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And here's what I currently look like. Just to prove that I have moved on from sparkly pants although some might argue that the hair is an 80s throw back. Mum knitted my cardy, that's her belt too (there wasn't... Continue »
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As music and the rest of our lives moves into the cloud, our reliance on constant connectivity grows. But service is far from bullet proof. Around midnight ET Wedenesday portions of Apple's popular iCloud service went down again for some users and they remain down as of 8:50AM on Thursday.... Continue »
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Blog: ZooBorns
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The tallest baby in the world has just been born at Paignton Zoo in England: a Rothschild's Giraffe calf, standing at nearly six feet tall! The as yet unnamed and unsexed calf was born to mother Janica and father Yoda... Continue »
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by: Carol Bryant Klooff. Have you heard of it? Klooff is an app that allows users to share a dog walk with people near you, tag and share pet photos on Facebook and Twitter, get your pet a profile, and more. Klooff is also a company whose CEO, Alejandro Russo, believes the pet industry is ripe for disruption. Part of that disruption involves pet bloggers, so if you are a pet blogger: Rejoice! Frequent readers of the BlogPaws blog will recall our interview with Pet360 CEO, Brock Weatherup, last month. Brock, along with Alejandro and a group of key pet... Continue »
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The older I get, the more emotional I become. Has that happened to anyone else? It doesn't take much for me to cry these days. And I'm not just talking sad tears. Happy ones too. I actually enjoy the release and the knowledge that my heart is open, working as it should. So my question for you: What was the last movie, television show, or book that made you cry? My Answer... The movie that last made me full on cry, err sob, or rather heave in uncontrollable spasms, was a little independent film called Hachi. Have you seen it?... Continue »
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This past weekend the mister and I did something so quintessential Seattle I'm going to add this destination to my hit parade when we have company come to town! We... Continue »
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Yes, my wedding has come and gone. But that doesn't stop me from drooling over wedding gowns. Isn't this old-Hollywood stunner a dream? It's handmade by Gibson Bespoke out of the U.K. with thousands of champagne colored paillettes. It would have been perfect for my original extravagent black tie James Bond-style wedding plans in a Vancouver castle overlooking the sea... before I got real with our budget! {Images by Debbie Bailie-Collins} Continue »
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Blog: hypebot
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By Dexter Blumenthal of Evolver.fm. It’s always nice when new technology erases boundaries between formerly discrete functionalities. Suddenly, you only need one thing where you used to need two or more. Agogo (free, iOS), released on Wednesday, does that for audio — not music, audio. This app combines AM/FM radio... Continue »
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Fellow Fellow has a tutorial that shows you how to make machine-stitched paper jackets for simple journals. The addition of the hand-stamped labels on the covers gives them a real sophisticated look. The same process could be used to make... Continue »
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This post is published in partnership with The Home Depot. All opinions are my own. The winner of The Home Depot $100 gift card is Anna, who said, "I signed up and can't wait to attend! This looks like an... Continue »
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MONDAY 8.19.2013 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously Under Hypebot's More News Tab Above Continue »
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My oldest kids, 26 and 24, don’t subscribe to any print newspapers or magazines and I’ll bet they never will. They also don’t pay for any digital newspaper/magazine subscriptions. There's probably no hope for either of them optining in to one of these anytime soon either. Most, and in some cases, all of the daily news articles are on the paper’s site anyway, so what exactly are you paying for with a digital subscription? The container? This recent headline says it all: More Print News Subscribers Plan To Cancel Subs. The age group with the largest likely drop-off? 15-34 year-olds. Then we have the related news last week that the San Francisco Chronicle is dropping their website paywall. So if that website content can be free, why not make the digital replica edition free as well? Think about how much this would would boost circulation and generate significantly more ad impressions and revenue. Will this result in cannibalization where some print subscribers switch to a free digital replica subscription? Sure, but most of those customers have already left and are getting their news free on the paper’s website or somewhere else. So IMHO there’s little left to lose with a free digital replica strategy. Ironically, while newspapers are worried about digital cannibalizing print, more and more customers are abandoning print for free access on the paper's website. So why do papers think they can charge for their digital replica editions? I realize papers make far less on digital ads than print. But as print continues to decline they need a new strategy, and one that should include some radical digital initiatives. Btw, the digital replica edition typically represents a much deeper engagement vs., say, your average web page. So are we undervaluing those digital replica edition impressions? I think so. The value of these newspaper brands is eroding every year. Let’s face it: Their core customer base is getting older…and dying. So what should they do? For starters, quit thinking it makes sense to charge for digital replica when you're providing free access to to that same content on your website. As the revenue model shifts so too must the newspaper's expense base. Most newspapers have already gone through major staff reductions, so they’re already on their way to a leaner, meaner model. I figure there will have to be even more adjustments, changing from a high fixed-cost base to more of a variable-cost one (think freelance and crowdsourcing). Nobody wants to hear that, but it’s a reality for survival. If they don’t take action like this, what does the newspaper market look like in 5-10 years? They’ll still be clinging to the dwindling number of baby boomers who feel compelled to read the print edition. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the population will have moved on, satisfying their new craving with free, ad-supported alternatives. You can bet Mr. Bezos and his new paper, The Washington Post, will be doing plenty of bold, free content experiments. I hope other papers will do the same. Continue »
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Blog: ZooBorns
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Visitors to Zoo Heidelberg have a treat in store: a playful young Poitou Donkey. The boisterous little foal is male and was born at the end of June born to mother Resi, who is devoted to her baby. He is... Continue »
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A Riff On Seth Godin: I've had more aha moments with Seth Godin than anyone else, hands down. The latest while reading his post on how brands create fans. "Let me posit for a moment that most people aren't capable of loving a brand, not if we define love as... Continue »
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There is no shortage of streaming music services, and more will be launching soon. With this dizzying array of choices, how do you find the streaming music service that's right for you. This flowchart will help you decide: From DealNews via Evolver.fm Related articles Can Music Streaming Ever Be Profitable?... Continue »
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© The estate of L.S. Lowry/DACS 2011 L.S. Lowry, The Pond 1950 London has so many attractions as a place to live - and one of those is the super abundance of exhibitions at the many museums we are fortunate... Continue »
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Enjoy this fun and easy robot activity that uses only basic art materials at Art Bar Blog. Continue »
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We are enjoying a week off from work. Or maybe I should say: the dogs are enjoying a week at the lake. Our week off from work is merely a pleasant bonus tacked on to the fun the dogs are... Continue »
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