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The annual scramble for badges to the world’s largest gathering of geeks begins this weekend.

Comic-Con International is launching its open online registration at 8 a.m. Saturday for people who obtained a valid member ID before 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 13 and have a special registration code.

Organizers said a link to the special registration landing page will be emailed to eligible members at least 24 hours before the sale begins, along with their registration codes. A preregistration period for entering the special codes will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the actual sale at 9 a.m. The codes must be entered before 9 a.m.

Comic-Con International is scheduled for July 9-12 this year at the San Diego Convention Center.

The prices for adult badges have gone up since last year, now ranging from $35 for Sunday to $50 each for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Prospective attendees can purchase badges for all four days, but there are no four-day passes. Each eligible member can buy badges for up to three people, all of whom must have their own eligible member IDs.

Comic-Con organizers warned that there are “far more eligible attendees than available badges,” and that entering a registration code before 9 a.m. does not guarantee any member a pass.

Last year, Comic-Con International changed up the process for doling out its badges, choosing to give them out randomly instead of on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more on how to prepare yourself and your computer for the sale, visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/2015/open-online-registration-0

Best Buy is getting into the wedding business.

The Minneapolis-based electronics retailer said this week it is launching a wedding registry Monday, on the heels of the winter “engagement season” that ends on Valentine’s Day.

More than 1.5 million couples register for gifts each year, according to The Knot’s 2013 Bridal Registry Study, and people spend more than $10 billion on bridal gifts every year.

About one in five of those couples register for electronics, and told The Knot they would register at an electronics store if it were offered.

Now they can. More at… http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/13/best-buy-launches-wedding-registry/

San Diego County’s real estate market had a mixed start to 2015, with the pace of annual home price appreciation increasing, but activity falling.

Last month, the median price for a home sold in the county was $435,000, up 7.4 percent from January 2014, real-estate tracker CoreLogic DataQuick reported Tuesday. The value fell from $440,000 in December.

Activity in the market declined both over the year and over the month. In January, there were 2,233 transactions in the county, down from 2,338 in January 2014. The number of transactions was down 32 percent from the 3,290 in December.

In January, a record low 74 new homes sold at a median price of $519,000.

Handy 2014 Pocket Tax Guide in PDF at the link:  


I would like to inform you of 3 interesting items. Please review and forward or inform any others who might have an interest in any of these.  Thank you.


#1: Doing Business in Chile panel presentation at CSUSM CoBA on Thursday, Feb 19 from 515-7pm:



#2: Start Your Business in Six Weeks presented by SBDC (and possibly qualify for 1 year FREE rent space):



#3: “In the Executive’s Chair” presentations by top business leaders at CSUSM CoBA on Tuesdays 10-1150am:


Finding a way to contact someone has gotten a lot easier: just type their name into Google and follow a few links. For many people, you’ll quickly find a profile on Facebook, a blog or even an email address you can use to get in touch. But a Google search doesn’t turn up good results for everyone. Maybe the person you’re trying to reach has a fairly common name. You may need a tool a little better than a simple Google search to find him.

MORE AT…http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/8-tools-to-find-someone-online.html

Money: If you need it, you don’t have it. If you have it, you need more of it. Or maybe that’s something else. In any case, everyone needs help managing, saving, and investing their money. Here are the best tips we had this year for keeping your financial house in order.

MORE AT… http://lifehacker.com/most-popular-personal-finance-tips-of-2014-1663965477

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Whether you want to sell off your old smartphone to pay for the new one, add a little cash to your fun money pile, or to put the proceeds toward Christmas, we’re here to help. Read on as we outline the best ways to turn your old gear into money.

When it comes to turning your older gadgets into cash, there are three main venues to explore: trade-in programs, auction sites, and local sale. Each of these venues has distinct advantages and disadvantages which, after reviewing our breakdown of the venues below, you’ll need to balance against your own desire for speedy resolution, amount of cash, and degree of risk you’re willing to take.