Monthly Archives: September 2012
Sep 30 2012
Inhofe Condition Global Warming Climate Change
 

An “inhofe condition” occurs when an area reaches a new record high. It was named after the Republican Senator from Oklahoma that declared global warming to be an hoax. Let’s remember the names and the parties as we break the records.

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Sep 29 2012
Muir Ranch Tour
 
The Co-op invites you to join us on a tour of John Muir High School’s “Muir Ranch,” a three-acre farm that is both a Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and a school-sponsored project that gets kids involved in growing food and running a business.

A CSA is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal produce directly from farmers. You sign up for a full or half box of fruits and vegetables, and pick it up at a designated location once a week. It’s a great option for people who love the farmer’s mark

et but can’t get there every week, and it’s an excellent value. Because a CSA enables farmers to save on overhead costs, produce is generally less expensive than what you find at the farmers market.

Muir Ranch’s weekly boxes, or shares, contain produce and flowers grown by the kids, supplemented with fruits and vegetables from other local farmers.

Come hear about this incredible new local food experiment in Pasadena, tour the largest school garden in the San Gabriel Valley, and learn about the co-op’s new partnership with Muir Ranch!

Date: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 1905 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103. Please park in the student parking lot off Canada Street. Turn onto Canada Street off Lincoln Avenue, and follow it around the school to the lot entrance on the right.

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Sep 28 2012
Apple Apology for Maps App Shortcomings
 

Here’s the letter from Tim Cook posted on the Apple website:https://i1.wp.com/images.apple.com/home/images/promo_letter_on_maps.png?w=480&ssl=1

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

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Sep 28 2012
FREE Pancake Breakfast at Farnsworth Park Altadena 9/29/12
 

FREE Pancake Breakfast at Farnsworth Park Altadena 9/29/12

Please pass this on to everyone you know.  I am feeding the entire city (cities) a FREE pancake breakfast.  All non-perishable food items and donations collected that day will go directly to UNION STATION HOMELESS SERVICES in Pasadena.  Invite all your friends and if you are on facebook, click the link on, like it and pass it on.
https://www.facebook.com/PutTheForkInHunger

“The Fork Foundation” CEO
626.644.3227
Phil@AgentPhil.com 

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Sep 27 2012
Pollution Eating Clothes
 

Laundry detergent that creates pollution-eating clothing

‘CatClo’ (short for Catalytic Clothing).
removes nitrogen oxides from the air

(Fe) Catalytic Clothing from Protein® TV on Vimeo.

 

When science meets fashion exciting things happen. Unlikely collaborators designer Helen Storey MBE and scientist Tony Ryan OBE have teamed up for Catalytic Clothing – a radical project that endeavours to clean the air we breathe through the clothes we wear. The project is as awesome as it is necessary. In March, the City of London was issued with an ultimatum by the EU Air Quality Directive: cut emissions or face a fine of up to £300 million. An estimated 3,000 deaths per year are caused by dangerously high levels of PM10 (harmful particles likely to be inhaled by humans), it’s pretty clear something needs to be done.

More here: prote.in/feed/2011/06/catalytic-clothing-clean-the-air-through-the-clothes-you-wear

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Sep 27 2012
Announcing: PulverConnect From Jeff Keni Pulver
 
Announcing: PulverConnect

Today I am announcing a new conference event I am calling PulverConnect™, an event which explores the state of Social Communications.

Trillions (well at least billions) of IP based messages have been created (in the form of voice, video, text through services such as Facebook, Twitter, G+mail, LinkedIn, and many more) over the past 15 years, and I believe we are only at the beginning of a revolution in the future of communications.

Presence is has become the trigger point for communication.

I grew up in an era where the dial-tone on my home phone meant something to me. Today, presence is is the new dial-tone and more and more communication sessions happen because of presence. The evolution of presence has huge implications for a number of industries, including: advertising, media and telecom.

In 1995 I coined the term “VON” to represent “Voice on the Net” which in 1996 lead to the founding of the VON Coalition and in 1997 the VON Conference, which ran until 2008. At it’s core, VON was about the overlap between the computing and communications industries. VON helped with the commercialization of VoIP and helped it’s worldwide adoption in the world of telecommunications.

PulverConnect will bring together people interested in the future of communications and how the future will be affected by the continued evolution of the Social Media and Telecom Industries.

Let’s talk. I hope you’ll join us as a delegate, speaker, exhibitor or sponsor.

Meet me February 26-27 at the Presidio in San Francisco to continue the conversation.

Hugs, Jeff

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Sep 27 2012
Yahoo! and Media.net Launch Contextual Ads for Web Publishers
 
 New Offering Allows Quality Web Publishers to Generate Incremental Advertising Revenue
SUNNYVALE, Calif. & AUSTIN, Texas — Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Media.net today announced a long-term agreement to launch Yahoo! Bing Network Contextual Ads, powered by Media.net. The program aims to provide web publishers with a powerful and effective new solution for earning advertising revenue. Publishers can now use the Media.net platform to create and customize ad units that display relevant text ads from across the Yahoo! Bing Network.
“Since its inception, Media.net has invested tremendous resources — people, capital and time — to build what Yahoo! identifies to be a terrific monetization solution for web publishers,” said Al Echamendi, Vice President, Business Development, Yahoo!. “During our evaluation process, we recognized Media.net as a technology and innovation leader, with a strong management team that has a significant business track record and industry experience.”
“Yahoo! holds a key leadership position in online advertising,” said Divyank Turakhia, Founder & CEO at Media.net. “Teaming up with Yahoo! allows us to offer web publishers with a solution that generates additional revenue for them and provides customization, control and flexibility that they would like.”
Media.net will exclusively manage technology, business operations and relationships with respect to publishers worldwide for the program. Yahoo! will manage technology, business operations and relationships with respect to advertisers and drive advertiser sales worldwide for the program. Yahoo! will also manage all aspects of network operations to adhere to existing quality traffic standards.
The program is designed to work for websites that have premium content, where placing contextually relevant ads could result in high user engagement rates. The program is currently limited only to websites that primarily receive the majority of their traffic from the United States, Canada or United Kingdom.
Key Features of the program for publishers include:
  • Easy-to-use: Ads can be added to a publisher’s website in minutes using the Media.net powered self-serve platform. Publishers can select an ad size and copy-paste the HTML provided on their web pages to start displaying targeted sponsored links and ad topics.
  • Premium advertiser pool: Access to the Yahoo! Bing Network consisting of millions of ads and ad topics.
  • Robust targeting: Proprietary Media.net technology scans all the content on web pages and delivers highly relevant ads.
  • Customization: Publishers can use the Media.net platform to pick from multiple ad sizes, skin the ads to match their look-and-feel requirements, and even request highly customized ad units.
  • Control: Publishers can influence the ad targeting on a web page by providing hints (keywords). Also, unwanted advertisers and ad topics can be easily blocked.
  • Dynamic optimization: Ad units consist of sponsored links, ad topics or a combination of both, as determined on an impression-by-impression basis to maximize ad yield.
  • Placement flexibility: Publishers can run ad units in tandem with or in place of their current ads.
  • Mobile ads: Publishers can choose to display mobile optimized ad units on their web pages to users browsing the site from any iOS (iPhone, iPad and iTouch), Android and Blackberry phone or tablet.
  • Real support: Full-time ad specialists from Media.net provide support to publishers. Publishers can interact with a real person to help with performance improvements, optimization and customizations.
To learn more about the program, visit https://contextualads.yahoo.com.
Advertisers can access this publisher inventory by signing up with the Yahoo! Bing Network. Existing Yahoo! Bing Network search advertisers that have selected to distribute their ads via syndicated search partners or that have opted-in to advertise on the content network will automatically and instantly access this high-quality publisher inventory.
Implementation of the deal has already begun with Contextual Ads appearing on several Yahoo! properties.
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Sep 27 2012
New MySpace Website Launch
 

There’s a new MySpace website launching soon.
You can signup for the new site at:
https://new.myspace.com
It is a complete overhaul, built from the ground up. It looks like the best of pinterest and facebook. It could have a second life if users come back. It has been months since I last visited MySpace, but that doesn’t mean there are not lots of users that still use it.
With a star celebrity like Justin Timberlake, who is also an investor, can bring life back to MySpace and get other celebrities to use it, which is key, to have tastemakers involved in the new improved site.

We will let you know if we get early access.

Here’s a video preview of what to expect on the New MySpace

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Sep 26 2012
Old Pasadena Cultural Dance & Food Festival
 


OLD PASADENA HOSTS THE THIRD ANNUAL OLD PASADENA CULTURAL DANCE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, THE GRAND FINALE TO PASADENA ARTWEEKEND

 For Immediate Release:

Pasadena, Calif., (September, 2012) – Old Pasadena hosts Southern California’s largest free dance festival, the Old Pasadena Cultural Dance & Food Festival, Sunday, October 14, from 1pm to 6pm at De Lacey Ave. and the Lineage Performing Arts Center.  The free, family-friendly celebration of culture, music and movement will feature over a dozen award-winning dance companies performing vibrant dances from around the world.

The all-day, explosive festival will feature dance from Spain, India, China, Mexico, Africa, Argentina, Tahiti, Russia, New Zealand, and many more.  The celebration begins with a special performance from Mojacar Flamenco showcasing their traditional flamenco dance accompanied by vibrant Spanish guitar performed live.   Other exciting performances include Indian classical and folk dances from acclaimed choreographer Ramya Harishankar, traditional Chinese dance performed by the local Shining Star Dance Academy, Mexican Folklorico complete with a twenty five piece band from the award-winning Regional Organization of Oaxaca, and Hawaiian, Tahitian, and New Zealand dance performed by the acclaimed Le Polynesia.  Audience favorite, Ensemble Barynya is returning again this year, performing their acrobatic Russian, Ukranian and Gypsy dances.  The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance & Food Festival culminates with a very special performance from the musical collective Salt Petal, whose unique blend of Argentinian folk, Brazilian tropical, cumbia and indie pop has been attracting fans globally.

The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival is one of the few dance festivals in the world where the audience is encouraged to participate. Following each performance at the main stage on De Lacey, the dancers will teach movements from that culture, so audience members can get moving too!

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Lineage Performing Arts Center for free dance classes and mini performances throughout the day.  All-ages and levels are welcome to take part in learning Bollywood, African groove, Salsa, tap and hip hop dances in this amazing indoor performing arts space.

The festival will feature an eclectic mix of Old Pasadena restaurants serving unique cuisine from around the world including Tibetan, Japanese, Ukrainian and Indian, among others.  Each ethnic eatery will offer small plates for sale so event attendees can sample a myriad of cuisines.

 

Complete Schedule at De Lacey Main Stage, 35 N. De Lacey Ave., 1:00pm-6:00pm

1:00pm Mojacar Flamenco

Mojacar Flamenco is a unique voice in flamenco, blending traditional forms with contemporary dance, jazz and Latin rhythms. Based in Southern California, the group consists of a collaborative partnership of Katerina Tomas and Stephen Dick. Both artists have studied in Spain with some of flamenco’s leading artists, and have received recognition for their work.

1:40pm Le Polynesia

For over 50 years, Le Polynesia has been an important and integral part of the Polynesian community in Southern California, and began in 1961 under the direction of Junius and Ilima Montgomery.  Known for outstanding music, drumming, and dance, Le Polynesia has graced some of the biggest stages with some of the most esteemed names in Polynesian entertainment.  Le Polynesia has made a name for itself in the Polynesian dance competition circuit, winning numerous 1st places, and overall awards at some of the most prestigious dance competitions.

2:20pm Shining Star Dance Academy

Shining Star Dance Academy exists under an umbrella of the El Monte Education, a nonprofit organization since 1993. El Monte Education Center provides after school programs including Chinese language and culture classes on Saturdays.  Cultural awareness is taught through educational activities. The Shining Star Dance Academy offers a variety of performance arts classes such as, Chinese Classical and Folk dance.

3:00pm Ensemble Barynya   

The Russian music, dance, and song ensemble Barynya, established in 1991 in New York City, is a world renowned group that is regarded as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian-Gypsy traditional dancing.

3:40pm Regional Organization of Oaxaca featuring Folkloric group Princesa Donaji and the Banda Alma del Valle

The Regional Organization of Oaxaca was founded in 1988 by Oaxacan immigrants living in Los Angeles.  The main purpose of the organization is to preserve and promote indigenous Oaxacan culture.  The Regional Organization of Oaxaca’s presentation for the Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival will feature the twenty- plus folkloric dance group Princesa Donaji and the twenty-five person brass band Alma del Valle.

4:20pm Ramya Harishankar’s Arpana Dance Co. 

Ramya Harishankar has been perfecting the classical Indian dance Bharata Natyam for more than two decades.  She has studied under the best gurus in the world and has received numerous awards including “Outstanding Artist of the Year” by Arts OC.  Her dance group has been invited to perform for of the Maharani and the Royal Family.

5:00pm Salt Petal

Salt Petal’s unique blend of Argentinian folk, Brazilian Tropicalia, cumbia and up tempo indie pop captivates audiences globally.  The band’s sound is one of the freshest to come out of Los Angeles in years, showcasing deep South American rhythms and vibrant indie pop harmonies and textures.  The band has established a name for themselves playing key city festivals such as SXSW, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Make Music Pasadena.

Class and Performance Schedule at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 South Fair Oaks Ave. 1:00pm-6:00pm

1:00pm Tap with Melinda Sullivan

Melinda Sullivan is an actress, musician, and award-winning dancer.  She recently appeared as one of the top finalists on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.  Melinda held a recurring role as the mysterious Zoe Finn on CBS’s “As the World Turns” and toured as an original cast member of the onstage of the Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical Two.  Melinda is a recipient of the coveted Los Angeles Music Center “Spotlight Award” in the non-classical dance category for her solo tap dance performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

2:00pm African Groove with Leanne Nettles

Enjoy a beginning class of African Groove with acclaimed dancer Leanne Nettles.  Burn calories while dancing to traditional African dance mixed with cutting edge modern.

3:00pm Bollywood with Sangita Shresthova

Join award-winning dancer and media artist Sangita Shresthova as she takes you on an exciting, accessible journey through the world of Bollywood dance.

4:00pm Mini Performance TBA

4:15pm Hip Hop with Angie Vaughn

Explore intense rhythm through upbeat movement to enhance fitness, coordination, and timing with acclaimed dancer Angie Vaughn.

5:00pm Salsa

Learn the styles of Salsa, and dance to upbeat Latin music at this fun introductory class.

General Public: All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.oldpasadena.org/dancefestival.

Media: Please contact Kershona Mayo at 626.356.9725 or Kershona@oldpasadena.org for further information, interviews and photographs.

The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival is the grand finale to Pasadena ArtWeekend, a three-day event that also includes ArtNight, ArtWalk, Art of Food, and ArtRhythm.  Pasadena ArtWeekend is a joint venture with the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and Arts & Culture Commission, Pasadena Convention Center & Visitors Bureau, Playhouse District Association, Old Pasadena Management District, South Lake Business Association, Paseo Colorado and Pasadena CultureNet. For detailed event listings,  visit www.pasadenaartweekend.com.

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Sep 26 2012
Epson Dot Matrix FX-890 Printer
 

C11C524001 - Epson Fx-890 Dot Matrix Printer - 9-Pin - 680 Cps Mono - 240 X 144 Dpi - Parallel, Usb


FX-890 9-pin Narrow Carriage Impact Printer


FX 890 – printer – B/W – dot-matrix

FX-890 dot matrix printer offers ultra-fast 9-pin printing with an MTBF rating of 20,000 power-on hours (POH) and speeds of up to 680 characters per second. Draft speed is 419 characters per second. Near letter-quality speed is 104 characters per second. Engineered for seamless integration into virtually any system, it provides standard Parallel, USB, and additional connectivity options.

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