Thursday, January 30, 2014

Christy Mack, Porn Star, Offers Blow Job For Best Lego Creation

Lego enthusiasts across the nation, unite! Porn star Christy Mack took to Twitter with an idea that will make sure you put your building skills to good use:

She's offering oral sex to the person who builds the Online Deals creation.

Seriously. Her exact words: "Whoever builds me the best Lego creation to put in my house gets a blow job." Sounds like an unbeatable offer, right?

Maybe, maybe not. Regardless of whether you've heard of Christy Mack, or find her attractive, the idea of a blow job from a porn star will appeal to some.

However, building a Lego creation worthy of winning the prize?

Unlike the winner of this contest ... the creation itself is not going to come easy. You're gonna have to invest serious time and possibly money here.

All for something that's going to last about as long as Sean Lowe when he finally got Catherine Giudici into bed Sunday night. Talk about ephemeral.

If we're not being clear, Christy clearly knows what she's doing in this arena, and it's not going to take her long to bring your reward to completion.

The Lego creating, on the other hand, will take you an eternity.

If Mack were offering, say, monthly blow jobs for an entire year, or threw in the occasional hand relief as an added bonus, then we'd be talking.

Under the current terms of the deal, however? We're not sure we would jump at the opportunity. Now if it were Kate Upton ... okay, never mind.

As for why Christy is so into Legos, it's not clear. Maybe she has kids? Or just has enjoyed building with the bricks since she was a kid? Who knows, people.

The contest ends on March 1, FYI. Get crackin' fellas.

Five of the best January transfer deals


Shane Long of Hull City applauds the fans after the Barclays Premier League match against Crystal Palace

With just over a day left in the January transfer window, several clubs have been busy.

Here could be five of the Best Deals made this January.

Juan Mata (Chelsea to Manchester United, £37.1million)

This could the signing that sparks the revival at Old Trafford, with one of the Premier League's best players in recent years being effectively shown the door at Chelsea by Jose Mourinho. Mata has a World Cup and European Championship winners' medal with Spain, and the 25-year-old is just the sort of top-quality player that United have been sorely lacking in midfield.

Luuk De Jong (Borussia Moenchengladbach to Newcastle, loan)

Newcastle have long had eyes on Holland international striker De Jong, who flourished under Steve McClaren at FC Twente - including scoring 32 goals in one season - but whose career stalled after a big money move to Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach. He is still young at 23, and if Alan Pardew can restore his confidence then he could be a steal.

Lacina Traore (Monaco to Everton, loan)

The 'gentle giant', all 6ft 8in of him, chose Everton over West Ham after Monaco offered him out on loan. Though the Ivory Coast striker is only 23, he made a name for himself as one of the best strikers in the Russian Premier League with Kuban Krasnodar and Anzhi Makhachkala. Everton fans will also like the fact he has scored a winner against Liverpool in the past.

Mohamed Salah (Basle to Chelsea, £11million).

Goal-scoring winger who tormented Chelsea in the three matches he played against them for Basle. The fleet-footed Egyptian international scored in all three games, and impressed Jose Mourinho so much he used some of the income from Mata's sale to buy him. Chelsea players have likened his style to that of Arjen Robben.

Shane Long (West Brom to Hull, £6.5million)

If you are a club with ambitions of a secure but unflashy mid-table spot in the Premier League, then Shane Long is your man. Hard-working, nimble, and - given the ammunition - a clinical finisher, Hull's move for Long proved the Tigers will spend big to remain in the Premier League's jungle.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

'Veronica Mars' TV Series To Stream On Amazon Prime

Deal Now and Warners Bros Domestic TV Distribution have inked a deal to stream the Veronica Mars TV series exclusively on Amazon Prime. The series, starring Kristen Bell, will be available starting today, ahead of the March 14 premiere of the Veronica Mars movie, famously funded by a history-making Kickstarter campaign. The announcement comes a day after CBS and Amazon announced an exclusive streaming deal for upcoming CBS summer series Extant starring Halle Berry. The TV series,created by screenwriter Rob Thomas, first premiered in 2004. The show is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and follows a high school student (Bell) who moonlights as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father. The movie reached its Kickstarter goal of $2 million in just 10 hours back in March. At the end of the 31-day campaign, fans contributed $5.7 million, making Veronica Mars the number one funded project in the film category and the third-highest funded project in Kickstarter history. Here's today's full release:

SEATTLE-Jan. 9,, Inc. today announced that Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming the TV series Veronica Mars in a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Beginning today, Prime customers can enjoy all three seasons of the popular Warner Bros. Television series starring Kristen Bell, and get caught up just in time for the March 14 debut of the Veronica Mars movie.

"The Veronica Mars series has been popular on DVD and Amazon Instant Video for years, so we know how much Amazon customers love this iconic television show," said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition. "We are excited to become the exclusive subscription streaming home for Veronica Mars and to be able to offer the entire TV series to Prime members to enjoy at no additional charge. With the movie coming on March 14, both die-hard fans and new viewers can easily catch-up on this great show."

"We are thrilled to have Prime Instant Video as a digital distribution outlet for the Veronica Mars TV series," said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. "Digital distribution platforms such as Amazon's and licensing deals such as this allow the consumer great opportunities whether they're die-hard fans who just can't get enough or a new consumer turned fan who has discovered a fabulous show with dozens of new episodes."

The Veronica Mars movie is coming to select theaters nationwide on March 14th and was made possible by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign driven by fans of the television show. Launched by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell, the Kickstarter campaign unleashed an unprecedented level of fan enthusiasm and support, reaching the project goal of $2 million in just 10 hours. At the end of the 31-day campaign, fans contributed $5.7 million, making Veronica Mars the number one funded project in the film category and the third-highest funded project in Kickstarter history. It is the most widely supported Kickstarter campaign ever with more than 91,000 backers, who have remained engaged throughout production with frequent behind-the-scenes updates from Thomas and the film's cast and crew. Amazon Payments handles all the payment processing for funds raised on all Kickstarter projects in the United States.

Veronica Mars is an American television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas, which first premiered in 2004. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and follows a high school student (Kristen Bell) who moonlights as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Stock Market Today: Dish's Wireless Deal and Family Dollar's Bad News

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Expect a strong start to the stock market today, as the DJINDICES: Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI ) gained 53 points in premarket trading this morning. Investors may bid stocks higher in advance of expected good news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which will release its monthly payroll report tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EST. That announcement should show continued improvement in the job market, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 7% and roughly 200,000 jobs created in December.

Meanwhile, news is breaking this morning on a few stocks that could see heavy trading in today's session, including NASDAQ: Dish Network ( DISH ) , Family Dollar ( ) , and SUPERVALU ( ) .

Dish Network will officially cancel its offer for LightSquared today, according to The Wall Street Journal. Dish bid $2.2 billion for the bankrupt company's mobile frequency assets in an auction last year, but complications have developed over negotiations with creditors. Those wireless assets would have been valuable to Dish as it looks to push into the growing market for mobile broadband. Dish's stock is unchanged in premarket trading.

Family Dollar this morning reported disappointing results for its fiscal first quarter. Revenue ticked higher by 3.2% to $2.5 billion -- but that was all due to the addition of new stores, as sales at existing locations fell by 2.8%. Profit ,at $0.68 a share, also came in below expectations. Family Dollar did manage to improve its gross profit to 34.4% of sales, though, which is impressive given the intensely promotional environment in the industry. Yet the company had more bad news for investors, as it announced the departure of its president and COO, Mike Bloom, while slicing its financial outlook for the rest of the year. The stock is down 7% in premarket trading.

Finally, SUPERVALU said this morning that sales ticked lower by 1% in its fiscal third quarter, to hit $4.01 billion. The grocery chain saw earnings climb to $0.12 a share, as compared to the $0.07 loss it booked a year ago. Those profit and sales figures were both slightly below analyst expectations. Still, cost cuts helped profitability jump by more than a percentage point in the quarter, to reach 14.2% of sales. The stock is unchanged in premarket trading.

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Try On Virtual Makeup and Pay With Your Hand with Retail Tech at CES 2014

Traditionally the International Consumer Electronics Show is an event that offers a glimpse of the future in technology from a consumer perspective. CES 2014 is no different-but it wasn't just a glitzy keynote by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that was creating buzz. Also on display were several technological innovations that suggest a whole new retail world is right around the corner.

For one thing, retail will literally get a facelift with the new "3D Augmented Reality Makeup and Anti-Aging Beauty Mirror" (quite a mouthful) from ModiFace. This gadget lets consumers at cosmetics counters simulate makeup products-blushes, lipsticks and eye shadows-and anti-aging skincare effects, such as dark spot correction, facelift, browlift, cheek volume enhancement and jaw contouring. The consumer simply stands in front of the Beauty Mirror and uses a touchscreen to work magic in real time and in full 3D. The technology works both on a stand-alone store kiosk, or as an app that can be used on a smartphone or tablet.

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The retail revolution will not be taking place just at merchandise counters, but also at the point-of-sale. Next on the horizon is a whole new way to pay-the biometric scanner. At CES, PulseWallet demonstrated a point-of-sale system that scans the customer's hands as a unique security method. When a first time payment is made, the customer swipes a card, punches in a phone number and gets a hand scan. Subsequent purchases in-store can be made just with the hand scan, eliminating the need to swipe a card again.

Seems as if bitcoins will penetrate the world of retail as well. This virtual currency has largely been relegated to online speculating, but several new products promise to lift awareness and usage of bitcoin as a way to pay for virtually anything, including a "bitcoin ATM" that converts paper currency into bitcoins, and a newly launched e-commerce site,, a kind of amazon store that uses bitcoins as the exclusive method of payment.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ESPN: Current Mets Payroll About $86 Million

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York did some calculations tonight, and came to the conclusion that the current Mets payroll is just shy of $86 million.

To reach that number, Rubin added up contracts that are already on the books, what arbitration eligible players are slated to make, and what it will cost to round the roster out after that.

According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, the Mets had an opening day payroll in 2013 that was just north of $93 million. However, the Mets' accounting had last year's payroll at $87 million.

Earlier this offseason, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that the 2014 payroll would not be lower than the 2013 payroll. If the Mets make any other signings of note this offseason, the 2014 payroll will indeed be above the 2013 payroll.

Let's get this out of the way...

A team in New York, that's entrenched and has been around for over 50 years, should not be operating with a payroll between $85 million and $95 million.

The Mets, though, just emerged from the Bernard Madoff mess, are coming off five straight losing seasons (that's resulted in plummeting attendance), and just shed a couple of burdensome contracts.

Additionally, even though the payroll will likely be relatively light heading into 2014, the Mets did invest significant dollars this offseason in curtis granderson espn Granderson, Bartolo Colon, and Chris Young. There's also a decent possibility they'll sign Stephen Drew as well.

The Mets' payroll should be higher. As is noted above, though, there are lots of reasons why it hasn't yet returned to where it should be.

That's not something most fans will accept, but no one will care if the team plays well.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

AAP-Cong deal now obvious BJP | The Asian Age

<Best Dealsp>The BJP on Saturday alleged the "match-fixing" between Congress and Aam Admi Party is becoming obvious with each passing day and the ruling party at the Centre is using it's B-team to take on Narendra Modi as it does not have the capacity to face him.
"The Congress does not have the capacity to take on Modi and reply to his arguments. Hence, it has struck an alliance with Aam Admi Party," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. BJP, which is reportedly concerned about the growing popularity of AAP across the country, dismissed Mr Kejriwal's party as one of elites and not the common people. The party claimed AAP and Congress are not a threat.
"They know Narendra Modi will unfurl the tricolour at Red Fort this Independence day," Mr Hussain said.
Dismissing AAP, he added "people are fast losing their trust in AAP. Their views have changed not in days but in hours."
He recalled that while earlier AAP had promised to put Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in "handcuffs" for her alleged involvement for corruption charges against her government soon after coming to power, they have done nothing. "Congress too has failed to carry out its threats against AAP", he added.
"Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had announced that the government will probe the source of foreign funding of AAP but is now silent," Mr Hussain said.
In reply to a question on AAP leader Yogendra Yadav's remarks that his party wants to see Mr Kejriwal as Prime Minister, the BJP leader said "the Indian Constitution has given the right to everybody to become the Prime Minister. Every supporter sees his leader as a prospective PM."