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Friday, November 29, 2013

Walmart For Black Friday 2013 Deals – Find Out How You Can Grab One Special Items At Low Price


The ad flyer of Walmart for Black Friday 2013 was released by the company through its official site this November. Each flyer varies from one store to another. Thus, it’s essential that you find the local store that you’re wishing to shop for to find appropriate Walmart Black Friday deals.

It also announced its plans to offer several deals, like manager specials and other deals for top gifts. Walmart will hold its events at 6 and 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Then, it’ll continue at 8 am on Friday.

Its customers can look forward to more tablets, televisions and other computer gadgets as its popular Black Friday items. According to the giant retailer, it’ll give its shoppers more products at lower prices.

Events you should be looking forward to:

One-Hour Guarantee
As the term suggests, selected items will be given lowest prices within a one-hour period. If you’re at certain line between 6 pm and 7 pm, you can purchase top gifts at very low prices.

WRISTBANDS

Wristbands will be given to customers while you shop and wait for hottest items, such as Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4. This is how the wristband works. Before the one-hour guarantee event, you’ll have to be at the designated line where the products you like to purchase are displayed and the wristbands are secured. While you wait for the 6 pm event, you can go to the other areas of the store. You just have to come back to that line after the event starts to kick so you can pick the items you wish to purchase. 

Top 5 Turkey Killer Gravy Recipes


Every Thanksgiving, Americans serve turkey on their table. Although you can make a juicy turkey recipe, it’ll still come up dry. To alleviate that, most Americans do serve gravy on the table. You may think that the big chicken is the most important thing on the table but gravy can make every food you serve be tastier.

As you browse from one site to another, you’ll find several killer gravy recipes. But according to experts on this topic, to create killer gravy, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients. However, the outcome will still depend on how you tackle the ingredients you’ve bought.

Here’s the top 5 killer gravy recipes that you can try to make your turkey be tastier and more mouthwatering.

This one is great if you love garlic. It’s very simple but it’ll offer you tasty gravy. It’s not that messy so it’s perfect if you serve it with mashed potatoes.

You may think that apple cider is only great for vegetable salads. But it’s not. In this recipe, Joshua will teach you how to make gravy for your turkey using apple cider as the main star.

If you’re allergic to all gluten foods, then this might give you a breath of relief as you can still have a slice of turkey on your plate and pour a teaspoon of this gluten-free gravy. This recipe includes unsalted butter, rice flour and skimmed juices.

As the title suggests, it includes herbs, onions and garlic. It doesn’t include homemade stock or pan drippings but it’s still a mouthwatering gravy overall.


This one includes onion, vegetable oil, fresh mushrooms, salt, ground nutmeg, white pepper, fresh parsley, bay leaf, homemade stock, all-purpose flour and nutritional yeast. It’s true that it’s ideal vegan. But it’s not dull as you think. Rather, it’s full of rich flavor because of its mushroom and yeast. 

NFL – 3 Dates Announced For London Games


As part of the International Series in 2014, NFL has announced 3 dates for its regular season matches. All of them will be played at the Wembley Stadium.

It’ll be California versus Florida on September 28 as the first match. Said match will be in week 4 of the season.

The second match is on October 26 and will be played between the Falcons and the Lions. Then, it’ll be followed by Cowboys and Jaguars on November 9 in week 10 of the season.
As previously mentioned, each of these games will be played at the Wembley Stadium in London.

The tickets will be on sale on Tuesday, December 3 until Thursday, December 5. However, the tickets will only be available to fans that already purchased International Series season tickets.

Don’t worry. All NFL fans can purchase season tickets on December 10 at 10 am.

Since the International Series started in 2007, it has been a huge success. According to NFL, the average crowds in 2007 were 82,500. But the audience continues to grow. Since its inception, the popularity of NFL has grown having a fan base of over 12 million people. Experts are seeing a 30% increase, which has now reached 2.5 million people.

In the UK alone, the viewing figures have doubled for all Sunday games. Super Bowl, on the other hand, has a growth of about 75%.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mega Millions, Frozen Musical, Dr. Happy Thanksgiving And Brining Turkey: Top 4 Stories You Must Know Today

Here are the things you shouldn’t miss today:
1. Mega Millions Bit-Jackpot Game Is Back

Yup, yup, yup… all those who want to become an instant millionaire can join in the mega millions big-jackpot game. For Friday’s drawing, the draw can reach up to $240 million. The amount is the biggest in 20 months. The cash will be given can be up to $125 million.

Tuesday’s drawing will be different but it’ll still produce $5 million for the winner. Although no one matched every number that has been drawn last Tuesday night, there were five tickets that won the first five numbers.

There was one ticket that won $5 million and it came from Texas. The state of New York had two winners and each will receive $1 million. Florida had one winner, as well as Illinois. Last Friday night, a ticket from North Carolina won $3 million.

Compared before, the Mega Millions jackpot could easily grow because the odds of winning the prize are tougher, i.e. 1 chance in every 259 million. The Powerball’s jackpot, on the other hand, has $60 million. Currently, the Mega Millions has a bigger edge than the Powerball.

2. Frozen Musical Comes Up Cold

Frozen is an adaptation of Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Unfortunately, the classic animated musicals didn’t come up well.  It could be caused by the unexpected plot twists and lackluster humor.

On the brighter note, Frozen has modernized the Disney princess. Thus, you’d expect to find all the stereotypes in this musical. It didn’t only focus on the only person who can save the princess, i.e. the prince. It also tackles the type of love powered by a bond between sisters.

Although the story didn’t capture the hearts of every viewer, the animation was perfect and beautifully made. You’d find gorgeous ice palace and the castle of the queen. They’d all remind you of the early days of Disney. The crystalline snowflake had a 3D pop and all of its characters were beautifully drawn. It was the weak screenplay that made it lifeless and wooden, as described by some of its viewers.

Overall, Frozen will still appeal to young girls.

3. Would You Name Your Kid Happy Thanksgiving?

I’d like to meet you Dr. Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds. Yup, that’s her name. She was born during said holiday. Her parents are described as hippies so they gave their daughter a very unorthodox name.

Her unique name wasn’t a hindrance in her practice. In fact, according to her, it has helped her work in family medicine dealing with plenty of kids. For her, the name makes people at ease with her and her patients become super comfortable when she’s around.

4. Want to know how to brine your turkey?

For most of the Americans who are celebrating Thanksgiving Day, brining their turkey can be a bit daunting and challenging. Having crisp skin that’s honey browned with tender and juicy meat. That’s what everybody wants to serve.

There are several techniques and methods being suggested by experts. You can go with roasted turkey or grilled one. But the most recommended method by some experts is roasting and brining. These methods allow the juices to say intact and let it flow when you’ll slice it. It works all the time.


Recipes for brining turkey utilize different seasonings and liquids, instead of focusing on basic salt water solution or just plain salt. For wet brines, you’ll need fruit juices, wine, beer and ciders. You can season it using white or brown sugars along with herbs, spices and some aromas. If you opt for dry brines, however, you may include other seasonings and herbs but don’t forget to add salt. Use orange juice to make it tastier, juicier and more mouthwatering. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pwnie Express, Ian Watkins, Brandon Browner and Lara Logan: Top Stories Of Today


Here’s a list of top three things that you must be aware of today.
1. Pwnie Express Is Opening Its Headquarters In Boston
One of the most popular security software that first launched in Vermont has recently announced about its headquarters in Boston within the Innovation District. The company has a newly appointed CEO – Paul Paget. The said headquarter is now headed by the new CEO, along with its two new employees. The company also announced that they’ll need additional 12 employees in 2014.

With the new headquarter in Boston, Express will now have the chance to cater to its growing customer demand. Although it has already a headquarter in Boston, the company’s manufacturing operating and its research and development will stay in Vermont.
Currently, there are over 1,000 businesses that utilize Pwnie Express. These businesses are related to finance, manufacturing and health.

2. Ian Watkins Is Guilty

Is Ian Watkins a pedophile? Unfortunately, he did plead guilty to several sex offences. He did admit of attempting to rape a baby. Although he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault and rape about a child, he didn’t admit of raping the child.

Furthermore, he admitted that he got involved with possessing of indecent images of children. He also admitted of possessing a pornographic image of a child performing sex on an animal.

His laptop was password protected. But the obscene images of sexual activity with children were uncovered by the GCHQ.

What’s more disturbing is the fact that he did film a few episodes of abuse that took place in several hotels in UK. These films were also recovered by the police.
The sentencing will be carried on December 18, 2013.

Ian Watkins is the lead vocalist of Lostprophets, a Welsh rock band.

3. Lara Logan Is Suspended

When it comes to journalism, you must know the facts and report the truth. Unfortunately, Lara Logan didn’t heed to this advice. CBS has suspended her, along with her producer, because of the erroneous information she made on her 60 minutes report regarding the attack on a US diplomatic post in Libya. Logan took the source from a security contractor, who was discredited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Later, she called it a mistake for trusting her source.

CBS found that Lara’s team didn’t do a thorough investigation about what has been provided to them by a security contractor.

4. Brandon Browner May Face A 1-Year Suspension

It looks like Seattle’s Seahawk’s cornerback won’t be playing for one year as he’ll face suspension on the grounds of violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. But the CB has filed an appeal and hoping the charges will be dropped.

Last season, he was also suspended for using a performance-enhancing substance. This year, he’s now facing another suspension of his violation against the league’s PED policy.
Brandon denied the reports on Twitter.


As regards to players facing a suspension, Brandon Browner isn’t the only player of Seahawk to face this issue. Walter Thurmond will be suspended and won’t be able to play four games because he violated the abuse substance policy of the NFL. He’s now planning to drop an appeal so he can play for the postseason. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Aaron Murray And His Torn ACL – Will Undergo Surgery


Uh oh, looks like Georgians won’t be able to see their senior quarterback in action this season. According to reports, Aaron Murray will be undergoing surgery this week. This is in connection with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). This type of surgery needs repairing and reconstructing of the ACL. The sad report has been provided by his school.

His mother, Lauran Murray, also took it to Facebook about her son’s injury and upcoming surgery on Tuesday.
WHEN IT HAPPENED
He injured his knee last Saturday after winning against Kentucky. According to the representative of his school, Aaron Murray has been evaluated by the school’s physicians on Sunday.

The surgery will be performed immediately because the swelling in his knee was just minimal. Most of the time, this type of surgery requires at least 10 days before the operation is conducted. But because his case was just minimal, his doctors want him to undergo such operation immediately.
SEASON END
Although his case isn’t that serious, his collegiate career will have to end. Despite that, he’s still considered as the leading passer having 121 touchdowns. He began by playing 52 consecutive games for Georgia. He nearly led his team to the SEC title. His team almost had the chance to obtain the national title last year but they fell 5 yards short during their game against Alabama.

When he returned, he almost had a shot at the NFL draft. However, it didn’t work out the way he planned to. Although Murray is a good player and he performs well all the time, his team has to suffer several injuries. As a result, they lost the SEC race because of their consecutive losses against Missouri and Vanderbilt in October.

CONFIRMATION OF HIS INJURY
His mother might have told Aaron Murray’s fans through Facebook about his condition. However, Aaron, himself, didn’t confirm the report. But he did say that his medical condition was mildly serious.


He thanked his fans through Twitter for their prayers. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

College Board Allows 5 Schools To Increase Tuition


Good news for the 5 public universities in Mississippi as their petition to increase their tuition fees have been approved by the College Board for the next two academic years. This was done after the petition has been approved in October.

But this is sad news for parents and students as they need to make a huge adjustment to their daily/monthly/annual budget for college education.

THE INCREASE
The average increase is expected to rise about 2.8 percent in fall of 2014. Then, in 2015, the average tuition fee could rise 3% to $6,703.

NO INCREASE
If you’re studying at the Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women or Mississippi Valley State University, you don’t have to worry about your college funds as these schools didn’t plan to increase their fees over the next two academic years.

However, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University are both raising their tuition fees by 5% or more every year. These two colleges and the University of Southern Mississippi could charge their students above $7,000 by the year 2015.

But the College Board encourages the government to come up with college savings account specific for low-income children. According to several studies, they found out that a family that focused on their kids’ education early could increase their chances of sending their kids to college. This proposal of the Board should be the goal of every family.

IMMIGRANTS
Even though you belong to the low-income family, you still have the right resources to save for your kids’ college tuition fees. Unfortunately, for some families in this category, they don’t save for said purpose. This is especially true for immigrant families who send back their money to their relatives in their home countries, instead of saving their income for their children’s education.

But this challenge by the College Board doesn’t go far enough as the control of the Pell Grant is in the hands of the government. Families aren’t able to add or withdraw from their accounts. Thus, they must open a savings account separately.


However, if your parents have saved enough for your college, the approval of the College Board wouldn’t greatly affect you. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Google Drive and QuickOffice Integration Allows Automatic Link


Google acquired the robust and most popular office suite application available on Play Store known as QuickOffice. Last September 2013, it has made the service free for Android and iOS users. Recently, its development team has pushed its major update (and I love it). Its integration with Google Drive has been dramatically improved. The team fixed the bugs and provided improvements when it comes to stability.

UPDATES AVAILABLE
The Quickoffice of Google allows users to open their Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files in the Drive app. But this will only work when both apps are installed on the same device. This means that the Google Drive and Quickoffice must be present on your iPhone, iPad, and other Android and iOS devices.

The enhancements were made after the app has been “refreshed” in September. Currently, its users can store 10MB of files free of charge.

With the use of this free app, you can create and edit your Microsoft Office documents, presentations and spreadsheets using your Android or iOS phone and tablet. All you’ve to do is to sign in with your Google Account. Your account is needed so you can save your work in Google Drive and access your files anywhere you are.

QUICKOFFICE
This is one of the most popular word-processing programs on Android. In fact, it has a user base of more than 5 million people worldwide. It has a fully-functional copy of Microsoft Office letting you create, view, delete and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files that are stored locally or located in the cloud.

Unlike other office suite applications on Android and iOS, Quickoffice doesn’t compromise the formatting.

With the integration of Google Drive and Quickoffice, your files can now be seen in your Drive while still allowing you to have full access to your QuickOffice suite using its standalone app. Because it can be accessed from Google Drive, you no longer have the need to manually link your Google Account and Quickoffice in order to find the file you want to work on.


The latest update of said app is now available on Google Play. And if you’re wondering about the rate, then you need not worry about it as it’s available for free. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Grand Final


It wasn’t really a sad night for Miss Philippines, Ariella Arida, even though she wasn’t crowned as the Miss Universe 2013. It was Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler, who took home the grand prize.

Grabriela is a television presenter who defeated Ariella, a chemistry-graduate from UP Los Banos. There were 84 other contestants who were vying for the title and the show was watched by millions of viewers around the world. Unfortunately, not all Filipinos in the Philippines weren’t able to see it live because it was shown early in the morning and most of us are still reeling from the strong typhoon the hit our nation.

The highlight of the Miss Universe 2013 Grand Final was the final question and answer round. Unlike in the past, the final question isn’t the same to all contestants, which could greatly affect the overall result.

If the result were only based on the final Q&A, Miss Philippines could have won the title.

Question: What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their career around the world?
Miss Philippines’ Answer: I do believe we should invest in education and that is my primary advocacy. Education is a primary source and a ticket for better future.

Compared with Miss Venezuela’s answer to her final question:

Question: What’s your biggest fear and how to you plan to overcome it?
Miss Venezuela: We should overcome all our fears and this in turn would make us stronger. As soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge.

The final show was hosted by Thomas Roberts and Melanie Brown (ex-member of Spice Girls). The two hosts said that the show was dedicated to the people who were ravaged by the typhoon Hyaian (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

Last year’s Miss Universe’s winner, Olivia Culpo, was present during the coronation night (as required). She wore a white cutaway swimsuit that has diamonds, rubies and emeralds. According to organizers, those stones are worth a million dollars. That’s why Thomas Roberts commented that such “swimsuit travels with an armed security guard, 24/7.”

This year’s winner, Isler, will be wearing the same swimsuit on Sunday.

Here’s the list of winners for the Miss Universe 2013:

Miss Universe 2013: Gabriela Isler from Miss Venezuela
2nd Runner-Up: Constanza Baez of Ecuador
3rd Runner-Up: Ariella Arida of the Philippines

4th Runner-Up: Jakelyne Oliveira of Brazil

Friday, November 08, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan Wreaks Havoc To The Philippines


Currently, the Philippines is fighting against the damaging effects of the strongest storm ever recorded – Haiyan or Yolanda. It’s now hitting central islands of the country. Thousands of people have been forced to safer ground. Some power and phone lines have been cut. Air and sea transportation units are grounded.


CATEGORY FIVE
Haiyan or Yolanda is considered as a category 5 typhoon having winds of up to 275 kilometers per hour. With this speed, it can whip up giant waves to as high as 5 meters. This means that it may lash some islands of Leyte and Samar.

Some people there feared that the sea would rise because of the powerful winds caused by Haiyan. Those trees that are in coastal areas have fallen. More than a million people in 20 provinces are seeking shelter in several areas as they were asked to evacuate danger areas, like mountain slopes, coastal areas and river banks.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
According to Jeff Masters, a former meteorologist, Haiyan or Yolanda may be the most extreme typhoon in the history but it is a fast-moving storm. This means that it won’t be that bad. Furthermore, the Philippines is already used to flooding from heavy rain.

Haiyan isn’t only the strongest storm this year but it’s among the top 12 largest storm to ever hit the planet.

It has already ripped almost all roofs in north of Cebu. Plus, it dragged parked cars and motorcycles. Those cars with handbrakes but hasn’t been set were pushed by winds caused by this super storm. There’s zero visibility at Mandaue Bridge making it a lot more difficult to drive. Some residents are seeking shelter anywhere, even a small chapel is used as an evacuation site.

A few weeks ago, central Philippines was hit by a strong earthquake that caused severe damage to several areas. Those houses that haven’t been affected by the earthquake are now severely smashed.

After the Philippines, the storm will later hit Vietnam and Laos. Every year, the Philippines experiences an average of 20 typhoons. Last year, Bopha or Pablo flattened some towns in southern island of Mindanao, which rarely happened. The estimated damage was $1.04 billion. With this super typhoon, we’ll be expecting an estimated damage of more than a billion pesos. 

Fortunately, our nation is resilient. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games: Catching Fire Has A New Haircut – Pixie Do


I thought Jennifer Lawrence was just wearing a wig when she showed up during the Google Plus Hangout a few hours ago. But based on various reports, it wasn’t a wig after all. She’s now sporting a new haircut, i.e. shorter do. And I love it.

Well, it’s a pixie do that accentuates her beautiful face. I’ve been reading a lot of this haircut lately, like Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, and Pamela Anderson. These celebrities have been spotted sporting shorter hair over the last few months.

But what was her reason to cut her beautiful lock into a shorter do?

At first, she joked that she just wanted to make her director, Francis Lawrence, mad. But she later said that her hair was damaged because of too much dye. Yup. She dyed her hair during Hunger Games. Then, she went back to being blonde for another movie.

For me, no matter what the color of her hair is or how short it is, she still looks stunning. I’m very much excited to see her reprising the role of Katniss Everdeen on Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s a sequel to its 2012 film The Hunger Games. I’ve already read the three books. The first Hunger Games didn’t thoroughly reveal what had been written in the book. So, if you haven’t read the book, you might not understand as to why there’s Hunger Games.

A lot of people are saying that Jennifer Lawrence isn’t a good pick because she’s “fat.” But I think she’s the perfect actress to play the role of Katniss Everdeen. She’s proven her acting ability when she won Best Actress for her part on Silver Linings Playbook. I’d say she was great in that film.

I also managed to see her new haircut while she was trying out the Google Glass. Ugh! I’m so jealous of her. She’s just one of the few people who have tried it. I wish I could share the animated GIF of Jen with her new hair but I don’t think it’d work here on Blogger. But you can go to G+ and search for it.


So, what do I think of Jennifer Lawrence new hair? I’d say, she looks fabulous. She looks even prettier with it. And I can't wait for Catching Fire to come out. 

George Strait – 2013 CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Winner


After 20 years, George Strait has finally won the Entertainer of the Year during the CMA Awards. It wasn’t his first, however. He won this same award about two decades ago. But his win this year might be his final win. He’s been in the business for 30 long years and he might finally put this year as his final tour.

The Country Music Association gave George Strait the 2013 Entertainer of the Year award and George was truly humbled.

It was Robin Roberts who announced his name. It was a teary moment for everyone when the other nominees were seen rising and standing from their seats in excitement as George Strait stayed in his spot.

Keith Urban was also present during the award’s night and he leapt up while pumping the air with his fists. Eric Church was also seen heartily clapping. Every one present in that scene was showing his/her appreciation for the contribution of George to the country music.
When George Strait was finally on stage delivering his speech, he thanked everyone, especially his wife, the other nominees, his son, and his little grandson.

He defeated younger nominees, like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton. This award will surely be even more meaningful to him as he’s now moving to a retirement stage.

Although it was George who took home the Entertainer of the Year, it was Blake Shelton (again) who got the Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year awards. But George’s win was the top prize. It wasn’t his first. In fact, he has already won 17 CMA awards throughout his career.

He was first recognized in 1981. This year, he released his 27th album called Love is Everything.

Although Taylor Swift didn’t win the Entertainer of the Year award, she did take the Pinnacle Award, which is given to artist who helped spread country music to a greater audience. She also received a video tribute from fellow singers, like Mick Jagger and Justin Timberlake.


The 2013 CMA Awards was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Although the Entertainer of the Year trophy is the highest award given to country singers, other nominees felt like it was okay to lose, especially when the winner is George Strait. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Rest in Peace Charlie Trotter


Charlie Trotter, who was a self-taught chef, was found unconscious in his Lincoln Park home. But he was pronounced dead in the hospital.

Charlie had a reputation of elevating Chicago’s cuisine by providing a training ground for those who want to be a chef.

According to the rescue crews who went to Charlie’s house, someone called the Chicago Fire Department around 10 am from his Lincoln Park home. The crews attempted to revive him while they transported his body to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. But the attempts were unsuccessful.

The Cook County medical examiner was already notified. The autopsy of Charlie’s body was being scheduled.

WHO WAS CHARLIE TROTTER
He was a gourmet chef in Chicago. In fact, he had earned 10 James Beard Awards. He also trained other best-known chefs, such as Grant Achatz, who is a fellow Beard Award winner.

MICHELIN GUIDE
His restaurant earned two stars when the Michelin Guide launched in Chicago.
According to the people who have eaten at his diner, Charlie was very innovative and focused with the food he was able to produce. When he opened his eatery, he was very original. His customers could taste the perfection and innovation.

1987
It was in 1987 when he was recognized as a self-taught chef. He then opened his restaurant called Charlie Trotter found on Armitage Avenue. He was the most talked-about chef in Chicago because of his intense creativity. After people realized his creativity, he became famous and his fame quickly spread all around Chicago and across the country.

ACHIEVEMENTS
1999 - He became the Outstanding Chef by James Beard Foundation

2000 – His Charlie Trotter restaurant was named as the best restaurant in the nation by the Wine Spectator magazine.

2002 – His restaurant received Beard Award for Outstanding Service. For Charlie, it was the best award he had ever received because it offered great value for his team.

GENEROSITY
He wasn’t only the best in cooking but Charlie Trotter was also very generous by creating his Charlie Trotter Education Foundation that aims to provide scholarship for students who want to be a chef. Because of his effort, he received the Humanitarian of the Year award by James Beard Foundation.

MEDICAL CONDITION
His family was aware that Charlie Trotter had brain aneurysm. He knew that he didn’t have enough time left because his condition was inoperable.
May you rest in peace Charlie Trotter.


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Shakuntala Devi – Celebrating The Birthday Of A Math Genius


Today is the 84th birthday of the late Shakuntala Devi. Shakun… who?

In celebrating the 84th birthday of the human computer, Google made a doodle featuring Shakuntala Devi. The doodle shows Google written in the same way as the digits on a calculator.

Who was she again?
She was referred as the human computer because of her outstanding mathematical ability. She could instantly make complex calculations without using a calculator. In fact, she was featured in the Guinness Book of World Record for her outstanding mathematical ability. She also wrote several books related to math.

Do you have a problem remembering or telling the day of the week in the last century?
With Shakuntala Devi, she could you give you an instant answer without referring to books or calendars.

Discovery of her talent
She was the daughter of a circus performer. Her talent was discovered while she was playing cards with her father at the age of three. Her father then realized how outstanding her daughter was when it comes to mathematical calculations.

Her calculation abilities were the reason she defeated her father while playing cards. She memorized the cards to beat him. While she was staying at the University of Mysore, she demonstrated her exemplary calculation skills during her first major public performance.

Adult life
Shakuntala Devi did not lose her mathematical genius when she became adult. In fact, she was able to extract the 23rd root of 201-digit number using only her mind. Then, in 1980, she was able to demonstrate her multiplication skills by multiplying two 13-digit numbers. She answered correctly within 28 seconds. No calculator, whatsoever.

Her death
Earlier this year, she died of respiratory problems. She was 83 then.

The latest Doodle of Google marks her 84th birthday. But this doodle isn’t all about celebrating the life of Shakuntala Devi but it’s also about informing people regarding important characters and events in our lives that some people might not be aware of. She will surely be remembered for her efforts in making mathematics a cool subject.


For those who hate math (like me), may we be inspired by Shakuntala Devi’s works. Mathematics may not be for everyone but we need it for our daily activities. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Halloween – 8 Last-Minute Costumes For All Saint’s Day


Have you waited until Halloween to find a costume? Or are you just one of those people who are nonchalant to try?

Here’s a list of costumes that you can try. They’re very easy to do. Plus, they won’t ruin your childhood or piss people around you. With minimal effort, they can offer you instant costume and scowl your way up to party that requires attendees to have a costume for the occasion.

CAT
If you want to be a cat on Halloween, then dress something tight and smooth. Keep in mind that all cat costumes don’t have the fat that real cats have. To have those whiskers, you just need to apply liquid eyeliner. Or you can just put fake cat ears. That’d surely do the trick.

VET
What you’ll need for this Halloween costume are shower cap, oversized shirt. If you have a laboratory gown, then that’d better as it could tickle the imagination of the people around you.

HARRY POTTER
In here, you’ll only need a cotton robe and a tie under. Then, wear some fake glasses. And don’t forget the stick that you can carry around. Remember, you’re a wizard. And not just a wizard. You’re Harry Potter.
SHARK
What you’ll need? Sweatshirt and pants. They must be grey. Black buttons, scissors, hot glue gun and round cardboard.

90s
Yes, wearing clothes that were once popular in the 90s are also good fit as a Halloween costume. You just need a flannel shirt and ill-fitting jeans. Then, go out and unleash your inner 90s spirit.

FARMER
Being a farmer once in a while is a good way to show that you feel the spirit of the Halloween. To don this costume, you need boots, oversized sunhat, and a plaid shirt. Make sure that your boots are not new.

SLEEPY HEAD
This one is simple. In here, you’ll wear satin sleep mask, a pajama set, and a pair of knit slippers, like those UGG Cozy Knit slippers.

BRITNEY SPEARS
Remember the outfit she wore on her music video “Baby One More Time”? You can have it as a Halloween costume by donning Oxfort shirt, ties, cardi, skater skirt, braided bra and knee sock.


With these costumes, you can easily impress your friends without having to spend a few hours of your time preparing for your Halloween party. 

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