For rising star Bryan McClure, most challenging role was in film not released yet

Mindhunter series Netflix promo screen
‘Mindhunter’ is in the top five on Netflix. (Netflix promo poster)

Ask an actor about his most challenging role, and most would select a box office topping film or popular TV or streaming series. Not Bryan McClure. For this actor, his most challenging role was in a film he said hasn’t “made it past the cutting room floor.” Considering some of the stars he’s acted alongside, that came as a surprise. He could’ve picked one for name drops. He didn’t. Continue reading “For rising star Bryan McClure, most challenging role was in film not released yet”

Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS

This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.
This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

I’ve long had concerns about privacy, sharing methods, and search histories on the Internet. While there have long been activists concerned about government spying, there are less concerns about Big Tech spying although in my opinion it’s widespread. Have you ever looked at the long URL that shows up in your browser if you follow a search result from a list returned by the biggest search engine on the Web?

Have you ever thought about data harvested when you ‘share’ an article via social media? If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should. Continue reading “Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS”

Coins with mint errors can be worth thousands—what’s in your quarters?

US coins Indie Art South picDo you ever really look at the change in your pocket? I don’t. I use it either to donate to various charity boxes at retailers or to offset getting more coins when I pay cash for something. I didn’t know that coins with mint errors could be in my purse, and I didn’t know they’re valuable. I came across an article about mint coin errors this morning, and I realized old coins are in many ways a work of art that can increase in value. Continue reading “Coins with mint errors can be worth thousands—what’s in your quarters?”

Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?

Hootie and the blowfish
Hootie and the Blowfish (photo: hootie.com)

Hootie and the Blowfish became a South Carolina legend, with the band achieving success on a level most musicians dream about. The band gave way to lead vocalist Darius Rucker’s solo career for awhile. Now they’re back with a second act and their forthcoming album “Imperfect Circle.” Continue reading “Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?”

New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca

(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia
(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies; photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia.

It’s been awhile since the last personal update about The Crazy Daysies, so there’s lots to report.

'Derelict' novel by Rebecca DayRebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson have had a chaotic year so far, and it doesn’t look like things will calm down anytime soon. Jenn and her husband David welcomed a new addition to their family, and there’s never a dull moment with a six-month-old and an almost four-year-old around. Good news came in this week as the sisters learned their music would be featured on another radio station. We finally have a publication date for Rebecca’s novel. And we’re packing bags for an exciting show in West Palm Beach. Continue reading “New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca”

‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise

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A student placed a message on Facebook creating an event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, reportedly just for fun. Fallout ensued, along with warnings from the US Government guaranteeing the government would protect assets, and now the same student has nixed his calls to storm the facility long associated with extraterrestrial and UFO conspiracies.

Instead, Matty Roberts is now proposing a music festival, with a focus on electronic dance music (EDM). Roberts apparently had a come-to-Jesus moment regarding public safety. Continue reading “‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise”

Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance

Oliver Cooper as David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam in Netflix's Mindhunter series.
Oliver Cooper depicted David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as Son of Sam, in the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’.

I’m famous in personal circles for rarely watching TV, but the Netflix series Mindhunter managed to capture my attention. Maybe it was because I was a young adult when horrendous crimes like those of Charles Manson’s ‘family’ occurred. Other reasons include some fine performances by the actors, and I have to say Oliver Cooper, who played the role of David Berkowitz known as ‘Son of Sam’, gave an exceptional performance. Berkowitz was the guy I found creepiest of all during the time he was at large, grabbing headlines on a daily basis. Continue reading “Oliver Cooper pulls off Son of Sam serial killer with exceptional performance”

J-Lo, other celebs jump on Acorns–could be option for indie artists

image of cash currency, Indie Art SouthJennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and other celebs have all invested in a new finance-tech company, and you can jump on it too, regardless of your wealth.

Acorns Grow isn’t your typical investment model—you don’t need $25,000 to buy in. As a matter of fact, you can do it with “spare change”, according to the Acorns website. The concept seems a good fit for struggling artists who aren’t able to tuck away large sums.

This really isn’t a brand new concept in every way, though. Continue reading “J-Lo, other celebs jump on Acorns–could be option for indie artists”

Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza

Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)
Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)

There’s an old adage, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and it’s a fitting description for the West Texas Film Festival based in Odessa.

While local film festivals sometimes span only a day or two, the 2019 festival stretches across three days, beginning November 21 and ending November 23. The good news for producers is there’s still time to send in your submissions, and there’s even a small tip about something special the organizers hope to see. Continue reading “Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza”

Nashville musician Yorlets’ band returns as controversy arises over murder suspects

Kyle Yorlets, Nashville musician was murdered in a robbery in February. (Photo from Facebook page: @Carverton)
Kyle Yorlets, Nashville musician was murdered during a robbery in February. (Photo from Facebook page: @Carverton)

Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets played in the band Carverton. Yorlets was one of the founders of the pop punk band, and it looked like things were going well for them until an encounter changed everything. Yorlets was murdered at his house in Nashville in February. His bandmates were grief stricken. They recently returned to performing, perhaps because there’s no better tribute to their bandmate than continuing the work he helped begin.

The murder suspects are currently moving through the justice system, and once their identities became public, to say everyone was shocked is an understatement. Now there’s a controversy only the courts can resolve. Continue reading “Nashville musician Yorlets’ band returns as controversy arises over murder suspects”