Looking Up at Jupiter and Venus

Looking up at Jupiter and Venus is never easier at this time of year.  They’re in fact side by side in the western sky.  Many people find Astronomy a fascinating subject and many more find looking up just awe inspiring.

If you’ve ever wondered how to do the math on an object in space according to it’s brightness, you’ll want to check out the article below.  Here is an excerpt from that article.

“If you’ve been outside just after sunset and faced west, you’ve almost certainly seen two bright “stars” glaring back at you. Those aren’t stars: they’re Venus and Jupiter, the 3rd and 4th brightest natural objects in the sky (after the Sun and Moon, of course, and I say “natural” because the space station can in fact look brighter than both). As they circle the Sun, every year or so the orbital geometry of the two (and the Earth) sets things up such that they appear very close together in the sky. This is called a conjunction, and when it involves planets this bright, it’s really something to see!”

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Jupiter and Venus

If You’re Looking For A New Smartphone – The HTC One Is Here

Well, it’s almost here.  The carries will start to carry them in April of 2012.  Not too far down the road.  If you’re looking for easy of use, or even a starter phone, this Smartphone may be just what you’re looking for.  With an integrated wireless link up for connecting to all brands of Media TVs, you’ll be able to pick and choose which TV you want.

Streaming music is supposed to be easy and the camera is going to be an upgrade.  Be sure to check out the phone when it hits the markets.  Here is an excerpt from the article….

“Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC on Sunday announced the phone it is counting on to help it regain the rapid growth that has stalled out in recent quarters.

“You want a phone that is sleek and eye catching, so that when you pull it out, your friends go, ‘Wow, what is that?’” CEO Peter Chou said, at an event in Barcelona. “Today, I am proud to introduce just such a phone — the HTC One.”

Chou noted that taking photos is the No. 2 thing people do with their phones (after making calls), and promised that the HTC One will be good enough to replace the standard camera.

“It is the one phone you will need,” Chou said. “It is the one camera you will need.”

The flagship HTC One X device will pack a 4.7-inch screen along with a quad-core Nvidia chip in most models, and a Qualcomm chip in its LTE variant.

“HTC One is a speed and performance beast,” Chou said.

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Has Nature Found A Way To Dispose of Aquatic Trash?

Many of you know of the massive amounts of trash that have somehow built up over the years of humanities wasteful mindlessness.  Some scientist have discovered bacteria living and eating the plastic.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Nature may have found a way to dispose of the huge amounts of plastic garbage, which has been increasingly accumulating in the oceans. A small bacteria feeding on it has been discovered. This may be a boon or a bane for the aquatic environment.”

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The Grand Chinese New Year

I’ve always wanted to go to the Chinese New Year.  It’s actually a bit different than the rest of the world.  We celebrate New Years on December 31st – January 1st.  This marks the beginning of a grand New Year, where many make a resolution to change something in their lives.  Many also fail to accomplish their resolutions.

The Chinese New Year is a bit different though.  In 2012 it fell on January 23rd.  Which was recently, however, next year in 2013, it will fall on February 10th.  While I missed the chance to go to a Chinese New year in the special Water Dragon year of 2012, I plan on making the next one.  Here are a few photos of the Chinese New Year linking to a lot more.

Forget You – Vazquez Sounds + Rolling In The Deep

This young talented group is gaining in popularity.  With there Forget You cover by Cee Lo Green, they’ve amassed over 4 million views and counting.  This video has gone viral.  If you haven’t heard them yet, you should.  Despite them being young, I’m always on the look out for new young talents.  This is definitely a group you’ll want to keep an eye out for over the years.

If you thought that was good, you’ll want to check out the next video.  It’s even better and has even more views.  With a whopping 33 million+ views, this one really went viral and for a good reason.  This song is Rolling in the Deep by Adele.  Check out the talent below.

Twitter Hashtag Tools

When browsing Twitter, you may have noticed hashtags.  What are hashtags?  They’re easy ways to spread your message out to a larger following.

You can also follow hashtags and have conversations with them.  Hashtags always have a # symbol in front of their name.  That’s how Twitter determines it’s a hashtag.

Hashtags are also a great way to increase your Tweet count.  If you’re not sure what to Tweet about today, just look up a hashtag.  For example; if I wanted to learn something about a random person today, I might use the hashtag #30thingsaboutme.

When I search for #30thingsaboutme, it brings up everyone who is using that hashtag.  You can see what people are saying about themselves and it can give you an idea of what you might say yourself.  You might even use the #30thingsaboutme hashtag to let others know more about you.

Using hashtags is a great way to meet more people on Twitter and increase your following.  Not only that, if you have a Klout, then having conversations with people will increase your reach, which overall increases your Klout score.  Therefor, using hashtags can increase your overall reach in Social Media.

Some people say don’t over-use hashtags.  I say that one should use hashtags accordingly.  Forexample, if I was posting a post about #Dogs, I would not use a #Cats hashtag in my post.  But, perhaps I would use the hashtag #Knine.  The hashtag needs to be relative to the post at hand.

There are some Hashtag Tools that you can use to your advantage.  For example, by clicking on the image below, it will take you to an article that goes over 6 of those tools.  Included in this article is the Trendsmap site, which allows you to see trends by location on a map.

Trendsmap

Hopefully, armed with these tools and the knowledge of hashtags, you’ll be able to get your Twitter off the ground.  If you’re already on Twitter, what are some of the popular hashtags that you use or have seen?

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.

Tomorrow VS Just One More

The mind is a funny thing.  I’ve spent the past few months reading a lot about mindset.  Upon reflection I’ve been thinking that it can be boiled down to those who keep saying ‘Tomorrow’ and those who say ‘just one more.’

I had a conversation with a friend a few years ago and was amazed at how toxic his thinking had become.  It was more than someone having a bad day.  He had grown bitter, pessimistic and a shell of his former self.  He hid it fairly well from those around him, but it crept out from time to time in conversation.  I casually commented that if you say “’I can’t’ – you won’t.”  To say he was a little put off by my comment is an understatement.  Now in retrospect, I’m not sure that any of us set out to be negative.  It’s not exactly a character trait that people aspire to.  Left unchecked, it simply creeps up on you.  We are all faced with ‘tomorrow’ or ‘just one more’.

To read the full article click the link below.

Just One More