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Xbox 360 warranties extended.

Microsoft has extended the waranties on xbox 360‘s manufactured before
January 1, 2006 to a full year. The company stated that there was a high number of these xbox’s which were displaying the 3 red lights of death and so to compensate they have created this new policy. Also from my understanding, all those who had xbox’s repaired that were manufactured before January 1, 2006 will be receiving refund checks. Call 1-800-4my-xbox if you want more details, those who have already called have verified that their warranties are extended. Read more on the xbox forums, and on Gizmodo.
This is great news after learning about Sony’s price gouging plan for PS3 Games.

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PS3 games to cost $100!

It has been learned from the Tokyo Game Show that some PS3 games will cost $100!! Apparently some games will retail for $75-$85 but they will range up to $100. The 200% cost spike is said to be due to higher development costs.

Personally I think its absurd. How is a 12 year old going to get his hands on 3-4 games if they are $100 each?

More info via IGN.


More bucks for Starbucks.

Starbucks Corp. said Thursday that it plans to raise prices of its drinks by an average of 1.9 percent and its beans by 3.9 percent.  The increase goes into effect Oct. 3 at all company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada.  This will be the first time the company has boosted drink prices in two years and the first time they have ever raised prices on beans.

Not sure if I am the only one, but I already thought their coffee wasa little overpriced.  I end up spending the same amount for a cup of coffee as i spend for lunch at subway.  I can’t blame Starbucks for raising their prices since energy costs have gone up, but now, even more than before, I want coffee from local coffee houses where it tastes smooth, not bitter, and doesn’t empty my wallet.

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Teenage Angel by Addict

Teenage Angel by Addict

She’s in love but she doesn’t know
What she needs or how to let go.
It feels like being married,
She was too young to miscarry.

She says, “Bye, bye my childhood dream man,
I will keep in touch if I can
Spent the best years of my life with you.”

Happens every time
You start to lose yourself
You turn to blame
The one who loves you the most,
To stay and work it out
Is harder than to run away

So she leaves a note
Beacuse to his face she couldn’t say,
“Bye, bye my teenage angel
I don’t know how the spell was broken
I don’t know what I’m doing
But I’ll miss you.”

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5 ways to increase blog traffic.

Here are 5 steps I took to increase traffic to my blog, taking it from 20 uniques a day to 500 uniques a day.

  1. Pick a theme: Pick a theme/topic for your blog, specialize in it, and stick to it. Participate in other websites and forums that specialize in this topic. Make sure to include your URL when you participate. Submit your blog to directories on this topic.
  2. Have Quality Content: Make sure your content is good quality. You want to have good clear titles that serve to both to instruct readers on what you are writing about and also provide keywords for search engines. Make sure your content is free of typos and inaccuracies (research the topics well). Link to sources and related information, this gives a chance for readers to continue reading about the topic and learn more. Tag your content using Technorati tags.
  3. Cover content that needs attention: If you are blogging about (let’s say) video game consoles, and everyone is wondering what processor the xbox360 is running on, write about it! Give everyone the answer. Try to address issues and questions like this in your topic. It will give your blog a unique feel since you are not just saying the same thing as everyone else using a different voice.
  4. Give your URL exposure: Make sure that those that you know are familiar with your URL. Put your URL in your email signature, add it to your busness card, and include it in your signature in your signature on forums.
  5. Make your posts accessible: Have an email this post link, this way readers who like a post you have can send it to their friends and family. Have a site RSS feed. Many readers use feed readers now and you want to remain accessible to them. Publish regular updates.

For more tips on blogging check out my guides – Blogging Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Happy Blogging!!

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The Corporate Zodiac

This is awesome and compliments the Corporate Lessons joke well.

Astrology tells us about you and your future simply by your birthday.The Chinese Zodiac uses the year of your birth. Demographics tell us what you like, dislike, whom you vote for, what you buy and what you watch on television.

Well, the Corporate Zodiac goes a step further: simply by your job title, people will have you all figured out…

MARKETING: You are ambitious yet stupid. You chose a marketing degree to avoid having to study in college, concentrating instead on drinking and socializing – which is pretty much what your job responsibilities are now. Least compatible with Sales.

SALES: Laziest of all signs, often referred to as “marketing without a degree”, you are also self-centered and paranoid. Unless someone calls you and begs you to take their money, you like to avoid contact with “customers” so you can “concentrate on the big picture”. You seek admiration for your golf game throughout your life.

TECHNOLOGY: Unable to control anything in your personal life, you are instead content to completely control everything that happens at your workplace. Often even YOU don’t understand what you are saying, but who the hell can tell?! It is written that the Geeks shall inherit the Earth.

ENGINEERING: One of only two signs that actually studied in school, it is said that ninety percent of all Personal Ads are placed by engineers. You can be happy with yourself: your office is typically full of all the latest “ergodynamic” gadgets. However, we all know what is really causing your “carpal tunnel”…

ACCOUNTING: The only other sign that studied in school, you are mostly immune from office politics. You are the most feared person in the organization; combined with your extreme organizational traits, the majority of rumors concerning you say that you are completely insane.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Ironically, given your access to confidential information, you tend to be the biggest gossip within the organization. Possibly the only other person that does less work than marketing, you are unable to return any calls today because you have to get a haircut, have lunch, AND mail a letter!

MIDDLE MANAGEMENT/ DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT/ “TEAM LEADS”: Catty, cut-throat, yet completely spineless, you are destined to remain at your current job for the rest of your life. Unable to make a single decision you tend to measure your worth by the number of meetings you can schedule for yourself. Best suited to marry other “Middle Managers”, as everyone in your social circle is a “Middle Manager”.

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Bar Review 9/14

Went to the weekly law school Bar Review last week.  Had a decently good time, I was in good company so I was happy.  The bar that was chosen for the event was Finn Mccool’s in Santa Monica.  It was a casual, laid back, Irish Pub.  Pretty decent if you aren’t trying to make a full on production out of your night.

Good times.

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My Law Professor got lost hiking.

A friend of mine told me a little story about a professor getting lost hiking in 2005 so I did a little googling and found an article.  Turns out my Contracts Professor, Roger Alford, and his family got lost hiking in the hills above Pepperdine. Check it out.
Here is the article from Pepperdine’s newspaper, The Graphic:

Fog traps family in nearby hills

Staff Writer

A simple family hike through the hills above Pepperdine turned into an ordeal that lasted over eight hours after fog rolled in and left School of Law Professor Roger Alford, his children and friends stranded.

Alford’s family along with a family visiting the Alford’s from Texas, about eight people in all, left for a hike around 5 p.m. March 9. Soon after, fog rolled in and at 11 p.m. that night the hikers were reported missing by Alford’s wife, Leslie.

After the hikers were reported missing a search and rescue team was sent out with members of Department of Public Safety, Pepperdine’s Fire Department, The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Public Safety Sergeant Alex Ghazalpour was one of the first people on the scene. He said they first wanted to see if the rental van the hikers were using was still where they had left it, on Via de Casa on campus. The van was still there, which confirmed that the group was still in the mountains.

Patrick Smith, part of Pepperdine’s Fire Department, was a member of one of the three three-person crews that went to search for the hikers. He was told the family was heading for a helispot, a helicopter landing site, and so his crew headed for the site. Before leaving they also set up floodlights and spotlights to give the hikers something to walk to.

“We found a toy gun on the trail that turned out to be one of the children’s, so we knew we were going the right way,” Smith said.

Smith said between 3 and 4 a.m. another search team was able to establish verbal communication with the family and later found them. He said they had found some sort of one-room garage for shelter.

After the family was found, the crews began the long journey back through the fog.

“When we came down the mountain … I’ll never forget this, one of the little kids comes up to me,” Smith said. “He was probably around 8 years old, and he holds out his hand for me to shake and says ‘thank you.’”

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When it rains, it pours.

Two days ago I was walking around outside with my roommie and explaining how much I hate the rain.  I live in SoCal and really dislike being rained on.  We laughed about how I will try to refuse to leave our apartment when it is wet out.  This was all fun and games until I woke up the next morning to the sound of water hitting my window.  Thats right, it was pouring outside.  Rain wasn’t even in the forecast, but outside it was pouring.  Just my day I guess.

I muttered about it, got my breakfast ready, and turned on my TV to watch some morning news while I ate.  The first image I see says “El Nino Returns”.  Apparently, it isn’t my year either.  Going to be a rainy one! Last time we had El Nino was in 1997 and I don’t remember it to be pleasurable.  Also this is probably going to cause some trouble here in Malibu because the soil is loosened from the fires (destruction of plant life) so the rain will probably cause some adverse effects.

What IS El Nino?

El Niño is officially defined as sustained sea surface temperature anomalies of magnitude greater than 0.5°C across the central tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño is associated with a positive anomaly.

You can read more about El Nino and how it has arrived this year Here.

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Remembering 9/11

I just wanted to take a moment to remember the 9/11 attacks of 2001.  Today is years since the 9/11 attacks took place and many memorial and rememberance services are taking place.

“We’ve come back to remember the valor of those we’ve lost, those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them,” former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said.

Thank You.

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