Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak

I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book for years! Finally found one from BetterWorldBooks.com last month and decided to order it. It finally arrived in the mail a couple of days ago.

I know what you’re probably thinking, I should just have bought an e-book or download one for free, but I’ve always been a fan and fond of reading the “book” itself, as in in physical form. Anyways, here’s what today’s book is all about.

Taken from GoodReads.com — technically from the back of the book itself. :P

Drowning in $20,000 of credit card debt, shopaholic Karyn Bosnak asked strangers for money online — and it worked!

What would you do if you owed $20,000? Would you: A) not tell your parents? B) start your own website that asked for money without apology? or C) stop coloring your hair, getting pedicures, and buying Gucci? If you were Karyn Bosnak, you’d do all three.

Karyn started a funny yet honest website, www.savekaryn.com, on which she asked for donations to help her get out of debt. Karyn received e-mails from people all over the world, either confessing their own debt-ridden lives, or criticizing hers. But after four months of Internet panhandling and selling her prized possessions on eBay, her debt was gone!

In Save Karyn: One Shopaholic’s Journey to Debt and Back, Karyn details the bumpy road her financial — and personal — life has traveled to get her where she is today: happy, grateful, and completely debt-free. In this charming cautionary tale, Karyn chronicles her glamorous rise, her embarrassing fall, and how the kindness of strangers in cyberia really can make a difference.

I really love Karyn Bosnak’s way of writing, it’s always so simple but unique at the same time. This book became my source of motivation during the last couple of days. After I was done with it, I knew that her lessons did not end where the last words in her book were printed, she imparted it with me.

This book about a major part of her life is a wake-up call to everyone who is probably on the verge of giving up on everything. Save Karyn motivates and teaches the value of giving wholeheartedly without expecting something in return. She might have made a terrible mistake before, but who doesn’t anyway, right?

I personally think that her purpose of sharing her story in this book is not just to let people know that she had a genius idea that helped her out of the mess she was in but also through her story, she imparted probably the best life advice anyone could share and that is to never tire to give, forgive and fight back with kindness.

Save Karyn made me think hard about some areas of my life and it even made me want to be a better person not only for my own good but for the benefits of other people who helped me in the past and to those who might someday need my help.

Save Karyn, in my opinion, is better than any self-help books that ever exist. Five delish cookies with milk.




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Twitter’s Two-Step Verification Method

You’ve probably heard of the numerous hacking of major corporations’ websites that happened earlier this year and Twitter is one of them. That’s why the developers of the micro-blogging site recently introduced a two-step verification method to add extra security for its users.

The goal is to keep unwanted “guests” out of each private user’s account. So the developers came up with a new authentication method that would require the user to hand over their mobile number through a secure Twitter page. Though this particular method makes signing in a little bit slower, it ensures to keep user accounts safe from being compromised.

To use this new service from Twitter, the user must first turn it on. After doing so, Twitter will send an SMS containing a verification code to the user’s mobile phone every time they access their Twitter account; this is to give Twitter.com or its application a permission to access a specific account.

To turn this setting on and to set up your two-step verification method, you would have to sign in to your Twitter account and visit your settings panel. Look for the “Account Security” section then you’ll see the option to require a verification code whenever you sign in, but before you can actively use this feature, you would have to enter your mobile number. Just simply click on the “add a phone” link if you haven’t added a phone number yet.

Remember though, once you entered your mobile number, Twitter will ask you to send the word “Go” to 40404 via-text message and with this all kinds of SMS notification will be turned on by default. If you don’t want to receive notifications via-SMS at all times of the day, just change your mobile settings immediately via-the settings panel.

This new method may seem to be a lot of work, but it’s actually worth the extra effort as the developer’s ensured users’ safety with this newly launched method.


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Borrowed Children by George Ella Lyon

Read this book when I was is the fourth grade. I didn’t understood it well back then, all I knew about it was it’s about a young girl that was forced to stay home, manage a household and take care of a newborn baby. Nevertheless, I loved it. Here’s the summary from GoodReads.com:

Twelve-year-old Amanda Perritt is pitched head-first into adult responsibilities when she has to quit school to care for her newborn brother and invalid mother. She gets an excape, she thinks, when she’s offered a trip to stay with her grandmother and her sophisticated Aunt Laura in Memphis. But during the visit, she discovers unexpected parallels between her mother’s childhood and her own and comes to understand her own individuality as well as what it means to be part of a family.

Years later, I decided to look for a copy and finally found one. I’ve decided to re-read it and I was surprised that my perspective and understanding changed. The story seemed too complicated to me before to find sense in it, but right now I can tell that it’s little complexity showed nothing more but a pre-teen’s perspective about a complicated life situation she suddenly delved into.

This book tells the story of 12-year old Mandy Perritt and how she became a mother instantly to a newborn baby and how she sacrificed her love and thirst for a good education when her mother fell really ill after giving birth to her little brother.

This book is worth reading. Might even take you back to that old pre-teen feelings you had when you felt deprived of something but at the same time instills the value of appreciating whatever you have instead of thinking that you’re being deprived of for other people might have experienced worse than you did.

Great story! Four cookies!




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Apple Cuts iPad Mini Shipments in Half

Apple is reportedly cutting down the shipments of iPad Mini in half due to less demand for the said device.

The latest addition to the iPad family is probably about to enter a rough road ahead as it has been reported that Apple is cutting down shipments to retailers in half due to low demands for the product.

Reports further states that AU Optronics, the company that supplies the panels for the iPad Mini, will only be shipping around 2.5 million to 2.8 million units to manufacturers in the second quarter of this year from the 4 million units it shipped during the first quarter.

Which also means that Apple will be sending out lesser iPad Mini units to retailers than usual. The root of this particular slowdown in production and shipment of iPad Mini’s is said to be due to the disinterest of consumers to buy new gadgets in during summer season.


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Amazon Rumored to be Developing Smartphone with Holographic 3-D Display

Amazon is about to answer Sci-Fi geeks dreams by developing a smart phone with a holographic 3-D display.

If there is something, us sci-fi geeks have been waiting for forever, it’s probably the holographic way of communicating. We’ve seen it on Sci-Fi movies and TV shows, read it on books but we were left with one question: “Is it ever possible?” Well, it seems that Amazon is going to answer our prayers as they have been reported to be developing a smart phone with a holographic 3-D display!

Amazon moves its focus from ebook readers to developing a smart phone device with a glasses-free holographic 3-D display as reported by The Wall Street Journal last Thursday.

In the Journal, the new device was described as such:

“Using retina-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles, [sources] said. Users may be able to navigate through content using just their eyes, two of the people said,”

It was also reported that Amazon is working on two smart phones. One is the amazing glasses free hologram 3-D display and another is a more conventional smart phone.

Amazon is reportedly aiming to release its new gadgets within the year, although it may not all be achieved due to performance and financial issues as stated by The Wall Street Journal. Despite of this, tech and sci-fi fans remain hopeful for the gadget to hit the market soon.


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New Plasma Device Developed

Scientists developed a new way to control and create plasma that could transform energy and storage.

A team of scientists at the University of Missouri recently found a new way to create and control plasma that could possibly change energy storage.

Most of us are all too familiar with only three states of matter such as solid, liquid and gas, but there is also a fourth matter known as plasma. Plasma has the same elements with fire and lightning, thus most life on earth depends on plasma as it emits energy from producing fusion reaction within the sun.

Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, Randy Curry, along with his team developed a devise to launch rings of plasma at distances that could go up to two feet, and even if the plasma reaches a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun it will not emit radiation and will be safe to humans.

The success of the study depended on the development of a way to make plasma form its own self-magnetic field. This magnetic field holds the plasma together when it gets launched and travels through the open air. Curry states that the launching of plasma in the open air is like the Holy Grail in the field of physics.

“Creating plasma in a vacuum tube surrounded by powerful electromagnets is no big deal; dozens of labs can do that. Our innovation allows the plasma to hold itself together while it travels through regular air without any need for containment.” Curry stated.


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