12th August 2001
Morgan suggests his sister said some unusual things completely disjointed while losing her temper. She then lashed out at things and smashed up the toilet room. It was then that the singer cut her arm.
Mariah Carey's exhaustion has been put down to overwork stemming from promoting her new album, two movies "Glitter" and "Wise Girls" and the recording of the soundtrack "Glitter". Her break up with Luis has been cited as another reason.
Chart watchers who were expecting a change in the top position on the UK singles chart may be disappointed that the song widely expected to take hold of the key spot failed to impress. Ex-Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell was tipped to take the singles crown with her new release 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'. The market was expected to give Geri an edge but it only managed to check into the chart at No:8. With all the promotion, could it be that the market has grown tired of Geri Halliwell? Perhaps her fans have by now got hold of a copy of her album 'Schizophonic'. The album has now seen five singles released. The four earlier releases all ended up at the No:1 position, the last being 'It's Raining Men' back in May this year. That song was also featured on the soundtrack of the movie "The Bridget Jones Diary".
For a second week Atomic Kitten's rendition of 'Eternal Flame' holds the fort. Their previous single 'Whole Again' established a hold at the No:1 spot for four weeks. 'Eternal Flame' is unlikely to repeat that success.
Two better known names in the music scene made entries into the Top 20 this week. At No:11, Janet Jackson continued to extend her long run of hits with another track called 'Someone To Call My Lover'. The single follows the previous hit 'All For You', which continues to get airplay. The other old group Depeche Mode lodged their new single 'I Fell Loved' at No:12.
Emma Bunton or "Baby Spice" revealed she had a cancer scare. Emma told a newspaper on Monday 6th that she had an operation to remove cancer cells last year. She had been for a routine smear test which women are expected to do once in three years. The test showed the singer had pre-cancerous cells which needed removal.
Limp Bizkit have recorded the old Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit 'Relax'.
The cover version is to be featured in the Ben Stiller film "Zoolander".
The original Frankie... release was banned from radio as the track was
full of sexual innuendo. Limp Bizkit are likely to give 'Relax' a new lease
of life to a much more tolerant society when it is released.
A letter from Stagefright&Panic
We like Shakespeare!!!To the nice person who prints The Sunday Times newspaper,
We read the article published in your esteemed newspaper and wish to clear certain facts which we believe are misleading to the general public. We do admit that we have been practising the play "The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shakspr" and that the play indeed will cover all of William Shakespeare's works in just 2 hours. We believe that this is groundbreaking work and our attempt is to bring to audiences in Colombo a whole new way of looking at and enjoying the works of Shakespeare. Our motive in doing this play is NOT to bombard the bard but to show everyone how much we LIKE the Bard!
There have been vicious rumours floating about the three of us, which we feel compelled to explain:
Rumour 1: The three members of Stagefright&Panic have been seen roaming the streets of Colombo muttering blank verse in a suspicious and bizarre manner.
Explanation: We do admit to occasional mutterings of blank verse and our active lives do call for us to be in many places in the city of Colombo during the day. We feel that blank verse is cool. In fact, if more people muttered blank verse in Colombo there would be a lot less problems in the city.
Rumour 2: Two innocent bystanders were taken to hospital and treated for shock after an encounter with the actors of Stagefright&Panic.
Explanation: The bystanders completely deserved it. They were completely averse to our attempts to teach them the subtlety and beauty of Shakespeare's works. Anuruddha (who at the time was suffering from the worst hangover in recorded human history) went berserk and overran them with policy, strategy and his (rather large) midriff! We have paid compensation for this mindless act of violence and wish for it to be forgotten completely.
Rumour 3: Stagefright&Panic have duped several leading organizations into joining them in this mad venture.
Explanation: Not true. All organizations have been told the complete truth about the production at all times. Dialog GSM (we all have Dialog phones) is our main sponsor. We love YES FM and we never fail to read The Sunday Times (our favourite radio station and newspaper respectively). Sonali White of the Haddai label is Feroze's favourite costume designer and all of the above mentioned people and organizations are avid supporters of English theatre for which we are very thankful to them.
Further, we wish to inform the public that our play will be on the boards of the Lionel Wendt theatre from September 13 to 16, 2001 and that box plan and tickets are on sale at the Wendt.
Before we sign off, an appeal to the public, please please do come and see this play. It's very funny and quite cool and we promise you that you will have the time of your life!!! (That means a really great time!)
By Harendra Alwis
It has been quite a while since the advent of iomega(r) first introduced the zip drive, which almost made the floppy redundant with diskettes that could hold up to 250 MB of space. The newest additions to this has been the Pocketzip drives that offer up to 40 Mb of storage and the Peerless(r) that can eat up 20 GB at a time!
The main thing that separates a Zip disk from a floppy disk is the magnetic coating used on the disk. On a Zip disk the coating is much higher quality. The higher quality coating means that a Zip disk read/write head can be significantly smaller than a floppy disk's (by a factor of 10 or so). The smaller head (and a head positioning mechanism similar to that used in a hard disk) means that a Zip drive can pack thousands of tracks per inch on the track surface. Zip drives also use a variable number of sectors per track to make the best use of disk space. All of these things combine to create a floppy disk that holds a huge amount of data.
Peerless(tm), the groundbreaking removable storage solution from Iomega(r), provides premier, fast, high-capacity storage that is absolutely critical to the new generation of media users.
This new, sleekly designed magnetic storage drive is super-fast, with transfer rates up to 15 MB/sec (with FireWire interface). And this is the first true high-capacity removable storage medium with cartridges available in 10 or 20-gigabyte configurations. That's right. Gigabytes.
The drive supports modular connectivity, so you can link it to FireWire and USB computer interfaces. And in the near future, additional interfaces may also be available for you to link the Peerless(tm) to your satellite TV, your home entertainment center, and even your car.
The Peerless(tm) system allows you to back up your entire computer on
one disk! It can store up to 20 hours of streaming video, your entire CD
collection, thousands of MP3s, and complete libraries of interactive video
games or graphic images. It's powerful enough to store all your files,
fast enough to run applications straight from the drive, and versatile
enough to go anywhere with you.
Common Gateway Interface. A computer program or script residing on a web server, following the standards of HTTP, that serves as an interface between the server and the web browser.
User-end software or computer designed to access and interact with a server.
Server software that is running in the background on a computer and is ready to accept incoming connections.
The router assigned by the terminal server.
Domain Name Service. A DNS database cross-references a domain name,
and its associated hosts, with their IP addresses. A host's IP address,
not necessarily the host and domain name, is needed to connect to a remote
Microsoft has over 200 companies which are a part of this service, including RadioShack, Office Depot, Victoria's Secret, Starbucks, 1-800-Flowers.com, etc. So, when you go to one of these sites and shop, your information is going into Microsoft's database. They promote it like they are doing you a favor saving you from having to put your credit card number into each website but they are getting your interests from your spending habits. These are valuable pieces of information especially when it contains the preferences of tens or hundreds of millions of people. It shouldn't be a big jump to program their code to offer each user individualized products depending on what you have bought across the member sites.
AOL, with their 33 million subscribers, is also trying to compete with Microsoft insofar as getting your credit card number(s) and how you spend your money. They have just invested 100 million dollars into Amazon.com in order to get their superior e-commerce software and tracking features.
They have already tried to compete with Microsoft in other arenas of Web technology. For example, earlier they teamed with Netscape to compete on the browser level and later with RealNetworks to compete in the digital media field.
Personally, I think that this practice of collecting millions of computers users information from hundreds of websites so that it can be amalgamated in order to create a profile of each user is a potentially powerful and dangerous practice.
Priyanga T. Kumarasiri
So when I refuse there is dire warning, how I'll end up married to an old old man who wouldn't even have a decent job. Because all the guys will be taken, and all of them want young brides... etc., etc.
Well, if that is so, I'd rather be a bachelor.
I hope everything's fine at your end. And yes, I'm surviving. "Naturally", you'd think.... but there are a few things I want to know before I take a bow - for good. I thought I was the 'tough' type men would love to hate. I didn't care since falling in love was the last thing I'd do. Nevertheless I've got to admit that I have suffered and betrayal was no new experience to me, which was why I'd built a fortress around myself so that no one could break through. Then fate brought me you, you were everything I thought I'd never see - honesty, simplicity, sensitivity.... all rolled up into one. Or did you just play God to make me open the doors of my heart? Were you merely an illusion? Just another man?
Please don't tell me that I loved you in vain.
Did you know that I love you more than my own flesh and blood? Of course you did - I had nothing to hide but did I give my all just to be forlorn and deceived - ultimately? I know I was the grasshopper, obsessed with you - the fire - burning inside me, keeping me alive. Never doubted but trusted you to keep me from getting hurt all my life, for you were - actually the forbidden fruit I wasn't supposed to pick. Did you know I was playing with fire that would certainly wound me deep, yet decided to play along?
Had I been the first victim of just another foolish game? Why did you walk in just to strand me with a heap of memories? Was it us - (my happiness) or was it just of yourself you were really thinking about when you left?
P.S. Please stay the same, for you were the best part of my life - of which I was deprived ....I love you - as always.
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