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Game Overview

World Without End is a traditional European-style strategy board game, thematically built around the events that take place in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, from 1337 to 1361, almost 200 years after the construction of the imposing cathedral known as The pillars of the earth. Players take on the role of merchants, farmers, and builders who strive for wealth and prestige while leading a pious and loyal life. The goal of the game is to get the most victory points. These are mainly obtained by participating in various construction projects and taking care of the inhabitants of Kingsbridge who are affected by the plague, known as the Black Death. However, life in Kingsbridge is not easy. Players have to continually fight to get enough food, show allegiance to the church and crown, pay taxes, and deal with sudden misadventures that randomly occur during the course of the game.

The most important component of this game is a huge four-panel board of excellent quality that represents Kingsbridge and the surrounding lands. On the game board there are several places like:

  • production spaces: the quarry (producing stone), the forest (producing wood), and the fields (producing grain)
  • various construction sites where players can contribute stone or wood and earn victory points
  • the town of Kingsbridge with its houses and market. Some of the families get sick during the plague and can be cured, giving HP and various bonuses. In the market, players can trade wool and cloth for money.

The game takes place in 4 chapters (time periods), each of which consists of 6 rounds. Each chapter represents a time span of a few years, during which players take part in various construction projects, thus earning precious victory points and having to deal with various unexpected events. At the end of each chapter, all players have certain obligations. Failure to meet them costs additional victory points and penalties that occur at the start of the next chapter. In each round the same sequence of actions occurs:

  1. The active player (the one with the active player token) reveals an Event card. Events can be immediate or have a lasting effect until the end of the chapter.
  2. After resolving an immediate event, the event card is oriented on a special town hall space at the top edge of the game board. The active player chooses an orientation that fits their current goals, as it affects two elements of the game: the personal income of each player and a special bonus only for the active player.
  3. Players receive their personal income based on the orientation of the card.
  4. The active player receives their special bonus as they have the favor of the Prior/Prioress, King/Queen, Guild Master, Merchnats, Earl of Shiring, Bishop or Outlaws.
  5. Starting with the active player, each player plays an action card. All players have the same set of 12 action cards. These actions include: sell wool or cloth on the market, exchange wool for cloth (which is more valuable), build a house that provides a bonus when rented, rent up to 2 houses, get a grain, get a resource (wood or stone ), obtain the piety of the cathedral, care for the sick, participate in a construction project by contributing wood or stone, or repeat the action chosen in the previous round. In this phase, players choose a card to play and discard another. Thus, throughout the chapter, they will play 6 actions and discard the rest.

At the end of the chapter, players have the following mandatory obligations: prove that they live a virtuous and pious life by paying 2 piety, prove that they have enough food to support themselves by paying 2 grain, and pay a tax. To determine the amount of the tax, the active player rolls a die. By failing to fulfill one or more of the above duties, players lose victory points and suffer additional penalties that occur at the start of the next chapter, such as losing their income on the first round of the next chapter or playing one less action card. It is possible to avoid the additional penalty by paying 1 Loyalty.

At the beginning of the third chapter, plague strikes the town and certain plague tokens are placed, face down, on each house in Kingsbridge. Each round, a family in one of the houses can get sick and can be cured, using the appropriate action card to award victory points and other bonuses to players who choose this action. To care for the sick, players must have sufficient medical knowledge.

Now let’s go over our usual scoring categories:


All components of the game are very beautiful and of high quality. The game board is visually stunning, with the town of Kingsbridge and the surrounding land beautifully drawn, giving players a feel of 14th century England.

Resources (wood, stone, grain, wool, cloth) are made of wood, of the appropriate color. They also have shapes that resemble their real form, especially grain and cloth. That’s kind of rare for a standard edition of a game. The houses are also made of wood and have the shape of a house, the color of each player. All other components: piety and loyalty markers, deck markers, money, and medical knowledge are made from thick cardboard with attention to detail and appropriately shaped as well. The action and event cards are made of thick paper and deserve a special mention. Its design is elaborate and its background has the visual feel of paper used in the Middle Ages. That also applies to player screens. All in all, the components will satisfy even the most demanding gamer. Kudos to Michael Menzel, who is responsible for the game’s artwork and graphics. 9/10

how to play

World Without End has rich and deep gameplay that will challenge strategy game lovers. Luck does play a part in the game, but not in a way that would mess up a player’s strategy (at least not entirely). After all, life is full of surprises and things don’t always go according to plan. I think this is the concept the designers had in mind when they decided to bring Event cards into the game. Some of them are really frustrating and can mess up your plans, but think of it as challenging your mental abilities. The more they improve the replayability factor. There are eleven event cards for each chapter and in each game you randomly choose which six of them will be included. In this way, each game is different from the others. The game is about maintaining an often fragile balance between food supply, money, and piety, which are the duties that all players have at the end of the chapter. And among all these, fight for the collection of resources and earn victory points by participating in construction projects. One design element that some people may object to is the way personal income is determined: by our opponents. It could be considered as another element of luck, but I think it makes the game more interesting and unpredictable. Never during any of my games did I feel like my fate was in the hands of random events or luck. Each player takes a turn targeting an Event card, which is a good opportunity to get what you need plus the added bonus of favor. Also, by manipulating the action cards and the houses, it seems that you can be in control of your strategy. That is easier in 2 player games than in 4 player games because in 2 player games you will control your income 50% of the time, while in 4 player games only 25% of the time. As for player interaction, there is not much to this game. The opponents’ resources are hidden behind special screens, so you have to pay attention to what other players get and need. The only way to interfere with their plans is to orient an event card so they don’t get something they need. However, most of the time you will be consumed with your own problems and orient the card to get what you want. In fact, you don’t have the time or the inclination to worry about what the other players are doing, you have enough problems already. There are so many things to do in this game that you can’t easily get bored. I’m always up for playing a game of World Without End on any board game night. 8/10

Learning curve

Although the game is not very complex and there really isn’t much to do in each round, it takes a bit of time to get used to all the game components and the strategic elements of the game. World Without End is quite easy to learn but difficult to master. What will especially puzzle you at first is what your priorities should be. There is so much to do that decisions about the orientation of event cards and the play of your actions will be difficult. After playing your first game, you’ll probably get the full picture and start to do much better and appreciate its depth. 7/10


World Without End is a theme game. This element is strongly supported by the italicized text printed on the event cards, which describes a particular event from the book, and by the formidable game board that brings the world of the book to life. All the mechanics are also linked to the theme, from the sale of wool in the market, to the healing of the sick and the sudden appearance of events that influence the life of the town. If you’ve read the book, you’ll appreciate the game more, but even if you haven’t and are looking for a Eurogame game with a strong theme, this game is definitely for you. 9/10


The depth and versatility of the game ensures that you will not easily lose interest in it. Random event cards and the way personal income is determined ensures that no two games are the same. Personally, I’m more than willing to play World Without End at any time. 7/10


It’s not funny, so you won’t laugh while you play it, nor will it provoke humorous comments among the players. But I find it fun to challenge one’s mind to overcome obstacles and manipulate game mechanics in the most ingenious way to win. However, complaining about misfortunes due to event cards can be a bit of fun, don’t you think? 7/10


  • beautiful components
  • challenging gameplay
  • good topic
  • Just as good with any number of players.


  • Some may be upset about the luck factor or the way income is determined.

According to our new scoring system, the scoring categories have different weights. Components are 15% Weighted, 40% Playable, 5% Learning Curve, 5% Theme, 25% Replayability, 10% Fun. Based on this system and the previous score in each category, the game’s overall weighted score is:

Overall: 7.8

What are star rubies?

Star Rubies are a rare variety of the Ruby gemstone. These magnificent gems display a sharp six ray star that appears to magically glide and shimmer across the surface of the gem as it moves. This is due to an optical phenomenon known as “Asterism“. The star is best seen when the ruby ​​star is seen in a single light source, such as sunlight and a spotlight.

What causes the star effect?

gold star effect”asterismIt is caused by dense inclusions of minute fibers of rutile (also know as “silk“). Stars are caused by light reflecting off needle-shaped rutile inclusions aligned perpendicular to the star’s rays. However, since rutile is always present in star rubies, they are never completely transparent. In fact, star ruby ​​is one of those few gemstones that actually requires inclusions (ie rutile).

Are star rubies rare?

Today, for every 100 rough corundum (ruby and sapphire) mined; only three will have apparent stars after being cut into cabochons. Of these three, one will have a poor color but a good star, one will have a poor star but a good color. Only one in a hundred will have both a good star and a good color.!

Most of the original sources of star rubies like Mogok (Burma) have run out of supplies. Currently, world production produces a very small number of fine stars (especially those larger than 5 carats). Star rubies are becoming rare as most rough rubies are cut into faceted stones after heating rather than cut into cabochons to display the star.

Ruby Star Myths and Legends:

Traditionally, star rubies were worn by knights on battlefields to ward off the enemy. Local tales in Karnataka (India) say that if worn as a visible pendant or headdress, anyone who engages you as an enemy loses half the value of it. Ruby star power is said to be highest during a full moon.

Star Ruby is said to stimulate inner strength, ward off tensions, distress the mind, and ward off stress-related problems such as migraines, insomnia, and hysteria. The healing powers of gemstones remain a controversial topic, but have long been mentioned by healers, shamans and medicine men. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fact or a placebo effect, if it helps.

Famous star rubies:

Delong’s Star Ruby resides in the Museum of Natural History In New York. Weight 100.32 carats. Discovered in Burma in the early 20th century, Martin Ehrmann sold it to Edith Haggin DeLong, who donated it to the museum. In 1964, the Delong Star Ruby was the subject of an infamous robbery, carried out by Jack Murphy, known as Murph the Surf, and two other men. She was later rescued and recovered. The Delong Star was found at a designated drop-off site: a phone booth in Florida.

Rosser Reeves ruby It is one of the largest and finest star rubies in the world. Weighing 138.7 carats, it is not only clearer and more translucent than Delong star, but also has a sharp six-rayed star. This Sri Lankan stone is famous for its great color and well-defined star pattern. advertising tycoon Thrash Reeveswho donated the piece to the Smithsonian in 1965, she wore it as a lucky stone, referring to it as her baby. He often said that he had acquired the stone at an auction in Istanbul in the mid-1950s. In fact, he purchased the stone from Robert C. Nelson Jr. of New York, who was acting on behalf of Firestone & Parson of Boston. Firestone & Parson sold the stone to Mr. Paul Fisher of New York. Mr. Robert Fisher, Paul’s father, had bought the ruby ​​at auction in London in 1953. At the time, the ruby ​​weighed just over 140 carats, but it was heavily scratched and a few carats were removed in polishing. Repolishing also helped center the star of the stone. Articles in the New York World-Telegram and The Sun in 1953 mentioned this fabulous gemstone.

Zodiac/Birthstone Information:

Ruby is the birthstone for July and the zodiac sign of Capricorn. The best ruby ​​quality is Star Ruby. Ruby is also used to celebrate a couple’s 15th and 40th anniversaries.

What to look for when buying a Star Ruby:

The value of star rubies is basically influenced by two things: (a) The strength and sharpness of the star, (b) The intensity and attractiveness of the color of the body.

Star sharpness:The star should be sharp and silvery/milky white. The best way to test star sharpness is to look at the ruby ​​star in sunlight with the dome facing the sun. All six points should be straight and equally prominent. The entire star should be centered in the middle of the gem, but should also be able to slide effortlessly around the cabochon.

Gemstone Color:Rubies are generally red. But the star ruby ​​​​is not usually red. Most star rubies are available in pinkish red, purple red, or purple brown. Red rubies with a perfect star are very rare and can cost a fortune.

Court:The cut is very important to exhibit the star effect in the ruby. They should be cut into medium to tall domed cabochons for the perfect star effect. Cabochons must be round or oval. The stone should not be too flat on top and not too heavy on the bottom. Many star backgrounds are left unpolished so that light is trapped within the gemstone.

Caring for your star ruby:

Although there are very few chemicals that attack star rubies, it is best to clean your star ruby ​​with warm soapy water and a toothbrush. Cleaning your Star Ruby in ultrasonic cleaners is not recommended.

Treatments and Synthetics:

Genuine star rubies are usually not heat treated because heating can dissolve the rutile (silk) that causes the star to form in the first place.

Beware of synthetic (lab-made) star rubies! Synthetic star rubies seem too perfect, meaning a perfect star, super clean stone, and great color. In natural star rubies, the color distribution is often uneven, in streaks and blotches, which is the best way to judge with the naked eye whether the star ruby ​​is natural or synthetic. However, it can sometimes be a difficult task to distinguish between natural and synthetic gems, and if you come across any of these stones, be sure to ask the seller for a certificate from the Reputed Gem Laboratory. Synthetic star rubies are undoubtedly much cheaper than natural ones, but they may offer little to no resale value.

Star Ruby Jewelry Advice:

Star rubies are available in all forms of jewelry. However, star ruby ​​rings and pendants are generally preferred. To maximize its astrological and healing effects, it is recommended to mount the gemstone in jewelry in such a way that the bottom of the stone touches the skin. Star Ruby can also be kept as a loose gemstone. Rubies look best in yellow gold jewelry, although it really depends on the wearer’s choice.

To conclude, if you are looking for a gemstone, but are not sure which one to buy, look no further than this mystical gem!

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Half the pleasure of traveling is in the anticipation. There is magic in waiting for the day to come, the expectation of being somewhere new, somewhere exotic, inhaling strangely fragrant air and feeling foreign breezes caressing your skin. To get the most out of your pre-trip daydream, I always think it’s worth learning a bit about where you’re going before you set foot in the door.

There are cities that can enchant you, where the flagstones of the squares and plazas can capture your imagination, basilicas and palaces where you can succumb to reflect on the generations of feet that stepped on the same place where you are now. But only if you have some idea of ​​its history.

Spain is one of those evocative destinations…a vast backdrop for some of the most intriguing, grandiose and turbulent stories ever written. In case you find yourself bound for Spain this year or next, here’s a random handful of geographical, historical, and other facts to jump-start your daydreams while you pack.

Occupying eighty-five percent of the Iberian Peninsula at the southwestern tip of Europe, Spain is the third largest country on the continent. Its outlying territories include the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) and the Canary Islands more than six hundred miles to the south, off the coast of North Africa.

Today’s Spain is an exuberant mix of surprising contrasts, a place where the traditional and the ultra-modern coexist. Spanish identity has been shaped by a long and checkered history and by the great footprints left by those who first invaded and colonized the land.

The ancient Greeks and Phoenicians swept across the peninsula ahead of the Romans who arrived in 300 BC. The imperial conquerors brought their highly developed language and architecture, their agricultural techniques, and unusual new crops such as wine grapes and wheat. Evidence of renowned Roman engineering, such as the amphitheater in Mérida and the great aqueduct in Segovia, remains in many parts of Spain today.

After the Romans came the Visigoths, one of the many Germanic tribes that had converted to Christianity. They ruled Iberia from their court in Barcelona for three hundred years. Next to take center stage in Spain’s drama were the North African Moors who occupied Iberia for seven centuries, imprinting what would become the Spanish language, Spanish architecture, and Spanish cuisine with their own unique oriental characteristics. His influence and legacy are particularly visible in the south, in places like Granada, where the great Muslim fortress, the Alhambra, still stands.

Until the Moors were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492, Spain remained a disconnected group of separate kingdoms. Andalusia, Galicia, Leon, Castile, Aragon, and Catalonia were autonomous and independent until Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand began the process of uniting them into a single nation, Spain.

The turn of the century that followed ushered in Spain’s Golden Age. Intrepid explorers such as Columbus, Pizarro, and Cortés sailed around the world, and for the next two hundred years Spain achieved naval and economic supremacy, making it one of the leading colonial powers of the time.

Predominantly Catholic today, the Spain of earlier times was traditionally a cosmopolitan mixed society with a reputation for humanistic tolerance. Medieval Moorish culture from 750 to 1050 was highly cultured, particularly advanced in mathematics and medicine. For centuries, a sizeable Jewish population that valued learning and philosophy endowed Spain with its wisdom and business acumen. Spanish Jews, Moors and Christians lived together in what we would now consider a very progressive liberal society. Salamanca’s great university was founded in the early 13th century and became Europe’s brightest academic beacon, second only to the famous bastions of education founded in the previous century in Paris, Bologna and Oxford. for several hundred
years the Bachelor of Science in Salamanca was the most coveted credential to which a scholar could aspire.

Over the centuries many empires scaled Iberia’s mountain ranges, inhabited its shores and marched across its arid plains. In the end they all succumbed to the siren song of Spain and were assimilated into their culture, impacting and changing it, as much as they were impacted and changed by it.

Today’s Spain is a parliamentary monarchy made up of autonomous communities. Each has a distinctive landscape, its own unique cultural history and traditions, a regional cuisine, and sometimes a different language that distinguishes its natives. The heady energy of Spain can seduce, mystify and hypnotize. Few visitors escape the lure of its charms. You can ski to the peaks and snow caps of the Pyrenees, sunbathe on endless white sand beaches, rub elbows with Marbella’s jet set, or take a dusty road to the white villages and find your soul in the raw emotion of Andalusian gypsy flamenco. . . Just bring an open heart… you won’t find a warmer welcome anywhere on the continent.

Copyright © 2006 Sue Rauch

In part 2 of our Bible prophecy series, we will look at earthquakes, war and their effect, not only on humanity, but also how they are affecting prophecy. Earthquakes have always occurred since the foundation of the earth. Why are earthquakes so important now? Number and locations are the dividing factor between the earthquakes of the past and the ones we are experiencing today.

What is a seismic movement, shaking or shaking of the earth’s surface. Most earthquakes are minor tremors. Larger earthquakes usually start with mild tremors, but quickly take the form of one or more violent shocks and end in vibrations of gradually decreasing strength called aftershocks. On average, about 1,000 earthquakes with intensities of 5.0 or more are recorded each year. Large earthquakes (intensity 8.0 or higher) occur once a year, large earthquakes (intensity 7.0-7.9) occur 18 times a year, strong earthquakes (intensity 6.0-6.9) 10 times a month, and moderate earthquakes (intensity 5.0-5.9) more twice a day.

God has built a natural safety valve in the earth for expansion and contraction. This safety valve is called an earthquake. The number, magnitude, and location are important in understanding the Scriptures dealing with the last days. The first scripture we will deal with is Matthew 24:7.

1.Because nation will rise against nation, (The number of wars continues to grow each year.

In my life alone, I have seen wars in Vietnam, Grenada, the cold war with the Soviet Union, Iraq 1, Iraq 2, Afghanistan, Israel and all their wars with Egypt, Iran, Syria, the East Bank and the Gaza Strip, etc. . and The Invisible War with the Extreme Elements of Alqaeda and The Nation of Muslim Fanatics The Soviet Union and Afghanistan) and

2. kingdom against kingdom: The Muslim Nation is divided on Jehad and the way to convert all men to Mohmmad-ism. The United Nations is divided into pieces that are barely standing, due to the division between all nations.) and

3. There will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. (This section is easy to understand and relate to India, Pakistan, Africa, bird flu, etc. Fear of another pandemic is growing not only among the people of earth but also in the medical community.) (In recent years, and especially in 2005, we have seen earthquakes in China, Pakistan, the United States, South America, Japan, China, Philippens, the Soviet Union, etc.)

Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and riots; these are beginnings of sorrows. (“These are the beginning of sorrows.”) The Bible tells us that in the last days there will be a significant change in the nature of the earth and the attitude of man. Why is all this happening?

Man’s will, his pride, arrogance, greed for power, possessions and fame, have overtaken God’s will and man’s love for each other. Hatred, mistrust, fear, suspicion, prejudice, have become the catalyst for many disasters in the world and will be the undoing of man. To prove what I have already said, let’s look at two sections of Scripture from the Book of Revelations.

1.Revelation 14:8 And another angel followed him, saying: Babylon has fallen, has fallen (This is a past fact and a future prophecy), the great city (The habitation of the Babylonian people and the Spirit of Babylon that has changed to the man -good attitude.), because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

(“Fornication”. Extramarital sex) (Sex here means a deviation from the Truth of the Bible to join a false doctrine and a criminal conversion of the Truth of the Scriptures to follow after all kinds of cult activities.) (which deliberately and maliciously inter-fears with marital relationships Criminal conversion (People who try to worship God on the one hand and embrace false doctrine on the other.)

2. Revelation 18:2 And he cried out with a loud voice, saying: Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become the habitation of demons (Demons in this case means, People of hatred, confusion, People cruel and inhuman, haters of God and haters of man, demon-possessed), and den of every unclean spirit, and shelter of every unclean and hateful bird.

(The word “bird” in Revelation 18:2 means, A cry or noise to show contempt or displeasure, a cry of hatred and prejudice.) If you have noticed in Revelation 14:8 and 18:2, the phrase is repeated ” has fallen, has fallen.” Why? In Hebrew, when a subject or word is mentioned twice, it means that the event mentioned will occur twice. Babylon the City was destroyed, The spirit of Babylon will also be destroyed.

This is what is starting to happen today. The Nations of the world have become what God already destroyed once, Babylon. Luke 21:11 And there will be great earthquakes in divers (Many) places, and famines and pestilences; and terrible spectacles (tsunamis) and great signs will be from heaven. (Meteorites, Meteorites, Comets.)

Revelation 11:13. And in the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city (Jerusalem) fell, and seven thousand men died in the earthquake: (a tenth of the population of the city) (This means a population at that time of this earthquake to 700,000 people)

(The population of Jerusalem, according to the censorship at the end of 2003, was 693,200 people.) and the remnant got scared and gave glory to the God of heaven. (References; Isa 22:5 For it is a day of trouble, and of trampling underfoot, and of perplexity for the LORD God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying out to the mountains.

Zechariah 14:3-7; Then the Lord will go out, and he will fight against those nations, as he fought in the day of battle. And his feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will split in the middle of it to the east and to the west, and there will be a valley very big; and half of the mountain will move to the north, and the other half to the south.

And you will flee to the valley of the mountains; because the valley of the mountains will reach Azal; Yea, ye shall flee, as ye fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you. And it will come to pass on that day, that the light will be neither clear nor dark; but it will be a day that will be known by the Lord, not the day nor the night; but it will come to pass that at evening time there will be light.)

Revelation 16:18-19 And there were voices, thunder and lightning; and there was a great earthquake, such as there was not since there were men on the earth, such a strong earthquake, and so great. And the great city (Jerusalem) was divided into three parts, (EU wants Israel to divide Jerusalem. 15:51 Nov 27, ’05/25 Cheshvan 5766 By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu)

(For the past three years, we have been reporting that the time is coming when the world will force Israel to partition Jerusalem with the Palestinian Authority. Well, that time is here. Keep an eye on the next few years for a “political move” to use the estab- construction of the next Jewish temple as a bargaining chip for Israel to divide its capital.

The division of Jerusalem would fit Bible prophecy. We must keep in mind that the Lord declared that once the Jews took possession of Israel again (1947) it would never again return to the Gentiles. Therefore, half of Jerusalem does not constitute a total surrender of her. I think this topic could be the springboard that Satan will use to bring in his false Messiah, the Antichrist.

God’s plan for the end of the ages and the beginning of the Messiah’s reign is advancing with pinpoint precision!) and the cities of the nations fell: and the great Babylon came to remembrance before God, to give her the cup of wine from the pride of his anger. ars. endpoint 2.

As a songwriter, I’ve written a lot of rockabilly songs. Some of them have been pretty good (in my opinion!), some certainly not so good. Many of my songs have been played at live shows and some have been well received by the audience while others have flopped a bit. So I have often contemplated the question, “What makes a great rockabilly song?” In trying to find the answer to that question, I have searched through the great rockabilly songs of history. In this article, I’ll talk about some of the answers I’ve found. Of course, this is all my opinion and you may have different ideas about what makes a great rockabilly song, but it should be fun to explore together.

One of the obvious aspects of rockabilly that made the music so exciting in those early days was that it was fresh, new, and different. For us modern rockabilly songwriters we no longer have that element of surprise working for us and that can seem like it makes the job harder. But really, it wasn’t just the freshness that made those songs great. In fact, truly great songs still sound great even though we’ve been listening to them for 60 years. They still sound fresh and exciting, so there must be something to them beyond just the novelty of a new art form. If our modern rockabilly songs aren’t up to the task, we can’t hide behind the excuse that the genre isn’t new!

If I had to choose one word to describe this music, it would be Energy. Great rockabilly music has a different kind of energy. Even the slowest numbers keep you energized, like you never know if the song will stay slow or suddenly explode into rockabilly madness. And it doesn’t seem to matter how many times you’ve heard a song; you still anticipate the explosion. For me, no other music has the same energy as rockabilly. It is a positive and happy energy that makes me smile every time I experience it!

Another important aspect of rockabilly is what I call “sleeping simplicity.” Or maybe you could call it “sleeping complexity”. Rockabilly songs are generally constructed quite simply. The chord progressions are pretty predictable. The structure of the song section is usually a simple alternation between verse and chorus with a musical break or two. Bridge sections are rare. There are not many surprises there. But this structural simplicity hides the complexity of the musical talent behind it. Guitar work is often far from simple. Complex chord-based solos intertwine with single-note solos that can jump back and forth between minor and major musical scales at any time, not just within the same solo, but even within the same section of the solo! only! Carl Perkins was a master at this type of soloing. And it’s not just that the guitar breaks. Hear how the lead guitar often weaves and intertwines with the vocals. It’s not just a selector firing off random riffs. The musician seems to be almost able to make the guitar part of the voice and is a complex talent.

The bass also adds its own unexpected complexity, especially on recordings or live performances that don’t use drums. The slap-bass style of many rockabilly bassists turns the bass into a dual-duty instrument. Bass notes sustain the bottom end, while slapping rhythms can get quite complex. But in a way, things get more complex with the bass when there’s a drummer because now the drums and the bass have to work together so they don’t compete in setting the beat. While this is true with the interplay between bass and drums in any type of music, the rockabilly slap-bass player has to consider that additional aspect of the percussive rhythm. The bass player needs to make sure that those claps integrate seamlessly with the drummer’s rhythms. If they don’t, things get really sloppy really fast!

OKAY; those are just a few of my thoughts on what makes a great rockabilly song. I certainly don’t have it fully figured out yet and will continue to study it in my quest to get to the root of the answer. If you’re like me, you’ll find that analyzing music in this way adds to the joy of rockabilly music.

On February 23, a film by Joel Schumacher, starring Jim Carrey, entitled ‘The number 23’ will be released. The story centers on a book given to the main character (Carrey) that seems to echo the events of his life and prominently features the phenomena known as “The 23 Enigma”. The 23 conundrum is the belief that every event is somehow related to the number 23. This is sometimes mistakenly attributed to the science of numerology, although that is incorrect. Like the ‘9-11’ phenomenon in which 911 matches are recorded and listed, the 23 riddle may be no more than a particular example of the confirmation bias In cognitive theory known as apophenia – the experience of finding connections or patterns in random and meaningless data. Supporters of the 911 phenomenon find a good portion of these matches by manipulating numbers to arrive at the desired result (negating the possibility of a true match), and many of the examples given in the numerous 23 enigma lists share this trait. Robert Anton Wilson himself, whose work explores some of these interesting coincidences regarding the number 23, comments that the phenomenon simply shows how the mind can find the ‘truth’ in anything if it wishes to see it.

However, there are some genuine coincidences (or synchronicities) that feature the number 23 and are often interesting to consider as harmless diversions, some of which we will list here. Due to popular culture, there are also many instances where the enigma is intentionally evoked in works of art that feature some reference to 23. If you decide to tentatively accept the phenomenon as a true example of synchronicity in action, don’t be surprised if you start to see the number 23 everywhere as it becomes what is known in psychology as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whether you see it or not, have fun. 23 times!

Curiosities of the number 23

The physical biorhythm cycle is said to be 23 days. It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate through the human body. The male and female each contribute 23 chromosomes during conception. Every 23 angstroms, one complete turn of the DNA helix occurs. The number of joints in the human arm is 23. There are 23 vertebrae in the human body. Tantrists believe that the male sexual cycle is 23 days.

Shakespeare was born on April 23. Shakespeare died on April 23. Two 23’s equals 46 and that was how old Shakespeare was when the KJV was published. Take a King James version of the Bible and go to Psalm 46. Count 46 words and you will come to the word ‘shake’. Go to the end of the chapter and count back 46 words and the ending word is ‘spear’.

The ancient Egyptians celebrated the New Year on July 23, the day Sirius rises behind the sun.

The ideal orbit, the Clarke orbit, for a satellite is 23,000 miles above the earth.

The first prime number where both digits are prime and add up to another prime number is 23.

The 23rd letter of the alphabet, W, has 3 points up and 2 points down.

Two thirds or 2/3 equals .666.

The first transmission of Morse code is reported to have been “What Has God Done?”. A biblical quote from Numbers 23:23.

Alexander the Great was 23 years old when he cut the Gordian Knot and Caesar is reported to have been stabbed 23 times. The Knights Templar had 23 Grand Masters.

The “Day the Music Died” was February 3 or 2-3. This was, of course, the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper died.

Devin Hester, whose jersey number is 23, becomes the first person to return the kickoff for a touchdown in a Super Bowl (XLI).

Now, how many more instances of Mystery 23 can you find??

Copyright Jakob Steele 2007

Many men still associate their virility with the size of their penis. No matter how proficient they are at making love, they still feel insecure because they’re not hung like a porn star. Therefore, they end up looking for penis enlargement devices online. However, these devices cost hundreds of dollars, putting them out of reach for most men; Fortunately, you can easily make your own homemade penis enlargement devices at minimal cost.

Hanging weights from the penis is one of the oldest known techniques for penis enlargement; in fact, it may even have been practiced by the pharaohs of Egypt. The basic principle behind this is that by hanging weights from your penis, the tissues will expand and give the impression that your organ is longer. As the tissues loosen, more blood will be able to enter your penis when you are aroused, creating longer erections.

To make your own penis weight hanger, you will need two pieces of stiff material. Drill holes on either side of them so you can attach loops of string, from which you’ll hang the weights, and add a device to fasten them, either beads or a bolt and wing nut assembly.

To use the weight hanger, first wrap a piece of cloth around your penis for comfort and to protect it from chafing. Then connect the device to the shaft just below the head; test the fit first to see if it’s comfortable. Stop using the device if you feel any pain or numbness and never use it when the penis is erect or semi-erect; your penis must be completely flaccid. Once the weight hanger is on, you can start hanging weights from the loops; start with a weight of 2 to 2.5 pounds and then gradually increase by adding another half pound every ten days until you reach a comfortable maximum. The ideal routine would be to use the device for ten minutes on and ten minutes off for two hours in the morning and at night.

Jelqing is another popular technique to enlarge your penis, but you may achieve better results if you use Jelqing sticks. To do this, all you need is two PVC pipes about ten inches long and a half inch wide. To use, place the Jelqing sticks in the middle of the shaft when your penis is flaccid, then gently pull them down and out towards the head. Repeat for about fifteen minutes per session one or two sessions a day. If you do Jelqing exercises you should be aware of any discomfort or bruising. Although a little soreness at first is natural, persistent soreness means you’re overdoing it.

How Much Improvement Can You Expect From Using These Homemade Penis Enlargement Devices? One study showed that hanging weights resulted in a gain of 1.25 inches over a four-month period, but this was when the exercise was done for 12 hours a day, seven days a week. You should see a similar level of improvement but over a longer period of time; do not try the routine described above. Jelqing should produce similar results. Remember to measure your erect penis before and after using the devices to measure your progress.


Introduction: What makes poetry-poetry?

Comment: Maybe my style

Free verse

Definition of Poetry I

Definition of Poetry II (effect)

substance of a poem

The world of art in words

separate emotion

On the form of poetry

figurative language

What is confessional poetry?

poetry reading

Understanding the poets


What makes poetry-poetry?

I find-in-my-mind-eyes, what can make splendid poetry is: irony, symbolism, resemblance, metaphor, metric arrangement, expression, confession, spontaneity, but at the end of the poem – as at the end of a day – when the reader looks back and all is said and done, they need to ask themselves, “Has it affected me?” but because? A poem must bring some kind of chill, if not, some kind of voice to the reader. Again I say, if not, go on to the next poem or page in the book, every poem may not be right for you, as every song a singer sings is not necessarily the song that influences you.

Poetry in its crudest and rarest form, and its most perverse, arises from spontaneity.

maybe my style

A comment on poetry

I prefer to join the ranks of naturalness, spontaneity, free of rhymed couplets, romanticism and passion, I leave the Elizabethans, to them. I prefer to shift a bit to the 11th century, or just before that era, when rhyme was being modernized, but not quite in place. Right there, there was a world of nature and mysteries and emotions to be written, told and stories to be transmitted and memorized: addressing the times, their cultures and heroes; and so I must take that period, with my era, and mix it with fragments and dreams, and all that stuff, and let the dead bury the dead. Let the artificial ones reproduce half the literature (they will anyway) and mine the other half. It can be hard to live in a world where critics who write mostly criticism dismiss themes, dignity, manners, this is perhaps a strong protest against all that, but poets must assert their right to represent the world, in a clear and genuine. tone, it is our duty. We are passing through, we leave what we write (infect minds, or produce health), angry citizens will always get fed up with anything, but those who do not want their pockets to be robbed, wait for us to circulate literature. which is full of floating thoughts of those things that I have already mentioned. And to these readers, and to generations to come, I write.

Free Verse: Today’s poetry often has no recognizable voice, theme, or even form. We call this Free Verse, which is the dominant form of Postmodernism; Before this, we had what was called Modernism, where we re-examined what poetry is.

Definition of Poetry I: Each poem is a story, a short story, involving density of language and intensity of imagery, or imagery (mental images); and descriptiveness, metaphors, similes (comparisons).
Effect (Poetry II definition) As a poet, you must ask yourself ‘Did I get the effect I wanted from my poetry?’ maybe you did, and if so, you’re on the right track. I mean I never ask a person this, I prefer to hear what they say about my poetry, and then I can answer the question myself.

substance of the poem

A poem has to have substance to survive…! Some of this substance is in the theme and intuition of the poem.

-When writing a poem, like everything in life, one must have a plan, a destination (where do you want to take your reader?), Again, this is part of the substance, that will come out later.

-A poem is perhaps the secret life of the poet; it may be his black twin, his self detached from him; this is usually the case. Thus, the poet and the poem become more a riddle of despair than a work of art.

The world of art in words

The world of Art, in words, has a definite meaning for me; it is a romance, produced during its stages of creation. like a book As I write it, refine it, test it, and finally victory comes: an initial and final romance has taken place. Idleness is never involved, it is a horrible sin, an enemy of the soul. Man should not be idle, if so, the ghost comes out of him, not the art.

The world of art in words

The artist appeared on earth.

from behind the sea

the sun passed over him,

shine just for a moment

to clear the path of words.

#1718 5-3-2007

separate emotion

If you look for the poet within the poem, look for the background he has left behind, the continuous hint of feeling, it should be everywhere, but rarely does anyone look for it, it is called separate excitement; or poetic art. Yeats uses it. If you missed the source and the beauty, and the exact edge of the poem, which is sometimes called ‘must’, go back and look it up, if you have to. I don’t use as often as I used to, and for various reasons I don’t enjoy the ordinary.

On the form of poetry

People obsess over structure, trying to pick the right form they want to use in poetry (perhaps trying to learn their style or approach in the process). I’d rather let it go and mix one idea or event with the next, lest I lose my soul trying to fit it into something it never should have been.

I try to listen to my voice, the one that speaks inside me, if I can find the silence, I will find the unassuming voice, and within that voice are the syllables, the letters, the words, the rhyme and other elements of poetry that you can want to use.

figurative language
(An example): Figurative language, meaning words used to refer to something you don’t really mean, is used here to make noise, as metaphors sometimes are.

derived echoes

I’d show you love in a handful of clouds-

Could I find the clouds and find love?

And is love what one really seeks?

The fallen angels had love from heaven

And the lust thing in its place, on earth…!

In hell one loves lust and therefore it would be

Unhappy in heaven I imagine…

Oh! Maybe the allusions are the thread we’re on

Searching…? We are living for…

We live in the age of imagined howls

…with aches and pains in mind

Fear of Death – Nymphs (Well Dressed)

School teachers serving children an erase

Light; perfect pitch, more questions than

Answer; breaking the harmonic balance!…

(Perhaps underneath all this is love.)

#728 6/2005

What is confessional poetry?

((And why did we write it?)(3-1-2007))

What is confessional poetry? It is when you prepare for the big fall, when you dare to tell everything. Sylvia Plath, Anne Saxton, the perverted Allen Ginsberg; Robert Lowell, of whom I have several books, was a little quieter in his verse than the poets I have just mentioned. “I” or “you” is often used in confessional poetry. I find most of this poetry unflattering, and that’s why I don’t do much of it; it wasn’t meant to be. It is usually personal and autobiographical. The poet usually speaks directly to you, the reader.

When I read Plath, her confessional style seems more fantasy than fiction, but either way, it’s her soul speaking; one must forget the themes and the theme in confessional poetry, it explores certain details, processes past emotions, events, the author is actually exploring and processing the life of him in front of you.

The question has arisen: “Why write it?” and a fair question that should be answered perhaps more by a psychologist than by a poet, because sometimes one needs to be brutally honest. It seems to me that it would clear the brain and lessen the guilt. Many times, the more you write something, the less powerful it remains. A way to process your bread.

poetry reading

When reading poetry, first read it slowly, paying attention to it, as you do at dinner, then read it slowly a second time, with an open mind, third, read it again, this time, as if you were reading prose. , will now jump towards you.

Many poems are complex, and perhaps ambiguous, if they are too much for you, throw them away (unless you want to suffer for them, then you are asking for pain and you can receive it).

Get to know the poet you are reading, his story will help you understand why he writes the way he does, perhaps his mind will come clearer to yours.

Get rid of your preconceived ideas (prejudices, etc.) while you read and enjoy the experience. If you like poetry and not the poet, because of your prejudices, you have a problem.

Understanding the poets

-To understand some poetry, or poets, one must have experienced what the poet has -identical experiences-; or it must be in the form of the poet, the exceptions are from the old school of poetry: one shoe fits all (thus grasping the theme, plot, and understanding of poetry becomes much easier); of the contemporary scene, you must have the same shoe size as the poet to understand where the poet is taking you, and in poetry the poet must have a destination for the reader, lest he care (and he should).

-The poet survives perhaps because he is oblivious (or not so connected) with the world and all its compulsions (suicide is usually on the other side of this coin, if not drugs and alcohol).

-Poetry has achieved something if it makes you reflect on it…; extending this a bit further, (it seems) there will come a day (not so far in the future), when poets won’t even need to know anything about literature (most don’t today); however, poetry is (or should be) considered the highest form of literature.

-Most poets write about love and death, which are perhaps the two main ingredients (or themes) of poetry; some write about social issues, which makes bad poetry; but it is the “Beauty” that shines above all, and is often, too often, overlooked in place of self-interest, or a combination of negative, delusional, and confused thoughts, put into writing by a poet under the influence of some kind of chemical. One can enjoy the beauty that surrounds them.

Final words: We as poets must not forget, we influence people, young people in particular, and we have an obligation (if not a duty) to set a good example with the way we live and write.

The All-Star break has always been considered the midpoint of the baseball season, but the fact is that every team has played more than half of its games a week earlier. A more accurate marker of the midpoint of the Major League Baseball season would be July 4.

Here alone in 2016, every team has played at least 83 games, with most hitting 90 before the All-Star break. Two clubs, the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants, have already played 85 games. By next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at San Diego’s Petco Park, both teams will have completed nearly 60 percent of their seasons.

The Fourth might be a better indication of the midway point of the season, but it provides a very inaccurate picture of which teams will be champions of their divisions. Rarely do teams in first place on Independence Day end up there at the end of the season.

In the past five seasons, only nine division champions have held the top spot on July 4. The other twenty-one division champions were looking at at least one other team at the midway point, and some were even as low as fourth place.

In 2012, none of the teams in first place in the Fourth managed to win their division. Even more incredible, four of the eventual division champions (Detroit, Atlanta, Oakland and Baltimore) were in third place at the halfway point of that season.

The change at the bottom happens less often, but still more than half of the teams in last place on July 4th end up in the basement at the end of the season. Of the thirty clubs that placed last on the Fourth of July over the past five seasons, seventeen have ended up moving up at least one rung in their divisions.

For three of those seasons, exactly half couldn’t get out of the basement. But just two seasons ago, the bottom six at the midpoint finished ahead of at least one club in their divisions.

Chances are, the clubs that are at the top on July 4 are likely to be replaced at the end of the season. That fact should change the way clubs have traditionally viewed the baseball schedule.

Instead of waiting until the All-Star break in mid-July, teams’ front offices should start preparing for the second half at least a week in advance. The teams in first place right now have less of a chance of finishing on top than one of the teams currently chasing them, a scary thought for GMs who have so far considered 2016 a successful season.

Sometimes I hear from women who are engaged and have discovered that their fiancé has cheated on them. Sometimes this happens at the bachelor party and other times, it happens randomly, but while the engagement is active.

Understandably, many of these women consider breaking off the engagement and not continuing with the marriage. After all, if he cheats on you while you’re engaged, won’t he cheat on you once you’re married? Isn’t “once a cheat always a cheat” almost always true? Shouldn’t you go out while the get is good? Why would you go through with a marriage with a man who is cheating on you before there is actually some stress factor in the marriage?

Someone might say, “I was ready to get married and then I got an instant message on Facebook from my fiancé’s ex-girlfriend saying that her conscience was telling her to admit that my husband-to-be has been coming over to her house and sleeping with her for the last two years.” months. She said it started when he basically contacted her to tell her he was engaged and, in a sense, close and say goodbye. They met for dinner and one thing led to another. She admits that he broke up a few weeks ago. She admits that he told her that he was very guilty for what they had done and that he was committed to me and that he would never be able to see her again. So I’m not sure what his motivation was in coming forward now. But I’m kind of glad he did done because that’s something I needed to know. Of course, I confronted my fiancé about this. And he admitted it, but he’s been following me around crying about how he can’t lose me. Before he called his ex. My pr Her only inclination was to end the engagement and never see him again. And this is what I told him I was going to do. I wasn’t trying to scare him. He was being totally sincere. That was my plan. But then I went a few weeks without him and he called me and recruited all our mutual friends to help him. That’s when I started to change my mind ever so slightly and opened my mind to the idea of ​​just postponing the engagement. But many of my friends tell me that I am crazy. They say that if a man cheats on you during your engagement, he will definitely cheat on you during your marriage. They are right?”

I don’t know anyone who can successfully predict the future. However, infidelity before marriage is not the best sign. That said, I suspect that healing from this infidelity is going to be the same as if you were actually married. After all, when you’re committed, the commitment is still there. Sure, it’s not as big of a commitment as being married, but it’s very serious.

To have confidence that this will not happen again, you will have to work hard to find out why it happened, find a way to prevent it from happening again, and restore trust and goodwill. Your fiancé needs to be willing to take an honest look at his motivations and behaviors. What made him approach the other woman in the first place? Once they crossed the line once, why did she come back again? Was she going to confess or would you never have found out if the other woman hadn’t told you?

All of these questions need to be answered and then the work really begins. I highly recommend getting advice. That may seem overwhelming or not very fun. But it’s much better to go ahead and do it than to live with a troubled marriage. At a minimum, good self-help is needed. Very few people have the skills to see the issues necessary to heal the relationship on their own. Most people just can’t be objective enough or see their relationship the way it should be seen.

But to answer the original question. Cheating once doesn’t always mean cheating again. However, it is a warning sign. And you have enough knowledge of this warning sign that it may be wise to make sure you do all the necessary work until you feel completely comfortable going ahead with the wedding. There’s no point getting into something you know could be a problem in the future when you have the time and foresight to avoid it, and work until you feel completely comfortable going forward with the wedding.