Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherHere’s something I don’t get to say very often, and haven’t said for a long time: you can expect some rain this week. Temperatures ranging from pretty cold by Southern California standards (highs in the low 60s) to mild (mid-70s), and a significant chance of rain on Tuesday. It will get quite chilly in the evenings, so make sure you dress accordingly. World of Color2211112 As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsYou have a couple more opportunities to see Disney’s holiday shows this weekend. After that, it’s Fantasmic! and World of Color running abbreviated schedules for the rest of the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Fantasmic!2211112 Admission and HoursPassholder blockouts phase out for the season this week: Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday, and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak cost ($124/$118) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAs noted above, there are significant refurbishments starting this week, including headliner attractions like Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and the permanent closure of California Screamin’. Ariel’s Grotto and the Cove Bar will likewise close at this time. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. Share This!The new year is here, and with it comes much lower crowds and chillier weather. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesThe busy holiday season comes to a close at Disneyland Resort this week, and with the end of that season comes the far less busy refurbishment season. Yes, several popular attractions are going offline starting this week. Some, like Haunted Mansion, Dumbo, Grizzly River Run, and Splash Mountain are undergoing brief downtime for scheduled maintenance or to remove holiday overlays. Others, like California Screamin’, are gone for good, at least in their current forms.CrowdsCrowds are all over the map this week, ranging from quite high this weekend as winter break wraps up, to very low towards the end of the week once most kids are back to school. Wednesday and Thursday notably have level 2 crowds, which are about as low as you’re likely to see all year. A Christmas Fantasy Parade2200000 Believe … In Holiday Magic1100000 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri California Adventure8-108-129-99-99-99-99-11 Disneyland8-128-129-99-99-99-99-12
Many organizations are trying to apply analytics technologies to their businesses but failing, according to a report by McKinsey.The McKinsey report found that “organizations that are able to harness new models and tools effectively will be able to create significant value and differentiate themselves, while others will find themselves increasingly at a disadvantage.”Michael Chui, a McKinsey Global Institute partner, said that “in many areas, a few leading companies are racing ahead. But many organizations haven’t yet been able to scale up small-scale experiments to meaningfully improve the performance of the entire enterprise.”Nicolaus Henke, global leader of McKinsey Analytics, said that “we think data and analytics represent the single biggest opportunity available to management teams to create value, improve performance, and change the nature of competition. The biggest barriers companies face in extracting value from data is adapting core processes and building new capabilities at scale. Embracing analytics is not about adopting a new tactic. It’s about changing your business model and the fundamental way you make decisions.”
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … According to the latest numbers from Nielsen, the growth patterns of the mobile operating ecosystem have stabilized in the last several months. Android, which enjoyed wild growth to become the market leader in 2010, has topped out with a consistent 36% of the mobile OS market share while Apple’s iOS hovers around 26% and Blackberry has stopped its bleeding around 23%.Android users are also the most data hungry of smartphone users. Nielsen’s shows data between February and April 2011 including data and application usage. The average Android user consumes 582 megabytes of data per month, against 492 MBs for iOS Users.Nielsen says that 79% of iOS users and 74% of Android users have downloaded applications within the last month, both far outstripping the usage patterns of the Hewlett-Packard WebOS and Windows Phone 7. BlackBerry users do not use a lot of data (127 MBs) per month and only 42% have downloaded apps within the last month. Check the data usage chart below.After application downloads, the next most popular activity on smartphones is streaming online music or radio. That bodes well for services like Pandora, MOG and Rdio and validates the move of Amazon, Google and possibly Apple into the music streaming arena.The surprise bit of data is that Windows Mobile is still a strong presence in the market at 9%, with Windows Phone 7 claiming 1% of the market. That has to sting for Microsoft as users are more likely to jump ship to iOS or Android and simply hold onto their old CE phones longer than upgrade to WP7. Expect that number to get significant bump when Nokia and Microsoft unleash the first iterations of their partnership later this year and Windows Mobile customers’ two-year contracts run out and it is time for a new phone. Tags:#mobile#NYT#web Related Posts dan rowinski
Proudest accomplishment: One of the proudest accomplishments that I’ve experienced is a recent one which was receiving a full scholarship into RISD’s MFA Program. I’ll be starting this fall at RISD continuing my studies in glass. Another great accomplishment that I have to mention is working with Rashaad Newsome on his solo exhibition “Herald” at Marlborough Gallery Chelsea in New York. It was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Rashaad is also one of my great mentors and supporters. He has shown me the ins and outs, ups and downs of the professional art world. He constantly encourages me to continue my growth as an artist. Last three songs played on your iTunes/iPod: The last three songs I played were Missy Elliot 702 “Beep me 911”, Lil Kim “Money Talks”, and D’angelo “Brown Sugar”. I was in a 90s type of mood, and I’m usually always in a 90s type of mood. But, I also like to listen to a lot of trippy instrumental type music like Flying Lotus, Madlib, Thundercat, things like that. Last completed piece of art: The Seventh Eye, Acrylic on canvas, 16×20, 2012 Favorite Philly DJ: Ah, I’ll have to say Diplo. When I’m creating new work, I like to listen to a lot of party music. My creative process is a fun experience, and he helps keep it that way. So aside from the stylistics of DJing, his individual music projects and collaborations help to make him favorite. Where can we find you and your work: You can find me in Philly or in New York depending on the week. You can find my work online at doreengarner.com, or in person at the next AD Valorem Coalition Exhibition. More details about the next show can be found at facebook.com/advaloremcoalition. Insider Tip: Check out the flier to Doreen + Ad Valorem’s Event this Saturday Night at The Window Factory! DJ Phsh is spinning. Doreen Garner has become one of my new favorite Philly artists to keep tabs on. From painting, to stained glass, to installations, she has a variety of creative outlets that draw us all in one piece at a time. Check out the Q&A that I did with her below and get to know Doreen a little better. Insider Tip: She has an exhibit coming up this weekend. Make sure to check out the flier and support local artists! Doreen Garner artwork: Facial Structure Currently working on: I am currently working on a series of 2-day paintings, as well as a new video project. The 2-day paintings deal with distortion, fragmentation and reconstruction of the human figure. The video project that I am working on stems from a previous photo piece. I was concerned with how the black female body is fetish-ized and over-sexualized in today’s society. The video is composed of intimate movements and gestures that will be chopped and screwed. I am also working with rapper/producer Mike “Scanz” Danzis to compose audio to form fit specific visual components of the piece. Favorite Philly visual artist: My favorite Philly visual artist is the amazing Judith Schaechter. She is an extraordinarily talented artist that works with stained glass as well as animation. When I first saw her work in a modern craft history class at Tyler School of Art, I was floored. Her use of color and light is outstanding, not to mention her artistic voice is one of a kind. Judith has been a mentor as well as a great friend and my life wouldn’t be the same without her guidance and support. Favorite kind of paint to create with: Favorite kind of paint – I don’t really have a favorite kind for canvas and things. I use a little bit of everything. When I’m working with glass, my favorite paint is Reusche Tracing Black. If you weren’t an artist, what other career would you like to pursue: If I did not work as a fine artist, I think I would have a career in culinary arts. When I was younger, I used to bake a lot of desserts and help my Grandmother make food. I told people that I would be a baker when I grew up. Where are you originally from: I am originally from Philly. I grew up at 17th and Erie Ave in North Philly. I also spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house in Germantown. Favorite website to visit: If I had to name a favorite website, it would have to be Youtube. It’s become a crazy visual source of info and shenanigans and it’s kinda great. Favorite part of town: I don’t really think I have a favorite part of town. I might say Old City because it’s in good walking distance of a lot of cool things. Favorite art gallery: That’s another tough one. I don’t really have a favorite gallery, but if I could have my own exhibition in any of the spaces in Philadelphia it would either be at TRUST gallery or at Dalet gallery. Favorite art supply store: Back in the day I used to be a Pearl kind of girl. Since they’re gone, Dick Blick is my new spot. Last exhibit you went to: The last exhibit/exhibition I went to was Ad Valorem Coalition’s at the MBN building in Northern Liberties. Ad Valorem Coalition is an artist collective that I co-founded at the beginning of this year. It is composed of 18 other artist’s from/residing in Philadelphia. We felt like there was a lack of camaraderie and support within the artist community. Ad Valorem Coalition is a collective of artists that encourage productive studio practice, collaboration and fellowship.