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I've been enjoying the process of learning how to play guitar. It has an interesting effect on my mind; an effect that feels very primal and true. Sound is powerful, music's an artistic manifestation of that raw power.

Plus, chicks dig musicians :)
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I sit here in my office, looking out through the white linen Roman blind, and watch the world drive, walk, and bicycle by. I'm reminded that I should mow my yard. I'm reminded that there is a whole world of flowers, trees, bugs, humans, dogs, and other miscellaneous Earth specimens right outside my door. The view makes me feel both melancholy and inspired.

Then, out of the strange depths of my mind, I imagine how my mind would react if an enormous mutant cephalopod were to appear, ravaging the countryside and eating small to medium sized dogs. And I smile. Because no matter what else is going on in my life, Life saw fit to give me an imagination.

That somehow makes it all better.

I hope you all have a splendid day.

note: I yanked the image from a Google image search. Not my image and I'd like to take a moment to thank the original photographer and the individual(s) responsible for posting in on the internet. Thanks much.
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Always the poet, +sheena behling:)

Mud-Jaba and the mudpeople battling it out for the woe of all mankind. Good stuff.

Skyclad swimming in the light of the Harvest Moon? That's quite pagan of you, in a most endearing way. Elementally primal. More good stuff.

I will check with my cephalopod friends what their take on such matters is. I'm certain they will be willing to share their insights.

Meanwhile, I wish you the best of all things in your explorations of your own impressive imagination, Sheena. May your relationship with the Universe be one of adventure and insight.
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I loved this book when it came out and just found out, through the magic of the awesome folks of G+, +GeekTyrant specifically, that it's being made into a feature film. And Stephen King, the original author, is writing the script. Badass.
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Both my wife and I are pretty excited too. I'm glad they got Cusack, or as I occasionally call him, Cossacky!
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I only came across this a few minutes ago and so haven't been able to fully grok it...but I think it's freaking amazing. I'm ready to get on the HGT bandwagon and learn to photosynthesize. Much to ponder. If you're a science nerd, this short article is worth reading.
 
Confirmation of the first known example of HGT (Horizontal Gene Transfer) in a multicellular organism. I lack words to fully express how fantastically cool this is.


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For decades, scientists have puzzled over how a certain sea slug acquires the ability to photosynthesize after ingesting algae. An advanced imaging technique now confirms that the slugs are literally stealing genes from the algae. It's considered the first example of "horizontal gene transfer" in a multicellular organism.
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I agree. Look at him go, all majestic with his plant-like coat, photosynthesizing. Good to see you too, Patrick. :)
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Any time I want to be reminded that there are still outstandingly talented bands in the world, I need only listen to this tune by one of the most consistent top-label bands out there, particularly for those who dig the Seattle sound or the Grunge Rock category.

These guys have been kicking ass since the late '80s. When many others were kicking out hair band music, Chris, Kim, Matt, and Ben were rocking this kind of tune.

I had the pleasure of hearing this group perform live recently. This was the final tune they played and I'm still pleasantly haunted by how ultimately Badass it was.

Shout out to all the bands, signed and independents alike, keepin' it real. You folks are excellent. Respect and Gratitude.



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This is a funny clip. The fact that it was probably a true tale makes it even more hilarious.
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We live in a beautiful world populated by a lot of ugly things. The Taoist in me accepts this. The practical man in me would like to see some of the ugly get blown to Hell.
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Watched "Dead Snow 2:Red vs Dead". Totally badass. Equally as good as the first Dead Snow but different enough to stand on its own two dead feet.

For any fans of horror/zombies, this is a must see. As pointed out in the flick, it's a new genre of zombies. Original and brilliant, streaming on 'Flix.

http://youtu.be/glIoXwTcG60
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Excellent response, +RiDaku . I think that was an excellent assessment without going into spoiler territory. Well done.

+Tyler Lovelace My highest praise of  a movie is when I feel thoroughly entertained and satisfied at then end. As though I've had a really good experience rather than simply watching a good movie.

That's how this flick was for me. The originality of it is refreshing. Performances were premium. Clever writing, interesting and relate-able characters. All of these things contributed to make for a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience.

For those who dig a scary movie mixed with clever wit, I would highly recommend this one. Multiple times.
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I'm easily entertained by such things but I found this hilarious. The more I looked at it, the more I laughed. If you're a little sick, like me, enjoy.
 
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Maybe something like this can help?

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Flitting about on Twitter the last few days. Haven't done much on it for a while but it's fun every now and then.

Came across this guy and subsequently his art page. Pretty good stuff for folks who dig the zombie or classic monster thing. I really like this guy's Boris Karloff/Dracula. Really good work.

Check it out if you're in the mood for some artistic horror goodness.
Being able to put a bullet in a zombie's brainpan at 30 yds on a dead run. (Horror Archive). Preview Details. Zombies: It's all Fun and Games until someone gets bit! (Horror Archive). Preview Details. Science Needs Your Brain! (Shirt Woot). Preview Details. Real Monsters Don't Sparkle ...
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Went to Dallas Texas last weekend to check out the NIN/SoundGarden concert. The concert itself was a spectacular musical experience; Chris Cornell's scorching vocals, Kim Thayil's face melting guitar, Matt Cameron's powerful percussion. Amazing show.

Then Trent performed. Boom. Yeah, that auditorium will be fueled by his energy for decades. Damn but that guy can make some music. I'm pretty sure the walls there could now be scientifically tested to contain Trent Reznor's DNA.

Driving in Dallas sucks, though. Bad. Just to throw that out there.

note to all old-school Soundgarden fans: When is the last time you listened to Chris singing on, "Beyond the Wheel'? It's one of their older tunes, I'm thinking 1988 or so. Lyrics are badass, typical of Chris's writing, and his vocals are truly unbelievable. Check 'em out playing live in Seattle. Premium stuff.
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Caught the Atlanta show a couple weeks ago both bands were definitely on top of there game!
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I'm not convinced that any of us are real. We only have a tendency to exist and then only under scrutiny.

My most enjoyable thought on that subject is that we're the imagination of the Universe. Which could be likened to the concept of god like omniscience. I'm not much into the god thing but it'll work for the sake of comparison.The Universe is pretty damn god like, in my opinion.

That would be a fun way to allow for quantum physics and still have room left over for groovy flights of fantasy.

The main problem with hard science is that it doesn't have much room for minotaurs, faerie dragons, or mermaids.

Except...if they exist in our imaginations, aren't they as real as us? We all have a tendency to manifest but that doesn't mean we're real. We're kinda' like thoughts in that regard. The imaginings of the Universe.

But if we are, then we could have some dragons flying around, eh? And a few mermaids, too. And who wouldn't want a minotaur as a good pal? That'd be epic.

I think I'll write a memo to the right people and see what we can do about making that happen.
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Well said, +Anthony KR. I'm totally with you on this one, man. You described it well; this expanding consciousness and increased awareness that we accept...or choose willful ignorance and ignore.

Ignorance may have some appeal but it's not satisfying like expanded awareness. I guess you could say ignorance tastes great but it's much less fulfilling. 

I like the idea of being one with everything there is. To truly have awareness that we're all connected, there is no real separation and there is nothing but freedom. It's hard to wrap my mind around but I can feel what it would be like capering about on the periphery of my mind. The proverbial fleeting glimpse (which, by the way, sounds like a small, elusive creature that would move so rapidly that sightings would be a rarity).

Thanks, Anthony, for sharing your thoughts and thanks to everybody for the continuing friendship here on the Plus. I dig you folks and am honored to call you friends.
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