Archive for December, 2008

Each year Newsweek publishes a special end-of-the-year issue.  Usually it gives a list of memorable events, people, etc.  This year with the world just a bit of a mess they published a list of the person’s who are  the most influential globally.  I’m posting the list and please keep in mind that not everyone on this list is a person we actually want to  have such world wide influence but they do…hence them being on the list. 

  1.  President Elect Barack Obama – United States of America
  2. Hu Jintao – President, China
  3. Nicolas Sarkozy – President, France
  4. Ben Bernanke – U.S Federal Reserve Banker
  5. Jean – Claude Trichet – European Central Bank (ECB)
  6. Masaaki Shirakawa – Bank of Japan
  7. Gordon Brown – Prime Minister, United Kingdom
  8. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
  9. Vladimir Putin – Former President of Russia – soon to be again…
  10. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud – King, Saudia Arabia
  11. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – Supreme Leader, Iran
  12. Kim Jong II – Dictator/Leader, North Korea
  13. Hillary Clinton – Former NY Senator, Secretary of State
  14. Bill Clinton – Former United State President – Future to be seen…
  15. Timothy Geithner – President Elect Obama’s Treasury Secretary – Savior of the Ecnomony ????
  16. General David Petraeus – United States Military
  17. Sonia Gandhi – President, Congress Party, India
  18. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – President, Brazil
  19. Warren Buffett – Titan of American Finance
  20. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani – Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan
  21. Nuri al – Maliki – Prime Minister, Iraq
  22. Bill Gates – Philanthropist
  23. Melinda Gates- Philanthropist
  24. Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the House,
  25. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – President, United Arab Emirates
  26. Mike Duke – CEO-Designate, Wal-Mart Stores
  27. Rahm Emanuel – President Elect Obama’s Chief of Staff
  28. Eric Schmidt – Owner, Google
  29. Jamie Dimon – CEO, JPMorgan Chase
  30. David Axelrod – Communications Director, President Elect Obama
  31. Valerie Jarrett – Public Liason, President Elect Obama
  32. Dominique Strauss-Kahn – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  33. Rex Tillerson – CEO, Exxonmobile
  34. Steve Jobs – Apple Founder and CEO
  35. John Lasseter – CEO, Pixar Animation
  36. Michael Bloomberg – Mayor, New York City
  37. Pope Benedict XVI – Head of the Roman Catholic Church
  38. Katuaki Wantanabe – CEO, Toyota
  39. Rupert Murdoch – Chairman and CEO, News Corp.
  40. Jeff Bezos – CEO, Amazon.com
  41. Shahrukh Khan – King of Bollywood
  42. Osama bin Laden – Global Terrorist
  43. Hassan Nasrallah – Most Influential radical Shiite Leader in the Arab World
  44. Dr. Margaret Chan – Director-General, World Health Organization
  45. Carlos Slim Helu – Mexican Tycoon
  46. The Dalai Lama – Tiebetan Leader
  47. Oprah Winfrey – Media Mogul
  48. Amr Khaled – Egyptian Televangelist
  49. E.A. Adeboye – Pastor, The Redeemed Christian Church of God
  50.  Jim Roger – CEO, Duke Energy


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threadless-inc-cover Hey I found some Internet access: whoo-hoo!  Just wanted to give you a quick post on a great online company.  Threadless.com is a unique community of artists who design t-shirts.  I just bought two shirts from them and I love ’em.  Right now they are still having a sale selling shirts for $15, $12, and $9 and if you search you can get cheap shipping.  I ordered mine and two days later had them.  Plus you can special order older designs and the choices change very frequently.

You join the community and you can submit T-shirt designs, then other members vote on your design.  If  it wins then you get credits toward new shirts and you now have a shirt out there with your design on it.  It’s a great concept and they are expanding their design criteria to include Typetees, Select and for Kids including babies.  Also the shirts are printed on Hanes or American Apparel shirts so they are not thin, craptastic will die after one washing type of clothing.  Plus they have a retail store in Chicago, IL.  Check them out here

Happy Holidays!


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First posts will be a bit less frequent from me these days due to the fact I”m visiting my family for the holidays and they recently moves so no internet access.  But I promise I will try and post as much as I can and Jessi will just have to make up the difference.  🙂

Cash Cab is a game show on the Discovery Channel which I recently 16973_logo1discovered at work.  Yes, I do at times get paid to watch TV.  The show’s premise is the host, Ben Bailey picks up cab riders and offocer them the chance to answer trivia questions for cash.  Each rider gets three strikes and if you reach three strikes before you reach your destination then you get tossed from the cab.  Usually this doesn’t happen too far from the desired destination.  If the rider makes it to their destination without reaching three strikes they get to keep the cash; no strings attached.  Each contestant also gets two life lines: phone a friend  and a shout out to a stranger on the streets.  Surprisingly the shout out usually works.  As a bonus you also get a free cab ride.

Each question becomes worth more cash and subsequently more difificult.  It’s amazing to watch people blows tons of cash and to see the one’s you’d never think stood a chance in hell to win but yet they do.  I recommend checking it out. 

Check here for the details.


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Did you hear about the snow in California? Malibu California? On the beach Malibu California? Yes, all of the above.

Well, I just moved from California for Minnesota. There were a couple things that are relating California and Minnesota together and it’s not me and my boyfriend.  At first I thought it was fun and cute, but now, it’s strange. California is following me. GO AWAY I TELL YOU!

Exhibit A) One of my best friends- in LA- is thinking about going to grad school in the midwest (no MN, but close enough) THEN she recently told me that she may be going to a wedding in Wisconsin and wants to drive  out west to Minnesota to see me. Now, I for SURE want her to come visit me, she isn’t who I’m telling to ” GO AWAY I TELL YOU”.

Exhibit B)  On How I Met Your Mother, Marshall -my fave character- is from Minnesota. ( And on a side note, I was on the Fox lot one day on my way to an interview and Jason Segal was standing outside having a smoke. If I had the cajones to go talk to him, I’m pretty sure I would’ve gone on at least 2 dates with him. I’m an epic fail, as my kids would say)

Exhibit C) This is the most damning of evidence. It’s SNOWED in Malibu California! Why does CA want to be the state that  I live in so bad? It’s actually mimicking the winter wonderland that occurs in Minnesota? Tres desperate California.

I may not stay in Minnesota for the rest of my life, but I know that California is not my home. So forget it CA you needy school girl- You’re not getting me back!


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I received this email today.  I am very saddened to say that www.mixwit.com will cease to exist on December 27th, 2008.  I can only hope they will be able to start the website again; soon.

We regret to announce that Mixwit will cease to exist at the end of the
year.The website and profiles will be turned off around Dec 27th and
all embedded widgets will stop playing before the end of December.

We’ve put a year of work into Mixwit so this choice wasn’t taken lightly. I
won’t go into the details of our situation but state simply that we
boldly marched into in a position best described as “between a rock and a
hard place.” We’re very grateful to be have been part of the mixtape
revival of ‘08 and are satisfied to be able to to bow out while things
are still good.

You guys are all amazing. It’s clear that all of you put a ton of time and
effort into your mixes. For me personally, I was looking forward to all of
the designs people created for their tapes. There was a lot of basic tapes
and many lovely photos, but the designs and artwork – WOW!

We’re very sorry that this has to end. We’re going to try to figure out
some way to archive the artwork and playlists, if for nothing at least
historic value. As for now, everything needs to be shut down by the end
of the year just to make sure we’ve got a clean start for 2009.

We’ll return early next year with a new company and new toys. Until
then, enjoy the holidays and please take good care of yourselves,
your families, and your friends =)

– Radley & Mike

I wanted to make a new mix for you but I just made this one from Ra Ra Riot’s album The Rhumb Line.  I’m leaving for the holidays tomorrow morning and I’m not packed yet.  Enjoy!

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storitellingOh yes Ms. Donna Martin has definitely graduated from ditz to bon afide author.  Over the weekend I sat down and read Tori Spelling’s autobiography, sTORItelling.  A few friends had suggested it and so I thought, “Hey, why not”?  During her Beverly Hills 90210 years I really wasn’t a fan of Spellings.  Donna Martin was a bit of an annoying character on the show and honestly I was very sick of the Donna/David relationship story line.  But I digress…. I started watching Tori & Dean INN love and well fell in love w/ the couple.  After the recommendations and my current reality TV love for her I decided to try out her book.  

Overall the novel doesn’t tell you lots of dirty details on her co-stars but does give you a nice perspective on how Tori views her world and her crazy life.  You’d think she would have been a spoiled princess growing up but in reality she wasn’t and constantly was striving for normalcy.  Hearing her side of the story of her first marriage, divorce, and then second wedding you cannot help but relate to Tori.  You see her struggle with trying to make a relationship work when she always knew it didn’t.  Honestly who hasn’t been in that situation?  Also Spelling never makes excuses for her behavior. When she screws up, she excepts the consequences and honestly states that.  It’s a nice change and not just for a celebrity but for anyone.  Too many people today do not take responsibility for their actions.  

So go out, grab a copy and enjoy a fun, fluid, interesting read.  Upon a few requests I will be doing an end of the year wrap up of all the books I have read in 2008.  A few I read before ATG was born so they will be new to our blog.  I hope you all enjoy it!


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UPDATE:  Just announced both pairs will be available for purchase on February 15th. 

I had to share this because 1. I love Tegan and Sara (um duh.) 2. Macbeth makes awesome tennis shoesMacbeth Ad including all Vegan ones.  3. The combination of the two was just too much and the video is just fun.  Macbeth just launched a side website for the duos new tennis shoe which allegedly will be available to buy starting in February 2009.  Watch the video here.

The “Sara”

From EE Storey Designs











The “Tegan”, worn by Tegan

Photo from www.teganandsaraclothes.blogspot.com













Photos courtesy of www.teganandsaraclothes.blogspot.com


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leftcolumn-011Each year E! participates in a holiday fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  All you have to do is go to their website and send free e-cards.  For each free card you send, E! will make a donation to Make-A-Wish.  So take a minute and spread some holiday cheer to everyone!

Check out the celebrity endorsement video here.

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This just made me laugh.  Spin Magazine named it the 17th Best Video of the year.  I like to make it #1 on my list.  Enjoy!


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Once upon a time there were small towns with ma and pa owned businesses that didn’t exceed past the city limits. Then there was a McDonald’s and Macy’s and Sears. It was great when the family was just expanding and prospering but then it got, oh what’s the word? Evil.

Let’s dissect why a monopoly is evil. When store X grows, the family doesn’t run it anymore, they have to hire people who they hardly know and can’t manage or train properly; enter incompetence, lack of commitment, corruption and stealing. The supply and demand isn’t equal. More product needs to be made/ordered; enter outsourcing for cheaper goods/labor.

On top of these things are health issues. For restaurants, they ship in frozen foods and use a fantastically large amount of butter, bad fats and preservatives to make them addictively delicious. This makes you fat and severely unhealthy. (see post about healthy skin- John Mayer was right, your body is a wonderland and everything is connected. You put shit in your body, you body will look like shit, plain and simple)

On an earth friendly and sustainable level, buying locally reduces your carbon footprint.

Carbon footprint: [noun] A “measure of the impact that human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide”.

Local bakeries bake their own bread and get flour from local mills. Local groceries use local farmers to sell fruits, vegetables and milk and egg products. There is no need to ship in the goods when it’s made not farther than 10 miles from where you live! Food tastes better when it’s fresh-I swear!

Each year 6 million Americans fall ill and 5,000 die from food borne diseases. That means that (a) the food became rotten en route to the final destination/your stomach (b) the harvesting and/or growth or slaughter of the food was improperly administered.

Look, I’m not suggesting you join PETA and become a vegan, hell! I LOVE meat. What I’m saying is that you cannot turn a blind eye to the process in which your food gets to your table! There are so many missteps that can be taken in the slaughter process that can kill you. YOU. Improper blood drainage, improper treatment of the animals BEFORE the slaughter, animal feces’ improper clean up- that’s right, you could be swallowing some meat that was marinating in it’s own feces. Just think before you buy the cheapest slab of meat, it’s for your own health.

For the most part local farms don’t use toxic chemicals or pesticides that can seep into the vegetables or fruits and subsequently into your body. For the most part local farms don’t useunethical treatment of animals in order to produce more milk. Animals on family farms actually have human contact, not the cold unforgiving clamps of milk extractors.

Your local economy will grow too, if you support it. Since 1935 4.7 million family operated farms died- that’s staggering! And we can change that. Just imagine for a minute, if 15 years ago we had just half of those dead farms in more local markets, maybe American toddlers wouldn’t weigh the same as a 16 year old.

The atmosphere of locally-owned establishments is yet another reason why they’re better. In locally owned coffee shops (like the Central Perk in “Friends”) or record stores or clothing stores, they post items about local cultural events, art shows, galleries, music/theatre. By promoting and supporting local artists and farmers it creates a community- a community in which you wish you would have grown up in; and that we have the power to create for our children.

If you’re not savvy to all your local places, www.yelp.com, www.dailycandy.com and www.idealbite.com are great websites to help with that.  Also, most cities have farmers markets when the weather permits for you to get the best and most fresh food in town!


Eat, drink and shop locally!


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