Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Hii I’ve add another good place in bali worth visit, this place located in east bali, it takes estimated 2 hour driving from denpasar, batur is popular because of its beautiful view and it’s lake. Ok here it is…

Batur and Kintamani

A mountain village, Batur is north of Penelokan on the western rim of the crater, with no distinguishable border separating it from Kintamani. The newcomer on the ridge, Batur until 1926 was a prosperous village located at the foot of Gunung Batur. In 1917, the volcano erupted and buried most of the village in lava. This cataclysm took the lives of 1,000 people, destroying 65,000 homes and 2,500 temples. Miraculously, the molten lava stopped short at the gateway of Batur’s village temple.

Kintamani Village
Kintamani is a cool, fresh retreat, bring warm clothes, as it’s cold at night (1,500 meters above sea level). The fog comes rolling into Kintamani early, transforming it into a ghost town of howling ‘anjing’(dog), so you’d best settle in before nightfall. The coldest months are July and August, lots of rain from October to March. Get up early to watch a superb sunrise.

Kintamani has more barking dogs per square meter than any other place on Bali. There’s a busy market every third morning along the highway in the north part of town.

The temples of the area look out over the crater. People come from all over the island to pray here, especially during ‘odalan’. A grand old ‘gong gde’, one of only three on Bali, plays for the ceremony.

The Bali Aga are the island's oldest inhabitants, aboriginals who lived here long before the Majapahit invasion in the 14th century. The first direct evidence of Indic influence on Bali dates from an early copper plate, inscribed A.D. 882-914, referring to the founding of a temple to Batara Da Tonta in Trunyan. His title, Batara, indicates that the Bali Aga's most important ancestor figure was incorporated into the Hindu religion. Legend has it the village was established on the spot where an ancient ‘taru menyan’ tree stood-thus the town’s name. It is said that in ancient times the lake goddess Dewi Danu was lured down from heaven by the lovely scent of this tree.

Today Trunyan is a real tourist trap, and you may not get to experience much more than villagers clamoring for money. Still, the setting is spectacular-green mountain backdrop and deep blue lake, mist-shrouded Gunung Batur rising up dramatically on the other side.
Culturally and ethnically outside the mainstream, Trunyan provides evidence of how Bali’s earliest people lived.

Pura Pancering Jagat
Trunyan’s old temple, Pura Pancering Jagat (”Temple of the Navel of the World”), stands under a massive banyan tree. Unusual architecture abounds in this austere ‘pura’-a fossilized relic of aboriginal Balinese society.

The Kuburan, the Bali Aga prefer exposing their dead in the open air rather than cremating them. Valuable land cannot be given over to the burial of the dead. After complicated rituals, the naked body is first wrapped in white cloth, then placed in a shallow pit, protected from scavengers by a triangular bamboo fence and roof. Those who have committed suicide or who have died of horrible disfiguring diseases are buried.

for u who love trekking u can try this mountain in bali which have very beatiful view from its summit, there is also a lake near the mountain, it's name is batur lake which is the largest lake in bali

Batur Mountain

Mount Batur, located less than an hour from north Bangli, is a mall volcano that still active in this island. Created by an eruption of Mount Batur approximately 30,000 years ago. It sets in the hearth of a huge crater 14 km in diameter and 65 meters deep.

From Penelokan, the main road runs right round the rim towards Kintamani, the panorama shifting as circling around the crater. Danau Batur is Bali’s largest lake and cribbed with the calderas of an active volcano named Gunung Batur.

I have been 3 times just for trekking and camp with my friends, it’s such a wonderful experience.. we need approximetaly 2 hours to climb this mountain …

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New cancer cases, deaths on upward trend: report

Both new cases and deaths from cancer are expected to increase this year in Canada over 2007, the Canadian Cancer Society predicts.

Newly released statistics from the society show 166,400 new cases of cancer anticipated this year, an increase of 6,500 over the previous year. And 73,800 people will die of the disease, up by 1,100 over last year.

The report, released Wednesday, cites the aging and expanding population as being behind the anticipated rise.

In terms of gender breakdown, the overall cancer death rate for men continues to decline, as it has done since 1988, due to decreases in death rates of lung, colorectal and other cancers. As well, the overall cancer incidence rate for men is in on a downward curve and the report predicts this will continue.

While decreases in incidence rates in stomach, larynx and lung cancer in men have been observed, there has been an increase in liver and thyroid cancers in this group.

Prostate cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

Among women, the overall death rate for women has remained stable since 1979. The overall cancer incidence rate has been increasing slowly and steadily.

While incidence rates in women decreased for stomach, larynx, brain and cervical cancers, more women are getting thyroid cancer, finds the report.

Lung cancer rates in women are also continuing on an upward trend, though breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in this group.

Protesters fear Olympic torch will spark violence, Chinese crackdown in Tibet

TORONTO - Fearing more blood will be spilled, protesters called on China and the International Olympic Committee to scrap plans to run the Olympic torch relay through Tibet during a peaceful demonstration in Toronto that coincided with Wednesday's arrival of the flame in San Francisco - its only North American stop.

They also urged the international community to boycott the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Games in August to show solidarity with Tibetans chafing under a violent Chinese crackdown.

Pro-Tibetan protesters take part in a rally at the Chinese Consulate in Toronto on Wednesday, in reaction to the Olympic torch parade in San Francisco. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickPro-Tibetan protesters take part in a rally at the Chinese Consulate in Toronto on Wednesday, in reaction to the Olympic torch parade in San Francisco. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

"The situation is very tense," said Sonam Dorjee of the Tibetan Joint Action Committee.

"If they still continue to carry the torch through Tibet and to Mount Everest, Tibetans are going to rise up again, and this will give an excuse to the Chinese government to use more force. We fear that it might turn into another bloodshed in Tibet."

Torch runs through London and Paris had turned violent. The demonstration Wednesday across the road from the Chinese Consulate in Toronto was peaceful.

About 125 protesters chanted "Free Tibet!" and "Shame on China!" as they waved flags and placards behind a barricade while RCMP and city police watched. There were no incidents.

"We came here to call the international community to support us in asking China to stop killing in Tibet," said Kunga Tsering, a former member of Tibet's parliament.

"(But) the present regime in Beijing is an uncivilized regime, and we don't know how much effect (the protests) will have."

Tsering stressed that the protesters were not anti-Chinese, and rejected the notion the demonstrators were terrorists as Beijing has said.

The Olympic Games and politics are inextricably mixed, he said, noting that Taiwan boycotted the Montreal Olympics in 1976 after Canada bowed to Chinese pressure and refused to allow Taiwanese athletes to compete as the Republic of China.

Across the street from the protest, a steady stream of visitors came and went from the busy consulate, with many applying for or picking up visas.

One of them, Denys Decatanzaro, said he was heading to China for a month as part of an academic exchange organized months ago.

"It bothers my conscience a little but I feel I have to honour my (commitment to go)," said Decatanzaro, a professor at McMaster University.

Decatanzaro said he sympathized with the protest, saying Tibet has "many legitimate grievances."

Chinese communists troops occupied Tibet in 1951, and Beijing continues to rule the region with a heavy hand.

China clamped down hard on Tibet a month ago after anti-government protests erupted. Dozens of people were killed and scores arrested.

China says it has ruled Tibet for centuries, although many Tibetans say they were essentially an independent state for most of that time.

The Olympic torch, which began its 137,000-kilometre journey from Ancient Olympia in Greece to Beijing on March 24, has been the focus of protests from the start.

Dorjee said the international community has an obligation to press China to improve its human rights record.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

What is.... AA & AF

What is Antialiasing??

anti-aliasing is the technique of minimizing the distortion artifacts known as aliasing when representing a high-resolution signal at a lower resolution. Anti-aliasing is used in digital photography, computer graphics, digital audio, and many other domains.

Anti-aliasing means removing signal components that have a higher frequency than is able to be properly resolved by the recording (or sampling) device. This removal is done before (re-)sampling at a lower resolution. When sampling is performed without removing this part of the signal, it causes undesirable artifacts such as the black-and-white noise

In signal acquisition and audio, anti-aliasing is often done using an analog anti-aliasing filter to remove the out-of-band component of the input signal prior to sampling with an analog-to-digital converter. In digital photography, optical anti-aliasing filters are made of birefringent materials, and smooth the signal in the spatial optical domain. The anti-aliasing filter essentially blurs the image slightly in order to reduce resolution to below the limit of the digital sensor (the larger the pixel pitch, the lower the achievable resolution at the sensor level).

anisotropic filtering (abbreviated AF) is a method of enhancing the image quality of textures on surfaces that are at oblique viewing angles with respect to the camera where the projection of the texture (not the polygon or other primitive it is rendered on) appears to be non orthogonal. Like bilinear and trilinear filtering it eliminates aliasing effects, but introduces less blur at extreme viewing angles and thus preserves more detail. Anisotropic filtering is relatively expensive (usually computationally, though the standard space-time tradeoff rules apply) and only became a standard feature of consumer-level graphics cards in the 1990s. Anisotropic filtering is now common in modern graphics hardware and enabled either by users through driver settings or by graphics applications & video games through programming interfaces.

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