Cowabunga. Get all the radioactive reptile action you can handle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Collection ($30). This four-disc set includes copies of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time, and TMNT on Blu-ray, a collector’s comic book, a beanie hat, and a sketch with co-creator Peter Laird’s autograph. Order in a pizza and enjoy.
These days, most of us are heading to malls to shop for the festive, aka gifting, season. With new malls popping up in every corner of this planet, they have become an inevitable destination for serious shoppers, window shoppers as well as tourists. These mammothic architectural wonders are more than just shopping destinations and spread out with the best entertainment and recreational opportunities too. As I compiled the list of top 10 biggest malls for 2010, it dawned upon me that four of them are located in the China, the nation which is racing to become the world’s largest luxury goods market.
1. Topping the list is South China Mall from China of course. Though it has opened up in 2005 and boasts of 6.46 million sq ft. of gross leasable area, most of its retail space is still reported to be vacant. This mall has seven zones modeled on international cities, nations and regions, including Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Venice, Egypt, the Caribbean, and California.
2) Golden Resources Mall – China
This second largest mall in the world, is also known as ‘Great Mall of China’. With 6 million sq ft. of gross leasable area, it houses 230 escalators, a skating rink, over 1,000 shops and a huge space for restaurants.
3) The Dubai Mall – Dubai
This marvel of Middle East is touted to be the largest on the basis of total area (12.1 million sq ft.). However only 6 million sq ft. of it is gross leasable area. With a skating rink, water world and gold souk under its roof, it set record way back in 2008 by opening up with 600 retailers.
4) West Edmonton Mall – Canada
Located in Canada, this former world’s largest mall is the largest in North America. It retained the title of the world’s largest for two decades from 1981 till 2004 with gross leasable area of 3.77 million sq ft.
5) Istanbul Cevahir – Turkey
It is reported that this mall is the largest shopping centre in Europe. Located in Istanbul, Turkey, it brings 343 shops, about 50 restaurants, 12 cinemas, including a private theatre, a bowling hall, a small roller coaster and a glass roof with the second biggest clock in the world under its roof. It claims the 5th spot with 3.47 million sq ft of gross leasable area. However we have also reported about another mall, Westfield Mall, London, claiming to be Europe’s largest.
6) Berjaya Times Square – Malaysia
This twin tower complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia houses a shopping centre and two five star hotels. The 48-storeyed bulding stands tall at 666 ft and includes Asia’s largest indoor theme park, Cosmo’s World and Malaysia’s first-ever IMAX 2D & 3D theatre. It is listed with gross leasable area of 3.44 million sq ft.
7) Beijing Mall – China
Not only has this mall made it to the world’s top 10 largest mall, but it also holds a slot in the top 10 luxurious malls of Beijing with a gross leasable area of 3.4 million sq ft.
Eastwood Mall – USA
Located in Ohia, Eastwood Mall is one of the largest and most diverse shopping centre which opened up more than four decades ago. Including a 6,300-seater stadium, exposition centre, hotels and theatres, the total complex is one of the largest in the United States. Eastwood Mall Complex has a gross leasable area of 3.2 million sq ft.
9) Grandview Mall – China
With an ice skating rink, an amusement park, a five-star cinema, fashion stores and beautiful musical fountains, the Grandview Mall in Guangzhou, China, made it to the top ten list with a gross leasable area of 3.0 million sq ft.
10) King of Prussia Mall – USA
Last on the list is the King of Prussia Mall in Philadelphia, USA which opened in 1963, almost five decades back when Malls were only meant for the most well-heeled. It is a popular Philadelphia tourist attraction and tourists comprise 20 per cent of the mall’s shoppers. It has a gross leasable area of 2.79 million sq ft.
I would like to bring your attention to a fact that the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th slots are occupied by malls spread across North and South America. Folks from these two continents can also boasts of such iconic malls. I would also like to make a honorable mention about the Russia’s biggest mall, Vegas which is reported to spread across a 400,000 square meters (4.3 million square feet)!
Forbes Europe will be based in London or Paris and it will probably launch in 2011. Mr Forbes said he had spoken to European advertisers and there had been a lot of interest in Forbes Europe.
“Even though everyone is focused on Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain, there is a recovery coming. And this is precisely the right time to move in. We want it [Forbes Europe] to be entrepreneurial. This is the right time for a European magazine,” he said.
While the licensee editions are local language versions of Forbes, Forbes Europe’s content, like Forbes Asia, would be in English with original, local content.
In August 2006, Elevation Partners became a minority shareholder in a newly formed company, Forbes Media, the publisher of Forbes magazine, Forbes.com and other media properties.
Mr Forbes also offered his advice to the UK Government. “Don’t believe because you’re cutting spending you must raise taxes. do what is right to get the economy moving and then people will forgive you for how you got there.
“What you have to do is combine tough measures with measures that will be conducive to encouraging growth,” he said.
“And if [George] Osborne and the Bank of England strengthen the pound, exporters will howl, but if people believe in the pound again then that would be good for the euro.”
He added that Britain should adopt a tax code similar to some Asian territories.
“You afford to do that because you are growing. Asset values go up if people see a future.”
He said he had sent David Cameron a copy of his book on the benefits of flat tax.
Mr Forbes said the group will not introduce paywalls on Forbes magazine’s websites.
Earlier this year, Mr Forbes relinquished his chief executive role at Forbes Media. Gentleman’s Quarterly publisher Mike Perlis was brought in as chief executive.
Personalized wine bottles are a great way of making any occasion even more special, and also make nice gifts. Johnnie Walker has also jumped on the bandwagon with the choice to craft your own one-of-a-kind gift by adding a personalized message with their custom engraving service. So, pick your preferred bottle to reward your friends and family and make them feel special. An engraved bottle retails for $220 and it’s available at fine liquor stores nationwide.
Via: Johnnie Walker
Read more: http://www.bornrich.org/entry/gift-a-personalized-johnnie-walker-blue-label-bottle-this-christmas/#ixzz18I1pb6up
You’d think that being crowned Apple’s iPad app of the Year (not to mention one of TIME magazine’s top 50 innovations of 2010) might make the cats at Flipboard lazy, but that’s not the case — they’ve just rolled out a major 1.1 update which adds Google Reader, Flickr and a host of user-requested features.
Flipboard, Inc. snuck out an update to Flipboard late Wednesday, bringing the “social media in a magazine format” app to version 1.1. Among the new goodies are Google Reader sync, Flickr photo feeds and more full content from The Washington Post, Bon Appetit and more.
Perhaps the feature most anticipated by Flipboard lovers is syncing with Google Reader accounts, which has become the most popular way to read RSS feeds. Now the dream is a reality — simply tap Add a Section, select Google Reader, type in your username and password and you’re off and running. From a top menu bar in the Google Reader section, you can select any or all feeds to read, including starred and shared items (and you’ll be able to star, share or comment on additional stories right from within Flipboard).
Flickr is another Flipboard 1.1 addition that will make users flip with joy. Browse all Flickr has to offer, including photostream, favorites, groups, contacts’ photos and interesting photos of the day, all within Flipboard’s luxurious interface.
There’s also even more full content available to read right away, including new Flipboard Pages from The Washington Post, Bon Appetit and a special Sports Illustrated Swimsuit All-Access preview that goes behind the scenes during the making of the magazine’s popular Swimsuit Edition.
Flipboard hasn’t forgotten its roots, and now you can flip through Facebook groups, fan pages and photos right from your feed as well as browsing Twitter favorites, tweets, @mentions and lists. You can now post photos, status updates and Flipboard pages across Twitter, Facebook and even Google Reader, all with faster performance across the entire app.
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1. Houston Astros Fan Bo “The Bailer” Wyble Lets Foul ball Slam Into Girlfriend Sara Saco-Vertiz
Boy takes girl to baseball game. Girl, amazingly, worries aloud about being hit by baseball. Boy reassures girl. Ball flies at Boy, who ducks, and lets ball slam into Girl’s body. Boy and Girl go on CBS Morning show (why not?) and Girl announces they have broken up (oh-that’s why). Boy threatens to do something super tawdry and post lingerie pics of Girl on Internet. Girl, not to be outdone, tawdry-wise, just goes ahead and posts those pics herself. It’s the classic American love story. Like Casablanca, except everyone is gross and it makes you depressed for humanity.
2. LeBron James And “The Decision”
LeBron: “Hey, guys. I’ve made my decision: I’m going to give an interview to a legendarily unlikeable interviewer, screw over my hometown team at the last possible second, and move to the douchiest city on Earth—and I’m going to announce it live on TV while pretending to care about a charity that I won’t mention until so late in the special that everyone in the country (a) already hates me and (b) has already turned the TV off. Is this a good idea?”
Everyone Who Makes Money Off LeBron (simultaneously, and without a second’s thought): “Yes!”
3./4./5. Baseball’s Year of Yay + Ouch (three-way tie)
Kendry Morales of the Angels hit a grand slam, then did the ol’ leap-up-in-the-air-and-land-on-the-plate thing, and broke his leg. Later, the Marlins’ Chris Coghlan tore the meniscus in his left knee while mashing a pie into a teammate’s face after a walk-off hit. Then, most embarrassingly of all, the Yankees lost the World Series because they all got herpes. (I’m writing this on Oct. 14. A guy can dream.)
Do you remember as a kid sitting on a phone book because you were too small to reach the table? Now your kids can have their very own Yellow Pages Booster Seat ($20), which we think is pretty cool. It’s kind of a retro throwback item….only we’re sure much more comfortable than the stiff ol’ phone book.
James Bond has most likely influenced people’s suit-wearing habits more than any Other fictional character has. Dr. No (1962, directed by Terence Young) established the classic look for the character for the many films that followed. Throughout Dr. No, Sean Connery wears five unique tailored ensembles. Each outfit is simple, classic and worthy of imitation. The idea was to put Bond in suits that were distinctly British, but keep things simple because a secret agent should never stand out. Yet because of this simplicity, the clothes still look fresh today.
Three of the five tailored ensembles in Dr. No are basic lounge suits: one in dark grey, one in light grey, and one in a fine black and white glen check. The latter two suits are fairly lightweight, appropriate for the Jamaican weather. The first, worn on Bond’s arrival in Jamaica from London, is a heavier suit which one would imagine is quite uncomfortable in the tropical heat. Bond also brings along a grey felt trilby (which can appear as green in some prints); perfect for London but much too warm for Jamaica.
Each suit is cut and detailed the same way by tailor Anthony Sinclair of Conduit Street in London (which is at one end of the famous line of bespoke tailors, Savile Row). Sinclair cut a 2-button suit coat with strong padded shoulders, a roped sleevehead, high armholes, a soft and somewhat draped chest and a nipped waist. He also cut a shorter jacket length and lower button stance compared to most English tailors, though this might be in part due to the trends of the 1960s.
All of the suits in Dr. No have jetted pockets without flaps and side vents, details that would change in later movies. The lapels in Dr. No are fairly timeless in width, though in the following movies they narrow and date themselves to the 1960s. Overall, the look of Bond’s suit coat is a rather timeless one.
The same can also be said of the trousers. They all have double forward pleats, the kind that open towards the fly. These are typical of English bespoke suits as opposed to the reverse pleats most men are accustomed to these days, which open towards the pockets. The pleats are not seen when the jacket is buttoned and serve to make the trousers more comfortable and drape better.
These trousers have a long rise and sit at Connery’s waist. Suit trousers that sit at the waist rather than the hips help create a more unified look. The suit jacket should flow into the trousers, and there should never be a gap revealing shirt or necktie between the jacket button and the top of the trousers. His trousers are cut with ease through the hips, but the legs are tapered down to the bottom for a military-like appearance and finished at the hem with turn-ups (cuffs). The turn-ups weigh the trousers down and keep them looking neat. The trousers are designed to be comfortable and allow ease of movement (very important for a man of action such as Bond), yet also be aesthetically pleasing.
Connery never wore a belt with his suits, as that would break the flow from top to bottom. But he did not wear braces (suspenders) either. Instead his trousers featured something known as ‘Daks tops’, invented by Simpsons of Piccadilly.
With Daks tops the waist is adjusted by button-tabs on each side, and these tabs are connected to an elastic band that runs through a tunnel around the back of the waist. With these tabs the waist can fit very precisely, and the elastic allows adjustment throughout the days as the waist expands and contracts. Most button side-adjusters have only two buttons on each side but Connery’s trousers have three. He also used one of the buttons on the left side of the trousers to secure his shoulder holster. Self-adjusting trousers eliminate the need for belts and braces, allowing for both lighter travel and lighter wear.
Apart from the three suits, Bond also wears navy serge blazer, cut the same as the suit coats except it has three open patch pockets. The blazer buttons are silver-toned metal; with two on the front and two on the cuff (the suits have four buttons on the cuffs). With the blazer he wears charcoal grey flannel trousers, identical in style to the suit trousers.
As for the shirts, they are all white or pale blue cotton poplin from Turnbull & Asser and feature the same spread collar that is still on their shirts today. The shirts have a narrow placket down the front and no breast pocket. A unique feature of these are the 2-button turnback cuffs (also known as the cocktail cuff, amongst many other names), a rakish style that somewhat resembles a rounded club collar. It is a style that a lot of shirt makers get wrong, as they cut them with squared edges that not only look clumsy but easily get caught inside the jacket sleeve. A properly designed turnback cuff should flow back elegantly with rounded lines.
The neckties are all dark blue grenadine ties (NOT the same as a knit tie) and also come from Turnbull & Asser. In Dr. No, James Bond ties his neckties with a Windsor knot, something that Ian Fleming’s Bond despised, but thankfully in most of the following films he ties a four-in-hand knot. To finish the ensemble, Bond wears a neatly-folded white linen handkerchief square in every breast pocket.
The last part of this analysis will be devoted to Bond’s first and most famous outfit, the shawl-collar dinner suit (or tuxedo to the Americans). Like any proper single-breasted dinner jacket, this one fastens at the front with only one button. A nice feature are the silk gauntlet cuffs – the turn-back at the end of the cuffs. It is an Edwardian decoration, and perhaps their only purpose is that when they wear out they can be replaced. Otherwise, the cuff fastens normally with four silk-covered buttons. Traditionally a dinner jacket should not have vents at the back, but it is acceptable for a man of action such as James Bond to break some rules. The trousers are cut the same as the rest of his suit trousers but, of course, with a silk stripe down the side of each leg.
Bond wears a diamond-pointed batwing bow tie, and his breast pocket is adorned with a simply folded white linen handkerchief. The shirt is the standard choice in England with black tie – a white cotton poplin with a pleated front, spread collar and double cuffs for cufflinks. The buttons on the front of the shirt are typical mother-of-pearl found on any well-made shirt.
Some may insist on studs for black-tie while others only wear them with white tie, but James Bond does not wear studs very often. He probably just finds them too fussy and likes to dispense with anything unnecessary, which leads to the lack of a waistcoat or cummerbund. Occasionally Bond has worn either but more often than not he goes without a waist covering. On his feet he wears black socks and black patent leather plain-toe oxfords. When Bond is travelling from his club to the office, he wears a black homburg and black chesterfield coat, the most traditional outerwear for black tie.
Bond’s black tie ensemble worn in Quantum of Solace (2008) pays homage to the original but with a few changes; this time he wears a cummerbund and his trousers do not have pleats. Yet, apart from the width of the lapels, every other detail is the same. Both are within the realm of classic style and neither will ever look dated. That timeless look is achieved by keeping things as simple as possible and avoiding trends, a problem that Roger Moore’s Bond encountered during the 1970s. The whole point of Bond’s wardrobe is to be classic and timeless so that when you are watching the movie 48 years later it still looks fresh.
By Matt Spaiser. Learn more about the costumes of 007 at Matt’s blog The Suits of James Bond.
Don’t Let A Wall Be An Obstacle to Hanging Pictures
Just grabbing a hammer and a few nails may not be the right way to start hanging the art. So, before you are left with unsightly holes, chunks of plaster on the floor or your masterpiece in pieces, Danny Lipford, host of “Today’s Homeowner,” has some advice.
Lipford says one of the first steps to successfully hanging your favorite framed picture or mirror, is to choose the right picture hook or fastener for the job. To determine the right hardware, you must consider both the type of wall surface, as well as the size and weight of what you are hanging.
The three most common wall surfaces are drywall, plaster and masonry — each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Drywall is softer and therefore it is easier to insert a picture hook. The problem however, is that if inserted wrong, the picture hook can come out just as easily as it went in.
Plaster, while much harder than drywall, may hold a fastener better. Getting the fastener in may be where the challenge lies.
Masonry or brick is probably the least common but most challenging wall surface.
With drywall, the safest and easiest way to hang a picture is to locate a stud (a vertical wood beam behind the wall) and drive a screw straight into it. If you leave a small amount of screw protruding slightly, you will be able to safely hang your picture from it. Lipford says the easiest way to locate a stud is by using an electronic “stud finder.” It is widely available for as little as $10 (although advanced models can be considerably more expensive). The device senses changes in density behind the wall and signals the area where the stud can be found.
If you don’t have a stud finder, Lipford says, you can use “low-tech” methods such as tapping the wall until the sound goes from hollow to dull, indicating the location of a stud. Also, wall or switch plates can serve as a clue because they are usually (but not always) nailed to studs. Generally, studs are an equal distance from one another (usually 16, 20 or 24 inches apart). Once you have located the center of one stud, you will be able to locate and mark studs around a room.
If a stud is not in the spot you wish to hang your picture, you must then choose the appropriate picture hooks or fasteners. Picture hooks are generally rated by how much weight they can bear, so Lipford warns to choose accordingly. For lightweight frames and mirrors, regular picture hooks, “elite” picture hooks or EZ hangers are perfectly fine, he explains. Simply hammer the nail for the hook in at an angle. This will help provide the support required.
For medium or larger pictures being hung on drywall, toggle bolts or molly bolts will provide the additional support required. Both toggle and molly bolts have wings that “expand” once inserted into a wall. A Molly bolt is a screw with a metal sleeve that splits once the screw is turned — forming wings to grip the inside of the wall. To install, drill a hole to fit the widest part of the Molly, tap it in and turn the screw to expand the wings. Once the wings have expanded, unscrew and remove the bolt, attach the object being hung and screw the bolt in tight.
A toggle bolt functions much the same as a Molly, but the installation is much simpler. Choose a bolt long enough to include the object plus the wall plus the length of the toggle when folded up and drill a hole large enough for the folded wings to pass through. Place the object being fastened to the wall over the bolt, attach the wings and then push it through the wall. Once the wings expand, simply tighten the bolt to the wall.
Lipford says a new hanging system that can make hanging pictures much easier is called “Attach-it.” Attached directly to the back of your picture, this hardware allows you to simply push your picture onto the wall. This innovative product not only effectively secures anything to the wall, the included miniature level ensures your picture hangs and stays straight, according to Lipford.
Plaster walls are much harder than drywall and attempting to hammer a nail through plaster will almost certainly be futile, Lipford says. The best bet is almost always to use a masonry bit to drill a hole and insert a “wall anchor.” Anchors are sleeves that expand into the wall as you drive in a screw, providing additional grip on the wall.
To install, drill a hole just large enough to insert the anchor and, if necessary, tap the anchor until it is flush with the wall. Drive a screw into the sleeve, and either leave a small amount of screw protruding to hang your picture on, or attach a fastener to the wall. Usually anchors come packaged with the right size screw for the particular insert as well as instructions on the right size hole to drill.
For masonry or brick walls, there are two basic options to hang a picture. The first is to once again use a masonry bit as you would for plaster walls. The other is to create a built-in picture hook by using a small amount of an epoxy mixture and inserting the picture hook into the mixture before it dries.
Allow the mixture to dry completely before hanging anything from the hook and again, be sure to choose a fastener that is rated to hold the correct amount of weight. When you decide to take the picture down, you can remove the epoxy with a chisel.
Here at Mac|Life, we really do love free apps. We love loading up our iOS devices with seriously utilitarian apps that live in the cloud, too. Here’s a look at some of our favorite cloud applications that work across ALL platforms–Mac, iPhone and iPad.
If you’re not a part of drop box, you are seriously missing out on one of the most helpful services we’ve ever used. The service plants a folder on your hard drive that syncs across all computers using the service. The mobile app lets you view your documents and even play a song on the go.
If you’ve got MobileMe, there’s no reason not to access it on your iOS device. iDisk lets you view and share your MobileMe files, as well as view iWork, Office, Quicktime and PDF files. You can also access other Public folders from this particular app.
Box.net lets you store up to 5GB Free of files in the cloud. You can view all your files–Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDFs, audio, and more–on your iPhone and iPad through this nifty free app. You can also add comments on files and folders to differentiate between versions and get a detailed list of what has been uploaded, downloaded and updated.
I use Evernote for organizing my entirely scattered brain. It’s great for pictures, simple URL saving and snippets. The app is wonderful because I can access my shopping list whenever I’m lost inside a department store, or show friends the ridiculous internet memes I’ve clipped for a later date.
Friendly for Facebook
Um, social networking is in the *cloud*, alright? Pictures of last Friday’s party, notes you share between your friends and messages of love and betrayal all reside on those thousands of servers Facebook’s got camped out somewhere in the US. And since there’s no native Facebook app currently available to the massed, this one will have to do.