Archive for September, 2010

September 29th, 2010

Trivia

I have allot of fun with trivia. I thought you might like to know these little tidbits.

Enjoy

Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

How did walking a dog lead to Velcro?
In the early 1940s, Swiss inventor George de Mestral went on a walk with
his dog. Upon returning home, he noticed that his dog’s coat and his
pants were covered with cockleburs. His inventor’s curiosity led him to
study the burrs under a microscope, where he discovered its natural
hook-like shape. This was to become the basis for a unique, two-sided
fastener: one side with stiff “hooks” like the burrs and the other side
with the soft “loops” like the fabric of his pants. The result was
VELCRO(r) brand hook and loop fasteners, named for the French words
“velour” and “crochet.”
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How long can lightning flashes be?
The longest lightning flashes measured have been 20 miles in length.
Long flashes occur most often by high clouds. The smallest flashes may
measure less than 300 feet.
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When was milk chocolate introduced?
The early eating bars of chocolate were made of bittersweet chocolate.
Milk chocolate was introduced in 1875 when Henry Nestle, a maker of
evaporated milk and Daniel Peter, a chocolate maker, got together and
invented milk chocolate, which today is preferred by 80% of the world’s
population.
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What does recycling steel do?
Every time a ton of steel is recycled, it means 2,500 pounds of iron
ore, 1,000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone will not have to
be mined from the Earth.
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How many hot dogs are sold at ball games?
Occasionally, hot dog sales at baseball stadiums exceed attendance, but
typically, hot dog sales at ballparks average 80 percent of the
attendance.
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In what area does Michigan beat Europe?
The state of Michigan claims more varieties of trees than all of Europe,
which are spread over 19 million forested acres – more than half the
state.
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How much do U.S. consumers consume?
The average American consumes 1,500 pounds of food each year. 1,000
gallons of water are required to grow and process each pound of that
food. This means that in the U.S., in a single year, an average of 1.5
million gallons of water is invested in the food eaten by just one
person. This 200,000-cubic-feet-plus of water-per-person would be enough
to cover a football field four feet deep.
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What would you eat for a South Chinese breakfast?
A typical breakfast in South China would likely include rice porridge
with slivers of fish, frog, or preserved egg. Also a breakfast favorite
is hot soybean milk with onions.
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How did Jayne decorate her ‘Pink Palace?’
Jayne Mansfield decorated her “Pink Palace” by writing to 1,500
furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told
the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish
mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of
free merchandise.
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What do lobsters and grasshoppers have in common?
Lobsters, like grasshoppers – feel no pain. They have a decentralized
nervous system with no cerebral cortex, which in humans is where a
reaction to painful stimuli proceeds.
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What is so unique about Mozambique’s flag?
The nation of Mozambique has an AK-47 assault rifle on its flag.
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Which is the world’s largest construction project?
In size, materials, and human labor, the Great Wall of China is the
largest construction project ever undertaken by man. Enough stone was
used in the 1,700-year project to build an 8-foot wall girdling the
globe at the equator. The Great Wall snakes its way over more than
one-twentieth of the earth’s circumference.

September 22nd, 2010

6 Ways To Awaken Your Creativity

I don’t know if you like to be creative, but now and then I get a bug up my hind end to do something creative. I have lot’s of ideas pop into my head about what I would like to do and see happen with my projects. I thought you might like this article and hope it gives you some ideas to be creative.

Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

6 Ways To Awaken Your Creativity

posted by Delia Quigley

“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe

Many people link the idea of creativity with being an “artist,” meaning someone who has a natural talent for expressing what they see through writing, art, dance, music or song. Art is defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary as human creativity. This need to create is an expression of our soul that reaches back to the very beginning of time. The ancient yogis called it pakritti, the universal energy that makes up all forms of matter. Creative energy is the cycle of birth, growth, and dissolution, a never-ending cycle to which we are all intimately connected. In other words, art is a metaphor for life, and life is a metaphor for living. Expressing yourself creatively is a recognition, integration, and understanding of what it is to be human.

This creative energy is a spontaneous manifestation that can be seen in the way we dress, the way we decorate our surroundings, the jewelry we wear, the art we hang on our walls, the way we do our job and interact with people around us. It is interesting to note that our individual creative contribution to this process is often determined by how we see and think of ourselves. Our thoughts can open us to inspired moments of greatness or reduce us to inaction filled with doubt. Your creative energy is always within and ready to be used; how you harness it for your greater good is the challenge.

1. Identify your mental blocks. Make a list of all the ways you hold yourself back from expressing yourself creatively.

2. Change your perception of how you think things can be done. Notice the mental blinders you wear that limit your ability to dance with possibility. Instead focus on the positive aspects of your creative power with positive thoughts and eliminating negative excuses.

3. Believe in your ability to manifest your creativity. You are the only one who can determine what you can and cannot do. Rather than hold yourself back let your creative nature flow.

4. Give yourself permission to be more creative. Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to do the most simple of things. In this case, “I give myself permission to be a free and creative soul.”

5. Get out to creative places. Take time to explore and be inspired by the beauty of nature, an afternoon at the museum, art galleries, the theatre, dance concert, your favorite music or even a bookstore. Let the creativity of others open you to new vistas of your own.

6. Surround yourself with creative people. There’s nothing like being around creative people to get your creative juices flowing. Consider taking an art course that will encourage you to create and also put you in contact with like-minded individuals who are tapping into the universal ocean of ideas and imagination.

September 15th, 2010

Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center

I don’t know whether you heard about this but Denzel Washington and   
his family visited the troops at  Brook       
Army  Medical  Center , in  San Antonio, Texas, (BAMC) the other
day. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from  Germany come to be                          
hospitalized in the  United States , especially burn victims. 
There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses.  The Fisher House is a                  
Hotel where soldiers’ families can stay, for little or       
no charge, while their soldier is staying in the  
Hospital.  BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can
imagine,they are almost filled most of the time.
                                             
While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the  
Fisher Houses.  He asked how much one of them
would cost to build.  He took his check book
out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot.          
The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and               
want to get the word out to the American public,          
because it warmed their hearts to hear it. The
question is – why do: Britney Spears, Lindy Lohan, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise                                      
and other Hollywood fluff make front page news with their               
ridiculous antics and Denzel Washington’s Patriotism
doesn’t even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the
Local newspaper in  San Antonio                          .                
                                                                     
A true American and friend to all in uniform! This needs as wide a
distribution as we can create. Please  share it!  Copy and paste this article and
send it to all your friends.

Thank you
Owner/Pama Lyons

September 8th, 2010

People Have No Bloody Idea HOW TO SAVE ENERGY!

I found this interesting article writen by Lewis Page. I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy. While you are here check out my products on the right hand side. There might be something you will like.

People who make an effort to be eco-friendly – for instance by recycling glass bottles, turning off lights and unplugging cellphone chargers – have no idea what they’re on about, according to a new survey. Those who don’t bother are more likely to know what actually saves energy and what doesn’t.

This revelation comes in a new report from the Earth Institute at Columbia Uni in the US, analysing responses made by Americans in 34 states.
The respondents in the survey showed lamentable ignorance of which actions taken by a normal consumer actually have any serious effect on how much energy he or she uses – and thus, probably, the amount of carbon emissions he or she is responsible for.

For instance, one highly popular activity among green-conscious folk both in the States and the UK is the recycling of glass bottles. The respondents in the survey actually considered that glass bottles require less energy to make than an aluminium can, which is totally wrong. Glass requires so much energy to make – or recycle – that it is always more eco-friendly to use aluminium cans, even if one is talking about virgin cans compared to recycled bottles.

As a true eco-person, you shouldn’t be recycling glass: you ought not to be using it at all.

Again, when asked what the single most effective thing they could do to save energy, the most popular response in the survey was to turn off lights. In fact lighting accounts for a relatively small proportion of the average person’s energy use and almost all of us could save far more juice (and carbon) in other ways – for instance by turning the heating down as little as a single degree, something which many extremely keen lightswitch nazis refuse to do.

Another behaviour which people commonly consider to be energy-virtuous is the unplugging (or switching off at the wall) of appliances on standby or unused cell-phone chargers. This is an even bigger waste of time than switching off lights: a modern TV on standby uses less than a watt of power. You would need to unplug it or switch it off for a year to save as much energy as it takes to have one-and-a-half baths.

The list goes on. According to the researchers:

For example, participants estimated that line-drying clothes saves more energy than changing the washer’s settings (the reverse is true) … So long as people lack easy access to accurate information about relative effectiveness, they may continue to believe they are doing their part to reduce energy use when they engage in low-effort, low-impact actions instead of focusing on changes that would make a bigger difference.

Perhaps the killer revelation from the survey is that it is, in fact, the very people who are keenest and most active about reducing their energy consumption who are the most ignorant.

Participants who engaged more in energy-conserving behaviors had less accurate perceptions of energy use and savings, possibly reflecting unrealistic optimism about the effectiveness of their personal energy-saving strategies compared with alternative ones …

In other words, ignore that earnest friend of yours who recycles religiously, turns off their lights all the time and unplugs the telly every night. (This person may also have a rooftop windmill and/or a gas CHP unit.) They quite literally have no idea what they’re talking about.

September 5th, 2010

Comments That Are Deleted

Some of you are posting a sales pitch for your business in my comments. I will not accept any comments that are sales pitches for their products alone. If you are selling something that coincides to my article then I will approve it.

There are also many people posting comments in foreign languages. I will delete those also. If I do not know what they are saying, I will not approve them on my blog. If you would like to leave a comment and get it approved, please do it in English. That is the only language I know.

I am sorry for your inconvenience.

Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

September 1st, 2010

6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

I’m always looking for natural ways to improve my skin. I am going to be 62 this month. I need all the help I can get. Here are six best foods for healthy skin. I got these tips from the health expert David Zinczenko

1. SALMON
Salmon is an ideal food for many reasons, but as far as your skin’s concerned, there’s only one that matters: It’s among the world’s greatest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Those are the essential fats that, along with bolstering the cognitive powers of your brain, concentrate in the walls of your epidermal cells to help lock in moisture. Plus, in one study, researchers supplemented two groups of mice with either omega-3 or omega-6 fats. After two weeks, the skin of the omega-3-fed group exhibited a 20 percent faster recovery rate from exposure to ultraviolet light. That gives salmon two crucial skin boons: keeping your skin from looking dry and helping it battle the dangers of excessive sunlight. 

Other omega-3 foods: sardines, walnuts, flaxseed 

2. CARROTS
Carrots are teeming with tiny orange pigments called beta-carotene, and when you ingest those pigments, you’re inviting them to nestle into your skin, fill in blotches, and give you a healthy glow. And what’s more, research shows that this can actually help prevent premature aging from sun damage. But is the accumulation of orange in your skin going to make you look like an extra from Jersey Shore? Well, hopefully not. But eating excessive loads of carotene-rich foods can lead to a condition called carotenosis, wherein your skin stops looking healthy and starts looking, well, orange. But the conditions is rare, so unless you notice yourself turning into a prison jumpsuit, feel free to chow down.

Other beta-carotene foods: sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, red grapefruit

3. AVOCADO
One study published by The Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people with higher intakes of olive oil had fewer wrinkles than people with higher intakes of butter. The reason: Butter is loaded with saturated fat, while olive oil is rich in monounsaturates, the same essential fats that make up more than 50% of the calories in an avocado. So why eat avocado over olive oil? Both are good, but avocados have the added bonus of B vitamins, which also help to keep your skin looking vibrant and smooth. 

Other monounsaturated-fat foods: olive oil, almonds, peanut butter 

4. BEANS
Legumes, to be more precise. This is the class of plants that includes black beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, and peanuts. And how do these puny pods protect your face? By smoothing out wrinkles. Australian researchers analyzed the diets of more than 400 elderly men and women and found that high intakes of legumes—alongside vegetables and healthy fats—resulted in 20% fewer wrinkles over time. The effect is likely a result of isoflavones—potent antioxidants—concentrated in the beans.

Other isoflavone-rich foods: alfalfa, tempeh, tofu

5. GRAPES
Besides providing protection from heart attack and stroke, antioxidants called polyphenols found in grapes can also help keep middle-aged skin from sagging. That’s because polyphenols improve skin’s elasticity by strengthening collagen, the primary protein in skin’s innermost layer.
 
Other polyphenol-rich foods: grape juice, blueberries
 6. WATER
Okay, it’s not as fun to drink as wine, but water is the strongest weapon you have against lifeless skin. That’s why they call it “moisturizing”—because you’re trying to lock moisture, aka water, into your skin. To put it broadly, all the body’s processes rely on hydration, so if you’re not sipping throughout the day, you’re likely to have a slower metabolism, groggier head, and, yes, drier skin. One study suggested that it takes a mere half-liter of water to create a measurable increase in the capillary blood flow to your body’s outer layer. That’s just over 16 ounces. Try doing that a few times a day and you’ll have a face like a baby’s bottom in no time.

Other water-rich foods: watermelon, peaches, celery

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