Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective

Texas capitol; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress Digital Collection
Photo of Texas capitol by Carol M. Highsmith, archived at US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

When I first saw the Tweet about Norway’s use of the word ‘texas’, I thought it was satire. I did some digging and found out it isn’t. It seems the good people of Norway have turned one of the largest states in the US into an adjective. In the US there’s an old saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Maybe that’s true because it looks like there are no other US states whose names have been turned into a modifier. Continue reading “Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective”

Enduring Dorian: Coffee, hurricane snacks, and Dave Chappelle

Promo for Chappelle 'Sticks and Stones'
Promotional image of Dave Chappelle from netflix.com

Here in North Florida, Hurricane Dorian drew our attention for a week. That storm had a hard time making up its mind. Once we saw what Dorian did to the Bahamas, we were saddened by the damage and we were concerned about possibilities here. I’ve been through a number of hurricanes in my life, and those experiences have led to a certain amount of knowledge about what to do and what not to do. Most of all, never panic, even if a hurricane comes ashore two weeks ahead of your baby’s due date and your husband is out of town.

We endured Dorian this week, and there were some activities that helped. Coffee topped the list. We have to have coffee because storms often come in the wee hours and disrupt sleep. We have to have snacks in case we lose power. We also like to have entertainment if we have power, and this hurricane’s honors go to Dave Chappelle for his special ‘Sticks and Stones.’ Continue reading “Enduring Dorian: Coffee, hurricane snacks, and Dave Chappelle”

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”

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”

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”

“Shelter” shared by S. Florida Country Music goes straight to IAS playlist

(Tour poster, Eleni Skiba and Jodi Gaines via @EleniSkibaMusic on Facebook)
(Tour poster, Eleni Skiba and Jodi Gaines via @EleniSkibaMusic on Facebook)

I’m building a Spotify playlist, Indie Art South Indie Selects. I’ve been wandering around Facebook and other sites in hopes of finding songs that stand out from the pack. My latest find is an original song titled “Shelter”. South Florida Country Music shared the song in a video featuring Jodi Gaines and Eleni Skiba. These talented musicians were new to me. Continue reading ““Shelter” shared by S. Florida Country Music goes straight to IAS playlist”

Ads zapped for latest bloody Blum film ‘The Hunt’ targeting a sector of voters

super moonNo one familiar with films Jason Blum is involved in will be surprised his latest film is dark and bloody. Horror is one of his favorite specialties. It seems, though, that Blum went a little too far this time, at least where advertising is concerned. One Web publication said “movie executives” pulled the ads for his film The Hunt. Why? The film script specifically talks about “slaughtering a dozen deplorables” for sport.

Have recent mass killings impacted decisions about violent films? Continue reading “Ads zapped for latest bloody Blum film ‘The Hunt’ targeting a sector of voters”

New Paradise Outlaw album ‘Shadows’ inspires you to “turn it up!”

Paradise Outlaw band members (L to R): Kevin Langeland (Guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (Drums), Kyle Gifford (Guitar), ColinTobin (Vocals), and John Johnson (Bass). (Photo used with permission)
Paradise Outlaw band members (L to R): Kevin Langeland (Guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (Drums), Kyle Gifford (Guitar), ColinTobin (Vocals), and John Johnson (Bass). (Photo used with permission)

Michigan based band Paradise Outlaw just released the new album Shadows, and the songs definitely live up to requests to “turn it up!” The originals are solid, with lyrics and score venturing into unexpected corners. Any songwriter who can couple ‘voodoo’ with ‘Cadillac’ in a successful work deserves a hat tip. Continue reading “New Paradise Outlaw album ‘Shadows’ inspires you to “turn it up!””