Monday, September 26, 2011

Mark Your Calendar For These Upcoming Events

Start: Dec 1, 2011 3:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC

LeatherFET is a convention that combines fun, play, games, education, shopping, socializing, Leather, fetish, and theme rooms all into one weekend. This is a great place for new curious people to learn all about the vast realm of many alternative lifestyles, as well as a place for those who have known and lived an alternative lifestyle for many years. Come enjoy all that LeatherFET has to offer. Meet new friends, learn new things, see old friends and share in your own experiences. The event Protocols & courteous Security assure every attendee a fun & safe experience, and the freedom to express yourself in your own unique way!

To learn more, visit their site at


Start: Feb 24, 2012 at 09:00 AM
End: Feb 26, 2012
Location: Hilton Garden Inn; 1325 Creekshire Way; Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Beautiful Trouble Publishing, Red Stiletto Book Club, Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center will be having a conference for women from February 24-26th 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn and the library. They will have workshops on Friday as well as a library tour. They will also have Meet & Eat with Authors & Fans as well as other activities throughout the weekend. This promises to be an EXCITING, ENTERTAINING, EDUCATIONAL and EMOTIONAL weekend!

This would be an EXCELLENT opportunity for you to meet other authors, connect with your fans, learn new things and just have a GOOD OLD TIME! They ALREADY got the hotel booked and are working HARD at getting this conference MOVING FORWARD and KNOW that YOU would like to be a part of what they hope to become an ANNUAL EVENT!

For addition information and details, send an e-mail to or

Monday, September 19, 2011

Capture Flash Video and Audio from Web Sites

Have you ever wondered how to download video and audio from flash players on internet sites like YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Break, and Blog sites of your friends with embedded audio and video content?

Well, JCopia does it all. It captures flash video, audio, or stream from any website to your computer as files. Just play your media online and watch as JCopia saves any clip, music, or movie to your computer.

JCopia detects and begins to download any clip, video, music, radio stream, video stream, Flash game or presentation that is played in your browser.

Increase your video and audio collection with JCopia now!

Jiteco, the company that created the product, is conducting a giveaway if you do a review of JCopia on your blog/forum/twitter/facebook, etc.

You can visit Jetico, and check out JCopia to do a review. Send a link to your review to Jennifer Johnson at


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet Vicki Brooks, Founder and Editor of EMbraceUS Multicultural Magazine

Vicki Brooks, Editor
EMbraceUS Multicultrual Magazine
Since a young child, I have always been interested in other cultures and ways of life. I have always enjoyed reading stories and watching movies with a diverse line-up of characters - the more diversity the better. When I would read about different regions of the world, I would imagine myself being in and enjoying these places. Needless to say, I have always enjoyed being around different people. One of my favorite television shows is House Hunters International because it takes me into homes and countries around the world from my sofa. One of my BIGGEST dreams is to visit other countries to study the cultures and lifestyles of others around the world.

I have three beautiful children, whom I have raised to always base their relationships and life encounters with people on character and principle, instead of differences.#

That was such an inspirational introduction. Please share with our readers more about the magazine. EMbraceUS Multicultural Magazine was created to highlight topics of interest revolving around the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic communities and is a magazine for people who are connected through that intangible thing - "the SOUL." This magazine is for those who are culturally diverse and ethnically eccentric. EMbraceUS Multicultural Magazine allows souls to connect without skin color, gender, religion or culture being a differentiating factor.

What inspired the magazine? The inspiration for this magazine came when I was visiting the magazine section of a bookstore and saw nothing that resembled EMbraceUS. As Oprah would say, “I had an Aha moment.” Instead of merely voicing my opinion, I decided to make a difference by creating EMbraceUS Multicultural Magazine.

What do you hope to achieve with the magazine? I hope to enlighten and educate individuals by sharing culturally diverse lifestyles and experiences from around the corner, as well as, around the world. I also hope that this magazine will reach the masses who feel there is limited literature available to reach those of Blended Beauty.#

Thank you, Vicki, for giving our readers a snapshot into the world of EMbraceUS Multicultural Magazine. We wish you every success in your endeavors.

For additional information and subscription price, please visit EMbraceUS Multicultural Magazine.

You can also follow them on Facebook.


Monday, September 05, 2011

What You Should Know Before Traveling Abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad, there are certain rules and regulations that you should be aware of when visiting any country. Many tourists are detained because they have unintentionally broken the law. Always be aware of and obey the laws of the country you plan to visit. When you travel outside of the USA, the constitution does not follow you. You are subject to that country’s local laws. Being prepared and knowledgeable of the places you plan to visit is your best defense.

The following tips should make your traveling safe and enjoyable:

If you encounter difficulties with authorities overseas, the U.S. consular official may provide you very little assistance. Both foreign and U.S. laws limit what American officials can do. The U.S. Government has no funds for your legal fees or other related expenses.

Should you become destitute abroad, the U.S. consul will help you get in touch with your family, friends, bank, or employer and will tell you how to arrange for them to send funds for you. In some cases, these funds can be wired to you through the Department of State.

Deal only with authorized outlets when you exchange money, or buy airline tickets or traveler’s checks. Shop around for the best exchange rate.

Notify the local police at once and apply for a replacement passport at the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate immediately if your passport, credit cards, or traveler’s checks are stolen or lost. If credit cards or traveler’s checks are lost, contact the issuing companies promptly.

If you are planning to take any prescription drugs on your trip, check with your physician, or the embassies of the country you are visiting to ensure you do not violate foreign laws. Many tourists have been innocently arrested for having drugs not considered narcotics in the USA, but are illegal in other countries. You can ask your doctor for a certificate stating to your need for a drug to make customs processing smoother. However, this may not be enough authorization to carry drugs into some foreign countries.

Be sure to take along an ample supply of medication, and keep it in a carry-on-bag if you have allergies or other medical conditions. Do not make the common mistake of packing all your medications in your suitcase, which can be lost or stolen.

Before you go, you may obtain a list of English-speaking doctors for the areas you plan to visit. Contact the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers for such a list at

Always leave medicines in their original labeled containers. Ask you pharmacist for the generic name of any prescribed drug in case you need to refill the prescription. Brand names differ in other countries.

If you are allergic to certain medications, insect or snake bites, wear a medical alert bracelet and carry a similar warning in your wallet.

Bring an extra pair along with your lens prescription and ample supplies of lens solution and cleaner if you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.

A U.S. consular officer can help you find a physician if you become injured or seriously ill abroad. He or she can arrange the transfer of funds from your family or friends in the United States to pay for your treatment.

Carry a summary of your medical records. Be sure to include past illnesses and blood type.

Many countries have established entry regulations for AIDS, particularly for students and other long-term residents. Check with the embassy or consulate of the individual country to see if this applies to you.

Once you have reached your destination, if you have problems or concerns, visit the American Embassy to register. Let them know where you are staying, the areas you plan to visit and when you will be returning to the United States.

If you are planning to bring valuables on your trip such as a watch, jewelry, camera, check with U.S. Customs regarding registration requirements and proper proof of ownership. Always obtain a receipt before buying any foreign item, especially antiques.

Keep all receipts for items that you buy overseas. They will be helpful in making your U.S. customs declarations when you return.

If you plan to drive an automobile while in a foreign country, check with the AAA Club to see if you will need an international driver’s license and to find out where you can purchase supplemental insurance coverage, as needed. Inquire about local requirements at the embassy or consulate of the countries in which you plan to drive. If possible, obtain road maps of these countries in advance. Some countries do not recognize a U.S. driver’s license. However, most countries accept an international driver’s license. Obtain one before you depart at a local office of an automobile association. You must be at least 18 years old and will need two passport-size (2x2 inches) photographs and your valid U.S. license. Certain countries, such as Switzerland, require road permits in lieu of tolls for using their divide highway. Fines may be levied on driers who have no permit.

There have been occasions when companies selling seats on charter flights have gone out of business in the middle of the season, stranding passengers abroad. Therefore, if you plan to travel on a charter flight, consider purchasing trip insurance. If you are unsure of the reputation of the charter company or tour operator, consult the Better Business Bureau or your local consumer office.

You can obtain one from the country’s embassy or consulate, from an airline serving the country or at the port of entry if the country you plan to visit requires a tourist card. For some tourist cards, a fee is required. Check entry requirements while you are planning your trip.

Bring along a pocket calculator to help convert currencies.

Carry personal items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth and soap with you. If you are separated from your luggage and have to spend a night in a hotel, due to a delay in take off, those items will be with you.

You must file a report with the U.S. Customs Service if you are taking more than $10,000.00 out of the United States in coins, currency or traveler’s checks.

Take precautions to prevent yourself from becoming ill while you are abroad. Get a medical and dental checkup before your trip and make sure you are up-to-date with the following immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Whopping Cough.

Bon Voyage