Friday, January 23, 2015

The Tallest Man On Earth - Full Performance

An amazing performance. Truly inspiring.


Continue Reading » 0

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Should You Put Down Your Phone. I Think So.

So many people with their heads in their phones. So many people falling asleep with their head in a screen.

Continue Reading » 0

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Moose Blood - I Hope You're Missing Me

Another great track from Moose Blood.


Remember when you said you'd stay
But you left in January
Then you came home in May
Did you come back for me

I wish I could start over
Be the boy she didn't know
But I guess she'll always be the girl that I take home

Remember when you met my dad
In our old home
And the first night we spent together
I couldn't be alone

I wish that I could go back there
So you could get to know
All things I used to love before I left home

It takes me back to growing up
Those better days
The first girl that I kissed
And all those childish ways
We talked for months
I tried my luck
You finally gave in and girl you know how to fuck

It takes me back to growing up
Those better days
The first girl that I kissed
And all those childish ways
We talked for months
I tried my luck
You finally gave in and girl you know how to fuck
Continue Reading » 0

Have Trouble Falling Asleep? Try This

This works! I think it's the deep breathing that really helps. Give it a try.

How I Learned To Fall Asleep In Under 1 Minute
Sleepless and Stressed

It was the week before my best friend’s wedding, and my anxiety (nerves, plus excitement) had reached epic levels. I wasn’t sleeping, to say the least. Part of that had to do with the maid of honor speech I would be giving. I was terrified and could not shut my brain off to fall asleep at night.

After day three of lying awake until the wee hours of the night, I sheepishly admitted to her that I was too nervous to fall asleep, and she—the bride, who was sleeping like a baby the week before her own wedding—told me I needed to try the “4-7-8” breathing trick.

She happens to be a licensed wellness practitioner who studies meditation, stress, and breathing techniques, and told me it would change my life. You simply breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. She explained that the studied combination of numbers has a chemical-like effect on our brains, and would slow my heart rate and soothe me right to sleep that night. “It works,” she told me. “It’s crazy.”

How it Works

I couldn’t wait to put the trick to the test, and to my complete disbelief, I woke up the next morning unable to even remember getting to the eighth second of the exhale because it knocked me out that fast. For the next four nights leading up to the big day, even as my stress increased, I was able to fall asleep the minute I tried the 4-7-8 trick. I also used it to relax in the moments leading up to the speech.

When you feel stressed or anxious, adrenaline courses through your veins, your heart beats at a rapid rate, and your breathing becomes quick and shallow. So before I get into the specifics behind how the 4-7-8 breathing trick works, I wanted to explain in my own words what it feels like when you try it. To me, the effect of the breathing technique feels almost like a sedative drug, because in order to hold your breath for seven seconds and then to exhale for eight—when your breath is so shallow and short—your body is forced to slow your heart rate. It has no choice. Holding your breath, and then slowly, deliberately exhaling for eight seconds, causes a chain reaction. It feels like going from a mad-dash sprint to a finish line to a slow, leisurely, calming stroll through the park.

When you first start, you’ll be desperate to just take in another breath, or you’ll want to speed up your counting, but if you stick to the numbers (or at least try to), and don’t take any breaks (in other words, consecutively repeat the 4-7-8 without resuming regular breathing), you can literally feel your heart rate slow down, your mind get quieter, and your whole body physically relax. It washes over you like a calming, relaxing drug. I can never remember getting past the first set of 4-7-8.

Do you know the feeling of being put under by anesthesia, where you are conscious, and the next thing you remember is waking up? That’s what this is like for me: As soon as I start the practice, the next thing I remember, I’m waking up in the morning and can’t even remember beginning the 4-7-8 count the night before. Crazy.

Now to the more technical details: People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to a count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen in your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short, shallow gasps of air.

How it Can Work For You

Mindful breathing practices have been a part of yoga and Eastern wellness modalities for centuries, but aren’t as popular in Western culture. The most well-known champion of the 4-7-8 breathing technique in the U.S., who is somewhat responsible for the prevalence that the technique does have amongst integrative medicine practitioners, yogis, and those in search of stress reduction and overall relaxation, is Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil.

Though I’m not promising or claiming (nor does Dr. Weil) that practicing this breathing technique can fight disease or provide clinical benefits, I can tell you one thing: If it affects you like it did me, it will help you fall asleep way faster. Not only is it free, it also works for a number of different instances. In addition to using it to fall asleep in a pinch, you can practice it if you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself thinking about something you have to do the next day, in order to fall back asleep; if you are nervous before an event (like a wedding, or giving a speech); if you are angry about something and want to calm down. My friend (the bride-to-be who slept like a baby the week before her wedding), who gets nervous to fly, uses it before flights and during if the plane encounters turbulence.

It is now what I use to fall asleep every single night, and each morning, I’m amazed at how well it worked.

Check out Dr. Weil’s site if you are interested in further reading, and tell me what you think about this trick in the comments below.

Source (Byrdie)
Continue Reading » 0

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pool Table Made From VW Bus

This pool table is so rad. I want one. One will be mine.
Continue Reading » 0

Why You Should Wear The Same Thing More Often. Simplicity

This will make it really easy for a lot of us. What do you think?

Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count.

We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day.

This is not to say that fashion isn’t important, as it has an immense impact on culture and, in turn, the direction of society.

Indeed, fashion is where art, culture and history intersect. If we look at the 1960s, for example, the way people dressed was very much a reflection of the counterculture movement and the anti-establishment sentiments of the era.

Simply put, clothes can tell us a lot about sociology.

Yet, at the same time, we’ve arguably become an excessively materialistic and superficial society. Undoubtedly, there are greater things to worry about than clothes.

Similarly, as the great American author Henry David Thoreau once stated:

Our life is frittered away by detail.

…Simply, simplify.

In essence, don’t sweat the small stuff. Make your life easier by concentrating on the big picture.

Correspondingly, a number of very successful people have adopted this philosophy in their daily routines.
Decision Fatigue: Why Many Presidents And CEOs Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Whether you love or hate him, it’s hard to argue against the notion that President Obama has the most difficult job in the world. As the leader of the most powerful country on the planet, the president has a lot on his plate.

Regardless of what he does, he will be criticized. Simply put, he’s got a lot of important things to think about beyond his wardrobe.

This is precisely why President Obama wears the same suit every single day. Well, almost every day, we can’t forget about the time the Internet exploded when he wore a khaki suit. Although, that probably says less about him and more about us.

The majority of the time, however, Obama wears either a blue or gray suit. In an article from Michael Lewis for Vanity Fair, the president explained the logic behind this routine:

‘You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits’ [Obama] said.

‘I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.’ He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions.

As Stuart Heritage puts it for the Guardian, “Barack Obama has pared his wardrobe down to such a degree that he can confidently walk into any situation and make decisions that directly impact on the future of mankind.”

The president is not alone in this practice. The late, great, Steve Jobs wore his signature black turtleneck with jeans and sneakers every single day.

Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg typically wears a gray t-shirt with a black hoody and jeans when seen in public. Similarly, Albert Einstein reportedly bought several variations of the same gray suit so that he wouldn’t have to waste time deciding what to wear each morning.

This is all related to the concept of decision fatigue. This is a real psychological condition in which a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions.

Simply put, by stressing over things like what to eat or wear every day, people become less efficient at work.

This is precisely why individuals like President Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein decided to make life easier by adopting a monotonous wardrobe.

Obviously, as these are some of the most successful and productive individuals in history, they are on to something.
Make Life Simple

Indeed, having a diverse collection of clothing is overrated. We waste so much time worrying about things that have no substantial consequences, and don’t even realize how easily we could change this.

The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck.

I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this hyperconsumerism, we’re forgetting about fundamental things and wasting human strength on frivolities that have little to do with human happiness.

He’s absolutely right. The vast majority of us are guilty of obsessing over material things. When it comes down to it, they bring no real value to our lives. True fulfillment is acquired by going out into the world and fostering palpable and benevolent changes.

Buying a new pair of shoes might make you feel more confident in the short-term, but it will not enrich your life in the long-term.

Undoubtedly, the world would be an extremely boring place if we all wore the same exact thing every day.

Yet, we might all consider simplifying our lives a bit more by reducing the amount of time we spend thinking about pointless aspects of our day. In the process, one might find that they are significantly less stressed, more productive and more fulfilled.

Life is complicated enough, don’t allow the little things to dictate your happiness. Simplify, simplify.

Source (EliteDaily)
Continue Reading » 0

Monday, January 5, 2015

Look What You Can Make With Wood Pallets. Impressive

If you are handy and want to save some money this is very impressive and a very smart idea.

Wooden pallets are generally considered to be junk, so it's usually possible to get them for free, or at least very cheap. Solid wood flooring, on the other hand, can be extremely expensive. This young family on a budget decided to take matters into their own hands. They were lucky enough to be given a load of hardwood pallets for free, and so they took the plunge and made their own wooden floors. The results are probably more awesome than you'd expect.

Here are all the pallets they collected. That's an impressive amount!

But, before they could be used, every nail had to be pulled out by hand. This is as long and arduous a task as it sounds. 

Once they'd all been pulled out, they were left with somewhere in the region of 9,000 nails! 

Now all the boards had to be loaded up and taken to be machined.

The boards were carefully worked on so that they were all of an even length, width and thickness, which means they'll look even when laid.

Here's the pile of finished boards. Even Fido's getting involved!

Here you can see them starting to be laid.

It looks as though the whole family pitched in to get things done. Kid's got talent!

Wow, looks good! But, it's not quite finished.

After a good varnish, the floors look amazing.

The varying hues of the wood makes the floor look unique. You'd never guess it was made out of old pallets!

Continue Reading » 0

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Save Money And Time Cleaning With These Tips

These tips are great. Some of these will save you lots of time and money. 

Cleaning your home can often be a bore, not to mention the price you have to pay for the good quality cleaning products. Did you know there are many ways you can cut costs and avoid paying the high prices for all of those chemicals? It's easy when you know how. Check out this collection of tips and tricks so you can start saving today! You'll also find that many of them are super quick and surprisingly easy. Most of the cleaning hacks use natural products you probably already have many of them in your home so you can get started right away. The shower head hack saves so much time and hassle!

Spread neat bicarbonate of soda directly over grout, cover with vinegar and then wait a few moments. Scrub the mixture off with a brush for perfectly clean grout every time!

Microfiber couches are easy to clean with rubbing alcohol, steel wool and a soft brush. Instructions here.

Soak a rust-spotted knife in lemon juice for a while then scrub it clean until it shines.

Toss a handful of ice cubes into your garbage disposal, turn it on and run the cold water.Do this every few weeks for a great way to break up grease. Adding a few pieces of citrus fruit peel will get rid of odors, too.

Get rid of unsightly sweat stains on pillows by using a mix of laundry detergent, bleach, borax and dishwasher detergent. Instructions here.

Use a magic eraser and an air duster to remove leftover debris from your keyboard.

If you don't have an air duster and magic eraser handy then a soft cloth and minimal water works well to clean your screen. Use slightly dampened cotton swabs to clean in between the keys on the keyboard.

Boil a cup of vinegar in your microwave. Remove, then wipe clean with a damp cloth. The grease and food stains will come off quickly and easily. Simple!

Dryer sheets remove buildup on glass surfaces.

Place new or used coffee grounds in a bowl on a fridge shelf to get rid of lingering odors.

It's so annoying when your brush looks like a yeti has been using it. Thankfully, cutting the matted hair off lengthways with scissors really works. To catch those little hairs which are left behind, put your brush into the sink with some water and shampoo, scrub with a toothbrush and rinse. Easy as that!

Wash kids toys in a bag in the machine to save time on cleaning them one by one!





Put some vinegar in a clear bag and tie it around your shower head. Leave it for an hour before wiping clean and it will look as good as new!

Leave some citrus peels in a jar of white vinegar for up to two weeks. When strained, this will work as an excellent window cleaning solution, disinfectant and floor cleaner!

Continue Reading » 0

Friday, January 2, 2015

Change Your New Year Around. 15 Tips For 2015

Do you think you can manage some of these? Get started with some renewal tips :-)

My favorite thing about the New Year is that it allows for a magical sense of renewal and a chance to start fresh.

It is the day we resolve to leave the past behind and move forward. It is the day we fill ourselves up with courage and tell ourselves this is the year we will start doing more of the things we want and stop doing the things that don’t matter.

With every new year comes the chance to change our mindsets, eliminate negativity and choose to move forward. There is a reason we are told the best is yet to come.

This year, make a resolution you can keep. Stop doing things that are no longer in your best interest. Here are 15 things you must STOP doing in 2015 to truly move forward and live this year to the fullest:

1. Stop showing and telling everything to everyone.

The world does not need to know your every move; leave some things to the imagination. Mystery is good.

2. Stop comparing yourself to others.

What you see is NOT what you get, or even what the true reality of a situation is. We all spend way too much of our time comparing our lives to others; yet, we all forget that the pictures we see of others on Instagram and Facebook are simply highlights of their lives.

They aren’t the everyday; they aren’t the struggle; they aren’t the bad hair day. They are the edited, Photoshopped and posed highlight reel of a momentary highlight of someone else’s life.

3. Stop worrying about what others think of you.

People will judge you regardless of what you do, so do what you want. There’s nothing wrong with walking your own journey on a path you create.

You don’t have to do, like or want the things that other people try, love or desire. Start that blog, write that article or wear that outfit about which you’ve been hesitant. In the great words of Kid Cudi, “They gon’ judge me anyway, so whatever.”

4. Stop waiting.

If you don’t take the chance or risk it all now… when will you? Time will always be hard to find. Start now and go after what you want, or wait for later and hope that later isn’t too late.

5. Stop doubting.

If you have an idea or feeling that keeps coming back to you, make it happen. When an idea keeps coming back, it’s for a reason. Take action and follow the ideas that flood your mind. Million-dollar ideas are a dime a dozen, but it’s only one in a million who follow through with their ideas.

6. Stop being a stranger.

We’re all in this together. When you give the world the best you have, the best comes back to you. Be good to people. Popularity fades, kindness does not.

7. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

You are not a victim; it’s time to get out of your own way. If you find yourself constantly surrounded by drama, you are the one enabling it.

You will never be able to control what others do; however, you are in full control of how you react. Realize that you can overcome hard times. Instead of attending your own pity party, you can accept the fact that only you can change your thoughts and experiences.

You have the power to control your feelings.

8. Stop standing in your own way.

The thoughts in your head about yourself and your situation really do affect your life. Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t reside in-between your own ears.

Follow your intuition and learn that nothing that lasts is started through force. If you have to force it, leave it behind.

9. Stop feeling guilty.

There is a difference between moving on and quitting. Understand that it’s okay to grow out of things. You don’t have to want the same things you wanted when you were 16, 18, 21 or 25…

Life changes, and so do we. Staying where you are and living with guilt or fear is a guaranteed trip to nowhere. You’re allowed to move on and miss it at the same time. Missing something or someone doesn’t make you weak; it makes you real.

10. Stop thinking money creates value.

Don’t overvalue short-term benefits. Higher pay doesn’t equate to a job that will make you feel complete. A significant other with a nice car doesn’t equal a lifetime of happiness.

Choose a job that will give you experience, more opportunities and tons of room for professional and personal growth. Choose a relationship based on someone’s heart, not bank account.

11. Stop feeling obligated.

Don’t make decisions based on what you think you SHOULD do.

Don’t take advice from people who don’t have to live with the result of the decision. Make decisions based on what you WANT to do. It’s your life and you’ll have to live with the choices you make. You don’t need to choose the mediocre when greatness exists.

12. Stop saying “yes” all the time.

No is a complete sentence. You owe no one an explanation for not wanting to go out, not wanting to take a drink, not wanting to stay over, not wanting to go to the reunion.

13. Stop thinking everything is a competition.

The true definition of power is how much you can give back, and not just monetarily. Being powerful is like being classy: If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

14. Stop trying to be like everyone else.

Once and for all, own who you are, own where you’ve been, and don’t be afraid to tell your story.

15. Stop thinking you have to get it right on the first try.

No one else has it figured out, either. There is no guidebook or perfect formula, and often, life works much more as a process of elimination to figure out what we want.

We learn more and more about ourselves and the things that truly make us happy every day — and more importantly, the things that don’t. There are moments in life when everything is blurry and moments everything seems to be in focus.

Just like the lens of a camera, you have the power to adjust your vision. And, even on the darkness days, where you can’t see anything, just keep moving forward. It’s the only constant and forever the direction in which we all must go.

Source (EliteDaily)
Continue Reading » 0