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You've Never Played Paintball? Before Paintball 101

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Fri 16 Aug 2013 12:29 AM EST
Category: Paintball | 4552 Views
(DL) – This article is the first in a series for beginner paintball players. Here we begin with the true first time paintball experience. We will begin with your first experience. Take what you learn here to your first game of paintball and return to read more when you know you have an interest in learning how to play paintball better.

Before we begin let me warn you. If you have not ever played paintball you are about to have the most memorable day of paintball in your paintball career. No future experience in the sport may ever be as fun as your first time at paintball.
Paintball Player with hit on maskPAINTBALL IS NOT AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB

Paintball is not a complicated sport. I've always maintained, it's not the gun - it's the shooter. You are going to find out quick in a hurry, you are not out-gunned on the paintball field. The ability to shoot lies in the hands of anyone. 

Anyone.

Tall, short, skinny, fat, young, old, male, female - no one can outrun a paintball. This should tell you that you are not going out on your first day to get trounced. 

So many of us are intimidated by what we see before we play.  Search Youtube and you'll find high-speed games, and well-equipped players talking in lingo that makes you feel like you could never belong. Don't expect to encounter these players on your first day of paintball.  Stay with me as I ease you into a world that you will not only be excited to be a part of, but you will find you do belong.
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How To: Throw A Party On A Budget

Emilie Greene
By Emilie Greene Thu 18 Jul 2013 6:31 PM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 2797 Views
(DL) – Hello, (another) Emilie here with some tips on how to host on the cheap.

Whether you are a college student, a struggling 20 or 30-something, or just looking to entertain without depleting your account there are plenty of ways to throw a cocktail or dinner party that is impressive but not expensive.

The Food

What’s a party without some hors d'oeuvres ? If you’re looking to branch out from the usual chips and dip, try crostini. A crostini is a fancy way of saying “toasted bread with a topping”. You can get a baguette for no more than 2 dollars at your local market. Be sure to get a good quality and more importantly, fresh bread. It makes all the difference and your guests will appreciate not biting into something stale.

Now that you have your bread, what to top it with? You can go the traditional route with a tomato and basil based bruschetta, or you can mix it up with some of these recipes.

Crostini with Zucchini & Feta

Serves 4
5 very small zucchini or squash
Zest and juice of one lemon, plus more juice to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup crumbled feta
1/2 cup packed parsley leaves, or 1/4 cup thinly sliced mint or basil
1 baguette, sliced into thin rounds and toasted

(complete recipe - ingredients &  preparation instructions)

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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 | 4637 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...





Aeroplane City - Preview

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sat 15 Jun 2013 5:34 PM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 7222 Views

   I'm standing patient. Forcing fate. I know what's to come. I draw my sunglasses from my pocket, no more than an innate moment of memory reflex. This mundane act precedes a rush. As the seal breaks I feel it in my spine. Anticipation of what I've experienced countless times before. Passengers behind me avert their eyes as overwhelming light bounces up from the glass runway. I'm back in the arms of the one love who has never failed me. Her name is Aeroplane City.

Aeroplane City in the night time
   Secluded in the mountains of the east this compact twenty square mile stretch is more than a paradox, it's one of a kind. No other city in the world is accessible only by airplane. It’s like the moon to most people – they know it’s here, but will never visit it.

   I step from my plane, the elements of clean air and busy atmosphere shift my anxious mood into what I can only describe as highly tuned perception. I feel twice as alive the moment I land here. I look down at the glass beneath my plane. My relay isn't resting on some tarmac in a field. It's four stories from ground level in the heart of the dense cityscape. A ballet of flights are landing and departing at etched locations across the landing deck adjacent to the inbound runway. The rotating thrust pivots each relay downward like a bird that has found its nest. Others rise is a hush, defying gravity then propel out and up as if each were in a race to escape. Crews and passengers like mine hurry from each relay toward suspended muted light beacons hovering off the glass which marks access down into the terminal. A small recess in the glass opens after the first passenger reaches it and places their hand into a section of the beam hued in green.

Dalton Resting Above Aeroplane City   Surrounding me is a breath taking sight of the city to the south, west and north. It is fleeting as I'm expected to exit my plane in a direct line to those same downward openings to enter the terminal. This is the busiest place in the city with a view that can't be savored in the moment, only recalled in wonder....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 | 7253 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...

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