Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day | Special

The History Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Every February, across the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

The history of Valentine’s Day  and its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains Combination of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he Wrote ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is not so clear, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a heroic, sympathetic, and, most importantly a romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages,Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England & France.

The 10 Hottest Phones You Can’t Buy Yet

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We list the smartphones rumored to come out in the next few months, including some new Android smartphones and phablets, and some Windows Phone 8 devices.

We don’t report every leaked shot of every rumored handset — there are blogs for that — but we try to keep you informed about what’s out there and what’s coming up. Lately, we’ve been hearing a number of new rumors and leaks. Below is a list of the major smartphones we’re expecting to see companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola unveil this fall.
Google Nexus 4

We don’t know the specifics on this one yet, but there are strong rumors that we’ll see a new Nexus smartphone in the very near future. It might be a simple update to the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus; it might be the HTC phablet; it might be a variant of LG’s flagship Optimus G; or it could be something completely different. Whatever it is, it will run the latest version of Android and it’s bound to appear on several Christmas wish lists. The Galaxy Nexus hit shelves in December 2011. Expect the new Nexus around that timeframe.

LG Optimus G

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An impressive and valiant attempt to claim the ascendancy in the Android smartphone race, the LG Optimus G doesn’t fail to impress. It has a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS+ display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera. There’s also LTE, NFC, and 32GB of storage. Whatever way you slice it, this smartphone looks fast. The only obvious drawback is the fact that it ships with Android 4.0 (ICS) and not 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820

No company needs Windows Phone to succeed like Nokia does — Microsoft included. Nokia has bet the farm on WP and the beleaguered manufacturer is hoping to turn its fortunes around with the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, announced on Sept. 5. The flagship Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch WXGA HD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard memory. It also has an impressive 8.7-megapixel camera, and support for NFC and LTE. The standout is the wireless charging capability for the 2,000mAh battery – that’s something genuinely new.

Portable mCAMLITE Turns Your iPhone Into a Versatile Video Camera

ImageThe mCAMLITE turns your iPhone into a top-level video camera (Images: Action Life Media)

Yes, you can use your iPhone as a more than decent video camera, but if you want to get better, more professional results, wrap it in an mCAMLITE.

Made from aircraft-grade billet aluminum, the mCAMLITE not only protects your iPhone when climbing on rocks to get the perfect angle, but it gives it the weight and heft you need to stabilize your hands while shooting.
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And because the pros don’t just use one standard lens when pushing for the perfect shot, the kit comes with two 37mm interchangeable lenses: a wide angle for capturing everything you want in the scene, and a macro when you want to get up close and personal. Together, they give you the chance to get shots that are downright impossible with the iPhone’s lens.

Since the best videos have sound, the mCAMLITE comes with a 180-degree external microphone, allowing you to capture directional sound and reduce ambient noise, so your YouTube fans can hear every note of your keyboard-playing cat…

The mCAMLITE’s housing is designed with consideration of your growth as an auteur. It has mounts on top and bottom for accessories and tripods, and has a cold shoe on top for pro quality mics and lights. They even offer a pair of action carts so you can slide your cam along to get smooth action shots. So as you get better and demand more from your cam, the mCAMLITE can oblige.

At only $159.95 it’s the perfect starter kit for any visionary filmmaker (or photographer), to add to their portfolio without spending a fortune. Don’t quote me on this, but I think this is how Scorsese got started…

7 Muscle Building Facts You Might Miss

bodyMany people workout. But that’s all. They just workout. No specific goals, no programs, no approach. Regular light workout is not bad, it increases the heart rate, improves the blood flow, overall good for the health. But it’s only that. To Build Muscle you need correct path.

Here are some well and little known facts that many stray away from:

* Fast muscle growth can be made with probably less workouts than you are doing right now. The more stronger you are getting, the more rest your body needs for recovery. Your muscles grow only when you are resting. Many, many guys are training too much in hoping of getting fast results. Work smart not only hard.

* If you have the right approach, right exercises and routines, you can literally double your muscle growth. Blindly following some else routine will not be that beneficial for you.

body* You probably may think this is weird. Mindset and muscle building is connected. There is scientific proof for that. Check out the web for such research. One thing is only to train and completely other thing is to dedicate yourself in the workout (without sacrificing your lifestyle).

* Do not underestimate the recovery time. This is the ONLY time muscles are growing. Mess up this and you might not see fast results if you see results at all. Fix your sleep. This is the most vital part of your rest, your body is at very high recovery when you are having good sleep.

* You have to eat the right foods to get proper nutrition. While you progress you will need to change your food intake as your body’s requirement evolves. Staying on the same diet might work for a while but after certain time you will have to have to change it. You will have also to do it right.

* Your training exercises must be in correct sequences and sets in order to maximize your muscles. You will have to build enough intensity to build an adaptive response. This will ensure good momentum of anabolic progress.
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* If you train incorrectly you will have slow muscle gain. You may even hit a point where you can’t gain anymore. With the right approach you can not only increase that point but you will build muscle a lot faster than you might now be doing so.

As everything out there muscle building also got science behind it. You don’t need to go blindly against your genetics and body type. Yes you might have some results but the effort may certainly not match the goals. Everyone got so much willpower. Finding and setting the correct program for you will make the edge in your muscle growth, especially if you are having hard time gaining weight.

Will The iPhone 5S in June 2013?

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Updated Tuesday 12/12/2012

One of the assumptions that have marked the passage of Apple in recent years has been the urgency to launch products to mercad. Even without the late Steve Jobs, is something that so far has not changed, as is clear from market analysis of Jefferies Group, one of the leading investment banks worldwide.

Document for Apple investors, discussing the arrival of the iPhone 5S to stores for the month of June, a phone that will be born with a variety of colors to choose from.

This is an analysis prepared by Peter Misek, director of the firm, and in ensuring that the growth of the company led by Tim Cook will suffer a slowdown in 2013, with plans to cut production of its popular phone.

There is talk of a reduction of five million units over the initial estimate, while innovation will continue to drive the company based in Cupertino, California.

Colors and other news
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The iPhone 5S will not only have between six and eight colors to choose from, much like the new iPod music players, but they come with an enhanced high-definition camera, longer lasting battery and the introduction of NFC (Near Field Communication), a wireless communication technology which enables the exchange of data between devices.

The prediction ensures that the new iPhone also increase the storage capacity of 128 GB per data unit, and a change in the screen to provide higher definition.

Misek also relates to the debate on the future of television with the Apple brand, something that has been talked about for years. From what I have seen on a visit to some of Apple’s Asian suppliers, the TV will be available in stores in September and October, a device to give continuity to Apple TV, which has slowly been gaining ground in the homes of U.S. and in the way people consume television.
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As for the iPad, also suffer the rigors of cuts, from 30 million units to 25 in their 2013 production levels. Hence Misek has also chosen to cut $ 100 the price fixed for the operation of Apple in the future, from 900 to 800 cents per share. Today they closed at $ 541 per share on the New York Stock Exchange.

Ada Lovelace, A Pioneer Of Computer Programming And Computer Science

Today marks 197 years of the birth of Ada Lovelace, the forerunner of the computer science through his studies on the analytical engine of Charles Babbage
 

Ada Lovelace has not gone down in history as the daughter of Lord Byron, one of the great poets of English literature and a symbol of romance, but as the assistant visionary glimpse the possibilities of the analytical engine of Charles Babbage.

Ada Lovelace was a pioneer in his time. He studied mathematics and science, and through their education developed a set of instructions that allowed making calculations in an early version, and far from what we know today as computer. Ada Lovelace’s contributions to the field of computer enabled other scientists like Alan Turing into English, further research in this area to become regarded as the forerunner of computer science.

Augusta Ada Byron-this is his real name, was born on December 10, 1815 in Piccadilly, London. Daughter of Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke (the princess of parallelograms, as Byron called it), never knew his father, who left England when she was barely two months old after divorcing her mother. Lord Byron wrote to his only legitimate child and often paid tribute to his continued poetic works is not uncommon to find the name of Ada among the heroines of the writer’s works, which continued until his death from malaria in Greece (where the poet had come to work with the nationalist revolution) when she was only eight years old.

At twenty Lovelace Ada married William King, eighth Baron King and who later was appointed Earl of Lovelace. Since then her married name became Lady Augusta Asher Bryon King, Countess of Lovelace. Hence the name was born Lady Ada Lovelace modern. The arrival of three children prevented him from continuing with his studies. He had three: Bryon Noel Byron, Annabella and Ralph Gordon.

Thanks to an exceptional mind and curiosity for mathematics, Ada Lovelace was able to deduce and predict the ability of computers to go beyond the simple calculations of numbers. There have been several women who have made contributions to the computer, but only Ada Lovelace has gotten a programming language that bears his name. His work in this field is recognized and valued in the computer world to the point that the San Diego Computer Center and the Museum of the History of Computers have given Ada Lovelace somewhere between their personalities.

Ada Lovelace died of cancer on November 27, 1852 at 36 years of age and was buried, at his request, beside his father in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Hucknall, Nottingham.

Full scientific training

Attempting to delete any inclination towards literature Ada, Lady Byron educated girls in the scientific world. Thus, from smallish, Ada Lovelace was surrounded by the best teachers. We will provide a comprehensive scientific training, well above what is expected of a woman of the time.

Ada Lovelace received tutoring in math and science, especially astronomy branch, counting among his tutors with the prestigious Morgan Augustus, the first professor of mathematics at the University of London, and Mary Sommerville, a brilliant mathematics just publish a book on celestial mechanics and eventually became his role model.

In 1833, when he had been presented in partnership with its protective and Mary Somerville, Ada met Charles Babbage Lovelace. Weeks after this first meeting, visited with his mother Ada inventor and mathematician in his house, where he showed them the already built his Difference Engine.

Babbage, who from 1828 held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge University (the same who had held Newton), designed his machine to generate mathematical tables automating the steps ‘mechanical’ calculations. Something like the ancestor of today’s computers. And from there began an intense correspondence between the two.

By training, her childhood experience in the design of a machine itself-at twelve wanted to build a flying machine inspired by the experiments of the time-and for its regular visits to factories and workshops, Ada Lovelace could understand how the machine.

Two years later, on July 8, 1835, she married William King, eighth Baron King, later named Earl of Lovelace and eleven years her senior. When Ada marriage became the Countess of Lovelace, and thereafter pass to posterity as Lady Ada Lovelace. But despite the marriage, which had three sons, his career was cut short.

A visionary assistant

Babbage had is so impressed by the capabilities of Ada Lovelace in 1842 that required their services. It was published in French a work on Babbage Analytical Engine and wanted him to translate it into English and annotated expand own. These notes, which tripled the extent of the work that had been translated, turn out to contain what is considered today as the first computer programs.

Among other things, Ada Lovelace described an algorithm for calculating Bernoulli numbers on the Analytical Engine which is considered the first algorithm specifically tailored for a “computer” by the fact that Ada Lovelace is considered the first programmer in history. He also suggested the use of punch cards for inputting instructions to the Analytical Engine.

Ada Lovelace died at thirty-six years-about the same age as his father, the November 27, 1852, due to uterine cancer and probably by the complications of the indentations made by their physicians.

Although many women who have made great contributions to the computer, only Ada Lovelace has a programming language that bears his name. In 1979 the Department of Defense of the United States created a programming language based on Pascal in his honor called Ada programming language.

Ada Lovelace is also a day on the calendar itself: on October 16. Ada Lovelace Day pays tribute to all those women internationally who have contributed effort and little praise in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bram Stoker Special -165th Birthday Bram Stoker | Dracula Novelist

Bram Stoker (1847-1912), Irish theatre critic and author wrote the Gothic horror novel Dracula (1897);

“It is the eve of St. George’s Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?”–Ch. 1

Written in epistolary fashion, Stoker introduces us to the young solicitor Jonathan Harker as he travels to Transylvania to assist Count Dracula in a real estate transaction. While the first chapter starts off pleasantly enough, Harker soon begins to note odd happenings and details of the people and events he experiences while travelling deeper and deeper into the Carpathians. Gloomy castles standing high in the mountains, odd figures half-obscured by the dark, eerie landscapes with flashing lights, and howling wolves trail Harker as he journeys … unaware of the mystery and horrors he and his love Mina Murray are soon to become entangled with. Only with the help of such noted characters as Professor Van Helsing, John Seward, Arthur Holmwood, and Quincey Morris does good prevail over evil.

Dracula is often referred to as the definitive vampire novel, but it is possible that Stoker was influenced by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s (1814-1873) Gothic vampire novella Carmilla(1872). While Stoker wrote numerous novels and short stories, he is chiefly remembered today as the author of this best-selling novel. It has been translated to dozens of languages, inspired numerous other author’s works, been adapted to the stage and film including the first version,Nosferatu (1922), starring Max Schreck. Dracula is still widely read and remains in print today.

Abraham “Bram” Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 in Clontarf, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, the third of seven children–William Thornley, Mathilda, Thomas, Richard, Margaret, and George–born to Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely (1818-1901) and Abraham Stoker (1799-1876), Civil Servant. He was a sickly child, spending great amounts of time bed-ridden, barely able to walk. However, having fully recovered, in 1864 he entered Trinity College, Dublin to study mathematics, and, despite his earlier years of illness became involved in athletics, winning many awards. He was also elected President of the Philosophical Society. After graduating with honours in 1870 he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Civil Service with Dublin Castle, which inspired his The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland(1879). From his great love of the arts Stoker also started to write theatre reviews for the Dublin Evening Mail. One particular review of a performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with actor [Sir] Henry Irving (1838-1905) in the lead role led to a great friendship between the two men and in 1878 Irving asked Stoker to be the manager of his Lyceum Theatre in London, England, a position he held for almost thirty years. Later Stoker would publish Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (2 volumes, 1906) and Snowbound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party (1908) which includes such theatre-based stories as “The Slim Syrens”, “Mick the Devil”, and “A Star Trap”.

In 1878 Stoker married actress Florence Balcombe (1858-1937) with whom he had a son, Irving Noel Thornley (1879-1961). Stoker left his job in Dublin and the couple settled in London. It was here that Stoker became acquainted with many famous actors and such other notable authors of the time as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. While not involved in the theatre, including travelling with them on tours in Europe and North America which inspired A Glimpse of America(1886), Stoker started to write novels including The Primrose Path (1875), The Snake’s Pass (1890), The Watter’s Mou’ (1895), The Shoulder of Shasta (1895), Miss Betty(1898) and short stories collected in Under the Sunset (1881).

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In 1890 Stoker holidayed in the North-east coast fishing village of Whitby in Yorkshire, where it is said he gleaned much inspiration for his novel Dracula. Other works by Stoker include The Mystery of the Sea (1902), his Egyptian mummy-themed The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), The Man(also titled The Gates of Life 1905),Lady Athlyne (1908), The Lady of the Shroud (1909), Famous Impostors(1910), and The Lair of the White Worm (1911) which also includes elements found in Dracula like unseen evil, strange creatures, inexplicable events, and supernatural horrors.

The storm which was coming was already making itself manifest, not only in the wide scope of nature, but in the hearts and natures of human beings. Electrical disturbance in the sky and the air is reproduced in animals of all kinds, and particularly in the highest type of them all–the most receptive–the most electrical. So it was with Edgar Caswall, despite his selfish nature and coldness of blood. So it was with Mimi Salton, despite her unselfish, unchanging devotion for those she loved. So it was even with Lady Arabella, who, under the instincts of a primeval serpent, carried the ever-varying wishes and customs of womanhood, which is always old–and always new.–Ch. 27

Bram Stoker died in London, England on 20 April 1912. His ashes were mingled with his son’s and they now rest in the Golders Green Crematorium in London, England. His wife Florence survived him by twenty-five years and had Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories published in 1922. Some claim that the story “Dracula’s Guest” was actually supposed to be the first chapter for his novel Dracula. It also includes such titles as “The Gipsy Prophecy”, “The Burial of the Rats”, “A Dream of Red Hands”, and “The Secret of the Growing Gold”.

“We are all drifting reefwards now, and faith is our only anchor.”–Ch. 23, Jonathan Harker’s Journal, Dracula

Biography written by C. D. Merriman for Jalic Inc. Copyright Jalic Inc. 2008. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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Unveil Android 4.2, Nexus 4 phone, Nexus 10 Tablet By Google

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 Google is betting even bigger on Nexus.

The search giant is set to debut the latest version of its Android operating system, known as Android 4.2, at an event scheduled for October 29 in New York. Rather than the rumored Key Lime Pie, it will be known as Android 4.2+, or an updated version of Jelly Bean, according to a person familiar with the announcement.

Google will also be showing off the first devices to run on Android 4.2, including a high-end tablet, the Nexus 10, from Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics’s first Nexus phone, the Nexus 4, general point new has confirmed. Also shown off will be an updated version of the Nexus 7 tablet which debuted in July.

 The Next Web first reported on the planned product.naxus

The event marks Google’s biggest Nexus showing, with three devices scheduled for debut at the same time. The Nexus program has long been Google’s way of showcasing the latest version of its Android operating system. It has also come with a measure of buzz for the manufacturing partner.

After the Nexus One, which was built by HTC, Google mainly partnered with Samsung, including the Galaxy Nexus. But this year, Google worked with Asus to produce the low-cost Nexus 7, which sold at $199.

Alongside the low-end Nexus 7, Google will now offer a high-end Nexus 10 tablet built by Samsung, which was initially reported by general point new. The device is expected to boast a higher resolution than the third-generation iPad.

The tablet will be more in line with the pricing of its other products, including the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1.

LG, meanwhile, will get its chance to shine with the Nexus 4, which is an altered version of the Optimus G. The smartphone will have a quad-core SnapDragon processor from Qualcomm, 2 megabytes of RAM, a 1,280×768 display, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. Unlike the Optimus G, the Nexus 4 won’t be an LTE device, according to a person familiar with the announcement.

LG will get its shot to build a little buzz for its products, something it has struggled to do, particularly in the U.S. market.

The upgraded version of the Nexus 7 will include a 32GB option. A second version will include a 3G cellular connection, according to The Next Web.

Check back with general point new for all the details when Google holds its event next week.