8
Aug

Potential Wikia mass exodus

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Recently Wikia, a commercial company co-founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, announced that it would be making changes in the appearances of its wikis, specifically making advertising more prominent. This change to mix advertising directly into the content has led many Wikia hosted sites to begin discussions regarding leaving Wikia hosting for their own. As Wikia’s business model hinges entirely upon user-generated content, large numbers of sites leaving could leave Wikia in financial trouble. Wikia has lost editors and volunteer “janitors” as a result of this.

Some changes were made to make sure Wikia doesn’t lose its community; one of them being the ability for logged-in users to turn off advertisements in their personal preferences, which would eliminate the ads from all other pages except the main pages of different Wikia wikis. However, this didn’t help much and several wikis, most notably the Transformers Wiki advised their users to switch to Firefox browser and install the AdBlock plugin to remove advertisements. The problem was the excessive advertisements on every content pages which most of the Wikia communities didn’t agree with.

Since the new Monaco skin version 3.1. was rolled out across all Wikia-hosted wikis, Wikia introduced a set of “main page column tags” meant to aid in main page designing while minding Wikia’s new advertisements. Most, if not all Wikia’s English-language wikis, such as Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki, Wiki 24 and WoWWiki have converted their main pages to use these new main page column tags. Wikia’s “helpers”, people working as interns for Wikia, have helped to convert wikis to the new main page layout. However, some wikis, such as the Transformers Wiki opposed the change to their main pages and thus refused to convert their main page to use the main page column tags. Newly-created Wikia wikis will have a main page that has the main page column tags by default.

Certain Wikia-hosted communities have criticized their host for trying to make Wikia look like one big website to please the advertisers when the communities would prefer to stay independent from other Wikia’s wikis.

During the rollout of the new Monaco skin, the phrase “Wikia will never host pop-up adverts.” was removed from Wikia’s terms of use and later reinstated into the terms. Several users thought that this might hint of upcoming pop-up ads at Wikia.

Personalized Wedding Favors Little Gifts That Can Bring Smiles On Guests’ Faces

by

Jnet Verra

Giving out personalized wedding favors is very rewarding, especially when you see their smiling faces while carrying a thoughtful and memorable present in their hands. More and more couples are becoming very fond of giving personalized wedding souvenirs. What makes such wedding items very special is, they let the guests feel they own something that is really made for them. They will tend to think that you are thinking of them while shopping for such mementos.

With personalized wedding favors, you are giving your friends a simple token of appreciation, yet reveal a personal touch. They can make you even more closer to all the people in your wedding. For the people who receives such tokens, they are sure that they would have something to hold on to whenever they feel like missing you.

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There are so many items that can turn out to be personalized wedding favors. Most of these items are very common and inexpensive, which were enhanced to give a unique and creative accent. Common stuff such as notebooks, bookmarks, pens, hand fans, mugs, dishes and picture frames can easily be personalized to meet your needs. They are not only attractive and inexpensive, but they are also useful gifts for the guests that they can you in their everyday lives.

Edible wedding favors are among the most practical choices that you can give out at your wedding. Edible treats can make unique party souvenirs as you do not see them as wedding favors everyday. There are so many tasty goodies that can be given out as wedding favors such as cookies, candies, mints, chocolates, jams, pies and etc. They can either be bought or made at home. Edible wedding favors are also an inexpensive suggestion if you are on a tight budget. Make your own cookie favors at home and you are sure to save money on them. Even chocolates can be melted, molded and assembled using your creative skills. The rooms for creativity are plenty. There are several parts of your wedding that you can let your creativity shine through, stretching your budget for other important things.

Bottle openers, wine stoppers, tape measures, coasters and salt and pepper shakers are also practical favors that you can present to your guests. They are very common, but if customized, they can turn out to be memorable keepsakes of your big day. You guests will definitely love a functional gift that has some exquisite engravings on it, sure to be used and enjoy for years to come.

Some more selections of wedding favors are available online. Thousands of specialty stores are offering anything you need for your big day, from wedding favors, wedding invitations, wedding decorations and centerpieces, gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen to so many more. Most of online wedding supplies can be personalized with both of your names, wedding date and venue, and a personal message. You will find online shopping more easy and fast, compare to conventional way of buying things at local stores. Visit your favorite online store today and check out great deals to complete your wedding day!

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1
Aug

Eastern Conference wins 2008 NBA All-Star Game

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Eastern Conference 134 128 Western Conference

The Eastern Conference defeated their Western Conference counterparts at the 2008 National Basketball Association All-Star Game held at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday. The final score was 134-128.

The East took an early 11 point lead in the first 5 minutes, due to an injured Kobe Bryant only playing 2 minutes before sitting on the bench for the rest of the game. “There’s one player we really, really missed, and that was Kobe,” said West coach Byron Scott. The West later reduced the lead to 2 points, but at halftime, the East led 74-65.

The West trailed by 13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but rallied behind New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who had seven assists in the final period. With 2:48 remaining, Brandon Roy scored a layup on an assist from Paul, giving the West a 122-119 lead, their biggest lead of the game.

The East then answered back with two three-pointers from Ray Allen, before Chris Paul tied the game with a three-pointer of his own. However, the East would then take the lead and the game with layups from Dwyane Wade and Allen, as well as a driving dunk from LeBron James. A Brandon Roy three-pointer put the game within three points with 8.7 seconds left, but 3 free throws from Ray Allen sealed the win for the East.

“The fourth quarter was crazy,” said Chris Paul. “We were down 13. We picked up the intensity. We took the lead a few times but Ray Allen was unbelievable the way he shot the ball. And that last dunk by LeBron, we had two people on him but that still wasn’t enough.”

With 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, James was named the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. Some television commentators also considered Ray Allen a likely choice for the award, with 14 of his 28 points coming in the final 3 minutes of the game. “I think Ray Allen had a heck of a shooting night,” James said after being presented the award.

Contents

  • 1 Other All-Star events
    • 1.1 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge
    • 1.2 Haier Shooting Stars Competition
    • 1.3 Playstation Skills Challenge
    • 1.4 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout
    • 1.5 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
31
Jul

The 10 Laws Of The Primal Blueprint}

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The 10 Laws of The Primal Blueprint

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aprimallifestyle

The 10 Laws of the Primal Blueprint arent a modern creation, but the laws that have governed human evolution for two million years. The following 10 Laws make up the activities and lifestyle behaviors of our primal ancestors”the very supportive habits that created healthy, happy, strong, lean and versatile primitive beings. Follow the 10 Laws and align with your genetic recipe for optimal health and wellness*. (For more in-depth explanation of how the 10 Laws shape health, check out the Primal Blueprints 8 Key Concepts. To help get you started on the 10 Laws, follow our Action Items.)

1. Eat lots of animals, insects and plants

Focus on quality sources of protein (all forms of meat, fowl, fish), lots of colorful vegetables, some select fruits (mostly berries) and healthy fats (nuts, avocados, coconuts, olive oil). Observe portion control (calorie distribution) week-to-week more than meal-to-meal. The majority of your calories should come from animal protein; however, the bulk of your plate should be made up of colorful fruits and veggies. Eliminate grains, sugars and trans and hydrogenated fats from your diet.

2. Move around a lot at a slow pace

Do some form of low-level aerobic activity two to five hours a week, be it walking, hiking, easy bike riding or swimming. Low-level activity is necessary (especially if you find yourself chained to a desk every day). Ideally, and when possible, find time to go barefoot or wear as little foot support as possible. The combined effect will be an increase in capillary perfusion and fat burning, and an overall integration of muscle strength and flexibility*.

3. Lift heavy things

Go to the gym and lift weights for 30-45 minutes, two to three times a week. Focus on movements that involve the entire body and in wider ranges of motion”not just on isolating body parts. Emulate the movements of our ancestors: jumping, squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, twisting, etc. These actions will encourage your genes to increase muscle strength and power, improve bone density, enhance insulin sensitivity, stimulate growth hormone secretion and consume stored body fat*.

4. Run really fast every once in a while

Do some form of intense anaerobic sprint bursts once every 7 to 10 days. This could be as simple as six or eight (or more as long as the quality doesnt diminish) short sprints up a hill, on the grass, at the beach or repeated intense sessions on a bicycle (stationary, road or mountain bike). These short bursts also increase human growth hormone release (HGH is actually released in proportion to the intensity”not the duration”of the exercise).*

5. Get lots of sleep

Get plenty of quality sleep. Our lives are so hectic and full of things to do after the sun goes down that its often difficult to get enough sleep. Yet sleep is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health, vibrant energy and a strong immune system.

6. Play

Spend some time each week involved in active play. In addition to allowing you to apply your fitness to real-life situations, play helps dissipate some of the negative effects of the chronic stress hormones youve been accumulating through the week.

7. Get some sunlight every day

Contrary to the common wisdom dispensed by dermatologists (who suggest you shun the sun), the Primal Blueprint insists that you get some direct sunlight every day. Certainly not so much that you risk burning, but definitely enough to prompt your body to make the all-important vitamin D. A slight tan is a good indicator that you have maintained adequate vitamin D levels. Natural sunlight also has a powerful mood-elevating effect, which can enhance productivity at work and in interpersonal interactions.*

8. Avoid trauma

Eliminate self-destructive behaviors. These concepts are self-evident to most people (wear seat belts, dont smoke or do drugs, dont dive into shallow water), yet so many of us live our lives oblivious to impending danger. Develop a keen sense of awareness of your surroundings.

9. Avoid poisonous things

Avoid exposure to chemical toxins in your food (pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, etc.) and on your skin. But also try to avoid the hidden poisons in foods like sugars, grains, processed foods, trans and hydrogenated fats, and mercury in certain fish.

10. Use your mind

Exercise your brain daily as our ancestors did. Be inventive, creative and aware. If your work is not stimulating (or even if it is), find time to read, write, play an instrument and interact socially.

Come and join us and start to reprogram your genes to achieve your optimum body composition, ideal health, reduce stress, sleep better and lead happier and energised life. It is easy to do and anyone can achieve their ultimate goals by following our program and having us coach you through the transition.

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31
Jul

Eastern Conference wins 2008 NBA All-Star Game

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Eastern Conference 134 128 Western Conference

The Eastern Conference defeated their Western Conference counterparts at the 2008 National Basketball Association All-Star Game held at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday. The final score was 134-128.

The East took an early 11 point lead in the first 5 minutes, due to an injured Kobe Bryant only playing 2 minutes before sitting on the bench for the rest of the game. “There’s one player we really, really missed, and that was Kobe,” said West coach Byron Scott. The West later reduced the lead to 2 points, but at halftime, the East led 74-65.

The West trailed by 13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but rallied behind New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who had seven assists in the final period. With 2:48 remaining, Brandon Roy scored a layup on an assist from Paul, giving the West a 122-119 lead, their biggest lead of the game.

The East then answered back with two three-pointers from Ray Allen, before Chris Paul tied the game with a three-pointer of his own. However, the East would then take the lead and the game with layups from Dwyane Wade and Allen, as well as a driving dunk from LeBron James. A Brandon Roy three-pointer put the game within three points with 8.7 seconds left, but 3 free throws from Ray Allen sealed the win for the East.

“The fourth quarter was crazy,” said Chris Paul. “We were down 13. We picked up the intensity. We took the lead a few times but Ray Allen was unbelievable the way he shot the ball. And that last dunk by LeBron, we had two people on him but that still wasn’t enough.”

With 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, James was named the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. Some television commentators also considered Ray Allen a likely choice for the award, with 14 of his 28 points coming in the final 3 minutes of the game. “I think Ray Allen had a heck of a shooting night,” James said after being presented the award.

Contents

  • 1 Other All-Star events
    • 1.1 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge
    • 1.2 Haier Shooting Stars Competition
    • 1.3 Playstation Skills Challenge
    • 1.4 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout
    • 1.5 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources

By Trevor Price

The Select Comfort bed is well known thanks to the company’s aggressive Sleep Number advertising campaign which promotes the bed as a unique solution for couples who prefer different levels of mattress firmness. With 478 retail locations, a 24-hour sales line and a fully operational website, Select Comfort has quickly become the world’s biggest seller of customizable air beds.

For a high-level overview of the pros and cons associated with a Select Comfort bed, keep reading.

Pros and Selling Points of the Sleep Number System

The main selling feature for the Select Comfort mattress line is that it allows each individual sleeper to control the firmness level on their own side of the bed. So, instead of compromising on your bed’s softness, you can each have a bed that works for your body.

This unique feature is operated and controlled using a discreet set of remote controls which are tucked behind the bed and can be programmed with specific settings.

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Other features include a 30-night trial period, 20-year limited warranty (but, it doesn’t include many parts), digital controls and high-quality fabric materials.

Cons of the Sleep Number System

The biggest drawback to the Select Comfort Bed is the “trench” effect created when both sides are inflated to a moderate to full firmness setting. Once the dual air chambers are inflated, a dip is created in the middle of the bed. Many sleepers find themselves rolling into this dip or fighting against it. So, if your spouse and you both prefer a firmer bed, you may be better off simply searching for a quality, traditional mattress that you both like.

The second major con against the Select Comfort bed is the mold problem that has recently developed into a large-scale, class-action lawsuit. Basically, because the Select Comfort Sleep Number system sucks air inside the mattress, it also sucks in atmospheric moisture, allergens and mold spores. These spores then take root inside the mattress, spreading and becoming a major health hazard.

The other negative – that really isn’t bad per se – is that the firmness control displays degrees of firmness ranging from a level of 0 to 100, implying there are 100 individual levels. However, those levels all work in increments of 5 (e.g. 5, 10, 15, etc.), so there are really only 20 (actually 21) total firmless levels. Granted, this is much better than merely one, but it’s far fewer than implied.

Cost of the Sleep Number Mattress

Select Comfort makes six different Sleep Number beds, beginning with the Sleep Number 3000 and going up to the Sleep Number 9000, the brand’s luxury model.

Prices for the Select Comfort Bed will range from approximately $450 for a basic, twin-sized Sleep Number 3000 all the way to $4700 for a Sleep Number 9000 King Size with all the included accessories.

Where You Can Buy a Sleep Number Air Bed

To buy a Select Comfort bed, visit their website for immediate purchasing and financing, or you can go to one of their over 470 retail stores across North America. Should you choose one of their mattresses for the 30-night test, note that payment of all return delivery charges will be yours if you decide not to keep it.

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14
Jul

Six Papuans reported camping on Australian island

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The Australian government has received reports that a family of six people from the Indonesian province of West Papua are camping on Bamboo Island in the Torres Strait. The Australian customs service is trying to verify the accuracy of the reports.

It is believed that the group consists of a union activist, his wife and four children. One of the children is believed to be two months old.

A spokesman for Australian immigration minister Amanda Vanstone said that the government were aware of the reports but that it is an operational matter and no further comment will be made.

The Australian Customs Service cannot confirm the reports and are seeking assistance from other authorities in the area. A customs spokesperson said that the area they are searching is massive with hundreds of islands, and that he was unaware of any island called Bamboo.

Father Yus Mawengkang, a Catholic priest in Papua, said the family had been transported to the island on fishing boats and hoped that they would be collected by Australian authorities. He was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying, “They cannot stay there for too long… they only have some packets of instant noodles and canned fish only to survive for a few days.”

The latest group of Papuans are believed to be from the town of Merauke, the same town where 43 people left to seek political asylum in Australia two months ago. All but one of that group were granted refugee visas, sparking a diplomatic row between Australia and Indonesia.

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The right thing at wrong time is a wrong thing. – Joshua Harris, Write

Buying a car is a huge financial commitment. So, it is important that you buy a car at the right time. If you make a car purchase at the right time, you will be able to save hundreds of dollars. So, what is the right time for buying a car?

The last few days of the year are usually the best days to make a car purchase. It is because dealers provide huge discounts on car prices in the month of December. They want to sell as many cars as possible because of the following reasons:

The Clearing-Out Phenomenon

Many car manufacturers introduce newer car models at the beginning of the year. So, dealers have to clear out the current years models in order to accommodate next years models.

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Increase Revenue

Usually, the fiscal year of dealers is the same as a calendar year. So, they want to sell as many cars are possible to boost their revenue.

Floor Plan Financing

It is a type of revolving line of credit that allows the dealer to obtain money by using car as collateral. Dealers want to sell maximum cars so that; they can pay-off the loan amount and buy next years car models.

Manufacturer Incentives

Dealers can sell cars at discounted rates because many car manufacturers offer incentives to dealers for selling the current years car models.

Holidays

People get tired of holiday shopping and dont believe in shopping for a car in December. Also, many people take advantage of the holidays and go on vacations. It is for this reason that dealership lots are usually empty in the last few days of the year.

So, if you go to the dealership lot during this time, you will get the salesmans undivided attention because he will be eager to make a sale in the slack season. So, these are the reasons why buying a car in December is beneficial for you and your financial situation.

Auto Loan Program for your New Ca

Once you decide that you want to buy a car in December, it is important to obtain auto loan program. There are many online auto financing companies that will provide quick auto loan quotes, unlike traditional banks that are closed for the holiday season.

So, search for a reputed online company and submit your loan requirements on its secure website. The company will understand your loan requirements and offer you instant quotes. If you think that the loan quote suits you, you can accept it and buy a car of your choice.

So, dont wait anymore for buying a car. December is the right time for bringing home your favorite car. Take advantage of year-end prices and quick auto loan approval from online companies to buy a car.

Car Destination is an online auto financing company that specializes in providing quick auto loans quotes to bad credit car buyers. You can submit your loan application on the companys secure website and obtain low-rate bad credit auto loan program. Apply now.

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8
Jul

Bomb hits northwestern Pakistan; at least 30 killed

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A suicide car bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least 30 people, including some children.

Investigators say the bomb exploded Tuesday on a busy street near a market in the city of Charsadda, 40 kilometers north of Peshawar. The blast wounded dozens of people and destroyed several buildings.

“The death toll has gone up to 32 and more than 100 people have been wounded in this suicide attack,” said Bashir Bilour, the Senior Minister of North West Frontier Province.

Hazrat Ali, a shopkeeper, was a witness to the event. He recounted his experiences to the Agence France-Presse news agency. “I was buying something before closing my shop. A car was parked on the other side of the road and all of a sudden there was a huge blast. There was smoke and darkness everywhere. I passed out.” Ali sustained shrapnel injuries to his forehead and torso.

This was the third bombing in the area in three days. On Monday, a suicide bomber in a rickshaw blew himself up at a checkpoint in Peshawar, killing three people. A suicide bomber killed thirteen people in a crowded market outside the city on Sunday.

8
Jul

Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.

Contents

  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources