2016 Lincoln MKX Will Be First To Offer Revel Audio

The 2016 Lincoln MKX will be the first to offer Revel Audio. I first listened to the Revel audio elevated sound a couple months ago and fell in love with the quantum logic surround sound.

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With QuantumLogic, Lincoln owners use a touchscreen to select from three distinct listening modes: Traditional stereo,  Audience, for an intimate concert experience where the boundaries of the vehicle seemingly disappear  or On Stage, a 360-degree experience that puts listeners seemingly in the middle of the soundstage, arranging individual instruments and musical elements throughout the cabin.

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The Revel audio has a vivid sound.  The sound is very clear, smooth and feels like you are sitting in the front seat of an orchestra or on stage with a live band.  I’ve never experienced anything like it.  The next best thing to this type of quality audio is a very expensive and high-end home stereo.  However, 2016 Lincoln owners and their occupants will get the experience from the comfort of their vehicles.   I highly recommend the On Stage listening mode.

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Revel, HARMAN International’s most exclusive loudspeaker brand, worked with Lincoln engineers and designers to craft a 13-speaker Revel audio system and a 19- speaker Revel Ultima™ system for the all-new Lincoln MKX.   All 19 speakers are tailored uniquely for Lincoln MKX.   The audio system went through rigorous testing, including 100 listening tests to obtain listening status.

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The Science of Sound: Revel Audio

“‘Science of Sound’ means the placement, tuning, calibration and number of speakers are unique to each Lincoln model to ensure superior sound quality and audio accuracy,” Voecks said. According to Revel audio engineering team “It blends precision technology with the human element of psychoacoustics to deliver a rich experience.”

View the Science of Sound: Revel Audio video for more details:

It is great to see audio and science converge to create a memorable experience.

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Alex And Irina Bring Their Comedic Duo And 16 Poodles To Ringling Bros Circus XTREME

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME in Southern California.  The circus is guided by Ringmaster David Shipman and pushes the limits of excitement to feature over 100 artists and performers who redefine the word extreme in everything they do.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME in Southern California.  The circus is guided by Ringmaster David Shipman and pushes the limits of excitement to feature over 100 artists and performers who redefine the word extreme in everything they do.      The 145th edition has several unique acts including an Xtreme Sports display featuring Bungee Skydivers, BMX freestlyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack like gymnastic tricks and more.

The 145th edition has several unique acts including an Xtreme Sports display featuring Bungee Skydivers, BMX freestlyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack like gymnastic tricks, a Comedic Duo and mixed animal act and more.

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Alex & Irina “Dogs of the City” Interview

I interviewed  Irina of “Dogs of the City” Comedic Duo and Mixed Animal Act.  Alex and Irina have spent several years creating acts never before seen.  They are the first comedians to work with animals.  Their performances are full of comedy, animals, magic, tap dancing and dynamic athleticism.   Alex and Irina take the audience on an adventure to explore and discover the world of extreme circus through artistic acts and comedy.

Alex was born in Moscow in a working class family. His uncle was a circus clown and Alex was excited when he saw him make his actions. “It looked good and my eyes were open to the possibility of opportunities in the circus, “said Alex.    Soon after, Alex traveled to Ukraine to attend an elite professional circus school which  was hard and included several competitive students. He excelled and was invited to Nikulin Circus, where he impressed the director and was immediately hired as an artist.

Irina and her brother, were born in Moscow, are second-generation circus artists, and follow  in the footsteps of their famous father and animal trainer. “As a child, I wanted to have my own act” reflects Irina. While touring she admits, “I can not remain in one place for long; I think there is nomad animal in my blood. ”
Alex and Irina met while acting in circuses. She was performing her act with monkeys and Alex was a clown.   After several years traveling, Alex decided to pursue his own creative performance and was looking for an assistant. Alex and Irina have not been apart since then, 15 years ago.   Alex and his partner have been  recognized by fans and teammates with several awards.

Despite their success, Alex and Irina returned to Russia to create a new animal act.   They spent several years training poodle puppies. Once the act was complete, they performed with his family working with the Moscow State Circus. During this time, Alex, who understood the importance of acquiring new skills, studied at the Russian Academy and ended graduating with a degree in Circus Production.   The couple then decided to take their performance with 16 poodles to America.   The comedic acts has traveled around the world including Germany,  Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden and France.   Their passion for American culture and movies is so strong that they named their poodles after famous actors.  The youngest poodle is 3 years and the oldest is 7.

International award winning entertainers, performers and artists, Alex and Irina have 2 daughters, Alexandra and Valentina.   Their daughters are always with them and have a school and nursery that travels with them from city to city.  They also give their children as much as a normal life as possible in between shows by spending time as a family touring the city.   Her teenage daughter is 16 and wants to be a beauty and fashion blogger and  Youtube channel sensation.

“This is my life.  We love what we do.  We consider our dogs part of our family and want everyone to walk away from our performance happy and with a smile. “, says Irina.   Alex and Irina hope to have the same success in America as they have had in Russia.  Their international success is evident by their talent, passion and hard work and the desire for their daughter to follow in their footsteps in the field of entertainment.

 

Plan Your Trip

Ringling Bro and Barnum & Baily Circus is coming to a town near you.  Make sure to check out their website, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME for locations near you.  The circus is currently in California with shows in Los Angeles, Ontario, Anaheim and San Diego.

If you plan to attend the event, make sure to go to the Preview which starts about 1 hour before the event.  At the preview you can meet the performers and artists before the event and get autographs from your favorite entertainers.   Ringling Bros XTREME circus is unlike any circus performance you will ever see so make sure to get there early to enjoy the Pre Show festivities.   My favorite performers were Alex & Irina and their 16 poodles, Tabayara Maluenda a six-generation Chilean circus performer who knows how to build trust with tigers, the BMX bike riders, the Danguir Troupe and Mongolian Marvel.

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Current Locations & Ticket Prices

A N A H E I M
WHEN: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2
WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
**All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

SAN DIEGO
WHEN: Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9
WHERE: Valley View Casino – San Diego
**All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $25, $30, $42 (VIP), $70–$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row seating)
*Prices vary between weekday & weekend performances

See You At The Circus XTREME!

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Watching Ant-Man & Movie Review

Ant-Man will be in theaters today, July 17.  The movie is about a man who uses his strength and powerful suit to save the world.  However, Ant-man is more than just a man.  Ant-man has gone through a series of events that has brought him to a place where he needed to make a choice between continuing a life of crime and prison or a life of changing the world.

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It’s a great family movie. It is full of adventure, action and not predictable. The characters make this movie one of the best Marvel movies ever.  After watching Ant-Man you may realize that he is your favorite Marvel superhero yet!

10 FUN Facts You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie

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1. How Does The Ant-Man suit work?

The suit encapsulates the Pym Particle technology that allows a person to shrink down to the size of an ant. When the wearer wants to change size, he uses a button on the suit that regulates the Pym Particles, which run through the suit and helmet like an intricate system of veins. The particles are volatile and change the distance between atoms, so the suit and helmet serve as protection for the wearer. Although Ant-Man does not technically have super powers, when he shrinks down in the suit, he actually exceeds the strength of a normal person because energy and mass compacted create a more powerful force.

2. How was the Ant-man costume made? How many Ant-Man costumes are there?

Costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ and head suit designer Ivo Coveney, along with their talented team of artists, constructed 13 Ant-Man suits, 17 helmets, 17 belts, 8 pairs of gloves, 15 backpacks, 6 pairs of shoes, 15 balaclavas and 14 necklaces that go on the balaclava.

The Ant-Man suit is made of leather and resembles a vintage motorcycle suit. It has a worn look and is battle-scarred to harken back to when Hank Pym was AntMan and wore the suit on missions.

Each Ant-Man helmet has 54 different pieces to it as well as 10 LED lights. If you add in the nuts and bolts and the helmet lining, it’s over 60 individual components just for each helmet.

In each Ant-Man suit there are over 159 LED lights, which are controlled remotely. All the circuitry and batteries for the lights are in a very small backpack. The whole suit can light up, including the gloves and belt.

3.  Is the Yellowjacket costume suit as elaborate as Ant-Man’s suit? 

In the movie, the villain’s heavily armored Yellowjacket suit can withstand bullets and has articulating arms that can shoot plasma rays, plus it incorporates sensors and infrared vision. Like the Ant-Man suit, the Yellowjacket suit has the shrinking technology built in.

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4. How did they make scaled-down Ant-Man scenes.

For the scaled-down Ant-Man sequences, the filmmakers used a combination of motion-picture macro photography, still macro photography, motion capture with the actors, motion capture with the stunt people, and for every set they built miniature sets, called macro sets. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography that produces photographs of small items larger than life-size.

In the spirit of shooting everything in miniature, the macro photography team built a mini clapperboard, the device filmmakers use to help synchronize picture and sound. Originally made of wood and handwritten on with chalk, clapperboards now have digital features, but the one for the macro sets was of the old-fashioned variety.

5. How did Marvel know how ants behave?

Marvel did a lot of research into ant behaviors and what the different species of ants could bring to the movie in terms of what filmmakers needed for the heist. For instance, the Paraponera clavata or bullet ants have a very painful sting and resemble dinosaurs in the movie; the Solenopsis or fire ants are like architects as they can link together and form bridges and rafts to help Ant-Man; and the male Camponotus carpenter ants can fly, providing Ant-Man with a helpful mode of transportation.

Director Peyton Reed also got into ant research and was helped out by his mother who sent him a book he had as a kid titled “World of Insects,” which featured an ant on the cover. Reed enjoyed catching up with his inner child as he leafed through the old book.

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6.  Was the entire movie filmed in San Francisco?

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is set in San Francisco and many exterior shots were done there, including shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Tenderloin District and the exterior of a Victorian home used to portray Hank Pym’s house. Following San Francisco, the production settled into Pinewood Studios’ newly built facilities in Atlanta and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” became the very first movie to film there. The interiors of Hank Pym’s house where the first sets that the production design team constructed on the new soundstages.

7.  Where did they come up with the van?

In the film, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has a best friend Luis (Michael Peña) who owns an old brown van that has seen better days. The van keeps changing its appearance through the course of the story, and the different versions were dubbed the Mark 1, the Mark 2 and the Mark 3, in a tongue-in-cheek nod to the Iron Man suits. The Mark 1 is the old brown van that Luis is really proud of, but in reality it is a “beater.” The Mark 2 is accessorized for a job by the thieves and boasts things like bigger mirrors, so they can see who is coming and going, and side boards for fast ins and outs. The Mark 3 is geared up for the Pym Tech heist and is painted and accessorized to look like a Water & Power utility vehicle.

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8. Does the Pym home have a safe room, little furniture and everyday items?

When you watch Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” look closely at some of the set dressing in Hank Pym’s house. You’ll see a little chair or a tiny weapon or other miniature everyday items. There are items placed all around the house that hint at the adventures Pym had when he was Ant-Man and suggest the experiments that he made shrinking inorganic objects before he made the breakthrough to shrinking organic objects.

The Basement set in the movie features a safe room where Pym conducts his experiments. It was built like a corrugated metal tube to resemble a bomb shelter and contains an old vault that secures the Ant-Man suit.

9. Was there a live Ant farm on set?

The Basement set is also home to a vertical ant farm that the production design team created. It actually houses live ants that went happily about their daily tasks oblivious to the filming around them.

 

10.  Was the Director, Peyton Reed an ardent Marvel Fanboy?

Growing up, director Peyton Reed was an ardent Marvel fanboy. When he was in high school, Reed made a pencil drawing of the punk band he was in, in which he depicted the band as a recreation of “The Avengers #1” cover, where each of the band members was a different Avenger. Perhaps it was a flash of precognition, but Reed drew himself as Ant-Man.

 

 

TOP 2015 ESPYs Quotes And FULL List of HONOREES & WINNERS

Did you miss the 2015 ESPYs?   No worries, we have you covered with the TOP 2015 ESPYs Quotes And FULL List of HONOREES & WINNERS.  The ESPYs celebrates individual and team athletic achievement and other sport-related performance during the year preceding the annual ceremony.

 

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Top ESPY Quotes

“”I’m truly blessed to be able to play the game of football, and I humbly accept this award” – Peyton Manning accepting Best Record Award

“Not all of us are Pat Tillman, but we can find ways to serve our community. Ask yourself what’s my purpose, what’s my passion, how can I live as a full human being. We can all find a purpose on this Earth larger than ourselves.” – US Army Veteran Danielle Green” accepting Pat Tillman Award for Service

“Second place got me this” ‬- Lebron James accepting Championship Performance Award

“I’d like to thank God for surrounding me with the people we needed to make it through last year. For every child out there that’s battling cancer.  You all are the real heroes.  You all never give up.  I am here today to let you all know, as long as I have this platform I’m going to continue to fight for you all” – Devon Still accepting  Jimmy V. Perseverance Award On Behalf Of His Daughter Leah

“In retirement I’ve come to realize being a part of the larger world of sports is a gift and an honor” – Derek Jeter accepting Icon Award

“I always thought that I got my courage and my determination from my dad. He landed on Omaha Beach and fought all the way through World War II. But you know what I’m thinking now, Mom, is that I got all these qualities from you. I love you very much. I’m so glad you’re here to share this with me.  If someone wanted to bully me, well, you know what? I was the MVP of the football team. That wasn’t going to be a problem. And the same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there who are coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.  It’s not just about one person, it’s about thousands of people. It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different.  That’s not a bad thing, that’s a good thing and while it may not be easy to get past the things you do not understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” – Caitlyn Jenner accepting Arthur Ashe Courage Award

 

FULL List of HONOREES & WINNERS

Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Caitlyn Jenner

Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance
Leah Still

Best Moment Award
Lauren Hill

Pat Tillman Award for Service
Danielle Green

Icon Award
Derek Jeter

Best Male Athlete, Best NBA Player
League MVP and Warriors star Stephen Curry

Best Male College Athlete
Ex-Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota

Best Female College Athlete
Berkeley swimmer Missy Franklin

Best Fighter
UFC champion Ronda Rousey

Best Comeback Athlete
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

Best MLB Player 
American League MVP and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout

Best NFL Player
League MVP and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Best NHL Player
Jonathan Toews of the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks

Best Male Golfer
Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth

Best Female Golfer
Lydia Ko

Best Male Tennis Player
Novak Djokovic

Best Female Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Best WNBA Player
Skylar Diggins

Best Jockey
Espinoza, who won the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah

Best International Athlete 
FC Barcelona Forward Lionel Messi

Best Game 
New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

Best Coach 
Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors

Best Play 
Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch

Best Upset
Mississippi vs Alabama

Best Driver
Kevin Harvick

Best Bowler
Jason Belmonte

Best MLS Player
Ireland’s Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy

Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Motocross racer Ryan Dungey

Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Snowboarder Kelly Clark

Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Paralympic cyclist Krige Schabort

Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Paralympic swimmer Becca Meyers

Ant Man Cast Talks Ants, Kids & WomanKind

I recently attended a press conference with the cast of Ant Man.   Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Ant-Man has the ability to shrink and increase at a drop of a dime and uses his powers to protect the world from threats.  Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.  Ant-Man will be released in theaters on July 17.

 

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Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

 

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Ant-Man Cast Interviews Q &A

Question: What was it about the character of Ant-Man that you thought he would be an excellent addition to the MCU?

KEVIN FEIGE: Ant-Man in the comics is a founding member of the Avengers. I’ve said that we have a big, giant poster of Avengers #1 that has been in all of the various offices we’ve had over the years, and I love looking at that and checking off, yeah, that person’s been in a movie now, we’ve made a movie about that person, made a movie about that person.

Ant-Man and Wasp were the two that had been the longest that we haven’t done anything with, so it was always clear that we were going to assemble all the Avengers eventually. It also was interesting to do a movie, now that you’ve seen it, and I think most of you in this room have seen it, that plays with scale and that plays with action in a very different way than we’ve ever done before, and as I’m sure you all have heard me say many, many times, I like it when all of our films are unique and all of them are different, and all of them can surprise people. Now, this is our 12th film in the Marvel cinematic universe, so it felt time to do something even more unique and even more different, which I think these people have.

 

Question: How did you prepare the role? Did you go back to the source material? Was it all in the script? Were you a fan of the character before?

PAUL RUDD: Growing up, I really didn’t know the character, and I did – before we ever started shooting, read the comics, tried to do a little bit of research, and then just get into the mindset as much as possible. There was also all of the physical stuff that I wanted to kind of throw myself into, to feel as if I could play the part and not only be convincing but just help me feel the part more.

DAVID DASTMALCHIAN: Did you enjoy being ripped?

PAUL RUDD: I enjoyed being able to do shoulder rolls and kind of flips for the first time.

 

Question:  Funny thing that your 9 year old thought that you weren’t that cool when you said that you’re going to play Ant-Man. Has he seen it yet and has that been redeemed?

PAUL RUDD:  There was nothing to redeem. The one thing I was – ‘cause I have been asked about this, my kid more than anything likes to make me laugh, so when I told him that, even at 9 years old, he has such a funny sense of humor, that’s what he said, but this is the first time, it’s the first thing I’ve ever done, ever, that he is like legitimately jazzed about. He can see it, his friends know about it, and we were at Disneyland like two days ago and they have kind of a sneak preview, the Ant-Man event that’s there, and we went there and I was sitting next to him, and to see like as a parent the look on my kid’s face when he’s watching this – and I’ll never forget, it’s like as soon as it ended he just looked at me. He’s like, “That’s awesome!” And every time a commercial is on, he’s like, “Dad, Dad, Dad!” And he’s so excited and like I’ve never experienced that, and so it’s so cool to be able to share this with my own family, and especially my son.

 

Question: When you say it’s about damn time, I wonder if you feel you’re speaking for all womankind getting their super moment.

EVANGELINE LILLY: Amen and touché, sister. I think that there is a lot of excitement in the focus groups that we’ve seen already, with the female audiences, about this character in general, and about the fact that Marvel are really, really taking female characters very seriously and looking at their lineup you can see that they have great intentions. And as a woman who came into a predominantly male film, I had a great time working with Peyton and with the producers, on this character, because I could see a hunger in them to really, really do right by Hope, and do right by their female fans and the female audience. And you know, when I pick a role, one of the things that I aspire to is that somebody’s parent will come up to me after the film has come out and say, “My daughter idealizes that character. You’re her hero.” And that’s what we aim for, especially in this brand, right? We’re in the business of making heroes.

 

Question: Mr. Douglas, I wanted to ask you, Paul talked a little bit – way over here on this side.  Paul talked about being a hero for his kids, now being Ant-Man. And I was just wondering for you, did this kind of boost your stature with your own kids?

MICHAEL DOUGLAS: My 14 year old’s reaction was like an agent. He said, “You know, Dad, this could be a whole new audience for you.” So I took that to heart and here I am.

 

Question: The film is thoroughly enjoyable and really funny. Michael Pena, you had a lot to do with it, you were hillarious – was all that on the page or did you bring some of the –

 

MICHAEL PENA: Yeah, I basically wouldn’t shut up. You know, Peyton and Paul, they were fantastic. No, literally, the first day of shooting I was like scared out of my pants, ‘cause I’m like, you know, I’d been reading Marvel comics, like, you know, like there’s a thing with Marvel like where they do, like, you know, for like there’s a one stage, you know, for my kid that was one years old, and then all of a sudden like it gets more sophisticated as time goes on. And so my son is like, “Don’t mess this up there, Da.” And so I was like thoroughly really nervous ‘cause like I want to be the cool dad, but like it was really loose on set and it was actually like, you know, ‘cause I was a nervous wreck, and Paul, he’s like, “You know, just do what you want, man. Let’s do things. Let’s do things. Let’s explore and let’s have fun.” And like, and after the first week, it got to be a lot of fun so like when it’s too much fun you don’t know what kind of movie it was. Thank god, you know, Peyton, you did all right.

 

Question:  The movie features some incredible unique action sequences that are definitely different than most films, especially all the Marvel film, because you’re dealing with ant-sized environment. Besides the ants being definitely a big challenge, what was the other challenge with dealing with the smaller environment, and then real quick, also for Paul, is Kansas City going to win the World Series?

PEYTON REED: In terms of the shrinking, you know, I went back and watched all the shrinking movies. There’s a long cinematic history of shrinking: Incredible Shrinking Man, Incredible Shrinking Woman, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, of course, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Preshow at Disney. No one? Innerspace. All of them. But you know, we were making sort of what would be the definitive shrinking movie of 2015 and the sort of drum I kept banging was it’s got to look photorealistic. We can’t have a movie where, you know, when you’re in the normal world, it’s realistic and when you go down it feels like an animated movie. It had to look photorealistic. And [PH] Jake Morrison who is our visual effects supervisor we spent a lot of time together and talked about how we were going to achieve it and how we were going to shoot it, and you know, what lenses we used, what does the world look and sound like when you’re down there? You know, when you see dust particles floating around, how does the light play? And I’m really, really happy with where we ended up because, you know, in a movie like Ant-Man it’s got to look real. And that applied to the ants, too. I mean, that was really one of the challenges is creating ants that looked photoreal, but also giving them some real character and particularly in the case of Antony. Pena, I know you’re happy with that shout out.

EVANGELINE LILLY: Can I add to that question? I’m wondering – you said photorealism – what about sound realism? How do you know what ants sound like?

PEYTON REED: Well, this is great. You know, we did a Dolby Atmos mix because we really wanted, like when we shrink down [OVERLAPPING] – when we shrink down, you know, you want to really immerse the audience in this, and you know, sound becomes even more immersive and it surrounds you when you’re small. I know, I’ve been there. But you know, we also really had to sort of create kind of a ant language and it was important particularly in that bond with Antony and with Scott Lang, to have a sound, and so, you know, [INDISCERNIBLE] the geniuses at Skywalker Sound, you know, we started auditioning and combining these sounds and they kind of came up with a language. I don’t know if there’s an actual specific language that you can decode but please, try.

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For additional details connect with Ant-Man  like ANT-MAN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antmanFollow ANT-MAN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/antman or visit the official ANT-MAN site: http://marvel.com/antman 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursuing A Career in Information Technology

The most important quality needed in pursuing a career in technology is passion. You need to have passion for information, how technology works within an organization, and how you can use information and technology in the real world. You also need to have enthusiasm for learning, attention to detail and a desire to use your technical and analytical skills to help you grow in your career.

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There are several Information Technology (IT) careers that can be pursued with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, including Engineer, Database Administrator, Network Engineer, and Security Engineer. There are also several paths to obtaining skills in IT fields, including industry certifications, college certificate programs, or degree programs: all of which can be completed on college campuses or online.

 

Career Opportunities

 

IT Engineer

An IT Engineer designs, installs, and manages business critical systems to ensure the operation of computer systems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The IT Engineer maintains existing systems, monitors system performance, designs system architecture, and implements infrastructure upgrades to ensure optimal business operation. An IT Engineer also uses programming skills to automate processes and procedures in large-scale environments.

 

IT Database Administrator

A database is a tool for collecting and storing large amounts of data and can be accessed securely in various ways. A database administrator (DBA) is an IT professional who is responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining the security of databases in an organization. They also maintain database security, implement upgrades, manage performance, and plan for capacity. The amount of data maintained in a database can be as small as several hundred gigabytes to as large as a petabyte of storage.

 

IT Network Engineer

An IT Network Engineer designs, installs, and manages switches, routers, and networks to ensure system connectivity. The Network Engineer also maintains existing networks, monitors network traffic performance, and implements infrastructure upgrades to ensure optimal business operation.

 

IT Security Engineer

Businesses need technology professionals to help protect company assets as well as run secure networks in today’s global business environment. An IT Security Engineer specializes in protecting the organization from security vulnerabilities by designing, installing, and managing secure systems. This protects the business from hackers, security breaches, viruses, and phishing. As an IT Security Engineer you protect company assets and manage compliance with security protocols. It is one of the most important roles in an organization with job growth potential.

Information technology professionals work closely with all departments within an organization. They understand operations, processes, and procedures within all departments and can effectively communicate problems and resolutions. In small to medium-size organizations, an IT professional may take on multiple roles. In larger corporations, an IT professional may have a more focused role in order to manage larger scale systems more effectively.

 

Paths to Obtaining Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

 

The next step in pursuing your career is deciding what path you would like to take to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. As a professional working full-time you have several options, including attending on-campus classes, studying online, or both. Learning IT online makes a lot of sense because you have the opportunity to pursue your career goals and work full-time. While working full-time, you also have the ability to move within an organization to other departments as your education and passion for the job grows.

Whether you are working for a small software development business, a medium-sized healthcare organization, or in a large telecommunications corporation, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology can prepare you for a rewarding job and successful career!

 

I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed this program and other important information, please visit, http://www.phoenix.edu/programs/degree-programs/technology/bachelors/bsit.html.

 

SoCal Summer Guide – Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July Celebrations are the perfect events to get together with family to bond and celebrate our nations freedom and federal holiday, Independence Day.   The Fourth of July is also the most popular day for grilling across the country with Memorial Day in second place.  According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, more than 14,000 firework displays will brighten  the skies of the country on the Fourth of July.

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Our perfect Fourth of July event kicks off with the parade and local Fourth of July festivities.  If you are planning a similar day, we recommend that you head out to the fourth of July fireworks destination immediately following your local parade to allow enough time to find the perfect spot and celebrate with family prior to the fireworks.

Make sure to prepare food, water and lots of sweaters as the day will get cooler towards the evening.

Here is a list of our favorite places to check out the fireworks and have a safe & great time.  Whether you are planning a traditional day at the park or looking for a fun day under the stars with lots of activities our Fourth of July event guide has everything you need.

 

4th Of July Celebrations In Southern California

 

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Big Bear  –   Big Bear Lake’s Fireworks Spectacular starts and will explode at 7,000′ reflecting its shower of brilliance over Big Bear Lake on Friday, July 4th at 8:45pm.  Big Bear Lake Fourth of July celebrations has abundance of events, recreation and activities.

Canyon Lake –  Skipper’s Island. Fireworks at 9pm.

CarlsbadRED, WHITE and BOOM spectacular fireworks at Legoland.  Don’t miss Fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute beginning at 8:30 p.m. with great viewing in designated locations throughout the Park. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can enjoy live musical performances and participate in all-American family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, family build challenge and LEGO Hamburger relay.  Purchase tickets at Legoland.

ChinoPLEASE NOTE: Event is on July 3. Join the City of Chino for a fun-filled fourth of July Spectacular in Chino on July 3 with family and friends.  This year’s festivities will kick off at 3pm with carnival rides, games, food, music, and fun activities for the whole family.  Help honor Chino’s Service men and women at 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy a live performance by the band “Ravelers” at 7:30 pm; a spectacular fireworks show will signal the end of the evening at 9:00 pm

Chula Vista –  Various City of Chula Vista Fourth of July events throughout the day.  To see the fireworks attend the Port of San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom Fireworks. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North and South Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.

City of Orange -PLEASE NOTE: Event is on July 3.    3rd of July Celebration at Modena High School  include games, entertainment, food from local non-profits and musical performances and fireworks show.  Tickets are $7 per person.

Claremont –  The City of Claremont’s Fourth of July Celebration culminates with an fireworks show and a live concert featuring Classic Rock band – The Answer!  The City of Claremont’s fireworks show has developed over the years and has become one of the biggest and best shows in all of Los Angeles County! The 20+ minute show is fully synchronized to music and electronically fired.  The Concert is presented by the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont.  Check link for ticket details.

Coronado –   My family attended the City of Coronado Glorietta Bay fireworks every year during my childhood.  It’s a spectacular event.  Fireworks start at 9pm.   There is other activities including a parade, 5k run/walk, Coast Guard demonstration and more.

Del Mar  – Del Mar Fairgrounds Fourth of July Spectacular starts at 9pm.   There will also be lots of rides, food, Hometown heroes parade and Navy band performance.

Fontana – After a couple years off, the Fourth of July festivities at Fontana High school are back.   The main stage entertainment starts at 5pm.  Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers and dance the night away with your family.  Tickets are $4 per person. Check link for ticket details.

Hollywood – Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson at the Hollywood bowl.  Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.

Lake Arrowhead – Lake Arrowhead Lake 9pm.

Lake Elsinore – Patriotic Parade of Lights followed by  Fireworks in Lake Elsinore.  Boaters may purchase tickets for $10 to view fireworks on the lake.

Long BeachAquarium of the Pacific  Fourth of July BBQ.  You can view Queen Mary Fireworks from Aquarium of the Pacific.

MenifeeCelebrating Independence Day in Menifee on June 27 at Wheatfield Park.   Check the local events for Riverside or Temecula for celebrations on July 3 or July 4.

Moreno Valley  – The parade starts at 10:30am-12pm.  City of Moreno Family Fest kicks off at 2pm at Morrison Park.  Fireworks start at 9pm.

Murrieta – There are no Fourth of July events planned.  Check the local events for Temecula.

Pasadena – Rose Bowl.  Purchase tickets.

Perris – The City of Perris will host their Fourth of July festivities at the Auto Speedway in Perris.  The event is free to residents.  Event starts at 3pm.  Fireworks start at 9pm.  Event FREE to Perris residents.

Redlands – The City of Redlands will celebrate the Fourth of July festivities at Sylvan Park.  Parade starts at 10:30.  The University of Redlands will host the annual fireworks extravaganza with a live show and entertainment. Fireworks start at 9pm.

San Diego –  Port of San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom Fireworks. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North and South Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.

San Diego – Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks at Sea World.

San Ysidro – City of San Ysidro presents Fireworks at Larsen Field at Cesar Chavez Park.  3-10pm

Riverside –  The Fourth of July aerial fireworks show will be celebrated at La Sierra Park Fireworks.

Temecula – The City of Temecula Fireworks spectacular kicks off when the park opens at 9am and Fourth of July Festivities start at 2pm.  The fireworks start at 9pm sharp.  Music broadcasted on KATY 101.3.  There will be a lot of Food Vendors and Kids Fun Zone.  Handicap parking is limited and first come, first serve.  Arrive early to secure a parking spot.

VictorvilleSan Bernardino Fairgrounds Fireworks start at 9pm.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Watching INSIDE OUT and Movie Review

I attended a private screening of Inside Out movie and interviewed the cast.  Inside Out will be released in theaters today, June 19th.  Before you head out to theaters make sure you have the inside scoop and familiarize yourself with the movie cast and plot, the cast of characters, the emotions characteristics and FUN Facts.  We’ll also provide our thoughts on the movie without spoiling the ending and give you insider tips for a better movie experience.

Inside Out Movie Plot And Cast

Inside Out was inspired by Peter Docter’s daughter Ellie.  As she was growing up Docter was trying to figure out what she was thinking.    She was high spirited and spunky little girl.  Then suddenly in her tweens Ellie had become quiet and withdrawn and it made Docter wonder, ‘what’s going on in her head and why is she changing?’”

You should also read:  Interviews With Filmmakers and Cast of INSIDE OUT – Top Inside Out Secrets

INSIDE OUT

We can all related to a time in our youth and even in adulthood when life happens and our our emotions change.  Inside Out gives us a look into the transformation, navigation and outcome of emotions.

Inside Out Cast

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out movie takes us inside the mind of Riley, a twelve year old girl who is guided by her emotions – Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  For additional details read Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie .

 

The Characteristics of Inside Out Emotions

Although there are over one million emotions we can go through in our lifetime as humans, Inside Out focuses on the  five most important emotions and how they interact with each other to help Riley navigate through life changes:

Joy—bounces and glows (literally), overflowing with optimism—to tackle the ever-complicated task of raising Riley—metaphorically—along with four other emotions who contribute their own unique perspectives.  Fear is in charge of safety, Anger ensures that all is fair  Disgust prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially.  Sadness isn’t sure what her role is, and her efforts to get more involved in Riley’s life are not exactly welcomed by Joy. “Joy has been there the longest—Riley was born happy,” says Rivera. “But the cross-country move is really upsetting and Joy finds that she’s getting less and less time at the wheel, so to speak. She just can’t let Sadness mess up all the hard work she’s done over the years.”

The relationship between Joy and Sadness forms the root of the story, and when they’re inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—Imagination Land the rest of the emotions must help her navigate life changes.

Inside Out FUN Facts

Movie Review

I get inspired by Disney’s ability to keep reinventing awesome!  This movie is just awesome and unlike any other movie  I have ever seen from Disney Pixar.  Words can’t describe the emotions that I went thru when I watched the movie.  It was a magical experience being transformed into the mind of a twelve year old.  We got to know the emotions inside and out, in the mind of a twelve year old and also got to know a lot about our own emotions at the same time.   Imagine being left without joy or sadness and only having anger, fear and disgust to get through your life?  I’m sure we’ve all gone through this emotional roller coaster ourselves or are currently experiencing it with our strong willed children or just by navigating life changes.

The character that I identified the most with is Joy.  I am always optimistic and even when I am sad I find a way to be positive and tackle life with an open heart like a ray of sunlight.    After watching this movie you will a little emotional and  find out how all the emotions play a role in life changes including your own.   You’ll also want to buy a fast pass to get in front of the line to watch this movie over again and again.

Inside Out Movie Review

FUN Facts

The movie pays tribute to Walt Disney and Disney Pixar movies such as Toy Story, Married Life and Up.  Pay very close attention and see if you can spot these FUN Facts in the scenes:

  • PICTURE THIS – The background memories on shelves inside or outside of Headquarters are shots from the “Married Life” scene in “Up.”   Can you picture this?
  • ROAD TRIP – As Riley and her parents trek to San Francisco on their road trip, they come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film “For the Birds.”
  • GLOBAL DÉCOR – Does the globe in Riley’s room look familiar? The globe in the Riley’s classroom has been used in all the “Toy Story” films.
  • FAMILIAR FASHION – One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of “Toy Story” characters.
  • STUCK ON YOU – Some of the background city cars of San Francisco have bumper stickers from “Cars.”
  • TECH SAVVY – Dad’s company, Brang, is a nonsense word intended to sound like a startup that would fit in in the San Francisco tech scene.
  • SIGN HERE – A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, “Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.”
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION – As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.

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Inside OUT Movie Insider Tips

Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss LAVA, the short film at the beginning of the movie.  LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. The volcano, Uku is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.  The short film was created by Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren.  Bring some tissue.   Also, stay after the movie ends to enjoy some silly scenes that may or may not have been left out of the movie.

Inside Out Trailers

 

To connect with INSIDE OUT on Twitter, Facebook Instagram, get additional insider information, watch emotional videos  or just get angry visit INSIDE OUT Movie Headquarters.  If you would like to receive our insider discounts, travel guides, entertainment and movie reviews make sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

 

Question:  Are you going to see Inside Out?  If you have seen the movie, what character do you identify with the most?

Advance Your Career with STEM Education

My love of technology has inspired a lifetime career in STEM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To be successful in a career in STEM you need to have a desire to work in these fields. One of the myths about a career in STEM is that you need to be an engineer, a nerd or a geek. STEM professionals come from all walks of life. It is our passion for the work we do that keeps us interested in learning and growing in STEM careers.

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A successful career in STEM requires teamwork and analytical skills. STEM graduates have many different job titles such as a Project Manager, Systems Analyst, Systems Architect, IT Manager, IT Support Manager, IT Trainers as well as Accounting and HR positions. STEM education provides long-term careers that offer opportunities for innovation and job growth

Regardless of the STEM major you choose, you need to consider your personal interests and the skills needed to succeed in a career path in STEM. There are several questions you need to ask yourself, specifically: What are your personal interests? Do technology trends excite you? Do you have analytical skills? Are you a critical thinker? Do you enjoy science or engineering? Do numbers appeal to you? Are you passionate about technology trends? Are you interested in taking a role in innovating future technology trends in your community? The answers to these questions will help you identify your personal interests, abilities and work values in order to know the potential STEM jobs you might want to explore. Most importantly, you need to expose yourself to STEM subjects by participating in programs that prepare you for a career in innovation

STEM careers are vital to the growth of the global economy and to helping maintain an innovative future. For Latinos to succeed in STEM they need a degree in Information Technology or another STEM field and several essential skills. These include excellent communication skills, decision-making skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills and technical skills. You need these skills because you need to be able to work well in a team, write detailed reports with your findings and recommendations and analyze data. You also need to provide solutions to problems. If you are bilingual in English and Spanish, this skill set may also work to your advantage when seeking career opportunities.

As Latinos, it’s important for us to help shape the future of innovation. Even if you currently have a career, you can still pursue your passion through an education in STEM. I would like to see more Latinos developing innovative applications, playing a role in making existing tech products better and leading large technology projects. The STEM fields are adding jobs every day and I want to see more Latinos preparing themselves to enter these fields with confidence. A career in STEM will enable you to pursue a range of interests that make a difference in innovation and enable you to live a well-balanced life.

I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Things To Do With Dad In Southern California

Father’s Day is a time where we honor our father’s and husbands for being wonderful dads.  In Southern California there are a lot of fun things to do with dad, including classic car shows, parks, fishing and dining.   We compiled this list as a reference for things to do with dad.  In honor of dad, we’ll update this list periodically throughout the year.

 

Celebrating Cars With Dad

  • Annual Father’s Day Car Show:  (Murrieta, CA) Father’s Day Cal Oaks Sports Park in Murrieta, CA.  6:30am-2pm.  There will be over 300 classic and specialty vehicles as well as food and business vendors.  40 Trophies will be awarded to ‘Dads Top 40′ vehicles of the show in addition to ‘Mayors Choice’ and ‘Best in Show.’ The vehicle that wins the Best in Show will be featured on all of next years promotional material.   If you have never been, you need to check it out!
  • Concours d’Elegance Beverly Hills Luxury Car Show: (Beverly Hills, CA) The Rodeo Drive Committee, in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, presents the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance every year on Father’s Day. Each year a theme is selected to feature the superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment. This year’s selected theme is “Highways to Heaven” to honor Route 66, Autobahn and Autostrade. Tip Courtesy of The Beverly Hills Mom.
  • Autoclub Speedway (Fontana, CA):  The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana has several fun events throughout the year including the Auto Club 400 and upcoming Historic Sports Car Festival to celebrate Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary.  You can also get dad a gift for a Nascar race car driving experience. Vroooom!

 

Dining With Dad

  • Mariposa’s Temecula:  (Temecula, CA & San Diego, CA) Want to make dad smile?  Take him to Mariposa’s in Temecula!  The family owned ice cream joint showcases homemade ice cream in various flavors.  The menu changes several times throughout the year.  The ice cream recipes have been passed down for several generations for ice cream enthusiasts to enjoy for years to come.  While you are there, make sure to check out the sports collectibles and autographed photos.  Word around town is that famous people visit this place!  Address: 29073 Overland Drive, Suite C, Temecula, California  Address:  3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Mad Madeline’s Grill in Old Town Temecula (Temecula, CA):  Old Town Temecula has several historical places and small town charm.  Visit Old town with dad and enjoy a hamburger at Mad Madeline’s Grill and walk throughout the historic district with dad.  You will be sure to spot a classic cars or cool motorcylces during your stroll with dad. Address: 8495 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590
  • Al’s Beef (Chino, CA & Alhambra, CA):  Al’s Beef serves the best Chicago Beef sandwiches and cheese fries.  If your dad is from Chicago or the East Coast he is going to love this place.   We love it, so make sure to take dad there too!

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Fishing, Hiking and Boating With Dad

  • Lake Cuyamaca (Julian, CA): Visit Lake Cuyamaca with dad for boating, fishing, camping and bird watching.
  • Lake Perris (Perris, CA):  Visit Lake Perris with dad for a walk, boat ride, picnic, horseback riding or to go fishing!
  • Santa Rosa Plateau (Murrieta, CA):   Take dad on a hiking trip at Santa Rosa Plateau. There are several walking trails, biking trails and hiking trails for all levels of nature enthusiasts.
  • Lake Skinner (Winchester, CA):  With 1400 acres of water supplied by the Colorado river and 241 campgrounds, Lake Skinner is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.  There is several recreational facilities including bird watching, fishing and picnic areas.  The park also offers a newly installed splash pad and camp store.

Roadtrip With Dad

  • Riley’s Farms (Oak Glen, CA):  Oak Glen is famous for its apple orchards and ranches.  Plan a trip with dad to pick apples and visit the local area.  One of our favorite places is Riley’s Farms for its colonial atmosphere. You can explore colonial farm life, visit a living colonial farm and participate in a reenactment of the revolutionary war.   Riley’s farm also serves the best chicken pot pie in Inland Empire.

 

 

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