Thursday, March 26, 2015

#GermanWingsCrash Jet Suicide?



With reports emerging that one of the two pilots on the doomed Germanwings 4U9525 flight that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday had been locked out of the cockpit, the mystery around the plane's crash in otherwise normal conditions took a new turn, with conspiracy theories going wild online.

Germanwings crash: Students, singers among the victims

(CNN) They were high school exchange students, heading home after a week in Spain. Opera singers fresh off a show in Barcelona.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Novelists Elisa Albert and Yelena Akhtiorskaya; Barbara Smith Writer's Events at UAlbany


Elisa Albert, novelist and short story writer, and Yelena Akhtiorskaya, novelist
March 26 (Thursday)
Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Campus Center 375

Elisa Albert is the author of the new novel After Birth (2015), a piercingly candid and outrageously funny story of motherhood. Author Lydia Davis called it, “a fast-talking, opinionated, moody, funny, and slightly desperate account of the attempt to recover from having a baby.” Albert’s previous books include the novel, The Book of Dahlia (2008) and the short story collection, How This Night is Different (2006), winner of the Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award for Short Fiction.

Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of a brilliant debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase (2014), the story of two decades in the life of a Ukrainian immigrant family in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Hailed by the critics as “ingenious” (NPR), “marvelous” (Library Journal) and “hilarious” (Publishers Weekly), Panic in a Suitcase was named a “Notable Book of 2014” by the New York Times and Washington Post.
More about Elisa Albert and Yelena Akhtiorskaya:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/albert_akht15.html



Panel Discussion, Book Signing and 
Reception with Barbara Smith

Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
Milne Hall, Room 200, Downtown Campus
135 Western Ave., Albany, NY

Rockefeller College, the New York State Writers Institute and SUNY Press present a panel discussion moderated by Susan Arbetter of the The Capitol Pressroom, featuring pioneering activist Barbara Smith, and Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, editors of the new book Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith (2014). Immediately following the discussion, there will be a dessert reception and book signing with Barbara.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Around The Blogosphere 23 March 2015




"It’s not that you have to be a certain kind of person to make a big dream happen. You just have to be the kind of person who decides to do it and then follows through."

Ever get your Alby Mangels on? Just wanna pack up and go... travel around or maybe start a new life someplace else? This gal did! She told my friend Jessica: "It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of pieces that need to fall into place for a big change to happen. Your to-do list can start to feel impossible and suffocating. Focus on breaking it into the smallest chunks that you can and just tackle one at a time. It’s incredible how much comes together at the last minute, so just take one step after another and keep breathing." Read more »

PS - I've made a few spring changes here on the blog. I've moved up the "Life-Health-Money" bloglist in the right sidebar and added three new blogs, including Jessica's and Sarah's. This makes it easier for both me and YOU to check-in and see what's hapening on these great weblogs!

Can Artists Earn a Living in the Age of Social Media? YES THEY CAN! Not only can artists live off their work, but the Internet can actually be a lifeline for them in today's increasingly competitive marketplace. The blog RamGon (third newly added to the "Life-Health-Money" category) looks into opportunities for painters in social media and, more importantly, into how the medium can help artists to publicize and market their work. Spanish | Chinese

HAPPENING ON TWITTER ::: The "big news" in the U.S. is that in the wee wee hours of Monday morning, Ted Cruz confirmed on Twitter that he will run for president, making him the first official candidate to toss his hat in the ring, and the first (correct me if I'm wrong) to announce on social media.

At the launching of MéxicoLeaks, a platform that collects leaked information about possible corruption, journalist Carmen Aristegui and her research team declared that they would back the project.

This led MVS Radio, their employer, to fire Aristegui's collaborators, Daniel Lizarraga and Iriving Huerta, for supposedly compromising the company name.

In response, Aristegui demanded that the radio station rehire Lizarraga and Huerta, after which the company let her go as well.

That led to an outcry of support from followers on Twitter: Read more »

TRENDING: youtube is exploding with people trying to watch a National Georgraphic video of an explorer disturbing some mating tortoises. (click on the image to watch)

GOOGLE has made a point of making a 'hit' out of Emmy Noether. Though you may never have heard of her until now, the powers that be tell us Emmy Noether was one of the most brilliant and important mathematicians of the 20th century. They credit her with altering the course of modern physics.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

#OneDirection must pay PI 'weed bond', forfeit if they use drugs

One Direction stars Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson face losing more than $5,000 each if they are caught using, or promoting, illegal drugs in Manila.


The pair have been asked to post bonds of 200,000 pesos each for a special work permit, ahead of two concerts in the Philippine capital this weekend.


Anti-Drugs Advocate Cherry Ching says her group is urging the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to send officers to keep an eye on the band. Local immigration said the bond was intended "to protect public interest"
  
"We do not hate the band, we love them. I personally love them. It's just the drugs that we hate" -Cherry Ching/Laban ng Pamilyang Pilipino

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