4.21.2011

Just an Idea

Here's something that I want your opinion on.  What if at the end of every month, I publish a picture or a guest post by one of my followers? If you decided to submit a guest post, you wouldn't even have to write one especially for my blog -- just pick out one of your favorite posts that is on your blog already. It would give you a chance to promote your blog and add a new layer of taste to my own.

If I go with the idea, here's how it would work:

I would have a 'Contact Me' page added where you could send me your post or picture along with your blog URL and if you like, you could also send a summary of yourself or your blog. I would accept entries all month but submissions containing sensuality or foul/rude language will not be considered for positing. I will decide on whose post to use and publish it on the last day of the month. If your post is not selected, you can feel free to enter again for the next month.

So, vote on the poll or comment below and tell me if you like the idea and would be interested in participating.

4.15.2011

The Millionaire's Captain

Today, 99 years ago, the R.M.S. Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 1,517 passengers and crew died that night. It was a disaster that left the world shocked -- the unthinkable happened. People said she was unsinkable and that not even God could sink her, but they were quickly proven wrong.

Naturally, after such a great loss of life, people wanted someone to blame. Though he was one included on the death toll, Captain E.J. Smith was greatly accused. The British inquiry came to the conclusion that he was not at fault while the U.S. inquiry said that he was "indifferent to danger" and had "overconfidence and neglect".


The night of the disaster, Smith was resting in his cabin, leaving his second officer in charge. Sadly, none of them knew that by changing their course slightly to the south only put the Titanic’s route directly into the iceberg.
Some believe that the Captain was brave and gallant even to the end, while others view him as the complete opposite--almost as a cowardly figure--not even carrying out his orders like he should have (such as telling the officers to prepare the lifeboats), they describe him as being in shock of it all.

I believe that he probably was stunned with the fact the Titanic was sinking. It was supposed to be an unsinkable ship. Plus he knew that because of the lack of lifeboats, less than half of his passengers would have a chance of rescue.

We do know that Smith stressed ‘the law of the seas’ and shouted into his megaphone “women and children first!” repeatedly.

There are also diverse stories about his death. One survivor claimed seeing him swimming carrying a little girl to a lifeboat after the Titanic dissapeared into the ocean. Some have said he went to his cabin and took his own life. While others believe that he went down with his ship after telling his crew they had done their duty.

I don't think that the Captain should be blamed completely for the sinking of the Titanic. We will never know what exactly happened that decided the fate of the doomed ocean liner. Perhaps it was a series of things that caused the disaster. 

What we do know for sure though, is that the stories of the Titanic -- told and untold -- will never be forgotten.


(To see a timeline of the disaster, check out my other blog Titanic Memories)

4.08.2011

The Technicolor Phase

Okay, today’s post is a little random, but it’s really fun too. Plus this will give you an idea of the music I listen to. All you have to do is answer the questions and it makes your life a musical!

Instructions:
1. Put your iPod or MP3 on shuffle
2. Press "Next" for each question
3. Use the title of the song to answer the question
4. No cheating

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
The Airway - Owl City

WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
Never Let Go - David Crowder Band

WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY THINK OF YOU?
We are Loved - David Crowder Band

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Too Much- Leeland

WHAT DO STRANGERS THINK OF YOU?
Pure Bride - Leeland

HOW WILL YOUR LOVE LIFE BE IN THE FUTURE?
Here With Me- Mikeschair

WILL YOU GET MARRIED?
Carry Me Home - Third Day

WILL YOU HAVE KIDS?
Wire- Third Day

ARE YOU GOOD AT SCHOOL?
Beloved - Tenth Avenue North
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WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Dental Care - Owl City

WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Walk on the Water - Britt Nicole

THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE:
On the Wing - Owl City

YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND ARE:
Caught Up in Yourself - Third Day

HAPPY TIMES:
Back to Life - Mikeschair

SAD TIMES:
Panda Bear - Owl City

EVERY DAY:
I've Always Loved You - Third Day

FOR TOMORROW:
The Nearness of You - David Crowder Band

FOR YOU:
Can't Stop - Leeland

WHAT DOES NEXT YEAR HAVE IN STORE FOR ME?
Call My Name - Third Day

WHAT DO I SAY WHEN LIFE GETS TOO HARD?
Come Together - Third Day

WHAT DO I THINK WHEN I GET UP IN THE MORNING?
The Lost Get Found - Britt Nicole

WHAT SONG WILL I DANCE TO AT MY WEDDING?
Feel the Light - Britt Nicole

WHAT DO YOU WANT AS A CAREER?
Don't Worry Now - Britt Nicole

YOUR FAVORITE SAYING?
Eastern Hymn - David Crowder Band

FAVORITE PLACE?
The Veil - David Crowder Band

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
Ready - Britt Nicole

DESCRIBE YOURSELF:
What this World Needs - Casting Crowns

WHAT DO I LIKE DOING MOST?
SMS (Send Me a Sign) - David Crowder Band

WHAT IS MY STATE OF MIND AT THE MOMENT?
Hey - Leeland

HOW WILL I DIE?
Cave In - Owl City

THE SONG THAT YOU'LL PUT AS THE TITLE?
The Technicolor Phase - Owl City

4.05.2011

Smile for the Camera!

My Camera

Last year when we were on a trip, we went into a flea market and found this camera. I thought it would be really neat to have a couple of antique cameras since I love photography and it would go along with my bedroom d├ęcor. So my parents bought it and gave it to me for Christmas.

You might be wondering why I’m posting about something I got about three months ago. The main reason is: I hardly know anything about it. 

I’ve seen cameras like this on TV shows like I Love Lucy and The Waltons, so I’m guessing that it was made around the 1940’s. But that’s just a guess and I’m really wanting to know more about.

Like…
  • Exactly what year it was marketed.
  • What company made it.
  • The name of the model.
  • How much they sold for.
  • What film was used.
  • Even examples of the pictures that it took.
  • Et cetera.
I was hoping that one of my readers knew something about it. So if you do, please let me know!

My Camera (view 2)