Monday, January 31, 2011

RED HOT Coming Attractions for February!

    by Jeanne Adams

    It's RED HOT February!

    Its going to be an amazing month around the Lair, folks. We have a line up that you just won't believe.

    Along with all the usual wonderfulness of the Bandita's, one of the coolest things this month is that we're partnering with the American Heart Association to highlight the dangers of heart disease.

    Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women, rather than breast cancer as most people would guess? Well, it is! So, to help all our wonderful Bandita Buddies and any of our male Bandita Buddies lady friends, we'll be giving a tip-a-day every day this month to help improve heart health. Some of these tips will get you moving, and others will give you something to think about.

    So be sure to stick with us and check back every day, especially if your heart's acting up. Grins. In the meantime, check it out at:

    http://www.GoRedforWomen.org/index.aspx

    Oh, and today's tip from the AHA: Rather than tempting your beloved with chocolates, consider a gift that has more permanence. Search for a poem that describes your feelings and write it on beautiful paper for a handmade Valentine.

    (Although dark chocolate CAN be good for you....and if you look at the 14th you'll see that we're ALL about poems!)

    We kick off the Fabulosity of February with the red-hot Jessica Anderson's return to the Lair.

    Bandita Nancy and Jessica will talk about Jessica's latest novella, set in the NIGHTKEEPER'S Universe, CRYSTAL SKULL. This romantic jungle adventure features two of the winnikin, the Nightkeepers aides.

    Enjoy the discussion with Jessica as they talk about Jessica's part of the ON THE HUNT paranormal romance anthology.



    On February 3, Jana Oliver makes her first appearance in the Lair. She'll talk with Bandita Nancy about her YA Urban Fantasy, The Demon Trapper's Daughter, which frankly looks absolutely fabulous.

    On February 4, Bandita Nancy, our resident guest-hosting mavin, is back again with the ever-popular Laura Anne Gilman.

    Laura Anne will pop in to chat about PACK OF LIES, the second installment in her Paranormal Scene Investigations her urban fantasy series.

    On February 6th, the wonderfully witty Janet Mullaney will be back with Bandita Christie to talk about her latest release, MR. BISHOP AND THE ACTRESS.

    Feburary 7th The fabulous, historical romance author extraordinaire Tiffany Clare (http://www.tiffanyclare.com/) returns as Bandita Anna Campbell's guest to talk about her second book, THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE!

    And on February 8th, put on your dancing shoes for the elfreda ica Absolutely Fabulous Valentine's Ball! There will be fun, dancing, prizes, and a revelry beyond compare.

    On February 9th join us for the return of Mr. Romance, when the inimitable Brad Parks returns to the Lair.

    He's sure to woo all our regulars and lurkers with his fabulous brand of Brad Parks wit. Oh, and he has a new book out too....

    On February 11th, we're thrilled to have Regency historical romance writer and Word Wench Cara Elliott visit with Bandita Christine to chat about her sexy new release, TO TEMPT A RAKE.

    There will be no stopping the terrific trio that will be invading the Lair on Saturday, February 12th. Join Bandita Christie Kelly as she hosts Sally Mackenzie, Vanessa Kelley and Kaitlin O'Riley for a rousing, what-a-red-month, good time.

    Ahhhh, Valentine's Day! On THE RED DAY, February 14 the we'll have a very special gues in the esteemed heart doctor, Dr. Robertson, Chief Cardiologist from American Heart Association. For a barrel of fun and frivolity along with some seriously wicked good tips for keeping your heart healthy, we'll have the Terribly Heartfelt, Amazingly Unstable Wacky Love Poems Day.

    Dr. Robertson will be with us not only to discuss heart health, but to judge the poetry, limericks, and haiku for 5 prizes along with a heartfelt basket of something or another from AHA and from the Banditas

    On February 25th mystery author Linda O. Johnston will be Bandita Kate's guest on to launch her fabulous new Pet Rescue mystery series, starting with BEAGLEMANIA! We'll all be going to the dogs in very best way!

    Which, of course fits right in with our whole Go Red, Valentines theme since the Amazing, Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is on TV starting with four groups on Valentine's Day, the 14th, and finishing with three groups and Best in Show on the 15th. It's a ton of fun to watch, and may the best dog win!

    (I'll be rooting for the Dalmatian and the Irish Water Spaniel, how 'bout you?)
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Lil Mama Jumps On Stage While The Game Performs "300 & Running" In Brooklyn [2005]

Ace Hood Speaks On His Hustle Hard Record & Remix With Lil Wayne + T-Pain Straight Clownin!

Update: Donations To Kool Herc via Paypal now available


    Donation addresses are up, all donations can be send to:
    KOOL HERC PRODUCTIONS
    P.O. BOX 20472
    HUNTINGTON STATION , NY 11746

    or you can wire you donation internationally via paypal to this address cindycampbell1@aol.com (his sister)

    His sister is taking care of everything. Press release is coming later today. He’s now home ok, but he’s in need of surgery which you can help him pay it. I’ll post if there are any more updates. Hip Hop is so beautiful… Thanks to everyone for the love… Kool Herc is a trending topic!

    Via djpremierblog.com

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A Philosophy Poetry Challenge -With great prizes!

    I've decided that enough is enough: there are a number of intellectual pursuits that I simply can't get my head around: calculus and pholosophy are two that spring to mind imediately. While 'm sure that I can overcome my calculus block on my own I fear that there is no chance that I will ever be able to sit down and read the works of Schopenhauer, Hegel, Nietzsche or Lacan...

    Gems of knowledge such as this by Lacan are a mystery to me: A geometry implies the heterogeneity of locus, namely that there is a locus of the Other. Regarding this locus of the Other, of one sex as Other, as absolute Other, what does the most recent development in topology allow us to posit?

    Unless I can get my head around this I fear that the likes of Slavoj Zizek and Jacques Derrida will simply remain tedious pricks with no more relevance to the world than Jordan.

    I therefore need help to overcome this block. Readers are therefore asked to explain philosophical concepts in verse form. All forms of verse are acceptable but the shorter the poem, the better - Haikus are particularly welcome!

    There will of course be prizes for the best poems. The winner will receive a copy of the collected novels of Flann O'Brien. Second prize is the Third Policeman on audio book (read by the actor who played Bishop Brennan in Father Ted!).. Also up for grabs are three copies of the Poor Mouth (The novel that gave this blog its name)

    All you need do is leave your poem as a comment... or poems, - you can enter as often as you like! . Closing date is 31 JanuarySource URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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Sue this Jeff Koons!

Pregnant in Paris

    This weekend, my mom dug out a bunch of old photos from when she was pregnant with Lucy and me. They were so much fun to see. My parents had just moved from the U.S. to France, and they thought they were having just one baby (they didn't expect twins!). My mom described what the experience was like...

    "When we moved to Paris, I was already pregnant and very excited," my mom told me. "We went to French restaurants every night and explored Paris and surrounding towns on the weekends. During the day while Dad worked, I would walk through Le Vésinet, a beautiful residential district, to St. Germain en Laye, where I would have tea and a croissant and write letters home. Some days I would go swimming at a public indoor pool on the way back. I had a fitted black maternity suit--very sexy and French! Once on the way home, I was craving a hamburger, so I stopped for lunch. It was delicious. As I left the cafe, I saw a poster with an outline of a horse, saying that the special of the day was hamburger a la cheval!"

    "During my pregnancy, Daddy and I called the baby 'Freddie' and whenever we visited a gorgeous French cathedral--Notre Dame, Chartres--we would always light a candle for 'Freddie.' "

    "In early January, I was eight months pregnant. My belly was quite big, and my doctor was worried that something might be wrong. Dad was on a business trip, so I went alone to the Hôpital Américain de Paris for a sonogram...

    "I was lying on my back with the cold jelly on my belly and the technician said, 'Je vois un bébé.' I smiled, and he kept working. Then he said, 'Ooh la la! Je vois deux bébés.' I was stunned! Twins! He kept working and then he exclaimed, 'Mon dieu, je vois trois bébés!' Triplets! He was a bit flustered and wanted a second opinion so said he was going to get a doctor and left the room. I lay there thinking, 'Hmm. I only have two arms, but I am going to have three babies!' When the two doctors came back, they took another look and finally said, 'Madame, you are definitely having two babies only!' I thought, 'Only two! That'll be a cinch!' Later I wondered if they had worked some clever psychology on me..."

    "When I left the hospital that afternoon, I was so excited. I passed a little shop and spotted this cute mouse doll with two mouse babies! I bought it, and when I met Dad at the airport the next day, I gave it to him. He was perplexed and just looked at it (Why was I giving him a stuffed mouse?). Then it dawned on him, 'Oh my gosh! Are you serious?' He was shocked but thrilled. The next week we lit candles at a church for 'the Freddies!' "

    (Next I'd love to share a few from after we were born, if you'd like to see...:)Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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Jeff Koons claims ownership of all balloon dogs

    Art according to Jeff Koons

    There is art I love, art that leaves me cold and art I downright hate. The work of Jeff Koons falls into category three. Koons is called a master of kitsch in my view he is a peddler of shit.

    Koons has stolen inspiration from other artists and has been taken to court. An example is the case of Rogers_v._Koons where photographer Art Rogers sued the “artist” over his creation of a sculpture that was a remake of his photo a string of puppies. Koons lost, was forced to had over the last of the series of sculptures and make a substantial financial settlement.



    Now it seems that Loons has the gall to take legal action against a company for copyright violation.

    Koons has been creating shiny balloon dog sculptures that sell for idiotic prices. Toronto manufacturer Imm-Living produces plastic bookends, which vaguely resemble his balloon dogs for $30.

    Lawyers representing Koons have filed cease-and-desist letters against the firm and the San Fransisco gallery Park Life which sells the bookends.

    The owners of the San Francisco gallery, Park Life, have responded, claiming that it is impossible for anyone to copyright the canine shape. "As virtually any clown can attest, no one owns the idea of making a balloon dog, and the shape created by twisting a balloon into a dog-like form is part of the public domain," Park Life's counter-lawsuit said.

    It is clear that Jeff Koons in an arsehole and his lawsuit is utterly frivolous. I hope that it is laughed out of court. That said the critics who faun over his crap and the people who buy it are bigger arseholes by far,Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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Happy birthday, Lucy!

Birth of a Nation

    The provisional results of the referendum concerning the independence of Southern Sudan have been announced. The results give a clear message: an overwhelming vote in favour of independence – nearly 99%

    Of more than 3.8 million ballots cast, less than 15,000 were for continued unity. International observers had earlier stated that the vote was largely free and fair.
    "
    Anywhere else you see these kinds of numbers, you're going to cry foul," said one Western diplomat who travelled to Sudan to observe the vote. "In this case, we're pretty confident that that is pretty much exactly the reflection of the voters' wishes."

    The results are still preliminary until finalised in Khartoum early in February. South Sudan will split from the north on July 9, according to the timetable laid down in a 2005 peace deal that ended the civil war between Sudan's north and its south.

    The vote was the final part of the agreement ending a civil war, that took the loves of around two million people and lasted for almost forty years.

    Here’s wishing the people of Southern Sudan peace and prosperitySource URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Anne Hathaway in Marni: tragic or cute?

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    These pictures of Anne Hathaway at a press screening of Rio, an animated film in which Anne has done a voice.
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    This is not the prime minister, is the selection process, so no need to wear their best clothes for Anna or something. And maybe the problem - it's like Anna with "random" team games.
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    I mean ... Marni Rachel Zoe get this up and down it? Or not entirely Anna? Really, really want to think they chose a sweater.
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    It's like a version of the high culture of the 90's something, would have led to Freddy Krueger.
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    And the pants would be nice ... in another situation. How, without the sweater.
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    But I can not hate Ann. She is beautiful and talented, and Rachel Zoe stops to put on the worst shit I do on the Internet.
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5MwaaS2L6UA/TUZc4ZOXttI/AAAAAAAAOXs/JpLBZzHcGqA/s1600/0119-anne-hathaway-12-480x720.jpg

    I have high hopes for her and James Franco at the Oscars - as owner, I think he was surprised at the end of each of us and eliminate the park, press a thumb.

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Regan Hastings, Author of VISIONS OF MAGIC - Giveaway!


    Although VISIONS OF MAGIC is the first book by Regan Hastings, it’s far from the author’s first book. Under another name, her contemporary romance novels number in the double digits, and she has been nominated six times for the prestigious RITA award from the Romance Writers of America. Her romance novels have appeared many times on the USA TODAY bestsellers list. She’s holding a contest for readers to guess her true identity for a chance to win a Federal Bureau of Witchcraft fleece jacket. Enter at http://www.reganhastings.com/. The contest ends February 1, the release date of VISIONS OF MAGIC, so enter immediately!




    Kate: I know who Regan is, but I'm not telling! I'll give you a hint, though. She's fabulous, and I love her and her books. Welcome to the lair, Regan Hastings!

    Thank you for hosting me, Kate!

    Modern Day Witches

    Ten years before the start of my book, VISIONS OF MAGIC, the world discovered that witches are real. Reaction was volatile and violent. Women were imprisoned without trial if they were even suspected of witchcraft. Some – including the heroine’s aunt – were burned at a stake erected on a high-tech, gas-powered grid.

    The truth is, I believe that magic is real, and witches do exist. But there’s no reason for paranoia because, like humans, witches can be good or bad.

    I’ll give you a few examples.

    Bad witch: Martha Stewart. Magical power: Making perfectly competent women feel like failures. Not only can Martha fashion the julienned strips of a butternut squash into an amazing centerpiece, she can win the public’s admiration by going to prison.

    Good witch: Pink. Magical power: Levitation. Did you see this chick at the Grammy’s last year? First of all, only a witch would feel comfortable in an outfit made of masking tape. Then she rose above the crowd, belting out a song with her powerful voice, and performing Cirque d’Soleil acrobatics all the while.

    Bad witch: Lindsay Lohan. Magical power: Destroying her own career (aka, wasting her talent). I keep pulling for Lindsay. Beneath all the addictions, she’s a very talented actress, and I truly want her to get clean and move us again to some emotion other than distaste.

    Good witch: Ellen DeGeneres. Magical power: Opening minds, and making even the least coordinated of us get up and dance. Who can resist her joy for life? Portia is a very lucky woman.

    Bad witch: Kathy Griffin. Magical power: I don’t know, but she is just plain mean. Wicked… and not in a good way.

    Want to play? Name a modern day witch and her magical power. I'll give away a copy of VISIONS OF MAGIC to a random commenter.

    Kate: Thanks for visiting with us today, Regan! What a fun post! Except ... Kathy Griffin makes me laugh. Does that mean I'm a bad witch, too? Or am I just under her power? Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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President Picks Wrong Thing to Brag About

    Jan 30, 2011. In his State of the Union Address last week, President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya, cited the example of  the Bruce Randolph School in Denver.

    He said this was an example of a public school that was a huge success. Making the point that school vouchers and home schooling are not the solution. Public schools are.

    “Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver,” he said.

    Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

    In order to appreciate what a poor example President Obama picked to illustrate "the success of public schools," you have to know something about the history of this school, and how it came to be so successful. The deadwood had to go.

    Bruce Randolph School has succeed precisely because it isn't run like any of the other public schools.

    To put it bluntly, every reason for their success involved something that the Obama Administration opposes, and conservative critics support.

    Five years after it opened, that school was given permission by the state to run completely autonomously and free from school district and UNION rules.

    And then, in in a shocking move, the principal made every teacher reapply for his/her job.

    Only SIX teachers made the cut. It's actually pretty amazing that the Union allowed this to happen, but they should be commended for doing so. Because this was the key to the turnaround at Bruce Randolph School.

    The principal who oversaw the transition said the success was simple:

    Having the common expectations about what it means to be a student at Bruce Randolph school, and what it means to be a teacher at Bruce Randolph school. And every teacher agreeing to have the same rules and expectations.”

    According to their own government sponsored website, Bruce Randolph School:

    Principal Kristen Waters turned the school around
    "serves a predominantly Hispanic student population, is one of a dozen schools in the district undergoing reform and revitalization.  

    Waivers recently granted by the District and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association will give Waters and her staff significant flexibility in .... hiring, teaching loads, and the ability to pay staff above the levels stated in the collective-bargaining agreement for certain assignments."

    The school 83% Hispanic, while the state average is 27%.
    They have more crowded classrooms with 21 students per teacher; the state average is 17.
    They have 94% of their students on the free lunch program; the state average is 33%.

    The President was right about one thing. This school is a raging success. But only because it breaks every principle that he and the liberal Democrats hold dear. The Union doesn't run this school, and neither does the centralized school board.

    The Principal and the teachers do.Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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    I know I have been silent on recent events in Tunisia and Egypt, partly because I have been preoccupied but mainly because there are plenty of people out there who can analyse the state affairs much better than I ever could.

    The turn on events has come as a huge surprise to me. Who would have thought that the self immolation of a street vendor not much more than a month ago could have precipitated all of this? I don’t believe that this has been orchestrated by the West regardless of the Telegraph’s revelation . Nor do I believe that they are an Islamist front.

    The protests appear to be the release of a hell of a lot of pent up anger, be it unemployment, spiralling food prices, anger with corrupt and repressive leaderships/Sometimes all it takes is a single spark to light the fires of anger. Mohamed Bouazizi seems to have ben just that spark (apologies if the metaphor is inappropriate given his form of protest).

    Where will this end up? Who knows. I hope to hell that it leads to better things for millions of people who people who deserve so much.

    There is a serious risk that fundamentalists like the Muslim Brotherhood could hijack the protests. That is something that will be, to say the least, unwelcome (a huge understatement!). But this by no means inevitable.

    We can only see what happens. This is for the people of Tunisia and Egypt (and, and, and) to sort. Here's hoping that it leads to better things for them.Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2011/01/
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Windows II

Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 PRE - SIHH


    Watches: The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents 2011 PRE - SIHH.

    Offering a unique combination of classical and modern elements, the Classima collection by Baume & Mercier is a best-seller that has become a true favorite among executives all over the world.

    Classima, by nature, is at home in any circumstances, thus empowering its wearer to move smoothly from the rigorous discipline of the city to the serenity of a relaxed environment. Firmly rooted in tradition, it is a sign of inner wealth that is made to be shared without ostentation.

    The new Classima models confirm the spirit of this collection, embodying timelessly chic and discreet masculinity.

    AUTOMATIC JUMPING HOUR WATCH (10039)

    This new 42 mm size Classima 2011 model with its refined design is driven by an automatic Dubois Depraz 14400 movement adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif. Its attractive jumping-hour function is complemented by its silvered “barleycorn” guilloché dial graced with black numerals, and a sapphire crystal case-back revealing the personalized oscillating weight bearing the brand’s PHI symbol.

    Key characteristics: Automatic. Jumping Hour. Silvered dial. Steel case.

    Size: 42mm
    Movement: Automatic (Dubois Depraz 14400), movement adorned with “Côtes de Genève” decor
    Function / date: Jumping hour
    Case: Steel, sapphire crystal case back
    Strap: Black alligator
    Buckle: Adjustable triple folding
    Dial: Silvered, “Grain d’orge” guilloché décor, black arabic numerals, riveted dots and indexes
    Water-resistance: 30m
    Limited & numbered edition of 500
    To be launched in Fall 2011

    RED GOLD DUAL TIME-ZONE AND POWER RESERVE WATCH (10040)
    Another superb 2011 release in the Classima collection, this model is distinguished by its 39mm case made from 18-carat red gold that gives it a touch of warmth and sophistication. It is equipped with a self-winding Soprod 9035 movement adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif. The elegant black dial features a straight-line guilloché pattern and gilt hour-markers, complemented by an alligator leather strap in the same shade. The dual time-zone and power-reserve functions, along with the case-back providing a view of the personalized oscillating weight bearing the brand’s PHI symbol, will delight devotees of fine watches.

    Key characteristics: Automatic. Dual time & Power Reserve. Red Gold Case. Black dial.
    Size: 39mm
    Movement: Automatic (Soprod 9035), movement adorned with “Côtes de Genève” décor
    Function / date: Dual Time, Power reserve, Date at 3 o’clock
    Case: Red gold, sapphire crystal window case back
    Strap: Black Alligator
    Buckle: Pin buckle
    Dial: Black, guilloché décor, appliqué indexes & roman numerals
    Water-resistance: 30m
    Gold weight: 22.8gr (18ct)
    To be launched in Fall 2011

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Millenary hand-wound Minute Repeater with Audemars Piguet escapement

    The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Millenary hand-wound Minute Repeater with Audemars Piguet escapement.

    Audemars Piguet
    Indication of the time, initially created to “tell” the time in the dark in an age when electricity had not yet been invented, is the oldest of all horological complications. Audemars Piguet has made it part of its fundamental identity, by creating minute repeater and grand strike models right from the time of its founding in 1875. The new Millenary Minute Repeater model is in direct line with this tradition. This exceptional watch with its oval case and three-dimensional architecture reveals the essentials of its refined movement: a new AP escapement, a double balance-spring, as well as the striking mechanism and its gongs. The result is a genuine visual delight.

    Perpetuating a line of exceptional watches
    Drawing upon the time-honoured know-how cultivated by Audemars Piguet, the new Millenary Minute Repeater is enriching a classic and sculptural collection that already includes such exceptional models as the Tradition d’Excellence N°5, MC12, Deadbeat Seconds and Carbon One watches. Endowed with hours, minutes, seconds and minute repeater functions and equipped with a winding system specially developed for its hand-wound Calibre 2910, the Millenary Minute Repeater – like its illustrious forerunners – is a concentrated blend of expertise, technical sophistication and innovative materials. Its titanium oval case provides an atypical stage-setting for a truly magnificent sight featuring offset gold subdials inviting the observer to plunge into the mechanism’s deepest secrets. The AP escapement, the double balance-spring, as well as the hammers and the striking gongs, all become the key players of a truly three-dimensional creation.

    The striking mechanism is the oldest of all complications. As early as the 15th century, certain pocket-watches already sounded the hours in passing, whereas quarter-repeating mechanisms striking the hours and quarters on demand appeared in the late 17th century. These watches endowed with a mechanical memory and which initially served to tell the time in the dark are now one of the greatest demonstrations of horological expertise, and the exclusive preserve of a few rare movement manufacturers.

    A complication inscribed in the brand genes

    At the time of its founding in 1875, Audemars PIguet already made minute repeater and Grande Sonnerie (or grand strike) models. As time went by, it added other complications, such as a perpetual calendar and a chronograph, as well as a power-reserve indication in 1885. The experience thus acquired enabled it to make the first minute repeater wristwatch in 1892. This masterpiece of miniaturization lastingly inscribed this complication in the brand’s genes, to the extent that in the late 1980s, when there was no more research on these models that had sadly fallen into oblivion, Audemars Piguet became one of the first manufacturers to revive this genre.

    The new Millenary Minute Repeater is entirely in line with this longstanding tradition, while adopting the latest technological breakthroughs developed by Audemars Piguet, starting with the new AP escapement. As an essential component in the smooth running of a watch, the escapement serves to sequence the linear energy transmitted by the barrel. Drawing inspiration from a mechanism created in the late 18th century by a watchmaker named Robin, Audemars Piguet developed a new escapement combining the high efficiency of a direct-impulse escapement with the reliability of a Swiss lever escapement. The watchmakers in Le Brassus thereby succeeded in reducing the energy losses and in eliminating the need to lubricate the pallet-stones. This groundbreaking technical development in turn enhanced rating accuracy, long-term stability and shock-resistance.

    A sophisticated device
    Conceived, developed and produced by Audemars Piguet, the new hand-wound Calibre 2910 driving the Millenary Minute Repeater is also distinguished by the atypical construction of the regulating organ. The latter is composed, not of one balance-spring, but of two balance-springs placed top to tail. This flat opposite-facing double balance-spring system boasts numerous advantages: it ensures automatic compensation for potential poising flaws; eliminates the need for the “overcoil” terminal curves of so-called “Breguet-type” balance-springs, which are always very tricky to make; and also does away with the imprecision resulting from the vertical position of the watch without needing to resort to such a sophisticated device as the tourbillon. All these special features serve to ensure finer adjustment of the balance-and-spring assembly oscillating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

    The two movement barrels guarantee an exceptional seven-day power reserve. A third barrel dedicated to the striking mechanism is two and a half times larger than normal, and enhances the regularity of the note. Finally, in terms of security, the Millenary Minute Repeater is equipped with a balance-stop system designed to ensuring time-setting that is accurate to the nearest second. The new winding system also features a security device that prevents time-setting while the striking mechanism is in operation, thus avoiding any risk of inappropriate handling.

    Dynamic three-dimensional architecture
    Such refined mechanical features naturally deserved to be matched by equally exceptional finishing. The oval-shaped Millenary case in brushed titanium – a material featuring exceptional resonance qualities – is framed by a polished titanium bezel. The various organs within are barely concealed by the anthracite grey hours and minutes subdial offset at 3 o’clock, and by the small seconds at 7 o’clock. Particular care has been lavished on the hand-polished bevelling, on the interior angles and on the concentric circular-grained motif. The movement is also adorned by a horizontal “Côtes de Genève” pattern. This wealth of details is visible both from the top and through the transparent caseback, which together serve to highlight a particularly dynamic three-dimensional architecture. Through its impressive combination of performances and technological accomplishments, the Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater makes a decisive new contribution to the history of this collection.

    Technical characteristics
    Reference 26371TI.OO.D002CR.01

    Movement
    Manufacture Audemars Piguet Calibre 2910
    Offset hours/minutes at 3 o’clock, offset minutes at 7 o’clock
    Three-position winding crown
    Repeater slide serving to activate the minute repeater at 7 o’clock
    Movement dimensions (width and thickness): 37.90 x 32.90 mm
    Casing diameter (width and thickness): 37 x 32 mm
    Total movement thickness: 10.05 mm
    Direct-impulse AP escapement
    Variable-inertia balance fitted with inertia-blocks
    Diameter of the balance: 11.90 mm
    Flat double balance-spring
    Power reserve: 165 hours
    Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
    Number of parts: 443
    Number of jewels: 40
    Finishing: all parts finished by hand, with hand-polished bevelling, interior angles, snailing, hand-draw file strokes, horizontal “Côtes de Genève” motif and circular-graining on the mainplate.

    Case
    Titanium oval case
    Width: 47 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Sapphire crystal caseback
    Non water-resistant

    Dial
    Anthracite grey dial, applied pink gold Roman numerals, silvered small seconds subdial

    Strap
    Hand-sewn black crocodile leather “with large square scales”, fastened by a titanium AP folding clasp

    Functions
    Hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater 

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Breaking the Rules Launch and Delicious Desserts

    by Tawny

    We’re coming up on Valentine’s Day and I’m celebrating the launch of my 10th (OMGOMGOMG – TEN!!!) book release. So I do think it’s party time!

    BREAKING THE RULES:

    What do you get when you mix a military hero on a mission with an independent artist hell-bent on proving something? A battle that can only be won between the sheets.

    Sophia Castillo is finally calling the shots in her life, and she’s determined to stay in charge. The last thing she needs is a babysitter. Not even a babysitter as sexy as US Army Sergeant First Class and EOD Squad Leader, Maximillian St. James. But when someone is sabotaging her art gallery, she turns to Max for help. When he proves to be a challenge to her independence, she lays down their relationship rules. Hot sex, good times and a lot of laughs are all good. Anything involving their hearts is strictly off limits. Before they catch the vandal, Max and Sophia both have to decide just which rules they are willing to break, and how high a price they are willing to pay.

    So it’s time to party here in the Lair. And what better way to party than to have Sven man the bar, offering champagne, margaritas and chocolatinis. The cabana boys will be coming around with some special, romantic Valentines inspired desserts – because what better way to celebrate a February release than to tie it into the most romantic holiday of the year.

    As our hunky boys make their rounds, here’s what they’ll be offering…

    Tawny’s Top Ten Sexy Valentines Desserts

    1. Four Layer chocolate mousse cake with ganache

    2. Whipped cream. Just, you know, all fluffy and inviting there in a bowl.

    3. Strawberries dipped in chocolate. They can visit the whipped cream bowl if you’d like.

    4. Éclairs. I imagine eating an éclair like Lady and the Tramp ate spaghetti *g* Nibbling toward the middle together!

    5. Tiramisu. Rich, decadent, delicious!

    6. Brownie ala mode. Hot chocolate and cold ice cream. Oh my!

    7. Flambe Cherries Jubilee. Ohhh, talk about inspiring flaming passion!

    8. Caramel Rum Fondue. Dippable, lickable, pourable. So many possibilities.

    9. Crème Brulee. Simply delicious, with its crispy sugary crust.

    10. Gourmet Chocolate Truffles. Bite sized bits of sexy deliciousness.

    Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! I love dessert anytime, but sexy romantic desserts just have an extra layer of irresistibility.

    Which dessert will you be indulging in (remember, all desserts served in the Lair are calorie free!) Is there a dessert you consider romantic, or think of for Valentine’s Day, that isn’t included here? Just mention it and one of our sexy servers will make it happen for you!!!

    To celebrate the release of BREAKING THE RULES, I’m giving away some Valentine’s treats to one lucky commenter today! A hand-crafted (by me) heart-shaped tin filled with candy, and a book of the winner’s choice from my backlist!

    Be sure and check out my upcoming party!

    Valentines Party!

    I’m so excited that my tenth release, BREAKING THE RULES, is on shelves now! I loved writing this story, because it focuses on something near and dear to my heart – a Military Hero (my own hero-hubby was in the Army). Even more fun was making this a Valentine’s story, complete with hearts and flowers.

    To celebrate, I’m having an invitation-only Valentine’s Day Party! Including:

    * A downloadable short story written just for this party as a door prize for everyone who attends

    * A sexy Top Ten to wind up my Top Ten tour: Ten Tips for a Hot Valentine’s Night

    * One lucky person will win a Valentine’s Basket!

    All you have to do to join the fun is go to the Breaking the Rules Valentines Party page on my website, and let me know you’d like an invitation!

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Prada Gets Vibrant for Spring


    The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Prada Gets Vibrant for Spring .

    Prada SS11 is quite unordinary compared to the season’s trend of all-white show openers.

    Prada surprises us with bright orange, hot pink, lime green and fluorescent yellow (setting the tone for the new big trend of neon color!). Also, while many designers have looked to the ’70s for spring 2011, Prada’s color palette was the only thing remotely ’70s-inspired. The collection reminded us of Mexico, Brazil and maybe even Puerto Rico because of its form-fitting dresses with drop-waist ruffles that were simply to die for! We also love the oversized striped sombreros. We are thrilled that we finally have a spring collection that is just so much fun and that being said: It’s hard to pin this collection to any distinct decade because it was so modern and bright and forward-thinking.

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Christian Dior Spring Couture Collection 2011


    The luxury Lifestyle blog (the home of luxury Lifestyle) presents Christian Dior Spring Couture Collection 2011.

    John Galliano gave haute couture a breath of fresh air with the debut of Christian Dior Spring Couture Collection 2011.

    Galliano brought the new "it" factor, 3D, to his clothes in a remarkable way. Channeling the artistry of acclaimed fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau, Galliano found a way to make all of his garments pop on the runway. Each piece mirroring the fashion illustration from which it was inspired. He added shadows by layering tulle and created lines in his garments that were a reflection of an illustrator’s pen. He used colors rich and bold that blended into one another to provide depth and texture. How he envisioned this masterpiece was astounding. He enhanced the silhouettes and exaggerated the pieces to be walking images of illustrations.

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