Movies Delivered To Your Door

Movies Delivered To Your Door

In today’s society, convenience is clearly a driving force for consumers. And now more than ever before, Americans are using the Internet to get what they want, when they want it.

In fact, in 2004 American consumers racked up $117 billion in online spending, with a fair share of that amount spent on entertainment and entertainment news.

One of the latest entertainment options – Blockbuster Online – is a new, easy-to-use online DVD rental service that can bring the movie store right to your door with just a few clicks of a computer mouse. With more than 30,000 titles to choose from, movie lovers can rent all the movies they want, from the hottest new releases to independent, special interest and hard-to-find films.

For less than $15 a month, Blockbuster Online users can rent up to three movies at a time and return them at their convenience with the provided pre-paid postage envelope. After a DVD is returned, the next title from the subscriber’s online movie queue is mailed, and will usually arrive within one to two days.

"By combining the power of the Internet, the magic of the movies and the trusted Blockbuster name, we’re offering the ultimate in home entertainment convenience at an incredible value," said Shane Evangelist, senior vice president of Blockbuster Inc. and general manager of Blockbuster Online. "And for those times when you can’t wait for a movie to arrive in your mailbox, we offer the flexibility to rent movies and games at our stores."

The new online DVD rental service is especially convenient for people who live in rural areas, since online access means there’s no need to drive long distances to the rental store. Busy parents and on-the-go professionals – or anyone starved for time – also have easy access to the latest and greatest releases, plus many of the classics.

"We’ve designed a service that really delivers for our subscribers," said Evangelist. "There are no due dates, no late fees, unlimited DVDs at your disposal, and we’re the only online DVD rental service that gives each subscriber two free in-store rentals each month, good for movies or games."

Become An Internet Marketing Expert With These Top Tips 2

Become An Internet Marketing Expert With These Top Tips

When you take time to apply proper internet marketing techniques, it really does show. It shows that you care about your online presence and that you want to provide more people with your products and services. That is admirable. Like with any other skill set, you can always add and improve. Below are some tips to help.

You do not have to keep your audience spellbound, but you do have to keep them interested. To do this, make sure your content is always constructed in an entertaining way. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of humor or a personal account about how this product or service you’re pushing has affected you.

Make sure to test your web site regularly to make sure that there are no glitches, errors, or bad links. This is important because users will be reluctant to purchase things from your page if they feel that there is a chance that something will go wrong during the ordering process.

Successful marketing is happening increasingly through Facebook. In particular, creating a "fan page" for your services or products is a good way to provide a community for loyal customers to interact and receive special offers. You can disseminate information easily to valuable customers on a venue that they almost certainly check regularly.

Banners are one of the most popular methods of Internet marketing, especially with the advent of banner exchange programs. If you are in the process of choosing one for your company, make sure to familiarize yourself with some of the terms that are associated with them. This includes CPM, click through, CTR, CPC and general rotation, also known as "run of site". This allows you to make an educated decision on the type of banner you choose and to understand how well it is working.

One of the most appealing aspects of your personality that you can instill in your site is humor. Make sure that you keep things business professional, but including a joke here and there will never hurt. Inserting humor into your communication with customers makes for a very light and fun level of dialogue.

Combine useful products into a package deal. Offering each single product at a higher price, but combining them into one that would be lower for each item is a tactic used by thousands of stores throughout the world, simply because it works. Customers would likely purchase these products at some point anyway, so allowing them to do it as a cheaper bundle is a great incentive.

Don’t let your internet marketing efforts go unrewarded by not monitoring their performance. Sometimes you may spent time focusing on a marketing effort that simply does not pay off. Make sure you figure this out sooner rather than later so you can spend your precious time and money marketing elsewhere.

You have the tools and the skill set to apply a proper marketing plan that can successfully promote your business online. The tips in this article were constructed to add to your marketing plan, as you are never done learning or improving. You may have even found a new technique to employ.

Is Society Embracing Self-Destruction?

Is Society Embracing Self-Destruction?

You don’t have to be suicidal or depressed to be a threat to yourself. Sometimes, as performance anxiety or status anxiety pushes us to do more and be more, we lead ourselves down a dangerous path. Athletes, in particular, are always eager to push themselves to limit to win in highly competitive sports. They often risk what seems like little things, such as knee pain or muscle spasms, just to see if they can raise the level of their game just one notch above their competition. While this is an excellent celebration of the competitive spirit and the human ability to improve one’s self, it can also sometimes end up becoming the first step down the spiral of self-destruction.

Some observers have noted that modern civilization, with its intense focus on competition and achieving dominance, has put people and organizations along that downward spiral. No place is self-destructive behavior more prominent than in the arena of sports. In sports such as American football, baseball, and basketball, more and more athletes are coming under fire for taking performance enhancers such as anabolic steroids to enhance their physique and athletic performance. The trouble is that these athletes also develop addictions to muscle relaxants. The intense focus on becoming better and better has driven some to engage in training regimens that their bodies can’t handle. Sure, they are capable of ignoring the lower back pain or the attacks of chronic pain in their joints for a while, but it eventually adds up. Observers note that it only gets worse the more exposure an athlete gets, as the media puts even more pressure on them than the sport does.

In the field of entertainment, the self-destruction is not only recorded by the media for all to see but, in some ways, even marketed. The media is constantly pushing people to appear more and more like the waif-like celebrities they admire, subconsciously causing them to follow suit. As the obsession with getting as thin as possible takes hold, everything from weight loss pills to unhealthy fad diets are used and abused by not only the general population, but also the celebrities themselves. Unlike the self-destructive tendencies of athletes, the tendencies present among celebrities stems more from vanity and fashion than the desire to attain a higher level of physical prowess. While it is arguable on whether or not athletes are actually improving themselves with their actions, it is clear that the extreme dieting that the media espouses is unhealthy and fatal.

Ordinary people also seem to be affected by this unusual tendency towards self-destruction, albeit in an entirely different manner. While celebrities and athletes that are on the path of self-destruction tend to be doing it in a physical manner of their own will, most people who are self-destructive are such because of outside factors. The stress and anxiety of work, the pressure to perform both as a member of society and as an individual, and the stress of dealing with the daily paradoxes of life are starting to take more and more tolls from the average person. Statistics show that more and more people are developing a variety of mental health disorders, with depression, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia being the most common. Some observers have noted this and have connected it to the nature of modern life, which puts people under such tremendous social, professional, and emotional pressure that the “breaking point” is being crossed more and more often.

While it is highly pessimistic to assume that this self-destruction is as widespread as some claim, it is rather alarming. There are more and more news reports claiming that athletes are engaging in dangerous training regimens and abusing various medications. Celebrities and models are progressively getting thinner and thinner, despite the constant warnings otherwise. In contrast, obesity is at an all-time high among the general population, despite the widespread availability of weight loss pills. Finally driving the issues home is the increasing number of people who have experienced or are experiencing some form of mental health disorder. The situation is not nearly as negative as some put it out to be, but there is a distinct possibility that it is getting there.

Music Subscription Service

Music Subscription Service

Gone are the days when you had to wait, save, and then buy a tape or CD. Remember the days when one person in the gang would buy a CD or tape and the whole gang would share it? Those were the days now you can get music of your choice off the net at very affordable prices. The quality is great and rendition crystal clear.

Music sites are revolutionizing the music industry for as little as $ 6.99 a month. And, it’s affordable; a subscriber can buy any music for just around 79 cents instead of 99. And, there are sites like RealNetworks where even non subscribers can listen to 25 radio stations a month and 25 songs. The costs vary from site to site but music is there waiting for you.

The technicalities vary but on some sites the songs can be just listened to, others can be downloaded and yet others transferred to portable listening devices. Music is just awaiting music buffs.

Unlike earlier you don’t have to spend to listen to a song—you can listen and if you like it then download it. Music sites are emulating the library formats here instead of checking out books you check out music of your choice.

Sites like Yahoo, Rhapsody, Napster, Apple itunes, AOL, Virgin, and All of MP3, among others are all vying to offer the best. Imagine over a million different tunes are just waiting to be heard.

There are three options to choose from: PC listening only, music on a hand held or mobile device, and music for CDs that is permanent ownership. Music has embraced technology much to the delight of one and all. And it is legal and to stay.

What you get by subscribing is: basic juke box functions; the option to buy tracks at a discount; the freedom to listen to unlimited music; transfer to MP3 players; downloading songs for burning on discs (these have to be bought); and loading your PC chock-a block with songs you love.

However, the music can be played only if you keep paying the subscription and you cannot share the music with friends. It is like a candy store so many tastes and colors, how do you choose?

Before you subscribe you must do comparison shopping find out which service is most affordable and easy to use. Check the songs on offer and read the terms and conditions with great care. What is most important is to check compatibility—is the technology being used by the site compatible with your PC, music devices, and hand held devices like IPODs and mobiles? Check if you need to use any standalone software and whether you are comfortable with the tools for transferring music to your PC or other devices.

If any of the sites are offer a free trial take up the offer and enjoy!

Interactive Movies Help Improve Reading Skills

Interactive Movies Help Improve Reading Skills

During infancy, kids listen to family members and often try to replicate what they hear. As children grow, associating symbols with sounds becomes critical to language development, and experts say it’s more important in learning to read than most parents realize.

When it comes to reading, children must discriminate individual sounds before they can put them together to build words. Studies show playing rhyming games and sounding out words with your children helps develop their reading skills. But what about watching television?

According to a 2004 study published in The Journal of Biological Psychiatry, associating symbols with sound, especially in the form of narrative, plays a large role in the proper development of reading skills.

In the study, two groups of children with poor reading skills were examined to determine which learning approach was more effective: traditional remedial reading, special education, speech and language tutoring or reading lessons built around sound and symbol associations contained in narrative. The group that was given reading lessons with sound and symbol associations enjoyed learning more and had a dramatic improvement in their reading skills and fluency.

Based on this and other research, one company has developed an enjoyable way for students to improve reading, comprehension and development skills early on, and it involves watching television – specifically children’s movies.

Reading Movies, part of the ReadEnt learning program developed by SFK Media Specially for Kids Corp., are interactive movies that use "Action Caption" technology to show the spoken word on the screen, in real time, as the character speaks. The words appear out of the mouths of the speakers with clarity and with no disruption to the flow of the movie. As children watch the movies, their reading and spoken language skills develop naturally.

Reading Movies are available in a set of three DVDs featuring adaptations of literary stories many know and love: Jules Verne’s "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Jonathan Swift’s "Gulliver’s Travels" and "The Trojan Horse," adapted from Homer’s "The Odyssey." So what does this all mean for parents? No more guilt for letting your kids watch TV.

Easy Solutions For Managing Those Stressful Days

Easy Solutions For Managing Those Stressful Days

Stress is a condition that psychologically affects us all at some point in our lives. Different things can cause us to be stressed, such as losing a job, preparing for an exam or having to make difficult decisions. There are many ways to deal with stress, and the advice in the following article will show you the best ways.

If you are feeling stressed out about things in your life, take some time to sit down and watch a good comedy. Laughter will help reduce the level of stress hormones and make you feel much better. If you cannot take the time to watch a comedy, at least try to smile for a minute.

A fantastic way to help you keep your stress levels down is to meditate. There are many different ways to meditate. Meditation is great because it helps you forget about all of your worries for the moment. You’ll be able think more clearly just by meditating a little bit each day.

Be aware of your body and your stress triggers. If you know you will be spending time with someone you don’t like, or that your jaw tightens when you get upset, prepare in advance. This will help you take steps to help you cope. Knowing what sets you off can help you catch yourself before it gets to be too much.

To help you deal with stress you should have a sense of humor. Having a sense of humor and understanding that it’s ok to laugh at yourself, will help your body fight off stress. So if you want to be stress-free, stop taking things so seriously and learn to have a sense of humor.

If you procrastinate, you run the risk of increasing your stress levels without even realizing it. Even though most of us agree that we work best under pressure, the opposite is actually true. Are you actually doing your best when doing it at the last minute? The stress of having the extra pressure on your shoulders from the impending duty that you keep putting off automatically increases your stress level. Rather than procrastinating, complete your work as soon as you receive it in order to reduce your stress level.

One tip to be sure to consider when dealing with your stress, is to make sure that you do not abandon your problems. This is extremely important because many times, things that are causing stress will not go away and postponing them may only make the issues worse with time.

Try to plan your week at work or school in advance, so that you do not put pressure on yourself to do everything in one day. Procrastination is one of the worst things that you can do when trying to limit stress, as you should attempt to create equilibrium as often as possible.

In conclusion, we are psychologically affect by stress at some point. Stress can be caused by many different factors, such as job loss or being faced with difficult choices. If you remember the advice from the article above, you can choose a method to help you deal with stress.

Celebrities Tear Up The Track For Kids Charity. 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro-Celebrity Race

Celebrities Tear Up The Track For Kids Charity. 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

For the past 29 years, celebrities from film, television, music and sports have taken their spots on the starting grid behind the wheel of a revved-up Toyota sports coupe while racing through the streets of Long Beach, California as part of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Over 370 fan favorites such as Cameron Diaz, George Lucas, Ashley Judd, Lil’ Kim, Sean Astin, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Gene Hackman, Clint Eastwood, Woody Harrelson, Karl Malone, Kelsey Grammer, Jay Leno, Matt LeBlanc, Queen Latifah, Joe Montana, Patrick Dempsey, John Elway and dozens of others have tested their skills racing through 10 laps of heart-pounding, action-packed turns at over 100 mph-all for the benefit of children’s hospitals.

A highlight of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the longest-running corporate-sponsored event of its kind.

Stars competing for the checkered flag show up race weekend with much more than a camera-ready smile. Participants commit to eight days of charity involvement, car preparation and actual racing, including an intensive four-day training session that teaches stars how to properly handle the vehicles and how to manage the complexities of the track. After completing training, they hit the street course in Long Beach for a practice session, followed by the actual race (April 8), which rips and roars to a cheering crowd of tens of thousands, as well as on national television.

"The excitement and competition is fierce," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "Celebrities sign up thinking this race will be a friendly competition for a good cause. Come race day, rivalries and friendships have developed, setting the stage for an exciting and dramatic display of adrenaline. It’s fun to watch the transformation from celebrity to race car driver."

After competing in the 2005 race, Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy," now dabbles in professional racing as a hobby and will be classified in the "pro" category for the 2006 race. "Toyota puts on a great event that’s a lot of fun, very competitive and most importantly for a great charity cause. I had such a great experience last year that I jumped at the chance to be involved again," said Dempsey.

In addition to learning the tricks and trades of competitive racing, the star-studded group raises money for "Racing for Kids," a national organization benefiting children’s hospitals. Each year, the celebrities visit Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach to spend time with sick and recovering children, evoking smiles, laughter and inspiration. Since 1991, the race has raised more than $1.3 million for charity. Donations are split equally between Miller Children’s and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

The 2006 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will take place on Saturday, April 8 through the streets of downtown Long Beach, California and will be broadcast nationally on SPEED.

A highlight of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the longest-running corporate charity event of its kind.

Contemporary Or Classical Musical Instruments?

Contemporary Or Classical Musical Instruments?

Playing a musical instrument is a gift to all those who hear it. Does it really matter if you play a classical musical instrument or a contemporary musical instrument? It can. First and foremost, playing a musical instrument should be fun and rewarding. If it’s not, you are not likely to practice it at all and eventually you will lose interest.

Playing classical music with a classical instrument can be remarkably challenging and rewarding. As a general standard, classical music is more intricate that contemporary music, although there are naturally exceptions to every rule.

Playing contemporary music with contemporary instruments can also be tremendously satisfying and rewarding. While not everyone may agree that contemporary music is a gift when they hear it, those who appreciate it will appreciate it deeply.

One of my favorite trends as of late is to either play contemporary music with a classical instrument or classical music with a contemporary instrument. Both sounds are considerably remarkable and both aspects take quite a bit of talent and practice. Creating this interesting twist can ultimately please more crowds, as classical music played with a contemporary instrument can reach the younger generations and actually turn them on to classical styles. The same can be said about contemporary music that is played with classical instruments.

When choosing between classical or contemporary instruments, the best method of decision making is simple preference. When choosing for a child, or helping a child make the decision, preference of course still matters, but opening the doors to new music and different experiences can really benefit the child tremendously. The basic goal for choosing an instrument, either classical or contemporary, is finding an expression that works well with the personality. Children who learn at least a little of both classical and contemporary expression are more equipped to make the decision for themselves later on.

Classical music and instrumentation can teach strong basic skills, while venturing into contemporary music and instrumentation can be both inspiring and fun for kids, especially older children.

Being well versed in classical music can actually provide a better platform for kids or adults who want to play a more contemporary instrument. Contemporary music is often written with the use of only a few chords and a basic beat while classical music demands a higher level of instrumentation. If we never teach kids the classical instruments or the classical music, the classical arts are destined to die.

10 Tips for Professional Speakers

10 Tips for Professional Speakers

Put your best foot forward every time! One of the reasons that many people fear taking the podium is because they are afraid of being the focal point of everyone’s attention and they don’t want to make a fool of themselves. There are several things you can do to "fool-proof" your speaking event so that you present well every single time!

1. Take the time to prepare well for your presentation. Preparation enhances your confidence and it’s also an opportunity to refine any weak areas in your presentation.

2. Begin and end your presentation on time. Arriving late to your presentation is simply unprofessional; not to mention that it won’t win you any points with your crowd. Also speaking over time shows your audience that you don’t value their time.

3. Know your audience. The only way you can really relate your audience is if you know who they are. Profile your audience. Are they male or female? What income bracket are they in? Why would they attend your presentation?

4. Dress appropriately for your audience. Not all speaking engagements require a business suit! There are many places where business casual attire has become the norm. Before your audience even hears your message, they are already sizing you up and this is impacting whether or not they are hearing what you have to say!

5. Have a backup plan for visual aids used in your presentation. You’ve selected to use visual aids because you thought they would be helpful in getting your message across. What happens when laptops fail or the room cannot accommodate presentation equipment? Create a plan on how you would handle a situation like that.

6. Tone down information overload. Yes, you can overload your audience with too much information and if you’re not careful, you’ll lose them. They’ll mentally check out. As a speaker, you’ll want to present enough information that hooks them into getting more information from you!

7. Don’t use inappropriate humor. Humor can be a tricky thing working for you or against you. You will really have to know your audience in order to use jokes or humor appropriately.

8. Vary your speech tones. The monotonous speaker will lose their audience within the first 15 minutes. It’s okay to be animated during your presentation and in fact, doing so will transmit flair and passion that keeps people engaged in your message.

9. Relate your topic back to your audience. Basically, stop talking about yourself! Your audience might want to hear a testimony or two, but mostly, they’ll want to hear about them and how your presentation can help them!

10. Solidify your message. Support your ideas with data and evidence and build a solid case for your viewpoints. You can use statistics, testimonies, demonstrations, pictures and more!

Your presentation can be fool proof if you take the time to minimize mistakes. By going through these key points, you can assure yourself that you are well prepared for any challenge that might come your way and you will experience the success you’ve always dreamed of!