Valparaiso- City Of Dreams And Flaking Facades

Everyone who travels to Chile, knowing something about Chilean history, already has created a picture of Valparaiso in his head: a bustling harbor town, colorful wood houses and Pablo Neruda's spirit still present in the narrow lanes, just to name a few common clichés. Off course you will find all these things promised by touristy high gloss magazines and Tour operators. In fact maybe just a little less picturesque than expected, but it still will resemble the pipe you may build up in your mind before going there.

Now you could be disappointed seeing wall paint flaking off famous La Sebastiana and head on to the next step on your Chilean travel adventure. Or you can cross an unseen frontier that divides real life from touristy scenery. Just take a step along of well trodden paths and you will find a bustling, lively, fascinating city, which also has its smelly, dirty, disgusting faces, like crowded street markets and fishy gutters.

But is not it so much more worth seeing a real place populated by real people than just another boring, nice, clean and artificial tourist hotspot? Stroll around the harbor front. Give yourself to the City's vibrant atmosphere. Buy a Churro from a street stall and watch daily life go by and take one of Valparaiso's famous fun railways up to explore calmer areas on top of the hills forming part of the cities old town. There's history in every corner: explore the Cementerio de Disidents, where you will find melancholic angel statues overgrown by ivy twines, the names of the pronounced nearly fading and long forgotten. Or discover neoclassical palaces located at the waterfront. Once they were impressive monuments telling from the city's wealth, but now ruined, wrecked and decaying, like sleeping soldiers exposed to time and tempest. While we are traveling we realize that there exist places where history seems tangible. Valparaiso with its conglomerated architecture is one of these places.

Traveling through Chile and coming to Valparaiso is much more than just taking snapshots of places we have already seen a million times before on picture postcards. If you are willing to look under the surface, if you are able to listen to the City's very own rhythm, you will find thousands of stories worth telling: stories of solitude, stories of lost welfare and broken stones, stories of coming home and yearning to explore the vast ocean beyond the cities harbor. Or to express it with Pablo Nerudas words: "Valparaiso … Queen of all shore lines in the world."

Seven Must Know Gold Tips For World of Warcraft Newbies

These tips below are really focused towards the new World of Warcraft player. With the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion on the way we will see an increase in brand new players and I have not really seen any good information out there for them. Read on for the tips in no specific order.

Vendor Trash Is Your Friend

I know you are thinking that you would not like to be friends with trash but you are missing the point. (Almost) Every time you kill something in WoW you will probably get some items that have gray text. These items are vendor trash, which sell to the sellers for money. One man's trash is another man's treasure!

Become One With The Gold

I know that sounds very deep but it really is not at all. All it really means is to always have World of Warcraft gold on your mind whenever you are playing. That will help you decide if what you are doing will actually help increase your gold or not.


Whenever I I hear the word grinding I always think of boring but yet it can sometimes be a vital part of obtaining World of Warcraft gold. There are many ways to spruce it up a little bit and one of those ways is to play some music, movies, or talk to friends while grinding. Also sometimes following a grinding guide can also help spruce up the art of grinding.

Do not Purchase Armor or Weapons From Vendors

I am waiting that you pretty well knew this one. We all see the in game vendors that sell items for extremely high prices and the items are almost always crap. So do not waste your hard earned gold on these. They will only make you broke in the end.

Have Maximum Amount of Storage

This one really goes hand in hand with the vendor trash one but can really be applied to any method that you use to make WoW gold. It's yet another simple tip since it is obvious that having more space in your inventory will allow you to gather more items that you can sell. Still you really need to keep in mind what level you are as it will have an impact on the size of bags you will buy. For example if you are level 5 I doubt you have enough gold to purchase 4 Traveler's Backpacks which sell for around 10 gold a piece.

Limited Supply Items Are A Must

I have used this strategy over and over again to make tons of World of Warcraft gold since I first learned about it. You can check out more in-depth information about limited supply items by checking out this guide: How To Make Easy WoW Gold Using Limited Supply Items .

Farming Instances

Now this is a bit more complex but if you have a high level friend that will run you through the low level instances it can be a great way to get more linen cloth as well as green items and even find some good armor for yourself. If you do not have a high level friend do not worry because there always seems to be a bored level 60 character around to help out the lowbies!

Those are just a few tips that I find useful for new World of Warcraft players. We all know that gold is important in game and if you do not have any it can really spell trouble for you. Do not worry though if you follow these tips described above you will not have very little gold problems!

10 Players Who Failed To Reach Their Full Potential

Playing football in today's game is incredibly demanding. Yes, they may get paid millions and millions playing their favorite sport week in, week out, which most of us would happily do for free, yet many would excuse it does not come without difficulty. The constant media surrounding players can take its toll, where even the smallest step out of line can be blown way up in a player's face. With the constant temptation that must surround them, be it wanting to live a 'normal' life (wanting to have a drink and go out clubbing) or the 'perks' of being rich and famous (the women, lads …?) a God given talent is not enough to secure your place in history as a top player. Of course, it helps, but it is also necessary to work incredibly hard at training, stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons, and have a bit of luck.

Yet sometimes, a player who sees to show so much promise fails to reach his potential. Could it be the pitfalls of living the footballer lifestyle that takes them off the rails? Were they unlucky with injuries that blighted their career? Or was it just too much, too soon; being built too high up a pedestal they were never going to reach. Of course, the saying goes that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. So why do some players fade so much, when their star appeared destined to shine so bright? The Football Writer has picked his top 10 players who have failed to truly fulfill their potential …

10. Kerlon, 24, Brazil (currently playing for Brazilian side Nacional-NS).
Brazilians are blamed for their flashy technique and dribbling ability, something which certainly was not lacking by Kerlon. An incredible natural talent, he became famous all across the world as millions watched on Youtube his unbelievable 'seal dribble'; bouncing the ball on his head repeatedly while running down the pitch. This would often force opposition players to foul him and become frustrated, which although must have been difficult for himself, could only be of benefit to the team.

Perhaps inevitably due to his trademark dribble he picked up a serious knee injury which limited his appearance. A transfer to Inter Milan via Chievo had Kerlon seemingly destined for a career at the top, yet he continued to suffer from knee injuries which caused him from making an impact. A loan move to Ajax to gain first team fitness and experience in Europe was tarnished by another knee injury, before he escaped his Italian hell with successful loans and an temporary permanent move back to Brazil. He ended four years in Serie A with only four appearances, all for Chievo. Now featuring for Brazilian side Nacional-NS, one can only wonder just how good he could have had he been able to replicate his early natural ability onto the European stage, yet this is a tale of injuries really getting the better of a player before he'd been given the chance to start.

9. Michael Owen, 32, England (currently a free agent having been released by Manchester United).
Having successfully graduated through their youth system and making his debut for Liverpool (in which he scored) on the penultimate game of the 96-97 season, Owen's first season in the Premier League saw him named the PFA Young Player of the Year, finishing joint top goalscorer in the league with 18 goals. Enthusiastic, pacy and a knack for hitting the back of the net, Owen announced himself as a world class 'wonderkid' with a brilliant solo goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

Owen continued this excellence by being Liverpool's top scorer for every season that followed until leaving for Real Madrid, and then began his downfall. Failing to start with a bang meant he regularly had to settle for a place on the bench, and so he ended his single season with a move to Newcastle in order to gain match fitness in time for the World Cup in 2006. While he began to get back on track, a serious knee injury at said World Cup brave him a huge setback. It seems that since that injury he has lost some of his pace that was so devastating and such a huge part of the way he plays. Several other injuries and setbacks began to blow his career and so it was a surprise when he was signed by Sir Alex at Manchester United. Yet just five league goals in his three seasons at the club before his release show just how far he has fallen since his Liverpool days. Not only has he lost some of his brilliance he had as a youngster, he is now far too unreliable due to injuries (this was indicative from his pay-as-you-play deal he signed for the Red Devils). In a time when England could actually have done with a world class striker to win their first tournament since 1966, Owen's ill fated career is a sorry sight to behold, and shows just how much of a difference a few unlucky years can have on a whole life.

8. Denilson, 34, Brazil (retired).
When a club really breaks the bank to sign a player, you expect something in return. So when a club smashes the world transfer fee? Despite the extortionate amounts paid, Cristiano Ronaldo's £ 80m transfer to Real Madrid can be classed as value for money, while I doubt there is a Newcastle fan who would regret Alan Shearer's 1995 cost of £ 15m. Zidane, Ronaldo (the Brazilian one), Maradona and Cruyff are also among those who hold a world transfer record. And while these players all lived up to their pricetag, Denilson will certainly go down in history as the most expensive flop ever signed.

After impressing at club level, Denilson enjoyed a successful start to his national career, winning both the Copa America and Confederations Cup in 1997, before playing in every game for the 1998 World Cup runners up. This prompted Real Betis to surprisingly smash the world record transfer fee, overtaking the previous record holder (his international compatriot Ronaldo) and becoming the first player to surpass the £ 20m mark. Unfortunately for Betis fans, that is as high as it got with regards to Denilson's career. After two uninspired seasons which saw the club relegated, Denilson, after a brief return to his homeland on loan, became a bit part player in his remaining five years, never shining even close to how bright he was supposed to. Following a solitary season in France, Denilson continued this disappointment as he journeyed the globe, unimpressively it must be said, before his retirement in 2010.

If you can look past his 'record fee failure' nametag he will forever live with, Denilson does boast the unbelievable strike rate of a goal every 45 minutes for Vietnamese side Xi Mang Hai Phong. It's just as shame he only ever played one half of football for the club …

7. Gianluigi Lentini, 43, Italy (retired).
From one world record transfer to another yet sooner slightly different situations in the shape of Gianluigi Lentini. Lentini was an up and coming winger, who talent shows while playing for Torino earned him his Italy debut at the age of 21. His efforts addressed the eye of the prestigious AC Milan, who were something in the process of undergoing a new era and saw this enthusiast youngster as part of their rebuilding process. A £ 13m transfer ensued, giving him the highest transfer fee the world had seen. After playing well and picking up a Serie A title in his first season he was unable to truly break out as a star player and justify his hefty price tag, yet unlike other failed stars, there was a vital moment in his life that pretended him from doing

so. At the age of 24, Lentini was involved in a car crash which left him not only battling to save his career, but his life. 2 days in a coma ensued having suffered a fractured skull and a damaged eye socket and, although he did make a full recovery off the field, he never quite did on it. After picking up two more Scudetto's and a Champions League, Lentini was never able to make out on his young promise and, after four years in Milan, was sold for just £ 2m.Lentini's career continued with relative personal success where he went, despite not being at the same level he would've been to be at. Credit must be given to the fact that he continued playing until the age of 40; it shows that he just wanted to play the sport he loves, regardless of 'what-might-have-beens'. But you can not help but wonder what might have been.

6. Javier Saviola, 30, Argentina (currently playing for Portuguese side Benfica).
It's not that Saviola has been a flop, or even a bad player. In fact, he's pretty good, in which his career has seen him play at Barcelona, ​​Monaco, Sevilla, Real Madrid and now Benfica since leaving River Plate as a youngster. It was just that he was supposed to be so damn amazing that it is frustrating he is not currently partnering his compatriot Messi for the 'best in the world' tag, and that is what puts him on this list.

My earliest memory of Saviola is from the 2000-2001 edition of the Championship Manager series in which this 18 year old was easily one of the most talented players in the game, with incredible potential. This genuine ability led to a £ 15m transfer to Spanish giants Barcelona, ​​where he scored 17 goals in his first La Liga season, becoming their top scorer and the league's third. Yet perhaps Saviola was a victim of circumstance. After watching almost a goal every two games for the club, he was deemed surplus to requirements with the recent arrivals of Ronaldinho, Larsson, Eto'o and an up and coming Messi and previously shipped out on loan to Monaco and Sevilla.

Continued effective displays ever saw Real Madrid snap him up, but he has struggled to fit into the team and left for Portugal after two seasons, where he is enjoying a successful time with Benfica. Yet like I said at the beginning, although he has always played well whichever club he has turned out for, he was supposed to be one of the best ever. After all, Pelé named him on his FIFA 100 list at the age of 22. Perhaps the gods decided it was not fair for Argentina to have two 'out of this world' players at the same time and, after flipping a coin, decided to wait for Messi instead.

5. Paul Gascoigne, 45, England (retired).
'Gazza', as he is affectionately known, is one of the greatest players to pull on a shirt for England. A technically brilliant midfielder, Gascoigne was something different who played with amazing results. He played his best football in his early years at Newcastle and Tottenham, with the great Sir Alex admitting that failure to capture the '88 Young Player of the Year has been his biggest disappointment of his managerial career; high praise indeed. Yet never being far from controversial, his career was marred and overshadowed by some infamous incidents; driving a tractor into the dressing room, the Euro '96 dentist chair, and 'f * ck off, Norway' among many.

Gazza was unfortunate with injuries meaning that his only real success after leaving Tottenham was in the SPL with Rangers; certainly not as high a standard that he should've been playing at. But these injuries did take their toll on him, as personal problems with alcoholism further disrupted his career until he retired in 2004 (some personal problems have continued past his footballing career).

I do not really feel like I have written all that much about Gascoigne on the pitch as I have with the other players in this list, but for anyone who has watched him in his early career will know just how good he was. Along with his undoubted passion; the image of Gascoigne crying after his booking in the 1990 World Cup semi final which would have ruled out out of the final is iconic (perhaps second only to that Vinnie Jones picture) – Gazza was one of the most technically brilliant players England has ever produced and should've been so much more, but injuries on the field and personal problems off of it got the better of him.

4. Ronaldinho, 32, Brazil (currently playing for Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro)
'A Champions League and World Cup winner? A multiple time member of the FIFPro World XI? A two time FIFA World Player of the Year? Why oh why have you included Ronaldinho in this list !? ' Let me explain before jumping to criticism. I agree that Ronaldinho was an absolutely class act, and one of the most talented footballers of the world has ever seen, but this is an article not about bad footballers, but about those who failed to fulfill their full potential, and I believe that is the case.

Ronaldinho first came to media attention at the age of 13, when his local team won 23-0; he scored all 23 goals. After a successful start to his career at Gremio, he was able to translate his ability into the French league and on the European stage with Paris Saint-Germain, yet his first announcement to the world for many will be that goal past David Seaman in the World Cup and his outstanding sending off. Albeit with a little controversy off the pitch with his passion for the Parisian nightlife, Ronaldinho was fast becoming one of the most watched after players in the world.

Then Barcelona president Joan Laporta has fiercely rivals to thank for being able to bring Ronaldinho to the Nou Camp (he had originally promised to sign David Beckham, but following his move to the Bernabeu, targeted Ronaldinho instead) and he quickly turned into a magnificent capture for the club. Scoring regularly was a bonus to his dazzling skills, such as his patented 'elastico', he displayed week in, week out; at times he was almost unplayable. Renowned as the world's best, despite the highlight of his career was receiving a standing ovation at the Bernabeu after his incredible display in a 3-0 victory; not something that happens to just anyone. Yet this really is where this 'unbelievable' Ronaldinho's story ends.
In his fifth season at Barcelona, ​​where playing time was unfortunately plagued by injuries, he announced he wanted a new challenge and, at the end of the season, was shipped to Milan. Many will praise Guardiola that selling the talisman was the reason behind Lionel Messi's emergence as a legend, avoiding him the temptation for the party lifestyle. Yet despite Ronaldinho continued to play well at Milan, and since back home in Brazil, he has never reached the dizzy heights he achieved during his five years in Spain. Is it because of his party lifestyle, or did he get lazy? Or did he simply, as he said, fancy a change, and that he for some reason has not been able to produce in his later years elsewhere? We'll never know, but you can not help but wonder what Ronaldinho would have liked today if he had stayed at Barcelona. Placed in today's Barcelona side with Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, you can not help but believe the same gradual downfall would have happened. Ronaldinho's career, for me, began to unravel at the age of 28. Four years on, for a man with all his talent, he should still be playing at the top.

3. Adriano, 30, Brazil (currently a free agent having been released by Corinthians).
What ever happened to Adriano? Let's go back to the beginning of his career, where after just a season and a half in the first team for Flamengo, Inter Milan picked up the promising striker and bought him to Serie A. After a brief loan stint with Fiorentina, Adriano began lighting up the league playing for Parma (who had agreed a co-ownership deal with Inter) scoring over a goal every two games. Inter Milan, seeing a world class player in the making, brought him back to the San Siro in 2004, and the 22 year old became their star striker. The gold Nike boots he stressed that he was joining the elite, with comparisons being made to a young Ronaldo thanks to his power, pace, incredible technique and ability to find the back of the net with ease. Adriano was set to become the best of his generation, and Inter tied him down to a new, bumper contract in September 2005. And this is where we can now ask; what ever happened to Adriano?

Seemingly content that his talent alone would get him by, sweetened with his hefty contract, Adriano began to disappointment on the field with a string of poor performances. Questions were raised about his personal life, where he appeared partial to the nightlife, concerns about his weight and his work ethic; skipping training was one of the final straws at Inter. He was sent back to Brazil to regain fitness and form, and while this idea started promisingly, it ended in a return to Italy to avoid unsettling the Sao Paulo team, according to the sporting director.

Usually leaving Inter Milan saw Adriano started to get his career back on track at his first club, Flamengo, where he did enough to convince Roma to give him a second chance in Serie A. Unfortunately for Roma, the only noticeable thing he did in his seven months stint was to pick up his third Bidone d'Oro (the 'Golden Bin' awarded to the worst player in Serie A). Bear in mind no other player has won it more than once; that takes some beating. Admittedly he suffered injuries at both Roma and then Corinthians, which he joined from Roma, yet the same concerns from his Inter Milan days arose and left no option but for the latter to terminate his contract after a year.

A 30 year old, over weight footballer who shows little effort for the clubs he plays for as he enjoys the party lifestyle. Who would want to sign him now? And yet he so easily could still be on top of the world, in his prime, after an illustrious career wherever in the world he wanted to play.

2. Freddy Adu, 23, USA (currently playing for Philadelphia Union).
It's quite hard to believe that Freddy Adu, who first shot to worldwide fame over eight years ago, is still only 23 years old. And that of all the players on this list, he still has the greatest chance to fulfill that early promise he showed during the reminder of his career. Whether or not he will is another question.

Adu is most definitely the victim of too much, too soon. Hugely impressive as a youngster, he became the youngest American athlete in over 100 years to sign a professional contract in any team sport, was the number one draft pick in the 2004 MLS Draft and made his MLS debut; all at the tender age of 14. In any European league in the world this would not happen, but it can be argued that the bosses of the MLS saw an opportunity to exploit a youngster as a marketing gimmick; boost the popularity of the league by getting him to perform rather than to learn how to play.

Appearing in an advert with Pelé aside, while Adu performed specifically for a child among men, the hype that had surrounded him meant that nothing less than excellence would have considered good enough, and that he did not make quite the impact that was expected of him. Yet a move to Real Salt Lake at 17 showed that, although he was not yet at the standard of the Brazilian icon, he was nonetheless an exciting talent. This was proved after an impressive showing at the under-20 World Cup, before he was originally taken to Europe with Portuguese giants Benfica. With his first start for the national team following shortly after, Adu looked back on track to become that much heralded star. Unfortunately, things did not quite turn out that way.

After failing to take Europe by storm as was hoped, his misery was compounded with a series of loan spells at increasingly obscure clubs, trying to find some form to add to his undo talent; but he never did. Yet a surprise call up to the national side for the 2011 Gold Cup saw Adu perform admirably, and he soon after returned to his country to sign for Philadelphia Union.

For the first time in several years, he seems to be getting fairly regular game time at a respectable level, along with some enjoyable performances, and people are beginning to talk about him again in the States. And so as I said at the beginning, maybe he can still make a name for himself; time is on his side. But for now he will still be known as one of the youngest 'wonderkids' who had it all far too soon. Expected for greatness, but nearly washed up before he left his teens.

1. Nii Lamptey, 37, Ghana (retired).
Uhm, who? Many of you might have said this when reading that Nii Lamptey is number one on this list of players who failed to reach their full potential, so I guess that response justifies this position. Indeed, I had never heard of him until reading an article several years ago about his ignorance career. Before Adu was a 13 year old sensation, there was Lamptey, who looked destined for greatness.

With undated quality, he came to the world's attention in 1989 at the under-16 World Championship with some mesmerizing displays. Making the step up to the under-17 World Championship in 1991, he won the player of the tournament ahead of a young Juan Sebastian Veron and Alessandro del Piero, of Argentina and Italy respectively. But despite the highlight over these achievements was to be named as the successor to the great Pelé, by none other than the man himself. Pelé naming his own successor who was non-Brazilian? That just confirmed the height of his ability.
After being thought after by many clubs, he signed his first professional contract with Anderlecht after leaving Ghana, and began to sparkle in the league. After an accident, his incredible performances convinced PSV to take him for a season on loan as a replacement for Barcelona bound Romario. Some big boots to fill, but fill them he did as he continued expertly and became their joint top scorer for the season. However, after PSV failed to match Anderlecht's asking price, Aston Villa swooped in and signed the talented Ghanaian, who was still only 19 at the time. Yet this unfortunately became the beginning of his downfall. Along with the demands from the national team, who saw Lamptey as their future but were still unhappy about him leaving the country at such a young age, he struggled to adapt to the physical nature of the English game before failing to renew his work at Coventry, having played just 16 games during his two years in England. Traveling around the globe, he plied his trade in Italy, Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, China and Dubai before returning to Ghana, a broken man with a broken career.

What is so sad about Nii Lamptey's career however is the battles that he had to deal with along the pressures of expectation from being named Pelé's successor. Abusive parents who divorced at eight, he was beaten by his alcoholic father and moved to Muslim accommodation, converting from Christianity. He then had to sneak out of the country to obtain his first professional contract after his passport was confiscated by the Ghanaian FA in a bid to keep the squad together, who then made it difficult for him when he was selected for the national team (Lamptey believes witch doctors were punishing him for deserting the country). His agent cheated him out of thousands, if not millions, from contracts and signing on fees, while his marriage was frowned upon by his parents. The death of his father, an incident at the 1996 African Cup of Nations after his semi final sending off that all but sealed his exile from the national team, and the death of not one but two of his children all sums up a heartbreaking life Lamptey has had to suffer.

Nii Lamptey should have been a star. Individually he could have been up there with Pelé, Maradona, Di Stefano, Cruyff. And from a wider view, he could have helped spark African football. But unfortunately with all the difficulties he faced, it all crumbled down before him. From the man himself: "I know if people had left me alone, the way God created me and wanted me to be, for sure I should have been playing for Madrid … Sometimes I will be in my room and I will cry. .. that thing has been taken away from you. It's really, really painful. "

So there you have it, the Football Writer's top 10 unfulfilled talents in world football. Do you agree with the selections, or is there anyone in particular you feel I have missed out on?

Practice Celestial Feng Shui With Lunar Guidance

Do you have an endlessly long honey-do list that stretches infinitely into the future? Are you overwhelmed with scheduling pressures? It’s time to look for help in the skies. The moon is there every night to guide you with subtle light and finite cycles of 28 days. Downsizing your list into manageable segments is the answer to your dilemma.

With feng shui basic principles we will figure out the tools we need to analyze and apply the cyclical data as it appears in celestial patterns. Yin and yang, qi and the bagua can all be engaged in working with the patterns of the moon. When we correlate the coordinates of the moon with the feng shui bagua, we find that the new moon is the launch pad as you enter the bagua, and the full moon reigns at the zenith of 180 degrees. The cardinal directions thus correspond with the four critical phases of the moon.

The moon has a subtle influence on our neural network and internal organs. It affects everything that has to do with liquids and water. Since our bodies are 60% water, the moon affects bodily functions but also exerts certain forces on our psyche. For example, during a new moon some people are prone to depression, digestive functions are low, and at the full moon blood pressure rises and energy levels are high.

From our vantage point on earth we see the phases of the moon according to its angle to the sun as it orbits around the earth. For our feng shui purposes we interpret these phases as the guiding light on our path and arrange our tasks accordingly.

Similar to the way we make feng shui adjustments in our space with the notion of changing energy patterns, we can utilize moon light as a source of energy. When the moon is waxing, i.e. increasing in visible light, it suggests a growth pattern that has been used by agrarian cultures for centuries. People who live with the moon’s rhythms do not start anything until they see the thin crescent of the moon.

Since yin and yang are always relative to each other, we can easily assume that the new moon is the most yin phase of the cycle whereas a full moon is yang. Qi, or lunar energy, if we may call it that, waxes and wanes, indirectly affecting internal functions and the autonomic nervous system.

In our effort to get organized and create manageable schedules, the best time to begin is the new moon. It is the dark and secret phase of the moon when moonlight is not visible. This is when we plan and scheme, inspired by all kinds of new ideas and desires. It is our time of secret creativity, the gestation period for everything new and exciting to enter the realm of wonderful possibilities.

We work our list of topics that we wish to address and refine in the next 28 days. Remember, this list is meant to be limited and manageable, so it will be best to keep our topics in the single digits. During this dark phase of an invisible moon, we secretly set up keywords that will motivate and propel us into action as soon as the first sliver of moonlight becomes visible. Now we are beginning to light up our journey toward implementing and fulfilling our plan of action. The moon is waxing, more light is thrown on our path, and more energy is moving us forward.

Frequently we check our list and get the pleasure of checking off the key activities we have already implemented or completed. Then, when the full moon throws light on everything that lies before us, we critically assess our progress and focus on additional work to be done.

As the moonlight starts waning, we enter a period of completion and unwinding. Having successfully accomplished what we had lined up, it is time to relax and nurture body and mind. Refresh and pamper yourself and feel flushed with pride as you admire your list of checkmarks and completed tasks. Don’t get rattled about unfinished business, keywords or topics that didn’t pan out. You will simply transfer those points to your next list as you enter a new cycle of lunar guidance.

The moon, with its steady revolutions and nocturnal illumination, is a soothing elixir for our at times anxiety-driven sense of time.

7 Areas Most Maid Services Forget to Clean

When hiring a professional maid service to clean a home people expect everything to be spotless after every cleaning session. After all, someone hiring a service clearly needs help maintaining a clean household, and has decided to allocate part of their income to get that help. But even the best cleaning service will at some point neglect to clean something in a client's home. They might forget once or they might forget an area on a regular basis. This article describes the seven areas most often forgotten by cleaning services.

Since maid services sweep, mop, and vacuum floors, it stands to reason that clearing baseboards would have been included in this part of the cleaning process. However, baseboards are often overlooked or simply just not cleaned. Coming home to a freshly cleaned house gives people a wonderful feeling; noting that the baseboards are dusty all the cleanliness does not.

Ceiling Corners
People often overlook what is not right in front of them; a prime example is the dusty cobweb taking over an endless ceiling corner in a room. Cleaning ceiling corners using a duster with a long handle needs to be done regularly, such as weekly or every other week, to prevent cobwebs from forming.

Ceiling Fans
In addition to ceiling corners, ceiling fans are often forgotten by maid services. It is important to clean ceiling fans regularly to keep dust from flying around when they are turned on. In cold seasons ceiling fans tend not to be used much, which allows dust to settle. Maid services forget about this fact and neglect ceiling fans until summer.

Doorknobs are one of the most often touched items in a home. This makes them one of the most important things to clean during each cleaning session. An anti-bacterial wipe or just about any household cleaner will wipe those germs away.

Under and Behind Appliances
People might clean around things like toasters and refrigerators, and washers and dryers, but when they hire a professional maid service, shortcuts like this are not acceptable. Major appliances need to be moved and thoroughly cleaned under and behind several times each year. Minor appliances like coffee makers and toasters need to be moved and cleaned under during every cleaning session.

Behind Toilets
Cleaning services almost certainly never overlooks toilets, but the area behind them often is completely forgotten. Every time a toilet is cleaned, the area behind it needs to be cleaned to prevent the accumulation of tangled hair, lint, and dust.

Under Cushions
Maid services are good about tidying chairs and couches, but cleaning under the cushions is often forgotten. Using the hose attachment, this should be done when vacuuming rugs and carpets.

3 Tips for Home Staging Small Apartments

If you are looking to try to sell your apartment, you might have been told by your agent to stage your place. Then you got to thinking, what does that mean? Here are three ideas to inspire you when it comes to staging your apartment.

The biggest thing you can do is remove you from the scene. Take down any personal photos and put away anything that is truly unique for you. The goal is to get the potential buyer to see themselves in that space, and when there is too much of you, that imagery gets muddied, especially when they are only there for ten to fifteen minutes. You will also want to be sure you are not at home during the open house. Again, it can be hard for the buyers to see what options are available in the apartment. It's also really awkward to be there when people walk through your home and make comments.

Next, minimize everything in your apartment. You will want to have the truly personal pieces of furniture packed away and mostly generic furniture there instead. It might even mean you will need to contact a company that specializes in staging homes for sale. They have nice looking furniture that they can place in just the right places, and it will not feel like there is too much. It makes your home more like a model apartment or a showroom. At the very least, you may need to borrow furniture from a friend or you may need to do a quick refresh with a slipcover.

This also means it is a good idea to put away any kids' items like toys or play pens and pet beds and toys. Replace them with appropriate-sized furniture to make even the smallest apartment feel big. Alternately, you can pull furniture away from the walls to create air space. Taller furniture that sets up off the ground gives that feeling of air, too. Anything in the apartment that feels like clutter needs to be removed as well.

Lastly, you will want to create a welcoming atmosphere. This can mean ensuring that everything is clean and inviting for people to want to enter in and sit. It also means making sure your windows are clean so that all the light possible coming streaming in the windows, and you will also want to have fresh clean curtains. It's a good idea to turn the office on so the apartment is comfortable for everyone coming through.

If you live in an area that is cloudy or rainy on the day of the show, be sure to compensate for the lack of natural light by turning on the lights (preferably not fluorescent) in your apartment. You can help with the light by using a light colored paint on the walls. Flowers can lend a nice touch to any open house and also brighten up even the gloomiest, snowiest day. Consider getting some flowers and putting them in a few places around the apartment.

Staging an apartment is slightly different than staging a house, in that you want to create the illusion of space in a smaller location. It can be a little tricky, but hopefully these tips will get you started and on the way to selling your apartment.

Where To Use Natural Area Rugs In Your Home

Are you making more environmentally friendly choices in your home? Then chances are, you are looking for natural area rugs to replace those nasty, synthetic rugs you've had lying around. There are many choices for more natural materials, and knowing a little more about them and where they are best used to take advantage of their natural properties will ensure you choose the rugs that will not only help protect the environment but enhance your home as well.

Wool is renewable and sustainable, and is perhaps the oldest, most enduring material used for rugs. Wool is not only gorgeous and soft, it is a tough, durable fiber that will last a long time. A rug made from live wool, wool that has been sheared from a live animal, will include more of the natural oils and increase the durability and lifetime of the rug. Some wool rugs are made from dead wool, which has been removed using chemicals from animals that are already dead, and will not include all of the natural oils you want.

These natural oils make wool area rugs resistant to stains, moisture, fire, dust mites and fading. A live wool rug can be used in any room of your home, even in high traffic areas. It will stand up well to furniture being placed on it. It's also great year round, because wool's natural properties help to both retain heat in cold rooms, and increase cooling in warm rooms.

Sisal is another great choice for high traffic rooms. Sisal is made from the fibers of the agave plant, so if you prefer not to use animal-sourced fibers but you still want tough and durable, sisal is a great choice. The fibers are very strong, but also smooth and fine, so comfortable to walk on. You can use them anywhere in the home, as they are also resistant to fire. They are perfect for upper floors, as sisal absorbs sound.

Jute is another plant fiber, and is tough enough to handle heavy, every-day traffic. Natural area rugs made from jute tend to be coarser, so they are not the best choice for bedrooms or rooms that you want a soft, cozy feel in. They also are intolerable to stains, so kitchens are not jute-friendly. You may not want to use jute in the rec room either if you or your kids tend to eat in there frequently. One solution is to use a large jute area rug to cover most of your floor, especially if you have floors that are not-so-nice, and then use another, smaller rug for areas that may experience spills … under the coffee table or kitchen table, for instance.

Finally, bamboo is becoming more broadly used for natural area rugs, and it is very versatile. Not only is it renewable and sustainable, it created very tough, durable fibers. You can often find bamboo rugs for less expensive than other natural fiber rugs, and since you can use them in any area of ​​your home they make a great choice for most families.

"Something to Talk About" Examines Critical Issues About Trust in Marriage

Something to Talk About – 3 Stars (Good)

"Something to Talk About" stars Julia Roberts, which immediately makes me think romantic comedy, but trust me when I said that this 1995 film has more drama than comedy as it tackles a subject prevalent in today's modern marriages-adultery.

Grace Bichon (Julia Roberts) comes from a wealthy Southern family that breeds and buys horses for competition in dressage, the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance (or jumpers, as someone not into dressage may say.

Grace, who manages her father's riding stable, catches her husband Eddie (Dennis Quaid) cheating on her, and can not forgive or forget his egregious act of violating her trust in him as a husband and father of their young daughter Caroline (Haley Aull).

Unfortunately for Grace, everyone but her sister Emma Rae (Kyra Sedgwick) and Aunt Rae (Anne Shropshire) sides with her unfaithful husband because of their wealth and social position, including her father Wyly (Robert Duvall), mother Georgia (Gena Rowlands) and every social "friend" Grace counts on to understand her situation.

Grace's father has all of the compassion, understanding and tolerance of a steamroller flattening an ant on the pavement. His ego is bigger than his ranch and his word is law, or you will face the consequences.

The comedy part of this film owes a lot to Emma Rae, who, like her father, is not afraid to use enough strong language-along with Grace-to make it an R-rated movie. We are led to believe that the wandering Eddie was not trying to make a career out of being unfaithful, but was miserable in his marriage.

Grace feels totally abandoned until her mother learns that her father is also running around on the side. Then it becomes a battle of some very happy women who shut the men out of their life. What happens next is why you should watch this movie at least once.

One of the lessons of Something to Talk About is that couples can fuss about how to spend their money (or lack thereof), and how to raise their children, but what leads to the divorce court is a lack of communication.

We are reminded again that the opposite of love is not hate (both are emotions), but silence and withdrawal (the absence of emotion). Making a marriage work is a full time job and, if you are not working at it all the time, pretty soon your marriage will collapse.

This film throws around some very strong, vulgar language in some very public places, and challenges the viewer to put the language in perspective and try to see the underlying message about why marriages collapse, and the impact on the lives of those involved.

I would normally give a film like this an average (2 Star) rating, but I am big on relationship movies, and even larger on movies that convey a message that creates a learning situation. Credit writer Callie Khouri with the script and Lasse Hallstrom as the director; both made this more than an entertainment vehicle, they chose to do more than less and deserve my good (3 Star) rating.

Kyra Sedgwick's performance as Emma Rae was recognized with a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress. What she does to the roaming husband Eddie is worth the price of admission alone.

Go ahead, see Something to Talk About, and you will have something to talk about.

Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley

New Green Hotel Takes Up Residence In Brooklyn

Brooklyners are about to get a new addition to their city skyline, one that will bring pioneering design to Williamsburg, a trendy and cutting-edge neighborhood in New York. Oppenheimer Architecture + Design has won an international competition that will allow construction of the Green Hotel, as it is currently being called, a hotel that is sure to be one of Brooklyn's most innovative and stunning buildings.

The hotel will be set off the street, like a New York skyscraper, and will feature three slim towers, each of different heights. The hotel's rectilinear structure will be created to include dramatically proportionate columns, and will be constructed of faceted panels to render a kaleidoscope effect in the shining sun.

The tallest tower will stand at 440 ', soaring high above the vicinity and offering an awesome sight for visitors entering Brooklyn by car or train. The middle tower will float around the domed crest of the neighboring Williamsburg Savings Bank, an iconic building in the Williamsburg area. The Green Hotel's smallest tower will sit in perfect relation to Williamsburg's surrounding buildings in scale and materials. The hotel is the third pillar of a complex, which includes the Williamsburg Bridge and the Williamsburg Savings Bank.

The entire structure of the hotel will be a mere 16 'deep. It will be positioned to claim incredible views of Manhattan from the hotel rooms, rooftop terrace, and lap pool, which look out over the East River and older hotels in Brooklyn. The Green Hotel promises to be elegant neighbor that will gracefully close nearby buildings and hotels. Mr. Oppenheim, of Oppenheim Architecture, says that he wanted to create "more with less, opting for a timeless solution … and drama through powerful manipulations of scale, proportion, and materiality."

Oppenheim Architecture hopes to capture the essence of the vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood with the construction of this hotel. Williamsburg is a diverse community of incredible energy and spirit, and the hotel aims to tap into its culinary, intellectual, and stylish soul. Raw, edgy, and innovative, the Green Hotel will mirror the culture of Williamsburg and bring something fresh and new to a burgeoning cityscape.

The Green Hotel will be true to its name, utilizing geothermal, solar, and wind power as energy sources for the hotel. The hotel has qualified for a LEED Platinum rating, and has created systems for energy savings and efficiency. The three towers of the hotel marry dynamic and artistic design with logical architecture and functionality. The pure, clean geometric shapes of the hotel's exterior were crated to not only play off the hotel's visual surroundings, but to resist lateral force and movement.

The Difference Between Patents and Copyright – A Copyright Lawyer Explains

Copyright is often thought to be a much clearer concept than it actually is. This is why it is so important to use good copyright lawyers whenever you have an issue in this area. Read on to find out more about the differences between copyright and patents.


In the UK, copyright is something that typically applies to a work that has been recorded or preserved in some manner. This could be, for example, a sound recording, a film or television recording, a written document, a musical score, a computer program or an artistic work. Copyright protection does not protect an idea or concept: if two people create a piece of work based on the same idea, it is not an infringement of copyright; it is only an infringement if one of them directly and certainly copies content from the other. This area of ​​law, however, is complex and if you have concerns about infringement, make sure that you consult a specialist copyright lawyer.

This type of intellectual property right protection offers not to relate to things such as names and titles. It can, however, apply to things such as logos. If you assert your right to copyright, it is an automatic international right with the relatively few exceptions. It protects you from things such as unauthorized performances, copying of your work, unauthorized lending, adapting or plagiarism. Copyright lawyers will be able to give you a full breakdown of what you are covered for, and you should always speak to a copyright lawyer should you have an issue or query in this area. Whilst on the subject, with regard to the protection of any intellectual property rights, make sure you get a specialist lawyer – most lawyers simply do not deal with copyright or any other intellectual property right on a regular basis and the law in this area is particularly complex.


In contrast, a patent is different to copyright as it offers to refer more toventions and other industrial processes; patent protection means that yourventions can not be implemented by others unless you authorize them to do so, sometimes in the form of a license. Also, whereas copyright is an automatic right, the process of patent protection can take up to 3 years – for a patent to be granted for an invention or process. This is why you are advised to get your patent application in as soon as you possibly can to avoid anyone else working on similar things to do it before you. Patents are granted by national governments and they typically apply to a national level, unlike copyright which are in broad terms, international.

Skid Steer Attachments

If you are in the construction business and have been for a while then at one point in time you have either owned a skid steer or ran one that you have rented. Skid loaders are one of the most popular machines on job sites all across the country and the world. What makes these machines so popular are the attachments that can be easily changed and switched out on the front of the machine. These Skid Steer attachments are the key to making this machine one of the most versatile machines in your fleet of equipment. There is a wide variety of these attachments or work tools as they are called that are available to use on your machine. One of the nicest things is that the industry has standardized on the interface that these so called attachments couple up to so no matter what brand of machine you have all attachments will hook up with no problem.

Some of the most popular skid steer attachments are non hydraulic. Examples of these attachments are all different types and sizes of forks. Forks can be used to move pallets of material around jobsites and they can even be used around agricultural applications with specialized hay forks. There are also a lot of different types of buckets that are non hydraulic. There are buckets that are extra large that are made to be used with very light material. There are also buckets that have teeth on them instead of a cutting edge that can be used for digging applications.

Where the fun begins is when you get into the hydraulic skid steer attachments. These types of attachments are as many as the mind to imagine. There are post hole diggers, snow blowers, hammers, augers, cold planers, brush cutters, and even a mini backhoe loader attachment. Some of the most popular hydraulic pieces to put on a skid loader are multi-purpose buckets that open and close hydraulically and sweepers or brooms.

These skid steer attachments are what makes these machines so popular and versatile. If you can not find the perfect tool for your machine there are also a lot of companies that will design and make just about anything your mind can dream up. Another thing to think of is what kind of attachments you will want to run on your machine. It is important to get your machine born with the hydraulics you will need to run the various attachments.

How to Paint Windows Sash

Having wooden sash windows can be a wonderful addition to any home or business, providing they are in good working order and that they are properly decorated. Whilst the benefits of having sash windows are huge, one should be aware that painting wooden sash windows is one of the most difficult projects for an amateur to undertake and if the truth be told, a lot off professionals shy away from sash windows and it can be an extremely laborious undertaking and there are many factors that need to be considered.

The first thing that you should be aware of before you still painting any sash windows is that, on the whole, sash windows tend to be pretty old which in turn means at some point, the chances are that the windows would have been painted using leaded paint. Leaded paint can be extremely dangerous to not only the person who will be painting the actual windows, but also others around you and even anyone that will enter the room a short time after work has ceased. For this reason it is a good idea to seal of the room you are working in if possible and make sure you wear the correct breathing protection and that you take extreme care at all times. Another thing that you should be aware of is that a lot of sash windows will have been painted shut over the years or may even have been blocked shut to prevent draft or for security reasons. If this is the case on the windows you will be working on, you should be aware that you may have to enlist the help of professionals ie a carpenter or a painter that specializes in sash windows, to get the windows to a standard that you are happy with before any painting can commence.

Once you are happy that the windows are in a state you are happy with, you next need to decide if you are going to paint the existing paint / stain, or if you are going to strip the windows back to bare wood. If you do decide to strip them back to bare wood, there are three main methods you can use which are: using a heat gun, using a blow torch or using a chemical stripper. A heat gun and blow torch is the quickest method but can also cause damage to the glass in the windows if the user is not extremely careful. Using a chemical stripper has the advantage of not running any great risk of damaging the glass but does carry its own risk, in that that can seriously aggravate a person's skin and eyes.

When all of the above has been resolved it's time to move on to the actual painting. There is not a quick method of painting sash windows and you should be aware that the take an amazing amount time and effort to get them looking anything like perfect. Having said that, a sash windows brush can speed up the process a little and as always, using quality tools and materials is always a good idea but above all else it will take time, patience and skill to make them shine once again.

The Process of Land Development

Have you ever considered what it takes for raw land to turn into the massive land developments we see all around us? Very few things in the world take as much consideration as how to create a land development. It takes developers many months to look into past, present and future information to ensure that they have created a sound plan for the environment to develop the land for the purposes the developer needs it to accommodate.

Research is done for land development because each separate project has its own issues and special circumstances that make it unique. Surveyors and Civil Engineers work closely together to look into every possible potential issue to make sure they have a plan for anything that can happen with a land development project. Things such as drainage, ground stability and the other structures surrounding the project are all some of the things that need to be taken into consideration before the shovel breaks ground.

There are steps that land developers must take on their journey into developing a piece of raw land. First, they must spend an ornate amount of time looking into all of the factors that affect a project. They track economic trends to see if investing time and money in to a land development project is profitable. They also look into things like population growth and job growth to determine the growth of an area. This step usually involves many different professionals. Government officials, business members, real estate professionals and builders will meet with a land developer to create a due diligence report. This eliminates all the guesswork involved and puts the facts in place to determine the worthiness of a proposed project.

Once developers have found land, determined that an area's growth rate is worthy of the proposed project developers will go about negotiating for the acquisition of the raw land. There are two common ways most developers go about this process they are; purchasing the land upfront with cash or negotiating an option to purchase the land by a set date and price by putting a large deposit down. The second option is considered more favorable because it leaves developers funds available for the project at hand. It is unwisely to tie up working capital when working on land development projects.

Next developers draw up architectural plans for approval by local government officials. Whether land is being developed for a sub division, a professional complex, an industrial park or a shopping plaza plans need to be approved by officials and if funding is to be acquired by outside investors should also be involved in approving the proposed draft. This step all involves access permits by all stages of government that are needed for the developer's project to continue smoothly.

Lastly the land will be converted from raw, natural land into what land that has been processed into a state that makes it useful and valuable to the land developer and all participants involved in the process. Builders come in purchase the land and begin turning it into a piece of property that fulfills the need of the surrounding community.

Development takes a piece of Earth that most people look at as a vacant wasteland without purpose and turns the natural, raw, land into a plot of riches. Developers take on the huge risks involved in land development because of the large reward financially in the end.

Living a Physical Labor Lifestyle

grow up in a family where my mom and dad earned a living as physical laboratories. My dad a truck driver furniture mover my mom a packer for the moving company. Everything I grew up around was around physical. Earning a living as a physical laborer is not easy physically or mentally yet many want to look down on the men and women that actually make the lives of white collar workers easier.

If you think about a physical lifestyle you can imagine the body as well as the mind can and will get fatigued from overuse. The white collar worker becomes more mentally fatigued but will become physically fatigued from lack of exercise. But, there are a lot of misinformed people when it comes to building a strong mind and body foundation.

Not all men and women that work in a labor type environment have to do this type of work but choose to do labor type of work. But the physical and mental toughness a manual labor job will build can be incredible using the body day in and day out to support a family knowing that if you get hurt or tired you still have to work. Most white collar workers can do their job in trafficking.

But the thought that the only way to build strength is by lifting heavy weights is not absolutely correct. Certain sports or competitions require the lifting of heavy weights for a couple of second's total. This strength usually will not transfer to anything that requires strength for longer periods of time.

The man that bench presses 400 lbs probably can not do 100 pushups and the reason the 400lb bench press takes a few seconds 100 pushups require more time and a longer period of time to complete.

I also here that people that work labor jobs are old and beat up before their time. Most labors do not take care of themselves. Laborers are drinkers and many are smokers and eat fast foods and drink sugary drinks, typically living what I call a "dirty lifestyle".

I have trained and worked as a laborer for over 30 years and eat healthy, do not smoke or take drugs or eat any fast food and drink only water and some decaf green tea and no longer workout with heavyweights or traditional weights and continue to make gains.

I have noticed watching and being a manual laborer the majority of things that move or lift wherever pushing or pulling majority of the time is light to moderate weight that is unbalanced and very awkward and on occasions heavy weights will and can be lifted even though these men do not lift traditional weights but are strong from a constant using of the body day in and day out.

Life time strength is built from years of using the body and not the traditional resting more than actual training philosophy. We need "Conditioned Strength" not five second strength.

Weight Loss and Plate Size

Does the size of our plate affect how much we eat? It may seem silly and a little like fooling yourself but there have now been multiple studies which conclude that the surprising answer is yes.

If you are looking for creative ways to help your family lose weight, consider replacing your dinner plates with smaller dishes. Experts have shown that a simple change from twelve inch plates down to ten inch plates for your main meal reduces the average calories per plate by over twenty percent. This could help the average consumer lose as much as 20 pounds over the course of a year.

If this sounds too simple to be real, you are not alone. Americans have been chasing ever larger portions served on even larger plates for generations. We have been conditioned to measure the value of food by the amount of food we are served and feeling full after a meal.

Everyone knows a young, athletic person who takes obvious pride in the amount of food he or she can consume in a single sitting. As long as they remain active and their metabolism remains high, they may even get away with this behavior until the rapid growth of youth tapers off. Most of us probably also know an older version of that same athlete who has continued their quest for calories beyond the tipping point.

I was one of those young athletes, spending several hours each day swimming, biking and running for years. I was burning thousands of calories a day in physical activity so naturally I ate large portions several times each day to keep up with the demand. Before long I was conditioned to think that these huge portions were normal so when my exercise levels dropped off with age, it took quite a while before it really sunk in that I would have to take a more conscious part in monitoring my calorie intake. Sometimes I am a bit slow but the end result is that my weight crept up gradually over several years while I paid little attention.

A routine trip to the doctor one year finallyave me a wakeup call when the doctor translated the number on the scale as overweight. My wife and I started looking for ways to take charge of our calories without all of the fuss of calorie counting. We found that using smaller plates make a small but welcome difference which, combined with more exercise, helped us turn from regular weight gain to gradual weight loss.

You can read more about the plate size studies on the USDA web site or even watch a video they prepared on the subject. There is also a movement starting in 2009 trying to reduce plate sizes in the home and in restaurants. It is a little early to tell how successful this is going to be but they have set a goal of reaching 10 million people within a year. I hope this and similar efforts can make a difference for our increasingly overweight society.