Thursday, September 30, 2010

Prof. A.F. Seward "World's Foremost Astrologer."

Pictured: (L) My personal copy of the 1920s "The Mysteries of the Zodiac" which was printed in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (below, R) The distinguished author of "Mysteries," Prof. A. F. Seward, who writes he will "pay a liberal reward to any person who will secure a copy of any impostor or agent that is in any way an infringement upon this book, in part or as a whole."

Do you ever check out your horoscope? I do! The only one I really follow is Astrology Zone. I have a special method of dealing with the stars: I read my horoscope twice each month. At the beginning of the month, and at the very end so I can look back and see how forecasts match facts. Astrology Zone, it has been chillingly accurate, at least for me!

My all-time favourite Zodiac book is one I picked up as a teenager at a garage sale: "The Mysteries of the Zodiac" by Prof. A.F. Seward "World's Foremost Astrologer." It's a fascinating read! Every single person I've lent it to comes back to me with a "wow, this books description of [insert astrological sign here] is ME!"

First printed in 1928 (the edition I posess), this little booklet's aim is true. I've read all the signs but I clearly identify with everything the good Prof. wrote about Scorpio. No doubt when the manual's copyright ran out someone re-published it, but I would trust only the original, if you can find it!

What's really cool about the book: in the back there is a "coupon" for a personalized astrological forecast for $1. It bears Seward's boardwalk address and declares "This Coupon is never out of date --- send it in anytime." I've been wondering what would happen if I did send it in? Should I?

Links to some of Myanmar's Astrology blogs. Another blog that deals with the same topic: 7 Sphere-Here on 7 Days.

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Around The Blogosphere 30 Sept 10

Today, across the blogosphere, the loading time for many blogs increased significantly! HINT: They all did the same thing I did today. Can you guess what it is and did you notice how quickly this blog loaded today?

Now, THIS REALLY SUCKS! Shame on you, Google!

Media Moment: “Nowhere Boy” Premieres in the U.S. This article is everything a quality blog post should be! Ms. Seckler's exquisitely detailed and linked presentation is of the highest quality. How would I compare her blog to mine? Hmmm... her blog is like a shiny, pretty new copy of a high-end magazine. Mine is more like an artist's moleskine notebook...

Exploring Blog Monetization - Often, I've been asked how I make money blogging. My typical response is that I don't, directly.

Defacebook - With all the noise over the new Facebook movie, I thought you might like to see this!

Facebook Presses On - Partnering w/Skype ::: Facebook + Skype = (?) ::: [Snippet] "This is a big win for the Luxembourg-based Skype, which is currently readying a public offering. While it now dominates the online calling space, it needs to be present where users are now moving, such as Facebook. And for Facebook, this is also helpful to its international push, making it more appealing globally since Skype is much more popular outside the U.S. It will be interesting to see if both cross-integrate into their popular mobile apps too."

We, the Domesticated Cyborg - Tim Maly, over at Quiet Babylon, is celebrating 50th anniversary of the concept of the cyborg (first coined in 1960) ...

There may be something to that "Secret" stuff after all...

Angie Levan posted this article in December 2009. LeVan is a resilience coach specializing in helping clients to thrive through adversity and toward goal accomplishment. She studied the science of well-being in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at University of Pennsylvania led by Martin Seligman.

World Champion Golfer, Jack Nicklaus has said: “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head”. Even heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, used different mental practices to enhance his performance in the ring such as: “affirmation; visualization; mental rehearsal; self-confirmation; and perhaps the most powerful epigram of personal worth ever uttered: “I am the greatest””.

Just run with this link as you try to stay dry today!

Blog Changes Coming

Just a quick note here ::: over the next 7 to 10 days you will see some changes here regarding the layout of the blog and positioning of certain widgets and features.

ENTRECARD droppers be advised that the EC widget is either going to be joined by the cmf ads widget OR they will swap places on the sidebar. I'm also going to be doing a little housekeeping of the blogroll. Hmmm. Do blogrolls matter in 2010, as much as they did, say, back in 2005 or 2006?

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS on re-arranging page elements? Anything you'd like added (or subtracted) ??? Leave your thoughts in the "comments" below!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

REVIEW ::: The Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures)

Just before dashing off to a private screening earlier this evening, we checked online for a little more info on the new Facebook Movie...

According to Technolog, much is made of Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg's ubiquitous grey hoodie. Truth is, "The Social Network" (PG-13) is more like a docu-drama, a spiffed-up semi-fictionalized version of Markie Z's life as the moviemakers want us to know it. The picture is fast-paced, and anybody who can follow "Gossip Girl" will likely find this movie... er... intriguing!?!
More fun FACEBOOK reading ::: PRISCILLA CHAN
Directed by David Fincher. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter. You have to wonder how a story about Facebook would translate to the screen. The answer with all the talent involved is brilliantly.

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Around The Blogosphere 29 September 2010

The RLabs team had the honour of being one of the finalists at the South African Blog Awards held at the One and Only Hotel in Cape Town.

Being Glenn Beck ::: The Fox host is the face of the Tea Party and the heir to Rush Limbaugh. But he sees himself as much more...

Amina Wadud ::: Is Islam Eco-Friendly? [snippet: "One of my favorite passages explains how Allah even notices the pattern a leaf makes when it falls to the ground. I am in awe of both the natural world itself and of the Qur’anic references to it. The Qur’an says this world is subject to us. We are stewards of the earth and must take care about how we use her resources."]

One of the most wonderfully creepiest blogs you'll ever see...

One of the most artistically original blogs you'll ever see...

More to see :: Pictures from Amman’s Street Art Fair

Check out Tricia Wang’s really super blog, Cultural Bytes, via Experientia‘s blogpost on Ethnography’s contribution to values in technology design and use.

Jane « Spider » Herships

Bedbugs Hit NYC Studios Of Howard Stern ::: Stern said on his Sirius XM Radio show that the building was treated over the weekend and was 100 percent bedbug free on Monday.

This Is How Beyoncé Crashes a Block Party ::: While visiting Jay-Z's mom, B heard some music in the street and came out to investigate... more »

Hannaford TV

On Thursday, September 30, the “Today Show” on NBC will feature a segment with Capital Region resident Lisa Reeves of Valatie, NY. The segment follows Reeves as she conducts her weekly grocery shopping under guidance from “Today Show” regulars Steve and Annette Economides, authors of the budgeting and finance strategy book America’s Cheapest Family: Gets You Right on the Money.

Valatie, NY

The segment, which was shot at the Hannaford Supermarkets located at 2967 US Route 9 in Valatie in early September, is scheduled to air during the 8 a.m. hour.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NYS Ranks Highest in State's History on the 2010 Digital States Survey

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, NYS Chief Information Officer and Director of the Officer for Technology announced today New York State was recognized as the fifth most tech-savvy state government in the nation for its innovative and effective use of information technology to deliver government services, according to the Center for Digital Government's 2010 Digital States Survey. New York rose significantly from a national ranking of #18 in 2007 to #5 in 2010.

In its tenth year, the Digital Government Center's Digital States Survey is the first and only sustained assessment of state governments' use of information and communications technology. This year marks New York State's highest ranking in the prestigious survey and moves New York into the top ten. In addition, New York State was recognized for its leadership position ranking 3rd or 4th in five of eight survey categories.

Governor Paterson Announces New York Awarded $6.375 Million Federal Grant for Broadband Mapping Activities

Governor David A. Paterson today announced New York State has received a $6,375,431 federal stimulus grant for its broadband mapping activities. The State's Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure received the award from the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the final round of awards in the State Broadband Data and Development grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The State is using this and other funding to develop the first-ever statewide map depicting the availability of high-speed internet service, commonly known as broadband. This map is now available to the public at

"Making broadband universally available so that every New Yorker can fully participate in the modern economy is vital to our recovery as a State," Governor Paterson said. "This federal grant will be put to good use as we work to collect, verify, map and analyze data obtained from each of the companies that offers broadband service to New York State customers. I thank President Obama and our entire New York State Congressional delegation for working to make this important funding available."

Visitors to the map can enter a street address and see a list of broadband providers who offer service in their neighborhoods, including the types of broadband service and advertized service speeds, as well as links to contact the providers for additional information or to subscribe for service. The map also allows visitors to view a variety of other relevant information, including the availability of each type of broadband service including Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable modem, direct fiber connection, and wireless and the number of competitive service types in each neighborhood. Finally, the map permits visitors to display those areas in the State that lack broadband coverage.

"As we work to ensure broadband access is available in every corner of our State, we must first clearly understand the existing broadband landscape, and this new map provides that clarity for the first time," the Governor added. "We invite all New Yorkers to explore the map and find out about the broadband in their backyards."

Thomas D. Smith, Director of the Office of Cyber Security, said: "We are very pleased to be conducting broadband mapping as part of the national effort. Our agency is leveraging its existing capabilities in mapping and geographic information systems to greatly expand the information available about broadband service within the State. This new broadband data, when combined and analyzed with other data such as demographic and business information, will provide policy-makers with a solid foundation for their decisions."

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, Chief Information Officer for New York State, and Chair of Governor Paterson's Broadband Development and Deployment Council, said: "A critical component of our State Broadband Strategy requires establishing a Broadband availability baseline to address gaps in coverage, and identifying unserved and underserved areas of the State. New York State took the lead to develop a comprehensive broadband mapping strategy two and a half years ago to identify areas most in need. This initiative and the data analyzed and presented by the Office of Cyber Security provides the Broadband Council with information to close broadband availability gaps, and bring Broadband to every New Yorker."

In addition to the interactive map data, the site also provides descriptive information designed to educate New Yorkers about broadband by describing the mapping procedures and what the data represents. A glossary of terminology and helpful links to other information about broadband are also provided. Visitors can use the site to gain an understanding of the differences in broadband by comparing the service available in any two counties, cities, towns, or villages in the State.

The Governor also noted that the map provides ways for New Yorkers to report errors or omissions on the map, and to help the State gather additional data on broadband speeds by running an online speed test provided by the Center for Technology in Government at SUNY-Albany.

A national broadband map will be assembled from data prepared by each state and will be completed by February 17, 2011.

Throughout his administration, Governor Paterson has worked to improve access to affordable, high-speed Internet service as a fundamental component for building the Digital and Innovation Economy in New York State. The Governor signed an executive order creating the Broadband Development and Deployment Council in 2008, and established the NYS Broadband Program Office to support and complement the Council's efforts directly related to broadband infrastructure projects, funding, and digital literacy programs.

Governor Paterson published the New York State Universal Broadband Strategic Roadmap, and created the Innovation Economy Matching Grants Program, which provides a State match for federal stimulus broadband grants awarded to research facilities, municipalities, and businesses in New York State. To date, New York has received $149.5 million in funding for broadband projects. These funds have been used to better position the State to eliminate the digital divide and ensure every community, resident and business has the technology resources needed to thrive in the New Economy based on knowledge, technology and innovation.

Google "Instant Search" - Blessing or Curse?

Something really interesting began happening on my humble little weblog here on Friday, but I didn't notice it because I was too busy... but late Saturday afternoon, there it was: a huge spike in traffic... traffic originating from... SEARCH ENGINES! What??? They were NOT Google search engines, nay, they were websites such as "" "" and "" along with the basic "yahoo" search engine site. All of a sudden, my blog has been picked up by their radar. I don't know why. I'm not doing anything different. I'm keeping an eye on it, and will let you know if it changes. For now, traffic is UP!

Monday, September 27, 2010

China becoming more 'Westernized'

These articles speak volumes!

China Love Report: 'Leftover women' look for younger men
Chinese men head to Vietnam for the 'perfect wife'

Pop Clips » 27 Sep 2010

Some weird, perhaps unexpected things happening with big internet players:
AOL in Talks to Acquire TechCrunch ::: Techcrunch was founded by blogger Michael Arrington in 2005 and has grown into one of the most influential blogs in Silicon Valley, covering tech-industry ... and ...
Microsoft Dumps Live Spaces for WordPress ::: The partnership will allow Windows Live Spaces customers to upgrade to, let WordPress users notify friends about blog posts via Messenger...

Videoshoots, present and past: Nicki Minaj x Will I Am, Waka Flocka and vintage Jay-Z - MTV was on hand at the video shoot for Will.I.Am & Nicki Minaj’s collabo “Check It Out”. This one will be included on Pink Friday Nov. 2rd.
Min also blogs that Rihanna was in Manhattan over the weekend to shoot her latest music video for “What’s My Name” --- Min writes "... all signs say it will be the 2nd single from her upcoming album Loud," the fifth studio album by the Barbadian R&B singer. Release date: November 12 on Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions began in February 2010 and concluded during August 2010.

New York Magazine posts an article about Nick Denton ::: "The Demon Blogger of Fleet Street"

CBS-TV offers full-length eps of NCIS and other hits...

Tweets For Sale! USD $100,000 - Buy Now! - Nope, not a mis-type! Twitter is now offering "Promoted Tweets," where marketers pay to have their messages listed...

Listen to the Banned is a music CD bringing together musicians who have been banned, censored or imprisoned due to their music. It features artists from Afghanistan, Cote D’Ivoire, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Turkey, Uighurstan and Zimbabwe.

Listen To The Banned (bannedartists) on Twitter

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I Hear A Zimpherny!

"As the Rolling Stones said: You can't always get what you want," ~ Nancy Zimpher

Friday afternoon I moseyed down to Hearing Room A in the LOB at the State Capitol for a scheduled 2-hour hearing involving State University Chancellor

I must admit I got a chuckle when the Chancellor quoted the Rolling Stones, an observation that usually would be lost by everyone else - EXCEPT - also covering the story was Newschannel 13's Bill L., who made reference to the quote during Friday's 6:00 News! Oh, and I see the Times Union also "got it!" Anybody who has Nancy Zimpher on their Xmas list, don't forget the Stones CDs!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Battlestar New York

BREAKING NEWS: THIS CAN'T BE GOOD::: Iranian nuclear facilities under "massive attack" by Stuxnet worm UH - OH!
There's an awful lot of buzz now that one single solitary poll indicated that Andrew Cuomo's commanding lead in the New York Gubernatorial contest may not be "all that" and Carl Paladino is certainly within striking distance of Mr. C: there are some folks who swear that without Rick Lazio giving up his Conservative spot on the ballot, Paladino cannot win. Of course, we all know (we're constantly being told) that long-standing political beliefs (and politicians) are ripe for crushing.
Voters in New York have, for decades, hated the Legislature, yet returned their local senator and Assembly member to office 95 percent of the time. This year’s throw-the-bums-out anger has voters, for the first time, including their own lawmaker. And Republicans and Democrats in part are campaigning on the big Albany issue — which party will control the Senate. The Long Island Press article continues:

“Three quarters of voters think major changes needed to be made in Albany,” said Lee Miringoff of the Marist College poll. “There is a significant group who thinks it’s broken and can’t be repaired.”

The Assembly’s supermajority of Democrats faces no serious threat but the fight over the Senate’s volatile 32-30 Democratic majority, where 32 votes are needed to pass legislation, may be Albany’s most important contest. Each party believes two to four seats could flip this November, either handing power back to Republicans or solidifying the majority for Democrats.
Most notably, the piece in the LIP states " There are no statewide TV campaign ads, no multimillion dollar fundraisers with rock stars, and little attention being paid to this fall’s New York state Senate races." I'll disagree withthat a little bit. I think there is some degree of attention being paid to the Gillibrand vs. What's-his-name contest, albeit not that much. And we do have the Murphy-Gibson Congressional race to follow!

While the focus statewide is on the Governor's race, cooler heads are prevailing on the National and World stage: The United Nations is reportedly preparing to appoint it's first amabassador to space aliens. Perhaps the UN should wait and appoint Cuomo or Paladino or Gillibrand or Gibson or whoever might be left to choose from once the elections are over... or, better yet, maybe the UN could appoint an entire "delegation" for appearances at cosmic meet and greets!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bus Blues

So, in the weekend edition of the Albany Times-Union there are two articles involving public transportation.

BEFORE we get to those, I still don't think CDTA "gets it" regarding the Central Avenue bus corridor. as a regular rider of those routes, I have suggested (many times) to the bus company that it would make sense to "stage" busses from downtown: Have the busiest line, #55, depart from downtown (on time) at, for example, 9, 9:10, 9:20, 9:30, 9:40 and 9:50. Have the second busiest-line, #1, depart at 9:05, 9:25, 9:35 and 9:55. Have the #2 West Albany leave downtown at 9:15 and 9:45. That way, you have uninterrupted service going uptown (without as many as 5 busses all lined up at the same stop, as you see now at stops along the routes!) And if the CDTA were really smart, they'd engage in similar "staging" on the return routes!

But nope - they don't get it! They build shiny new shelters and put up little light poles so riders can signal busses that somebody is waiting at the shelter. But mark my words, this winter riders will be shivering at a bus stop in downtown Albany, waiting as long as THIRTY minutes (which actually happened to me last winter near the State Capitol) only to finally see 2 #1's, followed by #2, followed by 3 #55's all 5 busses showing up at the same stop at the same time!!! Overkill! Poor planning! CDTA officials have a variety of "explanations" for what they call "bus bunching," yet can't seem to apply a solution as simple as SCHEDULING DEPARTURE TIMES - and yes, they may have to have a couple of busses on "standby" downtown, which can depart if perhaps traffic is heavy and the #1 that was supposed to leave for uptown 5 minutes ago is still 10 minutes away as it heads downtown!

Kid Left on Bus; Parents Outraged (From the Albany Times Union)

Here's a bus story that is GOING SOMEWHERE. This kind of take usually involves some poor little kid who lives in a project or a "bad" neighborhood, gets stuck on the bus or left off at the wrong place, the parent(s) bitch about, it gets on local teevee news, and we all go home.

THIS TIME the 6-year old child's parent is a prominent member of the community. So like the old saying at the street where the traffic light is needed "They won't put one up until somebody gets killed here." Somebody gets killed and they put up the light. This privileged child gets involved in a bus incident and now some big heads have some rolling to do. I like it!!!

Our last Bus tale involves the project known as the downtown Albany Convention Center. Always looking for a new way to get this thing built, a new plan that calls in the CDTA may help get this thing on the front burner! (Maybe the new terminal can then become a "staging area" for those off-schedule busses!)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Help Me Build A Network!


I'm looking for a few good bloggers to lend me their blogs to participate in a new blog-based advertising network. Unlike point-and-click services such as adgitize, this new network is all about SELLING ADS!

It works like this: members of the collective solicit and collect payment for ads to run on the network. A percentage of payment is forwarded to the network, which then releases the ads to the bloggers for inclusion on their weblogs. The 125x125 ads will run at a set time and rate agreed to by the advertisers.

The process would be simple and would only take up as much of your time as you want or need it to. The best part is, the blogs running the ads actually make money!

Your thoughts? Ideas? Comments?

Cellular ::: BOOST Mobile

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you are like me you might find yourself using TWO mobile phones... one for work, one for play. You know already that I like to twitter from my phone, but I don't really use either one to check on Facebook.

But I know a lot of you want a phone that you can use as a tool to be able to connect to, update and interact with your Facebook or other social network. Boost Mobile is probably the best service for YOU! The phones lend themselves to social networking, and the process of logging in, catching up on friends and freshening up your personal pages is quick and easy, so you can keep family and friends informed with LIVE Facebook updates!

The phones are pre-paid (I wouldn't do anything BUT pre-paid!) and easy to re-load with your debit/credit card and you can pay online, in-person or by phone.

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Need to keep the same number as the oen on your existing cell? Here in New York there are several shops that specialize in cellular technology. Many of them are Boost Mobile affilates. They have friendly knowledgeable clerks behind the counter who can almost switch or port your number in the blink of an eye! (You probably have shops like that in your city or town! Check the yellow pages!)

BOOST has a wide variety of phones - I like the Blackberry best! (Here are the plan details!) BOOST phones are available throughout North America!

Extras that you can add to Boost’s Monthly Unlimited plan: For an additional $10 monthly, there’s an International Connect feature which provides unlimited international Push-to-Talk and text messaging. Otherwise, sending international texts cost $.10 each though receiving them is free.

If you are looking for a more affordable cell phone company that offers many extras, I recommend Boost Mobile!

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See You At LarkFEST!

Here are the performance times for all the acts on the two stages at this year's LarkFEST, Albany's trademark pop culture event!

Madison Stage (Lark & Madison)
10:00am Skadee
11:00am Tom McWatters & the Philo Beddoe Band
12:00pm The Charlie Watts Riots
1:00pm Harper Blynn
2:30pm Eli “Paperboy” Reed
4:30pm Backyard Tire Fire

Washington Stage (Lark & Washington)
10:10am The Ill Funk Ensemble
11:10am Rich Ortiz
12:10pm Sirsy
1:10pm Kaiser Cartel
2:45pm Jim Keller
4:15pm Chris Barron

Can't hear this! SILENT DISCO at LarkFEST 2010 12pm-5pm

This year the block of Hudson Avenue between Willett and Lark Streets will feature a silent disco. What?
Participants will wear a wireless headset that receives a broadcast from a local source; without the headset
the music cannot be heard. The LarkFEST silent disco will feature two different DJs each hour competing
for listeners who will be wearing the headphones. Multiple DJs will rotate throughout the day.

The 29th annual LarkFEST will be held Saturday September 25, 2010 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (co-sponsored by The Lark Street Business Improvement District, the City of Albany and Mayor Jerry Jennings) For more information call 518-434-3861 or go to

Lark Street is often referred to as the vibrant heart of Albany, the Capital of New York State. Across 10 blocks of the District, many unique and exciting businesses line the street offering one of a kind experiences for residents and visitors alike. From shopping to dining to nightlife to the arts, Lark Street has it all for a Live-Work-Play lifestyle. Often called the "Village in the City", Lark Street often evokes the feeling of neighborhoods in New York City. Throughout the year, many events take place on Lark Street including Art on Lark, LarkFEST and Winter WonderLark. Lark Street is the place to be!

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#nowplaying Pop Clips » 24 Sept 10

Elaine Chow writes in Shanghaiist about a recent rumor that “lamb shiskabobs” sold from street food vendors or mutton dishes from restaurants might have actually been made out of kitties.

Is Guest Blogging the Constructive Future of Internet Marketing? - Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the role of SEO in shaping the Internet as we know it.

The Twittersphere! - The new Twitter website may not be outfitted with multiple account support, but the microblogging network will soon offer users free analytics.

Youku video shows the most awesome subway train door in Beijing city.

#andnowhesdead RIP Eddie Fisher

Meet the Stuxnet Computer Worm.

A Saudi Information and Culture Ministry spokesperson reportedly has announced that all Saudi Arabian web publishers and online media (including blogs and forums) will need to be officially registered with the government.

Got my money in metal and got metal on my money!

Happy B'Day Yarah!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Priscilla Chan ::: Mark Zuckerberg's Chinese Girlfriend

FAT is what Chinese netizens are saying about Facebook Founder/CEP Mark Zuckerberg's Chinese-American gal-pal, Priscilla Chan!
"Zuckerberg has an ethnic Chinese girlfriend and is learning putonghua — is this to facilitate the march of Facebook into China? Simultaneously the world’s youngest billionaire as well as the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend have been photographed while taking a stroll. This year Zuckerberg is only 26 years old, but he possesses a 24% share in Facebook stock and has a networth of 4 billion USD. He is currently studying putonghua. His girlfriend of Chinese descent, Priscilla Chan, is a Facebook employee."
A few choice comments:

"His girlfriend looks older than my mother." and " I have long heard that foreigners like Asian girls with special body shapes.
Now, apparently this notion is correct; The ones we think are pretty look no different to them, they can’t tell the difference [compared to what we think is ugly].
For example, Sister Lotus, Sister Feng, and the like would definitely be very popular abroad."

Sell iPhone 4

Don't Like Your iPhone4? Sell it in New York! Stores in New York City's Chinatown (including a few street vendors positioned along Canal Street) wwill pay you top dollar for your iPhone!!

Jay Z Hangs With Buffet & Forbes

Miss Info ::: Recently Jay-Z sat down with the richest man in North America, Warren Buffet and Steve Forbes the Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Magazine at Buffet’s Omaha, Nebraska office. The meeting was for the first ever 400 Forbes Summit in the upcoming issue of Forbes “400 World’s Richest People List”. The hour long conversation covers each definiton of success, how luck has played a role in both of their lives, the music business and Hov ends off with the story he mentioned to Angie Martinez last year on how he almost lost all his music from his Blueprint 3 LP. (More).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blogger Tweets Poetry!

Ever heard of the Random Twitter Poetry Game? Dragonblogger has been hosting the game, which yours truly partakes in from time to time.

Drag beckons twitterers to join the game by tweeting a single word back to him, which he incorporates into his poem of the day! Here's today's (WEDS) poem:

Now Awakened

Relaxed after a quatercentenary of sleep
spun from some obsequious equinox thread
the incarnation of a snafu karma hyperbole

Flying over the ancient Mediterranean Savannah
immortal scales glinting like polished palladium
with strength of the oak and wisdom of dreams

Community of hallowed energy in one being
men with frugal spirit testify shamelessly
afraid of being simple mortal nomz appetizers

Ancient being of apocalypse now awakened
salvation or slayer to be determined
as the world revels in awe and fear

-Poem by Dragon Blogger

The daily poem is published on the blog WANDERER THOUGHTS.


Albany has traveled far since the time former Attorney General Eliot Spitzer rode a landslide to victory and was inaugurated annointed Governor of New York State. I recall watching the ceremony on TV and cringing while witnessing reporters, fellow-journalists, fawning over the new Governor like eager hungry little puppy dogs.

Who could have ever imagined that Spitzer would have resigned in disgrace! And then there was his successor, David Paterson, hailed as a serendipitous saviour (and we all know how that turned out!)

Now, we have another shoo-in (remember how everybody, even me, thought Hillary Clinton was a "shoo-in" for President?) in the persona of Andrew Cuomo. Until today it was a given that he would be the next Governor of New York. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, comes Carl Paladino. One journalist remarked: "I've never seen a race tighten so quickly." What next?

In the words of CBS2: "The race for governor of New York just got a whole lot more interesting."
Conspiracy theories, anyone?

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092210 NY GOV + BP

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


A bright future, extinguished in the blink of an eye.

I chose to run as a Green Party candidate rather than as a Democrat or Republican because I felt the campaign I want to run most aligns itself with the Green Party's 10 Key Values. Maryland is a large community of several million people and we can all make a difference together. Help should not be a dirty word. There is not one among us who has not needed help at some point. When we help others we benefit ourselves, and we help ensure equal access for all. When we help those within our communities we allow for stronger, more cohesive communities. As we develop stronger, more cohesive communities, we can appreciate the strengths that each of us brings to the community table. The possibilities are endless.

What we do affects the lives of generations to come. By working together for the common good, instead of the many working to benefit the few, we can leave future generations a home to cherish, respect, and enjoy.

The concerns Americans have need to be heard. Whether those concerns are our troops overseas fighting wars we know about (and wars we do not), environmental pollutants and catastrophes like the BP oil spill, foreclosure, job loss, health care, crime, sexism, racism, or a lack of bike paths, they need to be heard. Maryland, I am listening and I open the dialogue to make our country better for residents. ~ Natasha Pettigrew


Turning Japanese ::: Tokyo Game Show 2010 Cosplay Blowout!

One particular Japanese tradition is dressing up in the costumes of game characters, aka "cosplay." Cosplay was out in full glory at the Tokyo Game Show 2010!

Spotting COSPLAYers


What’s that? You don’t know what cosplay is? Do a quick Google search and you’ll see. Yes, grown men and women dressing up like their favorite cartoon, anime and video game characters! Here's what wikpedia had to say:

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), a portmanteau of the English words "costume" and "roleplay", is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. However, in some circles, "cosplay" has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume.

In Japan, "cosplay" as a hobby is usually an end unto itself. Like-minded people gather to see others' costumes, show off their own elaborate handmade creations, take lots of pictures, and possibly participate in best costume contests.

The most specific anecdote about the origin of the word "cosplay" was that Nov Takahashi (from a Japanese studio called Studio Hard) coined the term "cosplay" as a contraction of the English-language words "costume play" while he was attending the 1984 Los Angeles Science Fiction Worldcon. He was so impressed by the hall and masquerade costuming there that he reported about it frequently in Japanese science fiction magazines. This point is debatable, however, as the word fits in with a common Japanese method of abbreviation: combining the first two syllables of one word with the first two syllables of a second word (or, more precisely, the first two moras of each). Other examples of this include Pokémon (ポケモン short for ポケットモンスター, or "Pocket Monsters") and puroresu (プロレス short for プロレスリング, or "professional wrestling"

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Pop Clips » 21 Sept 10

Miss Info ::: It’s just one more week until the homie Gucci Mane’s new album The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, drops (Tues, Sept 28). Currently you can pre-order the album off Gucci Mane’s site.

Dallas Penn ::: The Real Michael Jordan of the Rap Recordings…

THIS video has been spreading like wildfire across the Chinese internet.

Chinese online public opinion has once again changed the course of an event, this time regarding a forced demolition and consequent self-immolation protest in Yihuang county, Jiangxi.

Music Videos ::: from M.I.A., N.O.R.E., Hit-Boy & Chase N. Cashe, Maino, Freekey Zekey & Jim Jones…

Written Word ::: Sokari, on BlackLooks: "Ajami writing system has been used for at least at least a thousands years in parts of Africa. As I understand it, the script is a modification of Arabic..."

(Afromusing) ::: Mobisoko is Africa’s mobile app marketplace... (with VIDEO)

Monday, September 20, 2010

BEWARE "The New Twitter"


You could end up being shut out of twitter!

Unless you are 100% positive your browser supports it, DO NOT click on the "preview" button!
Lucky for me, I was able to jump on twitter from a friend's netbook and uncouple my account via Linux from preview mode!

Apparently, the version of Firefox I was using, Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20080404 Firefox/, does NOT support the new twitter!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Book Review ::: Notes From The Edge Times

5 out of 5 stars! I love this book! That "bleak, ruined future" you've heard so much about is just around the corner...

In "Notes From The Edge Times" author Daniel Pinchbeck confronts the reader with all of the modern boogie-men we've come to fear love: global calamity, financial devastation, networking, the world ending in 2012, crop circles, UFOs, the Norway spiral, gnostic revivalism, networking --- it's all there, along with thought forms contributed by great philosophers and thinkers of recent times.

I recommend reading "Notes" at the laundromat - a place where critical thinking is usually confined to "how many quarters do I have left for the dryer" and "gee whiz, that's a lotta suds!" You could also read it on the bus or during lunch - anywhere your brain could use a good kick in the pants!

Here's WHY ::: "Notes" is presented in easy-to-digest "chapter chunks," a style I really like! The cover text says it best: "'Notes' collects Pinchbeck's most penetrating recent columns, articles and essays that amount to an extraordinary mosaic view of the hopes, nightmares, and signs of breakthrough that mark our present era."
"Notes From The Edge Times" by Daniel Pinchbeck

Order via!

Tarcher/Penguin hardcover, on-sale Oct 14, 2010
$23.95, ISBN 978-1-58542-837-3

Pinchbeck lives in New York City. He is currently the editorial director of Reality Sandwich and he is the best-selling author of "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl," so take his 2012 remarks with a few grains of salt (or maybe gold? - there will likely be a market for "end of the world is coming" products like we saw just before y2k. Remember y2k, Art Bell freaks?). Come early November, Pinchbeck will make a personal appearance at the Diesel Bookstore in Oakland CA to talk about "Notes" - too bad it's so far from here!
Hmmmm... I could envision Johnny Depp playing Pinchbeck in a movie... but that's a thought for another day...

Somehow, from over a thousand years ago, the Maya predicted that this time would be crucial for humanity--- and indeed, it is. ~ Daniel Pinchbeck

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hottest Ladybloggers 2011 ::: The Nominees To Date

For the first time in its 10 year history, Dave Lucas' "Hottest Blogging Babes" list will be determined by YOU, the blogosphere!

36 Candidates:::12 Winners:::YOU CHOOSE!

#36 microblogger Kontji Anthony

#35 Kimberlycun

#34 Cynthia Occelli

Bookmark this post so that you'll remember to return when voting instructions are released after the 36 finalists are selected!

Here's the latest nominee - #33 - Tavi Gevinson!

Teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson is recognized by most people in the fashion industry. She is a 14-year old gal from the burbs of Chicago, who has been writing her fashion blog, Style Rookie, since she was 11! She appears in a full-page photo in one of August's New York Magazine issues. Tavi's blog readership quickly grew to fifty thousand daily viewers and won the ear of major designers. This year, she was chosen by Mattel to be one of “Barbie’s Ten Women to Watch”—a group of female high achievers who mentor young girls, and she was named one of fastcompany,com's "Most Creative People of 2010." Tavi recently hired a publicist, Dana Meyerson, who is working on a plan to help her sell advertising on her blog.

So WHY is it that Tavi is a successful blogger and you aren't? Niche, Niche, baby!

Are YOU or is someone you know a "Hot Blogger Babe"?


Leave the blogger's URL in the comments section below. (You can also enter by C-Box, sending me an email or on IM) Include a few lines WHY you think this particular blogger should be included on the list.

  • All entries will be screened.
  • There will be 36 candidates.
  • There will be an "election."
  • WHO will win?

Take a look at the last list of 12x12...

NEW THIS YEAR: MICROBLOGGERS accepted as nominees!

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