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ne plus ultra

The highest point of excellence, acme. Loosely translated from the Latin for “there is no reason to go further,” the phrase is a synonym of “zenith.” A new car with all the most modern features that any buyer could wish for (or so the manufacturer claims) might be touted as the ne plus ultra of automobiles. Legend has it that “ne plus ultra”—in its literal sense—was inscribed on Gibraltar's Pillars of Hercules as a warning to mariners not to venture, depending on the direction in which they were sailing, into the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.
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Witness 70 bands from all throughout the country perform simultaneously on 3 big stages from afternoon until dawn: get groovy with some reggae and ska vibes from Tropical Depression, Jeck Pilpil and Peacepipe, Brownman Revival, Reggae Mistress, Powerspoonz, Smooth Friction and other feelgood artists at the Groove Stage; jump to the beats of pop and alternative music with Rocksteddy, The Oktaves, Gracenote, Drive Me To Juliet, Imago, Mayonnaise, and other crowd favorites at the Move Stage; and reign triumphant in the mosh pit as Slapshock, Razorback, Wilabaliw, Urbandub, Skychurch, Lostthreads, and many other hard hitters bring the "Rak" in "Rakrakan" at the Mosh Stage definitely, a ne plus ultra of its kind in the annals of Philippine history
It's highlighted by the ne plus ultra of heist sequencesalmost a half-hour long, mostly silent, shot without dialogue or music: so good it was later imitated by actual criminals.
David Beckham is the ne plus ultra of the metrosexual, if you were still wondering, even though he's not single.
Colors are stripped of the symbolic meaning van Gogh accorded them, and the material candor that Greenberg celebrated as the ne plus ultra of painting becomes an inevitability--but the so-called inner necessity that gave abstract painting human meaning has been sacrificed.
HOLLYWOOD Raunch reached the elusive ne plus ultra of raunchiness July 15 when "Step Brothers" preemed at the Village and Bruin theaters in Westwood.
Pure white bread, once the ne plus ultra of refinement, is today's whitetrash feed.
And if the Internet is figured as the technological ne plus ultra of the present time, then Bob Seidensticker, a man who spent a good portion of his career working at tech companies (including Microsoft at one point) works hard in Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change (Berrett-Kohhler; $15.
Ironically, following Franck's death in 1890 Lekeu plunged right into the ne plus ultra of academic exercises, the Belgian Prix de Rome; many letters detail his frustrations with the same grade of humor as Hector Berlioz's earlier memoir account of the analogous French competition.
Jenkins, who has worked for everyone from Woody Allen to Mike Nichols, from the Farrelly brothers to the Coen brothers, plays Walter Vale--widower, economics professor and the ne plus ultra of boring white men.
The ne plus ultra of paranormality involves contact across the membrane between the dead and the living--a connection pursued by the most affecting works here.
Which leads to the Takumi, the ne plus ultra of craftsmanship, the small group of individuals at that Tahara Plant who are dedicated to assuring that the LS 460s are first-class vehicles in all sensible aspects.
As to taste, he cites "The Queen" as the ne plus ultra.
Be that as it may, throughout the twentieth century artists and photographers have often moved from one camp to the other, among them, Man Ray, Frederick Kiesler, Herbert List, Salvador Dali, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, and Andy Warhol, who perhaps represents the ne plus ultra of crossover careers.
It was the ne plus ultra plant of its time, when visions of "automatic factories" were the Fata Morgana of automotive executives: Robots would do the heavy lifting, the complex tasks, and practically everything else.
Indeed, for the true art connoisseur, architecturally based commissions by such installation artists as Jorge Pardo, Roy McMakin, Richard Wright and James Turrell may be the ne plus ultra in customized art.