Hello all, I would really appreciate some help. I have an assignment for my class that is due where the objective is for the program to recognize the holiday when a specific date comes around. The easy ones are holidays that fall on a specific date every year, examples such as Christmas and the 4th of July. The part I am stuck with are the holidays that are different every year, such as something like "The fourth Thursday of the month" aka Thanksgiving, in November. If anyone can help with that part I would greatly appreciate it, and here is …

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I have read many blog posts online about how being on social media can help alleviate depression, especially among the elderly. The other flip side of the coin is that social media can increase depression, especially during the holidays. How? Well, what about other Facebook "friends" post pictures of their holidays and claim they had the best holidays. This can cause of feeling of worthiness among those who did not have these experiences. What do you think?

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There’s a light trading load on Wall Street this week, with trader’s thoughts turning to visions of sugarplum martinis dancing in their heads. Anything to help forget 2008, right? Although 2009 looks like it won’t be any better. This, from Subir Gokarn, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s, Asia Pacific. “The U.S. won’t recover from a recession until 2010,” he says. Gokarn says it won’t be like the last few recessions, when the U.S. could climb out of a financial hole by itself. This time, he says, China and India will help lead the way. Other than tomorrow’s Q3 GDP …

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The holiday shopping season seems to have started out with more of a bang than a whimper - - especially online. That wasn’t the scenario painted by the ever-negative mainstream media, who published wave after wave of articles bemoaning the lousy economic climate and predicting a disastrous holiday shopping season for retailers, both on- and off-line. The number on Black Friday are just trickling in, and seem to already be up from last year. In 2006, more than $19 billion was spent on Black Friday alone – or about five percent of all holiday spending. This year, Mastercard’s Spending Pulse …

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Microsoft just released their iPod killer -- except that it isn't killing the iPod. Although it looks promising, it has had a number of [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/13/installing-the-zune-sucked/"]negative Zune reviews[/URL]. It may seem like the Zune is a total flop, after all, "it's from MS". But no, I don't think that is the problem. The problem is testing. Beta testing. Zune has so many features to kill the iPod with, but all these features came at a price to Microsoft. Obviously, they are going to have to do a lot of bug fixing. So instead of making a product that may not have …

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The End.