JUNE 2016

A Game That Is Both Entertaining As Well As Educating

by: Kevin J Smith (reading – 2.5. - 8.5.)

People throughout the times have indulged in various sports that have entertained them and kept them physically stronger and mentally alert. But seldom has a sport been followed with such passion as the sport of paintballing. The reason behind this sport's tremendous popularity is the extra element of learning that it inculcates in its followers as well as players. It doesn't matter whether you are a professional or a beginner.

It is also immaterial whether you are a male or a female, a child or an adult. Once you have played this sport you will get hooked onto it like nothing else before. This sport will capture your imagination like no other sport has in the recent times.

The game of paintball has many variations which are all very interesting. Some forms of this sport that are very common are capture the flag, king of the hill, team death match, and hunt the ham. In almost all of its variations there are two teams that try to outplay each other by hitting the opposing team's members with pellets. The rules and regulations of all the variations are made by keeping in mind the safety of the players.

The paintball game can be played in commercial locations as well as private locations. The major differences between the two being that in the commercial locations the rules are well monitored and the safety of the players is of high standards. This sport is one of the safest sports in the contemporary times. The speed of the pellets is monitored using a chronograph. The velocity has to be maintained at a certain level that is considered safe for the players.

The paint ball gear that is required varies depending upon the style of the sport as well as the level of skill of the player. Some equipment that is mandatory is the paintballs, masks, as well as complete paint ball marker.

So just visit your nearest paintballing venue and indulge in this new and exciting sport.

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3 Safety Tips for the Beginner Snorkeler

by: Aleshia Kramer (reading – 9.5. - 15.5.)

Snorkeling can be an exciting new adventure. Learning to breathe for the first time under water is a weird, but exhilarating feeling, floating weightlessly as animals larger than you swim underneath and seeing all the colorful plant life that is living below the surface of the water is something that dreams are made of. It is easy to get distracted and forget about safety precautions but remembering these three details could really be the difference between a horrible experience and an adventure of a lifetime.

First, be aware of the elements. Check the weather before you go out just in case something new has begun brewing. This is very important especially if you are planning on going quite a distance off shore. The weather can change quickly so be prepared if it does. Know the currents. If the waves look rough and the water isn't clear then don't go in. Ask locals if they know of spots that are better than others, look for flags and signs that direct you to areas that are considered safe for swimming and snorkeling. Look for lifeguards on duty or go out with reputable snorkeling companies who will put your safety first.

Second, select a location worth seeing! If you don't do your research and just grab your snorkel gear and go you might just see sand, for miles leaving you wondering what the hype is all about. Be sure to select a location full of life making it a jaw dropping experience, but don't lose your snorkel. A coral reef will offer you a plethora of colors and countless fish, manta rays, turtles, moray and other exotic creatures depending on the location. Now that is the kind of sightseeing to write home about. You don't have to go to a reef to find interesting underwater adventures though. Some other ideas are shipwrecks that have great stories, locations where your favorite marine animals swim and beaches that have a trademark like shark teeth hiding throughout the sand.

Last, be good to yourself and the ecosystem. You need to make sure you are well hydrated and are wearing proper sunscreen. Some sunscreens are harmful to the marine ecosystem, especially the coral reef, so be sure to use eco/marine safe or biodegradable sunscreen which is now becoming a requirement for some countries like Mexico. Make sure your equipment fits good and isn't bothersome while you are trying to enjoy your adventure. Be sure not to touch the animals, as safety for them and you, and remember not to stand on the coral reef as it is living too. Unfortunately, much of the reef has been dying due to people not knowing or caring enough to change their actions.

Have an amazing snorkeling trip!

If you would like to learn more about snorkeling go to DivingandSnorkeling.com where you can find helpful articles covering great locations, how to fit snorkel gear and more.

There is also a new snorkeling mask on the market that you might want to check out for less worries because it has a larger window for viewing and it's the only mask that allows you to breathe through your nose. Also, men with mustaches don't have to shave to wear this mask.

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The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

by: Vipin Labroo (reading – 16.5. - 22.5.)

Nothing is going to change the way we live our lives more than the Internet of things, artificial intelligence and robotics. While these technologies will make life a lot easier and businesses more efficient and profitable there is a huge flip side as well. This has to do with employment prospects and if some prominent scientists are to be believed artificially intelligent machines might one day turn on their creators and destroy all humanity.

The Internet of things is expected to connect people, data, processes and devices on a gargantuan scale by the end of the decade - a whopping 50 billion connections. Before one starts worrying about the prospects of humanity being at risk from a take-over by machines, one needs to figure out how the opportunities presented by the Internet of things are put to optimal use, which in itself will require some doing.

The biggest existential threat to us will not be from sci-fi movie like scenarios where artificially intelligent machines and robots will rebel against humans, but by the security vulnerability that this mass scale convergence could give rise to. A less than perfectly designed system could for example impact upon the whole network and lead to disastrous consequences on an unprecedented scale.

Considering that real artificial intelligence is presently at an infantile stage, it is rather silly to be tilting at wind mills when we worry about the danger it poses to humans. Let us learn to fully reap the benefits that the Internet of things, some rudimentary artificial intelligence and smartly evolving robotic technologies bring to us. When the time comes we will ourselves find the solution to any potential threat in the future. We always have. The industrial revolution, when it came in the eighteenth century, evoked similar dread and trepidation, but things worked out more or less fine at the end of it. There were really serious social and economic consequences of that revolution which had to be overcome before things settled down.

In the meantime we need to prepare our youngsters to handle these emerging technologies as this will help them find employment in the times ahead. There will of course be job losses for some on account of the increase in all round automation, but there will be other opportunities aplenty for those who anticipate and prepare for the paradigm shift in the way businesses and organisation will conduct their affairs in the times ahead. We are entering very interesting times indeed.

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The Origins of Mickey Mouse

by: Peter David Wendt (reading – 23.5. - 29.5.)

Mickey's Precursor: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

If it weren't for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse would never have been created.

In 1927, Walt Disney was a 26 year old animator with the bankruptcy of his business, Kansas City-based Laugh-O-Gram Studio, just recently behind him. Disney had decided to reinvent himself in a new place, and he'd chosen the fledgling film capital of Hollywood, California to be that place.

Disney soon struck a deal with an animated film distributor called Margaret Winkler for a series of cartoons roughly based on "Alice in Wonderland." When Winkler married later that year, she turned her business over to her husband Charles Mintz who requisitioned a new series of cartoons from Disney based on anthropomorphic animal. Disney and Mintz sold the rights to this cartoon character to Universal Studios before it was even created. Disney and his animator decided to make the new character a rabbit. Universal Studios picked the name "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit."

Oswald represented an entirely new direction in cartoon characters. In addition to gag lines that ran as subtitles underneath the action, Oswald was funny because his body could compress and expand. Oswald could turn any prop at hand into a tool that would help get him out of his wacky jams. Oswald, in short, was a kind of visual vaudeville comedy routine.

Oswald turned out to be extremely popular in the 27 black and white shorts he starred in, and Walt Disney attempted to use that popularity to negotiate more money from Universal. This was the height of the Depression however, and Universal, through their spokesperson Charles Minz, tried to get Disney instead to accept a 20 percent pay cut.

Disney was insulted. He decided to walk away from the Oswald character and to create another one in its place with the same humorous characteristics.

The Birth of Mickey Mouse

While working at the Laugh-O-Gram Studio, Walt Disney had adopted a mouse as a pet. He decided to base his new cartoon creation on that mouse. The new animated mouse looked a great deal like Oswald at first only with shorter ears and some extra padding around the middle. Walt Disney loaned the mouse his voice, and, say some, his personality. When the mouse first debuted, it was called Mortimer, but Mrs. Disney hated that name. Eventually, the mouse came to be called Mickey, and so a star was born.

In 1928, Mickey Mouse starred in "Steamboat Willie," the first animated feature to use a synchronized soundtrack and sound effects. The cartoon was a smash hit and made Mickey famous. By 1930, Disney had started marketing a line of Mickey Mouse-themed merchandise and launched a fan club for kids called the Mickey Mouse Club.

Pre-1935, Mickey Mouse did not look much like the lovable rodent we all know today. That year, an animator named Fred Moore introduced the pear-shaped body, button nose and white gloves that have become Mickey's trademarks. Throughout the 1930s and the 1940s, Mickey Mouse was the Disney Studios' cash cow. In 1940, he was featured in "Fantasia" in what is probably his best known role, as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, set to the symphonic poem of the same name by Paul Dukas.

In 1946, Walt Disney stopped voicing the character. In the 1950s, the Disney Studio began focusing on feature films like "Bambi" and "Snow White," and Mickey Mouse drifted into the background. The plucky rodent, however, will always be associated with the Disney name.

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Peter Wendt is a writer and researcher from the great state of Texas. He has always been a fan of Walt Disney, and likes to also follow the work of this motion graphics studio.

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DIY Salad Dressings

by: Melissa T Barnes (reading – 30.5. - 5.6.)

Have you ever prepared a beautiful salad with all the fixin's (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, boiled egg, cilantro, green onions, kale, cabbage, etc.), you know, one of those salads that take about a half hour to fully prepare, only to realize that you only have enough dressing to cover one bite of your awesome salad? Well, NEVER FEAR, I am here to tell you that you can make your own salad dressing that will have you enjoying your DELICIOUS salad in less than 5 minutes. Sceptical? Well, don't be, I'm Not Joking!

You can find the complete list of ten DIY salad dressings all over the Internet that are sure to knock your socks off and wow your guests! Whether you enjoy Ranch, Italian, Poppy Seed, Asian ... there is at least one dressing you will love (Guaranteed!).

Most of the dressings have only four or five ingredients, and I'm not talking about ingredients you have to go out of your way to buy ... I'm talking about normal, everyday ingredients in your fridge or in your pantry / kitchen cabinet. It's about time that we stop paying $3+ dollars on salad dressing, when we can make it ourselves for a quarter of the price.

So, in this article I am going to cover the recipe for the top two dressings to start off with and then, if you're interested in learning more, you can. The recipe calls for enough ingredients to make one serving, so keep that in mind when you are making it. You will want to ensure you make enough for everyone! Let's go ahead and get started:

Poppy Seed Dressing:

1 - You will want to start off with 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar

2 - Next add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

3 - Then mix in 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

4 - Lastly add in 1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds, a pinch of garlic powder (and if you like a bit of spice, add a pinch of chopped jalapenos)

... OR ... You could try:

Caesar Dressing:

1 - Start off with 2 teaspoons of BALSAMIC vinegar

2 - Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

3 - Add 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese

4 - A dash of Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice

5 - Lastly, shake on a pinch of garlic powder and some salt and pepper

THAT'S IT! You're done. I told you it would be quick and easy (and painless). Now drizzle over salad and ENJOY!

For more yummy recipes you can check out my blog. It has lots more healthy (and easy) recipes to try. The DIY Salad Dressings on my site are definitely delicious!

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