Alan Taffel

165 Flips | 1 Magazine | 24 Likes | 10 Following | 46 Followers | @ideafactory1 | Alan is an author, Emmy-winning TV producer/writer/director, guitarist, & golfer who will never play like Clapton & has never shot a hole in one.

The Ultimate NYC Bucket List

New York City itself is a bucket-list destination. But simply arriving at J.F.K. (or visiting Times Square) isn't enough to check the city off your …

Times Square

Omarosa Claims Donald Trump Grabs & Kisses Women In the White House Anywhere, Anytime’

Considering how so many women accused candidate Donald Trump of sexual harassment, it’s no surprise that Omarosa claims he still continues ‘grab’ and …

Donald Trump

Trump duped or worse in fundraiser speech to fake veterans group

Rachel Maddow<p>Prosecution rests in Manafort trial, some questions linger<p>07:24<p>Mueller gets 'protective order' on George Papadopoulos …

Penn Jillette Claims Trump ‘Apprentice’ Tapes Are Real, Accuses POTUS Of Saying ‘Racially Insensitive’ Things

Despite a recent statement from President Donald Trump that claimed he had been assured by <i>The Apprentice</i> creator Mark Burnett that there are no tapes …

Donald Trump

Penn Jillette on Magic and the Alleged Trump Celebrity Apprentice Tapes

The long and successful career of Penn Jillette, the bigger half (physically and personality-wise) of the magic duo Penn & Teller, itself constitutes …

David Copperfield

Google is probably tracking you — here's how to limit it

TODAY investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen demonstrates the steps to take to limit Google's ability to track your location.<p>Is Google following your every move?<p>As it turns out, even when you opt to limit Google's ability to track your location when using its search function or apps, some of your …

Android Phones

Trump White House issues anti-LGBT ‘freedom to discriminate’ directive

The Trump White House has issued a directive giving federal contractors free range to discriminate against LGBT+ people.<p>There is no federal law …

LGBTQI

15 songs you never knew were meant for other artists

And now you know!<p>It’s impossible to imagine anyone but Her Majesty Britney Spears singing <i>Baby One More Time</i>, but, if you can believe it, the 90s banger was originally meant for TLC. In fact, it made the rounds of some familiar pop names, being roundly rejected before the stars aligned and Britney …

Music

After the Trump Tower Meeting with the Russians, Either Donald Trump Jr. or President Donald Trump Lied

On the first Sunday in August, President Donald Trump was up early and tweeting.<p>“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned …

Donald Trump

Guitar basics: funk rhythm guitar

<b>Improve your rhythm skills whatever style of music you’re into as we take a look at some funk essentials...</b><p><b>“Why do I need to learn funk guitar?”</b><p>Funk …

Electric Guitar

1961 Holiday House Geographic Model X Trailer Comes Straight Out of Futureland

If you’ve ever been to Futureland, then you might recognize the design aesthetics of the 1961 Holiday House Geographic Model X Trailer. The movement …

Vintage

15 Ideas For Amazing Sequels To All Your Favorite Movies Growing Up

We should be running a studio TBH.

How to Never Run Out of Licks Again

Learning other people's licks is great, not to mention essential, as pretty much everyone reading this sentence can attest.<p>But, according to guitar …

Electric Guitar

Toxic Red Tide: What’s Causing Florida’s Algae Crisis?

By Karl Havens, <i>University of Florida</i><i>Editor’s note: Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida are killing fish and threatening public health. Along</i> …

Florida

How To Adjust (Set) Pickup Height on a Telecaster for ULTIMATE TELE TONE!

I recently composed a blog in response to an email from one of my pickup affectionados in Germany asking a question that I realized is of ULTIMATE …

Guitar

The 25 Best Road Trip Songs to Keep Everyone in the Car Happy

Nothing beats windows down, music blasting, and zero complaints from the passenger seat.<p>Rule No. 1 of any road trip I’ve been on is: "The driver is in charge of the music.” If you’re relinquishing the opportunity to sleep, eat, and read, you can at least captain the tunes along with the car. But …

Music

How to Solo on Just One String

Add excitement and something different to your guitar playing arsenal with single-string soloing.

Guitar

Misty – Chord Melody & Solo Studies

Misty is a great jazz ballad composed by piano player Errol Garner. He first recorded Misty as an isntrumental on his album Contrasts (1955). Later, …

Electric Guitar

N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’: 12 Things You Didn’t Know

Gangsta rap was already a growing genre when N.W.A released their full-length debut, <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, but none of the group’s peers inspired …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Three Tips for Jamming

Jamming is a great way to work on your improvisational skills, hone your chops working with other musicians (rather than a metronome or rhythm …

Guitar

Seinfeld Is Reviewing The Diners From ‘Comedians In Cars’ And They’re Gold Jerry! Gold!

It can be argued that in making a show about nothing, <i>Seinfeld</i> was, in essence, about everything. Though that tag-line was always bit of marketing speak — setting <i>Seinfeld</i> apart from its 90’s contemporaries — Jerry Seinfeld never quite gave up on deconstructing tried and true formats. When he was …

Comedy

The Beatles Rap in New York

On August 22, 1966, the Beatles flew into New York and gave two press conferences at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street. Asked their opinions on …

George Harrison

Faith and Begorrah! Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Cast Of ‘Better Call Saul’

One of the best series on television returns this week when <i>Better Call Saul</i> debuts on AMC Monday night. The timeline this season is expected to collide with that of <i>Breaking Bad</i> while also introducing a character from <i>Breaking Bad</i> that we’ve never seen. It’s been four seasons (and the show has …

TV

Frank Zappa: How The Hungry Freak Turned DIY Pioneer

Bandleader, songwriter, composer, producer, record-company-owner and potential President… <b>Frank Zappa</b> was all of these. He was also one of the first …

Frank Zappa

Republicans’ hypocrisy on racism

Right-wing commentators had a field day last week with the news that Sarah Jeong, a young Korean American hired to write about technology for the New York Times editorial board, had a history of attacking “white people” on Twitter. She was predictably pilloried as a racist by the usual suspects — …

Donald Trump

Bahaman Folk Guitar: Music from the Bahamas, Vol. 1

<b>New vinyl reissues remastered from the original 1958 master tapes, packaged in classic Folkways-style tip-on jackets with original liner …

Guitar

Inside Trump's summer playground

Since last summer, Trump's staff have changed their philosophy on his vacation. When Trump unwound last year at his Bedminster golf club or at his …

Donald Trump

The 14 best things to do in Maine

Best things to do in Maine<p>1<p>Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ian C.<p>Pemaquid Point Lighthouse<p><b>What is it:</b> The most photographed lighthouse in the state.<p><b>Why go:</b> …

New England

Top 15 Best Natural Wonders in the USA – Page 5

Dry Tortugas<p>Strung out across the sparking waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dry Tortugas are a group of seven small islands known for their stunning …

National Parks

Peep Shows, STD Scams, and Freak Shows: Inside the Bowery’s Bad Old Days

In the so-called dime museums that lined the Bowery in the post-Civil War Big Apple, you could everything from bearded ladies to ‘cures’ for venereal …

Museums