Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sabrina Signs Creating Spectacular EDM!

Sabrina Signs Interview Celebrity English
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The Spectacular Sabrina Signs is making electric dance waves in the American EDM scene and now internationally!  From her touching 2010 song "Homeless" to Sabrina’s 2013 latest hit's "Even If You're Crazy", "Predator" and "Emotions", this dynamic lady is getting massive attention!  




            Interview  
Creating Spectacular EDM!


Alex Graham:  Please tell us a bit about yourself and how got started in the music business?
Sabrina Signs:  Ever since I was little I wanted to be a singer. When I was in 5th grade, my parents signed me up for a contest in L.A. for modeling and acting. Then, I found out they also had a category for singing.  I begged them to let me join, and thankfully they did. The contest had over 5000 contestants. To my surprise, I ended up in the top five as a singer. That made me believe I really could follow my dream.


Alex:  What kind of music do you like to create and Why?
Sabrina:  I love electronic dance music. I love fact that people really dance to it with all the different sounds and creativity that I can put into it. People can let loose and be free.


Alex:  Although it is probably painful or unpleasant, would you mind telling us a bit about your song and video Homeless?


Sabrina:  That was a hard time for me and my family. I am glad I made the song and video it was a major part of my life.  I don't like to dwell on it.  I like to think about the positive and that people can overcome these types of obstacles.  I think about the people who helped my family out during that dark time. Many of them were just regular people who stopped and reached out when all I wanted to do was withdraw.  It was a learning experience. One day I would like to make a positive contribution for the homeless.


Alex:  You just released a fantastic new song and video called Emotions! 

Sabrina:  "Even If You're Crazy" and Predator are on my "Experiment" EP. I am currently working on an album. It will be on that album. I've been so lucky to be able to work with an amazing DJ/Producer, Lenny Ruckus. Together, we plan on putting out more songs, hit the local clubs with performances and work our way up to touring. I really love to be on stage in front of my fans and friends. Lenny and I have a lot of energy that reaches out to the audience when we perform. We hope to keep the momentum going. Stay tuned, Lenny and I have some spooky stuff coming out for Halloween the song's called "Thirst"!! Hope you're excited too!~ 


Alex:  As a musical artist, who inspires you?
Sabrina:  I'm really inspired by many. My team, the fans, friends, and family inspire me to keep going. The Bay Area DJ's (California) were so welcoming to me and they started to spin my music at local venues! They were so encouraging.   My music is inspired by events in my life.  I'm inspired by different genres and sounds. It's really hard for me to describe because of all the different genres. It's so motivating hearing my song debuted by St. John on the famous House Nation show on 99.7[NOW] in San Francisco. Also getting played on DJ Panama's show Planet Z on 97.1 in Salt Lake City as well as on the Bassment Party with The LHK out of Dallas. DJ AP Stooker, from EDM JAM RADIO in the Netherlands also plays my songs on his show, Apsolutely Dance. So I guess my music is really playing all over the world and that makes me very happy. I'm so thankful for all their support.

Alex:  What is next for Sabrina Signs? And how can you follow your exciting career?
Sabrina:  Oh man, so many things are coming up. But, I'm releasing it little by little. Right now we're finishing up an album and releasing the songs one by one. I'm hoping eventually to tour the world. I plan on collaborating with a lot of amazing artists in the near future. But, those are a secret!~ To stay tuned you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and basically any social media site you can think of. I love to talk to my followers. Join my adventure!~ 

http://www.sabrinasigns.com

All my links!


Alex:  Thank you very much Sabrina Signs! It has been wonderful! Celebrity English is looking forward to following your continued successes! 

 "It is definitely your time!"

Sabrina: Thank you too Alex.


And until next week check out THIRST by Sabrina Signs! Make sure to use this fantastic Halloween beat at your Halloween Party! Or give it to your favorite DJ!  They will love it!



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Best Use of Direct Savings Accounts



The act of saving money is a worthwhile endeavor that allows you to be able to afford certain things like gadgets, clothing, food, and many more. It also gives you a sense of value. In building your sense of value, you are also growing as an individual capable of achieving many things. You are also instilling in yourself a sense of delayed gratification in saving money for a goal that you want to reach. May it be a long overdue vacation or a pricey gadget, the only way you are going to be able to do this is by saving.


Set up a Direct Savings Account

In setting up a direct to savings account, you are constantly putting hard earned money from your paycheck directly to a savings account. It will require you to be a bit frugal in yourlifestyle as you will not have enough cash on hand to spend but by doing this, your savings account constantly grows. 



By having minimum cash on hand due to most of your earnings going straight to the savings account, you will still have some cash to spend. This will mean that you must be smart in choosing what to spend on. 

You must also remember that there is a reason why you are saving. In having a reason, you will feel very motivated to continue being smart about spending the cash that you have. It is a great example of the end justifying the means as you will get gratification in being able to go on holiday or to buy that high tech gadget that you have been dreaming about. So go and create that straight to savings account so that you may achieve your heart’s desire.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Madonna #secretprojectrevolution

Madonna  #ArtForFreedom

Are you artistic? Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to change the world? Now the uber, iconic sensation known to fans around the world as Madonna is on your team!  


FILM PREMIERE

Secret Project: RevolutionA Film by Madonna & Steven Klein.

Just this week, Madonna premiered the 
“Secret Project: Revolution” 
 a Film by Madonna & Steven Klein! 





CALL-TO-ACTION by MADONNA!
Madonna  #ArtForFreedom jail










"My goal is to show by the example of #secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression," Madonna said in a statement. "I hope my film and other submission to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency." 
~ Madonna ~



THE CHALLENGE!
Madonna & Steven Klein revolution of love facebook
 Madonna & Steven Klein invite you to start your own revolution of love.  We have created this platform to give people around the world an opportunity to answer the  QUESTION:



"WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?"

Express your personal meaning of freedom and revolution in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Join the revolution by submitting your ART FOR FREEDOM below, or by tagging your posts #ArtForFreedom

START YOUR PERSONAL ARTISTIC REVOLUTION Now!



LOVE MADONNA, HATE MADONNA, 
OR BOTH?
Madonna magazine covers

Madonna’s message is important! She is not the only one with concerns.  In early 2013 the United Nation’s Human Rights Council released a report that focused on “The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity. 
United Nation’s Human Rights Council  “The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity.

Although this report doesn’t focus on complacency it does focus on concerns:

“… growing worldwide concern that artistic voices have been or are being silenced by various means and in different ways.  The underlying motivations are most often political, religious, cultural or moral, or lie in economic interests, or are a combination of those.”  ~ United Nations Human Rights Council (14 March 2013) ~



JUST SAYING…

Madonna history

Madonna is already in the cultural history books and will forever be there; an icon for the ages.  This moment, this day, this week, this month, this year may be your day to become a part of History!



More on #ArtForFreedom! Madonna being interviewed by VICE!
 




MORE TO COME!
I will keep this page updated as the Art For Freedom Revolution Unfolds!


NEW UPDATE! -  October 02, 2013

Madonna Announces Art For Freedom Grants Program
Madonna has announced a grants program in coordination with Art For Freedom, the global digital initiative designed to fuel free speech, to address, respond and protest persecution around the world.


Take care and I will see you next week!

 Alex

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Language Learning Section – Natural Language 
                                 Vocabulary Boost!

Vocabulary Theme: Creating Change 

Instructions: First, try to write down the meanings or ideas for each expression.  Next, try to guess the meaning from the context. Then ask a friend or classmate.  Finally, check out the expressions on the Internet. Now you can check your answers with the vocabulary ideas posted below.

commitment to =

inspire change =

artistic expression =

call-to-action =

give people a place to voice =

to help fight =

oppression =

intolerance =

complacency =

revolution =

#Art For Freedom =

UN =

growing worldwide concern =

artistic voices =

The underlying motivations =

political =

religious =

cultural =

moral =

lie in =

economic interests =

a combination =

Human Rights =

free speech =

initiative designed to fuel free speech =

to address =

protest =

persecution =

around the world =


Answer Ideas:


commitment to = the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled (a commitment to a cause).

inspire change = inspire: to cause (something) to happen or be created. change: to make (someone or something) different.

artistic expression = Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects the senses, emotions,etc.

call-to-action =  Generally a business expression - 'A call to action' is the section of a marketing or sales message which tries to convince a person to perform a desired action immediately. It is words that urge the reader, listener, or viewer of a sales promotion message to take an immediate action, such as "Write Now," "Call Now," or (on Internet) "Click Here." A retail advertisement or commercial without a call-to-action is considered incomplete and ineffective. So, Madonna wants you to do something now!

give people 'a place' to voice = 'a place': create 'a space'. This place = Madonna's Art For Freedom Internet project. to voice: to voice one's thoughts = to speak/express your thoughts or to speak one's mind; or as Madonna says 'Express Yourself"!

to help fight = to help: to aid. fight: struggle against something.

oppression = (noncount noun) cruel or unjust use of authority or power.

intolerance = (noncount noun) the quality or state of being intolerant. intolerant: (adj) not willing to allow or accept something; not willing to allow some people to have equality, freedom, or other social rights.

complacency = (noncount noun) a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better; a complacent feeling or condition.

revolution =  (count noun) the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one but in this case the nuance is 'revolution': a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.

#Art For Freedom = Madonna's title refers to the idea of using art to create freedom.

UN = Abbreviation for The United Nations- Official Website Link http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/growing worldwide    concern = increasing global worry.

artistic voices =  (adj) artistic: relating to art or artists expression. voices: people expressing themselves.

The underlying motivations = underlying: (adj) beneath the surface; evident only on close inspection.    motivations: a force or influence that causes someone to do something.

political = (adj) of or relating to politics or government. politics: activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government.

religious = (adj) of or relating to religion. religion: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods

cultural =  (adj) of or relating to a particular group of people and their habits, beliefs, traditions, etc.

moral = (adj) concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior

lie in =  is in; is within.

economic interests = economic: relating to an economy : relating to the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought. interests: used when discussing what is the best or most helpful thing for someone or a some type of group.

a combination =  an act of combining two or more things. to combine: to bring together; mix.

Human Rights = the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.

free speech = is the concept of the inherent human right to voice one's opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment. "Speech" is not limited to public speaking and is generally taken to include other forms of expression.

initiative designed to fuel free speech =
initiative: an introductory act or step; leading action. designed to: created to.   to fuel: (idiomatic) alludes to causing a flame to grow larger; someone or something to move forward when fuel is added. 

to address = to speak to (a person or group).

protest = to protest: to show or express strong disagreement with or disapproval of something.

persecution = the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook. to persecute someone (or group).  to treat someone (or group) cruelly or unfairly especially because of race or religious or political beliefs.

around the world = all over the globe/Earth.





Monday, 16 September 2013

JK Rowling is Back!


Harry Potter’s textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -JK Rowling
Harry Potter’s textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about to come to life!  This extraordinary adventure is lead by the famous, magical zoologist Newt Scamander and fictional author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Newt’s adventure begins in the 1920’s or 70 years before Harry Potter.  New York city is the place where it will all begin.  The story is an extension of the magical world of the Harry Potter adventures and will be JK Rowling’s first screenwriting debut! 
 
JK Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book


For more detailed information here is J.K. Rowling's press statement regarding her screenwriting debut:  

JK Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series, which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.  The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film.  I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult.  Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.  The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.” 

~ J.K. Rowling ~
 
 
Celebrity English
 
Best Wishes Wonderful Lady with your screenwriting debut! Looking forward to more of your sensational magical creations. 


See you next week!
Alex




Language Learning Section

Vocabulary Power!  Theme: Writer Talk

First, try to write down the meanings or ideas for each word (s).  Next, try to guess the meaning from the context of the words you didn't understand. Then ask a friend or classmate about the words that where difficult.  Finally, check out the expressions on the Internet.  However, the vocabulary definitions are below.

announced =

screenwriting debut =

creative partnership =

fictitious author =

turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film =

hard-core Harry Potter fans =

proposal =

an idea took shape =

ended up pitching my own idea =

prequel =

sequel =

extension =



Vocabulary Definitions

announced = : to announce - to make (something) known in a public or formal way : to officially

tell people about (something).

screenwriting debut = screenwriting: also called script-writing is the art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games. It is frequently a freelance profession. debut: the first time an actor, musician, athlete, etc., does something in public or for the public.

creative partnership = a partnership, or relationship that is focused on making or thinking of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created

fictitious author = an imaginary or not real author. author: a person who has written something ; especially : a person who has written a book or who writes many books.

turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film = to turn something into film - to make something into a movie.

hard-core Harry Potter fans = hard-core: very active and enthusiastic; the most active, committed, or doctrinaire members of a group or movement. fan(s): (countable noun) a person who likes and admires someone (such as a famous person) or something (such as a sport or a sports team) in a very enthusiastic way.

proposal = A plan or suggestion put forward for consideration or discussion by others; the action of putting forward such a plan or suggestion.

an idea took shape = [for something, such as plans, writing, ideas, arguments, etc.] to begin to be organized and specific.

ended up pitching my own idea = ended up: to conclude, turn out, become.  to pitch someone - to attempt to promote, sell, or advance someone or something.

prequel = [countable noun] : a movie, book, etc., that tells the part of a story that happened before the story in another movie, book, etc.

sequel = [countable noun]  : a book, movie, etc., that continues a story begun in another book, movie, etc.

extension = [countable noun] : something (such as an interest or activity) that develops from something else. Ex. Writing screenplays was a natural/logical extension of his career as a novelist and his longtime interest in film.




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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Make the Huge Car Insurers Work for You- By Avoiding Them

Posted by Amy Lewis














If there’s one thing that the Big Three insurance providers do well, or at least do often, it’s produce commercials. No doubt you've encountered them: the stereotype-sensitive cavemen; the British talking gecko; the man who gleefully personifies disaster; and the streak-haired, barcode scanner gun-wielding hipster woman, “Flo”.

Now depending on your humor style, media-consumption habits and patience level, these ads may either amuse or annoy you. Unfortunately for my reputation as a fun-loving commercial-watcher, such as it is, I definitely tend toward the latter of those two and have come to find the ads irritating. Some of it is simply due to ad-saturation. For instance, as was pointed out on an episode of 30 Rock, Geico has a ton of mascots that tend to show up… a lot.

For the unfamiliar, they are represented by- the aforementioned cavemen and anthropomorphic cockney gecko, those two guys who play guitars and drop one-liners, a disturbing anthropomorphic pile of cash that stalks people, an anthropomorphic pig that shrieks, a film noir type narrator in a fedora and the “money savers” campaign (there are more, too).

Geico also tends to overestimate the appeal of these characters. On the strength of the first, admittedly clever, cavemen-getting-offended commercial, a cavemen sitcom was considered, produced, written up and then honestly, actually aired. After meeting dismal critical reception and even being condemned as racist, this situational comedy featuring characters created by an advertising agency for a car insurance corporation attempted a desperate retooling before it was canceled. I won’t go into what it might say about the state of the world if a sitcom based on corporate mascots became a popular favorite. Although I suppose one could give them kudos for switching their commercial subject matter up a little bit.

I know I’m not alone in my insistence that never seeing another Progressive commercial with the now-near-unbearable “Flo” character would be alright with me. The same goes for their mustachioed “Messenger” who is, I guess, meant to appeal to hipsters with his totally ironic mustache and general 70s-ness? (The Messenger character even tried to “Friend” me on Facebook. Are there people out there interested in establishing friendships with characters from corporate commercials?) The actor Dean Winter as the personification of disaster and destruction is maybe less obnoxious but those commercials tend to be one-note and are definitely creeping up on getting old.

Believe it or not, there’s a point to all this grumbling about advertisements: it seems indicative of their priorities. And those priorities seem to be: flashy commercial spots, a lot of work being put into characters people remember- whether positively or not, an attempt to appeal to potential customers with pop culture dazzle rather than substantive and great emphasis on convenience. Some of those emphases are more overt than others- “Insurance in 15 minutes!” While those commercials are great for spreading name recognition and sticking with those who view them (we’re talking about them here), that kind of widespread familiarity can backfire.

One famous, or infamous, example is the case of comedian Matt Fisher and his sister Katie. In 2010 Katie Fisher was tragically killed in a car accident that wasn’t her fault. Her brother Matt became understandably furious when Progressive, Katie’s insurance provider, paid a lawyer to defend the (uninsured) man who hit and killed Katie because paying the lawyer was presumably cheaper than paying what they owed her family- she had uninsured motorist coverage. Along with the story, which soon went viral in a huge way, Fisher posted images of Progressive’s mascot Flo grinning over some really cold, apparently cruelly-indifferent posts from Progressive reps.

While people were already tiring of the Flo character, when she appeared above comments from Progressive that seemed like the epitome of icy corporate greed taking priority over a tragically-killed customer’s family and interests, her smile struck many as grossly inappropriate. Suggestions that it was more of a leer than a smile were definitely made. It didn’t help that after the debacle went public Progressive denied having hired any lawyer at all in association with the Katie Fisher case, only to recant when Matt Fisher called them on it and admit that yes, OK, they had hired a lawyer.

Geico has suffered similar bad press, including any number of horror stories about claims dodged, terrible customer service and one case that infuriated the pro-gun biosphere when Geico revoked a customer’s policy because that customer worked in “the weapons industry”. The man worked for a company that legally made gun-parts for the American firearm industry. Of course as a private company, Geico is probably well within their rights to drop a customer for working in an industry they find morally or ethically objectionable but it certainly didn't help their reputation among the gun crowd.

All of that aside, the Big Three insurers have millions and millions of customers, and the more customers a corporation caters to, the greater the possibility that people slip through the cracks. And for my money, I’m not sure that convenience-of-sign-up should necessarily be such a prominently featured draw. I love convenience as much as the next guy but car insurance is an important financial consideration and whatever provider you pick will most likely be with you for years. If choosing the right provider takes half an hour rather than 15 minutes, in my humble opinion- so be it!

I have a fair amount of experience with car insurance and my advice based on that experience is: go with a provider that’s smaller than the Allstate, Geico or Progressive, but not one that’s unknown. If there’s one way in which the Big Three are definitely helping you out, it’s that their presence makes their smaller competitors fight for your business. The mid-sized houses (mid-sized for insurance companies) that are less well known for their auto insurance want to provide you with great service and a great product. Plus, their more modest size can translate into more personal service, better customer care, often quicker claim returns and more of an incentive to keep you happy than the mega-providers. Find an established provider that’s big enough to trust but not too big to care and you should do OK.

Edward Oberg has put the insurance game on hiatus and now spends his time reading cheap genre novels, shaking his head in dismay at the state of movies these days, haunting yard sales, hunting for the monster brook trout that delights in mocking him and, when he finds the time, blogging. He has vowed to defy the accepted wisdom regarding boring insurance reps by being extremely interesting.

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