53rd Academy of Country Music Awards 2018

Your favorites in Country Music gathered together on Sunday, April 15th at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to celebrate their industry and each other's achievements form the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.The show marked an emotional time for country music as artists returned to the city six months after a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Oct. 2017 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.




2018 Academy of Country Music Awards Winners:

Entertainer of the year: Jason Aldean

Male vocalist of the year: Chris Stapleton

Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert

Single record of the year: "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt

Video of the year: "It Ain't My Fault" by Brothers Osborne

Vocal event of the year: "The Fighter" by Keith Urban

Vocal duo of the year: Brothers Osborne

Vocal group of the year: Old Dominion

Album of the year: "From a Room: Vol. 1" by Chris Stapleton

Song of the year: "Tin Man" by Miranda Lambert

New female vocalist of the year: Lauren Alaina

New male vocalist of the year: Brett Young

New vocal duo or group of the year: Midland


Songwriter of the year: Rhett Akins

Remembering Stephen Hawking


It's only fitting that Stephen Hawking has passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge in the early morning hours of Wednesday 3/14, pi day. The world renowned physicist has died at the age of 76, leaving the world with many memorable words and thoughts. Hawking was famed for his work with relativity and black holes, leaving behind several books to read including 'A Brief History of Time'.

Professor Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology as a union of relativity and quantum mechanics. He discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing, which would become known as Hawking radiation. 

He was only 22 at the time when he was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. He went on further than any doctor expected, being wheelchair-bound and largely unable to speak, most of his speeches delivered through his famous voice synthesiser.

He has left us with inspirational words from science and beyond. Here are a few words of wisdom to remember on this day:

  • On black holes: "Einstein was wrong when he said, 'God does not play dice'. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen" - The Nature Of Space And Time, published 1996
  • On the reason why the universe exists: "If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God" - A Brief History Of Time, published 1988
  • On God: "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going" - The Grand Design, published 2010
  • On humanity: "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special" - Interview in Der Spiegel, October 1988
  • On commercial success: "I want my books sold on airport bookstalls"- Interview in the New York Times, December 2004
  • On life: "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away" - Interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, June 2010
  • On fame: "The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognised. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away" - Interview on Israeli TV, December 2006
  • On living with a disability: "My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit, as well as physically" - Interview in the New York Times, May 2011
  • On an imperfect world: "Without imperfection, you or I would not exist" - On Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking, the Discovery Channel, 2010
  • On staying cheerful: "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny" - Interview in the New York Times, December 2004
  • On euthanasia: "The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope"- Quoted in People's Daily Online, June 2006
  • On artificial intelligence: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate... Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded" - Interview with the BBC, December 2014
  • On the possibility of contact between humans and aliens: "I think it would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low" - In Naked Science: Alien Contact, the National Geographic Channel, 2004
  • On space colonies: "I don't think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars" - Interview in the Daily Telegraph, October 2001
  • On the end of the universe: "It will take about a thousand million million million million years for the Earth to run into the sun, so there's no immediate cause for worry!" - A Brief History Of Time, published 1988
  • On being diagnosed with motor neurone disease: "My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus" - Interview in the New York Times, December 2004
  • On death: "I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first." - Interview in the Guardian, May 2011



Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world."
"He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."
Due to overwhelming support and love, the Motor Neurone Disease Association website has been unavailable all morning since the news. If you would like to donate in the memory of Professor Stephen Hawking and fighting this disease you can do so here!


90th Academy Awards - 2018 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2018 Oscars, on a special night. It was the 90th anniversary of the Academy Awards. Here is his opening monologue:


And the Winners are:


Best Picture:

“The Shape of Water” (WINNER)
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (WINNER)
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”


Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” (WINNER)
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”


“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro (WINNER)
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

Original Song:

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (WINNER)
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Original Score:

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat (WINNER)
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins (WINNER)
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Original Screenplay:

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele (WINNER)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory (WINNER)
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Live Action Short Film:

“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton (WINNER)
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Documentary Short Subject:

“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel (WINNER)
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Film Editing:

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith (WINNER)
“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer (WINNER)
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

Animated Feature:

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson (WINNER)
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant (WINNER)
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Supporting Actress:

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” (WINNER)
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile) (WINNER)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Production Design:

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau (WINNER)
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

Sound Mixing:

“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo (WINNER)
“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Sound Editing:

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King (WINNER)
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Documentary Feature:

“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan (WINNER)
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Costume Design:

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges (WINNER)
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick (WINNER)
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Supporting Actor:

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (WINNER)
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Music Monday



Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies


Cole Swindell - Break Up in the End


Mitchell Tenpenny - Alcohol You Later


Brandon Ray - Small Talkin'

Valentine's Day Food Deals

Valentine's Day is all about love where that's for another person or yourself! How about some great deals that will feed you & anyone else!

Auntie Anne’s: On February 14, customers who are members of Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks loyalty program get one heart-shaped pretzel for free when they buy one at regular price.

Baskin-Robbins: Use the coupons in the link here to get $3 off an cream cake order of $15 or more, through February 18, 2018.

Bravo Cucina Italiana: Get a Chocolate Martini, Shrimp & Lobster Campanelle and other dishes from a special menu available through Sunday.

California Pizza Kitchen: Through Sunday, get an appetizer, two entrees and one dessert from a "Sweet Deal for Two" special menu for $35.

California Tortilla: Get a free order of “Love Chips and Sweet Cream” with any purchase Wednesday, while supplies last. Love chips are tortilla chips sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Chevys Fresh Mex: Through Sunday, participating locations have a special three-course menu for two.

Chuck E. Cheese: Through Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. each day, get a free brownie square, while supplies last.

Cicis Pizza: Kids 10 and younger get a free kid buffet Wednesday with the purchase of an adult buffet and drink and a coupon posted at www.facebook.com/Cicis.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Weeknights after 4 p.m. through Feb. 28, get two meat plates for $22.

El Pollo Loco: Use the coupon in this link for a special Valentine’s Day deal for two, which includes two chicken legs, two thighs, two sides, two small salads, two small drinks, and two churros for a total of $10. The deal is valid from February 14 to 18.

Firehouse Subs: Use this coupon for a free cookie or brownie at Firehouse Subs locations on February 14.

Fogo de Chao: Any couple that dines at this Brazilian steakhouse chain between February 10 to 17 will get a buy-one-get-one-free lunch, dinner, or brunch on a future visit.

Halo Top: Calling all New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles residents, you can get a free pint of Halo Top delivered straight to your honey, or you know, straight to yourself, on Feb.14. Postmates Fresh is teaming up with the low-calorie ice cream brand for the promotion and there’s no purchase necessary to get in on it—but act quick, it’s only while supplies last.

Hooters: Hooters is running a “Shred Your Ex” promotion on Valentine’s Day 2018. Anyone who brings a photo into Hooters and gives it to a waitress for shredding, or who uploads a photo for shredding, gets 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 wings—on February 14 only.

Jersey Mike's Subs: Email club members are set to get an email coupon Tuesday for free chips and drink with any regular or giant sub purchase. The coupon can be used Tuesday through Friday. Sign up for future offers at www.jerseymikes.com.

KFC: Starting Monday, get a set of four free fried chicken scratch 'n' sniff valentines with the purchase of a $10 Chicken Share, which includes Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders or Popcorn Nuggets for two people, KFC announced in a news release. The cards are available while supplies last at participating locations and feature Colonel Harland Sanders with sayings like “You have the secret recipe to my heart” and “We’re two peas in a chicken pot pie.”

Macaroni Grill: $45 will get you and your date an appetizer, two entrées and a dessert to share. Available Friday Feb. 9 to Wednesday Feb. 14.


McAlister’s Deli: Customers who purchase an adult entrée and dine in on Valentine’s Day can get up to two kids meals for free. All members of the McAlister’s Rewards program can also get a free sweet tea on February 14.

Outback Steakhouse: For a limited time, get the “Bloomin' Aussie Meal,” which includes Bloomin' Onion, two side salads, choice of entree and a dessert to split. Prices vary by location.

Panera Bread: This is not a traditional Valentine’s Day deal but if you get engaged at Panera Wednesday, you can win free Panera catering for your wedding. To enter the contest, post a photo of the Panera proposal on any public Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account using the hashtag #PaneraProposalSweeps between 9 a.m. and midnight Wednesday. Five winners will be selected for the catering that will include soup, salad, cookies, coffee and more.


Papa Murphy’s: Through February 14, Papa Murphy’s locations are selling heart-shaped pizzas for $7, and a $10 combo deal that includes a heart-shaped pizza and chocolate chip cookie dough. (Papa Murphy’s sells uncooked food that customers take and bake at home.)

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Members of the chain’s Potbelly Perks club get a free cookie when they purchase another cookie at regular price on Valentine’s Day.

Quiznos: Quiznos Toasty Points reward members will get a credit good for free eight-inch lobster and seafood sub with any purchase, redeemable from February 14 to 28.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Through Wednesday, two dine off a special menu for $45, which includes an appetizer, two select entrees and a dessert. Also through Wednesday get 25% off digital gift cards purchased at www.macaronigrill.com with code VALENTINE.

Ruby Tuesday's: Through Feb. 18, for every $50 in gift cards purchased at participating locations and online, get a $15 holiday bonus card valid March 7 through April 17.


Schlotzsky’s: Customers who spend $7 or more at Schlotzsky’s on February 14 will get a free bottle of Schlotzsky’s hot sauce, while supplies last. 

TCBY: The Valentine’s Day special at TCBY gives you 50% off one order when you purchase one at regular price.

TGI Fridays: A special “Choose Two for $14.99” menu includes Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Center-Cut Sirloin, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Dragon-Glazed Salmon or ribs. The chain also has a Red Velvet Extreme Shake.


White Castle: White Castle is also accepting reservations for its annual “unique Valentine’s Day experience,” featuring table service, candlelight, and plenty of its original sliders. Last year, some 26,000 people ate at White Castle on Valentine’s Day, the company says.

Super Bowl LII Commercials

Commercials for the Super Bowl have definitely changed up the past few years. Movies & Streaming Services, Tide, & M&M were the big hypes of last night. What was your favorite commercial from Super Bowl LII??



Movies/Streaming Service Commercials:













75th Golden Globes

The 75th Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday host by Seth Meyers.

Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. de Mille Award.

Winners are in bold.


Best Motion Picture - Drama
"Call Me by Your Name"
"The Post"
"The Shape of Water"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" 
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
"The Disaster Artist"
"Get Out"
"The Greatest Showman"
"I, Tonya"
"Lady Bird"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain, "Molly's Game"
Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" 
Meryl Streep, "The Post"
Michelle Williams, "All the Money in the World"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
Tom Hanks, "The Post"
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" 
Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
Emma Stone, "Battle of the Sexes"
Helen Mirren, "The Leisure Seeker"
Best Director
Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"
Ridley Scott, "All The Money in the World"
Steven Spielberg, "The Post"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
Ansel Elgort, "Baby Driver"
James Franco, "The Disaster Artist" 
Hugh Jackman, "The Greatest Showman"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Armie Hammer, "Call Me by Your Name"
Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" 
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
"The Shape of Water"
"Phantom Thread"
"The Post"
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
"Home," "Ferdinand"
"Mighty River," "Mudbound"
"Remember Me," "Coco"
"The Star," "The Star"
"This Is Me," "The Greatest Showman" 
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
"The Shape of Water"
"Lady Bird"
"The Post"
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" 
"Molly's Game"
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
"A Fantastic Woman"
"First They Killed My Father"
"In the Fade" 
"The Square"
Best Animated Film
"The Boss Baby"
"The Breadwinner"
"Loving Vincent"


Best TV series - Drama
"The Crown"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Handmaid's Tale" 
"Stranger Things"
"This Is Us"
Best performance by Actress in a TV series - Drama
Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"
Claire Foy, "The Crown"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Deuce"
Katherine Langford, "13 Reasons Why"
Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"
Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama
Sterling K. Brown, "This is Us"
Freddie Highmore, "The Good Doctor"
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
Best TV series - Musical or Comedy
"Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
"Master of None"
"Will & Grace"
Best performance by an Actor in a TV series - Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
Aziz Ansari "Master of None"
Kevin Bacon, "I Love Dick"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Eric McCormack, "Will and Grace"
Best performance by an Actress in a TV series - Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, "Better Things"
Alison Brie, "Glow"
Issa Rae, "Insecure"
Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" 
Frankie Shaw, "SMILF"
Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Big Little Lies"
"Feud: Bette and Joan"
"The Sinner"
"Top of the Lake: China Girl"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
Jude Law, "The Young Pope"
Kyle MacLachlan, "Twin Peaks"
Ewan McGregor, "Fargo"
Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"
Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"
Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alfred Molina, "Feud"
Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"
David Thewlis, "Fargo"
David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"
Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"
Chrissy Metz, "This is Us"
Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Wizard of Lies"
Shailene Woodley, "Big Little Lies"

Top 12 Alternative Albums of 2017

In no particular order, Kara of In The Pit, put together her top 12 alternative albums of 2017! Did your favorite make the cut?


1. The Used - The Canyon

2. lovelytheband - everything I could never say

3. The Maine - Lovely Little Lonely

4. All Time Low - Last Young Renegade

5. PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need of Hell

6. Paramore - After Laughter

7. Neck Deep - The Peace and The Panic

8. Can't Swim - Fail You Again

9. SAINTE - smile, and wave

10. Stand Atlantic - Sidewinder

11. Little Image - Musings

12. Sleeping With Sirens - Gossip

Top 10 Illusions of 2017

The website illusionoftheyear.com came up with the Best Illusion of The Year Contest of 2017 and here are the Top 10. Can you figure them out??


1. Shape from Motion OnlyHedva Spitzer, Dana Tearosh, Niv Weisman: “Shape from motion only”. School of Electrical Engineering. The Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering. Tel Aviv University. Israel

Author description: The phenomenon “Shape from Motion Only” presented in its purest form in the video i.e., the information is only in the temporal domain, without any clues in the spatial domain. Both the object and the background are created by flashing the pixels on and off, while the only difference is expressed in the temporal properties. We examined various properties of the phenomenon such as: statistics and object size. Furthermore, we examined how several known optical illusions like “Rubin’s Vase” might occur using this temporal phenomenon. This research has the potential to open a hatch for better understanding the visual system mechanisms.


2. Skye Blue Cafe Wall IllusionVictoria Skye: “Skye Blue Café Wall Illusion ”. USA

Author description: Do the dark blue rows appear to slant? Surprise! They are completely straight and in parallel rows. The rows appear to skew due to the contrasts and variants in light and color as well as the varying angles of the diamond targets at the intersections. Blurring the image dissipates the illusion by dissolving the contrasts and angles. The Skye Blue Café Wall is an adaption of previously discovered versions. Richard Gregory made the original illusion design famous after documenting the illusion seen on a café wall in Bristol England. Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka has created multiple versions of the illusion that include the contrasting targets.


3. Dynamic Müller-Lyer IllusionGianni A. Sarcone: “Dynamic Müller-Lyer Illusion”. Archimedes Laboratory Project. Italy

Author description: Müller-Lyer’s illusion proves that a segment can visually appear longer or shorter depending on the sense of the arrow heads at its ends. As shown in the animation, the red dot in the middle of the line is equidistant from the other two red dots, although the ends of the line visually appear to alternately stretch and shrink like a rubber band! The radial version of the illusion is even more impressive: http://goo.gl/sas92D. The perceptual increasing and decreasing of the segments occurs in a very short time. Thus, I suppose it is more a physiological phenomenon, rather than a psychological bias. Our attention seems to be attracted by the receptive field WITHIN the V-shaped arrow heads, causing an illusory inward or outward shift of the ends of the line.


4. TILLA at the beachJoel Ydring: “ TILLA at the beach”. Sweden

Author description: When my daughter Tilla practiced writing her name in the sand I looked for a fun way of capturing the moment. I found that the long depth of field of a mobile phone camera was perfect for making an illusive perspective. A simple panning makes the letter installation reveal itself as the subject makes her way through it, creating an interesting play with size, distance and the joy of learning.


5. Partial Disappearance Illusion - Kokichi Sugihara: “Partial Disappearance Illusion”. Meiji University. Japan

Author description: There are three objects that look identical, but when we reflect them in the mirrors, different parts disappear. For the first object the rooster at the bottom disappears, for the second object the upper half of the structure disappears, and for the third object the lower half disappears. They all come from the height-reversal property of horizontal pictures; when we interpret a horizontal picture as a 3D object, the perceived height is reversed in the mirror. In fact the three objects are a mixture of 3D structures and 2D pictures, and the 2D pictures create unusual visual effects.


6. The Windmills of your Mind IllusionMichael Pickard and Gurpreet Singh: “The Windmills of your Mind Illusion”. The University of Sunderland. UK

Author description: How is it possible to see simultaneous forward and backwards rotation in the windmill when it is turning at constant speed and direction? Key factors in this illusion include: symmetry in the windmill design; the amount of rotation per frame; persistence of vision; and the propensity in vision to group together things that are in close proximity. The schematics provided show how differences in pitch together with the careful positioning of the windmill arms determines how visual groupings can be formed one way or the other and it is these that determine the direction of motion seen.


7. The Mask Induced Filling-outShuichiro Taya: “The Mask Induced Filling-out”. Hiyoshi Psychology Laboratory, Keio University. Japan

Author description: In the presentation video, a line circle (‘mask’) and a textured circle (‘disk’) are alternately displayed in successive short time intervals. However, if one keeps their eyes fixed on the central red cross, the texture inside the ‘disk’ appears to have subjectively spread out and cover the entire display. This appearance of illusory texture is quite clear. Under the ideal case, one cannot distinguish whether the peripheral texture is an illusion created by one’s brain or if it physically present for real.


8. The Material Inversion EffectJuno Kim and Phillip J Marlow: “The Material Inversion Effect”. University of New South Wales, UNSW Sydney and Sydney University. Australia

Author description: In this effect, we show that the same image can appear to depict an object constructed from either an opaque shiny material (like polished metal) or a transparent refractive material (like solid glass). The appearance of glass or metal depends on whether the image is presented upright or inverted. This illusion reveals that our brain visually infers the material properties of objects from images using knowledge about how prevailing illumination interacts with the optics underlying refractive and reflective materials.


9. The Shrink and Swell IllusionDavid Phillips and Priscilla Heard: “The Shrink and Swell Illusion”. University of the West of England. UK

Author description: The illusion is that the objectively static sides of a V-shaped window appear either to expand or to contract horizontally. Portraits within the window, expanded at the top and squashed at the bottom into the V-shape, rise or fall at constant speed. The illusion may arise because the V-shape of the window presents powerful linear perspective, suggesting depth, whereas the moving patterns within it only indicate change in size, and look flat. Illusion vanishes if this “optic flow” within the window moves not only with horizontal shrinkage and expansion, but also with vertical acceleration, typical of movement in depth.


10. Complementary Afterimage (Quantum Rainbow)John Post: “Complementary Afterimage ( Quantum Rainbow )”. Belgium

Author description: Colors can cancel each other out in different ways, one way is to observe an almost full color spectrum in a rainbow. It’s since ancient history debated whether a rainbow is caused by waves or also quantum physics.

5-Year-Old Saves Christmas from the Grinch!

Christmas is saved!

Thanks to TyLon Pittman, a 5-year-old boy, who took it into his own hands to help out the cops this year. He was going to make sure the Grinch wouldn't be stealing nothing! Tylon called 911 to give them a warning that the Grinch was going to come and steal Christmas.

“I just want to tell you something. Watch for that little Grinch,” Tylon told the 911 operator. “Because the Grinch is gonna steal Christmas, okay?”

Take a listen below:

The Dispatcher posted the exchange on her Facebook page, which quickly caught the attention of police officer Lauren Develle from Byram, Mississippi. The officer took it upon herself to head over to the family home and give the young boy some hope.

Officer Lauren Develle and TyLon Pittman,
who called 911 to make sure the Grinch did not steal his Christmas.
(Photo: Photo courtesy of TeDera Dwayne Graves)

"The Grinch is not going to come steal your Christmas. I won't let that happen," Develle said to TyLon.

TyLon told Develle that he had seen the video on Facebook. He showed her the video, and told her he watches all the videos about the Grinch.

"So what are you going to do if he tries to steal your Christmas?" Develle asked TyLon.

"I want y'all to come back to my house and take him to jail," TyLon replied.

On Monday, Develle kept her promise and called up honorary junior officer TyLon to come help them put the Grinch in his holding cell. The Grinch could be charged with crimes including attempted theft of Christmas, Develle said. It wasn't as much about charging him for his wrongdoing as keeping a promise to her new friend.

TyLon Pittman saved Christmas!

The Long-Lost Christmas Album from Paul McCartney?

On December 1st a video was posted on YouTube titled "Paul McCartney's Christmas Disc 1965". And now Beatlemania is alive again!

Now it's not an album of McCartney recorded songs, so don't get your hopes way to far up. But back some 50 years ago, he had created a sort of mix of songs for his bandmates for Christmas in 1965. It was said that there was only 3 additional recordings along with the original, one for each of them. So could this be the actual recording of one of them?

In a 1995 interview McCartney explained: “I had two Brenell tape recorders set up at home .. once I put together something crazy, something left-field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening. It was just something for the mates, basically.”

It sort of sounds like a radio station with McCartney playing the role of the DJ and introducing what songs he was playing next. Songs from The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and Nat King Cole all accompany each other on the recording. Sorry to say, you won't be hearing anything from The Beatles or McCartney himself.

Some are dead set on it being the real recording, while there are others who believe it is a fake. One way or another it's a great listen!

National Cookie Day

Happy National Cookie Day!

An absolutely perfect holiday for the perfect time for the year! I don't know about you, but as soon as December hits I just want to eat all the Christmas Cookies in sight! And on the National Cookie Day here are some places that will really get you in the spirit and also free stuff:

  • Cinnabon: In celebration of National Cookie Day, Cinnabon is making it easier than ever to decide between a cookie and a cinnamon roll by combining the two into a single treat: the Cookie BonBite. They’re available for $2.99 a limited time, but if you buy one today, you can get a free 8 oz. bottle of milk too.


  • Coolhaus: Get a free cookie at Coolhaus scoop shops with the purchase of any sammie, scoop or shake.



  • Insomnia Cookies: Get a free traditional cookie with any in-store purchase. Flavors include: Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Classic with M&M’s, Snickerdoodle, Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin, Double Chocolate Mint, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.






  • DoubleTreeThe Hilton hotel brand known for its warm cookies announced in a National Cookie Day news release that its U.S. DoubleTree locations will celebrate the holiday with the 12 Days of Cookies Dec. 13-24. During the 12 days, guests and non-guests can get a free warm DoubleTree cookie for stopping by.



  • Hershey'sGet a printable coupon for one free Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch 6.3-ounce pouch, up to $3.99, with purchase of a pouch.



  • KrogerAs part of the grocery store chain’s 25 Merry Day campaign for National Cookie Day, visit the chain’s website, www.25merrydays.com, to download discounts for cookie products and to find the featured cookie of the day recipe.

Giving Tuesday

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday has come and gone, it's time to switch gears into a different mindset. There is no denying this year has been a hard one. Whether that be Hurricanes, Wildfires, Mass Shootings, and so much more, it's almost been hard to comprehend one thing after another. Donations have been rolling in at multiple places during the year, but also now that we've officially hit the Holiday Season, donating and helping has just began to pick up steam.

Back in 2012, Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact team at the 92nd Street Y created #GivingTuesday to "connect diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving." In 2015, #GivingTuesday had raised $177 Million online!

We here at PPR are all about community and helping hands, so we've been trying to give you place to donate this past year. I know it's sometimes hard to find charities that you can trust. Here is couple of places that we have did our research on and that your help/money will go to helping.

Click the links below to find out more:


American Red Cross

All Hands Volunteer

Global Giving Foundation

Public Good

The Salvation Army

Convoy of Hope


Best Friend's Animal Rescue

St. Jude's Children Research

American Humane

There are plenty more out there. If you have a specific place you want to donate but don't know if you're money is going to the right cause check out Charity Watch where they do all the hard for you in find out whether an organization is legitimate or not!

Artists Lost this week..

Following a lengthy illness, country singer Mel Tillis has died. He was 85 years old.

A press release reports that Tillis died on Sunday morning (Nov. 19) at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., the city in which he was living. It is suspected that he died of respiratory failure.

Over the course of his career, Tillis penned more than 1,000 songs, with approximately 600 recorded by other artists. He recorded more than 60 albums, and celebrated 36 Top 10 singles and nine No. 1s. His last studio album was You Ain’t Gonna Believe This from 2010. Tillis received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the ACM in 2010 and the National Medal of Arts from then-President Barack Obama in 2012.

Article from The Boot.com


David Cassidy, the actor, singer and teen heartthrob best known as the band member with the green eyes and the feathered haircut on “The Partridge Family,” the 1970s television show about a family band, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 67.

Mr. Cassidy was married and divorced three times. He is survived by his son, Beau, a musician; his daughter, Katie, an actress; Ms. Jones, his stepmother; and three half brothers: Shaun (who had his own moment as a teen heartthrob in the late 1970s), Patrick and Ryan.

Article from NYTimes.com

What's Your State's Favorite Thanksgiving Dish?

Are you a Turkey lover? Is your favorite stuffing or filling or dressing? Maybe instead of the actual meal you just can't wait to eat all the pumpkin and apple pie you can!

Personal taste & trends depended on where you live and your upbringing it looks like. General Mills did the hard work of collecting date from the top recipe searches on Pillsbury.com, BettyCrocker.com and Tablespoon.com, starting in November 1st of 2016 through Thanksgiving day of 2016. And from the outcome it looks like we definitely all have a little bit of a different palate.

From the looks of the map below, we can tell that people in the mid-west definitely have a sweet tooth for the deserts. States like Texas and Missouri are actually fans of Chicken Spaghetti, while Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia are lovers of Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Maybe you can try one of these Thanksgiving Traditions for your meal!

Check out all the state below!

(photo by General Mills)

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