Friday, April 30, 2010

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May Day is celebrated on May 1 of every year.

1 May Day, It is marked for demonstrations and celebrations organised by the workers’ unions and socialist groups to put up their demands for collective welfare and against workers’ exploitation.

Maharashtra Day is on the 1st of May. This day is also called as the Workers Day. All workers have holiday on this day. It is also called as the "Kaamgaar Din" (in local language).

May Day Messages, 1 may maharashtra din sms, Maharashtra Day Quotes

  • Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil. ~Henry van Dyke
  • A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work. ~Geoffrey Norman
  • The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
  • Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach. ~George Sheehan
  • God sells us all things at the price of labour. ~Leonardo da Vinci
  • Nothing got without pains but an ill name and long nails. ~Scottish Proverb
  • Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative. ~Le Duc de Lévis, Mémoires
  • What the country needs are a few labour-making inventions. ~Arnold Glasow
  • Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life. ~Marc Chagall
  • It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. ~Charles Baudelaire
  • When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired. ~Pablo Picasso
  • There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labour. ~Author Unknown
  • We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure. ~Gerald Brenan

International Workers’ Day (a name used interchangeably with May Day) is a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the international labor movement.

May Day commonly sees organized street demonstrations and street marches by millions of working people and their labour unions throughout most of the countries of the world — though, as noted below, rarely in the United States and Canada.

Play boy, Play: 15 clever Playboy ads

Play boy is an international brand that targets men, the outwardly strong, yet feeble creatures when it comes to the matter of babes and their projected assets. Play boy is, in a way, a glorified mutation of pornography. It is a skewed creative food for the sexual fantasy of a 15-year old lad who discretely uncovers the centre-spread nakedness of a glossy magazine.
But, does it need any creativity to show the nakedness of ample-breasted women? Well, it depends. Play boy is such a brand that uses high dose of creativity in its advertising efforts for its services which satiates the sexually-hungry fantasies. They don’t cut-paste a naked image of a bare girl with some tantalizing copy, there is much creative efforts behind those advertising efforts for play boy. Indeed some are hot. Some are cheeky. Some are morally brazen.
Here is a list of the most brilliant advertising efforts for Play Boy.
When a woman touches her mouse
No nakedness here. Just play boy Impudence. For the advertising pleasure of the horny men around the world , here is just a misrepresentation of a mouse and a woman’s hand. Visually tricky and morally insolent, the ad aims to direct consumers to the play boy website.
The ad is, in a way, a substantial evidence for the high dose of impertinent brilliance of playboy. This significant difference make play boy different from pornography.
Playboy hot teacher
Hot teachers and hot nurse are men’s usual characters who come to men’s dirty fantasies. This playboy magazine print ads from brazil banks on this crazy craze.

Indeed, teachers should be considered with respect. But playboy, who has no respect to anyone, except its readers or viewership, just presents these ‘sexy teachers’ to make the men learn some naughty lessons.
PETA and Palyboy: hot birds of same feathers
An eye for an eye and skin for skin. PETA and Playboy have almost similar stupidly creative advertising tactic that is often banked on nakedness of hot babes. In this ad, PETA and Play boy joins together.

The ad shows some babes almost-naked backyards. Bull fight bull shit. The babe’s back copy reads. No corrida- I don’t know what it means. Does it means ‘no corridor’. Sorry, how foolish of me may not be so. Anyway, brilliant ad positioning.
Pray for the rain
The billboard, which features a woman’s precious assets, is silent and calm when it is dry. But, that’s just a silence before the rain!
This billboard for Playboy in Germany gets all naughty when it is raining. The t-shirt gets wet and the lucky German’s can see what she has got inside that cruel t-shirt.

Who says men don’t like reading?

Well, insulting to the menfolk in the pretext of entertaining them. The copy asks- Who says men don’t like reading?
I haven’t heard. Nobody said so.
The letters are prepared with nude girls. Hellooo, we can read better. (from germany)

Creatively offensive 

Ladies, you should sue, this time. Haven’t you seen what Playboy has done for the sheer viewing pleasure of the boys?
Playboy placed mirrored doormats and interested boys can have a multi-dimensional glimpse of the private areas of the passing women.
Hairy and happy
Copy reads- “1975/2006. 31 years of Playboy in Brasil.”
A few black squiggles on a white paper denote the message. That’s creativity. Hairy and creepy creativity.
The panty and bra special
Visually cheeky and cleverly communicated message makes this ad interesting to consider.
The ad, developed by YOUNG & RUBICAM BRASIL, advertises the panty and bra special issues of the magazine. Well, we never thought that you can show panty and bra using just two magazines, really?
Men can concentrate on two things!
Copy-oriented example of insolent creativity from Playboy.
Men can concentrate on two things!
Should I comment?
Fractured hands
Here, play boy just features a man with his two hands fractured.
What happened to him?

Don’t think more. It may lead you to unnecessarily strange answers.
The ad has been developed by Publicis, Netherlands.
Play boy eyes

These eyes are naughty, you can see.
The ad has been developed by YOUNG & RUBICAM for play boy Tv in spain.
This ad just shows a bag
So what?
But, man you know. Look.
This is another example for the fact that playboy often uses visual trick rather than apparent sexy images.

Inauguration of playboy channel
No better and suitable way to depict the message!

Play boy pen- limited edition

The ad has been developed by: YOUNG & RUBICAM BRASIL
‘kids friendly’ bill board!
Kid’s friendly billboard for Play boy? Yes.

This billboard just consists of the logo and the “PLAYBOY” trademark visible on a golden background.
But, just like that rainy secret-revealing billboard, its behavior changes in the night. When lit up at night , a naughty image can be seen and “PLAYB0Y” becomes “PLAY, BOY!”.

K-11 (2010)

K-11 is an upcoming drama film directed by Jules Mann-Stewart and written by Jared Kurt, starring Kristen Stewart, and Nikki Reed as male characters. The film is due for release in 2010.


A man (Jason Mewes) wakes up, not knowing where he is and later finds it's a lesser known dormitory named "K11" that is a "world in itself" located in the Los Angeles county jail that mainly consists of people who may be a danger to themselves and to others in society, "eccentric, crazy" celebrities, homosexuals, cross dressers and child abusers. The man attempts to achieve a role in the dorm's hierarchy.


The film is directed by Kristen Stewart's mother, Jules Mann-Stewart and is aiming for a 2010 release.


Kristen Stewart portrays a male to female transsexual prisoner with autism named Butterfly. Nikki Reed also portrays a prisoner who is transgender (previously a woman) and is a meth addicted prostitute named Mousey. Stewart and Reed had previously starred together in the Twilight film series. Jason Mewes will also star.

Jules-Mann Stewart

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The NPA AGM: My Dinner With Andre

Last night, Sally and I attended the Annual Meeting of the NPA. I am a member; but Sally isn't because she does not support the idea of 'party politics' at the municipal level. However, after last night, she is thinking of becoming a member since she discovered, along with over 100 people in a beautiful room in the Vancouver Museum, that the NPA is not a party!

That's right. Based on its founding principles, the NPA is not a the extent that a party has policies and platforms, etc. etc. Rather, it is an ASSOCIATION with the mandate (according to the NPA website):
  • To strive to improve civic government in Vancouver.
  • To support the election of the most suitable candidates for civic office.
  • To oppose the introduction of party politics into the elected boards of the city.
In other words, the role of the NPA is to recruit good candidates, regardless of any other party affiliations, and to help get them elected.

Over the years these basic themes have been expanded to include the following principles (again, according to the NPA website):

  • Municipal levels of government should act for the benefit of the people and should allow every individual the freedom of worship, assembly, opportunity and initiative.
  • Individuals have the right to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and to own private property, and individual enterprise is generally preferable to government intervention.
  • Civic progress and stability can only be achieved by upholding the law, accepting social responsibilities, and accomplishing change by intelligent planning.
  • Elected civic representatives should make decisions based on the viewpoint of many individuals and organizations, and not be under obligation to policies or platforms of political parties.
So what went wrong? As Peter Ladner articulately pointed out, this is not how most Vancouverites view the 'association'. They view the NPA as a party, a party they don't generally like....a party they have soundly rejected in two recent elections.

To be honest, I didn't fully appreciate that the NPA is not a party. While I was never told what to do or say during the last election, and often thought that I had little in common with some of the other candidates, I still came to think of the NPA as a party...a party which many people thought of as Vancouver's 'Republican Party'. I tried to deflect this criticism by suggesting that the NPA I belonged to was 'not your father's NPA", but I failed, and so did the party...or rather the association.

That's why last night's meeting was so interesting, and in many respects, so productive.

There were two motions on the floor. Both were initiated by Bill McCreery, a Vancouver architect who was part of TEAM in the early 70's, but someone who has generally been on the sidelines of Vancouver politics in recent decades. In the last year, McCreery has become increasingly concerned with the behaviour and decisions of Vision Vancouver, and the lack of action by the NPA, and decided to do something about it.

He felt the NPA needed to be renewed...or more accurately, resurrected or re-branded, in the truest sense of the word. To make this happen he suggested two things: consideration of a change in name; and the development of clear policies that would let voters know where the party stood on key issues.

McCreery's motions were apparently discussed with the NPA Executive and somewhat modified before presentation last night. However, as soon as they were presented, a series of amendments were proposed. The first ensured that the old name could remain an option; other amendments attempted to address the association's constitution. Boring?

On the contrary, the discussion was fascinating...and oftentimes illuminating. Some speakers argued that THE NPA IS NOT A PARTY...and as such cannot have policies! Others echoed Peter Ladner's position that whether we like it or not, the NPA is perceived to be a party and should therefore begin a process of community engagement, to develop policies that help define where it stands. And to help voters understand what it is, and isn't.

As I listened to the arguments on both sides, I was reminded of the movie 'My Dinner With Andre'. If you haven't seen it, the movie is essentially a discussion between two New Yorkers who offer contrary viewpoints on a variety of issues. However, each articulates his position so well it is often hard to disagree with anything either of them says. That's how I felt during much of last night's discussion. I agreed with both sides.

I liked the idea that the NPA was not a party, and therefore did not develop policies to guide the candidates. On the other hand, I agreed that no one sees the NPA that way, and so it might as well develop policies, if only to let people know we are not Vancouver's Republican Party!

In the end, the motion to consider a name change was passed, but only after it was made very clear that most people preferred to keep the old name, and redefine it, rather than change the name.

The motion to develop 'policies', which was amended to the development of 'principles' was defeated, since most people were swayed by the argument that the association (I keep wanting to call it a party!) already has guiding principles...they just need to be updated and communicated. There was also agreement that there needs to be a better program of neighbourhood and community outreach and discussion, if only to help people understand what we are, and what we're not.

While I appreciated this may all sound very dull, it wasn't. In fact, Sally and I left the meeting feeling somewhat invigorated. Unlike Groucho Marx, who once quibbed he would never join a club that would have people like him as members, I discovered I HAVE JOINED A CLUB THAT IS ALLOWED TO HAVE PEOPLE LIKE ME AS MEMBERS! We are allowed to be independent, free thinking individuals, with a variety of viewpoints that may encompass the extreme left to yes, the extreme right.

I realize this may not necessarily be a good thing. As Bill McCreery pointed out, one of the reasons that TEAM disintegrated in the 70's was its inability to accommodate people as diverse as Mike Harcourt and Jack Volrich. Now that Vision Vancouver has tried to take over the centre of the political spectrum, some people may have difficulty positioning the NPA, especially if it has no position!

But we'll see. As for me, while I am daily asked whether I will run in the next municipal election, as readers of this blog well know, I am fortunate to be involved in an interesting variety of private projects and public activities. It would be hard to give this all up. (Especially to sit in endless meetings, should I be elected.) However, I am not happy with many of the recent decisions that have been made by the current council, and worry about the economic future of the say nothing of our planning future. So we'll see.

But as for the NPA, I think many people left the meeting like Sally, encouraged by the number and quality of people who showed up, and the high level of discussion. Now the association just has to figure out how it can effectively reposition itself so that it can select good candidates for the November 2011 election, and help get them elected. It certainly has to do a better job than it did in 2008!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

10 best iPad apps for geek chicks

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The app world is all for the geek girls, who’ve now become the proud owner of the iPad. Top luxury & designer brands and ace fashion mags are being haughty about luring the fairer sex through iPad that sold 300,000 pieces on its opening day. The choice is daunting but here’s the list of best apps, which match the dynamic women’s ergonomics to quite an extent.

1. Gilt Groupe
gilt groupe ipad app
Those who love shopping at Gilt would love scrounging through their range on their iPad.
“With our iPad app, users feel like they are physically touching the products. What’s also amazing, especially for our members, is the speed at which they can browse through the sales and add items to their cart”, says Jag Bath, vice president for product management at Gilt Groupe. The first 10,000 downloads will also a $10 credit from Gilt, which is great as the app can be downloaded for free.
2. Gap 1969 Stream
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The denim fans must have the Gap app which offers to teach new ways to wear jeans. And, loads of easy shopping goes without saying. Get the Gap 1969 Stream on iPad for free.
3. Epicurious Recipes And Shopping Lists for iPad
epicurious app ipad
The app enables you to access 27,000 recipes from both Gourmet and Bon Appetit. It’s like a complete digital cookbook on your iPad. You can save and add your favorite recipes and also mail them to friends. Download it for free from iTunes.

4. eBay for the iPad

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The eBay freaks would appreciate the big thumbnails, proper placement of the product image with close-ups on the eBay for iPad. The app allows augmented functionality with the iPad’s touchscreen. With the price table at the bottom you can narrow you search to your preferable range. It’s available for free at iTunes.
5. Interview Magazine
interview magazine
The app came loaded with the mag’s latest issue even before it hit the stores on April 12. After all, the iPad users deserve certain special treatment, so they’ve packed the app with 330 screens of images and a videos. It’s priced at $0.99.

6. The Sartorialist

the sartorialist
You can scroll through exclusive Scott Schuman’s work on your iPad with the Sartorialist iPad app. The ace photographer’s street style work is something worth relishing on the iPad’s large screen. The app can be downloaded for free.
7. Calesco Fashion app
Walk down the aisle donning the Calesco number chosen over your swanky iPad. The appdisplays brand’s current bridal, prom and festival couture with, pictures photo shoots and live ramp walks . You’ll also earn discount coupons and a free pair of matching shoes on a purchase of a dress, plus there’s also an integrated shop locator for your convenience.
8. iBook
ibook ipad app
iBook virtually turns your iPad into an e-reader. You can access over 60,000 books and easily flip through the pages with your fingers on the touchscreen. The built-in dictionary and adjustable font size and color will give you a soothing e-reading experience on iPad. It’s available for free with many free books on offer.
9. Loopt Pulse
loopt pulse
It’s an app for the event managers and the serious social networkers. With the Loopt Pulse you can track the details of location where you are and everything that’s going on around you. The list and map details of the places around you will be displayed on your iPad screen to help you plan events or meetings. The friends tab will allow you to see the reviews of your Facebook friends via Fcebook connect.
10. Internet Movie & TV app
imdp ipad app
The movie freaks can access the Internet Movie Database on the Amazon app of IMDb. The app offers over 1.5 million movie and TV titles with information on 3.2 million celebrities, actors, actresses, directors and crew members. Download it for free.

Deathday: Johan Ludwig Tieck, German Author

Johann Ludwig Tieck (May 31, 1773 – April 28, 1853) was a German poet, translator, editor, novelist, writer of Novellen, and critic, who was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Early life

Tieck was born in Berlin, the son of a rope-maker. He was educated at the Friedrich-Werdersche Gymnasium, and at the universities of Halle, Göttingen and Erlangen. At Göttingen, he studied Shakespeare and the Elizabethan drama.

In 1794 he returned to Berlin, and attempted to make a living by writing. He contributed a number of short stories (1795–1798) to the series of Straussfedern, published by the bookseller C. F. Nicolai and originally edited by J. K. A. Musäus, and wrote Abdallah (1796) and a novel in letters, William Lovell (3 vols. 1795–1796).

Adoption of Romanticism

Tieck's transition to Romanticism is seen in the series of plays and stories published under the title Volksmärchen von Peter Lebrecht (3 vols., 1797), a collection which contains the admirable fairy-tale Der blonde Eckbert, which seamlessly blends exploration of the paranoiac mind with the realm of the supernatural, and the witty dramatic satire on Berlin literary taste, Der gestiefelte Kater. With his school and college friend Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder (1773–1798), he planned the novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen (vols. i–ii. 1798), which, with Wackenroder's Herzensergiessungen (1798), was the first expression of the romantic enthusiasm for old German art.

In 1798 Tieck married and in the following year settled in Jena, where he, the two brothers August and Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis were the leaders of the new Romantic school. His writings between 1798 and 1804 include the satirical drama, Prinz Zerbino (1799), and Romantische Dichtungen (2 vols., 1799-1800). The latter contains Tieck's most ambitious dramatic poems, Leben und Tod der heiligen Genoveva, Leben und Tod des kleinen Rotkäppchens, which were followed in 1804 by the remarkable "comedy" in two parts, Kaiser Oktavianus. These dramas, in which Tieck's poetic powers are to be seen at their best, are typical plays of the first Romantic school; although formless, and destitute of dramatic qualities, they show the influence of both Calderón and Shakespeare. Kaiser Oktavianus is a poetic glorification of the Middle Ages.

In 1801 Tieck went to Dresden, then lived for a time at Ziebingen near Frankfurt (Oder), and spent many months in Italy. In 1803 he published a translation of Minnelieder aus der schwäbischen Vorzeit, between 1799 and 1804 an excellent version of Don Quixote, and in 1811 two volumes of Elizabethan dramas, Altenglisches Theater. From 1812 to 1817 he collected in three volumes a number of his earlier stories and dramas, under the title Phantasus. In this collection appeared the stories Der Runenberg, Die Elfen, Der Pokal, and the dramatic fairy tale, Fortunat.

In 1817 Tieck visited England in order to collect materials for a work on Shakespeare (unfortunately never finished) and in 1819 he settled permanently in Dresden; from 1825 on he was literary adviser to the Court Theatre, and his semi-public readings from the dramatic poets gave him a reputation which extended far beyond the Saxon capital. The new series of short stories which he began to publish in 1822 also won him a wide popularity. Notable among these are Die Gemälde, Die Reisenden, Die Verlobung, and Des Lebens Überfluss.

More ambitious and on a wider canvas are the historical or semi-historical novels, Dichterleben (1826), Der Aufruhr in den Cevennen (1826, unfinished), Der Tod des Dichters (1834); Der junge Tischlermeister (1836; but begun in 1811) is an excellent story written under the influence of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister; Vittoria Accorombona (1840), the story of Vittoria Accoramboni written in the style of the French Romanticists, shows a falling-off.

Later years

In later years Tieck carried on a varied literary activity as critic (Dramaturgische Blätter, 2 vols., 1825–1826; Kritische Schriften, 2 vols., 1848); he also edited the translation of Shakespeare by August Wilhelm Schlegel, who was assisted by Tieck's daughter Dorothea (1790–1841) and by Wolf Heinrich, Graf von Baudissin (1789–1878); Shakespeares Vorschule (2 vols., 1823–1829); the works of Heinrich von Kleist (1826) and of Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz (1828). In 1841 Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia invited him to Berlin where he enjoyed a pension for his remaining years. He died on 28 April 1853.

Literary significance

Tieck's importance lay in the readiness with which he adapted himself to the emerging new ideas which arose at the close of the 18th century, as well as being a trailblazer in his own right with Romantic works such as der blonde Eckbert. His importance in German poetry, however, is restricted to his early period. In later years it was as the helpful friend and adviser of others, or as the well-read critic of wide sympathies, that Tieck distinguished himself.

Tieck also influenced Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser. It was from Phantasus that Wagner based the idea of Tannhäuser going to see the pope and Elisabeth dying in the song battle.


Tieck's Schriften appeared in twenty vols. (1828–1846), and his Gesammelte Novellen in twelve (1852–1854). Nachgelassene Schriften were published in two vols. in 1855. There are several editions of Ausgewählte Werke by H. Welti (8 vols., 1886–1888); by J. Minor (in Kirschner's Deutsche Nationalliteratur, 144, 2 vols., 1885); by G. Klee (with an excellent biography, 3 vols., 1892), and G. Witkowski (4 vols., 1903) and Marianne Thalmann (4 vols., 1963–66).


The Elves and The Goblet was translated by Carlyle in German Romance (1827), The Pictures and The Betrothal by Bishop Thirlwall (1825). A translation of Vittoria Accorombona was published in 1845. A translation of Des Lebens Überfluss (Life's Luxuries, by E. N. Bennett) appeared in German Short Stories in the Oxford University Press World's Classics series in 1934, but the wit of the original comes over more strongly in The Superfluities of Life. A Tale Abridged from Tieck, which appeared anonymously in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine in February 1845.The journey into the blue distance (Shirley) "The Romance of Little Red Riding Hood" (1801) was translated by Jack Zipes and included in his book "The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood."


Tieck's Letters have been published at various locations:

Ludwig Tieck und die Brüder Schlegel. Briefe ed. by Edgar Lohner (München 1972)
Briefe an Tieck were published in 4 vols. by K. von Holtei in 1864.

See also

Mozart's Berlin journey - Tieck's encounter with Mozart as an adolescent
Blond Eckbert - Judith Weir's operatic adaption of Tieck's novella der blonde Eckbert.


R. Köpke, Ludwig Tieck (2 vols., 1855) Tieck's earlier life.
H. von Friesen, Ludwig Tieck: Erinnerungen (2 vols., 1871) Dresden period.
A. Stern, Ludwig Tieck in Dresden (Zur Literatur der Gegenwart, 1879)
J. Minor, Tieck als Novellendichter (1884)
B. Steiner, L. Tieck und die Volksbücher (1893)
H. Bischof, Tieck als Dramaturg (1897)
W. Miessner, Tiecks Lyrik (1902)
Roger Paulin: Ludwig Tieck, 1985 (German) (Slg. Metzler M 185, 1987; German translation, 1988)
Kertz-Welzel, Alexandra. Die Transzendenz der Gefühle. Beziehungen zwischen Musik und Gefühl bei Wackenroder/Tieck und die Musikästhetik der Romantik. Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Literaturwissenschaft, no. 71. Ph.D. Dissertation (Saarbrücken, Germany: Universität des Saarlandes, 2000). St. Ingbert, Germany: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2001. ISBN 3-86110-278-1.