Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Google : The Gentle Giant of The Internet

Google : The Gentle Giant of The Internet.
Google Earth. Google Books. Google Maps. Google is one of the most powerful brands in the world. Apart from Google.com (the world’s most popular search engine), they’ve got so much to offer. Here are a few of their web-based services:

Google Books was introduced in 2004. This is a massive database of more than 15 million books. You can read the books online or download them for free.

Google Maps was launched in 2005. You can use it to check out restaurants, visit places in the city, or plan your next trip. The Street View option lets you travel along streets as you see everything around you. These images are produced by Google’s 360⁰ cameras.

Google Earth, which was also launched in 2005, has images for the Earth, outer space and the ocean. With Google Earth you can travel around the world, explore the sky, or dive under the ocean.

Google Translate was launched in 2006. This program allows you to translate documents or text simply by copying and pasting it into the program. There are more than 40 languages that you can use.

Gmail is a free webmail service for sending and receiving e-mails. It become open to the public in February 2007.

Google Sky was launched in 2007. With this program you can see images of space and learn about stars and other planets.

Google+ is Google’s very own social network, wich was launched in 2011. Companies and organizations already using the service include Save the Children, Burberry, Barcelona Football Club and the Muppets. One of the features includes the Hangout service, which lets you have video charts with up nine others users.

Google Art Project (lunched in 2011) has interior images form 17 famous museum, including London’s National Gallery, Florence’s Uffizy Gallery and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Just recently, Google launched Business Steet View. This features shots from inside hundreds of restaurants, hotels, shops, gyms and vehicle repair workshops.

Where would we be without Google?

Google is an American internet and computer software company. It was founded by Sergei Brin and Larry Page (the “Google guys”), and has been operating since 1998. Their original objective was to ”organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Later, they added the phrase “Don’t be evil” to promote their anti-corporate philosophy. The name Google comes from a misspelling of “googol” – the number one, followed by one hundred zeros.

How To Give A Great Presentation

How To Give A Great Presentation.
Many people are nervous about talking in front of an audience, usually because they are afraid of making a mess of it. Ironically, it is uncontrolled nerves that are most likely to lead to a poor performance - so building confidence through preparation and practice is really important.

Tape yourself
When you practice your presentation, do it with a tape recorder or with a video recorder. Plat it back to find out wich bits sound weak.

Prepare it early
Don’t wait until the very last minute to work on your presentation. Do it when you still have plenty of time. Remember, the soonery you do it, the better.

Practice your intonation
When you speak, try to speak with passion and enthusiasm. If you speak passionately, it will make up for other shortcomings. Speaking with the same intonation all the time leads to boredom among your audience. You may need to use pauses for effect, too.

Make cue cards and handouts
A set of small-size cue cards will help you to go on with your presentation. Jot down the important points and read them when you get stuck. Distribute handouts, if any to the audience after you finish your presentation. You don’t want them to read whihle you’re talking, do you?

Eating before you present
This sounds less important, but preparing your physical condition is also one thing you should remember. Standing and talking in front of a lot of people consumes a lot of energy. Eating before you present.

Ask help from your best buds
Ask your best friends to smile at you when they see that you’re nervous. Their smile will boost your confidence. If you can’t ask anyone to do it for you, just picture the smiles in your mind.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

All About Hair

All About Hair.
Article first published as All About Hair on Technorati.

Hair, a part of our body, has a lot of amazing facts to tell. Want to hear its tale? Read on.

What Hair is made of? 
Hair is made of keratin a kind of protein that also makes up our nails.

What Hair Does for Us
  • Our body is covered all over in hair (all 5 millions of them!) except the palms of our hands, the soles of our feet, the mucous membranes (which cover the insides of our body organs), and lips. Good thing only the hair on top of our head can grow long. Imagine if every hair on our body were as long as our head hair!
  • Hair's most important function is for show, of course. We color it, perm it, trim, style it, adorn it with pins and ribbons-whatever it takes to make us look good. But hair in general is more than just an accessory. Take eyebrows and eyelashes for instance. They help filter dust so that our eyes can see better. Nose hair, besides to filter dust from the air we breathe, is also needed to warm the air before entering our body.
Hair Grows
  • Hair is physically dead; what we see as a strand of hair is actually a chain of dead keratin cells. Keratin is produced inside the hair follicles-mini sacs under the outer layer of our skin (epidermis). When new keratin cells are produced, the old ones are pushed out and through the skin, causing the hair to “grow” longer.
  • Hair (or rather, the follicles) is the second fastest growing organ in human body after the bone marrow. The hair on our head can grow at a rate of 1.25 cm per month.
  • Ever wonder why your hair can't get longer after reaching a certain length although you never cut it? It's because a single strand of hair usually grows up to a maximum of 70 to 90 cm stays on our head for two to seven years before it falls out.
Why Hair Colors and Textures Differ
  • The natural color and type of our hair depend on our genes. The percentage of natural coloring (pigments) determines whether we have blond, red, brown, or black hair.
  • The coloring also determines hew much hair we have on our head. Blond has the most hair: 120.000. Brown and black have about 100.000, while red has 80,000.
  • As a person gets old, the pigments in his/her hair follicles die, resulting in white or grey hair.
  • Why do some people have kinky hair, some others wavy, still others straight? Apparently this depends on the shape of the follicles, which is also ethnic-gene-related. People with round follicles have straight hair, while those with oval follicles have wavy hair. Africans, with almost flat follicles, have kinky hair.
  • Sometimes the shape of follicles changes because of growth or illnesses. That's why sometimes people who had straight hair as i child have kinky hair as adults.
  • What Our Hair Says About Us
  • Hair can tell a lot of things the person. It can tell us what the person eats, what ethnic group he/she belongs to, even-to a certain extent-his/her lifestyles. A person’s hair can tell if he/she smokes, takes drugs, or drinks.
  • The one thing hair can’t tell is whether the owner is male of female.
Fact or fiction?
Hair and nails keep growing for some time after a person dies, Fiction. When a person-dies, the flesh shrinks because of dehydration. This gives the appearance of longer hair and nails (Now that's rather gruesome, don't you think?)

We lose about 100 hairs every day. Fact. Hair goes through a cycle where it must die and fall. But don't worry; you won't go bald like Homer here because new hair will replace it. In fact, you would have to lose 50% of your hair before people notice it.

Hair is very strong. Fact. Healthy hair is as strong as aluminum. Woven into a rope, it supposedly can support a suspended weight of about 2000 pounds, as often featured in circuses (But boy, would it hurt!)
The more often you trim your hair, the faster it will grow. Fiction. Hair grows according to a more or less fixed pace, 1.25 cm a month. So trimming it more often won't make it grow 4 cm in a month. This also applies to the myth that hair grows faster in warm weather.

Exercises You Can Do Without Digging into Your Pocket

Exercises You Can Do Without Digging into Your Pocket.
So you have set your heart to become as fit as a fiddle : where to start? You don’t need expensive equipments. Here some exercises you can do without digging into your pocket:

It sounds unbelievable but nowadays people are walking less frequently mostly because they prefer to take motorcycle or car even to go to the nearest stall. Walking actually improves the condition of your heart and lungs and also works the muscles of the lower body. Walking may also improve bone density but is considered a low impacts sport because walking puts less strain on the joints compared to other forms of exercise.
Some people exercise by power walking. It’s kind of walk where you walk so fast almost break into a run. The funny thing is that power walking actually burns more calories compared to running at the same pace.
Other walking exercises you can do are:
• Using the stairs instead of the lift. If you have to go the top level, you can start by taking 2-3 flights of stairs and increasing it every week.
• Taking a walk during lunch hours. Walking for half an hour after a meal can cut the amount of fat you have stored because it’s used for exercising.
• Choosing a different route once a week and taking a longer walk to keep you stimulated.

Running or jogging can be done everywhere and anytime. Running/jogging is a high impact sport, meaning it may increase or maintin bone density.
To start exercising, you should warm up first by walking at a brisk pace while gradually increasing speed until you jog slowly. Run at a pace where you can still do a conversation while running. If you feel like you are losing your breath, try to slow down or walk for a while to breathe.
For a start don’t run too long. Try to run 10 minutes in total , do this every two or three days. Decrease the walking time and increase the running until you can run a full ten minutes. Don’t stop immediately after doing a jog/run, cool down by jogging slowly or walk until you heart beats normally. Next, increase the time of your run until you can manage 30 minutes three times a week. Feeling inspired? Don’t try to increase your running time more than ten per cent each week.

Tips if you getting bored:
• Be realistic; don’t try to become a marathon runner in three months if you’re never run before.
• Make running a habit just like cleaning your teeth.
• Record your progress by marking “X”s on your calendar, write the time each day, how you felt, where you went, etc...
• Changing the place were you run, use the thread mill in the gym, run a different route, around a different house complex, etc...

Hobbies for a Healthier Life

Hobbies for a Healthier Life.
Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Dale Carnegie, American lecturer, author, 1888-1955

Want to stay healthy? Working out and sports are not enough since health is more than just physical wellbeing. Problems that can make us stressed can occur every day. And to get balanced health – physically and psychologically - we should have a hobby done regularly that can provide mental stimulation and stress relief. Besides, hobbies can keep life interesting.

Home-Based Activities
Who says staying at home is boring? There are a loads of thing you can do at home. You can start from the outside to inside the home.

Playing with puzzles: This activity calls for great patience. It helps you forget your worries and focus on piecing together the bits and pieces. Make sure that you don’t lose any single piece of the puzzle or you’ll never be able to finish it.
Gardening: You can try it if you want. Pay attention to your garden and check all leaves and flowers. Don’t forget to check the soil as well: is it too dry, too wet, or just perfect. If the soil is too hard, you can loosen it to give the plants some oxygen. Don’t forget to water where needed.
Playing mechanic: Starting from a simple activity like washing your bicycle, motorbike, or car and polishing its wheels to checking the engine. Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you know nothing about the engine, just take the vehicle to real mechanic.
Cooking: Try a new recipe that can be enjoyed by your family and friends, If you’re still a newcomer in cooking try a simple recipe first. Snacks that are easily made and can pamper the tongue would be a good choice.
Redecorating your room: Painting the wall, changing the decoration, or simply cleaning the room and throwing away stuff that you don’t use anymore.
Painting: Just decide what kind of paint – water color, oil, or acrylic – and medium – canvas, fabric, glass, ceramic, or any other surface that can be painted – you want to use. Then let your creativity run riot in expressing yourself. Playing with colors can be really delightful!
Scrap booking: Think of moment you’d like to remember and collect the pictures of it. Write the stories and illustrate them with memorabilia. Scrap booking is a great way to rememner precious mements and people. Looking back on happy moments and wonderful people is a great way to relax and reduce stress.

Wherever You-Can-Do Activities
On a long flight, in a doctor’s waiting lounge, in a cafe – anywhere you are you can do these hobbies:
Drawing: Never leave home without your sketch book and your pencil, pen, or marker. An idea to draw can come any time.

Reading: A book can be your best friend since you can bring it anyplace. It doesn’t need to be a heavy tome which may make you look like a nerd. A small book that’s handy and can be put in your pocket or a small bag works just as well.
Origami: Some people are very good at this paper folding art. They can make anything they like using this technique. The ideal paper for this activity is, of course, origami paper, but you can surely use any piece of paper or plastic – like a candy wrapper – that you have in your bag. Just unleash your creativity.
Writing: A notebook and a writing utensil will help you do this hobby any time and anywhere you want. If you forget your notebook, just make good use of any piece of paper like a napkin, a used biill, an old parking ticket, or any other piece of paper you find in your bag.
Listening to music: Equip yourself with any gadget for this hobby, a cell phone with extra memory card card, MP3, or MP4 player. What you must remember is not to turn the music full blast when using these gadgets or you’ll bust your ears.

Outdoor Activities
Feel like doing something outside your house? Here are some ideas:

Travelling: Wherever you want to go, choosing the rigt companion is important. You don’t want to travel with a complainer, do you? Another thing is, always equip yourself with all the documents needed plus enough knowledge about your destination.
Hanging out with friends: What kind of places do you like to go? Malls, cafes, and sport centers are favorite places to hang out. Whatever your choice, eating and sharing with pals is fun. Just thing of your budget before you decide where to hang out.
Photography: Maximize the function of your camera. A sophisticated camera doesn’t guarantee good pictures if you don’t know how to operate it. So learn about the camera you have, find an object, and push the shutter button!

The Benefits of Napping

The Benefits of Napping.
Do you know that taking a nap gives you numerous benefits? Some experts reveal that taking a nap for while can decrease the possibility of death by heart attack, especially in young men. A research in Greece also shows that taking a nap for half an hour, at least three times a week, reduces the risk of a heart attack by 37%. Other studies have also shown that napping is good for our mental health. A deep sleep in the middle of the day has other benefits such as:

Increases Productivity
It’s not good to force our body to work all day long. If you drink a cup of coffee to rest your mind, why don’t you replace it with a nap? It only takes 10 to 20 minutes to freshen you up. As we nap, our body, eyes, and mind will get a deep rest. When you wake up you will be more alert and more focused on your work. If you think napping is impossible for busy people like you, take a look at this fact: The Japanese are used to taking a “power nap” for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day during lunch break to increase productivity. Some Japanese officers even have napping rooms ready for their workers.

Promotes Ideal Weight
Some researches believe that sleeping at noon promotes a good body metabolism that results in an ideal weight. We can say that it’s cheap and nice way of losing weight.

Boost Brain Performance
Some researchers state that people who take a nap are faster in problem-solving and smarter in taking decisions. Taking a nap also improves our crativity and sharpens our senses and memories.

Rock on, Scavengers!

Rock on, Scavengers!.
Every day, people produce many types of garbage, such as paper, plastic, glass, and alumunium. These recyclable materials are ususaly disposed along with other household waste, wich is then collected and transported to the city landfill.

Do you know what happens next? A large part of these materials are piled up into the ground where they go through the process of breaking down into the smallest elements, otherwise known as decomposotition. Paper needs approximately five months to decompose, while plastic bags take up to 20 years. Alumunium takes up to 200 years to decompose, plastic beverage bottles about 450 years, and glass bottles and plastic jugs about a million years! That’s quite a long time to spend in a landfill!

That’s why garbage scavengers, who are often overlooked, play an important role. Their role is quite significant in recycling materials like paper, plastic, glass and alumunium. Look around, and you’ll see them out on the streets, in the dumpsters, or walking around your neighborhood. They are easily identified by their sack or pushcart, wich they use to stuff in types of material wich they consider good enough to be collected and sold to dealers. These dealers pay them according to the type of material. At the dealers’, recyclable materials are sorted and cleaned. Bottles or jars ussualy require washing, removal of labels, and removal of baottle caps. Plastic cups are cleaned from their plastic top. Dealers then sell their recyclable materials to each of the materials’ recycling plant.

At a paper recycling factory, waste paper is turned to pulp, then undergoes several treatments such as coarse screening, ink removal, fine cleaning, brightening, and de colorization. The finishished recycled pulp is then either sent to a mill for papermaking or it is formed into sheets of pulp, called “wet lap,” for shipment and sale. Glass recycling factories take waste glass to crush into little pieces and melt along with other raw materials into a liquid state called gobs. These gobs are then dropped into a mold to form new bottles and jars. At the alumunium recycling plant, cans are shredded, remelted with virgin alumunium and cast into the new ingots. The ingots are rolled into long, thin sheets that are coiled and sent to the can manufacturing plant to be made into new alumunium cans. Plasting recycling factories sort plastic by polymer type and color, which are then washed, chopped into smaller pieces, and resorted. The plastic pieces are dried, melted, filtered for contaminants, and then squeezed out into strands, which are spun into fiber or cut into plastic pellets.
So through a chain of garbage scavengers and dealers, whose roles of recycling often go unnoticed, collected materials are eventually recycled. Paper, plastic, glass and alumunium are saved from a destiny of being pilled up at a landfill. Thumbs up for garbage scavengers.

You can help too!
Be a participant in the recycling of paper, plastic, glass, and alumunium by sorting them fisrt instead of throwing them right away in the trash can. Keep them in separate place, then donate or sell your junk collection to a garbage scavengers. By doing this, not only do you help the scavengers but also contribute to preserving the earth.

Public Transportation Etiquette

Public Transportation Etiquette.
Article first published as Public Transportation Etiquette on Technorati.

Most of us are accustomed to using public transportation. Traveling by bus, train, plane, taxi, or other means of public transportation means sharing a ride with others to get to our destination. Below are several basic traveling etiquette rules to make the trip more enjoyable for all.

Keep to your space
Keep your belongings (including yourself) in your own space. Do not stuff a suitcase in your seatmate’s area. Sit on your assigned seat. Keep your elbows at a comfortable but not bossy over position on the shared armrest.

Don’t be talky traveler
Even if youa are a chatty person, not everyone else in the mood to be chatted by strangers. General questions might even feel interrogational, so avoid questions that are too personal. Another thing to keep in mind is to keep your voice down when you are conversing with your seatmate, or on the phone.

Avoid the smelly situation
If you are traveling in an enclosed area, avoid causing strong smells, like wearing too much perfume. Although it might seem unimportant, an unplesant odor can make the whole journey unpleasant, too.

Small but important
• Keep handy change for fares, or for buying snacks.
• Dress comfortably. You might have your hands full with luggage and other things, so dressing simple is the answer.
• Double-check your ticket, ID card, and other important documents like passport to make sure you have everything you’re going to need.

Rules are NOT meant to be broken
Folllowing the rules is an obligation for every passanger. This way, the voyage will be more orderly and safe. There are several things to keep mind, such as not smoking in a non-smoking area, putting your seatbelt on, turning off your electronic devices when necessary, and queuing for your turn.

Mind your manners
It’s important to be polite wheter it’s to ask your seatmate to exchange seats, request a drink to the stewardess, or inquire about something to the conductor. Being nice, perhaps with a sincere smile, might help you get what you ask for.

Never Talk to Strangers

Never Talk to Strangers
Article first published as Never Talk to Strangers on Technorati.

Having a relationship on the internet is something trendy nowadays, especially young people. In this cyber world they can interact with other netters without disclosing their true identity. That’s perhaps, the positive point of such a relationship. However, there’s also a negative side of it. Since no true identity is known, it is possible for anyone to offend or harass others via the internet. 

Here are some tips that might help you to kick off any irresponsible cybermate :

Ignore the person totally. In most cases the sad “predator” will wander off and look for someone else. “Ignore” them if you have that facility (an “ignore” command in your chat program), and make everything the harasser says become invisible. Freeze them right out! Don’t send rude messages back tou your abuser unless you are ready for a flame war! Remember, they want your attention. Don’t give it to them! In live chat the ignore button is your best friend.

Change rooms or channels. This is like changing compartments on a train if there someone in your compartment harassing you. Of course if you are in your favorite chat room, this is not a very good option.
If the harasser follows you - and in live chat you can often be located again if you stay on the same system – you can always change to a different chat network. There are lots of different chat networks around the world to choose from. Most of harassers will then forget you and go find someone lese to harass.

Ask them politely to leave you alone. Consider the difference between telling them privately and publicly. For example if you get an obscene private message while on a channel, don’t respond to it privately. Respond to the message publicly so that you can draw the attention of other netters. However, if you humiliate someone in public, he or she is more likely to take revenge on you. That’s the consequence you have to take. The choice is yours.

Give a warning. “Please leave me alone or I will report you to the chat administration for harassment.” But keep calm, cool and professional. Remember you can report a harasser to the administrators of the chat service you are using.

Log off from service. Come back online 30 minutes later.

Change your online nickname. Then it will be harder for the harasser to find you.
Learn how to be a channel (room) operator/supervisor yourself. In IRC you can set up and “Op” your own channel and that gives you the power to both kick abusers off your channel and also to ban them from ever being able to come back again. Alternatively, aks a chat room supervisor to ban that person for you.
In serious cases where you believe you are in physical danger, (e.g. if your harasser gets hold of your home telephone number or your home address, or if any serious threats are made against you), and you are under 18, tell your parents about it. This could be a matter for the police. Remember, if you are harassed, it’s not your fault.

Don’t keep your harassment a secret. Harassers get their power from fact that many harassment victims are too embarrassed or ashamed to make the matter public. Tell your friends online about the person who abusing you. And don’t be ashamed to be angry! You can also tell a friend you trust, your parents or other family members.

Remember, it is your decision as to when someone is going too far. If you threatened, then you are threatened. Believe in your feelings. Don’t do anything you don’t want. You are in control here! 

Whatever happens, don’t panic. No one can physically hurt you through your computer. You are safe right where you are. Whatever is happening may be stressing you out, but the “off” button is always right there in front of you. Don’t be afraid to use. It can be your most powerful weapon. Troublemakers are a lame and sad minority. Don’t let them spoil your fun!

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