GSIS (Hong Kong) | Virtual World   
This video illustrates how Hong Kong schools can use a virtual world to continue teaching in the case of swine flu related school closings.

Hong Kong's virtual school - swine flu free

Note: Schools seems to be GSIS .. German Swiss International Schools in Hong Kong ... and the VW seems to be Second Life

          ICT for the Non-Specialist - Virtual Worlds   
ICT for the Non-Specialist - Virtual Worlds
The potential of using virtual worlds in education is explored by both teachers and pupils in this programme.

After joining the Schome project, which investigates how education can work with virtual environments, assistant head Mike Adams is able to investigate the educational benefits of virtual world Second Life.

Pupils at John Hanson School Community School, Andover, also show how they use software to build within virtual worlds.

Steve Thompson from the University of Teeside then works with pupils at Freebrough SE College, Cleveland, as part of a Second Life project to virtually redesign and rebuild Cleveland's Skinningrove Jetty.
          Babel Project : Virtual Blogs

          London (SIMS) in Second Life   
Re: Virtual Words LondonNina allam(slavbrie janick) London Sims Director Rachael Smith (slav Cleopatra Charleville) SlLondon Marketing Director
          Mal Burns : S.L Reporter ... OpenSIM & 3D Desktop   
Re: Virtual Words LondonMal Burns - -
          Open SIM ... some education uses.   
Re: Virtual Words London

          2008 Metaverse Tour   

Over 50 virtual worlds in 7 minutes

          There (Virtual World)   

          Common Sense Media Forum webcast   

Panel discussion about students using virtual worlds
          Metaverse Meetup: 3D data for real world virtual worlds   

Metaverse Meetup: 3D data for real world virtual worlds
Mike Liebhold speaking at Stanford University on: Abstract 3D data, maps, and software will change the way we compute and interact with ...
65 minutes on YouTube
          A Child's War - a video made in Second Life by Global Kids   

This video was the year-end project for the Global Kids youth leaders in Queens, New York who spent the year working in Global Kids' Virtual Video Project, at the Museum of the Moving Image, funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
The video is based on research done by the youth about the situation of child soldiers in Uganda and the upcoming trial and the International Criminal Court.

          Global Kids PSAs on Digital Media, in Second Life   

This collection of five 30 second Public Service Announcements were created in Teen Second Life by Global Kids after school program, the Virtual Video Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and developed with the support of the Museum of the Moving Image. These were the first videos created by the students, to learn the basic of creating machinima around social issues.
Their final project will focus on child soldiers.

          Edusim 3D in your class   

Edusim in a 3D virtual environment ... this example is being used by students with an interactive whiteboard.
It free and opensource (built on Croquet) here:

          Croquet : Virtual Worlds Platform
Croquet Software Demo Movie (August 2007)
This is an edited screen capture from a Croquet demo given by Julian Lombardi in August 2007. It shows some of the capabilities of the open source Croquet software development environment. Croquet is designed for use in creating and deploying large-scale distributed multi-user virtual 3D applications and metaverses.
The Croquet architecture supports synchronous communication, collaboration, resource sharing and computation among large numbers of users on multiple platforms and multiple devices.

          Second Life : Health   

A virtual hospital campus in Second Life to illustrate what healthcare of the future could look like.

          Blog>> Catalogue of Journals Relating to Game-based Learning   
Our friend and colleague Michael J. Sutton has published an annotated catalogue of journals that publish in game-based learning, simulations, gamification,virtual reality and immersive learning. He provides a brief description of the journal and its topical coverage as well as useful links. This field is so multidisciplinary, this is a very useful resource to have. Check it out here.
          The Post-Debate Debate   

ORLANDO—Sen. John Kerry, you just walloped President Bush in the first 2004 debate. What are you going to do now? Go to Disney World, apparently: The Kerry campaign and his traveling press spent Friday night at the Swan & Dolphin Hotel at Walt Disney World, possibly the only place more unreal than the presidential campaign bubble. There couldn't be a more appropriate place for Kerry to stay the night after the debate, because right now, Democrats think they're in the happiest place on earth.

As the press bus arrived at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday morning, a reporter jokingly pronounced a crowd of Kerry supporters to be "30 percent more excited" than they would have been before Thursday's debate. But he underestimated the enthusiasm among Democrats for Kerry's performance. In 90 minutes, Kerry erased the nagging complaints within his party about the effectiveness of his campaign, and he crushed any incipient Dean nostalgia.

On the stump, Kerry has discovered a new applause line, simply uttering the word "debate." At the University of South Florida in Tampa on Friday, Kerry walked out to the loudest and longest ovation I've seen in more than a year on the campaign. Kerry's still a 40-minute rambler at his campaign events—he should consider traveling with a podium equipped with green, yellow, and red lights that tell him when to stop—but he didn't have to do anything more than ask the crowd, "So, did you watch that debate last night?" to get the rumbling foot-stomping and cheering started again. In Orlando later that night, Kerry uses his new line—"Did you watch that little debate last night?"—as his opener, and again its gets the crowd roaring.

Kerry has even taken to ridiculing the president for his underwhelming showing. On Friday night, he mockingly impersonated Bush as a stammering Porky Pig. (Not Elmer Fudd, as the New York Times claims. Get your cartoon references right, Gray Lady!) The next day, Kerry was at it again, poking fun of Bush's repetition of the phrase "hard work" at the debate: "He confuses staying in place, just kind of saying, 'It's tough, it's hard work, you gotta make a decision,' "—laughter—"he considers that, and confuses that, with leadership."

Those Democrats who aren't already buoyed by the debate will take heart in Saturday's Newsweek poll, which shows the race in a statistical tie: Kerry at 47 percent and Bush at 45 percent, with a 4-point margin of error. Kerry adviser Joel Johnson dismissed the poll's significance during a conference call with reporters, saying, "It's probably a poll that we took issue with in the past," such as when Newsweek showed the president leading by 11 points coming out of the Republican convention.

In the wake of all these good signs for Kerry, the Bush campaign is busy trying to Gore him, to kill the Democratic buzz by turning Kerry's debate victory into a defeat. A White House pool report Saturday from the Baltimore Sun's David Greene reported that Bush communications director Nicolle Devenish said, "Nobody is going to look back on November 3 and remember that first debate for anything other than a night when Kerry made four serious strategic mistakes." Here's how Greene summarized the mistakes: "1) Kerry spoke of a 'global test.' 2) Kerry called the war in Iraq a mistake then later said Americans were not dying for a mistake. 3) Kerry spoke of the troops deserving better after saying in an interview before the debate that his vote on funding was made in protest. 4) Kerry offered what Nicolle called a 'new insult' for allies when he said the coalition is not 'genuine.' "

Thursday night after the debate, the Bush surrogates emphasized Devenish's second point, to reinforce its caricature of the Democratic nominee as a habitual flip-flopper. By Friday and Saturday, however, the Bush campaign had seized upon Kerry's mention—a virtual aside—of a "global test" for pre-emptive war as their chance to reverse the perception that Kerry won the debate. (Based on Devenish's comments, they've also dropped their initial nobody-won spin in which they sounded like Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda: "We didn't lose Vietnam! It was a tie!")

On Friday afternoon, the Bush campaign e-mailed excerpts of remarks the president made in Allentown, Pa., including this quote: "Senator Kerry last night said that America has to pass some sort of global test before we can use American troops to defend ourselves. He wants our national security decisions subject to the approval of a foreign government. Listen, I'll continue to work with our allies and the international community, but I will never submit America's national security to an international test. The use of troops to defend America must never be subject to a veto by countries like France." Scott McClellan piled on, as distilled by another White House pool report, saying that Kerry's comment "showed a fundamental misunderstanding of the war on terrorism," and that the remark "shows something that is very disturbing."

By Saturday, Bush himself had taken to calling the "global test" the "Kerry doctrine," which would "give foreign governments veto power over our own national security decisions." In the afternoon, the Kerry campaign dispatched Richard Holbrooke to rebut "Bush's misleading rhetoric on the stump" in a conference call. Nearly every question was about what Kerry meant during the debate by "global test," and about the Bush's campaign's rhetoric of a "global permission slip" and the "Kerry doctrine." Holbrooke read Kerry's debate statement in full: "No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."

Holbrooke said the "Bush attack" was "another flagrant misrepresentation by the administration of what Sen. Kerry said," and added, "Who in their right mind would not wish to be sure that the use of force preemptively, or for that matter, any use of force, gets support and understanding from the rest of the world and from the American people and is fully justified?" He called it "longstanding American doctrine" and "a standard position, all presidents have taken it since at least 1945." Sounding irritated about the repeated mentions of the "Kerry doctrine" by reporters, Holbrooke said, "Don't call it a Kerry doctrine. That would suggest that John Kerry has enunciated something new, and he didn't."

An hour later, at 2:30 p.m., Kerry adviser Joel Johnson and Democratic National Committee adviser Howard Wolfson held a conference call to "discuss the results" of the presidential debate. The first question, from a Knight Ridder reporter, was about "this alleged Kerry doctrine." Would the campaign make any "paid media response"? No, Johnson said, we're going to focus on the economy in our TV ads, as planned. "We don't feel like this one is one we're going to have to respond in any way" in paid media.

The Republicans are "trying to take away the medal from the Olympic gymnast after the contest is over," Wolfson said. ABC's Dan Harris asked, "Aren't you opening yourself up to the charge that you've failed to learn the lessons of August?" referring to the Swift Boat ads and the Kerry campaign's belated response. "We're focusing on the failed economy," Johnson said. But you should know, "He'll never give a veto to any other country, period." Harris replied, "But boy, it really sounds like you're letting that charge hang out there." Johnson: "Well, we'll take that under advisement."

Shortly after that conference call ended, the Bush campaign e-mailed its script for a new TV ad, called—surprise—"Global Test." The ad says in part, "The Kerry doctrine: A global test. So we must seek permission from foreign governments before protecting America? A global test? So America will be forced to wait while threats gather? President Bush believes decisions about protecting America should be made in the Oval Office, not foreign capitals." Within a couple of hours, the Kerry campaign had changed its mind about whether to release its own ad. Their script begins, "George Bush lost the debate.  Now he's lying about it." The Kerry ad also tries to change the subject, to a New York Times story that comes out Sunday. That day's conference call is billed as, "What President Bush Really Knew About Iraq's WMD Programs Before the War."

During his conference call, Joel Johnson complained, "The Bush campaign is trying to concoct arguments that the president couldn't make the other night in the debate." That's exactly right. The mystery is why Johnson didn't think his campaign would have to do the same for Kerry.

          Cheney's Burden   

CORNWALL, PA.—Dick Cheney delivers a lecture, not a stump speech. He squats on a stool, buttons his too-tight jacket, and speaks for 10 minutes without drawing applause. During his entire discourse, which lasts nearly half an hour, the audience claps six times. Only once does Cheney pause ostentatiously, as politicians do, to signal to his listeners that a particular utterance merits their enthusiasm. George W. Bush, John Edwards, and John Kerry all say that this election is the most important in history, but only Cheney dares to make you believe it.

Theoretically, Monday's town hall is about manufacturing, small businesses, and the economy. That's what all the introductory speakers talk about. But Cheney doesn't say a word on the subject. He talks terrorism, he talks Afghanistan, and he talks Iraq. After World War II, Cheney says, a bipartisan consensus created the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and other institutions, and those structures served the United States well for more than 40 years, until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Now, the nation stands at "another of those moments in history," when policies and institutions will be crafted to deal with the national security issues of the next 30 to 50 years. And that, he says, is what this election is about: not four years but four decades.

He makes the most compelling case possible for continuing with a flawed policy. Before 9/11, he says, the terrorists learned two lessons from how the United States responded to their multiple strikes: "They could strike the United States with relative impunity," and, "If they hit us hard enough, they could change our policy," as happened after the 1983 attack in Beirut and again in Mogadishu. That's why, Cheney insists, the nation must stay the course in Iraq. The strategy of terrorists is to use violence to force a change in U.S. policy. If that happens, "that's a victory for the terrorists."

Kerry hasn't argued for a complete withdrawal from Iraq, of course, though Cheney certainly implies it. What really differentiates Cheney's position from Kerry's is how the two men approach the burden of proof for war: The Bush administration has shifted it from war to peace.

That's what Cheney is saying, that the administration's current Iraq policies are the proper default position. Any change in policy—not just a complete withdrawal, but any "change"—must be weighed against the fear of emboldening al-Qaida. And at its heart, that's what the debate over going to war with Iraq has been about for two years. Those, like Kerry, who wanted to give the inspectors more time, or who wanted to bring more allies aboard before invading, believed that the burden of proof was on war, that an attacking nation must provide evidence of the justness of its decision. The administration argued the opposite, that Iraq needed to prove to the world that it didn't deserve to be invaded. The job of the inspectors, in this view, wasn't to find weapons of mass destruction but to prove a virtual impossibility, that Iraq didn't possess WMD. That was the lesson of 9/11, the administration said. We couldn't wait to find out whether Iraq had WMD. If we did, it might be too late.

Based on his speech in New York on Monday, Kerry doesn't agree with that lesson. He says he voted for the war to give the president leverage in the United Nations. That way the inspectors could verify whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. But Kerry misunderstands the administration's position. They didn't want to prove the case for war. The only way to dissuade them would be if someone had proven the case for peace.

Kerry did agree with one thing Cheney said: This debate isn't just about Iraq. Bush's policies are a "warning," Kerry said. If Bush is re-elected, "he will repeat, somewhere else, the same reckless mistakes."

The question in front of voters in November: Do you think, for the next 30 to 50 years, that the nation needs to prove its case when it goes to war? Or do you think the world has changed so much that we should have to prove the case for peace?

          Howard Dean's Day Off   

HOOKSETT, N.H.—Howard Dean is going to Arizona! He's going to New Mexico! He's going to Michigan! And Washington! And Burlington?

Every major Democratic presidential candidate except Howard Dean will campaign Wednesday in one of the Feb. 3 states (Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Carolina). Front-running John Kerry heads to St. Louis for a rally, while John Edwards goes to Springfield, Mo., and St. Louis. Wesley Clark travels to Charleston, S.C., Joe Lieberman is doing three events in Delaware (not "Joeklahoma"?), and Dennis Kucinich will stump in Oklahoma. But Dean is going to rest up and regroup at campaign headquarters in Vermont. He's not taking the day off—he's going to do television interviews with local stations in key February states—but the decision indicates that the Dean campaign may be looking past Feb. 3 in its quest for the nomination after a second-place finish in New Hampshire.

The campaign won't out-and-out admit that it's looking past Feb. 3, of course. The current spin: We've raised $1.5 million in the past week. We have a 50-state organization. But what good did their money and their organization do them in Iowa and New Hampshire? From another perspective, it looks as if the campaign isn't sure what to do right now. Every staffer that I talked to Tuesday night didn't know his or her next destination. New Hampshire communications director Dorie Clark told me she was moving out of her Manchester apartment, putting her stuff in storage, and ready to take her duffle bag wherever they told her to go. They just hadn't told her yet.

But there may be a strategic motivation for going into hiding. At the Holiday Inn bar in Manchester Monday night, Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi told reporters that Dean just needed to hang around long enough until voters got tired of John Kerry. Then, he hoped, those voters would start coming back to Dean. He cited the example of Jerry Brown winning Colorado in the 1992 campaign after voters tired of Bill Clinton. (He then insisted that his candidate was not Jerry Brown.) The assumption had been that Dean was going to go fight in Arizona and New Mexico, but Trippi sounded like a man who was managing expectations in preparation for a potential goose egg on Feb. 3. (Many people think Dean has a better shot on Feb. 7 in Washington and Michigan.)

It's not an insane idea. Sit back, husband your resources, and pray that John Kerry can defeat John Kerry in time to give you a chance on March 3, when huge states like California, New York, and Ohio weigh in. Dean's support in Iowa and New Hampshire turned out to be very soft, and Kerry's support is likely to be soft, too. Now that Kerry is the front-runner, he's going to start receiving a lot more scrutiny from the press, which Dean hopes will damage Kerry's perceived electability. Plus there's the theory that Kerry is a candidate who wears poorly on voters.

The last two Democrats to win both Iowa and New Hampshire were Al Gore in 2000 and Jimmy Carter in 1976, but Dean's best hope is that the Kerry campaign is closer to that of the Democrat who won both states four years before Carter: Edmund Muskie. The problem with that hope is that the second-place finishers in New Hampshire who ended up as the "perceived winner"—Eugene McCarthy in 1968, George McGovern in 1972, and Bill Clinton in 1992—all finished within single digits of their opponent. Dean lost by 13 points.

Wesley Clark's third-place finish in New Hampshire also looks likely to hurt Dean's chances. Of the 35 percent of New Hampshire voters who cast ballots for a candidate other than Dean or Kerry, the 13 percent who went for Clark are the largest trove of likely Dean voters. The longer Clark stays in the race as a serious contender, the longer the antiwar vote is divided.

So, it's a long shot, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe has ordered candidates who don't win a state on Feb. 3 to quit the race. (At the Holiday Inn, Trippi virtually promised to ignore McAuliffe.) But it's probably Dean's only shot. Will the voters who dated Dean, then married Kerry get bored enough that they start to fantasize again about sleeping with Dean?

          Business Development Director P3 - Virtual - Johnson Controls - Richmond Hill, ON   
Maintains and manages strategy of JC Kit on the project (Coordinate with JCI Systems groups on scopes, deliverables, and bidding strategies)....
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          Managing My Virtual Visits To The Blue Ridge   

I have been spending quite a bit of time the past few weeks trying to acquire a schedule I can live with. Between site updates and new research to learn more about these mountains I love and the states they cross, I am having less and less time to enjoy the state I live in. As the [...]

          Ogni ora è buona per giocare al Bingo online   

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          BMB Ad Scheme - Interviews For All!   
BMB'sad scheme has on...

Hi all.

More gr(ad) scheme bits and bobs to tell you about. This time it's the turn of BMB.

They've been in touch to tell us about their advertising scheme; this time, they're doing things a little differently. Application forms are out - they want to chat, and to chat to everyone, grads and non-grads alike.

Here's what they've got to say:

"We're continuing our mission to challenge the status quo and democratise the interview process, so whether you're a grad, non-grad, martian or womble, if you want an interview, you can have one. We'll be doing it for one day only – November 22nd.

For those who are unfamiliar with how it works, it's simple really. We'll be getting you all to spin a virtual roulette wheel to let pot luck decide which one of our BMBers you will speak to via Skype for a 7 minute chat. Our BMB panel will be changing all the time, so you won't have a clue which one of our top dogs you'll be talking to. And neither will we.

Essentially, you'll need to come back and visit our website between 7am and 11pm on November 22nd (2012 – just to be totally clear). We'll be streaming the ever-changing interview panel live from an agency webcam – and it'll be up to you to spin the arrow to find out who you'll be chatting to for 7 minutes."

To learn more about the interview, and the job that's up for grabs, click here

Good luck!" 

Best of luck to each of you.

          The Real Secret of Cambodia’s Mythic Warrior: Archaeological Insight   
By Kent Davis
Originally posted at

…like a good Indiana Jones movie, the real story of this lost treasure began with a flash of archaeological insight in a remote Asian jungle half a world away….

Koh Ker, Cambodia – Protests from the Kingdom of Cambodia recently halted the multi-million dollar Sotheby’s sale of an ancient stone statue with the support of the United States government. When the Cambodians sought help bringing the thousand-year-old Khmer statue back to their country the New York Times ran a detailed article entitled “Mythic Warrior Is Captive in Global Art Conflict.”

10th century Cambodian sculpture previously scheduled for a multi-million dollar Sotheby’s sale.
Their investigation reveals that the legal and moral issues surrounding the ownership and sale of ancient art are quite complex. In this case, one generous art collector may actually provide a positive solution. But like a good Indiana Jones movie, the real story of this lost treasure began with a flash of archaeological insight in a remote Asian jungle half a world away.

Mystery of the Missing Men of Koh Ker

One thousand years ago, the Khmer Empire ruled most of what is now Southeast Asia from its capital in Angkor. During their heyday, the architecturally and artistically sophisticated Khmer people created some of humanity’s most extraordinary stone temples and statues. Apart from a few stone inscriptions, however, no written records of the civilization survived. Out of necessity, archaeologists have had no alternative but to piece the story of the Khmer people together, clue by clue and stone by stone.

Rising above 30 meters in height, Koh Ker’s central temple-mountain of Prasat Thom was built 100 years before Angkor Wat. Photo: Khmersearch, Panoramio.
Early in the 10th century (for reasons that are still unclear), King Jayavarman IV and his son Harsavarman II relocated the empire’s capital from Angkor to an isolated plateau 100 km to the northeast. There they built the city of Koh Ker, a huge new complex of temples and shrines, where they established their throne for a brief 16 year period (928-944 AD). Like all great Khmer cities, Koh Ker was ultimately abandoned and swallowed up by the jungle. The rediscovery of the Khmer civilization by Westerners didn’t begin until French explorers arrived in the second half of the 19th century.

In 2007, stone conservator Simon Warrack was working with the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP), a scientific organization that had been doing critical restoration on Angkor Wat temple for more than a decade. In May, Warrack took a side trip to the Koh Ker site (Google Map link) to consider future conservation needs there.

At Koh Ker, Warrack noticed two distinctive pedestal platforms in the first enclosure of Prasat Chen. There, by the west gopura (an entry structure), he saw the feet where two statues had clearly been broken off. But the gods that once stood there were nowhere to be found. The mystery sparked his imagination.

The two Koh Ker pedestals as Warrack found them at Prasat Chen in May 2007. The pedestal circled in red shows a fabric section still attached in the center.
Virtually Connecting Ancient Dots…and Stones

From my own research cataloging the devata of Angkor I can attest that field work is generally hot, uncomfortable and distracting. Almost all of my discoveries happen at my desk in Florida examining photos taken weeks or years before at remote locations. Warrack continued his search in similar fashion.

The Norton Simon dvarapala featured in “Adoration and Glory”, p. 149
He pondered the distinctive bases and began searching for photos in books and research archives. Finally, he found a possible solution. In “Adoration and Glory – The Golden Age of Khmer Art” by Emma Bunker and Douglas Latchford one image stood out. It showed a figure identified as a dvarapala (guardian) at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena California. That statue was missing its feet, but many are. The key to solving this puzzle was the unique tail at the bottom of its clothing element. After scanning images and digitally combining them Warrack confirmed the close match between the two fragments.

Warrack’s 2007 digital superimposition of the base and body of the Koh Ker statue.
Warrack immediately wrote a short paper to seek opinions from others in the field of Khmer studies. He forwarded copies to friends and associates as well as to key authorities including the APSARA Authority, which manages the Angkor region’s heritage assets; the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh; and the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), a French organization dedicated to Asian studies that has been active in conservation efforts at Angkor since 1907. I met Simon in 2007 shortly after his find and the photos above come from the original article he shared with me.

Everyone who saw his image realized the importance of this observation. Determining the original location of displaced objects can be a huge help in interpreting their meaning and significance within the context of an ancient civilization. The record shows that the Norton Simon piece was acquired legitimately and is on public display for educational, artistic and cultural appreciation. But not all art ends up this way. Much of it disappears into private collections, out of view.

Such was the case of the complimentary statue that stood face to face with this one more than a thousand years ago at the Khmer capital of Koh Ker.

Sotheby's twin Khmer warrior. Note the unbroken base of the fabric tail.
The Long Lost Twin Reappears

In the summer of 2010, a “noble European lady” contacted Sotheby’s to discuss the sale of a “spectacular tenth-century Cambodian sculpture, 160 centimeters in height and exceptionally well carved.” Word got out quickly to the worlds of art and archaeology. When pictures began to circulate it was instantaneously clear that this was the long-lost companion to the statue Warrack had connected to the Norton Simon Museum three years earlier.

Meanwhile, in New York, the matching sculpture was estimated to sell for millions of dollars. According to the owner’s records, she legally acquired the piece in 1975 from the now-defunct London art dealer Spink & Son. The Norton Simon Museum also acquired their piece that year. Some evidence suggests that both statues left Cambodia in the late 1960s, but exactly when and how that happened, and who arranged it, is unknown.

Paraphrasing Sotheby’s Senior Vice President Jane A. Levine, the New York Times article stated “Ms. Levine countered that the statue could have been removed any time in its thousand-year history, and said the word ‘stolen’ was often ‘used loosely.’ ” Meanwhile, Christie’s auction house acquired Spinks in 1993 and claims that the 1975 records of the statue’s origin are “no longer available.”

Regardless of the lack of facts, the ownership of both statues seems quite legal under international laws. Which brings us to a question at the heart of this matter.

Who Should Own Historical Art?

An idealistic answer is “humanity” but even this dream can have unexpected consequences as we’ll discover below. My personal goal would be for historical assets to be accessible to everyone who wants to respect them, preserve them, appreciate them and learn from them. But this philosophy wouldn’t get me through the front door at most of the world’s public institutions holding these assets (let alone to private collections).

Most of us are fortunate enough to live in a free society. We can buy, sell and own personal property within the law. The laws protecting heritage assets have evolved considerably over the past few decades, and they continue to do so. But the fact remains that countless artifacts were legally acquired by collectors (“noble ladies” included) as well as public museums since the beginning of time. Isn’t it their right to display, use and sell their property as they see fit?

Let’s consider some difficult questions raised by recent news:

The taller Buddha of Bamiyan before and after destruction. Photo: Wikipedia.
1. Can a government or private entity decide to demolish old structures? This happens every day in every city around the world. Sometimes historical societies rally to save a site. Sometimes they can’t, as seen in the shocking annihilation of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Was that government right? Were those people right? And who are you to judge? Do you live there?

In Sarasota Florida some local groups rallied to have this mural erased from a shop.
2. Can a government or private entity destroy something offensive or blasphemous to their values or religion? How far does freedom of expression go? This Yale article discusses the destruction of Buddha images in the Maldives. But it also mentions things like Henry VIII’s systematic destruction of all the monasteries in England, Wales and Ireland. Near my home in Sarasota Florida a debate has run for months about erasing a mural that may promote gangs. Acts of artistic control and destruction happen all the time.

Sunken treasure found by Odyssey Marine 1700 feet deep in the Atlantic Ociean.
3. Can a private group use its own funds to recover or preserve historical objects that were clearly abandoned by the original owners hundreds or even thousands of years earlier? In other words, does everything actually belong to some hypothetical “rightful owner”? And who owned these things before them? Odyssey Marine Exploration in Tampa Florida just got a harsh lesson in how arbitrarily this question can be answered. Odyssey spent years working to locate and salvage a ship in international waters off the coast of Portugal. It lay, unknown and untouched for two centuries in 1700 feet of water. US courts just ruled against Odyssey and returned all the artifacts to Spain.

Ironically, that silver and gold was mined in Peru by peasants working under slave-like conditions. Peru, of course, came under Spanish control in the 16th century when conquistadors brutally subjugated the Inca civilization in their quest for territory, power and treasure. But to the US courts, 200 years of ownership was enough to confiscate assets for an “original” owner…but not 400 years. Peru’s claim to the artifacts was ignored.

On the other side of the gold coin, salvage operations generally destroy much of the archaeological evidence that exists on a wreck site. I took an archaeological research diver workshop at a Florida galleon site, and I’ve also had the privilege of discussing this topic with the father of underwater archaeology, George Bass. I am quite opposed to the wholesale destruction of history to recover precious metals on land or at sea.

But in this case, Odyssey Marine consistently gathers a lot of archaeological data from their sites. And is it reasonable to ask when and how carefully archaeologists would be excavating this particular site more than half a kilometer deep? It seems we can all learn much from Odyssey’s digital photos, detailed site maps and the thousands of objects recovered. More than we would have known if the site was never found. Now the responsibility falls to Spain to educate and inspire us with their recovered objects. The world watches.

The “Angel of Beng Mealea” - March 5, 2006 and February 12, 2007.
4. Do poor people have the right to take abandoned objects from public places just to survive? I wrote about my own painful experience with this at Beng Mealea in this article “Death of an Angel.”

There are countless examples. There will be countless more. Each situation is different. Right and wrong are not always clear. And certainly never appear the same to opposing parties in a disagreement.

Back in 2008 I bought a used car legally. But what if the original owner (or the factory, or the country where it was built) tried to reclaim it because “I parked it too long” or “I wasn’t taking care of it” or “they want to study it” or “it belongs in the original place”? I can’t say I’d be too happy.

But there are solutions to these issues…as there are to most human conflicts: communication, empathy and diplomacy. Fortunately, a combination of these factors may lead to a resolution to the quandary of the Sotheby’s statue sale.

Collectors Who Share

Cultural sensitivity about who historical objects should belong to is a fairly new concept. As noted above people have the right to own private property. This has been going on for a long time. Humans are an acquisitive species by nature.

It’s worth noting that some of the most successful “acquirers” (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates come to mind) have also proven themselves as some of our most generous givers. And some art collectors have proven themselves in this way, too. After a lifetime of actively hunting, obsessively gathering and painstakingly preserving the rare objects they crave…many end up donating their collections to public institutions.

In the world of Khmer art, Douglas Latchford, co-author of “Adoration and Glory” with art historian Emmy Bunker, is one example. He began collecting Khmer artifacts 56 years ago (1956). Over the years he and his friends have shared financial gifts with the National Museum of Cambodia. More significantly, he is the museum’s biggest contributor of artifacts (read more about Douglas Latchford on KI-Media).

Now another collector may assist with a solution to the thorny situation of the Koh Ker statue at Sotheby’s.

Dr. István Zelnik, founder of the Gold Museum in Budapest, Hungary.
During the 1970s, Dr. István Zelnik served as a Hungarian diplomat in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Like many passionate collectors he invested his money in rare books, antiques and works of art. Motivated by a love of art and curiosity about the objects he found, he became an increasingly sought after consulting expert for museums and archaeologists around the world. In 2011 his dreams culminated with his greatest achievement: founding the Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest Hungary.

In a statement to the New York Times Dr. Zelnik expressed the possibility that he may purchase the statue for donation to the people of Cambodia. A generous, diplomatic and expedient solution in our complex world. The owner would be compensated for her private property, huge amounts of time and money would not be wasted on legal litigation, and the people who respect and admire the art of the Khmer people could once again see this expression of creativity in the land where it was born.

I wish him success and encourage him along with Mr. Latchford and other collectors to continue sharing the objects of their passion with the world.

The two mythic Cambodian warriors as they one faced each other at Koh Ker. Below, Simon Warrack asks if they can one day be reunited?
Could Two Ancient Brothers Meet Again?

To conclude this article I contacted Simon Warrack to ask his current ideas about the ownership of historic art. Here’s what he had to say:
“The concept of “ownership” may be the wrong place to start when considering important objects. It is the value and significance of an object that should be thought of first, rather than who it belongs to.

”The questions should really be about the object itself, not who it belongs to. Where is the object best valued? Where is it best appreciated? Where is it best understood? Where is it best conserved?

“Who an object belongs to should be secondary. As one of my colleagues observed ‘Objects are not important because they are in museums. They are in museums because they are important.’ The object itself is the important factor, not the museum that possesses it.

“After finding the empty pedestals seven years ago actually seeing both Koh Ker statues is remarkable. The possibility now exists that, one day, they may be reunited.

“Today, I called HE Hab Touch to ask his opinion on this matter. He is optimistic but noted that at this early stage no decisions or agreements are in place. However, Cambodia is ready and there are at least two suitable, secure locations where the pieces could be located for public appreciation. In the National Museum, of course, but plans are also being made for a museum at Preah Vihear, the same province where Koh Ker is located. There, the museum will become a gateway to the World Heritage Site and these figures could, once again, provide a wonderful center piece to welcome visitors from around the world.”
Simon closed by mentioning a concept from the book, Who Owns Antiquity by James Cuno. Cuno observes that national museums in wealthy nations host “encyclopedic” collections of objects from around the world, while national museums in less wealthy countries host indigenous local art relating to their own history.

He suggests that the global exchange of art would be a good direction to head in. Just as it is good for a child in Pasadena to experience the art of Cambodia, wouldn’t it also be wonderful for a child of Cambodia to see pieces of American history? Or the creations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mexico, etc.?

With communication, empathy and diplomacy we can all grow and learn.

          Comment on Nokia E-series sync with Evolution via Bluetooth in Ubuntu by virtual dj free download   
This speaker package is perfect for the beginner DJ. Select the "Browse" tab on the menu to open a link to your computer and media files. These are base, drums, tambourine, piano, and guitar.
          Rescuing the classics: saving traditional music from extinction   
Khse Diew artist performs a traditional song in the CLA studio. (Mathew Wakem/Phnom Penh Post)
Friday, 20 January 2012
Diana Montaño
The Phnom Penh Post

Some of Cambodia’s most renowned musical masters will gather this year to create a recording of musical forms in danger of being lost, as part of the “Documentation of Three Khmer Musical Traditions” project spearheaded by the local NGO Cambodian Living Arts.

The project, funded by a grant from the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, will create audio-visual documentation of three traditional forms: Kantaoming, classical funeral music; classical wedding music; and Smote, a unique combination of poetry and chanting performed in Buddhist ceremonies, particularly funerals.

Cambodian Living Arts was founded in 1998 as the Cambodian Masters Performers Program with the mission of rescuing and reviving artistic traditions virtually wiped out during the Khmer Rouge era. The organisation has worked to bring together living masters of traditional Khmer arts to create recordings and performances, and teach younger artists.

According to Marion Gommard, communications director of Cambodian Living Arts, 90 per cent of Cambodian artists were killed during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge era, decimating the largely oral cultural tradition. Without any written record and few surviving masters, these classical art forms are in danger of being permanently lost.

“Historically, transmission has only been oral,” she says. “That is why it’s so important to record, so artists can pass down knowledge.”

Sarin Chhuon, CLA’s studio manager, says there is an urgency to record these forms while master musicians are still alive, since most of them are in their 80’s and 90’s.

“We have to do this now. In the next five or 10 years, they may be gone,” he says. “Most of the songs are in their brain, they’re not written down.”

Sarin Chhuon says that while these forms are still popular among Cambodians during wedding or funeral ceremonies, most people have lost touch with the classical styles.

“People are still using it but it has disappeared in its original form,” he says. “They just use really bad cassette tapes, or they have one or two musicians playing modern wedding music. They don’t even know what the real music is like. So slowly, it is being lost.”

Smote, the more religious of the three forms, is a blend of poetry and chanting conducted at Buddhist ceremonies, though most Cambodians associate it with funerals. “With the chanting, people feel free and let it go. It describes comfort to people who are dying. In a funeral, the chanting lets the family know it’s OK,” says Sarin Chhuon.

CLA is forming an advisory board for the project, and hopes to begin recording by February. Three musicians working as CLA teachers in their provinces have already agreed to participate, and the organisation hopes more musicians will get involved. The three artists, all renowned masters from the ’50s and ’60s, are Sok Buch, a Kantaoming master in Takeo and Siem Riep, Ling Srey, a classical wedding musician from Siem Riep, and Koeut Ran, a Smote master from Kompong Speu.

There are plans to release 3000 CDs of the “Documentation of Three Khmer Musical Traditions” project recordings. The organisation has released two CDs of its master artist recordings in the past, but the $12 selling price has been too expensive for most Cambodians, according to Sarin Chhuon.

With this project CLA hopes to make CDs available to Cambodians for $1 or $2. By making the recordings more accessible, CLA hopes ordinary Cambodians will rediscover the classical forms of these popular musical styles.

“We want people will use the CDs in their ceremonies,” says Sarin Chhuon. “I hope they will throw away those old tapes.”

          Why virtually all faculty members should be concerned about problems with remedial math (essay)   

If you are a faculty member who is not in math, know that what's happening in many math departments can be directly hurting your own department and possibly your teaching preferences -- as well as the students themselves, writes Alexandra W. Logue.

          Rhett & Link battle for artistic supremacy -- in VR   
The "Good Mythical Morning" YouTube stars tackle a CNET challenge: Playing pictionary in virtual reality.
          Should Your Company Switch To Microservices?   
Walmart Canada claims that it was microservices that allowed them to replace hardware with virtual servers, reducing costs by somewhere between 20 and 50 percent. Now Slashdot reader snydeq shares an article by a senior systems automation engineer arguing that a microservices approach "offers increased modularity, making applications easier to develop, test, deploy, and, more importantly, change and maintain." The article touts things like cost savings and flexibility for multiple device types, ...
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Virtual Explorer, Pocket PC'niz için güçlü bir gezgindir .
          Returnil System Safe 2011   
Returnil System Safe is built with the end-user in mind. It uses a combination of antivirus, antimalware, system restore and a virtual system to protect your computer from all types of viruses and other malicious threats.
          The Black Eyed Peas' comeback will be in virtual reality form   
The Black Eyed Peas will make their comeback in the "medium of augmented reality", which has hailed as a "multi-dimensional" idea.
          El Seattle-Tacoma International Airport lanza radio por internet   

Experience the City of Music es una iniciativa del Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, de Estados Unidos. En un principio esto fue un servicio exclusivo para los pasajeros que quisieran experimentar una mejor experiencia con la finalidad de que puedan disfrutar de la música representativa de esa región. Por mencionar algunos ejemplos de géneros musicales tenemos al Grunge, Pop, Electrónica, Folk, Jazz & Blues, entre otros.

Aquellos que quisieran experimentar la música de Seatle pueden hacerlo por dos modalidades: físicamente en el interior del aeropuerto a través de conexión Wi-Fi y virtualmente, por la web del aeropuerto que puedes sintonizar dando click en este link. Esto sin duda marca un precedente positivo para el turismo de la ciudad y la valoración de los servicios streaming en la actualidad. (Fuente: Kurt Hanson)
          Tutorial: Ecualizando correctamente tu Sam Broadcaster   
Hola a todos, aquí les dejo los pasos para que tu Sam Broadcaster pueda tener un mejor sonido de salida. Primero abrimos en Voice Fx la opción EQ, luego como vemos en la segunda imagen modificamos los deslizadores virtuales tal como aparece en la barra de AGC y listo, tu software radial estará mejor enchulado.

Continuar leyendo para leer todo el artículo

          El Primer Tren Ligero Electrico de Supercondensadores del Mundo SIN RIELES- China   
380 pasajeros de capacidad

70KMH de Velocidad


How does China solve the country’s prevalent public transportation problems? By unveiling the world’s first autonomous train transit system that runs on a virtual track.
In this video we will know about China’s New Autonomous Train that Doesn’t Even Need Rails for its truck.


The world’s first rail less train was revealed last week in Zhuzhou in central China’s Hunan province. China’s state-owned enterprise called CRRC began developing the Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit back in 2013, to provide a solution to the country’s transportation problems in congested urban areas.

The Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit in short ART is some kind of cross between a train and a bus or tram. The ART runs on roads like a bus, but only on designated paths like a tram. It's modular like a train, and carriages can be added or removed to accommodate different numbers of people. Each carriage can fit about 100 passengers.


It is considered to be a cheaper alternative to other commute networks as well as being sustainable and environmentally friendly. With a cross appearance between a bus and a train, the autonomous train is composed of three carriages and spans 30 meters long.

It’s part of the intelligent rail express system by CRRC, which operates on rubber tires as opposed to traditional rail tracks. Means, it runs on rubber tires and has sensors to read the dimensions of the road and plan its route.

A pair of dashed white painted lines acts as virtual tracks which the autonomous train follows. The idea is that the 'smart train' could travel without a driver or rails.


This ART system can be driven up to a maximum speed of 70 km/h and can carry up to 300 passengers in three carriages at a time. Providing a new and smart method for solving urban transport pressures, the autonomous vehicle is powered by electricity, which can journey to a distance 40 km when fully charged. It uses a lithium titanate battery and can embark on a substantial journey with only 10 minutes of charging.

Equipped with sensors, the autonomous train can process and analyze road dimensions then plan its own course. Very much like a bus-train hybrid vehicle running on a virtual track. CRRC can also add more carriages to the transit system in order to increase the passenger capacity. Moreover, the newly developed ART system can be integrated fairly easily into existing road infrastructures as it doesn’t require heavy construction works compared to rail track systems.


In general, most medium-sized and smaller cities in China doesn’t have the budget to build expensive subway systems, or most of the time, they take too long to build.
According to Xinhua, it costs up to $102 dollar to build a kilometer of a subway track, as compared to about $2 million for a standard length ART bus.
So, this solution proves to be ideal because of its multiple advantages over conditional transit systems. It’s cheap, sustainable, and is able to transport a large volume of people in a fast and reliable manner.


The current ART system is still in its prototype stage and is driven manually by a human driver. However, the Zhuzhou city government in the Hunan province is expected to build a 6.5-kilometer ART line throughout its downtown. Operations of the autonomous train within the city will begin in 2018.

          Virtual Currency Regulation and Enforcement: Granting of First NY Charter and FinCEN Fine Demonstrate Continued Evolution for Virtual Currency Sector   
The limited purpose trust company charter awarded to itBit allows the company to commence its virtual currency operations immediately, sidestepping the soon-to-be-announced final BitLicense framework.
          One year at Jokaland   
The terms are done, exams taken & projects submitted. No matter how far it looked when I started, the end of the first year at IIM Calcutta came a little too soon. The year was more or less kind to me. Along with the usual stuff, I did many unusual things too. The campus band, JBS Baro-C, composed a song about the early days of students in IIMC ( ). Song contains swearing/explicit lyrics! I made a video on the song along with some friends. Here it is -

The response to the video has been very encouraging. In the first 4 days at youtube, it gathered around 1200 hits! This encouragement has motivated us to make more videos under the banner of "Between the Lines" production.

However, the movie-making would have to wait, for the summers are here and all of us are to leave and join our respective organizations for the summer internships. I'm leaving for London on 9th April and would be back on 2nd June, good one week before the next term start.

One regret after the first year - I virtually abandoned this blog and my photography. Since this was something I really enjoyed, I'll try my best to revive my interests and devote more time to them.

That we'll see, for the time being, please check out the video and some feedback, may be?
          Kolkata Chapter Begins :-)   
This would be the longest stretch when I didn't blog, since I started blogging, but it's like that, and that's the way it is. First I was stranded, disconnected at Jaipur for a while, which now seems like pretty comfortable setting.. sigh. Then, once I touched base at Kolkata, things got hectic, and I didn't have a computer for a while. Now that things have more or less settled and I've bought my self a rather sleek Compaq Presario v3000, it's about time I resume blogging.

First things first, Kolkata and the neighbourhood, looks totally amazing from air, after first few days of showers. From my SpiceJet flight, I was gawking, spellbound, at the marvellous view below.. lush greenery, numerous big & small canals and all! Then we hit the ground (pun intended). Let's just say, for someone new to the city, it's not very tough to not like the city, going by the first impressions. The IIM Calcutta campus is good 90 minutes from the airport! The area neighbouring IIMC, it's called Joka, is rather unimpressive to say the least. However, the campus is breathtaking with its 7 lakes and lush greenery. My hostel room, I found is more comfortable than the room I had in IIT Bombay. It's bigger, better planned and it has a balcony which opens to the patch of jungle behind my hostel. I haven't clicked snaps of the campus, but I intend to do that pretty soon. The downtown Kolkata, essentially Park Street area, is light-years away from the campus and it takes huge effort to make it to there. Till now I've been there only once, and even then it was disappointing as we couldn't catch any movie! The movie buff in me is still very pleased to be here; the LAN is virtually full of movies! My new 250 GB external HDD might getting full to the brim, is looking like a possibility.

The academic load looks manageable. I have five courses, all of them interesting. Especially the Organisational Behaviour course, which has interesting mix of Psychological studies in it, pretty impressive! Then there is Indian Economic and Political History, which is also pretty interesting to study. Midterms are still (just?) 2 weeks away and things are chill (as we say here).

I guess, I'll start with such banal posts; it should take time to get back the flow for blogging :-)
          The Black Eyed Peas’ comeback will be in virtual reality form   

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          Membetulkan Grub Rescue Ubuntu   
Empat hari yang lalu ketika saya menginstall ulang Ubuntu saya, terjadi error grub rescue. Setelah bertanya pada om kita semua (google :v), saya berhasil menemukan solusinya. Dan sekarang saya akan membagikan solusinya bagi Anda yang terkena masalah ini juga. Tapi ini hanya untuk Ubuntu Desktop, tidak untuk Ubuntu Server. :)

Untuk memperbaiki masalah ini, Anda harus menyiapkan Ubuntu Desktop Live CD Anda karena kita akan membutuhkannya.

Catatan: Jika Anda tidak mengikuti perintah-perintah dibawah ini dengan benar, kemungkinan Anda akan mendapatkan error : /usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: cannot stat 'aufs'

Langkah-langkah yang harus Anda lakukan adalah:
1. Lakukan boot melalui Ubuntu Desktop Live CD Anda.
Jika muncul tampilan seperti ini klik "Try Ubuntu"
2. Jika tidak muncul tampilan seperti di atas, bukalah Terminal dengan menekan:
    CTRL + ALT + T

3. Ketik perintah ini di terminal: sudo fdisk -l
    Perintah tersebut akan menampilkan seluruh partisi Anda.

     Partisi dengan System berupa Linux adalah partisi untuk Ubuntu Anda.
     Pada screenshot partisi tersebut berada di /dev/sda11

4. Mount partisi ubuntu Anda dengan mengetikkan perintah:
    sudo mount /dev/sdXX /mnt  (contoh: sudo mount /dev/sda11 /mnt)

5. Lalu ketik perintah:
    sudo mount /dev/sdXX /mnt/boot

6. Mount virtual filesystems:
    sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev 
    sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
    sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys

7. Agar hanya grub utilities dari Live CD saja yang dieksekusi, ketik:
    sudo mount --bind /usr /mnt/usr
    sudo chroot /mnt

8. Lalu ketik:

9. Install ulang grub
    grub-install /dev/sdX (contoh: grub-install /dev/sda tidak perlu menggunakan angkanya)

10. Verifikasi grub yang diinstall
     sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sdX

11. Keluar dari chroot dengan menekan CTRL + D

12. Unmount virtual filesystems
     sudo umount /mnt/dev
     sudo umount /mnt/proc
     sudo umount /mnt/sys
     sudo umount /mnt/boot

13. Unmount Live CD /usr
     sudo umount /mnt/usr

14. Umount device terakhir
     sudo umount /mnt

15. Reboot
     sudo reboot

Sekian dari saya untuk hari ini, sampai jumpa lagi dilain topik. ^_^

Sumber :
          Google Is Experimenting With Virtual Reality Advertising   
Watch your head on that low-hanging banner ad.
          Welcome to the Fourth Wave? Cognitive Tech and AI are Reshaping Humanity — By Eric Chase | Toffler Associates   
“The point is that wearables, bionics, AI, virtual/mixed/augmented reality – all bleeding edge technologies that (literally) are reshaping how we work, interact, learn, and live – are doing so as ‘other’ to our individual, biological selves.” Read more
          Lunar Laser Link: Virtual Reality from the Moon   
The world’s first laser communication link … from the Moon! A laser communications terminal on a private firm’s upcoming mission to the Moon has been announced during this week’s Paris Air Show. Astrobotic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ATLAS Space Operations Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan are now linked at the laser – offering up to […]
          Chaos Magic vs The Robot Revolution    

There are two divergent streams at work in the Idea-o-Sphere, currents that are not only divergent in size, strength and assumption, but are in fact antithetical. 

The most dominant, of course, is the imminent AI-Robot Revolution, which threatens to bring a very real apocalypse into our world if in fact it flowers as predicted (and isn't just a big scare to keep the peons from asking for raises). 

So we're hearing that not only truck drivers, widget drillers and burger flippers are at risk of imminent penury, so too are lawyers, doctors, accountants and all manner of other professionals whose livelihood is based in their capacity to process huge chunks of complicated data and subsequently make decisions and judgments that are useful to others who can't. 

Programmers- and AIs themselves- are currently working around the clock to fill the shoes of these well-paid professionals with cheap, off-the-shelf software programs that will reliably get that same cognitive work done at a tiny fraction of the cost.

Elon Musk is (ostensibly) so terrified of the AI Revolution he is planning to colonize Mars as a life-raft for the human race, who presumably will have to flee a Skynet/Terminator type scenario. That Mars is utterly incapable of supporting human life- at least at present- seems to be besides the point.

Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire behind social media giant Alibaba, has suddenly turned Cassandra as well. Long a reliable source for corporate technohappytalk, Ma is suddenly warning of dark days ahead.
"In the next three decades, the world will experience far more pain than happiness," the billionaire said, adding that education systems must raise children to be more creative and curious or they will be ill-prepared for the future. 
Robots are quicker and more rational than humans, Ma said, and they don't get bogged down in emotions -- like getting angry at competitors.
Terrific. I was just thinking what the world needs now is more pain than happiness. But given his position as a Techno-Celestial, Ma couldn't serve up the medicine without at least a tiny spoonful of sugar:
But he expressed optimism that robots will make life better for humans in the long run. 
"Machines will do what human beings are incapable of doing," Ma said. "Machines will partner and cooperate with humans, rather than become mankind's biggest enemy."
"Make life better for humans in the long run," he says. Well, what exactly is "the long run?" Three decades is a long time- maybe even a lifetime- for that 99.99999999999% of the human race who aren't tech billionaires. Halfway through that painful three decades most of us aren't going to be thinking much about "the long run." 

And what exactly does "far more pain" imply? I'm not sure I want to know what Jack Ma's definition of pain actually means, given our disparate cultural contexts. 

It's here I begin to think back on last year's Lucifer's Technologies series (more accurately, Satan's Technologies) and wonder about where our modern electronic superstructure actually came from. Because that goes a long way in gleaning where it's actually going. 
Many have claimed that our present technology arose from contact with alien intelligences. Whether you believe that or not, one thing is certain; the rate of technological progress shot up like a rocket shortly after the end of World War II. 
And it must be said that technology seems more and more like an invasive-- or alien-- contagion, disrupting entire industries, economies, and communities.  
Now techno-utopians like Jaron Lanier and Douglas Rushkoff are techno-cassandaras, preaching a message of dislocation and social collapse.  
Look at it this way; steam engines had been known for almost 2000 years by the time the Industrial Revolution took hold, longer still if you consider prototypes. The Ancient Greeks knew them, they just didn't have any use for them. 
But the evolution from a computer that was was essentially the size of a suburban house and boasted the power of a pocket calculator to the working prototypes of the desktop, the Internet, computer animation, teleconferencing and nearly everything else we take for granted today took just a little more than two decades. 
An eyeblink of history.
For at least 5000 years-- five-hundred decades-- horse-drawn carriages and wooden ships with cloth or leather sails were the state of art in transportation technology. By contrast, we go from aeroplanes made of wood and canvas to the SR-71 Blackbird, a machine so advanced our best engineers today seem unable to match it*, in the space of four decades. 
In historical terms, this is as if your three year-old were in nursery school one day and then graduated from Harvard at the top of her class as soon as she turned four. There's simply no precedent for the high-tech explosion that began in the late 1940s... 
Yet no one stops to question how such a technology would arise so instantly, in historical terms. Go look at a book from the late 19th Century- hell, look at a children's book from that period- and tell me people weren't a hell of a lot smarter than they are today. Maybe even smarter than they were in the 1940s... 
Yet even the best and the very brightest were stymied by problems for decades, problems that seemed to solve themselves, literally overnight, shortly after World War II.
We take it all for granted now, especially if you were born at a time when a Commodore 64 and an Atari console were part of your natural landscape. But in fact all of this technology is so anomalous, so disruptive, so improbable in the entirety of human history (never mind natural history) that it is in a very real sense alien, even if (on the offhand chance) it's not actually "alien."

Well, we've been over all of that before, haven't we? What about that other current?

In Our Gods Wear Spandex I argued that Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult Revival were reactions to the massive dislocations- physical, spiritual, psychic- incurred by the Industrial Revolution. It wasn't unusual for the sensitives of the time- see Blake, William, to see the rise of large-scale factories  as an invasion of Hell onto Earth. 

There was very good reason to do so; these were black, belching, smogpits filled with hazardous machinery and/or chemicals that ripped the folk up from communion with the Earth and into virtual (sometimes actual) prisons, in which their humanity was stripped away in service of industrial manufacturing.

In response to the dehumanizing effect of these hells, the sensitives of the time reached back into humanity's childhood (in the case of Spiritualism) or its adolescence (as with the Classically-oriented secret societies). And it could be argued that it worked- that we didn't entirely surrender to the regimented reality of the factory writ large, that Industrial political systems like Nazism and Communism were held at bay (at least in their original incarnation) and that individuality was held up as a social good. 

Well, at least until it was subverted as a tool for political atomization.

The counter-Industrial spiritual movements of the 19th Century weren't shy about co-opting the means of mass-production (in this case, industrial-scale publishing) to pursue their aims. And so it is with the new breed of Chaos magicians and their fellow travelers (I'm not sure if meme magic counts here), some of whom are themselves well-paid Skynet employees, many of whom are tech-savvy and nearly all of whom are plugged deep into the Grid. Becoming the ghost in the machine is the basic idea.

Magic, in this context, acts kind of like Jacques Vallee's "Control System." Things get too hot (or cold, depending on your own worldview) with technology and regimentation and Magic comes in and turns on the AC (or cranks up the woodstove, again according to your POV). 

Magic and its cousin Psi are erratic and unreliable for most people at most times but when the pressure comes down they become attractive alternatives to the crushing predictability of the Black Iron Prison. It may also, in the form of collective ritual, grow in popularity as a tonic against the  the paradoxical effect of social media to grow loneliness in Meatspace.
While it offers an easy way to keep in contact with friends — and meet new people through dating and friendship apps — technology's omnipresence encourages shallow conversations that can distract us from meaningful, real-life, interactions. 
Researchers at the University of Essex found that having a phone nearby, even if we don't check it, can be detrimental to our attempts at connecting with others. Smartphones have transformed post office lines from a chance for some small-talk with the neighbors to an exercise in email-checking, and sealed the fate of coffee shops as nothing more than places of mutual isolation. And technology will only become more ingrained in our lives.
The isolating, dehumanizing effect of technology may once again find its match in the ancient power of ritual, everything from lighting candles at a Catholic shrine to meth-fueled fuck-a-thons while drenched in pig's blood. The collapse of conventional social mores and the now-standard presumption that anything you do that isn't harming anyone else is your lifestyle choice will certainly push all this forward. 

Remember too that this same impulse popped up as a reaction to the hyper-rationalism of Classical Greece with the rise of the Mystery Cults.

Magic almost seems like Nature asserting herself in the face of an outside intervention. Its like the doggedly-persistent vines rising out of toxic soil and strangling the rusted girders of an abandoned factory. Or a stubborn strain of virus slashing its way through some futuristic megalopolis somewhere in the Pacific Rim. 

Or a solar flare frying all of our electronics for good in the blink of an eye.

Now I know it's extremely unfashionable these days to discuss such things, especially with most Chaos magicians, but you have to ask yourself, if computer technology is not an alien virus why does it behave exactly like one?  I don't know about you but it sure as hell sounds to me like Elon Musk believes it is, though he'd never say so publicly. 

Computer technology has already destroyed entire industries, disrupted entire societies, and changed every aspect of our lives in 70 short years? And now we're being told that it threatens to create an entire infrastructure that will make most of us obsolete? I don't know about you but it sure as Hell sounds an awful lot like Borg-assimilation, only on a frog-boiling schedule.

The question becomes if the host can fight off the infection, or at least learn to manage it and coexist with it. I can't begin to pretend I know the answer but it seems to me that reasserting our messy, chaotic humanity is probably a good place to start.

          Mary Wickes: A Suspected Treasure   
Mary Wickes was the original Mary Poppins on American television in 1949
From the start, like Bette Davis in Now Voyager, Paul Beals and I suspected that Mary Wickes might be a treasure.
We met her in the summer of 1976 when she was at the Hyatt-Regency in downtown Chicago promoting her short-lived CBS TV show, Doc.
What we didn’t know then is that Wickes, always marching to the beat of her own drummer, would get herself fired from that MTM Productions show by demanding the right to change dialogue she found distasteful.
Affable and chatty, the homely, beloved character actress seemed to be as direct, wisecracking and approachable as the maids and nurses she’d always played. Never a star, she was nevertheless a central figure in Hollywood since the 1930s. It was strange to hear her rattle off names like “Lucy,” “Orson” and “Bette,” seemingly not as an affectation, but simply because these were ordinary friends and colleagues of hers.
Like actor Lyle Talbot, whom I interviewed later, Wickes was one of those fascinating people who had almost literally been everywhere and known everyone.
“Whether nurse, nun or housekeeper, she was always the wry observer peering into a world that she did not entirely belong to,” wrote Steve Taravella in his biography Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before. “Intimately a part of whatever was taking place on screen or stage, she was at the same time an outsider — and it was clear to everyone that she had made her peace with this status. Although she was never the lead, she was the one who held my attention. Her persona resonated with me.”
Wickes was the beleaguered nurse in The Man Who Came to Dinner on stage and screen and the housekeeper inWhite Christmas. She was the original Mary Poppins on live television, and the animators’ model for Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians.
Her long experience in comedy left her with a considerable bag of tricks. For example, she developed five variations on the “double take:” the Regular Double Take, the Pigeon Double Take (with neck stretched), the Butterfly Double Take (with multiple quick glances), the Triple Take (each growing in intensity) and the One Where You’re Caught (pretending you didn’t just do a double take).
Born in St. Louis in 1910, Wickes had a quasi-19th century horse-and-buggy childhood, taking family excursions on Mississippi riverboats. “Everybody took their own lunch in baskets,” she recalled. “If you got thirsty, you got a big, wonderful, cold stein if A&W root beer with a big head on it, a lot of foam. And that was lovely, oh my. That hurrying down to the levy to make the boat before it left was lovely.”
Beyond a curse or a blessing, Wickes’ homely looks were finally just a fact she used to her advantage.
“Some time or other, it always gets around to boys, and there was no boy in Mary’s life,” recalled family friend Mary Vahle. “She was always tall, and that’s a drawback. And Mary had a receding chin and a big nose. Boys that age don’t look beyond the surface.”
Taravella noted, “For decades, Mary withstood — as few others could — harsh public mockery regarding her appearance. Callous descriptions — ‘the wrinkle with lips’ is how one character refers to her in a 1990s sitcom — became so routine that they limited Mary’s career in ways she found hard to accept… (But) Mary’s appearance more than enhanced her career; in some ways, it allowed her to have one. Together, her height, her pronounced nose, her receding chin and her attention-grabbing bark drew the notice of casting directors. Such was true from the very beginning.”
Writer and actor Peter Walker said, “I don’t know if Mary ever realized that she was such a homely woman. But it was that homely thing that obviously got her the work. She knew that (her appearance and voice) was where her money was coming from, that she was never going to be the Claire Trevor or the pretty second leading lady. As a businesswoman she was very wise, and she kept her mother and herself very well.”
Never married, Wickes lived with her widowed mother Isabella, and they made a lively and devoted pair.
Though notoriously frugal, Wickes did not stint when it came to entertaining at home.
“Be it lunch, dinner or the afternoon teas she liked to arrange, she was a lavish, generous host who offered liquor and hearty amounts of food, most of which she prepared herself,” Taravella wrote.
“She served with family crystal and silver, and she went out of her way to make her guests comfortable. The food she served was distinctly Midwestern. No matter how famous the guest, Mary’s meals were likely to include chicken salad or chili, homemade brownies and Jell-O. She liked to prepare an appetizer that she called actor’s pâté made of liverwurst, cream cheese, chives, Worcester sauce and dry mustard.”
Wickes was a long-time professional colleague of Bette Davis, a good friend of Doris Day and Vivian Vance and a really close friend of Lucille Ball (who somewhat exploited that friendship by underpaying Mary for appearances on her sitcoms).
Though disappointed that she didn’t land the role of Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy, Wickes became something of a real-life Ethel in occasional antics with Lucy. After Lucy bought a Rolls-Royce that had been owned by her late neighbor Hedda Hopper, the pair had a misadventure while out for a drive when they realized, as darkness fell, that they didn’t know how to turn on the headlights.
Then there was the time Lucy took Wickes shopping for sheets and pillowcases along with a baby chimpanzee Lucy adored. Recalling how Lucy refused to take her own children out in public for fear of being mobbed, her daughter Lucie Arnaz said, “She wouldn’t take me to the market, but she’d take a chimpanzee and a six-foot-tall woman in a long plaid skirt because God forbid she should draw any attention to herself.”
The affection between Lucy and Wickes ran deep, and is evident in the tone of the many letters they exchanged.
In 1973, while caring for Wickes’ plants while she was away, Lucy wrote, “Your plants are thriving, but they ask for you and wonder why you don’t drop by. I think one of them is pregnant if you have any instructions concerning same.”
“If you don’t want to come yourself, Mary, take pity on poor Isabell and let her get drunk once in a while,” Lucy wrote in 1958, inviting Wickes to a party. “You’re much too hard on her. I understand you have ruined her sex life.”
The quip was one few but Lucy could have gotten away with, because Wickes’ moral views were frequently described as Victorian. “In the old days, people who had character didn’t change it with every person they met,” Lucie Arnaz said. “They didn’t change to fit the style or the clothes or to fit the mood, to be hip or whatever. They were who they were. Mary had that in her own character. She had it all her life.”
Wickes caused herself no end of trouble rejecting what she regarded as “blue” material in scripts. But her tolerance could also surprise. Many of her escorts were gay men. “Her notes reveal that — at least with regard to gifts — Mary treated her friends in same-sex relationships the same as her friends in heterosexual relationships,” Taravella wrote.
Perhaps that’s because one of Wickes’ enduring principles was loyalty. Stefan Kanfer, in his biography Ball of Fire, noted how Wickes always looked out for Lucy. “(Wickes) was acting in summer stock in 1979 when she persuaded Lucy to fly to San Francisco for a sentimental journey,” he wrote. “Together the two old friends called on a bedridden Vivian Vance. Most of the day was spent in happy reminiscence between Lucy and Vivian, with Mary off in a corner. The laughter lasted for two hours; afterward the visitors cried all the way to the airport. Vance died that August.”
For all that, Wickes remained a guarded figure, in some ways unknowable.
“Mary lived behind walls, not merely walls against unpleasantness … but also walls of secrecy about her health; walls of fear about her (right-wing) political leanings being discovered; walls of lies about her age; walls, certainly, against physical intimacy,” Taravella wrote.
“These were walls of privacy so great that when friends wrote her apartment number on mail addressed to her, she was angered, fearing others might learn the precise location of her apartment.
“Most notably, she erected walls against any emotional closeness. Mary laughed and joked and told stories, but never really opened up — not even with her closest friends. In virtually every context, Mary placed limits on the warmth she would extend, so much so that emotional reticence is one of the first qualities friends mention when asked about her.”

Whatever Wickes had went straight into her work. She prided herself on her professionalism, badgered other theatrical professionals for assignments and was known to walk into rehearsal halls proclaiming, “It’s Mary Wickes, grand old lady of stage, screen and shortwave radio!”

          William S. Paley: The Limits of Power   
In 1965, the new Eero Saarinen-designed building on 52nd Street at Sixth Avenue — swiftly dubbed “Black Rock” — was CBS President Frank Stanton’s baby.
“Consistent with his own taste in art, the furnishings and fixtures reflected a sleek, modern look,” wrote Lewis J. Paper in his book Empire: William S. Paley and the Making of CBS. “Glass, chrome and modern paintings dominated the interior space. Even the location and quantity of plants received careful consideration.
“The only exception to the master plan was (CBS Chairman of the Board Bill) Paley’s office. It continued to reflect his own (and very different) tastes. The French gaming table remained as his desk, rich paneling still adorned the walls, comfortable couches were placed strategically, exquisite paintings hung on the walls, and various artifacts — an old CBS microphone, the cigar-store Indian and later a photograph of Edward R. Murrow — all helped to provide a warmth that seemed even more pronounced because of its stark contrast with the rest of the building.”
But the urbane and sophisticated gourmet Paley had his own baby —a haute cuisine restaurant on the ground floor, eventually to be called The Ground Floor.
“The notion of owning a restaurant had always appealed to Paley, especially as the years went by,” Paper said. “Decades of culinary experience had only added to his knowledge and heightened his interest in planning a restaurant. It would, of course, have to feature the best in everything — from its design to the food to the service. Friends noticed the considerable energy he put into the restaurant — picking a name, shaping the décor and planning the menu.”
The interior design reflected the exterior of Black Rock, but the restaurant’s manager, Jerry Brody, thought that was a mistake. “He felt the building was too cold and stark for a restaurant,” Paper said. “Then there was the cost of the fixtures. Bill Paley wanted the best, but the cost made it that much more difficult for the restaurant to show a profit. All of which might have been overcome if the restaurant became popular, but Bill Paley’s zest for food was not matched by his success as a restaurateur.”
Brody suggested a northern European steakhouse, but Paley said no. It must be French cuisine.
“He went to France almost every year, knew the food and it would draw the right kind of customers — sophisticated people, those who appreciated the finer things. But all these plans and hopes and expectations could not guarantee results. No matter how much time Paley spent in the kitchen tasting the soups and other fare (which he did almost every day), The Ground Floor did not produce the business that Bill Paley wanted, that he felt he deserved.”
In 1968, restaurant critic Gael Greene described the chilly ambience. “The Ground Floor is a perfect room to end an affair in,” she wrote. “The tables are far enough apart to announce the break in a firm voice, and the ambiance is stern enough to discourage sloppy emotionalism.”
“But Boss Paley mingles with everyday folk in the dining room. Leonard Lyons moves through the grill, antennae clicking off the celebrities du jour – Donald Pleasence, Sloan Simpson, an author or two drinking breakfast. And good grief! Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman tieless, unjacketed, grizzled gray locks to the shoulder, Ben Franklin specs … the oldest hippie in the world. Mostly, though, the grill is lined with youngish executives expense-accounting each other. Restrained, subdued: That is not a bar to get sloppy drunk in … not a room to unlax in.”
“It was a never-ending source of frustration,” Paper wrote. “He knew food, he knew New York City and yet he could not make the kind of mystical connection to customers that he had made with his programming. And those who confronted him with the obvious truth proceeded at their peril.
“There was the time, for example, when Stanton, Fred Friendly and Bill Leonard met with Paley one afternoon shortly after The Ground Floor had opened. Paley asked the three executives if they had eaten at the restaurant. In fact, they had all just eaten there — and thought it was terrible. Neither Stanton nor Friendly dared to speak the truth, though. They mumbled that it was fine, just fine. But Bill Leonard loved food as much as Paley, and the two of them had spent many occasions passing away hours discussing food. Leonard could not compromise the truth on so important a matter, and he blurted out, ‘It was awful. The food was terrible. Fred had a fish dish and got sick. The service was bad and the prices were way out of line.’
“As Leonard continued, on and on, the color started to drain from Stanton’s face, and the effect on Paley was obvious.
“‘It was as though I had said his mother had been caught with a young man,’ said Leonard. The meeting ended more quickly than anyone had anticipated, and the phone was ringing for Friendly almost as soon as he and Leonard returned to the news offices on West Fifty-seventh Street. Friendly reported that it was Stanton with a message for the deputy news chief.
“‘Tell Leonard,’ said Stanton, ‘that he has just set the News Division back 10 years. He’s wrecked everything. All Paley can talk about now is the restaurant.’”
“All he wanted, he told friends in 1965, was a simple place where a secretary could go downstairs and have lunch for seven or eight dollars,” David Halberstam wrote in the Atlantic. “His pleasure was enormous when the restaurant finally opened, and his disappointment equal when it was not a wild success. At one point Paley, puzzled by the lack of its success, turned to the restaurateur running it for him, Jerry Brody, and suggested that they might try a supper club for those who eat around 11 p.m., something that Paley liked to do after an evening of concerts or theater.
“ ‘Bill,’ said Brody, ‘there ain’t no supper business in this town.’
“ ‘No?’ answered Paley, puzzled. ‘Why not?’
“ ‘Because everyone’s home watching the tube.’”
Paley’s restaurant evolved into the Ground Floor Café, the American Charcuterie and then the sixth incarnation of the venerable Rose Restaurant. Today the location offers the haute Asian fusion of the China Grill.
Who was Paley? The son of an Eastern European Jewish immigrant to Chicago who’d started a successful cigar company, William S. Paley was, by 1928, a young man looking to make a mark in a young industry, broadcasting.
He’d received a million dollars worth of stock in the Congress Cigar Company, and wanted to use part of it to buy a controlling interest in New York-based UIB, the United Independent Broadcasters, a rival to the industry leader, NBC. But he couldn’t do that without his father’s approval.
“After thinking it over, Sam told his son that he approved of the UIB purchase, that Bill should use $400,000 of his stock funds to buy (Jerome) Louchheim’s interest, and that the family would contribute another $100,000,” wrote Paper. “Paley was delighted and surprised, but most of all surprised. He had convinced himself that Sam would never release him from the cigar business, and he could not resist asking his father why he had yielded. Sam replied that it was all a matter of good business sense. ‘Well,’ he told Bill, ‘if you succeed, it’ll be a bigger business than what you’re in now; and if you don’t succeed,’ his father added, ‘you will have had a lot of experience which might be very useful in the cigar business and to me, and so, on balance, I think you ought to try it.’”
After some hard bargaining, Paley succeeded in securing 50.3 percent of UIB’s stock for $503,000, the day before his 27th birthday.
“Paley was no doubt excited when he arrived at UIB’s office on an upper floor in the tower of the Paramount Building in midtown Manhattan. But the reception was something less than he had hoped for. A stocky office boy refused to admit the boyish-looking president, demanding to see credentials and to know the purpose of his visit.”
The purpose of his visit was to run the company for several decades, as soon as he changed its name to CBS.
Programming was always Paley’s first love at CBS, and his desire for both quality and profits wasn’t easy to satisfy. In Paper’s book, programming chief Mike Dann recalled that day in the 1960s when he entered Paley’s office to deliver the good news that CBS now had nine of the top 10 daytime programs. Paley’s response was, “That damn NBC always hangs in there for one.”
Paley’s programming instincts may have been strong, but they weren’t infallible. In the late 1950s, Paley “…rejected any suggestion that the network make use of Ian Fleming’s stories about James Bond, believing that the American public would have no interest in the escapades of a British spy,” Paper wrote.
Shaken by CBS’s extremely costly debacle in experimental color television, Paley seemingly lost his nerve. The sure, instinctive executive touch was gradually replaced by indecision. His confidence about programming also suffered.
“Paley was too far removed from his audience,” wrote Sally Bedell Smith in her Paley biography In All His Glory. “For decades, he led a rarified life. He did not carry cash, never stood in line, and each morning his faithful valet Dean knotted his tie. Early in 1977, after CBS acquired Woman’s Day magazine as part of its Fawcett Publications purchase, Paley asked Jack Purcell, president of CBS Publishing, ‘Who would buy this? It’s nothing but recipes.’ Purcell told him that eight million women bought the magazine every three weeks. Paley was amazed. ‘Where do they go to buy it?’ he said. ‘Supermarkets,’ said Purcell, who could tell by Paley’s quizzical look that the CBS chairman had never been in that kind of store. Purcell subsequently took Paley to a supermarket on the West Side. After walking all around the store to inspect the displays, Paley stood transfixes as women moved through the check-out lines buying Woman’s Day or Family Circle.”
But while he may never have been a man of the people, Paley’s principled and fairly consistent support for the independence of CBS News set a journalistic standard that ultimately benefited the American public at large.
Whatever his private misgivings, if any, Paley backed Edward R. Murrows nation-rattling broadcast expose of the fascist Sen. Joe McCarthy’s witch hunts in 1954, in a show that risked reprisals against his own network. Murrow biographer A.M. Sperber noted that, “In the morning there had been a  call from Paley: He’d be with Ed tonight and tomorrow as well — a personal gesture for which Murrow was understandably grateful.  Paley also urged Murrow to offer McCarthy reply time on the air: Beat him to the punch,he said.”
The charming and aloof Paley’s central position at CBS during decades when CBS was central to American society seemed to make him something more than self-centered. After decades of such power, Paley finally seemed to regard even mortality as just another problem to be solved by an executive decision.
In 1974, his wife Babe was diagnosed with lung cancer. “Bill Paley … now faced the prospect that his 58-year-old wife could die, leaving him, alone in his old age,” wrote Smith. “His perfectly constructed world threatened to unravel. Paley, so accustomed to controlling virtually every aspect of his existence, worked furiously to conquer Babe’s illness. ‘He was motivated by concern for her,’ recalled Kidder Meade. ‘But he also was confronted by something he couldn’t control. He had an extreme impatience of any failure.’”
“The idea of Babe dying was a terrible shock to me,” Paley said. “I had such faith in myself and believed that, somehow, I was going to beat the rap.”

He didn’t. When his wife died in 1978, Paley sank into two years of depression and disorientation, once complaining to a friend, “My memory is so poor now. I can’t even remember whom I sat next to at dinner last night.”

          It's 2016 Why do Real Estate Agents Still Exist?   
Being Online everything has UBERed many business's into extinction!

Amazon delivers in 24 hours!

The internet should be killing real estate agents!
National Association of Realtors, agents are as widely used as ever: 89 percent of buyers retained one in 2012, up from 69 percent in 2001. It's the same on the seller side, where only 9 percent sold a home without an agent, down from a high of 20 percent in 1987.
Ontario has 42,000 registered agents 

So what's different?

Buyers are International.
Showings are via Virtual Technology with Matterport 3D Tours. Buyers can pre inspect from the comfort of their computers. This reduces stress for you in showings. 

Financing is more complicated
Buyers over bidding on properties may not get funded because of appraisal or other legal issues. Some buildings / complexes has huge supply of condos available. Size does matter.

Home Sellers Insurance
Coverage is available to protect you from unforeseen expenses 

I know people and Have VETTED THEM
Whether they are the painters, landscapers, electricians, flooring contractors, appraisers, home inspectors, bankers, mortgage brokers or lenders; at some point I have used them and found them better than gambling on Craigslist for short notice services required.

Home Verified Reports
Used by Insurance Companies they provide a HISTORY of claims for flood etc.

Real Estate is a local 
I can display for you homes that have sold in proximity to the neighbourhood you want; design a canvass plan just for your search and Flyer / door knock the streets that you would like to live. VIMO applications for reports. 

Using Social Media and my personal network of professional realtors we can reach out to those that are active in local communities and search out pocket listings and coming soon.
Matterport Tours are available at

How you receive the information has changed. 
My function has not.

I look forward to your enquiries.  Call or email today to get started

David Pylyp
647 218 2414
          Putting your House on the MLS is not enough   
Just POSTING your house onto  or is not enough to market your home. You want to attract a wider pool of international buyers who will qualify themselves into loving your home.

New technological advancements in real estate are piling up, making your habits grow old much faster. These cautionary tales from the plugged-in crowd at Inman Connect this year reveal ideas and practices that practitioners should ditch as they move toward a more connected world.Favoring Traditional Listings Over an Interactive ExperienceConsumers are demanding a more dynamic experience while searching for homes online, but many real estate companies aren’t offering 3-D listings because they fear the impact the technology could have on the role of the agent, says Marc Haguenauer, CEO of Vieweet, a company offering tools to shoot 3-D video and virtual reality. “Brokers fear that if you’re using virtual tours as a marketing device, you’re giving away too much information right away and losing leads,” he says.The idea that the enhanced detail of 3-D listings takes away from the importance of an agent is a fallacy, says Mark Tepper, vice president of sales and business development for 3-D camera maker Matterport. He says richer listing detail gives international buyers and those who can’t be there in person to see the property a reason to call. “What it will do is bring you better-qualified buyers and open you up to a global market,” Tepper says.Up next is virtual reality, whereby real estate pros can create a virtual world inside a home. Though the technology is still evolving, Tepper says 3-D will help usher virtual reality into everyday marketing tasks. So it’s important to get a handle on 3-D now so you’re ready for what’s coming next.Outsourcing Technology Education to VendorsBrokers often seek out vendors for training on new technology platforms, but it’s time to rethink that strategy. “We have so many tech tools available, but adoption is a challenge because of the broad demographic of our agents,” says Dina Di Maria, senior vice president of information technology for NRT, a residential brokerage whose brands include Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and ZipRealty.

New Tools are coming to Market your home and Buyers are using Matterport Technology, Virtual Online technology and SINGLE Address website to Feature your home.   Get a top agent who is actually using it to speak to agents and Sellers about how they can use it. 

Distribute 200 - 300 OPEN HOUSE invitations to your event; Include the Website detail.

David Pylyp
647 218 2414

Call to list Today!   We have buyers waiting.

          You claim you had 2000 views on - Prove it!   

Any agent can show you the number of views per listing period and their intensity.

That is part of the marketing function.  Getting Eyes on your property

I know that some are proponents of 3rd party websites;  BUT is the strongest portal available to Toronto Home Sellers.  The combination of Matterport as a Virtual Viewer and MLS presentation makes buyers share the listing details with their friends and family.

That makes them PRE qualify themselves.

Can you see when that listing HIT the market?   Let me do this for you and your home sale.  #Call me

          NEW Improved Protecting Condominium Owners Act now in place    
With almost 600,000 condominium units in the Province of Ontario and more coming; the Condominium Act was slated for review.

I disagree with an additional layer of government that is ruled by Tribunals that require paralegal representation and will require funding [ we pay ] as compared to legal redress. This also will cure many self managed Condo buildings that run rogue over residents.

However the Top Talking points are;

A new Condominium Authority will be established in 2015 to prevent common disputes and serve as a cheaper alternative than the court system to resolve problems. It will be an independent, not-for-profit corporation self-funded by a $1-per-unit monthly fee and will fall under the oversight of the provincial auditor general.

There will be mandatory licensing and education requirements for condominium managers. The new administrative authority is designed to regulate condo managers and property management companies through a compulsory licensing system and a code of ethics.

Governance requirements for those on condo boards will include training of directors. Boards would no longer have to pass a by-law in order to hold a conference call or virtual meeting online. And they would be required to update owners regularly on insurance and any legal proceedings.

There will be clearer rules to protect owners from sticker-shock costs after purchasing newly built units. Developers will be required give buyers a guide to condominium living at the time of sale and the Ontario new home warranty will soon also apply to some condo conversion projects in older buildings.

Improved regulation for condo corporations should help curb financial mismanagement and organizational bungling and reduce fraud. It would forbid condo corporations from finalizing some maintenance contracts unless they have sought competing bids for work and give owners more information about their corporation’s finances and clarify rules about reserve funds.

The Protecting Condominium Owners Act 2015  Bill 106 
is available here

Better or Worse Its here

What do you think?

          No matter what he says; Tell him we need to think about it   
My guess is that before this meeting took place, you agreed not to make a buying decision today. That's perfectly understandable. Most of my clients want to think over my proposal. I've done the same thing myself.

All I ask is that if you see something that is a good fit for your needs and may bring your great benefits and may even save you money that you won't let that pact stand in your way.   That's fair isn't it?

Thank you Tom Hopkins

Ready to go shopping now?    For that forever house you've talked about?

Rates are available this weeks special at 1.59%. Get a rate quote! 

Computer Generated Virtual Tours now included with each NEW* listing

          Digital Imaging arrives in Toronto   
When home sellers see that you’ll be presenting their property online in immersive 3D, they will be blown away. A Matterport 3D Showcase™ makes you the clear choice to list any property. 

Digital Imaging Toronto is revolutionizing how real estate photographers, brokerages and agents showcase residential and commercial properties. The Matterport 3D technology is simple, powerful and effective. The ultimate home Viewing instrument that allows you to measure and create floorplans. 

A 3D Showcase™ is an online experience that lets home buyers move through a property and see it from any angle. Even get a completely unique sense for the place with our “dollhouse” view. Try it here!


Matterport 3D Media Platform Demo from Matterport on Vimeo.

... BUT there are thousands of other professions and services that could use this technology; 

  • Restaurant or Pub displaying their venue 
  • Homes under construction displayed in stages of completion 
  • Stores that have an online shopping presence 
  • Commercial Real Estate Brokers to display retail or office space. 
  • Home designers to display what could be changed. 
  • Insurance Companies for Claims or Verification Museums, 
  • Art Galleries and other Venues 

 Matterport is a key part of the optimal “click and mortar” showroom and commerce experience. The Matterport Pro 3D Camera and Capture App for iPad automatically produces high-quality immersive 3D models in the hands of any user. As the camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Other laser-based camera systems are cumbersome, expensive and take days to create a 3D model. Access and organize your 3D models. 

The Matterport 3D Portal is a management and distribution platform for all of your 3D models. Access and organize your scan jobs and models, collaborate with your team, share models with clients, and publish models to the general public. All of your 3D models are uploaded into the folder you designate for each user. Cloud-based creation and hosting of high-fidelity 3D models. 

The Matterport Cloud executes an extensive set of computer vision algorithms to process the photography and 3D data, creating a 3D model that combines HDR-quality imagery with dimensionally accurate geometry. In this way, geometrical data is converted into an efficient polygonal mesh, which can be easily streamed to the Matterport 3D Showcase media player. 

Be there. From anywhere. Once a Matterport 3D model is hosted in the Matterport Cloud, viewers anywhere in the world can explore these spaces from their desktop or mobile device. The result? A totally immersive experience that literally transports you. 

 This functionality is now available on Virtual Reality platforms like VR Googles. News Releases 

Call Digital Images Toronto to arrange your Virtual Tour - starting June 20, 2015
          Digital Imaging for Home Tours 3D with Matterport   
New Technology now available in Toronto

Matterport digital imaging combines 3D and 2D technology and renders a drive-able video tour. You control what you want to see and from what perspective.

3D Showcase Navigation Help. 

3D Showcase features a new help experience designed to drive greater engagement with your models. Navigation Help educates users on key features, such as walking around inside the model and viewing the Dollhouse. 

Click the question mark icon to open Navigation Help. Navigation Help automatically appears once for each user. If you wish to display help every time a particular 3D Showcase runs, you can add the query parameter help=1 to the embed code, as shown below:

Call to create a Digital recreation of your home today 647 218 2414

Virtual Tours Are available Approximately June 20th 2015
Condos from $200    Houses from $300
Engagement is 4'x that of a normal virtual tour
Book Now! 

SAMPLE condo showcase

          NINJA-IDE 3.0-alpha is Here!!   

NINJA-IDE 3.0-alpha is finally here!!!

After lots of months rewriting NINJA-IDE to implement the new architecture (which I must say, is going to bring new amazing things about: performance, extensibility, stability, and easy a lot of things for developers of plugins and the core of ninja), we are finally here with the 3.0-alpha version.
There are a lot of things that still needs to be implemented, several features to add, a bunch of issues to fix, etc, etc...

BUT if you are one of the brave ones, you can start playing around with NINJA-IDE, and let us know your ideas of what needs to be improved, problems you experienced, and everything you think would help us to make NINJA-IDE 3.0 the most awesome version so far!
As usual, we are developing NINJA-IDE 3.0 using NINJA-IDE 3.0, but it's always nice to hear from people using the IDE in different ways.

For the alpha version, we are not going to distribute installers for the different platforms, but if you want to start testing NINJA-IDE 3.0-alpha, you can grab the source code from Github and run it from sources (We've always tried to make it really easy to execute it this way for developers), also, if you are in Ubuntu, you can use the Daily PPA and install the last version from there.

Take a look at some of the visual changes that we have done in NINJA-IDE 3.0:

Now that we have the new architecture implemented in NINJA-IDE (something that we knew was going to take a lot of time, but the payoff was going to be huge!), we can start working on fixing the remaining issues, add some of the missing features, AND INCLUDE THE NEW FEATURES THAT WE PLANNED FOR THIS VERSION!! I can tell you that an incredible effort is being done from everyone in NINJA-IDE to build some really awesome things:
  • A whole new plugin environment, with virtualenv detection, pypi handling, etc
  • Lots of improves in Code Completion
  • Graphical Debugger
  • A new IntelliSensei module to bring to you the magic of metadata analysis
  • Several improves in the UI and UX
  • And lots of more things!!!! But... LOTS!!

And that it's not ALL!! The Web Team of NINJA-IDE is also working in a new website, to improve some internal functionalities, and to provide new sections, as a new blog, where we want to publish all the news about the new features being developed, updates in the documentation, videos about how to use and interact with ninja, and lots of more stuff!


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Loved reading about the Disney challenge and can't wait for the FULL race report. I'm trying to imagine the shock of running in hot weather after all that cold training!! You guys are awesome! I too wish I could have run those last few with you today, although all that snow doesn't sound too appealing.

I am having a hard time getting out there but am totally craving it, so today on a rare walk with the dog (usually I'm with the baby and Sweetie is on Luna duty) I ran and walked. I looked silly with my jeans kind of falling down and I was hiking them up every few steps,and  my silly wool hat and street shoes didn't make me look much like a runner, but hey, I'm a runner inside and this was better than nothing and Luna was PSYCHED!

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          What Exclusive Titles Will We See on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)?    

XBox 2 Exclusives
Console exclusives have long been used as a means of arguing why one is better than another. There’s no denying that certain franchises define their consoles after so many generations of exclusive titles.

It’s these games that win us over and bring us from one side to another. Microsoft has a nice library of titles, both past and present, that would work really well on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. Today, we’re going to take a look at the franchises exclusive to Xbox systems, and what form they could take on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio).

13 Exclusives You’ll Most Likely See on Project Scorpio (Xbox 2)

Some of these titles are a given, but others come from deep in the vaults of Microsoft. With the recent cancellation of Scalebound, Microsoft has axed one of their precious exclusives. It was shaping up pretty well, but the hammer came down anyway.

Are any of these games safe? In some cases, the answer is a definite yes, but in others, the future could be uncertain. It’s worth noting that, even if these games come out on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), they won’t be exclusive to that system unless they’re in VR.

Microsoft has said already Scorpio won’t have any exclusives, save for these virtual reality experiences.

So, most likely you’ll see these titles in some form on Xbox One as well, but odds are they will shine best on the new console. Let’s look at the lineup!

1. Gears of War

While Microsoft has a lot of AAA exclusives, nothing hits quite like Gears of War. The first three games in this franchise were powerhouse examples of what could be done on Xbox 360. Gears of War 4 looks and plays great on Xbox One, but it wasn’t the revival I wanted from the series.

Even so, there’s no doubting that the series will continue on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. It will most likely be used to showcase the 4K power of the system to great effect. Not only that, but if Microsoft lets developers harness the power of the system beyond a resolution boost, we could see a knockout performance from then next Gears game. This one a definite, though, because we know they are creating a new trilogy for the beloved series.

2. Phantom Dust

My first experience with Phantom Dust came from an impulse buy at Walmart in the original Xbox bargain bin. Man, was it a hidden gem, though. This game combined customizable attacks with an amazing combat system that randomly deployed attacks in your “deck” three at a time.

So, let’s say you got a shield, a projectile, and a melee attack. You could map those on the fly to your character and then come back when new ones spawned to change up your arsenal in the middle of battle. Such a cool exclusive, and Microsoft even announced a remake at E3 2014.

Since then, they have seemingly canceled the project, but have also said that it’s still going to come out at some point. It’s confusing, which makes this one a “maybe” in our book. Even so, this is such a unique franchise, I’m really hoping it sees the light of day.

3. Halo

Ah yes, good old Master Chief. He’s been a flagship representative of the Xbox brand since the days of the original Xbox. We’re up to Halo 5 now, but don’t expect this series to go anywhere. Halo 6 is guaranteed, and I’m sure we’ll see something past that.

At the very least, spin-offs like Halo Wars keep the series alive and fresh. Halo 6 will conclude the second trilogy for the series and I guarantee you it will be yet another major selling point for owners of Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio).

Since we’re also expecting VR on Xbox Two, I would also submit that Halo will get the virtual reality treatment in some form. Depending on how successful VR is, it will either be a “Halo experience” or a full game in VR, but mark my words, it will happen.

4. State of Decay

State of Decay is one of those games that I have in my library that I keep saying I’ll get around to. It’s a pretty good zombie apocalypse title that combines an open world with unique survival mechanics.

At E3 2016, Microsoft announced a sequel in the form of State of Decay 2. Since the series is seeing another iteration, I think we have a new exclusive franchise on our hands. While the zombie thing has been done to death, this could be another title that would make a great VR experience. At the very least, we will see them expand on the survival mechanics and possibly take the whole thing online DayZ style.

5. Crackdown

I absolutely loved the first Crackdown on Xbox 360. It somehow managed to nail the open-world feeling while also providing a compelling reason to collect a whole lot of orbs. The way your character felt physically more powerful as the game went on was amazing and addicting.

Then Crackdown 2 came along and kinda messed things up. The switch to zombies made next to zero sense, and the repetitive cycle they came up with gave my nightmares akin to the ones I have when I think about the original Assassin’s Creed.

I thought the series was done, but Microsoft announced Crackdown 3 and everything suddenly came back to me. The game has made waves since a demo was shown behind closed doors that gave the press a look at how Microsoft is finally using the cloud to do some pretty amazing stuff.

With Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) we could see the cloud finally become utilized in the way that Crackdown 3 does in the multiplayer mode. For this game, the city in multiplayer is 100% destructible and it stays that way across sessions thanks to the cloud technology.

6. Sea of Thieves

Microsoft’s ownership of Rare Studios has been something they rarely take advantage of. Prior to games like Rare Replay, they were only working on Kinect titles. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.

Rare is working on a new franchise called Sea of Thieves that has had some truly impressive showings at gaming conferences. This online pirate game allows you to set sail on open seas and fight other players as you journey with your friends into the unknown.

This is something that will most likely hit shelves shortly after Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) releases, which puts it in the perfect place to take advantage of the new hardware. A massive world like this could greatly benefit from the aforementioned cloud technology that Crackdown 3 is using as well.

Perhaps with the release of Xbox Two/Project Scorpio, we’ll see the cloud revived as well.

7. Indie Darlings

Microsoft has been showing indie titles a lot of love, and why not? They tend to have unique ideas and interesting stories to tell. There’s also some exclusives happening with games like Below and Cuphead.

Microsoft will absolutely continue to embrace the independent developers in the industry with Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio). Running simpler games in 4K is something the system should be able to do without breaking a sweat. It will be a great source of native 4K content for the console.

8. Quantum Break

Remedy is responsible for games like Max Payne, Alan Wake, and of course, Quantum Break. This incredibly unique shooter combined live action episodes with gameplay in a way that made it feel like an interactive TV show.

I really enjoyed it, and I’m not the only one either. With the strong reviews and sales, Remedy is bound to come back to this universe on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio). We’ll hopefully see the return of the live action episodes in glorious 4K and improved graphics as a result of Scorpio’s hardware.

9. Lost Odyssey

Sony has been killing it with the RPG selection on PS4, but Xbox is looking a little light in this regard. During the Xbox 360 generation, the tables were turned when Microsoft had games like Blue Dragon and of course, Lost Odyssey.

Lost Odyssey has a special place in my heart as one of my favorite RPGs. I would absolutely love to see Mistwalker return to this universe with a gorgeous 4K RPG on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. Will it happen? It’s hard to say, but Microsoft did recently make the classic RPG backwards compatible with Xbox One, so there’s still interest in seeing it come back.

10. Banjo-Kazooie

One of the first things you think of when Rare shows up, is Banjo-Kazooie. While we did get a new title in this series on Xbox 360, it wasn’t really what people wanted, or needed for that matter. We wanted a classic platformer, and we still do.

Once they’re done with Sea of Thieves, I wouldn’t be surprised if they leapt on a project in this franchise to compete with Sony’s announcement of Crash Bandicoot being remastered.

11. Fable

Fable has had a rough ride, courtesy of series creator Peter Molyneux. He tends to make promises and checks that he can’t cash, which gave the Fable series a very muddled image in the mainstream gaming world.

An old co-worker of mine used to call it “The Fisher-Price of RPGs” which is a little harsh, but not entirely off the mark. It offered an approachable option in the genre and, while it didn’t meet all expectations, it’s still a series I remember fondly.

We thought it was coming back with Fable Legends, but that was unfortunately canceled. Even Lionhead studios was shuttered after this as well, but I have faith that the Fable brand won’t fade into history.

It will return in another form, with a new developer. Mark my words.

12. Forza

Forza Motorsport is one of the most successful racing franchises ever, and it continues to smash records every year for Microsoft. Whether it’s the traditional series, or the Horizon spin-offs, this one isn’t going anywhere.

When it comes to games that can and will benefit from Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), this is a no-brainer. It will be a glorious entry into the 4K lineup.

13. Perfect Dark

Last up is another Rare classic. Perfect Dark has had its fair share of ups and downs, but it was always remembered fondly by fans. The Xbox 360 entry is something we don’t talk about, but the HD remaster available in the Rare Replay collection reminded me that we need to see this series come back.

In a market dominated by Battlefield and Call of Duty, a unique first-person espionage shooter like Perfect Dark would find a comfortable place on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio.

Over to You, Fellow Gamers

Project Scorpio, A.K.A Xbox Two, is coming in holiday of 2017. The games that Microsoft plans to bring to the new console will be gorgeous and exciting. The prospect of VR titles is even more amazing, especially given this lineup of exclusive franchises to choose from.

We can only speculate for now, and hope that our favorite franchises can come back from a hiatus and be reborn in glorious 4K or VR. It’s only a matter of time, my friends, before we see some of these names on the big screen again.

Which exclusives do you want to see on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)? Let your voice be heard in the comments!


          Why Xbox One X (Project Scorpio) Won’t Be The Last Console From Microsoft   

Since the dawn of modern gaming, we’ve always expected consoles to go through a cycle before gracefully bowing out as a new generation takes center stage. With the Xbox One and now XBox One X (Project Scorpio), all of that is changing.

Microsoft isn’t even sure if they’re going to do another generation of consoles after they release Project Scorpio/Xbox Two. Of course, these kinds of claims send a ripple effect through the industry, but I’m here to put your mind at ease. Join me as we discuss Microsoft’s comments and why console players have nothing to worry about.

Looking Past The Headlines: What Microsoft’s Comments Really Mean

Xbox Games Marketing head, Aaron Greenberg, made headlines when he said that the current generation of consoles, XBox One X/Project Scorpio included, would be the last one you will see from Microsoft.

At face value, that seems like a death knell, but it’s not. Microsoft is trying to change the game, literally. Speaking with Engadget at Gamescom, Aaron Greenberg went into more detail on this bold statement:

“I think it is … For us, we think the future is without console generations, we think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware, we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We’re basically saying ‘this isn’t a new generation, everything you have continues forward and it works.’ We think of this as a family of devices.

But we’ll see, we’re going to learn from this, we’re going to see how that goes. So far I’d say based on the reaction there appears to be a lot of demand and interest around Project Scorpio, and we think it’s going to be a pretty big success. If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming.”

Instead of consoles coming and going, Microsoft is looking towards a future where the platform doesn’t fade. Part of this is already in motion with XBox One X (Project Scorpio) being compatible with all your Xbox One games and accessories.

Microsoft has also promised zero exclusive titles for Scorpio, but that doesn’t extend to VR. We know that this new console will support virtual reality, and these experiences will be exclusive to the console since the other Xbox platforms don’t have the power to do VR.

We’ve heard Xbox boss Phil Spencer talk before about consoles that continued to innovate instead of staying static for seven years or more before being replaced. This, combined with the notion of an Xbox Family that leaves no game or accessory behind when you upgrade, is all part of this initiative to blur the lines between consoles and generations.

XBox Two
XBox Two Design by Danny Haymond

Microsoft cites the smartphone industry as their main inspiration for this new plan. Greenberg explained by saying:

”For us, we think the future is without console generations; we think the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware, we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We’re basically saying, ‘this isn’t a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works. We think of this as a family of devices.”

Okay, so given that information, let’s break down this news:

  • Microsoft isn’t stopping their game business after Project Scorpio (XBox One X) releases
  • Microsoft will continue to make new hardware in the future, they're not going to stop with Scorpio.
  • They are focusing on creating a singular platform across multiple devices, thus removing the hard boundaries that define console generations.
  • Instead of major leaps forward every seven years, we’ll probably see more consistent console releases from them.

Now that we’ve discussed the facts, it’s time to start speculating. Will this new venture work for Microsoft, and if so, how does it affect the other members of the console industry?

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Microsoft’s Bold New Steps: How Will Sony and Nintendo React?

It seems that smartphones have been a major influence on the console industry, because Microsoft aren’t the only ones taking cues from the resident kings and queens of portable devices. Sony and Nintendo have been busy changing their strategies as well.

For example, if we look at the rumors surrounding the PS4.5 (PS4 Neo), everyone expected a reveal at E3 2016, but Sony decided to wait. PlayStation boss, Andrew House was especially surprised when Microsoft decided to announce XBox One X (Project Scorpio) over year in advance.

Speaking with The Guardian, this is what he had to say:

”I was surprised by the step of announcing something over a year ahead of time. The dynamics of the tech industry are such that there’s a much heavier emphasis on immediate gratification than there was. A lot of that is to do with how Apple has very cleverly and elegantly managed the ‘available now’ approach.

We experienced this ourselves, when, in 2013, very much in line with our previous strategies, we announced a concept and a name for PlayStation 4, and everyone said ‘where’s the box? How dare you?!’ That was the point we realized, well, we hadn’t changed, but the world around us had.”

Further on in the interview, Andrew House explained that the PS4 Neo is meant to be a high-end PlayStation 4 and not a next generation console. In addition, he said that smartphone has taught customers to expect a different rhythm of innovation in their technology.

That being said, he also cautioned against turning the traditional cycle into a 18-month/two-year rhythm because then we would lose out on the big “wow” moments that a new piece of hardware provides. It’s a balance for them, because House also mentioned that Sony typically loses gamers during the later years of a cycle because they are heading to PC where the graphics and technology are more current.

A high-end PS4 would keep them inside the PlayStation brand, and that’s similar to what Microsoft is doing. The PS4 Neo is also reported to use the same accessories and games you would use on a PS4, similar to how Microsoft is focusing on leaving no gamers behind.

In the case of Microsoft and Sony, both are playing and both are clearly looking to the smartphone industry for inspiration. Nintendo, however, has been extremely quiet on their plans for the future. We know their new console, the NX, is coming in March of 2017, but we know very little about it.

That being said, rumors suggest that it will be a console/portable hybrid. Top this off with the release of the widely popular Pokemon GO app, and it’s clear that Nintendo is also taking cues from the mobile phone industry.

So in the end, what does this mean? Well, if Microsoft is truly setting the example for the future, we’re going to see consoles come out more often, similar to the way smartphones get newer models every few years.

The idea is that these aren’t “next-generation” consoles. Instead, they’re a newer and more high-end option that keeps pace with technology. You won’t be pressured into buying it, though, because when you are ready to upgrade, everything you’ve bought will work on the new box.

Because there’s no hard boundary between any one of the consoles, the concept of a “generation” as we know it, ceases to exist.

Now, Microsoft never said they would release a new console every two years, but you can bet that they won’t wait 7-years either. We’re going to see new hardware over the course of a lifecycle. This is right in line with Phil Spencer’s comments at the Xbox Spring Showcase in 2016:

”When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. You’ll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run forwards and backwards compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform that allows us to focus more and more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.

In addition to playing your games on any version of Microsoft’s console, they are also promising (at least for now) zero exclusives to the XBox One X (Project Scorpio). Games will look and play better on the new system, but they will also work on any version of the Xbox One.

Combine this with the announcement of the “Play Anywhere” program that lets you have copies of certain games on both Xbox and Windows PC, and you’ve got all the trimmings of this universal “single generation” future Microsoft is planning for.

At the end of the day, Project Scorpio (XBox One X) won’t be the last console from Microsoft. It’s the first in a new breed of consoles that tear down the boundaries between generations. This may be the last generation, but it’s not the last we’ll see of Xbox. You can count on that.

How do you think Microsoft will progress with this new plan of theirs? Are you excited about this potential change in the industry? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          Microsoft Enters VR: Why Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) Will Use Oculus Rift   
Xbox 2 Oculus Rift

Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) has been announced and one of the most interesting things we know about Microsoft’s new console is that it will indeed support high-fidelity virtual reality. While we don’t have an exact answer as to which headset the console will support, there’s enough evidence to support our theory that Xbox 2/Project Scorpio will work with the Oculus Rift.

Join us as we look at the various breadcrumbs Microsoft has been leaving on the internet, and how we pieced together this revelation.

Project Scorpio (Xbox Two) Will Support VR, But Microsoft Isn’t Making It

Our first chunk of evidence comes from an interview between Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and Wired magazine. In this interview, Phil Spencer took some shots at both the Xbox One and the PS4, saying that when he spoke to VR developers, they told him that 6 teraflops of processing power were needed to provide a true VR experience.

To this point he added that today’s consoles don’t have that kind of power, specifically calling out the Xbox One and PS4. He’s right, but still, you can’t help but think he said that on purpose. As he went into more detail, Spencer said that the focus was on providing a high quality VR experience:

"The truth is, a console can run a 2-D version of Doom or Fallout today, which a PS4 and Xbox One can, is not going to be able to do a stereoscopic, high-framerate version of those games. We don’t want to force VR into a middle ground between the scale that we see in mobile, and what our customers expect."

He went on to say that the “best place for VR innovation is the PC,” and that Microsoft is seeking to take that innovation and bring it to the console space. This narrows down the candidates to Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. What about a Microsoft-developed headset, I hear you ask? Spencer shot down this idea in the interview, saying:

"Right now we are not focused on a first-party VR hardware device.”

Now that we’ve narrowed down the candidates to the PC virtual reality space, let’s find out why we believe the Oculus Rift is destined for Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio).

Everybody Loves Oculus: Microsoft’s Partnership With the Rift

Everyone remembers the underdog story of the Oculus Rift’s rise to success. What began as a Kickstarter campaign is now one of pioneers of VR on the PC. Even bigger waves were made when Facebook decided to buy the company for a cool $2 billion.

This wasn’t the end of Oculus Rift’s partnerships either. The following year, Microsoft also announced a partnership with the Rift. As part of this agreement, Oculus Rift headsets were set to ship with an Xbox One wireless controller and the adapter needed to use it wirelessly on the PC.

Furthermore, Xbox One games can be streamed to the headset and playable in a 2D format. Finally, the headset is also natively compatible with Windows 10. While this deal was originally for the PC space, it would be outside the realm of reason to assume it will extend to Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) as well.

What About Fallout 4 VR?

Hold on a second, though, didn’t Microsoft confirm that Fallout 4 VR was coming to Project Scorpio at E3 2016? They did indeed, and Todd Howard of Bethesda Games seemed excited about the prospect saying:

"We’re moving Fallout 4 to VR, and to have a console that can support that, at the resolution and speed that we really want, I think it’s gonna be magical."

I couldn’t agree more, but what throws a wrench in our gears is the fact that the VR version of the game has been, up until now, only confirmed for the HTC Vive. Bethesda was very clear about this, and it brings to mind the question of why they didn’t mention Oculus Rift in their Fallout 4 VR announcement.

The answer lies in some bad blood brewing between the two companies. In 2015, there was a lawsuit between Bethesda’s owner, ZeniMax, and Oculus Rift. As part of this lawsuit, Oculus was being sued for “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks.”

The lawsuit came about when Doom’s co-creator, John Carmack, left id software to join the Oculus Rift team. He is being accused of allegedly providing technology and information to Oculus before his department from the ZeniMax-owned id Software.

This debacle could be the very reason why Fallout 4 isn’t being developed for Oculus Rift. Since we know it’s coming to Scorpio, that puts a bind on our theory. If Bethesda isn’t making the game for the Rift, but they are bringing it to Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), then that would suggest that Microsoft is pushing the HTC Vive to the console.

That would of course require them to partner with the Vive’s creator, Valve, which is a direct competitor to Microsoft in the PC space. It’s amazing how quickly politics can muddle a perfectly good theory.

Even so, we have until Holiday 2017 before the Xbox Two (Project Scorpio) is released. Hopefully by then this whole mess can be cleared up and Microsoft can extend their partnership with Oculus to the console, nice and smooth.

Personally, I think the HTC Vive is the superior headset in terms of technology, but I also know that the Vive costs $800, so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m leaning towards the rift, though its price isn’t much better.

In the end, most of the evidence points to the Oculus Rift as Microsoft’s chosen third-party headset for Project Scorpio (Xbox 2), but legal issues and the announcement that Fallout 4 VR would be coming to the platform put a few obstacles in the way of confirming this theory.

Which VR headset would you like to see on the Xbox 2? How do you think these legal matters will play into the ultimate decision? Do you wish Microsoft was doing a first-party headset besides the HoloLens? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          PowerCLI - Add PortGroups to Standard vSwitch.   
If your environment uses Standard vSwitches it is more likely that you often end up adding a portgroup on all the hosts in a cluster. This becomes even more tedious task when you have multiple portgroups to add.

This script helps you to add new portgroups to an existing vSwitch. You can also connect to an ESXi Host directly if you have a standalone host (which is rare in Prod environments though)..

$vcserver = "vCenterFQDN/IP"
$portvc = "443"
$myvSwitch ="Your vSwitch (EX: vSwitch1)"
Connect-VIServer $vcserver -Port $portvc -Credential (Get-Credential)
$hosts = Get-VMHost -Location "Cluster_Name" | Sort Name
foreach($host in $hosts){

# Enable below line if you want to create a new vSwitch named with $myvSwitch and assign NICs 1,3,4,5 to the vSwitch.
#$host | New-VirtualSwitch -Name $myvSwitch -Nic vmnic1, vmnic3, vmnic4, vmnic5

#Add new portgroups to the vSwitch named "$myvSwitch". Each portgroup/VLAN needs one line similar to the below..
$host | Get-VirtualSwitch -Name $myvSwitch | New-VirtualPortGroup "corp 80" -VLanId 80 -Confirm:$false
$host | Get-VirtualSwitch -Name $myvSwitch | New-VirtualPortGroup "corp 90" -VLanId 90 -Confirm:$false
$host | Get-VirtualSwitch -Name $myvSwitch | New-VirtualPortGroup "corp 100" -VLanId 100 -Confirm:$false
Disconnect-VIServer $vcserver -confirm:$false

***PS: Test it before you run in a Prod Cluster. ***

          Fru Proves That the Kinect Deserves Another Chance on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio)   

The Kinect was supposed to be Microsoft’s foray into the world of motion-controlled gaming. Originally released at a time when the Nintendo Wii was the most popular game console for mainstream gamers, it never found the success it deserved. Microsoft tried again with Xbox One and still the device is collecting dust.

That is, until Fru released in summer of 2016. Read on to find out how this little gem of a game revived my faith in the Kinect and more importantly showcases why the device deserves another chance on Xbox Two.

Fru: The Little Game That Could

This little-known game is one of the only Kinect exclusive titles to release in some time. It’s also sadly one of, if not, the last one we’ll see on Xbox One. Here’s the problem with that:

Fru is Fantastic!

This game proves that the Kinect has potential, if only it were given the talent and support it needs. Read on to find out why I believe the third time’s the charm with Kinect, and why it should get another chance on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio).

So, what makes Fru so special, I hear you ask? Let’s start with a look at the game itself. Check out the screenshot below.

Fru Xbox One Kinect

Fru is a game where you guide a small character through side-scrolling levels much like you would in a classic Mario game. The twist comes in how your body interacts with the game via the Kinect. When playing the game, you’ll see your silhouette standing in front of the environment.

As your body moves across the levels, you’ll be able to reveal invisible platforms, or create obstacles for your character. By moving yourself to create paths for the main character, or get out of their way, you are then able to use the controller in your hand to navigate the area.

It starts simple, but the game slowly ramps the difficulty. You’ll find yourself balancing on one foot or using your hand to create a platform for the game’s character. This level of interaction between a classic side-scrolling game and the real world is what makes Fru so amazingly unique.

The Kinect’s best games usually apply this kind of full body experience. Another example is Dance Central, which also tracks you from head-to-toe. Kinect’s best moments are when full body motion is combined with innovative gameplay.

The game’s platforming is fairly simple, which is a blessing when you’re playing a videogame version of Twister by holding your arm out while balancing on one foot. Unlike most other Kinect games, Fru doesn’t rely on the premise of your body revealing platforms or obstacles the whole game.

In the second of the game’s four areas, your body becomes a bubble of water. Watch as the main character jumps into your silhouette and swims through you to their destination. It’s quite unique. In the third area, you’ll use your body to hit switches in the level, and the fourth pits you against molten lava.

The game suffered a few delays, presumably because the developers were wrestling with the Kinect. In the end, though, it works flawlessly. Fru is easily one of the best performing Kinect games ever made.

The true problem with Kinect from the beginning was developers not having a complete understanding, or more importantly, a powerful enough device to create the experiences they wanted. The jump in quality from the first Kinect to Kinect 2.0 is noticeable, but a Kinect 3.0 would be the pinnacle of Microsoft’s vision.

We already know that Xbox One S won’t work with Kinect unless you have an adapter, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming that Project Scorpio/Xbox Two will offer a Kinect 3.0.

Why Xbox Two (Project Scorpio) Should Introduce Kinect 3.0

Motion gaming has fallen to the wayside, but the technology isn’t down for the count. With the rise of virtual reality, we’re seeing a need for this type of tech. Whether we’re looking at the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, or even the PlayStation VR, all of them have some sort of camera or tracking device.

This is the secret ingredient that makes VR work. Since these games boast the ability to track your head movements as you look around the environments, a camera is needed to follow your movements and translate that into the game.

We know for certain that Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) will use virtual reality. If Microsoft takes a page from Sony’s playbook, they’ll use pre-existing technology to create the camera they need. PlayStation has the PS4 Camera for this purpose, but Microsoft has the unique opportunity here to tweak the Kinect further and use it to power their VR headset of choice.

You could counter this by saying that a more simple camera would also do the job, and you’d be right, but after playing Fru I feel like there’s too much left in terms of the Kinect’s potential for it to be left on the table.

Not taking into consideration the money Microsoft has poured into the device, we have to consider how far this technology has come since the days of the Nintendo Wii. With an enhanced Kinect 3.0, Xbox Two (Project Scorpio) could not only power a VR headset, but it could also support the best games the Kinect has ever seen.

A combination of the right technology and the right approach like we saw with Fru could really give Microsoft a powerful combination of VR and motion gaming options. While I know this could easily go either way, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Fru and I firmly believe that the Kinect still has life left in it.

As of April 2016, Microsoft said they still have some cool stuff planned for the Kinect on Xbox One like Cortana and the like. It’s hard to say what they mean by that, but if Fru is any indication, let’s hope they don’t abandon the device.

It just needs the support it deserves and the technology to make it happen. The ball’s in your court Microsoft, make me proud.

Have you played Fru on the Xbox One? Would you like to see a Kinect 3.0 on Project Scorpio/Xbox 2? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          Kick Start!!   
All these years I was thinking to start a blog on the technology that I work on. Better late than never. Now is the time for me to kick start this effort.

I am Pardha Nallan working as a Vmware Architect with a US based Records Management Company. I'm in the industry for little more than 9 years and working in Vmware Virtualization for the past 5 years. I work on VMware vSphere Stack, vSphere PowerCLI, vCenter Orchestrator, vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center etc..

I have a few IT Certifications like VCP 4&5, ITIL v3 Foundation, MCTS etc.. and aiming towards VCAP Certifications as well.

I can be reached at and my twitter handle is @pardhanallan. My linkedin profile is

Let me start sharing what I know and learn what others know.

Pardha Nallan

          The Xbox One S is Coming, But You Should Wait For Xbox 2    

E3 2016 was packed with some of the biggest announcements in recent memory. For starters, Microsoft announced not one, but two new Xbox consoles. One was the Xbox One S, releasing on August 2nd, 2016, and the other was Project Scorpio (also known as Xbox 2).

We have to wait until holiday 2017 for Xbox Two, but with Xbox One S coming out very shortly, we ask the toughest question of all: "should you buy an Xbox One S, or wait for Project Scorpio (Xbox 2)?" Wonder no more my friends, it's time for us to find out!

Sizing Up The Xbox One S: Is it Worth Your Money?

Let’s start by looking at the Xbox One S in a world where Project Scorpio/Xbox Two hasn’t been announced. The Xbox One S offers a 40% smaller box with 4K video output, up to a 2TB hard drive, and HDR visuals.

It’s nice, and the larger hard drive option means you can finally have more than 500GB of internal space in a world where some games pass the 50GB mark on their own. Beyond these major features, the Xbox One S also adds a few other small tweaks:

  • A “robot white” color
  • A New Xbox controller with a Bluetooth connection
  • Physical power button instead of a touch-sensitive one
  • The device pairing button is on the front instead of the side
  • Anywhere from 500GB to 2TB of storage
  • Taking all of these thing into account, it’s not bad. If you’re a Kinect owner, though, you won’t be happy to find out the Xbox One S doesn’t have a port for it. You’ll have to purchase an adapter unless you already own a Kinect or Xbox One. The adapter is $49.99.

    On top of all this, the external power brick is now inside the system so you don’t have that extra burden. The HDR feature is the only real change in terms of hardware and only works on televisions that support it.

    This feature allows colors to be displayed in richer and more dynamic tones, but it’s possible that we won’t see this feature in every game because of its complexity. There are three models of the Xbox One S to choose from:

    • The 2TB version for $399 launching August 2nd
    • The 1TB version for $349 which is bundled with Madden NFL 17
    • The 500GB version for $299 which includes Halo 5 and the Halo: Master Chief Collection

    For someone who doesn’t own an Xbox One, this could be enticing. After all, Microsoft announced at there will be no Scorpio exclusives and that everything will be forwards and backwards compatible.

    Even so, you’d be doing yourself a favor by waiting. Let’s find out why you should wait for Xbox Two instead of buying an Xbox One S.

    3 Reasons to Wait For Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)

    Let’s be honest here: Xbox One S is nothing more than a slim Xbox One with a larger hard drive. The hardware is almost 100% identical otherwise. If we turn our gaze toward Xbox Two, we’re seeing a huge leap in power and innovation.

    Here are three reasons why you should wait for Project Scorpio/Xbox Two:

    1. Xbox Two is The Future

    Xbox One S doesn’t offer enough of an upgrade to warrant buying it, not when Project Scorpio (Xbox Two) is coming out in holiday 2017. This slim upgrade offers 4K video, but the Xbox 2 promises 4K gaming.

    Virtual reality is the future, and yet Xbox One S has nothing of the sort. Meanwhile, Project Scorpio is promising some kind of VR support when it releases. Xbox One S has the same hardware as the original model, but Xbox 2 is promised to be “the most powerful console ever built.”

    This slim model doesn’t even fall into the same category as PS4.5, so it’s really just an oddity to fill the gap between Xbox One and Xbox 2. Gamers shouldn’t waste money on something that doesn’t change the game when the real leap forward is less than a year-and-a-half away.

    2. Everything Moves Forward

    While Microsoft is saying Scorpio won’t have any exclusives, they are also saying that all of your games and accessories will play on the new system. That means that your current Xbox One is just fine. All of those games, controllers, and accessories will move forward to Xbox Two without any trouble.

    There’s no need to refresh your hardware when everything moves forward. You don’t even need to sell your system or your games while you wait. This reason alone is enough to justify waiting for Xbox Two.

    3. Save Your Pennies For Project Scorpio (Xbox Two)

    We don’t know how much Xbox Two is going to cost when it releases in 2017, but if you drop up to $399 on an Xbox One S, you’re losing out on money you could be saving for Project Scorpio. If you buy one of these slim systems in the hopes of getting an upgrade, you’ll be wasting your money.

    Instead, you should set aside whatever money you planned on spending and when pre-orders open up, drop that cash on the Xbox 2. This makes a lot more sense than spending extra money on a console that is identical to the one you have, just smaller.

    Time to Decide

    The future of gaming is coming in holiday 2017 when Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) releases. The Xbox One S is for those who don’t own an Xbox One and are coming late to the party. For current owners, it makes a lot more sense to wait and purchase the next generation console from Microsoft.

    Will you be waiting so you can purchase Project Scorpio/Xbox 2? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

    Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          faceOut - our latest Silverlight 2 app - is Alive!   

Learn More About Infragistics and Silverlight!

If you want to get an [updated] overview of what we're doing with Silverlight, go to our Focus on Silverlight area.  We've published a high-level roadmap there and that's also where you can get an intro and overview of faceOut (as well as launch it or download it). 

Random Thoughts/Tech Tidbits You Might Find Interesting About faceOut
The app itself is a salesperson dashboard that mashes up "representative sales data" (read: Northwind!) with Windows Live Maps (a.k.a., Microsoft Virtual Earth) and uses the Windows Live Contacts schema for easy mashing with that service.  We prepped the app for the Live Contacts integration, but it's not hitting the Live Contacts services in this release.

The Silverlight client uses WCF services as a bridge/basic service layer.  Of course, we could in theory hit the Live services and even Northwind on Astoria directly using the new cross-domain support, but using the service layer allows us to control the actual provider of the data.  So you can have an "offline" version that uses local XML data as it is setup to do now.  The nice thing about the service layer is that you can pretty much arbitrarily decide where to get the data from.

The UI is a blend of prototypes that UXG built to test out some ideas we have for SL controls (rich tooltip, rich tab, transient message, HTML host, etc.) as well as early prototypes of Infragistics Silverlight controls (chart, gauge, scrollpanel, and monthview, for example).  In addition to the controls, of course, is the glue that makes the UI a real, functional LOB application.  You can delve more into these and read some good tips by taking a gander at our faceOut Overview that Josh Smith [resident IG Guidisan] put together for you.

How We Built It, or, A Brief History of [SL]ime
Over the month of February, UXG and VDG worked together with early prototypes of Infragistics' Silverlight controls that our SL development team has been working on.  It was definitely a fun, interesting, and challenging experience getting to work with the early SL 2 bits from Microsoft.  If you download the sample app code, you'll probably run into the occasional workaround here or there that no longer applies. :)

It started with a simple vision doc that took into account our various goals--to use our prototypes, build something meaningful for LOB, integrate with internet (Live) services, and maybe give you an early jump on building something with Silverlight. 

The next step was our in-depth, up-front architecture:
 Initial faceOut Wireframe
Expanded faceOut Wireframe

From this, we set ourselves free to start hacking away at it.  You can see the final version online; it's pretty darn close to our detailed specs above. <grin>  We naturally refined the design and functionality as needed throughout development, cut things here and there that needed trimming and/or turned out not to be feasible, and completed in the timeframe we set for ourselves.  Silverlight rocks!  [And so do our engineers and designers! :)]

Enough of my blabbing.  You can go now to download, play with, reuse, and maybe even learn from the application source and start tweaking around with the IG controls if you like.1 You can also just launch it right now to experience faceOut now.  Enjoy!

1. At this point, I am bound by the third section of paragraph twenty-two of the penal codices for early, early pre-release code to inform you that all of this (the faceOut solution source and Infragistics.Silverlight bits) is provided as-is with no warrantees, guarantees, manatees, or anything slightly resembling developer support.  {No, not even the garden gnome in your backyard can provide support.}  But you're welcome to discuss the solution and offer thoughts for what you'd like to see in our Silverlight product at our IG Labs forum.

          Project #93: String Art    
I've been wanting to do this art project with the boys for quite some time!  I found some discounted wooden blocks at Michael's back at Christmas time and then I tucked them away in our craft closet and the project slipped to the back of my mind.

I knew I had to buy special, small nails and I wasn't sure HOW to go about doing this project with the kids.  I finally decided we just had to jump in and give it a try.  I knew that getting to use wood, nails and a hammer was a surefire way to get all three boys to participate in this 100 Days of Art Challenge activity.

We settled on printing some free string art patterns off the internet and I sized them on our printer to fit their craft squares.

The boys taped the paper to their squares to keep them from moving around and set to work.

Using our hammers and 3/4 in nails they set to work banging in nails to follow the lines of their patterns.  They didn't add in every nail that was shown on the pattern since they all had a little bit of a struggle to get the nails in, stay in, and not bend. It was a great learning opportunity!

Once they each had all the nails in, I helped them tie the embroidery floss to one of the nails and then they wound the string around following their pattern in whichever way they wished.

When they were finished I had them end at the nail they had started with and then knotted the end string to the tail of the beginning string.  Once I trimmed the string off I helped the boys remove the paper.  (We probably should have removed the paper before stringing but I was afraid that they would loose their pattern and not know which nails to use).

Finished star with the paper removed and the string trimmed down

Ian's superman symbol was so difficult!  But he was thrilled with how it turned out.  

I do wished that I thought to buy an extra piece of wood for myself; it looked like a lot of fun.

Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 67: Learning Origami
Project 68: Artist Study
Project 69: Playing an Art Game
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker

          Comment on Ring Around “Rosy” – The “Magic Circle” Debacle at Wilshire and Western by CT Davis   
There were a couple roundabouts installed not too long ago in Santa Barbara, CA. The intersections in question were notorious for backing up frequently for many blocks. The rotaries virtually eliminated all backup. In that case it was like magic. There though, the intersections themselves were redesigned instead of just plonking down a round island in the middle. There are definitely situations where they work out very well. Other places, they might not be the best solution.
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
Znas Love...
ako nekog procijenimo pozitivno a ne znaci da smo mi gloope vec da su oni sposobno dvolicni wink

E sad, virtuala nije reala( kakav pametan zakljucak Tongue ),u reali ne bismo fulale 8)

Profesija nam je...heh, nekad razmisljam kako je neko moje profesije "napravio" ljude koji su kao , ...neki...pojedinci :? . Negdje je doslo do propusta...
na ulici,u kuci ili u skoli...
Nekako "zapnem " za ovo trece lol lol lol

          igra istine   
Jedno specijalno, virtualno, digitalno, sa laserskim tražilom... niš'to... wink

A kad će be da bide maskenbal ? roll
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
debelo zaglibila u virtualni svet
          Iskreno (i neiskreno) sta mislite o osobi iznad   
debelo zaglibila u virtualni svet
          The Making of Hallelujah with Lytro Immerge   

Hallelujah is a revolutionary virtual reality music performance that reimagines Leonard Cohen's most well known song. It is the world's first VR music experience to provide an uncompromised sense of presence with six degrees of freedom (6DoF) using Lytro Immerge technology. Hallelujah is a Within Original, created by Zach Richter, Bobby Halvorson, and Eames Kolar.

Cast: Lytro

Tags: Lytro, Light Field, VR, Camera, Film, Music and Lytro Immerge

          Custom findbugs detectors and maven   
Iv been writing a custom find bugs detector during the weekend, the bug that this detector has to detect is String.getBytes() usages, default system encoding is used when converting the char sequence into bytes which can make it work on one machine and fail on another (use String.getBytes(charsetName) instead).
The writing of the detector was not straight forward but im not going to focus on this issue (see this and this), instead id like to focus on how to create a findbugs plugin by using maven and running it with maven findbugs plugin.
First here is the detector code:

package com.jdftm;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.util.Calendar;

import org.apache.bcel.generic.ObjectType;

import edu.umd.cs.findbugs.BugInstance;
import edu.umd.cs.findbugs.BugReporter;
import edu.umd.cs.findbugs.bcel.OpcodeStackDetector;

public class StringGetBytesDetector extends OpcodeStackDetector {

private BugReporter reporter;
private final ObjectType stringType = ObjectTypeFactory.getInstance("java.lang.String");
private final static String tBugType = "SGB_STRING_GET_BYTES";

public StringGetBytesDetector(BugReporter aReporter) {
reporter = aReporter;
new String("").getBytes();

public void sawOpcode(int seen) {
if (seen != INVOKEVIRTUAL) {// we are only interested in method calls

try {
ObjectType tType = ObjectTypeFactory.getInstance(getClassConstantOperand());
if (!tType.subclassOf(stringType) ||
!getClassConstantOperand().equals("java/lang/String") ||
!getNameConstantOperand().equals("getBytes")) {

reporter.reportBug(new BugInstance(this,tBugType, NORMAL_PRIORITY).addClassAndMethod(this).addCalledMethod(this).addSourceLine(this));
} catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {

This class should reside in the src/main/java path of your maven module, findbugs requires another two files to be present in the plugin jar, findbugs.xml (contains bugs and detectors meta data):

<Detector class="com.jdftm.StringGetBytesDetector" speed="fast"/>
<BugPattern abbrev="SGB" type="SGB_STRING_GET_BYTES" category="CORRECTNESS"/>

And messages.xml (contains bug messages and detector description):

<Detector class="com.jdftm.StringGetBytesDetector">
<p>This detector warns about String.getBytes uages.</p>
<BugPattern type="SGB_STRING_GET_BYTES">
<ShortDescription>Call getBytes on String instance</ShortDescription>
<LongDescription>Call getBytes on String instance</LongDescription>
<Details>Using String.getBytes is bad!</Details>

Both files should reside in the src/main/resources path, the plugin also has the following dependencies:


The easiest way of getting them is by downloading findbugs distribution and deploying them from the lib folder into your favorite maven proxy (artifactory in my case).
All that is left is to deploy the plugin and to add it to your maven findbugs plugin configuration:


Thats about all :)

* A small note:
The findbugs maven plugin has a bug in the 1.2.0 release that was fixed for the 1.2.1 & 2.0 snapshot versions, it prevent the use of custom detector which means that youll need to use one of the snapshots versions.
          Xbox One : Cinq jeux Xbox 360 rétrocompatibles en plus   

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The name of our Central Bank is the Federal Reserve. This private corporation (operationally) has a current balance sheet which totals some $4.5 trillion. Most of this quantity has arisen since 2008. Some $3.7 trillion of new $$$ were created from the consciousness of our Fed policymakers. These $$$ (virtual/digital units) were then spent to […]
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The 1965 Coinage Act was the official legislation which established what can be used as ‘legal tender’ money in USA. Also, the 1978 Electronic Funds Transfer Act establishes the process of transferring $’s from digital accounts but it does not make a virtual $ ‘legal tender’.  For any dollar to be legal tender it must […]
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My sense is that most investors and pundits do not realize that we live with ‘imaginary markets today. What today’s thinkers need to do is read the definitions of key words which reveal the nature of today’s virtual/electronic markets. I still run into many business people who think that our money is a paper note […]
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          Multiculturalism at work   

Charing Cross Road, a heaving mass of punters, tourists and ambling drunkards flows past Samuel's workplace at its usual frenetic, clogged pace, until one of its number dislodges himself. An ambling drunkard. He sports baggy pants, a loose striped jacket and a whiskery, unkempt beard. He shouts at Samuel to the rustle of a plastic Waterstone's bag. "Fuck… eh, you….you… what are you doing?" "What!" Samuel stays back, keeps cool. The abuse runs in thick streams, words can barely be made out. Curious shoppers stare wildly over their issues of Zoo and The Economist. The man is black; Samuel is black too. "Fou!" Is it French? Red-eyed, mouth agape, the man keeps screaming, grabs his bag and plunges back into the crowd. Punters dive back into their torrents of headlines, semi-nudes and Harry Potter blurbs at the Borders storefront. Samuel resumes his lax position at the reception, wistfully contemplating the crowds.

Charing Cross Road is the pulse of multicultural London, an artery of pleasure, strife and boredom, snaking from the imperial grandeur of Trafalgar Square to the heart of Oxford Street. Its pedestrian flow makes a garish display; multicultural, festive and sweaty. Almost half of the UK's ethnic minorities live in the capital, clustered in villages: Jews up Golders Green, Cypriots in Haringey, Arabs at Edgware Road and hip white things in Islington. Charing Cross road is where they meet, shop and scuffle: but it is also a place where cultures are put to work. If the now bitterly contested British model of multiculturalism is falling ill, Charing Cross Road is a good place to take its blood pressure.

The security guard

"We don't get too much abuse. We are trained to handle this," Samuel says laconically. No security guard clichés apply to his five foot eight inch frame: no bouncy muscles, towering torso or chiselled face, and only a small corporate insignia on his plain T-shirt indicates he might be at work. Except, that is, for one distinct marker of those guarding the shopfronts and clubs of central London's incongruous geography these days, a marker by now too clichéd to even be noticed by most Londoners: Samuel is black.

"I have been working as a security guard for three years," he says. "You get a lot of junkies in this area. Sometimes you have to be aggressive." Samuel smiles, pushing out his chest a little. "You have to know how to act depending on the person. It's like science – action and reaction." He chuckles ever so slightly.

Samuel comes from Nigeria, as do many others in his profession. His eyes flick back and forth, scanning the throng of people. "You can't stand like this for too long, talking – somebody might just go in, take a pack of CDs and leave," he says. Samuel excuses himself, adding his name and a furtive handshake as an afterthought. Less than five minutes' talk in all.

The private security sector is expanding, and guards now adorn even the humblest of supermarket checkouts and dingiest of clubs. A "visual deterrent" to crime, security companies claim. And this visual deterrence is increasingly performed by bored-looking black Britons and Africans. The good news may be that black minorities, still two and a half times more likely to be unemployed than white Britons, are now entrusted with security matters, inching a bit higher up London's pecking order. The bad news is that an ethnic furrow is drilled into London's asphalt, channelling black men into badly paid, vulnerable frontline positions.

Politicians, pundits and even the police have often praised the multicultural British model of integration, not without good reason. Nobody will launch into patriotic sing-a-longs or wave a Union Jack in the face of the hookah-smoking, Morris dancing, Qur'an-chanting and sauerkraut-eating masses. But this is all multiculturalism by night. Multiculturalism also works – works hard – up Charing Cross Road, down dingy backstreets, at the back of fusty pubs, deep in the cellars of milk-white Kensington hotels, under the sterile bulbs of NHS surgeries.

It may be insolent to heave another load of real-world grit onto multiculturalism's back at this time of trials by government, racism and terror. But dreary work is the flipside to London's multicultural project. Black bouncers, Asian shopkeepers, African parking attendants, Polish bartenders, Spanish chambermaids, Irish builders, African nurses, Indian doctors – they all come to London and find their place, as if by serendipity, from £4.85 an hour and counting. Europe's financial capital is insatiable, spongy, absorbent. But do people pick jobs according to ability and preference, or is the grid already laid out for them; colourful, deceptive and non-negotiable as a London tube map?

The parking attendant

Like security guards, parking attendants are too busy for a chat. Brisk, outsourced, undaunted, they roam the capital's grimy single yellow lines armed with just an oversized machine to crunch number-plates and a council vest against cold winds and the evil eye. And they are virtually unstoppable, furtive figures.

"I am too busy, don't have time," says my first interview target, a stern black parking attendant. He walks off briskly, escaping the lunging white hack. Luck comes in the voluminous shape of a fast-paced black woman negotiating a Camden sidestreet. Her vest is deceptively branded with a comforting council-green dye that blends with a minuscule NCP insignia – the private, nationwide parking venture that won Camden Council's lucrative enforcement contract in 2001.

Is this one of London's toughest jobs? "No, it's not that hard!" she chuckles, scanning a white van's pay-and-display ticket. She treads along briskly. "Really, it's OK," she assures me. "In the beginning it's harder, but you get used to it. The abuse comes daily, of course. It's not the job for you if you can't handle abuse. But if you know you are doing the right thing, it's OK. You just walk away when they start shouting."

She is matter-of-fact, stout and cheerful, her hair sculpted into a bun. I tag along, barely keeping up. Is she running away from her stalker? What's her name? "You can call me this!" she chuckles again, pointing to her shoulder cuff. It says 1571. "I am not allowed to say my name. Here I am a number – my name doesn't matter." 1571 looks busier and busier. The radio crackles. Where is she from? "Nigeria." Why do so many Africans do this job? "Oh, I don't know," 1571 says, curtly or just briskly. We reach the end of the block, another grey Camden thoroughfare beckons beyond, with a neat stack of pay-and-displays. She is speeding – wait … too late. 1571 chuckles, says goodbye. A colleague approaches – could be her cousin: hair neatly wrapped, fast-paced, African features. Then a male colleague – black, African traits. One, two, three, all heading down the same street, an avalanche of attendants … And my failed source, pacing briskly as ever. But now he smiles. "So, you found somebody?" His accent, too, is African.

No job evokes such hostility as parking enforcement, more so since public-private partnerships and new profit-making incentives began unleashing a ticketing bonanza on the capital's streets. But London's parking business has been doubly outsourced: to private ventures and flak-catching Africans, who have relentlessly populated the payrolls. At the public-private faultline they teeter, armed with silly hats and plastic machinery, come rain or shine or saliva-spattering owners of four-by-fours.

Enforcing London's rules and patrolling private property are tough tasks, but somebody's got to do them. Not to worry: multiculturalism assigns the posts. Please tick the ethnic monitoring form and wait in line. If you tick "black", the chance is you will soon find your place within London's hard-working, visually deterring foot soldier community.

Who's doing what – A rough guide to working Britain

4.3 per cent of Pakistanis work as shopkeepers, wholesale and retail dealers, compared to 0.5 per cent of white Britons

4.2 per cent of Indians work as medical practitioners, compared to 0.5 per cent white Britons

16 per cent of Bangladeshis work as chefs, compared to 0.7 per cent white Britons

11.3 per cent of Bangladeshis work as retail assistants, compared to 6.3 of all Asians and 4.5 of whites

2 per cent of Asians work as cashiers or checkout operators, compared to 1.1 per cent of whites

9.4 per cent of Pakistanis are chauffeurs or cab drivers, compared to 0.5 per cent whites and 0.9 per cent of blacks

8.5 per cent of black Africans are nurses, compared to 1.7 per cent whites, few South Asians and 11.2 per cent of "other Asians"

3.6 per cent of black Africans work as security guards, compared to 0.5 per cent of whites

Approximations based on data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, December 2004 – February 2005. Ethnic minority data is unreliable due to sample size.

The shopkeeper

Aftab huddles behind a desk cluttered with weekly glossies, breath mints, KP nuts and 2p sweets, the radio filling his shop with muted noise. "Violence is not the solution," he sighs, referring both to the still recent 7 July London bombs and Iraq. On a shelf by the open door, a four-year-old copy of The Economist peeks out next to a gaudy selection of lads' mags. "The day the world changed", its front page trumpets, to the dust and fumes of Manhattan. "It reminds me of when it all started," Aftab says softly.

His cornershop is set in the shadow of thronging, roaring Camden Town station. Aftab comes from Pakistan, or rather, Kashmir. "Ever since Pakistan was created out of the British Empire in 1947 by [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah, it has failed to reconcile the different nations within its borders. It's an artificial creation. Actually, there are only two countries in the world created on the basis of religion: Israel and Pakistan," he says, bemused. "Their borders are a colonial legacy."

Since coming to Britain in 1997, Aftab has become the hub of a local community made up of itinerant builders, international students, crackheads, Bangladeshi shopkeepers and working-class families. He knows everybody. "My brother was running the shop when I got here, then he fell ill. I started coming to the shop, reading four-five papers a day: that's how I got to know all the people around here." He has braved shoplifters, stinkbombs and random yobbery, and recently appeared on the BBC after launching a petition against drug-related crime.

Aftab holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Karachi. "When I came here they told me that if you have a Third World qualification, you need to get a diploma in this country," he says. "The Job Centre is just there to give you your £52 a week in benefit, and then you're off. They don't help you find jobs. I was registered there for two years, and scanned job offers all the time. At one point I said, 'please, just give me anything!' I told them I could study for a diploma to complete my qualifications, but they weren't interested. Then I started to get more involved here." He still wants to study a Masters of Science in Human Rights.

Has he felt discriminated against? "No, it's the same for everyone." He smiles. I ask him why he thinks so many Asians have set up shop. He looks unsure, and eventually produces a bit of sociology. "When migrants first started arriving here, many were uneducated and set up shops and have continued since then. But their children often prefer to go looking for employers. With Sainsbury's and Tesco opening local stores, the cornershop is becoming a thing of the past."

In this "nation of shopkeepers", shopkeeping has been subcontracted to that old imperial safeguard of the nation's values, British Asia. Small-scale entrepreneurs of Indian or Pakistani extraction have absorbed the retail function, running cornerstores as well as staffing supermarkets, high street stores and bank counters. They are not alone, of course: Turkish Cypriots have carved a clothes-and-food niche out of north London. But Asian shopkeepers are the only group with full-spectrum dominance, from Haringey to Hampstead. However their market share is increasingly threatened by supermarkets that wedge their slick Express, Local, Metro and Central chains into minuscule urban spaces. Does that leave you, or your kids, unemployed? Please tick the "Asian" box, and be patient: the chance is you will be handling supermarket tills, sorting ballpoint pens in a stationers, or stacking crates before you know it.

The supermarket assistant

Feronda pauses from stacking tins and dons a sincere, expectant grin worthy of the glossiest of Corporate Social Responsibility reviews. He is happy with his job as a Sainsbury's customer assistant. "I'm from Sri Lanka. I'm a refugee. Only I and one more are from Sri Lanka in this shop – most of the other people here are Pakistani." Actually, all the other customer assistants seem to be Brits of Pakistani background. Even the security guard is Asian. Why does Feronda think this is so? "Oh, this I don't know," he says, tugging his grin along, keen to move on to the next question. "I like it here, I want to stay – I especially enjoy being on the shop floor. Before I worked for four years as a car mechanic up the road," – he waves past pea cans, north – "doing night shifts. That was very hard." Now he works 3-11pm, five days a week, at £6 an hour. "Let's see… about £850 a month for a 39-hour week," he says. He looks thrilled, grateful. Before coming to the UK he studied computers, but struggles to translate his education into British levels. "I didn't apply for any other jobs – just this," he says. But is there anything he doesn't like about the job? "No, no," he says, with the sparkling grin making a lingering plea for mercy. The largely white Chalk Farm clientele scavenges for breakfast bagels and tender-stem broccoli. Feronda's colleagues shuffle past, aisle-wide looks in their eyes.

Whether British supermarkets' workforces are as diverse as their stock of curries, mozzarella and stodgy German bread is hard to ascertain – their statistics slip from your hands like salmon. Fourteen percent of Sainsbury's employees and three to four percent of its managers come from ethnic minorities: more detailed figures are not available from either Sainsbury's or Tesco, despite their equal opportunities policies.

Sainsbury's prohibits discrimination and strives to "move beyond simple legal compliance," according to Cheryl Kuczynski, a spokeswoman. "We actively look to employ colleagues who reflect the diversity of our customers," she says. Tesco, the behemoth of the British food market, says targets have been set to get so-called "ethnic groups" into managerial positions. Flexible work during Ramadan and Diwali and briefings in languages like Hindi, Urdu, and Bangladeshi are two selling points. All according to its Corporate Social Responsibility review.

Katie Jenkins, Tesco's employment spokeswoman, says that diversity "creates a great atmosphere in stores" and makes everybody contribute with different skills and knowledge. "Retail is a fast-paced environment, so we look for people who can adapt well to change, people who are very customer-focused. The stores reflect the demographics of the local area. It is about recruiting local people into local jobs."

In lush white Hampstead, amid the cobblestones, blonde beer, Unitarian churches, window displays of pains au céréales and fragrant Jojoba oils, lurks an unbecoming Tesco Express. Inside, Jayvishal is morosely stacking boxes of vegetables. "I can't do an interview if it's going to take time," he warns. I try an optimistic note. What does he like most about his job?" "I don't like it at all," he says, his slightly pained face sloping down into an unlikely smile. "It's hard work, very hard work. Packing all the time."

Jayvishal is from India. "There are not many Indians here – mainly Sri Lankans and some Europeans," he says. By European he must mean British Asian: all the shop's staff look Asian. How did he find this £6-an-hour job? "Oh, through the Job Centre, and then I had some friends over here," Jayvishal answers, somewhat cryptically. "I have been in the UK since 2003, and couldn't find a job for a while. It was very hard. Legally, international students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week, but during vacations I do overtime. It is difficult economically – I have to pay rent, transport and everything, and only earn £500 a month."

Jayvishal is studying a Masters in Business and Finance at London's Metropolitan University. While not in India he lives in Queensbury, zone four, on the Jubilee line that branches through a parallel part – or galaxy, perhaps – of north London. Skills and knowledge he has: a local he is not. The manager, a short-set, trim-bearded man of South Asian features presses up against us, fingering the stack of plastic boxes. Time to retreat. "And when you're finished…" – the orders fade, giving way to wine bars and American ice cream parlours slanting down the north London hillside.

Hampstead is at the extreme end of the spectrum. But a random Monday afternoon headcount at seventeen West End supermarkets, where workers are least likely to be drawn from a residential pool, confirms the ethnic pattern, albeit with minor variations. One hundred customer assistants were of Asian background, fifty-eight were black, nineteen white, and four "other Asians". The eleven security guards on duty were all black but for one.

The bar tender

It would be a mistake to think that low-paid jobs are the reserve of the Queen's post-colonial subjects. Some minorities have fared quite well: ethnic Indians, for one, are now approaching the employment chances of white Britons. Meanwhile, London's pint-pullers earn even less than its shelf-fillers, and a terrifying ninety-seven percent of pub workers nationwide are white. Why?

Perhaps Al Murray's comedy act the Pub Landlord hinted at the answer when saying that there should be no things foreign in a proper English pub, with the natural exception of peanuts. Peanuts are more nondescript than exotic, a bit like the "white other" box on the ethnic monitoring forms. And so it is that Europeans, Australians and their fellow Antipodeans have been swallowed by the fusty land of minimum wages, ruddy-faced regulars and sticky floors.

Behind the bar, a twenty-something lad moves packets of crisps about. Covent Garden's cobbled streets unfold outside. "Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning all the time," he says, in spotless English. "There's lots of cleaning in this pub." He doesn't look glum at all saying it. The pub is one of a constellation of glinting properties on the online London map of the Spirit Group, one of the UK's biggest pub businesses with over two thousand venues to its name. Boleslaw has worked here since May, and shares the pleasure with a girl from Sweden, another from France, an Irish boss and two other Poles – a friend and the assistant manager. He got his job through the previous manager, also Irish. "That's a traditional English pub for you!" he says.

This is not the first time I come across the Ladder. The Ladder is a peculiar upstairs-downstairs way of ordering the capital's economy. The lower steps of many a London workplace are, predictably enough, dominated by the poor relatives of the world economy: Poles, Colombians and Nigerians abound. But climb one step up, and surprisingly often you will find employees from closer to home: Irish managing continental Europeans, perhaps, or Spaniards managing Colombians. On the top of the Ladder, perch the white English top managers and boardroom staff. The Commission for Racial Equality's (CRE) chairman Trevor Phillips has called it "snow-capping", or white on black: only 1.4 percent of executive management comes from ethnic minorities.

"It's a very hard job and not paid very well. The minimum: £4.85," Boleslaw continues. No big deal. This is his third bout of pub work in London. "At least this is a very nice area, with lots of theatres around." Nice areas make customer flows impressive, and it's hectic, lager-churning madness. "After a while you get used to it – even if it's packed you can listen to the music and chat up a girl. But you work till late and don't have time for yourself. You wake up at nine or ten next morning and start work at 12. It's like a full circle." He smiles. "If you get some days off, you just chill upstairs," he adds, pointing heavenward. Boleslaw and his colleagues sleep upstairs: it's a live-in pub.

Despite paying rent to his landlord-bosses, Boleslaw can save "a few hundreds" each month, he says. He is a graphic designer and photographer, a graduate of Poland's Academy of Fine Arts, and has worked for advertising agencies back home. "It's a dodgy job market in Poland, simple as that," he says, unapologetically. "The UK market is more stable. You can do bar work for a while, then start looking around for what you really want to do."

A man with entourage orders pints of Tetley and pork scratchings. A colleague shows up, and Boleslaw breaks into Polish for a few sentences, cackling until the colleague disappears into the sunshine.

What do his fellow Poles do in the capital these days? "Any job you can get," he says. "Normally, guys who are tough enough go work on building sites, but others go into these jobs. The guy who just left, for example, is a doctor." A doctor? "Yeah – it's easy to find them working in pubs. We got lawyers, we got doctors, graphic designers, actors, the lot. This country has got the most educated bar staff ever," he says cheerily, pouring pints of Guinness for a couple of Koreans. He has only applied for one graphic design job so far, and saves his pounds with determination. "I felt I had too good qualifications. They looked at my portfolio and said 'you're too good, you better go somewhere else'. When the time comes, I'll do it."

Years back, London's fleet of theme pubs, Irish pubs, local pubs and all the other concept and brand name pubs shop-fronting for Japanese investment banks were manned by cheery mates from Down Under. The Anglo-Saxon reaches of empire supplemented London's homegrown working class with much-needed building and boozing skills. Aussies and Kiwis provided the pint-pulling crowd. South Africans joined the Irish on the building sites. The Working Holiday Visa kept the children of the Commonwealth snuggled on old England's beer belly for years.

But in 2000, New Labour sowed the seeds of a revised migration strategy, which has blossomed into today's demand-based, quotas-and-points approach. Working Holiday rules for Commonwealth countries changed in 2003, and Antipodeans have moved into administration, computer work and public services with the easing of job-type restrictions. Poles are entering the pub-and-scaffolding race, quickly filling their predecessors' place. Some 98,500 Poles had applied for Britain's worker registration scheme in May 2005, over half of all new east European hopefuls arriving in the wake of 2004's EU expansion. Eighty percent of them earned up to £5 an hour.

The arrival of Poles is changing the demographic makeup of other parts of London's service economy, too. José Vigo, employment adviser, senses a growing fashion for east European employees at his West End Job Centre, which specialises in low-paid hotel and catering vacancies "that have not been taken through the domestic labour market".

Southern Europeans and Latin Americans, often over-skilled but with poor English, have peopled the lower reaches of London's job market for years, where a dank stereotype of the Latin service worker has grown. A recent Job Centre language survey confirms the lingering Mediterranean makeup of London's catering and hotel trades: Spanish clocked in as first language, followed by Portuguese, French and Italian – but with upstart Polish wedged in at third place.

Statistics are scant and unreliable and the turnover ferocious, but Vigo confirms that employers now head for eastern Europe rather than scavenging the Iberian soils for catering and hotel staff. "There they get better levels of English and people willing to do that kind of job."

The service sector is likely to continue haunting southern European visitors, however. "London is still one of the most popular places in Europe for young Spaniards," says Manuela Martínez, adviser for EU employment network Eures in southern Spain. "People want to master English and make their CVs look better. But if their level of English is low, they will work in places where they don't deal with the public, in 'backstage' jobs. They end up spending a year in London and bring back three or four words related to the hotel trade. Then, naturally, they only tell people about the good things that happened, and the process starts snowballing."

The backstage jobs of London's fickle service economy have a convenient feature: as Portuguese hotel workers, Spanish chambermaids and Latin American kitchen porters mingle in their trade, they speak Spanish instead of English. And the less English they speak, the more likely they will languish in their underpaid niches. London keeps luring job-hunters into its wide nets, its finance-fuelled economy selects and cherrypicks the candidates, and multiculturalism keeps them apart, blissful in their ghettoes.

The state's story

Government departments are blissful in their ghettoes, too, and keep chucking the ball out of their own ponds. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not target specific ethnic groups, says Ben Lloyd, a spokesman, who suggests I try the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), which deals with safeguarding employees' rights. And what does the DTI think? A spokesperson mentions Tony Blair's 2003 cross-departmental Ethnic Minorities Employment Task Force, but little more: the DWP is wrong – "we don't deal with getting people into jobs."

Academia is also suffering from a "paucity of research" on ethnic recruitment according to Dr Sophia Skyers, senior research fellow on the London labour market with the public interest company Office for Public Management (OPM). She explains ethnic niching in relation to London's expanding knowledge economy. "We are seeing a polarisation of the labour force into, on the one hand, high-paid jobs in professional and financial services and, on the other hand, retail, protective services and other personal services like healthcare," she says. "What we get is a pattern of occupational segregation – a lot of people are forced into particular employment groups, often because of discrimination in other sectors. The stereotype goes with the job, and sticks to the people who get these jobs."

Professor Michael Hardt, co-author of the watershed tome Empire about how power has been redistributed in a globalised world, agrees that multiculturalism plays an economic role in the new economy. "Britain's multicultural model can facilitate an ethnic division of labour, a model that has perhaps a longer history in the Americas," he says. "Racialized hierarchies and exploitation do not always function along the old or assumed models of exclusion. But it's worth insisting that recognizing that cultural diversity can be part of a new scheme of exploitation does not mean we should be against cultural diversity as such. What we need to strive for is equality and freedom within this multicultural society."

Trevor Phillips has criticised multiculturalism for keeping people apart, labelling it "a typically British way of dealing with difference". But now the stakes are higher. While London Mayor Ken Livingstone praised multiculturalism in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, Tony Blair announced a crackdown on Britain's permissive liberal consensus to a chorus of tabloid approval. But even multiculturalism's defenders often have little clue of what it really is, or does. Multiculturalism is not only a heap of colours, it is a machine with cogs that whirr. It not only fuses, but keeps apart. It doesn't so much discriminate as direct a choreography of cultures. Much like a latter-day, benign sort of empire, where all races and cultures play a minor part in the symphony of power.

On the ring road again

Your no-frills flight descends among thick nighttime clouds and your bags emerge from the bowels of Stansted airport. Now it's business the British way. Bearded Muslims, lavish Iberian girls and red-nosed Brits clutching Su Doku books mingle in the halls and tow their luggage into the rainy night, stared on by billboards vying for their London fare. Outside, hordes of many-accented hustlers flog £5 one-ways for cheap airbus upstarts. Beyond the Pink Elephant car park waits the National Express. A stream of people crosses the wet asphalt, oblivious to the hustlers' calls. This is how multicultural London commutes, in and out of London, twenty-four hours a day, every fifteen minutes.

Chris descends from his bus and lights a quick fag before his next drive. "The job is not as stressful as it looks," he says. "It's easy, and the pay's quite good. £22,000 a year because I do night shifts." He cuts a stoic figure, tall and bulky, his shaved head pinched by an earring. His colleagues, like him, are overwhelmingly white, bald, and big, emblems of the well-fed English working class. They ferry multiculturalism in and out of the capital. What do the people boarding his coach to the throbbing financial hub of Europe do, then? "Well," Chris puffs on his fag, thinks. "We carry a lot of students, some come over on a gap year, a small portion are on business and the bulk of them are tourists and sightseers."

What about the workers? Where are they? Who notices the shelf-stacker in the business student, the pint-puller in the graduate, the cornershop owner among the businessmen, the sandwich wrappers, cappuccino steamers and doormen among the tourists? Not Chris, not Ken, not Tony, nor Middle England or the City elite. The City: white as a scrubbed cathedral wall, home of offshore dollars and high-value bonds, generator of the service economy and its guards, attendants, retailers, cleaners, drivers. And Chris, where does he live? "I live in Haverhill, outside Cambridge," he says, stubs out his fag, and sets the motor purring towards the M25.


          1899-10-31 Joe Gans W-PTS25 George McFadden [Broadway Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NY, USA]   
1899-11-01 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 5)

"Joe" Gans, the clever colored Baltimore boxer, received a decision over George McFadden after fighting twenty-five rounds at the Broadway Athletic Club last night before one of the largest crowds of the year. This was the third time the men had met, the first meeting ending in a victory for McFadden and the second contest ending in a draw.

1899-11-01 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 16)

Joe Gans of Baltimore completely upset the calculations of the reputed wise set in pugilistic circles, at the Broadway Athletic Club last evening by defeating George McFadden of New York, in a twenty-five round contest at 133 pounds. McFadden was a big favorite in the betting, his followers flooding the house with money at odds of 100 to 75. In making Mac the favorite the crowd forgot the last fight between the men when Gans really ought to have received the decision. They looked only at his recent performance with Kid Lavigne, but again forgot that Gans was an altogether different style of boxer from the Saginaw boy and that the latter virtually defeated himself.

At no time last evening did the New Yorker make any kind of a showing at all. Instead of sticking to his old style of blocking and allowing his opponent to make the fighting and thus wear himself out until he was so weakened that it would be an easy matter to finish him, Mac Immediately took the aggressive and attempted to do the leading. In Gans, however, he found a master hand at his own game of blocking and his attempts to land were usually futile. He put in some hard left swings on Gans' head and sent the right at times well to the body, but Gans met him every time he rushed.

Gans penetrated McFadden's guard with straight lefts and with one of the fastest and surest rights ever developed by a boxer, rocked George's head time and time again, and in the twentieth round sent Mac to the floor, Gans' footwork was wonderful and the way he sidestepped and threw his right to the body caused the crowd to cheer repeatedly. As the fight proceeded the odds on Mac steadily receded until Gans' admirers were offering 100 to 40.

Mac stayed the limit but was extremely lucky to do so for Gans had him groggy many times when the gong came to his aid. After the decision had been awarded to Gans, Al Herford, on his behalf, issued a challenge to any light weight in the world, O'Brien or Erne preferred, and offered to post a side bet of $5,000.

In the preliminary bout, Kid Trueman of New York and Johnny Reagan of Brooklyn met for twelve rounds at 116 pounds. They fought a fast a clever fight, Reagan getting the decision. Johnny White was referee.

1899-11-01 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 8)
Baltimorean Defeats McFadden in the Third Attempt by His Blocking and Jabbing.
"Joe" Gans, of Baltimore, was a popular victor at the Broadway Athletic Club last night, when he defeated George McFadden, of this city. It was his clever blocking and jabbing that gave him the triumph. He wore down his opponent until in the end McFadden was saved from a knockout only by a rare exhibition of clever blocking. When Gans was given the decision on points the referee was cheered.

Many bets were recorded on the result, with McFadden the favorite at odds of 100 to 80. McFadden and Gans had met on two former occasions. In the first contest "Mac" knocked the colored boxer out after twenty-two rounds of fighting. The second contest went to Gans on points.

Contrary to his custom, McFadden rushed his man when the bell called them to the centre, landing his left on Gans' face and cleverly dodging a right swing aimed for the jaw. Gans clinched. After breaking away the New Yorker again rushed, and scored with right and left on Gans' head. Gans clinched and held his opponent. The referee separated them and told Gans that if he continued his holding tactics he would disqualify him.

1899-11-01 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 8)
Joe Gans Whips George McFadden.

Joe Gans, the colored boxer of Baltimore, and George McFadden of this city put up one of the hardest fights of their careers for twenty-five rounds at the Broadway Athletic Club last night. The fight went to the limit, but it was astonishing that it did so, for Gans gave McFadden a beating hard enough to knock out an ordinary 133-pound fighter. McFadden stood up under blows that were heavy enough to fell an ox, but his fight after the tenth round was a hopeless one. Referee White gave the decision to Gans. McFadden was the favorite in the betting at odds of 100 to 80, and many thousands of dollars changed hands at that price.

1899-11-01 The World (New York, NY) (page 10)
Little Negro Was Worried in the First Two Rounds, but Then Began to Fight.
Gave McFadden an Awful Punishment and Several Times Nearly Put Him Out.
Stood a Mauling That Would Have Made Nine Out of Ten Fighters Lie Down.
Joe Gans, of Baltimore, defeated George McFadden in twenty-five rounds at the Broadway Athletic Club last night. It was the best lightweight exhibition of fast, clever fighting and bulldog courage and endurance ever seen in New York.

Both men aspire to championship honors, but last night the clever Baltimore negro made McFadden look like a fifth-rater. He punched him almost at will, and almost put him out several times.

McFadden's display of gameness and endurance was wonderful. He never stopped fighting against certain defeat.

Each man had let his friends know that he was in perfect shape, and was sure of winning. The result was that from the moment the doors opened betting was heavy.

The Baltimore men came to Gotham with a pot of money. McFadden had a host of friends, and was the favorite at 100 to 80. Probably $15,000 was wagered at these odds before the bout began.

Even at the increased prices the house was well filled. Four thousand spectators were on the benches. Johnnie White was the referee.

McFadden Started Well.

McFadden, who is usually slow to begin and cautious, rushed at the negro, sending in a fusillade of blows. Gans retreated, fighting back cleverly. Both blocked beautifully. For two rounds McFadden had slightly the best of it, but in the third Gans was all over his opponent. He sent straight lefts to the face again and again, and swung the right three times heavily to the jaw. McFadden slipped down, Gans helped him up.

The pace was too fast to last. It was all Gans in the next three rounds. McFadden was not fighting in his usual close blocking style, and the clever negro landed blow after blow with right and left.

Gans tried so hard that he grunted as he put all his strength in each blow. He is the weaker of the two, and McFadden is strong as a bull and stood the furious work without showing it.

McFadden's face and neck were red and swelling. He began to do more blocking and less leading. It was Gans all the way until the ninth round, when twice he turned McFadden's head around with a right swing, but Mac swung his left to Gans's jaw and staggered him. Then he ripped a right to the negro's body that hurt. The betting changed to even money. The referee had to tear them apart in the clinches.

They kept up the race for four more rounds, Gans still having the best of it although McFadden was blocking better. In the fourteenth round Gans punched McFadden almost at will. He swung right after right on Mac's jaw and had him almost groggy at the bell. Mac came back like a bulldog for more and got it. He was bleeding from the nose.

Gans Punches Hard.

Gans continued to punch McFadden on head, jaw and belly for three more rounds. McFadden came back doggedly, but he was gradually getting weak under the awful punishment. Gans again almost put him out with a right swing on the jaw in the eighteenth round. The bell saved him.

Gans looked at him as much as to say, "Well, who can put you out?"

McFadden was knocked down in the twentieth round. He stayed there nine seconds, got up groggy and fought back to the bell.

McFadden came up surprisingly strong. He was game as a pebble, and tried for a wild knock-out. Gans fought cautiously, looking for a knock-out chance. He almost did the trick in the twenty-fourth.

McFadden rushed desperately in the last round, but couldn't touch Gans, and was almost put out again.

Referee White gave the fight to Gans.

The preliminary bout was the hottest kind of a fight. Johnny Reagan, of Brooklyn and Kid Trueman, of New York, fought twelve rounds at 115 pounds. Reagan won.
          1901-02-13 Joe Gans W-DQ5 Wilmington Jack Daly [Eureka Athletic Club, Music Hall, Baltimore, MD, USA]   
1901-02-14 Baltimore American (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
Smashed Almost Into Unconsciousness, the Wilmington Man Persisted in Breaking the Rules by Fighting in Clinches, Holding and Wrestling, and Was Disqualified, So that Joe Won His First Battle Since His Defeat by Terry McGovern--Dusky Boxer Proved as Great a General as Ever, and that He Has Lost None of His Powers Either as a Defensive Fighter or a Hard Hitter.
Joe Gans was given the decision over Jack Daly in the fifth round of a singularly fierce contest at the Music Hall last night. After two minutes and five seconds of the fifth round Referee Charley White sent the men to their corners and announced that Gans had won because Daly had been disqualified for holding, hitting in clinches and wrestling, all of which were violations of the rules, for which offenses Daly had been warned both by the referee and the police officials. In holding and in every way violating the rules of the combat Daly simply practiced a subterfuge to save himself from sure defeat.

As their previous performance had led people to believe, Gans and Daly made one of the very best fights ever seen in this city. It was Gans' first appearance since he was knocked out by McGovern. The colored lad had prepared faithfully for what he considered the beginning of another series of battles, to lead to another contest for top honors. Jack Daly, although he has been on the turf many moons, was also in excellent condition. The men were out to fight pure and simple--a fact that gave the contest its great value from the standpoint of a vicious struggle between veteran ringmasters who spar not for the beauty of the movements, but to do as much damage as possible to their opponents. They were aggressive, and wasted no time in fiddling or waiting for openings. Daly is notorious as a rough fighter, while Gans has an excellent reputation for living up to the rules.

Referee Warn Them.

Before the men started Referee Charley White, who had come from New York to run the mill, called them into the center of the ring and explained clearly that the bout was to be with clean breaks, no hitting in clinches, wrestling or holding. This was considered something of a handicap for Daly, who is credited with being best at infighting. Daly agreed, but from the start of the contest he continued to hold, fight in clinches and wrestle. Gans was willing enough to break at the word of the referee, but when Daly continued to chop on his kidneys, Gans sent in a few short arm-hooks that had terrible force and made Daly wish he had tried some gentler method. All through Referee White had a struggle trying to break the men. He forced his way between the struggling pugilists several times, and once warned Gans. He repeatedly warned Daly, but it did little good. Gans had the better of the battle all through. His quick, tigerlike movements seemed to defy Daly's well-known quickness of eye, and the dusky lad whipped his fists over Daly's defenses and landed blows on the face and body that would have completely knocked out a boxer of less strength than Daly. Gans was himself again, and his blocking was splendid. Daly made furious rushes, but Joe warded off the blows with neatness. The men were quickness personified. Daly's leg movement was fine, but even at sidestepping Gans outpointed him. Both were aggressive, and Daly stood up to his gruelling as all who knew him thought he would. He kept boring into Gans, and sometimes made the colored lad break ground, but it was not for long, as Gans was as eager to smash as was Daly.

Daly Refuses to Break.

From the start Daly rushed into clinches, and then almost refused to stop holding, and all the time he was trying to chop up Joe's kidneys in the way Wolcott defeated Fisher in this city. At long-arm fighting Daly was not in it with Gans. The colored man's hitting powers were tremendous, and the blows that he rained on Daly's eye, jaw, mouth and body continued to convince Daly that he might hold and wrestle to save an entire defeat. Although constantly warned, Daly continued these tactics until in the fifth round Referee White gave it up and sent the men to their corners, declaring Daly disqualified and Gans the winner. That Daly continued to hold to save himself was proven when, after the fight, he told Mr. White that the decision was a just one. At the time Daly was very groggy. He had withstood an inordinate amount of punishment, but he was growing weak, and his legs were going back on him. There is no reasonable doubt but that Gans would have knocked him out, as the colored man was his superior at the game in every respect--at blocking, hard hitting, judgment of distance, foot work, the use of his legs and his equal in aggressiveness.

Value of Good Police.

There was absent from the contest any symptom that would give the slightest suspicion of a fake, and it was refreshing to go through a battle in which no wise Willie sent out his voice in the land to flatter his own powers of observation by declaring the set-to a fake.

Between the rounds Deputy Marshal Farnan talked to Daly, evidently warning him against roughing it. The reason that boxing shows can take place in this city and are prohibited in many other places is because of the intelligent police supervision of such men as Deputy Marshal Farnan and Captain Cadwallader. By prohibiting hitting in clinches, roughing it and holding, the police here have succeeded in cutting out much that is bad about pugilism, so that it is tolerated here under proper control and regulations. The men fought from the tap of the gong, and being veterans and in good condition they gave such a genuine battle as is pleasing to the oldest ring enthusiast and that first inoculates the novice with that germ which makes him, in time, a veteran. During the battle Daly tried his famous chop blows, but Gans blocked every one of them and would always counter with terrific long-arm jabs. After the contest Gans said that the stomach blow that he gave Daly in the second round and the right-hand wallop on the jaw in the fifth made Daly so groggy that he knew he was facing a knockout, and wilfully violated the rules to save himself.

The Fight by Rounds.

The following account of the battle by rounds gives an excellent idea of how the blows were delivered.

First Round--Daly leads left and ineffectually swings right and clinched. Daly aims left and right, but Gans side-steps out of harm's way. They clinch and fight hard for each other's kidneys. Daly sends left to Gans' nose. There is fierce infighting, and Referee White had great difficulty in breaking them. Gans gets best of infighting and smashes Daly hard, long rights and lefts.

Second Round--The sparring opens easier. Gans lands left on face and has best of a short exchange. Gans lands hard right on body and stomach as they come to clinch. Daly leads and Gans blocks. Round closes with a clever exchange. No advantage.

Third Round.--Daly leads left and they make a clean break. Gans blocks left and right and they fight viciously with short jabs. Daly crosses left to jaw and Gans counters on wind. Daly slips forward and just misses getting a right uppercut that would have put him to sleep. They make rapid exchanges of long arm blows. Out of a mix Jack scores on nose, but Joe soon makes good with a wallop on body. At the end of round Gans shows the master and that he can handle Daly.

Fourth Round--Daly leads straight lefts; Gans blocks. Gans misses left straight; leads and lands hard right swing on face. Clinches follow. Daly follows Joe to ropes and lands right on body. Both punch hard in a clinch. Daly slaps right hard over Joe's kidneys as they clinch. Daly strong, but Gans shows to the good.

Fifth Round--Both come strong, and at once clinch. They clinch again, and White has trouble separating them. Daly whips left to kidneys. They collide and fight while hanging on ropes. Gans lands smashing right to jaw. They repeatedly clinch, and White fails to break them apart. White sends Daly to corner, and gives fight to Gans for Daly's holding and clinching. Gans wins.

Daly's seconds were Kid Howard, Billy Whistler and Scotty McIntire. Gans' seconds were Al Herford, Herman Miller and Harry Lyons.

The Two Preliminaries.

The first preliminary was between Joe Howard and George Leonard, colored lads. Howard won by outclassing his opponent. Herman Miller and Tom Wallace are running a serial-fight contest. Last night was their fifth attempt to smash each other into submission. After eight rounds Miller was given the decision. Miller is certainly a better boxer than Wallace at the present time, but Wallace keeps away from Miller's fists enough to keep alive. After the bout Wallace challenged Miller for a 20-round bout, and offered to bet $100 and put up a forfeit of $25. Miller now has affairs on with Wallace and "The Texas June Bug." Miller protests against the appellation "Highlandtown Duck," explaining that he is no longer a resident of Highlandtown, and that he is not a duck, but declaring his great desire to again jump on the "June Bug," just the same.

It was announced last night that the next contest would be between Tim Callahan, of Philadelphia, and Harry Lyons, February 28, at Germania Maennerchor Hall.

1901-02-14 Baltimore Morning Herald (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
Wilmington Man Repeatedly Violated the Rules, Holding in the Clinches, and the Fight Was Given to the Baltimore Boy in the Fifth Round
The Gans-Daly bout, scheduled for 20 rounds last night at the Music Hall, came to an untimely end in the fifth round, when Daly was disqualified for holding in the clinches after being repeatedly warned.

Up to that time the battle had been all Gans' way. At no time did the Wilmington lad have even a look-in, and when he resorted to foul tactics in the fifth he was virtually out of it. Another round would have finished him. The men were to fight under straight Queensberry rules, and were so instructed by the referee, Charley White, but Daly began to violate the rules from the start and the referee's patience was sorely tried all through the bout. Finally, in the fifth, the violation became so fragrant that there was nothing left for the referee but to order the men to their corners and give the battle to Gans.

The fight while it lasted was fast and furious enough to satisfy the most exacting critic. Jack Daly has the reputation of being a rough and aggressive fighter, and he fully lived up to it last night. He started out like a whirlwind, and attempted to carry the war into Africa from the word go. But he found in Gans a tough customer and soon realized that the colored lad could do a little rough fighting himself. After the first two rounds the steam was taken out of Mr. Daly, and instead of being the aggressor he had all he could do to stand Gans off.

The Baltimore champion showed up in fine form. He had all his marvelous skill in leading and blocking, and besides a fierceness and aggressiveness that have not generally been credited to him. Whenever he landed a blow it told, and he landed too often to suit Daly.

The first round opened with fast fighting. Daly began rushing tactics at once, but all his leads were cleverly blocked and in the end he was met with a succession of left hooks which staggered him. The men fought furiously throughout this round, and the referee had his hands full separating them in the clinches.

The second round was a repetition of the first for speed, and ended with Gans ripping a stiff right in Daly's wind.

In the third Daly began to back away from those sharp left hooks, and it began to be clearly apparent that the Wilmington man was outclassed.

The fourth round opened with aggressive tactics on Gans' part. He went right after his man, and at the close staggered him with a hard right on the jaw.

When the bell sounded for the fifth the men came together, and there was a season of fierce infighting in which Gans showed up like a past master. Daly was done for and kept holding in the clinches. The referee cautioned him and tore the men apart, but the Wilmington fighter paid no heed. He was holding on like a drowning man to a straw, and there was nothing to do but to disqualify him. The decision was an eminently just one, and Daly admitted after the fight that the referee was right.

Gans was seconded by Al Herford, Harry Lyons and Herman Miller. In Daly's corner were Kid Howard, Billy Whistler and "Scotty" McIntyre. Charlie White, of New York, refereed.

This was the fourth meeting of the men. In one bout Gans was given the decision, while the other two were draws. Tomorrow night Gans will go to Hartford and meet Jack Downey.

As a curtain raiser to the evening's entertainment Joe Howard and Geo. Leonard, two colored lads, boxed five rounds, Howard getting the decision.

Preliminary to the star bout Herman Miller and Tom Wallace met for eight rounds. The bout was a pretty one and pleased the spectators. Wallace started off well, but at the end Miller wore him down and was given the decision.

Wallace afterward made a public announcement that he would meet Miller and stop him in 20 rounds for a side bet of $100. Miller promptly called this bluff and deposited with the sporting editor of the Herald $25 as a forfeit to bind a match. This money will be up three days for Wallace to cover if he means business.

1901-02-14 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 6)
Referee White Stops Daly For Hitting In Clinches.
Many Believed He Would Have Been Knocked Out A Few Seconds Later On--The Preliminary.

There were nearly 1,000 persons in Music Hall last night to see Joseph Gans and Wilmington Jack Daly box a 25-round match. It lasted less than five rounds, Daly being disqualified by Referee Charles White, who had come from New York to officiate.

There was no dissent when the referee sent Daly to his corner and awarded the battle to Gans. The referee gave as the reasons for his decision Daly's continuous holding and hitting in clinches, despite numerous warnings.

The fifth round lasted 2 minutes and 5 seconds, and it was the general feeling that had the round gone the full 3 minutes' limit Gans would have stopped Daly, despite the latter's tactics. Daly did not object when the referee sent him to his corner, but two minutes later he objected to the decision which awarded the fight to Gans. Then Daly said Gans had been doing as much foul work as he had done. On the other hand, Gans said he had taken much of the fight out of Daly in the second round, by a punch upon the abdomen and early in the fifth round a stiff left on the jaw had put Daly at the mercy of the enemy. Daly knew this, said Gans, and showed good judgment in getting disqualified, instead of waiting for an inevitable knockout.

Baltimorean's Good Shape.

Gans was in good shape, but Daly did not appear to be trained for a contest that was to last over three rounds. At 3 P. M. the men weighed. Daly tipped the scale at 135 pounds, but Gans did not raise the beam. As soon as the weighing was over Daly remarked that he had only weighed 134½ pounds an hour before when he emerged from a Turkish bath. Then Daly was handed a pint bottle of something that looked like strong beef tea, which he drank. He dressed and started off with his trainers for a hotel, where it was said he slept until 9 P. M. Gans dressed leisurely and went out for a short walk.

Gans appeared confident of winning. He was much interested in his trip to Hartford, Conn. He said he would start for Hartford this morning with his manager, Al Herford, and would there tomorrow night box Jack Downey. There was nothing to prevent his leaving on an early train today, as he escaped any sort of hurt last night.

When Gans and Daly entered the ring last night Referee White called them to the center and explained the conditions of the fight. The guaranteed purse was $1,000. The winner was to get $750 and the loser $250. The men were to box 25 rounds; the boxing was to be under Marquis of Queensbury rules, but with clean breaks and no hitting in clinches.

Daly had "Kid" Howard, "Billy" Whistler and "English" Scotty in his corner. Gans had Al Herford, Herman Miller and Harry Lyons. Ernault Gebhart was official timer.

The battle by rounds was as follows:

Daly's Fierce Start.

Round 1. Daly started in fiercely and forced Gans to a clinch. It was the one clinch in the fight in which no hitting was done. They broke at command of the referee, but Daly was back at Gans like a flash, and a quick, fierce mix at short-arm work ensued. During part of this neither man had but one free arm.

The referee butted in and sent the men to their corners. he cautioned them about such work and again repeated the main conditions of the fight--that neither was to hit in clinches. They both verbally assented to the ruling, but had not faced each other for 10 seconds before a second mix ensued and rules were thrown to the winds and the referee was kept busy breaking the clinches.

Gans showed in this close work that his boxing away from home, where he has had to protect himself when hitting with a free arm was permitted, had made him clever at this work. Daly was aggressive, but he did no hurt.

Gans' Straight Blows.

Round 2. Gans tried left straight blows for Daly's jaw. Daly took several of these, but now and then succeeded in doing what few boxers had done--reach Gans' body good and hard. Gans shifted his tactics and Daly did the leading. This was Daly's error. Gans blocked him neatly, and, though Daly succeeded in landing three blows on the face and head, Gans, who had awaited his chance, shot his right into Daly's abdomen and the blow did much damage.

Round 3--Daly did not profit by his sad experience, but again started to lead for Gans' face. He landed lightly twice and thought he had a mark he could reach. He aimed a half swing for Gans' jaw. It was what Gans was waiting for; Gans moved about two inches, Daly missed. Gans was prepared to cross Daly, but when Daly missed he slipped to the floor. Gans had to change his blow from a straight counter to an uppercut. He did it, but not in time or the battle would have been over then and there.

Daly laughed, but Gans, while Daly was getting to his feet, struck one glove against the other and looked a picture of a man who had let a good thing slip by. Just before the end of the round Gans got in a good hard one on Daly's body.

Tried Finish Too Soon.

Round 4--Daly again started to lead, and after a second futile attempt Gans got a left on Daly's jaw that turned the Wilmingtonian's head toward home. Then Gans started in to finish matters, but Daly was right there and got in a couple of facers. They were not strong enough to do much damage, and Gans of all men knew it.

He went at Daly fast and strong, but the gong prevented his ending the matter, as he looked determined to.

But This Ended It.

Round 5--Gans started in to finish the work left undone in the fourth round. Daly went to a clinch and did some wrestling. Every time Gans led Daly went to a clinch and jabbed and hit whenever he could get a free hand. The referee showed much patience. Several times White forcibly broke the men apart. There was not much fight left in Daly, and his method of losing was one that an old ring general like he would naturally resort to.

Gans and Daly have fought four times. Gans had one decision before last night's. The other two were draws.

The Curtain-Raisers.

The first preliminary was between Jos. Howard and George Leonard, colored, featherweights. It was billed for five rounds, but Manager Herford stopped it in the middle of the fifth round, after Howard had knocked Leonard down, and he awarded the set-to to Howard. Neither was much hurt.

The second preliminary was between the old-time rivals, Herman Miller and Thos. Wallace. They had met three times previously. Twice there was no decision and once the decision was given to Miller.

In last night's 8-round set-to Miller had the battle well in hand from start to finish and at the end of the bout was awarded the decision.

Wallace then challenged Miller for a 20-round fight, and Miller posted $25 to find the match for a side bet of $100.
          1901-04-01 Joe Gans W-TKO4 Martin Flaherty [Eureka Athletic Club, Ford’s Opera House, Baltimore, MD, USA]   
1901-04-02 Baltimore American (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
Flaherty Was a Mark for the Colored Man, and Lost the Battle at Ford's in the Fourth Round, When Seconds Threw Up the Sponge--Defeated Man Had Reputation Made in Battles With Erne, McFadden and Sullivan, but Was Outclassed by Dusky Lad--Diversion Caused by the Arrest of a Woman, Who Wanted So Badly to See Contest that She Dressed in Man's Clothes.
Another victim was brought up for Joe Gans, at Ford's Theater, last night, in the person of Martin Flaherty, of Lowell, Mass. Toward the ending of the fourth round after Gans had twice floored Flaherty in that round, Colonel Michael Haley threw up the sponge and the fight was Gans', while the great American people stood up on their opera chairs and yelled "Fake" and clamored for their money back. Colonel Haley, once a lightweight pugilist, and now looking like nothing more than a well-fed burgomaster, declares that Flaherty is next thing to a blind man, and as the Colonel assumed an air of injured innocence, and Flaherty blinked owl-like, with eyes partly closed, it is probably true, but that didn't satisfy the great crowd that filled every part of the theater for no other purpose than to see a slashing contest.

Colonel Haley says that what Flaherty needs is some of Colonel Mulberry Sellers' eye-water, and not the fierce jabs dealt out by Gans. Whatever the cause, the fact is that Flaherty was no more a match for Gans than was the lamented Whitey Lester. Flaherty knew that he was in for a good, hard beating dealt out in rag time, but he butted along with the plain desire to lose the fight in the first or second round on a foul. This is exactly what would have occurred but for the philanthropic thoughtfulness of Referee Mantz, who labored long and faithfully to give the people their money's worth. There was hardly a time that Flaherty did not fight foul.

He Hit in Clinches.

It was his game to hit in clinches, in plain violation of the rules. Totally unable to judge distance, Flaherty was perfectly helpless at long-range fighting, and his only hope was to work overtime in the clinches, trusting to pummel some of the steam out of Gans, or else to lose the fight on a foul and take the loser's end of the purse to his thrifty New England home.

So strongly was Flaherty inclined to fighting in the clinches that in the very first round there was afforded the diverting spectacle of a gold-laced police captain reaching over the rope and taking a strangle hold on Flaherty, nipping him into submission. Captain Cadwallader was the hero of this bit of police strenuousness and his method was more effective than that of Mantz, as Flaherty had a deep respect for the majesty of a law represented by an official ready to take a hand in the game himself. The only part of the game at which Flaherty was good was at blocking. He was a dead one at assault work; and, even if the truth, that should control all chroniclers, will not unreservedly admit that it was the fault of bad eyes. It is an excuse as good as any other. Although Flaherty could occasionally ward off the whip-like blows that Gans shot out, the Lowell man was plainly in for a good, hard drubbing. It took but one round for Gans to show to the front. In the first round, after the usual fiddling, they exchanged light rights and lefts and clinched. Flaherty started his fouling and infighting right then. Joe returned some of the short-arm blows, and Mantz had his troubles breaking them.

Martin led a left, but it was an abortive attempt, as it fell short, and Gans easily blocked it.

Gans' Head in Chancery.

They clashed again and clinched, and Flaherty managed to get Gans' head in chancery and began belaboring him, while Mantz made a center rush on the struggling men and tried by voice and muscle to break them apart. Flaherty was bent on doing all the execution he could in the clinch, and kept at it until Captain Cadwallader reached over the ropes, seized Flaherty by the chin and head, and, getting a strangle hold, took all the steam and breath out of him. There were lots of warnings to Flaherty, but it availed not. In the second round Flaherty blocked rights and lefts, and they exchanged body blows with little effect. Gans sent in a slashing right upper cut as Flaherty started to bore in, and in a clinch the pair fell with Gans on top. Flaherty clinched, fought foul and refused to break. After working like an army mule, Mantz tore them apart and sent Flaherty to his corner just as the gong sounded for the ending of the round. Mantz again warned Flaherty about fouling.

At the opening of the third round Gans scored a hard right hook on Flaherty's jaw and dazed him. Joe sent a straight left to eye and swung to head. Flaherty blocked a right and left, and scored lightly on Joe's wind.

The fourth round was the finish. Flaherty led two lefts for body that fell short. Gans feinted with right and floored Flaherty with a left to neck that knocked Flaherty flat. After some sparring Gans waded in, and, with a right to jaw, knocked down Flaherty and dazed him. This is when Col. Haley threw up the sponge and began his explanations about Flaherty's bad eyesight.

A Woman in Disguise.

The scenes that followed the close of the fight were diverting. During the process of the contest Captain Cadwallader spotted a woman dressed in man's clothes in the audience. After the show Cadwallader shouldered his way through the crowd, trying to overtake the woman. She saw his game and struck out at a lively gait down Fayette street to Eutaw, and headed for a well-known restaurant on the latter street. Just as she reached the door the police officer reached her. At his heels were over a thousand excited men, and the scene was lively as the officer marched his unique captive out Baltimore street to Greene, where he called the patrol.

As the crowd had reached huge proportions, Captain Cadwallader marched his fair captive to Pearl street, where he met the patrol. At the station the gay masquerader gave the name of Elizabeth Moore, aged 24 years, of Buffalo, N. Y. She was dressed in dark trousers, with sack coat, fancy vest, low collar, red necktie and white alpine hat. Se is a handsome brunette, and wore gold eyeglasses. Her glossy tresses were tucked under a wig of black curly hair. Her husband put in an appearance, and, at a late hour last night, started out to hunt up his wife's feminine attire and $101.25, the collateral necessary to produce to escape a night in the station on the charge of disorderly conduct.

Wanted to See the Fight.

"I wanted to see the fight awfully bad," said the fair prisoner to the police officials, "and the only way that I could get in was to dress like a man. My husband secured these clothes from a man friend, and helped to rig me out. I am awfully sorry to get into this scrape, and I should never have ventured into such a place had I thought there was any chance of discovery."

And the pretty "man" looked down at her grotesquely large patent-leather shoes, and seemed more anxious to cry than to see any more pugilistic contests.

Flaherty's Good Record.

Martin Flaherty's record looked so good that he should have done better. He has to his credit a decision over Frank Erne, a 20-round draw with George McFadden, and a creditable fight with Spike Sullivan. After the bout last night he blinked most dolefully, and declared that he had been hit on the eyes so much in the past three years that he can see nothing. The theater was packed, and the crowd was sadly disappointed at the outcome, as they wanted a clean, hard and a long battle. While the outcome last night was in no way framed up by the promoters, it is, nevertheless, unfortunate, as the vast crowd last night demonstrated the popularity of boxing among good men.

Several Lively Preliminaries.

Before the principal contest five preliminary bouts were run off, in which boys of the nonprofessional rank were the opponents. All of the bouts were for three rounds, and three of them created much laughter among the audience. John Eich and George Whitman were the first two to go on. Not the least bit of science was shown by either, and both swung wildly. At the end of the third round very little damage was done, and the decision was announced a draw.

The second bout was between James Farren, the 105-pound Baltimore featherweight, and Chris Butt. They were both well matched in their weight, but Farren displayed more science, and before the opening round was ended Farren delivered a left punch to Butt's abdomen which caused Butt to go to the floor, and was counted out. Farren was just as fresh as when he started, and stayed in the ring and then boxed Buck Washington, colored, the "Old Trial Horse of the Monumental Amphitheater," who could not get anyone to don the mitts with him. Washington looked to be 15 pounds heavier than Farren, but Farren showed great cleverness and landed some telling blows. Both were there at the end, and the referee announced it a draw, but Farren, from a spectator's point of view, had the better of the bout.

George Kunnicker and Sammy Harris, colored, were the next two to go on. These did not show any science whatever, but hammered each other over the ring. The referee had a difficult task in separating them. No damage was done by either, and the bout ended with a draw.

Fred Hill, of Canton, and Doc Tanner wound up the preliminaries. After going two slow rounds the referee disqualified them. Harry Lyons, Herford's featherweight, refereed the first two bouts and received an ovation.

1901-04-02 Baltimore Morning Herald (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
The Lowell Boxer Was Knocked Out in the Fourth--Rough Tactics Marked the First Two Rounds--A Woman in Man's Attire Saw the Battle
The Gans-Flaherty battle attracted a big crowd to Ford's Opera House last night. The theater was packed from pit to dome, and standing room even was at a premium. The bout was scheduled to go 20 rounds, but it came to a sudden termination in the fourth round, when Flaherty's seconds threw up the sponge, after their man had been knocked down and virtually out.

Flaherty was distinctly a disappointment. He has the reputation of being a hard, rough fighter, and the crowd last night expected to see him make a lively battle. He was never in it, however. He was rough enough, to be sure, and in the first two rounds resorted to foul tactics, refusing to break and hitting in the clinches to such an extent that the police were compelled to interfere. As far as fighting went, however, the Lowell man was completely outclassed. When Gans started in to do business he pounded Flaherty right and left at will, and soon had him wobbling.

The first two rounds were marked by clinches and foul tactics on the part of Flaherty. In the third round Gans went after the Lowell man and staggered him with a terrific right on the jaw. This took all the steam out of Flaherty, and was the beginning of the end.

In the fourth Gans started right in to do business and sent Flaherty to the floor with a right on the jaw. The Lowell man was quickly on his feet, but was met with another right, which sent him down for good. Flaherty was staggering to his feet when his seconds threw up the sponge.

There were some cries of "fake" on the part of the crowd, but they were entirely uncalled for. While Flaherty was not entirely out he was virtually so, and it was an act of wisdom and mercy on the part of his seconds to give up the battle. The defeated man was so dazed that he had to be led off the stage, and it was some time after he had reached his dressing room before he could see clearly.

Flaherty claimed that his eyesight was affected and that he could not see well under the glare of the electric lights. It is quite probable, however, that Gans' righthand smashes had something to do with the failure of eyesight.

Gans' seconds were Al Herford, Cobb Bond, Herman Miller and Harry Lyons. In Flaherty's corner were Col. Mike Haley, Joe Elliott, "Scotty" McTavish and Dan Leahy. George Mantz was the referee.

Preliminary to the main bout there were some lively settos of three rounds each between local talent. John Eich and George Whitman had a lively go with no decision, as they were amateurs. Jimmy Farren put Chris Button out in the first round with a solar plexus blow, and then boxed two rounds to a draw with Buck Washington. George Kunnecke and Sam Harris fought a draw. Doc Tanner and Fred Hill boxed two rounds, but were stopped by Manager Herford on the ground that there was "nothing doing."

A Woman at the Show

There was an amusing sideshow connected with the fight which for a while attracted almost as much attention as the main event itself. Mrs. Elizabeth Moore somehow conceived the notion that she would like to see the fight, and she did see it, although at the expense of considerable notoriety.

Dressed in the latest approved men's habiliments, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her husband, entered the opera house last night and took seats in the orchestra, about six rows from the front. The pair was immediately noticed, and the immediate audience "rubbered" in amazement at the woman's attire, which, to say the least, was inartistic. An enormous wig barely concealed her natural growth of hair and she carried herself with an air decidedly non-masculine.

The attention of Captain Cadwallader was called to the woman, but he decided to wait until the close of the performance before interfering. In the meantime the woman enjoyed the fight immensely and cheered the gladiators on. She afterward said that she had never seen a fight before and had never enjoyed herself more in her life.

At the conclusion of the contest Captain Cadwallader rushed out of the back entrance to the theater in an endeavor to head the woman off, but the pair made good their escape and entered a restaurant on Eutaw street, near Baltimore. They were followed down the street by a crowd which grew greater each moment. When the captain arrived the entire street was blocked. He pushed his way into the place and some moments later emerged with the woman. Meanwhile the crowd had grown enormous and it took the mightiest efforts of six officers to force a way to the nearest patrol box.

All along the streets the wagon was followed by the noisy mass, which threatened to break down the station doors. The husband procured a hack and departed in search of proper wearing apparel for the woman, who was placed in charge of the matron. She said that her home was in Buffalo, N. Y., and that she had been stopping on Calvert street, near Read, for the past six weeks. The charge of masquerading in male attire was laid against her. She was afterward carried away in triumph by her husband, properly clothed and in a happy frame of mind. He deposited the sum of $101.45 for her appearance this morning.
          1916-03-01 Ted (Kid) Lewis W-PTS20 Harry Stone [Unity Club Arena, New Orleans, LA, USA]   
1916-03-02 The Daily States (New Orleans, LA) (page 13)
English Fighter Outclasses Stone and Uses Him to Demonstrate How Boxing Lessons Can Be Furnished Real Clever Men; Stone Great Sprinter

"Ted" Lewis, English light, welter and he says a middleweight, made good use of Harry Stone to demonstrate why he is able to flit about the country furnishing real clever boxers a lesson in the Queensberry code and providing those not quite so proficient with a ten-second snooze Wednesday night.

Patrons of Burns' fistic emporium saw Lewis perhaps under the most unfavorable conditions--unfavorable because Stone preferred to "run away and fight another day." It was evident from the moment the gong sounded that Stone was in the ring for one purpose--stay the limit.

Stone fought a defensive contest strictly. At times he sprinted faster than Bringhurst, notwithstanding every time he ducked a wallop or countered the fans cheered as though Lewis was on the verge of taking the count. Just how many times Lewis threw punches into Stone's face and body, is difficult to total. But one can rest assured, Stone stopped enough to hold him for an indefinite period.

Lewis, a tall, rangy chap, is the type of fighter that Orleanians rarely see in action. He has the knack of hitting from all angles, and not only possesses a wallop, but can also take it back a la Sambo Langford.

In the first ten rounds of the contest Stone resembled a selling platter meeting For Fair, Pan Zareta, Bringhurst and Ed Crump. He was virtually left at the post. Everyone anticipated Stone's defeat--by a decision in 20 rounds, so when Dick Burge hung up Lewis' "number" there was a slight cheer and the fans started homeward.

Lewis stung Stone repeatedly with a left hand blow that hooked the wind and was brought up to the jaw in the early part of the mill. From the tenth to the eighteenth, however, Johnston's fighter gave his southpaw wallop a vacation. In the last round Stone took a fearful lacing, and except for the eleventh, when the men stood in midring and traded wallops, Harry, who now says he is an Orleanian, was beaten to a whisper.

Had Stone abandoned his defensive tactics the fans would probably have witnessed a knockout. As it was, Lewis had to chase a crack sprinter, who, regardless of his other fallings, is clever and after cornering his man, find a spot to hit him.

Only Stone's boxing ability enabled him to stick the limit, for at no time during the hour of fighting did Stone have any more chance of beating Lewis than the assemblage cheered Tommy Burns when the announcer pulled off the Barnum and Bailey thing prior to the gong.

Lewis' work to some of the spectators was disappointing. He was figured to stop Stone early. Others claimed his left jab wasn't accurate; his right didn't have the steam, etc., but in the humble opinion of yours truly, it isn't difficult to understand why Freddie Welsh prefers the "get-it-while-the-getting-is-good" system to meeting his countryman for the lightweight title.

In some respects Lewis is a freak, but it must be remembered that all great fighters are freaks, for instance, Bob Fitzsimmons.


It is a rare occurrence that a New Orleans fistic audience will hoot and jeer one referee and demand another name the winner and loser of a contest. Nearly $2000 worth of fans testified to their disapproval of Tommy Burns as ring arbiter at the Howard street arena last night, when Dick Burke retired very suddenly while the announcer read from a paper:

"The articles of agreement call for Tommy Burns to referee."

The hisses and jeers that greeted the mention of Burns' name forced the former heavyweight champion to turn colors in his seat at the ringside. The crowd seemed almost unanimous in the belief that Burke and not Burns was the proper man to referee. The "panning" aimed at Burns only ceased at the urgent solicitation of the announcer, who said:

"But Mr. Burns is not going to referee."

For a few minutes it seemed as though Burke would not officiate. The fans, however, demanded the "Made in New Orleans" official get in the ring, and he heeded the call. That Burke was dissatisfied with the method of the promoter in the hope of making a grand stand play was evident, and it required the advice of his intimate friends to convince him the fans were entitled to consideration. There was no necessity for Mr. Burns allowing the announcer to pull such Barnum tactics. But like all so-called shrewd moves, it served the purpose--convince Burns beyond the slightest doubt that the persons who patronized his arena are not keen to have him name a winner and loser in a ring contest.

Promoters Will Do Well To Allow Boxing Fans a Rest.

Boxing promoters will make no mistake in heeding the call of patrons of the sport that they've had quite enough of the Queensberry thing for a little while. The small assemblage at the Lewis-Stone affair indicates the public isn't keen for two or three bouts per week. Since last December the fans have responded faithfully for the impressarios. Enough is sufficient, as the saying goes, and if those who shine as promoters do not care to dig down in their jeans to cover losses the three arenas will be allowed to remain dark for a week or two following the close of the races next Tuesday.

1916-03-02 The New Orleans Item (New Orleans, LA) (page 12)
He Who Jabs and Runs Away Will Live to Jab Another Day--(Philosophy of H. Stone)
Fighting Is Not Exactly in Harry's Line, But He Does Some Good Ducking and Makes Ted Miss a Lot--Burke in Soft Spot on His "Come-Back"
(By Ham.)

If there is such a thing as a welterweight champion, Ted Lewis is probably it.

Harry Stone is not altogether out of the championship class. His distance Wednesday night entitles him to some consideration along championship lines as a marathoner.

Stone is a great fighter on the retreat. He goes away from his opponent very cleverly, indeed, and is very fast in this sort of action. Bringhurst did some good time in the six furlongs Wednesday, but when Stone hit the sprints, which was in nearly every round, the great Tauber horse had nothing on him. Stone is so fast that he can run backwards with almost the speed that some sprinters make with their face to the finish line.

Harry's Ducking His Specialty.

With Stone backing away and Lewis following him up most of the time there wasn't much chance for the kind of milling that nine out of ten spectators like to see. In some particulars it was a fair enough boxing exhibition, but this consisted chiefly in Stone's very clever ducking. He made Lewis miss repeatedly.

When a fellow misses like that, the fans begin to wonder if he has not been over-rated, particularly in his boxing. But they are not likely to be perplexed on this score very long if they recall the comment on Stone's other local fights. He has made others look bad.

Lewis' Swings Awful Hard.

Lewis is not a very straight puncher and he had no chance of showing any particular wizardry with the gloves, but he is a good two-handed fellow and packs a terrible kick with a swing and uppercut. Stone did not always get away from the ripper to the body, but he ducked under many a one, and the Englishman's uppercut always found Harry's head swinging back out of the danger zone.

There were two or three occasions upon which Harry forgot himself and carried the fight. During these precious moments he was in great peril for there simply wasn't a chance for him to get by with it. Lewis changed his tactics several times, inviting Harry in to where the milling could be hot, but Harry was no sooner in there than he was quickly convinced that discretion was the better part of valor and that his discretion lay in skirmishing on the outskirts.

Dick Burke "Comes Back."

Improved weather conditions over Monday night when Lewis and Stone were scheduled to start and had to postpone it, brought out a much larger crowd.

Dick Burke "came back" as third man in the ring and did it quite gracefully. It looked squally for Dick a little while, though, as Jimmy Johnston, Lewis's manager, claimed he understood Tommy Burns was to referee and he wanted the understanding complied with. Tommy didn't want to do it and the crowd voiced its approval of Dick so Jimmy relented. Dick was in a soft spot so far as the decision was concerned. Lewis had such a good lead all the way that the betting went from 2 to 1 to three and four to one as the bout progressed.

1916-03-02 The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) (page 11)
If last night's twenty-round contest between Harry Stone of New Orleans and Ted "Kid" Lewis of England is generally recognized as a championship encounter, then Lewis today is welterweight champion of the world.

Lewis won the decision of Referee Dick Burke at the end of a score of sessions of wonderfully clever boxing and fighting in which he excelled in the latter department and took the advantage by forcing the fight, but though he won it is safe to say that probably never in all his time has he met a man who made him miss so many blows as did Stone.

Had Harry injected a little more aggressiveness into his milling the result might have been different. It might have differed in two ways. He might have won, or at least made a better showing, and then again he might have been knocked out. Lewis was unable to do his best against the retreating tactics of Stone but then, too, when Stone did turn and fight it was not always Lewis who had the better of the mix-up.


From a safe corner of the ring it looked as though Lewis earned nine rounds while Stone was credited with six. The rest were even. At times, though Lewis was trying practically all the time, he was made to look exceedingly foolish in his attempts by Stone's clever ducking and blocking and Stone frequently returned a half dozen jabs to the face while Lewis was in and trying to get out again after missing with both hands.

But Stone's work was done practically altogether with his left hand. His right might about as well have been left at home. On the other hand Lewis is one of the best two-handed fighters and boxers ever seen in New Orleans, and if he is champion he looks like a real one.

Stone is a man who will make the best of the fight a bad fight. He is so infernally clever in evading punishment that he makes the aggressor in a bout look like a tyro much of the time and it was only by rushing in past his guard and hammering away with both hands that Lewis was able to make an impression.

At the end of the contest both were slightly marked but little damage had been done to either. Stone's left eye had a bad cut over it, sustained in the nineteenth round, while Lewis' mouth was slightly cut in one of the early rounds and his nose bled from a left poke in the nineteenth round. The latter session was undoubtedly the liveliest of the entire scrap, both of the boys standing up and whaling away with both hands and all their might. The twentieth was little less furious but in both Lewis had decided margins.


Lewis is really a remarkable looking chap, being strongly and cleanly built and showing speed and smoothness of action in every move. He works confidently all the time and seems never to be off his guard.

Many of the rounds were very tame with hardly a blow landed on either side, both trying often but owing to cleverness neither succeeding in doing much.

But at the finish there was little difference of opinion as to the quality of the match. "It was a good one," seemed to be the general opinion of it. It was not a slam-bang, slashing scrap, and there were no knock-downs nor anything that looked like one, but there was so much clever boxing and fast action in it that it was generally liked.

It is probable that Lewis will return to New York immediately as he is in great demand up there in short bouts. That was one thing that many thought would militate against him last night. He has been fighting regularly for a good while and has not engaged in any long bouts, but last night he did not seem to be tired or even breathing hard at any time and looked as fresh as a daisy at the finish.
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noviembre 16, 2010
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noviembre 5, 2010
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noviembre 5, 2010
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mayo 18, 2011

Ángel Páez

          Comunicación y poder en la sociedad red   
MEDIOS, TELEFONITOS Y REDES SOCIALES Extracto de la charla de Manuel Castells en Buenos Aires. Gentileza Fundación OSDE.

Expertos de la comunicación, investigadores, periodistas, los cholulos de siempre y algunos figurones inclasificables componían el auditorio que en la sede porteña de la Fundación Osde se disponía a escuchar al sociólogo español Manuel Castells. Entre todos, tal vez haya sido Gustavo Grobocopatel, el hombre estigmatizado con el título de rey de la soja, quien recibía la mayor cantidad de saludos y agradecimientos por su presencia a esta ponencia magistral sobre Comunicación y poder en la sociedad red, un tema con el que viene coqueteando casi tanto como con su banda de folklore que podría llamarse Los Grobo pero se llama Cruz del sur. Sabiamente puntual, el antropólogo Alejandro Grimson, se encargó de subir al pedestal al orador de la noche. Contó rápido que Alain Touraine había sido su mentor y que Castells estaba entre los cinco teóricos sociales más referenciados de los últimos tiempos, a la par de figuras como Habermas, Giddens, Sassen y Beck. Mencionó varias veces a su archiconocida trilogía La era de la información pero dejó claro que Castells llegó a Buenos Aires para presentar su último trabajo, Comunicación y poder, un texto todavía no editado en la Argentina que, según su autor, es el resultado de una investigación que le llevó diez años. De resultado incierto, diría el propio Castells, ya que "tan pronto como se seca la tinta empiezo a cambiar de idea".

Bien informático, Castells arrancó diciendo que "en las relaciones de poder se encuentra el código fuente de cualquier sociedad". Y habló de una dialéctica, que no es la materialista en términos marxistas por cierto, pero es la que para él encierra el debate principal sobre estos tiempos. Cien por ciento gramsciano, el sociólogo definió: "Donde hay poder hay contrapoder, donde hay dominación hay resistencia". Y explicó luego que de esas relaciones surgen compromisos parciales que generan cambios y nuevas normas. Nada nuevo hasta allí. Apenas algo de contexto para aclimatar la dirección de su charla. "El poder es una relación, no se lo toma", avisó entonces categórico, aunque sobren ejemplos de que una cosa no impida la otra. "Ese poder, esa capacidad relacional se usa para influenciar y defender los valores e intereses del empoderado. Y de allí surge la batalla para influenciar nuestras mentes", esbozó.

Habló Castells de las dos vías para ostentar ese poder, a través del monopolio de la violencia o a través de construcción de significados. "Si no te convenzo, te mato", graficó. Una violencia e intimidación que puede construir tanto adhesión como resignación. Otra vez calcó la definición de hegemonía de Gramsci para quien el poder de las clases dominantes sobre las clases sometidas en el modo de producción capitalista no está dado solo por el control de los aparatos represivos del Estado sino fundado en la "hegemonía" cultural que las clases dominantes logran ejercer a través del control del sistema educativo, de las instituciones religiosas y de los medios de comunicación. Esos mecanismos consensuales de la dominación burguesa han entrado en una nueva etapa según Castells. No es que hayan desaparecido pero ahora se definen cada vez más en la sociedad red.

Suficiente contexto para que Castells se lanzara con todo su peso sobre el tema que lo trajo aquí. "El poder en la sociedad red es multidimensional y todas esas dimensiones dependen del sistema de comunicación", arriesgó. Algo así como decir que los intentos de cambio social y político dependerán casi exclusivamente de la posibilidad de transformar ese sistema de comunicaciones. Se basa en la teoría de la inteligencia afectiva Castells para avisar de los riesgos que implicaría perder las batallas de la comunicación. Batallas que sólo pueden llevarse a cabo si conservamos esos terrenos comunales que son las redes de comunicación que Internet ha hecho posible . La tarea no es sencilla. Ya lo viene advirtiendo Richard Stallman con un activismo más extremo desde hace años. Quienes ostentan el poder en la sociedad red buscan cercar la comunicación mediante redes comercializadas y/o vigiladas con el fin de cerrar la mente pública programando la conexión entre comunicación y poder. Algo que ya hicieron en el mundo real, plusvalía mediante. Pero que ahora la suma de individuos con espíritu colaborativo puede torcer en el mundo virtual. ¿Puede?

El éxito en Internet, que todavía es un espacio libre pero no tan libre al decir de Derrick de Kerkhove, muchas veces está ligado a impulsar la autonomía ciudadana. Castells sitúa entre estos impulsores a compañías como Google o Facebook. Y no porque sean seguidores de Stallman, sino porque ése es su negocio. "Google vende libertad. Si no lo hace, mañana aparecen dos chicos que crean un nuevo Google y le quitan la audiencia". Para Castells, en este sentido la competencia sigue siendo amplia y abierta. Menos democráticos y abiertos, son los operadores, que según el sociólogo (varios ejemplos le dan la razón) buscan acabar con esa neutralidad. "Quieren cerrar las tierras comunales, ese es el gran problema", dice Castells. Todo un atentado contra la preservación de las libertades. (Bastaría citar el caso de Filadelfia, que reculó con su wifi gratuito ante el asedio de los operadores) Y luego Castells insistirá con algo que ya ha repetido mil veces: "Los gobiernos odian Internet". Aunque más tarde sea menos categórico cuando sostengan que, en realidad, lo que todos los gobiernos se preguntan, es cómo controlarla. Y allí usan los latiguillos de siempre. Hay que proteger a los niños, bloquear tal o cual cosa. ¿Por qué no protegen a los niños de verdad? ¿Qué hacen contra el hambre, la miseria? "Los gobiernos tienen perdida la batalla, dice Castells. Pueden matar al mensajero, pero al mensaje no"

Y esa es una de las claves de lo que Castells llama autocomunicación. Un modo desintermediado de producir, acceder y compartir mensajes. Por oposición a los medios y basado en las redes sociales. No es que lo mediático haya desaparecido, todavía es a ése formato que debe adaptarse el lenguaje de la política. Para Castells los partidos políticos siguen siendo importantes, pero tienen que contar con un líder y necesariamente deben pasar por los medios. Medios que, por lo general cuando quieren destruir o generar desconfianza apelan a la política del escándalo. Una política que se basa en armas tales como la investigación opositiva, que se ha vuelto una industria, o en el latiguillo de que en la política todo el mundo está financiado ilegalmente. Según Castells esa política del escándalo está produciendo efectos variables. Y desde hace un tiempo, a las crisis de legitimidad o a la desconfianza generalizada, que suelen ser los efectos buscados, se opone lo que Castells llama fatiga del escándalo, un efecto colateral por el que todos aparecen como igualmente corruptos. "Como todos son iguales, yo me quedo con mi mentiroso, que es más simpático". Frente a este desgaste de la relación entre comunicación y poder, una verdadera crisis de legitimidad, surgen estas formas que Castells llama Autocomunicación.

Un concepto para el que obviamente Internet y los dispositivos móviles serán claves y dónde las redes sociales son, hoy, el pilar de esa comunidad. "Twitter es fantástico para hacer la revolución, pero cuando hay que explicar el programa revolucionario nos vamos a Facebook", dice Castells. ¿Puede alguien creer que la revolución vendrá a partir de estas herramientas tecnológicas, de las comunidades que se arman a través de ellas? ¿Siendo Twitter y Facebook empresas, qué clase de revolución permitirían? En realidad, lo que Castells sugiere es que las redes sociales, llámense como se llamen, están abiertas tanto a los activistas como a los ideólogos. Y que lentamente vamos a un proceso de desintermediación comunicativa. La sociedad sería entonces capaz de automediatizarse dando fin a los monopolios. O desbaratando cualquier tipo de intento por tergiversar la información. Castells rescató para ilustrarlo un ejemplo bien conocido, cuando el PP de Aznar buscó adjudicarle los atentados de Atocha en Madrid a ETA para ganar tiempo en las elecciones que finalmente perdió cuando se supo había sido Al Qaeda.

Confía en una autocomunicación de masas Castells. En una sociedad dispuesta a producir cambios. Y no cree para nada en las segmentaciones forzadas que hablan de mundos virtuales y reales. "No hay separación, todos vivimos en un híbrido. Todo lo que hacemos es virtual y a la vez físico", dice el sociólogo. Y agrega: "El debate se hace cada vez más por Internet, pero el compromiso se manifiesta en la calle. Aunque también se puedan cortar calles en Internet". De allí la importancia de defender ese espacio público híbrido, fundamental en todas las sociedades. Pero el salto, para Castells, está en ese paso de la esfera institucional a la comunicativa. "El poder se debate y se lucha en las redes sociales", dice Castells. ¿Volverán las ideologías a estar en debate por sobre la política del escándalo? El mensaje de Castells suena posmoderno a veces, pero él mismo le cede la palabra a la inteligencia colectiva, colaborativa. En pro de la confianza mutua, la liberación de los internautas será obra de los internautas mismos... Ya lo dijo alguien, ¿no?

          Ruta cibergráfica para el estudio de los procesos de participación ciudadana a través de las plataformas de Gobierno Electrónico   
Las investigaciones y reflexiones que hemos realizado sobre Gobierno Electrónico (Páez, Iribarren y Neüman, 2003; Páez e Iribarren, 2002; Páez, 2004), nos permiten configurar una ruta en la cuál hemos encontrado pistas para el estudio sistemático de los diferentes procesos sociales que pueden darse con apoyo de las plataformas digitales de gobierno que se han venido desarrollando en Latinoamérica y el mundo. Consideramos que el estudio del acceso a las tecnologías de información y comunicación debe efectuarse tanto desde el mundo de los átomos (telecentros, academias, cabinas públicas), como desde el mundo de los bits (sitios web y/o plataformas de gobierno, cibermedios). La propuesta que se realiza en este trabajo se centra en la Cibergrafía, término acuñado por Cely y Neüman (1999), quien la define como un nuevo tratado para abordar a los medios on line, partiendo de sus características diferenciadoras: su carácter cibernético, virtual, interactivo e hipermediático. La experiencia de aplicación de la Cibergrafía (Páez, 2004) nos ha permitido ir desarrollando una metodología de análisis y evaluación que será clave para medir la evolución del gobierno electrónico en los próximos años; muy especialmente, porque esta metodología esta siendo desarrollada desde nuestra perspectiva como latinoamericanos. También se revisan otras experiencias de estudios en el ciberespacio, como la de Etchevers (2005) y Gómez (2002) quienes proponen métodos etnográficos para la comprensión de lo virtual. En cuanto a la medición de los procesos de participación ciudadana que pueden darse a partir de las plataformas de Gobierno Electrónico, consideramos los niveles de participación ciudadana que propone Sanhueza (2004): a) Informativo, en el que se provee información sobre el tema en cuestión; b) Consultivo, en el que se invita a personas y grupos a participar de manera activa a través de sus opiniones y sugerencias; c) en el Resolutivo, se convoca a personas y grupos con posibilidades reales de influir respecto de un tema específico; y d) en el de Cogestión, en el que se convoca a actores claves para ser parte de un proceso de toma de decisiones que involucra más de un tema específico. Este binomio Gobierno Electrónico+Participación Ciudadana podrá ser estudiado a través de la Cibergrafía, si hace énfasis en las posibilidades interactivas y colaborativas que puedan desarrollarse desde las plataformas de e-gov; esto nos sugiere que es en este sentido que debe fortalecerse el Gobierno Electrónico, al tiempo que Rodríguez (2005) ya advierte que la tendencia actual apunta hacia la provisión de espacios en línea para la participación individual, en lugar de una red de discusión y deliberación grupal, sin la cuál es imposible aspirar a que el ciudadano se convierta en monitor y fiscalizador de las actividades de gobierno.

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          70-534 – Maintaining the Azure Cloud   

70-534 – Maintaining the Azure Cloud As explained in the previous post around the Azure Datacentres, Microsoft’s Azure offerings have to be reliable, have high performance and be incredibly resilient. Therefore maintaining the Azure Datacentres can be quite a complex procedure. Microsoft has to have a plan in place for the two possible scenarios of maintenance, planned and the unplanned. Planned maintenance happens on a schedule, while unplanned maintenance occurs in response to an unexpected event, normally due to a hardware failure. Azure Planned Maintenance Microsoft routinely schedule maintenance of their hosting hardware. Whether these are a firmware update or applying a security patch to the underlying hypervisor. While most of these will not effect the virtual machines you have running on this infrastructure, there are some circumstances which may cause your VMs to shutdown and restart. Obviously Microsoft providing a multi-tenanted environment, it would be near impossible to schedule the downtime of all...

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          70-534 – Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification Skills Measured   

70-534 – Skills to study Well if you love Microsoft products as much as we do, and you wish to learn about them further and be recognised as one of the select few that are solution experts, well you will need to study, study and complete more study. There is nothing better than hands on experience combined with excellent articles and blogs to help you pass. First thing to do would be to sign up to Azure for a free account. Microsoft offers free $200 a month which should be more than enough to put what you learn in to practice. As always with Microsoft’s Azure, you are billed by the minute, so make sure to shutdown and deallocate anything you build to avoid using up your free credits. (You could also use our tool, the Azure Virtual Machine Scheduler to automate the shutdown, deallocate and power back on your...

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          Azure Tools   

Azure tools Cloud Computing Cloud computing is a game changer and Microsoft’s Azure is the leading provider of cloud infrastructure and services. Whether you require Platform as a Service (PAAS), Software as a Service (SAAS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRAAS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) it is hard to go past the suite of products that Microsoft’s Azure cloud provides. Tools SmiKar Software has developed the following Azure Tools to allow the Administrator or Developer recover costs and time; Azure Virtual Machine Scheduler – AVMS Virtual machines are billed within Microsoft Azure every minute they are on and running. Simply shutting down those virtual machines within Azure and not deallocating them you will still end up being charged. You need to take one further step and deallocate those virtual machines to not keep incurring charges. The Azure Virtual Machine Scheduler (AVMS) connects to your Microsoft Azure subscriptions and...

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          LA OEA lanza eGobex, una plataforma sobre el gobierno electrónico para América   

Washington, 2 jul (EFE).- La OEA, a través de su Secretaría de Asuntos Políticos, lanzó hoy el espacio virtual eGobex que permite a los Ejecutivos en América Latina y el Caribe intercambiar soluciones de gobierno electrónico para avanzar en su modernización. Seguir leyendo el arículo
La plataforma ( permite a cualquier Gobierno de la región acceder a una base de datos para buscar soluciones a problemas sobre las gestiones administrativas a través de internet, informó hoy la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).
Del mismo modo, el Gobierno que disponga de una solución que pueda ser adaptada a otros países podrá colocarla en una base de datos y así compartir sus logros en materia de gobierno electrónico con el resto de países de la región y del mundo.
E-Gobex fue creado por sugerencia de los propios Gobiernos de la región como parte de las actividades de la Red de Gobierno Electrónico de América Latina y el Caribe (
Es patrocinada por el Centro Internacional de Investigación para el Desarrollo (IDRC), del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y de la Agencia Canadiense para el Desarrollo Internacional (ACDI).

          Automate Azure Shutdown   

Automate Azure Shutdown To save time and money, especially with virtual machines that are not required to operate outside regular business hours (for example, development and test vms), having the ability to shutdown, deallocate and then power back these virtual machines on all within a schedule. As you are billed by the minute for running virtual machines on Microsoft’s Azure, automating a scheduled shutdown then power back on of your virtual machines will save you both time and money. Azure Overview Microsoft’s Azure cloud is one of the leading providers of Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) as well as Software as a Service (SAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Disaster Recovery As a Service (DRAAS) cloud provider. It is flexible, supports a huge selection of operating systems,and programming languages. You can run Windows or Linux servers or even now Windows and Linux containers with Docker integration. Azure also allows you to build applications...

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          How to Automate a scheduled power down and on of Azure VMs   

How to Automate a scheduled power down and on of Azure VMs If you need to create an automated process that shuts down or powers on your Azure VMs to save you from paying fees to Microsoft for services while they are not being utilised, you can do this with the Azure Virtual Machine Scheduler tool that we have created. AVMS as it is known can automate a schedules that you specify to do all this for you and to send you email alerts during the process. You could use AVMS for your Development and Test systems housed within Azure, saving you money while they are not being used. It is quite a simple process to create a new schedule. Open up the Azure Virtual Machine Scheduling tool and first let it sync with your Microsoft Azure Subscriptions so that it can populate all your VMs. Click the Virtual Machines...

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          Virtual hosting and the ghetto   
Chris slays the VHM dragon. The people contributing to Repoze are helping to show the upside of WSGI and the benefits of getting out of our ghetto. Lotta stuff going on in Repoze land these days.
          Nice meetup for last night's talk   
I gave a talk last night at the ZPUG in DC.  In a nutshell, the talk was a gentle introduction to Paste and Deliverance.  Basically, I gave the kind of how-to-get-started that I would want to get, as a non-hardcore developer.

Turnout was good, but the atmosphere was even better.  Lots of discussions and questions at each step, frequently with the people discussing with each other.  There's a lot of interest in the topics of WSGI/eggs/Paste/middleware, and virtualenv/buildout/PyPI, and then how all the relates to particular frameworks like Zope and Plone.  My guess is that there is a pent-up demand for something like Repoze, which tries to take all those things people think they should get started on, and make it Just Work in the Zope/Plone world.

People really had some cool angles on how all this could shake out.  I really enjoyed the meeting.  Thanks to Alex Clark for organizing and Eric Coffman (and TNC) for hosting.

Regarding the material, I spent a bunch of time making progress on how to give a presentation and then have the material ready for good review afterwards.  Unfortunately, I still haven't found exactly the process that I'm looking for, but got a lot closer.

Plus, I know a lot more about Paste now. [wink]

Also in Repoze news, Chris and Tres had a talk last night in Chapel Hill, NC and one tonight in Charlotte, NC.

          หน่วยที่ 5 Microsoft Word   

บทเรียนออนไลน์ เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ ระดับชั้นมัธมศึกษาปีที่ 2


1. การสร้างเอกสารเปล่าต้องเลือกที่ปุ่มใด

2. ข้อใดคือชื่อของเอกสารต้นแบบในหน้าต่าง Template

ก Elergant Report

ข Professional Report

ค Contemporary Report

ง English Contemporary Report

3. ข้อใดคือการสร้างงานเอกสารใหม่

ก คลิก File ----> New

ข คลิก File ----> General

ค คลิก File ----> Templates

ง คลิก File ----> Document

4. มุมมองใน Microsoft Word 2002 ที่ใช้คำสั่ง View ----> Print Layout เป็นมุมมองลักษณะใด

ก มุมมองปกติ

ข มุมมองเค้าร่าง

ค มุมมองเค้าโครงเว็บ

ง มุมมองเหมือนพิมพ์

5. การเรียกใช้แถบเครื่องมือรูปแบบและมาตรฐานจะต้องเลือกที่เมนูใดเป็นอันดับแรก

ก แฟ้ม

ข แก้ไข

ค มุมมอง

ง รูปแบบ

6. ข้อใดเรียงลำดับขั้นตอนการเลือกข้อความโดยการแดรกเมาส์ได้ถูกต้อง

ก 2-3-1

ข 1-2-3

ค 2-1-3

ง 1-3-2

7. "ปาน ธนพร เป็นนักร้องหญิงที่มีชื่อเสียง" คำที่ขีดเส้นใต้เปลี่ยนรูปแบบโดยใช้ปุ่มใด

8. การจัดหัวข้อรายงานให้อยู่กึ่งกลางหน้ากระดาษจะต้องเลือกใช้ปุ่มใด

9. นักเรียนจะสร้างรูป ควรคลิกเลือกปุ่มใดบน Drawing Toolbar

ก Flowchart

ข Connectors

ค Basic Shape

ง Stars and banners

10. ถ้าต้องการระบายสีเขียวในรูป ต้องเลือกปุ่มใดบน Drawing Toolbar

11. การสร้างตารางซับซ้อนจะใช้ปุ่มใดในการวาดตาราง

12. ปุ่มใดใช้เปิดเอกสารที่นักเรียนได้บันทึกไว้แล้ว

13. ปุ่มใดที่ใช้แบ่งช่องตารางจาก 1 ช่องเป็นหลายๆช่อง

ก Split Cell

ข Merge Cell

ค Table AutoFormat

ง Distribute Rows Everly

14. ข้อใดเป็นวิธีการบันทึกเอกสารที่ใช้งานอยู่ในปัจจุบัน

ก กดแป้น (F12)

ข กดแป้น (Control)+(S)

ค เลือกเมนู File - Save

ง ถูกทุกข้อ

15. การแทรกรูปจากไฟล์รูปภาพใช้คำสั่งใด

ก Insert - Picture - ClipArt

ข View - Toolbar - Picture

ค Insert - Picture - WordArt…

ง Insert - Picture - From File…

16. การรวมช่องตารางหลายๆช่องไว้ด้วยกันใช้เครื่องมือใด

ก Split Cell

ข Merge Cell

ค Table AutoFormat

ง Distribute Rows Everly

17. การใส่สัญลักษณ์หน้าข้อความใช้คำสั่งใด

ก Format - Page Number…

ข Insert - Page Number…

ค Insert - Bullets and Numbering

ง Format - Bullets and Numbering

18. การบันทึกข้อมูลชื่อไดร์ฟที่แตกต่างไปจากเดิมทำอย่างไร

ก กดแป้น F12

ข กดแป้น Crtl+S

ค เลือกเมนู File - Save

ง เลือกเมนู File - Save as

19. การเปิดเอกสารเดิมขึ้นมาใช้งานทำอย่างไร

ก เลือกเมนู File - News

ข เลือกเมนู File - Open…

ค คลิกที่ปุ่มบน Standard Toolbar

ง ข้อ ข และ ค ถูก

20. การปิดเอกสารที่นักเรียนใช้งานอยู่ต้องคลิกที่ปุ่มใด

คะแนนที่ได้ =


          หน่วยที่ 4 ผังงาน   

บทเรียนออนไลน์ เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ ระดับชั้นมัธมศึกษาปีที่ 2


1. ข้อใดอธิบายความหมายของ “ผังงาน” ได้ถูกต้อง





2. สัญลักษณ์การรับเข้าหรือแสดงผลแทนด้วยสัญลักษณ์ในข้อใด





3. การประมวลผลข้อมูลแทนด้วยสัญลักษณ์ในข้อใด





4. สัญลักษณ์นี้คืออะไร





5. ผังงานระบบมีวิธีการทำงานอย่างไร

ประมวลผล---> แสดงผล">ก.นำ ข้อมูลเข้า-->ประมวลผล---> แสดงผล

จัดเก็บข้อมูล--> แสดงผล">ข. รวบวมข้อมูล-->จัดเก็บข้อมูล--> แสดงผล

จัดเก็บข้อมูล-->ประมวลผล">ค.นำ ข้อมูลเข้า-->จัดเก็บข้อมูล-->ประมวลผล

ประมวลผล--> แสดงผล">ง. รวบรวมข้อมูล-->ประมวลผล--> แสดงผล

6. ผังงานโปรแกรมมีลักษณะอย่างไร





7. โครงสร้างแบบลำดับมีลักษณะอย่างไร




ง.มีรูปแบบการทำงานโดยแสดงทางเลือกให้มีทางออก 2 ทาง

8. โครงสร้างแบบทางเลือกใช้สัญลักษณ์ข้อใดในการตัดสินใจ

ก.ใช่ / ไม่ใช่

ข.ไป / ไม่ไป

ค.ตกลง / ไม่ตกลง


9. การเขียนผังงานโปรแกรมต้องเริ่มด้วยสัญลักษณ์ในข้อใด





10. การเขียนโครงสร้างผังงานแบบทำซ้ำ ใช้สัญลักษณ์ใดในการพิจารณาทางเลือก





11. หากต้องการเขียนผังงานการจ่ายค่าเทอมของนักเรียนและการคำนวณเงินค่าเทอม ต้องเขียนแทนด้วยสัญลักษณ์ใด





12. “การคำนวณเกรดเฉลี่ยของนักเรียนชั้นม.2” สามารถเขียนอธิบายระบบผังงานได้ตามข้อใด





13. ข้อใด ไม่ใช่ ลักษณะของผังงานระบบ





14. ผังงานโปรแกรมแสดงการทำงานลักษณะอย่างไร





15. ข้อใด ไม่ใช่ รูปแบบการเขียนผังงานโดยใช้โครงสร้างแบบทางเลือก

ก.มีเส้นทางเลือกมากกว่า 1 ทาง



ง.มีทางเลือกออกจากสัญลักษณ์การตัดสินใจคือ ใช่หรือไม่ใช่

16. โครงสร้างผังงานแบบลำดับมีรูปแบบอย่างไร





17. ข้อใดเขียนสัญลักษณ์ในผังงาน ผิด หลักเกณฑ์





18. ผังงานแบบใดที่มีโครงสร้างเป็นไปตามเงื่อนไข





19. ข้อใดควรใช้โครงสร้างแบบทางเลือก


ข.การคำนวณยอกบัญชี (เงินต้นทบดอกเบี้ย)

ค.การคำนวณดอกเบี้ยเงินฝากที่มีอัตราดอกเบี้ย 2 ประเภท


20. ข้อใดควรใช้โครงสร้างแบบทำซ้ำ


ข.การคำนวณยอกบัญชี (เงินต้นทบดอกเบี้ย)

ค.การคำนวณดอกเบี้ยเงินฝากที่มีอัตราดอกเบี้ย 2 ประเภท


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          หน่วยที่ 6 โปรแกรม Power Point   

บทเรียนออนไลน์ เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ ระดับชั้นมัธมศึกษาปีที่ 2


1. ข้อใดเรียงลำดับขั้นตอนการเข้าสุ่โปรแกรม Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 ได้ถูกต้อง
1 คลิกเลือก All Programs
2 คลิกปุ่ม Start
3 คลิกเลือก Microsoft PowerPoint





2. ข้อใดเป็นแถบเครื่องมือที่ช่วยในการสร้างงานนำเสนอใหม่และรูป Clip Art

แถบ Menu Bar

แถบ Title Bar

แถบเครื่องมือ Toolbar

แถบเครื่องมือ Task Pane

3. ข้อใดเป็นมุมมองที่แสดงหน้าสไลด์หลายหน้า

Normal Veiw

Slide Sorter Veiw

Slide Show Veiw

Notes Page Veiw

4. การนำเสนอรายงานด้วยโปรแกรม Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 จะต้องใช้มุมมองข้อใด

Normal Veiw

Slide Sorter Veiw

Slide Show Veiw

Notes Page Veiw

5. การงานนำเสนอเปล่ามีขั้นตอนการทำอย่างไร

คลิกที่เมนู Veiw

คลิกที่ Slide Show

คลิกที่ New Presentation

คลิกเลือกที่ Blank Presentation

6. การสร้างงานนำเสนอออกแบบต้องคลิกเลือกที่ใด

General Template

Blank Presentation

From Design Template

From Auto Content Wizard

7. การสร้างงานนำเสนอจากแม่แบบต้องคลิกเลือกที่ใด

General Template

Blank Presentation

From Design Template

From Auto Content Wizard

8. ถ้าต้องการให้ปรากฏงานนำเสนอภาพหน้าจอดังกล่าว ต้องคลิกเลือกที่ใด

Slide Design

Color Design

Design Template

Design Slide Layout

9. การเพิ่มสไลด์ให้กับงานนนำเสนอมีวิธีอย่างไร

เลือกแถบเครื่องมือ Slide Design

เลือกแถบเครื่องมือ Slide Layout

เลือกเมนู View คลิกที่ปุ่ม New Slide

เลือกที่เมนู Insert คลิกที่ปุ่ม Slide

10. "คลิกเลือกที่เมนู Format > Backgrround"เป็นขั้นตอนใดของงานนำเสนอ





11. ถ้าปรากฏหน้าต่างดังกล่าว หมายถึง การปฏิบัติในขั้นตอนใดของงานนำเสนอ





12. จาก A ไป B เป็นขั้นตอนในข้อใด





13. การแทรกรูปภาพจาก Clip Art ควรแสดงหน้าต่างงานนำเสนอแบบใด

14. การแทรกรูปภาพจากแฟ้มภาพสามรถเลือกใช้โดยคลิกที่ใด





15. ข้อใดเป็นชื่อไฟล์งานนำเสนอที่ทำการบันทึกข้อมูลแล้ว





16. ขั้นตอนใดเรียงลำดับงานนำเสนอได้ถูกต้อง
1. เลือกชื่องานที่บันทึกไว้
2. คลิกปุ่ม Open
3. เลือกเมนู File เล้วเลือก Open
4. เลือกตำแหน่งที่บันทึกงานไว้





17. การนำเสนอรายงานด้วยโปรแกรม Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 ต้องใช้ร่วมกับอุปกรณ์ใด





18. ถ้านักเรียนต้องการเปลี่ยนแผ่นสไลด์ให้เต็มหน้าจอต้องเลือกที่ใด


Slide Show

Slide Transition

Apply to all slides

19. ถ้าต้องการดูภาพสไลด์ทั้งหมดว่ามีจำนวนเท่าใด ควรเลือกที่ใด




เลือกที่ Notes Page View

20. dการใช้โปรแกรม Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 เ้หมาะสำหรับงานประเภทใด





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          หน่วยที่ 1 การสื่อสารข้อมูล   

บทเรียนออนไลน์ เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ ระดับชั้นมัธมศึกษาปีที่ 2


1. สื่อนำข้อมูลมีหน้าที่อย่างไร

ก. รับข้อมูลที่ส่งมาจากผู้ส่ง

ข. เป็นตัวกลางในการส่งข้อมูล

ค. เป็นวิธีการในการสื่อสารข้อมูล

ง. ส่งข้อมูลไปยังจุดหมายทีต้องการ

2. ข้อใด ไม่ใช่ องค์ประกอบของการสื่อสารข้อมูล

ก. ข้อมูล

ข. ระยะเวลา

ค. โพรโทคอล

ง. สื่อนำข้อมูล

3. ”ปุ๊กชมรายการโทรทัศน์ยูบีซี” จากข้อความนี้ข้อใดคือสื่อนำข้อมูล

ก. ดาวเทียม

ข. โทรทัศน์

ค. โทรศัพท์

ง. สายเคเบิล

4. ”ผู้ส่งและผู้รับทำการตกลงวิธีการสื่อสารให้เข้าใจตรงกัน” ข้อความนี้หมายถึงข้อใด

ก. ผู้ส่งข้อมูล

ข. ผู้รับข้อมูล

ค. โพรโทคอล

ง. สื่อนำข้อมูล

5. การฟังเพลงจัดเป็นการส่งข้อมูลแบบใด

ก. การส่งข้อมูลทิศทางเดียว

ข. การส่งข้อมูลสองทิศทางสลับกัน

ค. การส่งข้อมูลทิศทางเดียวสลับกัน

ง. การส่งข้อมูลสองทิศทางพร้อมกัน

6. การส่งข้อมูลทิศทางเดียวกันมีลักษณะอย่างไร

ก. ส่งและรับข้อมูลโดยไม่ได้โต้ตอบกัน

ข. ส่งและรับข้อมูลโดยสามารถโต้ตอบกันได้ทันที

ค. ส่งและรับข้อมูลโดยจะโต้ตอบกันทางโทรศัพท์

ง. ส่งและรับข้อมูลโดยไม่สามารถโต้ตอบกันได้ในเวลาเดียวกัน

7. ข้อใดจัดเป็นการส่งข้อมูลสองทิศทางพร้อมกัน

ก. การใช้วิทยุสื่อสาร

ข. การสนทนาออนไลน์

ค. การชมภาพยนตร์ดีซีดี

ง. การเรียนผ่านดาวเทียม

8. การรับส่งข้อมูลที่ไม่สามารถโต้ตอบกันในเวลาเดียวกัน จัดเป็นการส่งข้อมูลแบบใด

ก. การส่งข้อมูลทิศทางเดียว

ข. การส่งข้อมูลสองทิศทางสลับกัน

ค. การส่งข้อมูลทิศทางเดียวสลับกัน

ง. การส่งข้อมูลสองทิศทางพร้อมกัน

9. สัญญาณแอนะล็อกเป็นอย่างไร

ก. เป็นสัญญาณแบบไม่ต่อเนื่อง

ข. มีลักษณะเป็นรูปกราฟคลื่นไซน์

ค. ต้องแปลงข้อมูลให้เป้นสัญญาณดิจิทอล

ง. สัญญาณมีการเปลี่ยนแปลงแบบไม่

10. ข้อใดเป็นลักษณะของสัญญาณดิจิทัล

ก. ต้องแปลงข้อมูลให้อยู่ในรูปเลขฐานสอง

ข. ต้องวัดจำนวนรอบความถี่ของคลื่น 1 วินาที

ค. มีอุปกรณ์ทวนสัญญาณที่สามารถกรองสัญญาณรบกวน

ง. มีความสามารถในการผลิตคลื่นสัญญาณมากกว่า 100 ล้านรอบ

11. ”มีฉนวนหุ้มข้อมูลหลายชั้น ทำให้ป้องกันสัญญาณรบกวนได้” เป็นคุณสมบัติของตัวกลางประเภทใด

ก. สายคู่บิดเกลียว

ข. สายโคแอลเชียล

ค. สายไฟฟ้าแรงสูง

ง. สายใยแก้วนำแสง

12. สื่อนำข้อมูลแบบมีสายที่มีส่วนประกอบเป็นทองแดง เป็นคุณสมบัติของตัวกลางประเภทใด

ก. สายคู่บิดเกลียว

ข. สายโคแอลเชียล

ค. สายไฟฟ้าแรงสูง

ง. สายใยแก้วนำแสง

13. ข้อใดเป็นสื่อนำข้อมูลแบบมีสายที่จำเป็นต้องเดินสายใส่ท่อลงใต้ดิน

ก. สายคู่บิดเกลียว

ข. สายโคแอลเชียล

ค. สายไฟฟ้าแรงสูง

ง. สายใยแก้วนำแสง

14. สื่อนำข้อมูลไร้สายประเภทใดที่มีลักษณะการส่งสัญญาณต่อเนื่องเป็นช่วง ๆ

ก. สัญญาณวิทยุ

ข. แสงอินฟาเรด

ค. ระบบไมโครเวฟ

ง. การสื่อสารผ่านดาวเทียม

15. สื่อนำข้อมูลไร้สายประเภทใดที่ใช้อากาศเป็นตัวกลางในการสื่อสาร

ก. สัญญาณวิทยุ

ข. แสงอินฟาเรด

ค. ระบบไมโครเวฟ

ง. ถูกทั้งข้อ ก และ ค

16. ข้อใดไม่ใช่การสื่อสารข้อมูลแบบทางเดียว

ก. การค้นหาข้อมูลทางอินเตอร์เน็ท

ข. การชมภาพยนตร์จากวีซีดี

ค. การสนทนาผ่านเครือข่ายอินเตอร์เน็ท

ง. การรับฟังวิทยุจากคลื่น SEED 97.5 MHZ

17. ข้อใดเป็นคุณสมบัติของสื่อข้อมูลแบบแสงอินฟาเรด

ก. มีความถี่ต่าง ๆ กัน

ข. ไม่สามารถทะลุผ่านวัตถุทึบแสงได้

ค. ไม่สามารถส่งข้อมูลในระยะทางไกลได้

ง. ข้อ ข และ ค ถูก

18. ข้อใดจัดเป็นสื่อนำข้อมูลแบบมีสายป้องกันสัญญาณรบกวนได้ดีที่สุด

ก. สายไฟฟ้าแรงสูง

ข. สายคู่บิดเกลียว

ค. สายโคแอกเชียว

ง. สายใยแก้วนำแสง

19. ลักษณะการสื่อสารประเภทใดทำการส่งข้อมูลได้สั้นที่สุด

ก. สัญญาณวิทยุ

ข. แสงอินฟาเรด

ค. ระบบไมโครเวฟ

ง. การสื่อสารผ่านดาวเทียม

20. ข้อใดสามารถส่งข้อมูลได้ในระยะไกลรองลงมาจากการสื่อสารผ่านดาวเทียม

ก. สัญญาณวิทยุ

ข. แสงอินฟาเรด

ค. ระบบไมโครเวฟ

ง. ไม่มีข้อถูก

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          หน่วยที่ 3 ระบบสารสนเทศ   

บทเรียนออนไลน์ เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ ระดับชั้นมัธมศึกษาปีที่ 2



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Okay, before you head to eBay, I would be jotting down some of its features here.

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* Two conveniently-placed cup holders to house your beverage while playing

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Well, they have a full list of games included in the "package" - especially all the old school games we used to play in our Atari, Family Computer and DOS. haha. :P You know, Pac Man and the likes.

If this seems to be a to-die-for "commodity", start placing your bids now! As of the moment, it has... 0 bids. Nyahaha. Hurry! Be the first one!

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사랑 노광 - 일본어 - 31번째 2009 1 월 - 237 분직원감독에 의해 - 시온의 Sono제작 - 유타카의 Morohashi가에 의해 작성된 - 시온의 Sono가작곡가 - Tomohide 하라다

캐스트.유 Tsunoda - 다카 히로 니시요코 - 히카리 Mitsushima코이케 아야 - 사쿠라 안도사오리 - 와타나베 마키코테츠 Tsunoda (Yu의 아버지) - Atsuro Watabe유의 어머니 - 나카무라 마미요코의 아버지 - 케이 스케 Horibe아야 친구 1 - 유코 Genkaku아야 친구 2 - 소우의 Hirosawa아야의 코이케의 아버지 - Itsuji Itao'태그'유기 - (유의 친구) - 히로유키 Onoue타카 히로 - (유의 친구) - 유타카의 시미즈Senpai - (유의 친구) - Tasuku의 나가오카주인님은 로이드 - 코지 Ohguchi폭주족 갱 리더 - 재이 웨스트프리스트 - Mitsuru의 Fukikoshi모토키 Fukami

사랑의 노출 사운드 트랙아 예 사운드 트랙은 마케팅의 누군가가 엉망이에요. 누가 사운드 트랙이나 정보를 검색하는 보람없는 시간을 보낸 후 알코올 및 주요 tranquilisers에 resorted있다 분들 들어, 귀하의 오랜 검색 끝에, 아무 사운드 트랙이 없습니다. 더욱 놀라운 매우 성가신 무엇, 그것은 포괄적인 아티스트 및 트랙 전체 인터넷에서 어디서든 목록을 찾기 위해 사실상 불가능하다.
당신은 과다 복용을하지만 전에, 내가 가진 다음 트랙, 영화에 등장하는 트랙의 약 80 %에 해당 계정에 올라와 강렬한 수사 이틀 후에.
1) - 주요 부서 92에 No7 심포니. II에 Allegre - 베토벤2) - Taize 1 앨범 노래 - Taize 커뮤니티 - 오 주님은 나의기도를 들으3) - 우리와 함께 있으면 - Taize 커뮤니티 - Taize 1 앨범 노래4) - Taize 1 앨범 노래 - Taize 커뮤니티 - 가장 어두운 밤5) - Adoramus의 테 Domine - Taize 커뮤니티 - 앨범의 노래 1 Taize6) - 내가 빈 - 유라의 유라의 테이코쿠으로 - 앨범 Kudo 데스 (주제)7) - 아름다운 (앨범 버전) - 유라의 유라의 테이코쿠으로 - 앨범 Kudo 데스8) - 볼레로 - 모리스 얽힘9) - 심포니 No3 - 세인트 Saens
난 그저 아름다운 Taize의 합창단 트랙, 배열은 모두 동일하지만 소리 Taize 커뮤니티 합창단에 의해 preformed했다 추측할 수있다.

나는 아직 발견하지 않은 유라 유라 테이코쿠 (내 생각)에서 또 다른 단서가있다. 추가 트랙리스트 정보를 가지고하거나 오류를 정정이 게시하거나 내게 이메일을 보내 사람.
사랑의 노출 영화 리뷰시온 자살 클럽 시노의 다른 컬트 클래식을 잘 알고있는 당신의 사람들은, 노리코의 저녁 식사 테이블은 이상 서커스, 뭔가를 모호하게 숨어 거의 또 다른 컬트 클래식되기 위해 어떤 무엇의 표면 바로 아래에 익숙한 찾을 수 있습니다. 사랑의 노출이 거의 모든 알려진 일본 영화 장르를 통해 매우 잘 수행 의​​심과 편집 사시간 감정과 대뇌 롤러 코스터를 타고 않고있다.
최종 폐쇄에 초기 오프닝 장면에서 영화는 부모의 학대를 통해 잘못 종교 떠오른, 종교 단체, 철학, 보수를받지 않는 사랑과 강박 헌신 이르기까지 모든 것을 포함 멋지고 바자 여행,​​ 성적 절단을 통해 손에 당신에게 손을 에스코트, 그리고 고어 관음증. 전체 서사시가 아름답게 관람해 원본 sountrack, 감정적인 반응의 다양한 호기심을 자극, 클래식 합창과 현대 조각 중 하나를 선택하여 전체와 함께있다. 영화는 원래 여섯 시간 서사시 프로듀서의 요청에 따라 4 시간 편집한 발견 이후 데, 내가 말할 수있는 모든 육시간 감독에 가져 ....이다 컷.연기하지만 솔직히 말해서 현재의 장르와 이야기의 감정 목적,시 종속 듯 순간의 변수 잡탕 있었고, 그 결과에 별다른했다. 영화는 항상 변하고 캔버스 같다, 그것은 성별, 종교와 사랑에 시청자 얕은과 preconditioned 태도 어쩌면 근거 정서적 내성적인 응답을 부추기는시 의도를, 보인다. 영화는 확실히 충격하고 즐겁게 당신을, 그 아시아 영화에 익숙하지 단지 그들에게 무슨 일이 있었는지 궁금해 남아있을 수 있습니다.
영화가 기발한 가능성이 초라한 세상의 신으로 사진 작가였습니다 이사 시온 Sono의 친구에 관한 실화를 기반이며, 사진 작가 동생 확실히 그녀는 나중에 구출되었다는 어떤 종교 의식에 참여했다. 시노 Sono는 장면이에 카메오의 모양을 만들어, 그 처음은 그가 멀리 테이블의 왼쪽에 앉아있다 회사를, 포르노에 대한 다섯 인터뷰 중 하나입니다. 두 번째는 숭배 제로 재활 센터의 운동장에, DVD는 이러한 장면들을 언급 동영상의 제작에 관한 한 시간 다큐멘터리를 갖추고 있습니다.
낭비 리뷰에서 내 애처로운 시도를 읽고 더 이상 시간, 임대료 가서 구입하거나 사본을 빌릴 모두가 하나를 초대 어쩌면 당신 부모님 제외하고 그것을 보는 주변, 그들은 대부분의 국가에서 사형에 의해 처벌됩니다 헨타이 생각 특히.
스크린샷은 제가 확실히 추천 DVD에서 직접 찍은,하지만 spoilers을 피하려고 노력했지만 그렇게 경고이 요소는 분명히있다. DVD는 난 다시는 분명 권장하고 동영상의 제작에 초점을 맞춘 매혹적인 한 시간 다큐멘터리가 포함되어 있으며 시온 Sono과 캐스트의 다양한 다른 회원들과 세트에 인터뷰가 포함되어 있습니다. 아름다운 히카리 Mitsushima의 팬들은 그녀가 한 시간에 걸쳐 광범위하게 다큐멘터리 기능을 알고 드리겠습니다.
개요음 내 전문은 이미 소설이기 때문에 내가 더이 간단한 개요를 맞춰보세요.
영화는 유우의 어머니 (엄마 나카무라), 유 그의 어머니가 죽으 직후 및 동의 성모 마리아 닮은 여자를 찾아 유우 (다카 히로 니시)의 심금을 울리는 요청을 만들기로 열립니다. 유의 아버지 테츠가 (Atsuro Watabe) 나중에 그가 hedonistic 사오리를 (와타나베 마키코)에 부합하면 성적 유혹에 사제지만 succumbs된다. 사오리는 곧 정신지고 수치심과 죄책감의 내성적인 나선형으로 테츠를 보내는 다른 사람에 대한 테츠를 떠난다. 테츠는 죄로 인해 소비와 죄악으로 강박적인 심리 그는 끊임없이 유의 인생을 지옥처럼 만들기 위해 자신의 죄를 회개 주장, 유에 자신의 실수를 프로젝트. 주로 도덕적인 삶을 살았으며 그의 아버지를 사랑하고 그를 기쁘게에만 소원을 유는 의미있는 고백을위한 아버지의 혹독한 요청을 진정시키기가 죄를 저지 구동됩니다.
도착쪽으로 유 죄악의 소용돌이와 같은 영화 장르 변경은 그가 위, 스커트 사진의 예술을 마스터 그룹에 소개하고 있습니다. 죄를 만과 그의 아버지하십시오 소원 비는, 유하지만, 예술의 주인이되어 동시에 그의 마리아 (성모 마리아) 만나고 그의 어머니에게 자신의 약속을 기억합니다. 그는 새로운 엿보는 취미를 가진 성적 이상자 재능을 발견 탐닉으로 그는 마리아를 검색합니다. 영화는 유 그의 마리아를 만나게 될 '기적의 일'카운트 다운으로 할인되었습니다. 그의 마리아가 아름다운 '요코'(히카리 Mitsushima), 지속적인 학대의 삶을 고통을하고 남자를 미워하지만, 우연히도 최근에 만났으며 그녀와 무관 심한 가학적인 아버지를 통해 사오리를 친하다, 수.
그냥 '기적의 일'모임과 또 다른 영화 장르 변경하기 전에, 우리는 또한 그녀의 아버지의 손에 신체적 학대의 역사를 가지고있는 정신 아야 코이케 (사쿠라 안도)을 소개하고 있습니다. 아야은 위험한 컬트 종교의 지도자는 '제로 교회'이라고합니다. 와 유와 식별 그에게 관심이다 아야는 제로의 교회로 온 가족을 조작하기 위해 입찰에 요코를 회의에 유를 조작하는 계획을 해치. 상황이 유 충분 이미 나쁜 없었다면, 기적의 날, 우리는 최고의 상향 스커트 사진 한답시고 친구에게 내기를 잃은 데, 유 '미스 전갈'으로 드래그 입고 찾을 수 있습니다. 기적이 일 유는 그의 마리아 (요코)에 부합과 첫눈에 사랑에 빠질하지만 요코가 폭포 '미스 전갈'둘 다 동안 제로 교회에서 아야로 조작하고 있습니다.
영화는 제로 교회로 그들을 잡아들이 모든 역경과 가족의 아야의 지속적인 조작 반대, 요코의 마음을 우승으로 Yu의 잔인한 시도에 초점을 맞추고 있습니다. 인류에 대한 범죄가 될 더 이상 영화를 설명하기 위해, 그래서 제가 여기에 종료됩니다. 일본에서 내가 좋아하는 영화의 또 다른 하나는 당신이만큼 제가 그랬듯이 즐겨 하나를 바랍니다. 영화는 최종 제출에 감정을 씨름을 것입니다 당신이 더 구걸 둡니다

          Global Virtual Opportunities The Internet Marketers Perfect MLM Business   
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          Channel Director - Business Development (Dell) - Virtual Role - Simeio Solutions - Atlanta, GA   
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          Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Enter the Realm of Surrender & Courage with Arielle Beauduy & Jaya Sarada & Numbers Tell A Story...Yours, with Sharon Hoery   
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          Next stop, franchising...   
I was happily surfing the 'net today and found saw this disturbing piece. The Premiere League today agreed in principle for each to team to have to play an additional match. Opposing teams will be selected by a random draw, and the game will then be played on neutral territory - not Wembley, not the Millenium Stadium but virtually any country on the planet, in any city. The Premiere League's motivation for this is that it will give fans in overseas countries the opportunity to see a live game. In my opinion, there are several problems with this idea, a few of them are:
  1. Local leagues not appreciating the intrusion. Whichever country is hosting a game, it will mean revenues for that local league are likely to be negatively affected. The rationale for this is that fans will pay more to watch the Premiership game, and therefore not attend local fixtures. Additionaly, sponsors would rather put their money towards something that is going to get a world-wide screening.
  2. Fixture congestion getting worse. Premiership teams can currently expect play games in (depending on their position) the Premiership, the FA cup, the Coca Cola cup, the Champions League or UEFA cup and pre-season friendlies/tournaments. Add to this, International commitments and the players themselves are going to be reaching a point of burn-out very much earlier in the seasons, and potentially their careers.
  3. Local teams draw local fans. Something that is apparently hard to fathom for some, but (with a few notable exceptions), a team's fanbase comes from the immediate vicinity surrounding it. Is a Wigan - Derby match played in Bangkok going draw local interest? No disrespect to either team, but they do not have "marquee players" like Ronaldo, Rooney, etc.

I hope the Premiership see sense and avoid this stupid idea. However, their Chief Executive (Scudamore) seems to have little respect for the common fan, even though they were the ones that got him here in the first place.

          On how to keep your real identity secret when browsing the web   
On how to establish a second
identity online and keeping it private.
Photo: Altrendo
On how to keep your online activities private from friends, family and colleagues.

People who visit TG sites and take part in forums where one discuss gender transformation and crossdressing may -- for obvious reasons -- feel the need to protect their real identity.

If you need to keep your other side a secret from family, friends, colleagues and other people, it is important to establish a good routine for reading and posting online.

Online life is becoming increasingly complicated. We often use several computers, smart phones and tablets at the same time, and the chances of someone finding out what you have been up to are increasing.

Outed by accident

I know of quite a few TG fiction fans who have had their secret "hobby" exposed to family and friends due to some accident:

1. They have been disturbed while reading and writing and left a Fictionmania story open in a tab.
2. There has been a computer crash and the PC has reopened the tabs from the previous session.
3. They have used their regular email instead of their dedicated TG email by mistake.
4. They have used their regular social media account instead of their dedicated TG one by mistake.
5. They have saved captions and stories in one of their regular document folders.
6. Family members have search the browser history in order to retrace a site and found World of TG in the list.


The trick to avoiding this kind of calamity is to keep your online TG identity completely separate from your regular identity.

Compartmentalization is key. The best would be to use a separate computer, but since that is not often possible, you can do the following instead:

1. Establish a separate email address. Gmail or Yahoo Mail works well. Use a different password from the ones you are using for your ordinary mail and sites. Use this email address when signing up to sites.

2. Use a separate browser for your second life. Do not add this browser to desktop shortcuts. Note that there are alternative browsers for smart phones and tablets as well. Here are some popular alternatives to Explorer and Safari: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, Seamonkey and Citrio.

3. Alternatively: Always use incognito/private browser windows when surfing as your second self. The advantage of doing so is that the browser will delete your history as soon as you close that window. Most browsers have this feature, but please note that this method is not 100 percent fool proof. 

4. When signing up for online forums, services or stores, use your second identity, and use a separate password.

5. If your second identity email contains references to your real life identity, make sure that you use a complex password combining, for instance, a long word phrase and a number. Do not use the same password for other sites online.

6. If you are writing TG stories or captions, save them on a separate password protected hard drive. Hard disks are very cheap these days. There is really no excuse for not doing so.

You can password protects hard drives using Bitlocker in Windows and Disk Utility in MacOS. Disconnect the hard drive and remove it when you have finished working.

7. Alternatively you may password protect a virtual disk image on a Mac or a folder in Windows. This is not equally safe, however, as you may leave it open by accident.

8. On smart phones and tablets: Keep shortcuts to TG relevant sites and apps in a separate folder and give this folder a non-revealing name.

9. If you want to protect your IP address from being tracked by sites, you need to invest in some kind of VPN solution or a specialized browser (Tor for Windows and Mac; Opera has a free one for smart phones and tablets, and for the Opera browser).

Note, however, that as long as you use one of the larger Internet Service Providers it is hard to use your IP address to find out who you are. At best, web site owners will find out what country or region you are in while surfing. (The ISP can find out, however.)

None of these solutions are hacker proof, but they will stop most people from discovering your other identity.

Thanks to the good people over at the Crossdream Life forum for crossdressers and crossdreamers for helping me with this blog post!
          Photography could assess risk of skin cancer   

The advance, published in the journal Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research, could help to determine the risk of damage from sun exposure and skin cancer in the future.

Melanin is a pigment that is found in virtually all living things. The two most common types in humans and lead to the discoloration of the skin, hair and eyes are eumelanin and pheomelanin. The second, was recently discovered that its high presence acts as a risk factor for skin cancer.

The current technique to distinguish and quantify the presence is based on both chemical treatments require the extraction of tissue pigments that houses and destruction. This research has shown a correlation between measurements of melanin obtained by the conventional art and those obtained by Raman spectroscopy.

The results were obtained by comparing the levels of each type of melanin present in samples of hair and feathers. Analyses based on the new technique have been carried out at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, CSIC.

The researcher at the University of Paris-Sud (France) Ismael Galván, who led the research confident that "the technique can be perfectly applied to the skin also." Thus, explains: "If you manage to set the thresholds in pheomelanin levels that make skin cancer risks, this new methodology could be used to diagnose the risk factor of a person against melanoma".

Safe Technica

The research team has achieved, thus, develop the first noninvasive method to quantify and distinguish melanin. This method consists in the analysis of inelastic scattering produced when the molecules of tissue are excited with a light source. This scattering provides information about the form of vibration of molecules, which identifies the structure and nature of the substances that form part of the skin, including the type and amount of melanin.

The action of this technique could be likened to that of a camera or MRIs obtained this information current on the surface of the samples. Galvan, believes that "this new method opens a wide range of possibilities in the study of pigmentation, especially on the analysis of precious samples that can not be destroyed to be chemically treated, in fields ranging from evolutionary biology to medicine" .

According to the investigator, "the use of Raman spectroscopy in determining the melanin tissue also involves a reduction in time and cost compared to currently used techniques."

The investigation also involved researchers from the University of Murcia and the University of Fujita (Japan).

Ismael Galván, Alberto Jorge, Kazuma Ito, Keisuke Tabuchi, Francisco Solano and Kazumasa Wakamatsu. Raman spectroscopy as a non-invasive technique for the quantification of melanins in feathers and hairs. Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research. DOI: 10.1111/pcmr.12140

Photography: My Arm by Vicente Segarra 2013

          International Day of the Fascination of Plants   

Under the umbrella of the European Organization for Plant Science (EPSO -, the Second Day of the Fascination of Plants will be held simultaneously in 54 countries, 28 European, five American and 11 African , 10 from Asia and Australia.

More than 618 institutions, from botanical gardens to plant research centers, will host 847 different events dedicated to the public and media, all related to plant science, agriculture, conservation of the environment, biodiversity , education and the arts. Both the general public and media are invited to attend press conferences, laboratories, greenhouses, gardens, museums and exhibitions taking place. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with scientists about the latest advances in applied research and plant biology.

About the EPSO

The European Plant Science Organization EPSO is an independent academic organization representing more than 223 research institutes, universities and departments in 30 countries. Together they account for more than 28,000 researchers, technical and support staff in this branch of science. Furthermore, EPSO has over 2,850 individual members. From January 1, 2012, the CSIC research professor, José Pío Beltrán Porter is part of the Management Board of EPSO.

EPSO's mission is to promote research of plants and their researchers, scientists represent their discussions on the future of the program priorities of plants across Europe, providing a source of independent information about plant science, and promote education of scientists to find new XXI century challenges in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, ecology, and other areas related to plant science.

EPSO promotes the celebration of International Day Two Fascination of Plants

Due to the success of the First International Fascination of Plants, which took place on May 18, 2012, and involving over 580 institutions in 39 countries, attracting thousands of people, EPSO promotes the celebration of the Second Day International Fascination of Plants on May 18, 2013.

The Second Day of the Fascination of Plants will be held in 54 countries around the world have already confirmed their participation. Complete information on this initiative can be found at platform that is supported by a network of national coordinators who voluntarily help to promote and publicize the activities in each of the countries.

The Second International Day of the Fascination of Plants

Plants capture the sun's energy and convert it into sugars that are incorporated into biomass, used to feed humanity and animals. Due to the ability to make their own food, plants have been successfully colonize virtually every ecological niche on the planet, adapting to different environments and diversify. It is estimated that on Planet Earth about 250,000 plant species.


José Pío Beltrán, coordinator for Spain's Second Day Fascination of Plants, explains that "the objective pursued is to plant seeds that germinate in the collective mind of European citizens and Planet Earth, remind us that research plant is critical to society, the environment and the economy, both today and in the future ".

          Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Devaa Haley Mitchell, speaking on Awakening The Feminine Through Music   
GuestDevaa Haley Mitchell is a spiritual guide, public speaker and musician, offering devotional music and Soulful Women programs to support the feminine awakening of our planet. She co-founded and hosts the Inspiring Women Summit, a virtual gathering of more than 55,000 participants from 163 countries. Sacred Alchemy is her first CD and her love offering to the world.
          Early antibiotic treatment of severe sepsis   

Infectious disease specialists have advocated the early use of highly active antibacterial antibiotics to reduce the number of deaths caused by severe sepsis in the scientific session entitled "Facing the dilemma of mortality and resistance in Gram-positive infections" organized by Novartis under XXIII European Congress of the European Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). This disease, which is often confused with 'blood poisoning', is one of the leading causes of mortality in the world 4, which could be significantly reduced with the use of drugs active against Gram + from Time 0 in which active sepsis5 code.

Sepsis or sepsis is the body's response to infection, either extra-or hospital, more frequent due to the immune status of patients and increased invasive techniques, intravenous catheters, prostheses and implants intravasculares1, 6. It is a disease whose incidence increases 2% annually and that records 18 million cases per year worldwide. Only in Spain are detected daily one to two new cases of severe sepsis per 100,000 inhabitants. Has a mortality rate of 50% 2 in case of septic shock, being superior to that of prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV / AIDS juntos3.

To reduce these numbers, Dr Alex Soriano, Infectious Diseases Unit of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, ​​argued in his paper "Saving your patient: the importance of early treatment" the importance of early antibiotic therapy in the treatment of serious infections "to reduce mortality, length of hospitalization and possible relapse."

Although this is an increasingly common protocol, the usual tendency is to start with a classic less potent antibiotic and increase it if necessary. The consumption of antibiotics has been linked to the selection of resistant organisms, but for Dr. Soriano "the problem is not that you use a strong antibiotic from the beginning, but that the patient take for many days as necessary. The initiation of treatment should not be delayed unnecessarily and discontinued or adjusted according to the results of the microbiology laboratory. "

In your opinion, was suspected severe sepsis is better not to take risks, as it is in the patient's life threatening. "It is true that following this protocol is possible that people who do not need treatment so strong end up getting it but it does not pose a risk to the patient," said the doctor.

Area Director Integrated Hospital Care at Novartis, Begoña Gómez, highlights the importance of efforts devoted to R & D to address issues such as sepsis. "The health and quality of life of patients is our top concern, so that our work is focused on the development of drugs that allow us to care for and heal people, not forgetting to publicize the progress made in this regard between the medical community. " Sample this commitment, Novartis has held in the Congress of the symposium on ESCMID positive infections.

This release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to the business of the Company. There are factors that could modify the current results.

About Novartis

Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) provides solutions for health care consistent with the needs of patients and societies. Focused exclusively to the area of ​​healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, high quality generic drugs that help save cost, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, OTC; and Animal Health. Novartis is the only company that has achieved a leadership position in these areas. In 2012, the Group achieved net sales of 56,700 million USD and invested approximately U.S. $ 9,300 million (9,100 million excluding asset impairment depreciation and amortization) in R & D. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the Novartis Group companies employ approximately 129,000 associates and operate in more than 140 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit the websites y



Fotografía By Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

          Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Patricia Lynn Reilly, author of Imagine a Woman.   
GuestIn 1995 the Imagine a Woman poem was first published in Patricia Lynn Reillys bookA God Who Looks Like Me. Wanting to make the empowering message more accessible to all women, Patricia extracted 8 stanzas that expressed, simply and clearly, the fundamental Imagine a Woman perspective. Since 1995, the copyrighted poem has circled the globe,inspiring books, screenplays, videos, life transitions, professional portfolios, ministries, coaching practices, relationships, virtual communities, social ...
          What is and what does Bio-Oil   

Bio-oil is indicated for recent but also old scars, stretch marks, blemishes, signs of aging, dehydrated skin, dry or aged. It is perfect for virtually fits all.

One reason for their success is an ingredient called PurCellin Oil. Bio-oil has a unique composition that respects the skin and the environment, in addition, its texture is light and silky.

Bio-oil has undergone safety assessments in accordance with the Standards of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products, and is considered safe for use, including pregnant women, making it an ideal product for the prevention of striae own gestation period.

What are the ingredients?

Purcellin Oil. achieved that the bio-oil formulation is less dense, which facilitates its application, the product allows better spread and favors the rapid absorption by the skin. It also acts as an emollient, providing softness, smoothness and flexibility.

Vitamin A. Promotes collagen formation and contributes to the formation of the skin, increasing the elasticity.

Vitamin E. It is the most widely used antioxidant for skin care and helps protect it from free radicals that cause premature aging.

Calendula oil. Cell regenerator, suitable for the most sensitive skin, damaged or sunburned. It is also used to reduce inflammation, mild infections, rashes or skin irritations.

Lavender Oil. It has skin conditioning properties, calming and soothing and natural antiseptic.

Rosemary oil. Also antiseptic, helps reinforce the skin and natural soothing properties.

Chamomile oil. Soothing effect, calming and anti-inflammatory, is very suitable for sensitive skin.

In addition, Bio-Oil is a member of the Beauty Without Cruelty International, which means it is 100% suitable for vegan, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly and we can mention that the composition does not include parabens.

How to use Bio-oil?

Scars. Scars are an integral part of the healing process resulting from an overproduction of collagen in the wound site. Scars are maturing and going through many changes over time, Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars and reduces its presence.

Bio-Oil should be applied in a circular manner in the scar, twice a day for at least 3 months.
On new scars, Bio-Oil should be applied only until the wound has healed and should not be used on broken skin. Results will vary depending on the person.
Streaks. When the body volume expands faster than the skin that surrounds the skin tears forming a scar, is called striae. By nature are permanent but Bio-Oil helps improve your appearance.

Bio-Oil must be applied in circular movements in the striae twice daily for a minimum of 3 months.
During pregnancy, it should apply from the start of the second quarter in the areas most likely to develop stretch marks, such as the abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs. Results will vary depending on the person.
Stains. When the skin produces more melanin or does occur unevenly skin spots, Bio-Oil improves the appearance of the spot, reducing their appearance and degree of pigmentation.

Bio-Oil should be applied to the affected area twice a day for at least 3 months. Results may vary depending on the person.
Are there experiments to confirm its usefulness?

SCARS (2010) Study Center: PRODERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research, Hamburg, Germany. After 8 weeks of use, 92% of subjects noted improvement.
STREAKS (2010) Study Center: PRODERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research, Hamburg, Germany. After 8 weeks of use, 100% of the subjects observed an improvement.
Pigmentation (2011) Study Center: Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Inc., Texas, USA. After 12 weeks, 86% of participants in the treatment group with Bio-Oil showed a statistically significant improvement in the spots on the skin of the face.
Where I can buy?

The cream Bio oil is available in most pharmacies. A 60 ml bottle costs between 10 € and 15 €. Ask your pharmacy if they have this product available or buy it here: Online purchases generally offer better prices and Bio Oil can help you get free shipping.

          The 15% of the population has a disability   

On the occasion of World Disability Day, which was held on December 3, the Spanish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SERMEF) issued the following statement:

1. Doctors warn rehabilitators Spain that the aging population will cause an increased risk of disability in older adults. The population is aging and the risk of disability is greater among older adults.

2. Rehabilitation specialists in Spain work in many areas of health and virtually all age groups and we do it with a double perspective: healing and improve function. That is, doctors are functionality. Therefore, it is obvious our involvement and the degree of sensitivity to the disabled patient.

3. The disabled person is one of the reasons being our specialty.

4. We believe that the celebration of World Disability Day is appropriate to reflect on the obstacles hindering the access of people with disabilities to services that many of us consider essential. We aim to achieve a life of health and dignity for all.

5. We must create favorable environments, promote rehabilitation and support services.

6. Should ensure adequate social protection, create inclusive policies and programs and implement rules and laws, new or existing, for the benefit of people with disabilities. People with disabilities should be central to these efforts.

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          Rotación de llantas   

La rotación consiste en, como su nombre lo dice, rotar las 4 llantas de tu coche, es decir, intercambiar el lugar de las 4 llantas. Cada coche soporta una diferente cantidad de peso, esto provoca por obvias razones que la banda de rodamiento se desgaste antes de un lado que de otro. Al momento de hacer la rotación lo que se hace es emparejar este desgaste y de brinden el mejor desempeño.

Por lo general en el manual del coche te indica cada cuando realizar la rotación de tus llantas, pero como un dato general, esto se debe realizar cada 8,000 a 12,000 km. Si llegaras a notar un desgaste pronunciado antes de este kilometraje también puedes realizar tu rotación de llantas antes.

El desgaste no solo se provoca por el desgaste del día a día, también se puede provocar si tu coche está desalineado o tiene algunos otros problemas de mecánica. Esto lo puedes revisar con tu mecánico.

La rotación de llantas tiene distintos patrones, el más habitual es para los coches de tracción delantera, en este caso se tienen que entrecruzar las llantas, es decir, la llanta izquierda frontal por la llanta derecha trasera y viceversa.

Resultado de imagen para rotación de llantas


Si tus llantas muestran un desgaste desigual, es preferible pedir a un profesional en el servicio de las llantas que compruebe y corrija en caso de alguna desalineación o desbalance antes de que se realice la rotación. Aunque el tiempo estimado en el que se realiza la rotación es de 8,000 a 12,000 km. Es recomendable consultar el manual de tu coche antes de realizarlo.

Los fabricantes más importantes de coches, recomiendan que al momento de reemplazar las llantas lo hagas a la misma vez. Esto te dará el mejor desempeño y tener un desgaste uniforme de la banda de rodamiento.

Hay que tomar en cuenta que no todas las llantas se pueden rotar de acuerdo al patrón antes mencionado, ya que algunas llantas pueden ser direccionales o asimétricas.

Este factor también aplica para los distintos tamaños de las llantas que pudieran estar montadas en la parte trasera o delantera, para estos casos hay que revisar el manual de tu coche para una rotación adecuada, también siempre hay que revisar que las llantas tengan una presión de inflado correcta, así como la de refacción. Si la llanta de refacción es de "uso provisional" no la puedes utilizar en la rotación, pero si es una de repuesto en tamaño completo no hay problema por utilizarla, al contrario, es lo recomendable.

Si existe alguna duda en el proceso lo recomendable es ir con un especialista que te asesore en el tema.


          Sexual arousal: Decreases disgusting!   

It's really funny but decreases sexual arousal threshold "disgusting". Some women, in fact, were tested by researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, many of them reached a state of hysteria against cockroaches, snakes or spiders. Strangely, however, if you were sexually aroused, the sense of disgust virtually disappeared.

The researchers were intrigued with this behavior, concluding that the only stimulus able to "defeat", or at least reduce the feeling of disgust that can be experienced before anything is 'sexual arousal'.

He chose a group of 90 college women, they were separated into three groups. The first group will put an erotic film for women, the second group watched a video sports and the third group watched a video of a train.

After watching the video, they asked women to do 16 tasks a little nasty, like to drink a glass of juice with an insect inside, hands are cleaned with a used tissue, which is biting a cookie was near a live worm.

Women who viewed erotic video, were those that gave the least disgust perform tasks. Were also completing as much of the same, suggesting that being excited den makes things less disgusting.

This research has been much talk and has been published in dozens of magazines.

In short, sex is good, and we all knew, that may increase the threshold of disgust ... I just discovered!

Fotografía por John Kucharski [Public domain], undefined

          Rubrik and AHV: Say No to Proxies   
The last couple of years I am a huge fan of backup software that removes the need for having proxies. Rubrik provides a proxy-less backup solution by using the Nutanix Data Services Virtual IP address to talk directory to each individual virtual disk that it needs to back up. Rubrik and Nutanix have some key…
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          Envisioning the Future of Retail Market   

Online Stores
Internet has brought paradigm shifts in all the industries. Internet enables companies to increase their connectivity while reducing the overall costs. In retail industry, online stores have an advantage over brick and mortar stores with their lower overhead costs. This makes players like Amazon extremely competitive in cost leadership segment. With the development of internet payment gateways and consumer acceptance over the credibility of stores, online purchases are likely to grow significantly over the coming years.
Even in emerging economies, where credit cards and internet payment gateways are not accessible to mass, “cash on delivery” services enable online stores to foster. E.g.: Flipkart in India.
According to technology and research firm Forrester, we can expect e-commerce to increase (in US) by 13 percent in the year 2013, to a whopping $262 billion.
Mobile Stores
Smartphones have presented a new market to the retailers. Enabled with rich applications[1]and QR code integration, smartphones have fostered the development and incorporation of virtual shopping screens and even robotic store displays in the retail industry[2].
Consumers have been empowered of being able to buy things online straight from their phone and being able to buy things in store with their phone[3]. Companies like Square are further pushing this trend with devices and applications to make purchases from phones a commonality.
Store within a Store
One of the major issues faced by physical retail stores like Wal-Mart is the growing staffing costs. Retailers like J.C. Penney have found innovative concept of “store within a store”. The retailer sub-lets the space to the product maker and the counter is staffed by an employee of the product maker, not the retailer. Whether it is Chanelor Lancomeor some other brand, each product maker is “showcased” at its own counter[4]
While competing in the cost leadership segment, reduction in the overhead costs gives an improved competitive edge to the retailers. Thus, acceptance and appliance of this model in the future by more retailers is a reality.
Shopping Experience: New Types of Value for Customers
It is going to very difficult for traditional retail stores to compete with online stores in terms of price. To pull the customers from comfort of their home to the stores, retailers have to create and sell shopping experiences[5]. Strategic alliances with brands to develop retail stores as brand and product showroom could be the way ahead[6].
Online stores still lack browsing and discovery experiences that satisfy curiosity. Retail stores can work on new types of value addition for customers. Retail spaces can relax customers, offer refreshments, and provide entertainment while creating the conditions to engage in a conversation that builds brand loyalty.
As retailers expand across the globe, there will be a need to customize strategies as per the customer’s behavior. Wal-Mart accepted this fact in 2006 and developed merchandising strategy to reflect each of six demographic groups. As retailers plunge into international expansion, one-size-fits-all strategy will not work. The successful retailers in the future will incorporate customer preferences across geographies and ethnicities, and customize accordingly.
Data Analytics
As the world is becoming more and more digitized, there will be hoards of information available for retailers to analyze and better fit their strategies to the needs of the consumers. More insights on consumer behavior and strategizing accordingly will ensure better performance. Use of social media will be a key to the extraction of this information. Retailers will increasingly use omni-channelapproach to track customers across all channels.


[1] (Kanada, 2013)
[2] (Silverstein, 2013)
[3] (Phillips, 2012)
[4] (Ganos, 2013)
[5] (Jhonson, 2011)
[6] (Geddes, 2011)

          Nepalese RMG Industry: Reviving the lost glory   

From the heights of 1999/2000, when the total RMG export was about NRs 12 billion to the lows of 2011/2012, when the total RMG export was NRs 4.05 billion, Nepalese RMG industry has continuously loosing international market to African and the South Asian manufacturers. One of the major damage was due to the removal of duty-free and quota-free access to its market by the then largest importer of Nepalese RMG – USA in 2004. Add to this, USA gave special preference to RMGs from African nations. The exports of RMG from Nepal declined sharply during this period, i.e. NRs 12 billion in 2002/2003 to NRs 6.7 billion in 2004/2005, with almost all the decline in the US market.
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To sustain, Nepalese RMG industry searched for other markets where it enjoyed preferential treatment. Japan, Canada and the EU market were the places to go. All these markets gave preferential treatment to the garment exports from Nepal. But, the industry must be cautious in terms of serving these markets. Japan and Canada could be just another USA. On the other hand, EU policies are very less subject to changes. Also, the EU gives special treatment to Nepal, along with Laos, through the derogation facility – the products needn’t fulfill the stringent criteria of rules of origin in order to get the duty-free access to the market. Another advantage of putting a lot of effort in this market is the sheer size of it – population of over 500 million.

But, the industry should take the treatment as only the stepping stone to these markets. In order to sustain and grow in the market, the industry has to build its core competency and build its competitiveness as soon as possible. One of the most important features of the industry is that it can provide the quality preferred by the customers at the lowest prices. Another major advantage is that the customers trust Nepalese manufacturer over their South Asian counterparts due to past experiences.

In order to make an impact in the European market, the RMG industry has to be able to partner with bigger retail chains and deliver their large orders – running in millions of pieces. But, due to regular load shedding, requirement of large labor force which would give rise to stronger unions flexing their muscle, irregular raw material supply and no standards on quality of end products which result in rejection of orders after they are shipped to the markets, the garment producers haven’t been able to accept and deliver large orders.

Strengthening the existing association – Garment Association of Nepal (GAN) in order to share risks and opportunities among the members, should be able to solve the issues. GAN should act as a virtual company with the members acting as its satellite plants. The volume of raw material from the suppliers would be massive if the members acquired from GAN, which in turn purchased from the suppliers. This would increase the bargaining power of the purchasers and thus the timely delivery of materials with consistent quality would be possible. Also, taking huge orders from the European retailers would be possible, with GAN dividing the orders among the members as per their competency. Developing quality standards for the products and the production process by the association would remove the possibility of the customers rejecting the orders after they have reached Europe. Also, collaborative shipping would be possible. Huge volume of shipments would also mean lower costs via the concept of economies of scale. 

These activities would sharpen the core competency of the industry, i.e. to provide quality at lowest prices. This will not just enable the industry to sustain in the European market but also grow there and in other markets, reviving the lost glory of the industry.

(The article is based on the research done by a group (named Kanzen) of MBA 3rd term students of KU School Management, as per the requirements of their course – Global Business Management)

          Cloud-Based System by CostTree Allows Governments to Integrate Grant & Indirect Cost Management, Alliance Debutes at National Grants Management Association Annual Meeting   

Virtually every city and county across America relies on federal, state and private grants to provide vital services to their community; but finding, managing and accounting for them is hard. Two California technology companies are making it easier by putting the two best systems for getting the job done under one roof.

(PRWeb April 01, 2016)

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          Introducción a NodeJS   

NodeJS es una de las tecnologías para el desarrollo web más utilizada en la actualidad. Esta tecnología nos permite programar con Java Script del lado del servidor, y además utiliza un modelo asíncrono y orientado a eventos. NodeJS utiliza la Máquina Virtual V8 de Google, el mismo entorno de ejecución para Java Script que utiliza… Read More

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          Crear un chat con NodeJS y SocketIO   

NodeJS nos permite desarrollar sitios webs programando en Java Script del lado del cliente y servidor. Esto es gracias a que hace uso de la Máquina Virtual V8 de Google, el mismo entorno de ejecución para Java Script que utiliza Google Chrome. NodeJs es orientado a eventos y realiza todas las tareas con el exterior… Read More

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          Deciphering genital anatomy of rare, delicate and precious specimens: first study of two type specimens of mayflies using micro-computed X-ray tomography (Ephemeroptera; Heptageniidae)   

The use of non-invasive techniques to study a wide array of zoological specimens has been increasing considerably during the 21st century. Among these techniques, micro-computed X-ray tomography (μ-CT) is gaining much attention. This method may allow access to hardly visible and internal structures of valuable specimens (e.g. type specimens) through virtual dissections. We studied two type specimens of Ephemeroptera belonging to the family Heptageniidae using μ-CT; the male lectotype of Epeorella borneonia Ulmer, 1939 (pinned specimen) and the male holotype of Rhithrogeniella ornata Ulmer, 1939 (specimen in ethanol). These specimens are the only male adults known in their respective genera; hence a detailed description of their genitalia could reveal important taxonomic and phylogenetic information. We present here the first-ever μ-CT study of mayfly type specimens, and confirm that male genitalia of R. ornata lack titillators, whereas those of E. borneonia possess a pair of titillators which were concealed within the penis lobes.

          Backup oder Datensicherung eines root-Servers / vServers / VPS   

Mein root-Server bei Contabo ist abgesichert, kann in der Zwischenzeit auch Mails schreiben und meine Website läuft auch schon darauf. Da ich mich bei diesem VPS (Virtual Private Server) selbst um das Backup kümmern muss, braucht es einen Plan. Ich habe mir nun einen zurechtgelegt, der in dieser Form schon läuft und möchte diesen teilen. Einleiten möchte ich mit einem Admin-Sprichwort: Backup ist was für Feiglinge, aber wohl dem, der eins hat! Ich habe das Backup bereits sehr früh eingerichtet und […]

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          Cisco Unified Computing Overview - 03/16/09   
David Lawler, Vice President of Marketing, Server Access Virtualization Business Unit
          Autoretrato de una Necia.   
En los feroces tiempos de la necedad nació una mujer  cuya estrella se emborrachó en otros caminos, y con estas líneas intentaré dibujar trazos de su rostro.
Estos escritos no son el resultado de un trabajo prolongado y sistemático, no son una  obra acabada, ni representan una posición definida, sino más bien una intuición, un atrevimiento y sobre todo una provocación.
Me he preguntado como es posible discutir de lo mismo que todo el mundo discute sin repetir lo que todos dicen, más que ser de otro modo, otro modo de ser, como discutir son ocultarnos en un supuesto, en un vacio, como nos enfrentamos con los vicios que llevamos en el bolsillo, un bolsillo, como hacemos nuestro lugar, ponemos nuestra silla y oponemos nuestras voces desafinadas y desaliñadas. Como nos paramos frente a frente, sin un sombrero que tenga que justificarme, y además que oculte nuestra calvicie prematura, por que Nemesio un día será calvo. Quizás aspirar a una publicación por mas remota ya es en si un acto de vanidad, la vanidad de creer que tenemos algo que decir, algo que a alguien podría interesar, pero creo que estoy en eso, es posible crear una mujer virtual de papel, que sienta y grite tal cual lo hacemos los de carne y hueso, nacer y morir un día en chile, alguien que a nacido como la mala hierba para conjurar los espíritus agradables, para sembrar la sospecha, por que la peor vanidad es la vanidad de ser modesto, la modestia.
Mi programa no se justifica directamente, se arrebata a si mismo la posibilidad de ser, en tanto tiene que hacerse en el desacuerdo y lo impreciso, y sobre todo eso que no podemos comprar ni vender. Por que es grato venderse, a verdad fácil, a una que hable por mí, respire por mi, a una que me sirva para hacerme de mi mismo una imagen que logre hacerme de mi misma una imagen que logre soportar.
Por ahí estas preguntas todos nos las hemos expuesto una y otra vez, de distintas formas, a veces la vestimos de tristeza y otras de fiesta, depende el menú. Pero así son nuestros tiempos, huelen mal, se ven mal, “es lo que hay”.
Castel apuntaba que todo tempo fue igual, tan solo que tendemos a olvidar lo malo, y por eso recordamos con nostalgia los viejos tiempos, donde todo era posible, donde todo estaba al alcance de la mano nos reprochamos no poder haber nacido allí, nos reprochamos ser quienes somos, como somos.
Pues ahora, fuera el naciente festival de mascaras, lamentamos no ser vanguardia, no ser el oráculo del proletariado, sus jardines y sus auras, aquí por lo menos nos encontraras esa pretensión.
No es un parto duro, sino mas bien un amor fácil, un amor que hace la noche, mientras su angel de la guarda cayo en combate.
Los necios no se toman tan en serio la vida, ni tampoco la muerte, porque ya se desilusionó muchas veces para creer, porque se tropezó dos veces con la misma piedra, la corriente quemó sus viseras que arrojo lenguas del fuego, como los dragones de los cuentos de hadas, no esperamos de esto ninguna verdad y si estas buscando respuestas es mejor que termines aquí, que cierras esta pagina y la guardes en el cofre del olvido, quizás de donde nunca debió haber salido.

          El Ojo en la Paja Ajena (II parte)   
El Acto Imaginario

Enfocar detalles, ciertas peculiaridades que si las imaginamos con suficiente nitidez elevan la intensidad del acto imaginario. Una cicatriz, una marca gestual, un hoyuelo, la manera en que se ondula un mechón. Si el objeto de deseo es alguien con quién nunca hubo intimidad sexual el escenario elegido debe ser real, un sitio en el que haya sucedido un encuentro, una charla, un momento en el que los atravesó el rayo deseante y luego ambos simularon, para así trasportar hacia la virtualidad texturas y materias cargadas de impulsos.
Si nunca lo tuviste desnudo y cerca será difícil desvestirlo, y aún peor si lo conociste en invierno y sólo accediste a un pequeño triángulo de piel cuando se quitó la bufanda y tenía los tres primeros botones de la camisa desabrochados ¿Cómo serán sus pies?, ¿tendrá lunares en la espalda? Ojala y use jeans con botones y boxers lisos, ¿de qué color será su sexo?, ¿Rosa, violáceo, pálido, almendra? Una posibilidad para desvestirlo es olvidarte de lo posible y cambiar las formas y elegir colores como si estuvieras en un gran salón pret a porter; pero si es un hombre prohibido y tu objetivo es que el acto imaginario te libere de la obsesión que te tiene sin aliento desde hace días, entonces déjalo vestido, o casi, desalineado por tu frenesí, pero parecido a como es cuando te lo topas en los pasillos o donde sea. ¡Ahora ya puede comenzar la acción! ¡Qué te diviertas!
Cuando se trata de alguien amado que está lejos, la locación puede ser la misma del último encuentro, la acción, la preferida durante ese rato porque esos momentos todavía retienen sensaciones e imágenes palpitantes, tu pieza, la tenue luz de una vela y él, esa es una fórmula certera de placer. Detener el tiempo, acercarse sin interferencias, con la facilidad de saber que siempre funciona y siempre es mejor. Una zambullida en su boca piscina, cabalgarlo mientras tu pelo forma una cortina que le cae en la cara, oír el clic de su cámara cuando estás llegando a Júpiter, sin palabras, ahogados por el éxtasis.
Algunas veces cuando añoramos un encuentro sexual que no puede concretarse lo mejor es dormir pensando… “ojala tenga un sueño erótico con él”… y tenerlo. Nada comparable a la intensidad onírica, percepción hiper exaltada, satisfacción surreal.
Claro que la fantasía tiene una cantidad ilimitada de posibilidades. Libertad total. Todos los efectos especiales a tu disposición, personas que se transforman en otras, ampliaciones, desdoblamientos, paneos tridimensionales por multitudes orgiásticas, posiciones aéreas, respirando bajo el agua, entre la gente o en la misma cama donde estás ahora, sola, aburrida, imaginándote historias para pasar el rato.

          iKeybo-Ένα πληκτρολόγιο virtual laser προβολής   

Το iKeybo είναι το πρώτο παγκοσμίως πληκτρολόγιο,πιάνο και φορητός φορτιστής που διαθέτει την δυνατότητα virtual laser προβολής. Δηλαδή μέσα σε λίγα μόλις δευτερόλεπτα μπορεί να μετατρέψει οποιαδήποτε επίπεδη επιφάνεια σε πληκτρολόγιο ή πιάνο.   Είναι αρκετά ενοχλητικό να πληκτρολογεί κάποιος με ένα πληκτρολόγιο στο οποίο οι χαρακτήρες που απεικονίζονται πάνω του να αναφέρονται σε μία συγκεκριμένη γλώσσα, ενώ το άτομο μπορεί να μιλάει περισσότερες. Ωστόσο, με το iKeybo ο χρήστης μπορεί να επιλέξει μεταξύ τεσσάρων διαφορετικών γλωσσών(Αγγλικά, Ισπανικά, Αραβικά και Κινέζικα) που τα σύμβολά τους να εμφανίζονται πάνω στο πληκτρολόγιο. Επιπλέον το iKeybo επιτρέπει την δημιουργία μουσικής μέσω μιας music APP που περιέχει, ενώ παρέχει την επιλογή ανάμεσα σε τέσσερα μουσικά όργανα ( πιάνο, κιθάρα, μπάσο και drums). Ακόμα και όταν δεν χρησιμοποιείτε μπορεί να…

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          Surviving Online School in High School   
If you’ve been thinking about enrolling your student in an online school, my daughter and I have some tips for you!  Nyomi was enrolled in Connections Academy for 7th grade and is currently finishing up her 1st semester of 9th grade with Connections as well.  Similar to K12 and other state-funded, online public schools, virtual […]
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Ma zbat ca pestele pe uscat .... si ma buseste plansul. Unul cu sughituri. Unul din toata inima, sau din tot sufletul care mi-a mai ramas ..... sau urma de el. Ati jucat vreodata hora? batuta? sa se ridice praful din podea? Asa!

Virtualul este extraordinar. Am blamat mult si tare feisbucul, si sus, dar ce-i al lui, al lui ramane.

Virtualul e de rahat.
Te indragostesti. Pentru ca poti. A incercat cineva de pe aici, daca mai exista cineva, dragostea fantasmagorica?
Doare ca naiba!!!
Si totusi e bine sa te doara. Inseamna ca simti. Si e atat de bine sa nu te mai simti decat lut, pe cale spre pamantul mama, sau tata, iubit, frate, sora ..... pamantul atotputernic.

Iubesc cum n-am iubit niciodata. Sa vedem:
E la mii de km distanta, in suflet, in ani, in situatie sociala ..... si nici nu bese de mine. N-o sa stie vreodata.
Si totusi iubesc imposibilul. Chiar atat de orb, mindless este sentimentul asta de iubire?
De ce? Ce se produce in minte, cel putin in a mea de simt asa?
Complet hopeless, fara speranta, lipita cu ochii de un desktop rece. Dar probabil ca-i obisnuinta! De a simti numai rece, nimic aproape, numai singuratate.
Sunt constructor de ceva timp incoace. Unul de lumi virtuale, imaginare, in care traiesc, iubesc. Tot corpu-mi freamata sub atingerea calda a ochilor lui.
Apoi se termina. Trebuie sa dorm, sa mananc, sa ma pun pe tron .... si toate edificiile mi se darama.
Ramane fum si moloz. Si eu zdrobita de asfaltul giulgiu.
Cazuta din nori. Cu creierii imprastiati, clocotind inca.
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Rigoberta, la esposa de Nemesio, empacaba emocionada la mejor ropa que tenían, pues el lugar que los esperaba, ameritaba la mejor apariencia posible. Mientras tanto, Nemesio había ido a solicitar al dueño del taxi que él trabajaba, el permiso de usar el vehículo para su viaje, y un préstamo en efectivo para solventar los gastos que se presentaran.
Después de haber recibido el dinero y la venia del patrón, regresó feliz a la vecindad. Se comunicó telefónicamente a la estación de radio otorgante del premio, para confirmar su partida; metieron en la cajuela sus maletas, y agarraron camino. Por supuesto, Nemesio no olvidó llevar sus cassettes de danzones que lo habían hecho triunfador, para escucharlos durante el trayecto como un sencillo homenaje a don Mariano Mercerón.
Rigoberta, emocionada, atribuía esta bendición a su buena suerte, más que a la memoria de su marido: - Ya me lo había pronosticado el discípulo del Gualter la semana pasada, cuando hablé a la Línea de la Buena Ventura. Me dijo: "Tendrás un placentero viaje de placer que te va a dejar muy complacida, porque eres Capricornio." Refiriéndose a un sujeto que nunca se ha sabido a ciencia cierta si es hombre, mujer o Cernícalo de las Galápagos; y que se ha vuelto millonario en dólares, haciendo horóscopos por televisión y por teléfono, aprovechando la babeante candidez del respetable.
Cuando llegaron a Tres Marías, sintieron hambre y se bajaron del vehículo para comerse unas quesadillas; y cuando estaban más entrados hincándole el diente a las de flor de calabaza, fue cuando la vieron, con su carita sucia, su vestidito que alguna vez fue azul, y con un hambre que se le notaba hasta en la forma de respirar. Ver a una niña en esas condiciones de abandono, provocó que a Nemesio se le atorara el bocado que estaba a punto de deglutir, y tuvo que dar grandes tragos a su Mundet roja para evitar la asfixia.
Rigoberta y Nemesio, aunque ya llevaban siete años de casados, no habían podido tener hijos, y eso los hacía sentir una especial inclinación y ternura hacia cualquier niño que tuvieran enfrente. La invitaron a comer con ellos, y al terminar, la cuestionaron respecto a su origen y a las causas de su paupérrimo estado. Dentro de lo poco que la niña les supo decir, concluyeron que era huérfana, que le decían Flor, que no tenía un lugar fijo para vivir; que deseaba tener unos padres que la cuidaran, y que los niños de la calle no son exclusivos del D. F., sino que se dan en todos aquellos estados en los que existe la paternidad irresponsable.
Mientras Flor se terminaba su refresco, Rigoberta y Nemesio, en voz baja, se ponían de acuerdo en invitar a la niña a pasar el fin de semana con ellos, y hacerse la ilusión de que era la hija que tanto habían esperado. No tuvieron que insistir mucho, pues la pequeña estaba encantada con el trato que estaba recibiendo por primera vez en su vida.
Antes de dirigirse al hotel, llevaron a la niña a bañarse, le hicieron un bonito corte de pelo, le compraron dos sencillas mudas de ropa a su medida, permitiendo que ella misma las escogiera. Cuando Flor quedó exactamente a la medida de sus expectativas, y ya empezaba a decirles "papa" y "mamá", se dirigieron a su destino. Al llegar, se identificaron en la administración del hotel como los enviados de la estación de radio, registrando a la niña como su hija. Se les asignó su habitación, y a partir de ese momento, comenzó formalmente el sueño de los tres.
Y ese bello lugar, que gozaba de gran fama entre las personas pudientes, se convirtió en un verdadero paraíso para estos tres seres que ni siquiera se habían imaginado que existieran tantas comodidades. Durante su estancia, Rigoberta y Nemesio, no dejaron de presumir a quienes los quisieron oír, a su pequeña Florecita, quien casi no hablaba y sólo se limitaba a sonreír de una manera cautivadora.
Para estas alturas, los esposos ya tenían bien madurada una idea: Convencer a la niña de que se fuera con ellos a vivir al D. F., pues sabían que su vida ya no sería la misma sin la compañía de Flor. Cuando llegó el momento de abandonar el lugar, la pareja notó, al empacar sus pertenencias, que les faltaban sus identificaciones, pero lo más significativo del asunto, es que Florecita no aparecía por ningún lado desde la mañana. La sospecha de que la niña se hubiera llevado sus cosas, se desvaneció al ver que toda la ropita que le habían comprado, aún permanecía en la habitación. Después de analizar las evidencias, empezaron a llegar a la conclusión de que la niña se había marchado de noche y en paños menores. Sus elucubraciones fueron interrumpidas por un empleado del hotel, quien de manera ligeramente grosera, los urgió a que desocuparan inmediatamente la habitación. No necesitaron mucho ingenio para darse cuenta de que el sueño había terminado.
Todavía les dieron permiso de dirigirle la palabra al empleado de la administración, al cual Nemesio le dio el teléfono del sitio de taxis en el que trabajaba, para que se comunicaran con él, si encontraban sus documentos.
El regreso a la Ciudad de México, sufrió un considerable retraso, pues se encontraron con un numerosísimo contingente de soñadores, quienes pensaban que con marchar en silencio durante horas, sería posible acabar con la inseguridad, con los secuestros, y que se pueden eliminar a las autoridades que los toleran. Durante el trayecto de regreso, casi no se hablaron pues sabían que iban a terminar peleando, culpándose mutuamente de la desaparición de la niña.
Al día siguiente, al presentarse Nemesio a laborar al sitio de taxis, le informaron que a muy temprana hora le habían hablado por teléfono, dejándole el recado de que se comunicarían nuevamente a las doce del día. Pensando que la llamada provenía de la administración del hotel, decidió no hacer ningún servicio, para poder contestar él mismo cuando llamaran. Con una puntualidad irlandesa, el teléfono sonó a las doce en punto. Nemesio contestó hasta el séptimo timbrazo, para que no se le notara esa ansiedad que él mismo no se explicaba. Al contestar, omitió el acostumbrado "Sitio de taxis el Viaje Virtual a sus órdenes", pues sabía que la llamada era para él. -Deseo hablar con el Sr. Nemesio Guarneros Bailón - escuchó nervioso, apresurándose a contestar - Yo soy, señor, ¿en qué puedo servirle ? -
-Escuche atentamente lo que le voy a decir: Tenemos en nuestro poder a su hija Flor, ella se encuentra bien, pero si usted no nos entrega trescientos mil pesos, no la volverá a ver nunca jamás en la vida. No dé aviso a la policía, porque usted sabe que no va a servir de nada. Yo me comunico con usted pasado mañana. - Todo esto lo dijo de corrido como si lo tuviera ensayado. Y colgó.
Nemesio se fue inmediatamente a su casa para platicarle a su mujer lo que acababa de saber. Después de hacer cuentas, con la seguridad de que su patrón le permitiría manejar el taxi por tiempo completo, concluyeron en que si lograban ahorrar cien pesos diarios, en poco más de ocho años lograrían reunir la cantidad exigida por los secuestradores. Sin embargo, se presentaba un inconveniente, y es que cuando lograran recuperar a Florecita, ella estaría cumpliendo quince años, lo cual los estaría metiendo en otro gasto muy fuerte.
Esa forma de pensar, que han adquirido desde que se unieron al Club de los No Pesimistas, los ha hecho perder de vista la realidad, y es que Sigfrido Montelongo, el secuestrador que tiene en su poder a la niña, recibe órdenes de una persona que recibe órdenes de un sujeto que recibe órdenes de un poderoso señor. Y esas órdenes son mucho más crudas de lo que ellos piensan.
Nemesio, ya con el permiso de su patrón de trabajar el carro por tiempo completo, está manejando de noche por primera vez, y mientras se toma su Coca con Mejorales para soportar la desvelada, sigue escuchando la música de su antiguo ídolo que siempre le emocionó, y que ahora se ha convertido en obsesión: "Florecita, florecita, dónde estás que no te veo. Tu perfume me hace falta; dime, dime dónde estás..."
          Cursos de Formación R.Ed.ES   

 Cursos de Formación

Autismo e Integración

Modalidad Virtual


La integración del niño con autismo a la escuela común. Un enfoque interdisciplinario

Declarado de interés por el Servicio de Rehabilitación y Promoción de la Persona con Discapacidad dependiente del Ministerio de Salud Pública de la Nación Argentina.
Coordinación y Docencia: Liliana Kaufmann. Doctora en Psicología
Docente Invitado: Dr. Jaime Tallis (Neuropediatría) Hospital General de Agudos Carlos G.Durand

Otorga Puntaje: a través del Proyecto de Centro de Formación en Gestión Privada y en la Red de Formación Docente Continua del Gobierno de la Ciudad. Nro. de Resolución 395. Horas cátedra: 100, Puntaje 0.300 (específico) / 0.150 (no específico)

Educación inclusiva en niños con autismo. Nuevas perspectivas y estrategias

Coordinación y Docencia: Liliana Kaufmann. Doctora en Psicología
Docentes Invitados: Dr. Jaime Tallis (Neuropediatría) Hospital General de
                                                               Agudos Carlos G.Durand.
                                   Lic. Elaime Maciques Rodríguez (Psicopedagoga,
                                                               Especialista en Arte terapia) México.
Otorga Puntaje: a través del Proyecto de Centro de Formación en Gestión Privada y en la Red de Formación Docente Continua del Gobierno de la Ciudad. Nro. de Resolución 305. Horas cátedra: 108, Puntaje 0.300 (específico)

Los cursos pueden ser realizados en forma independiente.
Sin embargo, aconsejamos iniciar la formación con el primero.


          This local Google affiliate takes you on a tour of area companies   
The virtual tours let customers look inside the buildings without ever setting foot inside.

          igra istine   
pokusao da bocne u svom stilu, da bi se postavio iznad...
Znas ono Darvinovo kljuckanje pilica po glavi...
No malo se zeznuo pa burno reagovao a njegovi stari prevrtljivi lazi, pretnje i provokacije su dovele do toga da je dobio po njusci.
Malo se preletio pa izneo gomilu baljezgarija, pa se sad borimo oboje za forumsku naklonost.
No moralnost je na mojoj strani, neka force bude na njegovom.

Mislis da treba pustiti da te drugi gaze, bockaju i vredjaju, pa makar i virtualno?
          Tokyo Swan Boat   
Ahh Japan I love you and your love of all things kawaii. Where else will you see Hello Kitty road work signage? Or a super cute alien bunny rabbit called Pipo-kun as the mascot for the police? Or hot pink swan boats? I found first discovered these swan boats on my first trip to Tokyo back in 2003 (back before the internet was useful so I really did just stumble upon them with no help from google) and I've loved them ever since. There are lots of swan boat locations throughout Japan but these are my personal favourites located in Ueno park. I knew that's where I was heading that day so I wore a cute pink outfit to match, getting squeals of "kawaii" from Japanese people passing in other boats made it all worthwhile, lol. Whilst in Hoi An Vietnam last month I had the local tailors make me this cute pink coat. I had wanted a more pastel pink colour but this was the closest that they had available and I'm kinda happy it's a bright pink now - it stands out more. Hoi An is famous for it's tailor made clothes, if you're going to Vietnam I'd really recommend visiting Hoi An and getting something made and staying in the town as it's honestly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

Outfit details
Pink coat Tailor made in Hoi An Vietnam
Flower dress Super Lovers
Pastel pink tights We Love Colors plus size tights
Flower hair clip A girl in the street in Tokyo
Black and clear backpack Jelly Bunny in Malaysia
Pins Gorman
Pink Brogues Topshop

Kiss kiss

Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato | Pins Gorman | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink flower ring Paris Kids Harajuku

I bought this bag during my one night stop over in Kuala Lumpur on my way over to Tokyo from Vietnam. After nearly a month of virtually no shopping in Vietnam as our days were filled with beaches or exploring temples, discovering I had booked a capsule hotel located within a shopping mall in KL was quite the pleasant surprise. It sounds sad but I almost cried when I saw this cute bag in the store window. I guess I missed shopping? But guys the bag is amazing - it has sequins inside the clear pocket part that MOVE AROUND! So yeah my tears were justified - it's a thing of beauty lol.

Black and clear backpack Jelly Bunny in Malaysia

I bought this dress on my first shopping day in Harajuku at the Super Lovers store in LaForet, it was just too cute to pass up.