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Star Trek into Darkness

I would like to go and watch Star Trek into Darkness, whih opens in cinemas on 17th May 2013. It starts when The USS Enterprise is sent to observe Planet Nibiru, (which should not be confused with the Malaysian car manfactured by Proton) and find a volcano on the verge of erupting and wiping outsthe prmitive inhabitantsAfterbeing called back to Earth, Kirk is releved of command, and Admiral Pike reassumes command of the Enterprise. Shortly afterward, Starfleet agent John Harrison bombs a secret “Section 31” installation in London. An emergency meeting ¬†is called at Starfleet headquarters, which Kirk attends as Pike’s first officer. The meeting is attacked by a gunship piloted by Harrison. Kirk takes the gunship down, but Harrison escapes and Pike dies.After Pike’s funeral, Admiral Marcus (Weller) authorizes Kirk to hunt down Harrison, who has fled to the Klingon homeworld of Qo’noS which lies deep in Klingon territory and unfortunately Starfleet is on the brink of war with the Klingon Empire,

After arriving at the Klingon homeworld, the Enterprise breaks down (where are the RAC when you need them? ūüôā so, Kirk, Spock and Uhura use a previously commandeered trader ship to enter Qo’noS. However, they are detected by Klingons who try to clobber them untila mysterious figure shows up and clobbers the Klingons instead ¬†and reveals himself to be John Harrison. Once safely back aboard the Enterprise Harrison reveals his real identity: Khan, a genetically augmented superhuman, who has been in cryo sleep for 300 years after waging an unsuccessful war on Earth to eradicate all those inferior to himself and his superhuman comrades. The torpedoes are found to each contain a genetically-engineered human in cryo sleep – the remaining members of Khan’s crew from his ship The Botany Bay.

Khan explains that Admiral Marcus woke him from cryo sleep in order to use his superior intellect and savagery to develop advanced weapons to start a war with the Klingons, Shortly after, : an unregistered Federation battleship, the USS Vengeance – a massive vessel built for combat arrives, which dwarfs the Enterprise. Admiral Marcus reveals himself as the commander of the vessel, demanding Kirk hand over Khan. Kirk refuses, and the Enterprise warps away to Earth, to return Khan to stand trial for his crimes.With Marcus in pursuit, the Enterprise is attacked by the Vengeance in Earth’s orbit. Outgunned, the Enterprise is severely damaged. Ultimately Kirk ¬†has to make a difficult decision in order to save the lives of his crew and ends up making the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect millions of innocent lives on the Earth.

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Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

American¬†singer-songwriter,¬†composer, and¬†record producerMichael Trent Reznor Jr. was born May 17, 1965. As both a vocalist and¬†multi-instrumentalist, Reznor has led theindustrial rock¬†project¬†Nine Inch Nails¬†since 1988; he left¬†Interscope Records¬†in 2007 and is now an independent¬†recording artist. As of 2010, he and his wife¬†Mariqueen Maandig¬†are members of the¬†post-industrial group¬†How to Destroy Angels¬†with Reznor’s fellow coposer¬†Atticus Ross¬†and graphic designer¬†Rob Sheridan. Reznor and Ross¬†scoredthe¬†David Fincher¬†films¬†The Social Nework¬†and¬†The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, winning the¬†Academy Award forBest Original Score¬†for the former and the¬†Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media¬†for the latter.Reznor was previously associated with the bands¬†Option 30,¬†The Innocent,and¬†Exotic Birds¬†in the mid-80s. He gained employment at Right Track Studios in¬†Cleveland¬†and began creating his own music during the studio’s closing hours under the name of¬†Nine Inch Nails. Reznor’s first release as Nine Inch Nails, the 1989 album¬†Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success and Reznor has since released seven major¬†studio albums.

Most of Reznor’s work as a musician has been as founding and primary member of¬†Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails’ debut album,¬†Petty Hate Machine¬†was released in 1989. It was a moderate commercial success, and was certified¬†Gold¬†in 1992. Amidst pressure from his record label to produce a follow-up to¬†Pretty Hate Machine, Reznor secretly began recording under various pseudonyms¬†to avoid record company interference, resulting in an¬†EP¬†called¬†Broken¬†(1992). Nine Inch Nails was included in the¬†Lollapalooza¬†tour in the summer of 1991, and won a¬†Grammy Award¬†in 1993 under “Best Heavy Metal Performance” for the song “Wish”.Nine Inch Nails’ second full-length album,¬†The Downward Spiral, entered the¬†Billboard¬†200¬†chart in 1994 at number two,and remains the highest-selling Nine Inch Nails release in America. To record the album, Reznor rented and moved into the¬†10050 Cielo Drive mansion, where the 1969Manson Family¬†murders took place. He built a studio space in the house, which he renamed Le Pig, after the word that was scrawled on the front door in¬†Sharon Tate’s blood by her murderers.Reznor told¬†Entertainment Weekly¬†that, despite the notoriety attached to the house, he chose to record there because he “looked at a lot of places, and this just happened to be the one I liked most”.Nine Inch Nails toured extensively over the next few years, including a performance at¬†Woodstock ’94, although he admitted to the audience that he did not like to play large venues.Around this time, Reznor’s studio perfectionism, struggles with addiction, and bouts of writer’s block prolonged the production of a follow-up to¬†The Downward Spiral

Outside of Nine Inch Nails, he has contributed to the albums of artists such asMarilyn Manson¬†and¬†Saul Williams. In 1997, Reznor appeared in¬†Time¬†magazine’s list of the year’s most influential people and¬†Spin¬†magazine described him as “the most vital artist in music”.[One of Reznor’s earliest collaborations was a¬†Ministry¬†side project in 1990 under the name of¬†1000 Homo DJs. Reznor sang vocals on a cover of¬†Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut”. Due to legal issues with his label, Reznor’s vocals had to be distorted to make his voice unrecognizable. The band also recorded additional versions with¬†Al Jourgensen¬†doing vocals.While there is still debate as to which version is Reznor and which is Jourgensen, it has been definitively stated that Reznor’s vocals were used in the¬†TVT Records’¬†Black Boxbox set.Reznor sang¬†backing vocals¬†on “Past The Mission” by¬†Tori Amos¬†on her 1994 album¬†Under the Pink. He produced¬†Marilyn Manson’s first album,¬†Portrait of an American Family¬†(1994), and several tracks on Manson’s albums¬†Smells Like Children¬†(1995) andAntichrist Superstar¬†(1996). He also produced the soundtracks for¬†Oliver Stone’s 1994 film¬†Natural Born Killers¬†and¬†David Lynch’s 1997 film¬†Lost Highway. Reznor is credited for “Driver Down” and “Videodrones; Questions” on the¬†Lost Highway¬†soundtrack; another song, “The Perfect Drug”, is credited to¬†Nine Inch Nails. Reznor produced a remix of¬†the Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Victory”, featuring¬†Busta Rhymes, in 1998

In May 2008 Reznor founded¬†The Null Corporation¬†and Nine Inch Nails released the studio albumThe Slip¬†as a free¬†digital download. In April 2010, it was announced that Reznor had formed a new band with his wife,¬†Mariqueen Maandig, and¬†Atticus Ross, called¬†How to Destroy Angels. The group digitally released a¬†self-titled six song EP¬†on June 1, 2010. Reznor announced that the group’s next release would be an EP entitled¬†An Omen EP, they released a song and music video from¬†An Omen EP¬†entitled “Keep it Together” and some of the EP’s songs also appear on the band’s first full length album¬†entitled¬†Welcome to Oblivion which was released on March 5th 2013.

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World Information Society Day

World Information Society Day was proclaimed to be on 17 May by a United Nations General Assembly resolution, following the 2005World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. The day had previously been known as World Telecommunication Day to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union in 17 May 1865.It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.

The main objective of the day is to raise global awareness of societal changes brought about by the Internet and new technologies. It also aims to help reduce the Digital divide.In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society raised byWSIS. The General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/252) in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May. The first World Information Society Day took place on Wednesday, 17 May 2006.

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Happy Birthday Enya

Irish¬†singer, instrumentalist, and songwriterEnya¬†(born¬†Eithne N√≠ Bhraon√°in was born 7 May 1961Enya began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band¬†Clannad before leaving to perform¬†solo. She gained widerrecognition for her music in the 1986¬†BBCseries¬†The Celts. Shortly afterwards, her 1988 album¬†Watermark¬†propelled her to further international fame and she became known for her distinctive sound, characterised by voice-layering, folk melodies, synthesised backdrops and ethereal reverberations. She has performed in 10 languages.Enya continued to enjoy steady success during the 1990s and 2000s; her 2000 album¬†A Day Without Rain¬†sold 15 million copies,and became the top selling new age album of the 2000s in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[5]¬†She received the world’s best-selling female award at the World Music Awards in 2001. She is Ireland’s best-selling solo musician.Her records sales were more than 75 million worldwide, including over 26.5 million in album sales in the US,[9]¬†making her one of¬†world‚Äôs best-selling artists of all time. Her work has earned her four¬†Grammy Awards¬†and an¬†Academy Award¬†nomination.

Enya was born and brought up in¬†Gaoth Dobhair,¬†County Donegal, in the northwest corner of Ireland. She is part of an Irish-speaking and musical familyEnya recorded two solo instrumental pieces called “An Ghaoth √ďn Ghrian” (Irish for “The Solar Wind”) and “Miss Clare Remembers” that were released on the 1984 album¬†Touch Travel.[15]¬†She was first credited as¬†Enya¬†(as opposed to¬†Eithne) for writing some of the music for the 1984 movie¬†The Frog Prince, which was released on a¬†soundtrack album of the same title. Another early appearance on record followed in 1987, where Enya provided spoken (not sung) vocals in Irish on the song “Never Get Old” on¬†Sin√©ad O’Connor’s debut album,The Lion and the Cobra.Enya achieved a breakthrough in her career in 1988 with the album¬†Watermark, which featured the hit song “Orinoco Flow” (sometimes incorrectly known as “Sail Away”). “Orinoco Flow”, reported to be named after Orinoco Studios (nowMiloco Studios), where it was conceived, topped the charts in the United Kingdom, peaked at number 2 in Germany and the¬†Watermark¬†album sold eleven million copiesThree years later she followed with another hit album,¬†Shepherd Moons, which sold twelve million copies and earned Enya her firstGrammy Award.¬†Shepherd Moons¬†is also her longest charting album to date, spending 238 weeks on the¬†Billboard 200. The songs “On Your Shore” and “Exile” (from¬†Watermark) and “Epona” (from¬†Enya) were featured in the 1991 film¬†L.A. Story. “Ebud√¶” is also featured on the soundtrack to the¬†Robin Williams¬†feature film¬†Toys, while the 1990 feature film¬†Green Card¬†features “River”, “Watermark”, and “Storms In Africa”. “Book Of Days” was featured prominently in the movie¬†Far and Away, with an English-lyric version created for the film then replacing the old Irish language version on all pressings of the¬†Shepherd Moons¬†album from 1993 onwards. In 1993, her recording of “Marble Halls” from¬†Shepherd Moons¬†was featured in the¬†Martin Scorsese¬†film,¬†The Age of Innocence.

In 1992, a re-mastered version of the¬†Enya¬†album was released as¬†The Celts¬†including a longer, modified version of “Portrait”, which was renamed “Portrait (Out of the Blue)”.Four years after¬†Shepherd Moons¬†she released¬†The Memory of Trees¬†(1995), another Top Five success in both the UK and Germany, as well as her first Top 10 album in the U.S. Singles released from the album were “Anywhere Is” and “On My Way Home”.”Only If…” (1997)Hit song from her greatest hits compilation,Paint the Sky with Stars.Problems listening to this file? See¬†media help.In 1997, Enya released her greatest hits collection,¬†Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya, again a top five smash in the UK and Germany, which featured two new songs: “Paint the Sky with Stars” and “Only If…”; “Only If…” later became a single. (“Only If You Want To”, is an early version of “Only If..Following a five-year break Enya released the album¬†A Day Without Rain¬†in 2000, the album is Enya’s most successful to date, peaking at number two on the U.S.¬†Billboard 200¬†chart. The first single, “Only Time”, was used in the film¬†Sweet November¬†and received U.S. radio airplay in late 2000. In May 2001,¬†NBC¬†began using “Only Time” to accompany commercials for their television series¬†Friends, which helped the song top the Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts. After the¬†11 September 2001 attacks¬†“Only Time” was used as a soundtrack in many radio and television reports about the attacksIn 2001, Enya recorded “May It Be”, which was featured in the first installment of¬†The Lord of the Rings¬†film trilogy,¬†Fellowship of the Ring, and was her second consecutive single to enter the German charts at number one. The video features scenes from the¬†Peter Jackson¬†film

In November 2005, a new album, entitled¬†Amarantine, was released. It reached the Top 10 in both the UK and the US, and peaked at number 3 in Germany. The album won the¬†Grammy Award¬†for¬†Best New Age Album¬†for 2007, Enya’s fourth. In 2006, Enya released several Christmas-themed CDs with newly recorded material. On 10 October 2006¬†Sounds of the Season: The Enya Holiday Collection¬†was released containing six songs: the previously released “O√≠che Chi√ļin” (a.k.a. “Silent Night”) and “Amid the Falling Snow”, new recordings of the standards “Adeste Fideles” (a.k.a. “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”) and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as well as two original songs, “Christmas Secrets” and “The Magic of the Night”. This CD was released only in the United States in an exclusive partnership with the¬†NBC¬†television network and the¬†Target¬†department store chain. Enya was awarded the¬†World’s Best-Selling Irish Act¬†award at the¬†World Music Awards¬†in London on 19 November 2006In March 2009, Warner Music Japan released Enya’s first 4 albums in a new format, called¬†SHM-CD. On 23 November 2009 Enya released a new album called¬†The Very Best of Enya. It includes most of her hits from 1987 to 2008 including a new version of “An√≠ron”, a song created for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring” in 2001. In 2010, singer¬†Rihanna¬†sampled “One By One” on the song “Fading” from her new album¬†Loud. In a May 2011 interview, Enya’s manager said that she is working on a new album and will likely tour to support it, with part of the recording taking place in¬†Abbey Road Studios¬†in London.”.