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Can I Have Your Autograph?

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Being a celebrity means dealing with fan demands for autographs, ranging from polite and appropriate to rude and overbearing. One time Katherine Hepburn was performing on Broadway and tried to exit backstage through a crowd of jostling autograph hounds. Bodyguards helped her to her limo and once safely inside the very private star roled down the window and shouted, "Run em down! We'll clean up the blood later!" The crowd scattered and the limousine sped away, pausing long enough for Hepburn to roll down the window and wave goodbye to her fans, accompanied by an evil laugh. Strangely enough, when she lived in Beverly Hills the seclusion loving Hepburn developed the habit of sneaking into her neighbor's houses as a hobby. She became expert at climbing trees, avoiding alarms and dogs, and revealing herself just before her nervous neighbors called the police.

Walt Disney had the strange experience in the 1930s of having his name famous around the world when his face was not. Often he would forget his identification and that combined with his casual attire sometimes kept him out of fancy restaurants. Later in the 50's he became a recognized figure because of his television hosting duties. The lack of anonymity made it increasingly difficult for him to walk through Disneyland without being badgered for autographs. Disney struggled not to be brusque while explaining he did not have time, he was trying to make the park a better place. In the 60's when the company was trying to purchase Florida marshland for a second amusement park, he was warned by his advisors to stay away from the state, the real estate prices would go up once the identity of the buyer was known. But Disney could not resist. Eating in a Orlando diner Walt was approached by a curious waitress, "Pardon me. Are not you Walt Disney?" Walt who was known for being brutally honest, replied, "Hell no! And if I see that sob, I'll give him a piece of my mind."

Stars making movies at Universal Studios often try to avoid tour guides leading autograph hounds. One particular fellow became ingenious at tracking down Michael Caine, who toyed with the idea of ​​having the young man fired, then decided, "What the hell, I'll just sign" and was gracious. It turned out to be a good move, the tour guide was Mike Ovitz who later became the most powerful talent agent in Hollywood.

When stardom is new, autograph signing can be a thrill. One night in Paris the 60 year old Cary Grant and 25 year old Sophia Loren wanted to go out to dinner. "But the people will come up to us. I can not stand it!" said the jaded Briton. "I love it," said Sophia. When they left their hotel Grant complete with his hat folded down, dark glasses, his scarf wrapped around his face, and his huge overcoat looked like the Invisible Man. Sophia looked like Sophia. As they walked the streets of Paris people began to come up to her for autographs which she joyfully signed. After a few fan encounters Grant began to get jealous. Down came the hat, off came the glasses, the coat and the scarf and soon he was standing under neon lights to get noticed.

Another English actor named Grant was thrilled by his breakout stardom due to the movie Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994). Hugh Grant would drive around New York looking for the theaters where the film was playing then get out and wait in line, happy for the attention and to sign autographs. Later when he was arrested in Los Angeles for burning prostitute Divine Brown, he turned down requests to put his signature on tabloids containing his mug shot.

Some actors just sign out their annoyance. One time Arnold Schwarzenegger was being interviewed at a press joke when a reporter asked him for an autograph for his mother, a big no-no. The star grimaced and said, "Of course. I would not want to disappoint your mother." He paused then added, "I'm sure you have disappointed her enough already."

Autographs can cause internal conflicts for stars who take themselves too seriously. During the making of Klute (1971) Donald Sutherland received a written request from a fan who wished for an autograph for his daughter. Sutherland showed the letter to his humorless girlfriend Jane Fonda who expressed a strong opinion that he should not sign it, autographs that that movie actors are somehow superior to others. Sutherland bowed to her philosophy and wrote a letter stating his reasons for refusing the request. The man wrote him back, "Dear Mr. Sutherland, thank you for your letter.



Source by Stephen Schochet

Being a celebrity means dealing with fan demands for autographs, ranging from polite and appropriate to rude and overbearing. One time Katherine Hepburn was performing on Broadway and tried to exit backstage through a crowd of jostling autograph hounds. Bodyguards helped her to her limo and once safely inside the very private star roled down […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2

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If you knew anything about me, you would probably note that I’m a massive Spider-Man fan. I have various posters around my room, multiple ticket stubs from the Marvel movies and heck, I’m even drinking out of a Spider-Man cup right now. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to play Beenox’s latest Spider-Man game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the Xbox One. Usually, I’m apprehensive about playing a movie tie-in game, but he’s my favorite hero. Even if it’s an average game I should be able to look past its faults, right? After playing the fairly short campaign, I have to say this Xbox One iteration of the web-slinger should have been squashed.

When you first stumble into the game world, the opening sequence is a recap of Uncle Ben’s death from the first film. Of course, it may be hard to recognize who the characters are just because of how different they look to the source material. Here, Peter Parker looks more like Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, especially with the jacket they’ve got him wearing. The opening scene is total filler and doesn’t add anything to the overall story.

Speaking of the story, it’s a complete mess. I understand that it’s a movie tie-in, and the developers might not get the full script from the accompanying film, but at the end of the day the plot here is just too hard to follow. The movie itself is already busy, but when the game adds their own villains from the comics into the movie, the main antagonists from the film get put on the back-burner.

My main beef with the primary storyline followed by the game, is that it completely omits Gwen Stacy from the entire experience. Gwen is Peter Parker’s greatest ally, and in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 film she plays a massive role. I don’t understand why we needed Uncle Ben, who isn’t even in the movie, more than we needed Gwen Stacy. Just a bit of a head scratcher there, but one of the many problems with the convoluted story.

Once you get use to the scrambled plot, you’ll take notice how funny the dialogue is. This isn’t a good thing unfortunately. What I mean is that the dialogue could have been written by a four year old. My favorite exchange is when Peter Parker first meets the dangerous hunter Kraven in his swank New York apartment. Kraven explains how he wrestled a grown tiger and how much it angers him to see the endangered animals hunted and killed. All the while, directly behind Kraven there is a tiger pelt adorning his couch.

Thankfully, the gameplay itself isn’t as hopeless. Spider-Man moves with incredible agility and web-slinging is now mapped to both the left and right triggers. There are minor issues such as the need to be pin-point accurate while traveling, but the game’s ‘Web Rush’ mode helps with that. The city feels more alive than in the previous Spidey games but it’s still ultimately a poor man’s GTA. Honestly, the most fun I had with the game wasn’t the combat, it was simply just swinging from one side of the city to another.

When the fisticuffs finally start happening, you’ll notice just how clunky the entire combat system actually is. With Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beenox tries to copy the outstanding melee combat of Rocksteady’s Batman titles. What you’ll get here is sloppy, broken, glitch-filled anarchy. I was fighting the camera harder than I fought any of the bad guys. Even with the clunky viewpoints and the floaty combat, the game was never challenging. Throughout the short six hour campaign, I managed to die only once and that’s because the batteries in my controller died.

When you’re not busy fighting random gang members on the street, you’ll have some of the web-slinger’s most famous adversaries to contend with. During the boss fights, you’ll rarely have anything to worry about with their mechanics. It boils down to mostly dodge the incoming assault, then mash on the attack button until you win. Granted, like Arkham City, once you defeat a boss you’ll unlock new equipment for your hero. Ionic webbing and seismic blasts to be exact, both skills are just ways to defeat the cannon fodder later in the game and both are incredibly lame.

If the story and the combat wasn’t enough to make you turn off your console, the atrocious visuals within the game might. While playing through the game on the Xbox One, I felt that this game was more on par with a PlayStation 2 launch title. Mouths move out of sync, clothes have less pixels than Pong and the environment looks something out of Rampage on the Nintendo 64. Visuals usually won’t make a game great, but when the other aspects of this title are so bad, the muddled graphics pile onto the rest of the problems and the result is a game that is, in a word, garbage. The first Amazing Spider-Man game that came out in 2012 looks better than this game running on Xbox One!

As I previously stated before, this game is a movie tie-in and we can’t expect GOTY material from it, but with an asking price of 60 dollars, I can’t find any reason to justify the price. The only positive thing I could say about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is that the game does include a bunch of unlockable costumes for Spider-Man and there is quite the diverse selection. With developer Beenox only making one actual serviceable Spider-Man game, it may be time for someone else to take the helm. Stay away from this Xbox One title.



Source by Brian Robbins

If you knew anything about me, you would probably note that I’m a massive Spider-Man fan. I have various posters around my room, multiple ticket stubs from the Marvel movies and heck, I’m even drinking out of a Spider-Man cup right now. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to play Beenox’s latest Spider-Man game, […]

The Jonah Complex

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But it greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry. (Jonah 4: 1)

Jonah had been sent by God to preach to the people of Nineveh, to tell them to repent. God had said to him, "Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." Yet Jonah did not want to go, and started off in the exact opposite direction.

You know the rest of the story. By the time Jonah actually got to Nineveh, he had been on a ship on a storm-tossed sea, thrown into the sea by his fellow passengers, swallowed by a whale, spent 3 days in the belly of the whale, and then vomited onto the beach.

At that point, Jonah had had all he could take, and though he still did not want to go to Nineveh, he knew God was a very creative God, and he did not want to know what his next if he would entail if he continued to avoid his mission. So he went, and preached to Nineveh.

Then Jonah began to go through the city one day's walk; and he fought out and said, "Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown." Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. (Jonah 3: 4-5)

This was a textbook repentance. From the description, it does not sound like Jonah needed to do much. He simply went one day's walk through the city and told them to repent, and they all began to turn from their ways, even the king. Jonah should have been elated. Jeremiah and Elijah should have had it so good.

But Jonah was more than annoyed. He was irate. He had just been through his own personal hell and back, and they turn and repent, just like that? And God was going to let them get off that easy? Could not God just throw a little fire and brimstone down on them for good measure? They deserved it! Why did he have to go through a virtual horror flick and they got off?

I can so refer to Jonah. I was married for 25 years, and when we first married, we went to church together. We actually met in a church singles group. But as the years went by, my ex-husband became less and less interested in church. He began to have more and more excuses not to go. It did not matter that I almost begged him. As our marriage deteriorated, and we so desireately needed the fellowship of the church members, and the word of God from the pulpit, I went alone. I remember sitting and listening to so many sermons in which the pastor spoke about marriage, and how wives should treat husbands, and husbands should treat wives. But of course, he was not there to hear it. The words fell like confetti onto the floor.

It was only months after I moved out that he told me he began attending church regularly. Now that the divorce is final, and it's been more than a year, I spoke to him yesterday and he talked about his men's Bible study. It's the first time since we were married that he's gone to a men's Bible study.

I'll be honest. I feel like Jonah. "What ?!" I think to myself. After everything we went through, after all the rejection, hurt and sadness? After all the times I asked him to go? Why now?

I should be rejoicing that God is working in his life. I should be thrilled that despite all the things I said about my walk with Jesus may just have taken root. But it's not easy when we, as Christians, have had to take a hard road to plant seeds in others' lives, and we feel scarred. Sure, we want them to come to Jesus, but not at extreme cost to ourselves.

But that's exactly what Jesus did. He took a hard, hard road to bring people to Him. And even when they rejected Him, spit upon Him, flogged Him until his back was a bloody mass of ripped flesh, and drove nails into His hands and feet, He looked down upon them and said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. " (Luke 23:34)

He had every reason to ask God to do away with them all. The treatment He endured was unjust. Inhumane. And flat-out hideous. But because He did not want any to perish, He endured the cross. He looked beyond the pain into Paradise, and saw all of His children there.

Even Jonah and Gwenn, with bad attitudes. Praise you Lord.



Source by Gwenn McKone

But it greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry. (Jonah 4: 1) Jonah had been sent by God to preach to the people of Nineveh, to tell them to repent. God had said to him, "Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." Yet […]

A Guide to Baby Shower Invitations

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Baby shower invitations play a great role in hosting a baby shower party. They allow everyone to know the place, date, and time of the celebration of the newborn. The first step in organizing a baby shower is to prepare a list of your family members and friends. You can choose baby shower invitation cards from a variety of themes and moods. You can also select one depending on the sex of the baby. Eye-catching colors, designs, and prints make these invitation cards more attractive.

Themes and colors are the most important factors in baby shower invitation cards. Picture themes used in baby shower invitations include dollies for girls and sailing boats for boys. Dark colors generally predominate on cards for boys, pink for girls, and green or yellow for babies yet unknown.

A good baby shower invitation is one that is simple, beautiful, and informative. The verbal content in the baby shower invitations should be precise. Essential information such as name of the new mother and baby, date, time, and location of the event should be included. Make sure to add the host's name and insert a map or written directions to the location. Your phone number and email address are the other essential things. Send these invitations three to four weeks in advance so that the guests get an opportunity to fix their schedules.

Baby shower invitations come in various styles such as embossed, elegant, formal, simple, trendy, and ornate. You can purchase these from craft stores and gift shops. Personalized and custom made baby shower invitations are also available. There are a number of companies that produce a wide variety of ready-made baby shower invitations in charming colors and precious designs. A homemade card gives a personal touch to your baby shower invitations.



Source by Kristy Annely

Baby shower invitations play a great role in hosting a baby shower party. They allow everyone to know the place, date, and time of the celebration of the newborn. The first step in organizing a baby shower is to prepare a list of your family members and friends. You can choose baby shower invitation cards […]

Different Types of Card Games

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There are limitless types of card games to be played. People think because two games use the same deck of 52-cards that they are similar games, but nothing could be more different than Barbu and Speed, or Pai Gow and Pinochle.

Here’s a list of twenty different kinds of card games, and some facts about them.

1.Bridge

Bridge is a popular contract bidding game. Bridge has a culture — there are websites, newspaper columns, and even radio shows devoted to bridge strategy. There is a world-wide obsession with bridge, even though it has been called the hardest card game in the world. With a complicated strategy and steep learning curve, to many bridge is not just a game, it is a lifestyle. I wish I were exaggerating.

2. Whist

Whist could be called “Bridge, Jr” — and though it is not as big a game as it once was, and is dwarfed in popularity by big-brother Bridge, Whist has never really died out. Card gamers love trick-taking games — beating out your opponent in such a visual way is one of the more exciting part of any card game. Whist has some of the complexity of Bridge without any bidding.

3. Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is something of a legend — a poker variation with a story as rich as a Spaghetti western. This version of poker, a drawing and betting game, was invented and then made popular by old time poker sharks in Texas, hence the name. This is easily the most popular poker variant right now, and is bringing more new people to card gaming than any other game.

4. Hearts

It is said that most of the professional poker tour players are hardcore Hearts players and that they bet big money on cutthroat games of Hearts in dark mysterious rooms during tournaments. Romantic as that may sound, it would make sense for these card sharks to love the game of Hearts – an otherwise childlike game of matching cards (and no bidding) usually turns into a competitive nightmare. Because of the game play, there are lots of ways to screw your opponents in Hearts. Trick-winning and passing card are big elements of Hearts.

5. Spades

People don’t realize it, but spades is a variation of bridge that simplifies the game even more than Whist and changes the outcome of the game as well. Spades is really popular in large groups, on college campuses, and in tournaments around the world. There may be as many variations of Spades as there are groups playing it — thanks to “jailhouse rules” which penalize tactics like point sandbagging and the existence of multiple versions of “house rules”. A strategic game you can play without paying much attention if you want.

6. Go-fish

This is the simple children’s card matching game we all remember from our childhood. You can play Go-fish with as many players as you have cards. Some people claim Go-Fish is a variation of Rummy but the simplicity of the game and the children’s game gimmick make it likely just some toy company’s creation. Strangely enough, Go-fish is known as Literature in some parts of the world. Write in if you understand that one.

7. War

Another children’s game (or time-killing game) War is a straight luck based game. Depending on the flop of the card, you either win or lose a war. Most people under the age of 30 learned War before they learned any other card game. You’ll see War played a lot in lines at airports.

8. Oh Hell!

Substitute your own dirty word for “Hell!” and you know this party game. Most of the fun is the fact that you get to cuss a lot and people laugh at you. What keeps this game popular is that it is a strict betting game. The object of Oh Hell! is to bid the precise number of tricks you will win. You have to take only the number that you bid, no more and no less. Play is precise, and because of the structure of the game, one player always blows it big time. There. That’s what’s fun. Screwing your opponent.

9. Blackjack

A skill game that in some casinos is the best bet you can make, if you can play a perfect hand. This is one of the most popular casino card game, and has a place in popular culture as THE “Vegas” game. The point is to build a hand that adds up to a total of 21 points without going over, and ending up with a higher number than the dealer. Players compete against the House directly, adding to the fun. Little known fact — there exists somewhere in this world a blackjack player’s hall of fame. Safe to say that this game’s got a cult following

10. Baccarat

James Bond’s favorite game (don’t believe the hype — it wasn’t poker or blackjack — read the books) Baccarat is a basic betting game. Players bet on who will win a given hand – the player, the banker, or if there will be a tie. Sure it looks easy, but Baccarat is a skill game. A small sidenote about Baccarat — the name comes from the name of the worst possible hand. This would be like calling your video poker machine “High Card Poker”. Just doesn’t have the same ring as “Royal Flush”.

11. Solitaire

The most varied card game in the world. In England, they call this game Patience, and for good reason. Solitaire requires little set up beyond putting cards in specific places, and is usually played by yourself. Solitaire is another popular airport line waiting game.

12. Rummy and variations

There are lots of different kinds of Rummy, more than are probably written down on any list. I’ve written for a website that had me list 500 variations or other names for Rummy, so I’ll spare you the reading and just say there’s lots of kinds of Rummy. The more popular versions are called Gin Rummy, Liverpool Rummy, and Contract Rummy. The feature that makes a game a Rummy is a player matching identical cards into pairs and other groups. Some experts believe the Chinese game of Mahjong is part of the Rummy family, though I’d bet the Chinese are just fine with Mahjong as it is.

13. Pai Gow

This is an old Chinese domino game that has been passed down through the years as a poker variation. You’ll see Pai Gow at casinos in both as a poker and a domino game — it is probably the casino game that the least number of people understand. This is a game of fast bets, player versus dealer. Pai Gow strategy is just as rich as any other poker betting game, and the culture of Pai Gow is similar to the Blackjack culture — super-fast bets and edgy behavior at the margins.

14. Spoons

A silly card game probably invented to keep kids out of trouble, Spoons is a bluffing game (with some elements of matching) that uses simple kitchen utensils as an added play element. The first player in the group to draw a poker style four of a kind reaches to a pile of spoons in the middle of the table, signalling the other players to grab for one. Since there’s one less spoon than players, one player will be left out every time. So its a social interaction game, and not a game chock full of card strategy. its still fun. Great date night game.

15. Speed

Speed (sometimes called Spit) is a matching game that is unique because both players play simultaneously and as fast as they can. In Speed, a player tries to ‘get rid’ of his or her cards by matching them to cards placed face-up on the table. This is a face to face game, though there’s actually little interaction between the two opponents. The last few moments of any game of Speed reminds me of solitaire on fast-forward, with hands and cards flying around and rows forming and draining like water pipes. Strange game, Speed.

16. Crazy 8s

This is another children’s matching game, you could say it is cousin to the popular game Uno. The 8s in the deck of standard cards are considered “crazy” not because they need to be medicated but to indicate they are wild cards. In some variations of Crazy 8s, not just Wild Cards but other “rule cards” exist, making the game more complex for older players.

17. Slapjack

If you want to teach more complex card games to younger kids, Slapjack is the perfect vehicle. The object of Slapjack is to acquire the whole deck of cards by matching and slapping pairs. Kids like to slap stuff, and the game can be played over and over again.

18. Old Maid

You don’t need an “Old Maid” deck to play this kid’s card game — any standard 52 card deck will do. Just remove one of the Queens. Old Maid is a matching game where players find pairs You trade cards with your opponent until that player is left with the unmatched Queen. Matching games are popular, and the novelty “Old Maid” packs are fun for kids.

19. Cribbage

This is a hybrid board and card game with complicated rules that generally intimidates people, even hardcore card gamers. You play cribbage by forming groups of cards that are worth different point values, and moving a peg on a board that represents your progress accordingly. Requiring a specific board (or a quick hand with a pen and paper) cribbage isn’t the best travel game, but as fans of cribbage will tell you, no two games are alike. There are solitaire versions of cribbage, and other varieties of cribbage game play to choose from if you’re bored with the standard version.

20. Pinochle

Pinochle is popular because it is a trick-taking game that you play with a 48 card deck. In Pinochle, you try to make melds or tricks, much like in Gin, but there’s a really complex scoring system making the game fun to learn and to master. To be good at pinochle, you have to play for a number of years, and lose plenty of hands. Though it is less popular year after year, Pinochle is one of those “heritage games”.



Source by Mike Hunter

There are limitless types of card games to be played. People think because two games use the same deck of 52-cards that they are similar games, but nothing could be more different than Barbu and Speed, or Pai Gow and Pinochle. Here’s a list of twenty different kinds of card games, and some facts about […]

A Comparison on the Best Bluetooth Headsets for Listening to Music on the iPad

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Initially our intention was to compare every kind of Bluetooth headset and headphones available. As we were using the headphones in our day-to-day lives, we realized that certain headsets were better designed for particular functions. Optimizing a product design for one usage often involved degrading important characteristics of another function. This is analogous to building a car. If you want something fast that can go from 0-60 is 4 seconds flat; it’s probably not going to get the best gas mileage, or be of much use hauling 3 kids around town. The bottom line is those who want the best headphones for listening to music, or watching videos, have a different product profile than mobile warriors looking to make VOIP calls (more on this topic at the end).

In this product comparison, we are looking for the best Bluetooth headphones to listen to music and watch movies on your iPad. While we emphasized sound quality for music and video playback, virtually all the Bluetooth headsets have built in microphones and VOIP capability. Next week we will have a product comparison for Bluetooth headsets designed primarily for voice conversations that are iPad compatible, and play stereo sound.

The criteria for our product recommendations are sound quality, fit/comfort, battery life, features, and build quality. The greatest weight is our scoring was given to sound quality (approx 40% of the weighting); with the other 4 categories given weights equally divided with the remaining allocation. All the Bluetooth headsets recommended were tested with both the iPad 1 and iPad 2 running iOS versions as early as 4.2. Going back to our car analogy, you cannot expect an inexpensive car like a Ford Focus to compare with the performance of a high end car like a Ferrari. With that in mind, we also broke our recommendations into the best iPad Bluetooth headphones within a given price range.

One last tip before we begin is there no such thing as a Bluetooth headset designed for just the iPad. So if you are browsing online, or walking through the aisles of Best Buy looking for products with the words “iPad Bluetooth Headsets” scrawled on the packaging, you will be severely limiting your selection. When shopping for a Bluetooth headset or headphones for your iPad, just look make sure it’s a stereo headset or A2DP capable. The Bluetooth headset you buy for your iPad should work with your cell phone and Bluetooth enabled computer as well.

Best Bluetooth Headsets for your iPad under $40: Arctic Sound P311

Arctic Sound P311 (MSRP $39.99)

Overview:

Our winner for the best Bluetooth headset under $40 is the Arctic Sound P311. If you are a techie the name will sound familiar as Arctic Sound is a division of Arctic Cooling, a Swiss owned company that makes CPU cooling and computer accessories. While the MSRP of the P311 is $39.95, you will find this headset online for around $30. It does everything you want out of a headset at a fair price. We loved this headset over more expensive Motorola and Sony models. Sound quality was indistinguishable from the Motorola and Sony models but the features that won us over were the amazing battery life and the folding design. In addition to testing it with the iPad, we were able to pair this headset with a PlayStation 3, laptops (MAC & PC), Android Phone, iPhone, and Nokia Phone with no problems.

Sound Quality

We paired the Arctic Sound P311 with an Android phone, iPhone, and Nokia to test sound quality when making phone calls. Our friends on the other end could hear us just fine. Sound quality was crisp and there was no lag or choppiness in the conversation. For VOIP and cellular pairing, the P311 includes a hidden integrated microphone, built-in sound processor, and Advanced Clear Voice Capture (CVC) technology. The latter is just a fancy way of saying noise cancelling technology. While the microphone picks up on your voice during calls exquisitely, the noise cancelling function is not on par with higher end headsets such as the newest model Jawbone or Plantronic headsets. If you plan on speaking with a person in a noisy place such as Starbucks during the morning rush, the background noise will bleed into the conversation more than the high end headsets.

For music and video playback the sound was excellent for a device of this class. The music was crisp and vibrant at higher range. The built in high fidelity drivers were able to process sound in low range without any cracks or squeaks. The bass does sound flat when compared to higher end headsets and surround sound speakers. These are not the headsets to do sound editing on your MacBook Pro, but if you are watching Netflix on your iPad or listening to your iPod app, sound quality is excellent.

Fit/Comfort

Weighing just 2.5 ounces, the P311 is very light. The closed acoustic ear cups provides good comfort as we could where them all day without a fatigue or irritation. Some of our readers might not like the behind the ear design but we found this ideal if you are planning to use these headsets at work, as they will not mess up the hair like over-the-head headsets.

Features

One of the most useful features is the right earphone has 5 buttons that control certain settings. They allow you to answer a call, adjust the volume and forward/reverse the music. The device you pair the headset with must allow these functions but we found most do. If paired with a cell phone and there is an incoming call, the Inter-Call-Manager will play a ringtone into the headset. The music will then be paused and will resume after ending the call. Pairing to my iPad was not a problem and the controls worked for volume, skip, reverse, and pause. The Antic Sound P311 does not support multipoint Bluetooth.

Battery Life

The Arctic Sound P311 has a built in rechargeable 400mAH lithium polymer battery similar to the lithium polymer technology Apples uses for the iPad and MacBooks. The manufacturer claims up to 20 hours of listening/talk time for the Arctic Silver but you can only achieve that time under very unrealistic circumstances. When talking on the headset for over an hour and spending the rest of the time listening to music at mid volume, we averaged 12-14 hours per charge. While not the 20 hours claimed by the manufacture, this was enough for a full day’s work and double the battery life of other headsets. Mobile warriors will love that the Arctic Sound P311 headset charges via mini USB instead of a proprietary design. If have a Blackberry, you can use that AC Adapter or USB cable to charge the headset leaving one less item to lug around. Charging time starting from a dead battery is about 4 hours. A USB cable is provided for you to plug into your computer or iPad AC adapter.

Build Quality:

The Arctic Sound P311 comes with a nylon hard case so they easily tuck away safely in your briefcase, purse, or backpack. The headphones themselves are made from hardened plastic. Because of its folding design, it can be damaged if you too much force is applied against the hinges. By no means does it make the headsets fragile as the headset was dropped accidentally a few times without any damage.

Bluetooth Compatibility: Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP 1.5

Honorable Mention:

Jabra CLIPPER Bluetooth Stereo Headset (Ear bud Style)

Best Bluetooth Headsets for your iPad under $100: Plantronics Backbeat 903+

Plantronics Backbeat 903+ (MSRP $99.99)

Overview:

The Plantronics Backbeat 903+ is the upgrade for Plantronics best selling 903/906 series. The Backbeat 903+ was released last year incorporating the newer Bluetooth standards. The most important feature this headset has over the Arctic Sound P311 is the multipoint Bluetooth technology. What multipoint allows you to do is pair two Bluetooth devices with one headset. As long as your devices support multipoint, you can pair your cell phone to the Backbeat 903+ while streaming audio from your iPad. Most new phones support multipoint including the Android and Blackberry platforms. Both the iPhone and iPad support multipoint as long as you are running iOS version 4.1 and above.

Why is multipoint so important? If you have multipoint, you will not miss a call if you are listening to music on your iPad or iPod! If your iPhone rings while your blasting away Metallica on your iPad, the Backbeat 903+ supporting multipoint will pause the music, and notify you of an incoming call. The one touch features on the Backbeat 903+ will allow you to answer the phone without having to physically answer it.

We recommend not paying MSRP by searching online for the best deal. We bought our Backbeat 903+ on Amazon for $69.99.

Sound Quality

In terms of sound quality when making phone calls, the Plantronics Backbeat 903+ is superior to the Arctic Sound P311. This is the result of the superior noise cancelling feature and windshield. The headset has two microphones instead of just one. Both microphones are positioned be shielded from direct wind. Plantronics calls their noise cancelling technology AudioIQ2. Basically what happens is they microphones pick of your voice and digitally erase the background noise to provide a superior phone conversation.

The Backbeat 903+ has a rich and vibrant sound, and can stream music, video, and app sounds from your iPad. The headset has an enhanced bass that provides a deeper, and more earth moving feeling than the P311. While the Backbeat 903+ does have noise cancelling technology, it should be noted that it is for voice calls and not streaming music.

Fit/Comfort

Like the Arctic Sound headset, the Plantronics 903+ is a behind the ear design with close fitting earpieces. Each earpiece adjusts three ways for a custom fit.

Features

The Backbeat 903+ has a unique technology called OpenMic that allows you to hear what’s going on around you with a touch of a button. The Backbeat also supports one touch controls allowing you to start/end calls, and control music functions such as volume and pause/play. Voice alerts tell you if there is a low battery, when there is an incoming call, and when you have lost a phone connection. You can also monitor the battery level of the headset on your iPhone with built-in software. And as discussed earlier, the Backbeat 903+ supports multipoint allowing you to connect to your cell phone and iPad simultaneously.

Battery Life

Battery life provides 7 hours talk time. Standby time is 7 Hours. Charge time is 3 hours and the charging interface is micro USB. An AC Adapter is provided.

Build Quality

The Backbeat is constructed of high impact plastic designed for more abuse than a typical headset. If you are runner or plan to use the Backbeat in the gym, you will love its sturdiness and flexibility. The headphones can folded up and a soft protective bag is provided.

Honorable Mention:

Sony DR-BT100CX Ear Bud Style Stereo Bluetooth Headset



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Initially our intention was to compare every kind of Bluetooth headset and headphones available. As we were using the headphones in our day-to-day lives, we realized that certain headsets were better designed for particular functions. Optimizing a product design for one usage often involved degrading important characteristics of another function. This is analogous to building […]

Fantastic Race Horses of the United States

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Foaled on April 18th, 1990 is retired race horse Cigar. Although he was bred to more than 30 mares, none of them conceived; thus, Cigar was found to be an infertile stallion. He is a favorite among some racing fans, and is enjoying a well-deserved retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. He had a decent racing career with 19 wins, 4 second place finishes and 5 third place finishes from 33 starts. He was the highest earning American horse with USD 9,999,813 until 2008. As a result of his racing career, Cigar earned awards including US Outstanding Older Male Horse in 1995 and 1996 and US Horse of the Year again in 1995 and 1996. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2002, and he is # 18 in the Top 100 US Racehorses of the 20th Century by Blood-Horse magazine. From North to South on the East Coast, his racing career is honored at race courses. In New York, Aqueduct Racetrack has the Cigar Mile Handicap; while, in Florida, there is a life-size statue of Cigar at Gulfstream Park.

Funny Cide was sired by Distorted Humor and out of dam Belle's Good Cide. He was foaled on April 20th, 2000. He may be best known for his wins in the 2003Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The hopes for a Triple Crown winner were deflated when he came in 3rd on an extremely muddy track in the Belmont Stakes due to non-stop rain the entire previous day. His racing career has seen rewards and honors including Funny Cide Street in Napa, California, the song Funny Cide both written and performed by Blue Hand Luke and the Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Another beloved race horse is Smarty Jones. He was foaled on February 28th, 2001 and was sired by Elusive Quality and out of dam I'll Get Along. His wins in the 2004 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes made him yet another Triple Crown hopeful. Yet again, horse racing fans were left in the lurch when he did not win the Belmont Stakes. Although he has retired from racing in early August 2004, his racing career earned him US Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2004 as well as saw him honored with two separate Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park and at Parx Racing and Casino.

Most racing fans are also fans of Barbaro. Although he was a favorite in the Preakness Stakes, he suffered a fracture of three bones in his right hind leg ending his racing career forever. Even after immediate surgery, this famous race horse developed laminitis in his left hind leg in July then in both his front legs; thus, his doctors and owners knew he could not be saved so he was euthanized on January 29th, 2007. With an almost perfect racing record, Barbaro had 6 wins from 7 starts including the Preakness Stakes when he could not finish the race. He is honored with the Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (home of the Preakness Stakes) and Delaware Park along with a statue commemorating Barbaro at the entrance to Churchill Downs. Horse racing fans of all generations were deeply saddened by the death of Barbaro.



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Foaled on April 18th, 1990 is retired race horse Cigar. Although he was bred to more than 30 mares, none of them conceived; thus, Cigar was found to be an infertile stallion. He is a favorite among some racing fans, and is enjoying a well-deserved retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park. He had a decent […]

Play Spiderman Games

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If you are someone that has a desire to play Spiderman games, there's a realistic likelihood that you were raised liking the comic book series. On a positive note, there's a wide variety of different alternatives open to you if you want to immerse your self within this kind of action video game. It will not just be exciting but very tricky as well.

In many instances, there are several different types of Spiderman game available to be tried. In the event you own a game system, you'll definitely like to look into many of the alternative ideas available that enable you to play Spiderman games utilizing your current setup.

Then again, there's also a possibility that you could want to play Spiderman games on your computer system. Here you might literally possess a couple alternative ideas. The initial selection may be to purchase software programs that essentially is the game itself. Precisely why this may be really fun is mainly because you'll have access to outstanding artwork, very good music, as well as an over-all play adventure that's corresponding to what you would get you to be playing on a game system.

However what if you are at work? As well as, what if you are not interested in installing more software package on your desktop system? Are there any Spiderman games that can be played without necessarily having to mount computer software? The excellent news is the fact that there are a wide variety of different web sites that permit you to play flash-based editions of this particular game.

If we talk about flash-based designs, we are simply dealing with games which were produced employing a uniform common that's manufactured by Adobe Systems Incorporated. This permits a person to relish robust design as well as decent sound while playing the game by means of their internet browser. Besides this being extremely simple, it really is just as effective as playing on a game system.

In recent years, several of these games have already been introduced and several of these games happened to be quite exciting to play. The main aim of the action game is to locate Mary Jane and rescue the girl by voyaging over New York City. Several of the favorite villains inside this game sequence consist of Venom, Carnage, Squid and Sinister Six. This list of foes continues neutralheless the absolute goal in the game remains to be the same. It's to save New York out of the hands of evil.

Spidey not necessarily just swings through Manhattan but in addition advances, soars and dives through air. As you play the persona in the super hero you must put in your web motion ability in to good use and capture the opponents using your Spidey senses.

In the degree you might be someone that is actually eager to play Spiderman games, you now know your options. It is strongly suggested you try playing the internet versions of the game since you can do this from almost any laptop or computer no matter if or not you happen to be at home or in the office. This can really be a great way to invest some time if you need a break from doing things that are work-related.

In conclusion, those who would like to play Spiderman games have more options now than they did in the past specifically with multi-dimensional computing environment.



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If you are someone that has a desire to play Spiderman games, there's a realistic likelihood that you were raised liking the comic book series. On a positive note, there's a wide variety of different alternatives open to you if you want to immerse your self within this kind of action video game. It will […]

3 Advantages Of Owning A Synthetic Home Putting Green

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A home putting green is quite useful. It'll make your game better without having the need to visit the golf course regularly. It also enables you to invite friends over for a round of mini golf. Because of this, having one in your own home is considered useful by many golfers. This is especially true for beginners who want to improve their game play.

3 Advantages Of A Synthetic Putting Green

Doubles As A Landscape

If the woman of the house is not too eager about the putting green because it would take up her garden space in the backyard, you can have your putting green double as a landscape. There are companies that install ornamental plants and fountains to make it also look like a landscape. The positioning and styling of the landscape is strategically done so that you can still practice your game on your green while having space for the garden.

This will get rid of the rivalry of spouses on who will have the right to use the backyard and turn it into a garden or a putting green. Also, this will make the house much more attractive. By having a backyard that is both useful and beautiful, you will make your home even more eye-catching. This will also make your practice nicer – because of the ambiance that the flowering plants and the fountain would give on your putting green.

Easier To Install

Because a synthetic green is often manufactured according to the specifications of the buyer, it is easier to install. You will not need any gardening supplies just to install it in your backyard because the grass is synthetic. You only have to have the synthetic turf installed according to your specifications and designs. You can also install the turf on your own. Just purchase artificial turf at the store of your choice and you can easily have your own in your backyard. Better yet, buy one online.

Requires Little To No Maintenance

A synthetic green requires very little maintenance because the grass does not grow. You do not need to mow it because the grass is synthetic and will not grow even a bit. It would also never require fertilizers and other stuff that natural grass would need to stay healthy and beautiful.

There are also zero chances of getting pests because insects and pests will not get attracted on the grass that they can not eat or make as their home. Because of this, you will have less headaches.

Many people believe that owning a home putting green demands too much effort because of maintenance. This could be quite true if the one in your own home is not a synthetic one. A natural green in your backyard may take up a lot of time because it needs constant maintenance. But if your home putting green is a synthetic one, it will save you a lot of time and resources.



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A home putting green is quite useful. It'll make your game better without having the need to visit the golf course regularly. It also enables you to invite friends over for a round of mini golf. Because of this, having one in your own home is considered useful by many golfers. This is especially true […]

An Overview of Speed Reading

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In this fast paced information age, the emphasis to become a proficient reader cannot be over stated. Anyone from a top notch executive to a kinder garden child can benefit from speed reading. In this fast paced world where every task is a race against time any tool that would help achieve our task faster is a boon. Speed reading is one such tool. So what about it?

Speed reading helps one read faster without compromising on assimilating the information. The idea is to convert reading to less of reading and more of visualizing. Eventually reading becomes like watching a movie. It then becomes more fun to read as well as takes less time to finish your favorite author’s latest work.

Generally reading consumes time since we tend to read out aloud to ourselves, a phenomenon called sub-vocalization. Secondly, we tend to go back to the words that we have read to understand the complete meaning of a sentence or paragraph, which is called re-reading. If we are able to do away with these two factors, we will be in a position to improve our reading speed considerably.

How do we begin? We need to first break the above two habits – sub-vocalization and re-reading. This necessarily means practice. The more we read being conscious of what we do while reading will enable us get over it with time. It will take some amount of hard work and diligence in the initial stages to come out of an old habit and get into a new one. But it is worth the effort.

Speed reading most appropriately goes with such material where you only need to perceive the emotions and not actually go through the emotions. Speed reading benefits those who are into reading business materials, non-fiction, magazines and newspapers. Written material like fiction, where the pleasure of reading is actually going through the emotions, you may have to keep aside speed reading and be happy with your normal reading skills.

Speed readers generally know what they are looking for in an information race, and this is what helps them find what they want quicker. They read words by blocks and the blocks get larger and larger as they get better at the skill. This helps them to reduce the time spent on reading paragraphs. The words are read closer to the pace closer to real life happenings. Hence when you speed read a book set against the backdrop of say India; you can actually smell the Indian cuisine, walk through the sands of beaches of Goa or feel the freshness of the country.

As a beginner to speed reading, you should try using the help of software that will guide you through the principles of speed reading. It will also help you establish yourself as a speed reader by helping you sustain the technique that you have learned. But ultimately the onus is on you to perpetually use this tool through diligence and practice.



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In this fast paced information age, the emphasis to become a proficient reader cannot be over stated. Anyone from a top notch executive to a kinder garden child can benefit from speed reading. In this fast paced world where every task is a race against time any tool that would help achieve our task faster is […]