energy management control. While I've concentrated in C++ and C programming, I have also dabbled in circuit board design, embedded systems, client / server software, as well as some web work.
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Bluegrass banjo, SF Fan, C++ Programmer
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I'm a lover of bluegrass music and play 5-string banjo with my band Bluegrass & Beyond. We play regionally and have released two CD's, Living' a Dream and Cover of the Bluegrass News. We do a mixture of original and cover material in a traditional bluegrass style. Bluegrass & Beyond is a great bunch of guys, and I couldn't ask for a better outlet for my music. I like a wide variety of music, so its not uncommon for my MP3 player to transition from Flatt & Scruggs to Meat Loaf to Steve Earle to Merle Haggard to Ozzie Osborne. You could get musical whiplash hanging out with me!

When I'm not pickin' the 5, you can usually find me reading or watching science fiction or fantasy. I cut my teeth on the likes of Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, and Poul. While I prefer hard SF, I also enjoy a good fantasy ranging from LOTR to Highlander to Pern. My favorite TV SciFi has to be Babylon 5 with Star Trek: DS9 a close second. I'm not a great fan of Hollywood's "let's blow up a lot of stuff and have some icky BEM's (bug eyed monsters) eating people" kind of scifi.

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Can program with a hex keypad, ran a successful computer BBS back in the day, and can make the most awesome chili you ever tasted
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  • North Carolina State University
    Computer Engineering, 1983 - 1987
  • North Surry High School
    1983
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