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Posted by Uncle Will on 07/24/15
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What does one say about a film that was made for less than 2 million dollars and has grossed over 14 million to date? This film had an extremely limited opening at the theaters, but the buzz it created was passed quickly via word-of-mouth. Soon it was opening all over the USA and drawing packed audiences.
It Follows is a different kind of horror/mystery/thriller.  There really isn't any blood or gore.  Its subject matter is quite controversial on several social levels. It isn't fast-paced, but moves more at a zombie-like creep.  What this film does have is goosebumposity.  There were several times, while watching, that I got the whole-body-shivers and progressive goosebumps that began at my toes and rapidly moved north.
This film isn't perfect, but it's perfect to watch on a late Friday night. Just make certain that there are two exits from where you are watching it. Just in case.
Posted by annetteb on 07/16/15
Are you a musician? Do you enjoy creating effective voiceovers to accompany your work? If so, the Shure SM57 microphone could be a great asset to your next project.
The SM57 is especially great for musical instrument pickup and vocals. It is an ideal microphone for live sound reinforcement and recording. The SM57 isolates the main sound source, while minimizing background.
In our studio setting, the SM57 can easily be used to record drums, guitar, and woodwinds.
According to, the SM57 possesses the following features:
  • Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
  • Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking
  • Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise
  • Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
  • Extremely durable under the heaviest use
  • Frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
  • Replacement cartridge:  R57
Put the Shure SM57 to the test the next time you book one of our studio spaces
Posted by Kelley M on 07/14/15
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Two and a half months after the death of Harper Lee's sister and longtime lawyer/executor, it was announced that Go Set A Watchman would be released in the summer of 2015.  Over half a century after having been written, Go Set A Watchman was found in a Lee Family safety deposit box with a To Kill A Mockingbird book jacket hiding Go Set A Watchman.
Go Set A Watchman readers should keep in mind that Go Set A Watchman has been published with very little editing.  It was a "draft", but was never truly "finalized" by the author or even an editor. The author was asked to utilize Go Set A Watchman to write the To Kill A Mockingbird that we know today. So, this new novel is not actually a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird.  Read it and tell us what you think of the book.  Whether you love Go Set A Watchman or find issues in the book that you'd like to discuss, please join us for a lively book discussion on Tuesday, August 18th at 10am or Thursday, August 20th at 7pm.  Register today!
Posted by Lucy S on 07/12/15
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How far would you go to help a stranger? On his way to work one day author Steve Lopez stops to listen to a disheveled, homeless man playing a battered violin on a busy, noisy city street corner. After introducing himself as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times to Nathaniel Ayers, he recognizes that this man is also suffering from mental illness. Despite this, there is a rumpled elegance to the man and a refinement to his playing. Lopez discovers Ayers was once a student at Julliard School of Performing Arts.
Lopez struggles with how much he can or should do. Over time Lopez writes several articles about Ayers.  The publicity brings an outpouring of support from readers, donations of instruments, offers of music lessons and some accusations of exploitation.
This is a memorable story that began with a chance encounter and develops into a friendship between two very different men. It shines a spotlight on mental illness, on vulnerable members of society, our responsibility to them and is a tribute to the human spirit.
This title is our Book Club on the Green selection. Please join us on Thursday, August 6, 7:30pm at Arlington Lakes Golf Club to discuss this book in depth.
Posted by annetteb on 07/09/15
Are you an artist? Do you love to share your creative work with others? Fantastic! And even if you're not an artist, drawing, painting, and mixed media effects will all feel much easier with a pen in hand.
With our Wacom pen tablets, you'll be able to use a pen and tablet through a mixed media approach, rather than having to deal with the expenses, supplies, and clean-up of traditional media. When you work on paper (or use traditional media), you may use pencils, ink, paintbrushes, several paints, chalk, or even an airbrush. Working with the Wacom pen and tablet lets you use these tools digitally! Our pen tablet is fluid, natural, and intuitive. Best of all, it beautifully mimics the work of creative output through traditional media tools. 
Our Wacom package is available for in-house use, and is best utilized with one of our studio spaces. The Wacom package includes a tablet, pen, stand, and USB cable. 
Posted by Ultra Violet on 07/08/15
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Who was the Arab that Meursault killed?
A parallel novel to Albert CamusThe Stranger, The Meursault Investigation gives an alternate perspective to the classic story. The brother of the murder victim tells his story and his family’s story as Arab Algerians living under the shadow of the French before and during independence. It is a beautifully told novel even if you have never read The Stranger, but as a companion to Camus; this is genius. Daoud uses the framework of the original story but tells it in a photo-negative style. Where Camus is terse, cold and logical; Daoud is obtuse, poetic and impassioned.
Like Camus, Daoud is a journalist. He lives in Oran, Algeria where The Stranger was set. Throughout The Meursault Investigation, it is apparent that Daoud is in awe of Camus’ skill, while resenting the treatment of Arabs in the classic novel. The psychological remnants of colonialism are painfully defined by the feeling of loss and dehumanization of the Arabs juxtaposed with their envy of the French Algerians.
I would recommend reading The Stranger first, but The Meursault Investigation is a brilliant novel that stands on its own and tells a story that is, unfortunately, still very relevant.
Posted by Kelley M on 07/06/15
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Warning: Once you start reading this book, you might not be able to put it back down.  In just 177 pages, you will see the evolution of a family and a marriage.  However, you will never learn the main characters’ names.  The novel is written in short paragraphs, which drive you forward, as you think, “I could read a few more paragraphs…  My chores can wait.”
At first, as the reader, you will think the paragraphs are just short snippets of the life of the main character. However, you start reading these little philosophical blips that really get you thinking about your own life, in general.  This book came highly recommended by several people.  I originally saw the book on Your Summer Reading List: 70+ Book Picks From TED Speakers And Attendees.  After reading this book, it has become one of my top recommendations for summer reading.  It’s physically a small book, so it is also ideal for your summer travels, wherever they may take you.
This is the author, Jenny Offill’s, second adult fiction novel.  She also writes children’s books.
Posted by annetteb on 07/05/15
Would you like to capture your summer adventures in a fun, exciting way? Try out one of AHML's GoPro cameras! We have the GoPro Hero 3 Silver Camera, which is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), and capable of capturing ultra-wide, professional quality video plus photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. Your viewers will feel like they're right there with you, while you preserve your enthralling summer memories.
Check-out includes the camera, camera housing, alternate backdoor, 2 batteries, extended mount, SD card case, SD card adapter, 32 GB Micro SD card, USB cable, standard mount, and 3 mounting screws.
Posted by bpardue on 07/02/15
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Progressive rock legends Yes lost their only constant member with the passing of co-founder/bassist Chris Squire on June 27. This is probably as good a time as any to sit back and take a long listen to their music--and there's no better way to binge-listen than this box set that captures their work from their eponymous 1967 release, up to 1987's "Big Generator." There's clearly an evolution to their sound--the baroque intricacies of Fragile and Close to the Edge (not to mention the epic excess of Tales from Topographic Oceans) give way to the more straightforward 80s sounds of 90125 and Big Generator. Through each of their periods and stylistic incarnations, however, the group managed to create its own unique sound, creating plenty of musical gems along the way. Also check out the always-available albums by Yes on hoopla digital.
Posted by Uncle Will on 06/29/15
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Join us on Sunday, July 26, 2015 for the second discussion in "What's Better: The Book or the Movie." We will be discussing Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 classic short story "All You Zombies" and its 2015 film adaptation "Predestination."
Don't let the title throw you off. The story is not about zombies. It's about the temporal police and their ability to stop crime, before it happens, through time travel. I have always been fascinated by the concept of time travel mostly because there are no rules. The plot is simple--a temporal agent who is performing his very last assignment is trying to stop his nemesis through time...The Fizzle Bomber.
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