Should You Pay Your Car Insurance Premium Monthly?

If you are purchasing and insuring a car for the first time, you may have a big surprise in store when you see your first yearly or bi-yearly premium payment invoice. For the average person who lives on a monthly budget, it can be very challenging to come up with a large amount for car insurance each year or every six months. For some people, that may be an excellent option, because of the way they receive their income, but for others, it may cause quite a hardship and put a big hole in the bank account.

One of the reasons that many people prefer to work with their insurance companies to arrange for a monthly payment rather than a lump sum payment is because of budgeting issues. It can be somewhat difficult to save up each month for that payment, because your bank account will reflect a higher amount that you can actually use. Some people fall into the trap of spending what is in the account before remembering that they are saving for a specific payment for their car insurance, and that can make it very difficult to come up with enough money to pay the premium when it comes due.

By dividing the payment into equal monthly amounts, you can more easily work it into you budged. Many companies have gone to the paperless statements and the online billing, so you don’t even have to worry about getting the monthly statements in the mail or writing and mailing off the check. You can access your account online at any time and you can set up automatic withdrawals from your checking account so that your payments are never late.

One of the reasons that some people don’t switch to a monthly car insurance premium payment is because their insurance company charges a small fee if they don’t just make the yearly payment. If you are looking for a new insurance company that offers cheap car insurance, you will want to be sure to find out if they charge an additional fee to switch to monthly payments.

You may not have thought about this next reason it may be a good idea to switch to monthly car insurance payments. If you are paying by the month, you can be more flexible about changing auto insurance companies whenever you wish. Did you know that many people will get married and buy a car and sign up with an insurance company and stay with them for the rest of their lives? This is great loyalty, but times do change, and the car insurance companies have begun to be much more competitive than they have ever been.

Many companies in the arena mean that there are more options for you. It may even be that your current car insurance company offers lower rates to attract new customers. If this is the case, you may be able to negotiate a lower rate in order to stay with them. Many companies try to compete with fewer fees or lower premiums for similar coverage. By shopping around, you will be able to determine whether your current company has the best prices or if you are ready to switch to another company.

Saving Energy in Your Home With Lighting – Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Explained!

Choosing the right lighting for you home

Choosing the right lighting in your home, with higher energy prices constantly rising, we are all becoming more educated in the ways we can save energy in our homes. One of the most cost-effective ways to save energy and money is on your lighting, it can have an enormous effect on our mood and the way we relax. Sore eyes and headaches are a known cause of bad lighting, so choosing the right lighting for your home is very important. Proper lighting can make all the difference in how your home will look and feel, it can dramatically alter the appearance of your home and can transform a boring living space into a soothing and stunning showpiece.

Incandescent light bulbs

Incandescent bulbs are now becoming a thing of the past this is particularly the case in the UK where these types of bulbs are being completely phased out. Incandescent bulbs are not very efficient with approximately 95 percent of the energy consumed wasted as heat and have an average life span of 750-2500 hours.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)

Although there are some negative comments made about compact fluorescent light bulbs they are an improvement on the outdated incandescent bulbs and emit the same light quality. Compact fluorescent light bulbs have a K number listed on the packaging the higher the K or (Kelvin) number the brighter the light. These types of bulbs are four times more efficient than incandescent, last 10 times longer approximately (10,000 hours) and use up to 80% less energy.

What to look for when you shop for light bulbs.

Degrees Kelvin (K) Scale

Number of lumens (lm) produced by common incandescent bulbs

150 watts = 2600 lumens

100 watts = 1600 lumens

74 watts = 1100 lumens

60 watts = 800 lumens

40 watts = 450 lumens

Warm White, Soft White

The standard colour of incandescent bulbs

2700 k – 3000 k

Cool, Bright White, Neutral

Good for kitchens and workspaces

3500 k – 4100 k

Natural or Daylight

Good for living rooms and lamps

5000k – 6500k

Light emitting diode bulbs (LED)

Light emitting diodes consist of a number of (LEDs) to emit light, although they can cost a little extra than the cost is balanced with the increased life span and the higher energy efficiency. light emitting diodes can last up to 10 times longer than compact fluorescent on average 25,000 to 60,000 hours plus.

Halogen light bulbs

When compared to compact fluorescent or light emitting diodes, halogen light bulbs are not as efficient although there is an improvement to the standard incandescent light bulb. Halogen light bulbs have a life span of approximately 2,000 hours and are around 50% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

Most energy efficiency light bulbs available cannot be dimmed using a standard domestic dimmer. However, since 2007, new dimmer enabled energy bulbs became available and can be dimmed with a standard dimmer switch. Please check to ensure that you are purchasing the correct item before using an energy efficiency bulb with a dimmer switch.

Top 12 Strategies – How To Find Your Path In Life

In order to answer the question “how to find your path in life”, first of all I’d like to clarify that finding your path in life is different AND MORE IMPORTANT than finding your purpose in life… When people talk or explore finding their purpose in life a lot of them have ideas on their purpose, but they don’t know where to start. Or a lot of other people make passion lists, do’s and dont’s list but they still are not able to find their purpose. Or people question themselves “is this what I am supposed to be doing”?

And then once you want to take action to find your purpose in life, another big challenge that most people have when making changes in life is “fear”. For example “fear” of making the wrong choice, fear of not being good enough, fear of failure and so on. This fear may result in pain, embarrassment, confusions and of course we don’t want that.

However, when you focus on how to find your path in life… the mind is less fixated on how things “should be” and certain outcomes. You see, when you focus on your purpose you want it to be perfect, you want to be an expert at what you do, you want to work for the best company, you want to work every day with passion… but when you focus on how to find your path in life you are not focused on an outcome and so the barrier for change, the barrier for perfection and to be good enough and to be accepted is less challenging, there is less pressure and less fear. So there is less resistance for change…

When you focus on how to find your path in life, your purpose will then evolve over time and your purpose will come out of finding your path… this is the missing key that many personal development guru’s and teachers forgot to tell you.

All too often personal development gurus talk about finding your purpose in life, and here’s the thing you don’t need to find it, “you need to focus on how to find your path in life” and that will lead you to your purpose… make sense?

There are basically 4 types of people searching for how to find your path in life

One: I don’t have a clue, I never thought about it, I don’t know, I don’t care, life purpose and path is BS

Two: I’ve heard about it, I’m confused, lost, insecure, I want to find it but I don’t know how

Three: I’ve made actions to find my path and purpose but I’m still struggling, I don’t know how to make the right choices how come I’m still not happy, is this where I am supposed to be

Four: I’m on my path in life and my purpose is evolving as I grow older, I am contributing and giving back, while never stop learning on the life journey..

Which group do you belong to?

Here are 12 strategies that can help you answer the question “how to find your path in life”

1. There is always uncertainty… so learn to be comfortable with it. There is no right or wrong choice, there is only a choice… so make the choice you believe will lead you to your life path. How? Use your intuition and gut feeling.

2. Patience, you can NOT speed up your finding your path and your purpose in life… you can only cultivate your purpose which is like you give water to a flower. So focus on your path and overtime your purpose will reveal itself. TIP: use your Monk Intuition when you make decisions

3. Combine your passions, one of my friends is 7 times Canadian Kayaking Champion, Executive Coach, Speaking Coach and developed a painting technique as an artist called “Painting Without a Brush”… she doesn’t chose one purpose, she’s simply on her path in life and her purposes will evolve overtime

4. Connect the dots on your life journey to see your path more clearly (what major studies, interests and experiences you have had that leads you to where you are today). How can you use those talents and experience to cultivate something new

5. Experiment! When I started public speaking 7 years ago I didn’t know who would be my right audience, in which part of the world, and how large they would be. It is only through speaking in front of different groups, universities, fortune 500 companies, high school students, different group sizes from 100’s to 10 that I learned that leaders and high achievers is the best audience for me in both speaking and mentoring.

6. Be aware that for some of you, your path in life does not exist yet! Everyone’s path is unique of course. Now what do I mean by that? It’s possible that no one has walked the path that is destined for you. For example, you are born to do something unique to develop a new technology that does not exist, to develop a new clothing line, to become the first person on mars. The point I’m trying to make is that it’s hard if you don’t have a reference point in the external world and you feel you’re alone and not sure about your path. That’s OK. One step at a time daily will get you there, follow your Monk intuition… don’t focus on your purpose, focus on your finding your path in life (In my case I have a path that didn’t exist: I’m an introvert, doing public speaking, teaching about spirituality in life towards businesses moving to China… there are so many contradictions in my life and figuring it out has been a long process. And it’s my path in life that led me to my purpose in life which is now helping people find their path in life (ironic).

7. Learn to trust that the right people will come in the right way for the right reason. When I published my first 7 years ago a coach came after my talk and she offered free public speaking to me, exactly what I needed

8. Stop looking at other people and the external world, no one can tell you what your path in life is, you need to figure it out, each day one step at a time. Take action and let life take it’s own flow. This is how you cultivate…

9. Pay Attention to the little voice inside your head. What keeps coming back to you? What are you saying to yourself consciously and subconsciously about what you should be doing with your life? Once you identify and make it specific, take one small action to get closer to that goal.

10. Go and volunteer in a cause that is important for you. Finding your path in life is figuring out which elements in the outside world connect with your inner world.

11. Learn to become an observer of yourself. Sometimes we are too much caught up in our minds because of email, our phone, TV. Take a step back and simply reflect on your day. What did work for you today? What didn’t work? What inspired me? What new thoughts came up?

12. And finally if you look at the news today and the worldly problems? How can you help become the world a better place? What is your gift?

Take some time to reflect on these strategies and insights.

In a nutshell, how to find your path in life is simply done by following your heart and intuition. The external world and business, marketing, sales and making money is driven by the Suit or mind, when finding your path, don’t use your mind, use your heart, have trust and faith in life… this is how you align both your internal and external self.

There are people who live their life only based on goals and expectations, that’s not where you want to go. It’s OK to be successful but if that’s not in line with who you are you will not be happy, you will burnout and feel lonely. You want to live a life true to yourself and that is to find YOUR way… the way of your heart, all you need to do is to learn to listen.

The journey of life is the journey towards self-realization, in order to close that gap you need to close the gap between your external world your SUIT and your internal world your MONK and finding your path is one way of doing so…

Fireplace Design – Where Do I Start?

Picture how your fireplace will be used. You’ve probably already got a location in mind, but the practicality of the location may be affected by venting needs, installation clearance requirements and fuel choices.

Part 1: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

First, why are you installing a fireplace? Is is for recreational use and entertaining? Is it serving as a backup emergency heating system? Supplemental heat for a chilly room? Is it simply a decorative element to enhance your decor? Fireplaces are available in a wide range of designs fireplaces being used as supplemental or backup heat sources will get the most use and a higher quality (more expensive) model will be a better choice that generally offers greater efficiency.

Who will be using the new fireplace? What is your lifestyle? Elderly people and those with health problems may not be able to handle the vigors of toting firewood. But if you have the time to enjoy the rituals of cutting, splitting and stacking wood and the idea of free heat from fallen trees on your property, an investment in a wood burning fireplace may suit your needs perfectly. Otherwise, expand your possibilities to gas or electric fireplaces.

Fireplace design experts and chimney sweeps agree that low-end, builder-grade fireplaces should only be used for occasional, recreational fires such as family gatherings at holidays. If you expect to use your fireplace once a week or more during the winter, opt for a higher end model that will last for many years because replacement is an expensive, time-consuming project. Now let’s begin with the next stage of planning.

Part 2: CHOOSING THE FUEL

Wood

Do you picture burning natural firewood? Wood burning fireplaces will put the most restraints on your design. The chimney system must run vertically in a relatively straight configuration and clear the roof line according to local codes, which are a minimum of 3′ in most areas – but can be excessively more depending upon your roof pitch and home design. You’ll want the fireplace installed in an area that’s accessible to a doorway to the outside to bring in your firewood and take out ashes. A wood burning fireplace will also have the greatest requirements for a fireproof hearth that protrudes into the room and for side and top clearances. And unless you opt for a high-end, energy efficient fireplace fireplace design that offers tightly sealing doors for long burn times and upgraded designs to provide high heat output, burning wood may actually remove more heat from your room than it adds.

Opening front, decorative wood burning fireplaces are banned as new appliance choices in some areas that are prone to air quality problems. Decorative fireplaces consume a lot of fuel, can produce excessive amounts of smoke into your neighborhood, and offer little to no heat output. So carefully consider the quality and features of the models available during your planning stages. Higher end models may give you many more years of service plus convenience features that give you longer burn times, more heat from every piece of wood and cleaner burning that results in less smoke and a cleaner chimney.

Make sure you have a good source of firewood available and space to stack your wood pile. The type of wood you burn – and how you store and care for your firewood – will greatly affect your wood burning experience.

For all but the most talented do-it-yourselfers, a woodburning fireplace is a job that is best done by a licensed and experienced professional.

Gas

Gas fireplaces offer a convenient, realistic flame at the touch of a button. Remote controls are available for most models. Many can also use thermostat controls that adjust the flame or turn the fire on and off based on the room temperature. Venting options may allow installation in nearly any room, on any floor of your home.

Gas fireplaces come in a variety of styles, sizes and designs and offer multiple venting options. Decorative models won’t give you much heat, while higher end models can heat an open floor plan nearly as effectively as a furnace. Direct vent models may vent horizontally or give you enough options with offsets for the vent to terminate remotely from the fireplace. Every model from every manufacturer is different, so check installation requirements carefully to make sure your design can be implemented for safe and efficient use.

Gas fireplaces are designed to burn either Natural Gas (piped into your home by the city gas company) or LP (Liquid Propane) which is stored in a tank in your yard.

Installation of a gas fireplace will require a plumber or HVAC technician (check local codes) to run gas lines to the fireplace and to install the fireplace and venting system, so this is a project that will require professional installation.

Electric Fireplaces

Once not even a consideration for fireplaces, electric fires are now all the rage. They operate at 100% efficiency and require no venting so they can be installed any where. They may also be the only option for renters or for high-rise condos and office buildings. Designs range from small to large, traditional to contemporary. Most include a heater than can provide plenty of warmth for smaller areas. There are no special installation requirements – just plug into an existing 3-prong outlet – so this is a relatively simple installation that most homeowners can accomplish on their own.

Now that we know what type of fuel is right, let’s plan where it will be installed.

Part 3: CHOOSING YOUR FIREPLACE LOCATION

As we learned in part two, the fuel you’ll be burning in your fireplace may dictate where the fireplace can be installed based on the venting requirements of the model chosen. A woodburning fireplace in an upstairs bedroom is not practical because you’ll be toting wood up and carrying ashes down.

Sometimes a compromise will be required to meet venting and clearance requirements of the fireplace style you choose. Your ideal location between two windows may not work, but the more spacious area on the opposite wall would be perfect. Or perhaps the woodburning fireplace you prefer between the windows can’t fit, but a gas burning model will. So determine how important the location of the fireplace is to the design you have in mind and remain flexible during this stage of planning.

Placement

Depending upon the era, fireplaces have been designed through the ages with a variety of styles. A corner fireplace may provide the perfect balance for other elements in the room. Flat or low-profile hearths are more practical in smaller rooms where you’ll be less like to stub your toe walking by. Flat hearths were popular from the early 1800’s to the 1940’s. Raised hearths may bring the fireplace up to offer a better view from a bed or sofa. A hearth raised 16″ to 18″ offers additional seating in the room. Think of the design elements in your room, how the furniture will be arranged, and the type of fireplace you’re installing. Raised hearths allow less bending when loading or tending to a wood fire. If you’re trying to replicate the look of a particular era then research the style of fireplaces, surround and hearth materials plus mantel styles that were popular at that time.

I’ve chosen my fuel and the room it’s going to be installed into, now how should it look?

Part 4: CUSTOMIZING YOUR FIREPLACE DESIGN

A fireplace is usually a generic box that holds a fire. Decorative accents provided by the manufacturer (such as trim styles and door or window finishes) will be your next decision. The greatest element of your design style will be the hearth, surround, trim and mantel choices.

The hearth is the extension into the room that provides protection to your flooring while the surround provides protection for the walls surrounding your fireplace. Requirements will vary greatly for the surround and hearth based on the type of fuel your fireplace burns and the individual requirements for the model chosen. Woodburning fireplaces will most often require a hearth 18″ or more in front of the fireplace, and extending to each side to offer maximum protection for sparks and tumbling embers. Gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces may require little to no hearth or surround, although incorporating these elements into your design may offer a more authentic look and appeal for your room.

Hearths and surrounds can incorporate a wide variety of materials just be sure and choose the right material, in the correct thickness for heat transfer protection, and make sure it’s installed correctly. Make sure there is adequate weight support beneath the fireplace and hearth area to support the fireplace, venting system and hearth/surround materials. A fireproof underlayment may be needed in some installations. Here are some materials you may consider for hearths and surrounds:

Brick or brick veneers

Stone, stone veneers or cultured stone

Ceramic tile

Slate, marble, granite & solid surface materials

Metallic surfaces such as stainless steel or copper

Cement slabs

Mantels and Trim

Your mantel and trim choice may have the greatest impact on the aesthetic design of your fireplace. A grand mantel can take a standard fireplace from ordinary to exquisite! Many home owners choose to allot more of their budget for the fireplace installation into the mantel than any other part of the project, so consider how the mantel will affect your overall look and costs. The mantel is installed to from the surround and provide a finished look. Detailed mantels are most often used in homes with a traditional design. The mantel includes decorative vertical trim that sits on the fireplace hearth and most often includes a mantel shelf.

Make sure the mantel is installed to allow sufficient clearances to amply meet the fireplace manufacturer’s instructions. Deep shelves, for example, can present challenges with wood burning fireplaces as the overhang can cause fire hazards due to the excessive rising heat.

Mantels are available in a huge variety of materials, styles and designs:

Marble

Wood

Cast Iron

Limestone

Cultured Stone

Plaster

Resin

Looking for a very contemporary design? Contemporary designs use simple lines to create a harmonious feel, or exciting textures and patterns that might not be enhanced by use of a mantel or shelf. In a contemporary design, consider using a simple trim the merely finishes off the edges of your surround.

I have the perfect design in mind! I know just how it should look and I’m ready to go!

Part 5: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF FIREPLACE INSTALLATION & PLANNING

The complexity of your fireplace design and installation will determine how much help the average do-it-yourselfer may participate in the project.

Plan, Plan and Check Your Plans Again!

Does the fireplace offer the features you most want?

Can your home accommodate any required venting needs?

Do you have adequate space for the fireplace plus the needed framing and hearth required for this model?

What hearth and surround will you use?

Have you chosen a mantel that meets clearance requirements?

We recommend that you draw your fireplace project on paper and plan all dimensions very carefully. A great next step is to use newspaper and create a template on your floor and wall so that you can visually see the amount of space that will be allotted to your new fireplace installation, how close furniture will be to the new fireplace, etc.

Buy your fireplace and find your contractors

Now that you’ve chosen your fireplace, your surround, hearth and mantel, what’s next?

Purchase from a retailer or supplier that meets your individual needs. You may even find that a single store can help with everything you need: the fireplace, venting, mantel and surround plus the installers to get the whole job done for you. Or you may need to buy from several sources to get all the materials needed for the project. Buy from the store(s) that offer the technical support and product selection that you most desire.

Framing and sheetrock will probably be needed. Is this a job you can do yourself, or is a carpenter or handyman required? Make sure framing allows not only the proper opening for the fireplace but the hearth and mantel as well.

If you’re installing a gas fireplace, make sure you have a licensed tradesman to run gas lines. Arrange for delivery of the LP gas tank or connection of gas lines to your home if you’re adding a gas fireplace to a home that doesn’t already have gas appliances in use. Gas service may include a wait from a few days to several weeks, so plan early!

After the framing is done, the fireplace is installed. Check building code requirements and make sure you or the contractor apply for the permit and have the required inspections done to help assure the fireplace is installed safely and correctly. Installation of a wood or gas burning fireplace, the venting system and the gas lines are jobs best left to a professional. A safety inspection is performed after the fireplace is installed, checking for proper clearances to framing, proper installation of the venting system and proper installation of gas lines.

After the framing inspection is done, you may install sheetrock, surround and hearth materials, and the mantel. This part of the project may be done by talented homeowners, or may be left in the hands of tradesmen specializing in the materials you’ve chosen such as tile installers, carpenters, general contractors or talented handy-man companies.

After your fireplace installation is complete, a final inspection by the building inspector is required for gas or wood burning fireplaces. This helps assure that another tradesman has not covered combustible areas of the fireplace with surround materials (such as covering vents on the fireplace with tile) and that the hearth and mantel are installed with proper clearances. Final gas inspections are also done at this time, perhaps by a different inspector.

After final inspections are done, follow your manufacturer’s instructions for break-in use. This usually involves small, low fires that help cure paint and refractory materials used on gas and wood burning fireplaces. Review use and safety instructions with everyone in the home who will be operating the new fireplace.

Now uncork the wine, call your friends and family, light a fire and enjoy! Your new fireplace will add a special warmth to a chilly evening. You’ve made a great investment in your home’s value and to your quality of life.

This article copyrighted by THE FIREPLACE CHANNEL

Book Review – Between Two Bridges by Victor Colaio

It was sometime in the mid 1980’s. I was having dinner at Forlini’s Restaurant at 93 Baxter Street in downtown Manhattan with my good friend Rudy Riska, who was the Athletic Director of the Downtown Athletic Club, and was known as the King of the Heisman Trophy. I had grown up across the street from Forlini’s, in a tenement at 134 White Street, the corner of Baxter Street in the Sixth Ward, across the street from the city prison called the Tombs. Rudy had grown up on Madison Street, in the adjourning Fourth Ward, just a 10-minute walk away.

The Fourth and Sixth Ward people were friendly enemies, especially in sports. My first memory of the Fourth Ward was in 1958 when I went to play Little League baseball at Coleman Oval, under the Manhattan Bridge. By then the neighborhood had been completely transformed and tens of thousands of people had been thrown out of their homes by of the cruel law of Eminent Domain. This was done to make way for the construction of Al Smith low-income projects and the Chatham Green middle-income co-ops. The same thing had happened in the Sixth Ward, albeit on a smaller basis, to make way for the construction of Chatham Towers middle-income co-ops.

During dinner at Forlini’s, Rudy told me about the Fourth Ward of the 1940’s and early 1950’s. He mentioned streets that no longer existed; like Roosevelt Street and Oak Street, and parts of Williams Street. And he mentioned a Catholic church I never heard of named St. Joachim’s, which was on Roosevelt Street. Then Rudy started talking about the guys he grew up with.

“Do you remember Victor Star?” Rudy asked me.

No, I didn’t, but after reading the wonderful book “Between Two Bridges” by Victor Colaio (Victor Star), even though I never met the man, I know Victor Star very well (we even went to the same high school – Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx).

Both Victor and Rudy are about 10-12 years older than me. The Lower East Side they grew up in was slightly different than the Lower East Side I grew up in. Sure, we played stickball, stoopball, softball, hardball, basketball and football, like they did, but we had actual balls that we bought at a sporting goods store on Nassau Street, the name of which escapes me (Spiegels?). In Victor’s era, they bought pink Spaldeens, and the occasional Clincher softball, like we did, but their footballs were made of wrapped up newspaper and tape. Talk about roughing it. (I’m assuming they used real basketballs, because if the ball wasn’t perfectly round, how could they bounce it properly?)

Also, in Rudy and Victor’s era, television was a new invention; basically only bars had them to show sporting events like baseball and boxing. However, I don’t remember not having a TV set in my apartment, nor do I remember any of my friends not having TV sets in their apartments. But this was the mid to late 1950’s; not the mid to late 1940’s, when Rudy and Victor grew up.

In “Between Two Bridges,” Victor talks about spending many wondrous afternoons at the Venice Theatre, which was owned by a wonderful woman named Mazie, who let kids into the theater for free if they didn’t have the money. Mazie also gave money to the bums on the Bowery, so that they could buy something to eat, or most likely something to drink. I don’t remember the Venice Theater, but I do remember Mazie, but from the Chatham Theater on Chatham Square, under the Third Avenue El, which was knocked down when I was about 9 or 10 years old. However, the Chatham Theater remained there for many years.

In “Between Two Bridges,” Victor regales the reader with stories of how kids played ball in “The Lots,” a filthy strip of land under Manhattan Bridge. I don’t remember “The Lots,” but I do remember remember Coleman Oval, which was constructed on the former site of “The Lots.” This is where the Two Bridges Little League Baseball Association played their games. In fact in 1960, my Transfiguration Little League team beat Victor’s St. James Little League team for the Two Bridges Championship.

And then there were the nicknames, which almost everybody had.

Victor was Victor Star. My nickname in the Sixth Ward was Mooney; people still call me Mooney. Victor mentions childhood friends like Pete the Lash, who was built like a safe and wasn’t afraid to throw his weight around. After I moved to the Fourth Ward’s Knickerbocker Village in 1964, I met Pete the Lash, who was definitely an impressive physical specimen; only by the mid 70’s his brick-like body did have a bit of a beer belly. Even though Pete was basically a friendly, jovial guy, woe to those who got on the wrong side of Pete the Lash.

Victor mentions other nicknames names like Richie Igor, Nonnie, Paulie Knock Knock, Junior, Bunny, and Butch, all men whom I knew in later years. But I don’t recall Goo-Goo, Bobo the Hippo, Hammerhead, Paulie Batman, Georgie Egg, Bopo, or Bimbo. But I wish I did.

Growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 30’s through 60’s was a unique experience; an experience that no longer exist for the youngsters of New York City. In the Lower East Side, we grew up with people of all denominations and faiths. The Two Bridges Little Baseball League had teams from Transfiguration Church – almost exclusively Italians and Chinese. St James was mostly Irish with a few Italians. St. Joseph was mostly Italians with a few Irish. Mariners Temple’s team was Puerto Rican. Educational Alliance and LMRC were Jewish. And Sea and Land, sponsored by neighborhood people, were African-Americans. And there were Polish, Spanish kids from Spain, and Czechoslovakian kids sprinkled throughout the teams.

We didn’t have the time or energy to be racist or prejudiced. We all grew up together and we all respected each other. It was the only way to survive.

One thing that Victor points out in his book is very true. If you grew up on the Lower East Side, you grew balls; you had to. You had to fight almost every day, and if you didn’t; you got beat up almost every day. Bullies invariably picked on the weaker kids, or the ones who didn’t fight back. But if you did fight back, even if you caught a beating or two, the bullies moved on to easier pray.

It was just the law of the jungle.

The Lower East Side did produce mobsters of all nationalities. But it also produced doctors (Joe Fiorito), lawyers (Mathew J. Mari from the Fourth Ward is a prominent criminal attorney), politicians (Al Smith from James Street became Governor of New York and lost the Presidential Election in 1928), several judges ( Judge Piccariello), professional singers (Johnny Maestro, Luther Vandross), and professional athletes. Rudy Riska was one professional athlete from the Lower East Side (he played for the Triple A Yankees); his brother Steve was another (the Cincinnati Reds farm system). There was also a guy named Vinnie Head (I never knew his real name) from the Sixth Ward (NY Giants Farm system), and Charlie Vellotta, also from the Sixth Ward (Dodgers farm system). Charlie lived on the same floor with me at 134 White Street.

My next door neighbor at 134 White Street was Mikey Black; real name Michael Corriero (we shared a firescape, and Mikey used to frequently knock on my door because he forgot the key to his apartment and had to use my bedroom window to get onto the firescape to get into his apartment). Mikey, after being on the periphery of juvenile gangs when he was a teenager, became a lawyer, then a judge in New York State Juvenile Court System. He is now the Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice.

So there.

Growing up on the Lower East Side in the mid Twentieth Century cannot be described any better than Victor Colaio does in “Between Two Bridges.” I highly recommend this book to all New Yorkers – no matter what age group. And if you come from other parts of the country, you can’t help but enjoy this brilliant book too. If people not from New York City can flock to watch a ridiculous program like “Mob Wives,” they should read a book that is true to life, not a stereotype of the worst possible people in the New York City area.

One more thing – if you don’t buy “Between Two Bridges,” I might have to send Pete the Lash to visit you.

And that can never be a very good thing.

Proform Elliptical Trainers Reviewed

I’m going to review two of the most popular Proform elliptical trainers. I’ll tell you about the features, specs and all about the pros and cons of each so hopefully you can make a more informed purchasing decision. The two models I’ll be reviewing are the Proform 850 elliptical with GameFit and the Proform Ergostride 3.0. They’re both at fairly close price points to each other so it allows for a fair comparison of the two since they also differ a bit both in features and in size.

The Proform 850. Let’s begin with the Proform 850 Elliptical Trainer with GameFit technology. This elliptical machine as the model name indicates has what Proform calls “GameFit Technology”. GameFit adds two games that are played as you exercise. It definitely adds a level of fun and excitement to your routine by challenging you to win the games. Interestingly, the game actually gets easier the harder you work out. This means if you keep up a high pace, you’ll have no trouble winning the game. The two games available are Fat Blocker and Calorie Destroyer. This model also features 12 different workout routines to help you burn calories and lose weight. This is a very solid unit that gives a gym quality workout. You will feel it the next day, trust me. The very nice display on this model also gives you your heart rate at all times thanks to sensors in the handle bars. It also has an Interplay music port with allows you to connect your iPod so you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tunes through the built-in sound system while you workout. Unfortunately, as promised it’s now for the cons of the machine. Assembly seems to be quite a challenge for most people. Part of that issue is caused by the fact that most of the screws are hex screws and strip easily if you are not careful. The only other issue is sometimes the heart rate monitor appears to be inaccurate. This is not a deal breaker but since it does happen from time to time, I felt the need to mention it in this review. While not perfect, with the music port, games and 12 workout levels, this unit is sure to make your cardio training a lot more fun.

The Proform Ergostride 3.0. This unit is setup for a totally different sort of individual. This one is much smaller and compact in size than the one in the first review. If you are limited on space, this one is a fantastic machine for you. However, to fit the machine into a smaller package means you’ll lose a few features. Compared to the machine above, it does have an LED pace trainer, 1-10 digital resistance settings, 6 preset workout routines, a built-in fan and also has the heart rate monitor built into the grips of the handle bars. What it’s missing is the GameFit technology so you lose the two games. That may or may not be a big deal to you depending on whether or not you need the distraction while you workout. You lose a few workout routines and ability to listen to your iPod through the machine’s speakers as this one doesn’t have speakers. This machine is also difficult to assemble. It will take on average 2-3 hours from reviews I’ve seen from other customers.

I think if you weigh out the pros and cons to each and basically decide if you need games and music which for the most part is the difference, you’ll know which you want. If you don’t care about music or games and would like the extra space, go for the Ergostride 3.0. If you do care about that sort of thing, go for the 850. Both are capable of giving you a great workout which should be the main goal. Both are solidly constructed and both come with a 3-year warranty.

Important Things That You Should Know About Rack Mount Monitors

As businesses are trying maintain their competitive edge in their particular industries, adopting to the latest technologies plays an important role in achieving overall efficiency of operations. One of the technologies that several businesses are now incorporating into their operations is the rack mount LCD monitors. These are now commonly used in several applications such as for military purposes, commercial usages and in the healthcare and hospitality industries, among many others.

What is a Rack Mount Monitor

A rack mount refers to a hardware device that is attached to a distinct rack or the real rack. Usually, it is being used by big companies in order to grip their routers, switches, network servers and other network devices. When we say a rack mount monitor, it is a display model that combines a monitor, a keyboard and a touchpad under one housing. The rack mount is designed so that your keyboard and LCD monitor are on a sliding rack, allowing you to move them out from your desk or over it.

Significant Features of a Rack Mount Monitor

Rack mount monitors are suitable in environments that are accident prone. They come in various sizes which offer 16.7 million colors, wide viewing angles, and fast response times. With the external control panel, users are able to adjust brightness, contrast, horizontal position, vertical position, etc. For optimal work space, its flip-up design allows the computer to be visible only when needed. You can also expect higher video resolutions with these type of monitors, from 1024 x 768 pixels to 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Between the display and bezel, there’s a watertight sealed gasket to protect the monitor’s electronics from dust, liquids or other debris. There might be glass or polycarbonate (impact resistant) overlay as well to protect the LCD display. For some manufacturers, they offer engineering services to their customers who want a customize device to meet their commercial, industrial or military requirements.

Benefits of Using a Rack Mount Monitor

For the last decade, there were already a lot of developments in computer hardware technology and these provide a huge difference in terms of productivity. The use of rack mount consoles and monitors brings the following advantages to any workplace:

A great way to save space

As already mentioned previously, a rack mount combines a group of systems. So, such devices do not need a different monitor to be plugged in and work along with various switches. As you can see, it will not occupy too much space in any work area.

Cost-effective

Along with the streamlining of the process that the KVM ensures, it is also cost-effective. Again, you don’t have to install multiple monitors, mouse, and keyboards with this. The typical requirement of 1 to 1 keyboards, mice and monitors is being eliminated with the use of this device.

Robust Design for Rugged Use

While it is designed for the use of the available rack mountable space, it also ensures stability whenever it may be put up. You can take advantage of its robust slide rails and rack mounting brackets. You can also adjust them in any other space. Whatever application you have it for, they are designed to endure rugged environments.

Provides convenience to any workplace

As it can save you a lot of space, you’ll then have a convenient and efficient workplace.

Added Security

Moreover, your confidential data is being protected with the IP security over the network. Take note that KVM drawers feature a 128 bit encryption for remote BIOS level access of target devices over the network. There’s a required username and password, which are presets with administrative rights.

Increase Your Creativity – Accept You’re MULTI-Creative And Set Your True Creative Talents Free

The way in which you create, and the collective body of work you’ve produced is completely unique to you. That said, there are certain common elements that all of need to have in our creative lives to get the most from our creative potential.

One of these Keys To Creativity is learning to reject the restrictions you place on yourself with labels like “writer”, “painter” or “musician” and realising that you’re MULTI-creative, not limited to creating in only one or two forms.

What typically happens in our creative lives is this: You find a form that you’re comfortable with and realise you have a certain talent in, and spend all your creative time focusing on this one medium. Maybe it’s writing, maybe it’s painting, maybe it’s dancing.

As you develop, you specialise further. So you go from being a “Writer” to becoming a “Romantic Novelist”. “Painter” evolves into “Coastal Landscape Artist”. And “Dancer” becomes “Modern Jive Dancer”.

This is all great and as you delve deeper into these specialised areas of creativity you find more effective and enjoyable ways of expressing the true creative you.

So where’s the problem?

The difficulties start when, however much you love your romantic novel writing, coastal landscape painting or modern jive dancing, you also long to explore other creative forms. But you feel you’ve painted yourself into a corner (er, even if you’re not a painter!).

By creating such a tightly defined label for yourself you now feel trapped and like you can’t branch out and try other areas of creativity.

In time, however much you enjoy the creative form you’re spending all your time and energy on, and however talented you are in it, you’ll begin to resent the limitations it imposes. So you create less in this form. And because it’s the only way you create, this means you create less and less overall.

So how can you avoid the pitfalls of this potentially very negative cycle?

Quite simply, accept that you’re MULTI-creative. Each of us can create in a number of different ways and disciplines. Including you. Just because you’ve done more creative writing than you’ve created in any other form, it doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy painting and dancing. And vice versa.

What happens when you experiment in different creative media also is that gain new perspectives in creating.

For example a musician who decides to experiment in abstract colour field painting learns new ways of layering his creative ideas that he can then take back to enhance his music.

The short story writer who decides to take a course in modern Latin dance discovers a flow and spontaneity she can take back to give fresh energy to her writing.

Don’t put a straitjacket on your creativity by labelling yourself as “just” a writer, dancer or painter.

Decide today to explore a new creative form that you’ve always wanted to try. You’ll not only discover a new way to create and express yourself, but you’ll return to the rest of your creative projects more enriched and with a deeper understanding of what creating means to you.

Electroplating Services in Everyday Life

Metals are an extremely important resource for our life and livelihood. It is impossible to imagine a world without metals. Over time, we have used metals to build our lives and civilization to take it where it is now and have discovered that some metals are more useful than some others. Further combination of different metals has given us alloys that form the backbone of the infrastructure of our civilization. We have discovered that some metals are resistant to rust while some others are shiny and attractive to look at. Our knowledge has helped us use metals to our advantage and to satisfy our needs.

What is Electroplating

Electroplating is one of the innumerable processes that help us use metals to our advantage. It is basically a process where an object that conducts electricity is coated with a layer of a metal with the help of electric current. Electroplating is mainly used for depositing an adhering superficial layer of metal with certain desirable properties onto a substance which does not have such properties. The property could be anything like wear and abrasion resistance, corrosion resistance, lubricity, aesthetic qualities, etc. Electroplating comes handy for both decorative and functional purposes. The process is also used in industries to build up thickness on undersized machine parts. It is widely used in various industries like automobiles, machinery parts, jewelry, etc. There are many enterprises that offer Electroplating Services as solutions for various kinds of people and industry.

To describe the electroplating process in layman’s terms, it involves immersing the material to be electroplated in a solution containing one or more dissolved metal salts and ions that allow electricity to flow. The dissolved metal salts include those of the metal with which the plating is to be done. Another plate or rod of the metal that will form the coating is immersed in the solution. Now electric current is passed through the solution which results in depositing of the metal on to the material to be plated.

Electroplating Benefits

The benefits and uses of electroplating are varied. It is used both for industrial purposes and decorative purposes. One of the most common is the use of silver-plating for brass or copper electrical connectors. This is because silver has a much lower surface electrical resistance than other metals and thus helps in easy electrical connection. This is widely used in Radio Frequency (RF) connectors since radio frequency current flows mainly on the surface of the conductors. Chrome plating is extensively used for protecting steel automobile parts from corrosion. Noble metals like gold, platinum are extensively used for plating jewelry and decorative items to give them a shiny and attractive finish. Nickel is also used for plating decorative items, automobile and machinery parts against abrasion and corrosion and also to build-up and thicken under-sized machine parts.

Electroplating services offered by different providers thus have very many uses in our daily lives, both in terms of utility and decoration.

Green Homes – How to Avoid Fatal Energy Efficiency Mistakes

New government programs encourage people to make their home more energy efficient and green. But before you cure your home of its addiction to energy, make sure you follow the first rule of medicine: do no harm. Some cures can kill you, or at least make you sick, from colorless and odorless carbon monoxide gas (CO).

In order to understand why improvements made in the name of energy efficiency can do harm, you first need to know two simple rules about how combustion appliances, like gas furnaces, work. First, all combustion (burning) requires air. Second, burning without sufficient combustion air can produce harmful byproducts, such as CO, and can create conditions where the harmful byproducts remain in your home.

The next thing you need to know is where combustion appliances get combustion air. The preferred source is from outside the home, including ventilated attics and crawl spaces. Combustion air drawn from outside air is usually provided by two openings, one within 12 inches from the ceiling and one within 12 inches from the floor in the room where the appliance is located. There are specific rules for the size of these openings. Never block, cover, or change these openings in any way.

The other source of combustion air is from inside the home. Combustion air drawn from inside works (although not well from an energy efficiency perspective) when the home has enough air leaks to replace the combustion air with outside air and when there is sufficient open space near the appliance from which it can draw air. There are specific rules for how much space is required to provide air for combustion appliances. Never make changes to the home, such as adding doors or closing rooms, that change the amount of open space available to combustion appliances.

The final piece to the puzzle is to realize that appliances in the home compete with each other for air. Clothes dryers use a tremendous amount air when they operate. A clothes dryer in the same room as a gas water heater, for example, is a recipe for problems. Exhaust fans, such as those in kitchens and bathrooms, can draw air from the home. Wood-burning fireplaces can use significant amounts of air as can gas fireplaces (unless they are completely sealed). Finally, appliances will compete among them for available air.

You change the air flow dynamics in a home when you make seal openings between the home's interior and places like attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls, and when you seal leaky forced-air heating and air conditioning ducts. You also change the dynamics when you add new appliances, such as a wood-burning stove, or a decorative gas fireplace, or a high capacity kitchen exhaust hood. Air sealing and adding insulation can deprive appliances of the air they once used for safe combustion. Adding new appliances can cause increased competition for air. Both changes can cause once safely operating appliances to become unsafe.

High levels of CO can kill within minutes or at most a few hours. A CO alarm should detect lethal levels of CO and you should have at least one alarm in a home with combustion appliances or with an attached garage. Lower levels of CO can produce flu-like reactions such as head aches, drowsiness, and nose and throat irritation. Carbon monoxide alarms may not detect low level exposure, but exposure over time can make you sick. Smoke alerts are usually not CO alerts, although some models combine both into one unit.

Before you make any changes described in this article, an energy audit consultant should conduct a thorough evaluation of your home. This consultant should be trained to detect air pressure differences that can cause combustion appliance malfunction. This consultant should also test your combustion appliances for excess CO production and should determine the most cost effective and safest ways to cure your home of its addiction to excess energy. This testing will cost several hundred dollars, but it is well worth it both for peace of mind and for the expert advice. A good energy audit will help you save money by saving energy and by making the most cost effective energy efficiency improvements. It will also help keep you and your family safe.

Headsets – Need Some Protection!

The usage of headsets is increasing day by day. Hence, there is always a probability of their being damaged after some time. You should that fragile pieces are used in the making of these ear buds so they are prone to break if you do not take care of them. Whether it is wireless headset or a corded one, every ear bud needs some protection if they are using on a daily basis.

You do not need to give your full efforts for taking care of your sets. You can protect them only following some simple and easy steps and keep them in good working condition. For this purpose you don’t need to buy expensive materials because some accessible cleaning equipment will do a great work when it comes to maintaining the usability of these devices. These materials may be wipes, damp cloth and storage bags. You can take care of your ear buds after following some points given below.

Point 1

Plastic is used in the making of some parts of headsets. If you make your presence in extremely hot temperature then these devices are bound to be easily deform. Hence, you should not bring them in an area on which direct sunlight falls. You should also avoid going to the area where temperatures are present up to110 degrees Fahrenheit. You are also not suggested to leave your headphones inside the car. Don’t bring your ear buds in extremely low temperatures because it can badly affect the battery of your headphones.

Point 2

The quality of these devices is also prone to damage if they are taken in an area where moisturizer is present. If you have excess sweat then avoid their usage. Don’t try to use them if you are in the rain. It is usually seen that headphones accumulate the moisture that makes a reason for shorting out electrical components in the devices. It creates a problem for the quality of the ear buds.

Point 3

You need to keep your headsets in a proper place. Never try to wrap the cords around these devices. In case if you do this then the cord is prone to weak and as a result the plastic covering that is present around your cord may be deformed or deteriorated. Moreover, during the usage of these miniature speaker systems you should also avoid the twirl or twist the cord.

These points will really help you to keep your headsets stay away from being damaged or deformed.

Tips to Lose Your Belly Fat

How do you stay so slim? How do you get a flat stomach? Are among the largest questions I get asked all the time. Well there are no secrets … the answers are in the diet and regular exercise routines which I will share with you. For those who are looking for a fast way to lose belly fat, keep in mind there is not really a fast way without surgeries or expensive products. Matter of fact, losing belly fat can sometimes be a lengthy process that requires commitment and constant efforts. Although you may not see results right away, but trust that your body is undergoing transformation. In a matter of time, that belly fat will melt away. Let's get started with the tips!

1. Start with the right mindset

Like everything you do if you want to succeed, you have to be in the right mindset. Setting goals to lose belly fat is no different. You have to believe that you can lose the belly fat. You have to envision yourself slim again. Better yet, envision it as though you have already achieved your goals.

2. Set SMART goals

SMART is an acronym that describes the various attributes a goal should have to ensure maximum probability of success. They stand for:

S pecific

M easurable (meaningful, motivational)

A chievable (attainable, action-oriented)

R ealistic (relevant, reasonable, results-oriented)

T imely

Goal setting is very important and setting SMART goals help to boost your chances of success. An example of a SMART goal may be:

Today is January 1, 2013, and I will lose 5 pounds in a month by Feb 1, 2013 … by eating healthy and by following a daily exercise routine in the gym (or at home), so I can be healthy, fit , Be able to fit in my wedding dress, be confident to wear my bikini or go topless while I am on vacation to the Bahamas (Find those hot buttons and keep pressing them!)

3. Create Action Plan & Take Action!

After you have set your goals on how much weight, inches or calories you'd like to lose, create an action plan detailing your diet and workout routines. For those who could afford a gym membership and hire a personal trainer, I recommend taking this route.

Now take ACTION!

The bad news is that that it will take time to lose belly fat and those love handles. The good news is we all know that it's possible and it's attainable you just got to commit to your goals and follow through. Quit giving yourself excuses that you can not do it, it's too hard, or you do not have time. Fact is, if you want it bad enough nothing can stop you from attaining your goals. Also, for those who said they do not have time that's only an excuse. Try watch less television and prioritize your time, you will be surprised how much more you can get done a day.

4. Out with the Junk and in with healthy nutritious foods

Get rid of the junk food!

Junk food contains high sugar content and they are high in saturated fat and calories. They have little (if any) nutrition value and the list goes on because junk food is bad for you. Bottom line, stay away from them if you want to a flat stomach.

Eat healthy -my tips on eating healthy

1 . Start the day with Breakfast

2 . Eat fat.

I know it sounds weird for me to tell you to eat fat when our goal is to lose fat. Well, I mean to eat "good fats" foods that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are good for your heart, cholesterol, and your overall health. Some of these foods include walnuts, salmon, avocados, etc.)

3 . Include foods which burn fat for you in your diet

There are many foods proven to help you to lose weight, foods such as chilli, green tea, berries and whole grain.

4 . Consume fewer calories and fill up with "good carbs" and fiber

"Good carbs" include fruits and vegetables.

Beans – beans of any kind like black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, and add them to soups, salads and entrees.

Whole grains – try high-fiber cereal, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, etc.

5 . Stay hydrated! Drink the daily recommendation of 8-oz glasses of water daily- to get rid the body of harmful toxins!

6 . Consume less alcohol

If you are a heavy drinker, decrease alcohol consumption will help you to lose belly fat.

7 Eat more but in smaller portions

Start scheduling your meals and try to eat around the same time every day. Also, control the portion size of the meal by using small plates, bowls, and cups.

Also, try cooking at home more often.

Cooking your own meals allows you to control both portion size and what goes in to the food. As we all know restaurant and take outs generally contain a lot more sodium, fat and calories than home cooked meals.

3. Exercise routines

1. Exercise in Bursts

Experts say if you are trying to get rid of belly fat and flatten your abs, one of the most effective methods is interval training. Interval training consists of workouts that alternate bursts of intenet activities with lighter or recovery activities.

Here's a great interval exercise routine you could try- Cardio Blaster

How to do it:

• Warm up for 15 minutes.

• Then run, bike or row for 3 minutes at 90 to 95 percent of your maximum heart rate (should feel like 8.5 or 9 on a scale of 1 to 10). Take 3 minutes active recovery (you're still moving, but at an easy pace) and repeat the 3 on / 3 off pattern 3 to 4 more times.

• Finish with a 10-minute cool down.

2. The Plank

To tone the abdominal muscles benefit your belly fat, you can do the plank exercise which forces you to use your abs to hold your body in one position for an extended period of time. There are few variations of the plank exercise. You can easily find the different variations by typing in "plank exercises" on YouTube.

3. Home exercises that lose belly fat- Make them your routines!

Some moves to lose belly fat and the love handles include The plank exercise, crunch exercises (traditional or with the leg raises) and the V twist .

Also a mixture of Ab exercises . You do not need any equipments, you only a mat and some space. And the best part? They really workout your core! Fantastic exercises to lose your belly fat and those love handles!

Another tip: For those of you that have a gym membership, go join the power abs or hardcore abs classes, they totally rock!

For Healthy Weight Loss – You Need a Healthy Diet Plan

When it comes to losing weight, you can do it in many ways, but some of them are unhealthy. This has been a problem for many around the globe. Although “quick weight loss” is certainly possible (and many diet plans focus on this), it’s much more important that a diet plan be effective and healthy at the same time. You need a healthy diet plan if you want healthy weight loss. You won’t necessarily lose weight quickly, but you’ll get results that are lasting, and you won’t have unhealthy side effects.

It’s really, really easy to “diet.” Almost everyone has done so at some point, although people disagree on what really effective weight loss actually means. If you just have a few pounds to lose or if you are really, really overweight, most people want to lose at least some weight. (Even normal weight or underweight people often want to lose weight when they don’t need to.) If you do need to lose weight, you need to approach it right, though.

Take your pick: You’ve got exercise programs, detox programs, weight loss pills, and many other trends that purport to help you lose weight. However, few of these programs simply focus on what you eat — and on a healthy diet plan — to achieve healthy weight loss. However, if you eat to lose weight and you do so in a healthy fashion, you’re going to do just that. In other words, you can have healthy weight loss that’s easy. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

Simply, take a commonsense approach. There really is no “perfect diet” for everyone. You can, however, simply eat to lose weight by doing some commonsense things. Don’t try to measure every morsel, measure how many fat grams, how much carbohydrate, how much fiber, and how much sugar. Focus on healthy eating as your goal, and just focus on that.

You can do a few things that will help encourage weight loss. Increase your fiber, reduce “first portion” sizes, reduce sweets and fatty foods, and drink a lot of water. Add some exercise to your healthy diet plan, too, and you’ll see the weight simply fall off. Don’t count calories; do things much more simply. Exercise a little self-control and some patience, and you can see that you will definitely be able to lose weight.

Let’s say, for example, that your doctor has told you you are at risk for diabetes as a result of extra weight. So, your doctor may put you on the “diabetes diet” to help you lose that weight. It’s a little difficult at first to follow a diet in order to lose weight — and in fact it can be really, really easy to do things wrong. For example, maybe you think just one little bag of potato chips won’t hurt, or that you can have just one treat. Or, maybe you think that what should be a half a cup of rice is a little too small, so you increase it to a cup.

However, when you develop a healthy weight loss plan, you remain vigilant. That doesn’t mean you can never have sweets or fats. Instead, you build a healthy eating plan with healthy foods, practice modest portion control, and have an occasional treat that you PLAN for, now and then. Simply, practice common sense, be honest, and keep going. That’s harder than it sounds; if it weren’t, no one would have these problems.

Try this and see how successful you are at it. A healthy weight loss plan is going to help you get and keep the weight off, for life. Develop a healthy eating plan, and don’t simply “binge and purge.” Don’t go off your diet once you’ve lost the weight you need to, or go back to your old eating habits. That’ll just make you gain the weight, so you’ll have to start again. Build a healthy diet plan, exercise some self-control, include some exercise in your day, and you’ll never “diet” again.

The Mobile Game Trend

Recently, mobile gaming has been gaining a rather large share in terms of revenue. Gaming consoles/platforms and online gaming giants have dominated the game industry for the last decades, but with the enormous mobile gaming insurgents, change is definitely coming and change is welcome especially for avid gamers and enthusiasts.

Mobile games revenue forecast is predicted to increase up to $45 billion by 2018. Asia has been the leader in the industry since 2013, and is predicted to dominate the industry by up to 50% total revenue. Industry Analyst Vincent van Deelen stated, “This is simply not the case. We are also emphasizing that the recent results of individual high profile companies such as Rovio, King, DeNA and GREE are not necessarily indicative of the state of the mobile market as a whole. It is not in our interest to inflate market figures, but the hard facts have forced us to adjust our estimates upward. We have maintained our year-on-year growth rates toward 2017, ultimately leading to a $40Bn+ market share.”

In this regard, mobile game players have successfully gained large share in the market like most gaming console and online gaming companies. Indeed, this is good news for game development companies and their shareholders to put more focus and emphasis on this growing trend. Android games are also expected to be predictably higher in the coming years. Though, it is still a proven fact that iOS rakes in more revenue than Google Play despite the latter having massive download for freemium model type of games. But in a global perspective, Chinese app stores and android game downloads and revenue far exceeded iOS last 2014. North America, Europe and other Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea have also ventured in the global trend. Reports show that mobile games now account for nearly 40% of the country’s total digital games revenue. With increased competition, smaller companies are also getting creative with the introduction of e-sports, multi-screen gaming and HTML5 mobile gaming, and the final trend is the rising popularity of downloading Android games for TV-based gaming. The top 7 companies  in the mobile gaming industry compete for the release of quality games to dominate further and not to get left behind in the scene. These are some of the most downloaded game apps:

1. aa

2. Agar.io

3. Angry Birds

4. Angry Birds Rio

5. Angry Birds Seasons

6. Angry Birds Space

7. Angry Birds Star Wars

8. Angry Birds Star Wars 2

9. Angry Birds Go!

10. Angry Birds 2

11. Ant Smasher: Best Free Game

12. Archery Master 3D

13. Asphalt 8: Airborne

14. Bad Piggies

15. Bad Piggies HD

16. Banana Kong

17. Basketball Stars

18. Blossom Blast Saga

19. Boom Beach

20. Brave Frontier

21. Bubble Witch Saga

22. Bubble Witch 2 Saga

23. Candy Crush Saga

24. Candy Crush Soda Saga

25. Cars: Fast as Lightning

26. Castle Clash: Age of Legends

27. Clash of Clans

28. Clash of Kings

29. Clash Royale

30. Color Switch

31. Criminal Case

32. Crossy Road

33. CSR Racing

34. Deer Hunter

35. Despicable Me

36. Diamond Dash

37. Diamond Digger Saga

38. Don’t Tap The White Tile

39. Dragon City

40. Drag Racing Classic

41. Dream League

42. Dumb Ways to Die

43. Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

44. Extreme Car Driving Simulator

45. Fast Racing 3D

46. Frozen Freefall

47. Geometry Dash

48. Geometry Dash Lite

49. Farm Heroes Saga

50. FIFA 15 Ultimate

51. Flow Free

52. Fruit Ninja Free

53. Glow Hockey

54. Hay Day

55. Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

56. Hill Climb Racing

57. Hungry Shark

58. Jetpack Joyride

59. Jewels Saga

60. Magic Rush: Heroes

61. Minecraft: Pocket Edition

62. MORTAL KOMBAT X

63. My Talking Angela

64. My Talking Tom

65. Pou

66. 8 Ball Pool

67. Pet Rescue Saga

68. Piano Tiles 2 (Don’t Tap…2)

69. Plants vs. Zombies

70. Plants vs. Zombies 2

71. Real Racing 3

72. Score! Hero

73. Shadow Fight 2

74. SimCity BuildIt

75. Skater Boy

76. Slither.io

77. Smash Hit

78. Smurfs’ Village

79. Solitaire

80. Sonic Dash

81. Spider-man Unlimited

82. Stack

83. Star Girl

84. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

85. Subway Surfers

86. Summoners War

87. Talking Tom Bubble Shooter

88. Temple Run

89. Temple Run 2

90. Texas Holdem Poker Deluxe

91. The Simpsons: Tapped Out

92. Throne Rush

93. Traffic Racer

94. Traffic Rider

95. Trivia Crack

96. Vector

97. Zombie Tsunami

98. Z War

99. 2048

100. 2048 Number

This is a clear indicator that mobile gaming market share is expected to grow in the coming years.