Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

As a taco/restaurant lover, I’m always willing to travel to try out a new place.  But the problem is that restaurants are more fun with people.  That’s why it’s helpful to have an app like Skout that makes it easier to meet new people, that have the same interests as me.

Skout is a location-based social network available on iOS and Android devices as well as a dedicated website. The focus of the application and accompanying website is to meet new people, anywhere in the world. The application uses a smartphones GPS to to find other uses in the general vicinity, but doesn’t give users exact locations. Users can meet new people in their local area, or virtually travel to other locations. The application promotes serendipitous meetings and chats using simple technology. The aim of the application is to meet new people, leading to strong relationships that are either purely platonic or something more.

The Early Stages
Created in 2007 by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom, Skout started off as a simple social network. At that time, Skout was merely a social networking website where people could connect. It wasn’t until the 2009 relaunch that the website focused more on making romantic connections. This was due to the founders’ realization that 83% of the website’s then 200,000 members were using the network for dating. Along with a revamped website, the iOS application launched with much success. The Android application was launched the following year.

Gaining Momentum
In the following years, Skout gained users. It was one of the iPhone’s first location-based dating services, so the brand and service expanded. Surveys within the Skout application concluded that majority of the users had success in meeting others in the real world through the application. The popularity of Skout made mobile dating services more common and widely accepted. With the launch of Skout OUT, the network allowed people to create connections offline. The interactive touch screen was installed in various venues and allowed users to flirt, dedicate songs, and send messages to others in the venue or nearby venues.

Strong Funding
By 2010, numerous applications launched to follow the success of Skout. Competitors muddled the social networking market, but never compared to how easy Skout is to access and download. At this point, Skout had a staff count of three, including the original founders. It had acquired 4.6 million in funding since its advent, with profit and losses dipping back and forth. The mobile application had seen tens of millions of downloads, despite the competition. By 2012, Skout had a larger staff count and received massive funding. The company raised $22 million in venture capital from Andreessen Horowitz. This funding has allowed the network to expand. The company was able to further develop the mobile application and network into what it is today.

Skout expanded tremendously since their massive venture capital funding. In fact, the number of active users tripled and the number of connections made by users quadrupled just a year after this funding. Skout began adding new features that proved to be beneficial in terms of profit. They included a paid feature that allows users to connect with others all over the world. Furthermore, the application includes ways for users to send virtual gifts using real currency. Additionally, community features have allowed users to monitor the application themselves. This strengthened the community within the application and created a stronger relationship with users, and also led to creating additional apps like Fuse.

Today, Skout is continuing to thrive and grow. The mobile application and website is continually adapting, becoming more user friendly and fun to use. The mobile application is still among the top 25 social networking applications in the Apple store and continues to see new users and growth.

Better Reputation is an online management firm. They help people find out their reputations when other people search for them on search engines such as Google. Better Reputation gives people the opportunity to do a reputation assessment free of charge. This assessment helps people take control of their search results by using the management services of Better Reputation.

In business, it is very important to have a good reputation. It is especially important for job seekers. If your web presence is not positive, it could cost you employment or even lead to you losing your job. That’s why online management firms like Better Reputation are so important, because they can help you stop, fix, and manage problems on the internet. They can also help you promote your brand. These firms can add longevity and visibility to your career.

To get even more specific; these online management firms help with search engine optimization and management. This is important because your content will become more popular in places such as Google. In addition to becoming more accessible, people will find out important information about you. For any negative information out there, your firm can help push it back farther in the list of search results.

The firm will also help with your content development and management. It is important to make sure your website and blog are organized and well written. The firm will also help with making sure that you are posting relevant content. The firm can also help you monitor your different social media platforms.

Each firm is different, so it is important that you choose the best fit. Look at what your needs and goals are. Perhaps you would like advice on how to improve your social networks. Perhaps you are just looking for tips on how to succeed in your chosen professional field.

Be sure to pay attention to certain things. Find out if the firm uses black hat or white hat tactics. White hat tactics are transparent. Black hat tactics are risky and could lead to punishment.

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I recently read in Q Buzz the online magazine for Qnet, that the Be The Rhythm Foundation initiative will be donating home pure red units for improving water purity in Tirana, Malaysia, and Rashad’s Center UAE. The way the project works is that for every 1000 positive comments left on their site, they will donate one Homepure red unit. This contest is occurring on their Facebook page. I saw that if they get an additional 500 comments during phase 2, they will donate a unit to the Rashad’s center for the disabled in UAE. If they get 500 comments in the first two weeks, they will donate a unit to Taarana their school for children with special needs. I see that only three posts maximum allowed per person. I feel like this is a great way to help children get the clean water that they need. If you share the project, you can help spread the word and get more comments to help these kids.

Qnet is a direct selling company located in Asia. It encourages entrepreneurship and help people 2 obtain solutions to enhance their lifestyles. Do not believe in helping the everyday person enable themselves and create a profitable business with hard work. Qnet gives individuals and families the opportunity to achieve the dream of financial independence with their unique business model, and philosophy 2 help others. Qnet is deeply inspired by the teachings of Gandhi. Qnet believes in service and Leadership and instills that into the culture of their business. I can tell from what I’ve read about the company that they cared deeply about helping the community and their Associates to live a better life and strive to achieve. Qnet believes in cultural diversity and the celebration of ethnicity. They have employees from 30 different countries and customers in over 100 countries. Qnet is a member of the United Nations of network marketing.

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Wikipedia is and always will be a great resource for those seeking information. Opportunity is created on the site for those looking to boost their online marketing potential. In business, steps have to be taken to maximize all public relations, publicity, and marketing tools. Biographical and informational content published on the site when you create a Wikipedia page helps serve these purposes.

Wikipedia, however, does not have a definitive screening process in place for contributors and others. Sometimes, unhelpful or malicious contributions find their way into the online encyclopedia and remain in place until other Wikipedia editors detect the problem.

Author Eric Hill and his fans learned about the hard way.

During his career, Eric Hill wrote a number of engaging children’s books about Spot the Dog. The Wikipedia page creation that is dedicated to the series, like other Wikipedia pages, is allowed to be edited by members of the Wikipedia community. Someone with a prankish sense of humor has taken things a bit too far. The prankster has edited the page to credit Ernest Hemingway as the author.

On the surface, this type of prank seems harmless. The prank should be taken as a serious issue on the part of those who do not want to see any disastrously false content be written into a Wikipedia entry. Fans of Eric Hill quickly picked up on the silliness of putting Hemingway’s name into the text. Those who are not as well known as Hill are not going to have the benefit of fans making helpful Wikipedia revisions to correct content.

This is why it may be best to hire Wikipedia editors. Professional Wikipedia writers do more than just create original content. They also may be called upon to edit a Wikipedia page. Get Your Wiki is a top source of great Wikipedia writing and editing. If anything goes wrong with a page, a client can alert someone at Get Your Wiki to help make improvements. To avoid disaster scenarios, Get Your Wiki may be hired for its monitoring tasks.

With monitoring, editors from this Wikipedia writing company can be assigned to stay on top of a client’s page. Spamming or other malicious activities will be addressed immediately by the editor. Hence, little harm ends up being done.

The other added benefit is the writing service is able to make sure the finished page really makes its subject look good in the eyes of readers. Polished and well-written text definitely deliver on such results.

According to George Soros, the current economy of China is largely dependent on debt. This situation on makes it resemble the United States crisis of 2007/2008. Soros asserts that credit-growth figures are a clear warning sign. Soros believes that in China, hand landing is unavoidable. However, the Chinese government believes that the economy is stable. In addition, George Soros believes that the Chinese banking systems holds more loans compared to deposits. This situation makes China susceptible to have problems with both their asset and liabilities sides.

Soros added that there have been lending between banks and this situation on is an indication of uncertainty and instability. According to Soros, China has been deferring its problem from one to the next, thus the situation is growing at a faster rate. With the Chinese real estate in trouble on, the bubble may not stay for long before it bursts. Asia Pacific Sovereigns head at Fitch Ratings, Andrew Colquhuon, is concerned about China’s addition of more debt to an already debt-driven economy. Andrew added that it would be prudent for China to slow down on its debt, as there are little signs of any commitment by the government on structural reforms.

In the recent past, George Soros has made warnings over 2008-like catastrophes. He contends that there is concern over China’s capital outflows as caused by the anti-corruption campaign, which makes people, pull their money out because of being nervous. George Soros cites that the nation’s capital controls have seen companies such as Anbang Insurance Company withdraw from a takeover by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. The takeover would cost $14 billion. However, George Soros praised China’s foreign-exchange policy. He argued that linking the Yuan to other currencies inclusive of the dollar was healthy because it would reduce the effects of competitive devaluation. The US-China cooperation was instrumental in calming the markets after the crisis that was experienced as the year began. Soros is of the opinion that the service industry is being productive through at a slower rate compared to the manufacturing industry.

There have been worries about stability of China’s economy. Central bank research bureau’s chief economist, Ma Jun, asserts that all different sectors of the economy have registered impressive growth as opposed to forecasts forwarded by some economists. China Securities Regulatory Commission’s former vice chairman, Gao Xiqing, argues that the trend of stabilization is not giving much confidence to the investors. This information was originally reported on Bloomberg.

About George Soros
George Soros is the founder of the Open Society Foundations and Soros Fund Management. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics. Born in 1930, Soros fled Hungary for England before settling in the United States. Through the International investment fund, Soros was able to accumulate a fortune. Soros is a philanthropist. He is an author of many books. His essays, which discuss much about politics, economics and society, find their way to major magazines and newspapers around the globe.

When Spring rolls around most people see it as the perfect opportunity to give their home a good thorough cleaning. There are a few places that, if you tackle them right this Spring, you won’t have to do a deep clean again until next year.

Here are three areas in your home you should deep clean this Spring:


Cabinets can accumulate quite a bit of scum over time. Especially if you are the type of person who never uses the exhaust hood when cooking. To cut through the dirt and grim, invest in a good cabinet cream. A good cabinet cream will remove the dirt and leave the wood nice and moisturized.


When most people clean their windows they focus on the inside only. However, during Spring cleaning you want to clean the outside of the windows as well. This will remove the spots you usually don’t have time to tackle.

A quick pro tip is to clean the outside of your windows on a cloudy day. This way the sun won’t dry the cleaner before you get to wipe it down.


This is an appliance most homeowners completely overlook. The dishwasher is easily one of the hardest working appliances in your home. And in order for it to continue doing its job properly, it must be thoroughly cleaned every once in a while. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to give it a little TLC.

Let Handy Do The Hard Work

Giving your home a deep cleaning is no easy feat. That’s why hiring a professional cleaning service is often the best way to go. Handy is a home cleaning app that matches you with a trusted professional in your area.

All professionals have undergone an in depth background check and are fully insured. You simply set your appointment and the app will take care of the rest. The Handy team will confirm your appointment and securely process your payment.

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The POP Channel’s got a hot list of shows, including the latest reality series Queens of Drama where six former soap actresses join forces to try and get a new dramatic series picked up by top television executives in the industry. The cast is followed during the course of their daily lives, and are filmed during the making of the show. Soap divas Hunter Tylo ( All My Children), Chrystee Pharris (Passions), Crystal Hunt ( One Life to Live), Lindsay Hartley (Passions), Vanessa Marcil (General Hospital ) and Donna Mills (Knott’s Landing) make up the cast.

A brief rundown is that the former soap stars write a dramatic series for television, and film the show during the script writing and rehearsal process, all the way to pitching stage. Crystal Hunt is the creator and producer of the show. Hunt was formerly the steamy character Stacy Morasco on the soap, One Life to Live. You probably remember her as Gigi’s sister from Vegas who followed her to Llandview. Morasco’s occupation on the show was a stripper and she was smitten with the ruggedly handsome Rex Balsom. During the course of her stay in Llandview, Stacey became pregnant with another man’s child (Oliver Fish), but wasn’t interested in him. The young woman instead, pretended to be carrying Balsom’s baby, but later the pregnancy ended in miscarriage anyway. says talented actress Crystal Hunt began gained the confidence that it took to get into acting, through her days performing in beauty pageants. She was a commercial actress before she landed her breakout role in Problem Child 2. As a teen she was cast in a more prominent part as Jill Overton, romantic interest of Zac Efron, in the movie The Derby Stallion. Another stint on the silver screen included her role as Dinky alongside Amanda Bynes in the movie Sydney White. Hunt’s expanded her repertoire as she grew her on-set presence, and she was offered the part of Lizzie Spaulding on the daytime TV soap Guiding Light. Later she was asked to play Stacy Morasco on the show One Life to Live.

Outside of the Queens of Drama show, her Facebook makes it known Crystal is a philanthropist and volunteers her time to raise awareness for animal rights and pet adoption. Hunt helps coordinate fundraising events for the Animal Haven Shelter in Soho to try to get families and individuals to adopt formerly abused animals.  Crystal has been known to pursue photography, and has landed her first major film role in Magic Mike XXL.

Atlantic City Restaurant Week is March 6 to 13. During that week, according to is a wonderful week to dine out. During the Week, diners can order a three course meal from over 70 Atlantic City restaurants. Some fine dining establishments will only be participating in the dinner portion of the event. The event will be sponsored by Devco, who you may remember from the Press of Atlantic City’s troubling Devco investigation.

One of the restaurants that diners can try is Carmine’s, where every meal is served like an Italian wedding feast with scrumptious food arriving in large bowls. No one will walk away hungry because the portions at this restaurant are huge.
Another participating restaurant is Capriccio where only the finest ingredients are used to prepare mouthwatering Italian cuisine. This restaurant has won numerous awards for its cooking, service and cleanliness.

Diners can also sample Guy Fieri’s Chophouse during the week. This restaurant on the Broadwalk features top cuts of meat, a raw bar and over 20 craft beers. If the weather cooperates their outside seating is a beautiful place to people watch.
Regardless of the restaurant that you choose, enjoy participating in restaurant week.

For a while, Taco Bell was coming up with new and exciting creations. It seemed like they had a way of combining different ingredients and having it be a success. The popular trend for a while was the fact that Taco Bell was putting Fritos in a lot of different menu items. They’d end up in burritos, tacos, and crunch wraps.

Before Fritos, it was Doritos! Taco Bell had flavored shells that tasted just like the popular chips. It seems that Taco Bell really got creative when it came to transforming its menu with bagged snacks. With a patent filed by Dan Newlin, representing the company in this matter, it seems like Newlin is helping them do whatever it takes to protect their intellectual property. That trend doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.

There is now good news for all those who love Cheetos out there. According to GrubStreet, Taco Bell now has a crunch wrap that is filled with the cheesy little snacks. It has left some people disappointed, however. There are those who have complained that there’s not enough Cheetos and they just seem to be tossed into a crunch wrap.

Taco Bell might be on to something, however. Many people do love Cheetos and they love crunch wraps so why not combined the two? Right now, this crunch wrap is only available in Canada. If it becomes popular, however, things might change. This could also just be the beginning. Maybe tacos that have a Cheetos flavored shell will be the next rage? Time will only be able to tell if this crunch wrap expands.

Recently, Chipotle has been in the news, and not in a good way. The famous burrito chain had a serious E.Coli scare complete with an investigation by the CDC. The investigation has not yet been closed but the risk of E.Coli is gone. Patrons seem to be shying away and taking their burrito money elsewhere. The drop in sales can be seen at a corporate level as the Chipotle CEO, Steve Ells, announced an astonishing 44 percent net income decrease.

The company is facing an uphill battle as they will, undoubtedly, call in the PR specialists to regain positive publicity and bring back their customer base. The biggest problem according to PR expert Jon Urbana (Fox Carolina) lies in the investigation of Chipotle’s sanitation practices nationwide due to the CDC expanding their original search into the cause of the food-borne illness. Couple that with plenty of stiff competition and it may spell out an uncertain future for Chipotle. The company can only hope this goes away quickly so that they can begin saving face.

The contemporary world is characterized by grand inequalities. In a recent research by Oxfam, 80 billionaires were said to be controlling most of the world’s wealth. The world should therefore act to urgently save the world’s majority poor from manipulation by the minority. This is precisely what Charles Koch and company aims at with Stand Together initiative that will be officially launched this week. Leaders of the non-profit initiative explain the initiative as one that will seek to address the deep-seated social ills in the American society. Towards the desired goal, efforts will be focused on reducing poverty levels and enhancing the quality of education.

Stand Together has been running for nearly a year on pilot basis but has never made public pronouncement about its existence. In a much publicized launch, the initiative will be popped into actual operations complete with a website launch. Its leaders will come out to broadly share its plans as an annual winter seminar as hundreds of Koch donors are due to open this Saturday near Palm Springs, Calif.
According to Evan Feinberg, the group’s executive director, the sole purpose of the organization is to make “real difference in real people’s lives by actually solving the problems they have.” Solving inherent problems in a real way means steering further from policy fights. Focus will instead be on partnerships with private entities that work to address social problems such as gang violence and high re-offending rates. The organization will for example team up with Bob Woodson in one of its first ventures, a prominent black conservative who engages in training of grass-roots leaders.
Stand Together aims to raise $15 million in 2016 according to its top officials. This will be engaged in venture philanthropy that will most importantly aim at strengthening the fabric of American society. Woodson envisions receiving grants and coaching help from the organization. Key in implementation of the plan will be Charles Koch.
Charles Koch, an American business mogul is passionate about societal well-being. The Charles Koch Foundation, he supports he research and educational programs focused on improving human well-being, especially for the least fortunate. He believes prosperity can only be attained in a system where people are free to speak, exchange and contract. Stand Together therefore lies squarely within his philanthropic perspective. Koch is unique to the organization to the extent that he remains the only person with money who does not dictate conditions.
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