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18 May 19
Painting Glory

Sometimes I’ve thought I “knew” what God was doing, leading me to places, meeting certain people, etc. But the longer I live, the more I realize how little I really understand what He is doing in and through my life. Yet, as the old hymn “Be Still My Soul” says, “in every change, He faithful […]

17 May 19
Scharf Portfolio

A Trick of the Glaze Music filled the empty bar, the low sound bouncing off the dark paneled walls. Deep red booths sat vacant, waiting for the buzz of the night to come. This place was dead. It always was this early. My phone buzzed in my back pocket. The one nice thing about being […]

17 May 19
Robert Hewson: Critical Journal

Critical Journal and independent reading Bradshaw, P. (2017). The online journalism handbook. Routledge. Brockbank, A., McGill, I. and Beech, N. (2017). Reflective Learning in Practice. Oxfordshire: Routledge. Brockbank, A., McGill, I. and Beech, N. (2017). Reflective Learning In Practice. Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp.5-11. Dodd, M., Hanna, M. and McNae, L. (2016). McNae’s essential law for journalists. 23rd ed. Oxford: Oxford […]

17 May 19

Two days ago I wrote a post about Taran Tactical training Halle Berry, and it was not well received here or over at SayUncle. I might as well go for broke on this. According to Taran Butler’s website, he’s got a wealth of wins on the pro shooting circuit in IDPA, 3-Gun, USPSA and others.  […]

17 May 19
Seth M.B. Crider

“One of the challenges, that the brain does not work at all like a computer, also provides us with an opportunity: the possibility of new modes of interaction that allow us to take advantage of the complementary talents of humans and machines.” – The Invisible Computer By Don Norman Photo from CUNY NYC DATA Introduction: […]

16 May 19
Graceful Rags

Almost exactly a month ago, I shared a blog post featuring the outfit-of-the-day photos I recently started taking in my stereotypical over-the-door college mirror. As you probably suspected, I wear a lot more outfits than just the two I post weekly on Graceful Rags, so this gives me an opportunity to showcase more of my […]

15 May 19
Seth M.B. Crider

A survey: Drew Stanley, Seth Crider, De Han, Lindsay Menachemi, Nathaniel Quinn and Zachary Walker Introduction In October 2018, Professor Chris Sula from the Pratt School of Information reached out to students in his Information Visualization class with a dataset given to him by Diana Fu, the Education and Stewardship Associate from the Bronx River Alliance (BRA). The BRA is an […]

15 May 19
One byte in front of the other

makes time fly. How has it been 4 days since the park? Wild. Saturday The park was great. We spent a long time walking around getting barbs in our shoes looking for this guy’s old homestead from the 1920s. He was a mix between lucid, humanist, anti-capitalist, and a few screws loose. How do I […]

15 May 19
Golf Daily Tips

As always, the Nike team will be bringing fresh looks throughout the major season. Inspired by Bethpage’s proximity to NYC, Brooks Koepka’s outfits are themed after 1990’s NYC street style. His Thursday and Sunday looks feature bold, primary color-blocked patterns that are sure to turn a few heads. The thick, horizontal stripes are a nice […]

15 May 19
Outbroker's Weblog

Here’s all you need to know. (But read on anyway): Few Onion articles address New Jersey stuff. New Jersey: A state which vacillated “are we In or Out?” during the American Revolution, despite the absence in the mid to late 1700’s of any sizable Italian demographic. Not a criticism of the publication; perhaps even commendable. […]

15 May 19
The Finishing Touch

Shop my outfit: Shoes | Blank NYC Shorts | Swimsuit |Kimono | Bracelet  | Sunglasses | Hat Summer is right around the corner and I am in planning mode for at least one super exciting beach trip this summer. I am the worst about vacation outfit shopping months in advance but May is the perfect time to get summer outfits […]

14 May 19
Consequence of Sound
Setting the Stage: The cold rain didn’t deter New York City’s punk and metal underground from catching the second of two sold-out headlining shows by Eyehategod at The Kingsland on Sunday night (May 12th). A pizza joint/dive with a crusty concert space in the back, the venue was an ideal spot for the loaded bill including hardcore legends Negative Approach, New York heavies Sheer Terror and Disassociate, and grindcore punks Phobia. Situated at the top of Brooklyn among Greenpoint’s eerie, isolated warehouses, it also serves as a centralized and vital location for the local metal scene. Like the nearby Saint Vitus Bar, Kingsland’s extreme music shows are more accessible to the many who travel from Queens. Next to the venue runs the Newtown Creek, the epicenter of the notorious Greenpoint oil spill, in which over 17 million US gallons of crude oil seeped into the soil over years of haphazard processing. It was only fitting that Eyehategod bring their NOLA sludge metal to such a locale. Taking the Stage: NYC purveyors of grind Disassociate opened the show early in the evening, startling the early arrivals, who stood some distance from the stage, perhaps still sleepy from the rainy day. The only one in the crowd with the energy to match the intensity of their music was a noticeably intoxicated Shane McLachlan of Phobia, who paraded in front of the stage in his own circle pit, a drink in hand. “We’ve been on tour with this drunk motherf*cker right here,” frontman Ralphy Boy said while giving McLachlan a loving pat on the head. “We’ve been doing some things I thought I had stopped doing years ago.” By the time Phobia came on, McLachlan was a wild card, his pants falling down during soundcheck. But he held it together, only falling over one time while still managing to not spill the PBR in his left hand. He finished the song on his knees. The set was shambly in an endearing rock ‘n roll fashion and not the tightest Phobia performance in their long history, but entertaining nonetheless. The majority of the sold-out audience arrived in the moments before Sheer Terror took the stage. Beloved staples of the New York hardcore punk scene in the ’80s and ’90s, there was a large local contingent here expressly for this set. With a hints of Celtic Frost and the postmodern anger and melancholy of Rev. Paul Bearer’s lyrics — which evoke the NYC of old — there’s nothing quite like Sheer Terror. The band put on a masterclass of metal-inspired street punk, playing fan favorites like “Here to Stay” and “Just Can’t Hate Enough”. Paul’s candor and charisma flavored his stage banter. “Lovely March weather we’re having,” he said. “Thanks for coming on such a shitty day.” For those who’d been there since the first act, the show was turning into a marathon. A lot of beer was consumed, and many shoved down pizza slices to maintain for the duration. The crowd’s temperament turned volatile by the time Negative Approach went on, and circle pit quickly broke out. Photographers in the front guarded their backs and gear as moshers crashed around to a retrospective of the Detroit hardcore band’s infamous catalog, including cuts like “Tied Down” and “Nothing” (one of the many tracks from the 1982 self-titled 7” that the band played). Frontman John Brannon wore a permanent scowl, thrusting the microphone into the crowd as drunk punks shouted his choruses back at him. An atmosphere of chaos permeated the venue by the end of the night. The combination of bodies and the collective merch from the five bands made it nearly impossible to move in the bar area, and when Eyehategod started, the disarray took over the concert space. Seasoned, worldly performers, the NOLA band has seen its share of scuzz and sordidness — often partaking in it — and gave the crowd a fitting set of filthy punk and doom metal that spanned their entire career and recorded output. “We don’t have a setlist,” vocalist Mike Williams admitted. “We’re just making this shit up as we go.” Faster songs such as the hardcore “Agitation! Propoganda!” came early in the set, setting moshers into motion. A kid in the frontline barreled into the mic, hitting Williams in the face. Unfazed, he placed the mic back on the stand, shook his head with a wry smile, and continued. Any photographers dispersed, giving full reign to the physicality in the front row. As the set progressed and the moshers grew tired, Eyehategod delved into its patented sludge metal. The inescapable grooves of “Parish Motel Sickness” and “Medicine Noose” were airtight and crushing, the audience nodding and swaying to guitarist Jimmy Bower’s Sabbath-ian riffs. So versed in their own material, the band even started taking requests, the crowd shouting titles at Williams: “Blank! Sisterf*cker! Kill Your Boss!” All three Take As Needed for Pain tracks were played, the latter closing a set that was definitively Eyehategod: vast in tempos, thick with vitriol, and delightfully debauched. Photos of Eyehategod, Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Phobia and Disassociate in Brooklyn (click to enlarge and scroll through): Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Negative Approach at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Negative Approach at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Negative Approach at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Negative Approach at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Sheer Terror at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Sheer Terror at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Sheer Terror at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Phobia at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Phobia at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Phobia at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek Disassociate at Brooklyn’s Kingsland, photo by Jon Hadusek All photos by Jon Hadusek Eyehategod Setlist: Lack of Almost Everything Jack Ass in the Will of God Parish Motel Sickness Blank / Shoplift Nobody Told Me Agitation! Propaganda! Sisterfucker (Part I) Sisterfucker (Part II) Medicine Noose Three Black Eyes Take As Needed For Pain New Orleans is the New Vietnam Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War) Methamphetamine Kill Your Boss
14 May 19
Klaas In Session

‘John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum’ is a vibrant, vivacious visual veneer, painting over the crippling imperfections that have defined action films for decades, like a balm.

I am sure one could find faults in the 3rd installment of Keanu Reeves’s ‘John Wick’ film franchise, but you would have had to find them days after your mind stops reeling in thoroughly entertained awe.

I love the films wickedness as one is meant to adore those dark things in the black: in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

14 May 19
Houston Fashion + Lifestyle Blogger | Roselyn Weaver

Adidas launches new spring colors in the trefoil tee. *Roselyn runs to buy all of them 🙂 BUT in my defense I really do love how comfy and versatile they are and will be wearing them so many different ways so I will definitely get a lot of use out of them. Today I am […]

14 May 19
Shebatty

Living our best lives and “getting the bag” is a recurring theme in this day and age. Financial technology and media company, Urban Prosperity, was created to help women do just that. Whether it be a corporate quest or an entrepreneurial journey, Urban Prosperity is here to help women overcome fear, insecurities, and  self-doubt by […]

14 May 19
Old Structures Engineering

Part 1 is here and provides some context. There’s also a good Twitter thread starting here. There is, for me, no such thing as a blank slate when I investigate an existing structure. It’s not possible for me to start without some kind of assumption about how a building works because I have, over the […]