iPOD design

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Father of invention: “The iPod is like a cigarette pack for those addicted to music instead of tobacco.” Very apt. Of course, if you want to grab one at the last minute you are probably out of luck. John Lewis reported yesterday that they have sold out of them. Understandable as approximately 1.79 iPods were…

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Giss a job

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Your New Core Strategy: Employee Retention: “one day in the not-too-distant future the job market will swing back toward the job seeker’s advantage. And when it does, the effect on some organizations—particularly those that let employee satisfaction and retention strategies take a back seat to seemingly more pressing issues of corporate survival—could be severe” Interesting…

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In da hood

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Having ordered a few items of clothing from the US of A, and being amazed to find that the clothes were too SMALL… I wasn’t holding out much hope for the arrival of my Blogger hoodie. However it arrived and it fits! Cue ‘Gangsta G’, hood up, chillin out, yo bad wicked style on the…

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Meaningful?

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Black artists take over US top 10. Expected? I guess so, but does it really hold any significance? SHOULD it hold any significance? I enjoy Hip-Hop, RnB (old and new), Rap, Soul (old and new), all of which are classed as ‘black music’ and I understand why it holds the categorisation. But that doesn’t mean…

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Worse to worser(er)

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The President of the US of A once again shows he is open-minded and forward thinking: “‘I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or the other,’ he told reporters in Washington.” Isn’t it about time for an assassination attempt? I mean…

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Independence Day

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The date has not gone unnoticed here at Something Towers, but I’ve not really found the need to mention it, until this was forwarded round work: Pitchfork Picks Our New National Anthem. I strongly urge my American visitors to read this over, and the rest of us can learn something about American history and then…

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23 reasons to hate Beckham

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Number One: If his ‘ultimate sporting hero’ is Michael Jordan, then he has some bloody nerve stealing his number! Doesn’t he realise that shirt numbers are retired in the US when a legend leaves the game? Number 2 – 23: Because. Sorry, thoroughly sick of all the hype surrounding a ‘slightly better than average’ football…

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Evolution of language

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I’m a writer by trade (technical writer/author/communicator) and have spent long meetings discussing various style issues, how to handle bulleted lists (capitalise the first word of each bullet? end each bullet point with a comma, preface the list with a colon), the finer points of US versus UK spelling and grammar. Frequently I’d get frustrated,…

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Eat, drink and be thankfulSo I’m guessing the net will be a tad quieter today as all those Yanks (hey I can call them what I like, they are stuffing themselves full of food and watching a 14 hour long American Football game, or is it the commercials they watch? Hmmm) are celebrating Thanksgiving. As…

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Baggage screeningThink you could spot a knife or gun in an X-ray of bag or briefcase? Think you could do the job? MSNBC has an interesting look at baggage handling in the wake of government reforms in the US. Find out how hard the job is.I scored 50% and marked 4 bags incorrectly, but many…

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Anti-AmericanismOK, having posted the link yesterday, I’ve re-read the article and have to conclude that I’m disturbed, not just by this article, but the fact that this kind of thinking is pervading further and further into society. Separating political values (if that’s the correct term) from this and you are left with the worrying thought…

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Which month is it?According to the (US-based) National Health Information Center it’s:Baby Safety MonthChildren?s Eye Health and Safety MonthCold and Flu CampaignGynecologic Cancer Awareness MonthHealthy Aging MonthLeukemia & Lymphoma Awareness MonthNational Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery MonthNational Cholesterol Education MonthNational Food Safety Education MonthNational Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention MonthNational Sickle Cell MonthOvarian Cancer Awareness…

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World Summit

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I’ve been following the coverage of this sporadically, but it doesn’t seem to be going too well at the moment. According to BBC News: Crisis looms over world summit. The US Bush Administration is, once again, looking for a way to get away with doing what they like. The arrogance of this attitude angers many,…

US targets al-Qa'ida

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I’ve not commented much on the ‘war on terror’ that is being waged at present. Recent announcements by the US government are concerning though. The Pentagon says: “We’re at war with al-Qa’ida. If we find an enemy combatant, we should be able to use military forces to take military action against them.” “…assassinations are part…

Nuts (actually applesauce)

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Man, you US Bloggers get all the parties.. (OK so there is ScotMeet, which I’m unfortunately gonna miss due to a badly timed wedding). Ohh and not only that, but Julie has had the re-design bug as well. Can’t wait for The MotherBlog!