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Ben “The Blenster” Hibben
I'm a geek! :-)
I'm a geek! :-)


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Man +Cracked is knocking things out of the park lately; this shouldn't be necessary but sadly it is:

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I was born under a wandering star...

Today's song comes from one of my favorite musicals, Paint Your Wagon. Clint Eastwood sings in this movie but the song I chose for today, one of several moving songs from this musical, features Lee Marvin instead.

Mud can make you prisoner and the plains can bake you dry
Snow can burn your eyes but only people make you cry

His character is relatable to me in many ways; I have moved so many times in life that for me the change of scenery and people is not traumatic or bothersome; it's normal. So is the notion that people will let you down, unfortunately. Still I prefer to look at the bright side and try to make the world a better place.

How else is it going to get any better if we don't put some effort into it?

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I don't listen to a lot of country music, to be honest, aside from the classic stuff I got from my dad, but there are definitely some country songs I love and today is one of those entries.

This is such a beautiful song; I picked a version that shows the lyrics on screen:

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This is a good and necessary apology.

It should be no surprise to anyone who follows me that I am a huge fan of all Making and in growing the Maker Movement's diversity and inclusion. If you're not OK with that I suggest you go somewhere else on the internet.

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Hanging out with my dad in his shop; check out the file work on these letter openers he's working on:
3 Photos - View album

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I'm a little surprised I haven't already posted today's song to this collection; Tubular Bells is one of my favorite tracks and a testament to the musical genius of Mike Oldfield.

As you listen to this amazing song there are a couple of interesting facts I'd like you to keep in mind:

Mike Oldfield was only 19 when he recorded this in 1973, playing most of these instruments himself.

Yeah, you read that right, some 19 year old kid played all these instruments and over-dubbed them in analog.

This album was one of the first ones that a little company called Virgin Records released, launching that record label (three albums were released at once, this one being given the first spot).

It's a fascinating story and you can read more about the production of this over on wikipedia:

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I am fascinated by Emergence Phenomena; here's a handy video talking about what it is:

I have been wanting to work on a book about this idea for ages but I can't afford it.

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The amount of improvement in robotic movement controls is hard to put into words so here, take a look at this:

Way to go Boston Dynamics! Amazing work.

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Another song from my dad (+Daryl Hibben), one of many Marty Robbins songs I love:

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I don't put too much dubstep into this project but this song deserves to be here; I love it.

I love the power of the music and the bass.

I hope you listen to it and feel stronger.
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