PSY – GENTLEMAN M/V
PSY – GENTLEMAN M/V
Flash Point, also titled City Without Mercy, is a 2007 Hong Kong action and thriller film directed by Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Xing Yu, Lui Leung-wai and Fan Bingbing. Yen was also the action choreographer and a producer for the film. In this film, Yen plays a police sergeant who plants his partner (Louis Koo) as a mole in a pursuit against a triad led by three Vietnamese brothers (Collin Chou, Lui Leung-wai, and Xing Yu).
Flash Point was repeatedly hailed as a prequel to the 2005 film SPL: Sha Po Lang, which was Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen’s first feature-film collaboration as director and star respectively. Yen denied the SPL prequel reports, claiming that Flash Point was a completely original film. Principal photography began in Hong Kong from November 2006 to March 2007. For his conception of Flash Point’s major fight sequences, Yen relied on the use of mixed martial arts, working alongside an international group of martial artists. His work as a choreographer won him “Best Action Choreography” awards at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards and the 2008 Golden Horse Film Awards.
Flash Point was released in Hong Kong on 9 August 2007. It was a box office hit during its two month theatrical run in China, despite receiving mixed reviews. It had also premiered at the “Midnight Madness” program of the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Flash Point was later given a limited theatrical release in North America on 14 March 2008, before being released on DVD by The Weinstein Company as part of Dragon Dynasty’s collection of films.
It’s carnival time in the Rheinland, Germany. This is what some people think of their leader – Angela Merkel. This comes from a newsletter I get teaching the German language. I have to wade through this crap and figure out what it means. I now know enough German to be dangerous.
Jedes Jahr wird besonders im Rheinland der Karneval gefeiert. Dabei geht es nicht immer nur um Party, Kostüme und Alkohol: Der Karneval wird auch oft genutzt, um Kritik an der Politik zu üben.
Ob Angela Merkel, der Papst oder die Europäische Union: An Karneval wird alles durch den Kakao gezogen, was Rang und Namen hat. Jedes Jahr am Rosenmontag ziehen die Motivwagen durch die Straßen und werden von Tausenden von Menschen bejubelt. Auf den Wagen kann man oft handgemachte Figuren sehen, die Politiker in komischen Situationen zeigen.
Here is a ruff English translation from Google Translate:
Every year is celebrated especially in the Rhineland carnival. It’s not always about partying, costumes and alcohol: The carnival is also often used to criticize the policy.
Whether Angela Merkel, the pope or the European Union: On Carnival is all pulled his leg, what the big names. Every year on the Monday the floats parade through the streets, and be cheered on by thousands of people. In the car, you can often see handmade figures, politicians show in comic situations.
As I scan zillions of articles each day, from time to time I run across interesting things that are really off-topic, but I share them away. This music video is by a Japanese girl group AKB48. The girls are young and innocent, or are suppose to be innocent. Anyway, check out this controversial (in Japan) video from them.
The actual music starts about 1:10 into the video.
AKB48 – Baby! Baby! Baby!
Antichamber requires a great deal of intellect, patience and perception to conquer, all of which could be safely considered “serious” traits in the context of game design. It is a game that is serious and academic in the grand tradition of all good, atmospheric puzzle games — but whether developer Alexander Bruce meant to or not, Antichamber is also a very, very playful game.
People love getting tricked, so long as the tricks are harmless – the entire vocation of street and stage magic has subsisted on that principle for centuries. Antichamber is similarly built around that truth, but takes things a step further: It tricks you over and over again, hundreds of times, in various incarnations and at various speeds.
Then, once your surprise subsides, it asks you to perform the trick yourself.
“I’d love to live in a tropical paradise, but I can’t afford to just quit my job and go. What will I do for money?” This is a question we’re often asked by IL readers. Our answer is always the same: You may have the money…and not know it.
If you’re dreaming of an apartment in Ecuador…a beach house in Brazil…a farmhouse in Italy…and the only thing holding you back is lack of capital…then read on.
Whatever your dream may be, you face the issue of bankrolling it. Unless you have an uncapped income, money is a problem. After all, no matter how cheap the world’s best-value destinations are, you can’t live for free. For a lot of folks, a lack of funds proves to be a roadblock and the reason why overseas dreams remain just dreams.
But imagine a job you could do on your beachfront deck, while the water gently laps up onto the sand and the palm trees sway. (I can think of three jobs like that right now.)
First, let’s clarify something: When we say “job,” we’re not talking about swapping the drudgery of your old 9-to-5 routine for the same situation in a different place (albeit with better views). What good is Paradise if you don’t have time to enjoy it? We’re talking no hard work…no long hours…lucrative “work” that will allow you to spend your afternoons relaxing, reading, snorkeling, sailing…or whatever takes your fancy.
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It’s a nervy, claustrophobic wait. As I sit flicking through magazines, I remind myself why I’m here—an e-mail I had received a couple of weeks after launching the Great British Psychopath Survey, in which I tested people in different professions for psychopathic traits. One of the survey’s respondents, a barrister by trade, had written to me. He had posted a score that certainly got my attention.
“I realized from quite early on in my childhood that I saw things differently than other people,” he wrote. “But more often than not, it’s helped me in my life. Psychopathy (if that’s what you want to call it) is like a medicine for modern times. If you take it in moderation, it can prove extremely beneficial. It can alleviate a lot of existential ailments that we would otherwise fall victim to because our fragile psychological immune systems just aren’t up to the job of protecting us. But if you take too much of it, if you overdose on it, then there can, as is the case with all medicines, be some rather unpleasant side effects.”
The e-mail had got me thinking. Might this eminent criminal defense lawyer have a point? Was psychopathy a “medicine for modern times”?
In the Monti Hall problem that follows, the vast majority of people are fooled by the choices given by the host. They think their choices are equal, but in reality they are not. Because their perception of the problem is flawed, it leads them to make the wrong decision most of the time.
Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, “Do you want to pick door No. 2?” Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?
[Should you switch? Keeping reading to get the answer and watch a video explaining the solution.]