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Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style,’ explained!

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2012 at 3:53 am

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style,’ explained!
BRADEN GOYETTE


Friday, September 07, 2012
At last night’s VMAs, millions of American viewers were introduced to Psy, the South Korean rapper whose video, ‘Gangnam Style,’ took YouTube by storm last month.

The video climbed to 100 million views in 51 days — faster than Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” according to the Daily Dot — and elicited a deluge of response videos.

It’s garnered over 117 million views since it was posted on July 15, and Psy, a.k.a. Park Jae Sung, became the first Korean artist to be invited to the VMAs since Rain performed in 2005, according to the Korea Times.

But what do the lyrics of the song mean, and what’s the story behind Psy’s trademark dance move?

If you’re just hearing about the Gangnam craze for the first time, here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you up to speed.

LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS Host Kevin Hart (L) does Psy’s signature “horse-riding dance” with the South Korean rapper during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

WHAT DOES ‘GANGNAM STYLE’ MEAN?

Gangnam is a wealthy neighborhood in the South Korean city of Seoul where young people go to party. In the song, Psy describes the kind of guy he is and the kind of girl he wants, painting caricatures of the ostentatious culture of people who hang out in Gangnam.

As The Atlantic pointed out in an in-depth article last month, behind the flashy costumes and killer dance moves in Psy’s video, there’s a subtle commentary on class in South Korea.

WHAT DOES THE CHORUS, ‘OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE,’ MEAN?

It roughly means something like ‘Your man has Gangnam Style.’ ‘Oppa,’ which literally means ‘older brother,’ is an affectionate term girls use to address older guy friends or a boyfriend. It can also be used as a first-person pronoun, as PSY does here — in this case, he’s telling a woman that he has Gangnam style.

Kevin Mazur/WireImage Getting on that high horse. Korean rapper Psy shows his signature move, which he calls the “horse-riding dance.”

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH HIS SIGNATURE DANCE?

“It’s a horse-riding dance,” PSY explained in an interview with NY1 anchor Michelle Park. “So there is an invisible horse, and you’re on it.” (In the video, Psy first does the dance in the middle of a posh-looking stable.)

The singer manages to turn an activity typically associated with the wealthy into a hilarious, arm-flapping dance move.

HOW DO YOU SAY ‘PSY?’

It’s pronounced like ‘sigh,’ short for ‘psycho.’

WHAT’S NEXT FOR PSY?

He signed with Schoolboy Records, the label of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Brown, so we may soon be seeing more of him stateside.

BGoyette@nydailynews.com

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-09-07/news/33682557_1_gangnam-psy-dance

Feng Shui Fruit Symbols in Your Home

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2012 at 2:47 am

Feng Shui Fruit Symbols in Your Home: Use Fruit Symbols for Good Feng Shui
In feng shui fruits are used as symbols of abundance, prosperity and good luck
By Rodika Tchi

The feng shui energy of fruits is the energy of fruition. The use of specific fruits in traditional feng shui applications is often dictated by classifications from ancient texts as being specific symbols of longevity, wealth, prosperity, fertility, etc.

When choosing images of fruits as a feng shui cure, first and foremost be guided by your own instincts, or your own understanding of the energy of the fruit, as well as its possible medicinal remedies.

Feng shui-wise, attention is often paid to the colors, numbers, as well as the symbolism of specific fruits.

Below is the description of the most popular fruit symbols as used in feng shui applications.
•Peach. One of the most popular feng shui fruit symbols, peach is the symbol of immortality. The peach is also known in feng shui as the fruit of heaven because of its prominence in many ancient Chinese legends about the Immortal gods. Peach came to be associated with wealth, health, abundance and longevity. The peach is also known as a feng shui symbol of love and marriage. In China, “love luck” is often referred to as “peach blossoms luck”.

•Pomegranate. Because the pomegranate is full of juicy seeds, it symbolizes fertility in feng shui and it is used as a feng shui fertility cure. Pomegranate also symbolizes happiness in the family, as well as good luck for one’s descendants. Feng shui consultants often advise newlywed couples in China to display art with pomegranates to attract good luck and many healthy children.

•Grapes. In feng shui, grapes symbolize abundance of food, thus abundance of material wealth. Grapes came to represent success and abundance coming to one in the near future, or always being in one’s family, thus it is common to see displays of grapes in Chinese homes. Sometimes grapes are also used as a feng shui symbol, or cure for fertility, as well as a cure for turning bad luck into good luck.

•Apple. Apple has always been associated with peace, good health and harmony in one’s home. One of the reasons is the fact that in Chinese language the word for “apple” sounds like the word for “peace”. Color-wise, red apples are considered to be very auspicious, although or course green and golden/yellow apples are also widely used according to their color properties.

•Pineapple. The sound of the Chinese word for pineapple is close to the sound of “good luck coming your way”, so the pineapple has become a popular traditional feng shui symbol of wealth, fortune and prosperity.

•Oranges. The popularity of oranges in the traditional feng shui applications is explained by the refreshing/cleansing odor, as well as the yang quality of the orange color. As a feng shui cure it is often recommended to have 9 oranges in one’s living room or kitchen for good luck and prosperity. It is believed that citrus fruits can ward off bad luck, thus oranges, along with tangerines and limes are often used in traditional feng shui applications.

It is best to use/display fresh fruits for their specific energies. However, traditional feng shui schools have developed a variety of products and cures that incorporate the symbolism of fruits – from fruit shaped crystals to various amulets with the representation of specific fruits.


http://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/qt/feng-shui-fruit-symbols.htm

Anonymous Motivational Quotes

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2012 at 1:37 am

Out of all the toys in the world. why people choose feelings to play with…! ~ Anonymous

Sometimes burning bridges isn’t a bad thing. It prevents you from going back to a place you should never have been to begin with… ~ Anonymous

Never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. ~ Anonymous

Faith and determination is what keeps me going. ~ Anonymous

Bestfriends are people you don’t need to talk to every single day. you don’t need to talk to each other for weeks, but when you do, it’s as if you didn’t even stop talking. ~ Anonymous

‘Sex Blog’ Malaysian Student Prepared To Face Consequences

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

‘Sex Blog’ Malaysian Student Prepared To Face Consequences

SINGAPORE: National University of Singapore law scholar Alvin Tan Jye Yee told Yahoo! Singapore on Tuesday afternoon that he has taken down his joint sex blog with his girlfriend “because there’s been too much trouble for this and we want to stay out of trouble”.

Earlier, the NUS student said erotic photos and videos of himself and his girlfriend going viral was “exciting”.

He had also said he is prepared to face the consequences of posting the sexual content on their personal blog.

On the site “Sumptuous Erotica”, Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee said they love posting about their sex life on the web “for everyone to enjoy” and that they upload only self-made content.

Some of the explicit photos posted on the website show the couple’s naked bodies or body parts, and one shows a bloodstained sanitary pad.

In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore on Tuesday morning, Tan talked about why he started the blog and about facing the consequences of his postings.

“One fine day, we were just fooling around and my girlfriend had the idea of taking nude photos, just taking them, not necessarily uploading them. With more and more photos that we took, we realised we wanted some sort of recognition for our work so we started uploading them on FB but we blurred out the critical parts,” he said.

He added that they started the blog at the end of September this year as the photos kept on getting flagged on FB and had to be taken down. It has since gone viral.

He says he has “mixed feelings” about all the attention the blog has gotten. “Part of me was worried about the real negative consequences like whether I breached anything legal or how would NUS react to this,” he said.

“Of course the other part of me feels it’s quite surreal. I can’t say that I’m not excited,” he added. “It’s not something you get to do everyday, it’s something most people won’t get to do in their whole life so that’s what I mean by exciting. It’s something different and unique.”

He and his girlfriend have even been approached by small companies to endorse sex toys and lingerie, he disclosed.

Tan and Lee, both aged 23 and both Malaysian, are in Malaysia now, and Tan has taken a leave of absence from school to pursue a daily deals business.

On 15 October 2012, someone anonymously asked the couple why they do such things and their reply was, “Because we believe that there’s
nothing inherently wrong with sex.”

“We don’t see why people who are sexually-active and/or being open about their sex lives should be treated as sinners or criminals. Sex is a natural reproductive process that really doesn’t deserve to have a stigma attached to it. Close-minded people need to get over it,” they said.

On facing possible consequences, Tan, who is in his last year as a law student, said that NUS has not contacted him yet.

“So far so good. I wouldn’t say I’m not worried but I’m prepared for it – to be expelled, for my scholarship to be taken away,” he asserted, adding that he is prepared for either or both as he has been on leave from NUS for a year and a half.

“I started my own firm and it’s doing pretty well, so that’s actually my career plan anyway,” he said.

He still wants to come back to Singapore to finish his studies if he can.”I want to do that but I’m not sure if I’ll be allowed to do that anymore. I would definitely go back to Singapore if I’m allowed to,” he said.

Touching on the legal consequences of posting such explicit photos, he explained that all the activities had taken place in Malaysia and the postings had been done there.

“I know that also in law… if you’re not a Singapore national and you committed a crime outside of Singapore then you are basically scot-free,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve contravened anything based on my own legal knowledge.”

He said his friends who have read an article from The Straits Times quoting a lawyer as saying Tan could face charges for breaching the Films Act for the explicit videos do not agree with that lawyer.

“I don’t think I’m in any legal trouble,” he averred.

An ex-classmate of Tan from junior college was not surprised by the NUS student’s behaviour. “He was very competitive in class, really smart and outspoken but at the same time eccentric. He was just plain weird so I wasn’t surprised when he came up with the blog,” she said.

– Yahoo! News

NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2012 at 4:40 am

2012 Doomsday Debunked Their calendar does not end on December 21, 2012; it’s just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one.

Image: Space.com
NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims
The agency’s Near-Earth Objects Program head points out many fallacies, including the claim that an imaginary planet will collide with Earth in December. Thousands of astronomers have not seen this

By Natalie Wolchover and Life’s Little Mysteries

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have put out a new video to address false claims about the “Mayan apocalypse,” a non-event that some people believe will bring the world to an end on Dec. 21.

In the video, which was posted online Wednesday (Mar. 7), Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL, explains away many of the most frequently cited doomsday scenarios. [See video]

Addressing the belief that the calendar used by the ancient Mayan civilization comes to a sudden end in December 2012, and that this will coincide with a cataclysmic, world-ending event, Yeomans said: “Their calendar does not end on December 21, 2012; it’s just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one. It’s just like on December 31, our calendar comes to an end, but a new calendar begins on January 1.”

Yeomans also attempted to allay fears regarding potential causes of a Mayan apocalypse, including Nibiru, an imaginary planet that some people think is swinging in from the outer solar system just in time to collide with Earth in December. “This enormous planet is supposed to be coming toward Earth, but if it were, we would have seen it long ago. And if it were invisible somehow, we would have seen the [gravitational] effects of this planet on neighboring planets. Thousands of astronomers who scan the sky on a daily basis have not seen this,” he said. [Believers In Mysterious Planet Nibiru Await Earth’s End]

He added that there is zero possibility of a NASA cover-up. “Can you imagine thousands of astronomers who observe the skies on a daily basis keeping the same secret from the public for several years?”

As for solar flares, Yeomans explained that these do exist — in fact, two massive solar flares erupted just days ago, sending bursts of solar radiation into space — but they are part of the sun’s normal 11-year cycle. Radiation from solar flares can damage orbiting satellites, but Earth’s magnetosphere shields its inhabitants from the blasts, and the flares are not a health concern.

“Then we have planetary alignments,” Yeomans said. Some doomsayers believe the other planets and the sun will align with the Earth in December and cause catastrophic tidal effects. “Well, first of all, there are no planetary alignments in December of 2012, and even if there were, there are no tidal effects on the Earth as a result. The only two bodies in the solar system that can affect the Earth’s tides are the moon, which is very close, and the sun, which is massive and also fairly close. But the other planets have a negligible effect on the Earth.”

(Incidentally, it is perfectly normal for the sun and moon to align, bolstering each other’s gravitational pulls on Earth and generating higher-than-normal ocean tides. This happens twice each month.)

Addressing the claim that Earth’s axes are going to shift on Dec. 21, 2012, he said: “The rotation axis can’t shift because the orbit of the moon around the Earth stabilizes it and doesn’t allow it to shift.” He noted that the magnetic field does shift every half-million years or so, but “there’s no evidence it’s going to happen in December, and even if it were to be shifting, it takes thousands of years to do so. And even if it did shift, it’s not going to cause a problem on the Earth apart from the fact that we’re going to have to recalibrate our compasses.” [What If Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flip?]

Invoking the astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous maxim, he said: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Since the beginning of time there have been literally hundreds of thousands of predictions for the end of the world, and we’re still here.”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nasa-crushes-2012-mayan-apocalypse-claims

Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon passed away at 82 as a CHRISTIAN

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2012 at 4:10 am

Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon passed away at 82 as a CHRISTIAN

NEIL A. ARMSTRONG
LEBANON, OHIO 45036

July 14,1983

Mr. Phil Parshall Director
Asian Research Center
International Christian
Fellowship 29524 Bobrich
Livonia, Michigan 48152

Dear Mr. Parshall:

Mr. Armstrong has asked me to reply to your letter and
to thank you for the courtesy of your inquiry.

The reports of his conversion to Islam and of hearing
the voice of Adzan on the moon and elsewhere are all
untrue.

Several publications in Malaysia, Indonesia and other
countries have published these reports without verifi-
cation. We apologize for any inconvenience that this
incompetent journalism may have caused you.

Subsequently, Mr. Armstrong agreed to participate in a
telephone interview, reiterating his reaction to these
stories. I am enclosing copies of the United States
State Department’s communications prior to and after
that interview.

Sincerely

Vivian White
Administrative Aide

Neil_Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon passed away at age 82 on 25th August 2012 as a Christian.

From Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia to Malaysia, it is commonly believed that Neil Armstrong heard the Azan (Muslim prayer) on the moon which he could not understand and when he later visited Egypt, he heard the same sound and then realized it was Azan he heard on the moon, he immediately converted to Islam and was engaged in the full-time propagation of the Muslim faith in Lebanon!

Few of us may heard of this ridiculous claim, the claim is still circulated via junk e-mails and YouTube such as:

During his visit to 2005 Global Leadership Forum at KLCC, then 75 years old Neil Armstrong ” denied he had heard the Muslim call to prayer on the moon and had converted to Islam. ” This was reported in The Star.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/9/7/nation/11971532&sec=nation

Here is the official confirmation sent to all US Diplomatic and consular post confirming that Neil Armstrong did not convert to Islam:

In 1983, through Asian Research Center International Christian Fellowship, he, then residing in Lebanon, Ohio, USA issued an official statement confirming he had not converted to Islam or heard Azan on the moon.
http://www.answering-islam.org/Hoaxes/neil.html

Now, the sequel to Neil Armstrong’s famous quote “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” should be:

“One man’s small mistake, one big joke for mankind!”

Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor and United States Naval Aviator. He was the first person to walk on the Moon. Wikipedia
Died: August 25, 2012, Columbus
Born: August 5, 1930, Wapakoneta
Children: Eric Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Karen Armstrong
Education: University of Southern California (1970), Purdue University (1947–1955), Blume High School (1947)
Spouse: Carol Held Knight (m. 1994), Janet Shearon (m. 1956–1994)
Parents: Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

How Neil Armstrong Became a Muslim Live Star Productions,