DÍA DE ANDALUCÍA

Thursday, February 28, 2013



Andalusia Day, ("Día de Andalucía") is a modern holiday celebrated in the Andalusia region on the southern coast of Spain each year on the 28th of February. Many things that are seen as being Spanish -- such as flamenco dancing, bullfighting, and gazpacho -- are actually from Andalusia.

The day commemorates the passing of a referendum on 28 February 1980, in which voters in the southern region of Spain, called "Andalusia", voted in favour of the region becoming an autonomous region in Spain, with its own regional government.

Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region. Within the region, there are eight provinces (Almeria, Cadiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, and Seville) of which Córdoba, Granada and Seville are well-known at least by name outside of Spain.

The founder of Andalucían nationalism was Blas Infante, who wrote the lyrics for the regional anthem and created the Andalusian flag. The Spanish constitution recognizes Andulusian as a nationality; in fact, though, many cultures went into the making of Andulusia, including Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Visigoths.

On this day in Andalusia, banks are closed, as well as most shops. Restaurants will still be open, though, and trains and buses still run.

Most towns and villages have some sort of festivities, with cultural activities and regional honours for the past year being handed out, all accompanied by municipal bands. The regional anthem is sung, called "Himno de Andalucía." Town squares will be decorated with green and white bunting, picking up the main colours of the regions flag. 

There will be municipal or school exhibitions. School kids make flags; some put on plays; teachers make sure children know the words to the regional anthem.

On the last day of school before the holiday, many schools serve children a free Andalusian-style breakfast ("desayuno andaluz"), which is "tostada con aceite", a toasted pitufo or mollete bun, sprinkled with olive oil, sometimes with Tomate Triturado (finely chopped tomato), and occasionally, garnished with thin Iberian ham slices as well. You may be given a garlic clove to rub on the bread before the olive oil. Adults usually have coffee with this traditional breakfast, but children are given hot chocolate.

When the holiday falls on a Monday, events can be sparsely attended in some places, as people will make a long weekend of it to get out of town.

OSCAR 2013 WINNERS

Monday, February 25, 2013



List of the 85th annual Academy Award Winners:

 1. Best Picture: Argo

 2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

 3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

 4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

 5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

 6. Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

 7. Foreign Language Film: Amour

 8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo

 9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

10. Animated Feature Film: Brave

11. Production Design: Lincoln

12. Cinematography: Life of Pi

13. Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

14. Sound Editing (tie): Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty

15. Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna.

16. Original Song: "Skyfall" from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.

17. Costume: Anna Karenina.

18. Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man.

19. Documentary (short subject): Inocente

20. Film Editing: Argo

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Miserables

22. Animated Short Film: Paperman

23. Live Action Short Film: Curfew

24. Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Source: http://oscar.go.com/

Oscar winners previously presented this season:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jeffrey Katzenberg

Honorary Award: Hal Needham

Honorary Award: D.A. Pennebaker

Honorary Award: George Stevens Jr.

Award of Merit: Cooke Optics

Source: http://oscar.go.com/

SECOND LIFE

Thursday, February 7, 2013



Second Life is an online Virtual World developed by Linden Lab. It was launched on June 23, 2003. A number of free client programs, or Viewers, enable Second Life users, to interact with each other through avatars (Also called Residents). 


Second Life residents can explore the World (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another. 

Second Life is intended for people aged 16 and over.

Built into the software, Second Life is a three-dimensional modeling tool based on simple geometric shapes that allows residents to build virtual objects. There is also a procedural scripting language, Linden Scripting Language (LSL), which can be used to add interactivity to objects. Sculpted prims (sculpties), mesh, textures for clothing or other objects, animations, and gestures can be created using external software and imported. 

The Second Life Terms of Service provide that users retain copyright for any content they create, and the server and client provide simple digital rights management functions.

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