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Awareness Check Point – Where Do You Live?

Envision this: Peace, wellness, freedom, trust, reception, gratitude, abundance, joy, blessings, energy, confidence, authenticity, giving, allowing, connection, passion, openness, creativity, bliss, love, courage, prosperity, self acceptance.
(Feels pretty good, yes?)

Now go here: (but not for long) Worry, doubt, fear, angst, hopelessness, blame, scarcity, grasping, anxiety, ego, sickness, victim hood, addiction, obsession, panic, resentment, grief, revenge, depression, lack , Shame, suffering, despair.

(A definite case of the icky icks and you now need a shower.)

Did you feel the vast contrast of both of those places? All right, so now it's truth time. Which of these places do you hang out in the most? If you do not live in the best feeling places often, then why not? What's stopping you from doing so? If you're interested in reconnecting to the abundant wellspring of power that lies inside, then this is your Divine appointment to get started. The life you've been craving is patiently waiting for you to say Yes let's venture on the light already!

Take a minute and ask yourself if you think it's really possible to take up a permanent … or at least a consistent … residence at this Divine Address of feeling good. Underneath all of the repetitive ego banter, does your heart KNOW that you deserve to feel good, and often, at that? A simple request … be gentle with yourself and your findings and know that you are expanding your consciousness in this very moment. Know that your answers are completely INFORMATION. All of this inquiry is part of your shift that's happening right now.

Feeling good IS your natural state and your glorious birthright! Notice if the thought of that TRUTH scares you or excites you. You are safe to delve deep here. In fact, you are encouraged to eavesdrop into your very soul and notice your internal conversations. For only you know the answers and they are to be blessed, for they are leading you to your expansion right now.

The objective here is to determine what areas you take up residence in the most, so you can now declare where you'd like to end up. You have to know where you are before you map out the journey towards your final destination, do not you? Just ask any GPS. The good news is that you have been directed to this point, and you can breathe easy now and know you are well on your vibrant way.

If you are suspecting or even knowing that your daily pattern is to act from the not so positive emotions, relax. This is not a time for beating yourself up. Resist going there and feeding that pattern. If you do vibrate in these darker places often, it's probably safe to say that you are most likely curious about how to live in the better feeling places.

Do you already live your life from the higher spectrum of emotions? If so, you are our inspiration and our role models and we need you. We bless you, revere you and desire to learn from your being! Thank you for teaching us by example that this ever-present good feeling reality is possible. You are lighting the way for us all.

The bottom line is this: You have CHOICE.

To accept your invitation to your new reality:

1. Become aware of where you are.

2. Check in to see if this is where you want to be.

3. If you warn to shift to a different place, then CHOOSE it.


Just reach for a thought that feels a little bit better, and your life will change. A little bit better … a little bit better … a little bit better … and before you know it, you have reached your own personal state of feeling good.

And That is a very savory moment.

And now you have officially entered – Heaven on earth.

Welcome home …

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I'm Owed Money – Where Do I Start?

At one point or another someone is likely going to owe you money. If you run a small business in South Jersey, it's almost inevitable. So how do you collect what is rightfully yours?

Contrary to the lawyer battle cry, the answer is not always to "sue them!" Sure, it is surely satisfying to serve someone who has attempted to take advantage of you with a summons. However, before doing so, it's important to evaluate your relationship with the individual / client / customer, and their reasons for not paying. Most significantly, would you like to do further business with this debtor? Are they simply having cash flow issues? Was there a misunderstanding? What does their past history look like?

If you're not quite sure of the situation, give the debtor a call. In as much of a non-confrontational tone as you can muster, remind them of the debt and the terms of the agreement. At this stage, making threats is counter-productive but so is being overly accommodating. In general, a friendly yet firm approach produces the best results.

Regardless of the conversation's outcome (barring the miracle that is immediate payment), send the debtor a letter commemorating the terms of the initial agreement as well as your recent telephone conversation. Send this letter by certified mail to confirm its receipt. Also, be sure to include a deadline for payment or a response. As the original debt holder, you are not subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and may give the debtor as many days to respond as you'd like. We recommend ten days from the date of the letter. Ten days is sufficient time to account for delivery time and consideration by the debtor. In our experience, if there is not a response within ten days, there is not going to be one.

The content of your demand letter should vary based upon the situation. Obviously, threatening legal action is not conductive to continued business. Just as a purely informational reminder will do little to spur action from those more unscrupulous of debtors.

Your demand letter did not work. Now what?!?!

You have three options:
– File a Lawsuit on Your Own
– Hire a Collections Agency
– Hire a Lawyer

Filing a Lawsuit on Your Own

Unfortunately, New Jersey law prevents your business from representing itself in court (unless you are a sole proprietor). However, as an individual, it is absolutely your right to file pro se.

For the purposes of suing on a debt, New Jersey civil courts are divided into three sections. They vary in procedure and the amount in dispute.

Law Division
– Claims over $ 15,000
– Discovery period lasting between 150 and 450 days

Special Civil Part
– Claims up to $ 15,000
– Abbreviated discovery period
– Trial dates generally scheduled within three months of filing Complaint

Small Claims
– Claims up to $ 3,000
– No Answer required; Appearance at trial date suffient
– No discovery period
– Trial dates generally scheduled within six weeks of filing Complaint

Law Division cases are not only lengthy but subject to the New Jersey Rules of Practice. As a result, we do not suggest representing yourself (not from self-interest, we promise).

Special Civil Part also is subject to the New Jersey Rules of Practice. However, some of its practices are amended to reflect the Special Civil Part's condensed format. New Jersey Courts' website offers a great how-to-guide for pro se Special Civil Part litigants which you can find here.

Small Claims court is the Wild West of New Jersey courts. The vast majority of litigants are unreported, the cases are, for the most part, the result of personal grievances, and the Judge generally does not want to be there any more than the next person. It makes for interesting viewing, and a certain headache.

Hiring a Collections Agency

Many collections agencies focus solely on bulk collections. However, there are collections agencies that will handle individual debtors. The value in using a collections agency is their ability to manage a large debt portfolio, track down individual debtors, and relentlessly contact debtors in an effort to settle the debt. Communication from a collections agency may also give a debtor a sense of urgency.

However, for those cases where there is a single debtor with a known address, a collections agency is probably not the best route.

Hiring a Lawyer

Surprise, surprise. We recommend retaining a lawyer to assist you in collecting a debt. However, only in cases where it appears as if payment is not forthcoming and / or you do not wish to conduct future business with the debtor. Undoubtedly, a demand letter from your lawyer threatening a lawsuit does not do a whole lot to help a business relationship. However, if you've heard enough excuses and promises to pay, hiring a lawyer is the most effective way to see actual cash. First, debtors tend to pay more attention to attorney correspondence. They realize that legal consequences loom if they fail to pay the debt. Second, this is what lawyers do. We know how the game is played, its rules, and what the likely exit is. Third, even if you "win" in court, you may not see any actual money. Lawyers know the best ways to turn your judgment – which is worth only as much as the paper it is printed on – into cash; By garnishing wages, levying bank accounts, and creating statewide liens.

There is no way around it – trying to collect a debt is a frustrating process. It takes time, patience, know-how, and a sense of objectivity. It can certainly be done on your own. However, to ensure that you receive the most of your money, we recommend an experienced debt collection lawyer.

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Laser Experiments You Can Share With Your Homeschool Kids

The word "LASER" stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser is an optical light source that emits a concentrated beam of photons. Lasers are usually monochromatic – the light that shoots out is typically one wavelength and color, and is in a narrow beam.

By contrast, light from a regular incandescent light bulb covers the entire spectrum as well as scatters all over the room. (Which is good, because you could light up a room with a narrow beam of light?)

There are about a hundred different types of atoms in the entire universe, and they are always vibrating, moving, and rotating. Think of kids on sugar. When you add energy to these atoms (even more sugar to the kids), they really get excited and bounce all over the place.

When the atoms relax back down tot heir "normal" state, they emit a photon (a light particle). Think of the kids as coming down from their sugar high, and they all collapse on the couch.

A laser controls the way energized atoms release photons. Imagine giving half the kids sugar, and picture how they would bounce all over the place (like light from a bulb) when it took effect. They would be very high-energy among the other half who were potentially sitting down.

Now imagine those sugar kids jumping in unison (a focused laser beam). The sugar-kids are infectious, and pretty soon, the kids around them are joining in and sharing in their excited energy. This is how a laser charges the atoms inside the gas medium.

Now imagine a cat-flap that lets out a limited number of kids out at a time, while the rest are bouncing around inside, charging up everyone. That cat-flap exit is the laser beam exiting the laser. The atoms remaining inside the laser bounce off mirrors as they charge each other up.

Before we start, you'll need eye protection – tinted UV ski goggles are great to use, as are large-framed sunglasses, but understand that these methods of eye protection will not protect your eyes from a direct beam. They are intended as a general safety precaution against laser beam scatter and spinning mirrors. (Yes, you will be wearing sunglasses in the dark!)

A very neat addition to the experiments below is a fog machine. (Rent one from your local party supply store.) Turn it on, be sure you have good ventilation, darken the lights, and turn on the lasers for an outstanding laser experience!

A quick note about lasers: keychain lasers from the dollar store work just fine with these projects. Do not use the green lasers sold in astronomy stores – they are too dangerous for the eyes.

Plastic Bottle Beam: Fill up a plastic water or clean soda bottle with water and add a sprinkle of cornstarch. Turn down the lights and turn up the laser, aiming the beam through the bottle. Do you see the original beam in the bottle? Can you find the reflection beam and the pass-through beam?

Light Bulb Laser: In the dark, aim your laser at a frosted incandescent light bulb. The bulb will glow and have several internal reflections! What other types of light bulbs work well?

CDs: Shine your beam over the surface of an old CD or DVD. Does it work better with a scratched or smoother surface? You should see between 5-13 reflections off the surface of the CD, depending on where you shine it and how good your "seeing" conditions are.

Glass and Crystal: Pass the laser beam through several cut-crystal objects such as wine glasses or clear glass vases. Is there a difference between clear plastic or glass, smooth or multi-faceted? Try an ice cube, both frosted and wet.

Lenses: If you have an old pair of eyeglasses, pop out the lenses and try one or both in the beam to see the various effects. Try one lens, and then try two in line with each other to see if you can change the beam. If you have polarizer filters, use two. You can substitute two sunglass lenses – no need to pop out the lenses – you can just use two pairs of sunglasses. Just make sure they are polarized lenses (most UV sunglasses are). Place both lenses in the beam and rotate one 90 degrees. The lenses should block the light completely in one configuration and allow it to pass-through the other way.

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Levels Of Stress For Different Nursing Career Positions

Becoming a nurse is not an easy process and the workload during nursing school is just a small taste of the workload that will be required once in the medical field. This will depend, of course, on what kind of job you find for yourself once you are a registered nurse. If you decide to work in a nursing home the demands will be vastly different than if you were to accept a position with an Emergency Room in a hospital. The stress levels will be different depending on the type of career path that you choose. These thoughts may help guide you along your way.

For those who are looking to earn the most amount of money per year you may wish to look for jobs in hospitals – especially emergency room positions. This is where the stress level is the highest and the responsibility is the highest as well. If you were to become an emergency room nurse you would have to deal with the potential for patients dying on your shift. This is a scary idea to be sure and not one that anyone can be prepared for. Yes, there is training throughout your schooling that will give you some ideas of what to expect, but truly nothing can prepare you for what it will actually be like. This is one of the stresses that you might find yourself facing as a nurse, especially serving in the emergency room or intensive care areas of a hospital.

The stress levels will be lower in different areas of practice and with different positions within a nursing career . Some of the lowest stress positions will be those of doctors offices. Nursing homes also present career opportunities for registered nurses who enjoy working with more aged individuals and caring for the needs of the senior population.

It is wise to consider the types of work that is available and the levels of stress that go along with each working environment. Nurses must be able to handle stress (and sometimes very high levels of stress) and remain calm under pressure. If you are looking for a career in this field but are not able to handle very high situations then you may wish to consider yourself for work in some of the 'calmer environments' like doctors offices, labs and senior care facilities. Remember that your work is some of the most important in all of the world because it involves directly caring for the needs of people when it comes to their health and comfort. Truly nursing is a very rewarding profession.

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Top 5 Reasons To Use Anti-Aging Pills

Who wants to grow old? No doubt you are as old as you feel, but you can never beat time. It is that one thing, which you can’t run away from. No matter how far you try to go from it, you can never win the race against time. Yet, I don’t advice you to surrender!

As you grow older, or get into the phase of growing older post 40, the whiplashes of time are visible on your face. This is where anti-aging creams and pills come into the picture. If you take my advice, I always suggest people to use pills, rather than using creams.

Following are the top five reasons to use such pills:

  1. To fight against the process of agingI am sure you don’t want to look old, or at least older than your age. Due to stress, pollution and a lot of other factors, you, at times, look older than your exact age. That’s why a lot of people prefer medicines to look younger and better.
  2. To complement your figure or physique If you believe in maintaining yourself, you surely want to look younger, fitter and cuter. To look appealing to others, you have got to consume something that helps you look younger.
  3. To disallow any effect of time If you want to get compliments from people, you have to find out a medicine that allows you to stop any effect of the passing time. No one should be able to guess your age, by looking at the wrinkles on your face or skin.
  4. To imitate your favorite star There are a lot of fans, who imitate their favorite stars or celebrities; if you are one of them and you want to imitate your favorite celebrity, it is essential for you to find out if he or she is on anti-aging tablets or not. Most of them use such things to keep themselves presentable enough to the eyes of their fans.
  5. To impress the others around you Who doesn’t wish to get complimented from people? Has any stranger ever approached you and said that you look wonderful? If no one has done this for you, then he surely will, if you start using a tablet that allows you to pause time for a few years and make you look healthier and lovelier. Men, especially, prefer women, who look younger than their actual age.

Go ahead and find some of the most popular anti-aging medicines to relieve yourself from the stress of growing old!

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How to Deal With Uncertainty and Find Inner Peace

Dear Friend,

… We hear in the media daily about financial problems, people losing jobs, having debt, in other words a lot of negative, contracting and depressing statements. This creates a lot of suffering for many people and so the problems deepen even further. We are all connected and fear spreads quickly. In today's article I'll give you some guidance to step out of the place of uncertainty and lead your life with Inner Peace and Confidence regardless of the situation.

How is it possible to find inner peace regardless of the situation? … In the past the news used to bother me and I could feel insecure. What I've learned over the years is that you can not solve a problem when you're a part of it. In other words:

You can not feel secure by having the thoughts of insecurity;

You can not become wealthy by having the thoughts of scarcity;

You can not become healthy by thinking and focusing on illness.

And so when certain times surround you my friend the only way to have your inner peace is to find your state of security within …

… Our mind likes to have all planned, prefers routine, everything in order and so when the outside events become uncertain, it feels threatened, insecure and fearful. As we know the mind is a part of ego and is not your higher self or real self. Real self is much more intelligent, eternal, secure, fears nothing and is connected to God, Universe or Source. So the more we can identify ourselves with the higher self rather than the lower, the more Inner Peace we will be able to establish. Now let's look at:

6 Simple Tips on How to Stay Calm in Times of Uncertainty:

# 1 Meditate.

Mind hates persistence and it is a part of our ego. It has a voice and chats constantly. That voice is telling us many things about times being tough and bad … and so we start believe in that and accept as a reality and fact, which we feel unable to influence. There is no way to argument with this all knowing, confident, fact based voice in our heads. It can become very loud and damaging. We are conditioned by the negative thoughts from others that we start to identify them as our own. Meditation is a great tool and method to clear that voice and give the space for better thoughts and feelings. It is like giving a spring clean to your room. I do not know better method of clearing mind, which would allow our mind access solution oriented and inspiring thoughts. Remember – You own your mind my friend and never let your mind own you. Remember as well – You are able to train it as you wish and make it your servant.

# 2 Embrace the change.

Uncertainty is the time of change. We like to resist any change and it is natural, as we get attached to a routine and therefore feel secure. The stronger the resistance the stronger will be the suffering. Especially when we grow spiritually we will find a lot of change in our outside world, as when the change within happens it is reflected outside. It is good to welcome change as a challenge rather than as a problem, as it is not possible to evolve without a change. Life is all about change my friend, it is better to get used to it.

# 3 Attitude of gratitude.

Why would you be grateful if you let's say lost your life or a job? It is easy to start complaining and find ourselves in a state of pity. However as I mentioned before the solution or inspired thought will not come from the place of the problem itself. Gratitude gives you the power to rise above the problem, so you can bring about solution to what your situation is. When you are grateful or appreciative, you also demonstrate your ability to take responsibility for your life. This ability gives you power to become part of the creative Divine Intelligence. So rather then looking outside for someone to rescue us, blame economy, people, government, outside circumstances … etc., we all can find solution to every challenge within us. However by not being able to appreciate the current moment, we also close our mind and can not access the 'Divine Answer'. The attitude of gratitude is especially important in times of uncertainty so much more my friend than in any others.

# 4 Live in the moment.

This is important and helps in any times of change. When we live in the moment, and train our mind to focus on the present, we will become more secure. It is often true that we are perfectly well equipped to deal with the present moment. When our mind wanders into 'uncertain future', we become worried and lose our inner peace. This is important to remember as it is good to plan, but when instead of positive expectations we have the thoughts of uncertainty and worry, we have to stop right there and make the shift to the present moment.

# 5 Practice detachment.

It can be challenging to learn and practice detachment, but it is so worth it. The Truth is, you are so much more than anything you could identify yourself with. When you are attached to things like the rods you play, ideology, material possessions, you also develop a fear of losing. This is the core to a lot of pain. You are not what you identify with, it is a trick of your ego, to keep you feeling insecure. It happened to me recently. I lost my website. I did some adjustments and it went blank. I did not know what the problem was and others could not help. I felt that I'd lost something BIG and realized that I was in reality building a strong attachment to it. It was an eye opener for me. I thought to myself, if I was perfectly happy without it, so I can be regardless of losing it or not. Itave me a sudden release of tension, I felt inner calm, a clear mind and strong faith that all will be resolved. As soon as I felt this way, the answer came immediately. It was so unexpected and even though technically challenging, I was able to rebuild the website myself within 2 hours. The Power of Detachment is so overlooked. It helps you to be who you really are and so eliminates the fear of losing, which is the biggest fear people have. Remember you are and always be more magnificent than anything you'll ever have in this life my friend.

# 6 Exercise your body.

You may think how can exercise help? Well … there are many benefits in keeping your body strong especially in times of uncertainty. Many people do not need any medicine against stress if they just would get up and do some physical exercise. By supplying your brain with oxygen and releasing endorphins you will find yourself naturally confident and secure. Physical exercise helps to bypass uncertainty with a trust in your OWN ABILITIES my friend.

… Life is amazing unfolding and only your attitude can make this unfolding into something better. When you become an active participant in the game of life equipped with invincible faith, positive thinking, you will welcome uncertainty as you would know that something even better is waiting for you. Trust yourself my friend, it matters how you respond to uncertainty and you have a choice. When you are calm and confident you will get the best out of any situation.

Let's do this together!

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. I'd love to hear from you!

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Athlete’s Foot – 9 Steps to Treat Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by parasitic fungi which usually attack the feet. Many people are plagued by this malady, since the organisms which cause it are spread from contaminated floors surrounding pools and showers. The skin between the toes is most often attacked, but the disease may spread to any part of the feet and may break out on the hands. However, what appears on the hands is usually caused by absorbed toxins in the bloodstream rather than the organisms themselves.

As athlete’s foot develops, blisters or cracks appear in the skin, which softens, turns white, and peels off in flakes. There is itching and burning – occasionally pain. The disease is more severe in warm than in cool weather.

What to Do

  1. Keep the affected skin areas as cool and dry as possible. Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes will help.
  2. Protect other members of the household by refraining from walking barefoot about the house, especially the bathroom. Don’t use the family shower, and before using the bathtub soak the feet for at lest five minutes in a warm, saturated solution of boric acid.
  3. Every night at bedtime wash the feet briefly with mild soap and warm water. Then soak the feet for 15 to 30 minutes in a warm, saturated solution of boric acid. If boric acid solution is not available, use a warm saline solution (one tablespoonful of table salt to a quart of water). Then with a bit of gauze pick and rub away all loose bits of skin, taking care not to get any of the contaminated material under the fingernails. Then apply an athlete’s foot cream, working it carefully into the affected skin, especially between the toes.
  4. Every morning, wipe away the remaining medicated cream with dry gauze and dust the skin area thickly with antiseptic powder.
  5. Wear cotton hose, preferably white, changing it daily. To launder hose, boil for ten minutes or re-infection is certain.
  6. If sores appear on the hands, use only mild ointments. If itching is severe, apply 1 percent phenol in calamine lotion. When the sores on feet have healed, those on hands will probably disappear.
  7. To prevent a relapse after the infection appears to be cured, apply 2 percent ammoniated mercury ointment each evening, and talcum powder containing 1 percent of salicylic acid each morning, continuing the treatment for several weeks. Dust the same powder into the shoes daily.
  8. In severe cases, keep off the feet as much as possible and use the soaks and medicated cream as in (3) twice a day instead of once.
  9. In a persistent case consult a dermatologist. An antibiotic is usually helpful, but this requires a physician’s prescription.
  10. The person with athlete’s foot should be considerate of others by not using public showers or swimming pools until his infection is completely cured.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 – The New Star In The Galaxy!

Samsung! A brand that singlehandedly changes the landscape of global smart phone market. Ask any mobile phone expert about the market without Samsung and you’d get a clod look. Quite frankly, the South Korean manufacturer has had a far-reaching impact not only on the fringe players but also on the big brands by forcing them to think and rethink their product and positioning strategies.

Samsung’s blitz Krieg of Marketing and product launches took everyone by surprise few years back. Before many realized, Samsung had firmly placed its grip on the Smart Phone market. If most industry reports are to be believed and followed, Apple is in for a tough fight due to Samsung while HTC, Sony, Nokia and even the great Blackberry are trying to catch-up with some of the key ground that they’ve lost to Samsung.

The latest launches from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S4 are an intriguing offering. Though many would find it hard to distinguish between the Galaxy S3 and S4, the S4 is surely and advanced version of the S3 and has a lot to offer to its ever expanding consumer base. The one change that most people were expecting and were disappointed was in the body of Galaxy S4. The plastic-like appearance of the Galaxy S3 walks in rebranded with the Galaxy S4.

The full HD AMOLED screen is fast becoming a signature mark for Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 works to the advantage of the consumer with improved looks and screen resolution. The body is smaller and thinner as compared to the Galaxy S3. At 5 inches the phone certainly has a longer display surface as compared to its competitors like the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. however; the resolution hardly gets distorted thanks to the pan-viewing angle of the device.

The 1.6 GHz processor with a 2 GB RAM is a decent combination. Though, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z houses better processors, the Galaxy S4’s processor gets the job done for the Jelly bean Android OS. Samsung is good at packing small innovations with high impact on the users. With the Galaxy S4, the new Smart Stay technology claims to ad an intuitive feel to user experience. It tracks the eyeball movement of the user and pause the videos on gaze.

The internet browsing experience is taken to a whole new level. A 2600 MaH battery powering the Galaxy S4 supports the device positively. A 13 MPa rare camera works well to its favour but the front camera is frankly a disappointment. The internal and external memory is not a cause of concern in any of the high end smart phones, and Galaxy S4 is not an exception to the same.

Samsung has invested heavily in the marketing campaigns and strongly favoured a guerrilla marketing strategy for most of its launches. Having set the benchmark quite high with the galaxy S3, the galaxy S4’s pre-launch hype certainly created a lot of anticipation around the seemingly feature-rich phone. But, what eventually turned out was a (comparatively) dismal show from a phone that was set to revolutionize the smart phone market and drive the fringe elements of Sony, LG and HTC out of the competition. Instead, Galaxy S4 has provided them an opportunity to come back and strike Samsung hard by making a dent in its market share.

Samsung is quick to learn from its mistakes. It definitely would have sensed the mood after the galaxy S4’s launch. With the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z knocking hard on their doors, Blackberry gearing up with Z10 and Q10, Samsung’s investments in R&D will have to be ramped up and complemented with smart product features. A long standing complaint about the ‘plastic-feel’ in Samsung Galaxy series has to be addressed in its next version. Especially with the competitors edging them up.

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7 Pros and 7 Cons of Audiobooks

I just finished my first audiobook. And it was an experience worth sharing:

I had been reading reviews and blog posts and tweets about Seth Godin’s newest book, Linchpin. Went to a couple of bookshops on my way to work/home; it wasn’t available. So I went to to order one. I was at Amazon after a long time, and was surprised to see the options available: Kindle (ebook download), hardcover, paperback, audio CD and audio download. Audio download looked like the fastest option so I checked it out. It took me to – an Amazon company, where an audio download was being offered for just USD7.49 with a new membership! I signed up, paid the money, downloaded the book, and started listening to it right away! The benefits:

1. It’s fast. I was listening to the book after just a few clicks in few minutes.

2. It’s cheap. Book versions were USD13-25.

3. It’s convenient. I copied the file to my iPhone to listen during my commute to and from work.

4. It’s safe. A copy each on my computer, iPhone and backup is likely to last (damage-free) as long as I wish.

5. It takes no space. So less clutter. No worries about whether to keep, sell off, recycle or give-away.

6. It’s environment-friendly. No paper, ink, chemicals.

7. It’s comfortable. For someone who spends a lot of time in front of computers or books, this is a good break for the eyes. You can listen while standing, walking or lying down.

And the disadvantages:

1. You need technology – computer, Internet access, applications like iTunes, and power supply

2. You need a handheld device to maximize the use of audiobooks – iPhone, iPod or any other MP3 player

3. You need a credit card for online purchase

4. You can’t share. I love giving away my books to someone who might enjoy/benefit. Most audiobooks can’t be shared on multiple computers/accounts.

5. You can’t refer as easily. I like to go back to particular passages in my favorite books for inspiration/information/sharing. In audiobooks, you can fast-forward to chapters but it’s difficult to go to the exact passage you are looking for.

6. You can lose it easily – unless you have a good backup system.

7. You become anti-social. Your chances of interesting conversations with strangers greatly diminish if you go around with headphones in your ears.

On balance, I think it depends on your lifestyle, circumstances and even the kind of book you want to read. Please take a few minutes to share your views through comments: Have you tried an audiobook? If not, will you? What other pros and cons can you think of?

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The Best Sexual Positions: The Top 5 Mistakes Most Guys Make

One of the many challenges men have is to decide on what positions to use when getting booty. The biggest fears are that the woman will get bored with the “same old, same old” and as a result lose interest in sex. So the question becomes, what are the best sexual positions?

The best way to explain this is to talk about what NOT to do. With that in mind, I’ll now talk about the top five mistakes guys make when it comes to sexual positions, so that way you won’t continue making them.

Position Mistake 1: Imitating anything seen in a porn movie. This is probably the biggest reason that guys fail with sexual positions. Inexperienced guys think porn is a good model because they see studs banging beautiful broads, and… well, they just don’t know any better. The problem is that sexual positions in those sorts of movies are meant to display a good scene for viewers, not to maximize pleasure for the actors.

And in fact, one of the WORST positions for clitoral and vaginal stimulation is when the woman puts her ankles on your shoulders. With her pelvis bent back that far, she can feel pain in her cervix if you push in too far. Plus it’s a position that puts pressure. (If you ever have a chance to go behind the scenes and watch the making of an adult movie, you’ll see how quickly the mood gets killed when the actress keeps having to stop the scene to go to the bathroom!)

Position Mistake 2: Trying too hard to keep your weight off the woman, in any position. To a woman, sex is a way to get closer to her man. She loves it when he leans on the underside of her thighs. So here’s a tip for you to try… Next time you’re having sex with your woman (while you’re engaged in actual intercourse, that is), get more of your weight on her. You see, during sex, almost every woman enjoys feeling her man’s body pressed hard against her.

So how much weight should you put on her? Make it enough so that after you come, and the sexual frenzy dissipates, your woman will tell you that she feels like she’s being smooshed. Of course, do this within limits! If you’re on top off her grinding her pubic bone for too long, it can feel painful for her.

But the bottom line is that many, many women like to be pressured by at least some of the man’s weight. So save the gentlemanly sex for the royal family’s women!

Position Mistake 3: Letting the woman do all the work when she’s on top. For virtually every woman, sex is mostly a passive activity. So by being the motionless beta male, you destroy the whole purpose of sex for her, which is to open herself up to you penetrating into her body.

Position Mistake 4: Being a wimp. A lot of guys have read too many “Men are From Mars”-type books and think women like it if you ask permission for everything and let them take the lead. Be the alpha male instead and just “do it.” Flip her over, move her here and there. Be aggressive and even toss her about like a rag doll when you want to change positions, and… she’ll LOVE it! And don’t worry about it. If something is going on that the woman doesn’t like, she’ll let you know.

Position Mistake 5: Thinking the trickier positions are better. You don’t need to be upside down, hanging from a lamp, and doing something crazy. Just be normal. An old standby like the missionary (man on top, woman lying on her back) can be the best sexual position.

Tricky positions are just frustrating for everybody and often kill the mood because there’s too much “where should I put my arm?”… and not enough “let’s just have fun exploring.”

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