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The Willis Clan
Known as the modern day Partridge Family, the Willis Clan is slowly taking the American music, arts and culture like a lingering storm.

A genuine Christian family, the Willis Clan sets the bar higher with their musical act of 12 siblings. Yup, that's a dozen sisters and brothers with names that start with the letter "J" and from the same father and mother. So far, there are no no queer and radical-thinkers in the family, thanks to the pure Christian upbringing.

Early in June 2014, Jessica, Jeremiah, Jenny, Jeanette, Jackson, Jedi, Jasmine, Juliette, Jamie, Joy, Jaeger and Jada Willis took the stage on "America's Got Talent" and performed their countrified rendition of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music." (And doing five better than the mere septet of von Trapps in the movie.)

Aside from the Osmonds, there are no American family who are as better looking, more talented in the history of families and has done something like this so far.

This is The Willis Clan! A family that enjoys the full spectrum of Christian life. They have done music, art, crafts, writing, as well as rode horses, joined wrestling competition, dabbled in homemade cooking, done swimming in the creek, and snuggle up before a fireplace warming their log cabin.

They just worked hard to become excellent at the things we do. And now they have decided to blow everyone their version of "Favorite Things". What is more impressive though is how their parents were able to follow their religious beliefs and instill these virtues in their children amidst the crazy world foll of hatred against straight Christian families.


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Is This The New Windows?

Posted In: . By Kirhat

Windows 9
An online photo has been circulating online allegedly showing the latest version of the future Windows 9. Posted on My Digital Life forums, a leaked picture could confirm Microsoft's intention to go back to this kind of menu after removing it in Windows 8.

Meanwhile, specialized website Neowin reports that the label "Windows 8.1" featuring on the screen is just a red herring, as Microsoft developers simply do not want to reveal a definitive name for the future operating system.

The commercial launch for Windows 9 (code name: Threshold) could take place in April 2015. Microsoft is believed to be planning to make all of its products (PCs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles...) migrate towards a single system.

Characterized by its completely redesigned interface and its compatibility with touchscreen devices, Windows 8 was released on 26 October 2012. A few days earlier, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates himself had hinted at that Windows and Windows Phone should one day converge towards a single platform.


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Fantastic Flop
If Fox's very ambitious attempt to produce another "Fantastic Four" flops, I think, it is safe to assume that we all know the reason why.

The upcoming reboot is scheduled to hit theaters on 19 June 2015. However, this early, it became a polarizing topic among comic book and film fans due to its unconventional casting choices and a jarring new take on the classic characters.

The first two films, released in 2005 and 2007, were profitable but bombed with critics. Fox clearly hopes that rebooting Fantastic Four will give it a second main Marvel franchise to complement the X-Men characters.

The main problem, however, is that director Josh Trank, whose only previous film was the found-footage superhero film "Chronicle," doesn't plan to base the new Fantastic Four film on the comics at all. Is this blasphemy or what?

Kate Mara, who stars as the new Sue 'Invisible Woman' Storm, recently told Esquire Mexico that Trank advised the cast not to read any Fantastic Four comics because it "won't be based on any history of anything already published." Michael B. Jordan, who stars as Johnny 'Human Torch' Storm, told MTV News that the film was about "kids that had an accident" coping with disabilities. At a Crave Online interview, writer Simon Kinberg declared that the film would be a "more gritty, realistic movie" than its predecessors.

If this is the case, then why not use another platform to promote respect for people who are at a disadvantage. It doesn't make sense to make a "Fantastic Four" not based on, well .... the "Fantastic Four."

Trank's casting choices have also been unconventional. Ben "The Thing" Grimm, who was traditionally a beefy character prior to his transformation, will reportedly be played by Jamie Bell, the short and slim protagonist of AMC's Turn. Casting Jordan, a black actor, as Johnny Storm has also raised eyebrows considering that he is supposed to be Sue Storm's brother. How can a white blonde be biologically related to an African-American when the original story says otherwise?

Put all of these factors together, along with Kinberg's promise of a "gritty" film, and Trank's new "Fantastic Four" feels too much like a film trying too hard not to be a "Fantastic Four" film.


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'Doodle 4 Google' Contest

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Doodle 4 Google
If you want a chance to design your own doodle for search giant Google, then that time has come.

Google Philippines has just launched a contest urging the Filipino youth to get creative with the tech giant's logo.

Dubbed "Doodle 4 Google," the contest asks Filipino students to design the masthead for the country's homepage around the theme "What can I do for the Philippines?"

"Google Doodles make the search experience much more fun and are a great example of [our] creative energy," said Google Philippines country marketing manager Ryan Morales.

"By bringing the Doodle 4 Google Competition to the Philippines for the first time, we hope to inspire our youth with our passion for art and culture,and offer them an open platform to showcase their talent," he added.

The contest is open to students, aged 5 to 17 years old, currently enrolled in public or private schools. It is also open to those enlisted in alternative learning systems under the Department of Education (DepEd).

Entries for the contest will be judged in the following age groups: 5 to 8 years old; 9 to 11 years old; 12 to 14 years old; and 15 to 17 years old.

Winners from each group will receive several prizes, with the overall winning doodle taking home a Google Trophy, along with a PhP 400,000 educational grant. His or her doodle will also be featured on the homepage of Google Philippines in November.

Deadline for entries will be on 19 September 2014.

"We look forward to inspiring the nation with a doodle that will not only reflect the beautiful synergy between art and technology, but also speak of the beautiful spirit of selflessness and service of the Filipino people through the eyes of our children," Morales added.

For more details about the competition, visit: http://www.google.com.ph/doodle4google/.


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New Marvel Heroes
"If it ain't broke, do your best to break it." This appears to be the recent mantra of Marvel as it tries to alienate comic purist by changing the gender and race of two iconic superheroes, Captain America and Thor, respectively.

Captain America, that finely chiseled embodiment of American values, will be passing his shield onto long-time ally The Falcon, an African-American named Sam Wilson. Meanwhile, Thor would become "unworthy" of wielding his trusty hammer and his mantle would be taken up by a woman.

Since this is the Internet and everyone needs to have an opinion about everything, naturally there was backlash from fans and followers of "The Avengers" movie: a fiery backlash. Thousands of angry posts and sarcastic comments flooded social media platform at the way Marvel ignored the historical roots of characters deeply embedded in the consciousness of its fans.

One of the primary reasons cited for the major change was the lack of films fronted by females or persons of color (POC). So, Marvel took it upon itself to be the bringer of justice and took steps in changing the traditional comic book canon.

I'm not sure what were they thinking in their effort to "explore gender and race changes from an authentic perspective", but why not create a new freakin’ character for that purpose. Is that too hard to do given that there are thousands of superheroes already and there are no rules that say you cannot add another thousand to it.

If Marvel really wants more diversity and more ethnic characters in their super hero comics and movies, they don’t need to change the original material for sensationalistic reasons. All they have to do is integrate the Black Panther, Luke Cage or the Inhumans in "The Avengers" story lines or better yet give them their own movies.

Asgard is also teeming with powerful female characters, including Sif, Brunnhilde, Frigga and the Valkyries. Why not give them special attention? Are the "Shield Maidens" of Asgard not worthy to have their own comic book series because they lack interesting adventures and had to rely on their male counterparts to guide them in the ways of heroism?

The story says that Thor Odinson is still around, but he has just become unworthy of Mjölnir, leaving an opening for a woman to become God of Thunder. So why not insert the comic storyline against about the mortal who wields Thor's power and goes by the name of Eric Masterson?

Just like the changes they adopted on the story of Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel, Marvel is trying to "transcend racial divide through mainstream via internationally recognizable figures of comic lore." And they want all comic book collectors and fans to ignore all that we have learned so far and redefine our experience with Captain America, Thor and probably Iron Man.

If Marvel is truly going to make a character that represent and help identify with the Female population or the African-American culture, why not develop a dark-skinned heroine that emerges from the American ghetto and pound Islam’s criminal female infidels until they learn their place.


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