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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FBI Suspect in Attempted Child Abduction at Great Smokies Flea Market in Sevierville, TN

FBI Are looking for this suspect for questioning
in Attempted Child Abduction is Sevierville, TN

FBI releases new surveillance photos of suspect in attempted abduction at Sevierville flea market
Source: [1]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now aiding in the search for a man suspected of attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl at a Sevierville flea market. The agency has also released new surveillance photos.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Sevierville Police Department are both searching for the man. They say he lured the girl outside the Great Smokies Flea Market Saturday morning by impersonating a security guard and accusing the girl of shoplifting.

Once outside, the man tried to grab the girl's arm and her purse. She managed to get away.

The suspect is described as a white man, 35 to 45 years old, bald, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, camouflage shorts and sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (865) 544-0751 or the SPD at (865) 453-5507.

Police: Man tries to abduct 11-year-old girl at Sevierville craft fair
Source: [2]

The Sevierville Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to abduct and steal a purse from an 11-year-old girl at the Great Smokies Craft Fair Saturday.
Officers say they were called to the fair on West Dumplin Valley Road around noon. The 11-year-old victim said a man approached her as she was getting coffee at the snack back and accused her of stealing.
The suspect told the girl he was with security and to follow him so he could check inside her purse. She followed him outside the building to the parking lot where he tried to grab her hand and her purse. The girl ran back inside the building to her mother.
Craft Fair security was unable to locate the suspect, described as a white man, 35 to 45 years old, bald, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, camouflage shorts and sandals.
A business within the building had a brief security video that appeared to show the victim walking behind the suspect, but police were unable to produce a suspect picture of sufficient quality.
Anyone with information should call SPD Det. Lt. Sam Hinson at (865) 868-1751.
Officers want to warn people to be cautious of people who claim to be security workers or police officers who are not in uniform and don't have proper identification. Children are especially cautioned to verify the identity of non-uniformed officers and not to go anywhere with them, but to instead notify a parent or guardian immediately.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player and More

Slice Media Player and More by FiveNinjas Ltd.

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player  - unit and remote

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player - led side shot

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player - multi unit led shot

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player - back of unit

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player - unit opened

What is a Slice Media Player?

Slice is an XBMC media player built around the Compute Module, with simple custom skin, a shiny milled-aluminium case, and a ring of 25 RGB LEDs.

The user friendly media player with internal storage and a Raspberry Pi heart. Load it with anything, use it anywhere.

Slice is an innovative new media player.
  • Connects to your TV via HDMI and will store and play back all of your videos, music and pictures in full HD.
  • Has a carefully designed user interface and custom remote control that makes it effortless and fun to use.
  • Has an anodised case machined from solid aluminium.
  • Features a unique, customisable LED light ring for visual feedback and wow factor!
  • Has on-board storage – simply drag and drop your media onto Slice’s hard disk using a single USB connection from any Mac or Windows PC.
  • Small and portable – take your media with you to enjoy with friends, family or on trips away.
  • Can access media over a network, and has 2 USB ports for connecting extra devices, such as external hard drives.
  • Built on open technologies and can be reprogrammed to run alternative open source software.

Slices Media Player Main Features:

  • Plays HD video files of just about any format
  • Supports 3D video files
  • Displays photos in full HD
  • Plays all your music files (compressed and uncompressed)
  • Drag and drop files directly onto Slice by plugging it into your home PC with a single USB cable – it looks just like a USB hard disk!
  • Can read media files from its on board hard disk or over a network
  • Comes with a custom remote control that uses radio technology, meaning it works from anywhere in a room, no need to point it at the box all the time!
  • Can act as an Airplay receiver. Display video and play music wirelessly from your iOS device.
  • Can be controlled via iOS and Android devices using the free 'XBMC Remote' app.
  • Supports CEC
  • Supports third party IR remote controls
  • Has a unique LED lighting ring which is synchronised to media player actions (FFW, REW etc.) also user customisable / programmable.
  • 2 USB ports for connecting extra devices or media (such as a USB stick, external hard drive or WiFi Dongle).
  • Supports high resolution audio output (stereo analogue up to 192kHz/24 bit or optical for 5.1 passthrough).
  • Low power (uses under 15W of power during use, less than 1W during standby).
  • Open and hackable!

FiveNinjas Slice Media Player  - Features

Detailed Technical  Specifications of a Slice Media Player:

  • BCM2835 SoC (700MHz ARM11 CPU + Powerful GPU for media decoding & graphics)
  • 512MByte RAM
  • 4GByte eMMC Flash for the OS
  • 2.5 inch SATA hard disk for media files (1 Terabyte included) 
  • Full size HDMI port with 5.1 audio pass through 
  • 2 USB2 ports 
  • 10/100 Ethernet port
  • 3.5mm jack for either stereo analogue (up to 192KHz 24 bit) or optical output for 5.1 surround pass-through.
  • Micro USB port for using Slice in disk mode (to load media) or can be used to re-program the Flash (eMMC)
  • IR Sensor
  • Real time clock with backup battery
  • 25 programmable RGB LEDs
  • Power input jack (barrel type, 5V 3A)

Whats included with a Slice Media Player?

With every Slice shipped (except 'Preview' version) you will receive the following in full FiveNinjas retail packaging :

  • Slice media player 
  • 1Tb Hard Drive
  • Slice remote control (with USB RF dongle)
  • Power supply (with worldwide connectors)
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable (to load media onto Slice from a PC)
  • Simple Instructions
  • Protective carry bag

  • FiveNinjas Slice Media Player - Unit includes

    Who Made Slice Media Player?

    FiveNinjas Slice Media Player - logo
    FiveNinjas Ltd.

    Developed by

    Mo Volans - Music Producer and Trainer
    Jon Williamson - Director, Pimoroni
    Paul Beech - Director, Pimoroni
    James Adams - Director of Hardware Engineering, Raspberry Pi
    Gordon Hollingworth - Director of Software Engineering, Raspberry Pi

    How to get one?

    Being Tech at this day and age of course its on KickStarer

    KickStarter Page: - FiveNinjas Slice Media Player


    McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

    McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture The University of Tennessee

    McClung Museum of Natural History 
    Address: 1327 Circle Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
    Phone: 865-974-2144

    The McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, aims to advance the understanding of natural history and culture through our collections, exhibitions, research, and outreach programming. The McClung Museum, which was opened in 1963, has strong collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, local history, and natural history.
    Exhibits at the museum showcase the geologic, historical, and artistic past of Tennessee, as well as cultures from around the globe. In doing so, the museum seeks to promote a better understanding and respect for the world’s cultural heritage.
    As a part of the university, the McClung supports and participates in the mission to serve the state, region, and nation through scholarship, teaching, artistic creation, professional practice, and public service. The McClung is one of only thirteen museums in Tennessee to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, reflecting the institution’s commitment to excellence.

    Panoramic Photos of McClung Museum of Natural History 
    During our last visit I took panoramic photos of a few areas inside the museum and listed them below. In a few photos you might see might beautiful daughter prancing around.

    McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture Google Map
    McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture The University of Tennessee
    1327 Circle Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
    Phone: 865-974-2144
    Fax: 865-974-3827


    Drive-By Shooting Occurs On Set Of N.W.A Movie

    A drive-by shooting happened on the set of the N.W.A movie last week; no one from the film crew was hurt.

    It looks like the filming for the upcoming N.W.A movie "Straight Outta Compton" got off to a rocky start when a drive-by occurred as the film crew was setting up in Compton.

    TMZ reports on the incident, which occurred outside of the Compton courthouse last week. Apparently a few locals (not actors involved in the movie) threw up gang signs to a passing car, which resulted in the car returning to open fire on them. They were not targeting the film crew, however the crew ended up in the crossfire because they were setting up for the film outside the courthouse. No one from the movie was hurt, although one civilian did get shot and survived.

    The shooting is currently under investigation, and it's not certain at the moment if it was gang related. The filming for "Straight Outta Compton" will continue this week.

    The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. says the shooting is under investigation. They have not yet determined if it was gang-related.

    Director F. Gary Gray continues to plan to film in Compton.

    More About the Movie Not The Shooting

    Straight Outta Compton (2015)
    Source: [1]

    The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes pop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

    Directed by 

    F. Gary Gray

    Writing Credits 

    Andrea Berloff...(screenplay)
    S. Leigh Savidge
    Sheldon Turner...(writer)
    Alan Wenkus


    Aldis Hodge...
    MC Ren
    Jason Mitchell...
    Corey Hawkins...
    Dr. Dre
    Neil Brown Jr....
    Dj Yella
    O'Shea Jackson Jr....
    Ice Cube
    Corey Reynolds...
    Lonzo Williams
    Allen Maldonado...
    Jittery Guy
    Angela Elayne Gibbs...
    Doris Jackson
    Matthew Boylan...
    Crash Cop
    Wilfred Lopez...
    Julius Denem...
    Tsion Mitchell...
    Hero Woman

    Produced by 

    Matt Alvarez...producer
    Ice Cube...producer
    Dr. Dre...producer
    David Engel...producer
    F. Gary Gray...executive producer
    William Packer...executive producer
    S. Leigh producer
    Bill Straus...producer
    Alan producer
    Tomica Woods-Wright...producer

    Cinematography by 

    Matthew Libatique

    Film Editing by 

    Billy Fox

    Casting By 

    Cindy Tolan

    Costume Design by 

    Kelli Jones

    Production Management 

    Gigi Causey...production supervisor

    Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

    Nathan Kimball...additional second assistant director
    Lisa C. Satriano...first assistant director
    Anderson Vilien...second second assistant director
    David Waters...second assistant director

    Art Department 

    R. Scott Doran...leadman
    Warren Drummond...storyboard artist
    Jeff Errico...storyboard artist
    Marc Meisels...set dresser
    Paul Pastorelli...gang boss

    Special Effects by 

    Eric Frazier...special effects coordinator


    Tim Connolly...stunt performer
    Julius Denem...stunt performer
    Lin Oeding...stunt coordinator

    Camera and Electrical Department 

    Tana Dubbe...key grip
    Jeffrey Ferraro...gaffer
    Michael imagining technician
    Jay Sheveck...scorpio head technician
    Matt Stenerson...first assistant camera
    Joshua D. console programmer
    Dempsey Tillman...hd video assist
    Jaimie Trueblood...still photographer

    Casting Department 

    Christopher Gonzalez...extras casting assistant
    Chris Gray...extras casting
    Molly E. Miller...casting assistant
    Keisha Richardson...casting consultant assistant
    Judith Sunga...casting associate
    Anissa Williams...casting consultant

    Costume and Wardrobe Department 

    Tom Bronson...costume supervisor
    Moe Martin...costumer
    Kenya Ware...costume buyer / costumer

    Editorial Department 

    Ken Lebre...senior dailies producer
    Christopher McDonald...dailies operator

    Music Department 

    Peter contractor: songs
    Jason editor

    Transportation Department 

    Rick Collins...picture car coordinator

    Other crew 

    Taylor Benavides...assistant production coordinator
    Caryn Cheever...first assistant accountant
    Michael S. Duncan...rigging set medic
    Alyssa Feener...Assistant Production Coordinator
    Ben Hall...assistant to F. Gary Gray
    Tisha Jefferson...key assistant location manager
    Hektor Larios...assistant location manager
    Matt Leslie...Assistant (Matt Alvarez)
    Carol McConnaughey...unit publicist
    Steve Turner...utility stand in

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    1953-1963 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Silver Dollar

    Canada - 1953-1963 - Elizabeth II - Canadian Silver Dollar 

    This information is complied/referenced data from around the web. Linked references within.
    Years Minted:1953-1963
    Mint Marks:NONE
    Obverse Design:The portrait in right profile of Elizabeth II, when she was 27 years old, is surrounded with the inscription "ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA" (Elizabeth II, Queen by the grace of God) Lettering: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA MG
    Reverse Design:A voyageur and an aboriginal travelling by canoe, carrying bundles of which one bears the initials "HB" for Hudson's Bay Company, are surrounded with the facial value and the inscription "CANADA" Lettering: C A N A D A DATE D O L L A R
    Reverse Designer:EMANUEL HAHN
    1953-1963 Canadian Silver Dollar

    Voyageur dollar

    Years Weight Diameter/Shape Composition
    1968–1986 15.62 g 32.13 mm 100% nickel
    1953–1967 23.33 g 36.00 mm 80% silver, 20% copper
    1935–1952 23.33 g 36.00 mm 80% silver, 20% copper

    The Voyageur Dollar was a coin of Canada struck for circulation in 80% silver from 1935 through 1966, and as a commemorative in 2003, in Sterling. A special "flying goose" design was struck for the Centennial Celebration (1867-1967). A smaller, nickel version for general circulation was struck from 1968 through 1986. In 1987, the coin was replaced by the loonie. The coin remains legal tender.


    The issue was generally considered a success, and beginning in 1936, the silver dollar (in .800 fine silver) was struck more-or-less annually as a regular issue for general circulation, with the same reverse design as in 1935. Although commemorative dollars were struck for circulation for the visit of King George VI in 1939, no regular issue dollars were struck that year, or, as it turned out, until the end of World War II in 1945. Thereafter, Voyageur Dollars were struck each year through 1966, except in years (e.g. 1935, 1939, and 1958) when a commemorative dollar was struck for circulation.


    Canadian silver dollar

    The Royal Canadian Mint issued the first silver dollar in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The coin’s reverse design was sculpted by Emanuel Hahn and portrays a voyageur and an aboriginal paddling a birch-bark canoe. The faint lines in the background represent the Northern Lights. The voyageur design was used on the dollar until 1986.[1] It was then replaced with the 1987 Canadian 1 dollar coin (Loonie). 1967 marked the end of the silver dollar as a business strike, or a coin issued for circulation. After 1967, the dollar coin was made of nickel, except for non-circulating commemorative issues for the collector market, which continue to contain silver.


    Country Canada
    Years 1953-1963
    Value 1 Dollar
    1 CAD = 0.91 USD
    Metal Silver (.8000)
    Weight 23.3276 g
    Diameter 36.06 mm
    Thickness 2.84 mm
    Engravers Mary Gillick (obverse)
    Emanuel Hahn (reverse)
    Shape Round
    Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑


    REF: KM 27th ED (old I know) = (KMED27)
    REF: = (CAC)
    REF: = (NGC)
    REF: Short Water Line = (SWL)
    REF: 1½ water line don't touch the boat. = (Arnprior)

    KMED27 & NGC only list 1953 as having 2 types:

    1953 w/o strap, wire rim
    1953 w/strap, flat rim

    CAC list 1953 as having 3 types:

    1953 - NSF
    1953 - SF
    1953 - SF-SWL

    KMED27 & NGC only list 1954 as having 1 type CAC list 2:

    1954 - (KMED27, NGC, & CAC)
    1954 - SWL (CAC ONLY)

    KMED27 1955

    1955 - w/4 water lines
    1955 - Arnprior w/1-1/2 w.l.*

    CAC 1955

    1955 -
    1955 - Arnprior
    1955 - Arnprior - Die Break

    NGC 1955

    1955 - With 3 water lines
    1955 - Arnprior with 1-1/2 water lines* and die break

    * All genuine circulation strike 1955 Arnprior dollars have a die break running along the top of TI in the word GRATIA on the obverse. ~ used on KMED27 and NGC

    KMED27 & NGC only list 1956 as having 1 type CAC list 2:

    1956 - (KMED27, NGC, & CAC)
    1956 - SWL (CAC ONLY)

    KMED27 1957

    1957 - w/4 water lines
    1957 - w/1 water lines


    1957 - With 3 water lines
    1957 - With 1 water lines


    1957 -
    1957 - WL

    1958 - British Columbia's establishment commemorative (NOT IN SET)

    1959-1963 - singularly listed in all (KMED27, NGC, & CAC)

    1964 - Charlottetown commemorative (NOT IN SET)