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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Murder on the Dancefloor
Today's song of the day goes to D and I for taking dancing lessons together :P Sophie Ellis Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor

It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not kill the groove
Dj, gonna burn this goddamn house right down

Oh, I know I know I know I know I know I know
About your kind
And so and so and so and so and so and so
I'll have to play

If you think you're getting away
I will prove you wrong
I'll take you all the way
Boy, just come along
hear me when I say
Hey

It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not kill the groove
Hey, hey
It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not steal the moves
Dj, gonna burn this goddamn house right down

Oh I know I know I know I know I know I know
There may be others
And so and so and so and so and so and so
You'll just have to pray

If you think you're getting away
I will prove you wrong
I'll take you all the way
Stay another song
I'll blow you all away
Hey

It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not kill the groove
Hey, hey
It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not steal the moves
DJ, gonna turn this house around somehow
Murder on the dancefloor
But you better not kill the groove
Hey, hey
It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not steal the moves
Dj, gonna burn this goddamn house right down

Don't think you'll get away
I will prove you wrong
I'll take you all away
Boy just come along
Here me when I say
Hey

It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not kill the groove
It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not steal the moves
DJ, gonna burn this goddamn house right down

It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not kill the groove
Hey, hey
It's murder on the dancefloor
But you better not steal the moves
DJ, gonna burn this goddamn house right down

It's murder on the dancefloor
(On the dancefloor)
But you better not kill the groove
Hey, hey
It's murder on the dancefloor
(On the dancefloor)
But you better not steal the moves
DJ, gonna burn this goddamn house right down

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know...

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posted by Alina @ 10:12 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Randomly talking about myself
A while ago, Safiya asked me to tell her a few things about me. Randomly chosen, no real given direction. So after a long time, I am finally doing what I promised her.

- I really cannot watch horror movies. I am too afraid and get way too scared. And when I am dragged to see one, everybody who's with me laughs at me. My jumping off the chair in fear is actually quite hilarious.

- I started taking Latino dancing lessons. With a tango twist :)

- I am back to daily reading habits. When I quit that, I feel really awful.

- I want to children: a boy and a girl. But I am also likely to have twins (family thingie). What if they have the same sex? I have not decided what to do in that case.

- I am addicted to milk with chocolate. It's the only thing I drink at work.

- I dream of having my own business and making it work :D I also have more specific plans on this issue, but will share them later on :P

- I have a lot of online friends that I haven't met in person and I can't wait to do so sometime, hopefully in the not so distant future.

Anyone else feels like sharing?

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posted by Alina @ 5:51 PM   2 comments
Yestearday's Song of the Day
You think you're smart
You're not, it's plain to see
That you want me to follow
It's killing me let's see
You've got the gall
Come take it all

The jury is coming
Coming to tear me apart
All this bitching and moaning
Come on it's on

I'm trapped in this world
Lonely and fading
Heartbroke and waiting
For you to come
We are stuck in this world
That's not meant for me
For me

So what you got
One last shot
It seems to me
That you're not needed
Come on
It's killing me let's see
You got the gall
Come take it all

The jury is coming
coming to tear me apart
All this bitching and moaning
Come on it's on

I'm trapped in this world
Lonely and fading
Heartbroke and waiting
For you to come
We are stuck in this world
That's not meant for me
For me

I'm trapped in this world
Lonely and fading
Heartbroke and waiting
For you to come
We are stuck in this world
That's not meant for me
For me

I'm trapped in this world
Lonely and fading
Heartbroke and waiting
For you to come
We are stuck in this world
That's not meant for me

For me
For me

Queen of the Damned Soundtrack - Not Meant For Me
posted by Alina @ 11:51 AM   0 comments
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It's a Crazy World we Live in!
Well, at least those of us living in Romania. Here's a piece of news reported by Bogdan (in Romanian): Two 30 year olds have been taken to the police station and fines with about 150 EUR for.....the crime of all crimes!!!...swinging in a park!!! Yes, people, the dared use the swings in the park.

When was this prohibited? I have never seen signs for NO SWINGING...The couple is now trying to get the fine annulled.

So, all the rapists, murderers, thieves and all other types of wrong-doers are caught and are now being punished, therefore, two people swinging in a park are the top priority of the Romanian Police! All thumbs down please.

Things like these are why I laugh so hard when I see the Police slogan: "Safety and Trust". Right!
posted by Alina @ 10:34 AM   5 comments
Monday, November 26, 2007
Europe Needs the Immigrants it Resents
Being a Romanian, I know a lot about discrimination and rage against those coming to work in countries such as the UK, Italy, Spain and many more. Western Europe seems to be so much against new comers, it always overlooks its own interests in having immigrants there. I could tell them their wrong. All the decent hardworking immigrants might say the same. I doubt they'll take our word on it.

Now, the Economist comes to say the same thing. Will they listen?
In truth the bad demographic outlook of much of western and eastern Europe will make the continent increasingly reliant on foreign labour. And one irony is that, for all the current fretting about too many foreigners, a chronic shortage of suitable workers may be felt most acutely in the countries that seem most hostile to outsiders. Germany has kept its labour markets closed to new EU members until 2011, but it now admits to a skills shortage. This month it eased the restrictions on migrant workers in the mechanical and electrical-engineering industries.

Immigration already accounts for most of the limited population growth in Europe. Ageing populations, combined with the natives' lack of ability, or inclination, to do many jobs, mean that more foreign workers are likely to be needed. By one estimate Europe's native-born workforce will shrink by 44m by the middle of the century. Skilled workers will be in especially short supply. Those calling most fiercely for foreigners to go home may come to regret what they wished for.

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posted by Alina @ 11:42 AM   2 comments
Friday, November 23, 2007
Linus Torvalds vs. Chuck Norris
You all know how Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice. What you don't know is that Linus Torvalds is better than Chuck! If you don't believe me, see what I got on my Fun mail list at work:

Guns don’t kill people. Chuck Norris kills People.
vs.
Linus Torvalds can run kill -9 and kill Chuck Norris.

There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
vs.
There is no theory of probability, just a list of events that LinusTorvalds allows to occur.


What do you think? I think "There can be only one!" and Linus will be the survivor :)

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posted by Alina @ 11:20 AM   4 comments
Thinking of Getting a New Home in the UK?
As EU is getting closer and closer to becoming what it ideally thinks it is, a place where its citizens can decide freely where to work and live, a lot of new potential homes are on the market for us, Romanians.

Today, I’ll talk a bit about UK, where discrimination and ignorance seems to be a lot less concerning than in our Latin-rooted sister, Italy (yes, I am one of those who cut Italy of their travel map, business and pleasure altogether). Besides, given the high importance schools have chosen to give the English language after the Revolution, we know a lot about the UK. A lot of us know the language, have a pretty good idea about the historical and cultural environment, therefore there’s a big chance for us to feel at home there.

So, if you decide to spend 2008 in the UK, WelcomeHome is the place to start if you’re looking to buy or rent a place. If you already know which region you’re going to stay in, use the map search to find out more about renting or buying options. If geography is not that good of a friend and you have no idea to what region the cities you’re interested in belong, just use the Advanced search options and just type its name.

WelcomeHome can show you all the details you need on flats to buy in Liverpool or houses to buy in Sheffield or even houses to buy in Brighton. But if you’re a little financially challenged when it comes to putting the whole amount together in a few days, maybe their mortgage section can help.

Why should you choose them and not a local real estate agency? Well, local agencies’ expertise stops at local. If you want to move a bit further on the map, their help might turn out to be limited. WelcomHome targets such needs by employing a comprehensive database of over 12,000 UK based estate agents. Also, if you’re new at getting your own place, their property news and property guides will give you a clue about what you’re dealing with.

The service looks pretty good to me. You have all possible options, a lot of details and a lot of search options. But, and there is a but, they should really fix their nasty search error that I’ve encountered today when trying to play with their advanced options. See I love London, and I’d really like to see what the city has to offer in what flats to rent are concerned :)

Also, WelcomHome is a great name. It makes you feel at ease and forget about all the fuss it takes to move from one place to another. It makes you think of the result: a new found home. But I think the site needs warmer colors to sustain the feeling its name generates. Other than that, thumbs up, guys!

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Monday, November 19, 2007
Show Everything about Blogging Meme
Just to show Google I really couldn't care less about their new algorithm and the fact that it got me to PR0, I am getting into this lovely meme that Mig tagged me with. There are lots of reasons for blogging and lots of interesting blogs. So what better way to spread them than an ongoing lists of blogs, blogger names and interesting posts? So I've joined the list and welcome you to do just the same. But beware, such blogging practices can cause your PR to drop! :D

**Start Copy Here**

We have a voice;
We must be heard;
Therefore we blog;
Now spread the word!

This meme is based on a recent post that was conducted asking the question “Why do you Blog?” and the rewrite “Why do you Blog? - Reworked.” The purpose of this meme is to tell our tales by spreading the reasons that we blog to as many sites as possible. We get to explain ourselves, direct traffic to our site and highlight our most important, most representative or most relevant post in an SEO favorable format. This will be a positive experience for everyone who wants to get involved. This will enable you to create a short advertisement for your site that will be spread across the blogesphere; a growing directory of blogs.

This is an open meme. You do not have to be tagged to join in. All you have to do is follow the rules.

Please let me know when you have added your site by leaving a comment on “Complete List” with a link to your post. This will insure an up-to-date list, giving you even greater distribution. You then have the option of copying the growing list back to your site.

Rules:

  1. Create an inventive post title
  2. Write a brief introduction to the meme.
  3. Copy from “**Start Copy Here**” through “**End Copy Here**”
  4. Paste into your post
  5. At the end of the “*list*”, before “**End copy here**”, please add your name, site name (with link), a very brief description (2-3 sentences) of why you blog, and your most important, most representative, or most relevant post (with link.)
  6. Tag at least 5 others to participate.
  7. Leave a comment and a link to your post on “Complete List

*List*
My name is Mel and I am the Author of Attitude, the Ultimate Power, aka Monday Morning Power. I blog because I am passionate about happiness and living in the moment. I want to spread the concept that we are in control of our own lives and can choose how we act and react. My site is focused on the Pursuit, Capture, Care and Feeding of a Positive Mental Attitude. One of my most representative posts is “Happiness Vs. Human Nature.

I am Max and I offer weekly articles on MAX. Why do I blog? I do it because I want to share my thoughts with you guys. I present a new and interesting way of transmitting philosophical thoughts: funny, engaging and intriguing! My funniest, yet intriguing, post is "Don't you just love People?"

I am the Great and Powerful Baba Doodlius. My 100% factual blog The Thoughts and Sayings Of Baba Doodlius is intended to educate all of you curious readers about the Truth behind the Great Secrets of the Universe. I have the Truth! Can you handle the Truth? For a sample of my powers of enlightenment, read my Revelation of the terrible secret of Bigfoot, aka Don't get stepped on.

My name is Amelia and I am the Author of Amel's Realm. I blog because I need to voice everything in my world so that I won't explode. My site is all about thoughts, experiences, fears, problems, misadventures, hopes, and dreams of an introverted tropical girl in a foreign land (Finland). One of my most representative posts is On Trust and Relationship.

I am Geoff of Geoffandcarley.com and I blog for reasons as diverse and as fickle as my moods. Mostly I blog because I'm firmly convinced I've figured a few things out and that the world will benefit from my experience the same way I've benefited from others' experiences. One post that I feel captures my emotional involvement and my ire (but not my humor as much) is Decision time.

My name is Judy and I am the Author of ~~Sugar Queen's Dream~~. I blog because it's cheap therapy and I have something to say. I feel my most powerful post is called “The Myths of Smoking......

My name is Sindi and I have written a blog entitled Life is a roller coaster!. My blog is based on the ups and downs of everyday life. I started blogging because I was going through some hard times and I wanted to meet new people to talk to. I like to write and was hoping people might enjoy reading what I have to say. I think the most inspiring post I have written to date is We Effect So Many.

People call me the Midgetmanofsteel (although I’m neither a midget, nor made of steel). I am the sole author the blog Mental Poo: a mostly true and humorous account of things that have happened to me, are happening to me, or are just filling my head and taking up valuable space where images of women should be. You can get a sneak peek into my mess of a brain by reading “Raisins are People” – a true account of my son’s first field trip.

My name is Sandee and I have a blog called Comedy Plus. My blog is just for fun, and I started it to poke fun about everyday life. My reason for blogging is to have fun and meet new friends. I have done both beyond my wildest dreams. I have posted lots of jokes, but when ask what my favorite joke is, I always pick Anger Management.

My name is Lynda. I blog to as a way to expose my writings and to spread my knowledge on the subject of love. My primary blog (I have 15) is lynda's loft. My favorite piece would be I LOVE..... I have over 300 original poems and posts dealing with the wonderful and painful world of love. I love love!

My name Adrian, although most of you probably know me as the Mighty Genie King. I am the author First Time Dad. I started blogging as a way to document my growing up pains as my wife and I raise our daughter. I hope that one day my daughter will be able to look at this and get an idea what life was like "back then". Now I blog about everything but the main focus is still the same! One of my favorite posts is Goodnight Sweetheart! Hello Basil! Eh...Who's Basil...

Hello, my name is Ann and I'm the author of A Nice Place in the Sun. I blog because I care about people and want to make them happy. My site is focused on humorous, inspiring, and nostalgic posts about life, children, and memories. My most representative post, or the post where I'm most myself is "The Craziest Experience Of My Life."

We are a team of writers, and everyone calls us NAFA, so that would be our name. We are the proud authors of NAFASG©™ - United And Dedicated Behind You™. Blogging, to us, is a form of spreading useful information and sharing our knowledge to every part of the world in order to contribute to the betterment of our global community. The post that we feel would be representative of our blog and the global community at large is The Sociological Interaction.

Hola! This is Mariuca and I blog because writing is what makes me whole. I write about anything under the sun from life, love, friends to cats and work. I tend to write best when under pressure and my personal favourite post from Mariuca is Love in Disarray.

My name is Susan and I am the Owner of ~~Wake up America ~~, which is a political, right leaning blog. I blog because I believe we need more voices out there to separate fact from fiction, to support our troops and to high light the lack of ethics from journalists today. I feel my most powerful post is called "Are You Proud to be an American......"

"Here I am :-) My name is Mauro and I'm the author of 1 Million Love Messages ... maybe the biggest love challenge in the blogosphere. Why I blog ??? Because I believe that bloggers can make a difference in the world. That's my challenge! My favourite post it's (for sure) Adam Donkus & Lizzie's Love History."

Hi there World I am Aussie, the author of Little Aussie Cynic and I want to Breathe among others. I was recently asked:"Why Do you Blog?" this takes me back to the beginning... I started blogging in an attempt to get people thinking, using my cynical humour as a tool to make people laugh, think and at times get the blood pumping.... Each of my Blogs takes in a little peice of my varied personality but the one which discribes me best would have to be There is Always a Natural Way the latest edition to the Aussie Cynic Family...

I am Zubli Zainordin, in Total Happiness, I organize the Book Project blog and co-author Santa's Community Blog and Hall Of Fame Blog. I blog with the purpose of documenting about my self for my own reference, my future generations and friends who prefer to know me. I also share vital and valuable information entirely on total happiness. I believe in Santa Claus and I share the Spirit of Christmas within this Blog World. In addition I promote bloggers, their blogs, and invite them to share their blogging experiences, and together with Shinade, I review their blogs and award them with the Zubli and Shinade Recommended Read awards. Those who continuously show continuous blogging improvements shall be residence of the Hall Of Fame blog.

Hi, My name is Janice Ng & I'm the miracle mum from "This is a miracle". I started to blog to document the foot steps of my 2 boys : Amos & Zachary. With this blog, they are able to look back what they have been through: their joy, excitement, laughter, fighting, crying, screaming... etc when they grow up. One of my favourite post is "The loving brothers" on how the 2 brothers showed they tenderly care through a piece of strawberry cake!!

The internet world knows me by LadyJava. My first blog, "how to make money online" was actually the reason why I started blogging. I wanted to share to the world that I was making online share my experience about it. However I enjoyed blogging so much that the habit quickly caught on and I began writing a few other blogs as well. This blog, however, is by far my favorite blog as I've made many friends from all over the world and I continue blogging as an avenue for me to share my life with friends and would-be friends. My favorite post is "Coffee and Me" as I am officially a coffee addict.

I don't know why I ever started blogging. I think it was an experiment. My business blog was created as a response to customer questions. All my other blogs, and I have too many to list them here, came into existence because it was too difficult to create just one blog to cover so many dreams and ideas. So now you know: I blog to share dreams. I do it with Pamil Visions Tutorials and I do it with Romania Simply Surprising. And sharing dreams will never stop... This list shares dreams too. And I am happy to be part of a collective dream. We can change the world when we dream together.

I blog because these past 'almost' three years of blogging have made me incapable to live without it :) I blog to express myself, to spread news about what I love, what interests me, which mostly consists of my country, PR, Marketing, IT, tourism, lots of travel and tourism and the list could go on. I started blogging as Kayla Vincent and then switched to my real name, Alina Popescu. I write on or for many blogs, Words of a Broken Mirror (on blogspot) and the new .com WOBM, Views of a Broken Mirror and Girls Blogosphere Club, to name a few.

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posted by Alina @ 11:07 AM   4 comments
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Ashop's Shopping Cart Software
If selling products online is a business must for you, you will definitely need help putting up an effective e-store to make your customer's life easier and take less of their time when purchasing. A comprehensive e-commerce tool also helps you save money and time as it no longer takes ages to set up. Therefore a shopping cart software application will always come in handy. Regardless of how experienced and large your web development team is, a simpler solution will help them focus on other projects which might me more urgent and harder to externalize

Ashop.com. offers a web based application to help you to create your site's shopping cart effortlessly. Offering a fully customizable design, the solution has a free trial of 10 days and during this testing period, you also benefit from live sales assistance. If you need to a confirmation for this solutions' quality, this search-engine friendly ecommerce software has also been awarded by Fuji Xerow at the 2006 My Business Awards. By checking their list of features, I noticed they have had ease of use in mind when building their application. The number of features they offer is quite large, but I think it's worth taking your time and figuring out everything they can do.

I recommend checking the tips and tricks posted on the site and spend 10 days testing this shopping cart software.

Entry brought by Ashop.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007
What Romanians Do For Italy
There's been a lot of hate and rage towards Romanians living in Italy these days. Mostly because some are dangerous creeps. But apart from these few villains, what are the others doing there? Well, according to a 9AM article (in Romanian, sorry), they create revenue adoptive-country Italy.
Yes, they make money for Italy. How much? Well, they contribute about 11.3 million Euros to Italy's gross domestic product. There are about 600,000 Romanians (out of about 4 million foreigners) and they generate 1% of the GDP. And these are only those established there legally. They don't do as much as the Mafia, which contributes about 6%, but they do a pretty good job, don't you think?

Also, it seems like Romanians and other immigrants also work more than Italians. So, when you go about your business of throwing shit at us, Romanians, at those living there, in any kind of field, from football to constructions, think twice.

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Monday, November 05, 2007
Where to Look for Romance
I don't generally look for Romance novels specifically. But some of the best love stories I've ever heard of were in books I've read. Stories of an amazing ability to wait until the loved one is finally by your side, such as Jane Austen's Persuasion, or of love making you mad and getting you to leave your home and family in its pursuit, such as Orhan Pamuk's The New Life.

Although I recommend these series, it does not mean I haven't had my share of genuine romance novels. I had this friend in high-school, Diana, who had a huge collection and she got me into reading a few. What I will always remember is a trilogy by Sandra Donovan. A story of three girls on their search for love. They also run into a lost treasure in the end. Why the books are so important to me? Well, it was my first actual acquaintance with romance literature. And I found the name Kayla there. I loved it so much, I've been using it as a nickname ever since.

I look for romance in different places right now, in novels that do not focus so much on looks, on nice photos on the cover, but I still look for it. Because I think we need it in the end. We need to be reminded of love, of how beautiful it is and of how fairytale like it can turn out to be at times.


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