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Baritone Brian Mulligan – The Extraordinary Opera Performer



Brian Mulligan is an American Baritone Opera singer who started his career in high school musicals. He auditioned at age 17 as he was doing various tenor roles like Motel Kamazoil in Fiddler on the Roof by Bock and Bernstein’s West Side Story where he played Tony. He grew up in Endicott in South Central New York State with a family that emigrated from the Irish County of Leitrin. Brian Mulligan went to Yale University for his studies and later joined the Juilliard School.
Brian got interested with opera after his high school teacher Gloria Richardson motivated him to get vocal training. She introduced him to Todd Geer who at the time worked with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton in New York. Todd also happened to be a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow. He introduced him to the massive world of opera by giving him many videotapes and CD’s of opera. After watching them, Brian Mulligan was hooked and became more interested in learning the languages and history that appealed to him intellectually. With a series of practices, Brian gained confidence in his opera performances and was soon ready to hit the ground running.
Brian Mulligan made his debut in Die Frau ohne Scatten at the Metropolitan Opera in December 2003 while he was still a student at the prestigious Juilliard School. From there, he has performed at a number of important opera houses across the world that includes the San Francisco Opera where he debuted as Marcello in La Boheme. While performing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Brian debuted in Lucia di Lammermoor as Enrico, Opernhaus Zurich in Pique Dame debuting as Yeletsky and Los Angeles Opera where he debuted in Die Vogel as Parametheus. Apart from the above opera houses, he has also been featured in New York City Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and Houston Grand Opera.
Brian Mulligan has won many accolades in his career. In 2008, the Irish American Magazine listed him as one of the Finest in Dance, Music and Acting. He was ranked as the Top 100 Irish Americans in Music, Dance and Acting. It is important to point out that he has also received critical acclaim in his performance in Nixon in China as Richard Nixon, which he performed with the San Francisco Opera. In addition, Brian Mulligan received positive reviews from critics in his role as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, which was produced by David Alden at the Canadian Opera Company.

FreedomPop Brings a New Way to Access Data On The Go



It is indisputable that smartphones have revolutionised our lives in the last decade by allowing us to take the internet in our pockets and purses wherever we go, yet the process of being able to use them is still an unpleasant experience. One of the most important aspects of being able to use your shiny new device is purchasing a data plan to access the internet. However, there is a stunning amount of unanimity in how unpleasant purchasing and using a mobile carrier’s services can be. Common complaints cover nearly all aspects of using a mobile service, from billing and setting up a line to complaints about data overages and carriers overcharging for data to not being able to use data you paid for if you want to use a hotspot to link up your laptop or tablet.

FreedomPop is a startup that, as the name suggests, aims to bring freedom from this arcane set of rules, regulations, and fees that the major carriers have created. Their innovative network is comprised of two components, which when combined create a great service available for just a few dollars a month, an order of magnitude lower than the services provided by the main competitors.

The first part of FreedomPop’s service is a nationwide WiFi network available in population centres, which users get unlimited use of for only $5 a month. This allows quick, low latency internet use that’s in many cases faster than any mobile data plan, and obviously much, much cheaper. A clever use of VoiP and related services allows users to call and text on WiFi as well.

The second part of FreedomPop’s network uses mobile data bought in wholesale quantities from the major carriers. Thanks to clever negotiations, FreedomPop able to resell this data to the consumer for much lower prices than even other MVNOs who are also in the business of reselling mobile services can afford. This one-two punch of amazingly cheap yet effective and reliable service means that if you’re looking to switch carriers, FreedomPop is undisputedly the best possible value for your money.

FreedomPop Stays Independent



Recode reports that FreedomPop, a mobile carrier, has decided to remain independent instead of selling itself to another company. They then raised $30 million dollars from Partech Ventures, DCM Capital, Mangrove Capital, and an undisclosed investor to help them break into the European market. FreedomPop projects that they will be worth about four times as much as they are now in about a year.

They are planning on having their product retail in an undisclosed store soon, but are not sure how much that will improve their business. They are an online only retailer at this point. They give away a certain amount of product for free and charge when a customer exceeds the free amount or uses add on services. For example, they may allow a certain amount of talk-time for free, a certain number of texts, and some data for free, but anything used in excess of that amount will be billed for.

FreedomPop’s customer service is lacking, and so CEO Stephen Stokols stated that they will be stepping up that department as well. They are hiring more customer service representatives as well as upgrading their computer system in an effort to improve their customer service experience for consumers.

FreedomPop’s Recode article can be read here.

The New Age of Product Recognition



With the advancement of technology, comes new products that are unheard of. One product in particular that is currently offered is the product of image recognition. How this works is that one must take a picture of a product that is on the market. The product will then be connected to the mobile apps that are available to other app users with relevant information of this product.

This new piece of technology helps with the shopping process by providing relative information of any item being sold. For any user looking for products online, all you have to do is snap a shot of the product and apply it to the photo recognition technology. By doing so, this new app will give you similar products that are offered on other websites such as eBay. This new apps, thanks to Swedish researchers, has become fully functional to those looking to purchase products without having to leave the house.

As eCommerce increases, this new app has drastically changed the way people can shop. Any item that is desired can be purchased of found by using the photo recognition technology. One of the best sites to use for visual recognition is the Slyce website. This particular company is working with 6 of the top 20 retailers in North America.

Through image recognition, the Slyce app captures high quality photos that quickly register and show information. The accuracy in matching items through this app is unbelievable. What the Slyce company does is incorporate some of the world’s leading brands into the recognition app which in turn helps customers find the desired product quickly and efficiently. All a user of this product has to do is to snap a quick photo on their smartphone, and the product along with the information will quickly register.

The products offered by Slyce are some of the best product recognition apps offered. There are so many uses for this new product. One of the uses is for purchasing reasons. All one has to do is snap a photo of the product they are looking for and the product will register on the site. Another use of image recognition is for the visual relevancy engine. This attributes to products which are then used to provide similar results. Other uses of this product include being able to identify products through social media as well being able to digitally enable print materials and billboards within the mobile app.

Uncle Jesse Gets DUI



Say it aint’ so, Uncle Jesse? John Stamos partied too hard this weekend and got busted for DUI in Beverly Hills. After several 911 calls, police pulled Stamos over in Beverly Hills. The notoriously handsome actor identified himself as Stamos and was quickly booked for drinking while driving. Unlike most drunk drivers who go straight to jail, Stamos was taken to the hospital instead. Apparently, Stamos may have been suffering from a medical condition that required immediate medical attention. At the hospital, he was issued a citation for DUI and released to the care of the hospital. After being released from Cedars-Sinai, Stamos took to Twitter to thank everyone for their love and support. He even thanked the Beverly Hills Police Department. Stamos is not scheduled to answer charges regarding the DUI until September 2015, a few weeks before his new sitcom, Grandfather, debuts on TV.

I can’t believe that! Thanks to my buddy Zeca Oliveira for posting this on your website… totally worth the laugh.

Stephen Williams Talks The Antique Wine Company



The Antique Wine Company, based in London and founded by Stephen Williams in 1982, specializes in rare and fine wines. The business is known for its record-breaking wine collections, fine-wine events and its services that include locating rare wines, holding private wine-master classes and designing private wine-storage cabinetry and cellars. The Antique Wine Company currently inventories thousands of bottles of the finest vintages in the world and markets to thousands of customers in dozens of countries worldwide.


The Antique Wine Company sold a wine collection in 2006 that contained every vintage from 1860 to 2003 for $1.5 million, which was one of the highest prices for a single lot of wine ever purchased. In July of 2011 The Antique Wine Company set a new world record for selling the most valuable bottle of white wine, when a bottle of an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem sold for $113,422, or £75,000, to Christian Vanneque. The bottle was placed on display at the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, India, one of the two restaurants Vanneque’s owns. Vanneque said he is not a “fancy” collector, that the bottle was not bought as an investment and that he eventually plans to drink the wine.


In association with fine cabinet maker Viscount Linley, The Antique Wine Company formed the Grand Chateau Series of handcrafted wine cabinets. One top-of-the-line model, The Chateau d’Yquem, includes a collection of Chateau d’Yquem that spans 141 consecutive vintages beginning in 1868.

CEO and managing director of The Antique Wine Company, Stephen Williams has become one of the top experts on rare and fine wine in the world and has become renowned for buying and selling some of the finest wine collections anywhere on earth. Once referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Wine,” Williams is known for traveling the globe in efforts to track down the most sought-after wine vintages. Stephen enjoys sharing his vast knowledge of the fine-wine business, which has led him to becoming an accepted expert commentator on the wine industry. Williams has crafted some of the finest wine cellars in the world, in places like chateaus, palaces, five-star hotels and private homes across Europe, North America and Asia. Stephen has been frequently quoted in the press and presents an engaging series of wine programs on Monaco’s Riviera Radio. Stephen, his wife and children split their time between their homes in the South of France and London.