Saturday, March 10, 2012

15 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

A library is a large collection of books, periodicals, films or other information sources including digital. The beautiful structure of these library and the books within these buildings make the library special. These library are the pillars of learning which stand as the landmarks in the cities and universities they reside. For all books lovers, we present you the 15 most beautiful libraries from around the World.

1. Trinity College Library – University of Dublin 

2. Kirby Library, Lafayette College - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA

3. Library of Congress - Washington, D.C.

4. Belarus National Library - Minsk

5. Abbey Library of St. Gall - Switzerland

6. Graz University Library Reading Room - Austria

7. Geisel Library, University of California - San Diego

8. TU Delft Library - South Holland, Netherlands

9. Stockholm Public Library - Sweden

10. Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Alexandria, Egypt

11. British Museum Reading Room - London, England

12. The Library of Sofia University - Bulgaria

13. Seattle Public Library - Washington, USA

14. The Joanina Library, University of Coimbra - Portugal

15. Vancouver Public Library - British Columbia, Canada

Top 10 Most Powerful Brands in the World

Brand are a name, design, symbol or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers. A brand is thus a product or service whose dimensions differentiate it in some ways from other products or services designed to satisfy the same need. To build up a brand and making it famous is not an easy task. Even if the company, that owns a brand collapse, the brand  still exists. Here we have short listed 10 most power full brand of this 21st century. These brands are powerful because they are both financially strong as well as popular among consumers. Now have a look at it one by one...

1. Google

This brand is valued at about 66 billion dollars and is undoubtedly the most powerful brand in the world. This search engine was started by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1996. Google is known for its unique innovations and mind-boggling growth rate. Google has become so big that the term is now in the dictionary.

2. General Electric
General Electric has been valued at about 61 billion dollars which makes it the second most powerful in the world. GE looks into a number of spheres including industrial technology, information technology, financial services, oil, films and much more. GE is very popular in India as well.

3. Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation earns about 44 billion dollars on a yearly basis and its brand value is about 54 billion dollars. Bill Gates owns the brand and founded it in 1975. Microsoft provides employments to over 75,000 people across the globe and Gates is both feared and admired by competitors.

4. Coca-Cola

This brand has been valued at approximately 44.134 billion dollars which makes it the fourth most powerful in the world. The company was incorporated in 1892 by Asa Griggs Candler. It was later bought by Woodruff and Bradley. While it may not be the most powerful in the world, it is definitely the most well-known.

5. China Mobile
The brand has been valued at about 41 billion dollars and is the country’s largest mobile operator. It has over 290 million subscribers and its turnover is almost as much as Vodafone year after year. China Mobile is extremely popular in Hong Kong and is the largest there.

6. Marlboro

Marlboro is worth about 39 billion dollars and is undoubtedly the most popular cigarette brand in the world. The brand has monopolized the industry with its famous billboard and magazine advertisements.

7. Wal-Mart

This brand’s value has been estimated at about 36 billion dollars. Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the United States of America and sells the largest number of toys in the country as well. It was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton and became a part of the stock exchange 10 years later. The company is now owned by his widow, his daughter and three sons.

8. Citi

Citi has a brand value of about 33 billion dollars and was formed in 1998 after a 140 billion dollar merger. This company was taken over in 1993 by Primerica and is world renowned for being the first- automobile policy, space travel policy as well as commercial airline policy. The company’s name changed to Citibank during the 1970s and Charles Prince is the CEO today.

9. International Business Machines Corporation

Also known as IBM, this multination company deals with computer technology. It has its headquarters in New York and has about 350,000 employees all over the world. IBM was established during the latter half of the 1880’s and became a part of the stock exchange after 1915.

10. Toyota
Toyota’s brand value is about 33 billion dollars, making it the 10th most powerful in the world. It is a Japanese company and the world’s largest automobile manufacturer of buses, automobiles, robots and trucks. It has its headquarter in Aichi and generated about 179 billion dollars in terms of revenue during 2006. The present chairman is Fujio Cho and Katsuaki Watanabe is the CEO of the company.

Stunning Geometric Snow Art by Simon Beck

Simon Beck is one of the famous artist in France. He is known for creating magnificent designs on snow. Using snow as his playground he wears raquettes (A kind of snow shoes) and creates awesome artworks. He literally works 5-9 hours a day walking, in this frozen snow, in order to create his magnificent designs. Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days mapping out the ideas.

Each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields, if not more. His main focus is on mathematical geometric forms which usually create a stunning 3D like effect when viewed from high altitudes. As you might have guessed, the survival of his work solely depends on the weather. Beck tries to redesigns the patterns as new snow falls. Sometime luck does not go his way and he is often unable to finish a piece. But that doesn’t get him down.

Simon Beck says: " The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera. "

Apart from creating snow art, some of Back’s personal interests are orienteering, bell ringing, walking, skiing, mountain biking, running, and surveying. Simon’s work is not just a piece of art but it's indeed a inspirational and unique masterpiece. Now, check out some more stunning work of Simon Beck...

Beauty And Complexity of English Language

Every language has it's own beauty. Here is one such example of the beauty and complexity of the English language. Professor Ernest Brennecke of Columbia is credited with inventing a sentence that can be made to have eight different meanings by placing ONE WORD in all possible positions in the sentence.

"I hit him in the eye yesterday." is the sentence and the word is "ONLY". Now, here are the different meanings which is formed by placed this word in different possible positions in this sentence:

1. ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else did)

2. I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (Did not slap him)

3. I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit others)

4. I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit outside the eye)

5. I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (Not other organs)

6. I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (He doesn't have another eye)

7. I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (Not today)

8. I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (Did not wait for today)

" This is the beauty and complexity of the English language... "