Monthly Archives: October 2013
Oct 31 2013
Micro-business Means Business Nov 20, 2013 @kpcc @KPCCforum

Micro-business Means Business

Wednesday, November 20, 8:30 – 9:30am

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Courtesy of Leanna Lin

Leanna’s Lins Wonderland in Eagle Rock is teaming up with neighboring businesses to offer deals and activities for “Small Business Saturday.”

Your local diner, the independent bookstore on the corner, the mechanic who fixes your brakes, your child’s math tutor – all are examples of micro-business at work. These small enterprises, most with one to five employees and many owned and operated by minorities, are all around us, part of our daily fabric. We depend on them from dawn to dusk. But the challenges and pitfalls of running a “micro-biz” are many:  some owners can’t quality for loans; others don’t have the right training to manage administrative tasks, HR issues, or the shifting “post-recession” marketplace; still others struggle with cash flow.

Passion and persistence can keep these businesses going, but training, connections to markets and customers, and capital are the tools that make for success. KPCC’s business reporter Ben Bergman gets inside “micro-biz” with Stacey Sanchez, senior community loan officer for CDC Small Business Finance and the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO). Joining them is successful micro- to small- business owner Adela Beltran, who started selling clothes door-to-door and now owns and operates the Paramount Auto Center in Downey. We’ll also hear from other entrepreneurs, both successful and struggling, and representatives of support organizations.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get information and advice, and share ideas that will help push your own micro-biz to success!


Ben Bergman: business reporter for KPCC


Adela Beltran: owner and operator of the Paramount Auto Center in Downey. Her journey began in La Barca, Jalisco, where at the age of eight, she ran her family’s market. When they moved to the U.S., she worked as a seamstress, then sold clothes door-to-door, started a travel agency and a clothing boutique, and now the car dealership.

Stacey Sanchez: Senior Community Loan Officer for CDC Small Business Finance and member of the board of directors for the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO).

7:45am – Doors open/Breakfast
8:30am – Program

Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.


Oct 31 2013
“Feast from the Farm” Luncheon – November 20, 2013 – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Mark Peel and our November “Feast from the Farm”
Feast from the Farm
Save the date! We are thrilled to be hosting our “Feast from the Farm” fundraising luncheon on Wednesday, November 20 from noon until 2 pm at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Look forward to lunches featuring local farmers from our Hollywood Farmers’ Market, crafted by guest chef Mark Peel, of the beloved Campanile restaurant! More information to follow, but for now check out our official event page and flyer below.

Feast from the Farm- Save the Date

– See more at:

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) would like you to join us at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a fundraising luncheon, featuring revered guest chef Mark Peel, and produce sourced from local farmerss of The Hollywood Farmers’ Market.


“Feast from the Farm” Event Committee:

Cheryl Bosnak (Chair), Michael Woo, Laurie Dowling, Tom McGovern, Carole Joseph, James Haydu

Oct 30 2013
The Grilled Cheese Truck update and a special invitation from Dave Danhi

Hey Y’all Grilled Cheese Truck Fans,

I have some great news to share with all of you!  Our Company, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Inc.,  has commenced an additional round of private financing for up to $5 million (the “Financing”) under the new Jumpstart Our Business Startup (“JOBS”) Act regulations,  so we can continue to expand our operations as set forth in our business plan.  Because of my attention to our social media, it feels as if I “know” a lot of you, and wanted to personally reach out about this great opportunity.

As the Company enters into this round of private capital funding, I would like to invite you to participate in what I believe is a meaningful investment.  Interested followers of The Grilled Cheese Truck who meet certain investor thresholds can purchase an interest in The Grilled Cheese Truck with a minimum investment of $5,000 and up to the sum of $25,000.

To my knowledge, the Grilled Cheese Truck became the first publicly held, fully reporting, gourmet food truck in America in October 2012.

I am happy to invite qualifying investors to become shareholders in the Company at this exciting time in our development.  The Grilled Cheese Truck has been named the number one Food truck in Los Angeles several times, and the winner of the Best food truck in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times 2 years in a row!  We’re now considered by many as the number one gourmet food truck in America!   The demand for our tasty melts has been rather amazing, and the lines continue to grow.

Over the past year our Company has experienced significant growth!   We began the year with two Grilled Cheese Trucks, and we now have additional trucks rolling out successfully in Southern California, Phoenix, and Texas.   Our existing trucks are already a proven winner in the QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant) industry, financially out-performing other food trucks and many fast food franchise businesses.

Over the last 4 years, I have received numerous requests for investment opportunities in our Company and now can finally offer such opportunity. The food truck industry is experiencing significant growth and we believe we have a first mover advantage.   According to the National Restaurant Association, food truck revenues are expected to generate 2.7 billion dollars in 2017, up from approximately $650 million dollars in 2012!

The Grilled Cheese Truck is not only capitalizing on the increasingly popular food truck revolution, but also recognizing our country’s post-war veterans.    Once our franchising activities are established, we intend to market the first 100 franchises primarily to post-war veterans.

The Grilled Cheese Truck’s training and operation have already proven to be a perfect match for veteran’s unique skill sets.  In fact, General (ret) Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, joined The Grilled Cheese Truck as Vice Chairman and Director, and is actively involved in our Veteran Franchise Program, which includes providing up to 100 qualified Veterans the opportunity to participate in ownership of their own franchise Truck!   Veterans have unique skill sets that are well suited for owning and operating their own food truck franchise and these veterans deserve to have an opportunity to live the American dream and own their own business.

Right now we are in the preliminary stages of our business plan.   Like early Starbucks and MacDonalds, Wall Street is now seeing tremendous demand and growth in the QSR sector, and we believe The Grilled Cheese Truck is going to be one of the fastest growing young companies in America.   We are reaching out to people like you, our loyal followers that have been watching the Grilled Cheese Truck for months or even years, who can identify with our food and support my vision of providing veterans an opportunity to own their own franchise Grilled Cheese Truck!

I invite you to consider an investment in our Company and contribute to helping us give back to the deserving veterans of this country.  We have an aggressive, yet very realistic, growth plan and to see it through, we need to raise additional funds so we can achieve our vision and goals.  Please take a few minutes to watch the Grilled Cheese Truck Video and see the offering related materials at

Please note that you must qualify as an “Accredited Investor” to participate.   Now’s the time to get in at the initial stages of something really special!

Should you have any questions, or want additional information, please reach out to our office at 949.479.2571.

Thanks again in advance for your interest and I hope you decide to become a part of The Grilled Cheese Truck shareholder base.

Yours truly,

Dave Danhi, Founder, Chef and Chief Creative Officer/The Grilled Cheese Truck, Inc.

Oct 30 2013
The Gaucho Certified Farmers Market at UCSB Wednesdays 11am-3pm

An avenue for staff, students, faculty, and the local community to access fresh, locally grown produce & artisan goods. Wednesdays from 11-3pm, Lot 23.

Getting excited about our Grand Opening
market tomorrow! Food trucks to include Georgia’s Smokehouse& Burger Bus! See you tomorrow from 11am-3pm, behind the SRB!

The Gaucho Certified Farmers Market is an avenue for staff, students, faculty, and the local community to access fresh, locally grown produce and artisan goods. We will bring together all facets of sustainability, helping to educate the UCSB community on healthy eating and living.

By defining “local” as anything grown or produced in the Tri-County area (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo), the market will act as a platform to promote the rich bounty of the Central Coast. We will have farmers and artisans tabling to offer education and insight into sustainable food production. We will also invite student, staff and faculty groups to table with information on a variety of ways to be sustainable.

Please contact us at [email protected]

Oct 29 2013
L.A. SALT: a market at the pehrspace November 3, 2013 12-5

L.A. SALT: a market at the pehrspace

November 3. 12-5
A curated array of affordable, beautiful things. Made in Los Angeles. Fine arts and crafts, artisanal goods, handcrafted edibles.

The first LA SALT market will take place on November 3 from 12-5 pm at the Pehrspace, a DIY art and music space located near Echo Park Lake. The market will feature both crafters and artists who are veterans and those who are emerging onto the handmade scene for the first time. Admission is free!

If you are interested in taking part in LA SALT, email us at [email protected]

You can find the Pehrspace at:
325 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Oct 29 2013
Contemporary Crafts Market Supporting Independent Artists and Craftspeople Pasadena Convention Center




Supporting Independent Artists and Craftspeople,
The Market Offers Jury-Selected Pieces to Holiday Shoppers
Contemporary Crafts Market
Pasadena Convention Center
November 1-3, 2013
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $8, children 12 and under FREE
Over 40 door prizes available | (310)285-3655
(PASADENA, Calif./LOS ANGELES) – DATE – Just in time for the holidays, the Contemporary
Crafts Market comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 1-3, 2013. Returning as
the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts, the
November market will feature the distinctive works of approximately 200 of the nation’s finest
artists — ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles,
custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have
been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.
The Contemporary Crafts Market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent
since its inception 28 years ago. The market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while
also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.
“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the
finest craft pieces from across the United States,” said Roy Helms, founder of the Contemporary
Crafts Market and past president of the American Craft Enterprises, the marketing arm of the
American Crafts Council. “This market will be no exception, with a truly extraordinary array of
pieces available to visitors that are perfect gifts for family and friends.”
The Contemporary Crafts Market is a carefully juried show featuring fine crafts and quality
functional and decorative arts. The exhibitors undergo a rigorous screening process to qualify
as participants in the show. All artwork must be quality hand-made designs and be represented
by the artist.
Helms has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by
highlighting talented artists, including many whose works can be found in national and
international museums and galleries. For nearly three decades, the Contemporary Crafts Market
has done a great deal to bring greater recognition and appreciation to the crafts profession by
challenging America’s perception of handmade art.
“The level of quality and originality of crafts being produced by participating artists has
superseded itself year after year attracting new craft and folk art audiences,” added Helms.
Many noted interior designers, high-end collectors and retail buyers often visit the market to
gain insight into developing color and style trends. As the ideal resource for unique and original
holiday shopping, the Contemporary Crafts Market remains an invaluable testament to the
American Crafts Movement.
This November’s market will feature a number of artists who take novel approach to the art of
craft including:
Local Pasadena artist Joe Feinblatt is a wood turner producing fine quality bowls, wood
turnings with spun metal, and unique ‘green’ lamps, that are not only energy efficient, but are
produced from sustainably harvested or salvaged woods.
Artist Joseph Gatto has been making jewelry for over 60 years. He
reuses or recycles precious metals, gold, silver and platinum
together with antiques, or antiquities up to 3000 years old. He is a
proud environmentalist and an advocate of objects made by hand
by local crafts persons.
Artist Yumi Ueno’s designs
are an exploration of three dimensional geometric
abstraction. Using precious and semi-precious stones with
silver and gold, Ueno’s work emphasizes the importance
and beauty of color, pattern and texture. Ueno’s
inspiration comes from her memories of reading fairytales
as a child, resulting in whimsical pieces that evoke
imagination and amusement.

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A limited number of free passes are available from this web site. Click on one of the three images above and print or scan our QR code below. Bring to the Will Call Desk at the entrance of the show for up to two free admission tickets.

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
November 1, 2 & 3, 2013

Hours Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM;
Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission $8; children 12 and under, free.

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Oct 29 2013
Prodigy Guitarist Olivia Chang to Perform at Altadena Library at a Taste of Spain event

Prodigy Guitarist to Perform at Altadena Library


Although only thirteen years old, classical Spanish guitarist Olivia Chang has already received several awards including one from the White House! What’s her secret?  Well, her father, James Chiang, is also a classical guitarist and instructor and has been tutoring her since she was seven.  Olivia has performed at several venues throughout the Southland.  On November 1 at 7 p.m. she will play several Spanish favorites as part of Altadena Library’s celebration “A Taste of Spain.”  This event will also include flamenco dance by Jessica Pacheco and a talk by restaurant critic and food historian Richard Foss on the history of traditional food of Spain. This program is suitable for families with older children.  Light Spanish refreshments will be served.


Olivia has performed in a Cadet Band at Winter Wassail Concert at WalnutHigh School from SuzanneMiddleHigh School where she is a straight A student and received the President’s Education Award from the White House from President Obama. Olivia participated in a Classical Guitar Masterclass with Christopher Parkening in 2010 and Rolan Dyens in 2011. She is also a finalist in the  National Solo Competition of American Strings Teachers Association, 2013 and the third place winner of Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, 2011. She has been performing at 7th Annual LMU Guitar Festival, Yorba Linda Public Library, American Guitar Society, Guitar Solo International (GSI), Orange County Guitar Circle and The Fret House. Under the teaching of her father, she has passed the Grade 8 Exam and is a qualified applicant for the Music Diploma from The Associate Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM), London, England. More information on James Chiang can be found at


This free event sponsored by the Friends of the Altadena Library will take place at the main Altadena Library located at 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena.  For more information please call 626-798-0833 or visit

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Oct 27 2013
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Oct 27 2013
Apple iTunes 11.1.2 Windows Update

Apple iTunes 11.1.2 Windows Update

This update adds support for Arabic and Hebrew and improves performance and stability.

The previous version of iTunes came with several major new features, including:

  • iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from hundreds of stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.
  • Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.
  • Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.
  • Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:

Oct 25 2013
@eatingconscious Amygdala Almond Based Spread

@eatingconscious Almond Based Spread

6 flavors of Almond Based Spread

Amygdala – Almond Based Spread

Our signature almond spread.  It melts on the tongue and resonates with a surprisingly creamy cold temperature.  This spread can be used for any occasion.  It can be paired with carrots or broccoli, chips or crackers, celery, pretzels, or even French fries on the days where we feel like living dangerously.  The list of ingredients held within this item is a short one:  almonds, grape-seed oil, garlic, liquid-aminos, and various spices.  All ingredients used are ones that are good for your body.  Spreads are not necessarily exclusive to the “Guilty Pleasure” category.  Some of them reign over all with the title of “Healthy Luxury,” as this one does.​

  1. Original: Our first flavor, classic, smooth. Certified Vegan and Gluten Free
  2. Tomato Basil: Bright red fruit, dark green shreds of leaf, a flavor of culture.  Contained within this spread, the ever classic combination of tomato and basil.
  3. Roasted Bell Pepper: The Baja rush of coastal breeze and wave’s crashing spray.  This spread emits the cool of bell peppers.
  4. Chipotle: Smokey, spicy. A unique rush of flavor with medium heat.
  5. Habanero: Fire refreshing.  This spread has the added bonus of habanero chili pepper.
  6. Jalapeno & Cilantro: The ever classic chili pepper, harvested luxuriant.  This spread burns and clears, it vitalizes the very air we breathe.


Local Farmers Market

Torrance: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at 2400 Jefferson St, Torrance, CA 90510
Bixby Park: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 130 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Huntington Beach: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at ​221 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Ontario: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 2295 South Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91761
Panarama City: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at 13652 Cantara St., Panorama City, CA 91402
Long Beach: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Appian Way and Nieto, Long Beach, CA 90803
Long Beach: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 1212 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90815

Redlands: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at 305 East State Street, Redlands, CA 92373
Woodland Hills: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM at 5601 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91365

Fontana: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 9961 Sierra Ave., Fontana, CA 92335
Riverside: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 10800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505
Baldwin Park: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA 91706

UCI: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Campus Dr and Bridge Rd, Irvine, CA 92612
South Coast Collection: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 3315 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Corona: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at 480 N Main St, Corona, CA 92880

Great Park: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
Long Beach: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 6550 East Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA 90803

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Oct 25 2013
Apple Mac OS 10.9 and Sharp Printer Drivers Not Compatible @Sharp_USA @SharpExpert

Apple Mac OS 10.9 and Sharp Printer Drivers Not Compatible

Apparently Sharp fell behind the Mac OS update curve when Apple released Mac OS 10.9 earlier this week, the Mavericks update basically breaks the Sharp driver preventing the use of the Job Handling and other functions.

If anyone else has experienced issue with this or has found a solution, please share.

Systems running 10.8 and below are working normally.

The machine we use is the Sharp MX-3100N Office printer/copier?

The version on the site is only good for 10.8 and below.


Oct 25 2013
Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce Peppers Underwood Family Farms

SrirachaBottle1Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce Peppers Underwood Family Farms 

Huy Fong Sriracha Sauce. Many customers and CSA members may be surprised to learn that our very own Underwood farm has been supplying ALL the jalapeno peppers that are used to make this secret sauce for the past 20 years.

Oct 25 2013
Wings, Wheels, Rotors and Expo Event Los Alamitos October 27, 2013

Los Alamitos Army Airfield     11200 Lexington Dr.  Los Alamitos, CA  90720      

Sunday, October 27th, 2013    9:00 am to 4:00 pm



LOS ALAMITOS >> The U.S. Navy plans to make a splash at Sunday’s Wings, Wheels, Rotors and Expo at the Joint Forces Training Base.

The massive show, which is from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 11200 Lexington Drive, is free to the public and features a wide variety of activities for the whole family, including free plane and helicopter rides.

Attendees will also be able to get up close to military aircraft, helicopters, vintage cars and warbirds. Public safety, first-responders and military equipment as well as public safety helicopters will be showcased.

Free flights in general aviation airplanes will be offered by the Experimental Aircraft Association, Young Eagles to young people between 8 and 17 years old who are interested in flying and aviation.

A pristine Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair, a warbird from World War II that was flown in combat, will be showcased along with several other vintage planes.

Free flights for World War II and Korean War veterans will be offered by Ageless Aviation today and Saturday. Free flights will also be made available to young people from eight to 17 years old.

The car show will feature custom cars, new vehicles, motorcycles, roadsters, antique vehicles and hot rods.

There is free admission and free parking.
Donations will be accepted. A portion of the proceeds will go to the JFTB Morale Welfare and Recreation to support the armed forces personnel on the Joint Forces Training Base.

Smoking is not permitted on the base’s flight line. Dogs, bikes or alcohol are also not permitted.

A photo identification is required to enter the base.

Oct 23 2013
REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming

 Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

Cross Campus
820 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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TechZulu & Gadget Review present REACH. A quarterly event series seeking to dive deep into what comes next in technology, and giving you the opportunity to experience it first hand with the gadgets on site.  Experience gadgets from the big brands with million dollar budgets to the startups bootstrapping and raising via IndieGoGo.

On October 24th tech enthusiast will come together to discuss the latest in Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming.


Gaming is about to take a decisive turning point thanks to smartphones, tablets, next-gen consoles, and digital downloads.

HUGE thanks to all the amazing sponsors who help make REACH Possible

IndiegogoVerizon WirelessSonyAT&TSonosLootCrateMicrosoftSprintHansen’s Natural,Hubert’s LemonadeLogitechTenqaSeagateErica Kawamoto Hsu Photography
The REACH event will bring together some of gaming’s most influential thinkers, creators, and developers who will guide us through their vision of the next evolution of gaming.  It will also be followed by a complimentary Food (Provided by Calbi Truck) & Beverage mixer, where we will have a variety of gadgets on hand for attendees to experience some of the newest in hardware.


[Moderator] Scot Rubin – Owner NITROPOD/SVP Digital Media Big Door/Cofounder G4TV

Scot has been an entrepreneur and executive responsible for the launch of several interactive entertainment ventures. As a consultant for Comcast and co-founder of G4 Media, Scot helped bring the world of video games to television in 2002. At G4, Scot served as VP of Program Editorial and Internet, and developed, Produced, and Hosted G4TV.COM, the network’s interactive talk show.

Before G4, Scot founded All Games Network (AGN). AGN was sold to Net-TV pioneer Pseudo Programs and Rubin served as VP of Games and Sports programming. In that position, Scot served as Executive Producer of the QB Club Chanel, a joint venture with the NFL.

Scot has 15+ years experience developing product integration and interactive campaigns for major sports, entertainment and consumer brands.

Josh Yguado – President SGN

As President of Game Development and Operations at SGN, a leading cross platform game developer and distributor, Josh Yguado is responsible for development, marketing, and operations for all games. He also leads mergers and acquisitions and ran the acquisitions of SGN, MindJolt and HallPass Media.

Yguado is a co-founder of SGN, previously in charge of game development and responsible for successful cross-platform titles including Panda Jam, Jewels of the Amazon, and Bingo Blingo. He joined SGN from Fox where he was Vice President of Business Development and worked on the acquisition of MySpace and the launch of Hulu. Yguado previously held strategic planning and corporate development positions at MTV/ Nickelodeon and Univision. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with honors from Harvard University.

Chris Hewish – Head of Global Interactive DreamWorks Animation

Chris is a 22 year veteran of the interactive gaming industry. He decided to enter the video game business out of a love for all types of games, and the powerful influence the local hobby store had on his childhood in Maine.

Chris currently serves as Head of Global Interactive for DreamWorks Animation. Prior to joining DWA Chris worked at Activision Blizzard for 13 years, during which time he held a number of role including Executive Producer and Lead Game Designer. Before working in California, Chris worked for Maryland based game companies MicroProse and Games Workshop.

Wilson Kriegel – President/COO Paltalk | former CRO of Zynga/OMGPOP

Wilson is the President/COO of Paltalk, a profitable leading live social interest/topic & content based video and chat community, with millions of active users a month, cross platforms.  Paltalk enables for an unlimited number of users to broadcast/view and chat within the same group. It generates revenues through Subscription, Virtual Currency and Advertising.

Wilson joined Paltalk from Zynga/OMGPOP where he was Chief Revenue Officer of the New York City based developer/publisher social mobile games company, which was sold to Zynga in 2012 for $210 Million.

Robin Kaminsky – CEO 1st Street Partners | Former EVP of Publishing, Executive Lead Global Gaming Activision/Blizzard

Robin Kaminsky is the CEO and cofounder of 1st Street Partners, Inc. 1stStreet Partners provides strategic management services to technology, entertainment and consumer goods companies.  Robin is also an Executive-in-Residence at Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital partnership, an independent Director on the Board of Trion Worlds (MMO and on-line game services and content company) and Wild Planet Entertainment, a toy company, an advisor to MachineZone (mobile, free to play games),  ICS (mobile and on-line acquisition platform), and 7 Elements (free-to-play, on-line games). Robin is a former advisor to Gai Kai (acquired by Sony in 2012), an on-line technology company.

Prior to founding 1st Street Partners, Robin was the Executive Vice President of Publishing and the executive leading the global games business at ActivisionBlizzard where she oversaw all studio/product development and marketing/business operations, doubled revenue and delivered record profit from 2005 through 2008. From 1997 through 2005, Robin was a marketing executive and general manager at PepsiCo.  Earlier in her career, Robin held strategic planning, brand management, new product development, and marketing services roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Revlon, and Johnson & Johnson.  Robin began her career at DMB&B, at the time a top ad agency in New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

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Oct 23 2013
Poisonous Jerky Treats From China Kills 600 Pet Dogs Since 2007

Poisonous Jerky Treats Kills Hundreds of Pet Dogs

Why Are Jerky Treats Making Pets Sick? - topic feature

3000 dogs and 12 cats since 2007

600 of the dogs have died.

There is no particular brand, as several brands are linked to the tainted jerk originating from China.

Within hours of eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit, some pets have exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.


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Oct 21 2013
@attcustomercare @att Rude Employee at AT&T Belmont CA Store

A rude employee at Belmont Ca Store.

This evening, 10/21/2013, at about 8:20 p.m., my wife and I were about to enter your store on O’Neill and El Camino Real  here in Belmont, CA.

As I got  out of our car, right in front of the door, your employee entered the store and proceeded to lock the door in my face. I checked the business hours online before we came and I understood that the store was open until 9:00 p.m. I then tapped on the glass door to ask what their hours were and all I heard in an annoyed  manner was “WE ARE CLOSED!”

I wanted to ask what time they opened but, again, he shook his head and indicated that the store was closed.

Maybe they were closing early. That didn’t matter. I only wanted to ask when they were open but he seemed to only be interested closing with not enough courtesy to respond. Even if he couldn’t hear me through the crack in the door, he could have come closer to hear what I was saying. I am 70 years old and I’m pretty sure that I don’t or didn’t look like I wanted to rob him or something.

As it turned out, I was the one who was annoyed and disgusted. I have been an AT&T Data customer for years and I only wanted to ask how to transfer my iPad Internet access account to a new device.

I am seriously thinking of going to Verizon where I know I am appreciated.


Received this from Allen Sunde

Oct 21 2013 – Can the Government Healthcare Website Be Fixed? @HealthCareGov #GetCovered is the US Government’s website to deliver a platform for people in the US to signup for healthcare.

The site has been plagued by outages, error pages, issues with processing. Yet the government is asking everyone to consider joining. While the site performs more than just informational services and is processing applications, the site had a lot riding on it before the launch several weeks ago.  The Health and Human Services Department failed to deliver a stable solid platform able to deliver.  Now President Obama is having to apologize to all those who have tried to use the site and not been able to as well as encourage those who have not even been to the site after hearing all the negative buzz.

There has been much discussion about the company that was selected for the building of the site, CGI Federal, a subsidary of a Canadian firm called CGI Group. A Canadian company was selected to build a US Government website? Yes.  Why? When in fact CGI Federal has little to little experience in the Government space, and on top of that was paid close to $100 million($93.7) to build the site! CGI is hiring for the project, as example see this position

With over 500,000 applications to date, the site is surely getting lots of traffic, in  the millions of hits per day with users trying to retrieve information on the process.  Over 19 million unique visitors since the launch, which each visit is at least 2-3 pages.  And if you have troubles with the site you can try to connect but using social media or leaving feedback.

twitter: @HealthCareGov

hashtag: #GetCovered

Large scale enterprise and consumer experts should have been brought in before the launch. Now we hear that over 5 million lines of code needs to be written to fix the site and it could not be ready until mid December 2013.

Can the Obama administration fix the issues quickly with what they term a “tech surge” which is basically bringing in experts from other parts of the government and outside experts to fix the site.   read more on what is being done on a blog posting by the HHS here


So this failure to deliver a stable platform, yet the Government wants everyone to signup, I guess you can try and report your errors.

Oct 21 2013
All You Can Carry Jackpot Pumpkin $19.99 at Armstrong Garden Centers @armstronggarden #pumpkins
Hurry on over to your local Armstrong Center to take advantage of the current promotion to carry out as many pumpkins for $19.99.
Pumpkins and GourdsWe offer a wide variety of Pumpkins and Gourds … and continue our All You Can Carry Jackpot Pumpkin promotion … grab all you can in one go for $19.99

Here’s a picture of Tara Hall’s husband from facebook carrying a total of 11 pumpkins. But can he walk out and pay at the register for his load of pumpkins?


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