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The Big Picture

Krish,  Friday, March 20th, 2009

Scenes from the recession

A horrifying bunch of recession images which is surely of great concern to human civilization all around the globe.

(Note Courtesy : Boston.com, Alan Taylor)

Twenty Years Later, The Web Is Finally Turning Into a Computer

Krish,  Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

On March the 13th, the Web turns 20 years old. In the TED talk, Tim Berners-Lee recalls how he invented the World Wide Web twenty years ago. It was a “play project” that his boss let him do on the side. Berners-Lee notes that the original Web was for connecting documents together online, and then argues quite eloquently why the Web now has to evolve from linked documents to linked data.

Of course, that evolution is already well under way. The Web is becoming a massive interlinked computer, and computers need data. As more and more data becomes linked across the Web, the more that it can be accessed, analyzed, and computed. As Berners-Lee says, “Data is relationships.”

(Quoted from Erick Schonfield)

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2008-09

Krish,  Saturday, February 21st, 2009


BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:

Richard Jenkins for The Visitor (2007/I)
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008)
Sean Penn for Milk (2008)
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:

Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Angelina Jolie for Changeling (2008)
Melissa Leo for Frozen River (2008)
Meryl Streep for Doubt (2008/I)
Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:

Josh Brolin for Milk (2008)
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder (2008)
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008/I)
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008)
Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:

Amy Adams for Doubt (2008/I)
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Viola Davis for Doubt (2008/I)
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:

Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Stephen Daldry for The Reader (2008)
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon (2008)
Gus Van Sant for Milk (2008)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Nominees:

Frozen River (2008): Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008): Mike Leigh
In Bruges (2008): Martin McDonagh
Milk (2008): Dustin Lance Black
WALL·E (2008): Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
Doubt (2008/I): John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon (2008): Peter Morgan
The Reader (2008): David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Simon Beaufoy

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Nominees:

Changeling (2008): Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight (2008): Wally Pfister
The Reader (2008): Roger Deakins, Chris Menges
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Anthony Dod Mantle

Best Achievement in Editing
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
The Dark Knight (2008): Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon (2008): Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Milk (2008): Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Chris Dickens

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Nominees:

Changeling (2008): James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight (2008): Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
The Duchess (2008): Michael Carlin, Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road (2008): Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Nominees:

Australia (2008): Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Jacqueline West
The Duchess (2008): Michael O’Connor
Milk (2008): Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road (2008): Albert Wolsky

Best Achievement in Makeup
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Alexandre Desplat
Defiance (2008): James Newton Howard
Milk (2008): Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman
WALL·E (2008): Thomas Newman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Nominees:

Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman, Gulzar(”Jai Ho”)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A.R. Rahman, M.I.A(”O Saya”)
WALL·E (2008): Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman(”Down to Earth”)

Best Achievement in Sound
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008): Ed Novick, Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
Wanted (2008)

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Nominees:

The Dark Knight (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
WALL·E (2008)
Wanted (2008)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): Eric Barba, Edson Williams
The Dark Knight (2008): Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Timothy Webber, Paul J. Franklin
Iron Man (2008)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Nominees:

Bolt (2008)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
WALL·E (2008)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Nominees:

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)(Germany)
Entre les murs (2008)(France)
Revanche (2008)(Austria)
Okuribito (2008)(Japan)
Vals Im Bashir (2008)(Israel)

Best documentary Feature
Nominees:

The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
The Garden (2008/I)
Man on Wire (2008)
Trouble the Water (2008)

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

Krish,  Thursday, January 8th, 2009


Know about 3G

Krish,  Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

3G stands for the third generation of wireless communication technology. It refers to pending improvements in wireless data and voice communications through any of a variety of proposed standards. The immediate goal is to raise transmission speeds from 9.5K to 2M bit/sec. 3G networks enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. The recent IPhone has also been fully equipped with the 3G technology.

3G Wireless Combines a mobile phone, laptop PC and TV
Features includes:
- Phone calls/fax
- Global roaming
- Send/receive large email messages
- High-speed Web
- Navigation/maps
- Videoconferencing
- TV streaming
- Electronic agenda meeting reminder.

The first pre-commercial 3G network was launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan branded FOMA, in May 2001 and the first commercial United States 3G network was by Monet Mobile Networks, on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO technology, but this network provider later shut down operations. The second 3G network operator in the USA was Verizon Wireless in October 2003 also on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO, and this network has grown strongly since then.

Warzone Mumbai : 26/11

Krish,  Saturday, November 29th, 2008

In what is turning out to be India’s longest battle against terror, gunshots and explosions at Mumbai’s Nariman House, The Taj and The Oberoi continued to make headlines. Its been nearly 33 hours and the final verdict is almost ready to come out that ‘we are in control.’ But finally after about 60 hours of pain and horror the fierce battle ended in Mumbai.

I myself as all INDIANS have been closely going through the media sources, the videos and television updates and is terrified and feeling unsecured about the way things have been going on. Here are a collection of never before seen pictures of the terror attack and the efforts of the Indian Army, Commandos,  and all security personnel involved in controlling the situation.

Sources: Bharat Rakshak (Consortium of Indian Defence Websites)
Sources: Bharat Rakshak (Consortium of Indian Defence Websites)

What is IMAX

Krish,  Friday, November 21st, 2008

SEE MORE, HEAR MORE, FEEL MORE

IMAX AND IMAX 3D THEATRES
In IMAX  the audiences feel like they are part of the action due to the specially designed theatres, breathtaking, crystal clear images projected onto giant screens and exhilarating sound from state-of-the-art digital sound systems.

In 2008, IMAX will launch its new digital projection system. The new system is designed to create the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience in a digital format. The new system will integrate a suite of proprietary IMAX technologies with dual digital projectors, multi-channel digital surround sound and IMAX’s world-famous theatre geometry that puts you IN the movie. The system will deliver the superior cinematic experience that IMAX moviegoers have come to recognize and enjoy, with stunningly crisp and bright images, as well as crystal clear surround sound, in both 2D and IMAX 3D.

Unlike conventional theatre sound systems, IMAX digital surround sound systems deliver multi-channel, uncompressed, full fidelity sound that is simply unsurpassed in depth and clarity. IMAX’s amplifiers generate up to 14,000 watts of power, not volume, to provide the audience with life-like sound. IMAX’s proprietary loudspeaker system delivers exacting volume and quality at every seat throughout the theatre. From a small drop of rain to an enormous clap of thunder, you’ll hear every shade and subtlety, regardless of where you are sitting.

The New IMAX theater is going to be inaugurated at the Mani Square Mall, Kolkata. It will definitely be a boon for cine lovers.

Want to make a career in the Obama Government?

Krish,  Monday, November 10th, 2008

The newly elected American president Barack Obama is inviting online applications from across the world to fill various positions in the new regime, reaffirming his tech-savvy nature.

Obama, along with his deputy Joe Biden, is looking for people for ‘non-career positions’ in the White House or any Federal body. Do you have it in you? Check out Change.gov for a great career which is unique in its nature on the whole.

The site specifies that there would not be any discrimination in the selection process. “The Obama government will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law,” it points out.

Photographic coverage of Obama

Krish,  Friday, November 7th, 2008

Here are a couple of great photo coverages of Obama’s election campaign. Good treats for photography learner how to capture a personality and the surroundings.

Callie Shell’s Obama - amazing photos from photographer Callie Shell
The Big Picture - The President of the United States