Monday, April 30, 2012

The Temple of the Vampire

Written by Vincent Crowley

The History of the Temple:

The Temple of the Vampire is an ancient religion now registered with the federal government of the United States, and possessing an international membership. Shrouded in secrecy, the Temple has been known in historical times by many different names to include The Order of the Dragon, The Temple of the Dragon, and in ancient Samaria, as Hekal Tiamat (The Temple of the Vampire Dragon Goddess, Tiamat) Membership, until the present time, has been closed except by personal sponsorship and invitation, subject to the approval of the inner council.

The Modern Temple:

The modern Temple is a careful calculated experiment to more publicly reach those of us who may be of the Body of the Blood yet unaware of our full heritage. We seek only those who have become aware of their unique difference from the mass herd of humanity, those who resonate with the Dark of the Night, those who have recognized their nature as predators, those who sense there is something more to life and want to possess it.

Vampires Exist:

Vampires are the predator humans. We have come from the human stock, but represent the next stage in human evolution. We who accept and glory in our predatory nature. We fully accept our bestial instincts and origins while applying the power of our minds and will to the achievement of our deepest desires through earthly and magical means. We are the masters of the world. Our reach extends from the highest corporate executive offices to the most secluded country estates. Our membership includes almost virtually every profession and lifestyle. Our interest in world affairs is that of leaders who control and command, rather than mere followers who hear and obey. We have a rational plan for the world and for our own personal physical immortality. We are the few who truly rule this material world and those who throw their lot with us are wise indeed. Many are called. Fewer still, enter.

The Religion of Vampirism:

That the religion of vampirism has been, and remains, the religion of rulers. Ours is a selfish and brutal philosophy dedicated to personal survival and triumph. We have no interest in humanity as a whole other than in how they may serve us. At the same time, all other religions of the world were founded and continue to be directed by those of our kind. It was ancient vampires who created Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and all other major world religions to produce docility and compliance with the Rule of the Masters. Humans now unquestioningly accept the need for obedience to “the will of God”, which is and always has been the will of vampire masters. The religions that we have created for humanity are designed to curb human pride and inculcate a slave mentality. The vampire knows that there is no God who loves and cares for humanity, for it is we who created and taught them their ideas of God. In truth, we are the Gods of humankind while remaining atheists ourselves.
The Earthly Vampire:

The dayside of the vampires personality is that of the skeptical materialist who approaches life with a no-nonsense perspective. The key word here is doubt. We laugh in scorn at the humans who find themselves believing in the superstitious nonsense which our kind created for their control. The earthly dayside vampire is dedicated to personal, material mastery of life. While seldom entails the seeking of monetary wealth to the exclusion of personal pleasure, the religion of the Rulers leads one toward material success as a natural consequence of respecting the realities of the world as it is.

The Magical Vampire:

In ritual and other magical acts, the vampire exhibit’s the night-side of his/her personality. The keyword here is belief. The vampire learns to slip in and out of belief systems as they serve him/her, and absolute belief in magic is only engaged in when magic is actually used. The many powers of the vampire (to include shape-shifting, flying, mesmeric power, super human strength, and physical immortality) are accepted as real first within the night-side of a vampires mind. Here, from the will’s connection to the powers of darkness, the fantasies of power becomes realities. These realities are manifested in what are called out-of-body lucid dreams and are approached by the sincere and dedicated application of the Higher Teachings of the Temple.

The Tension Between The Worlds:

By developing and maintaining the opposing dayside and night-side perspective, the vampire produces a powerful stress between the world of truth and fantasy. The result is a growing capacity to cause change in the material world by magical means such that dreams of the night leave footprints in the day.

Magical Ritual:

A vampire is made, not born. This making comes from the direct and personal contact with the undead Gods. The original and correct purpose of all magical ritual is to attract and meet with the undead in a sacred act of Vampire Communion. Historically, we are the true witches and warlocks of Europe’s Dark Ages and the sorcerers and magicians of all times. The gathering for Vampiric Communion have always drawn the human aspirants as well as the Elder Gods to remote and isolated settings and shall continue to do so until the end of the world.


Vampirism is real and most ancient. Mortal life is swift and short. We may pick and choose amongst the billions to replenish the Elite. You have just this one opportunity for life undying. Your next actions will decide your future as just another mortal lost to the winds of time, or as one who will truly join Us to become a vampire, an undying ruler of this earth. The choice is yours ….

The new book by Carroll Bryant

Coming in Spring of 2013

A new breed of Vampire is about to reveal itself.

Joke #3

There was this guy at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half of an hour.

Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, "Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. I just can't stand to see a grown man cry."

The man shakes his head. "No, it's not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I over-sleep, and I'm late to my office. My boss fires me for it. When I leave the building, to go my car, I found out it was stolen. I get a cab to return home, and when I leave it, I discover I lost my wallet and all of my credit cards along with it. The cab driver just drives away, calling me fowl names. When I walk into my house, I find my wife in bed with my best friend. I leave home, and come to this bar. And just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison."

Bookbaby #8

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Carroll Reading

Okay, here you go. As promised, a video of me reading while I wait for David to return from whatever it was he was returning from. Don't get too excited about this one. It is apparent that David does not know how to use his close-up/focus dial. He said he went to get a close-up but that when he did so, his finger inadvertantly turned off the camera. Anyhow, I knew he had the camera that day, but he said he was just taking pictures of the scenery when in fact, he was secretly video-taping me. He wasn't video-taping me for any specific purpose at the time. He also says the next three are a little better. I will post them as he sends them. And with that being said, here is video one of four. Taken a few weeks after Christmas. There was no snow, but it was cold. Colder than it looks in the video. I was wearing a layer of 'long-johns' under my clothes plus I was wearing a long sleeve shirt under a short sleeve shirt and my green hunter/military coat. Anybody who has worn 'long-johns' under their clothes can attest as to how uncomfortable that can be and how awkward it is to move around. Obviously, the more layer of clothes you have, the more difficult it is to move around.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Picture Page Sunday #10

Now Available: Of The Light

Good news for Kindle owners, my new E-book, "Of The Light", a romatic sci-fi adventure, is now available on Amazon. "They" have arrived. It should start showing up on Barnes and Noble, Apple, The Reader Store, Kobo, Barker and Taylor, Copia, Gardner's, and ebookpie sometime within the next 2 to 4 weeks. Check it out! As well as my other two books, "Children of The Flower Power" and Last "Flight Out".

Bookbaby #7

David Fishing #5

The last of the videos from the day David and I went fishing. Now all that is left is to wait for him to send me the videos he took of me this past winter. This one is about as long as the first one I posted, maybe longer.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Video Break #19

Tell me what you want, what you want, Willa, Willa, Willa Ford. (Not to be confused with the rocker, Lita Ford) Anyhow, this one is for the guys. LOL But quickly, a little story:

On one of my trips to California, I hit a club with a friend that was known for having the occasional "star" to drop by. Anyhow, I can't recall if this was before or after Tina Barrett. Anyway, I am standing in the bar while my friend is jumping from table to table and mingling when my eyes catch onto hers from across the room. She was sitting in a booth with a bunch of girls and two big huge bodygaurds to either side of the booth. I gave her a nod and she gave me a wink and that was that. Mostly because my friend came up to me and informed me that it was time to vammoose. I asked him who that girl was and he said, Willa Ford, forget it! "She's out of your league."

Hey, nobody is out of my league. LOL Anyhow, here she is, the amazingly beautiful and sexy, Miss Willa Ford.

One can only wonder what might have been had my friend not been too hasty in leaving when we did.

Carroll's DVD Review #15

Let's get scary this week. There is only one movie that I can think of that could scare the bejeezus out of you, and I am going to be talking about it. The scariest movie of all time? You decide.


What can be more scarier that a demonic possession of a 12 year old girl? One who spits green pea soup in your face, masturbates with a cross and can spin her head completely around. Not to mention floating over the top of her bed and speaking in languages that nobody speaks anymore. Yes, it's the exorcist and he is coming to town to save the day. If this one doesn't give you nightmares then nothing will. Unless you're more afraid of ghosts than you are .... the devil!

I loved this film. I couldn't stop laughing at some parts. I haven't seen it for a few years until recently, when Jenny wanted to watch it. She saw it on my DVD shelf and asked, "Is this any good? Is it scary?" - Ha! I couldn't get her to watch the other movie. (Which I will be rating also today)

My rating: Hey, if this movie doesn't deserve ten stars - then nothing deserves ten stars. I give it ... 10 stars!



Planned for years, but plagued by problems such as the death of director John Frankenheimer before production had even begun and the exiting of star Liam Neeson, the fourth installment of the Exorcist saga finally got off the ground with Paul Schrader (Affliction, Auto Focus) behind the camera and Stellan Skarsgård filling the shoes left empty by Neeson. But the pitfalls didn't stop there, as Morgan Creek decided against their initial approach assigned to Schrader after seeing his finished cut, and hired Renny Harlin to reshoot the film with extra gore and head-spinning nastiness. The first prequel in the series, Exorcist: The Beginning is based upon events occurring before the first film. Playing the character made famous by Max von Sydow in the earlier films, this entry finds Skarsgård as a young Father Merrin facing true evil for the first time in Africa in the wake of World War II. When a young local boy begins to behave strangely, it becomes more and more apparent to Merrin that the child is a victim of demonic possession.

This one isn't as good as the first. Then again, nothing can match the original, right? Am I right? Of course I am right. However, it is still better than Exorcist three and way better than Exorcist Two: The Heretic.

Still, I am going to have to give it a rating of 8 stars. I think you'll like it. It might have been better had Liam Neeson hung around and played the lead role. I'm a huge Liam fan. But there you go, grab these two flicks and the covers and somebody to latch onto and turn out the lights. See you next week.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Carroll's Journal #20 (Stop it)

An interesting discovery this week, I came across an adult website with a picture of someone I know from Goodreads. She is in a very - shall we say - uncompromising position? O_o

However, it isn’t really her. It (the picture) has been superimposed. You can tell. Still, it blew me away when I saw it. My heart like, stopped for a minute. I doubt she knows about it. Maybe she does. I don’t know and I don’t care. She and I are not friends and I am forbidden to correspond with her so …. Not my problem.

If an older woman dates a younger guy, she’s a cougar. If an older man dates a younger girl, he’s a pedophile.

Is it me, or does Cornflakes taste better with bananas? And at night? I also partake in raisin bran from time to time. (Yes, with bananas too) Most cereals taste better with real fruit in it.

The NFL draft is upon us. I can’t wait to see what my teams do. I hope they don’t flub it up. Statistics say they probably will though. Well, at least I’m not a browns fan. Or Jets. LOL Just kidding. Or am I? O_o

Apple Jacks! Yeah buddy. Those are pretty awesome.

It looks like Jenny and I are not going to be moving into that apartment above hers. She wants our first place to be a house. That’s okay, I understand. And speaking of houses, I think I know where we can get one next year that will be on the open market. It’s in Columbus. (My agents house) Three bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, two car garage. Big yard with lots of young trees recently planted. A loft. Good neighbors. And best of all, I will be back in the big city. At the center of everything once again. Yeah, I don’t know how she is going to take it. Not sure at all.

Pizza is still tops on my list as a great breakfast treat. Cold pizza, that is.

If a little person kicks you in the leg, it’s hilarious. If you kick a little person in the leg, you’re under arrest.

So … basically what you’re saying is … you’re disappointed at me for looking at internet porn? Stop it! You know guys surf internet porn. Even the ones who say they don’t, trust me, they do. Oh yes, they do. And no, I am not addicted to porn. If I am then I am also addicted to oxygen, water and food.

Wait! What?

The loneliest feeling in the world: When you make a dating profile and no matches can be found.

Captain Crunch!

Have you ever missed someone so much that you went and did something foolish? I mean, really foolish? And afterwards you realized, you might not be able to un-do it? It’s kind of like when I wanted to impress this one girl when I was like sixteen years old and on my motorcycle, I went down into the drainage ditch in front of my house at a relatively high rate of speed and came out on the other side, ramping it, and flew into the air and towards the garage door, landing right in front of it (and right smack into it) where the impact of my body was thrust into the one of the small windows where I dangled momentarily for a few minutes after the impact.

I never knew so many people coming to my aid to see if I was okay. Or even still alive. Seeing how I never wore a helmet, that was a possibility. Yet, all I remember most is finally pulling myself out from the window and pulling out a huge shard of glass from my chest to which my mother felt needed some serious medical attention. They ended up putting like five stitches in the wound. Seriously though, I still think I could have done okay with spraying some WD-40 on it and slapping some duct tape across it.

Duct tape. Some people call it duck tape, but it’s really duct tape. Just saying.

I wonder if my picture has been used for some porno site? Nobody would ever believe me that I had nothing to do with it. There are some people out there who think I have already participated in an adult movie.

Seriously though, a Dr. Seuss book got banned in Canada? Now that’s something I figured would have happened in America first. It sure would be nice if we could get rid of communism once and for all, wouldn’t it? But in order to do that we would need to get rid of the Democratic and Republican parties and I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon. It’s just that I would think people would get sick and tired eventually of fighting all the time about who’s communism works better. (Neither of them work!) Apparently they don’t grow tired of it nor do Americans grow tired of hearing it nor being unwilling pawns in their childish games. (And there’s your answer)

Yep, WD-40 and duct tape. Fruit Loops! Lucky Charms! They’re magically delicious.

I can’t for the life of me figure out why my girlfriend broke up with me. I thought we were the perfect match. She said it herself that it was the “little” things that made her happy. A perfect match I tell you!
Fruity Pebbles. Oh, wait! Chocolate pebbles. Oh yeah.

If I were to do a porno flick, I would call myself Buck Naked. If I were a girl, I would probably have to go with Anita Chubby Dick. Another good one would be, Maxx Cream. Although, Mick Slippyfist is kind of cool. I’m not too fond of the name, Dingle Berry. Poppycock McAnus just doesn’t sound right. Ricky Cucumber? I may as well drive a Porsche. How about Slappy Dangler? Some more girl names I would use if I were a female porn star would be, Ivanna Suckuoff or maybe, Youvanna Handjob. How about Cram Stroker? Haha (Making a pun for Bram Stoker.)

Okay, that’s enough of that. Stop it!

Success in life is a combination of knowledge and instincts. I’ve been getting by so far in life with instincts.

Honestly, that would be pretty freaking lonely. I mean, no matches? At all? What-so-ever?

It does feel good though to be in a relationship with a girl who doesn’t seek emotional validation of any kind from others. To find one so confident with themselves is a rarity now-a-days, I think. We get so caught up in the culture of telling our kids that they can be anybody they want to be and do anything they want to do that we forget to help them find out who they really are and what they really want. Heck, we forget to help them find out what it is they are actually good at. We get so wrapped up in pushing our children to do what we want them to do that they don’t have the time anymore to discover what it is they are actually good at. My nephews little league baseball team is proof of that.

Side note: When you’re kid is supposed to be playing third base, but instead, he (or she) is chasing a butterfly in the stands … yeah, you might want to reconsider baseball as an employment option for their future. Hey, the world could use butterfly collectors too.

This Google Earth is whack!

I just thought of something, if I was Jesus, I would probably be an alcoholic what with the power of turning water into wine. Then again, I don’t really care for wine that much. It gives me heartburn. No, if I were Jesus, I would turn water into whiskey and whiskey into grape soda, just to mess with people’s head.

I can picture my mother right now after reading that last paragraph. “Stop it, Carroll! Just stop it now! Don’t you be talking about Jesus like that young man!”

Another TSA story in the news. Another child incident. Really? We need to take the “pat-down” to such a sexual extreme with children? Obviously, the terrorists have won. Their goal was to change our way of life and thrust us into fear and sure enough, they did. They win. Let’s send them a trophy for their effort. Here is my message to TSA across America - Stop it! Stop it now! A-holes.

Which is better? Full service … or … Fool service?

Another prom story in the news as well. A girl wearing the colors of the confederate flag was denied entry to her prom. Hey, communists, stop it! This is America. People, you need to withdraw your heads from your sphincters A.S.A.P. This “political correctness” crap has gone way too far. And by the way, did you know that the term “political correctness” started in communist Russia in the early to mid 70’s? Yes, it did. It was first spoken publicly by a member of the Russian Communist Party. So, if you are a practitioner of “political correctness”, then you might want to reevaluate your position. O_o

Just saying.

Word game time: Here are four different words with similar meaning. 1) Communist. 2) Socialist. 3) Progressive. 4) Political correctness.

Sugar Smacks! Sugar Pops! Rice Crispies!

My football teams drafted who? Mark Barron and Morris Claiborne? … I guess that’s okay.

Now I read where we are arresting female rape victims because they are having a difficult time sitting on the stand to face their rapist during trial. Really? That’s where our society has evolved to? We’re arresting rape victims? Sweet Sally Jessi Raphael.

And on top of that, we’re arresting people who can’t pay their debts? Really? If that’s the case, then why aren’t we arresting our politicians for the HUGE debt America keeps piling up day to day to day? Really? Our solution in America is to arrest poor people?


Joke #2


PLATO: For the greater good.

KARL MARX: It was a historical inevitability.

TIMOTHY LEARY: Because that's the only trip the establishment would let it take.

CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK: To boldly go where no duck has gone before.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: I envision a world where all ducks will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

MOSES: And God came down from the Heavens, and He said unto the duck: "Thou shalt cross the road." And the duck crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.

FOX MULDER: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more ducks have to cross the road before you believe it?

RICHARD M. NIXON: The duck did not cross the road. I repeat, the duck did NOT cross the road.

MACHIAVELLI: The point is that the duck crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.

JERRY SEINFELD: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, "What the heck was this duck doing walking around all over the place, anyway?"

FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the duck crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

BILL GATES: I have just released the new Duck 2000, which will not only cross the road, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. It is not compatible, however, with Duck 1997. Or Macintosh.

OLIVER STONE: The question is not, "Why did the duck cross the road?" Rather, it is, "Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the duck crossing? And what about the grassy knoll?"

DARWIN: Ducks, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically predisposed to cross roads.

EINSTEIN: Whether the duck crossed the road or the road moved beneath the duck depends upon your frame of reference ...

JOHN F. KENNEDY: Don’t ask what the duck can do for the road, but what the road can do for the duck.

MOB STOOLIE: What duck? What road? I didn’t see nothing, hear? Nothing I tell you, you see? Yeah, that’s the ticket.

JOE PESCI: Duck? A duck crossed the f&#king road? Are you sure about that? In what universe does it take for a duck to cross the F%$king road? Are you sure about that duck crossing the road?!


MATLOCK: You know the duck crossed the road. I know the duck crossed the road. This whole court knows the duck crossed the road. The question isn’t if the duck crossed the road or even why it crossed the road. The question is, what road did the duck cross? I think you know the answer to that one, don’t you?

GARY COLEMAN: What you talking bout Willis?

MIKE WALLACE: Why did the duck cross the road? Find out next on 60 minutes.

ANDY ROONEY: Now, I’m not one to care about ducks crossing roads, but if you’re a road just minding your own business, wouldn’t you want to know why a duck would be crossing you? And if so, wouldn’t you be concerned about how long it would take a duck to cross you? Those webbed feet doesn’t make it any easier what with that hot pavement of the road scorching through, it’s enough to drive you crazy. Wouldn’t it have just been better if the duck didn’t cross the road? Or better yet, waited until night fall when the asphalt of the road was much cooler to walk on when crossing? I don’t even know why it’s so important for us to know the reasons why a duck would cross the road. Is it really any of our concern?

Bookbaby #6

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Legends: James Dean

The epitome of cool. I even wrote a song called “In The Style Of James Dean”. He made being a loner enticing. Now we look upon a loner person as someone most likely to shoot up his classmates. Who was this guy who was with us for only a very short time?

James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) He was an American film actor and a cultural icon, best embodied in the title of his most celebrated film, ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in ‘East Of Eden’ (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in ‘Giant’ (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status.

James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, at the Seven Gables apartment house located at the corner of 4th Street and McClure Street in Marion, Indiana, to Winton Dean and Mildred Wilson. Six years after his father had left farming to become a dental technician, James and his family moved to Santa Monica, California. The family spent several years there, and by all accounts young Dean was very close to his mother. According to Michael DeAngelis, she was "the only person capable of understanding him". He was enrolled at Brentwood Public School in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles until his mother died of cancer when Dean was nine years old.

Unable to care for his son, Winton Dean sent James to live with Winton's sister Ortense and her husband Marcus Winslow on a farm in Fairmount, Indiana, where he was raised in a Quaker background. Dean sought the counsel and friendship of Methodist pastor, the Rev. James DeWeerd. DeWeerd seemed to have had a formative influence upon Dean, especially upon his future interests in bullfighting, car racing, and the theater. According to Billy J. Harbin, "Dean had an intimate relationship with his pastor... which began in his senior year of high school and endured for many years." Their sexual relationship was earlier suggested in the 1994 book, Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean by Paul Alexander. In 2011, it was reported that he once told Elizabeth Taylor, his co-star in ‘Giant‘, that he was sexually abused by a minister two years after his mother's death.

In high school, Dean's overall performance was mediocre. However, he was a popular school athlete, having successfully played on the baseball and basketball teams and studied drama and competed in forensics through the Indiana High School Forensic Association. After graduating from Fairmount High School on May 16, 1949, Dean moved back to California with his beagle, Max, to live with his father and stepmother. He enrolled in Santa Monica College and majored in pre-law. Dean transferred to UCLA for one semester and changed his major to drama, which resulted in estrangement from his father. He pledged the SigmaNu Fraternity but was never initiated. While at UCLA, he was picked from a pool of 350 actors to land the role of Malcolm in Macbeth. At that time, he also began acting with James Whitmore's acting workshop. In January 1951, he dropped out of UCLA to pursue a full-time career as an actor.

Dean's first television appearance was in a Pepsi Cola television commercial. He quit college to act full time and was cast as John the Beloved Disciple in ‘Hill Number One‘, an Easter television special, and three walk-on roles in movies, ‘Fixed Bayonets‘, ‘Sailor Beware‘, and ‘Has Anybody Seen My Gal?‘ His only speaking part was in Sailor ‘Beware‘, a Paramount comedy starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis; Dean played a boxing trainer.

While struggling to get jobs in Hollywood, Dean also worked as a parking lot attendant at CBS Studios, during which time he met Rogers Brackett, a radio director for an advertising agency, who offered him professional help and guidance in his chosen career, as well as a place to stay.

In October 1951, following actor James Whitmore's and his mentor Rogers Brackett's advice, Dean moved to New York City. There he worked as a stunt tester for the game show Beat The Clock. He also appeared in episodes of several CBS television series, The Web, Studio One, and Lux Video Theatre, before gaining admission to the legendary Actors Studio to study method acting under Lee Strasberg. Proud of this accomplishment, Dean referred to the Studio in a 1952 letter to his family as "The greatest school of the theater. It houses great people like Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Arthur Kennedy, Mildred Dunnock. Very few get into it ... It is the best thing that can happen to an actor. I am one of the youngest to belong."

Dean's career picked up and he performed in further episodes of such early 1950s television shows as Kraft Television Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, Danger, and General Electric Theatre. One early role, for the CBS series Omnibus in the episode "Glory in the Flower", saw Dean portraying the type of disaffected youth he would later immortalize in Rebel Without A Cause.

Positive reviews for Dean's 1954 theatrical role as "Bachir", a pandering North African houseboy, in an adaptation of the book The Immoralist, led to calls from Hollywood.

Dean avoided the draft by registering as a homosexual, then classified by the US government as a mental disorder. When questioned about his orientation, he is reported to have said, "No, I am not a homosexual. But, I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back."

On Friday morning, 30 September 1955, Dean and his Porsche factory-trained mechanic, were at Competition Motors in Hollywood preparing Dean’s new Porsche 550 Spyder for the weekend sports car races at Salinas, California. Dean originally intended to trailer the Porsche to Salinas, behind his 1955 Ford Country Squire station wagon, driven by friend and movie stunt man Bill Hickman and accompanied by professional photographer Sanford H. Roth who was planning a photo story of Dean at the races for Colliers Magazine.

Because the Porsche didn’t have enough ‘break-in’ miles prior to the race, his mechanic, Rolf Wütherich recommended that Dean drive the Spyder to Salinas to get more ‘seat time’ behind the wheel. The group had coffee and donuts at the Hollywood Ranch Market on Vine Street across from Competition Motors (not the legendary Farmer’s Market at Fairfax and 3rd Ave. as previously reported) before leaving around 1:15 p.m. PST. They stopped at the Mobil station for gasoline on Ventura Blvd. at Beverly Glen Blvd. in Sherman Oaks around 2:00 p.m. The group then headed north on CA Route 99 and then over the ‘Grapevine’ toward Bakersfield.

At 3:30 p.m., Dean was stopped by California Highway Patrolman O.V. Hunter at Mettler Station on Wheeler Ridge, just south of Bakersfield, for driving 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. Hickman, following behind the Spyder in the Ford with the trailer, was also ticketed for driving 20 mph over the limit, as the speed limit for all vehicles towing a trailer was 45 mph.

After receiving the speeding citations, Dean and Hickman turned left onto Route 166/33 to avoid going through Bakersfield’s slow 25 mph downtown district. Route 166/33 was a known short-cut for all the sports car drivers going to Salinas, called ‘the racer’s road,’ which took them directly to Blackwells Corner at CA Route 466.

At Blackwells Corner, Dean stopped briefly only for refreshments and met up with fellow racers Lance Reventlow and Bruce Kessler, who were also on their way to the Salinas road races in Reventlow’s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe. As Reventlow and Kessler were leaving, they all agreed to meet for dinner in Paso Robles.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., Dean and Hickman left Blackwells Corner driving west on Route 466 toward Paso Robles, approximately sixty miles away. Dean accelerated in the Porsche and left the Ford station wagon far behind. Further along on Route 466, the Porsche crested Polonio Pass and headed down the long Antelope Grade, passing cars along the way toward the junction floor at Route 466 and 41. Dean spotted a black-and-white 1950 Ford Custom coupe, driving at a high rate of speed heading east on Rt. 466 toward the junction.

The time was approximately 5:45 p.m., PST. Its driver, 23-year-old Cal Poly student Donald Turnupseed, suddenly turned in front of the Porsche to take the left fork onto Route 41. Turnupseed then hesitated as he 'spiked' the brakes just as the Ford crossed over the center line. Dean saw an impending crash and apparently tried to 'power steer' the Spyder in a 'side stepping' racing maneuver, but there wasn't enough time or space as the two cars crashed almost head-on. The Spyder flipped up into the air and landed back on its wheels off in a gully, northwest of the junction. The sheer velocity of the impact sent the much-heavier Ford broad-sliding thirty-nine feet down Route 466 in the westbound lane.

James Dean was dead.

There have been many questions raised over the decades about the accident: who was driving the Porsche? Were Turnupseed and Dean both recklessly speeding? What was said prior to the accident? Some say that Dean's last known words, uttered right before the impact but after Wütherich told Dean to slow down, was: "That guy's gotta stop...He'll see us."

James Dean historian Lee Raskin believes that this is pure conjecture about Wütherich saying anything to Dean, or Dean saying anything to Wütherich prior to the crash.

According to the Coroner's deposition taken of Wütherich in the hospital, and later in a 1960 interview given to an official Porsche magazine, Christophorus, he couldn't recall any of the exact moments leading up to and after the crash

James Dean is buried in Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana, less than a mile from where he grew up on his aunt and uncle's farm. In 1977, a Dean memorial was erected in Cholame, California. The stylized sculpture is composed of stainless steel around a tree of heaven growing in front of the former Cholame post office building. The sculpture was designed in Japan and transported to Cholame, accompanied by the project's benefactor, Seita Ohnishi of Kobe, Japan, a retired business man and devoted Dean fan. Ohnishi chose the site after examining the location of the accident, less than a mile away.

The original Highway 41 and 46 junction where the accident occurred is now a pasture, and the two roadways were realigned over the decades to make it safer. On 30 September 2005, the junction at Highways 46 and 41 was dedicated as the James Dean Memorial Junction as part of the State of California's official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death.

American teenagers at the time of Dean's major films identified with Dean and the roles he played, especially in Rebel Without A Cause: the typical teenager, caught where no one, not even his peers, can understand him. Joe Hyams says that Dean was "one of the rare stars, like Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift, whom both men and women find sexy."

According to Marjorie Garber, this quality is "the undefinable extra something that makes a star." Dean's iconic appeal has been attributed to the public's need for someone to stand up for the disenfranchised young of the era, and to the air of androgyny that he projected onscreen. Dean's "loving tenderness towards the besotted Sal Mineo in Rebel Without A Cause continues to touch and excite gay audiences by its honesty. The Gay Times Readers' Awards cited him as the male gay icon of all time."

This is the song I wrote in his honor.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video Break 18 (I'm Awesome!)

Very funny song/video by Spose.

Let's Get SIRIUS

The star of Isis, called Sothis, or Sirius, is the brightest star in our night sky. Modern astronomy has determined that it is only 8 & 1/2 light-years distant, and traveling directly towards Earth at many thousands of miles per hour. The ancient Egyptians believed that Sirius had a tremendous effect upon life on our planet.

The system of Sirius contains two known stars, the first binary star system discovered. The larger and brighter of the two, Sirius 'A', is three times the mass of our sun, and over ten times as bright. Shinning with a brilliant blue-white radiance, Sirius 'A' easily over-shadows her darker companion star. Sirius 'B' is a "white dwarf" star, invisible to the naked eye and packing the equivalent mass of our sun into an incredibly dense globe only 4 times the diameter of our Earth.

The Sirius system is directly "upstream" of our solar system within the galactic arm of our Milky Way galaxy. Because of this, we now know that the polorized energies of Sirius do indeed wash over us. Modern science is yet to discover if this vast current of highly charged particles affects solar activity or life on earth.

By coming directly towards us, Sirius creates an axis of rotation with Earth relative to the stellar background. Because of this, of all the stars in the sky, only the annual heliacal rising of Sirius exactly matches the length of our solar year, 365.25 days.

The ancient Egyptians were SOMEHOW aware of this unique relationship between our system and Sirius and marked the heliacal rising of Sirius as the first day of their calendar year.

Even today, unbeknownst to the people of the world, our New Years Eve celebration is a continuation of a most ancient ritual honoring the return of Sirius to the midheaven position at midnight. Occuring down through the ages around January 1st, this midnight alignment marks the moment when the energies of Sirius, directly overhead, most closely touch our lives in her most singular purity. For countless thousands of years and all around the world, without knowing the hidden reason, we have marked this midnight moment by jumping for joy as the rush of this vital connection surges through us.

Sirius 'B' traces an elliptical orbit around Sirius 'A', and their common center of gravity, directly face onto the Earth like the dial of a clock. Taking 50 years to complete their orbit, the period of closest connection, called the periastron, is a time when the radiated energies of these two great stars is especially tense.

Sirius 'B' spins on its axis at an incredible 23 times a minute. (23 RPM!!!) generating an enormous magnetic field. As it approaches periastron, it begins to pull huge amounts of gas and material away from its less dense companion.

The gravitational attraction of these stars for each other and the energies they release at this time of closest communion is difficult, if not impossible for the HUMAN mind to comprehend.

Vast amounts of electromagnetic radiation, including visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays and beyond, are thrown into space. The extra gas and material Sirius 'A' provides for her companion re-ignite fusion reactions within Sirius 'B', and once again, her eternal lover, now blazing brightly, is reborn.

As Sirius 'B' moves past periastron, the light generated by their shared energies begins to diminish until eventually, it resumes its role as her "dark companion".

As Robert Temple has shown in his book "THE SIRIUS MYSTERY", the ancient Egyptians WERE AWARE of Sirius 'B' and the orbital dynamics of the Sirian system in predynastic times, before 3200 BC.
So did the Mayans.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Interview With Georgina Taylor

Hi everyone! So today's interview is with Georgina who is the author of ' The Taint', read more to see what its all about,

Me: When did you start writing?

Georgina: I began to write stories as a teenager. However I didn’t have much faith in myself as a writer and so I chose instead to concentrate on my art.

Me: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Georgina: I came to the decision to make writing my career about ten years ago, shortly after the birth of my first child. I had my last big art exhibition in Sydney, Australia and felt it was time for a change. By the following day I’d written my first chapter. (Synopsis? What’s that? Just plunge on in and suffer the consequences!) 

Me: How long have you been writing?

Georgina: Writing with stubborn perseverance? A little over ten years.

Me: What is your book about? (Describe it)

Georgina: Although I have several short stories published, I’ll talk about my soon to be released novel Sorrow’s Child, the first in my four part Gothic Fantasy series The Taint

As I’m deep in edits at the moment, it is now the sum of my days and the stuff of my nightmares too! 

I’ll give you a bit of a blurb: a dark fairytale steeped in myth and magic. In a richly gothic setting, Sorrow’s Child is both a coming of age story, and a tale of betrayal and bloody revenge. 

On the isle of Muin, one of the thirteen scattered Meda Isles, Lilith, a young orphan and indentured servant, is found guilty of witchcraft and is condemned to hang…
Me:Tell us two things about you that not too many people know.

Georgina: I am woken up by sixty hungry ducks every morning.

I have a thing for the Australian singer, poet and songwriter, Nick Cave--well, I’ll admit all my friends know that, and I’m sure my neighbours do too.

Me: How did you come up with the idea of your book?

Georgina: Lilith, my Witch, has always been with me. Her story has grown in my mind over the years.

Meng and Meabel, my winged, bestial Demigods, introduced themselves to me in 2003. They feature in my published short story The Taint: Octavia and in the second novel in The Taint series, Gods and Monsters. Their story (especially Meng’s!) intertwines with Lilith’s in the last two books in the series.

As to the idea behind the series: along with making the books enjoyable, racy reading, I am interested in the idea that people are more than the sum of our pasts, our experiences, our upbringings. We are feel to chose our own paths at any time. It is our actions at any given time that determine our fate, whether we strive to be Gods or monsters. 

Me; If you could be a character in one of your books, who  would it be? (And why?)

Georgina: It would have to be Lilith, although by the time readers have finished the first book in the series, they may look at me a little strangely for revealing this. I admire Lilith’s strength, and believe me she needs to be strong. I also admire her determination in seeing things through to the bitter end. Anymore and I’ll be giving away spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that…

Me: What's your background? Tell us a little about it.

Georgina: I was born in England and immigrated to Australia was I was four. I suppose my background is in Visual Arts. I have a B.A Visual Arts majoring in photography. I exhibited for many years with Stills Gallery, Sydney. I now show at Cobweb Designs Gallery, Cygnet Tasmania. 
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David Fishing #4

David sent me two more videos from our day of fishing. He says he has one more long one of him to send then he will be sending me the four videos with me in them. He says the next video is long. It's when we talked about my engagement to Jennfier. I can't wait to see that one myself. LOL Meanwhile, here you go.

Carroll's Journal #19 (Major Tom)

Well, it turned out to be a pretty decent weekend. Jennifer came by Thursday night and I drove her to a little place across the bridge from Cincinnati called Newport, Kentucky to spend some alone time together. She went straight to bed when we checked into the hotel. I couldn’t sleep and stayed up on my lappy playing with Google Earth program. I explored Mars.

Grounds control to Major Tom ….

I did manage a few hours of sleep. Then on Friday, we had brunch at this really nice place and went shopping after taking a walk in a Park then returned to the hotel to shower and order some room service and play with our electrical gadgets for a couple of hours. Then later, we hit an art gallery.

Grounds control to Major Tom ….

Saturday, we drove down to Louisville for dinner and dancing on the river. As it turns out, she and I share the same passion for just taking off to where nobody knows you and hang out. It seems this is what she did during college break on her way from California to her fathers house in Southern Missouri. She liked to stop along the way at some random little out of the way town and have some alone time with strangers. I do this from time to time too. Now I have somebody to do it with.

What are Amish people doing in a retail store?

Okay, I am really getting addicted to Google Earth. LOL I am checking out where all my GR friends live and stuff. Old schools I used to go to when I was a kid and living in Florida and Georgia and Paris, France. Pulling up my parents house and stuff. Haha I can picture dad now in the driveway cleaning out the RV while mother tends to her flowers.

When we settled in for the night on Friday, I checked my email and saw that another ex girlfriend found me online. She isn’t just an ex-GF though, she was the first girl I ever proposed to back when I was in the military. She said she just wanted to say hello. Yeah, right. That makes three ex girlfriends now who have found me through my books. And two buddies from high school. This fame monster is starting to grow.

It didn’t help that Friday, while in the art gallery looking at paintings, two ladies overheard Jenny and I talking about a painting that had a cherry blossom tree in it. At least, that was what we were debating anyway. It looked like a cherry blossom to us. Anyhow, Jenny mentioned something about my book, Last Flight Out and one of the ladies asked me if I was an author or some because, and I quote, “I couldn’t help but over-hear what you two were saying ….”

Anyhow, I said yes and explained that they were E-books only. The older of the two said she had a Kindle and the other one said she had an ipad. One of them got on her phone and got online and googled my book on Amazon. Next thing I know, I am signing two autographs. I mentioned my ex-GF getting a hold of me to Jenny. We talked about it. I think she is starting to realize the power of the internet. It might be freaking her out a little.

Grounds control to Major Tom ….

I wanted to take Jenny to a Reds game on Saturday instead of going to Louisville. However, me and my blondish ways. The Reds are on the road at St. Louis. If I had known that, we could have gone there. I wouldn’t have minded visiting the arch again. Maybe in August for my birthday. You know, I should do a better job of researching things like this before heading out on a road trip. But we did get to go on a river boat so …. Go us!

Seriously though … Amish … in a retail store.

Sunday it was brunch before heading back to Cow-town, USA.

David sent me an email. I wasn’t too pleased about it. It seems he really can’t wait to hit the road. He wants to take off at the end of May. I was really wanting to hang with him this Fall and watch some football games. Play some more Madden. I guess I have to be a big-boy about it. I also thought him seeing that girl would keep him entertained and around for a while longer, but I guess it’s not as serious as I (or he) believed. (He says she’s an older version of Elsa.) LOL Is that a compliment or an insult? - You decide. Haha

Grounds control to Major Tom …

Still, I have to let him go. My brother-from-a-different-mother. He says he will return next May 1st to hang out for my impending wedding to be my best man. He better. I swear I will hunt his ass down and … and …. Well, don’t you worry about and, I’ll do something malevolent, you better believe that.

I am so going to miss him.

An interesting topic of conversation came up over the weekend. One that was suggested to me by a friend and that I relayed to Jenny one night in jest that has now taken root. What was the topic? … Moving to California. Jennifer asked me about that. She wanted to know if that door was open. I told her all doors were open. And yes, if she thinks she wants to live in California, then we’ll live in California.

The good thing about being a writer is, I can write anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter to me. I think when you find someone worth the sacrifice, you make it without thinking twice. If you really want to be with someone then it just doesn’t matter where you are with her, just as long as you two are together and sharing each others day, life and world. To be with someone who makes you feel so alive and to share the things that make you happy, I mean, I am really discovering what that is all about.

So I asked her where in California she might be thinking to live. (If indeed, she decides she wants to go there someday and live.) She said when she was in college, she had a friend who was from Oceanside and that she went there once with her to have Thanksgiving with her friends family. I went to Google Earth to take a better look. I have to say, it looks really nice. My final answer was sure, if there comes a day that she wants to move to Oceanside, California, she can count me in.

If you're Amish and you're reading this, what are you doing in a retail store? And why are you reading this? You're not supposed to have electricity.

Hey, if you’re looking for ways to spice up your sex life, try these five simple things: 1) Garlic. Yes, you heard me, put more garlic in your diet. Garlic helps to stimulate blood flow. 2) Chocolate. The ingredients in chocolate releases endorphins. (But you may have already known that) 3) Spices: Nutmeg, ginger, chilli power, (just to name a few) but spices also releases endorphins. 4) Licorice: A recent study found that the smell of licorice (such as a box of Good N Plenty) can arouse both men and women 40 percent better than perfumes and colognes. 5) When all else fails or you’re just too lazy to utilize the other four suggestions, then try getting her drunk. That could work too. LOL

I just hate it when you can’t get a song out of your head, don’t you? I mean, you hear it early in the day and then it sticks with you like your Aunt Betty’s meatloaf. You everything in your power to shake it off. You even slam your fists into a wooden fence and that doesn’t help. (Or maybe that’s just me.) Still, it’s enough to drive you mad, I tell you … MAD!

Grounds control to Major Tom ….

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Video Break #17

I'm happy. I'm feeling glad. I got sunshine in a bag. I'm useless, but not for long, the future's coming on ....

Influences: Lionel Richie

Who isn’t moved by the poetry of Lionel Richie songs? His soulful melodies echo warmly into the hearts of millions. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. His grandfather's house was across the street from the home of the president of the college. His family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and graduated with a major in economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee, Richie briefly attended graduate school at Auburn University. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of Rhythm and Blues groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the group Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and one of my favorites, "Brick House."

Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times A Lady", "Still," and the tragic breakup ballad "Sail On." Which remains to this day my all time favorite Lionel Richie song.

As a singer and a performer, there is no denying his talents. As a songwriter, he is simply amazing. And the thing I love the most about him is how every time I see him on Television be it in concert, or simply doing an interview, he is always smiling.

By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed the song “Lady” for country singer, Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and produced Rogers's album ’Share Your Love’ the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra, enjoyed international success with his cover of "Lady," which was played at Latin dance clubs. Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film ’Endless Love’, a duet with the legendary Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the UK and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown's biggest hits. Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for The Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. His debut album, simply titled, ‘Lionel Richie‘, produced another chart-topping single, "Truly," which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores.

This debut solo album also produced two more top five hits for Lionel, “You Are” and “My Love”. His 1983 follow up album, ‘Can’t Slow down’, sold over twice as many albums as his solo self titled debut, which sold well over 4 million copies, and won two Grammy’s, including Album of the Year. This second album also included the number one hit song, “All Night long” a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith. In 1984, Richie performed “All Night Long” at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was the ballad "Hello" (1984), a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more Top Ten hits in 1984, "Stuck On You" (#3), "Running With The Night" (#7) and "Penny Lover" (#8). Now described by one critic as "the black Barry Manilow," in 1985 Richie wrote and performed a suitably soothing theme song, "Say You, Say Me," for the film White Nights, winning an Oscar for his efforts as well as reaching #1 on the U.S. charts and staying there for four weeks, making it the #1 song of 1985 according to Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart. He also collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are The World" by USA For Africa, another #1 hit.

In 1986, Richie released ’Dancing On The Ceiling,’ his last widely popular album.

Since then, his ever-more-relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum. He broke the silence in 1996 with ‘Louder Than Words,’ on which he resisted any change of style or the musical fashion-hopping of the past decade, sticking instead with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as contemporary R&B.

Richie's albums in the 1990s such as ’Louder Than Words’ and ‘Time’ failed to match the commercial success of his earlier work. Some of his recent albums, such as ‘Renaissance’ have returned to his older style and achieved success in Europe but only modest notice in the United States. Since 2004, he has produced a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK. On March 2011, Richie is to tour Australia next year and is scheduled to perform at several winery events in March 2011.

Richie married his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, on October 18, 1975. During their marriage, Lionel began a relationship with Diane Alexander in 1986. In 1988 while separated, Brenda allegedly discovered Richie and Alexander together in a Beverly Hills hotel room by saying she was "room service", and breaking in the door. A confrontation ensued and Brenda attacked both Richie and Diane brutally. Brenda was arrested for spousal abuse, trespassing, assault towards Alexander, and vandalism. Richie and Brenda divorced on August 9, 1993, after being married 17 years.

In 1983 Lionel Richie and his wife, Brenda, informally adopted Nicole Camille Escovedo, the two-year-old daughter of one of the members of Lionel's band. They raised her as their daughter, Nicole Richie, and adopted her legally when she was nine years old. Lionel Richie became a grandfather on January 11, 2008, when Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl, Harlow Winter Kate Richie Madden, with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden; and again when she gave birth to Sparrow James Midnight Madden on September 9, 2009.
Lionel Richie married Diane Alexander on December 21, 1995. They have a son, Miles Brockman (born May 27, 1994), and a daughter, Sofia (born August 24, 1998). Lionel and Diane Alexander divorced in January 2004.

A lot of people don’t realize that Lionel Richie used to write songs by jumping into one of his sports cars and driving aimlessly for hours.

Richie helped to raise over $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He was the featured performer at the Foundation's Soirée Bouquet, the annual spring gala.
Richie told the crowd that his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 80s, but survived and lived until she was 103 years old. He stated that she was his enduring symbol of hope and his reason for becoming a breast cancer activist.

Even to this day, I continue to enjoy the beautiful music that Lionel Richie brought into this world. It’s hard to imagine any songwriter to not have been inspired by his songwriting. He resides in my personal collection of CD’s and just like Jell-O, there is always room for some Lionel Richie songs.


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