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DU4 "shock" 😄... (no place to put in du4 threads as far as I could tell)

So I looked at the various visual formats offered

•du4 Night mode
•du4 Skinner mode

I like the new du4. Been mostly using it.
I've only been here a little past 3 years. So I'm not even recent anymore per se but compared to a bunch of you... 😄
Just saying bc haven't been looking that long at du3, relatively speaking.

The Skinner Mode might be visually useful on certain occasions. Kinda nice to have a bit of a hybrid approach for very long time people.

So people have commented positively about
Night Mode which I finally got around to taking a look at .
A good idea. 👍 I set mine 10P/10A.

But I've been up waaaay too late and a little bit ago I went to look at some other stuff elsewhere on line.

But when I came back and saw the Night mode -
I gasped!

😦 Whu happened! How did *this* happen! What is this?! (socery)
Being so ridiculously up late - totally forgot I'd set it up to that! But Not Only that I even forgot for a split second that it *was* an option - so I thought something had gone blotto! 😄😄

I guess better go to sleep now. 👍
Posted by electric_blue68 | Fri Sep 22, 2023, 05:35 AM (0 replies)

So let me tell you how I fell in love w The Twin(s) Towers

I'm a born, and bred NYC'r. Among the things I love are Art, Crafts, and Architecture. In our city we have an abundance of all three (plus the other Arts). I love, and enjoy a variety styles of in all three.

I was an Art Student ('70-'74) at Cooper Union: a well regarded College for Art, Architecture, Engineering, and Science while the towers were being built. I sometimes hung out with the Architecture students, and picked up their attitude about The Towers:
"they were "the boxes" that the real buildings came in!". Snarky, huh?!

That remained my attitude - though they were a useful visual marker for the occasional directional short comings: until, I went to work in one - the South Tower 2. I'd already eaten there once at Windows on the World, gone the Observation deck. Probably had taken a look at the massive underground shopping center.

But now this was going to be a five day/week thing: up on the NE corner office of the 73rd floor! Geeeebz, how many people especially back then worked that high up! If you've seen photos of the whole complex you know there was a massive plaza between the two, along with the famous "The Sphere" ?bronze sculpture that sat in the center of a round, low, sluicing black granite water fountain.

It took me the first four of my M-F work week to get up the nerve to walk across that plaza from the short but wide set of stairs that took you up from the street, look up at that seriously tall building, go inside, and take two elevators. And how many people took two... (you know).

Then what did I do those First Four days?
Ah, ha - I had a trick! The way I'd naturally go to work (no extra travel manuverings) would leave me getting off of either two subway trains that came in nearby under, or right next to under the Tower Complex where you could go up to the street, or walk towards, then right into the underground shopping mall, and go right to your elevator(s) to take you up. Me: B1 - 70th flr, then elevator #2 70th flr - 73rd flr.

I didn't have to see it at all(!); just how high up I was going. Yet on my very first day, on my very first work break I walked right to the windows to look out. I guess a couple of my childhood vacations where my dad would drive us to this, or that mountain - "you can see 3 States from here!" must have had some subtle effect on me. Not to mention that literally about 6 wks earlier my cousin took me up into, and down out of The Rocky Mountains Northwest of Denver, CO to visit a lake 10,000 ft up! So, really, what was like around 700+ ft in comparison.

So we had this incredible view! Out across Brooklyn, maybe a some of Queens. Going northward straight up Manhattan - Midtown like a forest of stone, glass, and steel often with bits of gittering from the sunlight! The East River turning into The Harlem River, parts of The Bronx Following up the Hudson River a bit northwest up to the more green sections to the Tappen Zee Bridge. Some part of northwest NJ.

The look of the weather! The wildest was being fogged in. A soft gray cloud of "nothingness" all around us! If it was windy - well, I not yet drinking coffee never saw the subtle sway of the coffee in a cup that my co-workers mentioned; but when I used the bathroom I could hear the pipes creaking. Yeah.

Otoh, on a sunny day with a few clouds - wow, it was like being on a quite high hill when looking at
the area north of the WTC, Soho, The Village, where the buildings were relatively low 4 - ?10 stories because you could see clearly defined shadows of these clouds over Manhattan slowly marching across it. So cool!

There were the winter months where we'd see part of the sunset. And I'd watch the shadows of the towers march from East Manhattan into Brooklyn.
Some of my work associates would listen to what I'd point out. I happen to work only afternoons. One day I came in, and they said, "you missed the rainbow over NJ this morning!" I was disappointed, you don't see that many rainbows in NYC (I have seen a few!), and see one from that height. I was also kind of proud that they noticed it, and told me. Like I got some of them looking.

Now from the ground coming into, or leaving work I'd see the difference casts of light onto the whitish structure, regular midday, then more yellow, and golden later in the day, to even a pinkish sunset cast. I'd see the colors of the sky reflected in the windows: shades of blue, clouds of white, blue white, light grays, blue grays, darker grays, peach, orange, and pinks It was a panoply of Nature's sky reflected on them. A built, gigantic, unexpected "canvas".

And that's how I fell in love with The Twin Towers.
Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Sep 11, 2023, 11:50 PM (14 replies)

What is a song(s) Not about Summer - that Reminds you of Summer?

Let's grab some last rays of Summer, and bottle them up!

When Spring arrives here in the NE USA I think of
renewal, rebirth, and new birth. And a sense of expansion.

For me the best Summer weather (sunny, w/wo a few clouds, low '80's, low humidity) feels like an incredible sense of expansiveness!

There are two songs that capture that for me.

Roam - The B-52'S
Sort of semi built into the title associating Summer Vacations getting in a car, bus, plane, boat and going somewhere!
The first 4 lines with Kate & Cindy's glorious hamonizing with just a hint of synthsetizer:
"I hear a wind
whistling air
it's whispering
in my ear"...
*Full music kicks in!*

The next one is purely on the music & the singing
(not the words). I didn't see th video for it till years later which does have some summery associations through the activities you see.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World -
Tears For Fears

When those first 5 notes come on; my ears, my emotions pick up!
Then that beautiful, floating synthesizer repeated set of notes emerges, a bit later the full band, and singing starts.
They harmonize well which augments the feelings.

I sing the words which have nothing to do with Summer but in a sense don't attach them to the music, and vocalization.

Both of these; could be a foot of snow outside - these songs come on the radio (or pop up in my head) and it's like a little magic bubble surrounds me. .

I'd add while not as evocative in the sense of floating as these two above, and actually talking about something you might do in the summer, but also later Spring, earlier Fall, too:

Martha & The Vandella's - Dancing In The Street"
embodies that sense, and scene of Summer Fun!

Any of you have any songs like this? 👍

Posted by electric_blue68 | Sun Sep 10, 2023, 08:26 PM (10 replies)

Drumphf's 91 Felony Charges appear in NY Times Square Ad


😄 I love it!

(courtesey of a long time acquaintence on a band site with a political off forum filled with center to progressive Dems [and a conservative or two] )

Posted by electric_blue68 | Sun Sep 3, 2023, 10:35 AM (6 replies)

Did I miss something? My google search engine articles below it show...

title/photo/ on the bottom are icons for the source,

And now at can't type any more related to this
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sat Sep 2, 2023, 04:33 PM (14 replies)

Lawrence O'Donell: "They couldn't even make it through one week without turning on each other". 😄

Hopefully even MORE reasons to sink drumphf's Freedom Boat!

Posted by electric_blue68 | Tue Aug 22, 2023, 10:06 PM (12 replies)

The NY City Hall POLICE RIOT of '92 (Rudy was There)

This was the Patrolman's Benevolent Association (PBA) of NYC

Snip/ New York Magazine Oct 4 2021

At around 11 a.m. on September 16, 1992, Norm Steisel heard a roar from outside his office in City Hall. Peering out the window, he saw thousands of off-duty police officers filling the narrow park that surrounds the building, a grand neoclassical structure that, all of a sudden, had started to feel like the tightest of traps.

Steisel, then first deputy mayor of operations, heard officers chanting, “Dinkins gotta go!” and “The mayor’s on crack.” They carried signs bearing racist cartoon images of Mayor David Dinkins with humongous lips and nose and an Afro, including several calling the city’s first Black mayor a “washroom attendant.”

The officers had a permit to protest, which confined the demonstration to Murray Street, a road perpendicular to City Hall lined with Irish pubs. They were mad that Dinkins was pushing a bill that would change the composition of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), the oversight body that examined complaints of police misconduct, from half-cop–half-civilian to all civilian and make it independent of the New York Police Department.

This change was spurred in by the beating of Rodney King , and not only in NYC

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuluani was also there, and with a microphone.... He said (same article/ snip)

“The reason the morale of the police department of the City of New York is so low is one reason and one reason alone: David Dinkins!” The crowd roared.

“The mayor doesn’t know why the morale of the police department is so low,” Giuliani said. “He blames it on me. He blames it on you. Bullshit!” Giuliani then attacked an anti-corruption commission impaneled by Dinkins, which he said was created “to protect David Dinkins’s political ass.” More cheers rose from the crowd.

If I remember correctly he repeated "Bullshit" several times really riling the cops up.

Then mistakenly some money thought a policeman's widow got arrested (she hadn't), yelled it out and the crowd rushed the building. The cars parked in front we're jumped on, and pummulted. Black Council woman Una Clark wasn't allowed in the building. A different group I'd cops were called to City Hall to protect it.

The officers then marched to, and stormed over the quite near by Brooklyn. Bridge. Along the way they insulted a woman journalist and a Black cameraman from CBS. A NYT reporter was kicked in the stomach.

There were very recent events then that had exasperated the tensions between Mayor Dinkins, and the police, which the article detailed.
Posted by electric_blue68 | Wed Aug 16, 2023, 11:19 PM (1 replies)

(the opposite question) What is/are your favorite color(s)?!

😄 As a colorist I have a list. 👍.

Printer's Cyan (like turquoise), Printer's Magenta.

Fully saturated:
Vermillion, Yellow-Orange (like cheese doodles), Cadmium Yellow Light, Chartruse,
Phalo Green, Phalo Blue, French Ultramarine Blue (*Altelier), Pacific Blue (Altelier), Violet, Red-Violet

Golden Orcher, Olive, Rust Red, Rust Orange, Burnt Sienna, Light Greyed Violet

Very Light Magenta, VL Apple Green, VL Chartruse,
VL Violet

*Altelier Open Acrylic Paints
Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Aug 14, 2023, 04:13 AM (28 replies)

The Case for Eating Pizza with a Knife & Fork! 😄

Ok and I happen to be eating pizza right now 👍

Like most people, and certainly a NYC"r I have/had my pizza slices (I loooove pizza) the usual way -
folded in half, let some of the oil drip off, then chomp down. 👍
I'd usually have 2 slices, but sometimes 3.

As I got into my 40's and had trouble losing weight I was eating my then pizzaria, and it dawned on me to try a knife and fork. 🤔
This was decades before Mayor DeBlasio was snarked for that! I had issues w him - but that was not one of them!

Well - I found out it Slowed my eating down! That then cut eating a third slice by 90%!
Thus saving me $, and some extra pounds.
A win-win!

And for Fun...
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sun Aug 13, 2023, 08:19 PM (18 replies)

While not quite a roller coaster my emotions reccently...

When I found out about this indictment I felt like (safely) shot out of a cannon - ebullient! I had hoped, believed more than not he would be indicted related to J6 efforts.
But not totally sure as were more so.

Then as they were discussing today's then pending arraignment last night; I'd feel good, then get teary eyed as the efforts of trying to over turn our legit election on J6.

And, yeah, when they talked last night to Officer ?Dough, and Officer Dunn today - yeah, teary-eyed. LOE are sometimes suspect to me just bc of all the horific things some, even a lot have done (and a rare incidents I saw in protests I've been at) being reported (how many unknown except to those involved, and their close people) but those men, and women were defending the people inside, and our (even if flawed) Democracy with their health, lives in danger. And a few later perished. JHC!

Just kind of Woah! all over!

Bring on THE Trial!!!!!
Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Aug 3, 2023, 05:59 PM (4 replies)
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