Let’s Do This Again: Are These Shoes Gray and Teal, or Pink and White?

first_imgFor what it’s worth, 89% of people who voted in a Buzzfeed poll went with gray and teal. It’s been like 12 minutes since an optical illusion photo went viral, so here you go.  Here’s the newest one in the tradition of “The Dress” from a few years back . . . Someone on Twitter named “TFILDOLANS” posted a picture of her shoe a few days ago.  And people are debating whether it’s gray and teal . . . or pink and white.last_img

Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of July 29

first_imgShare This!Sailing aboard one of the four Disney Cruise Line ships this week? Join us as we take a look at what you can expect on your cruise in the latest edition of Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of July 29th. I’m Brand Glover (not to be confused with Derek Burgan) and I’ll be giving you tips and weather to help make your vacation planning easier! Last week we had some major announcements regarding the future of the Disney Cruise Line, but now it’s time to see what we have in store this week…Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Disney Magic, photo: Adrian RowdaDisney Magic 29 July – Villefranche (82/73, 10%)30 July – Livorno (84/69, 10%)31 July – Olbia (95/72, 0%)1 August – Day at Sea2 August – Civitavecchia (88/74, 0%)3 August – Naples (93/77, 0%)4 August – Palermo (90/77, 0%)Disney Wonder29 July – Juneau (63/51, 70%)30 July – Skagway (61/54, 20%)31 July – Tracy Arm Fjord (59/51, 50%)1 August – Day at Sea2 August – Vancouver (81/61, 0%)3 August – Day at Sea4 August – Tracy Arm Fjord (61/50, 60%)Disney Dream29 July – Nassau (91/83, 20%)30 July – Castaway Cay (90/82, 60%)31 July – Port Canaveral (87/76, 60%)1 August – Nassau (92/83, 80%)2 August – Castaway Cay (90/83, 60%)3 August – Day at Sea4 August – Port Canaveral (89/78, 60%)Disney Fantasy29 July – Port Canaveral (93/77, 20%)30 July – Day at Sea31 July – Day at Sea1 August – Tortola (85/78, 20%)2 August – St. Thomas (88/80, 50%)3 August – Day at Sea4 August – Castaway Cay (91/83, 40%)Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsCastaway Cay has been voted Top Cruise Line Private Island by the Cruise Critic’s Cruisers Choice Destination Awards. The Disney Cruise Line Blog has a post revealing some of the more notable top results, which includes Castaway Cay and other major ports visited by current Disney Cruise Line itineraries. Having visited another private cruise line island in the past, I can say that Castaway Cay stands out for its deluxe amenities, as well as volume and value of its many activities. Visiting Castaway Cay is always one of the most anticipated itinerary days for me between snorkeling and exploring the island… and have I mentioned the Serenity Bay buffet? With Disney’s level of detail and excellence in service and quality, this user rating is something I foresee being a lock for years to come.Assembling news from the Marvel Universe, Disney Parks Blog has a post previewing the new Doctor Strange show from the Disney Fantasy’s Oceaneer Club, which we mentioned briefly last week. Joining Doctor Strange is Thor, both of whom use their powers to teach the young Oceaneers skills that helped turn them into some of the greatest heroes in the Universe. Doctor Strange had a similar street show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year, which I was able to experience. Adding in the technology in the club to that experience, I can say that this will be something kids will enjoy experiencing.Last week we mentioned the news out of D23 that Beauty and the Beast would be debuting on the Disney Dream this November, bringing the Disney classic to the Walt Disney Theatre as a Broadway-style production. As part of the anticipation for the new show, the Disney Parks Blog has been releasing a series of behind-the-scenes articles detailing the work going into this new production. The latest post features an interview with Sarah Cubbage, the Broadway costume designer who has been tasked with creating the costumes for the new show. Between the costumes and rehearsal footage released thus far, Beauty and the Beast looks to be an extravagant production. As a fan of the live-action and animated films, I am excited to see how certain iconic scenes will be brought to the stage. Time will tell how this tale as old as time will play out, but I know it will be nothing short of impressive with the level of detail being put into each part of this production.Twitter user @Dustin2008 posted documents pertaining to the Halloween on the High Seas costume policy for the upcoming itineraries starting in September. Of note: masks may not be worn unless standing still at character photo locations and must be carried while walking around the ship. Toys or props that resemble weapons (guns, knives, or the like) may not be brought on the ship at embarkation. We will keep you updated to any similar policy changes regarding the other themed itineraries sailing this year.For those of you staying on dry land this week, we have another recipe from the Disney Fantasy’s Sweet on You. Disney Parks Blog posted a recipe for the Raspberry Macarons. The recipe produces 20 macarons and is another simple recipe that can be baked together with the entire family.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationWhile Marvel fans are anxiously awaiting the next installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the penultimate Avengers: Infinity War, passengers aboard the Disney Magic will be able to team up with the Avengers much sooner. The all-new Marvel Day at Sea brings the iconic heroes of Marvel films out to sea for meet and greets, specially themed fireworks, costume contests, a Marvel film festival, and more! For theme park fans, some of these characters are unavailable for meet and greets in the parks, especially at Walt Disney World (unless you’re on an Island East of the Mississippi, but that’s a story best left for the Saturday Six). Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Loki will be making their debuts alongside Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, as well as Star Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy. Being a huge fan of Marvel as well as character meets, this is reason enough for me to book one of these 7- or 8-night itineraries this fall. With the situation surrounding the theme park rights for these characters, this may be your best chance to see them all in one place.Drink of the Day OptionsFor adults, relaxing on a cruise often includes drinking a fine adult beverage, whether it’s while lounging by the pool or watching the scenery change in the sleek Skyline club. Adult beverages are available in nearly every restaurant and at other locations around each ship. Pool hosts and hostesses even walk around with drinks, so you won’t ever have to leave your chair! One of the best values for your dollar is the drink of the day. Each day, a new drink (an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version) is featured throughout the bars on the ship, and generally costs about $5. A popular drink among my traveling party was the Sunken Treasure, which was one of the more visually appealing concoctions of the daily specials. If you read the Saturday Six, you’ll know just how much we appreciate the fine art of cocktail design.That brings us to an important note about adult beverages and what you can bring aboard the ship at embarkation. Adults 21 and older can bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne, not exceeding 750ml, or six 12-ounce beers in their original unopened container. No other types of alcohol (including powdered forms) are permitted to be brought aboard the ship. Any extra bottles or cans will be confiscated and returned at disembarkation. Further, alcoholic beverages brought on board must be consumed in the staterooms and are not permitted in any bars or pubic areas.While lounging by the pool sounds like a fantastic way to spend a cruise, there is so much room for activities in a day and not enough time to experience them all, believe it or not! From the moment you board the ship until you lay your head down to sleep on the last night, there is always something happening on a Disney Cruise. We’ve already touched on the Broadway shows and sporting events in the past weeks, but did you know that the onboard Buena Vista Theatre shows the latest Disney film releases? My first viewings of John Carter, Thor: The Dark World, and some little film called Frozen were all on board a ship. Or what about family BINGO and trivia events. I had to do a double take when I noticed Figment’s name on the Funnel Vision screen during one such trivia game. You’ll see live musicians, dance parties, video game challenges, shopping seminars, and so much more.So with that in mind, I thought I’d mention a couple activities that I consider must-do’s on every cruise. Keep an eye on your Personal Navigator for an energetic game show called Match Your Mate, which is similar in format to TV’s The Newlywed Game. The answers are always outrageous and unpredictable, which is why this has become a tradition for me. Another high priority for me is the Aquaduck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. If you’ve never experienced the Aquaduck, it’s part water coaster, and part gentle glide around the top of the ship with an amazing view. It’s such a fun ride that my niece made sure we rode it five times in a row on our last cruise. Now this last must-do takes a bit of exploring, but it is something the entire family can enjoy together. Throughout the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, you may notice artwork that seems to come alive as you walk by. This enchanted art is actually a screen which plays video and sound effects making the image come alive, making it seem as if you’re in the middle of Pirates of the Caribbean, for example. As a huge fan of Disney animation, this is one of the most fascinating things I’ve found on the ships and is something I make sure to experience every time.Austin Powers would approve of the Disney Fantasy’s set design for Match Your MateWhat would a Disney experience be without fireworks? Being a Walt Disney World local, it’s hard to fathom a night that doesn’t have a glorious display of color bursting across the skies. One unique thing to the Disney Cruise Line is that they are the only cruise line that has a fireworks display on-board the ship. I know what you’re thinking: WHAT? HOW? WHERE?!? On most DCL sailings, each cruise has a night set aside for a specially themed deck party, of which the standard theme is Pirate Night. On Pirate Night, guests are encouraged to dress up in their best swashbuckling attire for a special pirate-themed meal and fireworks with Captain Jack Sparrow! As with any Disney fireworks show, you’ll hear the echoes of your favorite musical themes from the parks, films, and more paired with bright beams of fire lighting up the open seas. As for holidays and the newer Star Wars and Marvel Days at Sea, guests will experience special shows tailored to those themes. Hearing John Williams’s score roaring over the moonlit seas, now that is my kind of cruise!Nine Dragon, photo: Julia MascardoWhat to Try: Before we go, here’s one of our favorite cocktails from the Skyline Lounge on the Disney Dream. As the name implies, the Lounge gives spectacular views of various skylines around the world through magic “windows” showcasing the cities of Paris, New York, Chicago, Rio de Janiero and Hong Kong. The drink menu is themed around the cities, with each having its own list of drinks available. The Nine Dragon from the Hong Kong portion of the night (Takara Jun Shochu Spirit, Chambord, Cranberry and Raspberry Juice) is a bold combination of sweet flavors.Serenity Bay, photo: Adrian RowdaAre you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, my better half Adrian Rowda, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.last_img read more

Fifa awards Tutu’s football spirit

first_imgRay Maota Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutubecame the first black South AfricanAnglican Archbishop of Cape Townin South Africa when he was appointedin 1986.(Image: The Soccer Room) Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silvaare the inaugural winners of the FifaBallon d’Or award for the best male andfemale footballers during the footballseason.(Image: IMSoccer News)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Tutu Foundation+44 0207 654 3822Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been honoured with the Fifa Presidential Award for his role in uniting the nation ahead of the 2010 World Cup and embodying the spirit of the Beautiful Game.He was presented with the accolade on 10 January 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the Fifa Ballon d’Or 2010 soccer awards ceremony.The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said: “I’m staggered … when I was told, I felt deeply humbled and also deeply honoured. To be recognised in this way is very significant and I accept this on behalf of the South African people, who really deserve the applause for having hosted such a fantastic World Cup.“It was a fantastic thing; no one could have predicted that South Africans would feel so good about themselves. It was reminiscent of the time, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison or when we first won the Rugby World Cup,” added Tutu.Thabo Makgoba, the current Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, congratulated Tutu by saying: “We are so proud of him. Once again he has shown how, in any and every context, he is able to continue to play a reconciling role in his public ministry, in this country, on this continent, and throughout the world.”Tutu also played an integral role in bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa by joining a delegation that went to the Caribbean in 2005 to convince that region’s football federation boss, Jack Warner, to vote for South Africa in the 2010 bid. Tutu was joined on this trip by fellow Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk, who preceded Mandela as president of South Africa.Honouring football starsThe Fifa Ballon d’Or award honours male and female players of club and national teams who have excelled throughout the football season. The winners are chosen through a vote by coaches, captains of national teams and high-profile sports journalists.The accolade is a result of a 2010 merger between the Ballon d’Or award, initiated by France Football magazine, and the Fifa World Player of the Year award.Barcelona FC’s Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silva of Brazil’s women national team were the winners for 2010.For the first time, Fifa also honoured outstanding football coaches during the awards. Real Madrid FC coach Jose Mourinho and Silvia Neid, Germany’s women national team coach, were the winners in this category.Messi faced fierce competition from his Barcelona teammates, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Although Messi was triumphant in the end, he was an unpopular choice among some fans. In an online poll, the majority of voters tipped Xavi to win the award, with Messi coming second and Iniesta a distant third.Messi said: “I am surprised because the prediction was that either Xavi or Iniesta would win. I would like to thank those who voted for me, but Xavi and Iniesta were equally deserving because they had a great year and a wonderful World Cup.”Iniesta and Xavi were part of the Spanish team that won the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The exuberant archbishopIn 1978 Tutu was appointed the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. A few years later, in 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, also being the first black person in the country to assume such a post.He has used his high profile to campaign for human rights and, previously, to fight apartheid in South Africa.Following the deadly Soweto riots of 1976, during which black school pupils took to the streets en masse to protest against being taught in Afrikaans, Tutu supported an economic boycott of South Africa.International companies soon started pulling out of the country and the rand’s value plummeted – this put heavy pressure on the government of the time to consider reforming the apartheid system.Tutu was responsible for coining the phrase “Rainbow Nation”, which became a metaphor for South African society following the first democratic elections in 1994. The term has been so widely used since then, it has become ingrained in the South African psyche.He is also regarded as a figurehead always ready to congratulate, critique and condemn the ruling government.Former president Nelson Mandela once described him as: “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”Tutu has won various awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.The Nobel laureate retired from public life in October 2010 at the age of 79. He said: “Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family; reading, writing, praying and thinking; too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels.“The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to be at conferences, conventions and university campuses,” added Tutu.last_img read more

Team South Africa profile: Noko Matlou

first_img21 June 2012Striker Noko Matlou is one of the most recognisable faces of South Africa’s national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, which will be competing in its first Olympic Games in London.She is nicknamed “Beep Beep”, after the Road Runner found in cartoons, because of her speed. Matlou provides much more than speed alone, however. She has a strong physical presence and is an excellent finisher with well over 50 international goals to her name.In 2009, Matlou became the first South African to win a major Confederation of African Football (Caf) award when she was named the Caf Women’s Footballer of the Year on the back of a superb performance in the African Women’s Championship, which she finished as joint-top goal scorer with six goals.Clean sweepA year earlier, she had made a clean sweep of the awards at the Confederation of South African Football Association (Cosafa) awards.“I won all the awards, from woman of the match to a top goal scorer,” she told SA Women’s Soccer in an interview in May 2012. Those awards should have come as no surprise; that’s what scoring 14 goals in only five matches will bring you.She also underlined her motivation, adding: “I am always in competition with myself and beating my own records. I am going forward, growing and improving.”Matlou recalled how she, against the wishes of her family, began playing football at the age of 14. “That’s when I discovered that it was my God-given talent,” she said.‘Soccer is my life’“I am very passionate about the sport. It fulfils me and identifies with what I am. The monetary reward is just a bonus. Soccer is my life.”In 2011, she was named South Africa’s Sportswoman of the Year, chosen ahead of African record holder in the javelin, Sunette Viljoen, and the world’s all-time leading scorer in women’s international hockey, Pietie Coetzee.Last year too, The Mail and Guardian included Matlou on its list of 200 Young South Africans, who were chosen, wrote M&G editor Nic Dawes, “for their impact, their creativity and the resonance of their values with the project of building the South Africa that we all want to live in: vibrant, prosperous, equitable, diverse and hungry for the challenges of growth and change.”Matlou has been offered contracts to play overseas, but she has put that off until she completes her studies in transportation management at the University of Johannesburg.A team playerIn spite of her excellent goal scoring record, Matlou is very much a team player, which she made clear before Banyana faced Ethiopia in a second leg Olympic qualifier in September last year.“Believe me, the statistics of goals I have scored for Banyana Banyana is furthest from my mind,” she told the South African Football Association.“Getting to the Olympic Games is all the Banyana Banyana players are focused on, and our team sponsor Sasol and Safa must be thanked for allowing us to partake in more team camps and matches than in previous years.”The goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games has since been achieved. Now it is up to Matlou and her team-mates to shine in London.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2010 Off to Slowest VC Fund Raising Start Since 1993, Says NVCA

first_imgThough rising numbers from the final quarter for 2009 had many hopeful that 2010 would see a rebound of venture capital funds, new data from the Nation Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is bound to disappoint as Q1 2010 saw the lowest first quarter numbers (PDF) in 17 years. According to the NVCA, just $3.6 billion has been raised so far this year by VCs compared to $5.2 billion in 2009 and $7.1 billion 2008.Back in January, we postulated that the uptake in fundraising by VCs during the final quarter of 2009 could lead to increased VC spending in 2010. The first quarter did see record breaking merger and acquisition numbers, but as NVCA president Mark Heesen points out, the IPO market continued to struggle – a fact he says may have contributed to the new low numbers for VC funds. “Over the last two years, alternative asset allocations have declined and the exit market has suffered, putting venture firms in the unenviable position of communicating their value in an extremely challenging environment,” says Heesen. “Many firms have been waiting until the exit market improves before embarking upon their fundraising efforts.”Heesen does, however, expect that these numbers will improve over the course of the year following the lead of the M&A and IPO markets which have already shown signs of improvement this year. The NVCA believes that most VC firms will be able to continue to raise funds in 2010, especially as the year continues, but also warns that the industry is headed towards an era of consolidation with smaller firms merging with larger funds or shutting down all together.For startups, the recent numbers are certainly disconcerting, but there is still plenty of venture capital out there, just not as much as there used to be. Right now the VC industry seems very shaky, as analysts attempt to read the tea leaves to make predictions about the future, but entrepreneurship still has its room for opportunity. Quality companies will still find funding, so for startups, the main goals to focus on when seeking funding are building a quality product and ensuring your investors of a profitable future. chris cameron Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Change is always hard.

first_imgWhat do Jack Welch, Henry Ford and Albert Einstein have in common?In their day they were innovators and they all accepted the need to adopt and change.  Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” He obviously had no interest in repeating history over and over again.Ford was heard to say “I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to NOT know what can’t be done.” He obviously was looking for people who asked “why” as opposed “why not.”  He sought thinkers and tinkerers.Jack Welch had the shortest, but the most interesting quote.  “Change before you have to.”  As we all know he embraced change and created it too.Technology gives us an opportunity to look at what we are doing now and find a better way to do it.  Used correctly, it can help you do more in less time with higher quality results.  Take the digital workbench (aka dual processor Intel® Xeon processor 5500 series based workstation) as an example.  While it can do CAD, it is really capable of much more.  It can help users model more what if’s than ever.  It can help users create and test ideas digitally long before they are made into physical prototypes.  While these new workstations can do this many continue to do just CAD.What new workflows can you think of that will radically change the rate of your innovation?last_img read more