Saturday, October 3, 2009
To say that a romantic relationship is one that consists of only emotional responses is not true. It involves deep feelings of attraction combined with a sense of friendship and physical feelings. As per statistics, it is believed that more than half the teens in the U S believe to be dating regularly (to be specific, casual dates with one or more partners at different intervals). To top it off there is another category of teens who believe to have a steady dating or an exclusive partner.
Generally, young teenagers hang out or go out with people from their age group and most likely from the same gender as they are. However, as they approach around 14 to 15 years, they begin to start having relationships with the opposite sex. Although most such relationships could likely be just friendships, some of them could be due to physical attractions. As per statistics, most romantic relationships among 12- to 14-year-olds last around 6 months, although for those aged 16 relationships could last an average of around 2 years
In the early teen years dating is more superficial, that is to say, it is more for fun and recreation, sort of a status among peers, and trying to explore attractiveness and sexuality. But as the youth approach the older teen years. They are seeking a bit of intimacy, affection and companionship in addition to social support.
Infatuation or the need for a romantic partner during adolescence is a natural process. However, this should not lead to a serious or exclusive romantic relationship in the preteen years, in which case, it can cause problems. The fact that true romantic relationships are built on intimacy, or involved communicating personal information in a verbal manner and which involves physical contact and closeness.
Most people, at least the teens themselves rely on the belief that they first need to have some form of an identity, and know who she or he really is, before pursuing an intimate relationship. Infact, most experts are of the belief that teen-romantic relationships are some form of a path for teens to learn more about themselves. Hence, in a sense most young teens are still in the process of defining themselves, and their romantic relationships may be based on a false sense of intimacy. That is to say that most teens still don’t know themselves well so as to share their feelings and who they are with someone else.
Having a crush or being a bit infatuated over someone is a perfectly normal process during the early school years as it signifies and symbolizes the biological changes of puberty taking place. Before we can note any of puberty’s physical changes, preteens (aged 8-10) experience an increase in sex-hormones. And a greater level of sex hormones naturally influences the preteen’s initial romantic feelings.
However, it is to be noted that having a crush is not a problem as it is an accepted normal process. But, responding and acting to early romantic feelings, especially when a teen is not emotionally or socially ready could lead to problems for early daters.
Monday, September 21, 2009
It is a very interesting read in that it outdoes or compares very favorably in all the test categories. Perhaps most telling is the closing statement to the entire article.
Is the Genesis a knockoff?
The largest and most luxurious model Hyundai at present is the Hyundai Genesis, which is a large size sedan that competes to some extent with the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5Series by price, although dimensions are closer to the segment next higher. The Hyundai Genesis will also compete for customers with cars like Lexus ES, Chrysler 300 and Cadillac CTS.
Truly it is the Hyundai Genesis against the world!
The Genesis' performance and luxury aspects are comparable to sedans costing tens of thousands of dollars more in the luxury market. In other words, Hyundai's strategy for hitting the luxury market competition, is to hit where it hurts.
Each item in this car is so carefully attended to so as to ensure that they stand apart - whether it is the gear levers, visors, cup holders or seat controls, it appears that they belong to a luxury sedan. The Genesis has a plush dashboard that would match Jaguars and its interior also highlights some sort of control interface that recalls much of the Audi MMI.
Since its launch in January 2008, it has sold over 20,000 units, a bombing that has caught by surprise. Hyundai was not expecting such a high figure from the new Hyundai Genesis. With the advent of Hyundai Genesis Hyundai has become on a par with German and Japanese brands.
Hyundai is applying the same price game plan that Lexus, Acura and Infiniti applied when they came out to compete with Mercedes Benz, BMW and other luxury cars. A part of their success was because they were cheaper back then than the others.
In the world of luxury, it is the brand that sells. It is in this market that the Hyundai Genesis has managed to position itself into a unique spot where it has started generating attention.
We at Genesis are developing our brand image and when you say Porsche, people understand "speed and performance". Likewise, when one says BMW, you understand that the car must handle well, and when they hear Rolls, it is generally understood that the car has luxury features.
At http://www.genesisowners.com you’ll find owners of recent model Lexus, BMW and Infiniti vehicles and who have switched over to the Genesis.
Hyundai wants its new premium sedan Hyundai Genesis to be its brand image.
It is certain that the Hyundai Genesis would achieve its goal. With the Genesis, Hyundai has created a design generic that is recognizable and a brand image that is desirable.
Hyundai Genesis’ new adventure against the world has just begun, and it sure will be exciting.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Some of the common early signs of pregnancy include missed period, implantation bleeding, constipation, headaches, raised basal body temperature, bloating of abdomen, mood swings, faintness and dizziness. It may also include vomiting, nausea, feeling tired easily and fatigue, craving for certain foods not normally considered a favorite and frequent urination particularly during the night.
However, pregnancy symptoms may actually be different and that many of the earliest signs of pregnancy can appear similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts. There is a possibility that you might think it is just your period coming on again, when actually you could be going through the early signs of pregnancy. It is to be noted that women experience a wide variety of physical and emotional changes during their pregnancy stages and that some of the earliest signs can be subtle and not obvious.
How To Confirm Whether You Are Pregnant
Well if you have any one or all of the early signs of pregnancy as mentioned above, and have also been having unprotected intercourse, then it is time you did a self-test.
Some of the women worry so much that it has a negative effect on their system. Stress can also easily make women miss a period or more. Besides, they are easily susceptible to feeling "pangs" of pregnancy when you really aren't pregnant. So, don’t panic but instead do some deep breathing exercises and try relaxing. Try and make an appointment with your gynecologist who will do an internal examination of the vagina, or do an urine test to check for hormones in the urine from the developing fetus. He may also do a blood test to find out if you are pregnant. You can also purchase a store-brought test and run a check yourself.
Now, if you don't have your period and your pregnancy tests are showing fake pregnancy results , it could definitely be due to stress. The tests could also come up negative if you work out a lot, or have an active lifestyle. It could also be due to the fact that your hormone levels just aren't up yet. Either way, you'll know when you are ready, so all you got to do is to give it some time.
In short, each case is a different one, so just be patient and don't work yourself up into a stress. Also see a doctor before you lose your mind wondering what's going on, and you can't get yourself to relax. Just remember that although the early signs of pregnancy may be similar for every woman, pregnancy symptoms may actually be different from one woman to another
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In other words, it doesn’t allow your business to become public.
Most of us are aware that any person who has access to our computer can view our Internet activities and any of our files, including pictures, music, and video entries, both permanent and temporary.
The entire installation process of the ParetoLogic Privacy Controls application, takes about less than 4 minutes and there are no hiccups – it is smooth with very few keystrokes. The un-installation time is even less, it takes less than 3 minutes. Upon successful installation, the application creates two scheduled tasks – one of which is for a periodic check of updates, while the other is for regular unattended scanning.
It also has a built in safeguard, because erasure and permanent shredding of files requires caution. In other words, ParetoLogic Privacy Controls uses safeguards to assist you in verifying the items you select are in fact, unwanted. It classifies the unnecessary data files under various sections unlike its competitor, which just display the files that are to be deleted.
Its file shredder is another cool feature - it is a powerful tool that helps to completely shred and eliminate confidential information. This product will scan your computer for all of the files that are hiding deep in places that you would not think of, and it lets you decide if you want to get rid of them or not.
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls – system requirements
ParetoLogic recommends Pentium III or above processor with a minimum of 216 MB RAM, 20 MB HDD space, and an internet connection on Windows 2000 or later. The speed of the connection is not mentioned on the Product webpage but it can also be downloaded using a Dial-Up connection. The file size or the download is about 5.4 MB, and if you are using a broadband net connection, you should be able to download it within 5 minutes.
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls - what it erases
It helps to thoroughly support and clean all files pertaining to Internet Explorer, VLC, Skype, DivX, Bit Torrent and it also erases all traces of browser activity generated by Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, AOL, and Opera. As a matter of fact, it permanently erases all data pertaining to Instant Messaging and Voice Over Internet Protocol such as: AOL, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Instant Messenger, Trillian, Google Talk, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, and GAIM. It also cleans files generated by popular P2P applications such as LimeWire, Azureus, Bit Torrent Client, uTorrent, Kazaa, and Morpheus. In addition, it deletes all traces of the computers desktop search applications that include Google Desktop Search, Windows Desktop Search, Yahoo Desktop Search, and AOL Desktop Search.
With regard to cleaning history items, it stands apart from the others and is a brilliant tool. It completely deletes the history of recently opened items generated in Microsoft Office applications and any unwanted items or customized settings pertaining to email applications such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird, and PocoMail. It not only searches and finds any unwanted history items (even from third-party applications like Adobe Acrobat and Macromedia Flash Player), but also deletes them.
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls - what it works best for
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls permanently erases all data related to your internet activity that includes history of websites visited, tracking cookies, credit card details, software passwords, banking ID's and other confidential information.
To go a step further I also found that this product uses the same technology that the Department of Defense uses to get rid of its files. Infact, their secure deletion meets and exceeds the standards specified by the U S Government Military. The Safe level makes use of the overwrite technology that advocates DoD 5220-22M specifications (the standard for permanent erasure of digital information as set by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls - benefits
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls is consistent and unlike similar products, one of the best factors that stand out is it when it prompts accidental deletion of useful data. I was initially taken aback at the number of files that this application detected, and which I didn’t even know existed.
People are purchasing ParetoLogic Privacy Controls because it has the ability to erase items that are created automatically and are temporarily cached on your system freeing up hard drive space and improving computer performance.
Apart from having a wide range of coverage, it performs a scan and erase process for an extensive list of system and application categories and ensures that the computer’s privacy and confidential information is secure.
It also has an easy selection and erasure. That is to say, you can easily customize the scanning process, thereby getting a preview of items to be erased. In short, you can select an item and get a preview of what you are about to erase for verification purposes
The Co founder of ParetoLogic, Don Wharter, says in a press release that it is necessary to use the Privacy Cleaner even if you are intending to sell off your computer because there are ways by which the person who buys your computer can recover the leftover data to misuse it.
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls – cost factor
It is about 30 dollars, which is much lower than the other leading privacy protection software product - Evidence Eliminator. If you are going to spend your hard-earned bucks, you would want the best privacy cleaner. I personally feel that the Privacy Controls does a good a job, for a much lower cost. While ParetoLogic Privacy Controls is definitely well designed with a great interface and going for such a low price of $29.95, there are new similar products (not as good) being unleashed in the market and which are going for free. This would hurt the sales a bit, unless the company gives a free one month demo period, with 75% facilities.
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls – client / user comments
Some user comments are given below…
"The great thing about this software is that it deletes files from all sorts of third party applications that store your private information all over your computer for anyone else to find. It is a product that helps you get rid of all of the files and information that is on your computer that you would not want other people to see"
"After I ran it and rechecked my computer with my anti-spy / adware software, it found nothing"
"It is an excellent product. If you combine the Privacy Control Software with Pareto Logic's Reg cure, your computer would run lightning fast - try it out for yourself"
"This type of product is necessary because files never completely get off of your computer when you send them to the recycle bin, uninstall them, or clear out your internet history on your browser. Someone could use a data recovery program to easily find these files, where they could use the information against you, or worse, steal your identity".
"Simple and easy to use but at times a bit too simple".
"The only time when you have to be a bit careful is with while deleting. In other words, you just have to view the results of each scan before you delete".
"This utility is perfect for those who want to keep their privacy more private".
ParetoLogic Privacy Controls – why it is a great product
To begin, the interface for ParetoLogic Privacy Controls is professional, simple and straightforward, and it does a good job cleaning your traces. It also supports and scans quite a number of areas. The program is far from cluttered, and has a variety of tools and features at-hand.
It supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista users and it ensures discreet use of application. Furthermore, it has got an advanced shredding option, a feature which makes the application more appropriate for all those looking for a complete privacy tool.
The product is regularly updated and the Privacy Controls software utilizes the most advanced functionality and captures data from newly released applications thereby always keeping you up to date. Another great factor is the technical support that you get – ParetoLogic is always there with should you have any questions or queries. The response time is 24, if not 48 hours.
If you want the best option - why don’t you try a free scan of your PC and discover where your private information is hiding
In short, users searching for a professional privacy trace eliminator would find ParetoLogic Privacy Controls very good.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The concept is rather straightforward - If you own a 1984 model or newer vehicle that has been insured and registered to you for the past one year and generates 18 mpg (miles per gallon) or less, then you qualify for the program. Ofcourse, the car must also be drivable. Now, if you trade this vehicle in for a car that gets an additional 4 mpg or more, you are presented a reward of $3,500 via a voucher. This voucher can be used while purchasing a new car. Furthermore, if you purchase an automobile that gets 10 mpg or more than your old car, then the government pays you $4,500.
Although the concept is good, people just can't seem to get through the obamanomics of things. The Obama administration is already telling lawmakers that the “cash-for-clunkers” program is running out of money. As the program was supposed to expire at the end of October, it appears to have run dry of the $1 billion allocated to it. For those interested on the program, check out http://www.cars.gov/
A lot of cars that the government is qualifying for a clunker are really good cars. Those who provide finance to people so as to buy cars could be hit, as the government has taken a lot of good cars out of the market and are hurting those people that cannot afford to buy a new car.
This here could be another unfortunate income redistribution program. It takes money away from taxpayers who have been driving fuel efficient cars and gives it to those who have been driving around in gas guzzlers for the past 20 years. Frugal, energy conscious people are being penalized. In other words, taxpayer money is being given to people to pay for their new car.
It is good, if you are bent on buying a brand new car and in which case, you will save money. However, the savings are nothing when compared to buying a used car. To be a bit more specific - new cars typically depreciate 20 to 30 percent in just the first year. By the third year, the car value is down by an average of about 45 percent! If the average sale price of a brand new car is around $28,000 and the average price of a used car is around $14,000, the savings achieved would be roughly $14,000 simply by letting somebody else buy a brand new vehicle!
The cash-for-clunkers program may be good in the long run, if it can in its own way, fit in with the alternative route of buying a second hand car of recent vintage.
Monday, August 31, 2009
These visitors have a lot of fun on the beach resort destinations of Tobago. One of the many reasons why Tobago still stands out from other beach resort vacation spots is, because of its largely untouched natural beauty, which makes it a nature lover's paradise.
Although, Tobago is pretty rustic, its beaches are gorgeous especially on the east end of the island. Most visitors prefer a bit of solitude during their beach resort vacation. If you are newly married, or trying to recreate your wedding anniversary then it is recommended that you try out the Bacolet Beach Club Resort. It was recently spruced up with modern design elements which make it stand out from the pack. Not that it is a big hotel, but its small size is one of the many facets that you would most like about it, apart from the privacy it provides. In short, there are spacey rooms with breathtaking views on the ocean. In short, the Bacolet Beach Club is solely a place to relax.
Things to know before your travel to Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is a place like all beach resort destinations where scam artists thrive. You are likely to get hit on your first taxi ride itself if you don’t negotiate the taxi fares upfront. If the driver is unlikely to accept the fares, then, move on to the next taxi.
Make a note that you cannot take a rental car from Trinidad to Tobago on the ferry even though they are the same country. If you want to hire a rental car on Tobago (which incidentally is highly recommended), then you have to rent it there.
Although you are allowed unlimited Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) dollars and foreign currency, this must be declared on entry assuming that you are a foreign national. Most people don’t declare how much TT dollars they are bringing into the country, as they only take in enough to get started (around 2,000TT) and use the ATM card when needed. If you have any left over TT, take them home to store up for the next trip!
As a bottom line, most people, despite their little complaints (aren’t we human after all!) are generally happy that they took the beach resort package. They meet up with some lovely people, see some of the most beautiful beach resorts in the Caribbean and most of all enjoy themselves.
So, if you can accept the above, in all likelihood, you would enjoy your beach resort vacation too. What are you waiting for?
Call your travel agent and plan your travel to Trinidad and Tobago today.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Only a few years ago golf carts were a common site on the course but nowhere else. New and used golf carts are gaining mainstream popularity for quick trips as more and more people go green and the carts are nowadays found on the streets as well. Today street legal golf carts are commonly known as NEVs (Neighborhood Friendly Vehicles) and provide a quick and enjoyable way for residents to get around their own community. Most of these laws relate to electrically powered equipment or NEV’s (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles), so if you have a gas engine you will need to check with your local governing bodies
Many states allow golf carts to travel on roads legally as long as they fulfill certain safety requirements such as:
• The maximum seating capacity your cart or NEV should be four people
• The slow moving vehicle must not be capable of traveling in speeds that are more than thirty five miles per hour [35 mph]
• Each seat must have an approved seat belt
• It must come equipped with reflex reflectors, exterior mirrors, and an interior mirror.
• It must come with brakes, a windshield, and a vehicle identification number or VIN.
• It must have the manufacturer's certificate of origin as a low speed vehicle.
• The cart must not weight more then two thousand and two hundred pounds.
• The cart must come equipped with a headlight, front turn lamps, rear turn lamps, tail lamps, and stop lamps.
Before looking for golf carts for sale, it is often a good idea to have some thoughts on the specifications you are looking for so that you find an electric golf cart that best suits your needs. Depending upon the voltage of electric golf cart you purchase, you can even charge it in between uses during the night
All you will need in order to power your electric golf cart is a standard power outlet. The electric golf cart is so easy to charge, and the charging process is similar to that of the cellphones. Another important aspect of the street legal electric golf carts are that they are friendly to the environment and do not emit hazardous fumes. However, to ensure maximum performance and prolong the life of a golf cart, proper maintenance of the lead batteries that are used to power the electric motor is a good idea
Golf carts generally come in two options, gas or electric powered and the electric powered cart is about ten times cheaper than its gas counterpart, and also runs much quieter than a gas powered cart. Some golf carts are gas powered, but the majority that are sold today electric golf carts but one should ensure that the electric powered cart is charged prior to use so as to not run out of juice
Street legal golf carts are a great investment that will provide you with hours of affordable transportation indoors as well. The street legal golf carts can virtually be used anywhere, be it in a mall, recreational center or even an airport.
As an avid golfer, if you stand by the idea of green golfing and efficient transportation you should consider investing in an electric golf cart. People are saving fuel, saving the planet and having a little more fun by buying the electric golf cart as the whole family now gets to connect with the surroundings.
There are many kinds of electric golf carts currently available in the market and the market is now virtually flooded with different types of golf carts. A basic electric golf cart would cost around $700 and above and could cost anywhere between $700 to $6000. It is likely that you could get better deals, should you do you do your homework and search around a bit. There is the likelihood of getting cheaper and better deals if you buy used golf carts, which are as good as the new one. Take some time out, and do some research on Google and the internet, it is likely that you could come up with great deals for a golf cart
Make sure to note that roadworthy carts have to be outfitted with seat belts, windshields, turn signals and brake lights before they can legally tear up the asphalt. Standard features that come on a electric cart that can be used on the roads, include center storage baskets, dual halogen headlights, brake light and turn signals, power, suspension, seating capacity, windshield, seat belts, wood grain dash, a fold down windshield, a rear and front mirrors, turn signals, reflectors and an all-weather enclosure.
Bottomline - if you are going to purchase a electric golf cart from, make sure it complies with all the street laws.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
LaserRib Pty. Ltd provides a wide variety of on-site laser printer services, inkjet printer services, copier services, fax machine services for both large and small companies and end-users. These on-site consumables and printer services are further strengthened by their service background, as well as their expertise in other support areas. Interestingly, the force behind LaserRib’s operations lies in their flexibility, speed, depth and breadth of their service capabilities and quality of service deliveries.
LaserRib’s main activities include the following;
- manufacturing of laser cartridges, inkjet printers cartridges, copier cartridges and fax machine cartridges,
- servicing of laser printers and inkjet printers, fax machines and copiers,
- conducting routine preventative maintenance service as well as providing a full break down service, which are provided either on-site, or at the workshop.
They also provide new and compatible printer ribbons and other choice of compatible printer consumables at very competitive prices.
The company’s main objective seems to be in providing efficient, competitive and friendly service whilst also providing quality products.
The company is also totally committed to recycling, and, keeping in line with this philosophy, reuses whatever possible reusable items including packaging material.
In short, LaserRib portrays itself as a dynamic and growing company with a full inventory of laser cartridges, inkjet printers cartridges, copier cartridges, fax machine cartridges, in addition to specialty inkjet papers, toner cartridges, ink cartridges, multi function printers, multi function faxes, colour printers, mono printers and other computer needs.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This article is targeted towards those people who like to travel alone in Egypt.
Although, traveling alone in Egypt can be an extremely freeing experience, it can just about lose its charm after your third sunset dinner with the guide on the hotel’s veranda! Traveling alone can also be adventurous and exciting, if you know well that how to plan your journey and make proper arrangements keeping the safety in mind
But as this article (http://www.travellingalone.co.uk/middle-east.html) points out, this region of the world gets an unfairly bad press - tarred with the stigma that comes with the polemics of the modern age. Contrary to popular belief, the Middle East is surprisingly diverse and although sensitive, welcomes visitors with warmth and pride.
This article (http://www.journeywoman.com/gfc/egypt.html ) highlights the importance for woman to dress conservatively at all times and also information / tips for women visiting Egypt, especially if traveling alone
Those interested in finding a breakdown on costs, while traveling alone in Egypt, can visit this link - http://www.intrepidtravel.com/search/map
American women over 55 years and traveling alone, would enjoy sights that lead us to history of Egypt which we can share with other people. The complete article can be found at (http://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Egypt/ ). Those ladies visiting Egypt alone should also go over the page (http://wikitravel.org/en/Egypt) which gives you a detailed description for a traveler visiting Egypt for the first time.
Lastly, some tips for the traveler who plans in traveling alone (http://tomcat-post.blogspot.com/2009/03/tips-while-traveling-alone.html ).
Those who still have questions, please visit this forum ( http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm ) and exchange questions with other travelers, who can not only give you tips, but also sensible options and advise
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Notable pointers guide you to Morocco tour:
You can book your tickets through various airlines connecting Morocco with the outside world. Seasonal discounts can be grabbed from the advertisements on the airlines websites. Traveling in Morocco is cheap as compared to the other parts of the world. Train tickets can be booked easily on reasonable rates and for sightseeing buses and taxi are available on low rates.
You have to make the list of travelling destinations in Morocco before arriving in the country. Sahara desert occupies large part of the country and you can enjoy the camel rides on the sand of Sahara. You can see the sand dunes and oasis which are rare in most parts of the world. Villages in Morocco are center of attraction for the tourists as the people residing in the region follow different culture and traditions.
Marrakech city is the most popular and fabulous place to visit. The city is famous from the medieval period and was once the spectacular oasis in the desert. Nowadays development has taken place and the city has become the modern vibrant place to plan your trip. Sunset of Marrakech is quite beautiful attracting the large number of tourist from all over the world. You can see the glimpse of historic past in the museums of Marrakech.
Rabat is the capital city with large number of fine architecture mosques. Casablanca is the largest city of Morocco with the dynamic life of the people. You can plan the sightseeing in Casablanca and can experience the rich culture heritage from the historical monuments and the museums. Medina is the religious place visited by large number of tourists.
Ourzazate is one of the best places of Morocco in terms of beautiful scenery and ancient culture. UNESCO has declared this place as world heritage center. Many film makers arrange for the shooting in Ourzazate for their movie. Fez is the old capital city with the glimpses of ancient culture. You can get the best accommodations in reasonable rates with good quality food and drinks.
There is no need to limit your budget when you are planning the Morocco tour. Travel Morocco and enjoy the vibrant tour.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
There are ambitions, desires and dreams and there are times when I feel most at peace when not thinking about it. My last six months have been quite horrible and the situation becomes even more difficult for someone who depends on his online income. However, there are also times when i feel that i am fortunate to reach where I am today.
Although winning is difficult, it is a quality that everyone must possess. In other words, we must have a definiteness of purpose, a clear vision and knowledge of what we want combined with a burning desire to possess this. Blaming a recession for not winning is a losing strategy
Every achievement obtained during this recession must be considered as a winning one. In fact, most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all
In other words, a difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose, a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. With these qualities, there is no stopping us
We all have hopes and dreams and we all go through times in our lives when we come up with ideas of things that we would like to accomplish in life. It's a natural human tendency. But what happens when the years go by and those dreams never come to fruition? What happens when we find ourselves, years later, in a situation that's so far removed from our ideal that we can only think that we've somehow failed, that we haven't accomplished our life's desire?
It can be a very devastating experience.
Well, at 44, I sometimes lose hope that this dream will ever come true, and sometimes I would get upset at God for not helping me to make this happen. So this has been a great impediment in my living a full life. Sometimes I'm unable to be happy in the moment because of these unfulfilled dreams. It's those "why couldn't it have been?", "why didn't it happen for me?" times that rob me of my joy for today. And as much as I know and have read that real peace is internal, I also know for me, that the environment where I spend my time makes a difference.
I try to focus on the fact that I trust God to put me where I'm most effective, where I can do the most good, and where I can learn the most. Getting through the hard times has been much more beneficial to me in the long run than having an idyllic life would have been.
I've learned more about what I truly want out of life through painful experiences, than I have in times when everything's been fine.
Let your heart guide you - if it tells you to stay, that's where you're supposed to be, and make the most of it. If it tells you to go, then take the risk and make the most of that. If faith in the lord is part of your life, ask him for guidance, then listen for the answer and whatever that answer may be, follow it, for you will be taken care of.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I played soccer as a kid and loved every second of it, but had to quit due to a fall. I didn’t get to play soccer till I started playing “online soccer game” – it was then I realized how much I missed playing the game. Anyway, what really is online soccer game? It is basically an online football management game. The thing you will get to like about “online soccer game” is its database and the actual atmosphere of the matches that it generates
Once you finish registering with the site, you are given your own club that you have to manage. In simple words, you are the one who calls the shots. You are the “manager” who decides when to train and trade players, when to change tactics and how to set up your squad. Although, this is a bit too early for kids, it is good for those kids who are 15 years and above
The best part of the game is its match view screen, where it brings games to life and where your teams take on your rivals in live matches that are animated. I also tried playing some other online soccer management games but quit playing them after a while as they weren’t good enough. Juggle transfer markets and use psychological tactics as you juggle transfer markets and create your custom methods as you play with over 50,000 managers in over 90 countries and show others what you are made of.
I have made a fast search on Google to find the best free online games about soccer. Here is the list including flash, java and managership soccer games: SoccerGameSpot , MyFootballGames , Soccer Capital , Play for your club, Soccer World Cup , Best Online Soccer Games , Soccer Manager
Friday, July 17, 2009
If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the Online Boating Course.
The online course covers basic boating safety concepts that you need to know if you intend to participate in water sport activities. It has been designed by marine educators to provide information to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to receive it. You can progress at your own pace and on your own time schedule.
The online boating courses also provides some basic as well as some advanced information on sailboats, powerboats and boat handling in US waters.
Currently, in most places, all boaters or those who are handling boats and who are 20 years old and younger are required to have a Boater Education Card on board while the vessel is sailing. This Basic Boating Safety Course gives only the minimum requirements for safety equipment and general information. To obtain a greater knowledge of boating skills and seamanship you can attend a more in-depth boating course. It is to be noted that these courses are not a substitute for a US SAILING certification course or on the site training by a sailing, windsurfing or powerboat instructor. However, the online boating courses can and may be used as one of course-kits so as to be prepared for a certified course in boating education.
http://www.sailingcourse.com/homepagehtml.htm provides information/ course details for you, whether you use powerboats for leisure or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue. They have enormous expertise in driving and teaching in powerboats. These courses are aimed at taking you from basic skills and boat handling to the more advanced maneuvers at high speeds.
The objectives of the course are to make the general public aware of the following:
State and Federal laws and regulations as they pertain to boating and vessel operation. Aspects of boating that not only help you become a safer boater, but also make boating a more enjoyable activity. Issues in boating which could potentially be dangerous to the marine environment. Making boaters aware of their responsibility to themselves, their guests and other boaters.
It was also noted that most boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete the online Course. This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states.
The free, interactive, non-proctored course and exam has been approved by the
National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is recognized
by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.
For more details, visit http://www.sailingcourse.com/homepagehtml.htm and http://www.ussailing.org/
In 1987, US SAILING was set-up and was also mandated by the Congress [Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1978] to served as the national governing body for the sport of sailing.
Unfortunately at the moment, Ted Stevens is currently being convicted of felony and has been asked to resign from the Alaskan Senate. However, Sen. Stevens has vowed to appeal the result of the trial, which he said was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct, and is free on bail. He returned to Alaska to fight for re-election. In fact, the 84-year-old Stevens has brought back $3.5 billion in special projects to his state which has made him close to a father figure there. More details on this can be available at http://www.4alaskafishers.com/
Anyway, that’s another story – I should apologize for straying from the original subject. But what to do, politics is in the media with the election only few days away
Returning to US SAILING – it to be noted that they are also responsible for the selection of the Olympic Teams, The Paralympics Games Team, the Pan American Games and World University Games Teams and the annually designated US SAILING Team, US Disabled Team, and US Youth Team. Now that’s quite a lot of muscle for a body.
It is obvious US SAILING would be maintaining the highest standards in off-shore sailing courses and lessons and one would be taking the correct step by learning to sail with US SAILING. US SAILING was originally organized as the North American Yacht Racing Union (NAYRU) on October 30, 1897. As the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, US SAILING's mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States. The organization works to achieve this mission through a wide range of programs and events, geared towards providing an equal level playing field for all sailors.
For more details, visit http://www.ussailing.org/
Friday, June 5, 2009
In most cases, they are a breed of anti-heroes who uses his laptop and illegally gains access to a large network and sometimes tampers with information in this large computer system.
However, thanks to EC-Council (eccouncil.org), the scenario is fast changing.
eccouncil.org have come up with a course or an Ethical Hacking course where they certify individuals in various e-business and security skills on completion of that course.
Now, what is a Certified Ethical Hacker ?
The eccouncil.org defines a Certified Ethical Hacker as an individual who is usually employed with the organization and who can be trusted to undertake an attempt to penetrate networks and or computer systems using the same methods as a Hacker.
Hacking is a felony in the United States and most other countries. When hacking is done legally, it is done as per a contract / agreement between an Ethical Hacker and an organization. The most important aspect is that an Ethical Hacker has the total authorization to probe the target so as to identify flaws in the existing network or security systems.
It's high time I took one - My reputation as the neighborhood-whiz is fast depleting and to make matters worse, my friends are also applying to this course
These are all the areas they cover for their course on Ethical Hacking, which they call the "iClass".
You can select your area of interest and join them for their next available iClass to discover all the benefits of an EC Council certification without the added expense of travel.
The registration is simple and the iclass schedule is trouble-free and the areas of interest include, but are not limited to;
A lot of IT Security Professionals have had joined the EC Council and mentioned is the feedback from a few of them - "Its been a great experience to attend this outstanding and informative web course, and the teaching methodology was exceptional." EC Council puts it’s money where it’s mouth is and aren’t afraid to show what they are all about and best of all its on their money !
Now why is Ethical Hacking in so much demand despite the recession now? I can safely say with my limited know-how that there is always a need for security everywhere and that that a hacker job is listed as one among the six highly paying jobs (so why not get a certificate for it ??)
Infact, IT security professionals are the highest-paid and by joining eccouncil.org, they could well be on the way to get paid to be a top "legal" hacker!
To top it all you can be certain that your career in IT Security will not be affected by the current economic meltdown.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
One of those subjects was salon marketing. Recently one of my friends, who owns a beauty salon, asked me about the best marketing practices that she can apply for marketing her salon
Although, I have been in marketing for sometime, every time such a question comes up, I am forced to re-strategize from scratch. The question becomes even more difficult when it comes to small businesses.
So here was a new opportunity for me that I could not only advise but get involved as well. It was exciting as well as rewarding financially.
Initially, I thought, how different can it be from mainstream marketing – the fundamentals ought to be the same. Just a difference in approach and organizing. I was right, for the technicalities however, I needed the services of a lady friend, who splurges a huge amount in salons and beauty spas.
She was the ideal specimen
She was in fact more than a help – it is funny the level of know-how the average visitor to the salon or a spa has. With their third visit, they are familiar with most of the techniques and processes involved
And as a final word, I would like to share with you some interesting aspects worth noting with regard to salon and day spa marketing. Obviously there are a lot of important aspects to tell, when it comes to salon marketing, and it is important that these aspects or guidelines be followed. On the other hand, it is important that you develop your own unique style, that is easily recognizable by others
Secondly, always pay attention to your customers and make them feel special. You can do this by linking a complimentary business. In other words, if you have a complementary business such as hair and nail salon, or a fitness center or even a restaurant, link those with your spa or salon and it will help you in increasing number of clients.
So, go on and get started with your new salon marketing business opportunity
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Beauty salons are personal service businesses that provide cosmetic or other treatments for men and women. A beauty salon, which is often different from a hair salon, focuses generally on face and body treatments, primarily for women, although men’s salons and the men's beauty salon market is slowly increasing.
It is to be noted that almost 50% of beauty salon workers are self-employed, in other words, booth renters, in local terminology. That is to say, most outlets are small stores and a significant percentage of workers work out of their homes or rent space from salons. However, employee turnover in the industry can be as high as 40%. Additionally, the cosmetics market is a highly competitive market in the US, although US manufacturers of cosmetics should keep an eye on the foreign markets so as to cope up with international demand.
More details, demographics and a sample business plan can be obtained from visiting the below link –
The information and sources for the salon and spa marketing data have been taken from the US Census, US Department of Commerce, Company and industry websites and the research-wiki site.
According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, it shows cosmetology as a steadily growing occupation in the U.S. through 2005. However, the Department of Labor also shows Nail Technicians as one of the 11 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. and cosmetologists as number 37 in the top 100 occupations.
Beauty salons average
* 5 stations, with 3 full-time and
* part-time workers.
The industry has seen steady growth since 2000:
* Salons average about 150 weekly visits
* Since 2000, the number of salon workers rose 26%
* Since 2000, the total number of salons is up about 6%
* Almost over 580,000 positions were filled in the year 2002
* Out of this, the experienced workers comprised 75% of the new employment hires and those with less than one year’s experience comprised of the balance 25% of new hires.
* 20% of salons are hair salons
* 60% of salons are full-service
* 5% of salons are nail salons (13% of industry workers are manicurists)
* 5% of salons are barber shops
* Average income is close to the U.S. family income average - about US $40,000
* 60% of workers are full time
* 30% of workers are part time (< 40 hour workweek)
* 10% are occasional workers (cleaning, etc.)
On an average month, Google reports that approximately
* 200,000 people search online for "beauty salon" in the UK and about 675,000 in the USA
* 200,000 people search for "hair salon" in the UK, 1,225,000 in the USA
* 2,750,000 people search for "spa" in the UK, and about 7,500,000 in the USA
More details, demographics and a sample business plan can be obtained from visiting the below link –
So, if you don’t have a good marketing plan, you could lose a lot of salon marketing and spa marketing business and you would not even realize it
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Schedule Stops for Gas
When you are traveling alone by car, it is best to plan your route before you ever leave home. It can be dangerous to find yourself in the middle of an all-but-abandoned town and need to stop for gas. Although you can be assaulted or otherwise victimized at any time of day, in any area of the world, you'll be much better off stopping for gas at a lighted convenient store where many people are around. Carry an extra container of gas in your trunk just in case you have an emergency.
Keep the Doors Locked
Also, when traveling alone by car, you should keep your doors locked regardless of our location. The incidence of car jackings continues to rise, and if you stop at a light or a stop sign, an unlocked door is as good as an invitation. Although this isn't foolproof, it will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of carjacking.
Don't Tell Strangers Where You're Staying
Regardless of how nice the guy sitting next to you on the plane might seem, you should never disclose the place in which you will be staying, whether it be a hotel room or a relative's home. If you are asked, politely decline to answer, or tell the other person that you haven't finalized your arrangements yet.
Be Vigilant on Your Way to Your Hotel Room
When staying in a hotel, be on the lookout for anyone who seems to be following you to your room. If this might be the case, walk right past your room and find the nearest exit. You can have a member of hotel management escort you to your room if you are worried. Once you've opened the door, it is easy for a would-be predator to force his way in behind you, leaving you at his mercy. Be careful, as well, when leaving your room for ice or the vending machines. Just be aware of your surroundings.
Plan Your Itinerary
Before you go on vacation or on a business trip, have every step of your itinerary planned. Know where you'll be staying, how you'll rent a car and when you'll need to arrive at meetings. Arrange in advance for a rental car and make sure that you have back-up options should anything go wrong. One of the most dangerous aspects of traveling alone is the possibility for sudden changes or to become stranded.
Another opportunity for a would-be predator occurs when you have too much baggage. Only pack what you can easily carry on your own, and never overload yourself. In all situations, you'll need to be able to move quickly and agilely to avoid potential threats.
Article Coutesy : http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/85936/safety_tips_for_women_traveling_alone.html
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Let’s examine a few points…
* How and what do you feel about your being involved in the beauty and salon profession?
* Why did you have to choose beauty in the first place?
* Is there any particular reason for choosing salon marketing or you felt it was a profit making venture?
* What is it that makes your spa and salon unique from the rest?
* Where do you see yourself this time next year?
* How do clients see and perceive you?
* What is your outstanding quality that makes you recognized by others?
Now for some technical queries...
* What are the biggest misconceptions about hair care, hair color, skin care and spa treatments?
* What is your personal opinion of the beauty and salon market?
* What are the customer reactions towards nail care etc (just pick your area of expertise)
* What are the ‘5 Top Misconceptions’ with regard to beauty and spa marketing?
* Are you aware of the trends that drive the beauty and salon markets?
* Do you have any interesting facts about the beauty industry in the US?
* Do you have access to any of the statistics pertaining to the fastest growing and most popular trends in the beauty industry?
Remember, you need to become more of a ‘total authority’ on this subject and the industry as a whole in which you do business
Your world is expanding, and you are now involved in educating the media about this profession... not just about your salon or spa.
It is very impressive and credible when you are able to put your own business ‘intelligently in context’ with the rest of the world.
For example, you should be in a position to discuss and highlight the following;
* How has the economy affected your salon or spa?
* How has it affected others in the area?
* How has it affected others in the region and in the country?
* Have you revised anything about your salon to accommodate clients in this tough economy (services, hours, prices)?
* What can clients anticipate as some ‘new services of the future’? (The media loves future predictions).
* Name some role-models in your profession that you respect the most as someone who is successful?
Now have a few of those answers in your back pocket and you are set in your focus towards salon marketing
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
She surpasses all others in her way. She is the kind of teacher who does not do the work for me. She does not give me all the answers immediately. She waits for them to resonate within, after the living process of comprehension has taken its time, unfolded and bloomed. She reveals only what I am ready to integrate.
She has boundless imagination. Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.
She is the artist we all wish to emulate. She is always changing, so free, and yet so consistent. She is deeply moral. She is considerate and compassionate. She comforts me yet she knows how to reflect undeniably my weaknesses back to me. She is extremely generous and I can tell you that she will take on as many students as would choose her as a teacher. She teaches without judgment, in an all-inclusive vision of oneness. No one is too young, too impetuous, too slow or too old.
She has never been unfair, untrue, ungiving to me or to any of her pupils. She deeply respects her own teachers and shares their wisdom with me. Oh! And her classes can be held anywhere, anytime, and she is always willing, always there, ready to lead me to better understanding. She knows enough to teach me for many lifetimes, yet is very humble. Her intention is truly respectful of my deepest mission and my rhythm.
I can work with her, play with her, pray with her, be silent and rejoice in her. She knows me very well and I am starting to know her a little. Sometimes as grace embraces us, we complete each other’s thoughts. She gives me the opportunity to explore life: thinking and marveling, doing and being, giving and receiving.
She has access to dimensions of my mystery that fascinate me and allow me to live what Goethe expressed so well when he wrote: “The greatest happiness for the person who thinks is to have explored the conceivable and to revere in peace the unknowable.”
Would you like the name of that marvelous teacher? Her phone number, maybe? No need. She is close at hand. Our own Earth Mother, Gaia, Mother Nature, is a teacher ever so wise, unveiling the answers in front of our eyes.
Become conscious now that you are one with this planet. You talk about it. You say, "I have my two feet firmly planted on the ground and yet you don’t seem to understand".
You have disguised her. You have rejected her. You have hidden her under tons of cement, asphalt and plastic. You have forgotten her in favor of gadgets, things often useless that can never bring happiness, peace or love.
And she loves us so much. So, children please make an effort to help her.
Simply become your Self.
Realize that what makes you special is the respect and tender loving care which you bring to all life. Nothing else really counts
Together we must create the present that prepares the future.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thank God for that!!
Let’s not confuse being agnostic and being an atheist.
People who are agnostic don’t believe in religion as a mean to reach God, they prefer a more direct path. Most people believe in the big guy above [with due apologies], but in a different way. The problem is in the concept of belief and worship…. Idol Worship, temple, church, monasteries…this is where the argument is
People who believe in a higher power, in a controlling force, in destiny usually tribute every one of their actions to God…. That is sometimes fear and excuse….Mainly because, most of the wrong actions that lead to pain are ONLY because of their own wrong doing and there is NO punishment from above… The wrong doing can also be done as a good deed only to realize later…that was bad…
The flaw is that when you completely give up everything to God that basically means that you have no control over your own actions, over your own sense of morality. This way any action would be justified as an act of the ‘Big Chief’. Pretty much meaning that anyone can get away with murder by believing that the decision was made by the man above. This is not to condemn those good people… but it is just a personal viewpoint….. Just that service is above everything else.
Obviously, all roads lead to the asylum after that.
In the middle of all this, there is a lot of confusion and most of the time it is here where people are completely lost, and thus people like those guys who teach you the Art of Living, and those evangelical priests who make very forceful speeches, make money. They also need a living!!!
They provide you answers to go from the gray to the black and white again.
Belief is something that can’t be taught…. A new born doesn't trust in his own body, until he is cognizant or as you say until his brain is completely in control of it…. that’s all there’s to it.
The logic is pure, and the rationality of thought also, but what atheists fail to explain, is that voice inside. What is that single force that unites us all in so many different ways makes every human similar?
There is something within us which blossoms only when we are cognizant and we have a fuller understanding of ourself. In other words, by believing God is within you, inside you, is the most powerful force on earth, only you might not call it a God.
That kind of belief is true power, a power to achieve any goal.
He ain’t gonna be upset, that’s for sure. Phew.. It gives him an opportunity to take a break!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Coming from the Greek, Metaphysics can be translated as "that which comes after physics, matter, or nature."
Thus Metaphysics is looking for the permanent Reality, the unchanged Beingness, and the stationary Existence as the Base for everything that shows constant change.
The "theorizing" mind gives this being the name God.
The "practical" seeker experiences this being as pure Awareness. The theoretical side of Metaphysics seems to belong now to the academics. And, to be quite fair, they have done an outstanding job and there are now many metaphysical systems and positions.
However, theorizing about pleasure or pain does not give us the actual experience.
That is where Yoga comes in: Yoga is the tool with which we can go all the way if this is our true desire.
With regard to finding balance, our Western approach to healing is still in its nursery stage as we still have a lot more to learn. Often without a chance of healing, pharmaceuticals are the remedies of choice.
Quite a few of these chemicals are known to mask only the symptoms of one disease while producing additional problems with more symptoms that have to be treated by more of these chemicals. This has lead to bizarre pictures of treatment where older people were sometimes digesting up to 50 different prescriptions a day for all kinds of health problems. As a result, some of these people had to be hospitalized while others have died as a result of unwanted side-effects. The constantly growing costs are no more than an observable sign of an imbalance in our health system.
To properly treat a disease it is important to know what is missing or what is out of balance.
Ayurveda, for example, tries to reestablish a balance of the three basic types of the human constitution which are called Kapha, Pitta, and Vata.
Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to restore the flow of Qi by balancing the Yin and Yang.
Yogis know this supreme energy, called Qi, as Kundalini and Yin and Yang as Ida and Pingala.
Everything in the Universe exists because of the two opposite forces and the universal balancing act. Thus the mixture of positive and negative forces shape everything from the atom to our character and health.
If we desire a warm temperature we have to balance hot and cold. In order to feel healthy we might have to either add or subtract a vitamin, mineral or amino-acid.
Most important is the precise knowledge of what is missing or unbalanced.
In regards to the right vitamin or mineral level, we are now seeing more and more test kits made available which will make it a lot easier in the future to gain this precise knowledge.
In short, all it needs is the genuine interest and a certain amount of courage, even so the fear we encounter on the way is nothing but being afraid to look at our Self. Going back to the origins of the word metaphysics, it is said that it was first used to name untitled manuscripts of Aristotle. It is curious, that most philosophical text books cover an area starting with the Greeks Plato, Aristotle, etc., but leave out earlier philosophies from India.
However, there is enough evidence that the philosophy of the Greek and Iranians was heavily influenced from these earlier philosophies of India. At any rate, at least some of the Greek philosophers had a very clear understanding of Reality-as-such. They agreed with earlier Indian philosophies as well as with Scientists of our time that the world as we perceive it is of an illusionary nature. As Parmenides and Zeno pointed out, only what is Permanent and Unchanging is real. The rest is an illusion either experienced or created by our mind. Paramenides: "Being is, Non-Being is not."
We now know that all matter is energy.
But we also know the we are aware of matter. All we have to do is to find out what Awareness is in its clear state of Being and, believe it or not, all our questions are answered and all our fears are dissolved. To get to this state of Being is the ultimate goal of all genuine spiritual exercise including Yoga. So, intellectual understanding of Beingness, as a result from studying Metaphysics, can lead to intellectual enlightening, while the practice of Yoga can lead to direct knowledge.
A more modern interpretation of Metaphysics includes psychic phenomena in all its variations including parapsychology the scientific investigation of these phenomena.
Beingness, as the nature of God, is expressed when we hear American Natives refer to God as the "Great Spirit". "Jahwe" (JHVH \ Jehovah), the Jewish name for God, translates as "I am who I am".
Beingness, then, is the nature of God, in fact, Beingness is God.
Since God is self-reliant and the world is a manifestation of God's energy, we could call God.
Self-energetic Beingness. From the accounts of the many Saints, Sages, and Self-realized persons, who have encountered this condition of Being, we may add that this condition is a blissful state of Being.
In other words, Jnana Yoga is practical philosophy / metaphysics; it is both theory and practice.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Last month, as the major economies shed jobs and marked down growth forecasts, a South African billionaire hosted the “party of the decade” to open a vast, pink hotel on the palm-shaped island constructed from poured sand and concrete a short helicopter ride from Dubai's new international airport.
But elsewhere on the island, villa owners were being told that their properties had lost 40 per cent of their value in two months. Construction of another colossal artificial island was quietly being shelved, and speculation grew that Dubai as a whole, for nearly a decade the world's most exuberant symbol of the fruits of globalisation, might have to sell off assets to service its debts.
Recently, the Government of the United Arab Emirates was forced to confront that speculation. The chairman of a committee set up to lead the UAE's response to the global downturn said that Dubai's debts were dwarfed by its assets and that “the Government will step in to assist if needed”. Only that implicit guarantee held fears of a default at bay. The stock market was unimpressed. Having lost nearly two thirds of its value this year it promptly lost another 5 per cent
Whatever said and done is that I like Dubai, but what I like are the people that who make Dubai – how much ever they crap, they make it even better, particularly the English (no harm please, all in good fun)
Listed below is a poem penned by an English friend (who unfortunately didn’t do justice to Samuel Taylor Coolidge’s Xanadu by Kubla Khan )
In Jumeirah did Big Sheikh Mo
A massive great hotel decree
Where streams of sacred sewage ran
Through beaches uninhabitable by man
Down to a polluted sea
So twice five dozen top celebs
Did mingle with the local plebs
And there were fireworks bright with flashing stars
Apparently they could be seen from Mars
The only ones that didn't party or rave
Were some newly captured Pacific dolphin slaves
A sheikh with a kandoora
In a vision once he saw
It was an Abyssinian maid
Overworked and poorly paid
And with fireworks loud and grand
He did build that Dubailand
That massive mall! Those slopes of ice!
And we all thought them very nice
But all should cry, Beware! Beware!
This sandy land is not so fair
And now financial storm clouds grow
It might be time to pack and go
For we on honey-dew hath fed
It's time for some real life instead
Lets face it - superlatives alone cannot shield the Middle East's financial hub from crisis
courtesy : http://justpolitics-cat.blogspot.com/2008/12/xanadu-atlantis.html
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
His camel had died of thirst and he was crawling through the sands, certain that the end was close when all of a sudden he sees a shiny object sticking out of the sand several yards ahead of him.
He crawls to the object, pulls it out of the sand, and discovers what looks to be an ash tray from an old car. He opens it and out pops a genie...
But this apparently is no ordinary genie. He is wearing a polka dot bow tie and a sport coat with a dog-eared little book in the breast pocket with a blue cover and has a pencil tucked behind one ear.
"Well, kid," says the genie. "You know how it works. You have three wishes."
"I'm not falling for this." says the man. "I'm not going to trust a used car salesman!"
"What have you got to lose?”
"You've got no transportation, and it looks like you're a goner anyway!”
The man thinks about this for a minute, and decides that the genie is right.
"OK, I wish I were in a lush oasis with plentiful food and drink." ***POOF*** The man finds himself in the most beautiful oasis he has ever seen. And he is surrounded with jugs of wine and platters of delicacies.
"OK, kid, what's your second wish."
"My second wish is that I was rich beyond my wildest dreams." ***POOF*** The Arab finds himself surrounded by treasure chests filled with rare gold coins and precious gems."
"OK, kid, you have just one more wish. Better make it a good one!"
After thinking for a few minutes, the Arab says: "I wish that no matter where I go, a beautiful woman will want and need me." ***POOF*** He's turned into a tampon.
The moral of the story?
If a used car salesman offers you anything at no cost, there's always going to be a string attached somewhere!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Traveling alone can be equally adventurous and exciting if you know well that how to plan your journey and make proper arrangements keeping the safety in mind. If you haven't tried it then it will be a new experience for you. Some people have the experience of short trips and never realized how it feels when you travel alone on long journey.
Traveling alone need not be lonely. It could be fun in more ways than one. Don’t be reluctant to travel just because your on your own. Just remember these things:
Following tips may prove fruitful for traveling alone:
- Plan ahead - Research and read about the place you’re heading to. Know where’s the nearest hotel, restaurant, and such. Make reservations too, if possible. That way, your travel is on a good start
- Take a city map - You better study how to read maps. Needless to say, these can guide you where you are going, especially if it’s the first time you’re going to that place. Relying too much on the cab driver is not a good idea
- Learn the language - Just study the basics, and the most common things you’re likely to ask a local. Also get yourself a basic dictionary and learn the language before you arrive
- Don’t be afraid to ask for directions - It would be okay to ask someone for directions, but be sure you are going to choose who to ask. You can ask a waiter in restaurant, or the receptionist in your hotel. Just be sure you get all information. Asking from a complete stranger outside is not advisable
- Pack your baggage carefully to avoid any kind of problems during the journey. List of all requirements should be made so that you don't miss anything. Lock in luggage is necessary to avoid the thefts. Over weight of your luggage can become hurdle in your smooth traveling.
- Hide your valuables - Put your guard up. Don’t invite muggers to come and get you. Don’t wear too much jewelry outside the streets. Use inexpensive accessories.
- Dress appropriately - Check what the locals wear on a given time of day. You don’t want your clothes screaming you’re a tourist. The lesser attention you draw to yourself, the better.
- Keep all your medicines and also few medicines for precaution because you cannot rely on anyone for the help during emergency. Travel insurance policy can provide a great help when you don't have enough money to spend on the medical treatment and expenses on hospital bills.
- Arrange for the passport and visa in advance to avoid any kind of delay in the journey. You can also contact to the travel agents to make your trip comfortable. You can book your tickets online by visiting the websites of airlines.
- Lodging in hotels and resorts sometimes cost a lot for single person. You should book the room in advance which can help you in taking the proper rest when you reach the place. Online booking of accommodation is a good option for single travelers.
- Books are the best companion of loneliness. If you don't like reading novels then magazines are other choice. You can carry the reading material and can keep yourself busy during the journey. It's better to avoid relying on strangers from the safety point of view and reading habit can make your boring journey interesting. Listening music can also be a good option.
- No need to carry cash, alternative is to use electronic money for transaction. Credit cards and debit cards can be used for shopping purpose. Never buy heavy things which you can't carry. Basically, take just enough cash. Traveler’s checks and credit cards are good, and it could be your primary mode of payment, but you might want to keep a few extra dollars in your pocket with local money.
- To make your traveling interesting you can indulge in exciting things like trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, bungee jumping, scuba diving etc. Activities which give you pleasure should never be missed. Skiing on the snow covered landscape is usually enjoyed by the people traveling alone.
- Lastly, enjoy your self - Well, you are traveling, so make the most of it. Make friends with a local. Talk to somebody over lunch in a café. Get the addresses of the friends you make to send them a thank you card. Maybe next time, you’d be their host. Always keep your confidence up and boost your morale before starting your journey alone.
With solo traveling, you will definitely learn more about your self and what you can do. It can also be fun..
Try it - traveling alone can be one of your best experiences.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Vegan lifestyle choice is quickly gaining popularity in the United States and the rest of the world.
Vegan (pronounced vee-gun) refers to people who choose to forego meat and dairy products. Instead, their diets consist solely of plant-based foods. Not only do Vegans eliminate foods derived from animals, they also avoid clothing and products made from animal by-products.
You might be thinking that you got along so far by eating eggs, hamburgers, dairy products, hot dogs, poultry, beef, pork, and fish - so why should you go vegetarian, let alone vegan now?
Firstly, becoming Vegan means changing your whole lifestyle
Eating Vegan doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it is one of the most exciting way to eat! Fresh and organically grown plant-based foods are among nature's most healthful and delicious gifts
Being a Vegan has many benefits, but first, what exactly does being Vegan mean?
Most people are not exactly sure exactly what this term defines.
So here goes, a VEGAN is a person who not only consumes only plant products, but is also someone who does not support any product or food derived from the pain and suffering of any animal.
Then what is the difference between a Vegan and a Vegetarian?
A vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat any meat - In other words, they don’t consume meat, poultry, fish or other water animals or food made using animal fat, but they consume dairy products.
The main difference between a Vegan and a Vegetarian is that Vegans not only consume any animal by-products, which include eggs, dairy (including cheese, butter) or use products that have been tested on animals. Even honey is also avoided, as bees are killed during its production. And finally, Vegans also avoid wearing animal products like wool, silk or leather and don’t use cosmetics and toiletries that have been tested on animals or which contain animal ingredients.
To be a successful vegetarian or Vegan, you need to become more aware of nutrition. You learn what foods contain enough plant protein to satisfy your daily needs. You learn how to regulate the amount of carbohydrates and sugars you eat, to avoid the risk of diabetes. You start to understand the positive effects of a diet high in plant fibers, which help keep you regular.
Some benefits of being Vegan
It is believed, or at least I am of the firm belief that eating a meat free diet can definitely improve your health in addition to increasing your quality of life and as a result one tends to live longer.
Medical research has proven that a meat free diet considerably lowers ones chances of being diagnosed with ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and even certain types of cancers.
Studies have also shown that not meat free diets provide more energy, in addition to building a more efficient immune system. It is also said that Vegans live six to ten years longer than average meat eater and also rid the system of pesky allergens that cause food allergies, ADHD, and asthma. Furthermore, it can also be said that Vegans have healthy hair, lower body weight in general and most importantly a clearer and suppler skin.
Most of us don't eat very well. We either eat fast food too much and even real sit-down restaurants are sometimes not always healthy for us. We are addicted to the bad habit of eating out of boxes, cans, and the freezer. In fact, when you eat at most chain restaurants, you're eating out of boxes, cans, and the freezer!
Most non-vegetarian foods are either processed or frozen, if not come in cans. When we eat high fat meats, low fiber processed foods, and fill our bodies with preservatives and chemicals, we're much more prone to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and other serious health issues.
Vegetarians (fruits and vegetables people) don’t suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and any other diseases which tend to be linked with being overweight. In other words, you can eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and yet not gain any weight. This goes on to indicate that the food eaten in a vegetarian diet helps with the fat burning process. It also indicates that eating vegetables helps with insulin resistance instead of the food being stored as fat it tends to get taken up by the cells and burnt off hence no weight gain.
But, despite calling myself a vegetarian, I have put on tremendous amount of weight. This goes to show that vegetarian doesn’t really mean only vegetables and fruits, but there are fats (sweets, desserts, syrups), carbohydrates (rice and others) – the list is endless. So there is no guarantee that you are going to lose weight by just avoiding meat. Meat taken at reasonable amounts can lead to a balanced weight
However, being a Vegan will completely rid your diet from any of these processed foods. It will also rid you of all the fat and poisons generally found in processed or fast food that your body just wasn't programmed to intake. In other words, a family can easily and safely avoid the chemicals, preservatives, growth hormones and other harmful toxins found in almost all of today's meats and over-processed foods!
If you project to people that they don’t abuse their car like they abuse their bodies – they would perhaps get the message a lot better. A car engine that hasn’t been tuned or isn’t getting the type of gasoline it needs simply will not run efficiently, nor "live" for as long as it was intended to do.
In other words, the human body shares the same concept with a car
So just for kicks, try eating vegetarian (fruits and vegetables) for a week or two. See for yourself if you feel different, more mentally acute and note any difference
Gets you thinking ...right?
Hence, going Vegan and eating in this manner is sure to you an incredibly healthier lifestyle.
Many familiar favorites and international specialties are naturally Vegan – Italian spaghetti with marinara sauce, pasta with garlic & olive oil, a cheese-less pizza piled high with toppings; bean & rice burritos smothered in vegetarian green chilly, sizzling fajitas with peppers, onions, squash and mushrooms, tortilla chips & guacamole dip; Middle Eastern falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves and lentil soup; Indian vegetable curries, samosas, dal, and rice biriyani; Thai coconut curries, spring rolls & rice noodle dishes; Chinese stir-fry veggies in various sauces, sesame tofu, vegetable dumplings; Japanese vegetable sushi; and french fries!
Some interesting vegan recipes can be found at... http://www.veganchef.com/
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Now you may ask, what right does a guy have, in making such a statement
None, I agree.
However, I know that maintaining their appearance makes them feel great in the inside.
It is also a well-known fact that pregnant women can no longer use their normal beauty products as they may contain ingredients that might not be suitable for the foetus. Hence finding beauty products that are safe for both mother and fetus is essential
Now I have heard so much about Beaute de Maman - the beauty products that are safe for both mother and the fetus
So, having said that, pregnant mothers don't deprive yourself from looking good just because you can't use your normal beauty products!
They say that Beaute de Maman is made for moms and babies. Their products are even certified by obstetricians to treat problems related to the physiological and hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Believe it or not, even certain Hollywood actresses such as Jennifer Blanc have certified using Beaute de Maman while they were carrying.
In short, Beaute de Maman offers botanical, natural and safe ingredients for stretch marks, acne-prone face, body blemishes, and nipple mastitis during breast feeding. Most importantly, they say and claim that all these products have been tested not on animals, but on humans and they have been proven safe by pregnant people. So, this means, these ingredients will not harm the foetus.
You can order now and check their labels and packaging.
If you'd like to try, you can order now ...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Although you may believe that reading to your infant is pointless, it actually helps your child get familiar with the language and vocabulary. Reading aloud will help your child to learn how to read and grasp the language much quicker. In addition, it also helps with your child's overall development.
As your infant grows older, he looks forward to be an active participant during story time. In other words, he will look forward to bedtime stories, instead of seeing it as a dreadful chore. Even if the child wants to hear the same story every night, read that same book to him, and in addition also read a new book to him. Variety will give your child a taste of different views, characters and places, which will help your child, in the future, to form his thoughts and opinions.
In other words, it allows a parent to spend some quality time with their infant.
Some of the current popular books are featured below
- Great Indian Personalities - Refresh your memory on the lives of these great Indians and recount these stories to your children
- Famous Indian Legends - Famous classics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as stories of Krishna presented simply and interestingly. These stories will provide an excellent introduction to the Indian culture
- Panchatantra - This section consists of famous Indian stories quite similar to the Aesop's Fables, also based on the Animal Kingdom, but with an Indian context, and make for some fun readings
- Jataka Tales - The Hindu's believe in reincarnation, i.e. life after death. The Bodhisattva or the Buddha came in many forms - man, elephant, dear etc. The Jataka tales are his life stories as various life forms, spreading the message of justice. These tales will show you how good ultimately triumphs over evil
- Aesop's Fables - All children love animals. Here are over a 100 fables based on the animal kingdom and cleverly woven around a moral. Enjoyable reading for children of all ages
- Akbar and Birbal - Sharpen your wits with Birbal, King Akbar's famous, clever and witty advisor. Let your child learn the skills of perception and deduction from Birbals fine example
- Arabian Nights - Welcome to the world of magic lamps, wish-granting genies, valiant heroes & damsels in distress. Discover the voyages of Sinbad the gallant sailor, the adventures of Ali Baba and the forty thieves and many more mysterious and enchanting Arabic tales
- Fairy Tales and Other Stories - Take a trip down fantasy land and enter a world of magic, elves and fairies. Relive your childhood with your child as you help him or her develop a vivid imagination and good reading habits
- Amar Chitra Katha - Collection of above [1 to 8] in a picture/ comic format
- Britannica for Kids - Reading Club CD [Set of 2 CD's] - For Ages 4 to 7
An attractively packaged, interactive and fun-filled learning program that has been developed for children, between 4 and 7 years of age. It assists them with their reading and writing abilities. Besides, children with no prior knowledge of the alphabets will also be comfortable reading books meant for the first grade after completing this comprehensive program. More importantly, they will enjoy as they learn! Animation and music helps to make this a dynamic learning environment
Mentioned below are the top 10 global children's bestsellers. Get them started off on these today;
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling - Ages 9 onwards
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling - Ages 9 onwards
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling - Ages 9 onwards
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Hardcover) by J. K.Rowling - Age 9 onwards
- Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss - Ages 3 onwards
- Olivia by Ian Falconer - Ages 3-7
- Pikachu's Vacation by Tracey West - Ages 4-11
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl - Ages 4-8
- Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey - Ages 7-11
- Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey - Ages 7-11
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It is the story of Haroun, a 12-year-old boy whose father Rashid is the greatest storyteller in a city so sad that it has forgotten its name. When the gift of gab suddenly deserts Rashid, Haroun ventures into Gup City, Kahani, which is located on the shores of the Great Story Seas to save his father's renowned story telling abilities, and ends up saving the entire story-telling world from the evil Khattam-Shud, the Prince of Silence, who is intoxicating the Sea of Stories with poison. Rushdie employs the simple tactics of a legendary plot and imaginative characters to make his novel as great as any child's fairy tale.
The theme works as a beautiful fantasy story about a boy who saves a world of make believe. It can also be viewed as an experiment on creativity, the obvious dangers of authoritarianism, the honest weaknesses of democracy, the importance of history, and ofcourse all expressed through a theme of an illusion. Definitely a message for the adults.
Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book as such. It’s just that it is a children's book, a fact that most of us don’t realize, until we start reading it. However, it is beautifully written and imaginative, and to top it all one who has read Rushdie’s other books would like the hidden message and the meaning behind the names.
The way Rushdie goes about describing each character and each event is enthralling and it is refreshing to note how Rushdie is creative with his imagination.
Whether people say, am sure that children would definitely enjoy it, and you would think it as lot of fun, too. And to top it off, I am not such a big fan of Salman Rushdie.
It definitely is not a waste of time, as it is so short
Anyone who liked Rushdie’s other books is bound to love this one as well. The book certainly has some great moments that will definitely hold your interest. Whatever may be the reason, just read it for the child inside you
That’s it - a must read if you want to dive back into your childhood.
Friday, February 20, 2009
A good relationship first begins with YOU.
This works more efficiently when two partners are focused on a goal of keeping their relationship better than ever before.
A lot of relationships have begun so well only to end in disaster. Ever wonder why this happened?
This is mainly because, couples have the tendency to take each other for granted and as a result have become more negligent of each other over the years and months they have been together. This is not how a relationship should progress. In a way as the relationship grows old, it should be viewed in a mature perspective. In other relationships it is not correct to say that relationships grow old, but it should be said “as the relationship matures”.
In most cases, love that has the hottest beginning has the coolest end. In other words, love does not develop over time.
While it is true that there can be a love at first sight, it depends on the partners how to maintain and sustain that love they have felt from the start.
It is important that partners work together in achieving their goal of making the relationship works for them. It is definitely a combined effort and a shared endeavor. Part of every great relationship is setting common goals, then figuring out a way to work together to accomplish these goals. This gives couples a sense of purpose and direction. It also teaches couples how to work together, making their relationship stronger and more rewarding.
This takes a great deal of focus, commitment, and compromise, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Actually, this concept is not limited to only relationships, but applies to other aspects of life such as work and career.
Remember, when you really love yourself, you cannot help wanting to give some of your love away. You must learn to be alone and happy before you can be together with someone else and still be happy. Your happiness always depends upon how you feel when you are alone.
So, when you want a great love partner, become a great love partner. Sharing love with someone must only and always begin with YOU
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Though the internet makes many things more convenient (banking, shopping, etc.) one of the most inconvenient things about it is remembering all those passwords (must be at least six but no more than ten characters, containing at least one letter and one number, case sensitive ... you know the drill) without writing them down on a cheat sheet that defeats the whole purpose of security. Finally someone has figured out how to turn your fingerprint into your password, which is not only more secure, but more convenient too. Plus this is the best technology out there and it's cheap enough that not only James Bond can afford it.
In short, it is a mixed-signal semiconductor company that provides fingerprint authentication sensors and solutions to the high-volume personal computer (PC), wireless device, and access control markets. It offers a range of fingerprint sensors that enable users to access and control multiple functions on an electronic device by touching or sliding their finger across the sensor. The company’s fingerprint sensors utilize unique information in fingerprints to verify the identity of the individual, as well as the unique, individual fingers on the same person. Its sensors are used in various applications related to security, password replacement and financial transaction authentication.
AuthenTec Inc.’s award-winning sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch™ by utilizing the company's patented TruePrint® technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. AuthenTec’s patented TruePrint® and TrueMatch® technologies allow fingerprints to be read below the surface of the skin to the live layer – or true fingerprint. As such, they are less affected by common skin surface conditions, including dry, worn, calloused, dirty or oily skin that can hinder competitive sensors’ ability to acquire accurate fingerprint images for user authentication purposes. TruePrint is the only fingerprint sensor technology capable of acquiring everyone’s fingerprint under virtually any condition.
AuthenTec Inc’s newest wireless products and technologies for key Asian cell phone OEMs and wireless carriers include their new QuickLaunch personalization and TrueNav user navigation software for mobile phones, durable TouchStone packaging technologies as well as new world phones, smart phones, PCs, and other wireless products that integrate AuthenTec fingerprint sensors for versatile Power of Touch(R) features that extend beyond security to include convenience, personalization and navigation.
The company’s network of partners and customers includes; Analog Devices, APC, ASUS, Bioscrypt, Cherry, Compal, CA, Fellowes, Fujitsu Computer, HP, IBM, Intel,Lenovo, LGE, Microsoft, Motion Computing, Packard Bell, Samsung, SCM
Microsystems, Tatung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Quanta, among others
AuthenTec Inc., is a Fortune 500 Breakout 25 company and is a Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award winner, and three-time winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Market Leadership Award. According to a report from Frost and Sullivan, AuthenTec enjoys a massive market opportunity. The market for fingerprint sensors is expected to grow 50.6% annually, to $2 billion by 2013.
AuthenTec, Inc., is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol AUTH.
AuthenTec’s stock price has fallen over 90% the last year from somewhere around $18.00 to about $1.60
AUTH doesn't currently meet the $100M market cap / $1.50 stock price minimum.
But then, AuthenTec's shares are severely undervalued and have a legitimate chance to rise in value 50% or more by 2009. Their fingerprint technology is unsurpassed in the industry and protected by a multitude of patents and intellectual property, as well as being well-entrenched in the markets in which they serve.
Besides, AUTH is active in a market space that will be exploding in the future – The Company’s product has a unique and distinct competitive advantage over competition in an underdeveloped field, as a result the company should out grow most companies in S&P 500. Moreover, Security is always in the back of people's minds.
Fingerprint authentication becoming popular on cell phones in Asia. As fingerprint technology is the future. In other words, it recognizes specific fingerprints more specifically your fingerprint. As tomorrow's credit payments will be made with cell phones and AUTH will be playing a big role in making them safe...In short, fingerprint security is catching on fast and AUTH has the best technology and is expanding use rapidly
According to market reports, there were some positive developments including news that the customer loss that they thought was going to affect their revenue and earnings in the back half of 2009, will not actually impact them until well into 2010, thus allowing AuthenTec Inc. more time to make up the difference and find new customers and applications to overcome this loss.
For AuthenTec’s intellectual property alone, there is value in the shares of the company, and it would not be surprising to see AuthenTec bought out by a larger player within the next 6-12 months because of their dirt cheap valuation, and the assets that they possess.
Obviously, if you own shares of AuthenTec, now is not the time to sell. There is some value here that is not currently priced into the shares of the stock. At the current prices the stock is trading below its cash on hand, and is priced for ultimate failure.
I don’t know when shares will stop their recent slide to new all-time lows, but one thing I am certain of: AuthenTec is a cutting edge company that continues to execute in an otherwise wickedly negative marketplace and in the face of continued consumer doldrums. AuthenTec is a rapidly expanding company with a niche product and a patented moat around its business that no competitors can claim.
So, I guess it would be alright to sell, when the price reaches at around $7.50 per share, which is a sure possibility