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Encyclopedia Britannica gets digital

Say goodbye to the volumes of books on your shelves

Tuesday, Encyclopedia Britannica announced that it will end its print publication and only be offered online, reports Reuters. This move by the Encyclopedia Britannica is just another indication of print’s demise, and digital publishing is becoming evermore dominant.

“Everyone will want to call this the end of an era, and I understand that,” company president Jorge Cauz said. “But there’s no sad moment for us. I think outsiders are more nostalgic about the books than I am.”

Encyclopedia Britannica offered its 32-volumes ever two years for $1400. The new online digital version will run you about $70 per year; though, the company has also recently launched a set of apps, running from $1.99 to $4.99 per month.

“The print set is an icon. But it’s an icon that doesn’t do justice to how much we’ve changed over the years,” Cauz added.

While the romance of print may be slowly slipping away, the Encyclopedia Britannica moving online now becomes an excellent competitor for Wikipedia. While Wikipedia may me an solid reference for beginning research or looking up a quick tidbit, the fact that it can be edited and written by anyone leaves it inaccurate and untrustworthy.

“This has been the reality of reference texts for years now,” Cauz stated. “Updating dozens of books every two years now seems so pedestrian. The younger generation consumes data differently now, and we want to be there.”

Encyclopedia Britannica was first printed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768 and is the oldest English-language encyclopedia. 

Get the lowdown on acne

Acne isn’t just for teens

Acne just isn’t for kids. It happens to people of all ages. But, there are some things you should know about acne, so you can help prevent it. The three tips on the infographic below will get you on the fast track to fresher skin.


What you Need to Know to Get Over Acne

Via: Acne Treatment.net

NCAA basketball -have you filled out your bracket?

March Madness is officially here

The NCAA basketball tournament brackets came out Sunday, and millions across the nation are eagerly picking their reams hoping to win that office pool.

Though, every year a lower seeded NCAA basketball team upsets bracket picks, causing an upset and waste baskets to be filled up.

The break down for the East

Syracuse is currently seated at one, matched up against N.C. Asheville whom is seeded at 16. Kansas State is seeded at eight against Southern Miss at 9. 5 seed Vanderbilt is set to play Harvard, whom sits at 12. Wisconsin, 4, is paired up with Montana, sitting at 13.  Six seed Cincinnati is set to play Texas, 11. Florida State sits in the number three seed against St. Bonaventure University at 14. Gonzaga sits at seven and will play West Virginia, whom is seeded at 10. Ohio State, who sits at two, will play Loyola (MD), whom is seeded at 15.

We still have another three weeks to find out who will be sitting in the final four spots in the NCAA basketball tournament. The Final Four will take place in New Orleans. For a full breakdown of the teams and their seeds check out ESPN.

Learn the history behind St. Patrick's Day

March 17 is almost here.

Whether your Irish or not. Everyone loves St. Patrick’s Day. From the corned beef and hash with a side of cabbage to a good ale, March 17 is a day that everyone’s a bit Irish. But, while most associate the day with festivites, learn a little more about the saint that the day is in honor off. 

Via: Windy City Novelties

A Thousand Words Falls flat

Eddie Murphy’s latest film leaves the star flat

A Thousand Words fails and misses its mark and leaves fans asking “what?” The premise of A Thousand Words is that Eddie Murphy’s character Jack McCall, a literary agent, can only speak a thousand words. With each word he speaks, a leaf falls off of the Bohdi tree that magically appears in his back yard.

Murphy’s character is a jerk, and the film attempts to act as a cautionary tale about the power of words. But with removing the funny man’s key asset, his speech, the movie sits flat and seems pathetic. His character isn’t event he type of jerk that you want to eventually like. You just want the film to be over.

The A Thousand Words was shot in 2008, but its release was held, and maybe it should never have been released. Removing Murphy’s machinegun-like speech is perhaps one of the biggest mistakes the film could have made. Fans of Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop films will feel greatly disappointed and even slightly cheated. Though, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given Murphy’s recent slew of sorry films over the last few years

A Thousand Words, having opened March 9, performed terribly over the weekend, finishing in 6th with a pitiful domestic grossing of $6.3 million.

Let’s hope Murphy gets the hint and returns to making the types of films that first propelled him into stardom.

The secret tax

Where your credit card payments are really going

“Just charge it.” It’s a phrase heard all too often. It’s easy to put off expenses and simply place them on a credit card. But, what you don’t realize is that beyond paying off the actaull item and the interest added on to it, there are hidden taxes thrown in there as well. Check out the infographic below and learn where your money is also going.

Via: Point of sale software

Rush Limbaugh sends more sponsors running

Sears and Allstate say goodbye to Limbaugh

Sears and Allstate, two Chicago-based companies, have responded to the flutter of criticism around Rush Limbaugh and his recent comments against Sandra Fluke during her appearance at a congressional hearing last month.

Boycott threats came against both Sears and Allstate if they didn’t pull their ads that run during the Rush Limbaugh Show. Though, both companies claim that the air-play was a mistake and were never intended to run on the radio talk show.

Sears Holdings Corp. tweeted Monday, “Sears and Kmart did not intentionally advertise on the Rush Limbaugh Show [Thursday]. We’ve taken actions to ensure our ads do not run on this show.”

Allstate also tried to dance around the mishap, blaming a network media vendor for running their ad during the show on Monday. The insurance giant claimed that purchasing air-time on the Rush Limbaugh Show.

“We contacted the vendor that arranges for our advertising placements and discovered that an error had been made and advertising time had been mistakenly purchased for the [Rush Limbaugh Show],” Allstate said.

The media frenzy started when Limbaugh on his show stated, “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”

All in all, nine companies have fled from the Rush Limbaugh Show reports the Chicago Tribune. AOL and LegalZoom.com Inc. also pulled their sponsorship from the program.

Caroline Campbell, a spokeswoman for AOL wrote in an email, “We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values […] As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show.”

With sponsorship running from Rush Limbaugh as if he was the towering inferno, one has to wonder if this will end the conservative disc jockey’s career once and for all.

To read more about Rush Limbaugh click here.

G8 summit moved from Chicago to Camp David

Obama moves summit to a more “intimate” setting

President Obama has moved the May G8 summit from his hometown of Chicago to the presidential retreat Camp David. The Chicago Tribune reports that an aide stated the president wanted a “intimate’ setting.

While the G8 may be leaving the windy city, Chicago will stay play host the International Security Assistance Force and NATO meeting.

“It’s not about Chicago being able to handle logistics, as evidenced by the fact that the NATO and ISAF meetings will be held there, which are far larger than the G8 meeting,” said Caitlin Hayden, Obama’s National Security Council spokeswoman, “There are a lot of political, economic and security issues that come together at the G8.”

It was reported that Obama did consult with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whom is his former chief of staff, about the move.

With Chicago having invested months of planning for the upcoming G8 summit, moving it seems like a massive waste of resources. Though, many did question if Chicago could handle the shear amount of security associated with such an event. Also, there has been much backlash from businesses owners, claiming that the G8 would be disruptive if they had to close for one reason or another. Also, some were concerned that Chicago’s public transportation system would be temporarily suspended for an indefinite amount of time, given that this is normal protocol when the president enters a large metropolitan city.

The Group of 8 meetings will happen May 18 and 19, covering topics ranging from economics to security issues.

Stevie Johnson re-signed by the Bills

Wide receiver picked up for five more years

With time running out Monday for the Buffalo Bills to use their franchise tag, they opted to re-sign wide receiver Stevie Johnson for several more years.

The deal worked well for Stevie Johnson, given that he would have earned roughly $9.4 million if he had been tagged, but the Bills new deal gives him five years and $36.3 million, reports USA Today.

Johnson’s presence on the field has been a great asset to Buffalo, given that he has had 17 touchdowns since 2010 and over 1,000 receiving yards for the last two seasons.

The 25-year-old tied Buffalo’s Eric Moulds as the only other Bills receiver to have 75 plus catches in consecutive seasons.

Stevie Johnson has also garnered much publicity from his outlandish TD celebrations. Johnson was fined twice in five weeks for this with the second leading to a benching by coach Chan Gailey for the final few quarters of the season’s last game against New England, which they lost 49-21.

Johnson though said he is “done” with end-zone partying. But, his colorful behavior seems to not be entirely quelled. In his contract negotiations, he made a specific condition involving Buffalo’s quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and his outrageous hairstyle.

“If you get a Mohawk mullet with a beard and a design on the left side I’ll sign TODAY! If you don’t think everyone in the billsmafia you’ll be letting down … The ball is in your court!” Johnson apparently texted to Fitzpatrick. “Don’t be selfish!”

But, with Stevie Johnson re-signing, Fitzgerald decided to get his ears lowered a bit.

Christina Hendricks phone hacked and photos leaked

Faux photos of the Mad Men starlet hit the internet

Christina Hendricks has become the most recent victim of phone hacking. Photos, featuring the “Mad Men” starlet in very little clothing, have been circling the internet. Though, a phony photo of Christina Hendricks appearing top-less has also been making its rounds.

Hendricks’ rep told E! News, “Christina’s phone was in fact hacked and photos were stolen. The proper authorities have been contacted in hopes of rectifying this situation. The topless image is fake and not an image of Christina.”

While Hendricks has been receiving much attention due to her phone fiasco, the 36-year-old actress has also been receiving much praise for her fashion sense. Though, she contributes her influences to her character Joan Holloway.

“I’ve learned a little bit from her. I like to sort of be ‘put together’. I’ve actually been a fan of being a bit more covered up than Joan I’ve always believed that’s a very sophisticated and sexy look. I have certainly learned silhouettes from Joan,” she stated to British magazine “Hello.”

Christina Hendricks’ character Joan Holloway is best known for her ample cleavage and form-fitting dresses on the AMC show, which is to return March 25 for it’s fifth season.