If you’re not sure, then you could possibly lose access to the internet on Monday, July 9th at 1201am. Link to STORY
DNS – Domain Name System – is an Internet service that converts user-friendly domains names, such as www.latenightparents.com, into numerical addresses that allow computers to talk to each other. Without DNS and the DNS servers operated by Internet Service Providers, computer users would not be able to browse web sites, send e-mail, or connect to any internet services.
What is DNSChanger?
DNSChanger is a Trojan horse malware with many variants. It changes an infected computer’s DNS settings to point to rogue, bad guy-controlled servers. These then show you ads that look real, but aren’t. Basically, it redirects your legitimate Web surfing to malicious Web sites that then attempt to steal personal information and generate illegitimate ad revenue.
How can I tell that my PC is affected?
You can visit an FBI-approved website: http://www.dcwg.org. There you will find links to services that will run a quick check on your PC, as well as guidelines to manually carry out a deeper malware inspection. Keep in mind, there is no easy way to tell what specific piece of malware may be controlling your PC. Malware is difficult to detect and often slows down the time it takes for Web pages to load. LINK to additional tools.
What can I do if it appears that my PC is infected?
Make sure you have updated, working anti-virus protection, and educate yourself about how to use the scanning and cleanup tools that come with the top consumer anti-virus products. Keep in mind that malware is designed to resist detection and cleanup. Many types can only be eliminated by installing a fresh copy of the Windows operating system.
What if I’m cut off from my internet services?
Contact your Internet Service Provider for help on reconnecting to the internet. Request guidance on how to remove the malware or criminals will continue to control your machine. Google, Facebook and your ISP have created special warnings and sent prior notifications to customers whose computers appeared to be affected.
Globally – there are 330,000 people still infected with DNSCHANGER – with 77,000 of those in the U.S.
Sources: USA TODAY, CNET, Shelly Palmer Digital Living, Google, Facebook
Nimpentoad is the tale of a courageous and resourceful little Nibling, who leads his tribe through the perilous Grunwald Forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way. Kids enjoy the adventure and stunning illustrations (see www.nimpentoad.com). Parents appreciate a story that discourages bullying, and emphasizes teamwork, creativity, perseverance, and leadership.
Nimpentoad is being very well received. The meta-story of two elementary school-aged kids helping to write a story for other kids (and thereby promoting reading, writing, and entrepreneurship) creates a compelling human interest story.
Nimpentoad’s press coverage includes:
Internet Radio Review with Fictional Frontiers: CLICK HERE
Amazon Ratings (28 out of 29 five-star reviews, so far): CLICK HERE
Carmel Valley News article: CLICK HERE
La Jolla Village News article: CLICK HERE
The Harlem Globetrotters franchise has been around for 86 years. It’s all about longevity and perseverance. Kurt Schneider (Globetrotters CEO) was the former WWE Marketing Director. Now, they are focused on building their brand through fan interaction and social media.
Facebook: 300,000 Likes
Twitter: 15,000 Followers @globies
Schneider stated that the global approach will allow them to grow their brand and remain relevant with embracing social media. The Harlem Globetrotters have opened a new satellite office in China.
- The Globetrotters have been touring overseas since 1951.
- 120 countries / 6 continents
- Played first game in Harlem in 1968.
- Only sports team with star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
- Official colors – Red, White and Blue
- Theme Song: Sweet Georgia Brown
- They are playing in 220 markets in the United States.
The Globetrotters have had several specials that appeared on television. They are currently looking for their own show.
- Amazing Race
- My Network TV
Would you be interested in watching a weekly television show or attending a game? The average ticket price is $27. To succeed in this social media era – it’s about sports entertainment – characters / personalities are as important as the actual game.
The Globetrotters have crossed racial, political and social barriers. To enhance its social media presence the Globetrotters (H.O.R.S.E) are engaging their fans to submit YouTube videos of trick shots. The Globetrotters will replicate shots in the video and prizes are awarded to winning shots.
Look for the Globetrotters coming to an arena near you.
Bridgestone Americas and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood have officially released results of a nationwide survey highlighting not only what teens and young adults are doing behind the wheel, but why they’re doing it.
The survey revealed that while America’s young drivers are aware of what distracted driving is, they still engage in those behaviors because they believe they are not truly at risk.
Bridgestone surveyed more than 2,000 young drivers, ages 15-21, and also found:
- · One-third of those surveyed admit to reading text messages while driving;
- · Two-thirds of respondents believe they are “very safe” drivers; but only half of them say their parents would agree with that assessment;
- · A quarter of those surveyed do not believe that talking on the phone while driving is dangerous;
- · Overall, girls engage in distractions behind the wheel far more than boys, and
- · Teenagers and young adults say their parents engage in distracted driving more than themselves.
You can read complete release announcing results at http://www.teensdrivesmart.
The press conference also announced the start of Bridgestone’s Teens Drive Smart Video Contest. To find out more visit http://www.teensdrivesmart.
The boardwalk at Coney Island. Baseball at Yankee Stadium. These classic New York outings could be yours when you sign up for this fall’s WCS Run for the Wild at the New York Aquarium.
Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer. Just register this week and we’ll enter your name in a drawing for one of 20 pairs of tickets to see the New York Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, July 31st. You’ll also be guaranteed your own personal cheering squad when you make tracks for walruses and other endangered wildlife on Saturday, October 6!
As with each WCS Run for the Wild, our family-oriented event is open to runners and walkers alike. Registration includes some great features:
- Free all-day access to the New York Aquarium
- Free commemorative t-shirt
- Staggered starts for runners and walkers/ families
- Prizes for fundraisers of all levels, including earbuds, a soft plush walrus and even kisses from the Aquarium’s sea lions!
Best of all, your efforts will directly benefit walruses and other threatened wildlife at the New York Aquarium and around the globe.
Did you know that walruses weigh in at close to 3,000 pounds? These ocean giants may be mighty, but they’re also facing increasing risks to their survival. Increased industrial activity in the Arctic, fewer fish in the seas, and disappearing sea ice threaten the future of walruses. We hope you’ll join us in Brooklyn on October 6 to help us protect these blubbery beauties.
Thank you in advance for your support.
ISLIP, N.Y. — Health officials say the West Nile virus has been found on Long Island for the first time this season. They tell Newsday that a mosquito sample taken from Gardiner County Park in Islip on June 20 and a dead crow found in Northport on June 27 tested positive for the virus. In neighboring Nassau County, no positive samplings have been found so far. Last year, four Suffolk residents were reported infected with the disease. In Nassau there were 16 confirmed cases, including a 70-year-old man who died. Health officials advise residents to remove stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes transmit the disease.
The West Nile virus is mild for most people, but can be deadly for others with weak immune systems.
Love is in the air… it’s time to celebrate a royal wedding! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is coming to DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding features 5 episodes that everypony will love, including “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1,” “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2,” “Hearts And Hooves Day,” “Sweet & Elite,” and “The Best Night Ever.” Bonus features will include a coloring sheet and more! Girls can also act out imaginative stories of their own with delightful MY LITTLE PONY wedding-themed figures, play-sets, and vehicles from Hasbro.
When it’s announced that Twilight Sparkle’s older brother, Shining Armor, is set to marry Princess Celestia’s niece, Cadence, all the ponies in Equestria should be celebrating. But there’s one pony in Ponyville who’s not so thrilled with the news — Twilight Sparkle! Why is the young unicorn so concerned? And will the royal wedding go off without a hitch? Find out in the two-part special, and then join us for the perfect after-party — three more My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episodes, all included in the first-ever DVD release of My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding!
My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is priced at $14.97 and is now available for pre-order at amazon.com.
The My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series is currently airing on The HUB TV Network in the US.
My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding Episodes Include:
A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
Hearts And Hooves Day
Sweet & Elite
The Best Night Ever
A Coloring Sheet and more!
Total Running Time: +/- 2 hours
Nature’s Own reached out to dad bloggers to create a video of their favorite grilling tips and compete to see who could get the most comments to win a Big Green Egg ceramic grill and win the title of “Nature’s Own Grill Master”. I am very excited and honored to be participating in this competition. I hope you find these tips useful and can incorporate them into your arsenal of grilling tricks and tips. I invite you to post your tips to to win some Nature’s Own products and help me win a Big Green Egg. Details are below.
It’s pretty basic but I believe that rule number one is to always get a game plan. Regardless of using the smoker or a grill I get a game plan in mind to create my menu, needed ingredients, and time frames. Maybe make a few notes, write down a list to go to the store. The worst thing you can do is forget something. Grilling in your backyard should be relaxing, you have to be prepared! Also, for the purposes of these tips, I be grilling on my Weber Kettle grill with cast iron Craycort grates. For the most part I tend to stick with charcoal. I know there are great gas grills out there but I love charcoal and real wood. Also, for this blog we will be grilling corn on the cob and stuffed cheese burgers.
1) Use lump charcoal. It’s about the same price as regular charcoal but natural lump charcoal is free of chemicals that go into regular charcoal. Your fire will burn cleaner. There is a huge difference.
2) Add real wood. Use a chimney starter, when you coals are burning pretty good add a stick of your favorite wood. I keep a stick of Oak, Hickory or Mesquite handy. This will help to accent your food greatly!
3) Build your fire to one side. Building your fire to one side instead of the middle will create a “hot spot” and a “cold spot”. If you put your coals right in the middle the whole grill will be hot and you don’t want that. You will want to have the ability to “sear” your food and move off to a cooler spot on the grill. Real important to wear safety glasses or at least sunglasses when you dump the coals. That hot ash could certainly blow in your face or eye. Better to always be safe. I use gloves too.
4)Pick some great music out! Since you have a game plan and already thought of your processes, relax, have a beer and think about how good this food is going to taste.
5) USE QUALITY INGREDIENTS. I think this is the most important tip. Most people don’t grill every day. You grill probably once a week or a couple of times a month. Quality ingredients will make or break your flavor profile. What I do is buy organic or natural beef, chicken or pork products. I prefer grass fed for hamburger meat and some steaks like filets. All vegetables and fruits that are grilled are organic and local where possible. Don’t just use American cheese, it’s good but it’s boring. For these burgers we used smoked Gouda slices. Seasonings are very important. If you can, find a store that sells seasonings. Buy in small quantities if you can. At Central Market in Texas you can buy fresh seasoning such as pepper or chili powder and get just what you need. Too many times you will reach in your cabinet for a bottle of chili powder that has been sitting in there for a year or longer! It’s stale, it won’t taste like it should! You can also order quality seasoning ingredients from http://www.penderys.com/. It’s where I do my shopping in Fort Worth. Get good quality buns like Nature’s Own. We used the wheat hamburger buns for these stuffed burgers. Don’t use the 99 cent yesterday specials!
6) Corn is great on the grill! It takes a little preparation but it tastes great. It’s real simple. Peel back the husk on and ear of corn and remove the silk as best you can. Pull the husk back up and let the ear soak in a bucket of water for about an hour and a half. Put the ear on the cool side of the pit and grill the corn for about 25 minutes. Peel the husks off after they cool a bit and there you go.
7) Measuring burgers is easy. One thing about using grass fed beef is that they don’t shrink up like regular beef and are less greasy. Because of this you can use a 80/20 grass fed ground beef and you will think it is as lean as a 90/10 regular lean hamburger. I like using third pound burgers. Just divide 1 pound of hamburger into three balls. When they look about the same size your pretty close to a third pound. Simple as that. If you just take a piece of the hamburger and start pounding away into a patty you will get all sorts of different sizes and you don’t want that because it is just one last thing for you to control.
8) Beef, keep seasoning simple. Pork, chicken and other meats you can put all sorts of seasoning on. Nothing else tastes like beef. I like to keep my seasoning on beef simple with only salt and pepper. Kosher salt and 16 mesh or quarter cracked black pepper. Coarse fresh pepper you can taste. You don’t need a lot and if you bought quality meat the taste will shine through!
9) Stuffed Burgers are fun! Jazz up your burgers by putting cheese in the middle and not on top. Separate each of the third pound burgers into two patties. Fold and double a piece of slice cheese and stick in the middle on one piece of meat and press on the other half. It’s that simple.
10) Always grill beef on the hot side. Hamburgers and steaks you basically want to “sear” cook. On the hot part of the fire you want to cook the hamburgers hot and fast, two to three minutes on each side. There won’t be any flare-ups if you have a clean pit and using good beef. Flare-ups happen because people cook really fatty burgers for long periods of time. Get them on, get them off. Well done is fine, but nobody likes a burnt, dry burger.
11) Meat must rest. Always, always, always let meat rest. Hamburgers about 5 minutes will be sufficient. Steak a little longer. The juices must redistribute after pulling off of the heat.
12) Enjoy your meal! Again, grilling is fun and should always be! Being prepared and organized is the first step. It’s not a time to rush or skimp.
Here is a video that illustrates some of these tips. I hope you enjoy it!
I hope these tips help you out! Here’s where you come in. Contestants who comment below about my tips or post recipes or tips of their own will be eligible to win 10 Nature’s own bread products at the end of the contest. 2 winners will be chosen. The more comments that are given, the closer I get to winning a Big Green Egg. You can also win your own Big Green Egg by entering the Nature’s Own Thrill of the Grill Challenge here. How cool is that? Let me know if you have any questions and let me see those comments and tips!!!!
Meet McKenna Brooks™, a determined and confident young gymnast, in this all-new modern-day adventure. McKenna™ is on track to make the regional competitive gymnastics team but off-track in school, where she’s suddenly struggling to keep up. When her teacher suggests a tutor, she’s embarrassed and desperate to keep it a secret from her friends. Then a bad fall at the gym sidetracks her from her favorite sport. Will she recover in time to make the team? Can she succeed in school, too? McKenna™ needs to focus on her strengths to overcome her challenges – and, with the help of family and friends, find a way to believe in herself again.
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I use this product on my vehicles, both the liquid wax and the spray detailer. The product is very easy to apply, and just as easy to remove. It leaves a beautiful shine that lasts. Visit the Turtle Wax Ice Facebook page for a $2.00 off coupon towards your next purchase. You can also enter the Ice & Easy sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 10 Turtle Wax ICE Premium Car Care Prize Packs.
ScoreBig Inc., a startup company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and focuses on the liquidation and sale of “undersold” ticket inventory for sports, concerts, theater, and other live entertainment events. The privately held company was founded in 2009 by Adam Kanner and Joel Milne, former Harvard University, MBA students.
With 35-50% of live entertainment tickets going unsold, ScoreBig gives venues the ability to cut ticket prices without “the whiff of desperation that typically accompanies discounts.The service, currently in private beta, seeks to provide members with savings of 10-70% off retail prices by providing a value market for the ticketing industry.
Similar to Priceline.com‘s Name Your Own Price system, ScoreBig’s service allows its users to bid on sporting, concert, theatre and other live entertainment tickets with expectations of saving 10-70%. Launching to members-only on December 15, 2010, ScoreBig had more than 600,000 tickets available to purchase.
When browsing or searching the website, members can see how much of a discount they’re expected to receive. After selecting desired seating based on a star rating scale, members bids are either accepted or rejected right away. If accepted, the tickets are purchased immediately, without service fees or delivery charges. If the bid is rejected, the member is barred from bidding again on that event for 24 hours, but also is shown alternative “buy it now” offers. Despite invitation-only, members can refer-a-friend and are credited $10 if their friend makes a purchase.
You’re driving along when that little indicator lights up, letting you know that it’s time to fill the tank. You pull up to the pump and have to choose from 3 or 4 different “flavors” of fuel, from the benign “Regular” to the spirited “Super” or “Premium”. Now the only apparent difference in these fuels, other than price (we’ll talk about detergent properties at another time) seems to be this posted Octane rating, ranging from 87 or so for the regular, to 94 for the Premiums. What exactly does this Octane rating mean though? Will using a higher octane fuel give you better performance? Will using a lower octane ruin your engine? Before answering these questions, let’s first learn what octane is and why it’s in your fuel.
If you’re not familiar with how your engine works, take a look at How Stuff Works for a good explanation.
Octane is a hydrocarbon in the same family as butane, methane, and propane. When added to fuel along with another hydrocarbon, heptane or it’s equivalent, the combination causes the fuel to become more resistant to spontaneously igniting under compression in the cylinder. You can hear this ignition when it happens, your engine will be “knocking”. Why is this important? Well, your engine is a well-tuned piece of machinery and when the explosions in the cylinder happen out of sequence it can cause serious damage to the internal workings. Generally speaking, the number on the pump represents the percentage of octane to heptane in the anti-knock mixture. 87 rating is 87/13 octane/heptane, 93 is 93% octane and 7% heptane. Those of us who have been around awhile will remember the days of leaded fuels. Tetraethyl lead added to fuel allows for even higher compression than 100% octane, however due to the environmental impact, and the damage that leaded fuel does to the exhaust system on a modern car, it has been banned for use motor vehicles.
Different engines have different compression ratios, usually this means the higher the performance capability, the higher the ratio. Therefore, higher performance engines will require a higher octane rated fuel to perform safely and optimally. Usually this will be noted near the gas cap, or on the dashboard by the fuel gauge. For example our minivan has a 3.8L V6 engine, the compression ratio is 9.6:1, my 1400cc sportbike has a compression ratio of 12.0:1 and a minimum octane requirement of 90. In any case the manufacturer will have supplied their minimum octane recommendation for your vehicle, and it’s always best to at least match what they specify. The engineers know best. Using a fuel rated higher than specified won’t give you any better performance, but using one with a lower rating can lessen your performance, and even worse cause major mechanical problems. Personally, I only use a brand name premium detergent gas in all of my vehicles, those that need it and those that don’t, but that’s just me. Whatever you drive, I hope you’re better able to make the best choice for you and your vehicle.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released a new app for movie lovers, Own The Moments, available today on iPhone and Android. The mobile app allows fans to get a daily movie moment featuring trivia and a clip or photo from one of Fox’s most notable films from the classics to today’s biggest new releases. Fans can then share, like and comment on the movie moment with their friends.
Download the app now to see what today’s moment is!
Please note – some of the featured clips presented in the app are intended for a mature audience of 17 and over.
First camel born at Bronx Zoo since 1982
Now on exhibit at Wild Asia
Bronx, NY – June 22, 2012 – Attached Photo: A male dromedary camel calf at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo stays close to its mother in Wild Asia.
This calf is the first camel born at the Bronx Zoo since 1982. It weighed approximately 80 pounds at birth on March 16, and could grow to be over 1,500 pounds as an adult.
Dromedary camels are native to Northern Africa and Arabic regions of Asia. They have one hump which easily distinguishes them from their two-humped cousin, the bactrian camel.
The Bronx Zoo has 12 dromedary camels and one bactrian camel. Although most camels are tan or brown, they can range from white to black. The new calf is the only white camel in the zoo’s herd. Visitors to WCS’s Bronx Zoo can ride one of the adult camels at Asia Plaza.
The calf is now on exhibit at Wild Asia.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m. weekends. Adult admission is $16, children (3-12 years old) $12, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.
Note to the Media: If you would like to guide your readers or viewers to a Web link where they can make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please direct them to www.wcs.org.
Quarterback Eli Manning took to the diamond to test out his pitching arm Sunday in an effort to help Pampers ® pay homage to all the “Most Valuable Dads” out there on Father’s Day.
Accompanied by his one-year-old daughter Ava, Manning took to the field – this time a baseball field – to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field before the New York Mets Father’s Day Game. Together, father and daughter interacted with players during family-friendly, on-field activities. With Ava on his arm, Manning threw a strike to Mets Third Baseman, David Wright, who was honored to play catcher to his favorite football team’s all-star quarterback.
“I’m very much a family man and I value my role of being a dad,” Manning said. “By throwing out the first pitch at the Mets game, alongside Pampers and my daughter, I was not only able to honor my own family, but it gave me the chance to salute to all the hard working parents out there. It’s a priceless feeling.”
“Being a parent is the most important job out there,” added John Brase, Marketing Director for Procter & GambleBaby Care. “And there’s no better way to celebrate all the ‘Most Valuable Dads (MVD)’ out there than by teaming with a two-time MVP and MVD himself, Eli Manning!”
Because Manning knows firsthand the importance of having the best gear for peak athletic performance, it’s only natural that he would want to same for his little one. “We’ve been a Pampers family from the start,” added Manning. “Ava was in Pampers Swaddlers from day one, and now that she’s discovering and conquering her world through play, Pampers Cruisers are perfect for her!
Pampers is continuing the celebration of dads beyond Father’s Day. Beginning June 20th, families can log on to the Pampers Facebook page and visit the “Most Valuable Dad” tab for a chance to win exciting prizes for dads and their little sluggers. For more information, visit www.Pampers.com or www.Facebook.com/Pampers.