130. Mariah Carey, Tom Cruise, And Gavin Rossdale


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1. Television…Halt And Catch Fire (HCF)…AMC Retro!
Apple Versus Microsoft Versus IBM…Battle On Corporate Giants!

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Sunday night television has an extra summer viewing choice thanks to AMC. The year is 1983. The place is Dallas, Texas. It is the beginning of the computer age and the battle has begun on who can make a computer smaller and faster.

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The very handsome Lee Pace is a computer executive and world-class entrepreneur. He needs to recruit a team to jump back into the new age of computers that he abruptly left. Scott McNairy is a small machine designer that has a number of big time failures on his resume. His wife, Kerry Bishe, has all the tinkering skills. However, family concerns stop her from supporting another vision of her husbands or his efforts to join Pace’s team.

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Mackenzie Davis, a female computer maverick, is the infusion of young and new ideas for the show. College isn’t doing it for her so she joins Pace’s team, too. Davis’s character is the Ada Lovelace of 1983. Think 1840 England! Ada Lovelace “The Mother of Modern Computer Programming” was the first female computer programmer. She worked on Charles Babbage’s original computer team. Lovelace wrote the machine’s operating codes. Back in 1840 these codes were called analytics. Could 1983 be the second stage for a remarkable woman in the world of computers?

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AMC thinks their new Sunday night series Halt and Catch Fire will answer this question and give us deeper insights into the beginnings of the computer we are using now, especially the more portable variety.

Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) is a old computer term that means your computer will stop and self-destruct. Ten episodes of HCF were ordered by AMC. Early reaction to the show doesn’t seem like the program will “halt and catch fire” any time soon. The computer ‘could be’ a thing of the future, so could the show! It could happen as we have said many, many times in this column.

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2. Movies I…22 Jump Street…Crazy Makes It To College…Barely!

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill said they would make 22 Jump Street so crazy and stupid that they wouldn’t be invited back for a second sequel . Both actors thought starring in the original 21 Jump Street was hurting their Academy Award chances. Really?!

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The first part of their statement is true, but you have to stay until after the movie’s conclusion to see the outtakes of ten possible spin-offs for the next addition in the Jump Street enterprise. This time the pair went to college to stop drugs next time they may be sent to Russia. Ice Cube (swear words aplenty) is still their police boss and Amber Stevens plays his daughter and Jonas’ college bed mate and love interest in the movie. Dad is not happy!

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The best part of the movie is the sub-level play on words in just about everything. Tatum thinks he has Cate Blanchett when he is really told he has carte blanche on the case.

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3. Movies II…The Edge Of Tomorrow…We Like Tom Cruise!

The statement “We Like Tom Cruise” did not come easily. The office staff had to see Jack Reacher on a re-watch channel. Then, office members had to see The Edge Of Tomorrow at their local theater before voting on Cruise. The vote was four to one for Cruise. Everyone (5-0) said, though, that they would go into battle with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt after seeing The Edge of Tomorrow.

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Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are joined in The Edge Of Tomorrow by thousands of battling soldiers and aliens. Jonas Armstrong, Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Charlotte Riley, Franz Drameh, and Dragomir Mrsic are other actors you will recognize in the movie and the movie’s final credits.

You have seen ‘flashback movies’ before where a lover keeps getting better and better by going back in time and correcting his or her new relationship mistakes. Please check out About Time a previously reviewed Bill Nighy movie where this concept shines.

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In The Edge Of Tomorrow, an unlikely choice of a soldier (Cruise) dies again and again in battle against aliens. Each time Cruise dies and returns to life, with the help of Emily Blunt and his battle experiences, he gets militarily smarter and smarter. However, like a ‘nine lived’ cat, he is running out of lives and special effects…and the aliens are still in ‘battle mode’ control. By the way, has a women ever gone back in time in a movie for love or to find her lost puppy? Our week-long check continues? Your “woman back in time” expertise is needed! Anyone?

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4. Scientific Awesomeness…The Green Flash Sunset…Be Very Amazed!

Amanda Renee Deahl owns Pocahontas Early America. It is a Eugene, Oregon based business that makes original earrings, dream catchers, stained glass creations, hair extensions, Indian pottery, and more.

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In a discussion mentioning that Cruise and Blunt together were like seeing a double rainbow, Amanda mentioned the two actors were more brilliant than a Green Flash sunset. Since, we had no idea what a ‘green flash sunset’ was, we just nodded our heads. No sense in being stupid amongst friends.

A quick after dinner jump to the Internet revealed amazing that no one, except Amanda, had ever seen before. Everyone had experienced a double rainbow. No one had ever been green flashed. Oregon does have its perks, doesn’t it? It will soon become a state…we hope!

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The green flash phenomenon occurs at sunset and, also, at sunrise. In some instances it is ‘flash’ brief. In others instances, the flash and the incredible sky it creates is a little longer. Double rainbows, of course, appear after or during rain events. The ‘green flash’ is hard to predict and, therefore, harder to capture on camera. We are in attack mode as individuals and as an office.

We will capture a green flash before the Phillies win their next World Series.

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5. Business…Yarly…The World Of Photographs…The Importance Of Memories Saved!

Here is a neat note from a company that is designed to save your precious memories and to also recruit you to go into business to help others do the same. Here is what Jack shared with us:

Hi Tom,
Enjoyed our phone call today. Here are the two paragraphs about what we’re doing here at Yarly: Before Yarly, the process of making digital copies of physical photos was tedious. Our solution? Make the process fun; by signing on local business partners in communities nationwide, the chore of digitizing photos is now as easy as stopping by a friend’s house.

Each Yarly partner scans the photos brought to them and saves them in Yarly’s cloud. With your Yarly account, you can easily download these photos from the Yarly app into anywhere you’d like. The process is simple, quick, and best of all, friendly. Visit http://www.yarly.co or send an email to jack@yarly.co to learn more about this efficient new way to save your memories.

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With 185 billion non-digitized photos across the world, many of our best memories are in jeopardy of fading away, becoming ripped, or worse, lost forever. Contact Yarly today!

I’ve also attached 2 images, including our logo, if you’d like to include those in your post. Once again, thanks for spreading our message.
Kind regards,

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6. Music I…Mariah Carey…Diva Define Delivers Again!

Join forty-three million You Tube listeners of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s When You Believe (The Prince of Egypt) before researching your song favorites on Carey’s new album introduced below.

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Mariah Carey’s new album Me I Am Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse is a more than pleasant surprise. It is a great combination of the old and new. She, too, knows the importance of putting talent around you as she basks in reflective glory of the recording stars (Stevie Wonder, Wale, Hit Boy’s, Nas) she assembled in this multiple collaboration album. They teamed on the ballads, rap, hip-hop, and rock sections of the albums and song videos.

Beautiful and Your Mine are standouts combining fusion and rap.

Supernatural with her children joining in in song rates a 10 on the cute scale. Hey, they are only three years old!

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7. Music II…Gavin Rossdale…He’s? (Said In Wonder) Turning Forty-Nine!

 No way is Gavin Rossdale turning forty-nine! We wonder if his wife Gwen Stefani (married in 2002) and their two children know this?

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His fellow hard rock Bush band members Chris Traynor, Corey Britz, and Robin Goodridge may not know this either. Rossdale is our musical pick for the week.

Our top three Bush and Rossdale hits are relatively calm ballads far from their ordinary grunge rock fair:

  1. Love Remains The Same
  2. Wild Horses (Rolling Stones’ Cover)
  3. Letting The Cables Sleep

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Sorry Glycerine and Comedown fans! Your two favorite songs in total Internet hits did not make the end cut. Bush paid $40,000 to a band in Canada who originally had their name. For awhile Bush had to put an X next to their name to be non-competitive.

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8. Music III…The X Factor Top Ten Auditions…Revised for 2014!

Our third recommendation this week is to spend an hour and two minutes to fall in love with the singers on VeVo’s updated release of the Top Ten X-Factor Musical Auditions.

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Seeing Simon Cowell being mesmerized again and again by great performances and amazing people is worth the musical watch. Each artist picked a powerful song by a major star that reason said they couldn’t reach. The reach of these ten participants was incredible. Their original songs match the songs by the very famous.

Rion Paige alone is worth every penny you will pay for the free auditions.

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9. Education, Art, And Music…Alicia Keys…Plays It Just Right!

We love the end of the school year when we can get crazy with our projects and do our Putting On The Hits Lip-Synch morning. Every class in the school sends their top two lip-synch champs. Hits contestants are shown the Alicia Keys album that has half of her face shown with the other half being a piano. Students pick a song by an artist and do the same thing to the new artist’s face before performing that artist’s song. Performers, also, have to cut their own face in half and place a collage of photos on the other side depicting their likes and favorites from all areas.

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Both faces and accompanying pictures are placed behind the performer during their one-minute lip synch. The student performances are more fun than:

  1. Cotton candy in a two year-olds hands
  2. Sliding under the catcher’s tag in a ninth inning win
  3. Hop-scotching kids in the school yard
  4. A World Cup soccer goal

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10. Our June Contributor’s Call-out For Creative Ideas Continues!

Join our yearlong, 20th Anniversary celebration of writing and creative discussion by contributing a story suggestion, book review, movie write-up, art piece, award notice, photography portfolio, game grabber, business join-up, multimedia purchase, travel tidbit, or theater ‘can’t miss’ for our Let’s Talk column.

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Your ideas and suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography on Let’s Talk over our discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We subscribe to the concept of reflected glory! Ask your friends to drop their email in the follow box in the bottom right hand corner of the opening page.

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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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