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VIDEO: 'The Karate Kid' Trailer. A New One

By Germain Lussier on December 23rd, 2009

Yes, it’s true. In 2010, Hollywood is releasing a remake of “The Karate Kid” and you can watch the trailer above.
The 1984 original, starring Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi (oh, sorry, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita), remains a classic to this day. This version, though, takes the exact same story and slightly tweaks it. In both movies, a young, inner city youth moves to a different place and starts to get bullied. He is then befriended by a martial arts master, trains, and faces his foes head on. The differences are that it’s now Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) as the lead, he moves to Asia instead of California, the master is now Jackie Chan, and all the kids are younger. And I’m sure the music will not be as awesome as Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” or “You’re the Best.”
“The Karate Kid” opens June 11, 2010. Put your kid in front of this trailer and let us know – do they want to see it? Or do they just want to watch the original again?


Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society April 1, 2005 | Anonymous Predicting exactly how much snow will fall in a given storm is a challenge for forecasters. They first must estimate how much liquid the storm will produce and then convert to snow amounts using a snow ratio, the amount of water that results from melting a certain depth of snow. Because this ratio can vary widely, from 3:1 (3 inches of snow per inch of liquid water) up to 100:1, meteorologists give a range of amounts in their forecasts. this web site debt to income ratio calculator

A better way of calculating snow ratios, however, using the Internet, is making snowfall prediction a little easier on NWS forecasters this winter. They now can go on the Web and obtain a snow ratio in minutes knowing just a few parameters.

Paul Roebber, professor of mathematical science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and one of his students, Sara Bruening, came up with the improved method of predicting snow ratios. It was peer reviewed and appeared in the April 2003 issue of Weather and Forecasting.

They first applied a statistical process involving artificial neural networks (ANN), which create computer simulations within a “brain-like” system of interconnected processing units. Although ANNs have seen only limited use in meteorology, Roebber believed the system could take into account the many variables that snow-ratio prediction involves.

“I’ve always been interested in neural networks and had wanted to try using it in a forecast project,” Roebber says. “This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.” He is currently collecting cases that will verify the strengths and weaknesses of the system. In one case, John Else at the Sullivan, Wisconsin, NWS office wrote that Roebber’s method gave a 13:1 ratio for a storm on 6 January, which equated to 6 or 7 inches of snow; the actual amount that fell was 7 inches. debt to income ratio calculator

One downside, forecasters admit, is that the method calculates too broad a range of ratios to be truly effective. “Forecasters already know what it’s going to say,” says Jeff Waldstreicher, deputy chief of the NWS Eastern Region Scientific Services Division. “But it does help” by verifying quantitatively what forecasters are independently inferring from the models, he says.

The Web page hosting the snow ratio calculator explains to the user what to expect, and then walks through the process to obtain a snow ratio. It also tells users that it was designed as an informal collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Grand Forks, North Dakota, office of the NWS, and remains a research “test-bed”-although it is gaining wider use among forecasters.


  • JEremy Suede

    Wow, it actually looks better than I expected. Nice touch setting it in China

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