|Cisco has released the fourth »ūmi™« commercial called »Card Game« featuring Ellen, Steve Agee and Har Mar Superstar on January 5, 2011. Watch the video clip below and see if Ellen can identify the name of the famous person that was written on the card attached to her "alien ship landing pad." ;-)
» Cisco ūmi - Card Game - 5th January 2011 «
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Only one day earlier, the people behind »Vanishing of the Bees« posted a PSA for the upcoming public screenings of their documentary. Visit www.vanishingbees.com to find out details of the next event near you or how to host your own screening.
The redesigned website also includes information on what everyone can do to make a change for the better like bee friendly gardening, avoiding conventional pesticides, buying organic fruits and vegetables or building your own hive. Another way to help is to spread the word or donate money to the Save The Honeybee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising honeybee awareness, developing and teaching holistic beekeeping methods, and providing pristine habitat for honeybees.
» PSA for Vanishing of the Bees screenings - 4th January 2011 «
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Alternatively, you can follow my lead and join a local campaign in your country like the German »BeeGood« initiative. In exchange for an annual financial support of 35 Euros, you become godfather of a hive and get a fine jar of honey from your "own bees" every year (see photo on the right) as well as a half-yearly published paper with the latest news, background articles and activities funded by donations.
It was launched in winter 2005 by Mellifera e.V., which has been pioneering and developing sustainable ecological concepts for beekeeping since 1985. With research projects, seminars and publicity this independent non-profit-making association is heading the discussion on beekeeping including the care and management of colonies and dealing with illnesses, while running an apiary named »Fischermühle« with more than 130 hives for research and training purposes.
Mellifera's first and foremost goal is to introduce lay people to the fascinating world of bees, inform about their endangerment and makes sure there is public political debate about the future of beekeeping – isn't that something worth supporting?
Always keep in mind that the bees all around the world are disappearing. Unfortunately, most people don't realize the significance of this threat. Bees are responsible for 30% of the food you eat and the list of crops that simply won’t grow without their pollination is a long one: apples, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, cauliflowers, peaches, strawberries … and the list goes on. Aside from the food they pollinate, they are also integral to the reproduction of many plants and flowers that benefit other species. With bees vanishing, it is not only the bee but the whole complementary chain linking animal to plant life that is being disrupted. This makes the bee one of the earth's most social and ecologically important creatures.
The time to act is now! It is necessary for all social forces to work together on as large a scale as possible and to carry a common responsibility for the bees. You, as an individual, are warmly invited to participate and make a difference!
For those not paying attention, the award season featuring films from 2010 has just begun. First it was the People's Choice Awards where the best movies, TV series and music and were rewarded by the public vote. Thanks to the extremely loyal and less objective Twilight fanbase, »Inception« didn't get any award at all. But only 9 days later, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller took home six awards at once at the 16th annual edition of the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. I have no idea why it even won »Best Action Movie« since I saw the movie three times and never once thought I was watching a pure action flick. Admittedly, there are plenty of thrills, but the essence of this film has nothing to do with action. It was the well-written script and careful directing by Nolan which made Inception one the most dynamic films last year. However, it should be added that both these events are relatively unworthy in comparison to the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
Speaking of these two more serious ceremonies, you don't need to be a prophet to predict that Chris Nolan's box office hit will have a tough time. »Black Swan«, »The Fighter«, »True Grit«, »The King's Speech« or »The Social Network« were all made by acclaimed directors and feature outstanding individual performances. It would be a huge surprise if »Inception« scores in the major categories like »Best Motion Picture« or »Best Director«. Although movies aren't made for the sole purpose of winning awards and other kind of honours, it would be a bit disappointing if this project didn't get the recognition it deserves, since it explores the unique concept of dream sharing, required ten years of development and shines due to a great ensemble cast filled with a mix of some of the best veteran and young acting talent.
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The following is a brief list of awards that »Inception« has received so far:
|Best Editing||(Lee Smith)||AWFJ EDA Annual Achievement Awards||January 10, 2011|
|Best Picture||North Texas Film Critics Awards||January 11, 2011|
|Best Director||(Christopher Nolan)||North Texas Film Critics Awards||January 11, 2011|
|Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film||12th Annual Golden Tomato Awards||January 11, 2011|
|Best Cinematography||(Wally Pfister)||16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards||January 14, 2011|
|Best Art Direction||(Guy Hendrix Dyas)||16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards||January 14, 2011|
|Best Editing||(Lee Smith)||16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards||January 14, 2011|
|Best Visual Effects||16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards||January 14, 2011|
||16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards||January 14, 2011|
|Best Action Movie||16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards||January 14, 2011|