Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Weight Loss & Artificial Sweeteners

Considering the popularity today of sugar substitutes, from our favorite soda, cookies and the like, up to our breakfast coffee, and you can name the rest; this persisting question keep on lingering around, “How safe are these sugar substitutes?” A subsequent question may also arise, “Do these sugar substitutes play a role in losing weight?”

Saccharin, (Sweet'N Low, SugarTwin) discovered in 1879 and approved for use in the US on the same year has a bitter and somewhat metallic aftertaste. This was labeled as a possible carcinogen which had to carry a warning until 2000 in the US market although the risk to an individual is very low. As it is 300-500 times sweeter than table sugar, this provides no energy, as it is not metabolized by human beings. The largest population study to date, involving 9,000 individuals, showed that saccharin does not increase the risk of cancer. On December 15, 2000, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to remove the warning label that had been previously required on foods and beverages containing saccharin.

Products containing Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) have been labeled as dangerous for people with phenylketonuria (PKU), a relatively rare condition. This was discovered in 1969 and approved for use in the US in 1981. As it is 200 times sweeter than sugar, aspartame is not suitable in applications that require high temperatures, as it loses its sweetness when heated. The amount of energy derived from it is negligible.

Acesulfame-K (Sunette) was discovered in 1967 and approved for use in the US in 1988. As it is 200 times sweeter than sucrose, this is stable when heated, making it suitable for cooking. However, when used in large amounts it has a bitter aftertaste. It is not broken down by the body, and it doesn’t provide any calories. Over ninety scientific studies have been conducted by the FDA, and the World Health Organization's Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) has also endorsed Acesulfame K's safety.

Sucralose (Splenda) bears no warning label at all; this was discovered in 1976 and approved for use in the US in 1988. This is 600 times sweeter than sugar, which is not absorbed from the digestive tract, so it adds no calories to consumed food.

There’s another one, Neotame, which was discovered in 1990 and was approved for use in the US in 2002. As it is 8,000 times sweeter than sugar, this analog of aspartame can be used in both cooking and baking applications. Although neotame is a derivative of aspartame, it is not metabolized to phenylalanine. The FDA reviewed more than 113 human and animal studies before ruling on neotame.

Some critics say that sugar substitute may in fact make people fatter by turbo-charging their sweet tooth, yet it has no hard evidence. For the purpose of losing weight, diet soda could be better than regular, but it is undeniable, water is still the best. Those favorite pastries we often ate having labels that they are made of artificial sweeteners may still high in calories if they are high in fats.

Although this food having fake sugar as we may call it, with no calories at all as it has been claimed, it is the volume quantity of the total food intake that determines in gaining weight. Some studies on rats revealed, the sweet taste of artificial sweeteners may trigger unhealthy weight gain. Being deprived of real calories, it increases food cravings creating a tendency to eat more food and become obese in just a short period of time.

How should consumers today interpret all of these? Dr. Michael F. Jacobson, a microbiologist and co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), believes there is no “slam dunk” proof that any of these artificial sweeteners are clearly dangerous or perfectly safe. He says however, “based on what we know so far … I think the sucralose is safe, that aspartame is probably safe and that serious questions about saccharin remain …”

According to surveys, each of us on average is consuming at least nine kilograms of fake sugars per annum. If we get a Big Mac or Jolibee burger with fries and Diet soda (Coke or Pepsi), surely, we still have to get fat although in a slightly slower rate. Fake sugar could not be a terrible food component; nevertheless, it is not so great for us either real-sugar or sugar-substitutes. Is any of the two can do any good? Are these artificial sweeteners a safe alternative to real sugar?

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Some Facts about the Eyes

Human eyes are the physical object of our sense of sight. It was considered as the most precious and complex of all the human senses. As it began to take its function from the time we wake up in the morning up to the time we go to bed to sleep in the night, whatever we look at, pleasing or unpleasant, dark or bright; our eyes keep on working, as well as it continuously sending and relaying information and data to the brain for processing, interpretation and storage.

Of course, everybody knows how the eyes play its role as one of the five human senses, how it is protected by the eyelids and the bony eyebrow of the human skull. We also know that the iris determines the eye colors as it differs from person to person (unless we use colored contact lens), how the pupils contract and enlarge its muscle as it receive varying levels of light. Everybody knows as well how the optic nerves communicate with the brain cells. Everyone knows visions are not always perfect that is why we need corrective eye-glasses in order to have clear sight.

However, here are some questions maybe you already know which needs some review:
• Do you know that each eye has 130 million light-sensitive-cells?

• Do you know that the images retained to the retina are upside-down?

• Do you know that a newborn baby sees the world upside down because it takes some time for the baby's brain to learn to turn the picture right-side up?

• Do you know that most people blink between two to ten seconds at a time?

• Do you know that human eyes are closed at least in an aggregate 30 minutes each day because each time you blink; you shut your eyes for 0.3 second?

• Do you know that with just one eye, every image will appear two-dimensional (this doesn’t work by just closing one eye)?

• Do you know that color blindness affects 1 of 30 people?

• Do you know that men are more affected by color blindness than women at a ratio of 1:12?

• Do you know that dogs are colorblind, yet, how do we know?

• Do you know that dogs’ night vision is much superior to humans?

• Do you know that the cat's or dog’s eyes glow in the dark because of special silvery "mirrors" that reflect light, making it much easier for them to be distinguished in the dark?

• Do you know that ostrich has eyes that are two inches across wherein each eye weighs more than the brain?

• Do you know that chameleon's eyes can look in opposite directions at the same time?

• Do you know the owl’s sight can see a mouse moving over 150 feet away with light no brighter than a candle?
Maybe you can add more something you know!

Look at this photo – If it appears right to you, then, maybe you’re drunk. Or you’ve just wake up, risen-up from your bed. And maybe you’ve already indulged yourself to much time in front of your PC. This will show that distorted image transmitted to the brain may be interpreted as a correct image when the brain itself is somehow impaired in whatever manner, or vice versa.

Did we take some time to ask ourselves – How do we use our eyes properly? What do we do to take good care of our eyes?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is it True, Mom's Diet Could Determine Baby's Gender?

Whatever mom eats before pregnancy influences the gender of her baby, according to a recent surprising British research tagged as the first in humans to show a link between a woman's diet and whether she has a boy or girl.

Some correlated instances are, when moms are having a hearty appetite for potassium-rich foods like bananas and avocados, and when the mother is not skipping breakfast cereals, all of these are likely factors of popping out a boy -- more nutrients are needed to build boys than girls.

Of course, it is a fact the men’s sperm are the ones which determines a baby’s gender, however, it could be that certain nutrients intake and the eating patterns of the mother, make women’s bodies conducive to the sperm carrying the male chromosomes.

This study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a British medical journal, involved of about 700 first-time-pregnant moms in the U.K. who didn’t have any knowledge of the sexes of their fetuses, who were asked of their eating habits a year before getting pregnant.

According to the report, women are divided into three groups according to their calorie consumption. The results are: women (top third) with the highest calorie intake (but still within a normal healthy range), 56% had boys, while those women (lowest third) with the lowest calorie intake, only 45% had boys.

Women who ate at least one bowl daily of breakfast cereal were 87% more likely to have boys than those who ate no more than one bowlful per week. Cereal is a typical breakfast in Britain and in the study, eating very little cereal was considered a possible sign of skipping breakfast.

University of Exeter researcher Fiona Mathews, lead author of the study, said, the findings also fit with fertility research showing that male embryos aren't likely to survive in lab cultures with low sugar levels, thus, skipping meals can result in low blood sugar levels. Those women who ate an additional 300 milligrams of potassium and 400 calories more on daily average, had delivered boys, compared with the women who had girls. Nevertheless, nobody is recommending out that moms be piggish just to have a boy or starved out just to have a girl. Some reactions floated out.

Dr.Tarun Jain, a fertility specialist (not involved in the study) at University of Illinois, who was skeptical when he first heard about the research, said, it is not proof, but it fits with evidence from test tube fertilization that male embryos thrive best with longer exposure to nutrient-rich lab cultures. It just might be that it takes more nutrients to build boys than girls. The study was well-done and merits follow-up study to see if the theory proves true. It's not necessarily as far-fetched as it sounds. While men's sperm determine a baby's gender, it could be that certain nutrients or eating patterns make women's bodies more hospitable to sperm carrying the male chromosome. It's an interesting question. I'm not aware of anyone else looking at it in this manner.

Dr. Michael Lu, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and public health at the University of California at Los Angeles, said the results are certainly plausible from an evolutionary biology perspective. In other words, since boys tend to be bigger, it would make sense that it would take more calories to create them. A woman's diet before pregnancy may be a marker for other factors in their lives that could influence their baby's gender, including timing of intercourse. The bottom line is, we still don't know how to advise patients in how to make boys.

Is it a tale, we oftentimes heard from elder moms, "if you eat bananas you'll have a baby boy?"

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Monday, April 21, 2008

First Female Winner in Indycar History--Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick, 26, finished 5. 8594 seconds ahead of recent Dancing With The Stars champ Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile oval, which started from the third row and made her final pit stop on lap 148, stayed close to the leaders throughout the race becoming the first female in history to take Bridgestone IndyCar 300-mile winner at Motegi, Japan. Sunday's race, which was delayed a day because of a wet track, was won by a combination of cool composure and shrewd strategy. Danica took the lead from pole-sitter Helio on the 198th lap in the 200-lap race

In the 2005 Indy 500, she became the first female driver to lead the race en route to a fourth-place finish. It was the best finish by a woman at Indy, and helped her take rookie of the year honors. Win No. 1 was a long time coming. Patrick finished a career-best seventh in the standings last year when her best finish was second in the race at Detroit's Belle Isle. Her first IndyCar race was in 2005 at Homestead-Miami. Danica told Associated Press,
"It's a long time coming … Finally … It was a fuel strategy race, but my team called it perfectly for me. I knew I was on the same strategy as Helio and when I passed him for the lead, I couldn't believe it. This is fabulous … I knew there was a good reason for coming to Japan … I want to thank my team, the fans and everyone who supported me."
Helio said to AP,
"With five laps to go, I was saving fuel … When Danica passed me; I realized she was the leader. She did a great job, passed me fair and square and that shows you how competitive our series is."
According to Michael Andretti, co-owner of Andretti Green Racing Team which she belongs,
"I think Danica is such a fantastic person and I'm thrilled for her that the monkey is finally off of her back. We have all believed in her and she proved today that she is a winner."
As she was welcomed by her family near the podium, Danica said,
"There was a lot of ‘I love you' and 'congratulations' ... My dad said it was the best day of his life."
Born as Danica Sue Patrick, on March 25, 1982 in Beloit Wisconsin, she began driving go-karts at age 10, competing at Sugar River Raceway outside of Brodhead, Wisconsin and went on to win several national championships. In order to advance her racing career, she moved to England. Becoming a U.S. auto racer competing in the IndyCar Series, she published her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line, in May 2006.

Earning a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), she focuses primarily on road racing. Patrick raced in several developmental open-wheel series while in Europe, including Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhaull. Patrick earned a second-place finish in England's extremely competitive Formula Ford Festival, the highest-ever finish by either a woman or an American in the event. This has proven once more, the feat which has previously been attributed to men, has become an achievement for women.

At the victory lane - Part 1

At the victory lane - Part 2

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

James Blunt Performs on Dancing With the Stars

Born as James Hillier Blount on February 22, 1974 at a military hospital in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, spent his early childhood living in England, Cyprus, and Germany, where his father, a Colonel in the British Army Air Corps, and military helicopter pilot, has been posted at various times. As the eldest child with two younger siblings, he was born to Jane and Charles Blount. His father has instilled with his son a love of flying in which he earned his pilot's license at age 16. The Blount family has a long history of military service, dating back to the 10th century.

Since the British Army sponsored his university education, it was mandatory for him to provide a minimum of four years of service. He is an officer in a regiment of the British Army. He was commissioned as a subaltern (second lieutenant) in the Life Guards, a unit of the Household Cavalry of the British Army, where he rose to the rank of captain. One of his first assignments was to British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta, Canada, where his squadron was posted for six months in 1998 to act as the opposing army in combat training exercises.

It was in 1999, he served as an armoured officer in the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo, initially assigned to reconnaissance of the Macedonia-Kosovo border. Blunt and his unit worked ahead of the front lines directing forces and targeting Serb positions for the NATO bombing campaign. He led the first squadron of troops to enter Priština, and was the first British officer to enter the Kosovar capital. His unit was given the assignment of securing the Priština airport in advance of the 30,000-strong peacekeeping force. It was there where he first met the team of the Médecins Sans Frontières which he now helps to raise funds, being impressed by their work with minimal support and limited security. His military background and questions about his assignments and activities have been raised in almost every interview since he entered public life as a musician.

After leaving the British Army in 2002, he pursued his musical career. It was at about that time that he started using the stage name "Blunt," in part to make it easier for others to spell; "Blount" is pronounced the same way, and remains his legal surname. Shortly, he was signed to EMI music publishers.

He is now popularly known as an English singer-songwriter whose debut album, Back to Bedlam, and single releases — especially the number one hit "You're Beautiful" — brought him to fame in 2005, inspired by Camila Boler, that in 2006, he dedicated this song to her in front of thousands adoring fans. His style is a mix of pop, rock and folk. He is fond of nightclubbing and ‘Superhunk’ isn’t a strong enough description for him. As a Child, he took piano and violin lessons, but his first significant exposure to popular music was at Harrow School. There, he was introduced to the guitar by a fellow student, and started playing guitar and writing songs at age 14.

At Bristol University, his graduate thesis was The Commodification of Image - Production of a Pop Idol; one of his main references for the thesis was Simon Frith, a sociologist and rock critic, and current chair of the Mercury Music Prize. Blunt has spent most of his life studying and living in England, his primary residence is now on the island of Ibiza, Spain, where he wrote many of the songs on his second album.

At the 49th Grammy Awards in February 2007, he performed "You're Beautiful", dedicating the song to the late Ahmet Ertegün of Atlantic Records, but he did not win in any of the five categories for which he had received nominations. So far his albums to date are: Back to Bedlam (2004), Chasing Time:The Bedlam Sessions (2006), and All the Lost Souls (2007).

More about James Blunt and his musical works, please click here.

James Blunt performs Carry You Home on Dancing With The Stars, Tuesday, April 15 at 9PM EST. On the background are Dancing World Champs, Eric Luna & Georgia Ambarian.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

New Defense Minister of Spain, a Woman and Seven Months Pregnant

Carme Chacón, 37, who was seven months pregnant, is the first female boss of Spain’s Armed Forces. Her government position she’s holding now is a counterpart of the United States Secretary of National Defense, Mr. Robert M. Gates. She is one of the nine-women-ministers, whom Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero just appointed. Her husband, Miguel Barroso has worked with Zapatero’s press office in the past.

Ms. Chacón was the housing minister for a brief stint in the previous government. She came from a working class, worked as a shop assistant, studied law (bachelor and doctorate) and taught in Barcelona University. She became the Member of Parliament (MP) at the age of 29. She has helped organizing Mr. Zapateros’s rise to party leadership in 2000.

According to Associated Press, photos of Chacón ran in front page of Spain’s seven national newspapers including the International Herald Tribune on Tuesday. Footage of her appearance dominated Spanish Television; the sight of Chacon’s first day in office, inspecting and reviewing the troops—snappy, trimmed and crisply uniformed soldiers, with her rounded belly (baby bump) covered in a stylish, white tunic maternity blouse, matched with a black pant suit and high heels, came as a jolt. After walking firmly and visibly pregnant, the new Lady Defense Minister gave a concise and adulatory speech—saying her appointment was a sign of progress, and led the troops in rousing cheer of “Viva Epaña, Viva El Rey!” This has shown a picturesque that the Spaniards will not soon forget.

Women’s advocacy groups are so delighted with her appointment— recognizing a feminist message that not only a woman hold a senior position of government or business, but she can do it while expecting a baby, thus, overseeing a military force of 130,000 of which 15% are women. The military has been open only to female service just 20 years ago. While a group of retired officers criticized her lack of military background, yet they insisted that her pregnancy—16 weeks of maternity leave, is not a problem. One high ranking officer anonymously told El Pais newspaper, “We will receive her with the same respect as her predecessors … and perhaps a little more delicacy.”

Spain is a country whose values for exaggerated masculine respect added the word “machismo” in the English dictionary. It would be worth to recall that under the rule of General Francisco Franco who served as the de facto regent of Spain until his death in 1975, only with the permission of her husband that a woman can open a bank account, apply for a passport or sign a contract.

The newly re-elected socialist Prime Minister Zapatero, sworn in the new Spanish Cabinet, by taking their oath of office before King Juan Carlos on Monday, composed of nine women and eight men. Among the women ministers are: Cristina Garmendia (Science & Innovation), Magdalene Alvarez (Transport & Development), Mercedes Cabrera Calvo (Education, Social Affairs & Sports), Carme Chacón (Defense), Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega (Deputy Prime Minister), Elena Salgado (Administration), Bibiana Aido (Equality), Beatriz Corredor (Housing), and Elena Espinosa (Agriculture & Environment). (Please click the images to enlarge)

One editorial has drawn a scenario; the combination of crisis situation among the deployed troops in Afghanistan and peacekeeping force in Lebanon, and a defense minister who is on maternity leave adding that she has no knowledge of military affairs, that would leave Spain in an “absurd” situation.

"... not only a woman hold a senior position of government ... but she can do it while expecting a baby."

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Let me Count the Ways, How Do I Love You?

For couples who have attained a certain stage of being together for a certain period of time, shall we say, less than a decade, having one or two kids, or maybe more, sometimes need a desirable dose of retrospection. Have we asked ourselves, “How do I love my darling?” Or whatever way you address your special loved ones.

When it comes to human behavior, we oftentimes perceive exactly the same things in different ways. As we noticed and observed, the basic modes of perception (although we all have six of them), when it comes to our special loved ones, we primarily use the sense of seeing (visual), sense of hearing (auditory) and sense of feeling—kinesthesia (touch).

For this topic’s sake, let us limit our subject to three categories of perception. Some people are auditory of which they are influenced most of what they hear. Some are visual and they are influence most by what they see. Yet others are kinesthetic where they are impressed most of what they feel.

Of course, all of us operate in all of these levels. Based on experience, for each of us, there is one dominant mode. So, how do we apply these to the dimension of love? Different people express their love in much different ways, as it is only logical to say, different persons desire to be loved in different ways as well.

Let us draw some real-life scenario. The auditory woman may be comfortable if her husband is a silent type and she wants him to keep talking. The auditory man may enjoy background music when he is making love. The visual man adores his wife in attractive attire, while the visual woman may be delighted in the presence of her husband—thus making their home absolutely clean, neat and free from blemishes, solely for making him happy. The kinesthetic man enjoys holding his wife’s hand while they are talking, or when they are walking. The kinesthetic woman needs her mate cuddling her continually. These are illustrations we can practically found how different people wants to be loved differently.

It is undeniable; love is displayed in intimate terms. To reveal an inner measure of a couples’ love, a husband may ask, “Let me see your face … for … your face is lovely,” as a visual expression of her love for him. Or he may appeal to her for an auditory revelation by singing to him their favorite love song. This only showed how we differ in our desires—in a way that people prefer different expressions of love.

“If my spouse is different from me, I should expect him/her to behave like me,” if one partner does say so, a perpetual problem may arise. Let us consider a visual wife and a kinesthetic husband.
After a demanding and taxing day’s work, a husband returned home meeting his wife at the door or at the gate. For a visual woman, she is happy to see him, yet for a kinesthetic husband, seeing is not adequate. For him … feeling is loving. So, he grabs her into his arms with the gesture of kissing her, but she didn’t respond. The husband becomes not only concerned, but irritated which is unlikely.

The husband being relieved to be inside the comfort of his home (immaculately made by his visual wife), throws down his coat, kicks off his shoes, and rest his both feet on the table, musing to himself, “It feels good to be home,” unaware and unmindful of her wife’s housekeeping, and her arrangement of their living room! When her wife made an assessment of the scene, she started to become frustrated and out of control, at least they have now their second unpleasant encounter of the day.

At bedtime, the kinesthetic husband reaches over to hug his spouse. With or without sex, he wants to cuddle her. However, the visual wife doesn’t want to be cuddled and only cares for his presence, not his romance, she moves to the other side of the bed, and the third battle of the evening ensued!
Here is a typical couple who love each other nevertheless; they are interminably in conflict with one another, because each of their dominant perception differs from one to another. What is the solution to such a problem?

Did we try to identify our partner’s dominant perception, whether she or he is a seeing, hearing, or a feeling person? How can we know? Have we done a wise examination of watching and observing our spouse’s behavior, actions and reactions?

Certainly, there is an obvious difference but it is our natural tendency as human being to refuse such difference. Some may try to whisk it away and just hope for a change in our partner’s behavior. Others may try to work it away by putting some pressure on the spouse to change. These attempts may be futile and usually may end up unsuccessful. Lest, have we forgotten the individuality of human being which deserves to be respected? Have we ever considered the dynamic aspect of our perception?

What about the Greek word for love, “agape?” It is the highest form of love—self sacrificing, selfless and unconditional. To apply this, the kinesthetic husband will work in pleasing her visual wife more and above than his “feeling” self. The visual wife will work at pleasing her kinesthetic husband more and above than her “seeing” self.

Wherefore, as each of the partners cross the line of their domestic battlefield, standing on the side of the other, it is only reasonable to meet one another halfway or maybe more, so that the wife will accept her husband’s cuddling—sometimes. On the other hand, the husband will keep his feet or even a foot off the table—sometimes.

How wonderful? In the experience of each partner, the meeting of the “second self” with the “first self” will surely cause the two selves to become one. In the beauty of embracing their love, even though the level of dominance in their perception is really huge, there is peace.

Cognizance, of these three major keys to the heart, the seeing key, the hearing key and the feeling key; you can choose which is the right key to your spouse’s affection. Sure, it depends on who your partner is. Once you’ve discovered and nurtured the fitted-match to each of these keys—first, identify, then accept, lastly, apply the Agape, putting your spouse’s desires over and above your own, then, you can utter to yourself watching your spouse in a distant, “How do I Love You?”

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Hard Truth We Have To Accept

Sometimes, as we go forward with our life, despite problems and difficulties, we persisted steadily, with the help and compassion of friends and loved ones. Yet, there are times that we had to do it all alone ...

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But he has trouble enough of its own.

Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.

Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.

There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lorldly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Coming across with this poem, each word and every line that rhymes herein, truly speaks a hard and bare truth, but we might as well accept nonetheless; pain is harder to share than joy. However, if we bring ourselves to endure cheerfully, we’ll find more company along the way.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

PayPerPost, Get Paid For Blogging

This blog site has recently been approved by PayPerPost. This means, I now belong to the “Posties” who can find advertisers in the PayPerPost that have created “Opps” for bloggers like you. What a surprise? This approval has come unexpectedly. I … loved it! This is the most I like with PayPerPost.

It was only January of this year when I just started blogging, with nothing in mind. Only a simple task of writing articles that may interest me of sharing to others in the net. I told to myself, from then on, besides to my personal experiences and views, any book I’ve read, any film or movie I’ve seen, any music hits or MTV clip, or any headlines, strange and extraordinary news, if I got the time, I will write about it. As you may notice, I have only a few entries on my blog compared to the other blogs having enormous ones. As I took all my available free time in visiting and reading other blogs so that I can get a more solid and broader idea of what blogging is really all about, I came across with this PayPerPost.

This certainly catches my interest—so I decided and signed up immediately, telling to myself that even though it will take a long time to be approved, at least I have already applied. Subsequent instructions were provided that for the meantime while waiting for approval, I need to put a couple of colorful and attractive widgets and some snippet codes to be placed on my template.

Aside from the fact that this site can be an effective marketing medium for advertisers, this can be as well an excellent opportunity for bloggers to enhance, generate and the most, it will drive traffic to your site, needless to say, about the income or revenues that will start to buildup impressively in favor of the blog owner with all the courtesy of PayperPost. What a golden chance—getting paid for blogging!

This is really exciting, in order to be fair at this stage, it’s difficult to anticipate something big. Yet, extra income derived from PayPerPost, surely, I will save it first for future use. Shall we say a brand new digital movie camera with advanced sophisticated lenses will be fine? Then I have to save more because I would like to spend it on gadgets and software that will enhance my internet and digital capabilities and to get ahead of my computing needs.

This really inspires me and now, I think I need to endeavor more and double-time my efforts to befriend additional contacts and join more blogging communities by making and providing them quality and interesting content to keep them coming and visiting back.

Come on bloggers, advertisers at PayPerPost are waiting! I am looking forward and excited to read about your PPP approval and your delighting article about being paid for blogging. It’s quite pretty nice and cool having extra income inside the comfort of your own home. Not bad … Maybe your next family holiday will be paid by your savings from PPP revenues. You will be doing a great and lasting surprise for your spouse and kids, a memory to treasure of. You’ll never know! PayPerPost might start your luck. So, what are you … waiting for? Sign up now!!!! Create your account ...

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Features the First Ballroom Kids

It’s totally amazing watching kids made their dancing steps at home, in school, and in certain community competition yet it is more fun and wonderful to see them live on TV. This has become a reality when ABC did it last Tuesday evening on “Dancing With The Stars.” It has just started and they will be airing this live competition for the next weeks to come.

The first two ballroom kid-pairs under the category of nine-year-olds and under are, Rashell & Aaron and Daniela & Aaron. For more of what they say and think of, here they are:

Daniela & Aaron - Samba

Rashell & Aaron - Pasa Doble

Many schools nowadays have integrated ballroom dancing as part of their fitness program. As parents, it’s time to think about enrolling our kids in a class dance particularly at an early age. There’s a lot of style to choose, from hip hop to classical ballet, with some variety of styles that will suit every taste such as waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha cha, pasa doble, samba, etc.

Aside from inculcating among kids the spirit of teamwork, since they have to work with their fellow human being in front of them (not virtual), these dancing lessons and skills will render these kids a good amount of workout, help them develop styles, bolster their self-confidence, creativity, imagination, and most of all, it cultivates a healthy dose of discipline.

Ballroom dancing with a partner as we can observed, requires a good balance, a strong body awareness and a sense of rhythm dealing with the improvement of the physical fitness and flexibility, and ultimately these can help to reduce if not relieve stress.

The popularity now of ballroom dancing is not only for the celebrities or for the kids but also for everybody of all ages.

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Some Facts about Motorcycle Use and Accidents

In most Asian countries, motorcycles are economical. Regardless of gender and age, it becomes popular among many who will even testify how so much thrill and fun—so enticing and seductive for them riding on it. For utility purposes, motorcycles served as a handy tool for errands, short distance transport and delivery services. In London, there are firms offering motorcycle taxi and in the Philippines, the trikes or tri-cycle [motorcycle with side car] are popular nationwide as a multipurpose commercial vehicle.

But the motorcycle itself is already a dangerous vehicle as it doesn’t possess rigid and sturdy protective layout and designs against cars and automobiles. Motorcycle riders are always put on the risk taking into account its small size and its fast acceleration rate. Physically, it has only two wheels, where reflexes, balancing and speed, precision and timing are a proportionate factor to be seriously considered by the riders themselves at any given moment while driving. However, motorcycle manufacturers have rendered conspicuous and striking colors; reflective and lighting accessories so it would be easily recognized among and between motorists.

This has become a major concern on the roads especially these days where accidents and deaths have dramatically increased. In United States alone, the number of its citizens killed in motorcycle accidents each year exceeds more than the combined aggregate number of deaths from railway accidents, plane crashes, ships disasters and pipeline explosions.

Motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to die in a crash than someone riding in a passenger car. If collision happened between motorists, the motorcycle riders are the most who are badly injured, if not the ones who is dead. In U.S., NBA players riding in motorcycles will complicate their contract in case they encountered accidents or sustained self-injury.

In the past ten years, motorcycle deaths have increased more than doubled. Registration has increased more than twice and sales have increased four times. So as population increased, everybody must expect that the number of crashes and fatalities will increase as well.

Helmets used by motorcycle riders save lives. An analogy can be drawn to, as seatbelts are for car passengers, so as helmets are for the motorcyclist. Public awareness of implementing helmet law is being rallied around by politicians and lawmakers because it statistically reduced deaths, yet the real scenario showed that it will not prevent road accidents. Motorcycle riders cannot rely on helmets alone as a precaution to their safety. The principal issue about motorcycling is to avoid the crash in the first place. The main question is how could we reduce the accidents and death toll without severely restricting the use of these motorcycles?

Aside from the helmet law, government officials and motorcyclists themselves must be aware that crash prevention can be done through awareness campaigns to the general motoring public. An affordable and appropriate riders’ education must be provided. Shall we say, learn how to be conspicuously recognized, and another is a safety course as an excellent way for both the beginner and the experienced rider to learn defensive riding skills. Not only motorcycle riders but all motorists have to undergo some kind of instructional training and seminar to be sensible enough of motorcycles on the road which have gained widespread and extensive use.

Do you think these will help to lessen accidents among motorcycle riders? Is there any much more relevant measure necessary? Do we need to impose extreme restrictions on motorcycles on the roads?

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Astounding Marlee Matlin Dances sans Hearing the Music on “Dancing With The Stars”

An Oscar award winner, Marlee Matlin who has described herself as “profoundly deaf” has overwhelmingly captured the admiration and amazement of the judges as well as the applause of the audience as she performed her dancing steps along with her partner, Fabian Sanchez a newbie on the ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” season six.

Fabian Sanchez, a World Mambo 2006 Champion exerted all his efforts to teach all the necessary elements required for Marlee to execute the dancing styles even she doesn't have the capacity hearing the music. She has to rely only on Fabian’s body language by looking to his eyes and to each and every movement he is doing in order for her to perform her dancing act to a virtual perfection.

Kevin Grandalski, her husband and her 12-year-old daughter were present on her shows. Their excitement and admiration can obviously be seen as they were smiling, standing and clapping their hands after each of her weekly performances. Out of twelve pair-contestants, three pairs were already eliminated, a fact that Marlee and Fabian garnered votes from the live show's 20 million viewers.

She was born as Marlee Beth Matlin in Morton Grove, Illinois, on August 24, 1965. After suffering of high fevers and measles at the age of 18 months, she lost all her hearing—100% on the right and 80% on the left. It was her parent’s commitment to let her live a normal life by resisting the advice of her doctors to send her away in to a special school for the deaf. She was enrolled in local programs with support services for deaf children. Her parents encouraged her early interest in the arts. She attended the innovative Center on Deafness [this is now the International Center for Deafness and the Arts] where both regular kids and as well as those who has defective hearing, joined together for recreation and activities. This has contributed a lot of factors in which at the age of seven, she got her starring role as Dorothy in the Center’s production of the “Wizard of Oz.”

More of her will be featured next, as we follow her at the “Dancing With The Stars.” For those who missed the three of her past performances, dancing the “Cha, cha, cha,” the quick step, the jive; here they are:

Week 1 - "The Cha, cha, cha"

Week 2- "The Quick Step"

Week 3 - "The Jive"

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