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  • 27 Jan 2014
    The first specifically Christmas hymns for Christians that we know of appear in fourth century Rome. Latin hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan, were austere statements of the theological doctrine of the Incarnation in opposition to Arianism. Corde natus ex Parentis (Of the Father's love begotten) by the Spanish poet Prudentius (d. 413) is still sung in some churches today.[1] In the ninth and tenth centuries, the Christmas "Sequence" or "Prose" was introduced in North European monasteries, developing under Bernard of Clairvaux into a sequence of rhymed stanzas. In the twelfth century the Parisian monk Adam of St. Victor began to derive music from popular songs, introducing something closer to the traditional Christmas carol. In the thirteenth century, in France, Germany, and particularly, Italy, under the influence of Francis of Assisi a strong tradition of popular Christmas songs in the native language developed.[2] Christmas carols in English first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists twenty five "caroles of Cristemas", probably sung by groups of 'wassailers', who went from house to house.[3] The songs we know specifically as carols were originally communal songs sung during celebrations like harvest tide as well as Christmas. It was only later that carols begun to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas. Carols gained in popularity after the Reformation in the countries where Protestant churches gained prominence (as well-known Reformers like Martin Luther authored carols and encouraged their use in worship), this was the consequence of the fact that the Lutheran reformation warmly welcomed music.[4] "Adeste Fideles" ("O Come all ye faithful") appears in its current form in the mid-18th century, although the words may have originated in the thirteenth century. The origin of the tune is disputed. The first appearance in print of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", "The First Noel", "I Saw Three Ships" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1833) by William Sandys. Composers like Arthur Sullivan helped to repopularize the carol, and it is this period that gave rise to such favorites as "Good King Wenceslas" and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", a New England carol written by Edmund H. Sears and Richard S. Willis. Today carols are regularly sung at Christian religious services. Some compositions have words which are clearly not of a religious theme, but are often still referred to as "carols". For example, the sixteenth century song "A Bone, God Wot!" appears to be a wassailing song (which is sung during drinking or while requesting ale), but is described in the British Library's Cottonian Collection as a Christmas carol
    7366 Posted by Danny Stone
  • 25 Jan 2014
    Dear Readers,         Nowadays, obesity has become a growing problem in our society. Technology has brought us to a new era of information where you can work, entertain or study at home right at your desk. However, it has created a new disease, OBESITY. Despite all effort to reduce the spreading of obesity, it continues to grow as more and more people use internet to find information or entertainment online. They don't even have to drag their butts out of the house to buy necessities such as food, groceries etc... People no longer stand on their feet, they 'stand' on their butts.          Sitting in an extended long period cause more harm than good. Many of you may not notice that you spend awful lot of time sitting and very little time standing or walking. Some people don't even know why they're gaining weight and especially around the waist area. They exercise 45 minutes every day and eat very healthy but they can't understand why their weight either remain the same or keep gaining weight little by little.          Now, a question probably pops up in your head : How is that possible ? Well, let me tell you something that I rarely see people mention. If you spend an hour for 'standing' activities and the rest for sitting, you're going to have a bad time trying to lose weight. Why ? Very simple, despite that fact that you exercise 45 minutes every day, a majority of calories burn comes from the daily simple activities such walking and standing up. According to an article I read earlier on nytimes.com, when you sit for an extended amount of time, your metabolism drops by 50% and your body consumes less calories. A grown-up human body needs about 2000 calories everyday to maintain its weight (the number may be different depending on your gender, weight and age). So let's say you spend 45 minutes jogging and burn about 300 calories, and you take in only 1500 calories. That gives you 1200 calories to  spend for the rest of the day and you probably think your body will consume them all and some of your fat by the end of the day. That's not gonna happen if you spend the rest of your day sitting in front of the computer.         As I mentioned earlier, when you sit, your metabolism drops about 50%. So if your body needs 2000 calories to maintain weight, it comes down 1000 when you sit for a whole day. Have you ever calculate how much time you spend sitting down ( at work, at school or in front of the computer) ? Probably not. I was like that before, I exercise everyday and I've become vegetarian. But I don't understand why after 2 months, I didn't drop even a single pound. So I went to the internet and tried to find out what my problem was. None could answer that question for me until I found the aforementioned article. Then I really struck me. When I think about how much time I spend sitting in the chair everyday, I was shocked to notice that I spent roughly 1 hour every doing activities that involved standing up. Then I realized I needed a change in my lifestyle, a change that I really need after all these years. I started standing a work instead of sitting like 'normal people'. It was really painful when I first started. It hurt my back, my heels, and almost everywhere from the feet up.At some point, I can't even feel my leg. But I notice something , my posture is improving, my concentration is better and I no longer get tired. It's an amazing feeling that I've never had before. Most of you after spending 8 hours at work probably feel tired but not for me. My legs may be sore but the rest of me feel alive. And I couldn't press enough how important standing up at work has change my life.       Although, I haven't gone through the first week of standing up at work (so fat I'm only at day 3), I'm telling you it feels pretty good. So, I wrote this article for people who have the same problem like me or someone else who need to lose weight. STOP SITTING. If you spend more time sitting than standing, you're going to have a bad time losing weight. Anyway, well I don't know what the point of writing it knowing that it's not going to be read but if it is ever read by someone, I hope it helps that someone have a healthier life.           
    4901 Posted by Danny Stone
  • 01 Feb 2014
    Oceans apart day after dayAnd I slowly go insaneI hear your voice on the lineBut it doesn't stop the painIf I see you next to neverHow can we say foreverWherever you goWhatever you doI will be right here waiting for youWhatever it takesOr how my heart breaksI will be right here waiting for youI took for granted, all the timesThat I thought would last somehowI hear the laughter, I taste the tearsBut I can't get near you nowOh, can't you see it babyYou've got me goin' crazyWherever you goWhatever you doI will be right here waiting for youWhatever it takesOr how my heart breaksI will be right here waiting for youI wonder how we can surviveThis romanceBut in the end if I'm with youI'll take the chanceOh, can't you see it babyYou've got me goin' crazyWherever you goWhatever you doI will be right here waiting for youWhatever it takesOr how my heart breaksI will be right here waiting for you
    4854 Posted by Danny Stone
  • 17 Oct 2014
    You may already know that PS4’s upcoming system software 2.00, codenamed Masamune, adds some big features including Share Play, YouTube support, and Themes – but the updates don’t end there. I have personally stated in past blog posts that we listen to our fans. PlayStation has heard gamers when they say they want more ways to find friends to play with, and more ways to personalize their PS4. With this update, we’ve added a Players You May Know tile, the ability to listen to your music while gaming, the option to change the look of your PS4 experience, and easier ways to sort and filter your library of content on PS4. PS4 has been on sale for almost a year and we’re committed to improving the player experience in entirely new ways. As always, we welcome feedback as part of our ongoing effort to make PS4 the best place to play. USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP. Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray. Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know as potential friends in the ‘What’s New’ section. Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts. Content Area and Library: PS4’s Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player’s most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player’s Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date. Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and ‘All Commands,’ to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including “Start broadcast,” “End broadcast,” and “Find face.” Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an ‘Add to Library’ button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner’s library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive. Correction: Back Up Data, a feature listed in an earlier version of this post, is not part of PS4 system software 2.00.
    2651 Posted by Danny Stone

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