LOOKY LU

This morning, Dina and I were sitting at Starbucks sipping our refreshers and making failed attempts at doing homework when she asked “Have you ever heard of a bitcoin?”

To which I responded “What the hell is a bitcoin?”

When I looked over at Dina’s coffee to make sure she hadn’t slipped some crackrock in it, I saw what was plastered all over the front page of the USA Today she was grasping.

The Bitcoin. 

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(image courtesy bloomberg.com)

Why? Why was Dina and apparently all of USA Today making a bit fuss about this bitcoin I’d never heard of before today?

This fuss erupted because for the first time ever two Vegas casinos decided to accept this digital form of currency.  Most of you are sitting there still scratching your heads wondering what the heck the bitcoin is.  Honestly, when Dina starting ranting and throwing coffee beans shouting “bitcoin” at the top of her lungs, I didn’t know what the heck she was talking about. Frankly, I thought it was some type of new Chinese currency. 

No one knows who created it.  But, it started in 2009.  It’s generally used to buy online merch anonymously. It apparently comes in  digital form, and “doesn’t fold or jingle (Bloomberg.com).  What does that mean?  Well it means that I could go to an online store and purchase arsenic and kill my future ex-husband without the police being able to track my order. What does it mean for the rest of you? It means that you can gamble and the government will never be able to track your purchases. You can buy anything.  Even drug dealers are starting to accept it because you can pass it back in forth with the use of your phones. 

There is a growing concern that the bitcoins can be used for laundering because it’s not tied to any bank, any person, or any country.  It’s basically the bootlegger of the financial industry…AND, it never has to leave your phone.

This is actually a very scary concept.  This could change the entire world of currency since this is an growing intercontinental currency. 

So, next question…How do you get a bitcoin?

1.  You can go to a startup websites like exchange marketplaces where you can buy or sell the bitcoins using different currencies.  Mt.Gox is the biggest bitcoin exchange on the web right now.

2.  You can transfer bitcoins back and forth between mobile apps or computers.

3.  You can do what’s called mining where you have to solve complex math puzzles in which you’re rewarded with bitcoins.

After acquiring the bitcoins, you will have a virtual wallet which will have a wallet ID number.  And, this wallet ID is the only  source of identity that is used.  The buyers and the sellers are NEVER revealed.

What comes into questions is how it’s used at stores and how it’s used in other places. It’s used through what’s called a QR code which looks like this:

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But this also brings up a very important question: What if companies like “Target” accepted bitcoins?  How would this have affected the customers who were victims of the latest credit card scam that hit Target this past Christmas season affecting millions of credit card shoppers. But, is the Bitcoin safe enough  that it could some day equate to the US dollar or the Euro or even the Yen? Who knows?

Jan 22
BitCoin: Taking Over the Damn World…..SLOWLY

May I just say that I abhor the “hand on the hip” pose. Is there no other pose that we women can do other than instinctively placing our hand on our hips. Someone needs to start doing the “hand on the boob” pose or maybe the “hand on the head” pose. How about the elegant “hand on the ankle” pose? Stop posing like all the girls in the magazines and get creative folks! Besides, no one wants to be the spitting image of Jennifer Lawrence in every Facebook post…(well maybe sometimes I secretly want to sometimes).

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So elegant yet oh so unrefined. #handonankle

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Imagine the surprise when you place your hand on your head instead of poking your chest out. The new sexy is the head.#handonhead

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Oh…and the mighty boob. Known to most babies as feeding factories and to men as play toys, they are also this years greatest Facebook accessory.#handonboob

Brought to you today by LLBlog girls, Dina and Ollie

Jan 22
The Latest Facebook Accessories
Jan 15

A look at LL in 2013.  Can’t wait for another year of pictures!

Fashion will never die…Well, will never die as long as people insist on wearing clothes. I insist on wearing clothes and also insist on being apart of the greater movement of fashion. I’m a fan of the short skirt. I am a fan of the sequined shoe. I am a fan..well I am a fan of anything with a thread and a needle that passes for fashion these days (well except for leggings since everyone is doing it and because I wear leggings every single day of my life!!). I love the dapper man.  I love art. These are a few of my favorite things!

-Ollie

Bubble Gum and Big bubbles…because they are just dope. (photo courtesy weheartit.com

The Short Short and the Long Legs. Not many can pull this look off which is why it is coveted.

The jean top tied at the bottom. Again a look that can’t be duplicated many times although many will try.

The long sparkly necklaces

A short short skirt in the dead of winter that passes for winter clothes because there’s tights and a long shirt.

And finally, the compete montage of shappy chic. I could never pull this off. But I love it none the less.  What’s your Heart it?

Jan 15
Fashion: Things we Heart
These girls are officially “my shit.” When I say “my shit” I mean my wake up in the morning and dance around in my leg warmers and head band kinda shit. I mean I wish I were running though a forest with sand on the ground and glitter falling from the sky, whatever that means. Either way, I command you to go look at their site and see what they and their music is about. It’s worth a listen if you’re into the electro-80’s slightly fun movement that is. Make this happen before you jump on your deathbed (though I’m sure you will be doing little jumping once you meet your death).

http://haimtheband.com/

xox Ollie
Jan 9

These girls are officially “my shit.” When I say “my shit” I mean my wake up in the morning and dance around in my leg warmers and head band kinda shit. I mean I wish I were running though a forest with sand on the ground and glitter falling from the sky, whatever that means. Either way, I command you to go look at their site and see what they and their music is about. It’s worth a listen if you’re into the electro-80’s slightly fun movement that is. Make this happen before you jump on your deathbed (though I’m sure you will be doing little jumping once you meet your death).

http://haimtheband.com/

xox Ollie

Be there or be square.  The single most beautiful thing happening in Tulsa for artists to showcase their awesome work! Dina will be there! Ollie will also be there doing on the spot portraits for only $5.00 a print! That’s a deal!
Jan 9

Be there or be square.  The single most beautiful thing happening in Tulsa for artists to showcase their awesome work! Dina will be there! Ollie will also be there doing on the spot portraits for only $5.00 a print! That’s a deal!

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note from editor: photo credit for first and second image (concert scene) are taken directly from Paper Route’s fan page and can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/paperroute

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Lucy sat anxiously, beer in one hand, camera in the other, waiting for this much anticipated Nashville-based band to take to the stage of Tulsa’s ever so popular, Houston’s Fitgerald.  The crowd, mixed with a multitude of colors and creations that gathered out of the corners of existence, got incredibly louder as the time drew near for Paper Route to perform. Lucy was ready…ready to report.

Paper Route is JT Daly, Chad Howat, Gavin McDonald, Joshua Orr and Nick Aranda.  This year, so far, they have toured with bands like Anberlin and Imagine Dragons.  If one word had to be used to describe this band, it would be “gratitude.”  Lucy, concert guru and contributing head hancho of Looky Lu,  had the opportunity to see these guys first hand when they played the Fitzgerald and said that “these guys never left the stage without expressing their gratitude for the fans they have in the world. They remembered me after only one time of meeting them!!”  What many have observed is their willingness to “stick around after shows to meet new and old fans” and to show their loyalty by signing autographs, shaking hands, and kissing babies.  Maybe not so much on the last part, but you know what we mean.

The bands popularity has not just exploded because of their loyalty to their fans, but also because of the mutual loyalty of their fan base. Their fans have been known to “orchestrate Christmas gifts or other surprises to include letters and photos.”  When they receive these gifts, they actually take the time to personally thank everyone involved.  That’s a far cry from the Justin Biebers and Britney Spears of this generation.

But enough about their generosity, let’s talk about the music.  If you had to describe their sound, one might say Paper Route is Band of Horses getting cracked out on the Get-up Kids then drinking a glass of U2…or you could simply say eclectic. But, that wouldn’t be enough.  Each member of this band brings something exceptionally unique to the table.  They are multifaceted.  They are variety personified.

Lucy did it great when she described each member:

The first member of Paper Route I ever met was Joshua Orr, who plays guitar and percussion for the band.  Once an architect by trade, he now is a self-proclaimed guitarchitect.

JT Daly, lead vocalist for Paper Route, is a man of his word. The very lyrics he uses in every song are a testament to his life, in living motion. His songs are filled with passion, love, and hope.  Many of the conversations I’ve had with JT  have surrounded the act of being in love or tragic stories of love lost.  He is the music he creates. Interesting Fact: Not only is JT a skilled percussionist and pianist, he also boasts the awesome talent of canvas art.

Known as the most reserved member of the group, Chad Howat  is the bass and piano player for Paper Route.  He uses his multifaceted background to help and mentor many musicians in the Nashville area.

And how can we forget the man behind the drums, Gavin McDonald.  Oddly enough, this drummer is usually the first one to be spotted at each show. Why, one might ask? Well, because he’s usually the one manning the merchandise booth. Point me in that direction por favor!

This band’s roster just keeps on going.  Nick Aranda, another touring member, is the newest addition to the band’s guitar sections.  His rhythmic guitar doubles as bass when Chad is playing another instrument.

As we said, variety personified. Gratitude. Loyalty.  What more could you ask for from a group of attractive men playing instruments effectively with Jedilike mastery. Ok..maybe that’s a bit over the top. 

Check Paper route out and go buy their album at www.paperrouteonline.com

 

Sep 20
Paper Route: Musical Mastery

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Nerve Trigger is Steven Davison and Steven Davison is Nerve Trigger. It can be said in no other way.  It is the product of a journey of many years and the creation from the ashes of voluntary exile: a hiatus from music so to speak. And that journey, more specifically, is what led Steven Davison right back to making music…his own music.

Nerve Trigger wasn’t a fly-by-night project. It was a carefully planned route of execution with such stair steps as The Quickening, which Davison played in prior to Nerve Trigger, and Sever the Masses.  If you took the stairs back even further, you’d see that Davison wasn’t bred from some large coastal city. He got his start in Coweta, Oklahoma.  This is hard to believe when you look at the barber/tattoo artist with his manicured hair and decorated arms. First thought: he looks like he stepped out of GQ magazine-not some small town in Middle America.  At 13, Davison picked up the guitar and played it for the next three years until he moved to Tulsa around age 16.  He started playing the drums, in high school, after jamming with guys he met shortly after changing high schools.   His first band, however, wouldn’t come until he was about 19…and that band was Rook. Rook was a start for many including Matt McCann  Jocelyn Rowland, former front lady of the heavy metal band, now the member of the nationally touring band, We The Ghost.

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Following Rook, Davison joined Sever the Masses then My Dead X.  My Dead X was born from a night of brainstorming and random idea tossing that led to the eventual catchy name.  Following My Dead X, Davison played for Mercy Street.  Mercy Street’s success could be likened to that of a shooting star.  It was a good band, but because of creative differences, fell apart as quickly as it began.

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Fast forwarding many months later comes Nerve Trigger. Nerve Trigger was born in Florida.  Nerve Trigger was a few months of simply Steven .  It  was ONLY Steven Davison.  It started first as a guitar.  Then it became a guitar and a voice. After the dissolution of Mercy Street and a short stint with the Quickening, Davison took a short hiatus from band play and left his native Oklahoma to live in Florida.  At this home, he built a small studio and began recording a demo, first as solace then as project. He was alone down there with very few distractions in a town a few miles outside of Jacksonville with only his guitar and computer. Then one day, he “decided bravely to start singing on the song.” Davison knew he was a drummer, but the guitar was, in fact, his first instrument. For months, he recorded demos for what would be Nerve Triggers first album. Then, he came off of hiatus, returned to Tulsa, and began putting his band together.

Why his band? It’s his music and as Davison so eloquently put it, “if I don’t own it, it’s not mine…play it like it is or don’t play it at all.” Davison has essentially returned from an awakening and formed his band in his own image. He is hardly sanctimonious about the project. He’s just forward, methodical, and true to the sound he created. His band is still not a full hand, only having a drummer, guitar, and bass.  He’s still auditioning musicians for guitar, essentially waiting on the one diamond to make this hand complete. The musicians he has picked, all writing musicians, have used the past months to learn the his demos while adding a bit of their own style to the pieces while still remaining true to the original. They have essentially taken Davison’s music and made it their own while keeping Davison’s creativity intact.

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Sep 5
Who is Steven Davison?

Cold War Kids released their latest album “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” on April 2nd of this year.  Hit single “Miracle Mile” was an obvious hit  at their concert at Tulsa’s own Cain’s Ballroom.  And, of course,  “Hang me out to Dry” was the sing-a-long song of the concert! Cold War Kids put on a great performance.   Looking forward to the next time they come back into Tulsa!! 

Sep 4
Cold War Kids Invade Tulsa

"Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next… “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice…"

- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Sep 1