In Mind-Body, Quality of Life, Relationships, Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 at 12:42 am
Let’s face it, stress is the blight of our generation. Why?
- Are we weaker than our parents and grandparents? After all they managed to live through wars and didn’t seem to be in the state that so many of us are in today. True but perhaps it wasn’t that they were any tougher than us.
- Perhaps it’s modern diets and all the “artificial” and genetically modified ingredients in our food? It might be a contributing factor for some people but eating to the healthiest of regimes is alas unlikely to remove stress from your life.
- Perhaps work is tougher for us today than it was in previous generations? Again there might be a vestige of truth in this in that people tended to work closer to where they lived and organisations were less subject to frequent change, but let’s not forget that our forebears had to deal with considerable work place stress. It’s only a relatively modern phenomenon to have employee rights, fair pay councils and tribunals.
The simple facts are that for many people life was just as tough at work 50 years ago.
Some people are under stress for clearly identifiable reasons; a redundancy, bereavement, or ill health. Here the causes are obvious and to some extent the cures become easier to identify. This doesn’t make the effects any more pleasant only that this type of symptomatic stress has been with humanity forever. The problems are less easily pinpointed and the causes can have as much to do with direction, roles and clarity. Read the rest of this entry »
In Fun Technology, Quality of Life, Travel on August 3, 2011 at 4:18 am
For generations, much of the nation has been forced to use cars, buses or pricey aircraft to travel to nearby cities.
But this year, Washington opened the door to what may be a historic turning point in regional travel. The Department of Transportation awarded $8 billion among 31 states to begin developing America’s first nationwide high-speed intercity passenger rail service, to provide more convenient travel between mega-cities.
But the idea is much bigger than convenience, say supporters, who believe high-speed intercity rail will cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil, reduce climate-changing pollution and fatten wallets by triggering economic development. Soon, Americans might find themselves rocketing along ribbons of rails at 200 mph in sleek, painted passenger cars — never stopping until they arrive at destinations awake and refreshed.
“High-speed rail will also revolutionize the way Americans travel by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, lowering harmful carbon emissions, fostering new economic development and giving travelers more choices when it comes to moving around the country,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo. Read the rest of this entry »
In Culture, Food & Drink, Fun Technology, Quality of Life, Wild Stuff on June 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Need a car…right now? Then you just need to jog over to your corner Smart-Car vending machine, and as fast as you can say “coin-slot”, you can be on the road in your new, very own Smart-Car.
The up-scale vending machine market is exploding with just-in-time products for on-the-go shoppers. You won’t believe what you can get out of a vending machine these days!
Eliminating the inconvenience of register lines and adapting to the needs of the modern shopper, many of these crazy vending machine concepts have taken off as successful franchises.
As much as people might not like to admit their tendencies toward instant gratification—without the salesperson hassle—it can no longer be denied.
Need a pair of sneakers, a spare pair of panties (featuring neon colors no less), live bait for that last-minute fishing trip, or maybe you just need to pick up a few bars of gold bullion to tide you over – look no further.
Practically anything that can be crammed into a machine with a coin-slot, or credit card reader is being offered through these new high-tech machines. Read the rest of this entry »
In Culture, Prosperity, Quality of Life, Travel on June 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Do you have a few extra shekels and want to leisurely travel the world in style? Why not own a piece of your own cruise ship and literally travel The World?
Since its launch in 2002, The World has continuously circumnavigated the globe, spending extensive time in the most exotic and well-traveled ports, allowing her residents to wake up in a new destination every few days. Instead of going on vacation, you live your vacation 365 days a year. Sound expensive? You bet your bippee it is! But for some, it’s the only way to fly…er cruise.
At 644 feet, The World is the largest privately owned yacht on the planet. Each resident owns one or more of the 165 private onboard Residences, and collectively, they own the ship, ensuring their experiences – both onboard and off – are far beyond current luxury travel standards.
Travel itineraries, or The Program as it is referred to by the shipboard residents, is voted on and pre-planned a year in advance. The Program brings onboard experts in from all different fields – diving, wine tasting, world cultures – to prepare residents for each port they visit, and beyond. As time passes, neighbors become travel companions and travel companions become good friends. Read the rest of this entry »
In Mind-Body, Quality of Life, Zowie Fun Facts on May 25, 2011 at 12:05 am
In stressful times, when you think you don’t have the time or money to get away and just relax for a change, that’s when you really need it most. Check out this recent CNN article about giving your hard working brain a break for a change.
(CNN) — Mary Kole loves her job, but she’s been feeling like she’s lost the line between “work” and “not work.”
A literary agent for children’s books in Brooklyn, New York, Kole works from home and checks in with clients electronically around the clock — sometimes writers will even call her in the middle of the night with an idea. Stepping outside isn’t exactly relaxing either. “In New York, it’s just subway, office, people, talking, yelling, honking, all the time,” she said.
Kole finally tore herself away from business calls and conferences to take a vacation, one that didn’t take place in her home office. At the beginning of May, she went to Portland, Oregon, by herself and spent five days holed up in a rented house rereading some of her favorite books, cooking and listening to rain. Read the rest of this entry »
In Funny Stuff, Wild Stuff on April 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm
This sequence of photos shows a camera crew marshalling in an F2 Typhoon Eurofighter for a close-up shot out of the tail of a C130 Hercules cargo plane, at almost 200 mph. It’s clearly a near miss!
We have no idea what prompted such a film making stunt, but we’re thinking it could be a demo video for parking a Eurofighter in a Hercules the hard way, a Red Bull commercial, or just a bunch of guys, soon to be court marshalled, trying to get on YouTube.
In any case, this is an impressive sequence that fortunately neither sucked the two crazy cameramen out through the exhaust intakes of the Typhoon, nor resulted in the Hercules having to make an emergency landing with a Typhoon hanging out of it’s *ss.
In the last photo you can practically count the nose hairs on the fighter pilot. If you live in Europe, it should be comforting to see your Euro-tax dollars at work. But you gotta admit, it’s pretty cool to watch. Read the rest of this entry »
In Financial Markets, Freedom, Life, Prosperity, Quality of Life on March 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm
The world’s richest men, often thought of as the most selfish by those less fortunate, seem to be turning a new leaf. Case in point: Microsoft’s Bill Gates has teamed up with Warren Buffett to ask American billionaires to step up and pledge at least half their fortunes to charity…really? We could sure use some of that cash out of stock and back into the system creating new businesses and jobs too.
While most of the rest of the world has been suffering through the funk of economic recovery, with only meager hope on the horizon, Bill and friends have gotten busy putting their shoulders to the wheel. Starting with persuading his long time friend Warren, who sports little if any record of charitable giving, Gates convinced him to crack open his wallet and start making a difference. Now the two of them are taking it on the road and promoting charity as the new buzzword of the rich.
It seems the winds of change were already beginning to shift. Forbes editor William Baldwin was quoted almost four years ago as saying, the “rivalry in (yacht) size is giving way to rivalry in charitable endeavors.” Read the rest of this entry »
In Culture, Freedom, Life, Quality of Life, Science, Wild Stuff, Zowie Fun Facts on March 29, 2011 at 12:38 am
Hold on to your hats because 2012 will be the year of the flying car!
Article credited to: Autos & Trends: Flying Cars Set To Hit The Market By 2012
Many have a dream of owning a flying car, but it could finally become a reality within the next year.
U.S. company Terrafugia will start manufacturing flying cars called the Transition Roadable Light Sport Aircraft, which can be transformed from a car to a plane in just 30 seconds.
The Transition can fly at 115 mph and reach 65 mph on the road. On the ground, with its wings tucked up and in, it can fill up with petrol at a normal filling station and fits in an average size garage, according to report in the Sunday Express. It is set to go into production this year and is expected to cost between £125,000 and £160,000 excluding the shipping costs. Read the rest of this entry »
In Funny Stuff, Life, Quality of Life, Wild Stuff on March 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Apparently leading a double life, an innocent neighbor by day – cat burglar by night – had been preying on the small community of Beresford Park, a San Mateo California neighborhood, for way too long. It seemed no one was safe.
Residents despaired over nightly thefts of valuables; anything that was essentially portable and not locked up. They suspected it might be the work of an adolescent. They were right. Finally, they caught him on tape making his getaway with his nightly loot clearly visible in a surveillance video. Read the rest of this entry »
In Life, Quality of Life, Zowie Fun Facts on March 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm
Put your hand up if you’ve ever driven your car up to a gas pump only to notice after you’ve parked that your gas cap is on the other side.
My brother, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. See, some cars I’ve driven have the ol’ gas hole on the starboard side and some on port. Due to my unfortunate affliction with “gasholenorememberititis”, I’m always parking the car the wrong way.
Sure, I try desperately to notice a little gas-cap bulge in the side mirror when I pull up, craning my head wildly in both directions, and generally pretty sure I caught quick glimpse of it as I pull in. But then I get out, notice I messed up, pound my fist on the trunk, give a sheepish toothy grin to the attendant, and then have to pull off a quick and awkward seven-point-turn before anyone moves in to steal my spot. Read the rest of this entry »