What About The Leashed Class?

I want to rant. I want to shout out to everyone about what happens in our neighborhood (I affectionately call “The Sac”) and how jaw-dropping some of it is. I want to rant and blow each and every one of you away about some of the egocentric, disrespectful, and yet seemingly ‘nice’ neighbors we have and what they do.

But I can’t. Nope. I was stupid enough brilliant enough when I started this blog to reach into the future in my mind’s eye and see all the damage I would do with such rants. I decided that extended family and neighbors were definitely out of bounds. What was I thinking!?!?

Half, okay maybe ¾ of what ticks me off has happened recently in our neighborhood. (pulling out my hair – ouch). My heart is screaming, “Tell them, just tell them. They won’t believe it either”, sign. But I can’t. I can, however, tell you things about the city/neighborhood I live in.

Some of it is great. Where we used to live (we moved a year ago) on the other side of this metropolis wonderland, everyone was down to earth. They (we) were part of the true middle class; struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children.

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Do infomercials really work?

There are few species lower on the advertisement food chain than the infomercial. The word connotes such lowbrow associations that even those within the infomercial industry prefer calling the 30-minute television segment “long-form” ads.

But slice and dice it as you wish, this much-maligned advertising genre is being polished for a new brand of television viewer. Move over you hawkers of Ginsu knives, chicken rotisseries, and Ab Rockers. Human-resources services and luxury car manufacturers are invading your realm. And their audience no longer consists of merely the half-dazed daytime bonbon nibblers and late-night couch potatoes.

Proof that long-form ads are catching on: Last year, Mercedes-Benz premiered its first infomercial on national cable networks. Major online job site Monster.com debuted its first long-form ad, “The Monster Show,” on cable channels and local network affiliates nationwide.

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Blue and Pink Wii Remotes-WTF

The people at Nintendo Wii continue to amaze me with their creativity just recently they launched the new pink and blue remotes embedded with the new MotionPlus technology. They’ve taken the normal Wii controller and added color, better technology and cool grips, to give gamers the ultimate, interactive gaming experience while making your Wii accessories look great too.

This new MotionPlus technology is aimed at improving the overall gaming experience for the gamer. Just connect the MotionPlus remote accessory to your remote and feel the difference yourself, your Wii remote will respond to even your slightest turn of the wrist. Most new games come equipped with this technology.

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Disrupted Worlds

It is just so exciting to read what people think about Disrupted Worlds and I appreciate so much the effort that reviewers make, so thank you to Yacouba T for making my day with a review on amazon.com under the heading
“Great sampling of indie authors” quoted below in warts and all style:

“Independent authors and publishers need more offerings like Disrupted Worlds. All too often, independent works get rushed to market without thorough editing or a professional look.

This collection provides a good sampling of what indie authors and publishers are capable of when they respect the readers enough to work on their craft and present a clean product. So thanks to the authors and editor!

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What does it take for a paradigm shift?

A paradigm shift is a shift in the way in which you look at a particular topic, subject, knowledge area or way of approaching how to do something.

The interesting thing is that people get stuck in paradigms because of what they believe to be the truth, i.e. an absolute truth.

When in reality there are only facts and ‘the truth’ is just a way of looking at those facts.

People usually feel comfortable with their, “truths”, or their version of reality. When I say this to people they often think I am ’splitting hairs’ and that ‘facts’ and ‘truths’ are the same. Well actually nothing could be further from the truth.

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Writing an Effective Resume to Create Positive Impression

Your resume is the first step that speaks about you and your ability. It contains all the basic information and helps the interviewer to have a certain impression about you even before the interview.

A perfect resume can help in getting a job or to get admitted to a renowned college. It gives you the opportunity to speak for yourself.

Your resume contains the outline of your experience, skills, and achievements which helps in framing certain perceptions in the mind of the interviewer so it is necessary to give the appropriate information in a suitable format.

Resumes are written differently depending on the purpose. Generally, resumes are on a single page as too much of information is often ignored.

Steps for writing a successful resume

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Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues

Some people take the season head-on, putting up the holiday decorations before the Thanksgiving dishes have grown cold. Others go with the flow and brave the mall crowds at the last minute.

Some just wish the whole season would go away. No matter what your style, a little planning and preparation will make it easier to cope with holiday stress.

“The key is to be proactive,” said Ron Bale Ph.D., staff psychologist at Community Memorial Hospital and a private practice since 1979. “If you know that the holidays are a difficult time for you, get together with a close friend and bounce some ideas off them.”

The temptation to overdo is a lot stronger during the holidays. There are so many choices and so many expectations that it’s easy to overeat, overspend or simply run yourself ragged trying to keep up with the festivities. Decide ahead of time how you want to celebrate the season. Share your plan with your family or a friend who can help you stick with it. Read More “Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues”

Can A Student Advise A Successful Company?

Semester two is upon us and it’s going to be hell on earth. OK, slightly dramatic, and it’s fine so far but ask me in a few weeks when we get our assignments.

I’m not actually at university until tomorrow but today was my first day at “the Office”

You might wonder how did I get there? It’s a great story about how helping other (good) people you can help yourself.

I was involved in the development of Covcell  GED prep for people who want to get their HSE diploma and got recommended by the owners of this website to their friends who run “the Office”. And I am entirely grateful and tell you helping other good people pays off. But going back to my story.

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How To Recover Lost Files From A Crashed Disk Drive

comuterThis article takes a fresh look at some different ways to recover lost files from a hard drive that has crashed.

Each approach has its own associated cost and benefits, with each being suited to certain types of faults.

The first method you could try involves removing the internal hard drive, installing it in an external HDD case and attempting to read the contents via a second computer.

These type of external drive casing devices are widely available in computer peripheral shops. They are often used by people who wish to swap their existing drive for a new one, and still get some use from the old drive as an external storage device.

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Apply head to keyboard. Repeat.

I HATE COMPUTERS. I should (theoretically) be able to make a remote desktop connection from my laptop at a client’s site to my desktop computer in the office.

Three times today I have been able to do this, and others have been able to also connect on their accounts.

Randomly and whenever I actually NEED the connection for something urgent, it doesn’t FREAKING WORK. I wait an indeterminate amount of time (anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours) and then it works again.

ANGER. RAGE. FRUSTRATION. Know what this is? It’s called ICARUS FLYING TOO CLOSE TO THE BLOODY SUN.

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