Year End Movie List: Top 10 Movies of 2007

The year 2007 is coming to a close. Let's see which films made it to the top this year.

(Based on box office gross income)

1. Spider-Man 3

Total Gross: $336,530,303

Spidey's third spin shattered the wall-crawler's own previous box office records, grabbing the biggest opening weekend of all time.

2. Shrek the Third

Total Gross: $321,012,359

The green one returned to reclaim his crown, drawing the largest opening weekend crowd ever for an animated movie.

3. Transformers

Total Gross: $319,071,806

Autobots and Decepticons waged battle to break out as the biggest non-sequel moneymaker of the year. Naturally, a sequel is in the works.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Total Gross: $309,420,425

The third Pirate installment looted less box office booty than last year's "Dead Man's Chest," but still plundered the highest worldwide gross of 2007.

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Total Gross: $292,004,738

Harry Potter's fifth year at Hogwarts made the series one of the most-sucessful movie franchises of all time -- second only to Star Wars.

6. Bourne Ultimatum

Total Gross: $227,471,070

Matt Damon's third turn as Jason Bourne beat out James Bond, Mission: Impossible and Austin Powers as the top spy movie of all time.

7. 300

Total Gross: $210,614,939

In a bulging battlefield of sequels, the mighty Spartans held their own, conquering the box office with the biggest spring opening ever.

8. Ratatouille

Total Gross: $206,445,654

While not standing quite as tall Pixar's previous features, this rat tale still cooked up big numbers as the biggest G-rated movie of the year.

9. The Simpsons Movie

Total Gross: $183,132,370

Propelled by a devoted fan base, TV's favorite family landed in the top 10 -- a 2-D powerhouse in a sea of computer-generated spectacles.

10. Wild Hogs

Total Gross: $168,273,550

Defying all expectations, this biker comedy managed to beat out big franchises like "Die Hard," "Rush Hour" and "Fantastic Four."

(Source: Yahoo! Movies)

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My Consoling Asylum's End-of-year Report

It's the end of the year 2007, and it is time I evaluate my blog's progress, if there were any. Well, there has been much of a progress, and I am glad about that, at least my blogging didn't go in vain.

Blog's name: My Consoling Asylum
Birthdate: September 4, 2007
Author: see under every post title, silly!
Author status: single, but that's not it. Novice blogger, that's it!
Age to date: 118 days
No. of posts to date: 183
Highest number of subscribers attained: 32 :(
Topsite Ranks: see under Support by voting in the sidebar
Technorati Authority to date: 80 (link me up to increase this, k? I'll link you up too)
Pageviews to date: 6,125 and counting (counting stops on 31.12.07 at 11:59 my time)
Google PR: 0 (no, that's not an egg, it's ZERO)
Alexa Rank: 735,259
3 mos. Alexa Rank change: increased from Rank 4,405,401 (whew! what an improvement)
Template/layout change frequency: four (4) times, and will change this template again tonight

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  • PayPerPost - $65.10
  • Smorty - $24.00
  • AuctionAds - $25.00 upon sign-up (non-redeemable until $50)
  • Bidvertiser - $20 on sign-up + $0.37 (non-redeemable until $25 0r $50, not sure)
  • InboxDollars - $5 (non-redeemable until I don't know what amount, basically I don't care about this non-redeemables. Just doing a count for report purposes)
  • Google AdSense - banned, but for a milder tone, disabled (don't tell your friends to click on your ads, lest they might over-click)
  • WidgetBucks - $0.40 (WTF!)
  • Advertlets - RM (Malaysain Rupiah?) 4.702 (I'm not adding this up, I only count $$$)
  • Won contest prize - $100
  • Total - $393.27
  • Received/encashed as yet - $233.90

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MCA on Mindanao's Top 100 Blogs of 2007

My Consoling Asylum (MCA) is on the 26th spot in's list of Top 100 Mindanaoan Blogs of 2007. This is such an honor for a blog which has started just yet, nearing its fourth month of age on January 4th. Hurray! Yahoo! Yehey! W00t! It's time to get the firecrackers roaring and marveling of the evening sky tonight!

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My First Encashed Blog Earning

philippine peso bill, philippine peso bills, philippine 500-peso billsA bummer like I may not, perhaps, be called a bummer at all, for in a little way I am earning while not having a formal employment, and just yesterday I received as cash some of the earnings my blog has generated since it started taking money-making opportunities, and that was late October, although my blog was born in September.

As a fresh graduate of Nursing (still waiting for the licensure exam result) I have not had any job for the moment and had only one card which I supposed would be accepted by PayPal to verify my account there for me to receive the earnings paid to me by sites like SponsoredReviews, PayPerPost, Smorty, etc. It was an eBiz debit card, and it had a Visa logo in it, only ChinaTrust, its provider, didn't allow any international online transaction like that of PayPal. My earnings, mostly from SR, started to accumulate in my PayPal account and because I still have not verified my PayPal account, they were sent back to the payee after 30 days of having not been accepted.

But came my friend, my kuya in blogging world, Makoy to the rescue. He agreed to direct my earnings to his PayPal and that when time comes I would need the money, he will just send it to me. And he did, just yesterday. It amounted $233.99, and with the ForEx rate of 41.28 pesos per dollar it is 9,655.392 in pesos. The only sad thing is that as I told Kuya Makoy to send it to me thru Western Union, it was deducted PhP 640 as service charge (of the bracket PhP7,000 – PhP10,000), and he also asked for Php150 for himself, so what I received was reduced to PhP 8,860. Well not bad, is it? At least I have something for the New Year and I am looking forward to receiving my other earnings in a couple of days, I am not sure. Happy New Year to me, to you and to my blog!

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How To Use Genie's 3 Wish Grants Wisely for New Year

This article is part of How2Blogger’s Super Sexy Holiday ‘How To’ Contest which you can see at How2Blogger’s ‘How To’ site.

As one of the ways to start your New Year, you decided to do a general cleaning of your home--the closet, the garage, the stockroom, etcetera--and you spotted a twinkling amongst an ocean of used and old materials. You pulled it and it was Genie's supposed lamp. You gave it a rub and pop went Genie, with three wishes for you to relish on, and only three wishes, as what we all know it. Any wish is his command!

Here's how to use Genie's wish grants wisely for the New Year:

genie1. Wish for firecrackers. What a way to celebrate the coming of a new year with roaring and dazzling firecrackers. If you already have bought some, then it's time to wish for some more. Scare all the bad luck away for the year 2008 all you want. Wise, isn't it?

2. Wish for foods and drinks. Have Genie carry the responsibility for the banquet and the party. Dance all you like, and eat and drink all night long. Nothing in life is for free but this one will. Wise? Wise!

3. Wish for unlimited wishes. Yes, you read it right! Unlimited wishes! Genie said any wish will do and why can't he grant this one? Revel in, and have all the wishes you want for life. Wise? The wisest!

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Remembering Benazir Bhutto

benazhir buttoIf not with my History class, Asian Civilization, in college I would not have known this powerful woman, Benazir Bhutto, and she may well raise her brow (of her soul) if I had not remembered anything about her when I was in high school, but only in college.

During our discussions in my last year at college, which was just last year, I really admire her political prowess. There aren't too many brave and bold women in the world and her courage is truly inspiring.

For those who do not know her, Benazir Bhutto, born June 21, 1953, is the former prime minister of Pakistan. Benazir was the eldest child of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto. She chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and was the first woman elected to lead a Musli having been twice elected Prime Minister.

Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007 at the age of 54 in a suicide attack on a political rally as she campaigned to hold that post a third time. Belonging to prominent families, her father was ousted and hanged by the Pakistani military and two of her brothers died violent deaths.

How unfortunate of her to have not even celebrated the new year. Let us pray for Ms. Bhutto and also for peace in Pakistan and in the whole world.

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Ways to Make You Smile this New Year

(Got this from Emusing and I thought I'd share to the people to made me smile, at least in this blogging world, and since I had not made any tagging this Christmas, this is what does it. If the list is too long for it to snatch your time, jump into #101.)

101 Ways to Make You Smile

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01. Call an old friend, just to say hi.
02. Hold a door open for a stranger.
03. Invite someone to lunch.
04. Compliment someone on his or her appearance.
05. Ask a coworker for their opinion on a project.
06. Bring cookies to work.
07. Let someone cut in during rush hour traffic.
08. Leave a waitress or waiter a big tip.
09. Tell a cashier to have a nice day.
10. Call your parents.
11. Let someone know you miss them.
12. Treat someone to a movie.
13. Let a person know you really appreciate them.
14. Visit a retirement center.
15. Take a child to the zoo.
16. Fill up your spouse's car with gas.
17. Surprise someone with a small gift.
18. Leave a thank-you note for the cleaning staff at work.
19. Write a letter to a distant relative.
20. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.
21. Put a dime in a stranger's parking meter before the time expires.
22. Bake a cake for a neighbor.
23. Send someone flowers to where they work.
24. Invite a friend to tea.
25. Recommend a good book to someone.
26. Donate clothing to a charity.
27. Offer an elderly person a ride to where they need to go.
28. Bag your own groceries at the checkout counter.
29. Give blood.
30. Offer free baby-sitting to a friend who's really busy or just needs a break.
31. Help your neighbor rake leaves or shovel snow.
32. Offer your seat to someone when there aren't any left.
33. Help someone with a heavy load.
34. Ask to see a store's manager and comment on the great service.
35. Give your place in line at the grocery store to someone who has only a few items.
36. Hug someone in your family for no reason.
37. Wave to a child in the car next to you.
38. Send a thank-you note to your doctor.
39. Repeat something nice you heard about someone else.
40. Leave a joke on someone's answering machine.
41. Be a mentor or coach to someone.
42. Forgive a loan.
43. Fill up the copier machine with paper after you're done using it.
44. Tell someone you believe in them.
45. Share your umbrella on a rainy day.
46. Welcome new neighbors with flowers or a plant.
47. Offer to watch a friend's home while they're away.
48. Ask someone if they need you to pick up anything while you're out shopping.
49. Ask a child to play a board game, and let them win.
50. Ask an elderly person to tell you about the good old days.
51. During bad weather, plan an indoor picnic with the family.
52. Buy someone a goldfish and bowl.
53. Compliment someone on their cooking and politely ask for a second helping.
54. Dance with someone who hasn't been asked.
55. Tell someone you mentioned them in your prayers.
56. Give children's clothes to another family when your kids outgrow them.
57. Deliver extra vegetables from your garden to the whole neighborhood.
58. Call your spouse just to say, I love you.
59. Call someone's attention to a rainbow or beautiful sunset.
60. Invite someone to go bowling.
61. Figure out someone's half-birthday by adding 182 days, and surprise them with a cake.
62. Ask someone about their children.
63. Tell someone which quality you like most about them.
64. Brush the snow off of the car next to yours.
65. Return your shopping cart to the front of the store.
66. Encourage someone's dream, no matter how big or small it is.
67. Pay for a stranger's cup of coffee without them knowing it.
68. Leave a love letter where your partner will find it.
69. Ask an older person for their advice.
70. Offer to take care of someone's pet while they're away.
71. Tell a child you're proud of them.
72. Visit a sick person, or send them a care package.
73. Join a Big Brother or Sister program.
74. Leave a piece of candy on a coworker's desk.
75. Bring your child to work with you for the afternoon.
76. Give someone a recording of their favorite music.
77. Email a friend some information about a topic they are especially interested in.
78. Give someone a homemade gift.
79. Write a poem for someone.
80. Bake some cookies for your local fire or police department.
81. Organize a neighborhood cleanup and have a barbecue afterwards.
82. Help a child build a birdhouse or similar project.
83. Check in on an old person, just to see if they're okay.
84. Ask for the recipe after you eat over at someone's house.
85. Personally welcome a new employee at work and offer to take them out for lunch.
86. While in a car, ask everyone to buckle up because they are important to you.
87. Let someone else eat the last slice of cake or pizza.
88. Stop and buy a drink from a kid's lemonade stand.
89. Forgive someone when they apologize.
90. Wave to someone looking for a parking space when you're about to leave a shopping center.
91. Send a copy of an old photograph to a childhood friend.
92. Leave a pint of your spouse's favorite flavor of ice cream in the freezer with a bow on it.
93. Do a household chore that is usually done by someone else in the family.
94. Be especially happy for someone when they tell you their good news.
95. Compliment a coworker on their role in a successful project.
96. Give your spouse a spontaneous back rub at the end of the day.
97. Serve someone in your family breakfast in bed.
98. Ask someone if they've lost weight.
99. Make a donation to a charity in someone's honor.
100. Take a child to a ballgame.

And last, but not least...

101. Forward this list to at least 10 of your friends, or post this to your blog and tag the ones who tagged you with this (you will make me happy too with that)...

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I hope I made you smile with this one!

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My Ocean of Letters

letters, penpals

Overtime, I didn't notice that my mailbox (not the ones outside the house, not even in e-mail) already holds 96 letters, plus those that were not place inside it, especially the large ones. Most of these letters are from abroad, USA at most, from my penpals, chatmates, and ex-lovers (sigh).

The first penpal that I had was from a nearer city, and I was 9 years old by then, and she was in high school that time, nearing her college years. She said she saw my name in song magazine. When I hit highschool, especially when I was in my third year, where the times I had more knowledge on internet, I had my first penpal abroad, in the form of a minister, although now he is in jail. A really sad story, and an ironic one too...

It was not until I hit college that I got letters from abroad streaming into our home. In a week I can receive as much as three letters. My reason those times was, aside from gaining new friends, was to see how the stamps from all over the world look like. And well, I got many of them now, only that they were used.

When my hospital duties came during my second year in college, that's when I stopped responding to my pals. Now I have thought how bad must I have become. Well, life gets busier each day and I could no longer contain the task of writing back to them.

So now I am just cherishing all my memories of friendship with my penpals, and love and joy too. There are so many of them that starting to write back to them would be a great task. At least in my life I have come across the phase of connecting to the world through pen.

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Flirting helps relationship?

I had bumped into this crazy page and was totally astounded by article's title. It looks really sensically helpful but then again it may not be, also. Does flirting really helps your relationship? Let's look at this article by David Zinczenko.

Why Flirting Can Help Your Relationship

Flirting Gives You Confidence

A relationship progresses after some time, and both sides fall into the same rut of Friday pizza, Saturday out, and sleepy Sunday. Same old, same old. The message: We're stuck together, we're comfortable together, and we may be perfectly content together.

All well and good, but that does as much for your romantic confidence as having spinach in your teeth. What flirting allows you to do is feel like you're impressing another person and being attractive to another person - without the baggage, stigma, and pressures of the next step. Bringing that sexual and romantic confidence back to your relationship helps you - and strengthens the relationship across the board.

Flirting Keeps You Sharp

Being wanted is one of our most basic needs. Sometimes, when we're in relationships, we don't always get that positive vibe - that we're wanted, needed, and desired.

Every once in a while, flirting can reinforce that primitive need of feeling valued. And that little innocent dialogue with some stranger in a bookstore may be all the kick-start you need to lose a little weight or change up your hair or whatever it is that you want to do to make yourself feel better about yourself. Which has benefits for everyone involved.

Flirting Lets You Build Up Sexual Energy

Some shrinks say it's OK to fantasize about anyone you want and build up a head of steam - as long as you, well, go ahead then and release that pent up energy with your partner.

So in a way, you can use flirting as a kind of foreplay. Build a little frisky tension with the barista, get warmed up, then bring home the dividends. And when you're at home, leave a copy of this list around the house. Think of it as a kind of flirting with your partner - and a fun to-do list.

Flirting Reminds You How Good You Have It

The fun of flirting is that there are no strings attached. Just some good ole banter with jokes, laughs, and some well-timed sexual innuendo. Fun at first. But when you think of the long process that comes after, it makes you realize that what you've got at home is exactly what you want.

I can hear you now: too much flirting can lead to real temptation. Here's what we told Men's Health readers to do when faced with a home-wrecking temptress.

So what are your thoughts about this article? You might want to share them here.

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My 7-and-a-half-hour Honeymoon

The last time I had laid my hands (and pierced my eyes) on a book from cover to cover was a month after the release of J.K Rowling's latest, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and from then on were only on few pages of my Nursing books, as preparation for my licensure exam then.

If I had fed my senses—taste, smell, vision and hearing—on the runnings of Christmas days, I had thought I needed a little re-feeding to some of them, though this time no more the hearing, and that was through a book, as I have promised to myself that whenever I am done with my big exam I would consume my free time reading a good book or two, if not to blog.

honeymoon, james patterson, howard roughanSo came my Honeymoon”, mastered by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. I borrowed it from my cousin when I thought I needed to supply my mind a little bit more of words in prose. I commenced reading right away, at 4:30 PM and had finished the book at almost 12 MN (I've never done any book this fast). So that's how I said 7-and-a-half-hour in the title, and I am quite certain you've been tricked to thinking of a real honeymoon, which lovers do.

Honeymoon” is a wickedly sexy book, with suspense popping all over. Its twists and turns would really twist and turn you, the positive way. It speaks of sex appeal, and would really turn you on. Its detective pursuits are a two thumbs up, and the way the narrative runs I can say it really has taken up a notch.

The book is not a fat one, which makes it a good, untedious read, and the font size is not an eyesore, more like Harry Potter's. All in all, it's one excellent work of literature and I commend James Patterson's (and also Howard Roughan's) magnificent talent. This book is worth the share.

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The symbols of Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! It's the time our savior Jesus Christ was born, and it is therefore just to give more love to each other. This is the best time of the year to celebrate and be merry.

Even before Christmas comes we decorate our homes with ornaments of green and red and of sparkling gold and silver, and also the lights of different dancing colors that twinkle at night. And as if these are not enough, we tend to load our homes with lots and lots of decors.

So what really are the symbols of Christmas and where exactly did they originate or what their beginnings were? I will share to you what I have read in our school publication last year.

christmas treeChristmas Tree
The Christmas tree originated in Germany where it was brought into homes for good luck and fertility. Because of the limbs far apart for easy decorating, white pines were used by then. The tree was illuminated with small wax candles and toys were placed on the tree limbs.

christmas star, starStar
This represents the strange star that appeared when Christ was born and symbolizes high hopes and high ideals—hope for good fortune and hope for reaching above oneself. In Holland, the Festival of Star is held where right after Christmas Eve meal the village priest acts as the "Star Man" and tests children's knowledge on religion. In Alaska, boys and girls carry a star-shaped figure from house to house and sing carols in hopes of receiving treats. In Hungary a star-shaped pattern is carved in a half on an apple and is supposed to bring good luck.

stocking, christmas stockingStocking
The tradition of hanging stockings in the fireplace originated in one of the most famous Christmas stories of St. Nicholas. Upon hearing of a family's misfortune, that of a father of three young maidens who could not afford a dowry for his daughters to be married, St. Nicholas threw three bags of gold coins down their chimney, and these coins landed in the girls' stockings hanging in the fireplace to dry.

santa claus, reindeer, sleighSanta Claus, sleigh and reindeer
All these appeared first in the story "A Visit from St. Nicholas" written by Clement C. Moore in 1823. The legend was taken from Russian story of Father Frost arriving in villages aboard a sled drawn by reindeer. The legend was also apparent in Holland, where children believed St. Nicholas would ride through the air, checking on children who misbehaved. Rudolph, the ninth reindeer, however, only came about on 1939 in a story by Robert L. May.

christmas candlesCandles
Candles were an important source of light and heat in the darkness during the winter solstice in the long cold month of December during ancient times. Ancient Romans lit candles to ward off evil and to convince the sun to shine anew. In Victorian times, candles represented good will. Candles were often placed in windows during the Christmas season as a sign to passersby that shelter and warmth could be found within. It was said that Martin Luther was the first person to put candles on the Christmas tree, as an inspiration during one of his walks on evening where he noticed stars twinkling through the tree limbs.

christmas cardsChristmas cards
It is thought that sending this cards originated in the mid-1800's when a few people began designing handmade cards to be sent to friends and families, although John Calcott Horsely is often credited as being the first Christmas card creator. Horsely presented his Christmas card, depicting a typical English family enjoying the holiday, to Sir Henry Cole in 1843. The card had "Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to You" inscribed. A thousand copies of the card were then printed and sold for one shilling a piece.

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Come on, and play online backgammon!

Backgammon is one of the few select games I enjoy playing. I play it on my phone, and sometimes the online backgammon when I became an expert at it. You might not believe it when I say this but almost all my opponents in backgammon online did not finish the game with me, sensing, perhaps, the coming of their defeat. Well I have become wiser in this game they can't blame me for defeating them. Ha ha.

If you want to play backgammon, it is not a difficult game, and when you know how to play it why not try the online version? With it you can get to participate in online tournaments and win big cash prizes. Whether for fun or money you just have to download the application and voila, you can now play! Go now to Gammon Fortune for all this. The site is available in six languages and it is easy to navigate with a site lay-out that is soothing to the eyes.

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The Wizard of Odds

Did you know that you can actually increase your chances in your poker winnings by calculating the odds? How? There's this that what they call the wiz of odds, in the form of a poker calculator, an online poker's most advanced and user-friendly poker odds calculator. This holdem calculator automatically detects your game upon opening any online poker table and displays all the real-time Odds & Game Stats you need to know to get a full grip of the game. This is a calculator that you should try to make your decision-making easier as it gives you an idea whether you are in good or bad situation. Try it now for free for a limited time offer and do better in your online poker bouts.

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How to get raped this Christmas (and any time of the year)

This article is part of How2Blogger’s Super Sexy Holiday ‘How To’ Contest which you can see at How2Blogger’s ‘How To’ site.

Yes, it's Christmas time, and no, I am not encouraging anyone of you to get raped at this wonderful time of the year, or at any possible time. Nonetheless if you are that zany to get laid down and your body be abused then venture at your own risk and prepare for the untoward consequences.

  • Get drunk, really drunk. You will lose self-control and become weak.

  • Don't eat too much; you may vomit them and destroy the rape moment.

  • Have a special time alone in your flat, dorm, or room and invite someone promiscuous to spend the night with.

  • Never lock your doors and don't resist the coming of the possible rapist.

  • Flirt with your neighbors after Noche Buena.

  • Never fight back when on the process of rape; forget all your self-defense lessons but never forget about the condoms.

  • Always wear provocative and seductive clothings.

  • Strut your stuff.

  • If there's a suspicious person, forget that suspicion. Revel in the moment.

  • Do not shout for help.

  • Kiss with your untrustworthy lover in an unsecured, secluded and dark area where you know not anyone else is around.

  • Forget about vigilance. Be loose on it.

  • Just let anyone take advantage of you.

There you have the simple yet sure-fire secrets to getting raped, if you fancy being done. Try them to spark the unthinkable... if you're that silly, that is.

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The art of selling online

Do you love to selling stuffs? Sell them online this season, and who knows you might just get more than what you expect for sales? When selling your products use the best hosted US shopping cart software that offers absolute solution for merchants like Ashop Commerce. They provide revolutionary online store building software that enables 100% search engine visibility for your every product, thereby increasing the chances of your products' accessibility, popularity and purchasing. They accept credit cards online and you have the full control to customize your design of an online store for free, with features and contents of your choice worked within hours.

Ashop Commerce shopping cart is affiliated with all major banks, gateways and third party processors like PayPal so your every transaction is secured. They offer an ecommerce software that is affordable, customizable and easy to use. They also offer technical support and customer service for your concerns. If you want to start now selling online now and yet unsure, they offer a 10-day free trial with no credit card required.

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Words of the Year 2007: locavore and w00t

It is nearing the end of the year 2007 and Oxford and Merriam-Webster have already individually identified which words rule for this year. So what are the words?

For New Oxford American Dictionary, their 2007 Word of the Year is locavore. If you eat only, or mostly, vegetables then you are called a vegetarian or an herbivore, and carnivore if you do meats. But here is a new term, locavore, which means you eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. The term is originally localvore, which the first two syllables clearly means within in the vicinity, as the locavore movement encourage consumers to buy fruits and vegetables from farmers' market or even grow or pick these kinds of foods in that market as fresh products are more nutritious and taste better.

The runners-up of Oxford's Word of the Year hunt are as follows:

aging in place: the process of growing older while living in one’s own residence, instead of having to move to a new home or community

bacn: email notifications, such as news alerts and social networking updates, that are considered more desirable than unwanted “spam” (coined at PodCamp Pittsburgh in Aug. 2007 and popularized in the blogging community)

cloudware: online applications, such as webmail, powered by massive data storage facilities, also called “cloud servers”

colony collapse disorder: a still-unexplained phenomenon resulting in the widespread disappearance of honeybees from beehives, first observed in late 2006

cougar: an older woman who romantically pursues younger men

MRAP vehicle: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, designed to protect troops from improvised explosive devices (IEDs)

mumblecore: an independent film movement featuring low-budget production, non-professional actors, and largely improvised dialogue

previvor: a person who has not been diagnosed with a form of cancer but has survived a genetic predisposition for cancer

social graph: the network of one’s friends and connections on social websites such as Facebook and Myspace

tase (or taze): to stun with a Taser (popularized by a Sep. 2007 incident in which a University of Florida student was filmed being stunned by a Taser at a public forum)

upcycling: the transformation of waste materials into something more useful or valuable

Meanwhile, w00t is Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. It is an interjection expressing joy and triumph, similar with the word "yay" and had first became widely known in competitive online gaming forums. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "we owned the other team".

The runners-up of this Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year are the following:

facebook: taken from the popular Facebook website, which can mean to join in the website, upload photo in there, add someone to your list in Facebook and anything that relates to the site.

conundrum: a riddle that has difficult or conjecture for an answer

quixotic: (from Don Quixote) capricious, unpredictable

blamestorm: to gather around and discussed who is responsible to be blamed

sardoodledom: staginess, melodrama

apathetic: spiritless, indifferent

pecksniffian: pharisaical

hyprocrite: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion or a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

charlatan: quack, fraud, faker
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What the holidays mean to me

What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about emotional connections and bonds. You are happiest being around those you love.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you feel happily busy. There's so much do to and not a lot of time to do it. But you enjoy every minute of your holiday chores.

You think the holidays should be nostalgic and sweet. The holidays bring out your inner child.

Your favorite holiday memories are complete and very visual. Past holiday events play out like a video in your mind.

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I Won $100!

It's nearing Christmas, and what a way to celebrate it more happily than winning a review-a-blog contest. Yes, I won $100 as the second prize to's You-Got-Blogged contest. Thank you, Lord, and thanks to the organizers of MindanaoBloggers for this contest. This will surely make my Christmas any happier.

Although I sent three entries for the said contest (Enviably Amusing, Mandaya Moore-Orlis: Blogged Beyond Humor, and Uniting Bloggers of the Land of Promise) only one per person can be chosen to win, and the entry that won me this contest in the second place is Mandaya Moore-Orlis: Blogged Beyond Humor.

I really am grateful and glad for having won in this contest, only that there is some technicalities with the contest. In the contest's list of rules the number of words required, as clearly highlighted there, is from 300-400 words and the entry that won the first prize is 66 words more than the maximum requirement. It saddens me knowing that I have been too keen with my number of words when I joined the contest and only to know it was not at all strictly implemented. In fact it was even the thing that drove me to join as most of the contest entries there did not follow that particular instruction. Hmm... I could have gotten $50 more for the taking. Anyway, it's Christmas time and I respect the jurors' decisions. After all, I also like the first prize winner's entry. It spoke well of its reviewed blog.

This is another blog earning for me. Now I love blogging more! And if you're from Mindanao or love the Mindanaoan soil, then please join MindanaoBloggers now and be listed in their directory.

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25 hours, did you say?

clock, 25 hoursI got astounded when my female cousin asked me what "25 hours" means and if ever I have heard the phrase before. I shook my head, with an apparent confusion drawn on my face, and then after a minute or so of thinking what could be the answer, I ignored it.

The night that day when I watched TV I have heard from Toni Gonzaga in PBB Celebrity Edition 2 the same phrase, "25 hours" and by then I got more curious why such phrase exist and told myself I need to investigate on this. This may become a phrase-of-fad and I might be behind of what's in.

But it looked as though it were not a popular phrase on the internet and had only got this convincing result in a significant search engine, which in my strongest opinion is the explanation why such terms exist. Read on this article by CBS News.

(WebMD) Get ready for the 25-hour day. A new study, funded by NASA, shows that it's possible to cram an extra hour into the day.

The researchers included Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD, director of the sleep medicine division at Harvard Medical School and chief of the sleep medicine division at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

They studied 12 healthy young adults (average age: 28) who volunteered to spend 65 days living in individual rooms without windows, clocks, or any other time cues.

Before the experiment began, the volunteers got eight hours of nightly sleep at home for at least three weeks.

When they reported to the lab, they spent three days on a normal 24-hour day. Then the researchers tweaked the hours of light and darkness to pinpoint the participants' natural circadian rhythm, commonly called the "body clock."

Next, the scientists tacked on an extra hour of light to each participants' natural amount of daily wakefulness.

The researchers didn't just leave the lights on for an extra hour. At the end of each "day," the scientists cranked up the light in the overhead fluorescent lights, delivering two pulses of extremely bright light.

The bright light pulses were nearly 10 times brighter than normal room light, according to the study.

After the pulses of bright light, participants didn't go to sleep right away. They stayed up an extra hour, effectively getting 25 hours per day.

Participants stayed on the 25-hour-day cycle for a month. They adjusted to the schedule, judging by their core body temperature and levels of melatonin, a hormone involved in circadian rhythms.

Before leaving the lab, participants spent three days on a normal 24-hour schedule.

The findings may come in handy if astronauts go to Mars. A Martian day lasts for 24.65 earthly hours, note the researchers. They argue that without resetting the body clock to a 25-hour day, astronauts on Mars would be constantly jetlagged, which could be dangerous.

Of course, Mars-bound astronauts aren't the only people with circadian rhythm issues. Shift workers and people with sleep disorders may also have body clock problems.

The researchers write that "the implications of these findings are important, because they could be used to treat circadian misalignment associated with space flight, shift work, and circadian rhythm sleep disorders."

The study appears online in the early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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