"A meek endeavor to the triumph" by Sampath Jayarathna

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Best of "The Voice" Season 2 - My Favorites

I don't normally follow most of these super star competitions, including most of the Sri Lankan copycat versions and UK, US talent shows. But "The Voice", I guess something pretty cool, apart from how it selects competitors just by the voice (which is called blind auditions), the season 2 just blew my mind by the shear talent of these guys.  Specially Tony Lucca and Jamar Rogers, two of my favorites in the competition right now, and still I believe Jesse Campbell (after that epic battle with Anthony Evans) is going to get the title this time. Jesse's voice and performance is freakingly alien and flawless, I cannot imagine anybody else can beat him in final battle rounds, except may be Jamar or  Jermaine Paul (Alicia Keys backup singer). Thats freaking awesome, Jesse, Jamar and Jermaine........3 J's.............

The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each judge has the length of the auditioner's performance (about one minute) to decide if he or she wants that singer on his or her team; if two or more judges want the same singer (as happens frequently), the singer has the final choice of coach.

Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its respective coach. In the second stage, called the battle phase, coaches have two of their team members battle against each other directly by singing the same song together, with the coach choosing which team member to advance from each of individual "battles" into the first live round. Within that first live round, the surviving acts from each team again compete head-to-head, with public votes determining one of two acts from each team that will advance to the final eight, while the coach chooses which of the remaining three acts comprises the other performer remaining on the team.

In the final phase, the remaining contestants (Final 8) compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50 in deciding who moves on to the final 4 phase. With one team member remaining for each coach, the (final 4) contestants compete against each other in the finale with the outcome decided solely by public vote.

Here's few of my favorites during the Blind Audition rounds, and its damn cool, some performances are better than the originals, specially Jamar's "Seven Nation Army". 

Jamar Rogers - "Seven Nation Army" (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition)

Tony Lucca - "Trouble " (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition)

 Jesse Campbell - "A Song for You" (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition) 

 Erin Martin - "Hey There Delilah" (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition)

Charlotte Sometimes - "Apologize" (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition) 

Naia Kete - "The Lazy Song"(The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition)  

RaeLynn - "Hell on Heels" (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition)  

Jermaine Paul - "Complicated" (The Voice Season 2 Blind Audition)   

Monday, March 12, 2012

Anthony Evans vs. Jesse Campbell: "If I Ain't Got You" Best Duet ever!!!!

I'm not sure why Christina Aguilera wanted to pair Anthony and Jesse? Yes, they are similar vocalists, but you cannot just compare the shear talent of them, they both simply the best in the competition "The Voice" right now. I'm so pissed, Christina want to sent Anthony home after that epic battle of royale.  He deserved to be in the final showdown. There are more undeserving competitors in The Voice right now.......

Be Your Own Therapist - Venerable Robina Courtin (A Tibetan Buddhist nun)

Google Tech Talks October 3, 2008


We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing without question that happiness and suffering come from "out there." In reality, Buddhist teachings explain that they come from the way we perceive and interpret things, not the things themselves.

This deeply held misconception is at the root of our dissatisfaction, self-doubt, anger, depression, anxiety, and the rest. But our minds can change. By becoming deeply familiar with the workings of our own cognitive processes through introspection and learning to deconstruct them - truly, being our own therapists - we can loosen the grip of these neuroses and grow our marvelous potential for contentment, clarity, and courage, which are at the core of our being.

Speaker: Venerable Robina Courtin
A Tibetan Buddhist nun for 30 years, beloved teacher and power-house personality, Ven. Robina Courtin is Executive Director of Liberation Prison Project, based in San Francisco. (LiberationPrisonProject.org)

A lifeline for people with nothing and no one, since 1996 Liberation Prison Project has supported the spiritual practice of over 15,000 prisoners, mainly in the US and Australia. These days, the project spends $50,000 every month, nearly half of it on salaries and benefits for a fulltime staff of ten (eight in the US and two in Australia, including three former prisoners), supported by a team of 150+ volunteers worldwide.

Ven. Robina travels the world, teaching and raising funds, touching countless hearts and minds with her down-to-earth, no-nonsense packaging of the Buddha's teachings, often filled with tasty stories from her own real-life struggles, attachments and relationships. She is able to put across to her students in and out of prison that change is possible; everyone can learn to develop their qualities, to be joyful in the face of difficulties - even on death row.

"Ven. Robina has taught me to look at everything that occurs in my life with a different view," writes one Australian prisoner. "She has given me dignity, courage, and honor."

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Robin of Sherwood (Links included) - Best TV Series ever...

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I bet you remember the time of “Robin of Sherwood”, 80’s era, the British TV series we loved so much. Remember, we used to make swords using some wood clamped together and writing the “Albion” the infamous Hern’s son’s sword!!!
Thanks to Pathum Padeniya, I found the full episodes list of the TV series. I bet you are gonna love it.
My favorite is the episode “The King's Fool” at Season 1 – Episode 6 where the King Richard the Lion heart beat the hell out of Little John….
I hate those cheesy Hollywood themed Robin Hood movies, they never gives you the same adrenaline rush of the “Robin of Sherwood – The Hooded Man” 


Here’s the links:

Also if you wanna see other shows, here’s the link to Pathum’s web site:

There were three series, composed of a two-hour opening episode and 24 one hour long episodes, although the pilot is sometimes screened as two one-hour episodes, and the episodes comprising "The Swords of Wayland" were transmitted as one episode in the UK on their original screening on a Bank Holiday weekend in 1985. It was shot on film, and almost entirely on location, mostly in the north east and south west of England; HTV West in Bristol was the base of operations and most of the filming was done in and around Bristol and its surrounding counties.

Together with Richard Lester's offbeat 1976 film Robin and Marian, Robin of Sherwood is one of the most influential treatments of the core Robin Hood legend since The Adventures of Robin Hood, featuring a realistic period setting and introducing the character of a Saracen outlaw.
Michael Praed played Robin of Loxley in the first two seasons. His 'Merry Men' consisted of Will Scarlet (Ray Winstone), Little John (Clive Mantle), Friar Tuck (Phil Rose), Much (Peter Llewellyn Williams), the Saracen Nasir (played by Mark Ryan) and Lady Marian (played by Judi Trott). He is also assisted by Herne the Hunter (John Abineri). As in the legend, Robin is opposed by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Nickolas Grace) and Guy of Gisbourne (Robert Addie), as well as the Sheriff's brother Abbot Hugo (Philip Jackson) (representing all the greedy abbots in the legends). Robert of Huntingdon and his "Merry Men", in the final shot of the series

At the end of the second season, Robin of Loxley is killed and Robert of Huntingdon (played by Jason Connery) replaces him as Robin Hood. During the course of the third season, the new Robin discovers that he is the half-brother of his nemesis Guy of Gisbourne (an idea suggested to Carpenter by the fact that both actors had blonde hair). This particular story arc was never resolved due to the show's cancellation at the end of the third season.
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