One of my favorite books by Seth Shulman isOwning the Future: Knowledge as the Key Factor. It is about the way greedy people are taking over the patent industry and how the knowledge is the shiny new commodity that they are focusing on. Shulman believes that if we don’t acknowledge what is going on “we will lose the public education and public access that are the bedrock of a democratic society.” New software programs, databases, and any new technology are all fair game when it comes to those who use their powers for bad and try to patent what is not rightfully theirs.
This takeover will affect everyone. Every aspect of our jobs, the schools we are attending, and any information that we need to research may have a new and high price tag attached to it or even be unavailable to the general public anymore.
We have taken our information access for granted. We are able to hop onto the Internet and look up anything that we want, any time of the day or night. What if that were not possible anymore without having to pay a fee because the information was patented?
Shulman feels that knowledge is appealing to individuals and major corporations who are eager to control it with trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Shulman is not an alarmist who is trying to grow a following of militants. He actually has solid proof to back up every one of his claims. He is most disgusted by the computer industry where greedy software patents have zeroed in on staking claim to specific numbers. How can you patent numbers you may ask? Shulman is asking the same thing.
The progress in technology is exciting and it is able to bring out the good and the bad in people. The good people are trying to take the new technology and find applications for it to help people and improve areas of our life. The bad people are trying to put a patent on the technology so that you and I will have to pay to access it.
Information in our society is meant to be free and not held hostage by those who are trying to control it and make a buck on it. Shulman wrote this book 15 years ago and it continues to be a problem that has not been addressed. In his book he urges the government to step in and prevent this attack on knowledge and technology.
Another area of interest that has my full and unabashed attention is singularity. What is singularity? It is what would happen if our civilization were to change rapidly through rapid scientific and technological advances. Everything would change and nothing would be the same as we know it now.
Vernor Vinge, a science fiction writer, goes a little further by suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) will result in the creation of a new super intelligent being that will replace human beings. With the way computers are already more intelligent than most humans, not only would it not take long to create a human with a computer mentality, scientists already have the technology.
It was 1992 that Vinge predicted that artificial intelligence would be a part of our lives in 30 years. It isn’t just the science fiction aficionados who are willing to commit to a future influx of super humans with computer-like brains, longevity experts see a light at the end of the genetic tunnel.
I personally am in awe of this subject. I can’t imagine the world being taken over by robotic-like beings. There are many science fiction movies that depict what it will be like in the future. Most of the people who are in these movies still have enough human qualities to make them familiar and comfortable to watch. But what happens if we have to come up against a super smart robot kind of a person?
Even though I am enamored by Seth Shulman’s call to action, and wonder if we are ever going to see singularity by 2030, the thing that I feel most passionate about is living every moment of your life to the fullest. Having a fulfilling life is my primary goal and I incorporate that into everything that I say or do.
It is hard to judge an event as being good or bad. Putting it into a category is unfair and usually turns out to be just the opposite. If that girl hadn’t dumped you maybe you wouldn't have met your current wife. If you hadn't gotten fired from your job, you wouldn't have started your own business which has enjoyed great success. When you begin to view what happens to you as a lesson that you must learn you will see everything differently. Sometimes the lesson is not revealed until later, but it is there.
Living your life fully every moment you are on this planet is a powerful way to start each day. Once you view life here as a teaching ground from which you are to learn different levels required for growth, you will become more patient, kind, and loving. You will no longer feel like a victim who everything happens to. That is not taking responsibility for your life, ignoring life’s lessons, and living in a lower vibrational level
Climate change is one of the advocacies that Seth Sulman has championed. He hopes to raise awareness on the importance of reducing carbon pollution through his editorials, interviews and a book he co-authored, Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.
We hear a lot about the devastating effects of climate change – altered weather patterns, destructive natural calamities, rising sea levels, and food insecurity. While some discount this phenomena as hoax, many parts of the planet have been experiencing the wrath of unabated carbon pollution.
Being a global concern, solving climate change requires a concerted international effort. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions has been seen as a necessary action to keep the planet healthy for the future generations. That being said, simple actions of every individual can contribute to the larger goal. Usually, massive and complex issues, such as climate change, are best solved by breaking them down into smaller, manageable bits.
Here’s my take on what we can do to help in the global efforts to slow down our plant’s rising temperature.
- Change your light bulbs
If every household switched from incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient light bulbs, such as compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED), carbon dioxide emission could be reduced by up to 230 Mt (million tons) every year, or two times more than the annual combined carbon emissions of two countries.
- Use home water filtration systems
Instead of buying packaged bottled water, you can help minimize environmental toll of the plastic by using reusable water containers. Although tap water is suitable for consumption, you can choose to install filtration system in your home. There are many different filters specific for drinking water, just make sure you don’t mistake them with aquarium water filtration systems, such those in this website.
- Check energy efficiency of every home appliance
Read through the energy efficiency labels of your home appliances. Older appliances may need to be changed. While they may cost a little extra penny, you save in the long run with lower electricity consumption, but more importantly, you help save the earth.
- Unplug your gadgets
Turn off and unplug gadgets if they are not used. This simple step is not only good for your gadgets but also for the planet. By simply unplugging your unused chargers, television, cable box, computers, and other devices, you help minimize wasted energy and save you at least $100 annually on your energy bill.
- Use public transport
Reducing the number of cars on the road can greatly help minimize the amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere. As much as possible, take public transit or carpooling. There are mobile apps that can help organizing carpools.
There are a lot of other initiatives that you can do to help address climate change: using laptop instead of a desktop, planting a tree, adjusting thermostat and curtains can do a lot for the planet. As simple as they seem, these actions when done by everyday people can have a huge impact in the global actions to reduce CO2 emissions.
Communication can be described as the passing on of a message from one person (the deliverer) to another (the receiver) in its traditional sense. It involves the need of two or more parties and can either be one-way (that is, a person talks and the other listens) or it can go both ways which is actually the most preferable form of modern communication where one is able to deliver a message and gives the receiver of the said message an opportunity to respond to it. The success of any communication is measured by the level of understanding that those involved in the act are able to derive from it. If an individual does not understand the message that was delivered to them, then the said communication to have attempted to take place can be said to have been a failure.
Communication is considered to be one of the important elements of any society and as a community continues to grow and develop, so does the need for a stable communication strategy. Though a number of individuals may not see the need for proper communication as an important factor in any development, this cannot be farther from the truth. Good communication can be viewed as a meat grinder that takes all the elements of a message and joins it together to form the needed product after the process is done. If one is not able to grind all the elements together, then the message in its entirety will not be successful with regard to the delivery of the message which is what was intended.
The world has continued to change and develop over the years and thus it can be viewed in the same way that it was a number of years ago. This development can be seen in almost every part of the world and in different elements such as the lifestyle, the alliances and the new social groups that have been formed over time. These new introductions are the main need for an improved communication system. Whereas in the past, one could have been easily familiar with most of the happenings that was taking place in the world, changes nowadays occur on a more regular basis and there is something new to be learnt on an almost daily basis. Such education cannot take place without a proper communication setup especially with regard to the distance of some regions.
Enhanced communication in this case thus deals with the level of understanding that is able to be garnered from a particular message. The need for a good understanding of the message plays a large role in the manner in which individuals are able to take the particular message and as such, the manner in which they would react to the said message. A proper delivery of a message for example would lead to a better understanding of what that message entails and a better understanding of such could lead to other desirous results such as the development of a tolerant nature to what could be considered by people in other regions as totally intolerable otherwise.
My neighbor was in a very happy mood, when I met him while having my morning gym workout. As he was eager to talk to someone about his good fortune, when I asked him about his elated mood, he immediately started explaining about how he had sold his old home and got a good deal for his new home too.
The neighborhood where I live in has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. I think it is mostly because of the real estate boom here. The various amenities that have increased in the past few years have made it a quiet and accessible location, which are the qualities residents look for while buying or renting a home.
While the economy has not perked up as expected, real estate is still a lucrative sector eyed by prospective investors. A considerable amount of people’s wealth in the United States is in real estate making its worth rise to around $20 trillion dollars. Here are some important factors that affect real estate in general.
The information, which describes a population in relation to race, gender, age, income, and population growth and migration pattern, is termed as demographics. While the demographics are mostly overlooked, they actually influence the prices in real estate and the demand of certain properties.
For instance, in the west coast, a home with swimming pool is a given thing, whereas it is not so in the east coast. This is because of the differences in weather. But homes with swimming pools in the eastern part still increase the value, especially with the nice pool heating systems available now. The baby boomers (People born between the years 1945 and 1964) form a great example of how demographics can affect the market trends. Since the baby boomers are in retirement phase, there have been trends such as moving out of larger homes, an increase in second home demands, especially in popular vacation spots, and other related happenings, which affect the real estate prices.
Changing interest rates also influence the purchase or sale of residential property. With a fall in interest rate, the mortgage cost decreases leading to higher demand for property. This increases the prices. But if interest rates increase, mortgage costs also increase, reducing demand and also the real estate price. My neighbor mentioned that his big swimming pool, which he had fitted with a keen pool pump, click here, turned to be the reason for his getting a good price on the house.
The overall economy also plays a big role in how real estate is valued. Economic indicators including goods prices, employment data, GDP, manufacturing activity etc. play a major role in deciding the real estate value. Hence, in a sluggish economy real estate too is slow.
Subsidies and policies
Subsidies, deductions, and tax credits are a few ways in which real estate value is boosted temporarily by the government. Sometimes various measures are introduced to increase property sales, which in turn help to improve the sluggish economy. Tax incentive is an example of such measure.
While direct investment by physical purchase of real estate is done by many for investment purposes, most often investing indirectly via managed funds is sought by investors. This is because of the higher liquidity, low capital requirement and low transaction costs present in this method.
Last week I had a great time with my friends. We’d gathered at one of my friend’s place, which had a huge backyard with a lovely swimming pool. We had delicious food, great music, and refreshing drinks.
Chilling out with friends need not be an expensive pastime. Just being with friends is in itself a great way to spend your time. It is possible to hang out with friends and save some money too.
While this is not possible, if you frequent the pubs, clubs or eateries there are certain ways, which surely save you hot cash and keep your friends happy too. Here are some alternatives you and friends are sure to love.
This is the best way to lower the expenses while partying. You just host the party and each member attending the party has to bring a dish along to share. You can even get together with your friends and cook a dish with their help, if you don’t know how to cook.
This is a great way to bond. For guys, a body massage and new hairstyle would do the trick, while facial masks and manicures have the girls go ecstatic.
Open mic event
If your town has open mic nights, make sure you’re there with friends. You get cheap drinks and great music and with friends, everything would be exciting. We used to have karaoke nights at one of our friends’ place, which was equally good. He had a nice karaoke machine, which was portable and of great quality.
Clean home party
Set apart a day every weekend to clean up the room, closet, or garage of a friend. Serve food, drinks, and other things among yourselves.
Visit the park
This is the best and simplest way. Pack up a picnic basket, go to the nearby park, hand out, play on the slides and swings, trade jokes, and watch people. Parks also host concerts for free, which you can attend with friends. This is a wonderful way to chill out, especially on hot summer nights.
If you are not up to going to any outdoor spot or the weather doesn’t permit it, play board games. You have plenty of games that can be played in small or large groups. You can even split into groups and compete or have a tournament.
Fishing, camping, hiking or going out by the countryside on your bikes are great ways to enjoy the great outdoors without spending much. A walking tour of your own neighborhood is also a way to have fun together. If your neighborhood has historic spots, then it is even better to have the walking tour. If not make up a walking trip on your own.
Swap music and movies
Make all your friends bring their old movie and music CDs that they don’t watch or want now. And swap them. You can even have a movie night and watch the movies together. Even if the movies are old, watching them again with friends would make them more enjoyable.
I was invited to an archery range inaugural ceremony recently. I’ve always been drawn to history and how humans have evolved from the early stone age to the present century. One of the earliest skills that man learnt to develop is archery. Unlike the other facets of history, bow and arrow use has been documented clearly in sketches and drawings done inside caves. The archery range had various pictures that depicted the birth of the skill and how it had been honed by man over centuries. It also featured various new advanced devices to gauge distance like the rangefinders.
Though archery is not used for hunting or protection, as it was in the ancient time, it has been relegated to a hobby that many love to indulge in, like the archery range I was invited to.
To excel in archery, one needs to master physics so the arrow can be shot accurately. Most often, the cave drawings depict men with bow and arrow rather than the tamer farming profession. This may be due the fascination early man had with the skill. And because skill in archery was vital for hunting for food and protection.
The first record of use of bow and arrow has been found during the end of Upper Paleolithic era between 40,000 and 10,000 years back. Spear forms with arrow heads where used some 50,000 to 40,000 years back in the Middle Paleolithic age, but the bow was not in use then.
In Europe, archery use was first recorded in Hamburg in Germany around 8000 B.C. The bows in use now have been traced back to 3200 to 600 BC in Denmark in the Bronze era. In Sweden and England too, there are records of usage of Stone Age arrows. The arrows have also been used in African continent 64,000 years back. Egyptians too used arrows for warfare and hunting before the time of pharaohs. Regions of Syria, Palestine and Lebanon also have records of arrow use around 9,500 B.C. North Americans started using arrows during 2,500 B.C.
Arrows gained popularity during Iron Age and during the start of civilizations like Indian, Korean, Chinese, Persian and Japanese. Wars were waged in which archers played a significant role. The archery dominance continued all through Middle Age and it is during this age that the advanced bow technologies like crossbow and longbow were introduced.
But firearms use led to a decline in bow and arrow use during 1700s and by 1900 it was relegated to more of a pastime with enthusiasts keeping the skill alive in North America, Asia and Europe.
Archery as hobby
It recent decades archery has become popular as hobby and sport though its use in warfare has been completely stopped. It is also being used increasingly as a recreational hunting tool. There various advances like compound and recurve bows and sophisticated devices like rangefinders have made the sport more enjoyable and easy to practice.
Archery has retained some amount of its erstwhile glory even with it being given the status of a hobby. The archery range I visited and the response it received attests to the fact that archery still holds its sway.
As you know, I absolutely adore a particular writer and his amazing work. You know who I’m talking about!
Seth Shulman is an award-winning author who holds rich ideas on the state of the world, technology, and the preciousness of life. His books include Owning the Future: Staking Claims on the Knowledge Frontier and The Threat at Home: Confronting the Toxic Legacy of the U.S. Military. I find Seth Shulman’s predictions of the future absolutely fascinating and his books to be intriguing.
Shulman talks in length about technological predictions of the future, which prove to be captivating. Indoor agriculture is a reoccurring theme, and although they are a small part of today’s society, Shulman believes in its expansion in ways unimaginable. Indoor farming has already emerged as a major aspect of agriculture and Shulman believes the use of LED grow lights like those here will develop into a massive market. Already we are seeing the use of these LED light bulbs, particularly in the emerging marijuana market. As knowledge of farming grows, it only makes sense that humans capture the powers of the sun with light bulb technology, indoors.
Mr. Shulman’s predictions are spot on in my opinion. As mentioned above, anyone today can purchase some cool LED grow lights at Plantozoid, an online grow light retailer. His predictions on the race for knowledge are the most convincing, however. In his book Owning the Future: Staking Claims on the Knowledge Frontier, Shulman talks in length about the importance of how knowledge is spread. In a society where patents are created for our creations, such as software and technological information, the race for knowledge on these and other topics is more important than ever.
This is no more apparent than in the computer industry, where new patents are being generated every day in order for companies to keep their leg up on the competition. We have seen this cutthroat patent race play out publicly when Apple was forced to pay large fees for copyright infringement, and there are plenty more lawsuits being played out involving Apple constantly. Shulman argues simply that knowledge is not free anymore, however I will offer that there is still hope. We look forward to the open source movement, of which Tesla, an automotive company, is at the head of.
Recently they’ve made all of their patents open to any other car company. Perhaps sacrificing monetary gains for the benefit of spreading knowledge.
While Shulman’s writings on the new cost of knowledge are compelling, I connect most with his ideas on the preciousness of life. You see I just love to live in general, and I feel discussing Seth Shulman’s work is important as it builds my appreciation for life even more. The purpose of this blog is to discuss many of the same topics Mr. Shulman raises in his books, and expand upon them. I encourage everyone to read Seth Shulman’s writings, and would love you to keep reading my blog if you share the same passion for living that I do.
There’s so much this life has to offer us – so many good things to experience, so many pleasant memories to make and then remember fondly at a later time. That’s not to say the world isn’t full of terrible things, or that bad things don’t happen to people. I’m not naïve, here. But we get enough of the bad stuff every day; just look at any major news outlet if you want to hear about all that. No, I’d much rather talk about the good things. Though to be fair, I guess some people might not like them. These are some of the best hobbies for expanding your horizons and broadening your own experiences.
I think hobbies that get people more active are usually the best for meeting other people. If you’re putting together scraps to make a book, or patches of fabric to make a quilt, then you’re probably sitting at home while you do it, you understand? On the other hand, if you were to take up archery, you’d have to go to shooting ranges, or fields, or at least set up some targets outside your home for practice. This will get you up and off your butt, taking you out into the world and simply exposing you to more of it. If that’s not a way to expand your horizons, I don’t know what is.
That’s not to say you can’t expand your horizons with hobbies that don’t involve so much physical activity; I’d be lying if I said something like that. I already mentioned it once, but creating scrapbooks is a great way to preserve your history in one place. While doing that, you typically need to talk to older relatives to find photos here and there, and each of those photos comes with a story of its own, so there will be plenty of chit chat no matter how you look at the situation. This could certainly take you out of your comfort zone, unless you’re a real social butterfly.
If you’re looking for a green hobby that will cut down on waste while creating something useful, there really aren’t many better options than sewing quilts from pieces of old shirts, pants, jackets and other clothes. You could do something simple, just a stuffed bit of fabric for warmth and whatnot, or you could make your quilt a more complicated one with embroidered designs and images which tell a story as you look from the top left corner to the bottom right, sort of like a book. Of course, if you’re from a culture that reads right to left, you’ll want to adjust your quilt to reflect that.
Getting back to more active hobbies, there are a few different ways to get active while simultaneously opening your mind. Have you ever flown a helicopter or other aircraft? It’s not exactly cheap to get the required licensing, or to pay the costs for insurance, rentals and other fees. However, taking your life into your own hands like that provides a truly liberating feeling that many people struggle to find. It’s also a great way to come up with conversation starters and other talking points for the next time you sit down with friends or family for a meal or whatnot.
Speaking of active hobbies, some are a lot cheaper and apt to fit right into your normal schedule without disrupting anything. For instance, you could try riding around on longboards to get to and from work, school, recreational places and everywhere else you need to go. This has the added green effect because you aren’t using any fossil fuels to travel, plus it makes for great exercise in your legs, which must pump your body along, as well as your core which will be focused on keeping you balanced and upright while you ride.
At the end of the day, what hobby could do more to expand your horizons than reading? Picking up novels, old and new, will give you new perspectives on life. Books have a lot to teach us about people – their desires and motives, the lengths they will go to in order to achieve them, and the damage they can cause both to themselves and the people around them while working towards their goals. Conflict is the spice of life, but you can learn just as much from reading about someone else suffering through it rather than enduring it for yourself. Not that this is necessarily a bad idea; struggles build character.
With that said, if you’re looking for some struggles of your own, rock climbing is something worth considering. It’s as tough a hobby as you can find and it will test you in a number of ways. Will you be strong enough to haul your body up the face of a cliff? Will you be brave enough to do it, knowing what could happen to you if you fall? Hobbies which provide challenges like these are some of the best for expanding your mind and learning more about the person you really are at your core, as well as the world around you.
Now, that last hobby really could be dangerous, so let me take a moment to advise caution. Get proper training and safety equipment before you try anything that could hurt you. Moving along while keeping to a similar theme then, another great hobby for getting to know yourself is fighting. I don’t mean like going to random pubs and getting into fights, nothing so barbaric. Putting on a pair of boxing gloves and learning how to move around in a ring while dodging punches and landing blows is a pretty intense hobby. I don’t recommend it for the faint of heart, or those who aren’t physically fit.
With this short list of hobbies, you’re sure to find at least one which will help you to expand your horizons and become a better rounded, sophisticated person. At the very least, many of these will give you interesting things to talk about in conversation. There are lots of good hobbies I didn’t mention here too – let this list be more of a guide than an instruction manual.
I don’t really longboard myself, but I've seen people doing it before and I'm seeing more people doing it now than I have in the past. I think, sooner or later, longboards will become even more popular than skateboards for a few good reasons. Perhaps these will come across as common knowledge to you, like something anyone should already know. Perhaps they will surprise you instead. You might not care at all either way, too. I can't say for sure how you’ll take this article, but I can say for sure that there are a few good reasons more people are using longboards today.
For starters, they're easier to learn to ride than their shorter, slimmer alternatives. Skateboards may be more mobile and allow for tricks where a longboard does not, but there’s no doubt that longboards, with their increased board size, offer a more stable platform for the user’s footing. You may not be able to grind on rails or do other moves, but you will certainly be able to move, and for some boarders that’s the most important thing of all. It’s crazy, I know, but some people actually use skateboards and longboards to travel and not just to goof off on four wheels.
Second, longboards are useful for more than just upright riding. Depending on the length of the board and its relation to the height of the user, a longboard might serve just fine as a surface to lie back flat upon, allowing the rider to speed down a hill in (relative) safety. Just be sure to look ahead for any kind of traffic and wear some safety gear if this is something you want to try. A helmet is always important when riding, but you can't forget about things like pads for your shoulders and knees, either. You could go without, but the risk of injury is very real on a skateboard and longboard both.
Third, more and more websites focusing on longboards are popping up on the Internet. Shopping sites, review sites and more, which cover models like the Sector 9 Fiji, along with hundreds of other kinds of boards, are becoming more common every day. Perhaps this should have been the first point I made, but it was such a good one I didn't mind waiting a bit to put it out there. If there’s any better indicator that longboards are becoming more popular, then I don’t know what it is.
With all that said, I predict longboards are going to be some pretty hot items and very soon. It might be a good time now to start checking out reviews and looking for a quality longboard for gifting to the boarder in your family or circle of friends. I went looking for someone I know and found http://longboardingnation.com/best-longboard-reviews/ and I know there are many other websites out there too, so there’s no reason to make a purchase without becoming an informed consumer first. Just like skateboards, there are good and bad longboards – a little research won’t hurt.
I’ve always found it strange how many different ways there are for a person to make a living. You could come up with an interesting idea or concept, copyright it and go into producing whatever it is you’ve invented, but the number of people who do this is relatively low. The majority of people here in the United States and abroad must work for a living, manufacturing things, filling orders, traveling places, making sales; that sort of stuff. Though you don’t really hear the jobs advertised as much lately, there is also work for sewers and seamstresses, if you’re willing to look hard enough for it.
I know, I know. It might not even seem like a viable career option these days, what with the sweatshops out there and the labor itself not exactly being skilled. Just about anyone can stitch something together, but the thing is, not everyone can stitch well. The demand for a high quality shirt may not be as high as that for a 3-pack of throwaways, but there’s a lot more money to be made producing top-tier clothing, the kind you need top-tier equipment to make, like some of the stuff over at http://sergerpro.com/. That’s a nifty site for looking up sewing machines and similar stuff.
Can you make enough to live from the start? The odds are good that no, you can’t. Even if you do manage to find firms or companies hiring for this type of work, you’ll need to have plenty of experience – experience you can demonstrate – before you can look forward to regular work. You build up this experience by doing your own stuff at home, for friends, whatever, always working in your free time. I’m not going to lie; you won’t get there overnight. But nothing worthwhile has ever been easy or quick, am I right? Sewing for a living is the same way.
Getting into any trade requires building up some experience first. Some people get this in the working world by working, either as a means to make a living or as suggested above, during their free time. Others get this experience from a collegiate world, going to classes, reading books and maybe even trying some stuff out in a hands-on way. Since either way works, the real determining factor will be whether you want it badly enough, which puts careers in sewing and stitching right up there with any other competitive career path. It isn’t only about wanting it either – you have to prove you’re capable.
To get experience in sewing, you can start off using any old machine, or even just a loose needle and some thread. But if your ultimate goal is to make this a profitable endeavor, then eventually you’ll want to get into sewing using some of the finer equipment money can buy, so you can produce some of the finer clothes money can buy. If you find you have a natural talent for making clothes and other goods, then consider investing in something like this to further improve your game and prepare you for working in the industry.
I’d recently been to visit one of my friends. He is a workaholic. He’d been working nonstop for the past few months to complete a project, which would help him get the promotion he badly needed. The work had taken its toll on him to such an extent that he had to be hospitalized for a few days. The rise in incidence of anxiety and depression among professionals is a source of big concern globally.
The cutthroat competitive atmosphere at workplace makes it necessary for people to keep up odd working hours. But spending your life in such a way is a sure-fire way to depression and its fatal consequence. I think that a hobby is the best way to relax you and help you succeed in life not only at the workplace but in other aspects too.
If you haven't yet taken up a hobby, it’s high time you did. Research reveals that when you do something engaging and productive as your pastime, it will have a positive impact on your performance at work and personally too. People involved in creative activity were able to put in about 30% higher work performance, when compared to those who didn’t have a hobby.
Hobbies are diverse in nature from stamp collection and painting to thrilling and adventurous hobbies such as paragliding, bungee jumping and hunting. I love hunting and even suggested it to my friend who I know had a thing for excitement and thrill, before the pressure of workplace chained him to his desk 24/7.
While many think that hunting is not legal, you can go on a hunting adventure, if you have the required license and know the basics. Having the proper hunting gear is also important. I buy my nice hunting boots and other hunting tools at this site. If you're wondering why I'm drawn to hunting, here are some important reasons.
- Hunting is a highly sophisticated hobby, which had (in the past) been done by upper class people only. Being a hunter brought on a special prestige.
- Hunting is a sport that is not learnt easily. But it is one hobby that is not gender specific. Both women and men indulge in it with equal passion.
- Further, what drew me to the sport was, I need not have any special mental prowess or physical strength to participate in it. You need just a keen eye for spotting your prey and you can easily enjoy hunting fully.
Hunting in addition to the thrill and excitement of the kill helps in character development. It teaches you discipline, patience and many other things that will help you face the challenges that life throws at you easily.
Hunting is also a highly versatile sport. You need to just pick the weapon you wish to such as a bow and arrow or a rifle and the game you wish to hunt. While bear and elk are a bit challenging for a beginner, deer and fowls make it pretty tough with their elusive and quick speed. Why I recommended hunting to my friend specifically was because it can boost his happiness and reduce the stress. Hunting helps in forging better bonds with your near and dear ones too.
I almost labeled this post ‘arm yourself’ but thought it best not to alarm you too much. Also, you never know who’s watching what you read and write these days, particularly if you are an avid lover of more information and take pride in empowering yourself with more knowledge about how to look after yourself and your family during these uncertain times.
Like me, you are also not shy to say that it’s never too late to learn something new. Where ringing alarm bells are concerned, we always have brilliant researchers and writers like Seth Shulman to fall back on.
Greed and power
Because of Seth and many other writers who are on a similar mission to counter the way commercial, dictatorial and elected hegemonies are trying to control our lives and influence what we may say and do, and buy, we have a lot to be grateful for. The issue of patent continues to dominate the airwaves and world wide web, more so than ever before. Is it any wonder then that Seth’s groundbreaking book Owning the Future: Knowledge as the Key Factor has been reprinted intermittently over the years. What he had to say then is even more relevant today.
Themes of greed and power have also been fore-grounded in a number of other genres, particularly aligning itself with commentaries for and against freedom of speech, movement and expression, even propaganda. The issue of curbing what we can see, feel, touch, do and say has been urgently felt by multinationals because they are now experiencing first-hand the damaging effects of commentary and actions against their own malpractices. Globally, multinational companies’ pockets remain deep enough to influence governments to turn the proverbial blind eye, whether literally or figuratively-speaking.
Big Brother doesn’t visit there
You could call it necessary damage control because tax havens and similar vehicles have been created for their convenience to compensate for huge financial losses incurred due to their own scandals being exposed by vigilant citizens. It won’t happen any day soon but whether or not patents are more strictly controlled, you still need to protect yourself, your interests and those of your community. While you still have free reign over how you use the internet, it is, nevertheless, a good idea to mind what you say or share.
In closing, we could use a reminder on safety (taken from a previous post on Longboards) as a metaphor for you to take care out there. The Long-board Mafia reminds its users to shield themselves well with helmets, gloves, slides and pads, even a full suit of leather. Say for instance one day Big Brother is watching you virally. Ask yourself this question; where did Seth get all his research material from to substantiate what he writes.
It seems to be a dying institution these days but your local public library, even your college library, is still the best resource center to arm yourself with knowledge. Much of what has been written online has been taken from older texts which remain relevant to our lives today.
There are many links between better physical health and improved mental health. Studies abound I’m sure, but I’m not going to cite any of that stuff here. I’ll keep things simple enough that anyone could understand – like by saying increased blood flow and oxygen intake due to exercise and heightened respiration brings more blood and oxygen to the brain, which definitely helps to bolster concentration and make thought processes go more quickly. See? That’s simple and it makes sense because it’s true. Life is precious, far too precious to just ignore your health, so I wanted to talk about that today.
There are other simple things I could say about health too. For instance, that regular exercise and a proper diet could go a long way toward making your body and mind both work closer to top efficiency. That means cutting out a lot of complex sugars and sticking with the simpler stuff, like noodles and rice, as well as paying more attention to the food guide pyramid and what it says you should eat, as well as how many servings of every food group you should go for every day. It is actually a pretty good guide and if you have no other information to work with, it makes a nice start for working towards better health.
Nutrition plays a major role in building a better body and mind but it isn't the only part of the equation. You also need regular exercise; both aerobic to help burn fat and get your body lean, as well as anaerobic to build muscle and strength. A nice GARAGE GYM or similar power rack or home gym system can help you to get both types of exercise in one piece of equipment, making them a nice investment for anyone who is serious about getting into better shape. You’ll even get a little workout for your brain when you have to put the thing together, haha.
All too often, people get hyped about fitness and then buy gear and supplies like vitamins and supplements, but then they don’t follow through and the money ends up going to waste. If you know it’s what you want, then good for you. If you’re still on the fence though, you can get plenty of exercise with stuff you might already have handy too. You can fill gallon jugs with water or sand to make impressive weights which are both solid and come with handles built right in, in a pinch. Similarly, just getting up and walking is an improvement over sitting around.
Also, while boosting your physical activity can help the health of your mind, it shouldn't be the only thing you do to strengthen your brain. There are plenty of mental exercises you can do, just like physical exercises, only designed to sharpen your wit and speed up your reaction times. Simple and fast mathematics are great for this, as are games of association and even playing music. That last one has the sweet bonus of increased dexterity in your fingers, too.
I have been talking about living a well balanced life, but have I shared with you my failed attempts at getting fit? I guess, I am not alone on this. Or am I?
Plans to exercise regularly have been a source of frustration for a long time, until I had a chance to talk to a friend. He shared with me a simple tip on how to make exercise a regular part of life – turn exercise into a hobby. At first, I was a bit hesitant but I it worked for me and I want to share it with you as well.
One thing that makes it difficult for us to follow through with a daily fitness regimen is our motivation. Many of us consider exercise as a punishment for gaining weight or eating too much. The motivation is geared towards overcoming a negative concept and this negative connotation make it prone to failure.
I am among the many that looked at fitness on the negative. “I need to exercise, I’m overweight.” I’ve heard myself utter these words for multiple times. And while I have resolved to wake up early in the morning and exercise, it never materialized. I even enrolled in a gym program but it was useless.
After the chat I had with my good friend, I finally realized that I am missing one essential aspect of a successful fitness program – motivation. His secret was actually simple. Look for a hobby that requires you to be physically active. For him, he found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to be a perfect hobby-slash-fitness regimen. He started off his journey towards a fit body by looking for a grappling dummy that he can use at home. If you want to get more information about different grappling dummies, hop on to this site.
By turning fitness a hobby instead of a task, it becomes much easier to follow. Quite a genius idea, isn’t it? I guess it’s time we change our notion of the word ‘hobby.’
When we hear about hobby, we think of photography or scrapbooking or card collecting. By expanding our view of hobbies to include physical activities, we can get positive motivation to engage in exercise regularly. You’ll skip a workout but not a hobby right?
With this renewed mindset, I started looking for an activity that I can turn into a hobby. I thought about mountain biking, running, archery, and many more. But I wanted to try something new, perhaps a sport that will have all muscle groups working. Then, I thought about MMA. If my friend could do it, I guess, I can do it too.
One of the few things I bought for this new found hobby is a Bubba Grappling Dummy. It was indeed helpful equipment in practicing my skills at home. And ever since I started with MMA, I have managed to include it in my daily schedule. Indeed, my friend gave me a much-needed tip that will help me realize a well balanced life! I hope you find this helpful too.
Safety is an important part of any country, organization, or home. Safety in commercial trucks is a cause of concern world over. The statistics related to truck accidents are shocking. Larger trucks are most often a big threat to smaller commercial vehicles on road. The high rate in prevalence of the truck accidents needs to be addressed effectively. Truck drivers need to be informed on safe driving tactics and on the things needed in case of an accident.
Large commercial vehicles, in other words vehicles, which weigh over 10,000 pounds, are involved over 500,000 accidents annually. The accidents occur in rural regions and in broad daylight. Of the accidents, nearly 5000 end up in fatalities. The smaller vehicle involved in the accident take most of the damage. The larger sized truck saves the driver from any mishaps and they usually walk away from the spot scot-free. And the accidents usually involve several vehicles due to the large size.
Now that you know about the state of commercial trucking, you would agree that trucking requires total concentration. Commercial drivers need to contend with other vehicles, wildlife, and extreme weather conditions, while they have to maneuver the heavy vehicle, carrying dangerous cargo mostly. Even a single mistake can end in dangerous consequences. To avoid such consequences truck drivers need to follow the following safety tips
- It is always safe to leave proper space between your truck and the vehicle before you. Tailgate should be avoided at all costs. For bigger trucks, the time taken to break and halt the vehicle is more, so tailgating must not be done.
- While driving in dim lighting or at night using good LED light bars help in clear view of the road and safer driving.
- When you approach an intersection, signal early on so you give sufficient warning for motorists of the direction you want to turn
- Changing lanes while on the highways is not recommended as trucks have several blind spots. You need to check side mirrors once in every 10 seconds to ensure safety.
- Truck flashers should be used, when you drive below the required speed limit for longer periods.
- When you slow down for a halt, give ample space, and time for your truck. Brake lights should be used early. Most often motorists don’t know the time it takes for the truck to stop.
- Idling should be avoided when you unload, load, or sleep. If you do idle then keep windows closed, so you are not exposed to fumes for prolonged span.
- When the truck is having mechanical problems and you pull to the roadside in the interstate or highways use reflective triangles, flashers, or even road flares, so you alert the approaching drivers.
- In winter, keep the fuel tank filled to the brim. This will avoid water condensation occurring in the fuel lines. During snow or rain, maintain an additional distance from the vehicle in front. And go at a lesser speed than the normal posted limit.
Last but not the least truck drivers should take adequate breaks to avoid eye fatigue. Especially while taking cross-country drives it is necessary to take plenty of breaks.
Sometimes relaxing and doing nothing is more productive than chasing after success by working 24/7. Sandy beaches, hammocks and palm trees may sound too luxurious and leisurely activities, which you cannot afford to spend your time or money on. But some relaxing time certainly helps you get your mind and body to rejuvenate and emerge with more energy than what you had before. More often, we are immersed in work without thought of giving rest to our mind and body.
The very idea of not doing any constructive thing such as, getting involved in work is anathema to most workaholics. Relaxing is akin to being lazy or doing nothing, which would never do in their dynamic world. While pursuing excellence is certainly a commendable act, is relaxing not a beneficial act? I’m always on for a bit of relaxation now and then.
Life is not a competition or race but an experience, which you savor with every living moment. So it actually helps to relax, lighten up and have some leisure time. Whenever I feel the need to relax, I call up my friends and we have a splendid barbecue in my backyard. I have a wonderful bbq smoker that I bought at http://www.backyardbbqguru.com/ with which we have a great time grilling our favorite meat and chilling out by the pool. This is not however the only way to relax. There are other ways too.
This wonderful relaxation technique brings about lowered blood pressure and heart rate. It also improves cognitive performance greatly. And it does not cost you much. You need to just find a convenient place where you can relax with closed eyes and focus on an object subconsciously. Even 10 minutes of meditation can give you appreciable benefits.
Mood enhancing foods
Certain foods like ice creams, cookies, candies, or pretzels are consumed when we are tensed, anxious or stressed. This is because these contain high carbohydrate levels, which help in increasing serotonin levels in brain. Serotonin is a chemical that helps in relaxation and calmness. Thus, foods rich in carbohydrates help us to relax. But try to restrict the level you consume. A hamburger with the meat grilled (with the flavors and juices intact) in my favorite charcoal smoker, check out this site for more info, is my way of relaxing after a busy workday. And it is also immensely satisfying to do the cooking on your own.
Soothing music with slow tempos help to bring down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and relax the tense muscles in your body. This can be done before and after a tough workday, as music has been proven to reduce anxiety markedly.
Exercise is not just for getting fit, it is great as a relaxation method too. Exercise reduces stress by increasing endorphin levels in the body. About 20 minutes of exercise is sufficient to give you the benefits.
A long hot bath is good for relaxing your muscles and mind too. Use your favorite soap and bath salts, use a special bath pillow, and have aromatic candles burning all around, so you get the spa effect. This is sure to do the trick.
In many parts of the developed world and especially in the United States of America, obesity is almost like an epidemic. Looking at how people are fatter now in general than they ever have been before, I feel a little ill. There are many reasons for why weights have gone up so high, like jobs being less physically demanding, people spending more time seated behind desks than on their feet and the fact that low quality foods high in fat and calories are usually cheaper than healthier fare. If someone you know is severely overweight, or even if you are, there are ways to fix it.
What I’m talking about is boxing. Boxing is one of the few sports (perhaps along with baseball) which are more about endurance than anything else. Unlike American football, which is about hitting hard or running fast, or even our football where players are on and off the field all the time, boxing is a contest between two people – two men enter, one man leaves. That’s not to say it’s a fight to the death or anything, but there’s only one winner, and it’s usually the one who can outlast his opponent, rather than the one who can just punch harder, on account of the different weight classes.
You don’t even have to be a boxer to benefit from the exercises boxers do; you just do the exercises. That means jumping rope, beating on punching bags, running laps, and even things besides exercise like eating foods specifically tailored to building muscle and burning fat. If this sounds like the kind of exercise regimen you want to pick up, then you’ll probably want to pay a visit to http://fightasf.com/ where you can learn more about boxing and the various items that are part of the sport. For instance, boxing gloves are really more about protecting the hitter than the one being hit.
Well, one of the best ways to burn fat and get lean is aerobic exercise. To really understand this, you need to know the different between aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up, boosts respiration, makes you sweat and helps to build endurance. Anaerobic exercise is more about pushing your bodily limits, like trying to lift as much as you possibly can over a short number of repetitions, rather than lifting a smaller amount over a greater number of reps. Jumping rope is a perfect example of aerobic exercise and just one of many things about boxing which can help you or another to lose weight.
Along with protection for your hands, you’ll also want the right gear for training, even if you don’t plan to become a professional boxer. By checking here, you can see more about different kinds of bags, as well as other information on boxing paraphernalia that will help you to get fit while protecting you from hurting yourself. Remember, one of the major causes of injury when working out is doing too much too quickly, or pushing too hard without the right gear. The above website can help with that.
While women consider skin care as part of their routine, men mostly ignore it including me. But I changed my perception of skin care, after I met a skin care specialist recently. While men don’t wear makeup or grow their hair long, except perhaps for a few exceptions, it doesn’t however mean that skin care is not for men. For several years, most of the beauty products were considered to be for use by women only.
But the days of men neglecting their skin care is long past, as now it is necessary for men to consider skin care just as women do. The main problem however is that men don’t want the bother of having to apply the endless rows of creams and other products to make their skin glow. Skin care for men needn’t be as elaborate, as it is for women. Here are some useful tips in skin care for men:
- Cleansing is an important step that everyone needs to do including men. While the term cleansing may overwhelm you at the outset, it is actually giving your face a thorough wash. You need to do the cleansing morning and at night before you retire. Even if you can’t see any visible dirt or grime, the pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust etc. assault your skin, clog the pores ad cause blemishes that harm the beauty of your skin. Cleansing helps to prevent this. Methods such as Dermabrasion also help in cleaning up the pores and making the skin look bright and younger.
- Exfoliation is a skin care process that keeps your skin clear and glowing. It involves removal of the dead cells in the skin and revealing the fresh skin cells underneath. Even if the skin has a natural exfoliation process, this gets slowed down as we age. With exfoliation using a good exfoliant, you can remove the dirt clogged in the skin pores. Most exfoliants are made of coarse particles, which smoothens the skin and get rid of the dull texture of the skin. The exfoliant also helps in softening hair follicles, so you can have a smooth shave. This is to be done only few times in a week and there are easy to use home care equipment available at this website that boost your skin care efforts.
- Since men need to shave regularly, the razor in addition to removing hair from your face also removes the oil that is needed for a healthy skin. The after-shave lotion most men use is also a big culprit as it dehydrates your skin. To prevent any ill effects that arise out of this state, you need to use moisturizer. This keeps the moisture level intact and prevents razor burn formation. A moisturizer with UV ray protection would be further beneficial.
- The skin surrounding the eye has plenty of oil and sweat glands making your eyes and skin look dull. A hydrating cream applied around the eye helps in smoothing, hydrating, and protecting your skin effectively.
- Lips tend to age faster with time. As you age, you’ll find you lips losing the collagen and start melting along with the other parts of your face. While women resort to using lipstick, lip liners, as well as lip glossers, men completely ignore lip care. Since lips don’t have the protective layer covering, you need to apply a suitable sun screen lotion.