Thursday, March 31, 2011

The best cruise ships on which to get married

    The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents The best cruise ships on which to get married.

    If you’re planning a wedding on the high seas, some options are better than others, according to one cruise specialist.

    Miami-based cruise company Landry & Kling released its top ten ships for group events and business meetings this week, naming vessels from a variety of lines for the suitability of hosting a special event.

    The travel agency, which specializes in organizing large events at sea ranging from business meetings to theme cruises and reunions, picked ships with between 56 and 2,700 cabins, including the enormous Allure of the Seas.

    Many were chosen for the excellent range of on-board activities — Sea Dream II’s water sports marina platform, for instance, or fact-finding tours on board National Geographic Endeavor — although all offer superior service, state-of-the-art function space and private group dining, says Landry & Kling.

    Cruise lines are used to planning weddings, and many employ specific members of staff to assist with the details of such events, with larger vessels also offering chapels on board and services such as cake, flowers and music.

    However, the list of ships who have captains that can officiate ceremonies (a popular request) is more limited as there are considerable legal restrictions.

    According to popular cruise website CruiseCritic, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Princess Cruises are among those with captains available to marry passengers.

    Top ten ships for events and meetings

    - SeaDream II (SeaDream Yacht Club)
    - Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
    - Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity Cruises)
    - Silver Spirit (Silversea Cruises)
    - Pride of America (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    - Seven Seas Navigator (Regent Seven Seas)
    - MSC Splendida (MSC Cruises)
    - Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
    - Carnival Dream (Carnival Cruise Lines)
    - National Geographic Endeavor (Lindblad Expeditions)

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Audemars Piguet Millenary Tour Auto 2011

    The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Audemars Piguet Millenary Tour Auto 2011.

    Serving as Official Timekeeper of the Tour Auto for the sixth year running, Audemars Piguet is launching a limited edition watch to commemorate the event.

    With its distinctly retro touch, the 2011 Audemars Piguet Millenary Tour Auto Chronograph masterfully captures the vintage spirit of the Tour Auto race.

    The new watch is available with a 47 mm case, fashioned from steel. Its back side is embossed with the Tour Auto logo.

    Housed in the case is a black dial, with its circular-grained surfaces reminding of the finish on certain historical cars.

    It is circled by a flange with a tachometric scale. The display features a three-hand layout. Moreover, it is equipped with silver-toned hour, minute and seconds counters. The date indication is arranged between 4 and 5 o’clock.

    The functions, provided by the new Audemars Piguet Millenary Tour Auto 2011 watch, are driven by an in-house manufactured automatic AP caliber 2385 movement.

    It operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers a 40-hour power reserve.

    The new Audemars Piguet watch is accompanied by a hand-sewn black leather strap with a lozenge-pattern stitching.

    The model is issued in a limited edition of 150 pieces and is delivered in a presentation box.

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Fear the Amalgam Horde

    The BBC reports that the winner of this year’s Diagram Prize for oddest book title is….

    ….Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way. Written by by former dentist Michael Young, the book offers a guide on how to build an empire in the dentistry field.

    In his book, Young argues that despite the western world viewing the legendary warrior in negative terms, his warmongering tenacity is required to build a successful business.

    Its closest rival was 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings, which details the development and application of friction stir welding at a German symposium last May.

    This year's other shortlisted titles were What Colour Is Your Dog?, The Italian's One-Night Love-Child, Myth of the Social Volcano and The Generosity of the Dead.

    Well there you have it… if Genghis Khan had the Golden Horde what do you call dentists that use is tactics? The Amalgam Horde?
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The Great Gagarin cover up

    Today’s Telegraph carried an article titled Soviet Union lied about 1961 Yuri Gagarin space mission

    Ach here comes the great “Gagarin space flight hoax,” I thought. Given that a lot of people do not believe that there was ever a Moon landing, why not deny the first manned space mission.

    Well it isn’t quite like that:

    Apparently Soviet officials and covered up the fact that he had landed more than 200 miles away from where they were expecting him… according to a new book.

    The book 108 Minutes That Changed the World apparently reveals revealed that scientists twice miscalculated where he would land which is why there was nobody there to meet him when he finally touched down some 500 miles south of Moscow.

    The Soviets also lied about the manner of his landing, claiming that he had touched down inside the capsule itself when in actual fact he landed separately via parachute. The reason they lied, said the book, was to skirt strict rules that would have prevented them from officially registering the flight as a world record.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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A handy guide to creating the perfect cheese plate

    I may or may not be obsessed with cheese (are you, too?), so the fact that we live down the street from Murray's Cheese, the most amazing cheese shop that ever existed, is fabulous and a little dangerous. The shop is packed with incredible cheeses, meats, chocolates, breads and ice creams, and the cheesemongers are geniuses (and give samples!). Toby and I venture over there at least twice a week, and we're both fatter and happier for it.

    So, my darlings, I'm thrilled to present this handy guide to creating the perfect cheese plate! I met with Murray's head cheesemonger Sydney Willcox to discover her tried-and-true tips, and the lovely Jamie Beck took photos. Here goes...
    Overall pointers for putting together a cheese plate:
    * When you invite friends over, buy one ounce per person per cheese; and stick to five to six cheeses total.
    * Choose a fun variety of cheeses: different textures, countries, and all three milk types (goat, sheep, cow).
    * Serve all the cheeses on one big board. You want your guests to start with the mildest and work up to the strongest, so place the cheeses in "clock order"--12 o'clock being the mildest and 11 o'clock being the strongest.
    * Take the cheese out of the fridge at least an hour before serving. Cheese should be eaten at room temperature, when it's at its full flavor and texture.
    * Put out a few different knives. Goat and blue cheeses crumble if you use a regular knife, so cheese wires are the best thing to use--if you don't have one, you can use dental floss! Softer cheeses work best with a butter knife. Harder cheeses, like parmesan, are good with a triangle-shaped knife. Cut circular cheeses in wedges, like a pizza.
    * If you have leftovers, don't store the cheese in Saran Wrap, which will make the cheese sweat and leave a plastic-y taste. Cheese is living and needs to breathe, so wrap it in parchment or wax paper, and keep it in the most humid part of the fridge (usually the vegetable drawer).
    Six cheeses for the perfect basic cheese plate:
    (pictured clockwise from top)

    1. Cremont is a bloomy, rindy, mild cheese, which debuted last year in Vermont. (The name "cremont" is a mix of "cream" and "Vermont"!) The cheese has both cow and goat milk. Luscious, coats your tongue, fudge-y, cake-y.

    2. La Tur is the little black dress of cheeses! Everyone loves it. It's a mix of goat, sheep and cow--which is is pretty unusual. Flavorwise, you get a hint of all three animals--tang from the goat, lingering buttery fat from the sheep, milky sweetness from the cow. The texture feels almost whipped, like savory ice cream! At a party, this insanely popular Italian cheese will disappear first.

    3. Pyrenees Brebis. Every single person I've has ever met loves this sheep's milk cheese. It's a huge crowd-pleaser. A lot of flavor, but very harmonious. Nutty, salty, floral, semi-soft. From the southwest region of France, where there are huge herds of sheep.

    4. Cabot Clothbound Cheddar. Cabot makes lots of cheddars, but this is their artisanal (read: fancy!) line. What's cool about this cheese is that it's a partnership between Cabot and the Cellars at Jasper Hill--Cabot makes the cheese, which is then aged in the Cellars at Jasper Hill. There's actually a staff of guys (football-player size!) who flip these cheeses everyday, so they'll age evenly. The cheese is wrapped in cloth, which is a more English style of making cheese. Super strong cheddar; you get little crystals. You'll taste peanuts, caramel, earthy flavors. Eat from the inside out; then take the cloth off and then eat the rind--it almost takes like dirt, but it works so well with the other flavors. (P.S. It would make the best grilled cheese you'd ever have in your life.)

    5. Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Made with raw Jersey cow's milk in Wisconsin. Very fruity and smooth. The American Cheese Society just named it "Best in Show" for the third time (it's the only cheese to have been awarded Best in Show more than once!). You've gotta try it.

    6. Cambozola Black Label is a very, very delicate blue cheese. Just a tinge of that mineral flavor; very buttery with a bit of a cashew flavor. A great beginning cheese for people who think they might not like blue cheeses. (Once you put it on bread and add a grape, it will mellow out, if you’re feeling timid!) Blue cheeses and chocolate also go together really well--a great balance of salty and sweet.

    Pair cheeses with: Dried cherries, walnuts, marcona almonds (I love these!), fresh grapes, crackers and French bread.
    Yummy! Thank you so much, Sydney and Murray's! Have you tried any of these cheeses before? Do you have a different favorite cheese that you'd recommend? I'd love to hear...

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The passing of a great

    There was a man who was perhaps responsible for more things being tightly glued to otherThings (and quite a lot of people glued to things too) than anyone else. That man was Harry Coover , who dies last Saturday aged 94.

    In 1942, while searching for materials to make clear plastic gun sights, Coover and his team at Eastman Kodak first worked with cyanoaryltates but rejected them. Nine years later, Coover was overseeing Kodak chemists investigating heat-resistant polymers for jet canopies when cyanoacrylates were once again tested. That time around, however, Coover recognized that he had discovered a unique adhesive. In 1958, the adhesive Super Glue was introduced for sale.

    Coover held 460 patents. In 2004, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. In 2010, Coover received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

    Dr Coover, we salute you

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TWO Pawties in one NIGHT!!! HOLY CAT! March 31, 2011,@DaBooPatrol's Bachelor Pawty & @CatGodessAthena's Bridal Shower!!

    Please see:  for Stag Pawty Menu!

    Please see: for Shower Menu!!!

    OK, people have said I am a pawty animal, or that I'm a "wee bit" crazy, and I always hear, "You'll never be able to top that pawty!" Well.....I'm just crazy enough to try TWO pawties at once!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    First I guess I should tell you that our very own Security Chief Nimbus (@daBooPatrol) has become engaged to the lovely @CatGodessAthena!! They even asked ME to be the Best Man at their wedding!!

    SO, this Thursday, at 8 pm EDT we will have TWO Nipclubs at once. Each Pawty will have it's own DJ's & Barktenders so everybody is sure to get that great gullar sahir service!!

    Hashtag: #NipClubShower at 8pm EDT the ladies  will get on gullar sahir's Private Jet with Air Captain/Pilot @TinyPearlCat and fly to beautiful Greece to hang out, shop and pawty !!

    FREE luxury round trip flight!!
    Beautiful Greece!!!!
    Don't forget a gift!!!
    @HollieCatRocks & @DanaPixie worked hard on this shower!!!!

    Our lovely hostess & wedding planner @HollieCatRocks with her helpers @SeattleP & @AutumnTheDoxie & @TinyPearlCat will guide you to Greece's best hot spots for dining, shopping, pawtying etc before you hop on the jet back to gullar sahir.

    Stag Pawty!!!! 8 to 9:30 pm
    NOT This kind of Stag Pawty either!!!! MOL
    But it will be THIS kind:
    @_Bill_The_Cat enjoying his birthday pawty.

    Hashtag: gullar sahirStag While the ladies are off in Greece, The guys will throw a Bachelor Pawty for Nimbus!!! Hosts @Kingtuttifruiti, @MarioDaCat & I will provide 90 minutes of pure fun..just remember....what happens at gullar sahir stays at gullar sahir!!! 

    Then at 9:30 the ladies will return, and we'll party and dance the night away with @DaBooPatrol (Nimbus) and @CatGodessAthena
    From 4pm to 8pm use hashtag: gullar sahir, then at
    8pm use gullar sahirShower for ladies or use
    gullar sahirStag for the guys. at 9:30 everyone
    should go back to gullar sahir!! 

    Me, @Mulder_Cat & @MarioDaCat started early MOL
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Amy Adams Is Lois Lane In Zack Snyder's "Superman"

    Fiery redhead Amy Adams is ready to add a touch of awards season class to Zack Snyder's Superman. With his imaginative action-adventure flick Sucker Punch coming in second at the box office this past weekend (behind Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules), the director phoned the three-time Oscar nominee from Paris to let her know she'd been chosen to play Lois Lane in his upcoming Man of Steel reboot.

    Los Angeles Times got the first scoop on Snyder's reasoning behind choosing Adams to play one of the most iconic love interests in superhero history. "It goes back to what I've said about Superman and making him really understandable for today," said Snyder. "What's important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today's audience so that we understand the decisions he makes.

    Adams joins an ecclectic cast that includes Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Clark Kent/Superman, as well as Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Kent's adoptive parents here on Earth. The hunt is still on to fill the bad guy roles, now rumored to be the trio of General Zod, first lady Ursa, and guerilla grunt Non, who last battled the Kryptonian crimefighter on the big screen in Richard Lester's Superman II. Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) are rumored for those roles as of now.

    Snyder's film is due in theaters in December 2012.

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HOT ROD x NEW ERA「LA」59Fifty Fitted Cap

Kinetics x DJ MURO x adidas Originals Ultra Star XL

    Japanese sneaker retailer Kinetics is at the center of a new collaboration which brings on board musical artist DJ MURO and adidas Originals. The result is a special collaborative version of the Ultra Star XL. With references to its iconic big brother the Superstar, the Ultra Star XL features a very much MURO-esque colorway decked out in black, red and green. The quilted black leather is further matched up with snakeskin stripes and a large Trefoil logo on the heel. Available now at Kinetics.

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Jessica of SNSD on runway for Seoul Fashion Week

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Mackerel Coach: SNSD have beautiful legs but no longer unrivalled

    Is there an idol who could match SNSD members’ beautiful legs?
    On Cable Channel SBS E!TV’s Entertainment information program ‘StarQ10′, the beautiful leg idols terminator will be revealed. Trainer Choi Sungjoon who is known for his fitness guidebook ‘Mackerel Coach’ will reveal the idol with the most beautiful legs (according to the trainer).

    Body figure is essential to stars. Slender and slim figure seem to be the mandatory requirements for girl groups. SNSD members are not only known for their amazingly beautiful legs but they also have the best body lines among the girl groups in Korea.

    However, according to trainer Choi Sungjoon, a new idol that could match them has arrived. He then dropped a curious hint saying, “The new idol who is the ‘beautiful legs terminator’ could match SNSD, the girl group under the management of SM Entertainment”. The identity of the so called ‘beautiful legs terminator’ will be revealed on March 30th at 7.30pm KST on StarQ10.

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Lil Wayne By Paris Hilton, Dimitri Ehrlich

    First, a few facts: Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., the 28-year-old rapper now known as Lil Wayne-or sometimes Weezy-grew up a straight-A student in a neighborhood called
    Hollygrove in New Orleans's 17th Ward, which was among the hardest hit areas of the city during the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Young Dwayne, soon to be Wayne, began his career as a near-novelty act, parlaying his love of late-'80s and early-'90s hip-hop and rap-tinged R&B into a career as a kiddie gangsta rapper, signing with the cult-legendary local hip-hop label Cash Money Records as one half of a duo known as The B.G.'z (the other half was a kid named B.G.) when he was 12-the same age he accidentally shot himself in the chest with a handgun, reportedly missing his heart by just a centimeter. But even that didn't slow him down. He soon joined another Cash Money act, The Hot Boys-which featured Juvenile, a local rapper who was already making a name for himself as a solo artist-and enjoyed his first taste of pop stardom when the quartet's 1999 album, Guerrilla Warfare, debuted at number five on the Billboard charts.

    Having flooded the market with an almost nonstop flow of releases-some official, some on mixtapes, some as a guest rapper on other people's tracks (he now commands a reported $150,000 an appearance)-Wayne finally established himself as a solo megaforce in 2004 with the release of the Tha Carter, which unveiled to the world the Wayne we all know today: a spastically flowed force of hip-hop nature whose subject matter ranges from the blingtastic to the bizarrely psychedelic, and whose asymmetrical rhymes, delivered in a raspy, Auto-Tuned croak, have since appeared on dozens of hit singles and earned him four Grammy Awards and millions of dollars. Wayne's 2008 album, Tha Carter III, sold more than a million copies in its first week, and while he hasn't replicated that level of success since, he hasn't stopped trying. His own label, Young Money Entertainment, prodigiously counts new heavies such as Drake and Nicki Minaj among its recent discoveries, and, this spring, the label will release Wayne's highly anticipated ninth album, Tha Carter IV.

    Though Wayne stands just five-foot-six in sneakers, he is a towering force in pop music right now-and, like Sinatra, he likes to do things his way. While he has often called himself "the best rapper alive," a claim many might dispute on purely technical grounds, Wayne is without a doubt one of the most prolific, weirdest, and hardest-working rappers in the game right now. A father of four, he managed to have two children in 2009 by two different women (singer Nivea Hamilton and actress Lauren London) within a 12-week period. He says he has given up the Styrofoam cup of cough syrup he could be seen constantly sipping from in the 2009 documentary Tha Carter. In any event, it would seem he had no choice but to give up such pastimes cold turkey, at least temporarily, when last year he served an eight-month prison term at Rikers Island in New York for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. (If anyone ever doubted his relentless creative restlessness, just before heading to jail he released Rebirth, a rock album.)

    By outward appearances, Lil Wayne might not seem to embody the life of a typical religious person, but he is, in many ways, a walking miracle. He has the word fear tattooed on one eyelid and god on the other, but if you blink, you might miss that, since he doesn't seem to close his eyes often, much less sleep. Keeping it real? That's so last year. Wayne's doing something better by keeping the world of pop music unpredictable with his intergalactic alien oddness, and, if nothing else, he has made it a far more interesting and strange place.

    Appropriately, when it came time to interview Wayne, we turned to another iconoclast of sorts, Paris Hilton-who, like Wayne, loves music and clubs and has done hard time (in 2007, for violating her probation in connection with an earlier no-contest plea on a reckless driving charge)-to do the honors. Hilton took a break from filming her new reality show, The World According to Paris, in Los Angeles to connect over the phone with Wayne, who was at home in Miami, with a little help from Interview contributing music editor Dimitri Ehrlich.


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    Drake on first meeting Lil Wayne:
    The first meeting wasn't really anything pivotal. It was cool. I think he saw that I was a good kid, or trying to be a good kid, and I was just staring at one of my idols. I stayed on the road with him for a while, about a week and a half. And I think it was the last night before I went back home, we finally got into the studio and made some music.

    Nicki Minaj on life without Wayne's mentorship:
    I don't ever want to imagine that. I can't even imagine my career, um, my creative spirit without Wayne. I credit him with a lot of what I do. Prior to him, no one relevant in hip-hop really gave me that support. I feel like I'm still intertwined with him creatively. Before I met Wayne, the person that was spearheading my career was the one person who always told me, "Don't be too playful, don't be too kooky and weird... no one's gonna feel that, nobody wants to hear that." So I stifled a lot of that early on, and then once that we parted ways, I was like, "Guess what, I'm gonna just be me."
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