The Top 10 Most Wanted Toys For Christmas 2008

Christmas is coming faster than you think!

Each year the same thing happens to millions of parents, when they have to tell their little one that “Santa didn’t have time to deliver this year”. Instead of running around like a headless chicken trying to find that special toy during the Christmas rat race, why not shop early and take a look at some of the most in-demand toys for Christmas 2008.

Basically there are 10 toys that are going to be hard to find by the time Christmas comes, so shop early for the best selection of Christmas gifts in 2008.

Toy Number 1

The Nintendo Wii

Nintendo’s Wii video game system (pronounced “we”) is designed to attract people, regardless of their age or video game experience, to sit down and play together–whether they’re in the same room or on different sides of the globe. The system’s name reflects this simple idea. It’s easily pronounced in a variety of languages, and the distinctive spelling suggests two players side by side. The two Wii features Nintendo thinks will create new levels of gaming community are built-in Wi-Fi access, supported by a new online gaming service, and Wii’s intuitive, wireless, motion-sensitive game controller.

Toy Number 2

The Wii Fit

Wii Fit is designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. In Japan it has been encouraging family members as a whole to discuss the topic of fitness and take an active interest in understanding their own fitness in a fun and entertaining way, all in the comfort of their own home.
Wii Fit comes bundled with the Wii Balance Board, an accessory developed exclusively for the Wii console that will have a far-reaching impact for all who use it. It’s innovative, exciting and most of all fun and simple for all to use. It is a pressure sensitive, wireless balance board that goes on the floor – so someone can stand on it in front of the TV. It senses weight and shift in balance in any direction and therefore by standing on the Wii Balance Board during activities allows players to follow along to movements ensuring they have full control of the on-screen activities. This allows personal improvement goals to be set to effectively help you and your family to train and stay fit.

Toy Number 3

The Nintendo DS

Sleek black and white may have been the must-have look this summer, but now it’s all about pink as the hugely successful Nintendo DS Lite turns pink. Nintendo’s latest console includes all the existing features of the Nintendo DS, yet includes a variety of distinctive changes which truly sets it apart from other handheld consoles. Nintendo DS Lite retains the advanced touch screen technology, allowing players to control the software with a stylus or even their finger, as well as dual screens, voice recognition and Wi-Fi capabilities of the Nintendo DS but is now both smaller and lighter. Weighing nearly 60g less than the original, it is just two thirds of the original size. The redesign isn’t only cosmetic though, the Nintendo DS Lite features adjustable screen brightness with four settings, a repositioned microphone for ease of use and a larger and more comfortable stylus. With its new design and unique features, this console is perfect for everyone regardless of age, gender and gaming skills.

Toy Number 4

Sony Playstation 3

The PS3 features IBM’s “Cell” processor and a co-developed Nvidia graphics processor that makes the system able to perform two trillion calculations per second. That makes the PlayStation 3 40 times faster than the PS2. Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, it also boasts an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TV and projectors. The system is capable of 128-bit pixel precision and 1080p resolution for a full HD experience. This console also provides for a sound experience by supporting Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, as well as Linear PCM 7.1. A pre-installed 40 GB hard disc drive allows you to save games as well as download content from the internet. Unlike the other models of the PlayStation 3, the 40GB does not offer backwards compatibility.

Toy Number 5

Xbox 360

In comparison to the Darth Vader inspired design of the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 a thing of (near) wondrous beauty.

In addition to playing games and movies, the Xbox 360 can stream music and video from a wide variety of electronic devices, including iPods and the Sony PSP.

Toy Number 6

Sony PSP

All other portable consoles seem like chess to this. what is the point of making them. The PSP slim and lite has out classed the original and out classed all other portable devices. You can even get satnavs now for PSP! FANTASTIC!!!

Toy Number 7

Lego Mind Storm

Build-your-own Star Wars droids with the Droid Developer Kit. If you have ever wanted your own R2D2, now’s your chance. With a little time and patience you can create a droid that can be programmed to do what you want it to.
At the heart of the Droid Developer Kit is a small, intelligent brain called the Micro Scout. This minute computer can react to light, has a motor to bring movement and has seven pre-programmed routines as well as a programmable option via your PC. If R2D2 is not your ideal choice of robot then you can build one of the two other droids in the pack: L-3GO Training Droid or the Jedi Knight Droid.

Toy Number 8

Silverlit PicooZ Twin Blade 3 Channel Helicopter

Be warned. This is no ordinary radio controlled helicopter. This is the TandemZ. A full three channel, auto stable system with twin propellers and an advanced multi-role set-up that requires skill, brains and determination to master. In appearance, the TandemZ closely resembles the iconic Sea Knight Helicopter, a vehicle famed for its assault transportation of combat troops and its ability to land on aircraft carriers. The twin propeller system is a striking feature of this unique style of helicopter, and providing greater stability, greater control and added power when airborne. With the TandemZ being a full 3 channel radio controlled unit, users are able to control the flight altitude, forwards and backwards movement and the direction of flight. Easier said than done. The handheld control unit (which doubles as the charging base for the TandemZ) is more complex than the standard R/C chopper, incorporating controls for Yaw trimming (direction), Pitch trimming (hovering angle), Throttle (altitude), Direction (forward/backward movement) and an additional headlight switch for flying in the dark. With guidance from the instruction booklet and a little practice, users will quickly appreciate the added control that the TandemZ offers and once mastered, can attempt more challenging stunts than ever before.

Toy Number 9

Speed Racer & Snake Oiler

Chase the robbers in the air and catch them at sea. This police seaplane is perfect for difficult police missions. Open the side door, take your seat, spin propellers and get ready for takeoff! Total wing span 40 cm/ 15.7 inches. Includes one police pilot.

And Finally – Toy Number 10

Original Rubix Cube

One of the most famous toys in history, Rubik’s Cube is the incredibly addictive, multi-dimensional challenge that has fascinated fans since it arrived in 1980. Over “43 Quintillion” (that’s 43 with 18 zeros to you and me) moves are possible with this original 3×3 Cube, but there is only one solution! A must for puzzle lovers, the aim is to twist and turn the Rubik’s Cube to return it to its original state, with every side having one solid colour. For those who struggle to master this challenge – or simply lack the patience – the enclosed guide provides the simplest ever 7-step Rubik’s Cube solution and introduces a number of other fantastic games to play. So, whether you’re into simple siding or prefer a spot of classic cubing, hours of challenging fun lie ahead.

Darius Diamond specializes in writing video gaming, DVD & entertainment reviews, free tips guides and more.

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Big Drug – Bad Drug

Do not be misled by the warm and fuzzy TV commercials directed at you by the big pharmaceutical companies. Those companies do NOT have your welfare at heart. They’re in the dairy faming business and you are their prize cash cow. They milk and they milk and there is no end to their ingenuity when it comes to separating you from your hard earned dollars.

We all know about Vioxx. We know that the FDA licensed this drug, despite obvious lethal side effects, and advised its use for arthritis sufferers, in particular. Arthritis patients are very vulnerable. They can’t move without pain and they frequently are used as guinea pigs by their own doctors as well as Big Drug companies. The FDA is so influenced by Big Drug, that it rushes to license medication without proper testing. In the case of Vioxx, it was obvious for years that Vioxx caused heart attacks in those very vulnerable arthritis patients for whom it was prescribed with gay abandon.

The editor of the Lancet states that the FDA and Vioxx’s manufacturer, Merck “acted out of ruthless, short-sighted, and irresponsible self-interest.”

That’s just one indictment. Merck, manufacturer of Vioxx was forced to settle thousands of law suits. But how many heads rolled in the FDA? Well, none, actually. It took a whistle blower to expose the true risks.

For every high profile disaster like Vioxx, there are hundreds of silent killers pushed on a trusting public, which falls for those warm and fuzzy TV commercials. Note that Big Drug is not permitted to advertise to the public in any countries except the United States and New Zealand. There is a very obvious reason for this. Sick people are vulnerable. If you advertise a drug that you say will help them, they’re going to ask their doctor to prescribe it for them. They trust you and they trust their doctor. They shouldn’t.

Big Drug Companies actually invent new diseases, for which they offer a panacea. When did you discover RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome? When you saw it on a TV commercial, that’s when. Now you think you might have RLS and maybe you should try that drug which purports to cure it.

Be afraid. Pay attention to the very fast disclaimers at the end of those TV commercials. They paint the true picture of life on unnecessary drugs.

Patricia R. Moynihan is the Irish lawyer who founded Dealon Bracelets in 1976. Dealon Bracelets are the traditional natural cure for all forms of arthritis. Patricia is a noted speaker on alternative health care and internet marketing. Reach her at her web site http://www.dealonbracelets.com or Mailto: patricia@dealonbracelets.com

A View of Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton, born on 17th February 1981, heiress to the Hilton empire, model and co-star of hit TV show “The Simple life”:

Sex Video? Check. Blonde hair? Check. Lots of money? Check. Welcome to route one to launching a celebrity career. Paris Hilton’s famous “one night in Paris” video seems to have done little to harm her career. Is this perhaps due to the artistic night vision camera work that seems to take its influence from “Silence of the Lambs”? Or perhaps its down to the fine acting?

It is easy to stereotype Paris Hilton as a rich blonde airhead with all the personality and charm of a Skoda. Whilst Paris certainly isn’t the next Mother Teresa nor is she the next Jenna Jameson. Apart from her video Paris is famous for appearing in TV series “The Simple Life.” The premise of this show is that two rich girls learn what it is like to live with “ordinary” people whilst having their credit cards and other luxuries taken away. To be fair to Paris she doesn’t show the obnoxious arrogance that you would expect from a rich girl. She does demonstrate a certain charm and humility. In doing so she gets her audience believing she is just an ordinary girl after all. The social faux pas she makes are generally more down to naivety than malice. Although she seems harmless you get the impression that the show is just a game to her and she is playing all the time. Would Paris go back and work on a farm if she weren’t being paid to be there? Probably not. Perhaps then this is social awareness born out of financial greed.

The problem is that Paris knows that no matter what happens her fortune won’t go away she can always fall back on it. Its like swimming in the sea when you’re little and you know your dad is just a few metres away ready to save you if you falter. That safety net is ever present and removes the risk out of a lot of what Paris does. She will let herself be subjected to working on a farm but knows ultimately that show will end and she will go back to her mansion. The worst thing that could happen would be that the show gets panned. An ordinary person who makes a mistake at work risks getting fired and that affects their livelihood and their existence.

People always noted that Princess Diana was always down to earth when you spoke to her and treated you like you were her equal rather than her subject. This always annoyed me. Why shouldn’t Diana treat you with respect? You ARE just like her. She’s just a person. When your existence is so financially cushioned and the only thing people expect is for you is to be to be humble and kind its not that hard. It is harder to be kind when you don’t have the cards stacked so heavily in your favour. Having these traits when you are rich and famous might make you appear extraordinary in the world of celebrity but it does not make you an extraordinary human being. Humility and kindness are a bare minimum for being a good person what ever your background rather than special trait to be demonstrated when you are rich.

There is something quite sickening if you think about it about shows like ‘The Simple Life’. There was once a J-Lo song called ‘Jenny from the block’. If you don’t know anything about J-LO you will know that she is famed for having a big entourage and making ridiculous demands when she “sings” live. Anyhow, in the song Jenny from she sings ” don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m still I’m still jenny from the block, I used to have a little and now I have a lot, no matter where I go I know where I came from.” Now excuse me but a person whose diamonds probably cost the price of the average persons wage package singing about how humble she is whilst she’s lying on a on a yacht with Ben Affleck is slightly repugnant. Its like someone sipping champagne and eating caviar whilst talking about drought and famine in Africa. “I’m there for you African children don’t worry… mmm this caviar is lovely.”

Ok, people are famous, ok, they are rich but this kind of thing seems to be like flaunting your success in peoples faces and saying on the other hand I’m just like you accept me! That’s the problem with things like the simple life. It’s an illusion. Money made J- Lo sing about being a girl from a Bronx rather than her apparent “humble girl next door persona”. Money put Paris Hilton on that farm not some deeper love of working class people. Credit to Paris for standing on her two feet but in many ways she is just a symptom of celebrity culture. A victim of her own background. She could have just done nothing with her life and sat on her fortune. Instead she tried to make her own money .Ironic then that by showing she was like you and me, she just get richer, securing her financial affairs so she will never have to be seen mixing with any of our working class people again! Thanks. No really.

Jon C is an independent journalist for SEO tool and magazine http://www.dawjee.com

The World and Technology

So I have finally succumbed and joined the iTunes revolution. I am now part of the technorati that has encompassed personal musical devices. Am I the only one who worries that we are slowly becoming more and more separated? We are in our home offices on the internet, we are listening to our own music, in our own space, traveling, at work, in the car, anywhere, we can watch our own TV shows and movies anywhere we have the gadget, we can text anyone without talking to them face to face.

We now can live without so much human interaction. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? On one hand, people can’t get under our skin so much as we can just shut them out, turn off the annoyance. We also don’t have to rise up out of our shyness and meet people in the usual places, bars, work, shopping. We don’t have to exercise our vocabulary as we only need to be able to type. We no longer have to be honest as we can type what we want people to know and not what our personal truths are. We can watch DVD’s as we travel cross country.

We no longer have to look in someone’s eyes as we break up with them, we just need to text or email our dear johns, we have made ourselves not responsible for their pain…We no longer get that exquisite moment of being vulnerable with someone, as we hold our breathe and wait for them to look in our eyes and see if the ocean of possibilities float there. We no longer get to understand the human condition, test our patience and see our own personal foibles as we have made a 1 degree of separation from actually experiencing our humanity or others. We no longer get to learn tolerance as all we have to do is switch something on to switch them off. We no longer get the full experience of driving in a car and actually having to talk, learning about each other or our parents, or even actually seeing the beautiful country that we live in! We no longer have to learn how to look at a map, when all we have to do, is program the GPS to talk us to where we want to go.

I realize that with technology comes great innovations, but I do believe that we are losing one that matters the most, our humanity. Where will the quest or hunger for our curiosity come from? Where will our learning about love and acceptance be taught? Where do we teach tolerance for each other and how will we practice it when the going gets tough? How do we understand the process of falling in love if we do not have to make ourselves vulnerable and open ourselves to another? How will we understand that each night, all around the world, kids are getting tucked in, filled with hopes and wishes and dreams with current themes, and they all have one thing in common, they are all human and only technology can take that away?

Deanna L Jordan