Monthly Archives: January 2010
Jan 29 2010
Job Fair Los Angeles

Job Fair Los Angeles
January 29, 2010

Today starting at 10am at Cal Poly Pomona there will be Job Fair with over 100 companies.  Including SCE – Southern California Edison and many other companies.

Campus to Host Engineering, High-Tech Job Fair

January 25, 2010
A recruiter from the Jet Propulsion Lab talks with a student at  the Engineering and High-Tech Job Fair in 2005.Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center will host an engineering and high-tech job fair for students, alumni and the general public on Friday, Jan. 29.

About 100 companies and government agencies will be on hand at the Bronco Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships. Among those scheduled to attend are Fluor, Northrop Grumman, Valero, General Electric, Parsons, Raytheon and Southern California Edison.

“This is an excellent opportunity for those who are entering the professional world or those who are unemployed and looking to reenter the workplace,” says Michael Marinoff, associate director at the Career Center.

Participants are encouraged to dress professionally, bring plenty of resumes and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

Job seekers jam the Lockheed Martin booth during the annual  Engineering and High-Tech Job Fair in 2003.“It’s not uncommon for a participant to be given a follow-up formal interview or, in some cases, a job offer,” Marinoff says.

Those who want to attend the job fair but might be hesitant because of a less than inspiring resume should consider attending the Resumaniac event the day before, on Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Career Center. Corporate recruiters as well as career counselors will be on hand to critique resumes and cover letters. No appointment is necessary. Participants must bring a hard copy of their resume.

For more information about these events or to view an up-to-date list of attending employers, visit the Career Center website or call (909) 869-2342. Off-campus participants will need to visit the parking kiosk on Kellogg Drive for a $5 parking pass.

Campus to Host Engineering, High-Tech Job Fair

Campus to Host Engineering, High-Tech Job Fair

Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center will host an engineering and high-tech job fair for students, alumni and the general public on Friday, Jan. 29. About 100 companies and government agencies will be on hand at the Bronco Student Center from…

Jan 28 2010
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Jan 28 2010
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Jan 28 2010

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Jan 28 2010
Second Annual Pasadena PinotFest

“Second Annual Pasadena PinotFest”
is a charity event to support Hillsides founded
95 years ago. HILLSIDES mission is to create safe places for children, strengthen families, provide special education; and advocate for children’s rights. This Southern California non profit
creates safe places for children in its residential treatment program where children living in the
group homes are in foster care or have been
referred by the Department of Mental Health.
While on our campus, they reside in a secure,
stable environment which enables them to heal
and rebuild trusting relationships with adults.

940 Avenue 64
Pasadena, CA 91105
Main Campus: (323) 254-2274
Fax: (323) 254-0598
Directions/Map of Hillsides

This is a charitable event for the benefit of

If you are a winery, winemaker or
represent a winery please contact:

[email protected]

or call 626.862.7441 for specific
information or questions.

Email Information needed
(please include in your email):

40 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

EVENT: 2010 2nd Annual Pasadena PinotFest
DATE: January 30, 2010
TIME: 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM
CONTACT: Mike Farwell 626-862-7441

Check in and setup begins at 1:00 PM
(day of event)
Parking and unloading:
Please go to Valet Parking in the lot next to the University Club (north), they will assist you in
where and how to unload.
Up to two people may attend the event per winery. Please let us know the names of each person
prior to sign in. Any additional staff must pay
$50.00 per person to enter.
If you need assistance unloading please don’t
hesitate to let the check in desk know.
Provided: Ice Bucket, Spit Bucket, Sign with
your winery name, one chair, water pitcher
and table cloth.
You may add anything to the table you like,
but please nothing too fragrant. Please bring
your own cork screws. If you have any special
needs please let us know in advance.

We suggest the Langham where special
rates are being negotiated
The Langham
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
[email protected]

Media & Trade Signup Form

EVENT: Grand Tasting
DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2010
TIME: 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM

LOCATION: University Club of Pasadena
175 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626)793-5157 | Fax: (626)793-1784


California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
note: Syrah and other wines produced
by specific wineries may also be poured

We are working with
the Langham and will let youknow when
final rates have been established.

FORMAT: Festival, tables for wineries arranged
for easy access by attendees at the event.

Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance,
Paso Robles Wine Growers
Santa Lucia Highlands
Carneros Wine Alliance
Sonoma Valley Vintner’s & Growers
Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance

NOTE: There are other events planned from
January 23 through January 29, 2010
if you would like to be included please contact us.
January 24: Brian Loring Winemaker Dinner
@Noir Food & Wine
January 29: Wes Hagen Clos Pepe Tasting
@Noir Food & Wine
Also from January 23 through January 30
Noir will be featuring
Flights and wines by the glass of California’s
finest Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays.

This event is sponsored by
located at 40 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
626.795.7199 fax 626.795.7333

Jan 28 2010
ampelos wines Winter Events

Love ampelos wines.

Ampelos Cellars,       Sta. Rita Hills
Dear Victor,

Oh what a year it’s going to be…
just you wait and see! 2010 is upon us and we are so excited about what is in store for the coming months! Good things come to those that wait (at least when we’re talking wine) and the upcoming release of ’07 Lambda pinot noir & ’07 Gamma syrah bring with them great opportunities…

where in the world is YOUR ampelos?
Inspired by YOU, our friends and fellow wine lover’s, we are going to challenge you to see just where in the world our wines can show up this year!
We are grateful to have had so many of you send pictures, notes, & e-mails telling us of events where ampelos made a moment more special that…well…
we made a “movie” about it !
and we would like to make more…  starring YOU! (watch for it …coming your way soon)
So, bring your camera, take those pictures (or video) and send them to us! ([email protected]) or facebook
Each time you send pictures of ampelos at your events, vacations, date night, mountain hike, trip to Australia, next marathon…we will put your name in the hat for a few “prizes” .
We will also be posting pictures from Peter and Rebecca’s travels this winter and spring, as we meet and greet all the amazing folks who help sell and distribute our wines, plus future friends we have yet to meet on the journey.
We can’t do it without YOU, so send ’em in and let’s see if we can travel the globe this year!

Picture above from Patrick in CT! Thanks for celebrating with us!

GREEN viticulture…

pruningWe are thrilled to announce that we are one of  the 1st vineyards in the US to receive all 3 ‘green’ certifications! ampelos vineyard is now sustainable, organic, and biodynamic certified. In addition to the great impact this has on helping to conserve natural resources and decrease carbon foot printing – we believe this IS where great wines start…the vineyard!  (…and it is our job as winemakers not to mess it up)

In the vineyard

Shhh… they’re sleeping! This is the time of year when the vines take a well deserved break. As for us, we are working with them to get them prepared for the next vintage. For each section of the vineyard we are reviewing the information from last year and based on that we plan the approach for 2010: pruning, shoot thinning, leaf pulling, cluster thinning, irrigation and biodynamic fertilization. Along with our vineyard consultants, we are constantly making observations and carefully tracking changes to keep improving from year to year. It’s grape farming… and winemaking!
Rain, Rain…
Keep on coming! We farmer’s love it. So far 141/2 inches this year (July-June). We are already a little ahead of average for the year – a good thing. The soils have been soaking up the gentle flow of rain and the frequent breaks result in minimum erosion. The sweet peas, fava beans, oats, and vetch we seeded between the rows after harvest are growing well and will soon provide a jungle of nutrients for the soil. Nature is a wonderful balance and the energy is obvious to us as we take our morning walks around the vineyard.
Pruning starts next week and we encourage you to come by and watch some of the action – give us a call!
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wine thiefGREAT wine…

They’re back…well almost! We have been out of the Viognier and Rose for quite awhile – the ’08’s only lasted about 2 1/2 months after they were released last April, but the good news is that we got more fruit in 2009. Viognier is this time from four different vineyards (2 of them Sta. Rita Hills). We are working on the final blending right now and will be bottling it in February. Similarly, the Rose of Syrah ,which has a great bright red color, will contain about 10% Riesling from the Kick-On ranch in Los Alamos. As usual, the wine will first be released to our filos wine club friends and then to general distribution as inventory allows.< /div>

This week we are also tasting and blending our ’07 pinot noir ‘rho’. This is our barrel select and after 27 months in the barrel the aging has paid off and it is time to bottle. We also chose to take the same approach with our ’07 syrah ‘gamma’. These wines like the slow, gentle aging in barrels and since we are using barrels with less aggressive flavor profiles the balance between tannins, oak, acid, and flavors is remarkable. We believe ’07 is a benchmark vintage. However, lets taste together when we release them in 6-12 months after bottling.
Great news

We are fortunate to have received another round of great scores for our wines from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.

’06 Pinot Noir ‘lambda’ – 90 pts
’06 Pinot Noir ‘rho’ – 91pts
’06 Syrah ‘gamma’ -91 pts

Lompoc wine trail
Did you know that Lompoc was the perfect place to spend a entire day tasting wine? Well now you do… working with the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, the Lompoc Wine Trail map is going to press and will soon be available to everyone. This area has some of the best wines and winemakers in California and we, as a wine community, have decided it is time to let this “secret gem” of central California get some well earned attention. We hope that you will plan a trip to see us soon and let us share our passion for winemaking and the Sta. Rita Hills with you!

(really) GOOD story…

hear the latest buzz!

rebecca nycOn the road again…

While the winery is a little quite, we are traveling to visit as many accounts in as many states as we can. During our travels we are also hosting winemaker dinners, tasting groups, and hoping to meet up with new and old friends, alike. Have the perfect place we need to be? Let us know!
Never fear – someone is usually at the winery – so come see us there, too!

We savor the winter months and can’t wait for the spring! With fantastic friends, who continually refer new people our way, Saturdays at the winery have become one of our most favorite times! Thank you for coming out to see us…please come back and continue to send your friends (so they can become ours)!
Also, we are putting a little LOVE in your heart (and MONEY in your pocket) this Valentine’s day! Watch your e-mail or Facebook for the special !


Peter and Rebecca Work

ampelos cellars
1633 W. Central Avenue
Lompoc, CA 93436
805-736-9957 |    facebook

NOW OPEN: Saturdays from 11am-4pm

We are open for tasting Sunday – Friday by appointment only. Please call (805) 736-9957 to schedule a tasting.

Due to state laws that limit direct shipments to consumers, we can currently only ship wine to AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, KS, IA, IL, LA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, TX, VA, WA and WI.

Jan 28 2010
Ojai – Ojai Hospitality Group at Go Green Expo

This past weekend at the Go Green Expo I stopped by the booth for Ojai, where Geoff Wells was representing Ojai Hospitality Group, which owns Casa Ojai and Su Nido.

Geoff offered a sample of the delicious tangerines, and I mean they are delicious.

Here’s a picture of Geoff at the Ojai booth.

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Geoff Wells with Ojai Hospitality Group
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I talked to Geoff about the Ojai area and the amazing farmer’s market held every Sunday morning. There are also “tangerine tasting” tours at the Friends Ranch on Saturday mornings starting in Feb through april. Not every Saturday.

Info on the best places to stay in Ojai:

Casa Ojai

Ojai’s premier Green Hotel, Casa Ojai is conveniently located in the heart of Ojai, California with magnificent Topa Topa mountain views and lots to do.

Casa Ojai Inn
1302 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai CA 93023

Fax: 805-640-8193
Geoff Wells
Other Contacts: Jim Johnson, General Manager

Request Info -  Casa Ojai Inn Map Member Since 1981

About Us…
Toll Free: (800) 255-8175


Su Nido – your nest in Ojai

Su Nido Inn (Your Nest in Ojai)
301 N. Montgomery St.
Ojai, CA 93023

Phone: (805) 646-7080
Fax: (805) 640-7687
Reservations: (866) 646-7080

Su Nido Inn
301 North Montgomery Street
Ojai CA 93023
805-646-7080   Fax: 805-640-7687
Geoff Wells, Owner/Operator
Other Contacts: General Manager

Map Member Since 2006

About Us…
Toll Free: (866) 646-7080

come to Su Nido. Your artful Mission Revival suite awaits you with fireplace, kitchen, patio and the finest linens and amenities. Relax and refresh. The unique flavor of the Ojai village is just steps away; enjoy the Arcade, art galleries, live theater, Libbey Bowl and fine dining, or simply unwind in your own private, peaceful world. You may never want to leave.

Affordable Suites/Rooms in the Heart of the Ojai Village
One & Two bedroom Suites from: $159-$509 per night

Gift Certificates always available

Come to Su Nido Inn and enjoy these Upcoming Events in the beautiful Ojai Valley

Weekend Twitter Special $118.99 cozy up with Casa Ojai!

Check out the video of the valley here:

Geoff Wells

1302 E. Ojai Ave.

Ojai, CA  93023

(805) 646-5824

Weekly Certified Farmer’s Market Every Sunday 9-1 pm

Jan 28 2010
Twiistup 7 Agenda –

Twiistup 7 has started. Here’s the agenda.

Here’s the final agenda below.

NOTE: Twiistup starts Wednesday evening at UCLA and the Opening Night Reception has moved to The W Hotel in Westwood – 930 Hilgard. All events require a ticket so get yours here.

Twiistup 007 Agenda

Wednesday January 27th Korn Hall UCLA

6:00 – 6:30 PM: Leila Janah, founder and CEO of – Using the Web to Change the World

6:30-9:00 PM: New Company “Wildcard” Demos on stage

9:00 PM – Midnight: Opening Night Reception at the W Hotel 930 Hilgard, Westwood

Thursday January 28th Skirball Center

8:00-9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:10: Welcome / Introductions (MC Cathy Brooks)

9:10- 9:40: Richard Rosenblatt CEO of Demand Media with Om Malik – The Evolution and ROI of Content

9:45-10:45: Showoff companies: Collecta, Geodelic, Lunch, Mingly, and Nsyght (with judges Q&A, Rick Heitzmann, Mark Suster, Chris Lea + more)

10:50 – 12:00: Showoff companies: NutshellMail, Qlipso, Ranker, Rippol, YourVersion and wildcard pick (with judges Q&A, Robert Scoble, Alex Quilici, Matt Thompson + more)

12:00-1:00 PM: Eric Ries – The Lean Startup

1:00 – 2:15: LUNCH SERVED

2:15-3:00: Lisa Stone CEO of BlogHer and Bambi Francisco CEO of (moderated by Cathy Brooks)– Opportunities and Challenges facing women Tech Entrepreneurs

3:00-3:45: Dave McClure – Startup Metrics for Pirates

3:45 – 4:00: Showoff Winner Announced

4:00 – 4:45: Paul Graham of Y-Combinator with Om Malik – Starting Up Fast and Cheap

4:45-5:30: Peter Guber with Brian Solis – Online or Offline, It’s Still About Telling and Selling Your Story


7:30 – Midnight: Twiistup 007 – Casino Royale Party

@mayhemstudios: RT @techzulu: Streaming Live from #Twiistup (expand) come watch!

Jan 28 2010
Taylor’s Tonics at Go Green Expo Los Angeles

This past weekend was the Go Green Expo and at expos we usually have a fair amount of beverages, but the folks at Taylor’s Tonics had something unique, a Chai Cola available for sampling. Very friend staff serving up samples of the cola. Lots of pictures of the booth here.

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Taylor with Taylor’s Tonics pictured serving up some delicious Chai Cola at their very unique Victorian era style booth.

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The Sample Cart – the whole theme of the booth was very cool

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Friend staff at the booth talking about the features of the Taylor’s Tonics Cola

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A 4 pack available for purchase at the show only $5. Which is a bargain.
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Signs – yes you need a big sign for Chai Cola – Locally Kettle Brewed in San Francisco
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Cases of Chai Cola being served up at the Go Green Expo Los Angeles 2010

Taylor’s Tonics – Drink Brand
Quality Elixirs – Tonics & Sodas – Since 1996
Customer Service; [email protected]
ph: 831.460.4600 x2

Northern Unified Brewing Co.
PO Box 14932 , San Francisco, CA  94114
Ph: 831.460.4600 fx: 831.460.4601

Distribution info: Real Soda
Gardena, CA  90249 (310) 327-1700
Soda Specialist, Chai Coloa & Much More

Sun Ridge – Falcon – Pajaro, CA  95076
ph: (831) 786-7000

Retail Info:  Chai Cola available at:
Select Whole Foods – Bristal Farms –  Vicente Market – Follow Your Heart -Galco Soda Pop Shop – Umami Burger – Erewhon – The Curious Palete – Nature Mart – PC Greens – and more

Also at your favorite store if you request it. Thank you!

Jan 28 2010
$18 for a Dozen Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

$18 for a Dozen Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory


Buy Now! This deal will not last

When the first strawberry fell from its tree into a child’s fudgesicle, a stranger walking by grabbed the boy’s treat, mass-produced it, and sold it to other children. Today’s Groupon celebrates that day with a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries for $18 from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Burbank. A dozen of Rocky Mountain’s decadent bites (which are normally $3 each) will take your taste buds to sweet and strawberry perfection, an anomalous isthmus between cocoa powder-coated produce and chocolate bars with strawberry jam.

While some redheaded berries have hoop dreams, most strawbs dream of a succulent shirt from the benevolent chocolate tailors at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Ripe fruits plucked fresh from nature are happily hand dipped in gourmet Guittard chocolate. They come out sparkling with a fresh coat of edible indulgence, a hydrating mask of love-activated choco that hardens until it’s perfectly suited to chomping, slow savoring, or timid gnawing. They’ll hop together 12-strong into a fancy box.

While apples and oranges make thoughtfully nutritious gifts, a chocolate strawberry offers a more romantic gesture with juicy fruit and high-quality chocolate. Over the holidays, you treated yourself to sweets galore, and now your neglected sweet tooth nags you to live out its fantasies of dunking biscotti and raw pastas in vats of chocolate. Teach it temperance with a few choice morsels before it caramelizes the curtains.

If you’re ordering your chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day, be sure to place your order by February 7 at the latest. These treats are for pick-up only.

Buy Now! and Read More…

Company Information:
Rocky Mountain Chocalate Factory- Burbank
302 N. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, California 91502

$18 for a Dozen Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory –

Brought to you by Groupon

Expires 04/29/2010
Limit 1 per visit or order. Must call to place Valentine’s Day orders by 2/7/10. Pick-up only. Valid at Burbank location only.

Jan 27 2010
Lotions from Organic Excellence

This past weekend was the Go Green Expo in Los Angeles. I spent some time with the fine folks from Organic Excellence. Their focus is on chemical free products.

100% chemical and fragrance free USP, bio-identical progesterone cream formulated with certified organic herbs. Choose from progesterone cream with or without phytoestrogens, in a 2 oz. jar or 3 oz. pump.

Organic Excellence features 100% chemical free health and personal care products with the added benefits of certfied organic herbs.

Check out their products.

Here’s some pictures from the Go Green Expo of the Organic Excellence booth:
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Organic Excellence sells chemical free health and personal care products with organic herbs. We sell everything from alcohol free hair spray to chemical free shampoo, conditioner and face and body cleanser with organic herbs to natural progesterone cream to ease the hormonal changes of menopause and perimenopause including hot flashes, to joint pain creams to soothe sore joints to environmentally safe cleaning products.

Natural Progesterone Cream, Menopause, Hot flashes, Natural Shampoo, Osteoporosis, PMS, Organic Shampoo, Chemical Free Living, organic skin care, chemical free products, hair care, arthritis, joint pain, menopause, hot flashes, osteoporosis, women’s health, paraben free, environmentally safe cleaning products, Woman’s Health, Joint Health, Hair Care, Skin Care, Skin Repair, Arthritis, Joint Pain, Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Spray, Organic Herbs, Cleaning Products, Chlorine Free, Chlorine Filters

Organic Excellence Chemical Free Products Hair Care, Skin Care, Joint Care, Women’s Health, and Cleaning Products

Jan 27 2010
Reusable personal hand towels

Have you ever realized how much you contribute to the pollution and destruction to earth atmosphere by using use-and-throw towels? This small fact has created a big concern for use since it has been calculated that virtually every man on earth has a personal towel that is not used more than twice or thrice. This discarded towel takes years together to decompose creating havoc in the natural balance and hence should be tackled.

The paper towels used largely by many people are manufactured at the cost of many hopeless trees. Everyday, there is a huge waste of paper, to the tune of millions of tons. The decomposing of these paper towels are another headache and contributes largely to global warming. There is also a large impact on water since these paper towels pollute the water badly.

This concern was identified by people-towels group taking an inch to re-organizing the lost balance and bringing back the ecological harmony. It has introduced the sustainable and reusable personal towel that can be recycled as long as it allows. At least you don’t consider yourself responsible for the waste caused by these neglected causes.

Here are few briefs of the features offered:

a) These towels come in different materials varying from reusable cotton to recyclable materials.

b) You save a quarter of a tree from felling by using one such reusable towel.

c) These towels dry much quicker than the paper towels and also provide dry surface for your hands.

d) There are a lot of themes available for these towels making it fun to use and also contribute silently for our good.

So, next time you wipe or dry your hands with paper towels, think of your part of the damage done to the environment. Make use of this opportunity and prove your concern towards it.

Jan 27 2010
Following the latest waves of change

Along with the rapid change in lifestyle, we have witnessed drastic evolution in style genre. We have undoubtedly come along a long way where simplicity is no longer described by clothes and the limits to styling has stretched its limits. Its has become very difficult for one to claim that any design is best of all. We have seen so much potential in this sector of the world that it is virtually impossible to segregate good from best.

The sensational looks and mind-blowing looks are no longer contained by skimpy dresses. It has traveled to bikinis and one-piece wears that has toppled the definition entirely. Eco-panda is recognized as one such organization driving the fashion trend to a U-turn and bringing un-imaginable start with bikini. It is not enough to consider only looks, comfort plays a big role here as more and more people are adopting this trend.

The simple approach here is to provide luxurious as well as affordable wear to people seeking to look younger than they actually are. The peak quality still remains the icing in the cake with the demand curve touching new heights of fitting and comfort levels. With so much variations brought by the industry, it is becoming more and more difficult to find a suitable wear with quality at its peak. The eco-panda offers such unique combination where you can find complete products along with accessories.

According to some appreciating remarks, eco-panda has earned the reputation of following the fashion to the core and keeping its steps in sync with fast changes. The much talked about its portal for shopping provides users with wide offers ranging from attractive shop by color to shop by style. The matching pairs with tops and bottom has been much appreciated and the best feature is its added ability to shop for accessories. You can feel confident off getting your desired design and along with it the best of accessories that would give you the best look ever.

Jan 27 2010
Stop Smoking with Electronic Cigarettes

Sick of TRYING to stop smoking? Quit in 1 month w/ electronic cigarettes. 30-day money back offer. Try It soon

Jan 27 2010
All about friends ranch

The Friends Ranch family believes in farming and has proved that there is a lot to be explored in this sector of business. With over 100 years of glorious period in this business, it has critically acclaimed to be the best and provides the top most quality of citrus one has ever seen. One might be surprised to know that such a small business sector can see such huge success as the citrus of the friends ranch is demanded all over California and holds export quality.

Wondering over the secrets being their success! The family has a philosophy of keeping their trees happy. They believe that the entire business and profit is in hands of the trees. They are just the care-takers while the plans do their job of seeding money. It is not easy to maintain such a huge plantation with such precision, but the family has proved that we can do this if we have the confidence and willingness.

Covering the entire valley, touching the forests, their farms range in wide areas and even covers tough areas where one would never dream of planting a tree. The journey of the citrus from trees to the open market is carefully monitored by the family people with following strict guidelines. Their most revealing and indicative secret is that they never use preservatives that gives natural taste to the fruits.

Now, even the market scope of the business has multiplied itself with buyers coming from all parts of the world looking for the fresh and awesome taste. They have packages to showcase their plantations to people and you can get guides to give you each and every small detail about the place. It is difficult to imagine how such a simple and comprised idea can attain such new heights.

Jan 27 2010
The best Solar and Dynamo inventions revealed

Needless to explain the necessity of Solar energy and how much it finds place in our everyday life. Its hard to imagine even a single day without natural resources with almost each and every mechanical part being dependent on it. With this rate of consumption, it is estimated that the natural resources will be extinct in some 100 years from now. Have you ever imagined how our lives will be after that? Well! The answer is unimaginable, maybe the entire world will be in darkness and human era would step back to the stone age.

Realizing this and taking a bold step towards its re-consolidation, solarrific has taken the initiative to make the world independent of the natural resources. It believes in utilizing the resource abundant in the universe rather than consuming the natural ones. Some of its inventions include:

a) Solar flashlight

b) Universal power chargers and flashlights

c) Solar round tile light

d) Radio cube

These small mechanical products thrive on optimizing the energy and producing useful energy forms that can solve our purpose. This is not all, you have options like its radios, garden designers and chargers that can make your life complete and self dependent. You don’t need to wait for the power to energize your light while you can easily get things to work out.

The best benefit you get here is you can browse through all products and view more details regarding each of them. It is inevitable that you will find similar products in some other website or selling portals for similar attractive offer. So, do your part in saving the world and be part in contributing to this much needed movement.

Jan 27 2010
Some important facts about organic products

With the passing of each new year, we are witnessing certain developments which signifies our yet another remarkable achievement and proves our right of being called the wisest creature. The human civilization has been able to sustain even in worse of climatic and natural calamities, thanks to the development in the field of medicines. Even these days, the life expectancy of a normal man has reached twice of the age of man who lived few hundred years ago.

The concept of medicines has been prevailing since thousands of years and is believed to have evolved since man learned to light fire. Those old stone age people were able to use herbal plants and other organic matter to heal their wounds. This trend of medicines and healing spread to entire mankind by the means of knowledge transfer from generations to generations.

Now we have very few people left with this rare knowledge of herbal plants and the worst part is that the beneficial plants are almost extinct. We have failed to preserve those valuable plants and now paying thousands to buy its products. One can hardly question the abilities of these herbal products and how effective they are. Here are some benefits listed:

a) There are hardly any side effects noted in history. One can take them without a second thought.

b) They don’t have chemicals involved, so there are no expiry dates.

c) The organic products are always safe and don’t do much harm if you take them on overdose.

With companies like the organic excellence, the people have a better opportunity and access to organic things.  Apart from best quality, you have mind-blowing offers that can attract you from the grave. Just give them a try and you will never regret it.

Jan 27 2010
Apple Announcement, iPad Released

284 retail stores

over 140, 000 applications

250, 000,000 ipods sold since 2001

Streaming live from the event is hard to come by,



Low quality displays

PC Software

iPad is released!!

Apple iPad released

Huge Mobile Safari i.e. large display iPod, iPhone

Great Pics from the event live:

Download ebooks from the iTunes store, and download them to your shelf on the iPad, then read them from the shelf, very cool!
Lots of different features.

Can run iPhone apps out of the box, no modification

same screen size as Kindle at 9.7″
BFR free
Mercury Free
PVC-free system
Highly recyclable

720p ?
Pixel doubling would be scaling
resolution of screen :

iWork for the iPad:

EA – Electronic Arts announcement, show some new amazing games
Travis Boatman

MLB – Chad talking about MLB games on the iPad.

Where can you buy? When will it be available?

MacMall - Your #1 Apple Superstore!

ClubMac - The Online Mac SuperStore

iPad ports: Spec:

Data plans $14.99 for 250mb of data
29.99 for unlimited
AT&T activated right on the pad
NO CONTRACT you can cancel at any time.
AT&T including WIFI hot spots access

PRICE: $999 no, wait there’s more
Starts at $499!
prices go up based on
Most expensive $829 with 3G

Wifi 16GB 499
Wifi 32GB $599
Wifi 64GB $699

Wifi+16gb+3G $629
wifi+32gb+3g $729
Wifi+64GB+3g $829
Will be shipping in 60 days! 90 days for the 3G units

iPad docking station for charging
protection case that tilts

video projection system

ustream was streaming over 100,000 streams of the Apple Event

140,000 apps at your fingertips. From day one.

iPad will run almost 140,000 apps from the App Store. So you can use all those incredibly fun and useful apps — including everything from games to productivity apps — right out of the box. Watch the iPad video

iWork. Completely reimagined for iPad.

The iWork productivity applications that people know and love on the Mac — Keynote, Pages, and Numbers — have been completely redesigned for iPad. So you can create incredible presentations, word processing documents, and spreadsheets by directly touching the words and images on the large, Multi-Touch screen. And each of these apps has been designed specially for iPad, with completely new features. So while they’re simple and easy to use, they’re also the most powerful productivity apps ever built for a mobile device. They even import iWork ’09 and Microsoft Office documents and allow you to send in iWork ’09 and PDF formats. And because Keynote, Pages, and Numbers will be sold individually on the App Store, you can purchase them all at once, or add them to your iPad over time.

App Store

If you tap on the App Store icon, it’ll take you to a special section of the Store that has apps specifically designed for iPad. You can also browse through iPhone and iPod touch apps, including entertainment apps, productivity apps, social networking apps, games, and more. And you can buy and download them wirelessly, right from the iPad. No matter what you need, there’s bound to be an app for it.

Size and weight1

9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

* Dock connector
* 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
* Built-in speakers
* Microphone
* SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

Specs are available here:

Jan 27 2010
KTLA Battle of the Bands

Unsigned bands/artists pay attention!

You have a few days to enter to win in the KTLA Battle of the Bands Contest.

More details at:

KTLA 5 Battle of the Bands • In your video, your band must perform an original song that you wrote — you cannot do cover versions.

• You must be a working stage band that performs regularly for audiences that pay admission to see you. No wedding bands.

• You must perform in one of the genres listed in the Official Rules below. Please read the Official Rules below for all details.

Enter Now



KTLA-TV, 5800 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028

The contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. PT on January 27, 2010 and ends at 5:00:00 p.m. PT on February 21, 2010. Any entries submitted after 10:00:00 a.m. PT on February 5, 2010 will be disqualified.


a. Beginning at 12:00:01 a.m. PT on January 27, 2010, go to and follow the instructions to complete the entry form and upload your video (including performance of an original song) via online submission. You must provide all information requested on the entry form, including the name of the band, the name and age of each band member, a contact for the band, including name, age (if not already provided) , address, telephone number and valid e-mail address, and the uploading of one digital video showcasing the performance of your band (maximum of one song) (the “Entry Materials”). Video must be in one of the following formats and NO GREATER than 200MB in size:

• avi
• dv
• mov
• qt
• mp4
• mpeg
• 3gp
• asf
• wmv
• mpg
• mp3

The song and video must be the original composition and performance of the band. There will be only one entry per band. You must have a valid e-mail account in order for your entry to be eligible. Videos that are altered or electronically enhanced in order to substantially misrepresent the contestant or the subject matter will not be considered and will be disqualified. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify those entries that (i) contain offensive or inappropriate material, which are deemed by the Sponsors to be unsuitable or (ii) based on third party’s claim alleging copyright infringement or a misappropriation of likeness. Entries will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. PT on February 5, 2010. Any entries submitted after 10:00:00 a.m. PT on February 5, 2010 will be disqualified.

b. By entering, the band and all band members warrant and represent that the Entry Materials (i) include an original composition of the band and all rights associated with the Entry Materials are the sole property of the band (or its authorized representative); (ii) do not/will not violate or infringe any intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright, trademark/trade name, or contract rights, or any other proprietary rights of any person or entity; (iii) do not name, describe or depict any person or character, dead or fictional, except for the individual or band member entrants; (iv) are the sole and exclusive property of the band (or an individual member of the band who was given authority and rights by the band; and (v) do not defame, libel, or slander anyone or any entity, do not contain offensive, vulgar, obscene ,racist, sexist sexually explicit, harmful or profane content, and in no other way violate any applicable laws, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entry Materials that do not comply with these Rules shall be disqualified.

c. Incomplete or late entries will be disqualified and KTLA is not responsible for online entries that are lost, late, incomplete, garbled, deleted, or misdirected as a result of technical, internet, server, or other online difficulties. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the holder of the e-mail account will be deemed the person who submitted the entry. Limit one entry per band or e-mail address. No member of one band entrant may be a member of any other band entrant. Subsequent entries from the same email address will be deleted. Multiple entries from the same person or band will be disqualified. All entry information becomes the property of Sponsor and will not be returned or its receipt acknowledged. The person listed as the contact for the band shall be the sole contact for purposes of receiving information and notifications in connection with this Contest. That individual will be responsible for all dissemination.

Only bands not currently under contract with any recording label are eligible. Entries from bands currently under contract with a recording label will be disqualified. This contest is void where prohibited by law. This contest is open only to legal residents of California, and each band member must be 18 years of age or older as of January 21, 2010. Employees of Sponsors and their parent corporations, subsidiaries, or affiliates, and such employees’ immediate family or household members are not eligible to enter or win the contest. The band must consist of at least two people that perform regularly for hire at places of public accommodation (e.g., “working stage bands”).

Entry Materials should feature music from one of the following genres:

• pop
• rock
• country
• R&B
• reggae
• folk
• rap
• alternative

Entries not featuring video/audio that fits within one of the above-referenced musical genres above will be disqualified, and such determination will be made in Sponsor’s sole discretion.


a. On February 5, 2010, all eligible entrants will be reviewed by Sponsor. Sponsor will select semi-finalists on the basis of vocals, music ability, stage presentation, and overall entertainment value. The Entry Materials of all semi-finalists will be displayed at at some time after 10:00 a.m. on February 5, 2010, and before 12:00:00 a.m. on February 8, 2010.

b. Beginning at 12:00:00 a.m. on February 8, 2010, the public will be allowed to go online at and cast votes for the Entry Materials of the semi-finalists. Voting on semi-finalists will end at 10:00 a.m. on February 11, 2010. The five semi-finalist Entry Materials that receive the highest number of votes during the voting period outlined above will be deemed “Finalists”.

c. Between February 15, 2010 and February 19, 2010, the Finalists will have the opportunity to perform on the “KTLA 5 Morning News” which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT. Finalists must be available to appear live on the “KTLA 5 Morning News” on at least one day between the aforementioned dates. Finalists who are unable to appear between the aforementioned dates will be disqualified. Alternate finalists will be chosen from the pool of semi-finalists at the sole discretion of the Sponsor based on the criteria set forth herein. An on-air performance is not guaranteed; Sponsor may preempt or cancel the performance at any time for any reason in its sole discretion, and in such event, no substitute performance opportunity will be provided.

d. Beginning at 5:00:01 a.m. PT on February 15, 2010, the public will be allowed to go online at and vote for one of the five Finalists . Voting for Finalists will end on February 21, 2010 at 5:00:00 p.m. PT. The Finalist with the highest number of votes will be deemed the “winner”. In the event of a tie, KTLA will choose a winner at random from among the finalists who received the highest number of votes.

e. The winner will earn the title “KTLA Battle of the Bands Winner”. Sponsor also reserves the right, but is not required, to provide additional products and/or services as part of the prize package at their discretion. Prizes are awarded as is, with no warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, by Sponsor.

The contact person for each entrant agrees to act as the winner’s representative and to be responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes associated with the prize, as well as all other costs or expenses associated with the prize, including, but not limited to travel and incidental expenses (including but not limited to travel to the “KTLA 5 Morning News”) Odds of becoming a semifinalist depend on the number of entries received and the decision of the Sponsor. Odds of semifinalist becoming a Finalist and Finalist becoming a winner are determined by vote.

Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash, and prize substitution will not be allowed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right, but are not required, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for the prize in the event the prize listed herein is canceled, postponed or unavailable for any reason.


a. By entering, entrants grant to Sponsor an unlimited, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to publish entry submissions (including photos, songs and videos) in any medium now known or hereafter invented, in perpetuity. Entrants and Winners otherwise will retain all rights to their videos, and the publication and/or broadcasting of their videos as part of this Contest will not limit their use and ability to further market the images. Sponsor reserves the right (but is not obligated) to post entry submissions online at or broadcast the photo on KTLA Channel 5.

b. If for any reason, this Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, tampering, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause which corrupts or threatens the administration, security or integrity of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, modify, or suspend the contest or any portion of the contest. ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE FAIR AND LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE CONTEST. Information submitted in Internet entries, including entrant’s name, address, e-mail address, etc., may be used by KTLA TV for marketing or promotional purposes.

c. Sponsor reserves the right to delay contest announcements, postpone or reschedule all or some of the contest events, and/or modify Contest deadlines at its sole discretion. Any such changes will be announced and posted on the Sponsor’s Contest website.

d, By participating in this contest, entrants (including all band members) (i) agree to have their bands, band member names, photographs, voices, biographical information, likenesses, and entry submissions (including photographs) used in any and all media for promotional purposes relating to this contest or future similar contests without further compensation or notice, except as prohibited by law; and (ii) represent that they agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges and to release Sponsors, their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, claims , losses, or damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from their participation in this contest and their acceptance and use of any prizes won.


For a copy of the Official Rules or the name of the winners, send a self-addressed envelope to “Battle of the Bands 2010”, Attn: Creative Services, KTLA-TV, 5800 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028, by April 1, 2010. A list of the band winner’s name will be available after the winner has been verified and the prize has been awarded.

Jan 27 2010
140 Conference New York 2010

The 140 Characters Conference: New York City (#140conf) will be taking place April 20-21, 2010 at the 92nd Street Y. This event is shaping up to being the largest worldwide gathering of people interested in the effects of the real-time Internet on both business and “we” the people.

On April 20/21 we will be taking a hard look at something I call “The State of NOW” and the continued effects the worldwide adoption of social communication platforms such as twitter is having on a number of industries including: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising, Politics, Education, Music, Television, Comedy, Real Estate, Public Policy and more.

During the past month I have been working with number of people who volunteered to help curate a session or two at the upcoming event. To date about 80% of the expected 140 speakers have been confirmed and the remainder are in the process of being confirmed. More speakers will be announced in the days and weeks ahead.

If you are thinking about attending #140conf NYC, now would be a great time to secure your seat. With the “early bird” ticket costing only US$ 100 for the two day event, register NOW to guarantee youself access to the event over at:

Some of the “Characters” speaking at #140conf NYC include:

– Alon Nir (@TheKotel)
– Andrea Syrtash, contributor and author (@AndreaSyrtash)
– Ann Curry, NBC News (@AnnCurry)
– Avner Ronen, CEO/founder, boxee (@avneron)
– Bijan Sabet, partner, Spark Capital (@bijan)
– Bruce Upbin, Managing Editor, Forbes  (@bupbin)
– Caissie St.Onge, (@Caissie)
– Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy, (@chrislehmann)
– Chris Weingarten, Music Critic, (@1000TimesYes)
– Daren Forsyth, Founder,, (@DarenBBC)
– Dave Winer, (@davewiner)
– Dennis Crowley, co-founder, Four Square (@dens)
– Donny Deustch (@Donny_Deutsch)
– Eric Sheninger, Principal of New Milford HS (NJ), (@NMHS_Principal)
– Gary Vanderchuck, Wine guy, host of Wine Library TV, (@garyvee)
– Hank Wasiak, Executive Producer and Co-Founder, The Concept Farm, (@hankwasiak)
– Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump)
– Jay Rosen, Journalism professor, NYU (@jayrosen_nyu)
– Jeff Jarvis, blogger, author, professor (@JeffJarvis)
– Jeff Pulver, founder #140conf, (@jeffpulver)
– Jeffrey Hayzlett, CMO, Kodak (@jeffreyHayzlett)
– Joan Walsh, Editor of Salon, (@joanwalsh)
– John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks (@JohnBorthwick)
– Jonathan Maberry, author, writing teacher and lecturer. (@JonathanMaberry)
– Kyle Pace, Instructional/Consumer Technology Specialist, (@kylepace)
– Liz Strauss, Founder of SOBCon, brand strategist, (@lizstrauss)
– Matt Pinfield, Morning Show on 101.9 RXP, (@mattpinfield)
– Matthew Bishop, The Economist, (@mattbish)
– Maz Nadjm, Social networking at Sky Television, (@Mazi)
– MC Hammer (@MCHammer)
– Melinda Emerson, entrepreneur, (@smallbizlady)
– Pat Kiernan, News Anchor, NY1 (@patkiernan)
– Ryan Penagos, Writer / Editor at (@Agent_M)
– Stacey Monk, Founder of Epic Change & TweetsGiving, (@StaceyMonk)
– Stefanie Michaels (@adventuregirl)
– Steve Greenberg, founder/CEO, S-Curve Records (@steviegpro)
– Steven Anderson, Technology Educator, Blogger, Co-Creator of #edchat, (@web20classroom)
– Tal Givoly, Chief Scientist, Amdocs (@givoly)
– Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL
– Tom Brevoort, VP Marvel, (@TomBrevoortsays)
– Tom Whitby, Professor of Education in Secondary English (@tomwhitby)
– US Airforce, @USAirForce

Note: Speakers are subject to change without notice. These “characters” are accurate as of: January 26, 2010.

For more information about upcoming worldwide #140conf events,  please visit:


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