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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back To School Jewelry Looks #BackToSchool

Heading back to school is always exciting and maybe even a little nerve racking. You've got a backpack full of new supplies, some great new clothes and a chance to start fresh. Now's the time to stand out from the crowd. Whether you're going back to high school or hitting the college campus, one way to really make an impact and show off your seriously unique style is accessories that will turn heads and make your classmates envious.

Get that extra boost of confidence when you wear modern, cool, edgy accessories like ear cuffs, ear jackets, hand sheaths and unique statement rings. Visible Interest is a top destination to get the newest jewelry pieces by indie designers who share a passion for the uniquely fresh and modern and who believe in the charm of individuality. Visible Interest has something for every hip chick – sleek and modern options in gold, silver, or mixed metal looks.

Check out Visible Interest's back to school collection and get 15 percent off your purchase with the code: Back2School through September 19th, 2015.
 

PerfectMemorials.com Holiday Memorials Labor Day Sale!

Perfect Memorials, the leading online retailer of premium quality memorial products is having a Labor Day Sale on their Holiday Memorials products. With savings up to 50% on Cremation Jewelry, Photo Engraved Pendants and Cremation Urns, the Labor Day Sale is the perfect time to purchase memorial products. The Labor Day Sale will run from September 1st at 12:01pm CST and will end at noon CST on September 8th. Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It also means that white clothes are out, summer holidays are over and classes begin. For many of us it is a welcome day off work or school, ahead of what is likely to be a busier month than the last. It is also a day to reflect and remember what was and those that are missed.

Perfect Memorials is celebrating Labor Day with their Holiday Memorials collection. The Holiday Memorials category has many products marked down, with prices up to 50% off. Perfect Memorials offers engraving on almost all memorial products, a 101 day best price guarantee, and personalized customer service. For a limited time an additional savings of 5% off site-wide when coupon code LABORDAY15 is used at checkout. Shop the Perfect Memorials Holiday Memorials category today and SAVE!

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Understanding Historical Events Better through Literature

 The Chinese and Roman empires played significant roles in shaping the world that we live in today. These two major civilizations established traditions and routines that many cultures today still follow. As important as these two empires were, however, you may be confused in trying to keep facts like the Chinese history timeline committed to memory. You can learn more about the Roman and Chinese empires and also understand the events and major characters that earned their places in history when you read literature that is devoted to this subject.

The book that you may find compelling to read is available on both hardback and paperback. You can find the ISBN numbers on the website so that you can either find the books in your local library or buy them online. You can also use the ISBN to find and purchase the book in local bookstores. Before you read it, you may want to know how recently the book was written and published. Older books can be helpful for basic research; however, they may lack a lot of important and updated details that will enhance your learning. The publishing date for this book can also be found online.

Given the size of the book, you may want to know what subjects will be covered so that you can plan your reading accordingly. In fact, a number of scholars do not read books from front to back, cover to cover. Rather, they skip chapters and use the reference in the back of the book to help them map out an individual path to learning and research. When you want to plot out what chapters to read first and what materials in the book to commit to memory, you can find the outline of the book online. It may be important, for example, for you to learn about the Chinese war traditions than about the culture's use of pottery. You can map out how you want to read the book by looking at the outline first.

Another reason to read the book involves learning more about the major historical players that shaped the Chinese and Roman cultures. The book reveals important emperors, soldiers, and even females that had influence over the empires. When you want to learn more about two of the most significant empires to shape the world today, you can do so with this book.
 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Day Of Second Grade!

Being Realistic: What Computers Can and Can’t Do for You

 













 
More than ever, technology is increasingly driving business and increasing the speed with which work can be done all over the world. In the past, business was slow, and you had to perform many processes manually. Nowadays, things have changed.

New technologies are being invented every day. However, as powerful and innovative as this technology is, it still has its limitations. In fact, can only function optimally with constant input and adjustment from users. This may change in the future, but for now, man is still in control. For your business to succeed, you must have realistic expectations on what your computer systems can do. With that in mind, we have created this guide to tell you what you can and cannot expect from your computer systems.

What Computers Can Do
  1. Create Seamless Software Integration
As companies grow faster and become reliant on technology to scale processes, they often require the use of multiple programs for different business processes.
Now, using this software individually can be quite tedious and could easily result in communication gaps and little or no real-time updates. However, using the appropriate technology, all these individual programs can be integrated into an enterprise system, making the flow of information and data between every unit in the organization seamless. 
  1. Improve Workplace Productivity for Workers using Software
Now, more than ever, employees can get more done and at faster speeds than they were able to in the past.
In fact, some studies have showed that the current generation of workers do more in one month than the last two generations combined did in a year. This is all the result of increased computer processing power and big data. This growth will continue along an exponential curve, and there is no plateau in sight.
  1. Makes Communication Easier and Protects Documents
It is easier now to stay in touch with everyone. In the past, an employee could only do their job from the office. Nowadays, you can text or call to find out where they are, ask them to send a file from home if necessary or upload files to collaboration platforms remotely.
Company files and documents are largely safer in the cloud than offline thanks to paperless office technology like FileCenter. With this software, it is easy to transition from a paper-based office to a paperless one that is more efficient. 

What Your Computers Can’t Do
  1. Manage Employees Effectively
As amazing as computing intelligence is, there are still many things it cannot do because it is just a machine that runs courtesy of efficient software. We still need somebody to manage and lead their team members. People still have to deploy and work on the available software to ensure that they work effortlessly. So far, the computing intelligence is still in its infancy. You need people to lead people, show them what to do and how to do it and get more work done.
  1. Has No Emotional Intelligence
Here’s an interesting question: how will a computing software deal with emotional intelligence, conflict in the workplace and low employee morale? It cannot. You still need managers, experts and consultants with the adequate emotional intelligence and maturity to handle situations like this, defuse any tension and help workers resolve any problems they have amicably.
  1. Motivate Workers to Encourage Maximum Output
Software can help improve employee productivity and output. What it cannot do, however, is motivate them to do more. All software still operates based on whatever data it is fed.
As you can see, computing power and excellent technology is not everything. You still need the collaborative efforts of human beings to achieve organizational goals, grow the company, increase revenue, generate more leads, and boost your profits. Use your computers, but know their place as supporting tools. 

Oscar King is a tech blogger who discusses the various applications of technology with his audience. If you wish to learn more about Oscar you can look at his profile on Google+.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Jon Stewart #Infographic

Since first appearing on the show in 1999, Jon Stewart tackled political and social issues with an unrelenting fearless wit dissimilar to anyone else in his field. Many may disagree with the news anchor’s comedic demeanor, and overall reliability, but Jon Stewart approached politics for what it was: a game. He wasn’t afraid to use humor to blatantly call out money-grubbing government officials and corrupt government practices. Additionally, he welcomed culture-clashing, social issues onto his show’s agenda, tirelessly attempting to reveal the truth of such situations, all the while keeping his audience amply entertained. Approaching news in his own unique manner, Jon Stewart managed to establish himself as one of the most iconic entertainers and journalists of recent years. He always strived to speak truth in news, an almost extinct practice for other news programs according to this previously published infographic. Today’s infographic explores Jon Stewart’s legacy, and offers hints as to who his eventual successor may be.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spy DVD #Giveaway With #SpyInsiders

Queen of Comedy Melissa McCarthy “in her funniest movie yet” (Leonard Maltin, LeonardMaltin.com) embarks on the mission of a lifetime as secret agent Susan Cooper in SPY. The September 29th Blu-ray release will include two versions of the film - Theatrical and never-before-seen Unrated Cut. The DVD will feature the Theatrical version. Both the Theatrical version and Unrated Cut of Spy will also be available on Digital HD September 4th.
McCarthy is armed and hilarious in this “outrageously entertaining” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) comedy hit from director Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids). Deskbound CIA analyst Susan Cooper is about to become the world’s newest - and unlikeliest - secret weapon. When her partner (Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Statham) is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover and bring down a deadly arms dealer. Loaded with wise-cracking action and adventure, SPY is a mission impossible to resist!

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Earth's Layers Are So Cute #Infographic

Other than the names of the layers and their order, this info-artwork conveys some information about the layers in a simple, effective way. Satellites are in the exosphere, meteors burn up in the mesosphere, and hot air balloons hang out on the edge of the stratosphere.
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Straight Outta Compton - Where Are They Now #Infographic

In light of all the recent “Straight Outta ______” memes, what better choice for an infographic than one detailing the entrepreneurial empires of each of the surviving members of N.W.A. It’s no secret N.W.A. was one of the most influential and commercially successful rap groups in the history of hip-hop. Not only did they revolutionize rap music, but they created a launch pad for the West Coast rap scene unlike any before them. They rapped about the struggles of living in the slums of Compton, and all the drugs, crime, and anger that came along with it. They didn’t care about who they were offending, they were just speaking the truth of their lives. Since taking the L.A. hip-hop scene by storm in 1986, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella have all done pretty well for themselves (some better than others – RIP Eazy-E!). As many know, Dr. Dre owns and operates multi-million dollar headphone company, Beats, while Ice Cube has made quite the name for himself in Hollywood (for better or worse). What some might not know though, is that DJ Yella has generated quite the storm in the American pornography industry, while MC Ren has become founder and owner of record label, Villain Entertainment.
 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

#Gigantic Coming In 2018

Adventure-seeker Jack discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds, hatching a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl. Directed by Nathan Greno and produced by Dorothy McKim, Gigantic hits U.S. theaters in 2018.
 

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Evolution of the Washer Machine from Samsung #Infographic

A washing machine's average lifespan of 10 years means consumers generally look for a new one every decade or so. Shoppers checking out new models might be surprised at the changes during the past 10 years. Washing machines can come as top-loading or front-loading models and generally offer larger load capacities and more efficient water usage. New washing machines are preset for water levels. In the older days, people would be looking in and seeing how much water they needed. A washing machine from Samsung, the WA8700, features a built-in sink that people can use to pretreat their delicate clothes. The size would surprise people. Now you can wash a comforter and things like that with this machine. Some Samsung models also work with a dedicated smartphone app that enables users to check the status of their machine's load.
 

#FindingDory Swims Into Theaters June 17th, 2016

Do I know you? In Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory, everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), encounters an array of new - and old - acquaintances, including a cantankerous octopus named Hank (voice of Ed O'Neill). Directed by Andrew Stanton, co-directed by Angus MacLane, and produced by Lindsey Collins, Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17th, 2016.

 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

#MasonsMission Signs Are Up!

The signs got put up! So excited. Overwhelmed, bittersweet. Perfect timing, since in 9 days it is the anniversary of his passing.
 

#Zootopia Arrives March 4th, 2016

Have you herd? Zootopia's biggest pop star Gazelle will be voiced by Grammy-winning international superstar Shakira in Walt Disney Animation Studios Zootopia. Shakira performs an all-new original song, "Try Everything," for the film. Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, and produced by Clark Spencer, Zootopia opens nationwide March 4th, 2016.
 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Custom Photo Pillowcase – Just $4.99


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The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino In Theaters On November 25th, 2015

In theaters on November 25th, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest It is epic in scope, soul-enriching, and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he's truly made of.
 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Simple Steps For The Perfectly Diced Avocado #Infographic

Avocados are a delicious, nutritious ingredient that add great texture and flavor on salads, nachos, over omelets, and more! The many ways to enjoy diced avocado are endless, but the actual prep of slicing and dicing, can often by quite tricky. How many times have you ended up with avocado everywhere, and usually mashed instead of the desired diced? Or, with bits of avocado peel in your dish? Worry no more, Terra’s Kitchen has you covered with 5 simple steps for the perfectly diced avocado.
 

Custom Fleece Blanket – Just $19.99!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Satisfaction #SRC2015

I am spending my summer traveling with BookSparks in this year’s #SRC2015. Right now, I am traveling with Satisfaction by Andee Reilly. Destination: Road trip from L.A. To OK..

About The Book:
When 22-year-old Ginny Martin discovers her husband has been cheating on her, she strikes back by purchasing tickets to every concert on the Rolling Stones North American tour with their shared credit card, packing up the car, and taking to the road. As she follows the Rolling Stones from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ginny experiences freedom for the first time - and begins to deal with the insecurities and limiting beliefs that have kept her suburban life far too small. Bree Cooper is a nomad, a free-spirited drifter, and a mother who abandoned responsibility - and her young daughter. When Ginny meets Bree at a roadside diner, they impulsively make the decision to throw their lot in together. In each other, they find a friendship that they have both longed for: Bree gives Ginny a chance to have a mother figure who inspires independence and encourages confidence, while Ginny gives Bree a chance to get parenting right on the second try. Together, they find the courage to break free of the past - and to blaze new paths to happiness.

My Thoughts:
This is a book about free spirited women, and those who wish to be like them. It's all a bit fantastical, who wouldn't want to run away from it all sometimes? But is it reality? Can it really happen? It is fun to follow along with these women and see their stories!

About The Author:
Andee Reilly was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and teaches literature and writing at California State University Channel Islands. As a teenager, she fell in love with the Rolling Stones, and their music has long served as an inspiration to her writing. She currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Maui.

Buy this book at Satisfaction on Amazon.
 
 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Blacklight Neon Paint Set

Get noticed and start a dance party with unique art everyone will remember! Intense fluorescent pigment makes colors shine bright under UV light and seem to glow in the dark. Family seized set 6 vivid rainbow colors: Enough body paint for you and your friends. Can be used to design wall d├ęcor like a solar system in a bedroom or create your own giant black light games like Twister. 
Set includes a 200+ stencils design ebook from basic to advanced. Just print and cut out the ones you like and start painting. There are no harsh chemicals and is safe for skin, hair and nails, including body, face and; finger-painting. These paints have not been tested on any unwilling participants - human, animal or otherwise.
Creamy paint goes on smoothly to any surface: paper, wood, plastic, metal, glass etc. Included in set: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue. Does NOT actually glow in the dark. Colors light up under Ultraviolet light.
 
 
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