“What really counts is how much exercise you do, how many miles you walk and how many calories you burn,” Slentz says. “If you choose to work at a lower aerobic intensity, it will simply take longer to burn the same amount of unhealthy fat.”
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Got tomatoes? Want to save them for winter sauces and stews — but without the hassle of canning? If you have the freezer space, preserve tomatoes with literally no work: Just freeze 'em!
Best Hurricane tracker apps for Android devicesBy: Gary Johnson | August 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Hurricane Irene has been in the news a lot lately as it made its way across the country causing devastation and destruction. We have already given you applications that can help you track hurricanes for iOS devices, but today we have some of the best Hurricane tracker apps for Android devices.
First up is the free FEMA application which covers all types of natural disasters including hurricanes and earthquakes. There is an interactive checklist for emergency kits and a planner for emergency meeting locations. There is information and tips for users to stay safe after a disaster has hit, and to find out more and to download head over to the Android Market.
Android users can also get a version of The Weather Channel application free of charge, and has fully customizable weather maps. There are also detailed weather conditions and forecasts with severe weather alerts. A notification bar provides current information for temperature, and a severe weather alert indicator.
There is now a new easier to use interface that allows for better navigation between the main weather screens and other features. The find me feature allows users to get forecasts for their location or search by city ZIP code. Again head over to the Android Market to download and to find out more.
Hurricane Hound Free is an application that tracks hurricanes on a Google Maps background. It also provides tracking and forecasts of active hurricanes and tropical storms. For more information go to the Android Market.
Hurricane Software is a free application that gives users the most up to date hurricane coordinates data via high resolution maps. Users can see the storm’s path and satellite imagery. Users can also set up alerts and get full warning information for different areas. To download and to find out more hit the Android Market.
WPBF Hurricane Tracker is an application that tracks hurricanes and tropical storms and is available free of charge. It has interactive maps, local shelters, evacuation zones, emergency numbers, and forecasts in the palm of your hand. Checklists provide information for preparing your family, home, and pets in case of an emergency. The application is ideal for the hurricane season and to download go over to the Android Market.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
This time of year, the sweet corn is good enough to eat... raw. Yes, that's right. Don't bother cooking your sweet corn, or, for that matter, even cutting it off the cob.
Here's why you should give him a break: It's impossible, even with all of the fancy technology at their disposal in this day and age, for meteorologists to precisely predict what a hurricane will do. Mainly that's because there's no gadget that can survive being inside the most intense part of a hurricane to take measurements.
Plastic: Once the go-to-material for butterfingers and the accident-prone, quickly soared into superstar status, filling every nook and cranny of our lives with virtually shatter-proof, undeniably durable, candy-colored lifestyle staples. From cool invention to cultural ubiquity, plastic has enjoyed a long, glorious heyday… that is, until we started realizing that it’s been responsible for tainting our oceans, killing wildlife and contaminating our bodies. Here’s what you need to know to demystify the plastic monster, make better consumer decisions and ideally keep as much petroleum-based packaging out of the landfill as you possibly can!
Every believer in Jesus has been granted abilities that are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are all born with various talents, but spiritual gifts are given to us when we become a Christian. The seeds of those gifts are often evident from birth, but the Holy Spirit empowers believers for ministry in supernatural ways.
In one sense, spiritual gifts are overrated. What I mean is that we often fail to examine the other aspects of how God has shaped us for His purposes. He has also given us passions, talents, a unique personality, and both positive and negative experiences from which to draw. In another sense, spiritual gifts are underrated in the sense that we allow our feelings of personal inadequacy to convince us that we couldn’t possibly be “gifted” even though the Scriptures explicitly state that we are.
Spiritual gifts are by no means a simple subject. There are plenty of beliefs and opinions about the subject. Cessationists believe that certain “sign gifts” (such as speaking in tongues) were for a season of the early church only, and now have ceased. Continuationists believe that all of the gifts named in the Bible continue today. Then there are different evaluations of the various “lists” of gifts named in Scripture.
Unless you have major label money behind you, the ability to self promote your music is one of the most important skills you can have. When you don't have money to hire PR people to run media campaigns for you, it is up to you to make sure people know about the music you are making. Getting started can be a little overwhelming, however. These steps will help you start out on the right foot, to make sure all of the right people are standing up and taking notice of you.
Identify Your Goals - When you set out to promote your music, don't try to cover too much ground at once. Look at the way larger artists are promoted - they have specific campaigns that promote specific things, like a new album or a tour. Choose one thing to promote, like:
- A single
- A show
- A website
Once you know what to promote, you will be able to make clear goals for yourself, i.e. if you want to promote your website, then your goal is to bring traffic to the site. With these goals in mind, you'll find it easier to come up with promotion ideas, and you'll be better able to judge the success of your promotions.
Target the Right Audience - With your promotional goal in mind, figure out who the right audience for your campaign is. If you have a gigcoming up, then the right audience for your promotion are the local print publications and radio stations in the town in which your show is happening. If you have a limited edition single coming out, your primary audience is your band mailing list, plus the media. Going for the right audience is especially important if you're on a budget. Don't waste time and money letting town X knowing about an upcoming show in town Y or a folk magazine about your new hip hop album.
Have a Promo Package - Just like when you send a demo to a label , to self promote your music, you need a good promo package. Your package should have:
- A press release detailing your news
- A short (one page) band bio
- A CD (a demo recording is ok, or an advance copy of an upcoming release)
- A package of any press coverage you have had so far - press coverage begets press coverage
- Your contact information (make sure to include an email address - people may hesitate to call you)
- A color photo, or a link to a site where a photo can be downloaded. The press is more likely to run a photo if they don't have to chase it.
Find Your Niche - The sad truth is, every writer, radio station, website, or fan for that matter, you are trying to reach is likely being bombarded with info from other music hopefuls. You a reason to stand out. Try to find something that will make people more curious about you - give them a reason to want to know more. Being elusive worked wonders for Belle & Sebastian at the start of their career and people write about Marilyn Manson for being, well, Marilyn Manson. You don't have to devise a huge, calculated persona, but giving people a reason to check out your show or your CD before the others can only help.
Bribe 'Em - Another way to stand out from the crowd is plain old free stuff. Even press people and label bosses love getting something for nothing, and you'll whip your fans into a frenzy (and get new fans) by giving stuff away. Some ideas:
- Put some money behind the bar at a show and give free drink passes to all the industry people who come to check you out.
- Give people on your mailing list an exclusive download once a month (be it a new song or an alternate version of a song)
- At gigs, raffle (for free) mix CDs made by the band - everyone who signs up to your mailing list at the show gets entered in the drawing.
Branding - Get your name out there. Make up some stickers, badges, posters, lighters or anything else you can think of that include your band's name. Then, leave the stuff anywhere you can. Pass them out at your favorite clubs, leave them on the record shop counter, poster the light posts - go for it. Soon, your name will be familiar to people even if they don't know why, and when they see your name in the paper advertising an upcoming show, they'll think "hey...I know that name, I wonder what that's all about.."
Keep Track of Your Contacts - As you go through all of these steps, chances are that you are going to pick up a lot of new contacts along the way. Some of these contacts will be industry people and some will be fans. Never lose track of a contact. Keep a database on your computer for the industry people you have met and another database of fan contacts. These databases should be your first port of call for your next promotional campaign - and these databases should always be growing. Don't write anyone off, even if you don't get much feedback from them. You never know who is going to give you the break you need.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Shes at home overdosing on diet pills. The girl you just called ugly? She spends hours putting makeup on, hoping people will like her. The boy you just tripped? He is abused enough at home. See that man with the ugly scars? He fought for our country. That guy you just made fun of for crying? His mother is dying. Put this on your status for an hour if you are against bullying. You never know what it's like until you walk a mile in their shoes
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
I use it every day. In fact my work number is Google voice and it gives me a variety of options and control over my voice mail than the traditional voice mail offered by the wireless companies. Anyone can have a Google voice number and you can even port your current number to be one too. Depending on your phone, you can integrate it very well and use all the benefits that Google Voice offers. Check it out at www.voice.google.com
"Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations," writes Martin Blaser, a professor of microbiology and chairman of the department of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Several hundred people are expected to gather at the Dell Diamond to try to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest rain dance.
The current record is 395 participants which happened in Ireland this past march, so organizers out here are trying to beat that. They will be led by the KASE 101 morning crew in a traditional rain dance.
This is just one more attempt to bring rain to Central Texas, while breaking a record at the same time.
Anyone wanting to participate should be at the Dell Diamond by 6 p.m. They need at least 395 people out here in order to break the current Guinness World Record. The dance will take place before the game.
"God, make a fresh start in me; give birth to a new beginning from the chaos of my life. Lead to live with a new identity, purpose, and future in your Son, Jesus. Amen"
Prayer by: Rockbridge Church
In the past year, a million children were victims of cyberbullying on Facebook, according to a recently released Consumer Reports survey. About 20 percent of students age 11 to 18 surveyed in 2010 by the Cyberbullying Research Center said they’d been cyberbullied at some point in their lives.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Marriage and divorce are life-changing events, the effects of which are evident in innumerable ways — including on the bathroom scale.
Both marriage and divorce appear to lead to weight gain among couples, but each occasion affects men and women differently, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University found that women tended to gain more weight than men after marriage, while after a divorce, men's girth expanded more than women's.
Fess up: You bought a $99 TouchPad, didn't you. It's OK. We did, too. While you can't yet run Android on it, the buzz is that now that it's cheap, a whole lot more people are going to work to get it done. So you could end up with a $99 Android tablet. Sure, it's not exactly a dual-core Honeycomb monster, but it's a $99 tablet, right?
So let's hear it: Who bought one?