Third World Space Program   Leave a comment


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In fireworks these things are called girandolas. And this Thai amateur spinning wheel rocket is amazingly cool!

They are large horizontal wheels that rotate quickly enough to rise into the air. Once it reaches its peak, it usually explodes or shoots flaming stars. Awesome!

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Posted April 1, 2015 by markosun in Space

Proposed SkyCity Centre Tower in Downtown Winnipeg undergoes design change   Leave a comment


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Developer Fortress Real Developments has announced that they are still moving ahead with their planned tower for downtown Winnipeg.  However a design change has occurred. After researching what Winnipegger’s would prefer in the condo units, including balconies, the company is about to unveil the new design.

The building is going to be a mixed-use office and condo tower. It is reported the building will be 47 stories high and be the tallest building in Winnipeg.

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Posted April 1, 2015 by markosun in Architecture, Buildings, Winnipeg

NSA headquarters attacked by two intoxicated cocaine fuelled cross-dressers   Leave a comment


ABC News

One man is dead and another severely injured after gunfire erupted yesterday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The injured man was identified as Kevin Fleming, 20, of Baltimore, according to law enforcement sources. Fleming and another man were in a stolen Ford Escape SUV when they encountered NSA police at the entrance to the Ft. Meade complex, sources said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. ET, a vehicle with two people inside “attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate,” according to a statement from the NSA.

“The driver failed to obey an NSA Police officer’s routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus,” the statement continued. “The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed.”

 

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Sources say the two inside were men dressed as women. Preliminary information indicated the two men were partying at an area hotel with a third individual when they took that individual’s car without permission. However, it’s still unclear how or why they ended up at the NSA gate.

The owner of the SUV picked up two men dressed as women in Baltimore late Sunday, sources confirmed. The three allegedly drove to a hotel in Howard County, Maryland, where they partied, sources said. Early this morning, the man woke up alone and the two men he allegedly had picked up were gone and so was his vehicle, sources said. The man reported his vehicle stolen to Howard County Police before the incident at the NSA, sources said.

 

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A law enforcement source confirmed that the car that crashed at NSA was reported stolen in Howard County, Maryland.

When the vehicle “accelerated toward an NSA police car blocking the road” and “refused to stop,” an NSA police officer opened fire, and one of the two men inside the “unauthorized vehicle” ended up dead, the NSA statement said. The other man in the vehicle was “severely injured” and taken to a local hospital, according to sources.

An NSA Police officer injured in the incident was also taken to the hospital.

“The incident has been contained and is under investigation,” Colonel Brian Foley, Fort Meade garrison commander, said in a statement. “The residents, service members and civilian employees on the installation are safe. We continue to remain vigilant at all of our access control points.”

The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism.

 

WTF! What next?

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Posted March 31, 2015 by markosun in Crime

Winnipeg Snapshots XIV   Leave a comment


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Assiniboine River is below the river walks. Last year I would have been in deeper water than a snapping turtle standing here.

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A strange congregation, a goose, a crow and 2 little feathered friends. Didn’t know they hung around like this.

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Red River as of March 31. Still lots of ice.

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Unilingual sign on a bus bench downtown, in Chinese! Wonder what they’re selling? Have to phone the number.

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The new sports Fieldhouse at the University of Winnipeg. It’s huge, a full size regulation soccer field indoors, 12 months of the year.

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Posted March 31, 2015 by markosun in Photos, Winnipeg

An Irish priest wows wedding guests with his version of ‘Hallelujah.’ Now he has a record contract.   Leave a comment


PRI

When Father Ray Kelly stepped to the lecturn at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Oldcastle, Ireland, he sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s well-known song “Hallelujah” for newly married Chris and Leah O’Kane.

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As a gift to the couple, he changed the lyrics to suit their wedding. Little did Kelly know the excitement his gift to the couple would unleash.

“After it went up on You Tube there were requests to fly me out to South Africa, all over the States, Poland, Croatia, all over the place,” he says. “People just wanted me to come out and perform a wedding. And sometimes it wasn’t even to perform a wedding, but to sing ‘Hallelujah.'”

Kelly admits that reworking “Hallelujah,” which has become a kind of ubiquitous anthem over the past three decades, was first brought to his attention at another wedding he officiated seven or eight years ago.

“This little girl — she was a bridesmaid — was about 10 and she started singing Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ with the words changed to suit the bride and groom,” he says. “At the end of the service I went over to her and asked for a copy of the words and she gave me a copy. And, as I found out afterwards, she actually wrote the words herself for that particular wedding with the help of her mom and dad.”

So it was that 10-year-old girl and Leonard Cohen who helped launch Kelly’s singing career. The 61-year-old priest has signed a deal with a major American label, Universal Music Group, which just released his debut CD. And yes, it includes that new version of Hallelujah.

Posted March 31, 2015 by markosun in Music

Robot Restaurant in Tokyo   Leave a comment


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Posted March 30, 2015 by markosun in Entertainment

U.S. College version of the famous Les Canadiens logo   Leave a comment


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Watching the NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament the other day I noticed it was the St. Cloud State (Minnesota) Huskies playing. Right away their cool uniforms impressed me. It is sort of a combination Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks look. Very cool.

Just to report the Huskies were eliminated by North Dakota.

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Posted March 29, 2015 by markosun in Sports

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