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R.I.P. Jazz-Funk Legend Joe Sample

Mr. Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders gave some of the best live performances ever!  If they had a concert within a few hundred miles radius of where I lived, I found a way to get there - no matter what.

Thank you Mr. Sample.  Your amazingly beautiful music lives on - forever.  R.I.P. sir!

Straight Talk from Actor Kevin Spacey


Michael Jackson: "They Don't Care About Us"

R.I.P. Actor Robin Williams


Robin McLaurin Williams[3][4] (July 21, 1951[5] – August 11, 2014) was an American actor, voice actor, and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.


Mr. Williams' film career included such acclaimed films as 


He also appeared in the video to "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrinNominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, fourGolden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.[6][7]

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Louise Ricks Celebrates Her 102nd Birthday Rocking to Pharrell's "Happy"

Mrs. Ricks at 100 years young!

Mrs. Ricks at 102 years young!



Dirty Little Secrets Hiding in Your Hotel Room

"Giving": Touching Story of Dr. Prajak Arunthong

Warning: Manly Tears Could Form If You Watch This Video

A communications company out of Thailand made one of the best commercials you’ll ever see. “Giving” by TrueMove H is three minutes of tear-jerking wonder. By the end, you’ll be wanting to give in order to spark the next Dr. Prajak Arunthong. I know I will.

Dr. Prajak Arunthong — the man who went from a thieving child who stole to help his mom to the brilliant brain surgeon who could save his hero’s life.

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Historian Peter Linebaugh on the History of Independence Day in the U. S.

Nassim Taleb: Magic of the Camera in Reestablishing Good Behavior


This is hilarious and excellent advice from Taleb's facebook page!

The magic of the camera in reestablishing ethical behavior. We used to live in small communities; our reputations were directly determined by what we did --we were watched. Today, anonymity brings the ass*le in persons.

I accidentally discovered a way to change the behavior of unethical and abusive people. 

1) The other day, in the NY subway corridor in front of the list of exits, I hesitated for a few seconds trying to get my bearings... A well dressed man started heaping insults at me "for stopping". Instead of hitting him as I would have done in 1921, I pulled my cell and took his picture while calmly calling him a "Mean idiot abusive to lost persons". He freaked out and ran away from me, hiding his face in his hands. 

2) A man in upstate NY got into my parking spot in as I was backing into it. I told him it was against etiquette, he acted as an as**le. Same thing, I silently took his picture and that of his license plate. He rapidly drove away and liberated the parking spot.

3) Near where I live there is a forest path/preserve banned to bicycles as they harm the environment. Two mountain cyclists ride on it every weekend during my 4 PM walk. I admonished them to no avail. The other day I calmly took a dozen of pictures, making sure they noticed. The bigger guy complained, but they they left rapidly. They have never returned.

Of course, I destroyed their pictures. But I never thought handhelds could be such a weapon.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

R.I.P. Legendary R&B Singer & Songwriter Bobby Womack


Mr. Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died.

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