Britney Spears unveils first fashion line for school girls

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pop princess Britney Spears is joining the growing club of celebrities-turned-designers, launching her own fashion collection that targets the schoolgirl crowd.
Spears, 28, has designed her first collection of clothing and accessories for the Iconix Brand Group Inc's Candie's brand for which she has been the face for the past three seasons.


In an interview with InStyle.com, Spears explains how she came up with the ideas for the line. "First, I met with the Candie's designers and told them what my favorite styles are. Then, we sketched the items together," she explained. "I loved it when I saw the samples for the first time."
"I used a lot of studs and lace, because I wanted to make the clothes cool and edgy yet girly. I also love jeans, so I had to make sure there were some great pairs in the collection. And I love jewelry so there are a lot of fun pieces," she continued. "There are great necklaces and big earrings."


"Designing was a really fun, new way for me to express my creativity and I really wanted to create something by me for my fans," Spears said in a statement.
She said the collection, inspired by her favorite music and movies, as a mixture of day and evening looks, ranging from jeans to little black dresses.
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American actress Megan Fox Watch is Dead!!!

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American actress Megan Fox Watch is Dead!!!



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Jennifer Hudson Breaks Her Silence About Family Murders "surreal"

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Jennifer Hudson broke her silence and spoke publicly about the 2008 murder of her mother, brother and Nephew for the first time.

On last night's episode of VH1's "Behind the Music,"Jennifer Hudson revealed how she handled the emotional pain of the murders. Jennifer said, "I'd pray when I get up in the morning, and pray before I lay down at night," Hudson said of how she's managed to stay strong. "If I didn't, I'd wake up depressed."
The one-time "American Idol" contestant, who went on to win an Academy Award three years ago for a supporting role in her feature debut "Dreamgirls," said the 2008 triple-slaying was "surreal."
The bodies of Hudson's 57-year-old mother Darnell Donerson and 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson were discovered inside the home where Hudson grew up in Chicago. Her 7-year-old nephew Julian King was later found dead in a vehicle.
All three had been shot. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, has been charged with the murders.


Not long after the murder, Hudson got engaged to David Otunga which whom she had a son last August. Her debut self-titled album went on to win a Grammy award.
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Concept spaceship art by Adel Adili

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Adel's cg portfolio.





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Britney Spears : Britney Spears designs fashion line for sc

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Britney Spears designs fashion line for school girls...Larry King announces he'll retire as talk show host... Photos of newlyweds Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green wearing -- yes, this is shocking -- their wedding rings in public... Bret Michaels still suffering side effects from brain hemorrhage... Mel Gibson's split from Oksana Grigorieva continues to get messy, with his attorney most recently accusing her of violating custody agreement... Angela Kinsey files for divorce from husband, "Office" producer/writer Warren Lieberstein.



In an interview with InStyle.com, Spears explains how she came up with the ideas for the line. "First, I met with the Candie's designers and told them what my favorite styles are. Then, we sketched the items together," she explained. "I loved it when I saw the samples for the first time."
The juniors' collection, called "Britney for Candie's," will be sold exclusively in Kohl's Department stories from July 1 to kick off the back-to-school season.
"Designing was a really fun, new way for me to express my creativity and I really wanted to create something by me for my fans," Spears said in a statement.


A print and television advertising campaign to promote the line features the tagline: "Designed by me for you!"
"I used a lot of studs and lace, because I wanted to make the clothes cool and edgy yet girly. I also love jeans, so I had to make sure there were some great pairs in the collection. And I love jewelry so there are a lot of fun pieces," she continued. "There are great necklaces and big earrings."
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The Movie Twilight Saga: Eclipse...

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie clip is courtesy of Summit Entertainment.
The third Twilight flick, "Eclipse," hits theaters on Wednesday. The film is popular enough to be review-proof, but that hasn't stopped the nation's critics from chiming in with their thoughts on whether "Eclipse" is worth squealing over.
Most critics can't help comparing "Eclipse" to the saga's first two flicks, "Twilight" (2008) and "New Moon" (2009). The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt was impressed with the third film, writing, "the teen vampire series finally hits its stride with an entertaining mix of romance and action fantasy."

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Einglish Actress Emma Watson Stars in Music Video Boyfriend,George Craig

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Emma Watson has lent her acting talents and star power to her recent constant companion and "friend" : model and musician George Craig.

The "Harry Potter" actress stars in the new video for Craig's band One Night Only. It's for his song "Say You Don't Want It," and -- get this -- in the video, Watson and Craig both star as dogs:
Emma Watson is best known for playing the character of Hermione Granger in the popular Harry Potter film franchise. She has found herself in yet another starring role, but this time it is in a music video for her boyfriend’s One Night Only band. The 20-year-old actress’ boyfriend, rock musician George Craig, asked her to star in his band’s music video for “Say You Don’t Want It,” and she gladly obliged.
In a BBC1 interview with the pair, Watson gamely responded to the question of whether she and Craig would be taking on a couple-nickname like "Brangelina" or "Speidi." She said she wouldn't object to "Wataig," but Craig demurred. "Just call us by our real names," he said. "That'd be fine!"
However, it is eventually revealed that Craig and Watson are dogs, which they learn when they look at their reflection in the mirror. Watson addressed her contribution to One Night Only’s video, saying, “It’s kind of an ode to Lady and the Tramp, George is Tramp and I’m Lady. When I was in the states, George was taking me through a lot of his music as he was recording it.”
The actress complimented her boyfriend’s musical ability during an interview with the U.K.’s Radio 1, saying, “I couldn’t believe [how good the music was]. I’m a big fan. Everything he did was amazing.”
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EVE Online concept ship

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nice tip from Morpheus. He writes: "Check out the concept art for the last ship on EVE Online, it looks gorgeous!" Thanks, crazy tight.




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'Most Powerful' Celebrity : Oprah Winfrey Named 'Most Powerful' Celeb

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OPRAH Winfrey has been named the world’s most powerful celebrity.
This year, Oprah Winfrey is back atop the list for the fourth time.
The TV star — who fronts The Oprah Winfrey Show and is the president of media company Harpo Productions — has topped the annual Most Powerful Celebrity poll conducted by Forbes magazine, knocking Angelina Jolie off the top spot with earnings of $315 million last year.


Winfrey was followed by singer Beyonce Knowles, "Avatar" director James Cameron, newcomer Lady Gaga and disgraced golfer Tiger Woods.
The Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list looks at wealth, TV/radio popularity, press rank, web rank and social status — with even Twitter followers being taken into consideration.
The 2010 poll placed Twilight star Robert Pattinson on the list for the first time, in 50th position following the success of the vampire movies, and after earning $17 million last year.
Despite a tumultuous year in her personal life, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock was placed eighth in the poll after pocketing $56 million in the past 12 months. She was just behind golfer Tiger Woods, who was placed fifth, Britney Spears, sixth, and rock band U2 — consisting of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. — who were placed seventh.
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Actress Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green get married

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Megan Fox's publicist confirmed Tuesday the actress married her longtime beau, actor Brian Austin Green, in Hawaii during the weekend.

The 24-year-old sex symbol wed her longtime boyfriend, Brian Austin Green, 36, in Hawaii June 24, according to their reps. Green's 8-year-old son, Kassius, attended the small, private ceremony held at the Four Seasons hotel on Hawaii's Big Island.
It is the first marriage for both Green and Fox, who recently go re-engaged at the same hotel on June 1. Though some reports said they had called off their first engagement four years ago, Fox told reporters earlier this month that they'd been engaged this whole time. She also, however, swore that she and Green wouldn't get married for "years."
The couple, who have tattoos of each other's names and share custody of a potbellied pig, dogs, two cats, two birds and a squirrel, first met in 2004 on the set of "Hope & Faith" and have dated on and off ever since. Fox has been vocal about her preference for older men. "Boys in their 20s are a waste of time," she explained to Elle. "They have nothing to offer conversationally. They're immature. I feel like I have a better shot with someone in his 30s."
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Sandra Bullock : Actress Sandra Bullock's divorce from Jesse James is final

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Sandra Bullock and love rat Jesse James have finalised their divorce, marking the end of their five year marriage.
The 45-year-old actress first filed for divorce in April, stating that the couple's nearly five-year marriage had become "insupportable" following reports of infidelity by James.


The reason for the split was citied as a 'discord or conflict of personalities' as the official divorce settlement allows Bullock to complete the adopting of her son Louis as a single parent.
Sandra adopted the child from New Orleans with Jesse before he was outed as a cheat for starting an 11 month affair with heavily tattooed model Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee.
Jesse recently broke his silence on their split claiming: "There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way."
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U.S singer Lady Gaga Debuts New Song

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Monday, June 28, 2010

Lady GaGa debuted a new song called You And I at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara ball last week.
"This is a brand-new record that no one's ever heard before ... ever," she said while seated at one of her signature deconstructed pianos and wearing a bedazzled black bra and panties with black boots. "And I've never, ever played it live, ever."


On her Twitter, she described "You and I" as a "new song ... written in NY on the piano I grew up on."
She wasn't kidding about the song having a rock edge, as the tune eschewed most of her dance flavor, right down to a rollicking barrelhouse piano solo, during which she stood up on the piano bench and bashed out some John-worthy runs on the black and whites. She finished the tune crouched on the bench, wailing, "You and I," while pumping her fist, before giving it a big finish that included kicking a heel up on the keyboard and lying across the piano bench with her head on the ground.


Gaga also took the stage in a wheelchair with her chest covered in fake blood and accompanied by an oiled-up male dancer for a run through "Alejandro," and she performed her ballad "Speechless." During the latter, John came out and joined her for a dueling-pianos showdown, trading off verses on the tune dedicated to Gaga's dad and then reprising their Grammys duet with a snippet of his hit "Your Song," during which he improvised the line, "I hope you don't mind that I wrote down in words/ How wonderful life is with Gaga in the world."
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Joon Ahn concept ships

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Joon's blog and CGHub art portfolio.




















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BET Awards 2010:BET Awards to honor Prince

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June 15 /PRNewswire/ Dearly Beloved on June 27 we will gather at the Shrine Auditorium and mark the 10 year anniversary of the hottest award show in cable television, the BET AWARDS. This year, BET will honor the musical legacy and genius that is Prince as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor bestowed to the most significant and influential individuals in music history.

The 52-year-old Minneapolis native was feted Sunday night at the BET Awards in the Los Angeles with an all-female musical tribute.

In a purple button-up, black slacks and vest, Trey sang his recent hit "Yo Side of the Bed" atop a stage bathed in purple lights. The track's video, featuring Keri Hilson as a military officer and Trey as her mourning husband after she's killed in the line of duty, played in the background on large screens. During the performance, Trey gave a shout-out to all who've lost a special someone.

Janelle Monae offered an energetic take on "Let's Go Crazy." Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding accompanied herself on standup bass for "If I Was Your Girlfriend." Alicia Keys started behind the piano, then climbed on top of it, when she sang "Adore," and Patti LaBelle kicked off her shoes to give her all to "Purple Rain."

The singer then launched into the first verse of Prince's 1984 classic "Purple Rain" from the film of the same name. As Trey strained to hit falsetto notes almost on his knees, the camera cut to Prince himself seated in the audience looking on.

"We are humbled that Prince will be our lifetime achievement award recipient," said Stephen G. Hill, President of Programming, Music and Specials. "Genre smasher, virtuoso musician, one of the most emotional singers of all time; words are too weak to describe just what he means to our culture. We have a different kind of tribute planned for him as his unique style deserves a unique honor. Prince is dynamic. Prince is genius. Prince is music."

Earlier in the evening, the Virginia native won the award for Best Male R&B Artist and brought his mother onstage with him to accept his trophy. Following the awards show, BET will debut Trey's documentary "My Moment," which follows the singer during Jay-Z's recent Blueprint 3 Tour.

Prince started recording in 1977 and has 10 platinum albums and 30 Top 40 singles to his name.
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Quick Fix for Your Multimedia Keys

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If your multimedia keys give this warning in dmesg:
atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0xf7 on isa0060/serio0).
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e077 ' to make it known.
then you need to look up the right number in include/linux/input.h e.g.here. E.g.
#define KEY_BRIGHTNESSDOWN 224
#define KEY_BRIGHTNESSUP 225
And use that number with setkeycodes, e.g. for my system:
setkeycodes e077 224 # brightness down
setkeycodes e078 225 # brightness up
setkeycodes 0xee 212 # webcam
setkeycodes 0xe4 240 # touchpad -> unknown
setkeycodes e076 238 # wifi + bluetooth
And now your system (e.g. KDE or Gnome) should immediately recognize the keys. Post the information to your distribution and it should be included in future releases. Just write the commands (without sudo) into /etc/rc.local to make them permanent for now.

If you get stuck, here's a good guide.
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What Linux means for the Consumer - Drivers, Open Source and Support

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When a consumer installs a Linux system, this has various consequences for him, which are sometimes hard to estimate at first. I've written a little summary touching the differences to Windows and Mac OS X in drivers, open source and support.

Drivers
Linux is not yet as far spread as Operating Systems like Windows or Mac OS X. This means that hardware corporations which have little money or skilled staff usually don't publish their own Linux driver and ship it along with the hardware when you buy it. In short: There currently is usually no driver disk for Linux.

But that's not really as a big a problem as it seems at first. One point is that - especially if the poor or skill lacking company is smart and publishes detailed product specifications - drivers are often written by the community. This has the disadvantage that it takes longer and when a device is first release, there is not usually no driver ready yet.

But it also has several advantages: Once drivers are written, they are usually open source. For the advantages, see below in my next point. And the drivers eventually are often better and more extensive than the drivers delivered by the hardware manufacturer. E.g. the bttv drivers of my TV card worked much better and longer than their Windows counterparts. And there was even an additional driver not present in Windows for a sound chip on the TV card to digitalize TV and line input sound up to a rate of 192 Khz -- for a TV card produced in 199X! My current sound card - using the snd-hda-intel driver - for some reason has a significantly better sound in Linux than in Windows, where it pretty much lacks any bass.

A huge advantage is the common API of drivers. In Windows every manufacturer writes his own drivers with their own API, and their own software to use the API. E.g. A DVB-T digital TV card has a Windows driver, and a special decoding and recording software for each and every single card. Sometimes the main chip and driver comes from the same manufacturer for several cards. But it's still often difficult if possible at all to use another software than the one supplied by the manufacturer.

In Linux, there is a common DVB interface. This means you can not only use the same software for all DVB-T receivers, you can even often use the same for DVB-T(errestrial), DVB-S(atellite), and DVB-C(abel). And it makes perfect sense that instead of tens of quickly written (and often buggy) different applications for different cards, you have a selection of a few really good programs. (E.g. Tvtime and others for analog, Kaffeine and others for digital reception -- and I mean for all supported ones).

In Windows, if there is a new group of popular hardware, like WIFI or Digital TV adapters, you need to wait for Microsoft to release a common API and hope they do. That's likely to happen only in the next Windows Version (e.g. XP, Vista). And then everything must be backwards compatible. This means that a better API might not be introduced for Windows XP ever, and advantages for new APIs are restricted by the requirement that all old APIs have to still work exactly the way they did. With open source drivers in the kernel tree, you can just modify the drivers along with the API. It's all in the same place and some changes are simply a matter of "search and replace".

Once a good open source driver exists, and especially if it gets integrated into one of the main driver projects, it usually works out of the box. This means you start Linux, even from a Live CD, and the hardware, e.g. a sound card, scanner or TV card just immediatelly works without any fuss like driver installation or configuration. It's not like installing Windows and then downloading the drivers for all your software, but if the driver is well supported, it just all works after installing the sytem. That's why Live CDs are so useful to test the Linux compatibility of a computer's hardware. And another great thing is that these integrated drivers are automatically updated for you - for Ubuntu even without the need to reboot (for other distributions you need to pay for this feature). This prevents security risks, which are much more rare in Linux, anyway.

Open Source
Open Source is a guarantee that a good product can have a long life-time. Drivers are one excellent example. If you have an open source driver, and it's of good quality and integrated into the Linux kernel or one of the main user land driver projects (SANE, CUPS, ALSA), you will have a driver for a very, very long time. This means that unlike with Microsoft and Mac OS X systems, you will not need to buy a new scanner, because you can't find a driver for Windows 7 or the "Snow Leopard", but quite the contrary the driver usually gets better and better and you often have no problems whatsoever with using a 10 years or older scanner, printer, sound card, TV card, etc with the newest Windows version.

My DVB-T adapter has lots of features it lacks in Windows, including recording up to 4 channels in one bouquet at once, 50 fps deinterlacing, hardware accelerated video decoding, automatic scheduled recording, etc. I just got a new sound card, which uses a lot less CPU and doesn't have a few of the Windows issues like skipping and beeping during playback. Even the pretty new Intel poulsbo chipset already works better for me in Linux now than in Windows (lower battery consumption, better video scaling and hardware accelerated video playback, much faster resume from suspend (feels like 1 second max, dmesg says 2.5 seconds; Windows takes a felt 4-15 seconds), ...). Thanks to Linux my Netbook is now a full featured surround sound FullHD video center and it consumes even less battery than in Windows.

But open source also means that things are customizable. This would of course also mean that if you can program yourself you can potentially modify and fix as many issues with software and drivers as your skills permit. And this is one of the main driving forces of Open Source. But it also means that if there is a problem, the fix can be applied where it makes the most sense. Let's make another example in comparison to Windows.

In Windows if there is a bug in the suspend to ram mechanism, which causes problems for a certain hardware, this is quite hard to figure out in the first place. Because you don't know how the Windows mechanism works. If it was publicly known, Linux would have a much easier way with ensuring suspend to ram compatibility for more hardware. Once you figure out where the problem is in Windows, you still have no way of fixing the problem where it occurs.

Because you can't modify any Windows components. That's completely different in Linux - here anyone can modify anything. I once wrote a small Linux kernel patch myself, and I'm really not that much of a programmer. But with the help of some kernel developers I fixed my own problem and then posted my first Linux kernel patch.

Another great example is powertop. It's a tool to check what decreases your battery time in Linux by looking into which applications wake up your CPU from power saving modes and how often. For this to work the kernel had to be modified. Once this was done you could find out which programs are the main cause. And then, because they are also usually open source, you could modify them as well so they don't wake up the processor as often. And that's how my netbook now consumes less power - in some scenarious a lot less - in Linux than in Windows. All this would not be possible in a closed source world. The same is now done for latency with latencytop btw.

Support
The disadvantage with support in Linux and Open Source is that if you don't pay for it, you won't get people who will treat you like you paid for it. This means it's very un-wise to contact driver or other software developers and say: "You've got to fix this!" Because they really, really don't have to. They are in no way obligated to you. You should always remember that. Only some people get paid for their work for open source at all. Many start a project and keep working it to scrach and itch (see here, and here). And I think it's how Linus started the Linux kernel project sometime long ago. If you want support that treats you like you've paid for it - get paid support!

But the big advantage in Linux support is that if you have a clue, you have access to incredibly smart people. You can talk directly to the developers and they usually know their stuff really, really well. Yes it can be a problem to get an answer sometimes, but if you've read the manual, you really know what you're doing, keep in mind that you didn't pay them and appropriately contact them very politely, you will be amazed how much is possible.

I still remember how helpful, friendly and patient the KDE plasma developers were when I wrote my first plasma-applet. I remember how the Linux kernel developers take every issue seriously and try to help you find the problem, especially with regressions.

And in my view it's so incredibly much better than most hardware manufacturers who you pay with buying their products to get support. You usually first get stuck with incompetent telephone support and are really lucky if you ever get to contact the driver developers or someone anywhere near them. And then those driver developers usually get their money for writing bleeding edge new drivers for new hardware, or they need to write a driver that's compatible with the newest Windows release (without really knowing how everything works on the Windows side).

They usually have little patience and understanding for a not working driver in some system and say that your supplier should fix the issues. (E.g. NVIDIA would say the graphics card manufacturer should fix the problem and Intel would say your Notebook manufacturer should deal with the problems.) But open source developers will usually understand you well, because that's often why they wrote the driver in the first place, so as many people can use it without problems as possible. Here the problem is usually not the lack of will, but of your politeness, your and their time and other resources.

Conclusion
You have to ensure that hardware is Linux compatible before you buy it. If you're lucky and you find open source driver integrated into the Linux kernel or one of the main driver projects, you are most likely to be able to really enjoy your hardware in Linux for a very, very, very long time and there will be no need miss out on the newest features and software coming for free with the newest release of your favorite distribution. If something doesn't work you're expected to do your part and google and try everything you can to fix it, including postings in a forum and on a user mailing list before contacting the developers. This way they have more time for and fun with actually fixing the problem.

But it also means that for not paying for Windows and the drivers, you can't expect the same support. If you want the same level of support, try offering money to the developers you want the support from (paypal helps) or buy a support service. I'm sure they're much more likely to help you in a way similar or better than Windows then.

I'm happy about your thoughts and comments. And remember I don't get paid for writing this either - as you can't even see ads on this page.

All trademarks belong to their respective owners, not to me.
(Windows, Windows XP and Windows Vista->Microsoft, Mac OS X -> Apple, Linux to Linus Torvalds etc.).
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Free Eco Laundry Wash

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free eco friendly vegetarian laundry washing liquid

method laundry: You may remember an earlier post about 'Toxins in the home'

'In short, every room in almost every house in the United States is likely to contain at least one of these chemicals, many of which did not exist a century ago.'

Here's a chance to try out a free sample of a new laundry washing clothes wash liquid that ticks all the boxes on your environmentally friendly kinder to the planet and your health wish list.

A very easy way to cut out some of the unecessary chemicals in your home that you keep close to your skin.

Grab one now - see top right flash - Free Products
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Actress Kristen Stewart & Rob Pattinson "All Over Each Other"

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Sunday, June 27, 2010


A source tells E! News that the undercover couple was "all over each other" while attending a rooftop party at the Thompson Hotel.

And we're talking full on PDA here, Twi-hards, not just hand-holding. "They were kissing, nuzzling, holding hands and embracing," the source tells us.

More platonic partygoers included Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast, who entered the bash through the back entrance. This is the second year in a row they've celebrated at the hotel.
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Backlight Control on MSI U110 Netbook

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I've managed to get the backlight working roughly as well! All I needed to do was to load msi-laptop with the parameter force=1. The problem is that there is so far very little scaling, I can only set brightness to 0 (very dark) or 1-8 (all "very bright"). Check for updates to get it working well with KDE.

I've contacted the driver developers and I hope we can make some progress on the drivers soon.
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R&B star Alicia Keys Debuts Baby Bump

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Saturday, June 26, 2010

R&B singer Alicia Keys proudly showed off her baby bump Friday while performing on ABC's Good Morning America.


The 29-year-old multiple Grammy winner is currently on tour in Europe, and is scheduled to perform at the football World Cup in South Africa next month. Her baby's due date was not known, and a record-label spokeswoman did not immediately reply to an email seeking more information.
Keys is engaged to 31-year producer/rapper Swiss Beatz, a.k.a. Kasseem Dean, who already has a son from his first marriage. The reports said they would tie the knot during a private ceremony.
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Setting Up VAAPI Hardware Accelerated Video Decoding for Ubuntu 10.04 (example Intel Poulsbo GMA 500)

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(For the more detailed guide for Ubuntu 9.10, which works much better for me, including suspend to ram, see here.)
This is just a really, really short basic howto for setting up the poulsbo X driver and VAAPI video acceleration on Ubuntu 10.04. I will post more details later.

1. Install the poulsbo driver:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gma500/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gma500/fix
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install poulsbo-driver-3d

2. Set up the Xorg.conf:
Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "GMA500"
Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
Option "DRI" "on"
Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"
Option "IgnoreACPI" "yes"
Driver "psb"
EndSection

3. Reboot, check it's all working.

VAAPI
4. Download the right mplayer version:
wget http://www.splitted-desktop.com/~gbeauchesne/mplayer-vaapi/mplayer-vaapi-20100114.i686.tar.bz2
unp mplayer-vaapi*

5. Install the necessary libraries: (you can remove mplayer then, but it's the easiest method)
sudo apt-get install mplayer libgtop2-7

6. and play
mplayer -vo vaapi -va vaapi testfile.avi

If mplayer doesn't run because of missing libraries, this command will show which libraries are missing:
ldd mplayer-vaapi*/mplayer

Be quick, before the instructions change due to new repositories, libraries, etc... But don't everything to work flawlessly! My system doesn't even go into suspend, but crashes. Hence it can't come out of suspend, either. Backlight control still doesn't work for me. And I still have to do more testing on mplayer to see how smooth VAAPI actually is.

Theoretically, installing VLC 1.1.0 with VAAPI should be as easy as this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:c-korn/vlc && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc

But it didn't work out of the box for me and I didn't care about why. If you have hints, questions or - yes- comments, please post in the comments.
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Transformers 3 : Transformers 3 Spy Shots- Road Testament

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Friday, June 25, 2010

Spy shots of a new Corvette from the upcoming Transformers 3 movie.


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Robert Pattinson - Robert Pattinson says Kristen Stewart "A Real Woman"

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ROBERT Pattinson says Kristen Stewart became a “real woman” while filming the third Twilight movie, Eclipse.

The 'Twilight Saga' actor - who stars as vampire Edward Cullen opposite his rumoured girlfriend, who plays Bella Swan in the movie franchise - enjoys seeing how much the 20-year-old screen beauty has changed since filming began and claims they are so close, they no longer need to communicate verbally.
“What I especially like about her is that she’s like me, not dizzy from fans and press attention,” he told the Russian edition of Grazia magazine.
"We understand each other without the words. I can tell Kristen about all my problems. But honestly I don't have to. because she's in same position as I am."
For a minute in the interview Rob begins to win us over, talking about Kristen's sincerity as one of the things he loves best about her: "Kristen really cares about me and I'm very grateful for this. She's the most honest and genuine person I've ever met. She always listens and gives good advice regardless of her own interests."
But then he throws us off, saying that he doesn't think love lasts forever: "The idea seems strange to me," Pattinson said. "It's so boring to spend your whole life with the same person." Does Kristen know your feelings about this?! Nothing like learning it from a foreign magazine interview!
Despite his feelings for Kristen, Robert doesn't believe in eternal love.
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Fred Gambino concept ships

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I can't believe how much love and support I'm getting for the conceptships project lately. Thanks so much!
Fred sent me this image titled "Escape from the sun" he did for the album cover for the band Operahouse. Thanks Fred...The scale is massive! Check out Fred Gambino's weekly header.



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Fans around the world marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death

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A year after Michael Jackson's death caused a worldwide outpouring of shock, tears and tributes, the anniversary of his passing was being marked Friday on a quieter scale, as fans remembered their fallen King of Pop with vigils, prayer and, of course, music.


"Michael has just always been a part of my life," the 40-year-old Thomas, who has a tattoo of Jackson's dancing feet on her left wrist, said Thursday night. "I'm just hoping to embrace the fans from everywhere."Friday, DJ Jon Quick was to spin Jackson tunes at the club Taj in Manhattan for a festive affair.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at age 50 as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London. Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death for administering the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson to help the pop star sleep.


At Jackson's final resting place at Forest Lawn in Glendale. Calif., hundreds of fans, some weeping, filed past barricades to get close to the mausoleum where Jackson is interred Friday morning. Some carried bouquets, others were armed with cameras to document the moment.
"We are really honored to have played a part in launching Michael's musical career and to serve as a gathering place for people to come and celebrate his lifetime of achievement," said Jonelle Procope, Apollo president and CEO.


Yugi Aoki, 33, of Tokyo, came with 13 other Japanese fans of the pop star. They were all wearing sparkling gloves and fedora hats, one of Jackson's signature looks. Aoki smiled as he described how Jackson influenced him: "Michael Jackson changed myself. We love his dancing and songs."
Jackson's family members were expected to arrive at the cemetery later in the day, said his brother, Randy Jackson.
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Frank Frazetta concept spaceship art

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Thursday, June 24, 2010

This being the 500th post here on conceptships, I wanted to do something special and highlight someone amazing. Frank Frazetta passed away recently on May 10th, 2010 and it saddens me that I will never meet the legend that is Frank Frazetta. Whether a fine artist, industrial designer or a computer graphics professional, he has influenced our art and our lives in some way. Thanks Frank, for leaving behind so many inspirational images for us to enjoy forever. You will be missed!










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Actress Sandra Bullock’s Surprise Appearance at Nashville Rising Concert!

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Hollywood star Sandra Bullock was a surprise addition to the bill at a charity gig when the actress took to the stage with a guitar to help raise money.
The Oscar winning-actress, who has only recently begun a return to public life following revelations of her husband Jesse James’ affair with tattoo model Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee, joked with crowds at the charity event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee after learning the show had raised over $2 million.


The line-up featured big-name stars including Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood, but fans were stunned when Hollywood actress Bullock stepped on to the stage.
Walking onto the stage holding an acoustic guitar, Sandra, who was there to introduce singer Faith Hill – told the crowd, “When they told me how much you all contributed, I realised I had to do more than be funny.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, Bullock told the crowd, "I'm going to bring the house down. And I'm going to do it Nashville style!"
She then picked out the first few notes of Deep Purple's Smoke on The Water, before giving up with the admission, "I can't play..."
concert also featured a brief appearance from another Hollywood star, Reese Witherspoon, who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, taped a video message which was played at the show, in which she told the audience, "(In Nashville) we get together and take care of each other."
The money raised by the event was donated to victims of flooding in Tennessee.
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Angelina Jolie Threats Jennifer Aniston to stay away from Her Kids

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ANGELINA Jolie has told Jennifer Aniston to stay away from her kids!

According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the 35-year-old actress has angrily urged Aniston to stay away from her six children's lives.
“Angie told Brad that it was one thing for him to hang out with ‘That woman’,” a source said, “but it would be quite another if he let her see the children.
“The last thing she wants is Jen trying to act like some kind of surrogate mother to her six kids. She cannot imagine anything more distressing — and at the same time she does not want any of them getting confused about what is happening to their family.
rican tabloid claimed Jolie launched the warning because Pitt reportedly has resumed his "totally innocent" relationship with Aniston. A source told the tabloid, "Angie told Brad that it was one thing for him to hang out with 'That woman'. But it would be quite another if he let her see the children."
"Angie doesn't want the kids, and particularly the ones who are too young to understand, like 4-year-old Shiloh, why Brad is spending time with another woman." The site mentioned that Jolie didn't ban Pitt from meeting Aniston as long as he was not with the kids.
The source said, "As usual, Brad explained to her that his friendship with Jen is totally innocent and all about business. She told him that's fine and she accepts there is nothing she can do about it."


“But she said the kids might not be so understanding and might even get upset that dad was spending so much time with another woman who happens to be his ex-wife.
“Now, Angie has flat out banned him from seeing Jen when he’s with the children. Other than that, she said, what he does on his own time is his own business.”
Recent reports claimed Jolie, 35, is planning to adopt an orphan from Haiti following a recent trip to the Caribbean country.
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Filming Will Create Jobs and Traffic : 'Transformers 3'

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Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, talks about plans for closing city streets and landmarks for the filming of “Transformers 3."


“Transformers 3” — the sci-fi action thriller filming in Chicago this summer — will pump $20 million into the local economy and create 200 jobs.
It's also going to create a lot of traffic, because crews will be filming in the streets.
OEMC Executive Director Jose Santiago said the closures on LaSalle Street (8 p.m. July 9 to 5 a.m. July 12), the Michigan Avenue bridge (8 p.m. July 16 to 5 a.m. July 19) and Upper Wacker Drive (9 p.m. July 18 to 5 a.m. July 22) will have the most impact on traffic. He added that most of the movie's filming in Chicago will take place during daylight.
“It's an ambitious production … but we and the producers are committed to mitigating the disruptions and addressing community concerns,” said Chicago Film Office Director Rich Moskal.


Little is known about the film's plot, but USA Today reports it will involve the Transformers' role in the space race between the U.S. and Russia. Bay, who considered shooting scenes from the original “Transformers” in Chicago before settling on Detroit, told USA Today the storyline will wrap up the trilogy.
"Transformers 3" is expected to open in 2011.
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Vet to Mariah Carey : Mariah Carey over bills for pets' care

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New York veterinarian Cindy Bressler sued Mariah Carey today in Manhattan state court for $30,000, the Associated Press reports. Bressler claims the pop star hasn't paid for the services rendered for three of her beloved dogs, Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ.
Bressler provided "extraordinary services" for the Jack Russell terriers — Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ — but the Grammy Award-winning singer paid only about $8,200 of the roughly $37,800 in charges, the lawsuit says. The bills cover a little more than a month of care.


Micheal C. Posner, Bressler's lawyer, wouldn't elaborate on the dog treatments.
Carey's spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to telephone and e-mail messages.
The pop diva has made her dogs something of characters in her multiplatinum-selling career, including in some comic video sketches made as part of an MTV.com promotion and posted on YouTube. In one, she and JJ compare the fit of their jeans: "I told you those `fat-free' dog treats weren't fat-free," she scolds.
She also regularly chronicles her dogs' doings on her Twitter feed, from Cha-Cha urinating on her dressing room floor and jumping on her last September to Dolomite stealing her underwear out of a suitcase while she was vacationing in March.
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Cuts salt + fat levels in food could save 40,000 lives

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Cutting salt and fat levels in food could save thousands of lives, says NICE:

NICE ( NHS - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) criticized European MP's for voting against the FSA (Food Standards Agency) Traffic Light labelling scheme.

Paul Lincoln, Chief Executive of the National Heart Forum and a member of the guidance group said: “There is substantial evidence to support the use of the traffic light system. It was the best reported scheme in terms of the peer-reviewed scientific evidence, and its use would not demonise foods but help people to choose healthy options. We know that this scheme will not widen health inequalities.
“However, the EU has voted to go for the guideline dietary amount scheme instead of the traffic lights. It’s regrettably that it does not include the colour coding."

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston agrees "The people of Europe have been badly let down by MEPs on this labelling issue, it was a good opportunity to educate people how to avoid joining the list of thousands of people who die from preventable chronic disease. MEPs have done nothing less than sell out to the demands of irresponsible food manufacturers who fear an educated public waking up to manufacturers cheap cheats to sell nutrient depleted processed food."

In their latest report and Press release NICE claim "Up to 40,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented each year by reducing the levels of salt and saturated fat in our food."

Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK, with nearly three million women and three million men currently living with the disease. Every year, there are 300,000 new cases of cardiovascular disease, with those living in deprived areas three times more likely to develop the disease.
But despite the prevalence of the disease, around 90 per cent of deaths are largely preventable and can be tackled by making changes to diet, giving up smoking and increasing levels of physical activity."

This latest public health guidance from NICE focuses on food production and calls for a reduction in salt intake, aiming for a maximum intake of 6g per day per adult by 2015 and 3g daily by 2025. This action alone would result in 15,000 - 20,000 fewer deaths from heart disease and stroke every year.
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Health and Nutrition Questionnaire

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

London Nutritionist - Health and Nutrition 5 min Questionnaire:

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Please make yourself a cup of tea and then fill in our 5 min nutrition and health questionnaire for a 10% discount voucher off a consultation with London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston and a chance to win a healthy dinner party for you and your friends. >>  Health and Nutrition 5 min Questionnaire:
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American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler Gets Engaged

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People magazine reports that former American Idol contestant, Kellie Pickler, is engaged.
For Kellie Pickler, June 15 has long been "sad and hard for me," as it is the birthday of her late grandmother, Faye Pickler.
But the traditional sadness of the day turned to happiness last week, when Pickler's boyfriend, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, proposed on a Florida beach at sunset.
“It turned out to be the most amazing day of my life. My whole world changed. We both feel like we got my grandmother’s blessing.”


Pickler considers Jacobs's proposal a moment she hardly could have imagined. "I remember saying to Kyle, 'Baby it's like I'm dreaming -- but if this isn't real, I'm going to be very upset!' "
Jacobs meticulously planned the proposal, arranging a blanket, champagne and candles to be waiting as they strolled on the beach. "Afterward, we just held each other and had the most beautiful prayer," Jacobs says. "We had a little champagne and talked and laughed and cried."
The couple met through friends about 2 1/2 years ago, and Pickler, who was raised by her grandmother after her mother left and her father went to jail, says she learned how to have a healthy relationship from her new fiancé.
"We're all just happy for each other," Pickler says. "I'm sure we'll be having some girl talk and we'll share ideas. We just keep joking about how there must be something in the water!"
The couple has yet to set the date for the ceremony.
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Concept ships by Pascal Blanché

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Our friend Pascal's blog Derelict Planet. More on robots!




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Actress Sandra Bullock appears at Nashville Flood Benefit

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Sandra Bullock was a surprise guest at Tuesday night's Nashville Rising flood relief benefit concert in Nashville, Tennessee. Bullock, center, is seen here at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month.


Bullock, equipped with an acoustic guitar, surprised the sell-out crowd of more than 15,000 people, "I'm going to bring the house down and I'm going to do it Nashville style!"

Tim McGraw hosted the ceremony and, according to The Tennessean, he asked his Blind Side co-star to participate. Bullock received a great response from the audience when she played the beginning of "Smoke On the Water" before she introduced McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill.

Bullock, 45, told the sell-out crowd that she would bring the house down, though by the time she finished, she came to the conclusion, “I can’t play for crap!”
Other performers at the benefit included stars with more musical experience than Bullock, such as Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and ZZ Top.


On stage, Bullock said, "They say a community is only as strong as its weakest link and from where I stand, I see no weak links."
The actress said about her hometown, "We get together and take care of each other."
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America Ferrera engaged to marry longtime beau Ryan Piers Williams

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America Ferrera's publicist has confirmed the U.S. actress is engaged to her longtime beau Ryan Piers Williams, People.com said.


The 26-year-old Emmy-winning star of Ugly Betty met Williams at the University of Southern California when they worked together on a student film, according to People, which first reported their engagement.

Ferrera won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Betty Suarez on ABC's "Ugly Betty," which wrapped last year after four seasons.

She and Williams met as students at the University of Southern California, the Web site said.
According to the movie database IMDb.com, Williams also wrote and directed the film "The Dry Land," due for release later this summer and starring Ferrera.
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