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Q&A: Are there any TV DVD boxed sets on any Home Improvement shows like this old house, or trading spaces?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Question by Dave: Are there any TV DVD boxed sets on any Home Improvement shows like this old house, or trading spaces?
My wife loves these fix it up shows and I am wondering if ther are any that have been released in DVD sets?

Best answer:

Answer by khole12
yes. Watch these sorts of shows for info or contact pbs by email or phone or mail and ask them. Also H&G network.I know pbs has them! I love pbs radio!

What do you think? Answer below!

Apple Confirms All Textbooks Will be $14.99–It’s Not Pilot Pricing

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Peter Kafka over at AllThingsD was able to interview McGraw-Hill CEO, Terry McGraw and ask him questions about the economics of selling $ 15 digital textbooks versus $ 75 paper copies.

What is the plan behind this massive discount and what makes them okay with it? The answer is volume in sales, notes McGraw. Normally the publisher sells $ 75 textbooks that schools keep for five years. The new model would have students purchasing $ 15 textbooks each year, and keep buying books each year:

So Terry McGraw figures that over five years he’ll generate the same total sales selling $ 15 e-books as he would selling $ 75 books. It’s not a total push, because in this model, Apple will take an undisclosed cut of sales — McGraw-Hill execs wouldn’t go into details, so let’s assume for now that it’s Apple’s standard 30 percent — but presumably McGraw-Hill can make some of that up by forgoing the costs of print and distribution.

Could these prices ever change? McGraw noted it’s ‘pilot pricing’ and the publishers have control over their future pricing; but when Kafka asked Apple executive Eddy Cue about this issue he had a totally different answer:

But when I posed the same question to Apple media boss Eddy Cue just now, I got a much different response. “This isn’t pilot pricing,” he said. “All of our books will be $ 14.99.”

I wonder what the cut works out to be for Apple with their role in distributing these textbooks. Kafka notes we could assume it would be the normal 30%, but we probably will never know. Either way, Apple was able to entice Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to come on board.

This all sounds great–but when will the Textbooks category come to Canada?

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Optical Media Laceration Extravaganza | Ashens

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Or ‘Disc Scratch Special’ if you prefer. Are your games and DVD’s scuffed beyond use? Then you’re a clumsy oaf who deserves nothing but pain. (Or you’ve bought them second-hand of course.) Anyway, watching this video may provide solutions for your disc grazes – or more likely confirm that you’re condemned to a life of blemished media unless you fancy paying a small fortune. ● Extra Videos – www.youtube.com ● Twitter – www.twitter.com ● Facebook – www.facebook.com ● Web – www.ashens.com

DVD Duplication: Reasons why you should leave it to the Pros

Friday, January 20th, 2012

DVD Duplication: Reasons why you should leave it to the Pros

Article by Jaine kaif

Congratulations! Your dream of making your very own film finally came true. It wasn’t so easy, was it? You had a tough time from conceptualizing the film, dealing with the crew and actors, finding sponsorships, and of course the actual shooting of the movie. But looks like all the hard work paid off. You showed your film in the cinemas and people loved it. In fact they loved it so much they want to take your movie home with them.After all the euphoria caused by the glitz and glamour has died down, it’s about time you take another step and reach a wider audience. It’s time to share it to the whole world by duplicating DVDs of your film and making it available to many people around the globe. I bet there’s a part of you who wants to do DVD Duplication all by yourself-indie style. After all, how hard is it to burn DVDs. You just purchase a good burner and a good printer and you’re good to go. This would cut your DVD duplication cost by half and you are practicing the true essence of being indie, right?Well, I am telling you now that doing DVD Duplication at home is not the best thing to do if you are going to sell your DVDs or show it to professionals. Not that you may not achieve the same quality as the ones done by DVD manufacturing companies, but the whole process will certainly give you lots of headaches. Not only that, it would cost you a lot. Buying high-end equipment is not cheap.If you really insist in duplicating DVD on your own, then you should prepare lots of patience, money, and time. First, you have to find the right equipment fr DVD Duplication like the best burners, printers, etc. You also have to find the best quality(and cheapest) materials like DVDs, paper, DVD cases, and the like. This part needs a lot of research and hard work. You have research on the internet, you have to ask your friends and your colleagues, you have to visit each shop in order to get the right equipment and materials. Well, the good side of it is that it could be a pretty good investment if you plan to produce lots of films in the future. On the other hand, if you let DVD Duplication companies handle your project, then you have nothing to worry about since they already have done their research beforehand. All you need to do is choose, wait, and receive the finished product.The next challenge of doing DVD duplication at home is that it requires a lot of your time. Have you tried burning a DVD? It takes 10 minutes or so of our time per DVD, right? Now imagine making thousands of copies. You better have a truckload of patience ready or else the whole process is not very enjoyable for you and your team.And the most challenging thing of all is the cost of DIY DVD duplication. You have to purchase a top quality equipment if you do not want your DVD to appear cheap. Then the materials, then the man power, and many others. Do you think it is worth it? I say you leave DVD Duplication to the pros so you are assured of the quality and you have a good estimate of how much it will cost you. Instead of spending your time researching on the best DVD cases in the market, why don’t you use that time conceptualizing another film or bonding with your family and friends? After all, you certainly deserve a little break from all the hard work you’ve done in the past months. So relax, enjoy doing nothing, and just let your DVD Duplication house do all the hard work for you.Unifiedmanufacturing offers online shop and buy the DVD Duplication, DVD Duplicators, and Cheap DVD Duplication, Product Services at best price.

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15 jQuery Calendar Date Picker Plugins

Friday, January 20th, 2012

In this collection, you will see some of the best jQuery Calendar Date Picker Plugins that will allow you output planners and calendars even more easily. Majority of these plugins are built on jQuery and jQuery UI (User Interface). With this collection, we tend to help those who need frameworks with great functionality.

You can directly incorporate these plugins into your website as they only require minor modifications and styling. These qualities make them extraordinarily acceptable because every project requires its own design and therefore you should modify style of calendar plugin as well.

Date Range Picker using jQuery and CSS Framework

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Timeline calendar

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jQuery Frontier Calendar

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BlueShoes JS DatePicker Component

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jQuery Calendar Widget Plugin

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Date / Time Picker

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Date Picker

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AJAX Booking Calendar Pro (jQuery Calendar Plugin)

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wdCalendar – jQuery Based Google Calendar Clone

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Simple Events Calendar JS

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Sexy jQuery Multiday Calendar Datepicker Plugin – jCal

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Obama Sings Al Green — Al Says He ‘Nailed’ My Song

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Al Green just informed TMZ … he thinks President Barack Obama’s edition of “Let’s Stay Collectively” was “wonderful” and, “He nailed it.”Green, of course, is referring to Obama singing element of the very first verse of the tune previous night time at the Apollo Theater in&hellip

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The iDevice cases of CES

Friday, January 20th, 2012

If you review cases I have to feel bad for you. With so many to choose from, it must be like reviewing bags of sugar. By now there are also only so many ways to skin an iPhone, so the cases you see tend to be decorative, protective or novelty. That’s about it. And we saw hundreds of cases at CES.

In the gallery below there’s a sampling of some of the hundreds of cases we saw. From scented and minimal to sporty and sturdy to gaudy and impractical, there’s a case out there for each and every one of you. Walk among the aisles and wind up with the same thousand-yard stare we did after seeing such choice. Now you realize why they only carry so many in your favorite retailer’s iOS accessory section. Retailers make the tough decisions of which of these cases might actually sell — and I don’t envy them in that task.

Gallery: Cases of CES 2012

The iDevice cases of CES originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Why Chris Dodd Failed With His SOPA/PIPA Strategy

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The NY Times has a fascinating, if ridiculous, interview with Chris Dodd about everything that happened regarding SOPA/PIPA. It starts off with the suggestion that the real problem here was that, due to Senate ethics rules, Dodd can’t personally lobby Congress until 2013. You may recall that, before leaving the Senate, Chris Dodd promised that he would not become a lobbyist — a promise he broke just a few months later in taking the top job at the MPAA. And make no mistake about it: Dodd’s role is as a lobbyist. He is barred from personally lobbying Congress, but can lobby the White House, and is the main “strategist” behind the MPAA’s PIPA/SOPA strategy trainwreck.

But the bigger issue in the article is that Dodd still doesn’t seem to understand what happened. Sure, he talks about how the internet made a difference, but he thinks this sprang up out of nowhere.

By Mr. Dodd’s account, no Washington player can safely assume that a well-wired, heavily financed legislative program is safe from a sudden burst of Web-driven populism.

“This is altogether a new effect,” Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing “an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically” in the last four decades, he added.

The thing is, if he’d actually been paying attention, he would have know that this has been building for a long, long time. For all the talk in the article of what a brilliant “strategist” he is, it appears his strategy was with the old way of doing things. He reacted to the internet with tremendous hubris — pretending that the complaints weren’t an issue, or were “just Google.” Some of us have been watching this closely for years. This goes back quite a ways. Before SOPA, before PIPA. Before COICA. Before ProIP. There’s been a growing recognition online that copyright is being used as a tool to block, censor and regulate our civil liberties, and there’s been a growing sense of outrage over this. We’ve reported on it. We’ve told people at the MPAA and RIAA about it directly. And they’ve ignored it. Like Dodd did. His “strategy” may work in a world where his lobbyists are the only ones at the table, but it’s no strategy for dealing with the public.

Even worse, Dodd’s own actions fueled the problem. His own statements built up this attack posture from the very beginning. We had hoped that maybe, just maybe, Dodd would come in as a “reformer,” intent on helping the MPAA adapt to the internet, embrace its opportunities and build better business models. But, instead, Dodd continued down the well-trodden path of blaming everyone else for his own industry’s unwillingness to adapt — and continued the MPAA’s disastrous strategy of focusing on anti-piracy rather than revenue maximization (or, even worse, believing that anti-piracy is revenue maximization when nearly all of the evidence suggests succeeding at anti-piracy does almost nothing to improve the bottom line).

As a “strategist,” the MPAA needed someone who understood the world that Hollywood is operating in. Dodd understood the way Washington DC used to work. That’s a big disconnect. And it does not appear to be getting any better.

Equally hilarious are his calls for a meeting — perhaps organized by the White House — of tech companies and Hollywood:

Mr. Dodd said he would welcome a summit meeting between Internet companies and content companies, perhaps convened by the White House, that could lead to a compromise. Looming next Tuesday is a cloture vote scheduled in the Senate, which appears to promise the death of the legislation in its current form.

“The perfect place to do it is a block away from here,” said Mr. Dodd, who pointed from his office on I Street toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sure. He’d welcome it now. Where was he three months ago when a group of entrepreneurs in the tech sector offered to sit down and meet with him? Where was he just a few weeks ago, when Senator Feinstein tried to set up a meeting between the tech world and Hollywood — which Hollywood rejected, claiming that it didn’t need to meet with tech companies, because it had this bill sewn up tight?

Now he wants to meet?

But even more to the point — and showing just how much Dodd still doesn’t get it… he wants to “meet with internet companies.” Not internet users. He still seems to think that this is about internet companies, and not their users. Part of the protests were about the process and the backroom dealing. There is no “backroom” for making political deals on the internet.

If he wants to meet, why not meet in an open format where anyone can contribute? Why not meet on the internet? Why not do a Reddit AMA? Why not hold a Twitter conversation? Why not set up a forum or do some Google Hangouts? Why not actually use the tools he seeks to regulate?

Obviously, sometimes it helps to meet face to face, but if that’s to be done, why not stream it live online? Why not let anyone watching contribute, make comments and ask questions? This can’t be another backroom deal, even with “the internet companies.” This has to be open and inclusive. This is about the whole process of DC-insiderism. This is about the whole process on which the article premises itself: that Dodd could have won this battle if he’d just been able to glad hand his way around Congress. That is what the internet was rejecting here. And I don’t think trying to do the same basic thing again is going to accomplish very much. Dodd isn’t going to win the internet over with a handshake and a sparkling smile.

Later in the interview, he discusses “missteps” in a way that shows he’s still missing the point:

He acknowledged his side had committed a misstep by allowing Hollywood to become the face of laws that were intended to protect not just movies, but also more mundane products — for instance, home smoke alarms — that are frequently counterfeited abroad, sometimes with disastrous effects.

“In terms of public perception, I’m Exhibit A,” said Mr. Dodd, who spent last weekend hobnobbing with stars at the Golden Globes. “This is seen as a red carpet business.”

It was a further problem, he said, that Hollywood’s writers, directors, producers and blue-collar workers — whose unions squarely backed the new law — never personally campaigned in a way that might have helped to counter the Web assault.

Notice that he’s not talking about substance here, but merely positioning. He’s talking about the marketing of the backroom deal, not the meaning of the backroom deal. Yes, the fact that Hollywood elites were driving this process was a part of the problem. But he’s wrong that it was because of how they positioned it. The MPAA absolutely did try to do exactly what he said. It set up CreativeAmerica as an astroturf group, staffed by former MPAA/studio execs, and pretending to represent the “grassroots.” The only problem was that the actual “blue collar” workers didn’t support the bills and recognized how bogus the claims of the MPAA were. And that was evident in the fact that the group totally failed to drum up any significant support — even with a huge war chest that is still running slick, expensive ad campaigns on TV and in Times Square in NY.

Finally, Dodd still shows the kind of hubris that got him into this mess when he starts complaining about the White House, and how disappointed he is, because of how much money the industry donates. This is the same tone deafness that we saw earlier with the studio heads:

“There’s a disconnect between the business interests and the politics of Hollywood,” Mr. Dodd said, meaning that the film industry and its denizens provided money for many campaigns, including those of Mr. Obama, without pushing its issues to the fore.


While Mr. Dodd is barred from Congressional contact, he has had a free hand in lobbying the White House and federal agencies. On Saturday, however, the Obama administration dealt his efforts a blow by announcing publicly, in response to online petitions, that it had reservations about a provision in the proposed laws that called for blocking user access to offending sites.

Mr. Dodd spoke with barely concealed anger at what he called a “really gratuitous” statement delivered by what he had presumed was a sympathetic administration, which came after the blocking provisions had effectively been killed in Congress.

It’s really incredible that Dodd can go from saying that this shouldn’t have been seen as Hollywood fat-cats asking for handouts… and then immediately shift into talking about how much money they gave the administration, and how they expected the administration to simply give them what they wanted. That is a big part of the problem. That is what the internet is complaining about. People were upset that Hollywood can “buy” legislation that goes against the public’s best interests.

Furthermore, the idea that Hollywood donors did not “push the issue to the fore” is pretty laughable. Hollywood has been pushing incredibly hard to get this bill passed over the past year. We’ve heard time and time again about how much time and effort have gone into lobbying for this bill, and how there were ever-increasing efforts over the past few months, with some Congressional staffers saying it was an unprecedented push for a particular bill. They pushed. But they failed to recognize the reality outside the beltway.

And that’s why Chris Dodd failed.

If he wants to turn things around, it’s time for him to stop focusing on the DC inside ballgame. It’s time for him to join the internet community and actually engage. That may be tough to do, and he’s certainly burnt a lot of bridges, but there are ways to build new relationships. But it can’t happen if he’s still taking the attitude he takes in this article. It’s still about getting what he wants, and not actually listening to the concerns of the wider internet. And until he understands that basic fact, Chris Dodd is going to continue to fail.

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Nice Dvd Downloads photos

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Some awesome dvd downloads images:

Limited Lithograph Serj Tankian
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Graphic by lo83
Yay! My distinctive minimal version Lithograph signed by Serj Tankian it can be arrived! And Compact disc/dvd of Elect the lifeless symphony is already pre-ordered :D


Friday, January 20th, 2012

A handful of good high definition dvd images I found:

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Picture by csullens

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Image by Neil Hunt