neighbors press

"There’s something decidedly human in the story of 9 year old George Draper, who lives not far from Lucille Ball. George had always been ‘just crazy’ to have a dog, and admitted his passion to Lucille one evening when she stopped for a chat with him during the course of her evening stroll with her pedigreed pooch. Lucille bought him a dog - and ever since, he’s worshipped her as the one divine lady in the world. The other day, when Lucille was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendicitis operation, George heard about it. He walked to the hospital, commandeered a seat in the reception room,  and refused to budge until the nurses told him the operation was over and Lucille was resting easily. Since then, he’s been a daily visitor, always with an armful of flowers - picked from the gardens of obliging neighbors." 

- 1939 press clipping on Lucille Ball (x

I am insanely honored to announce that I am writing/acting in a movie that Seth Rogen is attached to star in and Adam McKay is attached to direct. That is obviously the coolest sentence I’ve ever written. These humans are heroes to me and now I get to play in the same world as Seth, Adam, Evan Goldberg, Point Grey, Gary Sanchez and Good Universe. This is going to be fucking awesome. Seth, Evan and Adam’s quotes from the press release say it best-

Rogen and Goldberg: “Every 2,000 years, the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same. McKay and Schwartz are real smart, well-endowed guys, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”

McKay: “Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up. He did come up with a great idea.”


2090: In The Well | Andrew Hudgins

"In The Well"
Andrew Hudgins

My father cinched the rope,
a noose around my waist,
and lowered me into
the darkness. I could taste

my fear. It tasted first
of dark, then earth, then rot.
I swung and struck my head
and at that moment got

another then: then blood,
which spiked my mouth with iron.
Hand over hand, my father
dropped me from then to then:

then water. Then wet fur,
which I hugged to my chest.
I shouted. Daddy hauled
the wet rope. I gagged, and pressed

my neighbor’s missing dog
against me. I held its death
and rose up to my father.
Then light. Then hands. Then breath.

Moving? When?

Some people will probably think we are nuts for moving yet again. We have lived here in Callao for over a year. I have tried to settle in and be happy here. It’s hard. Not really knowing anyone here in this small town. Although, I have met a wonderful couple that live next door to us. I do enjoy chatting with them every now and then. I am not an extrovert. Neither is Alex. I, for one, do not do…

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Apple announces €1.7 billion plan to erect two new Europe-based data centers

Apple today announced the company will invest €1.7 billion ($1.9 billion) in two new European data centers, each powered by 100% renewable energy. The first of two will be located in County Galway, Ireland and the second will be constructed in Jutland, Denmark. The new capacity will power various Apple services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri across the continent.

The new Apple data centers will measure 166,000 square meters and are expected to commence operations in 2017. Apple will also be helping out the local communities in both countries. For Ireland, the company will help restore native trees to Derrydonnell Forest and provide an outdoor education space for schools, while in Denmark, Apple will capture excess heat from facility equipment to help warm homes in the neighboring community.

See the press release below for more details.

Apple to Invest €1.7 Billion in New European Data Centres

State-of-the-art facilities in Ireland and Denmark will run on 100 percent renewable energy

CORK, Ireland—February 23, 2015—Apple® today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centres in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store®, App Store℠, iMessage®, Maps and Siri® for customers across Europe.

"We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."

Apple supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps. Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, developers across Europe have earned more than €6.6 billion through the worldwide sale of apps.

Apple now directly employs 18,300 people across 19 European countries and has added over 2,000 jobs in the last 12 months alone. Last year, Apple spent more than €7.8 billion with European companies and suppliers helping build Apple products and support operations around the world.

Like all Apple data centres, the new facilities will run entirely on clean, renewable energy sources from day one. Apple will also work with local partners to develop additional renewable energy projects from wind or other sources to provide power in the future. These facilities will have the lowest environmental impact yet for an Apple data centre.

"We believe that innovation is about leaving the world better than we found it, and that the time for tackling climate change is now," said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. "We’re excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is good for the planet, good for our business and good for the European economy."

The two data centres, each measuring 166,000 square metres, are expected to begin operations in 2017 and include designs with additional benefits for their communities. For the project in Athenry, Ireland, Apple will recover land previously used for growing and harvesting non-native trees and restore native trees to Derrydonnell Forest. The project will also provide an outdoor education space for local schools, as well as a walking trail for the community.

In Viborg, Denmark, Apple will eliminate the need for additional generators by locating the data centre adjacent to one of Denmark’s largest electrical substations. The facility is also designed to capture excess heat from equipment inside the facility and conduct it into the district heating system to help warm homes in the neighboring community.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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