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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The festival of all senses

Hedonism of all kinds.

Parade extravaganza.

Unruly festival of dance and images of local folklore.

How far is the description used, how much of it written, how many images seen and how much "ah, I wish that I was there" sighs discharged, and all for one and the same reason - the Brazilian carnival, the one recognizable in every corner of our planet for its colorful, sound samba and perfect bodies in the streets of Brazilian cities.

This year started on Friday 4 March, a ceremony where the Carnival King received the keys from the Mayor of Rio, and end one hour before midnight on Tuesday 8th March.

Carnival is basically a religious holiday, even it is a start date, which varies from year to year, tied to a religious cause - exactly 46 days before Easter, when start the post. After all, the term "carnival" comes from the word "karnelevare", literally "the removal of meat. " A carnival celebrations have roots in pagan festival of Saturnalia, when they said good-bye to bad things and "good day" religious discipline.

Although most of those who enjoy the parade through the television images, linked only Carnival in Rio de Jeneiro or Sao Paulo, it should be noted that this feast is in every town and village in Brazil! Residents of this South American country still say they are best implemented, with most music, noise, joy in the streets, squares and beaches, not in Rio, but in small towns such as Salvador, Recife and Porto Seguro, where the audience and becomes part of the official parade, which moving through the city, mixing with performers.

At first glance an overall relaxed atmosphere threatens to easily grow into the chaotic state, but in all there are order and prudence.

Especially in those biggest parades in Sao Paulo and Rio, led by the schools of samba. After all, despite all the challenges and colorful, carnival is primarily a place for the competition of these schools that prepare all year for those two days parading, but only in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, not in other cities.

Competition 12 selected schools, conducted in the "Sambodromo" real stadiums where the samba is held the night of carnival, which begins in 22 hours and lasts up to six in the morning. Carnival has two main days that last for competitions and parades. In Sao Paulo this Friday and Saturday, in Rio de Janeiro Sunday and Monday and this is the difference between the two town carnival. Ticket prices range from 30 up to 500 euros for the best seats in the stands with a beautiful view at 700 meters long track that meet the school of samba.

Each of them choose the story, on whose motives they organizing the show. One school has about 500 participants, of whom, believe it or not, only twenty are girls. School parade takes exactly 1 hour and 10 minutes, and the jury especially assess accuracy, because the points lost for each excess minute.

Now it seems unbelievable , but South Americans for this " festival of festivals " should thank Europe , specifically Paris whose masquerades in the streets was a direct model for the first carnival in Rio 1641st year.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Barney Stinson Bro Code

One of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother was the episode where Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), explained the history of the "Bro Code," tracing it back to it's creation as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin discussed the issues of two gentlemen pursuing the same woman, when in stepped Barney's ancestor with the solution. It was then decided that a set of rules that govern the interactions betwixt men should be penned, hence The Bro Code was established! I highly recommend to all women to read the this bro code, in order to better understand their men and their unwritten rules.

1. Bros before hoes. I cannot stress this enough. Always remember, girlfriends come and go, but your boys are always there. Breaking this rule is to commit the cardinal sin against Team Testosterone.

2. Never drink the last beer, unless you've been granted specific permission that it's OK.

3. If a girl falls into the following criteria, she is off limits forever until the end of time:

A. Was an ex-girlfriend.
B. Your friend specifically told you he wanted her.
C. Is you're buddy's sister.

However, if it's your buddy's cousin, well she's up for grabs, and you're welcome to rub it in his face for years to come.

4. Never diss a guy if his team just lost a crushing game.

5. You must never own a cat.

6. If you get 2 tickets to the big game, the priority list for granting the second ticket is as follows:

A. Your best friends (in order of how long you've known them).
B. Your acquaintances.
C. Your co-workers.
D. The mailman.
E. The UPS guy.
G. John Kerry.
....Z. Your girlfriend.

7. You are allowed to enjoy exactly one chick TV show, and one chick flick. (Mine are Dawson's Creek and Love, Actually). You may have no more. And if you like Grease, well, we're already too late.

8. Birthday and Christmas presents for your guy friends are optional. Beer always makes a great gift.

9. If you go the bar with your buddies, you must buy a round of drinks at least once.

10. There are no mercy rules when playing someone in Madden, hoops, street hockey, bare-fisted boxing, etc.

11. If you owe someone money, pay them back as soon as humanly possible—unless it's a gambling debt, which must be paid immediately.

12. Standard shotgun rules are as follows.

A. Shotgun may only be called within full sight of the car.
B. Shotgun must be called outside.
C. Shotgun calls last approximately ten minutes.
D. Shotgun never carries over to a second ride.

13. NO PDA (Public Displays of Affection). Hey, congratulations, another girl can stand the sight of you. You don't need to wear her like a ******* trophy.

14. It's alright to cheat at any game where money isn't involved. In certain circumstances, relationships may be classified as "games."

15. Don't tell other guys elaborate stories about your weightlifting exercise routine. No one cares.

? 16. Never openly question another guy's sports wisdom, unless said information specifically pertains to your favorite team. It doesn't matter how ludicrous the other guy sounds telling you that Jake Plummer was better than Steve McNair last season, let him be.

17. When out with the guys, never accept a call from your girlfriend—unless she's dying or trapped under a burning fuel truck, and if that's the case, make it quick.

18. Always allow a buffer zone at urinals and on couches.

19. Never share a bed with a guy, unless there's no way around it.

20. Bros Before Hoes. I know, I already used it. I can't stress it enough, though. It is absolutely infuriating how many of my guy friends have become insufferable ***** since they've gone out with someone.

20. Bros Before Hoes. I know, I already used it. I can't stress it enough, though. It is absolutely infuriating how many of my guy friends have become insufferable ***** since they've gone out with someone.

21. In a 6 person hot tub, there should be a maximum of 3 bros.

22. A bro should not sing and dance at the same time

23. A bro should not watch Oxygen, Womens Entertainment, or Lifetime.

24. Bros do not lie about their age, exept to score with a slightly older chick who doesnt date younger guys.

25. A bro should not swing his arms when he is walking.

26. A bro should never carry a woman's handbag

27. A bro should never go tanning.

28. No bro should dye their hair

29. A bro should never refer to an athlete as a "stud"

30. A bro should never cry during a movie. In the event that he does, he must under no circumstance admit it to anyone other than a girl he is trying to score with.

31. A bro should not "pop" his collar.

32. A bro should not speak more than two languages.

33. A bro should never say "it's to die for"

34. A bro should not wear a scarf without a jacket or coat.

35. A bro should not wear an ascot.

36. A bro should never use the following words: fantabulous, ginormous & fierce.

37. A bro should never wrap a towel around his head after leaving the shower.

38. A bro should never "sip" and alcoholic drink through a straw

39. A bro should never wear a blouse.

40. If you are not living with a girl you should not have tampons in your bathroom.

41. A bro should not wear crocs.

42. A bro should not wear a leotard or do pirouettes.

43. A bro should never wear a sweater over his shoulders

44. A bro should not eat grapes from the vines

45. A bro should never rollerblade

46. The word cute should not be used other then describing a chick they want to bone

47. If you compliment a bro on his six-pack, you better be referring to his beer.

48. A bro should never, ever wear capri pants.

48. A bro should not wear flip flops with a suit.

49. No bro should wear a speedo to the beach

50. No bro should make a kissing face in a photo.

51. No bro should wear girl jeans

52. No bro should ever get a pedicure

53. A bro should never highlight his hair.

54. A bro should not talk to another bro in the bathroom.

55. A bro should never sing show tunes.

56. A bro should never eat out of another man's hands.

57.Two bro should not share an umbrella.

58. A bro should not have "an outfit".

59. A bro should not wear a white belt.

60. A bro should never wiggle out of a pair of pants

61. "A bro will, in a timely manner, alert his bro to the existence of a girl fight." A Bro must never hesitate before communicating the possibility of fisticuffs between two humans of the female variety [[HENCEFORTH "GIRL FIGHT"]], in an effort to make possible and probable that another Bro or Bros can partake in observation. A timely manner is open to interpretation based on the initial Bro's viewing and processing of the potential feminine conflagration. Said Bro must use any and all methods of media distribution at his disposal, including but not limited to: telecommunications, elbow nudging, fiber optics, the Broney express, and postcards. If an informed Bro is unable to witness the girl fight firsthand, the spotter Bro is responsible for documenting and relating details of the girl fight via pictures, video*, or barring any other reasonable method, interpretive dance and/or pantomime. Tabling Bro obligations to witness a XX chromosomal scuffle is not only condoned, but encouraged

63. A Bro shall never reveal the score of a sporting event to another Bro until that Bro has three times confirmed it's cool.

64. A Bro may not speculate on the expected Bro / chick ratio of a party or venue without first disclosing the present-time observed ratio.

65. If a Bro, for whatever reason, becomes aware of another Bro's girlfriend's birthday and / or anniversary date, he shall endeavor to make that information available to his Bro, regardless whether he thinks his Bro already knows.

66. One Bro makes a solo chick attack.
A second Bro provides a crutch.
A third Bro rounds out the pack.
But a fourth Bro is one too much.

67. Should a Bro be near to closing with a girl, his Bro shall do anything within his means to ensure the desired outcome, up to and including the seduction of said girl's wildly unattractive cousin / friend / mother.

68. A Bro shall honor his father and mother.

69. In the event that two Bros acquire the same target, the Bro with the longe

70. In a scenario in which two or more Bros are engaged in entertainment of the adult variety, one Bro is forbidden from intentionally or unintentionally touching another Bro in ANY capacity, including but not limited to; the high five, the first bump, or the congratulatory gluteal pat. Winking is also kind of a no-no.

71. A Bro much provide his bro with a ticket to an event if said event involves the second Bro's favorite sports team in a playoff scenario.

72. A Bro must always reciprocate a round of drink(s) among Bros with the assumtion that no existing wager supersedes this purchase and exchange of spirits.

73. If a Bro suffers pain from a permanent dissolution of a relationship with a lady friend, a Bro shall offer nothing more than a "that sucks, man" and copious quantities of beer. A Bro will also refrain from pejorative commentary – deserved or not – regarding said lady friend for a period of three months, when the requisite BACKSLIDE WINDOW has closed.

74. Should a Bro pick up a guitar at a party and commence playing, another Bro shall point out that he is a tool.

75. If a Bro is on a hot streak, another Bro will do everything possibly to ensure its longevity, even if that includes jeopardizing his own records, the missing of work, or temporarily immigrating to a foreign country.

76. "A Bro never cries."

77. "A Bro may never pursue the mom of another Bro." Be it here resolved that at no point is it permissible for one Bro to engage in carnal delicacies with another Bro's mother. It is, however, allowed and encouraged for one Bro to graphically suggest to a Bro the athletic feats, animalia, and/or machinery utilized during a fictional encounter with his mom. Should a Bro discover his Bro is in fact adopted, he is free to pursue his Bro's adoptive mother, but only after first corroborating non-biological parentage through notarized birth certificates, hospital records, or comparative dioxyribonucleic acid gel electrophoresis, whichever is easiest. Since the adopted Bro cannot legitimately claim to have shared a canal with his Bro. Though the mom of a Bro is always off limits, the step-mom of a Bro is allowed if she initiates it and/or is wearing at least one article of leopard print clothing. If she looks good in it.

79. No Eye contact in a Devils threesome ( 2 dudes)

80. Never make fun of a bros Girlfriend

81. No sex With a Bros Ex

82. No eye contact during a Devils Three Way (Two Dudes)

83. A bro must never call another bro just to chat

84. A Bro Must Never Saw "Awww"

85. A Bro must Never watch the movie Hope Floats

86. A Bro must be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts

87. A Bro must never take a bath regardless of being injured in a Backyard Wrestling Match

88. Leave No Bro Behind

89. When another bro is in a fight you must always have his back, unless he has done something recently which would deserve a beating then let him recieve a few shots then jump in

90. A bro must never leave without saying anything

91. A bro always be willing to do something awesome™

92. A bro must never chug any drink unless in a chugging contest

93. Bros must make small bets as often as possible

94. Bros must have a good time no matter what

95. Bros must make movies quotes as often as possible

96. Bros must watch the movie WEDDING CRASHERS at least once a month

97. Bros must watch the show entourage

98. Bros must never comment each other on myspace. If your comments are viewable on your profile it needs to be chicks only. Messeges only, but still never just to chat ( Rule 83)

99. A bro must never tell other bros he has a "broken heart"

100. A bro must never distract another bro while playing Guitar Hero.

101. A bro must never put smily faces in messeges, comments, texts etc.

102. If one Bro is an attorney, and another Bro finds himself in need of legal advice, Bro 1 will endeavor to provide said services free of charge.

103. Should a bro discover a new planet and/or orbiting body of subsequent planet, he shall not be allowed to name said astrological body after any girl

104. A Bro shall NEVER follow 'conventional' rules whilst playing the divine game of Battleship.

105. A bro must, at all times, suit up.

EXCEPTION: Funerals. A suit is a happy thing. If a bro must mourn, he shall do it in a white T-shirt.

106. A bro will always give a non-bro , if considerd worthy, a challange if said non-bro wants to join the brohood. The challange will be chosen by said bro, or other bros present.

107. A bro never hits another bro in the groin unless its a punishment for breaking The Bro Code.

108. A Bro always calls another Bro by his last name.

109. When three Bros must share the backseat of a car, it is unacceptable for any Bro to put his arm around another Bro to increase space.  Likewise, it is unacceptable for two Bros to share a motorcycle, unless said motorcycle is equipped with a sidecar… a Brotorcycle.

110. When a Bro is with his Bros, he is not a vegetarian.

111. A Bro never willingly relinquishes possession of a remote control.  If another Bro desires a channel change, he may verbally request one or engage in the fool’s errand of getting up to manually change the channel.

112. A Bro shall not kill another Bro or a Bro’s chances to score with a chick.

113. A “clothing optional” beach doesn’t mean “clothing optional” for Bros.

114. If a Bro must crash on his Bro’s couch for an extended period of time, he shall offer to split the costs of toilet paper and the cable bill if said period exceeds two weeks.  If stays longer than a month, he shall offer to contribute some rent.  If he stays longer than two months, he shall steam clean the couch or have it incinerated, whichever is more applicable

115. A Bro abides by the accepted age-dfference formula pursuing a younger chick.
x = chick’s age; y = Bro’s age
x ≤ y/2 + 7

116. A Bro doesn’t sing along to music in a bar.

117. If a Bro discovers another Bro has forgotten to sign out of his email, the Bro will sign out for him, but only after first sending a few angry emails to random contacts and then deleting all sent message.

118. Once a bro, always a bro. When/if The Bro Code is ever broken, said bro will do whatever the effected bro desires. If the second bro is unable to come up with anything, we shall revert to the rules of a Slap Bet, therefore the first bro will have to choose between ten slaps by effected bro or five slaps to be carried out at any point in time. If no bro is affected, his best bro must choose a modest punishment in public.

All these rules I have taken from Barney's books that I bought on Amazon, which by the way are not expensive only 8 - 9 $. The Bro Code and newer version  Bro on the Go.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Computer against man

Artificial Intelligence to 2030. could be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the human. Million dollars received a "virtual" winner of the legendary American game show "Danger!"

Prize of one million dollars in the legendary American quiz show "Danger!" poured few weeks ago on account of - computer. It was, however, more than a game.

Artificial "genius", named "Watson", entered the history not only as a first computer who defeated people-pundits 74 times in a row, but its maker, the company Ai-Bi-Em brought confirmation achievements so far known only from the movies scientific fiction, like "Star Trek". "Watson", namely, the first computer that understands human speech and successfully answer the questions.

Millions Award "Ai-Bi-Em" was redirected to charity, they got laurels because of new technological achievements. Although he showed a certain amount of imperfection, "Watson" is, in fact, opened a new era of technological development, comparable to that begun "genius" of his predecessor, called "Deep Blue", from a decade ago and that in 1997. The defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov. Combining "encyclopedic knowledge" with the ability to "live" communication with people, "Watson" with a word, began a new chapter in the struggle of man and machine.

For Ai-Bi-Em, designers of both "winning" computers, the future has already begun with the announcement that, in collaboration with scientists leading American universities, in less than two years to produce "virtual" assistants in medical offices, ready to respond to calls to patients.

The new series "Watson", named after the founder of Ai-Bi-Emma Thomas Watson, would expand on a number of tasks currently performed by humans. Those that involve answering questions from customers - from orders for the purchase to technical support. Computers will, according to the company, to be able not only to respond to one, but on a series of questions and sub-questions.

Like every previous one, and the technological revolution, opens a new, controversial, chapter in the economic sphere. It is already known what the victims and the transformations required technological progress which has for the past century and a half from predominantly agriculture-oriented United States made the earth, where less than one percent of the workforce engaged in this activity.

Computers that "speak and understand" the language of man, say scientists in the United States, will affecting tech sector untouched, until now exclusively reserved for men. News at first will not be good for the Army staff in the world of business, education, medicine jobs, which include the telephone, "questioning" and answers. But those who spend hours waiting to receive a response by phone, greet an innovation.

The idea of "artificial intelligence", initiated in ancient myths, the embodiment of the received middle of the last century, when scientists working in parallel to improve the natural and "virtual" intelligence. Within the next two decades, according to scientists, computer and human intelligence will be - equal.

American computer guru Ray Kurcvel, speaking last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said that in the next half century, technological advances increased 32 times more than during the entire 20th century. Already in the twenties of this century, human and artificial intelligence will stand shoulder to shoulder, he said.

Computers are now, as explained, based on two-dimensional chips made of silicon, but they are already developing in the direction of three dimensions, with much better performance. Incorporation of biological molecules, much smaller than the chip based on metal, opens up endless possibilities for new generations of computers.

Three-dimensional, molecular computerization create hardware for strong artificial intelligence, human level in the twenties of this century - is convinced Kurcvel.

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