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The Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American science fiction disaster film co-written and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward. It is based on the book The Coming Global Superstorm by Whitley Strieber; the film depicts catastrophic climatic effects following the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age. Slated for release in the summer of 2003, The Day After Tomorrow premiered in Mexico City on May 17, 2004, was released in the United States on May 28, 2004. A major commercial success, the film became the sixth highest-grossing film of 2004. Filmed in Toronto and Montreal, it is the highest-grossing Hollywood film made in Canada, it received mixed reviews upon release, with critics praising the film's special effects but criticizing its writing and numerous scientific inaccuracies. Jack Hall, an American paleoclimatologist, his colleagues Frank and Jason, drill for ice-core samples in the Larsen Ice Shelf for the NOAA, when the shelf breaks apart.

Jack warns of impending global warming at a UN conference in New Delhi, but US Vice President Raymond Becker dismisses his concerns. Professor Terry Rapson, an oceanographer of the Hedland Centre in Scotland befriends Jack over his views of an inevitable climate shift; when several buoys in the Atlantic Ocean show a severe ocean temperature drop, Rapson concludes Jack's theories are correct. Jack's and Rapson's teams, along with NASA meteorologist Janet Tokada, build a forecast model based on Jack's research. A massive storm system develops in the northern hemisphere, splitting into three gigantic hurricane-like superstorms above Canada and Siberia; the storms pull frozen air from the upper troposphere into their center, flash-freezing anything caught in their eyes with temperatures below −150 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, the weather worsens across the world. Following this, President Blake issues an executive order for the FAA to ground all air traffic across the country. In New York City, Jack's son Sam, his friends Brian Parks and Laura Chapman participate in an academic decathlon, where they meet new friend JD.

New York is soon caught in the North American storm and the weather becomes progressively more violent. This forces Sam's group to seek shelter at the New York Public Library, but not before Laura accidentally cuts her leg. While cellphone communications are down, Sam is able to contact Jack and his mother Lucy, a physician, through a working payphone. Rapson and his team perish in the European storm. Lucy remains in a hospital caring for bed-ridden children, where she and her patients are rescued by the authorities. Upon Jack's suggestion, Blake orders the southern states to be evacuated into Mexico, the northern half doomed to be hit by the superstorm but are warned by the government to seek shelters and stay warm. With the storm having now reached Washington, Blake perishes after his motorcade is caught in it, making Becker the new President. Jack and Frank make their way to New York against all odds. In Pennsylvania, Frank falls through the skylight of a mall, cutting his rope to prevent his friends from falling in after him.

In the library, most survivors decide to head south once the floodwater outside freezes in spite of Sam's warnings, are found dead from hypothermia by Jack and Jason. Laura develops blood poisoning from her injury, whereupon Sam, JD scour a Russian cargo vessel that had drifted into the city for penicillin, fending off a pack of wolves which escaped from Central Park Zoo; the eye of the North American storm arrives, freezing Manhattan solid, but Sam's group make it inside just in time. Jack and Jason take shelter in an abandoned Wendy’s restaurant. Days the superstorms dissipate. Jack and Jason reach the library, finding Sam's group alive. Becker, in his first address as President, apologizes on television for his ignorance, vowing to send helicopters to rescue survivors in the northern states. Jack and Sam's group are picked up in Manhattan. On the International Space Station, astronauts look down in awe at Earth's transformed surface, now with ice caps extending across the northern hemisphere.

The Day After Tomorrow was inspired by Coast to Coast AM talk-radio host Art Bell and Whitley Strieber's book, The Coming Global Superstorm, Strieber wrote the film's novelization. Before and during the film's release, members of environmental and political advocacy groups distributed pamphlets to moviegoers describing the possible effects of global warming. Although the film depicts effects of global warming predicted by scientists, it depicts their occurrence more and than what is considered scientifically plausible. To choose a studio, writer Michael Wimer created an auction. A copy of the script was sent to all major studios along with a term sheet, they had 24 hours to decide. Fox Studios was the only studio to accept the terms. Filming began

Kris Bergstrom

Kristofer Bergstrom is a leading North American taiko player. He is a member of Los Angeles-based taiko quartet, On Ensemble. In addition to taiko, Bergstrom plays the shamisen and turntable as a member of On Ensemble. Kristofer Bergstrom was born July 1976 in Littleton, Colorado to Jon and Diane Bergstrom, he has a sister named Nicole. When he was growing up, his family moved around, Kris lived in Texas and Louisiana before moving to California in 1985. Kris is an avid skateboarder. Bergstrom began playing taiko while attending Stanford University. At New Student Orientation, he attended a performance by the collegiate group Stanford Taiko, which prompted him to audition for the group, he intended to study Physics and English while at Stanford. His years as a member of Stanford Taiko encouraged him to consider a career as a professional taiko player. Through Stanford Taiko, he met fellow On Shoji Kameda. During the summer of 1998, Bergstrom interned for San Jose Taiko with Kameda as one of San Jose Taiko's first summer interns.

Over this internship period, a discussion between Bergstrom and Kameda entertained the idea of creating a taiko group, which are the roots for On Ensemble. In order to pursue professional taiko, he dropped Physics from his course of study and began concentrating more on music, he continued to major in English. He graduated Stanford with a degree in English in 1999. After graduating Stanford in 1999, Bergstrom spent time in Japan to study Japanese in order to learn more Japanese arts, his intention was to learn music more traditional than kumidaiko. When he first arrived in Japan, he visited Sado Island to see the taiko group Kodo for their earth day celebration, he went to Hakodate, where he would live for the next two years before moving to Tokyo for a year. Bergstrom took up Nihon Buyō, for two years in the Wakayagi school, he practiced his taiko skills by renting a space from the Hakodate-based taiko group Hinokiya. This interaction resulted in a strong relationship forming between Kris Hinokiya.

Bergstrom composed for Hinokiya at times during his stay in Hakodate. This relationship initiated contact between Stanford Taiko and Hinokiya. In addition, Bergstorm studied the shamisen at this time. In August 2001, Shoji Kameda, Masato Baba performed in Japan, bringing together three-fourths of On Ensemble before the inclusion of Kelvin Underwood. Recalling hearing about Japanese music styles of nagauta and noh as a kid, Bergstrom looked to study shamisen as something more traditionally Japanese than taiko. In order to learn the shamisen, Bergstrom searched for a teacher in the Hakodate phonebook in spring of 2000, he found Kineya Katsuyukie from the Kineya school of nagauta shamisen. In the first meeting between Katsuyukie, Bergstrom said he wanted to better understand the concept of "ma" in Japanese music. While studying Bergstrom developed a close relationship with Katsuyukie similar to that of the traditional uchi-deshi apprenticeship system for Japanese arts. While he did not live with her, he performed chores and took lessons in the early morning before and after work.

Bergstrom received his natori for shamisen on November 8, 2008. He was one of few musicians in the United States honored with a natori, his natori is Kineya Katsukoujyu. Bergstrom continues to study with Katsuyukie, as a natori does not signify an end to studying under a teacher. Bergstrom resides in Los Angeles, working as a member of On Ensemble. In addition to performing, he teaches workshops on taiko as part of On Ensemble. Kris Bergstrom has trained with various groups throughout his career in kumidaiko, he began his study through joining Stanford Taiko in college. While in Japan, he studied for a time under Kobayashi Tarou, a student of an original member of Oedo Sukeroku Taiko. In addition, he took lessons at the Nihon Taiko Dojo from 2001-2. Bergstrom is well regarded as an instructor in the North American taiko community, his work as a taiko teacher can be seen through On Ensemble's educational outreach. As a taiko instructor, he has written a study aid to taiko practice called "30 Days to Better Shime".

At the 2009 Taiko Conference, he released Taiko Games 2009, a series of games he created about taiko. Bergstrom is a strong believer in the concept of copyleft, where creators encourage sharing and collaboration, he was attracted to the idea after learning of the free software community. Bergstrom uses free software for his creative work for On Ensemble. Under similar principle, his taiko teaching aids and all of his compositions are available free under the Free Art License the Free Art License 1.3. Ume in the Middle, On Ensemble. Turtlefield Music, 2009. Ukiyo Live: 2007, On Ensemble, 2007. Dust and Sand, On Ensemble, 2005. Live at the Cerritos Center, On Ensemble, 2007. NEIRO, On Ensemble, 2006. On Ensemble Website Review of Ume in the Middle Kris Bergstrom's Taiko March from Taiko Games 2009

Manoj George

Manoj George is an Indian violinist and a music composer. He performed as the conductor, string arranger and choral arranger for the album Winds of Samsara, which won the Grammy Award for the Best New Age Album in 2015, he is reported to be the first Indian violinist recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The Grammys, United States and the first Malayali musician to receive the honour.. One of the best violinists known for his own compositions and noted for introducing contemporary styles on violin amalgamating western music with Indian classical. Journey of Manoj George's concerts started at the age of 17, estimated to be performed at more than 3000 around the globe. Manoj George has composed music for Malayalam and Kannada films, documentary films, corporate movies and advertisements, he is an avid humanitarian and philanthropist and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities. Manoj George's original composition - “Saraswati”, which highlights cultural harmony by blending western and Carnatic styles has won Silver medal from Global Music awards in 2019.

He scored the background music for a Malayalam film " Kharaaksharangal " which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film in 2001. He was the Music Director for the film Urvi, nominated by the Los Angeles Film Awards in 2017 and won the best feature film at New York city film awards in 2018. Represented Kerala & Lakshadweep NCC directorate as the cultural leader at the Republic Day Camp Held in New Delhi in 1990, he was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource and Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi for the years 1992–1994. He was honored by Oommen Chandy the ex-Chief Minister of Kerala for his achievements in music on 25 August 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, he is the first Indian violinist to serve as the Brand Ambassador for Roland Corporation Japan, Cantini Electric violin, Italy. Manoj George has performed in India and across the World with various groups, musicians and at numerous prestigious events. Manoj George has composed “Burning Love” for Pope Francis for his 83rd birthday celebration at HongKong and Macau on 13th and 15th of Dec 2019.

The music track was accompanied by a chamber orchestra from Vienna conducted by Francois-Pierre Descamps and the soprano by the famous German singer Barbara Kajetanowicz along with his solo violin. Manoj George composed this music in Raga Jog combining different styles music from different parts of the world, his notable concerts include the performance at the Miss World pageant in 2001, opening act for Canadian rock musician, Bryan Adams and representing India at the World Military Games. He represented Kerala and Lakshadweep NCC Directorate as the Cultural Leader at the Republic Day Camp Held in New Delhi in 1990, he is the first Indian violinist to perform in United Nations as part of "Breathe life for healthy people-Healthy planet" for first WHO global conference on Air pollution and Health. He is part of famous Indian singer Lucky Ali's band and Ricky Kej Live. Manoj George is skilled in Western music, his original compositions merges elements of these different styles and genre. His music always has an Indian soul, He introduced contemporary styles on violin, introduced a new genre “Contemporary Indian World Fusion”.

He is excellent on different genre’s like World fusion, Indian classical, Indian blues, Indo jazz, Indian folk music, Folk music. He experiments on violin’s possibilities with other instruments and comes up with great compositions. Apart from being a famous violin player and Music director, Manoj George spends time on charity activities, fund raising programs and he is the patron of the charitable organization – a movement to improve the quality life of poor. Manoj has initiated a campaign to recognize independent musicians in India. "He pointed out. This can be in the form of awards for non-film music. Cinema is the pivot, but the fact is that hardly 20 per cent of the musicians, singers included, manage to break into films. The rest of them survive without recognition for their talent and hard work.” Manoj wants to change this imbalance, albeit gradually. Internationally the scene is so different. “Michael Jackson, Brian Adams and Shakira became stars through parallel music and not by singing in films.

In India, there was a time when independent musicians such as Daler Mehndi, Alisha Chinai and Lucky Ali, their albums were so popular. Manoj’s mission is to “Change Lives through Music” as well as to make and perform music for those who find their way to concerts, like a performance he had done on Bangalore jail, he recognizes that such performances are inspiring. The happiness and joy from the audience is a different”. Manoj George was born in Thrissur District of the south Indian state of Kerala. Post his graduation, he moved out to Bangalore to pursue a career as a Music composer, Live performer and a Violinist. Manoj George is a Licentiate performer in Violin from the Trinity College London. Manoj first picked up the violin when he was 13. During his childhood days, he always used to get fascinated by a melodious sound coming from his church Choir. Realized that the beautiful sound was coming from Violin, the eagerness towards that sound always made him sit next to the church choir, violin

Anne d'Essling

Anne Debelle, Princesse d'Essling, was a French courtier. She served as Grand-Maitresse to Empress Eugénie de Montijo in 1853-1870, she was the daughter of General Jean Francois Joseph Debelle and Marguerite Justine Deschaux, married Francois Victor Massena, 2nd Duke of Rivoli and 3rd Prince d'Essling, in 1823. She had four children. In 1853, she was appointed Grande-Maitresse to the new Empress consort; the court of the newly wed empress had just been formatted, the ladies-in-waiting consisted of a Grande-Maitresse, one dame d'honneur, as well as six dame du palais who alternated in service one week each, most of whom were chosen from among the acquaintances to the Empress prior to her marriage. As Grande-Maitresse, Anne d'Essling was first in rank of all female courtiers, it was her task to supervise all the other ladies-in-waiting and their schedule, receive all applications from people wishing to be given an audience with the empress. In practice, she delegated this to the next in rank, dame d'honneur Pauline de Bassano.

Alongside the dame d'honneur, it was her task to be present at the side of the empress at all grander public representational state occasions, she was as such a well known public figure. Anne d'Essling has been described as thin and fragile to her appearance, stiff and proud to her behavior, though closer acquaintances saw her as friendly and intelligent, she remained in service until the fall of the monarchy and was present with the Empress in the Tuileries Palace during the fall of the Second Empire in 1870. She retired from high society life. Anne d'Essling belonged to the ladies-in-waiting depicted with Eugenie in the famous painting of Empress Eugenie and her ladies-in-waiting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter from 1855. René Primevère Lesson named the “Anna's hummingbird” after her. Seward, Desmond: Eugénie. An empress and her empire. ISBN 0-7509-2979-0 Allison Unruh: Aspiring to la Vie Galante: Reincarnations of Rococo in Second Empire France Philip Walsingham Sergeant: The last empress of the French Carette Madame: Recollections of the court of the Tuileries Anna L. Bicknell: Life in the Tuileries under the Second Empire

Tolor (quiver)

Tolor or Telenga is a traditional quiver in which the Dayak hunters carry the poisonous darts for Sumpit, originating from Borneo. The Tolor is made of a piece of bamboo. Among its myriad uses, bamboo makes an excellent cylindrical container; this bamboo quiver was made to carry the slender darts for a Dayak hunter's blowpipe. As these darts were treated with plant poison, they had to be protected. A partition between the segments forms the bottom; the lid is made of a similar piece of which a partition forms the upper part, or is made of wood in the form of a cone or a semi-circular upper side. A wooden girdle hook is attached to the quiver by means of woven strips of rattan; the forked stick bound with plaited rattan to the base of the quiver was hooked through the hunter's belt for carrying. Salukat

Ghost from the Machine

Ghost from the Machine is a 2010 independent supernatural thriller written and directed by Matt Osterman. It was filmed in and around Minneapolis and made its festival debut at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Canada. Ghost from the Machine was an official Independent Feature Project Labs participant. Ghost from the Machine was titled, is known internationally as, Phasma Ex Machina. After his parents die, Cody, an inventor, becomes obsessed with finding a way to contact them once again. Tom, a local scientist who lost his wife, helps Cody. Together, they discover that Cody's invention can cause ghosts to momentarily reappear as flesh and blood. Tom and Cody become further obsessed with maximizing the amount of time that they can spend with their loved ones, only to discover that a pair of dangerous murderers have been rematerialized by the machine. Tom and Cody soon realize that the only way to see their loved ones is to put themselves and others at risk; as they debate the ethical and philosophical ramifications of the machine, the killers grow stronger and attempt to kill Cody's younger brother.

Cody is able to rescue his brother, Cody and Tom destroy the machine. Sasha Andreev as Cody Matthew Feeney as Tom Max Hauser as James Ghost from the Machine premiered as Phasma Ex Machina at the Fantasia Festival on July 7, 2010. In 2011, Screen Media Films acquired and retitled it, it was released on DVD and video on demand on August 2, 2011. Dennis Harvey of Variety called it "an impressive feature debut" that favors "a slow build and minimal violence over blunt scare tactics". Andrew Mack of Twitch Film compared it to Primer and called it "a quiet and chilling ghost story that lingers around the fringes of your nerves." Matt Coker of OC Weekly cited the strong performances and well-written relationships made it a stand-out film at the Anaheim International Film Festival. Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it thematically confused but "a wonderfully tragic supernatural flick that's both captivating and'smart'." Ghost from the Machine was the winner of the Flyway Film Festival and was voted "Best of the Fest" at the Arizona Underground Film Festival.

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