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Zac Efron Stars In 17 Again On Directv Ppv Cinema

Now available on Satellite TV Pay Per View Cinema, the same day its released on DVD, is the teen comedy 17 Again, starring heartthrob Zac Efron.

In the movie, Efron plays Mike O’Donell, a high school basketball star who seems to have everything a college scholarship, popularity, and a beautiful girlfriend. But all of that changes when his girlfriend Scarlett reveals that shes pregnant. Suddenly all of Mikes aspirations are dashed and we fast forward twenty years later. Mike (now played by Matthew Perry) and Scarlett (Leslie Mann) are separated, and Mike is living with his software genius nerd best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon). We also learn that Mikes relationship with his own teenaged children is nonexistent, and his job is at a standstill. Praying for a change after he is passed up for a promotion, Mike meets a mysterious janitor who transforms him back to his glory days and suddenly Mike is 17 (and played by Zac Efron) again.

Posing as a new student named Mark, Mike infiltrates his childrens school and learns things about them that he never knew. He also visits an unsuspecting Scarlett and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. Of course it should come as little surprise to anyone who watches movies that Mike will eventually learn some things about himself that will make him a better husband, a better father, and appreciate life as he never did before.

I saw this movie initially when it was released to theaters in April and I remember thinking Cute, but I could have waited for DVD. Its chock-full of the stereotypes that weve come to expect in these teen comedies (the jock bully, the trio of cheerleader temptresses, the final showdown at the basketball game with that one chance to make the winning basket), but it still works, mostly due to Efrons charms. Now that he is stepping outside of the Disney mold, Efron is proving himself to be much more than just a pretty face. He shows some surprising dramatic chops here (most notably during the speech he gives to a judge in a courtroom at the end) and I think he has a long career ahead of him as an actor in more serious roles. Leslie Mann is somewhat underused, but she is still good here, and I always appreciate seeing her in comedies (she also appeared in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and this summer’s Funny People.)

I think Efron fans will be tempted to give this five stars before they even see it, but if other people give it a chance they will see there is a little more than meets the eye in Efrons talent. 17 Again had heart and it wasnt crass, and I think its a movie the whole family can enjoy. Sometimes a little sugary sweetness is actually kind of endearing.

By: Frank Bilotta

Winter Concerts At Spivey Hall

Spivey Hall, on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, is a world class concert hall. More than 400 events are presented each year at the popular venue. This winter season concert goers will be treated to a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, and big band sounds.
On January 21 jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis will make his debut at Spivey Hall. The Grammy award winning musician will be joined by his quartets long time pianist, Joey Calderazzo, for a memorable evening. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, will return to Spivey Hall for a performance on January 28. On January 29 Spivey Hall welcomes the big band sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Millers legacy lives on under the musical direction of Gary Tole.

February concert highlights include a performance by Europa Galante on February 4. The classical Italian chamber orchestra will feature violinist and director Fabio Biondi. On February 25 the Boston based Jupiter String Quartet will return to Spivey Hall as part of its three year Project Jupiter, a public outreach initiative to the schools and community of the south Atlanta metro area.

On March 3 Richard Morris, Spivey Halls organist in residence, will present an organ concert on the halls magnificent 4,413 pipe organ. The impressive organ, built in Padua, Italy, is the visual centerpiece of Spivey Hall. The facility has excellent acoustics, and reverberations can be adjusted by changing the halls seven movable acoustic curtains. Clayton State University will present an opera on March 30 and 31. The performance will be directed by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, CSUs director of Vocal Activity and Opera. These tickets are very reasonably priced at $10.
Pre-concert talks are offered before select performances. These 45-minute informative talks are meant to enhance the patrons musical knowledge and listening experience. The talks are free to ticket holders and are scheduled for January 22 and February 12 and 25. Patrons may also enjoy Pre-concert Dinners. These are offered at 6:30pm prior to 8:15pm Saturday performances. Attendees can park at Spivey Hall and walk over to the Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Center. They will enjoy a buffet dinner in a private room overlooking Swan Lake. The dinners are priced at $40 per person and reservations are required.

Spivey Hall, with its beautiful lakeside setting, is an elegant concert venue seating 400 people. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online. No children under age 12 are admitted to concerts unless the concert is specifically designated as appropriate for younger audiences. Concert patrons are sure to find a performance to enjoy this winter season.

Will Insane Clown Posse Concerts Still Be Energetic In 2012

In a word, yes, but there may be an ounce of truth to their assertion that the Psychopathic Records horror rap veterans arent as lively on stage as they once were. Thats not to say that that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are coming out on stage in wheel chairs, but for the astute ICP ticket buyer and Insane Clown Posse concert observer, there is a slightly noticeable difference in the live ICP of 1994 and the ICP of 2012.

ICP Tickets still sell like hotcakes, Insane Clown Posse concerts are still the best time youll have going to any Psychopathic Records artist concert. The vast majority of Insane Clown Posse concerts were sold out in 2011, most Juggalos more than happy to fork over the dollars required for Psychopathic Records artists like ICPs tickets these days (the average concert ticket for any musical group has increased exponentially since the early 90s, this trend is not isolated to ICP tickets).

As videos of Insane Clown Posse concerts on YouTube will demonstrate, those who buy ICP tickets or tickets to any Psychopathic Records artist concert in 2012 are still in for a treatthe songs are still delivered impeccably, the crowd taunting still hostile, and the on-stage props/sideshows still present. However, the jarring dance movements and swag evident on stage at Insane Clown Posse concerts in years past has now given way to softer choreography that seems less inspired. Also, buying an ICP ticket in 2011 doesnt guarantee a Faygo shower like it once did.

However, 2011 was not a year in which ICP tickets were sold for the purpose of promoting a new album. 2012 will differ in that sense, as the guys will be releasing Mighty Death Pop!, their first album in 3 years through Psychopathic Records (the label they own), and any Insane Clown Posse tour dates in support thereof are bound to me the duos most energetic in years. Buying an ICP ticket this year would be a smart move, as it will probably be the last time an Insane Clown Posse concert contains the spirit of a new release in the next 4 years or so.

Of course there will be music released from the younger artists on Psychopathic Records, and maybe even some from those artists who are being groomed in the Psychopathic Records subsidiary, Hatchet House, but we all know that Insane Clown Posse concerts are the cream of this crop.

There are no ICP tickets for the Mighty Death Pop! tour available yet, but thats because the supporting Psychopathic Records artists and dates havent even been announced yet. The best way to make sure you see this new material performed live by Insane Clown Posse in concert, then make your way to 2012s Gathering of the Juggalos where youll not only see that, but also performance by numerous other Psychopathic Records artists.

Flat Screen Televisions Vs Going To The Cinema

Years ago, when cinema first became popular, for a lot of people it was the only way for them to see movies, because most of them didn’t have their own televisions. The thing is though, cinema has always had a much better quality viewing experience than home televisions, so it has remained the ultimate way to experience a movie.

The Invention of Video Tapes

For a long time, the one problem with both cinema and TV is that you needed to watch a film at a specific time. With the invention of home video systems such as VHS and Betamax, movie fans were able to either record films from the TV or rent films from a video library. However, there was still the problem of quality, as cinema was still a far superior experience than watching a video at home.

The Rise of DVDs

Part of the quality issue was dramatically improved with the invention of the DVD. DVD meant that anyone could watch very high quality digital video at home. Unlike VHS tapes for example, DVDs didnt wear out or degrade over time, as long as you didnt get the discs scratched. From the 1990’s onwards, DVDs became extremely popular amongst movie fans. The only problem was, unless you had an extremely large TV screen and a very expensive sound system, you still wouldn’t get the same experience as the cinema.

The Experience of Home Cinema

Nowadays, the true home cinema experience is becoming much more of a reality for many people, as they buy large widescreen TVs and high quality speakers. For example, with a plasma TV screen of 50 inches or more, and being sat closer to the screen than you would be in a cinema, youre going to get a very cinematic feel. And you wont miss having someone sat behind you who wont stop talking through every scene.

Reasons to Visit the Cinema

However, even with home cinema quality jumping forwards in leaps and bounds, dont you think theres still something missing? Theres just something about actually going out to the cinema. It gives you a reason to spend time with your friends and experience something together. And lets face it: in all honesty, the experience at home really isnt quite as good as the full blown cinema experience, is it?

Why You Should Still Stay at Home Instead

The only problem with visiting the cinema is that it costs you more money than it does to just stay at home with a DVD. But also, when you’re at home, you can fit your movie watching around the other things you want to do. You can also eat your own food. Just relax and watch your favourite movie while eating your dinner.

Ways To Do Cartoon Drawing For Kids

Cartoons are fun. Well almost. If you are like me you certainly love to watch cartoon figures. But drawing cartoons is another story particularly if you are not aware of the basics.

If the thought of creating beautiful cartoon characters gives you high, read on, here you will find some tips that you can readily use to improve your skills and reduce the time taken to create beautiful cartoon characters.

There are certain things that are same for every style of drawing, be it realistic drawing or cartoony, now we will go quickly through the basics before getting specific to cartoony style.

1. Select your tools wisely. Clean your hands before starting your drawing. The paper you use for your work should be of good quality. Low grade, off colored paper will make your drawing look pale. Your first sketch should be made with light lines and for finalizing you should use deep-colored and prominent lines –so choose your pencils carefully.

2. Many times beginners find drawing a smooth line difficult. Remember drawing smooth lines will be easier if you do not support your hand on your wrist like we are used to do while writing. Doodling and drawing some circular shapes just before you start will also help you to draw smoothly.

3. Learn to draw facial features and hand carefully. Hands are more difficult. Experts often judge a person’s drawing ability from how well he can draw human hands. So practice drawing hands with care.

4. Study about basic forms and proportions of human body. Learn about basics of human anatomy and various ratios of human figures.

As a cartoon creator you will have certain liberties, you do not need to bind yourself with strict body proportions rules. You can draw four fingered (Thumb + Three) hand that makes your work a bit easier.

But one challenge you will face while drawing cartoons –cartoon characters needs to be more expressive and certainly you have to create this expressiveness with some lines drawn with your pencil.

Keep in mind that three areas of human face that play major role to express emotions are

1. Eyelids (wide open, half closed, almost fully closed etc.),

2. Eyebrows (raised, normal, crooked etc.) and

3. Lips (forming downward bow, upward bow etc.).

Other than these you can also use, hair (properly combed or ruffled), garments (well kept or torn) to create characters that tells a story.

Hope you find this tips useful. Coupled with some practice these tips will help you to take your cartoon drawing skills to a new level. Enjoy the fun of drawing beautiful and expressive cartoon characters.

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From Metal To Horror Rap, Pop’s Most Shocking Stage Artists

Ever since the rise of rock and roll, some of the best underground music has also been some of the most shocking when performed live. In fact, many of the most distinctive underground music performers became true pop stars on the strength of their shocking live performances.

From Alice Cooper to Insane Clown Posse, the overall world of pop has been full of some jaw-dropping stage shows. Here are some of the most outrageous performers who have come out of underground music worlds.

Alice Cooper: Cooper was one of the original shock-rockers, whose wild ways would go on to influence underground music followers as diverse as metal bands and horror rap acts like Insane Clown Posse. Cooper’s been hanged onstage, danced with monsters, and been tormented by freaky, sexy nurses. And he’s still up to it in his 60s!

Marilyn Manson: Though he started in underground music scenes, Manson gained total fame — and infamy — based on his shows. Live Manson concerts involve simulated nudity, profanity galore, and even subverted fascist imagery. Although it provokes knee-jerk reactions, critical thinking reveals deeper meaning behind the shock.

Rammstein: This German underground music favorite doesn’t try to apply too much intellectualism to its live show, but it still aims to shock. Their performance fascinations are particularly sexual, full of simulated sodomy and other taboo perversions.

When they’re not freaking out the squares with that, they’re lighting their instruments on fire, soaking themselves in fake blood, or crowd-surfing in inflatable rafts.

Esham: This Detroit rapper is one of the founders of horror rap, though he doesn’t get much credit for this outside of the area’s underground music circles. Esham would later be cited as a major influence by later acts like Insane Clown Posse. His own brand of horror rap often blended rock beats with rhymes.

At the same time, he also performed his horror rap with a rock and roll type stage show. For much of his early career in underground music, he flirted openly with Satanic imagery, like so many horror rap artists would do after him. At the time, though, the mere existence of horror rap was shocking, as was Esham’s favored unabashedly psychedelic onstage atmosphere and lyrical content.

Insane Clown Posse: Following in Esham’s footsteps, Insane Clown Posse took up horror rap ideas with glee. Following with their favored album theme of the “Dark Carnival” mythology, Insane Clown Posse shows have featured murderous clowns, freak shows, and, usually, oceans of Faygo soda. It gets sprayed, shot from waterguns, poured from buckets, or just drop-kicked, bottle and all.

Vintage Bedroom Drama

When time is at an optimum, trying to find time to do any decorating can be difficult, however if you manage to get a free weekend, you can overhaul your bedroom in one fail swoop. In one weekend you add drama to a lacklustre bedroom, create vintage look with your bedroom furniture or bring a tired room together with a change in bedding design.

The first area for a mini overhaul is to look at your wall; are they looking tired or is there wallpaper trying to escape from the wall, is there little scratches that make it look untidy. Once you have assessed what it is about your walls that needs updating you can begin to organise what you need to door, if it is a simple task such as re-sticking wall paper then this can be achieved within a few minutes, however scratches can be a bit of an eye sore.

There are a couple of solutions to this problem, you can cover them over with your bedroom furniture, and by carefully positioning your wardrobe you can hide a myriad of sins. But to get that vintage drama we are looking for, try adding a large wall stencil, or attach soft sumptuous material to a board, add a few folds and voila, you have a dramatic textured wall art.

If you are a bit of a hoarder then creating the vintage look could be fairly easy for you, especially if you have a good selection of bold jewellery or chic neck scarves, draped on half body mannequin will add appeal, plus it will be much easier to find what you are looking for. You could attach decorative coat hooks to the wall and display your necklaces or scarves.

Lace is always good for creating that vintage feel, a single panel at the window will help diffuse light and it also has the added bonus of providing privacy. If you are concerned about light shining through at night time, you can always have a roller blind behind it and drop this down at night time.

For the vintage look your bedding needs to be in a creamy gold colour, the diffused light from the window will enhance this aspect of the room. As for the bedroom furniture, you probably won’t need to spend out on major pieces, but the key is to keep the furniture light, preferably white.

Don’t forget about adding the finishing touches such as pretty mirrored boxes, floral structured candle holders, ornate pictures frames and pretty bottles of perfume.

Philip Sedgefield has been involved in interior design for many years and enjoys to write about home improvement in all areas. Currently working with Space2.com.

Russian Singer Maksim Released Her Third Album odinochka (single)

New (third) album by singer MakSim “Odinochka” (“Single”) was released in early winter of 2009. This new work was recorded after a short pause associated with the birth of her daughter.

“Odinochka” includes already well-known movie hits “The Birds” (from the movie “Taras Bulba”) and “The Road” (from the movie “The Book of Masters”), as well as the single “Radio Waves” and popular in Internet hit “Odinochka”.

MakSim explained that album title has nothing similar with the word “loneliness”. Single is a state of mind.

“Now I have a completely new and unfamiliar period in life. I married, we have a daughter – Sasha, and I am… “single”. We live in a big house far from the city in the village, where we are the only tenants. We listen to vinyl records, inherited from grandparents, read aloud, and go to a river in the evenings. We have lots of guests, mostly musicians. It is easy and fun to be “Single”, as there are many people like us.

In support of the new album MakSim conducts large-scale tour along the cities of Russia. MakSim plans to continue the tour in 2010 after a short vacation. Singer plans to release new singles and videos with hits from the album “Odinochka”.

Release, entitled “Odinochka” conceals many surprises. The third album of matured singer is more mature, but it did not lose MakSims lyricism and honesty. Admirers will be surprised by the unexpected appearance of release and completely new songs that are unusual for MakSim.

The publication will include a DVD with a documentary about the singer and shootings of new video “On the Radio Waves”, as well as the clip.

Recall that MakSim is one of the most successful singers in Russia, her songs always take the top of the charts, and albums have become the undisputed leaders of sales.

It easily ascended to the music pedestal by sincere, gentle voice and soulful songs, close to every young heart. Her work is highly appreciated by many prestigious awards; she has also been named the best singer of music channels, publications and radio stations.

And in spite of some break-up because of the birth of a daughter, just the other day MakSim once again became the owner of prestigious prize “Golden Gramophone”, confirming undying love of fans to her music.

Inclinometers – Instruments With Sensors

The inclinometer instrument is one which is used for geotechnical monitoring on the surface mines. These instruments are installed to measure the slope or tilt of the surface. These inclinometers have evolved with technology advancement and they are also serve many other purposes like checking the performance of anchors and struts and to see to it that the adjacent buildings are not affected by the ground movements, checking sheet piles and diaphragm walls to correct the deflections in the design limits, keeping check on upstream slopes and monitoring dams and the effects of tunneling operations to protect the adjacent structures from damaging by the ground movements and checking deformation of the concrete face of a dam and providing settlement profiles of foundations, embankments and other structures. And the advancement with technology is the inclinometer sensor.

The inclinometer instrument has a sensor and these are also known as tilt sensors, which generate an artificial horizon and measure the sloping tilt. These inclinometer sensors are used where tilt requires measuring, like cameras, automobile security system, aircraft flight controls, specialty switches and boom angle indication, platform leveling etc. There are many technical aspects that have to be taken care of before choosing an inclinometer sensor.

There are different sensor technologies and the common ones are Liquid Capacitive, gas bubble in liquid, accelerometer, electrolytic and pendulum. The inclinometer sensor technology has been implemented in video games also apart from being used in civil engineering. The inclinometer instrument aides in lateral deformation of concrete dams and tall structures, in measuring lateral movement activity down in the earth surface and tilt of structures in either one or two axial planes. Inclinometer instruments are designed to be temporarily or permanently installed to provide long term/short term observation with maximum resolution and sensitivity. Manual monitoring or remote data acquisition options are available for many instruments in the Inclinometer sensor category.

These inclinometers instruments with sensors also help in various other ways. Inclinometer instruments help in like measuring steepness of a ski slope or the angle of drilling in well logging or the list of ship in still water and its roll in rough water. It can also help in showing deviation from true vertical or horizontal and in some automotive safety systems. These instruments keep on having better versions with advancing technology and they would prove to be more and more helpful in various other ways than just the basic function.

Surgicall Instrument Tip Protectors

To protect valuable medical equipment its best to use tip protectors, scopes and forceps from being damaged. Many times the damage to an instrument from not using tip protectors is not repairable, This is why you will have to replace the medical instruments. There’s 2 different types of vent protectors vented (with holes) and non-vented (without holes). most indivuals prefer to use vented tip protectors because they are safer to use and easier to remove from the medical instrument, This method also minimizes finger punctures. Also the use of the vented tip protectors it also improves exposure of the sterilant to the devices surface.

Places to use tip protectors: -Tips of pointed scissors -Tips of sharp instruments -Skin hooks -Distal tip on rigid scopes -Cutting edges of osteotomes Surgical Instrument Protection Cases: There are multiple benefits for having sterilization/metal cases for specific instruments: -Keeps all your surgery equipment organized -Reduces the opportunity for misplacing a certain sized instrument -Protects the cutting edges of the instruments -Reduces the number of times the instruments have to be sharpened -Gives an organized fashion in the sterile field

Surgical Instrument Marking Tape Application 1)Clean fingers with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt, grease and oil 2)Wipe tape site with alcohol to get rid of any lubricant 3)Tape length should be only 1 – 1 times around and applied with firm tension 4)After tape is applied on the autoclave instruments. The heat will assist with the bonding of the tape. 5)Remeber to tape up your shanks of all surgical instruments, but avoid instruments rings. It wont be a big deal if you wrap your tape two times around the closing of the tips of scissors.

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A surgical instruments article is by Mike T.