Monthly Archives: November 2013
Nov 24 2013
American Express Small Business Saturday November 30, 2013 @ShopSmall
American Express Small Business Saturday November 30, 2013
American Express has declared next Saturday to be “Small Business Saturday”

**Get a one-time $10.00 statement credit when you spend $10.00 or more on your American Express Card at participating businesses.**

Guess What?

Grinder Restaurant and many other businesses accepts American Express and we are inviting you to join us!

This is how it works:

 1. Register  any eligible American Express Card at or register here.

Registration is limited. Registration opens at 12:00 A.M. MST on Nov 24, 2013 and continues until 11:59 P.M. non Nov 30, 2013, unless the registration limit is reached sooner.

2. Come to Grinder Restaurant or any of your favorite shops, restaurants and spend at least $10 and pay with your registered American Express Card.

3. Get a one-time $10 statement credit for that transaction from American Express within 90 days after Nov 30, 2013

 That’s it! It’s just like eating for FREE!

Register your AMEX card now and enjoy a FREE meal!

Here’s another local business participating in Shop Small from American Express.

Saturday, November 30 at 11:00am

Nov 24 2013
Ozell Williams Sets World Record Backflips Video

Ozell Williams Sets World Record Backflips 105

Check out this video

Here’s Ozell’s posting on Facebook:

I just want to say Thank You to everybody who believes in me, still have faith in me and Know I’m destined for greatness. I will be setting the record NOV. 23rd at Folsom Stadium at the CU vs. USC game. Get your tickets now and come out to support the football team, and spirit squad(“O” & Family) as we plan on putting CU on the MAP. Get your tickets now before it’s to late because my record setting will be unbelievable and we need help counting. Thank You to The Marketing team, My few close friends, My Family Frydry’s, and everybody else that believed in me. COme out and help us Count and I’m going to set it for the Distance Covered in the least Amount of Time. WORLD RECORDS HERE WE COME……NO PRESSURE(Sike)!! LOL
(Repping Colorado, Chicago,New Orleans,Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, University of Colorado,O Fly High Inc & Mile High TumblersUniversity of Louisville,University of Colorado Boulder,Kevin JohnstonRobert FrydrychowskiCindy FrySamantha FrydrychowskiAnthony FrydrychowskiNick FrydrychowskiChris FrydrychowskiMegan Alyssa FrydrychowskiD.j. Moore, Lindsey Young Edwards,Cori DeJamal SmithMarie Renee GarciaJared PetersPeter AndersonLamar M WestMile High Tumblers 5280Oli BurnsAlyssa CasillasTravon Allen BookerTaylor UllemeyerKevin HartAnd More.

Nov 23 2013
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Nov 22 2013
Crowdfunding Workshop, Dec. 10 Adam Chapnick Indiegogo

Crowdfunding Workshop, Dec. 10


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce  invites you to:
Crowdfunding Workshop

Build your campaign
Tuesday, Dec. 10
1 – 3:30 p.m.

$30 for Chamber members 

$40 for non Chamber members 

Space is limited – only 20 registrants will be accepted!
Venue host:

1333 2nd St., Ste 400 

Santa Monica, 90401


Crowdfunding is a great way to provide capital for your business, build your customer base, and create buzz and press. But how do you position yourself for success? Bring the assets and information you have on your project: your idea, your pitch, your video, your perks, even your Indiegogo draft campaign, and we’ll work with you to get your campaign “launch-ready.”
Indiegogo’s Adam Chapnick will share best-practice insights from data pulled from more than 150,000 Indiegogo campaigns across multiple categories. What you learn will make you many times more likely to succeed, no matter what you’re funding.
No walk-ins will be accepted 

Guest Speaker:

Adam Chapnick



2-hours of free parking next door at Public Parking Structure 4
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For more information,
contact Warren Lee.
Nov 22 2013
Cell Carrier Ratings November 2013 – Verizon #1 – Sprint Last Place

Cell Carrier Ratings November 2013 from Consumer Reports

How does your cell phone carrier rate?

Sprint as many have reported ranks as the lowest rated.  Reports that Sprint went from #2 to last place.

Verizon ranks #1 as the best carrier in the United States.

Here’s the original release: Consumer Reports’ press release


Smaller Providers of No-contract and Prepaid Service Continue to Rate High; Seven Ways to cut Phone Costs

YONKERS, NY Sprint is now the lowest-Rated carrier in Consumer Reports’ latest annual cell-phone service Ratings, based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. While it trailed only Verizon in overall customer satisfaction among the major carriers in last year’s ratings, Sprint received dismal marks this year for value, voice, text and 4G reliability.

Verizon Wireless was once again the top major carrier, receiving high marks for data service and some aspects of customer support. AT&T and T-Mobile got mostly ho-hum marks, though AT&T was the lone carrier to receive the top rating for the reliability of its 4G service.

Tiny Consumer Cellular was the overall leader in the Consumer Reports cell service satisfaction survey, with stellar scores across the board – even though it uses the same network of lower-ranked AT&T. As in previous CR surveys, no-contract and prepaid service from smaller companies such as Consumer Cellular and TracFone rated better than the major standard providers in customer satisfaction. Those carriers offer high-quality phones, relatively reliable service, and simpler, more consumer-friendly plans.

“Our latest cell service satisfaction survey revealed a somewhat precipitous decline by Sprint that shuffled the rankings of the major standard service providers,” said Glenn Derene, Electronics Content Development Team Leader for Consumer Reports. “And smaller, no-frills, no-contract and prepaid service providers continue to do a better job of satisfying customers, and provide an increasingly viable alternative to some of the expensive, long-term contracts that many consumers find themselves locked into.”

The new Consumer Reports cell service Ratings can be found online at and in the January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports, which hits newsstands next week.

The Consumer Reports survey also revealed that among the respondents who had data plans that set limits on usage, 38 percent used only half, or less, of their monthly allotment. As a result, many customers may well have overpaid for their wireless service. CR recommends seven ways consumers can cut their phone costs and saved hundreds of dollars in the process. Among them:

  • Wait to buy that hot phone. Resist buying the latest must-have phone until a newer model comes out and you may be able to get it at a much lower price. For example, if you bought the Samsung Galaxy S III from Sprint when it first came out,  it would have set you back more than $200 up front. When the S 4 arrived, the S III price   dropped to $100, and now it’s $0 with most service contracts.
  • Consider a prepaid service.  Pay-as-you-go plans used to come with limited service and bare-bones phones. Not anymore. Prepaid providers now have more smart phones, and some offer fast 4G connections. If you’re not a marathon talker, texter, or Web surfer, you’ll usually come out ahead by paying only for what you use.
  • Think twice about add-ons. Like other service providers, cellular carriers try to lard on extras, including navigation, insurance and GPS tracking of your children. Assess those offers carefully. You might be better off paying $1 per day for maps and directions only when you need them, rather than paying a $5 navigation fee every month.

Additional advice on cutting cell phone costs can be found at


Nov 22 2013
President Obama Visiting Los Angeles – DreamWorks November 25-26, 2013

President Obama Visiting Los Angeles – DreamWorks November 26, 2013

Earlier in the day

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $2 million to Obama re-election campaign.

President Obama is expected to make remarks on the economy especially as it relates to entertainment jobs.

President Obama will be in the Beverly Hills area visiting Magic Johnson and his wife, then on to another event with Mr. Saban.

Then in the morning to Glendale and then he leaves the area.

Why the President comes to town right at rush hour is perplexing to many.

Chances are that once Obama is done in Glendale he will be flown by helicopter to LAX and the traffic impact will be minimal.

The visit to DreamWorks is expected on Tuesday November 26, 2013, so if you plan to be in the Glendale, Burbank areas be sure to watch for traffic conditions.  No schedule has been released, but usually President Obama arrives to LAX and flies via helicopter to Burbank Airport, and then goes by car to the locations.


Nov 22 2013
Altadena Open Studios Dec 8, 2013 10-5pm

Open Studios –

Greg Marquez Studio – 523 W. Loma Alta Drive, Altadena

Gothard Studio – 215 Laurel Drive

Kathleen Swaydan & Friends – 3061 Ridgeview Drive

LA General Store Design Studio

149 W. Altadena Drive (626) 529-3386

Sidewalk Cafe –

2057 N. Los Robles (626) 797-9225 – (Bring your own mug and get a coffee for 99 cents)

5 Locations – 30 Artists – Lots of fun


Nov 21 2013
BULGARINI GELATO – Cremino Bars for Thanksgiving! @bulgarinigelato

Order Cremino Bars for Thanksgiving

There is still time to order Cremino Bars or Torta di Gelato for the Thanksgiving. Order by Tuesday evening for Thanksgiving pickup.

Available in Large or Mini. Large Cremino Bars are $7 each; Presentation boxes of mini Cremino Bars – box of 4 is $25; or box of 5 is $30. Our flavors are:

  • Pistacchio, Pear, Crema/Pomegranate, Macadamia Nut, and Coffee – all covered in chocolate.
  • Also pumpkin in white chocolate

Small serves 4, Medium serves 6, and Large serves 12. Kilo and Half Kilo containers are also available. Our combinations are:

  • Chocolate Salt and Pear
  • Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate
  • Pistacchio and Pomegranate
To place an order, call 626.376.7662;  email [email protected]; or just come into the gelateria. Pick up both at our Altadena and Culver City locations.
(Culver City pickup on Wednesday only.)

Altadena Store Open Thanksgiving Day   9am to 2pm

Nov 21 2013
Chef Eric Bechard Opens Albatross in Astoria, Oregon

Albatross, will serve wine and “farm-to-table sandwiches” from the former Sea Breeze Fish & Chips

Chef Eric Bechard

Trinket, a neighborhood-focused brunch spot, at 2035 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Was just there this past weekend. Great spot. Packed!  One diner commented that it was the best burger they have ever had!

Portland Food and Drink has more details.

Albatross Fine food and drink – 1811

is located at:

222 14th Street, Astoria, OR

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 5pm – Late-night

Telephone: 503.741.3091


Nov 21 2013
Volcano Creating New Island Islet – Tacocat [video]

Volcano Creating New Island Tacocat

Tokyo Japan Coast Guard issued advisories for smoke and ash from the explosion.

The islet is approx 200 meters or 600 ft in diameter.

This location is in the ring of fire where most of the earthquakes and volcanic activity occur in the Pacific.

The Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts say a volcanic eruption has raised a new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo. Pictures filmed by the Japanese coast guard showed clouds of heavy smoke, billowing steam and waters roiling over the newly formed crater.

Nov 21 2013
Pasadena 210 Freeway Interchanges Dangerous Increase in Accidents – Slow Down

Pasadena 210 Freeway Interchanges Dangerous Increase in Accidents

If you live in the Pasadena area you are familiar with the 210 interchange. Most notably the 210 east tunnel where recently there has been an increase in accidents. Just last night there was a deadly pileup after midnight with one fatality and numerous vehicles involved including several trucks.

This morning yet another accident on the west interchange.

So is it the weather? Most likely this plays a part. But these inc

Another fatal accident on the Madre offramp which is apparently affecting the Goldline rail station. Big rig crash. Apparently at 2:30 am 11/21/13.  The cement median was hit.  A one vehicle accident. Hispanic 34 year old. Diesel fuel , scence is still going to be closed for another 3-4 hours.

People need to slow down when driving!



Nov 19 2013
Pacific Asia Museum and the University of Southern California to Form Alliance

This is big news for Pasadena, Pacific Asia, and USC communities.


USC and Pacific Asia Museum form alliance

By Allison Engel

November 18, 2013USC and Pacific Asia Museum of Pasadena, Calif., one of the few U.S. museums dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, announced an affiliation today. The alliance between the museum and the university presents a wealth of collaborative opportunities for both institutions.

The new partnership will preserve the museum’s 1924 Chinese Qing Dynasty-inspired mansion in downtown Pasadena as an art museum and will enhance the scholarship of the creative faculty and students at USC’s six arts schools and those in the departments of art history, East Asian language and cultures, religion and archaeology. In addition, the alliance will provide a foundation for a renewed museum studies and curatorial training program at USC.

The new name of the museum will be the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

“With its rich history and inspiring works of art, Pacific Asia Museum will be the perfect complement to many academic endeavors at USC. Both of our organizations work to enrich the educational experience, advance art history and preserve the past for future generations,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

“USC is very proud to form a powerful partnership with a local organization that has international appeal and an enduring devotion to promoting the arts.”

Elizabeth Short, trustee and chair of the museum’s strategic planning committee, said: “Since its founding, Pacific Asia Museum has advanced intercultural understanding between East and West through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Devoted staff, board members and volunteers carry out this mission through exhibitions, tours, cultural and educational events and programs for the community.

“All of us are excited about the affiliation with USC and look forward to this rewarding relationship, which will provide synergies in the study of Asian arts and cultures and support the museum in Pasadena,” she added.

Katherine Murray-Morse, chair of the museum’s board of trustees, said: “We are thrilled that the partnership with USC will enable the museum to enhance its mission and expand its reach as a cultural institution. Pacific Asia Museum, in concert with USC, a renowned Pacific Rim university, will be able to create even greater synergies with this new affiliation in Los Angeles, a global city of the 21st century.”

Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said that the new affiliation “will support the scholarship of our current faculty and graduate students, enhance our ability to recruit future faculty and students, and complement our very strong postdoctoral scholars program in the humanities.

“This partnership also highlights USC’s deep connections to the Pacific Rim,” she continued. “What better way to exhibit those ties than through the breadth and beauty of the museum’s distinctive art collection.”

Pacific Asia Museum, founded in 1971 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2009, has a collection of more than 17,000 items from across Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning more than 5,000 years. Prominent holdings include the Harari Collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo (1600-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods, one of the largest collections of Japanese folk paintings outside Japan, a South Pacific bark cloth collection, collections of Chinese ceramics and textiles, and Buddhist art from throughout Asia.

Pacific Asia Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (USC Photo/Sheharazad Fleming)

Pacific Asia Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (USC Photo/Sheharazad Fleming)

The museum has organized several groundbreaking exhibitions, including the first North American exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art after the Cultural Revolution and one of the first exhibitions of contemporary aboriginal art in the United States.

Built in the 1920s by art dealer Grace Nicholson, the museum is a California State Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Museum officials approached USC officials in July about considering a partnership. Under terms of the alliance, USC will take over management of the museum.

USC has an unparalleled collection of arts schools at a research university, with more than 6,000 students pursuing degrees in the arts. All six arts schools include a significant number of students from Asia, and creative work by many faculty members in the schools is influenced by Asia. The university as a whole has a number of institutes that focus on the historic, cultural and social dynamics of the Pacific Rim and the Asian-American experience, including the East Asian Studies Center, the Korean Studies Institute, the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, and the USC U.S.-China Institute.

USC recently has developed new graduate programs in arts management, which will be natural partners with the museum, as well as an interdisciplinary museum studies and curatorial training program that is being redesigned.

The USC Pacific Asia Museum will complement the USC Fisher Museum of Art’s permanent collection of some 1,800 objects, many of which are from the Americas and Europe.

“The collection of USC Pacific Asia Museum will be the starting point for a multitude of inquiries related to the culture, history and even future of the Pacific Rim,” said Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum.

“Art is a starting point, but never an end point; art opens minds to issues around religion, history, beauty, politics and a host of possible connections and interactions in our global world,” she continued. “Our students and faculty will be able to gather around a specific piece or exhibition and will find themselves entering into conversations that will be life-enhancing and sometimes even life-changing.”

The formal announcement of the alliance was made at an evening event held on Nov. 18 at the Pasadena museum with officials from USC, the museum and the city of Pasadena.

– See more at:!/article/57347/usc-and-pasadenas-pacific-asia-museum-to-form-alliance/

Nov 18 2013
BJ’s New Brewhouse Burgers From $6.95

Enjoy BJ’s New Brewhouse Burgers From $6.95


Big Flavor. Small Price. Perfectly sized. 

Visit BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse today to enjoy our new BJ’s Brewhouse Burgers , starting at only $6.95. A classic diner burger packed with flavor, featuring a seasoned 5 oz., fresh 100% USDA Angus beef patty cooked to order and served sizzling hot off the flat top grill.

On a Parmesan-crusted bun with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Served with crispy-thin or wedge-cut seasoned fries.

Find your nearest BJ’s Restaurant to experience the NEW Brewhouse Burger today.


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Nov 15 2013
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Nov 12 2013
SF MusicTech Summit 2014 VIP Early Tickets @SFMusicTech
SF MusicTech Summit

Exclusive Pre-Sale
Ends Wednesday Nov 13th 11am PST!

We are excited to announce that the next SF MusicTech Summit will be:

May 20, 2014!

This will be our 15th conference and we wanted to reward all of you for helping us get this far. We truly couldn’t have done this without our amazing community!
For the next 25 hours only, we are offering an exclusive “email list only” pre-sale on tickets.

Go here to reveal the hidden “Email List Exclusive” ticket option!

This code is only valid until Wednesday, November 13th at 11 AM PST, after which ticketing will move to general on-sale.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in May 2014!


Brian Zisk
Executive Producer
SF MusicTech Summit

P.S. Our team is now producing the The Future of Money & Technology Summit for December 9, 2013 at the Hotel Kabuki. If you are into the future of payments, banking, bitcoin, etc. we hope to see you there!

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Nov 12 2013
TEDxPCC Discount Tickets
 In honor of Veterans Day, enjoy a special discount on TEDxPCC tickets.
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An Independently Organized TED Event

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In honor of Veterans Day, enjoy a special discount:

For 20% off general admission ($80 instead of $100),
use code “TEDxThanksYou”

For veterans and military personnel, please email
[email protected] for $25 tickets.
We thank you for your service!

OFFER VALID 11/11 – 11/13/13 ONLY

Click Here to Register

Check out our list of speakers online!
Click here for more

Free parking
Lunch, snacks, and swag provided

Questions? [email protected]

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Nov 12 2013
Today is 11-12-13

Today 11-12-13, November 12, 2013
11th Month
12th Day
2013 Year

Many are taking advantage of the unique sequence of the date by holding their wedding.

Nov 11 2013
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Nov 11 2013
This is the last week for hazelnuts and walnuts @jossyfarms Oregon

This is the last week for hazelnuts and walnuts


This Friday (11/15) and Saturday (11/16) are the last two days we’ll be selling washed and dried hazelnuts and walnuts this season. We’ll be open 9 am – 5 pm.

  • The price is $2.35/lb for walnuts and hazelnuts.
  • Free cracking is available.
  • Cash or check only.
  • The nuts will be sold at the same location as in the past (across the street from where you pick fruit in the summer). Our address: 31965 NW Beach Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97124.
  • If you are purchasing more than 100 lbs, you can place an order ahead of time by calling 503-647-5234 and leaving a message or emailing Maegan Jossy at [email protected]. Please order the week before, no earlier. Thanks.


  • Conveniently located off of Hwy 26/Sunset Hwy, 18 miles west of Portland and 60 miles east of Seaside.
  • 1/8 mile south of the Sunset Highway at the North Plains exit (#57) and 1/4 mile west on Beach Rd. Look for the Jossy Farms sign on the left side of Beach Rd.

As always you can call our harvest line at 503-647-5234 for up-to-date information. You can also follow us on Facebook or visit or website.

We look forward to seeing you,
Maegan and Amy


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