Coal – What’s it Worth?

Every year people die in the most dangerous job in the world.  Coal mining is considering one of, if not the most dangerous.  Even in the “Western” world, with our “Modern” mining techniques, it’s still quite a dangerous job.  So, why are we still mining for coal?

One of the obvious reasons is Coal is cheap compared to other resources such as gas and oil.  The other reason is that many power plants that we have run off Coal and it’s a necessity pretty much to have power.  If you didn’t have power, you’d have no iPad 2, no iPhone 4S, no Computers, no Internet, etc.  Many of these things we use on a Daily basis.

Maybe it’s time that we started looking for other methods of producing power such as: wind, solar, water, there are other options, we just need to be more creative and make them not so expensive.  That’s another reason why we haven’t moved on to other power sources, the cost.  Below are a couple of images related to the Coal mining.  Click on them to see more.  Both take you to the same article.

Making Great Tea

Often times when people make tea, they tend to make it the wrong way.  Ever notice how some people’s tea is just strong and others are kind of so so?  There are things you want to watch out for when making tea.

– Never ever boil your Tea.  Tea is not meant to be cooked, it’s meant to be Steeped or Brewed.  You’ll want the temperature of your water to be just before the Boiling put.  For me, this is often the number 4 on my stove nob.  Turn it on high, then turn it down once the bubbles start to appear in the bottom of the pot.

– Don’t cook your Tea too long.  A lot of people cook their Tea way too long.  This causes bitterness in the Tea and makes it unbearably strong.  We don’t want this.  We want a full flavored Tea and not have the bitterness.  Set your timer on the stove and turn over the tea bags half way through the cooking time.  I recommend 6-8 minutes.  For a full flavored Tea that’s not overpowering, go for the 6 minute mark.  If you like your Tea a little stronger, go for the 8 minute mark.

– Never add sugar to Cold Tea.  It just doesn’t work.  Maybe a little, but Sugar best dissolves when the water is still warm.  Therefor, you’ll want to add the Sugar to your Tea when the water is still hot.  Right after you take the Tea bags out and turn off the stove.  This ensures that the Sugar gets mixed into the Tea and you get the most out of your sugar.

I like to use 1 Family size Lipton Black Tea bag to make a Gallon and the Tea turns out just fine with this Method.  I also add 1cup of sugar to my Tea, often times, this is plenty for most people.  You can adjust the sugar according to how much Tea you’re making, 1qt, 1/2 gallon, etc.

Keep to these simple tips and you’ll be making great Tea every single time.

Optional: (Lemon or Lime)

Enjoy the “19 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea” article from Southern Living by clicking on the image below.

Sweet Tea

Machines vs Calisthenics?

When it comes to fitness and health, can machines teach you to do this?  Many people hit the gym on a daily basis, but what good is muscle that you can’t use?  Much of the muscle that is trained on Machines in the gym, is unusable.  It’s not feasible.  Tell me something.  In a fight, who do you think would win?  A bodybuilder?  Or someone who uses Body Weight only?  Check out the video below and then decide.

Some Mistakes of Vegans and Vegetarians

One might actually think that it’s easy to just get out there and change your lifestyle, but it’s not.  It can actually be quite hard for some people.

If you want to diet, exercise, and lose weight, there are some things you need to avoid as pointed out in the video below.

Those things are as follows:

Eating too much Fat.
Eating too much Sugar & Stimulants.
Not fixing enough of your own meals.
Not getting enough exercise.
Not being in a community.

For some, working out alone, might be alright.  For many, it’s the exact opposite.  Try to either create your own community, or join an existing one.  That will boost your confidence and willingness to get out there.

 

Stupid Things People Do #2

Gamestop, notorious for selling the latest games and consoles, even used games and consoles.  Star Wars: The Old Republic, currently on Prerelease status.

My cousin went down to Gamestop to Preorder Star Wars: The Old Republic, the very first MMORPG put out by Bioware.  How ever, there was a slight problem.  When my cousin Preordered his game, he didn’t get a Preorder code.

When you look on The Old Republic’s website, you’ll find out that they’re supposed to give you either a Preorder Card with the code on it, or print it on the Receipt.  After they run out of Preorder codes, they’re not supposed to sell any more copies.  It’s a limited Preorder release.

The problem?  Gamestop sold a Preorder copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic to my cousin without giving him a Preorder Code.  He thought it was printed on the receipt.  Come to find out, they were out of them.  So, they sold a Preorder that they weren’t supposed to sell.

On top of that, Gamestop apparently has taken those Game Cards and given out the Preorder codes to their friends and family who didn’t even Preorder the game.  Which is a bad, bad, bad business practice.  Those codes are for people who Preorder only.  That’s the whole reason they go in their in the first place.

This whole incident with my Cousin, is the exact reason why I will not ever shop at Gamestop again.  So, it’s not my Cousin who was stupid, I think Gamestop is really, really stupid.  The sad part is, they know this is going on and they’re not really doing anything about it.

Are you going to spend your money at Gamestop, knowing that they could potentially be committing Fraud?  That’s exactly what this is.  Fraud.  They’re giving away things that they have no right to give away.  That’s theft from those who really want to buy the game.  Not an isolated case either.

I say shop at Best Buy.

Stupid Things People Do #1

Apparently a Seattle couple lived in a $1.2 million dollar home and collected federal aid from the Government.  Scam?  That’s what the government said.

The Wife apparently made false claims stating that she made less than $5,000 per year and lived with two children.  On top of that, she put the Husband as the Landlord.  Now, they didn’t have the same last names, so it took a while for them to be caught.

In the meantime, they’ve flown to Moscow, Paris, and Numerous other places over the period of 8 years.  What can we learn from this?  How about that no matter how you plan out your crime, you’re probably going to get caught.  Sooner or later, it’ll catch up to you.

Now, what’s really stupid about this?  They’re actually going to have to pay it back as well as thousands of dollars in fines.  So, it’s actually costing them money in the long run.

Just goes to show you that no matter how Rich or Wealthy you are, that Stupidity strikes everywhere.

Why We Make Mistakes?

Many people often make mistakes.  Yet, sometimes we don’t know why.  I recently had to make a change in my Biggest Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight post.  It was a simple mistake too that anyone can make.

Down at the bottom, when I started talking about “they’re tampering with our health,” I had out instead of our.  Simple mistake right?

What about when we make mistakes that are big mistakes, the ones that make us feel a little down?

Today, I finished my workout routine.  Well, the Cardiovascular part of it anyway.  I found out that I actually had an error in my last calculation on Calories burned.  Yesterday, I had thought that I burned about  363 calories, when it was no where near.

Here’s the formula that I used to calculate those Calories.  men: calories = [(0.6309 x heart rate) + (0.2017 x age) — (0.09036 x weight) — 55.0969] x time / 4.184.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/221560-the-calories-burned-from-elliptical-training/#ixzz1eBKV2ykn
Gotten from Livestrong.com

 See the part where it says — 55.0969]?  Yeah, I missed that completely in my calculation.  Somehow, someway, I just totally left it out.  So, while figuring out the new calculation, I was slightly disappointed.

Can you imagine how disappointing it is to find out that you’re not burning 300+ Calories, but instead you’re burning more like 186.  And that’s after increasing your time on the Elliptical to push yourself?  Sags head and walks away………

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Ok, maybe not quite yet.  Unless I’m doing the formula wrong, there’s a big mistake there, but what can we learn from mistakes?

For starters, we can’t dwell on them.  We have to move on and learn from them.  We have to be more careful next time, so that we won’t make the same mistake again.  Life is too short to be filled with fouls.

It also helps to not be tired when you’re writing a blog post.  You’re more likely to catch those mistakes.  So make sure you get a good nights sleep.

So, what! if. I; make/misteaks….Get over it.  That’s all we can do right?  Get over it and move on.  Learn from them and not bash ourselves too much.

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What do you learn from mistakes?  Do you think images help blog post?

Empire Avenue New Dividends Changes

Recently, Empire Avenue made a few changes to how the Algorithms work.  In other words, many people who were gaming the system, should see a bit of change in their dividends.  If you’re posting 200-400 post a day to Facebook and wonder why your dividends have changed, this is why.

The short answer.  Rather than make a long lengthy blog post like the EAv team did, I figured I’d shorten it a bit.  With no further ado, here are the changes.

Empire Avenue: Login and do some transactions (even if you just buy or sell one or two users) regularly. Send shareholder mail and be active in your communities, and get others to respond to your posts.

Facebook, Facebook Pages: Post statuses. The more comments and likes you get on those statuses, the better.

Twitter: Post tweets. The more people retweet you, the bettter.

Flickr: Post photos. You don’t need to post 200 photos every day, just get people to interact with the ones you do post through their comments and favorites.

YouTube: Post Videos. Again, no need to post 20 videos a day, just get people to interact with the ones you do post through their comments and favorites.

Foursquare: Check in to locations. Busy, verified locations (like those with specials) are worth much more than frivolous ones like “my basement”. Write tips, and get others to complete them!

Instagram: Post photos. The more comments and likes you get on those statuses, the better.
WordPress: Post blog posts, and get others to comment on them.

LinkedIn and Blogs: Due to limited available information about these connections, we pay a lower, fixed amount for Blogs and LinkedIn. They only contribute to your earnings if this amount is among your top five earnings.

All Networks: Your earnings and dividends will increase as you increase your Network Score.

Many of you have noticed that how EAv worked before is that the content changes would be effective every couple of days.  Notice, the big drop you had after being away for the weekend.  They’ve changed that.  Now, it’s going to make changes based on Several Weeks of activity.  Which is a great game changer.  This will factor in your lack of weekend activity and average it all out.

What are your thoughts?  Will this make EAv a better system?  You know longer have to make 200-400 post a day to have great dividends.  Just getting people to interact with you is a much better approach and a great key to survival on EAv.  You may have noticed top players such as e(Pirillo) skyrocket their dividends.  This is because they have a lot of community interaction.  Especially on Youtube and Facebook.  This is key.

Budget Games and Software

I will be reviewing some Budget Games and Software in the coming weeks.  Most people are looking fun and good software on a budget.  What is my budget?  I’m limiting my purchases to $20.  You can expect a review on a budget product most Fridays.  Some weeks may be skipped, do to various factors.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover they say, but the cover is the selling point.  Instead, I’m going to say, “You shouldn’t judge a game/software by it’s price.”  Just because it’s budget, doesn’t mean it’s not a good game/software.  For example, you can now get Sim City 4 for $10.  That is one product I will review.

The product I will be reviewing up in the coming week is, Encyclopedia Britannica.  This information filled product is a bit more accurate than Wikipedia and I’ll be giving it a whirl over the next week.  When opinion matters, I’ll be giving you my two cents on Friday.  Stay tuned for that.

If you’d like to send me a free copy of your software to review, then I’d be happy to oblige.  The software must be a reason price and budget friendly.