Saturday, January 29, 2011

EVA Airways & the Hello Kitty craze

If you aren’t familiar with the “Hello Kitty” trend in Japan, you might want to know that this is a fictional character created by the Japanese company Sanrio in year 1974. It became one of most well-known Japanese symbols that you can find virtually anywhere (TV, toys, dishes, home appliances etc.). With more than $1 billion in sales every year, it was natural that this brand would expand to more industries, such as airlines.
EVA Airways, a Taiwan based airlines, was the one that wanted to pay tribute to Hello Kitty with an entire plane. In October 2005, EVA launched a campaign together with Sanrio to create the “Hello Kitty Jet”. They painted the exterior of an Airbus A330-200 and another aircraft followed one year later, with both the interior and the exterior having the Hello Kitty motif.
And, if you were wondering how this Hello Kitty fantasy looks like, we have gathered a few photos to illustrate the crazy concept.
Another photo of the branded Airbus A330
Photo of the branded Airbus A330
Photo of the branded Airbus A330
Hello Kitty stewardesses
Hello Kitty stewardesses
Hello Kitty Airplane ticket
Hello Kitty Airplane ticket
Business class meal with the Hello Kitty motif
Business class meal with the Hello Kitty motif
Hello Kitty Wine & Beverage menu
Hello Kitty Wine & Beverage menu
Branded seats on the Hello Kitty jet
Branded seats on the Hello Kitty jet
Hello Kitty snack
Hello Kitty snack
Hello Kitty Coffee set
Hello Kitty Coffee set
Hello Kitty Wet towels
Hello Kitty Wet towels
Hello Kitty Personal care set
Hello Kitty Personal care set
Sadly both of these planes were taken off from international routes, the first in December 2008 and the second in March 2009. EVA Airways still use these two jets for short routes in Asia.
By Dave on 07/12/09 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Top 6 Most Beautiful Cars in The World

Here’s a list of most beautiful cars in the world. I guess these beautiful car become a wallpapers for lot of people’s computer. These amazing cars is very beautiful in term of design and of course They’re very expensive in term of money that should be paid to own one of them. So let’s take a look at those most beautiful cars in the world
6. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is an Anglo-German supercar  jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz  and McLaren Automotive, built in Portsmouth  and the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England. At the time Mercedes-Benz owned 40 percent of the McLaren Group.
Due to the presence of the automatic gear box, front mid-engined arrangement, and its driving characteristics, some commentators classify the SLR McLaren as a GT whose rivals would be vehicles like the Aston Martin DBS V12 and Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
SLR stands for “Sport, Leicht, Rennsport” (sport, light, racing). Mercedes-Benz stated that they would build 3,500 SLRs over a span of seven years, with an annual production of 500 cars. The car’s base price is £300,000 (approx. US$495,000 or €346,000) in 2009. If You love Mercedes Benz, This car is very suitable for one of your Mercedes wallpapers.
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Most Beautiful Cars in The World
Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren

5. Pontiac Solstice Coupe
It’s a matter of fact that most of beautiful cars are expensive, but the Pontiac Solstice Coupe seems to suggest this sometime it is not an exclusive domain for rich only. It’s definitely a lot more than a convertible Solstice that has quite sufficient sheet metal as well as cargo space. With its integrated rear flanks, a liftback window and a traga double-bubble top, the Solstice Coupe is a real beauty.
The biggest flaw of the Solstice convertible has been corrected with its hardtop. Though more and more are becoming a victim of credit crunch with every passing day, many may not resist to this inspiring beauty that will hit the market with $25,000 price tag.
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 Beautiful Cars in The World
Pontiac Solstice Coupe

4. Aston Martin V-8 Vantage
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is hand built sport car from the British manufacturer Aston Martin. Aston Martin has previously used the “Vantage” name on high performance variants of their existing GT models, notably on the Virage-based car of the 1990s. The modern car, in contrast, is the leanest and most agile car in Aston’s lineup. As such, it is intended as a more focused model to reach out to potential buyers of cars such as the Porsche 911 as well as the exotic sports and GT cars with which Aston Martins traditionally compete.
If some reckons Aston Martin’s small V-8 Vantage a seven-eights-scale DB9, there is nothing wrong with it. It has almost the same size as of a Nissan 370Z, but it is quicker indeed and higher in price as well. We need to find how Aston can get off charging $80,000 for the V-8 Vantage? It’s quite easier to find as the V-8 Vantage is definitely a lot more beautiful with its short-deck and long-hood formula.
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Most Beautiful Cars in The World
Aston Martin V-8 Vantage

3. Aston Martin DBS 2009
Aston Martin DBS 2009, that built based on DB-9, is for sure the most beautiful Aston has ever been produced. But in the other hand it is a lot more expensive as well with $260,000 price tag. In the body carbon fiber is really a dominant material and its classic proportions have been blessed with quite exceptionally edgy curves that all make a real gorgeous road star.
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Beautiful Cars in The World
Aston Martin DBS 2009

2. Maserati GranTurismo 2009
Almost all auto lovers know well what prosodic fabulousness Maserati is quite habitual to offer, and there are only a few vehicles that can compete its Gran Turismo when it comes to a matter of beauty of a car. It seems quite ahead in beauty and styling when compared to quite well-designed Aston Martin DBS that has front midship engine layout and long hood. It’s a real beauty for all those who have a sense of what beauty means for when it comes to cars.
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Beautiful Cars in The World
Maserati Granturismo

1. Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
With its teardrop windows, almond headlamps, billowing fenders and other quite organized details; the 8C is stunningly beautiful and sexy in its each and every look. The wheels of the 8C have already been ranked among the ten hottest wheels of the year. It features quite charming face metal while underhood looks as charming as its wrapper. Indeed, a nice option for those who want nice functionality with astounding amount of beauty.
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is fitted with specially developed 20 inch tyres: 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, fitted on perforated rims in fluid moulded aluminium. The 8C brakes have been called “phenomenal” by Road & Track magazine, with a stopping distance of 32 metres (105.0 ft), when travelling at an initial speed of 97 kilometres per hour (60 mph).The official top speed is announced to be 292 kilometres per hour (181 mph) but it might be higher, with estimations that it could be around 306 kilometres per hour (190 mph) according to the Road & Track magazine.
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Most Beautiful Cars in The World
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

Posted on Thursday, 25 March 2010 by admin

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Why We Love to Gossip

Go ahead and share the scoop—it’s not as bad a habit as you might think

“Psst…what’s the latest?” We’ve all done it: passed on a juicy piece of gossip or listened eagerly to someone else’s dish. And although we may have felt a twinge of guilt, we kept gabbing anyway.
The truth is, 80 percent of our everyday conversations are purely personal, with more of them being gossip than anything else, according to a 2009 study by Nicholas Emler, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Surrey in England. The main reason we keep going back for more: “It’s irresistibly fun,” says Frank McAndrew, PhD, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. In fact, our minds are wired to think of it that way, says biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, PhD, author of Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love. When we hear a juicy new tidbit, our brain may respond to the novelty of it in the same way it might to any new and exciting experience: Levels of the brain chemical dopamine spike. “With that surge of dopamine come feelings of energy and enthusiasm,” says Dr. Fisher.
But that’s just part of the story. Why we do it, when it helps and when it hurts is as fascinating as… well, a good piece of gossip. Read on for the secrets—and feel free to spread the word.

Why We Do It
The short answer: to figure each other out. Since we don’t ever really know what other people are thinking, collecting information from and about them—in effect, playing amateur detective—is as close as we can get to being inside their heads. “We’re always probing, trying to figure out the mystery within,” says Emrys Westacott, PhD, professor of philosophy at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and author of the upcoming book The Virtues of Our Vices. Talking, even when it’s gossip, is one important way we get to know people through other people, agrees Susan Hafen, PhD, professor of communication at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Sure, there are better ways to do it, but we really can’t help ourselves. Gossiping is part of our DNA. Think of it as a survival instinct: In order to stay alive and thrive, our prehistoric ancestors had to have a handle on the inner workings of their community—whom they could trust to hunt with, whom they should mate with. Gossip was how they found out. “We’re basically the descendants of a bunch of busybodies,” says Dr. McAndrew.
We may not need to gossip to survive in the same way as our ancestors, but it can help us figure out whom to trust (“No one has a bad word to say about Susie”) and whom to steer clear of (“Everyone’s talking about what Linda did”). It’s a way to navigate our complicated social networks, says Robin Dunbar, PhD, director of the Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
On the flip side, we also gossip to let others know who we are. Say you pass on a juicy nugget about a neighbor’s infidelity. Offering your opinion about it lets you show off your own moral fiber. In return, you find out whether the person you’re dishing with agrees with you. As you tsk-tsk together over the details, “what you’re really doing is saying, ‘We’re better than that,’” says Dr. Fisher. “You’re reaffirming and sharing your own values.”

The Upside of Gossip
In addition to releasing feelgood brain chemicals like dopamine, dishing also increases levels of progesterone, a hormone that reduces anxiety and stress, according to a recent University of Michigan study. Our well-being gets another boost from the fact that gossiping bonds us. “You laugh, you cry…you connect,” says Dr. Fisher. “You’re strengthening the relationship between you and the person you’re talking to.”
And in the workplace, being plugged into the rumor mill can give you a leg up—especially now. A 2008 study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that over a 12- month period during the recession, 54 percent of HR professionals reported an increase in office gossip about impending layoffs. So chatting up coworkers not only nets useful day-to-day information, like your boss’s pet peeves, it can also give you a heads-up about the security of your job. “You hear things through the grapevine that ordinarily wouldn’t be put out in public,” says Dr. Westacott. “There’s no official memo for information like that, yet people need to know.”
Another plus: Gossip keeps us in line. According to a 2004 Florida State University study, it teaches us what’s normal and expected behavior, and dissuades us from doing the opposite. “Realizing that you might be talked about prevents you from behaving in unacceptable ways,” says Dr. McAndrew.

The Downside
No surprise: Gossip can be hurtful, especially when it’s malicious talk that serves no purpose other than to throw someone under the bus. Not only is it exclusionary, but “what you put into the public domain could really damage someone’s reputation,” says Dr. Westacott. And with the advent of texting, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, dishing dirt now happens on a far grander and faster scale. “It used to take a lot longer for information to get from point A to point B,” says Dr. McAndrew. “Technology has moved ahead faster than our ability to manage it.”
Does that mean we’re gossiping more because we’re tethered to our tech 24/7? It’s hard to say, agree experts, since it’s a difficult phenomenon to measure. What has changed, they say, is how we do it—and the no-holds-barred information we share. “The threshold of acceptable privacy has changed,” says Dr. Westacott. “Older people are often amazed at what younger people are willing to put out there in the public domain. This voluntary transparency leads to problems…you post a photograph of someone drunk, and then he doesn’t get the job or the college acceptance”—or much worse. The disturbing proof: shocking headlines like that of the Rutgers University student who committed suicide after being outed online.
What’s the solution? Better self-censorship. “When in doubt, don’t!” says Dr. McAndrew. “You can always share something later if you want to, but you can’t take it back once it’s out of the bag.” Just because you know some hot gossip doesn’t mean you have to spread it. Weigh the pluses and minuses before you say anything. Ask yourself, Will telling this harm someone else, or is it all in good fun? Then let the answer be your guide.

BIngela Ratledge Posted January 10, 2011 from Woman's Day; February 1, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Hello viewers and friends. For your information, this blog exists because it's parts of my assignment for the subject Information Technology in Business. I am very excited because this is something new for me to explore. By doing this blog, I hope I can share my opinion, knowledge and information about anything interesting with others. I hope you guys will gain something positive and enjoyment from my blog. See you guys next entry.