Tue, 16 Sep 2008 20:26:45 GMT
iWik- A useful Wikipedia App for your iPhone
If you are an iPhone/iPhone 3G user and a big fan of Wikipedia, then the iWik application is the perfect application for you. The iWik application optimizes the Wikipedia content into iPhone friendly format for a complete Wikipedia experience. It also includes features like a search engine, an activity tracker, landscape viewer, page markers and many more It is available on Apple's App Store for just $0.99.
Source: Into Mobile
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Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:53:37 GMT
Donald Trump's New "Celebrity Apprentice" TV Show
"The Donald" is back on TV with another "Apprentice" series, but this time it is a bunch of celebrities that will be put through his famous torture chamber.
The celebrity contestants will not be playing for themselves; they will be playing for a million bucks for a charity of their choice.
There will be fourteen celebrity contestants including Piers Morgan, Stephen Baldwin, Lennox Lewis, and Gene Simmons.
Omarosa, the famous previous contestant, that viewers loved to hate, from the original "Apprentice" show, will also participate.
The show premiers September 16, and here's where you can read all the details about Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice".
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Wed, 10 Sep 2008 04:37:37 GMT
The Resurrection of the Pants
Several years ago, I ducked into a small Vermont thrift store. I was in the midst of a summer at camp, and most of my pants had drowned in the torrential rain that dominated my stay there. Strapped for cash and time, I prayed that the thrift store would yield some leg-covering fruits. And lo and behold, 15 minutes later I exited the shop clutching a perfectly faded, comfortable pair of jeans.
The jeans hit just above my ankle, which I found to be awkward, but I rolled the hems and wore them anyway. They graced my legs for the rest of the summer as I rode horses, swam, and made crafts projects, and I brought them out the next summer for the same purpose. When my waist, which had filled out a bit more by then, began to protest the ever-tightening waistband, I shoved them into a drawer and promptly forgot about them.
For some unknown reason, I''ve lost a bit of weight over the past few weeks, so when I rediscovered the jeans in my wardrobe, they actually fit again. My immediate thought was that I should shred them a la Margiela or cut them into shorts so that the awkward length and generally odd cut would no longer plague me, but I put the idea on hold. "You know what?" I said to myself, "You can make these work. You''re older now, you have more experience with fashion, and you should at least do some experimenting."
So I did.
In my first look, I decided to embrace the sort of casual slouchiness of the pants by pairing them with a draped top, beret, and combat boots. I tugged the jeans low on my hips, and printed belt kept the waist defined.
Not bad, right? This look is actually very "me."
My next attempt involved embracing another aspect of the pants. The cut was slightly different from what I''m used to, because they happen to be vintage. So I tugged up the waistline of the jeans and paired them with sleek retro items - a black romper, white plastic earrings, vintage white belt, and studded wedges - and felt very much the club kid. A touch of lipstick and hair piled on top of the head were finishing touches.
I was happy with how this one came out too. It wasn''t quite my usual style, but that''s not necessarily a bad thing.
So I guess I did, after all, make these bad boys work. However, I did manage to excite myself with the prospect of tearing them to shreds Margiela-style, so who knows how they''ll end up. So many possibilities. . .
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Sat, 30 Aug 2008 17:35:58 GMT
How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken
"Daniel Mendelsohn brightens the dour New York Review of Books like few other contributors," writes David Haglund, reviewing How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken for the New York Observer. "This is partly thanks to his subject matter: neither Iraq nor climate change but literature, theater and the movies. It''s also thanks to his - not style, exactly; Mr Mendelsohn''s a gifted writer, but the prose of his essays is less lyrical than that of his books, The Lost (2006) and The Elusive Embrace (1999). What distinguishes his criticism, rather, is a willingness to address not just the arts but their reception. He writes reviews as cultural commentary, and he''s more or less mastered the form."
In the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Jason Shimai finds the book "excellent. But it lacks something I can''t help wanting from the criticism I read, no matter how often some denunciation tries to shame the desire out of me. One of Mendelsohn''s pieces even takes novelist and literary critic Dale Peck''s 2005 review collection, Hatchet Jobs to task for indulging in the very thing I look for: bitchiness."
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Sat, 30 Aug 2008 15:16:51 GMT
Start of a Productive Day....
How do you start your day?
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Dmitriy Filippov
Most people get out of bed after hitting the snooze a couple of times, then get out of bed, rush to get ready, get the kids out of bed if they have them, then rush to work.
The Freelance Folder blog has five steps to get a productive day started.
The first suggestion is to get a good night sleep. Everyone needs to get a good nights rest in order to be fully ready for the day ahead. While there is going to be times that you cannot sleep for whatever reason, you need to make an attempt to get a minimum of 6 to 8 hours sleep.
Next you need to do something in the morning to get your juices going. I used to go on walks every morning to get ready for the day but recently I have bought a bicycle and ride my bike in the crisp morning air. Zig Ziglar has suggested that you take 20 to 30 minutes for some quite time to prepare for the day.
The third suggestion is to eat a good breakfast. As I mentioned in early most people wake up so late that they forget to have a good breakfast. Instead they get a donut or some other pastry on the way to work when they stop off for their morning coffee. Many nutritional experts will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you should eat like a king for breakfast while eat like out of money college student for dinner.
Fourth, you need to clarify exactly what you need to do to make the day productive. In other words what are your goals for the day and how will it make it productive? In the second suggestion I mentioned Zig Ziglar and his quite time. As part of your quite time you should be figuring out what you need to do in order to have a productive day.
Finally, the fifth suggestion is to get into work mode. This will be different things for different people once you have done all the above you need to get your mind into work mode and be ready for steady day of work and to accomplish your goals for the day.
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Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:35:24 GMT
Libby is off to Kentucky for her annual River’s Edge International Film Festival trek (she left on Wednesday, and she’s not due back until tomorrow). That left me a bachelor for the time, and since this is #1 Son Seth’s last weekend home before he goes off to graduate school, where do you suppose we went today? I seem to remember making a similar trip last year when Libby went to the Film Festival. As I recall, the horseflies scared me off. Maybe the forecasted thundershowers will scare them off this time.
If you love crows and other corvids, be sure to visit the homepage for the American Society of Crows and Ravens. There are plenty of marvelous links there all about the smartest birds in the forest.
Have you been sending your links to Dan at Exploring the World of Trees for the next Festival of the Trees? Dan’s English-language blog is based in Spain, so your links will get international attention. You can email your tree-related links — and they don’t have to be something you’ve created — to Dan at treespecies (at) gmail (dot) com or by using the handy submission form.
I’m getting much better at being assertive. I’m actually going out and asking bloggers if they’d like to host the Festival, and I’ve been getting positive responses. It’s only a matter of time before I ask you, and you won’t be able to resist my charm, will you?
Remember also that International Rock-Flipping Day is coming up on September 7. Get thee out there and flip some rocks, then photograph, capture a video, or sketch what you find beneath them. Heck, you can even write a poem of you want. Dave and Bev are the brains behind this operation. They will be amassing a list of links to posts about rock flipping, and a special Flickr group will be set up for pix, Bev
What’s Pablo reading now? I dipped back into Age of Reason for a while but only until Libby completed reading The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by good old Edgar Allan Poe. This is the next selection for our library book discussion group, so now I’m reading it. The meeting isn’t for another week, and that should give me plenty of time, but, ugh, that 19th Century prose!
- Snapping turtle eggs begin hatching.
Today in Missouri history:
- George Rapeen Smith was born on this date in 1804. When he saw that the railroad was not going to come to his town, he established a new town called Sedalia and did win the railroad. Sedalia now hosts the Missouri State Fair each year about this time.
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Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:23:01 GMT
lets you write a review of your street and your town or city, but it can do much more for you too. Other people can read your reviews and you can read reviews other people have written on StreetAdvisor. If you're going on vacation or moving, this can really come in handy.
Use StreetAdvisor to help you decide where the best locations are by reading reviews other people have written. Maybe you'll end up changing your vacation plans because you found a better or safer area to stay.
One of the best parts of StreetAdvisor's reviews is the "proximity awareness" feature. This means that all the reviews you'll see on a particular area will be listed for you in order of distance. If you choose to view First Street, you'll see reviews of First Street first and Second Street next. This can really help you get things planned.
For instance, here's Portland, Oregon
. See how the reviews are in order of distance from the center of the town? That's what you'll get for all your StreetAdvisor searches.
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Sun, 20 Jul 2008 14:58:38 GMT
The Adventures of Jake: Shower Dilemma
I don''t know how many of you know this (some of you might remember our twin photo shoot), but I have a twin brother. His name is Jake, and he''s pretty awesome, at least most of the time. In the spirit of copying Winona (because let''s face it; who doesn''t want to copy Winona), I''ve asked him to do a guest post on my blog. Enjoy! And comment lots; it''s his first ever blog post and I want it to be a good experience! He insists that this post is a piece of crap (it''s not), so let''s prove him otherwise!
Hi. My name is Jake, and I am Kori’s twin brother. Kori has been asking me to do a guest post on her blog for a bajillion years, and I’ve finally decided to come around and join the oh-so-wonderful blogging community. Before I begin, however, I think it is important to provide you guys with a warning. Unfortunately, I am saddened to admit that I do not have the same artistic talent that Kori has; I know very little about fashion. Occasionally I get it into my head that yes, maybe I really am fashionable, but Kori is always quick to put me in my place – for example, when she alerted me to the fact that the grey sweatpants-grey sweatshirt combo is actually a fashion don’t (despite the parallel in color). To put it succinctly, if it were not for Kori’s constant fashion advice, I would probably look like a crazy who belongs on the classic MTV hit, “Next.” (My sincere apologies to any fans). [Note from Kori: Ahem, Jake likes this show.]
So if fashion isn’t my thing, then why am I writing on The Fashion-y Blog? Well, for a graduation gift, I received a very fancy bottle of shower gel from L’Occitane. I have to admit, when I first received the gift I was a little disappointed – I didn’t even know what shower gel was. I’ve always been a soap and water kind of guy (call me traditional), so this whole “shower gel” technology was understandably a bit intimidating. I examined the golden brown bottle and took a sniff of the yellow-y, gel-like solution inside. It smelled fresh, organic, natural. . . one might say it was designed for those of pure and unadulterated masculinity (i.e. yours truly). As I peered questioningly at the gleaming bottle of goo, it occurred to me in a moment of brilliance that “shower gel” was most likely another, hipper way of saying shampoo. After all, what other kind of liquidy substance did one use in the shower? My limited experience told me that this bottle could only be meant for use on my head. Satisfied with my logic, I hopped into the shower, prepared to give my hair the wash of a lifetime. I squeezed some of the thick liquid into my hands, and attempted to turn the gel into a rich lather. However, when the gel refused to foam into a consistency I was used to, I realized that shower gel was not the hair product I had thought it to be; the great mystery lived on. I felt as if the world was collapsing before my very eyes, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. Okay, that was a slight exaggeration, but the point remains the same – I was very disappointed. My logical reasoning hadn''t worked. I rinsed the suds from my hair and decided to save the logic for math class.
Ultimately, I was left with no choice but to ask Kori, my kind and loving sister, what the true meaning of “shower gel” really was. As one might expect, her initial response was to laugh her ass off while I stood there feeling like a complete awko. However, after a wonderful five minutes of humiliation, she explained to me that shower gel, contrary to common thought (yes, I am making myself feel better by calling it common) is simply a kind of luxurious soap alternative.
In conclusion, I think I’ll leave fashion and all fashion-related topics in the capable hands of my sister. I’ll give you an update on the L’Occitane shower gel once I have a chance to use it correctly, but for now, it’s a wrap.
Okay, grasshoppers, I hope you enjoyed Jake''s post! I feel like I should let you know that I really love how the shower gel smells - sort of a spicy, cedar-y smell. I actually tried it out once (okay, twice - sorry Jake), and while it''s definitely a male fragrance, a girl could easily pull it off. Outside of the shower, the scent fades until you can only get a faint whiff of something fresh, casual, and classy. Delish!
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Sun, 20 Jul 2008 04:28:15 GMT
On Our Radar: Coco Sumner
Who: Coco Summer, Sting''s 17yr old daughter and the latest addition to Britain''s cool kids on the block - Alice Dellal, Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung etc….
What: She starred in Burberry''s SS08 campaign and is musically talented.
Interesting fact: Her real name is Eliot Pauline Styler Sumner
Interesting rumour: Apparently she''s hooked up with Pete Doherty. Our prayers go out to her family.
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Tue, 08 Jul 2008 22:06:54 GMT
Zoomii is a ''real'' online bookstore with Amazon''s prices, Amazon''s secure payment, and Amazon''s shipping. You can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel, drag with the mouse, and click to see a book.
Zoomii gets book data through Amazon''s Associates Web Services. When they refer a sale to them they get a cut thanks to their Associates Program.
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