Here's my follow-up. Warning: I am very honest about everything in this video. Just keep in mind that I want V2 to know what customers are thinking and feeling about the launch of the V2 PRO Series 3, and that I think they are tops in the in the industry. This video is intended to inform V2 so they can troubleshoot and make better products in the future. Enjoy!
Please let me know what you think in the comments.
I was recently asked by V2 cigs (a very popular e-cigarette manufacturer) to try their latest release, the V2 PRO Series 3 vaporizer. It's truly a nice piece of equipment to have, and I've posted my video here for you to watch. This is my initial impression/unboxing, and I will do a follow-up video in a few days to talk about how it works over time. Enjoy!
Look out for the next video about how I've faired with the V2 PRO Series 3 over the course of a few days. I'll be posting it very soon. Let me know what you think in the comments!
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Elaine Stritch has passed away. She has been such an inspiration to me over the years, and I honestly thought she'd live forever with her brassy attitude. I just watched Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, where she talks about "going home" and leaving a picture for the world. Well, that's an indelible image, and I will go on loving her forever! Rest in peace, Stritchy. You were so loved and adored. I will miss you terribly. Here's a New York Times article about her life and career in the arts:
Elaine Stritch, Broadway’s Enduring Dame, Dies at 89
Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year to be near her family, she lived for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.
Ms. Stritch’s career began in the 1940s and spanned almost 70 years. She made her fair share of appearances in movies, including Woody Allen’s “September” (1987) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000), and on television; well into her 80s, she had a recurring role on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” as the domineering mother of the television executive played by Alec Baldwin.
But the stage was her true professional home. Whether in musicals, nonmusical dramas or solo cabaret shows, she drew audiences to her with her whiskey voice, her seen-it-all manner and the blunt charisma of a star.
In April 2013, before she left the Carlyle, where she had often performed in its cabaret lounge, Café Carlyle, she gave one last show: “Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out.” A documentary film, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” was released this year.
Plain-spoken, egalitarian, impatient with fools and foolishness, and admittedly fond of cigarettes, alcohol and late nights — she finally gave up smoking and drinking in her 60s, after learning she had diabetes, though she returned to alcohol in her 80s — Ms. Stritch might be the only actor ever to work as a bartender after starring on Broadway, and she was completely unabashed about her good-time-girl attitude.
“I’m not a bit opposed to your mentioning in this article that Frieda Fun here has had a reputation in the theater, for the past five or six years, for drinking,” she said to a reporter for The New York Times in 1968. “I drink, and I love to drink, and it’s part of my life.”
In an interview this year in The New York Times Magazine, she said of her resumption of drinking: “I’m almost 89, I’m gonna have a drink a day or two. I know how to handle it, so there.”
Most of the time she was equally unabashed onstage, rarely if ever leaving the sensually astringent elements of her personality behind when she performed. A highlight of her early stage career was the 1952 revival of “Pal Joey,” the Rodgers and Hart-John O’Hara musical, in which she played a shrewd, ambitious reporter recalling, in song, an interview with Gypsy Rose Lee; she drew bravas for her rendition of the striptease parody “Zip.”
Photo Ms. Stritch last September at the condo in Birmingham, Mich., that she moved into when she left New York. Credit Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times In a nonsinging role in William Inge’s 1955 drama, ”Bus Stop,” she received a Tony nomination as the lonely but tough-talking owner of a Kansas roadside diner where a group of travelers takes refuge during a snowstorm. Three years later, in her first starring role on Broadway, “Goldilocks,” a musical comedy by Jean and Walter Kerr and the composer Leroy Anderson, she played a silent film star alongside Don Ameche and impressed The Times’s critic Brooks Atkinson.
“Miss Stritch can destroy life throughout the country with the twist she gives to the dialogue,” he wrote. “She takes a wicked stance, purses her mouth thoughtfully and waits long enough to devastate the landscape.”
Noël Coward, one of Ms. Stritch’s fans, built the 1961 musical “Sail Away” around her role as Mimi Paragon, the effervescent hostess of a cruise ship, and she repaid his trust not only by giving what Howard Taubman of The Times said “must be the performance of her career” (including a delicious rendition of Coward’s hilariously snooty “Why Do the Wrong People Travel?”) but also by successfully ad-libbing, on opening night, when a poodle in the cast betrayed its training onstage.
The show was not a hit, but Ms. Stritch came away with her third Tony nomination. Her next Broadway role was in the replacement cast of Edward Albee’s scabrous portrait of a marriage, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” as Martha, the bitter, boozy wife.
One of her memorable appearances was in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company”(1970), in which, as a cynical society woman, she saluted her peers with the vodka-soaked anthem “The Ladies Who Lunch.” The performance brought her another Tony nomination, and the tune became her signature — at least until, in her 70s, she became known for Sondheim’s paean to showbiz longevity and survival, “I’m Still Here.”
Photo Ms. Stritch in the musical revue “Angel in the Wings,” in 1948, in which she sang “Civilization.” Credit Associated Press That song was the centerpiece of her 2001 one-woman show, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” and she sang it in 2010 at Mr. Sondheim’s 80th-birthday concert at Lincoln Center and at the White House for President Obama.
Essentially a spoken-and-sung theater memoir, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” created with the New Yorker critic John Lahr, began performances at the Public Theater in Manhattan when Ms. Stritch was 76 and then moved to Broadway, where it was a smash.
Alone onstage except for a chair, clad only in tights and a white silk shirt, Ms. Stritch wove together music (including “Zip,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “I’m Still Here” and two more Sondheim songs: “The Little Things You Do Together,” a mordant salute to marriage from “Company,” and the aging showgirl’s lament “Broadway Baby,” from “Follies”) and showbiz memories into a tour de force that won a Tony Award for best special theatrical event.
“I’m a do-it-yourself kind of broad,” Ms. Stritch told The Guardian in 2008, when she performed the show in London. It was an apt description of herself and the performance, which opened with her entering and declaring to the audience, “Well, as the prostitute once said, ‘It’s not the work, it’s the stairs.’ ”
Born in Detroit on Feb. 2, 1925, Ms. Stritch was the youngest of three daughters of George and Mildred Stritch. She went to a convent school but knew long before she graduated that she wanted a show business career.
Photo Ms. Stritch backstage with Noël Coward in 1961 after the opening of his musical “Sail Away.” Credit John Lent/Associated Press When she was 4, for example, her father, an executive at B. F. Goodrich, took her to see a touring production of “The Ziegfeld Follies.” They went backstage to meet the star, the comedian Bobby Clark, who was a friend of her father’s. “From that moment on,” she recalled, “I was hooked.”
She was popular and seemingly carefree at school but struggled, she said, to overcome a deep-seated lack of confidence. By high school she had discovered that liquor helped mask her fears.
After graduation she told her parents she wanted to go to New York to study acting. They said she could go only if she agreed to live in a Manhattan convent. In 1944, she took the train to New York, moved into her convent room on the East Side and enrolled at the New School for Social Research, where she studied acting with Erwin Piscator. According to a story she told in “At Liberty,” her classmate Marlon Brando stopped speaking to her after she declined his invitation to spend the night at his apartment.
(Ms. Stritch, a Roman Catholic who said she was a virgin until she was 30, was no prude. Before she married in 1972, she was romantically linked with the actors Gig Young and Ben Gazzara and the restaurateur Joe Allen.)
She made her New York stage debut in a children’s play, “Bobino.” In 1947, she opened on Broadway in a musical revue, “Angel in the Wings,” in which she sang “Civilization,” a satirical number expressing an African’s thoughts about frightful aspects of modern life, including the lament: “Bongo bongo bongo, I don’t want to leave the Congo.”
Photo Ms. Stritch in 2010 in her role as the mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on “30 Rock.” Credit Ali Goldstein/NBC In a short time she established herself as a promising actress who could also hurl a song lyric to the far reaches of the balcony. In 1950 she won the job of understudy to Ethel Merman in “Call Me Madam.” Merman stayed healthy, and Ms. Stritch never got to perform the role on Broadway, although she did star in the touring company. Then came “Pal Joey.”
She did some television work as well, live dramas as well as series like “My Sister Eileen” and “Wagon Train.” She almost landed the role of Trixie Norton on “The Honeymooners,” with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Audrey Meadows, but the part finally went to Joyce Randolph. Gleason, she explained, thought she was too much like him.
Recent Comments Bruce 15 hours ago Kind of a shame that some reports of Ms. Stritch's death refer to her (in the headline) as a star of "30 Rock." Of course, this is not...
CitizenReno 15 hours ago I don't condone this death one bit, dogdamnit.You move to the suburbs and you're gone?When we went to lunch, before she was diagnosed with...
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Ms. Stritch made her London stage debut in “Sail Away” in 1962, and appeared there again in 1972 in “Company.” Remaining in London, she met the American actor John Bay during rehearsals for a production of Tennessee Williams’s “Small Craft Warnings” and married him. In Britain, she won a wide following in stagings of American plays and as co-star of the television comedy series “Two’s Company,” in which she played a prickly American writer working at an English estate.
Ms. Stritch and her husband moved back to the United States in 1982, and he shortly died of a brain tumor. They had no children. Ms. Stritch is to be buried near him in Chicago. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
In the mid-1980s, Woody Allen, dissatisfied with his film “September,” decided to reshoot it. Ms. Stritch accepted the part originally played by Maureen O’Sullivan while recuperating from surgery to have polyps removed from her vocal cords. She played the hard-drinking survivor of a roller-coaster life, a former glamour girl whose daughter, played by Mia Farrow, is both angry and depressed. Her performance initiated a fecund period of movie work.
Photo Ms. Stritch, tending bar in the summer of 1964 at Elaine’s (no relation), after she had become a Broadway star. Credit United Press International Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Her other films included “Cocoon: The Return” (1988), which reunited her with Ameche; “Cadillac Man” (1990), with Robin Williams; “Autumn in New York” (2000), a May-December romance starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder; and “Monster-in-Law” (2005), in which, as Jane Fonda’s mother-in-law, she delivers a blistering put-down: “You were a television weather woman from Dubuque, Mont. You drove around in a broken-down minivan, and you drank red wine — from a box!”
She also made guest appearances on television, on “The Cosby Show,” “Head of the Class,” “Law & Order,” “Oz” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.” Back on Broadway, she joined Harold Prince’s 1994 revival of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical “Show Boat.” Ms. Stritch played Parthy, the nagging wife of the showboat’s Cap’n Andy.
She went on to earn another Tony nomination in the Lincoln Center Theater’s 1996 revival of “A Delicate Balance,” Edward Albee’s ferocious dark comedy about an upper-class household in distress. She played the witty, bellicose houseguest of her sister (Rosemary Harris) and brother-in-law (George Grizzard).
When “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” was broadcast on HBO in 2004, Ms. Stritch added an Emmy to her collection of awards, but that was far from her final triumph. She also created a series of solo cabaret shows for Café Carlyle, including one that was a tribute to Sondheim.
“The blazingly here-and-now Ms. Stritch gives the word ‘trouper,’ a term of respect for stars who have trod the boards for decades, an almost mythological dimension,” Stephen Holden of The Times wrote in a review.
In May 2008, in a surprising change of pace, she appeared in a production of “Endgame,” Samuel Beckett’s grim comedy about mortality, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As inhabitants of a bleak netherworld, she and her onstage husband (Alvin Epstein) lived in oversize garbage cans.
Ms. Stritch performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., in June 2009 in a production of “The Full Monty,” based on the 1997 British film comedy about a group of unemployed steelworkers who decide to perform as male strippers. Ms. Stritch, who played the group’s rehearsal pianist, said in an interview that she was “happy to be doing something that wasn’t all about me.”
She made her final Broadway appearance in 2010, replacing Angela Lansbury as the aging Madame Armfeldt in a Broadway revival of “A Little Night Music.” It was a role that allowed her to sing once more of Mr. Sondheim’s rueful, mortality-defying musical meditations, “Liaisons,” an aching paean to love affairs past, and she brought to it an original and rather stinging bitterness about a life that is nearly over.
In “At Liberty,” Ms. Stritch earned one of her biggest laughs with a story about a long night of drinking with a friend. The story was ostensibly about the friend — Judy Garland — but it was self-reflective, too. Along about breakfast time, Ms. Stritch recalled, Garland turned to her.
“Elaine, I never thought I’d say this,” Garland said, “but good night.”
4. After you've cleaned with a toothbrush, take a medium-sized sewing needle and remove any residue from the air holes around the threaded end, and clean the inside of the battery around the post as shown above in Fig. 2.
5. Clean inside and around the threads once again as described in step 3.
6. Take an alcohol prep pad (available at any pharmacy or grocery store), and wipe the whole battery clean
7. Dry off with a soft towel and let sit for an hour or so.
8. You're ready to use your squeaky clean battery! Notice how nicely it works!
Note: Excess liquid that dries on your battery is transferred to your charging unit if you don't clean them regularly. As I clean my batteries, I just unplug my charger, dip a q-tip in a bit of alcohol, and clean the charger (then flip the q-tip around to dry it) while I'm cleaning my batteries. This will prolong the life of your charging unit.
Let me know how this works for you! Good luck!
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I rely on the horoscopes --or astrological predictions-- that come from New York Magazine. Say what you will, but for me, they've been pretty accurate! This week's horoscope is particularly important because it touches on the issue of money, which I'm desperately in need of. I applied for disability about 2 months ago, and have been waiting for it to go through ever since. If my astrological reading for this week is accurate, I think I might get my disability sooner than I thought!
I seriously hope this means my disability is coming! I will be so ecstatic! Oh please, oh please, oh please! Everyone, send your good vibes my way, please! :)
So, as you already know, my main diagnosis is Schizoaffetive Disorder. I was using Seroquel, but it just stopped working, so my doctor switched me to Haldol. I had already tried Risperdal, Thorazine, Depakote, etc., but I had never tried Haldol. So far, it's not much different than when I started Seroquel. It calms some of the symptoms and helps me sleep, but it has side effects that I never had with Seroquel: muscle cramps, headaches, constipation, etc.
I was walking my dog the other day, and my foot cramped up so badly that it actually curled up. I tried to focus on flattening my foot, but I couldn't do it, so I had to walk all the way home that way. In doing so, I sprained my foot. It hurts like hell, and Advil doesn't help. It sucks. After the damage was done, I made an emergency appointment with my doctor and he prescribed Cogentin, which worked like a miracle on my foot cramps. I still have a sprained foot, but at least the cramps and headaches are gone.
Does anyone have any medication recommendations for me?
At the request of fans in the V2cigs forum, I created this sticker to be printed and put on cars, in windows, or even on shirts. Anyone is free to use this design if you LOVE V2cigs! :)
Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writers. She's one of America's favorite writers, actually, and an amazing person in general. After reading an article that the New York Times published about her life, it's hard for me to comprehend a life as full as Maya Angelou's was. She was a writer, editor, actress of stage and screen, a professor, an Honorary Doctor, a mother, a madam, and even a calypso dancer. She's a true inspiration, and I honestly thought she'd be one of those people who just lived forever. She was too important to die. But, she was human, too, and subject to death just like the rest of us. For those of you who have never read her autobiographies or books of poetry, now is a good time to start.
Rest in peace, Maya Angelou.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of Harrisburg made a decision on Tuesday to strike down the ban on gay marriages in Pennsylvania. Us gays can finally get married, legally, in Pennsylvania! 18 couples took the plunge yesterday, and many more are to come! Now, I just need to find a boyfriend! :) This is such exciting news!
Here's the local coverage:
Philadelphia Inquirer - "U.S. judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban in Pa."
Philadelphia Inquirer - "Across the city, judge's ruling lauded, lamented"
Everyone who has a mom is probably worrying about gifts, or visits, or dinners they're preparing for the occasion. For them, it's about things, stuff that means they love their mother. What I'm worrying about is the possibility of making someone uncomfortable by saying, "my mom passed away."
I look around the house, and I see all of the presents I got my mom for Mother's Day over the years. Wreathes with dried flowers, figurines, framed poems. Stuff that was supposed to prove I loved my mom, to make sure she knew how much.
Now, that measurement of love is the span of years I've been grieving since her passing. It's been 6 years, and I still miss her. I don't know if I'll ever stop. This leads me to believe that there is Mother's Day in heaven just as there is on Earth. I know that she's been watching over me for the last 6 years, and now I don't have to worry about stuff that means love. I just love. She knows it. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I love you!
I receive a weekly newsletter that features cool websites and web apps, and one of them was "The Book Seer". I love to read, but I always feel a sense of loss when I finish a good book. I never know what to read next. What I'd really like to do is to go back and re-read the good book I just finished, but I already know everything that happened.
"The Book Seer" allows you to plug in the title and author of a book you've just finished reading, and it gives you good recommendations for books you should read next. I've tried it, and I've found several books I want to read, so I can tell you that it does a really good job.
"The Book Seer" was developed by Apt Studio. Check it out, and check out Apt's portfolio for more cool things.
I just received my copy of the latest New York Magazine, and there's a kid on the front wearing the same outfit as pictured above, but in a different pose. The caption reads, "This is Mike the Ruler. He is 13. He is a fashion giant on Instagram." This comes just after I stumbled across a 12-year-old fashion designer named Isabella Rose Taylor who is selling her designs at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom or something. I think it's Neiman Marcus.
WHY AM I SO OLD?!
13? Fashion giant? Cover of New York Magazine? What!? Where did I go wrong in my life? Growing up, my mom made sure I was meticulously dressed in matching ensembles of top-of-the-line kids clothes. But this kid is wearing Supreme, Rick Owens, and other ridiculously expensive streetwear fashion brands which are extremely popular at the moment. They're popular with guys my age (30-ish) with careers and funds to pay for such clothing. The guys who go for this kind of fashion probably drop entire paychecks on jackets and jeans, then ration cans of tuna for lunch and dinner the rest of the month. (See: Four Pins, a men's fashion blog.) These are straight guys, mind you.
Anyway, then this kid comes along and is clearly a spoiled pubescent whose parents can afford to drop small fortunes for size small men's streetwear and high fashion brands. In the picture above, he's wearing a Helmut Lang jacket and antique denim Levis. Algebra? Biology? Literature? No, no, no. Instead, Mike the Ruler spends his days taking selfies of himself wearing these supremely expensive duds.
I just checked, and he has over 7,500 followers on Instagram. I have like 2. If that.
You know, the more I read, the more I think I'd like this kid if I met him. This article on Four Pins paints him as a nice, intellectual kid. He's written articles and essays about fashion, and it seems to be an appropriate passion for him. I, myself, love clothes. I just can't afford anything he wears. So, while we might be able to hang and have intelligent discussions about fashion, I'll always feel pangs of jealousy while checking out his shoes. Damn kids.
I'm sure you've seen the movie Party Monster, the movie about club kid Michael Alig (played by Macaulay Culkin) and his work as the successful-but-self-destructive promoter of Limelight in New York City.
The movie's climax revolves around Michael Alig's involvement in the murder of fellow club kid and drug dealer Angel. Angel had been recruited by Alig, and became his roommate. His dealings in drugs became his downfall after Alig found his stash in the apartment and went on an all night bender with some friends. Tweaked and angry because Angel came home and caught him in the act, Alig bludgeoned and smothered Angel to death. Alig then dismembered the body and dumped it into the Hudson river. That happened in March of 1996.
As a result, Alig has spent the last 18 years in the Elmira Correctional Facility in Elmira, New York. He has been eligible for parole since 2006, but has been denied year after year. It has finally been granted, and he will be released on May 5, 2014.
Somehow, he has taken to Twitter from within the facility, and has been tweeting about his plans to make art on the outside. He's been painting in the prison, sending his work out to friends and fans. His celebrity as a promoter and club kid has kept him busy with interviews and television appearances. Most notable is his appearance in the Party Monster "Shockumentary", where he talks about his youth and involvement in the murder of Angel.
I can't wait to see what he does when he's released. You can read more about it at: The Daily Intelligencer, Black Book, Michael Alig's Twitter Account, and The Huffington Post.
It's safe to say I'm obsessed with Nurse Jackie. I also love Edie Falco, but her character is who I'm obsessed with. At the end of the last season, I thought the best of the show was behind us, but I think I'm about to like this season the most. I'm pre-favoriting this season.
SPOILER ALERT... If you haven't seen the first episode, go back to the main page.
I like Jackie more when she's using drugs. It's horrible to say, but I do. I think everyone has been exposed to a pain killer in their lifetime, so everyone knows how good it feels to be on them. I've taken more than my fair share, and I understand the addictive properties of opiates, so I relate to Jackie's struggle to a certain extent. So now that she's using again, we're in the best plot twist that could ever happen on the show.
We meet her new sponsor, who I recognize from somewhere else on TV from a long time ago. It seems as though this sponsor is pretty sassy, so I'm hoping they'll do a little partying together. I'm so excited. I feel actual excitement when this show is on, and is the only show--other than American Horror Story--that I watch without doing anything else in the background. Everything stops when Nurse Jackie is on.
I only wish it were longer. An hour-long Nurse Jackie would be fantastic! I can't wait 'til the next episode!
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My name is Nicholas Emeigh, but everyone calls me Nick, and I prefer it. I'm usually called Nicholas when I'm in trouble. I'm from the Philadelphia area, work in business, and fancy myself as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist. I have a passion for art in all its forms including music, but I restrict my singing to the shower and the car for the good of society. If you'd like to know more, just send me an e-mail. I really appreciate you stopping by.