Calling All Wizards And Witches!



It was inevitable. The popular J.K Rowling books-turned-films are now coming to life in a whole new way. Though still under construction, we are excited to see the steeples of Hogwarts for the new amusement park ”The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”. The park will open later in the Spring for any who’d like to visit. We know we would!

Wonder if they’ll have Butterbeer?

Duct Tape Dress For Prom




Since 2001, American teenagers compete for scholarship money by using their creativity and duct tape to make fierce clothes for the prom. We wouldn’t even know who to choose.

The last one even made her own shoes!

Amazing!

Haitian Earthquake Happened Because Of ”Deal With The Devil”

Pat Robertson is a televangelist. An evangelist who preaches on TV.

Why do we have to look abroad when we have morons in our own midst!

The Louvre Is The Most Visited Museum In The World

And with an astronomical 8.5 million visits in 2009, the Louvre has broken even its own record, which has been 8 million visits for the past four years.

That’s quite a lot of people!

The addition of the temporary exhibitions of the Egyptian exhibition Les portes du Ciel (Heaven’s gates) and Titien, Tintoret, Véronèse. Rivalités à Venise (Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivalry in Venice) attracted a large number of visitors with 250,000 and 400,000 people, respectively.

The museums that ranked after the lustrous louvre were British Museum in London coming in second with 5.93 million, third with the National Gallery in Washington, DC at 4.96 million, Tate Modern in London at fourth with 4.95 million with the Metropolitan Museum in New York coming in fifth at 4.82 million.

We think we have only been to the Louvre, to be honest. At the time, the only attractions to really see were the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The Egyptian and Italian exhibitions would have been nice to see.

Canada? Where are you?

Sarah Palin’s Debut On Fox


What do you think about Fox’s newest addition?

Executive Chief of Google Blames America For Economic Downturn


Eric Schmidt and Google Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Google’s Eric Schmidt had a few words to share on what or WHOM he thought caused the financial crisis and surprise he blames America! But honestly, we knew this. Information concerning overpaid Wallstreeters created no wonder for us common as inevitably financial resources were exhausted so much so that the market was unable to keep up.

Schmidt says that in May 2008 he noticed a decline in the “metrics” that are used to measure advertising revenue from each click on a Google advert. All was not well in the land of Google.

“We couldn’t figure out why. Was it that people weren’t buying? We initially thought it was our error. Was it possible to make a mistake? Through the summer it was obvious that something had changed. It started in Britain in late May and I remember sitting there thinking what the hell is going on? Is this a trend, is this something unique to Britain? We now understand that it was a shift in consumer behaviour that was an early indication of what was to happen in banking.”

But Schmidt is certain of America’s culpability and wants to be clear “that the blame, to the degree that there was, is largely in the United States, not in Europe, not in Britain, and it was fundamentally because a low-interest policy created too much money. It was an easy-money policy and eventually an easy-money policy catches up with you. Remember what happened. Through a series of events in the mid-1990s, Congress increased the supply of credit for home mortgages, through the institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They were essentially given too much money for political reasons. And then that was followed in New York by the repeal of Glass-Steagall which then allowed banks to use investment equity vehicles to create liquidity which creates very large amounts of money. So the banks are busy creating money and making a lot of money on that creation of money and the regulators were either, depending on your point of view, asleep at the wheel or did not have the tools to understand what was going on.”

Though Google stock itself is thriving in its third quarter even without their release of their revolutionary Nexus One last week, Schmidt does think about the million people who have lost jobs, or livelihoods or businesses and angrily recommends that bankers should stop lamenting about loss since ”the number of people who were hurt by the activities of the financial industry is so large [that] it is very hard to have a lot of sympathy with that industry given the high-flying nature of its behaviour, remember, many of these institutions privatized the gains and socialized the losses. [You could say] that the banking industry should not be regulated but it should also be able to fail — that’s called capitalism. It is very easy to understand. You’re a banker, you make a loan, and if you screw up you lose your job and the firm is liquidated. But if you pick any one of the financial companies [involved in the crisis] that is not what happened. What happened was the regulators decided that the pounding of the financial industry would have paralysed the world because of the inter-linking. I think that argument is correct. If your assumption is that there is a greater and greater concentration of large financial institutions that are too big to fail, well, they need to be more regulated. You cannot have a situation where you only win and do not lose in capitalism. At Google, if I lost $10bn in one day I would like to lose my jacket.”

We like the way you talk Mister, then again think of this. Schmidt admitted last year that the economy was taking a toll on Google and look where it is now! “”To fight that you have to actively manage the company. You have to take an aggressive position on investment, invention and innovation. And there are companies that have done this very well, for example Apple, which had a near-death experience and has come back with a tremendous performance, so it is possible to do it.

Agreed!

As one of most powerful CEOS in the world and co-chairman of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Schmidt will be leading talks with Peter Sands, the CEO of Standard Chartered concerning 2010 themes of how ready we are to resuscitate the economy. He will also be heard by the likes of ”Bill and Melinda Gates, Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, Lloyd Blankfein, chairman of Goldman Sachs, a sprinkling of royalty, a whole cadre of economists and academics and a fair few politicians including David Cameron and Tony Blair”, a powerful if not influential audience.

He says that ”it is easier for America to adopt permanent immense spending — the deficit that you can see — because of the role of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.”

Also as a firm supporter of Obama, he commends him for the work he’s done despite the challenges he has faced in his first year as President.

Smart Smart Smart.

It’s Not Just North America Anymore, Jack Frost Hits Europe Too

North Americans have been suffering from some of the most frigid weather this winter but now they are not alone as it is predicted for weather in Europe to remain below freezing temperature in the weeks to come!

Brr!

Remember to bundle up. Hypothermia is not fun!

Paris On The Body Scanner Train


Très bon la France!

France follows after Canada, the Netherlands and Britain in their support for the installment of the controversial body scanners. Controversial since not many are comfortable having their privacy invaded in being seen naked. You can all thank the moron who is currently pleading not guilty.

The scanners will be introduced later this month to scan passengers and will be used on all flights leaving Charles de Gaulle airport with the intended destination of the United States.

It may not be your fault for the introduction of the personal space-invading scanners but for the moment, it seems the best thing that anyone’s come up with.

Global ‘Babies’ Documentary. Brilliant!

Babies is a Focus Features documentary by Thomas Balmes that shows the lives of babies from 4 different parts of the globe Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo.

It looks like it will be powerful documentary.

It is set to release in the US on April 16, 2010.

Oscarrr Oscarr!!!

Sita Sings The Blues










Sita from the Ramayana is finally gaining some international fame. The New York Times calls Sita an Indian Betty Boop while “Roger Ebert gives it two thumbs up”.

Directed/Created by Nina Paley, this version of Ram and Sita (it’s a Hindu folktale where he’s a prince, has married Sita but then is exiled for 12 or 14 years during which they meet antagonist Ravana and monkey god Hanuman, you’re welcome) varies from the original in its blues musical attitude shown throughout the film. It acts more as an homage to the story than an actual re-telling. It is illustrated with the most striking details and re-told in the most interesting of ways. Though Nina Paley says that the failing relationship between Rama and Sita was what attracted her to the story as this mirrored her own life, this differs from the actual story where they remain together and finally rule the kingdom together as king and queen.

There really is some lovely blues music and an interesting interpretative animation that makes the film a pleasure to watch.

As the film is only funded through donations do take the time to go visit their site.

http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/

Note: It is a slightly exaggerated version of the old story, a bit more melodramatic than usual

Drink Your Path To Beauty

A slew of new drinkable products are popping up everywhere for the sake of beauty. According to Mintel, a market research firm “global food and drink product launches with a ‘beauty enhancing’ claim increased by a staggering 306 percent from 2005 to 2008,” in Europe and the United States while the Kline Group, another firm believe that the industry to grow from the $1.7 billion in 2007 to $2.2 billion by 2013.

The idea is so popular that in the restaurant Imperial Herbal in Singapore, restaurant-goers with dermatology problems speak with an herbalist, who creates ‘treatments’ that are to be added to their meals. In Japan, collagen, a protein found in connective tissues is added to yogurt drinks, dried fruits and other foods with the idea that consuming it will improve one’s skin. Nescafé has followed suit, hopping onto the collagen train while GliSODin Skin Nutrients is one of the new products in the US with cantaloupe extract high in superoxide dismutase (an antioxidant enzyme).

Dermatologist Francesca Fusco seems to agree that edible beauty products are good but added that “you can also get all of the benefits of this through a healthy diet and a good multivitamin.”

Collagen in food though has ‘‘nothing unique […] that makes it specifically useful for connective tissues’’, a cosmetic chemist at Pharmasol Corporation James Hammer said.

Healthy diet and good multivitamin or Beauty product for dinner?

Paris Hilton Spring Shoes 2010

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Zebra, Rejected Bridesmaid rouge (we refer to the scrunchie) and Gold Flamé, we are not loving so much but the floral and green/yellow detailed numbers of Paris Hilton’s are really very nice! We wouldn’t mind a pair ourselves!

She is a lot more than her cinematic debut of glow in the dark fun made her out to be.

All the shoes, however have nice lines, we just wish there was more of a selection.

The heels are priced at around $89 US and will be sold at department stores and retail outlets in America.

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