Monday, November 30, 2015

Creative Thinking and Mind Mapping (part 2 of 2)

Your mind map will reflect your current thoughts. Study it carefully and you will be able to explore intellectually, making room for growth. When your mind is at rest, for example when you’re sleeping, you must take note of creative realizations. These are sudden bursts of ideas and you should immediately indicate it in your mind map. You need to reconstruct your mind maps and integrate all the ideas into one map.

The goal in creating the mind map is to look for decisions, realizations, or solutions. Examine your mind map again and look for breakthroughs or new insights. Soon you will realize that all the ideas are connected with each other and you will be able to find the answer that you’re looking for through the mind maps.

In creating mind maps, you will go through the different stages. If you find difficulty in one stage, don’t give up and try to continue making the maps. Follow the step above and soon, you will have a mind map of your own. When you’re in the process of creating the maps, you will notice that you’re creative thinking is already at a high level.

Making mind maps is one way of enhancing an individual’s creative thinking. Adults find it hard to use creative thinking because they are more rational thinkers but you shouldn’t be discouraged in exploring this portion of your mind. You will soon realize that it will be the key in solving your problems and in achieving your goals.

Creative Thinking and Mind Mapping (part 1 of 2)

Innovative thinking can benefit greatly from mind mapping because it is able to consume all the common skills found in imagination, creativity, flexibility, and organization of ideas. There are some fundamental elements that you need to know if you want to improve your creative thinking. According to psychological research, these elements include using shapes, colors, unusual elements, and dimensions. Aside from that, it also involves the adjustment of the conceptual positions and it also considers the response to emotionally pleasing objects.

According to further studies, mind maps are the best tools in nurturing creative thinking. If you try to apply mind mapping in any of your activities, you will be able to create lots of innovative ideas than what you’ve expected.

In creative thinking, there are different stages. In the first stage, you can start by drawing a central image to represent a general topic. Make sure that the image is drawn at the center of the paper or blank page. Try to focus in the image and take note of the ideas that come into your mind. Welcome all ideas that enter your mind and indicate it on paper. You don’t have to write a lot of text; in fact, it will be a lot better if you use graphics or drawings instead. Take note of all the ideas no matter how absurd they may seem.

After that, you need to take a break so that your brain can also rest. Look at the ideas that you’ve generated. Get another blank paper and create a new mind map. Use the same central image but this time you need to identify the categories and major branches. You need to build up the hierarchies and look for new associations from the preliminary ideas. If you see repetitions of ideas in different branches, disregard them and don’t try to remove them because they might be important later on.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Bonding During a Lake Tahoe Vacation (part 2 of 2)

Chances are, this may be your first time to Lake Tahoe and you would like to see the different places. To do that, you can sign up for a guided tour and visit the sights which includes the setting where the famous show Bonanza was recorded especially when it was such a big hit during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

You can take pictures and bring home some souvenirs.  A lot of people do that which is quite normal when you are just visiting.

One activity you can also do by the lake is cruising. There are two cruises to choose from namely the Tahoe Queen and the M.S. Dixie II. Both ships cruise around the lake for 2 hours daily. It also serves dinner on board. The M.S. Dixie II offers the dinner cruise on Wednesdays while the Tahoe Queen offers this on Saturdays.

As for places to stay in Lake Tahoe, you can always check in a hotel or rent a townhouse, condominium or home. The rates are nightly and if there are none around, you can always camp in the woods as long as you brought your tent along.

Bonding with your family does not always have to cost a fortune since there are a few simple things that you can do together. Skiing, hiking, fishing, biking and eating are just some of the things you can do should you decide to go on Lake Tahoe vacation. So discuss the idea of coming here the next time everyone is available.

Bonding During a Lake Tahoe Vacation (part 1 of 2)

Going on a trip with your family is supposed to give everyone a chance to bond and what better way to do that but to go on a Lake Tahoe vacation.

Lake Tahoe which is in the northern part of California has a lot to offer to its visitors. It was once host to the winter Olympics and to this day, is considered to be one of the best skiing destinations in the world.

To enjoy the snow, you can choose from one of seven ski resorts. You can even rent their equipment if you did not bring your own. Some of these places even give lessons to beginners and have other activities for you to enjoy such as snowboarding, tubing and riding a snowmobile.

Another family bonding activity you can do with your family is hiking. Lake Tahoe has hundreds of trails to choose from and some of these are short while others are long. Take for instance the hiking trail at Eagles Lake. This one is 2 mile long and you have to cross a steel footbridge to get from one end to the other. You can hike alone or hike with a guide.

You can also go biking since there are trails in and around the city. These are maintained by the Tahoe City Public Utility District and Caltrans fund. The best part is that these are all paved so you won’t have that much difficulty expect perhaps when you are going uphill. You can rent bikes from various shops around the lake.

Fishing is another activity you can do with your family. You can do this in lakes that are open all year round like in the Boca Reservoir, Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, the Prosser and the Stampede Reservoir.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kitesurfing in Australia: Feel the Power of a Breeze (part 2 of 2)

If you are planning to kitesurf in Australia, you might want to consult with AKSA for various spots which provide ideal conditions for kitesurfing in Australia. After all, it's not a sport that you can do just anywhere.

The Association also provides services related to the safety of the kitesurfer. They, for example, spread knowledge about the various guidelines that a practitioner of the sport should adhere to in order to stay safe. They also offer insurance policies, as well as safety gear.

If you intend to get the best out of your kitesurfing experience, you should make sure that you stay safe. You should also definitely make sure that you have the most fun by getting the right type of equipment and the right type of training. After all, you are dealing with a very unpredictable element of nature here.

All in all, kitesurfing is a truly extreme sport which offers the thrills of being propelled by air and the feel of the spray. It is also an activity which requires considerable skills and training. The bottom line is that if you want to enjoy this activity, you should make sure that you keep the danger factor to a minimum and the fun factor to a maximum.

Respect the power of the breeze and the surf and always remember everything you learn.

Kitesurfing in Australia: Feel the Power of a Breeze (part 1 of 2)

Winds represent an awesome force of nature that man has continually strived to harness for his use. Hence, we have windmills, sailboats, and other implements that utilize the power of the wind for man's use. Today, this power is also used for entertainment. The use can be observed in the recent popularity of kitesurfing in Australia.

Australia is a more commonly known for Koalas, Kangaroos, the Outback, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Barrier Reef. The whole layout of the continent has a huge potential for diverse activities. Kitesurfing is one of those activities that take place in the water side of Australia.

Kitesurfing is a water sport where you basically strap yourself to a surfboard, launch a kite and hang on for dear life. It can be a bit dangerous to surfers and even to swimmers who get in the way. What you should understand is that kitesurfing involves attempting to control something that is usually uncontrollable. This means that danger is an inherent part of this activity. But with the right advice, you might just transform it into the best time you can ever have.

Taking up kitesurfing seriously will require you to invest your cash in equipment costing something between $1000 and $3000. This includes your standard board, kite and safety equipment such as a flotation device. You will obviously need to take some lessons if you want to engage in this activity safely.

During training, you will learn how to maneuver your kite in such a way that you will be able to use the wind to move in the direction you want. You will also learn about the different safety procedures that you should always keep in mind in order to avoid accidents while you are having fun.

The efforts of AKSA or the Australian Kite Surfing Association made kitesurfing increasingly popular in Australia. They hold various competitions to test the skill of kitesurfers, as well as promote the sport.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Last Minute Family Travel Tips (part 2 of 2)

- Packing for a lot of people can be difficult, so you will need to plan what you need to pack before you start emptying your closet. For instance, if you are off on a trip that will last a week, take seven changes of clothes, may an additional two changes just in case something comes up, and the appropriate amount of underwear or over wear.

Then, ask your children to pull out the clothes that they want to have that fit exactly these qualifications, no more and no less. This way, they can help you and control the style of clothes that they want to bring, and you don't have to take more clothes with you simply because one of your children insists.

- Try to get a buddy system in place. If you have more than one child, you may need to ask the older children to guard the younger ones. If you have two small children, you and your husband or wife may need to take one of each. All you need to do is find a way to guard every single child so that you lose no one. The problem with panic is that you can't see everyone at once, so you need to break jobs down.

- Still insisting on bringing the kids along? Ask your travel agency, hotel, or tour group for a children's discount, family discount, or a group discount. You may be able to get some amounts off your final price if you are able to bring in the tots or have a big group.

Last Minute Family Travel Tips (part 1 of 2)

Traveling at the last minute is a hassle. You will need to pack a lot of things and organize all your belongings, all while you are getting your documents ready, and all while you are making sure that you are able to get to everywhere you want to and need to be. Now multiply all these troubles with two or more people, and worse, a family. Traveling last minute as a family can be difficult, and it can be made even worse when you have to tag along children. If you are anticipating last minute travel with your family, then you may need to take note of the following tips.

- Are your children already the right age to go and travel with you, and appreciate everything that they see? Bringing kids along on a trip that involves museums, churches, long walks, and even hikes is not only dangerous and clumsy, but it can be wasteful. Think about it: you want to bring along people who will remember the trip, be consciously enriched by it, and truly love and know about the things that they see. Bringing a baby along to a museum is not only wasteful on your part, but it can be disrespectful to other museum goers who will be disturbed by a sobbing, bawling child.

In other words, if you can leave your children at home and if you know that they will not be able to appreciate certain things until they grow much older, then don't feel guilty. Find a good babysitter, leave your children with some relatives, and go off and travel. Take the older kids with you, the ones that don't need a lot of taking care of in order to enjoy things. Not only will you save money, you will also enjoy your trip more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Learn To Draw Graffiti Letters (part 2 of 2)
Choose A Style

Next, you should choose a style that you'd want to use for your name. One of the most famous styles would be bubble letters. However, there still a lot of other styles out there. Don’t be afraid to explore. You can use rounded or sharp edges, same sized letters or have some big and others small, etc. It would be easier for you to emulate a given style. Once you get to learn the basics, it’s easier for you to naturally develop your own.


Once you’ve chosen a style, outline the letters of your name. Try to approximate it with the style you've chosen. Use a pencil and make sure you write lightly. If you make mistakes, which for sure you’ll do for a number of times, use your eraser. Remember to make use original letters as your guide and not your prison. Also, do not be afraid to change your letters past all recognition.

Line Thickness

One good way to vary your letters is by varying its line thickness. This is good if you want your letters to have a 3-D effect. Try to make lines thicker and thinner at different points. This also gives a perception of space and depth.

Add Details

To give your work a personal touch, add more details to your letters. For instance, a lightning bolt for your i’s dot would be good, or a pair of eyes peering out of your B’s hole. If you want, you can also put a bubble around the whole word, just like in comic books. It all depends on your preference and imagination. Try to explore and don’t be afraid to mix colors.

Learn To Draw Graffiti Letters (part 1 of 2)

Graffiti is commonly thought of as mere public vandalism. However, it is not just that. There is more to it than what meets the eye. It is an art. In fact in some places in the world, there are walls where you can legally put graffiti art. It entails great creativity if you want to learn to draw graffiti letters. However, there is no right way to do it. In this kind of art, you have to develop your own style. Hence, here are some of the basics for you to do so.

Get To Know The Art

It is important that you familiarize yourself with the different graffiti styles. It doesn’t matter where you come from or live, for sure there is some graffiti nearby. However, if there aren’t any, you can try visiting another city. If you can’t go on hunting for the real thing, then you could resort to the Internet. Try browsing for different pictures of graffiti art work from different places in the world. This could get you exposed with the different styles.

Write Down A Name

Get a sheet of paper and write down a name. It is best if you use your name to start out with. Most serious graffiti artists started out by simply writing their names in a unique manner. For starters, it’s easiest to have the letters printed in all capital forms. Use a pencil. Try to draw as light as you can so it would be easy to erase details you don't like. You should leave enough space between your letters. Remember that you'll be expanding the letters and this space would be filled in later. Make your writing big enough so that it would be easy to work with, but not too big that it’d take you forever to finish your work.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

iPod Touch: 16 GB (part 2 of 2)
The 16GB iPod is 11x6.2x0.8 cm and Apple guarantees excellent entertainment and performance. This iPod can hold about 4,000 songs, sixteen hours of videos, and 14,000 photos. 16GB is already a good choice but it is more expensive than the 8GB iPod Touch. You need to prepare a substantial budget before you can purchase this amazing device. At present, the price of the iPod Touch 16 GB is $399 but there is news that it will drop by $100. Customers will simply have to wait and see if the price will indeed drop by that much.

For now, you can start saving for your new iPod Touch. While you’re saving some money, don’t forget to surf the internet for the latest news about the iPod. By keeping yourself well-informed, you will be able to take advantage of great deals. If the rumor is true, you might just be able to get the iPod at a cheaper price.

If you think you can afford a brand new iPod, you can purchase the refurbished iPods or the slightly used ones. These units are far cheaper than the brand new iPods. The units are still in good condition just like the new ones. If you want, you can keep it to yourself and your friends will hardly know that you bought a refurbished iPod.

The iPod Touch has definitely changed the world of music. Years ago, music devices were simpler but now, things are very much different. High tech gadgets are already invading the market and many people are willing to shell out money just to have them.

Why not buy an iPod now and discover how exciting it is to have one in your hands.

iPod Touch: 16 GB (part 1 of 2)

After the second generation 8GB iPod Touch, iPod lovers can now purchase the amazing and jacked up Black 16GB iPod Touch. The iPods has definitely created a storm in terms of entertainment. The iPod is not just a music player but it’s also a movie and video player. For many years now, Apple Inc. has successfully competed in the market and through the years, it has offered only the best gadgets in the world.

If you’re looking for technological and quality perfection, Apple is the company for you and since iPod is a product of Apple, you will only get the best product quality ever. A user of a 16GB iPod can enjoy movies, music, videos, and lots more. The 16GB has a Wi-Fi feature which ensures wireless connectivity and so you can surf the net anytime you like. Whenever you need to check your email, you can do so with the use of your iPod touch.

The touch screen technology is the most appealing feature of the device. With a simple flick of the finger tips, a user can already scroll through the files saved in the iPod. The screen is 3.5 inches with a vivid color display and so watching movies and videos can be very interesting. The display is 320x480 pixels and so the iPod has a brilliant vivid color.

If you want to download music, you can get it from iTunes. Visit their website and download the music you like. You can even get an album of your favorite artists so that it will be easier to locate the tracks when you want to play them. There are also several applications that you can download for better music entertainment.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mind Reading Magic Tricks (part 2 of 2)
For this trick to work, you will need ten small cards or ten small sheets of paper. The 10 famous names should come from the audience so once they give out a name, write it down and then do the same for the rest.

What the audience does not know is that the first famous name written will also be written on the rest. You then put these into the hat and shake it. You now ask a volunteer from the audience to reach into the hat and give you the paper.

You put this on your head to create a dramatic effect and then say the name of the famous person aloud which will be confirmed by the volunteer. So no one will discover what you did, make sure to get rid of the slips.

The two minding reading tricks mentioned are really simple to do and anyone can do them. This just proves that magicians who perform this trick don’t really have the talent but rather pull a fast one to make people believe that they have this gift.

If you want to learn other mind reading tricks, do some research and then practice this a little then do it with a few friends. At the end of the trick, some people might really believe you have this gift which is funny especially if they knew how you were able to do it.

Mind Reading Magic Tricks (part 1 of 2)

Can we really read the person’s mind? No but when you perform magic tricks, anything is possible so lets discuss some of them.

The first magic mind reading trick is called name of the dead. For this you will need a sheet of paper and three volunteers. You tear the paper into three pieces and tell two of the participants to write on each sheet the name of a person who is still alive. The third person will be instructed to write the name of someone who has already passed on.

Take note that when you cut the paper into three pieces, the top and bottom will have only one rough edge while the one in the center will have rough edges on both sides. To make people believe you can read their minds, all you have to do is give the center piece to the one who will write the name of the person who is already dead.

To make people believe that you can do this, you tell them to drop the three pieces of paper into a hat which is resting on the table or raised above your head. You then put your hand in the hat and simply feel the paper which has the rough edge and then take it out.

To build the suspense, put that piece of paper on your forehead to make them think you are sure about the sheet of paper you picked. You then give this paper to the one who wrote on the paper that has the rough edges.

The next mind reading trick is called famous names. For this, you will need to get 10 famous names from the audience and then write these down on a separate card. They are mixed and then you make a prediction of the name written on the card which will be checked by someone from the audience.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Home Inspector Checklist Items (part 2 of 2)
Roof and attic – The report would not include roof certification of roof condition guarantee. But it should have inspected ventilation, framing, roof construction type, gutters, and flashing.

Electrical – Check if the inspector checked main panel, wiring, circuit breakers, receptacles, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, light fixture, and grounding.

Appliances – You may think inspection of appliances may not be covered, but good and reliable home inspectors include them in the service. In general, a home inspector would tell you about the condition and possible risks involving ovens and ranges, dishwashers, built-in microwaves, and even smoke detectors.

Garage – The inspector should identify problems in the garage, particularly its ceiling, walls, entry, garage door, lights, openers, firewall, roof, windows, and exterior.

In general, you should take note that most home inspection reports are not supposed to describe overall condition of every home component. They may not identify or tell if the inspected areas and fixtures are in excellent shape. But surely, home inspectors could tell if every item inspected needs maintenance service or is defective.

It could also be a smarter move to hire contractors on your own, if ever there is a recommendation for repair or maintenance. Home inspectors could hire contractors upon your go-signal, but to help keep your peace of mind, it would be better if you do the initiative yourself. In this way, you could also not doubt the quality and condition of the repair.

A home inspector is a professional who should provide information about the condition of most areas of the home. It is important that you hire his services regularly, especially if you want to ensure the safety and durability of your home for the long term. Home inspection is a requirement before selling or acquiring any home, especially old ones.

Home Inspector Checklist Items (part 1 of 2)

Home inspections generally vary across states, cities, and countries. For example, home inspections in California may be different in scope when compared to home inspections in New York. Inspections in the US may differ from inspections in the UK. However, any home inspector is supposed to disclose and submit reports about specific and general areas of the house.

Home buyers, particularly the first timers, might not be able to fully decipher and understand home inspection reports. Many buyers have a hard time figuring out what types of defects should be treated as serious. If you are wondering whether your home inspector have checked the essentials, this checklist should help you determine if the important aspects and areas of the home have been inspected.

Structural elements – The home inspector should run a report about the current condition of the walls, the floors, ceilings, roof, and even the foundation of the house. These elements are necessary in making sure the overall structure of the home is ensured and made secured.

Exterior evaluation – If the interior of the house is provided with utmost priority, care should also not be missed in inspecting the outside of the home. In exterior evaluation, check if the home inspection report covers wall covering, grading, driveways, sidewalks, landscaping, windows, fascia, fences, drainage, elevation, trim, exterior receptacles, and lights.

Plumbing – The inspection report should identify and report the condition of pipe materials used in waste, drain, portable, and vent pipes. The report might not include a comprehensive sewer inspection, but it should cover areas like showers, faucets, toilets, sinks, and traps.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

What Dishes Can You Have on a Typical Detox Diet (part 2 of 2)
As you can see, there are no desserts as part of this detox diet. To help you relax and get you ready for bed, you can have herbal tea like chamomile or peppermint.

This type of detox diet is not as extreme compared to other types of programs available like Juice Fast Detox Diet or Master Cleanse Detox Diet. Since it is something you are not used to, you may experience a little weak during the first 2 days and even experience a headache, nausea and frequent trips to the bathroom but this is known to pass.

Since our bodies are able to adapt, you will begin to feel better on day 3 or 4 especially if you plan to do this for the next 10 or 20 days. If there is no improvement and the side effects get worse, try having something you are used to eating during your snack like chicken, fish or some beans. The other option is to stop the detox diet because it is doing more harm than good.

The detox diet can do a lot of for you only if you give it a chance. Since you are gambling with your overall well being here, make sure you have yourself checked first by the doctor before trying it. If you are cleared, do some research about what types of detox plans are out there then decide which one is right for you.

As mentioned before, some of the detox diets are pretty extreme but but all of these have the same objective and that is to expel harmful toxins. It is not going to be easy and like the saying goes, “no pain, no gain.”

What Dishes Can You Have on a Typical Detox Diet (part 1 of 2)

You may already have an idea what a detox diet is but are you ready to go through with it? There are so many vegetables and fruits which you can eat for the next few days and to give you an idea, here is a typical meal.

They say that breakfast is a very important meal of the day so it is best not to skip it. Your detox diet plan is best served by having two glasses of water with one mixed with some lemon.

If you can’t live in drinking something until the next meal, have a piece of fresh fruit. A few options are an apple, banana or a pear. Just make sure you chew it well mixing each bite with saliva.

Another breakfast option for your detox diet will be to have a bowl of cooked whole grains. If it tastes bland, mix it with two tablespoons of fruit juice.

A few hours later, it is time to have lunch. You can have one or two bowls of steamed vegetables again with some water. If you love to cook, you surely know that some vegetables can be mixed together.

There is not that much difference in serving either lunch or dinner. You just have to make some variations so it is something different and that it will taste just as good until morning.

What you served yourself during breakfast and lunch may make you feeling hungry in between. When this happens, don’t starve yourself and instead have a snack. You may have apple juice diluted with water, carrot or celery sticks, vegetable broth and water.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Choosing the Proper Blogging Software (part 2 of 2)

In comparing the different blogging software in the market, you must be able to find the most superior software package. Be sure to identify your blogging needs so that you can choose the appropriate software package. By doing so, you can identify the different criteria that is relevant to your blogs.

Once you’ve evaluated the packages, you can install the right blogging software for you. This is a very important decision and so you need to think things out carefully. By this time, you’ve already looked into the different software packages and checked their server requirements, storage space, post editors, etc.

However, as an educated consumer, you shouldn’t forget about versatility and cost. You must admit it that some bloggers have limitations when it comes to the budget allocated for such blogging software. There are free software packages as well as paid packages. You need to choose between free packages or purchase one that can exactly meet your blogging needs. Well of course, you can only do this after considering the money in your hands.

A good place to start is, it's free and probably the most versatile blogging software available. It also has a ton of plugins to enhance the features.

Choosing the Proper Blogging Software (part 1 of 2)

The popularity of blogging is increasing by the minute. Because of this, the need for blogging software is also increasing. Blogging software can simplify the entire blogging process. The task of selecting a software package is overwhelming because there are many packages available.

The process of choosing the most appropriate blogging software is not as difficult as it may seem. Since you’re a blogger, you spend a great deal of your time online. Do some research and you can find helpful websites that can simplify the process of decision making. These websites can provide you with comparison charts so that you can compare the different blogging software packages.

You can save a lot of time by making use of the comparison charts because they have all the information you’ll need in choosing the right software. However, for the purpose of choosing the appropriate software using the charts, you need to look for other important information such as the methods used for comparing the software, understanding the charts, and some helpful tips in selecting software.

Before you attempt to compare the different blogging software available, you must understand certain software criteria. You have to understand the minimum requirements for the server, post editor, and data storage. If you can understand these things, you can already compare the different software packages.

You will install the software in the server. The blog software can operate properly depending on the particular software used. You will have additional costs for the license requirements and the software as well.

To evaluate the software, you must look into the data storage of the blogging software. There are some options included in the software such as data file, flat file, or database. The last criterion is the post editor and this pertains to the editor type that is used on the blogs to fill-in listed posts. You can find post editor with options like JAVA or HTML.