Who knew people who are quite possibly living out of tents could look this fly?
Are you or your loved ones wearing lead-tainted jewelry?
In October 2008 Google reached a settlement proposal with a group of authors and publishers who sued the internet giant for freely distributing up to 3 short passages from over ten million different books from various libraries. Now, a New York Judge postponed an October 7 hearing, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Judge cited that the plaintiffs would probably make substantial amendments to the settlement proposed by Google, and changes could not possibly be made to the 300 page document in the short amount of time until October 7.
Google's settlement offered to charge fees for the download and use of copyrighted books which would be paid to the owner of the works, but Google was also happy to include a provision keeping fees charged for publications without clear owners, rather than continuing to provide those for free. Antitrust issues have also been brought up in the delay of the settlement hearing. A blog started by members of UC Berkeley's School of Information, and Boalt Law School called the Google Books Case the number one most important pending cyberlaw case today, with Warrantless Wiretapping Cases coming in second, and to my surprise, File Sharing cases coming in a distant sixth. Sorry amature Cyberlaw geeks, the subtle Napster or Kazaa reference is officially démodé.
Beauty queen Carrie Prejean has generated her fair share of controversy since last month's Miss USA pageant, in which she missed a shot at the crown after blundering on a gay marriage question posed by Judge Perez Hilton (a tabloid blogger who is openly gay). A couple days ago she was at the top of the news cycle again, this time for topless photographs supposedly taken four years ago, when Prejean was a seventeen-year-old model. Prejean defended the photos and objected to their release on a gossip web site, saying that: 1) She is a pious Christian. 2) "Models take pictures." She may have gotten herself deeper in the hole as far as pageants go. Miss California pageant directors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler met behind closed doors yesterday to decide whether Prejean could keep her crown, but their verdict is still pending.
But the marriage gaffe turned out to be a blessing in disguise, since it helped Prejean garner a conservative fanbase, and ensured an advertising spot in National Organization for Marriage's campaign against gay marriage. Likewise, the nudie pictures brought an unexpected stroke of good luck. In a press release issued today, the internationally-known adult film company Vivid Entertainment Group announced plans to offer a lucrative deal to the disgraced Miss California -- $1 million to star in a forthcoming film on its Vivid Celeb Entertainment imprint. She'd be in good company: Past Vivid celebs include Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, Kim Kardashian and Ray J, Jimi Hendrix, and Vince Neil. Prejean would apparently be a boon for vivid co-chair Steven Hirsch, who said he was mesmerized by the pageant queen's "talent and beauty." For Prejean, it might be a pyrrhic victory.
So now the question is: What's a good title for Prejean's adult film debut?
MSNBC interview with Carrie Prejean:
Buy a blouse, save a beluga? Yup. That's the plan over at your local Buffalo Exchange, where proceeds from $1 sale items tomorrow will go toward the Save Whales-Not Whaling campaign of the Humane Society of the United States. The used clothing store has raised funds on Earth Day for environmental causes since 1997, raising nearly a quarter million dollars. Not bad!
When: Saturday, April 25 Where: Buffalo Exchange, 2585 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
Take advantage of the beautiful weather to head outdoors and support local vendors. This Saturday, Fourth Street in Berkeley is having a street-wide sidewalk sale. More than 25 stores will offer discounts ranging from 40-60 percent off.
When: Saturday, April 11, 11-6 p.m.
Where: Fourth Street, Berkeley
A slow economy might mean less moolah in your pocket, but it also means tons of sales and deals, too. If you're one of those lucky folks who get to travel to warmer climates when most of us are still wearing jeans and sweaters, or if you just want to plan ahead for warmer days, head over to McMullen where resort and pre-Spring merchandise is marked down 40 percent. The Piedmont Ave. boutique also has new summer items from DVF, Rag & Bone, Vince, Catherine Maladrino, and more. Hopefully, this is just a regular sale and not a last gasp (RIP Britches, Hush, Dish, Twenty-Two Shoes, Favor).
Where: McMullen, 4395 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Need incentives to part with your dough? Head to Walnut Creek this weekend for 20 percent off Deliciouz' Spring '09 collection. If you spend more than $500 at the accessories/shoe boutique, they'll throw in a free pedicure.
When: Fri.-Sun., April 3-5
Where: Deliciouz, 1353 N. Main St., WC
Rockridge boutique Iniam is celebrating new spring arrivals with a sale today and tomorrow - take 25 percent off all non-sale merchandise. Lines include Rutzou, Calypso, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Trina Turk. As an added incentive: they're serving champagne.
Where: 5902 College Ave., Oakland
When: Fri. & Sat., March 20 & 21
** On another note, check out Iniam's blog, which is full of helpful information like "tricks of the trade" (i.e., how to get rid of deodorant marks or static cling) and what styles best fit your body style. Very cool!
New J.Crew Store Opens in Emeryville
Can't say it's the best timing in the world, or that I even want to buy their stuff anymore since the quality hasn't been so great, but if you're desperate for more places to shop in the East Bay, you can now add J.Crew to your list of stop-offs at Emeryville's Bay Street Mall. The store opened March 17, and to celebrate is offering $25 off any purchase of $150 or more (through the end of the month). The store carries both men's and women's clothing, so you can pretend you're doing something practical, like buying your husband a new pair of boxers.
Where: 5616 Bay Street, 510-450-2548.
Jeremys Spring Sale
It's that time again (isn't it always that time?) for another humongous sale at Jeremys. Both the Berkeley and SF stores are having storewide sales this weekend: take 50 percent off all shoes, handbags, and accessories; and 60 percent off all men's and women's apparel. Bring a friend and plenty of body armor.
When: Sat. & Sun., Mar. 21 & 22.
Where: 2961-2967 College Ave., Berkeley; Two South Park, SF
Chaiken 2009 Spring Sample Sale
Need some high fashion? Want it for discount? Head over to Chaiken's SF store for it'=s 2009 Spring sample sale.
Where: 116 New Montgomery, Suite 820, SF
When: Thurs. & Fri. March 19 & 20. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Vintage Fashion Expo This Weekend
A lot of urban centers have their share of vintage-obsessed types, and the Bay Area is right up there on the list. This weekend, all the vintage geeks will come out of their steam trunks for the Vintage Fashion Expo, featuring 80 to 100 exhibitors selling all sorts of vintage styles from the 1850s to the 1980s.
When: Sat. (10:30-6 p.m.) & Sun. (11-5 p.m.), March 21 & 22. $10. Students free on Sunday w/ ID. Early buying: Sat. 9-10:30 a.m. ($20).
Where: Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th St., SF)
Cari Borja Spring Fling
Berkeley designer Cari Borja holds an open studio and sample sale at her Fourth Street space this Saturday.
When: Sat., Mar. 21, 3-6 p.m.
Where: 2117 Fourth Street, Studio B, Berkeley