June 12, 2018

Samuel Tom Holiday, code talker, passes away | Navajo Times

June 12, 2018 0
Samuel Tom Holiday, code talker, passes away | Navajo Times
Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday evening (June 11) just nine days after his 94th birthday celebration at his home in Tódinéeshzhee'.

Quick Facts:
He was born near the Utah-Arizona border, within Monument Valley.

He was forced to attend a government-run boarding school, like many Native American children were in those days, to attempt to strip them of their cultural identity. Stripping of identities, just as they had done to many who came to this country as immigrants, the indentured, or as slaves

Samuel Tom Holiday enlisted in the Marines in 1943, when he was nineteen years old.

The code talkers consisted of hundreds of Navajo at the height of the operation.

The Navajo Code Talkers used Navajo stories to communicate top secret information, among other tactics. The code was never broken by the Japanese.

For more details about his life and legacy:

June 5, 2018

Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US | Futurism

June 05, 2018 0
Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US | Futurism

Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US

Looking for something different to do? This list of the coolest observatories and planetariums in the US are sure to spice up a weekend trip.

When is the last time you learned something about the universe? Observatories and planetariums are often overlooked compared to museums, aquariums, zoos, and galleries — and that's a shame

The coolest observatories and planetariums in the US are calling your name. Grab a friend and try out something different this weekend.

Star Gazing Starry Night Astronomy by Free-Photos
While "coolest" may be an overstatement with so many more observatories and planetariums across the nation, the listed observatories and planetariums are still worth visiting when you're traveling. That or if they're close to you, travel-wise.

Planetariums, in comparisons to museums, zoos, and the like tend to be less popular but are a completely new experience. Especially if you've never visited a planetarium before. And, yes, they also make for a great alternative to going to the movies and piquing someone's interest in stargazing.

May 25, 2018

Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley

May 25, 2018 0
Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley

Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley - The Beauty of the Virginias

The beauty of Shenandoah Valley makes this an excellent attraction to visit. It is located within the  geographic and cultural regions of Virginia and West Virginia. The undisturbed natural features of the Shenandoah Valley also makes it a popular place for hikers and people who enjoy places that are off the path and perfect for exploring.

If you're someone who enjoys open areas, farming regions, hiking, forests, and nature then Shenandoah Valley is definitely a must-visit. The region's cities and towns give you the opportunity to experience local culture and more. There are also plenty of historical landmarks to visit. See below for many local websites of places to visit, things to see, and opportunities for unique experiences in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Shenandoah River, aerial
By La Citta Vita (Shenandoah River, aerial) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Shenandoah Valley Region

The Shenandoah Valley region is roughly between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains, extending from the Northeast and to the Southwest for nearly 200 or so miles.

Local Websites - Places to See and Things to Do

April 15, 2018

Rest in Peace, Art Bell - The End of an Era

April 15, 2018 0
Rest in Peace, Art Bell - The End of an Era
I write this as I'm listening to a streaming playing a classic Halloween Ghost to Ghost AM episode from 2003. The first time I heard Art Bell on the radio was in the mid-90s on WHAM in Rochester, New York. His show was the perfect show, for the perfect time, in an era where the paranormal was a little more mainstream and yet still on the fringes.

Back then, the young person that I was, my ability of suspension of disbelief was much easier than now. The topics were fascinating and Art was the perfect voice. Between The X-Files, all of the paranormal shows on TV, the '97 UFO over Phoenix, Heaven's Gate, the landing of the Mars Pathfinder, Hale-Bopp, and the beginning rise of the internet, it was a great time. Not as much in a nostalgia sense as it just being a simpler time in comparison to now. A different time when we were a different people and a somewhat different nation.

Back then, Art Bell's site was my go to. A stop for the latest paranormal, astronomy, and scientific news and similar diverse-yet-easily-blended topics. The internet too was simpler back then. I'd spend days during summer vacation listening for as long as I could to Art Bell's shows and keeping the radio on all night. Complete with the bumper music that he would play that would set the environment for the show. The next morning, i'd catch up on what I missed by visiting his website. I still even remember browsing the VR site for the Mars Pathfinder and keeping up with the news regularly way back in 1997 through his site's links.

Art Bell was a definite influence and a great figure that introduced many of us to a whole different world through his show. These days, my belief in as much of the paranormal isn't the same as it once was. But, as it was in the 90s, as the teenager that I was it was a great source that exposed me to ideas and knowledge that I would have not otherwise known about. 1997 was that year. The year that I also first heard of Michio Kaku. Art Bell was central to the outreach of knowledge to many young people and adults alike back then.

It was an era that has lost its reach now. Paranormal radio is nowhere near what it once was. A combination of repetitive voices, the quicker reach of information, and the growing loss of imaginative thought in our society all play a role. As do many other factors. As I said, Art Bell's radio show in the 90s was the perfect show for the perfect time. The cultural atmosphere was just right and the timing was perfect. There will not ever be anyone that will replace him nor those times.

The passing of Art Bell is a true end of an era and that's not just a figure of speech. It's the full truth. His loss is a massive loss for paranormal radio and paranormal 'infotainment'. As people are posting about him on Twitter and Facebook on social media and sharing their memories of listening to his show. Though he was much more than just a radio voice to millions. He felt like someone closer to a friend or a good neighbor through those airwaves.

He will be greatly missed.

Art Bell Takes His Final Ride, R.I.P.

Another Drone Video

March 22, 2018

Zuckerberg: Maybe tech should face some regulations | TheHill

March 22, 2018
Zuckerberg: Maybe tech should face some regulations | TheHill
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that he’s open to having his company be regulated.
Sure, social media and tech companies should face regulations involving political ads and advertising 'content' created by Political Action Committees. The truth to why this is being pushed now has less to do with regulation to create increasing transparency.

No, it is more about political motivations and, to put it more clearly, dis-empowerment of certain social, political views and demographics in this country. Not from Zuckerberg himself, but from those putting pressure on Facebook and other 'social media' websites to increase politicians' power over free (in terms of free speech) mediums. Deeper down, it is as much about political influence in terms of ads as it is about curbing political expression by notable figures on social media. We've all seen it on YouTube, for example, in how YouTubers on both the left and right have lost advertising revenue and some even videos or even their accounts.

This isn't Washington trying to have their policies catch up to the digital world. No, this is about them slowing down the progression of freedom on the internet. It's mostly about decreasing the influence that ordinary people have and giving preference to (for the lack of a better term) Authorized™ Entertainment Media Personalities. You cannot control the thoughts of ideas of those beholden to no one as opposed to those whose multi-million careers and money flow could dry up overnight if they express the wrong social view.

Just something to think about.

Zuckerberg: Maybe tech should face some regulations | TheHill