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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cable TV

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:46:04 -0500

Cable TV has been facing increasing competition from other communications types like satellite television and even such computer sites as Netflix. With all of these options now available, it is a good opportunity to look at the pros and cons of cable television. In this article, I will examine three positive and three negative points about cable television, to help you make an informed decision.

10 Great Comic Book Movies

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:16:02 -0500

Comic book movies have become a genre in themselves. In this article, I discuss ten of the greatest comic book movies ever made.

Five Stephen King Movies (That You Didn't Know Were Stephen King Movies)

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:02:26 -0500

Stephen King writes horror, right? He makes books with cars that come alive and creepy hotels and women with axes that cut off feet.

Great Charlie Chaplin Movies

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:49:28 -0500

Are you wondering where to start in watching Charlie Chaplin films? This list provides some of Charlie Chaplin's best.

Underworld Movie Review - Vampires and Werewolves? - Yes, Please

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:57:46 -0500

Underworld is one of the best monster movies of the last twenty years. It is a glorious exercise in excess, giving us vampires, werewolves and guns.

The 5 Best Baseball Movies of All Time - Some Father's Day Gift Ideas

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:11:13 -0500

Baseballs are great. Movies are great. Therefore, baseball movies should be possible, because the universe surely cannot handle that much awesomeness.

The History of the Vampire in Movies

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:38:18 -0500

From Nosferatu to Twilight, vampires have been an important part of movies. In this article, I discuss the various incarnations of the vampire over the last century and consider where they will go from here.

The 10 Best Mob Movies of All Time

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 20:20:26 -0500

Since the very beginning, mob themes have been one of the most popular in cinema. In this article, I discuss the ten best mob films ever made.

The History of 3D Film

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:43:49 -0500

Three-dimensional film has an interesting history. It has both waxed and waned in popularity over the years, briefly being one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Now, with the development of the modern "megaplex", 3D film is enjoying a renaissance that likely will not go away.

Spelbound Wins "Britain's Got Talent" - The Significance

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:20:09 -0500

Last week, a group of acrobatic gymnasts won the talent show "Britain's Got Talent". This will prove to have been an important moment both in the history of televised talent competitions, as well as in the history of gymnastics.

Famous Movie Cars

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:19:53 -0500

Unfortunately, most movies don't include their vehicles in their list of cast in the credits. Admittedly, in many cases, this would be strange, but there are some important films where the cars themselves become a part of the movie. In this article, I will assist our overworked friend IMDb by discussing some of the most famous cars in movie history.

The Top Five War Films of All Time

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:33:20 -0500

In this article, I will discuss the top five war movies of all time. Before I begin, let me quickly go over the "rules". A war movie is a movie that takes place largely in the context of a historical war.

Film Versus Digital Photography

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:06:14 -0500

We are now at the point where film has become almost completely obsolete. However, film had some advantages over digital photography that are perhaps not completely understood. In this article, I will discuss the differences between film and digital photography.

Heroes' Cancellation - Wasted Potential

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:50:30 -0500

Heroes has been canceled after having shown so much promise. In this article, I discuss what went wrong and discuss some of the positive qualities that will be missed.

Film Composition Tips

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:49:15 -0500

This article will discuss a number of different tips for adjusting the composition of your images, so that you produce the most attractive possible pictures and moving images. When composing an image, you should consider three important factors: the focus, eye movement and background structure. Focus The focus of an image is where you want your viewers to focus their eyes.

How to Send a Wedding Gift

Wed, 12 May 2010 16:27:42 -0500

Ensuring that your wedding gift reaches the couple can actually be a little trickier than you might think. With the large majority of couples using registries, many couples don't properly account for guests that actually bring gifts to their wedding, leading to issues with theft or even just loss through poor planning. In this article, I will discuss the practicalities of sending gifts to a couple.

Alternatives to a Wedding Registry

Wed, 12 May 2010 16:23:58 -0500

As more and more couples find that they are getting married with a full supply of household items, they are looking for alternatives to traditional wedding registries. While one option is to create registries for non-traditional items. there are alternatives to wedding registries altogether.

Displaying Your Wedding Gifts

Wed, 12 May 2010 16:12:15 -0500

A dying tradition is the tradition of displaying wedding gifts after the wedding. Since I happen to like this tradition, I have written this article to provide a guide of how to do this, in order to help revive the tradition to some extent. The overall purpose of displaying wedding gifts is to acknowledge people's gifts and to let others see their generosity.

Wedding Shower Gift Etiquette

Wed, 12 May 2010 15:58:57 -0500

Whether you are hosting your own shower or have been invited to one, there are a few points of etiquette that should be observed when it comes to shower gifts. In this article, I will discuss these particularities so that you may not offend anyone. First, if you are invited to a wedding shower, you must send a gift.

When Must I Give a Wedding Gift?

Wed, 12 May 2010 15:38:33 -0500

This article will discuss when guests are obliged to send or give a wedding gift. This discusses such situations as weddings one will not attend, encore weddings, children and dates.

Wedding Gift Registries - The Basics

Wed, 12 May 2010 14:10:19 -0500

When putting together your wedding gift registry, there are a number of important things to consider in terms of practicalities and etiquette. In this article, I will provide some tips for planning your registry, and also how to provide the information about your registry to your wedding guests.

Save-the-Date Cards

Wed, 12 May 2010 06:59:15 -0500

This article will discuss the etiquette and practicalities of making "save-the-date" cards for your wedding. Save-the-date cards are usually sent about three months in advance of the wedding, but they may also be mailed whenever the couple wishes. What they do is to alert the guests of the date of the wedding before the invitations are sent out.

Things Not to Do on Your Wedding Invitations

Tue, 11 May 2010 19:10:31 -0500

There are a number of practices, even common practices, that are breaches of etiquette for wedding invitations. In this article, I will discuss those mistakes as well as practical alternatives for communicating information that you might want all of your guests to know, but that it is inappropriate to put with a wedding invitation.

Using Titles (Such As Mr Or Doctor) When Addressing Wedding Invitations

Tue, 11 May 2010 16:08:57 -0500

In this article, I will discuss how to use titles on wedding invitations, such as Mr., Doctor and so forth. Some of the titles are fairly straightforward, while others can be more complicated.

Inner and Outer Envelopes For Wedding Invitations

Tue, 11 May 2010 15:35:08 -0500

It is traditional when putting together wedding invitations to use both an inner and an outer envelope. In this article, I will discuss the different procedures with each envelope. The outer envelope of a wedding invitation is the one that will actually take a stamp and be sent in the mail.

The Maid of Honor's Duties

Tue, 11 May 2010 10:10:10 -0500

This article covers the basic set of duties for a maid or matron of honor. If you've been asked to fill this role, this article can help.

Wedding Invitations Schedule

Mon, 10 May 2010 16:25:49 -0500

This article will help you develop a schedule for putting together your wedding invitations. Be warned, it takes longer than you might think.

Wedding Invitation Numbers

Mon, 10 May 2010 16:18:56 -0500

Once you have your wedding hall and guest list ready, it's time to start working on your invitations. In this article, I will discuss how to decide how many wedding invitations to order to account for most contingencies. Wedding invitations are a great opportunity to set the tone and style of your wedding, but if you aren't careful when ordering them, you may accidentally find yourself short or without a keepsake for yourself.

Wording Your Wedding Invitations

Mon, 10 May 2010 16:17:20 -0500

This article will deal with some of the intricacies of wording your wedding invitation. Of course, you may choose to deviate from the suggestions below, but should you do so, the wedding invitation will be less formal than should you use the phrasing below.

Wedding Invitation Printing Options

Mon, 10 May 2010 16:06:57 -0500

There are a number of options that you can use when printing your wedding invitations, and before going to the printer it is good to be aware of them. In this article, I will discuss these various options in order of increasing cost.

Formal Wedding Invitations

Mon, 10 May 2010 15:57:23 -0500

If you are having a more formal wedding, there are a number of traditions with respect to invitations that should be observed. In this article, I will discuss some of the traditions involved in formal invitations.

Etiquette When Wedding Guests Ask to Bring More People

Mon, 10 May 2010 10:47:18 -0500

This article deals with the sticky (and nearly universal) situation when wedding guests ask to bring more people. It discusses when you are not obliged to bring extra people, and how to tactfully refuse.

Excluding Children From Your Wedding

Mon, 10 May 2010 08:49:38 -0500

This article discusses the etiquette of excluding children from your wedding. While it is not rude to do so, there are some pitfalls to avoid when having a wedding for adults only.

Having Children at Your Wedding Reception

Fri, 07 May 2010 20:02:36 -0500

Children can be a welcome addition to any wedding. Aside from the fun of having them play roles such as that of ring bearer and flower girl, they can make your entire wedding have a family feel. As a result, many couples decide to have children at their wedding.

Back-Up Wedding Guest Lists

Fri, 07 May 2010 15:57:18 -0500

Once you've cut down your wedding guest list to the correct number, it's a good idea to put together a "back up" list. What this means is that you have some people whom you will invite if there is room, but they are not invited in the first tier of invitations. Don't worry, doing this isn't in any way rude.

Wedding Guest Lists - Making Tough Decisions

Fri, 07 May 2010 15:56:03 -0500

Once you've included your wedding party, your celebrant, your child attendants' parents, all of your immediate family, and all of their spouses, fiances and live-in partners, you'll hopefully have some room left for including extended family, friends and mentors. Unfortunately, you're unlikely to have space to include them all. This article discusses how best to make tough decisions about your guest list, so that you can include the maximum number of people without hurting any feelings.

Your Wedding Guest List - The First Steps

Fri, 07 May 2010 10:43:01 -0500

Putting together a guest list is one of the trickiest parts of any wedding planning. There never seems to be enough room for all the people that you'd like to include, and it always seems that when you invite one person, you need to invite someone else.

Child Wedding Attendant Roles

Fri, 07 May 2010 10:12:33 -0500

Having children in one's wedding party can be a lot of fun. For those who have children already, it is a great way to have their own children involved. Other people simply like children, and believe that they add something special to the ceremony.

Best Man Duties

Fri, 07 May 2010 09:16:44 -0500

This article discusses the primary duties of a Best Man or Best Woman at a wedding. If you've been asked to fulfill this role, this article should be very useful.

Child Wedding Attendant Considerations

Fri, 07 May 2010 09:15:12 -0500

Having children in a wedding party as ring bearers, flower girls or even attendants is a very popular choice. However, in doing so, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. After all, children are not adults, and prone to behave in ways that are not anticipated.

How to Ask People to Be Wedding Attendants

Thu, 06 May 2010 15:26:45 -0500

In this article, I will discuss the etiquette of actually inviting someone to be a wedding attendant. Sometimes, if done incorrectly, there can be hard feelings that arise. As a result, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Wedding Attendants - Who Pays For What?

Thu, 06 May 2010 13:02:43 -0500

Sometimes when people become wedding attendants, there is some confusion as to who has what financial responsibilities. This can sometimes create complications and hurt feelings if two people believe the other is responsible for paying for something (and occasionally if two people want to pay for the same thing). In this article, I will discuss who is responsible for what charges when it comes to wedding attendants.

Post-Wedding Duties For the Groom

Thu, 06 May 2010 11:37:38 -0500

After the wedding, there are still a number of duties for the groom to take care of, even weeks after. In this article, I will discuss these duties, so that grooms will be able to continue to contribute to the wedding planning, or post-planning as the case may be. First, a groom is generally in charge of ensuring that any gifts that are for some reason unsatisfactory are returned.

Choosing Wedding Party Attendants

Thu, 06 May 2010 11:31:22 -0500

In this article, I will discuss some of the principles you should use in choosing wedding attendants. While it is nice to simply pick good friends, friendship is not the only thing to consider.

Groom Gifts to Wedding Participants

Thu, 06 May 2010 11:04:06 -0500

Grooms have a number of responsibilities, including the giving of gifts to many of the people involved in the wedding. Many of these gifts should be given during the rehearsal dinner, since that's the best location for honoring those who have made the wedding possible. In this article, I discuss to whom the groom is responsible to give gifts, and provide some ideas for what gifts should be given.

Wedding Attendants - The Basics

Thu, 06 May 2010 10:07:35 -0500

This article discusses the basics of choosing wedding attendants. There are a lot of misconceptions about what is required when choosing wedding attendants, and in fact there are less rules than most people think. First, it's important to know what the different attendants are called.

The Groom's Toast to the Bride

Thu, 06 May 2010 09:44:50 -0500

One of the responsibilities of the groom is to toast the bride at the wedding reception. This toast is one of the oldest traditions in weddings, literally dating back in European tradition as far as we have records. The groom's toast is one of the things that people will most remember about the wedding, and is one of the best opportunities to personalize your wedding.

Wedding Day Guide For Grooms

Thu, 06 May 2010 08:12:53 -0500

This guide goes through the specific duties of the groom on the wedding day. These are some of the little things that can be easily forgotten.

Collaborating As a Couple For Your Wedding

Thu, 06 May 2010 08:10:09 -0500

This article provides a number of tips for couples planning to get married. Often couples will have different goals and visions of the wedding. This guide will help sort out those differences.

The Changing Role of Grooms

Wed, 05 May 2010 16:18:18 -0500

This article discusses the ways in which the role of the groom has changed over the last century. They're much more than decorations, nowadays.

Prenuptial Agreements - The Basics

Wed, 05 May 2010 16:12:04 -0500

Please note that this article does not provide legal advice. It is for information purposes only. Before putting together a prenuptial agreement, consult an attorney.

Premarital Counseling?

Wed, 05 May 2010 14:55:09 -0500

This article will discuss some of the reasons that you and your future spouse should consider having premarital counseling before getting married. Sometimes, counseling can be great for developing strategies that one can use in the future, and one can catch problems before they become too serious. First, premarital counseling can provide a number of excellent strategies for communication and problem-solving that you may not have considered before.

Buying Wedding Insurance

Wed, 05 May 2010 14:42:47 -0500

If you are having an expensive wedding, it is often a good idea to consider buying wedding insurance. If, for example, the groom were to be in a serious car accident or there were to be some sort of fire that would require the cancellation of the wedding, you would normally be on the hook for all expenses. Wedding insurance is something of a loophole in most insurance plans; there is simply nothing that covers it.

Changing Your Name After Marriage - The Basics

Wed, 05 May 2010 12:35:40 -0500

This article will discuss the basics of name change after marriage, and discuss some of the various options that women (and sometimes men) take when it comes to their names after marriage. I won't discuss which is better, but I will discuss the basic practicalities and the different options.

Getting a Marriage License

Wed, 05 May 2010 11:54:58 -0500

Getting a marriage license can actually be trickier than one might think. For one thing, they can expire quickly. For another, there can sometimes be unexpected impediments to a marriage that you might not have considered.

Choosing the Right Wedding Bands

Tue, 04 May 2010 15:08:53 -0500

In this article, I will discuss the practicalities of choosing a wedding band. In a lot of ways, this is an easier decision than choosing a wedding ring, as you are not choosing the ring for someone else (assuming you didn't purchase it together). However, there are still a number of things to consider when purchasing your wedding bands.

Destination Weddings - A Guide

Tue, 04 May 2010 14:57:35 -0500

Many couples choose to do destination weddings for a number of reasons. Sometimes, the thought of putting together a massive wedding for dozens of guests is simply overwhelming. Other times, the couple simply likes the idea of being married on a romantic beach is very romantic.

Tipping For Your Wedding

Tue, 04 May 2010 14:39:21 -0500

Tipping for a wedding can be a little tricky. On the one hand, you should tip people at a wedding just like at any other event. On the other hand, you shouldn't do it publicly.

Finding a Wedding Officiant

Tue, 04 May 2010 14:02:05 -0500

Finding the right officiant for your wedding can take just as much planning and time as many of the other important steps in wedding planning. In this article, I will discuss the things you should consider in finding an officiant for your wedding. First, you need to decide whether or not you plan to have a religious or a secular wedding.

Informal Weddings

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:22:46 -0500

Many people enjoy having an informal wedding, for a number of reasons. Sometimes they simply don't want a grand wedding, as it doesn't suit their temperament. In other cases, the reasons are financial.

Formal Weddings

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:50:40 -0600

In this article, I will discuss the usual characteristics of what is called a "formal" wedding. Weddings, like many other events, are usually considered to be either "formal", "semi-formal" or "informal". Unsurprisingly, formal weddings have the most stringent set of characteristics to be considered "formal".

Semi-Formal Weddings

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:40:50 -0600

In this article, I will discuss what has become the most popular style of wedding today, the semi-formal wedding. Formal weddings tend to have very stringent characteristics (not to mention high cost), while most couples like a level of formality to their wedding. Hence, the semi-formal style was born.

Your Preliminary Wedding Budget

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:42:23 -0600

Putting together your wedding budget can be a complex and often daunting process, so I have written this article to help guide you through the initial steps. The first steps in considering your wedding budget will often shape your entire wedding, so it's important to think them through carefully.

Weddings - The First Big Decisions

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:40:54 -0600

Congratulations on your engagement! I've written this article as a checklist for you for the first month or so after your engagement. There are some decisions that need to be made almost right away, so it's handy to have a checklist for everything.

Choosing the Wedding Date

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:06:53 -0600

Choosing a wedding date can be a more complicated affair than it might first appear. It isn't simply a matter of picking a favorite month. Often there are practicalities involved that are not immediately obvious.

Breaking a Wedding Engagement

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:45:28 -0600

When an engagement is broken, it is usually a very disappointing time for both parties, as well as family and friends. In this article, I will discuss some of the things you should do if your engagement is broken. First, make sure to tell your parents and children.

Engagement Rings - Etiquette and Practicalities

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:44:28 -0600

Buying an engagement ring can be a stressful experience. On the one hand, you want something that your future fiancee will like. On the other hand, rings can be a very expensive purchase, and unless you know a lot about rings, it's hard to know what you're looking for.

Engagement Party - Etiquette and Tips

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:40:41 -0600

Format: An engagement party can take just about any form you wish, of any level of formality. It can be a dinner or even a barbeque. Often, as my wife and I did, you can start with another form of party (we used a Christmas party), and then use it as an opportunity to announce your engagement.

Announcing Your Engagement - Who Hears First?

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:42:21 -0600

First, congratulations on your engagement! Also, welcome to the wonderful, sticky world of wedding etiquette. In this article, I will discuss the very first question that arises when a couple gets engaged: who should we tell first?

Engagement Etiquette - Parents Meeting Each Other

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:39:11 -0600

Once your engagement has been announced, the very first obligation of the couple is for them to arrange for the parents to meet each other. Of course, sometimes parents do know each other, even very well. In these cases, it is still traditional for them to get together to celebrate their children's upcoming wedding.

Staying Sane (And Together) During Wedding Planning

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:09:54 -0600

In this article, I will discuss five different tips for making sure you stay sane during the process of planning for your wedding. Wedding plans can put a lot of strain on your relationship and on your sanity. However, keep the following tips in mind, and you should be able to come out relatively unscathed: Plan: Make sure you plan as much as you can.

Wedding Planning - Some Basic Principles

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 22:52:49 -0600

This article provides some basic principles for planning a wedding. It's not a collection of rule, just some basic ideas to keep in mind that can help smooth over conflicts.