Sunday, January 5, 2014

Win List

Here are my wins for 2013

January

* $20 Subway gift card giveaway. (Blog Win)
* $100 Shop Cowboys GC (TX Lottery Second Place Win)
* 4-night trip for two to New Orleans, LA, Jan. 31 - Feb. 4, 2013, to participate in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and attend a private Pepsi Party; includes $500 spending money (ARV $7,000).
* $5 Target Gift Card. (Pinterest Win)
* Coming Out In New York by D Luis Meyer (Autographed) $12.98
* Readers' edition of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (ARV $5)
* 40 MyCokeRewards points
* Free Large one-topping Pappa John's pizza
* $3 McDonald's Arch card
* $50 Visa Card From Dollar General

February

* $100 Open Table gift card and $30 Fandango bucks (ARV $130).
* Digital IHOP gift card (ARV $5).

March

* Digistal IHOP gift card (ARV $5)
* Autographed Plankton print signed by voice actor Mr. Lawrence (50 cents)
* I WON a Coupon redeemable for one free 10.5 or larger package of OREO cookies (ARV up to $4.49).
* Mr. Potato Head toy
* $25 Turkey Gift Check (Pinterest win)
* Digital IHOP gift card (ARV $5)
* $10 Walgreens gift card
* Digital IHOP gift card (ARV $5)

April

* Starbucks e-Gift Card for $10 (Pinterest win)
* Digital IHOP gift card (ARV $5).
* Todd May Rickenbacker Girls CD
* 1 year subscription to Better Home and Garden Magazine
* t-shirt at Pink Impact

May

* SavagePeace Justice CD
* Free 1-year subscription of Ladies' Home Journal Magazine

June

* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* $10 Live Nation® Concert Cash® in the Music First Game. (bud light scan)
* Music First Song Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $0.99 value (bud light scan)
* 2 tickets to Empire of the Sun on August 1, 2013 at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater in Austin, TX. $395 (bud light scan)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* $25 Live Nation® Concert Cash® in the Music First Game. (bud light scan)
* 10 Song Music First Download Music Download(s) from Universal Music Group. $9.99 value (bud light scan)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)

JULY

* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* $50 Live Nation® Concert Cash® in the Music First Game. (bud light scan)
* Latin Grilling by Lourdes Castro
* 100 Kellogg's rewards points (twitter)
* Monster DNA™ Headphones $199.95 (bud light scan)
* Two tickets to see the Rangers vs. the Angles (text) $88
* International Delight Iced Coffee tumbler (ARV $5)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* $10 Live Nation Concert Cash code.
* I won a custom cheese board & chalk set plus a can of Delights With Cheddar in the Fancy Feast® Cheese Affair Pin to Win Sweepstakes! (Pinterest)
* code for a FREE music download from Coke & Church's Chicken.
* First Prize winner of the Win the Shirt off 1D's Back sweepstakes! (Ritz t-shirt) (Twitter win)

AUGUST

* I won a music download from Coors Light!! $0.99 value (text)
* code for a FREE music download from Coke & Church's Chicken.
* code for a FREE music download from Coke & Church's Chicken.
* $100 Visa Gift Card - blog win
* I won an order of Chips & Queso from Taco Bueno®!
* Jane Iredale Facial Primer & Brightener and Jane Iredale Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain [$25 ARV) won on Twitter
* free flowers from FTD (Facebook win)
* The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism - book
* Digital fine art download; Text message (ARV $5 each)
* Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood - book
* Bottle of Dial Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer (ARV $3).
* Inner Compass - book
* The Stingy Minion - book

SEPTEMBER

* Coupon for H-E-B Tortilla Chips,
* $100 Visa gift card - blog win
* Coupon for H-E-B Big Chip Cookies
* My Basmati Bat Mitzvah (book win)

OCTOBER

* Bliss (book win)
* Won a JCPenney coupon of $10 off $50
* BOGO Culvers coupon
* A PURELL Pal with an 8oz bottle of PURELL Hand Sanitizer
* A free HD movie download of
* The Hunger Games (2012) at Amazon Instant Video.
* Luxury trip to Germany!!! Doesn't include airfare but it is still a big win $5200 worth!

NOVEMBER

* We Own The Night from The Wanted
* Touch & Go (book win)
* $50 VISA Gift Card
* A free HD movie download of
* The Hunger Games (2012) at Amazon Instant Video.
* $25 Zaxby's Gift Card & Official Chicken of College Fanz T-shirt ($35)
* $100 Visa Gift Card
# I won a Music Download Code from DD_Rocks
* The Gift of a Legacy (book win)
* $100 Visa Gift Card

DECEMBER

* Dear Mr. President ... Reagan/Gorbachev and the Correspondence that Ended the Cold War (book win)
* The Duke and the Decoy (book win)
* My Name is Rapunzel (Book Win)
* A year of papa Murphy's pizza (text win)
* Congratulations, you are the winner of the Cockspur Rum prize pack which includes: one (1) Small Black T-Shirt and one (1) Beach Ball (twitter win)
* Violet CD by Shauna
* Congratulations on winning a copy of my EP, Endlessly!
* $100 American Express Gift Card
* free copy of Ten Women - book win

Friday, January 3, 2014

Acclaimed Jerusalem Film Debuts at Fernbank Museum’s IMAX® Theatre


Jerusalem is a place like no other: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other site in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, a new giant screen film adventure immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey—soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City—so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions.

Jerusalem, opening at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre on January 3, 2014, is a breathtaking new film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS’s "Sherlock"), Jerusalem gives audiences a rare glimpse of the storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites—including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada—and to little-known parts of the region.

Special access is one of the unique aspects of the film. Filmmakers were granted permission to capture aerial images over the Old City of Jerusalem, and throughout the Holy Land. A strict no-fly zone has existed over the region for many years, restricting low-altitude filming. Once secured, the filmmakers launched a major campaign in both Hebrew and Arabic to notify the public weeks before filming began.

“Jerusalem embodies National Geographic’s commitment to tell visually compelling stories that foster greater understanding and appreciation of world cultures, history, science and geography,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment, the film’s distributor.

"Through the unrivaled beauty, visceral nature and incredible technology of giant screen cameras, we were able to compose the images and move the camera in a way that makes you feel as if you are experiencing Jerusalem first-hand," said Daniel Ferguson, Writer/Director. "We were thrilled with the opportunity to provide audiences with the story of the Old City on this grand scale, and offer unique perspectives, aerials and access to this part of the world in a way you could never get in any other format."

Jerusalem presents the story from many perspectives—interviewing a prominent archaeologist and following real-life inhabitants of the ancient city to explore the enduring appeal of this unique crossroads of civilization.

With thousands of archaeological sites, Jerusalem is one of the most excavated cities on the planet, with so much more waiting to be discovered.  Since 2010, the Jerusalem production team has followed several of the most impressive excavations in and around Jerusalem, documenting their progress as well as the tools used to uncover and understand the past.

The film features renowned archaeologist and religious studies professor Dr. Jodi Magness* of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who explains the many layers that chronicle this important crossroads of civilizations.  In the film, Dr. Magness leads a group of students through an ancient water tunnel beneath the biblical-era city of Jerusalem, which conveyed water from the Gihon Spring outside the city walls to the residents of the city in the event of a siege by an invading army. She also gives audiences a tour of excavations around the Western Wall, marveling at one of the greatest feats of engineering in the ancient world.

Audiences will also meet three teenagers who call Jerusalem home—Farah Ammouri, Revital Zacharie, and Nadia Tadros—from each of the three major world religions that share the Old City.  From the Damascus Gate and the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the girls each reveal the Holy City from their own perspective.

For those of the Jewish faith, Jerusalem represents their homeland.  Every synagogue in the world faces Jerusalem, and three times a day, Jews pray towards the temples that once stood here above “the Kotel” or Western Wall. They believe prayers pass through the Kotel to God.

For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was arrested and sentenced to death nearby in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Via Dolorosa, or ‘Way of Sorrows,’ is said to be the path Jesus took on his way to crucifixion.

For Muslims, Jerusalem is the city of the prophets. Muslims believe that Mohammed was taken on a miraculous journey from Mecca to Jerusalem where he ascended to Heaven on a ladder of light, which they associate with the “Dome of the Rock."

Using the highest resolution cinematography in the world, Jerusalem captures each of these beloved places and takes audiences there as never before. For thousands of years, people of different faiths have been drawn to this Holy City. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Jerusalem.

The 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves”; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, is Director of Photography.

Jerusalem shows daily at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX® Theatre from January 3-April 3, 2014. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and younger, and $8 for museum members. Add a museum ticket as part of a Value Pass for extra savings (See Value Pass prices at fernbankmuseum.org).

Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the 5-story-tall Rankin M. Smith Sr. IMAX Theatre are located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org and 404.929.6300.

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*Limited interview opportunities are available by request with Dr. Jodi Magness on January 24, 2014. Contact Brandi Berry at brandi.berry@fernbankmuseum.org for press requests and availability.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Karl Pierson Has Been Identified As The Arapahoe Gunman



Police allege that Karl Halverson Pierson entered Arapahoe High School with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails and ammunition strapped to his body, likely intending to track down Librarian who served as a debate coach, Tracy Murphy, who had disciplined him, authorities said.
In what police have deemed a "wise tactical decision" Mr. Murphy left the building.
Pierson shot a Claire Davis, 17, was shot in the head at point-blank range.  Davis just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as Pierson headed toward the library.  Davis remains hospitalized in critical condition. 
The school resource officer--an Arapahoe County deputy sheriff--immediately went looking for the source of the gunfire.  By the time he located it, Pierson had shot and killed himself. 

Just who is Karl Pierson?  At first glance he appears to have been the kid you'd have wanted your kid to befriend.  He was said to be very intelligent, ran on the cross country team, was on the debate team, worked on an Eagle Scout project and aspired to go to the Air Force Academy. 

Pierson was said to be socially awkward and was subjected to ridicule and physical confrontations at his old school, Highland Ranch High School.  His mother then transferred her son to Arapahoe High School to escape the bullying.

What is perhaps not surprising is that many on the Left immediately sought to paint Karl Pierson as a rabid conservative with an itchy trigger finger.  In fact we learn from Pierson's Facebook page he routinely mocked Republicans and described himself as a "Socialist". 

Ironically Pierson was also an outspoken proponent of tighter gun laws.

Personally, I would be interested in learning whether Karl Pierson was on psychiatric medication of any kind.  It seems a common element in at least 14 of the last school shootings.  The fact that one of the most common side effects of psychiatric drugs is violent outbursts and thoughts of suicide. 

We can keep yelling and arguing about gun control but we fail to recognize how untreated mental illness or psychotropic drugs often play a part in these tragedies.  If we truly wish to stop the violence in America we need to examine what we as a country are doing to help the mentally ill. 

 





 

 
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Shooting At Arapahoe High School



Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School  in Newtown, Connecticut.  The shooting in was the second-deadliest mass shooting in US history. 

Now in the shadow of this tragedy we are faced with yet another school shooting, this time at a high school located within a few miles of Columbine.

According to reports, the teenaged gunman entered the school armed with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails, and ammunition strapped to his body.  It is rumored that his target was a librarian who had disciplined him. 

Police are saying the gunman was found dead inside the school, with what appears to be a self-inflected gunshot wound. The police say they have the suspect's identity and that he was a student, but they have not released the name yet.

 

 



Friday, November 22, 2013

Fernbank Museum Announces Holiday Programming, Events and Annual WINTER WONDERLAND Exhibition


This holiday season, Fernbank Museum of Natural History features several ways to celebrate with fun and unique events. Fernbank’s holiday programming includes the annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World exhibition, a Winter Wonderland Celebration Day, Fernbank’s Holly Jolly Film Fest, Winter Wonderland evening viewing hours during Martinis & IMAX, and holiday shopping in the Museum Store.

HOLIDAY EXHIBITION:

On view from November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014, the fourth annual Winter Wonderland exhibition includes more than 30 festive trees decorated by cultural partners to reflect traditions and holidays celebrated by cultures everywhere. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color, and shining with a variety of cultural objects, Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World recognizes the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events that cultures recognize here and abroad. Cultures highlighted in the exhibition include cultures from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, The Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Middle East.

WINTER WONDERLAND CELEBRATION DAY:

Special festivities kick off with a Winter Wonderland Celebration Day on Saturday, November 23 from 10 am – 2 pm, where families can enjoy a special day of cultural and holiday-themed performances and activities inspired by Winter Wonderland.

HOLLY JOLLY FILM FEST:

The fun continues on Saturdays from November 30 through December 21 with the Holly Jolly Film Fest, hosted by Santa-saurus. See some of your favorite holiday films in Fernbank’s auditorium theater during this special family-friendly celebration. The festival includes film screenings, holiday-themed crafts, giveaways, a Dinosaur Dance Party with Radio Disney, and a chance to take a picture with the holly-jollyest dinosaur of all, Santa-saurus.

Screenings for the Holly Jolly Film Fest include:

Saturday, November 30
A Charlie Brown Christmas
10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm

Saturday, December 7
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm

Saturday, December 14
The Year Without Santa Claus
10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm

Saturday, December 21
A Charlie Brown Christmas
10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm


HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN THE FERNBANK MUSEUM STORE:

Fernbank’s Museum Store offers a variety of gift ideas, including dinosaur merchandise, jewelry, activity books, science kits, games, toys, ornaments, and more. The Museum Store’s annual holiday sale offers an additional 10% off store purchases for members only from November 30-December 7, 2013.

MARTINIS & IMAX, FEATURING EVENING WINTER WONDERLAND HOURS:

Adults can enjoy music, films, small plates, a nip from a yuletide toddy and more as they enjoy evening viewing hours of Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World during Martinis & IMAX on November 22, November 29 and December 20 from 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

All Winter Wonderland activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Evening viewing hours during Martinis & IMAX are included with cover charge tickets as well as with IMAX film tickets. The main Museum Store is available for shoppers without the need for a ticket.

Museum admission is $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12, free for children ages 2 and younger, and free for Museum Members. Martinis & IMAX prices are $7 for cover charge or $13 for an IMAX® film ticket, which includes a free cover charge.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org and 404.929.6300.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Everyone's a Scientist at Fernbank Museum's Science at Hand Day Nov. 9

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Oct. 31, 2013—ATLANTA—Astronomy, biology, chemistry—oh my! Which of the sciences will you try? On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Fernbank Museum of Natural History gives visitors a chance to explore everything that’s cool about being a scientist with its annual Science at Hand Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will discover a variety of scientific fields and investigate what it’s like to be a scientist. Guests will enjoy one-on-one opportunities to talk with scientists and community volunteers, learn more about sciences through hands-on activities, and more.

Scheduled Activities and Partners Include:*

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute - Georgia Tech Chapter

Build structures and test their stability in earthquakes. Simulate earthquakes and observe their impacts. Is there such a thing as an earthquake-proof building?"

Clayton State Chemistry Club

Marvel at the magic of chemistry—make electrons flow through clay, and separate mixtures to reveal beautiful pictures.

Clayton State SEEDS Chapter

Explore the science of ecology and how everything on our planet is connected.


Astronomy Club at Georgia State University

Investigate the wonders of our solar system and all the remarkable objects within it.

Clayton County Water Authority

Learn more about the water we drink and where it comes from.  Why are wetlands important for water, animals and plants?

Emory University – NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization

Caffeinated Chemistry? See what happens when a slow reaction gets a boost through a process called catalysis.

Georgia Tech Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Experience a game that simulates a range of driving experiences. Also enjoy a "What's wrong with this picture?" game to show how designs can be confusing to users.

Georgia State Neuroscience Institute

What do brains do? Check out animal brains, and build one of your own out of dough.

NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution

Get messy and hands-on with scientific paradigms. How would you expect sand to behave in water? What about cornstarch and water?

Authors of Roadside Geology of Georgia (Roadside Geology Series)
10am-2pm
Meet the authors of the new Roadside Geology of Georgia (Roadside Geology Series), Dr. Pamela Gore and Dr. Bill Witherspoon. Pick up your copy of the book in Fernbank’s gift shop and have it signed by the authors.

ArchaeoBus
10am-2pm
The ArchaeoBus is a travelling emissary for the Society for Georgia Archaeology, bringing dynamic educational programs to students and people around the state. Come explore Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom!

Walk Through Time with Roadside Geology of Georgia
1pm, A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Entry Level
See the Fernbank exhibition A Walk Through Time in Georgia in a new light as co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia, Dr. Bill Witherspoon leads guests through the exhibit.  Meet at the exhibition Orientation Desk for what is sure to be a one of a kind experience.

All Science at Hand Day activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets).

Events, activities and chances to win are also posted on Facebook (facebook.com/FernbankMuseum) and Twitter (@fernbankmusuem).

Support for Fernbank’s Science at Hand Day provided The GM Foundation.

*Activities are subject to change without notice.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fernbank Museum Becomes Fernbank Boo-Seum for Annual Halloween Event

Dust off those costumes, practice your monster-mash and prepare your teeth for sugar overload. Fernbank Museum of Natural History will be full of festivities as it hosts the annual family event, Fernbank Boo-seum, on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include Halloween-themed activities, tricks, and treats for kids in costumes.*
Activities include: ** Halloween Treats Beginning at 10 am, while supplies last Look for special treat stations throughout the Museum. Treats vary from candy to small toys. (May contain small parts.) Radio Disney noon – 2 pm, Great Hall Enjoy kid-friendly entertainment for the whole family. Games 10 am – 2 pm, Great Hall Try your hand at Scary Boo-ling, Pin the Eye on the Monster, Monster Toss and more. We’ll also have a Creepy Coloring Corner perfect for little monsters. Georgia Bubbleman 10 am – 1 pm, Dinosaur Plaza Those aren’t ghosts floating around the plaza. They are giant bubbles courtesy of the Georgia Bubbleman. Giggy Mascot 10 am – 2 pm Fernbank’s own dinosaur, Giggy, will be roaming throughout the event for fun and pictures. Dem Bones Counting Contest 10 am – 2 pm Check out Argentinosaurus, the world’s largest plant-eating dinosaur. Tell us your best guest for the total number of bones in Argentinosaurus for a chance to win a special Dinosaur Prize Pack. Temporary Tattoos 10 am – 2 pm You don’t have to be a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater to enjoy these whimsical temporary monster tattoos. Cost: All Fernbank BOO-seum activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Admission to Fernbank is $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students and seniors with ID, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and FREE for children 2 and under. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. For tickets and visitor information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org. *Treats available while supplies last.  
**Activities subject to change without notice.