Every year a toy comes onto the market that sends some parents wild, fighting over the last of its stock in supermarkets and high street shops. In recent years parents have become more accustom to frantically checking websites for stock levels. Another trait of these toys in recent times has been the annual doubling of price for the toy on eBay as parents become desperate to avoid disappointing their children.
This year that toy is highly likely to be Elmo Live. There are two good reasons why I suspect this. One is that after I posted information about the new toy, m1y website’s statistics show a large volume of people coming to the site after searching for “Elmo Live” along with one of the following; “shortage”, “sold out”, “will it sell out”, “supply” and “in stock”. The second reason is that the toy is simply very impressive.
The problem however, is that until recently there has been very little information available on Elmo Live. All the information posted on websites seems to be based on a 3 minute video posted on YouTube of Elmo Live being demonstrated at a conference.
One concern before purchasing my own Elmo Live was that in one of the lesser viewed videos online, the motors inside Elmo seemed quite loud, taking away from his life-likeness and giving him a more robotic feel. However when I experience Elmo myself, this was not a problem. You can hear the robotic sounds still but you have to listen carefully. I’m not sure why this isn’t as much of a problem as it seemed in the video, but it could be due to an over-sensitive microphone or that the model being demonstrated was an earlier version and they have somehow reduced the motor noise.
I quickly realised that the abilities shown in previous demonstrations of the toy were only a small proportion of Elmo Live can really do. Elmo sings and dances to 3 songs, all of which last around 3 minutes. That alone is very impressive in comparison with other toys which rarely say more than a few short phrases.
One of the most impressive features that I hadn’t seen before is that if Elmo falls over, he asks you to pick him up. Along with that, he gets an itchy back and asks you to scratch it. His head bobbing motion is another nice feature.
There is no denying Elmo Live really is a great toy. He is aimed at toddlers but I’ve seen 9 and 10 year olds that would love Elmo Live for Christmas. In fact you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone at any age that is not impressed by him.
There is one downside to buying Elmo Live however; the price. When Elmo was conceived the economy was not a worry, now the UK economy has taken a major down turn and parents will be acting more cautiously with what they spend their Christmas budget on. A relatively expensive toy for toddlers has been released at the worst possible time.
It’s hard to imagine any young child not enjoying this year’s Elmo toy. The only consideration really is whether you can afford to pay this much for toy at this time. A good way to find out is by showing your children a video of the toy and decide whether to buy Elmo Live based on their reaction. Personally, my decision was to buy this one toy which I expect will blow my children away, and if I have to, cut back a little on other toys which will quickly be put away and not touched for several months.
Parents in the UK who wish to buy Elmo Live should consider carefully where they want to buy it from. For example, while some shops appear cheaper than others, they often do not include delivery in their prices. Another consideration should be the low supply of Elmo Live in comparison with the demand. You can see where Elmo Live is in stock and where he has sold out on my website before choosing where to make an order.
Question by Dr.Paul: Can i use page search engine optimization in my blogger site?
1) I’ve a blogspot site.I use it for google adsense. Can i use seo(search engine optimization) in it?If yes,then plz say how to do it (video/image tutorial link)!
2) Can i use joomla to design my blogspot site?How to do it?
Answer by Jake
Blogspot blogs have to use the simple platform provided by Google. Really besides optimizing each post for 1 or more search keywords, the main SEO task is getting links from other sites.
An authority on conservative “Whitehat” SEO put together a collection of links that might be helpful.
Their Whiteboard Fridays videos cover interesting advanced SEO concepts,. some probably not useful for simple blogs. http://www.seomoz.org/blog
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(Vocus/PRWEB) May 20, 2011
King Baldwin, an indie rock band based in San Francisco, has just put out their first album, Music for Unsafe Sex. The title reflects how the tracks feel: funky, dark and naughty. Its now available for listening pleasure on iTunes, Amazon, or through links on the bands website at http://www.kingbaldwin.com/.
King Baldwins core members include Alexander Eccles, lead singer, and Gabe Turow, Afro-beat percussionist and maker of ceramic instruments. Eccles and Turow wanted to make an album that was fresh, creative, and (lacking anything resembling a budget) cheap.
Music for Unsafe Sex includes songs like Ron Jeremy, a minimalist exploration of the special education teacher and classical pianist who repeatedly rose to become the legendary adult film superstar. There is also a song about being cryogenically frozen, a morality piece about a naughty secretary, and a mantra-like tune named In the Evening that features Turow playing an electric, ceramic kalimba he made himself.
The album also contains “Mega Man” (a song about the video game hero with lyrics the band says they struggled with to make “not too stupid”), an Ethiopian horror-funk tribute to Dawn of the Dead, an experimental tune called Muted-Low Lullaby and a bluesy closing number named Muse, which Eccles said lyrically addresses the consternation of what-the-hell genre I should write in.
Picking a genre is always tricky for King Baldwin. It is the most cohesive album Ive ever made, said Eccles. But its still all over the place.
In line with their zero-cost approach, they didnt use an expensive studio. Instead, they just used their crappy microphones in a homegrown studio in their Ocean Beach apartment. They also passed files through email. They sent their tracks to various musicians, like bassist Jared Milos, who would track over them and return their tracks in email.
Something that bears a true imprint is usually made by an amateur. Its a labor of love, not whatever a label wants you do, said Eccles. Besides, unless youre Radiohead, people arent going to be listening for the fidelity of the high hat or anything.
Tackling the album design was challenging, as Eccles and Turow wanted something that referenced the glaring title while remaining somehow classy and subtle. The final image, created by Pixar’s Liz Seibert, features the iconic “King Baldwin” figure, this time in silhouette and holding a cartoonish lit bomb.
About King Baldwin
King Baldwin is a San Francisco indie rock band that writes catchy, funky, dark, melodic art-rock. The band currently features Alexander on keyboards and vocals, Gabe Turow on percussion and vocals, and Jared Milos on bass, along with a galaxy of amazing local pros who guest on recordings and at live shows.
King Baldwin performs at well-known San Francisco clubs like Bottom of the Hill, Hotel Utah, Boom Boom Room and Cafe du Nord. A YouTube music video of their hit song “Adult Movie Theatre” can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmR99I8hR-I.
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