10 Great New Year's Quotes

As 2011 draws to a close, here are 10 Great New Year's Quotes to ring in 2011:

 1. "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
Benjamin Franklin
2. "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective."
G.K. Chesterton
3. "The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!"
Edward Payson Powell
4. "Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
the year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
5. "For Last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
T.S. Eliot "Little Gidding"
6. "New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."
Mark Twain
7. "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
Oprah Winfrey
8. "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
9. "The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to."
P.J. O'Rourke
10. "Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Hal Borland

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5 Geekiest PC Case Mods - Funny

While most of us plod along with our regular Dells and HP machines, the modders are a different breed altogether. Sometimes come up with obscene specifications for their machines. And at other times, they go ahead and create wacky and weird custom cases. Here are some PC case mods created by people who tread the line between obsession and craziness!
5. TIE Fighter by David Barr
TIE Fighter took the first place on the Science Fiction Case Mod Contest. It is made by David Barry which maybe will blew you away.This one presents two things at the same time, the PC and the desk. Pretty cool and of course enough geek to be on this list.

4. Bender by Jan Erik Vangen
One of the most interesting cases which I ever saw. The interesting thing is that this Bender Case Mode is made by scratch and it took 4-5 months to Jan and his friends. Maybe someone will prefer better case with more details but this one for sure is made with love and a lots of creativity.
3. Kana by Katsuya Matsumura
Many of us can’t imagine these days without anime cartoons, strips or some else. This one is Miss Kanna Higashi PC case mod and it is made by Katsuya Matsumura. It is perfect for all anime lovers. If you want to make something like this one, you will need  frame with vinyl chloride pipes and then doing the rest like this builder did.
2. Hulk PC by Chris Blarsky

One of the most famous strip heroes now is also one of the most famous PC case mods. This is Hulk PC case mod created by Chris Blarsky. It is done with a lots of creativity, as you can see wires looks like important part of the shape. I’m asking is it strong inside as Hulk is or it has some medium configuration.
1. R2-D2 by Ken Kirby
Finally, the number one. What would you say about people who likes science fiction movies. Many of you are going to say: Geeks. Well, if you sometimes see the person who is actually Stars Wars fan, and it is also a fan of the famous r2d2 robot from it than I think that you are close.

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12 Advertisements with Michael Jackson’s Brand

Collection of creative advertisments using Michael Jackson’s brand (name & image). From famous dancing style to pop star’s face skin, advertisers are using everything to promote their product.

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Edouard Leon cuts - The Parisian Poet of Painting

Her painting seems to portray not just a place, but the spirit of place. An art of intense sensitivity, which, although simple, impressionistic brushwork makes his rank among the finest portrayals of the eternal city of lights.
"We'll always have Paris. " 
The memorable phrase of the classic Casablanca (USA, 1942) refers to me, besides the film, also frames for Edouard Leon Cortes. What would Paris blunt? What would Paris without cuts? What would art uncut and Paris? Among countless names that always made the city a bastion of all aspects of art, is that of Edouard Leon Cortes. Post-Impressionist, was called "the poet Parisian painting"- alluding to his prowess such urban landscapes of Paris.
The Passion of the Court by the city was exceptional, taking his talent to meet not only the monuments, people and movements, but also the very soul of Paris. The paintings of Edouard are among the most famous and significant references in the French capital of all time.

The painter was born in the suburbs of Paris in April 1882. Still young, he learned painting from his father, who was also a painter. He went to Paris to study and has exhibited his 16 years with the first screen, the Society of French Artists, entitled "Le Labour" which was very well received by critics and public. This is highlighted as one of the most promising artists of the time. The painter stood out, in fact, and over time many works exhibited in major cultural events and exhibitions in the city. He received several awards and was recognized for his extraordinary talent with the brush.

Omnibus Paris on the Place de la Madeleine 

He, however, focused not on expressions or bohemian, as did Toulouse-Lautrec, the same artistic school. The Art of Edouard was more serene, even violently significant. For him, it was important to capture the streets, the colors, the Parisian spirit. It was the Paris of every day of your eyes.

He wore infinite variations to identify the tones and colors of the changing seasons and weather. His work has never had a sophisticated style. His technique was simple, but unmistakable. His stroke seems to come at random, with carefree setting. Édouard because I feel like that made her work so as spontaneous as a violinist who closes his eyes and touches the chords that come to your mind and heart.
Flower Market at the Madeleine

The paintings of Edouard are capable of leaving us in a state of suspension. Transport us to Paris itself through its uneasy colors, as if they were dancing for us. Watching your pictures is to look at a scene through a window with raindrops dripping through it. His work appears to be alive before our eyes.

Edouard moved back to Lagny, community where he was born and lived the rest of his life. But never stopped going to Paris for inspiration whenever I could. He died in 1969.

Court gave us his Paris, and poetic live in a colorful palette and passionate. If one day I can say "Paris forever", it is because of Edouard Leon Cortes.

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Racking Up the New Year

I realize it has been quite some time since the Brommunity has heard from me. The Bro Boy has been stuck in a daily grind that has been very un-Bro since he moved to New York and got a “real job.” Not to worry, however, because I’ve been sticking it to the man as much as I can. For instance, while I should be calling clients right now I’m sitting at my cubicle and writing a long-overdue story for the ’Bible. I guess it has taken me a few months to get back that college spirit that I epitomized not long ago.
But I digress. New Years is approaching and I am pretty goddamn excited.

Now that I’m working my ass off and earning a meager paycheck, short vacations like Christmas and New Year’s are depressingly exciting. For all you fucks that have a five-week winter break like my younger brother who has foolishly decided to take his talents to Canton, New York…. well, keep living the dream.
Again, I’m off topic. What was I saying — something about New Year’s? Ah, yes, New Year’s. I’m especially excited for this New Year’s because I will be getting out of this jungle and heading to my home in the North Country. That’s Vermont for you lay people out there. I’ll be meeting up with a few old college Bros and doing a tour of the local watering holes on New Year’s Eve. While that doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing you’ve ever done, I’ve realized that when you grow up you start to appreciate all types of chaying — even if it’s low key and just four dudes blacking out on my pops’ gold card. (Thanks for taking the hit again, pops).
New Year’s is just another excuse for my post-graduate ass to get out and make an absolute idiot out of myself without my girlfriend, my parents, or my landlord telling me that I’ve had too much to drink again and that I need to stop pissing in the flowerbed outside the apartment building. Well, joke’s on them, because it’s December and those flowers have been dead for months.




How Halloween is Celebrated Around the World

 Halloween is a centuries old tradition that has its origins in both the druidic and the more modern Christian religions. The bottom line through all the permutations. though, is a day that spirits might roam or return, a day to respect the dead and keep the bad spirits at bay, and a time to move forward as well. It is a time to venerate our dead and our ancestors, to "hallow" or treat as sacred, including the harvest or earth.
In today's extreme commercialism, it might be of interest to look not just at the origins, but how festivals for the dead are celebrated around the world - along with a few vintage postcards for the season!

There is an old legend about Stingy Jack, so mean that he couldn't get into heaven and the devil didn't want him either, so he had to walk the earth for eternity with nothing but a lantern made from a turnip with a coal inside it. He became known as Jack-o-lantern and the tradition of putting lanterns of turnip, beets or pumpkin in windows and doors began, to scare away Jack and all spirits who walk the earth. Pumpkins didn't really become big until a big wave of Irish people moved to America where the pumpkin was ubiquitous.
 Spain and Mexico
Global Psychics explains the Day of the Dead: "In Mexico and Spain, Halloween is known as 'Los Dias de los Muertos' (the day of the dead). However, it isn't a time of sadness but one of great rejoicing. At this time of year the Monarch Butterflies, which have summered up north in the United States and Canada, return to Mexico. They are believed to bear the spirits of the dearly departed and are warmly welcomed home. In the homes, the family set up an 'altars' with flowers, bread, fruit and candy. Pictures of the deceased family members are added. In the late afternoon special all night burning candles are lit - it is time to remember the departed. In the Aztec calendar, this ritual fell roughly at the end of the Gregorian month of July and the beginning of August, but in the postconquest era it was moved by Spanish priests so that it coincided with the Christian holiday of All Hallows Eve."
In Buddhist temples, large boats are made out of paper called "boats of the law" or fa-ch'uan. They are then burned in the evening. According to Buddhist tradition, people both remember the dead and also free the souls who died by accident or were never found for burial, to ascend to heaven by lighting fires. Families place food and water in front of photographs of relatives to give them sustenance.
Families celebrate the day called "Chusok" at the end of August or early September as a time to thank relatives for the fruits of their past labor. Rice and fruits are taken to the temples and left for the dead.
In Sicily it's rather like our Christmas Eve, when children go to bed on the 1st knowing that in the morning, there will be fruit-shaped marzipan as well as other treats waiting for them in the morning. The dead arise from their tombs and bring them to the children for All Saints Day.
"Alla Helgons dag" is celebrated between October 31 and November 6 with choirs and the lighting of candles at the graves of loved ones.
 Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic, chairs are placed by the fire, one for each family member and one for his or her spirit.
The Obon festival is celebrated in the summer, with special foods and red lanterns hung. Some are floated on water while others are placed in the house and at the door to let the dead know where their relatives are.
Of course in the place that Halloween is celebrated most widely, North America, it is a time for children to dress up in costumes and to go trick-or-treating, a custom that originated in Ireland when children would go singing to each house and be given soul cakes. Now it is more related to the idea that the dead will play tricks on you if you aren't nice to them.

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Horse Riding at the Ranch in Texas

A horse riding was one of the most used way of transportation in the past. Today it is more a hobby that conquers people at any ages. Man and horse was always a special relationship. Even kids like hippos. That positive acceptation by kids is today the basic of a hippotheraphy. Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse for patients who have movement dysfunction. But professional horse riding encourage many adults too, especially on horse riding shows.

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Niek Pulles

 IEK PULLES – graduated in 2009 from The Design Academy in Eindhoven – is fast, enthusiastic, colorful and always hunting for something new. He sees himself as an experimental and visual inspirator: a person who wants to help people visualize there ideas by means of film, photography and material experiments.
These moodboards and illustration created for his collection “Fantastic Fatalism” are about the upcoming 2012 apocalypse. Everything leads to the blinding wardrobe of the apocalyptic young woman, who, with irony, couldn’t even leave the day of judgement alone.

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Tiny robots of famous people and fictional characters

 These tiny robots, created by Jenn and Tony Bot, may look edible, but believe you me, they are not. I found that out the hard way.
Made of  glass beads, wire and polymer clay, the robots weigh in at about 2 ounces and stand 2.5 cm tall. This Blog Rules has picked some of its favorites and put them on display for you below the jump. You can spot Jack Sparrow, Miss Piggy, Batman, Spiderman, and other iconic characters in the bunch. If you buy these and have them delivered to you, I strongly recommend not biting into them, no matter how scrumptious they appear.

 “It’s tea time! If I keep saying that enough, eventually it will actually be tea time when I do, and I’ll look a little less crazy.”
 “My suspenders are too tight. I’ve never wished death on anyone, but if this ship hits an iceberg at least I won’t have to wear them anymore.”
 “See that big, fat slob behind me? Rumor has it he’s eaten 14 baby Gungans in his day.”
 “Believe it or not, it’s not very comfortable to hang upside down for three straight hours.”
 “So, check this. I walked in this morning and caught Donatello massaging the washing machine. Didn’t realize the lyrics ‘Donatello does machines’ were literal until today.”
 “It turns out that talking robots are not a myth. Next week on Mythbusters, we drop a danish into pig vomit and see if the 5 second rule applies.”
 “Heyyaa! Kermieeee! Aaaag!!”
 “When was the last time this grass was cut? 30 years ago? Jesus, this palace has horrible lawn care.”
 “Madness is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!”
 “Milking a franchise until it runs completely dry? Never heard of it..”
 “I’m Harry Potter. No, really. Snape dropped acid and then thought it would be funny if he turned me into a tiny robot. Weirdo.”

 Hello, I’m Ian McKellen, standing in my full Gandolf garb. But I am not really a wizard. You see, I am pretending.”
 “It seems I forgot to send Jay Leno a Christmas card this year. That was a mistake. Yea, that’s it. A mistake.”
“Swear to me!”

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