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Tue, 15 May 2007 07:47:42 GMT

What's the Best City for You?

What's the Best City for You?
The personal finance magazine Kiplinger's has one of those interesting lists out in its June issue, this olist of the best places to live depending on your stage of life. The list was created in conjunction with Richard Florida, who wrote the much-celebrated The Rise of the Creative Class, and it's broken down both by size of city and by five classificatons---young singles, mid-level professionals, married with kids, empty nesters and retirees. I would think there could be significant overlap between mid-level professionals and married with kids as well as between empty nesters and retirees, but that's up to Kiplinger's I guess.

Here are their choices:

For Young Singles: Washington D.C., Denver, Austin, Raleigh & Lexington, Kentucky

For Mid-Level Professionals: Kansas City, Boise, Portland Maine, Huntsville Alabama & Fayetteville North Carolina

For Married with Kids: Atlanta, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Des Moines, Provo Utah & Green Bay Wisconsin

For Empty-Nesters: San Francisco, Seattle, Madison Wisconsin, Charleston West Virginia & Boulder Colorado

For Retirees: Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Port St. Lucie Florida & Roanoke Virginia

Kiplinger's also has a tool to help you decide which city is right for you based on these Creative ClassAnswer the 14 questons and it spits back your best cities. My cities were Trenton, New Jersey and Portland, Maine. I found that interesting but not accurate, as this tool does not factor in weather, and I have no plans on exchanging one cold climate for another.

Check it out and see if you are living in the best place for you.

Posted by: Justin McHenry      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 16:53:38 GMT

News Corp to acquire

News Corp to acquire
That was quick - from 'under the radar' to a rumored acquisition by one of the most active buyer of media assets. Photobucket apparently is cloa $250 million exit

While hardly known outside the youthful world of social network sites, Photobucket has become wildly popular with users for providing free, online storage tools for multimedia self-expression, from photos to videos to digital slideshows. Site builders turn to it for images to decorate their sites.

The four-year-old startup, based in Palo Alto, Calif., has signed up 41 million registered users, up from 32 million at the end of last year and 2 million in 2004. It now hosts nearly 2.8 billion images on the site.

Posted by: tj      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 15:01:16 GMT

Free Easy To Use Digital Image Editor

Free Easy To Use Digital Image Editor

Are you intimidated by complex digital image editing programs?

If not my hat is off to you, but if you are, welcome to the club.

As is the case with most things, you have to crawl before you can walk, and even if you have a sophisticated, or at least mid-level graphics program you may want to cut your teeth on something with fewer options.

There's no need to sacrifice quality with a simple program, all you're giving up are a lot of options that you won't use at first, or maybe ever.

I came across this easy to learn, free program that's perfect for making basic changes to your digital photo files.

"Scan" is giving away the demo version for free, with no strings attached, and you can download the program, "Viewing Boothhere.

Note too that there are many other useful links on this page such as help with scanning and other free demo software that may interest you.

As always keep your original photo files in a separate folder in case you screw up and want to start over.

Have fun

Posted by: jim      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 11:20:39 GMT

The Joys of Self-Employment

The Joys of Self-Employment
I have been self-employed many times throughout my career, and even though I now work for someone else, I have wide latitude to work from home, so I still have the freedom that comes with the situation. For me, I love it. But it's not necessarily for everyone.

Over at the blog My Two Dollars, David10 things he's learned about working at home. My favorites, or at least the ones I can identify with:

9. Some days it takes a lot of effort to shower and get dressed before noon. - Like David, I like the feeling of stumbling out of bed in the morning and getting a few things done before hitting the shower. But it's true that once you get rolling, it's sometimes hard to stop. Personaly I like to use the shower as a natural breaking point after I've accomplished some things in the morning. It's nice to have the choice, unlike an office that might frown upon you coming to work in pajamas and no deodorant.

5. Handling your money becomes a bigger deal when you freelance. - When you're not working for an employer that helpfully withholds money from your check to pay your taxes, it's up to you. Not only do you have to make some judgments on how much to set aside for taxes, you have to constantly remind yourself about the impending tax payment so you don't start convincing yourself that you have a lot more money than you do.

3. Working at home saves a LOT of money. - Take away transportation and meal costs and you can save a ton. Plus, when you're self-employed, any travel you do can be used as an expense against your income. If you're working for someone else, you get nothing for your commuting dollars, which can be significant over the course of a year. Also, while you still have to eat, pulling food from the fridge is cheaper than going out to lunch and/or buying junk food when your work becomes too stressful/boring.

David also emphasizes the loneliness of working at home if you don't get out and see people from time to time. I've always been bad about doing this, and I would say it's my biggest regret in the times I've worked from home. While the lack of co-workers can be great in that no one's dropping by your office to waste your time or ask you to go to an unnecessary meeting, the downside is that the social aspect at home is a big zero. If you don't get out once in a while and have lunch with others or something, you'll start to feel like the world does not know you even exist, and that can be tough.

Overall, though, like David, I would highly recommend ditching the office office for the home office any day.

Posted by: Justin McHenry      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 08:22:24 GMT

Could Terry Semel bring Yahoo back into the black?

Could Terry Semel bring Yahoo back into the black?
The Economist has this query: Is Terry Semel the right man to lead Yahoo! against its nimbler rival?

The report continued:

JERRY YANG, who co-founded Yahoo! and remains on its board, says that the internet company is in the middle of a "transformation" and that its board members are "all in lockstep" behind Terry Semel, the chairman and chief executive. Meg Whitman, the boss of eBay, a Silicon Valley neighbour as well as an advertising partner to Yahoo!, says that Semel has done "a spectacular job" and is "well loved at Yahoo!". Clearly, Semel has a lot of impressive supporters.

Of late, however, Semel has been taken aback by the astonishing rise of Google, which today dominates the market for web-search and keyword-related advertising, having left Yahoo! far behind. His fate at Yahoo! now depends on whether it can catch up with its more agile rival.

For Semel, who is 64, a sale might also hold the appeal of a graceful exit. It would be a rueful one, however. Back in 2002 Semel considered buying Google, which was just then rising out of obscurity, but balked at a price in the single billions (Google's stockmarket value today is $145 billion, about 3.5 times that of Yahoo!'s). Having belatedly grasped the money-making potential of web-search, Mr Semel then bought Inktomi, another search engine, and in 2003 he bought Overture, the pioneer of paid-search advertising.

But could a new CEO alleviate the standing of Yahoo? Is Semel the right man?

Posted by: noel      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 07:01:41 GMT

Madeleine McCann - the hunt must go on

Madeleine McCann - the hunt must go on
When a child goes missing, probably abducted, the effect on the parents is devastating.

As a parent, I share Drs Kate and Gerry McCann's anguish. All parents share the anguish, for it affects us all. Tomorrow it may be our child.

On a personal level, the McCann family back ground is so similar to mine. A GP and a hospital specialist with a large family. I listen to the news several times a day, hoping to hear that Maddie has been found. It is the first thing that I turn to in the newspapers.

Today, 12th May, is Maddie's fourth birthday.

She has been missing for a week. The police in Portugal are already scaling down the local search.
Police in Portugal said they were winding down the hunt for three-year-old Madeleine McCann after three prime suspects emerged in the investigation.... reports today's Daily Telegraph. If Maddie is not found soon, the story will gradually fade from the media. In a couple of months, people will be saying "Did they ever find that girl, what was her name?"

That must not happen.

We need to keep Maddie's story on the front page. Dr Gerry McCann realises that and
.....has been lobbying politicians and diplomats and mobilising friends and contacts in Britain. He has been developing ways to keep his daughter's case in the public eye through e-mail campaigns, internet posters, celebrity appeals, persuading European retail chains to display Madeleine's picture in their stores and even asking medical centres across the Continent to look out for a girl with a slight iris defect. (The Times 12 May)
Where ever Maddie is, someone, somewhere must have seen her. If every British Blogger puts a picture of Maddie on their front page, that will help.

I have collected a photo montage of Maddie and the McGann family below and put a picture of Maddy on the top right side bar.

I hope everyone else will do the same.

Kate McCann is blessed by Father Haynes Hubbard during a special church service in Praia Da Luz.

Couragous parents who won respect for dignity and resolve (The Times)

On 12 May 2007, barely a week after Maddie disappeared, the Daily Telegraph printed this headline:

Madeleine hunt coming to an end

We must make sure that that is not true. The hunt must not end until she is found.


Please visit this site, for full up to date details, in English and Portuguese, of the on going search.

Madeleine McCann

Missing in Portugal

Have you seen her?

McCann de Madeleine perde em Portugal

If you have any information, call this number:


++++++++++Labels: abduction, Dr McCann, Madeleine McCann

Posted by: Dr John Crippen      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 03:30:49 GMT

Blogging is Journalism. Officially.

Blogging is Journalism. Officially.
The House of Representatives has amended the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 to include provisions to protect bloggers from being required to divulge their sources under certain situations in the same way as journalists. Instead of requiring journalists to be tied to a news organization, the bill now defines "journalism" to focus more on the function of the job: "the gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing of news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the pub) I believe blogging has to bee taken seriously. Not because I'm a blogger, but because of the reasons why I am a blogger. I think certain bloggers (not necessary including myself) are journalists.
As my friend pointed out, in a lot of ways people still think about bloggers as hobbyists. They don't know or understand that some are professional bloggers, which is a way of reporting, thus more or less the same as journalism. We report. Fortunately, more and more events invite bloggers as companies start to understand that bloggers reach a much bigger audience than *traditional* press. In other words, the official blabla quoted above has my vote. Give the (pro)bloggers the respect they deserve. They are journalists.

Posted by: S.M. Schrama      Read more     Source

Sun, 13 May 2007 00:32:19 GMT

The World's Most Influential People

The World's Most Influential People

You know I love lists. I love lists of all kinds especially "Top Ten" type lists.

Now, I don't necessarily put much stock in most lists that are compiled by other than scientific means. The reason for this is that when people are asked to state who they think is, for example, an influential person, such as is the case with the list I'm reporting on today, there is too much emotion involved.

Sometimes people don't understand the question or they vote based more on their personal likes and dislikes rather than what they truly feel.

However, I still like these lists because it provides a good barometer for judging the way people think"Time" magazine recently polled people about who they felt were the most influential people in the world and I found the results to be extremely interesting.

The top voter getter is a Korean R&B singer named Rain. I never even heard of the guy before now, I probably should have but, embarrassing as it may be, I have to admit that I had no idea who the hell he is.

The second person listed is one that I'm very well acquainted with, Stephen Colbert, and his inclusion doesn't surprise me, but I am surprised to see him ranked that high.

Most of the people on the list probably deserve to be on it because they do affect the way people think, for better or worse, and they do carry a degree of influence with the way people act, such as Bono, Angelina Jolie, and Bill Gates.

What really struck me though, was the fact that George Bush wasn't on the list.
Now, I'm certainly no fan of the guy, in fact I think he's downright evil, but there's no denying that he is extremely influential.

How is it possible that someone who pretty much single handedly started a pointless war and has managed to keep it going for all these years not be considered influential?

I mean, come on, you can't turn on the news for more than a few minutes without mention of the war in Iraq, or hearing about one of his hired hands in the White House being investigated for some form of malfeasance.

There's no doubt in my mind that Bush didn't make the list, and actually it's a list of more than 200, not 100, because people feel that his influence on the world is negative, rather than positive.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the matter and you can check out thehere.

By the way, Sanjaya came in at number 3 and Paris Hilton at 203.

Posted by: jim      Read more     Source

May 10, 2007, 10:51 PM CT

Silk: The Queen of Textiles

Silk: The Queen of Textiles
The Washington Post's Photo Voyage has a beautiful slideshow entitled Silk: The Queen of Textiles. Read about the history, uses, and the process of making silk.

Photography by Cary Wolinsky.

ViaUrsi's Blog........

Posted by: Edwin      Read more         Source

May 10, 2007, 10:45 PM CT

Queen Elizabeth At Goddard Space Flight Center

Queen Elizabeth At Goddard Space Flight Center
Photo above: Queen Elizabeth II, left, is greeted by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Tuesday, May 8, 2007, in Greenbelt, Md. as one of the last stops on her six-day visit to the United States. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on Tuesday, May 8. The tour of Goddard occurred near the end of the queen's visit to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.........

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