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Window seats on planes can up the risk of DVT
10 فبراير 2012

Sitting in a window seat of an aeroplane during long distance flights can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis

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GUIDE TO A BETTER LIFE – DR RANDY PAUSCH
23 فبراير 2011

He was a Harvard professor and was in his forties. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book ‘The last lecture” , one of the bestsellers in 2007. What a legacy to leave behind… In a letter to his wife Jai and his children, Dylan, Logan , and Chloe, he wrote this beautiful “guide to a better life” for them to follow.

POINTS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Personality:
1. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don’t have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment
3. Don’t over do; keep your limits
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does
5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip
6. Dream more while you are awake
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more
14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Community:
15. Call your family often
16. Each day give something good to others
17. Forgive everyone for everything
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day
20. What other people think of you is none of your business
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:
22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything
24. Do the right things
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
27. The best is yet to come
28. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

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World’s Most Expensive Hotel Rooms
23 يناير 2011

10. Ambassador’s Bure at Wakaya Club & Spa – Fiji
Cost: $4,900 a night. If your idea of luxury is a secluded island hideaway, Fiji’s Wakaya Club & Spa is at your service. And interestingly enough, this secluded getaway is much more affordable than the other suites named in this article. This private island resort is composed of only 10 waterfront bures (or cottages), and the Ambassador’s is its largest at 4,500 square feet. The bure’s own spa, a private pool, several decks and a hammock are accompanied by private access to the Pacific Ocean.
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Tips for being happy @ work
8 ديسمبر 2010

Of course, being happy at work depends mostly on how much you like your job. But there are also smaller steps (more>) ( أكمل قراءة بقية الموضوع )

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Alternative uses 4 coffee filters
21 يوليو 2010

1. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they don’t leave behind any residue.
2. Line flowerpots. Place a filter at the bottom of the pot to prevent soil from leaking out of the drainage hole.
3. Protect china and non-stick cookware. Place a coffee filter between dishes or pans when storing or packing.
4. Wipe off smudges. In a pinch, you can use to clean eyeglasses, camera lenses, televisions, and computer monitors.
5. Keep your microwave clean. Prevent splatters by covering dishes or bowls in the microwave with coffee filters. Using another plate is your best bet, but filters are a good alternative to plastic wrap. In addition, you can easily reuse them a few times.
6. Make a bouquet garni. Tie up bay leaves, parsley, or other herbs in a coffee filter. Drop it in your stew or soup pot, and easily remove it when you’re done cooking. Recipes often suggest cheesecloth for this process, but a coffee filter is an easy-to-find alternative.
7. Diffuse the flash on your camera. Place a coffee filter over your flash to soften the brightness. You can also try putting coffee filters over lights or lamps to lessen the harshness of direct light when taking indoor photos.
8. Make sachets. Tie lavender or other dried flowers and herbs in a coffee filter to make great-smelling bundles you can store in drawers and closets.
9. Use for sewing projects. Coffee filters make a great backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.
10. Make tea bags. Wrap loose tea in a filter and tie with a string.
11. Use for storage. Wrap Christmas ornaments and other rarely used fragile items before packing away.

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Five Ways You Bug Your Boss
6 يوليو 2010

Even if you get your work done and generally get along with your coworkers, you may have habits that bug your boss. While these quirks may not necessarily get you fired, they can certainly keep you from climbing the corporate ladder.
Here are tips on beating behaviors that bug your boss:

1. Showing up late Tardiness is one of the biggest concerns for managers.
2. Choosing the wrong mode of communicationAsk him how and when to send updates. If you have a boss who communicates once a day by email, that’s the boss’s preferred frequency and method of communication.
3. Keeping a messy work areaA cluttered, messy work space can give your boss the impression that you’re lazy or disorganized, so try to keep your desk neat.
4. Asking questions you could easily answer on your ownRather than saying, ‘This client is terrible. What should I do?’ think about potential solutions.
5. Forgetting to turn off your cell phone for a meetingPut your cell phone on vibrate, or leave it in your office, so it’s not a distraction. Plus, that way, you won’t be tempted to text!

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Memory Tricks You Need to Know
4 يوليو 2010

Can’t remember where you put your glasses? Blanked on your new colleague’s name? Forgetting these types of things is a sign of how busy we are. When we’re not paying good attention, the memories we form aren’t very robust, and we have a problem retrieving the information later. The key is to get your brain in shape.

Try these 18 expert-recommended strategies to help you remember.

1. Pay attention. When you’re introduced to someone, really listen to the person’s name. Then, to get a better grasp, picture the spelling. Ask, “Is that Kathy with a K or a C?” Make a remark about the name to help lock it in (“Oh, Carpenter — that was my childhood best friend’s last name”), and use the name a few times during the conversation and when you say goodbye.

2. Visualize the name. For hard-to-remember monikers (Bentavegna, Wobbekind), make the name meaningful. For Bentavegna, maybe you think of a bent weather vane. Picture it. Then look at the person, choose an outstanding feature (bushy eyebrows, green eyes) and tie the name to the face. If Mr. Bentavegna has a big nose, picture a bent weather vane instead of his nose. The sillier the image, the better.

3. Create memorable associations. Picture Joe Everett standing atop Mount Everest. If you want to remember that Erin Curtis is the CEO of an architectural firm, imagine her curtsying in front of a large building, suggests Gini Graham Scott, PhD, author of 30 Days to a More Powerful Memory.

4. Cheat a little. Supplement these tips with some more concrete actions. When you get a business card, after the meeting, jot down a few notes on the back of the card (“red glasses, lives in Springfield, went to my alma mater”) to help you out when you need a reminder.

5. Give a play-by-play. Pay attention to what you’re doing as you place your glasses on the end table. Remind yourself, “I’m putting my keys in my coat pocket,” so you have a clear memory of doing it, says Scott.

7. Make it a habit. Put a small basket on a side table. Train yourself to put your keys, glasses, cell phone or any other object you frequently use (or misplace) in the basket — every time.

8. Start a ritual. To remind yourself of a chore (write a thank-you note, go to the dry cleaner), give yourself an unusual physical reminder. You expect to see your bills on your desk, so leaving them there won’t necessarily remind you to pay them. But place a shoe or a piece of fruit on the stack of bills, and later, when you spot the out-of-place object, you’ll remember to take care of them, says Carol Vorderman, author of Super Brain: 101 Easy Ways to a More Agile Mind.

9. Sing it. To remember a small group of items (a grocery list, phone number, list of names, to-do list), adapt it to a well-known song, says Vorderman. Try “peanut butter, milk and eggs” to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Happy Birthday” or even nursery rhymes.

10. Try mnemonic devices. Many of us learned “ROY G BIV” to remember the colors of the rainbow, or “Every Good Boy Deserves Favors” to learn musical notes. Make up your own device to memorize names (Suzanne’s kids are Adam, Patrick and Elizabeth, or “APE”), lists (milk, eggs, tomatoes, soda, or “METS”) or computer commands (to shut down your PC, hit Control+Alt+Delete, or “CAD”).

11. Use your body. When you have no pen or paper and are making a mental grocery or to-do list, remember it according to major body parts, says Scott. Start at your feet and work your way up. So if you have to buy glue, cat food, broccoli, chicken, grapes and toothpaste, you might picture your foot stuck in glue, a cat on your knee looking for food, a stalk of broccoli sticking out of your pants pocket, a chicken pecking at your belly button, a bunch of grapes hanging from your chest and a toothbrush in your mouth.

12. Go Roman. With the Roman room technique, you associate your grocery, to-do or party-invite list with the rooms of your house or the layout of your office, garden or route to work. Again, the zanier the association, the more likely you’ll remember it, says Scott. Imagine apples hanging from the chandelier in your foyer, spilled cereal all over the living room couch, shampoo bubbles overflowing in the kitchen sink and cheese on your bedspread.

13. Shape your numbers. Assign a shape to each number: 0 looks like a ball or ring; 1 is a pen; 2 is a swan; 3 looks like handcuffs; 4 is a sailboat; 5, a pregnant woman; 6, a pipe; 7, a boomerang; 8, a snowman; and 9, a tennis racket. To remember your ATM PIN (4298, say), imagine yourself on a sailboat (4), when a swan (2) tries to attack you. You hit it with a tennis racket (9), and it turns into a snowman (8). Try forgetting that image!

14. Rhyme it. Think of words that rhyme with the numbers 1 through 9 (knee for 3, wine for 9, etc.). Then create a story using the rhyming words: A nun (1) in heaven (7) banged her knee (3), and it became sore (4).

15. Practice your ABCs. Say you just can’t remember the name of that movie. Recite the alphabet (aloud or in your head). When you get to the letter R, it should trigger the name that’s escaping you: Ratatouille. This trick works when taking tests too.

16. Read it, type it, say it, hear it. To memorize a speech, toast or test material, read your notes, then type them into the computer. Next, read them aloud and tape-record them. Listen to the recording several times. As you work on memorizing, remember to turn off the TV, unplug your iPod and shut down your computer; you’ll retain more.

17. Use color. Give your notes some color with bolded headings and bulleted sections (it’s easier to remember a red bullet than running text).

18. Make a map. Imagine an intersection and mentally place a word, fact or number on each street corner.

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Butler’s Tips for Impeccable Table Manners
29 يونيو 2010

1. Let your food cool of its own accord – don’t blow on it.
2. Don’t spit unwanted food into your napkin – remove it with your fork and place it on the side of your plate.
3. Never talk with your mouth full.
4. Don’t hold your knife poised as if ready to sign a cheque, and don’t point with any of your cutlery.
5. A napkin is there to protect your clothes; use it to dab the corners of your mouth but never to polish your teeth.
6. Never cut bread or bread rolls. Break the bread with your fingers and butter a small piece at a time. Breakfast toast is the only exception.
7. Be careful not to insult your host by adding salt before you have tasted your food.
8. When you’ve finished eating, place your knife and fork or spoon and fork together, vertically. Leave your plate where it is – never push it away from you.

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Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for Relief
26 يونيو 2010

1. Get a computer eye exam.

2. Use proper lighting.

3. Minimize glare.

4. Upgrade your display.

5. Adjust the brightness & contrast of computer screen.

6. Blink more often.

7. Exercise your eyes.

8. Take frequent breaks.

9. Modify your workstation.

10. Consider computer eyewear.

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Reasons not to buy iPhone 4
24 يونيو 2010

Apple’s redesigned iPhone is destined to be a knockout success. The phone scores high on style points with its sleek glass and stainless steel design, and it wins points for its multitasking software and improved screen.

There are, however, a few shortcomings.
The Apple iPhone 4 is set to go on sale Thursday. Judging by the record demand during the pre-sale period, the newest iPhone will make a huge sales splash, especially with old iPhone owners trading up.
All the presales excitement and Apple-driven hype have set expectations very high. But mighty Apple plays to a tough crowd. It’s an affluent group that has been eager to buy the next new thing out of Cupertino, Calif. It’s also a highly discerning group with a refined taste in gadgets, and that makes them a bit fussy.

Here are five bruises on the new Apple iPhone that may engender complaint.

No. 5: A Skimpy Camera
As smartphone challengers like HTC, Motorola and Nokia embrace the megapixel race with 8-megapixel and 12-megapixel cameras, Apple’s new iPhone keeps it cheap with a 5-megapixel model. for more click> ( أكمل قراءة بقية الموضوع )

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