27 September 2013

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Posted: 26 Sep 2013 03:31 AM PDT

The tradition of Christmas trees in America came from German immigrants who had settled in Pennsylvania. It is believed that the tradition of Christmas trees started in Germany from as early as 700 A.D and was practiced by many Germans in the 1800s. It’s also since that period that Christmas trees have also been available for sale in the United States. While artificial Christmas trees are popular, many people like to have a fresh Christmas tree in their homes, or outside on their lawns. And similar to all other trees, Christmas trees also have different shapes and qualities that make some types more popular than others.

Different Types of Christmas TreesAlong with other decorative Christmas items such as wreaths and garlands, having a Christmas tree in your home is very essential in creating a special atmosphere for the season. It is believed that Christmas trees have been available for sale in America since the 1800s, which is about the same time that the former Woolworth’s department store started sellingready-made ornaments for Christmas trees.

Choosing the right type of Christmas tree is important because Christmas trees are often a focal point for many family activities and traditions. Given the many types of Christmas trees that are available, it is important to think about how the tree will be used. While a tall tree may look very elegant, it may not be suitable if there aren’t many adults around who can reach the tree’s heights. And a very short tree may be dwarfed by other furniture in the room. It’s therefore very important to carefully consider and get a tree that has a suitable height and also one that has sturdy branches to hold heavy ornaments.

Artificial and real Christmas trees can often be bought from the same retail stores these days as local businesses and retail chain stores often sell both types of trees. The best place to get a real and fresh Christmas tree, and also to see a wide variety, is likely a Christmas tree farm however. Using modern technology, both types of trees can also be obtained through online transactions, via telephone as well as by mail-order through catalogs.

Among Christmas trees there are certain types that are always favorites and which are bestsellers. These include:  Douglas,Fraser, Noble and Balsam firs, and Scotch, Virginia and white pine trees.

These evergreen trees all have all have one or more excellent features related to shape, color or sheen and fragrance, which makes them favorites for Christmas trees.

The most favorite Christmas trees basically have a pyramid or cone shape. A pyramid-shaped tree is likely taller and has somewhat of an elegant look. Douglas Fir, which ranks first among Christmas tree favorites, is an example of a pyramid-shaped tree. Other examples are Fraser, Balsam and Noble firs.A cone shape tree tends to be short with dense branches, which makes them excellent for holding many ornaments and other decorations. Families that have a strong tradition of making their own ornaments, or putting mememtos on Christmas trees may consider a cone-shaped tree.Virginia and Scotch Pines, Norway Spruce and the Eastern White Pine all have cone shapes.

Different Types of Christmas TreesAnother feature that makes Christmas trees appealing is their color. While all trees have a green appearance, a closer look at their needles will reveal differences such as a bright or dark-green, blue-green or yellowish-green hue. The needles may also emit a silvery sheen with the right lighting. Fraser and Noble firs both have needles with a silvery sheen, and the branches of both trees are also used for garlands and wreaths.

Most people choose a fresh Christmas tree for its fragrance, which can be fairly strong or just subtle, giving off just enough of a whiff of scent. Douglas Fir, which is the most popular Christmas tree in homes and public places, is a very fragrant tree. The Balsam fir is also fairly fragrant. The Eastern White Pine is however, a tree that doesn’t have much fragrance.

Whether you have a favorite type of Christmas tree or will choose one from its appearance, there are many choices to satisfy the desire to have a fragrant and well-decorated tree for Christmas.

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26 September 2013

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Posted: 25 Sep 2013 09:20 AM PDT

Microsoft has launched its next version Surface Tablets; Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. While Surface 2 starts at $449, Surface Pro 2 starts at $899. These tablets have the same screen size as their former version, measuring 10.6-inches diagonally. Both offer 200GB of free online storage through SkyDrive for two years along with a yearlong free calls and Wi-Fi hot-spots through Skype. The sale begins on October 22.

Microsoft's previous venture in the Tablet market failed to make any dents because of the tough competition posed by its nemesis Apple which sold 34 million iPads last year while Microsoft Surface sales racked up only $853 million in sales while generating a $900 million charge for unsold inventory.
Thus the company has re-launched the revamped version of the tablet series with hopes to gain strong foothold in the coming year's tablet market.

Here are the key features of the two tablets.

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPadSurface 2
Surface 2 is a remake of the previous Surface RT tablets and it runs on the updated version of Windows 8.1 which is a down-sized version of Windows 8 for ARM-based chips. IT is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage space. The HD screen supports 1080 pixel resolution and the device is built with a 3.5 MP front camera and 5MP rear camera which can capture 1080p video. The device has a full-sized USB port that supports USB 3.0. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI port and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPadSurface Pro 2
Surface Pro 2 is powered a Fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz. It has Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip and comes in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB RAM. It runs on Windows 8.1 Pro and the device comes with a Stylus called Surface Pen. On the camera front, Pro has 720p HD front and rear-facing cameras. Other features include a Full-size USB 3.0 port, MicroSD card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Keyboard covers
Keyboard covers for both the devices will come at an additional price. Touch Cover 2 costs $120, which has working, printed keyboard on the inside surface and the keys don't move when pushed. Type Cover 2 costs $130, which has keys that move. Early next year, Microsoft will also be launching a new Power Cover with a built-in spare battery that will cost about $200. Additionally, a $200 docking station will also be launched and will work only with Pro models, including the older one already out.

The one thing that Microsoft's tablet still doesn't support is 3G and 4G connectivity which is looked upon as a major drawback as these devices are aimed at enterprise users.

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Unbreakable Smartphones Come Closer To Reality

Unbreakable Smartphones Come Closer To RealityUnbreakable rubber-like Smartphones, rollable tablets and functional clothing have come closer to reality, thanks to new breakthrough research by scientists including one of Indian-origin.

Researchers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) RMIT University have developed a new method to transfer electronics with versatile functionality, which are usually made on rigid silicon, onto a flexible surface.

The ability of micro and nano-electronic devices to sense, insulate or generate energy is controlled by thin, transparent nanolayers of oxide materials, often much thinner than 1/100th of a human hair.

These oxide materials are brittle and their high processing temperatures - often in excess of 300 degrees Celsius - have until now prevented their incorporation in flexible electronic devices.

Lead author, Philipp Gutruf, said the new process could unleash the potential of fully functional flexible electronics, while providing a new way for the materials to mesh together.

"We have discovered a micro-tectonic effect, where microscale plates of oxide materials slide over each other, like geological plates, to relieve stress and retain electrical conductivity," he said.

"The novel method we have developed overcomes the challenges of incorporating oxide materials in bendable electronic devices, paving the way for bendable consumer electronics and other exciting applications," said Gutruf.

Supervisor and co-leader of the research group, Dr Madhu Bhaskaran, said the new approach used two popular materials - transparent conductive indium tin oxide and rubber-like silicone which is also biocompatible.

"The ability to combine any functional oxide with this biocompatible material creates the potential for biomedical devices to monitor or stimulate nerve cells and organs. This is in addition to the immediate potential for consumer electronics applications in flexible displays, solar cells, and energy harvesters," said Bhaskaran.

The study was published in the journal Asia Materials.

Apple Sells 9 Million iPhones In First 3 Days

Apple on Monday said that it sold about 9 million units of its new iPhone 5S and 5C in their first three days on market; cruising well beyond the analysts’ expectations of 6-7 million sales. The company also broke the previous record of selling five million iPhone 5 models on its opening weekend a year ago.

The company's stock jumped $23.23, or 5 percent, to close at $490.64 on the Nasdaq following the news.

Apple also said that more than 200 million of its devices are now running iOS 7, as a result of the free overhaul released last week for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

However when it comes to the magnificent sales record, there are caveats with the Apple figures, since 11 countries are involved this year, compared to nine for the iPhone 5 release last year. And China, in particular, is a huge Smartphone market, reports Wall Street Journal.

Besides accounting sales of devices to consumers from its own stores and website, Apple also included sales to other retailers. While Apple appears to have exhausted inventory of the iPhone 5S, the nine million units include unsold iPhone 5C models at non-Apple retailers, analysts said.

Apple didn't break down its sales other than saying that demand for the iPhone 5S exceeded supply. "Thanks to all our amazing customers for the fantastic weekend," Chief Executive Tim Cook, a new Twitter user, tweeted Monday.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Reaching India On Sept 26

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia’s top niche camera phone is designed to thrill photographic freaks and will be unveiled in Delhi, reports Gizbot.  With Nokia loosing the market share, this can be forecasted as a plan to fasten their hold over the Indian market.

Lumia 1020 is a huge upgrade when compared to its predecessors. The main catch of the gadget is its 41MP camera with optical image stabilizer technology and a resolution of 7712 X 5360 pixels. The makers also boast about the PureView 808 sensor of the camera, added to provide real life effect to the clicked images. The Xenon flash helps while shooting still images and the LED flash assists during video shooting.  The phone spots an HD 1.2MP wide angle camera that provides high quality to video calls.

The model was already launched in the U.S. market in July 2013 and Nokia India’s official website has already tagged the phone under the ‘coming soon’ list. Certain e-commerce sites have opened the facility for pre-order for the device by now. This window 8 OS phone is powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Nokia Lumia 1020 can certainly be expected to be the next flagship from the maker.

25 September 2013

The Art of Aikido

The Art of Aikido

The Art of Aikido

Posted: 24 Sep 2013 07:51 AM PDT

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.

AikidoMartial Arts is one of the contributions of Asia to the world. Who can forget Bruce Lee and the fact that he was first and foremost a martial arts athlete before being a movie star? Even until now martial arts is still a big hit with the increasing popularity of Asian movies like crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and more recently the House of the Flying Daggers.

The Chinese are the first people that come to mind when it comes to these things but the Japanese are just as athletic with a rich heritage of body contact sports that can be found in their history. The modern Japan still gives honor to these things by holding tournaments and promoting such sports abroad,

One of these is Aikido. It is interesting to note that the word comes from three Japanese words from which one can derive the meaning of the one word. Ai means joining, Ki means spirit and Do means way. From this we can understand why Aikido is beyond just the physical skills of it students especially sin its proponent Ueshiba focused more on the spiritual and philosophical development of his students.

In Aikido, one is not taught violence instead one is taught to be in harmony with the opponent to be able to defeat. This might seem odd but it actually works. In approaching an opponent, the aim of the Aikido practitioner is to be one with the opponent to be able to attack him where he is weakest and in doing so diver or immobilize him but never to kill.

This is where Aikido becomes an art. Art is something beautiful to watch and something positive and Aikido is all that. At least one of the people involved in the fighting strives for harmony and harmony can only be achieved if there is grace in the movements. The moves maybe calculated but there is an air of finesse in doing these movements, not a womanly finesse but just a finesse that emanates peace. The art of peace as what they call in Aikido is one of the most positive influences of Aikido to its students and to everyone who choose to know about this Japanese martial art.

AikidoSome of the techniques in Aikido include the following. Ikkyo is the first technique. Using this technique you control an opponent by using one hand in holding the elbow and one near the wrist, this action is supposed to make you pin your opponent down in the ground. Nikyo the second technique is when you do an adductive wristlock that enables you to twist the arm of your opponent that will in turn cause enough nerve pressure.

The third technique is Sankyo which is a pronating technique that directs upward-spiraling tension throughout the arm, elbow and shoulder. There are many other techniques but the first three should get you started.

In studying Aikido, it is important to remember that along with building physical strength to be able to defeat your opponent the mental capacity should also be developed. Just like in any art, it takes a lot of practice and discipline to perfect the art of Aikido. The important thing is the one who wants to get into the art should have determination to give honor to the art by performing it in the best way possible.

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24 September 2013

Samsung Prepping Massive A 12.2 Inch Tablet

Samsung Note 12.2

There have been wide spread rumors of a massive 12.2 inch tablet getting ready in the design house of Samsung. Unconfirmed reports by The Korean Times said that the ever-largest tablet will be unveiled by end of October.

The device is believed to have an LCD display measuring 12.2 inch diagonally and with resolution of 2560 X 1600, same as Nexus 10. The unannounced model is thought to have an octa-core processor and may be added to the Galaxy Note family. The gadget would possibly feature Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is supposed to come in three models including one with the latest 4G LTE connectivity. The expected gadget is also supposed to spot a S-pen and 3GB of RAM even though the detailed features are not available.

23 September 2013

BlackBerry Unveils Z30, A 5-Inch Smartphone


BlackBerry, the Canadian phone maker officially introduced Z30, its new model in the Z series featuring 5-inch display, stereo speakers, bigger battery and the latest version of BB10 Operating System.

CEO Thorsten Heins states that BlackBerry Z30, which was previously known as the A10, will be a successor of Z10 and Q10. But after the disappointing sales of BlackBerry10 devices, concerns are mounting on Z30’s viability in the market. A recent report on the company’s decision to lay off 40 percent workforce is also being speculated as a subject of concern.

With other Smartphone giants swallowing up the market with their Smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Apple’s phone 5C and 5S, Blackberry took a low key in its Z30 franchise as it did not include a major press conference unlike it did for Z10 launch previously.

BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.7-gigahertz processor with Quad-Core Adreno 320 GPU. It also includes a large 2,880 mAh battery that approximately serves 25 hours on random usage. In addition to this, it has stereo speakers and Paratek Antenna technology for better connection in low-signal areas.

On the software front, the Z30 runs on the latest BlackBerry10.2 OS, which includes a plethora of new features: an enhanced Hub to prioritize important contacts and messages, a new notification system for BlackBerry Messenger, and includes new icons on the lock screen for better notification and messaging. BB 10.2 OS version will be available to existing Blackberries by mid of October.

Starting next week, the Z30 will hit selected number of retailers in the U.K and in the Middle East. The launch date on rest areas including Canada and U.S. will be revealed soon.

Google Nexus 5 Specs Revealed

Google Nexus 4 has been a hit device and many a times it ran out of stock to much despairs of Nexus fanatics.  Reports by The Verge say that Google will not restock the device anymore. But it’s not the time for disappointment, as the next generation Nexus, probably called Nexus 5, has surfaced in a benchmark test packing a punch. It may get unveiled as soon as last week of October.

Even though the specs and pictures of the device was leaked before, the recent sighting of new Nexus on benchmarking website GFXBench, adds more credibility to what the device sports.

Codenamed Hammerhead, Google Nexus 5 will run on Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset, clocked at 2.3GHz. It currently holds the title for being most powerful mobile chip in the world. It will be complemented by Adreno 330 graphics processor. The benchmark data also shows that Nexus 5 will run on Key Lime Pie, which is now named as Android Kitkat.

The new Nexus will have 1920x1080 pixels resolution, with on-screen resolution being 1794x1080 pixels.

It is rumored that the next Nexus will be manufactured by LG, which made the exiting model. The device is said to be based on the new LG G2 Smartphone and is expected to come with 4.96-inch display, 2GB RAM and 13MP rear camera.

22 September 2013

A Basic Guide to Aikido

A Basic Guide to Aikido

A Basic Guide to Aikido

Posted: 21 Sep 2013 03:07 AM PDT

Aikido is a unique form of martial art. Its emphasis lies on the harmonious fusion of mind and body with the natural laws of Nature. Aikido focuses on accepting and respecting the energy of life and nature and channeling this harmony onto techniques that expresses this energy in physical forms.

AikidoAikido is often viewed as more of a defensive martial art since its techniques and teachings are designed for you to avoid or get out of trouble. On the contrary, Aikido’s techniques are very powerful and effective.

Basically, there are four levels of technique in Aikido training. These are the katai which refers to the basic training and is intended to build the foundation of body movements and breathing; the yawarakai trains the defendant to deflect attacks and fuse movements to take control of the attacker or situation; the ki-no-nagare which involves training the defendant to defend or counter attack by merging his movement with the attacker even before the latter makes contact; and the ki which is the absolute Aikido technique and involves establishing a link of ki or spirit from the defender to the attacker.

When training for Aikido, you need a sparring partner. The uke and the nage. The Uke is the initiator of the attack and receives the Aikido techniques, while the Nage is the defender and the one that neutralizes the attack.

Aikido basic techniques include ikky which involves control an attacker by placing one hand on the elbow and one on near the wrist giving an opportunity to throw the attacker to the ground; the niky which draws in the uke using a wristlock and twists the arm while applying painful nerve pressure; sanky which is a rotating technique aimed at applying a spiraling tension on the whole arm including the elbow and shoulder; yonky a shoulder control technique with both hands gripping the forearm; goky is another variant of ikky

wherein the hand gripping the wrist is inverted and is quite useful in weapon take-aways; shihnage or the four-direction throw; kotegaeshi or wrist return which involves a wristlock-throw that stretches the extensor digitorum; kokynage also known as breath throws or timing throws; iriminage or entering-body throws which resembles a “clothesline” technique; tenchinage or heaven-and-earth throw; koshinage or the Aikido’s version of the hip throw; jinage or the shaped-like-’ten’-throw; and kaitennage or rotation throw wherein the nage sweeps the arm of the uke back until it locks the shoulder joint after which the nage applies forward pressure to throw the attacker.

AikidoThese are just basic techniques and from the list thousands of possible implementations or combinations can be drawn by the aikidokas. In Aikido, the strikes employed during the implementation of the Aikido technique are called atemi. For beginners, grabs are the first ones to be taught. It is safer and the aikidoka can easily feel the energy flowing from the uke to the nage.

Among the basic grab techniques are the katate-dori or single-hand-grab which involves using one hand to grab one wrist; morote-dori or both-hands-grab which uses both hands to grab one wrist; ryte-dori another both-hands-grab technique wherein both hands are used to grab both wrists; kata-dori or the shoulder-grab technique; and the mune-dori or chest-grab which involves grabbing the clothing of the chest of the attacker.

Mastering each technique involves discipline and dedication. To be a good aikodoka, one must master both the techniques and principle of the marital art.

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Knowing the basics of Aikido

Posted: 20 Sep 2013 11:55 PM PDT

AikidoAikido is one of the oldest form of martial arts. Founded by Morihei Ueshiba, aikido came about through the studies of many different kinds of traditional martial arts. In fact, is often perceived as a form of exercise or a dance because of some of its forms. It is also viewed by some quarters as some form of martial mesmerism.

Aikido is even confused with Daito Ryu Aikijutsu, it is different in its essence. Still, its founder attributed his creation of aikido to the way, his master Sokaku Takeda, grandmaster of Daito Ryu, opened his eyes to the nature of Budo.

What is aikido?

Despite its many perceived forms, aikido is a Budo or martial arts. It is the refinement of the techniques that are being taught in traditional martial arts and is combined with a philosophy that calls on for the power of the spirit. In its essence, it is a blending of the body and the mind.

Its philosophy is basically derived from the belief that deceptions and trickery or brute force will not make us defeat our opponents. Instead, concentration that involves the spirit will be enough to strengthen us.

AikidoAikido is also used as a way to discover our true paths so that we can develop our individuality. It also teaches its practitioners to unify their body and their mind so that they will become in harmony with the "universe" and with nature. Their power and their strength will come from this balance and harmony.

The word "universe" in aikido is not some obscure concept that one cannot achieve. It is actually quite concrete and is even within the grasp of the person. In aikido, "universe" can be achieved through actual experiences and everyday life.

Aikido's movements and techniques are circular. When a circle is created in aikido, the person is said to be protected from a collision from an opposing force. A firm center, however, is needed to create this circle. An example of a firm circle is a spinning top that turns at fast speed. Without a firm center, the speed of movement will only create imbalance. The stillness of the spinning top while in speeding motion is what is called sumikiri in Aikido language. This is achieved only by what Aikido founder calls "total clarity of mind and body." However, this is not so easily achieved. It takes a long time of study and practice in order to find this intense concentration and centeredness.

Training is important in aikido as well as concentration because while it may be easy to create a centered being when inside a martial arts gym, the same cannot be said of situations and circumstances outside. It will not be easy to keep one's composure when faced with extraordinary circumstances. This is actually one of the goals of Aikido training. It aims to teach its practitioners to maintain their composure and their centeredness even in panic situations such as danger and calamities.

One method taught in aikido is to breathe with what is called the seika tanden point. This is the part of the body that can be found two inches below the navel. Controlled breathing is one key to being one with the universe and to center oneself with nature. When a person learns to do this, he or she will feel extraordinary calmness that they can use in the practice of aikido.

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21 September 2013

School based after school programs

School based after school programs

School based after school programs

Posted: 19 Sep 2013 09:17 PM PDT

In an effort to keep children motivated and safe, the U.S. Government sets aside a good amount of fund for financing after school programs every  year. A report by the U.S. Department of Education and Justice points out that after school programs are very effective and is in the interests of the society as a whole. Interestingly, it was found that Americans liked providing school-based after school-programs in their community.

after school programsOther than safety, boredom and loneliness, the poor performance of many students also led to the need for after-school programs that are based on the school curriculum. Children coming from low-income families were found to lag behind in reading and grammar after a long break in the summer. Statistics prove that if school-going children are left unsupervised after their school, the chances of poor grades and drop out are considerably higher. The funds provided by the Government will allow rural and inner-city schools to provide activities during the summer, over the weekends and after school. These activities will take place in a drug-free, safe and supervised environment.

Positive augmentation of critical skills is the prime focus of these school-based after school activities. Thus they enhance the skill level of the child. Most school-based programs offer assistance in math tutoring, reading, comprehension and problem solving. Many programs provide engaging activities that seek to prepare the students for college. Hands-on experience is provided for children who want to invest in a career in teaching. Access to telecommunication and technology and involvement in music and art are other benefits of these programs. This becomes invaluable, especially in low-income sectors where such activities are considered to be a luxury.

As far as children are concerned, the snacks provided in after school programs are an added incentive. School sponsored after school programs are entitled to receive funds for snacks. The National School Lunch Program is designed to do just this. Free or reduced price snacks will be provided for children from schools that apply for it. The CACFP reimburses expenditure depending upon the child’s income status. But this is applicable only till the age of 13. The funding that schools get depends upon the area in which they are situated. A low-income area gets more funding. Supper can be served to children below the age of 19. Longer programs can provide both supper and a snack. With the participation of non-profit private organization, it is possible to feed deserving school children breakfast, supper and a snack.

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19 September 2013

Breast Milk For The First Six Weeks

Breast Milk For The First Six Weeks

Posted: 18 Sep 2013 04:57 AM PDT
Breast milk is the best food you can give to your baby. Breast milk is a complete food source, containing all the nutrients your baby need – at least 400 of them to be exact, including hormones and disease fighting compounds that aren’t found in formula.

Breast Milk
The nutritional makeup in breast milk will adjust to your baby’s needs as he or she grows and develops. Aside from the brain building, infection fighting benefits of breast milk, which no formula can match, nursing will also help to build a special bond between you and your baby.  When nursing, your child thrives on the contact, cuddling, and holding – which you will as well.

Since breast feedings can take up to 40 minutes or more, you should pick a cozy spot for nursing. The atmosphere is very important, even more so in the early days of breast feeding when you’re still trying to get the hang of it.  If you get easily distracted by noise, go somewhere quiet.

You should always hold your baby in a position that won’t leave your arms or back sore. It works the best to support the back of your baby’s head with your hand, although which position you choose depends on what’s more comfortable to you.

When supporting your baby, a nursing pillow can sometimes be a big help.  You should never feed until both you and your baby are comfortable. Pay attention to how your breasts feel when your baby latches on, as his mouth should cover most of the areola below the nipple, and the nipple should be far back into your baby’s mouth. While some women adjust to breast feeding easily,other moms find it hard to learn. If you feel discouraged, always know that you aren’t the only one.  Everyone feels different when starting, it all depends on the mother and the situation.

Breast feeding will take practice.  Therefore, you should give yourself as much time as you need to get it down to second nature. Always take it one feeding at a time.  If you are having a bad day, tell yourself that it’ll get better.  Keep in mind that any problems are temporary, as you’ll be nursing like a pro by your six week postpartum checkup.

The first six weeks will be both an adventure and training. You can’t expect to know everything when you begin, which is where training and practice will really help you excel.  The more you breast feed, the more you’ll learn.  You’ll also build a bond with your baby – which is something you’ll always have for the rest of your lives.

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18 September 2013

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

Posted: 16 Sep 2013 10:07 PM PDT

Astanga, or sometimes spelled ashtanga Yoga is actually taught today by a man named Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India.  He has brought astanga yoga to the west about 25 years ago and still teaches today at 91 years of age.  Astanga yoga began with the rediscovery of the ancient manuscript Yoga Korunta.  It describes a unique system of Hatha yoga as practiced and created by the ancient sage Vamana Rishi.  It is believed to be the original asana practiced intended by Patanjali.

Astanga Vinyasa YogaThe Yoga Korunta emphasizes vinyasa, or breath-synchronized movement, where one practices a posture with specific breathing patterns associated with it.  This breathing technique is called ujayyi pranayama, or the victorious breath, and it is a process that produces intense internal heat and a profuse sweat that purifies and detoxifies the muscles and organs.  This also releases beneficial hormones and nutrients, and is usually massaged back into the body.  The breath ensures efficient circulation of blood.  The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.

There is a proper sequence to follow when practicing Astanga yoga.  One must graduate from one sequence of postures to move onto the next.  The Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa) detoxifies and aligns the body, purifying it so that toxins do not block. The Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodhana) purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels, allowing energy to pass through easily. The Advanced Series A, B, C, and D (Sthira Bhaga) integrate the grace and stamina of the practice, which calls for intense flexibility.

It is best to find a trained and knowledgeable teacher to assist you through this discipline.  It is an intense practice that is rigorous, six days a week. You are guaranteed to find inner peace and fulfillment with each breath you take.

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17 September 2013

Mobile Blogging is on the Cutting Edge

Mobile Blogging is on the Cutting Edge

Mobile Blogging is on the Cutting Edge

Posted: 16 Sep 2013 04:39 AM PDT

Mobile blogging is an exciting phenomenon that is sweeping the blogosphere. One of the reasons why a lot of bloggers are attracted to the medium of blogging in the first place is that they enjoy being able to make frequent updates and posts that keep all of their visitors up to speed with current situations. Mobile blogs, or “moblogs,” take this to the extreme by allowing users to post things literally as they happen. This new wave of moblogs and mobloggers keep web surfers up to date with good and bad events of importance as they occur all over the world, helping to make international communication faster and more accurate.

Mobile BloggingMany people feel that the limitations of blogging have a lot to do with geography. After all, there is only so current that a blog can be when you need to run home and boot up in order to update it. However, mobile blogging marks the beginning of an thrilling new era when web-based communication can happen spontaneously from any location. Moblogging devices mean that there is almost nowhere on the planet that remains off-limits for bloggers.

Mobile blogging is still in its infancy because the technology that makes it possible has only recently hit the global market. The first moblog technology became available over a decade ago, but it is only the past two or three years that mobile web devices have become user-friendly enough to appeal to most consumers. As camera phones and other mobile technology become more popular, more and more bloggers are getting away from their desks and are hitting the streets. Moblogging is becoming much more widespread that it was even a few months ago, and mobloggers are quickly attracting a lot of attention with the blogging community. It is not yet clear whether moblogs will become the dominant kinds of blogs in the years to come, but the current trend seems to imply that moblogs are here to stay.

Mobile devices make it possible to blog from the sites where current events are unfolding, which is one of the reasons why mobile blogging has so much thrilling potential to revolutionize the blogosphere. A moblogger with a camera phone can post blog entries from, say, the foot of the podium at a presidential speech, or from the stands during the final moments of the world series. This enables bloggers to experience the same real time thrills that live television coverage provides, but in a more democratic medium. The combination of mobility and individual control that moblogging provides certainly places mobloggers on the cutting edge of today’s communications technology, and it is hard to imagine that the number and prestige of moblogs will not continue to grow in the coming years.

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14 September 2013

Selecting a Cruise Line, What to Consider and Where to Look

Selecting a Cruise Line, What to Consider and Where to Look

Selecting a Cruise Line, What to Consider and Where to Look

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 03:49 AM PDT

Cruise line is a popular vacation choice all around the world.  Instead of visiting a beach, an amusement park, or going camping, more individuals are making the decision to book a cruise.  If you are interested in vacationing aboard a cruise ship, there are a number of decisions that you will have to make.  One of those decisions includes finding a cruise line to vacation on.

cruise lineSelecting a cruise line to vacation on may seem like a fairly easy decision, but for many it is not.  There are a large number of cruise lines currently operating vacation cruises.  These cruise lines often operate all around the world.  To find the perfect cruise line to vacation with, you are encouraged to research and fully examine all of your choices.  This includes examining well-known and lesser known cruise lines.

If you have internet access and a television it is likely that you have heard of Carnival Cruise Lines before. Carnival Cruise Lines are one of the most well-known cruise lines in the world.  Carnival Cruise Lines operate cruises in the Untied States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.  They are most well-known for their "family fun ships."  With over twenty cruise ships available, you are sure to find the cruise ship of your dreams.

In addition to Carnival Cruise Lines, it is likely that you have heard of Royal Caribbean International before.  Royal Caribbean International services the Untied States, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean is most known for their onboard cruise ship activities.  Many of the activities offered onboard some of their cruise ships, such as simulated surfing, are not available on any other cruise lines.

As previously mentioned, you are encouraged to examine cruise lines that may not be as well known as the two mentioned above.  If you are interested in booking a romantic cruise ship vacation, you may want to examine Windstar Cruises.  Windstar Cruises is a cruise line that offers cruises aboard three ships.  While the cruise line may not be well-known, the services and onboard activities they offer will forever remain in your heart. Additional cruise lines that are often considered well-kept secrets include, Costa Cruises, the Seaborn Cruise Line, and Silversea cruises.

When examining each cruise ship line, you are encouraged to view the company's online websites.  These online websites are a source of valuable information. In addition to learning about onboard cruise ship activities, you can often take a virtual tour of each ship.  A virtual tour will give you an idea as to what you should expect from a particular cruise ship.  If you do not have internet access, similar information can be obtained by speaking to a cruise line representative.

Selecting a cruise line to vacation with is almost important as the cruise ship itself.  You are encouraged to review feedback from previous customers.  This feedback can easily be obtained online. You should also examine the cost of vacationing with a particular cruise line.  You will see that a number of cruise lines charger higher prices for their cruises.  Your ability to afford a these fees should be close examined.

Taking the time to research each cruise line is the best way to make an informed decision.  You are encouraged to take what you learned and apply it to want you want and need out of a vacation.  Doing so will ensure that you book a cruise with the cruise line that can provide you with want you want.

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07 September 2013

Distinguishing the signs of colic

Distinguishing the signs of colic

Distinguishing the signs of colic

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 11:27 PM PDT

Signs of colic, crying is the primal means of an infant to express him or herself. This is why experts say that it is only a common occurrence if a baby cries often everyday. However, if an infant shows sudden irritability, excessive crying for more than 3 hours a day, and suffer from noticeable discomfort, then this could be a sign colic.

signs of colicIndeed, one of the difficult phases of parenting is dealing with the infant when he or she shows signs of colic—a severe abdominal pain caused by spasm, obstruction, or distention of any of the hollow viscera such as the intestines. Known as a common problem from the first three weeks up to first three months of a child’ s life, colic is becoming one of the foremost concerns of more and more parents because they also experience and discomfort when their baby starts crying endlessly.

Usually evident from the first 3 weeks of an infant’s life, colic consists of recurrent spasm and abdominal pain. This period of pain usually lasts from three hours up to 12 to 15 hours daily depending on the severity of the case.

When a baby suffers from colic, he or she becomes hypertonic and can show alternating body postures that involve contractions, sudden stretching, spastically stiffening while he or she turns red. When these signs occur, parents should start observing their babies intently because it might be a simple colic or can be signs of a more serious digestive problem.

Until now, doctors and people in the medical world have yet to discover the causes of colic in infants. Although, there have been various studies that indicate the possible causes of the condition that affects 20 percent of babies in the world. Researchers say that colic can originate in a baby's intestines since he or she has sensitive and developing digestive and nervous system.

Others say that colic can be a result of some environmental factors like certain milk formulas and cow’s milk for certain infants.


One of the most common signs of colic in infants is excessive crying with no apparent reason. Statistics show that 1 in every 10 babies experience colic because it is an apparent abdominal pain experienced in early infancy. Usually, colic attacks are evident before, during and after each meal. The cry usually starts out and can continue for 3 hours and more. Aside from loud and excessive crying, periods of irritability, and body contractions are also apparent signs of colic. Other signs of colic include:

Vigorous and excessive for long periods of time despite extreme efforts of consolation

Onset crying that starts around the same time everyday or night and can be ending or never-ending

- Suffers from gas discomfort
- Slight bloating of the abdomen
- Has a hard and bloated stomach
- Unlikely and patterned body contortions like pulling of knees to the chest
- Hard-clenched fists
- Flailing arms and legs
- Arched back
- Frequent sleeplessness
- Chronic irritability
- Unreasonable fussiness
- Reddening face due to ling periods of crying
- Excessive belching or spitting up after feeding
- Passing gas
- Experience difficulty in passing stools

This list includes only the usual signs of colic. It is best if you visit a doctor once you see these symptoms in your baby so you can be sure that he or she is not experiencing more serious illness as early as now.

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04 September 2013

An All-Around Yoga Exercise 12 Step Salute to the Sun

An All-Around Yoga Exercise 12 Step Salute to the Sun

An All-Around Yoga Exercise 12 Step Salute to the Sun

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 05:24 AM PDT

One of the all-around yoga exercises is the 12-step salute to the sun. Do it once or twice when you get up in the morning to help relieve stiffness and invigorate the body. Multiple repetitions at night will help you to relax; insomniacs often find that six to 12 rounds help them fall asleep.


1. Stand with your feet slightly apart, palms together, thumbs against your chest.

2. Inhale deeply while slowly raising your hands over your head, and bend back as far as possible, while tightening your buttocks. Hold for three seconds.

3. Slowly exhale and bend forward, keeping your knees straight, until your fingers touch the floor outside your feet. (If you can’t touch the floor, go as close as you can.) Bring your head in toward your knees.

4. Slowly inhale, bend your knees, and if your fingertips aren’t outside your feet on the floor, place them there. Slide your right foot back as far as you can go, with the right knee an inch or so off the floor, (a lunge position). Now look up as high as possible, arching your back.

5. Before exhaling again, slide your left foot back until it is beside the right one, and with your weight supported on your palms and toes, straighten both legs so that your body forms a flat plane. Make sure your stomach is pulled in.

6. Slowly exhale, bend both knees to the floor, bend with your hips in the air, lower your chest and forehead to the floor.

7. Now inhale slowly and look up, bending your head back, then raising it, followed by your upper chest, then lower chest. Your lower body – from the navel down – should be on the floor, and your elbows should be slightly bent. Hold for three to five seconds.

8. Exhale slowly and raise your hips until your feet and palms are flat on the floor and your arms and legs are straight in an inverted V position.

9. Inhale slowly and bring your right foot forward as in position 4. The foot should be flat on the floor between your fingertips. The left leg should be almost straight behind you, with its knee slightly off the floor. Raise your head, look up, and arch your back.

10. Slowly exhale and bring your left foot forward next to your right one. Straighten your legs and stand, trying to keep your fingertips on the floor, and try to touch your head to your knees as in position 3.

11. Slowly inhale, raise your arms up and stretch back as in position 2. Don’t forget to tighten your buttocks. Hold for three seconds.

12. Slowly exhale, lowering your arms to your sides. Relax. Repeat the series.

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How the Skeletal Muscles cause Back Pain

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 04:50 AM PDT

Back pain can also be caused by skeletal muscles. The skeletal bones make up more than 200 short, long, irregular, and flat structures. Inside the bones is calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and RBCs, or marrow, which produces and generate red blood cells. The bones work along side the muscles. The muscles and bones afford support, defense for the internal organs, and locomotion.

back painThe skeletal muscles are our source of mobility, which supports the posture. The muscles work alongside the posture by shortens and tighten it. The bones attach to the muscles via tendons. The muscle then starts to contract with stimulus of muscle fibers via a motor nerve cell, or neuron. The neurons consist of axon, cell bodies, and dendrites, which transport to the nerve impulses and are the essential makeup of our functional components within the larger system of nerves. (Central Nervous System-CNS) CNS is a network or system of nerve cells, fibers, etc, that conveys and transmits sensations to the brain, which carries on to the "motor impulses" and onto the organs and muscles.

Skeletal muscles supply movement for the body and the posture; as well, the skeletal muscles also submit energies to create contractions that form from ATP or adenosine Triphosphate and hydrolysis, ADP or adenosine Diphosphate and finally phosphate.

The skeletal muscles also preserve muscle tone. What happen are the skeletal acts as a retainer by holding back a degree of contractions and breaking down acetylcholine by cholinesterase to relax the muscles? Muscles are made up of ligaments.

Ligaments are robust bands combined with collagen threads or fiber that connect to the bones. The bands, fiber, and bones join to encircle the joints, which gives one a source of strength. Body weight requires cartilages, joints, ligaments, bones, muscles, etc to hold its weight. Next to ligaments are tendons. Tendons are ligaments and muscles combined, since it connects to the muscles and are made of connective proteins, or collagen. Tendons however do not possess the same flexibility as the ligaments do. Tendons make up fiber proteins that are found in cartilages, bones, skin, tendons, and related connective tissues.

Joints are the connective articulated junctions between the bones. Joints connect to two bones and its plane and provide stability as well as locomotion. ROM is the degree of joint mobility, which if ROM is interrupted, the joints swell, ache, and cause pain. The pain often affects various parts of the body, including the back. Joints connect with the knees, elbow, skull, bones, etc, and work between the synovium. Synovium is a membrane. The membrane lines the inner plane of the joints. Synovium is essential since it supplies antibodies. The antibodies combined with this membrane create fluids that reach the cartilages. The fluids help to decrease resistance, especially in the joints. Synovium works in conjunction with the cartilages and joints.

Cartilage is the smooth plane between the bones of a joint. The cartilage will deteriorate with restricted ROM or lack of resistance in the weight bearing joints. This brings in the bursa. Bursa is a sac filled with fluid. Bursa assists the joints, cartilages, bones, and synovium by reducing friction. Bursa also works by minimizing the risks of joints rubbing against the other. In short, bursa is padding.

If fluids increase, it can cause swelling, and inflammation in turn causing body pain, and including back pain. Sometimes the pain starts at the lower back, yet it could work around various areas of the body.  The assessments in this situation revolve around symptoms, including pain, fatigue, numbness, limited mobility, joint stiffness, fevers, swelling, and so on. The results of skeletal muscle difficulties can lead to muscle spasms, poor posture, skeletal deformity, edema, inflammation, and so on. As you see from the medical versions of the skeletal muscles, back pain results from limited ROM, joint stiffness, etc.

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