Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wonder by Rachel Vail

Jessica and Sheila have been best friends since kindergarten, but on the first day of 7th grade, Sheila dumps Jessica and becomes part of a new clique who humiliates Jessica. If junior high is supposed to be so great, why is Jessica miserable? A Booklist Editor's Choice.

Friday, July 3, 2015



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prefecture-level city
Location of Jingmen City in Hubei and the PRC
Location of Jingmen City in Hubei and the PRC
Jingmen is located in Hubei
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 31°03′N 112°12′E
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
 • Prefecture-level city 12,404 km2 (4,789 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Prefecture-level city 3,023,000
 • Metro 400,000
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 0724
GDP 2013
 - Total CN¥120.261 billion
(US$19.43 billion)
 - Per capita CN¥37,649
 - Growth Increase 10.5%
Licence plate prefixes H
Jingmen (simplified Chinese: 荆门; traditional Chinese: 荊門; pinyin: Jīngmén) is a prefecture-level city in central Hubei province, People's Republic of China. Jingmen is within an area where cotton and oil crops are planted. The population of the prefecture is 2,873,687 (2010 population census). The urban area of Jingmen City has a population of about 400,000. Jingmen is so named as in ancient times it was the gateway to Jingzhou, one of the Nine Provinces and means literally Gateway to Jingzhou.

Administrative divisions

Jingmen municipality comprises two districts, one county-level city and two counties :

City layout

Dongbao District "downtown" is located about 3 hours away from Wuhan by bus or rail. A new train service was introduced from Jingmen to Wuhan in 2004. Jingmen is very close to many great tourist attractions such as Changban Slope of Three Kingdoms fame, the Wudang Mountains, and the Ming Tomb in Zhongxiang (a World Heritage site only an hour away). As it is located in central China, Jingmen is within easy reach of almost anywhere in the country, taking about 18 hours to either Beijing or Guangzhou by train, or two hours by train to Yichang, home of the Gezhouba Dam project and Three Gorges Dam. From here travellers can fly to many destinations.
The Dongbao District "downtown" has 3 north-south parallel roads:
  • Xiangshan Dadao - The main avenue of Jingmen City. Most governmental buildings are here. Most civil functions, including hospitals, recreational areas, hotels, and the only university in Jingmen - Jingchu University of Technology, are alongside the road.
  • Changning Dadao - All big telecommunication companies set up there branches here. Also there are many cellphone shops. The Jingmen railway station is to the north of Changning Dadao.
  • Baiyun Dadao - The inner city part of National Highway 207, and a route to the Xiangfan-Jingzhou Highway.
  • Jinxia Lu - Not a main avenue, but an important street in the city centre. Lots of small shops and schools there.
Crisscrossing these three roads are the roads Xiangshan 1st to 3rd, so by using these main arteries it is possible to go almost anywhere in Jingmen. Xiangshan 3 road leads behind the Jingmen Foreign Language school and doesn't actually provide a direct link from Xiangshan Dadao to Changning Dadao.
The main commercial area is Zhongtian Street (formerly Jiefang (Liberty) Road), a pedestrian only street, which also crisscrosses the three main roads.
Jingmen is surrounded by hills within easy reach.
Jingmen from the summit of Xiangshan hill.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Austra (band)


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Katie Stelmanis performing at the Bloor/Gladstone Library in Toronto on November 20, 2009
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Synthpop, dark wave, new wave, dream pop, indietronica
Years active 2009–present
Labels One Big Silence, Paper Bag, Domino

Members Katie Stelmanis
Maya Postepski
Dorian Wolf
Austra is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2009.[1] The band consists of Katie Stelmanis (vocals, keyboards), her former Galaxy bandmate Maya Postepski (drums) and former Spiral Beach bassist Dorian Wolf.[2] They played a number of early shows under the name Private Life before learning that another band was already using the name; they subsequently named the band after Stelmanis' middle name Austra, which is also the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology.[3] Austra used to include twin backing singers Sari and Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy. Keyboardist Ryan Wonsiak of Ze and the Boyfriends makes up the quartet.[2]
Austra's debut album Feel It Break was released on May 17, 2011 by Paper Bag Records.[4] On July 6, 2011, the album was shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize,[5] but lost out to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.[6] Feel It Break was included on several year-end critics' lists; notably, both the Toronto Star and New York named it the best album of 2011, with the former calling it "an outright stunner".[7][8] Stereogum named Austra a Band to Watch on March 14, 2011.[9]
Their second album Olympia was released on June 18, 2013,[10] from which the first single Home was released on March 7, 2013.[11]



Studio albums


  • Habitat (2014)

Remix albums

  • Sparkle (2011)


  • "Beat and the Pulse" (2010)
  • "Lose It" (2011)
  • "Spellwork" (2011)
  • "Home" (2013)
  • "Painful Like" (2013)
  • "Forgive Me" (2013)
  • "Hurt Me Now" (2014)
  • "Habitat" (2014)
  • "American Science" (2014)