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Holiday Gifts


Do you have a big girl, a plus size woman on your holiday shopping list? Do you want to make her feel like a treasure with your holiday gift? Do you want to avoid “the size trap”?


I’ll bet she gives you mixed messages, “I need clothes!” “Don’t buy me any clothing!” This is because she is genuinely conflicted herself. She needs clothing but she knows you can’t pick flattering things for her. With this list you don’t have to go there.

Uplift her Image with Accessories
Every woman has jewelry on her holiday wish-list. Just make sure the size and impact of the piece, real or faux, is commensurate with her grand stature. Present a set of faux jewelry as a “tower of treats” - a stack of boxes, gradually increasing in size, each containing an item and then wrapped as a tower

Partner with another family member and coordinate small leather goods, wallet, eye glass case, key fob, umbrella, handbag or tote. Agree to a unifying influence among the goods, such as brass hardware, silver tone hardware, or coloration, so your lady has a coordinated set or accessories and feels like a lady.

Scarves are always appreciated; oblong, flat scarves will be more flattering. Choose a color scheme that brings vibrant, flattering color to the face. Fold a scarf by itself (no box or wrapping paper) and use a large pin or brooch as the bow – pin the gift tag with it.
Gloves, especially leather gloves, need to be purchased according to hand size – but they are well worth the effort, they can be so luxurious. Combine gloves and a scarf in a 3-dimensional, cylindrical “wine” container to really surprise her.

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Children's book President Obama

President Obama is adding another title to his resume, author, with his children's book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters that is being released on November 16, 2010.

This children's book is setup as a letter to his daughters, as tribute to thirteen revolutionary Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation- from the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington. President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within not only his own children, but within all of America's children.  It shows the potential within each of us to reach for our dreams and create our own paths.

Book Details:
  • Readinglevel: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 16, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 037583527X
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King Albert II will not abdicate throne


Flemish-language newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported that King Albert II of the Belgians had intended to step down in favor of his son, Crown Prince Philippe. The news also reported that the King abandoned the idea because of deepening political uncertainty in the divided nation, caused by the failure to form a new government. However, this week the palace formally denied the rumor and a spokesperson stated that “This issue is not on the agenda” and refused further comment.

The tensions and divides in Belgium between Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia run very deep. Just last week, King Albert named a new negotiator to help form a government after elections last month were inconclusive. Johan Vande Lanotte, the new mediator, was given a "primary objective" of "recreating confidence" in broken-down dialogue between the parties. The King is viewed as a mediator between the seven political parties representing the two groups. The negotiations between the groups faltered again on Monday when a Flemish proposal was rejected. Issues run so deep that questions are arising again whether the Kingdom of Belgium should remain as one country, or be split into three.
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Amazon Web Services is rolling out an offer Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) access at no charge

Amazon Web Services is rolling out an offer on Nov. 1 for new customers that provides one year of access to a "micro instance" on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), as well as a number of other services, at no charge.

The offer includes 750 hours' use per month of a Linux micro instance, including 613MB of memory as well as 32- and 64-bit support, along with 750 hours' monthly use of the Elastic Load Balancer tool and 15GB worth of data processing.

Customers can use the new usage tier to run applications as well as for testing, training, and development purposes, Amazon said Thursday.

Also Thursday, Amazon announced a no-charge usage tier for its SimpleDB tool, Simple Queue Service and Simple Notification Service, which will remain available indefinitely to both new and current customers.

The 750-hour block of instance time is enough to let new customers run a micro instance throughout the month, Amazon noted. But standard AWS pricing rates will apply once the year is up, or if customers exceed certain service allotments.

Amazon may also reclaim unused resources granted under the offer after giving the customer 30 days' notice, according to a spokeswoman.

Overall, Amazon's offer reflects a time-tested strategy by tech vendors wherein customers are given free access for a limited time, in hopes they will become dependent on or grow to like a product enough to start paying for it.
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Meg Whitman's campaign shows how not to use Twitter


California gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman might rightly claim tech savvy as one of her skills, but that knowledge hasn't trickled down to her campaign staff.

In a recent Twitter update sent out to Whitman campaign followers, Whitman's press secretary included a Bit.ly link intended to take clickers to a site with an endorsement from San Diego County Police Association. Instead, the link took them to a YouTube video titled "K-ON Fuwa Fuwa Timebass" featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man dressed in a pink tutu and thigh-high stockings, rocking out on a bass guitar in a bedroom.

The Tweet, which pushes the 140-character limit, reads as follows: "SD Cnty Sheriff Assoc says @Whitman2010 4 gov! RT: @Murphy4MegNews: CA Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on crime. http://bit.ly/bNCAV."

Presumably, Whitman's press secretary Sarah Pompei somehow botched copying and pasting a shortened link from Bitly, a site similar to Tiny URL, through which users can freely condense long URLs to concise, Twitter-friendly forms.

A copy-and-paste error is understandable and forgivable. What's curious, though, is that as of noon Pacific on Oct. 20, the Whitman campaign had not yet removed the offending Tweet, which went up at 4:40 p.m. Pacific on Oct. 18. Perhaps the campaign decided the publicity -- the video is up to nearly 900,000 views -- was worth the ridicule?

The lesson in all this is that as more organizations -- whether political or commercial -- come to rely on social media such as Twitter to reach their audience, they take pains to ensure they're using it properly. It's far too easy to make one's brand or candidate look, well, a little ridiculous (if not worse) thanks to a momentary lapse in judgment or computing ability.
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More Yoko on CNN: 'I wanted people to focus on John's life, not his death'


Another segment of Anderson Cooper's interview with Yoko Ono was put up tonight on CNN. (You can see a video portion on this page at the left.) She said she wanted people during the 70th birthday celebration to focus on his life and not his death. She said by concentrating on his birthday she thinks she accomplished that.

She also talked about how she made her attitude more positive in the wake of Lennon's death. "One day, I looked at the mirror and I was going like this. (Scowls into camera.) And I thought, 'This is not going to do.' And especially for Sean. What a mother! So I tried to smile in the mirror every morning. But my eyes were not smiling. But I thought, 'Well, we'll try this.' I started to smile and smile and smile. And I finally thought that, 'OK, I'm alive!' And my whole body's smiling. Great! This is great! And I have to do that to survive.
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The Dalai Lama was honored today with International Freedom Conductor Award


October 20, 2010, by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in Southwest Ohio, with the presentation of the "International Freedom Conductor Award". The Dalai Lama, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, donated the prize of $25,000 that came with his award, back to the Duke Energy Convention Center. There were nearly 2,000 people packed in the center. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center gives the award to those who are "conspicuous and effective champions of freedom."

CEO and President of the center, Donald W. Murphy, said the Dalai Lama was specifically chosen because of his tireless efforts on behalf of Tibet and his life-long advocacy of freedom and peace for all people.

In his speech at the luncheon, he mentioned that he was moved by the current exhibition on display at the Freedom Center, Invisible: Slavery Today. The Dalai Lama stated more than once that it was important for the United States to remain a strong leader, keep up its "self-confidence" and focus on the future. He told the audience that he was a Marxist when it came to economics.

The Dalai Lama is the fourteenth leader in a line of Buddhist spiritual and political leaders of Tibet. Buddhists are followers of Gautama Buddha (c.563-c.483 B.C.E.), who believed the problems in this life can be overcome through moral and mental discipline. He fled his country and took safety in India in 1959 during the revolt against Chinese control of Tibet. Since that time, while still in exile (forced or voluntary absence from one's country), he has promoted Tibetan religious and cultural traditions.
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American Airlines and subsidiary American Eagle will increase departures by 28 percent at Los Angeles


American will add service to the new cities begining April 5, 2011. The new domestic destinations include Albuquerque, El Paso, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Boise, Houston (Intercontinental), Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Tucson. The new international destination served by American Airlines aircraft will be Shanghai, People's Republic of China, a nonstop service previously announced. The new flights will account for an additional 33 roundtrips from LAX. In addition to the new cities, American will add another seven roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to existing destinations: two each to Dallas/Ft. Worth and MIami, and one each to to Chicago O'Hare, Las Vegas, and Orlando. The new schedule will boost American's departures at Los Angeles to 153 daily departures.

Los Angeles is one of the most competitively balanced cities in the US domestic aviation landscape. No carrier operates a large hub at LAX, and market share is split fairly even. Americans market share at 19.09% is the largest at LAX for a single operating airline, however when United's 16.60% is combined with United Express services operated by SkyWest which account for 6.67% of the city's share, American is handily beat by its Chicago based rival. Southwest and Delta round out the top four with 16.19% and 12.37% shares, respectively. All four airlines consider LAX, the fifth busiest airport in the country, to be a focus city for their networks.

Also of note, American Airlines announced it is awaiting regulatory approval to begin placing it's code on Alaska Airlines flights departing Los Angeles for Mexico. The August shutdown by OneWorld partner Mexicana left American with a significant gap in service to Mexico. Mexicana operated significant service at LAX, at one time holding the distinction of being the busiest non-US carrier at the airport. American's codeshare and frequent flier agreement with Alaska Airlines dates back to the 1990s, and the two airlines operated interchange services as early as the 1980s.

American will place its code on Alaska Airlines flights to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, and Manzanillo. Flights to these cities will be sold only as connecting service through Los Angeles from another AA destination. Alaska AIrlines flights to Mexico City and Guadalajara will be available for sale as an AA coded flight for Los Angeles originating passengers in addition to connecting passengers. Horizon Air flights to Loreto and La Paz will be sold as AA flights for connecting passengers.

Alaska Airlines had already signed a larger marketing and frequent flier agreement with Delta Air Lines for feed mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Delta and SkyTeam partner Aeromexico operate their own service to Mexico from LAX.

American, which opened a new terminal at LAX in 2009, also announced a $20 million dollar refurbishment to American and American Eagle facilities, including an expansion to include four additional gates by the end of 2011 to support the additional nonstop flights.
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Confirmed Details about Windows Mobile 7

As the Mobile World Congress is approaching very fast, some details about the most discussed Windows Mobile 7 has been out in the media through sneaky webmasters.

With no doubt, we’re sure with the unveil of Windows Mobile 7 at the MWC in Barcelona on 15th of this month. According to all the leaked information till now, here’s what they are in aggregate.

Windows Mobile 7 will feature a UI similar to the Zune HD and is derived from codename “METRO”The Home Screen will not support any Touch Flo or non-Sense interfaces and will have an all new lookWill include Silverlight 3.0 with some features of SL 4.0 specially made for Windows Mobiles.Applications can now only be installed via Windows Mobile Marketplace with Try before you Buy option enabled sooner.No inclusion of Multitasking and has a new push notification feature hosted by Microsoft.Browser is based on IE7 with some features of IE8 which leads to faster browsing than in iPhoneFull Zune and Xbox 360 integrationZune software will handle all syncing. No more active sync or Windows Mobile Device centreFull support for social networkingNo .NET Compact Framework backwards compatibilityNo flash support as time constraints prevented its inclusionExpected to ship by September 2010

The above given info satisfies the long time heard Zune Phone, even if it is not clear that Zune Phone is the next generation of Windows Mobile. If the above mentioned details are true, the Zune Phone will include the Windows Mobile7.


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