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          Union Bank of India Announces Excellent Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017         
Highlights  of  Union Bank of India's Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017  

CASA     25.1 per cent YoY
Non Interest Income      `  ` 1414 crore  (up 36 per cent YoY) 
Savings Deposit     27.6 per cent YoY
Operating Profit     ` ` 2057 crore (up 26.5 per cent YoY) 
CASA Share      35.5 per cent 
Net Profit        ` 117 crore (up 7.3 per cent QoQ) 
RAM* Sector      14.8 per cent YoY
CRAR       12.01 per cent 
RAM* Share       55.4 per cent
Tier I      9.24 per cent 

 The growth in Deposits was driven by Savings Deposits, which grew by 27.6 per cent on YoY basis.
 Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent against 48.28 per cent on YoY basis.

 Capital Adequacy Ratio (Basel III) improved to 12.01 per cent compared to 10.75 per cent a year ago. * (Retail, Agriculture & MSME share in domestic advances) 

Global Business grew by 10.5 per cent to `670971 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `607280 crore as on June 30, 2016. Domestic business grew by 10.0 per cent to `635233 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `577473 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Total deposit of the bank grew from `338727 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `375796 crore as on June 30, 2017 showing growth of 10.9 per cent. 
Financial Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017 
CASA deposits grew by 25.1 per cent to `133412 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `106604 crore as on June 30, 2016.   CASA share in total deposits improved to 35.5 per cent as on June 30, 2017 compared to 31.5 per cent as on June 30, 2016. Average CASA ratio also increased by 430 basis points (bps) to 33.5 per cent on YoY basis.  Savings Deposit registered YoY growth of 27.6 per cent.  A total of 8.70 lakh CASA accounts were opened during April-June 2017, out of which 8.38 lakh were Savings Bank Accounts (excl. BSBDA/BSBDS accounts).   The Bank’s Global Advances grew by 9.9 per cent (YoY) to `295175 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `268553 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Due to encouraging growth of 14.8 per cent in RAM (Retail, Agriculture & MSME) sector, Domestic Advances increased by 9.4 per cent from `242935 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `265683 crore as on June 30, 2017. 

Financial Performance for the quarter ended June 2017

Domestic Net Interest Margin (NIM) stood at 2.20 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 2.36 per cent for April -June 2016. Global NIM for April -June 2017 stood at 2.06 per cent as against 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017 quarter. It was 2.28 per cent a year ago.    Yield on funds stood at 6.94 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 7.94 per cent for April-June 2016 and 7.35 per cent for January-March 2017.   Cost of funds stood at 5.03 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 5.82 per cent for April-June 2016 and 5.24 per cent for January-March 2017.  Net Interest Income for April-June 2017 increased by 6.7 per cent to `2243 crore from `2103 crore for April-June 2016. It was `2387 crore during January-March 2017.  Non Interest Income for April-June 2017 stood at `1414 crore, showing increase of 36.0 per cent over April-June 2016.   Operating profit increased by 26.5 per cent to `2057 crore during April-June 2017 over `1626 crore during April-June 2016 and was `2134 crore during January-March 2017.  Net Profit for April-June 2017 sequentially increased to `117 crore from `109 crore in January-March 2017.  Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent for April -June 2017 from 48.28 per cent for April-June 2016 and it was 44.32 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on average assets (annualised) stood at 0.10 per cent for April-June 2017 as against 0.17 per cent for April-June 2016 and 0.10 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on equity (annualised) stood at 2.46 per cent in April -June 2017 as against 3.36 per cent for April -June 2016 and 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017.  Earnings per share (annualised) stood at `6.78 in April -June 2017 as against `9.69 for April -June 2016 and `6.33 for January-March 2017.

Asset Quality
Gross NPA stood at 12.63 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.17 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.   Net NPA ratio stood at 7.47 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 6.57 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 6.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 51.13 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 51.41 per cent as on March 31, 2017. It was 49.99 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  

Capital Adequacy

Capital Adequacy ratio of the Bank under Basel III improved to 12.01 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.79 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.75 per cent as on June 30, 2016 compared to minimum regulatory requirement of 10.25 per cent.  The Tier I ratio as of June 30, 2017 is 9.24 per cent, within which Common Equity Tier 1 ratio is 7.73 per cent compared to regulatory minimum of 6.75 per cent. 

Digital Initiatives

The Bank has been pioneer in taking various digital initiatives and continuously launched various digital products for enhancing the customer services. Following are some of the key achievements during the quarter:
 66 per cent growth in mobile banking users on YoY basis.  U-Mobile transaction volume doubled from June 2016.  90 per cent growth in number of PoS terminals on YoY basis.  7th largest presence in banking industry and 3rd largest presence amongst all PSU banks within short span of time in Social media.  Trendsetter on Social media channels by taking various initiatives like Live streaming, Digital Education Series – #KyaAapJanteHai etc.   67 per cent share of “transactions through digital channels” in “overall transactions”. 

Financial Inclusion:

Under the Pradhan Manrti Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the the Bank has more than 69 lakh accounts having a balance of `1270 crore.   48.91 lakh Rupay Card issued under PMJDY as on June 30, 2017.

Total enrollment under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APJ) increased to 30.1 lakh, 12.8 lakh and 2.21 lakh respectively.  The Bank financed `696 crore in 33433 accounts under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, including an amount of `211 crore to 7964 beneficiaries through a specific scheme for financing of light commercial vehicle during April–June 2017. 


The Bank has 4286 branches as of June 30, 2017 including 4 overseas branches at Hong Kong, DIFC (Dubai), Antwerp (Belgium) and Sydney (Australia). In addition, the Bank has representative offices at Shanghai, Beijing and Abu Dhabi. The Bank also operates in United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd.   Total number of ATMs stood at 7574 including 1685 talking ATMs as of June 30, 2017. ATM to branch ratio stood at 1.77. 

Awards & Accolades during FY 2017-18 (April-June)

Skoch Award 
Skoch Order of merit Award – Operational Customer Relationship Management (OCRM)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Unified Payment Interface(UPI)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Green PIN solution for Debit cards 
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Union Digi Gaon
Skoch Financial Inclusion Award for Financial Inclusion

          Skillsoft and MIT Sloan Management Review Partner To Train Next Generation Business Leaders        

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          '..If you can’t see this next crisis coming, you’re not paying the right kind of attention .. Financial politicians..' (no replies)        
'..If you can’t see this next crisis coming, you’re not paying the right kind of attention..'

'This Fed has already engineered the next crisis, just as Greenspan kept rates too low for too long, ignored his regulatory responsibility, and engineered the housing bubble and subprime crisis. If you can’t see this next crisis coming, you’re not paying the right kind of attention. The Trump Fed is going to have to deal with that crisis, but we still have many questions as to what a Trump Fed will actually look like or do.'

John Mauldin (Source, Jun 25, 2017)

'..Their empathy circuits get turned off.'

'Powerful people everywhere routinely make decisions that hurt others. We see it in central bankers, politicians, corporate CEOs, religious groups, universities – any large organization. The old saying is right: Power really does corrupt. And corruption is a barrier to sustainable economic growth. This is more than a political problem; it has a serious economic impact.

Recent psychological research suggests that powerful people behave remarkably like traumatic brain injury victims. Controlled experiments show that, given power over others, people often become impulsive and less sensitive to risk. Most important, test subjects often lose empathy, that is, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.


Powerful people also lose a capacity called “mirroring.” When we observe other people doing something, our brains react as if we were doing the same thing. It’s why, when you watch a sporting event, you may unconsciously mimic a golf swing or the referee’s hand signals. Some portion of your brain thinks you are really there. But when researchers prime test subjects with powerful feelings, their mirroring capacity decreases.

You can see why this is a problem. The Protected-class members of the Federal Open Market Committee must feel quite powerful when they gather in that fancy room to make policy decisions. It’s no wonder they forget how their decisions will affect regular working-class people: Their empathy circuits get turned off.'

- Patrick Watson, The Wedge Goes Deeper, June 30, 2017

'..I now feel that it's highly likely we will face a major financial crisis, if not later this year, then by the end of 2018 at the latest..'

'Re-entering the news flow was a jolt, and not in a good way. Looking with fresh eyes at the economic numbers and central bankers’ statements convinced me that we will soon be in deep trouble. I now feel that it's highly likely we will face a major financial crisis, if not later this year, then by the end of 2018 at the latest. Just a few months ago, I thought we could avoid a crisis and muddle through. Now I think we’re past that point. The key decision-makers have (1) done nothing, (2) done the wrong thing, or (3) done the right thing too late.

Having realized this, I’m adjusting my research efforts. I believe a major crisis is coming. The questions now are, how severe will it be, and how will we get through it? With the election of President Trump and a Republican Congress, your naïve analyst was hopeful that we would get significant tax reform, in addition to reform of a healthcare system that is simply devastating to so many people and small businesses. I thought maybe we’d see this administration cutting through some bureaucratic red tape quickly. With such reforms in mind I was hopeful we could avoid a recession even if a crisis developed in China or Europe.


One news item I didn’t miss on St. Thomas – and rather wish I had – was Janet Yellen’s reassurance regarding the likelihood of another financial crisis. Here is the full quote.

Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? You know probably that would be going too far, but I do think we’re much safer, and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don’t believe it will be. [emphasis added]

I disagree with almost every word in those two sentences, but my belief is less important than Chair Yellen’s. If she really believes this, then she is oblivious to major instabilities that still riddle the financial system. That’s not good.


Financial politicians (which is what central bankers really are) have a long history of saying the wrong things at the wrong time. Far worse, they simply fail to tell the truth. Former Eurogroup leader Jean-Claude Juncker admitted as much: “When it becomes serious, you have to lie,” he said in the throes of Europe’s 2011 debt crisis.'

- John Mauldin, Prepare for Turbulence, July 9, 2017

'..Market distortions – including valuations, deeply embedded complacency, and Trillions of perceived safe securities – have become only further detached from reality. And the longer all this unstable finance flows freely into the real economy, the deeper the structural maladjustment.'

'This week marks the five-year anniversary of Draghi’s “whatever it takes.” I remember the summer of 2012 as if it were yesterday. From the Bubble analysis perspective, it was a Critical Juncture – for financial markets and risk perceptions, for policy and for the global economy. Italian 10-year yields hit 6.60% on July 24, 2012. On that same day, Spain saw yields surge to 7.62%. Italian banks were in freefall, while European bank stocks (STOXX600) were rapidly approaching 2009 lows. Having risen above 55 in 2011, Deutsche Bank traded at 23.23 on July 25, 2012.

It was my view at the time that the “European” crisis posed a clear and immediate threat to the global financial system. A crisis of confidence in Italian debt (and Spanish and “periphery” debt) risked a crisis of confidence in European banks – and a loss of confidence in European finance risked dismantling the euro monetary regime.

Derivatives markets were in the crosshairs back in 2012. A crisis of confidence in European debt and the euro would surely have tested the derivatives marketplace to the limits. Moreover, with the big European banks having evolved into dominant players in derivatives trading (taking share from U.S. counterparts after the mortgage crisis), counter-party issues were at the brink of becoming a serious global market problem. It’s as well worth mentioning that European banks were major providers of finance for emerging markets.

From the global government finance Bubble perspective, Draghi’s “whatever it takes” was a seminal development. The Bernanke Fed employed QE measures during the 2008 financial crisis to accommodate deleveraging and stabilize dislocated markets. Mario Draghi leapfrogged (helicopter) Bernanke, turning to open-ended QE and other extreme measures to preserve euro monetary integration. No longer would QE be viewed as a temporary crisis management tool. And just completely disregard traditional monetary axiom that central banks should operate as lender of last resort in the event of temporary illiquidity – but must avoid propping up the insolvent. “Whatever it takes” advocates covert bailouts for whomever and whatever a small group of central bankers chooses – illiquid, insolvent, irredeemable or otherwise. Now five years after the first utterance of “whatever it takes,” the Draghi ECB is still pumping out enormous amounts of “money” on a monthly basis (buying sovereigns and corporates) with rates near zero.


Thinking back five years, U.S. markets at the time were incredibly complacent. The risk of crisis in Europe was downplayed: Policymakers had it all under control. Sometime later, the Financial Times - in a fascinating behind-the-scenes exposé - confirmed the gravity of the situation and how frazzled European leaders were at the brink of losing control. Yet central bankers, once again, saved the day – further solidifying their superhero status.

I’m convinced five years of “whatever it takes” took the global government finance Bubble deeper into perilous uncharted territory. Certainly, markets are more complacent than ever, believing central bankers are fully committed to prolonging indefinitely the securities bull market. Meanwhile, leverage, speculative excess and trend-following flows have had an additional five years to accumulate. Market distortions – including valuations, deeply embedded complacency, and Trillions of perceived safe securities – have become only further detached from reality. And the longer all this unstable finance flows freely into the real economy, the deeper the structural maladjustment.'

- Doug Noland, Five Years of Whatever It Takes, July 29, 2017

'..This whole episode is likely to end so badly that future children will learn about it in school and shake their heads in wonder at the rank stupidity of it all, just like many of us did when we learned about the Dutch Tulip mania.'

'While I've written about numerous valuation measures over time, the most reliable ones share a common feature: they focus on identifying "sufficient statistics" for the very, very long-term stream of cash flows that stocks can be expected to deliver into the hands of investors over time. On that front, revenues are typically more robust "sufficient statistics" than current or year-ahead earnings. See Exhaustion Gaps and the Fear of Missing Out for a table showing the relative reliability of a variety of measures. In April 2007, I estimated that an appropriate valuation for the S&P 500 stood about 850, roughly -40% lower than prevailing levels. By the October peak, the prospective market loss to normal valuation had increased to about -46%. As it happened, the subsequent collapse of the housing bubble took the S&P 500 about -55% lower. In late-October 2008, as the market plunge crossed below historically reliable valuation norms, I observed that the S&P 500 had become undervalued on our measures.

Again attempting to “stimulate” the economy from the recession that followed, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates to zero in recent years, provoking yet another episode of yield-seeking speculation, where yield-starved investors created demand for virtually every class of securities, in the hope of achieving returns in excess of zero. Meanwhile, Wall Street, suffering from what J.K. Galbraith once called the “extreme brevity of the financial memory,” convinced itself yet again that the whole episode was built on something more solid than quotes on a screen and blotches of ink on paper..


..greater real economic activity was never the likely outcome of all this quantitative easing (indeed, one can show that the path of the economy since the crisis has not been materially different than what one could have projected using wholly non-monetary variables). Rather, Ben Bernanke, in his self-appointed role as Mad Hatter, was convinced that offensively hypervalued financial markets - that encourage the speculative misallocation of capital, imply dismal expected future returns, and create temporary paper profits that ultimately collapse - somehow represent a greater and more desirable form of “wealth” compared with reasonably-valued financial markets that offer attractive expected returns and help to soundly allocate capital. Believing that wealth is embodied by the price of a security rather than its future stream of cash flows, QE has created a world of hypervaluation, zero prospective future returns, and massive downside risks across nearly every conventional asset class.

And so, the Fed created such an enormous pool of zero interest bank reserves that investors would feel pressure to chase stocks, junk debt, anything to get rid of these yield-free hot potatoes. That didn’t stimulate more real, productive investment; it just created more investors who were frustrated with zero returns, because someone had to hold that base money, and in aggregate, all of them had to hold over $4 trillion of the stuff at every moment in time.

When you look objectively at what the Fed actually did, should be obvious how its actions encouraged this bubble. Every time someone would get rid of zero-interest base money by buying a riskier security, the seller would get the base money, and the cycle would continue until every asset was priced to deliver future returns near zero. We’re now at the point where junk yields are among the lowest in history, stock market valuations are so extreme that we estimate zero or negative S&P 500 average annual nominal total returns over the coming 10-12 year horizon, and our estimate of 12-year prospective total returns on a conventional mix of 60% stocks, 30% Treasury bonds, and 10% Treasury bills has never been lower (about 1% annually here). This whole episode is likely to end so badly that future children will learn about it in school and shake their heads in wonder at the rank stupidity of it all, just like many of us did when we learned about the Dutch Tulip mania.

Examine all risk exposures, consider your investment horizon and risk-tolerance carefully, commit to the flexibility toward greater market exposure at points where a material retreat in valuations is joined by early improvement in market action (even if the news happens to be very negative at that point), fasten your protective gear, and expect a little bit of whiplash. Remember that the “catalysts” often become evident after prices move, not before. The completion of this market cycle may or may not be immediate, but with the median stock at easily the most extreme price/revenue ratio in history, and a run-of-the-mill outcome now being market loss on the order of -60%, the contrast between recent stability and likely future volatility could hardly be more striking.'

- John P. Hussman, Ph.D., Hot Potatoes and Dutch Tulips, July 31, 2017


(2017) - '..a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929 .. the stage has now been set..'

(Banking Reform - Monetary Reform) - '..debt is our biggest security threat..'

'..the Next 30 Years: “Everything is Deflationary”..'

          (2017) - '..a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929 .. the stage has now been set..' (no replies)        
'..But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.'

'June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.'

- Doug Noland, Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization, July 1, 2017

Context (Banking Reform - English/Dutch) '..a truly stable financial and monetary system for the twenty-first century..'

'Unsound Finance gets to the heart of the issue.'

'..Like monetarists, Keynes held no capital theory .. the role time plays..' - Jesús Huerta de Soto

'..Loose financial conditions and record debt issuance..'

'..investors’ fear of missing out is looking increasingly desperate..'

'..a giant passive 'beta' bubble .. This may be the Mother of all beta bubbles..'

'..The same combination prevailed at the 1929, 1972, 1987, 2000, and 2007 market peaks..'

(Banking Reform - Monetary Reform) - '..debt is our biggest security threat..'

          'The WMO says that the "extreme and unusual" climate and weather trends have continued into 2017..' (no replies)        
'The WMO says that the "extreme and unusual" climate and weather trends have continued into 2017. At least three times this winter, the Arctic experienced the equivalent of a heatwave, as powerful Atlantic storms drove warm, moist air into the region.

Changes in the Arctic and the melting of sea-ice are also leading to a shift in atmospheric circulation patterns impacting other parts of the world. This is causing unusual heat in some areas - In the US, over 11,000 warm temperature records were broken in early 2017.

"Even without a strong El Niño in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system. We are now in truly uncharted territory," said David Carlson, World Climate Research Programme Director at the WMO.

In the face of all this information, climate researchers around the world are irked by the attitude of the Trump government in Washington.'

- Matt McGrath, 'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016, March 21, 2017


Update (February 11, 2017) - '..ethical standards..' ('.. Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post..')

'..Earth is warming more rapidly than previously thought was correct..'

          Update (February 11, 2017) - '..ethical standards..' ('.. Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post..') (no replies)        
Update February 11, 2017: 'In an interview on Monday with E&E News, Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post, and from the way his criticisms were portrayed in the Mail on Sunday article.

“The issue here is not an issue of tampering with data,” he said, “but rather really of timing of a release of a paper that had not properly disclosed everything it was.”

Climate Home, a nonprofit site based in London that offers news and analysis, also weighed in on one of the central contentions of Mr. Rose’s article, that the publication of the NOAA paper had "duped” policy makers into adopting the Paris accord. The site contacted representatives to the talks from 10 countries; none said that the paper had any influence.'

- Henry Fountain, No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say, February 7, 2016

Update February 09, 2017: 'Dr Bates’ main complaint is that Dr Karl and his co-authors did not follow strict procedures required for NOAA’s ‘operational’ data. It is not yet clear whether Dr Karl should have subjected his research data to the same procedures. Dr Karl, who retired from NOAA in August 2016, has not yet had the opportunity to respond fully to Dr Bates’ allegations.'

- LSE: More fake news in ‘The Mail on Sunday’, February 5, 2017 (Wikipedia Bans Daily Mail As 'Unreliable' Source, February 08, 2017))

'..a failure to observe proper ethical standards..'

'Dr John Bates’s disclosures about the manipulation of data behind the ‘Pausebuster’ paper is the biggest scientific scandal since ‘Climategate’ in 2009 when, as this paper reported, thousands of leaked emails revealed scientists were trying to block access to data, and using a ‘trick’ to conceal embarrassing flaws in their claims about global warming.

Both scandals suggest a lack of transparency and, according to Dr Bates, a failure to observe proper ethical standards.

Because of NOAA ’s failure to ‘archive’ data used in the paper, its results can never be verified.

Like Climategate, this scandal is likely to reverberate around the world, and reignite some of science’s most hotly contested debates.'

- Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data, February 4, 2017

'Whatever takes its place, said Dr Bates, ‘there needs to be a fundamental change to the way NOAA deals with data so that people can check and validate scientific results. I’m hoping that this will be a wake-up call to the climate science community – a signal that we have to put in place processes to make sure this kind of crap doesn’t happen again.


Dr Bates said: ‘How ironic it is that there is now this idea that Trump is going to trash climate data, when key decisions were earlier taken by someone whose responsibility it was to maintain its integrity – and failed.’ '

'Dr Bates retired from NOAA at the end of last year after a 40-year career in meteorology and climate science. As recently as 2014, the Obama administration awarded him a special gold medal for his work in setting new, supposedly binding standards ‘to produce and preserve climate data records’.


Less than two years earlier, a blockbuster report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which drew on the work of hundreds of scientists around the world, had found ‘a much smaller increasing trend over the past 15 years 1998-2012 than over the past 30 to 60 years’. Explaining the pause became a key issue for climate science. It was seized on by global warming sceptics, because the level of CO2 in the atmosphere had continued to rise.


In the weeks after the Pausebuster paper was published, Dr Bates conducted a one-man investigation into this. His findings were extraordinary. Not only had Mr Karl and his colleagues failed to follow any of the formal procedures required to approve and archive their data, they had used a ‘highly experimental early run’ of a programme that tried to combine two previously separate sets of records.


Dr Bates revealed that the failure to archive and make available fully documented data not only violated NOAA rules, but also those set down by Science. Before he retired last year, he continued to raise the issue internally. Then came the final bombshell. Dr Bates said: ‘I learned that the computer used to process the software had suffered a complete failure.’

The reason for the failure is unknown, but it means the Pausebuster paper can never be replicated or verified by other scientists.


Whatever takes its place, said Dr Bates, ‘there needs to be a fundamental change to the way NOAA deals with data so that people can check and validate scientific results. I’m hoping that this will be a wake-up call to the climate science community – a signal that we have to put in place processes to make sure this kind of crap doesn’t happen again.

Dr Bates said: ‘How ironic it is that there is now this idea that Trump is going to trash climate data, when key decisions were earlier taken by someone whose responsibility it was to maintain its integrity – and failed.’

NOAA not only failed, but it effectively mounted a cover-up when challenged over its data. After the paper was published, the US House of Representatives Science Committee launched an inquiry into its Pausebuster claims. NOAA refused to comply with subpoenas demanding internal emails from the committee chairman, the Texas Republican Lamar Smith, and falsely claimed that no one had raised concerns about the paper internally.'

- Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data, February 4, 2017

Context '..conduct more meetings on ethics .. Respectful discussion of different points of view should be encouraged.' - John Bates

Climategate: Follow the Money - By Bret Stephens

Those Who Control the Past Control the Future, Climate Data Edition, February 5, 2017

'..Earth is warming more rapidly than previously thought was correct..'

'Trees are the best known ‘technology’ to cool our planet'

Focus Fusion - '..So, production reactors by 2020 or so.'

(Earth Defence - Earth Shield) - Faraday - Tesla - 'The Accelerating Winds of Venus.' (Electric Universe - Solar Climate Change)

(The Electric Universe - Earth Defence - Earth Shield) - Electric Fossils and Thundercrabs

(The Electric Universe) - ' systems .. an electric “wind” surrounds and often precedes an electric arc.'

(Thymology - Haptopraxeology) - '..entrepreneurship .. actions he will carry out and estimates the future effect of those actions..'

'...The peer review process is broken...' - '...don't have the "situational awareness"...'

On the Mail on Sunday article on Karl et al., 2015, February 5, 2017

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          WhatsApp spam used by ASProx Botnet to Deliver Kuluoz Malware        


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As you probably know, Facebook bought WhatsApp for an obscene amount of money in stock earlier this year. What you might not know is that there's a lot of WhatsApp spam that is being used by ASProx Botnet to deliver nasty Kuluoz malware to unsuspecting  users. This is not good news any way you look at the situation. Keep reading if you want to know more about this as well as what you should do to stay safe.

Here's a look at some of the dates when the WhatsApp problem has made Malcovery's "Today's Top Threats" list.

  1. SEPTEMBER 19, 23, 24, 25, 26
  2. OCTOBER 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
  3. NOVEMBER 14
  4. JANUARY 9, 13, 15, 20, 28

Looking at that list, it's easy to start wondering why nothing has been done sooner about the problem. Additionally, it really makes you wonder why Facebook paid so much for the company by offering them stock options.

Going back to November of last year, ComputerWorld published an article about how WhatsApp was one of the top five brands imitated to deliver malware with spam. That's quite a bit of recognition - and not in a good way.

Here's a look at some specific ways you can stay safe and avoid Kuluoz and other malware.

  • Use Protection - The very first thing you want to do is make sure you're using some type of protection. The good news is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get decent anti-virus software these days.
  • Update Protection - Having protection software is nice, but if you never update it at all, you're going to find that there's still a high chance your computer will get infected and quit working correctly.
  • Be Suspicious - If you're not sure of something online, you want to err on the side of caution and not take any unnecessary risks. Even with a brand like WhatsApp - that's connected to Facebook now - you want to be very careful and know what you're doing.
  • Educate Yourself - Last but most certainly not least, you should make an effort to stay informed about how malware works and the steps you can take to protect yourself from it whenever possible. This is really the best way you can make sure your computer stays safe and virus free.

Following the advice above, there's a good chance you'll be able to avoid WhatsApp spam and not get infected with Kuluoz malware. Still, it's a good idea to pay attention and update your anti-virus software all the time. If you have any experience with WhatsApp that's negative, please leave us a comment below. 

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Comelnye legging2 kt dlm gmbr nie.. Klau nk sgt nmpk cute, pakailah legging nie. 
P/s : Only babies look good in legging okayh..

Salam.. tajuk entry kali ni, mcm yg trtulis kt atas lah ye.. Say No to Legging! :)
Legging ni dh jadi satu trend yg tk sihat dlm masyrakat kite. Betul tk? Hmm, risau sbenarnya. Pegi mane2 pun skrng nampak perempuan seagama dgn kite mengenakan legging. Tk kiralah yg bertudung mahu pun tidak bertudung. Mengapa begitu ya muslimat? mmm....Tk perlulah rasanya kite mengikut trend artis2 sekarang.. Kalau omputeh nk pakai, biaq pi la depa.. Depa tu mmg dedah sana dedah cnie...Aigoo..Sbenarnye...Mengapa org minat sgt nk pakai2 legging ni ek?

1. Cantikkah legging?
- 'Cantik' sbb nmpk bentuk betis : ada yg kurus ade yg TAK kurus. =='

2. Kenape pakai legging?
-'Alah, tk boleh ke? Pakai legging kn same je ngn jeans. Sluar jeans pun nmpk bentuk kaki jgk. 'Oh ye ke? sape suruh pakai jeans yg same ketat ngn legging? =='

Okay, cukup dgn dua soalan ni. Haha.. skrng nk cite experience nia dgn legging. Nia tk penah pakai legging kt public nih. Mane boleh, kn kite tahu pakai legging dosa sbb nmpk aurat. So nk dijadikan cerita, nia mmg beli legging, kononnya nk try pakai dlm rumah dgn t shirt labuh......Maka pada hari pertama memakainya di bilik......jeng jeng jeng...... Then try nk tido.. MasyaAllah. Masa tido tu, duk mengeluh kesakitan. tk dpt tido, like seyesly... Im finding punca kenape ni rase lenguh2 kaki, sumpah tk dpt tido. Akhirnya dpt detect punca tk dpt tido. LEGGING rupanya! I immediately removed that legging, baru dpt tido.

Oooooooo, jadi rupanya legging ni mengganggu sistem peredaran darah kite lah wahai kwn2 sekalian...
Habis sakit bdn nia. Isy2,.... rase nk buang dlm tong smpah je legging tu, Wasting my money for buying it. Jadi apa yg seronok sgt legging ni? Dosa pun dpt...sakit pn dpt. Nia yg bdn kecik ni pun sakit bile pakai legging. Tk tahu lah mcm mne budak2 ni yg saiz besar sikit deal ngn bende alah nie.

Hmm, so kesimpulannya kt cnie.. Tk perlulah rasanya kot kite nk teruskan legasi legging ni dlm masyarakat Islam terutamanya.. Kalau rasa susah nk beli seluar longgar2, beli kain je lah senang. Selamat dh aurat korang. Ramai lelaki yg tk stuju ngn tindakan kaum2 hawa yg memilih legging utk dipakai ke mana2 je. Wahai kaum adam, nasihatilah teman2 kamu yg perempuan tu..manelah tahu lembut hati dye bile trkene teguran dari kaum berlawanan jantina, ye dak?

Advice : Usahlah kita menjadi tayangan percuma bagi lelaki2 bukan muhrim. Save urselves for ur husbands my dear. :)

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Salam. hari ni nk sentuh isu berpakaian dalam perkahwinan.. Ckp soal kawen2 ni, klau dulu kite tgk gmbr mak bapak kite kawen, mak kite mesti tk pakai tudung kn.? bercucuk sanggul, pakai baju songket, tradisional gituuu..:p ( ini terkecuali utk org yg parents die masih muda oke) hee...tapi itu dulu, zaman dulu22... Zmn skrng, dh makin berubah. Alhamdulillah, zmn moden ni, dh ramai yg mula bertudung waktu kahwin. Bila sorang mula bertudung, bende ni dh jadi trend dh.. Tk pe, tu mmg benda baik. Tapi,ade jgk yg memilih utk pakai tudung time akad nikah je. Time bersanding, terus bukak. Haa, ini, tk boleh.. Tudung bukan benda main2 cik adik, kakak, mak cik, nenek oi.. Okay, tk pe. Masih ade masa utk perbaiki diri kan? mm.. Okay ckp psl bertudung time kawen ni, sbenarnye tudung tu sndiri pun bermasalah. knp nia kate bermasalah?? Mmg bermasalah bila tudung tu tudung pendek. Tahu2 je lah kite skrng, pengantin prmpuan suke sgt masukkan tudung dlm pakaian pengantin utk kasi kemas sikit, pastu terdedah la bentuk badan die dgn pakaian pengantin yg ketat2. isy, boleh ke mcm ni? Tk boleh.. Jgn peragakan badan percuma saje. Bukn ke suami kite ade kt sbelah tu? Mne boleh tayang body kt org ramai yg dtg majlis kahwin kite..

Actually byk je cara mcm mne nk menutup aurat dgn smpurna utk majlis nikah tu..emm..

1.first step, klau boleh jgn pakai baju yg sewa tuh. Tempah la, kasi baju longgar2 sikit. Lagi lawa kot klau baju yg tempah sndiri. :)

2. Tk semestinye perlu pakai tudung awning tuh. Tudung awning kebanyakannye singkat sikit.. So, pakai la shawl yg besar2 ke, pashmina lawa2 utk kawen.. pastu hias ngn lace.. waa comelnye >_<

3. Aurat kaki jgn lupe tutup.. >_<

Okay jom tgk gmbr ni satu2.. Kite tgk ape kesalahan yg diorg buat.

Okay pengantin ni bertudung. Goodjob. :) TAPI.. tudungnye dimasukkn ke dlm baju sehingga menampakkan susuk bdn. Baju pengntin trlalu fit.. mmg la nmpk mcm snow white, comel je.. tutup aurat. Tk nk lah pakai mcm nie.. TK LULUS. next bride!

Gmbr ni sgt sweet sbb pengntin die posing2 gitu, heh.. Diorg punye kaler dh matching sgt, chomeyl jer... Nmpk mcm org2 kaya je nih.. Hmm, tudung dh pakai. Cuba teka ape yg tk kena? Haa, pakaian pengantin prmpuan menampakkan susuk bdnnye.. Aisy, tk syok la org nmpk saiz bdn kite.. tutup2~ ! >_< TAK LULUS jgk.. Okay, next bride!

Emm yg ni, mmg tk lulus dari awal lg.. First, rambut tk tutup... pastu baju pulak menampakkan lengan. Knp ramai sgt skrng nih pakai bju pengntin mcm nie? Even yg bertudung pn ade pakai mcm ni taw.. Aisy, tk boleh mcm ni....TAK LULUS. Next next next! :p

Haa, yg ni, thumbs up. Ni gmbr org arab sbenarnye.. Hee, klau nk fesyen yg menutup aurat, boleh tiru gaya diorg. Pakai labuh2 pun lawa ape.. Perfect! :0 yg ni LULUS..

PSST : Nk pakai mcm ni time kawen boley? haha. :p

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  • According to the Washington Post, “it’s been a bad 2017 for Jews.” During the month of January, 48 bomb threats were called in to Jewish community centers across the country. Also last month, a neo-Nazi made national news by promising to hold a march in Whitefish, Montana to intimidate the town’s small Jewish population.

    This, of course, was followed by another unprecedented press conference by our President during which two reporters were moved to ask Mr. Trump about the rise in anti-Semitism. Many of us were aghast at the President’s rude and dismissive response, and his unwillingness to address the question seriously. The fact is, the country is experiencing an alarming increase of anti-Semitic incidents, and this has been trending upward since 2015. A security report issued by the Department of Homeland Security on protecting houses of worship stated that the United States has approximately 345,000 religious congregations representing 230 denominational groups and roughly 150 million members. Despite being sanctuaries from the troubles of the world, houses of worship have also been targets as violence has spiked across the country in recent years. The killing of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina was the largest mass shooting in a house of worship since 1991, when nine people were shot at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist temple in Waddell, Arizona, northwest of Phoenix.

    [Under relentless pressure, the President subsequently denounced anti-Semitism.]

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  • The intent of this column is to generate awareness and provide a short guide which contains security practices for religious institutions, parishioners and our non religious communities to help deter threats, mitigate hazards and risks, and minimize the damage caused by an incident in or around a house of worship, including mass casualty events.

    I preface with the word “short” because there is a wide range of methods from programmatic and procedural considerations to technological enhancements that religious facilities and their leadership may consider implementing based upon the most likely threats to their facilities and their available resources. Basic security principals would suggest taking a blended approach to security and safety with the goal of hardening the facility to deter, detect and/or delay a criminal occurrence before it happens. The next steps are equally important and this is where lives are saved and mass casualties are reduced. Selecting the appropriate response to a threat or armed intrusion will help facilitate a safe transition into an effective recovery and restoration of services mode.

    Identifying Your Threats & Vulnerabilities

    Identifying and evaluating a known or potential threat to a given facility is the first step of a security assessment. The results of which will guide the process of developing a security plan. A proper readiness plan will aim to deter a threat or mitigate a threat by reducing the religious facility’s vulnerability to those threats.

    Natural Hazards vs. Targeted Violence

    As stated before, all life safety solutions should be designed using a blended approach to managing risk. Protecting a religious facility means your emergency management plan(s) must address an all-hazard approach to both natural hazards, e.g., infectious diseases and illnesses, fire, and seismic and weather-related events (hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods) as well as targeted attacks. Spontaneous and pre-planned attacks are likely to occur by individual(s) who use firearms; improvised explosive devices (IEDs); vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs); chemical, biological, or radiological attacks; or arson in order to inflict a number of casualties and damage to religious facilities.

    Protective Measures

    As previously mentioned earlier, a house of worship environment is managed by creating layers of protective measures in collaboration with state and local partners that allow religious institutions to deter, detect and delay threats. These layers also allow an institution to consider a threat as soon as possible and to more effectively respond to, further deter, eliminate or mitigate that threat.

    • Technological sensors such as CCTV surveillance cameras or alarms (fire, smoke, wind, and intrusion detection) will trigger informed decision-making.

    • Barriers, such as locked doors or fixed barriers or uniform security personnel should be in place to deter or delay a threat and afford more time for effective decision making.

    • Having the correct inbound and outbound communication network in place will influence a number key decisions. Time, or the lack of time, is a principle disrupter of effective decision-making. Sound communication strategies such as emergency email blasts, voice activated alert systems, and silent alert systems help to improve response to and during a crisis. An effective communication protocol should expand the window of time available to leaders to make sound decisions.

    Additional Measures to Consider:

    • Reporting Procedures

    • Establishing Collaborative Planning Teams

    • Starting an Emergency Operations Plan

    • Define Roles and Responsibilities

    • Notification Procedures

    • Evacuation Lockdown and Shelter‐In‐Place Policies and Procedures

    • Plans for Diverse Needs of Children and Staff

    • Necessary Equipment and Supplies

    • Common Vocabulary

    • Emergency Drills

    Call us at (212) 808-4153, or write us to tell what you think or how we can be of more assistance and remember, always dial 911 first in an emergency!

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  •           24 top picks from the eeni meeni miini moh and e3-M AW16 Sale - on now        
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    Here's my pick of the sale items. There are so many to choose from (see my favourites here from this season), but these 8 picks each for girls, boys and enfant have me sold...
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              2016-09-04 13:00:00 - 2016-09-04 18:00:00 / verkaufsoffener Sonntag am 4.9.2016 anlässlich der IFA        
    Anlässlich der Internationalen Funkausstellung und der bereits zum dritten Mal dazu parallel auf dem Breitscheidplatz stattfindenden Veranstaltung „BERLIN CELEBRATES IFA – Die Trendshow am Kurfürstendamm“ laden die Geschäfte und Shopping Center rund um den Ku'damm und Tauentzien am 4. September 2016 ...

              How to easily make a great YouTube Video        
    Whether you are working to impress the boss or to share your favorite game tips with friends, virtually everyone is looking to YouTube videos to catch and create the latest trends. In the past, creating great videos has been a difficult proposition, it’s difficult to imagine how you can go from average video surfer to […]
              2016-09-04 13:00:00 - 2016-09-04 18:00:00 / verkaufsoffener Sonntag am 4.9.2016 anlässlich der IFA        
    Anlässlich der Internationalen Funkausstellung und der bereits zum dritten Mal dazu parallel auf dem Breitscheidplatz stattfindenden Veranstaltung „BERLIN CELEBRATES IFA – Die Trendshow am Kurfürstendamm“ laden die Geschäfte und Shopping Center rund um den Ku'damm und Tauentzien am 4. September 2016 ...

              2016-09-02 16:00:00 - 2016-09-07 22:00:00 / Berlin Celebrates IFA        
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              2014-09-05 16:00:00 - 2014-09-10 20:00:00 / Berlin Celebrates IFA        
    Vom 5. bis 10. September 2014 findet parallel zur IFA auch dieses Jahr die große Trendshow auf dem Breitscheidplatz statt. Täglich von 10 bis 20 Uhr präsentieren sich Unternehmen mit den neuesten Trends und Innovationen rund um Technik und Lifestyle. Darunter ...

              2013-09-06 16:30:00 / City West Celebrates IFA - Auftaktveranstaltung        
    Zum ersten Mal feiert die IFA im Herzen von Berlin! „City West celebrates IFA – die Trendshow am Ku’damm“ bietet neueste Technik und digitale Innovationen direkt auf dem Breitscheidplatz. Vom 06. bis 11. September 2013 präsentieren sich ausgewählte IFA-Aussteller ...

              2013-09-06 - 2013-09-11 / City West Celebrates IFA - Die Trendshow am Ku´damm        
    Aktuelle Trends, ein buntes Bühnenprogramm und zahlreiche Gewinne Parallel zur Internationalen Funkausstellung präsentieren die AG City und AD AGENDA erstmals „City West Celebrates IFA“ auf dem Breitscheidplatz. Vom 06. bis 11. September 2013 erleben Besucher Trends, Innovationen, eine aktuelle IFA-Berichterstattung und ein ...

              2013-02-21 / Pilotprojekt für eine saubere City West        
    Tauentzienstraße und Kurfürstendamm sollen sauberer werden. Dafür ergreifen die Eigentümer jetzt die Initiative und starten gemeinsam mit der BSR ein Pilotprojekt. Die City West boomt und der Kudamm ist wieder voll im Trend. Wolkenkratzer entstehen, Büroflächen lassen sich gut vermieten und die ...



    Pulau Lengkuas, Ilustrasi Destinasi Wisata Terbaik Se Indonesia bagian 4.  Sumber: eloratour   


        Air Terjun Curup Maung, Destinasi Wisata di Sumatera Selatan.  Sumber: wisatania

    Air terjun Curup Maung memiliki ketinggian sekitar 80 meter dengan lebar yang hampir sama dengan tingginya.  Air Terjun Maung atau juga disebut “Curup Maung” ini terletak di Desa Rinduhati, Kecamatan Gumay Ulu., Kabupaten Lahat, Provinsi Sumatera Selatan.   Berjarak sekitar 220 Km dari kota Palembang.

    Air Terjun Curup Maung sejak ditemukan oleh warga pada awal tahun 2014, menjadi buah bibir di kalangan pecinta alam dan wisatawan, bahkan sempat menjadi trending topic dibeberapa situs destinasi wisata nasional.


        Air Terjun Curug Sembilan, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Bengkulu.  Sumber : infopublik

    Curug sembilan atau yang juga disebut dengan Air Terjun sembilan tingkat terletak di Desa Tanah Hitam Kecamatan Padang Jaya, Bengkulu Utara, Provinsi Bengkulu.   Sayangnya untuk mencapai Curug Sembilan, masih harus melintasi Hutan Lindung Boven Lais dengan kendaraan khusus. Dari desa, pengunjung harus melintasi jalan berlumpur tanah merah yang tidak mungkin bisa dilintasi oleh kendaraan biasa. Bahkan mobil sejenis jeep saja terkadang sulit melintas, apalagi kalau sehabis hujan. 

    Tapi perjuangan berat mencapai lokasi akan terbayar setimpal.  Pemandangan alam dan terjunan yang bisa dinikmati di Curug Sembilan sebanding dengan perjuangan itu.  Air Terjun Curug Sembilan menyajikan satu pemandangan yang sangat menakjubkan. Air terjun yang jatuh sebanyak sembilan tingkat, mengalir deras ke bawah di sela-sela pepohonan hijau yang rindang, menyatu dengan aliran sungai di bawahnya.  Karena kondisinya masih sangat alami, maka di Curug Sembilan juga masih sering dijumpai aneka binatang liar. 


         Pulau Lengkuas, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Bangka Belitung.  Sumber: masdonie

    Pulau Lengkuas adalah salah satu primadona pariwisata di Provinsi Kepulauan Bangka Belitung. Pulau ini merupakan satu dari ratusan pulau yang mengelilingi Pulau Belitung. Daya tarik utama di pulau ini adalah sebuah mercusuar tua yang dibangun oleh pemerintah Kolonial Belanda pada tahun 1882.

    Pulau Lengkuas dapat dicapai dengan menyewa perahu nelayan dari beberapa tempat, yaitu Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga, atau Tanjung Tinggi.  Waktu tempuh berperahu dari Tanjung Kelayang ke Pulau Lengkuas memakan waktu sekira 20 menit. Sementara itu, dibutuhkan waktu sekira 30-45 menit apabila menumpang perahu dari Tanjung Binga atau Tanjung Tinggi.

    Pulau Lengkuas dengan luas 1 ha ini mampu menyuguhkan panorama laut yang memikat. Anda hanya cukup menaiki mercusuar setinggi 50 meter yang menjadi ciri khas nya itu dan langsung bisa menikmati pemandangan spektakuler di Pulau Lengkuas.  Pesona yang memikat ada pada hamparan laut biru dan jernih dengan bebatuan granit yang sangat mempesona. 

    Selain menikmati pemandangan pantai yang indah, di Pulau Lengkuas, biasanya pengunjung tidak akan melewatkan kesempatan menikmati pemandangan bawah laut dengan snorkeling atau diving. Di depan perairan Pulau Lengkuas, terdapat spot-spot diving yang bagus, dan terdapat pula wreck indomarine. Penjaga mercusuar juga memelihara Penyu hijau.  


        Danau Kerinci, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Jambi. Sumber: galeriwisata

    Danau Kerinci terbentuk setelah letusan gunung Kerinci, diduga terbentuk sejak 2000 tahun yang lalu. Danau Kerinci merupakan danau terbesar kedua di Pulau Sumatera.  Danau Kerinci mempunyai kedalaman sekitar 110 meter dan terbentang seluas 4.200 hektar. danau ini menawarkan keindahan yang sangat menawan.

    Danau Kerinci berada di dua kecamatan yakni kecamatan danau Kerinci dan kecamatan Keliling Danau, di gunung Raja,salah satu gunung vulkanik yang ada di jambi. 

    Banyak wisatawan yang datang untuk berkemah, berenang,atau memancing di Danau Kerinci.  Selain itu wisatawan yang datang bisa mencicipi makanan khas di tengah danau, sebab banyak restoran yang menawarkan menu khas di restoran sekitar danau atau di tengah danau.  Makanan khas Jambi yang perlu Anda coba antara lain:  beras payi, dendeng beteko, jeruk pelompek, lemang, gulai ikan semah, dan tak ketinggalan adalah kopi Kerinci yang sudah cukup terkenal.


        Bukit Bintan, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Kepulauan Riau.  Sumber: eloratour

    Bukit Bintan, atau masyarakat setempat lebih sering menyebutnya Gunung Bintan, menawarkan wisata hiking.  Dengan mendaki puncaknya, kita akan bisa menyaksikan keindahan Bulau Bintan yang sangat luas dari atas.

    Dibutuhkan waktu hanya sekitar 3 jam untuk mendaki Destinasi Wisata di Kepulauan Riau ini.
    Bukit Bintan, sesuai namanya, merupakan pegunungan yang terletak di Teluk Bintan dan terkenal sebagai daerah produksi buah durian terbesar.  Bagi pecinta buah durian, mampir ke Gunung Bintan merupakan tindakan sekali dayung dua tiga pula terlampaui.


        Sungai Kampar, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Riau.  sumber : eloratour

    Sungai Kampar menawarkan sensasi wisata air yang langka di dunia, yakni surfing di ombak bono.  Ombak bono adalah gelombang sungai yang terbentuk akibat siklus pasang-surut air laut.

    Kecepatan ombak bono di Sungai Kampar, bisa mencapai 40 km/jam, dengan ketinggian ombak antara 4 - 6 meter dan panjang gelombangnya mencapai 300 meter lebih, membuat peselancar dunia pun berlomba-lomba mencoba menaklukkannya.  Tapi mesti hati-hati dengan keberadaan hewan liar penghuni Sungai Kampar seperti buaya muara dan ular boa dan piton


         Pulau Pasumpahan, Destinasi Wisata Provinsi Sumatera Barat.  Sumber: telusurindonesia

    Pulau Pasumpahan adalah sebuah pulau yang berada di pantai barat Kota Padang, persisnya di perairan Kecamatan Bungus Teluk Kabung, Kota Padang.  Lokasinya di sebelah barat Pulau Setan Kecil atau 200 meter dari Pulau Sikuai. Pulau Pasumpahan berada di perairan Kecamatan Bungus, sehingga pulau ini dekat jika kita menggunakan speed boat dari Teluk Bungus.

    Pulau Pasumpahan luasnya sekitar 5 hektar dan memiliki hamparan pasir putih dengan air laut yang bening. Menariknya yaitu permukaan laut pulau ini seperti terbagi tiga. Warna bening di pinggir, hijau di depannya, dan membiru pada bagian yang lebih ke tengah. Selain panorama pulau Pasumpahan yang memukau, terumbu karang dan berbagai jenis ikan karang atau ikan-ikan hias juga sangat menarik untuk dinikmati.


        Air Terjun Sigura-gura, Destinasi Wisata di Provinsi Sumatera Utara.  Sumber: eloratour

    Air Terjun Sigura-gura terletak di Kabupaten Toba Samosir, letaknya tak jauh dari Danau Toba, dan konon air terjun ini bersumber dari Danau Toba. Air Terjun Sigura-gura merupakan air terjun tertinggi di Indonesia dengan ketinggian sekitar 250 meter. Tempat ini cukup ramai dikunjungi wisatawan, baik lokal maupun macanegara.


        Pulau Rubiah, Destinasi Wisata Provinsi Nangroe Aceh Darussalam.  Sumber: arraziibrahim

    Pulau Rubiah terletak di sebelah Pulau Weh, Sabang.  Nama Pulau konon diambil  dari nama Nyak Rubiah, salah satu keramat dari 44 keramat yang menjaga Kota Sabang. Pulau Rubiah dahulu merupakan asrama untuk jemaah haji yang akan pergi naik haji ke Mekah.

    Taman Laut Rubiah memiliki luas sekitar 2.600 ha, dengan kekayaan biota laut yang cantik, seperti ikan kakak tua, atau ikan macan. Setidaknya ada 14 biota laut yang dilindungi di Indonesia terdapat di Pulau Rubiah.  Keindahan bawah laut Pulau Rubiah tidak diragukan lagi, banyak wisatawan yang datang sekedar untuk berenang atau bermain dengan ikan hias.  

    Demikian 4 artikel Citra Property Land berjudul DESTINASI WISATA TERBAIK 34 PROVINSI SE INDONESIA (BAGIAN 4).  Semoga bermanfaat.

              Scotland embark on world first        


    Scotland are continuing their trend of taking international rugby to pastures new. The Autumn Test match against Tonga on Saturday 22 November (kick-off 2.30pm) will be staged at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, home of Kilmarnock FC, it was announced this afternoon.

    It will be globally ground-breaking too, as an international involving a Tier One country is held on an entirely artificial pitch for the first time.

              Progressive Policy Institute: "Building a New Middle Class in a Knowledge Economy"         

    Harry Holzer, of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington DC, has offered a position paper through “Progressive Policy”, “Building a New Middle Class in the Knowledge Economy”, a PDF with this link (34 pages).

    Holzer picks up on Donald Trump’s exploitation of the disenchantment of some groups, especially older white males without college degrees, with the job market and their earnings ability.

    He notes that the stability of jobs with regimentation but narrow skill sets has become less, as has the pay, not only because of foreign offshoring, but because of technology and automation. He says that families need incomes of at least $50000 a year to be middle class (possibly $40000 for smaller families) and notes the difficulties of single parents.

    The most effective measure would be to improve trade or vocational education opportunities at the community college level, especially in smaller communities or rural areas.  He also mentions the value of paid family leave.

    What I noticed after my forced “retirement” at the end of 2001 was the tendency for companies to resort to hucksterism to create jobs, and for the employment outplacement services and policy makers not to notice that this was happening so much. This has led to a culture clash:  aggressive attitudes in some communities about preserving telemarketing and door-to-door sales, versus resistance from consumers who see accelerating security problems. We need more manufacturing jobs to reverse this trend toward hucksterism.

              The Monthly Chart        

    Since June of last year, we've been following the monthly chart of Comex gold, hoping for a trend change. Using this chart, we've clearly achieved a breakout as of last month. Others however prefer to draw the line differently so we thought that today we'd present you with some other, possible options.

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              Get the Biggest Bang for Your Tradeshow Buck with These Tips        
    By:  Andrew Johnson, Ph.D. Tradeshows can be a great place to get the word out about your product and also to keep abreast of late breaking news, trends and opportunities.  However, they can also be very expensive.  Registration fees, travel costs, shipping and other logistical costs, not to mention opportunity costs by having your sales […]
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    Wakacje w mieście to już nie wstyd, ale trend.
              A Snapchat video showed a crying infant in a refrigerator. Two babysitters have been arrested. - Washington Post        

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              Who’s who at the EPA? Latest staff picks continue alarming trend.        
    People with deep connections to polluters are being handpicked to run the agency charged with protecting American health.


              PERS Summit lines up 2017 speakers        

    AvantGuard has several speakers lined up for its upcoming PERS Summit, to be held here Sept. 26-28, as well as some of the events.

    This year’s PERS Summit will start with a tour of AvantGuard’s recently remodeled facility. “We’ve got about 25,000 square feet and three levels, and the building will be completely remodeled, inside and out, by the time the event starts. So, people will really get to see—hands on—how that monitoring of the PERS devices works,” Sonja Jorgenson, AvantGuard’s director of marketing, told Security Systems News.

    Aron Ralston will be one of the conference’s keynote speakers. “His story is told in that movie, 127 hours,” Jorgenson noted. Ralston was exploring a Utah canyon when his arm got caught, forcing Ralston to amputate the limb.

    One of the speakers will be Eric Allen, an attorney who can speak to certain marketing techniques. “His expertise is … issues that are raised when businesses are contacting customers through texting and automated calls. He really understands that, the regulations, and the new rules that are coming out in 2017.”

    Laurie Orlov, another speaker at the conference, is focused on aging-in place.  “She has an interesting background in technology, especially targeted to aging seniors,” Jorgenson said. “She’s going to share some predictions about what those technology trends are going to look like in 2017 and beyond.”

    The Summit’s other speakers have not yet been announced.

    “Then, every year, we have a panel of experts in the industry and we talk about a relevant issue. Last time, we talked about fall detection and [the panelists’] feelings about that, and where [the technology] was and if it was really helpful,” Jorgenson said. “We haven’t disclosed what that topic will be yet, but that panel discussion’s always a big talking point.”

    Jorgenson said that AvantGuard hopes to give attendees more access to the presentations at this Summit, which will allow attendees to further review information after returning from the conference. “I think there will be a lot of information, … so, it’s a lot to digest in just a couple days,” she said.

    The company also sends an anonymous survey to its dealers, which asks about a range of topics, including the software that dealers use or the types of customers dealers are seeing, AvantGuard marketing assistant Alex Flitton said. “We actually have a lot of really good feedback so far,” he told SSN. “All of this information will be compiled and interpreted by some of the experts in the industry, to present to our attendees.”

    Networking is another benefit of the event, Flitton noted. “It just puts a lot of like-minded people in a really solid environment where they can interact,” he said.

    The Summit will be held at The Chateaux Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. The conference has been here for each conference.

              Heiken Ashi Strategies: It works. Sometimes.        

    Nearly every week, someone sends TradingSchools.Org a request, asking about various topics related to technical analysis tools used to analyze stocks, futures, Forex or options. Nearly all modern trading platforms contain a plethora of basic trading tools. Some of the more common technical analysis tools are moving averages, stochastics, volume analysis, Japanese candlesticks, Heiken Ashi, MACD, divergence, Bollinger Bands, to name a few. It seems like every few years, we get an entirely new set of tools that capture the imagination of the investing public. Crafty vendors and trading educators quickly pick up on these consumer trends and create their

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              Upcoming F# events - learn Suave, FsLab & more!        

    Some people in the F# community have reputation for traveling too much. I do not know how that is possible, but as it happens, I will be visiting a couple of places in June and doing a number of talks, workshops and courses. So, if you are thinking about getting into F#, web development with F# using the amazing Suave library, playing with the new trendy F# to JavaScript compiler called Fable, or learning about the recent features in FsLab and Ionide, then continue reading!

    The map includes all my travels, but not all of the pins are for F# events. I'm visiting Prague just to see my family (even though there is a new awesome F# meetup there) and my stop in Paris is attending Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming (although we might still do something with the local F# group too).

              Adoptert Riddersporing        
    Bilde lånt av "Mormor og de åtte bloggene" - (Hagelivet på Solbakkjen)

    Joda. Jada. Du har helt rett...

    Blomsterstjernen har vært helt elendig håpløs både når det gjelder haging og blogging den siste tiden. Bekymrede naboer har gjentatte ganger truet med å melde meg til plantevernet. Det mumles høylydt om at plantene vanskjøttes og at de nok ville fått det bedre på et plantehjem. Samtidig er Google rasende! De klarer rett og slett ikke fylle fredags-morgenene med internet-trafikk etter at Blomsterstjernen fikk fredagskollaps.

    Blomsterstjernens stolte svulmende Riddersporebed pr juli 2013

    Bare for å gjøre det hele komplett har samtlige av mine 137 gode gamle bloggvenner forlatt meg i harnisk. De burde ihvertfall det. Her på nyåret lovde jo Blomsterstjernen at han i 2013 skulle være MYYYYYYYYYYYYE flinkere til å besøke sine medhagebloggere. Hvor mange har han besøkt? Toppen to siden januar (og det var til og med i embets medføre)... Nei, han skulle skamme seg skulle han! For når man ikke får det helt til selv, så er det jo deilig å kunne leve livet gjennom andre?

    Vel, delvis gjør han vel gjerne også det i disse dager. Blomsterstjernen fikk nemlig en gledens melding her forleden. Riddersporefrøene han loddet ut til bursdagen i fjor har tydeligvis gjort stor furore i andre sine hager! Fantastisk :) Kanskje det ikke er så dumt om plantevernet kommer og henter plantene mine allikevel? Så kan jeg heller beundre dem bak et skyhøyt piggtrådgjerde i en bugnende velfungerende hage, sperret for plantemishandlere? Det er uansett svært hyggelig å adoptere bort noen hjelpeløse smårollinger for deretter se dem bokstavelig talt blomstre opp i andre hjem.

    Både Drømmeriet og Hagelivet på Solbakkjen kunne nemlig vise til storfangst allerede første sesong! Fantastiske dyp-blå riddersporer som snytt ut av hamsen på Blomsterstjernens tidligere stoltheter.

    Selv katten på Drømmeriet ble stum av beundring! (Bildet er lånt av Drømmeriet)

    At staudefrøene klarte å fremskape blomstrende blomster allerede første år viser vel bare at frøene må ha vært stappet av knusktørt krutt? Eventuelt må damene bak "så-bragden" være magikere? Min personlige erfaring er jo at staudefrø ofte trenger 2 år (minst) før de er tøffe nok til å by på litt farge i kjakene.

    Mormors fostersønn i stram givakt - (Hagelivet på Solbakkjen)

    Men oppskriften skal visstnok være lekende enkel. Jeg har nemlig klart Ã¥ hacke meg inn i hvelvene hos bÃ¥de Tone og Tone. 


    Trikset er tydeligvis å så frøene innendørs allerede i november! Etter et døgn inne i varmen (slik at frøene trekker til seg fuktighet) settes hele plante-kassen ut til overvintring. Vinter, sno og sludd er visst som musikk i ørene på riddersporefrø! Kulden stratifiserer frem livsglede i frøene, og når våren kommer popper det (etter sigende) opp ridderspore-unger både her og der. Når de har fått vokse seg fete utover forsommeren er det bare til å prikle dem ut akkurat der både du (og brunsneglene) har lyst.

    Om du er litt heldigere enn Blomsterstjernen er det ennÃ¥ ikke for sent Ã¥ høste inn sesongens rykende ferske frø fra akkurat din favorittplante. Men i Blomsterstjerneland fikk man derimot granat sjokk! For akkurat i det husfaren endelig fikk tilbake hagelysten hadde konemor typisk nok "ryddet" bort alle døde avblomstrede synsforstyrrende frøstengler. 

    Men Blomsterstjernen bet tennene sammen og endevendte hele komposthaugen på jakt etter noe som ihvertfall kunne minne om ridder-levninger. Gleden var derfor stor da han helt i bunnen av dyngen fant noe som etter 74% sannsynlighet må være riddersporefrø....

    Blomsterstjernen ble nemlig fryktelig motivert av å bevitne adoptivbarnas blålige glans. I 2014 skal hagen igjen få regjere (ikke Carl I. altså)! 50 kompostferske riddersporefrø ligger nå til tørk i kaffefilterposer klare for å danne 2014-sesongens frekkeste Riddersporebed. Med mindre det viser seg å være Skvallerkål-frø man plukket opp fra komposten...

    Spenningen er jo halve spenningen! Ikke sant Alessandro Volta?

    God helg til alle mine potensielt forlatte bloggvenner som smugtitter her allikevel,

    Jeg lurer også VELDIG på om noen av Sommerfuglblomstene jeg adopterte bort i fjor overlevde første sesong? Noen som vet? Pappaen ville blitt stolt av å se karakterboken deres.

              Laboratoriske prøverørsblomster        

    For en mÃ¥neds tid siden ble det fortalt i det vide og det brede (og det lange) om det ypperlige drivhuskontoret Blomsterstjernen i praksis bedriver sitt virke i. En genial tanke slo ned som sol fra mørk himmel. Kan man kombinere business & pleasure pÃ¥ en optimal og ny mÃ¥te? Det er jo blitt helt stuerent Ã¥ ha hjemmekontor i hagen? Da skulle det vel være minst like legitimt Ã¥ ha kontorhage pÃ¥ jobben?

    For som dere sikkert forstår, nøyer ikke Blomsterstjerner seg med å ta hagen inn i stuen. Hagen skal selvsagt også inn på kontoret. Les mer om de bakenforliggende årsaker her.

    Nå går startskuddet! PANG!

    UtgÃ¥tte, ødelagte og knuste laboratorie-artikler fÃ¥r en ny vÃ¥r som plantekasser, espalier og minidrivhus. I skrivende stund fylles de med frø av urter, grønnsaker og fioler. Et superhemmelig prosjekt i all Ã¥penhet. Godt kamuflert som en stueren urtehage. Ja hvilken sjef vil vel ikke like Ã¥ berikes med kortreiste grønnsaker i arbeidslunchen?

    Mmmmm. "Knapt-nok-reist-i-det-hele-tatt"-grønnsaker. Et must på en hver arbeidsplass

    Men bak denne åpenlyse arbeidsrelaterte planteforskingen dundrer det en lyssky geskjeft. Et knippe tradisjonelle hageblomster skal endelig få sjansen til å leve i varmen innendørs hele livet til endes! Fargerike erteblomster, floks og malviflora tripper spent i frøposene. De klarer knapt vente med å spre glede, farge og godlukt i et tilsynelatende brunfarget svetteluktende manne-eldorado for plastblomster...

    Et knippe kanskje ikke fullt så obligatoriske kontorblomster? Hysj. Ikke fortell dette til en levende sjel.

    Photographier direkte fra prøverøringen i reprise:

    Snart: stappfull av livsglade høstflox?

    Snart: stappet til randen av 2 meter høye Sidalcea Malviflora?

    Siste innen ruge-kasser fra Eppendorf

    Erteblomster på reagensglass... Hvorfor har vi ikke hørt om det før?

    Kassert fra normalt laboratorieliv - Mer enn godt nok til kontorhage på jobben

    Tenk Ã¥ kunne sÃ¥ sukkerfrie sukkerblad pÃ¥ jobben!?! 

    Testpanelet - minus tomatfrøene som ikke er ankommet enda

    Følg med i en av vårens mest spennende krimserier her på Blomsterstjernen!

    God helg på hjemmekontoret fra oss i kontorhagen,

    P.S. Noen som vil komme og vanne i pÃ¥sken?

              Bedrøvelig bot & betraktelig bedring        

    For et deilig ord! For en fantastisk oppfinnelse? 
    Fryd og gammen fra ende til annen...

    Både fotoalbum og hjernebark er tapetsert med solfylte øyeblikk drapert i kakao og kvikklunch, appelsin og latter, med englebarn som suser både opp og ned bakker uten å mukke. I vår fantasi er det nøyaktig slik en vinterferie er. Både når ferien omtales i ettertid og i fremtid, bare ikke i nåtid....

    For når man er midt oppe i en vinterferie så merker man seg gjerne at det for hvert memorable blinkskudd finnes hundrevis av fortrengende vådeskudd; Dagevis med pakking, uendelige bilturer, umulige GPS-koordinater, ufortjente fartsbøter, bunnskrapte bankkontoer, sutrende unger, misfornøyde koner, våte sokker, forbyllede gnagsår, bakglatte ski, snø i hanskene, solbrente øreflipper, tørre brød, iskalde utedo, søkkvåt ved, omgangssyke i fremmed seng, hemser uten ståhøyde, bleier som lekker, manglende vaskemaskin, skittent snø-smeltevann, fleezegensere marinert i steke-os fra lammelår, voksne som tisser på potte, 7 dagers svettelukt lagvis fordelt mellom iskald Palmolive... osv, osv, osv...

    Som dere kanskje forstÃ¥r har Blomsterstjernen nettopp kommet hjem fra vinterferie... Og for hver dag som gÃ¥r viskes de forglemmelige øyeblikkene diskret ut av minnet, samtidig som de uforglemmelige øyeblikkene forsterkes og glorifiseres til evig tid. 

    Etter kun 2 dager på jobb tenker Blomsterstjernen tilbake på ferien som århundrets vinterferie! Sol fra morgen til kveld, deilig mat, hyggelig selskap, sjarmerende tømmerhytte, fantastiske barn, nydelige skiturer på drømmeføre.

    Det er kun ett negativt minne som fremdeles gjenstår... Forbrytelsen!

    For til tross for sin slÃ¥ende likhet med nr 767-167 i B-gjengen, er Blomsterstjernen en temmelig lovlydig mann. SÃ¥ ogsÃ¥ nÃ¥r han kjører bil. I 50-sonen ligger han derfor konsekvent mellom 50-52 km/t, i 60-sonen mellom 60-63 km/t, mens han i 80-sonen av og til kan frekke seg opp mot svimlende 86 km/t!!! (Hold dere fast). Dette gjelder selvsagt bare i 9 av 10 tilfeller. 

    På vei til vinterferien inntrådte uheldigvis det tiende tilfellet akkurat når det ikke skulle inntreffe...

    I en 80-sone rett etter Voss havnet Blomsterstjernen typisk nok (ref) bak en trailer som knapt klarte å holde 40 km/t i oppoverbakke (!). Men veien var smal, kronglete og glatt. Blomsterstjernen holdt seg i skinnet. "Vi har ikke hastverk" smilte han mens han luntet avgårde i et påtvunget snegle-tempo verden aldri har sett maken til. Bak ham hamret det på med rusende, brølende biler i kø som konstant prøvde å finne smutthull der de kunne forbipassere både den maskerte herremann og den forbaskede snegle-trailer. Uten hell. Veien var for smal, for glatt, for farlig.

    Endelig var bakketoppen nådd. Endelig ble veien oversiktlig, bred og tørr. Og endelig satte traileren inn syvende gir og suste fra køen i hundrevis av kilometer i timen, kun blårøyken hang igjen. Blomsterstjernen våget seg opp i hele 87(!!!), vel vitende om at speedometeret normalt viser 4-5 km/t for mye...

    Men uansett hvor mye han gasset, så ville bare ikke den uendelige halen av irritable biler slippe taket, til tross for denne svimlende fart. Blomsterstjernen fungerte nærmest som hode på en illsint susende, tutende, brølende Midgardsorm

    Men sÃ¥ kom 60-sonen... Lovlydig bremset hærføreren ned farten. Kanskje ikke helt ned i 60 blank... men sÃ¥ langt ned han følte var forsvarlig med dette illsinte vendetta-hungrige bilfølget pÃ¥ slep. Og det var da det skar seg noe sÃ¥ skjebnesvangert. "NEI!!!" ropte konemor. "Politikontroll!!!". Som eneste bil i følget ble Blomsterstjernen vinket til side.  Midgardsormens hale luntet glisende uskyldig forbi... Noe sÃ¥ sjofelt!?!

    "Du kjørte nok litt for fort" sa den hyggelige politimannen. "Umulig, speedometeret viser jo 4-5 km/t feil?" parerte en betuttet stjerne. "Mulig det, men vi har også trukket fra 4 km/t i feilmargin på målingen vår. Din fart reduseres derfor fra 72 km/t til 68 km/t..." Stjernen var svar skyldig. Han var blitt presset frem som uønsket hærfører for solhungrige Porcher, Mercer og Volovoer - som alle slapp unna! Selv den lynraske traileren hadde blåst ubemerket forbi politikontrollen!

    Men sånn er det å være hærfører. Man tar rosen når det går bra, og støyten når det går galt. Hadde man bare blinket meg inn til siden og tatt til takke med stillingen som pil-og-bue-skytter..? Men Blomsterstjernen var herskesyk! Heldigvis var straffen overkommelig. 1600,- sure kronestykker. Tilsvarende 133 pakker Kvikklunch... Gulp!

    Men sÃ¥nn er det. Bøter skal svi! Og heldigvis ble det betraktelig bedring allerede neste dag! Ihvertfall sett med et etterpÃ¥klokt renset sinn. 

    Golsfjellet leverte tross alt en ultra-fantastisk vinterferie! Vi kommer gjerne tilbake! Da helst uten fartsbot...

    Hvor er ditt vinterferieparadis?

    Uansett. Hold fartsgrensen, blink til siden, nyt livet.

    P.S. Det er absolutt ikke å anbefale at konemor finner bilde av en ukjent lettkledd blondine på din telefon akkurat i overgangen mellom 80-sone og 40-sone med påfølgende fartsdump... Uansett hvor rent mel man har i posen :)

              Tulipaner med (og uten) kÃ¥teblikk        

    Blomsterstjernens tulipanbed er presis som de flotteste jentene på byen...

    Ved første øyekast et syn for guder i all sin perfeksjonisme, eleganthet og plettfrihet! Men går man nærmere etter i sømmene blir man ulykksalig skuffet... For akkurat som med de uoppnåelige babes'ene er ikke bedet mer enn en traust blodfattig middelmådighet så snart man skreller av sminken, push-up BH'en og kåteblikket...

    Men hva gjør vel det? Superbabes'ene gjør jo likevel furore på byen hver bidige helg (+ torsdag) mens tulipanene gnistrer om kapp med solen så ofte som de vil her på blomsterbloggen! Det er jo heldigvis bloggernes privilegium å kun fremvise hus og hage fra sine beste vinkler, i det beste lys, på de beste solskinnsdager...

    Og slik er det også i 99 av 100 blogginnlegg, minst!?! Og slik vil vi også ha det! Ufyselige arrangerte rotehus, usminkede gul-tannete megababes og råtne grisne tulipanbed bør og skal holdes innenfor husets og hagens søtten vegger!

    Men i ytterst få tilfeller må sannheten frem... I dag er en slik dag.

    Saken er nemlig den at Blomsterstjernen i lang lang tid har fortiet en grusom hemmelighet! Hold dere fast!!! Hans tulipanbed lider tydeligvis av en uhelbredelig sykdom! En slags vegetativ spedalskhet? En blomstenes tyfus!

    Med kåteblikk...
    Uten kåteblikk...

    Som noen kanskje har fått med seg er våre to tørrmursbed fullstappet av gjenblomstrende tulipaner i valører fra rosa til lilla. Hvert år suppleres det med nye løk slik at hver sesong skal overgå den forrige med glans... Og utad ser det kanskje ut som om man også lykkes med det..?

    Med push-up BH...

    Uten push-up BH

    Men sannheten er dessverre en helt annen... Sykdommen sprer seg raskere enn byllepest i Jostedalen! En etter en smittes tulipanspirene med denne frykteligste sykdom! En uhelbredelig pest som uomtvistelig forandrer knoppene til forkrøplede smÃ¥ dvergtulipaner! Ikke som moderne kjekke "smÃ¥folk" i pene klær, men som ufordragelige dverger fra Walt Disneys skumleste eventyr! Og i Blomsterstjernens rike har vi ikke rom for slike blomster-utskudd! En etter en halshugges de og fjernes fra offentlighetens lys. Eneste spor er store blomstertomme "hull" i bedet. Hull som blir større og større for hvert Ã¥r som gÃ¥r...

    Med kajal, rouge og lebestift...

    Uten kajal, rouge og lebestift...

    Hjelp!!!!! Vi trenger hjelp!!!

    Hva skyldes denne uhelbredelige sykdommen? Hva mÃ¥ gjøres? 

    • MÃ¥ samtlige tulipanløk graves opp og brennes?
    • Kan de overleve i andre bed?
    • MÃ¥ all jorden byttes ut?
    • Kan bedet sprayes med en eller annen radioaktiv væske?
    • Hva med rosene som lever side om side med de psyke tulipanene?
    • Trenger bedet et Ã¥rs pause?
    • MÃ¥ hele hagen graves opp og skyves ned til naboen?

    Samtlige tulipantips mottas med takk!!!
    Nye tulipanløk venter allerede på sin skjebne...

    De beste helge-hilsener,

    P.S. Til alle dere som er single og skal pÃ¥ byen i helgen... Ha dette innlegget i bakhodet! Finn heller en grÃ¥ mus du kan dolle opp sÃ¥ mye du vil i ettertid...

              Tapas til sjøss...        

    Guttetur er ikke hva det en gang var...

    Kassevis med øl, tåkete erindringer av bygdedans og kalde joikaboller? For det var vel sånn det en gang var?!? Alkoholforgiftning, sjanseløs damemysing og elendig mat har liksom alltid vært grunnpilarene innenfor den superhemmelige Guttetur-bevegelsen? Det går jo fremdeles gjetord om de legendariske gutteturene til Jesus, Bartolomeus og Judas... Og selv i oldtiden fikk tydeligvis kalde joikaboller bein å gå på, ikke minst da Kheops, Sneferu og Tuthmose en sjelden gang fikk fri fra husets plikter!

    Joda. Jentene har ogsÃ¥ hatt sine turer, de ikke fullt sÃ¥ myteomspunnede "Jenteturene"... Sant nok er det vel ingen mann i hele verden som ærlig talt vet hva som foregÃ¥r der? Men vi har likevel vÃ¥re tanker... Vi liker ihvertfall Ã¥ innbille oss at disse jenteturene ogsÃ¥ er bygget pÃ¥ 3 grunnpilarer.. Formodentlig: symaskin, spinnerokk og tupperware? Muligens spritet opp av et kvart glass med utvannet rødvin? Og at det litt ut pÃ¥ kvelden, nÃ¥r glasset nærmer seg halv-tomt, i enkelte tilfeller kan dukke opp noen fnisete historier om han halv-kjekke treningsinstruktøren som muligens har blunket diskrete til en av jentetur-deltagerne?

    Selvfølgelig snurrer de opp et mangfold av innbydende hjemmelagde paier og ostesmørbrød, et bugnende ost & kjeks bord, reke-cocktail og konfekt. Og nÃ¥r klokken runder 22 blank er hytten ryddet og strøken. Samtlige jenteturdeltagere ligger og sover sin søteste søvn i yndige nystrøkne blomstrete nattkjoler og rent undertøy.

    PÃ¥ guttetur blir det nødvendigvis litt annerledes... Utfordringen har vel alltid vært at punkt 1 (alkoholkonsumet) som oftest fører til at punkt 2 (damemysingen) heldigvis faller helt i dass. Det hører nemlig til sjeldenhetene at guttetur-deltagere faktisk makter Ã¥ holde øyelokkene oppe sÃ¥pass lenge at de klarer Ã¥ skimte konturene av disse frammande spanande kvinnfolkene man ved neste guttetur ideelt sett skulle preike i det vide og det brede om?

    Og enda verre er det med punkt 3 (ukulinert mat)! For når gutter drar på tur skal man bruke minimalt med tid på matlaging! Man skal jo ikke kaste bort den dyrebare tiden man heller kunne brukt til å fortære enda en 6-pack!?! Dessuten hører ikke ekte mannfolk hjemme på kjøkkenet... De hører hjemme i stresslessen! Resultatet blir en handlevogn stappet til randen med fuktige brunevarer og helt på toppen en ørliten hermetikkboks med Joikaboller, Trøndersodd eller Whiskas! Om det er plass...

    Men litt ut på kvelden (fra 16:23 og utover) går det på høgg og belegg. En saus av hungersultne mannfolk lengter etter konemødre der de raver rundt på kjøkkenet på håpløs jakt etter boksåpneren... Selvsagt en umulig oppgave! Mannfolk har jo ikke den villeste idé om hvor konemødrene gjemmer slike redkaper!?! Og heller ikke hvordan man bruker dem. Så da er det heller frem med slakteknivene som henger på veggen.

    Etter et raskt knivslagsmål der 2-3 av gutteturdeltagerne segner om klarer endelig sistemann å treffe hermetikkboksen. Ut strømmer det en uimotståelig velduft av innbydende Trøndersodd. Boksen flerres opp på tvers og innholdet slurpes uoppvarmet rett fra hermetikkboksen... Neste morgen våkner man opp på kjøkkengulvet med skjorten på snei i et hav av resirkulert sodd, kroppsavfall og legemsdeler.

    Men DET var i gamledager... I 2012 har tydeligvis verden gÃ¥tt videre, med stormskritt?

    Blomsterstjernen og hans barndomskompis, ja hvorfor ikke bare kalle ham for Anti-Blomsterstjernen, hadde nemlig lenge snakket om Ã¥ ta seg en velfortjent frihelg i sistnevntes 80-talls cabincruiser-ikon: Draco 3000. Men utfordringen er jo som alltid, at med lekne smÃ¥barn, mannskjære koner og unaturlig travle liv blir det dessverre sjelden tid til Ã¥ realisere den slags planer...

    Men for tretten dager siden, da solen plutselig tittet frem igjen etter den Ã¥rlige bergenske "syv-Ã¥rs-monsunen", klarte utrolig nok de 2 kompisene Ã¥ presse inn den forjettede gutteturen! Ikke en fullblods langhelg, men noen dyrebare timer mellom kl 16 lørdag ettermiddag og klokken 12 søndag formiddag... Men en mini-guttetur er heller ikke Ã¥ forakte? Her kombinerer man jo det beste fra to verdener: Familiekos & Haraball... Kan det bli bedre? (Sikkert...)

    Det skulle vise seg Ã¥ bli en kamp mot klokken og solen... I lynende fart (81 km/t i 80-sonen) suste de norske kopiene av Sonny Crockett & Rico Tubbs ut av bergensk politidistrikt og over Nordhordalandsbroen i blendende ettermiddagssol. I det fjerne blinket en av 80-tallets mest undervurderte cabincruisere... Men først mÃ¥tte det jo handles!

    Et brÃ¥brems utenfor landhandleren var selvsagt pÃ¥krevd. Ingen guttetur uten mat & drikke! Handlevognen ble ubønnhørlig stappet av øl i alle Tuborgs farger! (Kremt... da snakker vi altsÃ¥ om en sÃ¥nn barne-handlevogn...) Men sÃ¥... Plutselig var det som om verden sto stille for et lite sekund... Anti-Blomsterstjernen stilte det uunngÃ¥elige spørsmÃ¥let: "Hva skal vi lage til middag?"... SpørsmÃ¥let dirret i løse luften. Blomsterstjernens tanker løp løpsk... Mat? Guttetur? BÃ¥tkjøkken (byssen)? Anti-Blomsterstjernen..?

    Selv om Blomsterstjernen formelig elsker delikatesser og gourmetmat fikk han ikke opp annet svar enn et nølende "Joikaboller"..? Anti-Blomsterstjernen svarte uanfektet: "Jeg kunne heller tenkt meg Tapas"...

    Tapas? Tapas? Tapas? Tapas? Tapas?!? Til sjøss? På guttetur?!?

    Selv om dette kom som et gigantisk sjokk på undertegnede var han selvsagt hel-giret på idéen! Ikke i sin villeste fantasi hadde han sett for seg at dette kunne være et aktuelt middagstema på guttetur i en 80-talls cabincruiser... Men verden vil bedras.

    Landhandleren var i sjokk! Aldri før hadde han opplevd kunder som spurte etter Tapas-rÃ¥varer... Men innimellom butikkhyllene for potetkaker, kÃ¥lrabi, svineknoker og brun saus fant man likevel de ingrediensene man trengte for Ã¥ diske opp et helaftens Tapas-bord, til sjøss...

    Solen lå allerede lavt i horisonten! Her var ingen tid å miste!!! Brennkvikt (61 km/t i 60-sonen) brølte vi videre mot Cabincruiserdrømmen. Klokken ble godt og vel 18 før vi endelig kunne stige ombord i det flytende totalrenoverte klenodiet! Draftet ble saumfart etter nærmeste gjestehavn for egnet "gutteturing"...

    "Kjelstraumen" pekte seg raskt ut som et yndet motiv! Visstnok et yrende feststed! (ihvertfall sommerstid...) En rask telefon senere var beslutningen tatt! Joda Kjelstraumen (eller rettere sagt "Tjiiiedljjschtræææuumæn" som de lokale uttalte det) hadde både gjestehavn med strøm og en frekk pub som att på til var åpen helt til kl 2 om natten!!!

    Klokken nærmet seg 18:30 og solen senket seg allerede mot fjellknausene. Kalesjen ble flerret av i rekordtempo og de to mannevonde V8-erne knurret pÃ¥litelig under dekk. En drøy halvtime senere etter febrilsk kartlesing gjennom urent farvann ankret 80-tallets sønner opp ved gjestgiveriet nøyaktig da solen takket for seg! For en timing! For en tur! For en festaften dette skulle bli!

    Nei... De er ikke forlovet...
    Endelig kunne den første (eller var det andre?) ølboksen jekkes opp! Gasskomfyren ble tent og de 2 hypermoderne guttene satte i gang et Tapas-marathon uten like! Aldri før hadde nok den slags mat satt sine føtter i en av 80-tallets Draco'er? Nei her ombord var de nok langt mer fortrolig med Trøndersodd pÃ¥ boks, Karbonade pÃ¥ skive eller kanskje Toro's Jægergryte med lever - om det skulle være virkelig fint? Aldri hadde vel heller en sÃ¥nn mengde hvitløk fÃ¥tt fritt spillerom i byssen. En sydlandsk eim spredde seg over hele Nordhordaland denne aftenen. Fremmed-skepsisen kom til syne. Innbyggerne skalket vinduer, dører og luftekanaler i frykt for at de var blitt invadert av Iran, Irak eller Spania.

    En time eller tre senere sto middagsbordet endelig dekket med spicy kjøttboller i frekk chilitomat, lakserull-lefser med urteost, fylte olivener, dadler i røkt bacon og en soltørket tomatsalat. Selvfølgelig akkompagnert av en nitidig temperert rødvin fra Châteauneuf-du-pape, etter sigende til en verdi tilsvarende båtens nypris i 1981... På stereoanlegget buldret alt fra TnT, via Tindrum til Stage Dolls. Den perfekte taffelmusikk.

    Det mysne blikket var allerede pÃ¥ plass! Det var pÃ¥ høy tid Ã¥ oppsøke denne tilsynelatende heidundrane nattklubben som antageligvis hadde herjet Kjelstraumen siden oppstarten i 1610! Men først: oppvasken! Ja du hørte riktig!!! Moderne gutter foretrekker nemlig renhet og orden pÃ¥ gutteturer... Blomsterstjernen lever da ogsÃ¥ etter "alt som er gjort er gjort"-prinsippet. Og ingenting hindrer jo en liten bonus-øl under oppvasken?

    Kysten lÃ¥ klar! Nordhordaland skulle gjøres utrygg! De to kumpanene holdt ustø kurs mot vepsebolet; nattpuben! Men lange i gjeipen mÃ¥tte de raskt konstatere at høsten nok ikke var like attraktiv her ute i havgapet som den sydende fellesferien... Den forjettede nattklubben lÃ¥ nærmest brakk! Det eneste som rørte seg der inne var fire gamle fordrukne sjøulker som attpÃ¥til la beina pÃ¥ nakken da de kjente hvitløkseimen som fulgte i vÃ¥re fotspor. Men en ting skal de ha her ute ved kysten! NÃ¥r man spør etter en halvliter, ja sÃ¥ fÃ¥r man en halvliter! Ikke 0.45, 0.40, 0.33 eller 0.25 som er trenden innaskjærs...

    Etter endt plikt var det bare til å returnere duknakket men fornøyd tilbake til skipet, spanjolenes nordligste fort. Og etter nok en runde med nattlig tungrock og iskald nattpils var det tid for kahytten. Blomsterstjernenen passet visstnok perfekt i "akterkabinen" nærmest motorene da han i følge kompanjongen også hørtes ut som en dieselmotor nattestid... En av oss sov veldig godt. Den andre hadde øreverk.

    Og omtrent sånn endte da også denne moderne gutteturen. Kanskje ikke helt sånn man holdt på på 1600-tallet? Da vi våknet neste morgen skinte solen like fint og brorparten av alle drikkevarene sto uåpnet i kjøleskapet. Verden er tydeligvis i forandring! Men guttetur-idéen lever likevel videre: "det gjelder å løsrive seg fra dagliglivets plikter og regler". Så også ved frokostbordet... For når sant skal sies har det vel ALDRI hendt at tannlege-konemor serverer Cola og sjokoladepålegg til frokosten!

    Men til sjøss er alt lov! Takk og pris...

    God fredag og "Dra te sjøss"!

    P.S. For alle dere som lurer sÃ¥ kan jeg røpe at det ble benyttet Nugattis superdigge nyhet pÃ¥ morgenbrødet: "Melke-sjoko"

              Ten Super Cute Hair Color Ideas for Every Hair Type        

    Are you looking to spice up your life? Why don’t you try coloring your hair? We have collected cute hair color ideas that work for all hair types and skin tones. Frosted Pink This pastel look, going from a white to a frosty pink, is pretty and unusual.  If you are looking to be […]

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              No Peanuts for Your Peanut        

    Youngsters are developing peanut allergies earlier because of exposures in babyhood

    Food for Thought

    Peanuts are a protein-rich snack food packing plenty of vitamins and trace nutrients. However, these legumes can elicit potentially life-threatening immune reactions within the one in 100 American adults who are allergic to them. Rates of peanut allergy are even higher among children. And the really disturbing news: A new study finds that the age at which this common food allergy first shows up is falling.

    Today, peanut allergy typically emerges in early toddlerhood, a team of Duke University researchers reports in the December Pediatrics. "That's almost a year earlier than what we knew, scientifically, a decade ago, "explains A. Wesley Burks, a pediatric allergist who coauthored the new study.

    Although children outgrow many allergies, peanut allergy is not typically one of them. Among people who develop immune reactions to this food, 80 percent retain their allergy for life.

    The new study began, Burks says, after Duke immunologists noticed that they were encountering younger patients with peanut allergy. To investigate, the researchers pulled entry records and medical charts for all 140 young patients who had come in with the allergy since 1988. Poring over the records confirmed a fall in age at first diagnosis throughout this period—one that proved more dramatic than expected, Burks told Science News Online.

    Nationally, the rate of food allergy appears to be increasing, according to a 2006 report of a National Institutes of Health expert panel. The most striking increase, it noted, has been for peanut allergy, which is also the most common food sensitivity. Because some allergies can be avoided by delaying a child's initial introduction to certain foods, in 2000 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents "consider" keeping peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish out of the diet of kids under age 3.

    Burks acknowledges that most parents aren't aware of this recommendation. On the other hand, most peanut allergy shows up in children that had already exhibited allergic reactions to other foods—typically eggs or milk. Many affected children also had skin sensitivities as infants, such as eczema or atopic dermatitis, and a parent or sibling with allergies, although not necessarily to food.

    Against that background, you would think parents of the most vulnerable kids would be especially careful about introducing peanuts into the diet. And they might well have been. Indeed, Burks suspects that most initial introductions to peanuts in his young patients were inadvertent. Either a child encountered items that contained unlabeled traces of peanuts—perhaps a jelly bean, certain flavorings used in medicines, or any of several baby lotions (see Unexpected Sources of Peanut Allergy). Or perhaps the kids encountered peanut allergen in the air when others were eating, handling, or cooking foods that contained the legume.

    But for now, Burks' team has no firm leads on why peanut allergies are showing up earlier. The Duke group and others will be probing that in the next few years.

    Homing in on the problem

    Children with peanut allergy in the new study showed the expected history of vulnerability. For instance, four in five had parents or a sib with some form of allergy. Four in five children also had personally experienced atopic dermatitis, two in every three suffered from asthma, and more than half had allergies that triggered runny noses. Moreover, blood tests from two-thirds of the youngsters turned up antibodies highlighting sensitivity to other foods, typically eggs or tree-nuts.

    Half of the young patients were born between 1988 and 1999, the rest between 2000 and 2005. The average age of their peanut allergy's onset was significantly different between the two groups—roughly 29 months old for the pre-2000 birth group, versus 15 months for children born since 2000. Within the first group, half of the children developed peanut allergy by 21 months of age; for children born since 2000, half developed their allergy by the time they were 14 months old.

    In hopes of teasing out factors that contributed to the trend of earlier allergies, Burks' group is participating in a Food Allergy Research Consortium that has been given $17 million to study food allergies—especially to peanuts. One facet of the 5-year program, which is sponsored by NIAID, is investigating the use of shots to desensitize people with peanut allergy. In addition, some 400 infants with milk and egg allergies will be studied for signs of immunological differences that distinguish those who outgrow their allergies from those who retain them lifelong.

    Currently, some 30,000 people a year are hospitalized for food allergy in the United States, and 200 die during an allergic episode. One concern, Burks notes, is that children who develop peanut allergy earlier than in the past might face a lower-than-usual chance of outgrowing their life-threatening affliction—one that requires constant vigilance.

    Such an allergy can even crimp one's social life. Consider the poor teenage girl whose lips swelled up after being kissed by her boyfriend (see A Rash of Kisses). Hours earlier, the boy had eaten peanuts, to which the girl was allergic.

    If you would like to comment on this Food for Thought, please see the blog version.


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    Further Reading

    Helmuth, L. 1999. Allergy vaccine may take fear out of nuts. Science News 155(April 3):213. Available at [Go to].

    Long, A. 2002. The nuts and bolts of peanut allergy. New England Journal of Medicine 346(April 25):1320-1322. Extract available at [Go to].

    Raloff, J. 2003. Unexpected sources of peanut allergy. Science News Online (March 15). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 2002. A rash of kisses. Science News 162(July 20):40. Available at [Go to].

    ______. 1998. The mango that thought it was poison ivy. Science News Online (Aug. 8). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 1997. A whiff, a sniff—then asthma. Science News Online (Feb. 1). Available at [Go to].

    ______. 1996. Peanut allergy found common and increasing. Science News 150(Sept. 7):150. Available at [Go to].

    _____. 1996. Family allergies? Keep nuts away from kids. Science News 149(May 4):279. Available at [Go to].

    Seppa, N. 2003. Tough nut is cracked: Antibody treatment stifles peanut reactions. Science News 163(March 15):163. Available at [Go to].

              Dramat migrantów w Jemenie. Przemytnicy utopili kilkadziesiąt osób        
    Do podobnego zdarzenia doszło w tym samym miejscu w środę, gdy przemytnik zmusił do skoku do wody 120 młodych migrantów z Somalii i Etiopii, którzy byli w jego łodzi. Wielu migrantów tego nie przeżyło: na plaży znaleziono 29 ciał, a co najmniej 22 osoby uważa się za zaginione. Średnia wieku pasażerów łodzi wynosiła 16 lat. Według IOM wśród tych, którzy zginęli albo zaginęli, było wiele kobiet i dzieci.

    Zdaniem IOM, w czwartek mogło zginąć jeszcze więcej osób. - Widzieliśmy pięć ciał, więc mogę potwierdzić pięć ofiar śmiertelnych. 50 osób jest zaginionych, dlatego uważamy, że najpewniej zginęło 55 osób - powiedziała agencji Reutera rzeczniczka IOM Olivia Headon. Łodzią płynęło ok. 180 migrantów z Etiopii i Somalii.

    "To może być początek nowego trendu. Przemytnicy wiedzą, że sytuacja jest niebezpieczna i że mogą być zastrzeleni, więc wyrzucają (migrantów) w pobliżu wybrzeża" do wody - dodała.

    W ostatnich latach wąski przesmyk między Rogiem Afryki a Jemenem jest szlakiem migracji wielu osób, które chcą trafić do bogatych krajów Zatoki Perskiej. Szacuje się, że od początku roku było ich ok. 55 tys., w tym wielu ludzi z Somalii i Etiopii uciekających przed biedą i przemocą; około jednej trzeciej stanowiły kobiety.


              Schultz i Merkel tracą poparcie przed wrześniowymi wyborami        
    Z politycznej działalności Merkel zadowolonych jest 59 proc. uczestników ankiety - o 10 pkt. proc. mniej niż w ubiegłym miesiącu. Aprobatę dla polityki Schulza wyraziło 33 proc., co oznacza spadek w ciągu miesiąca o 4 pkt proc. Jest to jego najgorszy wynik od czasu, gdy na początku roku otrzymał nominację na kandydata na kanclerza.

    Spadło także poparcie dla całego rządu. Z jego pracy zadowolonych jest 47 proc. ankietowanych (minus 8 pkt. proc.), podczas gdy odsetek niezadowolonych wzrósł o 7 pkt. proc. do 51 proc. Od 2013 roku Niemcami rządzi koalicja CDU/CSU i SPD.

    Autorzy sondażu wskazują na skandal z manipulowaniem przez koncerny motoryzacyjne wynikami pomiaru spalin jako możliwą przyczynę spadku poparcia dla polityków. 63 proc. uczestników sondażu uważa, że rząd stawia na pierwszym miejscu interesy koncernów motoryzacyjnych, a nie ochronę środowiska i zdrowie obywateli.

    Kierowany przez Merkel blok polityczny CDU/CSU nadal utrzymuje zdecydowaną przewagę (39 proc.) nad SPD (24 proc.). Wśród mniejszych partii Lewica (9 proc.) i Zieloni (8 proc.) utrzymali swój stan posiadania sprzed miesiąca. Będące w tej kadencji poza parlamentem FDP i AfD dostały po 8 proc. - obie partie straciły po jednym punkcie procentowym.

    Gdyby Niemcy mogli wybierać bezpośrednio kanclerza, Merkel otrzymałaby 52 proc. (minus 5 pkt. proc.), a Schulz 30 proc. (wzrost o 2 pkt. proc.).

    Sondaż Deutschlandtrend na zlecenie pierwszego programu telewizji publicznej ARD przeprowadził instytut Infratest dimap.

    Wybory do Bundestagu odbędą się 24 września. Po powrocie z krótkiego urlopu Merkel rozpocznie pod koniec tego tygodnia kampanię wyborczą. W piątek złoży wizytę w byłym więzieniu wschodnioniemieckiej policji politycznej Stasi w Berlinie, a w sobotę weźmie udział w wiecu CDU w Dortmundzie.


              How to Be Customercentric in a Digital World        

    Digital first really means customer first without compromise. That is what I learned from visiting more than 50 leading companies in this field of expertise. This presentation shows you the key trends of consumer behavior. This is about the consumer in the future. It’s about the consumer in 2020. But the real question is how to deal with this customer. And that is where customer centricity comes in. The digital world creates new opportunities to create new experiences for consumers. This deck takes you on this journey
              The Future of Customer Service: From Personal, to Self, to Crowd Service        

    The corporate world is at full stretch. On the one hand companies must meet ever-growing expectations with regard to customer experience, while on the other hand there’s a need for economic efficiency. The ultimate challenge for the customer service of the future consists in offering improved customer service at a lower cost. In the years to come, every company will question its customer processes. Any sensible company will strive to create the ideal combination between efficiency and the perfect customer experience. Players who are only active online, such as and, boast a highly efficient customer process. Even though their customers rarely come into contact with actual people they still provide a very satisfactory customer experience. Traditional companies have a history of a personal service burdened with a heavy cost structure. To avoid overstretching, traditional companies must invest in digitization and in forging a personal (emotional) connection with the customer. Technology is opening up new possibilities in this regard but customers also like personal contact. This combination is shaping the future of customer service: a shift to self-service while still keeping things personal. Also, the service package is expanded by involving the customers themselves in the process. The customer-helps-customer philosophy (crowd service) enables companies to be more efficient and improve their service without losing sight of the human aspect. Fifty-five percent of consumers like the idea of other consumers helping them and 58% are prepared to help others . The customer is ready for crowd service. This paper was written based on my own research (in collaboration with SSI and translation partner No problem!), desk research and discussions with companies. This paper takes a closer look at new trends and evolutions in the field of customer service.
              The Self Service Economy        

    Consumers want to be in control.The service expectations are increasing day by day. The only solution to meet consumer expectations is a self service solution. The majority of consumers is ready for self service. This report contains the summary of a global research project in which we mapped this trend.
              Power to the people        

    2011 was the year in which ’power to the people’ became real. Arab spring, London riots and occupy wall street are just a few examples where we have seen the power of people. This market trend has a big impact on companies. Most companies see this evolution as a danger. I believe that leveraging the power of the people in a positive way is a great opportunity. Until now, managers have treated consumers in a too opportunistic way. The challenge is to really open up and collaborate with them in a structural way. This presentation offers you a vision and a framework to leverage the power of the people in a truly positive and open way.
              The Changing Role of IT        
    One of the major trends in manufacturing today is the changing role of IT professionals. Once focused merely on supporting and maintaining systems, IT leaders are now involved in high-level business strategies. But this is just the beginning. A report published by Deloitte Technology Consulting, Tech Trends 2017, forecasts even more of a shift in […]
              Facebook 操弄 Trending 裡的新聞        
    看了 Gizmodo 與 Facebook 的對話,就有種之前某長輩常說的「沒被抓到就不算犯罪喔~」的感覺:「Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News」。 Gizmodo 接到前員工的線報後,再加上透過關係問到其他的前員工,證實了標題的消息: Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked … Continue reading
              Best Time To Invest in Art, NOW! by Ginger Van Hook        
    TV celebrity Jason Alexander supports the arts at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 2007 for the CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION show juried by Peter Frank. Now showing NEW WORKS, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video through September 1st 2007. Jason Alexander, an actor who played the part of "George" in the long running and popular hit TV show "Seinfeld",
    is pictured here beside sculpture artist Ali Alinejad.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Christine Owens, president of the Focus One Community Credit Union and sponsor of the
    Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California is presented with the Renaissance Award
    by Monrovia City Councilman, Joe Garcia at the Monrovia Arts Festival Association Gala Black Tie Annual Fund-raising Event May 12, 2007. The Renaissance Award is given to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Photographer and Actor, David Newsom poses with his dog in front of his latest photographs (Thistle #1) being exhibited at the DCA Fine Arts Gallery, in Santa Monica, California, (June 1, 2007 through July 14th, 2007). Three miles of Idaho is an exhibit focusing on the landscape between his brother and his sister's properties in a unique and poignant family setting. David Newsom released large scale renditions of his work currently published from his best-selling book titled SKIP.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Peter Frank, Jurist, for the TAG Gallery, CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION,
    stands beside emerging Los Angeles based artist, Luke Van Hook, August 18th, 2007.
    The Painting in background, oil on canvas, "May", the study of Giotto's perfect circle.
    by Luke Van Hook
    (Investigating the legend that Giotto drew a perfect circle for the Pope)

    As the economy goes up and down, so do the trends in the arts and art collecting. This is an exciting time for the arts because we have many historical markers and world conditions that exist today that make it a good time to invest in the arts. For instance, instability in the stock market often releases money to make investments in art, that, like real estate, also goes up in value as the years progress. Additionally, there are wars raging around the world so instability in world economic markets are impacting the art market too. The best impact that market instability plays upon the arts is that it gives incentives to support artists in your local communities. These artists are here and now. Their work is presently available, and like property, it too can be insured, placed into a family trust or safety deposit vault and along with the family heirlooms, art can be bequeathed as a legacy or inheritance to members of your family. Both the housing market and the stock market have been riding a roller-coaster in recent years making a good piece of tangible artwork a far more solid investment than betting on governments, point spreads or Las Vegas Mega Slots.

    y husband Luke and I have explored a number of fine art galleries and art communities that will interest the art lover, the art collector and fellow artists in the pursuit of great works being created in the NOW, as well as some works that have survived the test of time. In my Blog I intend to discuss some of the hot spots and hot artists in Sunny Southern California. I'll share photos with you of some of these exciting options available to the every day collector, the seasoned collector, the art aficionados, or the emerging collectors eager with new money to infuse into an already thriving and ripe harvest of works in Oil Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Conceptual works, Collage, Digital Photography, Digital Film and Electronic Visual Art.

    Through this summer we visited communities on the West side such as Santa Monica, West LA, and Culver City. In the inland areas, we visited some of the foothill mountain art communities such as Glendale and a little further inland, we visited Old Town Monrovia. Starting with the inland foothills we find the quaint town of Monrovia where I grew up and went to school at Immaculate Conception Elementary on Shamrock Avenue. In Monrovia, the City of Art and in Duarte, the City of Health, I grew up as a child. I volunteered about 300 hours as a candy striper for the City of Hope in my teenage years, went on to work for the Duarte Library and attended Alverno High School for girls in Sierra Madre. This is the place where I was raised marching in parades with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and where I learned to tap dance, twirl a baton and where I rode a ferris wheel for the first time at the fiesta, (as well as ate a lot of cotton candy), I came back as an adult to find an incredible amount of support for the arts in local schools. The arts are not limited to crayons and pencils either. There is an extensive array of art mediums in which students, and some very young students at that, learn to hone their creative skills. For instance, at Paint N Play on Myrtle Avenue, they learn how to throw pottery. Also, with after school teacher, Rouzanna Berberian, children learn the art of drawing, photography and gallery showmanship as well. There are art lessons going on, on almost every street corner you encounter in the busy Old Town Center on Myrtle near the Krikorian Movie theatre. You'll find this charming section of town both soothing and exhilarating. You ought to try walking up and down the main street where there are sidewalk activities, new park benches to rest under shade trees, new lampposts and lanterns all reminiscent of a nostalgic time. Artists show their work on wide city blocks and inside cool and dim lit gallery spaces. The mountains loom in the distance and the afternoons yeild a light summer breeze in the early evening.

    We support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association in their endeavors to promote the arts to the children at a very young age. It is not uncommon for lots of families that are raised to appreciate art to blossom into artists later in life. MAFA is a nonprofit organization led by President Bill Beebe with a history of supporting local artists and local after-school art programs. Over the years, the Monrovia community has begun to expand its outreach of art by developing local talent through a number of venues: Focus One Gallery for instance, is located in the lobby of the Focus One Community Credit Union at 404 East Huntington Drive on the corner of California and Huntington Drive. The president of Focus One Community Credit Union, Christine Owens is known for her support of local artists and was recently nominated for and awarded the annual Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia at the MAFA Black Tie Fundraiser in May 2007. This is a prestigious award that goes to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole.

    MAFA Marketing coordinator, (on left)Denise Daniels is pictured here with Christine Owens, President of Focus One Community Credit Union and Bill Beebe, President of MAFA at their annual Black Tie Fundraiser that occurs in May.

    Monrovia, California
    Foothill Mountain Communities
    Some Artists in Action...

    THE MONROVIA ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION otherwise known as MAFA, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the cultivation and support of the arts in children's after school programs as well as educational awareness of the arts in the community at large. MAFA P.O. Box 92 Monrovia, CA 91017 ( 626-256-3124

    Several galleries and art venues have developed over the years which participate and support MAFA. The following information is current as of August 2007: If your event or venue is not listed, please contact Ginger Van Hook, press liaison, for MAFA at (

    The AZTEK ART GALLERY, is located beside the Aztek Hotel at 305 West Foothill Blvd. Exhibits local artists work as well as holds art classes during scheduled times. The contact person is Bill Hyatt, (

    California Wine and Cheese, LLC supports local artists. New Artist reception for Frank Zgonc, Photographer is scheduled for the evening of Friday August 24th, 2007. Frank Zgonc shares images from his travels through Europe, scenes from Bodie Flats, Nevada and local scenes in Monrovia along with his signature digital watercolor manipulations. California Wine and Cheese is located at 115 W. Foothill Blvd., Owned by Janet and Tom Dugan, their website can be located at (Contact by phone 626-358-6500 for reservations.)

    The MONROVIA COFFEE COMPANY supports local artists and is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue. Exhibits contemporary and emerging artists work. Next artists showing September 1 through December 30th, Ginger and Luke Van Hook Photography exhibit, Methusula in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Landscape photographs of some of the oldest pine trees on the planet. Some trees aged over 4,700 years, older than the Egyptian Pyramids.) (Additional digital photography of flowers and collage by Ginger Van Hook.) For artist schedules, contact person is Carol Curtis, (

    The PAINT 'N PLAY ART GALLERY is affiliated with Monrovia Arts Festival Association in its' support of the arts by providing a meeting place for MAFA members to discuss and plan their upcoming events for the community on a monthly basis. Contact Lisa or Rachel at Paint 'N Play is located at 418 South Myrtle Avenue. Paint N Play sponsors the SUMMER ARTWALKS in Old Town Monrovia along with several merchants who participate every year. KidsArt, Segil Fine Art, Oh My Goddard Gallery, Family Festival Productions, Scoops, Joy Print and Design, Box Jewelers and Baldwin's Baked Potatoes as well as the Outback SteakHouse- Arcadia and Trader Joe's also participate in art festivities that promote the education of art in schools through Summer Artwalks. For more information regarding Summer Art Walks and how you may participate, you may also contact Betsy Thurmond (626-358-7800) or The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.



    August 11 - September 28th, 2007.
    Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library
    1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201

    A group show Titled: PATTERN PLAY. Four artists demonstrate the variety of patterns available in color schemes, pattern originality, unique images in oil paints, sculpture, and graphic designs. Artist reception August 18, 2007. Artists featured are Patsy Cox, Yuriko Etue, Melanie Rothschild, and Jerrin Wagstaff. Definitely a great show for the entire family. You'll experience a great variety of brilliant colors and patterns that pop out of the walls, rise from the floor and reveal creative abstract patterns that draw you in, spiral you out and make you feel good.

    Artist, Melanie Rothschild

    Artist, Patsy Cox

    Artist, Yuriko Etue

    Artist, Jerrin Wagstaff



    16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007


    Kathryn Andrews
    Chris Lipomi
    Donald Morgan
    Stephanie Taylor
    organized by Kathryn Andrews

    Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007

    2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B
    Santa Monica, CA 90405



    Delia Cabral, Gallery Director
    3107 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

    From Exhibition, THREE MENDACIOUS MINDS, (The Return of Paris' New Pestilence School) David Schoffman, Currado Malaspina, Micah Carpenter July 23- August 31, 2007 310-770-2525
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook



    TAG Gallery
    Elizabeth Sadoff
    Gallery Director
    2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

    Elizabeth Sadoff, Gallery Director, TAG Gallery
    handing out awards to the winning artists.

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Jason Cimenski accepts award from Peter Frank and Elizabeth Sadoff
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    First Place Winner, Artist, Jason Cimenski with his daughter "The Flooded Room" TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist Kim Kimbro, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Lorien Suarez,
    TAG Gallery August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Carlos Daub,
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Derek McMullen, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola Three artists, oil painters, from the same graduating class at Otis College of Art and Design, 2004
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artists, and fine art painters, Carlos Daub, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Carole Garland, "Midnight Mystery", oil on canvas
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California
    August 18, 2007
    Standing room only at the popular show

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Peter Frank thanks the artists and their guests who have participated
    at the TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California Open Exhibition,
    August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

              New High Fashion 925 Sterling Silver Circle Bracelets Women Silver Bracelets by TracysJC        

    30.00 USD

    925 Sterling Silver Circle Bracelets Women Silver Bracelets is Trendy and Beautiful

    made from Sterling Silver chain Links bracelet has Toggle Clasp

    Length 20cm

              Antique Vintage Unisex Adjustable Leather Cord Pendant , Lion Head, Angle Wings, Skull, Bullet Charm Necklace by TracysJC        

    15.00 USD

    Punk Rock Retro Leather cord Adjustable Pendant Necklace

    Specifications -

    Pendant Size: 3.5cm*3.8cm
    Style: Trendy
    Necklace Type: Pendant Necklaces
    Gender: Men/ women
    Chain Type:Link Chain
    Length: adjustable 50cm-75cm
    Metals Type: Zinc Alloy
    Shape\pattern: Animal

    Brand Name:punk leather Jewelry
    weight: 25g

    is_customized: yes
    Style:punk trendy rock vintage

              Global Voices: Culinary diplomacy builds bonds between countries        
    For many, food means more than sustenance. Social media feeds are flooded with culinary trends and Unicorn Frappuccinos while cookbooks draw on history. Food is art. Food is community. Food is joy and cultural identity. Increasingly, food is also state […]
              Warum Pflegeimmobilien eine gute Kapitalanlage sind        
    In Zeiten niedriger Zinsen und immer noch guten Wachstumsprognosen auf den entsprechenden Märkten tendieren nach wie vor viele Anleger zu Immobilien als sicherer und renditestarker Investition. Dabei werden die Anleger, aber auch die Makler immer kreativer und vielseitiger. Einer der neuesten und interessantesten Trends: Der Kauf von einzelnen Appartements in Pflegeeinrichtungen durch Privatpersonen. Während Großinvestoren […]
              EFTPOS Terminal Vendors Capitalize on Cashless Payment, Mobility and Security Trends to Drive Growth        
    PRZOOM - Newswire (press release) - 2017/03/09, Santa Clara, CA United States - Increased interest among consumers for secure payment gateways and payment card industry (PCI) PIN entry devices will further bolster growth, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation team -
              Boho Braid Tutorial        

    When the temperatures rise, there is nothing better than a chic boho braid to keep cool! This season, we are even more excited to incorporate one of our favorite 2017 trends into our boho braids, hair rings! These chic hair accessories shimmer and shine in the summer sun and we just had to try the look […]

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              Lulus How-To: Double Top Knot Hair Tutorial        

    We’ve given the half-up bun you know and love a fresh update with our Double Top Knot Hair Tutorial! Two cute top knots bring twice the fun to this cute and trendy hair style. Lovin’ the look? Find the steps below! Steps: 1. Start this hairstyle by backcombing the crown for volume. 2. Smooth unwanted […]

    The post Lulus How-To: Double Top Knot Hair Tutorial appeared first on Fashion Blog.

              Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend        
    image Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone. Most of these fatalities were associated with IMF rather than diverted pharmaceutical fentanyl. In opioid overdose cases, where the presence of fentanyl analogs was examined, analogs were implicated in 17% of fatalities. Recent data from law enforcement sources show increasing confiscation of acetylfentanyl, butyrylfentanyl, and furanylfentanyl, in addition to non-fentanyl compounds such as U-47700. Since 2013, deaths from NSOs in the United States were 52 for acetylfentanyl, 40 for butyrylfentanyl, 128 for furanylfentanyl, and 46 for U-47700. All of these substances induce a classic opioid toxidrome, which can be reversed with the competitive antagonist naloxone. However, due to the putative high potency of NSOs and their growing prevalence, it is recommended to forgo the 0.4 mg initial dose of naloxone and start with 2 mg. Because NSOs offer enormous profit potential, and there is strong demand for their use, these drugs are being trafficked by organized crime. NSOs present major challenges for medical professionals, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers. Resources must be distributed equitably to enhance harm reduction though public education, medication-assisted therapies, and improved access to naloxone.
              FAO: Przyszłość żywności i rolnictwa – trendy i wyzwania        
    FAO przedstawiło obszerny raport dotyczący zapewnienia światowego bezpieczeństwa żywności. Zaprezentowano w nim 15 trendów i 10 głównych wyzwań dla systemu żywnościowego, w powiązanych gałęziach żywności i rolnictwa.
              Unicorn Box        

    Hi Everyone! Unicorns are still a hot trend, I create a couple of boxes using a box die from eBay papers from the collage: Magical Papers stamps from Michael's and embellishments from my stash.

    Hola a tod@s! algo que sigue muy de moda son los unicornios, hace unos dias hice estas cajitas usando un suaje de eBay papeles del colage: Magical Papers sellos de Michael's y adornos varios.

    I use a pin with pearls for the unicorn horn, I painted in gold and added German glass glitter. These are very easy to make and they look so cute!

    para el cuerno de unicornio use un alfiler con perlas y lo pinte en dorado, despues lo cubri con  German glass glitter. La verdad es que estas cajitas son muy faciles de hacer y lucen mucho!

    Next a Birthday card using paper scraps, embossing folder, and embellishments from my stash.

    A continuacion una tarjeta de cumpleaños usando recortes de papel y un folder de embossing, adornos varios.

    Another card created with lots of paper/fabric scraps and pieces of things I found on my table. the stamps is a very old one from Hero Arts, love that sentiment.

    Otra tarjeta hecha con recortes de papel y tela y con pedacitos de cosas que encontre en mi mesa, el sello es uno muy viejito de Hero Arts pero me gusta mucho el sentimiento.

     And last a set of tag and burlap bag, created again using most of my paper scraps, wish I could find a way to sort and organize them, I have lots, any idea you could share how to organize all those little paper scraps?

    Y por ultimo un set de etiqueta y bolsita de yute, de nuevo use solo recortes de papel, me gustaria encontrar un metodo efectivo para organizar todos esos recortes, alguna idea que puedan compartir de como ustedes organizan esos pedacitos de papel?

    Thank you so much for stop by my blog today will be back with more !!!

    Gracias por visitar mi blog el dia de hoy, regresare con mas muy pronto!!!
              Acura and Acura RDX win 2013 Residual Value Award        

    When purchasing a car, one shouldn't look solely at its current value, but also its value in the future - because more likely than not, it will be traded in at some point. Will the vehicle still be worth something, even though its been driven hard, or will you have to pay someone to haul it away?

    ALG, the leading provider of residual value information, has bestowed their 2013 Residual Value Award to Acura for being the Best Premium Brand for 2013, and recognizes the entire Acura lineup for "exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability". And not only did Acura win as a whole, but the new 2013 Acura RDX ranked highest in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category, marking the 6th model win for Acura since 2000.

    Michael Accavitti, VP of National Marketing Operations for the Acura brand says, "We are honored by ALG's selection of Acura as Best Premium Brand for long-term value which helps demonstrate what's smart about our 'smart luxury' brand values." He goes on to add, "with RDX earning a best-in-segment award for Premium compact Utility Vehicle, ALG is confirming what our customers have been telling us by purchasing the all-new RDX in record numbers for the past six months."

    The ALG Residual Value Awards goes to those vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after 3-years. To do this, ALG carefully studies the competition, historical vehicle performance and industry trends, as well as overall vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand and pricing strategies.

    To check out Acura's newest lineup, including the 2013 RDX, visit your local dealers at Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional service, please call to set up an appointment.
              UM Journalism School Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary        
    A 100th anniversary celebration for the University of Montana’s Journalism School took place at the state capitol today. It was 1914 when Dean Arthur Stone set up tents for journalism classes on the Missoula campus because no classrooms were available for the program’s twelve students. By the mid-seventies, when the Watergate scandal turned reporters into heroes, enrollment hit three hundred students. Today the UM Journalism program counts several Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni. At today’s ceremony in the state capitol, Governor Steve Bullock praised the reputation UM's Journalis school has earned. “You’ve set a model that’s contrary to the sensationalist trends in national media, that sets out to fear-monger and confuse. Instead you seek to clarify, to educate, and to engage," Bullock said. The ceremony not only paid tribute to the UM Journalism program, but also to some of Montana’s best-known reporters: Capitol correspondents Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, both Montana
              Asal Mula Twitter, Situs Micro-blogging Terkenal        
    Dalam dunia internet ekarang kelihatannya adalah masa keemasan dari situs-situs jejaring sosial. Fenomena Facebook yang sangat digemari (terutama di Indonesia) menjadikan sebagai suatu fenomena teknologi, social dan bisnis yang menarik. Selain Facebook, adalah Twitter yang juga mengalami kenaikan pamor diantara para pengguna internet.
    Twitter sebetulnya lebih tepat jika disebut sebagai situs micro-blogging dari pada situs pertemanan/jejaring sosial. Melalui Twitter orang dapat saling berbagi pesan ataupun informasi dalam bentuk 140 karakter. Karena hanya memiliki 140 karakter terkadang Twitter suka disebut sebagai “sms internet”.
    Simple tapi powerful, mungkin itu kesan yang bisa terlihat dari Twitter. Bagi para pengguna yang tidak memiliki waktu banyak atau tidak ingin wara-wiri surfing dalam situs pertemanan, Twitter menyediakan cara berinteraksi yang simple tapi efisien.

    Coretan Konsep Layanan Twitter Oleh Jack Dorsey   
     Twitter masuk ke dalam 50 situs yang paling sering dikunjungi . Didirikan pertama kali oleh Jack Dorsey, dari perusahaan podcasting Odeo. Idenya sebetulnya cukup sederhana, mengkombinasikan SMS dengan situs jejaring sosial. Inspirasi dasar Twitter muncul dari SMS group messaging service TXTMob.

    Jack Dorsey

    Evan Williams

    Awalnya layanan ini diberi nama “twttr”, terinspirasi dari nama situs sharing foto Flickr. Dan layanan ini awalnya juga hanya terbatas digunakan dalam internal perusahaan Odeo saja.
    Juli 2006 layanan ini mulai diluncurkan untuk public dengan nama “Twitter”. Nama layanan situs tersebut diperkuat dengan logo burung dan arti nama “Twitter” sendiri yang artinya ; kicau burung. Saat peluncuran pertama kali Twitter sudah memiliki brand, nama serta identitas yang jelas, padahal pendirinya belum tahu akan seperti apa model bisnis layanan ini.

    Oktober 2006, Jack Dorsey menggandeng Biz Stone, Evan Williams membentuk Obvious Corp untuk membeli asset Odeo serta Twitter. Selanjutnya Odeo dan Twitter menjadi perusahaan yang terpisah. Untuk sumber dana dari Twitter sendiri didukung oleh perusahaan modal ventura (yang umum sering mendanai perusahaan start up yang potensial) seperti ; Benchmark Capital, Institusional Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures. Proses pendanaan Twitter ini menjunjukkan bahwa dalam bisnis teknologi internet seringkali suatu model bisnis awal memerlukan “suntikan dana” yang kuat. Karena belum tahu kapan model bisnis ini akan mulai menghasilkan. Sehingga perencanaan keuangan yang kuat mutlak diperlukan agar bisa survive dan menghasilkan cashflow positif.

    Tipping point (meminjam judul buku Malcolm Gladwell) dari Twitter muncul pada saat festival music dan film South by SouthWest Festival di Austin Texas 2007. Pihak Twitter dengan cerdik memasang dua layar televisi raksasa untuk menayangkan secara live, pesan-pesan Twitter. Akirnya Twitter mendapat pemberitaan yang positif setelah event tersebut dan angka Tweet melonjak dari 20.000 menjadi 60.000. Dan sampai tahun 2009 jumlah pengguna Twitter terus tumbuh sampai 1382%/ bulan, fantastik. Pelajaran untuk hal ini, bagi para pelaku bisnis, terutama bisnis start-up harus cerdas memanfaatkan momentum untuk mendapatkan pemberitaan positif mengenai produknya, istilah kerennya “tipping point”. Bukan suatu hal yang tidak mungkin setelah ‘tipping point” akan terjadi pertumbuhan yang eksponensial.

    Twitter terus berkembang menjadi situs micro-blogging dan menjadi media alternatif yang menarik ditengah hiruk pikuknya situs-situs jejaring sosial, dijaman Internet Web 2.0. Twitter tahun 2009 menambahkan kolom pencari (search bar), popular topics yang kemudian menjadi trending topics. Inovasi ini telah menempatkan Twitter menjadi salah satu mesin pencari (search engine) yang khas dan unik. Mencari sesuatu berdasarkan topik-topik yang menjadi tema tweet para “Tweeps”.
    Suatu bentuk pencarian yang real-time dan lebih human mind-oriented. Twitter juga menambahkan fitur “Twitter List” yang memungkinkan kita mengikuti dan membalas daftar authors, bukan hanya sekadar mem-follow autor individu.

    Inovasi-inovasi Twitter tersebut berbuah manis, pada awal tahun 2010, Google dan Microsoft membayar puluhan juta dollar untuk memasukkan hasil pencarian Twitter kedalam hasil pencarian search engine Google dan Bing (milik Microsoft).

    Ini adalah bukti Twitter mulai memiliki model bisnis yang potensial. Pesan moralnya adalah jangan pernah berpuas diri, pahami potensi kebutuhan pelanggan anda, lakukan perbaikan dan terobosan teru menerus. “Understand your costumers and revolve continuously , good is the enemy of the Great”.
    Google sebagai pemain besar teknologi internet telah melaunching Google Buzz, sebagai bentuk media sosial Google. Buzz ini terintegrasi dengan layanan Google Mail. Dan Buzz ini bisa jadi sebagai pesaing terbesar Twitter.

    Mampukah Twitter bertahan ?
    Tapi yang jelas Twitter selama ini mampu memberikan layanan teknologi media sosial yang mampu menarik banyak pengguna, mulai dari individu sampai korporasi besar. Twitter mampu berperan sebagai media sosial alternatif yang menciptakan gaung tersendiri di era Web 2.0.

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              BEST FLOWERS FOR HAIR        
    Truth be told, we haven’t dug up dirt since those elementary school days of (literal) mud pies. If anything, our green thumb has more of a reddish tint from the dye job we just completed. But, just because we’re novice gardeners doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in the hair accessory trend du jour, a.k.a. a floral embellishment....
              NAILED IT!        
    Once again a fashion trend that I am quite fond of has crossed over into the beauty world. I have been incorporating mixed prints into my wardrobe for some time now so when I started noticing the same combination of mismatched prints on nails I was thrilled.  I have been having so much fun lately trying new things...
              Construction Accountant II - Rogers Group, Inc. - Tennessee        
    Prepare monthly reconciliation of asphalt inventories; And related ad hoc analysis with both asphalt and QA/QC managers regarding unusual trends....
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              26 vintage ski resort images that will have you thirsting for the good ol’ days        

    Ah the good ol’ days of skiing. Bright, neon outerwear; creative facial hair; provocative advertising; backscratchers, daffies, spraffies; letting the mane fly free under bright blue skies; three-piece Raichle boots; gondolas built to resemble spacecrafts… There have been countless looks, trends, advancements and triumphs in skiing’s history, but all of them have resulted in or […]

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              Trending: Celebrities Social Media Reaction To Ferguson        

              inXile announces Wasteland 3        
    Time to head into the frozen Colorado wastes, Ranger. inXile announces Wasteland 3 Wasteland fans had to wait almost twenty years for a sequel, but nobody could deny the enormous impact of its arrival. Wasteland 2 kicked off a resurgence of isometric-styled RPGs, renewed interest in classic gameplay systems, and the massive crowdfunding trend which […]
              2012 in(trospection) review        
    I am using this personal public space less and less. More often than not, the kind of self-observations I would have previously have posted here are instead getting posted to Facebook. This is a trend I can only feebly justify by stating that, while facebook’s privacy settings are a quagmire, at least there are privacy […]
              Winter Beach/ Pastels on the Pier        
     Image from Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind 

    The idea of the beach in winter is one that has always captivated me. I think most people would agree that beaches are strictly summer territory, no question about it. And I, eternal child of all that is summery, have placed the idealistic scene of warm, gleaming rock pools and lolly-sticks on sandcastles high on my personal pedestal of Special, Sparkly places. Beaches are places for feeling sunburned and sandy and windswept, with salt in your hair and the sun in your eyes. For most people, that eternal, golden setting of the sea side in summer will live on forever in their minds, as it does in mine, as the stuff of sweet summer childhoods spent playing in the surf, and adolescent flings on grassy campsites by the sea.

    I'd always thought of the beach in winter, therefore, as a sort of forlorn, forsaken landscape; almost post-apocalyptic in it's state of eerie desertion. The sand looses it blinding, sunlit glare, and dims to a dull, pale, yellow, while the sparkling sea becomes iron grey and choppy, not to mention freezing. But in a way, the beach in winter is also sort of beautiful. There is something almost calm and reassuring about it's ghostly emptiness and the softer, less harsh hues of a murky, glass green ocean, and a pearly, clouded sky. I think it was actually the film Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind that gave me this new appreciation of windswept, winter beaches, not lit up, arcade-like, with the brazenness of a bright, summer's day, but bathed in the gentle tones of soft grey sheet rain gathering on the horizon, or smooth, blue pebbles hidden in the shadows of clear, shallow pools. The film opens with Jim Carey's dejected and jaded-looking character suddenly deciding not to board his usual train to work, and instead running flat out to jump on a train heading to the seaside town of Montauk.

    The scenes of him walking the shores of a deserted beach complete with rickety wooden windbreakers and long dry grass dancing in the wind made me start to think of the beach during winter not as a sad, forgotten place, but as a place of recovery and escapism. There isn't really anyone around, and feeling like you are alone with something as vast and powerful as the ocean has got to be the ultimate place to think things over and take deep lungfuls of fresh, salt-flecked air if you're feeling a little down in the dumps. The film then continues to revisit the beach via the character's memories of his now-ended relationship, one time at night as the couple break into a deserted beach house, one time when it is covered in thick blankets of snow, and one time during a surreal scene that involves the couple waking up in bed on the open, windy shore. If you haven't seen this truly stunning, unusual and generally amazing film, then you really, really should, but I wanted to mention it here because the idea of wintry beaches, blustery air that requires snuggly layers, and the muted, soft colours of a dully lit beach cocooned by a soft, shell coloured sky is exactly what is inspiring me sartorially right now.
               Image from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    The reason that I am suddenly feeling all these beachy, windswept, freezing-cold-winter-merging-into-sightly-less-freezing-cold-spring vibes, is partly down to my new magazine collage wall. Let me explain: my boyfriend and I have currently just moved into our new place together, and much to my surprise and delight, he was all for my 'lets decorate the walls in millions of pages from all my old Glamour magazines' idea. Well, he was all for decorating one wall in them, which was good enough. Therefore, whenever I sit in our shiny new dining room to eat my lunch/attempt to do some writing, I am now surrounded with all of my most beloved fashion and beauty moments from the dog-eared copies of Gamour I've been collecting for absolute donkey's years.

    Several of these images are from my absolute favourite ever Glamour fashion feature, entitled 'Have a Pretty Day', which is from a few seasons back now, I think. Anyway, the pictures were shot at Brighton Pier, which is one of my favourite places in the world. It was a spring shoot, but, unusually for a fashion magazine, the stylist had actually taken note of the fact that spring in England isn't all sunshine and blossom and clear, blue skies, and had dressed the model in a series of sugary, sweet outfits in soft creams and muted pastel tones, compete with coats, jackets and opaque tights, albeit in pretty spring hues. Not only does this whole 'Winter Beach/ Pastels on the Pier' look perfectly embody the current trend for pretty ice-cream pastels, but it also packs personal connotations to my love of beaches and fascination with the muted, soothing beauty of the sea side in crisp, early spring and deepest, darkest wintertime. Not only this, but the images in this shoot are also rather sixties inspired, making me fall in love with micro minis, swing coats, shift dresses and big, Bambi eyes.

    To achieve this sweet, pier-worthy look, think pale muted colours, and work with a palette of cream, white, mint green, powder pink, toffee and palest lavender.Team a snowy-hued shift dress with white opaque or semi-sheer tights, and wear with light tan lace-up brogues and a powder-blue swing coat. Blend in with the fairground carousel with pastel separates or sugary vintage dresses in floaty fabrics, and pick your way over the pebbles in elegant Mary Janes with a metallic sheen for a spot of mermaid-esque shimmer. Team the look with gently tousled waves, nude or chalky lips and long-lashed Bambi eyes for a nod towards sixties chic. 

    Lucky for me, my birthday is coming up next month, and I'm hoping that my boyfriend will whisk me away to the quiet, secluded shores of Brighton on a blustery spring day, to share huge clouds of pink candy floss and throw pebbles into a foamy, wind-whipped sea. Therefore, my head is currently full of the dancing images of lilac vintage day dresses, little candy-coloured knitted tops and sweet white mini skirts worn with sixties swing coats and pale, dainty plimsolls. Here are some of the images from the oh-so-pretty Glamour shoot now adorning my dining room wall, along with some of the sweet, sixties-inspired items that I am just longing to fling on for a skip through the whirring lights of amusement arcades. Be inspired to dip a toe into the not-so-chilly sea of cute, transitional winter-to-spring sea side chic, and remember to, above all, have a pretty day...    

      Images from Glamour magazine (on my magazine wall!)

    Keep the sea breeze at bay with these snuggly vintage coats from

    Look like a stick of Brighton rock in these pretty pieces from

    Stock up on shoes, socks and iced gem tops from
              Lavender Love- get pretty in parma violet shades of lilac, lavender and palest dusky mauve        

    Anyone who has even the mildest interest in fashion is probably well aware by now of the fact that pastel colours and pale, ice cream hues are just about THE biggest trend for SS12. As you cannot have failed to notice, glacial shades of spearmint green, palest pink and powder blue were all over the catwalks from Meadham Kirchhoff's living raggedy-ann dolls with their towering pastel-tinted beehives and frou-frou skirts, to Louis Vuitton's frothy fashion fairy tale show complete with fair ground carousel, dolly mixture mules and La Moss in a twinkling tiara. Therefore, at the risk of regurgitating the words of every fashion magazine I've read in the last two months and indulging in all things saccharine and sweetie-inspired (as much as I would love to- I'm all about the candy colours) I have decided not to bore you with repetition (no matter how pretty it sounds!) and instead focus on the one pastel shade that is tempting my sartorial sweet tooth right now more than all its pretty competitors.

    The shade I'm talking about, is in fact, lavender. It is a colour and fragrance that I once associated with 'old lady-ness' (if I can coin such a term) due to it's old English associations and the fact that a gift set of lavender-scented soap was just about the only Christmas/birthday present that my granny couldn't seem to find one million and one objections to. As a child, I thought of lavender (the colour and fragrance) as the sort of thing one might find in Marks and Spencer's giftware department, or adorning the bathroom of a fussy, elderly lady with a weakness for lace and frills. However, what with the recent explosion of all things pale, pretty and pastel hued, I am feeling a real lavender love that reveals just how much I've been seduced by the lovely lilacy shade and its connotations of delicacy, softness and old-school femininity. What with my love of vintage, I find that in recent years I've developed a new appreciation for lavender's traditional English connotations, and that the pale, pretty colour is surprisingly and quite stunningly flattering when teamed with the dream combination of pale skin and red hair.

    In fact, just about any faded pastel hue looks perfectly pretty against pale skin, but I'm loving the off-beat quirkiness of lilac, being a colour that you would have thought would clash terribly with red. Well, okay, it does clash, but that's what I think makes red hair and lilac apparel such a unique, surprising and therefore flattering dream team. Back in the summer, you might recall a post I wrote all about my rediscovery of the colour purple, and how I was loving its magical, mystical, sultry-night-sky-in-the-summer vibes. Well, this season, it's all about faded, powdery shades that evoke hazy summer memories and strolls in the park under the shade of a pretty parasol, so I'm ditching deep purple for a paler shade of plum. Think parma violtets and the lilac-coloured iced gems when it comes to this look, opting for cool shades of palest purple and duskiest mauve. Here are some images to get you inspired, and which capture the romantic mood of my current lavender love..

    Pastels, pastels everywhere...
    The SS12 catwalks were a beautiful watercolour wash of palest lemon, glacial blue, spearmint green and dusky rose.

    Parma violet pin-up: The stunning Dita Von Teese whips up a sartorial sweet treat with her sugared-violet dress, pretty vanilla skin and cherry-red nails and lips.

    Deborah Ann Woll (who plays Jessica Hamby in True Blood) once again proves that scarlett locks, snow white skin and lilac are a match made in fashion heaven.

    Christina Hendricks is yet another porcelain-skinned redhead working the lavender look

    Me, modeling a floral lilac vintage dress for Bohemian Rose Vintage last Spring
    I adore this delicate lilac slip dress from Team it with cream or nude heels for a summery tea party and you'll look as sweet as a (Louis Vuitton) sundae.

    Louis Vuitton's SS12 ad campaign featuring aforementioned sundaes. Yum ;-)

    Have a Louis Vuitton-style fashion fantasy and fly away on a fairground horse with this designer-esque collar from Rokit Vintage. The pretty lavender ribbon gives the prim cream lace a touch of parma violet sweetness.   
    Lots of love,

    The Porcelain Princess

              Windswept Meadows and Mermaid Vibes        
    Having fallen fully in love with Topshop's Snake Valley collection, I have been filled lately with the desire to throw on a fringed kimono over a tye-dye tee, add heaps of sparkling turquoise jewels and gold gypsy- style chains, shake down my hair, dance through the pine-scented forests and run in open fields beneath a flaming pink sky. This seems like a perfect plan, apart from a few teeeeny drawbacks. Firstly, the sky here is currently more of a dark, menacing grey or just an open, freezing white than flaming pink, and I don't think there are any pine forests in my neck of the woods, and if there are , the air is not warm and summery and sweetly scented. It's more icy cold and full of those little flecks which you're not quite sure weather are rain, snow, or something in between. Here lies my problem. My head is full of warmth, summer rain, bare feet in the sand and dream catcher earrings. The English weather,on the other hand, calls more for wooly hats, scarves and furs. Oh-and don't forget brollies. If it rains in the summer while you're camping by the sea, you can just stroll through the downpour, (in theory) letting the pretty rain drops fall all around you, adding to the wavy beachy-ness of your tousled do. If it rains in winter, however, you simply freeze.

    So, to avoid this problem (sort of), I decided that I could work the look with added layers of knitwear, my fur coat, chunky winter boots and black opaques. Therefore, I decided to treat myself to a new outfit from Topshop's Snake Valley collection, which I can wear in the summer but which can also be styled up for colder weather. Another thing I've been dying to try for a while now is coloured streaks in my hair. I used to wear pink spray-in streaks when I was fifteen and I loved it, and have always secretly hoped I'd be able to rock them again one day without looking like a fifteen-year old circa 2004. Just lately, colourful cartoon-esque wigs have been seen on everyone from Katy Perry to Nikki Minaj, and coloured streaks were worn in the models' hair in the Topshop SS 11 campaign. Not to mention my beautiful friend Bee, who has been working electric blue streaks for as long as I've known her, and has now moved on to shocking purple (you go girl!) Every time I see a new celeb rocking a bright colbolt wig or pastel pink do, I fall in love with the look a hundred times more. I decided that my favourite colour, pink, wouldn't quite work with my red hair (although I will still give it a try!), so I decided on blue as the perfect compliment for my amber locks. Today, I headed straight for boots to buy my 'Azure Blue' coloured hairspray. Yay!     

    Just to make me adore this look even more- to me, blue and green ocean hues worn in beachy, mussed- up hair scream 'mermaid'. Ever since I can remember, I have always had a strong fascination with these imaginary beauties of the sea, and have always been enthralled by the ocean. It may have started with Disney's 'A Little Mermaid.' Nothing can inspire me quite the way the ocean can- the sound, the smell, the atmosphere that seems to hang around it, it's hypnotic, compelling, powerful beauty. Being near the sea makes me want to write about it, paint it, draw it, take pictures of it...and basically just become a mermaid. But seriously, I once read a book when I was eleven, called 'Daughter of the Sea', by Berlie Doherty. I found it in the year six book box at school, and fell in love with the first line. It begins: 'My tale is of the sea.' Wow. STILL gives me chills. Anyway, I hungrily devoured the book within a matter of hours and begged my mum to buy it for me, which she did. I still read it every few years. The story is about a little girl who is a Selke- a seal who can shed her silken skin and walk upon the land as a human. However, the sea will always run in her veins. Selke's feel the very ebb and flow of the tide within them, whenever they are on land, they long with all their hearts for the sea. One night, a childless fisherman, caught in a hideous storm, sees a baby in the water, thinking she must have come from a wreaked ship, and that she will surely be dead. The man fishes the child from the sea, finding that she is alive and well, and takes her home to his barren wife.  The wife is overcome with joy, and together they raise the sea-child as if she were their own, always afraid that one day the sea will claim her back. They name her Gioga, after the name of a sea-princess from a folk-tale. The narrative is woven with local myths and stories and tales of the sea in the far North of England, and the language itself seems to imitate the rushing sound of the tide, and whisper to you of shells and ships and Selkes and ship-wreaks. Ever since then, the sea has lived inside my head. The haunting tales and startling imagery of jagged black rocks and ferocious towers of sea spray  have stayed with me, and are called instantly to mind when ever I am near to the ocean. Seriously, EVERYONE should read this book.

    Anyway, before I go any more off tangent, I think that blue-streaked, mythical hair really adds a mermaid-y, sea-princess vibe to the snake valley look, and gives it that little touch of under-water magic. Here are some photos which capture the blue hair/mermaid vibe I am SO into right now:
        Katy Perry
    STUNNING picture that I found when I googled 'mermaids'.
    Amber Rose carries off the trend with a hip-hop edge
    Serious mermaid vibes. Oh GaGa, how I adore you.
    The oh-so-fabulous Nicki Minaj. She amazes me with both her music and her style.
    Found this when I googled 'blue hair.' Wow. Words cannot describe...

    I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this look. Am I brave enough to try it..? Hm, maybe only in celeb-land!

    My gorgeous friend Bee!

    So, moving on, here are some pics of me modeling the Snake-Valley/ mermaid look in a local park/woodland area. To my extreme happiness, my boyfriend has just bought an amazing new camera, as I've wanted a really decent camera to take professional pictures for this blog for absolutely forever. Unfortunately, neither of us knows the first thing about photography or how to use this amazing camera at the moment- but we are going to try and find out. We're hoping to take a short photography course, and still need to attack the manual (which is like a textbook) so please forgive the extreme amateur-ness of these photos- I just couldn't wait to give it a go and have an experiment! I hope you like them!

    Love and kisses, The Porcelain Princess xxx
              I'm gonna rouge my knees and roll my stockings down...        
    To bare, or not to bare? That is the question- well, it is when it comes to wearing stockings and suspenders, at least. Ever since last summer, with the rise of the underwear as outerwear trend, and since I first began to see pictures of the beautiful Miss Momsen rocking exposed stockings and suspenders on her endlessly long legs, I have been obsessed with the idea of wearing some myself. All last summer, I entertained visions of myself strutting the streets in a cream vintage slip, black stockings and an oversized parka, or hitting the town in heels, stockings and suspenders and an LBD, with my baggy leopard print vintage shirt thrown over the top. I have managed to wear mock-stocking tights a number of times, and did so that summer- although what I really want to do is strut out of my front door and off to to the shops in a pair of actual suspenders. Sigh. If only it were that easy.

    Let me just tell you a little story detialing my daily walk to the train station. So, I'm walking down the road in my flat winter boots, black opaque tights and huge fur coat fastened up to my chin. As I round the corner, I see the work van belonging to the builders who are working on one of the houses parked along my route to the station. My stomach clenching with nerves and annoyance, I deliberately cross the road to avoid them, even though I am already on the side I need to be. I keep my eyes and head down so as not to draw additional attention to myself, but as I draw level with the builders, the inevitable wolf- whistling and cat-calling begins. The first time I walked past them, I got a leering grin and an 'alright love', which I returned with a polite, albeit embarrassed, smile. After that, I felt too self conscious to walk right past again, so I started crossing the road. Each time I get at least a whistle. The other day I got 'excuse me!' shouted out repeatedly, which I firmly ignored. Taylor Momsen gets hoards of screaming fans and paparazzi clamoring for a photograph as she walks along the street with her army of bodyguards. I get a whistle of approval from Bob the overweight, middle-aged builder. This is the sort of response I get when I am completely covered up in my winter gear. Now try to imagine the chaos I would stir up if I actually walked past wearing a mini skirt revealing supsenders and sheer, lace- topped stockings, a la Taylor. I'd be asking for it, right? But that's the thing- I'm not asking for it, and this leads me onto my next question: how much freedom do women actually have to dress the way that they want to?

    This is something I have given a lot of thought to in recent months. As someone who dresses in what some would call an 'unusual' way, I inevitably tend to stand out from the crowd quite a bit. Especially around Orpington and Bromley, where I live, as opposed to in London where crazy fashion is more the norm. Having people stare at me for wearing attention-grabbing outfits and even bold makeup is something I've had to force myself to accept as part of expressing myself through my style. I think the time where I first began to really notice it was, surprisingly, in New York. I went to New York back in April for my 21st birthday, and began planning my looks months and months and months in advance. I was finally going to visit a place that I had adored and worshiped since I was sixteen, when I discovered Sex and the City. I was going to the HOME of Carrie Bradshaw. The playground of the Gossip Girl social elite. I was going to the city where dreams come true. I think it's safe to say that what I wore to the New York City was pretty damn important. I pulled out all the fashion stops- I scoured magazines for inspiration, visited on a daily basis and hunted through vintage shops to put together the most fun, fabulous outfits I could think of. When I got there, I spent two hours getting ready each morning, wore fake eyelashes everyday and honestly treated the streets like they were my catwalk. New York was my big date, and I wanted it to be impressed. However, I didn't exactly get the response I was hoping for. People actually stared open-mouthed as I stepped into cafes in my see-through black lace body with only a skimpy croptop underneath, deep plum lipstick and flamboyant floral headband. One woman in a supermarket stared fixedly at my legs for about five whole minutes when I was wearing my denim chambray body-con skirt and bow-print tights. I searched the streets for the Blair Waldorfs, Serena Van Der Woodsens and Jenny Humpfreys, but all I saw was a load of suits, jeans, T shirts and trainers. I was disappointed. To be honest, New York street style was nothing like I'd expected, and I stood out like a sore thumb. I did manage to find some really trendy shop owners and stall-holders, but they were confined to the safety of their thrift-stores and vintage street fairs. Unlike me, they were safe from the bewildered stares of passers-by on the streets.

    Most of the stares I got were from men- and it's the same here. I stand there sometimes and watch as their eyes travel unashamedly up my legs in my short skirts, or oggle me square in the face, even when I stare right back at them. Seriously, did their mothers never teach them it was rude to stare? Don't get me wrong- it's not that I don't want people looking at me. I put alot of time and thought into my outfits and it's lovely when you get an admiring glance and a smile from a stranger. But it's the fact that no one ever SMILES. Even when I'm smiling at them (which I always do- it's polite to smile) they just stare back at me like I'm an alien from outter space (if the person is female) or someone that they are thinking very dirty things indeed about (if the person is a straight male). If ever I look at anyone to take in their outfit and they happen to catch me looking, I always, always smile. It's just a natural reaction. When I catch people looking at me and they continue to stare straight into my eyes without even the hint of a polite smile- I must admit- it totally freaks me out.

    So, should we try to avoid this rude, blatant, open-mouthed staring by dressing in a less eye-catching manner, and more to the point, should we, as women, try to dress less provocatively in order to avoid unwanted leering from men, even if it means not being able to wear our favourite trends? In attempting to give out the signal that we are strong, confident women who dress how we damn well please, do we instead give out the signal that we crave sexual attention from men? What happens when the signals you are trying to give out to the world are totally misread? I don't want to be unfair to men here, and I do understand that men can't help but look at women they find sexually attractive on the street. It's natural. I even think sometimes it can be quite flattering. A little look and a smile, or even a 'you look beautiful' is actually a real confidence booster, and when that happens to me, I take it as a compliment. But when men cross the line by leering unpleasantly or repeatedly shouting things out or muttering vulgar comments to their friends as you walk by, it makes you feel really uncomfortable. When I was sixteen, a builder who was older then my dad and much, much fatter, stood and watched me as I approached him for what felt like an age, and then as I walked past, leaned towards me and growled 'you're fit.' I think it's safe to say that I didn't take that as a compliment.

    Worse still, is the idea that women are 'asking for it' or are 'up for it' if they wear a revealing outfit. Or, as my ex- friend's boyfriend once convinced her, that women who wear skirts and dresses have 'no respect for themselves.' As a result, she only ever went out after that wearing jeans, when previously, she had been the most daring, fashion-forward person I knew. Now, I don't know about you, but someone who allows a man to dictate to them how they should dress seems to me to have a lot less respect for themselves than a girl who wears whatever she wants because that's what she likes. I'm not saying that every woman should wear revealing clothes, I'm just saying that women should have the freedom to wear whatever they like, without certain men assuming that they are desperate sluts who are up for a one-night-stand simply because they are showing a bit of leg. One thing I HATE when I come across it in womens' magazines, are those articles where they ask 'what do men think of they way we dress?' The article always comes to the conclusion that most men think extremes of fashion are weird, therefore we should avoid wacky trends at the cost of our boyfriends no longer finding us attractive. What do men think of the way we dress? Here's a thought- WHO CARES?? I want to wear stockings and suspenders because I think it looks edgy and cool. Also because I am a creative person who likes to have fun and experiment with clothes. Wearing suspenders would reflect a style that I like- therefore reflecting my personality, and that's why I want to wear them. Not because I want men to shout out 'oi oi' and ogle me like I'm a piece of meat.

    This also begs the question of how accepting are people in general of fashion? Of course it depends where you are, but the answer, in most cases I think, is not very. But then here's another question: should we care? Having experienced this sort of bewilderment  first hand for as long as I've been interested in fashion, I think it's safe to say that there are always going to be those people who just. don't. get it. For example, there are certain people who would never understand why I would never want to wear fake tan or get a sunbed. They just can't see that there is any other way to be attractive than that of being tanned. They think that there is only one way to be beautiful, whereas I disagree. I believe that beauty comes in many, many forms, and that you can be beautiful in so many unique, different ways, no matter what your skin colour/race/hairtype/bodyshape. Yes, girls with blonde hair, blue eyes, big busts and golden tans are beautiful (ie Blake Lively), but so are girls with bright red hair and milky white skin (ie Nicola Robers)- it's just a different type of beauty. But then again, there are also a lot of people who admire and appreciate the style choices of others, even if it's something they'd never wear themselves. It seems that acceptance is always the solution at the end of the day, folks. Once people stop judging each other in such a negative way and start to accept the fact that we are all different, the world will be a much better place.

    So- in conclusion, no, I don't really care if some people out there don't like the way I dress. Not that it's a nice thought- after all, we all want people to like and accept us. But if you want to make a statement with your clothes, you will have to accept that not everyone will like the statement you are making. As Christina Aguilera once sang, 'I'm humanly unable to please everyone at the same time...I'm gonna carry on, I'm gonna keep on, singin' my song'. So, in light of Miss Aguilera's fantastic advice, I will keep on singing my song. Come summer, I will wear my stockings and my suspenders, and I will do it with my head held high...

    Ok, so enough of the heavy stuff: Here're some pics to get you inspired:

        Lilly Allen working the look on stage

    Wearing mock-stocking tights again, this time with an amazing sparkly jumper dress. (I want this outfit.)

          So many celebs were seen in THOSE famous Henri Holland tights (I've already gotten through two pairs).
    The beautiful Pixie Lott working chain-effect suspender tights
    Lily, Taylor and Pixie.
    The queen of suspenders herself
    Seriously- can this girl get any cooler? My fave look of them all!!!
    These shoes got a really mixed reaction- but I LOVE them.
    What I wore today.
    These are just two of the outfits I plan to wear in the summer when it's warm enough! I got the amazing Bob Marley Tee from a vintage shop in Greenwich today for only a tenner. Don't the lyrics written on it PERFECTLY capture the entire theme of this post? I didn't even realise that until I'd finished writing this piece!

    Please leave your comments and let me know your responses to my article- I'd love to hear your opinions on the subject! Thanks!

    Love and kisses,
    The Porcelain Princess xoxo
              You Stole My Heart At Seventeen...The Story of a Vintage Love Affair        
    Stepping into the treasure trove, you pause for a moment to take it all in. All around you are rails upon rails of odd, unevenly placed garments, shelves and shelves of battered, elegantly pointed shoes and heaps of quilted handbags in all the colours of the rainbow. Immediately you are hit with that musty, faded smell which is simultaneously stale and yet somehow strangely comforting- like the soft, enveloping smell of a beloved Grandapent's home that isn't unpleasant and yet, unmistakeably signifies 'oldness'. You move deeper into the dustiness of the shop, running your hands over the rows of hanging fabric, scanning the room for those glints of sparkle or pops of print, the ones that catch your eye and flirt with it outrageously, twinkling or calling at you to touch them, hold them, try them against your skin in the mirror- just to see. You run your hands over age-yellowed lace with delicately scalloped edges, fondle the fronds of the flowing fabric of a 1950s prom dress, feast your eyes on cute-as-a-button pearl embellishment...Welcome to the world of vintage shopping.

        The first vintage item I ever bought was a little red printed sundress from Peekaboo Vintage at Topshop, when I was seventeen, about to turn eighteen. It was sixty five pounds, and it was from the Topshop in Bromley, when the store had only just moved to its new location, and they had one rail on the top floor of vintage clothes. It was my first encounter with vintage, and I fell in love with the uniqueness of the items right away. I thought that the dress was expensive, and it took a big chunk out of the holiday allowance that my mum had given me for my first holiday away with my boyfriend. But I didn't care. I had to have it, and it was worth every single penny. I still wear it every summer to this day.

    At the time, the high-street was overflowing with smock- tops and empire line dresses. I'd searched high and low, but for the life of me, could not find a summer top or dress that didn't make me look like I was pregnant. (For the record, I'm not personally a fan of the empire-line). I was desperate, I mean DESPERATE for a dress that cinched in at the waist. Since the revival of waisted belts in 2005, something which I had never encountered before in my life-time, I had fallen in love with the idea of defining my waist. There was always the option of belting a smock with a waisted belt, but it didn't achieve that cute but sexy 1950's hourglass shape that I was after. When I found the row of Peekaboo Vintage clothes, I felt like I'd stumbled upon a little piece of heaven. Ok, so the clothes were pricey, but they were beautiful. They came in all sorts of wacky colours, cutesy prints and figure- enhancing shapes that I'd never really seen anywhere else on the highstreet. These clothes were funky; they were edgy, and best of all, they were just different.

    I will never forget the feeling that I had that day after trying on that dress, of milling around Topshop, picking out colourful neon holiday pieces (I was in love with the nu-rave look, and had just discovered electric blue), with the little red sundress flung over my arm. I felt like I'd discovered a hidden gem; I had finally found a dress that showed off my waist and no one else in the whole wide world had the exact same one. None of my friends owned anything like it, and I knew that it would make me feel like a pin-up amid a sea of identical smock dresses. As I picked out the rest of my holiday wardrobe with the money I had over, I could smell my new pink Johnson's 24 hour moisture hand cream. To this day, when I smell that hand cream, I am seventeen about to turn eighteen again, browsing the rails in Topshop in Bromley, an array of colourful clothes hanging off of each arm, and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world because I am about to be whisked off on my first grown-up holiday with my first proper boyfriend.

    Since that day, my love of vintage has just grown and grown. I've learned a lot about it too- what suits me, where to shop, and what kind of price I should be paying (you wouldn't catch me paying 65 quid for a cheaply-made sundress these days!) There is something so satisfying about going into a shop and digging out an undiscovered beauty that nobody else has noticed yet, hiding beneath a pile of musty old scarves in the 'everything for a fiver' bin. I am aware of the argument that these days, whilst vintage dressing was originally  a reaction against mass-produced clothing and mainstream style, it has now become so popular and on-trend that it has started to become mainstream in itself. However, I would argue that, whilst you might get girls walking around in Brick Lane with a similar sense of style- no two outfits are ever the same. I don't care what you say about the way vintage lovers dress- you'll never see someone in an identical dress/coat/skirt/top walking past you in the street, or see someone who has put their outfit together in exactly the same way you have. That's another thing- girls you see in East London who dress in vintage are so much more experimental with their hair and makeup, that everyone has such a totally outlandish and unique look.

    What's more- vintage clothing is so varied and spans so many decades, that it allows you to be so much more creative in the way you put it together. You can go for a top-to-toe vintage look which perfectly emulates the style of a specific decade, mix vintage pieces together from different decades to totally put your own spin on the look, or mix vintage with high-street and/or designer pieces.

    To be honest though, I think what appeals to me most about vintage is that it proves that clothes aren't just clothes, as so many people think. All of the clothes that you buy have a story behind them, and vintage clothes especially, because not only do they have your story behind them, but they also have someone else's story before you. Everything in my wardrobe has a story. Everything is special. Maybe it's just me with my romantic ways, sentimentalizing the clothes, and maybe it's because I am a writer and a lover of stories...but it's why I just can't bring myself to throw away the stacks of rainbow-hued, high heeled shoes I have mouldering away in a drawer under my bed. They are all hideously outdated now, not to mention battered and worn, and are actually about a fraction of the height of the heels I wear now (no one embraced the birth of the sky-scraper like I did!) But I can never throw them away. To me, they represent my acceptance of being tall and being proud of it for the first time in my life. Each pair has it's own special story.  It's like a little piece of the magic I felt when I wore them is still encased within each pair, like the magic in Dorothy's ruby slippers. They represent a time of happiness, a time of freedom, friendship, sixth form parties, underage drinking at Amadeus nightclub and hair extensions...I have a whole drawer of ruby slippers, and I can't ever throw that away.  

    So, now that I've won you over to the joys of vintage, let me take you on a little account of my recent vintage adventures...

    I recently payed a little visit to my favourite vintage shop, Rokit, which is pricey for vintage, but has such an amazing collection of pieces that you don't even have to rifle through to find something decent. I like to think of Rokit as vintage shopping made easy. I get generally the same feeling in there that I do in Topshop and Urban Outfitters, that I love EVERYTHING on the rails and want to take it all home...

     Outside the Covent Garden store

        Inside one of the Brick Lane stores
    Moi, showing off my bags of purchases outside the Covent Garden Store way back in the lovely summer (God, I'd actually forgotten what sunshine looked like!)

    So here's what I bought: an amazingly sweet white/cream summer dress which enables me to work the all-white trend I wrote about in my last post (plus- it was only £16 in the sale!), a cute headscarf and a faded green blouse.

    Here I am rocking the scarf and blouse! I wore it to uni today.
    I actually wanted to wear this outfit with sheer black tights- maybe patterned- with little beige ankle socks, and with the blouse knotted, but it's WAY too cold for thin leg coverage and midriff-exposure, so I had to settle for the tucked in option and the good old black opaques. Sigh.

    After my Rokit rendezvous, I popped into Urban Outfitters and found this AMAAAZING book on how to do vintage hairstyles! I snapped it up immediately.
    How amazing is this book?! I actually feel like it was made for me. Watch this space for 40's victory rolls and 50's peekaboo waves!

    After that. I set off home back to Orpington and headed straight for one of the charity shops in the Highstreet I'd popped into a few days before after work. I'd seen an adorable little cream lace blouse in there which was only FOUR POUNDS. It was another one of those things that I saw, left, and then couldn't stop thinking about! I wore it to my night out on Friday to an uber-trendy bar in Brick Lane, called 93 Feet East. What do you think?
    Blouse: Charity shop in Orpington Highstreet
    Skirt: Topshop
    Ankle Boots: Miss Selfridge
    Belt: Vintage from Rokit
    Bag: Charity shop in Orpington Highstreet
    Eyelashes: Mac
    Fur coat: Vintage from Ebay.

    To add to my brilliant day of shopping, I even discovered another gorgeous little vintage-esque blouse in the charity shop which I'd failed to notice before! It was just as cute as some of the blouses I'd seen in Rokit (all £20) but this one was THREE POUNDS! Now is that a bargain or what? Plus, it's for a good cause :-)
    Here it is:
    I'm still totally obsessed with ice-cream shades in muted tones as a way to ease my wardrobe into Sping, so when I saw this vintage blouse for only a fiver in Beehive today, I snapped it up:
    It may not look like much here, but trust me, once I've styled it up, this will look adorable :-)

    I hope you enjoyed the story of how my heart was stolen by a vintage dress, and why I've never looked back....

    love and kisses,
    The Porcelain Princess xoxo
              All That Glitters...        
    It is my personal belief, that deep down inside every woman, there lies a secretly burning passion for all things that sparkle. After all, isn't that  why diamonds are a girl's best friend? I believe that deep down within even the most tomboyish of girls, there is a secret lust for things that twinkle, things that shimmer, things that sparkle, shine, glitter and gleam. No? Okay, just me then...

    But seriously, ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with glitter. I recall this one time, when one of my oldest friends (that means you, Leah Rossi!) and I sat in my bathroom, when we were about ten or eleven years old, collecting together all the glitter in my house that we could find. We collected up hair glitter, sparkly body spray, glittery mascara, glitter nail polish, glittery talc, shimmer face powder, you name it (remember all that 90's/early 00's stuff?)

    We sampled each of the products, spraying them and puffing them and squeezing them and what have you over the bath, so that it wouldn't go all over the floor, and analysing the different types of glitter. We decided to categorize the different types, to see which was the best. There was glitter with huge shiny bits in it, glitter in tiny particles that gave more of a subtle, shimmery effect...I can still smell the glitter spray now, heady and gluey and with that note of excitement and anticipation on it- it was the spray I put on whenever I was going to a school disco or a year six birthday party or to one of my parents' big new year's eve bashes. I think we thought we were glitter scientists or something. Leah, if you are reading this, you probably don't even recall this weird random memory, but you know what I'm like for having a freakishly good memory when it comes to this stuff! It reminds me of a time even further back, when Leah and I decided to paint all the china ornaments in my room with my gold glittery nail varnish, and the times we used to make 'gems' out of lumps of wet toilet paper left to dry and coloured in with felt-tipped pens and painted with the same glittery nail polish (now I know you remember that!)

    Well, weather or not anyone else shares this particular magpie tendency of mine (and Leah's!) to want to squeal with delight at the sight of glitter, that's what's got me all girlishly excited about my latest look. I'm calling it 'all that glitters' (another Sex and the City Reference, for any of those equally geekily obsessed fans among you). It all started with the outfit that I put together on one of my previous posts, the one with the pink sequined top and the leopard print heels (which I have now bought, and can't WAIT to wear out!) I loved the way the sequins on the top looked like those pink edible cake sparkles you can buy, and the way they winked and flashed and twinkled like stars in the light with my every tiny movement...

    I also adored the soft pale pink of it, and the combination of the sparkles and the girlish pastel hue. So, when I came across this GORGEOUS little vintage gem on my travels in Greenwich a few days later, I simply couldn't get it out of my head.

                                              (here is is, pictured with the pink Topshop top)

    I was browsing the rails in The Vintage Emporium, to see if there was anything that caught my eye, when I glimpsed it, twinkling softly in the dusty light. It was a pale, mint green, sixties style top, which also happened to be sparkly (insert inward screams of delight). I held it up to myself in the mirror and noticed that it went perfectly with my skin tone and hair colour (don't you just LOVE making those discoveries?) but then quickly told myself that I didn't need yet ANOTHER little sparkly top. I moved on to the next shop, The Beehive, which is a total treasure trove of affordable vintage pieces (not to mention owned by the most lovely, friendly, beautiful lady whom I spent a good long while chatting to about all things fashion) and ended up buying an eighties-tastic jumper, featuring a similar colour of green (which I have been living in all week- thanks Beehive!)

    That weekend, I simply couldn't make myself forget the darling little mint green top. It danced tantalizingly in front of my eyes inside my head, calling to me in a sound like crystals twinkling and clinking together (I know I'm getting totally carried away now, but I really did love the top). So, today I went back to The Vintage Emporium and bought it. Did I mention that it was only £15?? Total bargain, I know!

    It goes perfectly with the other stuff I bought to go with the pink Topshop top, so that's two outfits I have yet to wear out! In addition to this, I also decided I needed a cream fur coat to complete the outfit, and found this beauty on ebay, which I won (yay!) and which was delivered today:

    Don't you just love it!? It's real rabbit fur and sooo luxuriously soft and snuggly. I would just like to point out, that although I would never condone the purchase of new fur, this coat is vintage and therefore second hand. Hence, wearing it is actually a form of recycling, and if no one wore it, it would only be rotting away in some landfill somewhere, polluting the planet. ANYWAY.

    The pretty ice cream shades of the tops and the coat got me thinking about Tavi's fantastic Valley of the Dolls posts that I've recently read. If you want to check it out, go to:
    For anyone who doesn't already know this-Tavi is amazing. Her blog was one of the main things that inspired me to start this. But getting back to my main point, her post was inspired by the 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls, which was turned into a film in 1967. I have yet to actually see the film (it's on my list of fashionable things to watch, along with The Taxi Driver, which apparently is the film to channel for the current on-trend seventies vibe) but I've seen pictures from it, and am loving the pretty, innocent but plastic doll-like look that's going on. The look is all about pastels, candy colours, pretty-girl makeup and a kind of creepy doll-like perfection. Think of the candy-coloured houses in Edward Scissorhands (Tavi also references this in her post- I give her full credit for it- although I've always loved that image anyway!)

    To complete the all-that-glitters-meets-Valley-of-the-Dolls-look that I'm loving right now, I also bought two gorgeous Barry M lipsticks, one in an amazingly bright, shocking, almost fluorescent pink, and one in a beautiful pale chalky coral. I love the totally matte texture of the lipsticks combined with the intense, opaque quality of the colours. I have searched high and low for a reeeaally bright pink lipstick with a totally matte finish, and this is the first one I've found. Thanks Barry M!

    I am planning on wearing this look with fun, unexpected twists like leopard print (cue my new heels!), garishly bright lipstick and flashy, gold vintage jewelery to give it a trashy/fun/glam edge. And of course, extra long, doll-like lashes. Pictures of me wearing the outfits will follow (I want you to see them with the full benefit of my two hours of pampering, hair and makeup that I will do when I actually wear them out!)

    Here are some pictures that I feel capture the girly/glam vibe of the all that glitters look with it's Valley of the Dolls feel...enjoy!
     My magpie collection of sparkly tops! From left: vintage from ebay, vintage from ebay, vintage from Rokit, vintage from a shop in Whitechapel, vintage from The Vintage Emporium Greenwich, and Topshop.

     My pretty ice cream shaded tops go perfectly with my gold vintage bag from Rokit which I have actually worn to death!
    (clockwise from top) bracelet: Topshop, cuff: Topshop, earrings: from a charity shop in Hunstanton, earrings: also from charity shop in Hunstanton, ring: Topshop, necklace: vintage from Greenwich Market (only 99p!)

    My Barry M lipsticks, Topshop glitter, Benefit eyeshadow and Mac eyeshadow. Tutti-fruitti shades like this were seen all over the SS11 catwalks!

                                      I <3 Dolly Mixtures! xxx

      Glitter is a girl's best friend...
                                                     The Valley of the Dolls Look
    Hope you enjoyed the post, and please feel free to leave any comments! Have a sparkly day...

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    Seriously, if you like this scarf, don't wait, because I'm seriously considering appropriating it into my personal collection! I'm sure I couldn't recreate it, so it truly is one of a kind. It's 100% silk chiffon, which has been hand dyed in shades of purples, plums, lavenders, accented with shades of gray and pink. The silk has been crinkled for a casual, funky, on-trend look. It's the best of both worlds - a casual look without sacrificing the indulgence of silk. Chiffon is a looser weave, and is very gauzy and floaty. This is a larger scarf, generously sized at approximately 17" x 74", which means you have even more gorgeousness to drape around your neck. If you like a little more fabric to work with, you'll like this one. Please remember that colors can vary depending on your monitor.

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              New World Order        
    Last night was hot; the city sweltered in the early spring heat wave. Most of the inhabitants were still trying to hold off on using there air conditioners, since the weather soothsayers on the evening news said a drastic cooling trend was only a day a way.

    The night was dark; the waning crescent wouldn?t rise until early morning. It was a perfect night for me to patrol the streets, and root out crime. The only thing is the thugs didn?t cooperate, the streets were empty. The lack of johns had hookers abandoning there corners, clubs were quiet, and no sound from the parks.

    The night was too peaceful for this dark and degenerate city. I didn?t like it, but there was nothing for me to do. I pulled out papers I had printed from the internet concerning the New Deal put forth by President Roosevelt, and started reading through them.

    A quote by James Paul Warburg struck me as appropriate for the current day, and an ominous prediction of the future. Speaking on Feb. 17, 1950, to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations he said, ?We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether world government will be achieved by conquest or consent."

    I?m starting to believe that my fight against the zombies may be in vain and that the New World Order may be the real enemy. Obazy does everything he can to coddle and the zombies, but are they the real threat to this country. Seeking to tie the dots to an organization bent on controlling the world with a global government, may be beyond the abilities of this costumed crime fighter. But I may be brought into the fight against my will, as I watch our constitution eliminated piece by piece, and our economy handed over to the government in the form of bailouts and stimulus packages. I can only wonder when the citizens, so burdened by debt, will stand up and scream out their rage. Herein lies the apex to the crisis, will the collective conscious of the masses demand help from an all powerful government or will they demand freedom from the tyranny.

    I don?t know what the answer will be, for I am the mirrorman, I can tell what one man will do when I look in his eyes, but I cannot read the whole.

    I will abide my time, and watch. I will make notes. Eventually I will connect the dots.

    Perhaps I have already been brought into the fight. Perhaps.

              Annual Mormon Book Review        

    Carrying on from last year's review of David Robert's Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, here is a second review of another Mormon-centered book. Enjoy!

    Jared Farmer. On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008. 455 pages. Cloth: Alkaline Paper. $29.95.

    From the early days of the inception of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS), the Mormons were concerned with place-making. Joseph Smith, the religion’s founder, initially identified Jackson County, Missouri as the “center place,” where the Garden of Eden had once stood. However, the devout were soon thrown out of the state by the governor, and moved on to Nauvoo, Illinois. Later, after Smith was assassinated, the new Mormon leader, Brigham Young, turned his gaze farther west and in 1846-1847 led a party of followers to Utah, which he claimed as “Deseret”—their Zion. There, the Saints found their “place apart” from the rest of the world.

    Jared Farmer’s 2008 book On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape adroitly traces Mormon place-making in Utah. His story is ostensibly about Mount Timpanogos, a landmark known as “Timp” that unites the skyline above Orem and Provo. But the history involves much more than the mountain. It is a microcosm of Angloamerican settlement in the west. Using a singular landmark, Farmer delves into the importance of creating place out of space. He asks why Mount Timpanogos usurped the importance of the historically and agriculturally significant Lake Utah, and how the Mormon settlers manipulated their turbulent history with the Ute Indians in order to make myths and claim places as their own. The book deals with two centuries of history, as well as the interaction between varied cultures and the sometimes contradictory dogma of the LDS Church. Though complex, On Zion’s Mount is a wonderfully executed book—well written, insightful, and an excellent example of how to use local history to illuminate greater historical narratives.

    The book is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different step in the climb to the veneration of “Timp.” The first, “Liquid Antecedents,” deals with the early history of the Ute Indians and the Mormons. It also concentrates on how bodies of water were significant to residents and settlers in the Utah Valley. This section is compelling, as Farmer explains just how distinct the freshwater Lake Utah was in the arid Great Basin. The lake was a natural landmark for the Utes, who relied heavily on its plentiful supply of fish. In the mid-1800s, it became a landmark for the Mormons, who arrived predisposed to seek out monuments in their new “holy land.”

    Despite the Mormons’ intention to find a locale that was disconnected from the rest of the world, the Utah Valley, where the first waves of Mormons settled, was not a “place apart.” It was populated with Ute Indians, who had lived in the area for centuries. The wellspring for many of these Utes was Utah Lake, a freshwater reservoir southeast of the Great Salt Lake. The Indians there called themselves Timpanogos Nuche—“Rocky River Fish Eaters.” They identified themselves in connection with the body of water. The Mormons entered into an unstable relationship with the Timpanogos; an association characterized by violent fits, uneasy alliances, and contradictory feelings. This fluctuating friendship came with a bond to Utah Lake.

    Both the Timpanogos and the Mormons emphasized the importance of place. The Utes classified bands by “geographic food names” like “Lake People” and “Fish-Eaters.” (25) The Saints were concerned with place as it related to Millenialism. While other religions affected by the Second Great Awakening believed in a prediction of when Christ would return, the Mormons were concerned with where. (36) When the Mormons arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the hot springs, streams, and of course the Great Salt Lake all contributed to the Saints’ belief that they had found their promised land. In the waters they took healing baths, baptized their children, and fished. These same waters had been frequented by the Utes for decades, if not centuries.

    From their introduction onward, relations between the Mormons and the Timpanogos were rocky. In 1849, the former noticed that livestock was missing, and rallied a group to ride south and confront Little Chief, a Ute leader who lived on the shores of Utah Lake. The chief turned the Saints towards some “mean Ewtes,” who they subsequently slaughtered for stealing.(62) Three days afterward, a band of Mormon men decided to relocate their families to Utah Lake. The Saints settled in the midst of hostilities between bands of Utes. In order to secure their own safety, the settlers at Utah Lake as well as the LDS leadership engaged in unsteady diplomacy and occasional fights with different Indian contingents.

    To complicate the already problematic situation, Mormons arrived in Utah with preconceptions of Native Americans. In fact, Indians were integral to the burgeoning religion’s discourse. According to LDS dogma, Indians were descendants of the “Lamanites,” once followers of Christ who traveled to America before the Babylon captivity. In the New World, the hostile sect broke away from their brothers, the “Nephites.” For this, God cursed the Lamanites with dark skin. The ill-fated group waged war on the Nephites and erased any fragments of Christianity from the land. The last Nephite scribe, Moroni, was the impetus for the Mormon religion. He came to Joseph Smith in a dream and told him where to find the scriptural record of this lost history. With his revelation of the sanctity of the Lamanites, Smith incorporated proselytizing to Indians into the Book of Mormon. The descendants of the Lamanites who converted would be saved during the Second Coming. More importantly, they would assist Christ in destroying the earth as soldiers of the apocalypse. This created a contradictory idea of Native Americans: “They were cursed to be inferior yet promised to be superior. They were destined to save the world, yet they couldn’t save themselves.”(57) Furthermore, dealing with real-life Utes proved harder than the LDS leadership imagined.

    The tension in Saints’ beliefs between “Indian-as-brother and Indian-as-other” continued to influence their interactions with natives around Utah Lake.(61) Young was wary of the amicable relations between his followers and the Timpanogos and wished that the two groups not mix. In 1850, following the murder of an Indian man, the Mormons and the Utes engaged in the “Indian War.” Later, LDS leadership chastised natives for engaging in slave trade with a New Mexican. Though in Mormon thought there were some redeemable Indians, by 1860 Young was determined that the Utes ought to be displaced. He wrote to Washington, D.C.: “It is our wish that the Indian title should be extinguished, and the Indians removed from our Territory (Utah) and that for the best of reasons, because they are doing no good here to themselves or any body else.”(82) By the latter half of the 1860s most of the Timpanogos people moved to the Uinta Basin, estranged from the place upon which they based their identity.

    Following the removal of the Utes, Utah Lake experienced a surge and then a decline in popularity that mirrored the fate of other regional waterways. In the late 19th century, tourists came to the area to take in the healing waters of the hot springs, the Great Salt Lake, and Utah Lake. Additionally, the latter continued to be a distinguished fishery. However, this fame did not last. In the first half of the 20th century, fires destroyed a number of Salt Lake resorts. Overfishing and the introduction of nonnative species affected Utah Lake. The Great Depression and WWII furthered the destruction of water sport popularity. The federal government opened the Geneva Steel plant on Utah Lake; its smokestacks and pollution diminished the reservoir’s beauty and water quality. Even after the plant closed in 2001, the lake had lost its reputation. Residents considered it dirty, shallow, and full of undesirable fish. Furthermore, during the twentieth century Utahans rethought their sense of identity. Instead of revering the hydrological geography of Utah, its residents had turned their gaze upward to the peaks.

    The second section of the book, “Making a Mountain: Alpine Play,” discusses how Utahans built Mount Timpanogos into a landmark. Farmer makes great use of the exclusion of certain places as well as their later inclusion. Using topographical resources from the four western surveys, as well as mormon settler drawings and maps, Farmer shows how Timpanogos went from being an undefined ridge in the Wasatch Range to a distinct massif that overshadowed both the larger Mount Nebo to the south and the historically significant Lake Utah to the west.

    As in the first three chapters, Farmer employs LDS beliefs to form the basis of his argument. The Saints’ theological sense of place included an emphasis on mountains. Settlers viewed their new homeland through religion; mountains pervade world religions as the geographical pathway to God. Peaks were of special importance to Mormons, since Joseph Smith purportedly prophesied that they would “become a mighty people in the midst of the Rocky Mountains.”(150) When the Saints arrived in Deseret, they labeled many geographic sites with biblical names, including Mount Nebo, the highest peak in the Wasatch range. However, in the 1880s Mormons began to secularize their environment. This shift was motivated by the United States Congress, which outlawed theocracy and polygamy. During what Mormons call “The Great Accommodation,” the Saints rethought the peaks in a patriotic light.

    The King Survey was the first to identify “Tim-pan-o-gos Peak” in 1869.(164) However, no one considered it a defining aspect of the region, and many could not even see it; the massif was just a part of the jagged wall between Provo and American Fork Canyons. It wasn’t until the early decades of the 20th century that residents of Provo “began to visualize a mountain.”(167) The view of Timpanogos from Provo changed as the town relocated to the east of its original home at old Fort Utah. Spurred by the historic importance of mountains to the Mormons as well as the “European vogue of alpine aesthetics,” it was not unnatural for the residents of Provo to revere a nearby peak.(141) By 1910, the town described itself in relation to the mountain.

    The King Survey did more than just identify Mount Timpanogos—the survey also pronounced it (erroneously) the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. In reality, that title belongs to Mount Nebo. However, the claim persisted even after the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey corrected the record, and tourists began arriving to climb the “highest mountain in the Wasatch.”(175) With the boosterism of Eugene “Timpanogos” Roberts, Brigham Young University’s athletics director, and the national increase in the popularity of hiking, “Timp” became a recreational landmark. Roberts led yearly hikes to the top of the massif, and along with the claim that they were climbing the highest peak in the Wasatch, boosters “endlessly repeated claims that the Annual Timpanogos Hike ranked as the biggest hike in America, the greatest community hike in the world, and the largest ‘pilgrimage’ to any mountain over 10,000 feet.”(202) The peak, as well as its ascent were powerful symbols of community strength.

    Though the hike was discontinued in the 1970s, the peak remained emblematic of Provo. The Forest Service designated Timpanogos as wilderness. They banned the grazing of domestic animals and introduced mountain goats to the area in 1981. Meanwhile, Provo and Orem transformed from farming communities into suburbia and Robert Redford bought and built up Sundance. These changes emphasized the dichotomy between wilderness and urban areas. With the growth in population of the two cities and the ski resort, Timpanogos increased in importance. In 1996 the mountain’s significance was solidified in Mormon minds when the LDS Church built Mount Timpanogos Temple. Farmer ends this section with a rumination on environmentalism. Despite all the reverence for place, Mormons are not conservationists, and do not engage in preservation of their landmark. “Sense,” he concludes, “is not the same as sensibility.”(238)

    The final section of the book, “Making a Mountain: Indian Play,” investigates how “Timp” was marked with cultural meaning. Farmer examines the place name as well as the legends that surround it. In the nineteenth century, white Americans like Henry Schoolcraft and Lydia Sigourney advocated the use of Indian place-names, despite the usual miscommunication, misappropriation, or blatant invention of “native” words. The American government continued the trend by accepting Indianist names of states. In Utah, “Timpanogos” was a long-remembered name in the Provo region. The Indians themselves were displaced to the Uinta Band, and though the name had originally designated a river, the waterway had been renamed “Provo River.” For locals, associating the mountain with a Native word “gave the landmark a heightened semblance of antiquity and authenticity.”(281)

    Ironically, to further this authenticity, Eugene “Timpanogos” Roberts provided the mountain with a fake Indian legend. “The Story of Utahna and Red Eagle, an Indian Legend of Timpanogos” retold a familiar Angloamerican tale of the Indian Princess—the “dark-skinned Sappho” throwing herself from a precipice in response to a suitor.(287) These stories, all of which have suspect providence, used Native American tragedies to deepen American antiquity.(297) In a land without any ancient city walls or moldering castles, a sense of historic depth was created through legend. Additionally, the legends of leaping maidens alleviated whites’ guilt on displacing the Indians across the continent. The tales emphasized either brutish men that the women could only escape by committing suicide or savage societies that forced women to neglect her chosen lover. Either ended with the implicit message: the race of Indians is uncivilized. More importantly, the destruction of these Native maids was self-imposed. In an age when America was dealing with the morality of Indian Removal, it was more convenient for white storytellers that the natives to make the choice of self-destruction.(314)

    The Legend of Timpanogos gained further footing by its performance in Utah. People repeated the story of Utahna and Red Eagle, and the tale influenced an opera, a ballet, and an oratorio. Locals further promoted the fake history by dressing up in war paint and moccasins and climbing the mountain “as Indians.” The mountain was seen as the embodiment of a Native woman; like the “Sleeping Ute” in Colorado, “Timp’s” ridge resembles a slumbering Indian maid. The Mormon use of Indianist music, storytelling, and fashion to create the Legend of Timpanogos was paradoxical in that they paid homage to a romanticized version of the people that they had forced out of the Utah Valley—the Timpanogos’ ancestral home. These cultural performances replaced history with both fiction and selective memory. Modern residents of Utah formed their own heritage; no matter that their memory is based on a fallacy.

    But of course it does matter, which is Farmer’s point. Mormons produced a heritage that all but erased the Utes, just as it effaced the importance of Utah Lake. Instead of concentrating on their forebears’ efforts to colonize a “place apart,” which would necessitate emphasis on their interactions with the Indian inhabitants, Saints overwhelming focused their attention on the successive journeys westward. LDS theologians went so far as to modify the meaning of a Lamanite, so that Amerindians lost their scriptural status.(370) When they did incorporate Native Americans into their heritage, they did so with Indianist fictional stories that obscured history with romanticism. In this way, Farmer’s book acts as a historical monument, countering the heritage attached to Mount Timpanogos. Using “Timp” as a framework for his study, Farmer is able to resurrect the forgotten history of the Timpanogos Nuches and Lake Utah.

    On Zion’s Mount is an outstanding cultural, local, environmental, and religious history. Farmer engages readers with his lucid prose even as he presents the tangled story of Mormons, Utes, and the western landscape. Such excellent writing is especially important when one is reminded of some of the recently popular books on Mormon history: Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven and David Roberts’ Devil’s Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy.19 Krakauer and Roberts are both professional journalists and authors; their work is aimed at the populace rather than the academy. And yet Farmer rivals these works in its composition and surpasses them in its historic breadth and depth. More importantly for scholars, his argument illuminates the American inclination to transform its landscape and pinpoints those transformations in culture and historic memory. Overall, Timpanogos’ jagged ridge proved an excellent vantage point from which to view Utah’s past.
              Fidget Spinners        
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              Living in Digital Times Presents Press Breakfast: Innovation in FamilyTech and Wearables At 2015 International CES®        

    Exclusive Media-Only Event to Preview the Latest Trends and Innovations in Family, Wearable and Education Technology.

    (PRWeb January 06, 2015)

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              Living in Digital Times Showcases Innovative Products and Trends for Lifestyle and Technology at CES Unveiled Las Vegas        

    Health & Wellness, Kids and Technology and Connected Home Products Lead the Way in Technology Innovation

    (PRWeb January 04, 2015)

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              Tech Pioneers Predict the Future of Lifestyle Technology in 2015        

    Wearables, Internet of Things, Robotics, Shopping and Augmented Reality Lead the Trends Cited by Guest Speakers at the Living in Digital Times Conferences at 2015 International CES®

    (PRWeb January 03, 2015)

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              Healthcare Innovations and Trends Unearthed at the Digital Health Summit Presented by Living in Digital Times at the 2015 International CES®        

    Dr. Phil McGraw, Samsung, Everyday Health, Walgreens, WebMD among Special Guest Speakers to Uncover Digital Healthcare Revolution

    (PRWeb December 16, 2014)

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              Living in Digital Times Previews 2015 Innovative Products and Technology Trends for Digital Lifestyles at CES Unveiled New York        

    Health & Wellness, Family and Fitness Seen at the Forefront of Technology Innovation

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              Living in Digital Times Presents Fitness Innovation Press Conference & Breakfast at the 2014 International CES®        

    Exclusive media-only event highlights new products, services and trends in the fast growing world of Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Tech

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              Living in Digital Times Presents Family Innovation Press Conference and Breakfast at the 2014 International CES®        

    Exclusive media-only event to preview the latest trends and innovations in moms and kids, education, and fashion technology.

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              Living in Digital Times Presents Silvers Summit at the 2014 International CES        

    Ford Motor Company to Headline Conference Devoted to Exploring Baby Boomer, Senior, and Caregiver Trends

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               Secular trends in established and novel cardiovascular risk factors in Welsh 12-13 year olds: A comparison between 2002 and 2007         
    Thomas, N. E. and Jasper, M. and Williams, D. R. R. and Rowe, D. A. and Malina, R. M. and Davies, B. and Siegel, S. R. and Baker, J. S. (2011) Secular trends in established and novel cardiovascular risk factors in Welsh 12-13 year olds: A comparison between 2002 and 2007. Annals of Human Biology , 38. pp. 22-27. ISSN 0301-4460
              Preserving Transactional Data        

    This paper is an adaptation of a longer report commissioned by the UK Data Service. The longer report contributes to on-going support for the Big Data Network – a programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The longer report can be found at doi:10.7207/twr16-02.

    This paper discusses requirements for preserving transactional data and the accompanying challenges facing the companies and institutions who aim to re-use these data for analysis or research. It presents a range of use cases – examples of transactional data – in order to describe the characteristics and difficulties of these ‘big’ data for long-term access. Based on the overarching trends discerned in these use cases, the paper will define the challenges facing the preservation of these data early in the curation lifecycle. It will point to potential solutions within current legal and ethical frameworks, but will focus on positioning the problem of re-using these data from a preservation perspective.

    In some contexts, these data could be fiscal in nature, deriving from business ‘transactions’. This paper, however, considers transactional data more broadly, addressing any data generated through interactions with a database system. Administrative data, for instance, is one important form of transactional data collected primarily for operational purposes, not for research. Examples of administrative data include information collected by government departments and other organisations when delivering a service (e.g. tax, health, or education) and can entail significant legal and ethical challenges for re-use. Transactional data, whether created by interactions between government database systems and citizens or by automatic sensors or machines, hold potential for future developments in academic research and consumer analytics. Re-use of reliable transactional data in research has the power to improve services and investments by organisations in many different sectors. Ultimately, however, these data will only lead to new discoveries and insights if they are effectively curated and preserved to ensure appropriate reproducibility. This paper explores challenges to this undertaking and approaches to ensuring long-term access.


              CUT Magazine & Colour Inspiration        

    This is my new knitting bag! It took me a while to piece it all together.... it was initially intended to be an 'every day bag', but ended  up being too toiletry like (the sewing pattern is actually for a toiletry bag, but thought I could somehow hide that fact.... obviously I was unsuccessful in this venture). As always, creating the hand stenciled textile was fun! Below I have detailed my process. 

    It all began with an image on Pinterest....
    A while back I found this image on pinterest and was really inspired by the shapes and colour story on the skirt. So I created this colour scheme (light pink, mustard yellow, black, burgundy red, grey and creams)to select the appropriate colours for my print.

     Here is where you can find this pattern. CUT mag is my favourite sewing mag. It always has 3 trendy sewing patterns and some creative inspiration. The mag is in German, but if you don't speak German and you understand pattern construction, then the pictures are easy enough to follow. I chose the 'Toiletry' pattern for this textile print.

    To create this textile you need:

          1. Scalpel
          2. Cutting mat or thick cardboard
          3. Metal ruler 
          4. Textile paint (I use eco permaset paints)
          5. Sponges (I cut up a sponge for each colour)
          6. Woven textile

    Cutting out shapes for the textile print
    I chose different shapes (rectangles, squares, triangles, circles) and different sizes for certain colours. 

    Dollop your paint ready for sponging.  Grab your sponge and apply some paint to the sponge (not too much). Whilst holding the stencil down, dollop the paint onto the fabric.

    Now it is time to piece this somewhat complicated pattern together.

    I cut the lining and added a quality zipper. And there you have it, a toiletry / knitting bag:)

    The bag is large enough to hold all of my knitting needles and crochet hooks, as well as my most recent project. I have just finished a beanie made from baby alpaca yarn, which I will have to post about soon!

    All together I actually think this bag is rather ugly... but I kind of like the ugly factor. It reminds me of a 'ninties' like print. I used to have a beach bag which was just as the ninties. I like that I experimented with these colours and shapes, and will perhaps use these colours in another way again. As always, I loved the unique CUT sewing pattern and will have to make something from the newest edition. 
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              Jontay Porter to Reclassify, Play with Brother Michael at Missouri Next Season        

    Michael Porter Jr. won't be the only Porter playing for the Missouri Tigers in the upcoming college basketball season.

    On Wednesday, Jontay Porter—Michael's younger brother—tweeted he will reclassify to the 2017 recruiting class:

    "This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter said, per Jeff Goodman of "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

    The Porter brothers will have the opportunity to play for their father, Michael Porter Sr., who is an assistant coach on new head coach Cuonzo Martin's staff.

    Jontay Porter was originally set to join the Washington Huskies, but he decommitted after the firing of Lorenzo Romar. His brother also decided against joining the Huskies and headed to the Tigers.

    Martin has put together a loaded 2017 recruiting class, which Scout listed as the eighth-best group in the country. It already included Michael Porter Jr., who is a 5-star prospect on Scout, Jeremiah Tilmon, Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts, and it now has Jontay Porter as another potentially dominant force in the frontcourt.

    "He makes everything easier for everybody on the court and that's one thing that he's very good with," Michael Porter Jr. said, per Goodman. "He might not fill the stat sheet in term of points, but the way he attacks the game it makes it so much easier. I think him coming here alongside the other players we have here will be ridiculous."

    The Tigers were an abysmal 8-24 last season but feature this talented incoming class as well as returning pieces Jordan Barnett, Kevin Puryear and Terrence Phillips. They figure to be a much more potent threat to the Kentucky Wildcats and others in the SEC this season.

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              California's Latest Power Plant: My House!        
    Our solar panels are now up and running. So far we have generated more electricity than we use, indicated by our digital meter going backwards.* I think that trend will definitely continue, at least until I get the electric car running. For some particulars, we generated 19 Kilowatt Hours yesterday, with a peak of 2,906 watts. It's starts up with a few hundred watts at about 8 AM and by 10:30 or 11:00 it is over 2,000. It peaks at about 2 in the afternoon and starts to decline from there. It should do even better in the summer with the longer days.
    Interestingly, the wildfires in California put a haze over us here on the Central Coast today, even though we are 200 miles away. You could actually smell smoke.
    Because of that, we generated a smaller maximum of 2,457 watts today (Compared to the previously noted 2,906 from yesterday). So assuming that yesterday was a clear day, I can create my own haze index for the amount of sun blockage: 2,457/2,906 = .845, so that's about a 85% of what we maxed on a clear day. That's a 15% loss in efficiency, which is quite significant and that's 200 miles away from the source of the fire. It gives you an idea of how smog must effect L.A.
    Anyway this is like a new toy for me and I'll update with more factoids as they come. Hopefully, that will be the worst of the fires, but I'm not optimistic, as it is still warm and dry and the Santa Ana winds are expected for the next few days.
    I wish I had a better car update. I hack-sawed my motor key to the proper length and I will try to attach the clutch and transmission to the motor this weekend. I'm stuck after that until I can get a motor mount from EA, who are again not returning my e-mails.
    *For the record, California doesn't reimburse you if you make more energy than you use anymore, so consider it a donation to the grid...
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              Style de Haviland: Hippy Overall-Dress & Clogs        

    Here's a fun outfit from a couple of weeks ago. I actually sprained my ankle during the work the day while I was wearing this outfit, because of my damn clogs. They may be trendy right now, but they sure are dangerous for someone with weak ankles. I don't think I'll wear them again for a while… Does anyone know if Swedish Hasbeens are wobbly as well? I've wanted to purchase a pair, but a. they're super expensive and b. I'm afraid I will die walking around in them.  

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    Blouse: Anthropologie 

    Overall-Dress: Free People

    Beads: borrowed from a friend several years ago (sorry, Neen!)

    Hat: Urban Outfitters

    Clogs: Dansko 

              Easy Nail Designs for the Perfect Summer        

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              Political Map Of Mississippi        

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              Elder Law Mississippi        

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              Animal Of The Mississippi River        

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    Esse post vai para o meu amigo, agora artista, Caique que acabou de fazer uma perfomance artística em manifesto ao caso Geyse.

    Quando vcs pensam em San Francisco, quais as 2 palavras-chaves que vem a cabeça?
    Sexual freedom e green city.
    Agora imagine juntar as 2 idéias. O que que vira? ECOSEX.

    Isso mesmo, a cidade que é obcecada por sustentabilidade e green products agora ataca o mercado erótico e vem com tudo! ui!

    San Francisco além de possuir a green trendy label, historicamente, a cidade é um marco da liberdade sexual, ou seja, o que não falta aqui são sex shops. No entanto, as sex shop aqui, muito diferente do Brasil, possuem uma outra conotação. Não são lojas pejorativas que vendem utensílios bizarros de filme pornochanchada.

    As boutiques, como são categorizadas, são chiques, discretas, conscientes com o meio ambiente e atingem um público com alto nível de escolaridade, preocupado com a saúde e com alto poder aquisitivo $$$$$.

    Com a alta demanda nesse nicho, o público altamente preocupado com o bem-estar não encontrava a qualidade desejada nos sex toys vendidos no mercado.
    A maioria dos sex toys eram produzidos em fábricas com trabalhadores explorados e os brinquedos continham excesso de química que estava diretamente relacionado a substâncias cancerígenas.

    O tempo passou e um mundo novo se abriu! ai!
    Produtos agora tageados como Ecorotic products são o novo hit dos (as) amantes daquilo.

    A maioria dos novos green toys são recicláveis, orgânicos (!!!!), de silicone, desenvolvidos com aprovação médica, hipoalergênicos, funcionam na base da manivela ou até recarregáveis através da energia solar!

    Os empreendedores, desse mercado agora denominado como natural sex toy world, são, ao contrário do Brasil, compostos por pessoas com alto expertise em meio ambiente e PhD em sexologia.

    Boutiques de dildos
    Uma das sex toys mais conceituadas aqui em SF é a Good Vibrations.

    Uma loja discreta com a porta metade aberta que ao entrar, um mundo de dildos de diferentes formatos, cores e materiais são expostos como loja de brinquedo infantil para degustação.
    E claro a linha Ecorotic é a linha de produtos com a melhor posição no display.
    Um ambiente claro, arejado, limpo, com vendedoras chiques e discretas que te ajudam a escolher o melhor brinquedo de sua preferência.

    Diferentes segmentos
    para os tímidos
    Se vc é uma pessoa mais discreta e prefere fazer suas compras pessoais away de estranhos, a Libida é perfeita para você. Loja online only, fundada por uma doutorada em sexualidade humana, Petra Zebroff.

    para os exigentes
    Agora se vc procura algo mais customizado, a Vixen Creations, há 17 anos no mercado, desenvolve e manufatura os dildos de silicone vendidos nas maiorias das boutiques da região. Todo brinquedo é feito a mão e ainda oferece uma garantia vitalícia do produto.

    para os esnobes
    No entanto, se vc prefere um dildo esteticamente mais atraente, certamente os produtos da Nob Essence é para você. A empresa fabrica dildos de madeira certificada e o CEO da Marca, Jason Yoder, possuem background em estudos do meio ambiente.

    para os extravagantes
    Se vc é uma pessoa fancy e quer um dildo extravagante, entre no site da Glass Dildome e encontre o melhor dildo de vidro.

    para os tecno- nerds
    Você, nerd, que é todo tecnológico, tem para vc também, viu! A empresa JuicyLogic desenvolve produtos recarregáveis através de energia solar! Ou seja, o seu dildo faz o trabalho completo para te satisfazer sem causar impacto no ambiente! Uau!

    para os amantes da natureza
    Você quer muito um dildo e tá meio sem grana? Tudo bem! A cozinha é o comodo da casa que mais dildos possui. Pense em todas as frutas, vegetais, plantas e flores.

    Se joga e arrasa! ai que delícia!

    Esse post é uma versão da raponesa da matéria Do It Naturally do jornal semanal Guardian que circula aqui na Bay Area.

    Para ver a incrível matéria na integra, clique aqui.
              BlackRock overhauls US stock-picking business        
    Changes are consistent with industry trends towards more quantitative, higher conviction, unconstrained strategies
              The Hump Day Hump: Football Free Edition!        
    LOL Jeff Rimer fart cloud
    Unless something major happens during the course of the day, let's stick with a football free day here.  Starting this evening, I begin my 5 day run as a goodwill ambassador for the city of Columbus at the NHL All Star Fan Fair.  Could you possibly think of a better representative?  I think not.  I have no idea what I'll actually be doing but should find out more tonight at our little orientation meeting.  I'm hellbent on getting a selfie with the Stanley Cup and pretty sure that I will try to steal something (not a kiss from Sidney Crosby, dicks), too.  It should be a good time.  And if not, well, at least the work shifts are only 4-5 hours at a time.  I thought that I heard somewhere that Dan Gilbert wanted to bring the All-Star Game back to The Q so maybe I can let some of you northern jerks know if doing something like this for them is worth your time.  I'll probably have stories on Monday to go along with my Pro Bowl live-blog.

    Football has dominated the talk around here for months now but since that is ending, we should check in on the other sports to see what it going on.

    *College Basketball! - I'm really struggling to get into it this year.  My alma mater is terrible and the game seems to be lacking ELITE white males and thus my interest is at an all-time low.  When boring ass Virginia is the #2 team, that isn't helping.  Plus, Ohio and WE ON don't appear to be have a big run in them.  Dullsville, bruh.

    *Hockey! - I pretty much only follow the Jackets but I do have to say that the goddamn Islanders are really fucking impressive.  Them and Nashville are the two teams that just obliterated the CBJ from start to finish and that doesn't happen often.  As for the CBJ, the early season injuries killed them and they won't be able to dig out of the hole this year.  The rest of the East got way better while we spent most of the first half averaging 7 guys on the shelf PER GAME.  I still love these guys because they play their asses off and won't quit and additional gritty sports cliches, but they need to play .700 hockey the rest of the way and I don't see that being possible.  Carry It nonetheless!

    *Golf! - Outside of Tiger Woods' hilarious meth teeth, the big story from the weekend was the Hawaiian abduction of Robert Allenby from a wine bar.  Cowherd was questioning the truth behind this odd tale yesterday and I'm starting to poke holes in this as well.  I'm calling this guy out as a liar.  Pretty sure that Allenby is a serial rapist of homeless people and finally met one that fought back IMO.  Also: LOL Tiger's missing tooth.

    *Baseball! - We briefly touched on the Max Scherzer signing on Monday but the parameters of this deal are fascinating.  Baseball people are saying that paying him 15 million a year for 14 years is smart but that seems pretty dumb to me.  Then again, I'm no nerd.  I would try to front-load as much of that as possible just to get it out of the way.  I hope that the Reds fans are paying attention to this because you should start preparing for no more Cueto.  He isn't going to make Max money, but it is definitely going to be more than what you offer.  And now that teams are doing this deferred money plan, the rich are only going to get richer.

    *NBA! - Last but not least, let's talk about my rejuvenated Cavs who look like an entirely different team now.  Mozgov and JR Smith have been fantastic additions (TIMOFEY has been well worth the low first round picks if he keeps playing like this).  LeBron looks focused and is actually trying.  Kyrie and Love are slowly playing a little bit better defense.  Blatt is setting on player rotations.  Shumpert should be back any day now to bolster the perimeter defense.  Things are trending up for sure.  I know that Lacey will chide me for cocking off about a game in January, but they beat the piss out of the Bulls the other night.  It was never close.  I've always said that I'm OK with losses as long as the effort is there.  When the Cavs play with the kind of effort that they showed against the Bulls and Clippers, no one in the East can beat them in a series.  No one.  Sorry, Dawg, but your Hawks are peaking too early.  I'm feeling good about this team now and they are starting to become pretty fun to watch.  THE DIFF!  Also, we made Derrick Rose's pussy lips cry after the game...LOLZ!

    I got through everything that I wanted to today but feel free to discuss anything and everything non-football.  This is my final post for the week as you get a BONUS ICEMAN RANT on Friday.  He's had this one locked and loaded for months so you know that it is bad.
              Final Thoughts On A Shitty College Football Season        
    Ah Ah Ah Ah Table Five, Table Five--Disco Dabo
    We're going to officially wrap up the season Frank Shirley-style today (with a big red bow on it OBVZ).  Enough has been said about the final game although I'm 100% certain that that will carry the day again but I am going to spend my focus on everything else.  If you recall, the season began with an otherworldly performance by future four time Heisman winner, Kenny "Trill" Hill, and a week later we laughed very hard at a certain local team getting murked by a favorite watering hole of Oriental gunman.  Five months later, that local team is the last team standing and Hill is looking for a new school to suck dicks at.  Point is: shit changes quick.

    Let's bullet-point the fuck out of the 2014-2015 college football season:

    *We finally got to see Gunner Kiel and he was about as average as they come.  That's great, too, because he is such a piece of shit.  Tommy Tuberville was not a good hire by UC.

    *Florida State's weekly dance with the devil turned out to be one of the year's finest plots.  It ended the only way that felt right: in completely embarrassing fashion on a gigantic stage.  Jameis Winston kept being an idiot and Jimbo Fisher kept selling his soul for one more W.  The last two years of Noles Football and FSU Twitter was one hell of a wild ride, bruh.

    *The ACC is sort of an afterthought if you aren't discussing FSU, Clemsoning, or Canes getting arrested on the reg, but there are some rock solid coaches down there that don't get the attention that they probably deserve.  What David Cutcliffe and Paul Johnson do is pretty amazing.  I'm also not giving up on Al Golden.

    *Speaking of the Canes, The U Part 2 was just as pathetic as the first one.  If you want to see a bunch of grown ass men whining about everything, boy do I have four hours of jock-sniffing for you!  The very end with the flag thrown in and the title number taken away was disgusting.  GIVE IT A REST.

    *We talk about the Big Ten here all the time so I won't dwell on it too much today but I do want to say again that the chasm between the East teams and the West is like the NFC West vs. the Columbus City League.  The Big Ten championship is going to suck for a LONG time.

    *The Big 12 was left holding the colostomy bag because they couldn't decide which team was their ONE TRUE CHAMPION and this is going to keep being an issue until they either add more schools or stop being a pussy.  It would also help if Texas became a power again and Bob Stoops would quit being a loser.

    *Bob Stoops fucking sucks.  I'm glad that everyone is getting on this bandwagon that should have been full from the start.  Oklahoma would be better if they named Jim Ross head coach.

    *Anyone else scratch their head at Brian Bosworth and Jim Tressel getting into the College Football Hall of Fame?  Tressel still isn't allowed to coach from breaking all the rules and Boz's entire persona was based on steroids and breaking the rules.  This seems odd.

    *Notre Dame started out like gang-busters and, once they were stopped from running cheating pick plays, they folded like Dut at a poker table.  Fuck Lacey or whatever Iceman says weekly.  However, Malik Zaire or whatever his name is looked pretty good in the bowl game.

    *The MAC continued to be a force of all that is pure and good in this world.  The conference keeps getting better even after all of the coaches move on.  PJ Fleck will be the next to go for sure.  What won't go?  The Glory Hole of the Week which continues to make money fist-over-fleshlight.

    *Oregon keeps banging their head on the ceiling.  This program thinks that they are the smartest people in the room but every time that they get a little resistance, they're fucked.  They have one gear: warp speed.  If you fuck with that, it's done.  This is not going to change.

    *I expect a monster comeback season out of STANFORD FOOTBALL in 2015.  They just got away from playing STANFORD FOOTBALL too much this season.

    *Finally, let's talk about the SEC.  Yeah, they had a very bad bowl season and are now two years removed from a title.  I don't believe that the country is catching up to them.  One coach is (who will remain nameless) and has figured out how to go toe-to-toe.  I think it's important to look beyond just the bowl season though.  Auburn has the best offensive mind in the sport and now has Will Muschamp running that terrible defense.  They're going to be very good.  Les Miles is always going to be insane but quality.  Sumlin, Mullen, and Freeze are trending upward.  But it's the Berts and the Butchs and the Jimmy Macs (and to a far lesser extent, the Dawgs and Cocks) that tell me that the SEC is going nowhere.  They will still be the big swinging dick with the loudest and drunkest fans.  I'm particularly intrigued by Tennessee.  That program has been a sleeping giant for a while now but they have some really, really interesting players coming back.

    2014 will be a very memorable season for many here simply due to how it ended but outside of Jameis's wacky antics, it wasn't a very interesting year.  Oh sure, we finally got our playoff that came with plenty of controversy, but I can't say that this was an all-timer of a season.  The hottest team won at the end.  That's usually how sports works.  We will likely be taking some time off from college football here until around National Signing Day so get it all out of your system now.  And just remember that when the 2015 season kicks off, it will cum with 100% more BRAH!

    ***Also: let's all wish Grumpy good luck as he fell (LOL!) and broke his leg (not so much LOL) the other day and is having surgery this afternoon to fix it...need to get him one of those "fallen and I can't get up" things IMO.  You've got two months to heal up for Ribfest.***
              Nak Jadi Ejen Jual Famos Cookies Boleh Tambah Pendapatan Sampingan        
    Salam sejahtere kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Lama tak update blog ni rehat jer semenjak daripada sibuk raya hari tu sampai ker hari ni tak putus-putus jemputan rumah terbuka. Lemau macam lemaunya kuih raya hehehe. Tapi hari ni nak share peluang kepada suri rumah atau mereka yang nak buat business kecil-kecilan.

    Famos Cookies yang cukup viral dan popular tu masih mencari kepada sapa-sapa usahawan yang mahu menjadi ejen jualan produk cookies mereka. Tak kisah lah anda suri rumah ker atau juga pemilik restoran atau butik pengantin boleh menjadi ejen mereka. Ini sebab cookies ini boleh dijadikan sebagai cenderamata, hamper juga goodies bag kepada tetamu.

    Ye lah sebelum ni orang ingat bila jual cookies ni jer untuk beli nak makan sendiri. Tapi sebenarnya ia dah jadi lebih daripada biskut untuk makan sambil tonton tv. Tapi ia dah boleh jadi sebagai pemberian bermakna di hari bahagia anda.

    Contoh pengantin yang nak buat goodies bag untuk tetamu cookies macam ni dah mula menjadi trend. Sebab Famos Cookies ini boleh disediakan dalam bekas botol yang kecil dan comel macam ni. Pastu boleh tampal sticker dan dihias dengan reben atau bunga pasti menarik. Pulak tu nampak exclusive dan mewah pada harga berpatutan.

    Kalau nak letak dalam hamper juga sangat sesuai sebab selalu orang bagi makanan ringan yang tak tahu sedap atau tidak bukan. Jadi ambil Famos Cookies ni masuk sekali dalam hamper korang memang sesuai. Ada dalam pelbagai saiz botol yang cantik dan sesuai jadi hamper.


    Tu belum masuk part rasa biskut ni kalau ikut pada penghayatan dan rasa yang Maha dan makan habis 3 botol memang sedap. Ini kerana ia adalah biskut home made yang menggunakan Beryl's Chocolate dan gula perang sebagai bahan utama mereka yang menjadikan biskut ini rasa sihat dan tidak terlalu manis.

    Jangan risau cookies ini di datangkan dengan 4 rasa unik iaitu :-
    1) Classic Choco Chips
    2) Peanut Choco Chips (Dengan kacang tanah panggang)
    3) Coconut Choco Chips (Dengan kelapa panggang)
    4) Seeds Choco Chips

    Bagi memastikan biskut ni terus menjadi pilihan ramai mereka juga telah melancarkan 2 lagi rasa baru iaitu Double Choco Chips yang menggunakan Dark Chocolate dan juga RV Choco Chips ini sangat istimewa iaitu menggunakan base Red Velvet. Jadi ia pasti akan menjadi kegilaan ramai pecinta coklat dan juga Red Velvet.

    Harga sangat berpatutan ini harga untuk beli makan-makan kat rumah sahaja iaitu RM19.00 untuk botol 240gram dan RM25.00 untuk botol 310gram yang ni khas sempena musim perayaan sahaja. Tapi yang botol Maha peggang tu botol panjang berat 240gram. Cantik kan nampak botol pun menarik senang nak bawa mana-mana dan boleh makan bila-bila masa.

    Pada yang nak jadi ejen tu harga korang lain lah dan ada tawaran istimewa. Nak tahu lebih lanjut korang boleh pergi ker Facebook atau Intagram mereka. jadi tunggu apa lagi peluang nak jana pendapatan tambahan sempena dengan kos sara hidup yang semakin meningkat ni. Jom kita cuba. Selamat mencuba semua.

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              Activities: Workshops at St Andrews!!        
    The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops in the summer of 2010 in our purpose-built facilities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The aim of these workshops is to train participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects. The workshops are taught by leading researchers in the field, using industry-standard software.

    The first workshop (24-27 August) will run at an introductory level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book "Introduction to Distance Sampling." The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program "Distance." Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys.

    The advanced distance sampling workshop (30 August - 1 September) will include advanced treatment of: incorporating covariates in detection function modelling, analyses in which detectability on the transect line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0) problem), automated survey design, advanced stratified survey analysis, advanced trend analysis, and adaptive survey designs. The aim of this workshop is to bring participants up to date with the latest developments in distance sampling methods and software. It is also an opportunity for those actively engaged in the design, analysis and execution of distance sampling surveys to discuss common issues and problems, and set future research directions. The workshop will be a combination of lectures and computer sessions, with considerable time for discussion.

    For both workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data. Computer sessions take place in our modern computer classroom (attached
    to the seminar room); participants can use our computers or bring their own laptop computers.

    Additional details regarding the workshop can be found at our website

              Volunteering: Capricorn Cetaceans Project!        

    The Capricorn Cetaceans Project is currently accepting applications for volunteers,interns and research assistants for the Australian winter season from June to September 2010.

    The Capricorn Cetacean Project started in 2006 as part of Cagnazzi Daniele PhD study. The primary aim of this project was to study inshore dolphin species primarily on two threatened species the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the Australian snubfin dolphin in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, from Gladstone to Shoalwater Bay,
    Queensland Australia. With the years this project evolved including studies more species.

    Field work include daily coastal surveys, coastal expedition and reef expeditions. Coastal daily surveys will be conducted on a 6m center console vessel, due to the extension of the study area launching points vary depending on the weather and surveys needs. Costal expeditions will be organized to survey the most remote areas, several hundred km away from any human activity. These expeditions will last between 4 and 5 days, during which we will sleep in a camp set up on unexploited beaches where with some luck we will fish our dinner. Reef expedition (50 miles away from the coast) will be done with a 13m long 5 star powered catamaran with all the comforts.

    Nights will be spent within the lagoons of breath taking coral islands (Lady Musgrove, Lady Elliot, Heron Island and Fitzroy Reef) that will be possible to explore during the afternoon at the end of the work day. Snorkeling is also possible and worthwhile,and as I am a diving instructor upon interes we can organize some dives too.

    During field work we will applied standard technique normally used in cetaceans studies and we will also collect skin samples using a biopsy pole and a PAXARM biopsy system.

    These are the major projects on which we will be working:

    - Modelling habitat suitability of coastal dolphins along the QLD coast

    - Population genetics and phylogeography of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins in Australian waters: defining appropriate management units for conservation

    - Taxonomic status and ecology of a undescribed form of spinner dolphin "pigmy spinner dolphin" (Stenella spp) from the Capricorn Bunker group, Southern Great Barrier Reef.

    - Use of non-destructive toxicology biomarkers and residue analysis to assess the toxicology status of humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and snubfin dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) in Australian coastal waters

    - Estimating population size of inshore dolphins species in Central Queensland using DISTANCE techniques.

    Furthermore we will continue with the collection of data from all cetaceans species sighted during our surveys, such as dugongs, offshore bottlenose dolphins, inshore bottlenose dolphins, spinners dolphins, humpback whale, Minke whales and False killer whales. We will also continue collecting photo-id data on humpback and snubfin
    dolphins to increase accuracy of population estimates and to estimate population trend.

    While on land the team will share a house in Yeppoon a nice costal town in Central Queensland, accommodation including internet and power is free,while we will share the shopping costs for the food.

    The possibility of an internship will be evaluated directly with the interested person.

    Volunteers are not required to have any previous experience except for a profound interest in cetaceans and a background in marine studies or similar. Application from volunteers for less than 2 months will not be considered.

    One research assistant position is also available and potential candidates are required to stay for the full four months. Research Assistant need to have previous experience with boat handling and field work studies. The successful applicant will have the food costs plus a weekly reimbursement to discuss directly with me.

    Interested applicants should forward a letter and their CV directly to me

    For more detailed information do not hesitate to contact me

    Daniele Cagnazzi
    Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre
    Southern Cross University
    2480 Lismore NSW Australia
    PH: +61 0266203815
    FAX: +61 0266212669

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              How to Clean CD Scratches        

    These days, CDs have been replaced by a number of other more technologically advanced tools such as the USB and mp3 players. The trend of downloading movies, music and games has also reduced the popularity of CDs. Nonetheless, there are still some CD aficionados out there. To some, CDs have a charming and reminiscent quality […]

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              Busan Trip        
    It's been too long since I've last posted. Here's a long-winded write-up of our trip to Busan last weekend...

    Last Friday, we left school at noon to catch a bus for Busan where we would celebrate my birthday and soak up the refreshing cosmopolitanism of Korea's second city.

    Because we live in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, we had to take a bus 45 minutes north in order to get the bus that would take us five hours south. That's frustrating. In fact, the time expense to travel around the country from eastern Gangwon-do has been one of the most frustrating aspects of living here, especially when half of the population is connected by a bullet train that crosses the country in two hours. If I had it to over again, I would probably ask to be on the western (Seoul) side of the province for this reason alone.

    With that said, the bus ride wasn't too uncomfortable, and we got into Busan early enough to head to “Kebapistan,” the famous-among-foreigners Turkish restaurant in the PNU neighborhood of Busan. My multiple falafel sandwiches were lovely, though not quite as good as they were when I lived in Busan in 2006. That or my memory has inflated their taste in the intervening years.

    One of the great things about traveling in Korea is the ubiquity of cheap accommodation. Koreans typically live with their parents until they are married, so, in response to the demand for private space for young men and women, thousands of “love motels” have sprung up across the country, where one can stay in a reasonable, clean room for between 20 and 50,000 won (US$15 – 37). We asked a table of foreigners if they knew of any such places near by and they pointed us to a neighborhood with two in every alley (half way to Jangjeon-dong on the main street in PNU) and we found a nice place for 20,000 won and after a brief walk around the neighborhood promptly crashed.

    I had planned the whole trip around the restaurants I wanted to eat at in Busan, and on Saturday morning we headed to a place, also in the university district of Busan, that I remembered for their vegetable panini and tomato soup. We found it with surprising ease, and while it had the same cute decor and English books and games, the menu had taken a significant change for the worse. Gone were paninis and soups, in were sausages and ham sandwiches. The consolation prizes of a couple onion bagels and cup of coffee at Starbucks were not unwelcome though.

    From their we went up to Beomeo-sa, the biggest and most famous Buddhist temple in Busan. It was lovely, as it has been every time I've been there. There were lots of paper lanterns strung up today, which was especially nice, something a little different.

    We went for a lovely hike above the temple, up to a prominent ridge-line that can be seen from all over the northern part of the city. The weather was shockingly good for mid-December, the day was clear and it felt great to be out and get the blood pumping. We live in the middle of nowhere as far as Korea goes, yet the air was cleaner in Busan, because we live in coal-central in the middle of nowhere Korea, so that was a nice change as well. We met a nice man from Gwang-ju, a recently retired principal, with whom we had a nice conversation on the way up the trail, and who kindly took and emailed us our only picture of the trip.

    From there we headed to the vegetarian buffet in Seomyeon, but found it closed (restaurant failure #2 for the day), so we grabbed a quick bi-bim-bap (mixed veggies and rice) and headed for Jagalchi, the gigantic fish market on the pier of Busan. It was as busy, smelly and strange as ever, and we had fully taken that in, we headed a few blocks over to Nampo-dong, the trendy downtown area of Busan.

    Nampo-dong on a Saturday night was totally overwhelming. Thousands and thousands of little shops in maze like alleys, all illuminated by dozens of hanging fluorescent lights – shoe designers, clothes consolidators, traditional Korean goods for tourists. After what felt like hours of sifting through piles of clothes (a pastime for Melanie), we had a pieces of clothing we like and headed for the hole-in-the-wall Indian place in Nampo-dong, that I absolutely love. To get there, walk down the main street in Nampo-dong to the Pizza Hut, turn into that alley, walking on the Pizza Hut side, look for a steep, green staircase on your right, about 2/3 of the way down that alley. It's up there on the right.

    The Indian Restaurant has only one vegetarian dish – masala curry, and it turned out to be too spicy for Melanie, which was big bummer. So I enjoyed mine as quickly as possible and we hit a second bi-bim-bap place on our way out of Nampo-dong.

    Then we got foolish. We headed all the way across the city to go to what is reputed to be the largest bathhouse in Asia. When we got off the subway, we looked at our guidebook to see how to get there and learned that it closed at 9:00. Most bathhouses in Korea are open 24 hours and will let you sleep there, which was our plan, but not this one. So we back across the city, to the Haeundae Beach area, for another jimjilbang that was open 24 hours.

    I had a nice soak, especially on the balcony that overlooks the beach – that was special. Melanie had an unfortunate run-in with what may have been a would-be thief (averted by her quick action), and when we met in the clothed, co-ed part of the jimjilbang, we realized there was no way we were going to sleep there. Some jimjilbangs have big sleeping rooms that are closed off from the activity of the rest of the place. This one didn't. So we left, nearing 11:00, eyes shutting and all.

    Fortunately we found a reasonable motel fairly quickly (the first one tried to put us in a dirty room) and we got a much-needed good night's sleep.

    On Sunday morning we went for a nice walk on Haeundae Beach, which was largely empty, so we tried to imagine what it would look like in July with tens of thousands of Koreans packed onto it. It was cold though, so we headed back to the vegetarian restaurant in Seomyeon, which was open this time. We had our favorite meal of the weekend here, and picked up some oatmeal, flax seed and dried mango on our way out.

    I knew it would be pushing it to head to Busan for a normal weekend like this, but for Turkish and Indian food, it was well worth it. And, yes, the Korean temple, restaurant and bathhouse were nice too.
              Apple Winding Down 32bit Support with iOS 10.3        

    One of the big trends going on in the mobile industry is the transition from 32bit to 64bit computing. As one of the major innovators in this space, Apple was the first to start the transition and it appears they will also be the first complete it. Starting with the beta iOS 10.3, the OS […]

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              D-Link DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera Review        

    Introduction Home security is an ever growing trend as technology gets smaller and better, and at the same time, it has also become a lot for affordable for the everyman. Today I’m taking a look at one of the best options in this category as I’m having D-Link’s DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi camera in […]

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              Rihanna Side Swept Bangs        
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    Bombadil. Come now, a quirky indie band named after a minor Tolkien character? How could we not recommend this? For those pressed for time, two of their better songs are “Matthew” and “Honeymoon,” and pretty much anything off their third album “A Buzz, A Buzz” is pure gold.

    Getting your adult ADD under control.
    We don’t know about you, but modern technology is wreaking havoc on Rickey’s ability to function as a normal member of society. The smart phone, multiple email accounts, rss feeds, DVR schedule, Netflix queue, and online video gaming have taken a bit of a toll on Rickey's mental state over the years. But most alarming is what technology has done to Rickey’s porn viewing habits. Multiple tabbed browsing is the main culprit here. One window is never enough. No, Rickey needs sixteen Google Chrome windows simultaneously streaming the complete Sasha Grey oeuvre on his iMac like it’s like the goddamn control screen at CENTCOM. Yeah, that can’t be good… WHY HAS TECHNOLOGY RENDERED RICKEY SO UNABLE TO FOCUS IN THIS CRITICAL MATTER?!

    “The Passage” by Justin Cronin. Hey, here’s a nifty change: an extremely well written piece of pop fiction about vampires! This first installment in an epic trilogy kicks off with mankind unwittingly unleashing a virus upon the population which turns anyone infected into crazy snarling vampires (although the book goes to great pains not to use the V-word, that’s pretty much what they are). Then, like in all great literature, the vampire apocalypse occurs. That’s the first 100 pages. Think of this book as an amalgam of Cormack McCarthy’s “The Road” and King’s “The Stand” and you’re on the right track. Extremely well written and entertaining, the book is a delight to read. We’re told that movie rights have already been snatched up by Ridley Scott. As you know, vampire stuff is insufferably popular right now, so if you’re dying to be trendy like all the other cool kids, but don’t want to rot your brain by reading Stephenie Meyer, this is definitely the way to go.

    Kale Chips. Ever obsessed with maintaining regular bowel movements, Rickey is a big proponent of the dark leafy greens. Enter stage right: KALE. Despite being one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet, kale also has the dubious distinction of tasting like broiled donkey grundle. Bummer, right? Here’s how to turn the tables back in your favor:

    -Wash & dry kale leaves and lay them on a baking sheet
    -Lightly brush leaves with oil of your choosing (vegetable or olive)
    -Sprinkle sparingly with salt
    -Bake kale for 10 minutes on each side at 350 degrees

    Fairly easy no? The results are most excellent. Crispy and tasty like a potato chip yet healthy like a high colonic! And with this dish comes the assurance that your next bowel movement will be a wholly enjoyable one. One wipe and Rickey’s finished! Hey, look gang, here’s a picture:“Louie” on FX. Where in the blue blazes did this guy come from? From Rickey's id, that's where. Much like “Seinfeld,” his new show is a mix of standup and scripted comedy, yet delightfully profane. We assure you, this is a sure lock for your best new comedy of the season.

    Arming yourself against the gathering Woodchuck menace. Rickey finally spotted him the other day. The little furry bastard that is devouring his garden. Last week he actually took one bite from three of Rickey’s eggplants. Taking a bite out of one wasn’t enough, no, that fuck needed to go from one eggplant to the next, chomping down then walking away, as if to say “nah, this large ripe black vegetable definitely isn’t for me, but I’m going to make goddamn certain that YOU don’t get to enjoy it!” And that’s why Rickey has become militant. There’s a BB gun in his parents’ house that will make short work of this foul beast. A soda can duct taped to the end of the barrel should do a decent job of suppressing the muzzle report and not alarming the neighbors. This is happening. We’ll toss up an image of Rickey standing over the vanquished beast in the coming days.

    Not getting too nutty crunchy. While Rickey may proclaim to be eco-friendly with his organic garden and compost pile, there’s a point where everyone must draw the line. For Rickey, that point was when he was offered a book about picking and preserving produce, entitled “Putting Things Away.” They might as well have called it “Canning Your Dignity for the Winter!” Sure, we suppose that Rickey could spend hours sterilizing jars, concocting the proper solution, and pickling his cucumbers only to offer them to his guests a few weeks later and hear them say “hey, this tastes just like a Vlassic…” and revel in the awkward knowledge that Rickey just spent 140 man-hours replicating something readily available for $3.68. We’re sorry, but that’s time better spent on loftier pursuits. Like romancing oneself to a NORAD screen of Jenna Haze!

              This Week, in Zombie News        
    Rickey gets a little queasy when publishing companies start taking their cues from internet memes. What’s the latest hot trend in the fringe literary world? Zombies! More specifically, the zombification of cherished properties. While we do not debate the contributions that a novel such as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” makes to society and we’re certainly a little curious about “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” we can’t help but wonder what the point in all this is. And that takes us to the latest installment in the zombie book craze: ZOMBIE BEATLES (the actual title is “Paul is Undead”).

    Rickey’s going to venture a wild guess that the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison might have a thing or two to say about a novel featuring their rotting corpses ambling about. Paul probably heard the news and went back to strumming a mandolin and whistling. Ringo’s just happy anybody remembered to include him in the book. Not that Rickey is a big Beatle maniac or anything (their proto boy band was essentially a zombie operation of sorts) but still, this venture seems to be in fantastically bad taste.

    So Rickey, no stranger to bad fantastically taste himself, will hop in the fray with a few zombie novel pitches of his own:

    ZOMBIE SALIERI! 185 years since his passing, the oft overlooked musician’s reanimated corpse rises from the grave seeking much needed critical validation! Hungry for redemption, Zombie Salieri attempts to mimic the musical stylings of Ke$ha only to be met with lukewarm reception. Following a Z100 interview gone horrifically awry, Zombie Salieri is soon forgotten and suffers the indignity of playing second fiddle to the likes of La Roux and Timbaland! When will Zombie Salieri get the critical acclaim he so sorely desires???

    ZOMBIE WINNIE THE POOH! When a global honey shortage strikes, the determined bear puts down the sweet stuff, roars “OH BOTHER!” and turns to brains for nourishment! You’ll look at this cherished children’s property in a whole new light when you read of Winnie playing “Poohsticks” with Piglet’s dismembered arms!

    ZOMBIE BILL O’REILLY! Forsaking the terror of socialized healthcare, the famed television pundit neglects to schedule a prostate cancer screening and perishes shortly thereafter! Several months later, following a clandestine graveside summoning conducted by Anne Coulter, Michelle Bachmann, and Laura Ingraham, a vengeful ZOMBIE O’REILLY bursts free from the ground and slowly shuffles after the pinheads who have wronged him over the course of his corpulent former life! Lookout libs, ZOMBIE O’REILLY stalks the earth!

    ZOMBIE ERNEST HEMINGWAY! It’s a farewell to arms indeed as the wrathful writer escapes his earthy confines and takes up residence in Key West, Florida to conclude his unfinished book! The bell tolls for any who dare approach the undead Hemingway and his army of zombie cats!

    ZOMBIE WEREWOLVES! Thought you’d dealt with that werewolf problem in your basement? Think again, they’re back—as zombies! They’re the ultimate double threat! (Well, actually not really, since they’re zombies now and move pretty slowly and can’t catch you. But they do smell pretty bad so you’re probably going to want to go ahead and call Animal Control to take them away).

    ZOMBIE MILLARD FILLMORE! Territorial neutrality, be damned! There can be no "great compromise" when the rotting corpse of President Millard Fillmore is on the prowl for brains! When there’s no more room in Hell, the Whigs shall walk the earth!
              5 Hot Wig Trends for Naturals!        

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              BPMI Presents:        
    Wednesday / October 25, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
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    David Friend Recital Hall
    921 Boylston Street
    United States

    This event is a continuation of the Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI) speaker series. BPMI strives to bring in innovators and leaders in the live music industry to learn about current trends in the concert and festival market.


              Journal: Die Benutzerfreundlichkeit bringt uns in’s Grab        

    Apples größte Fähigkeit, komplizierte Technik einfach bedienbar zu machen, hat mit iPhone, iPod + iTunes und dem iPad große Gewinne eingefahren, und den Benutzern viel Komfort geschaffen. Auch wurde die gesamte IT Branche wach gerüttelt und hat mehr in Richtung Benutzerfreundlichkeit investiert.

    Doch jeder Trend ist einmal vorbei, jeder Wachstum hat seine Grenzen und so scheint es dass die Benutzerfreundlichkeit in NSA, PRISM und Co erstickt.

    Warum das so ist? Benutzerfreundlichkeit heißt in der IT: Mach eine Schaltfläche die dahinter hunderte Funktionen ausführt, und der Benutzer nur ein kleines Ergebnis sieht. Die Vorteile sind natürlich immens: Ich muss kein Programm auf der …

              Fetele la prezentare de moda         
    Aceste doua fete vor participa la o prezentare de moda, si te roaga sa le ajuti sa se aranjeze trendy. Ocupa-te de ele, pe rand, si aplica-le machiajul, stileaza-le coafuri superbe si imbraca-le elegant! Distractie placuta!
              Ariel in vacanta in Londra         
    Ariel este in vacanta in Londra, si astazi va iesi sa viziteze orasul. Fii alaturi de mica sirena, si ajut-o sa se aranjeze cu stil, inainte de a pleca. Alege-i hainute trendy, incaltamintea asortata si accesorii luxoase care ii vin perfect! Distractie placuta!
              Pregateste fata pentru colegiu         
    Aceasta fata draguta se pregateste sa mearga la colegiu si are nevoie de ajutorul tau pentru a se aranja cu stil! Fii alaturi de ea, si vei putea sa ii alegi coafura, sa o imbraci trendy si sa ii alegi cele mai cool accesorii! Distractie placuta!
              Barbie in moda primaverii         
    Barbie vrea sa incerce noile trenduri din aceasta primavara si are nevoie de ajutorul tau pentru a se aranja splendid! Ocupa-te de printesa, si aplica-i machiajul, stileaza-i coafura, alege-i hainutele cele mai elegante si adauga-i bijuterii si alte accesorii luxoase! Distractie placuta!
              Studenta la moda         
    Aceasta studenta simpatica vrea un nou look la moda, crezi ca poti sa o ajuti? Fii alaturi de ea, si alege-i o costumatie trendy, o coafura stilata si cateva accesorii cool care ii vin excelent! Distractie placuta!
              Better Sit Down For This One: An Exciting Book About The History Of Chairs        
    Please, have a seat; it's time to talk about chairs. Thomas Jefferson collected chairs. Pee Wee Herman named his ' Chairy .' Archie Bunker's beloved wingback is now at The National Museum of American History. And when the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey sat on a swivel chair for the first time, she was in for a surprise . In the new book Now I Sit Me Down architect Witold Rybczynski traces the history of chairs. Take a close look at what you're sitting on, he says, and you'll learn about trends in architecture, design, culture and society. When Rybczynski sits down to write, it's in an old, wooden swivel chair he bought at a flea market 40-some years ago. It reclines, it tilts, and it's well-worn. "This isn't just me," he says. "This is also whoever owned it before me. The wear and tear is kind of nice in an old chair." Chairs are old — really old. But when exactly did humans decide the ground wasn't good enough? The oldest kind of chair, Rybcynski believes, was probably a folding
              Von wegen Schlankmacher - Die Smoothie-Lüge: Der Wundertrunk macht dick, wenn Sie diese Fehler machen        
    Kaum ein anderer Ernährungstrend, neben der veganen Ernährung, ist so umstritten wie Smoothies. FOCUS-Online-Expertin Diana Kohzer erklärt, wie Sie mit Obst- und Gemüsesäften richtig abnehmen und worauf Sie besser verzichten sollten.Von FOCUS-Online-Expertin Diana Kohzer
              TCUP: An Association ahead of its time?        
    Despite the multitude of benefits and advantages to having one, there are many misgivings about forming a unified organization of tai chi and internal arts practitioners. All relate to what people refer to as a negative Filipino trait – "the crab mentality".

    Without intentionally offending the crab as a specie, this mentality refers to what is perceived in the crab's behavior when they pulls down a fellow crab that is trying to escape by climbing out of their cage in captivity. Some people argue that the crab actually does this because he is concerned about the group as a whole and is discouraging individual selfish motives. Or that, the top crab is just trying to pull the other crabs up . . only a crab can really tell.

    Whatever, the usual common phenomenon in case is the copious proliferation of Filipino associations in the America – regionalistic, clannish and personalistic. Characterized by constant bickering directed at personalities rather than issues – a national preoccupation that is probably an extension of our homegrown politics.

    It would seem that this is an inherent trait of the particular stage of the development of the Filipinos as a people – still lacking a sense of nationhood. Would the Tai Chi Union of the Philippines (TCUP) then be anachronistic and fall into this pattern?

    But, another point of view is to see Tai Chi and the formation of the TCUP as a transformative effort and proactive solution to a national problem. Imperative even, since the country and its people are ill prepared and disunited to face the impending problems that the “Global Warming” trend will spawn in a not too distant future. This approach can be seen as one of many approaches our people can take to be able to ward off this "ten thousand pounds" threat with our puny "four ounces" of national strength”.

    So, how can tai chi do that? Actually, real tai chi has the potential of changing the practitioners internally – to gain the universal principles of balance, unity, coordination, sensitivity and connectedness; not to push but to flow and to harmonize. If so, it would then be the practitioners that would transform the Filipino thinking (as in the 100th monkey/critical mass principle).

    So TCUP can be looked as the practitioners learning practice set. To paraphrase Confucius, “If we want to change the world, we can . . . but we need to start with our country, but before that we start with our community, but before we work even closer to that of our family, but even before that, our self, and before that, our vert inner thoughts by asking if they are sincere”. So, that’s it, do we have sincere heart on this – “cheng shin”.

    We can, can’t we? In the formation of TCUP, as in our practice of tai chi, we can let our egos rule, we can have selfish motive, or we can be sincere to learn and do. Many believe some of us can do it. Just like in tai chi, we may be far off from our goal, but if our heart is in the right place, the right direction will be evident, and it would just be a matter of time. . . Patience too.

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              Save "Tai Chi in the RP". Save "Tai Chi in the World"        
    It seems not infrequent that I find myself as a charlatan (person supposed to have qualities that one actually lacks) in one way or another. This seems to be a human malady found in various endeavors and activities – from the political arena, to the medical field, to even the religious realm. Our children's idealism is quickly disillusioned by the scandals exposed. This is a sad state, where we unfortunately have contributed to create. Or at least, I myself know that I cannot cast the first stone of accusation because I am also at fault. But far from condemnation, this is simply a statement of fact and an earnest call to create an positive alternative vision.

    The "Yin" in the State of Tai Chi

    Starting under my very nose, it is ironic to for me to find uncomfortable contradictions between the principles of tai chi and the practice of tai chi, as much on the learners' side as on the institutions that promote its principles. It is difficult to discuss this issue without seeming to attack, but if it is any consolation, I put myself in the forefront of the target of this attack. Actually, I would rather focus on solutions and use the very tai chi principles we uphold as the method for solution generation.

    The state of tai chi as an art both here in the Philippines and internationally, can be said to be at a critical crossroads. From its origin as a revered holistic practice that addresses the need for self-defense, health, longevity and spiritual enlightenment, it has now fragmented as separated pursuits. We see the differentiation as tai chi for health, for martial arts, for sports and for "new age" inclinations. Not that there is something wrong with them per se, just that they represent discreet perspectives that could water down the essence of tai chi, particularly if they become the mainstream practice.

    Viewed from a detached perspective, we see that there are reasons for this phenomenon (observed situation). These are the present human tendencies which naturally extend to activities relating to tai chi. These human tendencies are:
    • to classify, as an intellectual tendency to dissect and analyze everything,
    • to "commodify" everything for marketable usefulness and function, and
    • to suit the trend to search for what is "convenient and fashionable".

    These tendencies lead to unsettling questions:

    • How do they affect the idea of tai chi as being revered and holistic? Should we fragmentize tai chi to suit our fickle market?
    • What would happen if this trend continues - when the essence of the art is compromised to the wants of an unenlightened market while subscribing to the idea that "the market is god"?

    Specifically, we see two main tendencies manifesting as the resultant trends:

    1. First, is a continuing fragmentation of "Traditional Styles" into marketable proprietary brands through:
      a. The development of Tai Chi for health to cater to a "market niche" of the aging "baby boomer generation", and
      b. The cashing in on the lucrative "New Age" market, on the one hand,
    2. And Second, is the powerful unifying global effort by the People's Republic of China to "crash into the exclusive Olympic club" effectively converting tai chi as into sports.

    Aggravating the situation is the still pervasive ancient tradition of "keeping the family secrets within the clan" which causes this legacy of the Chinese civilization to be "getting lost in a disinterested generation within the clans".

    The "Yang" in State of Tai Chi:

    But there are positive tendencies and trends as well that prove the reality of the balancing "yin and yang" in life. We do see this in the access to global information through the internet on the one hand, and the ease in international travel on the other. This trend gives all learners an opportunity to have affordable access to many kept information and "secrets" and free them up for healthy circulation of chi in the body of a mutating art.. Through this, a new arena of communication offers a level playing field to positively alter the trend of events.

    The opportunity exists as the impact we can exert on the thinking of the market. To help give rise to the emergence of an "enlightened" market that would demand the real thing – the original, pure idea of tai chi that was developed by "enlightened masters who created this art".

    Practically, every learner is technologically empowered by the internet to exert an altering impact in the present trend towards a desirable outcome – to turn the situation from being a passive loser to being an active gainer. From being an exploited market to being "an enlightened market" who refuses to be manipulated and who effectively demands for the authentic tai chi.

    The source of power of tai chi is in the mind: its ability to gather and mobilize a unified critical mass of our chi as a market and to leverage and neutralize an unenlightened force towards a win-win situation.

    Using tai chi, non-confrontational approach, we know as learners that the soft approach of "using four ounces" is not to demolish but to effectively neutralize and eventually win the institutions into our side.

    Our vision is a tai chi world that goes beyond forms and digs deep into the real substance of the art of tai chi chuan. Not just "fancy dancing" that is looked down by other martial artists. But a fighting art worthy of its name – "The Grand Ultimate Fist". A vision where practitioners becoming sages, not just a tendency to be bloated egos. We envision this subtle art to be moving as integral principle in our daily life, giving the tai chi practitioner a high degree of respect that can be gain from many disciplined hours and years of practicing the art.

    Let's make it happen. Our individual and collective intention have impact. It moves chi. We can "deflect a thousand pounds with simply 4 ounces from our pure intention". Tai learners unite! Save "Tai Chi in the Philippines" save "Tai Chi in the World".

    ~ESS/Manila Philippines/Copyright Pending

    Visit the Tai Chi Union of the Philippines Forum at Philippine Tai Chi Network

              New York City Love II        
    Was ich an New York so liebe? Hmm... schwer zu sagen. Da gibt es so viel. Für viele von uns wäre es wahrscheinlich die Mode - die Metropole der angesagtesten Trends und neuesten Entdeckungen. Für mich persönlich ist es die Stadt an sich mit all ihren Facetten. New York wirkt einfach so riesig und ist doch so klein, dass man sogar alles zu Fuß erreichen könnte, wenn man es denn wollte und wenn man die Zeit dazu hat. Und zwischen all dem Trubel gibt es so viele tolle grüne Flecken, die zum Entspannen und Durchatmen einladen. Grüne Wiesen und Blumenbeete zwischen all den Betonklötzen und hupenden Autos. Grüne Oasen bremsen einen immer wieder ab und lassen einen für einen Moment verweilen. Der High Line Park gehört zu eben diesen Plätzen, die mich an New York so faszinieren.

    Im Westen von Manhattan erstreckt sich der über 2 Kilometer lange High Line Park nahe des Hudson Rivers. Von der Gansevoort and Washington Street im Meatpacking District schlängelt sich der Park in Richtung Norden vorbei an Chelsea bis hoch zur 34th Street. Es ist wirklich total sehenswert, sich einmal die Zeit für diese Strecke zu nehmen. Vor allem bei Sonnenuntergang ist es wunderschön! Es gibt auch eine Stelle mit fließendem kühlen Wasser, die wie gerufen für angeschwollene Füße kommt, die einen den ganzen Tag über harten Beton tragen mussten. Der Ausblick, der sich einem bietet, ist wirklich toll und ist ein netter Begleiter auf dem Weg in die nächste Skybar. Auch auf dem Weg in Richtung 9/11 Memorial and Museum nutzten wir diese Strecke und spazierten dann noch ein wenig am Hudson River entlang. 

    Der Weg ist wirklich ziemlich lang und man sollte sich Zeit nehmen, aber bei so schönem Wetter war es einfach unumgänglich, auch ein wenig die Sonne zu genießen, sich auf der Wiese zu sonnen und dabei den Blick auf den Fluss zu genießen. Was kann es schöneres geben, als sich dabei mitten in Manhattan zu befinden? Mit direktem Blick auf des höchste Gebäude. Umgeben von Ruhe und Lärm. Besonders süß fand ich all die Kindersportgruppen, die an dem Tag unterwegs gewesen sind. Ob auf dem Weg zu den Spielplätzen mit den Kleinen oder in Richtung Basketballplatz für die Großen - alle trugen sie ihre Warnwesten oder speziellen farblich abgestimmten Shirts, an denen man sie leicht erkennen konnte. Selbst am späten Nachmittag waren sie noch gemeinsam unterwegs und hatten ihren Spaß. Während wir uns auf den Weg zu einem ernsteren Thema in der Geschichte der USA begeben haben - 9/11...

    Direkt vor dem One World Trade Center befindet sich das 9/11 Memorial. Unglaublich riesige quadratische Löcher befinden sich mitten in New York tief im Boden und erstrecken sich über eine gewaltig große Fläche. Literweise stürzt das Wasser wie Millionen von Tränen hinab in die Tiefe. Ganze 9 Meter sind die Becken tief, an denen einst die beiden Twin Tower ihren Platz hatten. Ich kann das Gefühl leider kaum beschreiben, das man empfindet, während man dort steht - all die Namen der Opfer, dieses gigantische Ausmaß und die Tatsache, dass all das Wirklichkeit gewesen ist, egal, wie weit es doch von Deutschland entfernt schien. Wenn man dann ganz plötzlich dort vor Ort ist, wird einem das zum ersten Mal wirklich bewusst und lässt einen ziemlich schlucken. 

    Jeder der einmal die Möglichkeit hat, sich dieses Mahnmal und das dazugehörige Museum anzuschauen, der sollte dies unbedingt tun! Das Museum ist so unglaublich interessant eingerichtet, dass einem ziemlich oft einfach der Atem weg bleibt. Videos, Zitate, Sprachnachrichten der entfürten Passagiere, Bilder des Einsturzes und viele verschiedene Gegenstände, die einst einmal den Opfern gehört haben, selbst eingeknickte Stahlträger, die riesige Antenne eines der Gebäude und Feuerwehrautos werden im Museum ausgestellt und regen zum Nachdenken an. Ich stand einfach nur sprachlos mitten in all den Erinnerungen tief unter der Erde. Genau an dem Punkt, über dem sich das Unglück vor knapp 14 Jahren ereignete. Gänsehaut, Traurigkeit und Unmengen an Respekt gegenüber den vielen Helfern und Familien der Opfer nahm ich von diesem Ort mit nach Hause. Unbeschreibliche Gefühle. Und ein Kloß im Hals.

    Den letzten Tag verbrachten wir noch einmal in Uptown. Der Central Park darf bei einem New York City - Besuch natürlich auf keinen Fall fehlen. Und so machten wir uns trotz des schlechteren Wetters auf den Weg um den größten der Seen. Wir pflückten Himbeeren (ob man das überhaupt darf?) und fütterten Eichhörnchen auf Bäumen und Schildkröten im See, kamen am Soft Field vorbei begegneten Joggern, Pferden mit Kutschen und vielen Radfahrern und Spaziergängern. Der Park ist immer so voller Leben und macht einfach nur gute Laune. Leider haben wir es nicht mehr geschafft, uns (wie eigentlich ursprünglich geplant) ein paar Fahrräder auszuleihen, um uns einmal den gesamten Park anzuschauen - denn auch das wäre in unserem the New York Pass inbegriffen gewesen. 

    Denn von New York muss man wissen, dass es eigentlich gar nicht so wirklich die Stadt ist, die niemals schläft. Und auch keine Stadt mit unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten - denn spätestens 17 Uhr schließt eigentlich so ziemlich jedes Museum, das man sich eventuell noch angucken wollte. Auch die Hop on - Hop off - Busse fahren nach 17 Uhr nur noch für spezielle Nachtfahrten und -strecken. Fahrräder lassen sich dann leider auch nicht mehr ausleihen und überhaupt scheint 17 Uhr eine ganz magische Stunde zu sein. Also versucht in New York (und auch in vielen anderen Städten der USA) einfach früher aufzustehen, um ab 9 Uhr Morgens auch wirklich alles nutzen zu können. Und habt vor allem wirklich immer die Öffnungszeiten im Blick! Es ist halt ärgerlich, dass es in dieser Stadt eigentlich so viel zu sehen gibt, man aber zeitlich einfach ziemlich eingeschränkt ist. 

    Allerdings hat New York auch wunderschöne Gebäude mit den tollsten Verzierungen. Architektur spielt dort eine wirklich wichtige Rolle und zwischen all dem Beton und den verglasten Fronten finden sich immer wieder wahrhafte Schätze. Vor allem auch bei der Fahrt mit the Ride wird man immer wieder auf die tollen Bauwerke hingewiesen. Und man bekommt ganz nebenbei noch eine ordentlich Portion Entertainment geboten, bei der man lachen, tanzen und Spaß haben kann. The Ride ist eine extravagante Stadtrundfahrt für den etwas größeren Geldbeutel - denn mit 74$ ist diese Fahrt dann doch etwas überteuert! Doch natürlich ist auch diese Attraktion wieder im New York Pass enthalten, wodurch sie der Kauf dieses Passes erst Recht immer mehr lohnt! Der Bus in dem ihr fahren werdet ist kein gewöhnlicher Bus, denn die Sitzreihen sind wie im Kino angeordnet und man schaut zur Seite hinaus und nicht nach vorn. Durch die abgerundeten Fenster, die sich bis zur Hälfte des Daches erstrecken, hat man den perfekten Blick auf die Stadt und kann all den Überraschungen folgen, die einem mitten auf der Straße begegnen werden - eine Fahrt, begleitet von Schauspielern, tanzenden Ballerinas und singenden "Passanten" vereinen sich Broadway, Entertainment und Quizshow mitten in einer Stadtrundfahrt. Mitmachen sollte man dieses einzigartige Erlebnis auf alle Fälle einmal. Aber man sollte hier schon etwas mehr Englischkenntnisse mitbringen, damit man dem Ganzen besser folgen kann. Wer dann noch einmal ein wunderschönes Gebäude von innen bestaunen möchte, sollte vielleicht einmal einen Blick in die New York Public Library werfen. Sie befindet sich direkt am Bryant Park in Midtown. 

    Ihr wollt am Ende eurer Reise dann doch noch - ganz wie einst Ted Mosby - wissen, wo es denn nun den besten Burger der Stadt gibt? Tja, also - wie schon die New Yorker in How I met your Mother schwärmten und ihren Sieger kürten, so kann ich ihnen bisher nur zustimmen - das Corner Bistro hat einfach so unfassbar gute Burger! Das kleine unscheinbare Bistro befindet sich in der 41st Street im Greenwich Village nur ein paar Blocks von Carry Bradshaws Apartment - Eingang entfernt. Dieser kleine Laden hat sich seine viele Auszeichnungen eindeutig verdient! Und trotz der Plastikteller schmeckt der Burger einfach traumhaft gut - medium gebraten und so unglaublich saftig und lecker! Das Bier wird in ordentlichen Bierkrügen gereicht und alles in allem ist es da so schön familiär und gemütlich, dass man sich gleich willkommen fühlt. Natürlich ist das Bistro auch oft recht voll und bietet aufgrund der Größe auch nur eine geringe Anzahl von Plätzen - aber wer etwas Geduld mitbringt und einen Augenblick warten kann, der darf sich auf einen fabelhaften Imbiss freuen! 

    Übrigens... sind alle Restaurants in New York mit Buchstaben an den Eingängen oder in den Fenstern ausgestattet - um Restaurants, die mit C gekennzeichnet sind, würde ich lieber einen Bogen machen. Auch von Restaurants mit einem B nimmt man lieber Abstand. In Restaurants mit einem A als Kennzeichnung kann man jedoch bedenkenlos essen gehen!

              Graues Mäuschen adé [P2 - Easy Gel Polish]        
    Grau war für mich immer eine ganz sonderbare Farbe - nichts halbes und nichts ganzes. Halb schwarz. Halb weiß. Mal irgendwie zu hell. Dann wieder viel zu dunkel. Ich konnte mit dieser Farbe irgendwie nie wirklich was anfangen. Ja es fühlte sich auf den Nägeln sogar irgendwie komisch an und gehört nicht richtig zu mir, wenn ich es trug. Doch in diesem Herbst und Winter wird es von unseren Nägeln wohl kaum noch wegzudenken sein und entpuppt sich schon jetzt zur absoluten Trendfarbe!

    Besonders die helleren Grautöne haben es mir angetan - und hier wurde es schon schwieriger, genau das passende Grau für meinen Geschmack zu finden. Exquisite Grey der Easy Gel Polish Kollektion von P2 ist da einfach perfekt! Ich liebe diese Farbe und auch die Konsistenz des Lackes. Er lässt sich super auftragen, was nicht zuletzt auch an der tollen abgerundeten Form des Pinsels liegt. Und obwohl ich die P2 Lacke früher doch eher gemieden habe und überhaupt nicht mit ihnen klar kam, überzeugen sie mich heute doch um so mehr.

    Egal in welcher Preisklasse - Nagellacke halten bei mir meist eher nicht so unglaublich lange auf den Nägeln. Auch dieses Mal hatte ich bereits am nächsten Tag ein paar abgeplatzte Ecken und Kanten. Aber bei nur 2,95 Euro kann man überhaupt nicht meckern! Wie immer habe ich wieder 2 Schichten aufgetragen. Denn auch wenn er teilweise sogar schon nach der ersten Schicht sehr gut deckt, war es hier und da einfach noch nicht perfekt genug für mich. 

    Ich finde ihn absolut nicht langweilig - ganz im Gegenteil! Exquisite Grey ist eher ein zurückhaltender Ton, der aber dennoch die Nägel in Szene setzt und einfach zu jedem Look perfekt passt. Auf alle Fälle ist man mit dieser Nuance super elegant und stilsicher unterwegs.

              Glossybox - Herbstzauber Edition im Oktober        
    Was soll ich sagen? Ich habe die Kündigung der Glossybox verschwitzt und sie daher noch ein weiteres Mal erhalten. Und leider muss ich gestehen - ich bin absolut begeistert von der Herbstzauber Edition! Ich habe mich über wirklich jedes einzelne Produkt wahnsinnig gefreut und auch fast alle sofort ausprobiert und geneuer unter die Lupe genommen!

    Wie ich ja bereits mehrmals erwähnt habe, bin ich ein totaler Herbst-Fan und lebe diese Jahreszeit richtig aus. Ich freue mich über vereinzelte Sonnentage genau so wie über einen kalten stürmischen Tag, den ich mit einem Buch auf dem Sofa verbringen kann. Ich liebe Abende am Lagerfeuer und Wellnessnachmittage zu Hause. Und der Inhalt dieser tollen Box spiegelt genau das alles wieder - Wellness und Beauty reichen sich hier die Hände; und genau das gefällt mir so daran!

    vanilla and raspberry shower
    Munter in kühle Herbsttage starten Sie mit dem köstlich duftenden, veganen VANILLA AND RASPBERRY Duschgel: Das feine Aroma reifer Himbeeren und süßer Vanille verwöhnt die Sinne. Die Marke Original Source hat 82 britische Sonnenuntergänge lang gewartet bis die Himbeeren reif genug waren, um diese dann mit Vanille zu einem absoluten Pflege-Duschgel zu mixen. Ein unvergessliches Duscherlebnis - genau das Richtige in der kühlen Jahreszeit.

    Mein Fazit:
    Die Drogerie Müller hat für dieses vegane Duschgel bereits die Werbetrommel gerührt und schon da habe ich mich allein rein optisch bereits darin verliebt. Und ich war wirklich glücklich darüber, es dann in der Box wiedergefunden zu haben! Es war liebe auf den ersten Blick und ich denke, dass diese Liebe auch lange anhalten wird. Denn es duftet einfach unfassbar gut und macht Lust darauf, auch die anderen Geruchsrichtungen einmal zu testen! Für nur 2,25 Euro sollte dies auch kein Problem sein. Den Mix aus Frucht und Süße mag ich immer besonders gern und so freue ich mich schon heute auf die morgige Dusche!

    more brows fibre gel
    Topmodels wie Cara Delevingne begründeten den Mega-Trend "betonte Augenbrauen". Richtig tolle Brauen zaubert das MORE BROWS Fibre Gel von ModellCo: Das innovative Gel macht auch aus spärlichen Augenbrauen ein Beauty Statement. Die Brauen wirken voller und werden raffiniert betont. Die speziell designte Bürste gibt das Augenbrauengel perfekt dosiert ab. Für einen ganz natürlichen Look lässt es sich leicht verblenden. Die Brauen lassen dich damit ideal formen und definieren. Die Formulierung hält besonders lange und krümelt oder verblasst im Laufe des Tages nicht.

    Meine Fazit:
    Ich habe schon so viele Sachen ausprobiert, die meine Augenbrauen hervorheben, formen und gleichzeitig voller wirken lassen sollen. Und das dann aber bitte auch den ganzen Tag lang! Ich habe allerdings auch bei jedem Produkt sowohl positive als auch negative Aspekte gefunden und werde darüber in einem der nächsten Posts auch mal etwas schreiben. Bei diesem More Brows Fibre Gel bin ich erst mal begeistert, dass es in der dunklen Variante bei mir gelandet ist und damit perfekt zu meiner Haarfarbe passt (das war ja bei Glossybox sonst immer so eine Sache, die nie wirklich geklappt hatte - ich bin begeistert!). Dann muss ich auch positiv erwähnen, dass das Gel wirklich nicht abblättert oder krümelt und auch den ganzen Tag hält! Ich war wirklich sehr überrascht. Die Bürste ist wirklich unschlagbar und für ein präzises Auftragen toll geformt und total klein! Doch am Ende des Bürstchens befindet sich immer viel mehr Farbe als am Rest der Bürste, so dass es an einigen Stelle passieren kann, das man größere Farbklumpen auf den Brauen zu kleben hat! Das ist eher unschön und schmierig. Aber mit etwas Übung geht es und die überschüssige Farbe verteilt sich. Doch ich finde dennoch, dass dies nicht ausreicht, um die Brauen voller wirken zu lassen. Da sind Brauenstifte doch viel besser. Allerdings bleiben die Augenbrauen durch das Gel dort, wo sie bleiben sollen und tanzen nicht aus der Reihe. Jedoch ist das Produkt für dieses eher befriedigende Ergebnis mit 12 Euro viel zu teuer. Da gibt es bereits deutlich günstigere Produkte, deren Ergebnis ähnlich ist! 

    Es wird allerdings als Tipp erklärt, dass sich das Gel noch mit einem Wattestäbchen verblenden lassen könnte. Ich werde das mal testen!

    vanille brûlée mini body butter
    Draußen ist es herbstlich, da kommt die Hautpflege von The Body Shop mit cremig-warmem Vanille-Duft gerade richtig. Die Body Butter ist perfekt für relaxte Stunden im Home Spa! Sie spendet extra viel Feuchtigkeit und bewahrt nachhaltig vor dem Austrocknen. Durch fair gehandelte Shea- und Kakaobutter wird die Haut seidig-weich. Und ihr Vanille-Duft ist so lecker, dass man am liebsten reinbeißen würde.

    Mein Fazit:
    Eigentlich wurde mit dem Text schon alles gesagt, was es zu sagen gibt. Ich mag die Body Butter von The Body Shop einfach super gern und bin immer wieder von den verschiedenen Gerüchen begeistert. Leider creme ich mich immer viel zu selten ein und bin dazu oft einfach viel zu faul. Aber bei dem Geruch, kann man einfach nicht widerstehen. 50 ml kosten 6 Euro. 

    westminster bridge matte top coat
    Nach England entführt Sie der Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat vom UK-Beautylabel Nails Inc. Der matte Topcoat sorgt für einen stylish-matten Effekt auf den Nägeln. Ob über kräftigen oder pastelligen Tönen, beide Looks sind absolut im Trend diesen Herbst. Für alle, denen ganz normaler Nagellack einfach nicht reicht.

    Mein Fazit:
    Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, als ich dieses Produkt auch endlich auspacken durfte. Denn es war bereits im September in der Pop Art Edition in einigen Glossyboxen enthalten. Ich hatte mir bereits einen matten top Coat von Manhatten zugelegt, von dem ich eher nicht so begeistert gewesen bin. Ich hoffe aber, dass mich dieser Lack endlich vom Trend überzeugen wird. Doch der dünne Pinsel macht mich bisher eher nicht so zuversichtlich. Ich weiß auch nicht, ob mich dieses matte Finish nicht vielleicht sogar stören wird. Ich mag es einfach, wenn die Nägel glänzen und die Farbe darunter zum Strahlen gebracht wird. Von einem 15,20 Euro teuren Lack erwarte ich jedoch ne Menge und hoffe, nicht enttäuscht zu werden!

    erfrischendes gesichtspeeling
    Einen strahlenden Herbst-Teint bringt das erfrischende Peeling von Love Me Green hervor: Das vegane Gesichtspeeling unterstützt die Zellerneuerung und regt die Durchblutung an. Es entfernt sanft abgestorbene Zellen und stimuliert den Regenerationsprozess der Haut. Überschüssiger Talg wird entfernt während organisches Orangen- und Arganöl sowie Argansamenpuder die Haut pflegen. Das Natur-Peeling verzichtet vollständig auf Mikrokunststoffkügelchen - grobes Mehl aus Argansamenschalen peelt sanft die Haut.

    Mein Fazit:
    Ich freue mich, wenn endlich bald jeder eingesehen hat, dass diese kleinen Mikrokunststoffkügelchen einfach total schrecklich und schädlich für die Natur mit all ihren Lebewesen sind und sie immer mehr und mehr aus der Kosmetikabteilung verschwinden. Ich achte nun schon lange darauf und versuche, auf solch schädliche Stoffe zu verzichten. Ehrlich gesagt wusste ich das vor einigen Jahren noch nicht einmal und merke immer wieder, dass man immer noch dazulernt. Auch das Gesichtspeeling von Love Me Green verzichtet glücklicherweise auf diese Kügelchen. Es duftet total angenehm frisch nach einem Hauch Orange und pflegt die Haut richtig gut. Ich habe nach der Anwendung eine wirklich glatte Haut, auch wenn das Peeling doch auch noch etwas sanfter ausfallen könnte. 75 ml würden 9,90 Euro kosten, wobei ich hier eine Probe mit 30 ml erhalten habe. Doch da man wirklich nur eine geringe Menge für eine Anwendung benötigt, wird sie wahrscheinlich lange ausreichen. Denn ein Peeling sollte höchstens einmal pro Woche angewendet werde!! 

    vital maskemit quittenextrakt und heilerde

    Mein Fazit:
    Dieses Produkt war als kleines Goodie in der Box enthalten und wurde auch sofort von mir getestet. Nach dem Peeling von Love Me Green brannte die Maske zunächst an einigen Stellen, was sich aber schnell wieder legte. Mit lauwarmem Wasser habe ich sie dann nach 10 bis 15 Minuten wieder von meinem Gesicht entfernt und fühlte mich sofort frischer. Ich mag Gesichtsmasken ja wirklich gern und freue mich immer wieder, sie mit Freundinnen an einem Wellnessnachmittag aufzutragen. Und diese Maske gehört ab heute mit zu meinen Favoriten. Der fruchtige Geruch ist außerdem super angenehm und mein Gesicht fühlte sich den ganzen Tag total gepflegt und sauber an. (Man muss dazu sagen, dass ich wie heute meist auch kein Make Up trage) Der eine Abschnitt der Packung reicht meiner Meinung nach sogar für mindestens 2 Anwendungen aus, falls ihr die Maske (so wie ich) nur auf eurem Gesicht und nicht auch noch auf Hals und Dekolleté anwendet. 

    Mit all diesen Produkten steht einem ein gemütlicher Spa-Nachmittag nichts mehr im Weg. Auch wenn mich das Augenbrauengel vielleicht nicht zu 100 % überzeugen konnte, so bin ich doch mit der Box insgesamt total zufrieden und freue mich riesig, sie noch erhalten zu haben. Nun bin ich gespannt, wie zufrieden ihr mit euren Produkten seid!


              Müller Look Box im April        
    Meine Freundin und ich hatte dieses Mal Glück und konnten 2 der tollen Look-Boxen von Müller ergattern! Ich habe mich wirklich riesig gefreut, ausgelost worden zu sein und war schon richtig gespannt, was sich in unseren Boxen wohl befindet. Und ich wurde wirklich nicht enttäuscht! Bei den vielen verschiedenen Boxen, die es so zu kaufen gibt, blickt man irgendwie schon kaum mehr durch. Und vor allem die Glossybox erschien mir am Ende immer mehr überflüssig - viele der Produkte sind für mich einfach unbrauchbar gewesen und liegen teilweise noch immer ungenutzt im Schrank herum. Bei einem Preis von bereits 15 Euro kann ich dann doch gern darauf verzichten und gebe mein Geld lieber gezielt für sinnvollere Produkte aus, die ich auch wirklich brauche. Bei nur 5 Euro wie für die Müller Look-Box kann man allerdings absolut nichts falsch machen und daher bin ich auch froh, dass ich dieses Mal in den Genuss der Box kommen durfte! Ihr Motto:
    "Hol dir den Frühling"

    Essence Lash Mania Reloaded Mascara Waterproof
    "Wimpern mit Star-Qualität. Die innovative Elastomerbürste mit sternförmig angeordneten Lamellen greift exakt die Wimpern und pusht sie nach oben. Es entstehen Wimpern mit extremem Volumen und ultimativem False-Lashes-effekt. Augenärztlich getestet."
    Ich habe schon so viele Mascara ausprobiert, dass ich sie kaum noch zählen kann. Ich habe schon so einige für gut befunden, aber auch andere wieder für unbrauchbar. Doch nie hat mich ein Ergebnis wirklich enttäuscht oder auch richtig umgehauen... Mich stören abgebröckelte schwarze Krümel unter den Augen oder dicke fette Fliegenbeine. Auch viel zu schnell austrocknende Mascara stehen auf der Abschussliste. Aber dazu kann ich hier leider noch nicht viel sagen. Wasserfest finde ich immer etwas kritisch, da die Farbe oft schwer wieder von den Wimpern ab geht und diese dann ziemlich darunter leiden können. Aber ansonsten eine stinknormale Mascara, die ich auch nutzen werde.

    Rebecca Bonbon Eyeshadow Palette
    "Vier wunderschöne Farbwelten verkörpern je eine Großstadt. Egal ob Paris, New York, London oder Berlin - in jeder Look-Box ist ein Farbtyp enthalten"
     In unseren Boxen waren die Farben der New York - Palette zu finden. Die grau-blauen Töne sind nun nicht unbedingt das, was ich regelmäßig trage, allerdings finde ich sie dennoch recht gut. Ich kannte diese Marke vorher noch gar nicht und denke auch, dass sie nicht zu den angesagtesten Highend -Produkten gehört, doch für den Alltag ist die Pigmentierung der Farben absolut ok. Ihr könnt die kleine Palette außerdem auch in den Farbtönen Gelb, Türkis und Rosa erhalten. Sie ist gerade auch für Unterwegs super handlich und beinhaltet neben der 4 Farbnuancen praktischer Weise noch 2 Applikatoren.

    Rebecca Bonbon 'In Paris' Eau de Toilette, 30 ml
    "Der Duft versinnbildlicht den Flair der französischen Modemetropole gepaart mit dem Savoir-vivre der kleinen Pariser Bulldogge. Ein Parfüm für junge Mademoiselles mit verspielter Koketterie, die die Welt entdecken möchte. "
    Das Parfüm ist nicht nur auf den ersten Blick echt süß, sondern auch auf den ersten Atemzug. Ich finde es allerdings noch ganz angenehm und habe nicht (wie befürchtet) das Gefühl, dass meine Nase irgendwie verkleben könnte. Die Süße verfliegt jedoch schnell wieder und was bleibt ist ein frischer, irgendwie "sauberer" Geruch nach Seife. Ja, nach Handseife! - wie die von Dove oder Nivea. Auch hier würde ich wieder sagen, dass es eher ein Parfüm für den Alltag ist, dass man schnell mal am Morgen nach der Dusche aufsprüht, um dann im Sprint noch den Bus zu schaffen. 

    Manhattan Quick Dry 60 Seconds Nagellack
    "Manhattan steht für facettenreiche Looks und ist immer den neusten Trends auf der Spur. Der Quick Dry Nagellack ist in den angesagten Farben der Saison erhältlich, trocknet in nur 60 Sekunden und macht jeden Look perfekt."
    Zwei der vier möglichen Farben waren in unseren beiden Boxen enthalten. 14 C ist ein eher ziemlich dunkles Mint. 32 C könnte man sogar als eine etwas hellere Version dieses Sally Hansen Lacks "So Much Fawn" verwechseln. Ich persönlich finde, dass beide Nuancen nicht unbedingt in den Frühling passen - mir sind sie irgendwie dann doch zu dunkel und unspektakulär. Da gäbe es mit Sicherheit noch passendere Frühlingsfarben! Aber dennoch sind sie recht schön. Leider verteilen sich die Lacke ungleichmäßig auf den Nägeln und hinterlassen somit nervige Streifen. Mit drei Schichten ist dieses Problem jedoch behoben! Trocknen tut der Lack absolut schnell - Perfekt!

    Make Up Factory Shimmer Lip Tube
    "Der Schimmer Lip Tube mit seinem einzigartigen, geschwungenen Soft-Touch Applikator aus Silikon passt sich perfekt der Lippenform an. Die elegante und handliche Tube ermöglicht ein einfaches und gleichmäßiges Auftragen. Schimmernde Pearl-Partikel schenken verführerische Lippen und der intensive Glanz lässt die Lippen voller aussehen. Mit zartem Vanille-Duft und pflegender Aloe Vera."
    Der Silikon - Applikator ist wirklich sehr weich und macht das Auftragen des Schimmer Lip Tube super angenehm. Doch von Gleichmäßigkeit kann ich irgendwie nicht sprechen. Im Gegenteil - ich fand es ziemlich schwierig, den Gloss  gleichmäßig auf die Lippen zu bringen. Ich bin eh nicht wirklich ein Fan von klebrigen Lippen und tue mich auch mit der Dosierung aus einer solchen Tube recht schwer. Dafür schimmert er allerdings absolut toll! An Schimmer-Partikeln wurde wirklich nicht gespart und das ist meiner Meinung nach auch gut so. Ob die Farbe "15 - Shiny Claret" nun wirklich die richtige für mich ist, wage ich allerdings zu bezweifeln.

    Astor Soft Sensation Color&Care Lippenstift
    "Keep smiling - der neue Astor Soft Sansation Color & Care Lipstick liefert gleich zwei gute Gründe zum Lächeln. Er vereint brilliante Farben und intensive Pflege in einem Produkt! Eine spezielle Formulierung mit intensiven Farbpigmenten sorgt für frische, klare Farben mit einer hohen Deckkraft. Zudem ist er mit Hyaluron-Füller, Granatapfel-Sterolen und den Vitaminen A, C und E angereichert."
    Diese Farbe knallt absolut. Und ich liebe sie! Dieser Lippenstift hat genau das, was ich auf meinen Lippen haben möchte - eine wunderschöne Farbe, dazu noch ein wenig Pflege und das alles ohne zu verkleben oder zu verlaufen. Perfekt! Auch das Design finde ich super schön. Leider gibt es die neuen Lippenstifte offiziell erst ab Juni im Handel, also müsst ihr euch leider noch etwas gedulden. Mit dieser Knallfarbe kann der Sommer aber auf jeden Fall kommen!

    Fazit: Also ich muss wirklich sagen - die Müller Look-Box lohnt sich wirklich total, auch wenn nicht immer jedes Produkt hundertproßentig zu einem passt! Vielleicht hat man am Ende sogar noch ein Produkt in seiner Box, mit dem man vielleicht der Mama oder Freundin eine kleine Freude machen könnte. Der Lippenstift von Astor ist allerdings mein Highlight der Box! :) Ich werde auch nächstes al wieder meine Chance nutzen und hoffentlich eine der Boxen ergattern. Mit der DM - Lieblinge - Box habe ich ja leider immer weniger Glück. 

    Habt ihr auch eine der Drogerie-Boxen? 
    Wie findet ihr die Look-Box von Müller?

              Showbiz Sandbox 352: 2017 Academy Award Nominations Launch #OscarsSoDiverse Trend        

    When the 2017 Oscar nominations were announced this week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences managed to avoid a third straight year of controversy over all-white acting nominees. Among this year’s honorees are six African American actors, setting a record for the most in a single year. Hopefully this is a sign more […]

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              Showbiz Sandbox 351: What We Know and Don’t Know About Book Publishing in 2016        

    Looking at how the publishing industry fared over the past year it quickly becomes apparent that there aren’t a lot of hard sales figures thanks to online retailers which don’t publish such data. With e-books accounting for 70% of all adult fiction purchases in 2016 the industry has become impossible to track. One measurable trend […]

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              Showbiz Sandbox 350: Hollywood Has Faith in Religious Marketing        

    Organized religion and the film industry have traditionally not played nicely with one another. Recently however, movie studios have been courting Christian filmgoers, in hopes of increasing audiences for certain titles. Brooks Barnes, a staff reporter for the New York Times, joins us to discuss one of Hollywood’s latest marketing trends. The Writers Guild and […]

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              Showbiz Sandbox 341: AT&T Deal For Time Warner Makes Vertical Integration Trendy Again        

    Last weekend, in a sudden and unexpected deal, telecommunications giant AT&T agreed to buy the media conglomerate Time Warner for $85 billion. As its current offerings become more commoditized AT&T is looking to add content to its portfolio through picking up Time Warner, a company that counts among its assets networks such as HBO and […]

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              Showbiz Sandbox 323: Trends From the 2016 TV Upfronts        

    Each May all the U.S. television networks invite major advertisers and the media to New York so they can pitch all of the new and returning shows on their fall schedules. Known as the upfronts, a good chunk of the prime time advertising inventory is sold during these meetings as promotional buzz about each series […]

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              Hilarische mockumentary maakt korte metten met de hipste foodie trends        

    Goji bessen, kokosolie, avocado’s – zo kunnen we nog wel...

    Het bericht Hilarische mockumentary maakt korte metten met de hipste foodie trends verscheen eerst op Vance.

              Christian heritage        
    Fr Bernard McGrath

    Christianity works well for the greater good of society despite some doubters. It benefits millions by the moral improvements due to the churches, schools, hospitals and institutions it runs.

    Three of the greatest commandments of our Judeo-Christian heritage form the very bulwark of our civilisation: the sacredness of human life, the purity of marriage and the right to private property. Without these laws, many unwanted or allegedly useless lives are killed for convenience: the unborn, the defective, and the aged. And without these laws increasing numbers cannot be trusted to be honest in their dealings regarding property, and the fair time, money and effort needed for work and social affairs. Fewer seem to care anymore and the trend is tragic.

    Even 4,000 years ago Hammurabi of Babylon had the wisdom to discern six of the ten commandments for the peace and prosperity of his people, recognising the natural laws of good behaviour/morality. But unique to our Judeo-Christian heritage are the commandments against polytheism, idolatry, and evil thoughts. These are ennobling rules and are hard to account for without a revelation of God as a loving creator, law-giver and saviour giving us the necessary reason and strength to be self-sacrificing, when required, for the sake of others, and the truth.

    Churches preach, teach and practise persuasively against hate in thought, speech and deed whereas mere civil laws on such are easily used to suppress free speech and religion by those who claim to be offended "victims" of others' beliefs.

    Democracy works best when most people, most of the time, are virtuous and can be trusted. Few laws are then needed: "He governs best who governs least". A South-Sea Islander once reproved a soldier for using the thin pages of a Bible to roll his cigarettes: "If it weren't for the Bible, you'd be in my cooking pot!", he said.

    What will stop the present mad rush into lawlessness and the slaughter of the innocents?

    What the gods (devil) wish to destroy they first make mad. How mad is it when evil becomes a free choice?

    Bendigo, Vic

              5 Questions with Leah Blair        
    'We need to change our disposable culture' THE WORLD of fashion is picking up the pace, and it’s getting harder for consumers to keep up. Fashion bloggers cycle through trends faster than ever—it’s estimated that there are now 52 micro-seasons of fashion.…
              Daily Quest        
    Dailies... Some people do and some ignore..

    But let me tell you something, I am a tank and my pocket hurts after every RHD or Raid.
    And if not for the Daily Quest I do at Road of Bless, I'll be out of business.

    Thank you Daily Quest...

    South Plain

    Request: Outlaw of the Carrot Field
    Hunt the Glutton Fabres at the Carrot Village carrot field. If the Defense of the Glutton Fabres increases, use 'Dr. Jacob's Pesticide' on them. Go to Karota once you're done.
    Reward: 3503 Exp and 823 Rupee

    Request: Main Culprit of Ecosystem Destruction 
    Defeat designated number of RodaFrogu that has slight different appearance from RodaFrog. Go find Biologist Torke in the Jacob's Villa after completing the request.
    Reward: 1855 Exp and 463 Rupee

    Request: To Train the Pecos
    Collect 'Naked Rabongs' at the center of the Southern Plains. Go to Peco Racer Boost when you're done.
    Reward: 1703 Exp and 411 Rupee

    Izrud Hill

    Request: A Trend in Cooking
    Collect 'Chewy Pincers' and 'Hard Filled Pincers' from Sandistars and Coraltuses near the docks north of Izrud Hill. Go to the Sushi House owner Higasi when you're done
    Reward: 3351 Exp and 900 Rupee

    Request: The Culprit Behind the Vandalizing of the Walls
    Hunt 'Stone Spiders' and 'Wood Stone Spiders' around Izrud Village. Go the the leader of the Izrud Homewatchers, Ditmus, when you're done.
    Reward: 2724 Exp and 717 Rupee

    Request: Rare Mushroom Monster Extermination
    Hunt 'Mildew' at the Mushroom Tree Forest of Izrud Hill, 'Masipore'. 'Dospore' and 'Truffle of Truffle' at Payon Forest. Go to Reona at the entrance of the Mushroom Tree Forest when you're done.
    Reward: 6926 Exp and 2 Zeny 146 Rupee

    Payon Forest

    Request: Collecting Miho Jade Ornaments
    Collect 'Miho jade Ornaments' from Miho Guards and Stormers at the Miho Village. Go to Hyo at the south east entrance of the Miho Village when you're done.
    Reward: 2331 Exp and 788 Rupee

    Request: Material for Perpetual Fire
    Collect 'Creepy Flames' from Horongs near the Payon Ruins. Go to Crescentia near the entrance of the Payon Ruins when you're done.
    Reward: 2705 Exp and 944 Rupee

    Request: Snake Heaven
    Defeat designated number of various Boa snakes (Boa, Iron Boa, Poison Boa, Anantia) around Lake Chung-Lim in Payon Forest. Go to Snake hunter Amizo in the Lake Chun-Lim Villa when you complete the request.
    Reward: 8371 Exp and 2 Zeny 746 Rupee

    Maple Forest

    Request: Kate's Pride
    Collect 'Emergency Ration Cheese' from Emergency Rations. 'Warm Honey' from Killer Bees, and 'Flora Fruit' from Floras at Maple Forest. Go to Kate the chef at Maple Village once you're done.
    Reward: 6890 Exp and 2 Zeny 573 Rupee

    Request: Carrots!
    Acquire the designated number of Maple Carrots that are grown near the Maple Brewery. Go to Part timer Malabo in the Maple Brewery when you finish the task.
    Reward: 4191 Exp and 1 Zeny 565 Rupee

    Request: The Red Shadow Crossing Maple Forest
    Acquire  'Red Cockatrice Feather' from the Wild Speed that roams Maple Forest (Starts off from the red dot on the map). Go to Trainer Reina south of Maple Forest when you're done (This quest is recommended as a party quest).
    Reward: 4899 Exp and 2 Zeny 968 Rupee

    Divided Plain

    Request: Main Culprit of Water Pollution
    Defeat designated number of Big Snailers that appeared around Spring of Youth north of Fountain Village. Go to village head Seo of the Fountain Village after completing the request
    Reward: 7368 Exp and 3 Zeny 636 Rupee

    Request: Distuptor of Geological Investigations
    Hunt 'Castoff Hellbug Workers' and 'Castoff Hellbug Warriors' at the bottom of the Scar of Despair at the Divided Plains. Go to Gelogist Pulk of Fountain Village when you're done.
    Reward: 5551 Exp and 2 Zeny 866 Rupee

    Request: A Grass that's Good for the Back?
    Collect 'Purple Leaves' at the Bottom of the Scar of Despair at the Divided Plains. Go to Otis at Fountain Village when you're done.
    Reward: 3058 Exp and 1 Zeny 579 Rupee

    Verta Delta

    Request: Shouldn't Everybody Have a Fur Coat?
    Collect the rarely dropped 'Ultra Rare Fur' from Furseals, Alruses or Nerupas at the Coast of Verta Delta. Go to Tenpra of Delta Village when you're done.
    Reward: 4031 Exp and 2 Zeny 286 Rupee

    Request: Cultivation Disruptor
    Hunt 'Nependes', 'Moist Nependes' and 'Small nependes' at the south of Delta Village. Go to Maris at Delta Village when you're done.
    Reward: 7801 Exp and 4 Zeny 219 Rupee

    Request: Toys at the Beach
    Investigate the Shining spots at Coco beach and collect 'Harby's Toy'. Go to Harby at Coco beach when you're done.
    Reward: 4031 Exp and 2 Zeny 286 Rupee

    Sogratt Desert

    Request: The Cause of the Sandstorm
    Find and hunt the rare 'Sandrolls' at Sogratt Desert. Go to Ruti Cereno at the Grooming Thieves Camp when you're done.
    Reward: 5203 Exp and 3 Zeny 258 Rupee

    Request: Treasure Buried in the Desert
    Investigate shiny sand piles in Sogratt Desert and collect 'Exquisite Antique Pots'. Go to MC Ssalle of Hasut Village when you're done.
    Reward: 7612 Exp and 5 Zeny 17 Rupee

    Request: New Research in the Desert!
    Collect 'Deert Mouse Whiskers' from Gerbils, 'Snake Fangs' from Anacondaks and 'Desert Wolf Skin' From Desert Wolves at Sogratt Desert. Go to Dr. Jacob at Gongurat's laboratory when you're done.
    Reward: 9834 Exp and 6 Zeny 831 Rupee

    Road of Bless

    Request: The One Polluting the Oasis
    Hunt 'Desert Fugus' and Desert Fugu Bebes' at the south of Nomad Shelter. Go to the Oasis Manager at the Nomad Shelter when you're done.
    Reward: 11176 Exp and 8 Zeny 190 Rupee

    Request: Plunder the Plundered
    Hunt Scratch Thieves east of the Nomad Shelter and collect their rarely dropped 'Scratch Thieves Chest'. Go to Treasure Hunter Munil of the Nomad Shelter when you're done.
    Reward: 2756 Exp and 2 Zeny 255 Rupee

    Request: Egg Thief Punishment
    Collect 'Stolen Peco Eggs' from Desert Goblins at the south wet of the Road of Blessings. Go to Pecopeco Keeper Piel at the Nomad Shelter when you're done.
    Reward: 6927 Exp and 5 Zeny 667 Rupee

              Izrud Hill        

    Character Level: 26
    Profession Level: 26
    Achievement: Vespa, Vador and Knight Class

    Map Location:
    Izrud Hill

    Quest List:
    To Izrude Town~
    Worm Delivery
    Warm Honey
    Bumblebee Royaljelly
    The Real Dutiful Child - [Reward: Refining Whestone II or Magic Oil II]
    Current Status of Izrude Hill - [Reward: Defender Boots]
    Treating a Meal
    Amazing Fish (1)
    Amazing Fish (2) - [Reward: Tiger Embroidery II or Dragon Embroidery II]
    That's a Merman
    Communicating with Merman (1)
    Communicating with Merman (2)
    Communicating with Merman (3) - [Reward: 4 Pueple Potion (II)]
    I Hid a Marvelous Thing There!
    Treasure Hidden Under the Windmill?
    Izrude Homewatchers - [Reward: Defender's Gaiters]
    Dirty Spider
    Cleaning the Spider Mess - [Reward: Wind Elixir]
    Stone Spider Hunt - [Reward: 6 Red Potion (II)]
    Wood Eating Spiders - [Reward: Bear Embroidery III]
    Disappearing Supplies
    Open Merman's Mouth (1)
    Open Merman's Mouth (2)
    Open Merman's Mouth (3)
    My Name Putaruta - [Reward: 4 Rep Potion (III) and 4 Blue Potion (III)]
    Undelivered Supplies
    Broken Supply Coach
    Revenge from Supply Wagon
    Report from Kraina
    To the Headquartes
    Capture Nakaruka Alive! - [Reward: Defender's Visor]
    Return to Homewatcher - [Reward: 6 Blue Potion (III)]
    Lets Try That Again - [Reward: 6 Red Potion (III)]
    What Merman Hates The Most?
    Purpose of Mermans
    Another Merman's Base? - [Reward: Homewatcher Sword]
    To Find Another Merman's Base
    How to Repair Stairway?
    The Way to Deal Broken Stairway
    A Criminal Who Broke Waterway
    Boss of Wildrose - [Reward: 4 Purple Potion (III)]
    Take Back the Scattered Baggage - [Reward: Refining Whetstone III]
    Very Delicious Meat
    In This Case, We Should Attack the Healer First
    Headquartes Burned to Ashes
    Pataruta Resistance
    Whether Help Pataruta or Not - [Reward: Magic Oil III]
    Give Mery to Syangtirote
    Test from Syangtirote (1)
    Test from Syangtirote (2)
    Recognize from Syangtirote - [Reward: Dragon Embroidery III]
    Finding Pearl Inside Clam - [Reward: Tiger Embroidery III]
    Finding Nisyutangka
    Nisyutangka's Favor
    [Dungeon] Very Good Armor Material - [Reward: Homewatcher Gauntlets]
    [Dungeon] I'm Going to Make a Scary Weapon - [Reward: Homewatcher Boots]
    Find Interpretation
    Find The Job Change NPC !
    Request of the Village Head
    Request: The Culprit Behind the Vanfalizing of the Wall
    Request: A Trend in Cooking
    Request: Rare Mushroom Extermination
    A Hillbilly Whose Whereabouts is Unknown
    Mushrooms! - [Reward: 4 Red Potion (III) or 4 Blue Potion (III)]
    Missing Sister
    Get Rid of Spores
    Pick Mushrooms - [Reward: Oredicon Powder]
    Find My Youngest Sister - [Reward: Resistance Spear]
    Giant Mushroom - [Reward: Resistance Sword]
    Tell My Sister
    Mission Complete Reporting
    Ambushed Rebel Bases
    Continous Attack of Merman - [Reward: Homewatcher Visor]
    Go to Temple of Sea God
    [Dungeon] Marinesphere Sinew - [Reward: Magic Oil III]
    [Dungeon] End of Nukaruka - [Reward: Refining Whetstone III]
    [Dungeon] Fear of Sea God - [Reward: Izrude Hill Top Statue]
    To the Harmony of Merman and Human - [Reward: Prontera Wrp Scroll]
    Reporting an Incident of Izrude
    Chasing a Runaway Freyjan - [Reward: Dim Strength Rune]
    The Freyjan Who Hid in the Forest (1)
    The Freyjan Who Hid in the Forest (2)
    Intelligence Corps in Payon Forest - [Reward: Dim Intelligence Rune]
    Behind Story - Disappearance of Putaruta
    Behind Story - Revenge of Higasi - [Reward: Beach Shade]

    Quest Starter Items Found:
    Dark Shadow Unit Flare

    Items Found:
    Split Piece 1 [Bring to Irmumoa Aro2] - Bumblebee, Blazing Bumblebee, Bumblebee Worker, Stone Spider, Wood Stone Spider, Mermaid Trooper, Violent Wildrose
    Split Piece 2 [Bring to Irmumoa Aro2] - Bumblebee, Blazing Bumblebee, Blazing Bumblebee, Wood Stone Spider, Merman Warrior
    Split Piece 3 [Bring to Irmumoa Aro2] - Bumblebee, Wildrose, Mermaid Trooper

    Materials Items:
    Earthly Trace (I) - Bumblebee Worker, Stone Spider, Big Coraltus, Mermaid Special Warrior
    Firmament Essence (I) - Merman Warrior, Mermaid Trooper, Violent Wildrose, Spore
    Root of Life (I) - Blazing Bumblebe, Rabid Trancer, Wildrose, Merman Warrior, Sandistar, Sandihelistar
    Spirit of Ruin (I) - Mermaid Warrior, Mermaid Trooper, Violent Wildrose, Stellaria, Spore
    Hard Back Shell - Stone Spider, Wood Stone Spider
    Monster Fragment (I) - Bumblebee Worker, Wood Stone Spider, Merman Warrior, Rabid Trancer, Merman Temple Guard

    Other Items:
    Bee Wing - Bumblebee, Blazing Bumblebee, Bumblebee Worker
    Green Antenna - Trancer, Rabid Trancer, Bright Trancer
    Mermaid Fin - Mermaid Warrior, Brave Mermaid Warrior, Mermaid Trooper, Mermaid Healer, Mermaid Special Warrior, Mermaid Temple Guard
    Merman Fin - Merman Warrior, Merman Trooper, Merman Special Warrior, Merman Temple Guard
    Mushroom Spore - Spore, Baby Poison Spore, Baby Spore, Brother Spore
    Pincer - Vadon
    Shabby Ribbon - Wildrose, Violent Wildrose, Quick Wildrose, Stellaria
    Sticky Sucker - Sandistar, Sandihelistar
    Topshell - Coraltus, Big Coraltus

    Bags Found:
    Small Bag - None
    Medium Bag - Wood Stone Spider, Merman Warrior, Merman Trooper, Mermaid Special Warrior

    Food and Drinks Found:
    Instant Boiled DHA Merman - Big Coraltus
    Instant Fresh Raw Merman - Mermaid Temple Guard
    Instant Honey Pie - Bumblebee Worker, Stone Spider, Wood Stone Spider, Merman Trooper,  Merman Warrior, Quick Wildrose, Mermaid Special Warrior, Poison Spore
    Instant Mushroom Risotto - Bright Trancer
    Instant Royaljelly Herb Tea - Bumblebee Worker, Merman Warrior, Mermaid Temple Guard
    Instant Spicy Merman Soup - Merman Warrior, Sandistar
    Instant Steamed Hill Clam - Bumblebee, Blazing Bumblebee, Bumblebee Worker, Stone Spider, Mermaid Trooper

    Potions Found:
    Red Potion (III) - Stone Spider, Wildrose, Merman Warrior, Stellaria, Mermaid Temple Guard, Mermaid Special Warrior
    Blue Potion (III) - Wood Stone Spider, Coraltus, Sandistar, Mermaid Temple Guard
    Purple Potion (III) - Wildrose, Wood Stone Spider, Merman Warrior, Violent Wildrose, Stellaria, Big Coraltus, Sandihelistar, Spore
    Dexterity Boost Potion (III) - Quick Wildrose
    Inteligence Potion (III) - Sandistar
    Strenght Potion (III) - Rabid Trancer
    Strenght Boost Potion (III) - Stone Spider
    Will Boost Potion (III) - Stone Spider

    Cards Found:
    Merman Follower
    Mermaid Warrior
    Poison Spore x2
    Stone Spider x3
    Trancer x2

    Weapons and Armors Found:
    Ancient Coat Glove - Spore
    Ancient Plated Gauntlets - Baby Poison Spore
    Armor of Abundance - Bumblebee Worker
    Bandit Sword - Stone Spider
    Bandit Gaiters - Stone Spider, Big Coraltus
    Fierced Battle Leather Shirt - Merman Special Warrior
    Gauntlets of Abundance - Sandihelistar
    Helm of Abundance - Stone Spider
    Hill Boots - Merman Warrior
    Hill Gaiters - Merman Trooper
    Old Chainmail - Mermaid Special Warrior
    Will Mail - Brave Merman Warrior

    Khara Quest:
    Burning Delivery Man of Honey
    Communication with the Guardian
    Card Collector of Iron Will - [Reward: Title - Card Mania]
    Master Repair Man (2)
    Make Up Fish
    Fishy Smell From Somewhere
    Cat Troublemake
    Faithful Cat
    Something is Coming?
    (Selected) Unlimited Spurt Instinct!
    (Rare:C) Vespa (Party Recommended) - [Reward: Title - Vespa Hunter]
    Lobster is Delicious
    Man Who Talks By Back
    Artist at the Hill
    Strong Woman (1)
    Strong Woman (2)
    Rebellion of Mushroom - [Reward: Title - Mushroom Hunter]
    Mushroom and Diaper
    Boss! Your Spore Looks So Good Today
    Invader of Izrude Hill - [Reward: Title - Hill Hunter]
    Before the War with the Leviathan Army
    [Dungeon] Chewy Hydra Tentacle That is Good for the Body
    [Dungeon] For Tribe of Mermen's Peace
    [Dungeon] Ruling The Sea God's Temple - [Reward: Title - Sea Master]
    [Dungeon] Resurrected Tyrant of the Sea - [Reward: Title - Leviathan Hunter]
    Material Encyclopedia!
    Harder Spider than Rock

    Small Iron Ore
    Medium Iron Ore
    Large Iron Ore


              The Little Busy Bee        
    Honeybees are crucial to our environment as primary pollinators of plants, and scientists are scrambling to discover the causes of the recent decline in their numbers. One group might help to reverse the trend: beekeepers.
              Åsi cápaszerű ragadozó halfajt fedeztek fel egy nevadai fosszíliában        
    Ősi, 250 millió éves cápaszerű ragadozó halfajt fedeztek fel egy Nevada állam északkeleti részén talált fosszíliában. A tudósok szerint az 1,83 méter hosszú tengeri ragadozó hosszú állkapoccsal és három sornyi tűhegyes foggal rendelkezett.
              Az idősebb embereknek receptre kellene kutyát felírni, hogy többet mozogjanak        
    Egy új brit tanulmány szerint az idősebb embereknek receptre kellene felírni kutyát, hogy gyakrabban kimozduljanak otthonról, a kutyasétáltatás ugyanis az egyik leghatékonyabb módja a fizikai aktivitás megőrzésének.
              The article confused me        
    The title is "Apple's Worst Business Decisions". There may haev been numerous bad decisions but this is the list of the "worst" Then I find somewhat contradicting subheadings: - Overpricing the original Macintosh -- John Scully 1. Covertly funded Macworld magazine 2. Set the trend to overprice the Mac - Firing John Sculley Leaving me confused about John Scully's original "worst" decisions for Apple. I guess in business even those who make the worst decisions deserve a second chance.Edited 2006-10-02 20:25
              Comment on ETHXBT Technical Analysis: Downtrend Correction by Mary        
    How did this prediction work out for you? (You predicted Ethereum slide, instead it doubled).
              Guest book Letter, with Name & Date Tag, Custom by DebbieSaenz        

    73.00 USD

    Any Letter…Any Color…Different Sizes Available…Tag Included…Custom!

    Guestbook letters are the new trend, a modern alternative to the traditional guest book. You'll love to hang your special shabby chic letter in your home to keep the memories of your Wedding Day alive for years to come. Your "guest book" will be on visual display rather than hidden in a storage box!

    * * * I've also made these for Birthdays, Graduations, Baptisms and Anniversaries

    For an Extra Special touch (Included in Price), I'll hand stamp your names and wedding date onto a copper tag.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My Process * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I hand cut each letter myself using my own templates. I use a high quality 1/2" lightweight wood. Four sizes are currently available (See Below).

    I will sand your letter smooth and paint the front, back, and edges in your choice of color (See Below), then give your letter a Shabby look by distressing the edges. I'll seal your letter with UV protective varnish. I'll stamp the information you want on a copper tag and adhere it the the bottom of your letter.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * How to Order * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Simply use the scroll down menu where it says, "Size" to select the size letter you want (Name and date tag included).

    18" ($73.00)
    20" ($83.00)
    24" ($93.00
    26" ($103.00)

    Answer these questions in the 'Message to seller" section upon payment:

    1. Letter
    2. Color (I can paint your letter any color you want)
    3. Information for tag, (I can stamp anything, as long as it fits!).

    Due to the nature of the hand-stamping process, the letters will not look "machine" perfect...adding to the handmade charm!

    PLEASE NOTE: **Pen/Marker is not included** I recommend a fine point or extra fine point Sharpie permanent marker. I'll send a small painted sample of wood for you to practice and try out different markers.

    ALSO PLEASE NOTE: I make these letters out of a lightweight 1/2" wood. I work very hard to make sure all the edges are smooth and take great care in giving each letter a hand rubbed antiqued look after I paint your letter in the color of your choice. I then hand cut and stamp your personal message onto a copper plate. Made with lots of Love, to be enjoyed for years to come!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * After You Place Your Order * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I will confirm your order through an Etsy conversation. I'll send you a color proof for your approval (or an image of a letter I've previous made in your color), upon request, once I'm clear on the color you want (Normally within 48hrs). I don't offer a color chart since I will work with you to get just the color you want!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I also sell other letter styles and sizes.…Go here for all those listings:

    Please note*** Because this is a custom order, please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery. If you need it sooner, I offer a Rush option for a small fee. Message me for details.

    Thanks for visiting, view more items in my little shop at:

    Visit my blog at:

              Reclaimed Wood Look - 8" Letters & Numbers - Custom by DebbieSaenz        

    32.00 USD

    No toxins or pests, totally safe!

    Get your 8 inch wall Letter OR Number *((Ampersands available too))* personalized with the color/s of your choice. There're so many ways to use these trendy 3-D Numbers or Letters (or ampersands).

    ~ Photoshoot Prop
    ~ Wall Art or Shelf Decor
    ~ Wedding gift, Year of wedding, or first letter of last name
    ~ Any child's room, Year of birth, Child's initial (Great Baby Shower gift!)
    ~ Housewarming gift, Numbers of new home address, Family Initial for photo wall
    ~ Teacher gift, grade taught, First Initial of Teachers last name
    ~ Lucky/Special Number/Letter

    PLEASE NOTE: These letters and numbers are made of sturdy paper maché
    They can sit on a shelf or look great hanging on the wall (Letters 'F,P, and Q' and numbers, 3, 4, and 7 will not sit alone due to their weight distribution and shape, but would need to be hung)

    Choose any 8 inch paper mache letter, number or ampersand in the color/s of your choice: one color, two colors, or a combination of a few!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My Process * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I paint the edges a complimentary color, then give the barnwood paper a "wash" of color, adhere it to the front of the letter or number with a decoupage medium. Your letter or number will be completely sealed with UV protective varnish after I give it the final distressing touches.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * How to Order * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Simply answer these questions in the "Message to seller" section upon payment:

    1. Letter/number?
    2. Color or colors (For front) choose one, two, or a few
    3. Color you would like the sides painted? (If you are not sure, I will be glad to help you decide)
    4. I will create a hole in the back for hanging unless you specify otherwise.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * After You Place Your Order * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I will confirm your order through an Etsy conversation and once I'm clear on the colors you want, I'll prepare your papers (Normally within 48hrs) and send you a color proof for your approval. I'll make any neccesary changes until you are completely happy!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Need Additional Letters or Numbers? * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Receive a discount on additional letters/numbers/ampersands, if you purchase more than 1. Message me and I will create a "Special Order" listing for you to make your purchase. All numbers and the entire alphabet is available, ampersands too!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    THIS LISTING IS FOR (1) 8" x 1" WALL NUMBER / LETTER / AMPERSAND, I also sell this same style in 23.5", 16" or 12" letters and ampersands. Also 13 1/2" wall letters and name banners with 4 inch wood letters. Go here for all those listings:

    ***PLEASE NOTE***Because this is a custom order, please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery. If you need it sooner, I offer a Rush option for a small fee. Message me for details.

    Thanks for visiting, view more items in my little shop at:

    Visit my blog at:

              Reclaimed Wood Look - 16" Large Wall Letter - Custom by DebbieSaenz        

    58.00 USD

    No toxins or pests, totally safe!

    I will personalize your 16 inch wall letter or ampersand with the color/s of your choice (See below). There're so many ways to use these trendy 3-D letters:

    ~ Photoshoot prop
    ~ Family photo wall, first letter of last name
    ~ Wall Art
    ~ Wedding gift, first letter of last name
    ~ College Dorm Room
    ~ Any child's room, typically first Initial
    ~ Baby shower gift to complete the nursery
    ~ Housewarming gift
    ~ Teacher gift

    PLEASE NOTE: These letters are made of sturdy paper maché
    Most letters will need to be hung, some will sit freestanding on a shelf. Holes will be added for easy hanging.

    Choose any 16 inch paper mache letter or ampersand in the color/s of your choice: one color, two colors, or a combination of a few!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My Process * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I paint the edges a complimentary color, then give the barnwood paper a "wash" of color, adhere it to the front of the letter with a decoupage medium. Your letter will be completely sealed with UV protective varnish after I give it the final distressing touches.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * How to Order * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Simply answer these questions in the "Message to seller" section upon payment:

    1. Letter?
    2. Color or colors (For front) choose one, two, or a few
    3. Color you would like the sides painted? (If you are not sure, I will be glad to help you decide)
    4. I will create a hole in the back for hanging unless you specify otherwise.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * After You Place Your Order * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I will confirm your order through an Etsy conversation and once I'm clear on the colors you want, I'll prepare your papers (Normally within 48hrs) and send you a color proof for your approval. I'll make any neccesary changes until you are completely happy!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Need Additional Letters? * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Receive a discount on additional letters, if you purchase more than one letter. Message me and I will create a "Special Order" listing for you to make your purchase. The entire alphabet is available, ampersands too!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    THIS LISTING IS FOR (1) 16" x 1.5" WALL LETTER OR AMPERSAND , I also sell 8", 12", and 23.5" Wall Letters and ampersands, and 8" numbers. I have other letter options too. Go here for all those listings:

    ***PLEASE NOTE***Because this is a custom order, please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery. If you need it sooner, I offer a Rush option for a small fee. Message me for details.

    Thanks for visiting, view more items in my little shop at:

    Visit my blog at:

              These Are the Most Popular Baby Names for 2015        
    Here are the names you want if you like to follow trends, or avoid if you want your little bundle of joy to stand out. Continue reading…
              Trend Watch: Is 'Baby Heading' the Next Hot Meme?        
    The folks at Buzzfeed are predicting this might be a new thing, which is fine with us. It's hilarious when people's clothes don't fit! Basically, "Baby Heading" is just making a baby's head stick out of grown-up clothes, and then photographing it. Continue reading…
    The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work.
              Art Games        
    "Art Games", I was introduced to these when I first played Braid, or rather, when I first started reading discussions online about Braid. It's amazing how people could analyze that game as much as English teachers analyze literature, but damn, no book has ever made me care as much about symbolism and meaning as Braid did. It was an interesting experience and it made me realize that games can be more than what they appear on the surface, that they can have deeper meaning to them, but also, more importantly, that so few games have done this, and most of the ones that have never really get any sort of mainstream press. I realized that if I want to make a splash in the gaming industry, then exploring more original storytelling mechanics could be the way to do so, in addition to a fun core game, and I was itching to test the waters on this.

    Coincidentally, Edmund asked me about 2 weeks later if I wanted to work on Aether with him. I was currently working on a project that I was slowly losing interest in, partially due to Braid raising my standards for everything, so I decided to go for it, and abandon that old project which was turing out much worse than I originally thought. Edmund described what he wanted for gameplay and I mocked up something quick, then expanded on that. He never told me what the game's meaning was until near the end of development when we were polishing up the whole thing. It worked out well for this because it felt like I could add my touches all over the game's world and design the game's mechanics how I thought they would go, and Edmund could work on his vision of the game, and then combined them and touch up the seams, and it worked, and became my favorite project (until Closure).

    It was a fun experience, and came at just the right time for me, but at the same time I was still looking around at these other art games people had come out with and were still coming out with, and I was still in an "arty" mindset. Development on Closure began with me in this mindset, but I shifted out of it because I wanted to focus on the puzzles. But the art was still on my mind. I played through some small art games I could find, Passage, I wish I were the Moon, The Majesty of Colors, Gravitation, and others. They all seemed to have low-res pixel art in them. It was kinda cool at first but it seemed to be a trend, cause others that came out recently, (don't look back, fathom, jumpman, gray) also had low res art. I was getting involved in the independent game dev community too, and a lot of people seemed preoccupied with low res art. I am very partial to flash-like vector art myself after so many years of staring at it, but I appreciate the occasional tribute to our past. I was curious as to why pixel art was so popular amongst this group of people, as it was a stark change from the flash-based communities I was used to. I basically got these reasons:

    1. Low res is easier to make look good than high res
    2. Nostalgia
    3. It lets the player "fill in the details" of the artwork, therefore growing a stronger connection with the characters.

    1 and 2 are valid, but it was 3 that intrigued me the most. Was it just a way of justifying "laziness"? Or did it have value to it that I didn't originally see at first. Could the same concept be applied to other aspects of game development or other fields entirely? Thinking about this too much made me enjoy art games less, cause rather than see meaning in them, I began to see holes. "The creator just left this blank and wants ME to fill in the meaning for him!" I'll admit, people do generate more of an emotional connection to things if they (inadvertently) inject a bit of themselves into interpreting someone else's work. But, there's a balance to be struck.

    To compare it to painting, look at Picasso and Dali. Look at how incredibly detailed and surreal their works are. They were great painters and knew how to convert what was in their minds to pigment on canvas. Yet, their work was surreal enough to let other people determine multiple meanings for it. They all had a specific mood though, which helps guide people into interpreting the works in a similar way, with some room for deviation. But at their core, the paintings were amazing. Dali especially. Some of his stuff is photorealistic but with a surreal twist. This certainly wasn't laziness. Now look at some of the more "abstract" artists, Mondrian and Pollock. Where does the meaning in their work come from? Do people only enjoy their work because they're told to enjoy it? Whatever theme for their works comes out of what someone says it is, rather than any specific element in the work itself. It's abstraction. Cave paintings are more interesting to look at than a Mondrian piece. Simplicity is one thing but some of these abstract works just go way too far with it.

    I realize there is meaning intended with these pieces, but if you can't communicate that meaning or message through the work itself, and rely on a piece of paper stating your intent, then the work is about as useful as the wall it's hung on.

    Back to games now. It's a trend to do "art games" now. Games are art because "art" is a term that can be expanded to fit anything you want into it. Are they on the same level of art as books, paintings, or other "fine art" yet? I don't think so. We're making strides there. Problem is, "art games" are currently caught up in the same trend that a lot of modern art is: the more abstract your work is, the easier it is for someone to accept it as "good art" because they don't understand it. Bonus points if you're already famous, or have someone famous backing you. If Leonardo da Vinci came back from the dead, spat on a napkin, pointed at it, and said "This is art", people would stare in awe and try to "understand it", but there's nothing to understand. If Joe Blow did the same thing, people would laugh and walk away.

    I still think Braid is the best we've got for showing how a game can be art right now. It's not perfect, but it embodies what I like most about artists like Picasso and Dali: It is GOOD at its core, but at the same time leaves a little bit of itself open for interpretation. People can enjoy it without thinking too much about the artistic aspect, but they they can go back and dig deeper if they want. But there is a definite mood to it which helps guide people's interpretations. It's not perfect though, and many complain about how the books sorta separate the story out of the game. Oh well, it's still better than other attempts at "games as art" (distinctly different from "interactive art" mind you).

    Now, I may sound cynical at these other art games out there (passage, fathom, gray, etc), but I don't mean any offense to the creators of these games. I think that this type of experimentation is extremely important to evolving the medium, and a necessary step in getting people to value games at the same level as other forms of art. But we aren't there yet.

    I did a game called "Pilgrimage" recently which was meant as a satire of this recent "art game" trend. What was interesting was the responses too it. They varied widely, but all proved my point in one way or another (except the people who thought that the pixilation was a "glitch" or "laziness", those were just comical. If anything, the mario gameplay was laziness, not the bitcrush effect). People liked the game when it was roughly an 8-bit graphic style, then complained when it went to large blockiness. Well hey, there you go. Too much abstraction is bad, but a little abstraction is good. Good luck finding the right balance though, its different for everybody. And that's the point of the game, but have fun digging for symbols and filling in the blanks as to what it means and what happens near the end, it only proves my point further. Also, the "artist statement" was 100% randomly-generated nonsense, scrolling a bit too fast for people to pause and try to understand what it was saying, so they thought they were reading something intelligent. The game is satire, and it's interesting to see people get angry at for being too much like what it's trying to poke fun at. Hey, that's the POINT of satire!

    Anyway, those are my thoughts on the state of games as art. I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love the idea, but recent experiments have been pretty "meh" to me. It's good to see people trying though.

    Also, I learned you can't question art. If you do you get flamed because everything is art, and who am I to decide it isn't? That's not the point. Just because something is "art" doesn't mean it implicitly has value to it.
              The End of America – Director’s Cut (Full)        

    Source:! “The End of America details the ten steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It’s not a “lefty”tot tome, rather a historical look at trends in once-functioning democracies from modern history that are being repeated in our country today. It gives any reader (or viewer of the lecture) a much-needed history […]

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              Escape Boredom At The Secret Chambers        
    While summer is quickly coming to an end, many people are searching for new forms of entertainment. However, there is a new national trend that is sure to offer a unique outlet rather than the same mundane choices. The best part, you can find them here in the DFW metroplex. I am referring to “escape [...]
              This Saudi Arabian Social Media App is Trending in Dallas        
    Scroll through your Instagram stories or your Snaps and you might see a simple looking screenshot of anonymous messages sent to one of your friends. The app is known as Sarahah, which means "honesty" or "frankness" in Arabic, and it's a top trending app in Saudi Arabia and right here in Dallas, TX. The app [...]

    Thanks, I'm glad you read it.

    The thing is, without articles like this it is very hard to come to consensus conclusions using common sense (meaning in a discussion with other people.) The reason is that anybody can read a headline or short article, and claim that scientific studies have proven blah-blah-blah about race and pick your attribute. And you might reply with your doubts or other thoughts on the matter, but then they will repy "But the studies proved it- you are just being emotional about the matter."

    A scientific study can show basically anything, depending on who is funding the study. Just this morning I was hearing about how the tobacco industry has spent millions of dollars on hundreds or thousands of 'scientific studies' over the years, all of which 'scientifically proved' there was no link between smoking and cancer. Gee- imagine that!

    And even when we don't have an obvious agenda, our personal biases are going to come into play. I will be the first to admit that I find the general idea of link between race and intelligence to be not only grossly inaccurate and over-simplified in my personal opinion, but actually very revolting as well. So that affects how I view these things, and what I tend to pick up on. But that Gladwell article is a real eye-opener, and should at least raise plenty of doubt for anyone who thinks this is a scientifically closed issue.

    I sorta took the OP's original post in jest, because it was just a little fun exercise in my eye, and because who cares, this is a NBA draft forum. Regardless of what the trend of a limited sample may or may not show, I doubt it would affect my judgement if I was a NBA GM at the top of the draft. Because there are far more DIFFERENCES between Larry Bird and Adam Morrison than similarities (i.e. skin color.) You don't draft a skin color in general, you draft a specific player.

              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market Sheds Light on Fourth Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    The report reveals a 7.6% increase in market-wide average prices to $2,139,116, with significant 19.8% gains in the condo market to an average price of $3,042,859.

    (PRWeb January 04, 2017)

    Read the full story at

              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market Sheds Light on Third Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    A renewed surge in luxury new development closings contributed to a 13.8% increase in the market-wide average price to $2,080,487, while the median sales price increased almost 6% to $1,100,000 compared to this time last year.

    (PRWeb October 04, 2016)

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              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market Sheds Light on First Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    New development closings contributed to a boost in the blended first quarter numbers to new record levels of $2,185,452

    (PRWeb April 01, 2016)

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              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market Sheds Light on Fourth Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    Report reveals a continued rise in price action – with average prices nearing $2 million – as the Fall ‘soft patch’ is yet to filter through the lagging sales pipeline

    (PRWeb January 05, 2016)

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              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market Sheds Light on Third Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    Report reveals that shortage of inventory, especially in the lower price points, continued to drive days on market down from 48 days in the second quarter to 41 days in the third quarter – a nearly 15% decrease.

    (PRWeb October 01, 2015)

    Read the full story at

              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market Sheds Light on Second Quarter 2015 Market Conditions and Trends        

    Report reveals median three-bedroom condominium prices exceeding $3,800,000 with median three-bedroom co-op prices topping $3,000,000

    (PRWeb July 01, 2015)

    Read the full story at

              TOWN Residential Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market, Sheds Light on First Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    Report reveals median three-bedroom prices exceeding $3,500,000 and two-bedroom prices topping $2,000,000.

    (PRWeb April 01, 2015)

    Read the full story at

              The Aggregate™, TOWN Residential’s Analysis of the Manhattan Real Estate Market, Sheds Light on Fourth Quarter Market Conditions and Trends        

    Report reveals an 18.55% year-over-year increase to market-wide average sales price of $1,745,942

    (PRWeb January 06, 2015)

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              Mother Nature Knows Best        
    In a recent study by University of Colorado, researchers found that after a week of camping (staying in tents, an RV, cabins, or a yurt) a camper’s circadian rhythm reset to follow Mother Nature’s sunrise and sunset. That means a better night’s sleep … which means happy campers! If you want the full experience of being out in nature without the hassle and expense of buying all of the equipment required like a tent, cooler, or cots, maybe renting a yurt is just the ticket! It’s the newest trend in recreational opportunities: “glamping!” You read that right: glamorous + camping! A recent survey indicated that the most important features a modern day “glamper” wants is the ability to wash or shower followed by the comforts of AC/heating, power, or electricity (undoubtedly for WiFi and GPS), a toilet, mattress, stove, chairs, table, and refrigeration. Well, most yurt rentals have those luxuries! If you enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, outdoor photography, mountain biking, climbing or just hanging out around the lake or mountain trail a yurt rental vacation could be just the ticket! And here is a great tip: don’t wait until the last minute to book it! The best spots book early, and because the average price is very affordable (averaging around $60 per night for a small unit that sleeps 5) the summer season fills up fast. Let’s face it; the hassle of setting up shop in the great outdoors (rain or shine) is being replaced with less demanding alternatives with the same appreciation for nature.  Today’s camper, like so much else in modern society, wants instant gratification, noticeably less hassle, with more time for relaxation, convening with nature and spending time with family and friends. More and more private communities and state and county parks are offering yurt rentals as an alternative to tent camping and most will be booked solid for upcoming spring and summer weekends! Don’t wait, book your glamping weekend now to secure your “glamp-site” and get out there with Mother Nature. ***If you’re looking for a recommendation, here are a few favorite spots where you can rent a Rainier Yurt! My Favorite! Grayland Beach State Park (Grayland, WA) : Snohomish County Parks: Coulee Playland Resort (Electric City, WA) : Upper Michigan Porcupine State Park:,1607,7-153-10365_24196-158770–,00.html Another websites that might be able to help locate a yurt rental is: If you’re interested in finding a yurt rental in a different destination than I’ve listed here, give me a call. I would be happy to help you find a yurt – they’re located all over the US and Canada! Sweet Yurt Dreams!
              Comment on The product-market fit by Minsi        
    Hey Kevin, stumbled upon your blog via LinkedIn.. Heard from Nic u are starting a business so really, all the best! Anw, with regards to the experimentation, its really true.. The recent product development trend follows the 90-10 rule: develop 90% of the product and let the market shape its remaining 10%. While research used to precede development, it seems that both can be done concurrently today. Looking forward to seeing your product on the market soon!
              News Quiz: Impact of Iowa Caucuses on State’s Registered Voters        
    Recent data on Iowa’s registered voters revealed shifts among their party affiliations in the months before, during and following the state’s 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential precinct caucuses. Taking a closer look at in those caucuses, IowaWatch discovered intriguing trends. Do you have the knowledge to determine some of these changes?
              News Quiz: What Is An Opioid And What Makes It Dangerous?        
    Opioid abuse, in the form of prescription painkillers and heroin, has contributed to a growing number of Iowa emergency room visits and overdose deaths in the past decade. Although some efforts are underway to counteract the trend, IowaWatch recently examined one life-saving measure — bills providing expanded access to an overdose reversal drug called naloxone — that have failed to pass through the Iowa Legislature.
              From Mary To Mia: Popular Baby Names & The Saints        
    Tonight I was gabbing with my grandmas (who happen to be close friends) about trends in baby names. My mom’s mom brings communion to a hospital and, hence,... Read More
              [news] Excerpt from a McKinsey Paper on IT Spending Trends        
    Monday, August 9, 2004
    Dateline: China
    I recently urled the abstract for this paper, but CNET and McKinsey were kind enough to post the full-text of the paper on the CNET news site (which downloads at glacial speed, at least from China).  Now that the article from the current issue of The McKinsey Quarterly is in the public domain, I'd like to include an excerpt in this posting.  (Bolded and colored notations are MY emphasis.)
    "Although IT customers also want to improve their software, they are wary of big-bang packaged applications--purchases that are just now rolling off accrual budgets.  This time around, CIOs are shunning expensive panaceas, especially large-scale customer relationship management (CRM) systems.  Many tech executives lost face (or jobs) when the promised benefits didn't materialize, often because the technology demanded difficult-to-realize changes in processes and in employee behavior.  Even worse than buying packaged applications, CIOs told us, was buying applications and then customizing them, for this strategy made it necessary to reinvest in customization with each subsequent upgrade.  CIOs now favor narrower, more-targeted, less-ambitious improvements that mitigate the risk of organizational rejection.  Custom software that closely adheres to a company's existing processes (and therefore requires little or no process change) is popular, and so is software developed for a specific industry.  Meanwhile, integration--a higher priority now than it was during the boom--is generating demand for enterprise application integration (EAI) technologies.  Web services are gaining traction faster than anticipated, especially in small telecom and other companies at the forefront of IT innovation.  Of the CIOs we interviewed, 8 percent said that Web services were their primary integration strategy.  Despite these inroads, most companies are still at the experimental stage with this technology, which demands advanced skills and a high degree of commitment from the IT organization.  Others are choosing a different path:  Roughly half of the CIOs we spoke with have been (or are thinking about) investing in integration broker software, often combined with Web services.  Adoption is strongest among telecommunications and financial-services companies, whose technical complexity makes the software especially attractive.  The third-party services market could feel the pinch, however.  Many companies, spurred by lower IT salaries after the economic slowdown, hired talent and brought IT development in-house.  These new hires often support and develop the more-customized applications that today's IT budgets favor.  But this move could boomerang on companies in the future:  The absence of vendor support could reduce economies of scale and push up costs.  Offshoring in less-expensive labor markets could, of course, offset them."
    ADDENDUM: Seeing Beyond "Traditional" Market Research ...
    I've already received a few messages regarding my "Seeing Beyond" posting.
    One of the questions was very simple to answer.  The question:  Can you name a few ISVs in China which could develop a hosted version of their packaged software?  Certainly.  Simple answer:  Bamboo, KingdeeUFSoft (all three are in the ERP space).
    A reader also asked me about Fisher-Pry, having heard of this technique but not really familiar with it.  In simple terms, Fisher-Pry functions best as a substitution model.  I'm not thrilled about using it to predict end of life and market size issues per seWhere I find it useful -- EXTREMELY USEFUL -- is in determining when a NEW technology is likely to EMERGE.  I then put on my Geoffrey Moore glasses to look at the technology from a chasm crossing perspective.  And, if I'm really interested, I'll put on my Ed Roberts and Gordon Bell glasses -- and will evaluate the technology using other techniques as well.  But Fisher-Pry itself is extremely simple to use and a Geoffrey Moore analysis is also a no-brainer.  (Ed Roberts' -- and I'm the unofficial president of the Ed Roberts fan club -- various approaches to evaluating new markets and technologies requires me to fire a lot more neurons than Moore's approach.)  To me, Fisher-Pry is all about inflection points and EMERGING marketsTo see an application of Fisher-Pry, read an A.T. Kearney report on wireless futures at (and it's an excellent report, too).  See also a recent evaluation of the remote sensing market at .  For a brief review of Fisher-Pry and a couple of related techniques for technology trend analysis, see .
    Finally, another reader questioned whether MIT's Innovation Futures market was doomed to focus on short(er)-term "bets."  My answer is that MIT may need to repackage Innovation Futures for addressing long(er)-term issues.  Many of us in America can remember playing the stock market in one of our classes.  For me, it was in my eighth grade government class.  We had to pick stocks and trade them through the course of the year.  Unfortunately, the very nature of this learning experience put a premium on trading versus investing.  In other words, picking stocks which might be solid over a three-plus year time horizon simply wouldn't work; it was much better to "gamble" on high Beta (i.e., higher volatility) issues.  Innovation Futures suffers from the same "need" to determine winners and losers on a relatively timely basis.  Probably time horizons of three or more years won't suffice, at least not from a "gamblers" perspective (sans venture capitalists).
    I'd like to see their system changed to allow different types of "players" and "traders," namely the crop I had suggested in my last posting, but also another class of "all others."  Think of this as an experiment in social computing among technophiles, not online gambling.  In some ways, it could reveal the type of knowledge that is found in the blogosphere.
    David Scott Lewis
    President & Principal Analyst
    IT E-Strategies, Inc.
    Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
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              [urls] Top 10 Urls: 25 July-1 August 2004        
    Monday, August 2, 2004
    Dateline: China
    The following is a sampling of my "urls" for the past eight days.  By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of ALL my urls (about 150-350 per week) -- AND limit by subject (e.g., ITO) and/or rating (e.g., articles rated "Very Good" or "Excellent").  It's also possible to receive new urls as an RSS feed.  However, if you'd like to receive a daily feed of my urls but do NOT want to sign up with Furl, I can manually add your name to my daily Furl distribution list.  (And if you want off, I'll promptly remove your e-mail address.)
    Best new selections (in no particular order):
    * A Web Services Choreography Scenario for Interoperating Bioinformatics Applications (SUPERB, covering all the bases; might serve as the foundation for a blog posting)
    * ICC Report: Software Focus, June 2004 issue (if you're not familiar with this monthly newsletter from Red Herring, it's worth scanning; this particular issue is their "annual" on enterprise software)
    * Northeast Asia: Cultural Influences on the U.S. National Security Strategy (this might serve as the basis for a blog posting; EXCELLENT, broad-based review of cultural issues)
    * Economics of an Information Intermediary with Aggregation Benefits (think B2B and e-markets, although the implications are wide-ranging)
    * How to Increase Your Return on Your Innovation Investment (provides a link to an article published in the current issue of Harvard Business Review; good food for thought)
    * Why Mobile Services Fail (insights from Howard Rheingold)
    * Anything That Promotes ebXML Is Good (lots of good links; I'm an ebXML advocate, so the tone of this article is one which I fully support)
    Examples of urls that didn't make my "Top Ten List":
    > RightNow, Sierra Atlantic Announce Partnership to Deliver Enterprise CRM Integration (a trend in the making; I've talked about this quite a bit, i.e., systems integrators working with utility computing vendors)
    and many, many more ...
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              [urls] Top 10 Urls of the Week: A Taste of Furl        
    Sunday, July 25, 2004
    Dateline: China
    The following is a sampling of my "urls" for the past week.  By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of my urls -- and limit by subject AND rating.  It's also possible to receive an RSS feed.  However, if you'd like to receive a daily feed of my urls but do NOT want to sign up with Furl, I can manually add your name to my daily Furl distribution list.  (And if you want off, I'll promptly remove your e-mail address.)
    Briefly, over the past week I added over 300 urls to my "goldentriange" Furl account.  In the editing process, I whittled down the number to nearly 60 in my first pass and then deleted about 50 more urls to create "Dave's Top Ten (Urls) List" (of the week).  Think about it:  Only one in 30 made the grade.
    For one thing, I've excluded ALL sites referenced in any of my three blogs.  Also, ALL "dated" items with short shelf-life were cut (such as news stories), although over two-thirds of the "urled" pages over the past week were news-related.  (My assumption is that everyone already has their favorite news sources.)  OTOH, I didn't want to include items which are a bit too research-focused, either.  Truly a delicate balance.
    Enjoy -- and please zap me your feedback!  And, if you'd like to receive the daily feed (which includes news items), please let me know.
    Examples of urls that didn't make my "Top Ten List":
    and many, many more ...
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              [news] IT Spending Trends        
    Tuesday, July 6, 2004
    Dateline: China
    A quick recap on IT spending trends from three recently published Smith Barney surveys.  The three reports are the May and June editions of their CIO Vendor Preference Survey and the 6 June issue of softwareWEEK.  Tom Berquist, my favorite i-banking analyst, was the lead for all three reports.  I have a backlog of blogs to write, so I'll use as many quotes as possible and add context where necessary.  (I'm mostly extracting from my smartphone bookmarks for these reports.  Warning:  I may have coded the May and June issues incorrectly, but the quotes are correct.)  NOTE:  Highlighted items (e.g., items in bold, like this sentence) are MY emphasis.  Items in red are my commentary.
    Starting with the Survey editions, "(t)he strongest areas of spending appear to be software (apps, security, storage, and database) and network equipment/apps (Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, VPNs)" and regarding software, "larger and more well known vendors continue to dominate the list in each category with vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, IBM, Veritas, Symantec and Computer Associates getting significantly more mentions in each of their groups than the remaining vendors did."  However, the report admits that their sample group might be biased.  Yes, vendors matter -- and so do vendor partnering strategies.  However, I'm a bit skeptical about CA and I don't particular care very much for Veritas or Symantec.  Not my part of the universe.
    "Applications again stand out as a clear area of strength."  "Within applications, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business Intelligence (BI) all showed extremely well ..."  Well, this is the first sign that a recovery may be in the making for SCM.  However, I'd emphasize BI and ERP, followed by CRM; don't count on a lot happening in the SCM space just yet.  Some other key surveys do NOT validate that SCM is in recovery.  "In terms of specific vendors, Microsoft, Symantec, Veritas, SAP, and Adobe were the top beneficiaries of CIOs intentions to increase spending."  The report continues that only SAP showed statistically significant results, both in ERP and SCM.  "Results were more mixed for best-of-breed vendors in this area, suggesting that horizontal applications vendors are having a tough time competing with the large ERP vendors even as vertically-focused vendors continue to have some measure of success on this front."  For the more adventurous SIs in China, SAP presents a lot of opportunities.  Tread carefully, though.  And "Adobe's enterprise strategy appears to be gaining momentum.  Adobe was a clear standout in content management ..."  "Survey results were also positive (though somewhat less so) for other leading content management players, notably Microsoft and IBM."  Another "win" for Microsoft.  Funny that none of the traditionally leading content management players were mentioned.  A take on Linux:  "Linux continues to garner mind share, but large enterprises remain the main adopter.  Interestingly, nearly 83% of our respondents stated that they were not currently moving any applications to Linux.  Of the 17% that said they were moving applications to Linux, only one company under $1.0 billion in revenue was making the transition to Linux confirming our views that Linux is primarily being used by large companies to shift Unix applications to Linux on Intel."
    "Among CIOs who indicated a higher level of consulting spend, IBM was the clear winner, followed by Accenture as a distant second.  Unisys was also mentioned as a vendor being considered, but it was a distant third.  However, we note that Unisys being mentioned ahead of a pure-play consultant like BearingPoint (a low number of mentions, which included mentions of decreased spending) or EDS is positive, given that Unisys chooses to focus in 2 specific verticals, including one-public sector-that was not in the survey."  "Over two-thirds of CIOs indicated that they do not use IT outsourcers.  Most of the rest said they were unlikely to change the level of outsourcing spend.  IBM, ACS and CSC were the only vendors explicitly mentioned as likely to get more outsourcing business."  The "two-thirds" figure will likely change in favor of outsourcing.  This trend is fairly clear.  See a BCG report at , although the report takes a relatively broad perspective.
    From softwareWEEK, "(t)he CIOs were also very focused on rapid 'time to market' with purchases.  None were interested in starting projects that would take greater than 2 quarters to complete."  "This requirement was not a 'payback' requirement, but rather an implementation time frame requirement.  The CIOs did recognize that payback times could be longer, though the payback times on IT utility spending were much shorter than on applications or emerging area spending."
    "In terms of spending, the CIOs all used a similar methodology for making decisions that essentially divides their IT spending into one of three categories: 1) sustained spending on their 'IT utility' (i.e., infrastructure such as network equipment, servers, storage, databases, etc.); 2) new project spending on applications (business intelligence, portals, CRM, etc.); and 3) investment spending on select emerging areas (grid/utility computing, identity management, collaboration, etc.)  It was pretty obvious that the CIOs recognized that business unit managers were more interested in spending on new applications/emerging areas than on the IT utility ..."  "(S)ome of the CIOs were experimenting with grid/utility computing initiatives to try to increase their utilization of storage/servers and reduce the amount of new equipment to be purchased.  In one example, a CIO showed their storage/server utilization around the world and many regions were in the 50% or worse bucket for average utilization.  Their goal was to use grid computing architectures and storage area networks (along with faster communication links) to better share the pool of resources."  Yes, this is it!!  Take this to heart!!  If you think grid and utility computing are Star Trek stuff, think again.
    "In terms of new projects, the CIOs mentioned they were spending on business intelligence, portal/self-service applications, CRM, and collaboration.  Collaboration was a heated discussion, with all CIOs commenting that this was a big problem for them and there was no clear solution on the market.  While it wasn't completely clear to the audience what the CIOs were looking for in a collaboration solution, the elements that were described included: more intelligent email, corporate instant messaging, web conferencing, integrated voice over IP with instant messaging (so that a conversation could quickly shift from typing to talking), and collaborative document editing (spreadsheets, presentations, publications, etc.).  Within the business intelligence arena, business activity monitoring was discussed as was building of enterprise data warehouses/data marts.  The portal/self-service applications being built or deployed were primarily for customer and employee self-service (remote access to email, applications, and files was a big deal for all of the companies).  On the CRM front, the discussion from one CIO was around their need to increase revenues and manage channel conflict better."  [I'll be posting to this blog a bit more about collaboration opportunities over the next week.]
    "While vendors were not discussed in any detail during the panel, the CIOs did say that they remain open to working with smaller vendors (public and private) as long as they have plenty of relevant references (in their industry, particularly with close competitors) and they offer a compelling value proposition versus larger vendors.  One CIO stated that they get called by 20 startups a week to sell products to them, but most of them cannot articulate the value proposition of their product.  Nonetheless, the CIO does take 5 meetings a month from startups because some of them are working on things that are interesting to the business."
    Whew ...  Lots of good materials.  To reiterate, all highlighted items are my emphasis.  Bottom line:  The market is heating up.  Get your ISV relationships in place.  Pick your verticals (see the "Tidbit on Microsoft" which follows).  Pick your apps -- and the apps I like the best are content management and BI, although ERP is looking good, too.  Collaboration can be a major source of revenue if the SI can provide a truly effective solution.
    Tidbits on Microsoft
    A quick update on some happenings in the Redmond universe.  (See ; the article is titled, "Microsoft focuses on its enterprise-applications business".)  First, app areas that are of particular interest to MS include those for manufacturing and life sciences.  So, how about a MS build-to-their-stack strategy focused on either of these two verticals?  Second, MS is moving beyond purely horizontal offerings to very specific functionality.  Their Encore acquisition is an example of MS moving in this direction.  Finally, new releases of all four of Microsoft's ERP product lines are due for this year.  Not surprisingly, MBS marketing is up 20% from FY04.  Hmmm ... ERP spending intentions are strong and MS is a key player in this space -- with several updated offerings scheduled for release this year.  Another opportunity?
    Tidbits on Infosys
    Infosys formally enters the IT strategy consulting biz.  (See .)  Yes, it was inevitable.  In April Infosys Consulting, Inc. was formed and, "(i)t's no secret that the winning model will be high-end business consulting combined with high-quality, low-cost technology delivery done offshore," according to Stephen Pratt, the head of Infosys' consulting unit.  The Infosys Consulting unit now has 150 employees in the States and plans to expand to 500 within three years.  Note to SIs in China:  You need more -- a lot more -- IT strategy types  And you need people in the States (at least on an "as needed" basis) in order to capture -- and serve -- new accounts.
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              [news] JavaMania        
    Friday, July 2, 2004
    Dateline: China
    I'd like to report on what happened at JavaOne, but there are two problems:  First, I was in China, not at J1.  Second, there are a flood of reports in the press.  To get a recap, the best bet is to visit one of my favorite XML "news" feeds:  " Your Enterprise Java Community".  However, I will highlight several newsworthy items:
    • Project Looking Glass -- kind of a 3D windows interface (but doesn't run under Windows (capital "W"); shown a year ago, but seems to be ready for prime time.
    • J2SE Version 5 (J2SE 5) -- yes, their numbering scheme has changed; Sun is trying to make client-side Java a ... ah, possibility. 
    • Java for your BMW -- true!!  The ultimate geek toy!!  "Hey, baby, want to ride in my Java-powered B'mer?"  I can see it now ...
    • Java-enabled phones (350 million) and Java-enabled smart cards (600 million) -- hmmm ... I don't have either (I feel like a Luddite!).
    • Project Kitty Hawk -- "includes professional services for designing an SOA" (service-oriented architecture); sounds enticing.
    • NetBeans 4.0 Integrated Development Environment (IDE ) -- Sun's "big" J2EE-related news, and ...
    • ... more mobile stuff (see ).
    Tidbit:  There are four million Java developers, up one million over the past year.  Not sure if I believe this, but the trend sounds good.
    In addition to, see , for further background info.
    Bottom line:  Yes, I am touting Java.
    David Scott Lewis
    President & Principal Analyst
    IT E-Strategies, Inc.
    Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China

              è‡ªç„¶é€²æ°£æ™‚代的終點,Audi RS5與C63 AMG Edition 507的最終對決[影片]        


    國外媒體Motor Trend就在最新一集的Head 2 Head一對一評測當中找來了2014 Audi RS5以及2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507,看看誰才是最強悍的自然進氣V8車款。


    這兩款性能Coupe代表了自然進氣時期的結束,根據傳聞,下一代的Audi RS4將會採用一顆雙渦輪的V6引擎,而Mercedes-Benz雖然沒有正面承認,但是下一代的C-Class AMG車型很可能會使用4.0升雙渦輪的V8引擎。


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    馬上+1 - 跟癮車報一同聊車


              ç ´è»Šå¤§äº‚鬥,國外媒體集結各式修復後的車款來個最終對決[影片]        

    國外媒體Motor Trend的節目單元Roadkill當中的兩位主持人,集結了來自過去他們影片當中打造的九輛最愛車款,並且來場最終大決鬥以選出最後的優勝者。下方的這支對決影片長達了44分鐘,不過內容相當有趣值得一看。

    除了Roadkill單元的兩位主持人以外,還有Motor Trend的兩位車評Johnny Lieberman與Carlos Lago加入這場大亂鬥當中。可以看到幾輛特別的車款,包括了1973 Chevrolet Ramp卡車、1975 AMC Pacer以及一輛1967 Chevy Camaro。


    由於使用的車輛不是年久失修就是非性能取向的特殊車輛,在測試過程當中也發生了不少趣味的狀況,像是幾乎每一輛車的煞車距離都相當的長、過彎時誇張的側傾等等,讓我們想起了看Top Gear的那種愉悅心情呢。

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              The Angel Campos Journal by the King Maker        


    Angel Campos has a very small LOW zone. (proven)

    Angel runs a K/BB ratio that rests in the 2.20-2.40 range during the last few seasons, but he's become a terror to pitchers during the first weeks of 2010. He was deceptive to me, because he had a 15-17 Over/Under record in 2009 (17-5 in 2007), but his numbers, aside from the high home run rate, were all pointing to an UNDER umpire (Strike Rates, K/BB, Pitcher matchups).

    He had a 2.40 K/BB ratio in 2009! This is a massive UNDER indicator if the Strike Rate is high.


    But the fact of the matter is that I RE-learned something about my statistical approach:

    1. A High strike rate CAN mean that the pitchers are FORCED to throw more strikes. My traditional view was to assume a larger zone when I was beginning my umpire work (in 2005), but the contrary CAN exist, and Angel is a perfect example. It's just so rare that I got mechanical and robotic with my assessment.

    2. Home Run Rate is an underrated number. This innocuous stat can be influenced by weather, hitters, bad pitchers, and just luck, but it is a deadly indicator if it agrees with strike rate, K/BB, and Total runs.


    Angel Campos is one of the larger anomalies in strike zone analysis. He's going to be erratic on totals and he can range from that 17-5 OU (2008)  and he's just as likely to shift to a 15-17 (2009) again, but he's trending hard in the Over department and I was snakebitten because I FAILED to respect the HR rate. Angel is a hard nut to crack, but we have him in our sights now.


    On May 2nd we played the Nationals and Marlins UNDER 8.5, and most of the statistical outliers supported our assessment, but I was blinded by a lazy look at Campos and we paid for it.

    Johnson and Lannan were NOT getting the low zone in that game . Angel was completely consistant and both pitchers drew walks and then sniffed out the situation.

    The result? Both pitchers began to move away from the low zone. Both pitchers lifted their pitches into the "hot" zones of the batter and, in that instance, the batters became dominant. The zone became a hitter's zone!

    It was a humid day and the only thing that was needed was contact. The wager lost in the bottom of the 6th inning, but I rarely lose without reviewing the reason for the loss. We'll make money from this loss.

    Verdict to watch?

    *THE ACCURATE ASSESSMENT IS THAT CAMPOS CAN REMOVE THE LOW ZONE. This is the reason for the consistantly high HR rates and it's also the contributiing factor to that high strike rate.


              Returning Starters Part II: The Defensive Lines are the key!        

    The defensive line is the lynchpin of every defense.


    A strong defensive line will force a weaker offense to utilize their tight ends for blocking assignments. A weak defensive line will allow the TE to run his seam routes. When the TE runs free, then the middle linebacker has to chase him, and this opens up the vulnerable heart of the standard 4-3 defensive allignments.

    A strong defensive line forces a fullback, or running back to stay in for protection.

    A strong defensive line disrupts the rhythm of the quarterback.

    A strong defensive line shortens routes.

    A strong defensive line limits what a running back can do.

    The best part of a GREAT defensive line is that it "protects" its linebackers in much the same way an offensive line protects their QB. When the linebackers run free, then an offense is compromized. The defensive line is the linchpin of any great defense.


    With that being said, let's look at a weak defense:

    Arkansas was the worst defense in the SEC. They allowed 42 touchdowns and 4,500 yards. When you compare it to the 14 touchdowns and 3,100 yards allowed by #1 Tennessee the contrast can be stunning. Why was Arkansas so bad?

    You can trace it to the defensive line. This unit is highly undersized with Adrian Davis pushing 250 pounds on one end and two tackles in the 280-290 range. There won't be a pressing need for any offensive line to double team on the inside until Petrino's recruits get settled in. Arkansas was outrushed by almost 60 yards per game last season, and the 2009 version of the Hogs looks just as weak as the 2008 unit.

    I mentioned a 250 pound strong side defensive end in Arkansas. He's backed up by a "Sam" Linebacker that weighs 237 pounds and an MLB that weighs 222 pounds.

    *What are they going to do when LSU runs a 315 pound right tackle and a 233 pound tailback down their throats? Oh, let me see.....last year LSU ran the ball 44 out of 65 times.

    *What are they going to do when they face Alabama's 305 pound senior right tackle? Let's see.....Bama only threw the ball 15 times in the 2008 meeting.....They gained an average of 9.4 yards per carry!

    I suppose I'll keep this short by saying:

    In most cases....when there is a vast inequality between opposing lines, the gameplan will already be in place for you! SEC teams are no different than any other college team. Their coaches will seek the path of least resistance. FIND THE MASSIVE IMBALANCES AND YOUR JOB WILL BE EASIER.


    Also remember: Totals can be assessed with this imbalance in mind. Alabama scored 49 points in that meeting with Arkansas, but they recieved the benefit of 2 interception returns for touchdowns and two huge rushing touchdowns (82 and 67 yards). The 49 points is misleading. MASSIVE LINE IMBALANCES WILL INDUCE TIME CONSUMING DRIVES! (The life gets sucked out of team totals for weaker defensive teams: less possessions for their offense, and a fresher opposing defense.)

    This is one facet of football handicapping that occurs less frequently in the NFL, but it pops up all over the board on Saturdays. One can certainly argue that the run sets up the pass, and therefore totals can still rise, but in college the trend toward increased passing due to run success can be less influential.

    *Even Tulsa ran the ball 47 times against Arkansas in 2008.

    I hope this helps (I may try to find games where imbalances are pronounced).

    Kind Regards



              Paradigm Shift with Edge Intelligence        
    In my Internet of Things keynote at LinuxCon 2014 in Chicago last week, I touched upon a new trend: the rise of a new kind of utility or service model, the so-called IoT specific service provider model, or IoT SP for short. I had a recent conversation with a team of physicists at the Large Hadron […]
              The Three Mega Trends in Cloud and IoT        
    A consequence of the Moore Nielsen prediction is the phenomenon known as Data Gravity: big data is hard to move around, much easier for the smaller applications to come to it. Consider this: it took mankind over 2000 years to produce 2 Exabytes (2×1018 bytes) of data until 2012; now we produce this much in […]
              Official Market Forecast for South Africa’s Wind Energy Industry Released        

    2015’s official Wind Energy Forecast for the South African market was released today detailing the key market trends in 2015 for wind energy in the country. Leading experts from Vestas, Siemens, Barclays, and Green Cape discussed key questions facing this year’s wind energy market inside the 8 page report.

    (PRWeb January 30, 2015)

    Read the full story at

              2012 Trends Every Librarian Needs to Know        

    Thanks to the California State Library's Rush Brandis, many of us received this presentation in email form today. The story told by these new figures, and suggested applications for creating a responsive information future, include an array encompassing health, education and much more besides commerce and entertainment.

    In one interesting section of the story these slides tell, we get the chance to consider how technology and its adoption provoke society to evolve from being asset-heavy (think your old vinyl record album collection) to asset-light (MP3 playlist, of course).

    Don't just sit back and watch this show: let's start brainstorming the opportunities we have to evolve as asset-light services that deliver more broadly and with more depth than can our asset-heavy tradition.

              Apps for Librarian Productivity        

    Caveat! This post isn't intended as technical review, but one busy librarian's experience!

    A few days ago, I received another in a growing line of requests for a list of iPad apps that I find most useful in my workaday life. While the list does, of course, go through the necessary evolution that is part of contemporary tech, maybe sharing a current snapshot list here is in order.

    First off, I use my iPad for both work and play. I teach online courses from it, develop curriculum on it, file as well as read email, Tweets and assorted blog-posted sites I think warrant return visits. And I move around a lot while I work so the iPad travels in my small backpack and is protected by a well-padded cover that has both a fold out stand and a hand strap to support it should I want to read, write or converse while lounging. In other words, my iPad is a practical extension of my hands as well as my workspace. With all that in mind, here are the apps that keep me productive:

    For word processing, I use Pages. This app allows the finished (or finished-for-now) doc to be emailed in Word. (For less polished, private notes I just use the built in Notes app and like how it stores past ones, as well as providing instant sharing options.) Pages also allows for loading pictures and you can insert tables or shapes to further format the document you are creating.

    One of the apps I am most excited about is the collaboration-oriented SynchSpace, which allows multiple users to work on a shared whiteboard, or to share and add to documents in the same space. It allows docs to be created with typing , but also with freehand drawing (such as arrows) and emailing as a pdf so that content can't be altered by the recipient.

    Skitch allows me to take screenshots and then annotate them. You can also annotate photos and maps, or draw freehand on a blank. You can choose text colors, fonts, etc., and can share the resulting page. And never a big spender (except for books!), this one has the added allure of still being free!

    Flipboard is another one I really love, both for its visual-tactile connection and the time-saving it offers.  It allows you to make your own personalized "magazine" by compiling your Twitter account(s), rss feed(s), and any other social media (such as news feeds from specific sources like Mashable or comic strips) into a source that presents you with the actual content, rather than the link to content. So, instead of seeing that the Guardian has a link to a story on a particular person, I am seeing the opening paragraph of the story itself and with one click am at the full story, able to go back to the Flipboard page with one tap, and also able to email, Tweet, or otherwise share the full story with one more tap.

    Keynote is what I use for creating presentations (along the lines of Microsoft's PowerPoint) and with a portable projector, the iPad can be plugged in to actually provide the presentation to a group!

    The iBooks app allows me to save pdf's I receive via email as "books" on its shelf, so I can much more readily refer back to lengthy ones, like government reports. The fact is, that storing such lengthy pdfs in a bookcase-like setting makes it far more likely that I will refer to the document more attentively. The iBooks library feature also shelves pdfs and books separately, so I can locate those reports much more quickly than when they arrived as spindly 25-page papers that I had to hold up on my professional bookshelf by slotting them between probably unrelated titles.

    Since the iPad is a mobile device, not a computer, I don't store my own documents on it, but rather on my laptop. However, I do create documents on it, and the only way to NOT store the ones I create there is to willfully delete them, so the default is actually storage.

    This isn't intended to be an exhaustive list, nor a sales pitch, just a more thorough response than I've been able to provide those who ask me for a quick reply about I get my work done efficiently with my iPad. How do you?

              George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Ideas That Will Change the World        

    podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan discuss (in their own inimitable way) and article that appeared in Time magazine on March 17, 10 Ideas That Will Change the World.

    Looking at trends, they agree, makes us look at how we do things and ask good questions and start conversations that we normally wouldn't have. It helps us step away from the day to day firefighting and take a gander at the bigger picture. It's a refreshing listen!

    This seems like an opportune time for a (mostly) relevant Infopeople plug: George is teaching an online course that starts on April 3, 2012 titled Libraries and Change: Skills for Successful Change Management. Seats are still available!

              Stacey Aldrich, Libraries, and Planning for the Future        

    Acting State Librarian of the California State Library Stacey Aldrich will be helping current and prospective library leaders use current tools to explore the future in her Infopeople workshop, “Building Leadership Skills: Planning for the Future,” scheduled in libraries throughout California in June 2009.

    “We’ll be looking at what kinds of sources you should be scanning for clues to the future and why; what kinds of triggers you should be looking for; and how you ask the right questions about the future,” she said during a conversation earlier this week. “The key here is that the more tools that you have for thinking about the future, the more proactive you can be about creating the future. This workshop is an opportunity to learn and practice some future-thinking tools and then spend some time thinking about the future so you can find opportunities.”

    Included in the curriculum are explorations of scenario planning, a concept explored by futurist in his book The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World; environmental scanning; and top trends which library leaders need to watch.

    “We need to look outside of libraries for the forces and trends that are changing people's expectations about information, technology, and community," Aldrich says. "If we’re asking the right questions about our future, we can keep developing services that meet the needs of the people we serve.”

    Among the sources she cites are the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conferences with talks which are archived at; the Pop!Tech conferences with similarly archived materials at Pop!; and, which offers a variety of resources including free monthly “trend briefings.”

    Using these tools will help library leaders engage in more effective environmental scanning and scenario thinking. Environmental scanning, she suggests, is “taking an interest in observing the world around you…reading and observing things you may never do,” and scenario building, “in its simplest terms, is creating stories about the future to help your library think about possible futures, and then build strategies that will help you thrive in each of them, and to help your library create its preferred future.”

    The workshop is the latest offering in Infopeople’s multi-stage Eureka! Leadership Program with its “Building Leadership Skills” series, and it will remain available as a contract workshop through Infopeople for those who are not able to attend the currently scheduled sessions. Registration ($75 per person) for “Building Leadership Skills: Planning for the Future” and other “Building Leadership Skills” sessions is continuing on the Infopeople website; instructors for other sessions in the series include Marie Radford and Steve Albrecht.

    Sessions of “Building Leadership Skills: Planning for the Future” are currently scheduled for Buena Park Library District (6/4/2009); San Diego County Library Headquarters (6/5/2009); San Francisco Public Library - Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room (6/11/2009); Belle Cooledge Library in Sacramento (6/12/2009); Fresno - Woodward Park (6/16/2009); and San Jose Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (6/23/2009).

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              Planning Your 2008 Trendwatching Strategies        

    If the January Infoblog postings about trend watching didn't grab you, but you've become more interested after listening to George and Joan's podcasts, take a look at's September 2007: Top 5 Trend Watching Tips and get ready for the changes 2008 is sure to bring.
    The five tips for September are easy to read and understand; here's the list with a brief description to whet your appetite for more.
    1. Know why you're tracking trends - Keep up with what's happening, get new ideas and be poised for innovations.
    2. Have a point a view - When you have a broad point of view, even tiny observations start to make sense.
    3. Weave your web of resources - Soak up the insights, the spottings, the reports, the live dispatches from the global consumer arena.
    4. Fine-tune your trend framework- Start building your own Trend Framework by copying consumer trends from existing trend curators.
    5. Embed and apply - Start your own Trend Group even if you are the first and only member until your fervor attracts others.

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              Montija Baby Shirt        
    This season we have hit refresh on our best selling nautical trend. The blue and white stripe Montija baby shirt with navy and yellow embroidered polka dots is set to be a favourite this summer. We love it styled with plain bloomers or trousers for a carefree and casual look. This garment comes true to size, we recommend purchase of exact age for perfect fit.

    Price: £39.00 Special Price: £19.50

              Montija Girl Skirt        
    This season we have hit refresh on our best selling nautical trend. The blue and white stripe Montija skirt with navy and yellow embroidered polka dots is set to be a favourite in any girl's wardrobe this summer. We love it styled with a white plumetti shirt and bright yellow Mary Janes for a carefree and casual look. This garment is fully lined and comes true to size, we recommend purchase of exact age for perfect fit.

    Price: £44.00 Special Price: £22.00

              We wish you a Merry Christmas        
    ... we wish you a Merry Christmas.... trala-lalaaaa!  Bästa jullÃ¥ten om ni frÃ¥gar mig!

    SÃ¥därja, dÃ¥ var det jul igen. Jag har lagat mat (mest godsaker) hela dagen idag. Imorgon skall jag laga en del smÃ¥rätter frÃ¥n Leilas recept. Det blir enkla, snabblagade smÃ¥rätter  - allt skall vara enkelt och supergott när det stÃ¥r pÃ¥ min dagordning. Det blir tonfisk, lax, räkor förutom skinkan o köttbullarna förstÃ¥ss ;-) Och en hel del grönt förstÃ¥ss!

    Hoppas nu alla får en riktigt sköööön jul med lite ledighet, go'mat, friska barn, lagom med snö mm mm!

    Over 'n out för idag,
    Have fun - och stressa inte mer nu hörrni!

    PS ser ni att jag redan använder mig av nästa års trendfärger... tsss-s-s ;-)

              By: dianne@getclosure        
    I agree that in a wider sample of South Africans it would probably be less than 80%, but regardless of what the figure is, I think that everyone will agree with the fact that there is a growing trend of consumers that prefer to shop online. Although some people still prefer the authentic, in-store experience, a lot of people find that it is incredibly easy to make purchases online these days. However, with more consumers logging on to the Internet every day, suppliers need to ensure that their customer service levels are up to scratch as consumers have the power to do serious damage to brands if they are disgruntled about the service or products.
              GT Sport will not have microtransactions        
    Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed that the upcoming GT Sport will not have microtransactions. Yamauchi confirmed this to YouTube channel Gema Show Indo (via GT Planet) in an interview session held at the recent PlayStation Experience event in Malaysia. This is not just interesting because it goes against the current trend of microtransactions […]

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              Boldly Go: The Confluence of Digital Transformation, Innovation, Culture and Experience        

    There are almost too many technology trends to track these days and it’s only getting more complicated to keep up. At some point, one must focus, dive deeper and learn. This year, I’m centering my research and speaking on a few different but complementary areas: Corporate Innovation Digital Transformation Digital Culture/Culture 2.0 X – Experience Design Recently, I had the opportunity to present a combination of all of the above at the RocketSpace Corporate Innovation Summit hosted by Docusign. It...

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              Digital Transformation Needs Change Agents and Leadership Not Just Technology        

    Over the last year, I partnered with BMC on a new podcast series called “Digital Outliers.” We hand-picked 11 incredible guests working in critical areas of digital transformation and the future of work including IT, humanities and innovation. The result was humbling. Each episode dives into the trends shaping how companies work and compete. Our guests also offer prescriptive guide points for executives and change agents driving digital efforts to modernize culture, productivity, innovation, and experiences. My first guest in Episode 1...

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              Mobile App Development Trends to Look Out in 2016        

    My predictions for mobile app development landscape in and beyond 2016 – do you think that I am a little early this year? Indeed, I’m not. In the past couple of years, mobile apps industry has witnessed some breakneck innovations. Phenomenal gadgets such as SmartWears,...

    The post Mobile App Development Trends to Look Out in 2016 appeared first on Innofied.

              Bigumigu 2011 Ä°letişim Trendleri Raporu        
    Bigumigu 2011 iletişim trendleri raporu yayınlandı. Bigumigu kurucusu Yalçın Pembecioğlu ve eşi Aygül  Pembecioğlu tarafından hazırlanan raporda 2011 yılına ait en başarılı sosyal medya projelerini görebilirsiniz. Aşağıdaki konu başlıklarının incelendiği Bigumigu 2011 iletişim trendleri raporunu şiddetle öneriyoruz. Gerçek Zaman - Gerçek Veri Deneyim Arttırma Konum Tabanlı Projeler Sosyal Medya Ä°letişiminde Yeni Boyut Verilerin Görselleştirilmesi Yüklenmeyen Uygulamalar […]
              Maruti Suzuki New Alto K10 – Critic Review        
    Maruti Suzuki Alto K102014 has been a revolution year for automated manual gearbox Maruti started this trend with it Celerio than Tata with its Zest diesel sedan and now again Maruti arrived with New Alto K10 AMT which is placed under 4 lakh. Apart from AMT Alto K10 receives a mild facelift in terms of exterior and interior ...
              Eclipse 11-23-2014         

    ChiAli- Age Aint Nothin But A - The Fabulous ChiAli
    Ed OG And The Bulldogs- Be A Father To Your Child - Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto
    Nas- Nas Is Like - I Am
    Crumb Snatcha- Closer To God - Unknown
    Xzibit- Paparazzi - Back To 90s Volume 3
    Ice Cube- Ghetto Vet - The Essentials
    Masta Ace- Slaughtahouse - Delicious Vinyl DJ Official Mix
    Trends Of Culture- Who Got My Back - Trendz
    People Under The Stairs- Acid Raindrops - OST
    Nice Smooth- Old To The New - Jewel Of The Nile
    Main Source- Fakin The Funk - Wild Pitch Classics
    Main Source- Looking At The Front Door - Breaking Atoms
    Outkast- Wheelz Of Steel - ATLiens
    Brand Nubian- All For One - One For All
    Del The Funky Homosapien- Catch A Bad One - No Need For Alarm
    The High Mighty- The Meaning - Home Field Advantage
    Quasimoto- Come On Feet - The Unseen

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              Sales Associate - DSW Canada - Moncton, NB        
    Genuine product knowledge and dedication to stay informed on fashion trends and developments in the retail industry....
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              "We named the dog Indiana"        

    Reading an End-of-the-Decade baby name round-up, I ran across this:

    The last few years have shown a dramatic increase in the influence of everything from blockbuster movies to celebrity babies on naming trends ... Marley, from the film "Marley & Me," is gaining numbers for both sexes.

    "[Parents] may not be able to send their kid to Harvard or buy him or her a celebrity lifestyle, but names are free and can give a piece of that cachet," Murray said.

    No Harvard for you, kid. But we named you after a dog. So there's that.

    NBC: Emma, Aiden are top baby names of the decade

              2017 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference        
    2017 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Symposium

    Hosted by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center


    Date: Thursday, September 28

    Time: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location: Adams 12 Conference Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton

    Description: The School Safety Resource Center team will meet on September 28 to present a day of training on child sexual abuse prevention. This annual symposium assists school professionals, communities and law enforcement in identifying, preventing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. Expert presenters will train on trauma-informed practices, current research and trends, and pertinent legislation. Be sure to attend this important and supportive event that is open to the public! Watch for registration information on future E-Updates. 

    Registration: Click here to registerDeadline is September 1.

              The worst product ever marketed        
    SUBHEAD: Eventually we learn what's the good way to do things. Too bad that it is almost always too late.

    By Ugo Bardi on 30 July 2017 for Cassandra's Legacy -


    Image above: Detail of Bic advertisement celebrating the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Bic lighter.  From original article.

    Greens often exaggerate in inviting people to save energy and be happier by staying in the dark and eating insects. However, it is also true that sometimes wastefulness goes a few notches higher and becomes truly a scandal. It is the case of the ordinary disposable lighter.

    Bic alone produces almost a billion lighters per year and has produced some 20 billions of them in the past 30 years. The whole world production is probably of a few billion per year. A good example of a successful product, but is it a good product?

    The disposable lighter is surely practical but also, if you think about it, a very bad deal. It contains some 5 cc of butane, that you pay, typically, more than $1. That means around $200 per liter, or $800/gallon.

    You wouldn't be happy to pay that kind of money when you refill the tank of your car. And, being powered by a fossil fuel, butane, every time you light up one you add some CO2 to the atmosphere, some of which will stay there for tens of thousands of years.

    Then, the disposable lighter doesn't contain just non-renewable fuel but plastics manufactured from fossil fuels and also polluting. Then, it contains metals such as cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, praeseodymium and more.

    These metals are classified as "rare earths;" they are not so rare as the name seems to imply, but they are not so common, either. And the lighter is thrown away after use and it will never be recycled. The rare earths it contains will be lost forever.

    Is all that enough to qualify disposable lighters as "the worst product ever marketed"? Well, everything can be questioned, but if you line up the characteristics of a bad product as;
    1. uses rare and non-renewable resources, 
    2. is not recycled and not supposed to be recyclable, 
    3. is manufactured on a large scale, 
    4. it has non-polluting and less expensive alternatives, there are few examples other than lighters for which you can tick all the four boxes.
    I can hardly think of anything so wasteful to set something on fire, no matter whether you are a professional arsonist or simply an ordinary smoker.

    After all, what was so wrong with using the old matches? Matches contain only recyclable materials: wood, paper, phosphorous, sulfur. I can't see anything that can be done with a lighter that cannot be done with a match, except that a lighter can burn steadily for a longer time.

    But if your purpose is to light up a cigarette or a kitchen burner, it makes no difference. And, by all means, there is no way that a lighter would cost less than a match, at least if manufactured on a comparable scale.

    So, disposable lighters are all an example of how a combination of financial factors and government regulations can push a bad product to dominate the market. It is, after all, what has happened with fossil fuels, still gathering large government subsidies, despite the damage they are doing to all of us.

    In the case of lighter vs. matches, the playing field has been made unfavorable to matches from the beginning, because they have been traditionally taxed by governments (also lighters, in some cases, but not always).

    Add to that the rapid expansion of the cigarette market during the past decades, with some six billion cigarettes sold worldwide every year, and growing, some large companies saw their chance.

    They engaged in the large scale manufacturing of lighters and they crushed the match manufacturers, mainly small companies that couldn't match (indeed!) the financial power of large corporations.

    The advertising power, too, played a big role, with the appeal of colored and fashionable items that could also be collected. And it was world domination for the disposable lighter.

    Could we reverse this demonic trend? Maybe there are signs of an inversion of the tendency and, not long ago, I saw again courtesy matchboxes appearing in an Italian Hotel.

    Maybe it was because finally (in 2015) the Italian government decided to abolish the tax on matches, a good idea that, unfortunately, arrived at least 50 years too late (the French Government did that in 1999).

    Whatever the case, it is high time that someone realizes that some ideas, such as disposable lighters, are evil to the bone. And that the mythical "free market" cannot turn evil into good.

    But maybe you think that the old matches are passé? In this case, we have technologies for getting rid of the obsolete propane lighters without having to get back to the somewhat primitive matches. For instance, we have spark lighters that use only electricity.

    They are a solid state alternative to propane lighters in the same way as photovoltaic energy is a solid state alternative to fossil energy. In the picture, you see one of these super hi-tech lighters in the hands of my daughter, Donata.

    Image above: Donata Bardi holds solid state spark lighter.  From original article.

    So, eventually, we learn what's the good way to do things. Too bad that it is almost always too late.


              North American International Auto Show - My Day In Detroit Part 2: The Classics        
    As we all know the primary purpose of an auto show is for car makers to exhibit their upcoming models, future design trends and technological innovations.  Basically, they want us to get real excited about buying their latest products so they can make money and keep making cars.  Sounds good to me.

    But sometimes, if you've been good, they'll give you extra treats.  Of course, these treats are a little old fashioned compared to their flashy new counterparts.  But sometimes, old favourites can really hit the spot.  Here, in no particular ranking, were the top three classics on display at Detroit this year.

    1970 Dodge Challenger 

    Can I come up with an original thought to describe this awesome classic Mopar?  No, not really.  What more can be said about this Hemi powered pony car that hasn't already been expelled by the countless automotive writers that have come before me? 

    Lets go over the basics though: 426c.i. V8, black bucket seats, 4-speed, hemi orange paint job with colour matching rims... other than the hood scoop - which I suspect is a custom touch, I was crazy for this car.

    Now the Challenger isn't my favourite Dodge from the muscle car era.  That honour belongs to the Monaco.  Just kidding, I'm a Charger guy.  Nothing against the Challenger though, it is a most excellent and worthy classic Mopar.  I just enjoy the extra room and heft the Charger brings with it.  There's something magical about making a massive hunk of metal roar down the highway.  But if you dropped the keys of this orange beauty in my hand, I wouldn't refuse.


    1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe

    Those of you who know me and my classic car tastes will be aware of the fact that if a car was built before 1967, I probably don't know much about it (with a few exceptions of course).  It's mostly due to styling preferences.  I think cars really came into their best from an aesthetic point of view in the late 1960's, then promptly went to hell in about 1974.  I'd say it's only been about a decade or so since automotive manufacturers have really started coming back into good, timeless designs again.

    But back to my point.  This 1932 Lincoln is a great looking car.  Everything flows together, especially all of the trim and bright work.  I was really captivated by the slight rake of the windshield, which is a real departure from the properly upright greenhouses of many of the cars from the late 1920's and early 1930's.  And take note of the position of the door handle.  Why, opening a door from that angle would be suicide!  

    Motivating this rolling masterpiece is a V-12 that produces about 150 horsepower.  Now that may not sound like a lot, but Most cars in those days were only offering between 75-100 ponies, so this motor would have been a hauler in its day.  Therefore, I heartily approve of this fine motor car!       


    Ford Mustang I Concept 

    Probably the most interesting classic on display was this original Mustang concept.  This was the one that
    started a cult-status dynasty (and no, I'm not talking about those bearded folks from down south).  Created by a team led in part by Lee Iococca, this concept was originally intended to fight the Chevrolet Corvair.  As such, this two-seat open topped roadster was powered by a mid-mounted four cylinder motor housed together with a four speed manual transmission.

    Although it lacked a big powerful engine, it made up for it by being light.  Performance, after all, is relative to power and weight (which has always been my excuse why I can't do too many chin-ups).  In fact, when the car debuted in 1962 at the United States Grand Prix, the test lap it did was only slightly off pace from the Formula 1 cars.  Not too shabby!

    The most important aspect of this car is that it ushered in the arrival of the four-seat Falcon based production version of the Mustang.  Instead of being a sports car, the Mustang started its own genre of vehicle: the pony car.  Without it we likely wouldn't have had competition that followed, such as the Camaro, the Firebird or the Challenger.  And what fun would that be?

    Special thanks to my uncle Dan for the awesome photos.       


              Boots: One Of The Trends To Define Fashion Season        
    One of the trends that will define fashion this season is the boot. There is a style for just about any look and every price.
              Award Spurs Debate in 'Desert of Silence' in Muslim World        

    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post, where you can visit for the original piece by clicking here or on the title

    Award Spurs Debate in 'Desert of Silence' in Muslim World

    LISBON -- There was something truly captivating about sitting in the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon, Portugal, waiting for the announcement of the 2013 winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Overlooking the cityscape, the citadel is home to both the Christian and Muslim history of the Iberian peninsula, a fitting setting for an event looking to promote common linkages across geographic divides. Held every three years, the Award looks to promote conversation around the themes of development and the built environment in the Muslim world and beyond. Once again, the gathering -- hosted by the President of Portugal and the Aga Khan -- brought together an eclectic array of participants from representatives from around the world, ranging from ministers and diplomats to religious figures (including from the Vatican), to architects and builders, to thinkers and writers.
    The Award recipients were equally diverse, with five projects celebrated in this cycle (bringing the number of winners in the history of the Award to 110). They included: the Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan; the revitalization of Birzeit in Palestine; the Rabat-Salé Bridge in Morocco; the rehabilitation of the Tabriz Bazaar in Iran; and an Islamic cemetery in Austria (the latter perhaps the most intriguing project). While the initiative represents the largest, in terms of monetary value, architecture award in the world, its objective goes beyond aesthetic design, seeking to identify projects that are on the frontier of sustainable development (in all senses of the term) and that are locally attuned. Yet what was clear this year was the juxtaposition of the contemplative conversation in Lisbon and the "desert of silence "that still characterizes much of the Muslim world, outside specialized or academic circles, on these very themes. And this is the challenge for the Award, and similar such platforms -- to not just hold the conversation but to widen the debate to engage with the multitude of forces shaping and influencing the broader Muslim world (and beyond).
    Founded in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) is part of the wider set of initiatives of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which mobilizes annually over $600 million to support development activities throughout the 30 countries in which it works. The Award shares the holistic approach of the AKDN towards development, whereby local participation, alignment, and empowerment are critical to the viability and impact of any activity. Held every three years, 2013 represented the 13th cycle of the awards. Governed by a nine-person Steering Committee that includes some of the top minds in the field, such as Norman Foster and Glenn Lowry (from the Museum of Modern Art), the Award appoints a new Master Jury for each cycle; this year's Jury, for example, includedMahmoud Mamdani of Uganda and Wang Shu of China.
    One of the central purposes of the Award, according to its founder, the Aga Khan, and voiced during this years ceremony was to replace the "vast desert [of] silence [that] had set in" in the Muslim world with lively debate, around the issues of development, architecture, and the built environment. Certainly, this would be no easy challenge. Over the last three decades, the Award has highlighted a number of worthy projects, recognized and encouraged leading architects and builders, and promoted education with the principles of the Award in mind. Yet, it has not been enough to fill the silence. Instead, at the frontier of the built environment in Muslim communities, and places like the Arab world, this silence has been filled by what appears too often like cacophonous chaos. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the holy city of Mecca, where a giant clock tower and monstrous skyscrapers not only cast a shadow over Islam's holiest mosque, the Kaaba, but are systematically destroying the city's historic heritage while contributing very little to community needs, besides increases in property values.
    This is emblematic of the challenge of the Award, in particular, but also of other similar initiatives seeking to influence trends in the broader Muslim world, where it is not contemplative conversation that drives change but rather copious (often misallocated) capital that determines development patterns instead. How can you not just fill that vast desert of silence but also ensure that it is not the loudest voices that win the debate?
    Given the ongoing shifts throughout the developing world, such as the move from rural to urban environments, political transition, and economic modernization, more engagement will be needed on a number of critical issues, especially the built environment and how it promotes sustainable development. Hopefully the conversations, such as those in Lisbon, begin to move beyond the classroom and into the mainstream.
    Photo credit: AKDN

              On Identity & Post-Identity: Reflections of a Brown Man (Part 1)...        
    This post comprises a set of reflections peppered with professional musings about geopolitics and the world around us. 

    There's probably an entire television series I could write simply based on 'interactions' that I've had at the airport. Whether it's been in Central Asia, the Sub-continent, the Middle East, Europe or of course, North America, I've never felt more brown than when I've walked into an airport. It's as if I spend a few extra hours in the sun on the days I travel. I'm crispy and a shade darker. Every Muslim - or Muslimish - male likely has a special razor he uses for long-haul flights, lest his 5 o'clock shadow becomes a security-risk mid-flight.

    Brownness it seems is an odd curse in our world. There are entire industries dedicated to de-browning people. Literally. The leading products are those from our friends at Fair & Lovely, who politely inform us that our skin could get in the way of a dream job. There are also more 'intimate' concerns as well (for down there that is). Estimates are that the global skin whitening market reaches upwards of $18 billion in just Asia alone. Yet, it's not just an Asian (West or South) trend, our darker shaded brethren also partake in the habit. The Economist reported that a whopping 77% of Nigerian women use some form of skin-lightening product. And why not - from your personal life to your professional life, there are countless studies that shows being a little lighter and whiter can make your days brighter. In Mexico, it appears that dark skin can limit your socio-economic status. Nevertheless, who wants to live a life not comfortable in your own skin?

    I think I've always been comfortable with 'brown' even if others have always been ambivalent about the term (and my own level of comfort with it). UPS' branded slogan, "What can brown do for you" was my slogan when I ran for student government at the Kennedy School of Government (n.b. never run for government at a school of government). This was to the chagrin of some of my latino-associated 'browns'. You see, 'brown' is an amorphous word that can encompass a range of individuals from across the religious, ethnic, and racial spectrum. Hispanic. Latino. Indian. Pakistani. Middle Eastern (Arab to Persian). Even Black. From there. Originally from there. Kind of from there. It's a catch-all term that belies ascription or description. It is a self-definition. There is much more of a tendency of society, Eastern & Western, global and local, to avoid the obvious or conversely assume while oblivious. It is why, the term Black when entering into popular consciousness is still uncomfortable in contemporary American society, even though many feel that it is the term that refers most closely to their being.

    Our mass media culture is much more comfortable failing to acknowledge difference or accentuating it without understanding it. President Barack Obama is an African-American - even though he is half-white, raised by White grandparents in White America. Everything else is too complicated. The world looks for static and stereotyped identities when the truth is our own sense of self is much more fluid and dynamic. 'Brown' is at once simple and sophomoric while at the same time nebulous and nuanced. I've found that whether you like it or not, others will seek to define you along the lines they would like you to fit within - it's your choice, however, to live inside or outside those lines.

    Growing up in the West, you are automatically attuned to your racial identity. In Canada you are a jigsaw piece to a mosaic multicultural puzzle. What exotic element do you represent? In Vancouver over 50% of respondents identify themselves as non-white. There, 'brown' is part of the visible majority (visible in being dark I guess) rather than a visible minority. In the U.S. you are expected to blend into some type of melting pot. There, across the nation, over half of children born in the country are born to ethnic and visible minorities.

    Some people run from their background. It's an immigrant story not just specific to the brown-folk. Afshin turns into Sean, Mohammed into Mo, and the list goes on. That well integrated Muslim may be shaving, but he mysteriously disappears around prayer time on Fridays. I once had a friend who thought that 'Mosque' was the name of some club I went to every week. True story (actually true). One of the key things is to not speak like your parents, depending, of course, on how your parents speak. In my case, at 12, I still had trouble pronouncing the letter 'V'. For whatever reason, I would also mix up my 'Vs' and 'Ws' - being from West Vancouver, it was a bit of a problem.

    Yet, as much as there are people trying to wash the brown away, there are others who soak in it. They bask in the familiarity of their likeness. Other brown-folk get the jokes. The inside jokes. About why the house may smell like curry spices. That at least one relative is an illegal immigrant. That you don't understand why white people can't dance (although your Bollywood numbers would cause you to question your own moves).

    And all the while, whatever the second-generation immigrant choice, the society around you has already made its own decisions. For the former group, one day they'll walk into a room and realize: we're brown. It may be that your true name will be discovered. Once, when I came to my grade 7 science class, my teacher excitedly looked at me claiming he had seen my namesake in the movies over the weekend. He had just watched the Lion King and pointed at me saying 'Rafiki'. The fact that I actually do have East African roots, and relatives who live in Kenya was not known to him; he was just amused by the exoticism of the phonetic connection. It happens to the best of those hiding in plain sight, when they are asked to speak for a 'group'. You can run all you want but you are always an outsider to some people. After 9/11 all types of brown people who had never even contemplated their brownness were swept up - literally and figuratively - in the hysteria.

    Yet, even the latter group, that seeks to withdraw into a bubbled existence of sameness, realizes the folly of that path. Going back to Mumbai. Or Baghdad. Or Cairo. Or Karachi. It's much more going until returning than going back. The first thing that normally happens is your language is bit off. That Hindi isn't really that good. You never quite mastered how to read Arabic. And there's that aunt who's kind of laughing at the fact that you aren't really brown anymore but white. What? Exactly.

    Neither here nor there is the place of the East-West hybridity that is many of us today. You can be confused. And the world around you will be confused. Living in Dubai and working in the wider Middle East (another strange term of history) has only heightened the absurdity of dissonance for me. While in the West, your compatriots may give you the colour-blind benefit of the doubt, there ain't no leniency back East. The moment I get into a cab, the fellow brown driver (Nepali, Indian or Pakistani) tries to make the 'original' connection. But it's worse with your socio-economic classmates. With the cavalry of cacophonous colours collecting in the city, disaggregating the rainbow appears to be priority number one. There is no priority for understanding complex identities. As if you could wash the colour away with one generation (even if that was not what you were trying to do)? In Canada or the U.S., I'm a hyphenated identity or a misunderstood one, but in Dubai, I'm - Indian or Pakistani. Is it worth it to confuse people? To tell them your father is from Uganda - ah but he's not Black! Or that you are born in Canada - but you're not White! Or that you feel connection to India as much as Pakistan - but you're Muslim!

    Being 'brown' really is a euphemism for what is really our ability to define our own identity. I'm Brown not Indian or Ugandan or Pakistani or Muslim or Eastern or Western. There's more to that identity than just pronouns and assumptions. And while people may feel it's inventive or counter-cultural, is it more so than the modern form of nationality? Until 1945, there was no such thing as the United Nations and most the developing world was the 'third world' under colonial rule. India and Pakistan didn't exist when my father's family immigrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s to East Africa - it was British India. Canada itself only became a country in 1867. There's a myth that migration is new and borders old. It's the other way around.

    So then, what is my identity? How can you embrace a multitude of discrete faces without becoming unrecognizable? And can society and the world accept what confounds conventions?

    These are some of the questions that I'll address in subsequent posts in the coming days. Yet, one thing I'll say:

    Each of us has a multitude of identities we are always balancing that weave together to form our individual tapestries. We are a blend of ethnicity and language, religion and philosophy. Our parents and grandparents often have varying geographical roots and in our lives so far we've traversed many more. Where we settle isn't always where we started. For me, finding how this comes together becomes important for understanding my own individiual path. Yet, for society, and especially transitional societies, understanding this complexity of identity becomes formative in building stable nations in the 21st century.

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    Friday is finally here and with that Nut Up or Shut Up Week is in its final leg.  I gotta be honest and say that I’m relieved that it’s finally over and I really didn’t think I had it in me (funny story: at least 8 different women said the exact same thing to me during my four years of college).  But alas, here we are.  To celebrate, let’s take a look at some emails sent in from the Trillion Man March.  Like I say every time we do this sort of thing – all of these are real emails sent in by real members of the Trillion Man March, except for the ones that aren’t.  Now, in the words of the chick from Cake Farts, let’s get this done.

    Since there are no large bodies of water near tOSU, where did the boosters hold their Yacht sex parties?


    I wish I knew.  I never got invited to them :(

    So, who do you hate more: the NCAA or The Villain?


    The only logical way to answer this is to first make a list of pros and cons, so here it goes.

    The NCAA


    • Provides an opportunity for thousands of people to get a free education while playing a sport they love at a highly competitive level
    • March Madness
    • Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the finest cities in America


    • Has a budget that exceeds $5.5 billion and exists solely because of 18-23 year old athletes, but won’t let the 18-23 year old athletes see hardly any of that money in the form of cash
    • Makes players sit out a full season after transferring, while the coaches making millions of dollars off the athletes who do the exact same thing face no punishment whatsoever (in fact, the coaches typically get raises since it can be assumed that they’re leaving for a higher-paying and better job)
    • Has no interest in even remotely exploring serious reform, despite the increasing uproar from the media and general public about how archaic and unfair their rules are
    • Supports communist principles

    Evan “The Villain” Turner


    • Provided me with seemingly unlimited entertainment for three years in the form of killing fools on the basketball court
    • Provided me with seemingly unlimited entertainment for three years in the form of losing his mind over something petty on a daily basis
    • Wore a CLUB TRIL shirt during pregame warm-ups on my senior night at OSU
    • Indirectly contributed to the success of this blog
    • Once called my blog “amazing”
    • Passed the ball to me one time in practice


    • Would frequently reach into his pants and furiously scratch his butthole during film sessions and team meetings and consequently make everyone in the room uncomfortable
    • Tried to fight me no less than 3 times during our tenure as teammates
    • Gave my fiancée a bear hug that he held for five seconds when he first met her, which in turn caused her to tell me later in the night that it was weird and creeped her out
    • Never called me by my name when we were teammates but instead referred to me as “walk-on”, “bum”, “couch potato”, or “mooch.”
    • Borrowed $5 for a haircut from Keller and never paid him back
    • Apparently gets $5 haircuts

    I really think this might be too close to call.  Evan probably is more of an annoyance to me personally than the NCAA is, but the NCAA is more detrimental to society as a whole so I think I’ll go the unselfish route and say I hate them more.  Plus, somewhere under Evan’s rough exterior is a momma’s boy who doesn’t want any trouble and just wants to cuddle with his teddy bear.  Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure that underneath the NCAA’s rough exterior there is nothing but a gigantic pit of molten lava that they throw puppies into after they mouthrape them.

    What is the over/under on the number of times Deshaun Thomas will get the "the only type of shot he doesn't like is when he is at the Doctor's office" comment from TV announcers this year?  2500 ?

    There has to be some sort of drinking game created with Deshaun Thomas.  Something like.... every time he passes, you must chug a 40 oz of Olde English and punch a leprechaun.


    I love this idea.  I know I’ve said this many times before, but I really don’t think I can say it enough – Deshaun Thomas is my favorite Ohio State athlete of all-time (primarily because he doesn’t pass and has no problem acknowledging that he doesn’t pass) and he hasn’t even started his sophomore season yet.  He might not be a popular guy among Buckeye fans, but I absolutely love the guy and actually yelled “Everybody shut the hell up, Deshaun’s checking into the game!” on a few occasions last year while watching OSU basketball games with friends (who obviously don’t appreciate him as much as I do).  The guy is like the Manny Ramirez of college basketball - you don’t know for sure what’s going to happen, but you do know that when he’s in the game he’s going to have some sort of effect (good or bad) and is going to at least provide some form of entertainment (in that regard, he’s like the exact opposite of me).

    Anyway, how about this for a Deshaun Thomas drinking game – match Deshaun shot for shot.  Every time he takes a shot, you do too.  I even came up with a name for it: “suicide by alcohol poisoning.”

    What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done in front of a member of the opposite sex?


    I once dated a girl from Indiana who went to a college other than Ohio State and hadn’t grown up as an OSU fan.  Because of this, she didn’t have any OSU clothes, so when she visited me in Columbus one time I told her I’d take her shopping and get her some Ohio State clothes.  That way she could be decked out when she came to our games once the basketball season rolled around.  Anyway, we went to Buckeye Corner or something and she picked out a bunch of stuff she wanted, but she felt bad because she thought she was making me spend too much money.  I  told her not to worry about it and just get what she wanted because I was still on a basketball scholarship and was basically being given free money from Ohio State.

    Just to be polite, she asked if I was sure that she could get everything and I promised her it was cool.  But I couldn’t just say, “Seriously it’s cool” and leave it at that.  No, I had to somehow make myself seem more awesome than I really am.  So instead of just saying “yeah it’s cool” or whatever, I decided to jump at the opportunity to flaunt my money a little bit.  Since most college kids are dirt poor, I figured her privates would get moist over my scholarship money, so I decided to explain to her how rich I was.  I said something like, “Yeah it’s really not a big deal.  I get paid so much money by Ohio State that I really don’t think I could spend it all even if I wanted to.”  And just like that, I knew I had her hooked…

    …until my debit card got declined because I apparently only had $17 left in my bank account. 

    Because she didn’t bring any money with her since I told her I was going to buy her stuff, she couldn’t get anything she had picked out and had to go put everything back.  A couple of weeks later, she dumped me. Whoops.

    Help settle an argument that has been raging since the onset of puberty amongst 2 of my friends and myself.  Friend A is convinced that given an opportunity he could score one point on any NBA player in a game of one on one.  Not win mind you, but simply put the ball in the hoop. One time. Versus a highly motivated pro, putting forth his best effort in a game to 11 by ones and twos. Friend B and myself think friend A is an idiot and have told him so many times.  Friend A (5'9, 165lb), friend B and myself have been playing ball all our lives and while none of us are awful we could not play varsity basketball at a moderately large high school.  Those are the facts.  We are in our 30s now and need an answer. Or possibly you could shut him out for us and end this 20 year debate.  Either way Judge Titus your help/ruling would be much appreciated.


    I’m going to make this response short because there really isn’t even an argument here and I’m kind of annoyed that this is wasting my time.  Here’s your answer: your friend is out of his mind if he thinks he could score on an NBA player in a game to 11.  He’d have to be completely delusional to think otherwise, especially if he’s 5’9” 165 pounds. In fact, I don’t think I could even score on an NBA player (cue the “that’s why you were a benchwarmer scrub” jokes).  If he had infinite chances to score on the NBA guy, then yeah, I’m sure at some point he’d be able to throw up some garbage and get lucky.  But in a single game to 11 against an NBA player playing as hard as he possibly can?  He’ll be lucky to even get a shot off.

    I could give a detailed and realistic explanation of what would happen if he played any NBA player, but I think it would take far less effort for me to just play him one-on-one and shut him out myself than it would to explain how everything would go down.  And make no mistake about it – based on what you’ve told me about the guy, I don’t think I’ve ever been more confident about anything in the world as I am in thinking that even I could shut him out.

    So there is a hypothetical fight between 2 identical twins. They both are equal in all physical attributes (size, strength, speed) and they both train for one week with a fighting master. However one gets a pool stick and the other gets a hunting knife. Who wins in a cage match to the death?


    The bell rings to start the match.

    Guy with pool stick swings at guy with knife.  Guy with knife ducks, forcing guy with pool stick to miss.  As guy with knife stands back up, he violently thrusts his knife into the torso of guy with pool stick.  Guy with pool stick stumbles backwards as he reaches for the knife that is protruding from his torso.  After he falls to the ground, he pulls the knife out.  He immediately realizes that this was a bad idea because blood furiously pours out.  With blood rapidly flowing out of his body, his only option is to take his pool stick and jam it into the wound to stop the bleeding.  He chooses this option.  After he plugs the wound, he stands up to continue the fight.  As he stands up, he reaches for the knife in the same spot that he had dropped it when he removed it from his torso. 

    But it’s not there.

    As guy with pool stick turns his head to continue his search for the knife, guy with knife sneaks up from behind him and slits his throat, instantly killing him. 

    Game over. Guy with knife wins.

    I was in a corporate video twirling the baton while wearing my Fundamentals Montage shirt. Don’t you think that’s awesome?


    Yes. Yes I do.

    Speaking of that shirt…

    Even whilst living in the depths of the globe here in Australia I have managed to procure myself a (somewhat striking) 'Fundamentals Montage' tee. I would argue that the tee contains the single most obscure reference of any other t-shirt in existence. So my question is - has there ever been anything less prominent than a 3 second screengrab from a basketball-based Youtube video that has justified it's existence on a t-shirt available for public consumption?


    Let me first say that this is one of the finest backhanded compliments I’ve ever received, even though it shouldn’t count for anything because it’s from an Aussie.  And I truly mean that. 

    Secondly, to answer your question, I’m not sure there possibly could be one.  I mean, Mr. Rainmaker wasn’t exactly a viral video and really only reached cult-like status at best, so right off the bat there’s a very limited market for the shirt right there.  Then, like you said, the Fundamentals Montage only makes up a small part of the video, so really we’re only talking about a few seconds of a mildly popular video.  I really don’t see how there could be a shirt with a more obscure reference that is lost on virtually everyone but the wearer than the Fundamentals Montage shirt.  I’m guessing this is why Homage discontinued it.

    Since we’re apparently on the topic of Club Trillion shirts, here are two more relevant emails…

    A few months ago my house was robbed. I still live with my parents so there was actually some stuff of value to take. They mostly took electronics like tvs and computers, but after about a week I realized they took something else. They took my Club Tril shirt. No one else had any clothes taken and all my other clothes were still there except for that shirt. I know I didn't lose it somewhere else because I'm a badass and had recently had my mom wash it. What kind of monster would do this? This also makes me question the types of people you draw to your blog.


    Can whoever took Zane’s shirt please get it back to him?  This is why we can’t have nice things.  I’m sure he’ll let you keep the electronics, but please don’t make him suffer anymore by making him live in this world without his CLUB TRIL shirt.

    Now that we got that out of the way, I gotta say that I can’t help but feel a little flattered about this.  I mean, it sucks for you and your family and everything, but a part of me is honored that someone places such a high value on one of my shirts.

    Also, I think I might have an idea of who did this.  A couple of months ago someone showed me this mug shot that was taken in Naperville, Illinois.  I’m pretty sure it’s the first and only time someone was wearing a CLUB TRIL shirt in an official police mug shot, which is pretty awesome.  Anyway, my theory is that this kid had to change out of his shirt and put on an orange jumpsuit after he was arrested and when he was released the cops “accidentally” lost his shirt.  But he knew the truth – one of the cops liked the shirt and wanted to keep it for himself.  So when this kid got released, he went from town to town on a rampage looking for the cop that took his shirt.  After two months of breaking into the all sorts of houses, he finally broke into yours, saw your shirt laying there, and just assumed that your dad was the cop that took his shirt.  And to really get back at him, he took a bunch of electronics too.

    Yeah, that’s gotta be what happened.  That’s your guy for sure.

    What is more effective when attempting to court a female, throwing up the shark or wearing the club tril shirt? This of course is assuming that it is impossible to do them both at the same time.

    As you can see from the picture provided, doing them in unison has such an enormous power over the female nether regions, that it would even turn a guy like Justin Timberlake into a jealous doucher. (In case you can't see me because I am drowning amongst a litany of marginally attractive college coeds, I am the one throwing up the shark, rocking a club tril shirt, while also wearing a daytona 500 hat)



    First of all, I’m pretty sure the bitches swoon over the CLUB TRIL shirt more than the shark fin.  From what I can tell, the shark fin is more of a thing for the fellas.  But I’ve been wrong before, so what do I know?

    Secondly, I’m saying that there’s about a 98% chance that you were photobombing this picture and weren’t in the preliminary stages of a orgy like you are trying to make it seem.  But I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and say that this particular instance is included in that 2%, and all these girls huddled around you for this picture, immediately ripped their clothes off right after it was taken, and then all jumped on board the Sam Tram for an express trip to Pound Town.

    I recently turned 29 years old and in about a month I'm going to (hopefully) celebrate my second wedding anniversary.  Most of my friends are in a similar place that I am, either in the trying to have a kid or two phase or already have 1-3 kids.  I love kids but I have a small problem with them.  See I love college football and I love the Buckeyes.  So on Saturday afternoons in the fall I want to drag myself out of bed just in time for College Gameday then watch games all day long until I can hear Herbie telling Mussburger to shut his Michigan loving trapper.  For some reason all parents (and when I say parents I mean wives) want to do is throw their kid's birthday party on Saturday afternoon.  Like people don't have anything else to do.  I mean come on your kid is 2 years old, do they really care what day of the week their party is on?  No but some of us adults would like a say in the matter.  If 75% of all Buckeye games are on at 12:00 on a Saturday and 75% of all birthday parties are scheduled at 1:00 someone didn't do their planning.  Throw the kid a party on Tuesday night.  Heck I will even leave work early just to be there on time. 

    This is why with my wife I have proposed a dry season.  No babies shall be born within the period of September 1st and early December as to not cause any confusion with birthday party planning.  So as soon as the Rose Bowl ends until the end of March Madness we go into protection mode.  I am very happy to say I made it through my very 1st dry season and my wife and I recently found out we are in line to have our first child with a due date of March 31, 2012. 

    The dry season can be implemented for any season.  I don't know where you plan on living once you get married but if you are planning to stay in Ohio I propose we get this trend started as soon as possible.


    You’re doing the Lord’s work, James.

    I have a older gentlemen neighbor who apparently has an odd sense of dressing in the warm summer months. He often feels that it is so hot out that he can't wear a shirt, but cool enough to still be wearing jeans. Do you have any experience with this phenomena? Please help rationalize his logic.


    He has prosthetic legs and gets embarrassed when people find out. He fought in Vietnam for your freedom and at one point during the war, he stepped on a landmine and it completely mutilated both of his legs. He should’ve died and the doctors said he was never supposed to walk again, even with prosthetics. But the doctors never accounted for his resolve. He wasn’t going to just give up. Not after all those years of fighting.

    So he worked his ass off for years just so maybe he could one day walk again. Day in and day out he did hours of strenuous physical therapy, unsure of whether or not it would ever really pay off. Like anything else, there were good days and bad days, but through it all he kept pushing. He kept thinking about his goal – one day walking down his driveway and getting his paper without any help. It wasn’t a very glamorous goal, sure. But he was a high school dropout from the south side of Chicago who had served five years fighting a war with no end in sight in the unimaginable hell that was the Vietnam jungles. Nothing about his life was glamorous.

    Every now and then, he’d think back on that fateful day and ask God why He would let such a terrible thing happen to him. Why God didn’t just let him die right then and there. Why God made him suffer through all this pain. It was impossible not to think that way. After all those years of wondering whether he’d ever walk again, he felt like he had every right to feel sorry for himself every once in a while. Can’t say I fault the guy.

    Eventually all the physical therapy took its toll on him. He couldn’t take it anymore. He was ready to tell the doctors that he had finally given up. That he had accepted that he was going to be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. That that landmine had finally gotten the better of him. But he thought he’d do one last therapy session before he threw in the towel. For old time’s sake. He owed himself that much.

    The physical therapist walked into his room like she had all those days before, always optimistic that that particular day was going to be the one that they’d have their breakthrough. She’d never been right, of course, but he appreciated her optimism nonetheless. It was something that he himself couldn’t even muster these days.

    She strapped him into the harness and set up the guide bars like she had done every other day for the past few years. She would never admit it to him, but while she was optimistic for some sign of progress on the outside, on the inside she was just as jaded as he was. She knew that nothing significant was going to happen that day. But she was wrong.

    She gave him the same routine commands she always had and he mumbled under his breath while she talked just like he always had. When she finished instructing him, he rolled his eyes and said, “Here goes nothing” as he attempted to take a step. He expected the same results as before, but this time something happened. This time the prosthetic moved. It was the breakthrough they had been waiting for all these years. He couldn’t believe it.

    That moment breathed new life into him. He was back. No more feeling sorry for himself. He was going to walk again. No excuses. Over the course of the next couple of months, he made steady progress. Nothing too crazy, but it was progress dammit. Nobody could take that sense of accomplishment away from him.

    Not any more than a year after that initial breakthrough, his physical therapy was complete. He could walk again. Not very well, mind you, but it was a start. He had the rest of his life to figure out his new legs. For the time being, he was going to celebrate his victory by simply walking out of the hospital on his own power. That was all he ever wanted.

    These days he keeps to himself for the most part. He’s a simple man with a simple life but he’ll tell you he wouldn’t change a thing about it. He’ll tell you that he’s lived more life than most people. He’ll tell you that he’s proud to have fought in the war and served his country. He’ll tell you that he’s got all he ever wanted out of life. But he’ll also tell you that the prosthetics embarrass him. He can’t help but feel guilty that he didn’t give enough. So many of his brothers perished and all he gave were his two legs. The more he thought back on everything, the more surviving became a burden.

    But he’s learning to cope with it. He’s finally finding peace with himself and what happened on that day that forever changed his life. But he still doesn’t like revealing his prosthetics to people just because there is too much baggage that comes with people knowing. He doesn’t want to have to tell the stories and relive the horrors. Most importantly, he doesn’t want to deal with the judgment. He knows he’ll be looked at as either a freak or as a hero. He thinks both labels are unfair. He’s just an old man trying to live out whatever years he has left to the best of his abilities.

    So he always wears jeans to cover his fake legs and his very real memories. He’s not sure how much time he has left on this Earth and when he’s going to be reunited with his fallen brothers, but what he is sure of is that he’s going to spend most of that time with his family and loved ones. And any free time in between he’s going to spend tending to his garden and wondering why the dipshit kid next door always gives him weird looks when he walks around with his shirt off.

    Either that or he’s just a crazy old man who really loves his jeans.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder

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    Plus que quelques jours, et 2009 appartiendra au passé. Rétrospective des évènements marquants de l'automobile mondiale au cours de cette année 2009.





    Cette année, le moteur est un 2,4 litres de 168 chevaux. On ne peut pas l’accuser de trop en faire mais ses performances sont tout à fait adéquates. La boîte manuelle à cinq rapports bénéficie d'un fonctionnement beaucoup plus précis et agréable, même si l’embrayage est un peu trop mou à mon goût.  Les amateurs de la technique du talon-pointe devront s'entraîner passablement avant de trouver une façon efficace de donner un coup d’accélérateur tout en freinant du même pied tant les pédales sont éloignées.  D’un autre côté, la marche arrière était souvent difficile à enclencher.  Même si les pneus sont des 19 pouces à taille basse (des Dunlop SP Sport P215/45R18) et les suspensions plus fermes que sur les modèles plus basiques, le confort n’est pas trop diminué. La GTS présente, comme toute traction, un comportement sous-vireur mais un peu de jugement vient régler ce problème.  Par contre, on ne retrouve aucun système de contrôle de la traction et de la stabilité latérale ce qui permettra aux plus courageux de se faire plaisirs.

    Outre le comportement équilibré de la voiture, nous avons pu remarquer que l’insonorisation, surtout à l’arrière, n’est pas terrible.  La finition extérieure de notre exemplaire était très réussie mais à l’intérieur, il y avait place à de l’amélioration.  Les différents panneaux formant le tableau de bord n’étaient pas parfaitement alignés et la bande de plastique imitant une espèce de fibre de carbone qui court sur toute la longueur ne faisait pas sérieux.  Parmi les autres points irritants, mentionnons que le tissu des sièges semble attirer toutes les poussières de l’Univers et que l’aileron arrière s’avère quelquefois juste assez élevé pour bien bloquer la visibilité.  Heureusement, le niveau de sécurité est élevé grâce à sept coussins gonflables (frontaux, latéraux, rideaux et genoux du conducteur).

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    II. AUDI Q5 V6 TDi 240


    Développant 240ch à 4000trs/mn, avec un couple de semi pointant le 50,9 à 1 500 (mkg à tr/min), muni d'une boîte à 7 rapports à transmission intégrale, l'Audi Q5 ne fait pas dans la demi mesure!

    Qualité des matériaux, sérieux d'assemblage, finition soignée, insonorisation de haut niveau, performances adéquates, Audi démontre une fois de plus son savoir faire et ce sur toute une gamme de voiture, de la compacte au 4x4 de luxe en passant par la berline.

    Et avec une vitesse de pointe de 225Km/h et 6,5sec pour atteindre la barre des 100Km/h, on ne se croirait vraiment pas dans un 4x4... vos poursuivants ne verront que vos beaux feux à LED arrières dans 90% des cas...

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    III. BMW Série 7 09'


    Les BMW F01 / F02 sont la cinquième génération des BMW Série 7. Les premiers modèles disponibles sont les 750i, 750li, 740i, 740li et 730d. Les 750i et 750li utilisent le nouveau V8 injection direct à Twin turbo (aussi utilisé pour le X6 5.0), développant 407ch/300kW. Les 740i et 740li troquent par rapport à l'ancienne version leur V8 pour un 6 cylindre en ligne lui aussi doté du Twin turbo, développant 326ch/240kW. La 730d a quant à elle droit à un nouveau 6 cylindres en ligne de 245ch/180kW.

    La nouvelle génération du système de commande iDrive qui équipe ce modèle comprend un écran de 10,2 pouces haute définition ainsi qu'une structure des menus améliorée, un nouveau bouton iDrive pour sélectionner et gérer les fonctions plus petit que l'ancien. Des touches d’accès direct aux menus ont aussi été ajoutées pour faciliter l'utilisation du système. De plus, le système audio dispose d'un disque dur pour pouvoir stocker de la musique. Enfin, le système ConnectedDrive disponible en option, donne accès à internet directement depuis l'écran de la voiture.

    Pour ce qui est des systèmes d'aides à la conduite, la nouvelle série 7 est dotée d'un équipement très vaste. Le système BMW Night Vision peut compléter la panoplie. Pour la première fois il est doté d'une fonction de reconnaissance des piétons et avertit lorsque cela est nécessaire le conducteur par des clignotements lumineux. Un système de reconnaissance des panneaux de limitation de vitesse est aussi disponible en complément du système d'aide à la tenue de cap.

    Par la suite, la série 7 nouvelle génération sera accompagnée d'un nouveau 12 cylindres essence ainsi que du 6 cylindres diesel bi-turbo de 306 ch.

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    La nouvelle Fiesta, conçue sur la plateforme de la récente Mazda 2, séduit de visu par ses lignes et sur le papier par ses caractéristiques.

    Afin de convaincre partout, elle adopte le "Kinetic Design" des S-Max et Kuga. Autant la ligne de sa devancière était conservatrice, voire insipide, autant la nouvelle petite à l’ovale attire l’attention et affiche une ligne dynamique, en trois comme en 5 portes. Tout comme la récente Mazda 2 commercialisée depuis un an et la nouvelle Seat Ibiza elle donne un coup de vieux à la plupart des autres berlines du segment B.

    En essence, la palette de motorisations va du 1.25 en 60 ch ou 82 ch au nouveau 1.6 Ti-VCT 120 ch, en passant par le 1.4 96 ch, cette dernière étant la seule à proposer l’alternative boîte automatique.

    Le 1.6 TDCi constitue toujours l’offre haute en Diesel. Il s’agit toujours du 16V de 90 ch issu de la collaboration Ford/PSA. D’un fonctionnement plutôt discret, volontaire à bas régime et assez performant avec un maximum de 212 Nm, il est disponible sans ou avec filtre à particules (supplément de 600 €).

    Si les tarifs gonflent d’une dizaine de pourcent par rapport à la Fiesta sortante, ils ne s’alignent pas pour autant sur le haut de la catégorie (les petites françaises). Ils se calquent plutôt sur ceux des Fiat Grande Punto, Opel Corsa et Toyota Yaris. Soit un peu plus cher que la Mazda 2. Bref, une petite qui mérite de figurer sur la shopping-list des cinq modèles les plus recommandable du segment.


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    C'est la petite citadine bourgeoise du moment. Le constructeur allemand propose sa 5ème génération dans une version plus technologique et un look très proche de la Golf.

    Ne l’appelez plus fourmi. Depuis la campagne de publicité des années 90, la citadine de Volkswagen a bien changé. De longue date, la Polo a laissé son look atypique de petit break trois portes, au bénéfice d’un style beaucoup plus conventionnel. Affichant clairement sa parenté avec la Golf6, cette nouvelle génération, lancée en septembre, affiche un design bon chic bon genre, rassurant et sobre – trop au goût de certains – est fait pour passer à travers les modes.

    La bonne nouvelle vient du prix, particulièrement compétitif, ce qui est inhabituel pour une Volkswagen. Le constructeur veut clairement concurrencer les Renault Clio et Peugeot 207 et du coup sa Polo s’affiche moins chère à équipement équivalent. Jusqu’à 10% dans le cas de la Peugeot. Dans sa version de base Trendline 3 portes avec le moteur 1,2 l essence 60 chevaux, elle s’affiche à 11.990 € pour culminer à 19.090 € en finition Sportline 5 portes avec le moteur diesel 1,6 l 90 chevaux. Au cœur de la gamme la 1,4 l 85 essayée en finition Confortline peut déjà faire valoir un équipement riche: climatisation semi-automatique, régulateur de vitesse (de série dès la première finition), radio CD, contrôle de la pression de pneus, ordinateur de bord... Elle a tout d'une grande, comme disait la Clio en 1992. Quand la Polo était encore une fourmi.

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    Après avoir frappé un grand coup avec le style de sa nouvelle Scirocco fin 2008, Volkswagen nous sort courant 2009 une version protéinée de sa Scirocco baptisée Scirocco R! (rrrrr....).

    Doté du quatre cylindres 2.0 TSI de 265 ch et 350 Nm, le Scirocco R aura des sensations à revendre : un 0 à 100 km/h en 6,5 secondes et une vitesse maximale de 250 km/h. Il n'y avait pas de complexe à avoir, pourtant Volkswagen a préféré décliner l'appellation R20 qui aurait paru logique après les Golf R32 ou Passat R36. C'est qu'il faut préserver l'ego de certains conducteurs...

    Ce coupé Volkswagen reprend le moteur de l'Audi S3, tout en lui laissant la transmission intégrale. Le Scirocco R bénéficiera en revanche d'un différentiel électronique baptisé XDS. Sur le plan esthétique, le style du Scirocco R est largement inspiré de la GT24, une version compétition du coupé de Wolfsburg.

    Au programme, une large prise d'air et des feux de jour à LED intégrés au bouclier avant. La proue bénéficie aussi de phares bixénon. Quant au bouclier arrière, il incorpore un diffuseur noir brillant ainsi qu'une double sortie d'échappement.

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    Inspirée de la WRC de rallye, mais avec deux roues motrices seulement, la Focus RS établit une référence qu’il sera difficile de supplanter.

    Sa dernière création, magistrale, conduit à réviser les a priori sur la traction avant. Deux chiffres pour fixer d'entrée les idées : 305 chevaux et 33 650 €. 110 € le cheval-vapeur, faites le calcul avec votre propre voiture et vous mesurerez l'exploit signé par Ford sur cette Focus RS.

    La Focus RS transmet parfaitement bien sa puissance au sol. Bien sur, le fait d'écraser comme une brute l'accélérateur au feu rouge entraîne fatalement un patinage des roues, mais force est de constater que la motricité demeure bluffante.

    Cette maxi-GTI s'extrait en force des virages lents et repart comme un obus. Il faut qu'avec le cinq cylindres turbo d'origine Volvo, elle possède un drôle de moteur.
    Plein à tous les régimes et efficace dès 2.000 tr/min, son turbo assène ensuite un uppercut qui vous ébranle jusqu'à 7.000 tr/min. Un punch et un brio dignes d'une ambiance de Rallye, sans parler de la sonorité rauque à souhait... et des sifflements de la fameuse turbine !

    Difficile alors de ne pas se prendre au jeu d'autant plus que le châssis est au diapason. Bien aidée par une direction consistante, la Focus RS enfile les difficultés comme des perles. Profitant d'un bon freinage et d'un châssis remarquablement équilibré, la voiture se place idéalement dans les courbes rapides grâce à une poupe qui ne rechigne pas à enrouler lors d'une décélération appuyée, avant de ressortir en force grâce à un train avant très précis et au brio du 5-cylindres.

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