As 2011 comes to a close, we have been sifting through some of the most amazing images that were posted on various social sites throughout the year as we try to compile the “Pics Year in Review”. This one, taken from the same spot in Shanghai in 1990 and again in 2010, stood apart as a truly amazing depiction of the change that is sweeping Asia and many other parts of the world.
It has become a joke and a cliche that when Americans want to make themselves happy, they grab their credit card and head to the nearest mall or online shopping destination. Even the infamous Tammy Faye Bakker once said, “I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.”
Are we “treating” our emotional ills with retail therapy?
Every year, people pour into Arcadia, CA, the day after Christmas to be part of one of the most exciting days in horse racing: Opening Day at Santa Anita Park. This year, the 75th winter season opens to an added bonus that fits perfectly with the times. In an era when smartphones are able to do just about anything we want, they will be gaining a new attribute at Santa Anita – the ability to place wagers from the seats.
Visitors connected to the Santa Anita Park WiFi will be able to research races and place bets without waiting in line as the park is launching their new mobile app. The sheer convenience alone is enticing, but there is more to it. Horse wagering is serious business; there’s always luck involved, but having the information in hand and the time to put it all together adds to the allure of the app.
Few would disagree that Van Halen is one of the most important and talented rock bands of all time. They’ve rocked for 3 decades and have held legendary status for their music, their partying, and even their political opinions. They also have another element that has become a thing of lore: their highly-demanding concert rider in the glory days of the 1980s.
Mini storage may seem like a low-tech market: you rent a unit, they give you some keys, and you store stuff in it. This view is partly true; storage is pretty straightforward for the consumer. But modern storage facilities have lots of technological concerns: record-keeping, marketing and security.
Inside Self Storage suggests that storage facility owners should take advantage of video calling and cloud data: “Self storage operators use a lot of forms that are all typically printed and stored in filing cabinets at the property. A simple-to-use, cloud-based document-management service could help operators save money, run a more green business, and have a better handle on lease agreements.”
Lord of the Rings fans have been waiting to be reunited with Middle Earth for the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as we venture back to the beginnings of the brilliant J.R.R. Tolkien’s treasured stories of mystical Elves, Dwarves, Goblin’s and of course the beloved Hobbits.
The countdown has begun as the release of The Hobbit is exactly a year away; it will adorn our screens on December 14 2012. This time we plunge our imaginations into the adventures of Bilbo Baggin’s, a hobbit who is on a quest to reclaim the Lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Bilbo made his appearance in the LOTR trilogies as Frodo’s cousin who adopted him at the age of 21, he also taught the elvish language to Frodo and shared the same birthday with him, as well as long walking trips.
Through the amazing direction of Peter Jackson in the Fellowship of the Ring, we watch as Bilbo leaves the Shire on his one hundred and eleventh birthday and as he departs, he passes forth the Magic Ring and Bag’s End unto Frodo, J.R.R. Tolkien’s main character.
The Hobbit will have us explore the beginning when Bilbo was younger, to when he meets a creature that will change his life forever and takes hold of the “Precious Ring”. Many characters that we have come to love in the Lord of the Ring’s Trilogies will make a return and some will not, we will have to await this journey through a New Year, and four seasons before we will travel back in time upon the captivating voyage through Middle Earth once more.
(video via: traileraddict)
We usually only know what businesses allow us to see, but they have some very interesting stories to tell. Like how Ben and Jerry were originally going to be a bagel shop or that FedEx bailed themselves out with a winning trip to Vegas. These facts are not only ultra cool but adds a little more personality to their History don’t you think?
Every day we awaken to earn another dollar. To work, is to keep food on our own table, pay bills of necessity and of the things we want, it is what we have been taught from generation to generation which is, working and making money is what keeps the world going round.
Having a career and working is essential to keeping us alive, yes, money is important, however, does it truly keep this world of ours spinning in peace and harmony? No.
As a global society, we may have forgotten or put aside the true meaning of life, paying it forward.
Have we dismissed the quality of life that we want to lead?
Perhaps it is due to the economy, the way we are forced to struggle to earn enough money to keep our lifestyles intact. On the other hand, maybe it is due to the greed of our Governments, of those that are in power, even those who are rich may be the cause or perhaps the excuse of what has become of our world, a sense of emptiness, loneliness; a fight for individual gain.
Although taught that money is the key to happiness, each of us arguably knows that when offered a smile, a courtesy, a genuine thought or words of positivity, we feel different. A sense of warmth overwhelms us; we feel a sensation of love, of being understood, seen or heard. Any of these gifts given by another individual has more power than money could ever buy; it is recognition that we are alive.
Perhaps anger and injustice would not harness our world if we did not live for ourselves, if we were not waking only for personal gain, if in amongst each day we added a little something within the lives of another. Perhaps then and only then, our world could find some peace, tolerance and discover the true meaning of unconditional love.
What will make the world a better place?
Another form of currency, Kindness, a simple act can make a bigger impact if we just pay it forward. Maybe One Day, Could be Today.
It only tells the truth to those who comprehend.
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The recycling of great music is an art unto itself. Taking someone’s original song and playing it takes both courage and a willingness to face critical comparison. Most performers, even seasoned ones, avoid performing cover songs whenever possible, but some of the best musicians have not only taken on the challenge, they’ve conquered it.