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Back to School with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

To help teachers welcome students back to school, as concerns grow about this flu season and the spread of novel H1N1 2009 flu virus, National Education Association (NEA) and The Clorox Company are offering a free canister of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to teachers nationwide. September 2 - September 5, 2009, teachers can visit www.cloroxclassrooms.com to redeem the offer, while supplies last.

Healthy habits, like hand washing and disinfecting germ hot spots are critical steps to help prevent the spread of germs that can cause illnesses, like flu.

At the Web site, teachers can also download a free “Clean Up the Classroom” kit, including lesson plans, games and other tools to help reduce the spread of germs at school.

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To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants: To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants

SpongeBob turns Bikini Bottom upside down in search of a new pair of pants in this SpongeBob SquarePants™: To Squarepants or Not to Squarepants DVD. The DVD includes the title episode as well as 7 additional episodes.

1 Disc - Total Runtime: 88 min.

Episode Descriptions:
  • To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants
    • o SpongeBob’s shrunk his last pair of square pants, and no store has any others! Without his square pants, will anyone recognize him?
  • Squid’s Visit
    • Squidward says he wouldn’t leave the comfort of his home to visit SpongeBob. So SpongeBob redecorates the pineapple to look just like Squiddy’s place.
  • The Splinter
    • When SpongeBob gets a stubborn splinter, Squidward threatens him with being…sent home!
  • Slide Whistle Stooges
    • Patrick and SpongeBob use their new slide whistles to add sound effects to Squidward’s every move!
  • Boating Buddies
    • To regain his impeccable driving record, Squidward has to attend boating school…with SpongeBob!
  • The Krabby Kronicle
    • For Mr. Krabs’ new tabloid, SpongeBob wants to write the truth. Mr. Krabs wants “wild and juice” – true or not!
  • The Slumber Party
    • Pearl asks Mr. Krabs to leave the house so he doesn’t ruin her party. So Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to crash the bash!
  • Grooming Gary
Special Features:
  • Animation Art Gallery
  • Storyboard Panels
  • Character Art
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Dvd Review - I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel

Paul Rudd (Role Models, Knocked Up) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) are “howlingly funny” in “one of the funniest movies of the decade”, a story of a guy with no male friends who finds himself in need of a best man. After a series of awkward outings, Peter (Rudd) finally bonds with fun-loving Sydney (Segel). Rudd and Segel’s “bro-mance” takes male-bonding to hilarious new heights in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a friend.

Both Dvd and Blu-Ray iscs include the following special features, in high definition on Blu-ray as noted:

• The Making of I Love You, Man (HD) – An 18-minute feature with cast interviews and a special look behind-the-scenes of the film’s most outrageous moment
• Outtakes (HD) – Hilarious alternate versions of scenes with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
• Extended Scenes (HD)
• Deleted Scenes (HD)
• Gag Reel (HD)
• Commentary by director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
• Red Band Trailer (HD) – Blu-ray exclusive

Personally speaking, I loved this movie! It got off to a slow start and I expected something typically masculine, full of macho posturing, crass sexual innuendos and perhaps even nudity. And to say that I was pleasantly surprised is to understate it. I have liked Paul Rudd from way back, first as Alicia Silverstone's stepbrother in 'Clueless' and later on as Phoebe's boyfriend in 'Friends'. But never have his talents been showcased better than in this movie. Rudd is outstanding as the guy who's too much in touch with his feminine side and who's stung into searching for a male friend after overhearing his fiance's fears that "his mother is his best friend". Segel is the perfect candidate as his scathingly honest ways and masculine behavior are in total contrast to Rudd who's naturally attracted to him - as a male friend, nothing more. I did think at one point that the movie was taking a gay turn, but that was just a clever red herring.

What happens next can be classified as that new genre - a beautiful and perfect bro-mantic comedy.

In short, watch it!

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George Benson's Songs and Stories

National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and 10X Grammy-winning, legendary musician George Benson will release his new album on August 25th entitled Songs and Stories, his second for Concord Records / Monster Music.

The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century. Some were written specifically for this new recording, such as Bill Withers’ (who came out of retirement to write “A Telephone Call Away” for George), Rod Temperton’s “Family Reunion” and Lamont Dozier’s “Living in High Definition”; while others, including James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” and Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

Indeed, the record captures the somewhat underappreciated essential brilliance of his storied career; the ability to simply touch people through authentic lyrics and beautiful melody. On Songs and Stories, George Benson’s musical artistry has perhaps never been on sharper display.

To celebrate the release of Songs And Stories, fans can visit the official Benson website, georgebenson.com and receive a free mp3 download of "Living In High Definition", the new song written by legendary composer Lamont Dozier. Additionally on the website, fans can view "The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories”, a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new record. The series will be updated with a new video each week leading up to and through the August 25 release.

TRACK LISTING:

1. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - (James Taylor)

2. Family Reunion - (Rod Temperton-Catero Colbert)

3. Show Me the Love - (David Paich-Steve Lukather)

4. A Telephone Call Away - (Bill Withers)

5. Someday We’ll All Be Free – (Donny Hathaway-Ed Howard)

6. Nuthin’ But a Party - (Roger Troutman-Larry Troutman-Marlon McClain-Robert

Harris-Christopher Lomax)

7. Come in From the Cold - (Marc Broussard-Radney Foster-Justin Tocket)

8. Exotica - (Marcus Miller)

9. Rainy Night in Georgia - (Tony Joe White)

10. One Like You - (William “Smokey” Robinson-David Garfield)

11. Living in High Definition - (Lamont Dozier)

12.Sailing - (Christopher Cross)

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Back to School - Packing A Healthy Lunch

PhotobucketWith Back-to-School right around the corner, Mike Naples, the CEO of Zone Delivery USA, a leading diet delivery service based on the 40/30/30 radio of carbohydrates, proteins and favorable fats, has compiled some helpful tips for parents on building the best brown bag lunch – starting with tossing the brown bag!

Step 1: Forget the brown bag

It’s better for the environment. Plus, lunch boxes are sturdier, and insulated lunch bags are the best way to keep food fresh throughout the day. Convince the older kids with retro lunch boxes that will go perfectly with their Wayfarers and Rolling Stones T-shirts.

Step 2: Pick Your Protein

Sandwiches can be an excellent source of protein. Branch out from the Ham and Cheese and PB&J’s to give the kids something to look forward to. Try substituting cashew or almond butter for a healthy variety, or using leftover chicken or roast beef with light mayo, mustard, lettuce, and a slice of cheese. Also, we all know that substituting wraps for carb-laden slices of bread is a great way to cut back, so introduce this to the kids while they still have an attraction to “tube-shaped” food.

Step 3: Substitute Sides

Most kids think their lunch is incomplete without a bag of chips, but the salty processed snack food won’t help them get through the day with enough energy left for soccer practice. Try some healthy alternatives like sending a salad in a small container, packing string cheese with whole grain crackers, making a fruit salad, including dried fruit and nuts, or sending crunchy carrots with a small container of veggie dip.

Step 4: Skip the Soda

Many parents pack the lunch and leave a dollar or two or their kids to get a drink in the cafeteria. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) drinking too much soda, flavored drinks, or even juice can contribute to cavities, childhood obesity, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Try freezing a small bottle of water and including it instead – most children don’t drink enough water, and the frozen bottle will help keep the rest of the lunch cold until midday.

Step 5: Sweet Stuff

You know they’ll be angry if they get through digging and don’t find a dessert. Pay close attention to portion size and think about subbing trail mix, dried fruit, granola bars, Jell-O, or low-fat pudding for that pre-packaged row of Oreos.

Step 6: Snack Attack

Growing kids seem to be hungry all the time, so why do we think that one meal at noon is enough to keep them going through all their after-school activities? Pack snacks like granola bars, crackers and peanut butter, trail mix or “Ants on a Log” for the 3PM energy drop.

About : Zone Delivery USA (www.zonedeliveryusa.com) is a leading meal delivery service provider based on balanced meals using a ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% favorable fats.

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Practice of 3 Breath Awareness!

PhotobucketEver notice that a day in a Mom's life often times has nothing to do with the woman in you at all!? It’s true, and you know it! From sun up to sun down a woman plays many active and often times exhausting roles – nurturing mother, activities coordinator, on-time taxi service, Love Goddess, chef, housekeeper, dog walker, dedicated employee, and the list goes on and on. All of which leaves little or no time to focus on – YOU! And, as we know all too well, if you’re frazzled and feeling unbalanced, it’s safe to assume those around you feel the same way as well.

Expert Marlise Karlin (www.marlisekarlin.com) is here to share her insight on how important it is to focus on yourself, even if it just for 3 – 5 minutes a day with the Practice of 3 Breath Awareness!

3 Breath Awareness is an extraordinary tool that allows you to reboot yourself and access the well of limitless knowledge within you in moments. It is something that can be utilized many times a day and will always deepen your connection to your true essence, and to live in balance throughout your day.

How to Experience 3 Breath Awareness:
  • Practice first with your eyes closed. You can be standing or sitting. Close your eyes. If possible, listen to peaceful music or sit quietly in silence.
  • Allow any tension in your body to be released with each breath you take.
  • Breathe very deeply. Breathe so deep you can feel the air as it moves throughout every cell in your body.
  • With each breath feel yourself relaxing even more.
  • Place your awareness within yourself.
  • After the 3rd DEEP breath, sit in the awareness. Continue breathing and looking within.
  • Maintain this inner focus for 1-3 minutes or longer. The level of stress you were in when you began will determine the length of time needed to feel this shift in consciousness.
  • With your eyes still closed, notice if you can feel what has changed. Often, people say that even the air surrounding them has a different quality. Many feel the enlivened energy stream as it moves within them, often in the form of a tingling sensation in their hands or the top of the head and throughout their body.
  • Then, open your eyes while holding onto the stillness you have just moved into. When you take action from this state of ‘being’, it will enhance all the outcomes you are looking for, as well as greatly improve your state of mind in the moment.

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Dvd - Delgo

When a rebellious boy forms a forbidden friendship with a spunky princess, hostilities between their two kingdoms escalate, setting the stage for an exiled Empress to exact her revenge in Delgo,  from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Starring a talented voice cast including Freddie Prinze Jr. (Scooby Doo), Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Ghost Whisperer”), Val Kilmer (The Doors), Chris Kattan (“Saturday Night Live”), Kelly Ripa (“Live with Regis and Kelly”), Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) in her final film appearance, Lou Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit) among others, Delgo takes place in a magical world where two civilizations, divided by fear, and two hearts, guided by love, have one chance to save their world.

With the help of a devious traitor and two bumbling servants, an exiled Empress (Bancroft) kidnaps the Nohrin princess (Hewitt) and frames a Lockni teenager, Delgo (Prinze Jr.), for the crime, igniting a war between their people. Desperate to clear his name and rescue the princess, Delgo and his faint-hearted friend Filo (Kattan) join forces with a disgraced Nohrin commander (Kilmer) to prove Delgo’s innocence, rescue a princess, reveal a traitor, end a war and unite the peoples of the land before it’s too late.

Touting positive life-lesson messages about responsibility, friendship and unity through stunning CGI animation, enchanting music and inspiring characters, the Delgo DVD features an exclusive award-winning animated short, Chroma Chamelon, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and more!

DVD Specs:
The Delgo dual layered single-disc includes the theatrical version of the film, is presented in widescreen (1.78:1 aspect ratio) format and features English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Bonus Features include:
  • Audio Commentary with Directors
  • Featurettes
    • Behind-the-Scenes
    • Sounds of Delgo
    • Meet the Characters
    • See the Creatures
  • Award-winning animated short: Chroma Chameleon
  • Deleted Scenes (additional 14 minutes of footage)
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Back to School - Burlington Coat Factory

It’s hard to imagine but children, teens and college students will be headed back-to-school before you know it. With clothing trends changing day-by-day and prices soaring through the roof how do parents find the best deal for their dollar? That is where your neighborhood Burlington Coat Factory (BCF) and a local shopping expert come into play.

BCF recently issued its fall trend forecast for this year’s must-have back-to-school fashions. Pricing at BCF is typically up to seventy percent below department store prices and a layaway option is in place to make back-to-school shopping a breeze.


Some versatile pieces and styles parents should be on the lookout for to help maximize their fashion budgets can be found below in addition to popular looks of the fall back-to-school season for junior high and high-school kids.
  • Boho: This updated and modern bohemian look replaces the bell bottoms and earthy looks from years past with destroyed skinny denim, folk-inspired fringe vests, shaggy faux fur vests and hobo fringe bags and shoes. The current times have brought back this trend but its new age focus is funky, edgy and light hearted. Burlington calls it Boho chic.
  • Moto: It won’t just be biker babes who are wearing motorcycle jackets. This is a great style to invest in because it’s so versatile. Teens can wear motorcycle jackets with everything from feminine dresses and skirts to wide leg trousers and skinny jeans. It’s perfect for the rock-n-roll punk princess.
  • Destroyed Denim – Not just a hole in the knee; the entire jean is shredded for an updated look.
  • Plaid: Not your grandpa's plaid. This revisited classic uses buffalo check and argyle patterns with fun, bright colors to make the look stand out. Classy and cool – check!
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Some fashionable styles for the elementary-school kids:
  • Graffiti: Kids and teens express their style and personality on every piece of clothing from polos, button down shirts, t-shirts and even denim, with graffiti inspired patterns such as hearts, skulls, peace signs, flowers and more.
  • Graphic, Colorful Tees – boys have updated the graphic tee now with bright colors
  • Printed/Graphic wovens – button downs with edgy prints on the sleeves, back or chest.
BCF also began its “Live Free For a Year Sweepstakes,” which you might find interesting. BCF will pay up to $20,000 towards the winner’s principal and interest payments for a home mortgage or residential rent payments for one year. The Live Free for a Year sweepstakes began on Monday, July 6th and closes at end of business on Wednesday, September 9th. Contestants must apply in-store. The rules can be viewed at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/rules.

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Roy Hargrove's Emergence

PhotobucketAcclaimed trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Roy Hargrove realizes a lifelong dream with the August 25th release of Emergence (Groovin' High/Emarcy), his first big band album. Nineteen pieces strong, Hargrove's ensemble is a vibrant and versatile group, tackling a wide range of material and styles with equal doses of precision and passion. "Financially speaking, this is probably the worst thing I could ever do," says Hargrove, "but it is something that needs to be done, spiritually and musically speaking."

The seeds of Emergence were planted in 1995, when Hargrove first formed a big band for a New York jazz festival. His big band concept grew as he led the evolving group through a series of regular gigs at the Jazz Gallery, a not-for-profit performance space in lower Manhattan - which proved an invaluable for both Hargrove and the musicians who participated. "The Jazz Gallery is for up-and-coming young players," Hargrove explains. "I go around to jam sessions a lot, sit in with cats, and I think that the new generation doesn't have a lot of experience playing in sections and playing in big bands. So this provides younger guys with a sense of camaraderie that is not really evident anymore in jazz."

The lineup solidified into the group showcased on the eleven tracks of Emergence, which features Hargrove on trumpet, flugelhorn, and a rare lead vocal (on the standard "September in the Rain") alongside four other trumpet players (Frank Greene, Greg Gisbert, Darren Barrett, Ambrose Akinmisure), four trombonists (Jason Jackson, Vincent Chandler, Saunders Sermons, and Max Seigel on bass trombone), five reedists (Bruce Williams, alto saxophone and flute; Justin Robinson, alto and flute; Norbert Stachel, tenor sax and flute; Keith Loftis, tenor and flute; and Jason Marshall, baritone sax and flute), and the rhythm section of pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Danton Boller, guitarist Saul Rubin, drummer Montez Coleman and percussionist Roland Guerrero. Vocalist Roberta Gambarini (named "Rising Star Female Vocalist of the Year" in Downbeat's 2009 Critic's Poll) contributes two affecting performances. The album's repertoire boasts an accomplished and refreshing mix of original compositions (from both Hargrove and his bandmates), standards, and favorites from outside writers. Stylistically, the music ranges from furious swingers to majestic ballads to rollicking Latin jams.

Since his own emergence in the late '80s, Hargrove has proved to be an adventurous and wide-ranging artist, proudly immersed in the jazz tradition and yet continually striking out for new terrain. Among his groups include the straight-ahead, hard-bop Roy Hargrove Quintet and Crisol, an Afro-Cuban ensemble that won a Grammy in 1998 for Best Latin Jazz Performance with its album Habana. With the funk-oriented RH Factor, Hargrove released the 2003 album Hard Groove, featuring guest appearances by R&B superstars Erykah Badu, Common and D'Angelo. His last album, 2008's quintet session Earfood (Groovin' High/Emercy), was featured in dozens of year-end Top 10 lists.

Hargrove's big band, which cites the large bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, and Gerald Wilson as key influences, has already been showcased at the Hollywood Bowl and SummerStage in New York's Central Park. "The small group has been such a big deal for so long in jazz that people forget where the small groups came from," says Hargrove. "There's nothing like the feeling you get when you're hearing your compositions and arrangements played by a wall of sound. I'm just trying to make some music that's fun to hear and play."

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Surving Disaster - A New TV Show Worth Watching!

Picking up a few last minute items at the mall when violent gunmen storm the store…what to do? What if, on the daily subway commute, a bio weapon is released? Or a fire is blazing in the 12th floor office and the only way out is blocked? Disasters can strike at the most unexpected times, but Spike TV’s new original series “Surviving Disaster,” led by Cade Courtley, vividly takes viewers through catastrophic scenarios and arms them with the knowledge needed to survive the unthinkable.

Navy SEAL Courtley is the ideal host for this timely show. Each week, Courtley tackles worst-case scenarios and equips viewers with the practical information needed to save their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. Whether the threat is natural or man-made or on a national or personal level, Courtley speaks directly to the viewers and guides them through a comprehensive, step-by-step process to not only survive the big picture disaster, but endure the many dangerous obstacles that may occur within each catastrophic event. While leading viewers out of danger, Courtley not only provides helpful tips and hands-on instruction, but swiftly points out common misconceptions and fatal mistakes. Unlike any other series, “Surviving Disaster” may actually save lives by providing actions that anyone can perform.

Other disaster-themed episodes this season include: Nuclear Attack, Home Invasion, Fire, Avalanche, Lost at Sea, Hurricane, Bio-Chemical Attack, Mall Shooting and Earthquake. eries, having faced imminent danger for a living, conducting clandestine missions from the sea, air and land that include counter-terrorism operations, special reconnaissance and unconventional warfare.

The series premieres Tuesday, September 1 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT) with an episode dedicated to a plane hijacking.
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Dollhouse Season One on DVD

Dollhouse: Season One

From the mind of Joss Whedon, the creator of groundbreaking cult favorites “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” “Dollhouse” stars Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Tru Calling”) as Echo, just one member working for an illegal underground organization that implants employees with false memories and skills in order to perform various missions and dangerous tasks.

These “dolls” can become anything that anyone desires; a lover, a fighter, an assassin, even a best friend. Once their assignment is complete, their memories are wiped clean and they are released back into the “Dollhouse” to cohabitate with their fellow colleagues under the watchful eye of those in charge. But Echo is slowly starting to become aware of herself and her surroundings… and one outsider will stop at nothing to bring the entire “Dollhouse” down.

“Dollhouse” Season One includes intense and stunning supporting performances from Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Harry Lennix (State of Play, Across The Universe), Amy Acker (“Angel”), and Tahmoh Penikett (“Battlestar Galactica”). The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 12 original episodes and tons of bonus features including the never-before-seen standalone episode “Epitaph One,” the original unaired pilot “Echo,” deleted scenes and seven making-of featurettes.

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The “Dollhouse” Season One Blu-ray is presented in widescreen (16x9 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Episodes and special features included in the collection are as follows:

Disc One
  • Ghost
    1. Commentary by Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku
  • The Target
  • Stage Fright
  • Gray Hour
  • True Believer
Disc Two
  • Man on the Street
    1. Commentary by Joss Whedon
  • Echoes
  • Needs
  • A Spy in the House…
  • Haunted
Disc Three
  • Briar Rose
  • Omega
  • Never-before-seen episode Epitaph One
    1. Commentary by writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
  • Original Unaired Pilot – Echo
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Making Dollhouse” featurette
  • “Coming Back Home” featurette
  • “Finding Echo” featurette
  • “Designing the Perfect Dollhouse” featurette
  • “A Private Engagement” featurette
DVD Specs:
The “Dollhouse” Season One standard DVD is presented in widescreen format with English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital plus English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The collection includes the same episodes and special features as listed above. Disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One
  • Ghost
    1. Commentary by Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku
  • The Target
  • Stage Fright
  • Gray Hour
Disc Two
  • True Believer
  • Man on the Street
    1. Commentary by Joss Whedon
  • Echoes
  • Needs
Disc Three
  • A Spy in the House…
  • Haunted
  • Briar Rose
  • Omega
Disc Four
  • Never-before-seen episode Epitaph One
    1. Commentary by writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
  • Original Unaired Pilot – Echo
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Making Dollhouse” featurette
  • “Coming Back Home” featurette
  • “Finding Echo” featurette
  • “Designing the Perfect Dollhouse” featurette
  • “A Private Engagement” featurette
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SiteJabbertec

People are living more of their lives on the Web – communicating with friends, managing finances, making major purchases, booking weddings and travel, etc.  Not only do Consumers need a way to know that the businesses and sites they’re dealing with are legitimate, but they also need the tools and the platform to share the experiences they’ve had.

SiteJabber (http://www.sitejabber.com/), a fun and easy way for consumers to review online businesses and Web sites, recently launched with new features including Facebook Connect and a review request option.

SiteJabber‘s goal is to help consumers feel as comfortable as possible with the businesses they engage with on the Web. It gives them a place to praise those who are doing a great job, and hold accountable those who’ve done them wrong, empowering customers, rewarding good practices, and holding sub par sites and businesses accountable. 

On SiteJabber, users can talk about why a site might be good or bad, the same way they’d chat in-person about their experiences with a neighborhood business. The review process is quick and easy, encouraging participation from a broad base of people and giving visitors the opportunity to check peer reviews before transacting – the same way they’re accustomed to doing offline. 

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Roberta Gambarini's new album So In Love

Every once in a while, a truly great singer comes along who possesses the beauty, individuality and talent to remind us of the magic and majesty of the human voice: that singer is Roberta Gambarini, celebrated throughout the world by fans, critics and many of the world’s greatest musicians.

With the August 25, 2009 release of ‘SO IN LOVE,’ Roberta Gambarini affirms her status as the “true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae” (Boston Globe) and “the best singer to emerge in over 60 years,” as declared by 2009 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Mr. Hank Jones.

Mr. Jones, the legendary pianist who accompanied Roberta Gambarini’s 2008 major label debut, ‘You Are There,’ a superb follow-up to Gambarini’s GRAMMY-nominated debut, ‘Easy to Love,’ knows a thing or two about great vocalists – he has accompanied almost all of the most renowned vocalists of the 2oth century such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole, and Billy Eckstine.

Roberta didn’t set out to call the new album ‘So In Love,’ but looking back at the song list after the recording, she realized that the “album is all about love: the love between a man and a woman, the love of song, children, and most of all, the love of life.”

As Roberta explains, she rarely goes into the studio with a “concept,” instead she says that she tries “to let the songs come out of a balance between life experience and reflection,” capturing the music I feel in the moment.”

Joining her in this adventurous journey is a group of “exceptionally talented, sensitive, and sympathetic musicians,” who are long-time supporters, friends, and collaborators of Roberta since her arrival in the States from Torino, Italy: James Moody; Roy Hargrove; Tamir Hendelman; Eric Gunnison; Gerald Clayton; Chuck Berghofer; Neil Swainson; George Mraz; Jake Hanna; Al Foster; Montez Coleman; and Jeff Hamilton.

Recorded by Al Schmitt at the legendary Capitol Studios, with Roberta arranging all but two of the tracks, ‘So In Love’ is dedicated to the loving memory of her dear friends, Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Mathews, and David “Fathead” Newman.

‘SO IN LOVE’ Track List:

1. So In Love (Cole Porter)

2. Day In Day Out (Rube Bloom/Johnny Mercer)

3. Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)

4. Crazy (Willie Nelson)

5. That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer)

6. Estate (Bruno Martino/Bruno Brighetti)

7. Golden Slumbers / Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon/McCartney)

8. I See Your Face Before Me (Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz)

9. From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

10. You Must Believe In Spring (M. Le Grand/J. Demy/A. Bergman/M. Bergman)

11. This Is Always (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon)

12. You Ain't Nothing But a JAMF (Johnny Griffin/lyrics by Roberta Gambarini)

13. Medley from "Cinema Paradiso": Main Theme/For Elena (Ennio Morricone/Andrea Morricone/ English lyrics by A. Stewart)

14. Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)

Roberta Gambarini single “Crazy” audio stream link:
http://uclassics.edgeboss.net/wmedia/uclassics/robertagambarini/crazy.wax
Roberta Gambarini EPK:
http://uclassics.edgeboss.net/wmedia/uclassics/robertagambarini_soinlove.wvx

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DVD Review - Echelon Conspiracy

Echelon Conspiracy
Starring: Edward Burns, Jonathan Pryce
Director: Greg Marcks Rating: PG-13

Called “a cyberspace thriller for the male action crowd” (The Hollywood Reporter),  Echelon Conspiracy made a debut on DVD and Blu-ray July 21, 2009 from Paramount Entertainment.

Featuring an all-star cast including Shane West (A Walk to Remember), Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) and Martin Sheen (The Departed), the movie weaves a story of greed, intrigue and the price of national security. Mysterious cell phone messages promise a young American engineer untold wealth — then make him the target of a deadly international plot. Dangerous security operatives chase the engineer across the globe, while a powerful government official pursues a mysterious agenda that threatens the stability of the entire world.

The Echelon Conspiracy dvd is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and English, French, Spanish and English SDH subtitles.

My Thoughts - Simply put, I liked it, a lot. But it failed to reach my "keeper" shelf, for the simple reason that all the great suspense that was built up through much of the fast-paced film, comes to an end that's so lackluster as to be a shock. The acting is also nothing to speak of. Only Martin Sheen stood out as the maniacal NSA chief and he is in very few scenes. The devious plot is the only plus point to this film and that makes the movie watchable and even entertaining to an extent.

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AllStarBuddies.com

AllStarBuddies.com is a new sports-themed virtual world website for kids where a healthy, positive lifestyle is reinforced through fun games and safe social interaction. Using individual and multi-player games, children learn about problem-solving, goal setting, good sportsmanship, teamwork, fitness and good nutrition all while having a fun online experience.

Founded by Caryn Burns and Cindy Prince, two moms with a passion for sports, fitness and their children, AllStarBuddies.com is a safe, virtual “playground” for kids (ages 6+) where a healthy, positive lifestyle is reinforced through fun games, quests and social interaction. Using individual and multi-player games, children learn about problem-solving, goal setting, good sportsmanship, teamwork, fitness, good nutrition and environmental awareness – all while having a fun online experience that will keep them coming back for many “extra innings.”

Based in the fictional town of “Varsity Heights,” members receive a user id and password for their own, private account. Once registered, the first stop is in (where else?!) the “Locker Room” where they log in to the world and select one of seven sports-themed, animated characters as their onscreen persona, which can be changed as often as a child wants to.

Children can also collect the seven All Star Buddies plush toys, each of which comes with a unique, promotional code that they can enter online to receive extra privileges in Varsity Heights! The “All Star Buddies” animated characters in Varsity Heights include: Chip, (the “Golf Buddy”) Blitz (the “Football Buddy”) Deuce (the “Tennis Buddy”) Striker (the “Soccer Buddy”), Ace (the “Baseball Buddy”) Swish (the “Basketball Buddy”) Deke (the “Hockey Buddy”). I was sent Deke for review and needless to say, my son was most entranced with him, his blades and his bright colors! He hasn't quite grasped the concept of hockey yet, but he's sure to love it once he's old enough to :)

Clearly designed by people who understand how children like to play, AllStarBuddies.Com has more places to visit and more things to do than you could ever imagine. For information, please visit www.allstarbuddies.com

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