I can never forget November 15, 2006. As I close my eyes and take a deep breath my memory paints the blues, browns, greens, and every other color associated with the horrible recollection. It was around 10:45 a.m., and the house smelled of pine-sol and gain washing powder. My mother was up and about cleaning. I was still sandwiched in between the covers and my bed although the sun smiled as it peeked through my window. The phone sang its song frantically until my mother said “Hello“. From my room, I could hear my mother gasp for breath in the living room. I dashed to the living room to find my mother sobbing deeply. The angels had decided to recruit my grandmother as a member of their team. On her way home the night before while the stars shined their brightest, her red two door car was demolished by the large silver monster call the side rails.
My mother and my sister dropped to the couch crying like hot potatoes. I stood there with no emotion like a blank canvas. I remember thinking it was a bad dream, and if I pinched myself I would wake up and everything would be ok. The sting of my flesh from the pinch made me realize that I was staring into reality piercing eyes. I could not accept this news which danced into one ear and out the other.
On the day of the funeral I sluggishly my purple turtle neck and gray pencil skirt. I remember thinking do I have to go. As we drove to the church, the car fought with the dirt roads creating wind storms with thousands of dust particles. It seemed as though the road stretched into space. We finally arrived at the church which was the only thing in eye sight for miles. I stepped out the car and stumbled on the rocky gravel.
I walked so slow to the door that it seem as though I did not move at all. As I moved closer I could hear the humming of the choir. My arm grabbed the cold metal of the church door. My palms began to sweat and I swiftly clenched my sister’s hand. Hot tears trickled from my eyes and pierced my...
...4 January 2013 - 9:30am | posted by Jessica Davies | 1 comment
Thinking the unthinkable: Six evolving technologies set to take the world by storm
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Technological advancement once again gathered pace in the past year and looks unlikely to slow down in 2013 or beyond. Jess Davies takes a look at what to expect...
Thinking the unthinkable: Six evolving technologies set to take the
By 2036 the mobile phone will be the size of a red blood cell and a billion times more powerful than any mobile device available today. This statement, made by AdMob Europe founder Russell Buckley, formed the backdrop of a series of jaw-dropping predictions about how and what evolving technologies will shape the world during The Drum’s 4 Minute Warning event on 5 December.
Buckley joined a string of academic and marketing experts who debated everything from the value of augmented reality, Google Glass, and 3D printing to the ethics of tracking people’s movements and emotions via their mobile devices to predict future behaviours.
The Drum gives a break out of the ones to watch.
Augmented reality (AR)
The rapid development of AR has seen it move from ‘gimmicky’ towards being an increasingly important part of the media mix. Brands see it as a potential new revenue stream given its ability to bridge traditional and new media channels and bring static, print or outdoor media to life in a way that can be measured using the accountability of the web....
Unthinkable is directed by Gregor Jordan released in June 2010,the movie is about a terrorist who detonate 3 nuclear bombs in 3 cities of America . the person who detonate 3 nuclear bombs is detained by FBI and Army of United States and was tortured by them in order to tell them where he planted those 3 nuclear bombs and…
Samuel L. Jackson: 'H' is his pseudonym, he is a black-ops officer assigned to interrogate Yusuf, he is professional in torturing and getting information from convict.
Michael Sheen:Steven Arthur Younger is an American who convert to Islam and name himself Yusuf Atta Mohammed, he was a delta force operator and served in Iraq, he is the one who planet nuclear bombs in 3 cities of United States.
Carrie-Anne Moss - Helen Brody, she is special agent who is the leader of an FBI counter-terrorism team assigned to interrogate Yusuf she is psychologist and believe that torturing doesn’t work and in the movie she argue with ”H” for not torturing Yusuf.
Brandon Routh - Special Agent DJ Jackson is a member of the FBI teamassignet to interrogate Yusuf.
Benito Martinez – Alvarez, he is assistant of 'H' for Interrogation.
Martin Donovan - Assistant Director in Charge Jack Saunders, he FBI Los Angeles Division director who assigns the interrogation.
Necar Zadegan - Jehan Younger, she is Yusuf's wife
Holmes Osborne - General Paulson, he is the Army General who leads the interrogation.
The movie Start with a person...
...When The Alternative is Unthinkable
Taking place in The Bronx, 1969 comes the film Awakenings, based on a true story and directed by Penny Marshall. In this film, a doctor with no previous work on an actual human being until receiving a position at the Bainbridge Hospital as a staff physician is assigned to a room full of catatonic patients. It doesn’t take long until he becomes uncomfortable with them in this state and finds a possible chemical cure he is given permission to try on one patient and eventually all, making a change in fifteen lives with this phenomenal awakening. The cast includes Robert De Niro starring as Leonard Lowe and Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer as well as Ruth Nelson as Mrs. Lowe, Alice Drummond as Lucy, and John Heard as Dr. Kaufman. No one knows weather the chemical cure, levodopa (L-dopa) was worth making a change in the lives of these people. It is a question waiting to be answered even to today. By uncovering an old article on a Parkinson cure, Dr. Sayer applied the research to his patient’s, discovering what he thinks will be a cure for his patient’s.
Dr. Malcolm Sayer finds an article showing how all the patients are linked to an older syndrome that then put them in this catatonic state five to fifteen years later. For a start, Dr. Sayer is learning about what has occurred with other patients many years previously. He finds an article about the post-encephalitic syndrome when Dr. Ingham was the M.D. in the...
Is it possible to empathize with a character that has done the unthinkable?
Characters who do the unthinkable usually lack moral and ethic sense. It is very difficult to empathize for someone of that nature because they have only stricken negative feelings in the audience. Because of their lack of right and wrong that makes them do the unthinkable, it is not possible to empathize for the character. The fact that it isunthinkable means that it will come as a shock and the audience will be surprised with the act because they literally couldn’t have thought of the character doing what he/she did. The audience will be disgusted with the character for doing such an act and because of this reason it is not likely to empathize for the character. Doing the unthinkable displays a lack of conscious of the character and creates more undesirable feelings in the audience for the character. An example of this is in the book, The Ender’s Game, where the general, Hyrum Graff, manipulated Ender and his team to kill off an entire alien race. This act is unthinkable because the general manipulated the kids to perform genocide. There is no possible way the audience can empathize with the general because of his horrible and ghastly act.
Although, there can be an argument where we can empathize with the character if the charter had a passionate reason for doing the unthinkable....
...Clay Shirky says what everyone in the field of journalism is thinking, but is scared to admit- we can’t predict the future of journalism, in “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”. We have an idea of where it is headed, that being technological instead of pen and paper but nobody knows for sure where the technology is going to take us because lets face it, nobody thought that we would be where we are today. We are living in the “unthinkable scenario”. So what does that mean for anxious journalism students like myself? Keep up with the pace. Not only keep up but be two steps ahead of everyone else. Traditional journalism is no more and as much as I hate to say it, traditional newspapers are looking like they’re on their last string. Online readership versus print readership has done a 180 and online readership is on the rise. Journalists need to not only be good reporters and writers but internet savvy as well. Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress etc. are all internet sites for social networking but they are becoming a large part of journalism. We need to come up with the next piece in the puzzle, and make it better. It worries me not knowing what the future holds for the career I’m pursuing but at the same time it exciting to know that I can be apart of another journalistic revolution or rather the continuation of the revolution. People will always need to the news, it’s just a matter of how we give it to them.
...to take place when all the countries in the world, or most of them, are directly involved. So far, the world has seen two devastating world wars, World War I and World War II. Both of them were begun by Germany in an attempt to expand her borders. Following this was the cold war between the US and Russia. Over the last fifty years, or so, there have been a few times when these two superpowers headed towards conflict, but good sense prevailed in the end and the much feared war did not break out. Any conflict between the two could have led to World War III. Since, the Russian empire has shrunk and the Soviet bloc fragmented, and since there is only one effective super power today, there is some reason to believe that a Third World War is unthinkable. However, this could be naive reality.
Wars can be declared by countries other than super powers and these may eventually involve the world; new super powers may arise to challenge American superiority leading to new conflicts; a series of little wars all over the world may lead to the whole world getting involved and, finally, even small conflicts, like the present conflict caused by the terrorists can bring about a Third World War. If at all anything can prevent war, it would be if men are rational; but this is a pipe dream. All it requires is an ambitious politician to whip up emotions and rationality will fly out the window in an instant.
Firstly, it does not require superpowers to start wars. Both world wars...