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Tuesday Tunes: Band names for those who wish to be immersed in music


Adventures in Stereo (Scotland) Audio Playground (Canada) Audioslave (USA) DEVO (USA) Joywave (USA) Nirvana (USA) Radiohead (England) Rush (Canada) Sonic Youth (USA) Soundgarden (USA) Stereophonics (England) Ultra Sonic (Scotland) SOURCES: personal knowledge en.wikipedia.org for bands from countries including England, USA, … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: Classic rock songs that make me cringe


While I love rock ‘n’ roll music, there are certain songs that bug the daylights out of me. For whatever reason, they just grate on my nerves. It could be the singer’s voice, the lyrics, the number of times it’s … Continue reading

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Fictional cities and towns of live action television


  The following list identifies the fictional city or town where these live action television series (comedy or drama) were situated. A separate blog post identifies fictional cities and towns of cartoon (or animated) series. States/provinces that have the most … Continue reading

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Two outstanding new British rock albums


  I have been captivated by two new rock album releases – and as is so often the case, both come from British musicians – one by Cornershop and theater by EOB (Ed O’Brien of Radiohead). England is a Garden … Continue reading

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Spring-like band names


With so many of us enduring long shelter at home orders during the Covid-19 pandemic, a list of band names based on or loosely related to spring seemed like it be a welcome relief. A similar post of wintry band … Continue reading

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Favorite movie roles by actors(resses) past and present


Just a little fun on a rainy day. Below is a lengthy listing of my favorite film for each actor (male and female) past and present. Those not included have either not been in a film Iv’ve seen, were an … Continue reading

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Tall Timbers – The rise of the wooden skyscraper – UPDATE #1


In recent years, a new trend in high-rise construction has emerged – the development of skyscrapers constructed largely of wood products (can also referred to as mass timber, cross-laminate timber, and/or engineered-wood). Use of these natural materials have the benefits of … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Old West Ghost Towns


On a recent visit to Arizona and New Mexico, my son and I had the opportunity to visit/view three ghost towns – Fairbank, Arizona; Shakespeare, New Mexico; and Steins, New Mexico. Each had its own history to tell about the … Continue reading

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Favorite aerospace museums visited to date


Titan Missile Museum – Green Valley, AZ: best of the best – they focus on one topic and do it extremely well. The one and only place you can see a retired Titan Missile literally sitting in it’s underground launch … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Bisbee, AZ


Current and former mining towns (as well as all declining post-industrial cities) can learn valuable lessons from Bisbee on how to survive and later begin to reverse the decline after its founding industry falters. Architectural gems from previous eras are … Continue reading

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