April 23, 2009
There is one happy chapter added in Lawrence Taylor’s biography with the punchline “Dancing with Edyta Sliwinska.” He may be good with his moves at the field, but that is not what judges felt when he was ousted from the competition on 21 April. As we the saying goes: “Wining and losing is not what matter, but the struggle and the fight.” Unfortunate for the footballer, he is now off the ball.
Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska
There is one small twist in the whole story, the philosophy of positivism that sometimes results in better results than otherwise. Taylor took it all well, “21 points that is what you give to Taylor. You know when I kick I kick real hard.” No it wasn’t like that. The footballer who spends most of his time playing golf was happy and cool. He was quite amazed at the efforts that professional dancers require to make those graceful moves.
It is a good lesson for football fans as well. Well, the sport may need to have the killer’s instinct above all, but dancing is more like revealing. It is about control, balance and harmony.
The 8th Season of “Dancing with the Stars” moves on, with the subtraction of Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska. With no extra times and penalty shoots, the scoreboard read: Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska: 21 points, the lowest amongst all. Top Performers on the day were Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani with judges awarding them 29 points, Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas with 28 points, Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke with 27 points, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough with 27, Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough with 26, Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower with 24 points, Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska with 21.
It may not be a shock after all to Taylor’s fans, as they know that the dark horse was not going to make it big.
April 22, 2009
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Indian state, has called for a bandh (observe a general strike) tomorrow, as a protest against repressive measures adopted by Sri Lankan authorities. CM Karunanidhi has been severely criticised for speaking in support of the dreaded terrorist organisation, LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam).
Karuninidhi issued a notice to the Central Government of India to put pressure on the Lankan government for calling a permenant ceasefire. It might be worth mentioning that LTTE is the same outfit that was found responsible for the assisination plot that led to the surmise of former PM, Rajiv Gandhi.
As per official figures more than 30,000 civilians are still trapped in the war zone and the Lankan government has given a deadline for LTTE supremo Prabhakaran. The violence in the nation has already led to great loss of life and property.
LTTE was founded some 32 years ago in 1976 and has been engaged in one of the longest secessionist conflicts in Asia. A civil erupted in the state, with Tamils declaring their own idependent state. The government has limited LTTE to small area and have given the deadline to their chief to sureender. World Organisations like EU, UN and many nations have called upon the prabhakaran to surrender. The authorities have already made their plan of launching a major offensive strike to oust the leader, which might result in the loss of many lives.
However, there is one more twist in the whole story, the free buzz. The bandh or strike is believed to be a political gimmick to rally the support of the people in the wake of coming elections. That is why we sometimes consider the political leaders as the most adroit in creating a buzz, even surpassing the feats of the celebrities.
April 22, 2009
Are you interested in making your own dynamic website with Web 2.0 features in just 15 minutes? If you are, then find out how.
WordPress Blog and WP website are built upon the same software framework, provided by the WordPress. The good thing about WordPress (WP) is that it is an Open Source development software that anyone can download for free. It is one of the most popularly used Open Source software, beating its rivals like Joomla and Drupal by a fair margin.
Below are listed 10 best features that makes WordPress the first choice for developers as well as newbies:
- It is entirely free.
- WordPress is easy to install and customize.
- WordPress is exemplary in the integration of html and php components.
- You can build dynamic websites with Web 2.0 features, quite easily in WordPress.
- WordPress is SEO friendly. Newbies may find certain elements like keywords and descriptions missing in the default template, but those can be provided while customizing the WP website.
- WordPress gives you some of the best themes, customized to meet your requirements. This means you can get rid of the designing part.
- Its architecture is very simple allowing search engine bots to easily crawl it.
- There are hundreds of plugins that can be incorporated in your WP site to extend its features.
- The software is easy to download and easy to install (takes just few minutes).
- The stable version of WordPress has almost no bugs. On the other hand, if you start from a scratch, it will take months to get rid of the bugs in the site.
Having said about the wonderful features of WordPress let us talk about some basic differences between WordPress Blog (WP Blog) and WordPress Website (WP site).
Newbies often get confused as they tend to mix up the functionalities and features of WP Blog and WP site. For their assistance, I have listed down some of the basic differences between the two. They are:
- In WordPress Blog (hosted on WordPress servers e.g., buzzinthetown.wordpress.com), you cannot make changes or edit the stylesheet of theme without buying credits. Though you can apply different themes. Contrary to this, if you have WordPress site hosted on any server with access to your hosting account, you can make edits in the stylesheet and themes.
- In WordPress Blog, the dashboard in the upper left hand corner gives you features like Blog stats, Blog Surfer, My Comments and some more. In WordPress site, you do not get these features. To know the traffic on your site and other Blog stats, you have to install plugins. The best way to do is integrate Google Analytics or Sitemeter with your WP site.
- WordPress Blog, since it is hosted on the WP servers does not need you to configure your blog. In WP site, you need php support and a mysql database that is created on your web hosting account. All your post and page content as well other information is saved in the database.
That is all for now, we will get to know more about features in the upcoming posts.
April 22, 2009
In the early hours of October 22, last year, Katmai vessel went missing. The 92 feet long boat for catching cod fish sailed with 11 crew members. The boat belonged to the Katmai Fisheries, based in Seattle, Washington. On October 22, APRN (Alska Public Radio Network) reported that the vessel was missing in the Bering Sea. The sea lies in the Pacific Ocean, bordered by Alaska, Siberia and Kamchatka Peninsula.
APRN reported that the vessel went missing in the Amchitka pass and that Coast received no mayday calls except EPIRB signals at about 1.00am. A C-130 plan and a Jayhawk helicopter went searching for the missing vessel. six hours later. After 6 more hours they reepoted of having found a part of the raft and a body wearing survival suit. Tow rafts were dropped and four members from the crew were rescued.
Imagine a place, all deserted with water temperature about 3 degree celsius and waves travelling at the speed of 34 miles per hour. We have an intersting point in question, the safety of the crew members, of the people who work for Katmai fisheries and similar companies, the obliterated facts and cursory inspections.
The unfortunate event of Katmai vessel is not the only one that ever happened. Every year many people have to put on the fight with the fierce sea, with little safety measures and obsolete equipments. It is not just the headache of the Coast Guard as many lives, many families depend on it. Should these poor people be ignored and left to die, battling with sea storms. No. So what is the state going to do about it? Nothing, I guess. Who’s going to bring the sad news to their families, look after them? No idea.
May be the Discovery’s Deadliest Catch gives us some insights of the life on the boat and its crew members. The irony is that people better understand when they see it live. Tell them the story and it has little effect.
Despite the developed infrastructure and faculties to minimise such accidents, there has been no serious effort made by any institution so far. The best they do is send a team on inspection and sometimes rely on the reports send by the company experts themselves. That is totally unfair. If the state government can’t do anything about it, we implore the non-government organisations to look into the matter and probe such disasters.
April 21, 2009
Mel Gibson has to do a lot of explaining after reports confirmed that he has been dating Oksana Grigorieva. There were rumours about his mystery date prior to the filing of divorce by wife Robyn. There is buzz in the town that the duo, the American ally and the Russian beauty have been having a nice time at many places including the trip to Costa Rica. Dear Mel gels so well.
Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva
Now to Oksana Grigorieva. She is a Russian singer, an ex-girl of Mr. Bond, Timothy Dalton. Mr. Bond and the Russian lady, reprtedly, have a son named Alexander. Oksana also has contract with Icon Records. Not only this, she is now putting in the house that used to belong to Mr. Gibson. The property in the California, is owned by a trust that is administered by Mel Gibson’s production company.Too many links.
I tried to do a BGround check on the lady in the suit…persuit. But it runs out that she has been keeping a low profile and not revealed much. Well, the braveheart must have found something, more than just name, to actually think of leaving Robyn. Oksana is 39 and all the more sexy; no offense but she looks terrific. She sings and has acted as well. She belongs to a family where music and singing is an essential way of life and as people describe it, she is not gonna leave that.
Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore got married in 1980. They have seven children and also a grand child. Mel Gibson once said that: “Life is about love and commitment.” But who can deny the supreme influence of time and sex. They do make many a men weak, many a promises obsolete and many a committments things of the past.