Friday, November 28, 2014

The Real "Black Friday"

Before being irrevocably linked to Post-Thanksgiving shopping, "Black Friday" referred to Jay Gould's attempt to corner the Loose Gold Market in 1869.

These Three links should get you up to speed before you head out to that concrete box.


The New York Times

1800's History

Paul Parducci

Monday, November 24, 2014

Is Gettysburg Haunted? This Post is a Good Place to Start.

Is the a Ghost?

It is not difficult to find true believers regarding the reality of Ghosts at the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Overview From Prairie Ghosts
 Photos from Ghosting Gettysburg

Some Proposed Video Evidence:

From Penn Live The Top Ten Ghost Heavy Spots at Gettysburg
Something strange from Roadtrippers.
Happy Haunt Hunting-
Paul Parducci

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Lilyhammer: Guns , Snow and The Weekend Ahead.

I'm a big fan of this show.
Steven Van Zandt is terrific as Frank Tagliano. 
So I'm excited that Season Three starts today (Nov 21st) on Netflix. At least that's what the Billboard said on LaBrea-
Of course that means the whole season appears magically on my Roku all at once.
I love the new order of things!
I know what I'm doing this weekend!
Paul Parducci

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Strange Drowning of Elisa Lam

Enhanced Security Cam Footage of Elisa Lam's final moments

It's been almost two years since the  body of Elisa Lam was discovered in the rooftop water tank of a Los Angeles hotel that had seen better days.

The Story is shocking:
A young Canadian woman tragically dead-
A hotel with a serial killer and suicide-laden history-
The consumption of human remains-
A malfunctioning elevator-
Apparent strange behavior-
There has been much speculation online, much of it focused on the possibility of her being murdered by a ghost or some kind of malevolent force.
from Ghost Diaries.
 and Art Bell
Vigilant Citizen

Others focus on the genuine and down-to-earth Human tragedy.

Elisa Lam just before her death.

From the LA Times
And USA Today.

We'll probably never know the specifics of what happened. But what we do know is that  this young woman's life was cut tragically short. And her family has suffered a loss from which they will never fully recover.
Rest In Peace Elisa.
Paul Parducci

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Exactly is Kabbalah? Start Here.

 Out here in Los Angeles, spiritual adventuring is a way of life. And Kabbalah is one of the most popular destinations.
So I thought it was time to Blog about it.
I think this post will give you a practical three step start-

1) Steve Ernest's  Solid  Clear,Time-Saving Basic Overview (Thank's Steve!)

1A) Diagram
Kabballah Tree of Life

2) Documentary Secrets of Kabbalah:

3) ZOHAR Online

Okay then-
Paul Parducci

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On Luck

What is luck?

Definition from Merriam-Webster

We have a complicated relationship with this term as evidenced by this exchange between the Ubersuccessful Howard Schultz of Starbucks and Oprah of (The Oprah Universe):

Oprah's stance on luck is well-known (She doesn't believe in it)  here is a discussion from Yahoo

I myself belief in Luck. I have been lucky many times in my life. I enjoy  being a working actor and Filmmaker but I am keenly aware of the happy accidents that have put me in the right place at the right time over and over again.
Now I won't deny that I am engaged always in a continuous process to improve my skills. I also work daily at advancing my projects and interests with massive (and what I perceive to be) intelligent actions. But I know many people who do the same and have not been able to crack this town.
In short I am a Lucky Guy!

From Practical Ethics

Here is an excellent piece on "Luck" from Professor Michael Mauboussin on HuffingtonPOST

Another thing to consider- Am I Lucky because I think I am. Has this thought turned into a core belief? Is it embedded so deeply in my psyche that I cause lucky occurrences to happen? (ala The Placebo Effect)
The word itself (meaning the visual interplay of the letters) seems to have a certain kind of happy quality. Or maybe that's just a a programmed cultural response I carry. Anyway...
Let's try something:
I am going to attempt to spread "Luck" This is a lucky digital talisman I have made feel free to take it and see if maybe Good Fortune can be spread.
"Luck" from Paul Parducci

The Very Lucky,
Paul Parducci

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