Ashes and SnowWritten by Tara Renee Settembre
First The Gates, a large scale public art project, overtook Central Park. Now, Ashes and Snow, a photography exhibit, literally sits atop Hudson River on Pier 54 near West 13th Street. It is also largest temporary exhibition space ever created in Manhattan.
Built on an abandoned waterfront pier, Nomadic Museum, a 67-foot-wide by 672-foot-long, privately-funded traveling museum is made of 148 stacked steel cargo shipping containers. Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, exhibition, Ashes and Snow, consists of portraits taken by Canadian-born artist Gregory Colbert.
Elementary school teacher, Heidi Laudien, 38, said she plans to bring her students to sight.
"I love idea of a museum made from recycled materials and I want my kids to see that creative part of exhibit and how it illustrates transience of space," she said.
The exhibit and museum will be displayed through June 6 in 45,000-square-foot temporary structure. Afterwards, it will be dismantled and resurrected in Santa Monica, Calif, then off to Vatican City in 2006, as it continues on its nomadic adventure.
Colbert is no stranger to traveling either. His work features portraits of exotic animals and natives from his visits to places like India, Egypt, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Ethiopia.
His sepia colored photographs are printed on leather looking parchment paper and held up by wires and hanging on an invisible wall along lengths of pier. The scenes depicted include large animals like elephants, whales, manatees, eagles, with much smaller mammals and children.
One photo has a child kissing a cheetah, another shows a man swimming under water with a 55-ton sperm whale, and one has a woman dancing near an adult elephant. These outrageous shots have caused visitors to question how Colbert did it. A volunteer at museum said Colbert's process will not be revealed. In a statement released by his foundation Colbert says none of images have been superimposed or digitally collaged. He plans to add new pieces to show each time museum moves to another destination.
Online Poker Satellites - How to Turn as Little as $1 into MillionsWritten by Peter Berlin
What do Dr. Vic Fey, an obstetrician from Clinton, Oklahoma, and Erick Brenes, a farmer from Costa Rica have in common? They both made it to final table of The World Poker Tour's Aruba Poker Classic. And what makes it more remarkable is they won their $6,000 buy-in and trip to Aruba by playing a $27 satellite tournament at online poker room, Ultimate Bet. Neither of these men are professional poker players but at end of tournament Vic Fey finished in 6th place and won $105,000 and Erick Brenes finished in first and went home to Costa Rica $1,417,000 richer. Not bad for a $27 investment.
What are satellites and how do they work? Basically a satellite is a way to enter a major tournament and play for big money without having to pay large buy-in required. For example, buy-in for World Series of Poker (WSOP) is $10,000. An on-line poker room could sponser a tournament with a $1,350 buy-in (they will also charge somewhere around 9-10% for a registration fee). For every 10 players in tournament there would be a prize pool of $13,500, enough for single buy-in to WSOP and some extra for spending money. So for a $1,350 you could win your entry to major tournament. If there are 100 players then players who finish in one of top 10 positions would be on their way to Las Vegas and a chance at $10,000,000, estimated top prize in this years tournament.
A thousand dollars is still a little steep if you ask me but you're dying to play in WSOP. So you go to an online poker site like Royal Vegas Poker. There, they have a way for you to make it to World Series for as little as $1. It takes six steps and works like this:
Step 1: You pay a $1 buy-in and a $.10 registration fee. You play against ten other players. If you come in first or second you've made it to step two.
Step 2: You enter this tournament by either coming in first or second in step 1 or by directly buying in for $5 + $0.50. Come in first or second and you move on to step three. Come in third and you get to play level 2 again free.
Step 3: Same deal. Enter by placing 1st or 2nd in previous step or buy-in for $22.50 + $2.25. The final 2 players get free entry to step four and third place lets you repeat step 3 and pays you $2.75.