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Firefly Music Festival: The Fan Experience

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 24 Jun 2013 11:43 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 4531 Views

(DL) – I am from Delaware. If anyone knows, it's me – Delaware is not a destination. It's a starting point. Everywhere is within driving distance, mountains, beach, the nation's capital, Philly events, NYC entertainment. None of which are in Delaware. Enter, Firefly – a three day music festival. It includes big name bands to headline like 2012's Killers and The Black Keys to 2013's Tom Petty and Foster the People. Firefly has a genuine interest in bands about to break like 2013's Capital Cities or 2012's Fitz & the Tantrums and Modest MousePassion Pit makes an encore performance to the festival's main stage.


EDM (Electronic Dance Music) makes a bigger play in 2013 at Firefly drawing not only the hipster crowd but more of the introverted at home closet dance hounds. Put them in front of Big Gigantic, Calvin Harris, Zed and White Panda and they too exploded in dance energy bouncing up and down along in a sea of people tossing beach balls, glow sticks and blow-up dolls. By the time Saturday hit MGMT's pop sound was bound to draw a huge crowd.


Sunday, Matt and Kim worked the crowd like any other Matt and Kim gig, tossing balloons into the crowd with Kim standing on her drum kit. Although she's chilled a bit after injuring herself previously. True story, they are as positive energy off stage as on. I met them last year in Philly at a gig at the Electric Factory. Kim gave me relationship advice I've used ever since. They are a high energy duo and the crowd fed off their energy on a hot Sunday afternoon.


The festival grounds known as The Woodlands is home to four stages separated by wood lined malls. It's got a somewhat cozy feel but the tall chain linked fences remind you of the business end of the festival experience. You won't be sneaking in to beat the $300 three day ticket price. You wear a bracelet that is digitally scanned for entry. Scratch the bar-code and management is relentless on this rule – you pay $20 to replace it after they confirm your original registration. 

Hammock HangoutThe fun starts at the gate. Everyone picks up the pace as the music nears. The huge banner, FIREFLY on a soft green backdrop with golden lights draws you in like a mindless bug. It's the same feeling you had as a child wanting to race in to be the first on the ride at an amusement park.

DowntimeFirefly's unique appeal is its accessibility. An even better word may be inclusivity. Yes it draws college students that want to cut loose, but even the college students I came across kept the partying in check. It draws a young at heart crowd but regardless of age a noticeable thumbprint of the typical Firefly attendee is they are positive and kind. This is no loose observation....Read more...





M&M's Candy's Colorful History

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 20 Mar 2013 12:06 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 7117 Views
It’s Just a Candy!  With History…
(DL) – What is it with M&M’s and the way we associate them with everything from health to sex drive? They are after all just a color coated chocolate candy – a candy with a colorful heritage.

The M&M began its dubious existence in 1940 taking its name from the parent company Mars.  The owners names were ...Read more...

Damian Wayne Dies

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 25 Feb 2013 2:22 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 2363 Views

(DL) – Speculators load up on Batman and Robin #19  and Batman Inc # 8. This time it's not just Batman's sidekick Robin that dies it's Bruce Wayne's son Damian. He dies at the hands of his own clone brother Leviathan. I called this tragedy months in advance; I didn't forecast how he'd die. I did speculate Damian would die. Standing in the Captain Blue Hen comic book store I turned to my then girlfriend and said, "He's the logical choice to die." I felt this was the case as the Joker was tearing up Batman's inner circle and the only way to effectively sever Batman's inner circle was for Damian to die. After all, the series is called, Death of the Family.  The Joker plays center stage in the story but I saw him as a distraction to what would take place. This either speaks to my intuitive skill or Detective Comics (DC) predictability. Either way Batman's list of Robin's are now up to six. 
  1. – Dick Grayson
  2. – Jason Todd
  3. – Tim Drake
  4. – Stephanie Brown
  5. – Damian Wayne
  6. – Carrie Kelly (Robin with elderly Batman)
Dick Grayson became Nightwing. Todd was killed by the Joker and through resurrection became The Red Hood, Tim Drake has become the Red Robin, his girlfriend Stephanie Brown stepped in until she died soon after. Carrie Kelly doesn't come along until later in Batman's life through Frank Miller's masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns. That brings us back to number five, Damian Wayne. The last name rings ominous.  Bruce Wayne's son is now Robin. How did it all come to this?

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The Confusing History of the Internet Meme

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Tue 19 Feb 2013 3:22 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 1822 Views
What is a Meme?
(DL) — What is a meme and where does come from? Ask any person what a meme is and they will most likely either stumble through the question or struggle to articulate it's exact meaning.   In fact after reading this article, have some great fun with friends.  Pose the question "What is a meme?" and watch how a debate erupts as they parse the specifics.

So what is a meme?  It's a device for transporting an idea through culture.

Do you have an inside joke with a friend or lover?  That is a meme.  Have you ever played punch-buggy? It's when you see a Volkswagen Beatle on the road and...Read more...


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