A live performance of any opera is already three-dimensional – unless, somehow, the singers and sets have been seriously flattened. But the opera ‘Sunken Garden’ is often called the ‘3D opera’ because of its unprecedented fusion of live (three-dimensional) singers with film performances and (three-dimensional) digital projections. The groundbreaking work debuted in London, Lyons, then Toronto — and now the Dallas Opera is presenting its US premiere.
But ‘Sunken Garden’ also represents the fusion of two unique, but chiming artistic talents.
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You may know British author David Mitchell from his best-selling novels, including ‘The Bone Clocks’ and ‘Cloud Atlas.’ The latter one became a visually dazzling but so-so film in 2012 from the director of ‘The Matrix Trilogy,’ starring Tom Hanks and Hallie Berry. ‘Cloud Atlas’ is a sci-fi-ish epic racing through six different centuries, with characters’ lives interrupting and rippling through each other across time. It’s characteristic of several of Mitchell’s novels in that it’s seriously involved with music — in this case, a forgotten classical work, whose musical themes and form somewhat echo the story’s own intersecting plotlines.
In one scene, Hallie Berry, playing a journalist, has tracked down a vinyl recording of the ‘missing’ classical work: ‘ This is the ‘Cloud Atlas Sextet?’ she asks a record store clerk, played by Ben Wishaw.
‘I doubt there’s more than a handful of copies in all of North America,’ he says.
‘But I know it,’ Berry’s character declares, even though she’s never heard it before — yet will live out its implications in the past and the future. “I know I know it.’
Hallie Berry in the future in the 2012 film, ‘Cloud Atlas.’ Photo: Jay Maidment.
The 49-year-old Mitchell often uses multiple narrators, multiple dimensions like this. He plays with time and mortality, with power and memory — with narrative itself.
So why can’t he just tell a straightforward story?
“To give it a thoughtful answer,” he says, laughing — on the phone from Chicago, “it can’t be straightforward. It’s a re-phrasing in creative writing terms the question, ‘Why are we who we are?’ It actually becomes harder, as your career goes on — if you’re lucky enough to have a career that goes on — to keep out the motifs you find yourself going back to again and again to kickstart a narrative. I’ve got about five or six archetypal themes. Difficulties in communication. Fissures in time and space. Predation. But why this lot, I’m not sure.”snowfall sluff
Of course, mountain avalanches are much larger and the conditions that cause them are more complex. A large avalanche in North America might release 230,000 cubic meters (300,000 cubic yards) of snow. That is the equivalent of 20 football fields filled 3 meters (10 feet) deep with snow. However, such large avalanches are often naturally released, when the snowpack becomes unstable and layers of snow begin to fail. Skiers and recreationalists usually trigger smaller, but often more deadly avalanches.
An avalanche has three main parts. The starting zone is the most volatile area of a slope, where unstable snow can fracture from the surrounding snow cover and begin to slide. Typical starting zones are higher up on slopes. However, given the right conditions, snow can fracture at any point on the slope.starting zone
The three parts of an avalanche path are the starting zone, avalanche track, and runout zone. (Larger image not available) —Credit: Betsy Armstrong
The avalanche track is the path or channel that an avalanche follows as it goes downhill. Large vertical swaths of trees missing from a slope or chute-like clearings are often signs that large avalanches run frequently there, creating their own tracks. There may also be a large pile-up of snow and debris at the bottom of the slope, indicating that avalanches have run.avalanche track
The runout zone is where the snow and debris finally come to a stop. Similarly, this is also the location of the deposition zone, where the snow and debris pile the highest.runout zone
Several factors may affect the likelihood of an avalanche, including weather, temperature, slope steepness, slope orientation (whether the slope is facing north or south), wind direction, terrain, vegetation, and general snowpack conditions. Different combinations of these factors can create low, moderate, or extreme avalanche conditions. Some of these conditions, such as temperature and snowpack, can change on a daily or hourly basis.
For more information see Snow Resources .
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Three of the lawsuits have been consolidated into a single action.
Immelt and Flannery were also named in a GE shareholder lawsuit filed on February 15 alleging "breaches of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment." Among other issues, this lawsuit slams GE for allowing Immelt to be escorted around the world by a spare plane . (GE has said it stopped deploying an extra jet for Immelt in 2014.)
"The company will defend itself against these claims," a GE spokesperson told CNNMoney.
Expanded SEC probe : The Boston office of the SEC notified GE in late November of an investigation into the company's accounting, according to filings. At first, the probe focused on GE's revenue recognition practices and internal controls over long-term service agreements.Expanded SEC probe
The SEC expanded the investigation in January after the company shocked Wall Street by revealing a $6.2 billion charge on a portfolio of long-term care insurance policies. Buffett said on Monday he was "staggered" by the size of GE's insurance losses.
GE said it is cooperating with the SEC investigation by providing documents and other information.
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results because of a change in accounting standards for how companies book gains and losses on long-term contracts.
A GE spokesperson said that the "recast" of results is "independent of the SEC review, which is in early stages."
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by Matt Slick
A contradiction occurs when two (or more) different statements on a topic cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense. For instance, let's look at the statements "I am walking my dog," and "I am not walking my dog." Both statements cannot both be true at the same time and in the same way. They are mutually exclusive. However, the following is not a contradiction: "Bob saw two people get out of the 1967 black Camaro," and "Frank saw three people get out of the 1967 black Camaro." These statements are not mutually exclusive because both statements can be true at the same time. Bob may have been at an angle where he was only able to see two people, where Frank could have been at a different angle where he was able to see three people. Both statements can be true at the same time and in the same sense without excluding the other.
When critics of the Bible offer contradictions within its pages, they very often fail to examine the context and apply the Law of non-contradiction properly. A typical issue that the critics often cite as a contradiction is the manner of Judas' death. Did he die by hanging or by falling down? In Matthew 27:3-8 it says that Judas "went away and hanged himself." In Acts 1:16-19 it says "and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out." Critics will say this is a contradiction, but it is not since both statements can be true without excluding the other. Judas hanged himself; and then later his body fell, and his bowels gushed out. There is no contradiction since both statements are true, and neither negates the validity of the other.
As a matter of fact, I have been to Israel and have seen the area (Jerusalem) where Judas is said to have hanged himself. It is a rather steep hillside with trees growing near the top and with about a 30- to 60-foot drop under the trees--depending on the specific location. It makes perfect sense both factually and geographically to see that Judas both hanged himself; and later his body fell headlong, and his guts came out.
So when someone raises a Bible contradiction and wants you to solve it, first ask him what a contradiction is. If he offers a competent definition, then apply it to the alleged contradiction. You'll find that the Bible has no contradictions. If, however, you are not able to make sense of the issue, then tell the person that you will do some research and get back to him. There's nothing wrong with that.