19. april 2013

Credo di amare incondizionatamente i concerti e tutto ciò che riguarda queste manifestazioni, indipendentemente da chi canta e solca il palco in una qualsiasi notte d'estate o di una mezza stagione senza nome.
I concerti lasciano il segno anche se poi il cantante che vai a vedere smette di piacerti, probabilmente forse neanche ti piaceva ma hai dovuto accompagnare la tua migliore amica e non ti avrebbe più parlato se non lo avessi fatto, alla fine ti sei anche divertita.
Ogni concerto è diverso e ci sono persone che sembrano appartenere totalmente ad altro genere di individui rispetto a te eppure la musica riesce ad unirvi.
Che sia pop, rock jazz o classica, magari lirica la musica unisce davvero tutti, forse è davvero qualcosa che va oltre.
Un concerto è bello anche da fuori, sentire e non sentire l'artista per cui sei persa, eppure far di tutto per esserci anche solo con il pensiero perché i biglietti son terminati subito o perché qualcuno doveva dartelo e alla fine ti ha dato solo buca, ma alla fine dentro o fuori non cambia perché rimane un esperienza.
Amo ciò che precede il concerto, sin dall'inizio quando il giorno dell'uscita dei famigerati biglietti gialli non dormi e l'unico tuo amico diventa un computer con Ticketone e Livenation che si ricaricano ogni volta, quando escono inizia a sembrare una corsa agli armamenti, alcune fan sono peggio dell'URSS e degli USA durante il periodo della guerra fredda, mobilitano una famiglia per trovare ciò che cercano e a volte succede che da due biglietti ti ritrovi con sei, o con nessuno, così si corre sui siti non proprio affidabili sperando che il biglietto recapitato a te una settimana prima dell'evento sia vero. 
Amo il conto alla rovescia che inizia a cifre sproporzionate che assomigliano più ad una vita che a qualche mese, duecento trentotto giorni è una vita, e pian piano arrivano ad essere centocinquanta, poi le famigerate due cifre novantacinque, andavo avanti fino al mese pretendente e sono trenta, sembra ancora una vita un po’ più breve però, ma si arriva ai dieci e ti sembra la vita più vicina che ci sia rispetto a ciò che già vivi, poi sono nove giorni ed è poco davvero rispetto a quei duecento trentotto, otto sette e sei passano troppo in fretta che dimentichi anche di segnarlo sul calendario o di vedere il telefono che riporta in un app tutto ciò che ti serve per sapere il tempo che manca, cinque senti già un po’ l'ansia per la partenza e per quello che succederà, quattro e la notte già non dormi quasi più , tre è una particella di duecento trentotto eppure è davvero poco rispetto a tutto quello che rappresenta il duecento trentotto, due e pensi che davvero sia troppo poco, un mezzo battito di ciglia e poi finalmente uno e la notte non dormi perché pensi al giorno dopo, alla vita dopo, a quello che sai essere un sogno da quindicenne, trentenne o cinquantenne che sia perché la musica non ha età e non muore mai, e parti per quel viaggio lungo giunto al termine, gioia e tristezza si mescolano perché è così il concerto, vuoi e non vuoi viverlo.
Zero, sei giunta a destinazione.
La sera arriva così e neanche ti rendi conto, lui o loro cantano e tu canti perché loro ti possano sentire, ci sei e non ci sei, vivi e non vivi, sei così felice che non ti accorgi di quanto questa felicità sia tremendamente passeggera, va via e non ritorna per altri duecento trentotto giorni, un anno e una vita.
Il mese prossimo sarà un anno da Milano e da quando ho sentito le loro voci, oggi sono due anni da quando ero fuori per loro perché non avevo il biglietto.
Un anno, due anni, una vita.
Ma il concerto rimane, ecco perché lo amo, non dimentichi ti rimane quella sensazione di pieno vuoto che è così strana.
—  28 giugno 2014.
Electional Astrology: An Introduction

What is electional astrology? How can I use it?

Electional astrology is the field of astrology that focuses on using astrology in order to plan the start dates of actions and projects. People use electional astrology in order to plan the dates and times of weddings, job interviews, first dates, or business or academic ventures or projects. You use this field of astrology in order to determine when the most amount of “luck” will be brought out during your project or action.

Of course, there’s no guarantee the action or project will finish successfully, even if you use electional astrology properly to plan the start date and time, but it’s important to remember that your definition of “success” at the end of a project will be different at the time, compared to later in life, when that project is viewed with a wider scope. That is, even if something seems unsuccessful at the time, it doesn’t mean it won’t benefit you greatly, in the grand scheme of things.

How do I use electional astrology?

Pick a date and time/location when you’d like to start your project or initiate your event or action. Check out the astrological chart for that date and time (you can use your standard birth chart generator and use the date/time for the future).

There are many factors to consider when working with electional astrology. In the eyes of many astrologers including myself, the moon and the chart ruler are the most important entities to consider when determining the date and time of an event.

Let’s first discuss the moon.

It is believed that the best day to start a project is a day when the moon is waxing, while not being too close to the new moon or the full moon. Preferably, the moon should be forming a trine or sextile aspect with the sun, while waxing, but that’s not entirely necessary.

Also, while we’re talking about aspects, check to make sure all aspects made with the moon at the prospective time are applying. That means, the moon is approaching the point where it forms a perfect 0º orb aspect with the other planet. (To check this, you can look at the orb of the aspect. If the orb is negative, it is applying.) If not all aspects made with the moon are applying, check aspects made between the moon and relevant planets. That is, if you’re planning the date/time of a wedding or first date, check to make sure any aspects formed between the moon and Venus or Juno are applying. If you’re planning the date/time of an academic or professional project, check to make sure any aspects formed between the moon and Jupiter or Saturn are applying. If you’re planning an art project, maybe check any aspects between the moon and Venus or Neptune or Uranus.

Make sure the moon is NOT void of course at the prospective time. For more information on void of course periods, check this post.

Some astrologers also believe that the moon should be positioned in an earth sign, but this isn’t entirely necessary.

Now let’s discuss the chart ruler. If you aren’t sure what a chart’s ruler is, check this post before continuing.

The chart ruler at the prospective time should be well positioned. It should be exalted or in its domicile, if possible, and not intercepted. You should adjust the prospective time in order to change the ascendant of the chart, which in turn changes the chart ruler. Also, like with the moon, check to see all relevant aspects made with the chart ruler are applying.

More Tips!

Look at the relevant house(s) having to do with your action or event. If you are choosing the date/time of a wedding, check the 7th house, and make sure the planets within the 7th house are well placed and not conflicted or intercepted. Also, make sure the planets within that house are beneficial for your event or action. You probably don’t want to get married while Pluto is in the 7th house, for example. If you are choosing the date/time of a journey, check the 9th house. If you are choosing the date/time of something professional or academic, check the 10th house. If the chart ruler is in a relevant house, that is a good sign.

Look out for retrogrades! As we all know, getting married during a Venus retrograde or making decisions during a Mercury retrograde probably isn’t the best idea.

Remember, when you are choosing the dates/times of events, you should be dealing with the “official” or symbolic initiation of the action or event. For example, even if you’ve been dating a person for a while or you’ve been living with them and “unofficially” married to them, the symbolic start of your marriage is at your wedding when you’re pronounced married, so that’s the date/time you need to consider. Even if you’ve been thinking about a project for a while, you officially didn’t start it until you literally, physically begin it. It may not always be obvious what the “official” beginning of an action or event is, but you should be able to come up with something.

If you want to be able to manipulate the chart of a future time without having to create charts over and over, I suggest the app AstroVizor, which I believe is only available on Android. It allows you to scroll through dates and times quickly in order to manipulate astrological charts. It’s hard to explain, but trust me, this is the app to have if you want to move around dates and times without having to create multiple charts. If there is a similar app available for iPhones, someone should let me know!

An Example

I don’t really like using electional astrology retrospectively, simply because it feels a little “fake” and “easy” to me, plus it’s super biased, but I’ll go ahead and do it anyway simply so we can have an example. So, I’m a little bit self-centered and a little too enthusastic about my relationship with my boyfriend, Sam. He officially asked me to be his girlfriend on April 19, 2013 at 6:30pm EST. Of course, I didn’t really plan this time, but looking back, we can look at the astrological chart for that moment and see if that date/time was good for initiating a relationship.

At this date and time, the moon was positioned in Leo, in the 10th house. The moon was 60% visible near the first quarter, waxing. The chart ruler was Venus (since the ascendant was positioned in Libra), and Venus was postioned in the 7th house in Taurus (which Venus rules), in a loose conjunction with the sun. Also positioned in the 7th house are the sun (in Taurus) and Mars, which is Aries (which Mars rules). At the time there were a Saturn and Pluto retrograde.

So, what does this mean? I know I’m very biased, but I believe this chart points to a successful, fruitful relationship. We have a waxing moon and a chart ruler (Venus, the planet of relationships) placed in the 7th house (the house of relationships) and Taurus (which Venus rules). In other words, the chart ruler is very very well placed, along with Mars, which is in the 7th house and in Aries. There also was no Venus or personal planet retrograde.

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Defense attorneys introduced this exhibit photo showing Dzhokhar’s Adidas sweatshirt after it was cut off his body at the hospital on Friday, April 19, 2013.

The jury has seen this sweatshirt frequently throughout the trial in surveillance photos and video. He wore it withdrawing cash from an ATM, buying junk food & Red Bull at the Shell station, and emerging bloody & injured from the drydocked boat in Watertown.

A State Police DNA analyst testified that the bloodstains on it belong to Dzhokhar.

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On April 29, 2014, 19-year-old Geddy Lee Kramer arrived at the FedEx in Kennesaw, Georgia where he was employed and began firing shortly before 6 A.M. He was described as wearing all black, though some report he wore a camouflage vest and was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. Witnesses recalled him also having a knife and incendiary devices resembling molotov cocktails were found inside, but neither were used. The first person shot was a security guard just outside the entrance, and he suffered a blast to the stomach. Kramer then entered the building and shot five more company employees before turning the gun on himself. The police arrived within three minutes, and the injured were ushered to the hospital. All of them survived.

Upon searching the gunman’s Honda Civic, authorities found the bottom two notes detailing last requests and some facts he found noteworthy. In his room, they discovered a journal that revealed he initially planned to commit a school shooting on April 19, 2013, but explained he had no money for weapons. Kramer’s main suicide note (top right) was also found in his room in which he gives insight on his motive: “This was a result of my own issues: mental instability, depression, frustration, sexual isolation. I know I shouldn’t complain. I’ve got a comfortable place to sleep. Warm food. But the fact that a field of nothingness and unconsciousness awaits me if I put a 12-gauge shell in my head is appealing.”

TIMELINE: The Ring

Alright, here is a timeline of The Ring. It isn’t conclusive, there’s some discrepancies about what ring is what, so this timeline is a comprised of the rings most commonly “agreed” upon as perhaps being the 2012 ring.

Let’s begin with it’s first and only confirmed appearance of the original ring:

13 February 2012 - Stockholm/Paris

Context: Louis had just spent 5 days in France with Eleanor skiing. He returned to England late in the afternoon on the 12th. Harry and Louis were MIA the night of the 12th.

The boys left for promo in Sweden the morning of the 13th. Harry got off the plane in Sweden wearing the ring on his middle right finger.

He then wore it in during promo in Sweden that day.

He wore it to Paris later that day, with fans and out to dinner with the boys and their team:

19-20 April 2013 - Manchester

Context: Harry wore a similar looking ring for 2 days in Manchester during the Take Me Home Tour in 2013. He wore the ring on stage and off on his left index finger. He was not wearing it when he arrived in LA on the 23rd of April which marked the beginning of the Kim Stewart stunt (Louis went to Oman with Eleanor the same week).

27 April 2013 - LAX

Context: Flying back to England for their show in Paris on the 29th, Harry wore a similar ring on his right middle finger. It’s possible this is the Peace ring he still wears as it was first seen the next day in Paris.

It’s interesting that the first time he wore the Peace ring was a week after the last time he wore the similar looking 2012 ring (up until this point).

13 June 2013 - Miami

Context: Harry wore a similar looking ring to the 2012 ring on his left index finger while greeting fans and reporters at the Best Song Ever video shoot.

2 December 2015 - Triple Ho Show Meet & Greet, San Francisco

Context: Harry wore a similar looking ring to the 2012 ring during the meet & greet at the Triple Ho Show radio concert in San Francisco. He wore it on his right ring finger, like he did in February 2012. He did not wear it on stage, but did wear the other rings he had on earlier.

CONCLUSION

I don’t think that this provides any conclusive evidence, but there it is.

abcnews.go.com
Florida Girl Knows What Ahmed Mohamed Is Going Through
A Florida teen who was arrested in 2013 under remarkably similar circumstances as Ahmed Mohamed, has some advice for the teen following his Monday arrest.
By ABC News

[Keira] Wilmot, now 19, said that in April 2013 she brought a science project to school in Bartow, Florida – a makeshift volcano that she was very excited to show her teacher.“He said he needed to approve it first, so I brought it in thinking he literally needed to see it in person,” she said. She said the project was “more advanced” than a “baking soda and vinegar volcano” and her classmates asked to see how it worked.

…Wilmot, now an engineering student at Florida Polytechnic, said as a result of the ordeal she was suspended for 10 days. 

 Wilmot said Ahmed’s arrest brought back the fear she felt that on the day she was handcuffed and booked on bomb charges.

“I thought ‘He’s only in ninth grade,’” she said. “He has to go back to that school and go through four more years of people asking him 'Hey, aren’t you the kid who made the bomb?’”

A spokesperson from MacArthur High School where Ahmed attends said they are willing to welcome the teen back as a student following his three-day suspension, which concluded today.

Ahmed told news reporters during Wednesday’s press conference that he’s made the decision to transfer schools.

“I think that’s a very brave thing to do,” Wilmot said. “When I went back [to school], people would say 'You should’ve been in jail, you’re a terrorist.’ For the most past, I tried to ignore it as best I could.

"I’d tell Ahmed he’s got to keep his head up,” she added. “He’s got to show them that he’s not going to let this ignorance get him down.”

Wilmot said she believes her and Ahmed’s stories could bring awareness to children being arrested on school grounds.MORE

huffingtonpost.com
Sandra Bland Wasn't The Only Woman Abused By Male Cops In Texas
WASHINGTON -- The death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman believed to have taken her own life after being subject to a forceful arrest, is drawing attention to one Texas county's troubling legacy of racial disparities. But Waller County is hardly the only place where women have been mistreated by male police officers.

Bland was pulled over in Waller County for failing to signal when changing lanes after an officer allegedly sped up behind her. The dashcam video shows the officer attempting to drag Bland out of her car and threatening her with a Taser, leading to a physical confrontation.

To get a sense of how common such encounters are, The Huffington Post analyzed over 100 pages of complaints made by women against cops in Dallas, which is about three hours away from Waller County. The documents, which cover a two-year period, include only those reports for which at least one allegation was sustained – or judged as valid – by authorities. Some of the complaints describe officers smashing a woman’s car with a baseball bat, stalking a former girlfriend and being arrested for domestic violence. Other cases sound like Bland’s: male cops resorting to violence on the job.

Below is a sample of these cases along with the disciplinary penalties the officers received. (The dates listed are when the incident occurred.) None of the reports showed the cops losing their jobs.

Dec. 28, 2013: A woman alleged that two male officers used unnecessary force and made inappropriate comments during her arrest. She further alleged that one officer took a picture of the X-ray of her broken arm at the hospital with his personal cell phone. (It’s unclear from the documents how her arm was broken.) One officer was found to have used inappropriate force, the other “improper action.” Both cases were still awaiting review.

Oct. 3, 2013: Two senior corporals went undercover to investigate prostitution activity. A woman arrested for prostitution said the officers threw her down and kicked her in the eyes. Both officers were exonerated from the use-of-force allegations, but multiple officers involved in the incident were found to have violated the procedures for using body recorders (microphones). They all received “advice & counseling.”

June 16, 2013: A woman was having a party in her backyard when officers arrived to discuss parking violations. They returned later to address a complaint of loud music. The woman turned the music down. She said a cop yelled at her guests to “get out,” pointed his finger in her face and told her to “shut” her “mouth.” When her son began to videotape the incident, the officer allegedly grabbed the phone out of his hand and said, “You don’t record nothing.” The officer received “advice & counseling” for “discourtesy/unprofessionalism.”  

April 19, 2013: A woman pulled over for traffic violations said that a male senior corporal made inappropriate comments and searched her body and vehicle. The complaint about inappropriate comments was sustained, as well as one of illegal or improper search. The officer was written up.

March 1, 2013: A woman said that a male officer, who had been dispatched to the residence, bumped into her twice and used profanity. She also said that two cops threw her down and dragged her across the ground. Both officers were exonerated from the use-of-force allegations. One was written up for using “profane or indecent language.”

Dec. 17, 2012: A woman alleged that after she was arrested and handcuffed, a male officer put his hands around her neck, pushed her against a wall and choked her. The officer was initially suspended. After an appeal to the chief of police, the officer received “documented counseling.”

Nov. 25, 2012: A woman alleged that a male officer tried to bully and intimidate her. The officer was written up for “discourtesy/unprofessionalism.”

Nov. 1, 2012: A woman alleged that a male police officer pointed his gun at her. The officer was written up for “improper display of weapon.”

The Dallas Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.