Jack the Giant Slayer

I have recently watched the exciting Fantasy Film Jack the Giant Slayer. It is Based on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk and takes place In the Kingdom of Cloister, where Jack, a young farm boy, becomes fascinated by the legend of Erik, an ancient king who defeated an army of invading giants from a realm in the sky by controlling them with a magic crown. At the same time, Princess Isabelle becomes fascinated with the same legend.

Ten years later, Jack goes into town to sell his horse to support his uncle’s farm. There, Jack spots Isabelle and becomes enamored with her after defending her honor from a group of hooligans. Meanwhile, Lord Roderick returns to his study, only to find that a monk has robbed him. The monk offers Jack some magic beans he stole from Roderick as collateral for Jack’s horse. Back at the castle, Isabelle quarrels with her father King Brahmwell as she wants to explore the kingdom, but he wants her to stay and marry Roderick. Likewise, Jack’s uncle scolds him for being foolish before throwing the beans on the floor and leaving the house. Determined to be free, Isabelle sneaks out of the castle and seeks shelter from the rain in Jack’s house. As it rains, one of the beans takes root and grows into a massive beanstalk that carries the house and Isabelle into the sky as Jack falls to the ground.

Jack, Roderick, and Roderick’s attendant Wicke volunteer to join the king’s knights, led by Elmont and his second in-command, Crawe, and climb the beanstalk in search of Isabelle. As they climb, Roderick and Wicke cut the safety rope, intentionally killing some of the knights. At the top, they discover the giants’ realm and decide to split into two groups: one with Jack, Elmont, and Crawe, and the other including Roderick and Wicke, but not before Roderick forcibly takes the remaining beans from Jack (although Jack manages to save one for himself). Jack’s group is trapped by a giant, who takes everyone prisoner except Jack. Meanwhile, Roderick’s group encounters two other giants; one eats Wicke, but before he can eat Roderick, Roderick dons the magical crown.

Jack follows the giant to their stronghold, the two-headed giant leader, Fallon, kills Crawe. Jack finds Isabelle and Elmont imprisoned there. As the giants prepare to kill their remaining prisoners, Roderick walks in and enslaves the giants with the crown. He incites the giants to attack Cloister at dawn and gives them permission to eat Isabelle and Elmont. However Jack rescues Isabelle and Elmont as one of the giants prepares to cook Elmont as a pig-in-a-blanket. The trio makes for the beanstalk where the giant guarding the beanstalk is pushed off the realm’s edge. Seeing the giant’s body, Brahmwell is understandably alarmed and orders the beanstalk cut down to avoid an invasion by the giants.

Jack and Isabelle head down the beanstalk, while Elmont stays to confront Roderick however Fallon takes the crown and Elmont is forced to escape down the beanstalk. Jack, Isabelle, and Elmont all survive the fall after the beanstalk is cut down. As everyone returns home, Jack warns that the giants are using Roderick’s beans to create beanstalks to descend down to Earth and attack Cloister. The giants lay siege to the castle and chase Jack, Isabelle, and Brahmwell inside, where Elmont fills the moat with oil and sets it on fire. Fallon falls in the moat and breaks into the castle from below. As the siege continues, Fallon captures Jack and Isabelle, and it id up to Jack to recover the Crown and the beans and banish the Giants to their own realm in an exciting finale.

The Uluru Code: by Ernest Dempsey (Author), Jason Whited (Editor)

I enjoy reading exciting adventure thrillers by Clive Cussler so I thought I would read The Uluru Code by Ernest Dempsey and Jason Wited. The Uluru Code is a high octane archaeological thriller featuring an archeologist named Sean Wyatt and is the tenth novel in the Sean Wyatt Adventure Series. In this novel Sean again finds himself caught up in intrigue, adventure and mystery after receiving A mysterious email, containing a desperate request. Then a museum curator goes missing, and another is found murdered, so Sean Wyatt and Tommy Schultz investigate and must find a mystery relic.

The mysterious relic they seek dates to back to the earliest of Earth’s people, the Aborigines, an ancient tribe filled with legends, lore, and secrets passed down through the ages for 40,000 years. Soon Sean and Tommy find themselves on an exhilarating adventure through the Australian outback in search of an artifact as old as time itself and they must work out What unfathomable power this relic possesses? And why a businessman in Australian wants it so badly? They must also decipher the code from a 120 year old document that could alter the course of history of a nation and put incredible power in the hands of a madman.

Mage Slave by R.K.Thorne

I would also like to read the exciting fantasy adventure Mage Slave by R. K. Thorne. Mage Slave is the first novel in the Enslaved Chronicles trilogy and the novel is an epic tale of swords and sorcery with a side of romance. It features A warrior prince, an enslaved mage, whose destinies are both caught up in Magic, politics, love,  fate and a villainous plot to draw the world to war.

It concerns Crown Prince Aven Lanuken a noble but naive prince, who wants something more than a trophy for a future wife. He wants a woman who will be more friend than follower. A queen who will be more warrior than diplomat. He wants a partner he can trust… with a dangerous secret that’s kept him trapped in a dark mountain fortress his entire life.

Meanwhile a fierce and angry, Mage slave named Miara wants something more, too—to find an enemy prince. And not to marry him. She’s just received orders for her very first kidnapping. She loathes the idea of it, and it’s probably a suicide mission. But she has never failed a mission before and doesn’t intend to start now. However something unexpected happens on her latest mission,  Of all the women in the world, why does Aven Lanuken have to fall for this one ?

Their Fatal Secrets By Janice Frost

I would like to read Their Fatal Secrets by Janice Frost. This Is a gripping crime mystery By Janice Frost which is available Free Gratis with Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It begins when Two drunk students discover The body of Leanne Jackson in the River Strom after having been hit on the head with a flat iron. Soon after, the body of Ruby Kennedy is also found dead in similar circumstances. Jess Stokes was bullied at school and was befriended by Leanne who came to her rescue. Jess is determined to discover who killed her friend and find out if there’s a connection between Leanne and Ruby. Then strange things start to happen – her car is vandalised, her friend’s dog is killed – is this connected to her friend’s death.

Meanwhile DEtective Superintendent Ava Merry and Detective Inspector Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom KnightDI Jim Neal and DS Ava Merry investigate the deaths of the two women, joined by DS Tom Knight who’s been seconded from Hertfordshire and DC Polly ‘PJ’ Jenkins. DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

Upon investigation It becomes clear that the victim had been looking into things that had happened in her past and was trying to contact other women she had known at the time. Then another body is found in the river and she was on the first victim’s list of contacts. Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list? Jim Neal ends up fighting for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

Through the Never: a Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

Through the Never is a thrilling Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology by many different authors including J.A. Culican (Author), Brandon Barr, Tina Glasneck, Sarah K. L. Wilson, JC Kan”, R. L. Blalock, Craig Martelle, Debbie Cassidy, Richard Amos and Sharolyn G. Brown. It features fourteen exciting adventures in science fiction and fantasy featuring epic quests, Magic and and heart-pounding adventuress set in dangerous unknown new worlds, far-off galaxies and fantastic new realms

Among the stories in this collection is Dragon’s Awakening: Journey to Asgard by Tina Glasneck. This is part of Glasneck’s Dragons series and introduces a few fun Norse Gods. The story follows Norse God Baldr when he whisks away Nanna, a human, from evil in her time and takes her to Asgard. Baldr loves Nanna without hesitation and couldn’t leave her to die in her time, but Nanna is wary and must learn what it means to love someone and let them in. Their love will be tested by many in Asgard.

The second story The Fall of Endurance by R.L. Blalock, features a character named Laure who is one of many traveling in space looking for new home to start a new life to keep humans from becoming extinct. However they run into debris and have to land the ship quickly. When they land on this new planet which they hope will be their new home they run into a lot more than they were hoping for

The third story The Outcast by Craig Martelle features a prisoner who As part of his punishment is sent out in a spaceship to survey asteroids. All he has for companionship is the voice of the computer The ending was out of this world.

The fourth story Across the Starlight Blue by Debbie Cassidy and Richard Amos is a short science fiction story about A spaceship which is traveling through space looking for a new home when it is hit by debris and has to land quickly. After taking the shuttles to their new planet they are attacked by these alien bird like creatures upon entering the planet’s atmosphere. Will they survive the attack? Can they make this new planet their home? Or have they traveled all this way for nothing?

The fifth story Rodan’s Awakening by Sharolyn G. Brown features A young girl named Rodan whose home is attacked and her whole family is lost. So Rodan embarks on a journey to find the ones who attacked her home and make them pay.

World Statistics Day

World Statistics Day is celebrate annually on 20 October. The first World Statistics Day was celebrated on 2010 worldwide it was set up by theThe United Nations Statistical Commission to raise awareness of the importance of statistics in decision making processes and in many other ways. As of 2010, 103 countries celebrate a national Statistics Day, including 51 African countries that jointly celebrate African Statistics Day annually on 18 November.

Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data. In applying statistics to, e.g., a scientific, industrial, or social problem, Statistics can be said to have begun in ancient civilization, going back at least to the 5th century BC, but it was not until the 18th century that it started to draw more heavily from calculus and probability theory. when dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data, it is conventional to begin with a statistical population or a statistical model process to be studied. Populations can be diverse topics such as “all people living in a country” or “every atom composing a crystal.” Statistics deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments. Statistics pertains to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of data, or as a branch of mathematics.  Some consider statistics to be a distinct mathematical science rather than a branch of mathematics. While many scientific investigations make use of data, statistics is concerned with the use of data in the context of uncertainty and decision making in the face of uncertainty

Collecting Census data is also a good way of gathering statistics, however When census data cannot be collected, statisticians collect data by developing specific experiment designs and survey samples. Representative sampling assures that inferences and conclusions can reasonably extend from the sample to the population as a whole. An experimental study involves taking measurements of the system under study, manipulating the system, and then taking additional measurements using the same procedure to determine if the manipulation has modified the values of the measurements. In contrast, an observational study does not involve experimental manipulation.

Two main statistical methods are used in data analysis: descriptive statistics, which summarize data from a sample using indexes such as the mean or standard deviation, and inferential statistics, which draw conclusions from data that are subject to random variation (e.g., observational errors, sampling variation). Descriptive statistics are most often concerned with two sets of properties of a distribution (sample or population): central tendency (or location) seeks to characterize the distribution’s central or typical value, while dispersion (or variability) characterizes the extent to which members of the distribution depart from its center and each other. Inferences on mathematical statistics are made under the framework of probability theory, which deals with the analysis of random phenomena.

A standard statistical procedure involves the test of the relationship between two statistical data sets, or a data set and synthetic data drawn from idealized model. A hypothesis is proposed for the statistical relationship between the two data sets, and this is compared as an alternative to an idealized null hypothesis of no relationship between two data sets. Rejecting or disproving the null hypothesis is done using statistical tests that quantify the sense in which the null can be proven false, given the data that are used in the test. Working from a null hypothesis, two basic forms of error are recognized: Type I errors (null hypothesis is falsely rejected giving a “false positive”) and Type II errors (null hypothesis fails to be rejected and an actual difference between populations is missed giving a “false negative”). Multiple problems have come to be associated with this framework: ranging from obtaining a sufficient sample size to specifying an adequate null hypothesis.

Measurement processes that generate statistical data are also subject to error. Many of these errors are classified as random (noise) or systematic (bias), but other types of errors (e.g., blunder, such as when an analyst reports incorrect units) can also be important. The presence of missing data or censoring may result in biased estimates and specific techniques have been developed to address these problems.

World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October. It was launched on 20 October 1996 by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and supported by the European Commission. Since 1997, the day has been organised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day. The day also marks the launch of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Since 1999 these campaigns have featured a specific theme.

Osteoporosis (“porous bones”, from Greek: οστούν/ostoun meaning “bone” and πόρος/poros meaning “pore”) is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. Osteoporosis is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a bone mineral density of 2.5 standard deviations or more below the mean peak bone mass (average of young, healthy adults) as measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry; the term “established osteoporosis” includes the presence of a fragility fracture. The disease may be classified as primary type 1, primary type 2, or secondary.

The form of osteoporosis most common in women after menopause is referred to as primary type 1 or postmenopausal osteoporosis. Primary type 2 osteoporosis or senile osteoporosis occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affect men and women equally. This form results from chronic predisposing medical problems or disease, or prolonged use of medications such as glucocorticoids, when the disease is called steroid- or glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.

The risk of osteoporosis fractures can be reduced with lifestyle changes and in those with previous osteoporosis related fractures, medications. Lifestyle change includes diet, exercise, and preventing falls. The utility of calcium and vitamin D is questionable in most. Bisphosphonates are useful in those with previous fractures from osteoporosis but are of minimal benefit in those who have osteoporosis but no previous fractures. Osteoporosis is a component of the frailty syndrome.