It’s the personality that makes someone beautiful. That isn’t just a phrase. It’s what at the end really matters to me. I like honest and smart girls, who are just like they are.
Music: Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
After his successful performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Justin Timberlake let loose another single from his upcoming third studio album “The 20/20 Experience”. The single, titled “Mirrors”, features production from his longtime producer and friend Timbaland. The production on this record is outstanding and JT is nothing short of his vintage self.
The smooth sounding track is over 8 minutes long. Definitely a refreshing sound that the music industry has been lacking since JT went on his six year hiatus after his second album.
"And now it’s clear as this promise,
That we’re making,
Two reflections into one,
Cause it’s like you’re my mirror.”
The spectacular SGNW House was designed by Metropole Architects and is embedded in the lush vegetation of Zimbali, South Africa. No matter what the standpoint, this modern home offers details that inspire and amaze. According to the official description provided by the architects:
Several bodies of water, including Koi ponds, water features and a rim flow swimming pool appear to coalesce into one, and flow through the house and out into the forest. The stacked roof is fragmented and linked with flat roof slabs, in correspondence to the spatial arrangement of the rooms below, which both scales and articulates the massing of the house. The main bedroom suite cantilevers six meters over the patio below, providing protection from the weather. As well as “wow” factor. Large amounts of glazing optimize views of the indigenous bush that encapsulates the house, and together with the palette of raw materials including natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding, offset the clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance.
Due to a daring mix of colors and decorating elements, each room is more surprising than the next!
I really like photography because you capture moments. Moments that are often unique and individual. It’s the way of expressing what you feel within. Personally, it’s all about appreciating the beauty and expressing creativity.
There is a connection between you and the subject which I think is the most important factor for a beautiful output.
After a wild Championship Weekend, the contestants for Super Bowl XLVII have been set. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will square off in a matchup headlined by head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh.
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the early game, coming back from an early 17-0 hole to win the game by a score of 28-24.
Then, in the late game, the Baltimore Ravens ran the New England Patriots out of their own building, winning convincingly by a score of 28-13.
This sets up an epic matchup for Super Bowl XLVII, and I want to take a look at key position where the teams have an edge.San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Date: February 3, 2013, 6:30 p.m. ET
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Quarterbacks (QBs) -
Colin Kaepernick didn’t shrink back under the bright lights of prime time. Posting an incredible 181 YDS and 2 TDs on the ground against the Green Bay Packers to go along with 263 YDS and 2 TDs through the air.
Then, in the biggest game of his life on the road in Atlanta, Kaepernick proved he can win games as a pure pocket passer, completing 16/21 passes for 233 YDS with 1 TD and 0 INTs against a defense that had forced 20 INTs during the regular season—tied with the New England Patriots for No. 5 in the NFL.
Joe Flacco is riding a hot streak right now and his success in the playoffs speaks for itself. Flacco has a playoff record of 8-4, and he’s getting better as the postseason wears on.
In his last four games, Flacco has thrown 8 TDs and 0 INTs, and his Ravens have won three of those four contests.
Justin Smith, even with just one arm, is one of the most powerful interior linemen—both against the run and as a pass-rusher—in the NFL. Ray McDonald on the other side of the team’s 3-4 alignment is nearly as dominant, and the two of them both made Pro Football Focus' top-10 for 3-4 defensive ends.
Isaac Sopoaga is a beast in the middle, as the team’s nose tackle, and this trio is tough to run against, as the 49ers' No. 4-ranked run defense attests.
Haloti Ngata is one of the NFL’s premier defensive linemen, and when he’s healthy, he’s darn near impossible to stop.
Unfortunately, Ngata hasn’t been healthy for most of the year, and his counterparts on the line haven’t been able to pick up the slack.
The Ravens allowed nearly 2,000 YDS rushing in 2012, ranking No. 20 in the NFL. The team’s 15 rushing TDs allowed ranked No. 23 in the league, and what used to be one of the team’s biggest strengths is now an area of concern.
- Linebackers (LBs) -
The 49ers feature the most complete, most dominant group of linebackers in the NFL.
Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith all made the AP’s first-team All-Pro team, and Ahmad Brooks made it on the second-team All-Pro team.
Smith and Brooks accounted for 26 sacks, and Brooks is one of the most underrated 3-4 outside linebackers in the league.
Willis and Bowman represent the most dynamic pair of inside linebackers in the league. It doesn’t matter which team they are up against, the 49ers will have the better linebacker corps.
Ray Lewis is one of the NFL's greatest defenders of all time, but he’s no longer in his prime. Lewis' leadership skills are unrivaled, but he isn't the same player on the field as he was even two years ago.
Paul Kruger and Terrell Suggs bring excellent pressure off the edges, and rookie Courtney Upshaw is a player who may end up becoming great at some point, but the Ravens linebacker corps is one in transition.
If Lewis were a few years younger and if Suggs were fully healthy, this unit would challenge the 49ers. But now, it’s not close.
- Headcoaches (HCs) -
Jim Harbaugh has taken the 49ers back to the promised land after a dry period that saw more losing seasons than winners under Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary.
His controversial decision to start Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith has proven to be the right one, though the 49ers fanbase, local and national media were split on the topic for most of the latter part of the 2012 season.
Since becoming the team’s head coach, Harbaugh's 49ers have gone 24-7-1 during the regular season and 3-1 in the playoffs.
John Harbaugh has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every single year since becoming the team’s head coach in 2008.
His team has gone 8-4 in that time, and there’s no doubting the fact that the Ravens are more battle-tested than the 49ers heading into Super Bowl XLVII.
Furthermore, John Harbaugh's leadership style has proven to be a perfect match for Baltimore's veteran-laden group, and at this point in his career, he is a step ahead of his younger brother.
- OVERALL -
There’s no doubt that Super Bowl XLVII will be a closely-contested battle the entire way. Super Bowl XLVII will come down to which team executes their game plan without making mistakes.
I’ll go with a Ravens win in what appeared to be the last game of Ray Lewis career.
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain.
Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
In “Silver Linings Playbook”, director David O. Russell attempts to fashion a winsome romantic comedy that also addresses mental illness with perceptiveness and sensitivity.
It’s not an easy maneuver to pull off. But it works because the source material, a novel by Matthew Quick, is rooted in an actual place populated by relatable characters, the acting ensemble is terrific, and Russell, who writes and directs, doesn’t shy away from akwardness or feel-good sentiment.
The great strength of Russell's writing and direction resides in the way he consistently manages to retain a comic tone without losing touch with the characters’ pains and anxieties. There are numerous scenes that in other hands would be as excruciatingly embarrassing on the screen as they would be in real life. But Russell involves us so closely in what we’re watching that we become emotional participants. And that’s because he cares for these people in a wholly unpatronising fashion.
By the way “Silver Linings Playbook" is only the 14th film to ever receive at least one Oscar nomination in each of the four acting categories — and the first to do so in 31 years.
Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) and Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro).
The message about silver linings — about our abilty to overcome unfortunate circumstances — feels less like a Hollywood contriviance than the truth. And the notion that the line between normal and crazy isn’t as clear as we often assume suggests that being judgmental short-circuits both hope and understanding.
8.5 / 10
Hayman five-star Hotel is located on a privileged island in Australia, and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. The natural beauty surrounding the resort is just minutes away from exploring. This is probably why the 240 luxurious rooms of the hotel, included in suites, penthouses, villas and beach houses, are not just a way of guest pampering, but can also be considered the starting point of an unforgettable nature adventure. The hotel’s playful appearance, contrasted by the green forests and blue waters of the surrounding swimming pool, sets the tone for a holiday-inspired scenery. The interior design of the accommodation units tastefully combines modern details (precise geometric shapes and floor to ceiling glass windows) with more traditional furniture and wooden accents. The overall feeling is that of elegance and refinement throughout.
Source: Hayman Hotel
Episode Premiere: January 24, 2013
The war with Daniel may be over, but the battle has left Pearson Hardman vulnerable, and Harvey must protect the firm from a rival whose attack seems as personal as it is professional.
With his heart aching over Zoe a little more than he’d care to admit, Harvey comes into the office to find more bad news waiting for him: Trent Devon, a major client on the verge of taking his tech firm public, is thinking of leaving. It seems that word on the street is that Pearson Hardman is weak after their battle with Hardman, and the up-and-coming firm of Bratton Gould, under the new guidance of Allison Holt, is coming after clients and associates.
Already stewing over his aborted attempt at hiring his own associate, Louis unloads his frustration on Harold and fires him in a final public humiliation. At the same time, Harvey goes on the offensive to shore up his client base, but it’s clear that he’s taking the attacks on the firm a little too personally.
And when he mistakenly assumes Louis has betrayed Pearson Hardman, he unleashes a tirade that may settle the score with his in-house nemesis, but will only serve to tear down the ailing firm even further.
Meanwhile, Mike tries to make up for his recent mistakes by finding a way to keep Trent Devon from leaving. But one of Mike's mistakes isn't done with him yet, and when it finally catches up to him it won't be pretty.
Next week: Harvey goes head to head against Robert Zane, Rachel’s father, on a gender discrimination case that forces Rachel to confront her complicated relationship with her dad.