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09
August

InterCotinental Hotels Group brief intro

InterContinental Hotels Group plc (informally InterContinental Hotels or IHG) (LSE: IHG, NYSE: IHG) is a British multinational hotels company headquartered in Denham, United Kingdom. It is the largest hotels company in the world measured by rooms (with 646,000 as of January 2010), and has over 4,500 hotels across over 100 countries.[2] Its brands include Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, InterContinental and Staybridge Suites. Approximately 3,800 of its hotels operate under franchise agreements, 640 are managed by the company but separately owned and 16 are directly owned.

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http://blog.cheappricesforhotels.com/2012/08/09/intercontinental-hotels/

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27
July

Cheappricesforhotels.com now active

BCI Network has recently become the new management for Cheappricesforhotels.com

We are proud to announce that this is a great website to search for very reasonable prices on hotels, flights, and even car rentals throughout the world!

In addition, we will continue upgrading the website to fulfill our customers needs in every way possible.

Any questions, feel free to contact here anytime.

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02
December

The Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet vs Ipad2 vs Nook Color FIGHT!

Every Kindle Fire vs Nook Color comparison pits the top two competing tablets with ereader roots against each other.

Since the Kindle Fire’s  release on November 15th, there have been tons and tons of comparisons. This one will give you a chart so you can easily see the difference naming kindle fire the obvious choice for anyone thinking to do some serious ereading and app buying. I have used them both and happen to like the kindle fire a little bit better. You can purchase your Kindle fire today by following this Kindle fire link to the amazon store.

 

 

 

FIGHT!

Kindle Fire vs Nook Color – Specs

Kindle Fire Nook Color
Screen 7″ IPS Vibrant Color, 16 million colors 7″ IPS LG VividView, 16 million colors
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 600
Processor 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor 800MHz ARM Cortex A8, 1.2GHz with overclock hack
Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.2, others with root, ROMs
Storage 8GB, cloud storage, no memory card slot 8GB, microSD memory card slot for cards up to 32GB
Memory 512 MB RAM 512MB RAM
Apps Amazon’s Appstore 16K+ Nook Apps 750+
Camera No No
Input/Output USB 2.0 (micro-B connector), 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers B&N mini USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 speaker
Audio and Video Support Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi WiFi
Battery 7-8 hours 7-8 hours
Weight 14.6 oz 15.8 oz
Size 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ 8.1″ x 5″ x 0.48″
MSRP $199 at Amazon $249 new, $179 refurb at B&Nicon

It’s surprising just how similar the Kindle Fire and Nook Color are, especially since the Nook Color will be 1 year old when the Kindle Fire is released. While similar, each device has its own advantages over the other.

Kindle Fire Advantages

  • Faster processor
  • Lower Price
  • More apps (stock)
  • Amazon’s appstore gives away a free paid app each day, lots of games
  • Stereo speakers
  • Amazon Whispersync
  • Cloud storage
  • Amazon Silk web browser
  • Free Month of Amazon Prime
  • Lighter (1.2 ounces)

Nook Color Advantages

  • MicroSD card slot (major advantage)
  • Full Android tablet with ROMs and N2A cards while still preserving the Nook’s stock functionality
  • Active hacking community, lots of mods
  • Refurbished units sometimes drop to $149 or less
  • Access to Barnes and Noble’s in-store exclusive content.
  • Read ebooks for free while visiting B&N stores with B&N’s Read In Store feature (up to an hour per day).

 

Below is the Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad2 vs Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet

Kindle Fire vs iPad 2

As you can see from the basic specs above, the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet are direct competitors to each other and it will be interesting to see which tablet comes out ahead. My preference right now would still be for a Kindle Fire because it’s the least expensive while still offering a huge number of features, plus the awesome selection of movies and TV shows that come with an Amazon Prime membership (you get a free month with your Fire too). As always, we’ll keep this review updated as more information becomes available. For now, let’s compare the Kindle Fire and the Ipad 2:

The Kindle Fire clearly does not have as many features as the iPad 2, but the question really becomes: “Are the extra features of the iPad 2 worth $300+?” The answer for many people is going to be, “No.” Let’s look at the basic $500 version of the iPad 2. Going straight down the feature list in the table above, the obvious standout is the huge price difference. Apple has long charged a premium for their products above and beyond what competing companies charge for similarly spec’d tablet PCs. This is nothing new. So the price is a huge difference in favor of the Kindle Fire.

Content Source and App Stores Compared

Next, consider the content source and the Apps stores. Amazon has just about every form of content available, and the prices are always either extremely competitive or better than iTunes. So score one for their store. However, the Apps section is a different animal. Apple has long dominated here with a huge selection of Apps and this is clearly a check-mark in their favor. However, assuming Amazon does as well with the Kindle Fire as they expect to, I wouldn’t be surprised if the available number of Apps grows by a huge amount in 2012. Until then, there are already thousands available and probably more than anyone could ever need.

Screen Size and Resolution

iPad 2 wins in the screen size department, but loses in the clarity department. The number of DPI generally has a great effect on the clarity of text and graphics on screen (particularly text), and so a higher DPI means it will be easier to read the screen of the Kindle Fire.

Size and Weight

Here again, the Kindle Fire has an advantage in that it’s more easily portable and much lighter.

Capacity and Storage

The iPad is the clear winner here. If you want to have a lot of video on your tablet PC, then the iPad can accommodate more. The way that Amazon plans to help to offset this is by virtually unlimited Cloud storage, which is basically storing your files on their hard drives and then being able to access that data on any computer with an Internet connection. Apple plans to roll out a similar service in the coming weeks as well.

Camera

The last thing worth mentioning is the lack of camera on the Kindle Fire. This may or may not be an issue for most people since we all have cell phone cameras these days that can upload instantly, but if you need a camera attached to your computer all the time for some reason, the Kindle lacks that.

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Amazon Kindle Fire

Apple iPad 2
B&N Nook Tablet
Price $199 $499-829 $249
Content Source Amazon iTunes Barnes and Noble
App Store Amazon App Store & Android Apps iOS App Store Nook Apps
Apps Available 15,000+ 90,000+ for iPad 700+
Screen Size (inches) 7 9.7 7
Screen Resolution 1,024×600 1,024×768 1,024×600
Screen Pixels Per Inch 169 132 169
Size (inches) 7.5 x 4.7 x .45 9.5 x 7.31 x .34 8.1 x 5.0 x .48
Weight 14.6 ounces 21.28 ounces 14.1 ounces
OS Custom Android iOS Android 2.2
Capacity 8GB 16-64GB 16GB
Expandable Storage No No Yes (up to 32GB micro SD cards)
3G No Optional No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Processor Dual-core TI OMAP 4 Dual-core A5 Dual-core TI OMAP4
Camera No Front and Rear No
GPS No On 3G Models No
Browser Amazon Silk Mobile Safari Customized Android
Battery Life 8 hours 7.5 hours 9 hours

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02
December

The historical importance of Dante’s Inferno

The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri is unutterably crucial to the development of literature and theological thinking. Dante was greatly influenced in his writing by Medieval metaphysics and political events. Even so, Inferno continues to be a very relevant piece of religious literature.

The Inferno describes Dante’s journey into and through hell, with Virgil his guide. The entire Divine Comedy, the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradisio, is about the metaphoric journey through hell, through purgatory and into heaven. It models the spiritual journey throught acknowledgment of sin, repentance and penance for sin, and salvation. Examine the first canto of the Inferno and you find that this symbolism and allegory is intentional.

Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
In dark woods, the right road lost.

Dante discovers that he has wandered after the narrow and long road to heaven into a life of sin. He once was lost, and now must be found. So the purpose of Inferno is to show Dante the error of his own sin. This is obvious because as he enters the realm of hell, while he looks and asks about the denizens of those first circles of hell, he feels pity for them, and his questions are always framed in a sense of trying to understand what seems cruel. That’s because at the beginning, Dante does not wish to see the own devastating nature of his own sin, his own guilt. He excuses his sin, just as the intemperate lovers did theirs. He has yet to experience the real loathsomeness of his sinfulness. By the ninth circle, Dante is adding as much as he can to the torment of the lost souls, for he has come to understand the vile nature of sin and its horrors. He is ready for the next step: repentance.

Dante’s Inferno has influenced the mind of the medieval, the renaissance and even the modern thinker. Who has not been privy to the statement on the gate into hell: “abandon all hope, you who enter here.” In truth, our vision of hell is much more influenced by Dante than Scripture. Scripture says quite little about gehenna, or hell. Instead, we people our imaginations with the visions from Dante’s work.

In the Robin Williams spectacular, What Dreams May Come, the vision of hell seems very connected to Dante. The plain with heads sticking out of the ground is quite familiar to those who have read of Dante’s punishment for the egoist, or the constant battle of the hateful is recognizable in Dante’s depiction of the punishment of the violent. Dante was the first one to use his imagination to devise a hell in which the punishments suited the crime, unless we see Homer doing something like that with his visions of Tartarus.

The idea of “levels” of hell, and demons who act as some kind of civil servants for torture, comes straight from Dante. Even Milton felt the influence of Dante, as he populates hell with devils and tortures. Modern writers like T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce have all gone back to Dante for imagery. Countless artists have gone to these pages for their inspiration.

Dante’s work fell into disrepute during the Enlightenment, only to be discovered by Blake and the metaphysical poets. Today, we can see that even our theological understanding of heaven and hell owes to this man’s work.

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02
December

Who was Dante Alighieri?

Durante degli Alighieri, mononymously referred to as Dante (IT: /’dante/UK: /ˈdænti/US: /ˈdɑːnteɪ/; 1265–1321), was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia(The Divine Comedy). His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.[1]

In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta (“the Supreme Poet”) or just il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also known as “the three fountains” or “the three crowns”. Dante is also called the “Father of the Italian language”.

Dante was born in FlorenceItaly. The exact date of Dante’s birth is not known, although it is generally believed to be around 1265. This can be deduced from autobiographic allusions in La Divina Commedia, “the Inferno” (Halfway through the journey we are living, implying that Dante was around 35 years old, as the average lifespan according to the Bible (Psalms 89:10, Vulgate) is 70 years; and as the imaginary travel took place in 1300, Dante must have been born around 1265). Some verses of the Paradiso section of the Divine Comedy also provide a possible clue that he was born under the sign ofGemini: “As I revolved with the eternal twins, I saw revealed from hills to river outlets, the threshing-floor that makes us so ferocious” (XXII 151-154). In 1265 the Sun was in Gemini approximately during the period 11 May to 11 June.[2]

Dante claimed that his family descended from the ancient Romans (Inferno, XV, 76), but the earliest relative he could mention by name was Cacciaguida degli Elisei (Paradiso, XV, 135), of no earlier than about 1100. Dante’s father, Alaghiero[3] or Alighiero di Bellincione, was a White Guelph who suffered no reprisals after the Ghibellines won theBattle of Montaperti in the middle of the 13th century. This suggests that Alighiero or his family enjoyed some protective prestige and status, although some suggest that the politically inactive Alighiero was of such low standing that he was not considered worth exiling.

Dante’s family had loyalties to the Guelphs, a political alliance that supported the Papacy and which was involved in complex opposition to the Ghibellines, who were backed by the Holy Roman Emperor. The poet’s mother was Bella, likely a member of the Abati family[3]. She died when Dante was not yet ten years old, and Alighiero soon married again, to Lapa di Chiarissimo Cialuffi. It is uncertain whether he really married her, as widowers had social limitations in these matters, but this woman definitely bore two children, Dante’s half-brother Francesco and half-sister Tana (Gaetana). When Dante was 12, he was promised in marriage to Gemma di Manetto Donati, daughter of Manetto Donati, member of the powerful Donati family[3]. Contracting marriages at this early age was quite common and involved a formal ceremony, including contracts signed before a notary. Dante had by this time fallen in love with another, Beatrice Portinari (known also as Bice), whom he first met when he was nine years old. Years after his marriage to Gemma, he claims to have met Beatrice again; although he wrote several sonnets to Beatrice, he never mentioned his wife Gemma in any of his poems. The exact date of his marriage is not known: the only certain information is that, before his exile in 1301 Dante had already three sons (Pietro, Iacopo and Antonia)[3].

Dante fought with the Guelph cavalry at the Battle of Campaldino (June 11, 1289). This victory brought forth a reformation of the Florentine constitution. To take any part in public life, one had to be enrolled in one of the city’s many commercial or artisan guilds, so Dante entered the guild of physicians and apothecaries. In the following years, his name is occasionally found recorded as speaking or voting in the various councils of the republic. A substantial portion of minutes from such meetings from 1298-1300 were lost during World War II, however, and consequently the true extent of Dante’s participation in the city’s councils is somewhat uncertain.

Dante had several children with Gemma. As often happens with significant figures, many people subsequently claimed to be Dante’s offspring; however, it is likely that Jacopo, Pietro, Giovanni and Antonia were truly his children. Antonia later became a nun with the name of Sister Beatrice.

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22
November

Book of Enoch I-XVI

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The Book of Enoch (also 1 Enoch[1]) is an ancient Jewish religious work, traditionally ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Beta Israel. It is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Eritrean Orthodox Church, but no other Christian group.
Western scholars believe that its older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) date from about 300 BC, and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably was composed at the end of the 1st century BC.[2]

It is wholly extant only in the Ge’ez language, with Aramaic fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls and a few Greek and Latin fragments. There is no consensus among scholars about the original language: some propose Aramaic, others Hebrew, while the probable thesis, according to E. Isaac, is that 1 Enoch, like Daniel, was composed partially in Aramaic and partially in Hebrew.[3]:6 Ethiopian scholars generally hold that Ge’ez is the language of the original from which the Greek and Aramaic copies were made, pointing out that it is the only language in which the complete text has yet been found.[4]

A short section of 1 Enoch (1 En 1:9) is quoted in the New Testament (Letter of Jude 1:14-15), and is there attributed to “Enoch the Seventh from Adam” (1 En 60:8). It is argued that all the writers of the New Testament were familiar with it and were influenced by it in thought and diction.

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18
November

MyOwnVerse Recieves RSS Poetry Submissions

For all of you writers that already have an established following elsewhere will be able to link the RSS Feed of that site with their free poetry profiles.

One benefit of this new feature is the ability to stay with your native posting platform while expanding the visibility spectrum of your poetry.

Read More:
MyOwnVerse RSS Update

 

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