Top 20 Movies Of All Time

 

Happy Monday! Well it’s back to the usual boring days of school and work after a nice weeks break, another would’ve been great though. So here’s the first blog post of the week. I’ve found 20 of the best films of all time according to IMDB – feel free to vote and add/correct any of the contents!

I’ll be honest, I’m surprised Spongebob Movie isn’t there…

Anyway, speak tomorrow (pancake day!), bye!

Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 714,327
2. 9.2 The Godfather (1972) 534,637
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 336,243
4. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 561,298
5. 8.9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 223,611
6. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 174,462
7. 8.9 Schindler’s List (1993) 374,807
8. 8.8 The Dark Knight (2008) 649,260
9. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 500,802
10. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 300,012
11. 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back(1980) 364,669
12. 8.8 Fight Club (1999) 538,420
13. 8.8 Inception (2010) 501,461
14. 8.8 Seven Samurai (1954) 123,205
15. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001) 522,021
16. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 316,898
17. 8.7 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) 410,756
18. 8.7 City of God (2002) 236,093
19. 8.7 Casablanca (1942) 209,849
20. 8.7 The Matrix (1999) 519,451
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Unsigned Band Saturday

Hey guys, this is a new feature I’m going to introduce every Saturday, I’ll list all submitted bands and some information about them. So, lets go!

Left For Red

Left For Red are a Four Piece Heavy Metal band formed in 2009 with members of Groove Sadistic, ShakeDown and Viable Truth. LFR have a wide range of influences from Pantera, Deftones, Tool, Rush, Alter Bridge and Strapping Young Lad to name a few. LFR’s sound is a mixture of Punk, Metal and Pop which makes you want to dance, sing and beat the crap out of the person next to you.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/leftforreduk

SkyBurnsRed

From the deepest depths of the Swindon music scene surfaces SkyBurnsRed, an electic rock band with a orchestral twist. Although guitar and violin would rarely associate under normal circumstances, the haunting tones of the classical instrument become electrified and entangled in the heavy rock foundations creating the bands striking sound.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/skyburnsred

Crossfire

Formed when three friends had a revelation and realised that they all played instruments, so they made a band. And named themselves after a map in COD4. In all fairness it wasn’t quite that thrown together but you get the general idea. After spending many months practicing and writing songs, Crossfire burst onto the music scene around August/September 2010, building up a local following and attracting the attention of promoters, venues and record label M.A.S Records. With their second studio recording coming soon in mid 2011, and progressively larger gigs under their belt, things are looking up for Crossfire.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CrossfireUK

The Deli’s Mix

Since originally forming in August 2009 (though actually a full band since September 2011) The Deli’s Mix have gone through a number of line-ups with only two original members (Rich Zbaraski and Tom Zbaraski) remaining. In September 2011 The Deli’s Mix, after almost a year and a half of auditioning, finally found their line-up with Andy Cooper and Luke O’Neill joining to make this band. The Deli’s Mix played their first show at the Shed in Leicester as an audition for Glastonbudget (the biggest tribute/new acts festival in Europe) and got through. They recieved amazing feedback and have gained a large Facebook following since September 2011. The band have been noted for their musicianship by many people, and command of the stage. The Deli’s Mix are improving show by show, their next step being the Surface Unsigned festival. A huge international festival for unsigned artists.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thedelismix

Kenneth J Nash

Kenneth J Nash is an English singer songwriter with a growing collection of dark folk stories. Over the last year he has been busy playing both solo sets and with a backing band (The Earls) at various nationwide venues, festivals and radio interviews. Having just released his first limited issue LP ‘in the company of ghosts’ which sold out within a month of its release and with his second LP ‘Kenneth J Nash & the Earls – Under a gypsy moon’ just released (and with a further two waiting to be recorded), he can be best described as prolific and in demand.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/kennethjohnnash

The Vanishing Act 

“Whilst wandering the cold dark streets of Edgeley, in search of inspiration, Daniel “I only use 5 strings” Potts found what would go on to be the greatest musical discovery of all time. With the combined natural literary ability of Matthew “The Great Gatsby is the greatest novel ever” Moran and the bass/afro capabilities of Mark “I eat really loud” Dale. Combining every genre that nobody listens to, The Vanishing Act is not a band, it is a musical experience that promises to cripple the mind of those who can not contemplate a lack of rules.
The Vanishing Act are rather self indulgent…..”

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DeadArchitectureOfficial

Beat Magnets

Hailing from Devon, Slough and Reading, Beat Magnets came together towards the end of November 2011. Rising from the ashes of 3 bands, something truly special happens when these guys play together. With their first gig of 2012 on the horizon; supporting The Wombats, it’s save to say 2012 will be their year!

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/beat.magnets

Making Maisie

We are a funk rock band formed out of Nuneaton. We consist of Bryn Walton, guitarist turned bassist, Joshua Neal Bate, Rugby based funk drummer and Louie Forde, ex-acoustic extraordinaire. We plan to gig, tour and play with music more than play it! Enjoy!

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MakingMaisie

Thats all the bands for this week – I’m sorry it’s not much, they’ll improve over the next few weeks (I hope).

Drummer Vacancy 

Death/Metal Core based in Coventry

Needs to be between 13 and 16 years old.

Needs a kit and to live in the Coventry area.

Email ‘subzeroman@hotmail.co.uk’ to apply.

See you all on Monday.

10 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting

Happy weekend guys! It’s a fairly boring subject tomorrow, but a lot of people are trying to lose weight, so it’s a subject fresh on peoples mind. Need to lose weight, well, I’ve found 10 easy ways that can help!

 

  1. Eat Breakfast Every Day. One habit that’s common to many people who have lost weight and kept it off is eating breakfast every day. “Many people think skipping breakfast is a great way to cut calories, but they usually end up eating more throughout the day, says Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the New Food Pyramids.  “Studies show people who eat breakfast have lower BMIs than breakfast-skippers and perform better, whether at school or in the boardroom.” Try a bowl of whole-grain cereal topped with fruit and low-fat dairy for a quick and nutritious start to your day.
  2. Close the Kitchen at Night. Establish a time when you will stop eating so you won’t give in to the late-night munchies or mindless snacking while watching television. “Have a cup of tea, suck on a piece of hard candy or enjoy a small bowl of light ice cream or frozen yogurt if you want something sweet after dinner, but then brush your teeth so you will be less likely to eat or drink anything else,” suggests Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, WebMD’s “Recipe Doctor” and the author of Comfort Food Makeovers.
  3. Choose Liquid Calories Wisely. Sweetened drinks pile on the calories, but don’t reduce hunger like solid foods do.  Satisfy your thirst with water, sparkling water with citrus, skim or low-fat milk, or small portions of 100% fruit juice. Try a glass of nutritious and low-calorie vegetable juice to hold you over if you get hungry between meals. Be careful of alcohol calories, which add up quickly.  If you tend to drink a glass or two of wine or a cocktail on most days, limiting alcohol to the weekends can be a huge calorie saver.
  4. Eat More Produce.  Eating lots of low-calorie, high-volume fruits and vegetables crowds out other foods that are higher in fat and calories. Move the meat off the center of your plate and pile on the vegetables. Or try starting lunch or dinner with a vegetable salad or bowl of broth-based soup, suggests Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan. The U.S. government’s 2005 Dietary Guidelines suggest that adults get 7-13 cups of produce daily. Ward says that’s not really so difficult: “Stock your kitchen with plenty of fruits and vegetables and at every meal and snack, include a few servings,” she says. “Your diet will be enriched with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, and if you fill up on super-nutritious produce, you won’t be reaching for the cookie jar.”
  5. Go for the Grain.  By substituting whole grains for refined grains like white bread, cakes, cookies, and pretzels, you add much-needed fiber and will fill up faster so you’re more likely to eat a reasonable portion. Choose whole-wheat breads and pastas, brown rice, bran flakes, popcorn, and whole-rye crackers.
  6. Control Your Environments.  Another simple strategy to help cut calories is to control your environment — everything from stocking your kitchen with lots of healthy options to choosing the right restaurants. That means avoiding the temptation by staying away from all-you-can-eat restaurants.  And when it comes to parties, “eat a healthy snack before so you won’t be starving, and be selective when you fill your plate at the buffet,” suggests Ward.  Before going back for more food, wait at least 15 minutes and have a big glass of water.
  7. Trim Portions. If you did nothing else but reduce your portions by 10%-20%, you would lose weight. Most of the portions served both in restaurants and at home are bigger than you need.  Pull out the measuring cups to get a handle on your usual portion sizes, and work on paring them down.  Get instant portion control by using small bowls, plates, and cups, says Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating. You won’t feel deprived because the food will look plentiful on dainty dishware.
  8. Add More Steps. Get yourself a pedometer and gradually add more steps until you reach 10,000 per day. Throughout the day, do whatever you can to be more active — pace while you talk on the phone, take the dog out for an extra walk, and march in place during television commercials.  Having a pedometer serves as a constant motivator and reminder.
  9. Have Protein at Every Meal and Snack.  Adding a source of lean or low-fat protein to each meal and snack will help keep you feeling full longer so you’re less likely to overeat. Try low-fat yogurt, small portion of nuts, peanut butter, eggs, beans, or lean meats. Experts also recommend eating small, frequent meals and snacks (every 3-4 hours), to keep your blood sugar levels steady and to avoid overindulging.
  10. Switch to Lighter Alternatives. Whenever you can, use the low-fat versions of salad dressings, mayonnaise, dairy products, and other products.  “You can trim calories effortlessly if you use low-fat and lighter products, and if the product is mixed in with other ingredients, no one will ever notice,” says Magee. More smart substitutions: Use salsa or hummus as a dip; spread sandwiches with mustard instead of mayo; eat plain roasted sweet potatoes instead of loaded white potatoes; use skim milk instead of cream in your coffee; hold the cheese on sandwiches; and use a little vinaigrette on your salad instead of piling on the creamy dressing.

This isn’t an official guide and shouldn’t be used as a weight loss plan on its own.

Source – WebMD

10 Bizzare Ways To Die

Right, I thought I’d make todays blog post abit entertaining, just because it’s Friday. So, I’ve found a list of 10 weird ways to die – these were actual deaths, so while laughing, be respectful! Lets start counting down…

10. Death by Storm Drain

This bizarre and sad death is a good example of tragic bad luck. In 2008, a Canadian man died after attempting to retrieve his stolen wallet from a storm sewer drain. The wallet and some other personal items were stolen after the 57-year-old man left them at a gas station. He called police before finding the wallet in a nearby sewer drain. He tried unsuccessfully to reach it once before the police arrived and cautioned him not to try again. But the man came back later, removed the grate and gave it another shot. When an officer investigating the crime noticed the man’s truck had returned, he went to check out the drain and found the man wedged headfirst several feet below the street. The victim was still alive at this point and remained so as firefighters used a tow truck to pull him from the drain. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

9. Death by Deodorant

In 1998, a 16-year-old boy in England passed away from a heart attack after being exposed to too many deodorant fumes. At the time of his death, the BBC claimed that more than 130 people had died after purposely inhaling aerosol deodorant products since 1971, but the boy’s death was the only accidental case on record

. It seems that he was obsessed with personal hygiene and smelling fresh, so he’d spray his entire body with deodorant at least two times per day. It got so bad at times that the family of the boy could taste the fumes downstairs. In spite of this, they never thought he was in any danger. An autopsy revealed that he had 10 times the lethal amount of butane and propane in his bloodstream. It turns out that the boy used the deodorant in a relatively confined space even though warning labels recommend using it in a well-ventilated area.

It should be noted that in studies performed by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association and the toxicology unit at St. George’s Hospital in London, researchers were not able to reproduce conditions that could lead to harmful or fatal effects from excessive spraying of aerosol products in a confined space.

8. Death by Beard

As of November 2008, a Canadian school teacher named Sarwan Singh holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest beard of any man alive. It hangs an astonishing seven feet, seven-and-three-quarter inches (2.36 meters) from his chin

. But the all-time record for a beard goes to a Norwegian man who grew his beard out to a length of 17.5 feet (5.3 meters)

. His name was Hans Langseth and he died in 1927. At one point his beard was even on display in the Smithsonian Institute.

Neither one of these men have had much trouble with their beards. The same can’t be said for an Austrian man from the mid-1500s. Hans Steininger’s beard was a mere 4.5 feet (1.4 meters) long, but that was enough to lead to his untimely death

. Hans would keep his beard rolled up in a leather pouch, but failed to do so one day in 1567. A fire broke out in his town that day and he reportedly tripped on his beard while trying to evacuate. There are conflicting reports as to whether Steininger broke his neck or perished in the fire, but either way it was a very bizarre way to go.

7. Death by Hungry Sheep

Sheep are pretty docile creatures. If you visit a sheep farm, you’ll likely find the wooly creatures just milling about and munching on some grass. Sadly, in 1999, a woman in England found out that sheep can have an aggressive side as well if they’re hungry enough. Betty Stobbs was a farmer’s wife and 67 years old at the time of her tragic encounter. She was taking a nice dinner of hay to the family’s flock of sheep using a four wheeled all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with a small trailer attached. The sheep were in a field overlooking a quarry. When Stobbs arrived with dinner, the hungry herd charged her and jumped onto the ATV, knocking her off and into the quarry. The sad irony of this tragedy is that she didn’t die from the fall itself. She may have even lived through the tumble, but the ATV was knocked off as well and crushed her.

6. Death by Bra

This one wasn’t exactly caused by a bra, but the woman’s undergarment certainly didn’t help the situation for two ladies in London, England, in 1999. These two friends were walking through Hyde Park one day when a bad thunderstorm came through. The pair was believed to have been seeking shelter under a large tree when a massive bolt of lightning struck them both. Apparently the metal wiring in the women’s bras acted as conductors, although the coroner believed that they would have died even if they hadn’t been wearing the underwire brassieres. Sadly, the women were both killed instantly and their bodies stayed there for 15 hours before anyone approached them. The official cause of death, as listed by coroner Dr. Paul Knapman, was “misadventure.”

5. Death by Video Game

A representative of the market research firm The NPD Group made a startling announcement at the video gaming industry’s 2009 DICE Summit in Las Vegas. Gaming industry insiders knew that their product was undergoing some serious growth, but the revelation that 6 million new potential customers began playing video games in 2008 came as a welcome surprise. The conference also revealed that online gaming, when gamers play against each other via theInternet, rose two percent in 2008

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All this activity on the gaming front has led to concerns overvideo game addiction. These concerns were validated in 2005 when a young man from South Korea passed away after a long stint playing the online version of the game Starcraft. The game is popular in South Korea, and popular gamers are revered. The 28-year-old man in this tragic case had been playing the game for nearly 50 hours straight at an Internet café in Taegu, taking only short breaks to nap and use the restroom. He was rushed to a hospital after collapsing, but died shortly thereafter. Police believed that the cause of death was cardiac arrest brought on by severe exhaustion.

4. Death by Molasses

This wasn’t one death, but 21 deaths — all from the same bizarre cause. On a warm day in January 1919 in Boston, a large tank containing about 2.5 million gallons of molasses exploded in a neighborhood in the city’s North End. The tank was 50 feet high (15.2 meters), had a diameter of 90 feet (27.4 meters) and was situated on the waterfront in an area populated at the time largely by Italian immigrants. Nobody is sure what caused the massive explosion that sent shrapnel flying as far as 200 feet (61 meters)

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Some of the deaths are attributed to the force of the blast itself, and it’s impossible to say now exactly how many perished in the aftermath. But we do know that the explosion caused a wall of molasses that was reportedly 25 feet (7.6 meters) high to flow into the neighborhood at an estimated 35 miles per hour (56.3 kph)

. The sticky wave knocked people over and sucked them in, causing them to drown in the thick, brown liquid.

It took months to clean the mess up and more than 100 lawsuits were settled for almost $1 million six years after the accident occurred

. That’s more than $12 million in 2009. Residents of the unlucky neighborhood claim they can still smell the molasses on hot summer days.

3. Death by Hollywood Sign

Hollywood has left more than a few dreams of fame and fortune shattered over the years. The most famous of these sad stories is probably that of Peg Entwistle, a young actress from Wales. Enwistle had some success on the stage, even winning roles on Broadway in New York City, but like so many others, she was drawn to the bright lights of Hollywood in central Los Angeles.

Once in California, she found a small measure of success when she played a part in the film “Thirteen Women,” but the fame she desired still eluded her. Test screenings of the film went poorly, and much of her work was edited out of the final product. On Sept. 16, 1932, she climbed up to the famous Hollywood sign for her final act. At the time, the sign still read “Hollywoodland” and was merely an advertisement for a new housing development. Entwistle left her belongings, including a suicide note, at the base of the sign and then climbed up and leapt from the top of the letter “H.”

Her body lay there for two days before it was spotted and later identified by her uncle, who lived in the hills near the sign. Her suicide note simply said, “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.” In an ironic twist, a letter arrived for Entwistle the day following her death offering her a part in a movie about a woman on the verge on suicide.

2. Death by Junk Pile

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but it can get out of hand if you become a packrat. Most people have a little bit of this tendency in them, but not to the extent that it would kill you. Sadly, the same can’t be said about New York City’s Collyer Brothers.

Langley and Homer Collyer moved to the New York neighborhood of Harlem in 1909 when they were in their twenties. Sons of an upper class family, the brothers became increasingly hermitic over the years and began to hoard items. How much stuff did they accumulate? It’s estimated that there were 180 tons (163 metric tons) of “junk” in the apartment in the end

. Busted chandeliers, broken baby carriages, smashed pianos, cracked clocks and molding furniture was stacked in every corner of their home. Homer went blind in the 1930s and was bedridden because of rheumatism by 1940. His younger brother cared for his every need and even saved hundreds of thousands of newspapers in hopes that Homer would regain his sight.

Oddly, the home was also booby-trapped in places to prevent intruders. This would turn out to be Langley’s undoing when he tripped on one of the traps and was buried beneath an avalanche of junk. Unable to help, Homer could only slowly starve to death as his brother lay dead under the pile of refuse. Police reportedly searched Manhattan for weeks before realizing that Langley was buried in his own home.

1. Death by Unexplained Phenomenon

What exactly happened to cause the deaths of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains of Russia on Feb. 2, 1959, remains one of the country’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. On Jan. 28, 10 students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute set off for some winter hiking. One member fell ill and was left behind to recuperate in a mountain settlement.

The other nine never made it out of the woods, and what investigators found was both frightening and confusing. Their abandoned tent was found ripped open from the inside, half buried in snow, with the shoes and belongings of the students still inside. The first two bodies were found at the edge of the forest, barefoot and dressed in their underwear. The next three bodies were found nearby in similar condition. Two months later, the last of the bodies were found buried in the snow about 250 feet (75 meters) from the first victims

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These four students had massive internal injuries, broken ribs and crushed skulls. One of them was missing her tongue. One thing that perplexed investigators was the fact that there was no sign of struggle and no external wounds. The final four victims were wearing some of the clothes of the others that were found to have high levels of radiation.

Theories have abounded over the years — avalanche, alien interaction and military testing to name a few. Case records were sealed until 1990, when it was learned that bright orange spheres had been spotted in the sky that night by other hikers. This and the radiation on the clothes lead most people to believe that were some secret military shenanigans going on — although the Russian government has never owned up to anything.

Well, this was extremely entertaining, but I suppose – RIP to all those killed in these, well, erm, ‘weird’ events.

Have a great weekend guys, speak tomorrow!

10 Ways To Make Money Online

Well, the economy has been pants over the past 24 months – so I’ve got a list of 10 ways that you can earn money on the internet, from home!

1. Offer your professional expertise in an online marketplace.These days, you can do more than just sell your old books via Amazon and your old Coach handbags via eBay—now you can sell your professional capabilities in a marketplace. No longer are you limited to looking for a permanent or contract job on Web 1.0 style job sites like Monster orCareerBuilder. The new breed of freelancing and project-oriented sites let companies needing help describe their projects. Then freelancers and small businesses offer bids or ideas or proposals from which those buyers can choose.

Elance covers everything from programming and writing to consulting and design, whileRentACoder focuses on software, natch. If you’re a graphic designer, check out options like Design Outpost or LogoWorks–you don’t have to find the customers, they’ll come to you. Wannabe industry analysts might sign up for TechDirt’s Insight Community, a marketplace for ideas about technology marketing.

2. Sell photos on stock photography sites. If people regularly oooo and aaaaah over your Flickr pics, maybe you’re destined for photographic greatness or maybe just for a few extra dollars. It’s easier than ever to get your photos out in front of the public, which of course means a tremendous amount of competition, but also means it might be an convenient way for you to build up a secondary income stream. Where can you upload and market your photos? Try Fotolia, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, and Big Stock Photo.

3. Blog for pay. Despite the explosion of blogs, it’s hard to find good writers who can turn around a solidly-written post on an interesting topic quickly. GigaOM is always looking for bloggers with great content ideas and solid writing skills. How do you get noticed? Comment and link to blogging network sites. Write blog posts that are polished and not overly personal (although showing some personality is a plus).

4. Or start your own blog network. If you like the business side of things–selling advertising, hiring and managing employees, attracting investors–and have the stomach to go up against the likes of Weblogs, Inc., GigaOmniMedia, b5media, maybe you should make an entire business out of blogs. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll get a lot of time to write yourself though.

5. Provide service and support for open source software. Just because the software is free doesn’t mean you can’t make money on it–just ask Red Hat, a well-known distributor of Linux that sports a market cap of more than four billion dollars. As a solo web worker, you might not want to jump in and compete with big companies offering Linux support, but how about offering support for web content management systems likeWordPress or Drupal? After getting comfortable with your own installation, you can pretty easily jump into helping other people set them up and configure them.

6. Online life coaching. Who has time to go meet a personal coach at an office? And don’t the new generation of web workers need to be met by their coaches in the same way that they work: via email, IM, and VoIP? You could, of course, go through some life coaching certification program, but on the web, reputation is more important than credentials. I bet Tony Robbins isn’t certified as a life coach–and no one can argue with his success. For an example of someone building up their profile and business online as a coach, check out Pamela Slim of Ganas Consulting and the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog.

7. Virtually assist other web workers. Freelancers and small businesses desperately need help running their businesses, but they’re not about to hire a secretary to come sit in the family room and answer phone calls. As a virtual assistant, you might do anything from making travel reservations to handling expense reimbursements to paying bills to arranging for a dog sitter. And you do it all from your own home office, interacting with your clients online and by phone. You can make $20 and up an hour doing this sort of work, depending on your expertise.

8. Build services atop Amazon Web Services. Elastic computing on AWS is so cool… and so incredibly primitive right now. Did you know that you can’t even count on your virtual hard drive on EC2 to store your data permanently? That’s why people are making money right now by offering services on top of AWS. Make it easier for people to use Amazon’s scalability web infrastructure like Enomaly has with elasticlive, a scalable web hosting platform built on AWS.

9. Write reviews for pay or perks. If you blog for any length of time on a particular topic–parenting, mobile phones, or PCs, for example–you will likely be approached to do book or product reviews. You can get free stuff this way, but are you selling your soul? Is there any such thing as a free laptop? These are decisions you’ll have to make for yourself, because no one agrees upon what ethical rules apply to bloggers. Even less do people agree on services like PayPerPost that pay you to write reviews on your blog. Check out disclosure rules closely and see whether such a gig would meet your own personal standards or not.

10. Become a virtual gold farmer. A half million Chinese now earn income byacquiring and selling World of Warcraft gold to gamers in other countries. If you’re not a young person living in China, this probably isn’t a viable option for you. But what’s intriguing about it is the opportunity to make real money working in a virtual economy. People are making real-world money in Second Life too.

 

Source – Gigaom

5 Nifty Websites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Admit it – don’t you get bored just clicking the ‘Home’ button on Facebook every 20 seconds, I do! So I went and found 5 websites that are really quite useful, but not very popular. Take a look.

1. http://youconvertit.com

Allows you to convert files to a different format, great for solving them annoying errors you get when trying to open a file.

 

2. http://supercook.com

Recipe search engine, you just put your ingredients in and it will show you what you can make!

 

3. http://alternativeto.net

Haven’t got the money to buy all this professional software that’s avalible in our modern world? Easy, type in what software you want to replace, and it’ll come up with a cheaper or even free alternative.

 

4. http://joobili.com

Put your travel dates into a calender, and it’ll display the worlds events that are going on at those times. You could have a fantastic holiday!

 

5. http://animoto.com

Create your very own movie-like trailer using your own photos and videos, then add some music from the huge library and it’ll do the rest. Boom, you have your very own trailer of photos and videos.

 

My personal favourite is SuperCook(2), mainly because I like cooking things I’ve never even heard of!

 

Speak tomorrow!

 

 

Source: The Gadget Show UK

 

 

Why It’s Good To Be Single – Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines day! The most unhappiest day of the year for single adults and teenagers everywhere, well, maybe not? I’ve put a list of 10 reasons why it’s good to be single, so, have fun!

1. Independence – Things are on your time, at your will and the way you like them. You are in
control of your destiny, you call the shots and can say yes or no as you see fit.
2. Accountability – Running late at the bar with your friends? Indulge a little too much on the credit
card this month? Don’t worry about it! There’s no one to report to but yourself!
3. Meeting New People – Variety is the spice of life and when you’re single, you have the
opportunity to meet tons of different people from all walks of life. Whether it’s for dating or
friendship, you can meet new people without worrying if your mate will like them, too. And you
never know – those new people can introduce you to more new people who may have a great
opportunity for you that will change your life!
4. Spontaneity – Fly to Paris. Go to dinner with friends after work. Drive to the beach and don’t
come home for 3 days. When you are solo, you can do crazy things at the drop of a hat with no
consequences!
5. Friends – You have all the time in the world to see your friends now. They can be your support
system, your emotional center and your fun factory. In fact, good friends can give you almost
everything you might get from a significant other, so you won’t feel as if you are missing out on
anything!
6. Self-Care – Take that class you always wanted to. Give yourself a facial. Watch a foreign film
you love, rather than the hockey game a mate might want. Get to the gym…everyday! Taking
care of yourself will make you love yourself, and loving yourself is the best way to learn to love
others.
7. Blossom – Go back to school or volunteer for a new project at work. Stretch yourself mentally,
physically and spiritually. If you’re shy, go out dancing with friends and walk up to a member of
the opposite sex and start up a conversation. Let yourself become the person you can be and
have always wanted to be!
8. Travel – Take advantage of “me” time, as well as great Internet fares, and do a little traveling –
especially in the summer months. Whether it’s for a weekend, a month or just a day, get in a car,
jump on a train or fly to a destination other than where you are now. It will revive your soul and
you never know who you might meet along the way!
9. Quorum is 1 – Decision-making is easier when it’s just you. Want to do something? Just do it.
There is no one to ask permission, and there are no schedules to coordinate!
10. Opportunity – Job transfer? Special invitation? Accept it and make the most of a great
opportunity. With no romantic ties, taking advantage of things that come your way is much easier
– and can be so rewarding.

I do apologise if some of the words are too hard for some people to read, I understand that literacy grades are shockingly low in the UK at the moment, no joke – http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Literacy/stats.asp

See you tomorrow!