Facing The Face Of Terror

Commenting on Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Hitchcockian shocker Les Diaboliques, Georges Franju, that other French master of the ghastly frisson, commented: “The trouble with Clouzot is that he tries to knock the audience’s head off. That’s wrong; you should twist it off.” Seeing Franju’s 1959 Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage), you wonder what he was thinking; if this is an exercise in persuasive subtlety, my name’s Sam Peckinpah. In fact, rather than twist your head, it attempts to slice off your face.

ftfotThis is a film that can still make you squirm – still an 18 certificate, nearly 40 years after it induced a fainting epidemic at the Edinburgh Film Festival. In fact, except for one notorious scene, Franju’s film is as discreet in its nerve-twisting as Val Lewton’s legendary 1940s Hollywood horrors (Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie), which showed nothing, but suggested the worst. Franju’s tactic

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The Biology Behind Horror

tbbhDoes the idea of riding a roller coaster at an amusement park excite you or terrify you? How about watching Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street” in a dark theater? Do you ever pick up a Stephen King novel, or do you stick with drama and romance?

Lots of teens say there is nothing like a good scare from the thrill of an amusement park ride or a tense moment from a horror story. In fact, there are so many who think so, that the “chill industry” is doing very well, thank you.

According to a recent survey of young people age 10 to 13, 89 percent had seen at least one movie in the “Friday the 13th” or “Nightmare on Elm Street” series; 62 percent had seen at least four of them. “Friday the 13th” grossed a total of $200 million dollars. Horror fans have made horror writer

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It’s Classic Horror, Y’all

hfHalloween is a perfect time to let our patrons (and ourselves) indulge fantasies of joy and fright. These emotions are closer to each other than we often admit and are inextricably linked in the twentieth-century phenomenon of horror films. The gothic novel (which must have been one of the favorite guilty pleasures of the nineteenth century) has become a richly varied film genre that now includes films about ghosts and other supernatural beings, slicer/dicer psychopaths, radioactive mutants, and space aliens–some of which occasionally cross-pollinate with other genres such as the western and the slapstick comedy.

The list that follows is meant to be a core list of classic (or should-be classic) horror films of a gentler nature (no Freddy or Jason or death by lawn equipment here).

The titles below are available at home-use prices (the final criteria for selection). NOTE: The dates given are the dates of the

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Men Dealing With Fright

mdwfI don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend a night in a mausoleum than ascend the creaky stairway to my addled psyche. Ghosts, goblins, and that dude in the hockey mask are no match for my tortured thoughts of death and inadequacy.

We all have them. But unlike women, who freely gab about what frightens them, we men keep our fears locked in the bell towers of our souls. The only thing worse than facing our own twisted horrors is letting someone else know how creeped out we get.

For example, I doubt I’m the first guy to bolt upright in the middle of the night, heart pounding, suddenly aware that one day I’m going to die. But I can’t be sure, because it never comes up while I’m eating chicken wings and watching the Red Sox with my buddies. (I’m also deeply troubled by circus clowns, but who …

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What You Should Know About External Hard Drives

Having a portable external hard drive can be very interesting. You can get to carry all your files and documents to almost anywhere you are going. The best thing with this kind of hard drive is that they are normally very small and it can comfortably fit in a bag; therefore carrying it does not become an issue. In addition to that, portable hard drives normally vary in their storage size.

However, in as much as having a small gadget that can carry all your information is great; it is also risky in a way. This is because if by mistake the hard drive fails in its normal performance, then you will need to go to an external hard drive repair expert to fix it for you and recover your data. Failure to do this will mean you lose all the data that is stored on that hard drive. At times, the cost of going to an external hard drive recovery expert is higher than the cost of buying a new hard drive but people still prefer to spend that much money on the hard drive recovery since it contains important and valuable information which they cannot stand to lose at any given cost. Some hard drive companies have looked to capitalize on this.

Hard drives are very good to own but you should be extremely careful with the way you handle them. A hard drive which is well handled can serve you well for a very long time. This kind of hard drive will retain any information that is stored there and retrieving this information will be very easy. On the other hand, if a hard drive is not managed well, it is likely to experience a lot of problems along the way which may require an external hard drive repair specialist to fix the hard drive so it can continue functioning the way it should.

There are lots of ways which you can mishandle a hard drive without noticing. To begin with, you can mishandle it by simply not doing a regular virus scan test on the hard drive. If you happen to be sharing the computer which you use your hard drive in, then once in a while one should ensure that carry out a virus test on the hard drive. This will help you to be able to detect any virus and delete it as soon as possible before your hard drives completely breaks down. This scan will save you a lot of time and resources that you may have to spend on external hard drive repair from a professional provider such as Hard Drive Recovery Associates. Continue reading

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Things To Look For In A Server Data Recovery Company

There are different data recovery companies and every company has a certain approach to solve your data recovery issues. Some companies work on more traditional tools while there are some companies that have equipped themselves with more advanced and sophisticated tools. You need to find a company that uses both traditional as well as sophisticated tools to solve your data recovery problems. Most of the data problems that companies face are very complex and you need very deep planning and analysis to solve those problems. A decade ago there was no concept of recovering data from a damaged hard drive but these days’ people are not willing to let go even one single bit of their data. They make sure that data recovery company that they hire provides them with 100 percent data recovery. It is more like a surgery to get back your data but it becomes very important for companies to get every bit of their data back because there is a mixture of critical data as well as common data and it becomes crucial for them to get back that data. It is always better to have a backup data system that can restore your critical data only.

Choosing Best Data Recovery Company

If you have been looking to hire a data recovery company to retrieve data from your damaged data system then you should look for a more professional company because most of the companies are not qualified enough to handle advanced hard drives. Make sure that company has all the certifications and qualification to deal with your kind of data system and most importantly they should have enough experience to back themselves to go for a complete data recovery.

Experience is the key in data recovery because there are unseen scenarios that appear in modern data systems and you have to improvise a lot to recover data. If your server data recovery team is not improvising then they will not be able to find a satisfactory solution easily.

Time is also crucial because in most of the companies you need a quick data recovery so that you can get back to your normal work routine. These things should be discussed in advance and make sure that your data recovery company is providing you with efficient and comprehensive services. Another common mistake that people make is to give their data system to that company so that they can take it to their own office and work on it. This is very dangerous because there is critical data of every company in its data system and you should not risk it.

 Personal Data Recovery Needs

With the advancement of technology data recovery needs have also expanded. In the past personal computer came with very small hard drive capacities but these days people have got personal computers with a capacity of over 1 TB. This is the reason that personal data recovery needs have also increased over past few years. Most of the people think that it is not possible to retrieve their data once the hard disk is damaged at hardware level. This is true to some extent but still there are means that can get you partial or full data recovery. You just need to contact professional data recovery company and they will help you out in every possible way to get all of your data back. It is not just about getting your data back but you may get your damaged hard drive back in working condition and that can be a big save. People hesitate while spending money on important things like RAID repair but if you have some important and personal data on your hard drive then spending few extra dollars will always benefit you and besides there are good chances of getting your hard drive back as well and that will worth your money.

Organizations often suffer serious RAID disk array crashes and hard drive damage that forces them to look for the best repair solution. Unfortunately data recovery is a slow and time consuming process and there is no quick solution available Continue reading

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Computer Data Recovery Explained

Computer data recovery is the process of retrieving the data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible secondary storage media. When your data becomes in accessible, this is a useful method to access it and retrieve it. The data becomes in accessible due to either physical damage to the storage device or the logical/technical damage to the file system. Such damages prevent your computer’s operating system from accessing the data and this problem is termed as operating system failure. Since computer data recovery is very tricky thing, you may need the services of hard data recovery expert. Most experts advise users to stay calm and do not panic when a computer data recovery situation occurs, otherwise the matter become even worse. What would happen if you have written additional data to the drive after a file was deleted? You must understand that when you delete a file, you simply remove its location while the file is still intact. When add any additional data to the drive after the desired file was deleted, you may lose the data permanently. Therefore, never install any new program or add any new file when you have deleted a file or multiple files or you have accidentally formatted your drive. Adding anything new after the deletion may results in permanent loss of the deleted file.

Incomparable Computer Date Recovery Software

Apart from the various processes of computer data recovery through the expert agencies, there is a dependable and compatible tools like software for recovery of lost business documents, files or data saved in the computer previously. Microsoft Windows – a magical tool that has made wonder in the world of computer regarding computer data recovery. It has become very easy and convenient to recover the lost data from computer of any make within very short time. This software has made a revolution in the world of computer. People know windows before being conversant with the computer, to-day. Microsoft generated huge market for the magic it created in the beginning with MS Windows 95. Dependency on Windows has become so high that thinking of computer with windows is next to impossible. The popularity of this Microsoft Windows is increasing day-by-day steadily with the generation of several advanced and higher versions. In fact, with the help of this Windows data recovery software, any individual can be able to recover the deleted windows data from windows hard drives. The only thing is to know the use of this software and this is not so difficult because of the guidelines provided by the manufacturer of this software and computer data recovery is possible. The user is required to have a preliminary ideal about computer technology. With the help of the guideline, it would not be difficult to make recover of the lost data.

Why I Should Involve An Expert To Do A Computer Data Recovery For My System

Computer data recovery is a process that has lately been made so simple. The computer experts have been able to come up with a software that can be used for recovery of lost data. All one needs to do is to download the software and launch it. It is a process that does not take long, depending on the speed of your machine. Also, these software has been made available in the computer shops all over the world. It is possible for a person to do a data recovery process by themselves by simply following the recovery wizard that takes you through the process. However, it is highly recommended that one seeks out the help of an expert in computer data recovery. As much as one may have invested in buying software or downloading it from the internet, there are those incidences where the hard disk is completely damaged. This might be as a result of being exposed to too much heat, water or experiencing a power surge. For you to know whether your disk is physically damaged, you should check whether they have that light that comes on when they are connected to power. An expert can handle such a disk without bringing more damage to it since they have the right knowledge for the job. More information here.

Computer Data Recovery Costs

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Grolier In Wikipedia-Baiting Shock!

Electronic encyclopedias represent one of the best types of digital publishing. Grolier’s reference work represents one of the best electronic encyclopedias.

The 2015 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (GME), the 40th edition, is available for the first time in two versions: a basic one-CD edition (about $40) and a deluxe two-disc encyclopedia (about $60). Both versions include many excellent features:

* You have access to more than 35,000 articles. Nearly 1,200 are new for ’98.

* Thousands of photos and other still images as well as dozens of high-quality videos and animations enhance the text.

* More than 15 hours of audio include samples of classical music, historic speeches, national anthems, and animal sounds.

* You can explore more than 1,200 maps. About 400 photos of famous landmarks are linked directly to some of the city street maps. An Atlas lets you drill down from large to small geographic areas. It also

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Docent Trains With The Best Of Them

Corporate trainers could soon get a chance to see how online training really affects business results.

Docent, Inc. last week announced Internet-based training software that links course results with existing corporate databases, so companies can tie training to the bottom line.

Docent 2.0 lets users outline and create online courses by importing elements from different course development products or programs. The Docent server software sits on a World Wide Web server and delivers the course across the Internet or a corporate intranet.

The Docent Reporter module then tracks each student’s progress and can export that data to corporate databases from Oracle Corp., Sybase, Inc. or Microsoft Corp.

For example, a sales manager could see how sales were affected after the sales staff in one region received training on a new company product line.

There is growing interest among businesses in using the Internet as a training delivery mechanism,

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Beating The Fear Is Easy

adAnxiety is actually a healthy emotion. Without it, we couldn’t anticipate danger and prod ourselves into action. But abnormal anxiety is of no use at all. It sets off false alarms in our minds, dramatically exaggerating perceived dangers and provoking terror and dread that interfere with daily life. An anxiety disorder can also be humiliating, according to Robert DuPont, M.D., coauthor of The Anxiety Cure, because sufferers know it’s irrational yet cannot control their obsessive thoughts and physical symptoms. “It is like putting your hand into a pocketful of fishhooks,” says Dr. DuPont. “The more you struggle, the more hooked you get.”

More than 17 percent of Americans aged 15 to 54 experience an anxiety disorder in a given year, according to a national survey conducted by Ronald Kessler, Ph.D., professor of health-care policy at Harvard Medical School. Largely because of the shame attached to mental illness, fewer than one

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Asymetrix Was Visionary In Its Acquisitions

Following up on its recent acquisition of Aimtech, Asymetrix surprised attendees of its On-Line Learning ’97 users conference, September 8-10 in Seattle, by announcing its acquisition of Oakes Interactive of Needham, Massachusetts. Oakes Interactive is a fastgrowing provider of what market analyst Bob Gill of Gartner Group calls “systems- and solutions-based CBT.” Gill says that Oakes’ primary business — custom development and management of enterprise-wide technology-delivered training with Web and Intranet training as key components — will become the largest growth area in the training market over the coming years. At the same time, vendors of training development tools, such as Asymetrix, will experience, “downward price pressure” and “brutal competition,” according to Gill.

Gill sees this merger as a “smart diversifying move” on Asymetrix’s part, an example of a big fish eating a smaller fish before it outgrows its predator. As low-end training development tools are driven toward commodity pricing

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Less Expensive Ways To Fix Hard Drive Clicking

lehdcTo have lesser expenses for the services of fix hard drive clicking, you have to research well on possible companies that will provide you with it. You can maximize the internet to search these companies located in your area. Since there are scams and other fraudulent activities online, it is important that you read reviews from forum sites and be able to distinguish a reliable company. Ask help from someone you know so that you will have your computer fix hard drive clicking. Do not be easily lured with an offer because sometimes, you will not get the worth of your invest. Affordable does not mean effective. Thus, you have to ensure that you are paying a good price for the best services for your hard drive.

Other than this, it is important that you deal with the right people. Evaluate the company’s work from previous customers Continue reading

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Environmental Impact Surveys Work For Universities

Never – not in my wildest dreams – would I have imagined that a project I did as a student would have the effect it has,” says Campus Ecology author April Smith, who with five other students at UCLA conducted the first environmental impact report directed at an institution of higher learning.

The 500-plus-page report, written as master’s thesis in 1989, focused national attention on the growing need for environmental accountability on campuses. After all, UCLA alone has the size and diversity of facilities equivalent to a small city.

After headlines, such as “UCLA Identified as Major Polluter,” ran in newspapers across the country, the organizers of Earth Day 1990 asked Smith to write a guide-book that would enable students to replicate the UCLA study on their own campuses.

Now, using feedback from students and faculty who conducted campus environmental audits, Smith, with the cooperation of the Student Environmental Action …

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