Thursday, May 31, 2007

Magic Tricks and Illusions To Blow Your Mind

Recently, I came across a cool site created by a member of my forum. Magic Trance is an enterntaining site with brain busters, card tricks, illusions, and other magical content. It will even tell you your future. If you are feeling really smart you can test your brain power.

If you are looking for something to provide some quick enterntainment, or enjoy magic tricks and illusions, I recommend that you visit this site. The most impressive magic card trick can even read your mind.

Hopefully this site continue to grow. As entertaining as it is, is is still pretty small. With more games, illusions, and tricks, I can only see it getting better.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Coloring-Stay in the Lines

I remember when I was about 6 years old my parents ran a booth at a local flea market and they would drag me along while they did it. To help curb the boredom that always set in, my parents would supply me with coloring books. Coloring in pages of these books became my favorite way to pass the time. After a while I developed a particular way of doing it. I would trace the outlines with a darker color using strong pressure. Then, I would lightly color in the insides using lighter shades of the same colors. In time I grew tired of regular colors altogether and started to favor the lighter colors.

Now that I am a father myself, I have passed on the joys of coloring to my son. He takes a far different approach to coloring pages. His style would be more described as a speed colorer. He uses a few colors and quickly fills in the general area of the shapes with no real sense of design. It is very hard for me to accept because the golden rule was always stay in the lines. To go outside of my carefully traced lines was to ruin the entire piece.

No matter what there style, I would recomend any parent buys their child a few coloring books. Splurge and buy them the biggest box of crayons that you find. Any expert colorer will tell you that the 8 crayon box does not cut it. The bare minimum is 64. Coloring can be a strong introduction for your child to art and expressing themselves.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Shiny Red Hippos-Ranking Can Be Easy

At one of the marketing forums a newbie poster was bragging how he ranked high for several of his carefully picked keyphrases. His message was that if you followed his advice you too could rank for any phrase that you wanted. My problem with his post was the keyphrases he bragged about were just about worthless. Nobody searches for them.

This post is my attempt to show if you pick a keyphrase that no one looks for, and no one is interested in chasing, you too can brag about ranking high. How many people search for shiny red hippos? Absolutely 0. Doing a search at Google reveals only 108,000 resultsfor shiny red hippos. Not a lot of competition.

So now I have a term in shiny red hippos with very little competition for. WIth a few targetted links with related anchor text my site should rank easy. How will I benefit? I won't. With nobody searching for shiny red hippos nobody will ever find this post.

If I will not benefit from this you may ask why I am doing this. My purpose is to show that it takes no skill and provides you no benefit to rank for terms that bring you no traffic. Before listening to someone brag that their site ranks well for many keyphrases check if there is any competition or traffic for those terms. More important then getting a site to rank well is targetting the right terms in the forst place.

Update: I had better results than I could have imagined. In less than six hours this post achieved a #1 ranking at Google. I guess no I can call myself an SEO expert.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Buy A _____ Sites

Frequently I see sites that offer you the abillity to buy the image of some fill in the blank object for you to buy links on. The latest one I have seen is Buy A Nation. Here you can buy a nation and recieve a link from that nation pointing to your website.

Before buying a link here I have to ask myself a couple of questions. First, "When all of the nations are sold what benefit would the owner have in continuing to buy links to promote their site?" The answer is there is no benefit. You can rest assured that noone will continue to invest in a project that has outlived there source of income. The second question is "What benefit would I recieve being listed with many unrelated sites?" The answer is none. Links are worthless without relevancy. These sites provide none of that.

Perhaps if you have a site related to nations you could see some benefit. That still does not resolve the issue of an unmotivated webmaster. Your link building budget can be used much more wisely.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Exposing Discworld

Recently a friend of mine has introduced Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of books. Terry Pratchett is both a hugely popular and critically acclaimed author from England. He has sold over 70 million books, has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his continued service to literature, and even holds the title for most shoplifted author.

Discworld takes place in a flat fantasy world balanced on the back of four giant elephants who are themselves carried on the back of a giant turtle. It combines elements of fantasy, comedy, satire, and science fiction to provide an unique experience. If you are looking for a something refreshing to read I recommend that you give this series a try. From the first book The Color Of Magic, to the upcoming 37th book, I shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett has provided a huge world to be explored.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Get Paid While Making Your Opinions Known With Surveys

Wouldn't it be great if you could affect the decisions that are made by major companies regarding the products that they offer? By taking marketing surveys you can do that while getting paid at the same time. With the power of the Internet you can find hundreds of sites offering to pay you money to take surveys.

The problem becomes telling the real opportunities from the scams. With proper research you can find which ones are legitimate paid surveys and which ones are not.

The first trap to look for is companies that require you to pay them a fee before they will send you surveys. A legitimate company pays you, not the other way around. Run, don't walk, from these companies.

It is imperative to do your research first. Look for well established companies with proper credentials. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

This is not saying that surveys are to be avoided. By spending a bit of my time taking them I have earned some extra pocket money while affecting future products. It is exhilarating to see a product you helped shape at the stores. I've made a few mistakes along the way, but it has also been an enjoyable experience.

Friday, April 06, 2007

New Look

I've finally taking advantage of the new features that Blogger offers. Most notable are the addition of news feeds and videos. Hopefully, this will add a little more to your experience. I've also changed from the dots template that so many have complained about. It holds a warm place in my heart but I've had it longf enough and could use a change. Let me know what you think of the new look and features. I sincerely hope that you like them.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Making A Forum Active

When starting a new forum the hardest thing to do is making it active. No matter how nice the design is, and how well you promote it, with out an active community you will have a very hard time turning visitors into members. People only want to join a forum that is active.

This may seem like a catch-22. Without members you can not have activity and without activity you will not have posters. The trick is to make your newly launched forum look active through several methods.

The first and most active poster should be yourself. If you can't be bothered to post how can you expect others to. Instead of simply posting with one username, you can post with several. It may seem underhanded but can give the illusion of activity.

Next ask your friends and colleagues to help you. Many times they share the same interest as you and can make a strong contribution. Some people have had great success launching their forum with a posting party. Invite everyone over, provide some food, drink, and entertainment, and let the posting commence.

After this you may still want to bring in more posters. Paid posting services are one possible technique. Be very careful of who you hire. Far too many paid posters are willing to do cut and paste jobs and other shay tactics. I ussually like to test them out with a small sample package.

What I find works better than paying for posts is doing post exchanges with other forums. Admin Fusion and The Admin Zone are two great places to find them. The great thing is that you can monitor what you recieve and give back posts of equal value.

By utilizing these techniques you can greatly increase the activity level of your forum. Now when visitors find your site they will find a vibrant community that when they visit they will be compelled to join.

Friday, March 02, 2007

What's Not Going On

My girl and I don't get to go out as often as we might like. It' s kind of a shame, given the whole you're only young once thing, but that's just life I suppose. However, even when we do get to go out it seems like it's always the same thing. We go to dinner and/or to a movie, and/or to a bar. It's certainly more fun than spending our Friday nights watching TV or writing blog posts during prime out-going time, but lets face it, that stuff is expensive and doing the same thing every time just gets kind of dull. You would think that in a college town there would be more things to do, but there just really aren't. We're too old for frat parties and have no interest in whiny indie emo music, but we're too young for wine tastings and dinner parties. Back home there were more options; clubs, shows, basketball game, etc. but here in small town America the options just fail to abound. During the day it's a little bit better; we can go bowling, ice skating, and take Quentin to the museums, but at night we're still stuck. I'm so glad we're going home in a couple of weeks and will be able to get out some, because doing nothing around here is really suffocating us both.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bathroom Reading

I'm sure there isn't a guy out there who hasn't picked up a men's magazine. Be it FHM, GQ, or Maxim, you know you've picked one up and thumbed through their pictures of fashionably dressed guys and barely dressed girls, including celebrities you never realized were really so good looking like Christian Aguilera, who we had all forgotten was hot until February's Maxim was kind enough to remind us about. Men's magazines are a great way to keep up with the not-exactly-newsworthy things going on in the world. They're loaded with all the gossip people are talking about as well as plenty of interesting but in the grand scheme of things irrelevant stories. Another fun feature is their hilarious top-whatever lists, such as this months feature in list Maxim of the top 12 fake foreigners which ranged from Prince Akim, to Borat, to Apu from The Simpsons. They're also a great way to learn about the new shows that you might be missing otherwise, all the new movies coming out, and whatever music happens to be popular at the moment.

In addition to the fun stuff, you can also get some really valuable advice from men's magazines. They have all kinds of tips for how to hit it off with the ladies and how to impress your boss. On the down low, you can get some great fashion advice from these magazines. They give you all kinds of tips about how to look your best without having to act like a girl about it. In addition to just helping you turn heads when you go out, being able to be fashionable can also be a major advantage in the corporate world. This months GQ has a really fantastic article on how to buy a suite, which are particularly important because they're such an investment and such a staple of your work wardrobe. You can also probably cut out a picture of a haircut that will look fantastic on you to take with you to the hair cuttery next time.

Men's magazines really do make for some great entertainment. If you've been living under a rock for the past 20 years, I suggest that you crawl out and pick one up next time you swing by the newsstand.

Is Debt Consolidation the Right Choice?

Debt seems to be a problem for many americans. I am a proponent of only buying what you have the money to pay for but sometimes when it comes to education, housing, or medical expenses, the need makes it neccessary to borrow money for these large expenses. Borrowing money is not a good way to relieve your self from economic trouble but for these type of expenses are necesities that need to be addressed.

Whether you are overwhelmed in debt, or just have too many bills to pay, a debt consolidation company can help relieve some of the burden. What they promise is to consolidate all of your seperate loans and debts into one easy payment. From an accounting stand point the benefit is immediate. Then the question becomes if they are saving you any money. Many times what they are doing is adding on fees and charge a much higher interest rate than you are paying. Then they simply stretch out the payments over a longer period to make the cost seem lower.

As is the case with all money matters; research is key. Make sure when you use one of these services that they are actually saving money. Before resorting to these steps there are other options of relieving your debt that may prove usefull. If you still think you need to consolidate your debt the best place to start at is the National Foundation of Credit Counselors. This is a non-profit organiztion that actually works with the credit card companies. Most important of all is to simply live within your means and credit problems will never become a problem.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Spot The Block

Have you guys seen those ridiculous commercials on Cartoon Network, where they have cartoon characters from various shows singing about "Spot The Block?" Well they're absolutely ridiculous and I've been exposed to them far more than any sane person would ever want to be, due to my 4 year old's over the top love of cartoons. However, what they're plugging is actually something valuable and worthwhile. "The Block" is actually referring to the food nutrition labels which are required to be displayed on all products intended for consumption in the U.S. This helpful tool was created by the FDA to help consumers better understand the nutritional content of the foods they eat. If your trying to watch your weight, they allow you to check on the fat and calorie content of anything your thinking about eating, and might even provide you with encouragement to go ahead and put the Twinkies down before you start.

Food nutrition labels allow you to keep an eye on your intake of potentially harmful elements. Cholesterol is also something worth watching, as too much of it can lead to heart attacks, much as too much sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure. Even if your not watching your weight, it's still a great idea to keep an eye on the amount of nutrients your food contains in order to be sure your getting everything you need. Even without taking a vitamin supplement, you can greatly increase your overall health by being sure to consume enough Vitamins A and C. Getting enough Calcium is also very important, especially for the ladies out there, as that's the best way to prevent Osteoporosis.

I use these labels all the time, both to keep an eye on my own health, and so I can be careful about what my son is consuming. I suggest if your not familiar with them, that you do a little background check and spend some time learning about how these can labels be valuable to you too.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Heard Any Good Conspiracy Theories?

Seems any time you will listen someone has another conspiracy theory. Are these the crazy ramblings of schizophrenics and gun toting militants or are there forces at work behinf the scenes secretly controlling everything. There is just about one for everything form the mundane to the most serious matters of national security.

One of the silliest conspiracy theories has to do with Korea. Apparently there are some Koreans who believe that the Japanese changed the romaniztion of Corea to Korea during their occupation so that Japan would always come first in alphabetical listings. The Japanese are very prideful people and always want to come first, even to the point of changing history in text books, but they had no control over the international standards of rominazation that were established during that period in history.

Some conspiracy theorists worry that everything is going to harm them in some way. Have you heard the chemtrail conspiracy theory? Since the 90's people have been claiming all sorts of things to the trails that follow airplanes. Some think that we are being sprayed with poison. Others think that it is a form of weather control or cure for global warming.

Most famous of cospiracy theories are the ones involving government cover up. Some will tell you that we never landed on the moon or that 9/11 was done by our own government. The fact that our government has been caught red handed in cover ups such as Watergate only helps to fuel these claims.

So what do you think about these theories? Are their forces conspiring against us or are these people just nut jobs. If you have heard any good theories feel free to share them.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Those Crazy Cats!

Don't you love those funny internet videos that you find on websites? Sometimes after I have a long day there's nothing I want to do more than kick back and have a good laugh. Free internet videos are a great way to do that without having to surf through hunderds of cable channels or to pay for video rentals. The best ones, i would say are of animals, and of course we all know that the best animals around are cats.

I didn't know how delightful watching cats playing could be until I had my own, but there have been so many times that I wished I had a camera to catch the ridiculous things that they do. When I moved, my cats had to go live with a family member, where they will be staying until we get an apartment that allows pets. But sometimes looking at other peoples cats can be a wonderful pick me up. Mercifully, free funny cat videos and pictures are available on all kinds of fantastic websites. Whether you want to find adorable kittens, cats in sinks, or videos of cats doing ridiculous things, if you want it, it's out there for you. Enjoy it.

Late Night Goosebumps

Do you believe in ghosts? I'm not sure whether I do or not, but I must say that some of those American Haunting shows on TV really give me goose bumps. I've never encountered a ghost or been in a haunted house, but as I listen to people recount their experiences on "A Haunting in (wherever)," on TLC I'm almost always certain that they must have experienced something real. Watching those kind of real true ghost stories late at night is always a great way for me to ensure myself of restless sleep and nightmares.

Shared hallucinations are a real phenomena documented by psychologists around the world, but hallucinations don't produce eerie images in the backgrounds of your photos, make objects fly off shelves, or scare off the priests. It also adds credibility to haunted house stories that the houses often upon later investigation turn out to be built on places that seem like they would be very likely to be haunted. For example, the house which was the sight of the true Amityville horror was later discovered to have been built on an Indian grave yard, and a haunted house in Maryland haunted by the ghost of a soldier turned out to have been built on the site of a civil war hospital. Finally, parapsychologists have spent the last 50 years tyring to discover scientific methods to investigate the paranormal and have really come up with some exciting ways to measure it, such as by looking at changes in the electromagnetic fields of a room, and by recording temperature changes in places thought to be paranormally active. Though the study of the paranormal is not acknowledged by most main stream scientists, consistent findings like those discovered using these methods add a great deal of legitimacy to the study of ghosts and the investigation of ghost stories.

I'm not really certain that I believe in ghosts because I've never encountered one myself, but given the spine tingling experiences of so many real people, I'd much rather just keep it that way and enjoy hearing the fascinating stories that others have to tell.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Why are people still using dial up instead of broadband?

It continues to amaze me that in this day and age some people continue to use dial up. Are these the same people who show up in the statistics as the ones who still use black and white tv's and don't have indoor plumbing? Honestly, you might as well just go live under a rock. I understand not everyone uses the Internet as much as those of us in the blogging community, but how do people live that way? It's kind of barabaric.

Dial up is unbearably slow. Wether you use cable, dsl, satellite, or whatever your experience is so much better with a form of broadband. Who has time to wait hours for a 10 minute video to load? Or even to wait for pages to load? I prefer instant access when surfing the web. The cost is just too cheap not to make the upgrade. Whether here in the United States or in India, these days anyone can afford broadband. Black and white televisions are ancient technology and so is dial up. Get with the times and upgrade already.

Psst...I've Got a Secret

Everyone has a secret that they want to let out and share with others but are too afraid to share it with others. Maybe it is embarrassing or you don't know what your friends will think. Many times if you can share that secret with others it can relieve a burden and let you better deal with it.

Secret chest lets you post a secret completely anonymously. Then others will post advice regarding your secret. In a unique twist social bookamrking, the most sincere and compelling secrets get voted to the top.

Even if you don't have a secret to share it is still interesting to read what others have to share. Some people have a very shady side that I'm sure that they normally would not expose to others. Others are going through very hard times that most of us can relate too. Possibly your words of encouragement can help them out. I know that I will be returning to this site and I hope you do too.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

0% APR Credit cards

We all see the offers for Zero APR credit cards. There are some things you have to be careful of when choosing these cards. Due to ever increasing deregulations the credit card industry has become more shady than ever before. What seems like a great offer now might turn up to be a horrible deal done the line.
What begins as a great introductory rate may soon change to as high as a 30+% rate in a s little as a few months. You are probably smart enough to realize this and plan to switch to the next offer that comes along. This tactic actually is bad for your credit score because constantly opening and closing lines of credit reduces your score. It is better to find a card that will maintain a good rate and stick with that.
Of course the permanent rate of the card is easy enough to tell and you probably already realize that the rate won't stay at 0%. If you read the fine print they have several options to raise your rate. Have you ever had mail lost in the system? I have and one late payment will give them the right to up your rate sky high. Even if all of your payments are made on time if your credit rate is to change, or employment status, or you go through a divorce, really for any reason they can change your rate. That's right, even if you make all of your payments your rate can be changed.
Basically, 0% credit cards can be nice to have. Just don't use them as a way of controlling your debt. If you already have a high credit card debt you will be much better off paying them off then simply transferring your debt from card to card because eventually it will catch up to you.

Living Touch

Living Touch is a very infromative blog about ways to live a healthier life. The thing I like most about the advice they give is that most of their recomendations are on natural ways of being healthy. Todays society is too focused on the quick fixto their problems. Nature is not about the qwuick fix and neither is being healthy.
Natural remedies are the best because medical sciemce just foucuses on covering up the symptoms. In reality the problem is ussually something that your system is lacking. Ancient civilizations were able to understood this but somehow we have lost sight of this fact. Asian culture probably understands this better than the west and that is why you can find great advice in the Asian Culture category of his blog.
Of course some people could care less about being healthy and just want a quick fix in order to loose weight. Living Touch also covers on weight loss strategies. I can save you the time of reading that. Eat less calories than you burn. You can either starve yourself or eat sensibly and exercise but that is all there is to it. I hope you find someone from this blog to help you live a healthier more natural life.

Save Money and Feel Better About Yourself

One thing that so sad about today's society is that nobody is willing to do things for themselves. Many times people will pay others to do a simple task when they could have easily done it for themselves. What I think people should do is do a little research so that they can be self sufficient.
One area that you can learn to do for your self is basic automotive maintenance. It is so simple that even a monkey can do it. Why do you think they call them grease monkeys. By learning how to take care of your car you can save your self a lot of money and be aware of what is going on your car to avoid problems that may be brewing.
Another way to save a lot of money is learning how to do home improvement yourself. By taking on projects around the house you can make a huge difference in the value of your house and save thousands in labor. Things like remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms can be done at very little material cost and create many times more in additional equity.
After learning to do things for yourself you will not only save money but you can take pride in the work you have done. Nobody will ever put the same effort into a project as you will for ones for yourself. More often than not the work you get from others is of low quality. That is why i recommend that everyone becomes a do it yourselfer.

Happy Valentines Day

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy valentines day. I hope you have someone special t oshare it with. I also would like to send a very special happy valentines to my someone special.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Gaspirtz Cartoons

Do you like this cartoon? This, and many more cartoons, can be found at Gaspirtz cartoons. Oliver Gaspirtz was born in Germany and resides in New York. His work has appeared in many major publications such as the National Enquirer and Sun and has been featured in over 20 exhibits around the world. His humor tends to be a little dark but is hilarious nonetheless.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Blogging Is The Way To Go

Isn't it amazing how many people have started blogging? Indeed blogs have become so universal that one can no longer ignore them. Take for example all these friends I have who run their own blogs: Helen Constantine, Mickey Temp, Sharon Steele, Dave Abigail, Kathy Bright, Casper DoGood, Charlene Coop, Edwina Warner, Eva Gardner, Glenn Alvarez, Jane Nicole, Gina Turner. And then of course there are those who are running several services on their blogs. For instance: Web review, Major Major blog, Random Articles, Directory Owners Interview Blog. Clearly the day of the blogs is here.

The reason that TIME magazine chose YOU as the person of the year was because of the power of citizen journalism -- primarily driven by blogs. So, what are you wasting your time for? Go over to one of the free services like blogger or some other, or get your own word press blog.

What is very lovely about the blogosphere is the way you can actually generate an avalanche of a response to your thoughts. Just be true to yourself and post something that you truly believe in. And quite literally, the world can be yours.

Of course, if you are a non-tech person, you will face some initial hesitation in getting this entire process going. Not a problem, blogging technology is notoriously easy to use. In many senses it is an entry level CMS. Something like a content management system for the masses.

If you do not possess your own blog, then now is a good time to do so. Look at some of my other friends who run their own blogs: Madlaine Made, Maria Robins, Mike Horner, Tyran Mike, Noel Page, Ted Nestle, Terresa Hopkins, Zoe Martini, Ajeet Khurana, Joy, Kendall, and get a good idea of what you could do.

Monday, January 22, 2007

New Skyline Forum

Ever since gaining it's fame in Gran Turismo, every little fan boys dream has been to own a Nissan Skyline. Not just any Skyline but the vaulted GT-R incarnation. The thing that made these car so coveted, apart from the awd and twin-turbo v-6, was the fact you could not buy one in America. For awhile, you could have Motorex import one, until they got into legal trouble. That left the only option to import one and jumping through countless hoops to have it registered. Coming this fall, you will be able to buy a domestically sold Skyline GT-R at your local Nissan dealer. Start doing your research now, because in a short time, the GT-R will be the tuner car to have. The forum to get all of your GT-R information will be Skyline Forums.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Free Php Link Directory Template

I would like to share with you a free template for the PHP link Directory version 2 free script. If you do not already have the scrip t it can be downloaded for free here. Here is a demo of the Foxxy Directory template. If you like it then please download it. The only requirement is you do not remove any of the footer links. Otherwise it is yours to do whatever you want with it.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Review of Speed Blog

Today I came across a great blog for motorheads such as myself. The Speed Blog is a motorsport blog covering almost all forms of racing. Some import and drifting coverage would be nice, but everything else is covered from club racing to F1. It even announces the birthdays of your favorite drivers.

Gearheads would do well to visit this blog. Whether you want race coverage, entertainment, profiles, or motorsport news, it is all there. The only thing I could do without, is the Nascar coverage. Nascar isn't even a sport. It's a bunch of rednecks on a sunday drive, going around in circles. But hey, sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. Overall the good outweighs the bad.

Things I've Learned About Gold Fish

Now that I am living in Bloomington, I am no longer allowed to have furred pets. This meant sending mny cats off to live with my aunt-in-law. Being accustomed to having a pet, I needed to get new ones. Reptiles seemed like much too much work for too little reward. So I decided on gold fish. Fish aren't that rewarding but they are low maintenance. Purchasing 2 goldfish I learned a few things I never knew before.

1.Goldfish are not disposable.Going in I had this idea goldfish frequently die and you just buy new ones. What I learned is that with proper care they can live more than twenty years.
2. For every gallon of water you should have a pound of sand.
3. For every gallon of water you can have an inch of fish.
4. Goldfish have needs to. Adding new things, or giving them a change in food, makes for happy fish. The more you make their lives intersting, the more active and rewarding they will be.
5. Fish don't make terrible pets. They can't play with you like a cat or dog, in fact, you can't even touch them, but they can be rewarding in their own way.

Now I'm not here to say fish are the best pets ever. Cats are the best pets ever. The point is they are intersting and rewarding in their own way.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Some Sports Are More Dangerous Than You Realize

You probably already know that football is an injury prone sport. In fact it is #1 in the report issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission of most dangerous sports. What might surprise you is some of the other sports that made the list. Sports such as golf,bicycling, and even swimming. Even what is more surprising is the sports that didn't. Not one martial art was listed.

Experts attribute the safety of martial arts to the training and discipline involved. Before young students are ever allowed to engage in any dangerous activity they must spend weeks or even months training. One such art that is growing rapidly in popularity is Muay Thai Kickboxing.

No matter what art you chose I recommend you get your children involved in martial arts. The confidence that they gain will help them more for the rest of their lives than any other sport. Plus, we know bullying is becoming more prevalent than ever before. Give your children the skills needed to defend themselves.

Monday, January 08, 2007

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Launched a New Blog

I created a new blog for my directory. This blog will contain announcements regarding my directory, site reviews, and webmaster tools and advice. If you would like to view my blog it can be found here. All feedback is greatly appreciated.

Friday, January 05, 2007

I Need To Give In And Buy a Cellphone

For years I've fought off buying a cell phone. 99% of people you encounter using them are annoying. This is probably because if they weren't annoying you would never notice them in the first place. Now my job requires me to have a cell phone. You would think that if an employer required you to have something in order to do your job they would provide it. They don't. For the past while I have been using my girl's phone. Of course this creates problems because she does not have use of the phone when I have one.

Coming to the realization that I need a cell phone led me to a very valuable resource. Cell phone selection has never been easier than with Wirefly. They offer great prices, wonderful service, and free shipping. Plus if you are in any way unhappy they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Even if you already joined the masses in buying a cell phone, Wirefly also has many accessories, plans, and ring tones for sale. Take some time to check out their site and you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Directorycontest-May the best Directory Win!

Mike Dammann has started a directory contest.It is simple you will have to rank first in google for keyword .May thhe best directory win.Onsite optimization is not allowed in contest.First prize is 2000$.Visit for more info!