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Choosing The Right Web Host

Web hosts allow websites to be accessible via the World Wide Web. In a nutshell, web hosts provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their […] Continue reading…

ZTE Coral-200-Solar Mobile Phone

Chinese phone maker ZTE, recently launched a mobile phone called the ZTE Coral-200-Solar, a truly solar mobile phone which draws its electricity exclusively its solar cells. The handset is actually a customized version of ZTE’s very popular, low-cost mobile phone, the Coral 200. Just in time for Earth Day 2010, this eco-friendly concept doesn’t not […] Continue reading…

Need Help With Math?

Understanding the study of quantity, structure, space, and change – i.e. mathematics – is one of the most difficult challenges that your child is likely to face in school, at whatever level. But does it seem too, that math is a lot harder and more complex now, than when we were children? I won’t lie, […] Continue reading…

Consider Online Tutoring

If you’re like many parents these days, schooling costs are seemingly through the roof, and with no end in sight either. To send your children to school is a cacophony of expenses including school fees, books, lunch & snack money, extracurricular activities, and of course, the new regular feature – extra lessons. Paying a tutor […] Continue reading…

The HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC

Buy the HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC @Amazon today Through the HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC, I guarantee that you will: • Transform your desktop experience • Add a new touch to your digital work style with the all-in-one, touch enabled HP dx9000 • TouchSmart Business PC. Real-time information • Video chat/conference1 and multimedia are […] Continue reading…

Web Hosting Essentials for Internet Start-Ups

In order to keep your business’ web site up and running smoothly, a strong web hosting company is essential. Below are 10 key items to consider when evaluating your current web host or shopping for a new one. 1. Technical support The best way to find out how a hosting company deals with support issues […] Continue reading…

ADT Home Security System

Protecting yourself, your family and your belongings is no joke, and today we take a quick look at a Home Security System that’s leading the way in products of its type and class. ADT offers an award-winning home security system that uses state-of-the-art wireless to keep your home security system interconnected with their four ADT […] Continue reading…

iContact Email Marketing Service

iContact is a simple email marketing service that just about anyone (individuals, associations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and others) to quickly create, send, and track email newsletters, surveys, and auto responders. We were particularly interested in their email marketing solution, and found that it is powerful and feature-packed, but still very simple and easy for just […] Continue reading…

Reviewing The Best Web Hosting Providers

If you have a website, where and who you choose to host with are important factors to consider. The best web hosting providers will have certain criteria (to be discussed below), but you can also choose to use a good web hosting rating service, such as that provided by webhostingrating.com. Here are the three most […] Continue reading…

Microsoft Windows 7 Review

Microsoft Windows 7 is the next generation of Windows operating system software. It is expected to replace Windows Vista, an operating system that widely acknowledged as being problematic and not as efficient as its predecessor Windows XP. So what of Windows 7? Well, my company recently got a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-launched operating system […] Continue reading…

Electronics

The BlackBerry Curve 8520

In previous days, the BlackBerry undeniably more well-sought by the corporate or business market. Today, the BlackBerry represents a whole new life. Everyone wants one – from diplomats to business executives, entrepreneurs and CEOs, homemakers and students, they all have one thing in common, the world in the palms of their hands – in the […] Continue reading…

Top 10 Gadgets For Christmas 2009

The clock is ticking and Christmas 2009 is just around the corner. Have you done your Christmas shopping already? If you’re still eagerly searching for that perfect gift for that special person, and if that person is into gadgets and electronics, here is our list of the Top 10 Gadgets for Christmas 2009. The best […] Continue reading…

The Blackberry Storm Reviewed

The world’s first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm is already kicking up a proverbial storm. Dubbed a “revolutionary smartphone”, this member of the BlackBerry family comes chock full of an impressive set of multimedia capabilities, plus global connectivity. Packaged to satisfy the needs of both the consumer and business customer, the stylish Storm is part of […] Continue reading…

Apple iPhone 3G vs. T-Mobile G1 vs. BlackBerry Storm

The Apple iPhone 3G vs. T-Mobile’s G1 vs. the BlackBerry Storm. Which is best? Here’s a quick take on the pros and cons of each. BlackBerry Storm Pros Offers what is easily the best e-mail program for business users Allows you to edit Word and Excel attachments (the others don’t!) Blackberry Storm Cons No wi-fi […] Continue reading…

iPhone 3.0 Software To Have 100 New Features

Some time last month, Apple previewed its upcoming iPhone 3.0 software which will run on all iPhone and iPod Touch devices later this year. In a word, it looks like it will be AMAZING. This is a major software release for the iPhone platform and it’s packed with over 100 new features and innovations – […] Continue reading…

Samsung OMNIA i900 Highlights

In Latin, the word OMNIA means ‘everything’ . In Arabic, it means ‘wish’. From these two meanings, I am sure you get the general idea behind the naming of Samsung’s OMNIA i900 cellphone. Undoubtedly a high-end smartphone, here are some OMNIA i900 highlights: It’s a stunning, gorgeous device. It’s sleek, brushed metal case catches the […] Continue reading…

Blackberry Curve 8900 Review

The new Blackberry Curve 8900 smartphone is one of the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY keyboard phones on the market now. It combines an elegant, compact design with a wide range of cool and popular features including easier access to social networking sites. As someone that lives on Facebook and Twitter, this has made it easier […] Continue reading…

General

Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts

What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Here are some suggestions (p.s. it’s not too late to check out Amazon’s overnight shipping options): A big flat screen television – if he’s a soccer fan, given that the World Cup is on for the next few weeks, he should find it particularly useful. Electronics or gadgets […] Continue reading…

Buying Musical Instruments Online

If you play one or several musical instruments, or if you’re looking to buy a musical instrument as a gift for a friend or loved one, there’s a site called ShopWiki that has revolutionized online shopping for musical instruments and just about any other item that you can think of. ShopWiki features an extensive Musical […] Continue reading…

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you haven’t already selected that special gift (or gifts) for your special lady (or special ladies), here are some suggestions. Remember also to check out Amazon’s overnight shipping options. Roses – undoubtedly the #1 gift that’s given on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate – always a favorite, share your sweet […] Continue reading…

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

Valentine’s Day is by far a boon for females, as they get the majority of flowers, gifts and cards that are delivered at the time. But what about gifts for that special man in your life? Here are some Valentine’s gift suggestions for HIM. Remember also to check out Amazon’s overnight shipping options. A good […] Continue reading…

Get Homework Help – Math & Algebra

Math and algebra homework got your kid down? Can’t afford an expensive personal tutor? Fear not, homework help is here, courtesy of a revolutionary online tutoring company called TutorVista. For as little as $1 per day, students can use their service as much as they want, whenever they need it, 24×7 for help with math, […] Continue reading…

Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Kids

We’re just days away from Christmas 2009, and if you haven’t already secured gifts for the kids in your life, here are a few suggestions. Be sure to check out Amazon’s overnight shipping options. Mobile Phone – teens and even tweens are seemingly obsessed with mobile phones theses days. The spectrum is wide … from […] Continue reading…

Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas FOR HER

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you haven’t already bought that special gift for the lady (or ladies) in your life, here are our Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas FOR HER. Check out Amazon’s overnight shipping options. Shoes – goes without saying that all women are obsessed with shoes! Engagement Ring – yes, […] Continue reading…

Christmas 2009 Gift Ideas For Him

The Christmas clock is ticking, and if you haven’t already gotten that Christmas gift for the special man (or men) in your life, here are a few male Christmas gift ideas for you to consider. Late with your shopping this year? Check out Amazon’s overnight shipping options. Mobile phone – a new Blackberry or iPhone […] Continue reading…

Where To Shop For Your Kids This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and wherever you are in the world, this recession must be affecting you in some way or the other. With this in mind, here’s a suggestion for Christmas gifts for your children this year – by them clothes. Simply put, they’re needed, they’ll last and they will be used. […] Continue reading…

K-12 & College Online Tutoring

Technology has come a long way. Just ten years ago, online tutoring was unheard of, but now it is simply a way of life to for example be able to get Calculus help and Precalculus help directly online. We looked extensively in our town to find a good Calculus tutor for our son, to no […] Continue reading…

Where To Go For Back-To-School Shopping

It’s mid-August now and prime-time for back to school shopping. Some choose to go directly to stores, while others shop directly online, and today we focus on the online shoppers. Online back to school shopping for your kids back-to-school supplies is undoubtedly the way to go as it saves you time, effort, energy, and in […] Continue reading…

Where To Buy Tickets Online

From sports tickets to theatre tickets to concert tickets, there are numerous online ticket vendors, but not all are created equal. Today we take a look at ACheapSeat.com, a professional ticket broker that has access to numerous events happening across the U.S., and offering the hottest deals on premium tickets every day. Now, lets say […] Continue reading…

Searching For Franchise Opportunities?

Searching for franchise opportunities? Look no further than Franchise Advantage, the most comprehensive franchise directory / portal on the Web today. Franchise Advantage has been online since 1999, and is the leading online directory to find franchises and businesses for sale. Users can utilize their easy to use search tools in order to locate a […] Continue reading…

The Coursework Website That Answers Prayers

If you’re a college student like me, you’ll know that the word ‘coursework‘ is one of the most dreaded words that you’ll hear continuously throughout your time in college or university. Unfortunately you won’t get that degree without passing most or all of your coursework, and since I had USC University of Southern California BUAD […] Continue reading…

Travel

Where To Vacation? Myrtle Beach!

Summer’s here, and many fellow Americans will be looking to head to the coast this summer. Where will we be heading? Myrtle Beach! Just in case you didn’t know, Myrtle Beach is a beautiful coastal resort city located in Horry County, South Carolina. The highlight of Myrtle Beach is its extended complex of beach towns […] Continue reading…

Trade Show Supplies

A trade show is an exhibition that’s organized so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent industry trends and opportunities. Today we take a look at trade show supplies, specifically with regard to flooring and canopies. Trade Show Flooring helps to […] Continue reading…

Movies

Review – Marvel’s The Avengers

Title: The Avengers Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth In 2005, the folks at Marvel had a crazy idea. Introduce some of Marvel’s comic book characters in a slew of movies, and have them finally meet in The Avengers. So far, there have been six proceeding […] Continue reading…

Review – The King’s Speech

There’s an awful lot of vanity in British cinema. But that narcissism leads to Oscar wins. Period films create a form of British mythology. A Victorian stiff upper lip. Drinking tea while the bombs fall on London. The King’s Speech, though stuffy, has it’s moments of unexpected inspiration, combined with charm and wit. British director […] Continue reading…

Review Of The Social Network

Title: The Social Network Written by: Aaron Sorkin Directed by: David Fincher Starring: Jess Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song Reviewed by: S.I. The Social Network might be remembered as a film that came out too early. Its real-life drama is still ongoing. The film’s drama centre sod Facebook’s founding and the Internet revolution […] Continue reading…

An Education DVD/Movie Review

An Education (2009) Starring: Carey Mulligan, PeterSarsgaard, Alfred Molina Reviewed by: S.I. An Education is about growing up, and breaking out. Its 16-year-old Jenny Mellor’s (Carey Mulligan) coming-of-age, just as it is Carey Mullingan’s and Danish director Lone Scherfig’s – Oscar nomination, and with Scherfig’s directing earning the film a best picture Oscar nomination. Set […] Continue reading…

Review Of The Wolfman Movie/DVD

Title: The Wolfman Starring: Benicio del Toro, Hugo Weaving, Emily Blount, Anthony Hopkins Get The Wolfman DVD @ Amazon They don’t make monster movies like they used to. They, being Universal Studios. For nearly 40 years Universal released scores of monster movies, some becoming classics that have influenced the horror genre ever since. The remakes […] Continue reading…

Movie Review – The Kids Are All Right

Title: The Kids Are All Right Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo Get this DVD Online The Kids Are All Right isn’t just about the kids. It’s the coming-of-age of an entire family. The narrative starts off with a couple of angsty kids: 18-year-old Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and her younger brother Laser (Josh Hutcherson), […] Continue reading…

Movie Review – The Princess and The Frog

Title: The Princess and the Frog Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, Jim Cummings DVD release date: March 16, 2010 Get the Princess & The Frog DVD Online Since disastrous 2-D animated films like Treasure Planet, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Home on the Rang, Disney has turned exclusively to 3-D […] Continue reading…

Review – Julie & Julia

Title: Julie & Julia Starring: Meryl Streep, Andy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Jane Lynch Reviewed By: S.I. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, Julie & Julia is based on not one, but two memoirs: blogger Julie Powell’s (Amy Adams) Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (2005) and celebrity chef Julia Child’s (Meryl […] Continue reading…

She’s Out of My League DVD/Movie Review

Title: She’s Out of My League (2010) Starring: Jay baruchel, Alice Eve, TJ Miller Reviewed By: S.I. Get it online @ Amazon She’s Out of My League piles on as much heart and happily-ever after as feel-friendly romantic comedies, but with the same crude humour of the male-friendly ones. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the brains […] Continue reading…

Movie Review – When In Rome

Title: When In Rome (2010) Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard It’s a good thing most romantic comedies are short. the good ones make you long for more after they’re ended; while the bad ones make you glad they’re over. When In Rome is fortunately, or unfortunately, the latter. This shouldn’t be […] Continue reading…

Inception Movie Review

Title: Inception Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page Reviewed by: S.I. Christopher Nolan’s inception is part-science fiction, part-crime caper. It reveals all of Nolan’s strengths and weaknesses. The movie diminishes his mind-bending work in 2001’s Memento and 2006’s the Prestige, and yet, somehow heightens it. It’s more polished, as if with themes of his […] Continue reading…

Movie Review – The Back-Up Plan

Title: The Back-Up Plan Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin, Anthony Anderson and Michael Watkins. Reviewed by: S.I. It’s hard to figure out if The Back-Up Plan is respectable because so many romantic comedies are terrible in comparison, or because it holds up on its own. It’s certainly better than other romantic comedies Jennifer Lopez has […] Continue reading…

Iron Man 2 Review

Title: Iron Man 2 Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Palthrow, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson Two years after the first Iron Man, some things remain the same, while others have changed. The things that haven’t changed are the things that matter most – Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Palthrow), Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr’s) business […] Continue reading…

Review – Up In The Air Movie / DVD

It usually takes time for Hollywood to release films that are truly of their eras. The global recession started in late 2007, only becoming frighteningly real in September of 2008. Director Jason Reitman began developing Up in the Air in 2002 after reading Walter Kim’s 2001 novel. Its timely release is pure luck. Up in […] Continue reading…

Overview – Tinker Bell Movie

Tinker Bell is what I’d describe as a ‘whole new fairy tale world’. Directed by Bradley Raymond (Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas) and voiced by a huge array of stars including Anjelica Huton (The Grifters, The Royal Tenenbaums), Raven-Symone (College Road Trip), Jane Horrocks (Little Voice), America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), Mae Whitman (Night in Rodanthe), […] Continue reading…

Overview: Stop-Loss Movie

Stop-Loss marks a return to the big screen for director Kimberly Pierce, who was responsible for the extraordinary Boy’s Don’t Cry. It centers on the policy of the US military that, in times of war, a soldier’s tour of duty may be involuntarily extended beyond his or her contractual separation date, a controversial policy which […] Continue reading…

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek) once again takes the helm for this, the second film in The Chronicles of Narnia, based on the series of books by C.S. Lewis. William Mosley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keyes and Georgie Henley reprise their roles as the four Pevensie children. This is a far darker and more savage Narnia than […] Continue reading…

The Dark Knight – Overview

The Dark Knight is the triumphant return to the screen for Batman at the hands of director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Prestige). Much of the cast of Batman Begins reassemble here, and the story continues where the first film ended. This time Gotham City is in the thrall of a rising criminal mastermind known […] Continue reading…

WALL-E Movie Overview

Academy Award-winning writer-director, Andrew Stanton (also directed Finding Nemo) and the technical geniuses and inventive storytellers at Pixar Animation Studios (also creators of Cars, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles) have done it again with this computer-animated cosmic comedy about a determined robot named WALL-E. Since its July 2008 opening, WALL-E is now amongst the most successful […] Continue reading…

Yes Man Movie Overview

ONE WORD CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING Peyton Reed (previously directed ‘The Break-Up’ and ‘Down with Love’) directs Jim Carrey (previously starred in ‘External Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘Bruce Almighty’ and others) as Carl Allen in Yes Man. Carl, a “just say no” man, is persuaded to attend a Yes Man seminar by an acquaintance who […] Continue reading…

Overview – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is the second film based on a series of four novels by Ann Brashares about a group of four girlfriends who maintain their closeness by mailing back and forth amongst themselves a pair of thrift-store jeans that they had discovered together. The four friends are played by Blake […] Continue reading…

Review – Space Buddies Movie

Space Buddies is the third film featuring Disney’s irresistible talking puppies, all an indirect offshoot of the original 1997 Air Bud, featuring a Golden Retriever named Buddy who could play basketball. Space Buddies follows the five puppies, Rosebud, Buddha, Mudbud and B-Dawg – each of whom have distinct personalities as, following series of unfortunate occurrences, […] Continue reading…

Crank: High Voltage

Crank: High Voltage is the 2009 sequel to the 2006 action film, Crank. It picks up exactly where the first Crank film left off, retaining its “real-time” feel. Crank: High Voltage was written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who both wrote and directed the previous Crank film. Once again also, it stars […] Continue reading…

Fast & Furious 2009

My quick take on Fast & Furious (2009 film) which stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster: Eight years ago, The Fast and the Furious highlighted the subculture of urban street racing, and two young, relatively unknown male actors burst on the scene as the movie became a surprise summer hit. Since […] Continue reading…

Second Sex & The City Movie Coming in 2010

The second big-screen adaptation of the extremely popular U.S. TV Series ‘Sex & The City’ is due to hit cinemas worldwide on May 28, 2010. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are all believed to be reprising their roles. Chris Noth – who plays Carrie Bradshaw’s husband ‘Mr. Big’ – has […] Continue reading…

Monsters vs. Aliens Movie Overview

Just released today, Monsters vs. Aliens is a computer-animated 3-D feature film from DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures. It is the first computer animated movie to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format (i.e. instead of converting the film into 3-D after completion). So what’s it all about? California girl Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) […] Continue reading…

Watchmen Movie Review

Watchmen is a 2009 “superhero” film that was directed by Zack Snyder. Based on the 1986-1987 comic book limited series “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the film adaptation has a whole host of stars including Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie, Laura Mennell, Jeffrey […] Continue reading…

Friday the 13th Movie (2009) Review

The Friday The 13th movie series with the hockey-mask wearing JASON is back! As I expected though, this latest entry is the kind of cookie-cutter horror flick that doesn’t really offer much, but the little it does deliver holds together well enough to actually entertain. Directed by Marcus Nispel (who also directed “Pathfinder”), the movie […] Continue reading…

Madea Goes To Jail Review

Tyler Perry is back in drag for yet another movie! This time, it’s “Madea Goes To Jail”, which was released as a movie this year, and which is based on a Tyler Perry-written play of the same name. This time around, Perry’s well-known character “Madea Simmons” goes to jail for her uncontrollable anger management problems. […] Continue reading…

Rocknrolla Movie Overview

Rocknrolla is a British crime film that was released in 2008. For me, it marks a true return to form for writer/director Guy Ritchie (who also did “Snatch” and “Two Smoking Barrels”). Funnily, it has a lot in common with “Snatch” – multi-layered plot and larger than life characters who rapidly descend into increasingly violent […] Continue reading…

Television

Review – Ringer Season 1

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ioan Gruffud, Mike Colter, Nestor Carbonell Ringer is an unusual choice for the CW’s target youth audience. Its leads are older than the network’s other leads and Ringer is soapy, dangerous fun. But the premise seems too focused for its high-octane formula to keep up for longer than one season. Despite […] Continue reading…

Scandal Season 1 Review

Title: Scandal Starring: Kerry Washington, Katie Lowes, Henry Ian Cusick, Tony Goldwyn ABC’s Scandal is based on a true story. Granted, the truth’s been stretched and turned into a soap opera, thanks to creator Shonda Rhimes. Based on real life beltway crisis manager Judy Smith, Scandal has Rhimes’s snappy dialogue, high stakes emotional drama, and […] Continue reading…

The Pillars of the Earth Review

Title: The Pillars of the Earth Starring: Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Allison Pill, Tony Curran, Eddie Redmayne Get The Pillars Of The Earth On DVD @Amazon Sweeping, historical miniseries and TV movies on cable television have mostly been in the domain of HBO. Starz’ attempt with its eight-episode miniseries adaptation of Ken Follett’s, The Pillars […] Continue reading…

The Big C Series Review

Series: The Big C (Showtime, 2010) Starring: Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabourney Sidibe, John Benjamin Hickey Rated: TV-MA Reviewed by: K.H. Get it online (DVD/Video on Demand) @ Amazon Despite all the advances in medicine, it’s still a scary word. Hearing that you have cancer, or being the friend or relative of someone who has […] Continue reading…

Review Of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles Series

Starring: Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander Rizzoli & Isles On DVD | Rizzoli & Isles On Demand (Streaming) The idea of bright, complicated women as television crime solvers is not new – Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer comes immediately to mind – but this exploration has the potential to yield interesting plot lines. There are […] Continue reading…

Review – ABC Family TV Series – Pretty Little Liars

Title: Pretty Little Liars Starring: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Holly Marie Combs, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Bianca Lawson Reviewed by: S.I. Pretty Little Liars hits every teen soap cliché and then some in its pilot episode. Based on Sara Shepard’s popular young adult novels, the new ABC Family series focuses on a clique of […] Continue reading…

V – Sci-Fi Drama Review

Series Title: V Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Morris Chestnut Reviewed by: Saba Igbe ABC’s V is a reboot of the 1983 two-part miniseries, about a race of technologically advanced race of aliens known as Visitors who come to Earth. The show chronicles how this event impacts the lives of FBI agent Erica […] Continue reading…

DIRECTV Review

My husband and I made the decision recently to switch from cable to Direct TV, and we are over the moon at what a smart choice this turned out to be. The main thing for us is that DirecTV offers way more cool channels that cable, and at far better prices. For just over 50 […] Continue reading…

Review – Private Practice (TV Series)

Private Practice is a medical drama television show (on ABC TV) that was created by Shonda Rhimes. Although it’s a spin-off of the Grey’s Anatomy medical drama (which was also created by Rhimes), it definitely stands strongly on its own. Lovers of medical dramas have been pleasantly surprised by the show’s engaging quality, impressive writing […] Continue reading…

Books

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

In cool, clear prose, Colm Toibin tells the story of Ellis Lacey, an Irish girl who immigrates to the United States in the fifties and who becomes a woman there, preventing any real return “home”. This is a woman’s story on the order of one by Barbara Taylor Bradford or Maeve Binchy, a page-turner that […] Continue reading…

Book Review – Before I Go to Sleep

Suppose you went to bed one night, woke up the next morning and everything you knew was suddenly different; the room you are in strange and unfamiliar. So is the man with whom you find yourself in bed. You take note of his wedding band, step into what must be his wife’s shoes and cannot […] Continue reading…

Book Review – The Tiger’s Wife

A tiger comes stalking a village in the Balkans. It comes through the city same night German bombs destroy a zoo, passing signs the World War II has arrived: mangled bodies, wrecked cars, bullet holes, craters from bombs, a miasma of burning oil, burning hair, burning flesh, chaos in which sirens blare, fires crackle, and […] Continue reading…

Review – The Ladies are Upstairs by Merle Collins

Merle Collins’s love for the creole language of Grenada informs the 11 short stories in her recently published collection The Ladies are Upstairs. Collins has a flawless ear for the turn of phrase that signifies creole orality in the body of her text: she draws on her own experience of her island’s way of being […] Continue reading…

Review of Night Song by Beverly Jenkins

Over a decade after Beverly Jenkins’ Night Song was originally published, it was reprinted in 2009 for its 15th anniversary. Since 1994, Jenkins has published dozens of historical and contemporary romances, but Night Song started it all – Jenkins’ career, and a place for African-American romances on publishers’ book lists. Night Song was 13 years […] Continue reading…

Review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)

Before he started writing novels, Stieg Larsson was a crusading journalist, dedication his life to opposing racism, contributing for many years to searchlight, the British anti-fascist magazine. At the same time, he was writing fiction and eventually sent one of his novels to a Swedish publisher, who snapped it up. The Girl with the dragon […] Continue reading…

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

The quote from that great novel of economic migration, The Grapes of Wrath at the beginning of Rose Tremain’s The Road Home, can leave us in little doubt as to her intensions with this sympathetic, timely story of Lev, an Eastern European and who travels to London. A middle-aged widower with a young daughter and […] Continue reading…

Review Of ‘Vixen’ by Jillian Larkin

Title: Vixen by Jillian Larkin Random House: Delacorte Press, 421 pages, 2010. Reviewed by: S.I. Jillian Larkin’s Vixen is the first novel in The Flapper series, a young adult series set during the Roaring Twenties. The novel is akin to the Luxe and Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen, and though it’s Larkin’s debut, […] Continue reading…

Review Of Marilynne Robinson’s Book, ‘Home’

Title: Home Author: Marilynne Robinson New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 325 pages Reviewed by: M.H. “Ye who are weary, come home.” Home is a tender and profoundly nostalgic text about family and the passing of generations. It is set in the 1950s in the town of Gilead, Iowa, and told mainly from the […] Continue reading…

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

Numerous cookbooks exist, but here’s one with a difference – Rachel Saunders’ The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, which features more than 100 recipes for jams, preserves and marmalades. Undoubtedly, this book is perfect for anyone who dreams of “putting up” their favorite fruits for future use (in the kitchen). It’s arranged by season for the […] Continue reading…

Review Of Jo Beverley’s The Secret Wedding

Jo Beverley is known for her thoroughly researched novels, filled with as much heart-stopping romance as they are with intricate historical detail. Beverley studied history, which adds to the richness of her novels. The Secret wedding is the second novels in her Geogian Secret trilogy. Like the other novels in the trilogy, The Secret Wedding […] Continue reading…

Review – The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi, Polly Mclean, and Khaled Hosseini

Title: The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi, Polly Mclean, and Khaled Hosseini Translated from the French by Polly McLean Other Press, January 2010. 160 pages. Buy it online: @Amazon This is a beautiful small book. It sits on my table, compact. The cover is has a pretty script, and depicts a smooth, metal-dark stone, lying […] Continue reading…

Review Of High Rhulain (Redwall)

The trouble with young adult fantasy is that many of the novels are not stand-alone books, but part of a series. High Rhulain (pronounced roo-lane) is the 18th book in Brian Jacques’ Redwall saga, yet what sets it apart is that, like most Redwall books, is that it can be read on its own. Certainly, […] Continue reading…

Short Review – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Summer’s not done yet, and if you haven’t already read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, double-back to your nearest bookstore or get it online fast @Amazon. This final book in Larsson’s Millennium crime fiction trilogy is an adrenaline rush, and is being touted as the best being saved for last. […] Continue reading…

Short Review – The Imperfectionists – By Tom Rachman

The Imperfectionists is a novel by journalist-turned-novelist, Tom Rachman, and is described by some as a ‘delightful read’. A tragicomedy reminiscent of Joshua Ferris’ recent hit Then We Came To The End, The Imperfectionists is also set in the workplace, at a fictional newspaper in Rome during the dying days of newsprint. The book is […] Continue reading…

Book Review – Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment by Steve Harvey These days most of the talk among single woman is about relationships and finding men who are willing and even more importantly happy to commit. Single women search for opinions and advice from anyone […] Continue reading…

Review – Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley in Jamaica and Beyond

There must be hundreds of books on Bob Marley. It would be impossible to list all those I have read or even simply looked through and, as one familiar with the story from the beginning, it is hard for me not to view most of them as merely repetitive attempted tributes. Some are just plain […] Continue reading…

Book Review – The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie is a play by Tennessee Williams. It premiered in Chicago in 1944, and in 1945 won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The Glass Menagerie was Williams’ first successful play, and he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights. The Glass Menagerie was published as a […] Continue reading…

Your Einstein Complex Book Overview

Your Einstein Complex (Awaken Your Inner Genius … Live Your Dreams) is a book by Dr. Roger A. Boger, a practising dental surgeon who has served as a research fellow at the Albert Einstein North Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The book’s foreword argues that all of us have a latent potential for genius and it […] Continue reading…

Music

Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot … The Son Of Chico Dusty

“Damn… and that wasn’t nothing but the intro,” says Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, one half of hip hop super group Outkast, at the end of Feel Me, the first track on the 15-track Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. It’s as if he knows the aces he has hidden up his sleeves […] Continue reading…

Review Of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

There are demons underneath Kanye West’s bed; they are the shadows clipped to his heel that he’ll never escape, the black that looms large behind his back before the spotlights and, I imagine, the spectral forces that consume him as he soars high above the city lights leaving crowds behind him yearning for encores. For […] Continue reading…

CD Review – Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Even while locating himself at boundaries blasted open by the collision of hip hop and future dub, the aesthetic of Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) is nevertheless difficult to pinpoint discursively, less by design than by the very nature of his working method. With Cosmogramma, Ellison makes a decisive leap forward into the realm of […] Continue reading…

CD Review – The National – High Violet

The group is so acclaimed and beloved, that any new work is bound to be met with high expectations. High Violet, therefore, comes burdened with these expectations. It doesn’t just have to be a good album, it must be a brilliant one; it can’t just be better than what it follows, it needs to be […] Continue reading…

Review Of Christina Aguilera’s Bionic

Multiple Grammy-award winner Christina Aguilera (she of the four-octave range), who last released a studio album four year ago, met with unfair comparisons to Lady Gaga when her newest album, Bionic, started making the rounds. Aguilera, in interviews said she wanted to make pop, dance record inspired by the playfulness of her two-year-old son, and […] Continue reading…

Review Of Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1

The concept behind Body Talk is a double-edged sword: Like Gaga’s The Fame Monster, the eight-track Pt. 1 feels abbreviated, like a sampler for a project Robyn was too impatient to complete before sharing it with the world (at the time of the album’s release, the upcoming instalments were reportedly still being recorded.). However, it […] Continue reading…

Review Of Sleigh Bells’ TREATS

Once every now and then, a record comes along that makes you think how music should sounds. Earlier in the decade, albums like MIA’s Arular and Dizzee Rascal’s boy in Da Corner did this, sounding like nothing released before them, and becoming classics in the process. Now add to the list Treats, the debut album […] Continue reading…

Review – Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid

CD Title: The ArchAndroid – (Janelle Monae) (2010) Record Label: Atlantic Records Get this album online – Amazon | iTunes In summary of Janelle Monae’s Metropolis, two years ago, I expressed surprise at how few critics had cited her as one of that year’s best new discoveries, or even bothered to review her EP. It’s […] Continue reading…

10 Hot Tracks For 2010

Wondering what were some of the hottest tracks for 2010? Check out our list below. 1. Flash Delirium by MGMT Amazon | iTunes – Building and building to general anarchy, the song is a great indication of the new direction of this sensational band. But maybe they had it in them all along. 2. Freak […] Continue reading…

Review – Ok Go – Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky

Artiste: OK Go Title: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky Label: Capital Records/Paracadute Recordings With its title, lyrics and concept supposedly based on The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Colour of the Sky, a pseudoscientific book published in 1876, the group’s third studio album was produced by […] Continue reading…

Album Review – Beach House – Teen Dream

Artiste: Beach House Title: Teen Dream Genre: Sub Pop Formed in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland, Beach House is one of last decade’s most acclaimed indie duos. They’re still pretty far from having a cult following or breaking out a la Vampire Weekend, but in the process, they make beautifully atmospheric dream pop. Much like their […] Continue reading…

Review – Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You Lightspeed Champion

Title: Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You by Lightspeed Champion Label: Domino Release date: February 16, 2010 Reviewed by: N.M. Get it online – Amazon | iTunes The very first line of the track of Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You – ‘nothing seems to be happening/except a shift from your world’ – […] Continue reading…

CD Review – Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea

Some call her the female John Mayer; others call her the black Norah Jones. Either way, Corinne Bailey Rae is a pop force. With sales of her debut self-titled album in excess of 4 million copies worldwide, Rae quickly garnered comparisons to Sade, Macy Gray and Erykah Badhu when she broke out in 2006. But […] Continue reading…

CD Review: Ke$ha – Animal

Artiste: Ke$ha Title: Animal RCA Records Who is this drunken girl covered in glitter? More importantly, why should we care about her? To answer the first question – she’s the Tik Tok [Amazon | iTunes] singer. If you’ve listened to your radio, watched MTV or been to a club recently, chances are you’ve heard that […] Continue reading…

Album Review: Sade – Soldier of Love

Album Review: Sade – Soldier of Love Label: Epic Records How do you disappear for 10 years, reappear at the top of the Billboard albums chart, selling over 500,000 albums in the first week of release, and over a million in mere weeks? Well, for Nigerian-born Sade Adu, that’s exactly what happened when the acclaimed […] Continue reading…

The-Dream – Love v/s Money – Review

Terius Youngdell Nash, more popularly known as “The-Dream”, released his second album – Love vs Money – on March 10 of this year. Last night, I sat down to listen to The-Dream’s sophomore effort, and I must say that it falls short lyrically of his talent and reputation. Don’t get it twisted, there are some […] Continue reading…

India.Arie’s Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

India.Arie’s Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, her fourth studio album, was released almost two weeks ago. I grabbed a copy a couple days ago, and I’ve had it in steady rotation in my car since. It’s a healing, spiritual and sensual CD that’s brimming with social consciousness. It’s an outstanding release from the neo-soul […] Continue reading…

Home & Garden

Why An Ecco Mailbox Is Worth The Investment

A mailbox may seem like a no-brainer investment, where one mailbox is the same as any other, but in this age of rising mail and identity theft, all mailboxes were not created equal. EccoMailbox.com is the best source for Ecco Mailboxes, and they offer heavily discounted prices, free shipping on mailboxes, and a full-service customer […] Continue reading…

Online Shopping Portal For The UK – Home & Garden Supplies

If you’re in the United Kingdom (UK), we’d like to introduce you to shopwiki.co.uk, the ultimate online shopping portal for shoppers in the UK. Yes you can buy just about everything online, but how easy is it for you to get the best deals and best prices? If you search around manually, it’s very hard, […] Continue reading…

Christmas Mailbox

What’s in your Christmas mailbox this year? Christmas cards and letters from near and far, but have you considered recently that your old mailbox may be in need of a makeover? Where can you go to get the best residential and commercial mailboxes? Recently, we reviewed mailboxixchange, which is a distributor of top quality residential […] Continue reading…

ADT Home Security System Review

Our family safety and security became a serious concern over the last two years, as there were an increasing number of break-ins and home invasions in our neighborhood, and we just thought it make sense to be safe, rather than sorry. We decided to go with a custom home security system from ADT, primarily because […] Continue reading…

Rain Barrels For The Rainy Season

Rain barrels (also known as rainwater tanks) are a smart way to collect and store rain water runoff, typically from rooftops via rain gutters. Why? In order to make use of rain water for use at a later date, to help reduce paid (utility) water usage (for economic or environmental reasons), and many do it […] Continue reading…

The Best Residential & Commercial Mailboxes

Where to go for the best residential and commercial mailboxes? We recently reviewed mailboxixchange, a distributor of high quality residential mailboxes and commercial mailboxes, and found that they have what seems to be the widest selection of residential mailboxes and commercial mailboxes on the internet, and over 2500 mailbox and curbside decor products. In the […] Continue reading…

The Best Lighting Fixtures & Accessories

For the home, office or anywhere for that matter, how you light up your surroundings is a critical component of making it all look good … beautiful for that matter. Make it look good by using the best, and in my world, the five top producers of lighting fixtures and accessories are: Minka Lavery, Murray […] Continue reading…

Health & Fitness

Beautiful Skin For 2010

2010, the next decade, is here! If you’re into fashion and beauty, one of your resolutions will likely be BEAUTIFUL SKIN FOR 2010 … AND BEYOND! Below we’ve offered some tips and product suggestions for beautiful skin: Take care of yourself – eat right, stay fit and try to generally be more healthy and you’ll […] Continue reading…

The Top 5 Road Bikes

I’m an avid bike rider, and have owned my fair share of road bikes over the years. Below I’ve detailed my current Top 5 list of road bikes. Also, be sure to check out ShopWiki’s bicycle buying guide which highlights the many factors to consider when buying a bike, bike styles and more. The Top […] Continue reading…

Gaming

Sports Betting Online

Simply put, sports betting is the activity of placing a bet (wager) on the outcome of a particular game. There are numerous types of sports bets that can be made (usually through a bookmaker), and here we’ll look at a few that you can do online. Proposition bets – a bet is made for a […] Continue reading…

Where To Gamble Online?

Online gambling is a general term that’s used to describe gambling over the Internet. Persons who have played casino favorites such as craps, blackjack, roulette and baccarat in gambling hot spots such as Las Vegas and Monaco, often ask or wonder where to gamble online? Which is the best online casino to play and try […] Continue reading…

Where To Buy Video Games

Are you a fan of Xbox, Wii, Playstation, Sega, or all of them? Where do you currently by your video games? Check out this revolutionary new concept for buying video games online; it’s a resource called ShopWiki UK, a shopping search engine that’s designed to help consumers find specific products (such as cool video games) […] Continue reading…

Nintendo DSi Portable Video Game

Coming soon! The Nintendo DSi portable video game player. Nintendo announced earlier this week that this, its 3rd generation DSi portable video game system, will be available in the U.S. on April 5. I can’t wait! From what I’ve heard, it’s all that and a bag of tricks, so I can’t wait to try it […] Continue reading…

New Episode of Grand Theft Auto Preview

The immensely popular Grand Theft Auto IV game is due to debut another downloadable episode later this month, and here’s a preview of what to expect from it: There’ll be completely new storylines, characters and music. Busta Rhymes, Funkmaster Flex and others have been added to music stations on the radio dial in The Lost […] Continue reading…

Food & Cooking

How To Review A Restaurant

It is more than just sitting down and hoping that the food will be good. It is about service, ambiance, taste and adventure. Yes eating out has become more than sitting down to have a meal. Many of us have a deep love for food, and as such this desire has created the necessity for […] Continue reading…

A Review of Juices

Daily we go to the supermarket and we see all sorts of drink products that are packaged and sold as “juices”. But are they truly real juices? Here is a quick review of juices in general, to help you as you make your supermarket purchases and decide on necessary nutrition for you and your family. […] Continue reading…

Banking & Finance

Aviva For Insurance, Investment & Pension Products

Headquartered in London, UK, Aviva is the 6th-largest insurance company in the world. It is a leading provider of life insurance and pension products in Europe (including the UK) and elsewhere in the world. As at August 2010, Aviva had over 53 million customers in 28 countries. If you’re on the hunt for insurance, pension/retirement […] Continue reading…

The Small Business Survival Guide – Insights Into The First Two Years

Alrick Robinson, author of The Small Business Survival Guide – Insights Into The First Two Years, uses the book to focus on key insights, building understanding and giving new business owners tough lessons and practical education. Written for anyone who has recently started a business, or who is struggling with an existing business, The Small […] Continue reading…

Gold – A Longtime Safe Investment

Gold is the most malleable and ductile of all metals, and it is also one of the most sought-after and valuable of all metals. Gold (in the form of gold coins and nuggets) has been traded and used as a method of payment for many hundreds of years. The amount of gold in the world […] Continue reading…

Health Insurance – Better Safe Than Sorry

Maybe your most recent visit to the doctor has revealed that you are in perfect health. And of course you’ve been living in the same house for 10 years and there has never been a fire or any significant damage, but what if something unexpected happened? Would you be financially prepared to cover the costs? […] Continue reading…

Invest In Gold Coins

Now is the time to invest and purchase gold. It’s a guaranteed safe investment. While the financial markets are busy struggling, over the years, gold has always been a safe investment that’s guaranteed to spin good returns within a year. Just yesterday (September 28) on the Dow Jones, Gold futures (December) finished slightly higher, rising […] Continue reading…

How to Make Money Blogging

If you love writing and blogging, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be interested in learning how to make money blogging. As such, today we take a look at yousaytoo.com, which describes itself as an ad revenue sharing community for bloggers. There are a myriad of ways that you can do blogging for money, and […] Continue reading…

Review of GoldCoinsGain.Com

Of all the precious metals, gold is by far the most popular choice as an investment option. Many investors see gold as a smart safe haven or hedge against any political, social, economic, or currency-based crises that may occur. Thus, they buy gold coins, naturally in an attempt to safeguard their money while making a […] Continue reading…

The Best Credit Repair Solution

A few years ago I made a few bad decisions, and ended up with some major credit problems. In fact, I ruined my credit. It was so bad that I couldn’t even get a cash-secured credit card, and at the same time I still had existing credit card debts that I was trying to service […] Continue reading…

The Credit Cards Club

If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of persons here in the U.S. and around the world that have a credit card (or a few), then you may very well be interested in a website that: 1) Helps you to know what type of card to use in particular situations 2) Helps you understand […] Continue reading…

Auto

Crazy Car Movies

I’ve been looking around for top 5 and top 10 lists of the best and worst car movies of all time. I came across a SafeAuto list of the top 5 best and top 5 worst movies of all time, and I must say I’m quite disappointed with the top 5 best list. Whoever did […] Continue reading…

Car Audio & Video Gifts For Christmas

Christmas is slmost here, and for shoppers in the UK, this recession is likely to be affecting you in some way or the other, just as how it has been affecting others globally. With all this in mind, lets say you have a friend or family member that’s a car stereo and/or video buff, here […] Continue reading…

Six Good Reasons Why You Should Buy A VW Polo

Here are six good reasons why you should seriously consider buying a VW Polo: SAFETY – ABS brakes, ESP Stability Control, Driver & Front Passenger Airbags, Front & Rear Fog Lamps, SIPS Side Impact Protection, Anti-theft Immobilizer MILEAGE – 41 milers per gallon from a 1.4 litre, 16 valve high performance engine BLUETOOTH – Hands-free […] Continue reading…

Honda vs. Subaru vs. Pontiac

If you’ll be on the market for a 2010 motor vehicle very soon, it makes sense that you’ll want to compare and contrast some of your available options. Using TheCarConnection.Com – the foremost automotive authority on the Web with news, reviews, spy shots, shopping guides, tips and expert advice on motor vehicles – we sought […] Continue reading…

2009 Honda CR-V Features

The 2009 Honda CR-V is one hot SUV. Here are some of its features: Shapely exterior – aerodynamic styling, lightweight lift-up tailgate, folding power side mirrors. Luxurious interior – heated seats available, leather-trimmed interior available, Honda satellite-linked navigation system available. Powerfully efficient – 166 HP, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine Extremely fuel efficient Ultra low emission […] Continue reading…

BMZ Z4 Coming in May

The all-new BMW Z4 will go on sale here in the UK in May. It features a host of innovations that have never before been showcased via BMW’s 75 years of Roadster heritage. I’m certainly looking forward to a test drive. Here are some of the cool features of the new Z4: Two-piece electro-hydraulically operated […] Continue reading…

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