A Thank You to My Followers

I have to admit, the title for this article “A Thank You to My Followers” sounds a bit, “how shall I say”, narcissistic. While writing it I immediately got a mental picture of me standing atop a grand balcony, my arms stretched out in an “English Queen” wave.

 

I’m looking down on the millions of my followers crowded into a courtyard just to be as near to me as possible. Somewhere in the distance the soft sounds of “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” are floating in on a soft spring breeze.

 

Too far, you say?

 

Yes, I do have a vivid imagination, however, I hope that made you laugh. I enjoy making people laugh because when they’re laughing, they don’t have time to think about harming their fellow man/woman.

 

My actual intent for this article is to thank all of the people who have taken time out of their hectic, busy life, just to read one of my articles. And if that weren’t enough, those who have found my content so engaging that they felt it necessary to join the conversation, I thank you.

 

You see, I’ve been a professional writer for over 10 years now. Even though I do this for a living, I am still humbled when I see people appreciating my work on my site.

 

Even though it’s my job to draw in as much traffic as I can for my clients’ site. I’m still humbled when people come to my site and “Like” an article here and there, and join a conversation because I presented my writing in a way that engaged them.

 

These are the people I want to offer a very sincere and humble, thank you.

 

I give the example of people taking time out of their busy day because I know what “Busy” means.

 

I’ve raised four children and tried desperately to hone my skills, so I could put food on the table. I’ve made mad dashes across town so the two of my children competing in a sport in those opposite destinations could say “Dad came and watched me play … “

 

At many stages of my life if I turned on a computer it was to work. I rarely, if ever, have time to read a site that has to do with one of my (non-existent) hobbies. So, I do understand “Busy” and that’s why I appreciate it when I see how my content, educates people, entertains people, makes people happy, makes them sad, but most of all makes people think.

 

Taking all of that into consideration, I am truly blessed. So thank you, my friends, my brothers and sisters, my readers, I do appreciate you taking the time to read my humble blog.

The History of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine was initially a Western Christian Liturgical feast day honoring one or more of the early saints named Valentinus.

 

The holiday was recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many countries around the world, however, it isn’t a public holiday in any country.

 

One of the more popular legends, and the reason it’s known as a holiday of love, is that St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roan Empire.

 

According to legend, during Saint Valentine’s imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

 

The day first became associated with romance during the 14th century, when courting your love flourished. In England during the 18th century, the holiday evolved into an occasion where lovers expressed their love for each other by giving them flowers, candy and sending greeting cards, known as valentines.

 

In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys were given to lovers as a romantic symbol encouraging the other to unlock the giver’s heart.

 

Valentine’s Day is Big Business

In the United States alone, close to 200 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent between lovers every year. This doesn’t include the hundreds of millions of little cards sent to the country’s school children to other classmates.

 

Additionally, Valentine’s Day has become increasingly commercialized and a popular gift-giving event in recent decades, with Valentine’s Day themed advertisements encouraging spending on our loved ones.

 

In fact, in the United State alone, the average Valentine’s spending has increased every year, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013.

 

The Little Things Matter Most

It may be a big business, that keeps getting bigger, but it’s still a special day to show the one you love just how special they are to you and you don’t have to do it with money.

 

The best way to show that special person in your life how important they are to you is with three simple words, a nice dinner and some special “alone time”.

 

It’s my hope that you have someone special to spend this day with because everyone deserves to be loved.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Nectar of the Gods: Coffee, the World’s Most Popular Beverage

“I’m nothing without my first cup of coffee!” For most of the world, this statement is not only true, but deeply seated in our collective mindset. People are passionate about their coffee and complete morning routines are devoted to “The Nectar of the Gods”. But what do we really know about this magical concoction that wakes us up, helps us focus and fuels a whole culture of connoisseurs?

 

Coffea arabica

The most common and popular coffee bean is the Coffea arabica, originally indigenous to the mountains of the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia. It is also known as the “coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee” or “arabica coffee”. Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated. Believed to have been grown in Ethiopia for well over 1,000 years.

 

Arabica is said to produce better tasting coffee than the other major commercially grown coffee species, Coffea canephora (robusta), because robusta cherries contain twice as much caffeine as arabica. Since caffeine itself has a bitter taste, robusta is much more bitter than arabica beans.

 

Coffee’s effect on the body

Coffee has a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. It is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Coffee can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways. The effect of coffee on human health has been a subject of several studies. However, results have varied in terms of coffee’s relative benefit. The majority of recent research suggests that moderate coffee consumption is benign or mildly beneficial in healthy adults.

 

Coffee’s beginnings

The cultivation of coffee first took place in southern Arabia. The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies.

 

Economic effect of coffee

Coffee is an important export commodity, it was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004, and it was the world’s seventh-largest legal agricultural export by value in 2005. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Some controversy is associated with coffee cultivation and its impact on the environment. To combat this, organic coffee is an expanding market.

 

Brazil is the top producer of coffee beans, with 33.1% of the market share, it is followed by Vietnam (15.2%), Indonesia (6.3%), Colombia (5.9%) and Ethiopia (5%). The top five producers control 65.6% of the worldwide market.

 

Fair trade coffee

The concept of fair trade labeling, which guarantees coffee growers a negotiated preharvest price, began with the Max Havelaar Foundation’s labeling program in the Netherlands. Coffee was incorporated into the fair-trade movement in 1988, when the Max Havelaar mark was introduced in the Netherlands. The very first fair-trade coffee was an effort to import a Guatemalan coffee into Europe as “Indo Solidarity Coffee”.

 

Culture

The “coffee break” was aggressively promoted by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau beginning in 1952. Before this time it had been unknown in the workplace, its uptake was facilitated by the recent popularity of both instant coffee and vending machines. It has since become an institution of the American workplace.

 

Folklore

The Oromo people would customarily plant a coffee tree on the graves of powerful sorcerers. They believed that the first coffee bush sprang up from the tears that the god of heaven shed over the corpse of a dead sorcerer.

 

Coffee has become such a large part of our society that it even has its own day. In the United States, September 29 is celebrated by the masses as “National Coffee Day.” A handful of other countries also carry on this tradition with their own day to commemorate the drink that has become so popular in our present day culture.

 

Happy New Year!

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This is the time of year for wishing in the new year and saying good bye to the old. A time for new beginnings and putting the past behind us. Anything is possible for the new year, your only limit is your imagination, your drive and commitment.

 

It is for this reason that many people come up with New Year Resolutions. The most popular tend to be losing weight, stopping smoking … etc. But, here is a thought for you, my New Year Resolutions are a bit different this year. Here they are, let me know if any of them match yours.

My New Year Resolutions for this year are:

To love a little deeper

Don’t be so stingy with my forgiveness

Be the best father I can

Be the best husband I can

Be the best neighbor I can (worldwide)

Help someone everyday

Have an easy smile and kind word for strangers I pass

 

There are the possibility for several more along these same lines, but to sum my resolutions up I want to, in my small way, try to make the world a better place. Because I can’t, for the life of me, figure out where we went so wrong in our priorities in this world.

“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye comes to mind as I sit here writing my humble wishes for you to have a better year. Because, honestly, there are far too many mothers crying in our world today. There are far too many of my brothers and sisters dying today. What’s going on, where did we go so wrong in our priorities.

The number one priority should be to love our brothers and sisters. But, have we ever truly loved each other, I don’t know. I’m only a man. However, maybe my humble acts of kindness will lead to others who are only men and women to do the same. Then, maybe we can change the world.

With this humble well wishing I want to express how thankful I am for my followers and for those who’ve just stumbled across this article and found it helpful and inspirational. With that I say

Happy New Year, I hope next year is a much better for you and your’s and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, with all of the grace I can muster and I Love You. God Bless.

“9/11 was an Inside Job” Article Promoted by Facebook

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Anyone who uses Facebook has noticed the trending news sidebar. This is theoretically supposed to be a list of topics users are currently discussing. However, the feature came under attack in June when Gizmodo reported on its supposed liberal bias.

In August, Facebook fired their human editors and replaced them with what most wrongly thought to be purely algorithmic curation. But, instead they shifted to a team with more “technical skill-sets.”

Surprisingly, the situation only got worse when Facebook featured an article on the trending news sidebar that claimed to discuss footage revealing that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were actually a planned demolition on the Anniversary of the terror attacks.

In other words, just short of their 13th birthday they figured, as any 13 year old might, that this was informative trending news topic.

While Facebook attempted to blame the debacle on algorithms, it was, in fact, a more human issue. According to the company’s press release, while humans on the trending news team review topics, they mostly work to make sure that the topics in question correspond to “current news events.”

Facebook’s trending news staffers are supposed to follow a multistage set of guidelines for accepting a topic. For example, during the NBA Finals curators wouldn’t promote an article about LeBron James, as a trending news article, just because he was playing in the game.

They would only accept an article about him if he did something significant in the game, like making a “game-winning shot in Game 2 of the finals.”

It’s not easy to understand how such an offensive article about 9/11 made it past the diligent trending news team. Although, it may be possible that the Facebook employees were trying to counteract the continuous claims of bias by showing both sides of the issue.

Unfortunately, in this case, the other side of the issue may not only be offensively wrong, but may even be unbalanced.

For now, however, Facebook has done what any other company, that has posted something offensive has done, they removed the “trending news” article.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the trending news topic wasn’t active any longer in  Slate:

“We’re aware a hoax article showed up there and as a temporary step to resolving this we’ve removed the topic.” It seems possible that Facebook trending itself won’t be long for the world either. We’ll just have to wait and see.

A Comprehensive Review of the LumaRx IPL Hair Remover

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Created by one of the country’s leading dermatologists, the LumaRx IPL laser home hair removal system provides a whopping 94 percent removal of unwanted hair.

Using the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology, one of the most effective for hair removal lasting longer than basic, ineffective systems. The IPL technology is also the same technology used by dermatologist for professional long-term hair removal.

The LumaRx IPL provides you with the same benefits as you would receive with a professional treatment, but in a compact and convenient at-home system, for a more private and customized application.

The system is perfect for targeted use on the underarms, bikini line, arms, legs, chest and stomach. The device comes equipped with a skin tone tester to avoid the treatment of skin that is too dark since it should only be used on light to medium skin tones.

Application

The energy from the light on the device targets dark hairs, working best on black, dark brown or dark blonde hairs. The LumaRx IPL isn’t effective on peach fuzz or lighter color hair including light blond, red, gray or white.

How it works

The state of the art technology in the LumaRx IPL is a light-based technology which emits a light energy that penetrates down to the root of the hair follicle deep within the skin.

This heat stuns the active hair follicles, breaking the hair growth cycle and preventing the future growth of hair within the application area.

The treated hair, within the area of application, will then fall out within 7-10 days.

This simple, but effective technology doesn’t require messy creams or ointments and is comparable to the procedure obtained at a professional hair removal technician.

Treatment specifics

The treatment window on the LumaRx IPL uses cutting edge filters, which are similar to those used by professional devices, to spread the energy evenly across the window.

This offers a more uniformed energy output, reducing the “hot spots” commonly found on traditional treatment windows.

The LumaRx IPL is the only device to feature the ComfortFilter technology that blocks harmful UV rays as well as infrared energy, allowing the light energy to be focused for treatments that are safe, effective and comfortable.

Why the LumaRx IPL is so effective

Hair is made up of the hair shaft, which the part you see at the surface of your skin. The follicle is located below the surface of the skin, and the papilla is at the root of the hair, near the follicle.

The IPL treatment focuses on the area of the papilla because it contains the living part of the hair and is the main way to prevent future growth.

Normally you will naturally have hair actively growing, hair that is resting, or hair that isn’t growing at all at any time. You will also have hair that is in a transitional period, where it is in between actively growing and resting.

To effectively target hair for removal, the hair needs to be in the active growth phase. Actively growing hair accounts for 50% of all hair at any given time. This means that you have the ability to treat most of your hair.

However, it is also important to regularly perform follow up treatments so you’re able to target the hair that may have been resting or in the transitional phase during your last treatment.

Safe and FDA approved

If the LumaRx IPL system sounds intimidating, it’s really not. The IPL technology has been proven to be effective and safe for over 20 years.

All of the LumaRx devices have been approved by the FDA for use on the body and female facial hairs. They also use their proprietary ComfortFilter technology to block harmful UV and infrared energy.

All IPL hair removal devices sold in the United States need to be approved by the FDA. IPL devices also all require a built in safety system that only allow the pulse of the laser or light when there is total contact with the skin.

What is IPL

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology is a form of light therapy that is used for various dermatological procedures including hair removal.

Different than laser treatments, which has only one wavelength which is discharged from the diode no matter what you’re targeting, IPL several different wavelengths (from 500 to 1,200 nanometers) that disperse deep into the skin. As with all light-based treatments, IPL works by discharging wavelengths deep into your skin, which in regards to hair removal focuses on the pigment.

How does LumaRx compare to other IPL devices

The LumaRx IPL provides the following advantages over similar IPL hair removal devices:

  • The LumaRx IPL provides better coverage due to the size of its treatment window, which is more than three times larger than Tria Beauty’s window. This allows for a larger coverage area and shorter treatment times.

 

  • In separate clinical studies, the LumaRx IPL delivered a 66% hair reduction 12 months after three treatments. This is in comparison to a 33% hair reduction from the Tria Beauty provided after the same amount of treatments and length of time. This equates to a two time better result over the Tria Beauty.

 

  • The LumaRx IPL provides the use of advanced filters that are identical to those found in professional devices. This provides a much more uniformed output of energy, as well as the reduction of “hot spots” that are sometimes found when using other home use IPL hair removal devices.

 

It seems like IPL technology is currently extremely popular in hair reduction and removal, and the LumaRx IPL is at the top of the rest of the competition. The 90 day return policy also proves just how confident the company is in their product and a great incentive as well.

However, one of the biggest misunderstandings with IPL devices seems to be how long the cartridges are expected to last. There is major variance between the current devices on the market as to what this time length actually is.

All IPL devices need replacement cartridges so it becomes an issue of how often the device is used as to how often replacement cartridges are needed.

Perfect Sound With a Class D Car Amplifier

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Good music can produce many different emotions in different people. As the saying goes “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” meaning that our tastes aren’t all the same. Nowhere is this statement more true than in the case of music.

However, most of us can agree on the difference between music that sounds good and music that sounds bad. Music can bring on a state of relaxation, cheer us up and even allow for deep reflection.

Our vehicle is one place where we love to listen to our favorite tunes. In some cases, it’s the only place we choose to listen to our favorite music. Music is the one form of entertainment we can safely enjoy while motoring down the road. After all, it isn’t really advisable to watch your favorite TV show while driving to work.

With this being said we usually don’t mind investing in our car audio system. The most affordable way to improve the quality of your automobile’s audio system is with a quality amplifier.

One of the best systems on the market today is the Class D Car Amplifier. As with anything we purchase today, especially on the internet, honest Class D Car Amplifier Reviews are extremely important to help you make an educated decision on which amplifier to purchase.

With so many car amplifiers available to choose from, choosing a quality one at an affordable price can be challenging.

Class D amplifier explained

Class D audio amplifiers are designed to handle sound differently. They are designed to utilize the output transistors as a switch, allowing them to control the power to the speakers in a more balanced distribution. Since the Class D amplifier’s transistors rapidly switch on and off, the amplifiers usually provide higher distortion than the Class AB amplifiers.

Characteristics of a Class D Amplifiers

Some of the more noticeable benefits the Class D Amplifier provides over the other classes of amplifiers include:

  • More energy efficient
  • Lower operating temperatures
  • Excellent low-frequency sound reproduction

One of the most noticeable drawbacks noticeable in the Class D Audio Amplifier is the noticeable lower high-frequency sound reproduction.

Class D popularity

In 2015, the Class D Audio Amplifier was responsible for the largest market share over all other vehicle audio amplifiers and they are expected grow in popularity this year and in the future.

This increase in demand is attributed to the increase in vehicle audio system technology.

Tips for buying a car audio amplifier

When buying an audio amplifier for your vehicle there are a few things to keep in mind including:

  • Make sure you get what you pay for
  • Make sure you receive a dependable warranty with your amplifier
  • Be sure the amplifier will physically fit in the space you have available
  • Always use good wiring when installing the amplifier
  • Make sure the amplifier will do everything you need it to
  • Check to make sure the amplifier will be able to easily handle the load you need it to
  • Always purchase an amplifier that is more powerful then what you require

With the wide assortment of car audio amplifiers on the market choosing the one suitable for your needs can seem daunting. However, with a little research and knowledge you will find that the Class D Audio Amplifier will be the most suitable to your needs.