Saturday, November 21, 2009

This Day in Aviation History|1977
The Concorde's Maiden Voyage

1st flight of Concorde, London to New York

Absolute Greatest?|Queen's Latest Release

Like you already don't have these songs a few dozen times.
I'd be curious as to how many times each of these songs, individually, have been released, including this latest. Clearly for the bank. Gotta have a lot of respect for John Deacon!


01.We Will Rock You (Brian May)
02.We Are The Champions (Freddie Mercury)
03.Radio Ga Ga (Roger Taylor)
04.Another One Bites The Dust (John Deacon)
05.I Want It All (Queen)
06.Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Freddie Mercury)
07.A Kind Of Magic (Roger Taylor)
08.Under Pressure (Queen-David Bowie)
09.One Vision (Queen)
10.You're My Best Friend (John Deacon)
11.Don't Stop Me Now (Freddie Mercury)
12.Killer Queen (Freddie Mercury)
13.These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Queen)
14.Who Wants To Live Forever (Brian May)
15.Seven Seas Of Rhye (Freddie Mercury)
16.Heaven For Everyone (Roger Taylor)
17.Somebody To Love (Freddie Mercury)
18.I Want To Break Free (John Deacon)
19.The Show Must Go On (Queen)
20.Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury)

iCandy|Shopping with John Michael

The Vault|Volume Won.
Tentative Cover Design.


12" x 12" x 1"


a] 1979 - 1989
b] 1989 - 1999
c] 1999 - 2009


one hundred (100) pages of photographs

Not sure yet.

The Vault|Anonymous by Request
The Key to The Vault

Self-portrait (tripod)
1993-94, South Beach, T-Dance

People who have written don't really know, or believe, that I have been a photographer for some 30 years. I've neglected my photographic work to the point where I have thousands of rolls of film, easily, which have been processed and have never been looked at, or have actually made it to the point of contact sheets, and have never been reviewed.

Between now and my 50th, I will be assembling all this work into my first monograph, tentatively titled BOOK WON.

In the interim, here's the key to the vault, with a link to a site where work all too common to some resides in its silence.

I'd really be interested in some comments. It's wild to have over 90,000 readers, with comments from less than a few dozen.

Elton John + Ray Cooper
Live in Paris! 02 October 2009

Tickets in the stalls, which were £175 at face value, were changing hands outside the venue for £400. And even though there was no band to accompany him, Sir Elton was determined to provide value for money. Resplendent in a penguin suit with pink lettering down the lapels, he sat down at a black grand piano and embarked on a marathon set that incorporated songs from every nook and cranny of his repertoire.

Beginning with the title track of his 1992 album The One, he hammered the keys of the piano with the precision and authority of a classical player, while singing in his distinctively frayed tenor. At the end of the song he stood and received the first of countless standing ovations. And that was just one number. Gathering momentum, he swept through versions of Sixty Years On, The Greatest Discovery and Border from the Elton John album of 1970 and even Skyline Pigeon from his long-neglected first album, Empty Sky. He prefaced Blues Never Fade Away with a moving eulogy to his keyboard player Guy Babylon, who died this month of a heart attack at the age of 52. And he performed Your Song with a tremendous vigour.

This was Elton John not only unplugged but miraculously unvarnished, although during numbers such as The Emperor’s New Clothes and a rambling version of Rocket Man, the piano was augmented by the sound of strings for which no provenance was visible.

The percussionist Ray Cooper arrived during Funeral for a Friend and weighed into a set of six drums, hurling his mallets across the stage when he had completed his part. He then accompanied Sir Elton on a vast array of instruments: tubular bells, conga drums, timbales, wind chimes, a huge gong, and assorted cymbals, shakers and tambourines. Precise yet flamboyant, Cooper’s contributions proved the perfect foil for the rolling piano parts of numbers including Take Me to the Pilot, Daniel and Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.

After an encore of Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting Sir Elton signed a few autographs and left the stage having performed for just under three hours without written lyrics, sheet music or any other prompts. It was a hardcore and highly impressive display of the piano man’s craft.

- Times Online

Elton Solo
01. The One
02. Sixty Years On
03. The Greatest Discovery
04. Border Song
05. The Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes
06. The Emperor´s New Clothes
07. The Weight Of The World
08. Rocket Man
09. American Triangle
10. Skyline Pigeon
11. Nikita
12. Tiny Dancer
13. Original Sin
14. Your Song

Elton with Ray Cooper
15. Funeral For A Friend > Tonight
16. Better Off Dead
17. Come Down In Time
18. Levon
19. Indian Sunset
20. I Think I´m Gonna Kill Myself
21. Daniel
22. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
23. Take Me To The Pilot
24. Carla Etude > Blessed
25. Don´t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
26. Honky Cat
27. Crazy Water
28. Saturday Night´s Alright (For Fighting)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Is someone pushing your buttons?|Staples. The Box.

concept + execution ©2009

Unemployment|1939 v 2009

Social Security Administration approves

1st unemployment check

Unemployment Today

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-09-1331
until 8:30 a.m. (EST) Friday, November 6, 2009

Technical information:
Household data: (202) 691-6378 * *
Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 * *

Media contact: (202) 691-5902 *


The unemployment rate rose from 9.8 to 10.2 percent in October, and nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline (-190,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The largest job losses over the month were in construction, manufacturing, and retail trade.

Household Survey Data
In October, the number of unemployed persons increased by 558,000 to 15.7 million. The unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage point to 10.2 percent, the highest rate since April 1983. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has risen by 8.2 million, and the unemployment rate has grown by 5.3 percentage points.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (10.7 percent) and whites (9.5 percent) rose in October. The jobless rates for adult women (8.1 percent), teenagers (27.6 percent), blacks (15.7 percent), and Hispanics (13.1 percent) were little changed over the month. The unemployment rate for Asians was 7.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was little changed over the month at 5.6 million. In October, 35.6 percent of unemployed persons were jobless for 27 weeks or more.

The civilian labor force participation rate was little changed over the month at 65.1 percent. The employment-population ratio continued to decline in October, falling to 58.5 percent. The number of persons working part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in October at 9.3 million. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

About 2.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force in October, reflecting an increase of 736,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.

Among the marginally attached, there were 808,000 discouraged workers in October, up from 484,000 a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The other 1.6 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in October had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.

Establishment Survey Data
Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 190,000 in October. In the most recent 3 months, job losses have averaged 188,000 per month, compared with losses averaging 357,000 during the prior 3 months. In contrast, losses averaged 645,000 per month from November 2008 to April 2009. Since December 2007, payroll employment has fallen by 7.3 million.

Construction employment decreased by 62,000 in October. Monthly job losses have averaged 67,000 during the most recent 6 months, compared with an average decline of 117,000 during the prior 6 months. October job losses were concentrated in nonresidential specialty trade contractors (-30,000) and in heavy construction (-14,000). Since December 2007, employment in construction has fallen by 1.6 million.

Manufacturing continued to shed jobs (-61,000) in October, with losses in both durable and nondurable goods production. Over the past 4 months, job losses in manufacturing have averaged 51,000 per month, compared with an average monthly loss of 161,000 from October 2008 through June 2009. Manufacturing employment has fallen by 2.1 million since December 2007.

Retail trade lost 40,000 jobs in October. Employment declines were concentrated in sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (-16,000) and in department stores (-11,000). Employment in transportation and warehousing decreased by 18,000 in October.

Health care employment continued to increase in October (29,000). Since the start of the recession, health care has added 597,000 jobs.

Temporary help services has added 44,000 jobs since July, including 34,000 in October. From January 2008 through July 2009, temporary help services had lost an average of 44,000 jobs per month.

The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.0 hours in October. The manufacturing workweek rose by 0.1 hour to 40.0 hours, and factory overtime increased by 0.2 hour over the month.

In October, average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 5 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $18.72. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.4 percent, while average weekly earnings have risen by only 0.9 percent due to declines in the average workweek.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for August was revised from -201,000 to -154,000, and the change for September was revised from -263,000 to -219,000.

Petula Clark|Downtown

Born this day downtown|1932
Petula Clark

Diane Arbus v OrangeMercury's SAW

Diane Arbus v IKEA

And Steve said "let there be Apple."
The Evolution of Apple

Double-click on the image to see which Apple you bit into first!