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 “Peter Benchley is on The Horizon,” our dive ops manager, Tracy Andrew, announced as she disembarked from the panga boat and climbed aboard our 85-foot charter dive vessel, The Ocean Odyssey. I was among the 16 shark divers and 10 crewmembers who stood bunched and excited on the afterdeck upon hearing the news. Hard as I tried to keep a dignified aura behooving a journalist on assignment, I found myself hip-checking through the small crowd and, with overeager impatience, asking, “Did you talk to him!?”  It was November of 2004. Our vessel sat anchored in the northeast leeward side of Isle de Guadalupe, some 300 yards off an area known as “Shark Heaven.” The Horizon, sister boat of The Odyssey, sat at anchor not far off, also loaded with shark divers, led by ecotour operator, Paul “Doc” Anes. I was signed on with Patric ... (more)

Leni Riefenstahl and the Holocaust!

Leni Riefenstahl   Leni Riefenstahl Helene Bertha Amalie “Leni” Riefenstahl was born in Berlin on the 22 August 1902 and began her career as a ballet dancer, employed by Max Reinhardt among others, for dance performances in the early 1920’s.   Her father Alfred Riefenstahl  was said to have wanted his first child to be a son so that he could carry on the firm that had provided a secure amount of wealth to the Riefenstahl family. However, as the young girl Leni grew into young adulthood, she felt her passions grow in the artistic direction that had been a staple of her mother’s life.   At the age of 4, Leni began to write poetry and paint. Along with this, Leni felt that from a very early age she was an athletic child, due to the behest of her father. At age twelve, she recalled joining a local gymnastics and swim club called "Nixe". It was her mother that notice... (more)

OpenSourceCinema.org Chooses Kaltura's Video Platform to Power Interactive Video Functionality on Its New Online Community Developed by Raincity Studios

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 03/16/09 -- SXSW Conference -- EyeSteelFilm, the creators of "RiP, a Remix Manifesto," a documentary about copyright and remix culture, announced today that it has partnered with Kaltura, Inc. (http://www.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source video platform and Raincity Studios, a web 2.0 community developer and web design company, to power full video capabilities on its new online community site www.OpenSourceCinema.org. "When we launched OpenSourceCinema.org, the idea was to promote a fair-use remix culture. With Kaltura's unique open source tools, the collaborative concept becomes easy to implement," said Brett Gaylor, Founder of Open Source Cinema. "Now, with the online community that we've created in collaboration with Raincity Studios, Kaltura's technology enables our members to easily collaborate online in the joint c... (more)

Complete List of Recipients of the 69th Annual Peabody Awards

ATHENS, Ga., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release was issued today by The George Foster Peabody Awards: Modern Family (ABC) Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions This wily, witty comedy puts quirky, contemporary twists in family ties but maintains an old-fashioned heart. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (CBS) Worldwide Pants, Inc. As this fascinating, often funny interview attests, the Scottish-born Ferguson has made late-night television safe again for ideas. Noodle Road: Connecting Asia's Kitchens (KBS1 TV) Korean Broadcasting System The who, where, what, why and how of Asia's culinary staple, rolled into one visually delicious hour. A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains (ABC) ABC News A powerful documentary shot in the hollows and house trail... (more)

Sundance Channel Europe & Asia Celebrate the Sundance Film Festival With a 10-Night Special Programming Event

NEW YORK, January 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel will celebrate the world renowned Sundance Film Festival in Europe and Asia with a 10-day lineup of films spanning the Festival's rich history, with new titles airing each night. The special programming event, which runs 21-30 January and coincides with the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, will also feature the Sundance Channel premieres of selections from last year's Festival, the award-winning His & Hers and the nominated The Imperialists are Alive. Directed by Ken Wardop, His & Hers is a multiple award-winning documentary that combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women in the Irish midlands. [Debuts 21 January, with subsequent viewings] The Imperialists are Alive, directed by Zeina Durra, is a drama about a French Manhattanite making her way as an artist whil... (more)

Hannover House Presents Summer Theatrical Schedule at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/11 -- Hannover House will release five new feature films to theaters during the summer and early fall seasons with an exciting line-up to be presented at the CinemaCon Show in Las Vegas next week. Each of the theatrical titles will open in the key markets of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other top 20 DMAs, with significant, nationwide expansion plans slated for three of the five releases. Hannover House is the entertainment division of Target Development Group, Inc., (PINKSHEETS: TDGI). The CinemaCon 2011 title line-up from Hannover House includes: "Turtle: The Incredible Journey," a nature documentary and family adventure from director Nick Stringer ("National Geographic Explorer," "Meerkat Manor") will launch in selected markets June 24th, with a national expansion planned for mid-July. The film will be released to theater... (more)

Fantastic Fest 2010 Adds New Films to Its Incredible Lineup

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Fantastic Fest welcomes a bayou-dwelling psycho-killer, a disturbed housemaid, Muay Thai bone-crushers, blood-sucking vampires, undocumented immigrants, cannibal families, and more to its genre-bending lineup of mind blowing films for 2010. The lineup includes a Gala Screening for Stone on Friday, September 24 at The Paramount Theatre with Edward Norton, director John Curran and more in attendance. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/FFLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100816/FFLOGO) GALA Stone (2010) US Premiere, USA, director: John Curran Director John Curran and Edward Norton live in attendance. A seasoned corrections official and a volatile inmate find their lives dangerously intertwined in STONE, a thought-provoking drama directed by John Curran and written by Angus MacLachlan. STONE feat... (more)

New York Festivals 2012 Television & Film Awards Announces Call for Entries

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/11/11 -- New York Festivals®, honoring "The World's Best TV Programs & Films™," announced the Call for Entries for the 2012 International Television & Film Awards. This year, NYF has updated the competition by adding the following new categories: Best Sports Talk Show; Best News Talk Show; Heroes; and Green Promotion. These new categories round out those introduced last year that transformed the competition: Telenovelas, Special Event, Event Venue, Animated Program, and multiple Sports Categories. The newly launched 2012 categories showcase exceptional work in programming and technique. The Heroes category recognizes stories of ordinary people whose acts of heroism or advocacies have touched the lives of people and set an example for others to follow. The Green Promotion category continues NYF's Green Initiative by honoring promos... (more)

Honda Premieres “Living with Robots” Short-Film Documentary at Sundance Film Festival

As part of the “DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE” Documentary Series, today Honda debuted its sixth short-film documentary, “Living with Robots,” at the Sundance Film Festival and at http://dreams.honda.com. “The Sundance Film Festival is the ideal place to explore new and diverse ideas at the intersection of art, technology and mobility,” said Barbara Ponce, manager of corporate advertising for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda’s new film takes a fresh look at mobility through stories on one of Honda’s most challenging dream projects – ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot.” Directed by Joe Berlinger with producers @radical.media, “Living with Robots” investigates humankind’s keen interest in robots and how robots can challenge the impossible by saving lives while also holding the promise to become more integrated and helpful in daily life. The film highlights ... (more)

Cinema Arts Festival Houston Features Stellar Lineup of Films and Guest Artists

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 10/29/09 -- A stellar lineup of actors, directors and other artists are participating in Cinema Arts Festival Houston, a jam-packed multimedia event scheduled for November 11-15, 2009. Guests presenting new and classic films include actress Tilda Swinton, Texas filmmaker and director Richard Linklater and Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. The arts-oriented Festival will also host photographer Susan Meiselas, rock band Dengue Fever and members of The Yes Men and the Ant Farm media collective, among many other outstanding presenters. The only U.S. festival devoted to films by and about artists of all stripes, the 2009 Cinema Arts Festival Houston runs at various cultural locales throughout Houston. It is more than just a film festival; it is a vibrant multimedia arts event breaking out of the confines of the movie theater through ... (more)

Documentary Channel Celebrates Innovators

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --This August, Documentary Channel (DOC) celebrates the lives and work of some of the world's most extraordinary innovators. Featuring trailblazers in art, music, medicine; each remarkable documentary shares the stories of unique, inspired individuals courageous enough to change the world. Highlights include the popular six-part series "Innovators in Music:" an exploration of six world-famous musicians and how their creative impulse extends beyond music into other realms; "Burzynski: Cancer is a Serious Business:" an eye-opening look at the groundbreaking work of a gifted physician and his long battle against the FDA to protect his right to save lives; and "Behind the Shimmy:" a rip-roaring journey behind-the-scenes with music mogul Miles Copeland and his wild band of professional belly dancers as they steal the show... (more)

Best Recent Articles on Cloud Computing & Big Data Topics
As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalization.
IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues to be a key stakeholder in delivering business service innovation. However, it also means that IT must deliver new innovation despite flat budgets, while maintaining existing services that grow more complex every day.
Cloud computing is transforming the way businesses think about and leverage technology. As a result, the general understanding of cloud computing has come a long way in a short time. However, there are still many misconceptions about what cloud computing is and what it can do for businesses that adopt this game-changing computing model. In this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, Rex Wang, Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle, discusses and dispels some of the common myths about cloud computing that still exist today.
Despite the economy, cloud computing is doing well. Gartner estimates the cloud market will double by 2016 to $206 billion. The time for dabbling in the cloud is over! The 14th International Cloud Expo, co-located with 5th International Big Data Expo and 3rd International SDN Expo, to be held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, N.Y. announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested topics below). Cloud computing helps IT cut infrastructure costs while adding new features and services to grow core businesses. Clouds can help grow margins as costs are cut back but service offerings are expanded. Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud, Big Data and Software-Defined Networking: submit your speaking proposal today!
What do you get when you combine Big Data technologies….like Pig and Hive? A flying pig? No, you get a “Logical Data Warehouse.” In 2012, Infochimps (now CSC) leveraged its early use of stream processing, NoSQLs, and Hadoop to create a design pattern which combined real-time, ad-hoc, and batch analytics. This concept of combining the best-in-breed Big Data technologies will continue to advance across the industry until the entire legacy (and proprietary) data infrastructure stack will be replaced with a new (and open) one.
While unprecedented technological advances have been made in healthcare in areas such as genomics, digital imaging and Health Information Systems, access to this information has been not been easy for both the healthcare provider and the patient themselves. Regulatory compliance and controls, information lock-in in proprietary Electronic Health Record systems and security concerns have made it difficult to share data across health care providers.
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Vanessa Alvarez has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo® 2014. 14th International Cloud Expo will take place on June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 15th International Cloud Expo® will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
12th International Cloud Expo, held on June 10–13, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured four content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the cloud computing ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service.
Ulitzer.com announced "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo, which drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend.
It's a simple fact that the better sales reps understand their prospects' intentions, preferences and pain points during calls, the more business they'll close. Each day, as your prospects interact with websites and social media platforms, their behavioral data profile is expanding. It's now possible to gain unprecedented insight into prospects' content preferences, product needs and budget. We hear a lot about how valuable Big Data is to sales and marketing teams. But data itself is only valuable when it's part of a bigger story, made visible in the right context.
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Larry Carvalho has been named Tech Chair of Cloud Expo® 2014. 14th International Cloud Expo will take place on June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 15th International Cloud Expo® will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Everyone talks about a cloud-first or mobile-first strategy. It's the trend du jour, and for good reason as these innovative technologies have revolutionized an industry and made savvy companies a lot of money. But consider for a minute what's emerging with the Age of Context and the Internet of Things. Devices, interfaces, everyday objects are becoming endowed with computing smarts. This is creating an unprecedented focus on the Application Programming Interface (API) as developers seek to connect these devices and interfaces to create new supporting services and hybrids. I call this trend the move toward an API-first business model and strategy.
We live in a world that requires us to compete on our differential use of time and information, yet only a fraction of information workers today have access to the analytical capabilities they need to make better decisions. Now, with the advent of a new generation of embedded business intelligence (BI) platforms, cloud developers are disrupting the world of analytics. They are using these new BI platforms to inject more intelligence into the applications business people use every day. As a result, data-driven decision-making is finally on track to become the rule, not the exception.