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Can Plagiocephaly Be Treated in Adults?

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These days it’s common to see babies with flat heads, and you might have even seen one or two sporting funny looking helmets to correct the deformity. But what if you have reached adulthood with a flat spot on your head, having been born at a time when knowledge of this condition was limited? Can plagiocephaly be treated in adults and older children?

The rise of plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly has gained much media attention in recent years. While the Back to Sleep campaign of the 1990s may have successfully reduced the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), long periods spent lying in the supine position also left many children with misshapen heads.

Fast forward 20 or so years, and awareness about plagiocephaly is beginning to pick up, with doctors and health visitors providing advice for parents and private clinics offering helmet therapy to correct severe cases of plagiocephaly in infants.

But how about those teenagers and adults who were born before the information and treatment options we now have came to light? Is there a limit to the age at which plagiocephaly can be treated?

Plagiocephaly treatment for adults

Unfortunately, the only known treatment for plagiocephaly in adults involves surgery, and few surgeons are willing to undertake the procedure. Given that the condition is thought to be largely cosmetic, the risks and costs associated with surgery outweigh the benefits.

Today, parents are usually advised to ‘reposition’ their babies from an early age. This involves varying the position in which the child plays, sits and sleeps to relieve pressure on the back of the skull. Repositioning is often successful in treating mild cases of plagiocephaly, but where it fails, a helmet can be used to correct the deformity.

As babies become toddlers and they begin to move about more independently, there’s a limit to what can be achieved though repositioning. And while a helmet can be used to treat moderate and severe plagiocephaly in babies, by the age of around 14 months, the bones in the skull begin to harden and this method becomes ineffective, too.

Outlook for adults with plagiocephaly

If you’re an adult who has recently become aware of plagiocephaly, this is probably not the answer you wanted to hear. However, you can take some comfort in the fact that the condition is relatively benign and is not known to be associated with any health risks later in life.

While awareness of plagiocephaly is on the rise, the advice provided to parents by healthcare professionals remains inconsistent and there are still babies being left with easily preventable head shape deformities to this day.

So while it’s regrettable that you are unable to correct your own flat spot, you can still make a big difference by making other parents aware of the urgency with which they must act if they are to treat their children.

If the child of a friend or family member has a misshapen head, gently suggesting that they get it checked out can save a lot of heartache further down the line. It may be useful to show them this short presentation on plagiocephaly, which explains how to spot the signs and briefly covers the treatment options that are available.

So spread the word, and try not to worry too much about the shape of your own head. Remember, you’re your own worst critic and other people are far too busy going about their daily lives to notice minor irregularities in the appearances of others.

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Hunter Ceiling Fans Advice

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Hunter ceiling fans are without doubt the best you can buy, here we have put together all the information you might need to know about ceiling fans before purchasing, please bear in mind that there are other ceiling fan manufacturers out there who copy Hunter ceiling fan designs but they are nowhere near as good, the materials they use are not as high quality and they cannot copy hunter ceiling fans patents such as whisper-wind and wobble-free technology, no-one else can match the Hunter lifetime warranty on the motor either, so while many ceiling fans may look “just like a Hunter,” remember all ceiling fans are not created equal…

Most Hunter ceiling fans have a reverse option which is especially important to reduce heating bills in the winter, warm air can be directed down to where it is needed by spinning the ceiling fan clockwise.

Some points to consider when buying a ceiling fan:

– How much air is actually being circulated?

– How efficiently will the fan move air?

– How quiet or noisy is the fan?

– Will the fan wobble?

– How long will the fan last?

– How durable is the finish?

– Will the manufacturer stand behind the warranty?

Many Fans Move Very Little Air

A ceiling fan that looks nice but moves little air is a comfort to no one. One of the keys to proper air movement is blade pitch. The greater the pitch-the angle of the blade-the greater the air movement providing the blade pitch has been properly harmonized with the motor. Unlike Hunter some manufacturers skimp on materials and don’t use large enough or powerful enough motors to support proper blade pitch. So they compromise on blade pitch, sacrificing proper air movement to reduce the stress on undersized or under-powered motors. Many fans also use extra thin blades to reduce cost. The reduced blade surface area means reduced air movement.

Why Many Fans Are Less Efficient

The amount of energy a fan consumes plus the volume of air the fan moves determines the fan’s overall efficiency. Small, low wattage motors may use little energy, but they also move very little air, resulting in very inefficient fans, Hunter fans are built to shift a lot of air.

Why Many Fans Are Noisy

An electrical humming created when a ceiling fan is running is usually the result of poor engineering design and a lack of precision manufacturing. Some manufacturers use generic, inexpensive ball bearings to reduce cost, even though these are a common source of operating noise. A lack of proper dampening between metal parts can also create and intensify noise, as can the use of extra thin sheet metal motor and mounting system parts. Hunter fans only use the best materials available.

Why Many Fans Wobble

Many factors can produce fan wobble. Substandard blade materials and improper blade sealing can produce blades that absorb moisture and warp-a prime source of wobble. Blades that are not matched in carefully weighed and balanced sets can also wobble. Inconsistent blade mounting brackets can create varying degrees of pitch (blade angle), throwing a fan into an unbalanced wobble. And poorly manufactured motors have rotors that can easily get out of balance, generating wobble from the very heart of the fan. Inexpensive mounting systems with pin fasteners can also contribute to wobble. Hunter fans have a patented wobble free canopy which means Hunter fans are always straight.

Common Reasons Substandard Fans Break Down Prematurely

Motor size and blade pitch are not specified and matched correctly. Improperly installed on/off pull chains can become faulty and be pulled out of the housing. Inadequate quality, testing, manufacturing and inspection procedures send poor quality fans to market. Defective motor windings can lead to electrical shorts in the motor. Low quality fan bearings may be “shielded” on one side only, allowing dust to enter and cause premature failure. Inexpensive materials, poor engineering, and substandard manufacturing processes are used to create “bargain” fans.

Why Brass Finishes Are Not Alike

In the beginning all brass finishes look great. Then tarnish and dark spots begin to appear. You may even notice the brass on the fan is a different colour than the light kit you just added!

Quality brass and other metallic finishes include a series of grinding and buffing steps between multiple plating processes. To help determine the quality of a plated finish, look at the surface closely for scratches or unevenness of finish. Does the surface spot easily? If so, avoid the fan. Can you feel a smooth protective coating? That’s a sign of the kind of quality you’ll find in the famous Hunter Bright Brass Finish.

What is the minimum height I need in my room to put up a fan?

Safety standards state that the min height from the floor to the bottom of the fan blades must be 2.3m or 7ft 6″, consider Hunter Low Profile ceiling fan if you have a low ceiling, just really make sure that they are above head height.

Why a Hunter ceiling fan warranty makes a difference

Hunter backs its fans with a lifetime limited motor warranty, and backs that warranty with nearly 120 years in the ceiling fan business. No other manufacturer has that kind of record to stand on. So you get the peace of mind of knowing you’ve got the best-backed warranty in the business!

How much air do ceiling fans move?

Ceiling fan air movement is measured in CFM, or cubic feet per minute. The greater the CFM, the more air that is being moved. The air moved by the fan creates a wind chill effect that makes you feel more comfortable in a warm room. There is a direct relationship between air movement and comfort – the more air moved, the greater the wind chill effect. Hunter fans generally move more air than competitive models because of custom-engineered motors and blades pitched at the maximum possible angle.

What is the difference between a four and five blade ceiling fan?

The main difference between a 4-blade and 5-blade fan is aesthetics, with some additional wind noise associated with 5-blade fans. For a given motor, a 4-blade fan will move more air than a 5-blade fan. The 5th blade puts additional drag on the motor, slowing down the RPM of the blades, which decreases the CFM. All Hunter fans, whether 4 or 5 blades, are designed for optimal air delivery

How do I know what size fan to purchase – there are so many sizes available?

You need to choose the right size fan for a room to get optimum looks, comfort and energy savings. If the fan is too small for the room, it will not move enough air to make you feel comfortable. If the fan is too big, it could move too much air. Hunter recommends the following:

• 100 sq foot 30″-42″ Ceiling fan

• 400 sq foot 48″-54″ Ceiling fan

• Larger rooms use at least 56″ Ceiling fan

Why do some fans require oil and others do not?

The Hunter Original has a very unique motor that uses an oil-bath lubrication system. This system keeps the main bearings lubricated at all times, for quiet operation and long-life. It is part of the reason why this fan has a limited lifetime motor warranty. Most other fans use motors that do not require oil.

What makes the Hunter Original so unique in the market compared to all other fans?

The Hunter Original is the most unique ceiling fan on the market, with a design that dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Cast iron is used in the motor housing construction to more effectively draw heat away from the electrical windings; heat is a major enemy of electrical motors. The extra weight of the cast-iron construction also reduces the potential for fan wobble. The motor is also larger than any other ceiling fan, making it the most powerful motor available. This allows the blades to be pitched at a 15 degree angle, which produces greater air movement with less noise. The oil-bath lubrication system protects the major moving components of the motor, and prolongs the life of the motor. Added up, these unique design elements produce a powerful, quiet fan that is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

How do fans cool the room – do they actually lower the temperature?

A ceiling fan cools by creating a wind chill effect; it does not lower the room temperature. Wind chill effect makes you feel cooler by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on your skin. It is the feeling you get when you open the window in a moving car. If you have a ceiling fan in a room whose temperature is 80 degrees, running the fan can create a wind chill effect that makes you feel as if the temperature is 72 degrees. When used in conjunction with an air conditioner, a ceiling fan can lower energy costs, because you can set the thermostat of your air conditioner at a higher temperature.

Can the ceiling fan be used in the winter for any beneficial purpose?

A ceiling fan can help lower energy consumption in the winter by up to 15%. The temperature of the air in a heated room varies in layers; the air near the ceiling is warmer than the air near the floor, because warm air rises. A ceiling fan can help push the warmer air that is trapped near the ceiling back down into the room, thus de-stratifying the layers of warm air. As a result, the warm air is circulated where it is needed, and the heating system does not overwork to warm the room. To properly de-stratify a warmed room, the ceiling fan should be run in a clockwise direction. This pushes the air up against the ceilings and down the walls, to gently re-circulate the warm air without creating a cooling wind chill effect.

How much electricity will a fan use?

On average, a ceiling fan run on high speed will consume less power than a 100-watt light bulb.

How much can I expect to save in heating and or cooling costs?

A ceiling fan can save up to 95% on cooling costs for a new install and 47% on an existing air conditioning system. It can also save up to 15% on heating costs. Savings will vary depending on energy rates.

How easy is a ceiling fan to install?

Most people will get an electrician to install a ceiling fan, it can be a DIY project but please bear in mind you will need to be able to:

– Locate a 2″ x 4″ or other suitable support in the ceiling

– Drill holes and install wood screws

– Identify and connect electrical wires

– Lift the fan (most weigh less than 8kg)

What is covered by the fan warranty – how does the Hunter warranty compare to other fan company warranties?

Most fan warranties are limited warranties that cover the motor parts for the stated life of the warranty; that is, a 20-year warranty will cover the motor parts for 20 years. Labour for the motor is generally covered for 1-year, as are parts and labour for all other components of the fan. All Hunter fans are backed by a “limited lifetime motor warranty.” Most importantly, Hunter is the only fan company with over 115 years of experience behind its warranties.

Can my fan be adjusted by remote control?

Most ceiling fans can be adjusted with an accessory remote control sold separately from the fan. In fact, remote controls can really enhance the performance and operating flexibility of ceiling fans since many include one-touch multiple speed settings, instant fan “off” operation, and full range light dimming — all possible from the comfort of your favourite chair or bedside table. Ceiling fan and light remote controls can easily be installed either with the fan during new installations or on fans which have been previously installed and in use for some time.

The installation is an easy, do-it-yourself project and does not require any professional wiring. Remote control kits include a handheld transmitter for sending commands to the fan and a receiver which either conceals inside the fan canopy or mounts just beneath the ceiling. Remote controls can operate the fan or light reliably up to 40 feet away from the fan.

Can ceiling fans be mounted on angled or vaulted ceilings?

Yes, ceiling fans can be installed on angled or vaulted ceilings by using a fan canopy (the “cap” visible closest to the ceiling which covers the electrical box) which has been designed to accommodate sloped ceilings. Many quality fans will include this type of adjustable canopy, like Hunter’s Installer’s Choice and HandsFreeâ„¢ Canopy systems, but if not included with the fan at original purchase, accessory canopy adapters are sold separately at retail outlets.

What length drop rod should I use with my fan? Will the fan be more prone to wobble if I use a drop rod?

See chart above. A general formula for calculating drop rod length is: ceiling height in feet minus 9′ = drop rod length. This formula is based on the fan-to-floor distance of 8 feet plus 1 foot for the dimension of the fan. So if your ceiling height is 12 feet, you need a 3 foot drop rod in order to properly position the fan 8 feet from the floor. Using long-length drop rods for fan installations actually help stabilize fans and reduce the potential for wobble. Think of a grandfather clock pendulum and its slow, heavy swing versus a smaller clock pendulum with a fast, unsteady swing. Weight and length combine to create stability, reducing wobble, whether it is in a ceiling fan or a clock pendulum.

Why does my fan “hum” when I installed a variable speed (solid state) control?

Most quality ceiling fans are operated by a certain type of electrical control system called capacitors. Capacitor electronics in ceiling fans create distinct speed “steps” like high, medium, and low. Capacitors control the fan speed in a way that does not produce a hum. Variable fan speed controls, which create a speed control “range” from low to high, are operated by solid state electronics. Variable controls can create a hum because they control the fan’s speed in a different manner. For quiet fan operation, capacitor type fan controls are recommended for most ceiling fan installations.

Can a ceiling fan and a light kit be controlled from the same wall switch?

The answer here depends on how your wall switch is currently wired. If you have a single wall switch with two wires (one black, one white), the answer is “no” unless you purchase a control specifically designed for this type of switch (Hunter offers three models). The answer is “yes” if you have a three wire set-up in the single wall switch and purchase a more common, dual control that will operate a fan and light separately from a single switch. Having an electrician install a third wire can be expensive.

What is the difference in having a ceiling fan installed close to the ceiling versus on a drop rod

For maximum performance and greatest energy savings, ceiling fans should be installed approximately 8 to 9 feet above the floor. Extension drop rods are used to properly position fans from ceiling heights greater than 8 feet. For example, a 12 foot ceiling would need a 3 foot drop rod to position the fan at 8 feet (one foot must be allowed for the distance from the top of the fan motor to the switch housing bottom.

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Dog Knotting – The True Definition

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A dog knot can mean very many different things. Some of them rather perverse, others more useful. This article is specifically about the true definition of a canine dog knot or dog knotting and what exactly it is.

When a female dog is in heat, and a male dog is in her vicinity, the two will breed. Usually the positioning is that the male mounts from behind. The female moves her tail to the side if she is ready. The male’s penis penetrates the vagina and the bulbous glandis (erectile tissue part of the penis that is at base of the shaft) expands causing the two dogs to lock together. The standard term for this process is that the two dogs are “tied” together. It is also referred to as a “dog knot” or “dog knotting.” After he has ejaculated, he dismounts but the two dogs are back to back, still connected by the male’s penis. This “deflation period” can last up to 30 minutes. The two dogs are almost impossible to separate during the dog knot. This is the process that the breeder has to be patient with.

It is important for the breeder to make sure that the situation is calm. You don’t want the female to get excited and roll around or pull the male, or vice versa. This could result in a breeding failure. One old-school, substandard, unguaranteeable practice for impatient breeders was to ice the dogs’ genital areas to get them apart.

After the tie (or dog knotting), inspect the male and make sure that his penis has retracted properly, and isn’t stuck in his hair. For the female, it is good to hinder her for urinating for several minutes in hopes that the sperm will be able to penetrate her eggs.

While it is totally logical and natural, there has been a lot of scrutiny on the dog breeding process and dog knotting in particular. In the simplest terms a “dog knot” refers to two dogs mating, and the processes involved. This is also a term known as “being tied.” There are many definitions (including a rather valid use by engineers) for the term but the true meaning behind it all has to do with the way dogs breed.

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What is Inner Power?

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Think of the human body as a piece of electrical wire. Our body has a measurable field of bioelectrical energy that flows through it. This energy is in everything that we see, feel, experience or imagine.

There is a difference, however, between energy and Power. You can be extremely energetic and go, go, go all the time and still not get anything done. Hence my definition of Power is ‘The ability to use what you have to accomplish your goals’. The more energy you can generate, the more energy you have to focus on your goals.

At the same time it’s not just about having more energy, but rather about using the energy you have more effectively. In order to use your energy most effectively you have to reduce the amount of resistance that has to be overcome. When we look at a piece of electrical wire we see that it has a rating that allows electricians to know how much energy it can carry and how much resistance is on the line.

When we look at our body we can see a lot of ways we add resistance to our energy. The food we eat, the environmental toxins we come in contact with and especially our emotions can add resistance to our energy leaving us drained and powerless.

Programming Your System

The Universe works like a huge computer, and like a computer it will give you exactly what you program it to give, rather than what you think you want. Learning to take control of that programming can allow you to put much of your growth process on autopilot, rather than trying to think about every piece of information that comes to you each moment.

The human brain processes billions of pieces of information per second. Even if you wanted to you couldn’t focus on each bit of information you process. Your brain handles this information overload by using various filters or triggers that are your basic programming for how you handle certain situations or events.

Many of these filters can be adjusted, deleted or reprogrammed to help you get the results you want from your life. The principles, concepts and exercises in this book will help you take control of that programming.

Some Keys to the Program

I’m going to get into much more detail as we go along, but for right now I’m going to give you some simple keys to how your programming works. Jack Canfield points out that “The Universe is like a giant lock. If you have the key, the lock has to open”.

Belief – Your beliefs are some of your most basic and powerful programming. Your subconscious can’t manifest what you don’t believe. A good example might be a person living in poverty who wants to be rich, but who also hates ‘rich people’ and uses words like ‘Eat the Rich’. Your subconscious will never let you become that which you despise, so as long as you believe that rich people are bad, you’ll always be poor.

Emotion – Your body is your interface between the ‘real’ world and the Universe. One of our primary problems is that our physical language, a primitive version of English in my case, is not what the Universe speaks. The Universe speaks emotion, and that’s how we communicate directly with it. The Universe doesn’t bring you what you ask for; it brings you what you feel. Learning to use the language of emotion allows you to get better results more quickly.

Contrast – You have to know what you want in order to get it. I came to a shocking realization a few years ago that I always get what I ask (feel) for. However, I was consistently asking and feeling for what I didn’t want because I didn’t have good control over my programming. Whenever you experience an event you can look at that event and break it into what you want and what you don’t. Many people get wrapped up in the feeling of what they don’t want and therefore send out a message ‘bring this’ to the Universe.

Doubt – You can ask for anything you want, but if you doubt your ability to get it then you block the manifestation of it. This is both a pain in the butt and a safety. How often, through bad programming, do we ask for things that are bad for us? Once you decide what you want, decide that it’s good for you and that you should have it, all you have to do is know that it’s on the way and allow it to come. The feeling of doubt is also the feeling of NOT having what you want.

Energy flows best through a happy body – One reason I stress meditation exercises such as The Secret Smile is because these exercises let you take more control over the movement and feel of your energy. The goal of The Secret Smile is to make you feel relaxed, competent, happy and sexy; which is just the opposite of how many of us feel throughout the day.

If you can develop a lifestyle of being happy and relaxed then many of the common energy blocks will be avoided and your energy will flow easily and unencumbered.

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Online Gambling Versus Traditional Gambling

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There are many different forms of gambling from betting at the horse races or for your favourite sports teams or trying your chance at a casino game. And with today’s age of the computer you can gamble online at any of the many online sporting or casino websites. So how does online gambling compare to traditional gambling.

For starters, online gambling can be done in the comfort of your own home providing you have a computer with an active internet connection and use of a credit or debit card. And so there is little or no travel involved. Traditional gambling requires travel to the gambling site. And many people have enjoyed a gambling opportunity at Las Vegas or Atlantic City or just at their local casino or race track.

Secondly, you have to join up with the gambling website you are interested which means filling in a form and is usually free. You do not have to join or fill in any of your details with traditional gambling.

Thirdly, you can concentrate completely on your online game because there are no noisy people, no cigarette smoke and no drunken people which could annoy you. You have the peace and quiet of your own home if you desire. However with traditional gambling you are around like minded people doing the same thing and this creates atmosphere. It is a chance to get out and socialise with friends and have an enjoyable outing.

Fourthly, as each online website is competing against each other then they offer bonuses in order to entice people to join their website. And the bonuses can be large depending on the amount of money you bid eg large amounts of money or free holiday somewhere.

Do you get bonuses at traditional gambling locations? No

Fifthly, with online gambling websites, you are not obliged to tip employees. In real casinos for example, you will be obliged to tip waiters, dealers and other employees for a better service. This however could vary between different countries.

Sixthly, the online casino gambling experience may even surpass the physical casino experience as they have very strict rules and regulations.

Lastly, on online gambling websites your money is safe in the account you set up as they have high security. This is as long as you have taken your own safety precautions with antispyware and antivirus protection installed on your computer and that you have joined a licensed and regulated online gambling website. With traditional gambling you could run the risk of your money being stolen, so you just need to look after your money carefully.

These are the seven points comparing online gambling with traditional gambling. They each have a place depending on whether you want to go out for the night with friends or gamble quietly in your own home for as little or long as you like.

Whatever you choose, just remember to be careful and have fun.

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How to Get an ‘A’ in Anatomy and Physiology

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An undergraduate course in human anatomy and physiology is required for entrance into many health-related schools. If you intend to go into nursing, for example, you will probably need to take this course and do well in it. If you are applying to a competitive program, you’ll need to get the best grade that you can in anatomy and physiology. So what do you need to do to get the very best grade? What does it take to get an “A?”

This is a good question to ask yourself before you register for the class. Anatomy and physiology (A&P) is not an easy class–but it’s not impossible. It is really just an exercise in memorization, but on a scale much greater than you have probably encountered before. You will need to memorize, and memorize, and then memorize some more. Even the best students can stumble over such a mountain of memorization. It’s helpful, then, to have a plan of action in place before you begin the class. It’s helpful to know what to expect, and then approach the problem in a systematic way.

You’ll need to develop a set of skills before you begin. The most important skill is memorization. You should develop your own set of tools which will enable you to memorize as efficiently as possible. Next, you’ll want to review your method of note-taking. If you have never really been serious about developing a good way to take notes, now is the time to get on-line and do some research in order to determine the best method for you. Personally, I use an outline format to take notes (using a pen) during lecture– and then type out the notes later using MS Word. It’s easy to let Word automatically create the outline format. This is a good way to review the lecture as well giving me a chance to correct any errors I made in the notes I took during class.

You should also consider improving your ability to draw. To be able to create a good, simple sketch is a skill that anyone can learn, and if you can’t draw at all you should do some research on-line or at the library, and study the basics of drawing so that a) you won’t be intimidated when you’re asked to draw in class, and b) you will be able to use your own drawings as study aids.

One thing that will help you tremendously in getting that “A” is to go in and talk to your instructor as soon as possible after the start of the semester. Just walk in during office hours and introduce yourself and tell your instructor why you are taking the course and that you want to do well. Then ask him or her for some advice on how to do that. This is a conversation that every instructor expects to have (but seldom encounters). If you show real enthusiasm for the subject and ask the instructor for advice, then you will begin to build a relationship with your instructor, and that relationship will pay dividends.

Ultimately, your grade will depend on how you do on the exams, and this will depend on how well you learn the material. It’s a good idea to get help in this. Make connections with other students in your class. If you’re not interested in joining a study group, you should (at least) prepare for the possibility of missing a class and ending up without the all-important notes for that lecture. In this situation, you’ll need to copy the notes from someone else. If you have offered to help other students (especially in the lab–especially if you offer to draw a sketch for your “art challenged” lab partners) then you will already have friends who can supply those lecture notes that you missed.

Finally, do not underestimate the importance of test-taking skills and techniques. Very often, the difference between an “A” student and a “B” student is not what they know–it’s how well they take the test.

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Sun Tzu Art of War – Momentum & Timing in Strategy

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Sun Tzu used two analogies to stress the importance of two aspects and they are momentum and timing. With momentum, even water that does not have a solid shape is able to push big boulders and with good timing, the eagle was able to break the body of the prey without much effort. As seen below, or Chapter Five of Sun Tzu Art of War.

When the gushing torrential water tosses stones pushing boulders, it is because of the force of its momentum. When the ferocious strike of an eagle, breaks the body of its prey, it is because of the timing of the strike. Thus the forces and momentum of the adept in warfare are so overwhelming and ferocious and his timing of engagement is precise and swift.

MOMENTUM

So where and how can we use momentum in business? One aspect where we can use momentum is advertising. When you are entering into a new market, the first most important thing you should do is to set up your marketing campaign correctly. Your marketing campaign must build up momentum, having constant and continuous exposure of your products and brand to the new consumers. Repetition help consumers to remember your brand and product better. Ways to make the consumers remember your products and brands are logos, jingles, slogans and many more. Many consumers have preferred senses to learn and absorb things. Logos would appeal to people who are more visual in learning, jingles and slogan would appeal more to people who are more auditory. That is reason why most of the marketing campaigns has both. For examples, NIKE, has “JUST DO IT”, HSBC has “The World’s Local Bank” and many more.

So repetition would create momentum for your advance into a new market. With this momentum, you are able to let yourself be noticed in the new market and consumers, who are currently disappointed with what is currently offered in the market, would be willing to try your products or services. Note here is that, you have to do some research on those competitors who are operating in the new markets you are advancing. You have to know whether you are providing any value proposition to the new market at all. If what you are selling is the same, be it the sales process and products, it is unlikely that you are able to maintain the market share that you initially snatch away from your competitors.

TIMING

So what about timing? Is timing important in business? In an article found in the Business Times, Singapore (23 Feb 2005), many niche restaurants have to close down soon after they opened. This could partly be blamed on the bad timing of the opening of restaurants. They were mostly opened during the bad economics times. So you see, bad timing can kill but good timing can make one prospers. We have seen in investing, if we are able to time our purchase and selling of shares well, we would reap the maximum amount of profits, but this is difficult. In business, the timing of entering a new market is also important, for example, when you enter the new market when the consumers are starting to change taste or bad economics times, you may not be able to gain many sales to sustain your business.

But a note must be made here that, these is good and bad timing to execute business decisions. Bad economic times although results in lower sales, it also means lower costs of expansion as well. SEMBAWANG MUSIC, a listed company in Singapore expanded his branches during the financial crisis because it was only during that time when the six locations that they wanted were cheap and Singapore currency was stable, while regional currencies was tumbling, allowing them to import a lot of Music CDs at a low price. (The Sunday Times, 27 Mar 2005, Page 19). To put it in another perspective, for every time, there is the right thing and the wrong thing to do.

So how are we able to get the correct timing? There are two aspects, one is knowledge and the other is experience. Knowledge allows us to gauge a range of time when opportunities is about to happen as such we can make preparation to take the opportunity. Now, we can gain relevant knowledge on our own but to be able to grasp the timing correctly, it would greatly depend on experience and attitude. Because timing is like shooting an arrow, you can have knowledge of the wind direction, the bow’s strength, the angle to shoot at and many more, but when it comes to practical, which is releasing the arrow, it takes experience. As the common phrase said, “Practice makes perfect” it never says “Knowledge makes perfect”.

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His Most Famous Painting (The Bonaventure Pine in St Tropez) – Paul Signac

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French ‘Neo-Impressionist’ painter Paul Signac or Paul Victor Jules Signac (11 November 1863 – 15 August 1935) was born into a bourgeois family in Paris. Paul aimed architecture as his career, until he dropped the idea at the age of eighteen to start a career in painting. He voyaged near the coasts of Europe, painting the scenery he came across. Later on, Paul also painted the landscapes of cities in France. The turning point of Signac’s painting career was in 1884, when he met Georges Seurat and Claude Monet. The disciplined working techniques of Seurat and his ideas of colors impressed Signac. Inspired by Seurat, Paul abandoned the tiny brushstrokes of ‘Impressionism’ to trail with technically juxtaposed minute dots of pure colors, planned to mixed and blend not only on the canvas, but also in the spectator’s eye, the defining trait of ‘Pointillism.’ Paul’s most famous painting “The Bonaventure Pine in St. Tropez (Le pin de Bonaventura a Saint-Tropez)” is a stunner. His other famous works include ‘Port St. Tropez and,’ ‘Saint Tropez,’ and ‘The Papal Palace.’

Created in 1892, “The Bonaventure Pine in St. Tropez” is an oil on canvas ‘Landscape Painting.’ In his painting, Signac captures a huge Umbrella Pine in St. Tropez, on a canvas of 25″ x 32″. The artist painted the bright light shining off the deep surface of pine needles, sea, and the grass covered land. The painting reflects a perfect blend of sky, earth, and sea. The background of “The Bonaventure Pine in St. Tropez” is an abstraction of green, white, blue, yellow, and orange. The landscape behind the Bonaventure Pine tree, the cloudy sky, the mountain, and the boat sailing in the sea, promise the beauty and the passivity of the painting. Paul repeatedly placed consistently shaped dots of pigments stream and swirls, defining lustrous contours.

The best part of “The Bonaventure Pine in St. Tropez” is the usage of many dots of paint like light pixel. Through ‘Pointillism,’ Paul mixes light from far away into the retina of the eye and lets the brain do the mixing of the color instead of him mixing the color on the canvas. “The Bonaventure Pine in St. Tropez” in fact, is a painting of contemporary movement, which departs from the usual ‘Photo-Realism’ of the time.

By 1900, Paul Signac moved away from ‘Pointillism,’ as he never stopped himself to one medium. He experimented with watercolors, oil paintings, pen-and-ink sketches, etchings, and lithographs. Until his death in 1935, Paul was the president of the annual Salon des Independent (Society of Independent Artists). He was a motivation mainly for André Derain, Henri Matisse and to various other amateur painters, as he inspired them towards the work of ‘Fauves’ and the ‘Cubists,’ thereby also leveraging the growth of ‘Fauvism.’ “The Bonaventure Pine in St. Tropez” is presently displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA.

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What Does It Mean If He Says You’re Special to Him? Learn the True Meaning Behind These Words

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A Man can leave you in a dilemma when he says something like “you are special”. While it is really nice of him to say that, you can interpret it in a thousand different ways. So here is what this could mean

That now you are exclusive

When a man says that you are special he could mean that now you are an exclusive couple. If you have been casually dating for a while then this could indicate that he wants to be with you and would like to see how the relationship progresses.

That he sees you as a special someone

When he says you are special he could also be trying to tell you that finally he has found the special someone that he has been looking for. Men tend to be a little secretive about their feelings so look out for signs that spell commitment.

That he can see you in his future

When a man says you are special then he could also mean that he can see you in his future. You have been able to find a special place in his life and he just wants to keep you posted on the way he feels.

That he is falling for you but doesn’t want to confess that just yet

Sometimes a man tells a woman that she is special when he begins to feel that he has fallen in love with her. He just doesn’t want to confess that to her and also to himself and hence says that she is a special person.

That he doesn’t want to rush the relationship

Often saying that you are special could indicate that your man wants to take things slow. If he says that you are special for him and nothing more then he might be feeling that things are progressing too fast in the relationship and it’s time to slow down.

That you are special but not special enough

If he says that you are special but doesn’t demonstrate any emotion that makes you feel special then that means that he does find you special but it is for the moment. He doesn’t see you as the final special someone in his life.

That your relationship status is going to change

Lastly, when a guy says that you are special it means that things are going to change between the two of you. Either the relationship is going to become more serious and intense or is an indication that things need to cool off for a bit. Either ways both will be complemented with additional behavior which you need to read and understand.

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Why is Smoking Bad For You? – 3 Main Reasons

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We all know we shouldn’t smoke, but why is smoking bad for you? Instead of just taking it at face value let’s break down the specific reasons why smoking is bad for you and, if you are a smoker, why you should stop smoking as soon as possible.

Health Reasons

First and foremost, smoking is horrible for your health and leads to numerous diseases and disorders. Smoking leads to cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD alone kills thousands of smokers yearly. From the first breath of smoke the damage begins and the longer a smoker continues smoking the worse the damage becomes. Eventually the damage is permanent. Worse yet the same damage can occur to the smoker’s loved ones who are continuously subjected to second hand smoke.

Cosmetic Reasons

 

Smoking has many unpleasant cosmetic effects on the smoker. Smoking gives you bad breath. Continuous smoking also leads to yellow teeth. A smoker is three times more likely than a non smoker to lose their teeth. Smoking also has negative effects on the skin. Smokers age prematurely, getting wrinkles and ashen colored skin. If you have seen someone who has smoked for a long time you can see that they look older and unhealthy.

 

Financial Reasons

 

The smoking habit has gotten more and more expensive over recent years. The average smoker spends $30 a week on their habit. That is over $1,500 a year. That is money that could be spent on much more constructive things or money that could go towards bills and life expenses. If a smoker continues to the point they get one of the above mentioned diseases then they will have to spend money to treat these diseases. Also, smokers may have to pay more money for health and life insurance.

 

In Conclusion

Why is smoking bad for you? The three reasons above are a few of the main reasons but there really are many more. If you are a smoker than now is the time to stop smoking before you have severe health problems, suffer cosmetic effects, or spend too much money on the habit.

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