Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 23

first_imgShare This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Tomorrow is the first official day of fall. Even though the temperatures have yet to drop in Central Florida, the crowd levels have certainly dropped at Universal! It’s a great week to visit, so let’s see what’s in store.Weekly Crowd LevelThings are looking pretty even and easy at the parks this week. Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportMid-week is looking good, but still warm. Check out the latest weather forecast here.Weekly Park Hours and Admission Looking for a good scare? Head to Universal Studios on Saturday, Sunday, or Friday for Halloween Horror Nights.CityWalk is open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing all week. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay will be $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).Notable HighlightsThere’s only a few weeks left to enjoy Terminator 2: 3-D before it closes on October 8.Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories is set to reopen on October 1.Craving some yummy and silly fun to start your day? Seats are still available for Superstar Character Breakfast! The breakfast is held on Saturday, Thursday, and Friday from 9-11am at Cafe La Bamba at Universal Studios.Let us know if you are headed out for some fun! See you next week!last_img read more

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of July 14, 2018

first_imgShare This!There’s a new dance party at Disney Springs, and Dining Packages for the Candlelight Processional are now on sale. Your Walt Disney World preview is hot off the press!Special EventsDining Packages for the Candlelight Processional are now on sale! Prices vary, and this includes your meal and guaranteed seating for one of three performances that evening. Book your dining package online (you’ll find prices here as well) or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.Due to overnight concrete work at Magic Kingdom park, the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party will be cancelled July 16, 19, 26, and 30. The Main Street Trolley Show will be using the Main Street Ranch Wagon on those dates.Stop by Disney Springs now through August 12 for the Beat the Heat DJ Dance Party. This splash party, located near Once Upon a Toy, takes place every Friday through Sunday from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and includes treats, beverages, and games for all!The Play Disney Parks mobile app is now available to download. This app allows guests to play interactive games and activities while in line for select attractions. See Rikki’s post for more details. Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Prince Charming Regal CarrouselLiberty Square Riverboat (Re-opens 7/20)Who are you excited to see at the Candlelight Processional this year? Let me know in the comments! WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hourslast_img read more

Be Heard !!

first_imgThis past week, I had the opportunity to participate in something that still seems surreal. I spent a few days in Cleveland, Ohio during the Republican National Convention. It was an incredible spectacle, and it was hard to take it all in.I was fortunate to be participating as part of the SHRM Board of Directors and the SHRM A-Team. We met with great HR pros to discuss a look ahead on how the upcoming election affected workplaces, HR and employees. If you didn’t know, SHRM attends both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. They don’t take a political stance, and I appreciate that they are represented in both forums.The “A-Team” is a group of HR pros who are willing to advocate at the national, state and local level. They have stepped forward to make sure that the voice of employers and employees is heard by the politicians who represent all of us. If you’ve never done this, I would encourage you to get involved. Advocating makes a difference and representatives are looking to hear from us.During this time of political uncertainty, it’s needed more than ever. People share their voices and opinions with each other and on Social Media, but those have a limited reach. We are able to truly influence how the workplace is shaped if we step out past talking on forums and actually reaching our representatives.I know this may feel risky and you’re not sure if you’re up to it. However, please note that if HR doesn’t share the perspective of the employer and the employee – others will. They may not be as balanced as HR professionals are. We are in an incredible position because we represent both sides of the workplace equation.The legislative and regulatory landscape is only going to become more and more complex. I would rather see HR share directly with legislators than let them sit in a room with less context and still develop and issue new items that we will still have to implement. We need to remember that they represent us. You need to know that they are very willing to listen and are welcoming when you approach them.HR also can use this model internally. Our voice needs to be heard within the structures of our organization for the same reason that we represent both management and staff. We need to step out and not wait for things to occur and continue to be reactionary. We have the latitude and the ability to speak up intentionally for what is happening in our workplaces.Being silent and passive is not an effective way to practice HR. I encourage you to get past your anxiety and step out to lead in what we do. We can make sure that the human element of work is acknowledged, considered and included in the actions of our organizations. Being ahead of what happens to people is the exact position that HR should occupy.This week, step back and evaluate if your voice is being heard. If it isn’t then take a chance to move out into the light. When you do you’ll see that people have been waiting to hear from you !!last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, July 2, 2011

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#events#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us.last_img

Big Question (Answered): “Do Commenters Using Real Names or Pseudonyms Leave Better Comments?”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Comment provider, Disqus, released a study that asserts pseudonym-sporting accounts leave better comments than those left by commenters using their real names. The study also claims that those who choose to use a pseudonym not only leave better, or more liked, comments, but also leave a larger quantity of them. What do you think?Do commenters using real names or pseudonyms leave better comments?We asked and culled your responses from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and presented them back to you with Storify. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#community#web robyn tippinscenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Workstations – The Innovation Engine – What is behind Intel® Xeon® based workstation performance? Part 3

first_imgIntel® Advanced Digital Media Boost – Effectively doubles the instructions’ execution speed compared to previous Intel based solutions and accelerates a broad range of applications, including financial, engineering, scientific video, speech and image, photo processing, and encryption software. compress the time between an idea and a product or, So what is the secret behind the performance? Intel® Intelligent Power Capability improves energy efficient performance and reduces noise and energy consumption. Intel® Smart Memory Access optimizes the use of the available data bandwidth from the memory subsystem and The honest answer is it depends on how much you want to stress the system, because there are limits. But Russ Sagert, Petrel Portfolio Manager from Schlumberger Information Systems suggests “workstations based on the new Intel® Xeon® 5400 series processors change the game for our customers. These new workstations featuring faster processors, larger memories, two new advanced PCI Gen2 graphics adapters give users a remarkably interactive experience and an opportunity to employ parallel geophysical workflows that combine complex large scale attribute analysis and volume visualization. Net result: Higher quality results and, better more informed decisions in less time than ever before.” or simply work on larger more complex assemblies or analyses Intel® Wide Dynamic Execution – Increases performance and energy efficiency by enabling the delivery of more instructions per clock cycle and enhancing the efficiency of instruction execution. Alright that is mouthful, but today’s Intel® Xeon® based workstations do present the performance necessary to potentially change your game and help you innovate faster – are you game? Macro Fusion combines instructions into a single instruction for execution, delivering more efficient processing and faster throughput. Ok so now it’s time to say I doubt the performance is really available to get this done. Here is a quick look at some of the Intel innovations that are changing the performance game – we will discuss them more in future blogs: Intel® Advanced Smart Cache, which is optimized for multi-core processing and reduces latency to frequently used data The “Core” is. Not 4 cores, not 2 cores, or 8 even cores — just Intel’s new Core microarchitecture. Introduced in 2006, and extended with the availability of the Intel® Xeon® 5400 series, Intel’s new Intel’s new Core microarchitecture is the foundation that enables demanding users with the processing capacity and visualization capability to change the way they work and use simultaneous workflows to continuously iterate through design ideas, rapidly test via simulation, and find design errors earlier. The Intel Core Microarchitecture helps deliver the power to innovate. Ok, so you have bought into the potential benefits of simultaneous workflows from my previous blogs where organizations may choose work differently and develop parallel workflows in order to potentially: innovate faster and deliver finished animations in less time Net result is Intel’s new Core Microarchitecture can help you hit a high note in performance and an even higher note in innovation when you move to simultaneous workflows.last_img read more

No one should tell me when to retire, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar does not want to predict whether his seemingly unconquerable record of 100 international centuries would ever be broken but the iconic cricketer hopes that as and when it happens, the feat is accomplished by a fellow Indian.In a wide-ranging interaction with the media, the 38-year-old Tendulkar also said that he does not intend to retire anytime soon no matter what the critics have to say.”I don’t know. I guess all the records are meant to be broken but I hope it’s an Indian. I don’t think you can predict that (whether it will be surpassed) but I hope it’s an Indian whenever it happens,” Tendulkar, who reached the milestone during the recent Asia Cup, told reporters here.”I feel that when I retire is something that I would decide because when I started was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team.”I get my strength from my coaches and family. When I feel I don’t have that, on that day, I will think of retirement. I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring,” he said.India went on to lose the match, that too against Bangladesh, in which Tendulkar got to the feat and he said the disappointment meant that the celebrations were muted.”I don’t think that we are celebrating that one match. Where I am right now took 23 years and not one match. I feel the result was very important. It was very disappointing. The day I got the hundred there was no celebration,” he recalled.advertisementFor a player who has virtually every batting record that is there to be taken, Tendulkar said the biggest compliment for him was when the legendary Sir Don Bradman included him in his all-time Test XI.”I think the best compliment was from Sir Don Bradman when he announced his all-time Test XI and I was part of that squad. That would be the best compliment,” he said.Talking about his journey so far, Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in both Tests and one-dayers, said his late father Ramesh Tendulkar was his idol growing up.”My hero is my father because he is the one with whom everything started in my life. I follow my father. In cricket, even whose who haven’t scored a hundred were advising me but as long as it was in good intention, it was fine,” he said.When asked about India’s early exit from the Asia Cup, Tendulkar said credit should also go to the rivals who played better than them.”All three teams won two matches, it eventually boiled down to who beat whom. I want to clarify that Bangladesh are a good team and played well in all the four matches. The rival teams also come to win. Sometimes you play well but the other team plays better,” he explained.The diminutive right-hander said he does not have to prove anything now and would continue as long as he enjoys the game.”I don’t think I need to prove anything right now. I started playing this game because I loved it, I enjoy it. The passion for cricket was there. The dream was to play for India and win the World Cup, I don’t think anything can be bigger than that,” he said.”I can’t think of milestones. I have been able to play for India and win the World Cup. I don’t know what is in store for me but my focus would be to just enjoy the game. I don’t want to focus on what I have to achieve because I have already achieved what I wanted,” he added.Tendulkar also detailed the one year barren spell during which he got into 70s and 80s but somehow missed out on hundreds.”At the time of the World Cup when I got to 99 hundreds, no one was discussing about my 100th hundred because the focus was on the World Cup. But after the World Cup, the media built on it and started asking. I was only focused on playing cricket like always. I just wanted to score runs,” he recalled.”But as time went by, people who were listening to the media, those people, excluding my friends and family, would wish me about the 100th hundred. But I felt cricket should be the focus and that is what I kept telling myself,” Tendulkar said.advertisement”I can say that from a cricketing point of view, it was a tough phase because the good wishes were not stopping. Now, at least they won’t pray for my 100th ton and my ears will get some rest,” he joked.”I can’t complain about all these good wishes.”Talking about his own form in this one year, Tendulkar said, “I can say that there were patches when I didn’t bat well, there were patches when I felt that I batted my best. I felt that sometimes you need luck to be on your side.””Sometimes that luck factor was missing because as far as preparations were concerned, my commitment and passion was in place. I scored 100 out of 100 on that. But you don’t always achieve the results that you dream of,” he said.”Something that is more important is not to lose hope. I did not lose hope, I continued trying my best. Here I only waited for a year but for the World Cup I waited for 22 years and it happened.”Tendulkar said being a celebrity, his struggles hogged the limelight even though every individual goes through tough times.”There are going to be rough phases in life. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t experienced rough phases but they are personal. But because we are public figures, our rough phases are on camera. But I didn’t lose faith in my ability and that is what has allowed me to be where I am.”Asked to assess himself, Tendulkar said he would leave that job to his fans and critics.”I can’t judge myself but definitely there was a dream to be regarded as one of the top players to have played the game. To be in that league that was my dream. I wanted to be right at the top or to be there in that group and I feel I am there but if you ask me to judge myself, I can’t do that. That’s for others to say,” he said.Asked to compare the pressure he felt at the time of his debut hundred and the 100th hundred, Tendulkar said it is incomparable.”I think in 94′ when I did a press conference, even half of the journalists present right now were not there. There were few expectations. Today the expectations are a lot more. Even if I score 70-80, it is a disappointment like in Delhi last year against the West Indies.”It’s about how you look at things. My first century and this one can’t be compared because expectations are different,” he said.Like him, the Indian team has also gone through a tough phase since winning the World Cup in April last year.Tendulkar said the key to recovery lies in not losing hope.”Wherever we go, we want to win. When you lose the number one ranking, it means someone is playing better cricket than you, you need to perform better and win. That is what we go out for. At no stage should we lose hope. It is a rough patch but we can overcome that obstacle, we require hard work and we will do that,” he said.advertisement”I think our team has had a few injuries. During the England tour, we suffered because of injuries. I don’t want to give excuses because whoever plays, he is expected to do well. I can’t pinpoint reasons but we can get better.”I don’t know how to put it across. I don’t think you can find solutions in 3-4 sentences. It is a process. When we became number one, it was a process and we will have to repeat that,” he added.Talking about the state of the game in general, Tendulkar said Test cricket should remain the pinnacle.”There has to be more importance to Test cricket. This format is very challenging for which you need planning. You need to play at a different pace at different times. If you ask any player, most would tell you that Tests have to be number one and I have no different opinion,” he said.last_img read more