Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holiday Gift Guide - Hurry for the best deals !

SHOP FOR THE BEST GIFTS RIGHT HERE ~ Here are some great deals if you are looking for last minute gifts. Have a great Holiday Season ! Merry Christmas ! Happy Hanukkah ! Happy Kwanzaa ! & A Very Happy New Year 2007 !

I have done my shopping & I am ready to go and enjoy my vacation ! See You Next Year !

Monday, December 18, 2006

Enjoy the spirit of the Holidays with these wonderful screen savers

Enjoy the spirit of the Holidays with these wonderful screen savers.

American Greetings has some very nice, unique and even contemporary screen savers.Best of all they are free. I think its a great way to celebrate the Holiday Season, especially if you work on the computer all day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

2006 Weblog Awards - Voting open until December 15th 2006

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition, with over 1 million votes cast in the last three years for nearly 1,000 blogs. This year's edition is the biggest ever with 45 categories to choose from. Nominations ended November 24, and voting began December 7 and will end December 15

Don't forget to vote ! Be heard !

If you love reading blogs, if you love writing blogs you gotta vote here !

Blogs I voted for..so far !

Best Blog : Huffington Post
Best New Blog : WIMM's Voices
Best Individual Blog: Majikthise
Best Humour Blog : My Brain Hates Me But I Hate It More
Best Comic Strip : Being Five
Best Online Community : FARK
Best Liberal Blog : Think Progress
Best Conservative Blog : Little Green Footballs
Best Centrist Blog : The Moderate Voice
Best Media Blog : On Deadline (USA Today)
Best Technology Blog : Life Hacker
Best Sports Blog : Deadspin

Monday, December 11, 2006

Top 15 Inspirational Quotations

Get inspired and lift your spirits with these positive quotations that will surely stimulate your soul and perhaps motivate your mind...
  • "No bird soars too high if he soars on his own wings."-- William Blake
  • "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."-- Les Brown
  • "Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration."-- Thomas Edison
  • "Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom."-- Albert Einstein
  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Act as though what you do makes a difference. It does."-- William James
  • "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one."-- Ellen Hubbard
  • "One can make a day of any size, and regulate the rising and the setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining."-- John Muir
  • "It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks."-- Theodore Roosevelt
  • "Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."-- Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you've imagined."-- Henry David Thoreau
  • "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!"-- Jonathan Winters
  • "What does not kill me makes me stronger. "-- JohannWolfgang von Goethe
  • "We all have ability. The difference is how we use it."--Stevie Wonder

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Top 10 Mobile Battery Saving Tips

Aalaap Ghag of Tech2.com writes about Top 10 Mobile Battery Saving Tips. Well, I am always worried about not having my phone charged when I will need it the most. OK so my phone has the MP3 player which I love using. So how do I make sure that I have a battery that lasts. I do charge it while driving in the car but Alap tells us about the 10 things you can do to save your battery !

I am going to highlight them for you.

  1. Close Background Applications
  2. Turn Down Screen Brightness
  3. Don't Use Animated Wallpapers or Screen savers
  4. Turn Off Keypad Lights
  5. Decrease Screen Standby Time Out
  6. Turn Off Vibration
  7. Turn Down Ringer Volume, Keypad Tones and Speaker During Calls
  8. Disable Voice Clarity / EFR / Voice Privacy
  9. Turn off 3G / GPRS / EDGE
  10. Use Bluetooth and WiFi Only While Transferring

Finally he says : "the last tip is not very recommendable, but it is something to consider if you've tried everything else above: don't use the phone too much" Hmmmmm I possibly cant agree with that one Alap !

But great tips !!!! For detailed explanations visit the link.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A hot cuppa tea & biscuits...to build an entire city !

Bite-size city takes the biscuit said the BBC UK on February 20th, 2006

Song Dong - a Chinese artist built a huge city in miniature out of biscuits at Selfridges department store in London. An estimated 72,000 biscuits, including digestives, chocolate digestives, rich tea, hobnobs, caramels and fruit shortcake, were used during the week-long project. The public was allowed to chow down 2 days after the exhibit! Free tea was provided by Selfridges.

More Pictures Here

Mr Dong has also built biscuit cities in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Paris.

Ok so this was old news....but I thought it would be great to bring out
this story for hose who missed it, especially with all the rain and tea kinda
weather !

For a great cup of spiced chai...I would recommend Twinings Tea. You can also learn to make a fabulous cup of chai or to learn about Indian Chai ...go here !

Masala Chai

1 ½ cups water
2/3rd cup whole milk
6 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
3 teaspoons any un-perfumed loose black tea or
4 single tea bags (Lipton)
1/4th teaspoon Masala Tea mixture
A 2" piece of fresh gingerA pinch of Cardamom powder

Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the masala tea spice mixture. Let it boil for a minute. Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. You may avoid adding the sugar and add a sweetener in the end while serving. Throw in the tea leaves or bags. The tea mixture will rise and many spill over the top, so be aware and remove from the heat (electric stove) or turn off the heat (gas stove). Let it sit for 2 minutes. Strain the tea into two cups and serve immediately. Sip and enjoy!

For a good DUNK MUG !!! Firebox has a fabulous idea for a gift to a biscuit dunker ! I love the traditional Digestives !

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving & A Poem ~ In My Dreams !

In My Dreams
by Steven Robert Heine

In my dreams
all wrongs are righted,
all sins are forgiven
all wounds are healed.

In my dreams
all lost friends are found
all loved ones are united
all pain is forgotten.

In my dreams
laughter replaces anger
smiles replace frowns
and love replaces hate and fear..

But then I awaken
and I realize that I cannot fix
everything that is broken in the World.
And I decide to try to make it just
a little better somehow.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Heard of Heritage Turkeys? What are you eating this Thanksgiving ?

A small flock of exclusive birds, called "Heritage Turkeys,'' is making an impact on Thanksgiving for serious foodies.
These birds are not just free range, drug free and organically grown. These birds have papers, going all the way back to Christopher Columbus. They are farm-raised, naturally inseminated and have their own reality TV show on the Internet.

Heritage Foods USA, the mail-order business founded by Martins and Todd Wickstrom in 2001 say that people willing to spend $200 for a fully-traceable turkey.

What is a heritage turkey?

To be classified as a heritage turkey, the bird must meet the following criteria:

• Reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating. Expected fertility rates should be between 70 percent and 80 percent.
• A long productive lifespan. Breeding hens are typically productive from five to seven years, breeding toms from three to five years.
• A slow to moderate rate of growth, reaching marketable weight in 26 to 28 weeks. This gives the birds time to develop strong skeletal systems and healthy organs before building muscle mass.

For information about Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch or heritage turkeys, visit the farm's Web site at www.reeseturkeys.com.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

New Gadget to Stop Snoring !

Snoring occurs when the muscles of the throat, tongue and soft palate relax during deep sleep. The tissue sags, narrowing the air passage and causing one to inhale more forcefully. This in turn causes the tissue at the back of the throat to vibrate. There are a number of contributing factors, including smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption, or physical characteristics like a narrow airway or an elongated soft palate. In some cases, finding a way to quit snoring will require a specific diagnosis of the cause.

Seeking a simple and effective solution to snoring has been a major concern for the 37 million American sufferers and their loved ones. Snoring has become an everyday occurrence, much more common than many care to admit. For many of those who struggle with snoring problems, finding an effective snoring product can prove to be extremely challenging. For many who snore, constantly being the butt of jokes can be humiliating. For their partners, continual interruptions during the night can have a dramatically affect their mood, job performance and general outlook on life. In serious cases, health problems that are related to interrupted breathing patterns associated with severe snoring may arise. One such disorder is Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is when a person stops breathing because the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.
A 1993 National Commission on Sleep Report revealed that chronic sleep disorders affect 60 percent of Americans. The result: "Sleepy individuals are less ambitious and less productive. Sleep loss impairs performance É and decision making." Numerous studies have shown that REM sleep is necessary to recharge our mental functions, and non-REM sleep is necessary to repair our physical functions. While the current national average requirement is 7ð hours, "short sleepers" (6% of the population) require less than six hours to feel fully rested, and "long sleepers" (4% of the population) require nine hours or more.
Sleep medicine specialists suggest that you're getting adequate sleep if about 85% of your total time in bed is spent asleep. Snoring can prevent you and those sleeping with you from getting the vital deep and REM sleep.
Your snoring problem could be a thing of the past, and you never again will have restless nights because of your snoring, get up tired in the morning, worry about your partner leaving the bedroom, or worry about snoring surgery or dental implants. You won't have to undergo expensive snore surgery to solve the problem. And there's no need to take pills.
This revolutionary product will solve your snoring blues and save your marriage. (that's what the people who sell it say) Just strap it to your wrist and, thanks to its sensitive micro-sound detector, it will detect your snoring and send a mild harmless electric signal without waking you or disturbing your sleep. Eventually, your body will learn to avoid the electrical signals by not snoring during sleep. $59.95 Link

Anyone try this yet?

Monday, November 20, 2006

NEW Toys for the little ones.....this winter !

Have toddlers running around the house? This is a great gift.

Bring their favorite carnival ride home with Razor's Bumper Buggie. Certainly safer than the bumper cars at amusement parks, this cute little buggy is made of shatter-resistant plastic and features seat belts and a breaker switch for added security. Speeds up to 2 mph make the Bumper Buggie safe for ages 3 and up.

Its available at Target and Walmart for $99.

Ok so if you want o have fun....get 2 !!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Alarm clocks that fly !

Ok so lets face it, waking up in the morning is gruelling for some of us lazy bones. I know my husband twists and turns and then physically slams the snooze button a gazillion times before he rolls out of bed !

The Flying Alarm Clock has certainly will make you fly out of your bed.....proven it’s mettle as a formidable device that is more than capable of waking up even the most battle hardened sleeper, as it literally takes to the skies (or as far as your ceiling permits), flitting around with the noise of an annoying mosquito in it’s efforts to jolt you out of your slumber.

To keep it silent, all you need is a fly swatter. Nah, I’m kidding - you will first have to get up and catch it. There really isn’t any point turning on the Snooze mode as it will take off from it’s base after a designated amount of time, repeating the irritating process all over again, hence it is advisable to just get up and greet the new day with enthusiasm. Those who sleep with their windows open might be distressed to find out that their alarm clock has literally flown out of the window, leaving them no avenue to wake up.

Of course, you could be stubborn and refuse to get up, letting the Flying Alarm Clock grace the ceiling space in your room until it’s battery is exhausted, where it will then drop to the ground with a spectacular crash. I doubt that anyone would want that to happen as you wouldn’t want to fork out £19.95 for a replacement each time it crashes and burns.

Friday, November 10, 2006


This is a project done by Grant Robinson a Digital Designer from Wellington New Zealand, seen here on the left. His website is very interesting and he has many impressive projects under his belt ~ like the Quizoo, Quiz Rooms which he did for the BBC UK. The one that I loved playing the most was the Hard Spell game ! Pretty cool stuff ! Way to go Grant ! Love it !

What is Montage-a-google?

Montage-a-google is a simple web-based app that uses Google's image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on keywords (search terms) entered by the user. Not only an interesting way of browsing the net, it can also be used to create desktop pictures or even posters.

TIP:If you want to print or save your montage you can take a screen grab of it ('Prt Sc' key on PC) and paste it into you favourite photo or paint application to print or save it from there.

View photos tagged with 'Montage-a-google' in Flickr to see some examples of what other people have made.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Go Ask Alice ! Huh ?

A health question-and-answer site run by Columbia University's Health Promotion Program,

Go Ask Alice! is a great place to ask embarrassing medical questions anonymously.

Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet service. It works to provide readers with reliable, accessible information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.

Alice! Health Promotion Program
Phone 212 854 5453
Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Check out their Archives as Go Ask Alice started in 1994 and has a lot of information to browse.
Categories include : Alcohol and Other Drugs; Fitness & Nutrition; Emotional Health; General Health; Sexuality & Sexual Health and Relationships. They also have a weekly poll.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

SorryGotToGo.com ~ Warding Off Pesky Unwanted Phone Calls

I do feel for the people behind the scenes just making a living with the Telemarketing jobs. Yes, their job is important but my time is precious at the end of a very busy day ! Most of us, like myself, are polite enough to listen to most of what they want to say.....

But we all have enough things to do at the end of each day without having to be polite to listen and then say no...every few minutes? Well, now you can fight back with these handy little "sound bytes," providing a medley of perfect excuses for cutting off unwanted conversation.

Wanna know more? Take your self to Sorry, gotta go for some ready made audio clips with some of the most creative excuses. Some are downright funny! Download the audio clips and put the phone up to the computer when that unwanted call comes and this time you will be armed with an excuse to put the phone down politely. You can use classics such as "There's the doorbell," "My other line is ringing," and "I can't hear you over the crowd noise" will have you thrilling to a peaceful dial tone in no time.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

How to keep up with stuff on the net?....social bookmarking, social pics, social news and more !

The blogosphere is EXPLODING with blogs, widgets, social bookmarks, webtools, ...I could go on and on...I am just thinking of the new words that are going to be included in the English Dictionary.

Gosh we can hardly keep up with the news from DIGG, NEWSVINE, TAILRANK, SLASHDOT, TECH CRUNCH and more....ok so you are going to ask what am I going to tell you?????????? BTW.... Did you know how many SPELLING ERRORS I get just by mentioning these new things on this blog :)

Ok let's get to it. I just installed the new WEB2.0 TOOLBAR !

The toolbar is great. I dont have to go visit all the websites and check on the latest diggs, news and pics anymore...I just click on the toolbar for example the LINKS tab has - Delicious, Meta filter, Stumble buzz, Furl, Squiddo and more. I get to read the headlines all in one click of the tab. Yes you can go the site that interests you. Its a great time saving tool if you are trying to keep up with or learn the Web 2.0 space.

What they (the people who made this plugin ) say......

It’s a small plugin for your browser that contains all of the most popular content from the web 2.0 sphere in one spot…your browser. The best Social Bookmarking, Pictures, Videos and News all one click away.

My recommendation...Install it if you have space up there on your toolbar......its def worth it !~

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Haunted Mansion Fireworks Display....AWESOME ~

A Haunted Mansion themed fireworks display won this years Pyrotechnics Guild International competition. The Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc., founded in 1969, is an independent worldwide nonprofit organization of amateur and professional fireworks enthusiasts.

According to Danny Clark "Although it is hard to see in the video, the sparkling prop in the beginning is a miniature mansion. "

He says on Google groups - "The choreography is done in a couple of steps. First, we peice together the soundtrack using a product called Adobe Audition. Then we use a program called SmartFire to mark where in the show we want effects. The trick is to pick effects that last the right amount of time and fit the peice of music. We do that by going to demo nights of fireworks importers."

"Most of the product in the show came from a company in Pennsylvania called Kellners Fireworks (www.kellfire.com). Once we have a map of the fireworks we want to use, we install what is called an ematch into the device which converts it from handfire to electric fire. We then run wires from each firework to a module in the field. It is similar to a computer network. Then we go back into the software and make sure that each devices location on the network is set to fire at certain times to match the music. A show like you saw would have about a 1000 lines. "

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ever heard of Cakesicles ??? - Baking time is here !

Cakesicles!! That is so cool ! My kids would love this. Ok here is an idea. Bake the cakesicles. Cool. Then dip them in your favorite melted ice-cream and then melted chocolate. It would be ice-cream and cake all in one. Yummmm !!!!!!!
What is it about children and snacks on a stick? Lollipops, popsicles, and now, "cake-sicles"! Bake them, then frost and decorate. You can also use the pan to make Crispy Rice Treats on a Stick.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Cuba's Oldest Person dies at 126, October 13th 2006

Benito Martinez Abrogan, Cuba's oldest person and star of the government's efforts to promote healthy lives for its oldest citizens, died in Central Cuba. He was said to be 126, but there was no definitive proof of his age, as he had no birth certificate.

Martínez claimed to have come to Cuba via steamship in the 1920s, whereupon he initially found employment on the family ranch of Cuban president Fidel Castro. He was nicknamed, “El Avión” (the aeroplane), for the speed at which he worked. He later settled in a small farming community outside Ciego de Avila, where he lived out his days as a perpetual bachelor. He attributed his longevity to a healthy diet of rice and fresh vegetables and the occasional alcoholic beverage. Mr. Martínez also said the secret to his long life was that, "he had never cheated a man or said bad things of other people."

Benito lived alone, although a local helper cooked and cleaned for him. He has never been married and never had any children. He never owned a car. He always walked, rode a bike or took the bus. Hobbies included breeding fighting cocks, growing bananas and dancing. He rarely over ate as food was rationed. He ate mostly starchy cassava and sweet potatoes cooked in pork fat. Only in the last twenty years of his life did he give up smoking. His first doctor's visit was not until he was around 115. The only time he went to the hospital was a few days before he died.

Video Link

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Google Rank Cake - Bake and reap the profits !

Ok this is funny ! With Google being in the news each and everyday....I thought we could bake a cake. I found this recipe online. Hope you like it. Bake it and Serve me a slice ! :) This one is for all you bloggers, techies and webbies out there !

6 cups thick content mix
1 jar word of mouth, whipped
2 tablespoons meta tags
1 cup creativity
In a bowl, stir content mix with 1 cup creativity. Stir. If hard, let sit overnight
Stir in meta tags.
Heat server to 100 degrees. In a 1024x768 pan or two 800x600 pans, pour mix. Beat in meta tags.

Let bake for one year. While baking, prepare word of mouth. Pagerank and Linkback will start to form on cake. Spread with a spoon of new content batter every 1-3 weeks. Bake until done.

FAQs / Comments

Q. Should I buy content batter from the box or attempt to make it myself?
A. Content batter usually tastes best homemade. Although some people might want to get it over with and buy the mix from a box, its all according to your taste. I, personally, believe homemade is more rich and adds your own personal touch.

Q. What if I'm out of creativity?
A. There are many, many people making these cakes and I'm sure they won't mind if you took a taste for inspiration. Sometimes the batter just needs a little beating. On the other hand, there are many people willing to give you free content batter in exchange for credit.

Q. I have baked for a year and pagerank nor linkback will grow!
A. Is the server set to the right temperature? Did you check it frequently? Several factors can contribute to lack of pagerank and linkback growth. Make sure you didn't do anything to make your cake stale.

Q. What brand of meta tags do you recommend?
A. Honestly, it doesn't matter. The generic ones are just as good as the expensive ones. So I wouldn't worry too much about spending tons of money on them. Actually, the best way is to make them yourself. Get creative. Mix meta tags and jot down relevant words that go with your content mix. Slice and dice, mix and match. It also helps to use a mix of creativity and scripting.

Q. I heard word of mouth was hard to come by. So how am I supposed to get 1 jar!
A. Easy. Give them something to talk about. You'll have the whole jar in no time.

Q. I do not have the patience to wait a whole year for Google Rank Cake! I have money and I will buy the biggest one there is!
A. Good luck and see you at the unemployment line. Google Rank Cake cannot be bought. Ever! While its true you can purchase the sprinkles which appears next to the Google Rank Cake, however you can never purchase the cake itself.

Q. Is it okay to let my Google Rank Cake bake longer than a year?
A. Yes. In fact, the more you let it bake, the richer it will get. Just as long as you remember to spoon on fresh content batter every so often to prevent dryness.

Q. My friends cake is the biggest I've seen and mine is the second biggest. But I've used more content batter and meta tags than him!
A. Boy, I remember the day when having a cake that was one layer too small was something to truly fuse about. You'll have your day too, just remember to keep adding content batter and creativity.

I'd love to hear how your Google Cake Rank turned out! And remember, its not the size of the server that matters, but the person behind it!

About The Author : "Ignore what other people think you like and listen to your heart, its your passions in life no one can rightfully criticize." Tia is CEO of Client Centers, LLC, an Internet and graphic service business based in Florida since 2000. She also owns and maintains NerdByte.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ever heard of the "FART" Tax ???

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and sure enough the rest of the world thinks so too....as tourism has doubled since the popularity of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which was filmed in its entirety in New Zealand. Against the scenic backdrops of mountains and the sea, it seems it is "God's Country" !

So how does the NZ government protect this pristine land? Hmmm how about imposing a FART tax ! Livestock produce tons and tons of methane, which really adversely affects the environment. Pollution is an externalized cost -- meaning that gas released in the air represents damage to other parties created by a method of doing business -- and the farmers should be responsible.

I ask, How does the New Zealand government come up with a breakdown of how much should be charged per species or per fart?

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wanna "SHOOT" your rubbish into a dustpan?

Stephen Reed of http://www.stephenreed.net/ - Industrial Design studio is based in Deptford, London has innovation combined with some cool designs. Recently his scrabble sofas were featured on Boing Boing

Well besides the scrabble table I thought the SWEEPER KITCHEN BROOM was funner ! Although I love to clean....it would be great making it disappear while shooting a goal. I used to be a field hockey player in high school, so this one is going to be perfect !

Friday, October 20, 2006

One of the world's smallest legible dictionaries I have seen!

The Junkers English - German Dictionary was my father's - Jagdishchandra Govindrao Kulkarni. He used it in his travels to Germany and Europe. It is one of my prized possessions !

It has 704 pages and as you can see it is SMALL ! It is 1 3/4 th inch wide, 2 1/4 inch high and 3/4th inch deep.

It was printed in Germany in October 1953.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

300 Million and counting !

US population reaches 300 million at 7.46 am October 18th 2006.

"It took the nation 139 years to get to 100 million mark in 1915. And another 52 years to reach 200 million in 1967. But it will have taken just 39 years to hit the 300 million mark, which means that the country is getting bigger and much bigger much faster." said Anderson Cooper on his show on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360

Want to know the WORLD POPULATION as of today?

The US Census Bureau's Web site has a POP CLOCK that shows up to the minute the population of the US and the World.

According to the US Census Bureau there is

One birth every.................................. 7 seconds
One death every.................................. 13 seconds
One international migrant (net) every............ 31 seconds
Net gain of one person every..................... 11 seconds

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ask.com releases the new Moblie search

From the Ask.com blog straight to you. Emanuel Bettelheim, Product Manager, Mobile Ask.com announced on October 12th their brand new search for mobiles. It makes searching on the road a lot easier. Well, I have not tried it yet but sounds really good. You can search for directions, images, business listings, weather, bloglines and more.

Blogging 5 year old ! Huh !

George Sfarnas' comic Being Five is about Georgie, a 5 year old kid who blogs about anything and everything, using voice recognition software. Well, he sure can't type you know ! Sfarnas has a five-year-old son, and he is the inspiration for the comic strip. Just like Georgie, Sfarnas is a blogger. George Sfarnas uses his blog to publish his cartoon about a little boy who blogs. The blog entries are funny little snippets that sound very much like some of the things my kids used to say. He blogs on the soccer field, from treetops, during kindergarten, and in his own bedroom.

Here is his recent blog about Google & You Tube!

Have you met Ms. Dewey yet? Search Something !

Google is still the best search engine there is ! Here is a new search engine that making search fun for a bit. Ms. Dewey is a new, interactive, Flash based search engine. To assist you in your search, the website is hosted by smoking hot model/actress/vocalist, Janina Gavankar, who is guest starring in upcoming new episodes of Showtime's "The L Word". See what she and the site are capable of by typing into the search field, or just leave it blank and watch.

Janina, is an American actress and musician of Indian and Dutch descent. Gavankar is a classically trained pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance in Chicago during her college years. At one point, Gavankar was part of a singing group, Endera. They were signed to a subsidiary label of Universal Records and did one album, including a brief tour, before finally disbanding. Gavankar has appeared in theatre, commercials, short films, independent films, as well as Barbershop and its sequel; Barbershop 2 - Back in Business.

In 2004, Janina moved to Los Angeles She can be seen in the upcoming Bull Run. Gavankar is also playing the role of Papi on the fourth season of The L Word.

Monday, October 16, 2006

New Dove Campaign ! Compliments are like - an apple a day !

I love the new Dove campaign for Real Beauty But I do hope that Dove highlights men and boys too the same way ! They are as vulnerable as women and girls.

Postitive reinforcement in the day to day lives of our children is an essential part of making them confident young adults. One feels pretty when you are told that you are pretty.

Try saying it to anyone today ! And mean it ! You would have just changed their perspecive of themselves. Words can mean a lot and help raise self esteem !

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Seeing Red - Not with ENVY...but CHARITY !

The latest iPod Nano from Apple is RED !

Apple is giving $10 from the sale of every RED IPod ($200) to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. U2's Bono's Product Red project raises money for AIDS research. Oprah's show on friday 13th Oct was a stunner. She along with Bono hit Chicago downtown's "Magnificent Mile" on Thursday for a shopping spree to promote a new line of clothing, accessories and gadgets, including the special-edition RED iPod.

JoinRed.com(RED)™ was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver to empower consumers to shop and do good at the same time.
You can even check out the BLOG for Joinred

Participating Companies

Gap is introducing Gap (PRODUCT) RED™—a new, limited collection of clothing and accessories for men and women.
Armani is a proud partner of (PRODUCT) RED™.
Converse It's just a little, red eyelet,at the top of each pair of Converse sneakers signifies participation in (RED)™.
Motorola is introducing the new red MOTORAZR V3m.

Slide ! The widget geek strikes again :)

Recently I saw this awesome slide show of Sam preparing an Indian meal on her blog Becks & Posh That inspired me to tell you about this wonderful widget.

Yup I am a widget geek ! Love them ! I think its great that we can make the web an interesting place with all these new widgets. So here is more about this one .... called the SLIDE !

You can add pictures from Flikr, My Space, Photobucket, Web URLs or upload from your own computer. I think its a neat way to showcase your pictures. Enjoy !

Friday, October 13, 2006

Colorizing Carrots !

I have kids who really love those mini carrots but when I read this story I was intrigued !

"Shredded in salads and slaws, steamed, or just peeled and dunked in an herb-speckled dip, carrots are versatile veggies that add colorful zest to our dinner plates. These crunchy orange roots are also a well-known source of vitamin A. Just a single, full-size carrot more than fulfills an adult's daily quotient of the essential vitamin."

Source :"Carrots With Character" was published in the November 2004 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Rembrant ? Van Gogh ? or You?

Ever wanted to be famous ? See a life-size painting of yourself or anyone else or any of your fabulous photographs showcased in the portrait gallery of famous museums around the world !

Museumr is a great little tool. It allows you to login to your Flikr account and place one of your pictures in the museum display .

You can choose between 3 museum gallery styles and the application will create an awesome piece of art displayed in a real museum gallery complete with admiring visitors.

So now you are famous. Save the picture by downloading it to your computer or you can even upload the newly created master piece to your Flikr album. Cool !

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Eric & Kathy - One of the funniest shows on Radio !

I listen to Eric & Kathy on The Mix - WTMX every morning and their pod casts are worth listening to. Here is their home page

I love the new podcast technology. Here is one show you must listen to !

Have a great day !

Thursday, October 05, 2006

On Sunrises ! Each day is a new day !

All sunrises should be this beautiful and calm.
Barrington, IL - September 2006

Every sunrise is a present, a gift from God above, Gift-wrapped with scarlet ribbons and tied with bows of love

Each day's a new beginning, a time to start anew, While all the stars are sleeping, and the rose is fresh with dew

Every day's a new creation, too lovely to ignore, And we may find a blessing, just outside our door.

We cannot keep the past, like fireflies in a jar

Nor journey to the future by wishing on a star.

Every sunrise is a blessing, a gift for just today

Rejoice, my friend, embrace it before it fades away!

~ Author Unknown ~

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Widgets ? Small, Fun & Useful Web Programs

A widget is a little piece of content or a tool provided by a third party that you can place on your computer, web page or blog. Here is an article by Om Malik on Widgets !

Suddenly Everything's Coming up Widgets
Breaking down the Web into small, portable pieces is the smart trend that everyone from Nokia to Google is betting on. By Om Malik, Business 2.0 Magazine October 2 2006: 11:50 AM EDT
Ok here are some great sites to get widgets on your webpages for FREE ! Google is ofcourse the leader !

From Sudoku puzzles to Videos, to Calulators to News Feeds ! The web has now become more personal than ever ! So enjoy ! HERE ARE WIDGETS FOR YOU !

Google Gadgets Google Gadgets are miniature-sized objects that offer cool and dynamic content that can be placed on any page on the web. A directory of "Google Gadgets for your webpage" is now available for webpage owners everywhere to browse and select gadgets for their own pages, at http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open

Yahoo Widget Gallery http://widgets.yahoo.com/gallery/

Apple - Mac Widgets http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/

Monday, October 02, 2006

Inside The World Of Google !

As we rely upon search engines more and more each and every day I find that the story of the simplistic Google search page is...yup...intriguing. Here are some great sound bytes from BBC.com I really enjoyed listening to the 2 episodes. Hope you enjoy them too.

Inside The World Of Google Part One - 22.09 minutes

Inside the World Of Google Part Two - 22.07 minutes

More on More info: news.bbc.co.uk

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I "URGE" you to look ! :)

Did you know the new music download site that MTV just launched?
Its at urge.com
It is 99 cents per song or you can even do a monthly or yearly fee.

In their words:

URGE is the new digital music service from MTV Networks that makes it easy to enjoy, explore and get the music you want for your PC or portable music player. URGE gives you complete access to over 2 million songs, 18 music genres, countless styles and exclusives from MTV, VH1 and CMT. URGE also gives you hundreds of playlists and radio stations, music feeds, blogs, interviews and feature stories from leading music voices.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Technology intrigues me !

This is so cool. Try out the Listen now icon as it is way cool.
Technology has gone so far and I am sure it is only the begining.
I just cannot imagine what life will be in the year 3000 !
Ok that's it for now !

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Creativity is.......

Creativity (or creativeness) is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts....Well I love to create...whether is "food"....from Indian food to all the yummy recipes I have tried and loved...yumminess or "gift baskets".......beautiful and elegant ! I love making my home gorgeous with color, creativity and style....while getting paint in my hair ! Lately I have been enjoying the fabulous food and other blogs and I thought that this might be a neat way to share and blog !

Saturday, September 09, 2006

One Liners & Proverbs

Words are fabulous creatures...Here is a website that proves it. Oneliners and proverbs provoking deep thoughts with a smile and a fabulous oneliner.... "Laughter is a smile with the volume turned up"