Archive for October, 2012
Protecting the rights and interests of individuals with mental health problems may seem like a truism to many, but it’s a monumentally novel adaptation in China.
At the root of this new legislation is the underlying premise, and recognition, that individuals have rights. While change like this doesn’t happen overnight, the new policy isn’t simply recognizing that mental illness is treatable, but that individuals are entitled to civil rights. What changes in civil liberties do you think will come next in China? Which do you think won’t change in the next decade?
The International Television Festival Golden Prague
was held October 13-17, 2012, a unique experience and something worth putting on your calendar every fall. It is a unique international festival presenting the world’s best music and dance programs and films in all musical genres.
The prestigious international competition is accompanied by a rich supplementary program including a video library, workshops, concerts, presentations of TV stations, screenings and meetings with renowned directors, producers and choreographers and their works.
Since its inception in 1964, the International Television Festival, which is organized by Czech Television, has become the world’s most important television festival dedicated to music and dance on television.
It ranks among the oldest and most renowned events of its kind: among television festivals, only Prix Italia (founded in 1949), Monte Carlo and Montreux festivals (both founded in 1961) can boast a longer tradition.
Two Czech Crystals go to The World of Matthew Bourne and documentary John Cage: Journeys in sound. Special mention for extraordinary artistic achievement was awarded to the Finnish program Sound breaker.
Photo credit: the ITF Golden Prague site: Grand Prix Golden Prague goes to German documentary about Lang Lang.
Mushrooms, setas & champiñones…
UN BESO: Mushroom season
Windows 8 is out. I will be heading to my local Microsoft Store to check out the new devices and have seen Windows 8 demos but not had a chance to review the new devices (which I look forward to in the future). But yesterday I did have the chance to watch the NYC Windows 8 launch webinar. These are my notes from the launch presentation covering what I thought were the key items discussed:
The (Windows 8) concept is gives you “access to what you use more frequently, websites you like and people you want to connect with. Glance and you will know what is going on in world – Windows 8 keeps you connected to all stuff in the cloud.
It is natural experience (a new look)– log in just once (lights up with your life). See all of your friends on social networks, co-works on outlook, photos , docs from Skydrive, Music, Video – will all be there”.
“Everything and everybody that you care about – in 231 markets and 109 languages around the world…. 1,000 systems approved for Windows 8 that are thinner, boot ½ time, 1/3 weight, 3x faster. The new
Philippines, known for its archipelagic state, has too much in store that travelers seeking for adventure can find a lot of other interesting places apart from just being in the bustling streets of a congested Manila.
Traveling here can be the definition of “so many things, so little time.” Let me just name a few of the must tries for the brave-hearted and sports enthusiast travelers.
The good number of pristine beaches from North to South of the country signifies travelers’ myriad of options for a diving place. My first diving experience in Anilao, Batangas City in the south of Luzon, gave me a better perspective of their rich marine life — spanning from corals and diverse fishes. To add more thrill, you can also experience diving with the whale sharks in Camiguin or Cebu. The world-class Boracay and Palawan are top picks too, but can be crowded during peak months (March to May).
The landscape and rock formations in the country permits rappellers to flock to the different provinces, find the perfect spot and just rappel. Most of the great rappelling spots can be found in the Visayan region, one of the major islands in the country that just makes you…
Yes – I know the obvious choice for a Halloween post is cemeteries – but I don’t actually find cemeteries creepy or scary. Instead I find them intriguing, and they are one of my favorite things to photograph. I think a cemetery can tell you about a culture and history of an area. For this reason I often seek out cemeteries to visit as I travel.
Here’s a collection of some recent cemeteries I visited over the past few years. Big, small, old, strict, superstitious breathtaking, moving, and historical. Take a walk through my favorite cemeteries if you dare…and tell me which one is your favorite in the comments!
Samhain (pronounced differently Samain, Samuin or Samfuin) is an ancient old tradition dating back thousands of years.
Samhain was celebrated by the Celts (in Ireland, Wales and Scotland) as the Feast Of The Dead and for the final harvest of the year. It has been adopted into Catholic religion as All Saints Day. The Celts divided the year into two parts on their calendar. The dark half known as Samhain fell on the eve of October 31st and the other half began with Beltane May 1st. The Gaulish calendar used by the Celts marked the dates of these festivities.
Samhain was a three-day festival gathering Celtic clans at the Royal Court of Tara. A bonfire was lit on the hill of Tara marking the three day event and to signal the rest of the Celts to light fires if they did not attend. The sacred colors of the rituals were orange and black, associated with human death and the Crone Deity.
According to belief, the veil between the living and the dead was raised resulting in the dead walking amongst the living. Believing the dead could return home the Celts would leave food and wine in the window and keep the all door open.
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