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      MICRO.THEATER   03/21/2017

      Microtheater Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:39 AM MICROTHEATER A style of Design with easy access Consisting of a Movie Theater Theme A VIRTUAL THEATER TOPICS range from ART To Religion Philosophy ALT-Science We are a Microtheater first and foremost Which is kind of like the building and the service you are getting  
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      SeattleArtGroup.Com   03/24/2017

      Seattle art group Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:15 PM The artist group is a communal idea of joining together to make something greater for the whole that normally would be A combined effort of artists to create something far beyond what we might otherwise get to. All art posted will be rated reviewed sorta shuffled stamped dated revised edited blogged worded pr  any or all of these may occur or none A group effort I want to start an ART BLOG site where artists share their art and also blog each piece a bit so we get a sense of the artist This is a dream for the group an art social blog site ART SOCIAL BLOG SITE
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      GravenImage.org   03/25/2017

      Graven Image Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:08 PM I get the graven image from genesis one of my favorite books of the bible It speaks of a time when ART was a SIN. And to worship Art a great sin So goes pagan idols and gods I hope this site is much like the last one only more interesting I would like to get people talking about science politics religion and art I also would love if I can get the artists if any to do more descriptions with each piece A ART BLOG SOCIAL SITE Let's try that again shall we An ARTIST GROUP BLOG SOCIAL SITE

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  1. Hello There! How is your day going thus far? Are you aware that today is not only full of unofficial observances such as World Baking Day and Pack Rat Day, but it is also an honest-to-goodness bonafide holiday! What holiday is it, you ask? Welp, it's Norwegian Consititution Day! Also known simply as Sittende Mai (May 17th), Norwegian Constitution Day takes place around the world on May 17th. On May 17, 1814 Norway signed its Consititution to avoid being ceded to Sweden after a devistating defeat during the Napoleonic Wars. The celebration of this day began spontaneously by students to who psyched to have their Norway back! For a long time King Karl Johan actually banned the celebrations, thinking that the gatherings were an act of revolt or rebellion. It took many many years for Constitution Day to be established as a holiday. In 1864 the first Childrens Parade took place. Childrens Parades are a key event for any Sytennde Mai celebration. Children march around the community, often wearing traditional Norwegian garb and holding Norwegian flags while singing the National Anthem "Ja, vi elsker dette landet". In addition to parades, there are many other celebrations including parties, musical performances, speeches, food and yes, even lutefisk! Celebrations take place all across Norway in larger cities such as Oslo, Kristiansand and Bergen, and in smaller towns such as Akser and Ullensaker. Syttende Mai is also celebrated by many Norwegian immigrant communities in the United States and across the world. Stoughton, Wisconsin; Petersburg, Alaska; Brooklyn, New York; and Seattle, Washington all have large Norwegian communities and celebrate Syttende Mai in a big way! Scotland, Sweden, and New Zealand also have large celebrations. Syttende Mai is about celebrating Norways Independence, but it is also about inclusion and diversity. Young and old, rich and poor, those from near and far... all are welcome! So go find a Syttende Mai celebration near you today and say a rousing "Hep Hep!" for Syttende Mai!
  2. Hi All, It's National Sea-Monkey Day! Sea-monkeys, otherwise known as “brine-shrimp” are small crustaceans that normally live in salt lakes.I wasn't able to come up with an answer to the question "When did National Sea-Monkey Day begin and who founded it?" but I do know that In 1957 Harold Von Braunhut invented the brine-shrimp based product to sell to consumers in the United States after ant farms had proven popularity a year earlier. How did the sea monkey get it's name? Well, these cute underwater creatures have long tails and demonstrate playful, monkey-like behavior! Whatever happened to sea-monkeys? Can one still purchase them? If a child of today can pull him or herself away from the numerous devices that took the place of fun toys like sea-monkeys, they could purchase a set of sea-monkeys at Amazon.com. I would venture to guess that a trip to Archie McPhees could turn up a pretty sweet colony of the little guys as well! May 16 is the perfect time to reflect on the fun little critters and maybe even share them with the next generation. One of the most fascinating characteristics of the sea-monkey is its ability to live for years as an egg before hatching. Sea-monkeys only begin to hatch and grow once you’ve added the proper nutrients to the water environment. Fun Fact: Sea-monkeys have three eyes and breathe through their feet! To celebrate National Sea-Monkey Day, buy some sea-monkeys of your own and enjoy watching them grow!
  3. Hi All! I'm back after haiatus and just in time for a very significant observance! That's right, today is May ninth which means its National Lost Sock Memorial Day! Where on earth do all of those single socks run off to? Is there really a "sock fairy" who is playing a practical joke? Do they slip into another dimension that is now FULL of billions of sock singletons? Did the dog eat them? Or maybe those single socks are just out on a very successful Tinder date. It's been a conundrum common to all of us since the dawn of time, or at least since the first commercial laundry dryer was released to the public in 1938. No one seems to know when National Lost Sock Memorial Day began or who conceived of it. Regardless, this is a good day to remind ourselves of the multitude uses for the lonely single socks leftover after their twins mysterious departure. You could make a sock monkey of course but there are actually so many craft projects that have been imagined by some very creative people. A wine bottle cozy, iPhone holder, a hair scrunchie, or even a coin purse! I personally use my lone socks to dust and clean (I use old tshirts for this also but that is for another day). If you prefer to fight against this phemomenon, there are some pretty clever ways to do so. At any rate, today we say "here here!" (or "where? where?" perhaps) to all of the socks that have gone before us and all of the socks (and cold feet) that are left behind. So here's to National Lost Sock Memorial Day!
  4. Hi All! It's a Reefer Revolution! Tomorrow we celebrate by lighting up a fat one on April 20, Weed Day! Potheads from all over the world, from Amsterdam to New Zealand, from Arkansas to Zimbabwe will be lighting up this Thursday to celebrate the Jolly Green! If you reside in certain states and countries, you can light up legally. Otherwise you'll want to keep it on the down low. As of 2017 smoking marijuana recreationally is legal in South Africa, Spain, Uraguay, and some parts of the United States including Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, and Alaska! My home state of Washington was among one of the first, along with Colorado to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in 2012. In Washington State, this applies to those over 21 years of age and there are regulations similar to those around alcohol use. One may not legally drive under the influence and you can't smoke weed on the street corner, although that does not stop people from doing so. Take a walk around any street in Seattle and you will catch a whiff of that Giggle Smoke. A number of states and even more countries have decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana. And others have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Legend has it that the observance of marijuana on April 20 began with some high school students in California back in the 70's. They say that a bunch of high school students in San Rafael California chose to meet in the woods at 4:20 one day after school to search for a plot of cannabis plants that was reported to be growing nearby. They say that "420" became their code word when talking about Aunt Mary. Since then a number of events have been built around 4-20 including the Cannabis Cup and the World Hemp Expo Extravaganza. These types of events aim to promote the legality of marijuana, the health benefits that many experience from injestion of marijuana, and the harmlessness to others that underlies the need for legalization. Other events promote the viability of hemp and marijuana use as an environmental and social benefit to humankind. I will personally be celebrating this day by wearing my hemp socks, the most comfortable and breathable socks I own, walking down to my local weed shop and purchasing my favorite way to inject marijuana, Fremont Freaks. They are a delicious dried fruit that has been dipped in a sugar loaded with THC! YUM! How will YOU be celebrating 420?
  5. Greetings! April 18 is World Heritage Day and I couldn't be more thrilled! World Heritage Day-- more formally known as International Day for Monuments and Sites-- is observed around the world every year on April 18 to recognize and celebrate all that is culture and heritage around the world! International Day for Monuments and Sites was approved by UNESCO in 1983 after being proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites in 1982. UNESCO serves to promote peace, respect for human rights, and collaboration between nations. World Heritage Day is noteworthy because it reminds us of of the value of preserving culturally relevant sites around the world. As of today, there are 1,052 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 165 countries around the world! Over two hundred of these are natural sites such as The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere and Reserve in Mexico, and Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Many more are cultural sites; 814 to be exact; man made, and cherished by the world and their respective countries. From the decorated farmhouses of Halsingland in Sweden, to the Ankor Complex in Cambodia, these sites are precious and culturally relevant monuments to the creativity and diversity of humankind. How does one celebrate World Heritage Day? Do some research and find a World Heritage Site near you and pay a visit! Learn about World Heritage Sites around the world and plan a visit! I personally have a bucket list that includes visits to sites including Angkor Wat Temples in Cambodia, the Historic Monuments of Kyoto in Japan, Victoria Falls in Zambia, and the Statue of Liberty in the U.S! Check out the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and plan your bucket list!
  6. Hello and Good Day! One of my favorite pastimes is being celebrated today. April 14 is National Look Up at the Sky Day! Have you spent much time looking up at the sky? I sure have! It is an activity that humans have been partaking in since the beginning of time. From astronomers to sailors, meteorologists and airplane pilots and even the average Joe has had occasion to look up at the sky! There is not much on the origination of this unofficial observance, but I'm certainly not one to argue its validity. I have spent many a sunny afternoon lying on the grass, on the beach, or even sitting on a park bench and marveling at all that is the sky. One could ponder its vast expanse or find special shapes in the puffy clouds. You could ask yourself "why is the sky blue" and maybe find the answer or allow it to remain a mystery. And the birds! So many birds to enjoy and study can be found flying through the sky. Ah! The sky! Such an underrated part of our grand planet. No, it doesn't contain the vast and varied flora and fauna that the ocean does. You can't walk across it or plant a garden on it. But to me it is so much more. And apparently there was a club of sorts devoted to the appreciation of the skies. The Cloud Appreciation Society was founded in 2005 to foster appreciation and understanding of clouds and has over 42,000 members! I really enjoyed exploring this site. I found awesome photos of clouds, music and poetry about clouds and even a cloud of the month! Truely fantastic! And next time you go outside, take a look up at the sky and thank your lucky stars!
  7. Hi All! Can you believe it's already the middle of April? Do you know what that means? Well, it means that Spring is upon us, flowers are blooming, birdies are singing, dogs are a-barkin'. And... it's National Submarine Day! National Submarine Day commemorates the day that the United States acquired it's first commissioned submarine, the USS Holland. The USS Holland was built in 1897 and, after proving her seaworthiness, was bought by the United States Government for $150,000 on April 11, 1900. We commonly know submarines, otherwise known as "subs" as an underwater vessel used by the military (or as the tenth, and very trippy, studio album, released by The Beatles in 1969) but subs are also used to conduct marine science, underwater construction, and even underwater archaeology! One can also book a ride on one of the 12 tourist submarines operated by Atlantis Submarine. They operate underwater tours in places such as Hawaii and Grand Cayman. My personal favorite submarine is the Submarine Voyage that closed in 1998 at Disneyland. She had a good run of nearly 40 years though, opening on June 14 of 1959 in what is now the Tomorrowland section of Disneyland. Submarine Voyage was 1,365 feet in length and could hold 38 happy riders for an eight minute ride through the arctic, the Graveyard of Lost Ships, the very bottom of the sea, and even the lost city of Atlantis! I've heard tell that mermaids have even been spotted on this ride. Wow! Granted, Submarine Voyage is not a true submarine, as she does not fully submerge, and she moves around on rails. National Submarine Day is not celebrated at Disneyland. As a matter of fact it is mostly celebrated in the submarine community, but I say why not give three cheers for submarines and maybe have a bite or two of it's gustatory namesake, the sub sandwich! Yum! Happy Submarine Day!
  8. Hi All! It's time to grab a pint (or two) at the pub because it's National Beer Day! That's right, April 7 is designated as National Beer Day. It is said that National Beer Day was designated on April 7 to commemorate the end of Prohibition on April 7 1933. Granted, it was not a designated "holiday" until two young men created a National Beer Day Facebook Page in 2009. In addition to being a delicious and refreshing beverage that you can find at any supermarket or corner store, beer has a fascinating history. It is one of the oldest beverages produced by humans, dating back over 5000 years ago! Yes, folks were throwing back a good brew-ha-ha before Christ! Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Medieval folks found it a healthful part of their daily diet! It was easy to make, easy to preserve, and less expensive than wine. So here's to beer! It also happens to be National Health Day so heres to your health! Cheers! Prost! and Salud!
  9. I know that not everyone is as enthusiastic about road maps as I am, but who hasn't gotten lost in the wonderful world that is: maps! April 5 is Read A Road Map Day! In our current world of GPS and GoogleMaps, some of us may have lost the joy unfolding and laying that paper map out on your desk and marveling at just how vast and intricate our street systems are! Well, I don't know about you, but on April 5 I intend to do just that! So get that map out and plan your next road trip, or even just a different route or road in your hometown that you have not yet seen! Now for folding up that road map....
  10. Ah! April Fools Day: the most well known and well loved of the unofficial holidays. April Fools day is probably the oldest unofficial holiday and is observed in the UK, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia and is also referred to in Indian and Romanian culture. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on how April Fools started, but it may go as far back as 14th century England! For those who have been living under a rock, April Fools happens on April 1st of every year and is observed by playing practical jokes on your freinds and family. Jokes can range from the harmless and barely noticable to the downright cruel. I prefer somewhere in between. My favorite April Fools prank that I play nearly every year is to put a peice of tape over the laser part of the laser mouse at the workstations in my work place and then watching my coworkers confusion and frustration as they try to get the mouse to work by shaking, banging and otherwise making a fool of themselves. It's great fun! What is your favorite April Fools Day prank?
  11. The Fishermans Village Music Festival promises to be a great time! It happens March 31-April 1 2017 at venues around Downtown Everett. There are about thirty bands covering the gamut from electronic, indie, folk, and rock. You can get a sampling on Spotify.. just click this link or search in Spotify for Fishermans Music Festival! If you live in or near Everett, come out for a good time and support your local music and arts scene! There will also be food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and as always the wonderful restaurants that can only be found in downtown Everett. Photos and music reviews to follow next week! I invite you to enjoy a weekend of fun and frivolity and post your own photos and reviews here! Fishermans Village Music Festival tickets can be obtained here! Happy Weekend and enjoy it to the max!
  12. I am not so much interested in politics per se, but I am definitely interested in fairness. I beleive that all else being equal, everyone should be given an equal chance to succeed in this world and that no one person or group of people should hold power that hinders that equality. When those in power make choices that hinder peoples ability to succeed at their highest potential, or even to survive or exist, we have a problem. With the current administration intending to remove the rights of women to make choices about their own bodies, their potential offspring, and their future... this is a problem because these people have power and they are making choices affecting those with little or no power. Choices that will cause those with little or no power -- poor, uneducated, young, single women -- to have even less power as they are forced to choose between having a child they cannot support, a child who will undoubtably live in unfortunate circumstances, and again stripped of their power to choose. Democracy exists to allow those with less power to have a voice and a say in what they need in order to succeed in this world. In order to not suffer. It is wrong that people are having less and less of a voice while the voices of those in power are getting louder and louder.