A blog about everything I love! From Astronomy to music and everything in between. I cover 'sudoscience' - We've got aliens, and conspiracy theories, disclosure, want to ascend? Me too..... Then I spin it the whole other way and give you 'factual science' with cool stuff I've been learning at university. I share choice music, books, funny websites, silly hobbies, people, fun and food. Join me on a crazy ride through my life on this wonderful planet we call Earth!

Thursday, 31 May 2012


Do you need a wedge?

The prettiest Wedges I've seen in a long time!

History of Writing......

The beginning of writing

By definition, the modern practice of history begins with written records; evidence of human culture without writing is the realm ofprehistory.
The writing process first evolved from economic necessity in the ancient near east. Writing most likely began as a consequence of political expansion in ancient cultures, which needed reliable means for transmitting information, maintaining financial accounts, keeping historical records, and similar activities. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration outgrew the power of memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form.[2] TheDispilio Tablet, which was carbon dated to the 6th millennium BC, may be evidence that writing was used even earlier than that.

Archaeologist Denise Schmandt-Besserat determined the link between previously uncategorized clay "tokens" and the first known writing, Mesopotamian cuneiform.[11] The clay tokens were used to represent commodities, and perhaps even units of time spent in labour, and their number and type became more complex as civilization advanced. A degree of complexity was reached when over a hundred different kinds of tokens had to be accounted for, and tokens were wrapped and fired in clay, with markings to indicate the kind of tokens inside. These markings soon replaced the tokens themselves, and the clay envelopes were demonstrably the prototype for clay writing tablets.[11] In both Mesoamerica and Ancient Egypt writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events

From Wikipedia

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Guide to Life!

Classic Hepburn!

“Paris is always a good idea.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Ayoub Khote originally shared this post:
I saw this quote on an email from Mindbloom:

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~ Leopold Stokowski

My immediate response: And a writer paints their pictures on the imagination.

Smugglers Cove - Canary Islands!

This is 
Poris de Candelaria, Tijarafe/ La Palma, Canary Islands

It's an old smuggler's cove, with overhanging rocks as high as 60 m!

Update on whats happening with Gold Digger.

Hi everyone. Just thought I should update you on where I'm at with my awesome new novel Gold Digger. As you may or may not know, Gold Digger a chic lit novel about three women's intertwining lives, sex betrayal and exposure, and it  is available for pre order through my temporary Author Website at the link above.
Over the last year I have been blogging about finding a publisher for my book. I sent out my book to Allen and Unwin they said it showed merit and although they didn't want to publish it, I should keep writing. I kind of got sidetracked after that and didn't think about submitting it to anyone else for about six months. I thought maybe it was a bit of a pipe dream to think i could get a book published. When I decided to see if more than one publisher thought my book wasn't good enough to publish I started really researching everything I could find about publishing a book. I thought I might need an agent after all the research so I went down that road for a while,  with inquiry letters to about 20 or so agents here in Australia, and after many rejections (some not even reading two lines of my book.) I finally got a positive response. I sent the first two chapters and an overview and waited praying this would be it. NO! She said the same thing. Apparently it wasnt a big enough story in such a flooded market. I felt rejected. Even though so far only two companies had actually read a chapter or two, all the other rejects had come from the inquiry letters asking if I could send my book to them. Anyway after a few more months I decided I should submit it to all the publishing companies in Australia. What the hell, they can only say no. After much research into what publishers I should sent it to, their requirements and such I decided that maybe the market in Australia wasn't as big as I needed it to be, with many saying the market is flooded and chances of getting a book published in Australia was minimal, so I sent some inquiries  to America. After a few months (This writing business requires patience) I started getting responses. One asking for me to send the first chapter etc so I did. Then they asked for more. So I sent it. Then the offer came through! Luckily I had found a publishing company willing to publish my book.
For more info on what went down check out my blog archive for the whole process.

Anyway so now I have been waiting for my publishers to edit my book. This can take months. In the meantime they are going to upgrade my temporary author website, which is very exciting. You can check out the old version here Tara Anderton 

Also while this is going on the marketing team at SBPRA (my publishing company) are organizing the promotion side of things all of which sounds very exciting.

Coming up.

 I will be picking the cover design out of two possible covers that have been designed specifically for Gold Digger.

I will be getting professional photos taken by an amazing photographer Claudio Kirac for the jacket photo for the book.

I will be sent a copy of Gold Digger to review.

Gold Digger will go to print.

Gold Digger will be officially for sale on Amazon.com & Barnes and Noble .com.

Gold Digger will be available is Book shops in America and Australia.

Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, 28 May 2012

Difference Between EP & LP Records

EP and LP are a throwback to an earlier era in music: before MP3s, before CDs and even before cassette tapes. Vinyl records ruled the industry for decades, and served as the sole delivery system for songs and albums during that time: either you heard the record on the radio or you bought it in the store. EP and LP were two different formats within that dynamic

Singles and LPs

  • In the early days, individual songs could be released as singles, and LPs (long play) were released as entire albums. That's why albums are the length they are: it represents the number of songs one can comfortably fit on an LP.

Competing Formats

  • LPs and singles were originally in competition with each other. The smaller single records played at 45 rpm (revolutions per minute), while the longer LPs played at 33 rpm.

    Enter EPs

    • EPs, or "extended play" albums were developed as a means of competing with LPs. They ran longer than singles, but still used the 45 rpm format.

    Running Length

    • Because EPs turn on the record player more quickly than LPs, they don't run as long. The usually hold between four and six songs totaling anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

    The Future

    • Because EPs were an accepted format for so long--most notably in the UK--they continued after technology rendered the practical need for them obsolete. CDs, for example, could be released in EP format, even though they could hold many more songs on the disc.

Read more: Difference Between EP & LP Records | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4967018_difference-between-ep-lp-records.html#ixzz1w8spZ4C5

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Jack White -

Jack White’s New Album “Blunderbuss”

I love Jack White and his music and songs and guitar playing.  The White Stripes are all time!
 His quirky lifestyle revolving around his gift and passion is one I am drawn too. I watched a show about collecting antiques and I found out he is a collector of stuffed animals (as in taxidermy) and weird and strange things, including but not limited to old duke boxes and vintage photobooths. Which was actually used in one of his film clipsI find him eccentric and enticing. His songs are awesome~!

This tribute to Jack White and his phenomenal career are courtesy of  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_White_(musician)

Jack White (nĂ© Gillis; ), often credited as Jack White III,[1] is an American musician, singer, songwriterrecord producermulti-instrumentalist and occasional actor. He was best known as the guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes until they split in February 2011, as well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
He is ranked No. 70 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[2]White's popular and critical success with The White Stripes enabled him to collaborate as a solo artist with other renowned musicians, such as BeckThe Rolling StonesJeff Beck,[3] Alicia KeysBob DylanElectric SixInsane Clown Posse, and Loretta Lynn, whose 2004 album Van Lear Rose he produced and performed on. In 2006, White became a founding member of the rock band The Raconteurs. In 2009, he became a founding member and drummer of his third commercially successful group, The Dead Weather.[4]He was awarded the title of "Nashville Music City Ambassador" by the Nashville mayorKarl Dean in 2011.[5] White released his debut solo album Blunderbuss on April 24, 2012.

White formed The White Stripes in 1997, along with Meg White,[18] The band began its career as part of the Michigan garage rock underground music scene, playing with local bands such as Bantam RoosterThe Dirtbombs, The Paybacks, Rocket 455, and The Henchmen, among others. In 1998, The White Stripes were signed to Italy Records, a small and independent Detroit-based garage punk label, by Dave Buick.[19] The band released itsself-titled debut album in 1999, and a year later the album was followed up by the cult classic[20] De Stijl. The album eventually peaked at No. 38 in Billboard's Independent Albums chart when the band had established their popularity. While performing and in music videos, Jack and Meg are very recognisable visually, as they dress only in red, white, and black.
In 2001 the band released White Blood Cells. The album's stripped-down garage rock sound drew critical acclaim in the UK and soon afterward in the US, making The White Stripes one of the more acclaimed bands of 2002. The album was followed up in 2003 by the commercially[21][22] and critically successful[23][24] ElephantAllmusic wrote that the album "sounds even more pissed-off, paranoid and stunning than its predecessor ... darker and more difficult than White Blood Cells. "[25] The album's first single, "Seven Nation Army", was the band's most successful.
The band's fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan, was recorded in White's own home and marked a change in the band's musical direction, with piano-driven melodies and experimentation with marimba and a more rhythm-based guitar playing by White. The band's sixth albumIcky Thump, released in 2007, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one[26] and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The album's sound also included more punkgarage and blues influences than its predecessor. In late 2007, the band announced the cancellation of 18 tour dates due to Meg White's acute anxiety problems.[27]
White had revealed plans to release a seventh, as of yet untitled album in the summer of 2009. However, this has yet to happen.[28][29]The band also made their first live appearance since Meg's anxiety problems in September 2007 on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 20, 2009.[30]
A documentary, The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights, about the band's 2007 tour, in which they played a gig in every Canadian province and territory, appeared in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[31]
In July 2007, The White Stripes made history by playing the shortest concert ever only playing one note, in St John's, Newfoundland. They played a full show later that night at the Mile One Centre in downtown St. John's.[32]
On February 2, 2011, it was reported on the main page of whitestripes.com that the duo has decided to part ways. White stated that it was not due to health issues or artistic differences but there were a "myriad of reasons".[33]

The Raconteurs

White formed The Raconteurs in 2005 along with Brendan BensonJack Lawrence andPatrick Keeler. The origin of the band was the song 'Steady, As She Goes' which White wrote along with Benson. This inspired them to create a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler. The band came together in Detroit during 2005 and, for the remainder of the year, recorded when time allowed. The band's debut album Broken Boy Soldiers was recorded at Benson's home in Detroit. The band set out on tour to support the album, including eight dates as the opening act for Bob Dylan. The group's second album,Consolers of the Lonely, and its first single, "Salute Your Solution", simultaneously in 2008. The album received a Grammy nomination.

The Dead Weather

In early 2009, Jack White formed a new group called The Dead Weather with The Killsfrontwoman Alison Mosshart. White takes drum and vocal duties, while The Raconteursbassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stone Age keyboardist and guitarist Dean Fertitaround the four piece out.
The group debuted a handful of new tracks on March 11, 2009 in Nashville from their debut album Horehound, which came out July 13, 2009 in Europe and July 14, 2009 in North America, on White's Third Man Records label.
On October 16, 2009, Mosshart confirmed that the second album was "halfway done". The first single "Die by the Drop" was released on March 30, 2010. The new album, Sea of Cowards was released on May 7 in Ireland, then on May 11, 2010, in the U.S. and May 10 in the United Kingdom, and again, on White's Third Man Records.

Solo career

It was rumored that in 2003 White collaborated on Electric Six's song "Danger! High Voltage."[34] Both he and the Electric Six denied this, and the vocal work was credited officially to John S O'Leary.[35] However, a recent radio interview with Tim Shaw on Kerrang! 105.2 in the UK had Electric Six lead singer Dick Valentine talking openly about White singing on this song as well as speculating on the amount of money he was paid ($60,000).[citation needed] Also, a Q magazine article stated that Jack White did in fact work with Electric Six on the song "Gay Bar".[citation needed]
In 2008, White collaborated with Alicia Keys on the song "Another Way to Die", the theme song for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
He performed five songs for the Cold Mountain soundtrack; "Sittin' on Top of the World", "Wayfaring Stranger", "Never Far Away", "Christmas Time Soon Will Be Over" and "Great High Mountain".
In 2009, Jack White was featured in It Might Get Loud, a film in which he, Jimmy Page, and The Edge come together to discuss the electric guitar and each artist's different playing methods. White's first solo single, "Fly Farm Blues," was written and recorded in 10 minutes during the filming of the movie, in August 2009. The single went on sale as a 7-inch vinyl record from Third Man Records and as a digital single available through iTunes on August 11.
In November 2010, producer Danger Mouse announced that White has been recruited for his collaboration with Daniele Luppi entitledRome along with Norah Jones.[36] White provided vocals to three songs on the album: "The Rose with the Broken Neck," "Two Against One" and "The World."[37]
The song "You Know That I Know", finished and performed by White, was featured on The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, released on October 4, 2011.
On January 30, 2012 White released "Love Interruption" as the first single of his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, which was released on April 24, 2012.[38] On March 3, 2012, he appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest, with Lindsay Lohan hosting.
He'll be playing selected dates in the summer, with festivals such as Radio 1's Hackney WeekendSasquatch! Music FestivalFuji Rock Festival in Japan, one of the biggest festivals in the world, Rock Werchter in Belgium, and later in the year, he'll be headliningAustin City Limits Music Festival. For his solo shows, White tours with two bands. One, The Peacocks, is all-female, and the other,Los Buzzardos, is all-male.[39]

It's not a compliment!

There are times when your out with your friends and your having a great time, then a guy friend, mutual to everyone comes up and compliments one of the girls on the way there looking. With 'oh wow, you look amazing Amy. Love your skirt.' We think that's it, as hes walked away and it was nice of him to compliment Amy.
Later he comes up and reiterates how good she's looking whilst standing next to another girl, a friend of hers and equally as pretty and says nothing to her ( not that she expected it or even cared. And that's the truth, she really doesn't need compliments, but could admit that they are nice once in a while. But in this case she doesn't care) Obviously he has a bit of a thing for Amy.
After praising her for the third time on the way she looks with a  'your smokin hot' (its starting to get weird! She has a boyfriend and just isn't interested.) It was flattering the first time but three compliments!
  He needs to dial it down! There is an awkward  silence.
Finally he turns to the other girl and says as a major after thought ' oh you look nice too Tammy......'

um helllloooo..... so not a compliment!

Teenage Fanclub - The Concept

This ain't no family movie!

Last night I was lucky enough to watch Charlize Theron in Young Adult. My kind of movie. Her character Mavis's darkness appealed too me and the way she portrayed her attitude (Doesn't give a fuck) and life style (Alcoholic) was acting at its best. The fact that she was a writer was also interesting to me.  I loved how she fell into a friendship with 'hate crime guy'  Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) who she would never have got to know if she hadn't been chasing high school flame Buddy who is happily married with a new born in her home town of Mercury, Minnesota.
Matt and his sister Colette's  humor along with Theron's slightly twisted but layered character Mavis Gary made the movie a powerful no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence.

Young Adult is a dark comedy film directed by Jason Reitman

H.G Wells

H.G. Wells argued that writing has the ability to "put agreements, laws, commandments on record. It made the growth of states larger than the old city states possible. It made a continuous historical consciousness possible. The command of the priest or king and his seal could go far beyond his sight and voice and could survive his death".[3]


Sex and Money!

It isn't a struggle to gold dig her way into his pants.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

next weekend!

Can't wait for next weekend to celebrate with my girls......
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Friday, 25 May 2012

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Katherine Conrad (born February 1, 1986) is an American television personalityand fashion designer.[2] She came to prominence with her starring roles on the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its spin-off series, The Hills, which at one point followed her personal and professional life as she pursued a career in the fashion industry.
Conrad has written three books in her L.A. Candy trilogy with a spin-off trilogy in the works, and has two fashion lines; LC by Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown. She, her hairstylist, and her makeup artist run a beauty website, The Beauty Department.[3][4][5]

2004–09: Laguna Beach and The Hills

During Conrad's senior year of high school, she appeared in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County in which she agreed to have her life taped. Upon graduation in 2004, she attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for one semester along with her friend, Heidi Montag. During the second season of Laguna Beach, she returned home and began taking classes at a local community college before subsequently transferring to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.[6]
After the success of Laguna Beach, MTV developed The Hills, a spin-off series. The series originally documented the personal and professional lives of Lauren and her friends (Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port) while living in Los AngelesCalifornia. The first season premiered on MTV on May 31, 2006. At the time, Conrad was an intern at Teen Vogue while living with then-housemate Heidi Montag.[8]
The series was later renewed for a second season, which was filmed from late summer 2006 through February 2007 and premiered on January 15, 2007. During that time, Conrad and Montag's friendship deteriorated, as Heidi was increasingly spending her time with her new boyfriend, Spencer Pratt. By February 2007, Audrina Patridge became Conrad's roommate after Montag moved into a separate apartment with Pratt.[9] Filming for the third season of The Hills began in mid-summer 2007 and lasted through March 2008. The premiere episode of season 3 aired on August 13, 2007. During that time, Conrad was able to revive her position at Teen Vogue and was offered a trip to Paris alongside Whitney Port. By March 2008, Port had leftTeen Vogue for fashion PR firm People's Revolution, and after asking Conrad to assist at an event, Kelly Cutrone invited her to work for her company.
Filming for the fourth season of The Hills began in mid-summer 2008 and lasted through November 2008. The premiere episode of Season 4 aired on August 18, 2009. Filming for Season 5 began in January 2009, and the premiere episode aired April 6, 2009. Conrad confirmed that the fifth season would be her last.[10] She made her final appearance in the series on May 31, 2009. The program continued without her, with formerLaguna Beach castmate Kristin Cavallari being hired as Conrad's replacement. In March 2010, it was announced that the sixth season of The Hills would be the last.[11] There was much speculation that Conrad would make a guest appearance for the series finale. The series ended on July 13, 2010, after airing six seasons and 102 episodes. She did not appear in the finale, but later said that she filmed an alternate ending of the series with Brody Jenner.[12]

2007–09: Early fashion and retail endeavors

Conrad at VH1's 2009 Divas concert
Conrad landed an internship at Teen Vogue while filming season one of The Hills.[6] Conrad and her reality show appearances have been credited with improving sales of Teen Vogue. It was reported in March 2007 that since the second season of The Hills began airing in mid-January, newsstand sales for the magazine increased by double digits over 2006 sales. According to Lisa Love, the West Coast editor of Vogue who evaluated Conrad for the internship position, Conrad had to interview successfully in order to get the job, "regardless of what the cameras wanted".[13] In January 2007, Conrad was named the first official spokesperson of "mark.", a line created by Avon and marketed toward young women. She was featured in the brand’s magalog and in the "mark." online community.[14] Conrad was replaced by Ashley Greene in June 2010.[15]
In 2007, Conrad appeared as a satirical version of herself in the comedy Epic Movie. In 2008, Conrad made a cameo appearance in an episode of Greek. In May 2009, Conrad appeared as a cartoon and ironic version of herself in an episode of Family Guy.[16] Conrad had previously done voice work for the show in the episode Prick Up Your Ears in a spoof of Laguna Beach. Conrad's first fashion line, The Lauren Conrad Collection, debuted at the Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in March 2008. In March 2009, Conrad announced that she would be taking a break from the fashion line. As a result, 2009's spring and summer lines were canceled. She earns an estimated $1.5 million annually for her television appearances, fashion line, and product endorsements. In fall 2009, Conrad launched LC by Lauren Conrad in Kohl'sstores nationwide.[17] Conrad appeared as a guest judge during Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model.[18] In August 2009, Conrad appeared on an episode of the tenth anniversary edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, playing for her charity: m.powerment by mark.[19] She was asked one question for $50,000 and answered correctly after using her "Ask the Audience" lifeline. In 2010, she guest starred on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

[edit]2009–10: L.A. Candy and defunct reality series

Conrad released her first novel, L.A. Candy, on June 16, 2009.[20] Inspired by her personal life, the book focuses on a young woman who moves to Los Angeles and becomes the star of a reality show. It was a New York Times bestseller.[21] The second novel, Sweet Little Lies, was released on February 16, 2010.[22] The final novel, Sugar and Spice, was released on October 5, 2010,[23] along with another book, Lauren Conrad Style, which is about her experiences in and her knowledge of the fashion industry as well as being a style guide. In 2011, Conrad made another three-book deal with publisher HarperCollins. The books, titled The Fame Game, will be aspin-off series of the L.A. Candy trilogy and will follow character Madison Parker.[24][25] Conrad launched a production company, Blue Eyed Productions, in early 2009. It has purchased the rights to turn L.A. Candy into a movie, in which Conrad would serve as an executive producer. The movie would be based on all three books.[26]
On September 24, 2010, Conrad announced during an On Air with Ryan Seacrest interview that she would star in an upcoming MTV reality series. The show would focus on her fashion career rather than focusing on her personal life, which she says "will be something very different" from The Hills.[27] The series began filming in mid-October 2010.[28] However, after MTV had viewed the pilot, the network decided to not pick up the series. MTV's head of programming, David Janollari, said, "She did do a pilot. There were talks about whether we could somehow manage to put together a special based on that footage but that's also a big question mark based on her interest in that and the finances. We decided not to go ahead with the show," later adding, "We love her! We would love her on our network! It was a great attempt but it just didn't feel like a perfect fit for us now." Conrad released a statement of her own, reading, "We sold a show to MTV, filmed it and are really proud of the final result. MTV felt the subject matter was too high brow for their audience and offered me the opportunity to change the show by incorporating more of my personal life. We agreed going into the project that this show would be an aspirational one, focusing on my career and my goals and not my personal relationships. We delivered the show that we sold and are sorry MTV didn't feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it."[29]

[edit]2011–present: The Fame Game and continued career

Conrad is working on launching a new fashion line, Paper Crown, and is scheduled to be in stores by fall 2011.[4][30] The line is her third collection after The Lauren Conrad Collection and LC by Lauren Conrad. Her now defunct reality show would have focused on the creation and launch of the line. In April 2011, Conrad, along with her hairstylist Kristin Ess and her makeup artist Amy Nadine, launched a beauty website called The Beauty Department.[31] The site offers beauty advice and tips as well as how-tos and tutorials.[32]
In September 2011, Conrad announced plans to expand The Beauty Department to include a beauty and cosmetic line as well as to expand her current fashion lines.[33]
Conrad is writing a spin-off book series of her L.A. Candy novels. The first novel, The Fame Game, was released on April 3, 2012. The second book in The Fame Game series, Starstruck, will be released on November 6, 2012. She is also writing another book, titledLauren Conrad Beauty.[34]

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