Blue October is a rock band from Houston, Texas. The group was formed in 1996 by Justin Furstenfeld, the band’s lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Other members include: his brother Jeremy as the drummer, Ryan Delahoussaye playing multiple instruments, guitarist CB Hudson, and Matt Noveskey on bass. The group released their first album “The Answers,” in 1998 under the management of the Jusitn and Jeremy’s parents and was well received in their hometown of Houston.

Blue October signed with Universal Records in 2000, but was released after their first and only album, Consent to Treatment, under the label. However, their third album, History for Sale was re-released under Universal after having unexpected sales success. One of their singes “Calling You” was featured on the American Wedding soundtrack, the third installment the wildly popular teen comedy American Pie series.

Blue October’s next mainstream hit came in 2006 with the single “Hate Me. ” The luck of the band’s 2006 album named Foiled has led them to be featured as musical guests on late night television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

In the short list of triple crown winners, this horse had to be one of the biggest bargains in racing history. We’re referring to the puzzle of a wonder, Seattle Slew.

The story of this horse is just another reminder of how weird the sport of horse racing can be and how unpredictable it can also be. All over the racing industry millionaires were spending small fortunes trying to breed the best horses they could in the hopes of coming away with a winner. While this mad spending was going on a few friends got together and spent $17,500 to buy Seattle Slew when he was just one yr old. You wouldn’t think that kind of money would get you much of anything. But these friends saw their investment go on to become a triple crown winner and also go on to be one of the greatest horses in the 20th century.

Seattle Slew was the son of Bold Reasoning and My Charmer. The horse was brought along very slowly in his career by a young trainer named William H. Turner. He was the oldest horse in history to make his two yr old maiden race which was on September 20, 1976 at Belmont Park. Out of twelve horses in the field, he went off as a 2. 6 to 1 favorite. He took the lead quickly and won the race by five lengths.

Oddly, Seattle Slew started just two more races as a two yr old. He won an allowance race on October 5 and then won the Champagne Stakes eleven days later by a whopping 9 and 3/4 lengths. After that race people were already talking about whether or not he would be the next triple crown winner in just 4 years since Secretariat in 1973.

Again, once Seattle Slew hit three years of age, his trainer took things slow with him, not starting him in his first race as a three yr old until March 9, 1977. That race was in Hialeah where he won by nine lengths. On March 26 he then won again at the Flamingo Stakes by four lengths. Essentially, he won the Wood Memorial Stakes on April 23 by 3 and 1/4 lengths.

By the time the Kentucky Derby came around on May 7, because of his past performances, Seattle Slew was the overwhelming favorite to win going off at 1 to

2. Ironically, the race was nearly a disaster for Slew when he swerved and was sharply taken by the jockey. He was allowed to take an early lead because of this but that resulted in him tiring down the stretch that became a 3 horse race. Slew did manage to hang on and win by 1 and 3/4 lengths.

At the Preakness, two weeks later, things were very similar to the Derby as Slew was involved in a real horse race but managed to hang on to win by 1 and 1/2 lengths. At this time people were starting to worry that he would fall short in the Belmont. But Slew didn’t disappoint. The Belmont was a completely different story and Slew went on to win by four lengths.

The victory made him not only the 10th triple crown winner but the first undefeated triple crown winner. Slew finally retired at the end of the 1978 season.

When you learn to read guitar sheet music it will be vital in expanding your guitar playing skills. Playing by ear will only get you so far and I am here to help take it to the next step. I will show you some basic tips and tricks to help you learn to read guitar sheet music and hopefully that will make you a better and more versatile guitar player.

I will now give you a list that will show you it is not hard to learn to read guitar sheet music.

Finding the right material

Most guitar books will have some basic sheet music and songs in the front pages that are designed to help you learn to read guitar sheet music quickly. Once you have basic guitar knowledge it is relatively easy to learn to read guitar sheet music. Start in small sections, one chord at a time. Use your guitar and play the chord out loud until you know it sounds correct.
Setting your self up

You will need to be in a small quite room where you will not be distracted by anything when you learn to read guitar sheet music. The only way to know when you get it right is if it sounds right and it can be difficult do that if you have screaming kids in the room with you or loud street noise outside. Concentration is key and this will make it easier to learn how to read guitar sheet music. If you are distracted you may find a whole day can be wasted trying to focus.

Getting started

Remember what I said, be free from distraction! I cannot stress that enough. Now you’re alone and it’s quiet, find a music book with sheet music, try to pick something easy but also try to pick something you are familiar with. It makes it much easier to learn to read guitar sheet music if you are familiar with the tune. Make sure you are confident with one piece before you move on to the next.

Continue practicing

Continue to practice as much as you can, you will find that the better you get the more you will practice. When you enjoy something you will generally apply more time to it. Trying to learn to read guitar sheet music is easy as long as you practice! Once you have mastered reading sheet music then you can attempt to write you own music and that is where the real fun begins! It is essential to make sure you are confident or you will only have to go back and learn to read guitar sheet music all over again.

There are many music download sites on the Internet, though the legality of any of these services is debatable and the companies that produce CDs and records are trying to close any down.

The concept these sites use to justify what they do is that of file sharing between individual members. File sharing is probably legal, but the file sharing of copyright material may not be legal.

The MP3 format has changed the face of music. Music and speech can be converted to MP3 files easily. Some detail is lost but this is not detectable on most MP3 players. MP3 files take up much less space on a hard drive than a conventional audio file. This allows personal MP3 players to hold hundreds of MP3 files on their hard drives, whereas they would only hold 10 -20 conventional audio files.

Music download sites hold a database of files belonging to their members and you access members’ own computers to download the music MP3 files you are searching for. Many of the music files have viruses in them, sometimes deliberately put there. Many more files contain spy-ware, giving the provider access to data on your Internet use or even files on your computer.

Some of the download sites themselves install spy-ware on your computer and then sell the information gathered to third party users.

Better, probably, to pay the small monthly download fee from paying sites and download your MP3 music legally and in safety. This way the artist gets rewarded for their effort, and it only seems fair to pay them for the entertainment they give us. If you like an artist or group then encourage them to produce more music of the same type by paying the small fee that is asked, and stay legal at the same time.

There’s nothing like a music box; those haunting melodies that can instantly take us back in time. The song of a music box sounds like history; maybe because they’ve always been a fixture in homes throughout the centuries. Perhaps that is why the antique music box seems so fitting. It is though the music box has been restored to its original form; and in taking its place in our homes, tells the story of a life steeped in history.

The first music box was made by Swiss watchmaker, Antoine Favre in 1796, and acted as a rudimentary record player of sorts, allowing owners to care about and entertain with music in their homes. Music boxes continue to evolve under the guidance of their native country. Even as other regions began to design their own music boxes, the Swiss still enjoyed the credit for this miraculous invention. Even today, many an antique music box is referred to simply as a Swiss music box.

Depending on the time period in which the antique music box was made, you will surely enjoy a variety of period music. In this way, the antique music box acts as a time capsule of sorts, capturing the specific nuances – both in design and melody – of that very particular time in history.

When it might be a valuable and treasured item, the antique music box does not come without its challenges – mainly in the area of repair. Repairing an antique music box – because of its intricate and long outdated parts – might be difficult. It is important to find a reputable and skilled professional to repair or service your antique music box. You may look to those stores that sell contemporary music boxes; many times the owners and operators of these stores are music box enthusiasts and have knowledge of the complexities of the antique music box.

Keeping your antique music box in proper working condition will allow you to like it for a lifetime and even pass it down to future generations whoever can then have the opportunity to hold history in their hand.

Companies issue stocks to raise capital for expansion, equipment and other projects. Stocks have been a very popular form of investment for years. Each share of a stock a person owns represents a small ownership of the company.

Stock values fluctuate based on the fortunes of the company. When the company is doing well the stock price will increase, at this time the investor can sell their stock to capture the profit or they can continue to hold it in hopes of greater profits in the future. Some companies will pay dividends on stocks; dividends are a small share of the profit per each share of stock.

To buy and sell stocks you must use a broker and go through one of the stock exchanges. In the US there are two exchanges, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (NASDAQ). Some very large companies may have stocks on multiple exchanges but most companies will sell their stocks on one or the other.

Until recently the stock market was seen as a long-term investment strategy. Most portfolios would have a large number of “Blue Chip” stocks. These are stocks that have proven their value over a long period of time. With the addition of internet trading we are seeing what is typically known as day trading. Day traders attempt to take advantage of the daily fluctuations in the market by making multiple trades during the day. This is a fairly high-risk method of investment and is further hindered by the large number of commissions charged for each transaction.

In some cases stocks can be bought on margin. In the stock exchange your margin rates are usually about 50%, which means you need half the cost of the stock to be able to buy it.

FOREX

The FOREX exchange is significantly different than the stock exchange. On the FOREX exchange almost all trades are short-term trades, in fact a trader may only hold a currency for a few minutes before moving it again. Since there are no brokers fees in the FOREX exchange you can make numerous trades in one day without racking up large commission fees.

With over $1. 5 trillion in trades every day the FOREX exchange is the largest financial market in the world. To put this in perspective all of the American stock markets combined only handle about $100 billion worth of trades a day. This huge volume causes the FOREX exchange to be the most fluid market in the world. Because so much of the world economy is dependent on moving currency from country to country there is always a buyer and a seller for every currency combination. The stock market on the other hand is not nearly as liquid, you may not always find a buyer for the stock you want to sell or a seller for the stock you want to buy.

The FOREX market is not located in a single place but is worldwide. Due to time zone changes the FOREX market is open 24 hours a day 5 days a week.

Stock exchanges are normally only open for 7 hours a day, you can not buy or sell a stock if the exchange that it is listed on is closed at the time.

FOREX is more predictable than the stock market as well. It follows well-defined patterns, you can also leverage better in FOREX than the stock market. Margin accounts in FOREX run as high as 100:1 which means you only need $1 to buy $100 worth of currency.

When it comes to learning an instrument, practice always makes perfect. It’s not enough to understand the technical skill required to play; you must also integrate that technique into your playing so that it becomes habit. Only then can you begin to infuse your own personal style and personality into your playing. When it comes to playing the guitar, especially, learning important finger positions can prove tricky; but when you find an simple guitar song to learn, you can not only create the base from which all future learning can grow, you can quickly and easily boost your confidence as a fledgling guitar player.

You can learn guitar in one of several ways. If you are serious about beginning on this particular musical journey and wish to become a skilled guitar player who has a repertoire of songs at their disposal, then it may be best to work with a reputable and experienced guitar teacher who will give you hands-on lessons at their home or yours. Guaranteed that one of the first things you will tackle – after proper finger placement – is identifying that first simple guitar song to learn.

If guitar lessons with a teacher are cost-prohibitive, or if you are not interested in taking guitar on as a serious endeavor, you can do much to teach yourself at home. There are reasonably priced books, sheet music, and videos that’ll help you learn the fundamentals of guitar and give you a choice of an simple guitar song to learn. If guitar is simply a hobby or you only wish to have one good song under your belt, this may be the way for you to go.

Choose an simple guitar song to learn based upon your personal musical style. Or perhaps you have a particular song in mind that you would often play in order to surprise someone you love or impress a group of people at an upcoming event. In either case, find that simple guitar song to learn and then practice as much as possible. Also with guitar, the initial awkwardness comes from learning your finger positions. But once you get used to it, you will be able to play enough chords to tackle the song you have chosen.

Choosing from among the songs to learn – if you don’t have a particular one in mind – may seem overwhelming. Remember that an simple guitar song to learn commonly has a certain amount of repetition in its chords; that’s what you need to look for – something that can be mastered with ease – due in large part to the fact that you are commonly repeating the same chords.

Once you find an simple guitar song to learn, you can be well on your way to enjoying the guitar; you may even find that once you learn that song, you have a desire to start learning other songs as you continue your journey with the guitar.

San Jose, Costa Rica – April 24, 2006 – WagerWeb. com, one of the largest sports betting sites on the Internet, posted odds this past weekend for sports fans to bet on whether or not the star of the new Madden NFL 2007 video game cover, Shaun Alexander, will be “cursed” for the upcoming football season. Alexander’s total rushing yards have increased each of the last three years (1435, 1696 and 1880). Now, Wagerweb. com challenges bettors to predict whether or not Alexander will rush for more or less than 1750 yards this season.

“So far, bettors are picking the under,” says Dave Johnson, CEO of WagerWeb. com. He adds, “The curse is recognized because football stars featured on the cover of this video game have injured themselves or produced below average numbers the following season. 1750 yards is by no means a bad year, however, the 2006 league MVP Alexander is consistent and should be able to reach this total, unless the curse takes hold. “

After being featured on the cover of Madden, Eddie George failed to rush for 1000 yards; Daunte Culpepper missed four games to injury and Minnesota finished with their worst record in years; Marshall Faulk suffered his least productive season as a member of the St. Louis Rams; Michael Vick missed 11 games because of injury; Ray Lewis had an off year, and did not record an interception for the first time in his career; and Donavan McNabb missed five game because of injury and suffered through a team-crippling feud with receiver Terrell Owens

The payout for Alexander being either over or under 1750 total rushing yards is –110 ($11 bet wins $10). Wagerweb. com is known for posting odds that center around the controversies of the sports world. The site reported significant betting action recently with odds posted for the Duke DNA results outcome, as well as which player or staff member from the Dallas Cowboys will have the first confrontation with Terrell Owens in the 2006-2007 NFL season.

What did the writer’s strike in 2007 mean? Were the writers just hungry for additional capital for their skills?

Certainly there are some that think so, but the primary reason for the walk out had to do with an understanding that video streaming on the Internet caused a wrinkle in their contract.

In most cases Hollywood writers are not granted payment for video streaming of content they helped to create.

As more and more content is made available online the writers felt that they needed to do something to help establish a precedent that would allow them to receive an equitable share of proceeds for video stream downloads.

Now that movies and a host of television shows are becoming available to download via the Internet many speculate that the traditional television and computer will mesh into a singular unit. Not quite the WebTV of the past, but certainly a highly interactive experience that blends the connectivity of the Internet with the quality if Hi-def TV.

This is the world writers saw prior to their strike. They understood that there may be ‘gold in them thar computers’ but they weren’t being offered a paycheck for the work they contributed to mining that gold.

Television and movie execs said it was premature to begin awarding writers funds because they just weren’t sure what impact video streaming downloads would have on earnings.

The writers seemed to understand there is a fear of the unknown and that each side will react to the issue in their own way. The studios wanted to take a wait and see attitude while the writers were interested in ironing out details prior to a more concerted push toward online video streaming of popular media.

The creativity needed in video production is developed foundationally from the writers who develop plot twists and develop great stories while the studio executives seek to market the work for consumption by the general public.

It would seem apparent that the studios are excited about the prospect of fee based or advertising supported video streaming downloads. It could be argued that the studios have the most to gain from the shift in program availability.

Is it possible studio execs are forgetting the talented group of writers that help move the shows along? The writer’s obviously felt slighted and their strike was a call to the studios to help find a place of equality in the brave new world of video streaming.

Of course there is always a more organic form of video streaming that does not cost anything to view. These videos can be downloaded through large video sharing sites like YouTube.

While there is merit to the equality of professional video streaming visual consumers will still be able to find amusing, entertaining and educational video streams to meet their needs.

As video streaming concepts continue to diversify it is important to remember that the Internet made it possible (and even cool) for the average citizen to become their own video producer, writer and star. There may not be any pay involved, but many amateur video streams are gaining a significant following.

Thrush are a group of small passerine birds that exist most generally in the Old World. Most often Thrush are plump, soft plumaged, small to medium sized insectivores or sometimes omnivores. Often thrush will feed from the ground. Thrush have also come to be known as song birds as they’ve many attractive songs.

Thrushes belong to the Family Turdidae which also includes:
– Yemen Thrush
– Olive Thrush
– Olivaceous Thrush
– Comoro Thrush
– Kurrichane Thrush
– African Thrush
– African Bare-eyed Thrush
– Grey-backed Thrush
– Tickell’s Thrush
– Black-breasted Thrush
– Japanese Thrush
– White-collared Blackbird
– Ring Ouzel
– Grey-winged Blackbird
– Island Thrush
– Chestnut Thrush
– White-backed Thrush
– Grey-sided Thrush
– Eyebrowed Thrush
– Pale Thrush
– Brown-headed Thrush
– Izu Thrush
– Dark-throated thrush
– Black-throated Thrush
– Red-throated Thrush
– Redwing
– Song Thrush
– Chinese Thrush
– Mistle Thrush
– Red-legged Thrush
– Chiguanco Thrush
– Sooty Robin
– Great Thrush
– Black Robin
– Glossy-black Thrush
– Andean Slaty Thrush
– Eastern Slaty Thrush

Thrush are often found in open woods and land that is mostly cultivated over all of Europe and much of Asia. Many of the northern birds migrate south during the winter. Thrush might be both insectivoresand omnivores. omnivorous Thrushes are known for defending their food source against other thrushes in the winter months. Nesting in trees they lay several eggs in an organized cup shaped nest which is often lined with grass.