Thursday, July 28, 2011

Celebrates the 600th Anniversary of The Prague Astronomical Clock with The Futuristic Video Light Mapping Show

One day I was surfing the web and came across this amazing video light mapping presentation by The Macula project. It was the celebrations of the Prague Astronomical Clock 600th Anniversary! The 10 minutes video / Light mapping was projected on the outside wall of the Old Town Hall on which the astronomical clock is installed.

The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the only one still working.

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The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components:

The Astronomical Dial 

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The astronomical dial is a form of mechanical astrolabe, a device used in medieval astronomy. Alternatively, one may consider the Orloj to be a primitive planetarium, displaying the current state of the universe. The astronomical dial has a background that represents the standing Earth and sky, and surrounding it operate four main moving components: the zodiacal ring, an outer rotating ring, an icon representing the Sun, and an icon representing the Moon.

Animated figures 
"The Walk of the Apostles"

A clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures, The four figures flanking the clock are set in motion at the hour, these represent four things that were despised at the time of the clock's making. From left to right in the photographs, the first is Vanity, represented by a figure admiring himself in a mirror. Next, a stereotypical Jew holding a bag of gold represents greed or usury.

Across the clock stands Death, a skeleton that strikes the time upon the hour. Finally, the Turk tells pleasure and entertainment.

There is also a presentation of statues of the Apostles at the doorways above the clock, with all twelve presented every hour.

The Calendar

The Calendar is the bottom part of the Orloj with month symbols painted by Josef Manes in 1805. The newest part of the clock is the Calendar Dial. There is the Prague Old Town symbol in the centre. The rotary outer circle describes every single day of the year, and the current date is indicated at the top. There are also medallions with zodiac signs and with pictures depicting every month.

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On October 9, 2010, the Clock's 600th anniversary was celebrated with a light show on the face of the clock tower. Two 2x Christie 18K HD projectors, each with a 1920x1080 resolution, were used to project several animated videos on the clock. The videos showed it being built, torn down, rebuilt, and peeled away to show its internal mechanisms and the famous animated figures, as well as various events in the clock's history. The video interacted with the tower's architecture, such as rain rolling off the arch, and showing the passage of time with moving shadows. The show was developed over the course of four months by the macula, Duber Studio, and Michel Kotek, and was presented by AV Media.

Remember the feeling when you were 7 years old & watching the fireworks at the Disneyland? be prepare to have your mind blown away! Here is the video of this magical presentation!

 We hope you enjoyed this amazing video! I can't wait to visit Prague to see this clock in person!

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

OMG! Who knew?! The Cast of Harry Potter Movie Has All Grown Up To Be Total Hotties! It's Like Magic!

OMG! Did you guys see the finale of the Harry Potter Deathly Hallow part 2? it was so good! and kinda sad it is the last installment of this fabulous novel that fills with magic spells and friendships from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry that company us for the past 10 years.

Just in case you've been living under the rock for the past 10 years, here is a little info of the saga of Harry Potter.  The Harry Potter film series is based on the Harry Potter novels by the British author J. K. Rowling. Distributed by Warner Bros., the series consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011). The film franchise is produced by David Heyman and the three leading characters, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.

Late in 1997, film producer David Heyman's London offices received a copy of the first book in what would become Rowling's series of seven Harry Potter novels. The book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was relegated to a low-priority bookshelf, where it was discovered by a secretary who read it and gave it to Heyman with a positive review. This fateful act influenced Heyman, who had originally disliked "the rubbish title", to read the book himself. Highly impressed by Rowling's work, he began the process that was to lead to one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

J.K Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on government assistance welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. As of March 2011, when its latest world billionaires list was published, Forbes estimated Rowling's net worth to be US$1 billion. Adding up all her net worth, she is now more wealthy than Queen of England!

Oh, now to the important part of this blog posting, have you guys notice that the cast of Harry Potter movie has all grown up to be total hotties? OMG! it is like Magic!

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Emma Watson at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Premiere London in Oscar de la Renta

Emma Watson at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Premiere London in Bottega Veneta

Emma Watson at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Premiere Party in Rafael Lopez dress

Emma Watson at MTV Awards in Marchesa

Emma Watson for Burberry Ad Campaign 2009

Emma Watson on Vogue Magazine Cover & Editorial in Prada

Emma Watson on Marie Claire July 2011Magazine Cover

Emma Watson on Bazaar Magazine cover

Emma Watson in in Rafael Lopez Dress with Chanel heels

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley & Robert Pattinson

Rupert Grint in Attitude Magazine

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Matthew Lewis t Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Premiere

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Robert Pattinson as Cedric

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen Twilight Saga

Robert Pattinson 2009 People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive

Aren't they all turns out to be a hottie?! yum! LOL ! but on the serious note, I will really miss the feeling of the anticipations each year to wait the new Harry Potter saga to be released in theater! Here are the movie posters of all 8 of the Harry Potter .

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!


Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

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