Thursday, December 22

Christmas Is Almost Here!

Christmas will be here in 3 days and Christmas Eve is in 2 days. I hope you’re ready friends! And I hope your Christmas is wonderful!

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I want to thank you for being good, supportive friends during the year. You made me happy by Following me, commenting on my website and being supportive when I needed you! You’re like guardian angels to me! Good friends are hard to find!

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I have enjoyed your websites very much this year! Thank you for writing such awesome blogs to entertain me. I can only hope that I did the same for you.

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If you have pets like I do, they make holidays more fun so make sure you have gifts for them to show them how much you love and cherish them. They give us so much unconditional love and we should make sure to include them at Christmas.

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Santa Claus is making his trial run to make sure the reindeer and his sled are ready for the “big night”. He can’t have any mistakes on Christmas Eve!

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“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein

Here’s a Christmas e-card for you!

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I wonder if I’ll get anything since I’ve been naughty this year?

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I just love putting up my Christmas tree. I like to put it up after Thanksgiving and keep it up until Feb. because I like the lights and I have antique and home made ornaments. I keep it watered well so it lasts and my enjoyment of it is major.

So have a Merry Christmas and I’ll be thinking of you!

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Monday, December 12

Fun Facts With General Knowledge

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1. Longest English Word: Praetertranssubstan tiationalistical ly has 37 letters.

2. A Book Without The Letter "e": GADFY, written by Earnest Wright in 1939 is a 50,000+ word book, which doesn't contain a single word with the letter 'e' in it.

3. Words Without Vowels: Rhythm, Sky, Fry & Cry
 
4. Human Brain:  Is an organ in our body which feels no pain nor has no sensation when cut.
 
5. Crocodile: Only animal & reptile which sheds tears while eating. Hence, “crocodile tears.”
 
6. Number of alphabets, which sound as words: They are;
 
B, Bee
 
C, Sea
 
G, Zee
 
I, Eye
 
Q, Queue
 
R, Are
 
S, Yes
 
T, Tea
 
U, You
 
Y, Why
 
7. Fascinating Animals, Birds & Trees: 
 
♦ Snails have 14,175 teeth laid along 135 rows on their tongue.
 
♦ A butterfly has 12,000 eyes.
 
♦ Dolphins sleep with one eye opened.
 
♦ A Blue Whale can eat as much as 3 tons of food everyday, but at the same time can live without food for 6 months.
 
♦ The earth has over 12,000,000 species of animals, 3,00,000 species of plants & 1,00,000 other species.
 
♦ The most fierce dinosaur was tyrannosaurs which had sixty long & sharp teeth, used to attack & eat other dinosaurs.
 
♦  Demetrio was a mammal like reptile with a snail on its back. This acted as a radiator to cool the body of the animal. 
 
♦ Cassowary is one of the most dangerous birds, that can kill a man or animal by tearing off the flesh with its dagger like claws.
 
♦ The swan has over 25,000 feathers on it’s body.
 
♦ The ostrich eats pebbles to help digestion by grinding up the indigested food.
 
♦ Polar bears can look clumsy and slow but during a chase on ice, can reach up to 25 miles per hour.
 
♦ Kiwis are the only birds which hunt by sense of smell.
 
♦ Elephant teeth can weight as much as 9 pounds a tooth.
 
♦ Owls are the only bird that can rotate it’s head to 270 degrees.
 
8. What Are They? (Answers Below)*
 
A. If we say “mummy” they come together and go apart when we say “daddy.”
 
B. What goes up and never comes down?
 
C. Patches over patches but no stiches.
 
D. What is it that we cannot see, but is always before you.
 
E. What goes up and down a hill, but never moves?
 
F. You can never wet it.
 
G. What belongs to you, but is used by other’s more often than you do?
 
9. In 24 hours the average person’s body does what?
 
♦ The heart beats 1,03,689 times.
 
♦ The lungs respire 23,045 times.
 
♦ Blood flows 16,000 miles.
 
♦ Nails grow 0.00007 inches.
 
♦ Hair grows 0.01715 inches.
 
♦ Takes on 2.9 pounds of water (including all liquids.)
 
♦ Takes on 3.25 pounds of food.
 
♦ Breathes 438 cubic feet of air.
 
♦ Loses 85.60 of body temperature.
 
♦ Produces 1.43 pints of sweat.
 
♦ Speaks 4,800 words.
 
♦ During sleep moves 25.4 times
 
* “What Are They?” Answers:
 
A. Lips
 
B. Age
 
C. Cabbage
 
D. Future
 
E. Road
 
F. Shadow
 
G. Your name



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Friday, December 2

How Time Flies

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Another week has come and gone in a blink of my eye. I’m glad it’s Friday, I need some weekend time but I can’t believe how fast the week went by! Of course the weekend will go by even faster. This is December already and it’s almost 2012. Time sure does fly.
 
I have been giving some thought about how time flies and found some goodies about it to share with you before I enjoy my Friday night.
 
 
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♦ Times change and we with time.
 
♦ Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods. (Japanese)
 
♦ Time fleets away without delay.
 
♦ Time gives good advice. (Maltese)
 
♦ Time heals old pain, while it creates new ones. (Hebrew)
 
♦ Time is anger's medicine. (German)
 
♦ Time has a forelock, but is bald behind. (Latin)
 
♦ Times passes like the wind. (Portuguese)
 
♦ Time lost cannot be won again.
 
* The proverbs are American unless otherwise noted.
 
 
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♦ All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. Baltasar Gracian
 
♦ Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst. William Penn
 
♦ Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. Jim Bishop
 
♦ Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
 
♦ Time cuts down all, Both great and small. Anonymous
 
♦ I have never seen someone unafraid of the future, not worried about the present and someone who doesn't want to go back to the past and correct their mistakes. Kazi Shams
 
♦ Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg
 
♦ Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth. Thomas Huxley
 
♦ As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. Henry David Thoreau
 
♦ Time, time, time, see what’s become of me, While I looked around, For my possibilities; I was so hard to please Paul Simon
 
The bird of time has not far to fly, And the bird is on the wing! Anon.
  
 
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I don’t know this band but I really like the song. Give it a try!
 
 
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How Time Flies
 
Tick-tick-tick the clock moves sixty times and it’s a minute.
 
A little while and it’s another hour and soon dusk approaches.
 
Night, then a new day.
 
Few hours ago now termed yesterday and before you know it the year is gone.
 
Sweet memories flashing through the mind like it happened a few seconds past.
 
But lo that was some years back, but surprised how seconds turn minutes, minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months.
 
And months turn into years, oh how time flies.
 
By: Stewart Gideon
 
 
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(My,) how time flies.
 
1. Time has gone by quickly, it is time for me to go. Bill: Look at the clock! Mary: How time flies! I guess you'll be going. Bill: Yes, I have to get up early. John: My watch says it's nearly midnight. How time flies! Jane: Yes, it's late. We really must go.
 
2. Time passes quickly. (Said especially when talking about how children grow and develop.) "Look at how big Billy is getting," said Uncle Michael. "My, how time flies." Tom: It seems it was just yesterday that I graduated from high school. Now I'm a grandfather. Mary: My, how time flies.
 
 
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I hope you enjoyed your time spent reading this blog! How time flies!
 
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Twenty Six Helpful Tips For Blogging Success

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I have been blogging for over 10 years, starting with AOL, moving onto Tagged, Facebook, MySpace, deviant ART, Linked in, Windows Live, and many other blogging accounts ending with the best; Blogger.

To be a successful blogger it’s not enough to start a website and just blog about your day. I did this myself for years until I noticed that my blogs were suffering from spotty comments, bad content and low page views. I did research on the types of blogs that do get loads of comments and came to the conclusion that if I wanted to be successful at blogging I needed to do more than just socialize. I found out it takes hard work, clever planning, a sense of humor, brilliant writing and the right moves to become a successful blogger.

My list may be a long one, but I can bet that you will find something to help you make the right moves to be a better blogger. We can always improve can’t we?

If you want a social page you can add a tab to your BlogSpot, (like a Guestbook tab) and use it as a social page for your friends and family and still get your blog on. Don’t forget, there’s always Facebook for those of you that just want to socialize.

Here’s my tips to get more readers than you ever imagined and move your BlogSpot to the top of the line. Good luck, and most of all you should have fun with it and look forward to it. If you aren’t enjoying yourself maybe blogging isn’t for you.

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Tips For Blogging Success

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1. Publish Consistently-Daily posts are important! Content should be consistently posted because readers like predictability and will look forward to new posts from you on a daily basis. Figure out a publishing schedule you can live with and stick to it. Once a week or twice a month, whatever your blogging time permits stick to it. You are only as good as your last post.

2. Co-Blog with A Partner-Regular posts for blogs can be a hassle for some bloggers to manage solo. If you know you will not have the time to blog yourself, invite a co-worker or a friend who shares the same passion and dedication as you and ask them to co-blog. It keeps your regulars on your website instead of looking elsewhere and a different perspective never hurts.    

3. Get On The Search Engines-When you are just starting out on your BlogSpot fifty is a magic number in blogging terms. I don’t know why the number 50 was picked but after 50 blogs your website will start to be picked up by the search engines and the page views will began to increase. The page views will grow exponentially with the increase in search engine queries. It’s almost as if “50 blogs” gives you a leg to stand on and the more search engines you are on the better.

4. Use Original Photos Or Images-It has been reported that blogs with original photos earned twice the number of page views than those articles with license-free images. Take the time to pick the right images to compliment your blog content and your blog will bring even more page views. I have found that animated gifs are an easy and fun way to make the look of your blogs POP. It adds an original look to your content that will bring even more page views your way.

5. Use Friendly Titles And Captions On Photos And Your Blogs-Keywords (or labels) help people find your blogs through your photos and captions give an extra anchor for readers because humans are naturally visual animals. It’s a little extra work but before you upload a photo for your blog, title each image with a keyword or label. It will ensure that the search engines optimize these so your website can be found by either the photos or on your blog. Do a search on yourself to see how you’re doing. 

6. Comment On All Comments-Be social and grateful to your readers that leave comments. Most readers will not respond to blogs, even if they like them. I receive a lot more page views then comments because readers take the information and move on. So when you get a comment respond promptly. Address them by name, add to the discussion and invite them back. Thank them for their time and readership.

7. Read And Comment On Other People’s Blogs-Following someone’s blogs isn’t enough. You expect your Followers to read and comment on your blogs so it’s only fair play to visit, read and comment on your Followers blogs. Do this on a daily basis and soon you’ll find that you will receive the comments from your readers that you want.

8. Publish An Honest, Complete Profile-Websites where you can actually get to know some facts about the blogger’s work or life you are Following seem more legitimate than those with a frivolous profile page. Especially if you are serious about writing and want your Followers to trust in who you are and what you write. People like to know things like where you’re from, your interests, around what age you are, (it shows in your writing anyway) a little back round information and where you live. Don’t be shy, I can tell you from experience that an honest profile with a picture of yourself goes a long way. I took a few images of myself and made them into an animated gif for my profile picture and readers eat it up. Showing Followers a glimpse of who you really are goes a long way. 

9. Email Signature With Your URL-At the bottom of every email you send your signature should include your email address, your URL, a cell phone number, or any other information you want to include it’s up to you. It will make networking easier and it’s a way to advertise that will help bring more readers to your blogging site. Optimally, you should have a separate email account designated just for that URL so that your personal messages don’t get lost in the mix. I have one account for my blogging/personal use and another for everything else.

10. Guest Bloggers-Find a blogger that you think is brilliant? You can learn from them. Ask them to guest blog on your site. They add a whole different dimension and outlook to your BlogSpot. You can ask them to blog on a certain subject or put up a prompt and ask people to write whatever they want about it. Or let them blog on what they want. When they do make sure they get a link back to their own site on your website for their work. Thank them for participating on your BlogSpot. Guest bloggers can help you with exposure. When you link to that blog, many of their Followers and friends will come to check out your site. Depending on the amount of readers they have it’s a great way to boost your page views or find new Followers yourself.

11. Be Interesting-Readers want to find fresh, valuable, entertaining and remarkable information. Make an effort to deliver more than just the facts. Make it about your subject matter, not you. It doesn’t hurt to be personal but avid blog readers won’t find blogs that talk about the weather everyday sound that interesting. Just like you, they want some meat on those bones.

12. Get Your Point Across-Style, grammar, spelling, layout, all count for nothing if your audience doesn’t get your meaning. Make yourself clear and understood. 

13. Hold On To Passion-Keep the fires burning, don’t let your blog subject turn into a chore. It’s important to recognize when you need to scrap a blog too, sometimes they just aren’t good enough to post. Enjoy what you are doing and it will show.

14. Make A Good First Impression-Do new visitors know what your blog is about in under 10 seconds? Can they navigate your website easily? Make sure your blog is set up professionally so that your readers can clearly understand your subject matter and find what they are looking for. 

15. Build Momentum And Optimize Your Blogs-Keep pushing every day and keep it up. I try to do one blog a day and if I get busy at least one every few days. It takes less effort to keep going than to stop and start again. All of us can improve our writing but it takes practice and motivation. Keep tweaking and continuously improve your writing because practice makes a perfect BlogSpot.

16. Look Good And Be Unique-Appearances count, in terms of your blog design and your posts. Make your content stand out by using the template designer in the advanced mode and make it your own. Change your website’s look occasionally so your readers see changes when they visit. I suggest balancing them out with animated and regular images. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If your website is the same as everyone else's, why would anyone bother to Follow your blog?

17. Give Out Your Own Awards And Share Others-Make your own special award and give them out to other bloggers that you think deserve them. The awards can be for anything you like. It’s a great way to tell your favorite bloggers you appreciate them and it will bring new people (their friends and Followers) to your BlogSpot increasing your readership. It’s all good.

18. Using Blogs Of Note For More Page Views-Look under your Blogger Dashboard at “Blogs Of Note” and check out the blogs there. These blogs are popular, crème of the crop and the sites have loads of Followers on them. Find the ones that interest you, Follow them, leave lots of comments and you will get more people checking out your site because of it

19. Be A Guest Blogger On Another Site-There are a lot of sites out there that encourage you to be a guest writer on their sites. You get a prompt, (usually a picture or term) and if you blog about it on your site it’s a plus! You will usually get a link on that site back to yours (at least you should) and people who Follow that site will come to see what you’ve done. It’s another great way to get more page views for your BlogSpot while you polish your blogging skills.

20. Monitor Your Stats-Stats tell you the health of your blog and where the traffic is coming from. Keep an eye on your statistics to make sure you are writing content that brings new readers in yet keeps your old ones. Your stats will also tell you if your blog strategy is solid or if you need to make some changes. Is your blog readership growing or fading away?

21. Communication Fascination-If you love your subject matter then let your readers know it. If you share your enthusiasm it becomes contagious and makes your readers excited about it too. Give them a reason to want to leave a comment.

22. Explore And Experiment-Blogs that make an effort to stretch, to break the mold and provide something unique are the blogs people flock to, chat about, and return to. Be inspired to have your BlogSpot under “Blogs Of Note.”

23. Poll Your Readers-Run different polls, the results are newsworthy and fun. Have a fixed date for the poll to be finished and blog on the results. Find out what your readers think about any subject you pick. Just make sure your poll is fun and interesting to your readers or you won’t get many answers. 

24. Join Forums-Break out of your blogging bubble. Network by meeting potential readers online, discuss cool subjects and make new friends. You can learn a lot depending on the forum you are taking part in and you may find something awesome to blog about at the same time.

25. Get More Experience And Develop Expertise-Do new things, broaden your horizons, practice your writing and stretch your limits. Practice makes perfect. In no time you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t. You will develop a good idea as to what kind of blogs bring the readers to your BlogSpot.

26. Toot Your Own Horn-You worked hard for it, your blogging success will grow as you do and you’ll have more Followers then you ever imagined. Good for you! 

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Wednesday, November 30

Hue Optical Illusions *

Arjen Goldschmidt has sent in what appears to be the best (proof-endorsed) color optical illusion I have seen. Below examples showcase embedded lines of seemingly different colors. The reason they look different is because our brain judges the color of an object by comparing it to surrounding colors. So without us even knowing it, in the first example, our brains compare the flowing red stripes to the yellow stripes, forcing us to think they are orange. The blue stripes make the red ones appear much darker -almost purple, even though they are exactly the same color! This is just one of the examples why you cannot trust what you see even with your own eyes.
 
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Hue is one of the main properties of a color, defined technically as “the degree to which a stimulus can be described as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, green, blue, and yellow” (those being the unique hues). The other main correlatives of color appearance are colorfulness, Chroma, saturation, lightness, and brightness.
 
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In painting color theory, a hue refers to a pure color—one without tint or shade (added white or black pigment, respectively). A hue is also an element of the color wheel. Hues are first processed in the brain in areas in the extended V4 called globs.
 
* Source: from Mighty Optical Illusions. If you love optical illusions of all kinds this is the place to check out!
 
Here’s an example of the same type of hue optical illusions except without color. It still works the same and fools the eye. Is one gray line lighter or darker? As you can see the principle still works.
 
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Saturday, November 19

Things We Forget To Remember

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When I put this blog up yesterday I forgot to give credit where credit is due! All of these funny posts-came from a website called; Post-it notes left to their fate in public places. Just in case you want to buy some of these TWF posters they have them for sale.
 
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