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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Weekend Quotes - Michael Jackson, an immortal singer
Like everyone else, I was greatly shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Michael Jackson whom I had watched and followed while growing up. May god bless this legendary singer's soul and hope his children are well-taken care of. Today's Weekend Quotes are dedicated to Michael Jackson.

I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.

- Lisa Marie Presley, former wife of Michael Jackson and daughter of Elvis Presley

Michael Jackson was my musical God. He made me believe that all things are possible, and through real and positive music. He can live forever! I love Michael Jackson. God Bless him.

- Wyclef Jean, rapper/former member of the Fugees.



Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, and our hearts are heavy, heavy here. Michael Jackson was the world's greatest entertainer but more than he was great humanitarian and a great, humble individual. The people of Gary, our hearts are full of tears because of the loss of Michael Jackson.

- Mayor Rudy Clay, Gary, IN

I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.

- Madonna, Singer, Source: People magazine


My heart...my mind... are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. It can't be so. He will live in my heart forever but it's not enough. My life feels so empty. I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I've ever known. Oh God! I'm going to miss him. I can't yet imagine life with out him. But I guess with God's help... I'll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, "To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever." And, I will love him forever

- Elizabeth Taylor, Actress


Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson. His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him legend.

- Steven Spielberg, Director, Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michael Jackson was extraordinary. When we worked together on "Bad," I was in awe of his absolute mastery of movement on the one hand, and of the music on the other. Every step he took was absolutely precise and fluid at the same time. It was like watching quicksilver in motion. He was wonderful to work with, an absolute professional at all times, and — it really goes without saying — a true artist. It will be a while before I can get used to the idea that he's no longer with us

- Martin Scorsese, Director

Michael was a pop phenomenon who never stopped pushing the envelope of creativity. Though there were serious questions about his personal life, Michael was undoubtedly a great entertainer and his popularity spanned
generations and the globe.


- Arnold Schwarzenegger

I was lucky enough to know and work with Michael Jackson in his prime. Michael was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star. He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure. My wife Deborah and I will always have great affection for him.

- John Landis, Director of Jackson's "Thriller" video

He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time Grammy recipient, Michael's career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories.

- Neil Portnow, Natl. Acad. of Recording Arts and Sciences

knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will
never be matched.


- Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand"

My condolence to the entire family, friends, and fans. We group up watching the Jackson Five, The Jacksons, and then solo Michael Jackson. He was part of our daily lives as well as the rest of the family since I come from a huge family myself. It was a blessing to watch him grow as the King of Pop. He will be greatly missed, he will never be forgotten, and his music will continue to play all over the world. We thank our Lord to give us such a beautiful person and family in the Music Entertainment Business. God will always love you.

- Family Galvan, El Paso, Texas, Source: Legacy.com Guestbook: Michael Jackson

Michael the Angels have taken you home, but you will live on in our hearts and the world. I'm honored to have seen you in our world. Thoughts to your family and may God help them find the strength to live in this world without him. Your music UNIQUE.

- Marilyn Green, a fan, Source: CBS2.com: Your Michael Jackson Tributes, Condolences

Related Links:

RollingStone.com: Michael Jackson 1958-2009

TVGuide.com: Michael Jackson's Death: Celebrities React


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Searching for best deals on Smart Money and Kiplinger Personal Finance magazines
My subscription to Smart Money and Kiplinger Personal Finance magazines had expired, so was searching the internet to see if there were any discounts or coupons available on their subscription. Since these two magazines are very popular, it's always not possible to get free subscription for them but I thought it was worth a shot.

My main intersest was to see if I could get any discounts or coupons for these magazines. After much search, the best deal I found on the Smart Money magazine was at Amazon.com where 1-year subscription to SmartMoney (1-year) is available for $5. I searched several sites, including SmartMoney's own Web site, but couldn't find a better deal than this. At SmartMoney's Web site, 1-year subscription is running for $11! Surprisingly, even at Amazon.com the 2-year subscription to SmartMoney (2-year) is available at $18 (SmartMoney's Web site is also offering 2-year subscription for $18, and 3-year at $24).

Am not sure why the 2-year subscription costs more than double the amount for 1-year subscription at Amazon.com. I can just get 1-year subscription for $5 and renew it again next year for another year, costing me only $10 instead of $18 with the 2-year deal (assuming the $5 deal is still available next year). In addition, my upfront cost is only $5, instead of $18.

For the Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, the cheapest deal I found was pretty much same - one-year subscription is available for $12 at Amazon.com, and many other sites. To keep it simple by shopping at one site, I will be getting it from Amazon.com.


However, at MAGAZINES.com, the 1-yr subscription is available for $14.97 but after applying the $5 off any title coupon, it works out to be only $9.97, so that's who I am going with.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Weekend Quote - Health Insurance and Taxes
When I'm paying $600 a month for coverage, that's a tax. I have never met a Canadian or European who would trade their health insurance.

- Response from a reader to BusinessWeek's article "Someone Must Pay for Health Reform" (News, June 1); Source: Feedback, p74, BusinessWeek, June 15, 2009

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Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wyndham's Save Summer Sweepstakes
Wyndham is offering a chance to win one million Wyndham Rewards points along with a chance to win free night stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels. Sweepstake end September 10, 2009. Need to register to enter.

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Friday, June 19, 2009
Shoemoney’s free 12 week Internet Marketing course
For a limited time, ShoeMoney is offering a free 12 week Internet Marketing course. The partial listing of topics covered in this course include:

- The Beginner's Guide To Internet Marketing
- Affiliate Marketing 101: Everything You Need To Know To Start Promoting Products
- Market Research: How To Crush Your Competitors And Discover Hot Niches


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Where to buy boric acid?
As mentioned in my previous post, one of the things we tried to get rid of ants in our house was boric acid. However, when we decided to buy boric acid, we had no idea from where to buy it. Doing a search on the internet indicated that it's available at hardware stores. Unfortunately, when I tried Home Depot and other hardware stores in our area, they didn't stock it. Similarly, when I asked the associates at our local grocery store, they had no clue what boric acid was and what it was used for. Finally, one day, while in our local grocery store, I thought that since boric acid is a chemical, the pharmacist would probably know where to buy it from. My hunch proved right. The pharmacist told that it was a special item and they could get it within one day (no prescription required). She told me that it will cost about $7 for a small bottle. I went back to them a couple of days later and got a small bottle of boric acid for $12.97. The price seemed excessive given the small size of the bottle but since we wanted to get rid of ants, I bought it. A few days later, while visiting a dollar store, I found out that they also sell boric acid. The small bottle (5 oz) of Orthoboric acid at that dollar store was selling for $1.49. So if you need boric acid, it probably pays to check out dollar stores before buying it from a pharmacy or hardware stores as chances are that the dollar stores would sell it for the cheapest amount.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Weekend Quote - Ability
People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there.

- Bob Edwards

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Saturday, June 13, 2009
Do search, get a chance to win a prize
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Getting rid of ants in the house
For some reasons, this year, we have had more than usual number of ants in our house since Spring. At first, we decided to ignore them but lately, the problem grew worse, as the number of ants inside the kitchen area continued to grow. Finally, I decided to take action and went to our local grocery store and bought a spray can of ant killer for about $3.49. The spray can worked well and killed the ants on contact but it didn't do much to stop ants from returning. In addition, since we have two small kids at home, I didn't like using the chemicals in our house, and hate the smell of the chemicals.

Searching on the internet, I found that boric acid tends to kill ants. So we switched from our chemical spray can to boric acid, placing the acid on sheets of paper at couple of places in the kitchen and putting some sweetener in the middle of boric acid. The acidic powder did attract some ants but for most part, it was another failed effort on our part, as most ants continued to stay away from it. May be we hadn't applied the boric acid properly or may be the boric acid wasn't being very effective. We decided to give up on its use as we wanted to get a quick solution that would get rid of growing colony of ants.

Last week, we went to Home Depot and while we were discussing the issue with an associate, a customer in the aisle told us about Combat Ant Killer gel. She told us that she had used it before and found it very effective. We decided to go with her recommendation; the gel cost us about $4.97 plus tax for 27 grams (can also be bought from Amazon.com (Combat Ant Killing Gel 27grams) and other stores).

The Combat gel supposedly attracts ants but doesn't kill them right away. Instead, ants carry it back to their nest which helps the gel get to other ants and their eggs, effectively getting rid of the ant problem. According to instructions, it takes about 3-5 days to get rid of ants after applying the gel. We applied the gel at night time; the gel was easy to apply using the syringe type device in which it comes. We applied little amount of gel at different parts of our kitchen walls where we have seen ants. Within minutes of applying the gel, we saw ants go towards the gel. In the morning when we woke up, most of the ants seemed to have just vanished! There were a few living ants still visible but for most part, the steady line of ants that we had grown accustomed to over the last few days - that was gone! Hopefully, with a couple of more applications of Combat gel over the next few days, we would completely solve the problem of ants.

I thank that lady at Home Depot who told us about the Combat gel because we were just sick and tired of having so many ants in the house. Am sure there are lot of other options that are probably available for getting rid of ants in the house, but for us, Combat gel did the trick.

Related articles:

Wikihow.com: How to Get Rid of Ants

eHow.com: How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Free 8x10 photo from CVS (promotion ends: June 21, 2009)
Now through June 21, 2009, CVS is offering a free 8x10 photo enlargement. Use promo code FREE8X10 at checkout at CVS.com. CVS is also offering 60 for 40 print offers - get 60 prints for the price of 40; use promo code: 60FOR40.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009
Weekend Quote - Riches
The rich get richer. Not only because they have surpluses with which to invest, but because of the overriding emotional release they experience from having wealth.

— Stuart Wilde

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Friday, June 5, 2009
Free Sample from Walmart - Rohto Cool Eye Drops
For a limited time, Wal-Mart is offering a free sample. For details, see:

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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Is it a good time to buy stocks?

The WSJ blog article discusses Jeremy Siegel's (finance professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and author of The Stocks for the Long Run) recent interview at NPR. As per the blog article, according to Jeremy Siegel, this is a good time to buy stocks.
I’m virtually sure that it’s not going to be a long wait. And the reason is we’re no longer at high points in the market. In March, we were down more than 50 percent. And I looked all the way back last hundred years. Once you’re down 50 percent, your prospects are very good....
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Even in December of 1930, where you were 50 percent down from that all-time high in 1929, your five-year return was more than seven percent after inflation. The world looks different once you’re down as much as we have been down.
I have read Siegel's Stock for the Long Run book and felt it was very good book. Compared to their October 2007 highs, stock market is lower, however, it still pays to be careful when investing in stocks since there's always the possibility that the stocks could drop lower and in some cases, for the companies to go bankrupt. The blog article's ending sums this caution aptly:
Just a bit of context to add while you’re considering some the buy-on-the-dips flavor of Prof. Siegel’s suggestions. After the crash 1929, the Dow didn’t return to its high of that year until 1954.
For complete blog article and the NPR interview, see:

WSJBlogs: Wharton’s Siegel: ‘A Time to Buy’

NPR.org: Expert Still Backs Investing In Stock Market’

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Free magazine: BusinessWeek
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