Friday, November 16, 2007
Australia has now banned the use of "Ho Ho Ho" - the news of an Aussie recruitment firm Westaff, replacing "ho ho ho" with "ha ha ha" has travelled fast, with people in New Zealand, the UK and the US amazed at the "extreme" political correctness. It all started when Westaff told its Christmas trainees that the "ho, ho, ho" phrase could frighten children and possibly be derogatory to women.
Well, I don't think kids relate the ho ho ho to anything other than Santa getting them presents. It remains to be seen how this Christmas will turn out ! Ha Ha !
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sasha was so fascinated by the variety and depth of these lists that she started a magazine called - yup - To-Do Lists. Her new book To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us is a compilation of these fascinating lists. From ordinary grocery lists to life goals these lists satisfy the voyeur in each of us. I just ordered the book and can't wait to get it.
It will be a great conversation starter for all those holiday get togethers.
Here is an interview about the book.
42 % of us here in the US make to-do lists. And according to Sasha our to-do lists reveal something about us. Voyeuristic and interactive, To-Do List will show you just how much -- and what -- your lists say about you.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Here are her 10 ways to create your own luck !
10. Get real. If you are on a computer, surfing the net, and reading blogs, you have a lot to feel lucky about. Your life is great already.
9. Determine who you should know. They say it’s not what you know but who you know. So get to know the right people!
8. Be more observant. Luck is all around you.
7. Take a chance every now and then. S-t-r-e-t-c-h yourself.
6. Do your research. Master a topic so that your brain can get into the nitty gritty of the inner workings where the tiniest of advantages can be discovered and utilized.
5. Say you are lucky and you are (Pygmalion).
4. Be more curious and ask lots of open ended questions that open doorways to new conversations and opportunities.
3. Notice the habits and disciplines of lucky people around you. Learn from what they do.
2. Share your dreams until you are blue in the face due to lack of oxygen.
1. Play more to win more (in life that is, I am not advocating gambling).
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I found that, Amazon now has 2 million songs from more than 180,000 artists represented by over 20,000 major and independent labels, Amazon MP3 complements Amazon.com's existing selection of over 1 million CDs. I thought this was really cool since most of the songs are 10 cents less than on iTunes.
Also, every song and album on Amazon MP3 is available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software. This means that you are free to enjoy your music downloads using any hardware device, organize your music using any music management application, and burn songs to CDs.
The top 100 best-selling songs are 89 cents. Every song on Amazon MP3 is encoded at 256 kilobits per second, which gives you high audio quality at a manageable file size.
This is great for those who dont want to spring for an iPod !
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
- Pinta Island tortoise
- Baiji (Yangtze River Dolphin)
- Vancouver Island Marmot
- Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat
- Javan Rhino
- Hispid hare
- Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat
- Tamaraw (Dwarf Water Buffalo)
- Iberian Lynx
- Red Wolf
- Dwarf Blue Sheep
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Here are 5 ways to bring "sexy back" into your life.....Women only !
- Be mysterious - A little secretiveness can go a long way to keep them guessing !
- Shower your body with love - Take care of those curves and those curves will take care of the rest.
- Reach out and touch someone - Boost your confidence by doing something extraordinary in your community. Find out who needs help and help !
- Make something of yourself - Don't neglect your career and/or role in life. Don't put yourself in the back seat for too long because of family. Go out there and make a difference.
- Highlight your best attributes - both physical and emotional....each woman is different and so be proud of what you are and who you are. Make those work for you.
Self assured women make great mates ! Self confident women can lift anyone's spirits..and in life there are many people who need their spirits to be lifted. I always have believed in - what Bambi's mom said - "if you cant say something nice don't say nothing at all" Charm, poise and good manners make you very "sexy" !
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
This attraction is in the village of Szymbark, and in the Kaszuby area (by the Baltic sea, North of Poland) - A ceiling instead of a floor and furniture above your head - a feeling of dizziness, is the feeling visitors have upon entering the house, after just a few seconds of walking around the structure, which is also tilted sideways to add to the effect.
Czapiewski had the idea to build his house when Poland was still under communist rule. It was then that he realized practically all decisions of the ruling communist party were detached from reality. Today the house is a symbol of every wrong doing against humanity. "This house is a warning about the path we are taking," Czapiewski said.
Here is a video clip of the upside-down house in Poland.
Czapiewski's corperation which specializes in wooden houses, would normally
take 21 days to construct a wooden house. He remembers that his workers had to take an hour's break every three hours while working inside the house because they were feeling disorientated and confused from the strange angles of the walls.
The upside down house is not the first unusual structure made or devised by Czapiewski. He is infamous for making the longest single piece of wood in the world - a Guinness World Record.
Source : Reuters
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
- Number of hot dogs to be consumed on July 4th: 150 million - More hot dogs are eaten in July than any other month of the year, which is why it is designated National Hot Dog Month.
- Amount of chicken purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: 700 million pounds
- Amount of red meat/pork purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: 190 million pounds
- Percentage of American households with outdoor grills: 87
- Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2006: 252 million pounds
- Amount of fireworks sold to cities and municipalities for public celebrations last year: 25 million pounds
- Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2000: 102 million pounds
- Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2007: 900 million dollars
- Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2000: 350 million dollars
- Percentage of fireworks sales that take place in late June and early July: 80
- Number of people injured by fireworks in 2006: 9,200
- Dollar amount of fireworks imported to the US from China in 2006: 212 million
- Dollar amount of American flags imported into the US from China in 2006: 5 million
How did the hot dog get its name?
The term "hot dog" is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a 1901 baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, vendors began selling hot dachsund sausages in rolls.
Do I spread my condiment on the meat or on the bread?
Always dress the dog and not the bun
HAPPY JULY 4TH !
Friday, June 29, 2007
You can rent movies from Netflix via the internet. Plus Netflix has lowered its monthly fee for one its most popular prescription plans by $1, to match a reduction made by rival Blockbuster earlier this month. The service mails another DVD after subscribers return one of their other discs in pre-paid envelopes.
One thing I do like about Netflix is the NEW "Watch It Now"in addition to receiving DVDs by mail, you will be able to watch movies online instantly. This new feature is included in your Netflix membership at no additional charge.
Basically, the program transforms your browser window into a complete movie-viewing interface with DVD-like functionality, like
- Fast forward and rewind
- Browse by chapter
- Double-click to make the movie play in full-screen
- Add movies to your Netflix Queue
- Rate movies
- Find similar movies through Netflix
Netflix has also joined us bloggers and now have their blog up to interact with its members. http://netflixblog.blogspot.com/ So there you have it ! Get ready for your weekend without leaving your house !
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
BE AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHTS
Start watching your thoughts, without identifying with them. Watch them as a detached observer.
You may even get carried away by your thoughts. Never mind. It is natural—especially for a beginner. What you need to do, whenever you detect this, is to take yourself out of your thoughts immediately and get back to the process of thought-watching once again as a detached observer.
Do not get perturbed by your thoughts. Don't condemn or justify them. Don't try to control them. Just watch them. After some time, you will come to know what your negative thoughts are about. Now concentrate on all the positive thoughts that you can replace these thoughts with, in order to switch over to a more positive attitude towards them. Our attempt should be to cut down the quantity of unnecessary thoughts and to improve the quality of the necessary ones. Keep yourself busy. Simple food, deep breathing and relaxation exercises also help manage your thoughts easily. Expect less from others.
IDENTIFY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
Keep a logbook. Jot down your thoughts. Write down happenings of the day. Were they positive, appropriate and adequate or were they confused, superfluous and negative? Could you notice the interval between the happening and your response? If yes, could your foresee your negative thoughts? If not, what can, you do to notice this interval? Was there any discrepancy between words and thoughts? If yes, was it justified—could you find a better way of harmonizing your words and thoughts? Was the verbal response necessary, appropriate and adequate?
Sometimes we talk to others, or simply to ourselves, or think about something just like that. Ask yourself what provoked you to take the initiative to start a conversation. Was it essential? What was the purpose? Did it serve the purpose? If no, then why not? Did it use any unnecessary and emotionally charged negative words? Were the words used in thinking, inner dialogue or in talking to the other person, precise, appropriate, adequate and positive? Did you feel happy or satisfied after the interaction with the other person or with your inner self? Can you find ways of improving your performance as a thinker or a speaker?
Keep in mind that logbooks are meant to get you started and make you aware of your negative thoughts. It is far more important, however, to be aware of these thoughts when they are just taking birth, rather than leave them for later analysis.
Be conscious of the interval that separates the event from thoughts with which you respond to the event.
Imagine a strong sun radiating a powerful light. Use this mental sunshine to kill your negative, undesirable thoughts, emotions and images as and when these are detected. Take this sun as a mighty weapon which is always on the alert and which automatically chases any negative thought and kills it with a flash and then withdraws. Don't forget to imagine that this sun is your faithful friend and is extremely kind to you.
Keep a note of how many times you need to call the sun for its services. There will be a gradual increase, followed by a drastic fall. This is so because initially the number of times you call on your mental sunshine increases gradually as your awareness of your thoughts grows.
The drastic fall is because what we do not use (the negative thoughts, in this case), we tend to lose.
REPLACE WlTH POSITIVE THOUGHTS
A vital step in this process is the immediate replacement of all negative thoughts by the positive ones. The shorter the interval between the disinfecting and the replacing stage, the better it is. Longer intervals between these two events weaken the impact of the positive thoughts. Our success and happiness depend on identifying our goals precisely and chasing them effectively, both of which, in turn, depend on how well we manage our thoughts. The quality of our thoughts decides the quality of the outcomes we land up with. Thoughts have the power to materialize themselves because they are instrumental in channeling energy towards the physical or mental condition they are about.
External situations and the remarks of others can harm us through our thoughts—but only to the extent our thoughts allow them to. So think positive. Talk positive. Read positive quotable quotes of great people. Surround yourself with posters and cards bearing positive messages. Keep them on your table. Hang them on the walls. Paste them near the bathroom mirror and on the doors. Stick them on your watchstrap. Keep them on the refrigerator. Have them on the dashboard of the car. Slip them under the glass of the table in front of you. Slide them in the inner side of the briefcase you carry. Find other suitable places where you are bound to look at them every day.
Remember that these messages will stale with prolonged use. So keep changing their position and contents. Do not let the momentum of these thoughts get weaker.
Use them appropriately in response to specific negative thoughts. The replacing thought must be positive in every sense. Apart from being inspiring and assuring, it should also be suggestive. For example, if you confront a negative thought, "I can never succeed", it will not suffice if you replace it with "Sun! Attack! I can succeed". This kind of replacement may not be effective, for it sounds like wishful thinking and lacks assurance, depth and penetrating certainty. It is better to break your replacing thought down into more definite and specific steps or instructions.
The replacing thought in this case may be: "I can succeed. By earlier failures I have become rich in experience and have come to know specific areas that require special attention. I will jot them down and systematically think of the ways in which I can improve. I shall plan. And then stick to it. There is absolutely no reason why I should not succeed. I will assess, plan, execute, monitor, modify and carryon with the plan, and finally succeed. In fact, I think that success has already been achieved and only time separates my thought of success and its transformation into reality. I am committing myself to all that is required to achieve success. I am a river that knows no obstacles. I shall find my way anyhow—and if there is none I shall make one."
Thoughts like these can be further reinforced with emotions and images. All this may take longer than one single replacing thought, but these are far more effective since they allow you to divide the desired target into workable units. Focus on a pleasant event that took place in the past. This way your thoughts will turn positive and your emotions and images will reinforce each other, resulting in an overall positive attitude.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The massacre Monday, took place almost eight years to the day after the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo. On April 20, 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.
Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police.
About Virginia Tech :
Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech is nestled in southwestern Virginia, about 160 miles west of Richmond. With more than 25,000 full-time students, it has the state's largest full-time student population. The school is best known for its engineering school and its powerhouse Hokies football team.
I am watching TV and President Bush console the family of Virginia Tech. The convocation that is taking place has been appropriate and will bring a feeling of comfort and unity in the community. I pray for all the victims and their families.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Diana DeGarmo: I believe more power to him. If he can do it, go for it.
Joel Madden: I'm hoping he wins, because Howard Stern's been trying to get him votes, and I love Howard.
Kevin Nealon: I'm not a 'Fanjaya,' but I like that he's still in there. It's fun seeing how long Sanjaya will stay.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
You want to have a brighter complexion that’s free from fine lines, dry, flaky bits, spots, acne and red blotchy patches; skin that doesn’t feel as though it’s dying a slow and painful death from exposure to all manner of evil elements.
Yes, you can nurture your skin with products designed to protect it on the outside, but it’s the internal nurturing you do that will really help make a difference. We have known for some time that our skin is a reflection of our nutritional status. What’s really exciting, though, is that we are beginning to understand much more about the best foods to consume to improve the health, functioning and beauty of our skin. Remember, you only get out of it what you put into it.
Here’s my guide to beautiful, healthy skin you’ll be proud of.
1. CARROTS: help protect against skin cancer
Carrots are an excellent source of the antioxidant group called carotenoids, the most common being Beta carotene. During prolonged exposure to UV rays, blood levels of B-carotene decrease. which can increase the risk of skin cancer. Studies have shown that consuming 30mg of B-carotene per day (that’s the equivalent of about four carrots) for two weeks before, as well as during, a “holiday in the sun”, prevents the drop in B-carotene associated with increased cancer risk. It may also increase the reflective capacity of the skin. The combination of increasing the amount of carotenoids in the diet, and using sunscreen, appears to enhance the protective effects of both.
2. FISH: involved in calming inflammation of the skin
Fish contains dietary compounds valuable for the skin. It’s a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that combat free radicals that damage collagen networks within the skin. Omega-3 is a substance that will invade areas with infected pimples, helping to reduce inflammation. Some studies also confirm its benefits for reducing inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. Oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna, are excellent omega-3 sources and need to be consumed about three times a week to ensure a good intake of omega-3. If you are allergic to fish or don’t like it, see the list below for some alternative sources of omega-3.
If you are not a fish eater, add one of the following for the same amount of omega-3 fats as a 150g salmon fillet:
2 tablespoons (40g) walnut oil
2 tablespoons (40g) wheat germ oil
2 tablespoons (40g) soy bean oil
1 1/2 tablespoon (30g) canola oil
3 1/2 tablespoons (18g) linseed
4 tablespoons (60g) walnuts
1 1/2 cups (300g) soy beans, uncooked
3. DARK-GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: rejuvenate skin
Nutrients in dark-green leafy vegetables such as spinach, silver beet, Asian greens and dark-green salad mix have many skin rejuvenating properties. These foods contain the anti-oxidant B-carotene (that is also found in carrots), which has the capacity to destroy cell-damaging free radicals. Iron is also present in these vegetables, and together with the vitamin C they contain, ensures that oxygen is transported to the skin’s cells. An iron deficiency can result in large dark circles forming under the eyes. Broccoli also contains the anti-oxidant vitamin C, which helps to cross-link collagen fibres and prevents collagen from being destroyed by free radicals. Collagen networks support the skin, help promote elasticity and stop it from becoming loose. Collagen also reduces bruising. To enhance the absorption of B-carotene, drizzle a little nut, olive or seed oil over raw or lightly steamed vegetables. Remember that overcooking will destroy the vitamin C.
4. CITRUS FRUIT: keeps your skin elastic
These fruits, which include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, mandarins and tangelos, contain two compounds that are beneficial for skin health: vitamin C and limonene. Vitamin C works to preserve collagen. Short-term supplementation, under medical supervision, with high daily doses of vitamin C (3g), together with vitamin E (2g), has been shown to reduce the effects of acute sunburn. Limonene, an anti-oxidant found particularly in the peel, may help to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
5. SOY: keeps your skin looking youthful
Phytoestrogens in soy foods, such as soy drinks, tofu, soy and linseed bread, have been found to act like the hormone oestrogen. They help to delay the onset of dry skin and the wrinkling associated with the ageing process. Another important component which is present in soy products is vitamin E, which boosts new cell growth. The exact quantities of phytoestrogens that need to be consumed in order to reap the benefits are unknown. However, including soy products in your diet several times a week is probably a good starting point.
6. WHOLEGRAIN CEREALS: eliminate toxins
The skin is a reflection of your internal health, and toxins within the body can result in unhealthy looking skin. Fibre found in whole grains acts like a purifying system by filtering wastes out of the body. This helps to boost the skin’s potential to be healthy and clear. Calcium may also have a role to play in the removal of toxins. So the combination of a wholegrain breakfast cereal and calcium-rich milk or soy may offer additional benefits. Isovitexin, which is an anti-oxidant found in wild rice, in particular, has been touted as having anti ageing properties for the skin and is also found in some skin creams.
7. TOMATOES: fight collagen damage and premature wrinkling
Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene, which has the potential to decrease collagen damage deep within the skin’s tissue, which is where wrinkles are formed. Many skin treatments and creams now contain lycopene, but there appear to be enhanced benefits from eating foods containing lycopene, such as tomatoes, watermelon, guava and pink grapefruit. The redder the tomato, the higher its lycopene content. Cooking tomatoes increases this level.
8. BERRIES: slow down the ageing process
Anti-oxidants called anthocyanins have anti-ageing abilities, as they are believed to protect the body against chemical carcinogens and ultraviolet light. They are found in berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and cranberries. These fruits also contain the anti-oxidant vitamin C, which helps to reconstruct damaged collagen. Berries can be eaten all year round. But if fresh berries are not available, try buying them frozen from supermarkets or drink blackcurrant juice to boost your anthocyanin intake.
9. PLANT AND SEED OILS: healthy glow, reduced dryness
Oils from olives, nuts and avocados provide the skin with a healthy glow. The essential fatty acids found in these foods reduce clogged pores by thinning out the oils secreted by them. It has been suggested that people affected by eczema have an abnormal essential fatty acid metabolism and may benefit from an adjustment of the types and quantities of the fat in their diet. However, this sort of dietary manipulation is complex. The presence of vitamin E in these oils ensures the production of new cell growth, keeping the skin supple, smooth and moist. The combination of this antioxidant vitamin with others such as Beta-carotene is believed to protect against redness of the skin and therefore may be useful for diminishing sensitivity to ultraviolet light and the effects of sun damage. How much do we need? Including small amounts of these healthy oils in your diet every day would be advisable for healthy skin.
10. SHELLFISH: promotes clear, smooth skin
The acne terminator zinc, found in oysters and other molluscs, decreases acne flareups. It also plays a major role in helping break down damaged collagen, allowing new collagen to form which, in turn, makes the skin look youthful. One of the clinical signs of zinc deficiency is dry, flaky skin. Most people need 12mg of zinc per day, so try some of these foods: ‘/2 dozen oysters (19mg), 100g lean lamb (Smg), l bowl of fortified breakfast cereal (2mg), 1 cup of baked beans (1.Smg), 1 cup of cooked spinach (lmg), 1 slice of wholemeal bread (0.4mg).
Source : http://www.womendiary.net/2007/01/23/10-foods-your-skin-will-love/
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Live like a Spanish king in a circular lighthouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Situated off the coast of La Manga, Spain. Baron Island was once a royal hunting reserve of King Amadeo of Saboya.
Or live like the real Robinson Crusoe on the real Robinson Crusoe island off the coast of Chile. This remote island allows you to live a life unburdened by today's materialist pressures. Try a tree house built 100 ft above the ground deep in the jungles of the Western Ghats, India with electricity, mosquito nets, running water and your own shower room.
Or you may fancy the Royal Tents of Rajasthan, they come equipped with twin beds, ensuite bathrooms, custom made furniture, mosquito nets, electricity, hot water and even room service.We have also included ice hotels in Sweden, mud huts in Indonesia, period elegance in Cuba, an Art museum hotel in Japan, royal tents of the Raj in India, native American hogans in Arizona, private islands in the pacific, water tower accommodation in England and even a nudist colony in Australia.
So whether it's a tree house vacation in the jungle or a Native American teepee this website
http://www.whereintheworld.co.uk/index.php has somewhere that will inspire you.
But when have you ever considered sending your family a postcard of your hotel?
This site encourages you to find unique places to stay based on location, budget, theme, or the elusive "wow!" factor. With categories ranging from igloos to lighthouses to caves, it can be easy to plan a vacation around unusual hotels।
If you're looking for the ones that'll really make your postcard stand out, check into these:
- Dog Bark Park Inn — Stay inside the world's largest beagle.
- Ice Hotel Quebec — Wear your parka!
- Creek n Crag's Wild Canopy Reserve — Spy on a tiger from the treetops।
- Utter Inn — Sleep with the fishes, and wake up the next morning।
- The Old Jail — A different kind of bed and breakfast
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Monday, April 02, 2007
- One is by helping the body to break down body fat. This involves releasing it from fat cells, where it enters the bloodstream as free fatty acids that are then transported to muscle cells where they may be burned.
- The second action of weight loss supplements is to suppress appetite, which is a complex process. Many hormones and neurotransmitters are involved. We don't have all the answers in this area, but research continues. The human body's instinct is to survive, and once appetite suppressants are stopped, people become hungry.
- The third way weight loss supplements may work is by inhibiting the body from absorbing fat during digestion. Fat blockers don't work if a person isn't eating fat in his or her diet. They also won't prevent weight gain if a person is overeating protein or carbohydrates. The negative side effects of these supplements include stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and inability to absorb many important fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients. In addition, they may interfere with the effectiveness of certain medications, especially birth control pills and estrogen.
Often, weight loss supplements contain more than one substance to generate weight loss from more than one angle. The ingredients are available alone, or with other substances. The following is a partial listing of some of the weight loss supplements you may see:
Promoted as a fat burner, carnitine naturally occurs in the body, and people can obtain it through eating meat, fish, poultry, and some dairy foods. Carnitine helps transport fatty acids to the muscle. In theory, it makes sense that more of it would help people get more fatty acids into the muscles, burning additional fat. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to expectations, because taking its supplemental form doesn't result in increased fat burning.
Although this mineral helps metabolize carbohydrates and fats, it has not lived up to claims of increasing lean body mass and decreasing fat. As a matter of fact, the majority of the research done on this supplement shows it is not effective as a weight loss supplement. Some research showed damage to DNA with excess chromium picolinate that is exacerbated with Vitamin C. Taking in more than the body requires can actually reduce the binding capacity of iron in the blood, potentially resulting in iron deficiency and decreased ability to carry oxygen in the blood. This could negatively impact one's ability to exercise and expend calories.
This is probably the most popular substance in fat-burners on the market today. It acts like a hormone the body makes — norepinephrine. The action of this substance is associated with increased fat release from adipose (or fat) tissue, increasing free fatty acids in the bloodstream. Also increased are heart rate, heart contractility, body heat production, and metabolic rate. Ephedrine may also be able to suppress hunger. Studies have demonstrated that dieters were able to lose slightly more weight when taking ephedrine vs. placebos — but not nearly the amounts referenced in TV and magazine ads. It has been shown that ephedrine is even more effective when combined with caffeine — but so are the side effects, including tremors, dizziness, insomnia, heart arrhythmias, headaches, and increased blood pressure.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported numerous adverse incidents and a number of deaths from taking supplements containing ephedrine or its precursors, ephedra or ma huang. Anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes, and pregnant women need to avoid this supplement. The National Football League (NFL) has listed it as a banned substance, and Canada prohibits its sale. Although ephedrine may help some people lose an extra few pounds, it doesn't seem worth the risk.
When a supplement touts "proven in clinical trials," you need to dig deeper. If the manufacturers are citing animal studies, it may have no merit in terms of human outcomes. For one reason, fat metabolism in rats is different than in people. Often, preliminary research is done on these animals, but the same results often don't pan out in humans. We are learning that fat burning and some hormonal responses are not the same between the two species. Some supplement manufacturers jump the gun before substances can be proven in humans, often in the name of big bucks. Another caveat is that when research is done, sometimes amounts of the ingredients or the ingredients themselves that the scientists use are not available to the public. Scientists may use substances in large amounts when studying them — not what is generally available at your local health food store. The supplement you find may contain additional components that alter the effect of the main ingredient. In addition, there is no guarantee that the supplement you buy has exactly what the label indicates.
Once again, there is really no safe short cut or quick fix to losing weight, no matter how slick the ads! And fat burners, despite the hype, do not work as advertised.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Apparently, in a region of Venezuela, rodents are a true delicacy. In other South American countries, capybara, the world's largest rodent is hunted for its hide.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Warning: This quiz contains information that you might rather not know.
How much do you really know about gross things? And we're not talking about things that try to gross you out, like horror films or Fear Factor episodes. We're here to see how well acquainted you are with some of the "grosser" corners of the natural world. Good luck.
1 The giant rafflesia, a type of lily, is the largest flower in the world. However, it is better known for smelling like
b) Dirty socks
c) Rotting meat
2 In a single year, how many descendents can a pair of rats produce?
3 Tapeworms, a type of intestinal parasite, can grow to be how big?
a) 10 inches
b) 30 feet
c) 70 feet
4 2,200 acres is the size of
a) The biggest spider web ever found
b) The biggest individual mushroom ever found
c) The biggest bat cave ever found
5 Ambergris, an essential ingredient of certain types of perfume, is
a) A fatty substance produced in the intestines of sick whales
b) An oil found in the core of rhinoceros horns
c) The earwax of elephants
6 True or false: Venus flytraps, a carnivorous plant, eat frogs.
7 Approximately how much dung does an adult elephant produce each day?
a) 30 lbs
b) 130 lbs
c) 330 lbs
8 "Good night, sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite." True or false: Bed bugs really exist.
9 The regal horned lizard isn't too big, but it repels predators in short order with what gross behavior?
a) It skewers them with its horn.
b) It spits a lethal poison.
c) It shoots blood from behind its eyes.
1. Rotting meat: The giant rafflesia, which can weigh 15 lbs and measure up to 3 feet wide, smells like rotting meat. The flowers emit the odor in order to attract carrion flies, which pollinate the flower.
2. 15,000 : As horrifying as it may be, a pair of rats can multiply so fast, they can have as a many as 15,000 descendents in a single year.
3. 30 feet : Tapeworms range in length from about .5 inches to about 30 feet.
4. The biggest individual mushroom ever found, an Armillaria mushroom, takes up more than 2,200 acres of underground space! Like all mushrooms, this one is a kind of fungus, and it is considered one of the largest known multicellular organisms on Earth. It was found in Oregon.
5. A fatty substance produced in the intestines of sick whales. Ambergris*, an essential ingredient of certain types of perfume*, is a fatty substance produced in the intestines of sick sperm whales. An extremely valuable natural product, ambergris prevents the evaporation of volatile oils used to make expensive perfumes. In 1955 a chemist developed a synthetic, much less expensive form of ambergris.
6. True : Venus flytraps do eat frogs! The plants, native to North and South Carolina, feed on insects and other small animals. The creatures are lured by sweet fluids exuded by the plant, which snaps blade-like leaves around its prey. Flytraps then digest their prey with glands located inside their leaves.
7. 330 lbs : Adult elephants poop about 330 lbs each day. Elephants don't have particularly efficient digestive systems, so about half of the food they consume ends up being passed through their body. Not only do they produce a lot of dung, but they do it frequently: Elephants go to the bathroom approximately 15-18 times per day, which works out to each dung pile being about 20 lbs.
8. True :Unfortunately, bed bugs* do indeed exist. They are tiny little flat bugs that hide during the day and come out to feed at night (when people are in bed--hence their name), sucking the blood of humans and other animals. Perhaps they should be called "vampire bugs" instead.
9. It shoots blood from behind its eyes. The well-camouflaged regal horned lizard* remains motionless if approached, but if picked up, it may attempt to disconcert its attacker by puffing up its body and squirting blood, sometimes as far as a few feet, from a reserve behind its eyes.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Many otherwise intelligent and talented people have trouble spelling correctly, and yet a single misspelled work on a letter or important document creates a bad impression, and can even damage job prospects or networking opportunities. English can be a language full of spellings that look right but are dead wrong. Toss in those infuriating sound-alikes (they're/their/there, its/it's, except/accept), which computer spell checkers usually don't catch, and it's no wonder that 99% of us are often embarrassed and undermined by unwitting typos.
Here are the 10 Most Commonly Misspelled Words !
Incorrect — Correct
- Independant — Independent
- Accomodation — Accommodation
- Definately — Definitely
- Recieve — Receive
- Opportunites — Opportunities
- Thier — Their
- Occured — Occurred
- Infomation — Information
- Offical — Official
- Acitives — Activities
Spelling matters - if you want to create a good impression in your writing and get the right meaning across, it's important to spell correctly.
HERE IS A LIST FROM THE OXFORD DICTIONARY
Spell accessory with a double c and a double s; the ending is -ory.
Rule: Change the -y to -ies to make the plurals of words which end in a consonant plus -y (as in berry/berries): accessories.
Spell accommodate with a double c and a double m; remember that there is an o before and after the m's.
Related word: accommodation noun
address noun and verb
Spell address with a double d.
Tip: please add your address.
Remember that aggression is spelled with a double g and a double s.
Related words: aggressive adjective aggressor noun
Spell alcohol with alco- at the beginning.
Tip: drink a large cold orange juice, not alcohol.
Remember that allege has a double l and is spelled with -ege at the end.
Remember that amend and the related word amendment are spelled with a single m at the beginning.
apologize or apologise verb
Spell apologize and the related word apology with -olo- in the middle.
There is a double p in apparent but only one r; the ending is -ent.
There is no e after the u in argument, even though it comes from argue. It does not follow the usual rule that the final silent e is kept when adding endings that begin with a consonant.
average noun and verb
Spell average with an e after the v; the ending is -age.
Remember that beautiful and the related words beauty and beautify are spelled with beau- at the beginning.
Tip: bare elegant arms are usually beautiful.
Rule: Belief and the related word believe follow the rule i before e except after c (as in thief).
Related word: believable adjective
Spell burglar with -lar at the end.
Related word: burglary noun
Remember that business begins with busi-.
cemetery noun (plural cemeteries)
Remember that cemetery ends with -ery.
Rule: Keep the final silent -e when adding endings which begin with a vowel to words which end in -ce or -ge (here, change), if this is needed to preserve the soft sound of the first part of the word: changeable.
Spell committee with a double m, a double t, and a double e at the end.
Remember that consensus and the related word consensual are spelled with -sen- in the middle.
controversy noun (plural controversies)
Remember that controversy is spelled with -ro- in the middle.
Tip: controversy arouses really opposing views.
Related word: controversial adjective
Rule: i before e except after c (as in receive).
Related word: deceit noun
Remember that definite ends with -ite.
Related word: definitely adverb
Spell desperate with -per- in the middle.
Tip: perhaps he was desperate to escape.
Remember that disappoint and the related word disappointment are spelled with one s and a double p.
Remember that eighth is spelled with -hth at the end.
Tip: Sam hoped that he wouldn't finish eighth.
Remember that embarrass and the related word embarrassment have a double r and a double s.
Tip: embarrassed, she was rosy red with severe shame.
Spell extraordinary with extra- at the beginning (it is made up of the words extra and ordinary).
extreme adjective and noun
Remember that the ending of extreme is spelled -eme.
Remember that fascinate and the related word fascination are spelled with an s before the c.
Remember that fluorescent and the related word fluorescence begin with fluor-.
Spell friend with -ie- in the middle.
Spell fulfil with one l in the middle and one at the end (the spelling fulfill is American).
Rule: Double the l when adding endings which begin with a vowel to words which end in a vowel plus l (as in travel): fulfils, fulfilling. fulfilled.
Related word: fulfilment noun
gauge noun and verb
Spell gauge with -au- in the middle (the spelling gage is American).
Remember that grateful begins with grate-.
guarantee noun and verb
Rule: Although most verbs ending in -e drop the final e before adding -ing (e.g. bake, baking), verbs ending in -ee, -ye, and -oe keep the final -e: guarantees, guaranteeing, guaranteed.
Spell harass and the related word harassment with a single r and a double s.
Remember that hypocrisy begins with hypo-; the ending is -isy.
Related words: hypocrite noun hypocritical adjective
Rule: When adding certain endings, such as -ous and -ist, to words that end in -our (in this case, humour), change -our to -or before adding the ending: humorous; humorist.
Spell immediate and the related word immediacy with a double m.
Related word: immediately adverb
independent adjective and noun
Remember that independent always ends with -ent.
Tip: she's an independent agent.
Related word: independence noun
Spell instalment with one l (the spelling installment is American).
Rule: Drop the last l when adding suffixes (endings) which begin with a consonant to words which end in a double l (here, install): instalment.
itinerary noun (plural itineraries)
Remember that itinerary ends with -erary.
Remember that liaise is spelled with two i's, one before and one after the a.
Tip: you must liaise with colleagues in Italy and Ireland.
Related word: liaison noun
Do not confuse licence with license. Licence is a noun which means 'a permit to do something' (a driving licence), whereas license is a verb meaning 'give a permit to someone: allow something' (the loggers are licensed to cut mahogany trees). In American English, both the noun and the verb are spelled license.
Remember that maintenance is spelled with -ten- in the middle; the ending is -ance.
manoeuvre noun and verb
Spell manoeuvre with -oeu- in the middle; the ending is -re (the spelling maneuver is American). Related word: manoeuvrable adjective
Spell millennium with a double l and a double n. The plural can be spelled either millennia (like the original Latin) or millenniums.
Related word: millennial adjective
miniature noun and adjective
Remember that miniature begins with mini-.
Tip: a miniature minibus.
Remember that minuscule is spelled with a u after the n.
Rule: i before e except after c (as in thief). Remember that mischievous ends with -vous.
Spell misspell with a double s. The different forms of this verb are: misspells, misspelling; the past tense is misspelt or misspelled.
Remember that naive is spelled with -ai- in the middle. It can also be spelled naïve, with two dots over the i, as in the original French.
Tip: she was naive, with an appealing innocence.
Related word: naivety noun
Remember that necessary and the related word necessity are spelled with one c and a double s.
Tip: it's necessary for a jacket to have one collar and two sleeves.
Related word: necessarily adverb
Remember that the ending of negligible is spelled -ible.
Related word: negligibly
Rule: i before e except after c (as in thief).
occasion noun and verb
Spell occasion with a double c and a single s.
Tip: a ceremony celebrating a special occasion.
Rule: Double the last consonant when adding endings which begin with a vowel to words that end with a single vowel plus a consonant, if the stress is at the end of a word (as in refer): occurs, occurring, occurred.
Related word: occurrence noun
Spell omission with one m and a double s.
Tip: the book has many serious and significant omissions.
Related word: omissible adjective
original adjective and noun
Spell original with an i before and after the g.
Rule: Keep the final silent -e when adding endings which begin with a vowel to words which end in -ce or -ge (here, outrage), if this is needed to preserve the soft -ce or -ge sound: outrageous.
Spell parliament with -ia- before the m.
Tip: I am a member of parliament.
Rule: i before e except after c (as in receive).
Spell possess and the related words possession and possessive with a double s before and after the e.
Related word: possessor noun
The plural of potato is made by adding -es: potatoes.
Do not confuse practice with practise. Practice is a noun meaning 'the action of doing something rather than the theories about it' (putting policy into practice), whereas practise is a verb meaning 'do something repeatedly to improve your skill' (they were practising for the Olympics). In American English, both the noun and the verb are spelled practice.
Remember that presence ends with -ence.
Related word: present adjective
privilege noun and verb
Remember that privilege ends with -ege.
Remember that questionnaire (a French word) is spelled with a double n and ends with -aire.
Remember that really is spelled with a double l.
Rule: i before e except after c.
Spell recommend and the related word recommendation with a single c and a double m.
Tip: he recommended that I cut out milk and meat from my diet.
Remember that restaurant is spelled with -au- between the t and r: it is a French word.
Although restaurateur (a French word) is related to restaurant, it is not spelled with an n before the second t.
Remember that rhythm is spelled with rhy- at the beginning, then -thm.
Tip: rhythm really has your two hips moving.
secretary noun (plural secretaries)
Spell secretary with an e after the r; the ending is -ary.
Remember that seize and the related word seizure are spelled with the e before the i: they do not follow the rule of i before e except after c.
separate verb and adjective
Remember that separate is spelled with -par- in the middle.
Tip: the rock split into two separate parts.
Related word: separation noun
Remember that the ending of similar is spelled -lar.
Related word: similarity noun similarly adverb
Remember that skilful is spelled with one l in the middle (the spelling skillful is American).
Rule: Drop the last l when adding suffixes (endings) which begin with a consonant to words which end in a double l (here, skill plus -ful): skilful.
Spell success and the related word successful with a double c and a double s.
Related word: successor noun
Spell sufficient with a double f; the ending is -cient.
Spell suppress with a double p and a double s.
surprise verb and noun
Remember that surprise has an r before and after the p. Unlike most verbs ending in -ise, it cannot be spelled with an -ize ending.
Remember that threshold is spelled with a single h.
The plural of tomato is made by adding -es: tomatoes.
tomorrow adverb and noun
Spell tomorrow with a single m and a double r.
Tip: tomorrow morning, rise refreshed.
Rule: Truly is formed from true plus the ending -ly; it is one of a group of words in which the final silent e is dropped before adding -ly.
Remember that twelfth has an f in the middle.
Tip: go to the twelfth floor of the building.
Spell unfortunately with -ately at the end (it is made up of the adjective unfortunate plus the ending -ly).
until preposition and conjunction
Spell until with a single l.
vegetarian noun and adjective
Remember that the beginning of vegetarian is spelled vege-; the ending is -arian.
Spell vehicle with -icle at the end.
Remember that the beginning of vicious is spelled vici-.
Remember that weird is spelled with the e before the i: it does not follow the usual rule of i before e except after c.
Tip: a weird, eerie, inhuman sound.
Remember that wilful is spelled with one l in the middle (the spelling willful is American).
Rule: Drop the last l when adding suffixes (endings) which begin with a consonant to words which end in a double l (here, will plus -ful): wilful.
withhold verb (withholds, withholding, withheld)
Remember that withhold is spelled with a double h (it is made up of the words with and hold)
For a longer list of words and hundreds of spelling tips see the Oxford A-Z of Spelling
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Bluest Eye
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Friday, March 16, 2007
Happily, Hollywood has finally come to terms with its own ineptitude; Farah Khan, Bollywood dance master extraordinare, has been hired to choreograph a number in the Reese Witherspoon vehicle Vanity Fair. Perhaps this marks a new era for Hollywood, in which it will demand that its actors actually do something in return for their multi-million dollar paychecks.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Bentō is a single-portion takeout meal common in Japanese cuisine.
A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquer ware. While bento are readily available at convenience stores and bento shops throughout Japan, it is still considered an essential skill of a Japanese housewife to be able to prepare an appealing boxed lunch.
Bento can be very elaborate, aesthetically pleasing cuisine arrangements. Often the food is arranged in such a way as to resemble other objects: dolls, flowers, leaves, and so forth.
Here is a Justin's website with some amusing Bento Boxes. He has a selection of the craziest Bento boxes made by Junko Terashima on his website.
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Monday, March 12, 2007
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Monday, March 05, 2007
Child pornography is rampant on the web and this kind of irresponsible behavior by materialistic designers is pathetic. They need to go back to see whether they forgot their brains in the dumpster. Advertising watchdog, Reuters, has metaphorically knifed coveted fashion house Dolce & Gabanna.
Although, the fashion design house of Dolce & Gabbana has announced it will stop running an ad in Spain that shows a man holding a woman down by her wrists. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, announcing the decision to pull the ad, blamed Spain for being "behind the times." They suggested that if the Spanish feminists had their way most of the world's major museums would be closed.
I feel they need to give a public apology for their advertising.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The Secret the book & DVD which is all bout "the secret to creating the life you truly want,” the basis of a self-help book and DVD movie called, not surprisingly, "The Secret". If you haven’t heard about “The Secret” yet, my guess is you soon will. Well you are surely reading about it now !
In my opinion, "The Secret" has been around for centuries. Dreamers and Entrepreneurs live it ! It is the same as "dream it, wish it, want it and it will come true...as, your thoughts, your actions will lead you to make it happen" With all this hullabaloo about this so-called The Secret DVD that Oprah’s been talking about.....it is nothing more than the latest new-age gimmick to sell books and DVDs.
“The Secret” is based on something its authors call “the law of attraction.” That is, that humans are walking magnets. "If people think about death, they'll attract death. If they think about abundance, they'll attract that,"
Secret co-founder Bob Proctor explained to Ellen DeGeneres on her show last December. "Your thoughts are really dictating what you attract," Proctor preached to Ellen. "Start to see what you want, rather than what you don't want."
"The Secret” seemingly exploded onto the scene two weeks ago, when Oprah featured its two co-founders and the film’s creator on her show. But 10 months before then, news of “The Secret” began bubbling up from the Internet, just as its founders had intended.
Its nothing more than "Positive Thinking" so don't get sweep ed off your feet by this rage....follow your heart, do good karmas and good will happen to you. Yes don't forget to wish and dream it !
Monday, February 19, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
The state Transportation Department recently bought about 500 talking urinal cakes to put in men's restrooms at various bars and restaurants.
New Mexico aims to keep bar-hopping drunks off the road by nagging them at a place they're likely to visit just before getting behind the wheel: the men's room urinal. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Hmmmmm let me think ! Here is one gift he with "blush" (flush) over !
Tee Time Toilet Potty Puter
This miniature putting green and golf club are specifically designed for lengthy toilet sojourns (as if he didn't take long enough already).
Comes with "Do Not Disturb" sign; last shred of dignity sold separtely !Product details : Golf While You Go TeeTime the game for the Golf Fanatic. Comes complete with putting green, 2 balls, golf club, cup with flag, and occupied sign.
Monday, February 12, 2007
The U.S. Mint in 2007 will start producing dollar coins with portraits of former presidents, according to legislation sent to President Bush on Thursday, February 15th, 2007. Four coins will be issued each year in the order in which the presidents served.
These artist renderings show the designs for the new presidential dollar coin program. Starting in February, the first of the coins will be released, followed by a different president every three months.
The quarter program has been widely successful, introducing millions of people to coin collecting for the first time. The Mint hopes the presidential program will enjoy similar success, in part because of the bold designs on the new coins.The coins will be the same size as the Sacagawea dollar -- a little larger than a quarter -- and the same golden color as the Sacagawea.
According to tradition, no living presidents will appear on coins.
- The image of the president will be on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the other.
- The Mint will make commemorative coins of the presidents' spouses. They will be 24-karat gold, the highest quality ever used.
- The images will be slightly larger than those on a quarter, because space was freed up by moving some of the traditional wording such as "In God We Trust" to the edge of the coin.
- Grover Cleveland will be on two coins because he served non-consecutive terms.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Here are some words to chew on !
As If : I would rather not, thank you !
Bitchin' : Excellent !
Take Chill Pill or Chill: You need to relax or to relax
For those who are interested in contemporary American slang, Urban Dictionary provides an excellent place to start. Please note, that this web site is not for the faint of heart. And if you're easily offended....don't visit !
But remember that you will surely be caught up with and understand the language of today's youth !
Take this quiz on THE WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL made from words in the UrbanDictrionary.com and see how hip YOU are !