I was recently invited to an art presentation that was called “30 Rooms” and this was being held in an office building on what appeared to be an open floor for the Regus Business Center company. Organized and sponsored by Six Summit Gallery, the event would present thirty different artists in thirty different rooms. While I did not manage to see every single room, I did get to a bunch that I really enjoyed and shall be presenting each of those artists in their own posting to allow for some focused attention. My first subject is Michelle Delecki.
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It’s Memorial Day once again and let’s never forget the true importance and meaning of the day. It’s meant to honor our fallen soldiers and any American who had died while serving in the armed forces. Of course, while we do appreciate our veterans on their own day, I don’t think it hurts to give them a nod of thanks for their service as well. The image below comes from a helmet that I found on sale at a garage sale of all places a number of years ago. It was in decent shape and while not an official combat helmet, it still had the medal on the front and was being sold very cheaply. I was in my teens so finance was always an issue. You’ve been there as well I am sure. Anyway. So that is the only story that I know about the helmet at the seller didn’t really have any information either.
I imagine if the helmet could speak that it would tell me any number of gripping stories about the soldier who wore it, and the life that they saw together along with all the other soldiers and civilians that they came into contact with. If I had to gauge an age for the helmet, I would say that perhaps it belonged to a Vietnam War veteran of some kind. I did buy this long before the US did battle with Iraq and Afghanistan after all. The lack of stories around it didn’t hit me all that much at the young age but now as an adult who often speaks to his readers in this fashion I am kind of bummed out about that. Oh well. One can only hope that this particular soldier lived to a good age unlike so many of his brothers might have. I zoomed closer in on the medal on the helmet and while I polished it just a little bit before taking the photograph, it still looks worn and historic. Its very thin and I didn’t want to damage it.
That’s all I have for you this year. Don’t forget those who we have lost who helped make this country great. By the way, I’m still rather proud of a post I did for last year’s Memorial Day since it truly paid homage to the importance of the holiday and is greatly personal to my family as well. New readers can indulge in that narrative by clicking HERE.
Wow so according to WordPress itself, today is the tenth anniversary of the launch of the first release of the blogging software, and as an avid WordPress blogger and occasional spirit guide to my friends who use it I say Happy Anniversary!!!!
I started running my static website PiercingMetal.com in 2005 which was two years after WordPress first launched and back at that time it was hard enough to convince people to work with you being an online version of a magazine much less a blog but my how things have changed since then. Initially I hated the blogging aspect of online journalism, but that changed around 2007 for me when I launched my sites official blog “PiercingMetal Musings” and used Google’s Blogger for it at first. Now without trying to offend those who love that particular medium, it did not do the trick for me, and it was sending necessary traffic attention “away” from my dotcom which was not a good thing. Then while digging around in the provisions that my hosting company offered me, I saw that I could not only install the WordPress blogging software under my domain but also import my entire existing Blogger blog into it at the touch of a button. Once confirming that I had lost nothing at all and that it functioned under my domain I was officially sold on the WordPress medium from that point on. I’ve also done my best to to champion its effectiveness to my peers as well.
Since that time, my Official PiercingMetal Blog has posted over 1100 narratives and been visited over 450K times since it started accruing statistics in early 2009 (I should explain that you needed to load a plugin to snare those numbers and I was still getting used to it all so we are actually well over 500K in truth). Having this blog has enabled me to explore deeper into the music that I report about and even other facets of entertainment that appeal to our readers. As a matter of fact I now loved blogging so much that I launched this very site that you are visiting now. It’s pretty safe to say that I am a fan and I look forward to each and every new tool that allows me to entertain the masses easier. The eventual plan is to relaunch the PiercingMetal core site with a WordPress base because its much more powerful than what I currently have in my media arsenal. See, you don’t have to be a blogger to employ its resources.
That being said, a Happy Anniversary to you once more WordPress. Thank you for converting me. I’m now going to open up the floor in the comments for any readers who have WordPress blogs of their own and wish to tell us about them, or perhaps are currently Blogger writers and are considering a move to this medium for their creative edge. Let me hear you. I look forward to learning more about what you others are doing.
Today is Earth Day, and while I would have loved to share a photo of the whole planet with my wonderful readers, I had to settle on that little place I call home New York City. The photo you see below was shot by me yesterday as I stood on the bank of the East River in the aptly named “East River Park”.
It was a beautiful day here in NYC and I was at the 1st Annual Hot Sauce Expo and just could not resist sharing a quick visual of our Big Apple with all of you. I shot this with the Droid phone and uploaded it to Facebook, so some of my first viewers saw it there. If you get over to these parts during the last few weeks of Spring or in the Summer, so take a wander here and snap your own shot. You will not regret doing so. Obviously the photo shows some of the East River, the Empire State Building and to your right a tiny bit of the Chrysler Building.
Happy Earth Day my friends. Treat her and each other with kindness. We’ve only so much time to spend together after all.
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It’s that time of the year again my friends so pay up if you owe and make sure you get that stuff postmarked today because this is it. Of course I am surely hoping that all of our wonderful readers are getting something back from Uncle Sam. I just love when that happens for me I tell you that much. Anyways, I could not resist posting a photo of this dreaded institution when I passed by not too long ago, and for now that is all I have for you. Don’t waste time getting your papers finished if you were snoozing. See you again real soon.
Just a quick post to wish our readers a very “Happy Easter” today, and while we fully realize that some of you were also celebrating Passover this past week, I extend a “Happy Pesach” to you folks as well. We do Easter over here in case you wondered and with that being the case I snapped some images specific to the day.
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Many of my friends know of my absolute appreciation for the comic book medium, and so many of those have variant to their covers when they get released so I felt that it would be a good time to do the same thing with a not too long ago posted recipe. I recently tossed together “the Exploding Omelet” as my title and here is the variant to that original theme. I also decided to share some of the preparation steps and visuals with you this time around. Let’s go. This recipe begins with two eggs, a couple of slices of hard salami and pepperoni, jalapeno peppers, a mushroom and a slice of American cheese.
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I realize I am being silly with that one, but I had a super late night after a Rock and Roll show last Friday and as I was walking up Times Square to the train there it was in bright, tractor beam level brightness……The McDonald’s sign!!!!! For a hot second it found me frozen in my tracks.
Was I hungry? Or was I more tired than is good for me? Did I need any shots for my Foodspotting account? Since I was not too sure, I decided to pull myself away from its maw and myriad of guilty pleasures and head down into the mire of the NYC Transit system. If I was lucky I would be back home in about two hours. Yeah, it was that late and Bay Ridge is like the moon at that hour. Sigh.
I saw this painted on a wall that I had passed on West 49th street in NYC and liked it so much I made a post out of it for you all. Sadly I didn’t see much else in terms of an artist or piece name but enjoy just the same. Hey I also did this post completely by Smartphone which was something that had not been tried yet. Ciao for now my friends. Always appreciate the life and pulse of the world around you. It’s good for the soul.
Since it’s once again time for the “wearin’ o’ the green” I wanted to wish all of our readers a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day and share a couple of images with them as well. All of the stuff you see was captured on wanderings around our fair metropolis shortly before the actual St. Pat’s Day.
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