Posts Tagged ‘new york’

It’s Been Almost A Year: “Top Ten Things I Say In NYC All The Time” (via It’s Always An Adventure)

July 7, 2011

When I have kids of my own one day and we happen to be on the subway or bus in NYC, I think I’ll be telling them not to lick the pole, too.

It's Been Almost A Year: "Top Ten Things I Say In NYC All The Time" Okay, it is hard to imagine, but it is coming up on our one year anniversary of living in New York City. What an adventure it has truly been! Over the past few days I have started to reflect back on this past year and all of the challenges and changes that we have encountered. I wouldn't change a thing. Although I do find myself desperately missing a BBQ, but I will save that for another post ;) This city is crazy, intense, awe inspiring, but bes … Read More

via It's Always An Adventure

Top 10 Prom Themes

May 31, 2011

Prom themes can be creative, poorly thought-out, or non-existent.  For the prom committee, picking out a theme can be stressful and tough.  There are so many themes to choose from, and each class may attempt to outdo the theme of the previous class.  With that in mind, here is a list of my ten favorite prom themes:

  1. With so many different prom themes to choose from, you can make sure that no two classes in a row will have the same prom theme.Masquerade – Masks veil the identity of your mystery date until after the prom court in announced.
  2. Paris by Moonlight – This lovely romantic theme finally gives you a chance to speak French, if only for one night.
  3. Project Runway – Dressing in the best clothing is the game, complete with a fashion show.
  4. Casino Nights – Poker, Craps, or Roulette. You may even win a prize at the end of the night.
  5. Shanghai Nights – You may be inspired to go on summer vacation to China with this theme.
  6. Under the Sea – Remember the theme of the dance Marty’s parents attended in “Back to the Future”? This is that theme.
  7. Hollywood theme – This is an easy theme to setup, especially here in Southern California.
  8. Cinderella and Prince Charming – This could be the dream prom of two high school sweethearts.
  9. New York, New York – The prom committee would face the daunting task of making the dance hall or banquet hall look like New York as much as possible.
  10. Decades” theme – Bring back the Roaring ‘20s or Disco ‘70s for a new generation.

These are some classic, creative and fun prom themes.  You could even come up with your own original prom theme and go down in your school’s history for creating a magnificent prom.  Prom night is a significant point in your high school memories.  Just remember that the prom theme isn’t everything; what counts is what you make of your night.

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Taylor P.

How the Crossword Puzzle (Almost) Changed History

May 25, 2011

On December 21, 1913, the Sunday New York World printed a puzzle called the word-cross created by Liverpudlian, Arthur Wynne.  The puzzle became an immediate success, eventually becoming a weekly feature of World.  Sometime later, the name changed to “cross-word” and later still, the hyphen was also dropped.  These two changes effectively shaped the crossword puzzle into the modern version we are familiar with today.  Until 1924, crossword puzzles were only being printed in the New York World paper, but then, publishing company Simon & Schuster published a collection of World’s puzzles in book form, renewing the crossword puzzle craze.

The crossword puzzle, which made its public debut in December 1913, almost changed the course of history 31 years later during World War II. How?

A collage of crossword puzzles from the Daily Telegraph with clues bearing codenames describing the operations and landing site of the secret Invasion of Normandy by the Allies during WWII.

I think of crossword puzzles as a fun, brain-teasing way to pass the time.  Never did it cross my mind that, at one point, crosswords puzzles could have changed history.  During World War II, the secrecy of the 1944 Invasion of Normandy (D-Day) was apparent by the use of codenames.  The entire operation had the codename of “Overlord”; the naval operation was “Neptune”; the two beaches where the allies were to land were named as “Omaha” and “Utah”; and the artificial harbor that would be set up was code named “Mulberry”.  By coincidence, between May and June 1944, the crossword puzzles in the British Daily Telegraph newspaper contained the codenames as some of the answers to the questions of the crossword puzzle.  Eventually, all of the codenames were released and the creator of the puzzles, Leonard Dawe, headmaster at the Strand School in Surrey, England, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring with the Nazis.  Years later in 1984, a Ronald French, allegedly one of Dawe’s pupils in 1944, gave his version of events.  He claimed on BBC television that it was he who inserted the codenames into the crosswords.  Apparently, Dawe used to allow his students to help write the puzzles.  French had learned the codenames from US and Canadian soldiers while proclaiming Dawe’s innocence.  This was all just one big coincidence!

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Joie Montoya

PS22 Wows the Oscars

March 12, 2011

PS22, a choir of fifth graders from Graniteville, Staten Island, New York, wows a worldwide audience during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.If you tuned in to watch the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, you also watched a choir of 5th graders who performed “Somewhere over the Rainbow” at the end of the awards show.  They are known as PS22, which stands for Public School 22, in Graniteville, Staten Island, New York.  They are a real glee club known for performing pop song covers.  There are about 50-70 chorus members all directed by Greg Brienberg.  They put on a great performance at the Academy Awards, receiving many positive reviews from around the world.

PS22, a choir of fifth graders from Graniteville, Staten Island, New York, wows a worldwide audience during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.You may have wondered how this school choir got their big break.  Well, the performance at the Oscars wasn’t their first public appearance.  Ever since 2006, the school choir has performed at many different venues all over New York.  They even made TV appearances on VH1, Good Morning America, and It’s On With Alexa Chung. New York Magazine has called them “the best-known elementary school chorus on the planet”.  Last December, Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway went to the choir’s winter concert, surprising the choir with the invitations to perform at the Academy Awards.  As you can imagine, the kids were ecstatic.  After giving a wonderful performance at the Oscars, the kids later performed with Katy Perry on Oprah.  This choir is truly talented and I hope to see their success continue!

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Joie Montoya

How much do you spend to keep your family entertained?

February 9, 2010

Please retweetDo you remember spending just $25 a month on your phone bill?  For that matter, do you remember when your “landline” was your main telecommunications expense?  By 2004, according to data from the Census Bureau, the average American spent $770.95 annually on services such as cable television, Internet connectivity, and video games.  By the end of 2008, that figure rose to $903.  By the end of this year, the figure could reach $997.07.  The government figures do not even include movies, music and television shows bought through iTunes, cellphone service, or data plans bought in addition to that service with the purchase of smartphones.  Read more

Do you think that the subscriptions and services for entertainment and communications have reached parity and became indispensable necessities of life such as electricity, water, and groceries? Do you think you could live without such forms of entertainment or telecommunications, even for one day?

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Francis M. Unson

“Hope for Haiti” telethon on Friday, January 22, 2010

January 20, 2010

Please retweetThe unions and collaborations that take place in the face of disaster are intriguing.

The Irish rock band, U2, hip hop artist, Jay-Z, and R&B artist, Rihanna, are due to appear together in London on Friday as part of the “Hope for Haiti” telethon.  Although a single has been recorded, it is not clear whether it will be released or premiered during the telethon.  Other acts that will take part in the telethon include Coldplay in London; Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Urban in Los Angeles; and Wyclef Jean, Sting, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Bruce Springsteen in New York.  Many other acts are also set to perform.  The telethon will air at 8PM, EST, on MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, PBS, CNN, Bravo, and a host of other networks.  In addition, the telethon will be streamed live on websites including YouTube, MySpace and AOL.

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Francis M. Unson


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