Monthly Archives: December 2006

World Pyro Olympics 2007

Following the success of the 1st World Pyro Olympics, we will once again witness nine of the best pyrotechnics teams in the world compete for Pyro Olympics Championship! Dates are set for January 5, 6, 7, 12, and 13, 2007. There will be two fireworks displays daily by competing countries, while on the final eve of the event, the sky will be illuminated by the La Mancha Fellowship of Fire- a joint fireworks display from the nine countries and the organizer, La Mancha Pyro Productions. The World Pyro Olympics has become a much-anticipated event by fireworks enthusiasts around the world. Indeed, it is one of the largest and most prestigious competitions in the industry. Aside from the dazzling fireworks, there will be musical and cultural performances, magicians, street entertainers, and many more!

 Schedule

From the 5th to the 7th and 12th to 13th of January 2007, the ten of the most prestigious pyrotechnic companies in the world will showcase the best of classical fireworks displays.

Nine (9) countries will be vying for the title of the Champion of the 2nd World Pyro Olympics. Two (2) countries will fire during each of the first four days while the ninth participant is set to fire on the final evening of the event.    

As the host of the event, the Philippines shall perform a fireworks display on the last night to complete the 10-country performance and to close the competition. Awards, such as the People’s Choice are to be given out after the exhibition, with the crowning of the World Pyro Olympics Champion ending the event.

Schedule of Fireworks

5 January 2007
Friday
8:00pm Australia
9:00pm Poland
6 January 2007
Saturday
8:00pm United States of America (U.S.A.)
9:00pm Spain
7 January 2007
Sunday
8:00pm United Kingdom
9:00pm Germany
12 January 2007
Friday
8:00pm Denmark
9:00pm Canada
13 January 2007
Saturday
8:00pm People’s Republic of China
9:00pm Philippines (Exhibition)

Entertainment

5 January 2007
Friday
• 7:00pm UpDharmaDown
• 9:30pm Itchyworms
6 January 2007
Saturday
• 7:00pm Tropical Depression
• 9:30pm Kjwan
7 January 2007
Sunday
• 7:00pm Spongecola
• 9:30pm Imago
12 January 2007
Friday
• 7:00pm The Spaceflower Show
• 9:30pm Orange & Lemons
13 January 2007
Saturday
• 7:00pm Lokomotiv
• 9:30pm The Dawn

For Tickets, Questions and Other Info., head on to thier official site 😉
http://worldpyroolympics.com/

Christmas Tree and it’s presents

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Christmas Tree and it’s presents

The modern Christmas Tree dates back from the Germans, back in the late Middle Ages, when the tree was seen as a symbol of fertility. The English language phrase "Christmas tree" is first recorded in 1835 and represents an importation from the German language. The modern Christmas tree tradition is believed to have begun in Germany in the 18th century. A little after that period, the custom was introduced England, via queen Charlotte. Around the same time, German immigrants introduced the custom into the United States. Christmas trees may be decorated with lights and decorations. Since the 19th century, the poinsettia, second name for Christmas star has been associated with Christmas. The display of Christmas villages has also become a tradition in many homes during this season.

Christmas is being seen as the time to forgive eachother, forgetting the bad things you’ve done, and spending time with your family. To amplify that moment for a small period of time (2 or 3 days), people give each other presents, going from small to massive, to indicate they care about eachother. Christmas presents have always been a huge economical stimulation. During this period of the year, products are being bought massively to donate to eachother. In the U.S., the "Christmas shopping season" generally begins on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, though many American stores begin selling Christmas items in October and early November.

Some Christmas facts:

– The reindeer probably came from stories of the Norse God Woden who rode through the sky with reindeer and 42 ghostly huntsmen. Clement Moore’s famous poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (T’was the Night Before Christmas) sealed the image of Santa Claus, his reindeer and the magical flying sleigh loaded with sacks of presents.

– Santa Claus has many different names around the world including Father Christmas in the UK, Pere Noel in France, Kriss Kringle in Germany, La Befana in Italy, Julinesse in Denmark, Dedushka Moroz (meaning Grandfather Frost) in Russia and the Three Kings in Spain and Mexico.

– The typical image we have of Santa Claus dressed in red clothes with white fur trim, is an amalgamation of cultural input over many years. Some people claim the image of Santa we know today is from Coca-cola advertising, but this simply isn’t true. The standard Santa garb was well established by the 1920s and it wasn’t until the 1930s that Coca-cola first used the Santa Claus design in their advertising.

– The first Christmas card was designed in 1843 by J.C. Horsley

– The word Christmas comes from Cristes maesse, or "Christ’s Mass." There is no set date for his birth in scripture and it wasn’t celebrated on any particular day. However Christmas was first celebrated on the 25th of December in Rome in 336AD with an aim to replacing the popular pagan winter solstice celebration.

(CrimeBlocOnline.Com – CB Times 5th "Special Christmas Edition")

Happy Birthday Jesus :)

Ive said before, and ill say it again :

May you all feel the Lord’s Gentle Presence this Christmas and Always! 

Live Feeds : http://xmas.technoville.net

Another productive output that started with code play… http://xmas.technoville.net

Hardcode(r) Ramsey and I came up with a simple setup that would allow our friends to view us *live* on the the internet 😉

xmas.technoville.net.jpg
http://xmas.technoville.net

We’d be doing this for the next 48 hours so stay tuned as we play with feeds from our webcams and our desktop displays.

Also watch out for this same setup at HTTP://2007.TECHNOVILLE.NET this 31st as we bid farewall to 2006 😉

Adobe Photoshop CS3 (beta)

For the first time ever, Adobe is delivering a widely available Photoshop CS3 beta to enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware platforms, particularly Apple’s new Intel based systems. The beta is available as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform as well for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista computers, with the final shipping release of Adobe Photoshop CS3 planned for spring 2007.

Adobe has a long-standing commitment to the Mac community and this release is Adobe’s way of delivering native performance on Intel based systems many months earlier than we otherwise could have done. We have no doubt, however, that all of our customers will enjoy exploring the new Photoshop CS3 beta and seeing some of the new features we have in store. The full application is not yet complete; but, many of the additions to the product are fully implemented and ready for you to try and discuss.

The Photoshop CS3 beta is available in English only but to Photoshop CS2 users worldwide. It is available to licensed users of either the Photoshop CS2 (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Creative Suite 2 Standard or Premium (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Production Studio Standard and Premium (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Video Bundle (full, upgrade, and education) or Adobe Web Bundle (full, upgrade, and education). You will need to provide your Photoshop CS2, Creative Suite, Production Studio or Bundle serial number in order to get a Photoshop CS3 beta serial number, enabling you to activate the Photoshop beta and use it beyond the two-day grace period.

For additional information introducing the Photoshop CS3 beta, see Group Product Manager Maria Yap’s welcome letter.

Important note about serial numbers: Your CS2 serial number contains 24 digits. The Photoshop About box does not list the complete number. Please locate your number in your CS2 packaging or download email. Read more information about how to find your serial number. Please note that serial numbers are platform-specific. Volume licensing customers, those wishing to switch platform (Windows to Mac or Mac to Windows), or those experiencing problems with serial numbers should send a message to [email protected]. Please do not call Adobe customer service or technical support as they will not be able to assist you.