Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rock My World by Mariah Rhoda

 

Like lightening you appeared
In my quiet life you showed
Like thunder my life you rocked
Now it's extra worth to be lived

Like an angel fallen from above
Shining your light with full love
Like a bird you musically whisper in my ear
After all those years i waited to hear
In my quiet life you appear
To rock my world

In my life now you are
In my life you will stay
My world you will rock
We will rock the world together
Friends we will remain forever






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Friday, December 13, 2013

Life is a mix of images and dreams


Mount Mushmore,
Carved to honor the U. S. presidents in Four,
Museums with guarded doors,
Made to display antiques and dinosaurs.



The Great Wall,
Built to fight a painful war,
The shopping mall,
Constructed to host business store.



The petting zoo,
Specialized to farm animals for kids cute,
The public school,
Supported by the government to educate kids, a tool.



I like concrete walls,
I love waterfalls,
I enjoy solid floors,
I fancy small animal print-paws,
I fear cold wars,
I avoid clinched jaws.
Domes, Homes,
They inspire me to write more poems.
Buildings, fortress, and memorial constructions,
They produce consumer productions.




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Monday, November 25, 2013

Sophie Edington: An Elegant Swimminger from Loxton, South Australia

Sophie Edington
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Personal information
Full name Sophie Jane Edington
Nickname(s) Soph
Nationality  Australia
Born December 12, 1984 (age 28)
Loxton, South Australia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 63 kg (140 lb; 9.9 st)
Sport
Sport Swimming

Stroke(s) backstroke, freestyle
Club Vicentre Swim Club
Sophia "Sophie" Jane Edington[3] (born 12 December 1984 in Loxton, South Australia) is an Australian backstroke and freestyle swimmer.

Biography

Edington trained at the Kingscliff ASC club under Greg Salter. After Salter took up an overseas coaching role Edington moved to Queensland to train under the QAS program from the end of 2008. She then moved to Melbourne at the end of 2010 where she now trains at MSAC. At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montréal she won two gold medals, with the backstroke leg in 4x100 m medley relay and as a heat swimmer in the 4x100 m freestyle. She won three gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne: 50 m and 100 m backstroke, and the 4 × 100 m medley relay in world record time of 3:56.30 s with teammates Leisel Jones, Libby Lenton and Jessicah Schipper. Edington is a former world record holder for the 50m backstroke, set at the 2008 Australian Olympic Trials. She was part of the relay team in 2004 that broke the World Record at the world short course championships. Four years after winning 3 Gold medals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Edington was successful in defending the 50m Backstroke title to claim her 4th Commonwealth Gold medal at Delhi in 2010.

See also

References

  1. Jump up ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-06-09.
  2. Jump up ^ "Swimming Schedule and Results". Retrieved 2007-08-22.
  3. Jump up ^ "Results – Tuesday 5 October". BBC Sport. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-10-05.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Watch Airbnb’s Chef Rap About Food At A Hackathon Posted 5 hours ago by Alex Wilhelm (@alex)


Apple Reportedly Close To Buying 3D Sensor Maker PrimeSense For $345M, But No Deal Yet

Earlier tonight at the Food Hackathon in San Francisco, a chef took to the presentation area to pitch the audience on a whimsical new line of clothing designed to help make the folks who make the food gorgeous. Then he started to play the backing music to Biggie Smalls’ “Juicy.”
It turns out that Sam Lippman is Airbnb’s chef, and likes to rap. He started to kick through a rewritten version of the Notorious B.I.G.’s classic track “Juicy.” It was, frankly, awesome. A raw food chef for a growing startup rapping at a hackathon in the offices of a social network taken on an iPhone. At least we can know that we are cliché.
I shot the video myself, so it’s not the prettiest thing. I’ve told YouTube to flip its rotation so that nearly all of it is at an appropriate layout. Let’s hope that works. Enjoy:



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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Night Of Fright © Stormstar1



 
Monsters, stalking through the night,
Halloween is the Night of Fright.
Fear is what this night brings,
Along with many other things.

Are you sure you are prepared?
Tonight is not for the easily scared.
Creatures from hell roam on this night,
For tonight is the Night of Fright.

Trick or treat you say,
You should not have waited until the end of the day.
Tonight you will lose your tricks and treats,
For the monsters need to eat.

You better not take this night lightly,
Or else you will truly learn what fright means.

In ancient times people feared this night,
The night they greeted with fright.
Why they were so scared you will soon see,
On this "All Hollows Eve."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, October 4, 2013

You In A Crowd By Shawn L. Bird



I see you
in the distance
across a roomful of heads,
tall and silent
watching them with a
pleasant blankness-
a smile that turns your mouth
but doesn’t light your eyes.
You stand above
conversation,
listening without interest,
putting in the time
required for politeness.
My eyes call to you
and you turn,
one eyebrow raises a greeting
and your lips rise with it,
I see the flash of gladness,
as you incline your head
and step toward my love.



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Monday, September 2, 2013

New York Times Article: Huge Summer for Hollywood, but With Few Blockbusters By BROOKS BARNES



 
 
Huge Summer for Hollywood, but With Few Blockbusters By BROOKS BARNES
Original post here:



LOS ANGELES — Here in Hollywood, the land of false-front movie sets and business-has-never-been-better studio spin doctors, summer ticket sales are being summed up with a single word: blockbuster. 

Ticket revenue in North America for the period between the first weekend in May and Labor Day totaled $4.71 billion, a 10.2 percent increase over the same period last year, according to analyst projections. Attendance rose 6.6 percent, to about 573 million. Higher ticket prices contributed to the rest of the growth. 

But behind that rosy picture lurk some darker realities. 

Ticket sales rose in part because Hollywood crammed an unusually large number of big-budget movies into the summer, a period that typically accounts for 40 percent of box office revenue. Studios released 23 films that cost $75 million and up (sometimes way up), 53 percent more than in the same period last year. 

The audience fragmented as a result, leaving films like “The Wolverine” and “The Hangover Part III” wobbling when they should have been slam dunks. 



“Turbo” the animated snail was squished, taking in $80 million at North American theaters — one of the smallest totals in DreamWorks Animation history. (Only the unfortunately titled “Flushed Away” from 2006 did worse.) 

“We’re very pleased with the overall strength of the summer,” said John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, “but there was almost too much product. Some of these individual movies would have made more money if studios had spread them out a little more.”
Mr. Fithian noted that the $4.71 billion in total summer ticket sales represents a new high-water mark for the industry, not accounting for inflation, and the growth comes after several years of largely flat sales or declines. 

It is not surprising that more films sold more overall tickets, but the total does demonstrate a resilience for cinema as competition for consumer attention continues to spike. 

“To keep the exhibition business alive, we have to give people a darn good reason to put down all their electronics and get in their cars and get into theaters, and this summer we did it,” said Nikki Rocco, president of distribution at Universal Pictures, which printed money with “Despicable Me 2” and “Fast & Furious 6,” both of which took in roughly $800 million worldwide. 



Still, appearances can be deceiving. “Pacific Rim,” for instance, has taken in more than $400 million worldwide — no small feat. The picture’s price tag, however, made it an everyone-or-nothing enterprise. Legendary Entertainment and Warner Brothers spent about $330 million to make and market the film, which could end its run in the red since theater owners take roughly 50 percent of ticket revenue. 

With the notable exception of Paramount, which released just two films, “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the surprisingly successful “World War Z,” every studio suffered at least one major dud. In many cases, big hits were offset by big flops. 

Disney, for instance, had the summer’s No. 1 movie in “Iron Man 3,” which took in $408.6 million in North America, for a global total of $1.2 billion. Disney’s Pixar also scored with “Monsters University,” a prequel that generated more than $700 million in global ticket sales. 

But Disney also had the summer’s No. 1 box office bomb: “The Lone Ranger,” which cost at least $375 million to make and market, and has taken in about $232 million worldwide. After theater owners take their cut, Disney is looking at a write-down of $160 million to $190 million on the film.
Higher-priced 3-D tickets took another tumble, at least in the United States and Canada, as more consumers decided the visual gimmick was not worth paying a $2 to $5 premium per ticket. Family films fared the worst — those glasses don’t fit little faces very well — with “Turbo” setting a new industry low for the format, according to analysts: 3-D screenings accounted for only 25 percent of its opening-weekend results. (Last summer’s low was 35 percent.) 



Over the weekend, the 3-D concert documentary “One Direction: This Is Us” took in $17 million at domestic theaters, enough for first place, according to Hollywood.com, which compiles box office data. Sony, which has had a particularly rough summer, spent $10 million to make the film. A Sony spokesman on Saturday wrote in an e-mail, “We are off to a fantastic start!”

“Instructions Not Included,” a Spanish-language comedy from Pantelion and Lionsgate, came out of nowhere over the weekend to take in $7.5 million at only 347 locations, an indication of the growing power of Hispanic moviegoers. “Getaway,” the only other new release of note, drove into a ditch, taking in just $4.5 million. The thriller, which was released by Warner, cost about $18 million to make and stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. It was the worst-reviewed wide-release film of the summer, according to the review-aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com


As usual, Hollywood paraded out a cavalcade of stars over the warm-weather months; as usual, only a very few emerged with their star power undiminished. 

Brad Pitt pulled off “World War Z,” which took in more than $527 million worldwide and proved that studios can surmount negative advance chatter if they work hard enough. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy had the No. 1 comedy with “The Heat,” which took in $210 million worldwide for 20th Century Fox — not quite “Bridesmaids” money, but not chump change, either. 


At the same time, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum and Matt Damon, among others, failed to turn out ticket buyers, at least to the degree that studios needed. In particular, a box office era ended when Mr. Smith’s “After Earth,” which cost Sony $135 million to produce and roughly $100 million to market worldwide, opened to $27.5 million in ticket sales, by far the worst summer showing of the once-infallible actor’s career. Its global sales were $244 million. 

Movie companies continued to make most of their profits with sequels; eight of this summer’s top 12 films came from continuing franchises. And at least one major new series was born in “Man of Steel.” Warner has already announced casting for a sequel to that movie, which returned Superman to theaters and took in more than $290 million in North America, for a global total of about $650 million. 

But audiences also revolted against more of the same, especially if quality came up short. “The Smurfs 2,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Red 2,” “The Hangover Part III” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” all struggled and all received largely negative reviews. 



In many ways, the summer belonged to smaller original movies, at least when it came to turning out larger-than-expected audiences. 

Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me,” an old-fashioned midrange thriller, took in almost $300 million worldwide; it cost about $75 million to make. “This Is the End,” an R-rated apocalypse comedy from Sony, cost an estimated $32 million to produce and took in $114 million. With a budget of just $3 million, “The Purge,” a thriller starring Mr. Hawke, sold about $85 million in tickets for Universal.
And “The Conjuring,” a horror movie that cost New Line Cinema about $20 million to make, is closing in on ticket sales of $240 million worldwide. 

“Films from other genres did exceptionally well this summer, proving that counterprogramming can work,” wrote Doug Creutz, an analyst at Cowen and Company, in a research note released on Thursday. 

Still, Mr. Creutz did not seem to hold out much hope that Hollywood paid attention. “Looking ahead to next summer,” he wrote, “it already appears as if we are likely to have another sizable batch of money-losing blockbusters.”



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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Need?!

 
 
 
 
What do we need to be happy?
A midsummer dance at Thursday night?
A horse back ride alone
near the shore of Sunset Beach?
Do we NE-ED the rain,
Wet like dragon's eye fruit,
Soothing the weeks of droughts of hunger,
Years of questions and hardships,
for worse or for better?
How sad it is for you to come to me for mercy
after fearless killings on my destiny?
You live without much considerations,
As the bleeding past reminds,
I cover my scars you left in my mind,
and walk toward my tomorrow,
As far as I know,
You do live in luxury
and have everything you need,
at the cost of someone you hate,
Stop lying to the public
or accuse someone you hate of things
she/he are not capable of ...
You need me and us,
We don't really need you
but do care and show mercy on you.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

See You Around by Kim or Lisa posted on July 1, 2013

 




"What are you looking at?"
She looked up at me,
Distracted. Swimming
Upstream in her personal
River of her thoughts 
To the spot on the bank
Upon which I stood.
"Nothing, just lost
In thought," she gave 
Me a small smile.
"What are you thinking
About?" I had been here
For over an hour, trying
To engage her in some
Sort of conversation.
"Nothing of importance,"
She said after a long bout
Of silence.
I wanted to scream,
I wanted to shout,
I wanted to take her
By her shoulders and
Shake her, instead
 
I said "Oh."
She was looking out
Of the window again,
And I felt dismissed.

"Well, I have some 
Errands to run, so
I will see you around,"
I said making my way
To the door.
"See you around,"
She said without looking.
I never saw her around,
As time passed, it was something 
That didn't impact on me.
Somehow when I closed 
The door that last time,
I closed it for good.
Time passes and people
Grow apart and that's life.
Even the people you thought
Would be in your life forever
They, too, fade away.








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