Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Born in 1990, e-mail undoubtedly offers great advantages. Our inboxes record our important conversations, requests and replies. And it is a cheap, quick and convenient way to connect your business or stay in touch with far-flung friends and family.
Mail in moderation
But our growing over-reliance on e-mail is leading many people to believe they have an unhealthy dependence. Check these symptoms to see if you could be an e-mail addict:
- You find it hard to focus on a task for longer than 15 minutes without checking your inbox.
- You get nervous if you can’t access your e-mail for a few hours.
- You feel lonely if you receive no new mail after your lunch break.
- You scan your inbox first thing in the morning and before going to sleep each night.
From the White House to your house
If you now consider yourself an “e-mailaholic”, you share powerful company. US President Obama has recently revealed he is addicted to his handheld e-mail device. From the Oval Office to your office and in thousands between, people are beginning to admit they waste too much time in their inbox.
Why is this bad?
Being obsessed with e-mail actually reduces your productivity if you spend more time waiting for messages than finishing important jobs. Equally, it’s unhealthy if you find yourself getting up in the night to find a Wi-Fi spot, or in your free time it stops you from relaxing with friends and family.
Facing your addiction
If you need to, now’s your chance to check your inbox. But please return to read four tips on how to tackle your addiction.
1. Set a virtual curfew: Outside work hours you need to reduce the impact of e-mail on yourself and loved ones. You need downtime and they want to enjoy your company without inbox incursions. If you have to, give yourself one hour when you come home from work to check, and then turn off and chill out. Try not to get online as soon as you wake up and before sleeping. Even consider having one e-mail-free day per week.
2. Talk more, type less: Too often we type mails that raise more questions than they answer. You can actually save yourself time at work by making a quick call to colleagues to avoid unclear e-mail trails.
3. Write and post a letter: Once your fingers remember how to handle a pen again, you might even enjoy this. Receiving a handwritten letter is special. Share that with a friend or a client and remember: there’s more to life than the online.
4. Go cold turkey: Take a holiday without your laptop. Don’t look at your accounts. Not once! You’ll be surprised, the world can keep going without you.
Avoid the inbox trap
It might be small, but your inbox can easily become a big time-waster. To lift your productivity and enjoyment away from work, try to spend more time thinking outside your box.
Monday, July 20, 2009
We've all heard that laughter is the best medicine. When it
comes to the face, laughter will immediately relax facial
tension. Facial exercises, done regularly, can help tone
the muscles in the face...
- Scrunch up your whole face for a few seconds so that your nose
- is wrinkled, your forehead furrowed, and your eyes and mouth are tightly closed...
- Do the opposite. Open your mouth and eyes as wide as you can...
- Close your mouth again, purse your lips, and push your mouth up to the left, then push to the right...
- Grin - as if from ear to ear and open your eyes wide again...
- Hold and repeat the grin, but this time, tuck in your chin to tighten...
And...Believe it or not, chewing gum also exercises the facial
muscles and will improve circulation...
But dont do this in front of other people coz other may get crazy....!!
- Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.
- The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.
- Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks - otherwise it will digest itself .
- The dot over the letter 'i' is called a "tittle".
- A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
- A duck's quack doesn't echo ... no one knows why.
- 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
- Every person has a unique tongue print (no licking at the scene of a crime!).
- 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
- The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was albino.
- On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
- During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.
- Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.
- Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
- Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww)..
- Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants!
- Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
- Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
- Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
- Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
- There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
- he name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!
- There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
- Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
- A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
- If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19.. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
- By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
- The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
- American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
- The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
- Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!
- Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
- The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
- Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
- Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator game.
- Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages them.
Monday, February 23, 2009
methods from keeping a laptop from getting hot
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Long ago in a land far away, there lived four little characters who ran through a Maze looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.
- Two were mice -Sniff" and "Scurry"
- and two were Little people— "Hem" and "Haw."
Every day the mice and the Little people spent time in the Maze looking for their own special cheese.
The mice. Sniff and Scurry, possessing simple brains and good instincts,
searched for the hard nibbling cheese they liked, as mice often do.
The two Little people, Hem and Haw, used their complex brains, filled with
many beliefs and emotions, to search for a very different kind of Cheese—
with a capital C—which they believed would make them feel happy and
As different as the mice and Little people were, they shared something in common: every morning, they each put on their jogging suits and running shoes, left their little homes, and raced out into the Maze looking for their favorite cheese.
Sniff would smell out the general direction of the cheese, using his great nose, and Scurry would race ahead. They got lost, as you might expect, went off in the wrong direction and often bumped into walls. But after a while, they found their way. Like the mice, the two Little people, Hem and Haw, also used their ability to think and learn from their past experiences. However, they relied on their complex brains to develop more sophisticated methods of finding Cheese.
Sometimes they did well, but at other times their powerful human beliefs and emotions took over and clouded the way they looked at things. It made life in the Maze more complicated and challenging.
day at the end of one of the corridors in cheese Station C.
"This is great" Hem said. "There's enough Cheese here to last us forever." The Little people felt happy and successful, and thought they were now secure.
It was such a large store of Cheese that they eventually moved their homes to be closer to it, and built a social life around it.
Every night the Little people would waddle home, full of Cheese, and every morning they would confidently return for more. This went on for quite some time. After a while Hem's and Haw's confidence grew into the arrogance of success. Soon they became so comfortable they didn't even notice what was happening. As time went on. Sniff and Scurry continued their routine. They arrived early each morning and sniffed and scratched and scurried around Cheese Station C, inspecting the area to see if there had been any changes from the day before. Then they would sit down to nibble on the cheese.
there was no cheese.
(From "Who moved my cheese"by Dr. Spencer)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit/hare who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions which became Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1944.
Today, he is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers, especially its animated productions. According to his biography Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare, he was "born" in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York and the product of many creators: Ben "Bugs" Hardaway (who created a prototypical version of Bugs Bunny known around Termite Terrace as Bugs' Bunny) Bob Clampett, Tex Avery (who directed A Wild Hare, considered Bugs' formal film debut), Robert McKimson (who created the definitive Bugs Bunny character design), Chuck Jones, and Friz Freleng. According to Mel Blanc, the character's original voice actor, Bugs Bunny's accent is a Flatbushthe Bronx and Brooklyn dialects. Bugs Bunny remains one of the most popular and recognizable cartoon characters in the world. In 2002, he was named by TV Guide His catchphrase is a casual "What's up, Doc?" usually said through a mouthful of carrot.