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The Cirque du Soleil Story – Odyssea – The dreamer’s Odyssey

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Published on: May 13, 2009
Source: Cirque du Soleil This article is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer article series. See the main article here. Odyssea – The dreamer’s odyssey The History of Cirque du Soleil in their own words. The Cirque du Soleil story is about a group of young people who wanted nothing more than the freedom to dream a dream. Beginning with a street kid from Montreal called Guy Laliberté, it’s the tale of individuals who have come forward at special moments in time to move that dream forward, and share it with the world. 1979 – 1980: The inspiration In the late 1970s, Guy Laliberté attends a concert by Zachary Richard, a musician from New Orleans. The show inspires him to organize a school trip to the city, which proves to be a big success. It’s the first time he experiences bringing a group of people together for travel and entertainment, and it sets the teenager on his life path. Chance encounters occur that will galvanize the still unformulated dreams of the people who are to found Cirque du Soleil. It is a time of creative ferment and great energy in Quebec that is gathering momentum. 1980 – 1981: Artists gather in Baie-Saint-Paul Guy Laliberté, barely 20, burns with a desire to entertain and travel. He leaves Montreal for the artist colony of Baie Saint-Paul where he comes together with a group of young street performers who have pooled their talent and dreams and founded “Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul”[…]
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MS DOS Commands, Wild Cards, Input/Output Redirection and Variables

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Published on: May 12, 2009

While I was looking for ways to make my life easier by automating things, I rediscovered the MS DOS batch features of the latest MS DOS release and even more extended version of MS DOS for the early Microsoft Windows 32 bit Operating Systems, like Windows 95, Windows CE and Windows 98 (dubbed MS DOS 7). You can accomplish a lot of things right from the DOS prompt without needing to program fancy Windows Applications or something like that. Many things where I thought the use of “real” programming languages like Visual Basic or VBScript would be necessary, can be accomplished by using sequences of MS DOS commands in a Batch File (.BAT). BATCH commands are supported by any Microsoft Windows Operation System right out of the box. You do not have to install anything, not mess around with permissions nor do you require Administrator rights and permission to write, edit or execute batch scripts. The Basics for Newbies To learn about the available commands and functions that you can use in BATCH files, open a MS DOS window first. To do that, click on “Start”, then “Run”, type “cmd” and then press the ENTER key on your keyboard. In the MS DOS window type “help” and then press ENTER. Returned will be a list of commands with a brief description of their purpose right next to each of them. Type “help COMMAND”, where COMMAND stands for any command that was listed by “help”, to get a detailed documentation and[…]

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About Cirque du Soleil, the Guinness Book of World Records & a lot of Stilts

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Published on: May 10, 2009

Well, the post title is actually very descriptive. This post is about Cirque du Soleil. Adding stilts to the mix should also not be surprising, considering that Cirque du Soleil was founded back in 1984 by a troupe of Stilts Walkers, dubbed the “High Heels Club”. You can now guess What Cirque du Soleil and stilts have to do with the Guinness Book of World Records. Na?  C’mon!    Okay, I don’t want anybody to die stupid, without knowing the following facts hehe. Background Information On June 16, 2004 Cirque du Soleil set a new record for the Guinness Book of World Records when they gathered 544 employees in the Montreal Headquarters and had them stilts walking at the same place, at the same time. 544 folks on stilts is a lot, however, the record only lasted about 2 years, until 2006, when this record was being taken away from Cirque by a group of Japanese folks, who in turn lost their record also in 2008 to 625 youth from Ontario. So 625 stilts walkers is now the official record and Cirque thought that things are somehow not right.  2009 marks the 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil and they thought that they will be damned, if they will not be able to reclaim the record for them (for pride, honor and as a birthday gift for themselves). The Upcoming New World Record Attempt On June 16, 2009, five years after the original record was set, Cirque du Soleil is going to[…]

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A Guide to Video & Audio for Microsoft Windows

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Published on: May 9, 2009
What is this? Online video is booming and more dads become hobby “Spielbergs” every year. Dropping prices and increasing power and capability of video recording, playing and transmitting equipment is also doing his part to aid this trend. Chances are good that it happened to you that you received a media file, audio or video from somewhere or someone that you wanted to play back on your computer, but couldn’t. Your friend opened it without problems, but you are getting a cryptic and technical error message instead, with no real solution offered to solve the problem. If you started doing editing of videos and published your creations on CD, DVD, online or elsewhere, the problems encountered related to compatibility issues of your video and audio data that you are working on, probably increased exponentially compared to the time when you just consumed media. That was at least what happened to me. I found myself spending more and more time on solving those issues and less and less time on actually editing and publishing videos. I had to learn more about the subject than I ever wanted to, but I was kind of forced to deal with it anyway. I collected a lot of resources and experiences over the past months and even years and sat down one day to work on a consolidated article, post, guide or whatever you want to call it. Well, here is the result of this work that I actually enjoy: writing (and talking hehe). I[…]
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Some Handy BATCH and VB Scripts for Organizing Files

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Published on: May 9, 2009

Here are four scripts and batch files that come in handy sometimes when you organize or clean-up files and folders on your hard disk. You can use the provided scripts as you see fit. They are provided “as is” and are not supported. Also be aware that I will not take any responsibility for any damage or harm that the scripts might cause. You use them at your own risk. You are free to use, copy, modify and delete them (Freeware). Move Files to Sub Folders Alphabetically The simple batch script creates the sub folders A, B, C, D … Z and 0-9 in the current directory where the batch is executed and moves all files in that same directory to the corresponding sub folder. For example, all files starting with “a” or “A”, like “Anna.zip” or “achim.gif”, will be moved to the sub folder “A”. All files that do not start with a letter from the English alphabet, such as numbers (“0″, “1” … “9”), special characters like “!”, “_”, “$” etc. and foreign characters like “ä” or “é” are moved to the sub folder “0-9” I wrote in march a post about organizing file collections on your computer and provided also some scripts to help you sort and catalog files. I found a much simpler way of doing the same stuff as the batch script “!organize.bat” and the VBScript script “!folders.vbs”. It does not replace the script “!dirlist.vbs”, which creates the file index. If you want to use[…]

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