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Here Is How You Can Be a Healthy Gamer

Gaming once took the world by storm, and has continued to remain a constant source of attraction, and even obsession, for many people. While everything is good in moderation, how do you satisfy your craving for continuous gaming, and still remain healthy? Keep reading to find out how.

• Know how to put first things first – Gaming only become unhealthy when it starts to creep into and disrupt other areas of your life. No matter how hardcore your gaming addiction is, it can still remain a healthy passion instead of becoming an unhealthy obsession, as long as you remain clear about your priorities. Certain things like family and friends, a full time job, and health, should never be compromised upon.

• Take care of your body – You can remain a healthy gamer so long as you do not let your passion throw you off schedule. Gaming late into the night, or all through until sunrise, may be acceptable every once in a while. However, when that becomes the norm, and you begin you overlook your healthy habits in order to continue gaming, then that spells trouble.

• Be an active gamer – This is a very important technique. Gaming on your consoles for hours on end can cause you to slip into the trap of leading a sedentary lifestyle. While it is a good thing that your brain is kept active by the gaming, it is essential to keep yourself physically active as well. This can be achieved by taking short breaks at regular intervals, and using these breaks to take a walk, or to do a couple of exercises.

• Stand tall – While most games that are played on the computer require the gamer to be seated, it would be fun to try gaming with consoles so that you can stand when you play. This is an exercise by itself. Also, you can shuffle your feet this way and that to remain physically active when you are seriously gaming.

• Drink to the game – Of course, we do not mean alcohol! It would be a healthy practice to take care of your body’s fluid requirements, by drinking water at regular intervals when you game. Fresh juices or other healthy drinks are also a good choice. This, instead of the common junk of chips and fast food that we normally opt for, will kickstart you on your journey to be a healthy gamer. It is one of the important things to remember.

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The Actor As A Product

An actor is a product as much as anything that is marked on the Internet. If an Internet marketer does not move a certain product, or attract buyers he or she will change strategies. There is tons of advice on the Internet for sale or for free about marketing your product, but not a lot about marketing actors. If the public does not buy a product on the Internet no matter what you do to sell it, then it is a money-loser. If an actor can not generate dollars for the producer he is a money-loser.

If you take a stroll down the list of A Hollywood actors, you will find varying degrees of acting school ability, but soonless these actors are all on Hollywood's A list because they command top dollars and they command top dollars because there is a reasonable expectation that They will put bums in the seats, which is the only thing that matters in Show Business. Acting ability as judged by a drama teacher is far different than the acting ability as judged by the market place. Confusion for the actor happens when he or she buys the whole acting as an interpretative art form. While it absolutely is an interpretative art form, I would suggest that the audience is the true judge about what is good or what is not.

There is a lot of disdain from those in the acting profession for those actors who are making a lot of money and what that really means is that there is a lot of disdain for the audience that pays to see these players. In Canada, there is a whole industry dedicated to supporting non-commercial theater and film. This increases the superior complexity of players who would not draw flies on the open market. Real actors who make fans of the public, are looked down upon because they are popular, which is exactly what happened in Shakespeare's day, when the intellectuals looked down on him for his popular plays.

An actor as product is what humanity demands. It does not demand secret cults of acting that does not meet the demands of the marketplace. An actor should learn to find his lessons in the audience. In a live theater or a movie theater, there are seats reserved for the most important participant in the performance, the most important judge. These seats are reserved for those that will make or break your career; The audience.

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The Used BMW X5 Gains Favor

The BMW continues its dominance of luxury car markets the world over as more auto players enter the arena. Car technology has definitely changed exponentially in the last 50 years. With the entry of more auto manufacturers into the world market competition has intensified as each automaker attempts to prove themselves. While it is a true statement that most of these automakers have brought truly wondrous features to the cars they have produced, a few automakers continue to dominate the luxury divisions. One of them is the BMW. There are many brands of the BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ) but one brand that has stirred attention is the x5 sports utility version.

A new x5 is a technological marvel. BMW was somewhat late in joining the SUV market but when it did, it represented itself well. This statement was solidly sent out through the X5 which is a next generation sport utility vehicle.

A new x5 can run up to $55000.00. This may be a hefty amount and due to the tough economic times, many are looking for bargain prices and have therefore settled for looking for a used BMW x5. The used versions can be equally delightful depending on the actual condition and the dealership. Car dealerships like CarMax take particular care to ensure that a used model fits the actual standards of quality. This means that extensive tests are run on the actual model to ensure that everything is in shape. A used BMW x5 can run you anywhere between $20,000 and $45000 depending on the features installed.

The x5 is usually 4-door and comes with standard SUV features. It has a v8 32v 8-cylinder engine which is primarily powered by gasoline. Hybrid brands are still in the works. The exterior deviates a little from the standard “Big Three” SUV models in that is appears to be more compact. It comes with a 5 -speed or automatic transmission that boasts dynamic stability allowing the passengers to experience some of the smoothest rides ever in the motoring world.

The interior comes with climate-controlled AC which employs computerized temperature-monitoring. This means that the front of the car can have an entirely different temperature setting from the rear seats. Some models come equipped with additional accessories such as an auxiliary DVD player with a screen which flips open much like the one inside an airplane. The sound system is Bose, which offers customers an added layer of luxury. The speakers are optical surround which is ideal for very high quality orchestra sound.

Other features include heated seats, dual temperature controls, cruise control and tinted windows. It also comes with anti-lock ABS brakes and dual airbags. Newer models also sport side airbags. Most features which come preinstalled in most high-end vehicles are also found standard in the X5 such as power steering, power windows, front and back wiper blades, automatic side mirrors and the like.

The best place to buy a used BMW x5 is at the local dealership. This is because of two things; One is that you are able to physically examine the vehicle and even conduct a test drive. Two is that you are able to take advantage of the service warranty that is offered. eBay is also another excellent place.

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Cage Vs Aviaries: Which One Should You Choose?

It’s aquariums for most but for some, its aviaries. Pet lovers tend to relax more and feel calmer when they watch their pets in action and nothing promises more action than watching colorful birds of different species take flight and belt out a cacophony of sounds in birdsongs.

The thing is, people tend to confuse aviaries with bird cages, thinking that they’re one and the same thing. For the clueless and for those who want to know the difference between each, aviaries are large enclosures for confining birds but have larger living spaces than cages. Aviaries also allow birds more space to fly and are usually designed to mimic a bird’s natural habitat. Because these cages allow birds to fly, they are sometimes referred to as flight cages. Plus, aviaries will also allow you to house a number of bird species.

Bird cages on the other hand, are cages designed to house birds as pets. They are often considered too small to house more than two complimenting species at a time and are more often than not, used more for home décor without live birds in it, unlike aviaries. Cages are also too small for birds to have any flying space and choosing cages also depends on the size and species of birds you want to get.

Whether you prefer to get a bird cage or a bird aviary, there are important things you need to remember if you are to ensure that your birds will live in a safe, healthy and happy environment. For one, your cages or aviaries will depend on the number of bird species you want to breed, the weather conditions where you live and the kind of birds you want to breed. Gardens are usually the best places to build your aviaries in while indoors would be the best place for bird cages.

If you’re in a quandary about whether to get a bird cage or an aviary, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each in order to make the best decision. Cages offer you more flexibility and freedom to control your birds, allows you to create specialized diets and monitor them closely for any signs of health problems. However, birds are more prone to escape cages than aviaries so if you want more security and safety aviaries may be your best bet.

Aviaries on the other hand, allow birds to fly and live more happily because it is specifically designed to mimic their natural habitats. Since you can house more birds in them, it also gives them the opportunity to socialize, form their own flocks and choose their mates. Some breeders even attest to the fact that having aviaries actually lets you form a closer bond with your pets and is a constant reminder of why you love birds to begin with.

And lastly, aviculture experts also believe that if you want to concentrate on one or two bird species at a time, then cages would be more practical than aviaries. Unless you have been breeding birds for a while and know each species like the back of your hand, aviaries are best left to the experts and the experienced.

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So God Made a Wrestler

God looked down on his paradise and was pleased. He looked upon all of the peoples of the earth. He noticed the many sports that athletes participated in. God said, “I need to create the ultimate sport and the ultimate athlete.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to participate in a sport that requires discipline, sacrifice, dedication, hard work, and commitment.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who is willing to face another athlete one-on-one in the most physically demanding sport in existence with no one else to help him and yet not be afraid.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can defeat his opponent with strength, power, speed, agility, and technical skills. He needs to be able to endure the toughest six or seven minutes that a person could ever endure in the sporting world.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need person who is willing to get up at 6:00 a.m. so he can run five miles before going to school. I need that same person to attend classes, make it through a demanding two hour wrestling practice, and then still come home and do his homework.” So God made a wrestler.

God had to have someone willing to practice the same move for hours, day after day until he had it perfected. So He made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who declares as a boy that one day he will be an Olympic champion and never doubts himself.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can lose his final college match making it his only loss during his high school and college career. I need that same athlete to bounce back more determined than ever. I need that athlete to win the Olympic gold medal in a dominating fashion and then go on to become one of the greatest wrestling coaches in collegiate history.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to shoot a million low single legs in his lifetime and perform a leg lace fifty times a day because he knows the value of drilling.” So He made a wrestler.

God had to have someone who could get pinned one week and then defeat that same opponent the following week to win the conference championship because he believed in himself and in his abilities. So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to work hard for four years and never regret it even though he never makes the varsity team. I need an athlete who will stick with it because he knows it is making him a better person.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who is willing to practice three times a day preparing for the NCAA Tournament because his coach thinks that is what is needed to be prepared. I need another of his teammates to run 10 miles three times a week in addition to attending regular wrestling practice because his coach thinks that will give him the edge going into the NCAA Tournament.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete that can be undefeated for thirteen years of international competition and then lose a match with the whole world watching and yet still be a gentleman and shake his opponent’s hand.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can face a man that hasn’t lost a match in thirteen years and yet feel up to the challenge and never doubt himself.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can become a seven time world champion and a three time Olympic gold medal winner becoming one of the best in his sport of all time.” So God made a wrestler.

God needed an athlete who would run wind sprints until his lungs burned and his legs ached. He needed that same person to do push-ups until his arms could no longer lift his body up for even one more repetition. God needed an athlete willing to work to the point of utter exhaustion. So He made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to turn down a candy bar or a cheeseburger because he needs to make weight the next day. I need an athlete who is willing to eat a bland but healthy diet, because he wants to be in peak condition, even though he’d much rather eat pizza and drink soda pop.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can work twelve hour days at a summer job and yet still make practicing and working out a priority.” So He made a wrestler.

God needed an athlete to practice his skills, lift weights, run, eat healthy, strive for perfection, overcome defeat, show good sportsmanship, toil, sweat, bleed, and sometimes even cry. So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who develops the character, values, self-discipline, and work ethic that will be with him even after his days of competition are over.” So God made a wrestler.

Thanks for reading this bit of creative work. I hope you found something inspiring in its words.

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Sweet Sixteen Party Traditions

A Closer Look at Sweet Sixteen Party Traditions

A sweet sixteen party is the perfect time for traditions. Maybe you have some that have been passed down through your family, or maybe you are looking for new traditions to start. For a bit of history, the term sweet sixteen has been in use at least since 1597. The sweet sixteen birthday parties have been held since 1765. That is a long time for many traditions to develop.

The following is a list of traditions that can be incorporated into any sweet sixteen party ideas that you may be planning:

The Father-Daughter Dance

This tradition is also frequently performed at most weddings. Have the birthday girl choose a song that is special to her and her dad ñ maybe there is a favorite childhood memory attached and mom could tell that story and introduce them onto the dance floor.

Shoe Ceremony

This is like a Cinderella moment for the birthday girl. Sit the honoree in a chair while her grandfather, uncle, godfather, or father approaches her with high heels on a decorative pillow. Traditionally, she should be wearing flat shoes, and her father ceremoniously helps her into her new high heels. This is a symbolic transitioning from childhood into womanhood.

Tiara Ceremony

This one is similar to the Shoe Ceremony, except the father/grandfather brings a tiara instead of shoes. The tiara is placed upon her head to symbolize her becoming a woman. This tradition could be combined with the Shoe Ceremony with mom bringing high heels on a pillow and dad bringing the tiara on another pillow.

Candle-Lighting Ceremony

Choose 16 tapers to set out on a table in pretty votive cups. The birthday girl could light her first candle from one large candle that symbolizes her parents or family. The first candle is for the girl’s parents. The second candle is for brothers and sisters. If she is an only child, then this candle can represent her grandparents. Candles 3, 4, 5 and 6 are for the remaining family friends. At any time the honoree can tell a story about the individual she is lighting a candle for, or say why they are special to her. Candles 7-14 are for special friends. Candle 15 is for her best friend. The 16th candle is reserved for a significant male, such as a boyfriend or very good friend. A 17th candle could be added to represent good luck.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started on great sweet sixteen party ideas. Enjoy!

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What Did Men Wear in the 1920s?

Men’s wear in the 1920s is not very different from men’s business attire today. A good suit, tie, hat, and shoes were all a man needed to dress in the day. Evening events were much more formal will full tuxedos even for a dinner party with friends.

To dress like a man from the 1920’s you will need the following:

Suit– Suit jackets were usually single breasted, with minimal buttons, and had an overall loose appearance. Pants were held high on the waist with pleats at the top and cuffs at the bottom. In cool seasons suits were dark grey, blue or brown wile summer colors were white, ivory, pastels and occasionally pink (Gatsby wore a pink suit in novel The Great Gatsby.)

Vest- A daywear vest, if not designed to match the suit, would be a similar shade of color such as tan with an off-white suit, or pastel color with a darker suit.

Shirt- A typical button down dress shirt in white would be most fashionable and comfortable. Collars were “club” style meaning they had rounded edges instead of pointed. These can be very difficult to find today.

Tie- Bow ties were more common then neck ties. Bright solid colors or patterns of geometrical shapes were the height of fashion. Ties were thinner and a bit longer in the 20’s then they are today.

Pocket Square- Also known as a handkerchief, the Pocket Square matched the bow tie in color if not in pattern as well. Pocket Squares were folded in the men’s front jacket pocket.

Suspenders- They not only held up men’s pants but were a fashion accessory. Belts started to be popular only in the late 1920’s.

Hat- Men do not wear hats today as they did in the 1920s. Winter hats included the bowler, flat cap (also known as a cab driver hat), panama (felt), or its cousin the Fedora. Summer hats were made of straw, such as the straw Boater (aka Skimmer) or the Optimo Panama hat. Top hats were still used for formal wear.

Shoes– The final defining element of a man’s dress was his shoes. Two toned spectator dress shoes were the most appropriate. Fringed tongues and wingtips on Oxfords and Brogues were seen frequently.

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5 Reasons Women Love Romance Movies

Since the beginning of cinema, romance movies have been well loved – predominately by women. Today, when a new romantic comedy or drama hits theaters, it’s the perfect excuse for a ladies’ night gathering. Many men (and even a few women) have wondered what it is about this genre of film that draws women in. Here are 5 reasons women love romance movies.

Women Love Getting In Touch With Their Emotions

Women are emotional beings, and not only do they have no issue displaying their emotions but many do not mind having those emotions drawn out of them. Sometimes it just feels good to have a hearty laugh or let the tears flow while watching others go through the ebb and flow of finding love, falling in love and losing love.

Women Prefer to Watch Rather Than Read Romance

Okay, so this isn’t true for all women (but what statement is?). However, with the busyness that consumes the daily lives of most women, many prefer watching romance movies to reading romance novels. It’s less time consuming, equally entertaining -or more so for some- and equally emotion spurring.

Women Love Using Romance Movies to Hint At Men

Women love watching romance movies to throw hints at the men in their lives as to what he should or shouldn’t be doing in their relationship. Some women will watch the movies alone while making notes or with their guy and having him take notes. Yes, a woman wants a man to chase her when she storms out after a fight, to serenade her from below her bedroom window and of course, to whisper sweet cinematic lines in her ear that give Tom Cruise’s classic “You complete me” some serious competition.

Women Relate to the Characters or Plot

Some romance movies are just plain sappy -and women may love those too- but some women love the more realistic films, the ones they can painfully relate to. Typically, stories of lost love and young love spark emotions in women and bring up old memories but women can appreciate the way the film made them feel and even relish in the memories.

Women Want to Be the Characters and Live the Plot

So, what’s the number one reason most women love romance movies? The Fantasy, of course! The happy ending is what every woman wants and few get to live in real life. It’s a nice escape from the reality of real life relationships for 90 minutes!

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Don’t Aim for the Ribs – Boxing How To Guide on the Right Hook Body Shot

Another in our series of boxing how to guides on body punching, this one examining the right hook (or back hand hook) to the body.

Knowing how to throw a right hook to the body enables you to deliver massive power to a very specific and precise location; the soft tissue below the ribs on the left side of the opponent’s body. It is worth understanding that you are not aiming for the ribs. The rib cage is by design a tough structure. For maximum impact it’s far better to take the path of least resistance and strike the soft tissue.

In general, and depending upon your position in relation to your opponent, this body punch is designed to hit the spot behind the guarding arm of the opponent. Precision is great, but raw power and aggression is the trick to knowing how to get the most from this crushing body punch.

Before we get onto the mechanics of how to throw the right hook to the body, you need to be aware that this is not a right uppercut. I’m sure plenty will decide that this is an uppercut, but really it is not. There is a subtle difference between a short range hook and a short range uppercut, with the uppercut to the body striking home in the center of mass. Understand this difference and it will have a positive impact on your body punching skills.

Boxing How to Guide – The Mechanics

  1. From the boxing stance, bend your knees in order to lower your centre of gravity. This is quite simply a duck, which aside from being a defensive action also acts as a precursor to a body strike.
  2. As the duck is taking place, generate an explosive thrust by pushing from the ball of your back foot. This thrust provides the energy to deliver massive rotation of the upper body (counter-clockwise from the orthodox stance).
  3. The bend of your front leg (from the duck) enables the necessary amount of hip rotation. Without the bend, your hips will complete maybe only 25% of the rotation necessary to give the punch the required power on impact.
  4. During the rotation, release your back hand in an arc at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground. Ensure that the punch accelerates towards the target to add to the massive leverage produced during the rotation; this is how you will maximize the power.
  5. Return your arm and body to the starting position as per the boxing stance.

Boxing How to Guide – Common Faults

  1. Be aware of your range. Be sure that if you use this punch at a longer range the opponent is vulnerable to it. In short, the further you are away from the opponent when using this shot, the greater the risk of you taking a punch before yours lands. Reduce the risk of a long range ‘bombing’ with this punch by stepping in with a jab ahead of letting loose with the hook to the body.
  2. Make the punch direct. Don’t allow it to loop too low as this leaves a big opening for your opponent to exploit (see previous fault).
  3. As always, make sure that your body weight does not propel forward, resulting in your body weight being over your front leg. The golden rule is never let your nose travel past the line of your front knee. If you do, then you are off-balance and you are adding power to your opponent’s punches.

And there it is, the MyBoxingCoach boxing how to guide on landing the right hook to the body. This is a true fight-ending punch, targeting as it does the spleen and other vital organs. Make a mental note of how you want the impact of the shot to travel through as much of the body as possible, that is why landing the punch at an angle of 45 degrees is a big, big plus. Master this shot and it will slip seamlessly into your ‘body and head’ combinations to deadly effect.

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Tax Law Changes for 2014

Just like another year has come and gone, there is a handful of tax laws that will come and go starting on January 1, 2014. Some of the changes are due to expiration laws that were enacted in an attempt to spur economic growth during the most Recent recession – others were caused by new legislation, rarely the Affordable Care Act, or otherwise known as Obama Care.

The first and by far the most widely discussed tax law change is related to the new health care law. The main component of the law that will effect taxpayers is the individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or receive a penalty. First and foremost, you will not be penalized for not carrying insurance until you file your 2014 tax return in early 2015, this goes for all laws that take effect starting in 2014.

But if you do not carrying qualified minimum coverage by March 31, 2014 you will start to incur a penalty that can amount to either $ 95 dollars per adult + 47.50 per dependent in your household, or 1% of total household income, whichever is greater. The cap of the penalty is annual cost of a bronze rated insurance plan for you or your family. As mentioned earlier, this penalty would have been collected when you file your 2014 return in early 2015 – via a refund reduction or an adjusted balance increase if no refund was due.

One common tax deduction that is going away will have an adverse affect on some teachers, this will cause a taxually increase during 2014 because Congress is not extending the tax deduction that allowed teachers to write off up to $ 250 dollars of their bedroom expenses. Up until now, this deduction was considered above the line, or taking a deduction without itemizing. Since nearly 75% of taxpayers do not have enough deductions to itemize – this could have an impact on a number of teachers nationwide.

Another deduction that is going away is the PMI deduction. Since 2010, homeowners who pay mortgage insurance premiums have been able to deduct them together with the interest they pay on their home loans. This will be no more starting January 1. Homeowners who put down less than 20% during the home purchase process were required to carry this type of mortgage insurance. That being said, mortgage interest and real estate taxes are still deductible in 2014 as an itemized deduction – resulting in homeowners being able to deduct much more than if they rented their home or apartment.

One exemption that is going away but is not getting much attention right now is the primary residence cancellation of debt exclusion. Homeowner's in recent years, who had mortgage debt forgiven by a lender via short sale have been exempted from paying tax on the forgiven debt. This provision was passed to improve liquidity and stabilization in the housing market a few years back, but was not extended through to 2014. Going forward, troubled homeowners may possibly have to include forgiven debt as income in that given tax year. This could have a huge impact on the number of disturbed properties that change hands nationwide – and will dramatically increase the tax liability of homeowners who have all, or a portion of their debt forgiven.

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