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Site & Video du Jour 03/07

Website of the Day – (for the city’s election info and results) https://elect.hamiltontn.gov/​ Video of the Day – “Steady Rollin’ Man” (soundtrack from Robert Johnson, “Goin’ to Chattanoogie” by The Bice Family)MORE

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Side and Vid du Jour 03/02

website of the day – we pretty much dodged a bullet yesterday.  everyone should have a preparedness kit.  period. https://chattready.org video of the day – Casa del Jefe en El Stormo – time-lapse of the slow roll-in of the long-dreaded storm system that rolled over our region/state on Wednesday, 3/1/17.  The battery dies, though, before it…MORE

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Video & Site du Jour 03/01

video of the day our neighbor’s badass, self-dug/built storm shelter (took a tour with Caleb, who’s out of school tomorrow and will be riding the storm’s out up here on the mountain).   websites of the day – it’s all about the weather. http://www.wrcbtv.com/weather – it’s their map http://www.chattready.org  MORE

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Video du Jour 02/27

After watching the Oscars…can you make a visually interesting bit of eye-candy about virtually “nothing” at all? I believe the answer is an obvious, hell, yeah! One Night’s Ride – nothing more than me heading down the mountain to go see a concert with my grandson (beautiful sunset) and heading back home with a major…MORE

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The Week That Was – Riverbend (and other life lived)

The video referenced heavily in today’s “FRED the Show”: The Week that Was – Riverbend (and other life lived) 6/10-18/2016 (the first, daytime snake footage is about 1:50…the second, weird one at night is about 5:30)MORE

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Video du Jour 11/17

Video of the day – “Fall’s A’ight!” – just a little reminder that, even with the heat and drought and fires and dust…that Autumn is still a wonderful season and probably the most beautiful of all.MORE

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Site & Video du Jour 11/11

Website du Jour: The Simpsons predicted Trump would be president 16 years ago: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/simpsons-writer-why-predicted-donald-9230649   Video du Jour: Updated Pictures from the Brushfires on Mowbray and Signal Mountains – November 10, 2016 Due to safety concerns, the HCSO is aware that several areas affected by wildfires today were closed off to the media. In an…MORE

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Video du Jour 11/3 & Reunion

No, you’re not having deja vu and nobody’s made a mistake.  This video, dubbed “Reunion”, was “Video of the Day” back in the heat of the summer.  It features my three best friends for years and the buds that I spent an entire summer (1980) driving across the continent without once sleeping in a bed. …MORE

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Video du Jour 10/26

brand new video of me longboarding from top of hill where Kelly Subaru is…to halfway down Brainerd.  On purpose.  3 1/2 hours.  This last Tuesday.  One minute long. older classic virtuoso video of my longboarding adventuresMORE

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Video du Jour 10/19

Cumberland Island #1 – my son is better at this than me.  no joke.  here are two takes on what HE shot of the Island before Hurricane Matthew blew us home.   C.I. #2 –MORE

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Video du Jour 10/18

16 minutes of the 11/3/92 show on WGOW-AM…a fresh-faced Jeff Styles taking on the Clinton haters of 24 years ago. Enjoy!  MORE

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Video du Jour 10/10

Day Before Paradise Lost – A four night family holiday on Cumberland Island National Seashore the first week of October.  Temps dropping a bit.  Got one of the rare, easily accessible “Sea Camp” sites (only 12 on the entire island) What could possibly go wrong? Anyone who knows my history with bizarre weather…Hurricanes in particular…can…MORE

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Video du Jour 8/24: Robyn’s House

A quick musical tour of the two brand new, massive old homes in FortWood…opened for rental opportunities just in time for UTC’s “Back to School” housing rush!MORE

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Vid & Site du Jour 7/26

video of the day – Summer’s Just Purdy Sometimes website of the day – for the permanent Medal of Honor museum in Chatt., tn. http://www.ilovecoolidgepark.comMORE

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Vid & Site du Jour 7/14

website of the day – http://www.machfuels.com  –  local dude with alternative fuels company is setting off Saturday for a 5 day trip, using 5 alternative fuels (for the “Fallen 5” on the first anniversary of the terrorist attack) is driving from here to San Francisco.   video of the day – :30 t.v. spot/promo for…MORE

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Vid & Website du Jour 7/13

website of the day – blacklivesmatter.com ****************************************************************** video of the day – The loose but lovely short video of the unveiling of the Lee Highway Memorial to Chattanooga’s “Fallen Five”, featuring the Cody McCarver song, “I’m America”:MORE

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Vid & Website du Jour 7/12

website du jour: http://www.mygasbuddy.com – Chattanooga has the 5th cheapest gas of any city in America   video of the day – Tim Kelly has loaned my a brand new 360 degree “go pro”-STYLE camera…not the brand name…for shooting down at their Friday appearances at “Nightfall” for later use.  Had some fun with it during…MORE

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VIDEO: The Week that Was – Riverbend 2016

The Week that Was – Riverbend (and other live lived), 6/10-18/2016: sorry for the tardiness this year.  but I just didn’t have the energy to get it done right on the heels of the event this year.  the reason is summed up quite nicely in the theme song, The Cure’s “Hot, Hot, Hot!”:    MORE

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Jeff’s annual list of Riverbend acts you don’t want to miss!

** – Must NOT Miss! Friday- 6/10 – 6:30 – ZZ Ward (funky pop led by attractive young lady with an all-black R&B band) – Coke Stage 8pm – The Mantras (world music) – Unum Stage 9:30 – Stooges Brass Band – ” Saturday- 6/11 – Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice – Coke 8pm –…MORE

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UFO – Unidentified Floating Object

Saw this odd object glinting in the sunlight from a bridge out in the middle of nowhere in Sequatchie County…halfway between Dunlap and Whitwell.  You’ll see it at the end of this short video and we REALLY DO want to figure out what the hell it is.  I slapped a couple of shots onto the…MORE

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Video: JazzFest, Bourbon Street & Voodoo Krewe in the 9th

This video, though not long, comes in three parts…a) Rebecca’s first trip to New Orleans means an immediate stop at Bourbon Street, b) Mostly still shots of the “NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival”, which was the reason for going in the first place…video is of crowd at main stage, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Galactic (underlying…MORE

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Website/Video du Jour 4/19

List of conspiracy theories surrounding April 19-20:  (Waco, Ruby Ridge, Columbine, Hitler’s Birthday, Oklahoma City bombing)  http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread453082/pg1   Fire at Waco and final coverage of standoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtKWy8jlTXw&ebc=ANyPxKq9eQVi2NzLXRvHjg9Prma-8G_UfMsQPAv2PumHEPQPjQYZQjCl6f_n01LAn0digOJI3SmkJtBsij5Ub8y41ddXJASjRQMORE

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Website and Video du Jour 4/18

website of the day – the science of rogue waves (rogue wave responsible for the death of Dr. Bill Moore-Smith’s 26 year old son in Oregon) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rogue-waves-ocean-energy-forecasting/ video of the day –  CPD officer prevents woman’s suicide on Market St. Bridge, Saturday night (dashboard video) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/18/dramatic-dashcam-video-shows-chattanooga-officer-pulling-woman-from-brink-of-death/MORE

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Daily Video 4/8 – The Last Hootenany

After nearly two decades of putting on shows as small and cool and cozy as “The Back Porch Hootenany” series…to the awe-inspiring, ahead-of-its-time, superstar marquis lineups of the epic “Harvest Fests” (Umphrey’s McGee, Bob Weir’s “Ratdog”, John Prine, moe., Railroad Earth and so many more), Thomas “T-Dawg” Helland has finally hung up his part-time promoter…MORE

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Video: 200 Mile Club Easter Egg #5

In honor of visiting “free climbing” legend, Alex Honnold…here are a few sights/scenes from a popular spot for those who love to “rock out”. Take a pic or snippet of video and tag it onto the “Wild Trails” FB page or website, and possibly win 15-20 minutes of free PR/Marketing for your favorite charity or…MORE

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Video: Hypsnowtized

Many of the scenes contained in this video are perfect visual examples of a new word that we’re feeling forced to add to the English vocabulary. How long we’ve survived as a nation and a people residing in the seasonal northern hemisphere is a mystery. The visual effect, mesmerizing and tranquil, chaotic collisions of sub-atomic…MORE

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How El Jefe’s staying warm…

New doors from Nothgate Doors, of course! Front and back…inside and out. Jefe’s house has been 50% warmer AT LEAST, simply by installing these doors and cutting down on draft from under and around the old ones. Solid, safe, beautiful. Front door view from inside: Back door view from inside:  MORE

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Hypsnowsis Defined!

this is an example of the optical effect that eventually has an effect on anyone driving/walking directly into a steady snowfall. we’ve dubbed the effect:  “Hypsnowsis” and after suffering for a sustained period of time, one will begin to develop a multi-symptom syndrome known as:    “Flurrmuration” tomorrow’s daily video will be a compilation of snow…MORE

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200 Mile Club Easter Egg #4, 2/9/16

Find this visual “icon” (easily recognizable item/viewpoint) on one of Chattanooga’s THOUSANDS of miles of walking/biking/running/trails…as well as popular climbing and paddling spots…take a picture of the “can’t miss it”, outdoor explorer’s “Easter Egg”(selfie or not), and post it onto the FaceBook page of “wildtrails.org.” Once a week, during the initial three months of the launch…MORE

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El Jefe’s Back Deck Reno

These are the Before and After shots of my back deck following the work done Friday by Chad Ratto of Creekside Closets! BEFORE: AFTER:MORE

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Daily Video 1/29: 200 Mile Club Easter Egg #3

“The 100 Mile Club’s THIRD ‘Easter Egg”, redeemed for free promotional time for your favorite charity! Find this visual “icon” (easily recognizable item/viewpoint) on one of Chattanooga’s THOUSANDS of miles of walking/biking/running/trails…as well as popular climbing and paddling spots…take a picture of the “can’t miss it”, outdoor explorer’s “Easter Egg”(selfie or not), and post it…MORE

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National Geographic does it again

This  is a rapid sequence of excellent animal & wildlife photos .   Don’t blink because  you might miss something special . In the last picture, you come “eyeball-to-eyeball” with a Tiger!MORE

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Viral Video: Tweren’t Nary a Reason Fur it!

This is the first time I’ve ever put together a video with NO theme, no REASON for existence, not topical thread running through it at all. I’t’s almost 100% pure eye-candy…just random, half-way inspired or (hopefully) inspiring video clips, intentionally kept random.  And it’s all set to one of my favorite live tunes (“Smiling Like…MORE

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Video d’Jour – Chattanooga 5 Memorial Unveiling

Below is full verbiage of the memorial statement of the unveiling of the permanent Lee Highway Memorial to the “Chattanooga 5” – and the music video using Cody McCarver’s song, “I’m America” as soundtrack July 16th, 2015, 10:45am. A vicious attack on local military recruiting stations. The heartbreaking tally after a day of senseless violence? Five Dead.…MORE

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Video d’Jour: Riverfront Nights

Our usual montage of sounds and images from the free Saturday night concert series on Chattanooga’s 21st Century Waterfront….”Riverfront Nights”…is replaced this week by a more somber look at the flag ceremony and other rituals connected to the tragic, unthinkable shooting deaths of 5 members of our Armed Forces 3 weeks ago this Thursday. Today,…MORE

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Now, THAT was a storm!

to all weather watchers, i’m with you.  fascinating stuff. to all storm-chasers, you mystify me. as promised, here’s the storm video from yesterday…about 5pm-ish.  i was, approximately/directly under the 35,000 foot high thunderhead that jetliners had to go around.MORE

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Video: Nothin’ to see here, move along

Like “Seinfeld”, the t.v. show “about nothing”…this video is something i’ve been thinking about doing for a long time.  and i ended up with about ten hours of good, beautiful, striking, interesting video of completely disparate, disconnected images left over with nowhere to go but another, similar video in the near future..basically, it’s just eye-candy…MORE

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Celebrating a Quarter Century of Life and Living it Right – Styles’ Style

Lucas turned 25 on Monday.  On Tuesday he took one of the best tandem hanggliding flights I’ve ever witnessed with Clark Harlow at Henson’s Gap, home of the legendary “Tennessee TreeToppers”. Stayed aloft, on a beautiful, breezy day, for about 35 minutes and soared to about 800 feet over launch.  (2,300 feet over valley floor)…MORE

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Exploring the Buxton Tract Preview

(See the full video at: http://riverauction.com/property-video/) For those who’ve been hearing about the big land auction coming up later this month (980 acres of hardwoods, pine thickets, marshlands/wetlands, natural lakes, surprisingly tall hillocks and knobs, meadows, grasslands and MILES of riverfront), here’s a little something that will help you wrap your brain around why it’s…MORE

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“Mariah”

“Mariah” – As in, “…they call the wind, ‘Mariah’”…that old Western song from some old Cowboy movies.  It’s about the wind and why it affects us the way it does.  First of my videos I’ve ever “narrated”.MORE

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“The Big Freeze”

“The Big Freeze” – One of two videos taken during this winter’s bizarre weather.  One’s mostly country.  The other mostly city.MORE

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“Mountain-Human Chain”

“Mountain-Human Chain” – Recorded during my solo vacation to Pigeon Forge.  People came to the mountains for natural beauty…but needed other stuff to do while there.  Then, the “other stuff” became the main reason for most folks to visit.  I’m going to continue to work on this one and enter it into a film fest. …MORE

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“‘Bending 2014”

“‘Bending 2014” – highlights of last year’s festival…including proof that the EDM show DID indeed attract a sizeable crowd…which some of the old-school staffers (including that stage manager refused to admit because they “don’t think it’s real music”)MORE

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“Forecastle Festival 2013″

“Forecastle Festival” 2013 – ‘Elementary Music Festival Test’ / If this looks like the kind of thing you’d like…by all means GO to one.  If not…save your money, relationship and sanity and stay home.MORE

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“Local Hero Entry”

“My First ‘Local Hero’ Entry” – used it to show folks that even technophobic old folks like me can produce a decent video given a little time and some coaching.  won for ‘Best Use of Music’MORE

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“Jefe and Beccar Do Belize”

“Jefe and Beccar Do Belize” – hi-def, modern “vacation slide show” of our long delayed “honeymoon”.  but I used music to show the “mystery and inherent alien nature…even dangerous aspect of that part of the world, instead of the usual Buffet-esque/steel drum music.MORE

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“Epic Fails”

“Epic Fails” – to prove to some critics that I was only producing and sharing these things due to typical, media-type egocentric narsicism.  I noted to them, that I rarely even appear in the videos…then shared this series of screw-ups…resulting in my most “liked” video, shared with the public, up till that time.MORE

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“Cause It’s Fun When You Do It Right!”

“Cause It’s Fun When You Do It Right!” – the answer to the most asked question from folks who see me paddling on big water…or longboarding…always hitting a peak when i’m spotted “mountain boarding”…at the age of 54.MORE

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“Back to the Island”

(Cumberland) – family vacation to my favorite place on the planet…Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia on the Florida line.  (and St. Mary’s, the small coastal town that serves as home to the single ferry that delivers campers to and from the wilderness area)  MORE

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“Long Slow Daydream”

“Long Slow Daydream” – mostly me and my sons…who are as different as night and day it shows in their paddling styles…both of which are excellent.MORE

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“Dangerous Waters”

 simple, no-soundtrack, visualization of just how fast shallow “playground” waters can turn deadly.  Followed the drowning of two inner city kids…resulting in an on-air tirade by yours truly against ANYone older than 6 NOT being able to swim.  Tired of the excuses…including ‘racism’…I attracted both praise and condemnation for my words AND the production of…MORE

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“Homeless Camps”

According to the local “Homeless Coalition”, there was a minimum of $10,000 raised directly due to the public’s viewing of this video.  One of the first MAJOR videos I’d done for any reason beyond pure “fun”…I hadn’t even learned how to “ride gain” or moderate the volume of the natural sound on camera and the…MORE

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Pre-Earthquake Nepal Pics

An old hang gliding buddy of Jefe’s spend much of the fall in Nepal, teaching at a friend’s paragliding facility in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here are some pre-Earthquake pics. Even then, he worried about an event like this…”Earthquake resistance or lack of was my first thought when I saw the construction techniques. Hand…MORE

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Site/Vid du Jour 6/12

Site/Vid du Jour 6/12

website of the day – The local LGBTQ community’s Candlelight Vigil will be held tonight at City Hall at 7:30pm.  This is their organization’s main site. https://www.cityofequality.org/ video of the day – Tn. woman caught on video, releasing her kids from a car dog crate.  She’s facing charges.  https://twitter.com/FOXNashville/status/1005971200059887619

Site/Vid du Jour 6/6

Site/Vid du Jour 6/6

video – phone camera footage of massive flooding at Nantahala Outdoor Center.  This is video of death in fast water.   twin sites – riverbendfestival.com riverfrontnights.com   2nd video – My son’s epic adventure in China/Mongolia produced 18 Go Pro videos.  This one concentrates solely on the mind-blowing light show he attended.