Archive for August 12th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Ramadan 2009 (08/12)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Ramadan &
the Islamic Faith

August 12 : 10 days to Ramadan*

Did you know that during Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset?

Did you know that the daily fasts during the month of Ramadan are broken with prayer and meal called iftar?

Following iftar, it is customary to visit family and friends. Especially devout Muslims may spend the night studying the Quran. The Ramadan fast is resumed each day at daybreak.

Observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers. It is also believed to be the month when the Holy Quran was sent down from Heaven as a “guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation.” We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Ramadan.* Please join us and stop by again tomorrow.

*Please Note: the first day of fasting in North America is expected to be 08/22. Elsewhere depends where you live.

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(August 12) Today we're celebrating . . .  Vinyl Record Day

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


Vinyl Record Day
Remember when the hits were hot and the stax was wax? You do? Damn you’re old! (Too!)

Long before there were MP3s, iPods, CDs, cassettes, and even 8-tracks (!) there was vinyl records. Who can forget the days when you could go to an actual “record” store and fondle the latest albums while enjoying their beautiful album covers?*

I have to tell you there was nothing like the excitement of going to Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for the latest albums. The crowds, the sounds, the displays, the music!

Well those days are long gone now. Sigh!

For some fun head on over to the Vinyl Record Generator and make your own record label.

*The closest you can get today is using the CoverFlow option in iTunes or on the iPhone. Its fun but not quite the same.

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