Archive for November, 2012
Digital art is a term associated with artistic works that use digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. Various names have been used since 1970 to describe this media including computer art, multimedia art, virtual art and recently placed under the larger umbrella term new media art. Digital technology has transformed activities such as photography, videos, painting, drawing, sculpture, music and sound. New forms, such as net art and virtual reality, have become recognized artistic practices. The techniques of digital art are extensively used by the mainstream media in advertisements, by film-makers to produce special effects and by photographers using digital cameras and editing software. YouTube is now helping revolutionize and exponentially expand the Digital art medium.
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While Google Picasa Web photo storage offers 1GB of free storage for photos and videos, files under certain size limits won’t count towards this free storage limit. If you’re a Google+ user, photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won’t count towards your 1GB storage space. For non-Google users, the photo size limit is 800 x 800 pixels and videos under 15 minutes.
If you reach your storage limit and upload images larger than these dimensions to Picasa, Google will automatically re-size them for you so they won’t count towards your free storage limit; so in actuality your getting unlimited storage after all.
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Contrary to popular belief, domains do not expire when they say they do. If the owner of a domain does not renew by the expiration date of the domain, the domain goes into “expired” status. For 40 days, the domain is in a grace period where all services are shut off, but the domain owner may still renew the domain for a standard renewal fee. If a domain enters this period, it is a good first indicator that it may not be renewed, but since the owner can re-register without penalty, it can also just be a sign of laziness or procrastination.
After 40 days are up, the domain’s status changes to “redemption period”. During this phase, all WhoIs information begins disappearing, and more importantly, it now costs the owner an additional fee to re-activate and re-register the domain. The fee is currently around $100, depending on your registrar. When a domain enters its redemption period, it’s a good bet the owner has decided not to renew.
Finally, after the redemption period, the domain’s status will change to “locked” as it enters the deletion phase. The deletion phase is 5 days long, and on the last day between 11am and 2pm Pacific time, the name will officially drop from the ICANN database and will be available for registration by anybody.
The entire process ends exactly 75 days after the listed expiration date.
In honor of the Vietnam vet this memorial day Sunday, November 11, 2012.
Excerpt Part 1, Life in Vietnam as told by one soldier…
We were flying over Vietnam airspace in a C141, the plane held approx 120 GI’s and all their gear, one of the officers had announced that we were now in Vietnam airspace and someone had said, that means we were now in a combat war zone. I looked around we all knew each other we had been training together for more than five months in Fort Bening Georgia. We were with the 213th assault support helicopter company. I was still 19 and most the GI’s on the plane were 19-20 years old. We were a little scared but mostly excited, like the adrenaline you get when you’re in a fight or playing sports.
We landed and lowered the large rear cargo door and walked down the ramp some of the guys knelt down and kissed the tarmac; we had made it in one peace, three days of flying and almost 12,000 miles from Georgia. It was around 2 pm and 90 degrees, a 10-12 mile an hour breeze, bright blue sky with a few fluffy clouds and we were excited and never felt more alive. Like most this was the first time that I had left american soil.
Movies for the most part don’t accurately project the real story of a soldiers life in Vietnam. There were transports and commercial planes landing or taxiing as far as the eye could see at Tan Son Nhut Air Base; in Saigon the day I arrived; there was excitement in the air. Most of the GI’s were like me few had ever strayed far from where they were born, many from small towns across America. The scene that day was like one from the movie The Longest Day the difference was that we were living it. We were in awe of the massiveness of it all; we were young, naive but this was an adventure of a lifetime and like most young people we were excited. To me it was like the wild west, I was excited to be there and so were most of the other GI’s; you didn’t know what to expect but you knew you were part of something big.
The war wasn’t the US against Vietnam. It was the US against Vietnam, the USSR and China, we were being challenged and tested. We were involved in a two player chest game but 4 players sat at the table. the Americans on one side and the other three taking turns on the other side. It wasn’t just a conventional war there was the threat and possibility that someone would use nukes. We Americans are too quick to label things win, lose; the Chinese and Vietnamese take a longer view of things. Vietnam was a political war between the US the USSR and China; when we first got involved in Vietnam we were willing to pay the price; after 10 years we were no longer willing to do so. It’s possible that because we showed a willingness and resolve to take a long term stance in Vietnam we never had to fight a war in Cuba, at home, in South American or a third world war. What’s important about the Vietnam war is that the GIs fought for their country when asked to do so; they did so willingly and courageously.
The war made us feel alive, it was like compacting 10 years of life into one. At home we were just kids here we were men operation multi-million dollar pieces of cutting edge technology we had the power over life and death, we supported the businesses, played with the kids, helped anyone in need, were seen as saviors and giants. We fought the war, risked our live, laughed, cried, lived, loved, bled and made friends.
Saigon was a bustling exciting city of millions, very much influenced by the mixed cultures of the French and Vietnam. The blend so unique, interesting and rare; there were many beautiful women. Seems we were all young the Vietnamese because of many years of war and the Americans because the young were sent to fight the war. Despite years of war, the women like women anywhere in the world were feminine, loved gifts, soft things, romance and Chanel #5. The food was great; a mix of French and Vietnamese; especially the local fresh catch of the day, baked crab, jumbo shrimp and any of the fresh baked fish. Entertainment with lots of small cozy mom and pop bars and restaurants; the kind of places we all find so rare in today’s world. The girls were friendly at first partly because of their fascination with Americans and mostly because they needed the money to support their families but like people anywhere in the world once you became friends it was all about caring. helping one another and survival. Because you had to struggle with the uncertainties and complexities of war you appreciated the small things.
Saigon was bustling and full of life but once you left the city the country side was completely different; rural mostly agriculture, rice patties with all the labor done by hand with a few water buffalo. You would drive down the dirt country roads and every few miles there would be some little bamboo farm home that sold beer and food to support the family; we would stop often to eat, talk and socialize. I was lucky and because of these frequent stops had the chance to get to know the Vietnamese, an opportunity that few Gi’s or politicians ever had. The Vietnamese families lived together; young, old. moma-sons, papa-sons; with the children and teenagers. Most of the responsibilities for making money was left to the teenagers because of their fascination with the Americans and willingness to learn to speak English. The people were gentle, loved to laugh, were friendly and sociable. I can’t speak for others but personally I felt very much at home and comfortable with the Vietnamese people. I had spent my childhood as a first generation European American with many family and friends speaking little or broken English so adjusting to a foreign language came easy for me.
Vietnam was a different kind of war we weren’t on the move trying to grab real estate like in World War II; many of us stayed in one place for a long time, in fact in my case I arrived at a base just North West of Saigon and spent my full tour at that same base. Many GI’s had opportunities to visit the local cities and town’s on a regular bases; unlike the situation in Iraq or Afghanistan where the Military was segregated and not allowed to interact; we were the first army to have the opportunity, time and freedom to interact with the people with few or no restrictions.
Usually 10 to 20 % of the men were in an active combat role at any given time, 80% were in some support role or in some kind of transition, fighting was an important, intense part but living was our life.
Note: By the time the Vietnam war ended more than 2,500,000 million Americans had served. At peak strength we had more the 540,000 men stationed in Vietnam. The average age of a GI in Vietnam was around 21, by far the youngest army to ever fight a war before or since.
Casualties: Vietnam war; 58,282 KIA or non-combat deaths (including the missing & deaths in captivity)
303,644 WIA (including 153,303 who required hospitalization and 150,341 who didn’t)
1,655 MIA (originally 2,646)
725-779 POW (660 freed/escaped, 65-119 died in captivity)
Casualties Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_casualties
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Food Lovers Fat Loss Diet.
Dieters eat three meals and snacks every 2-3 hours using the Fat Loss Plate with approved foods in proper portions. Most meals contain about 15 grams of protein and 30 grams of carbs and total calories vary but are never less than 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men.
Dieters are instructed to drink 12 8-ounce glasses of water daily, plus 8 ounces for each 20 minutes of exercise, the water should release 5 pounds of fat in a month. Especially for people who drink a large portion of their calories, switching to drinking water could result in a loss of 400-500 calories a day.
Exercise is also an essential part of the plan.
The Fat Loss Plate and Snacks:
Protein is the centerpiece of the fat loss plate along with fast carbs, slow carbs, and optional healthy fats. No counting calories or fat grams, but portions are controlled. There are three versions of the fat loss plate to choose from:
• Version A: 1 protein +1 fast carb + 1 slow carb (Spaghetti and meatballs with a side salad)
• Version B: 1 protein +3 slow carbs (Entree salad with grilled chicken)
• Version C: 1 protein and 1 fast carb (turkey sandwich)
One tablespoon of healthy fat is allowed per meal only with lean protein and low-fat fast carbs.
For the first five days, snacks are either one portion of a whole food such as an apple or any food that doesn’t exceed 150-250 calories. “Accelerator snacks,” which are recommended starting on day 6, must also contain at least 7 grams of protein.
What’s on the Menu?
The plan involves using the “fat loss plate” in one of three variations.
Here are the recommended foods to choose to make a healthy fat loss plate:
• Lean protein: pork tenderloin, sirloin steak, extra lean ground beef, skinless poultry breast, fish, low-fat dairy, and eggs
• Fast carbs: pasta, couscous, potatoes, bagels, English muffins, rolls, blueberries, cherries, grapes, apples, and dried fruits
• Slow carbs: artichokes, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, eggplant, asparagus, squash, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, lemons, limes, and legumes
• Free carbs: bok choi, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, onions, chili peppers, lettuce, mushrooms, radishes, spinach, and sprouts
• Fats: butter, peanut butter, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese, bacon, sausage, light salad dressing, nuts and seeds
Limited amounts of coffee, tea, diet drinks, and club soda are allowed.
Foods not recommended because, according to the plan, they are likely to slow metabolism: white, bleached, and enriched flours; alcohol; soda; saturated fats;trans fats; partially hydrogenated oils; high fructose corn syrup and other sugars; foods high in sodium; and most processed foods.
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