Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - August 27, 2007

Source: www.photo.net

Photographer Haleh Bryan
Caption Trevasia-2
Views 93419 times
Ratings Critique Only
Exposure Date 2005-12-19
Location City: SF State: California
Equipment Camera Canon EOS 10D
Technical Details best seen larger.
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Friday, August 17, 2007


GOOD NEWS! Things are under control!
Thank you all!
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От моята добра приятелка Поли /Павлина/, която е в Щатите и дори не може да пътува до България, в момента!

Моля, помогнете.
Благодаря ви от сърце!


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Здравей, приятелю,

Пиша ти за нещо много спешно - татко е в болница в Пловдив, за последната година той премина през няколко операции, които засега не му помагат. Оказа се, че има рак на дебелото черво и нещата се влошават. Днес говорих с него, звучи много отчаян. Трябва да му се прелее кръв, но не могат да намерят в лабораторията. Той е кръвна група АB +.

Те питат за хора от семейството и приятели, които имат тази кръвна група, ако могат да дарят кръв за него. Моля те ако намериш някой, който може да помогне!!! Мобилния му телефон е 0886850196, а на Николина е 0888785503 /бел. Биляна: предполагам, че Николина е приятелката на Полиния татко/.

Ако намериш някой, моля те обади им се и ги питай какво да правиш. Убива ме мисълта че не мога да си отида да го видя или да направя нещо повече за него. Моята кръвна група е B+ и не му помага изобщо.

Благодаря ти предварително


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

**QUOTES**: Aristotle

Category: Philosopher
Year of Birth: 384 BC
Year of Death: 322 BC
Nationality: Greek
  • A friend to all is a friend to none.
  • A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
  • All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
  • Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
  • He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
  • He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
  • I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
  • Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
  • Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
  • Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
  • Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
  • Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
  • Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
  • The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
  • The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
  • The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
  • There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
  • This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
  • We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - August 13, 2007

Photographer saul santos diaz
Views 5013 times
84 ratings, Aesthetics: 6.54/7 Originality: 6.40/7
Exposure Date 2007-08-04
Location City: Torres del Paine Country: Chile
Equipment Unknown
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Saturday, August 11, 2007

**QUOTES**: Woody Allen

Category: Movie Director
Date of Birth: December 1, 1935
Nationality: American

  • And my parents finally realize that I'm kidnapped and they snap into action immediately: They rent out my room.
  • Harvard makes mistakes too, you know. Kissinger taught there.
  • How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
  • I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.
  • I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.
  • I failed to make the chess team because of my height.
  • I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
  • I want to tell you a terrific story about oral contraception. I asked this girl to sleep with me and she said 'No.'
  • I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.
  • I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
  • I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
  • I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch.
  • If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
  • If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
  • If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
  • In my house I'm the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.
  • Is sex dirty? Only if it's done right.
  • It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more.
  • Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions.
  • Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
  • Some guy hit my fender, and I told him, 'Be fruitful and multiply,' but not in those words.
  • The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
  • The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.

**QUOTES**: Isabelle Adjani

Category: Actress
Date of Birth: June 27, 1955
Nationality: French

  • I believe in angels, so it's simple.
  • I believe that when you work on yourself, you are attracted by different, more positive beings.
  • I want to work beyond external aggressions, forget that one has something to do for others if it's not for oneself.
  • I've suffered too much to hide my feelings.
  • In love, one should simplify, choose persons worthy of their promises and leave them if they don't keep them.
  • One cannot love without opening oneself, and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering.
  • One is never ready for success. It consecrates and looses you at the same time.
  • There are people who never experience that, who remain closed until death, from fear of change.
  • You must take the risk to disclose yourself in order to become more real, more human. And even if the price is high.

Team led by a Bulgarian, finds largest exoplanet yet

The planet has a large radius but a low density.

An international team of astronomers has discovered the largest known planet orbiting another star.
The "transiting" planet - meaning one that passes in front of its parent star as seen from Earth - is about 70% larger than Jupiter.
But the gas giant has a much lower mass than Jupiter - the biggest planet in our Solar System - making it of extremely low density.
The new exoplanet, called TrES-4, is located in the constellation of Hercules and was discovered by a team working on the Transatlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES). It is mostly made up of hydrogen.
TrES-4 circles the star GSC02620-00648, which lies about 1,435 light-years away from Earth. Being only about seven million km (4.5 million miles) from its parent star, the planet is also very hot, about 1,327C (1,600 K; 2,300F).
"TrES-4 is the largest known exoplanet," said lead author Georgi Mandushev, from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, US.
Surprising size

It is so big, in fact, that its size is difficult to explain using current theories about superheated giant planets.

"We continue to be surprised by how relatively large these giant planets can be," says Francis O'Donovan, a graduate student in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) which operates one of the TrES telescopes.

"But if we can explain the sizes of these bloated planets in their harsh environments, it may help us better understand our own Solar System planets and their formation."

Its density of 0.2 grams per cubic centimetre is so low that the planet would, in theory, float on water.

By definition, a transiting planet passes directly between the Earth and the star, blocking some of the star's light and causing a slight drop in its brightness.
"TrES-4 blocks off about 1% of the light of the star as it passes in front of it," said Dr Mandushev.

"With our telescopes and observing techniques, we can measure this tiny drop in the star's brightness and deduce the presence of a planet there."

Planet TrES-4 makes a complete revolution around its parent star every 3.55 days, so a year on this planet is shorter than a week on Earth.

The TrES is a network of three 10cm telescopes in Arizona, California and the Canary Islands.
In order to accurately measure the size of the TrES-4 planet, astronomers used the 0.8m telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, the 1.2m telescope at the Whipple Observatory, also in Arizona, and the 10m Keck telescope in Hawaii.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Safest Cars 2007

If you’re going to get creamed in a car, might as well make it an Audi A4.
That’s because it’s one of the safest cars on the road, according to data we consulted in forming this year’s list of most sound autos.
Joining it at the top? Acura's
RL and Saab's 9-3. All three get the highest-possible marks for safety from three of the four most respected sources of such data: Consumer Reports, the Department of Transportation, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
What's more, all three vehicles carry CR's highest-possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities. The Acura RL also has perfect crash-test scores from both the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and from the IIHS. The A4 and 9-3 have perfect IIHS crash-test scores, as well as substantially better-than-average (in this case, lower-than-average) frequencies of insurance injury-claim filings, according to HLDI.

Behind The Data
To earn a spot on our list, a vehicle had to have at least two of the following:
--CR's highest-possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities. --Perfect NHTSA crash-test scores across the board. --Perfect IIHS crash-test scores across the board. --A substantially better-than-average (i.e. lower-than-average) frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, according to the HLDI.

We only looked at cars that the NHTSA and the IIHS have tested in all of their available categories: for NHTSA, two frontal-impact tests, two side-impact tests and a rollover-resistance test; for the IIHS, front, side and rear tests.
The difference between a good crash-test rating and a poor one is significant: A five-star NHTSA frontal-crash rating means a chance of serious injury of 10% or less in a head-on collision in which each vehicle is going 35 mph. A one-star rating means a chance of 46% or higher. NHTSA defines a "serious injury" as one that requires immediate hospitalization and may be life-threatening.
Safe Sex
Wondering if it’s possible to achieve safety and sex appeal?
Answer, please: Yes. Oh Yes.
Take the sporty BMW
Z4 coupe. A two-seater, it accelerates from zero to 60 in 4.9 seconds and boasts a 6-cylinder, 3.2-liter engine. Rounded fenders and flat rear glass add a touch of class.
Or the Lexus
SC convertible. It reaches a top speed of 149 mph thanks to a 4.3-liter V-8 engine.
Both also received Consumer Reports' highest-possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities and a substantially better-than-average frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, according to the HLDI.
Think about that the next time you’re leaning more toward daring than dependability.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

**QUOTES**: Douglas Adams

Category: Writer
Date of Birth:
March 11, 1952
Date of Death: May 11, 2001
Nationality: English
  • A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
  • Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
  • He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
  • I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
  • I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
  • In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground.
  • Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
  • Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Photo.net`s Photo of the Week - August 6, 2007

Photographer Bengt Ekelberg
Views 1284 times
Ratings 0 ratings, Aesthetics: None Originality: None
Equipment Unknown
Technical Details Rolleiflex SL66, Sonnar 4/150.
Manipulated? Unknown or Yes

Time`s Quote of Monday - "The truth is, I`m not human..."

Source: www.time.com
"The truth is, I am not human — I am a man-god, son of Zeus, born to mortal woman."
- An entry on the blog THE SECRET LIFE OF STEVE JOBS
Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes magazine, was this weekend revealed to be the author of the blog, which has enthralled tech watchers with its lampooning of the Apple CEO