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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thought of the Day

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.”

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Thought of the Day

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

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Doomsday Clock

Doomsday ClocK

Doomsday Clock has been moved again on this Thursday at 10 am EST at the New York Academy of Sciences. The clock was created in 1947 and has been moved 19 times till now. It is placed at the Bulletin of Atomic Science offices in Chicago, Illinois. It happened for the first time in the history of internet that a website TurnBacktheClock, has been launched to allow everybody from all around the world to get involved and inspire leaders to take action, quoted by Kennette Benedict, the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Last time it was moved in January 2007 when the minute hand was adjusted and forwarded by two minutes from 7 to 6 before midnight.

“The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”, is a magazine that’s always carried a close or narrow attention towards the dangers and warned the world about it. On January 2007, when the Doomsday clock was moved, according to the same magazine, “The change was meant to reflect two major sources of potential catastrophe that could bring us closer to **Doomsday**”. For 2010, DOOMSDAY CLOCK ANNOUNCEMENT is done by New York Academy of Sciences. “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” , this time, adjusted the clock by 1 Minute from 5 to 6 Minutes Before Midnight and according to them, “Negotiations on nuclear disarmament, Expansion of civilian nuclear power, Possibilities of nuclear terrorism and last one is climate change, came out to be the factors that was influencing them for changing of Doomsday Clock.”

According to “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” website, the team left a message for everyone. They said, “For the first time in decades we have an opportunity to free ourselves from the terror of nuclear weapons and to slow drastic changes to our shared global environment. We encourage scientists to continue their engagement with these issues and make their analysis widely known. We urge leaders to fulfill the promise of a nuclear weapon-free world and to act now to slow the pace of climate change. Finally, we call on citizens everywhere to raise their voices and compel public action for a safer world now and for future generations.The Clock is ticking.”

Lawrence M. Krauss, co-chair of the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors and a professor at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and its physics department, said, ”We are poised to bend the arc of human history. What that means is that there's great potential for it to move in either direction depending on what happens, adding that while there's been a "sea change" in attitude and the expansion of possibilities, there still hasn't been a lot of action. That's hopeful enough to move it but just by a little bit".

"By shifting the hand back from midnight by only one additional minute, we emphasize how much needs to be accomplished, while at the same time recognizing signs of collaboration among the United States, Russia, the European Union, India, China, Brazil, and others on nuclear security and on climate stabilization," said the official announcement.

The citizens had been given their chances for being a part of it that’s a thing of appreciating. The whole credit goes to Kennette Benedict and The Team who are making so much effort and even launched a website TurnBacktheClock for us providing appropriate info including announcements about the whole event. We are proud of being a part of this. Hats off to the whole team.

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If "The Lovely Bones" Fails...

Peter Jackson is outraged by the leak of his latest film "The Lovely Bones." He fears that the leak of the movie will hinder its earning capacity.
Having seen the movie, as many of you have, I don't think it will be the P2P community that will make this movie a box office failure. Several factors will lead to its less than spectacular return on investment.
The biggest thing being that although the film is good, it is not a great film. No "Lord of the Rings" for sure. The film is good, don't get me wrong. Saoirse Ronan does a great job and the casting of her as Susie Salmon was spot on. She carries the film. The role of George Harvey played by Stanley Tucci stands out as well. Not much else to say though. Wahlberg was dry and his emotions seemed forced. And not sure what Sarandon was trying to do, she seemed just way over the top.

Secondly the murder and rape of children (yes the book) is just not something we enjoy to think about. It tugs at our heart strings, we are touched and walk away feeling somewhat sick to our stomach then we try to forget about it. In this economy I know I would rather spend my money being swept away to an alien planet and visually wowed rather than feeling the anxiety and fear of a child’s rape and murder. And yes I realize that is not what the film is about. But it is still there.

Thirdly is the budget: 100 Million. When compared to other movies that are tear jerkers this is rather high. The combined estimated budgets of The Road (20 mil), The Blind Side (29 mil and Precious (10 mil) was only 59 Million. Yes, the Road has not faired well but I think that is due to the bleak economy right now; whereas the Blind side and Precious have both faired very well.

One of the most anticipated movies of 2009, "Where the Wild Things Are", had an estimated budget of 100 million as well. Since its release in October it has only earned 87 Million Worldwide. It will need to earn another 13 Million in DVD Sales just to break even.

So in conclusion Peter Jackson should not blame the P2P community when the movie does not match the profit margin of LOTR. He should blame himself. High production cost, questionable casting and poor editing will lead to the less than spectacular performance of the movie. Not a handful of people who have seen the movie via the Internet.

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