Thursday, May 31, 2012

Architecture: Fond Memories: Shelton College, Ringwood, New Jersey USA

This is the Adminstration Building of the college from which refWrite's publisher graduated with an Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.

Archibald, refWrite Backpage architecture columnist

Sports: Golf: The Memorial Tournament sponsored by Nationwide Insturance

— found and posted here by Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports columnist

Sports: Nike ad video: Soccer/football cinematography is excellent!

This is a "mere" ad, but the cinematography of this video is WOW!  Sports video was never keener.

Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports columnist

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Music: Heavy Metal: Seriously Christian

Sound, video graphics, intense performers, and those calligrapic orthographic flashes of words — it left the a deep impress of the elements of the message.  It inv+ts further listning to fill in the cognitive gaps and gradually grow surer in one's interpretation.  I even think the listner is driven to interpret.

It tells the Gospel story in an idiom unique to the heavy-metal performers and enjoyers around the globe.  Many thousands in my city alone.

Loud'ndPounding, refWr+t Backpage metal music reviwer

YouTube channel UT2ube affiated with refWr+t Backpage (found May30,2k12)

Hat Tip to , and congratulations to the performers of Prayer Banda (Brazil, Porgugese language) on the animated toon-style video (CD Anatomy of Reality),  of which a 5-minute single song  nt+tld Tears of Blood smashes them up the charts unashamed of Jesus Christ and the seeking of personal salvation.  It is heavy-matal.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sports: USA 5 vs Scotland 1: Men's international soccer/football first goal +

Landon Donovan scores for USA.

Michael Bradley scores for USA. Later, Scotland scores making it USA 2 vs. Scotland 1.

  "Scotland pulls a goal back in their 5-1 loss to the U.S. Men's National Team. MNT defender Geoff Cameron puts through his own net at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla."

 Donovan's 2nd goal against Scotland 1, USA 3

"U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones scores his second career goal for the USA with a well taken-header from a cross by Landon Donovan."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Architecture: Plaza mosaic: Baixa in Lisbon, Portugal

This wonderful plaza mosaic is located in Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal.
The foto is by Joao Pedro Mamoto for NYT.  A celebratory text
accompanies the set of fotos; text by Frank Bruni (May25,2k12).

Found and posted here by Archibald,
refWrite Backpage architecture & sculpture columnist

Humo(u)r: Onion online: Here's a choice funny concepty

Salesman can't 
just give you 
Price List 
because here's 
the thing with that
Onion (May25,2k12)
— reposted here by Satirikos, refWrite Backpage humo(u)r columnist

Toronto the Good: Mayor: 2012 Royal Tour to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Toronto's Mayor, Rob Ford, sends out a news-update from his office fairly regularly.  The most recent sums up in a pithy paragraph a ceremonial nicety that I share here with you, dear reader.  In case you're wondering just who are the personnel involved, behind all the extensive titles, why it's Charles and Camilla.

Welcome to Your H+nesses!  
How about leading the Cawz for spelling reform? 8–) 

This week Toronto had the honour of being one of the few stops on the 2012 Royal Tour of Canada, in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  On Monday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Toronto for our Victoria Day celebrations at Ashbridges Bay.  The Royal couple spent a portion of their night meeting frontline emergency workers and enjoying the annual fireworks display.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Sports: Hockey: Edmonton falls to Portland, looking for revenge 2nd round

Oil Kings look to regroup against Hawks 

Edmonton's Oilers and the Portland Winterhawks are an old rivalry that is reaching fever pitch again.  — Sportikos, refWrite Sports columnist and reviewer

Edmonton's Keegan Lowe tussles with Portland's Joseph Morrow during the second period of the Oil Kings' 5-1 loss against the Winterhawks at Rexall Place on Friday. Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun
PORTLAND, OREGON - The Edmonton Oil Kings aren’t used to losing.
Prior to dropping Game 2 of the Western Hockey League final Friday to the Portland Winterhawks, the Oil Kings had just one loss in the post-season.
That defeat to the Moose Jaw Warriors was monumental in its own right, as it snapped the local junior club’s 22-game winning streak.
The Oil Kings were able to bounce back after that defeat by putting the Warriors out of their misery. They hope to rebound again Sunday and wrestle home-ice advantage back from Winterhawks.
“When you lose in a championship series, it puts a lot more pressure on you,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal. “Now that loss has more meaning to it, because it’s one loss in the series and if you lose three more, then you’re out.”
This is the only time in the playoffs that the Oil Kings have been under any real pressure. They cruised through the first two rounds and were up 3-0 on the Warriors before having their winning streak snapped.
Heading into the next two games in Portland, the Oil Kings are looking at a 3-1 series deficit if they can’t win at least one game in the Winterhawks’ barn.
“It’s a five-game series now and Portland has home ice,” said Laxdal. “We have try and come in here and win Game 1 of the series here in Portland.”
In order to do that, the Oil Kings need to do a better job of taking care of the puck. In Friday’s 5-1 loss they coughed up more pucks than cats do fur balls.
A big part of the reason was due to the Winterhawks agressive forecheck, which had the Oil Kings defence under pressure from the onset.
“They’re pushing on our defencemen pretty hard and we’re not getting a lot of crisp passes out of the zone,” said Laxdal. “We have to get back on pucks quicker and make that first read, move the puck, let our forwards do the work through the neutral zone. What’s happening is our forwards are coming back and then turning up ice and getting passes that are bouncing or are in their skates where we really can’t pick them up and translate that into a speed game in the neutral zone.”
For their part, the Winterhawks did well to come up with strong effort despite the absence of leading scorer Ty Rattie.
The second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues was sent into the boards awkwardly by Oil Kings winger Mitchell Moroz early in the opening game of the series and was knocked out of the contest. Rattie missed Friday’s encounter, but could be back Sunday.
“He seems to be doing better,” said Winterhawks head coach and general manager Mike Johnston. “I thought he was pretty good (Friday) and seems to be doing fine (Saturday). Our trainers are going to take a look at him in the morning, he might skate in the morning and we’ll see how he is after that, that’ll be the key thing.”
Rattie leads the league in playoff scoring this year with 17 goals and 13 assists in 16 games.
But even without the Airdrie product in the lineup, the Winterhawks are a pretty formidable foe as Calgary Flames prospect Sven Bartschi and Winnipeg product Brendan Leipsic picked up the slack in the Game 2 victory.
“I was happy with the response,” said Johnston. “You play the team the night before and you don’t really know the team that well, so you’re forced to make a couple of adjustments. I thought our team was bang-on on how they had to play. But I think it’s a series where both teams are going to make adjustments from game to game.
“We know it’s going to be a tough series. Certainly when you go on the road, we’re expecting to get a split in the games, but at the same time, we know they feel the same way and no matter where we’re playing Edmonton, they’re going to be tough games.”  

Sports: Horse racing: Canadian-owned 'I'll have another' wins Kentucky Derby

In Canada, it doesn't matter what the sport may be, you support the home team.

The home team in this case, is a horse named "I'll Have Another."

He just won the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports critic and reviewer


I'll Have Another 

wins Kentucky Derby

Posted: May 5, 2012 6:47 PM ET 

Last Updated: May 5, 2012 8:52 PM ET 

Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I'll Have Another, right, to victory over Bodemeister at the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I'll Have Another, right, to victory over Bodemeister at the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)
I'll Have Another chased down Bodemeister down the stretch to take the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The winning horse in the field of 20 has significant Canadian connections. Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez raced at Hastings Park in Vancouver for six years, while the horse is owned by Windsor, Ont., native Jr. Paul Reddam.
"I was just kind of numb through the whole race and blink my eyes and it was over," said Reddam. "This team has just been terrific."
An elated Gutierrez, celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a successful first Derby run, gave special thanks to his friends and supporters from Vancouver in the post-race interview.
Trainer Doug O'Neill captures his first Triple Crown race as a result.
The chestnut colt stormed out of post No. 19 — the first winner from that slot in 138 runnings of the Derby — and bided his time back in mid-pack while Bodemeister set a blistering pace on a hot, muggy afternoon.
"He's an amazing horse," Gutierrez said. "I told everybody before the first time I rode him, I knew he was the one."
But a record crowd of 165,307 looking on didn't know I'll Have Another had the goods until the field turned for home.
That's when Gutierrez, who moved up between horses around the final turn, positioned his colt not far from the rail and set him down to run.
The horse won by 1 ½ lengths, paying $32.60 US, $13.80 and $9. Previously the Santa Anita Derby winner, he went off at 15-1 odds.
Bodemeister with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith set Derby records for his splits, but the horse's famed trained Bob Baffert was ultimately denied a fourth Derby and 10th Triple Crown victory. He ran the opening quarter-mile in 22.32 seconds and the half-mile in 45.39.
"I told Mike, `Look, if he breaks great and feels like running, we can win it," said Baffert, who suffered a heart attack in Dubai five weeks ago. "That's the only time I've run second where I've been happy because he ran his race."
Meanwhile, I'll Have Another was comfortably galloping along behind the blazing speed. Gutierrez angled his colt clear on the final turn and took dead-aim at Bodemeister, who was clearly in front at the top of the stretch.
"I knew we were in trouble when I saw Doug's horse coming," said Smith, who won the Derby with 50-1 shot Giacomo in 2005.
Dullahan closed strongly to finish third.
Went the Day Well finished fourth, followed by Creative Cause, Liaison, 5-1 second choice Union Rags, Rousing Sermon, Hansen, Daddy Nose Best and Optimizer.
Alpha was 12th, followed by El Padrino, Done Talking, Sabercat, 8-1 third choice Gemologist, Trinniberg, Prospective, Take Charge Indy and Daddy Long Legs was last.
Gemologist had won all five of its previous races.
The Preakness Stakes, the next jewel in the Triple Crown, will be run May 19 at Pimlico, Md.
"Maryland here we come," said O'Neill, who's based out of Southern California.
I'll Have Another cost just $11,000 as a yearling.
The last horse to win the Triple Crown, which also includes the Belmont Stakes, was Affirmed in 1978.
With files from