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150 Years Ago Today, the U.S. Bought Alaska From Russia for $7.2 Million (49 photos)

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On March 30, 1867, the United States offered the federal government of Russia a look for $ 7.2 million and seized 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 square kilometers) of colony which became the Alaska Region, and also later, in 1959, would certainly come to be The U.S.A.’s 49th state. In the last 150 years, Alaska has actually seen several gold rushes, an oil boom, a groundbreaking circulation of lands to Indigenous groups, a devastating oil spill, a tremendous development in tourism, and also far more. As a former Alaskan tourist guide, allow me to experience a past task I enjoyed, and share with you a few of this outstanding background and remarkable appeal on Alaska’s sesquicentennial– 49 pictures of the 49th state.

Scenes From Holy Week (27 pictures).

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Today, Christians around the globe celebrate Holy Week and Easter, honoring the final days of Jesus Christ– his go back to Jerusalem, his crucifixion, and his rebirth. Households go to worship, hooded penitents participate in processions, and musicians and also family members embellish Easter eggs. In Catholic Enthusiasm plays, participants illustrate Jesus’s test and fatality. Other regional routines draw heavily on earlier pre-Christian traditions. Gathered right here are pictures from a number of Holy Week tasks this year.

Jack Pierson’s Postcards from the ’90s

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Jack Pierson talks to American Picture regarding why he meddles many mediums as well as just what it resembled to function as a musician in the ’90s.

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Husband Asks Why His Wife Was Fired From A Company She Worked For 11 Years, And Things Escalated Hilariously

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Cracker Barel, the restaurant chain with a Southern country theme, has been getting a lot of attention on social media lately, but not for a good reason…

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Just recently Cracker Barrel fired a woman that had worked for them for 11 years for an unknown reason. And she was fired on her husband’s birthday! Her husband, Brad, went to their Facebook page to ask why but, unfortunately, didn’t get an answer. Now, thousands of Internet users are seeking justice for Brad’s wife by trolling Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page. People are asking why Brad’s wife was fired and making jokes wherever they have the chance – which means on every single post! Hopefully, Brad and his wife will get an answer soon. #JusticeForBradsWife

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It all started with a simple question on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page


But things escalated pretty hilariously with thousands of people demanding an answer for Brad



People are trolling their Facebook page by asking why Brad’s wife was fired and making jokes wherever they have the chance


Which means on every single post



Unfortunately, Cracker Barrel is ignoring all the trollers





The worst part?


She was fired on her husband’s birthday













Scenes From Coachella 2017 (32 photos).

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This weekend, the first component of the 2017 Coachella Valley Songs and also Art Event happened in Indio, California. Countless songs fans collected to listen to performances by artists at 6 major phases, consisting of Girl Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Radiohead, Crystal Castles, New Order, Bon Iver, Bastille, and also a lot more. The event covers up following weekend break, April 21 through 23.

Underdogs: Dogs From Underneath

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Lithuanian photographer Andrius Burba has created a funny and usual project by snapping photos of dogs from under the glass table. Why? To show their winning personalities… and for the giggles.

Israeli Police Evict Settlers From Illegal Outpost (25 photos)

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Yesterday, Israeli police began evicting several dozen hardline Jewish settlers and supporters from an unauthorized outpost settlement in the West Bank. The Israeli Supreme Court declared the settlement named Amona—the largest of about 100 similar outposts—was built on private Palestinian land and ordered it demolished. The eviction took place shortly after the Israeli government announced controversial plans for 3,000 new homes in other West Bank settlements.

jaemin choi’s calligraphy set borrows its shape from a korean garden

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ponds, mountains, roof tiles and the ripples of a stream combine to facilitate a more considered approach to your day.

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Making Maui’s Hook From Disney’s “Moana”

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Texas-based artist Bobby Duke has made a magical fish hook that can slow down the sun, pull islands out of the sea, and battle monsters. His home-made wooden replica of Maui’s hook from Disney’s “Moana” looks just like the original Polynesian one! The best part? It glows in the dark as well! Unfortunately, Bobby can’t sell this hook or others like it, because Disney owns its design.

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I Made A Ring Out Of The Metal Plate From My Surgery

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My longest (and most painful) project is finally finished!

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It was my first ski of the season in 2015, so I decided to celebrate by doing a flip. Shortly after, I was admitted to hospital with a broken collarbone and four fractured ribs. Not my finest work.

Three days later I was discharged, with a scar and some x-rays. The metal plate would hold my collarbone together while it healed, for the next year. Hospitals usually throw away the metalwork from surgeries like this, but I asked the surgeon to keep mine so that I could turn it into something. Scroll down to see the results!

It was my first ski of the season in 2015, so I decided to celebrate by doing a flip

Shortly after, I was admitted to hospital with a broken collarbone and four fractured ribs

Three days later I was discharged, with a scar and some x-rays that looked like this. The metal plate would hold my collarbone together while it healed, for the next year. It also only went off once at airport security – well done Berlin.

Volkswagen Eyes Budget Car With Help From Tata Motors

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Tata Motors, which became famous after they launched the cheap Nano in India, could share their expertise in the field with Volkswagen for the development of a new budget car.
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BMW Brings 2017 ‘30 Jahre M3’ Limited Edition To US From $83,250

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Out of the 500 “30 Jahre M3” (30 Years M3) special editions that BMW plans to produce, 150 units will reach US shores with sales to begin this month. Prices start from $ 83,250 plus destination and handling for the 6-speed manual model rising to $ 86,150 plus destination and handling for the Dual-Clutch transmission version.
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New 2018 Mercedes G-Class Mule Looks The Same But It’s Far From It

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It may look the same but upon closer inspection you’ll notice that this camouflaged mule is actually a lot wider.
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Tokai Hummingbird 1960s classic from Japan

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I know, I know, I know…

It’s been FAR TOO LONG.  Time to get our arses into gear.  Thanks to Rich who kept the ship afloat for a long while in my absence.

I’ve got lots of things I want to tell you guys about.  New guitars and basses of my own, plus a couple of projects I’ve been working on.

Meanwhile I just want to bask in the gloriousness of this piece of 1960s Japanalia (is that even a word?) that is the Tokai Hummingbird. Yes, we’ve seen them before on this blog, but they look good enough to warrant another post.

Scenes From Wimbledon 2016 (25 photos)

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The 2016 Wimbledon Championships concluded on Sunday, wrapping up the 139th year of the world’s oldest tennis competition. Despite rain delays at the start of the tournament, players pressed on, celebrities filled the seats, and fans brought costumes, umbrellas, and good spirits. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was bested in the semi-finals by Milos Raonic, Andy Murray of Scotland took home the men’s singles trophy and Serena Williams tied the open-era world record of 22 grand slams after winning the women’s singles title.*

* This article has been updated to clarify that Williams tied for the grand-slam world record in the modern era of tennis; Margaret Court secured 24 wins during her career, which started before the sport entered its “open era” in 1968.

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates victory following The Ladies Singles Final against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day 12 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, July 9, 2016, in London, England. (Julian Finney / Getty)

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Scenes From the Republican National Convention (31 photos)

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Thousands descended on Cleveland this week to attend the four-day Republican National Convention at Ohio’s Quicken Loans Arena. The crowd was composed of delegates, politicians, protesters, journalists, and even some celebrities like boxing promoter Don King. The GOP event comes to a close this evening with a speech by Donald Trump, the party’s official nominee for president. Below are a selection of some of the more interesting images to come out of Cleveland.

Don’t let the low Canadian dollar stop you from traveling to the United States

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Don’t let the low Canadian dollar stop you from traveling

We’ve noticed an increase in the conversation around the low Canadian dollar and travel to the United States. After reading the post we wrote about our recent trip to Mount Baker in Washington State, we had multiple people ask us about how we deal with the terrible currency exchange rate that Canadians are currently faced with.

The general tone of these conversations is that people, especially families traveling with kids, are considering putting travel to the United States on hold until the low Canadian dollar bounces back.

Canadians have a new reality – the low dollar is expected to stick around for a while. 

While we certainly appreciate the need to save money and respect the travel budget, we don’t feel the low Canadian dollar is enough of a roadblock to stop travel to the United States.

Sure, you can always put travel on hold to save a few dollars, but we are firm believers that you should not put life on hold. Life is unpredictable, so if you’ve always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon or the Florida Keys, there’s no better time to visit than today.

Here are just a few of the ways we’ve been combating the low Canadian dollar.

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Look for Dollar-for-Dollar promotions

To help Canadians overcome the currency exchange rate challenges, Myrtle Beach businesses have come together to offer discounts that essentially offset the exchange rate deficit.

The Toronto Star published an article about the Myrtle Beach program a few months ago.

“Canadians can get hotel, dining, entertainment, golf and attraction deals that are up to 30 per cent off (with a some deals going as far as 65 per cent off). This more or less puts Canadian and American dollars on par.” [source]

Many other tourism-dependent destinations in the United States are following suit. Do your research, there are lots of deals to be had.


Rent an apartment instead of hotel

We prefer apartment rentals when traveling with our boys because we like having a kitchen and separate sleeping areas. By having a kitchen, we cook our own meals and cut down on expensive restaurants. Convenience aside, apartment rentals are often cheaper than hotels, especially if you need multiple rooms.

We don’t have loyalty to one apartment specific rental website but we like AirBnB and VRBO.

The longer you stay in one place, the cheaper the rates tend to be. For snowbirds looking to head south for the winter, booking an apartment for several weeks or months at a time will save you a lot of money.

For Canadians who are lucky enough to own property in the US, you can pay household expenses and bills (ie. utility bills), from Canada, using the new US Bill Pay service that TD Bank recently introduced. It’s less expensive than current options like bank drafts and wire transfers and it’s similar to paying a Canadian bill online from your account. This product also allows you to take advantage of discounts you get by opening a US retail store credit card.


Visit less popular destinations

The low Canadian dollar is hurting many of the less popular US destinations that rely on tourism. Similar to Myrtle Beach, many of these destinations are reducing rates on hotels, tours and flights to attract more visitors.

Instead of visiting the big, expensive US cities that are less impacted by the low Canadian dollar, consider the secondary markets and rural destinations.


Be flexible with travel dates

Being flexible with your flight days and times will help you save money. The general consensus amongst industry experts is that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly, with Friday and Saturday being the most expensive. If you adjust your flight dates and times you can save up 20% in some cases [source].

It’s also wise to avoid traveling in peak season, which is typically December to March for warm climates like Florida, Arizona and California.


Set-up Airfare Alerts

All of the major travel broker websites have an option for you to set up an airfare alert. You can do this for some of hotel/accommodation websites too. This is a great way to take advantages of last minute deals.

Aria Pro II ST-1504FL Super Twin guitar/fretless bass doubleneck from 1982

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Now this is my kind of doubleneck. From 1982, it’s an Aria Pro II ST-1504FL Super Twin with 6-string guitar neck and a fretless bass neck. It’s Japanese-made, of course, almost certainly from the now legendary Matsumoku factory – note the trademark through-neck stylings so typical of both the period AND Matsumoku, and in this case it’s a double through neck!

It ticks all the boxes for me as a bassist who prefers playing fretless and also dabbles a little in guitar. Also it has the necks the correct way around with the bass neck at the bottom and the guitar neck up top. (Correct way? I explain more about this here, and in case you haven’t been following I did indeed get that custom doubleneck built).

Fender So-Cal custom design Stratocaster from 2005

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This is the first time I’d seen this Korean made So-Cal Fender Stratocaster.

It’s not really something I’m into, but it is a unique piece worthy of mention here on Guitarz. I’ve not had the time yet to look it up, I wonder if they only did a Strat this way. Perhaps there’s an offset or a Tele that could change my mind on the design.

Scenes From the Democratic National Convention (26 photos)

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This week, an estimated 50,000 people have gathered in Philadelphia for the four-day Democratic National Convention. As the delegate votes were tallied, Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to ever become the official nominee of a major party. Supporters of former candidate Bernie Sanders came as well, making their voices heard and protesting the way the Democratic party has handled the election so far. Gathered here are images of some of the speakers and attendees at this year’s DNC.

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