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The Watchmen Message Relavant to WCYF 2009

Posted by David D'Angelo | 1/29/2009 09:35:00 AM | , | 0 comments »
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The WatchmenThe Local Organizing Committee is currently trying to organize fund raisers for WCYF 2009 and one of the avenues seen is through a Block Screening in March of the movie, "The Watchmen." The movies theme is particularly of relation to WCYF 2009, since in this forum the youth is taking the lead in facing the current problems and illnesses of the earth and the question is how will they do it. The block screening of the movie is sought to help raise the needed funds to make the event a reality. Celebrities, dignitaries, students and corporate sponsors will be invited to watch. Each ticket makes a difference for the Earth through the World Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009 on Education for Sustainable Developmentt. So what is Watchmen? Read on..


The Watchmen Trailer Number 1


"Watchmen" is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed
superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the
"Doomsday Clock" – which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his
former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined
masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and
discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his
former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes,
only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging
and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and
catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch
over humanity... but who is watching the Watchmen?"

Here is another trailer of the movie and an exlusive interview with Zack Snyder, the Director of The Watchmen. We are hoping that everyone will help us raise funds for WCYF 2009 and since you watch this movie you will also automatically be an individual sponsor.



The Watchmen Trailer Number 2


Interview with watchmen Director, Zack Snyder




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Love Hina: Probably The Most Romantic Anime Ever

Posted by David D'Angelo | 1/27/2009 09:01:00 AM | | 1 comments »
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Am sure many of us have already watched the cute and very romantic anime, Love Hina. Although violent at some point, this anime brings you the laughts, the tears and the taste of pure romance from a girls point of view. Starting with a simple promise in their youth Keitaro and a girl he yet to identify again to getting into Tokyo University and then to finding common answers to life's problems. This anime has it all and is recommended for all ages.

Love Hina is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 21, 1998 through October 31, 2001 and was published in 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The series details the daily life of Keitaro Urashima as he attempts to find the girl he made a childhood promise to and enter Tokyo University. The manga is licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop and in Singapore by Chuang Yi.


Love Hina Opening Theme


A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the anime series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April 19, 2000 to September 27, 2000. It was followed by a bonus DVD episode, two television specials, and a three episode original video animation (OVA) entitled Love Hina Again. The anime series, special, and OVA were licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation Entertainment, who will be re-releasing the series and movies using Bandai's original English language dubbing and subtitles.


  • STORY: 10 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 10 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 10 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 8 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 10 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 7 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 10 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • RECOMMENDATION: 10 - my recommendation
  • TOTAL RATING: 9.38


  • Lovehina inscludes characters features the main characters of Keitaro Urashima and Naru Narusegawa. Keitaro may seem to be very unlucky at the hands of Naru but as the story progresses he will soon earn her love.

    Other characters are Mutsumi Otohime, a 21-year-old[10] student who lives in Okinawa and like Keitaro, she has failed the Tokyo University entrance exams on several occasions; Shinobu Maehara, a 12-year old middle school student who is very shy; Motoko Aoyama, a 15-year-old high school girl who is descended from a family of Kendo experts; Kaolla Su, a 13-year-old foreign transfer student, and princess of her home island.; and Mitsune Konno, also known as Kitsune and is a 19-year-old freelancer who speaks with a Kansei dialect.

    Now here is my favorite song from Love Hina featuring Naru Segawa entitled "Egao No Miraihe" , the first one is the anime version and the second one is by Horie Yui, the dubber behind her.


    Naru's Song


    Horie Yui Egao No Miraihe


    Here is also the lyrics of the song above:

    Ashita e mukau jikan ni makenai you ni
    Kaze o kitte kakedasou yo motto
    Kokoro no kui no nokoranai mainichi o okuri nagara
    Ganbatteru kimi ni ageru egao no mirai o ...

    SUMOOKII na jibun no michi okoru okoru aruita
    Mayotte, tsumazuite,
    Doro darake no mune no itami naki nagara haratta ne
    Kuchibiru, kamishimete
    Genjitsu wa kanari kibishii kedo
    Koko made kita atsui yume no inochi tayasanai de

    Ashita e mukau jikan ni makenai you ni
    Kaze o kitte kakedasou yo motto
    Ikutsu mono kizu o seotte sore demo chiisana hane o
    Tabatakasete oozora e to mezasu kimi ga suki

    Koi o shitari, KENKA shitari sawagidasu kanjou wa
    Kokoro no takaramono
    Setsunasa to ka, itoshisa to ka hajimete fureru
    Kimochi
    Tomadoi shitte yuku
    Genjitsu wa kanari otona dakedo
    Kinou yori mo atsuku nareru inochi nakusanaide.





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    The X FIles: I Want To Believe The Boring Stuff

    Posted by David D'Angelo | 1/23/2009 04:53:00 PM | | 0 comments »
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    While passing along time I did watch The X Files: I Want to Believe in my laptop. The topic of the movie was about stem cell research. It is the case of a doctor doing a modern Frankenstein work. In his work he gets the blood of people and does the work through merging the necks of patients. Agent Molder and Agent Skelly are up again to search for the missing fellow agent and also find out what is happening. In the search for answers someone who seems to have a gift of finding people and their bodies were aiding them. An interesting plot which as the movie progresses gets lost and gets buried deep.

    This movie lacks the excitement and suspense of the X-Files TV series. It makes a turn on what the series tackles about. When you talk about X Files, the common connotation is about finding alien life forms and other out of this world phenomena but when you watch this movie it seems that it turns out to be a regular case of crime and suspense. The plot lacks excitement and if you will be watching it at night there is a danger that you will get sleepy.

    The mix of love interest, detective story and the old Frankenstein research seems to be a bad mix. Although I may say I have a hard time understanding the audio at first because I still have to adjust the sound of my laptop so that I can hear it audibly, I find the movie forced. The release of another installment for this series seems to be something done just to say that there is a new movie rather than focusing on how viewers will react to the storyline.


    X-Files - I want to believe (2008) High Quality Trailer



  • STORY: 5 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 6 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 6 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 4 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 5 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 4 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 6 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • RECOMMENDATION: 3 - my recommendation
  • TOTAL RATING: 4.88


  • So if you are going to watch this for enjoyment or if you enjoy the X-Files TV series, you might be up for an upset in this one.

    I want to believe that it was done in good taste but to me it seems the opposite. Sorry for the negative review but I am just being honest. This one is definitely a bad movie although the view about this depends on the taste and preference of the one watching it


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    Entrecard is now heeding the call of the community with the release of a new and more robust vbulletin based forum with features recommended by the community. They are also allowing non-Entrecard members to view and post at the forums perhaps to entice them to be part of the community as well. Here are the latest update announcement from the Entrecard Team...

    NEW Forum. First up, the forum. Literally since day one, Entrecarders have been asking for a new forum, a better forum than the one we've always had. You wanted a fully-featured vbulletin, with all the bells and whistles. So we have officially upgraded to a NEW Vbulletin forum, with all the bells and whistles like user groups, user ranks/titles/reputation, post signatures, better moderation capabilities, subscriptions to threads and forums, and more!

    ...Open to ALL bloggers. One of the biggest changes is that the Entrecard forums are going to be open to all bloggers. You no longer need an Entrecard account to use Entrecard forums. We hope this opens the discussion to many more bloggers. Let's show them what Entrecarders are made of!

    REGISTER for the New Forum (important!!!). As an Entrecard member, you'll need to register a new account on the fourm. Feel free to use the same email / password as your Entrecard account. Register at http://forums.entrecard.com/register.php

    Forum Giveaway Promotion!. From now until the end of February we're giving away 1000 credits each day to two people in the forum who we've seen be helpful, informative, and supportive. It will be random, and each day we'll announce the winners on the Contests forum.

    Useful links:
    New forum Homepage:
    http://forums.entrecard.com

    Forum registration URL:
    http://forums.entrecard.com/register.php

    Manual Approval is IN. Another feature that people have been asking for, since day 1, is a Manual Approval Process. From today forward, only blogs meeting the Entrecard Quality Standards will be admitted to Entrecard. And we're going to work harder than ever to track down every last splog already in the system, and remove them immediately.

    Top Dropper Day. Next Saturday, January 31 is Top Dropper Day. On this day, every Entrecard member participating in Top Dropper Day is going to write a blog post thanking their Top Droppers and linking to them. There are two ways you can join in the festivities:

    1.) Write a post thanking your top droppers! From your Entrecard Statistics page you can see a list of the 10 bloggers who have dropped their card for you the most times in the last 30 days. Writing a post thanking them, linking to them, and writing a nice compliment about their blog is a great way to reward them for being loyal visitors.

    2.) Drop!! Because so many people in Entrecard are participating in Top Dropper Day this month, the chances that bloggers will link to you increases dramatically. Dropping is a great way to earn credits and drive traffic to your blog, and this month it's going to help you get links from other bloggers too. So drop frequently and often for the greatest rewards!

    You can see a list of everyone participating in top dropper day in the comments section of this blog post: http://entrecard.com/blog/?p=974



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    I have finally been able to watch Saw V today and I thought it would be the most boring of the Saw series. Jigsaw is dead and there seems to be nothing left about it. Then all of a sudden the game and puzzle starts again but who is doing it? Does Jigsaw have an accomplish? Will the accomplish be captured? There are certainly spoilers on this post so if you still want full suspense when you watch Saw V proceed with caution.

    At the end of Saw IV we have seen Agent Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) enters the room where Jigsaw died and shoots Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen) dead in self-defense. He is then locked in the room, but soon finds a hidden door that leads into a passage. Here a microcassette recording urges him not to proceed any further; ignoring it, he moves down the passage and is attacked by a figure in a pig mask. He then finds his face enclosed in a glass box which is slowly being filled with water. Courageous as he is Strahm cuts open his throat with a pen to let air in and he was eventually rescued.

    He was then removed later on from the Jigsaw case but was not convinced that the killings was over. Agent Strahm believes that he has an accomplish. In this long search he will discover things and scenarios which everyone will be shocked to know. Why did the accomplish continue to do what Jigsaw is doing and how the two met?

  • STORY: 10 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 8 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 10 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 10 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 7 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 6 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 8 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • RECOMMENDATION: 8 - my recommendation
  • TOTAL RATING: 8.38

  • Compared to the first four series this installment is not that bloody nor does it contain the necessary gore which is the strong point of the series. It was also the installment which received the lowest earning. Saw V only grossed more than 106 million dollars worldwide.

    Special effects was not a major factor nor was the music which is in contrast to the past series these two had been the greatest known ingredient to be watched for in Saw.

    Despite all of this the most interesting part is the ending. It shows the signature ending of every installment which puts you at the edge of your sit thinking why it happened that way and what if the other thing was done.

    Surely everyone will anticipate Saw VI as they watch this one. The main question in the next part would be, "What's Next?" So not to spoil you dear readers please do watch this one and am sure you will agree that it is indeed worth watching.


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    I have recently discovered a website called Website Grader and I think this site really helps a lot in identifying things which you may have forgotten in your website by checking your site and giving it a grade on a 100 scale. Besides that it has a very useful article which gives a general guide regarding Google Page Rank. How is Google Page Rank calculated and how can your rank increase. Here is the article from Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot:

    If you’ve spent time (or are simply curious) about online marketing, then the topic of search engine optimization (SEO) usually comes up. And, no discussion of search engine anything is complete these days without some mention of Google. This article provides a brief overview of how Google ranks search results with a look at their PageRank™ algorithm (a key component). I’m not a search engine expert (that’s the bad news). The good news is that I know enough to describe Google PageRank in relatively simple terms (such that you can impress your friends and family with your new-found knowledge).

    Quick Intro To SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

    Put quite simply, SEO is the process of optimizing your website for the search engines (like Google). By “optimizing”, I mean attempting to make it such that searches for specific phrases rank your website higher in the search results than other websites. There are lots of good reasons to want to rank higher, but for businesses, the primary reason is to generate good leads for your offering. Millions of people use Google every day looking for a product, service or information. Some of these people might be potential clients looking for your particular offering. There are two ways for you to show up on the results page when users are doing a search. The first is paid advertising (I’ll talk about this in a future article) and the second is what is known as “organic” (or “natural”) search. The natural search results are listed free and are dependent on Google’s estimation of how relevant and credible your website is. Natural search results are my favorite kind, because you don’t have to pay money for them, and they often works better than paid advertising. I liken this to the difference between getting mentioned in a magazine article and purchasing an ad in that same magazine.

    If you can rank high on the free (organic) search results for Google, it’s like getting tens of thousands of dollars worth of free advertising in the most relevant trade magazines for your industry, every time a new issue comes out. I’m not sure about you, but that’s pretty interesting to me. It’s a great way to grow your business and find new clients. So, how do you get all this free, effective advertising in the search engines? Well, to do that you need to understand the Google algorithm and how it determines who gets listed.

    Google’s Search Algorithm

    First, let’s establish a simple example which we can use to frame our discussion. Let’s assume you are the partner in a boutique strategy consulting firm. Lets further say that your specialization is advising technical founders of high-growth, venture-backed companies on how to be better at selling. Now, you could probably identify a number of search phrases that your potential clients might use when interested in this particular topic. Users may search for something like “technical sales consultant to founder”. Or, they may just start by looking for content (instead of consulting) and search on “successful technical selling”. In either case, Google has an algorithm that figures out which websites of the hundreds of millions out there should be displayed in rank order on the results page. These are the organic (i.e. non-paid) results. You want to rank high on these results. [Author’s note: If you do actually search Google on “successful technical selling”, you’ll find that my OnStartups.com blog ranks #1].

    Though Google’s algorithm is extremely sophisticated, it boils down to something like this:

    Search Ranking = Relevance * PageRank

    Relevance is basically the measure of how your website (or more accurately one of your web pages) matches the search phrase the user has entered. Measuring relevance is a relatively sophisticated process, but it boils down to some fundamentals like the title of the page, words on the page and how frequently they occur, etc. So, if your home page has things like “technical selling”, it drives up the relevance for this particular search. The reason my blog article is ranked #1 on Google for “successful technical selling” is in no small part because of the title OF ONE OF MY ARTICLES (“Successful Selling Tips For The Technically Gifted”). Basically, Google figures out what your page is “about” by looking at it’s content (and by looking at other sites with similar content that are linking to yours). It then uses this to figure out how relevant you are for a particular search phrase.

    PageRank is an independent measure of Google’s perception of the quality/authority/credibility of an individual web page. It does not depend on any particular search phrase. For the public (you and me), Google conveniently reports this as a number from 0-10 (10 being the best). So, assuming for a second that your web page and your competitors web-page has the same relevance – then whoever has the higher PageRank gets the better ranking – and shows up at the top of the results page. This is why PageRank is so important. Your relevance is based on your content (if you’re a consulting company specializing in technical selling, your relevance for stainless steel monkey wrench searches is going to be understandably low). Your PageRank is what counts.

    How PageRank Is Calculated

    There has been a lot written and a lot debated about Google’s PageRank, but on one point there is near unanimous agreement. PageRank is primarily determined by how many other web pages are linking into you. Google considers this kind of inbound a link a vote of confidence. But, here’s the trick: Not all inbound links are created equal. Web pages with more credibility that link to you have more “value” to your PageRank than those with less credibility. How is this credibility determined? Why, by their PageRank, of course! So, let’s take an example. Lets say you have your Uncle Charlie link to you from his blog to your small business website. Let’s also say that Uncle Charlie’s blog has a Page Rank of 3 (this is being a little generous because all Uncle Charlie writes about is his dog Sparky and he has limited inbound links). This link from Uncle Charlie will certainly help you – a little bit. It will help you more if you can find 100 such Uncle Charlie websites with a PageRank of 3 and get them to link to you.

    However, if you get a single link from HubSpot.com (the sponsor of this blog), it’ll help you more than a 100 Uncle Charlie websites. Why? Because HubSpot.com has a PageRank of 6 and a link from it is much more valuable. I divide up PageRank into these broad categories:

    0-3: New sites or sites with very minimal links
    4-5: Popular sites with a fair amount of inbound links
    6: Very popular sites that have hundreds of links, many of them quality links
    7-10: Usually media brands (NYTimes.com), big companies or A-list bloggers.

    Now, it’s important to note that PageRank is believed to be calculated on a logarithmic scale. What this roughly means is that the difference between PR4 and PR5 is likely 5-10 times than the difference between PR3 and PR4. So, there are likely over a 100 times as many web pages with a PageRank of 2 than there are with a PageRank of 4. This means that if you get to a PageRank of 6 or so, you’re likely well into the top 0.1% of all websites out there. If most of your peer group is straggling around with a PR2 or PR3, you’re way ahead of the game.

    What’s Your PageRank?

    There are two ways to figure out what your approximate PageRank is. One, you can download the Google Toolbar (the PageRank feature is not turned on by default, so you’d have to enable it after installation).

    The other way is to use our immensely popular (and free) Website Grader tool. It will not only tell you your Google PageRank, but a bunch of interesting other stuff.

    Quick recap: Organic search is like free advertising. It’s worth the investment to try and get a high ranking by the major search engines. To rank high you should do two things: First, make sure your site has the right relevant content for the types of searches your potential clients are conducting. Second, try to get the highest PageRank possible. To do this, you need to get as many inbound links from as many high PageRank web pages as possible.



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    World Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009, an event focusing on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and is now officially supported and endorsed by UNESCO had just extended their Call for Applicants until January 31, 2009. The application was particularly extended for regions including Europe, North America, South America, Asia and the Philippines. Applications for Africa was however closed due to a huge number which already applied. WCYF 2009 is happening in the Philippines on May 5-10 at the University of the Philippines National Center for Politics and Governance.

    The announcement at the site reads:

    • Philippine Submission of Application is EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2009. When applying please indicate your REGION to be represented. We are particularly looking for applicants beyond NCR, Cebu City and Zamboanga City. (APPLY HERE)
    • International Submission of Application is EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2009. Extension however EXCLUDES AFRICA due to overwhelming number of applicants. (APPLY HERE)
    • We would also like to inform everyone that TRANSPORTATION INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE, VISA AND INSURANCE ARE NOT COVERED BY THE EVENT (except airfare for 2 Applicants each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darrusalam and Timor Leste which is sponsored by UNESCO Jakarta). The participant will have to pay for these costs plus the REGISTRATION FEE OF US$50 (Php2,000).


    To get more information about the event please visit their official website at www.worldcreativeyouthforum.net


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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Preview and Trailer

    Posted by David D'Angelo | 1/02/2009 03:04:00 AM | | 3 comments »
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    2009 had just began and there seems to be a lot of interesting movies which we will all be anticipating for sure. One of the movies which caught my interest is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Although it is released 2008, it has yet to be shown in the Philippines. It is a story of a young boy left in a door step and grew at a foster family. The only difference is that this child looks very old. In short the baby has the looks of a 90+ year old man. The boy started to grow and he was very different. He was instead of getting older, getting younger as the days passed by. And then he fell in love.

    This would perhaps be the plot of the story. How would someone who is getting younger struggle with what will happen as the one he loves gets older. How would he adopt to the strangest situation ever.


    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Movie Trailer

    Benjamin is played by veteran Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and fitted with Cate Blanchett as his love interest.

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, first published in Colliers Magazine, and subsequently anthologized in his book Tales of the Jazz Age


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