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Looking for a nice beach holiday with the fam? Well, Sunny Isles Beach might be the place you are looking for. Located in Florida, it's a great place for sun, sand, surf, and senior citizens! Kidding. It's surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west; and if you lived up in one of them luxury condos, you'll have a view like no other! Visit this site to find out more.

 

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Just bought 2 more games and an expansion pack from Steam. On the other hand, my side income is declining. I've gotta find more opportunities to make some green. Maybe writing? lol.

 

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Okay, I'll be honest. For myself, I don't exactly favour gold; I like platinum or something silver because it feels modern. Now, this is only because of how I perceive gold; which is, superficially. It's gaudy and something the older generation like. But like I said, it's superficial because gold's resale value is better than platinum. I think platinum's resale value is virtually non-existent. Gold is the clear winner here obviously so if you're going to marry that woman, you may as well go to joyjewelers.com for gold wedding bands.

 

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Another pilot I've watched is Babylon, a new show on Channel 4 UK.

Director, Danny Boyle, describes it as "a cop show without detectives".

The pilot follows a few characters in Scotland Yard, particularly, American, Liz Garvey, former head of communications for Instagram has been appointed the Director of Communications for Scotland Yard.

The show begins with a TED talk given by Liz on the principles of using social media as a PR tool - Honesty. This will be her guiding light in trying to bring Scotland Yard into the new age. The pilot's main theme was about the communication inefficiencies occurring in Scotland Yard. No one knows what's happening for sure but even at that, those who know, refuse to be honest about it.

Babylon also introduces other likeable and not so likeable characters which I personally have not been able to tell how they're relevant to the major storyline yet.

Also, what's up with that last scene about sharing the pie? I can't find anything online to explain that scene. It was as if it was all supposed to happen and Liz had to "share a pie" with the other unlikeable character.
I've kept it vague so it doesn't spoil the episode.

The verdict? It's okay. I like the storyline about how Liz Garvey is going to change the way Scotland Yard communicates and I want to see more.

More on this till the next episode.

The Rebels  

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Lately, there has been a (little more than a) handful of pilots being broadcasted by US and British networks. Some worth mentioning are The Rebels and Babylon.
I'll be covering The Rebels now and leave Babylon for another day.

The Rebels tells the story of Julie Levine, a widow, who's left with a fledgling football team after her husband's death. She has no idea how to run... own?... a football team but she knows how to mother (sort of).

In the beginning, we, the viewers, might think that she would be better off selling the team to a masochistic oil tycoon but of course, she doesn't. Otherwise there'd be no story to speak of.
We also follow Danny, the team's newest (youngest, and inexperienced) General Manager, as he learns the ins and outs of football managing after his predecessor upped and left. Danny was Julie's late husband's assistant whom Julie promoted because she needed someone to run the team.

As we progress through the pilot, we see how Julie and Danny struggle to keep up with the demands of the game. The pivotal moment for both characters come towards the end of the pilot, validating their purpose. Julie's son reminds her that you shouldn't give up just because someone bullies you into it, while Danny learns that keeping the team together is more important than hiring new and shiny quarterbacks.

I reckon the first 2 seasons might be about reaching the championships while we root for Julie to find a new mate. After that, we'll see where the show takes us.

The first episode was not bad. It's premise is not new but the theme used is interesting. There are many shows right now where the women are fish out of the water but none who are trying to run a football team.

Having watched Joss Whedon shows, I've learnt to give a new series the look and see treatment of between 2 to 4 episodes so I can properly assess its quality. I'll be doing the same for this one.

 

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We've been looking for a good high table so we can have a standing desk. It's more healthy because you sit less. We saw some high tables that were pretty cool. And then we thought of making one ourselves; get some planks, a steel frame as the table base, probably look for used table saws for sale, and voila..! A standing desk.

 

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I used to be one of them... those who think they'd look better without eyeglasses because it doesn't allow me to do sports and the heavy lenses were causing nose pad impressions on my face which I didn't like when I looked into the mirror everyday. In my teens, I wanted lasik. But being the procrastinator and cheapskate that I am, I didn't do it. Now that I'm older, I've come to realise that all the issues I mentioned was not because of the glasses, it was my self esteem. Now that I'm more confident, my glasses don't bother me. Heavy lenses? No problem. I just go some really light weight frames and high index lenses. Can't do sports? No problem. At my age, I don't need to be jumping around and all that; I've been trail walking. Being confident makes all the difference in the world and I think I look awesome with eyeglasses.

 

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I just returned from a conference two days ago. It was a company event organised by my colleagues on the same floor. As guests, we got merchandise for the event. It was a tumbler with a logo placement which was picked out by the people on our floor in a poll. They do that sometimes when they can't be sure which design or placement would be the most preferred. I'm hoping one day they'd do mugs. Gigantic mugs that double as a bowl. Then they'd have space to print tons of stuff on it. Speaking of which, mugs with logos can be found here. If you catch my drift.

 

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The next thing to try!
From http://weelicious.com/2010/03/03/rice-cooker-mac-cheese/

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

Preparation

1. Place the first 3 ingredients in the rice cooker and cook for 15 minutes.
2. Open the lid, add the milk and cheese, stir to combine, close the lid and cook for an additional 20 minutes (25 minutes if you want it to have a crust on the bottom).
*Rice cookers can cook at different heats, so make sure to check the mac & cheese after if cooks for 30 minutes once or twice.
3. Serve.
* Option: You can also add a cup of finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, butternut squash or frozen peas. Do so in step #2.

 

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First thought that came to mind when I saw the unbelievable prices of drugs on the canadian drugstore was, "how is medication in Canada so much cheaper"? I thought it might've had something to do with universal healthcase but nope. I did some digging and found that Canada has put a cap on drug prices. That means pharmaceutic giants can't charge a bomb for medication. Plus, there's this thing about getting on the formulary so your drugs can be sold to seniors, the population who needs them the most.

 

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Your guitar; trumpet; or drum set is your baby. If you're a performer, you'd have to be able to carry it around from bar to bar, yes? Rather than a simple protective case, how about travelling in style at the same time? Think: black leather. High density foam. Accessory pockets. Soft, tarnish resistant interior lining. Find your reunion blues gig bags at wwbw.

Kangkung-gate  

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The Prime Minister's sudden and unexpected announcement regarding the value of kangkung has caused all kinds of chaos across the country. Panic selling has resulted in plummeting prices and soaring tempers. With extremist factions now hogging the limelight, with reason and rationality falling by the wayside, the good lads at That Effing Show are left wondering what this all means with regards to the economy, and education, and the battle against corruption, and all of those very real issues that ail us all.

 

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The quirky, occasionally entertaining but long product copy that they write on Groupon used to be something I'd read but now it's just... tiresome. Sometimes I run into a gem but other than that, I go straight to the point. Which got me thinking.... how do you write short copy for products like dog bark collars, so potential customers will click to find out more about the product? First, I know first-hand how it can be difficult to write one day in and out. Second, with the product sold at pet accessory merchants where the clientele, we can presume, tend to be pet lovers, how do you write something that doesn't scare them into thinking that this is a torture device? Sure, you can use words like "stimulation", "correction", "persuasive".. but it still sounds evil. I reckon some photos of dogs being incredibly comfortable with their "people" nearby. That should out a damper to those guilty feelings dog owners may have about "stimulating" their pups.

 

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I didn't realise foreigners were employed at fast food joints.... I suddenly feel quite ignorant. Of course, they're employed there!

PUTRAJAYA: Foreign workers already employed at fast-food outlets may continue in their jobs until the expiry of their work permit, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 
The ministry however, will not renew those permits or issue new ones for foreigners wanting to work at these restaurants. 
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the work permits have a maximum validity period of three years. 
“They can still continue to work (at fast-food outlets) until their permit expires,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said in a press conference after receiving Uganda Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima at his office here yesterday. 
He was commenting on an announcement last week that fast-food restaurants will no longer be allowed to hire foreign workers. 
The decision was made by the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigrants to give priority to Malaysians to take up jobs at fast-food outlets. 
On the I-Kad for foreigners, Dr Ahmad Zahid clarified that the cost for applying for the card has been covered under the existing cost for renewing temporary work passes. 
It was previously reported that employers or foreign workers will need to pay RM110 for the I-Kad, which bears security features such as biometric fingerprints. 
“Employers need not worry about any costs for the I-Kad as mentioned previously, seeing that it has been included in existing charges and payments collected by the Go­­vernment during the renewal of the temporary working pass for every foreign worker,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said. 
Dr Ahmad Zahid added that the ministry had gazetted several locations to hold illegal foreign workers in anticipation of those who may be deported under a nationwide operation to flush out illegal immigrants starting Jan 21.