In the News: The Oscars

The 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony took place last weekend and the media is still abuzz with Oscars gossip. Whether you’re a film buff, fashionista or history lover, the Oscars has something for everyone. Learn more about the 84th annual Academy Awards and the history of the Oscars.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
http://www.oscars.org/ (find it on the ipl2)
The official site of the Academy outlines the history and purpose of this professional organization. Links on the “Academy Awards” page detail the history of the awards and the voting process. An interactive “Oscar Legacy” page allows you to click on every year dating back to the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 for facts, photos and video clips. “Research & Preservation” links include a searchable Academy Awards database that includes all nominees and winners past and present and an acceptance speech database with full transcripts.

The 84th Academy Awards
http://oscar.go.com/ (find it on the ipl2)
The Academy’s official Awards page caters to fans who want the most current information about the Oscars. It lists all of the 2012 nominees and winners, includes photo galleries of the red carpet and after parties, and clusters celebrity tweets, blogs and videos.

NEW! Filmsite’s Academy Awards
http://www.filmsite.org/oscars.html
AMC’s Filmsite by Tim Dirks is “an award-winning website for classic film buffs, students, moviegoers and anyone else interested in the great movies of the last century.” This Oscars page includes a brief background on the Academy Awards and links to Academy Awards history by decade and year, major awards by category, trivia, movie posters and more. It’s a great site for statistics buffs.

NEW! Every Host in the History of the Oscars
http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/every-host-in-the-history-of-the-oscars
BuzzFeed provides popular information that internet users want to know, including this list of Oscars hosts from 1929-2011. Most Oscars sites omit this information. BuzzFeed’s list includes photos of every host and illuminates years with multiple hosts, no hosts, and cartoon hosts.

NEW! All About Oscar
http://www.britannica.com/oscar/
This reliable Oscars site from Encyclopedia Britannica is very clearly organized and simply presented. It lists winners chronologically by major category, has a photo gallery that includes most years in the history of the Oscars and links to other Oscar-related sites. Write-ups on winners include movie synopses and interesting trivia.

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In the News: Ash Wednesday and Lent

Understanding the Dates & Practices of Lent

For Christians of all traditions, the most important holy days of the year are Christmas and Easter, yet each day is part of a much larger “holy season.”  Christmas is preceded by four weeks of the “Advent” season; Easter is preceded by six and half weeks of “Lent.”  Lent begins with “Ash Wednesday,” which is 46 days before Easter.  Traditionally, Christians use the 40 weekdays between Ash Wednesday and Easter as a time of introspection and self-reflection.  Christians often engage in some sort of self-denial during this period (the practice of “giving something up for Lent”) and engage in celebration and feasting on the six Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  Christians around the world celebrate Christmas and Advent at the same time, but the Christian traditions engage in their Lenten practices at slightly different times.  In 2012, Lent runs from Feb. 22 to April 8 for Roman Catholics and Protestants.  For Christians in the Orthodox tradition, Lent runs from Feb. 29 to April 15.  You can learn about distinctive Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Lenten practices by visiting the sites below.

Calculating the Dates of Lent

Because the dates of Lent are based on a lunar calendar rather than a solar calendar, the specific date of Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, varies from year to year.  Additionally, Western Christians (Catholics and Protestants) celebrate Lent at a different time than do Eastern Christians (the Orthodox churches).

 NEW! Naval Oceanography Portal – Western dates for Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter

http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/data-services/easter-calc/

Since 1583, Catholics and Protestants have celebrated Lent based on calculations determined by the Gregorian calendar. All dates for Lent from 1583 to 9999 are available on this site.

timeanddate – Eastern dates for Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/orthodox-easter-day

The Orthodox Churches celebrate Lent based on calculations determined by the Julian calendar. Recent and upcoming dates for Orthodox Lent are available on this site.

Ash Wednesday as a Lenten Practice

The four most important dates within Lent are Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter), Good Friday (the traditional date of Jesus’ crucifixion on the Friday before Easter) and Easter (the final day of Lent when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus).  The only one of these days which ever falls in February is Ash Wednesday, a day which many Christians celebrate by burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations and then using those ashes to draw a blackened cross on their foreheads.  (The ashen cross is symbolic of repentance and remorse for sin and evil.)

NEW! Ash Wednesday

http://www.theholidayspot.com/ash_wednesday/

This site provides an ecumenical overview of Ash Wednesday observances.

The Three Great Traditions of Christianity & Lent

Three great traditions of Christianity exist in the contemporary world: Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism.  The Orthodox Church is the most common form of Christianity in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The Catholic and Protestant Churches are the most common forms of Christianity in North and South America, in Western Europe and in Africa.  Orthodox and Catholic churches all engage in Lenten practices. Not all Protestant churches engage in Lenten practices, but most do.

American Catholic (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/lent/faqs.asp

This site explains the history and significance of Lenten practices from the perspective of Catholic Christians.

NEW! The Voice

http://www.crivoice.org/cylent.html

This site explains the history and significance of Lenten practices from the perspective of Protestant Christians.

The Great Lent – A Week by Week Meaning  (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith/ourfaith8126

This site explains the history and significance of Lenten practices from the perspective of Orthodox Christians.

In the News: The Facebook IPO

It is no secret that Facebook has quickly become one of the most influential companies of the 21st Century.  On February 1, 2012, the social networking site officially filed for an initial public offering, which has become one of the most buzzed about IPOs since Google’s public debut in 2004.  An initial public offering (IPO) occurs when a company first sells its stock to the public.  Facebook’s IPO has sparked much speculation and analysis of what the IPO will mean for potential investors, competitors, and the company itself.  Regardless of whether or not the Facebook IPO proves to be a successful endeavor, it is apparent that social networking is not just a passing trend and other social media companies will be watching closely to see how Facebook fares after the initial hype dies down. What follows are several excellent sources for in-depth information on the Facebook IPO.

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NEW!  Inside Facebook
http://www.insidefacebook.com/

Inside Facebook is an independent news source that is part of the Inside Network company.  The site provides “news and analysis on Facebook’s global growth, corporate developments, and product innovations” and also reports on trends that appear on Facebook.

NEW!  BusinessInsider
http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-facebooks-coming-ipo-2012-2

This BusinessInsider page offers a complete breakdown of the important facets of the Facebook IPO.  BusinessInsider offers news about current business information in the media, technology, financial, and other industry sectors.

NEW!  Mashable page
http://mashable.com/follow/topics/facebook-ipo/

This page aggregates news related to the Facebook IPO, complete with Mashable analysis. Mashable’s “About Us” page describes the company as “the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology.”

DealBook: Tracking Facebook’s Valuation (find it on ipl2)
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/tracking-facebooks-valuation/

Provides an easy to read timeline of Facebook’s increasing valuation from 2004 to January of 2011.  DealBook provides financial news and analysis covering mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, initial public offerings (IPOs), private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, legal matters, and related topics. From the website of The New York Times.

CrunchBase (find it on ipl2)
http://www.crunchbase.com/company/facebook

Want to know about Facebook, Twitter or Steve Jobs? “CrunchBase is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.”

TechEye (find it on ipl2)
http://www.techeye.net/company/facebook

British online magazine offering a wealth of technology news stories, editorials by technology writers, and current events stories involving technology.

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