Monthly Archives: January 2012
Jan 31 2012
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Jan 31 2012
Elements Kitchen Pasadena Closed :-(
 

We are sad to report that Elements Kitchen in Pasadena has officially closed its doors.
Located in the wonderful Playhouse district off the right of the plaza.

According to a post on facebook:

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Hi fans. It is with much sadness that I announce that Elements Kitchen has officially closed. Thank you all for the wonderful memories and support over these past two years…it’s been such a great ride and I’m grateful to all of you!
Sincerely,
Onil Chibas
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We wish the chefs, staff the best of luck in their future endeavors. I am sure we will see Onil announce something in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and be sure to keep an eye out.

Here’s some info on the location if anyone is interested.

Description

Turn-key Restaurant for Sale. A beautiful, meticulously designed fine-dining restaurant with a large open kitchen and a full bar/lounge. Completely rebuilt and renovated in 2009. Restaurant has been well reviewed and featured in various publications.

Modern Mediterranean décor. Restaurant opens to the Playhouse courtyard.

Type 41 ABC liquor license. Fully staffed.

Restaurateur’s dream! Call for a private showing and more information. Do not disturb the staff or customers.

At the heart of the historic Playhouse District, steps away from such revered Pasadena institutions as the Pasadena Playhouse, Vroman’ s Bookstore, Jacob Maarse Florists, and Laemmle Theatres.

Jan 31 2012
Kaiser Workers Strike
 

600-700 People on Strike at Kaiser this morning at Kaiser Hollywood facility.
Off the job until 6am tomorrow morning.
Peak they expect more than 22,000
Kaiser Workers Strike
Hollywood

Mark Costa – Kaiser spokesperson, says they have been prepared for the strike

Doug Aberg – a nurse with Kaiser, 2,000 nurses, they need more staff.
Kaiser workers are frustrated

This is about the patients.
This has to be dealt with by the administration of both the executives and union of health care workers.

Jan 31 2012
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Jan 31 2012
Tours & Concert Promoters Expect Good Year for 2012 with 3-15% Growth
 

Concert promoters expect good things in 2012
With Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, the Beach Boys, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber tours planned, 2012 could be record-setting. The Rolling Stones and Madonna would only add to it.
Story in the LA Times here

Tours & Concert Promoters Expect Good Year for 2012 with 3-15% Growth

Jan 31 2012
DRUCKER BUSINESS FORUM – Strategic Design Thinking – Ravi Sawhney In conversation with Dr. Arvind Bhambri
 

DRUCKER BUSINESS FORUM
Co-Presented by KPCC/Southern California Public Radio

Strategic Design Thinking
Ravi Sawhney
In conversation with Dr. Arvind Bhambri

The RKS team is led by Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO, who is also an author, lecturer and thought leader on design and innovation.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Continental Breakfast & Networking: 7:45-8:30am
Forum: 8:30-9:30am
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
Register here

KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Ravi Sawhney, FIDSA: The RKS team is led by Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO, who is also an author, lecturer and thought leader on design and innovation. Sawhney is a popular keynote speaker who has been featured recently in DC at the U.S. Patent & Trademark headquarters alongside the Undersecretary of Commerce, in Brazil at the Cycle of Knowledge Conference, in Cannes at the World Innovation Conference, and at the IDSA National Convention’s awards program.

Mr. Sawhney is sought in both corporate and academic environments for his deep knowledge of design strategy, innovation collaboration and empathetic and psychological knowledge of people and consumer behavior.

Mr. Sawhney has had an impressive and varied career that gets more exciting every day! He helped invent the touch screen, reinvented the electric guitar, developed children’s favorite Teddy Ruxpin, and has helped deliver clever product solutions and concepts more recently for clients in many categories from healthcare, to kitchen tools, consumer electronics and everything in-between.

Sawhney writes for Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Core77 and others as an expert blogger, has been inducted as a Fellow in the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and recognized with an honorary Ph.D. from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is also the innovator/Jury Chair emeritus of IDSA’s Catalyst case program, championing design’s power to effect positive change in business, in lives and throughout the world, and a fixture as juror or chairman at many of the world’s most prestigious product design competitions.

Arvind Bhambri has been on the faculty of the Graduate Business School at the University of Southern California since obtaining his doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He specializes in strategic change, competitive strategy, global business development, and leadership.

Before coming to the U.S., Dr. Bhambri was trained as an electrical engineer in India. During 2000-2002, Dr. Bhambri took a sabbatical from USC to lead strategy and business development at a global web-based supply chain company in food and agricultural products with offices in India and the U.S.

An active consultant and executive educator, Dr. Bhambri has co-authored three books and more than thirty articles and case studies, including Harvard best-sellers on IBM and Johnson & Johnson. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Trianz, Inc., a global provider of consulting and information technology solutions in the U.S., Japan, and India, and The Music Circle, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to classical Indian music in Southern California.

The Drucker Business Forum is produced by the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.The series is co-presented by KPCC.

Jan 31 2012
T-Mobile Domestic Data Roaming Changes Detailed, Confirmed For April 5th, 2012
 

According to a breaking story on tmonews:

Domestic data roaming will not be subject to data speed reduction. The allotment will be reset with each bill cycle. After the allotment is reached, the customer will no longer have data roaming access until they return to the T-Mobile network or connect via Wi-Fi if they have a Wi-Fi capable device.

“Domestic data roaming will not be subject to data speed reduction. The allotment will be reset with each bill cycle. After the allotment is reached, the customer will no longer have data roaming access until they return to the T-Mobile network or connect via Wi-Fi if they have a Wi-Fi capable device.”

T-Mobile will begin notifying customers in early February via bill insert, email and SMS introducing the new domestic data roaming plans. The domestic roaming data allotments will apply to all existing and grandfathered data plans and in T-Mobile’s words “…will help T-Mobile reduce data roaming costs in order to continue providing the most competitive pricing options…While domestic data roaming allotments are new for T-Mobile, they are currently used across the wireless industry and are quite common with other carriers. It is expected that few customers use enough domestic data while roaming to be impacted by this change.”

read more here

Jan 30 2012
NEWSFLASH: Virgin America Cuts Fares from LA in 5-Day Sale as Low as $69
 

From the Travelzoo Newsdesk:

LOS ANGELES–JANUARY 30, 2012– For the next five days,
Virgin America is reducing nationwide fares from Los Angeles
for last-minute February travel. Prices now are as low as
$69 each way, including taxes.

These fares, available most dates in February, are the
lowest we’ve seen on Virgin America for this travel window.

Nonstop fares include (each way, including taxes):

– San Francisco … $69
– Chicago … $89
– Seattle … $99
– Dallas … $109
– New York … $139
– Washington, D.C. … $139
– Boston … $149
– Orlando … $169

Virgin America’s upscale in-flight experience — complete
with Wi-Fi, food on demand, live TV and pay-per-view movies
— has earned it the title of Best Domestic Airline from
Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.

To book, click the link below. A seven-day advance purchase
is required. Fares around Presidents Day weekend (Feb.
18-20) may be higher. Fares for spring travel, March 1 – May
23, are also discounted.
http://www.travelzoo.com/newsflash/86236259-1179714/

Jan 30 2012
Super Bowl 2012 Ads
 

3.5 to 4 million per 30 seconds of advertising space
Viewers are looking forward to the ads.
Funny animals
Danica and GoDaddy are back!
Career Builder
Chevy – contest
#SoLongvampires
Audio – LED lights

 

2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: Watch Zack Borst’s winning entry to Chevrolet’s Route66 competition chevroletroute66.com. This Chevy ad will appear during Super Bowl XLVI. Check out more about Chevy and Super Bowl XLVI at http://www.chevrolet.com/culture.

 

A canine chorus barks a familiar tune. Keep an eye out for our 2012 Game Day commercial—it will all make sense. Love Star Wars and Volkswagen? Create an Intergalactic Invite to your Big Game party here: http://vw.com/star-wars-invite

 

 

Jan 30 2012
Celebrating with your friends before your wedding is a great idea
 

Bachelor party has been around as an old-age ritual as long as there have been weddings. It’s always great for the groom to spend some quality time on the last night or weekend to leave him with some memories that would stay fresh even long after several years of marriage. But the best celebration comes with a party that does not jeopardize the marriage. Have a great time with friends without getting into too much trouble since the idea is pure celebration minus a messy outcome.

Bachelor Party vs. Wedding day

Wedding day is of course more significant day in the life of the groom but plan a bachelor party well ahead at least a couple of weeks before the wedding. This will ensure that you as a groom can celebrate both the days with much comfort and ease. Let the memories not fade away in the hectic journey of celebrations that come one by one. Give yourself some time to prepare well before your final day too. It’s advisable to keep the two celebrations at a fair distance from each other in dates! It’s no joy for anyone seeing you enter your wedding day with bloodshot eyes.

Venue Speaks Your Mood

And yes this is true! The selection of the venue speaks about the mood with which you intend to celebrate your bachelor party. If it’s a restaurant, it’s natural that you are planning something happening. But if you wish to celebrate it in a beach side or prefer to lock yourselves in a room before you hit the buzzer for starting the show, plans will be different. So, ensure that you are not selecting a venue where you can’t carry on with what you have planned and that, it does not look abrupt.

What to do?

Sitting across together, whiskey, games, casino, sporting, paintball, skydiving and music – there is so much to involve in your plans for a bachelor party. Sitting around the bonfire, narrating stories from your past will give your bachelor party that required ingredient of humor and everlasting fun. You can well plan the theme of the party in advance to give your party a more colorful look. However, you must allow your friends the prerogative of surprises that they might have planned for you!

Stay Safe and Alive By the End

Safety needs to be kept in mind after you end up with your bachelor party and before you step into a new phase of your life. Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive in haste. Make sure you have backups like a driver (who is not drunk) ready to get you back home safely. You can also jot down your plans in a paper so that you are still going well even after you are drunk.

It’s better to have at least one person ready who will not lose on control and is capable of taking the responsibility till the end – it can be you or another friend. You can rock during a concert, go sporting and enjoying in an amusement park or simply sit beside a beach but whatever you do just make sure you have your budgets well planned. Celebrate with friends before your wedding and enjoy the last day of your bachelorhood with a day never spent before.

About the Author:

The above article is composed and edited by Emily Steves. She is associated with many fashion and holidays communities as their freelance writer and adviser. In her free time she writes articles related to stag nights, stag weekend abroad, fashion accessories, etc

Jan 30 2012
Five Star Fakes – Are Yelp Review Real?
 

Five Star Reviews
Firms Pay for Product Reviews
“We will refund your order in exchange for five star reviews”
Editorial vs Advitorial

50-60% reviews are they fake or real?
– Check Reviewer history
– Time stamps
– Pay attention to the language
– no downside?

Firms pay for product reviews

Against the law to not disclose that you are being paid.
Go to real editorial sources:
Consumer reports, CBS, get offline.

Jan 30 2012
BlackBerry Business Cloud Services – RIM & Microsoft Partner
 

BlackBerry Business Cloud Services
Give your employees the power to collaborate wherever they go

http://us.blackberry.com/business/software/cloudservices/#

 

Introducing BlackBerry Business Cloud Services—now in beta

BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services delivers a simple and affordable way for companies to manage BlackBerry smartphones with Microsoft® Office 365.

BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is available at no additional charge to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers. This secure service, hosted by Research In Motion (RIM), directly links Microsoft® Exchange Online with BlackBerry smartphones to offer reliable, mobile access to synchronized email, calendar, contacts, tasks and memo pads.

From almost anywhere, the intuitive, web-based interface provides the tools administrators need to perform common tasks, password reset or find, lock or wipe lost or misplaced devices.

An integrated single sign-on between Office 365 and BlackBerry Business Cloud Services gives end users online self-service options that help make managing devices more efficient than ever.

Getting started is easy

Review the beta program considerations identified below, then follow these simple instructions:

Enroll your business or organization to participate in BlackBerry® Beta Zone by completing the organization nomination form. Complete the organization nomination form

Once accepted to the beta program, RIM will configure your BlackBerry Beta Zone account so you have access to valuable resources, surveys, FAQ, discussion boards, support information and maintenance alert notifications.

Next, enable your BlackBerry Business Cloud Services beta through your Microsoft Online Services portal by following the steps below. If you don’t have Microsoft Office 365, visit the Microsoft Office 365 website and sign up for a trial or subscription account.

Note: you’ll need either a trial or subscription account of Microsoft Exchange Online to participate in the beta program.

Jan 30 2012
McDonald’s Drops Pink Slime Ammonia Beef Processing
 

McDonald’s Drops Pink Slime Beef Additive
Basically cow parts from slaughter, left over and ground up and then ammonia chemicals added and then ground up into hamburgers.
Food Fight
Jamie Oliver
Los Angeles struggles to find lunches that kids will eat.
Kids will only eat what is good for them if it taste good…

Jan 30 2012
$6 Flat @ Fuddruckers!
 

Valid at Your Favorite Fudds:
221 North San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 848-4856
Jan 29 2012
Urgent – Occupy DC Tased – Video
 

Urgent – Occupy DC tased Video

http://SaveOccupyDC.org — Jan. 29, 2012. National Park Police tase a peaceful Occupy DC participant

My name’s Eric. I’m a middle-aged, middle-class PTA dad who participates in Occupy DC because I want a better country for our kids.

Today, the National Park Service brutally tased a peaceful, young Occupy DC demonstrator. This was a prelude to their threatened crackdown of Occupy DC this Monday at noon.

Watch the video here (warning: it’s graphic). And please join me in petitioning the National Park Service to leave Occupy DC alone.

Then pass this email to others — because the media will be at Occupy DC tomorrow, and the more signers we have, the more they can report that the public’s on our side.

Until now, Occupy DC has been protected from eviction because the National Park Service — not the DC police — have jurisdiction over us. The National Park Service said publicly, “We don’t have any issues with these folks” and “The core of their First Amendment activity is that they occupy the site.”

But last week, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa politicized the Park Service — holding hearings where he pressured them to crack down on Occupy DC under the pretext of enforcing camping regulations. The Park Service quickly buckled.

We need to create our own pressure. Click here to tell the National Park Service that First Amendment rights trump camping rules.

Then, pass this to others so we can show the media a public outpouring.

Occupy DC is fighting the good fight in our nation’s capital — protesting the Koch brothers, both political parties, and Joe Lieberman (last night) for being part of a broken political system that is hurting our democracy. Monday is key to our survival — please stand with us in solidarity.

— Eric Lotke, Occupy DC participator and dad

 

Jan 29 2012
A hunter shoots a bear! Tipp Experience Video
 

Go here to watch and create your own ending:
http://www.youtube.com/user/tippexperience

NSFW. A hunter shoots a bear!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ba1BqJ4S2M

A huge bear attacks after being shot by a hunter.

Take a look behind the scenes at TippEx’s successful Hunter Shoots a Bear campaign buy Buzzman. The campaign quickly became a worldwide viral phenomenon, amassing over 35 million views within the first 100 days of launching. View the campaign here: youtube.com/tippexperience

Jan 28 2012
KRUSH – Action Sports and Lifestyle brands @krush
 

KRUSH is where young people 18-30 come to discover and get what’s coming next in Action Sports and Lifestyle brands. Users get the opportunity to reserve and purchase the hottest items months before they’re available in stores on KRUSH.


Jan 28 2012
YogaEarth Natural Coconut Water: The Way Nature Intended
 

“Regular” health fanatics go down to the local health store and puck up a protein bar or sports drink when they think of recovering from strenuous physical exercise.  “Normal” people go about their daily routine and choose to ignore their body’s need for natural, healthy sources of nutrients.  Slowly their bodies deteriorate because they are not getting nutrients the way nature intended: from real natural foods.

Enter YogaEarth’s Coconut Water.  Named “Purity” because it is made of 100% coconut water and contains no additives, this amazing natural recovery drink contains more potassium than a banana, and natural electrolytes and nutrients that you would get from a coconut right off of the tree.  YogaEarth is serious about what they do and completely concerned about the environment and continuing nature’s beautiful work on our planet.  Their coconut water operations in Bali, Indonesia have a much smaller carbon footprint than leading coconut water brands.

YogaEarth’s coconut water is packaged in individual servings (a box contains 30 packets) which makes them easier to pack and take with you.  The packets are much smaller and more convenient than a traditional bottle of coconut water.  The natural nutrients are preserved, you just get more convenience out of the deal.  Perhaps the best part for some of us is that this coconut water is affordable: just $1 per serving at YogaEarth.

YogaEarth also offers other natural health products ranging from food bars to tea to even clothing and fitness gear.  If you consider yourself a “health nut” or are at all physically active and interested in natural alternatives to supplementation, you owe it to yourself to check out YogaEarth.com.

Jan 28 2012
EcoSalon Film Series – January 29th 2012 3pm
 

 

EcoSalon Film Series

January 29th 2012 3pm

@ the Microsoft Store in the WestField Century City Mall. Open to the public

Sacred_Inside_Left

Film: A Sacred Duty

 

            Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lionel Friedberg, in collaboration with Professor Richard Schwartz, Professor of Mathematics encourage viewers to consider how they can play their part in helping to heal the planet and improve their lives.

             The movie shows the Israeli university-based environmental group Green Course discussing responses to environmental threats and discusses the “greening” of two American synagogues, so viewers are shown some uplifting solutions.

Q&A and discussion with Mr Friedberg will follow the screening.

Info on the filmmakers:

             Highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning documentarian, Lionel Friedberg. His background in cinematography includes 18 feature film credits as Director of Photography. He has worked all over the world on both dramatic and non-fiction productions. For the past 30 years, he has supervised, produced, written and directed documentaries, reality, investigative report and educational programs, and has garnered many rewards, which include: A Primetime Emmy, a National Emmy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ‘Westinghouse’ Award for Science Programming, three Columbus and three Golden Eagles for Best Documentaries, and various awards as a dramatic and episodic TV director.

          Perks: NO CHARGE, Free Parking for 3 Hours, Gift bag from Microsoft and Organic Hors d’oeuvres and beverages courtesy of Serenity Foods www.serenityspaces.org and Veggie Grill Veggiegrill.com.

Sponsors:
Serenity Foods
Veggie Grill

Follow Your Heart
Westfield Century City’s Microsoft Store
SlickWear
Microsoft Store

 

EcoSalon Film Series

January 29th 2012 3pm

@ the Microsoft Store in the WestField Century City Mall. Open to the public

Sacred_Inside_Left

Film: A Sacred Duty

 

            Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lionel Friedberg, in collaboration with Professor Richard Schwartz, Professor of Mathematics encourage viewers to consider how they can play their part in helping to heal the planet and improve their lives.

             The movie shows the Israeli university-based environmental group Green Course discussing responses to environmental threats and discusses the “greening” of two American synagogues, so viewers are shown some uplifting solutions.

Q&A and discussion with Mr Friedberg will follow the screening.

Info on the filmmakers:

             Highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning documentarian, Lionel Friedberg. His background in cinematography includes 18 feature film credits as Director of Photography. He has worked all over the world on both dramatic and non-fiction productions. For the past 30 years, he has supervised, produced, written and directed documentaries, reality, investigative report and educational programs, and has garnered many rewards, which include: A Primetime Emmy, a National Emmy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ‘Westinghouse’ Award for Science Programming, three Columbus and three Golden Eagles for Best Documentaries, and various awards as a dramatic and episodic TV director.

          Perks: NO CHARGE, Free Parking for 3 Hours, Gift bag from Microsoft and Organic Hors d’oeuvres and beverages courtesy of Serenity Foods www.serenityspaces.org and Veggie Grill Veggiegrill.com.

Sponsors:
Serenity Foods
Veggie Grill

Follow Your Heart
Westfield Century City’s Microsoft Store
SlickWear
Microsoft Store

Jan 27 2012
Cell Phones Go Public This Month
 

Update: not true per Snopes – see http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp

Thanks to our readers for pointing this out.

Remember Cell Phones Go Public This Month

This only takes a minute to do but you have to call from your cell
phone . In addition, if your children have cell phones you must
call from each one separately….

REMEMBER : Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies
and you will start to receive sales calls.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS !!!

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
888-382-1222
It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of
your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years.
… You must call from the cell phone number you want to have
blocked …

You cannot call from a different phone number .

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON. It takes about 20 seconds.

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