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Thursday, December 22, 2011

POLITICS - France votes punishment in new 'genocide' law

PARIS - The Associated Press

Turks demonstrate next to the French National Assembly, at dawn on December 22, 2011 in Paris as the French parliament is today expected to approve the bill. AFP Photo
Turks demonstrate next to the French National Assembly, at dawn on December 22, 2011 in Paris as the French parliament is today expected to approve the bill. AFP Photo

Lawmakers are in session right now to vote on a measure that would make it a crime in France to deny that the 1915 events amounted to a genocide, a measure that could put France on a collision course with Turkey, a strategic ally.

Turkey wants the issue to be left to historians and has lashed out at France, warning that it will withdraw its ambassador if the measure becomes law.

France formally recognized the killings as genocide in 2001, but offered no consequences for deniers.

The measure expected to pass in a lower house vote Thursday provides for a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros for those who deny the killings by Ottoman Turks were genocide.

The Senate also must approve the measure to make it law.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Is Anybody Hiring...Anywhere? - Kenneth Rapoza - Forbes

2012 is going to be a rough year. According to the International Monetary Fund, unemployment in the G7 nations should remain unchanged at 7.5%. The eurozone job market will see modest improvements, going to 9.86% unemployment in 2012 from 9.94% in 2011. Countries with high government expenditures as part of GDP and countries that are highly leveraged have the weakest labor markets. Low cost labor nations serving the U.S. and European consumer are some of the best labor markets around. Following is a look at the global job market for 2012. Data from the IMF.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Explanation: How Brain Training Can Make You Significantly Smarter | How Life Works

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Explanation: How Brain Training Can Make You Significantly Smarter | How Life Works

As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be.  We suddenly can't remember where we put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance's name, or the name of an old band we used to love.  As the brain fades, we euphemistically refer to these occurrences as "senior moments."
While seemingly innocent, this loss of mental focus can potentially have a detrimental impact on our professional, social, and personal wellbeing. 

It happens to most of us, but is it inevitable? 
Neuroscientists are increasingly showing that there's actually a lot that can be done.  It turns that the brain needs exercise in much the same way our muscles do, and the right mental workouts can significantly improve our basic cognitive functions.  Thinking is essentially a process of making neural connections in the brain.  To a certain extent, our ability to excel in making....Read more 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Miley Cyrus Rock Mafia - IT'S A LIBERTY WALK!

Siri hack lets your iPhone control your car

Siri hack lets your iPhone control your car:
Developer Brandon Fiquett has hacked Siri on the iPhone 4S to enable control of his car
Developer Brandon Fiquett has hacked Siri on the iPhone 4S to work along with his Viper SmartStart module in order to not only start his car, but also to arm and disarm the car's alarm, lock and unlock doors, and even pop the vehicle's trunk...
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

*The Graphics Fairy*

A fairy
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*The Graphics Fairy*

While I was out and about the net today, I found, what I believe would be a good resource for alot of the ladies out there, this is a very cute blog and I wouldn't be sharing it, if I didn't think it would be useful. :)
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

One of My Favourite Quotes, Shaw

Why not?
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"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."George Bernard Shaw
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Titter Dee, Twitter Dum, I smell the blood of being Over done!

Twitter De, Twitter Dum, I smell the blook of something being over done!
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Twitter also says you should mention one person Per Tweet on your Follow Friday, else the score is divided by the number of users you mention.

Somehow between #FF Creations and #FF in reality the two creatures have yet to meet. It's been my experience while on Twitter you name as many of your twitter collegues as fast as you can and reply to any whom have done the same to you.  No So accourding to the Follow Friday Rules.  Please check them out there.
Now where is that cute little bird when I need him...ummm.....

Monday, November 21, 2011

the true cost of handmade

the true cost of handmade:

I recently did my first craft fair. And at that craft fair, one woman picked up every one of my hats, tried them on, and made a sort of a noise in the back of her throat indicating disgust. Then she muttered, “I don’t really like these hats” before looking at the price tag for one of them and looking at me over her glasses: “Do you really charge this much?”

Ok, I managed a retail store for many years, so I’m used to this type of customer. I’ve met hundreds of them, and I know it’s less about whatever she is looking at and more about what is going on in her own crazy brain. Some people just have this need to be nasty. But this was a little different. What she was cruelly and callously saying to me was that what I created had no value. My art has no value. It is worthless and ugly. And I won’t lie — it stung a little.

But back to her question about the cost. The particular hat she picked up was $150 and it was this one:

The offending freeform crochet hat: Lettuce Go to the Mothership. $150.

You can’t see from the photos, but it is made of thousands of tiny little stitches, all folding in on themselves and creating a pretty elaborate underwater sea creature type effect. It’s made of hundreds of yards of very nice wool in colors that I carefully selected and put together in a way I thought would be pleasing. I spent probably 18 to 20 hours making this hat.

So let’s do the math.

Without accounting for the cost of materials, at $150, I would be paying myself about $7.50 per hour for this hat. This hat that I created. This hat that is my art. This hat that is one-of-a-kind, that evolved from a tiny little round of crocheted stitches into its own Thing. This hat that I made with my own hands, that I kept working on until my hands began to hurt. $7.50 per hour. That is less than minimum wage.

Let’s add in the cost of materials, which were probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 for this hat. I used a combination of a handspun wool and some other more commercially available wool. That drops my wage per hour to about $5.50.

Now let’s consider all the other costs: sales tax, for one, which I don’t charge to customers (too messy), but I must pay on every item I sell. Sales tax in most places near where I live & work hovers right around 8.75%. So on that $150 hat, I will pay $13.13 worth of sales tax. My hourly wage is now $4.84. Is the customer paying with a credit card? That’s another 3%, or $4.50 I don’t get to keep from the sale of that hat.

How about the cost of the tags I make and print out at home? The tissue paper I wrap the hat in? The bag I put it in? My business cards?

I could make two of these hats per week, assuming they are all this intricate. Even that is pushing it; 40 hours per week of crocheting would be pretty hard on my hands and wrists. But let’s assume I make two such hats per week, priced at $150. My income? $193.6 per week, or just over $10,000 per year. And that’s before all those pesky other business expenses, like licensing fees, the cost of office equipment, gas, my craft fair booth display, and self-employment tax.

Can YOU live on $10,000 per year? If anything, I set my prices too low. And I acknowledge that. I do it because this is my art. I love it, and I will continue to do it, even if no one ever buys one of my hats ever again. I’ll just be that crazy lady who compulsively crochets a bunch of weird stuff. My future grandchildren can inherit all those bizarre things that crazy Nana Somer made back in the olden days.

If you are still reading this, I ask you: please. Next time you are at a craft fair, or on Etsy or another handmade site, think about how much work, love and time went into handcrafting that item you are thinking of buying. If the price seems high, I assure you, it is not.

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TLC Family "Christmas Card Mobile"

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TLC Family "Christmas Card Mobile":
How to make a Hanging Mobile using your Christmas Cards.
This is a great idea, and you can get the kids involved as something to keep them busy on the cold winters day.

Don't be afraid to display your Christmas card mobile high above the crowd!
What You'll Need:

Ask an adult to help you make the base of this mobile. Insert one hanger into the open part of another hanger so that they form a cross shape. Twist the tops together so that they form one hook. Wind colored tape around the base and the rest of the hangers, if you like.
Tape the straws to the base, so they jut out from the base. Cover the straws with the colored tape. These will 

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Amazon's Best Deals on Camera's

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Two Great Gifts For the People Who Have Everything

The World Wildlife Fund logo, inspired by Chi Chi.
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What to get the people who have everything?

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Two Great Christmas Gifts: Consider Supporting these two Charities this year -  

World Wildlife Fund Adopt An Animal

Gifts Range from $ 25 - $250.00 One Time Donation and the minimal donation your Gift Recipient will receive:

  • 5" x 7" formal adoption certificate
  • 5" x 7" full-color photo of your species
  • Species spotlight card, full of fascinating information about the animal 
  • Personalized acknowledgment letter to your gift recipient.See sample letter

If you provide an email address for the gift recipient, they will also receive the
following Bonus Online Premiums

  • Printable, personalized adoption certificate for the species adopted
  • Computer desktop Images of the adopted animal
  • Instant messenger icons of the adopted animal


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And Consider a One time or Monthly Gift to Support the Wikipedia

A Message from the Founder:

Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 450 million different people every month – with billions of page views.
 Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.  When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.

If everyone reading this donated $5, we would only have to fundraise for one day a year. But not everyone can or will donate. And that's fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.

This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder

The above has been brought to you from the original Wikipedia Site, under the GNU Licensing Agreements, share and share alike!

I feel the Wikipedia is the best online resource for finding information, and think about it, before we had Wikipedia we had "Encyclopaedia's"  which I remember were very expensive, and then you had to get a new one each year to supplement the current volume. I just can't stress how important the Wikipedia is.
And look at all these great images  on this post, that's right, all from Wikipedia - well, most. ~eo

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Recipes, From Hallmark,

Countdown to Christmas - Recipes - Apricot-Mustard Baked Ham Hallmark Channel
House decorated for Christmas. Jeffreys Bay, E...
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Create a new tradition this year by trying a new recipe each day, or week?
Lots to do, I know everyone is at least as busy as I am, if not moreso, but I wanted to blog about something nice, so each day, I will post a recipe  and a gift idea, as an aside to my new blog.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New necklace from Laura Iverson (ZenBreeze)

Necklace I created for my upcoming birthday.  The image is from one of my favorite paintings that sold quite a few years ago now.  The pendant is also available from my website, or, if you would like a beaded one similar to this, email me.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Best Photo's from Sept. 2011 -NatGeo

Incredible images, the National Geographic has always has the Best Photo's from around the globe.

Photo of the Day: Best of September 2011

Photo: An underground pool of water illuminated by a shaft of light


Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Media Blackout is Real, if Not 100% Literal

Occupy Hearts & Minds: The Media "Blackout" is Real, if Not 100% Literal....: Background Alert! I consider myself to be a real news critic and media critic. For one thing, I have a degree in reporting / journalism / m...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Do you use Google Voice?

This is icon for social networking website. Th...Image via WikipediaDo you use them? Did you know the Phone Service is Free?  Read more at Amplify

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

An Average American Observer

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Links to Mental Illness Seen in Fetal Brains: Study --Doctors Lounge

Do you have a member of your family or loved ones affected by Autism, or Other Mental Illnesses?
Take the time to read this report released Today (Oct. 26th) on the Doctors Lounge.

I spent a number of years as Dr. McCandless' Webmaster until I physically couldn't do the job anymore, she is an incredible Dr.  Preferring natural methods to using drugs.  Her book is highly renowned in Autism Circles.  If you have not read it, and are involved with Autism in some way, I recommend this book be read.(see related articles)

Links to Mental Illness Seen in Fetal Brains: Study --Doctors Lounge

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Most Important Comment Period Ever to End the Trade in Generic Tigers!

Save the Snow Leopard!

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Just a click and you could be helping to save Snow Leopards from extinction

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lady Gaga And Arianna Huffington Have Major Klout. Do You? | TheGrindstone

Lady Gaga And Arianna Huffington Have Major Klout. Do You? | TheGrindstone:

Forbes recently published a list of the 100 Most Powerful Women that includes leaders from the political, media, entertainment, non-profit, and business worlds. These women obviously have a lot of power but what about Klout? In case you didn’t know, Klout is a metric of your total influence online. The higher your Klout score, the larger and more robust your sphere of influence. The variables that go into calculating a Klout score are interesting and important for business. Klout scores are calculated from variables on the various social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter, among others. It is measuring True Reach, Network Score and Amplification Probability. Lady Gaga, Arianna Huffington, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah, Ann Curry, Nancy Pelosi and Diane Von Furstenberg all made it into the top 10 for the most powerful women with Klout. But how important is Klout?
Well, first of all it really depends on your business. Of course, if you are trying to run and promote a small business using social media effectively is essential. For any kind of brand building or sales social media is essential. For other jobs, use of social media can be looked down upon. So whether you need a higher Klout ranking or not, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you trying to be more social media savvy from The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia.
  1. Be consistent: The content you write and share on any platform needs to give your audience a sense of who you are and what you stand for – your “personal brand”. Your reputation, activity, and social media visibility all contribute to your brand message.

  2. Be thoughtful: Seek out and connect with key people who matter to your career (managers, mentors, clients, industry thought leaders, etc.); follow their lead for the best means to connect and find ways to participate in the more....