Dial-A-Carol is back for its 53rd season. Dial-A-Carol is a student-run holiday program at the University of Illinois. Each year the students of Snyder Hall, a University Housing residence hall, host Dial-A-Carol, which was started in December 1960 by Betty Gordon, an area office secretary and the residents of Snyder Hall who wanted to spread some holiday cheer around campus.
... Anyone from anywhere can call and request a holiday tune to be played over the telephone. Volunteers also sing to every 5th caller. Dial-A-Carol runs 24 hours a day for seven days. Last year it logged more than 4,000 calls from all over the world. | video
... Dial-A-Carol on Facebook | (217) 332-1882
Here is a blog post from the photographer who shot the pics of Obama taking selfies at Mandela's memorial. It explains why, when, and the atmosphere surrounding the shots being taken. He says, in the context of the situation, it was not shocking.
Correspondent blog post: The Story behind "that selfie"
President Obama got generally high marks for his speech at Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday (December 10th), but he's been getting almost as much or even more attention for two unrelated moments that took place at the event. One is political, with some criticizing him for shaking hands with the leader of communist Cuba, Raul Castro, but the other is about etiquette and decorum, and whether it was appropriate for Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to be broadly smiling together in a selfie that Thorning-Schmidt was taking. First Lady Michelle Obama, who appeared in the photo showing the selfie trio, was off to the side and looking straight ahead, appearing more appropriately somber -- or perhaps just unhappy with her husband. In fact, the Internet was buzzing with gossip after another photo showed Mrs. Obama looking less than thrilled with the president's conversation with Thorning-Schmidt, and an image that was believed to have been taken later showed that she'd switched seats with her husband so she was now sitting next to the attractive Danish PM.
Well that time of year has rolled around again: office party time. Your employer sees the office party as a reward -- a time to build relationships and recognize your service. Not showing up is an insult, however showing up and being unprofessional is an even bigger one. Here are my top five dos and don'ts for your holiday office party
1. DON'T wear glitter. You want to look professional. Glitter is for strippers, albeit a legitimate profession, it's not one you want your superiors to think you are associated with.
2. DO dress appropriately. As majestic as your legs, cleavage or pecs may be, putting them on parade at this event is not the wisest choice.
3. DON'T have game. This is an office party, not speed dating. Do not flirt with people, do not pick up, and do not invite people (person) back for a night cap. The last thing you want to wake up to is some Coyote Ugly action. This could be a career-ending move.
4. DO mingle. It is very easy at these events to do what is familiar, and that is to chat with the same people you see every day. Use this party as an opportunity to meet new people. Smile; be friendly, chat with strangers -- one day, they could be your favorite colleagues.
5. DON'T drink too much. The demise of any office party is an open bar. Yes this is supposed to be a fun event and you are supposed to let your hair down a little. However the key word here is LITTLE. Everything in moderation and this includes martinis.
And click play for a video version of "the story"...
FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA HAS DIED AT AGE 95.
Family have been gathering in Johannesburg for the past few hours where he was said to be on his deathbed.
He had been in poor health for the past few years.
An ad designed for the Super Bowl by high-end gunmaker Daniel Defense won't be running during football's championship game in February, after being rejected by the NFL for violating its advertising guidelines, according to Yahoo! Sports' Shutdown Corner. In the ad, a former soldier checks around his home and looks in on his wife and baby, while a voiceover says, "No one has the right to tell me how to defend them." Under the NFL's ad rules, spots can't run for weapons or ammunition, but stores that sell firearms, such as outdoor stores, can run ads, as long as they sell other products and the ads don't mention weapons. Daniel Defense is trying to get an exemption, because no guns are visible in the ad, and because the company's stores do sell other products, but the NFL isn't budging. The ad also obviously has some political advocacy going on as well, and the NFL has traditionally rejected issue-oriented national ads during the Super Bowl.
Watch it and tell me what you think about this situation and commercial?
Josh Romney, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's 38-year-old, real estate developer son, is taking some flak for what's being described as his "humblebrag" about rescuing four people from a car crash on Thanksgiving Day. After the
That drew the accusation of humblebragging, which is basically bragging about what you've done under cover of phony modesty. And as