Archive | May, 2017

Gadgets And Their Importance In Our Life

Gadgets are electronically simplified applications that make work easy. They play a significant role in the common man’s life and we have grown so used to it that it becomes very difficult for us to think of daily life chores in the absence of gadgets. Ranging from a washing machine, a chimney or an electric hub, the churner or simply the television set; gadgets have invaded each and every part of our life and have proved themselves to be useful.

Gadgets and their importance

1. Gadgets increase our efficiency. Before the invention of the telephone or the more recent e-mails, sending messages and letters would take days to reach its destination. The soft wares used for application in the internet and the telecommunication are nothing but technical gadgets. These gadgets actually have increased human productivity in terms of work and made the world a better place to live in.

2. A gadget brings joy to the family. With the advent of web-cam and other video accessories, staying away from family and friends is no longer painful. These gadgets can make distant things come near and makes human accessibility very easy.

3. Gadgets make things compact- Take the example of a Swiss Army knife. It can be used as a spoon, knife, twizzer, bottle opener, fork etc. In a single gadget a user can get the function of more than one product.

4. They help in saving space. Initially in the early years of telecommunication the wired handsets could be positioned at a prescribed position only for connectivity. With advent in technology, mobiles were invented that allowed users the freedom to access calls when moving around. With a blackberry one can also avail internet facilities when moving around.

5. Gadgets are fun! iPods, music systems, video games, DVD and most important of all the popular idiot box of ours-“TV” need no introduction as to how enjoyable have they made our lives. These technical gadgets have the power to make us smile by having access to our emotions and needs. They are instruments that can ward off the feelings of loneliness. They are so fun that it actually becomes very essential to integrate them with our lives.

So, gadgets not only make our lives easier but also save our money and precious time. Buying a single gadget will give us the functions of many. This makes gadgets cheap and affordable. It can therefore be concluded that gadgets are not only important because they make our lives easy but also because we can play with them.

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Top Tools For Online Business

A product developer’s success is often dependent on the tools he knows how to use.

Whether you are creating digital products, CDs, DVD’s, videos, web sites, books or reports, having the right tool and knowing how to use it can make the difference between creating a quality product or not getting it done at all.

Here are some of my favourite tools I currently use:

Graphics and Photos

Graphics can really spice up your web site and professionalism. There are a few tools that I use to help with my various sites. These include:

Snagit from Techsmith – This is top on my list for “must have” programs. Besides allowing very easy screen captures, you can also edit them; capture short video screen captures etc. For $39.95 it is a real bargain.

Camtasia Studio – The big brother to Snagit, Camtasia lets you record and edit online video screen captures. This is a great tool for websites whether you want to create a demo of how to use something on your site or you wish to create bonus downloadable videos.

istockphoto.com – This site has quickly earned its spot as my favourite place to find web site graphics. For as little as .50 cents a royalty free photo, it is really hard to go wrong. A very nice plus is that the site is growing every day.

eCover Generator – This is the program we use to create eBook Covers, Makes creating eBook

covers an absolute doddle.

Productivity Tools

Activ eBook Compiler – This was one of my first investments for my online business, which I purchased way back in 2001. Activ eBook Compiler allows me to create eBooks and simple software products right from my desktop. We use it for almost all our products, and highly recommend it. At under $30, Activ eBook Compiler is very affordable, easy to use, creates great looking ebooks, and includes all the advanced features you would expect in a much more expensive product. You can even download a free trial version!

Memberstudio software – Memberstudio this is the software developed by Robert Barret to create and manage members only and subscription web sites. Memberstudio is used by large companies as well as by entrepreneurs to fully automate the creation and management of subscription web sites. With Memberstudio powering your site, you need no other tool. Everything is fully automatic. Expensive, but worth it

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Funeral Services

Losing a close relative or friend is a difficult, emotional and stressful experience for many people. Funeral sites provide help to bereaved people by assisting them in getting through the early stages of arranging a funeral and by guiding them through the various options available.

Regardless of whether you are pre-planning a funeral for yourself, arranging a funeral for a loved one, or providing grief support, it is a difficult task at best. Funeral sites provide help and guide you through the process. Information technology has made possible an entirely new concept by providing online the very latest in funeral service personalization. To take one example, online obituaries have become an accepted mode of disseminating information of the passing away of a loved one and arranging funerals.

Such new concepts are being added all the time and you may not be familiar with what can now be accomplished online in the way of end-of-life planning.

Among the many online services now available are:

-Funeral planning

-Memorial websites

-Grief support

-Funeral home directories and recommendations

-Obituaries/death notices

-Casket and urn sales

-Organ donation information

-Miscellaneous services, such as vital documents storage, cremation products, virtual cemeteries, and more.

Following is a listing of some of the more useful and innovative online resources you many want to research on these topics.

National Funeral Directors Association (nfda.org/planning-a-funeral.html)

Funeral planning, grief resources, funeral service helpline and help in finding a funeral home. This is a complete funeral website.

My Wonderful Life (mywonderfullife.com)

Make funeral plans, write your obituary, take care of your pets, prepare a list where your vital documents are stored and a lot more.

The Co-operative Funeral Care (co-operative.coop/funeralcare/funeral-plans)

Customized plans for cremations and burials, arrangements and memorials!

Respectance (respectance.com)

Online tribute and memorial website!

Funeral Planning (funeralplan.com)

All that you need to know about funeral planning and grief support!

Eternal Image (eternalimage.net)

Pioneers in exquisite high quality memorial products!

Tribute Direct (tributedirect.com)

End-of-life products and services including. Planning, caskets, monuments and urns!

Eternal Reefs (eternalreefs.com)

Creates permanent environmental living legacies for families that choose cremation!

Memorial Ecosystems (memorialecosystems.com)

Specialists in conservation burials

The Family Plot Blog (thefamilyplot.wordpress.com)

Provides information on what is new in funeral industry

Obit obit-mag.com/meet-obit)

Complete funeral planner, even lets you name a successor to your Facebook account and specify how it should be handled when you are no more!

Funeralwise (funeralwise.com)

Funeral planning, costs, funeral etiquettes and customs and everything else that you want to know about funerals.

The Digital Beyond (thedigitalbeyond.com)

In case you are worried about what happens to your digital assets.

Funeral Perfect (funeralperfect.com)

Offers comprehensive funeral services with useful suggestion about what you need to discuss with your family and the funeral director.

Funeral Planning (thefuneralsite.com)

Helps plan funerals and memorials, find a funeral home near you and discover the services on offer.

Forever Remembered (forever-remembered.com)

This is an online obituary service. You create your own obituary. It even provides online obituaries from your website if you have one, at a price of your choosing, even at no cost.

Memorial Farewells (memorialfarewells.com)

Offers memorial website for the bereaved to share obituaries, eulogies, funeral arrangements, guest book and everything else associated with the loss of a loved one.

My Condolence( my-condolence.com)

Offers personalized and lasting memorial web pages in the memory of your loved one.

Acorn Obituaries (acorn-obituaries.com)

Online memorials and obituaries for the departed

American Memorials (americanmemorials.com)

Offers an extensive database of obituaries and memorials

Eternal Star (eternalstar.net)

Offers permanent hosting of family photographs, histories, memorials and documents

Forever Network (forevernetwork.com)

Affiliate funeral homes, obituaries and biographical memorials

Gates of Remembrance (gatesofrememberance.com)

Create and view everlasting online remembrance memorial to celebrate the life of someone who made a difference to your life

Legacy (legacy.com)

Pay tribute to the dear departed, honor enduring legacies and connect with people for comfort and inspiration

Dignity Caring Funeral Services (dignityfuneral.co.uk)

Website offers detailed information on funeral arrangements and plans

Online Funeral (online-funeral.com)

This site offers online solutions for funeral homes and bereaved families. Set up a family website and watch live funeral services.

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Ten Tips For Acting

You can improve your acting, dramatically on your own, or with a friend, by doing some simple, easy-to-do-things, and they will not cost you a thing. First and most importantly:

* Consonants – Learn to speak clearly. Practice your consonants. That is the single most important and dramatic way to improve your acting ability. Enunciating clearly does not just reflect the language of newscasters and aristocrats. It allows a person to transcend their local unintelligible dialects. Dropping consonants is a casualty of daily interaction, lazy shorthand with friends, family and collections. Consonants give shape to the emotional resonance of vowel sounds. Vowel sounds coming from the actor suggests the feeling inside and consonants let the audience know what that feeling is. Consonants are like the frame of the house. They give it shape. Learn to exaggerate those consonants.

It may sound extremely unnatural at first, but after a while, it will become more natural, and will become a ready-to-use and important tool in landing roles. You should practice hitting the consonants in the middle and ends of words. Playing spaces can vary in kindness to the ear. For instance, the sound in the theater might not travel. It may reverberate. It might be perfect. Film, and television can have varying qualities in the sound equipment and sound mix. With certain films at a key point, I've had to play that moment over and over again to make out what the actor said. Be kind to the aging and hearing impaired. Speak clearly. Practice it everyday. Do not think that by dropping consonants you are being real or true to your art. Instead, you are being hard to hire.

* Imagination – Get your imagination in fighting shape. Look at a play and use your imagination to get inside the character's head, inside their heart, inside their soul. Your imagination is a powerful tool we all share. We might be different physically, in looks and talent but we can all harness that power of imagination. If a writer is depicting life on the streets, then use your imagination to find that character within you. If the character is the president of the United States then use your imagination to pick up the ticks and tricks of the trade. Imagination is the single most important tool you have to get inside the head of another character. It is the single most important tool you have to inhabit the world of the play. Having all the talent and the tools in the world will not mean anything if you lack imagination.

Your imagination can only be fed by learning as much as you can about the world around you. Read novels, history, and see films and plays, listen to music and play games. Imagination can take you places where technique and talent can not. It allows you to walk with kings and queens across moonlit desert sands. It allows you to close a drug deal in a back alley. Imagination allows you to breathe life into words on a page and translate them into a living world for the audience to see. Flex the muscles of your imagination, spread your wings and soar above the earth like Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

* Projection – You need to be heard. While not so important in film and television, it is important in the theater, and theater is an easily accessible way to get into acting, to acquire the skills needed to succeed in other mediums. Theater is the best way to make connections that can help further your career, so learn to be heard. Do not be shy. It is your right to be heard. Go in a big room, open your mouth and aim your voice at the back wall. Focus on that back wall and your voice will travel there, even in a large room. Use your diaphragm, the muscle under your ribs to push the air and the voice out. Most people speak with shallow breaths. They talk so not to be heard. Talk to be heard. Check out books by Patsy Rodenburg. Her books are goldmines of technique for improving your acting ability with regards to speaking.

* Nouns and Verbs – Nouns are the subject of the sentence. The noun is the thing, the person, or the place that you are talking about in a sentence. The audience needs to know who that person is, where that place is, or that that thing is that you are talking about. Learn to track down the primary nouns and secondary nouns in a sentence.

Say the lines out loud with an emphasis on the nouns. Play with the relative importance of the nouns and pronouns (he, she, him, her, they, you, and so on) Get different meanings out of a line by switching the importance of various nouns and pro nouns. The verb is the active word driving the line to its conclusion. It is essential for an audience to hear what actions are occurring in a line. Do not fall in love with pretty descriptions so much that you give adjectives and precedence over nouns and verbs. Adjectives and Adverbs describe the nouns and verbs. They are less important. Do not make them more so. Let the audience in by letting them know what you are talking about. Nouns and verbs are essential to that communication between performer and audience. If you ignore that, you are going to find it that much tougher to get roles.

* Upward Inflections – This is another important tool for the actor. Many inexperienced actors throw their energy into the beginning of a line, but as they run out of air, the ends of their lines are dropped vocally, which is completely at odds with natural speech. In natural speech, the speaker organizes his thoughts to say that he or she is going to do this, or to go there. What are you going to do? Where are you going to go? These are questions that the last word or two in a line answers. If you pump all your energy, adrenalin and breath into the beginning of your line, then you have nothing left for the end of the line, nothing left with which to answer those questions.

A rush of energy at the beginning of a line, while sometimes exciting for the actor becomes monotonous to the audience. It becomes a predictable success of vocal peaks and valleys, where the beginning is loud and the end of the line quiet. Do that for too long and the audience will be checking their watches. They will not have a clue what you are saying. Learn where to breathe in your lines, and pay attention to punctuation breaks. Find ways to keep the energy up at the end of a line. Do not plan to leave tired-endings for the other players to pick up. If you end a line with a word supported by breath, it transfers energy to the next line. It keeps the energy of the play crackling.

* Monologues – A monologue for the purposes of an audition can be a soliloquy, a private speech between actor and audience, or it can be part of a conversation with another character. It should be about two minutes long and be uninterrupted by other characters. Find some monologues that you can use for audition pieces. Look in real plays for these monologues. There are many free monologues on the internet, but many of them are not going to help you land parts. It will probably be useful to have two classic pieces, one comedic and the other dramatic. Shakespeare is usually a good choice because you can find recordings or movies that have those monologues in them. Then you should search for a modern dramatic and comedic monologue. Search for these monologues in highly regarded plays, plays that have been on Broadway for instance or those that have been turned into movies. The reason for that is that you will have better luck researching them and finding records for them.

However, before you listened to any records, or watch any filmed versions, you should do your own work, your own investigation into who the character is and what he is doing, what he is feeling, and what he is thinking, where he has Come from and where is he going. The monologue has to travel from the beginning to the end, and you should map whatever change in emotions there might be, when the tempo picks up or slows down. Does the monologue grow in rage? Does it trail off in despair? Find the drama, the irony, the comedy and it's timing. Find the humanity in the piece. You should learn the character inside and out. Learn these monologues so well that you can do them spontaneously. Do not give yourself an excuse for not getting a part with a poorly-prepared audition piece. Blend your thoughts, your emotions into the character's thoughts, emotions and words. Read as much as you can about the character and then listen to a recording or watch a filmed version. You will now understand the character and so hearing or viewing this monologue will give you additional ideas and insight.

* Study other people – Be a student of people. Be a student of people from all walks of life, the rich, the poor, the young and the old. Study their physicality. Watch people walk and listen to them talk. Listen to the rhythms of their speech. Watch people when they sit, when they stand, when they are passionately trying to communicate something or when they seem disinterested, when people are happy, or sad or angry or sleepy. What body language do they use? Imagine what goes on in people's heads. Find two similar looking people and look for clues to their personalities by their posture, by how they move, look for physical clues that might suggest one ended up one way and one another. How much does nature and nurture have an influence on human beings? Watch what people are doing when they are listening to each other. What do they do with their hands? What do they do with their hands when they speak? Be a student of body language. Shakespeare said that the actor must hold a mirror up to nature. To act, you must reflect what real human animals do. As an actor you are interpreting the human condition, the poetry and music of human emotions, thoughts, actions and communication.

* Read – Read plays, read books about acting, read about famous players, read acting biographies, read anything. A well-rounded knowledge is essential for an actor. Not only is it important to know about acting, but it is important to know history, religion, psychology, geography, science, so read, read, read. Reading gives you your own credible insight into lines written by playwrights and screenwriters. People who write, read a lot, and to gain insight into these characters, you must read a lot. One casualty of theater schools is the ability to understand the world. There is not enough contextual knowledge provided in these schools devoted only to acting. Know the world and you will know how to act.

* Get in shape – Treat your body as a temple. Eat right and exercise. Plays and films can be claiming physically. The more you can ask your body to do, the better physically you can fit into a part. If you have a certain physical trait that your character needs, you need to be able to achieve that. Physical activities, like dance, or karate, or running, or yoga, or sports of various kinds can help you prepare physically for demanding roles. There could be dancing, sword-fighting, and other acts of physical exertion needed, while all the while being able to deliver lines supported by breath. Your mind and your body, voice and movement, are the tools of the actors trade. Take care of them.

* The Internet – There is a lot of free information on the Internet. There are many acting tips that are available for free. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. There are a lot of really helpful suggestions for players out there. Most of the free information is really geared for beginning actors and many of them do not identify technique or different methods in more than a superior method. But more advanced information can be found in things such as Google Books. The more research you do, the more information you can unlock on the Internet.

Obviously, there are scams out there. There are scams everywhere, and would-be actors are targeted in the real world as well as on the Internet. The more homework you do, the better, and as long as you realize that if you have drive, and are willing to work for what you want, that there are no short-cuts, then you have a good chance for success. But anything you read can only be reinforced by working with others. You can not act in a vacuum. So to truly succeed you need to be working with other like-minded individuals.

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High Ticket Income Within Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing Strategy is a perfect way to get to sell high ticket products. What are High Ticket products? High Ticket products are the products that give you 4 – 5 figure commission per sale. Selling High Ticket Affiliate Products will boost your income fast considering you market these products appropriately.

When I first started promoting HIGH TICKET product of my choice, I was getting very nervous because of a few reasons:

1. I thought that it is always much easier to find people to buy cheap stuff rather than expensive. Actually, this is wrong! Yes, you might put a bit more effort in finding people who might want expensive product, but – this will pay off in the end with great commission. It is much more rewarding to get higher commission when doing the same amount of work as you would for a cheaper product!

2. I also thought I might need to first spend quite a while establishing myself as a credible face in the industry to be able to offer a high ticket product. Yes and No! As much you also need to have a level of credibility to be able to talk about/offer cheaper product. Whatever you sell, be it button mushrooms or truffles, you need to have good knowledge about the industry and the product and you need to have credibility! Buyers are very smart our days and they firstly buy into you before buying into the product! Remember, you can’t earn millions overnight, unless you win a lottery. In Affiliate Marketing, you have to work as hard as in any other business before you put everything on auto-pilot.

3. I questioned myself – how often do people want to buy high ticket products? The answer is – a lot! Actually, according to credible sources, people search for high ticket products (be it exclusive club memberships, self-development programs, internet marketing training, coaching, etc… ) on a daily basis.

Once my challenges have been addressed, I also learned some great stuff about high ticket products:

1. As any other affiliate product, High Ticket product has already been developed for you

2. Again, as any other Affiliate Product, you don’t have to worry about its maintenance, fulfillment, support, pricing

3. Not like any other affiliate product, you earn HIGH commission every time you refer a sale (usually, it is around $1000 mark)

Things to remember when selling High Ticket Products:

1. You have to believe in the product you are promoting 100%. Without this belief, there is just no point in trying to sell it to anybody. If you don’t believe in it, nobody else will.

2. Promoting these products, you might need to become a real expert in all questions around the product and the industry.

3. As Internet Marketing Gurus say, one thing that distinguishes a successful Affiliate Marketer from not so successful is the way he/she treats his/her subscribers’ list. Remember, they are people, not just numbers in your tracking system! Build relationship with your list, offer them something of a great value for little money or free at first, and they will want to buy from you then.

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Fear

Fear

Of what am I afraid, you ask.
Of myself, I answer.
The self I have hidden deep down inside,
The one I'm afraid you will not like,
The one I sometimes do not like either.

I'm afraid that parts of this self
Will rise to the surface
And I will not be able to push them back down.
I will no longer be able to hide them
And maybe I'll lose some of what I have
My friends,
My loves,
My present lifestyle.

I feel like so many parts of me are fighting
For control of my being.
I feel torn apart, confused,
V wondering what I can safely let out,
And what will escape.
I wonder how I'll put myself back together,
Which pieces will stay, and
Which will be gone.

I do not know what will happen
And I'm afraid of the unknown.
It's so much safer just as I am,
But I know I must face myself, my fears,
If I'm to have any peace,
And I want peace.

Fear – that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. The feeling that makes the sweat start to flow. The feeling that establishes the blood vessels so that you can not catch your breath. The feeling that makes you think you are losing your voice. The feeling that keeps us from accomplishing many things, that keeps us from trying something new.

Fear is, and always has been, one of the greatest enemies of humankind. Fear of public speaking ranks higher than fear of death. When Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he was saying that the emotion of fear, rather than the reality of what we fear, is what causes us anxiety, stress, and unhappiness. When we develop the habit of courage and unshakable self-confidence, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for us.

When we have limited information, we tend to be tense and insecure about the outcome of our actions. Ignorance causes us to fear change, to fear the unknown and to avoid trying anything new or different. But the reverse is also true. The very act of gathering more and more information about a particular subject causes us to have more courage and confidence in that area. Imagine how free we would feel and what we could accomplish if we could live without fear.

The only way to effectively deal with fear is to confront it; To ask ourselves, what is the worst that can happen? Usually what we imagine is much worse than the actual result. It's ironic that some people are more fearful of public speaking than of driving in traffic. Yet, vastly more casualties and fatalities result from traffic accidents than from public speaking. The courageous person is simply one who goes forward in spite of the fear. It is a funny fact, but when you confront your fears and move toward what you are afraid of, your fears diminish and your self-esteem and self-confidence increase.

You may remember Anna in the King and I. She was afraid of the King and so she sang a song about her fears and how she noticed that when she pretended she was not afraid and fooled others, she also felt less fearful.

As Brian Tracy says, "The habit of courage can be learned just as any other success skill is learned. To do so, we need to go to work systematically to diminish and eradicate our fears, while simultaneously building up the kind of courage that will Enable us to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of life unafraid. "

Fear is a natural survival mechanism. It can motivate us, or stop us in our tracks. In situations that pose a threat to life and limb, fear motivates us to be careful. However, fear is a problem when it interferees with our goals and achievements.

At Toastmasters fear is what precedes our participation in Table Topics, or making a speech. We may be afraid of making a fool of ourselves in front of others. We may have been teased or taunted as children. Whatever the reason for our fear, one of the reasons we come to Toastmasters is to learn to overcome some of these fears about public speaking and the only way to do this is to actually participate in the activities of the evening meeting. For those who are just starting, the job of "Ah counter" or "Timer" may be an appropriate job. The job description can easily be read from the back of the agenda if necessary, sparing the participant the trouble of actually having to remember the duties, thus easing a little of the tension. For those who are a little more adventurous, participating in the Table Topics, giving the word of the week, or telling a joke or story may be the next step.

I decided to join to help me get over my fear of giving a speech to a large group of people. I've been giving training workshops for a number of years, but workshops are much different than speeches. In a workshop you have a lot more time to do things, you are in a discussion with others, and you can back track if necessary. With a speech, you have to have it all in the right order right from the beginning. Working through the 10 references for your Competent Toastmaster certification can give you the direction and confidence you need to move ahead.

Once you become more comfortable with the people around you, you realize that they are only there to help you, to define you. Then it is time to take the next step and confront your fears by giving your first speech – your Ice Breaker. This will help you gain confidence to move on through the rest of your speeches. Remember, the more you learn, the easier it is to face your fears.

Do not be afraid to shine.
This world needs what you have to give.
Open up the areas of your being;
Expose them to yourself – to others.
You are valuable.
You are unique.
You have much to give.
Do not be afraid to give it.

As we risk ourselves, we grow.
Each new experience is a risk.
We can try, and maybe fail,
And, as a result, grow–
Or hold back and stagnate.

You have the potential
To be anything you want.
You are free to choose.
You are limited only by your fears.
Let your dreams take over.
Fly with the eagles.
Soar into life.
The world is waiting for you.

Copyright March 1987
Fran Watson

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Hamsters As Pets – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you are at that point in life where you are considering a pet, either for yourself or for your child, you may want to consider hamsters as pets.

The Good

The hamster is a very small animal that will not make a large change in your life. If you have little time, you will find this furry addition to the family is a nocturnal animal, thus will not experience separation anxiety when you are away all day.

If you hate the thought of leaving an animal alone for long periods of time, you may want to explore the dwarf hamsters as you can have more than one of them in a cage together. You will want to be careful about mixing males and females unless you wish to raise hamsters yourself.

Hamsters as pets are generally a quiet friend to have around. They do make noises however. They squeak when they are agitated or afraid, chew on their cage when they desire attention, and hiss when they are upset. However, the small amount of noise is not anything you will have neighbors complaining about.

These furry little guys also groom themselves. This is a big advantage if you simply don’t have time for a lot of bathing and brushing. You can help them keep themselves if great condition by brushing them gently, but you will want to be sure you use a very soft brush so you don’t irritate their skin.

The Bad

If you have an aversion to rodents, this may not be the pet for you. They do resemble a rat if you are seeing they run around in the dark. However, once you hold them and cuddle them, that perception will go away.

You will need to potty train your hamster. This is helpful in keeping the bedding clean and smelling good. You will simply need to pick a spot for him to use, and cover the potty with some urine and droppings which you will then cover with litter. Place your pet in this same spot when he wakes up and he will soon learn that is the place to go.

The Ugly

The hamster is a very short-lived animal. They will generally live two to three years, if really well cared for they can live four years. This is difficult if you do not deal well with the loss of your pets.

It can be good or bad if you have children. It is bad having to help your child adjust to the loss of their pet. However, it can be one way of helping your child understand that pets as well as people don’t live forever. It is a hard lesson, but possibly better learned on a beloved pet than on a relative.

As you can see the advantages of hamsters as pets far outweighs the disadvantages. If you are considering a pet never neglect looking at the smaller varieties.

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The Secrets Hidden in Braid

Tim has screwed up big time. A mistake so bad that now he has to rescue his princess from an evil monster. But of course he has to traverse many different worlds, risking life and limb for the sake of his love. Once you have completed a world new, worlds open up. The story, told through a series of books as sort of story pusher before each of the six worlds, relays Tim's inner thoughts and struggle eating away at him.

In the Xbox Arcade game Braid you play as this saddened but ever true hero Tim. In this primarily puzzle action game there are many puzzles that are just as hard to implement as they are to solve.

Most of these games do not have cheat codes because as soon as you figure out how the puzzle works a new puzzle forms in how you plan to execute getting through it. But there are things you can do to see more of the story.

Unlock World 1 and the Epilogue

In the house in the beginning of the game where the level select area is, there is a broken ladder that leads to the attic. This needs be fixed. To repair this ladder, you must find all 60 puzzle pieces that await you in each level, and assemble each world's puzzle puzzle in the puzzle mini-game. Once this is done, the ladder will be restored. Now you can climb up. When you go through the door to you will be in World 1. Beat World 1, and you will be taken directly to the Epilogue. You can now return to at any time after its finished by walking left from the title screen, into an off-screen alcove.

Unlock Final Star and secret ending

Throughout the game, there are 7 secret stars. If you collect them all, the 8th and final star will appear in the last level; When this happens, some of the switches in the level will become immune to time manipulation, allowing you to reach the star as well as changing the output of the chase.

Hidden Texts in Epilogue

Aside from the last, each room in the Epilogue has at least one object that you can stand behind. If you have the red book on that screen open and the text of it is displayed in the air, standing behind these objects in the proper location will cause a sound to play and the text to change, revealing more information. If you open a green book, the red book will close and the text will disappear, so you will need to use time manipulation to see all 4 of these secret writings.

Now that you know what you need to do and want to find out how to go through the game, and suggestions of how to get all of the puzzle pieces, or how to find all of the secret stars to access the secret ending, but you Can find walkthroughs, forums and other hints at: xboxcheatcodes.

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Tips for Writing Great Coaching E-Books

Never understimate the power of a well-written word. Tens of thousands of readers of coaching ebooks have had their lives changed for the better by a well written ebook.

It’s a remarkable medium that you can tap into to coach others day or night, in the city or country, all across the planet. 

Is writing an ebook for you? 

Do you have the answers to a specific problem? Can you research the answers?  Do you have a personal story to tell about overcoming the problem in your own life?

Is there a group of people for whom this problem is universal?  A group of people who wake up in the night in a sweat, wishing, praying and wracking their brains for an answer?

The more they are in need of help, the more likely your ebook can change their lives.

If you think writing an ebook is for you, this is what you need to know:

1. A great ebook is not long.

In fact, the very best ebooks are 10-35 pages long, and no longer.

Why is this? 

The ebook that is short and sweet answers in a laser-like fashion the problem that the reader wants to solve.

It’s the most valuable ebook a client can buy because you have filtered the exact information they most need, and cut out the rest.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need 100 pages to call yourself an ebook publisher.  Cut to the chase. 

2. A marketable ebook is very specific.

This goes hand in hand with #1. 

Don’t write ebooks that are general.  They just aren’t marketable and you’ll be in for a heartache.  

The key to marketability is communicating to specific people that your answer is the precise one they need.

3. A great coaching ebook uses a coaching approach.

Take some time as you prepare to write your ebook, and do two things:

Read great ebooks AND transfer what you know works as a coach, and transfer that to your ebook.

As a coach, do you harness the power of the provocative question in your one on one coaching calls? 

Perhaps you have a special ability to see the greater truth in a client’s life? 

Take special note of what makes your coaching exceptional in one mode of delivery and deliberately set out to translate that to the writing you do for your ebook.

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The World's Most Powerful Force

In 1918 one of the most devastating epidemics in history broke out; The Spanish Flu. In just two years the virus would claim a stunning 30 million lives. Believed to have been brought to the United States through soldiers returning from World War I, the flu would claim over half a million victims in America. No cure was ever found; The rest of the world's population just appeared to carry an innate immunity that sent the virus into remission.

It is believed that the epidemic spread more rapidly due to ignorance. In fact many people took very few precautions. For instance, a number simple simple tasks and nothing further, continuing on with their lives with far more interest in the World Series and Babe Ruth than in being concerned about the deadly outbreak.

It seems that it is when we ignore the silent killers that they are most deadly. Two thousand years ago Paul of Tarsus shared, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Ephesians 4:29) .
Counselor Neil Anderson said that if we memorize and live by these words half our problems would disappear overnight.

Found in Paul's statement is one of the strongest forces ever known, the power of the tongue to build up or destroy. In fact, James the Just said that no one can tame the tongue without divine help, and the one who gains control of it "is a perfect man" (James 3: 2).

Humorously, author Chuck Swindoll shares the following epitaph found on a tombstone in England:

Beneath this stone,
A lump of clay,
Lies Arabella Young,
Who, on the twenty-fourth of May,
Began to hold her tongue.

How important it is to control this force before it is too late. Indeed, like with the Spanish Flu, everyone has been affected by the power of the tongue, either for good or bad. Hurtful words are some of the most destructive elements on earth, causing unseen damage and death in heart after heart, poisoning the insides and leaving scars for untold years to come.

In the same way words can be used to build others up in their time of need, lifting someone's spirit and elevating them by the strength of love. Yet rather than just some pop psychology, let me give a specific meaning and action plan to follow when it comes to curailing the tongue and choosing instead to use it to bring healing.

It has been said that the most important conversations that we have are with ourselves. The unspoken language patterns that we use when talking to ourselves help to drive our emotions. In the same way we can affect other people's emotional response by the words we use.

Once we label an experience we give it meaning, so it is imperative to carefully choose the descriptive terms that we use. The particular words that we choose have tremendous driving power. An example I like to use is found in romantic relationships where using the words "never" and "always" can be especially damaging, giving a sense of finality or the inability to make a change.

So let me share a simple but memorable equation that anyone can use that can vastly improve their communication, eliminating the destructive force of the tongue and instead unleashing its power to build others up. It is a common leadership principle, and the equation to remember is simply "win-win."

Every decision leads to one of two outcomes, either constructive or destructive. Dr. Paul Dobransky notes that all behaviors are either win-win or win-lose. For some people to "win" they believe they must make others "lose" by criticizing them or teasing them down with their words. Healthy relationships are built on two people seeking the best for one other, ie a win-win relationship.

If a conversation or relationship or an interaction will have a win-lose exit, then simply avoid it. Only engage in win-win relationships and discussion, and only be a person of win-win character. Even the most difficult talks that we must have can be constructed in a way that leaves a win-win outcome.

So from now on, before engaging in a relationship or dialogue or interaction, simply ask, "Is this a win-win situation?" If it is not or it can not be made into one, then make the decision to walk away.
Follow this principle and I promise you that you will be spared much pain and instead find that you are becoming a vessel for building others up and taking their lives to a new level of growth and experience. There really is nothing more powerful you can do.

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