Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Man Who Planted Trees

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Better Hand Drawn Don't You Think?

Here's Joooohny!

This is a cuckoo clock designed by Chris Dimino. It strikes the hour with Jack's Heeeere's Johnny followed by Shelley Duvall's scream. Will guarantee to wake you

Party Cat

MJ? Yes, but Vin Diesel?

Here are the top 30 Facebook Fan Pages by number of fans (including URL):
RankFacebook Fan Page NameNumber of Facebook FansFacebook Fan Page URL
1Michael Jackson10,551,163http://www.facebook.com/michaeljackson
2Vin Diesel7,232,745http://www.facebook.com/VinDiesel
3Barack Obama7,095,229http://www.facebook.com/barackobama
5Mafia Wars6,426,482http://www.facebook.com/MafiaWarsFans
6Texas Hold'em Poker5,848,694http://www.facebook.com/TexasHoldEm
7Megan Fox5,357,269http://www.facebook.com/MeganFox
9Lady Gaga4,711,581http://www.facebook.com/ladygaga
10RIP Michael Jackson (We Miss You)4,695,522http://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Michael-Jackson-We-Miss-You/132749984408
11I love Sleep4,682,956http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-SLEEP/73330003836
14Will Smith4,611,952http://www.facebook.com/WillSmith
15Dr. House4,531,231http://www.facebook.com/DrHouse
16I need a vacation!!!4,385,918http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-need-a-vacation/72161599412
18I really hate slow computers4,016,919http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-really-hate-slow-computers/88390832382
20I hate waking up during a good dream and it won't come back!3,835,373http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-hate-waking-up-during-a-good-dream-and-it-wont-come-back/106867375015
21Adam Sandler3,746,593http://www.facebook.com/Sandler
22I don't get enough sleep because I stay up late for no reason3,170,874http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sleepville/I-dont-sleep-enough-because-I-stay-up-late-for-no-reason/88901432776
24Linkin Park3,537,072http://www.facebook.com/linkinPark
26Freeze Pops3,379,178http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freeze-Pops/77257732630
27Randomely laughing because you remembered something funny3,331,980http://www.facebook.com/pages/Randomely-laughing-because-you-remembered-something-funny/92516322212
28Random laughter when remembering something3,326,008http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laugh-City/Random-laughter-when-remembering-something/109759232094
29Selena Gomez3,315,239http://www.facebook.com/Selena

RP is 7th in Number of Facebook Users

RankCountryNumber of Facebook users12 month growth %6 month growth %
22Hong Kong2,727,98087.0%30.7%
23South Africa2,434,500164.6%41.5%

[*figures are taken from Facebook and then compared to Facebook usage statistics lists that I have previously compiled (allowing the 6 month and 12 month comparisons.)]

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Critic for Dummies

examiner.com thinks these are the most annoying cliches in book critiqueing. She even made a bingo out of these: 

1. Gripping
2. Poignant: if anything at all sad happens in the book, it will be described as poignant
3. Compelling
4. Nuanced: in reviewerspeak, this means, "The writing in the book is really great. I just can't come up with the specific words to explain why."
5. Lyrical: see definition of nuanced, above.
6. Tour de force
7. Readable
8. Haunting
9. Deceptively simple: as in, "deceptively simple prose"
10. Rollicking: a favorite for reviewers when writing about comedy/adventure books
11. Fully realized
12. At once: as in, "Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict is at once a compelling mystery and a gripping thriller." See, I just used three of the most annoying clichés without any visible effort. Piece of cake.
13. Timely
14. " X meets X meets X": as in, "Stephen King meets Charles Dickens meets Agatha Christie in this haunting yet rollicking mystery."
15. Page-turner
16. Sweeping: almost exclusively reserved for books with more than 300 pages
17. That said: as in, "Stephenie Meyer couldn't identify quality writing with a compass and a trained guide; that said, Twilight is a harmless read."
18. Riveting
19. Unflinching: used to describe books that have any number of unpleasant occurences -- rape, war, infidelity, death of a child, etc.
20. Powerful

The Goi Peace Foundation_International Essay Contest

The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" and 2005-2014 as the "United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development." Additionally, 2010 celebrates the International Year of Youth as well as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. Young people are encouraged to participate in these global initiatives and play a leading role in promoting peace and understanding among all cultures.

Theme:"MY ROLE IN CREATING A PEACEFUL WORLD"What is your vision of a peaceful and harmonious world? What can you and the young people of the world do to realize that vision?

  1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2010) in one of the following age categories:a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)
  2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
  3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title(3) your name (4) mailing address (5) phone number (6) e-mail address (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2010 (9) sex (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants' names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.(Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.)
  4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or e-mail.(Email entries must be in text or MS Word format, with the cover page and essay sent together as one document.)
  5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
  6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.
Entries must be received by June 30.
The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,000) ... 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$500) ... 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
Honorable Mention:
Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants
* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2010. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)
** All prize winners will be announced in November 2010 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site (www.goipeace.or.jp) and UNESCO web site (www.unesco.org/youth).
Please send your entries to:International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan
E-mail: essay@goipeace.or.jp
Moreinfo: http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1001.html

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Religion stylebook available for journalists

Journalists can now access an online stylebook focused on the major world religions, denominations and religious organizations often covered by the media.
The publication, "Reporting on Religion 2: A Stylebook on Journalism’s Best Beat," includes terms that are not included in the widely-used Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. Terms include proper spellings and capitalizations as well as suggestions about usage.
Additionally, the guide includes appropriate titles for religious leaders as well as religious holidays and traditions.
To access the stylebook, click here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

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