Poetry Review: “Easter, 1916″ by William Butler Yeats

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Old books with poetry for Easter

Old Poetry about Easter. Photo Source: By Tom Murphy VII (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Hello there, Easter parfait peeps! How are you? I hope you are settling in for a wonderful weekend ahead!

With Easter coming our way, I thought it would be good timing to feature and review William Butler Yeats’ poem “Easter, 1916.” If you do not know it, the full version of the intriguing poem is available at the link above.

The poem actually has its base in politics. In his poem, Yeats is referring to the Easter Rising (also called the Easter Rebellion), which was a series of events that took place in Ireland in 1916. The uprising was planned by Irish republicans whose goal was to take over British rule in the area. The uprising officially began on April 24, 1916, and it lasted just under…

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A Poem: She Awakens

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Poem of Reaching above

Photo Source: JD Hancock, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

Hello, my friends! Are you enjoying the day? Over here in Victoria, BC, it is sunny and really feeling like spring. I am thankful for the sunshine and for the new day. Here is the newest poem, “She Awakens.”

She Awakens

She sits up in bed, then bolts up –
To stand on the cherry wood floor and
Lifts the heels of her bare feet as
She reaches her hands toward the ceiling
And beyond.

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Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

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Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch ), the WSJ reports . The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a Titan Aerospace competitor in U.K.-based Ascenta for its globe-spanning Internet plans .

Both Ascenta and Titan Aerospace are in the business of high altitude drones, which cruise nearer the edge of the earth’s atmosphere and provide tech that could be integral to blanketing the globe in cheap, omnipresent Internet connectivity to help bring remote areas online. According to the WSJ, Google will be using Titan Aerospace’s expertise and tech to contribute to Project Loon, the balloon-based remote Internet delivery project it’s currently working on along these lines.

That’s not all the Titan drones can help Google with, however…

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The confidential internal slides that show why Apple is making a bigger iPhone 6

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Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

iPhone-4-5-inch displaysApple internal slides

There has been no shortage of rumors that the iPhone 6 will have a big screen ranging from 4.7-inches to over 5 inches. But why is Apple doing this? They just changed the display size from 3.5-inches to 4-inches and another screen size increase could present a headache for developers, casemakers and the whole ecosystem.

The answer, from Apple’s own research/presentation, shows they have to. There is no growth in the 4-inch phone market for devices that cost more than $300. In fact, that market is shrinking overall.

Apple-growth-rate-slowing

Why?

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The Gods’ Portion

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The Gods’ Portion

Originally posted on mi tenti senza pietà:

Grey Octane

I actually found myself depressed as 5pm rolled around and the number of people at the cafe thinned out.  The guys next to me moved to another empty table where they’d have more room to spread out and discuss whatever Internet venture they were concocting, one guy a very obviously-artsy type and the other, with his laptop, moved and dressed like a prototypical modern nerd:  khakis and a colored button-down with comfortable shoes, and practical, monotone-rimmed glasses, all covering his smooth, mocha skin and slight frame.

I gathered my things as the guys were readying themselves to move, feeling a dank heaviness in my stomach and a thickness building in my head.  I didn’t want to leave, but what was I going to do?  Move in here?  I’d been at the cafe all afternoon, reading and highlighting my journals in a long-overdue task from The Artist’s Way, feeding off…

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Imgur Gets $40 Million Investment From Andreessen Horowitz

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Imgur Gets $40 Million Investment From Andreessen Horowitz

Originally posted on Betabeat:

(photo via Techcrunch, CC BY 2.0)

Imgur has gone it alone until venture captital titan Andreessen Horowitz came through with good reasons — forty million of ‘em — to play ball. (Photo via Getty)

One of tech’s most prolific venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz (or “A16Z”), has invested a sizable $40 million in image sharing giant Imgur, Betabeat has learned.

Imgur has been the subject of acquisition rumors for the past year, but has never taken outside money, regardless of how successful they’ve been. According to Imgur CEO and founder Alan Schaaf, Imgur has been approached by almost every VC on the map in the past five years.

“We’ve always been fighting them off,” Mr. Schaaf told Betabeat, “and the reason is because we never really found a good fit.”

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How Old Are Silicon Valley’s Top Founders? Here’s the Data

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Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

Last week, The New Republic published a lengthy exploration of ageism in Silicon Valley , the idea that venture capitalists discriminate against older entrepreneurs and that start-ups discriminate against older job applicants. The central evidence was largely anecdotal: several well-worn quotes by prominent techies talking up the innovative nature of younger founders, the struggles of a “fortysomething” entrepreneur in Boston, the thesis of an angel investor betting on older, overlooked founders, and the sociological musings of a plastic surgeon who has seen more middle-aged men coming to him to look young as a way to help their career. Nonetheless, it was enough for VC Fred Wilson to concede that, “Yes tech is biased toward younger people.”

That one of the industry’s most prominent voices wouldn’t even bother to defend it against the charge may itself be the best evidence that the start-up world has a real problem with age discrimination. Nonetheless…

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