Monthly Archives: March 2011
Mar 31 2011
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Mar 31 2011
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Mar 31 2011
GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons Shooting Elephants? @godaddy


twitter is buzzing as well as the internet after a video showing GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons shooting elephants.

This could be classified as one of the most recent stories where a CEO has stepped into the spotlight for doing something controversial. It appears that the fallout could be very damaging as many users/customers are claiming they will not renew and will move to another company to register domains.

This is social media effecting change. We are waiting for a response from Bob Parsons, perhaps there is another side to the story. Why would Bob even engage in this sort of activity is puzzling.

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Mar 31 2011
Adam Chu to Open BigShrimps Fish Grill in Monrovia April 17, 2011

Adam Chu to Open BigShrimps Fish Grill in Monrovia April 17, 2011

Adam was featured in the Pasadena Star News as he prepares to open his restaurant in Monrovia, CA.
The location will be at 123 E. Colorado Blvd.
It is a new location, rebuilt from the ground up as a dream for Adam.

They are now hiring: call 626-359-8982.
The sign on the side of the building shows Coming Soon Shrimps – Hiring 626-359-8982

Mar 31 2011
Make the Switch to E-Cigarette: Free Trial Offers & More!

Electronic cigarettes are now becoming smokers’ new best friend.  With no tar, no smoke, no ash, no carbon monoxide, and no smell, e-cigs deliver the nicotine you crave for without the other dangerous elements found in traditional tobacco cigarettes.

If you’re looking for free trial offers, money-back guarantees, and other promos from e-cigs, look no further because this review will show you where to score these electronic cigarettes.

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Blu E-Cigarette

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Mar 31 2011
Lending Club-Peer to peer lending – borrowing – @lendingclub

Lending club is a well known community that deals with financial activities like bringing investors and borrowers together at one platform so that they may earn benefits mutually and financially. Smarter and faster methods of investment and borrowing are offered at Lending club which doesn’t bother you regarding high cost or bank lending complexity.

If you go to get a loan from Bank than stay ready to bear a lot of fee and documentation that is time consuming as well as costly. Therefore to avoid this botheration, you can go for the option of Peer to Peer Lending. Lower rates of interest makes this option quite attractive business activity.

Peer lending is that financial option that is turning lots of borrowers towards it along with many investors who want to keep some decent rates of returns. This methodology is not newer; however its interest rates have played a vital role in increased usage of Peer Lending.

Chief Executive of Lending Club Mr. Renaud Laplance observed larger investors taking interest to invest via Lending club into small enterprises that lets them much cash to get loans. In 2010, there was a huge increase in average investment that started from $1,800 in month of March and ended up at $8,700 by the end of December. Recently loans crossed $200 Millions that was a double amount than it was just 8 to 9 months before. Now, Lending Club has owed average investments of around $15,000 per year.

Chief Executive of Lending Club Mr. Renaud Laplance says:

“The No. 1 reason why borrowers choose Lending Club as opposed to a bank is lower interest rates. We are a peer-to-peer lending network and therefore create a more efficient way of getting funding to borrowers, whether small businesses or individuals”

How It Works
Applicants fill out an online application and are told immediately whether they passed the initial screening. If they pass, they are given loan options and their confidential request is posted to the website for two weeks or until the loan is fully funded.

Online applications are filled by the applicants and then they are intimated instantly if they are eligible after passing the initial screening tests. If they are through than they are provided with the options of loans. The whole process is very simple as Lending Club doesn’t underwrite the business going on instead it goes for the option of underwriting the owner of business. Loans are provided based on his credit history or financial situation. This kind of loans is automated just like they way one gets personal loan or credit card from some bank.

Origination fees are between 2 percent and 5 percent of the loan amount. Lending club costs about 2 to 5% origination fee of the loan. About 11% interest rates for 3 years loans, 14% for 5 years loan are charged at Lending Club, which is about 16 to 24% at banks.

Lending Club Statistics:

  • Loans funded to date: $244,921,475
  • Loans funded last month: $14,601,275
  • Interest paid to investors since inception: $19,616,829

To explore more you can visit Lending Club



Mar 31 2011
Astoria Bicentennial Celebration – Saturday, May 21, 2011


The Astoria Bicentennial Celebration kicks off on Saturday, May 21, 2011, with a Heritage Festival.  Join the adventure and be part of making history.  As a participant you will be sharing an important part of America’s heritage – past and present.

We’re seeking vendors who can share their heritage through their dress, food, traditional art, crafts, or entertainment.  We are seeking vendors who can help make this a memorable experience so encourage creative booth displays and culturally significant products.  Click HERE for the application or email [email protected] for more information.

Registrations for the 2011 Young Entrepreneur’s Club are now being accepted! Click here for the brochure or email your name and mailing address to have a copy sent to your home.


Mar 31 2011
Yamaha opens Music School in Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar Yamaha Music School held their grand opening at its new location

20657 Golden Springs Drive, Suite 212 in Diamond Bar

The new space features three large Yamaha Group classrooms, five private classrooms, and employee lounge, larger reception waiting area, and recital stage.
Diamond Bar
Diamond Bar Yamaha Music School
20657 Golden Springs Dr,
Unit 212
(909) 595-9020

Other locations:

Mar 31 2011
Carl’s Jr Turkey Burger – New

Now there’s a good idea to come from Carl’s Jr. – a turkey burger.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will be the first fast-food chain restaurants to offer turkey burgers, according to a recent press release. The charbroiled turkey burgers will have less than 500 calories each and will come in a variety of options.

Learn more about the Turkey Burger:

Mar 31 2011
Google Search +1 Enhanced Search? How about a -1?

Google is rolling out +1, as part of an effort to continue to enhance search results.

You can opt in before it is available to all at

What are the thoughts so far on +1, well my first reaction is how about adding -1.

But like facebook’s like feature, there is no dislike, perhaps this is something that is coming, but I believe that users would be as inclined to use a dislike  or -1 as much as they use a +1 or like function.


Here’s some info from the Google website:

Use +1 to give something your public stamp of approval, so friends, contacts, and others can find the best stuff when they search. Get recommendations for the things that interest you, right when you want them, in your search results.

To participate in this experiment:

  1. Make sure you’re signed into your Google Account (required)
  2. Click ‘Join this experiment’
  3. Search for something you love on
  4. Click the new +1 button, and make your mark on the web

Your +1’s are public. They can appear in Google search results, on ads, and sites across the web. You’ll always be able to see your own +1’s in a new tab on your Google Profile, and if you want, you can share this tab with the world.

Please note, it may take a while before you see the button in search results, and it may occasionally disappear as we make improvements. Your feedback will help us make it better!

Learn more about +1


Mar 30 2011
BuyWithMe offers $50 Credit for American Apparel for $25 @buywithme offers $50 Credit for American Apparel for $25.
Note, limit 1 voucher per person. You may buy an additional as a gift (2 total). Promotional value expires 05/29/2011.

Mar 30 2011
SpiderTech Tape for runners & cyclist @spidertech

Spider Tech for runners & cyclist
Athletic tape, modern for reducing pain,

for about $5 for those recovering from injury.
100% recover, precut for various applications
calf and shin splins
many providers in the area

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Mar 29 2011
This Saturday Swirl Tasting 20 + Wines for $15/pp at Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant April 2, 2011

Saturday April 2nd SWIRL 1- 4 PM

Come Try 20+ Wines for $15/pp
Saturday April 2nd 1 – 4PM

SWIRL Come Taste 20+ Wines for $15/pp

Just added Juslyn Vineyard & Paige 23 wines to SWIRL This will be a great lineup of wines to taste Saturday from 1-4PM

And receive 15% OFF ALL WINES.

Here are some of the Wineries:.

Costa Del Oro
Hearst Ranch
Jade Mountain
Montage Vineyards
Edward Sellars
Cavas de Crianza
Shell Stone
Juslyn Vineyard
Paige 23

And Many More…

If you would like to stay after the tasting and enjoy dinner, tasting participants will receive 25% Discount on Food from 5pm until 7pm, as well as enjoy no corkage on wines purchased during SWIRL. Reservations are recommended for dinner


15% off ALL WINES
If you were waiting for the perfect time to buy the Best wines
Now is the time…

Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant
Phone: 805-557-0202
Fax: 805-557-0303
3707 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village, CA 91362

Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant
Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant on Facebook
Bellavino Cellars

Mar 29 2011
HuffPost / AOL Strike Exposes the Bigger Media Picture

Bill Lasarow, Publisher and Editor
ArtScene / Visual Art Source
(213) 482-4724
[email protected] / [email protected]

AOL / Huffington Post Strike Exposes Bigger Picture of Media Crisis

Since The Newspaper Guild, representing 26,000 writers and journalists across the country, officially entered into the AOL / Huffington Post strike action on March 17th there have been significant new developments. Guild President Bernie Lunzer has called on Huffington to meet with Guild representatives.

Last week it was reported, on the heels of the Guild’s declaration, that the presidents of the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers had been drawn into the fray, but were yet to declare a public position that would reconcile the fact that they have for some time placed written statements on the Huffington Post with the Guild’s position. The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka last posted there on March 4th; the United Steelworker’s Leo Gerard on March 11th. Gerard has since made public that he will honor the “virtual picket line.” We are watching with interest to see how the nation’s major labor unions collaborate with The Newspaper Guild.

Separately, it was also reported that the new AOL / Huffington Post had laid off 900 workers, but that the company was also beginning to distinguish between “professional journalism” and “adhoc blogging.” Company spokesman Mario Ruiz stated, “We stand squarely behind The Newspaper Guild’s mission of ensuring that media professionals receive fair compensation.”

The Guardian once again asked me to write a column, published on Monday, explaining these latest developments; a link is also included below.

The Huffington strike has exposed the fact that the writing and journalism fields have undergone vast changes in recent years that has resulted in a crisis. One half of that crisis is that much of what now passes as professional writing is not; the other half is that many who once made a dignified living as respected professionals no longer are able to do so. Huffington, it turns out, is only a part of this much larger story.

For further information please contact Bill Lasarow, Publisher and Co-Editor of ArtScene / Visual Art Source, (213) 482-4724, [email protected] / [email protected]


Here are links to selected stories over the last week:

Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer, Open Letter to Arianna Huffington, March 24th:

Guardian Op-Ed by Bill Lasarow, posted March 28th:

Story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 22nd, by Ann Belser:

Media-ite article by Alex Alvarez, March 23rd:

The original strike notice, distributed February 26th–

The Newspaper Guild’s statement as posted at their website March 17th:

Mar 29 2011
Coming soon: Better Ads in Gmail

Coming soon: Better Ads in Gmail

Offers and Coupons will also be offered…. all the deal sites better get ready

  • Fewer irrelevant ads
  • Gmail’s importance ranking applied to ads
  • Offers and coupons for your local area

With Gmail, we try to do as good a job with ads as we do with email. We use Gmail ourselves, and want its ads to be as relevant and useful as possible.

If you’ve been using Gmail for a while, you may have noticed a time or two where we’ve missed. Bad ads tend to annoy people. We’re trying to cut down on these ads, and make the ones you do see much more useful.

With features like Priority Inbox, we’ve been working hard to help sort through the ‘bacn’ in your messages — the unimportant messages that get in your way. Soon we’re going to try a similar approach to ads: using some of the same signals that help predict which messages are likely to be important to you, Gmail will better predict which ads may be useful to you. For example, if you’ve recently received a lot of messages about photography or cameras, a deal from a local camera store might be interesting. On the other hand if you’ve reported these messages as spam, you probably don’t want to see that deal.

Only a few users will notice the change to begin with, but as we improve it we’ll roll it out more widely. As always, ads in Gmail are fully automated-no humans read your messages- and no messages or personally identifiable information about you is shared with advertisers. You can read about the principles we follow for advertising in mail here.


We’ve already cut down the number of ads shown per Gmail user by more than a third, and we hope these signals will enable us to continue to show fewer, better ads in Gmail.

As with many Gmail features, you can control the use of these signals from the Gmail Settings page.

Watch this video to learn about some improvements we are making to ads in Gmail. To learn more, visit

updated 03/29/2011


Mar 29 2011
Catch Tomatomania! this weekend at Descanso!

Catch Tomatomania! this weekend at Descanso!



Catch TOMATOMANIA! at Descanso Gardens April 2-3

‘World’s largest tomato seedling sale’ offers hundreds of choices

Deemed the “tomato freaks’ Woodstock, ” TOMATOMANIA! will kick off the month of April at Descanso Gardens. AKA “the world’s largest tomato seedling sale,” TOMATOMANIA! will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, on the Magnolia Lawn.


Now in its 20th year, TOMATOMANIA! offers tomato-philes hundreds of varieties to choose from, with tomatoes from A (Amish Paste) to Z (Zapotec). The weekend includes “Scott’s Tomato U,” a workshop presented by TOMATOMANIA! founder Scott Daigre. He will share his tips on growing the best, most flavorful tomatoes you have ever harvested.


Also on Sunday, the monthly Nature’s Table Cooking Demo series debuts at 11 a.m. Chef Jesse Genovese will focus on – what else? – tomatoes! Bring a notebook and be prepared to learn some new tricks in the kitchen.


TOMATOMANIA! started as a West Coast phenomenon in the 1990s. Over time, it has become a coast-to-coast must-do for home gardeners, setting up shop in premiere locales including White Flower Farm in Litch?eld, CT, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA.


The TOMATOMANIA! sale, Scott’s Tomato U and the Nature’s Table Cooking Demo are free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $3 children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger.


Find details at or (818) 949-4290. Check out the TOMATOMANIA! at




Mar 29 2011
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Mar 29 2011 Deal Aggregator Site from Editor-in-Chief Melissa Rivers @shoparatti @melrivers
Melissa Rivers(daughter of Joan Rivers) was on KTLA news this morning talking  about her newest venture, which launched yesterday March 28, 2011.  Apparently they had 200k hits on beta launch day. That’s great for a deal aggregator, of course the promotion and mentions on TechCrunch help, right?
Melissa Rivers – Editor
Welcome to I’m Melissa Rivers your Editor in Chief. Great news – your shopping life just got easier.
Must be getting lots of traffic or working out the bugs:

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Q. What is Shoparatti? 

A. is the one stop destination for the best selections of the best of the daily deals sites

Q. How do you find the deals?

A. Our team of editors look at 100’s of deal sites everyday and only post the best deals on our site, mobile app, and facebook app. (all linked to specific app)

Q. I bought a deal where’s my stuff?

A. Shoparatti only features other sites, companies, or products. We don’t sell anything. Please follow up with the vendor that you purchased through directly.

Q. How do i contact Melissa?

A. She’s always on twitter at @melrivers

Q. I have a product I want featured. How can I contact your deal finders?

A. Contact our deal finders here

Q. I’m looking for a job with Shoparatti. What should I do?

A. We’re hiring in the Santa Monica Area. Contact us here

Q. I’m interested in advertising on Shoparatti. What should i do?

A. Shoparatti visitors are smart savvy buyers and we welcome the “Right type” of advertisers. Email us!

======================================== is another new deal aggregator site.: Chris BigMess
Mar 29 2011
Trader Joe’s Customer Service Experience

I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s stores frequenting the multiple locations in Pasadena, my favorite is the Hastings Ranch location where parking is easy and plentiful.

Trader Joe’s is making great strides in bringing wine down to the affordable prices. For instance there is a good wine labeled as Chariot Red Wine. very good.

In terms of customer service, they are one of the best, if you buy something and are not satisfied, just take it back, no questions asked you get a refund or credit to buy something else.

Keep up the great work Trader Joe’s!

Mar 29 2011
Santa Fe Springs Chamber – Business Card Exchange April 2011

Business Card Exchange April 2011

Date: April 6, 2011 Time: 7:25 AM – 9:30 AM
Register Online

Event Description

hosted by
Cafe n’Stuff
The SFS Library

At every Business Card Exchange you will experience: Face to Face Business Contacts, Networking with Local Business Leaders, Full Breakfast, A Chance to win Door Prizes, and if you are a member of the SFS Chamber you will be entered to win the $100 Pot of Gold and a Member Profile Newspaper Article.

Too much to believe?  Come check us out!
Pre-registration for this event will close Tuesday, April 5, at 2:00p.m. so register early. (All prepaid attendees are guaranteed a spot at the event and they will also receive Express Check in and Personalized Name Badges.)
Event Sponsors

Event Location

Santa Fe Springs Library
11700 Telegraph Rd.
Santa Fe Springs
(next to Town Center Hall)
Date/Time Information Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7:30am – 9:30am
Contact Information


Member $15
Non-Member $25

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