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Canine Business Directories Fido Factor is a User-Generated Listing of Dog-Friendly Places

Dog-Friendly Places

Dog-Friendly Places

Canine Business Directories Fido Factor is a User-Generated Listing of Dog-Friendly Places. If your dog is your hairy BFF, then Fido Factor, a US directory of dog-friendly restaurants and other places, may be a welcome tool. The Fido Factor site gathers user-generated content through its iPhone app and Facebook integration, then makes it—as well as photos of canines patronizing their favorite haunts—available online. The Fido Factor directory neared the 1,000 listing mark in July 2010 and will no doubt continue to grow as people learn about it. The goal of Fido Factor is to: To make dog friendly policies the norm rather than the exception. It’s our magical little dream that dogs will eventually be welcome everywhere! Provide dog owners with information on which places are dog friendly and how to visit each safely. Let the community determine which dog friendly spots are the best of the best.

MGMT’s recent album ‘Congratulations’ is a “grower”, according to one of the duo’s dad.

MGMT's recent album 'Congratulations' is a "grower",

MGMT's recent album 'Congratulations' is a "grower",

 MGMT’s recent album ‘Congratulations’ is a “grower”, according to one of the duo’s dad.   The pair’s second album has had mixed reviews, but Bruce VanWyngarden, father of frontman Andrew, has urged fans to stick with it. VanWyngarden senior is the editor of newspaper Memphis Flyer, and has given readers his verdict on the album. “‘Congratulations’, MGMTs second album, is dense, lush, textured, difficult in places, absolutely euphoria-inducing in others. It is, as they say in the music business, a ‘grower’ — that is, repeated listens reveal more depth and complexity,” he wrote on his Memphis Flyer blog. “The lyrics blossom and begin to live in your head. The songs become earworms. It was the second-best selling album in the US last week. So yeah, I’m proud of my son.” He added: “This has been a completely biased report on a Memphis kid who’s doing pretty well in the music business.” Bruce VanWyngarden also admitted that his relationship to the band had made it difficult for his paper’s journalists to cover MGMT.  “The growing notoriety of my son Andrew’s band, MGMT, has long been something of a dicey issue for the Flyer’s music writers,” he wrote.   “I feel their pain. It’s a lose-lose proposition for them. If they are critical, they risk pissing off or at least irritating their boss. If they praise the band, it looks like they’re sucking up. No matter that MGMT has been praised and dissed and profiled by every major music publication and music blog around the globe, it’s still a ticklish deal for our guys.”

Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward” by Ben Dyer

Supervillains and Philosophy

Supervillains and Philosophy

Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward” by Ben Dyer  The comic book world is full of equations, theories and principles that would rival the combined works of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Many of these are unspoken postulates and chief among these is that for every great superhero there must also be a great supervillain, be it Lex Luthor to Superman, The Joker to Batman or the Green Goblin to Spider-Man. So says the foreword to the anthology “Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward.” As part of the ongoing Pop Culture and Philosophy series, “Supervillains” picks up where predecessor “Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice and the Socratic Way” left off in discussing the battle between good and evil as found in the multi-paneled world of the glossy pages of comic books and graphic novels. Here however, contributors look specifically at the dark side, and no, we’re not talking about Darth Vader. Philosophical writers and comic book experts from all walks of life in academia and otherwise provide 19 essays worth of content on topics ranging from moral authority to the nature of existence to the application of science. Mad science, specifically. Like most entries in the Pop Culture series, there is a blend of classic philosophy and how it relates to modern topics, be they “Harry Potter,” “The Simpsons” or Bob Dylan. Here is no exception, as writers under editor Ben Dyer draw inspiration from Plato, René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, to name a choice few. Especially noteworthy is Andrew Terjesen’s thoughts regarding Plato student Aristotle’s definition of the term “magnanimity” and supervillain Doctor Doom’s embodiment of the idea of being nobly obligated to rule. As one of the top baddies of the Marvel Comics universe, the character of Doom has long been simultaneously renowned and criticized for being the archetypal European dictator with delusions of grandeur and plans of universal domination. Terjesen expands on this concept by questioning Doom’s role in the Marvel community and whether or not his intentions are basically good with negative outcomes. Such is the query of many essayists, as the word “utilitarian” keeps popping up again and again as they evaluate what truly separates a hero from a villain, particularly the motives of “X-Men” villain Magneto in fighting for the betterment of mutant life. Contributors to this work approach their writing in different styles, whether it’s a fictitious conversation, such as the chapter “New Wars, New Boundaries,” or a recount of certain character’s back stories, like “Two Fates for Two-Face,” a look at what shaped the psyche of one of Batman’s most well-known adversaries. There are numerous similarities between these topics and the ones found in “Superheroes and Philosophy,” as well as entries in the comparable Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, including “Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul,” “Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test” and “X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse.” But there’s no lack of new issues to be examined alongside these previous texts, especially with the Marvel Comics “Civil War” miniseries and the film version of the villain-centric story “Wanted” making for poignant talking points. Whether you want a better insight into Brainiac, Venom, The Sandman and more, or you can’t get enough of Friedrich Nietzsche, “Supervillains and Philosophy” is as enjoyable a read as any Superman or Iron Man title. And there are so many more pages?

Independent And Unsigned? Sounds2Buy Is Looking For You!

Sounds2Buy

Sounds2Buy

Are you a signed, unsigned or independent artist keen to sell your music and be heard by thousands of people over the internet?  Then it’s time you checked out Sounds2Buy.com, a new professional platform that lets musicians make their work available to download at some of the most competitive prices you’re likely to stumble across in cyber space.  Covering a wide range of music categories, from hip hop to classical,Sounds2Buy is a refreshingly easy-to-use website with an eye-pleasing design. Some of the exciting features you can check out now include:  A reviews section where artists and bands can review each other’s tunes and help boost their sales and their profiles! A merchandise area that lets artists sell items like t-shirts and mugs they even provide an interface to design your t-shirt quickly and easily.  A news section featuring varied and interesting articles about music to keep those creative juices flowing for bands and artists!  The opportunity to have your music played through Sounds2Buy’s partner radio station, Ore Stone Radio.  Ben Rivaux, founder and company director of Sounds2Buy, explains that three types of account are available to users of the site: “The first type of account is free and lets users upload one video and as many as five of their tracks for streaming, so artists can start building a fan base straightaway.  “The second is a Premium account that costs money and lets users sell up to 12 tracks, and the third“ also a Premium account costs even m0re money  for 12 months and gives artists the option of selling up to 24 tracks.”   Devoted music fan Ben, who says he came up with the idea for the site after growing frustrated with big companies making huge profits from artists, is aiming to put song royalties back where they belong: in the pockets of the musicians who created them.   He concludes: “If your music Sounds2Good, come and join us on Sounds2Buy!”    Sounds2Buy.com is a UK VAT-registered limited company.

Movies and advertising and sales

movie-theater-own-400ds0813Egyptians used papyrus to make sales messages and wall posters. Commercial messages and political campaign displays have been found in the ruins of Pompei and ancient Arabia. Lost and found advertising on papyrus was common in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Wall or rock painting for commercial advertising is another manifestation of an ancient advertising form, which is present to this day in Continue reading →

Top Site Tip: UK Music upfront and ruthlessly independent

ukmusicUKMusic.com is upfront and ruthlessly independent ! They are the only music website that brings you the UK music scene by the people in it.  The good, the bad and the ugly – the reality.  No industry spin. No artist endorsement. No hidden agenda. Just upfront, honest and opinionated views from independent music fans. Stand up, be tall and be counted.  Your opinion matters and that is why UKMusic.com is visited by over 400,000 Continue reading →

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