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Jamie and Jimmy’s Wedding

On Saturday September 13, 2014 we were at the Butler Vagabonds Center in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Jamie and Jimmy. Jamie and Jimmy were married at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Church in Cabot PA. Guests began arriving at the Butler Vagabonds Center at 2:30 pm where they enjoyed cocktails and […]

Blackwatch Vs Nazis

Factpile - 12 hours 27 min ago

FactPile: Blackwatch Vs Nazis

Suggested by croc911 Blackwatch (Prototype) faces off against the Nazis (Wolfenstein the new order ) Battle over the conquest of earth. Everything allowed. Who wins? Related Posts: Helghast Trooper Vs Blackwatch Trooper Blackwatch Vs Covenant Raiden & Sam Vs Alex... Read More »

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Product Review: HuluPlus

Bryan Hill's Blog - 14 hours 27 min ago
We decided to give HuluPlus a try after using Netflix for three months. Our focused use was streaming it through our Google Chromecast. The cost of this service is $7.99 a month and it's free trial is only for a week, which ends up being a short week. I logged in on the morning of our seventh day to cancel the service and they had already charged our credit card for our first month. I know I could of called and made a stink, but then possibly been charged a month and get nothing out of it, so we decided to keep it for an additional month, but not to wait to the last minute to cancel it, and it will be getting cancelled! The quality of the video is often terrible, the content really only pertains to television shows, limited movies and original content, which did not impress any of us.

All of the TV shows we watch regularly and occasionally miss, can be found on OnDemand via the Armstrong Cable Company. Thus making this particular service not cost effective for our family.

When comparing this to Netflix, there really is none. Netflix streams with far superior quality and content. So if you are interested, make sure that when you're trying it, do so in the first five days and if cancelling it, do so on the sixth...

I would not suggest this service to friends or family.

**I have no material connection with this manufacturer or supplier.**

“A Life Less Ordinary” or (I Am Not You) – by Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:25pm

This is an essay. This is an essay about being ordinary. This is an essay about being ordinary in a world where you are supposed to be ordinary — a world that teaches you to follow the status quo, to follow expectations derived from centuries of people telling other people what to do — and when and how to do it. This is your life.

Social norms are not written down. You tend to follow them, but they’re not written down. How has this happened? To quote Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Take a moment and clear your head. Clear your head of everything that surrounds your daily life: your family, your job, your bills, your mortgage — everything outside of your own body that externally defines you. Push it out of your mind. Is it gone? Now, look at yourself without those things. Who are you? Who are you without those external forces in your life? Do you know? Do you recognize yourself at all? A better question: Do you even want to recognize yourself without those things?

You are a person. You are an individual. You came into this world with very little information, with no character, without knowledge, without hope. The mind of an infant cannot process what hope is. It’s only after you’ve been nurtured that you gain a sense of it. And while you’ve been nurtured into a full-fledged human being by your surroundings, you still grew with a sense of wonderment and self. Do you remember seven, eight years old? Perhaps specific instances, a few flashes, but do you remember how you thought, how you felt about the world, how you felt about yourself? Have you forgotten who you are?

First things first. I am NOT you. Do NOT judge me for not being you. I CHOOSE to not be you. I’m not saying there is no merit in being you. You are awesome. I’m just different.

I’m searching for something. I’m searching for something more than just the everyday motions we go through: Get up. Take shower. Go to work. Do “job”. Come home. Hang with kids. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Life needs to be more than that to me. For some it’s fine, even admirable, but my mind is not content with that. I am not “better” than anyone else, but ordinary lives are forgotten. I don’t want to be forgotten.

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself with some extraordinary task? When was the last time you expressed yourself in a way that truly shows the world who you are and why you deserve to be remembered? I think the everyday motions we put ourselves through has numbed us to the point of complacency in thought and expression, and I think it is up to us to find a way to bring a passionate expression of who we truly are into the world.

I’ve recently started living “on my own” for the first real time in my life. Earlier in my “adulthood”  living “on my own” would consist of a significant other. This is the first time I’ve been truly on my own. So, I’ve enlisted a couple of roommates — not your normal household setup for someone in their late thirties — to help on the start of this venture, and we’ll see what happens. I have started my life four times: Birth, my divorce, the split of my son’s mother, and my last fiance. With the recent death of my father, and with my mother not having long to go, it’s fitting that this journey may, again, take a new beginning. This new beginning won’t be a normal one. I will do it with the reckless passion I’ve always had for life and its pleasures, its heartaches, and its overrated expectations.

For those of you who question who you are, what you want and need — I urge you to close your eyes, strip everything away from your life as you know it, and look at yourself. Who are you? Who were you? Who do you want to be? Do you know?

 

Copyright (C) 2014. Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


“A Life Less Ordinary” or (I Am Not You) – by Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:25pm

This is an essay. This is an essay about being ordinary. This is an essay about being ordinary in a world where you are supposed to be ordinary — a world that teaches you to follow the status quo, to follow expectations derived from centuries of people telling other people what to do — and when and how to do it. This is your life.

Social norms are not written down. You tend to follow them, but they’re not written down. How has this happened? To quote Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Take a moment and clear your head. Clear your head of everything that surrounds your daily life: your family, your job, your bills, your mortgage — everything outside of your own body that externally defines you. Push it out of your mind. Is it gone? Now, look at yourself without those things. Who are you? Who are you without those external forces in your life? Do you know? Do you recognize yourself at all? A better question: Do you even want to recognize yourself without those things?

You are a person. You are an individual. You came into this world with very little information, with no character, without knowledge, without hope. The mind of an infant cannot process what hope is. It’s only after you’ve been nurtured that you gain a sense of it. And while you’ve been nurtured into a full-fledged human being by your surroundings, you still grew with a sense of wonderment and self. Do you remember seven, eight years old? Perhaps specific instances, a few flashes, but do you remember how you thought, how you felt about the world, how you felt about yourself? Have you forgotten who you are?

First things first. I am NOT you. Do NOT judge me for not being you. I CHOOSE to not be you. I’m not saying there is no merit in being you. You are awesome. I’m just different.

I’m searching for something. I’m searching for something more than just the everyday motions we go through: Get up. Take shower. Go to work. Do “job”. Come home. Hang with kids. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Life needs to be more than that to me. For some it’s fine, even admirable, but my mind is not content with that. I am not “better” than anyone else, but ordinary lives are forgotten. I don’t want to be forgotten.

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself with some extraordinary task? When was the last time you expressed yourself in a way that truly shows the world who you are and why you deserve to be remembered? I think the everyday motions we put ourselves through has numbed us to the point of complacency in thought and expression, and I think it is up to us to find a way to bring a passionate expression of who we truly are into the world.

I’ve recently started living “on my own” for the first real time in my life. Earlier in my “adulthood”  living “on my own” would consist of a significant other. This is the first time I’ve been truly on my own. So, I’ve enlisted a couple of roommates — not your normal household setup for someone in their late thirties — to help on the start of this venture, and we’ll see what happens. I have started my life four times: Birth, my divorce, the split of my son’s mother, and my last fiance. With the recent death of my father, and with my mother not having long to go, it’s fitting that this journey may, again, take a new beginning. This new beginning won’t be a normal one. I will do it with the reckless passion I’ve always had for life and its pleasures, its heartaches, and its overrated expectations.

For those of you who question who you are, what you want and need — I urge you to close your eyes, strip everything away from your life as you know it, and look at yourself. Who are you? Who were you? Who do you want to be? Do you know?

 

Copyright (C) 2014. Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


Why you shouldn’t call yourself a pagan

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am

Too many times, I hear people referring to themselves as “pagan” when the discussion of religion comes up.  You really need to stop doing this, let me tell you why. Firstly, you should know where the word comes from.  We can trace its origins way back to the Roman Empire.  Just a few centuries after […]

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Ragnar Lothbrok Vs Jon Snow

Factpile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:47am

FactPile: Ragnar Lothbrok Vs Jon Snow

Suggested by Darth Bombad Making a double debut here on Factpile, Earl Ragnar Lothbrok from The History Channel’s Vikings takes on Jon Snow from HBO’s Game of Thrones. They meet on a rainy day on the fields of Whiterun from... Read More »

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Team Magic Vs Team Force

Factpile - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:21am

FactPile: Team Magic Vs Team Force

Brought to you by sadot06 Team Magic: Argeddion, Darquesse & Lord Vile (Skulduggery Pleasant) Doctor Doom (Marvel) Molly Carpenter & Ebenezar McCoy (Dresden Files) Richard Rahl (Sword of Truth) Rand al Thor (Wheel of Time) Vs Team Force: (Star Wars)... Read More »

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Lake Arthur in Fall ~

Butler, PA Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:04am
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Photo: Glenn Fulghum 

Vietnam War Memorial ~

Butler, PA Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:13pm
Butler's Ultimate Sacrifice Photo: Barbara Bloom

Saturday Anime – DBZ Lord Slug

Factpile - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:28am

FactPile: Saturday Anime – DBZ Lord Slug

Dragon Ball Z Lord Slug Piccolo ain’t the only bad ass Namek around. Can our heroes make it? Related Posts: Saturday Anime – DRAGON BALL Z: THE TREE OF MIGHT Anime Smash Battle Black Adam Vs Omega Shenron Dr Doom... Read More »

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Ray Rice in Elevator Action

Xaotik Designs - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am

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Siege of Gorro

Factpile - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:57am

FactPile: Siege of Gorro

Suggested by Rookie Invaders (StarCraft and Star Wars alliance): Entire Death Squadron. Lusankya. Eclipse. Malevolence. Shedao Shai’s fleet. 5 Leviathans with zergs troops. Mothership with protoss troops. Additional land troops: Emperor’s Royal Guard 3000 Phase I dark troopers. 1500 Phase... Read More »

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Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) - Picture Day

Bryan Hill's Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:30pm

This was taken on picture day in 2009, Bridget was in 2nd and Bethany was in 3rd grade.

“Find your niche”: Thoughts from the Pittsburgh Women Bloggers panel

Big Big Design Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:18pm

Back in June, I spoke on a panel of Pittsburgh-based women bloggers put together by NAWBO of Greater Pittsburgh (National Association of Women Business Owners). The panel included a great mix of savvy women:

and me, representing Pittsburgh Bloggers and My Brilliant Mistakes, as well as this blog.

We had a lively discussion, with great questions from our moderator, Terina J. Hicks, and from the audience. A few points seemed to come up again and again, and have stuck with me since the event.

  1. Pursue your passion, and find your niche. Each blogger has a focus area or set of recurring topics and themes that she is passionate about, and this helps in a couple of ways. It acts as a hook that readers can latch onto in understanding the blog; it allows the blogger to stand out as an expert; and it allows the blogger to explore things that are interesting to her, that she cares about. It’s no fun to focus on a topic that you’re not deeply engaged with, so don’t bother trying. Choose as your focus the thing that matters to you, then cover it as well as you can, and your passion will show.
  2. Success comes from connecting with others. As Heather Hopson put it, “If content is king, collaboration is queen.” Traditional media works to find and connect with an audience; social media, including blogging, is about finding and supporting a community, who have the same tools you do for publishing and connecting. The more you can support others and help them succeed, the more they’ll support you, and the stronger the community becomes. Collaborate with those who are excited about the same things you are.
  3. Share your story: No one else has your unique perspective. With all the blogs, tweets, updates, videos, and other content on the web, we can get the sense that everything worth saying has been said already. But each of us has a story to tell and a personal perspective that’s worth sharing. Be your authentic self, and you’ll be unique.
  4. You are as ready as you need to be. Several people in the audience had questions about the right tools, equipment, and preparation for starting a blog, podcast, or series. While we all acknowledged that some tools can make things easier, we also agreed that the way to become an excellent blogger (or podcaster or web star or what-have-you) is through experience, and the only way to gain is to start. Start now, accept that the first results might not be perfect, and work to improve with each mistake and misstep you make. The first lousy video you post is still infinitely better than the idea for a video that’s trapped in your head. Be bold and start, now.

 

Thanks very much to NAWBO Pittsburgh for putting together this empowering event and inviting me to participate.

Watch a video review of the NAWBO Women Bloggers panel event.

Related: check out this post, “How to craft the best blog post ever.”

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Marsh Vs Eragon

Factpile - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:37am

FactPile: Marsh Vs Eragon

Suggested by Kaladin Stormblessed Making his debut on FactPile is Marsh from the Mistborn trilogy (as of the end of Hero of Ages) versus Eragon from the Inheritance series. No words of death for Eragon, and he only has his... Read More »

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Throw Back Thursday (#TBT)- The Gang

Bryan Hill's Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:00am

This was taken in 2009 of Kelsey, Corinne, Alex, Bethany and Bridget!!

Never Forget

Bryan Hill's Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:01am
Thinking and praying for those who lost loved ones on 9/11. I know I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on that day in America's history. Never Forget!!!

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