Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Greatest Self-Realized Ego-Centric Quote

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“Wouldn’t you give anything to be me for just 10 minutes?” - Madonna


'Touring has become the bulk of Madonna’s business (the last tour grossed $408 million, the most ever for a solo artist) since the music industry went belly up and consumers stopped buying records.

She’s not ready to talk about specific plans for this go-round, but it’s safe to assume that her ticket prices will continue to be astronomically expensive, Great Recession be damned. “So start saving your pennies now,” she says, sounding annoyed that any-one would suggest these prices are prohibitive. “People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together, and come to my show. I’m worth it.”' - The Daily Beast

A world class entertainer, singer, songwriter, producer, director, and video visionary, Madonna has sold more than 300 million records in the course of her three-decade career as The Material Girl. She is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Her last tour was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history. Madonna is currently in the recording studio working on a new album scheduled to be released next year. Her new film W.E., which she directed, wrote and produced,  will open nationally on Feb. 3, two days prior to Super Bowl XLVI.

Cheat Sheet For You

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Everyone needs one. So. Here it is. 

Florida's Primary Colors

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Designers are playing with mood boards tonight.  Creating a palate for Florida, for Big Newt and Big Mitt. What would their rooms look like?  What would be the colours of this Florida Primary? Let's ponder that question.





Mood Board
Tangerine
Fresh Green and Turqoise
Boat
Lime in the Coconut (fruit and candle)





Before I go. What colour space would you design for Presidential hopeful, Stephen Colbert? 


The Daily Beast Breaking Election News

Is Sex Better After 50?

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Post 50 singles want sex, and they want it often. Given that people over 50 are the biggest growing group in online dating and the most likely to use match-making sites, it's no surprise that sex is on their minds. In fact, a new survey by dating site OurTime.com found that 97 percent of midlifers consider regular sex important for their romantic relationships. And single post 50s aren't seeking sheet action every now and then -- 65 percent of those surveyed want it two to three times a week. - HuffPostLove50

Here's a video with Arianna Huffington and Rita Wilson with Joy Behar. Insightful!

Google Flu Trends

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Achoooo! Didn't know the facts. Now I do. You can too! 

I've been sick. Yes, I hate to say it, utter it.....confess it, suggest it...for what you think about you bring about, but I truly have been ill. Since early December 2011.  I've tried all forms of extreme self-care. Water, chicken soup, sleep, aromatherapy, steaming, walking, fresh air, vapo-rub, vitamins, garlic, fever pills, hot lemon drinks, medicated syrups, ginger ale, herbal teas, good food, praying, meditating, positive thinking, working and anything else I can think of.  Now I'm into Airborne...and healing thoughts. Tastes like orange soda!




Here is a good map of Canada and Flu.

Facebook IPO: Should You Buy?

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(CBS News)  
The IPO of 2012 is almost here.

Facebook is set to file to for its initial public offering as early as Wednesday, which may fetch a valuation as high as $100 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Should you buy? Here are some links for research purposes. 
LIKE it.
Facebook News

The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
Facebook on Google Trends
Up to the minute Facebook articles.
Facebook

And in other really important world news, Nicole and Paula will not be back for the next season of X-Factor.

The Cost of Living (Magazines)

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(Disgraceful!) Push your cart over my foot if you disagree with me. Food prices are soaring! (and sadly my addiction to magazines is costing me my arm and my leg) Even those people 'with money' are commenting on the price of average, every day items. Like fresh produce and cereals or dairy or meat. Three juicy strip loin steaks, $28.00.  One pound of bacon $6.00.  Large boxes of Cheerios, $7.00.  Is there an end in sight? Are coupons in vogue today due to rising grocery bills?  Are those meal replacement shakes and frozen dinners looking more and more delicious and  affordable?  (I heard a whisper in our town: people are dining on $1.39 McBurgers to make ends meat....um...ahem...meet.)





If charity begins at home, then please, please send your gift to Northern Canada. How would you like to pay these prices:

Cheez Whiz $29 jar
Honey $12 jar
Cranberry Cocktail $38 bottle
Baby Formula $41 can
Kraft Cracker Barrel Cheese $19.50 750g
Milk $4.20 quart
Tropicana Orange Juice $10.39
Cabbage $4.00
4 Tomatoes $8.50
1.36 kg Margarine $28
1 package of spaghetti noodles $13


What does this mean for consumers? (here are some thoughts from The Globe and Mail


Less spending, more saving, and making a lot of sacrifices.
Vacations are among the chief items on the chopping block. Nearly one-third of Canadians say they are likely to delay taking a holiday....., while a similar amount plan to delay getting a new car, according to the new RBC report.
It also found that 55 per cent of Canadians are comparison shopping to find lower prices on food, while nearly half say they are following budgets more than in the past and foregoing impulse purchases.
Nearly 30 per cent of Canadians are leaving their cars at home altogether, making fewer trips and increasing their use of public transit. (More on a Pedestrian Lifestyle in the coming days.)

(Forty-nine million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from.)
Food is available. We just can't afford it. 
(Francis Moore Lappe: Throughout her works LappĂ© has argued that world hunger is caused not by the lack of food but rather by the inability of hungry people to gain access to the abundance of food that exists in the world and/or food-producing resources because they are simply too poor. She has posited that our current "thin democracy" creates a mal-distribution of power and resources that inevitably creates waste and an artificial scarcity of the essentials for sustainable living.)



Footnote:  I challenge you to find anyone who loves magazines as much as I do, but I fear soon I will be reading e-mags only. Here in Canada, magazines cost $5-$15 each issue.  (unless printed mags would love to send me some - complimentary -  and I will write sponsored posts about each issue here. hint. hint.)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

NEW Original: Great Things

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Eye-watering spring drenched blooms and colours grace this mixed media original diptych, signed by Artist, Patti Friday.  Each piece is 8"x10" (x2) on archival canvas pre-mount.  Acrylic, Ephemera, graphite, gouache and imagination!  $100 CAD for both. Great Things. 16"x10" in total. (Plus shipping and handling - invoiced via Paypal.) Please contact if you need it, want it - gotta have it....it's yours! (The sweet sister diptych of Good Finds also available for sale here. Collect Both!


CONTACT:  pattifriday@hotmail.com or pattifriday@facebook.com


See other original artworks by Patti Friday currently available here.

NEW Original: Good Finds

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Eye-watering spring drenched blooms and colours grace this mixed media original diptych, signed by Artist, Patti Friday.  Each piece is 8"x10" on archival canvas pre-mount.  Acrylic, Ephemera, graphite, gouache and imagination!  $100 CAD for both. Good Finds. 16"x10" in total. (Plus shipping and handling - invoiced via Paypal.) Please contact if you need it, want it - gotta have it....it's yours! (The sweet sister diptych of Great Things also available for sale here.) Collect both!

CONTACT:  pattifriday@hotmail.com  or pattifriday@facebook.com

See other original Patti Friday pieces currently available here.


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