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Can playing #World of Warcraft sharpen older people's brains? - Holy Kaw!

I thought this article was pretty interesting: It turns out that one way to help keep Grandma's mind fresh might be getting her to battle dragons online
You could always give an elderly loved one a book of sudoku puzzles to keep his mind sharp. But new research suggests it might be more beneficial to get him to summon up his inner Night Elf Hunter and go on a quest. Researchers from North Carolina State University discovered that playing World of Warcraft, the hugely popular online role-playing game, can noticeably improve the cognitive functions of older adults. Here's what you should know:

10 unusual interview mistakes, and 6 that are all-too-common | The Work Buzz


Most of us can recall an embarrassing moment in our lives that was caused by nerves. Whether it was drawing a blank at a crucial time, spilling a drink on a first date or stuttering through a presentation at work, at one point or another, anxiety has gotten the best of all of us.

One of life’s most notoriously nerve-racking events, the job interview, can be a perfect storm for the creation of these sorts of foot-in-mouth moments. The combination of excitement and pressure can cloud our judgment and lead us to make mistakes, decisions and comments that we wouldn’t normally make.

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ATM fees add up. How to get rid of them

There are a handful of tips from 365 Ways to Live Cheap that felt really relevant to my life as I was writing the book in 2007 but don’t quite feel as relevant today, though still useful. This is one of them.

Will one of the nation's greatest violinists be noticed in a D.C. Metro stop during rush hour? Joshua Bell experimented for Gene Weingarten's story in The #Washington Post

This is so awesome. Please take a moment to read:

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

9 Essential Psychological Skills Parents Need to Teach Their Children


By: Dr Alice Boyes Psychologist

(in no particular order, and not exhaustive)

1. Making friends

2. Keeping friends and "repairing relationships"

3. Assertiveness

4. Healthy optimism

5. Perspective taking

6. Flexible problem solving

7. How to distinguish which emotions they’re feeling

8. How to regulate their emotions

9. How to identify and react to other people’s emotions


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Tablet owners are starting to discover work benefits [infographic]@TabTimes

Staples, the leading stationary supplier, has published a new infographic which suggests that tablet owners are finding work and mobile benefits from their devices.
The infographic shows that most tablet users have 10-inch slates, and use them for approximately 90 minutes each day. This usage is typically when out on the road (88.3%), although a surprising 35% of surveyed respondents admitted to using their tablets when in the bathroom.
The research reveals that an impressive 80% of tablet users think their devices have helped to improve their work/life balance, and finds that 25% of the surveyed users now read less printed material than before.
As shown below, the infographic also reveals that that 54% of tablet owners are 34 years old or older, says that the average user spend around $34 on tablet apps and claims that there will be 82.1 million tablet users in the United States by 2015.

You Come From This Thing: The Oldest Animal Ever Discovered

Scientists believe that this is the animal from which everything else evolved. The first multicellular being that spawned every living being in this world through billions of mutations, from fish to amphibians to reptiles to birds to mammals to you.
It's an amazing discovery.

Eat Right To Boost Immunity

here are many ways to prevent a cold.
Are they foolproof? No, of course not, eventually we all get sick, but if eating can actually help improve the odds, I’m all for it. Research has shown that certain foods can help prevent colds and provide relief from cold symptoms. Fight your cold naturally with these 6 tips.

How to Finish Reading a Book: 7 steps (with pictures) - wikiHow

Most people have had the irksome but very real experience of starting to read a very good book but getting sidetracked or distracted and laying it down for a little too long to find the enthusiasm to get back into it. Losing your place or eventually losing enthusiasm about reading the book is a common experience but it's something that you can overcome.
This article will show you how you can combat the waning enthusiasm to get back into reading a book and to finally get through the book, right to that last chapter.

If You Were Going to Die Today, What Would You Regret Most (and How Would You Change for the Better)?

If you've lived you've made mistakes, and that likely means you've accumulated a few regrets along the way. How damaging would those regrets be if your life was about to end? What would you wish you'd have done differently? Susie Steiner, writing for The Guardian, reports on the most common regrets of the dying and they're mostly things that could've been easily remedied. Do your regrets coincide?
Here are the top five:
I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happier.

How to Write a Cover Letter That Employers Will Actually Read

When you're applying for a new job, you often have to write a cover letter to accompany your resume and serve as an introduction to who you are. These letters must be brief yet compelling so you don't require much of the reader but still appear unique. This can be pretty tough, but if you utilize the principles of good storytelling and concise writing you can put together a letter that won't get lost in the pile. Here's how.

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Try Dropbox!

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I’ve been using Dropbox and thought you might like it. It’s a free way to bring all your files anywhere and share them easily.
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Playing with my new Toy

I have been a fan of Android ever since I got my first hands on the Evo 4G. Now I have upgraded to the Evo3D with Sprint and soon after I got my hands on the ASUS Transformer my world just became more interesting. I have had it for about an year and then came out the Transformer Prime. I fell in love with it and here I am with my own ASUS Transformer Prime. Here are some pictures I took from my phone while setting up my brand new tablet. If you are in the market for a tablet feel free to ask me any questions you have. I will try to do a good job. I am pretty tech savy and I thik I could help. I am looking forward to my love life with the Prime! :D
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