Friday, September 29, 2006

Poker fans' Paradise...

Poker have become more and more popular in recent years in Australia. According to the latest BRW it says, around 77% of gambeling money come from the people play poker.

Except for playing poker in the Casino, some people like to play at home with friends, some like to play on-line, while some of them like to play on television.

There are plenty of poker video games to help you get started, too. When you are ready to play others online, the best way for beginners to start out playing is to play free poker. This way you don't lose your money and it's a great way to gain a lot of playing experience. Whilst browsing through some online material, I came across this great website that contains poker room reviews, strategy tips, and advice at . VegasPokerPro is a gateway to some of the best known poker websites and offers you some really nice incentives. The VPP forum is a thriving community of poker players sharing their experiences and knowledge. You can find a large list of websites offering free poker rooms, and this way, you are not wasting your time on trying to find the best poker rooms for your needs.


Media laws favour News, Ten boss claims

The head of Network Ten says the current cross-media laws have created a pay TV monopoly for media giant News Ltd, and need to be changed to allow true diversity.

Executive chairman Nicholas Falloon told a Senate inquiry that in the past changes to current laws had been strongly argued against for fear they would stifle diversity.

But the opposite was now the case, Mr Falloon said.

"While we've had cross- and foreign-ownership rules in the last ten years, we've had the introduction of pay television into the landscape," Mr Falloon told the inquiry.

"While those rules have existed, pay television has come into being as an absolute monopoly - it's in the hands of the two dominant media players.

"If you believe everyone in the industry, (the monopoly) will continue to grow.

"We think that the media rules that are aimed very narrowly, have completely (been rendered) obsolete.

"That's before you take into account the clear growth of the internet, which is impacting on all forms of media."

News Ltd and PBL hold 25 per cent each of pay TV provider Foxtel. Telstra owns the other 50 per cent of Foxtel.

Mr Falloon said it would be possible for News Ltd to buy Ten under the proposed rule changes, subject to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) consideration.

He said senators should ask themselves why News Ltd had changed its position on the proposed rules, now stating they want the status quo to remain whereas previously they had argued for reforms.

"They've changed their opinion, I believe, because they've been, in the last ten years, dealt a very effective and very strong monopoly which is getting stronger, not only a monopoly on pay TV, but with their partner PBL in sport on pay TV," he said.

"They're saying to themselves, 'gee, it's very nice these rules stay in place' that completely handcuff all their potential competitors from growing, while they continue to get stronger.

"The very reason that people have argued over the last ten years why we shouldn't change these media rules, because it will threaten diversity, I'm putting to you it's actually now the complete opposite.

"These rules need to change to protect diversity because the dominant players under the existing rules are continuing to get stronger at the expense of the others."

The hearing is continuing.

Art That Inspired Disney Artists

The Le Grand Palais in Paris has an exhibition called "Il Etait une Fois Walt Disney" ("Once upon a time, there was Walt Disney"), which features art that inspired the Disney artists.

And as all of you know, Disney's artists works do not pale in front of those of those masters. In fact the association is mind-boggling: if you are a layman, the quality of the concept artists' works become even more obvious and you start understanding that Walt had some really outstanding individuals working for him, that he was not the only one who drew everything and that the Studio was far from being a factory. If you are a Disney enthusiast you are bound to be stunned by connections with famous or less famous works of art from the past that you were not aware of.

China joins chorus of hedge fund fears

China yesterday joined the global push for a crackdown against hedge funds amid growing concerns the unregulated $US1.7 trillion ($2.25 trillion) industry poses a growing risk to the world’s financial markets.

China’s top banking regulator, China Banking Regulatory Commission chairman Liu Mingkang, warned his counterparts to increase monitoring of the “increasingly active” hedge fund industry.

He singled out Asian regulators, saying they should be alert to the potential regional instability which could be sparked by a hedge fund falling into financial difficulty or running short of capital.

Mr Liu’s warning is part of a growing push which gained important momentum in the US on Wednesday when the Securities and Exchange Commission launched a probe into the near-collapse of Amaranth Advisors. The US fund has lost $US6 billion betting on gas futures.

The SEC said it would investigate whether Amaranth misled investors and would examine the role of banks in offering limitless credit.

Australia also renewed its concerns yesterday, with the Reserve Bank using its Financial Stability Review to question how the hedge fund industry would react during “periods of stress”.

The RBA noted that inflows to hedge funds doubled to about $US66 billion in the June half as investors sought out higher-yielding investments.

The cash had added depth to several financial markets, including the credit derivatives market, because hedge funds were active portfolio managers, it said.

“Nonetheless, it is not clear that this liquidity will remain during periods of stress, owing to the very large positions of some hedge funds and the possibility of herd-like behaviour as funds seek to exit positions simultaneously,” the bank said.

Separately, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) said the hedge fund industry was spreading too fast beyond its natural niche as a richman’s toy, luring small savers into risky investments.

“It is an emerging threat because of the dollar value and the number of institutions actively taking a look at this,” said Chip Burrus, the FBI’s assistant director. “People that aren’t expecting to have this type of a risky investment in their portfolio end up taking a bath.”

Mr Burrus said the FBI was determined to uphold the integrity of markets and protect citizens who “just get fleeced left and right”.

In softer tones, the US Federal Reserve also hinted at a crackdown, fretting that an ever greater share of the financial system was slipping beyond the oversight of regulators.

“We may have to revisit both the scope and the design of that framework,” said Timothy Geithner, the Fed’s chief in New York.

Last week he warned that “the probability of systemic crisis may rise to levels that are unacceptably high”, unless the authorities step in.

Mr Geithner has been beating the drum for months, fearing that the world’s $US300 trillion derivatives market may be concentrating risk instead of dispersing it.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

About 13 million see US Irwin interview

More than 13 million Americans tuned in to watch Terri Irwin's emotional TV interview following the death of her husband Steve.

Last night's hour-long interview with American news queen, Barbara Walters, pulled in 13.3 million viewers in the US.

The special was one of the most watched news events of the year for America's ABC TV network.

Earlier this week, Ray Martin's interview with American-born Terri attracted more than 2.5 million viewers in Australia.

The large numbers confirmed Steve Irwin's great appeal in both his homeland and in the US, where his Crocodile Hunter documentaries play several times a day on America's popular Animal Planet channel.

Terri's interview with 77-year-old Walters was heavily promoted in the US, with snippets of footage released in the lead-up to last night's full interview.

An ABC spokesperson said the ratings numbers represented ABC's top newsmagazine telecast since May 4, 2005.

It was also the highest ratings for any newsmagazine telecast on any US network since April this year.

Despite ABC choosing to air the news special at the late hour of 10pm, younger viewers made up a significant share of the audience, a reflection of the Crocodile Hunter's great popularity with younger fans in the US.

ABC said the program gained viewers and young adults throughout the telecast.

Walters, one of America's best known TV interviewers, flew last week to the Irwins' Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the interview.

It was the first time Terri Irwin had spoken publicly about the death of her husband, killed by a stingray barb to the chest while diving on the Great Barrier Reef on September 4.

Martin interviewed Terri after Walters, but the Nine Network aired its interview in Australia a day before ABC broadcast its interview in America.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Why Eagles will win

There is enough evidence to suggest West Coast have improved sufficiently to beat Sydney in tomorrow’s grand final.

A crime scene investigation of last year’s four-point loss to Sydney and evidence gathered through this season points to a West Coast triumph that shapes as another epic premiership battle, given the Swans’ appetite for close-in combat.

The Eagles can embrace history as an ally. Since 1970, Brisbane have been the only team to beat the same opponent in consecutive grand finals when they downed Collingwood in 2002-2003.

On the other four occasions, the beaten team in the first year has triumphed the following season.

Facts and figures can be overridden on the day by inspiration and luck, but the Eagles are comforted by the information that their improvement from 2005 is measurable.

Teams who lose a grand final look to improve by as much as it takes to win the next year, be it one per cent or five per cent.

What percentage increase can be placed on the Eagles over the last year?

Taking out the luck of the bounce, curious calls from the umpires and the odd freakish act, West Coast have more evidence on hand than Sydney to detail why they are a better side in 2006 to win their third premiership.

And most of it is to do with the forward line.

Daniel Chick was a dismal failure in attack last year, as was Michael Gardiner and, to a lesser degree, Brent Staker. And Ashley Sampi failed to make an impact. Apart from Chick, the other three won’t be there tomorrow. None of those players kicked a goal on that fateful, sunny day last year.

The Eagles will boast a totally revamped attack, with Quinten Lynch, Rowan Jones and Beau Waters, at times, all fresh faces from last year. Steven Armstrong will also spend time deep in attack.

Lynch has improved his game 15 per cent in 2006, while Armstrong is a tenacious player who wants to succeed and when a position vacant sign went up for a small forward, the former Melbourne winger grabbed it.

Rowan Jones is an enigma. Often on the outer last year, suddenly the selectors had faith in the man who cracked only four games in 2006. In games against Sydney this season he has collected 28 and 18 possessions.

He slots into coach John Worsfold’s forward-line and midfield machinations, averaging 12 handballs a game, the highest in the team. So, despite that celebrated miss on goal last week, he has earned his keep. You can’t help but like Waters. Rough and ready, he missed all of last season with injury and offers the team some good, old-fashioned hardness, with a capacity to kick goals.

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Sensible Introduction to Blogging

By Cory Doctorow:

My friend Suzanne Stefanac's new book is "Dispatches from Blogistan: A travel guide for the modern blogger," a distinctive and sensible HOW TO book for people thinking about starting a blog, or just wanting to understand more about the why and how of blogging.

Dispatches from Blogistan works hard to include the bigger context of blogging, with fascinating and fast histories of publishing, free expression, and the media that preceded blogging. Framed thus, the interviews that Suzanne conducts with many great bloggers (including Farai Chideya, Bruce Sterling, Craig Newmark, Jamais Cascio and, ahem, yours truly) really come to life, showing how blogging is part of a long and honorable tradition. Blogging recapitulates many of the media and the media-fights that preceded it.

This is a fast book and a smart one, and a great introduction to the subject for people who just don't get it, but want to.

Costs of kidney disease plague rise $1m a week

Australians are having dialysis and transplants in record numbers as dire predictions of rampant kidney disease become reality.

Latest figures from ANZDATA show that in just one year, the number of new kidney patients entering dialysis and kidney programs nationally rose 11.7 per cent from 2004 to 2005.

For the past decade, the average annual increase has been about 5 per cent.

Dialysis and transplant are the only treatments for kidney failure, the end product of kidney disease.

In WA, the number of new kidney patients on dialysis or in the transplant program in 2005 rose nearly twice as fast as in the previous year.

There were 236 new patients in WA in 2005 compared with 216 in 2004, an 8.4 per cent rise compared with a 5 per cent rise between 2003 and 2004.

Kidney Health Australia medical director Tim Mathew said there was no confirmed reason for the massive increase but lifestyle factors could be to blame. He said it cost about $70,000 a year to provide a patient with dialysis. With the increasing number of patients and the cost of transplants, the cost of kidney disease to the community was soaring $1 million a week.

The increases were across the common types of kidney disease, including diabetes (up 20 per cent), glomerulonephritis (10 per cent) and polycystic kidney disease (33 per cent).

The increases were highest in the 25-34 age group (up 24 per cent) and 55 to 64 age group (up 18 per cent).

Diabetes WA chief executive Liz Kerrigan Benson said the trend was deeply worrying but not a surprise given kidney disease was one of the serious health complications of diabetes and type 2 diabetes had risen to epidemic proportions in Australia.

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Car navigation systems - What to buy

Car GPS systems promise to guide you to almost anywhere in Australia. How good are they? Have you had any idea for that? If your answer is 'NO', please read this article...

I tested 5 portable car nevigation systems for 1. in-car performace; 2. Ease of us; 3. Road safety and generally I found big differences in performacne, and some general limitations. So before you buy one, think about how often you usually have to use a street directory or map when diriving, and whether it's worth spending hundreds of dollars for those occasions.


Price: A$799

By far the best in-car performance. In particular, best in tunnels and the CBD. Also easy to use, easy to install, esay to operate, best screen in daylight, good verbal instructions, good sound quality. The volume of the voice instrucitons adapts to the car's speed. It has bluetooth, which means it can communicate with bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, computers and other devices. But it donesn't give as many verbal instructions as some of the other tested models, lower road safety score and claimed battery life (which only matters if you're using it away from the car, in the car it runs off the car battery). It donesn't come with a printed manual neither, and comparatively heavy.

GARMIN Streetpilot c320

Price A$889

It is has a good in-car performance with esiest to use, installation and operate. It does come with best verbal instructions and sound quality while good road safety score. Among those three test GPSs, it has the longest claimed battery life. But the screen very reflective which really really bad in the daytime, the bulkiest shape of the tested models, and comparatively heavy.


Price: A$999

It ahs the best road safety score and the lightest and smallest in the test, also very dood printed manual. But it is not as easy to use as the top two: very reflective screen, advance route planning much more diffcult than with others, comparatively poor sound quality. It takes longer than the other tested models to plan a route.

So that basically all form my test, if you want to know more, please visit
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Steve’s death hard to believe , says Terri

Steve Irwin’s widow, Terri, has broken her public silence about the death of her soulmate, saying she cannot shake the idea that he will return home from one of his adventures.

In a TV interview to be shown tonight, she tells of the bond she had with Steve, who died from a stingray barb to the chest while diving off the far north Queensland coast on September 4.

“There never has been before and never will be again another Steve Irwin,” she says. “Every day he was my prince charming.”

Close family friend and manager John Stainton told her the man known as the Crocodile Hunter had died.

“He said, ‘there’s been a diving accident with Steve — (I thought) ‘Don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it’ — and he said it. He said those three words. ‘And he died’,” she said. “I’m still at the stage where I think he’s going to come home. And it didn’t really happen.”

She has found it hard to cope but was lucky to have got such support.

“I walked into the Crocoseum and I knew people would be missing Steve but the feelings of love and support from Australians was just overwhelming,” she said. “He (Steve) would have said, ‘Crikey, mate, I can’t believe this’.”

US TV news queen Barbara Walters, who interviewed Terri for a US TV special, said she spoke of her continuing bond with her husband.

Their children, Bindi, 8, and Bob, 2, were not in either interview.

Bindi stole hearts last week with her eulogy at her father’s memorial ceremony in which she said she would continue her daddy’s work.

Mr Stainton said yesterday Steve always had known that he would become his daughter’s co-star as her fame eclipsed his. Bindi’s television show is due to screen next year.

Her fame would “explode”, he said.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

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Tyro tycoon lands million-dollar life

She’s 27, has seven houses, pays little tax and has ridden WA’s boom almost to the point she can quit work

While the property boom has left most 27-year-olds struggling to save the deposit for a first home, young Perth woman Jasmina Catak has amassed a $1 million profit from her portfolio of seven houses.

Her properties are valued at about $2.5 million and she hopes to be able to stop work within a few years.

Miss Catak, 27, of Rivervale, has a degree in commerce but her business ventures were inspired by a former boss and real estate agent.

“He encouraged me to become involved in property investment and I found once I started it actually worked really well so I just kept going,” she said.

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A New Way to Unlock the Mind

Today I was recommended an excellent source in dealing with stress, emotional memories, as well as increasing many facetes of your life such as overcoming phobias, anger management, increasing self-esteem, and productivity. The Simone Zone is a product that contains an illustrated book, CD and online audio presentation, complete with instructions.

This Self Empowerment Book contains a host of great techniques that can help you in these areas and more. I went through and read a few of the testimonials, and some of the stories are quite inspiring. Given the hectic and fast paced most of us lead these days, emotional trauma does play a huge part. The website is informative and there are trial sessions available. It is definately worth a look.

HOW TO Poach Salmon in Your Dishwasher

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It reminds me a little of Seinfeld's Kramer prepping food in his shower, but Wine X Magazine has a recipe for poaching salmon in your dishwasher. This odd HOWTO was written by Bob Blumer, author of the book Surreal Gourmet. From the recipe:


1 Place fish packets on the top rack.

2 Add dirty dishes and lemon-scented soap. This optional step is not recommended for novices. However, as long as the salmon's tightly sealed in its aluminum foil packet, it won't absorb any soapy taste or smell.

3 Set dishwasher to the "normal" cycle. Modern dishwashers have "economy" and "cool dry" settings, which are undesirable since they conserve heat. However, on the other end of the spectrum, the "pots and pans" setting tends to overcook the fish.

4 Run salmon through the entire wash-and-dry cycle -- approximately 50 minutes for most models.

5 When cycle's complete, take salmon out, discard foil, place one fillet on each plate and spoon a generous serving of dill sauce on top.

Low interest rate cards may cost you more

Consumers using so-called lowinterest-rate credit cards are being hit with charges up to double the advertised rate because of unfair and complicated calculations used by some of the country’s biggest banks, the Australian Consumer Association says.

Eight of 15 major credit card providers, including BankWest, used complex and onerous methods of calculating interest charges which resulted in a low-rate 10 per cent card incurring more interest than an 18 per cent card, it said.

The methods included charging daily interest on the full original purchase amount even if some was repaid on time, charging interest back to the original purchase date and cancelling interest-free periods for new purchases if any unpaid debt was carried over from the previous month.

American Express, ANZ, Aussie, BankWest, Members Equity, Citibank, National Australia Bank and St George were the worst credit card providers for their interest rate calculation methods, it said. The findings would be posted today on the Choice website.

The fairest were the Bank of Queensland and the NSW Teachers Credit Union, while Adelaide Bank, Commonwealth, HSBC, Virgin and Westpac were rated “fair to OK”.

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Free Business Cards

Free business cards are just that, free. With business cards you actually get more than you pay for. Generally “Free” equals cheap, but not so with free business cards.

free business cards

Keep in mind that sometimes, at some printers you will have to pay for shipping. Even if you do have to pay a little shipping, it is still less expensive that having pay for the business cards, business card design, and pay for shipping.

The best way to find free business cards is to look around before placing your order.

Don’t procrastinate too long, there is no guarantee that these free business cards will be around forever.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Hansen a hit with the unbeatable Eagles

West Coast coach John Worsfold’s controversial decision not to crowd space for Sydney forwards Barry Hall and Michael O’Loughlin in a one-point qualifying final loss may have given the Eagles their clues for winning the ultimate prize.

Eagles forward and lucky charm Ashley Hansen was devastated to have been left out of that game. But instead of sulking on thoughts that his season may have passed him by, he sat on the Subiaco Oval boundary line and picked to pieces the brilliant teamwork of the star Swans duo.

Hansen, whose 13 games this season have resulted in 13 West Coast wins, said he was able to see firsthand the sublime signalling between Hall and O’Loughlin as well as their spacious forward strategies — parts of which the Eagles have tried to emulate in their past two finals wins.

With 39 possessions and 20 marks in the past fortnight after returning from a burst cyst in the back of a knee, the 23-year-old has given the Eagles forward line purpose and a much-needed target.

Hansen believes he is ready to play the game of his life in Saturday’s grand final at the MCG.

“When they ran out without me it hurt because I knew I was fit and ready to go, but obviously didn’t get picked,” he said.

“But watching Hall and O’Loughlin ... I’ve tried to impose a bit of that in our game plan in the last couple of weeks by really being on our half-forwards to push up to give Lynchy (Quinten Lynch) and I and the third tall the first chance at an aerial ball. Then our small forwards aren’t creating crumbs, they’re getting the crumbs.

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A New Way of Getting Around

Given the recent warnings about global warming and the somewhat disturbing documentary by Al Gore, people are looking at new ways to reduce their daily carbon emission. Also taking into account the price of oil these days, the prospect of alternative forms of transportation are looking more and more vialble. Many people are tossing aside their car keys, and are instead opting for cheaper and more conveniant forms of communication.

Scooters in recent years have become a great travel option due to their small size, cheap operation and low maintenence. I was recently directed to a site that offered an environmentally viable option that wouldn't break the bank. Enter Urban Scooters.

This website offers cheap scooters and bikes, in both gas and electric form. They offer large discounts, free shipping, and brands of scooter that are well known and reliable.

For those who could use such a form of transport, these scooters are a cheap and environmentally friendly option, particularly in the urban environment.

Iraq For Sale

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I've just watched Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald's new documentary, "Iraq For Sale," which documents the disgraceful profiteering of private contractors in Iraq, like Halliburton, CACI and Titan.

Greenwald's film talks with military personnel, past employees of military contractors, and the families of contractors who were killed in Iraq. He builds a compelling, damning case that the use of these contractors is putting American soldiers in harm's way, hurting US military effectiveness in Iraq, bilking the US taxpayer out of billions, and endangering the lives of the ex-military personnel who sign on with contractors on the promise of higher wages than those paid by the US military.

"Will things go wrong? Sure they willl, it's a war zone. But when they do, we'll fix it, we always have -- for 60 years, for both political parties."
- David J. Lesar, CEO, Halliburton

Buy contact lenses on-line...

Where is the best place to buy contact lenses? To me, probably ordering online. It just takes a few clicks of a mouse. But before ordering online, consider whether it's really the best option for you. Optical stores, your eye doctor, and mass merchants also sell contact lenses. Is one of those a better option? Let's check it out...

Contact Lenses

If you're ready to purchase online, the first thing to know is that there are dozens of online contact lens sellers. But they are not all created equal.

Even when a website looks credible, it's sometimes hard to know who is behind it. Internet contact lens sellers range from large, publicly traded companies like 1-800 Contacts and Wal-Mart to back-room operations with no full-time staff. Although smaller operators may publicise attractive prices on their websites, they may not offer the service and selection you're looking for. Some have little or no inventory, and may buy lenses from the manufacturer only after you place an order.

Bangkok Coup: Media Clampdown in Thailand

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Starting [Saturday], all media operators, including Internet media companies, face immediate closure if any news articles or comments, which could be deemed a threat to Thailands national security and monarchy, are published.

The Information Ministry invited all companies and operators to discuss cooperation methods in helping the government "to restrict, control, stop or destroy information deemed to affect the constitutional monarchy".

Chief internet inspector Kritpong Rimcharonepak told reporters: "We seek their cooperation not to present articles, remarks, or information that will infringe the democratic reform under the constitutional monarchy. They can still present political comments on their media, but if anything goes wrong, the caretakers of those media must take responsibility."

Resource for Mac Poker Users

As we all know, poker is huge at the moment, with new tournaments, large array of game types and places to now play. It comes as no surprise therefore that internet poker has increased in popularity. Up until now, online poker for Mac users has been somewhat disregarded.

That is until Poker On a came on the scene.
Poker On a Mac offers Mac users an interface that is Mac friendly, as well as provide a vast wealth of resources for players.

For one such as myself who is still learning the basics of Texas Hold'em, the article section is a Godsend, providing much needed hints and tips to further better my game. This is especially the case on the Poker Tournament Strategy section, that deals strategies to help you play better. There is the opportunity to develop my skills in the free poker rooms, until I am ready to play for stakes in the more professional rooms.'

It is an excellent resource and well worth checking out.

Who Said Flopplies Were Useless?

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Cory Doctorow: Step-by-step HOW TO for constructing a stylish shoulder-bag out of floppies

- this is pretty much the perfect HOW TO project: it begins with dumpster-diving, and was inspired by a desire to make a suit of plate-mail armor out of obsolete magnetic storage media. I hope this maker follows up with a HOW TO for the armor.

This is a bag I made from floppy disks. I found scads of floppy disks in a dumpster and wanted to make plate mail armor out of it (that is my next floppy project) I found out that a bag would be a great proof of concept project. Here goes...

Now lets see you do that with a Flash Drive!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Death of AdSense

Everywhere you look you will see: The Death of AdSense

There is a lot of "" being written about this report.

I think you should read it: by following this link:

And make up your own mind.

This is what Eric Giguere is syaing - he is THE Google Adsense guru:

There’s certainly some truth to the assertion that things changed rapidly for big-time AdSense publishers after this change was made. It didn’t take long for advertisers to start excluding their ads from the content network, especially for pricey things. But it’s kind of like crying wolf — after all, many (most) of the big-time publishers were making their money using MFA (made for AdSense) sites that really didn’t profit the advertisers when compared to the ads that were shown on the SERPs. So the smart advertisers use split campaigns now, paying less for ads shown on the content network than those shown on Google’s sites. Why not? It’s what I’d do (and in fact what I do do) as an advertiser.

Richard Branson on Passion

One for the Tech-Heads!

For those who love their technology (I know I do!) here is something interesting I was given today. Digitallife is holding their annual exhibition event, that boasts hundreds of the worlds top technology and gaming brands, including Alienware, AMD, ATI, Best Buy, eBay, ESPN, Game Stop, Intel, Logitech, Maxim, Microsoft, NVIDIA, XBox, and more.

As well as featuring all the latest in technology and entertainment, there is also guest spots by select celebrities on the day, and the unveiling of new technologies by the companies.

Normally tickets are $15, however if you go to the website and enter the following code, you can receive free tickets!
ticketing page
Free ticket code: INSIDER

Its a huge exhibition, and definately worth a look.
The event is to be staged in the Jarvis Center, NYC.

Need Some New Shoes?

Being an office person, here was a website that I simply couldn't refuse. is a purely internet driven shop, that specialises in footwear and promotes reputable stores that they have purchased from before. It is a great place to Save On Brand Name Shoes, with a large range of designer labels, all up to date with the current fashions. They also offer free returns with purchases, so if a pair of shoes doesn't fit, simply return them at no charge. You can always order two pairs and return the pair that doesn't fit. There are also comprehensive guides for tips on buying shoes, information on foot health, as well as discounts and sales. It is a helpful and easy site, that makes the online purchase of footwear a breeze.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Wish Factory: How to Make Wishes Come True

Could you mention my web site in our newsletter? I need your help in order to get my e-marketing program up and running. I'm trying to sell off copies of my book.. Thanks for your help! Read on...

Could you mention it in your newsletter? It would be of great assistance to me. I'm going to be sending out the following letter to my email friends, but there aren't a lot of them.. I have a lot of books to sell.. I ordinarily sell them for $12.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.. I am offering them at $10.00, shipping and handling included to get them out of my warehouse. Here's the copy of my letter.

I've just been advised I should sell off all of the Remaining First Edition hard copies of my book The Wish Factory: How to Make Wishes Come True, in preparation for my new marketing campaign for the new and revised edition which will be coming out the first of the year.. I have to dispose of All of the copies!! They usually sell at $12.95, with shipping and handling added. on.. But in order to clear out the stock I am marking them down to $10.00 per copy, and this will include the postage and handling for a limited time offer.. I will even personally autograph your copy, if you subscribe to my newsletter. They are really easy to order, you just click on and you can order there. Be sure to go to the home page and download your Fre*e copy of Wishing Instructions too! The old Wish Factory is just $10.00, and the new hard copy will be $19.95. Because Wishing Instructions will be included in the new copy, they might not be a fre*e download anymore either! Click here and enter "subscribe" on the subject line if you would like to sign up for my F*r*e*e weekly newsletter, where I give you all kinds of Self-Help materials, as well as F*r*e*e downloads of Self-Help Materials I've found invaluable in my growth. Just say "sign me" up, and I'll put you on the list. Then as soon as I get my email management system in gear, I'll put you on that list. There will be a spot on there for you to opt-out as well if you get tired of hearing from me.

The Wish Factory: How to Make Wishes Come True is a book that helps people in more ways than I ever imagined when I wrote it!! I have testimonials from numerous people, including Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Soul. . He and his co-author, Jack Canfield, used The Wish Factory as a reference when they wrote their book The Aladdin Factor. The Wish Factory: How to Make Wishes Come True also won First Prize for Inspirational Works from the Women's Press Club of Indiana.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

10 Science Based Frauds

Mark Frauenfelder: Neatorama has an excerpt of "10 scientific frauds that rocked the world," from a book called Condensed Knowledge, by Mental Floss.

The Quadro Corporation of Harleyville, South Carolina, had an impressive client list: public schools, police agencies, the U.S. Customs office, and Inspector General’s offices to name a few. The product they sold, the top of the line Quadro QRS 250G (also known as the Quadro Tracker, available for $1,000), boasted the ability to find drugs, weapons, or virtually anything worth looking for. The small plastic box supposedly contained frequency chips of an advanced sort not known to regular science. Driven by static electricity, the Quadro would resonate at exactly the same frequency as the searched-for item.

When the FBI opened the box, however, they found nothing inside. Quadro threatened to sue Sandia Laboratories when Sandia suggested that the device was fraudulent, but eventually Quadro became the bigger company, and just closed shop.

On the one hand...

by Andrew Bryant
Director of Self Leadership International
Have you ever been in the position where you have said, "on the one hand I want to do this but on the other hand I want to do that"?

This is commonly called being in two minds. You might be in two minds about your career, your work/home balance, a business decision or a romantic commitment. Being in two minds is certainly not a productive or even comfortable state to be in.

We do not in fact have two minds, but one mind that has two functions; conscious attention and unconscious processing. When we are torn between two choices, it means that we cannot consciously process a conflict that exists in the unconscious functions of our mind.

Modern living/working overloads our conscious attention and so we are mostly unconscious of our values, beliefs, identity, paradigms and intentions. It is the nature of these 'frames of mind' to operate automatically and so out of conscious awareness. This does not mean that they are inaccessible; on the contrary, self-leadership is about gaining awareness of our frames of mind and choosing frames that empower us.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

This is True - Our Crazy World

When a new fire station was built in Greenbank, Plymouth, England, it was built without the traditional pole for firefighters to get from the upstairs squad room to the trucks.

Senior fire officials ordered the change claiming safety concerns, since firefighters could twist their ankles when they land. The station chief calls the omission "ludicrous" and says it will delay response times.

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after watch 'it2i2'

Robert Llewellyn stumbles across a remarkable story while making a documentary for BBC.

Robert Llewellyn (you may best know him as Kryten from Red Dwarf) has created a mockumentary that falls closer to the first than the second.

it2i2 (it stands for It Thinks Therefore It Is) is a mockumentary about the possibility of an artifical consciousness living on the internet. It postulates that not only is such an intelligence out there - it found us before we found it. And now it likes to play with air traffic control systems.

Llewellyn, playing himself, creates a small world in which everything seems connected. From crazy programmer nerds, to private detectives and government watchdogs, everyone knows what's going on but won't tell him

It appears that something strange has been happening on the vast complex network of the www and the people who do, don't want it made public... The IT2I2 is the Robert's journey to uncover the truth behind this growing mystery. He interviews a variety of techno-heads, some of whom know about this phenomena but are unwilling to talk about it and some who are proud of their involvement In its creation. He is stonewalled by government officials and corporate suits; it is even suggested that the man he finally hunts down as the main culprit may not be a man but a computer generated representation of a man, albeit a rather overweight one!

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Endless visions fill my head – this man – as large as life
And instantly my heart mourns for his angels and his wife
Because the way I see Steve Irwin
– just put everything aside
It comes back to his family – it comes back to his pride

His animals inclusive – Crikey – light the place with love!
Shine his star with everything he fought to rise above
The crazy-man of Khaki from the day he left the pouch
Living out his dream and in that classic ‘Stevo’ crouch

Exploding forth with character and redefining cheek
It’s one thing to be honoured as a champion unique
It’s one thing to have microphones and
spotlight cameras shoved
It’s another to be taken in and genuinely loved

But that was where he had it right – I guess he always knew
From his fathers’ modest reptile park and then Australia Zoo
We cringed at times and shook our heads – but true to natures call
There was something very Irwin in the make up of us all

Yes the more I care to think of it – the more he had it right
If you’re going to make a difference – make it big and make it bright!
Yes - he was a lunatic! Yes - he went head first!
But he made the world feel happy with his energetic burst

A world so large and loyal that it’s hard to comprehend
I doubt we truly count the warmth until life meets an end
To count it now I say a prayer with words of inspiration
May the spotlight shine forever on his dream for conservation

…My daughter broke the news to me – my six year old in tears
It was like she’d just turned old enough to show her honest fears
I tried to make some sense of it but whilst her Dad was trying
His little girl explained it best…
she said “The crocodiles are crying”

Their best mate’s up in heaven now – the crocs up there are smiling!
And as sure as flowers, poems and cards and memories are piling
As sure as we’ll continue with the trademarks of his spiel
Of all the tributes worthy – he was rough…but he was real
As sure as ‘Crikey!’ fills the sky

I think we’ll miss ya Steve…goodbye


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The features could inculding 2-megapixel digital camera (possiblely not that fancy now, but it comes out it was fancy...) with 320*240 pixels low-resolution output to 1600*1200 pixel high-resolution output. Also mp3 come through loud and crystal clear on D600's supplied stereo headphones, which doubles as a handsfree headset for calls. I found it is very user friendly, large and bright screen and loud rintones as well, which all of them let me like it and enjoy when I using...

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Words of Wisdom

"Your most unhappy customers
are your greatest source of learning."

Bill Gates

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Picture Frames Online Store

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Fine Selection of Fireplace Screens

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Cabinets at Discount Prices

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Shop Online For Christmas Gifts

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Discount Priced Patriotic Decor

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Great Selection of Porcelain Figurines at Bargain Prices

Our porcelain figurines are a finely crafted collection of elegant sculptures and curios that would make lovely decorations in any home. Our discount priced porcelain figurines make beautiful display pieces that could be cherished forever.

Solar Lights & More

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Online Shopping for Business Gifts

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Fine Selection of Baby Gifts at Bargain Prices

Our large selection of baby gifts will allow you to join in the celebration of life. Our unique baby gift sets, memorable gifts and various picture frames will help you to capture this joyous miracle. They also make great gift ideas for baby showers.

Online Shopping for Home Decor Ideas

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Great Selection of Buffet Lamps at Bargain Prices

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Fine Selection of Perpetual Calendars

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Fine Selection of Mothers Day Gifts

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Unique Nautical Clocks at Great Prices

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Unique Kitchen Clocks at Great Prices

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Gifts For Him & Other Treasures

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Great Selection of Bird Houses

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Christmas Decorations & Other Treasures

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Bracelets at Bargain Prices

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Discount Priced Dinnerware

Our dinnerware will brighten your dinner table at any time of the day. With unique designs and our low discount prices, our dinnerware sets are truly a great buy. They also make great gift ideas for the homemaker in your life, or as a wedding gift.

Unique Figurines

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Great Selection of Magazine Racks at Bargain Prices

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Unique Shadow Boxes

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Online Shopping for Bookends

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Bear Figurines at Our Online Store

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Wall Plates at Discount Prices

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