Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Smashing Pumpkins : The Aeroplane Flies High - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect

 This is a new one to me but I’m thrilled just to have it, if it’s anything like the review says then I’d say I got lucky with this one. Time will tell. -=Chris=-

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Aeroplane Flies High



All Music Guide Review

The Aeroplane Flies High contains all five singles -- "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Zero," "Tonight, Tonight," "Thirty-Three" -- from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in a box set shaped like a 45 single carrying case from the '60s. Though the set contains all of the B-sides from the five singles, the running order isn't quite the same as the original releases; for example, in its original release, "Butterfly Wings" only had two B-sides, but it is augmented for covers of new wave artists like the Cars, Blondie, and Missing Persons. In total, the box set has more songs than Mellon Collie, and, by and large, the quality of the music is quite strong. Occasionally, Billy Corgan's prolificacy gets the better of him; there are a number of songs where his reach exceeds his grasp, and he doesn't quite come up with an engaging melody to match his detailed production. At other times, his musical experimentations catch hold, such as when he delves into jazz or orchestrated pop. Still, all of these pleasures are ones that are only of interest to dedicated Smashing Pumpkins fans who already know Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness inside and out. A casual fan will have a hard time sorting out the wheat from the chafe on The Aeroplane Flies High, but that work will be a pleasure for the diehards. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Wacky moments in the Inland area | Inland News | | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

I would love to have found a piece of that and not needed the money. -=Chris=- 

3 The pig that got away.

A giant pig the size of a school bus was a prop during Roger Waters' set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in April.

The spray-painted pig "got loose" during the ex-Pink Floyd member's performance of "Pigs" and afterward festival organizers offered a $10,000 reward for its return.

Two couples in a gated La Quinta community found pieces of the prop around their homes -- because they could use the money.

Wacky moments in the Inland area | Inland News | | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California - The Machine

Anybody heard anything by this band? Based on what I’ve read here I am intrigued.  -=Chris=-

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY - The Machine, known as "America's premier Pink Floyd experience" will headline Sugarloaf's first Bud Light Concert Series event of the season Saturday, Jan. 10.
A New York-based band, The Machine is known for recreating Pink Floyd songs and performances with extraordinary accuracy. The band performs a diverse mix of Pink Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, including well-known hits and obscure live cuts.
The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling and even rivaling that of an early 1970s Pink Floyd mentality. The band's use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980s. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of its show, for accepting requests from fans and for taking an A-to-Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has shared the stage with full symphony orchestras, enhancing and expanding the sonic depth of Pink Floyd. - The Machine

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Last-minute ideas for musical gifts - Concerts, Events, Food, Movies and Entertainment News for Central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Hershey, York, Lancaster -


MICHAEL FERNANDEZ, The Patriot-News/2008 Rush drummer Neil Peart performs "Limelight" with singer Geddy Lee on the screen at Hersheypark Stadium.

Last-minute ideas for musical gifts - Concerts, Events, Food, Movies and Entertainment News for Central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Hershey, York, Lancaster -

Bad weather delays frustrate holiday travelers - News-

I had planned to drive home to Chatt. today.

Bad weather delays frustrate holiday travelers

Hundreds remain stranded in airports, bus stations across the West

Image: The Stone family stranded in Los Angeles

Damian Dovarganes / AP

Don Stone, his wife, Colleen, left and their daughter Katie, 18, from Springfield, Ill., rest at a coffee shop in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday as they attempt to reach Seattle for the holidays.

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Spaceship’s carrier makes first flight


Virgin Galactic's twin-fuselage White Knight Two carrier airplane takes to the air for the first time on Sunday after weeks of taxi tests. The plane will serve as the mothership for the SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket plane. A carrier aircraft designed to be the first stage of a commercial spaceline system made its maiden test flight Sunday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Discovery indicates Mars was habitable


A close-up view of the eroded terrain in Nili Fossae using a CRISM infrared image to colorize a high-resolution HiRISE camera image. Beneath a rough-textured capping rock unit (purple) are banded olivine-bearing layers (yellow) which in some places have been partially altered to carbonate (bright green).Evidence of a key mineral on Mars has been found at several locations on the planet's surface, suggesting that any microbial life that might have been there back when the planet was wetter could have lived comfortably.

Four types of habitable planets proposed


The origin of life and the habitability of worlds other than Earth are two of the biggest mysteries facing science today. Much research has been dedicated to these topics, but there is still a lack of definite answers.

Bitter cold, winds chill Midwest - Weather-

It’s no warmer in Springfield…

Bitter cold, high winds chill Midwest

Icy weather forecast for Monday morning, the 1st full day of winter season

Image: Pedestrians in Chicago freeze

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Pedestrians brace themselves from a fierce wind and temperatures hovering around zero in Chicago on Sunday.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mysterious dark energy demystified


This illustration shows snapshots from a simulation by Volker Springel, representing the growth of cosmic structure when the universe was 900 million, 3.2 billion and 13.7 billion years old (now). The simulation shows how the universe has evolved from a smooth state to one containing a vast amount of structure. Gas is shown in these snapshots, where the yellow regions are stars and the brightest structures are galaxies and galaxy clusters.Billions of years ago, the universe was crowded with tight-knit clusters of galaxies. Then, a party crasher got the upper hand. This mysterious force now called dark energy has since been expanding the universe at an increasing pace.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

The Yawn Explained: It Cools Your Brain : Discovery News


The Yawn Explained: It Cools Your Brain

Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News


Cooling Off | Discovery News Video

Dec. 15, 2008 -- If your head is overheated, there's a good chance you'll yawn soon, according to a new study that found the primary purpose of yawning is to control brain temperature.

The finding solves several mysteries about yawning, such as why it's most commonly done just before and after sleeping, why certain diseases lead to excessive yawning, and why breathing through the nose and cooling off the forehead often stop yawning.

The key yawn instigator appears to be brain temperature.

"Brains are like computers," Andrew Gallup, a researcher in the Department of Biology at Binghamton University who led the study, told Discovery News. "They operate most efficiently when cool, and physical adaptations have evolved to allow maximum cooling of the brain."

The Yawn Explained: It Cools Your Brain : Discovery News

Blogger pleads guilty to G N' R leak



Blogger pleads guilty to G N' R leak
Blogger pleads guilty to leaking bulk of Guns N' Roses album 'Chinese Democracy'

First-Ever Photo of Liquid on Extraterrestrial World | Wired Science from


First-Ever Photo of Liquid on Extraterrestrial World

By Wired Science EmailDecember 15, 2008 | 1:31:31 PMCategories: Space

Wiredtitan2_2 The Huygens probe has captured an image of what may be the first drop of liquid ever observed on an extraterrestrial surface.

The snap is important evidence that liquids may exist on the surface of other planets and moons, not just frozen lakes. And liquid is more likely habitat for extraterrestrial life.

Among the pictures snapped by the Huygens probe after landing on Saturn's moon Titan in 2005, one appears to show a dewdrop made of methane that briefly formed on the edge of the probe itself (indicated by arrow at bottom of image on right). Scientists think heat from the probe caused humid air to rise and condense on the cold edge of the craft.

Though Huygens may have helped produce it, the methane drop is still the first liquid directly detected at a surface anywhere beyond Earth.

Like Earth, Titan has clouds, lakes and river channels, and it may be the only other place in the solar system where liquid evaporates from the surface and returns as rain. "Aside from Earth, it's the most exciting world there is," said lead author Erich Karkoschka of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

The Cassini space probe, which took data from above the moon after separating from the Huygens lander, detected what scientists believe are lakes of liquid methane on Titan's surface. Microbes that eat methane thrive on Earth, and scientists think pools of methane could be comfortable homes for similar organisms on Titan.

Because Titan's current atmosphere is a lot like the early Earth's, the lakes could be a lab for studying the origins and early evolution of life.

Astronomers have speculated since they found methane in the atmosphere in 1983 about whether the moon's methane rain falls in violent thunderstorms, light drizzles or some other form. So far, no one has caught it on camera.

The hundreds of images snapped by Huygens, from the time it hit the atmosphere until its power ran out an hour after it landed, revealed only faint, wispy clouds that looked nothing like rain clouds, Karkoschka said.

None of the images showed evidence that it had rained during the previous few years, according to an analysis to be published in the journal Icarus. And some images suggested that Titan’s lower atmosphere was full of small dust particles, which would have been cleared out by rain.

But the scientists noticed light splotches in some of the pictures that hadn't been there moments before. Some of them had spots that initially looked like raindrops because of their uniform size and smooth edges, but analysis showed they were most likely electronic imprints created by cosmic rays.

However, Karkoschka said, "One of those spots was so big that it really cannot be a cosmic ray." He concluded that it was a real, short-lived dewdrop, so close to the camera that it must have condensed on a cold metal shield designed to protect the camera lens from direct sunlight.

Robert West, a planetary scientist at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, thinks the dewdrop is "a cute observation," but he's more interested in the lack of rainfall. "There are reports in the literature that concluded there is a drizzle going on near the surface," he said. "The fact that Huygens didn’t find anything is significant."

                                                                                                                               — Lisa Grossman for

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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The Tale of Despereaux (2008) - Photos - MSN Movies

In Focus: Paul McCartney - MSN Music

Report: McCartney says he's the political Beatle - MSN Music News


Report: McCartney says he's the political Beatle

Dec. 14, 2008, 8:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) -- Paul McCartney claims that he was the real politicized figure in The Beatles, not John Lennon, according to an interview published Sunday.


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McCartney was quoted as saying it was he who first raised concerns over the Vietnam war within the group and advocated their anti-war stance.

Fans have long regarded Lennon, who wrote songs such as "Revolution" and — in later years — "Give Peace a Chance," as the group's authentic political voice.

But McCartney claimed that his meeting with philosopher Bertrand Russell in the mid-1960s sparked his own — and eventually Lennon's — curiosity about world affairs.

Following his talk with Russell, McCartney said he told "the guys, particularly John (Lennon), about this meeting and saying what a bad war this was," The Sunday Times quoted McCartney as saying in the interview.

The newspaper said McCartney was interviewed in Britain's Prospect magazine, which is published on Wednesday. McCartney's publicist Stuart Bell was not immediately available to confirm the comments.

According to the newspaper, McCartney said he believes his stance has inspired the work against African poverty carried out in recent years by Bob Geldof and U2's Bono.

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Star Trek (2009) - Overview - MSN Movies


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Synopsis: Mission: Impossible III director and Alias creator J.J. Abrams resurrects the classic science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry with this feature film that embraces the rich history of the influential television and film series while also exploring some uncharted territory. Heroes star Zachary Quinto assumes the role of the Federation Starfleet lieutenant and Vulcan made famous in the original series by Leonard Nimoy (who also appears in an older incarnation of his original role), Spock, ... Full Synopsis

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Hollywood remakes an alien

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A crowd gathers around the "Central Park Sphere" in a scene from "The Day the
Earth Stood Still," a remake of the classic 1951 movie about alien visitation.

Although the modern-day reincarnation of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" may not rise to the classic status of the 57-year-old original, it fortifies the science fiction with some fresh science facts....(read more)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Doors - Live At The Matrix

Artist:   The Doors
Title:    Live At The Matrix
Label:    Rhino
Genre:    Rock
Bitrate:  188kbit av.
Time:     02:04:45
Size:     178.78 mb
Rip Date: 2008-10-22
Str Date: 2008-11-18


1.  Break On Through (To The Other Side)                 3:47
2.  Soul Kitchen                                         5:51
3.  Money                                                3:06
4.  The Crystal Ship                                     2:50
5.  Twentieth Century Fox                                2:53
6.  I'm A King Bee                                       3:48
7.  Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)                            3:16
8.  Summer's Almost Gone                                 3:46
9.  Light My Fire                                        8:14
10. Get Out Of My Life, Woman                            3:58
11. Back Door Man                                        5:14
12. Who Do You Love                                      4:46
13. The End                                             13:54


1.  Unhappy Girl                                         3:56
2.  Moonlight Drive                                      5:39
3.  The Woman Is A Devil / Rock Me                       8:08
4.  People Are Strange                                   2:14
5.  Close To You                                         2:56
6.  My Eyes Have Seen You                                2:56
7.  Crawling King Snake                                  5:10
8.  I Can See Your Face In My Mind                       3:07
9.  Summertime                                           8:29
10. When The Music's Over                               11:11
11. Gloria                                               5:36

Release Notes:

"It was early 1967, and The Doors were about to enter the
consciousness of the nation. And this is the way it sounded."

How cool would it have been to be there? Just hanging out at
the Matrix Club in San Francisco in the spring of 1967. Only a
handful of people showed up, so the unknown band onstage used
the time to explore new arrangements and jam on a few blues
favorites. Who knew that within weeks their single "Light My
Fire" would explode to the top of the charts in the Summer of
Love. Up until now, the only way to experience the shows were
through some sonically challenged bootlegs or through stories
passed down by the lucky few who witnessed it.

But that's all changed with the release of this set. Now you
can hear it all - fully restored and painstakingly produced by
longtime Doors engineer/producer Bruce Botnick who notes,
"This is likely the closest we've come to a true document of
The Doors without constraints."

It's loaded with over 2 hours of performances from Jim
Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger as
they cut loose with many of the songs from their debut
release, including 'Soul Kitchen," "Alabama Song (Whisky
Bar)," and their first single, "Break On Through (To The Other
Side)." Along with those originals, the band indulges in its
love of the blues with Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," and
Allen Toussaint's "Get Out Of My Life, Woman," which has never
appeared on any previous Doors albums. It's also a glimpse
into the band mapping out its future, with much of the second
disc exploring early versions of several songs from later
albums: "Crawling King Snake" (LA Woman), "Summer's Almost
Gone" (Waiting For The Sun), and nearly half the songs from
The Doors' second album, Strange Days.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ice storm leaves 1 million without power - Weather-


Ice storm cuts power to more than 1 million

'It's pretty ugly,' N.H. man says as storm socks New England, upstate N.Y.

Image: Icy tree

Residents across the Northeast, including this man in Worcester, Mass., tried to clean up after the ice storm overnight.

Ice storm leaves 1 million without power - Weather-

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Orgone Energy - Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Accumulator

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Warning - misuse of the Orgone Accumulator may lead to symptoms of orgone overdose. Leave the vicinity of the accumulator and call the 'Doctor' immediately!"

That would be the controversial Doctor Wilhelm Reich, father of orgone energy (also known as chi or life-energy) and the science of orgonomy. Wilhelm Reich developed a metal-lined device named the Orgone Accumulator, believing that the box trapped orgone energy that he could harness in groundbreaking approaches towards psychiatry, medicine, the social sciences, biology and weather research.

Orgone Energy
Wilhelm Reich's discovery of orgone began with his research of a physical bio-energy basis for Sigmund Freud's theories of neurosis in humans. Wilhelm Reich believed that traumatic experiences blocked the natural flow of life-energy in the body, leading to physical and mental disease. Wilhelm Reich concluded that the libidinal-energy that Freud discussed was the primordial-energy of life itself, connected to more than just sexuality. Orgone was everywhere and Reich measured this energy-in-motion over the surface of the earth. He even determined that its motion affected weather formation.

Orgone Energy - Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Accumulator

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Fingerprints Can Reveal Drug Use, Medical History : Discovery News


Eric Bland, Discovery News

Packed With Info

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Dec. 10, 2008 -- A careless touch could be all police or insurance companies need to determine not only your identity, but also your past drug use, if you've fired a gun or handled explosives, even specific medical conditions.

"A fingerprint is only good to identify a criminal if you already have their fingerprint on file," said David Russell, a professor at the University of East Anglia, who, along with Pompi Hazarika, helped developed the new technique, reported in the German journal, Angewandte Chemie. "This will give police new tools to help discover that identity."

For decades forensic scientists have dusted fingerprints with magnetic particles to reveal the hidden swirls and curls that differentiate each person on the planet. The iron oxide particles attach themselves to the tiny bits of water, minerals, and oils that accumulate on the fingers as they touch various objects and other parts of the body.

The new technique attaches the iron oxide particles to antibodies and suspends them both in a liquid solution, which is then drizzled over a fingerprint. If the chemical that a specific antibody targets is present, the molecules latch onto it and glow.

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So far the scientists can detect five different drugs: THC (marijuana), cocaine, nicotine, methadone and a derivative of methadone. Other drugs, particularly opium-based drugs like heroine or morphine, should also be detectable, since antibodies already exist for them as well.

Drugs aren't the only chemicals the new tests could detect. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions produce specific chemicals also secreted in sweat and oil. By tweaking the antibodies on the particles, forensic scientists could test for a variety of medical conditions. This could help police track down a suspect by, say, watching the local kidney dialysis clinic if the suspect has kidney failure.

On the other side, prosecutors could also use additional fingerprint information to convict criminals, or defenders could use it to help keep clients out of jail. If a fingerprint has the antibodies for, say, a genetic disease that a client doesn't have, a defender could use that information to raise doubts about the prosecutor's case.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rush statue

A couple of months ago I mentioned that Knucklebonz - an online company specializing in realistic hi-end sculptures of various rock musicians - would be creating their first statue based on album art; a limited edition Rush Starman statue. The statue was just recently made available for purchase. Only 3000 will be created and limited quantities will be available for the 2008 holiday season. The figure stands approximately 9" tall and is painted in a hi-gloss silver paint in front of the red/black star to deliver a 3D version of the iconic Rush logo. You can check out several high-res pics of the product at this link. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and is officially licensed through Rush and Anthem Entertainment. You can order yours here. Thanks to Metal Tim for the heads up.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

WRCB Channel 3 Chattanooga News, Weather | Police Investigating Early Morning Fire in East Ridge

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A fire broke out at an East Ridge residence around 4:18 a.m. Saturday on Altamira Drive. When firefighters arrived there was heavy smoke and fire emitting from the residence.

Police said initial reports were that the structure may be occupied, so firefighters established an interior attack of the fire. After a search of the residence, it was determined the resident had made it out safely.

East Ridge Fire/Arson investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Damage has been estimated at $60,000.

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