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General Discussion / Astro-inspired collectibles?
« on: July 27, 2015, 11:30:58 am »
Gentlemen of HEF,

I'd like to request some of your brilliant ideas.

I am helping to raise funds via auction for the next month in Denver.

The event honoring Nichelle "Lt. Uhura" Nichols from the original Star Trek will feature a Black astronaut reunion.
It's going to be EPIC!

For the auction, we already have two hours in a B-777 simulator and a quadricopter.
I've got some astronaut-inspired paintings coming from a renowned artist in NY and some bronze sculptures from Ed Dwight, Jr.  The traditional holiday get-away and signed sports memorabilia has already been secured.  I'm negotiating for cool loot from the Tuskegee Airmen museum and may get something from the Mothership Connection.

I want to select additional thematically appropriate items.  What suggestions might you have for other cool collectibles?

Hard Choices / Quvenzhane Wallis or Willow Smith?
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:27:44 pm »
Who has more potential longevity?

Hard Choices / The Wiz or Annie?
« on: June 10, 2015, 12:23:50 pm »
Which musical is more memorable and makes you smile more?

Latest Flicks / The Butler
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:08:55 pm »

It was so much better than I expected.
Such a dignified look at a neglected piece of American History.

Poignant and powerful.

Even Oprah didn't get on my nerves this time!

Go see it!  You will not be disappointed!

Education / A7 is Beta testing NOW!
« on: August 04, 2013, 11:00:17 am »
Beijing-based, imedia has partnered with US-based,  Traveling Space Museum and is already Beta testing a cool new edutainment product in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Rio de Janeiro and soon Nairobi, Kenya!

In The News / Trayvon Martin's hoodie: Will it go on display at museum?
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:05:21 am »
SHOULD Trayvon's hoodie go on display?

(CBS News) A museum director at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., said she would be interested in acquiring a symbolic and recent piece of American history.

Trayvon Martin's hoodie - the sweatshirt he was wearing the night he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. - "became the symbolic way to talk [about] the Trayvon Martin case," Lonnie Bunch, the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, told The Washington Post.

As legal proceedings have come to an end, the hoodie is likely back in the hands of the Sanford Police Department and Trayvon Martin's family will be given a chance to claim it.

Wall Street Journal art reporter Kelly Crow told CBS News that, despite the intrigue, it is unlikely that museums will be clamoring over the hoodie, due to the sensitivities surrounding the case.

"I think the art world probably wouldn't be lining up to display this tomorrow because it could be seen as a little exploitative," Crow said.

If put on display at the African American History Museum - which is currently under construction - the hoodie would join a collection that includes the handcuffs used on Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates as well as artifacts belonging to Harriet Tubman and date back to the days of slavery and the underground railroad, CBS News' Chip Reid reports.

Latest Flicks / Life of Pi
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:24:42 am »
Loved it.  Visually stunning.
Pretty dead-on with the book.
I recommend it!

In The News / How many of you knew........?
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:03:25 pm »

Latest Flicks / Joyful Noise
« on: January 13, 2012, 04:22:34 pm »
Not a big fan of Gospel music, but LOVED the sanging in this!

Who knew Keke Palmer could sang?

It’s been said, though we’re not sure by whom, that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. But sometimes we’ve got to open our mouths so use this handy guide to make sure, at the very least, you’re saying the words right.

» By Justin Brown

Don’t worry, I won’t waste your time with the elementary school lessons about how to accurately pronounce “library,” “February,” or “arctic”… although I will take this opportunity to note that if you’re discussing a library and still dropping the first ‘R’, there’s a very good chance that your friends and/or colleagues are laughing at you behind your back.

I won’t trouble you with a lecture covering how some of the words you use actually aren’t words at all. If you’re using words like “snuck”, “brang”, or “irregardless” (no, none of those are real words), a magazine article – much less one written by me – is not going to solve your problems.

What I will do is offer up a rudimentary form of help, in terms of how to properly pronounce relatively common words that are bound to show up in your daily life. These tips will not seal the deal in a job interview or on a date (I can especially vouch for the “date” scenario) but if pronunciation continues to be a potential chink in your armor, your problems will soon be solved.

Thus, behold, People of the Internet… the ten most important words you should learn to pronounce, if you would like to appear reasonably knowledgeable about your own language.

    Incorrect pronunciation: ath – a – leet

    Correct pronunciation: ath – leet

This may have been more helpful before the media blitz that was the Summer Olympics but it is a very valuable lesson to have for the future. It applies to “athlete” and any derivative (biathlon, triathlon, decathlon, etc.) and, honestly, I’m sad that I even have to point this out: there is no vowel between the ‘H’ and the ‘L’ in any of these words. There never has been. Let the dream die.

    Incorrect pronunciation: ex – cape / ex – presso / ex – set – err – uh

    Correct pronunciation: ess – cape / ess – presso / ett – set – err – uh

Yes, a three-for-one deal, but only because this one is dually very common and very simple to fix. For some reason, we of the English tongue have an obsession with changing any ‘S’ to an ‘X’, if it follows an ‘E’ sound; call it the Exxon Indoctrination. These words are spelled phonetically… let’s try to respect that.

Also: the yuppie kids will really respect you, if you master “espresso” and “et cetera” – what more motivation do you need?

    Incorrect pronunciation: nuke – you – lerr

    Correct pronunciation: new – clee – err

I’m going to try to get through this one without a President Bush joke. All right, so, despite the fact that it’s 2008, this is a word with which we’re somehow still struggling. Like most of the words on this list, “nuclear” is spelled EXACTLY AS IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE PRONOUNCED and yet, people continue to screw it up worse than the War in Iraq… oh, dammit.

    Incorrect pronunciation: purr – scrip – shun / purr – ogg – uh – tiv

    Correct pronunciation: pre – scrip – shun / pre – rogg – uh – tiv

Overlooking the fact that many people also seem to have precisely no idea as to the latter word’s true definition (I’ve had several conversations where people bizarrely substitute “prerogative” for words like “agenda”), this is another problem that can be attributed to ignorance in the arena of “Sound It Out, You Lummox.” The ‘R’ comes before the ‘E’ in both of these words. Please ercognize this erality. Sorry.

    Incorrect pronunciation: up – most

    Correct pronunciation: utt – most

In a bizarre twist, people actually became so certain of this word’s meaning that they alter its pronunciation to reflect that definition. Yes, “utmost” is an adjective synonymous with “greatest” (a term that immediately calls to mind some tangible Mount Olympus-type of vertical hierarchy and the word “upper”) but that second letter? It’s still a ‘T’.

    Incorrect pronunciation: can – uh – dett

    Correct pronunciation: can – da – dett

Mastering this word will help you at least sound educated in your excruciating political debates as we approach November 3. I cannot explain it any more simply than my second grade teacher once did: “You always want to have a good candidate for your CANDY DATE.” Candy date. It’s sweet and simple.

    Incorrect pronunciation: sherr – berrt

    Correct pronunciation: sherr – bet

This is one of those words that ultimately had to abandon its crusade for righteousness and now has been corrupted to the point where dictionaries may list the incorrect pronunciation as acceptable because of just how rampant the ignorance grew to be. But there’s only one ‘R’ in “sherbet,” America… no matter how awesome the rainbow flavor is, there’s still only one ‘R’.

    Incorrect pronunciation: aww – ree

    Correct pronunciation: uh – rye

Up until very recently, I could not even conceive a situation where someone would mispronounce this word; it always seemed very simple, to me. However, I have heard three different people – in the world of talk radio, no less – pronounce it inaccurately in the last few months. It’s like… it’s like the mechanism that allows people to speak in an educated fashion went awry (see what I did there?).

    Incorrect pronunciation: “for all intensive purposes”

    Correct pronunciation: “for all intents and purposes”

All right, yes, I cheated a little bit here (for posterity’s sake, I should note that a phrase and a word are not the same thing) but this is still a very popular pronunciation mistake and one that I really feel must be addressed in a public forum. While “intensive” is absolutely a word, the clichéd saying that most people are trying to channel is all about intent. As for the rumor that I, as a younger man, frequently employed the incorrect pronunciation… no comment.

    Incorrect pronunciation: off – ten

    Correct pronunciation: off – en

If there is a bigger red flag for “I am misinformed about how to pronounce something” in our language, I have yet to encounter it. This word and its evolutionary course in American vernacular could be a cultural study unto itself.

For a while, nobody was aware that the ‘T’ was silent; this sneaky caveat had to be beaten into our brains for years and years in school. But then – in what can best be described as the greatest grammatical epiphany since someone decided that we needed a contraction to turn “I am” into a single word – people seemed to universally scream out “We get it! A silent ‘T’!”. It was a glorious day.

However, this euphoria was ultimately fleeting. At some point, the rational people of Earth decided to flip over the Buffet Table of Reason at the Banquet for Intellectual Hope and thought it best to, once again, simply start pronouncing the ‘T’ in “often.” I do not know whether this was brought on by an innate human desire to flout the rules of our world or just a collective hatred for all things associated with the establishment but it is now arguably the most frequent linguistic speed bump in the history of hyperbole. And I would like to lead the charge to restore balance

Education / The Deliberate..........
« on: December 17, 2011, 12:02:29 pm »
.......Dumbing Down of America

General Discussion / Conspiracy Theorist Thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 08:15:27 am »
CIA stuff about 9/11

Fall of the Republic

Is our President the secret son of Malcolm X?

Fitness / Rhythmic Rest Natural Cycles Of Sleep
« on: December 12, 2011, 08:03:58 am »
Our bodies are naturally encoded to respond to light and dark and sleeping with the rhythms of Mother Nature.

The human body evolved to fall asleep soon after the descent of night's curtain and to wake with the appearance of the dawn. Sleep cycles were governed by patterns of light and darkness for thousands of years, meaning that for much of history, humanity has enjoyed nine of more hours of sleep each night. Our bodies are naturally encoded to respond to light and dark and sleeping with the rhythms of Mother Nature. In the present, artificial light has changed the way we schedule our day-to-day lives, and most of us slumber for less than seven hours at a stretch. It is possible, however, to come back to natural sleeping cycles by making a few small changes. When our bodies and minds are attuned to the world's natural rhythms, we feel calmer, more centered, and more energetic while awake. Sleep is more satisfying because we afford ourselves more than enough time for restoration and rejuvenation.

Our reliance on indoor lighting further compounds our disassociation from the natural cycles of light and darkness that would otherwise preside over our sleep. You can mimic the passage of the day by changing the quality of the light. Sleeping without heavy drapery or shades is best so you can wake up with the sun. If sleeping by a window without a curtain is not an option, a dawn simulator lamp imitates the sun by growing steadily brighter with the coming of the height of morning.

You will likely discover that changing your sleep patterns to be in sync with the daily cycle of light and darkness is easy and that you feel more alive when your sleeping and waking rhythms are in alignment to those of the earth. Nature's own phases will be your guide to wellness, granting you more waking hours in the summertime when you will benefit greatly from spending time outside and ensuring you get plenty of sleep in the winter when you likely need it most.

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