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Make-A-Wish Foundation Will Transform San Francisco Into Gotham City For Batman-Themed Wish From Five-Year Old Miles

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Five-year-old Miles has leukemia. Described as “a sunny, positive little boy,” Miles finds strength in the super hero characters that he loves. Next month the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation will help everyone find strength in Miles when they make his dream of becoming Batman come true.

Miles’ big day as Batman happens on November 15th, when the San Francisco/Gotham Police Chief will put out a call for help cleaning up our city. Miles, along with a grownup Batman sidekick, will jump into action answering the chief’s call and taking to the streets of San Francisco in the “real” batmobile. The people from Make-A-Wish Bay Area, describe the plot of Miles’ real-life comic book day:

“After rescuing a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks in Nob Hill, and capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batman will eat his lunch at the Burger Bar in San Francisco – directly above Union Square. While at Burger Bar, he will get a call on his batphone to go to the window – where he will look down and see a huge group of volunteers jumping up and down asking for Batman’s help. Why?

Because the Penguin will be kidnapping a famous Gotham City mascot! The getaway car will be visible on Union Square (a convertible so that everyone can see what is happening), and the chase will be on!

After catching the Penguin, Batman will make his final stop at City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of Gotham City will thank him and give him the key to the city. We plan on having hundreds of volunteers and donors collected to cheer and thank our Batman!”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation promises more details about the event will follow soon and, of course, everyone in S.F. is welcome to come out on November 15th to cheer on the hero this city deserves.

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New York City Candy Cab Driver, Mansoor Khalid, Spreads Sweets & Love To Passengers

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Mansoor Khalid, the driver behind the Candy Cab in New York City, hopes to provide a “little happiness to all” by giving his passengers free candy and chocolates along with a personal disco light-filled party in the backseat. Riders can also plug into the cab’s “blasting sound system” with their own devices to play music.

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The New York Times recently featured Khalid and writes that he spends $300/month on candy and was inspired to create the Candy Cab after devastatingly losing his young son nearly two years ago. He says, “I like to buy something for people; I feel good. When you give something from your hand, you feel very good when someone gives a smile.” To see photos of some of his lucky riders, take a look at CandyCab on Instagram.

Here’s how you can catch a ride on Candy Cab:


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Wil Wheaton Explains To A Newborn Girl Why Being A Nerd Is Awesome

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During a talk at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo on April 27th, audience member Jennifer Black asked professional nerd Wil Wheaton to explain to her newborn daughter Violet why being a nerd is so awesome. Jennifer captured Wil’s inspiring answer on film for herself and others around the world to enjoy and pass on to their children.

 

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Brad Meltzer – How To Write Your Own Obituary

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Tonight I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Brad Meltzer speak and found him to be warm, funny and captivating; I only wish he had more time to share his wonderful stories.

During his discussion the #1 New York Times bestselling author mentioned his TED Talk, “How To Write Your Own Obituary” to the audience.

I watched the video as soon as I got home and I am glad that I did. Brad powerfully illustrates the power of thank you and how simple kind gestures can act like a ripple in a pond and affect many.

Please take 16 minutes out of your day and ask yourself, “Who will remember your name?” It will be worth it!

 

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Please Help My Brother & Sister-In-Law Raise Money For The St. Baldrick’s Foundation And Shave The Way To Conquer Kids’ Cancer

My Brother George and his wife, Jennifer  are going to do something pretty amazing and extreme. They are asking for your support. George and Jennifer are going to have their heads shaved at a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event on March 16th, 2012. With their bald heads, they’ll stand in solidarity with kids being treated for cancer while raising money for life-saving research.

Please make a donation on their behalf to help them reach their goal of $1,500 and watch them and others “Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer!” This is a fun way to do something very important.

You can give directly online (search for Palaziol at www.StBaldricks.org) or by phone at 888-899-BALD. Credit cards are the most efficient way to give, or you can write a check payable to “St. Baldrick’s Foundation.”

George and Jennifer will be collecting pledges! To see a list of their donors, fundraising progress, and “before” and “after” photos, visit their page on the St. Baldrick’s website.

St. Baldrick’s funds more in grants for childhood cancer research than any other organization except the U.S. government. Last year, the Foundation has funded nearly $22 million in new grants – all because over 45,000 people shaved their heads!

You can count on this donation being used responsibly. To see all the research being funded – by disease type, location and more – visit www.StBaldricks.org and click on “Where the Money Goes,” then “View Grants.” On behalf of some very special kids, thank you for your support!

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What Would Stephen King Say To His 16-Year-Old Self?

If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say?

In the book, Dear Me: A Letter to my Sixteen-Year Old Self, 75 celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes, and actors have written letters to their younger selves that give words of comfort, warning, humor, and advice.

These letters present intimate, moving, and witty insights into some of the world’s most intriguing and admired individuals. By turns funny, surprising, raw, and uplifting, this singular collection captures the universal conditions that are youth, life, and growing up.

Read the excerpt below from the prolific author Stephen King and find out what words of wisdom he would say to his teenage self.

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America, Meet Zach Anner

Oprah Winfrey and reality TV producer Mark Burnett (Survivor & The Apprentice) are joining forces in search of the next big TV star. People can upload their video audition or go to an open casting call if they feel they have that “IT” factor or think that they have something important to share. America can vote and help decide who should win.

Last week, wheelchair-bound lady magnet Zach Anner, posted his audition tape and discussed his many talents and an idea for a TV show designed to inspire people who never thought they could travel. The premise is fascinating; join Zach as he globe-trots to some of the most notoriously inaccessible locations and embraces the spontaneous nature of world travel! No matter what the obstacle, he’ll face every bump in the road with a smile.

The video has since gone viral and Zach’s campaign to get his own show has picked up quite a bit of interest. In this video he thanks everyone who’s supported him and offers to be in a Facebook relationship with you.

In a world where it seems like almost everyone has a reality show but no one has anything to really say, I think it would be refreshing to watch Zach’s travel show.  I would rather view that program than one where wealthy catty housewives constantly bicker or gelled Jersey teens get plastered every night.

I voted for Zach and you can too right HERE!

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The 2010 TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People List

TIME Magazine has just published their 100 world’s most influential people list for 2010.

Some of the people you’ll encounter on this list are influential in the traditional sense — heads of state like Barack Obama, corporate leaders like Robin Li, CEO of the Chinese search-engine company Baidu. But the magazine also sought out people whose ideas and actions are revolutionizing their fields and transforming lives — like Matt Berg, who is using text-messaging technology to improve community health monitoring in Africa, and Rahul Singh, whose organization GlobalMedic was among the first on the ground after January’s Haiti earthquake, providing millions of gallons of water to those most in need. You might not have heard their names before, but their innovations and efforts will help change the world for years to come.

The 2010 TIME 100 boasts some innovations too. The issue has multiple covers, wrapping front and back around the magazine. The list is now consolidated into four categories — leaders, artists, thinkers and heroes.

You can see the list HERE.


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Yes Virginia, There Is An iPad

Virginia Campbell is a 99-year-old Lake Oswego, Oregon resident and recently she made her first computer purchase – the Apple iPad.

According to her daughter Ginny, the iPad’s zoom-in function has changed the glaucoma-suffering nonagenarian’s life, allowing her to rekindle her love affair with reading and writing.


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