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Over the past 30+ years Moller International and its predecessor companies have been working on the development of the technologies required for a new class of vehicles called volantors. The “Neuera” (pronounced “new era”) will be the first of these volantors to enter the market as a low-cost personal recreational or utility vehicle, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL).
The multi-purpose Neuera can operate hundreds feet above any surface: land, water, sand, snow, swamp or grasslands. It can be used like other recreational vehicles, combining the capabilities of a boat, hovercraft, ATV, snowmobile, or other off-road vehicle. It has the hover and VTOL capabilities of a helicopter. Its ducted fans provide lift and propulsion without the danger of exposed rotor blades and high maintenance costs of helicopters. The vehicle uses state-of-the-art fly-by-wire computer technology to monitor, control, and maintain stability while simultaneously making the Neuera simple and easy to operate.
The Neuera’s performance, while similar to that of a light helicopter, is safer and potentially less expensive. Moller International is currently working to obtain cerification from the appropriate regulatory agencies prior to the sale of this vehicle to the public
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They are now. Don Allcorn’s annual best Christmas Card ( should I have said, “holiday greeting?” Why is hard to be politically correct? Shouldn’t it be easier? – they need to make fairness easier than unfairness then I think it might have a chance.) has taken the printed posted greeting and raised it up to the level of fine art… all within one an easy to open envelope! Is he a magician? No silly, he’s an artist. He’s also an architect and my old college buddy and Susan’s brother! Duh! Don Allcorn people…remember that name. Anyway, when I easily opened the envelope the first thing I thought was, “That was so easy to open.” Next, I instantly recognized the contents as being fine art. ‘But how?” you are probably not asking yourself…Let me learn you now, a simple rule of identification should you one day wonder, “Is that art fine?”
If it’s in a frame, it’s fine art.
Very simple really. No frame? Not fine art….for the most part anyway…I mean there’s always Yoko Ono and making holes in the wind type of art stuff…but this little rule right here will keep what’s fine and what’s not pretty clear. BUT you must also remember that just because some art is not fine, that does not mean it is not good art….or bad art….or expensive as fuck art…or actually just garbage….that’s the rub.( no, Scott Covert’s paintings are the “rub”…riiiiiiight?????? – yuck yuck yuck) – NEVERMIND.
I like that textural fine art frame with that fine furniture in “Claridge Carbon” by Modernica seen in the photo above. That’s looking fine. I’m seeing a design rule here…
Fine is fine with Fine.
…honestly these marvelous ideas just come right out of my fingertips and onto the keys of this computer…they really do…they completely bypass my brain. Hmmm. Fascinating….yeah, I know! OK, here comes another one right now….
Art is a mystery. Don’t try to solve it. It’s not called Rubik’s Cubism, kids.
Take these wise words of easy to remember wisdom and use them! I give these things to you my twelve to fifteen readers.
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays to you all…I totally slept through the whole week this year. Ooops. Missed Christmas. So what.
I had pictures of holiday windows to post and funny gift ideas and all kinds of Xmas blogging to post….but I didn’t even download the pictures off my phone. Fuck it. Who cares.
What’s going ond?
…and we are blogging.
And they’re shittier than ever this year. They are more mean spirited than drunk Cardi B and more bitter than Campari with Campari in a Dixie Cup. Oh there’s so much to hate and so many reasons to read this year…and people too…everyone one of you fools is fair game this season, sistahs. Uh huh. Its gonna be Ughs up in here…
Yep. And that aint nothing.
Im talking about broken escalators and lots of complaining to the managers. Oh there will be video. Oh yes…this year we are ruining everything and we are not stopping until we see tears. Its going down, grilla. Pray you don’t see me near the clearance aisle cuz queenie’s coming cunty this year. For Christmess, and qwanza and chanukka, those St Judes Hospital money grubbers and for those Salvation Satan’s Army homo hating Suckwads too. Uh huh. Silly String. That’s what there’re getting this year. Silly String at a very close range. Taste the string Sally’s!!!! Hahaha. Let the holiday begin. Watch ya back, bitches. Im right here.
Glad tidings on Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone. A very Merry Christmas to you all and may I say, once again, glad tidings loyal readers.
That’s old news. I threw that tree in the garbage a few years ago. So what? I can do what I want.
Remember this? I don’t.
Hey, seriously though…Jesus is really mad at you. He’s kind of embarrassed to mention it though…
But he’s really really mad at you man. uh huh. You know why too. Dude, he was so mad at you, he couldn’t even concentrate and just kept looking down at you like really pathetically.
Im serious man. You better shoot him a text or something because he’s about to give up on you… for real.
Why don’t you get him a little birthday present or something? Some incense or like a nice gold chain or something…
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I was very serious about creating this image. I wanted to present J.C. with reverence and respect, with a personal truth but also with something very new. The same son of God, depicted in the same stylized and over-painted way we have seen him for generations yet with a new ethnicity. Hispanic is my update. I thought maybe it could sell in South America. My honest and uncensored depiction of Jesus would not be complete without a divine sensuality that heats a forbidden glowing layer of desire…like a glossy layer of clear love smeared over his lips, his watery eyes, over his whole beautiful face. The content of this art comes with your pondering stare – making it blurry in your mind as you gaze into it and beyond it’s few details. This is introspection, the individual’s unique third-eye point of view . I hoped to put all that on top of the half-man’s mortal masculinity that made this famous prophet, at least in this artist’s mind, quite hot.
This never happened. Polaroid imposters.
Starting out in the early 80s, Morales has been a regular at some of the most iconic New York clubs The Loft, Red Zone, and Paradise Garage in particular), and teamed up with Chicago house legend Frankie Knuckles and the ‘most powerful woman in dance music’ Judy Weinstein to create Def Mix Productions. He’s had an illustrious career in remixing, producing and performing, and has always maintained his creative integrity and passion for the evolution of house music
Still living in New York, Louie Vega’s work is etched into the nucleus of the city’s house history. His residency at The Sound Factory Bar in the 90s is the stuff of legend, and he’s quality has never faltered, just look at the ruckus he caused in The Lab LDN last year. His discography stands as one of the finest ever, with countless incredible remixes, solo productions and releases in legendary groups like Masters At Work and Elements Of Life.
You’ve been involved in house music several decades. What are the biggest changes you’ve noticed in the house scene from when you first got into it to now?
Louie Vega: So many changes. It’s a whole different system now. The heart of it is social media when it comes to marketing and promotions. You can reach your audience sitting behind a computer online. You can play music to 100,000s of people at once Live. You can connect to even millions of people. And you can still play a party and connect with a few hundred people at a venue which I love. There are millions of people now who love house and the new generation has embraced the sound.
What do you think about the current state of house music? Is it better or worse than it used to be?
LV: It’s in a great place now, several generations are in it together enjoying and supporting the sound worldwide. I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse, it’s just a new way, we should all enjoy the ride!
It’s difficult to say if it’s better or worse. I’ve been DJing over 40
years, so I have different decades that I can compare. You know, if
there’s one thing that we have a problem with, and that takes attention
away from people really getting involved in the music, it’s the
cellphone. You can’t say you’re 100% dedicated to music when you have
your phone in your hand.
Also, clubbing is the biggest it’s ever been. Clubbing is at a commercial level because now you have festivals, you have special events that are dedicated to club music, they put on festivals that represent our community, and they bring out as many people as a rock concert. There’s so much music out there immediately, when you go shopping there’s just so much, we’re oversaturated in a sense. If you wanna go back and compare now to yesterday, people danced more with each other, and didn’t focus so much on the DJ. You didn’t have half the room standing still. Even though people are coming out, there’s less dancing, and more standing and gawping.
Do you think the scene has become too focused on the DJ?
DM: Well, not everywhere in the world is it like that, but in the majority of the world, yes. When was the last time when you see a guy ask a girl does she wanna dance? If you watch a lotta footage on dancefloors and on clubbing, people are dancing in their own space. You rarely see a guy and a girl wining up.
Do you think it’s easier or harder to make it as a DJ these days? Modern aspects like social media can provide more exposure, but at the same time have negative effects on mental health and increased competition among DJs.
LV: I think it’s harder to make it as a DJ these days. But like anything, you have to put your time in, create your own identity and sound, work hard. Some of the youth today want it to happen overnight, and if that happens for any reason it can fly by with a finger snap.
You need to have a clear head on your shoulders, don’t let it go to your head and learn to trust your instinct, have experienced people around you if possible to for guidance. Once you get the exposure you’ll end up meeting heroes, learn from them or ask questions. The music conference IMS has a few panels on this, as does ADE.
DM: Every good thing also has a compromise to it, and social media is one of them. The greatest thing about social media is that now you can market yourself to the masses without having to hire some marketing company like you used to have to in order to be cool. You can do your own thing, so a lot of the business now is online. DJs have it a lot easier today, in a sense, I would have to say. You know people get to hear you, even if they don’t get to see you.
Where from now do you think the house scene is headed? How do you see it evolving in the future?
LV: Collaborations out of the ordinary! Worlds colliding will create new styles!
Here’s a little example on my end, I’ve just recorded two albums worth of material with The Martinez Brothers. We have a super hot single about to come out on Cutting Headz (their record label), to everyone’s surprise it’s a full-on song entitled ‘Let It Go’ with Marc Bassy. I’m looking forward to this release, it’s already cookin’ in their sets and mine worldwide.
My next solo album is a house album on Nervous Records which will feature Robyn, The Martinez Brothers, Honey Dijon to name a few collaborators. My band Elements Of Life also has a new jazz dance album coming in 2020 featuring special guests Carl Craig, Moodymann, Kamaal Williams, new jazz london movement artists (I can’t name yet) and some heavy veteran jazz players.
As you can see it’s a truly diverse set of talented artists. And that’s where new vibes come about! I know many seasoned DJ/ producers that are working on new ideas too. It’s at a very creative state now within the dance community.
DM: For me, it’s all about electronic music. Electronic is here to rule. We’re still gonna have the four on the floor house feel, but we’ll see more songs from new artists that are based on electronic sounds. You’re not gonna have a young kid sitting at a piano with a string section, you know what I’m saying?
How did the Kings of House project come about? What brought you two together?
LV: David and I have known each other for aeons. Since I started DJing in NYC I used to go out and listen to him where he played. Especially a club called Inferno, then a few years later we both played at huge clubs just blocks away from each other. We’ve been brothers ever since.
Connecting more in later years we started a night Eve Of Souls where he, Tony Humphries and I would play together. A few years later John Davis (Promoter Of Body & Soul) wanted us to do a legends type of night. Hence later through several people brainstorming in his camp and mine, Kings Of House NYC was born.
We can both produce tracks, vocals, musicians, you name it, so it’s a double powerhouse in the studio. We bring our musical personalities and styles to projects. It’s a wonderful relationship. We have a mutual respect and admiration for each other. Passion, love and respect bring us together!
DM: It wasn’t the easiest thing practically to come about because I live in Europe, and Louie lives in New York. If I lived in New York, or vice versa, we probably would’ve done three or four Kings of House records already. But we finally put it together. The difficult part was finding the right artist to lead the Kings of House track. We came up with Julie McKnight, and she’s got a schedule pause, so it finally happened.
Do you have a favourite destination or country to play in?
DM: My favourite city to DJ in is Tokyo, Japan. That’s my ultimate favourite. It’s been that way for 20 years. They’re very passionate about the music. In the underground clubs people are into dancing. They don’t like to bother the DJ, they’re very shy about that, and they respect your space. It’s the only country where every time I go, I play for at least ten hours.
How do you feel the scene is in Ibiza at the moment?
LV: I say there is something for everyone!
DM: It’s driving more than ever. Ibiza is the Mecca of clubbing, it always will be.
Jamie Jones spoken about young people being priced out of partying in Ibiza now, do you think the high cost is damaging the scene?
LV: Yes the high cost hurts, it can be expensive on the islands, and you need the young generation coming out, they are the ones who will carry it on. Hopefully this will change.
DM: A hundred per cent. It’s been going on for years, you know what I mean, it’s been going on for years, now it is at a peak. The rooms are ridiculous, the food is ridiculous, the drinks are ridiculous, and everywhere you go it’s the same. San Antonio at least used to be kind of affordable, but even now San Antonio is getting expensive.
It’s the people that really enjoy going out that are suffering, the ones that really have the passion. Because when it comes to less well-off people, they save for a year for a holiday. They’re going there to have the best time, they don’t even wanna sleep because they don’t wanna miss anything. It’s these people now that are no longer able to afford to come to the club. Water costs what a drink used to cost 20 years ago!
Kings of House NYC feat Julie McKnight ‘Still Here’ is out now
David Morales’ ‘Escape’ is out now on DIRIDIM
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…walks into a salad bar. Just Kidding.
It’s summer. Ideas are harder to find when you’re overheated and hungry.
Here’s one for you. In the words of Marlene Menard, the mid-eighties East Village chanteuse and star of Tom Rubnitz‘s video short masterpiece, Chicken Elaine, “et voila, it’s easy and fancy.”
Cut fennel bulb in half and slice it super thin.
Supreme the oranges. (Supremeing an orange) If you are not concerned about the “ooh la la” you can peel them and slice then into thin discs. If you supremed them you can, take a full ballet style bow then cut them into bite sized pieces.
Toast the hazlenuts. Don’t roast ’em. Don’t burn ’em. Just toast ’em then chop ’em.
Dress everything with olive oil and lemon juice an sea salt.
Serve this alone or on top of some mildly flavored lettuce like one from the Butterhead family for example. Butterhead…relax!, it’s vegan.
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