Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tila Tequila Takes a Shot at Love with Bobby Banhart

Atlanta, Ga. 12/19/2007 04:10 AM GMT (FINDITT)

The finale of MTV’s hit reality show, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,” was a bit of a shocker as it was the small town boy from Worchester, N.Y. that won the heart of Tila and ultimately earned a shot at love.

A stunned Dani sat bewildered at the end of the show, amazed that Tila sent her home while an even more stunned Bobby needed time to absorb the idea that the woman he had been vying for had chosen him.

For Dani Campbell the end was heartbreaking as she couldn’t make sense of what happened and when Tila jumped into Bobby’s arms the Fort Lauderdale, Florida firefighter walked away.

After starting the show with 16 men and 16 women all fighting for a shot at love with the self-proclaimed bi-sexual, Tila, the Internet star carefully whittled her options down to Dani and Bobby, setting the stage for her decision on Tuesday.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jessica Alba Pregnant With First Child

Now we know the reason for that planned career break...

By: Cher Tippetts on Wednesday 12th Dec 2007

Photo: WENN

Jessica Alba is expecting her first child with boyfriend Cash Warren.

The 26-year-old Fantastic Four actress announced the happy news via her publicist.

Her rep Brad Cafarelli said: "I can confirm that Jessica and Cash are expecting a baby in late spring, early summer."

Jessica is reportedly "thrilled" with the news, and can't wait to be a mother.

A source close to the Latina actress said: "Jessica was really jealous that all her friends were settling down and getting pregnant, so she is thrilled she has joined the club now.

"She feels like she is ready to be a mom, and knows she and Cash will make great parents."

Jess and Cash met on the set of Fantastic Four in 2004 but reportedly split earlier this year.

They quickly rekindled their romance and have recently been indulging in public displays of affection.

Jessica recently said she was planning to take eight months off work, but didn't specify why.

She said: "I've worked the last two and a half years without stopping. This is the time to do it."


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Rightful Miss California USA Finally Crowned

As the vote counting error was clarified, Christina Silva was stripped of her Miss California crown which was instead awarded to Raquel Beezley, organizers said Monday.

24-year-old Christina Silva was initially named Miss California a week ago but she was forced to relinquish the title to the second runner-up after organizers discovered an apparent accounting error that led to a shape up in the order, Keith Lewis, the pageant’s state director said.

The one who will be representing California at the Miss USA pageant in April next year is 21-year-old Raquel Beezley.

Lewis explained that several judges questioned the results the following day and the error was discovered after the ballots were opened and recounted, "It was a simple human error," he said.

The contestants were scored by five celebrity judges who independently ranked them. The mix-up occurred when the points were reversed, with the lowest point given to the winner and the highest to the fourth runner-up, Lewis said.

However, Silva, who was forced to step down, has hired an attorney and is currently looking into her legal options.

"I don't want the title. I want the truth," Silva, who was told she can keep the tiara and the sash, was quoted by ABC as saying.

Speaking exclusively to ABC’s "Good Morning America," Silva recalled the joy of winning and how she was announced for days later that she had to give up the title.

"Within 10 minutes he just said, 'I don't know how to say this to you but you are not the winner. Miss [Raquel] Beazley, the second runner-up, is the winner, and there was an accounting error,'" Silva said about the moment when Lewis broke the news to her.

"All he kept saying is, 'Christina, you can continue wearing the crown and the sash and go on to Miss USA, but if this leaks your integrity and your acting career could be jeopardized. And we know you're faith-based and a woman of integrity and we know you're going to do the right thing, right?'" she added.

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GE Microwave Recall Review

GE Profile and Kenmore brands microwave walls are recalled by GE due to fire hazard. GE announced on Wednesday that it recalls about 92,000 microwave walls due to fire hazart, reports CNN.

The problem of this microwaves is that the door switch in the microwave oven can overheat and should stop being used immediately. GE says people must stop using them immediately.

These recalled microwaves are not news. In fact, "The recalled units were sold from January 2000 to December 2003 and cost between $1,500 and $2,000, according to GE, which announced the recall with the Consumer Product Safety Commission," writes CNN in the report.

The GE recall information is not yet posted in GE's site.

"GE is offering a free repair on GE and GE Profile units or a rebate toward the purchase of a new product. Sears is doing the same for Kenmore units."


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Internet Saves a Life: Going Online Helped Nancy Makin Lose More Than 500 Pounds

Nancy Makin at 700 lbs (left). Makin at 170 lbs on GMA this week (right).

Dec. 3, 2007

Weighing 700 pounds, Nancy Makin had lost hope.

After 12 years of weight gain, Makin had spiraled into despair. The more food she ate, the more shame she felt, and nothing could stop the cycle.

Then one day her sister gave her a computer. Inspired by the friends she'd made online and no longer judged by how she looked, Makin finally took control of the situation.

"The anonymity of the computer gave me access to a world that would have just as well have left me alone, alone to die but I did not," Makin wrote in a letter describing her saga.

Today Makin weighs a healthy 170 pounds and hopes others will be inspired by her story to take back their own lives.

Out of Control

The weight gain started after a divorce and fear at her job. Makin began overeating to avoid her feelings and soon she just couldn't stop.

"My son would bring me 10 double cheeseburgers. So I'd eat four, put the rest in the fridge. And then they'd call to me during the night or whatever and you'd eat 'em cold. I could go in and overeat cold squash out of the fridge. It doesn't matter."

"You're stuffing your feelings. That's what people need to know. It's not just being a glutton."

Too humiliated to go out in public, Makin only allowed her family to see her, often sending her son to get her groceries. "I only regret that my son — that I hurt him, that I marred his childhood somehow, that it could have been more full."

Escape Online
It was the gift of getting online that ultimately let Makin escape her misery.

"Internet provided anonymity. And people who would have rejected me out of hand, based on appearance, got to see my insides."

Before she knew it, the political junkie was surfing through chat rooms and making friends, beginning to find value in herself again. "I was being loved and nurtured by faceless strangers. … Friends accepted who I was based on my mind and soul."

"I was so busy and happy to get up every morning that I like to say I lost weight in my fingers first."

Makin said the psychological transformation was so complete that she lost all that weight without diet pills, exercise or even a diet. She just stopped gorging.

"I achieved this on my own, in a natural way, with no surgical procedures having been performed. No particular 'diet' plan was followed; no pills, potions or ab-crunching exercises played a part in my recovery," she wrote in a congratulatory letter to herself.


Monday, December 3, 2007

Eye-Fi Points To The Future Of Web-Based Products

Posted by David DeJean, Nov 29, 2007 09:54 AM

The Eye Fi Wireless SD card for digital cameras reduces a Wi-Fi card to fit on an SD flash storage card, with room left over for 2 Gbytes of storage. But amazing as that is, the most interesting thing about Eye Fi is the way it works the network.

I first saw the Eye Fi Wireless SD card at a trade show, and was so intrigued that I put the gizmo into's upcoming Holiday Gift Guide (look for it this weekend), and sought out Eye Fi CEO Jef Holove to ask him how it works.

The Eye Fi is intended to solve one of the major annoyances of digital cameras -- automatically transferring images from your camera to wherever you want to store your photos, whether that's on a local PC or Mac, or Web sites for photos, blogs or social-networking. Eye Fi currently works with 17 sites, including Facebook, Flickr, and TypePad.

The hardware form factor is plain vanilla SD -- it will fit in any camera that will accept an SD card (which is currently about 77% of the camera market, said Holove). But shrinking the radio and interface down to SD size weren't big problems. According to Holove, the two technical hurdles were tuning the antenna built into the card, and optimizing its power management.

The orientation of the card in the camera and the amount of metal that surround it both affect antenna performance in ways that had to be taken into account in the card's design. And while the card draws relatively little power, it has to function within the camera's overall power profile.

The card is actually powered down most of the time, said Holove. It knows if it's got new content and won't even try to transfer files if there's nothing to transfer. If it detects new data, it wakes up every minute or so and checks for networks it knows how to connect to. Eye Fi works only from a digital camera to a host computer -- it won't work on public Wi-Fi networks that require you to log in. So you're not going to send pictures to Shutterfly from the bottom of the Grand Canyon -- unless you live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It's strictly for cameras, too -- it works in one direction and sends only JPG files to the host (if you want to transfer RAW files, you'll have to do that some other way) -- so it's not going to magically make your PDA or media player with an SD slot into a wireless device.

The Eye Fi card packs an impressive amount of technology into a device the size of your thumbnail, but the other half of the product, the service half, is just as interesting. Like many new hardware and software products, the Eye Fi card is a one-time investment that buys you the promise of unlimited use of a Web-based service. When you choose to have the Eye Fi card send photos to your online site, the image files get there the way they always have. But instead of you transferring the files from camera to computer, logging into the service and uploading the files, an Eye Fi service handles all that -- and also does things like resizing the files if your destination site has limits.

This is a business model that used to have some risk attached: nothing is free, and what if the customers use more of the service than the provider can afford? Holove wasn't worried. The Eye Fi service is just servers and bandwidth, and both those things are getting cheaper over time. The company doesn't store the photos, it just proxies them from your PC to their final destination. That doesn't mean Eye-Fi isn't looking for ways to make a buck on its service, too. "We can introduce premium things people will want to pay for," said Holove. But the cost of servicing the device is so low, in comparison with the initial price, that the business model is a good one.


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The Master Cleanse Diet Claims Outstanding Results

New diet plan called The Master Cleanse Diet says that its weight loss results are 'outstanding.' The Master Cleanse Diet is also known as Lemonade Diet. Below is the press release from the company presenting this diet plan.

The Master Cleanse Diet, which is also known as the Lemonade Diet or Master Cleanser Diet is making big waves in the health industry. It has become the latest rage from Health Gurus to Hollywood Actors and Actresses. But is the Master Cleanse Diet all its cracked up to be?

The diet is based off of a mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup (grade b). This may sound like an odd compilation however the results have been most surprising. This particular mixture, master cleanser enthusiasts say, is the key to cleansing the body of long-term toxins and cleaning the blood, kidneys, liver and colon as well as the intestinal wall. In addition to this many experience vasts amounts of weight loss in addition to the cleanse. Reports have been done that claim people lose around 20 lbs in less than a week.

"I feel better than I have ever felt before" Says Jenny Smith of Portland Oregon,"and I've lost significant weight as a result."

There has been known cases of people continuing the Lemonade Diet for up to fourty days. The diet recommends however doing it a minimum of four.

"The main purpose is not to lose weight" says Jenny," It's about purifying your body and starting over with a diet that benefits you."

Many have also claimed that they do not gain their weight back after the cleanse, just a little bit of water weight. This is due to the persons lack of craving bad foods as a result of the cleanse. They often crave much healthier things like fruit and vegetables which provides much better long-term health benefits than the food they previously craved.

The concept of the Master Cleanse Diet derives from the fact that we live in a fairly polluted world. So polluted that our bodies cannot detoxify properly as a result. This build-up over time can produce long-term health problems including diabetes, cancers, acidity problems as well as many other health problems. This cleanse is supposed to level out the body while intensely detoxifying the system over a period of ten days. It has been said that we are what we eat as well as we are what we most commonly do. This is the stance that the Master Cleansers go by.

The Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet has even hit hollywood in a big way. Famous singer Beyonce Knowles is a large advocate of the master cleanse lemonade diet. It is recommended, however that people go through the diet using a fiber supplement, colon cleanser or natural laxative as the diet does not consist of any fiber.

For more information on the Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet visit

Editor's note: eMaxHealth does not say this is a healthy diet plan, nor it endorses it. The point of this article is just to present a new diet plan for information purpose only.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Larry Fitzgerald out for Cardinals

Fantasy Football Breaking News

Larry Fitzgerald - WR - ARZ - Dec. 2 - 2:49 pm et

Cardinals declared WR Larry Fitzgerald, QB Tim Hasselbeck, FB Tim Castille, FS Aaron Francisco, OL Elton Brown, WR Jerheme Urban, DE Bo Schobel and DT Ross Kolodziej inactive for Week 13 against the Browns.
Bryant Johnson will move into the starting lineup for Fitzgerald, who's out with a groin injury. Downgrade Kurt Warner some, although he remains a strong QB1 option. Dec. 2 - 2:49 pm et


Las Vegas Marathon 2007

Thousands of runners and walkers hit the pavement just after 6 a.m. on Sunday to take part in the Las Vegas Marathon 2007.

The race began with an explosion of fireworks as the runners and walkers took off from a parking lot near the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The marathon started at 6:07 a.m. under perfect weather conditions -- cold but not windy.

SLIDESHOW: See images from the Las Vegas Marathon 2007

A runner from Russia, Sylvia Skvortsova, won the Las Vegas Marathon 2007 with an unofficial finishing time of 2:29:02. The top men's finisher is Christopher Chebobibich from Kenya, who will take home $20,000. His unofficial finishing time was 2:16:49. The women are given an 18 minute lead in the race and this is the first time a woman has won the challenge. The top local winner, Abebe Yimer, a former Ethiopian, who now lives in Clark County will take home $10,000.

Numerous roads around the valley were closed, including the Las Vegas Strip, to accommodate the marathon participants.

Many of the runners in this year's Las Vegas Marathon have been in training since early summer. A large number of people just took part in the half-marathon. However, there was some confusion with some of the lead runners in the half-marathon making a wrong turn and ending up on the course for the 26.2 mile marathon.

Click here for Las Vegas Marathon 2007 results

This year's marathon drew nearly 17,000 participants and there were about 4,000 volunteers on hand to support the runners at the mile markers with water and food.

Entertainment, including a performance by the Blue Man Group, a Spamalot water station and a finish line performance by the Cirque du Soleil Jam Band greeted the marathon participants. There was also Run-Through Wedding Chapel for nearly 50 couples who were getting married or renewing their vows.

This year's runners will include runners from 42 countries including Russia, Kenya and Australia. Last year's two top finishers were from Kenya.

Josephe Kahugo of Kenya who won the 2006 marathon.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Tradition surrounds Army-Navy game

Frederick N. Rasmussen | Back Story
December 1, 2007

In an article in yesterday's Sun, sports columnist Rick Maese recounted the age-old Army-Navy game tradition of West Point cadets slipping into Annapolis to capture a couple of the Naval Academy's mascot goats.

Today's Army-Navy clash at M&T Bank Stadium will be the fifth time the two military academies have played the game locally.

The first time was 1893, when they met in Annapolis, with Navy winning, 6-4. Thirty-one years later, when they took to the field at the old Municipal Stadium on 33rd Street in Baltimore; this time, Army trounced Navy, 12-0.

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who thought the game would give a war-weary nation a positive boost, linked it to a war bond drive. The 70,000 fans attending the game, again at Municipal Stadium, were required to purchase war bonds with their tickets.

After Army beat a powerful Navy team, 23-7, Gen. Douglas MacArthur cabled West Point head coach Col. Earl H. "Red" Blaik from his Pacific base: "WE HAVE STOPPED THE WAR TO CELEBRATE YOUR MAGNIFICENT SUCCESS."

When the game was last played in Baltimore, in 2000 at what was then PSINet Stadium, Navy won, 30-28.

There is another tradition associated with the game that may or may not be as well-known as the kidnapping of Navy goats: the ringing of two bells on the steps of Bancroft Hall on the campus of the Naval Academy.

On the steps of Bancroft Hall is the ship's bell from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise - the "Big E," World War II's most decorated ship.

The carrier fought in the war from its beginning, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, to May 14, 1945, when a kamikaze attack off Japan destroyed its forward elevator and killed 14.

The extensive damage required the ship to withdraw from active duty and sail for Puget Sound Navy Yard for repairs. It was there when the war ended on Aug. 15, 1945. The carrier was decommissioned in 1947 and scrapped in 1960.

The ship's bell arrived at the Naval Academy in 1950 and sits on a stand that was donated by the Class of 1921. It is rung continuously, beginning when the final score of the game is known until the team returns to Bancroft Hall.

The other bell that is also rung in the post-game ceremony - and it's rung only if Navy defeats Army - is the Japanese Bell.

The 1456 Japanese temple bell was presented to Commodore Matthew C. Perry by the regent of Lew Chew, now Okinawa, during his 1854 voyage to the Far East.

The tradition began in 1900, after Navy returned from Philadelphia, where it had beaten Army, 11-7. The team's jubilant captain bonged out the winning score on the Japanese Bell.

James W. Cheevers, senior curator of the Naval Academy Museum, said in an interview with The Trident, the academy's newspaper, that the original bell was returned to Okinawa in 1987, as part of an effort to restore to the island some of its cultural items, many of which were destroyed during World War II. The current Japanese Bell is a replica.

There is another tradition that held that Naval Academy football teams pulled down window shades as they traveled by train through Baltimore - to ward off bad luck - but it has fallen into disuse. If the teams travel through Baltimore nowadays, it's aboard a bus.

When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was filming Navy Blue and Gold, an eminently forgettable 1937 film starring Jimmy Stewart, Robert Young and Florence Rice, a scene in the movie portraying Baltimore in an unfavorable light came to the attention of G.H. Pouder, vice president of the Baltimore Association of Commerce.

The disputed scene, according to Pouder, showed the Naval Academy football team en route to battle Army passing through the city on board a train with all of the car's shades pulled down.

"The team doesn't do this. It's the regiment of midshipmen, and not the team, which pulls the shades down," reported The Evening Sun.

The scene continues with a Pullman porter informing the players they are missing the sights of Baltimore, and he begins raising the shades.

"Members grab him and tell him that it is bad luck to look at Baltimore on the way to an Army game. The porter, in order to give the city a break, tells them that may be so, but they are missing about the best-looking girls in the country," reported the newspaper.

When the Naval Academy, which was required to approve the scene, refused to do so until the city gave its approval, the cinematic contretemps dropped squarely into Pouder's lap.

After checking with academy officials regarding the superstition, Pouder told film officials that it was "still strong among the Navy boys," reported the newspaper.

Pouder said he didn't really mind the original scene after all, but MGM, in a public relations gesture, agreed to rewrite the lines describing the scene's action as "just an old Navy custom," which did not in any way reflect on the city.

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