December 20, 2010

Winter solstice marked by Lunar Eclipse 2010

Tomorrow's Lunar eclipse (that is the 21st of December 2010) and winter solstice to coincide for first time in 372 years. The eclipse will fall on the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice – for the first time since 1638.


Ian Sample had this to say on the Guardian UK:
The skies over Britain will turn a dark shade of red tomorrow morning as the moon moves into the Earth's shadow in a rare lunar eclipse.


A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are almost exactly in line, with the moon and sun on opposite sides of our home planet.


The alignment will cause the full moon to appear much dimmer than usual, but sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere will give the lunar surface a deep reddish hue at dawn.


The eclipse is due to begin at 5.28am, as the moon enters the lightest part of Earth's shadow, known as the penumbra. In this early phase of the eclipse, the moon will appear yellowish in the pre-dawn sky.


A more significant dimming begins as the moon enters into the darker part of Earth's shadow at 6.32am and becomes completely eclipsed at 7.40am.


Unlike an eclipse of the sun, star gazers do not need protective eye equipment to observe a lunar eclipse.

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The partial eclipse begins when the Moon first enters the dark inner, umbral part of the Earth's shadow, and will become a total eclipse at 7.40am.

It will reach its maximum at 8.17am, and end at 8.53am.

December 17, 2010

On Cure for HIV

According to German doctors, an American man with HIV may have been cured of his infection by a bone marrow transplant in Germany.

In 2007, the man received a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia. The transplant — which treats leukemia by essentially rebooting the body's immune system and creating new white blood cells —also had the benefit of wiping out the HIV infection. Now, three and a half years later, the patient remains HIV-free, which suggests he is cured of the disease, the researchers said.

"I'm extremely excited about the result," said Jerome Zack, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies HIV infection and was not involved in the study. "It suggests that at least in this one individual, there's a long-term benefit to this approach."


In the transplant, the patient received bone marrow, which contains blood stem cells, from a donor with a rare mutation. The mutation essentially prevents the most common form of HIV from getting inside certain immune cells, called T CD4 cells, and wreaking havoc on the immune system. Afterward, the virus appeared to stop replicating in the patient's body, and he no longer needed HIV antiretroviral medication.

The bottomline: Researchers' claim that a man has been cured of HIV is exciting and suggestive, but not conclusive.

Read more of Rachael Rettner's story on msnbc.com.

A preceding story "Possible Cure For AIDS On Horizon" was published last year on Febraury 25th, 2009 which stated:

In a spectacular display of medical serendipity, doctors have successful removed the HIV virus from a man by giving him a bone marrow transplant. Like others before it, this particular method seems to have arrived completely by accident; now, it seems researchers are compiling reports of patients becoming startlingly virus-free after receiving bone marrow transplants of a specific nature. The new case, which involves a 42-year-old American male, gives researchers the stimulation they need to discover gene therapy alternatives that could replace the antiretroviral drug cocktails in the long term – one relatively inexpensive treatment might have the power to clear up the viral problem for good.

October 08, 2010

Mobile Lawsuits

Who's Suing Who in the Mobile Business.

Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringement of patent rights. Apple counter-sued Nokia for a similar cause. The chart demonstrates who's suing who in the mobile business

August 28, 2010

Lost Smoke Monster Sounds as your iPhone Ringtone

If you are as much of a fan of Lost's smoke monster (I'm referring to the actual black smoke, and not the man in black) and the odd sounds that it makes as I am, you might want to use its strange-but-cool sound effects on your iPhone (or any other mobile device or mp3 player) as a ringtone.



The smoke monster's sounds in mp3 and m4r (iPhone ringtone) format

You can download the Lost smoke monster's sound effects here:


June 09, 2010

The PC strikes back

This is not about work stress neither unmanaged anger. This is about that the computers have had enough, too.

Treat your PC well, especially do not be aggressive, or else...



On second thoughts, maybe we should get a Mac.

May 24, 2010

Lost Ending - Lost Finale Explained

"The island is a cork of a bottle keeping the evil from spreading throughout the rest of the world"

or so, said Jacob to Richard.

The Lost Finale (episodes 17 & 18 of season 6 aka Lost S06E17) disappointed most spectators who were highly in the expectation of answers to remaining enduring mysteries or connecting the dots. The screenwriters Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof chose to leave connecting the dots or filling in the blanks to the loyal Lost fans, according to me, they also gave the rest of us a choice to tolerate the contradicting metaphors or what I would call otherwise absurdities which are explained below. This could also be considered the making of a proof that they did not plan what was to come along as the story went on, neither the finale.

Jacob was there to protect the "light", an intense source of electro-magnetic energy at the "heart" of the island. The same energy - when uncontrolled - would cause passing nearby planes to crash to the island. The same energy which turned his brother into a smoke monster which is invincible, reads people's minds, kills the characters which he no longer likes or those that the island is done with, he can also disguise himself using the bodies of dead people.

The light coming from the energy field hidden in an underground chasm is supposed to be left alone never to be visited according to Jacob's late mother who thanked her rebellious adopted son for killing her. However, as explained in the Lost Season 6 Finale (Destiny Found) when Desmond Hume and Jack Shephard went there on a sacred mission to disable the unbeatable smoke monster's powers - however they didn't turn into smoke monsters themselves for entering the cave and being exposed to the electro-magnetic power of that great source of energy! For them it was just a switch-board to turn on or off the island's power, when turned off the island would start rambling and to slowly sink into the ocean.

May 10, 2010

Twitter's Zero-Follower Bug is the off-spring from Make-Anyone-your-Follower Bug


This might be the beginning of a cyber doom's day or the judgement day for the social networking as Twitter's programmers are having a hard time fixing the "make-anyone-your-follower" bug.

The bug discovered earlier and passed on to their friend lists by social networkers was about using a reserved word (which was probably intended originally for an upcoming "invitation" feature to be added to Twitter. The word was simply "accept" when proceeded by a twitter user's handle (for example @skyhan) which would force that user to be added to your follower's list.

I was too late to exploit the bug to triple the list of my followers, as I logged in to my Twitter account, both the list of my followers and those I follow were totally gone!

By the time I tried to use the command-like combination accept @someone as a tweet, I instantly got an internal server error.

I believe Twitter's coders are on the issue and in an attempt to fix unjustly added followers, they deleted the entire follower list of many users (if not all)!

For every rising and shining star, there's a fall all the way down.

Good luck, Twitter!

xoxo

-Gossip Bird

May 03, 2010

Drivers, why you should always wear seat-belt

Why you should do this couldn't be expressed any better.

Watch the video to view the ultimate story-telling:



Embrace Life: Always wear your seat-belt!

May 01, 2010

Hot Math, Cool Cars

Not long ago, math was considered an abstract science, with no real-world applications.

Not any more!

Watch the video from Stanford University and decide for yourself.

April 29, 2010

Developing a Plan for Your Home Business Blog

A home business blog can earn you a very good income provided you have taken the time to develop an effective strategy for marketing your business. The blogging business can be very demanding therefore it is essential that you establish your business objectives and marketing strategy early on.

The planning process when creating a blog for income earning purposes is extremely important and can be broken down into 5 simple steps.

Let's have a look at the 5 steps you will need to take when planning your money making blog.

Determine Your Objectives

Here is where you 'get the ball rolling' and decide what it is you want to blog about and how you intend to get paid for your efforts. These are two HUGE decisions that could be the basis for several articles alone and should not be taken lightly.

April 26, 2010

Tempted - A Novel Worth Looking into


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So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on t. . . More >>

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April 21, 2010

Technologic Developments towards the year 3000






For Earth Day, A Simple Step To Help The Planet Can Also Lower Your Cancer Risk

For Earth Day, A Simple Step To Help The Planet Can Also Lower Your Cancer Risk
Tomorrow is Earth Day, and experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) say one way you can help the planet is by taking a good look at what's on your plate. A simple visual rule-of-thumb is all you need to get started making meals that will help you stay healthy, manage your weight - and do your part for conservation, AICR said today. The cancer experts stressed that food ...

Read more on Medical News Today

The Key Business Objectives of Promo Gifts

The promo gifts are in fad among the business organisations. Most businesses are using it to promote their brand in an effective way. But the question that might be haunting your mind would be what are the key business objectives of promo gifts and why are they widely used? Well, here is the answer. The key business objectives of promo gifts are:

Boosting sales. There are various things that matter to a business but it is the money that does the most of the talking. A business, at the end of the day, is a profit-earning organisation and needs money to carry on with its day-to-day functioning. There are various sources of revenue for an organisation but it is the sales that get the bigger share of the cash flowing in. The importance of a strong sales volume for a business cannot be ruled out. This is why every company, whether big or small is constantly engaged in activities to takes its sales graph in the upward direction. Deploying promo gifts is just one of the attempts to enhance the sales volume. Boosting the sales is one of the key business objectives behind using promo gifts. Promo gifts are perceived as thoughtful gifts and serve as a token of care and concern. The gratitude that these promo gifts express through their humble and useful nature woos customers and gets them glued to your brand.

April 19, 2010

Ensure Your Website Helps You Achieve Your Objectives

A business website is an essential foundation for all companies today. It is a requirement to establish legitimacy for your business. It enables you to inform, educate and engage with prospective and current customers. And it enables you to have the broadest market reach to maximize your visibility and grow your business.

But it can be dizzying for a new or small business owner to navigate the different tools, styles, approaches, and vendors to determine what kind of website you need, what capabilities it should have, how it should look and function, and how much it should cost.

Here are some questions you should ask before you choose an approach and start walking down the path of Internet Marketing:

What are my business objectives? Determine what your operational and financial goals and objectives are for the next one to three years. Are you trying to penetrate a new market? Who is your target audience? Do you want to sell more of the current products and services you do today? Do you want to build a community or solicit donations and volunteers?

April 17, 2010

5 Stages of Successful Business Planning

I believe that successfully developing a business involves five stages of business planning and development.

Stage 1: Situation Analysis – Where are we now?

In this first stage of business planning and development, you determine where the business is currently in terms of finance and general positioning. So, you’ll need to analyze not only the financial position, but also who the business is marketing their services or products to. Are they addressing a market that has a lot of disposable income or no? It gives you an idea of the general position of the business.

Stage 2: Business Objectives – Where do we want to go?

Secondly, you have to consider where the business wants to go. These are the objectives, or the goals of the business. This is difficult, because most people will say they don’t know when asked where they see their business in three years time! When you work out whether or not the business owner expects to triple their business or establish one that is ten times as big as they are currently, you can then start identifying the next steps the business will have to take.

Stage 3: Strategic Analysis – How will we get there?


April 15, 2010

The Obamas Watch But Don't See the Tragic Fate of Middle East Women: A Four-Picture Allegory

An article on New York Times regarding Turkey and Turks.

The Obamas Watch But Don't See the Tragic Fate of Middle East Women:
A Four-Picture Allegory
By Barry Rubin
 
Turkey used to be a secular state striving for modernization and a place in the Western world. That dream is turning into a nightmare. The AKP regime, despite its pretense of being a center-right, family values, good government party, is moving Turkey toward Islamism. Washington and the West in general doesn't seem to notice though horrified Turkish secularists and liberals are yelling for help.
 

April 12, 2010

Achieving Your Business Objectives Requires A Holistic Marketing Strategy

Several weeks ago, a Harris Interactive poll found that 80% of the U.S. adult population, 184 million people, are now spending an average of 13 hours per week on the Internet—doubling since 1999.

As the population continues to transition to using the Internet for business, purchases, finding information, and myriad personal uses, it is clear that traditional go-to-market strategies are no longer a guarantee that you will achieve your business objectives. In fact, with the continued explosion of Social Media the fundamental role of business marketing itself is shifting, from "advertising" to "engaging". One measure of this is--recent studies show that 78 percent of customers value recommendations from their peers, while only 14 percent trust traditional advertisements.

So how does a small or medium-sized business succeed in such a rapidly changing, and diverse environment? By understanding their target market-- how they look for goods, services, and information-- and leveraging the right combination of marketing tools and techniques to reach them, whether traditional or online.

April 09, 2010

Sleeping Boxes in Paris

How about sleeping in a box when you are just passing by a large city instead of struggling to find unoverbooked hotels?

A pretty practical solution is "Sleep boxes" where you can find at airports, like one in Paris, for example.

April 08, 2010

El Computador vs la Computadora


A Spanish language teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la Casa.'

'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

March 31, 2010

Don't Handle Objections, Embrace Them


Network marketers have been taught by training programs, their up line and printed material that they have to "handle objections" as a matter of course, to get to the sale. BS. Objections aren't really "objections", but rather an invitation from the buyer to make a connection to us. Thank them for the invitation, and connect with them. Look, it's a proven fact, buyers present 58% more objections than non-buyers, and that is before they buy. It's their way of forcing you keep connecting until you establish trust. They already know they have a need, you already know you have the solution (presumably), so once there is trust, you two can get to the "does this solution fit"?

Let me put it another way your goal as a salesperson is to help your client, which means you guys are on the same side, right?

It's not a contest, it's not a debate, it's the beginning of a relationship. (Hence the term relationship marketing) So get into what the objection is. Find out what's really behind it. What are they worried about? What does that matter? How does that work? What happens then? What's at stake for the client? It might take a few questions to get to the root cause, concern or problem. Your job is to uncover the truth. Bring it out into the light of day and examine it. Frequently, the buyer will throw up an objection that isn't really what they are concerned about. It's a reflex action. You have to listen closely and ask questions to find what their real concern is. This is an important step in the process. Skip this at your own peril. If you don't deal with the questions and objections, and I mean all of them, they will linger in your prospect's mind, even if you do manage to "make the sale". (Buyers Remorse is a common term for it) Another is "unproductive member of your team".

March 30, 2010

5 Sure-fire Ways to Turn Objections Into Sales


When an objection has been raised by your prospect, it must be overcome or the sale will usually be lost. The reactions to objections vary widely among salespeople. The true professional salesperson says, 'I need objections. Without them, I couldn't sell.' This reaction is in sharp contrast to those salespeople who view stalls and objections as catastrophes, contemplating them with doubt, fear, and worry.

The difference in the reactions of these two types of salespeople is not so much one of experience or exposure to training as it is of attitude. Stalls and objections are almost never isolated events; they are the results of cause and effect. Objections give the professional salesperson clues about what is happening. They help him evaluate the customer or prospect and guide them toward a satisfactory resolution of the salesperson/customer relationship.

Understanding Objections

First, we must have an understanding of the person behind the objection. Let's adopt this basic premise: all stalls and objections are defensive reactions to a threat, either direct or implied. In effect, the customer is calling a halt or slowing down an action.

March 27, 2010

The Last Oracle: A Novel



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March 25, 2010

Renault and the Turkish Automotive Market

The Turkish automotive market. Who are the main competitors there? What role is to be played by foreign manufacturers? How do Turkish customers behave and what are their expectations?

March 24, 2010

Teaching Swimming to Kids - The Arabic Way



This is how an Arabic child is taught how to swim. A little harsh but effective.
And the little kid doesn't seem to be dreading it.

March 16, 2010

Me, myself or I, a hero?

I was just testing
en.tackfilm.se/
and this came out:

March 03, 2010

Lost's Smoke Monster Appearences

Below is a montage of the famous Lost smokey.



The smoke monster is perhaps what the entire storyline is made upon.

February 07, 2010

Office War

War of the employees of a corporate office




We weren't sure which department was gonna win, but what we knew for sure it's the cleaning guy who will lose and suffer the consequences.


Taken from the Geekadelphia blog archives

February 01, 2010

Lost Season 6 Episode 1 Sneak Peak Part 2

Lost Season 6 Episode 1 sneak preview - part 2


Lost final season premiers this evening with the first two episodes (consecutively) or one 2-hour XL episode with the slogan "No more questions, only answers!"

January 30, 2010

The first 6-minute Footage of Lost Season 6 Episode 1

Lost Season 6 Episode 1 sneak preview - part 1


So the Oceanic 6 were able to "undo" the Oceanic 815 crash ?


"You betcha"!


Ah, the video was found in a USB key password-protected with 4 8 15 16 23 42 also known as the Lost sequence numbers, which came out from a bottle that was won by someone from the "Lost the final season sweepstakes" an online contest from ABC.com on January 17th

January 28, 2010

Apple's iPad Tablet - A disappointment or an Elation?

Yesterday (on Jan 27th, 2010 - 3 days after the Mac's 26th anniversary), Apple announced the launch of the iPad, its new Tablet device - a completely new product line which fits somewhere between the iPhone and the iPod Touch, and the MacBook.

While some call iPad a great innovative device which could go handy as a portable multi-touch HD video player, eBook and ePaper reader i color and style, a 3D game console, and an Internet surfing and communication device as well as a basic portable Mac computer (thanks to Apple's adapted suite of photo editing tools, a Cocoa-touch version of iWork which I would call Apple's answer to Microsoft Office), others call it as a disappointment regarding to the tablet as an enlarged version of iPod Touch or an iphone without a camera - probably because of the fact that the the tablet device works much like an iPhone, running the applications presently available for the iPhone thanks to its iPhone OS-based operating system running on a microchip called A4 - Apple's own chip for the first time after about a decade.

The disappointed also complain about the limited storage capacity of iPad as well as its lack of multi-tasking capability.

iPad also lacks a camera, although it has a built-in microphone.

Maclord's Blog has a comprehensive coverage of Apple's iPad where you cand find the full specs and pricing information.

January 27, 2010

Convert Word documents to clean HTML.

I stumbled upon a site called word2cleanhtml.com which is a simple and easy to use web app where you paste the contents of a Microsoft Word document and it instantly converts the text into clean HTML.

Especially useful for SEO-centric webmasters who have content in MS Word format to be published on the web.

How to generate clean HTML from your Word document in 3 easy steps

  1. Open your Word document.doc now. Edit > Select All then Edit > Copy
  2. Go to http://word2cleanhtml.com/ Paste the contents of your Word document in the large (editable) text area box.
  3. Press the big yellow button labeled "Convert to clean HTML"

January 24, 2010

Star Wars - The Old Republic - The Video Game

Cinematics of computer games nowadays seem to outmaster those of sci-fi movies themselves.

As a Star Wars fan myself, while looking into the new video games of Star Wars, I ran into the official cinematic trailer of a new game from LucasArts named Star Wars - The Old Republic.

Here's the awesome trailer which I thought is much more stunning than the movie Star Wars Episode III : The Revenge of the Sith itself:

January 17, 2010

Alternatives to Rapidshare for free file hosting & sharing


Tired of the annoying Rapidshare error messages such as the following to force you into a paid membership at unreasonable prices for file hosting:


Unfortunately right now our servers are overloaded and we have no more download slots left for non-members. Of course you can also try again later.


See what happens in most cases, when you try again later - hit the browser's refresh button and here it comes:


Currently a lot of users are downloading files. Please try again in 2 minutes or become a Premium member.

Please note, the server is not going to check again within the next 2 minutes if downloading is possible again. To provide a fair platform, all user get the same options. Your last attempt was 12 seconds ago.


Recently nothing changes and you get the same annoying messages whether you try two minutes later, or in another two hours.

Rapidshare says too many free users are downloading right now to sell more paid memberships - oh so-called - as low as 7 Euros/month. This is a price for which you can get unlimited web hosting including free site builders, databases and free CMS set-ups and not to mention e-mail with gigs of storage quota.

What free alternatives do we have to Rapidshare?

4Shared
Join 4Shared Now!4Shared is a large online storage facility where Internet users store their text, audio, video, photo, and other files and share them, if they wish, with other people. It is easy, handy, and free!

It also offers premium services, but unlike Rapidshare, it doesn't fool you that the servers are overloaded because of free users to force you into paid membership.

Join 4Shared Now!

DropBox
Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.
Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you've installed Dropbox on (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!) Because a copy of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.

Sign up free with Dropbox

Great formule for treating flu and bad cold using onion and sugar

January 02, 2010

Beware of Fake Facebook notifications and Other Phishing MessagesN


I received another fake Facebook phishing message, and this time, I decided to share it with my friends and readers of my blog, since some scam are so realistically designed, non-techie people could hardly tell if it is fake or real!

Ever if you receive a message which has the following to say (or anything similar), don't you dare click on the link :


Dear Facebook user,
In an effort to make your online experience safer and more enjoyable, Facebook will be implementing a new login system that will affect all Facebook users. These changes will offer new features and increased account security.
Before you are able to use the new login system, you will be required to update your account.
Click here to update your account online now.
If you have any questions, reference our New User Guide.
Thanks,
The Facebook Team