Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wise Cracks

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself,'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin..'
- Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)

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I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.'
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement..
- Mark Twain

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The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible
- George Burns

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Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.
- Victor Borge

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Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain

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By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

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I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
- Groucho Marx

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My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.
- Jimmy Durante

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I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

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Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
- Alex Levine

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My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.
- Rodney Dangerfield

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Money can't buy you happiness.... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
- Spike Milligan

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Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP .
- Joe Namath
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I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.
- Bob Hope

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I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it..
- W. C. Fields

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We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.
- Will Rogers

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Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill

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Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty... But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out...
- Phyllis Diller

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By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.
- Billy Crystal

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And the cardiologist's diet: - If it tastes good spit it out.
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May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and
may nothing but happiness come through your door.

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Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Futuristic Cultural Complex in Changsha — China

 Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled an ambitious cultural complex, which began to take shape in October after the project broke ground in the heart of Changsha, China. In true Hadid-fashion, the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Center defines itself by extreme sinuous curves that radiate from each of the three independent structures and links them to a pedestrianized landscape that offers a “strong urban experience”, forming what they hope to be a global destination for theater and art.

The International Culture & Arts Centre embodies a unique variety of civic nodes and spaces: A Grand Theatre, a Contemporary Art Museum, a Multipurpose Hall and supporting facilities. The central plaza is generated by the relative position of these separate buildings and offers a strong urban experience whereby the flow of pedestrian visitors that come from all sides of the site intersect and meet. In parallel it also stretches outwards to the neighboring streets with unfettered and phenomenal views across Meixi lake with access towards Festival Island. 
 The Grand Theatre is the focal point of the Changsha International Culture & Arts Centre. It is the largest performance venue in the city with a total capacity of 1800 seats. Designed to host world-standard performances the building contains will contain all the necessary front of house functions, such as lobbies, cloakrooms, bars, restaurants, and VIP hospitality, as well as the required ancillary functions, such as administration, rehearsal rooms, backstage logistics, dressing and make-up rooms, and wardrobe.

The Museum’s composition of three fluid petals around its internal central atrium, juxtaposes of the various patchworks of gallery spaces in a truly seamless fashion. With outward views and balconies to its exteriors, it aims to engage the site’s unique location and surrounding views into some of its gallery spaces. An external plaza which faces Meixi Lake Road allows for outdoor sculptures, exhibitions and events to be extended to an expansive outdoor space.
 The Small Theatre (Multipurpose Hall) is characterized by its flexibility. With a maximum capacity of 500 seats, it can be adapted and transformed to different configurations. It can therefore accommodate a broad range of functions and shows that span from banquets and commercial events to small plays, fashion shows and music. A commercial attraction, this venue shares seamless public access to retail areas and restaurant facilities, which are seated in an open and gently sunken courtyard linking visitors to and from the basement level.

Although these civic institutions are uniquely defined and separate, they supply each other in all respects within its setting with plazas offering visitors a tapestry-like sequence of urban ambiances that relate to the different institutions, inject the site with urban vitality. The working hours of the different venues also overlap to ensure continuity during the full 24 hour cycle; Operated during the evening, the Grand Theatre becomes active as the Museum begins to conclude its day- time operations whilst the Small theatre and retail/restaurants would be commercially available day and night. In this regard, they benefit from each other’s vicinity, ensuring that the site is lively 24 hours a day. This dynamic composition further establishes a powerful relationship with its surroundings, which confers monumentality to the ensemble.

Embodying values of functionality, elegance and innovation, the Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center aims to become the new cultural and civic node for the city of Changsha, and well as global cultural destination.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

CHAT ABBREVIATIONS

121 one to one
AFAIK as far as I know
AFK away from keyboard
AKA also known as
ARE acronym-rich environment
ASAP as soon as possible
A/S/L? age, sex, location
B4 before
B4N bye for now
BAK back at the keyboard
BBIAB be back in a bit
BBL be back later
BBML be back much later
BBN bye bye now
BBS be back soon
BEG big evil grin
BF boyfriend
BFN bye for now
BG big grin
BL belly laughing
BRB be right back
BTA but then again
BTW by the way
BWL bursting with laughter
BWTHDIK but what the heck do I know
C&G chuckle & grin
CID crying in disgrace
CNP continued (in my) next post
CP chat post
CRBT crying real big tears
CSG chuckle, snicker, grin
CU see you
CUL or CUL8ER see you later
CUZ because
CYO see you online
DIKU do I know you?
DL dead link
DLTBBB don’t let the bed bugs bite
DQMOT don’t quote me on this
EG evil grin
EMFBI excuse me for butting in
EOM end of message
EOT end of thread
F2F face to face
FAQ frequently asked question(s)
FC fingers crossed
FISH first in, still here
FMTYEWTK far more than you ever wanted to know
FOMCL falling off my chair laughing
FTBOMH from the bottom of my heart
FUD fear, uncertainty, and doubt
FWIW for what it’s worth
FYI for your information
GA go ahead
GAL get a life
GD&R grinning, ducking, & running
GF girlfriend
GFN gone for now
GIWIST gee, I wish I’d said that
GMBO giggling my butt off
GMTA great minds think alike
GOL giggling out loud
GTRM going to read mail
GTSY glad to see you
H&K hug and kiss
HAGN have a good night
HHIS hanging head in shame
HTH hope this helps
IAC in any case
IAE in any event
IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)
IC I see
IDK I don’t know
IHA I hate acronyms
IIRC if I remember correctly
ILU I love you
IM instant message
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMing chatting with someone online
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IOW in other words
IPN I’m posting naked
IRL in real life
IWALU I will always love you
IYSWIM if you see what I mean
JBOD just a bunch of disks
JIC just in case
JK just kidding
JMO just my opinion
JTLYK just to let you know
JW just wondering
K okay
KIT keep in touch
KOC kiss on cheek
KOL kiss on lips
KWIM know what I mean?
L2M listening to music
L8R later
LD later, dude
LDR long distance relationship
LHM lord help me
LHU lord help us
LLTA lots and lots of thunderous applause
LMIRL let’s meet in real life
LMSO laughing my socks off
LOL laughing out loud
LRF little rubber feet
LSHMBB laughing so hard my belly is bouncing
LSHMBH laughing so hard my belly hurts
LSHTTARDML laughing so hard the tears are running down my leg
LTM laugh to myself
LTNS long time, no see
LTR long term relationship
LTS laughing to self
LULAB love you like a brother
LULAS love you like a sister
LUWAMH love you with all my heart
LY love you
M/F male or female
MOSS member of same sex
MOTOS member of the opposite sex
MSG message
MTF more to follow
MUSM miss you so much
NADT not a darn thing
NIFOC naked in front of computer
NP nosy parents
N/P no problem
NRN no reply necessary
OIC oh I see
OL old lady
OLL online love
OM old man
OMG oh my god
OTF off the floor
OTOH on the other hand
OTTOMH off the top of my head
P2P peer to peer
P911 my parents are coming!
PA parent alert
PAL parents are listening
PANB parents are nearby
PANS pretty awesome new stuff
PDA public display of affection
PDS please don’t shoot
PLZ please
PM private message
PMFJIB pardon me for jumping in but….
PMP peed my pants
POAHF put on a happy face
POS parent over shoulder
POTS plain old telephone service
PU that stinks
QSL reply
QSO conversation
QT cutie
RL real life
ROL raffing out loud
ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing
RPG role playing games
RSN real soon now
RYO roll your own
S4L spam for life
SETE smiling ear to ear
SF surfer friendly
SHCOON shoot hot coffee out of nose
SHID slaps head in disgust
SNERT snot nosed egotistical rude teenager
SO significant other
SOMY sick of me yet?
SOT short of time
SOTMG short of time, must go
STW search the web
SUP or WU what’s up
SWAK sealed with a kiss
SWL screaming with laughter
SYS see you soon
TA thanks again
TAFN that’s all for now
TAW teachers are watching
TCOB taking care of business
TCOY take care of yourself
TFH thread from hell
TGIF thank God it’s Friday
THX thanks
TIA thanks in advance
TILII tell it like it is
TLK2UL8R talk to you later
TMI too much information
TNT ‘till next time
TOPCA ‘til our paths cross again
TOY thinking of you
TPTB the powers that be
TTFN ta ta for now
TTT thought that too
TTYL talk to you later
TU thank you
UW you’re welcome
VBG very big grin
WB welcome back
WDALYIC who died and left you in charge?
W/E whatever
WFM works for me
WIBNI wouldn’t it be nice if
WTG way to go
WTGP want to go private?
WTH what/who the heck
WUF where are you from?
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get
YBS you’ll be sorry
YG young gentleman
YL young lady
YM young man

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AIRLINES, AIRPORTS AND AIR TRAVELING

• All International Airline Pilots speaks English. 

• Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts. 

•Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board being ill.

•On average, pilots fly between 9 and 14 days a month

•All airlines have an agreement to let each others' traveling pilots occupy empty seats. If no seats are available, the traveling pilot can also occupy an extra seat in the cockpit that is usually empty. 

•The main function of flight attendants are for the safety and security of their passengers, and passenger comfort is only secondary.

•The first female flight attendants in 1930 were required to weigh less than 115 pounds. In addition, they had to be nurses and unmarried. 

•Flight attendants must not have any tattoos visible when a uniform is worn. These requirements are designed to give the airlines a positive representation.

•The normal ratio of Flight Attendants to passenger seats is one Flight Attendant for every 50 passenger seats. 

•The height requirement for Flight Attendant is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach overhead safety equipment.

•The normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is approximately one lavatory for every 50 passengers. 

•An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of water in the body during a three-hour flight.

•The reason why the lights are turned out during takeoff and landing – Is for your eyes to adjust to lower levels of light. If there's an accident and they have to activate the emergency slides, studies have shown that you will be able to see better and therefore be able to evacuate more quickly and safely. 

•The World’s largest Airline in terms of Fleet Size is Delta Airlines (United States) with 744 aircraft and 121 aircraft on order as of March 2011.

•The largest passenger plane is the Airbus 380 - nearly 240 feet long, almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more than 260 feet. The double-decker plane has a standard seating capacity of 555 passengers. 

•The world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger volume or the number of takeoffs and landings, is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, United States – with more than 88 million passengers shuffled through the Atlanta airport in 2009, with another 20 million in the first three months of 2010, and with aircraft take-off and landings approximately every 37 seconds.

•The Internet/On-Line check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.

•The world’s Largest Airport is Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (as of 2011). By 2013 Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates is planned to be the largest airport in the world. 

•The airport with the longest runway in the world is Qamdo Bangda Airport in the Peoples Republic of China with 5.50 kilometers in length (as of 2011).

•American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class. 

•In 2009, Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million alcoholic beverages; 14 million bags of pretzels; 90 million bags of peanuts; 17.7 million Select-A-Snacks; and 33.5 million other snacks.

•Singapore Airlines spends about $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine alone. First class passengers consume 20,000 bottles of alcohol every month and Singapore Airlines is the second largest buyer of Dom Perignon champagne in the world. 

•Cathay Pacific carries rice cookers, toasters, cappuccino makers and skillets on board their airplanes.

•KLM of Netherlands stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (meaning Royal Dutch Airlines). 

•KLM is the worlds' oldest airline established in 1919.

•QANTAS - Australia’s national airline, originally stood for Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service. 

•QANTAS is the second world’s oldest airline established in 1920. 

•QANTAS still has the world's best safety record with no crashes as of 2011.

•Virgin Atlantic lists catering as their third biggest expense, after fuel and maintenance. 

•American Airlines spent about $425 million on food for domestic passengers in 2001. 

•In one year, British Airways passengers consume:
* 40.5 tons of chicken
* 6 tons of caviar
* 22 tons of smoked salmon
* 557,507 boxes of chocolate
* 90 thousand cases (9 liter cases) of sparkling wine.

•Abu Dhabi Airport Services once did a complete turn-around for a Boeing 777 in under 40 minutes, as opposed to a normal minimum of one hour. They unloaded passengers, cargo, mail, cleaned the aircraft, and loaded outbound passengers, cargo and mail in that short time.

•In 2001, Dubai Duty Free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes, 2,003,151 bottles of liquor, 2,909 kilograms of gold, 101,824 watches, 690,502 bottles of perfume, 52,119 mobile phones.


•In-flight catering is an $18 billion worldwide industry employing up to 200,000 people.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lessons on Life

Have a bit of patience to read fully, after going thru the photos....!!
The following pictures are of the same place but taken in different seasons...




There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.


Moral lessons:

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.Don't judge life by one difficult season.Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.