Tracking the 2014 midterms

Scott Elliott has added a couple of new features to Election Projection website that will make the site more useful to everyone.

First, a list of the open seat elections being held in November.

Second, the 2014 Primary Election Schedule complete with filing deadlines, primary elections and, where applicable, runoffs for all 50 states.

Meanwhile, reporter and blogger Tom Elia has put together some fun stuff for history buffs, drawing from various sources (U.S. House Office of the Clerk and the “Historical Statistics of the United States, Vol. 5”).

“You’re welcome to use them, if you want,” Tom writes. “It’s just historical data – the composition of the U.S. House back to the mid-1850s, the aggregate U.S. House vote back to 1896 and some stuff on the largest swings in the aggregate U.S. vote.

Amazing Amazon!

Every wonder how the Amazon warehouse works? Take a look!

Your Facebook life in music!

Facebook has come out with a new feature celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. Called “A Look Back,” it’s a slideshow of some photos from your life on Facebook set to inspiring music. And it is sweeping the Facebook pages of many users, making it probably the most popular feature yet! But not quite for everyone, it seems.

The great escapes!

Watch these babies figure out how to get out of their pent-up places. As hilarious as it is adorable!

And while we’re in the baby department …

Little Ella Mae was only 20 months old when she began singing along with Elvis. A video of her performance was uploaded seven months ago has attracted nearly four million views. Watch and see why.

At the other end of the emotional spectrum, this little four-year-old is moved to tears when he hears this song. When Daddy asks if he wants him to turn off the song, guess what this little guy says? Two and a half million views and counting since this vid was uploaded on Jan. 29!

“I will admit, I find that brilliant. I wish I had come up with it.” – Rush Limbaugh

What happens when radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh mentions you and your book in an 11-plus minute monolog? Crash!

What captured Limbaugh’s attention was a lecture titled “The Universal Field Theory of Liberalism; and Why the Mainstream Media Gets Every Major Story Not Just Wrong, But as Wrong as Wrong Can Be” given by Evan Sayet on January 7, 2014 and is explained in detail in Evan Sayet’s book “The Kindergarten of Eden – How the Modern Liberal Thinks.”

The combination of Limbaugh’s attention to it and the resulting mentions on social media caused Sayet’s website to crash, as he discovered last week. Here’s the segment.

Driving a beat

This drummer uses an unconventional kit to keep the beat.

Don’t try this at home

Slacklining at high altitudes is called “sky lining.” Sebastien Monraz-Rosset and his “Skyliners” team gave onlookers a heart-stopping thrill when they did this.

Attention all OCDers

Got a little obssessive-compulsive disorder going on in your life? It’s nothing compared to this artist’s creations! Emily Blincoe‘s compulsion to order things resulted in these colorful arrangements using food and other objects.


Dance with me!

The mother-and-son wedding dance that blew off the top of the house! Seen this yet? You can’t touch it!

American pride

Our favorite Super Bowl TV spot. Over 9 million views make this one of the most popular iconic visuals of America.

“When it’s made here, it’s made with the one thing you can’t import from anywhere else, American pride. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200. America’s Import.” – The Official Chrysler 200 Super Bowl Commercial featuring Bob Dylan.”

Night and day

A series of photos of New York City called “Day to Night” by Stephen Wilkes is the culmination of some 1,500 images, narrowed down to 50, and blended together into one stunning image. Each one can take up to four months to finish: one month in editing and three months of retouching to achieve exactly what he envisioned. Take a look.

Pet lovers!

These dogs were rescued from an animal shelter, some of them at the last moment before they faced being euthanized. The looks on their faces are priceless!

And finally … a note.

A note, or 826 of them, all written on paper napkins from a father to his daughter.

“Garth, a father with one daughter named Emma, has been diagnosed with cancer three times since November 2011. Most statistics say he has only an eight percent chance of living past the next 5 years. That didn’t stop him though – look at the wonderful thing he decided to do for his daughter.” – LifeBuzz

Read the notes, watch the father and daughter appearance on the “Today Show”, and visit their Faceboook page. Related: Because I said I would.

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