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April 10, 2014

Book Spotlight & Giveaway - Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy

Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy
By Shozo Sato
Forward by Gengo Akiba Roshi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Pub. Date: March 11, 2014
Retail: $34.95
ISBN: 978-4805312049
Pages: 176

Buy Links: Hardcover, Kindle

Book Description : 

In this beautiful and extraordinary book, Shozo Sato, an internationally recognized master of traditional Zen arts, teaches the Japanese art of calligraphy through the power and wisdom of Zen poetry.

Single-line Zen Buddhist koan aphorisms or zengo are one of the most common subjects for the traditional Japanese brush calligraphy known as shodo. Regarded as one of the key disciplines in fostering the focused, meditative state of mind so essential to Zen, shodo is practiced regularly by all students of Zen Buddhism in Japan. After providing a brief history of Japanese calligraphy and its close relationship with the teachings of Zen Buddhism, Sato explicates the basic supplies and fundamental brushstroke skills that you'll need.

About the Author:

Shozo Sato was awarded the Order of Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan for his contributions in teaching Japanese traditions. His areas of expertise include ikebana (flower arranging), chanoyu (tea ceremony), and Japanese theater, as well as sumi-e (ink painting). He is the author of numerous books including Tea Ceremony, Ikebana, and The Art of Sumi-e. He was the founding director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, where he is Professor Emeritus and continues to teach Japanese arts. He divides his time between Fort Bragg, California and Champaign, IL. 

Billy's Thoughts:

I know very little about the Japanese culture, besides from what I see in movies, but I have always been fascinated with Japanese Calligraphy that I have seen art books. Author Shozo Sato has written the book titled Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy that covers the history of brush calligraphy.

Shodo is much more than just painting words or phrases, as it is meant to be a way to express your true-self. The book contains step-by-step instructions on how to paint different styles (Kaisho, Gyosho, Sosho) of phrases.

I haven't reviewed the book, but I wanted to featured it in a book spotlight, as it looks interesting and I haven't seen very many titles covering the subject of Japanese Calligraphy. Learning to brush these beautiful Japanese Calligraphy phrases can be life changing and make an excellent hobby.


Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy by Shozo Sato
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March 18, 2014

Veronica Mars Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

The wait is over! The long-awaited Veronica Mars feature film is now in theaters and on Digital HD.

About the Film

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.


Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, Veronica Mars was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. It will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014.

Think you know all there is to know about Neptune, California? Test your Veronica Mars knowledge with all 3 levels of super-fan trivia and find out if you are the ultimate Marshmallow!

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March 17, 2014

Dragons: Defenders Of Berk, Part 1 DVD Giveaway


Swooping on DVD on March 25th is DreamWorks Animation's Dragons: Defenders Of Berk, Part 1.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Academy Award® nominated movie How to Train Your Dragon, DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK PART 1 continues Hiccups journey along with his fellow dragon trainers as thy battle to protect their home. The series features original voice talent from the film including Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and will include, Zack Pearlman and more.

Defenders of Berk, along with the previously released Riders of Berk, is a must have for any Dragons fan and a great way to catch up before this summer's How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters on June 13th!

March 11, 2014

The King of Comedy Blu-ray Giveaway

Arriving on Blu-ray on March 25th is the 1983 film, The King of Comedy: The 30th Anniversary, starring Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro*, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard, whom all give mesmerizing performances in this "chilling black comedy" (TV Guide's Movie Guide).

The movie explores the painfully high and often hilarious price of fame. Robert De Niro stars as a struggling stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin, who enlists the aid of his friend Masha (played by Sandra Bernhard) to kidnap talk show host Jerry Langford (played by Jerry Lewis). What is the ransom? Pupkin wants a guest spot on the talk show.

*Actor, Raging Bull, 1980; Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II, 1974.

March 3, 2014

Snickers Ultimate Movie Giveaway Pack

Last night during the 86th Annual Academy Awards, Snickers debuted their newest commercial. Snickers can make a delicious snack, as it has a blend of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat, which can provide #MONSTERSATISFACTION.

To celebrate the release of the new Snickers “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” commercial, Snickers wants to hear about your most satisfying movie experience. So tweet with the #MONSTERSATISFACTION hashtag about that incredible first date, or the first time you saw your favorite movie of all time on the big screen.

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The Book Thief Blu-ray Giveaway


To celebrate the March 11th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Book Thief, the film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel starring Sophie Nelisse and Geoffrey Rush, we’re taking a look at some of the best young adult literature that has made the move to the silver screen in recent years.

Harry Potter

The mother of all young adult book franchises also became one of the highest-earning movie franchises in history. The films have grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide and launched the careers of young acting phenoms Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.

The Hunger Games

America’s reigning sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, was already an Oscar-nominee before landing the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the adaptation of the outrageously popular book trilogy by Suzanne Collins, but the film’s success made her an international superstar.

The Twilight Saga

It’s hard to imagine a world where teens didn’t erupt in fits of excitement at the mere mention of Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner, but before the 2008 adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s tale of supernatural young love hit theaters, both were relatively unknown.

February 25, 2014

Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Giveaway


In honor of the March 11th Blu-ray and DVD release of OUT OF THE FURNACE we’re taking a look at some of the most distinctive styles of the chameleon actor.


In Out of the Furnace, Bale plays Russell Baze, a down-on-his-luck steel worker in a small town in Pennsylvania. The long, stringy hair, unkempt facial hair, oversized clothing and conspicuous neck tat make him look the part of a working class hero who may have had one too many run-ins with the law.


Bale had big shoes to fill when he stepped into the caped crusader’s costume in 2005 for Batman Begins, but his performance ended up being so remarkable it breathed new life into the iconic character. He bulked up to bring a heroic physicality to the role without seeming out of place in one of Bruce Wayne’s designer suits.


The usually svelte Bale really let himself go for his Oscar-nominated role as Irving Rosenfeld, a smarmy, middle-aged grifter living in 1970’s Long Island. From the film’s first scene where a portly Bale spends an uncomfortably long amount of time making sure his greasy comb-over is coiffed just right, you know this isn’t the Hollywood hunk we’re used to seeing.
January 27, 2014

Do You Have a Virtual Phone Number? ($100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!)

I guess you can say I was an anti-cell phone person until I received a prepaid cell phone for Christmas in 2012. I've never cared much for talking on a phone, but a cell phone does come in handy when there is an emergency or you need to ask someone a quick question. I even find myself texting more often than I do calling someone.

When I first activated my cell phone, I was instantly given a phone number, which of course the first three numbers were my area code. I'm more than fine by having an area code as my cell number, but there some people, especially those who travel, who don't want an area code attached to their number.

Businessman and women, lawyers, agents, etc, have to travel around the world all year long, but there are times when they have to be at a business meeting on the other side of the country. There is no such thing as a Superman or Supergirl, so you can't just fly there in a minute, but instead you  can use your cell phone, iPad or Tablet to virtually attend the meeting.

When doing this, you'll need a virtual phone number!

Advantages of a business virtual phone number are:

  • Save Money On Your Phone Account
  • Establish a Virtual Office Anywhere Around the World
  • Quickly Manage Incoming Business Calls
  • Phone Calls Will Be Forward To Wherever You Are Currently Located.

January 21, 2014

Free Birds Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway

Our Favorite Animal Couples in Film and TV History

Don’t be a turkey!
Check out Free Birds on DVD and Blu-ray February 4th

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time we celebrate love and all of the magical feelings that come along with it. Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler star as Reggie and Jenny in Fox Home Entertainment’s animated motion picture, Free Birds. Although Reggie is a time-traveling turkey who is focused on taking his kind off of the Thanksgiving menu, he can’t help but take some time to get to know the lovely Jenny. Their romance blossoms and she gives Reggie added motivation he needs to accomplish his mission.

To help you get into the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of the top animated animal couples in film and TV history!

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Regarded as the “Brad and Angelina” of animated animal couples, Mickey and Minnie have been together since 1928, when they first appeared in the animated short film “Steamboat Willie.” This power couple has managed to survive the ups and downs that come with such a long relationship - including the shift to color, and the invention of computer animation.

Donkey and Dragon

January 2, 2014

Mía Mariú’s New Fragrance Collection Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Christmas and New Year's may be officially over, but there is another holiday just around the corner - Valentine's Day! I know some people think this holiday was created by the greeting card companies, but the holiday was originally meant to celebrate the life and sacrifice of St. Valentine. The romantic love theme collided with Valentine's Day in the 18th century.

No matter what your viewpoint of Valentine's Day is, people still celebrate the holiday by buying their loved ones a gift. Valentines, flowers, candy and jewelry are the typical gifts given on Feb. 14th, but there are plenty of other things you can give your loved one, like a bottle of cologne or perfume.

Recently, I was sent a bottle of the new Mía Mariú’s New Fragrance Collection. The glass bottle sent to me was the mm Caoba 1.7oz for men. I'm more of an Axe body spray guy, but I was intrigued to try out the cologne.

December 30, 2013

Runner Runner Blu-ray Giveaway

Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake star in the high-stakes crime thriller Runner Runner on Blu-ray & DVD Jan. 7

Win the Runner Runner Blu-ray Combo Pack to find out “Who’s playing who?” 

Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck star in this high-stakes crime thriller where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he’s been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block’s promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a bonus feature that reveals the true story behind the world of online poker, as well as never before seen bonus content.

The Runner Runner Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes a Digital HD copy of the film.

For your chance of winning a Runner Runner Blu-ray Combo Pack, simply answer the following question:

All of the below are online poker websites except _______.
  • Full Tilt Poker
  • Poker Stars
  • Poker Heroes
  • Party Poker
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December 16, 2013

The Future of Real Estate

I’m always interested in the different ways women can make a business work from home. It seems like every day there’s a new idea and the success stories are always inspiring. Recently I heard about Dean Graziosi and his effort to help stay at home moms. Dean Graziosi is a Real Estate investor and he’s spent a number of years training individuals on techniques and processes that have helped him find success.

In his opinion regardless of your location, urban or rural there is a place for you to fit in. His philosophy interests me so I sent an email to his site and explained a little about my blog and its purpose. I was surprised at his people's response, they are sending me 2 of his best selling books. One book is for me and one book is for me to give away to a reader that has a interest in Real Estate. The book is supposed to contain helpful information to help us get started in the world of real estate investing.

I think this will be fun and exciting, the drawing and give away will be completed 3 weeks from today so please sign up if your interested. Graziosi offers helpful slide share videos and articles weekly. To give a little more information I will post some kind training from him once a week for the next 3 weeks. I think this will help us get a better understanding of who he is and what he is trying to help stay at home moms accomplish. Like I said before, I’m always interested in the different ways women can make a business work from home, learning about real estate investing should be fun.


December 13, 2013

Sweetwater DVD Giveaway

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 31, 2013 is the western tale "Sweetwater" starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee January Jones (TV’s Mad Men), Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (Pollock, A History of Violence) and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter series). The film is directed by Logan Miller (Touching Home).

In the late 1800’s, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones) is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) who has violent tendencies of his own.

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December 11, 2013

The Family Blu-ray Giveaway!

A Quick Guide to French (for the Italian American Gangster

What happens when a family of Italian American mobsters get relocated to Northern France as a part of a radically ambitious witness protection program? This common conundrum is something that prolific French filmmaker, Luc Besson, tackles head on in his latest feature, The Family, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 17. For fear of untangling too many plot spoilers, we are going to celebrate the release of this feature by coming up with an essential guide to the language of romance. For all you readers out there who are finding the mafia life too much and want to swap your semi-automatic pistol for a freshly made brie and jam baguette, please read on….


Many people consider the French to be a tad rude. But upon moving to France, it will be you who will be receiving the cold shoulder if you don’t introduce standard politeness strategies into your broken French vocabulary. Here are a few key phrases you will need to charm and woo your new countrymen:

  1. On peut se tutoyer? – Unlike in English, the French have different ways of saying the word ‘you’. One you, ‘tu, is used when you know someone well and is relatively informal. The other, ‘vous’, is much more formal and is usually used when speaking to people who don’t know very well. Simply put, ‘On peut se tutoyer?’ means ‘can I refer to you informally’. When you’ve made your first French friend, this might be a useful phrase to use to cement your first relationship!
  2. Je Vous prèsente…/ Je te prèsente… – Loaded with your new identity and your status as a US mobster a distant memory, there will come a point where you are going to have to introduce your family by their new names. It certainly won’t be easy remembering your own new name, let alone all of your family members! Add to the equation that you are going to have to do this in fluent French and you have a potential disaster on your hands! Don’t panic. If you use this phrase (which literally means- I present to you) before naming each of your loved ones, you will be successfully conning the locals in no time.
  3. Je vous remercie de tout cœur- I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you really want to embrace politeness with the upmost romanticism, this is a great phrase to use (even if it is just a false pretence).
November 29, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Double Giveaway - Frankenstein & The Haunting Of Hill House

Penguin Horror Series
By Marry Shelley
Editor:  Guillermo del Toro
Publisher: Penguin Classics Hardcover
Pub. Date: October 1, 2013
Retail: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0143122333
Pages: 384

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Book Description from

The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship . . . and horror.

The Haunting of Hill House
Penguin Horror Series
By Shirley Jackson
Editor: Guillermo del Toro
Publisher:  Penguin Classics Hardcover
Pub. Date: October 1, 2013
Retail: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0143122357
Pages: 288

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The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre. First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;' Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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November 26, 2013

The Simpsons: Season 16 Blu-Ray Giveaway

Hold onto your donuts! Season 16 of the The Simpsons, the longest-running scripted show in television history,  includes all 21 hilarious episodes, tons of meticulously slapped together special features, plus a veritable who's who (woo-hoo!) of celebrity guest voices, including Fantasia Barrino, Jason Bateman, Gary Busey, James Caan, Stephen Hawking, Eric Idle, Jane Kaczmarek, Lucy Liu, Liam Neeson, Amy Poehler, Ray Romano and plenty more!

Season 16 will be released to DVD & Blu-Ray on December 3rd, just in time for Christmas!

The Wolverine Blu-Ray Giveaway

The Wolverine’s Leading Ladies

What does it take to get a woman’s attention? The answer, gentlemen: Iron Claws. Logan, played by Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, knows exactly what we mean. Jackman returns as The Wolverine and faces his ultimate nemesis in an action-packed, life-or-death battle that takes him to modern-day Japan. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his limits, Wolverine confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality; an epic fight that will leave him forever changed. Through all of this, Logan has no problem attracting women, some trying to save him and others trying to kill him. To prepare you for the film’s release on to DVD and Blu-ray on December 3rd, we’ve compiled a list of The Wolverine’s leading ladies who can’t seem to take their paws off of his claws!

1. Yukio: The Body Guard

Yukio always remained in the “Friend Zone” with Logan, and it’s probably for the best. Thanks to her, Wolverine was able to dodge death several times. She is a badass sidekick!

2. Viper: Toxin Immune “Doctor”

November 2, 2013

Turbo Blu-Ray Giveaway

Turbo – Top 10 Snail Facts!

Buckle up for Turbo, coming to DVD and Blu-ray November 12!

Start your November engines with this hilarious, heartfelt comedy-adventure! Turbo, a four-star family film, tells the courageous story of a little snail with the big dreams of becoming a racecar. Despite the discouragement he receives from his peers, Turbo knows what he is capable of. With amazingly creative celebrity performances by Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dog, Samuel L. Jackson and Maya Rudolph, this film is nothing short of incredible! Zoom into stores on November 12 to pick up your copy for the holiday season!

To help you prepare for the film’s release, we’ve compiled a list of some fun snail facts so you can understand the ins and outs of Turbo and his gang!

1. Salt is a snail’s biggest enemy! In the film, Chet falls down the stadium and just barely makes it through the center of a pretzel! He was so relieved he didn’t touch it, because salt can kill a snail, so they have to be careful!

October 17, 2013

The Conjuring Blu-Ray Giveaway

 Get The Conjuring on Blu-ray & DVD October 22nd!

Based on a true story, the movie tells the horrifying account of how famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were summoned to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse which they recently bought. In fighting this powerful demonic being, the Warrens find themselves in the middle of the most terrifying case of their lives! 

The Conjuring 5 Things to know… INTERACTIVE GIFS!

1) The Conjuring is directed by the acclaimed James Wan, the Australian-born director of the fright-fests Insidious and the Saw series. His Twitter handle is @CreepyPuppet. Say no more.


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