Tuesday, March 25, 2008

LATINO Magazine’s Premiere Edition

Juan Tornoe over at Hispanic Trending is offering a limited amount of free copies of the launch issue of LATINO magazine.

What A Feminist Looks Like

Join me, join us, say it loud, say it proud:

Do Tell - WeTellStories Debuts

This latest push at bringing lit into the digital age comes via Penguin UK: WeTellStories takes Classics and makes them into interactive shortales that can be mapped on Google Maps.

Read more here: ShinyShiny.tv

Sounds like fun for the young blokes!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Speaking of Rabbits - Introducing BookRabbit - Amazon/Shelfari Killer

News via Telegraph

A new online bookshop is attempting to beat Amazon at its own game by selling books with an social network twist. A la Shelfari/Librarything BookRabbit will connect its members with similar books and allow them to write reviews and catalog their tomes as well.

Sounds interesting, the site is now in beta! Bookrabbit

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Eggs and Bunnies

There's nothing cuter than little bunny rabbits and I love eggs, I don't why - I just do. So in the spirit of Spring and Easter symbols, here's a couple of my revered or desired treats:


Bird's Soap Nest:

Robin's Egg Guest Soaps:

Teeny tiny quail eggs spotted at the Korean Supermarket:

Kylie Kwong fascinates me, I love the nuanced way she speaks and her style and flair Try her soy sauce egg recipe, an interpretation of 1,000-year-old Chinese eggs.
Knock their socks off on Sunday with a Three Milk Cake - Pastel Tres Leches too.

Moving on to rabbits...

Sony's Bunny Marketing Promo:

Photo via HJGHER

It grabbed me right away, are these bunnies for sale?

Here's the weird thing, I hate stuffed animals but sometimes I can't bear to walk by a cute toy bunny without wanting it!

Via Craftzine

Have a happy Easter, Purim and full moon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

BookLamp.org is Pandora.com for Books

CanGoogleHearMe.com recently introduced BookLamp.org. It's a system that matches users to books based on a full-text analysis of the novel, like how Pandora matches music. It measures elements like action, dialog, and description, graphs them for you scene-by-scene, and uses that to find other books that have similar writing style.

read more | digg story

Monday, March 17, 2008

Saving Money - Another Cherie Amor Post

I really am trying to be good and save money I swear but temptation is everywhere. I opened a magazine perfume insert only to realize that I MUST HAVE this scent, Chloé. It just smells so clean and perfect for summer.

I now have it hung inside my closet, if it stills ignites desire a month from now then I will go to Saks and shell out the $85 bucks for it.

I've come to the decision that I'm using 3/4 of my tax return this year to pay off my credit cards completely. I've also canceled my Netflix membership. It really was a waste. My boyfriend and I constantly debated over which movie was worth our time and money and often the DVDs sat around for weeks before we finally sat down to watch one. I'm turning those leaves over one at a time, one at time.

I almost forgot - I found this hour long movie clip of Affluenza over at Clicked. The movie just like the book (aforementioned here) looks is a "a fascinating look at one of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism."
Malady, huh?

Friday, March 14, 2008

17-Month Old Baby Girl Who Can Read!

17-month-old who can read
17-month-old who can read

Isabel Allende's New Memoir on her Daughter's Tragic Death

I love Isabel Allende and the happiness with which I realized she had a new book, The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir, coming out next month dimmed when I learned that it's a very personal memoir that follows the days after her dear daughter, Paula, died.

The book is already a bestseller in Spanish. I will be adding this as well as the heart wrenching tale she tells her 28-year old child as she lay in a coma published as a Postscript. I can't imagine anything as painfully devastating as losing a child.

Latina.com has an interview with author but as usual with this publication, it's not as in-depth as one would hope.

Visit her official website to view personal family photos and learn more: IsabelAllende.com

I would advise keeping the tissue box nearby, just in case.

* Photo: The author in happier times with Obama, she also has one with the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton as well as many other people of prominence. Like Michelle Bachelet - First Woman President of Chile, for example.

Poets.org Goes Web2.0

Sweet! Via Publishers Weekly

* Poets.org on Handheld

Thursday, March 13, 2008

For $50 One Can Buy a Slave - in 2008 in the Caribbean

NPR takes a look at a new book,
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner that shines a light on human trafficking. In light of the whole Spitzer debacle, I think it's important to note that while some think the sex worker industry should be legalized let's not forget that in some places women and children are forced into becoming legal sex slaves to fulfill the demand.

I'm simply repulsed by Spitzer's actions and after having voted for him as Governor feel angry and pity his family.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Lost and Found

Ah, the irony! So yesterday I blogged about my lost ring and the ring I bought to replace it. Today, on my way to a meeting at work I reached in my pocket, which feels oddly jumbled up and feel something hard! I'm not in the habit of putting things in my pant's pockets but as I begin removing the item, the realization of what the hard item is hits me - my ring!

I remember stashing it away for 'safe' keeping in my pocket as I went to wash the dishes week's ago. Thank god, it didn't fall out of my pockets when I hung my denim trousers up.

Nothing like a safe homecoming, which brings to mind my favorite children's book: The lost playground by Patricia Coombs and the lost and found again beloved toy named Mostly Frederick Sometimes Sam, who isn't quite a rabbit or a bear or a kangaroo and doesn't fit in anywhere...except in the arms of the little girl whose mom made him.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Definitely worth checking out:

The Twenty Sci-Fi Novels that Will Change Your Life

Cherie, mi amor

I have a serious condition, perhaps I've mentioned it before... I am a shopaholic, it's quite worse now that it's turned into full blown Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. You see, I shop as if I were a hunter and the must-haves are my prey. Even though I often go home, ditch my bags in my closet and then forget about the items all together until the next time I clean the closet out. I still develop an unhealthy attachment to my things, which I've come to realize I must keep an eye on since my mom is a hoarder and this seems to be related to OCD . That's not something I want to foster within myself. I'm trying to get better, I swear, however once in a while I go astray.

My 'ooh, cherie, mi amor' moments are long winded. I can't help it. This weekend I put together an entire collage of items I want to makeover my living room and home office. Then I discovered the bedroom carpet needs to be replaced so I spent a couple of hours picking out a new one. I settled on a sandy light brown since I want to paint my walls a Tiffany blue for a Caribbean feel.

I also bought this ring:
Two years ago, I bought myself the same one, only with a blue topaz. Two weeks ago, I turned my house upside down and then had a crying fit when I realized it was lost. I calmed down and after speaking with a friend on the phone realized it was a thing and luckily, I'm at a place in my life where I can easily go out and just buy another. So I did!

I'm now eyeing this fragrance: Manuel Canovas Anse Turquoise Eaux de Parfum.
The product description alone makes have to have it!

Anse Turquoise ~ inspired by St Barths, the notes include bergamot, caramel, grapefruit, orange, citron, vanilla cloves, ylang ylang, cinnamon, sandalwood, jasmine, muguet, rose, tuberose, violet, magnolia, vanilla, white musk, amber, Peru balsam, orange blossom, oakmoss and labdanum.

Maybe I will resist temptation and turn over a new page with my finances too.

We shall see.

I'm trying to stick to # 5 from Zen Habit's 20 money hacks, tips and tricks to improve your finances, which states:

Keep a 30-day list. If you have an impulse to buy something you don’t absolutely
need, put it on a 30-day list. You can’t buy anything but necessities —
everything else goes on the list, with the date that it’s added to the list.
When the 30 days are up, you can buy it — but most likely, the strong urge to
buy it will be gone, and you can evaluate it more calmly.

However, it doesn't always work. I suffer through the anxiety of waiting when I don't have any patience, becoming obsessive and 'visiting'the item daily and hoping that they don't run out.

But I'm trying!

So don't mind me though if I use this platform
to whet my consumer desires while my nest egg grows.
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