Dec 15, 2014 @ 12:14 am jenniferpelaez
It’s the time of year to be looking your best as we celebrate the holidays with our friends and family. A month packed with dinners, parties, and office celebrations - a good reason to try out some products to give us that extra boost of radiance and hydration.
Dec 13, 2014 @ 11:00 am Marisa Sung
A thousand-li journey is started by taking the first step.
千里之行,始于足下(qiān lǐ zhī xíng, shǐ yú zú xià)
Put One Foot in Front of the Other
Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:37 pm nancylee
A high-quality screener of the film has hit the web, and Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak, national hero, has GIFed the moment you’ve been waiting to replay on an endless loop. He has moobs though.
UPDATE: Sorry guys, had to remove the photo!
Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:33 am Marisa Sung
Opportunity knocks at the door only once.
机不可失，时不再来 jī bù kě shī, shí bú zài lái
Let Em In
Dec 12, 2014 @ 01:47 am jenniferpelaez
This past week I was invited to a fun and unique holiday workshop media event hosted by litteBits + Radio Shack in the heart of Times Square. It was the perfect opportunity to get creative and learn about this amazing company and how they are redefining how you can customize and upgrade any household object into a smart internet-connected device.
Dec 12, 2014 @ 01:46 am jaymie
Gawker and Bloomberg are among outlets digging through gigabytes of hacked Sony data and have spent the last 24 hours revealing embarrassing e-mails from Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, particularly surrounding the disastrous development of Jobs, an Aaron Sorkin project that languished at Sony until Universal picked up the project in November.
Jobs is high-profile awards bait, a movie that has had the industry talking all year about who would play the legendary Apple CEO (Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender have all been linked to the project) or direct (David Fincher or Danny Boyle).
Behind the scenes, the conversations were uglier than even the writers of Entourage could imagine, with stars ranging from Angelina Jolie to Tom Cruise allegedly involved. On Wednesday, Zoe Saldana hopped into the fray, tweeting that "now everyone knows" how actors are treated inside Tinseltown.
What?! This is no different than how any other company treats its employees. Get over it! It's not anything bad. It's decision making.
Among the highlights:
An e-mail from mega-producer Scott Rudin, claiming that Jolie was trying to prevent Fincher from directing Jobs because she wanted him for Cleopatra:
"I'm not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don't. She's a camp event and a celebrity and that's all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming."
Pascal learning why Bale really dropped out of Jobs:
"He has been doing endless research and he is coming up empty in figuring out part."
William Morris Endeavor agent Robert Newman allegedly begging DiCaprio to play Jobs:
"The production isn't set in the middle of the jungle, nor require a physical transformation, but will be shot in a city such as San Francisco, allowing you to give your sole creative focus to exploring the richness of the dialogue and character, with your pick of costars.
"I remember speaking with you years ago about 'boogie nights', and all you could have done with that wonderful part, and I truly believe this is an opportunity we will look back on with regret if we don't make happen."
The Verge found e-mails saying after Bale dropped out, Sorkin really wanted Tom Cruise to play Jobs. Sorkin allegedly wrote to Pascal:
"I just got off the phone with Danny (Boyle) who's concerned about the age but I think I got him thinking about it and he's going to look at some scenes from Lions for Lambs where Tom's basically auditioning for Jobs."
Bloomberg says Matthew McConaughey was pitched, too.
Agent Jim Toth (husband of Reese Witherspoon) apparently pitched Matthew McConaughey for the Jobs role, later telling Pascal he let the actor know he wasn't right for the part. "Just said he was a tad older than Danny saw it," Toth said in a Nov. 13 e-mail.
And guess who is a bigger star inside Hollywood? From Bloomberg:
Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, co-head of WME/IMG LLC, wanted his client Charlize Theron in the picture. "Why are we not doing this with Charlize?" he asked Pascal in a Nov. 5 e-mail. "She is a little bit of a bigger star than Scarlett Johansson."
These are great! Nothing like knocking a few people off their high horse!
The lesson in all this? Watch what you put in writing!
Thank you USAToday.com
Dec 12, 2014 @ 01:07 am jaymie
Corruption and economic turmoil often go hand-in-hand. In western nations like the United States, and in many European countries, we often see corruption come to light as the result of whistleblowers or journalistic efforts. But in many other areas of the world, however, corruption plays a major role in fostering staggering poverty and broken economic systems in a much more blatant way.
Oftentimes, specific power structures and government architectures provide an easier means for corrupt politicians, businessmen, or military officials to exploit the system. Many governments have their roots in constitutions from generations ago, and have outgrown their current systems. Many other countries are ruled by a variety of independent tribal leaders and often lack a centralized power structure with any meaningful sway.
Transparency International developed a comprehensive list of the world’s most corrupt nations last year, and the countries that top the list probably won’t come as much of a surprise to many. The study ranks countries on a scale from 0 to 100, with zero being the most corrupt, and 100 being the least.
Although not among the top ten, they’ve included the United States on the list to give perspective as to where America ranks internationally in terms of corruption and economic strife. By Transparency International’s calculations and scale, the U.S. is sitting fairly pretty, although it’s common knowledge that there are definitely issues with how things are run in Washington.
- New Zealand
You can see the rest of the countries here.
Dec 11, 2014 @ 07:39 pm Marisa Sung
Planning a Holiday Party on a budget has never been easier! There are so many stores that cater to party planning such as Party City, Jo Ann Fabric, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's to name but a few. Both party planning and craft/hobby stores have an exclusive array of beautiful merchandise at very reasonable prices. They also have weekly coupons that you can take advantage of from 20% - 60% of your total bill!
For our Winter Wonderland Holiday Party, we will need several items that can be purchased from any of the aforementioned stores. I have outlined the Dessert Bar featuring Grandma's Dessert Bars with 3 different recipes. Now I will go over the logistics for the decor and finally I will outline the recipes for the hot and cold buffet.
White Christmas lights
At least 1 White Christmas Tree Topiary(preferably with lights)at each end of the Buffet Table
Silver taper candles with glass candlesticks
At least one sack of pine cones
Silver spray paint
Cinnamon and clove room spray for the room and for the silver colored pine cones
A few strands of Silver Christmas garland
A box of baby candy canes
Silver Utensils, White and/or Silver service wear and white and/or silver napkins
The focal point of the party is the Buffet Table at which one Christmas topiary will appear at each end of the table. The table will be covered with a plain white tablecloth and the Christmas garland will be draped to cover the entire circumference of the table(s). At least 4 Silver candles should appear on the table lit by each station of the Buffet Table = hot and cold appetizers station, hot and cold entrees station, desserts bar station and finally the utensils, napkins and china station. The Cocktail Station should stand separately and contain a white tablecloth with the silver pine cones lined along the entire circumference of the table. Include such offerings as low fat eggnog and/or mulled wine or hot buttered rum, an array of red and white wines like Carletto Wines, assorted fruit juice and soda, assorted Spirits and sparkling water with the usual garnish=cherries, baby candy canes, lemon and lime wedges. Be sure to provide a lot of ice in a silver or white colored ice bucket with tongs.
I will post my recipe for low fat eggnog with Rum and feature the recipes for both the hot and cold appetizers and entrees that will appear on the Buffet Table. Check out my recipe for Grandma's Dessert Bars for the Dessert Station.
Finally, buy some mistletoe to add that element of fun to the party. Music is probably the most important feature of the event and as such should be chosen carefully. I love the Christmas Classics sung by such musicians as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr. etc.
Bing Crosby - White Christmas (1942) Original Version
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:54 am Marisa Sung
A boat can't always sail with the wind; an army can't always win battles.
风无常顺，兵无常胜 fēng wú cháng shùn, bīng wú cháng shèng
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