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Delaware's Legendary Halloween Loop Night - The Ultimate Halloween Party for Adults

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 6 Oct 2013 3:43 PM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 5638 Views
(DL) – Where do all those girls in sexy-Halloween costumes wear them? Loop Night! This is your complete guide and history to Wilmington Delaware's Halloween Loop on Loop Night held each year on or around Halloween. Everything you need to know about Loop Night is detailed.

Once you finish this article, jump over to DangerManXX on YouTube to watch Halloween Loop Night coverage by Lars Hindsley a.k.a. DangerMan from present and past Loop Nights. 
Sexy Girl Halloween Outfits
There are places across the world to be certain times of the year. New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro bring to mind Mardi Gras. Germany has Oktoberfest, Black Rock City has Burning Man, Pamplona features Running of the Bulls, and Wilmington, Delaware has the Halloween Loop. Nothing breaks down barriers in inhibition like an event that puts you in a spirited mood. If you've never heard of Wilmington Delaware's Halloween Loop, this event will now join your life experience bucket list for certain. ...Read more...

Why Do We Love?

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 26 Sep 2013 6:50 PM EST
Category: Philosophy | 3137 Views
(DL) – It's been said that love is patient, kind... blah blah blah. Love is many things, ultimately love is a hard word. It's hard to come by, hard to find, hard to accept, hard to follow  ...it's hard! A hard word is hard to define. A word such as love begs the great question of why do we love?

It's important as we begin this excercise you accept that love is love, it's not desire. It's not something that makes you feel close to one person emotionally and desire another sexually. The love here is true love. The love that if you get it right – you will never leave that person. What inside of us makes us want a love like that?

The shortest answer is we love that we may be loved. Seems like a cruel answer. It reads like some smart ass didn't want to give a better explaination, all you need is clarity to the statement. There are reasons. Before they are given let's identify the common thread through them all. After all, anthropologist Hellen Fisher, author of Why We Love answers this question based on instinctive brain systems. She breaks down the anatomy. For Hellen the answer to why we love is stated as the presence of motivation, there is a craving, there is obsession. But let's not call love something we are motivated to do, or crave or obsess over. The real question is why do we crave, why do we obsess? What is it that love makes us so motivated. Here are the answers to why we love from an entirely different point-of-view. Why do we love?
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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 | 4808 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 | 2994 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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Pacific Rim - Film Review: Family Sized Monster Hit

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 11 Jul 2013 11:11 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 3983 Views
Three Dangers

(DL) – With superhero films appearing as the only reliable summer blockbuster draw, Pacific Rim provides a change in diet to theater goers. Updated only slightly from known monster verses mech stories, Pacific Rim is reminiscent of Evangelion and a homage to campy Godzilla monster movies of the 1960's. There is nothing original about it, combining concepts from sci-fis since film began such as King-Kong to Avatar

In a narrated montage Raleigh Becket played by Charlie Hunnan walks you through the first five minutes setting up the plot. You should interpret that as a spoiler mistake by the director. If you have half a brain, you understand this point. If you don't have the brainpower to figure out what the implications of a protagonist operating as the narrator means, then be advised your ignorance is bliss. 

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has been honed by directors over time. Each new movie using CGI increases the detail and our senses adjust expecting more. At Comic-Con geeks were lead to believe Pacific Rim would be a game changer in this category, instead it feels like Transformers with a story. I'd say much better story but Transformers has no story. To Transformers credit, they gave us well lit scenes. In Pacific Rim, darkness and rain are used not to enhance but hide detail. Perhaps the budget was being busted on so much CGI? Hype for Pacific Rim started a year before release, almost every poster highlighted a well lit fight scene. Throughout the film most monster vrs mech scenes are tight dark shots. Perspective shots are short. The interior settings are odd, war bunkers are a combination of post apocalyptic with a dash of steam-punk. Why so much rust in places that would never oxidize? Style without substance is just one more reason Pacific Rim doesn't reach great levels in storytelling. You get the feeling a world was created that can't exist. 
Gypsy Danger
Becket is your typical American hero. No character flaws, strong and mild mannered. In his calm voice you learn he is a pilot of huge robot machines named Jaegers, pronounced (yea-ger). A Jaeger must be manned by two humans, which I'll leave for you to learn why in the story. They are the world's only means to fight the war with giant undersea monsters known as Kaiju (Japanese for strange beast.) Here is what every theater goer should be asking. "What is the motivation for these colossal beast to rise up out of the sea and stomp all over buildings?" They lumber up out of the ocean and they are pissed off for what reason? Are they hungry? Can they get their fill on tiny human morsels? Wouldn't dining on whales be an option? Worse yet for myself if I'm going to get a subtle understanding of why we are at war with these creatures - other than the obvious fact they are destroying everything, there is never a clear visual message of what our monolithic enemies are up to when they surface. If things like this nag at you when you watch an action blockbuster, reasons such as this are why the film is good but not great. 
Pacific Rim Diagram
The Kaiju are relentless. Meant to look like a cross between a shark and alien they look more like generic sea monsters. Becket tells us that for a time humans were winning the war against the Kaiju through the procurement of Jaegers but the size and the frequency of the Kaiju have become more than the Jaegers can handle. In the establishing montage there may be only one small glimpse of a Kaiju getting owned by Jaegers in battle. We see the Jaegers fighting with the upper hand but aside from a visual or two of the Kaiju getting socked in the face with oversized metal fist, there isn't much to be excited about. For as brutal as the fight scenes are you don't get the feeling earth is being saved, you get the feeling it's being destroyed....Read more...



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