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February 12, 2005
Nine Ways To Create Love & Romance This Valentine's Day & Every Day: The Feng Shui French Style

On Saturday morning, February 12th 2005, French artisan, Yasmine Ahmed hosted a spirit-filled workshop at her Mill Valley boutique led by Feng Shui expert, Terumi Leinow -- just in time for Valentine's Day.

Maison Reve was filled this morning with single and married Feng Shui-hungry students interested in learning how to use Feng Shui principles to bring more love and romance into their lives.

Terumi Leinow began the workshop with a sentence by Mahatma Gandhi.

She encouraged everyone to say together three times:

Where there is love, there is life.

Then she encouraged everyone to say it again, but before each sentence take a deep breath.

Stating it this way had exactly the effect she was looking for: the soul and significance of the message sunk in with each breath.

Terumi then offered nine Feng Shui tips and a multitude of resources to her audience in preparation for Valentine's Day on Monday and every day.

A number of items came directly from Yasmine's shop including candles, a small mirror with two flowers on it, as well as two love bird ornaments.

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May 28, 2004
At the Samsung Tower Palace in South Korea Even the Refrigerators are Logged onto the Net


The luxury apartment complex here is a showcase for Samsung Electronics' burgeoning digital home business--an idea that once was dismissed as a pie-in-the-sky but now is starting to gain traction. Besides refrigerators, Samsung Tower's $1 million-plus apartments are outfitted with Internet-enabled ovens, security cameras and wall-mounted flat-panel displays.

Samsung has sold more than 6,000 networked homes in South Korea, and now it's eager to export its success. The company has tests under way in Canada, Australia and Europe, and it recently struck deals with two U.S.-based home builders to conduct digital home trials in the United States. According to Samsung, wiring homes in the United States with the necessary networking gear will cost from $2,000 to $10,000--making adoption more affordable.

"We are focusing on the (new-home) market," said Yong Duk Yoon, vice president for Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology.

Technology and consumer electronics companies have tried to peddle the home of the future for years. But wider use of broadband Internet access in the United States, a greater affinity for digital media, and more "smart" products and types of networks are bringing the digital home closer to reality.

"The value proposition for customers is pretty attractive," said Van Baker, an analyst with research firm Gartner. "Price is not an obstacle. It is just ease of use and ease of configuration."

Last year, a group of companies driven by Intel and Sony formed the Digital Home Working Group--a consortium dedicated to drafting guidelines that will make it easier for consumer electronics and computing devices to work together...

...An estimated 26.9 million Americans now have broadband Internet access. Federal agencies are working on policies to meet a goal set by President Bush to make high-speed Internet access available to all Americans by 2007. The Federal Communications Commission is looking to establish wireless as a third broadband option in the United States.

Many experts expect the use of broadband access to propel the adoption of the digital home, because it will allow consumers to access digital media and commerce from more devices as well as encourage companies to make their music and videos available online.

For the full text of the story, go to: CNET

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September 19, 2003
Through a Glass, Darkly: Riedel Pioneers Opaque Tasting Glass

Wine Spectator Online For wine drinkers wishing to stay completely in the dark about the wines they are tasting, Riedel Crystal has made it possible. The Austria-based stemware company has introduced the Blind Blind Tasting Glass, a jet-black, opaque glass that masks a wine's color. Riedel bringing new meaning to the idea of "blind tasting." A novel idea. Riedel (pronounced Reed-ul) talks about the shape of the glass distributing a specific type of wine to the appropriate place on... more

September 18, 2003
Home Design: The Power of Texture

New York Times: Classics with a twist? Definitely. Tradition? Yes. Modern? Absolutely. When it comes to what's hot in home design this fall, familiarity breeds content, but take note: there are more than a few surprises. Don't expect safe; expect subtle, sexy, comfortable. The power of texture is the point. This season's corduroys are wavy and asymmetrical. Hearty professorial tweeds are made of luxurious silk taffeta, and loopy pile rugs have been toned down in the latest evolution of... more

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