Month: September 2017

Text to Screen – A Very Clever Use of Technology

I was at my friend’s hotel bar the other night and had the usual great time dancing to the live bands they have playing 7 days a week. This is a special bar with a very interesting business model – because in fact it hosts a television show that highlights up and coming new bands with interviews of the band members and several of their songs played on TV where the bands can demonstrate their talent to a live “studio” audience. The business model is interesting because rather than have a music studio as a major expense, my friend has a revenue making bar which he uses to make his television program. The TV program may only be shown on the public network which is notorious for having low ratings, but it certainly does have a strong following with the bar-patrons and the fans of the different bands and the TV ratings for my friends music show has been steadily growing even though the total network is relatively flat. Having a few quiet ales with my friend, he explained how he built up the “brand loyalty” for both the bands and his TV show. And it was here where I saw a very fast way to use technology to grow a business and loyalty with its customer base. The technology is called “Text to Screen” and it is where...

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Dealing With Difficult People In Your Life

When coming face to face with a difficult or irrational person, most likely anger is the main subject matter here. If it takes two hands to clap, then it takes one to step back and let the anger and abuse bounce off. Imagine that the abuse hurl at you as a parcel in the mail, don’t accept it and it will be returned to the sender. The anger belongs to the opposite person, it should, therefore, remain there. Many a times, a quarrel or a fight started when one reacts to the other person’s anger. It is very difficult to remain calm when anger usually spews personal attacks. But if you are very focus on not letting your moods be swayed by outside factors, then it will be easier to step back from all the insanity and stay detached mentally. Only when one is in a tranquil state unaffected by external factors, positive or otherwise, can one plot the next move. So what is the next move? Onwards, we would want to look at how to deal with it. Assuming you are a human with a nice balance of pride and ego, having to deal with external negativity must be a real pain in the side. It is not to say there is a sure way of guaranteeing that what you choose to do will be a permanent and...

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The Holistic Approach to Addiction

The Holistic approach to disease is to identify the root causes of the disease and then provide information and use natural methods to eliminate these causes and heal. The holistic approach focuses on healing. It treats disease as “dis-ease “- an imbalance of mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach provides information and methods to re-balance mind, body and spirit. Likewise, addictions involve imbalance of mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach is to heal the addiction, to reverse it. To do this, we must eliminate the root causes of the addiction and re-balance mind, body and spirit. Whether an addiction is to a substance or a behavior, the holistic approach is always the same- i.e., to re-balance mind-body and spirit. To do this requires accurate information and specific techniques. This includes information and techniques with respect to spiritual practices including meditation, prayer and visualizations, energy body cleansing and healing, positive thinking techniques, emotional release, detoxification, nutrition, exercise and stretching, The holistic approach contains some elements found in the twelve steps – especially with respect to the spiritual components of the twelve steps. The twelve steps were developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and later used to also treat drug addiction. But, the holistic approach goes beyond the twelve steps. The holistic approach also uses love to heal. To a great extent, it is a lack of love that leads to...

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The Scientific Research Behind Hope – Antidote to Human Misery Or Pipe Dream?

To what extent is hope necessary or relevant for these difficult times? The world is besieged by economic, military, educational, and healthcare problems which seem to be insurmountable. In such a world, of what possible use is hope? It feels as if Pandora opened her box only recently, allowing a wave of evils to descend upon humankind. And yet, in the Greek myth, Pandora closed the box while one thing remained inside – hope. Is hope a powerful psychological asset, an antidote to human shortcomings? Or is hope simply a pipe dream for Pollyanna-ish optimists who can not see the brutal, harsh nature of reality? Hope Is Helpful In A Variety of Areas Hope has been studied in psychology labs through the world for dozens of years. Research studies have shown that greater hope is associated with: o Freedom from anxiety o Less depression o More positive mood o Increased popularity among people o Higher achievement in a number of areas (academic, athletic, military, political and professional) o Greater quality of social relationships o Improved physical health o Increased accomplishment of goals o Increased tolerance of pain o Reduced cardiovascular risk If hope is a pipe dream for those who do not see reality accurately, then the rose-colored pipe dream comes with a slew of physical, emotional, social and voluntary benefits. Given the broad range of positive advantages that...

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Different Types of Card Games

There are limitless types of card games to be played. People think because two games use the same deck of 52-cards that they are similar games, but nothing could be more different than Barbu and Speed, or Pai Gow and Pinochle. Here’s a list of twenty different kinds of card games, and some facts about them. 1.Bridge Bridge is a popular contract bidding game. Bridge has a culture — there are websites, newspaper columns, and even radio shows devoted to bridge strategy. There is a world-wide obsession with bridge, even though it has been called the hardest card game in the world. With a complicated strategy and steep learning curve, to many bridge is not just a game, it is a lifestyle. I wish I were exaggerating. 2. Whist Whist could be called “Bridge, Jr” — and though it is not as big a game as it once was, and is dwarfed in popularity by big-brother Bridge, Whist has never really died out. Card gamers love trick-taking games — beating out your opponent in such a visual way is one of the more exciting part of any card game. Whist has some of the complexity of Bridge without any bidding. 3. Texas Hold’em Texas Hold’em is something of a legend — a poker variation with a story as rich as a Spaghetti western. This version of poker, a drawing...

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