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and now, for a little afternoon laughter

Here is a compilation found on the Internet of the old (early to mid 90's). I've lost the source, but the lines here priceless!

In a Tokyo Hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing is please not to read notis.

In another Japanese hotel room:
Please to bathe inside the tub.

In a Buchrarest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator:
Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To more the cabin, push wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going to alphabetically by national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 am daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the j…

easy ways to keep stress at bay

The article suggesting ways to reduce stress was taken from National Headache Foundation, formerly, National Migraine Foundation | 5252 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625 | (312).878.7715 | In Illinois 1.800.523.8858 | Outside Illinois 1.800.843.2256

Here are some ways in which you can eliminate stress and lead a better lifestyle.

01. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.

02. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.

03. Don't rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.  ("The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory." -  Old
Chinese Proverb).

04. Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.

05. Make duplicates of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden and carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart f…

six exercises to reduce stress

Adopted from Fitness for Life by Charles Corbin & Ruth Lindsey. Prepared by F. Labenski, Rutgers-Newark Physical Educational Department.  

Here are some common exercises that help to reduce stress:

Stress is a normal part of living but accumulated tensions and  unusually stressful situations can cause distress. Any activity that either allows your muscles to relax or that expends large amounts of physical energy will make you feel less stressed. Here are some relaxation techniques to help you relieve stress.

1. Take Ten Deep Breaths

Fill every corner of your lungs, hold, then slowly exhale until you've squeezed it all out. Repeat. All
that oxygen will charge you with energy.

2. Roll Your Neck

To get rid of tension in the neck, let your chin drop forward. Now, keeping shoulders level, slowly roll your head in a full circle to right shoulder, back, left shoulder and front. Repeat nine times, alternating directions.

3. Loosen Up Your Body

Sit upright in a chair. Lift your arms over …

traditional camera, digital camera, and smartphone camera

Before smartphones and digital cameras, there were … well …cameras! Traditional cameras became near-obsolete around first half of the past decade, but today these mechanical wonders are found at collectors’ rooms and museums. And of course, some might even be at your basement if you’ve been too lazy to properly sort them out. So, for the love of mechanical cameras, this section is dedicated to the proper understanding of the precious devices that ruled the past generation.

1. What is the difference between a smartphone (or digital) camera and a traditional camera?

Traditional cameras made use of films to take photographs, while digital cameras use removable media storage devices as substitutes for film. They are also called film-less cameras. In a digital camera, the light reflected from the photographed subject is converted into a digital image, which can be downloaded directly to the computer.

2. How does a digital camera work?

Digital cameras make use of a sensor, which converts lig…

the 7 biggest financial decisions you will make

This post by Richard Jenkins was originally published in 2005(?) here
A lot of people spend a whole lot of time worrying about the small stuff -- a little extra yield on their savings, a few dollars less in mortgage payments, slightly higher returns, and slightly lower commissions. They pore over IRS publications and fat tax guides searching for ways to save a few hundred bucks on taxes. They read personal finance magazines, buy books and scour the Web looking for tips. Fine. It pays off. But does managing your money really have to be this complicated? Actually, no. In fact, if you spend all your time focusing on fractions of a point, you may lose sight of the big picture. The blunt truth is that if you make the right choices early in life on a handful of major decisions, you'll never have to worry about financial security.

1. How You Handle Risk

Risk affects all aspects of your life. Would you rather work for a rock-solid company with a strong benefits package, a smaller start-up …

improve your career prospects

This Do-It-Yourself Coaching by Ellen Alcorn was originally published on the Internet in early 2000's. I do not have the source but as of 2017, it remains published at Monster. So here are some classic tips to improve your career prospects.


Maybe you're not ready to hire a coach. Here, some of America's leading coaches reveal secrets for improving your life and career prospects.

Network, Network, Network
This is harder than it sounds. "You don't sit down and say, 'Today I'm going to develop a network.' You do it as a matter of everyday living," says Jim Jose, an organizational effectiveness strategist and leadership coach based in Tucson. Join professional associations, do community service or become a board member. "I think every human being has an obligation to give back to society in some measure to make it a better place," Jose says. Altruism aside, this can also be a wonderful way to make important contacts.

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interesting facts of the world

A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official.Greenland is the largest island in the world.
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.Devon is the only county in Great Britain to have two coasts.French was the official language of England for over 600 years.Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.Quito in Ecuador is the 'Land of Eternal Spring’ where the temperature rarely drops below 7ºC during the night, or exceed 23ºC during the day.St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the US.The abbreviation 'ORD' for Chicago's O'Hare airport comes from the old name 'Orchard Field'.The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.The flag of the Philippines is flown di…

understand the technology that surrounds you everyday - III

We are surrounded by so much technology everywhere that sometimes we wish we knew better. Without further ado, look at this nifty compilation created for the rest of us. This is the third among three lists that explains the real meaning behind everyday words from the world of technology. First, see the first list of technological terms and the second list of technological terms
Newbie: Slang term for a user who is new on the network. Postmaster: The administrator responsible for resolving any email problems. QuickTime: Apple’s method of storing sound, graphics and movie files which is designed for playback via the Internet. RNA (Ring No Answer): This is the symptom used to describe a modem at a local that rings, but does not pick up the incoming call. SMS (Short Messaging Service): Allows cell phone users to exchange text basedmessages. Short means less than 128 characters when it started out, but as of today it can accommodate 160 characters. Traditional SMS is now nearly displaced by i…

understand the technology that surrounds you everyday - II

We are surrounded by so much technology everywhere that sometimes we wish we knew better. Without further ado, look at this nifty compilation created for the rest of us. This is the second among three lists that explains the real meaning behind everyday words from the world of technology. First, see the first list of technological terms.

E-mail: Universally accepted abbreviated version of electronic mail.
Emoticon: They are used to convey emotion in an ASCII world. For example, ☺ represents a ‘smiley’.
Encryption: The translation of data into a secret code. To read an encrypted file, you need a secret key or password.
Easter Egg: Hidden features placed by programmers in software applications and operating systems. Could display a secret message, play a sound or a small animation.
Firewall: One way of protecting a network against intrusion. Consists of mechanisms to block and to permit network traffic.
Flame: A downright inflammatory statement, usually in an electronic mail message.
FWIW: Cha…

understand the technology that surrounds you everyday - I

We are surrounded by so much technology everywhere that sometimes we wish we knew better. Without further ado, look at this nifty compilation created for the rest of us. This is the first among three lists that explains the real meaning behind everyday words from the world of technology.

AC-3 (Dolby Digital): This digital surround-sound format for home audio is called Dolby Digital in theatres. It is the official sound format for digital TV, and is used in many DVDs and laser discs.
ActiveX: This is a set of technologies from Microsoft that provides developers with tools to link desktop applications to the Internet. It allows you to view Word and Excel documents directly in a browser.
AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port): This is an Intel specification designed to handle the high throughput demands of 3D graphics. The AGP channel is 32 bits wide and provides almost twice the total bandwidth of the older PCI channel. Think of it as Accelerated Gaming Performance.
Animation: Animation involves u…

you are definitely getting older

Windows XP was released 15 years ago, in 2016.The new millennium is more than a decade old.Pierce Brosnan last acted as James Bond 14 years ago.It's been 15 years since 9/11.The Matrix came out 17 years ago, Keanu Reeves is 51 today.Mother Theresa and Lady Diana have been dead for 19 years.Macaulay Culkin is 35 today. Home Alone came out over 25 years ago.Terminator 2 is 25 years old. Edward Furlong who portrayed kid John Connor is 38 now.Sean Connery is 84 years old and retired.The youngest Spice Girl is 39, the oldest Backstreet Boy 43, Gwen Stefani is 45, Madonna 52.The first Harry Potter book came out 19 years ago!The first season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S was aired 21 years ago!Arnold Schwarzenegger is older than Independent India. He was born in June 1947.Kids born in 1998 can legally drive, drink and vote this year.Facebook has been around for 12 years.Jurassic Park is older than Justin Bieber.Bryan Adams' cult song Summer of 69 was released 31 years ago.Kids whom you remember i…

create real clouds inside your room

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates real clouds inside indoor spaces. The pioneer of this technique has been on the headlines with quite an impressive amount of audience worldwide. BBC correspondent Anna Holligan went to meet him to see how he creates his own clouds. Using a smoke machine and a spray to generate fine mist or droplets, he says, the trick lies entirely in timing. It turns out that these delicate clouds exist for a short time, maybe ten seconds or less - just enough to photograph them!

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

the three laws of intellectual motion

Over three hundred years ago, Sir Isaac Newton clarified our understanding of dynamical processes by formulating has famous three laws, which read as follows: Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.The relationship between the mass of an object m, the acceleration of the object a, and the applied force f is f = ma.For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We have all engaged in discussions where one person tires to change another person’s opinion. On rare occasions, these attempts may be successful, but in general they are not. According to Peter Sturrock, an astrophysicist at Stanford University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics, his experience leads him to offer for consideration and discussion the follows reformulation of Newton’s laws: Opinions tend to remain in a state of stagnation unless acted upon by an external argument.The rate of change of opinion is proportional to t…

plans to create a real starship in 20 years

This article originally appeared on io9 on this page.

In Star Trek lore, the first Starship Enterprise will be built by the year 2245. But today, an engineer has proposed - and outlined in meticulous detail – building a full-sized, ion-powered version of the Enterprise complete with 1G of gravity on board, and says it could be done with current technology, within 20 years. "We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise -– so let's do it," writes the curator of the Build The Enterprise website, who goes by the name of BTE Dan.
This "Gen1" Enterprise could get to Mars in ninety days, to the Moon in three, and "could hop from planet to planet dropping off robotic probes of all sorts en masse –- rovers, special-built planes, and satellites."
Complete with conceptual designs, ship specs, a funding schedule, and almost every other imaginable detail, the BTE website was launched just this week and…