- embodiment: a new personification of a familiar idea; “the embodiment of hope”; “the incarnation of evil”; “the very avatar of cunning”
- the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form; “the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu”
- An incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea
- In Hinduism, Avatar or ””””” (Devanagari , Sanskrit for “descent” [viz., from heaven to earth]) refers to a deliberate descent of a deity (an incarnation of a deva (god) from heaven to earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (i.e.
- A manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher
- A movable icon representing a person in cyberspace or virtual reality graphics
- Throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction
- Direct (one’s eyes or a look) at something
- the actors in a play
- Throw (something) so as to cause it to spread over an area
- deposit; “cast a vote”; “cast a ballot”
- project: put or send forth; “She threw the flashlight beam into the corner”; “The setting sun threw long shadows”; “cast a spell”; “cast a warm light”
the cast of avatar – Nokia 7705
Why the Right hates "Avatar"….the Genocides We Will Not See….
Avatar and the Genocides We Will Not See
Cameron’s blockbuster half-tells a story we would all prefer to forget
by George Monbiot
Avatar, James Cameron’s blockbusting 3-D film, is both profoundly silly and profound. It’s profound because, like most films about aliens, it is a metaphor for contact between different human cultures. But in this case the metaphor is conscious and precise: this is the story of European engagement with the native peoples of the Americas. It’s profoundly silly because engineering a happy ending demands a plot so stupid and predictable that it rips the heart out of the film. The fate of the native Americans is much closer to the story told in another new film, The Road, in which a remnant population flees in terror as it is hunted to extinction.
But this is a story no one wants to hear, because of the challenge it presents to the way we choose to see ourselves. Europe was massively enriched by the genocides in the Americas; the American nations were founded on them. This is a history we cannot accept.
In his book American Holocaust, the US scholar David Stannard documents the greatest acts of genocide the world has ever experienced(1). In 1492, some 100m native peoples lived in the Americas. By the end of the 19th Century almost all of them had been exterminated. Many died as a result of disease. But the mass extinction was also engineered.
When the Spanish arrived in the Americas, they described a world which could scarcely have been more different from their own. Europe was ravaged by war, oppression, slavery, fanaticism, disease and starvation. The populations they encountered were healthy, well-nourished and mostly (with exceptions like the Aztecs and Incas) peacable, democratic and egalitarian. Throughout the Americas the earliest explorers, including Columbus, remarked on the natives’ extraordinary hospitality. The conquistadores marvelled at the amazing roads, canals, buildings and art they found, which in some cases outstripped anything they had seen at home. None of this stopped them from destroying everything and everyone they encountered.
The butchery began with Columbus. He slaughtered the native people of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic) by unimaginably brutal means. His soldiers tore babies from their mothers and dashed their heads against rocks. They fed their dogs on living children. On one occasion they hung 13 Indians in honour of Christ and the 12 disciples, on a gibbet just low enough for their toes to touch the ground, then disembowelled them and burnt them alive. Columbus ordered all the native people to deliver a certain amount of gold every three months; anyone who failed had his hands cut off. By 1535 the native population of Hispaniola had fallen from 8m to zero: partly as a result of disease, partly as a result of murder, overwork and starvation.
The conquistadores spread this civilising mission across central and south America. When they failed to reveal where their mythical treasures were hidden, the indigenous people were flogged, hanged, drowned, dismembered, ripped apart by dogs, buried alive or burnt. The soldiers cut off women’s breasts, sent people back to their villages with their severed hands and noses hung round their necks and hunted Indians with their dogs for sport. But most were killed by enslavement and disease. The Spanish discovered that it was cheaper to work Indians to death and replace them than to keep them alive: the life expectancy in their mines and plantations was three to four months. Within a century of their arrival, around 95% of the population of South and Central America had been destroyed.
In California during the 18th Century the Spanish systematised this extermination. A Franciscan missionary called Junipero Serra set up a series of "missions": in reality concentration camps using slave labour. The native people were herded in under force of arms and made to work in the fields on one fifth of the calories fed to African-American slaves in the 19th century. They died from overwork, starvation and disease at astonishing rates, and were continually replaced, wiping out the indigenous populations. Junipero Serra, the Eichmann of California, was beatified by the Vatican in 1988. He now requires one more miracle to be pronounced a saint(2).
While the Spanish were mostly driven by the lust for gold, the British who colonised North America wanted land. In New England they surrounded the villages of the native Americans and murdered them as they slept. As genocide spread westwards, it was endorsed at the highest levels. George Washington ordered the total destruction of the homes and land of the Iroquois. Thomas Jefferson declared that his nation’s wars with the Indians should be pursued until each tribe "is exterminated or is driven beyond the Mississippi". During the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, troops in Colorado sla
Cast of ABC (Family) Movie, "Fallen"
the cast of avatar
3D Technology Checklist
This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:
First, you’ll need a 3D-ready display–whether it’s a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you’ll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D content–the actual entertainment, in other words–will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it’s a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered “active shutter” glasses, others polarized “passive” glasses. You’ll need one pair per viewer, and they’ll have to be compatible with your display, whether they’re the same brand, or a pair of “universal” glasses designed to work across brands.
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you’ll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.
Step into the 3D World. Watch 3D movies at home with Full HD 3D technology with the SC-BTT370.
FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
Advanced 2D image technology accumulated over the years at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) has also been applied to 3D image playback, allowing high quality images to approach original film quality. Lifelike 3D images with dramatic leaping effects and enhanced depth, luster and texture are beautifully reproduced.
3D Effect Controller
The 3D Effect Controller lets you moderate the leaping effects of 3D images. It also lets you adjust the amount of depth, so you can view expansive images and enjoy movies with exactly the kind of 3D effects you want.
The 2D-3D Conversion makes it possible to convert images from DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D with natural depth perception. So you can watch your prized DVD movie collection in 3D with real-life depth, for even greater viewing enjoyment.
The True to Cinema Picture Concept
Panasonic has worked with Hollywood film studios at a laboratory that we have maintained in Hollywood over a long period of time to research image reproduction technologies. These activities have enabled us to accumulate the know-how necessary to faithfully reproduce original movie images on Blu-ray Discs. Now, we have applied these advanced 2D technologies directly to 3D movie reproduction, to achieve truly beautiful images with even more lifelike realism, depth and texture.
Skype Video Messaging
Quick access to the menu screen
You can instantly access the Skype menu screen by simply pressing the Skype button on the remote control. This is very handy because it lets you easily access the menu screen even while you’re watching a TV program or movie.
While watching a TV program or movie, a ringtone from the player tells you that you have a call. The ringtone also rings during standby mode.
*The incoming call can not be received during Blu-ray Disc playback
Auto Answering Video Message
Record an original message onto an SD Memory Card* and set it as your answering voice message. The message will respond automatically when you receive a phone call while you’re away.
*Minimum 512MB SD card required *SD card not included
Video Mail Recording
Callers can also record messages for you onto the SD Memory Card, so you can confirm the messages when you return home.
Cinema Surround Plus
The Virtual Speakers created by Cinema Surround compensate for the lack of a surround effect to provide natural, smooth surround sound. Starting with the 2011 models, the same number of Virtual Speakers are arranged in the vertical direction as in the horizontal direction. This offers an enhanced surround effect not only horizontally but also vertically, so you can enjoy your favorite movies with a level of dynamic surround sound that you’ve never before experienced.
*Rear speakers have wireless capability with the SH-FX71.
Clear Sound Digital Amplifier
The Clear Sound Digital Amplifier analyzes the difference between the input and output audio signals, and makes the necessary adjustments to produce an output signal with the same low distortion as the input signal. This results in sound that is highly faithful to the original sound source.
Built-in Wi-Fi System
A Wi-Fi system is built right into the main unit, so you can enjoy VIERA CAST and BD-Live content without having to connect the Blu-ray Disc player with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adaptor.
*A wireless LAN environment is required.
ARC (Audio Return Channel)
The home theater system is compatible with the ARC (Audio Return Channel) feature. ARC makes it possible to receive audio signals from the TV, on top of the preexisting HDMI function of sending audio/video signals to the TV with just one cable. This feature simplifies connection by eliminating the audio cable connection between the TV audio output and the main unit’s audio input.
* ARC compatible TV is required.
VIERA CAST has been further enhanced with CinemaNow and VUDU, which allow you to stream movies. You can also access other content from the special VIERA CAST screen. And you can check weather and stock information on other sites.
BD-ROM:FULL HD 3D BD, BD-Video
DVD-R/DVD-R DL/DVD-RW :DVD-Video, DVD Video Recording,AVCHD, MP3/JPEG/MPO (DVD-R/ DVD-R DL )
+R/+R(DL)/+RW 1 Playback:Video, AVCHD
CD, CD-R/-RW 2 Playback:CD-DA, MP3, JPEG/MPO
DVD-R/-RW/-R(DL) Playback:DVD Video, DVD-VR, AVCHD, JPEG/ MP3/MPO (DVD-R/ DVD-R DL ), MKV (DVD-R/ DVD-R DL )
+R/+R(DL)/+RW Playback:Video, AVCHD
SD Memory Card:JPEG / MPO / MPEG2 / AVCHD
Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone :Yes (Integrated)
Total Output:1000W, Front: 160W x 2, Center: 160W, Surround: 160W x 2, Subwoofer: 200W
SD Memory Card Slot:Yes
Ethernet:Yes (for BD-Live, VIERA CAST and Firmware Update)
Front Speaker:Woofer: 2-1/2″ Cone Type, Tweeter: 1″ Semi-dome Type 15-29/32″ x 5-5/16″ x 5-5/16″”
Center Speaker:Full Range: 2-1/2 Cone Type 3-3/16″ x 5-23/32″ x 2-15/16″
Surround Speaker:Full Range: 2-1/2 Cone Type 4-19/32″ x 3-5/32″ x 2-15/16″”
Subwoofer:1 way 1 speaker (Down Firing) 16-1/16″ x 7-3/32″ x 11-13/16″”
What’s in the Box
Main unit – SA-BTT370, Front speakers – SB-HF370, Center speaker – SB-HC370, Surround speakers – SB-HS270, Subwoofer – SB-HW370, remote control with batteries, AC power supply cord, FM indoor antenna, user’s manual, sheet of speaker cable sticker