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01
Sep
10

keeping an eye on Sitetalk

Myspace, Facebook, Twitter–the huge community these social media sites offer make it evident that we are in embracing social media.

According to Microsoft we have passed a significant watershed: now for the first time people are spending more time online than they spend watching television.

Now, there is a new social media site to watch out for–Sitetalk.

The creator of this site is Unaico (United Nordic Alliance Investment Company), who falls under a larger corporation The Enigro Group.  They claim that Sitetalk will not only will connect you to other individuals so you can enjoy the networking, communication and sharing opportunities, but that you can also make money by investing in the company.  All you need is desire–the rest is up to their “state-of-the-art site platform”.

Sounds great, but the problem is–they are still very unclear as to how.

They compare the money-making capabilities of the site to that of the microwave, the cellphone, and the internet.  But there is no real business model available on the site that actually explain just how a social media site can accomplish this.

On top of that–I recently signed up to see what the site was all about.  From my research, the site was originally launched in February, but the first message I got when I logged in was that the site is not finished yet.  How can a social media site that claims to be as successful at Facebook, with huge money-making possibilities launch the site before it was complete?  And then, still be “working” on the foundations six months later.

On June 12th, front-page headlines of Norwegian financial newspaper “Dagens Næringsliv” wrote a revealing story about Unaico/Enigro titled The Norwegian Man behind Giant Pyramid Scheme.

The Gaming Board of Norway has made a preliminary assessment of the networking company and released a statement on their website saying that “Enigro has clear similarities to illegal pyramid schemes”–where the main form of return of investment (ROI) comes from recruiting more investors.  They are requesting anyone with more information about the originators to contact authorities.

In April, Slovenia financial authorities released a warning to all it’s citizens when they discovered that Unaico was trying to recruit members in Slovenia.  They said that Unaico did this without the authorization from the Slovenian government, and that “customers should exercise the greatest possible care if they want to do business with this company.”

Despite these claims, if you look around the internet, you will indeed find supporters and people who claim to be making a profit already from Sitetalk.  They have given many meetings and presentations to thousands, and no doubt have a steady growing number of investors already.  But if you are seriously considering becoming a part of Sitetalks stockholders–then I would recommend doing some serious research.

(Translated from Norwegian newspaper DN

06
Aug
10

Living right for you blood type

We’ve heard of them all–Aitken’s, lemonade, Hollywood–diets that offer a way to battle the bulge.  But the latest up-and-coming diet offers a long-term answer to one of life’s biggest mysteries:  Why did the diet work for that person, but not for me?!

Well, the answer may be running through our veins–our blood type.

According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of “Eat Right 4 Your Type“, everyone is biochemically different and this has huge implications on your lifestyle choices.

Recent archeological research has determined that the evolution of the human race greatly defines how an individual should live for optimal health–including things such diet and exercise.

Blood types take generations to change and it is this very fact that makes scientist believe that the birth of a new blood type, implies dietary adaptation.  Through the centuries, humans have had to face a variety of challenges.  Climate, predators, and change in vegetation are all factors that create a new blood type.

The history of blood types has been closely investigated.  The theory begins with the idea that first humans were blood type O, the hunters.  This indicates that their diet mainly consisted of meats.  But as humans began migrating and adapting to new habitats, farming became a big part of their lifestyle.  This not only affects their digestive systems, but also their immune systems.  Thus, a blood type that ate primarily vegetables–type A, was born.

But diet is not the only thing that some believe is affected by blood type.  In Japan, employers have been known to ask know your blood type in a job interview.  Because of the different bio-chemical compounds found in blood, it may affect your personality.

The following is a brief description of Dr. D’Adamo’s recommendations:

Type O-People with type O blood fare best on intense physical exercise and animal proteins and less well on dairy products and grains.   found in wheat products Gluten is the leading cause of weight gain and, to a lesser extent, lentils, corn, kidney beans, and cabbage. Ideal exercises for Type O’s include aerobics, martial arts, contact sports, and running.

Type A are more naturally suited to a vegetarian diet and foods that are fresh, pure, and organic. Type A’s are predisposed to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and dietary adjustments can be very critical to their sensitive immune system.   Type A’s prefer calming, centering exercise, such as yoga and tai chi.

Type B’s have a strong immune system and a tolerant digestive system and tend to resist many of the severe chronic degenerative illnesses. Type B’s do best with moderate physical exercise requiring mental balance, such as hiking, cycling, tennis, and swimming.

Type AB is the most recent type in terms of evolution and thus, the most complex.  Since the blood type is comprised of both A and B,  a combination of the exercises for types A and B works best.  However, because blood type A has a higher tendency to be stressed out and are prone to cardiovascular diseases, exercises that incorporate calming movements, like yoga, are recommended.

Click here for complete recommendations by Dr. Peter D’Adamo.

16
Jun
10

Get more viewers on your youtube video

You just shot and edited a great video of your  kid brother Marty making a great goal in his peewee hockey team.  You think it’s hilarious and think the world should see this.  So you post it on to YouTube and give yourself a nice pat on the back.  Now, just wait for it to go viral.

All a matter of time, right?

Not necessarily.  There are things that you can do to increase the hits you get.

First things first, make sure that you check the box for “public” viewing.  Otherwise even if people do want to see your video, they won’t be able to without a special invite/password from you.

Then look up some good keywords.  If you just put “hockey” you’re gonna get a huge selection of videos that will come up before yours and no one will make it to page 135 to see Marty make that goal.  But maybe you can add the word “hilarious” to it.  People love hilarious.

But even then, Marty will get buried.  So try different combinations and try a search for it on Youtube and see what comes up.

Now, invite comments.  Post a question or perhaps other response videos.  This will give your vid a higher rank and boost the views.  And make sure you check back often so you respond to your comments as well.  People want to feel like they matter and if you ignore their comments, it just shows that you don’t really care.

And finally–post  your video on other social media sites.  Put up a link to the video on Facebook so your friends can watch it and hopefully spread the word to their friends.  Announce it on Twitter and let your followers ReTweet it.  And of course, if you have a website–write a little blog about it so it gives more context.

Good luck!

01
Jun
10

Mermaids that make a real-life splash!

Hannah Fraser

“I’m a mermaid.”

That’s what Hannah Fraser answers when you ask her what she is.

The Australian native can dive up to 50 feet into the ocean on one single breath–allowing her to engage with underwater wild-life most of us will never know.

“I have found a way to integrate with their environment and swim with them, and have a level of comfortability that most people will never experience in their life”  Fraser tells  Abc’s “20/20”.

No mask, no oxygen.  Fraser swims with the grace of a dolphin by using a man-made tail.

“The tail gives me so much more propulsion and streamline ability,” said Fraser. “I can swim much faster with the tail on than other people can without it. So really fast, strong swimmers can’t keep up with me when I’m wearing it. It’s like it imbues me with some kind of superhuman powers of confidence and longevity to be in the ocean.”

As amazing as Hannah Fraser is–she is not alone.

Linden Wolbert was captivated by life in the sea at a very young age.

“The first time I went underwater and I was out with the fish, looking at the light shining through the kelp, I started to cry,” said Wolbert. “It was real. And I dreamed of it my whole life. It was amazing. It was life-changing.”

Like Fraser, Wolbert swims with a tail.  Only her’s was created by Allan Holt–a Hollywood special effects artist.

“It’s roughly 35 pounds of silicone.”  Fraser loving patting the appendage.  “The propulsion I get from this tail is immense. Everything is coming from my core, just like a dolphin.”

Wolbert’s call to fame is her great ability to hold her breath.  She can dive underwater for up to five minutes without coming up for air.  She attributes this amazing skill to being able to “tolerate the discomfort” your diaphragm feels when your body needs to breathe.

At the Vertical Blue free-diving championships, Wolbert set her personal best by diving an astounding 91 feet deep and back up on one single breath.

But it’s not just fun and games for Wolbert.  She wanted to give back, so she is dedicating her time to an organization called Swim to Empower.  Her focus is on Bahamian children.

“More than half the people in the Bahamas don’t know how to swim, and 100 percent of them are surrounded by water,” said Wolbert.

The goal of the organization is to have every single Bahamian who wants to swim be able to.

“Being a mermaid, I wanted to get the kids involved in this program.”

03
May
10

Win, lose, or …

When I was in grade one, a very popular television program was ‘Win, Lose, or Draw’.  I played it with my siblings, with my friends; our teachers even let us play it in class to test our vocabulary.

Well, one day, we did just that.  It was weird because I remember it being music class–but I guess the teacher was satisfied with our rendition of ‘Don’t throw your junk in my backyard’, so we got to play ‘Win, Lose, or Draw’.

Things were going quite well, all the words were pretty easy most of them were under five letters.  It was my classmate, Jordan’s turn to draw.

“Dog!”  I exclaimed.

“That’s correct, Jinny.”  said the teacher, “Come on up here, it’s your turn.”

It was my turn.  I was excited.  I loved this game–I was a pretty good artist.

I skip up to the front of the class. The teacher lets me peek at the word she scribbled on a piece of paper. MUG.

Uh…What’s a MUG?  It must have shown on my face because then my teacher asked “Do you want a second look?”

I nodded.  Maybe it was MUD.  She lets me peek again.  MUG.

I nod.  It’s fine–I’ll just start drawing–someone will just guess it I’m sure.  It’s not like what Jordan drew really looked like a dog…

I pick up the chalk and put it on the board.  My strategy was to stay non-committal as my classmates attempted to decipher my drawing.

Just short strokes,

“Grass!”

Perhaps with a squiggle.

“Cloud!”

Some going horizontal,

“Pool!”

Some going vertical.

“Tree!”

My teacher finally stepped in.  “Let’s try a different word.”

Another piece of paper, another scribbled word.  CAT.

Now that’s more like it.

31
Mar
10

the 411 on DWW

“I started the band Down With Webster 12 years ago, and I’m still at it. You can do anything you put your mind to…as long as you don’t suck.”

-Tyler Armes, bass/keys for Down With Webster.

Down With Webster is a Toronto-based progressive/hip-hop/pop band.  The band consists of seven “musical friends” that came together in grade eight for a school assignment.  Even though they’re not all a part of the original seven, they have all been friends since middle school.

Since then, they have experienced many successes.  Superstar record producer Timbaland was quoted saying that DWW was “the illest group I’ve ever seen live in person, and you know I’m hard to please.  That group is the most amazing and creative, innovative group that’s going to come out in 2010.”

They attribute their gradual growth to determination.  “We’re relentless.”

So who makes up this unique group?

Bucky on vocals is usually the sweatiest of the bunch.  He radiates heart-pounding energy to the audience to make them jump up and rap along.

Cam’s laid-back rapping style confidently allows the spotlight to stray from him.

Marty will typically be found in boxer briefs, sneakers and knee-high socks, banging the drums and rockin’ a fro.

Kap is the little man with big hype.  Toting a backpack and megaphone, he pushes the excitement level of the crowd to the maximum.

Pat works the guitar and vocals.  Known lovingly as Riff-Raff, his messy hair, plaid shirts and smooth singing voice make him a deserving front man.

Tyler’s calm nature lets him multi-task on-stage.  He handles the bass and keys with brooding poise.

Diggy holds down the fort.  While the rest of the band dazzles the crowd with bustling vigor, Diggy deejays in the background.

With seven eclectic guys in a band, you’d think that it would be chaotic.  But the fact they have known each other for such a long time makes them capable of seeing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses.   Plus, they have one rule: No ego!




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