Monday, September 8, 2014

Lyrics: Soja - When We Were Younger

Soja When We Were Younger Song Lyrics

Lyrics: Soja - When We Were Younger

"When We Were Younger"

I never really got why we're here
Just look at all we build in our lives and we all disappear
A few of us are born with so much
While most of us just chasing down a dream that we just can't touch
So why we try so hard in this place?
When pain and suffering is a guarantee and happiness is a phase
I wonder if one day we're at peace
Or will this whole world just become like the middle east?

But when I was younger, when I was younger
I had the answers, I've got to say
But all of my answers, now that I'm older
Turned into questions, in front of me

I wonder where we go when we die
If there is anything past our lost sun and our sky?
Cuz airports only take us so high
Is it hidden in the stars?
What's the answer to your soul lying?
I wonder do we get to come back
I wonder if I will remember these questions I've asked
Or will I just star over again?
I hope it's not too hard to find all of my old friends.

But when we were younger, when we were younger
I had the answers, I've got to say
But all of my answers, now that we're older
Turned into questions, in front of me

But when we were younger, when we were younger
I had the answers, I've got to say
But all of my answers, now that we're older
Turned into questions, in front of me

I wonder if we get one true love
Or maybe there's a few out there
Or maybe not even one
I wonder if it's made up by man
I wonder if love is what we make with our own two hands
I wonder why I write all these songs
I wonder if you know what you're saying when you sing along
And will you know my name when I'm gone?
Or are you just too sick of these love songs?

But when we were younger, when we were younger
I had the answers, I've got to say
But all of my answers, now that I'm older
Turned into questions, in front of me

But when we were younger, when we were younger
I had the answers, I've got to say
But all of my answers, now that I'm older
Just turned into questions, right in front of me
Right in front of me, in front of me
Everything changes in front of me

Artist: SOJA
 Album: Strength To Survive
Released: 2012


Meteorite Impacts Capital of Nicaragua Creates 40 Foot Crater

Meteorite Impacts Capital of Nicaragua Creates 40 Foot Crater

Meteorite Impacts Capital of Nicaragua Creates 40 Foot Crater

Meteor Leaves 40-Foot Crater Near Managua's Airport

There was an unexpected crash landing near the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital over the weekend, but luckily no one was hurt: A small meteor, thought to have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid, left a 40-foot-wide crater. [1]

The meteorite — which experts say may have disintegrated on impact — smashed through a wooded area outside the airport in Managua, leaving a 16-foot-deep hole. [1]

Jorge Santamaria, a resident in the area of the impact, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying:
"I was sitting on my porch and I saw nothing, then all of a sudden I heard a large blast. We thought it was a bomb because we felt an expansive wave."

Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo,
was quoted by The Associated Press as saying:
"appears to have come off an asteroid that was passing close to Earth."

Nicaragua News:
Managua: A mysterious late-night blast in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua that left a crater 12 metres wide was most likely caused by a meteorite, government scientists say.

English: Nicaraguan Institute of Earth Studies (INETER) quoted by the BBC as saying:
"All the evidence that we've confirmed at the site corresponds exactly with a meteorite and not with any other type of event," 
"We have the seismic register which coincides with the time of impact, and the typical characteristic that it produces a cone in the place of impact." 
"We need to celebrate the fact that it fell in an area where, thank God, it didn't cause any danger to the population."

REF [1] - Meteor Leaves 40-Foot Crater Near Managua's Airport - SCOTT NEUMAN
REF [2] - Meteorite Impacts In Nicaragua’s capital  - Images Above

September 8-9 2014 - Super Harvest Moon

Super Harvest Moon lights up the night of September 8-9
Source: [1]
Spring tides generally maximize the difference between high and low tide a few days after new moon and full moon. Meanwhile, neap tides usually minimize the difference between high and low tide a few days after the first and last quarter moons. For more, read Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun
image courtesy  of [1]

Simply stated, the Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls the closest to autumnal equinox. So the full moon that comes tonight – on September 8-9, 2014 – is the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon. This year’s Harvest Moon qualifies as a supermoon because the moon turns full less than one day after reaching lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for the month. Look for this full moon to usher in a wide-ranging spring tides along the ocean coastlines for the next several days, whereby the high tides climb extra high and the low tides fall exceptionally low.

In 2014, the September full moon narrowly beats out the October full moon for the honor of being the Harvest Moon. Had the September and October full moons occurred 16 hours earlier this year, the October 2014 full moon would have claimed the Harvest Moon title. The last October Harvest Moon was October 4, 2009, and will next occur on October 5, 2017.

In 2014, the moon reaches the crest of its full phase on September 9 at 1:38 Universal Time. Astronomers define full moon as that instant when the moon lies most directly opposite the sun for the month.

Although the full moon happens at the same instant worldwide, it also occurs at all hours around the clock, depending upon one’s time zone. For instance, for the time zones in the continental U.S., the full Harvest Moon will arrive on September 8, at precisely 9:38 p.m. EDT, 8:38 p.m. CDT, 7:38 p.m. MDT or 6:38 p.m. PDT. For much of North America, the moon will turn precisely full on the evening of September 8. (See worldwide map below.) But no matter where you live worldwide, you’ll see a full-looking moon lighting up the night tonight from dusk till dawn. [1]

Supermoon Dates 2014: Date and Peak Time for Last Super Moon This Year
Source: [2]

The last supermoon of 2014 is set to rise on Tuesday, September 9. It will be the fifth supermoon of this year. The moon will rise above the eastern horizon after sunset and will set at sunrise in the west–these are times when the best pictures can be snapped.

The term came from astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago, and is only now coming into popular usage, according to EarthSky.

Nolle said a supermoon is

“a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

NASA notes that the scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon.” [2]

REF [1] - Super Harvest Moon lights up the night
REF [2] theepochtimes -  Supermoon Dates 2014 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The 1883 “Racketeer” Nickel

The 1883 “Racketeer” Nickel

The 1883 “Racketeer” Nickel In 1883 the Mint issued a new 5c coin with the head of Liberty and a Roman “V” meaning “5″ on the reverse. Many people thought that the coin was an error since in didn’t have “cents” anywhere on the coin.

The lack of the word cents created an opportunity for the unscrupulous. The coins were gold plated and reeds were cut into the edge by hand (nickels have a plain edge) and they were passed off as $5 gold coins.1883-racketeer-nickel

The most famous criminal case about altered 5 cent coins involved a deaf mute named Josh Tatum. He would go to cigar stands and purchase a 5c cigar and pay with a gold plated, hand reeded nickel. The attendant would assume that it was a $5 gold piece and give Josh $4.95 change. He was acquitted since he never said that the coin was $5, he couldn’t. The Mint learned its lesson and later that year put the word “cents” at the bottom of the reverse.

Some of these “Racketeer” nickels survive today and are interesting to collectors. Over the last century, there are many nickels that have been gilt and passed off as the “real” thing so beware of “copies”. Its not easy to ascertain whether you have a “genuine” racketeer nickel as they are all altered coins tampered with outside the Mint. Generally, the ones used in 1883 have some or all of the gilt rubbed off and have a very carefully reeded edge.

This information is complied/referenced data from around the web. Linked references within.
Years Minted:1883-1913
Mint Marks:NONE (P), D, S
Obverse Design:Liberty, wearing a coronet and wreath
Obverse Designer:CHARLES BARBER
Reverse Design:Roman numeral V, for 5, indicating the denomination, surrounded by a wreath
Reverse Designer:CHARLES BARBER
The Liberty Head nickel, sometimes referred to as the V nickel because of its reverse (or tails) design, is an American five-cent piece. It was struck for circulation from 1883 until 1912, with at least five pieces being surreptitiously struck dated 1913.

The original copper–nickel five-cent piece, the Shield nickel, had longstanding production problems, and in the early 1880s, the United States Mint was looking to replace it. Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber was instructed to prepare designs for proposed one-, three-, and five-cent pieces, which were to bear similar designs. Only the new five-cent piece was approved, and went into production in 1883. For almost thirty years large quantities of coin of this design were produced to meet commercial demand, especially as coin-operated machines became increasingly popular.

Beginning in 1911, the Mint began work to replace the Liberty head design, and a new design, which became known as the Buffalo nickel, went into production in February 1913. Although no 1913 Liberty head nickels were officially struck, five are known to exist. While it is uncertain how these pieces originated, they have come to be among the most expensive coins in the world, with one selling in 2010 for $3,737,500.

History courtesy of Liberty Coin Collector Society
Chester Alan Arthur was in the White House, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was napping in a nursery in Hyde Park, New York. FDR, after all, was only one year old at the time. Horse-drawn carriages ruled the roads and in New York City, they also reigned supreme on the just-completed Brooklyn Bridge.

The year was 1883, and one year after FDR's arrival in that nursery, the United States Mint was busy giving birth to a "baby" of its own: the Liberty Head five-cent piece.

The father of the new coin was A. Loudon Snowden, Superintendent of the Philadelphia Mint. Snowden believed that the nation's three minor coins, the cent, three-cent piece and five-cent piece, should be uniform in design and metallic composition. In 1881 he directed Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber to prepare suitable sketches for these denominations, with all three to feature a classical head of Liberty.

Barber completed the task late that year, and trial strikes were made of the three coins. All were very simple in design, with the Liberty head on the obverse and a Roman numeralI, III or Von the reverse within a wreath, signifying values of one, three and five cents, respectively. All were struck in copper-nickel, the same alloy being used already in the three-cent piece and the Shield nickel.

It soon became apparent that Congress would oppose a change in composition for the cent, which was made of bronze. Furthermore, the Treasury would not permit a design change for the three-cent piece. That left only the five-cent piece, and Snowden and Barber concentrated on overhauling it.

The Shield nickel, introduced in 1866, was the first base-metal five-cent piece in U.S. history; up to then, the half dime, a small silver coin, had filled the nation's need for that denomination. Though reasonably well accepted, the Shield nickel was hardly untouchable; its stark, bland design made it a prime candidate for remodeling. And its newness didn't protect it from replacement: At that time, there wasn't yet a federal law establishing a minimum life expectancy for U.S. coin designs.

Snowden admired Barber's new design, and he also welcomed the change because it gave him a chance to increase the diameter (and thus reduce the thickness) of the nickel. He believed that this would lengthen die life dramatically. Snowden proudly unveiled the Liberty Head nickel at a special ceremony on Jan. 30, 1883. Dignitaries attended and souvenirs of the first strikes were distributed to the guests. Regular coinage began later that weekthen suddenly, the celebrating stopped.

The first "V nickels" had barely left the Mint when appalled officials found a fundamental flaw in their design: Barber had omitted the word CENTS. His oversight soon created a crisis for Uncle Sam: Confidence artists were plating the nickels with gold and passing them off to unsuspecting merchants as $5 gold pieces. They were, after all, virtually the same size as half eagles. As brand new coins, they were still unfamiliar to the public, and they lacked any statement of value beyond the letter V, which, of course, could represent either five cents or five dollars.

Barber quickly prepared a new design, this time placing CENTS in big, bold letters below the V. By then, however, the Mint had struck nearly 5 1/2 million of the so-called "Type 1" nickels, and many had been gold-plated and passed. Even today, it isn't uncommon to find these "racketeer nickels" in hoards and collections. Their value as collector's items is small, but they hold great appeal as historical curiosities. By the end of 1883, the Mint had produced more than 16 million nickels with CENTS on the reverse, but the "no CENTS" variety is far more common today in choice condition. Many people set examples aside, mistakenly believing that having been replaced, these would someday be rare.

Following all the drama surrounding its introduction, the Liberty Head nickel settled down to a sedate existence and one more befitting its role as a coin of the realm in the late Victorian era. There were no further changes in its simple, straightforward design, and for all but the final year, there were no branch-mint issues to complicate matters, either; the Philadelphia Mint produced the entire mintage except in 1912, when Denver and San Francisco struck the coin as well in its last official appearance. (The mint mark appears to the left of the word CENTS on the reverse).

There are low-mintage issuesnotably 1885, 1886 and 1912-Sbut there are no great rarities; 1912-S, at 238,000, is the only coin with a mintage below a million. At the other extreme, not one V nickel topped the 40-million mark; 1911 is the highest with just over 39.5 million.

In 1913, the Liberty Head design gave way to the Buffalo type. No Liberty nickels were made that year officially, but years later collectors were stunned to learn that five 1913 examples had surfaced, all of them apparently made on the sly by someone at the Philadelphia Mint. Despite their clouded origins, these came to be accepted as legitimate collectibles, and they now rank among the most coveted and valuable of all U.S. coins.

Although it covers 30 years, the Liberty nickel series makes for a compact and completeable set, largely because of the all-but-total lack of branch-mint issues. For that reason, it's widely collected by date and mint, though many do collect it simply by type. Proofs were made in every year, always in the thousands, a high level for that period.

Because of their low relief, V nickels are generally well struck and are readily available in very high grades. Points to check for wear are the hair above Liberty's ear and the wreath and corn ears on the reverse.

Controversy marked both the birth and the demise of the Liberty Head nickel. There's no disputing one thing, though: This is a coin with exceptional appeal for collectors.

REF: Wiki 'no marks'
REF**: Liberty Head Nickel Collector Society

If your looking for more information
Liberty Head Nickel Collector Society
has a great collection of data.

Some of this historical information is provided complements of NGC (Numismatic Guarantee Corporation). NGC is the "grading service of choice" of the ANA (American Numismatic Association), the largest collector oriented organization in the United States. NGC is one of the two largest independent grading services. NGC has been grading coins since 1987, and have graded in excess of two and one half million coins.

Year & Mint Mintage Proof Mintage
1883 No CENTS 5,474,300 5,219
1883 With CENTS 16,026,200 6,783
Year Mintage Proof Mintage
1884 11,270,000 * 3,942
1885 1,473,300 * 3,790
1886 3,326,000 * 4,290
1887 15,260,692 * 2,960
1888 10,715,901 * 4,582
1889 15,878,025 * 3,336
1890 16,256,532 * 2,740
1891 16,832,000 * 2,350
1892 11,696,897 * 2,745
1893 13,368,000 * 2,195
1894 5,410,500 * 2,632
1895 9,977,822 * 2,062
1896 8,841,048 * 1,862
1897 20,426,797 * 1,938
1898 12,530,292 * 1,795
1899 26,027,000 * 2,031
1900 27,253,733 * 2,262
1901 26,478,228 * 1,985
1902 31,487,581 * 2,018
1903 28,004,930 * 1,790
1904 21,403,167 * 1,817
1905 29,825,124 * 2,152
1906 38,612,000 * 1,725
1907 39,213,325 * 1,475
1908 22,684,557 * 1,620
1909 11,585,763 * 4,763
1910 30,166,948 * 2,405
1911 39,557,639 * 1,733
1912 26,234,569 * 2,145
1912-D 8,474,000 * 0
1912-S 238,000 * 0
1913 0 * 5 known
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Lyrics: Arctic Monkeys - Knee Socks

 Arctic Monkeys Knee Socks Song Lyrics

"Knee Socks"

You got the lights on in the afternoon
And the nights are drawn out long
And you're kissing to cut through the gloom
With a cough drop coloured tongue
And you were sitting in the corner with the coats all piled high
And I thought you might be mine
In a small world on an exceptionally rainy Tuesday night
In the right place and time

When the zeros line up on the 24 hour clock
When you know who's calling even though the number is blocked
When you walked around your house wearing my sky blue Lacoste
And your knee socks

Well you cured my January blues
Yeah you made it all alright
I got a feeling I might have lit the very fuse
That you were trying not to light
You were a stranger in my phonebook I was acting like I knew
'Cause I had nothing to lose
When the winter's in full swing and your dreams just aren't coming true
Ain't it funny what you'll do

When the zeros line up on the 24 hour clock
When you know who's calling even though the number is blocked
When you walked around your house wearing my sky blue Lacoste
And your knee socks

The late afternoon
The ghost in your room that you always thought didn't approve of you knocking boots
Never stopped you letting me get hold of the sweet spot by the scruff of your
Knee socks

You and me could have been a team
Each had a half of a king and queen seat
Like the beginning of Mean Streets
You could Be My Baby
You could Be My Baby
You could Be My Baby
You could Be My Baby

(All the zeros lined up but the number's blocked when you've come undone)

When the zeros line up on the 24 hour clock
When you know who's calling even though the number is blocked
When you walked around your house wearing my sky blue Lacoste
And your knee socks
And your knee socks

Artist: Arctic Monkeys
 Album: AM
Released: 2013

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Joe Fenton - Surreal Monochrome Artist

Joseph Simon Bramley-Fenton (Joe Fenton)

Joseph Simon Bramley-Fenton (born 17 December 1971 in Hampstead, London) is an English artist, designer, sculptor and illustrator, who works in monochrome using graphite, ink and acrylics on paper. He has worked on a number of feature films as a concept designer and sculptor, including "The Brothers Grimm (film)" directed by Terry Gilliam and "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" directed by Garth Jennings. Fenton's intricate drawings can be found in art galleries, corporate and private collections around the world.

Fenton became internationally-known through his first large scale drawing rendered in graphite, acrylics, gouache, and ink, called Solitude. Completed in 2011, Solitude took over 10 months to produce, with its size being approximately 8 feet wide and 5.5 feet high.[1]

Joe Fenton on facing his fears and finding his inspiration.

Source:  Clarissa Widya 

In your artist statement, you say that your current work “seems to spring from the fear of death and the need to distance yourself from it.” So what’s your particular attraction to fear? And also to death?
Control is a fear-based emotion.  On the one hand, I think my attraction to death and my desire to try and understand it comes from a need to have some control over my life. But I am also painfully aware that this is a futile exercise. I also believe that it’s only when you can fully embrace death, will it be that you can truly embrace all that life has to offer as the two are inseparable. I have hope that I may eventually find some peace and understanding with the subject of my demise along my journey. My fear is that I won’t. [2]
There are also quite a few religious references in your work – is this more of a stylistic choice or a thematic one?  How does that connect to your thematic choices of fear and death?
There is definitely religious symbolism that runs throughout my work,  I am both mocking religion and at the same time embracing certain aspects of it’s spiritual teachings. [2]
Do you believe in an afterlife or a resurrection of some sort? Perhaps in an Eastern or Western sense?
I don’t subscribe to the idea of an afterlife, but I do believe we are all energy and that when we die that energy has to go somewhere. I certainly don’t buy into the notion of a heaven or hell. I believe in karma in that what you put out there comes back to you in some way. [2]
Joe Fenton's Work Featured in the article form tinypencil:

Mark Tremonti Shows Off Custom PRS Joe Fenton Guitar

Mark Tremonti, PRS signature artist and guitarist for Alter Bridge and Creed, approached Fenton and commissioned him to decorate his first-ever guitar, the result was a one-of-a-kind PRS guitar masterpiece that looks as badass as it sounds.
It took Fenton about three months to create the intricate detailed artwork that adorns nearly every inch of the guitar’s body and neck. [3]
Fenton said, “I was nervous before embarking on the project as it forced me out of my comfort zone. I had to work in a different way from what I was used to. PRS also created a custom-cut Tremonti guitar with less plates on the back so as not to obstruct the artwork as much, which was great.” [3]
 “I showed Mark the designs before I did any artwork on the actual guitar. The back and neck design, which depicts the lighter side was easier to come up with. My first attempt for the front wasn't quite right. I held back on the level of detail I put into it and did a much bolder design. Mark basically wanted me to cram in as much detail as I could. I redesigned it and eventually came up with imagery you see now.” [3]
Afterward Tremonti said, “I am just blown away by this beautiful guitar! Joe Fenton knocked it out of the park and PRS more than delivered with this one. I can’t wait to spend many more hours playing with this masterpiece." [3]

Pictures of this Custom PRS Joe Fenton Guitar:

Finding Joe Fenton's Work:

REF [1] - Joe Fenton (artist)

REF [2] - Clarissa Widya - Joe Fenton on facing his fears
REF [3] - Custom PRS Joe Fenton Guitar

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

George Klauba Obverse Designer of the 1995 WWII 50th Annv. Half Dollar

George Klauba 
Obverse Designer of the
1995 WWII Commemorative Clad Half Dollar  
92% copper  - 8% nickel - diameter 1.205

In 1991, my design was chosen for the obverse side of a new half dollar commemorative coin produced from 1991-95, by the United States Mint to honor the fiftieth anniversary World War II, "in accordance with legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President on October 14, 1992." (Image copyrighted by the artist. © George Klauba. All rights reserved.) The design represents three military personnel superimposed on a V for victory with a B-29, the plane ended the war with Japan. The five stars represent the five branches of military service. ~ George Klauba Website


Delete Images of Deceased Family Members on Twitter thanks to Zelda, Robin Williams

Twitter policy update comes a week after Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, announced she was abandoning her Twitter account after gruesome Photoshopped images of her late father were sent to her on the social network.

Zelda Williams via Twitter [3]

"Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary," she wrote on Twitter before departing the social network.

Cnet [1]

Policy revamp comes a week after Robin Williams' daughter abandoned Twitter after gruesome images of her late father were sent to her on the social network. 
Twitter responded by blocking a pair of accounts that sent many of the images and said it would review its user-protection policies

Twitter [2]

Twitter will remove images and videos of deceased individuals from the social network at the request of immediate family members or authorized individuals. 
Twitter said that while reviewing removal requests, it will take in to account public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not honor all requests.
"In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," the microblogging service said it would consider removal of images of deceased individuals that are taken "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death."

Del Harvey, Twitter's VP of trust and safety, via The Washington Post [2]

"We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter" 
"We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users."

REF [1] Twitter to delete images of deceased family members on request

REF [2] Twitter
REF [3] @zeldawilliams


Tuesday, August 19, 2014