Harry Potter Facebook Timeline Profile Cover Photos (High Quality)

This is a yet to be finished collection of Facebook Cover Photos for its Timeline Profile layout. There will be over 200 cover photos by the time I’m done, which I hope will be about March 5th. Please come back for more once in a while. After all, you can only use one at a time on your Facebook profile. 🙂

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142 Harry Potter Movies Backgrounds for Blackberries and HTC (480×360 pixels)

These backgrounds are 480 x 360 pixels in size, suitable for Blackberries and some HTC smart phone models.

To get the backgrounds, please:

  • Click on an image to see it full size.
  • Right click and choose Download or download in whatever ways your browser does.

You’re on your own to put it on your iPhone, iTouch, iPod Touch or Palm Pre, I’m afraid, cause I can’t justify the need for me to spend money on one so I haven’t got a clue how to do it!

Please click here for other theme wallpapers for iPhones, iTouch, iPod Touch, Palm Pre and Blackberry Bold 9000s.

Other Harry Potter graphics on this blog:

While you’re decorating your iPhone or other cell phones, redo your voice mail with a singing message if you don’t have to worry about getting professionals calling you.

Credits: The illustrations were originally done by Gemma Wilson, aka Snapesnogger on Fanart and DeviantArt.

Congratulations to Denise Robson and Rami Bardeesy on Outstanding 114th Boston Marathon Finishes!

I’m proud to share that my friend, Denise Robson of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, won the Women’s Masters Division (40 and over) at the Boston Marathon today! She also placed first among women in the 40-44 year old category, obviously… and she’s got an elite athlete profile (link above). How cool is that!!!

Denise ran a 2:43:16, her best Boston time by 2 minutes. That translates to a rocking 6:14/mile pace. She passed half way in 1:19:55, with a slight positive split for the second half containing Heartbreak Hill. The 41 year old Mother of three daughters placed 282nd overall among over 26,000 runners, was the 24th woman to finish, and 9th fastest Canadian in the field.

The top Canadian finisher in the field is also a friend of mine, Rami Bardeesy, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He ran his 9th consecutive fastest Boston marathon in 2:27:22, 59 seconds faster than his previous fastest that was last year. That was good enough for 48th overall and 46th among men. This was also a personal best for Rami, who was an agonizing 1 second from going under 2:28 in Sacramento at the California International Marathon in 2008. He sure righted that today! And on such a tough course as Boston, too!

We Nova Scotians sure had a great showing this year! Not just at the top but also among the more than 100 runners who headed down. Other notable performances at the top included:

  • Harry Neynens in 2:49:36 (from Enfield)
  • Ray Moorehead in 2:50:55 (from Dartmouth, who had trashed talked Denise on Facebook about finishing 3rd among Nova Scotians behind Rami and him… now for all the world to see),
  • Shawn Deleu in 2:53:49 (Halifax)
  • David Holder in 2:56:32 (Bedford)
  • Leah Jabbour in 2:59:48 (Bedford)
  • David Nevitt in 3:04:03 (Dartmouth, who is now heading to Big Sur to do the crazy double marathon in less than 1 week this coming Sunday!)

Sadly, I had to defer Boston this year.

For their victories, Denise earned a smashing $10,000 and Rami got  $2,500, respectively! Cha-ching!

Which ain’t as good as the bling, I am sure!

I’m also friends with all these fast runners. It’s almost sad to run 3:12 or 3:10 and be a turtle among fast friends.  🙂

Congratulations to them all, and others, on a fabulous race!

As for the absolute finishers, 20 year old Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot from Kenya won in a course record 2:05:52. That netted him $150,000 and $25,000 for the record. Interestingly enough, he had smashed a record held by another but unrelated Robert Cheruiyot, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, in 2006, by 82 seconds.

Shall we call these boys Cheruiyots of fire?

You’d think with a name like Robert Cheruiyot, and being an elite marathon runner, nobody would ever confuse you with anybody else, eh? Tough luck!

Among the top men, second went to Tekeste Kebede from Ethiopia. He was 91 seconds behind, with Deriba Merga, the defending champion, coming third in 2:08:39.

Among the elite women, Teyba Erkesso from Ethiopia was top at 2:26:11. It was a sprint to the finish, though, beating Russia’s Tatyana Pushkareva by just 3 seconds. Ouch! Teyba also won $150,000 with the gender equality in prize money being given by the Boston Marathon.

Well done, everyone! I hope to be in the action next spring!

Please click here for a complete race summary.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.5

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206 Twilight and New Moon Wallpapers (1280 x 1024 pixels)

For some reason, I forgot to include a set of Twilight and New Moon Wallpapers for 1280 x 1024 pixel monitor sizes among the sets I had previously made for other monitor sizes. It’s a popular monitor size, so I hope some people will find these to their liking.

If you have a monitor other than 1280 x 1024 pixels, I hope you have one of these other monitor sizes

Please click here for other Twilight and New Moon products, graphics and posts on this site, including:

  • Backgrounds for iPhones, Blackberries and other handhelds
  • Facebook tagging memes
  • Photo sized cards (print like regular 6″ x 4″ photo)
  • Polls (related to Twilight Saga or their actors and actresses)
  • Posters (8″ x 12″ up to 20″ x 24″, most also printable as 6″ x 4″ photos)
  • Wallpapers for monitors of many sizes

Make your own customized screen saver from these Twilight and New Moon wallpapers.

Enjoy!

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My Video for The Lies of Handsome Men, sung by Margaret Whiting

Jack Wrangler & Margaret Whiting

Jan 2011 update:
Margaret Whiting passed away on Jan 10, 2011. It is sad, of course, but what a legacy she left us with, including the song in the video below written by Francesca Blumenthal in 1986. Rest in peace, Margaret.

At this time in 2009, I started building this blog as part of my year to learn about social media. In 2010, I am learning about multi-media and this is my first video. I should point out that like my study of social media, it’s about knowing its capabilities and potential more than the technical stuff, though a lot can be learned by doing hands-on technical stuff. It’s too bad all too many “boss” types in the world never really learn the details of things they “manage” from doing to appreciate the challenges and power of those things.

I used Windows Movie Maker to make this video, with its rather limited capabilities and features. I know it’s not a great video editing program, but I’ll get around to one soon enough. I created the images from Photoshop actions I made to save a lot of time and repetitive effort.

The idea for this video first came to me in the middle of 2009 when I wanted to social media share the 1986 song The Lies of Handsome Men, written by Francesca Blumenthal, sung by 1940s crooner Margaret Whiting in 1990 when she was 66! Thank you to Francesca for correcting my mistake in a comment below. What a beautiful song this is and I hope you’ve got more such songs in your repertoire, past and future!

In my opinion, Margaret’s version is the definitive version of the song. I haven’t heard anybody else sing it like it, and I love it when I find definitive versions of songs that just blow the rest of the versions away. What made the difference for me, as I later found out through research, was that Margaret had been involved in acting and she used those acting skills to put just a little more intonation and feeling into the song. I listened and I really believed she meant everything she said. Mind you, the way she ended up with a former gay porn star 20 years her junior while in her 50s for 33 years of her life (see notes near the end of the notes before the video), she’s a mighty fine actress to have convinced me she believed those lies when she obviously brushed them aside!

Usually, I can find what I want in music online on YouTube. However, there was no version of this song I could find anywhere to share so I penned it down as an idea for a video in 2010 when I would be focusing on learning multi-media. I thought of it as a simple project, to create a slide show video where the images would be male movie stars and musicians of an era past, in black and white.

Images were mostly from an amazing site of black and white movie portraits called Dr Macro’s High Quality Movie Scans. Portraits were so beautiful and noble back in those days! Order of the portrait tied the images to something in the lyrics as much as possible, albeit sometimes rather vague and sometimes without connection because it isn’t easy to have a limited collection to suit any old set of lyrics, you know! Names of subjects are at the bottom of this post.

I wanted to use past celebrities’ B&W portraits because they were more true to the song’s age and feel, as well as avoid all the people today created out of hype with faults yet to be found. The stars in the past have had their good and bad days and have their legacies pretty much written so they are more “timeless” since public opinion won’t likely change much on them any more.

Had I thought of this video in December, I might have gone after the images of the women of Tiger Woods. Hahaha!

But I can still dedicate it to them, can I not?

Alas, they ain’t got nothing on Margaret! On her fourth marriage, Margaret married a gay porn star 20 years her junior in the late Jack Wrangler (neé John Stillman), who eventually also came to do straight porn.

Ooops. Bad pun intended! 😉

According to Jack, this was how they met.

In 1976, Jack Wrangler met celebrated 1940s pop singer and film actress Margaret Whiting when she attended one of his one-man erotic shows in New York. As he later recalled, “I was with my manager when I looked over at Margaret, who was surrounded by five guys at a booth. ‘There she was with the hair, the furs and the big gestures. I thought, ‘Boy, now that’s New York! That’s glamour!’ I had to meet her.” A relationship developed. He was 33; she was 55. When Wrangler confided to Whiting that he was gay, her response was “only around the edges, dear.” The couple has never married. As Whiting told People magazine in 1987, “There’s no point in us getting married. We’re not having kids.”

Remember, Margaret Whiting made her debut as a crooner in the 1940s! Those women of Tiger Woods ain’t got nothin’ on her!

Margaret is still alive so far as I know. Jack passed away in April 2009 from emphysema after 40 years of smoking. Their picture together is the slide in the video.

Seems Margaret didn’t believe in the lies of handsome men if she convinced Jack to be her mate despite his openly gay declaration. 😉

Here is the video below. Please give constructive criticisms if you can afford the time. Thank you.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.1

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LYRICS

I believe in star signs
And I believe in film romances
I believe in in fantasy
And I believe with just one glance he’s
Crazy for my eyes
‘Cause I believe the lies
Of handsome men

I believe in witchcraft
And I believe in Cinderella
I believe in gypsies
And I believe I cast a spell that
Sends him to the skies
‘Cause I believe the lies
Of handsome men

Somewhere in a corner of my mind
I’m not a fool, completely blind
But even though he’s hooked me on his line
I find the pleasure has been mine

I believe in love songs,
They seem to know just what I’m feeling
I believe in Prince Charming
I never guess he’s double dealing
How my spirits rise
Believing in the lies
Of handsome men

Sometimes in a dark and quiet place
The truth and I meet face to face
And even if his Highness disappears
I keep some lovely souvenirs

So I believe in heroes
And I expect that happy ending
Wishing on some rainbow
I pretend he’s not pretending
Someday I’ll get wise
But right now I need the lies
Of handsome men

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STARRING
(in order of appearance, group by song verses)

Margaret Whiting

Bing Crosby, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Duke Ellington, Paul Newman, Basil Rathbone, Tony Curtis

Lex Barker, Gene Kelly, Rudolph Valentino, Cary Grant, Louis Armstrong, Robert Young, Elvis Presley

Rock Hudson, Humphrey Bogart, Ray Charles, Henry Fonda, Warner Baxter, John Wayne

Frank Sinatra, Gary Cooper, Rudolph Valentino, Rudolph and wife Natacha Rambova, Clark Gable, John Garrick, Ronald Reagan

Ralph Bellamy, Robert Montgomery, Buster Crabbe

Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Vincent Price, Sidney Poitier, Laurence Olivier, Johnny Mack Brown, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains

Muhammad Ali, Gene Autry, Fred Astaire, Joel McCrea, Vic Damone, Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood

Jack Wrangler and Margaret Whiting

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