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    A fine piano music box is a work of art

     

    Music boxes have always come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small enough to fit in your hand, while others are designed to hold jewelry, and still others are large enough to stand alone like a piece of furniture. Wood, metal, glass, and stone; jewelry boxes are familiar to all of us. Equally familiar is the musical jewelry box. In fact, it is almost rare to see one without the other. A piano music box is another variation on that theme, and what a unique and intriguing variation it is! A piano music box is exactly that; a music box shaped like a piano. But its appeal extends well beyond its familiar shape and the songs it plays. Some piano music boxes are simple enough; the least expensive models are often just a standard music box inside a case that resembles a piano. And like many other music boxes, they often have room to hold trinkets and jewelry. But it is the expensive, hand crafted models that are so unique and interesting, they have to be seen to be believed. Often imported from Europe, a hand crafted piano music box is a work of art. Hand carved, hand-painted, and inlaid with rare stones, piano music boxes can often cost hundreds of dollars or more. The lids of these miniature grand pianos lift and reveal the musical movement, which is the heart of the musical instrument, just like a real baby grand. The musical movement on a piano music box is just as impressive as the case in which it sits. A high quality piano music box can be custom ordered with a musical movement that fits your needs. A basic musical movement might be capable of playing eighteen notes, and that would allow a piano music box that is outfitted with that movement to play simple songs that are short in duration. As you progress in price in sophistication, the musical possibilities become greater and greater. The most expensive musical movements are capable of up to one-hundred and forty-four notes. This allows a piano music box to play intricate songs that last much longer than the more basic movements allow. Naturally, the list of available songs becomes quite long when your piano music box is outfitted with the finest musical movements. A piano music box is something that is sure to bring joy to its owner, and it is equally likely to be passed down as a family heirloom. Its ultimate appeal lies in the fact that it is so much like its full sized counterpart. Its beautiful woodwork and beautiful sound make a piano music box more than just a music box; it is a work of art.

         
    A good jewelry cleaner brings back the shine

     

    Jewelry shines if it is properly cleaned and polished. People have treasures at home in the form of diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. These are often set in gold, silver or platinum. Some of the jewels are antiques that have been handed down from ancestors from one generation to the next. Jewelry can lose its shine if it is not properly cared for with a good jewelry cleaner. Everyone with some jewelry to protect should find out about the jewelry cleaners that are available so they do not cause damage to valuable pieces. Different types of jewelry require different types of care so jewelry owners should investigate the jewelry cleaners to make sure that they buy the best one for their jewelry. There are jewelry cleaners that simply remove the tarnish from metals such as silver that have a tendency to tarnish with time. There are strips that can be stored with some jewelry to keep the tarnish away rather than polishing these pieces regularly. Jewel bags can eliminate some of the cleaning if these are used properly to store the precious jewels. The cost of the jewelry cleaner should be worth keeping these treasures bright and shiny. Several Jewelry Cleaners Are Available on the Market Jewelry cleaners will bring back the shine that was present when the pieces were first purchased, but all the cleaners should be examined carefully because some substances could damage the jewelry. Some effective jewelry cleaners are bubbling tablets that are safe for some types of jewelry. These tablets often come with a special container for just the right amount of cleanser. These are easy to take along on trips so the jewelry cleaner is available at all times. Some of the latest technology is used to make jewelry cleaners that are sonic type boxes for cleaning jewelry. These sonic cleaners create bubbles which clean the jewelry in all the small spaces that cannot be reached easily. These get rid of grease and dirt so the jewelry sparkles once again. Some of these will clean watch bands and keys with the same machine. Some of these machines come with timers so the jewelry is kept in the cleaner for just the right amount of time. These also come with temperature controls so the jewelry will not be harmed in the cleaning process. Some of these machines can clean with just water so there are no harmful substances such as ammonia that could damage fine jewelry.

         
    A growing demand for poetry books

     

    Where were you when American poetess Sylvia Plath gassed herself in her London kitchen at the age of 30 during the harsh winter of 1963? Not perhaps the stuff our memories are made of, but all that could change. There is a distinct revival worldwide of interest in poetry and poets. This is expressed in the increased purchase of poetry books – anthologies and works by individual poets – in the new and secondhand book markets. There are a number of reasons for this: The internet allows the discussion and publication of poetry in a way previously impossible considering the uneconomic nature of the physical publishing poetry and publishing critiques, both amateur and academic. The brash and materialistic eighties preceded the fantastic and terrified nineties. Now here we are here in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century, more sober and reflective, wondering where the world is going. Out of this a generation is emerging a present-day version of the 60’s and 70’s dreamers and idealists. They want more than self-help books, more than herbal remedies and fatuous fantasies. There is a return to serious intellectual examination and spiritual actualization. And by serious I don’t mean lacking in humor. I’m talking about intellectual acuity (take the works of travel poet Bill Bryson for instance) compared to idiotic ramblings (say the books of creative conspiracy theorist David Icke). Bryson is funny and perceptive while Icke is obtuse and laughable. There’s a big difference. We are moving away from weak thoughts to profundity. Can there be any explanation other than this when a 17-year-old youth enters our bookshop asking for The Complete Works of Byron, or when a blonde girl no older than 15 says she is searching for the poems of Shelley? In a decade of book-selling this has never happened before. Suddenly we are buying poetry books again to meet demand, and retrieving the slim poetry books we relegated to boxes in the basement, to create a special poetry section. This makes sense of the revival of interest in the sixties ballad-poets: Leonard Cohen and Joan Baez. Once again Bob Dylan is speaking to the contemporary generation. T. S. Eliot and Ted Hughes are being discussed again. The demand for the work of Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran can barely be met. Dylan Thomas is revisited. There is renewed interest in the war poets and so-called world poetry: the Senegalese, Thai, French and Swedish poets. And why not? It is possible because the books are available and affordable, thanks to the international online book-buying market and the renewed interest in poetic thought. Can a rediscovery of Shakespeare’s sonnets and Milton’s Paradise Lost be far off? Horde any old poetry books and poetry anthologies you still have. You could catch your children reading them one day in a way you never did. Call it poetic justice.

         
    A guide for interior design when choosing art

     

    There are several factors to consider when choosing art for the home or office and often these factors interrelate so I thought it best to break these up into categories for the sake of simplicity. #1 The Composition and the Room: This is a great place to start. There are certain types of compositions that are best fitted to certain rooms. For example, when I think of the kitchen I think of fruits and vegetables, chefs, wine bottles, etc. When I think of the bedroom I think passion, softness and perhaps botanical, like a large rose picture. When I consider the bathroom I might visualize images that portray a clean, fresh, good smelling idea. Yes, it is ideal when the images we choose help the mood of the room. Another consideration with composition involves the application of more than one image in an area. When several pictures carry a common theme a very different feel is given to the room. #2 Color: Color considerations include the walls, furniture, carpeting, window treatments or draperies, trim molding and other room enhancements. The colors in a room should complement one another. An art piece with a well balanced array of color can tie a room together. If a room is empty I like to choose the art first and then the furniture. Usually, people do the reverse, however, choosing the art first makes sense when you think about it. To illustrate, how often does someone walk into a room and say, “That ottoman is majestic! It just takes my breath away!” However, that can happen with a well chosen piece of art. Often, art will be the show piece of a room. So, rather than let the furnishings dictate what your art will look like, allow the art to dictate what kind of furniture you'll choose. #3 Space: This aspect can be tricky. Say, for example, you have a space above your stove that is a foot and a half tall by four feet wide. It could be hard to find one image to fill this space. However, you could use three images of a similar genre. I might choose three 8 x 10 sized images of grapes placed vertically. Another challenging space might be a very large sized wall or a room with a vaulted ceiling. A grouping of images often does the trick in both of these situations. I have also seen very large prints, 4 x 8 feet tall and larger, put to good effect. Art this large is proportionately more expensive, of course. Another option is to use a single image broken up into several gallery wrapped canvases spaced apart to cover a large area. #4 Genre and Personal Preference: Perhaps there is an art piece that you are particularly fond of but it clashes with the style and architecture of your home, or maybe it just doesn't match the color scheme of the room you want to put it in. I have seen people change wall colors and room accents to accommodate art. At the end of the day, I guess the real question when it comes to art is, does the art I chose put a smile on my face and on the faces of those who live here? If we can say yes, then everything else is just a rough frame work when it comes to choosing art.

         
    A guide to being a great emcee

     

    You're the funniest and most charismatic member of the family and now your niece has just asked you to emcee her Scarborough wedding. The joke about the priest and the rabbi gets lots of chuckles at the family reunion but it just won't do in front of 300 wedding reception guests. The following are a few pointers and suggestions on how to make an entertaining Scarborough wedding reception. Know the Order of Events It is imperative that you know beforehand all the important events which will take place during the wedding reception and when each one will occur in Scarborough wedding reception. Be Knowledgeable Make it a point to know every member of the wedding entourage, by name. Especially if there is to be a receiving line, familiarizing yourself with each member of the party becomes extremely important in your Scarborough wedding party. Be Engaging Get the audience involved in the entertainment. Have a few guests offer a toast to the bride and groom in your Scarborough wedding. Be Enthusiastic You don't have to be deliriously funny or charismatic but a huge smile and a hearty laugh goes a long way in a Scarborough wedding party. Take note as to how well the guests receive your joke or story in your Scarborough wedding party. If, after you've told your best joke, you can hear a pin drop - you'll know it's time to move on. Know Your Limits Even though you are the master or mistress of ceremonies at your Scarborough wedding, it does not mean you have to announce every single aspect throughout the course of the wedding reception. While you should announce that the bride and groom are now going to cut the cake in your Scarborough party, you should not have to point out that Uncle Darrell has just gone up to the buffet table for the third time in your Scarborough wedding party.

         
    A historical background of playboy magazine

     

    Playboy Magazine continues to be the premiere American adult magazine selling over one million copies every month in the U. S., fifty-three years after its inaugural issue. Indeed Playboy magazine has surpassed the true test of time from its first issue in 1953 with none other than Marilyn Monroe as the centerfold. Despite getting banned from various countries due to explicit pictures of its female models, Playboy magazine’s sales continue to increase. Playboy Magazine was founded by Hugh Hefner (affectionately known as Hef) and his associates who formed Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Hef, initially wanted to name his magazine Stag Party, obviously aiming for male readers. However, Stag Company had patented the name and threatened to sue Hefner and his associates if they proceeded to use the trademarked name. After discussing the problem they decided to think of another name. One of Hef’s associates suggested the name playboy, from the Playboy Automobile Company where he previously worked. And so in December 1953, the first issue of Playboy Magazine was published bearing no name, since Hefner was not sure at that time whether a second issue would be published. The first issue’s centerfold was a picture of Marilyn Monroe, which was originally intended for a calendar issue. But, despite the uncertainty on the second issue of the Playboy magazine, the maiden issue was sold out in two weeks time. Actual sales for the maiden issue of Playboy were pegged at 53,991. With the success in sales of the first issue, Hefner and his associates moved on and published the second issue. This time, Playboy magazine’s official logo, that of a bunny wearing a tuxedo bow tie was born. The rabbit was chosen to be the official mascot of the magazine for the animal’s playfulness, which is what the magazine was trying to impress upon its readers. Through the years, Playboy Magazine has featured many celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany, Shannen Doherty, Katarina Witt among other famous celebrities who have posed for the magazine in their most provocative poses and barest beauty. These celebrity models were photographed by such notable photographers such as Stephen Wayda, Ron Harris, Russ Meyer and many others. Another proof of Playboy’s success was the string of international country specific Playboy editions that came out. Playboy International editions were published in Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, among other countries. Of course, because of the nature of Playboy magazine, it was not widely accepted in some of the more conservative countries. Most countries in the Asian have banned the sale and publication of Playboy magazine due to what is described as its lewd nature and vulgarity that is contradictory to the norms and values of the people. During the 1970s, when Playboy magazine reached its peak, circulation of the magazine dwindled down. This was attributed to the rise of new competitors in the adult magazine business, such as Penthouse. The proliferation of adult videos also contributed to the decline in sales of the magazine. Currently, Playboy magazine is being run by Hefner’s daughter, Christie who assumed the post of Chief Executive officer in 1988.

         
    A historical view on experimental hydroponics

     

    Experimental hydroponics have appeared from the 17th century when biologists discovered that plants can grow without soil. From that moment on, numerous experimental hydroponics projects have been initiated in an effort to improve the method. Even if it experimental hydroponics have a long history, the real progress in the field appeared after 1970 when plastics began to be used reducing technological expenses and stimulating farmers to think about the system's viability. A historical view on experimental hydroponics The first experimental hydroponics project from Europe was started in England and shortly after that in France. Growing mint was the first such successful project initiated in 1699. Later in 1860 and then in 1938 different techniques were developed in Germany. In US experimental hydroponics was founded in 1925; researches continued with a smaller interest until 1970 when plastic was discovered allowing low cost systems to be easily implemented. After plastic became a common thing, experimental hydroponics extended to Europe and Asia. Arid regions from all over the world like Iran, Arizona or Abu Dhabi were used for implementing experimental hydroponics in an effort of combining the advantages of solar radiation with the humidity provided by hydroponics; the main benefit of hydroponics is that it uses 90% less water than traditional soil agriculture. From 1973 when oil price started to rise many investors lost their interest in experimental hydroponics, especially in US; bankruptcy and many financial problems followed for lots of experimental hydroponics system owners. A successful research in hydroponics was made in 1983 and 1985 and the interest in the subject was reestablished. At present when the concern to lower the level of chemical treatments applied to traditional crops is rising, experimental hydroponics has started to receive a lot more money in an effort to grow crops clean from ecological imbalances and other soil related problems. What else can be said about experimental hydroponics? Many systems were implemented to study plant health in an experimental hydroponics environment, and test the viability of an investment. It is common practice to invest in a small experimental hydroponics model that can predict the success of the project. As a general rule hydroponics is a good business if the growing crops can't be produced on the local market by traditional soil agriculture. In direct competition from similar soil crops, a hydroponic farmer doesn't stand a chance, but in the absence of a valid soil culture, hydroponics is unparalleled.

         
    A look at iron maiden

     

    Iron Maiden was right at the beginning of heavy metal. There is no denying their influence for every metal band from the 80’s on. They were very influential on Slayer, whose early works sound very similar to Iron Maiden licks. Even Now that metal is coming back bands like Mastodon who are taking the next steps of metal that maiden help start. In their own right there are a second level icon behind bands like Zeppelin and Sabbath who are the godfathers of rock music. My favorite album of Iron Maiden is Power Slave. It is the heaviest of all the Maiden albums. It features some of their best songs including Power Slave, Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, and 2 Minutes to Midnight. I would also recommend the album Killers which was released before Bruce Dickinson was their singer. The songs Murders in the Rue Morgue and Killers exhibit more of a hard rock feel quite a bit more similar to ACDC in their early work than the later more melodic. They were known for putting out concept albums which the whole collection of their albums follows the story of their giant mascot Eddie. If you like Iron Maiden I would recommend Slayer’s early albums like Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits particularly the title tracks. I would also recommend Mastodon’s album Leviathan. Definitely check out Iron Maiden and Slayer if you like Iron Maiden Iron Maiden includes Steve Harris (bass), Bruce Dickinson (singer), Janick Gers (guitar), and Nicko McBrain (drums). Their albums include 1979 Soundhouse Tapes Rockhard, Iron Maiden , Killers , The Number of the Beast , Piece of Mind , Powerslave, Somewhere in Time Sony, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son , Trooper , Stranger in a Strange Land , Running Free Run to the Hills , No Prayer for the Dying , Fear of the Dark, The X Factor , Virtual XI , Brave New World and Dance of Death.

         
    A look at the history of the electric guitar

     

    Electric Guitars The Electric guitar hasn’t been around nearly as long as the Acoustic and Classical guitars. In fact, the Electric guitar was created just 70 years ago (the 1930s) by Adolph Rickenbacker. Since that time, the Electric guitar has greatly evolved to the where it is today. In this article, we’ll go over the history of the Electric guitar. The History Guitars, or similar instruments, have been around for thousands of years. The Electric guitar was first manufactured in the 1930s by Rickenbacker. Original Electric guitars used tungsten pickups. Pickups basically convert the vibration of the strings into electrical current, which is then fed into the amplifier to produce the sound. The very earliest Electric guitars featured smaller soundholes in the body. These guitars are known as semi-hollow body Electric guitars and still are somewhat popular today, mainly due to the fact that they are flexible guitars. However, with the use of pickups, it was possible to create guitars without soundholes (like the Acoustic and Classical guitars have) that still had the ability to be heard, if plugged into amplifiers. These guitars are called solid body Electric guitars. The Electric guitar’s popularity began to increase during the Big Band era of the ‘30s and 40s. Due to the loudness of the brass sections in jazz orchestras, it was necessary to have guitars that could be heard above the sections. Electric guitars, with the ability to be plugged into amplifiers, filled this void. The Electric guitar that is most prevalent today is the solid body Electric guitar. The solid body guitar was created by musician and inventor Les Paul in 1941. It is a guitar made of solid wood with no soundholes. The original solid body guitar created by Paul was very plain—it was a simple rectangular block of wood connected to a neck with six steel strings. Les Paul’s original solid body guitar shape has, of course, changed from the original rectangular shape to the more rounded shape Les Paul guitars have today. During the 1950s, Gibson introduced Les Paul’s invention to the world. The Gibson Les Paul, as it was and still is called, quickly became a very popular Electric guitar. It has remained the most popular guitar for 50 years. Around the same period of time, another inventor named Leo Fender came up with a solid body Electric guitar of his own. In the late 1940s, Fender introduced the Fender Broadcaster Electric guitar. The Broadcaster, which was renamed the Stratocaster, was officially introduced to the public in 1954. The Strat, as it is now known, was a very different guitar in comparison to the Les Paul. It had a different shape, different hardware and was significantly lighter. Fender’s Stratocaster Electric guitar is the second most popular guitar in the world, second to only the Les Paul. Over the years, other companies, such as Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith, ESP and Yamaha have all produced solid body Electric guitars of their own. However, most Electric guitars still feature the familiar shape of a Les Paul or Strat guitar.

         
    A look at the history of the guitar

     

    Guitarists know a lot about their instruments—techniques, chords, songs etc. But what many guitarists don’t know is the history of the guitar. It’s understandable, because many people don’t feel this helps at all in actually playing the guitar. Still, it is helpful to know everything about the instrument—including the history. The history of guitar is a debatable topic, as there are no concrete facts about the guitar and when exactly it first appeared. What is known, though, is that guitars or similar instruments have been around for over 5,000 years. Entire books could be written about the history of guitar, so in this article, we’ll just go over a timeline of how it is thought the guitar evolved. • 1400 B. C: The Hittites play a four-string, guitar-like instrument. This four string instrument had soft, curved sides, which were somewhat similar to the current guitar. Also around this time, the Greeks produced a similar instrument which was modified by the Romans and became known as the cithara. • By 1200 A. D.: There were two types of guitars. One type was known as the Moorish guitar (guitarra morisca). This guitar had a wide fingerboard, rounded back, and several sound holes. The type of guitar was the Latin guitar (guitarra Latina). The Latin guitar looked more like our current guitar with a narrower neck and just one sound hole. • The late 1400’s: A new guitar, called the vihuela, evolved from the two types of guitar mentioned. The vihuela was a large instrument with double the strings of the Latin and Moorish guitars, a longer neck and ten or eleven frets. The Portuguese and Spanish courts preferred the vihuela over any other instrument for roughly 200 years. • Until the late 1600’s: The vihuela, and another instrument called the lute, were more popular than the guitar. This changed when the popularity of the lute declined because it had too many strings and was too hard to play and tune. The vihuela was replaced by four and five course guitars of that time. Four course guitars had seven strings—a single high string and three pairs of other strings—while five course guitars had nine strings—a single high string and four pairs of other strings. Some feel that the addition of the fifth course during the 16th century, which gave the guitar greater flexibility, was the reason why the guitar became popular. • By the beginning of the 1800’s: Some guitars used fan struts under the soundboard and featured six strings (like the modern guitar). Also changed during this time was the neck (which was raised), the fingerboard (which used ebony or rosewood), and the tuning pegs (which were replaced with machine tuners). Guitars like these are most similar to early classical guitars. • By the late 1800s: A man named Antonio Torres Jurado changed the guitar dramatically by refining the strutting of the guitar. This allowed for as many as seven struts to be spread out like a fan under the soundboard. Additionally, the size of the body and the width of the neck were greatly increased. As a result of Jurado’s improvements, the guitar had greater bass response and volume. Jurado’s work made it possible for the guitar to meet the demands of both the solo performer and the concert stage. • The Present: Our modern guitar is practically the same as the one made by Jurado. As was previously said, this is but a brief introduction to the fascinating history of guitars. If you wish to find out more on certain types of guitars, such as the history of Acoustic, Electric or Bass guitars, you can check out our articles titled “The Acoustic Guitar”, “The Electric Guitar”, and “The Bass Guitar”.

         
    A look at the pitfalls of online dvd rental plans

     

    Online DVD rentals are more popular than they ever have been, and are getting more popular by the day. For as low as five dollars or an average of about twenty dollars a month you can rent movies that will be sent to you in the mail a day or two, and when finished watching these at your own pace simply send the movies back in a prepaid envelope provide when you receive the movie. It has become really easy and convenient for people who don't have the time or lack the patience for another Friday night trip to the movie rental store where they may or may not have the movie you want to rent. You also don't have to stand in line after choosing your movies waiting to checkout so you can go home and relax. The online movie rental companies will provide you with a queue which you can fill with literally hundreds of movie titles so that when you send the movies back you don’t have to pick out which movies you want to watch, They will already be in your queue. They also have a new release page so you can keep up with the latest new releases. Obviously online DVD rentals are easy, there are a couple of drawbacks, for instance every once in great while a movie will get lost or broken while being shipped post office. When this happens there is an option to let the rental company know and they will send you a replacement the same or next day. There are three major Online DVD rental companies Blockbuster, Netflix, and Intelliflix. I am current member of all three, what can I say I like movies, but no matter what you have heard all online movie rental companies are not created equally. Both Blockbuster and Netflix have served me well, and I would not hesitate to recommend either one to anybody. Intelliflix, well that is another story altogether. I joined Intelliflix because I read on a review site how they where just as good as everybody else and I could save a lot of money by purchasing the annual prepaid plan for $188. That turned out to be an expensive lesson for me, the first few months where fine, it took three to four days to get movies but they where less expensive than the competition. Two months after my purchase the movies stopped coming. I went sixty days with over a hundred movies I wanted to see in my queue, without receiving a single movie. Constant complaints to their customer service department did not accomplish anything, but they did extend my membership a few weeks! They also refused to issue a refund for their annual plans. I even emailed the president of the company, without results or even a response. So take note of and learn from my mistakes and do not subscribe to an annual plan. My honest recommendation it to pick an online movie rental company with a trial period and see if their service meets your needs, and you enjoy the service. If their DVD's are delivered in a quickly and efficiently, and the selection of movies available for rental are enough to make the monthly fee worth it for you.

         
    A look at the popularity of american idol

     

    Did you know the first season of American debuted less than five years ago? It made its premiere on June 11, 2002. The show quickly became a topic for talk "around the water cooler" as people discussed the singing ability of the contestants still on the show and debated who should get cut and sent home next. By the time the season finale aired on September 4, 2002, the Fox network realized they had a big hit show. The other networks weren't concerned. Not yet anyway. That has changed though. The other networks no longer try to compete against American Idol and expect their Tuesday and Wednesday night shows that air at the same time as American Idol to take a dip in the ratings. Dancing With the Stars, another popular show where the viewers get to vote on who stays and who goes home, is not going to air their upcoming season on Tuesday and Wednesday nights like they have in the past. They are going to air their show on Monday nights and have their results show on Tuesday nights with the Tuesday night airtime being right after American Idol ends. American Idol is now the number one show in America, by far. In fact, they could lose half their viewership on any given night and still be in the top 10 television shows. Not watching the show can put people at a social disadvantage because discussion of the show is a hot topic almost anywhere a person goes. That's why I started watching it in season two. I was sick of everyone I knew talking about it and feeling like I was an outcast because I knew nothing about the show. Now, I'm addicted to it as are millions of other Americans. And the ironic thing is the concept for American Idol didn't originate in the United States. American Idol is based on a British television show called Pop Idol. And yes, Simon Cowell was part of Pop Idol. Simon, along with Simon Fuller developed Pop Idol and then brought the concept to the United States as American Idol. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Ryan Seacrest have all been part of the show since it first aired but did you know Ryan had a co-host the first season? His name was Brian Dunkleman. Brian left after the first season. He was unhappy with his role on the show, the producers were unhappy with his performance, and Simon Cowell was openly critical of him. Dunkleman is involved with American Idol again though. He does voice over work on American Idol rewind, a show rehashes everything that happened in past seasons of American Idol – you know – just in case you missed it or want to see it again. But why has American Idol become the phenomenon it now is? After all, it isn't the first singing competition to be aired on television. Star Search had singing competitions and was on the air for 12 years but it never became a mega hit. The key might be in viewer participation. Star Search had some participation but only from the studio audience whereas American Idol gives anyone with access to a phone the ability to be part of the decision of who goes and who stays. And the voting public gets to make 100 percent of the decision once the top 24 contestants are picked. The judges get to speak their mind each week and they hope the voters will listen to them, but ultimately the viewers decide. I think that is a big part of what has made American Idol so popular. The viewers get to make the decisions. It gives viewers the feeling of control and power. Combined with the viewers making the decision of who goes and who stays is the contestants themselves. They are everyday people just like you and me who happen to be talented singers, usually anyway, and have not yet been discovered. Plus, the judges and producers have a good knack for not only choosing contestants who can sing but ones with personality as well which makes the show very entertaining. There are likely very few people living in the United States who have not heard of American Idol. You almost have to be living under a rock to not know about it these days. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I think it's good. It's a family friendly show without violence unless you count Ryan and Simon's or Paula and Simon's fights. The phenomenon doesn't show signs of slowing down. How much bigger can it get? Who knows? All we can do is wait and see.

         
    A meade telescope offer unbeatable performance at best prices

     

    Often, the first name that pops into a user’s mind is that of Meade telescopes and the reason behind this is that Meade is well known for selling quality telescopes at reasonable prices, and is especially suited for the home astronomer. Before selecting a Meade telescope, you should consider the intended application and for the beginner or amateur telescope user, one may opt for a Meade telescope to see the many astronomical objects with the help of either refracting or mirror lens telescopes. The reflecting Meade telescopes are more suited for those who are interested in astronomy as these have larger apertures and provide good value for money. In any case, the Meade telescope is easy to set up and is a sturdy instrument that one can use and enjoy for years to come and grow with, while learning more about the night skies in one’s area. A World Leader in Design of Telescopes for Amateur Astronomers Meade telescopes are instruments that are made by Meade, which was founded in 1972 and is a world leader when it comes to the design as well as manufacture of telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers. The products that this company sells are innovative as well as incorporate the best in technology to give to the user an advanced product that is arguably one of the best that can be found anywhere in the world. With a Meade telescope, one can expect to get quality viewing at a budget price. There are high performance 70mm refractor telescopes which would make any beginning astronomer proud to own one is it for use in terrestrial observations or for astronomy. With one of these telescopes, one can view the rings of Saturn and the satellites of Jupiter with sharpness, as well as clarity of images. The Meade RCX400 Advanced Ritchey-Chrйtien Telescopes are the best in optical design in telescopes that helps produce large, coma-free field of vision from edge-to-edge, and allows astrophotography to get the best in imaging technology and capture crisp as well as sharp images over a wider field. Through such a Meade telescope, viewers are able to pinpoint stars as well as extended objects, however far they may be. In fact, almost every professional reflector telescope, including the Hubble Space Telescope is a Ritchey-Chrйtien. Such is the quality and price/performance benefits of the Meade telescopes that most experts as well as users give them the thumbs-up and are the first choice when it comes to choosing their telescopes. Of its many useful features, the Meade telescope will also offer users AutoStar automatic location, automatic leveling as well as more to make stargazing an experience to draw much pleasure from.

         
    A miniature house isn t a home without dollhouse dolls

     

    Dollhouse dolls make a dollhouse complete. Without miniature people, the house is easy to imagine as just a house with furniture that will never be used and toys that will never be played with. As sad as that sounds, it is easy to remedy by adding a family of dolls. One of the best parts of having a dollhouse family is making them just like your own family. There can be a mom and dad, brother and sister, grandma and grandpa and even pets. Everyone’s family is different and that is what makes the world interesting. A family with seven children would fill a dollhouse with love. A smaller family with just mom and child would equal a lot of fun time together. A family with grandma and grandpa will have a house filled with stories. Having dolls that are like your family is a great way to make your dollhouse even more special. Dollhouses are so much fun because they give life to imagination. Children can go anywhere and do anything in their miniature world. There are many dollhouses available that aren’t houses at all, but are stores, barns, churches, and so much more. These unique dollhouses need people as well. Your miniature family can take a trip to the grocery store, attend church, or go to school. There are countless stories that can be acted out using all sorts of different dolls. It is all in the imagination and the imagination of a child is limitless! One of the best parts of having miniature dolls is being able to dress them up. A lot of dollhouses are built like houses from a certain time period. The house may be a colonial, or a grand Victorian, or even a small country cottage. It is nice to have miniature dolls that match the era. Another great addition to the dollhouse is pets. If there is a farm then consider adding cows, chickens, horses, pigs, and sheep. Dogs and cats are also great additions. Adding animals will help create even more stories to act out! A dollhouse is a wonderful toy for children. It opens up the imagination through role-playing and also gives children a sense of accomplishment and pride. In order for a child to role-play with their dollhouse, it is necessary to have dollhouse dolls. These dolls can be purchased or made by hand. They can be a family or individuals. They can have any job in the world. That is the magic that a dollhouse gives to children.

         
    A newsweek magazine history of the groundbreaking magazine

     

    Now bigger than life and ultimately credible, there’s no literate person on earth who doesn’t know what Newsweek is. However, before all the awards and the public trust is gained. There is a past… a colorful history which marks the rise of a small publication to one that will sweep the world off its feet. It all happened in February 17, 1933. The first issue of this news magazine was far from the colorful and astounding publication we all read today. All it had on the cover were seven pictures from the week’s headlines. Inside, you’ll find interpretative stories, signed columns and other international editions. As time progressed and the readership got bigger, Thomas J. C Martin’s newly founded News-Week became bigger by the second. In 1937, new leadership gave the news magazine a much needed boost. It all happened when Malcolm Muir took charge as editor in Chief and President of the publication. One of his first moves was top change the news magazines name to Newsweek, abolishing the hyphen, which made the name look too complicated. After that, the popularity of Newsweek Magazine became quite phenomenal. In ten years, this news magazine grew into what can be perceived as a classic replica of what it has become today. In fact, it became so big, that the Washington Post Company couldn’t help but buy it in 1961. It is during that time that it cemented its status as one of the most liberal publications of the era. Its growth continued until it became the big fish that it has become today. Through the years, Newsweek has also has accumulated quite a number of controversies. Some of the more groundbreaking and sometimes, earth rattling articles received mixed reactions. Some of them were controversial exposes on Guantanamo Bay Islamic injustice, the best high schools in America and other war stories. These heated, controversial and impressively liberal stories on war focused on American waged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of now, Newsweek stands mightily on the pedestal of journalistic success. It is known to reach worldwide circulation of no less than four million copies a year, including 3.1 million copies syndicated in the U. S alone. It also employs multilingual publishing practices as shown in their Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Arabic editions. It also operates with more than 17 bureaus reaching as far as Paris and Tokyo. It has even produced its own Radio show called Newsweek on Air. There is no telling what lies in store for the behemoth of the publishing world. Whatever this leader in the news industry decides to embark on next will undoubtedly be ahead of the rest of the pack.

         
     
         
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