Homeware Accessories – The Key to a 21st Century Lifestyle?

Your home is more than just the place that you sleep at night. And it’s far more than just the place that you keep all your belongings. Your home is a statement.

It tells strangers who you are, gives neighbours an insight into your personality, and lets your friends know why you’re the sort of person they’d find it impossible to live without.

But that’s only the case if you make sure your home reflects your personality and quirks. And the best way to do that is to splash out on unique and striking homeware that showcases the very best of your tastes, personality and lifestyle.

What is Homeware?

Homeware is the key to your 21st Century lifestyle.

That sounds like a strange claim to make, but it’s true. Home ware and d├ęcor encompasses everything from the furniture you sit on to the ornaments your house guests, friends and relations stop and stare at.

Crockery, lamps, mirrors and vases are all types of homeware, and they can all make an important statement about the sort of person you are. As we’ve discussed above, making that statement is an important part of your personal relationships.

And as everyone knows, personal relationships are crucial to living a 21st Century Lifestyle. That’s why choosing the right home accessories are crucial to the way you live, and the way that people perceive you.

Should You Be Quirky?

The age old question when it comes to decorating and fitting out your home is this:

Should you be quirky?

The answer is obviously a resounding YES! – once you take the time to consider the alternative.

You could go with safe, stolid and boring crockery, vases and lamps – perfect for showing the world just how bland your tastes are. And the world will very probably nod sadly at you, and look for something a bit more interesting.

Something a bit quirky!

So you should definitely bear that in mind when you choose a business to buy from.

Choosing a 21st Century Lifestyle Homeware Company

A great 21st Century Lifestyle home accessory company is usually the one that is young, vibrant and exciting, and always the one with a range of products that truly reflect your own personal style.

So when you’re looking to make a statement about yourself with striking, memorable and quirky accessories and decorations, make sure you choose a business whose products work best with your 21st Century Lifestyle.

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Must Use Tips for Creating Online Video

YouTube Statistics

More video is uploaded every 60 days than the three major US television networks produced in 60 years

Over 2 billion videos are viewed every day

35 hours of video footage is uploaded to the site every minute

YouTube Mobile gets over 100 million view per day

Wow those are some amazing statistics to say the least and from those statistics it’s no question that you should be part of video marketing.

What would rather do read a 30 page article or watch the same information in a 4 minute video?

I can probably guess most people would rather watch a video.

Creating Your Video

Most people would say I don’t feel comfortable doing a video.

The only way to get comfortable is to do video and lots of video and don’t try to make them perfect. Remember people would rather watch something that has a couple mistakes rather than someone talking like a robot from a script.

Taking Video Outside

The best light is outside and there are so many different and beautiful backgrounds so this is a great place to take your video.

Be sure that if the sun is shining your not taking the video into the sunshine as this can make for a dark picture.

Also if your outside be sure there is not a lot of background noise such as cars, airplanes or the wind blowing. There is nothing more annoying than trying to watch a video over a bunch of background noise.

Look Natural

In other words be yourself present yourself in the video how you would present yourself in person.

Wear the clothes you normally wear and talk how you would normally talk to a very close friend.

You don’t want to wear the fanciest clothes you have, fix your hair up different or wear makeup. If these things are not things you normally do then in your video you will be portrayed as someone you are not.

Background

Be sure that there are not a bunch of distractions in the background.

If your doing a video in your house and in the background there is a poem on the wall and a huge collection of family photos is may distract the people watching by trying to read the poem or look at all the pictures.

There is nothing wrong with a background in your home with a couple pictures, books or your computer in the background as long at they don’t take away from you.

Watch the video when your done and see if your distracted by what is in the background if you are then re shoot the video because chances are your viewers will be distracted as well.

Some people may do videos and they want their audience to be distracted because that is part of the story they are telling and that is perfectly fine.

How Much of Your Body Should be in the Video?

Typically you want to have from your waist up or at least chest up in the video.

It’s best to do from the waist up so that your able to use your hands while speaking this is a way of engaging more with your audience.

Be sure that all of your head is in the video I have seen some videos where the top part of their head is cut off and they have an extreme close up of their face. While you want people to get to know you maybe not up that close.

If your walking along and talking you may want to have your entire body in the video and that if fine also. Maybe if your on the beach and walking along you might want your audience to see the beach as your walking along.

What if You Don’t Like the Video?

It will be rare for you to like every bit of your video and that’s okay.

If there is something major like a plane flying over, it’s so dark you can’t see the picture, the neighbor dog is barking through half of the video then in these instances it’s just fine to redo the video.

If you look at the video and your hair doesn’t look perfect or you have corrected yourself in one place it’s okay don’t redo the video for things like this. Your audience realizes that your human and we make mistakes people will enjoy your content more when there are a couple minor little mistakes.

If you find that your doing 20 takes on a video to get one you like that is way too much time and your obviously not feeling comfortable in front of the camera so the best thing to do is lots more videos so that you become comfortable.

Rehearse Before You Get In Front of the Camera

There is nothing wrong with thinking about what your going to say before you get in front of the camera. Think about the key points of the video and what you want to get across.

You can rehearse it to yourself, stand in front of a mirror or rehearse it in front of someone else.

Be sure that you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it and rehearsing it because not only is this using up your time but the video will also sound like your reading it from a script.

How Long Should Your Video Be?

You want to keep your videos between 2-3 minutes after that you will start to lose people.

If your doing a how to video and showing someone step by step how to do something then that is fine if it takes longer than 3 minutes.

The rule of thumb is engage your audience in the beginning and keep them engaged if your able to do this then they will never notice how much time has passed.

Keep in mind that people lead busy lives these days and often times they may watch a video on their mobile device while on the go, so if you can get across what you need to in less that 3 minutes you will increase your chances of keeping your audience engaged.

Start Making Videos

Just sitting around thinking about making videos wont’ get the job done you need to get your camera out and start making videos right now.

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Online Jobs Work From Home

There are many opportunities out there for those looking for online jobs so that they can work from home. If you have a computer, and you’re looking for part time employment or a full time job, you’re in luck. In this day and age, it’s easy to find work online.Were you aware that cup holders are one of the major deciding factors for women when they choose what car to buy? When deciding on what type of car radio to buy, consumers prefer a big, round volume knob to the ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons; a knob makes it easier to change the volume without removing your eyes from the road. This is exactly the type of information that a company is willing to pay for.Paid surveys are one of the fastest and easiest ways for you to make money at home. What are your favorite movies? What magazines do you subscribe to? What make of automobile do you drive, and why? These are the types of questions that corporations want answers for.The best part about it is that you can stay home, and complete surveys online. You don’t even have to get dressed.Unfortunately, there are a lot of fake companies out there that those seeking online jobs to work from home will have to beware of. When seeking a good work from home company such as a survey company, you want to make sure that it doesn’t cost anything. Never send anyone any money. After all, do you normally pay to work a job?If you search the internet, it should be easy for you to find a reputable survey company that pays well. This way you can either add to – or totally replace – your day job with an online job and work from home.

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Welcome to the World of Better Health and Fitness

Greetings! The purpose of this article is primarily to offer help to the hundreds of thousands of people who struggle with weight and fitness issues after the age of 40. As we all know, it certainly doesn’t get easier to stay in shape after 40. The body goes through some significant changes in this period of our lives and we find limitations where there were none previously; we find weaknesses we weren’t aware of previously; and…yes…we find pounds that we used to be able to shed easily but now stubbornly refuse to vanish. We all share this plight in varying degrees and we’re going to employ a very old concept here…”United we stand, divided we fall”. If we unite and share our experiences, good and bad, we will all benefit. If you’re like me, you’ve probably lost over 500 pounds over the years and I’ve been told more than once if you look behind you, you’ll find them. Not only is the extra weight unsightly, but more importantly, it is unhealthy! Hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels are only but a few of the maladies that await us as we continue to “grow” with each succeeding year.The Mission…Should You Accept ItFirst of all, let’s talk about different eating plans – we don’t want to call them “diets” because diets are so temporary. A healthy, well-balanced eating plan is vital to any weight loss / fitness goal. For this, you’ll need to stay away from “fad” diets and rely, instead, on the basic principles of good dietary nutrition. One type of eating plan is the USDA Food Pyramid and the sound nutritional advice and information contained in that pyramid. Portion control is very important with any eating plan. You can be eating the healthiest foods on the planet but if you’re eating too large a portion or too often or with the wrong foods, then these healthy foods will rapidly pile on the pounds. Weight Watchers and the South Beach Diet Plan are also other good, reliable eating plans with sound nutritional value in them.Lifestyle changes need to be made. These changes need to be developed and adhered to if you plan to reach the goal of getting fit and staying fit. These lifestyle changes should include different eating patterns and shopping habits as well as exercise changes. Things that you have tried in the past that have worked for you and things that have not–and why they haven’t worked — need to be identified and analysed for potential improvement. Most of the information available on exercise, for example, says that you only need about 30 minutes a day four to five days a week to achieve better health and fitness. This can be a simple brisk walk around the block while you walk your dog or it can be as elaborate as joining a gym and working with a fitness trainer. The most important thing to consider when deciding what exercise route to take is to make sure you’re doing something that is fun and that you will look forward to doing four or five days a week for 30 minutes. If you’re out of shape, then you’ll need to start slowly and work up to longer and more intense periods of exercise. Aerobic walking is a good activity for anyone, any age, and any level of fitness because you can start slowly and work up to a faster pace as you build your energy and endurance.So get up and get going! Start today with firm resolve to lose weight and get into better physical shape to improve your health. It’s a decision only you can make for yourself…and it’s one that you’ll be thankful that you made.

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Basic Digital Photography Guide – Easy to Understand

Today is digital era. Digital cameras are now being more produced than analogue cameras. With its easiness and low cost in developing, many people buy digital cameras.Compact cameras are mostly used by traveler. It is fully automatic. Just press the shutter and you have the picture.Well, if you want to start learning photography, it is better to use a camera that is not fully automatic (at least there are P, A(or Av), S(or Tv), M shooting mode).
>A or Av is the Aperture priority mode, here you could set the aperture.
S or Tv is the Shutter Speed priority mode.
In the Manual mode (M), you can adjust both Aperture and Shutter Speed.
So, these are the basic: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO (also known as ASA).1. Basic Digital Photography Guide: ApertureThe aperture or blend opening has the same function as pupil in our eyes. The bigger the opening, the more light you will get.In the front side of the lenses, there are numbers such as f/2.8-f/3.2. This number refers to the blend opening. Small number represents big opening (example: f/2,8 or smaller number) and big number represents small opening (example: f/8 or bigger number).The big opening gives you more light and vice versa. It is very useful to own a lens with big opening especially in low light situation.Beside the light exposure, the aperture also determines the Depth of Field (DOF). Wait a minute… DOF? What is that? Deep of Field determine the sharp area in a photo. The sharp area is in front and back of the focus area.2. Basic Digital Photography Guide: Shutter Speed: Shutter speed determines how long is the light exposure. Logically, the longer the exposure, the more light the sensor will receive.If we want to shoot an object that moving pretty fast, use the high shutter speed, e.g: 1/200 second. Using low shutter speed in such case will not guarantee you to take sharp images of the moving object. The long exposure time normally used to take picture at night or low light condition.A small but fascinating tip: If you shoot streets where many cars passing by at night, you will get a fantastic picture. Try it by yourself.If you want to use the low shutter speed, especially when you take pictures of buildings or steady objects, use a tripod or put the camera on platform that is stable. 3. Basic Digital Photograph Guide: ISO/ASA:ISO is a term which is used for the films (analogue cameras), and today the digital cameras use sensor. But this term “ISO” is also used in digital photography which determines the light sensitivity of the sensor.High ISO speed (e.g: 400 or 800) gives you more possibility to take photos in low-light condition, because the light sensor is more sensitive than the low ISO speed (e.g: 100)In digital camera, the ISO speed can be set manually and automatically.The disadvantage using high ISO speed is noise. It also depends on the size of the camera sensor. The smaller the sensor, the more noise will appear. That is why when you take pictures with DSLR, the pictures seemed to be less noisy than if you use a digital pocket camera.I usually use the low ISO speed (normally 100 or 200), because I want to prevent the noise. In some situation I use ISO 400 or 800.

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Marriage and Why It Should Be Abandoned

Essay on Reasons to Completely Abandon the Current Model of MarriageFirst, what is marriage? Let’s go to the dictionary: (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage (From Merriam-Webster online Dictionary).Of course the word consensual is dubious and debatable. How many choices and decisions in any person’s life are actually in truth consensual could be hotly debated. Yes, we seemingly consent to many things, but really, what other options do we have, and besides, our minds have been fiddled with and conditioned since birth to choose certain things, and value certain things. So in the above definition consensual is too open to interpretation to be accepted as part of a definition. So we take it that marriage is simply – a contractual relationship recognized by law.Secondly, it is accepted that among humans there has always been marriage. But obviously the marriage that existed before industrialization, state government, and the now emerging global government, had an entirely different context, and correspondingly an entirely different purpose, meaning, and implication. Indeed, we will be arguing that the central focus of industrialization (which naturally evolved into the mass consumerist capitalism of today), state control and global government, was and is the exponential generation of wealth for a few, through the direct and indirect control and management of people. And one of the key institutions employed by governments to control and manage people is the current model of marriage. It is a model of marriage that is devoid of any tribe or clan or broader family considerations or context. In fact it seems to the author that when couples submit themselves to the current model, it is recognized and accepted that they become a completely separate nucleus from any tribe or clan or broader family context or consideration that they were a part of before marriage. Perhaps that is why it is called nuclear marriage (The nuclear family or elementary family is a term used to define a family group consisting of a pair of adults and their children [Wikipedia]). The author acknowledges that “nuclear families” have been common in Europe and Britain for some time now, but after industrialization they changed in nature and became very much private and exclusive units of two, completely inwardly focused. The more accurate term for this, should you wish to research it, is The Isolated Family, or The Closed Nuclear Family, or The Private Nuclear family. There can be little doubt that whatever families were before industrialisation and the emergence of capitalism as the dominant ideology underlying social organisation and now globalisation, they became quite clearly, and are even more so now, closed exclusive units of two.But in this essay we are not merely looking at Britain and Europe, but family models around the globe, which may be termed complex family units, and which are common in tribes and clans, and which, wherever globalism and capitalism have become established, have all been vilified and made illegal.The chief assertion of this essay is basically that whatever “marriage” was and however it was practiced it derived all its significance and meaning and power from the context of the tribe/clan, and without the broader clan/tribe context it has no relevance, efficacy, or point. The idea that you can marry one person devoid of tribe or clan is as ludicrous as the idea of citizenship without a country. When couples submit themselves to a wedding that has as its marriage model the private nuclear marriage, they are merely going through the motions of a ghost ceremony that developed in and from a context that no longer exists. It can be argued that the modern mass consumerist capitalist nation state is not a culture. It is more of a business. When people marry in this context, they are joining themselves exclusively to one person, and not to anything more. The back drop of that one person, in fact both people, is utterly cultureless. There are no “ways”, or “traditions”, or “roles” or strata of relatives by which one may define the meaning and significance of the union of these two people. There are merely two abstract individuals, going through a ceremony that needs a cultural context to define it, but doesn’t have one. Once they are wedded, they are part of nothing, but their own little exclusive set of goals and concerns, and the only context that can be found to define the significance of their little mock marriage is the utterly impersonal, isolating, faceless, nameless, indistinct mass consumerist mega mall of global capitalism.Marriage is embedded in a social context. It can never be isolated from, assessed or commented upon outside of the social, cultural, political context within which it is embedded. So to view marriage clearly, we must consider also its corresponding antithesis, singleness. Included in singleness, are people who are now divorced. One can see that the current ideal of marriage as it is now accepted is inseparably linked with singleness. The author proposes that singleness would’ve been as bizarre and as alien a concept as the currently accepted model of marriage would’ve been to many generations of humans, who lived for thousands of years in tribes and clans. In a tribal model, there is no “singleness” before marriage, and no rift or separation from the tribe after marriage, because tribal models don’t force people into camps of one’s and two’s, but incorporate all people whatever their stage in life or relationship status. In fact many languages around the world do not even have a word that signifies parent-child domestic units known as families in English. For example the Zinacantecos of Southern Mexico identify the basic social unit as a “House”, which may include one to twenty people.The Lie:People marry because they’re in love. Or marriage is about love.The Truth:Love is an ambiguous word at best and a loaded word at worst. When it comes to marriage, it’s actually best kept out of the equation. If you love someone, why on earth would you need to marry them? One can live with the person they love if they want to quite happily without marriage, one can have children with them, and do everything with them without marriage. So marriage is not about love. It’s politics. The government is set up so that people in nuclear marriages (other models of marriage are illegal) receive concessions and benefits that single people, or unmarried people don’t.The Lie:People who are married are happier, live longer, and enjoy a greater quality of lifestyle than those who are single.The Truth:Those who are single is the key part of that lie. Of course they are happier. Being single sucks. Humans’ are social animals, and we need interaction and stimulation. Those who are married get a little of that, those who are single, get even less. The tribal models enjoyed by our ancestors have been destroyed, initially by wars, then by economics and politics. So there are only really two options, being alone, or being “married.” Of course those with the personalities suited to being married according to the current model, are going to be happier. It means nothing, when the only other option is being alone. I’m sure an average American Indian with his 4 wives, and his life roaming free on the plains was a million times happier than your average married couple, his wives’ would’ve been happier too. More help, less work, more resources, basically more of everything. So if it’s about happiness, why don’t we go back to a tribal model? Because you guessed it, it’s not about happiness. It’s about economics and politics. In other words, exponentially increasing wealth for a few, by controlling and managing people. And marriage as it is currently conceived and promoted by legislation, media, and marketing, is a pillar institution for controlling and managing people. It leaves us very vulnerable.The Anomalies:There are a number of anomalies (something peculiar) concerning marriage that make it hard to understand why people persist with the current model. I will attempt to highlight them.
The current model was initially enforced by the Christian church, as indeed the foundations of the current society were built upon the religious political mandates of the Christian church. But even though the current society has done away with Christianity, the media and the governments still promote the Christian model of marriage (albeit without the priest doing the ceremony) and hold it up as the ideal, and the people still desire it, and want to go along with it. There is still this belief in the sanctity of the Christian model and ideal, in spite of the fact we’ve done away with God and his book. This doesn’t make sense.
People who submit to the current model and believe in it, don’t seem to be aware of its absurdity. It basically goes like this – you have two people saying to each other, I love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you, but if you ever indulge in physical pleasure with any other person, or if you ever love any other person but me, I won’t love you anymore and we’re through. Doesn’t that sound absurdly childish?I hear followers of the current model say – No, I didn’t ask that of my spouse, I offered that to my spouse. I gave up my right to love and enjoy other people, and that was an expression of the highest love for one person, my beloved, whom I married (equally childish, albeit in a cute kind of way).Well that’s very noble of you, and I’m sure anyone would be greatly indebted and humbled by such a profound and dramatic gesture of love. And this is how proponents of the current model think. Their minds are filled with thoughts about how noble and upright and pure and devoted and great their love is. But we all know the reality doesn’t hold up, and it’s plain to see that for most all those high ideals about love and lifelong exclusive devotion to one person are there by way of social conditioning, marketing, and the media.Once again we assert that real love for another person has nothing to do with marriage, whether this current model, or any other. You can really truly love another person without devoting yourself exclusively to them for the rest of your life, or requiring them to devote themselves to you for the rest of their life.So why do people insist on this model if it is not about love.We assert they are simply following and acting out social norms and living up to social ideals.And indeed this is one of core reasons for abandoning the current model of marriage. By abandoning this model, and embracing more progressive and open models, we will radicalize our whole society and progress and revolutionize our culture. And indeed this is why the current model is enforced by law (making all other models illegal) and promoted by media and marketing, because when it comes to structuring peoples relationships so the greatest level of control and management of the greatest number, for the exponential generation of wealth for a few may be solidly maintained, the current model is, as we have asserted, the most effective.Third, the current model seriously limits a person’s development and progression as a human, and seems to cultivate very negative and harmful states of mind such as jealousy, possessiveness, fear of change, insecurity, an unbalanced state of dependency on one person exclusively, and yes that soul killer, guilt. Many American Indian tribes, before they were forced to live as white men, and forced to marry according to this current model, established models that directly countered these very negative human states of mind. They considered these states of mind dangerous, and signs of weakness, and sickness, and states of mind that do no one any good, and prevent us from reaching our potential both individually and collectively. But the American Indians were spiritual people, and within their models of marriage and coupling there was room for each individual’s personal vision and spiritual quest in attaining their highest personal potential and spiritual power. To make a model that potentially hinders one’s personal spiritual journey and limits one’s development and progress, is obviously going to limit the whole group collectively. Which again we assert, is the reason why the current model is written in stone, and all other models have been outlawed. The current model actually prevents a collective group developing.The current model stunts and retards a person’s potential (speaking generally) and has all their time and energy taken up generally between three priorities – domestic chores, earning income, and raising kids. Because there are only two people, these necessary and unending tasks, require all their time and energy. Time and time again I hear – I used to play guitar, I used to paint, I wanted to make my own jewellery, I wanted to make furniture, I used to spend a lot of time writing, etc etc – BUT THEN I GOT MARRIED. In the current model we have millions of people divided up into ones and twos, all living 10 feet away from each other, all running ragged between domestic chores, earning income, and maybe raising kids. No one helps each other, no one has time to be concerned about anyone else outside of their two or one person unit, it’s simply impossible; everyone is too busy playing the game. Everyone is separated up, into exclusive units of two people, with their own private agendas and own exclusive concerns. It doesn’t take a great intelligence to see that organising people in this way is -a) Not accidental, intelligent, or natural, and it has been determined that people should live like this by someone other than themselves.b) Highly inefficient and highly wasteful of human energy and time.c) Highly detrimental to the progress and advancement of humans as a collective group.d) Highly effective for controlling people and ensuring they are kept at their most vulnerable.e) Highly effective for ensuring the continued sale of the greatest number of products.Touching again on some things already mentioned:Guilt:One way we can see the true nature of this current model is by looking at divorce. Divorce is a necessary reality in marriage, and all cultures that have models of marriage, have a corresponding model of divorce (And by “Divorce” I do not mean the paper processing of the Government Registrar where a couple becomes legally divorced. I mean the personal and social experience of changing or ending the relationship and separating).Where more open and progressive models of marriage are concerned, divorce is easy, and does not require months or even years of soul wrenching guilt. It is not necessary for the two people involved to hate each other, and spend months or even years locked into extremely harmful and childish squabbles.The current model of marriage carries with it such a soul crushing seriousness and mind burdening weight, and this weight and seriousness can be easily seen when couples can no longer sustain the energy or maintain the delusions needed to continue an adherence to the model. The guilt and sense of failure, and the pain, are all part of the act and game that this model is about.With other models, all that negative emotion is simply not necessary.Why should it be so difficult for two people to go their separate ways?I’ll tell you why, because the status of failure and the guilt of having “given” up on what is supposed to be a holy sanctified vow is actually built into the concept, into the model, and has been established and is continually reinforced by way of social conditioning, marketing, and the media. If you Google – I don’t love my spouse anymore, and I want to end our marriage. You will see firstly, the pain and anguish the person who asked the web community this question is going through. Then you will see how alone they are, and how they have not been able to even talk to their own partner about these feelings, or anyone else. Then you will read in the responses from the web community, a range of about three basic responses -
Get out now before you waste your life (the fewest number of responses)
This happened to me and I divorced (an equally few number of responses)
Work at your marriage, it’s for life, though it’s hard it beats being alone, have you tried counselling, marriage is for life, beware divorce is for life, protect your kids see a counsellor, stop being selfish marriage is about compromise, divorce harms children, divorce should be the last option, keep trying, don’t give up, etc etc (the majority of responses)The people who work away at marriage and believe in the model and have given their lives and souls to following the model NEED you to do the same for them to comfortably continue believing in its absurdity, and to continue to be able to justify and idealize the sacrifices they’ve made and the restrictions upon their souls, minds and bodies they’ve submitted to. They need to believe that they are working away at something high and noble, and precious and pure and sanctified, and that it matters and the future of their children and their society depends on them to stick it out. Societies like this one are all about believing in the Emperor’s Clothes.We assert that the negative emotions surrounding divorce are manufactured, just as the high and holy belief in your great and noble and undying love has been, and just like when you got married and submitted your soul to this model you were merely following and acting out social norms and living up to social ideals, so you are also doing when the delusion can no longer be sustained and you must separate.Believe me, just as marriage is NOT about love, neither is all the pain and anguish of divorce. They are both merely programmed responses and emotions, established, maintained and reinforced by social conditioning, marketing, and the media.In other words, once again you are conforming to established social expectations, and following established social patterns and ascribing to your act of divorce already established meanings. To put it simply, it’s all part of the same game of status quo you’ve been playing.But there is an important question here. Why would the designers of this model (the same people who’ve made all other models illegal, and have also used media and educational institutions, and social conditioning to establish a sheep mentality in the masses, and have formulated negative feelings and opinions about other models in the majority of the masses) build into it such pain for those who can no longer justify it or satisfy its limiting requirements.I can only guess at an answer. Obviously they want divorce to be extremely unpleasant, so that people will continue to respect and idealize the established model of marriage, and hold it in the highest esteem, and believe in its power, and accord it a high place in the culture and society they have established.For, once again we assert, if we abandon the current model and embrace more progressive and open models that encompass more people and are more able to satisfy real human needs among greater numbers of people, our culture and society will be radically altered and changed. And obviously, the rulers of the current society have worked long and hard to get it to where it is now, and to ensure that people are at their most vulnerable.Social Conditioning:Governments are always going on about marriage. And the maintenance of the exclusive private two person unit building block of society is always a fundamental tenet of any political party that runs for government. Any election campaign has among other core and fundamental concerns to the maintenance of our current way of life, marriage and “the family” at the top of the list. All other models of marriage and family are vilified and outlawed. I think this more than enough proves my point that the current model of marriage is a major key in structuring peoples relationships so the greatest level of control and management of the greatest number, for the exponential generation of wealth for a few may be solidly maintained. The current model is, as we have asserted, the most effective.Sheep minds are the strongest adherents of the model. I currently live in Japan. Japanese society is fundamentally a sheep mind society. Don’t question, don’t deviate, don’t think for yourself, don’t act independently, and don’t break the pattern and norm, for to do so is UNJAPANESE. That’s right – to do so is to actually put yourself outside of the label “Japanese”, and all the meanings attached to it. You are not merely doing something differently, you are being un-Japanese. Boy has it taken a carefully planned and well organized social control programme, from birth to the grave, to establish that deep a level of social control. But they’ve done it. And the Japanese LOVE the current model of marriage. It clearly occupies the minds and emotions of so many at such a deep level, without it one might think they have nothing else in the world to aspire to. I mention this because it illustrates the true nature of the model under discussion. It’s not just about people getting together, shagging, having kids and raising them. We’re dealing with ideology, Ideology that is core to the whole structure and organisation of capitalist culture.People believe that the divorce rate somehow indicates our society is falling apart. Once again a belief established, promoted, and maintained by media, and governments. I’ve already asserted why governments want the masses to believe such rubbish.It’s hard to fathom how people can believe that this great advanced and noble and just and equal and fair, and democratic, and educated society (I say all that with unshakable cynicism) stands or falls on something as tenuous as an exclusive, private, two person model of “family.” It’s laughable. But they do.Social control is all about conditioning. I mean how does a law enforcement of say 2 police per every 1000 people maintain law and order? Social conditioning. That’s how. This current society, along with its model of marriage, is founded upon social conditioning achieved via media, and education systems. The model of marriage under discussion here is how people are organized, and the current model is absolutely essential in maintaining social control over the masses.Sex:Now everyone knows that an active sexual life is good for every aspect of a person’s health. Yet, for most sustaining that within the current model of marriage is a at best a chore, and at worst impossible. Many people who submit themselves to the current model of marriage compensate for this by burying themselves in other activities, or work. Of course not everyone wants an active and stimulating and erotic sex life, but for those that do and who also want to submit to the current model of marriage, it’s almost a guarantee that they will either have to die a slow and frustrated and unsatisfied sexless death, or have affairs with people, or get divorced at some point, or, as I am trying to do, get the woman I’m with to slowly accept a more progressive and open model of marriage.On this point there are women everywhere bitching and complaining that their husbands look at porn. We know why he is looking at porn, because he wants a greater degree of sex and erotica and stimulation than the current model of marriage can provide. It is simply a bad idea if you like sex and erotica to submit yourself to private nuclear monogamy. It’s an absolute mistake.And given that globally, the sex industry makes more money than the top five computer companies put together, it seems the current model of marriage plays right into its hand; another, perhaps accidental, connection between social organisation policy, the current model of marriage, and the exponential generation of wealth for a few.Alternative Models:Anyone who has read this should be able to see that it is not strictly about “marriage” per se, but more about how we are organized socially in the current system, and how the current model of marriage has been designed by the designers and rulers of the current system, both past and present, to function pivotally as a mechanism for social control, and the exponential generation of wealth for a few.One cannot help notice the endemic loneliness in modern society (by modern society I refer to the current dominant system of social organization). The current model of marriage contributes greatly to this loneliness. The model of two living in their private and exclusive domain goes hand in hand with the only other option left available to us, singleness. Depending on how you look at it, when people submit their souls to private nuclear marriage, they actually create loneliness for other people. How? Well, it’s obvious. Due the exclusive/private nature of the model, and the fact that the married couple now expect each other (an expectation instilled by the promoters and designers of the model) to focus the greater/best part of their affections, emotions, attentions, and energies exclusively on each other, there are now any number of people left without the friend, or brother or sister etc, they once had. Some of the loneliest people in the world are people whose friends have all married. One might think that if there were six friends, and five of them got married, adding another five people, making eleven (and then more people come along with children being born), that the fun and good times, support, and resources would only increase. Well the only reason it doesn’t happen that way is entirely due to nature of the exclusive nuclear marriage model. The friend is now “out of the game” so to speak, they must now devote the lion’s share of their soul to the person they married. I must say women are especially particular about enforcing this aspect the exclusive nuclear marriage model, but a great deal of men also fall prey to the narrow mindedness of this absurd and completely unnecessary (with more progressive models) exclusivity.I think it’s obvious that there are several predetermined social expectations that are packaged up within the current model of marriage. The most significant in regards to this essay are – 1. The couple will get a mortgage and buy a house. 2. That house will be the private exclusive domain of the couple (everyone outside of the private nuclear unit, must now fend for themselves, otherwise all sorts of denigrating social stigmas will be cast upon them), and they will furnish it year by year with all the products and machines and modern conveniences available. All the millions living in their private exclusive domains, ten feet away from each other, must all have their own products and machines and modern conveniences. 3. The couple will produce offspring, and teach that offspring by their words and example, to repeat the pattern, and idealize and value the same things and the same model as they have submitted themselves to, on and on ad infinitum.One must always remember that other forms of family and marriage have been systematically vilified, denigrated, and made illegal by the current ruling system. And not only family structures and marriage, but other once legitimate extramarital relationships such as concubinage have also been excluded from our list of socially acceptable and legalized options. Yes, in Japan, should you kiss a married woman, and the marriage subsequently ends, you’ll be facing the courts, and writing out checks of compensation to aggrieved parties. Of course in the past, they justified this by saying other models were unchristian. But now, even though we’ve done away with God and his book, we still adhere morally, socially, intellectually, emotionally, to the Christian model. One would surely have to be forgiven for asking why?To conduct research on the some other models of marriage we suggest you start here – http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/family.aspxThe author hopes this has given someone food for thought. And that now anyone who reads this will at least see, that all talk of progression for the human race as a group, is nothing but shallow rhetoric, until we deconstruct, that most basic of all human units, and open it up, in such a way that our very cultures and societies are radically transformed into thriving and caring and loving tribes and clans, where no one dies alone in an apartment and is undiscovered for days or weeks, where no one sleeps alone night after empty unloved night, and where no one goes without that sense of support and togetherness that is indeed the birthright of every human under the sun.

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Portfolio Diversification – The Key to Success on Financial Markets

In financial markets, there are two types of risks: market risk (systematic risk) and the risk associated to the firm (specific risk). Note that the performance of your portfolio will depend more on market profitability than individual equity returns. Thus, having in your portfolio shares with high potential does not matter as much as investing when the market is in an uptrend.When purchasing shares in a listed company, you always bear the risk of seeing the company go bankrupt, revenues could collapse or a factory might even burn. On the other hand, the overall market will never go bankrupt, and the total combined turnover has little chance of collapsing. The only way to reduce the specific risk is to diversify your portfolio.Having more lines in your portfolio will obviously not prevent one of your holdings from going bankrupt, but the potential loss will be lower in relative terms because more lines in your portfolio also means less weight on each one of them. By managing a portfolio of 10 to 15 lines, you significantly decrease your specific risk to the benefit of a systematic risk you just can’t escape from anyway. Take the example of October 1987: all the stocks fell sharply regardless of which industry they belonged to.Stock selection for portfolio managersIn their investment selection, most portfolio managers do not seek primarily a stock that outperforms the market, but:A selection of financial assets: An individual should act the same way as the portfolio manager, even though the sums involved are rarely the same. It is much easier for the manager to invest his portfolio in U.S. Treasury bills or Russian bonds than it would be for the private individual. In this process, he calculates the optimal distribution of his portfolio based on the nature of investments needed (stocks, bonds, currency, real estate…). If he fears a fall in the stock markets he will invest a larger percentage of his portfolio in bonds.A selection of sectors: Once the asset allocation is made (let’s estimate our portfolio is 60% invested in equity), the manager chooses the sectors that should outperform the market. He may very well choose oil, automotive, construction, or the technology sector. These choices are dictated by sector analysis carried out mostly by financial analysts. Let’s suppose that our portfolio manager decides to invest 10% of his portfolio in the New Technology industry.A selection of Locations: The geographical selection can be conducted in parallel with the selection of sectors. It forces the manager to choose between different exchanges. The globalization of the economy is the globalization of financial markets. Hundreds of billions can switch countries in just a few days. Thus, the manager can choose between Wall Street, emerging countries, the Paris stock exchange, or even Tokyo.A selection of securities: That’s where individuals spend the most time, just like the portfolio managers. But much of the profitability of a portfolio is made with the first three selections. The selection of stocks or stock pricing is not vital to the profitability of a portfolio. Let’s suppose that our manager decides to allocate 10% of his New Technology portfolio in “Yahoo”, then it represents 10% (Yahoo) x 10% (New Tech Industry) x 60% (Shares) = 0.6% of his entire portfolio.

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Stuck In A Rut – Enjoy These Home Improvement Ideas

Well, you’ve decided to improve your home. Good for you! However, there is so much information that you may not have a clue where to begin. Don’t worry, home improvement tips are here! Listed below are some tips that will help you get started and organized so that you can become a home improvement expert.

New wallpaper can transform a room. Before you add wallpaper, you need to find out what type of wall is under the existing wallpaper. Usually walls are either drywall or plaster smoothed over lath. You can figure out what kind of wall you are dealing with by feeling the wall, plaster is harder, smoother, and colder than drywall. You can also try tapping the wall, drywall sounds hollow while plaster does not.

If you are looking for home improvement, don’t forget the outside areas of your home too. If you love fish, you may want to consider putting in a Koi pond. They look beautiful, and they can be customized to match the look of your backyard or be made the focal point.

If you have a small bathroom and not enough space to store your items, you can easily create some space yourself. Buy some wooden shelves and install them on your bathroom wall. Display your lotions, perfumes and other beauty items on the shelves as well as your smaller towels or toilet paper rolls. This will not only give your bathroom a decorative boost, it will also organize it.

Before beginning a home improvement project, make a list of the actions you think will need to be taken from start to finish. Obtain a second opinion from a trusted source to see if there are any steps you missed or anything you didn’t take into account. Plan to set aside plenty of time for your project, as it might take longer than expected.

The shingles on your roof will at some point need to be replaced. As asphalt shingles get older, they start to lose the bound granules and curl up on the corners of the sheets. If you are experiencing leaks that have gone through the ceiling, then it is definitely time to lay down a new roof. Otherwise, if your roof has lost several shingles, this is a less drastic but firm indication that it’s time to replace the roof.

When you are getting ready to deep clean your deck, make sure you have all of your materials ready before hand. Some of the things you will need to get together are a pressure washer, a nice sturdy scrub brush, commercial deck cleaner, a hose, and a hefty broom you can use outdoors.

Before beginning home improvements apply for the appropriate building permits. Any home improvement that involves plumbing, electricity, or structural changes can require a permit. Check your local laws. If you proceed without a permit then you can be fined or it could make the house harder to sell in the future.

When it comes to home improvement, be sure that you are not causing your home to awkwardly stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. This will ensure you will be able to resell it and also, that you will not receive scorn from your neighbors. Be creative, but try to lean toward conservative with colors. With additions, keep your the total size of your home somewhat near that of your neighbors.

If you live in an older home with a wooden floor that is beyond sanding and staining, add a few coats of oil-based paint over the planks. Choose a paint that is intended for outdoor use on decks or porches; this ensures that it will be able to withstand the occasional wet spill and light traffic. It can also hold you over until you have the resources to replace the floor altogether.

If you want to make your house shine then look to the curb appeal. First impressions are important with people, and they are just as important to your home. Consider repainting if your color is fading or is dated, and choose colors and other details that fit into the era of your house.

You should feel better after reading those tips when it comes to home improvement. That was a lot to think and read through, but at least you should have an idea of what to do and where to begin with improving your home safer and smarter. In addition, you can always come back to this list.

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Project Management – What’s It All About?

Project Management is the planning and management of a range of tasks, particularly where there are complexities either within the tasks or within the teams working on the project, in order to achieve a deliverable at the end of the project. A deliverable can be many things; it may be a physical thing such as a new product, it may be an intangible thing such as a new process within an organisation or it may be a new software system.Whatever the end result of the project, it will involve some type of change within a business. The change could be a modification to the existing status quo or it could be introducing something completely new, so change management is also an element of project management.A project that is going to be formally managed within an organisation could be in any area of the business, but the most common areas in which project management tools and techniques will be useful are:IT
customer services
product manufacture
new business development
premises
administrative tasks and processes
financial, legal and professional procedures
health and safety requirements
research and developmentIf the desired final outcome cannot be accurately predicted with certainty, then project management techniques will be required to plan and organise tasks, assess the risks and ensure the resources are available to deliver a successful outcome.So what exactly are the stages of managing a project? Listed below are the fundamental stages of managing any project; each of these may contain many sub-stages, particularly for more complex projects:Document the Business RequirementsThe business requirements document should accurately, and in detail, describe the purpose of the project. It states what is needed to achieve that goal i.e. what is in-scope, what is out-of-scope, any assumptions that have been made, any constraints that have been imposed and expected timescales. The document will form the definitive description of the aims of the project and, as such, can be used to manage the expectations of the stakeholders. It will also include acceptance criteria that will ultimately be used to judge whether the project was a success.The production and agreement of the business requirements is a substantial part of the overall project schedule and may take many iterations before it is finally approved.The project manager usually works with other departments or teams to put the document together. They will probably use Brainstorming and Interviewing techniques to help with this process and may even build a prototype.Document the Functional SpecificationThe business requirements state what is required but do not specify how the deliverable will actually work. So in many projects with a tangible and technically sophisticated deliverable, it is very common to produce additional documentation about the look and feel of the end product. The functional specification describes not only how the end product will look but also how an end-user will actually use it and what the user-experience will be like.This document should contain sections that specifically relate to each of the requirements in the business requirements document so that every functional item can be tracked back to an original business need.Create the Project PlanThe project plan will include details about the various tasks required to complete the project, the people and equipment involved, time estimates, dependencies, milestones and the overall timescalesThe tasks need to be scheduled in the correct order and dependencies between tasks factored in. In complex projects several tasks will be performed in parallel to maximise the total project time. The plan will also take account of the project budget.There are many project management techniques and tools available, some of the most common being Critical Path Analysis Flow Diagrams and Gantt Charts.A Critical Path Analysis diagram uses a linear timeline to identify dependent tasks and is particularly used on large, complex projects which may have hundreds of dependent activities. These diagrams highlight dependent tasks that overlap and, therefore, require adjustments to the schedule.A Gantt Chart is an excellent project management tool for the scheduling, budgeting and reporting of a project. The easiest, but perhaps not the most useful, tool for creating Gantt Charts is MSProject. Each task is listed on the left-hand side of the chart with a timeline shown on the right. Milestones can be easily marked and the schedule and costs can be easily updated where necessary.Every project should have a contingency allowance for both time and budget as there is always a tendency to under-estimate tasks, particularly when under pressure to deliver as soon as possible. Indeed, in practise, many project managers are not given the luxury of estimating the total time required but are likely to be given a fixed end date and the project tasks have to be fitted into the time available.Project management also includes identifying and managing potential risks as well as managing the change associated with most projects.Assign Project TasksAll of the tasks listed on the project plan need to be assigned to an individual or team. The person or persons responsible for a task will need to know in detail what the task involves and also the dependencies and timescales, which can be clearly communicated to them using the Gantt Chart. The timescales must be realistic and, in practise, the project manager will probably have discussed timescales with the team before the schedule was finalised. They will also need to understand the criteria by which each task is determined as complete.People Management The role of a project manager is very diverse and one of the most vital skills is good people management. The most carefully planned projects will go awry if the team is not motivated, encouraged and kept informed. Regular scheduled meetings provide a formal way of doing this but do not overlook the casual conversations that are often more informative for the project manager and easier opportunities to encourage individuals at a more personal level.Review ProgressRegularly review estimates, deadlines and milestones to check they are still on schedule. If necessary, update the plan with new estimates and tasks and ensure that remaining tasks are necessary and estimates are still valid. Circumstances can change during a project but question every change and always refer back to the original business requirement as a corss-reference.Notify stakeholders of project progress at regular intervals and gain their approval for any changes that substantially impact the deadline, budget or deliverables.Project Acceptance, Implementation and Follow-UpOnce the final product has been fully tested, staff have been trained (where necessary) and the stakeholders have signed-off the project then it can be implemented in the working environment. It is probably a rare project that is 100% successful but whatever the final outcome of the project always aim to find some element that was a success and make sure you reflect positively on the successful parts. Hold team reviews to learn from both the successes and the mistakes and take the time to write a report documenting any remaining issues that need to be followed up.

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How to Learn Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is an essential part of all business models. Unless you sell directly on the web, you would like to encourage customers to come to your site and see types of your skills, or join a discussion. Whether you possess your very own business and should try to learn online marketing strategies or you want to pursue a profession in marketing, there are a true number of ways you can gather the skills needed to be an Internet marketing professional. You can decide to join classes, or find out and research the fundamentals of Internet marketing free of charge.Method 1: Starting out in Internet Marketing1) Browse the net. In case you are older, nor have much knowledge with the Internet, the very first thing you must do is get familiar with online promotion, such as banner advertisements on the relative sides of web pages, online shopping and on-line marketplaces, such as for example Craigslist, eBay and amazon. If you don’t have the basic Computer and internet skills necessary to accomplish buying, navigating and selling the web, you should join classes then. Low-cost or free of charge classes are given by neighborhood libraries and Lifelong Learning classes often.2) Join social mass media accounts. The easiest method to understand social mass media is to dive involved with it. Sign up for free of charge accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+.3) Seek a level in advertising with a concentrate on online or online marketing. If you are just leaving high school and you are thinking about marketing and business, this is probably the best path for you personally then. Research marketing programs that concentrate on Internet marketing and learn the basics 1 course at a right time. After completion, you will be ready for an entry-level job at a marketing firm. You may use your knowledge to advertise your own items or ideas also.4) Take an Online marketing class, in case you are unfamiliar with the essential steps of business advertising and online advertising. If you don’t know how to setup accounts, create a website, make use of Google work or providers with a graphic/internet developer, this may end up being the easiest method to learn. Many businesses provide this online marketing tutorial program. You can join it on the web for a cost from $50 to $1,000. If you can, hire and instructor, that way you can obtain an interactive education.Method 2: Understanding Online Marketing Basics1) Learn the basics of Internet analysis, if you would like to learn online marketing for free. For anybody who knows the fundamentals of social media, SEO (SEO), Google news and website building blocks, you can likely learn Online marketing by yourself then. A big component of advertising is understanding your competition, market and data analysis.* Determine your market. This is something that should be obvious from the moment you select an ongoing service or item to market. However, you may want to research what part of that marketplace is on-line and what part is done through mobile phone or in-person sales.* Determine who your primary online competitors are. Analysis how they work, how they market and what size of you be shared by market believe they have. Join e-newsletters, research their pr announcements and determine the weaknesses and strengths of every online competitor. You may need to buy something from them to be able to know how they complete their product sales process.* Determine who your ideal client is. For just about any product, you need to be capable to see who’s buying the product. Once you determine your demographic, you can determine where they spend their period on the Internet.2) Interpret the info which you have gathered. Produce reviews using Google Analytics, spreadsheets or software program that show the marketplace, customer and competition data. You can get software or on the web which will help you make reviews or charts showing where your ideal consumer is purchasing and who your primary competitors are. That is especially important if you have superiors to that you must provide results. Although you could be able to turn data into a strategy easily, graphs and reports are crucial to be able to communicate that data to individuals who control the budget. Spend time making in depth reports and building a PowerPoint presentation predicated on your research perhaps.3) Create a strategy. Utilize the conclusions and research from your own reports to develop an effective strategy to achieve your target demographic. Begin by using the techniques which were successful for your competition, search for more innovative techniques then. Your strategy shall probably require a budget to employ writers to accomplish SEO articles, graphic designers to accomplish ads, and web site designers to revise or create an internet site. You may even need to hire visitors to update your business’s cultural media accounts daily.4) Create internet marketing campaigns and monitor them well. Ensure that your site uses analytics or make use of Google Analytics to ensure that you understand which methods are effective and that are not. That is a forgotten guideline of online marketing often, but it may be the only method to see your return of investment (ROI).* Internet marketing nearly includes launching many promotions at once always, which explains why they are thus important to track. A website might be marketing through e-mail blasts, You Tube videos, public media accounts, internet banners, online marketers, SEO, weblogs and more.* Understand that see’s are the important to many online marketing. Companies are looking for methods to ensure their site and item are being listed on the first web page of a Google, Bing or yahoo search.

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