Is iPhone Dying?

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Initially, Android phones sucked compared to iPhone. Then, Android phones improved, while iOS was was still much bigger than Android.

Then, Android became the smartphone market-share leader, and Android Market keeps growing.

Now, Android isn't just the operating system market share leader. Samsung, a single Android manufacturer, has also blown past Apple in global handset sales and ships 28 million smartphones in Q3 2011 while Apple only sold 17 million iPhones.

iPhone is dying!


Heart Sutra (般若波羅蜜多心經)

The Heart Sūtra is the most popular of all Buddhist scriptures.



The Heart Sūtra is made up of 14 shlokas in Sanskrit. In Chinese, it is composed of 260 Chinese characters. In English, it is composed of sixteen sentences.

The Heart Sūtra, it is generally thought, is likely to have been composed in the 1st century CE in Kushan Empire territory, by a Sarvastivadin or ex-Sarvastivadin monk.

The earliest record of a copy of the sūtra is a 200-250CE Chinese version attributed to the Yuezhi monk Zhi Qian. It was supposedly translated again by Kumarajiva around 400CE, although John McRae and Jan Nattier have argued that this translation was created by someone else, much later, based on Kumarajiva's Large Sūtra.

Zhi Qian's version, if it ever existed, was lost before the time of Xuanzang, who produced his own version in 649CE, which closely matches the one attributed to Kumarajiva. Xuanzang's version is the first record of the title "Heart Sūtra" (心經 xīnjīng) being used for the text, and Fukui Fumimasa has argued that xinjing actually means dharani scripture. According to Huili's biography, Xuanzang learned the sutra from an inhabitant of Sichuan, and subsequently chanted it during times of danger in his journey to the West.

data source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Sutra

Heliophorus epicles (Female)
Purple Sapphire
斜斑彩灰蝶

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Louis Vuittion Goes Pink!


Marc Jacobs (creative director of Louis Vuitton) has said this about the new ad campaign: “It is all very soft and very sweet, yet at the same time very bold and very graphic.”

深水埗 飄色巡遊 2011.12.18


「社區和諧攜手創飄色巡遊暨嘉年華會 2011」

走鋼線的金蜓


Cloudy Bay - Pinot Gris

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Because of bitterness here and there, I'm disappointed! At this price point, 唔試冇損失!

Hellraiser

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李治廷 @ 極地飄移



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Aarif! @ Hennessy Artistry (2011.11.09)

Five Levels of Johnnie Walker

Red Label
Average no. of whiskies blended - 35
Alcohol by volume - 40%
Age - 5 years, but no shown on the bottle

Tasting notes - Smoky malt on the nose, spicy warmth in taste
Serving suggestions - Mix with your favourite mixers
Description - A robust and traditional Scotch, 1 in 5 bottles of Scotch consumed worldwide is Red Label


Black Label
Average no. of whiskies blended - 40
Alcohol by volume - 40%
Age - 12 years

Tasting notes - Satisfying depth of taste packed with rich smoky malt and peat. Sherry casks add woody and fruity notes
Serving suggestions - Add a little splash of water / On the rocks / Mix with soda of ginger ale
Description - Deep and complex, expressing totally the character of all its blends


Green Label (Pure Malt)
Average no. of whiskies blended - 15
Alcohol by volume - 43%
Age - 15 years

Tasting notes - Fresh on the nose and very smooth. Tastes of fruit and spice from the Highland malts
Serving suggestions - Add a little splash of water / On the rocks
Description - Johnnie Walker createsa unique marriage of their best Highland malts


Gold Label
Average no. of whiskies blended - 15
Alcohol by volume - 40%
Age - 18 years

Tasting notes - Deep body, smooth creamy tone. Honeyed spices with almonds and with a note of toffee
Serving suggestions - Add a little splash of water / On the rocks / Frozen & served with chocolate dessert
Description - Rich and creamy, a taste that is very accessible. Refined, elegant and very pleasant


Blue Label
Average no. of whiskies blended - 16
Alcohol by volume - 43%
Age - Ancient Reserves

Tasting notes - Well balanced, long and intense finish, with hints of smoky Islay seaweed and vintage oaks
Serving suggestions - Drink neat in a sniffier
Description - Profound and intense, it stands apart. The masterpiece of the blender's art, it reproduces the characteristics of the first 19th century blends

Red Label is the less expensive one and the Blue Label is the most.

data sources: various websites without citation

歲月的蜓話

Grüner Silvaner

Sylvaner or Silvaner is a variety of white wine grape grown primarily in Alsace and Germany, where its official name is Grüner Silvaner.



In Germany it is best known as a component of Liebfraumilch and production boomed in the 1970s to the detriment of quality, but it has long enjoyed a better reputation in Franconia than in other German wine regions.

While the Alsatian versions have primarily been considered simpler wines, it was recently (2006) included among the varieties that can be used to produce Alsace Grand Cru wine together with the four 'noble grapes' of Alsace, although only in one vineyard, Zotzenberg.

data source: wikipedia

Hong Kong Wetland Park (香港濕地公園)

Purple Sapphire



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Large Faun



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BILLIE JEAN

ANDERSON & ROE






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Turkish March - Guitar (4 Hands)

Edvard Grieg - Piano Concerto (Piano and Organ)

Ulf Norberg, piano & Carl-Adam Landström, organ plays from a live-concert in Hedvig Eleonora church, Stockholm, 27 february 2011




Riga Piano Duo

V. Monti - Czardas

Scott Brothers Duo

Cosmopolitan Singapore

Contemporary, modern, and young at heart?
To my surprise, this is how it looks (the debut issue in Sept 2011)!

Banned for 22 years in Singapore, this women's title has been re-launched by New York-based Hearst Magazines International, in partnership with ACP Magazines in fall.


photo source: cosmopolitan.sg

Amazingly amazing!

Dragon Illusion

Incredible Shade Illusion!



Why does the illusion work?
The visual system needs to determine the color of objects in the world. In this case the problem is to determine the gray shade of the checks on the floor. Just http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifmeasuring the light coming from a surface (the luminance) is not enough: a cast shadow will dim a surface, so that a white surfacehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif in shadow may be reflecting less light than a black surface in full light. The visual system uses several tricks to determine where the shadows are and how to compensate for them, in order to determine the shade of gray "paint" that belongs to the surface.

data source: mit.edu

Such Great Heights & Coke Zero



Two Guys, One Guitar, Turkish March on Guitar!

Sumi Jo

Kris Van Assche



The Art of Louis Vuitton by Billie Achilleos

Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Acoustic Live)

Kylie Minogue


Scala & Kolacny

PPR BECOMES MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER OF SOWIND GROUP

La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) – Paris (France) – July 4, 2011.



Sowind Group and PPR jointly announced today the launch of a reserved capital increase of Sowind Group that will be fully subscribed by PPR. PPR will then become the majority shareholder of the company with a 50.1 % stake. PPR already owned a 23 % share based on a strategic partnership agreement signed in 2008 with Sowind Group, then controlled by Luigi Macaluso since 1992.

Sowind Group, which is one of the last independent Swiss watchmaking manufactures, has a presence in 60 countries, namely with the Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard brands.

source: www.ppr.com

Johnnie Walker

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Originally known as Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky, the Johnnie Walker brand is a legacy left by John "Johnnie" Walker after he started to sell whisky in his grocer's shop in Ayrshire, Scotland at the age of fourteen in 1819.



Prior to 1860, it was illegal to sell blended whisky. During that time John Walker sold a number of whiskies - notably his own Walker's Kilmarnock, which was surely a single or blended malt.

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The brand became popular, but after Walker's death in 1857 it was his son Alexander Walker and grandson Alexander Walker II who were largely responsible for establishing the Scotch as a popular brand.

In 1865, Alexander produced their first blend, Walker's Old Highland.


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Having less stocking space and less broken bottles, the squared bottles, together with the slanted Johnnie Walker label that is inclined 24 degrees, was introduced in 1860, and remains an icon of the mark.

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Nowadays, Johnnie Walker is the most widely distributed brand of blended Scotch whisky and is sold in almost every country with yearly sales of over 130 million bottles worldwide.

data source: johnniewalker.com, wikipedia

The Great Wall

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ARTHK11 - Greyness Series by Ronald Ventura

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ARTHK11











Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser

The Kiss of Dawn (愛在晨光中)

Blue Sprite (綠斑蟌)
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Date : 2011:04:24 12:04:37
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Shutter: 0.0050 s (1/200)
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ISO: 200
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Blue Sprite is a medium-sized damselfly. Head and end of abdomen of male are blue in colour. Its body is also blue, with black stripes on it. The female has a similar pattern but being either blue-grey or blue-green.

Crimson Darter (Female)

The Scarlet Skimmer or Crimson Darter (Crocothemis servilia) is a species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to east and southeast Asia, and introduced to Florida and Hawaii.

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Location: Hong Kong Wetland Park

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Exposure Time: 1/400s
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Location: Hong Kong Wetland Park

Flowerbomb de Paris

L’Oréal has unveiled a limited-edition version of its Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb fragrance, which will be available only in selected travel retail doors. The fragrance, called Flowerbomb de Paris, will be available from July exclusively in Parisian airport shops.



Only 1,600 numbered bottles will be available. The limited-edition fragrance was created by the Dutch design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren as a tribute to Paris. It is described as a “celebration of the City of Lights."

The original Flowerbomb was itself unveiled in Paris in late 2004, prior to its launch in Europe and the US in 2005. “Flowerbomb de Paris is an ode to the French capital in a 50ml bottle,” says L’Oréal.

Inspired by “L’air de Paris”, Viktor & Rolf aim to make consumers rediscover the City of Lights through sketches of their favorite places: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Sacré Coeur, among others. These symbols decorate the faceted diamond-like flacon, which was created to the iconic city.

data source: moodie

情侶逸事

Java Sparrow 爪哇禾雀 (Padda oryzivora)

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一雙一對

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兩情相悅

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吵架

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面左左

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點呀... 你!

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錫返! 錫返!

Ninth Gate

Sumi Jo

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Aria (Cantilena)

Elina Garanca


Barbara Hendricks, Anna Moffo, Victoria de los Ángeles, etc 都唱得唔好聽... 原來冇個 version 係唱得悅耳... sigh!

2010 Global Top 100 Brands

Millward Brown Optimor created the BrandZ Top 100, a ranking that identifies the world's most valuable brands measured by their dollar value. The brand ranking provides key insights and actionable information for finance, marketing and business professionals on how to manage and grow their brand assets.

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Macon-Villages

Macon-Villages is an appellation uniquely for white wines produced in certain selected communes of the Maconnais wine-producing area in southern Burgundy. The appellation represents a step up in quality from the standard Macon appellation, and specializes in dry white wines made from the Chardonnay grape variety.


The named Macon-Villages communes are permitted to add their name to the Macon appellation on labels, giving forms like "Macon Lugny" or "Macon Fuisse" or to call their wine simply Macon-Villages. If a wine is produced from grapes grown in more than one of the named communes, then the wine loses the right to claim a particular village name, and must be labeled Macon-Villages.

The typical Macon-Villages wine is lightly floral and fruity, with a warm hint of citrus fruits. The best examples have a gently nutty character, like almonds or hazelnuts.






















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Mobile OS Market Share By Country

China


Hong Kong


Taiwan


South Korea


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Tambour Minute Repeater

By Louis Vuitton

Rusalka - Song to the Moon

Lucia Popp

How to pronounce German Wine

To mark the 50th anniversary of its legendary Calibre 12P, Piaget rose to a new technical challenge by setting a double record for both the thinnest self-winding movement and the thinnest self-winding watch in the
world, respectively measuring a mere 2.35 mm and 5.25 mm.



The new Altiplano watch features a generous 43 mm diameter that enhances its elegant profile.

Suor Angelica - Final Scene

Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an original Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano.



It is the second opera of the trio of operas known as Il trittico (Triptych). It received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on December 14, 1918.

Peach Blossom

桃花開 開燦爛 情義 誓永無限


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Sun Set


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Joshua Bell - Una furtiva lagrima

Hoverflies

Like its namesake helicopter, hoverflies often hover over flowers.



Hoverflies are bee mimics. They are also known as flower flies or syrphid flies. They belong to the family Syrphidae.

The adults of hoverflies feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

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