Monthly Archives: July 2008
Jul 30 2008
Pasaena Walk About

Please join us for the Walkabout Part II: Ice Cream Social event on

Saturday, August 9

from 10 am – 12 pm

at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church (585 E. Colorado Blvd.)

RSVP by responding to this email or by calling 626-744-0340.

Jul 29 2008
California CookShack South Pasadena Breakfast Spot

Have you ever been to the Cook Shack?

California Cookshack

1929 Huntington Dr
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-3333
Get directions

I’ve been a few times and the place is pretty good.

Go check it out.
Call for schedule as they have limited hours.

Jul 29 2008
Earthquake in Los Angeles

There’s been a large earthquake in the Los Angeles area. Epicenter was Chino Hills, very shallow according to reports. Approximate time was around 11:42.

I was driving on the 5 freeway and felt the car rocking, like someone had lifted the car and was rocking it, also looked like the road was moving in a wave motion. Very sureal experience.

Reports are that no injuries at this point. Which is good news for an earthquake of this magnitude. Expect aftershocks.

Did you feel it? Where are you located?

Jul 29 2008
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Jul 29 2008
Shop at Woodwind and Brasswind

Shop at Woodwind and Brasswind

Jul 29 2008


LOS ANGELES _ The 2008 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its seventh annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers.

The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, ‘zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2006. All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.

*** Please note that print-on-demand (POD) authors with iUniverse, PublishAmerica, Infinity Publishing and other outlets are eligible for the competition.

Our grand prize for the 2008 DIYBF Book of the Year is $1500 cash and a flight to the awards ceremony, held in February, 2009 as part of the annual DIY Convention in Los Angeles.

Genre category winners will receive a combination of books, software and other prizes.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.

2) The unique use of guerilla marketing tactics to reach a wider audience. This includes innovative marketing, merchandising, publicity tactics and other innovative methods of reaching an independent audience..

ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories.Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.

1) General Non-fiction

2) General Fiction

3) Children’s books

4) How-to

5) E-books (word or .pdf file acceptable)

6) Comics

7) ‘zines

8) Photography

9) Fan Fiction

10) Poetry

11) Art

12) Teenage

13) Biography/Autobiography

14) Audio/spoken word

15) Compilations/Anthologies

16) Best Unpublished Short Story

17) Cookbooks

18) Science Fiction

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The DIY Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

1) DIY Author of the Year-Honors the outstanding book of the competition.

2) DIY Book Design of the Year — Honors outstanding and innovative design.

3) DIY Independent Publisher of the Year-Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges.

FESTIVAL RULES: DIY Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site ( Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on October 25, 2008. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $10-$50 (see entry form drop-down menu for specific category prices) in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

You can also enter the contest by phone by calling 323-665-8080 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific time.

Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We’re sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.

Entry packages should include:

1) One copy of the book;

2) Your official entry form or a copy;

3) The entry fee or receipt for online payment;

4) Any marketing materials you wish to send. Marketing is used as a tie-breaking consideration by our judges.

Entries should be mailed to:
JM Northern Media LLC
attn: DIY Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028-0893
Phone: 323-665-8080

AWARDS: The DIY Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project.

The 2008 DIY Book Festival is part of the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, which also produces the DIY Film Festival and the DIY Music Festival. The 2008 DIY Book Festival is sponsored by the Larimar St. Croix Writer’s Retreat, The Hollywood Creative Directory; eDivvy, Shopanista, Westside Websites and The DIY

Jul 29 2008
The Morning After WordPress Theme

This is the link to download the morning after theme for wordpress.

Very impressive theme

Jul 28 2008
ArtistForce Lunch 2.0 8/8/08

We’re intentionally not revealing details of this event.

Jonathan Romley, Founder & CEO of ArtistForce, is producing this event, so expect something a little different from the usual Lunch 2.0. We’ll still have lunch and Lunch 2.0 is still the best event for plugging into LA’s Web 2.0 community, but Jonathan is going to shake things up a bit.

About is the first web-based business platform and professional community designed to help live entertainment professionals successfully manage and expand their business.

ArtistForce offers web-based tools industry members use to communicate, manage relationships, negotiate offers, transact business, track bookings and share documents with a professional community of Agents, Managers, Venues, Promoters, Talent Buyers, and Performing Artists.

Mixergy’s Web 2.0 events are supported by:

Jul 28 2008
mac specials and news from Apple

The Apple Store has several announcements this week:
• Back-to-School promotion continues to out-perform and is proving to be the best offer for you to feature. We have just refreshed the banner ad campaign in the CJ interface.
• The Apple Store recently dropped the price on the 1.8GHz MacBook Air, from $3, 098 to only $2, 598 in the US and from $3,248 to only $2,748 in Canada; a savings of $500!
• Want to recommend the best back-up solution for a Mac? Feature Time Capsule: the ultimate wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard, available in two storage sizes.

Buy a Mac for college and get a free iPod touch. Order online and get free shipping. Exp 9/15

Jul 28 2008
wedding scrapbooks, slideshows or ecards

Create beautiful wedding scrapbooks, slideshows or ecards in just minutes!


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