Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pigeon-toed and Splay Foot

Pigeon-toed is a condition which causes the toes to point inward when walking. It is most common in infants and children under two years of age and, when not the result of simple muscle weakness, normally arises from one of three underlying conditions, a twisted shin bone, an excessive retroversion resulting in the twisting of the thigh bone when the front part of a person's foot is turned in.

Splayfoot is an abnormal width of the forefoot  in which the feet are abnormally flat and turned outwards ,Splayfoot may develop slowly over 10 or 20 years, sometimes longer. The forefoot looks quite large for the size of the foot and for the width of the heel. Usually the big toe and second toe are affected. The angles between the toes are larger than they should be.



Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows and DVDs. For each product, a numerical score from each review is obtained and the total is averaged. An excerpt of each review is provided along with a hyperlink to the source. Three colour codes of Green, Yellow and Red summarize the critic's recommendation. This gives an idea of the general appeal of the product among reviewers and, to a lesser extent, the public
The site is somewhat similar to Rotten Tomatoes, but the scoring results sometimes differ very drastically, due to Metacritic's method of scoring that converts each review into a percentage before taking a weighted average and listing different numbers of reviews.

Many review websites give a review grade out of five, out of ten, out of a hundred, or even an alphabetical score. Metacritic converts such a grade into a percentage. For reviews with no explicit scores (for example, Amazon.com's editorial reviews), Metacritic manually assesses the tone of the review before assigning a relevant grade. Weighting is also applied to reviews—those from major periodicals may have a greater effect on the average than niche ones, although Metacritic refuses to reveal what weights are applied to which publications.

Rotten tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is a website devoted to reviews, information, and news of films, most widely known as a film review aggregator. Its name derives from the cliché of audiences throwing tomatoes and other vegetables at a poor stage performance

It was launched on August 19, 1999 as a spare time project by Senh Duong.[3] His goal in creating Rotten Tomatoes was "to create a site where people can get access to reviews from a variety of critics in the US."[4] His inspiration came when, as a fan of Jackie Chan, Duong started collecting all the reviews of Chan's movies as they were coming out in the United States. The first movie reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes was Your Friends & Neighbors. The website was an immediate success, receiving mentions by Yahoo!, Netscape, and USA Today within the first week of its launch; it attracted "600 - 1000 daily unique visitors" as a result.[citation needed]
Duong teamed up with University of California, Berkeley classmates Patrick Lee and Stephen Wang, his former partners at the Berkeley, California-based web design firm Design Reactor to pursue Rotten Tomatoes on a full-time basis, officially launching on April 1, 2000.[5]
In June 2004, IGN Entertainment acquired Rottentomatoes.com for an undisclosed sum.[6] In September 2005, IGN was bought by News Corp's Fox Interactive Media.[7] In January 2010 IGN sold the website to Flixster, which produces the most popular movie ratings app for the iPad and other mobile devices.[1] The combined reach of both companies is 30 million unique visitors a month across all different platforms, according to the companies.[8]
Rotten Tomatoes users can create and join groups that allow them to discuss different aspects of film, and even one group called "The Golden Oyster Awards" has its members vote for their winners of different awards, much like the Oscars or Golden Globes. However, when Flixster bought RT, they disbanded the groups saying "The Groups area has been discontinued to pave the way for new community features coming soon. In the meantime, please use the Forums to continue your conversations about your favorite movie topics."
As of February 2011, no new community features have shown up.

Friday, March 11, 2011


An onomatopoeia or onomatopœia (About this sound pronunciation (US) , from the Greek ὀνοματοποιία;ὄνομα for "name" and ποιέω for "I make", adjectival form: "onomatopoeic" or "onomatopoetic") is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.Onomatopoeia (as an uncountable noun) refers to the property of such words. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises, such as "oink" or "meow" or "roar". Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages; they conform to some extent to the broader linguistic system they are part of; hence the sound of a clock may be tick tock in Englishdī dā in Mandarin, or katchin katchin in

What is Onomatopoeia?

The noun onomatopoeia is thought to has been first used in around 1577 AD. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the wordonomatopoeia originates from the Greek word onomatopoiiameaning 'word-making'. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary reports the onomatopoiia is derived from the Greek onoma 'name' andpoiein 'to make'.

Definition of Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle). However the word Onomatopoeia can also be used to describe the use of such words for rhetorical effect. For example, in the sentence 'The poet Tennyson used onomatopoeia as a linguistic device' (see example below).

Onomatopoeia and its derivatives

The adjective onomatopoeic can be used in the sentence 'Woof is an example of onomatopoeia'.

The adverb onomatopoeically is used in the sentence 'She lived her life onomatopoeically ...whoopy!'

Onomatopoeia in jokes

Onomatopoeia can be used as a linguistic device in many types of writings including jokes. Do you remember the old Knock-Knock jokes, even the name of this type of joke is another example of onomatopoeia.

What about the joke:
Knock-knock Who's there?
Boo who?
Don't cry, I was only joking

...you guessed it, another example of onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia poems

Onomatopoeia is also used by poets to convey their subject to the reader. For example, in the last lines of Sir Alfred Tennyson's poem 'Come Down, O Maid', m and n sounds produce an atmosphere of murmuring insects:

... the moan of doves in immemorial elms,
And murmuring of innumerable bees.
Examples of onomatopoeia are also commonly found in poems and nursery rhymes written for children. Onomatopoeic words produce strong images that can both delight and amuse kids when listening to their parents read poetry. Some examples of onomatopoeia poems for children are:

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Old Macdonald


Motif may refer to the following:
In creative work:
In biochemistry:
  • Sequence motif, a sequence pattern of nucleotides in a DNA sequence or amino acids in a protein
  • Structural motif, a pattern in a protein structure formed by the spatial arrangement of amino acids
  • Network motif, patterns (sub-graphs) that recur within a network much more often than expected at random
In computing:
In other uses:
  • Motif (chess composition), an element of a move in the consideration of why the piece moves and how it supports the fulfillment of the problem stipulation
  • Yamaha Motif, a music workstation

In art, a motif About this sound (pronunciation)  is an element of a pattern, an image or part of one, or a theme. A motif may be repeated in a design or composition, often many times, or may just occur once in a work. A motif may be an element in the iconography of a particular subject or type of subject that is seen in other works. Ornamental or decorative art can usually be analysed into a number of different elements, which can be called motifs. These may often, as in textile art be repeated many times in patterns. Important examples in Western art include acanthusegg and dart, and various types of scrolls.


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