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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mental Health Week and Depression

Depression and anxiety are not signs of weakness, they are signs that you have been trying to be strong for too long. Put this as your status if you know someone who has or had depression and anxiety. Will you do it and leave it on your status for at least an hour? Most people won't, but it's Mental Health Week and 1 in 3 of us will suffer at some point in our lives. Please show your support. Depression and anxiety kill people every day

‎"There are more things on Heaven and Earth, Horatio...."  -Hamlet
Animated from hundreds of thousands of still photographs from NASA's Cassini orbiter , the above video isn't actually a NASA project.

Game sales slide 23% in August

Continued consumer reluctance to spend and a light release schedule sent video game retail sales tumbling in August for the fourth consecutive month and the ninth time in the last 12 months, according to the market research firm NPD Group Inc.

Console game sales plummeted 34% last month to $264.8 million, compared with $403.5 million in August 2010, an NPD report released Thursday afternoon said. Sales of console hardware slipped 12% to $249.4 billion, compared with $282.9 billion last year.
Image: Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Credit: Square Enix

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"Reeling" by Michael Toole

Reeling (2007) from Michael T. Toole on Vimeo.

Las Vegas 9-11 Events (partial list)

For Your Info:

A three day event is planned for Sept 9, 10 and 11 in Las Vegas to commemorate the victims of 911.  Organized by the Marine Corps Riders the event with focus activities around the Fremont Street Experience and will include opening ceremonies on Friday followed by a car show, vendor’s village and national entertainment.  Saturday hosts a 9.11k run, a1 mile walk, a 9.11k bicycle ride, a family appreciation day with mini rodeo and five separate motorcycle runs throughout the area with a final run down the strip with hundreds (possibly thousands) of motorcycles.

A free concert of live music will be open to the public from noon-5PM and a special concert (tickets required) with nationally headlining entertainment from 8PM-11PM at the Fremont Street Experience.  Sunday will have a "Heroes Parade" through the streets of Las Vegas simultaneous with the same parade (and same events) occurring in New York City and televised live finishing up with a ceremony at police memorial park led by the sheriff.

The event was organized by the Marine Corps Riders, the Marine Corp League, the Women’s Marine Association and is supported by numerous other groups including the Nevada Patriot Guard, the Nevada Highway Patrol, Las Vegas police, Las Vegas Constables office, the City of Las Vegas, the LVCVA, Red Rock Harley Davidson and numerous military men and women from Nellis and other military units.

This is likely to be a once in a lifetime event and more information can be found at

Scott A Garig
Don't Tread On Me (USA)
Proud To Be A Veteran & Oath Keeper

Shakespeare troupe moving downtown to Reed Whipple Center

    Las Vegas Shakespeare Company actors Morgan Hill, left, Wester Cooley, Cory Goble and Louisa Lawson rehearse a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Opportunity Village on Wednesday. The troupe will move into the Reed Whipple Cultural Center. » Buy this photo
Las Vegas Shakespeare Company actors Morgan Hill, left, Wester Cooley, Cory Goble and Louisa Lawson rehearse a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Opportunity Village on Wednesday. The troupe will move into the Reed Whipple Cultural Center. 

Why can't we See Eye to Eye?

What we have here is a failure to communicate...Technology and the Brain

DAN GOLEMAN: Your Brain on the Web

Can we see eye to eye? Why we misunderstand text messages, e-mail, Facebook, IM's............
Huffington Post

"Keep Your Thumbs Still When I'm Talking to You" read a recent headline in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times.
The rudeness of texting during a conversation is but one of the new don'ts emerging in the unfolding universe of webequette, the new rules for social life on the web.
But while such pointers may smooth over some trouble spots, they do nothing about the fundamental collision between the ways we connect digitally, and the connections our brain was designed to crave.
Nature designed the brain for face-to-face interactions -- not the online world. A new field, social neuroscience, has discovered that large zones of the brain's frontal areas are dedicated to tuning in to the person we're with, picking up their emotions, movement, even intentions, and coordinating what we do with all that.
We have what amounts to a neural WiFi which makes a brain-to-brain bridge while we interact, that operates instantly, unconsciously and powerfully to keep it all going smoothly. More important, when we feel rapport, or come away from a conversation with a friend glowing from a good talk, this is the circuitry that makes us feel that glow.
So what's the problem? The online universe, from Facebook and Twitter to texting to email, has no channel for this vital brain-to-brain flow. All that dialogue seems, well, thin, compared to the richness of actually being with the other person. For the social brain, hundreds of contacts online in a day pale in comparison to a hug.
Consider how social brains interact when we're sitting looking at a video monitor instead of directly at another person. The social brain needs feedback moment-to-moment from what the other person is doing -- but online the screen is blank. A live video conference gives the social brain the input it craves, and even a phone call offers much data, since voice alone carried thick emotional nuance. But lacking these, it's an emotional desert (and emoticons just don't match the richness of the missing data).
Email actually tricks the brain. When we sit at the keyboard typing out our message, the brain assumes that all the other clues that signal the emotional part of that message go out, too. If someone assumes the message they just sent was positive, research shows, the receiver is more likely to take it as fairly neutral. If the sender thinks the message was neutral, the receiver is more likely to read a negative spin into it.
So how can you overcome the negativity bias in a really important email? A phone call would do it. And if possible, there's that tried-but-true method: get together and talk it over.

Daniel Goleman's latest book, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights, is available only in digital format.

Dan Goleman

"Keep Your Thumbs Still When I'm Talking to You" read a recent headline in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times.

1950's Kool Aid Commercial

Borderline Racist 1960's Jell-O Ad

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48th Annual Accolade to be Presented During the
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

 Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2011) 
– Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade – the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.
Moore will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.
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Blood, guts and circus's in Republican Politics

America's lust for blood separates us from civilized nations around the world, and in the Republican Debate we proved we are on the path of ancient Rome's blood and circus's..From the Philadelphia Inquirer...

The headline says it all.

Downtown Mob Museum clears funding hurdle

Mob Museum to advance with tax credits

The mob always knew there was money to be made in Las Vegas. Now Las Vegas is ready to make some money off the mob.
A big step was taken in that direction Wednesday when the City Council approved several agreements intended to move the Mob Museum project forward in downtown Las Vegas.
Because the museum is housed on Stewart Avenue in the first post office and courthouse built in the city, the city and the affiliated nonprofit organization, the 300 Stewart Avenue Corp., are eligible for historic tax credits, which are made available when municipalities breathe new life into historic structures.

My Best Friend is a Lesbo, NFL with Presidential Launch, Eddie Murphy host Oscars

Hike! The National Football League regular season starts tonight in Green Bay. While fans start counting down to February's Super Bowl, the league and the television networks that carry the games are already thinking about their next contract. Although the current deals still have two seasons to run, the NFL wants to get new deals done by the end of this season. Sports rights fees continue to rise, and the NFL is the leader in squeezing the networks. Who gets stuck in the end? The consumers. Analysis of the sports media landscape from the Los Angeles Times. Separately, the Wall Street Journal looks at whether the NFL is overexposed.
Pop the champagne! Summer movie-ticket sales were up a whole percentage point, according to the National Assn. of Theater Owners. And you thought this was a disappointing movie season. "In the midst of 9% unemployment and a continuing weak economy, it is striking that the movie theater industry can continue to grow revenues and admissions," the association's president, John Fithian, told Variety. Additional coverage from the Los Angeles Times.
Think this title will change? NBC is developing a comedy called "My Best Friend is a Lesbo." Well, the network certainly won't have a problem coming up with an ad campaign to let viewers know what the show is about. This is, of course, another case of a network jumping on something for its catchy title when we all know the title will change and then it will come down to whether the show is all that funny. Details from Deadline Hollywood. By the way, my sitcom "My Cat Hates Me," is ready for bidding.
New player in town. Acclaimed director and producer J.J. Abrams has partnered with his former agent, John Fogelman, in a new company called FactoryMade Ventures, which looks to develop content not only for television but digital platforms as well. Like any new venture with big names attached, the company is already being described as a potential game-changer. Analysis from Vulture.
How much is too much? With the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks a few days away, the media are hitting fourth gear in their coverage of that day and how it changed America. But is the level of coverage actually trivializing the event? Networks and publications are all trying to come up with their own niche angle on that tragic day, as if the attacks and their aftermath weren't enough already. The New York Times looks at the glut of coverage and the pros and cons that come with it. Also, theDaily Beast has a guide to all the TV coverage.
Really, this will work. Brett Ratner and Don Mischer, who are producing next year's Oscars, promised that Eddie Murphy will deliver the goods as host of the fabled awards show. The decision to tap Murphy, who's many years removed from his days as the biggest star on the planet and who just happens to be starring in the Ratner-directed movie "Tower Heist," has raised a lot of eyebrows around town. The duo tell the Hollywood Reporter that there are no plans to saddle Murphy with a cohost. "Don't underestimate a genius," Ratner said, adding, "Eddie's not a star by accident."
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Lots of questions surrounding Yahoo in the wake of CEO Carol Bartz's exit. A look at how the largely unknown cast of HBO's "Band of Brothers" has made their mark 10 years after the debut of the massive miniseries about World War II. WWE has a new studio boss.
-- Joe Flint

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