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Oscar Awards Celebrity Goodie Bags

You can’t help but thumb through the fashion mags after a Hollywood award show to see what the stars wore-the good, the bad and the downright shameful. But one aspect of all the glitz is the goody bags the stars take home. Sure, it may take an entire paycheck (or two or three) to afford just one item from these hush-hush swag bags, but we still want to know what’s in them. What is so intriguing about millionaire celebrities (who could stop working today and still live more comfortably than the general populous)getting free stuff that we’d eat Ramen noodles for a month to own?

Maybe it’s because stars set the trends-and even if you’re not a closet E! News devotee, you’ll run out to buy those hot shades Paris Hilton was photographed wearing. And as much as it pains us to think about the unfairness of it all-stars hold a lot of clout when it comes to product endorsements-the very reason companies load them up with free loot. So, even if you think you’re the most stylish accountant to grace corporate America, thousands of people won’t buy leopard-print pants simply because you wore a pair to the office party.

Okay, so what’s in the bags? It could be a Gaiam’s Organic Spa Experience, complete with European-style glass aromatherapy essential oil diffuser; organic cotton towel; organic cotton robe; soy pillar candle; botanical shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash and cleansing bar; meditation and Yoga CD sets; and a Maize storage chest.

Celebs at the recent Academy Awards took home a Motorola Special Edition Black RAZR V3. in a keepsake and personalized Jonathan Adler box (sorry folks, this tricked out version of the Motorola’s popular mobile is a celebrity exclusive).

How about a two-night stay for two at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, California valued at $2,500? www.bernardus.com Or a sterling silver choker/braclet/earring set made of pearls and Bali beads by Cathy Jordan?

To keep track of celebrities’ 15 minutes of fame, guests could take home a Fabio Micucci Fabio Micucci (no, not that Fabio) hour glass. And presenters at a past Oscars got a Micucci crystal decanter with a sterling silver stopper (perfect for all those celebrity offspring born with a silver spoon…oh you know what I mean)

It’s a bitter pill to swallow but we both know you’ll be breaking out the Top Ramen (and I’m right along with you).

Exploring Reggaeton Music and Dances

Reggaeton is a type of urban music that has become widespread in popularity among young music lovers in Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Reggaeton music originated in Panama and caters to Hispanic youth, with rapping and singing often in Spanish. The music is a blend of Jamaican style music such as dancehall and reggae and Latin America style music such as salsa, bomba, plena, merengue, bachata, hip hop, bolero, R&B, and Latin pop.

Reggaeton music boasts its own specific rhythm and beat. The rhythm of reggaeton is often referred to as “Dem Bow.” The name Dem Bow references the title of a dancehall song from the 1990s by Shabba Ranks. Though the music genre of reggaeton is mostly associated with Puerto Rico (where this style of music was popularized and became famous), the lyrics are more hip hop type lyrics than dancehall.

The Beat of Reggaeton

It’s the reggaeton beat, or Dem Bow, that drives the music and dances. The beat is described as a drum-machine track that originated with Jamaican dancehall rhythm. Reggaeton combines a syncopated snare and steady kick drum to create an unusual rhythm. There’s a 4/4 beat emphasized by the kick drum, and the snare starts with the “and” of the 3rd 8th note and right on the 4th 8th note. There are about 95 beats per minute, and the result is a magnified “boom-ch-boom-chick” sounding beat.

Reggaeton beat sounds are usually synthesized electronically. There are also simple melodies created with electronic instruments, keyboards, and electric guitars. The beats are versatile, and can be based on bolero, hip-hop, salsa, merengue, bachata, or other similar beats.

The Reggaeton Dance

Sensual (and controversial) dancing can often be seen in reggaeton clubs or on music videos. The perreo type dance is a form of grinding dance derived from Puerto Rico. The dance puts women in control of the dance and is very provocative in its nature. Perreo moves are popular in dancehall, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop music as well. A slightly calmer form of reggaeton dancing is cumbia, which was originally a folk dance and music from Colombia. Like perreo, the cumbia dance is flirtatious in nature with the women luring the men toward them and then pushing them away.

Some of the leading artists in reggaeton include CandyMan, Esko, Fito Blanko, Nicky Jam, La Fabrica, Don Miguelo, Daddy Yankee, De la Ghetto, DJ Blass, Baby Rasta & Gringo, Don Chezina, Lito & Polaco, Eddie Dee, Adassa, El Chombo, and Tony Touch. Some popular producers of reggaeton music are Eliel, Luny Tunes, and Noriega.

With the widespread popularity of reggaeton music, there are now many radio stations specializing in this type of music. There are also online radio venues where fans can download music, listen online, or watch the reggaeton music video of choice. The major benefit of online radio is fans can listen to their favorite music or watch their favorite videos around the clock.

The Celebrities Of Pirates Of The Caribbean

For those of you who haven’t seen Pirates Of The Caribbean, you should. For those of you who have, we’re going to take a look at the performances of the the actors / celebrities that made the movie what it is.

Jack Sparrow – Johnny Depp

Jack Sparrow himself could be ranked among the celebrities of Hollywood. Johnny Depp so masterfully and realistically created his character that Capt Sparrow has taken on a life of his own.

Truly, the playing of Capt. Jack has added a feather to Johnny Depp’s hat. Johnny’s performance could categorized into several categories – the persona of Captain Jack, the action, and the script. Mr. Depp did a stellar job in all three areas, even helping out with the script. All of the “eunuch lines” were Johnny’s invention – a brilliant invention if the number of times they have been quoted by fans is any measurement of success!

Elizabeth Swann – Kiera Knightley

In playing Ms. Swann, Kiera successfully balances a mixture of action, romance, feminine appeal, and tomboyish toughness into the character we know as Elizabeth Swann.

Of course, when we first meet with the grown up Elizabeth, she is a not-quite-proper daughter of the English governor. By the end of the movie, she has been a lover, pirate, warrior, marooned beauty, etc. Kiera even does some of her own stunt work, certainly giving her a higher place in the class of Hollywood Celebrities.

Will Turner – Orlando Bloom

Of course we could never forget the young, dashing idealist, Will Turner. Will is a self disciplined, blacksmith and warrior, who falls in love with Elizabeth Swann, defying class and social lines. The way Orlando Bloom plays Will reminds me in many ways of Legolas, from Lord Of The Rings. Both are earnest, attractive young gentlemen with great skills in fighting. And of course, the both use their skills to save lives.

Jennifer Aniston’s Best Sedu Hairstyles Pictures

If you are a girl and you are looking for some way to add a little spice to your looks then you want to start thinking along the lines of Sedu hairstyles. These styles are the ones that are going to set you apart from all of the other girls that you go to school with or the women that you work with. Only a Sedu hairstyle will be able to add that grace and glamour to your image without any overtly showy accessories. But before you start trying to create your own Sedu looks you need to take a good long look at some Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures.

The Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures that you see are going to be the key to your overall success. You can take a look at what the Sedu hairstyles have done for her and then take it from there. Once you have seen the Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures you will be able to see why so many people are talking about her and her hair. Not only is she a gorgeous and stunningly beautiful woman, her hair is perfection. It is straight and it flies behind her as she walks, it is everything that a Sedu hairstyle should be. And now you can have that same glamorous look for yourself, all you need to do is get a Sedu flat hair iron for your own hair.

Your best bet is to get the Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures and the sedu flat hair iron and then try to model your own hair after hers. This does not mean you have to end up a carbon copy of this actress or anything but this is a good place to start. When you are starting out with anything new it can be distressing to know how to go about it. If you have Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures to work off of then getting the hang of this Sedu straightener will be much, much easier for you in the long run.

Once you have mastered the looks in the Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures you can then move onto more creative and unique Sedu hairstyles. You can make up the perfect Sedu styles for your own personality and who knows, in time people might be looking at your pictures instead of the Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures for inspiration.

Once you have the hair straightened you should consider trying all different kinds of Sedu hairstyles. What makes the Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures and the Sedu styles so powerful is their versatility. You will find that once you have used the Sedu iron your hair is much more manageable than it has ever been. It is then that you will be able to put it up in any number of different styles. It is amazing what you can do with your hair once it has been straightened and tamed. You can really go wild and get creative at this point and not only will you look fabulous, you will have had fun as well and it will all have started with the Jennifer Aniston Sedu pictures.

Invite A Best-Selling Author To Your Book Club

In an attempt to provide readers with a unique and compelling experience, author John Shors is making unheard-of efforts to connect with book clubs across the country. Shors is the author of “Beneath a Marble Sky,” a work of historical fiction based on the remarkable story behind the Taj Mahal’s creation. “Beneath a Marble Sky” has been hailed by book reviewers as a “work of art,” is being made into a major motion picture by Hollywood and won a “Book of the Year” award from ForeWord magazine.

For the past two years, Shors has been asking book clubs across the country to invite him to participate in their meetings. By his count, he’s spoken (via speakerphone) with about 200 book clubs. Says Shors, “I grew up reading several books a week and after finishing many works wanted to ask the author questions. Unfortunately, I only had a few such conversations, usually at a book signing with a roomful of strangers. Feeling that readers deserved more, I promised myself that if I ever had a novel published that I would go to great lengths to connect with readers.”

“Beneath a Marble Sky” was published as a hardcover in 2004. As his book hit best-seller lists, Shors created his book club program, through which he called into book clubs across America. Clubs needed to simply contact him in advance and have a speakerphone handy. Shors promoted his program via his Web site (www.beneathamarblesky.com) and was soon chatting with several book clubs a week.

“My book club program has been extremely enjoyable, both for me and readers,” Shors says. “Readers are able to ask me any sort of question about my novel, the publishing industry or the process of turning ‘Beneath a Marble Sky’ into a major motion picture. They get to talk with me among their friends and in a manner that is extremely casual and open-ended. Most every group, as our call winds down, tells me that this has been their all-time favorite discussion.”

Consumption of Music on a Rise

Music is being consumed in more ways than one and at a higher rate then every before. The MTV generation is use to not only hearing their music but seeing it as well. If they see a song that they like they can then buy that songs in multiple media forms from vinyl and CD to digital with DRM (digital rights management) and Mp3 without DRM. If they like the video and the song then they can go to Youtube and view it there until their hearts content. But the digitalization of music has done more. Not only is it easier to view videos but it easier to find and discover new music, acts and bands as well.

MySpace has built a multi-billion dollar network on the backs of up-and-coming acts and unsigned bands and their friends. Myspace and sites like this have exposed many people to new and unheard music and continue to do so at an astonishing rate each day. As a band or act it is now seen as a smart business move and cool to be associated with a brand or land a sync-license in a TV show or commercial. This twenty years before was a direct threat to your artistic vision and classified as “selling out”. But now these things are all used to innovatively expose music to the masses and making it easier to discover it.

Technology has created mega-channels of distribution. Peer-to-peer networks have opened the floodgates to obtaining free music. Furthermore, because digitized music takes of bytes instead of floor space you are now given a wider range of music to choose from at digital retailers. And of course copying CDs have never been easier and soon the CD will be wiped from that equation level just the transfer of bytes in order to obtain your music.

What this means is that music consumption is increasing. Production cost is lowering. Distribution is widening and more acts and bands are being heard. There is a need out there for making the discovery and sharing of music simpler and easier. Music is an identifier for many people and these people are getting larger and larger iPods that just simply need to be filled.

Be Kind To Your Piano When You Put It In Storage

You own a piano you love. But, you find that you need to put it in storage for a while. How should you go about doing it?

Many experts will tell you to avoid storing a piano if at all possible. It’s suggested to do everything you can to find a relative or friend who can keep the piano in their home or apartment until you’re ready for it again.

But what if that’s not possible?

A climate controlled storage facility is the best storage choice. Then the piano won’t be subjected to big temperature swings and big humidity changes, both of which can cause a lot of damage to a piano.

Pianos are very sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. Frequent, severe swings in temperature and humidity can wreck the wood piano case; doing things to it such as drying it out to the point of cracking if it’s too dry for a long time or warping it and wrecking the wood if it’s too humid.

Frequent or severe temperature and humidity changes will also cause the piano to go out of tune sooner than it normally would. It can also cause the wool cloth in the piano actions on better quality pianos to deteriorate.

If you have a piano at an unheated summer home or cottage, it’s probably better to keep the piano there during the cold winter months than to move it back and forth every year. If a person has to choose between storing a piano in a place that’s very hot versus very cold, the piano will usually fare much better in the cooler place. Some experts suggest placing moth balls in the piano during the winter storage period, taking care to make sure the moth balls don’t touch the finish of the piano. Just be sure to remember to remove them before you start using the piano again.

One additional warning comes from “The Piano Book” by Larry Fine (an excellent and comprehensive resource book on pianos). He says a piano that has been kept for years in an area that was damp or unheated should never be moved to a dry location or a well-heated location. Larry says pianos that have had this done to them have been known to “self destruct” in a short period of time.

Best Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing

What grooves you? Why do you want to improve?

Regardless of your intentions – whether to get started playing, learn a few licks of your favorite tunes, or want to expand your repertoire to include blues, funk, or rock and roll music, on your way to recording yourself, there are resources out there that can help you.

Here are a few ideas that may help you better understand your guitar playing and some solutions you can consider.

Guitar videos
You can purchase guitar playing videos, either for home or computer watching, that include hand position, strumming technique, rhythm and timing, and finger exercises that take through various type of songs. Essentially these become a mirror for you in learning to play as you mimic what you’re watching on screen and then reproduce this on your own. With commitment and determination, this can be a good one to go – especially for the visual learner who likes to learn primarily on their own.

Guitar lessons
You can find a community of guitar instructors in your surrounding area who are either private tutors or work through a community college. You’ll want to consider their expertise, the type of students they work best with, their flexibility with your schedule, success stories, and of course their fees, in considering working with them. In pursing guitar lessons, you can either do one on one or group – both have their plusses and minuses but either can work for you.

Playing partners
Find someone in your local community who plays. You can do this through asking the local community college, posting online to a resource like craigslist, or asking the guitar shop. The idea is to develop a friendship with someone who is a bit better than you who wants the accountability of practicing weekly. What you can provide is the commitment to meet up with them weekly and practice. In return, you can learn from their techniques or methods what works. Of course, you always need to be aware of learning bad habits in situations like these, which is why it’s important to have a foundation in guitar technique before starting.

Guitar theory
Related to guitar technique is developing a basis in guitar theory. Chord patterns, minor and major chord progressions, note scales, and overlap with piano and percussion instruments can all give you a basic structure upon which to layer in the knowledge and technique you gain in your guitar playing.

Playing guitar can be a wonderful expression of one’s musical and creative talent. And with a commitment to constant improvement, it can provide a lifetime of enjoyment for yourself, friends, and family.

The Best Excitement and Relaxation Destination

Its best gourmet hotspots offer practically everything from crisp fish to top specialty lager of the South East. It is a standout amongst the most element goals in Florida, which is not worth a miss and you could check for Flights to Tampa to have the most magnificent and simple occasion ever.

Best Time to visit Tampa

Tampa is highlighted with a muggy sub-tropical atmosphere. As it is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, the Warm Gulf stream helps in making gentle winter climate. Cool spells additionally could occur in winter, sporadically in Tampa. From spring to fall, the Weather in Tampa is warm and damp in Tampa making it offensive for open air exercises. Have a go at staying away from unfavorable atmospheres when you search for a minute ago flights to Tampa to not ruin the occasion inclination.

Spots to Cover in Tampa

You should consider Tampa Bay on your vacation list, or the perpetual experience the goal offers. Regardless of the length of remain in the area, there are various wild and gentle Tampa Attractions that is standing by. Its Theme Parks, Aquariums, Botanical Gardens and Zoos are an unquestionable requirement to investigate. Book shoddy flights to Tampa now to investigate clearwater marine aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry stop zoo, stream paddling, iTrekkers angling Charters and so on.

Best Attractions in Tampa

• Bok Tower Gardens: It is one of the finest gardens in America and a nature save range that encompasses a 205 foot marble etched chimes tower. Every day shows occur in this Mediterranean style manor and this building is additionally a National Historic point of interest.

• Canoe Escape: The Hillsborough River could be investigated getting it done as it goes through 16,000 section of land Wilderness Park to find Florida. Fowls, gators and turtles could be found in their normal territory in the two hour downstream paddling experience.

Convenient And Affordable Car Parks

There is nothing more helpful that reasonable auto parks at region airplane terminals. Indeed, these settings assume a crucial part in most traveler landings and flights. With regards to finding the correct scene to address your issues, you need to choose whether you need to stop your vehicle inside the terminal or outside. Regardless of which choice you pick, you are ensured convenient and proficient administrations no matter how you look at it.

Terminal auto parts tend to cost more than those outside and neighboring the air terminal. In any case, these administrations offer an indistinguishable security and insurance from external parcels. This incorporates camera observation day and night, alongside security monitors and even infrared alerts. Inward parcels additionally offer vehicle support for upon demand. This, obviously, is for travelers that will go on broad occasions or business trips.

External parts are without a doubt a ton less expensive than terminal parks. Indeed, these settings are viewed as monetary stopping, which may exclude every one of the courtesies as premium parts. Notwithstanding, carry administrations are accessible all day and all night. This guarantees all travelers make their flights on time and with no bother or disturbance. External parts are known as stop and fly in the business, and are to a great degree advantageous for all household and universal travelers.

A few parcels offer premium upkeep administrations for developed stay autos. This incorporates checking the battery, alongside tire weight. Travelers, obviously, should leave their keys with nearby orderlies. This does not imply that these experts will mishandle or drive your auto around voluntarily. This is illegal, and all vehicles are observed by focal dispatchers and order.

Air terminal auto parks keep on soaring in worldwide notoriety. From Intercontinental Airport in Houston to London Heathrow, these scenes are intended to encourage incalculable vehicles. There are dependably cripple open spots accessible, alongside a lot of space for substantial vans, transports, trucks, SUVs, and even cruisers. In the event that asked for, secured stopping is accessible also. These are awesome for travelers that don’t need their autos being recolored by heavy deluges and tempests