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Your Corporate Lunch Could Make Or Break Business Dealings

When you’re choosing a caterer for a business luncheon, the food will inevitably be discussed by all of the attendees. If you choose a company that gives you poor service, poor quality or poor choices, you guests will not spend the afternoon focusing on business. Your guests will focus on their lunch thrown in the trash or that they’re hungry. Choosing a Corporate Lunch Catering service is as important as your customers or employees are to you. It is also a reflection of your attitude toward whoever the guests are.

If you’re choosing a caterer for your corporate event, make sure they offer a variety of foods. In addition, it may be a good idea to get references from current customers or visit one of their corporate lunches at another location. Make sure they are paying attention to the details of your event and asking you questions. You need to realize that if they are friendly and courteous to you as their customer, they will also be friendly and courteous to your guests for your corporate luncheon.

If you’re having outside customers or inside employees, make sure the caterer offers what you’re looking for. If your meeting is informal but you have chosen to serve lunch in an informal atmosphere, boxed lunches of hot or cold foods may be for you. If you’re planning a more elegant luncheon, make sure the catering company can serve hot and cold entrees that are delectable to the taste buds of your guests. If you have vegetarian or special diets to address, make sure the caterer does not specialize in just one type of food for your guests. If you’re looking for a sweet delight after the meal, make sure they offer various types of choices including fruit and baked products.

Selection of your food for your corporate luncheon and the tone you’re trying to set for your guests will depend on your food at lunch and the service. Your corporate luncheon can go smoothly with an experienced caterer. Your guests will be content during the afternoon hours when they’re full of delicious food. They’ll be able to focus on the incredible effort put into the luncheon and feel like they’re part of an incredible organization.

Playstation 3 Review

Itís black, itís shiny, itís a dust magnet and it is a console gaming system that offers so much more than merely the ability to play the state-of-the-art games.Sonyís catchphrase for the PlayStation 3 is PLAY B3YOND (aka Beyond) ñ and what the PS3 offers is a device that is capable of playing the latest PS 1080p games, surfing the Web, play blu-ray videos and so much more.But first things firstThe local phone company tech showed up at the door to install DSL. Cool. Problem was the wireless modem was connected to the wall outlet upstairs and the PS3 was in the master bedroom (hooked up to the HDTV) downstairs. Look in the manual Ö Select Network Settings Ö Select Internet Connection Settings Ö Select ìWirelessî and then press the X button. A firmware download later, the machine was surfing the Web, using a Logitech USB keyboard.There were a couple of retail games included in the box ñ Genji: Days of the Blade and Resistance: Fall of Man. Genji was tried ñ nope, need to upgrade the firmware to the next iteration (from 1.00 to 1.02). Again, not a problem. Resistance comes packaged with the firmware upgrade and other games down the line will do the same thing (think PC and getting the latest iteration of DirectX with the game).Sony ushers in its version of the next-gen console system with the launch of the PS3 on November 17. Pre-sales indicate the machine will sell out. The first 500,000 units shipped carried the blu-ray release of Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby. Sony wants those who buy the console to see what blu-ray can do. Words donít do a blu-ray justice. It could be mentioned that blu-ray disks hold much more information than DVDs (DVDs can hold nine gigs of information while blu-ray disks can hold 50 gigs), and in the case of movies come the closest yet to a visual experience that is amazing. Imagine all that on a disk.ps3Whatís in the boxThe PS3 comes in two models, the lower-priced ($499) 20-gigabyte playstation 3 hard drive and the ($599) 60-gig playstation 3 hard drive. There are differences, aside from the hard-drive size between the two.The 60-gig machine uses a Cell Broadband Engine and the main memory is 256-meg XDR RAM with 256-megs of GDDR3 VRAM. The hard drive is a 2.5î Serial ATA and the main input/output devices include a memory stick, SD and CompactFlash disks as well as four USB 2.0 ports. The 20-gig machine only has the USB ports, not the other input/output device ports. The hard drive size and the input/output configurations are the differences between the two machines.The machine will support screen sizes of 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p with the ability to connect either through HDMI cables (not included) or the composite analog cables (5 connections ñ three for video and two audio channels). Both machines have the digital audio capabilities and the Blu-ray/DVD/CD (read-only) disc drives.Blu-ray and Cell Broadband EngineThe Cell Broadband Engine was developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba and is purported to deliver up to 10 times the processing speed of a typical home computer. The hype on the engine states that developers should be able to start approximating actual intelligence in games, rather than artificial intelligence, meaning the enemies should get a lot smarter. The engine is capable of performing 200 billion calculations per second and has a clock speed of 3.2 GHz.The blu-ray disc offers next-gen media capabilities that can render high-definition graphical power to a receiver that is also HD. It can support 1080p, which is 1,080 lines of progressive scan ñ the highest resolution available. Blu-ray discs can carry more than five times the amount of data of a DVD. DVDs can hold up to 9 gigs of information but the blu-ray disc can hold 50 gigs ñ which translates, in gaming terms, into titles that will be much bigger in terms of detail or game scope. Blu-ray also supports 7.1 surround sound.

Friends (Season 8) DVD Review

One of the top television comedy series of its time, Friends follows the lives of six friends in their mid-twenties – Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry). The six friends often spend their days in the “Central Perk” coffee house or an apartment rented by one of them. Together, they form a dynamic comic team that will keep you laughing.The Friends (Season 8) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere in which the friends celebrate Chandler and Monica’s wedding. When Monica sees Rachel spitting out her champagne, she realizes that Rachel is pregnant. As the season progresses, Rachel reveals that Ross is the fatherÖ This season includes guest appearances by Sean Penn, Morgan Fairchild, Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin, and Marlo ThomasÖ The season finale centers around the birth of Rachel’s babyÖBelow is a list of episodes included on the Friends (Season 8) DVD:Episode 171 (The One After “I Do”) Air Date: 09-27-2001Episode 172 (The One with the Red Sweater) Air Date: 10-04-2001Episode 173 (The One Where Rachel TellsÖ) Air Date: 10-11-2001Episode 174 (The One with the Videotape) Air Date: 10-18-2001Episode 175 (The One with Rachel’s Date) Air Date: 10-25-2001Episode 176 (The One with the Halloween Party) Air Date: 11-01-2001Episode 177 (The One with the Stain) Air Date: 11-08-2001Episode 178 (The One with the s) Air Date: 11-15-2001Episode 179 (The One with the Rumor) Air Date: 11-22-2001Episode 180 (The One with Monica’s Boots) Air Date: 12-06-2001Episode 181 (The One with the Creepy Holiday Card) Air Date: 12-13-2001Episode 182 (The One Where Joey Dates Rachel) Air Date: 01-10-2002Episode 183 (The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath) Air Date: 01-17-2002Episode 184 (The One with the Secret Closet) Air Date: 01-31-2002Episode 185 (The One with the Birthing Video) Air Date: 02-07-2002Episode 186 (The One Where Joey Tells Rachel) Air Date: 02-28-2002Episode 187 (The One with the Tea Leaves) Air Date: 03-07-2002Episode 188 (The One in Massapequa) Air Date: 03-28-2002Episode 189 (The One with Joey’s Interview) Air Date: 04-04-2002Episode 190 (The One with the Baby Shower) Air Date: 04-25-2002Episode 191 (The One with the Cooking Class) Air Date: 05-02-2002Episode 192 (The One Where Rachel is Late) Air Date: 05-09-2002Episode 193 (The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 1) Air Date: 05-16-2002Episode 194 (The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 2) Air Date: 05-16-2002

Macgyver (DVD) Review

A unique and different kind of TV action series, MacGyver made its television premiere in the Fall of 1985 to much fanfare. Audiences immediately responded to the title character and his unusual penchant for turning everyday items like chewing gum and paperclips into elaborate life-saving contraptions. In this way, it maintained a slight resemblance to The A-Team, and this recurring plot device helped MacGyver build a strong cult followingÖRichard Dean Anderson plays the title role of MacGyver, an energetic employee of the fictional Phoenix Foundation for Research. An unorthodox hero by action series standards, MacGyver has a deadly fear of heights. A pacifist who refuses to use weapons, he relies heavily on his ability to use his brain and tinker with the various materials at his disposal. MacGyver’s best friend, and the director of the Phoenix Foundation, is Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar). Pete often sends MacGyver on Foundation missions and sometimes comes to his aid (usually after MacGyver has saved the day). In addition, MacGyver is joined on a regular basis by his airplane pilot friend Jack Dalton (Bruce McGill), a man who constantly entangles himself in illegal activities and other troublesome situations. Between the usual slew of bad guys, the vendetta of archenemy Murdoc (Michael Des Barres), and his multitude of troublesome friends, MacGyver is always in the midst of interesting and dangerous events, and the show’s true entertainment value derives from watching MacGyver’s distinctive method of dealing with each oneÖThe MacGyver DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the series pilot in which MacGyver is forced to race against the clock when a team of scientists are trapped underground after a lab experiment goes awry. Wanting to contain the leak, the Army allots a small time window for MacGyver to pull off his mission before they destroy the facilityÖ Fans will make note of some interesting aspects of the pilot episode such as Dana Elcar’s role as another character, MacGyver’s use of a gun, and MacGyver’s boss is a man named Gantner (Michael Lerner)Ö Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Trumbo’s World” in which MacGyver, while on expedition in Brazil, encounters and wages war with a mile-wide column of army ants, and “Every Time She Smiles” in which MacGyver meets up with a beautiful, yet talkative, artist named Penny Parker (Teri Hatcher) and the two must escape the clutches of the KGB

South Park (DVD) Review

Premiering in the late summer of 1997, South Park took American pop culture by storm with its no-holds-barred examination of social and political issues and its lewd yet unique brand of cartoon humor. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park is the lynchpin of cable network Comedy Central’s original programming lineup. Centered around the lives of several kids in the small Colorado town of South Park (a place prone to odd and paranormal occurrences), the series presents itself in the form of crude animated drawings, yet the concept works, playing home to innumerable well-written shows filled with boundless wit, well-timed one-liners, and an endless array of politically-incorrect humor. Love it or hate it, South Park is a truly original animated series with relentlessly off-the-wall plot twists and comic relief. If you love oddball humor, then this is the show for youÖSouth Park mostly follows the exploits of four elementary school kids – Cartman (who’s overweight and sarcastic), Kyle (who dreams of eliminating his little brother Ike), Stan (who throws up at the sight of a girl he likes), and Kenny (who manages to get killed in every episode). All four attend South Park Elementary School where third grade teacher Mr. Garrison educates them with the use of a hand-puppet named “Mr. Hat” and cafeteria employee “Chef” McElroy (Isaac Hayes) dispenses his advice while periodically breaking into 70′s love songs about making love to women. South Park is the setting for numerous oddities such as alien visitors, a monster with a hand of celery and the leg of Patrick Duffy, and Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride. South Park also hosts a number famous people from time to time, such as the Devil, Saddam Hussein, the Antichrist, Kathy Lee Gifford, Scott Baio, Tina Yothers, Elton John, and Jesus Christ – who has his own cable access showÖThe South Park DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” in which Kyle tries to rid himself of his baby brother Ike by playing a game of “kick the baby” at the bus stop. Meanwhile, Cartman reveals to his friends that he had a nightmare in which he was abducted by aliens, leading Stan, Kyle, and Chef to the conclusion that aliens inserted an anal probe in Cartman. As cows are mutilated in South Park, Cartman continues to live in denial of the alien machine residing in his anusÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig” in which Kyle’s science project to cross-breed an elephant with a pig is made possible when Chef and Elton John create the necessary atmosphere for proper loving-making, and “Pink Eye” in which Kenny dies early in the episode but is turned into a zombie by accident

The Da Vinci Code (DVD) Review

The Da Vinci Code as a novel is an international bestselling phenomenon, but The Da Vinci Code as a movie is bound to be long forgotten by yearís end. Directed by Ron Howard, the Hollywood veteran behind such memorable films as A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, this adaptation of Dan Brownís religious thriller is 149 minutes of monotonous exposition and tedious European spy thriller clichÈs. What makes Dan Brownís novels so popular is the narrative background on such subjects as cryptography, secret societies, religious orders, and alternative history. But itís difficult to translate such ideas to the big screen, and itís here that The Da Vinci Code fails as a commercial thriller. Entire scenes are composed of lectures on the history of Christianity and the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. Michael Crichton has a similar style of writing that focuses on scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge technology, but his novels adapt better to the big screen. Whereas Jurassic Park briefly lectured audiences on the inner-workings of DNA, then quickly jumped to two hours of dinosaurs terrorizing people, The Da Vinci Code keeps explaining, hypothesizing, and lecturing only to leave its audience hanging. The ideas are intriguing, but they make for a far better novel than silver screen blockbuster. Minus the interesting conjecture, the film is nothing more than a poorly written 1970s drugstore spy thrillerÖTom Hanks plays the lead role of Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of religious symbology lecturing in Paris. When Jacques Sauniere (Jean-Pierre Marielle), curator of the Louvre, is found murdered and strangely positioned in his famous museum, local authorities initially consult Langdon for his expertise. But the professor soon learns from Sauniereís granddaughter, government cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), that he and the prime suspect are one and the same. Creating a diversion for the police, the two discover a hidden trail of clues created by Sauniere in the moments before his death, clues that just might lead them to most elusive treasure in human history ñ the Holy Grail. With InterPol hot on their trail, and the true murderer still at large, Langdon and Neveu enlist the help of Grail historian Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen) to teach them the history of the Grailís protectors, The Priory of Scion, and to help them uncover the endless clues that promise to unravel a 2,000 year mysteryÖDespite the remarks of most critics, Tom Hanksí performance is not atrocious. Although his character is bland at best, he wasnít given much with which to work. Robert Langdonís lack of development is more attributable to poorly written dialogue and poor choices in direction. Ron Howard tries to cover up some of the excessive dialogue with visual images, but narrative is still narrative even with flashback sequences. Audrey Tautou delivers her lines well, but suffers from the same constraints as her Academy Award-winning screen partner. The only shining performance is provided by Ian McKellen as the eccentric and charming Grail expert, Leigh Teabing. Some of his one-liners add a bit of comic relief, but theyíre only band-aids on the gushing head wound that is this film. In the end, The Da Vinci Code is a lesson on the distinction between two differing mediums. Movies havenít replaced books, or vice-versa, for a reason. Sometimes, itís just better to read the book. In the case of The Da Vinci Code, this is one of those moments.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (DVD) Review

The brainchild of writer Joss Whedon, Buffy The Vampire Slayer originally entered American pop culture as a full-length feature film, starring Kristy Swanson, in 1992. But creator Whedon felt that the project never quite did justice to the full scope of his vision, so he managed turn the film into a television series in 1997. The result of Whedon’s increased artistic freedom is a series that has enjoyed both critical acclaim and audience notoriety. Nominated for 14 Emmy’s during its seven year run, the show managed to win only two (both in 1998 for Outstanding Makeup and Outstanding Music Composition in a television series). Yet, the true success for Buffy The Vampire Slayer is indicated by the massive success of the show’s long run, strong DVD sales, and the overwhelming success of the series spin-off AngelÖSarah Michelle Gellar plays the title role of Buffy Anne Summers, a teenage girl who stands alone among her generation as the “chosen one” able to “stand against vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the SlayerÖ” But Buffy is not alone in fulfilling her destiny as a slayer of vampires. She also receives help from the high school librarian, Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), who is a Watcher – the one chosen to train and guide slayers on their developmental path. In addition, new friends Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan – of American Pie fame) and Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) quickly uncover the truth of Buffy’s destiny, and they often aid her in defending the world against evil forcesÖThe Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD offers a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere “Welcome to the Hellmouth” in which Buffy and her mother arrive in Sunnydale, California, trying to escape their past. But Buffy quickly learns from the school librarian that the small town sits atop a “hellmouth” about to bring forth a master vampire. When her secret is revealed to new friends Willow and Xander, the three must work together to keep the master vampire from using his vessel to enter their realityÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “The Harvest” in which Buffy prepares to face down the master vampire’s henchmen so she can stop the harvest (a ceremony which will free the Master), and “I Robot, You Jane” in which Buffy and the Scooby gang discover a demon trapped in the school’s computer network

South Park (Season 5) DVD Review

Politically incorrect in almost every way, South Park is a crudely drawn cartoon with an almost limitless number of hilarious and sarcastic moments. Stellar, sometimes off-the-wall writing makes up for poor animation in this series which follows the lives of four third-graders at South Park Elementary School: Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny. With an enormous supporting cast of eccentric characters, South Park rivals The Simpsons in its ability to create strange, yet believable personalities…The South Park (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “It His the Fan” in which Kyle gets four tickets to see The Lion King on stage, but he can’t find anyone (adult or child) willing to go because everyone in South Park is infatuated with the upcoming television broadcast of the show Cop Drama in which the word s will be used on TV for the first time ever. When the big event occurs, it ends up changing South Park for the worseÖ Other notable episodes from Season 5 include “Cripple Fight” in which Big Gay Al becomes Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny’s Boy Scout leader, and “Cartmanland” in which Cartman’s grandmother dies and leaves him one million dollars which he then uses to purchase his own personal theme parkÖBelow is a list of episodes included on the South Park (Season 5) DVD:Episode 66 (It Hits the Fan) Air Date: 06-20-2001Episode 67 (Cripple Fight) Air Date: 06-27-2001Episode 68 (The Super Best Friends) Air Date: 07-04-2001Episode 69 (Scott Tenorman Must Die) Air Date: 07-11-2001Episode 70 (Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow) Air Date: 07-18-2001Episode 71 (Cartmanland) Air Date: 07-25-2001Episode 72 (Proper Condom Use) Air Date: 08-01-2001Episode 73 (Towelie) Air Date: 08-08-2001Episode 74 (Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants) Air Date: 11-07-2001Episode 75 (How to Eat With Your Butt) Air Date: 11-14-2001Episode 76 (The Entity) Air Date: 11-21-2001Episode 77 (Here Comes the Neighborhood) Air Date: 11-28-2001Episode 78 (Kenny Dies) Air Date: 12-05-2001Episode 79 (Butters’ Very Own Episode) Air Date: 12-12-2001

A Lot of Work Goes Into Producing Business Videos

There are very few things in life of that are good to just wing. This means that a person would walk into a situation without preparing anything in advance. They just take what is given to them and then it they figure out a way to deal with it. This is especially true when it comes to business. If a business person wants to be successful, they cannot just wing it. They have to think ahead about ways that they are going to do things. This is especially true when it comes to producing business videos nyc.

When an individual wants to make a video to promote their business, they are going to need to make sure that they think things out. First of all, they are going to have to just take a moment and think about the purpose of the video. Is it to promote a product? Is it educational in nature? Does it explain something that is taking place in the business? Is it trying to attract new customers? Once the business owner decides exactly what the purpose of the video will be, they need to start jotting down all of their ideas. They want to make sure that they are able to include all of the important points before they actually begin to write the script.

The next thing that the person is going to need to do is actually write the script. This is the heart of a good promotional video. For the most part, promotional videos are going to be relatively short. They may actually be less than a minute. This means that the scripts has to be to the point and it has to be memorable. Fortunately, there are companies that can help an individual when they make promotional videos for their business. You can click here to get more information about business video production newyork.

It is extremely important for all of the main ideas to be gathered and the script to be well written before any shoot begins. If these ideas are not gathered, the individuals who will be acting or who will be working on that video will just waste their time. They do not want to put a lot of time into a video that needs to be filmed again and again or that constantly needs to have the script changed. The business owner should make sure that they clearly express the main ideas that they want to have in the video before hand.

Dawson’s Creek (Season 4) DVD Review

A smashing success for the ever-surprising WB network, Dawson’s Creek is just one of a number of original hit series cranked out by WB executives in the past several years. Joining shows like Angel (1999), Gilmore Girls (2000), and Smallville (2001), Dawson’s Creek is the brainchild of writer Kevin Williamson who, it is said, modeled the show’s characters to reflect his own childhood relationships. Set in the non-existent town of Capeside, Massachusetts, the series follows the lives of teenagers Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), Josephine “Joey” Potter (Katie Holmes), Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson), Jennifer “Jen” Lindley (Michelle Williams), Andrea “Andie” McPhee (Meredith Monroe), and Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith). Together, they form the nucleus of one of the most successful teen dramas in historyÖThe Dawson’s Creek (Season 4) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere “Coming Home” in which Pacey and Joey return from their summer vacation together. Now, they must deal with Dawson’s hurt feelings over their being a couple now. Meanwhile, Pacey becomes homeless when his sister moves in with Doug, prompting Pacey to ask if he can stay at Joey’sÖ Other notable episodes from Season 4 include “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in which Pacey accompanies Joey to an orientation for prospective Worthington College students only to be singled out by the dean – much to Joey’s dismay, and “Admissions” in which Dawson, Joey, Jen, and Jack all struggle over the college admissions process while deciding what school to attendÖBelow is a list of episodes included on the Dawson’s Creek (Season 4) DVD:Episode 59 (Coming Home) Air Date: 10-04-2000Episode 60 (Failing Down) Air Date: 10-11-2000Episode 61 (Two Gentlemen of Capeside) Air Date: 10-18-2000Episode 62 (Future Tense) Air Date: 10-25-2000Episode 63 (A Family Way) Air Date: 11-01-2000Episode 64 (Great Xpectations) Air Date: 11-08-2000Episode 65 (You Had Me at Goodbye) Air Date: 11-15-2000Episode 66 (The Unusual Suspects) Air Date: 11-22-2000Episode 67 (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Air Date: 11-29-2000Episode 68 (Self Reliance) Air Date: 12-20-2000Episode 69 (The Tao of Dawson) Air Date: 01-10-2001Episode 70 (The Te of Pacey) Air Date: 01-17-2001Episode 71 (Hopeless) Air Date: 01-31-2001Episode 72 (A Winter’s Tale) Air Date: 02-07-2001Episode 73 (Four Stories) Air Date: 02-14-2001Episode 74 (Mind Games) Air Date: 03-28-2001Episode 75 (Admissions) Air Date: 04-11-2001Episode 76 (Eastern Standard Time) Air Date: 04-18-2001Episode 77 (Late) Air Date: 04-25-2001Episode 78 (Promicide) Air Date: 05-02-2001Episode 79 (Separation Anxiety) Air Date: 05-09-2001Episode 80 (The Graduate) Air Date: 05-16-2001Episode 81 (Coda) Air Date: 05-23-2001

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