Sunday, December 4, 2016



BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

EVOLUTION OF A PLAYMATE

In the past, some Playboy Playmates became playmates through a process of "rising through the ranks".  Some of them began as Cyber Girls of the Week on Playboy.com and then were voted as Cyber Girl of the Month and then they could be voted Cyber Girl of the Year.  If they were lucky, they might then be picked to become a playmate for Playboy magazine (which then made them eligible for Playmate of the Year).  No Playboy model has ever accomplished all of these distinctions but the one that came closest was Playboy Playmate Monica Leigh.  She was a Cyber Girl of the Week in August, 2005 then was voted Cyber Girl of the Month for December 2005 and then was picked as a playmate for March 2006 and later that same month it was announced that she had been voted 2006 Cyber Girl of the Year.  All that eluded her was Playmate of the Year and she was in serious contention but Hef went another way.  She missed the big prize by just a bit but to me she would have been a great choice and it would have made her the most honored model in Playboy history.  Luckily, Monica came back to Playboy a few years later and did her Playmate Xtra shoot in October 2008 showing that she still had it and I ranked her as #12 on my Top Playmates List.  Needless to say, she is one of my favorite playmates of all time.
So, to illustrate the incredible journey Monica made of "rising through the ranks", I'm going to present several pics of Monica from each of her "ranks" and be warned, a couple of these pics may Not be safe for work..


Cyber Girl of the Week - August 2005



Cyber Girl of the Month - December 2005


 2006 Cyber Girl of the Year





Playboy Playmate of the Month - March 2006



Playmate Xtra - October 2008



2015 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

As I write this, it is December 2016, so I thought it about time to make my picks for the best albums of 2015.
Hey, better late than never.
Right?

So,
Without Further Ado

The Best Albums of the Year


Best Christian Album of the Year
Contemporary Christian Music has been a big part of my musical life for a long time and I have a huge collection  of Christian CDs that would probably shock most people.  So, it is with great sadness that there were no Christian albums released in 2015 that I bought.  Thank God, Carman and Michael W. Smith both released albums in 2014 which has kept me going.

Best Pop Album
Mikky Ekko - Time




Released in January, Mikky Ekko's debut album, Time, started the year off as a high point which no further pop releases were able to top. Time features an eclectic group of tunes that showcase Ekko's high voice with a sound reminiscent of Maroon 5's, Adam Levine.  Good stuff.
Here is the video of the first track of the album, Watch Me Rise:




Best New Age Album
Enya - Dark Sky Island





Yay!!!  Enya released a new album this year, her first since her Christmas album in 2008, and it is good but maybe not great. But, Enya is definitely back and this album is a good example of her style without being a classic album like earlier efforts such as Shepherd Moons.
BTW, I call this album a New Age album but don't take that to mean this is some kind of weird transcendental album that puts you in a trance.  It's really just a description of music that might be called meditative mixed with a heavy synthesized sound often repetitive melodic motives.
Here is a video of the title track of the album:



Best Electronic Album
Ratatat - Magnifique






Yay!!! Ratatat released a new album this year, and it was pretty good.  After their foray into a highly synthesized sound for LP3 and LP4 (their two previous albums) that resulted in their music sounding a bit like old-style video game music, Ratatat returns to a more guitar-heavy sound resulting in some cool grooves that remind me of their earliest albums such as Classics.  A welcome return.
Here is a video of the opening track and first single from the album, Cream on Chrome, which really exemplifies the sound of this album:




Best Christmas Album
I try to buy a Christmas album every year and up till last year, I was able to keep that tradition going, but due to circumstances, I didn't get any Christmas albums in 2015, so no pick for this category this year.


Best Classical Crossover Album
2Cellos - Celloverse




The Slovenian/Croatian cello duo of Luka Sullic and Stjepan Hauser released their 3rd album in 2015, Celloverse, and it is their most mature and barnstorming album showcasing this duo's awesome talents.  I have to say that if you haven't heard 2Cellos, do yourself a favor and give them a listen.
Here is the video of my favorite track from the album, a cello version of Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us:




Best Album of the Year

Pentatonix - Pentatonix




The acapella group Pentatonix released their first album of original material in 2015 and it was a triumph featuring catchy pop-flavored acapella songs that showcase their talents not only as performers but as songwriters as well.  I'm a sucker for acapella music and Pentatonix is the best in that type of music that we have right now and this is a great album and my pick for best of the year.
Here is the video of my favorite track and the first single from the album, Can't Sleep Love:




I know I didn't go into much detail about each album which is why I include videos just to give a taste of the albums and hopefully inspire you, the reader, to go and sample these albums further.

But wait...
How could I forget?

Best Film Score Album of the Year

The Force Awakens - John Williams




Yay!!! John Williams composed a new Star Wars film score this year.
John Williams once again proves he is the best film composer of this time or any time and it came in a new Star Wars movie.  Now, as a movie, I wasn't too thrilled with The Force Awakens but the music was definitely Star Wars quality and far and away the best of the year and the best thing about the movie.  Not too great a movie but a great score.
Here is the final track of the score in which we finally get to the only reason I went to see this movie (No Spoilers but his initials are L and S):




OK, that was the best of the music of 2015 in a nutshell.
Happy Listening!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016



BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY


This is Jennifer Nahra, Playboy Cyber Girl of the Week in January, 2003.  This is a great pic and I wish I could put up more pics of her that show off her incredible beauty but it would utterly destroy my no-nudity policy.
I probably should put up more pics of Cyber Girls (and I definitely could as there are hundreds of beautiful Cyber Girls that are worthy of recognition) and Jennifer is a great example.  Enjoy.




PIC OF THE DAY


I don't want this blog to deal in politics but this pic from the recent election is one of the coolest pics I've ever seen and may become one of the most iconic pics of all time.

Take it as you will.










Thursday, July 21, 2016

STATE OF THE BLOG

As of this writing, it is nearing the end of July 2016 and anyone that has visited this blog will notice that I haven't posted anything this year.  There are several reasons for this that I want to explain and maybe map out some sort of future for this blog.
At the end of last year, I had decided that I wanted to do several posts as a kind of block, once a month.
However, toward the end of last year, I got sick and didn't really recover until about mid-May so my enthusiasm and energy that I could devote to the blog waned and I had to leave it by the wayside.
I would like to get back to the blog but many of the topics that I blog about have altered over the last year, such as: 
-Playboy going non-nude has seriously put a damper on my Beauty Pic of the Day posts and Top Playmate List.  It's kind of depressing that Playboy (both the magazine and the website) is languishing in quality and I would predict that the magazine will be gone in a year or two.
-My soundtrack-collecting has been been greatly affected by the fact that I didn't see very many movies last year and couldn't even make an entry in my Top Scores List for 2015.  Also, many of the movies I see these days, I really don't like so I don't really want to blog about them.  I'm seeing a few more movies these days but the music in most of these movies is fairly undistinguished and forgettable.
-I've developed a great interest in Christian Apologetics this year (akin to my interest in such religious things as Christian music and Angeology) but I don't want to blog about this topic as I don't want this blog to turn into a religious or political blog.

Perhaps I'm just getting older and my interests are changing.

I can't guarantee that I will blog with any kind of consistency but a post may appear from time to time.

SO STAY TUNED... 



BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

  TWO NEW ENTRIES
BIG NEWS
A NEW #1 PLAYMATE

So, due to recent information about a couple of the playmates on my Top Playmates List, I've decided to replace two of my selections, including the absolutely unprecedented step of replacing my pick for the #1 Playmate on my Top Playmate List.  But before I get to that big news, I'll deal with the other playmate that is being replaced on the List, namely Hope Dworaczyk who was at #15 but she went and got married so I'm taking her off the list (I don't know about anyone else, but it just seems a bit wrong to think about another man's wife in an improper way.  At least you can say I have some scruples).  In her place at #15 on the Top Playmate List I'm putting Miss May 2000, Brooke Berry.  



Brooke is probably one the most purely beautiful playmates of all time with perfect features and all the rest to go with it.  However, she can appear devastatingly sexy also as this next pic demonstrates:


I would love to show the rest of the pic but that would shatter and utterly destroy my no-nudity rule.  Too bad.
However, I would like to stretch my no-nudity rule and present one of the most erotic pictures in Playboy history featuring Brooke.  So take a deep breath and then enjoy.




Call me an academic nerd if you want, but this is one student that I would love to devote some intense study time with.


AND NOW THE BIG NEWS


The New #1 Playmate
 on my 
Top Playmate List

 

This is Miss March 2003, Pennelope Jimenez and over the past few months I have been sorta fixated on her and due to Tiffany Taylor (the former #1 Playmate) being in a long-term relationship, I have decided to elevate Pennelope to the top spot on the Top Playmate List.  Previously I had her at #11 on the list and, in all honesty, I don't really know what I was thinking so I'm correcting that slight.  Now, I don't know too much about her personal life (for all I know she may also be involved with someone or even married) but I do know she is beautiful in every way and a worthy #1 on the Top Playmate List.
And here is another pic of Pennelope in a winter setting.  As I post this, I hope winter is right around the corner (and that it lasts for a good long while). 






BEWARE

NSFW

 

I'm going to violate my no nudity rule to present an adorable pic of Pennelope that may further explain why I put her at #1.
 
 




THE SECOND NEW ENTRY

So now that I've moved up Pennelope from #11 to #1 on the Top Playmate List, that leaves an opening at #11.  To fill that opening (no pun intended if you have a particularly dirty mind), I'm going to put Miss July 2012, Shelby Chesnes.


Shelby is an absolutely delectable 5'3" bombshell who can seriously fill out a bikini (if you know what I mean) as evidenced by this pic:



And (bending my rules just a bit) almost coming out of a bikini:


Bonus Pics:
This girl is cuteness personified



But she also has some serious sexiness there too



She also returned to Playboy for a couple more photoshoots in 2014 (at the age of 23, which would make her 25 now).



Now, I wouldn't say that I'm temporarily obsessed with this girl but she sure can wear a bikini.



And I just kinda love this pic:



As I said before, she is not that tall, but she has great legs that go all the way up (I'm not complaining).



And thinking about the current election we just had, how about a patriotic Shelby.




And just to leave it on a dreamy note...



 



BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

A Bevy of Blondes
I have now come to the point in the Top Playmates List that consists of all blondes.
This will bring the list all the way through #50.

Addendum
I've now decided to only take the Top Playmate List to a Top 40
for reasons that I will explain in a later post.




And rounding out the Top 40 on the Top Playmate List is the 50th Anniversary Playmate, Miss January 2004, Colleen Shannon.  An absolutely incredible combination of sexiness and cuteness in a compact package that is filled out in all the right places, Colleen is known as the "World's Sexiest DJ" and for good reason.