Gift ideas for the beloved ones
When it is proper to make a present, it’s a sure way to earn them by your part. I recognize very well the sensation of getting an unexpected present. The relation it’s just changed. My first watch that I had, was a present. It was a Relic watch that I still got. All that excitement.. And it was just how I like it: simple. Few years got by and I am now looking to buy a new gift from a family member.. maybe it will be a watch.With all the options and the social media networks it’s hard not to get inspired “what gift to get”. Just following someones facebook profile, you get tons of ideas?”. So many ideas come out of these social media sites… And all that ideas from the replyes I got from my followers.
Creatures Great, Small And Extinct
The Discovery Channel devotes the evening to ”Walking With Prehistoric Beasts,” which applies the formula used so successfully in last year’s ”Walking With Dinosaurs” to look at weird creatures that materialized after dinosaurs vanished. Meanwhile on NBC and the National Geographic Channel, ”Supercroc” figuratively brings to life a huge prehistoric crocodile whose skull was found in the Sahara.
There must be a large subculture that thrives on this stuff, because these programs are not exactly quickies: ”Supercroc” is two hours long and ”Beasts” is three. ”Beasts,” the more interesting of the pair, uses computer generation and other tricks to allow a vast collection of extinct animals to walk the earth again. The work is amazingly seamless; creatures are superimposed on films of modern-day landscapes so realistically that viewers may need to keep reminding themselves that it’s an illusion. Oddly, only when Australopithecus, an early relative of humans, turns up do the figures display a bit of the awkwardness of old sci-fi films.
The array of animals is wondrous and, for the most part, unpronounceable - propalaeotherium, an early horse no bigger than a cat; entelodont, ”a cross between a pig and a tank”; indricothere, a towering relative of the rhinoceros that was the largest land mammal ever.
There’s a fun-house madness to the parade, and just when you think you see something that actually makes sense, it doesn’t. Hyaenodons: ”Despite the name,” we’re told, ”they are not related to hyenas.” Oh.
The program covers so much geography (basically, the whole planet) and time (from 65 million years ago to 30,000 years ago) that it’s impossible to grasp it all. But it’s fascinating nonetheless, and sometimes even fun, thanks to a subtle smart-alecky streak. At one point, for instance, one fake beast knocks over the camera, like a grumpy athlete on ESPN.
If ”Beasts” perhaps tackles too many creatures, ”Supercroc” goes to the other extreme. This program is all crocodiles all the time as a paleontologist named Paul Sereno tries to, as it were, put meat on the bones he finds in the Sahara.
The skull he digs up there is 110 million years old. He enlists Brady Barr, a reptile expert, to teach him everything there is to know about living crocodiles so that he may reconstruct a supercroc body to go with the supercroc skull.
And so the men study and trap and measure crocodiles on several continents, trying to determine a skull-to-body ratio, eating habits of the prehistoric beast and so on. Sequence most likely to make you leave the room: when a researcher in Australia reaches down the throat of a sedated crocodile to dredge out the contents of its stomach.
The point is to show that crocodiles eat stones, which in the stomach help pulverize the other stuff they gulp down. And that, the scientists conclude, might have enabled supercroc to dine on the leathery, bony dinosaurs that were roaming the planet at the time. ”It didn’t walk with dinosaurs - it ate them!” Sam Neill says in the overenthusiastic narration.
Anyway, Dr. Sereno concludes that supercroc was 40 feet long. He probably could have reached the same conclusion in half the time.
Discovery Channel, tomorrow night at 7
Michael Olmert, writer; Mike Milne, animation chief; Ben Bartlett, composer; Jasper James, BBC series producer; Tim Haines, BBC executive producer; Mick Kaczorowski, Discovery Channel executive producer; Clark Bunting, executive in charge of production for the Discovery Channel. A BBC-Discovery Channel-TV Asahi production with ProSieben.
NBC, tomorrow night at 7; National Geographic Channel, tomorrow night at 8
Written and produced by Simon Boyce; edited by Christine Jameson Henry; executive producer, David Royle; senior producer, John Bredar; associate producer, Dana Kemp; narrated by Sam Neill.
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Adele Sweeps, Jennifer Hudson Delivers Stirring Tribute To Whitney Houston
Rihanna rocked a new, shaggy blonde hairstyle performing “We Found Love” backed up a troupe of dancers. She then took the energy down performing “Princess of China” acoustically with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The rest of the band joined Chris to perform the Coldplay hit “Paradise” with the stage decked out in the neon graffiti motif from their album Mylo Xyloto.
Katy Perry faked out audiences by having someone else pose as her for a dimly lit performance of “E.T.” The real Katy emerged sporting blue hair and singing her new single “Part of Me,” which will be included on her expanded Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, due out next month. Katy’s staging was among the most impressive of the night with flames erupting all around ice sculptures. Twitter was abuzz with people thinking “Part of Me” contained a pointed message to Katy’s ex Russell Brand.
Nicki Minaj continued promoting her alter ego “Roman” delivering her new single “Roman Holiday.” The performance featured a lot of Catholic iconography and a woman gyrating on an altar in front of a young altar boy. Nicki also worked a demented version of “O Come All Ye Faithful” into the song as she levitated over the stage. To say the least, it was a far cry from “Super Bass.”
Fergie and Marc Anthony presented the best rap performance Grammy to the absent Kanye West and Jay-Z for “Otis.” Reba McEntire introduced Kelly Clarkson and. We strive to post the most substantial content offered, based on my own taste.
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More involving this news at:Jason Aldean’s performance of their Grammy nominated hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Kelly looked quite stunning in a black dress with silver accents and a plunging neckline.
Country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert presented the best country album trophy to Lady Antebellum for their latest project, Own the Night. It was the group’s only nomination of the evening after they dominated last year’s ceremony.
The Beach Boys’ tribute portion kicked off with Maroon 5 performing “Surfer Girl.” Foster the People took over with a breezy delivery of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” though lead singer Mark Foster looked a little scared on camera. The Beach Boys themselves, including Brian Wilson, then reunited onstage to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a performance of “Good Vibrations.”
Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a few remarks and played a bit of the Beatles “Love Me Do” before introducing Sir Paul McCartney. Joe Walsh and Diana Krall joined McCartney as he sang “My Valentine” from his new album, Kisses on the Bottom.
Indie darlings and two-time Grammy winners The Civil Wars sang a snippet of their song “Barton Hollow” before introducing Taylor Swift’s down home performance of “Mean.” That song won Taylor two trophies in the pre-telecast ceremony for best country song and best country solo performance.
Taylor returned to introduce The Band Perry and Blake Shelton’s tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell. The sibling trio kicked things off with Campbell’s classic “Gentle on My Mind” while Blake delivered his version of “Southern Nights.” Glen closed out the segment singing his signature hit “Rhinestone Cowboy” for his final Grammy performance. He’s currently on his farewell tour after announcing his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis last year.
Carrie Underwood introduced her duet partner winner Tony Bennett to perform “It Had to Be You” from his Duets II project. That album won Tony his 16th Grammy in the pre-telecast for best traditional pop vocal album. Carrie and Tony presented Best New Artist to Bon Iver, who didn’t know quite what to make of his win. He awkwardly thanked everyone who was nominated and everyone who wasn’t nominated. Of note, Bon Iver declined a performance slot on this year’s Grammy broadcast.
Paul McCartney returned to close the show with some tracks from Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album - “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “You Never Give Me Your Money.” Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl then joined Sir Paul onstage for an all star jam session appropriately ending the entire show with “The End.”
Transit City Is Over
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday that he is forging ahead with his plan to scrap the controversial Transit City plan.
The tough-talking mayor, who made transportation a major part of his election platform, proclaimed that the $8.15-billion plan, which calls for the construction of new light-rail lines, is dead.
"On Dec. 8, our new transit commission members will be appointed. Their first task will be to formally stop spending on a project we do not need anymore," Ford said at a news conference after officially taking over the reins of the city.
"Transit City is over, ladies and gentlemen."
Instead, he said the city’s new council would focus on subways, adding “the war on the car stops today.”
"For too long, the city has focused on transit only. We will expand our focus to include people who use transit but also motorists, commercial vehicle operators, cyclists and pedestrians," he said.
Ford would like to build a subway line from Downsview station in the northwest end of the city to Scarborough Town Centre in the east, and extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line to replace the current Scarborough light-rail line. Timeline unclear
During the election campaign, Ford pledged to have both lines completed by 2015, in time for the Pan American Games, which will be held in the Toronto area. He did not say Wednesday if he plans to stick to that timeline.
Ford also met with Toronto Transit Commission general manager Gary Webster early Wednesday to discuss the future of the system.
"He agrees we’re on the same page, and he’s going to bring reports back on our subway expansion," Ford said.
But Ford’s proclamation on Wednesday does not seal the fate of the transit plan, which was seven years in the making.
Ford acknowledged that in order for him to fulfil his promise of putting an end to Transit City, he would need council’s support.
"Everyone’s going to have a discussion on that, but I’m the mayor of the city, I have to lead by example, and that’s exactly what I’m doing," he said.
When asked how he would persuade council to support him, Ford said: “That’s up to the councillors.”
Coun. Janet Davis said she will fight for Transit City, a major part of former mayor David Miller’s legacy.
"For the first time [we’re] expanding transit across the city that we waited generations for — the mayor can’t walk in on Day 1 and say, ‘it’s gone.’ It doesn’t work like that," she said. McGuinty willing to listen
Ford also has to persuade the province, which has already allocated billions to the Transit City plan, although the federal government is funding one-third of the $950-million Sheppard Avenue light-rail line. Premier Dalton McGuinty says he is willing to listen to Toronto’s new mayor about his plans to scrap Transit City. (Canadian Press)
The issue of Transit City was brought up at question period in the legislature Wednesday morning, when the New Democrats’ Michael Prue said scuttling the plan would be a “grave error.” That statement earned a rebuke from Premier Dalton McGuinty, who said he is flexible on the issue.
"If the new, duly elected council, led by their new mayor, comes to us with.. a different representation on behalf of the people of Toronto, who elected that council, is my friend honestly suggesting that we tell them to go away?" McGuinty asked.
Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne has said that $137 million has already been spent on the project, and an additional $1.3 billion committed in Transit City-related contracts.
The province would have to pay penalties for breaking those contracts in the event that the Transit City plan is abandoned — a non-starter for the province. “There’s no more money for break fees, there’s no extra money for fees and costs that would be incurred coming out of these contracts,” Wynne said.
"That’s something I’m going to have to discuss.. with the premier, OK," said Ford.
"That’s a lot of provincial money, so I’ll be talking to the premier and when I do, I’ll be more than happy to report back on that."
Ford is expected to meet with McGuinty in the coming weeks. With files from The Canadian Press
A picture is worth a thousand words, but what picture or poem can fully capture the beauty of Nature? As impossible as such an endeavor may be, author Brian Wayne Maki has made the effort, and the result is his heartfelt poetry collection Nature’s Pride: Beauty & Words.
The book is filled with poems on all aspects of Nature, including moments when Nature is still and at rest, and many poems about the poet or observer, presumably Maki, watching Nature as it changes and how Nature provides a moment of realization, an epiphany about life, or just a reason to feel content. From a shoreline he visits when he needs guidance to a silent meadow that invites creativity and sunsets that inspire, Maki covers all aspects of Nature and man’s relationship with it. In addition, he has selected some stunning photographs taken by Sue Ballreich, a native of Upper Michigan like Maki. Ballreich’s images include deer in winter, the Lake Superior shoreline, chipmunks, sunsets, forests, beaches, and several other subjects.
I especially like the book’s title poem, “Nature’s Pride,” and its connection to America. In one of the stanzas, Maki writes:
There’s a sense of it everywhere
A true sense of America’s past
Across the highest rocky mountain
Over fields, streams, and clear lakes
Something speaks loud and true
It can only be - Nature’s Pride.