Taking Chess Enjoyment to the Next Level

Oct 3, 2016 by

Taking Chess Enjoyment to the Next Level

As a chess enthusiast, you likely spend a considerable amount of time engaged in the game. Tensions can run high as you make strategic moves to ultimately win the game. However, if you’re anything like me, devising plans and carefully considering each move can start to feel more like business than pleasure. In order to ensure you’re able to truly enjoy the game, there are a few tips you should consider employing.

Change Your Environment

If you tend to confine your chess game to the den or other area of the home, it can be fun to mix things up and simply change the environment. A fun place to engage in a game is in the great outdoors, and this can provide a pleasant setting for you and your closest friends or family members. Of course, if you choose to take your game out in a wooded area, it’s important to come prepared with tools such as bear spray, and you can find everything you need to stay safe at http://www.bushcraftpro.com/.

Try a Blitz Session

According to Chess Beta, the average length of a game of chess is 40 moves. When each player takes three to four minutes to make their move, the game can easily last hours. To switch things up, consider engaging in a blitz session. Typically played online, this allows you to play ten or more games simultaneously. You can even up the ante and play 30 or more bullet games in an hour. Not only does this help you work on your speed and concentration, but it also allows you to meet new people and face challenging opponents.

Analyze Your Moves

playing-chessWe all make mistakes. How many times have you lost a game and wondered in your mind what you could have done differently? There is now a tool available to help you analyze your moves to become a more aware player in the future. Chess.com gives you just what you’re looking for. When you download the game off their site, you can review mounds of helpful data to help improve your game including:

  • See where you and/or your opponent first went wrong
  • See moves you could have made to win the game
  • Invite your opponent to review the game with you to learn together

Correspondence Style Chess

If the high speed of blitz or bullet chess just isn’t for you, correspondence style chess may be worth trying. This version of the game is typically played online, and you are given a timeline of around three days for each move made. This allows you to very carefully consider your game plan as well as enjoy a prolonged session that can last weeks. This can build up anticipation and help you enjoy the game on a different plane.

Taking Chess Enjoyment to the Next Level

According to Quora, there are more than 600 million active chess players in the world, and it’s no secret why. The game involves strategy and keeps participants on their toes. However, if you’ve found that you’re more focused on winning than enjoying the game, you can miss out on the pleasure Chess is intended to provide. By following these tips, you can find yourself enjoying the game on a whole new level.

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Word Game Buddies – Security Guards

Aug 19, 2016 by

Do you know who likes board games and word games? Security guards!

Yes, people who work as security personnel are fond of playing board games and word games, not because they do not like their jobs or that they do not focus on their tasks, but because these games not only keep them company especially during long, graveyard shifts, but also because the games keep them sharp and on their toes, thanks to the mental stimulation that it provides.

Of course, they should only be doing these games during breaks and whenever they are allowed by the company to do it. But that is all beside the point. The highlight is the amazing fact that board games and word games are so useful, even security officers are into it.

We all know that besides wearing gears (www.sp-usa.org) that can help them be prepared for any emergency situation, these security officers need to be alert in mentally.

What better way to stimulate the mind than to engage in board games and word games? While they may not always need to use these words in their work, increasing one’s vocabulary is never a crime, whether you use it for work or not. There is no harm in harnessing the gift of words, even if it would just be through games.

Also, we all know that these security personnel have codes that they use to signal different situations. If one does not fully grasps the concept of these words, then it would be difficult to retain to memory the many secret codes used in their line of duty.

Indeed, engaging in word games is such a great thing for security officers. It also showcases just how versatile they need to be. They need not just focus on keeping their bodies in great shape, but they also need to make sure that they are not mentally weak. Not stimulating the brain enough will lead to an underused brain and when that happens, all other skills could follow and decay.

In my amazement at how security guards are so good in playing these games, I sometimes visit them during their breaks. In our local area, they are usually gathered in the park whenever it is their day off. I would challenge them to different games and it would be amazing how they could put up a great fight. Sometimes, I win and sometimes I lose. But winning does not matter because everybody has a great time always.

This coming Christmas, I plan to give my favorite security guard buddies a gift that I saw at http://www.sp-usa.org/the-top-6-tactical-police-and-security-jackets/. This is my little way of telling them that I really appreciate not just their work, but also their keenness for word games.

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Technology In Red Dot Sights

Apr 25, 2016 by

Technology In Red Dot Sights

As you may know, red dot sights are an attachment for guns that gives you a clear view of your target with a red dot. We know what they are for but do we really know how they work? What goes into making one? When were they first invented? All these are questions that I can answer for you in a few short paragraphs. For more information and reviews on red dot sights read here.

What Is Inside A Red Dot Sight?

There really is nothing to these sights actually. The inside is a hollow tube and includes a concave lens with a thin coating that’s metallic that reflects red light but other colors are transmitted freely, pretty neat, huh? The dot itself is just a reflection off of a diode that emits light inside of the tube. The first one of this king was created in 1975 and was known as the “Aimpoint Electronic”.

Reflex Sight Technology

This is the category that most red dot sights fall into. This is pretty much just a mirror inside of a scope. The aiming reticle is projected forward by a point that comes from behind the objective lens and then is reflected back off of that lens assembly towards your eye. The coating on these lenses are tuned carefully to reflect only light wavelengths that are emitted by the reticle illumination system. Some are fiber-optic and some have a tritium beta lamp used for reticle illumination.

Holographic Sight Technology

These have almost the same technology as the reflex sights. The only difference is that with a holographic sight, the reticle used for sighting is superimposed on your view of the target by a laser transmitted hologram. Basically a picture of the reticle is taken and forms a window in which you can view your target. These sights are also made so that light will not be altered when going through the window. And yes, there is in fact a laser inside of the sight. The beam is bounced back to the shooters eye from a hologram window that creates the reticle image. This image will then project 50 yards in front of you.

Laser Sight Technology

Essentially this is a large laser pointer used for shooting things and can tolerate recoil. The laser needs to travel from the gun, to the target, and then back to the gun and still be visible to the shooter. The visibility can be affected by daylight, reflectivity of the target, fog, rain, smoke, and other environmental factors. The laser needs more power than the other sights for this exact reason. Unlike the other sights, since this is made from lasers, you will be able to see the red laser beam shining on your target and through the fog or snow.

The technology of these sights are really nothing too confusing. They are essentially mirrors and reflections. The fact that they have been around so long means a lot. Back in the day, there wasn’t much fancy technology and people made these sights with just the bare essentials. It is surprising that there aren’t just sights coming straight out of the gun without it being an attachment, or is there?

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Importance of Communication In International Relations

Feb 22, 2016 by

In this blog entry, I would like to share a story that embodies the importance of communication, especially between people of different race and culture:

>>> Hello. I am Kim and I am from Korea. I grew up in a country where English is not the primary language. I spent almost half of my life in Seoul. I know many of you want to visit my country. I cannot blame you. I am proud to say that Korea is indeed a beautiful place. There are so many things to see and great places to visit, not to mention the beautiful faces and welcoming attitude of Koreans. If there is one thing that I don’t like much about my country, it is the fact that we are not fluent in speaking the English language. As a matter of fact, most of us have difficulties speaking even just the basic English.

I don’t bother myself much about English, well, not until I became an exchange student. I have been dreaming of visiting the beautiful country, Philippines. I was chosen as an exchange student and it was a dream come true. Filipinos are very welcoming. In my first few months in the country, I was able to gain new friends. However, I had difficulties communicating with them. Of course, they know how to speak not just their native language but English too. If there is one thing I love about Filipinos aside from being hospitable, it is the fact that they are fluent in speaking English.

I was to dig in to the conversation. I want to be surrounded by them. I want to communicate with them, but my English is very limited. There was even a time when I feel like I don’t belong because I can’t even start a simple conversation in English. All I know was “hi” “hello” and “thank you.” What I did was I ask a friend to teach me English and Tagalog on the side. I am paying her per hour. I don’t mind paying her as long as I get to have a chance to learn the language. I have been studying the language for quite some time now and I am extremely satisfied with the result. I am now confident speaking the English language. As a matter of fact, I can now start a conversation without worrying if my English is correct or not. Aside from my English tutor, I also do my own research online. Communication is very important and I urge everyone to learn the language before it is too late. <<<

Kim’s story is nothing but a representation of how crucial communication is in the lives of every individual. Of course, despite the story’s English-centric nature, it does not mean that the English language is superior to other languages. While it may be dubbed as the universal language, it does not encompass the vastness and complexity of communication.

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The Power Of Media

Nov 24, 2015 by

Power of Media To look for a real estate agent in Anniston

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My aunt just went through a bad divorce that she started to handle the right way, until she became a victim of fraud. In her fight against the horrible scammers, she had the power of media on her side that helped her achieve her goal every step of the way.

Because of her divorce, she decided to start a new outlook in life. Along this change is her desire to forget everything that reminds her of her ex-husband. So she decided to move into a smaller but a more comfortable home. She wanted a cozy home and the most important factor was that it would be very different from the house that she and her ex-husband shared. This way, she can move on much faster. With this in mind, she started scouting for a realtor that could help her land her new home. A man offered his services and he was able to sway my aunt into buying a house that, as it turns out, was not actually for sale. She was scammed!

The man made a fool out of her by taking advantage of the fact that she was hurting. She was not thinking straight so she put all her trust in a man who promised to provide her great service. She had never been in so much painful circumstance than those moments. First a divorce, now, falling victim to scam. Terrible, indeed.

In her desire to stop the fake agent from victimizing anyone else, she shared her terrible experience with the local media. As her story unfolds to millions of local viewers and radio listeners, people were warned of the existence of such a terrible scammer. It was also because of her use of media that the fake realtor was apprehended and sent to trial for fraudulent acts.

Because of her use of media, not only did she warn others and not only was the culprit caught, but a realtor named Joey Crews, on of the best and legitimate real estate agent in Anniston, personally went to my aunt and finished the house-hunting that my aunt wanted to happen in the first place. The agent was touched by my aunt’s story and he got mad at the scammer for tainting the reputation of real estate agents. He wanted to prove that there are kindhearted real estate agents in the region.

My aunt was more than thankful for Mr. Crews. Now, she is peacefully living in her new home, taking care of a small garden and living a more joyful life. After all the bad things she had to go through, she deserves every joy and peace that she needs.

Media wins in providing access to real estate agents in Anniston

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It is good to know that despite all the downfalls in life, there is always the chance to get back up. And it’s good that some people were lucky enough to witness my aunt’s journey through the media. I’m pretty sure it was able to inspire people and was able to let them know that justice for any problem can be achieved and that it can be achieved easier if you use the power of the media to fight the battle with you.

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iPhone Apps Perfect For Word Lovers

Oct 20, 2015 by

iPhone Word Apps

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With the constant changes in dictionaries, colloquial language, social media terms, and many more word-related things, it has become necessary to be able to have a gadget that can keep up with these updates and trends.

Luckily for me, I have my trusted iPhone to help me keep up with all these changes. I even recently had my iPhone unlock through MacBuzzer. It’s a blog that gave a list of reputable sites to have your iPhone gadgets unlocked, as well as a few tips on what iPhone unlocking entails.

I have never been more happy about any other gadget other than when I started owning an iPhone. It just remains to be so updated and its perfect for people like me who like to keep things simple and smart.

One of the best things I like about iPhone and iOS is that there are a lot of applications for people like me who love to be on track when it comes to the latest word games, dictionaries and such.

While it is true that other smartphones are also able to provide some of the applications that I use with my iPhone, I still prefer iPhone gadgets over the rest because I just find its features very decent and clean. Some smartphones, become too clogged up and disorganized to look at, when there are too many apps.

I also find the updates for iPhone meaningful, in the sense that they do not change too much. This is helpful for me because it means that the updates are significant to the software of the iPhone. It only targets the necessary things, so there is not much to adapt to when an update arrives. Other smartphones tend to do too much updating that sometimes, people lose some valuable data. The simplicity of the iPhone very much makes us adults appreciate it because it is easy to the eyes.

Some of the apps I have on my iPhone that I could almost live without are my dictionary apps, and an app that updates and informs me of a new word each day, kind of like a vocabulary enhancing app. I find it very useful because it not only increases my vocabulary, it also gives me so much joy to find out about a new word that I can use in my everyday conversation, or as a power word for the next word game I play with my friends.

It is a happy thought to realize that iPhone gadgets, and other forms of great technological advancement, have not forgotten to help people stay up-to-date with the changes in languages. While some people see it as a hindrance to real, face-to-face communication, I see it as an opportunity to explore other means of effective communication and creative means of using words. It is still up to us, humans, to use them to our advantage, and not towards our destruction.

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The Challenges of Public Relations Work

Oct 16, 2015 by

PR Work on Water Restoration

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Ironies in life are somehow a common feat. While some ironies are funny, there are some that are difficult to fathom and may even need solutions. This is exactly the kind of irony that my friend Margareth had to face while working as the Public Relations Officer for a certain company in Alabama.

She has always been good in her craft, able to create magic with words and come up with unique and brilliant ideas for ad campaigns, that was why she was hired by the best PR firm in the place, and that clients of the firm would specifically ask for her to handle their PR needs.

One of her many clients had a recent factory incident that she needed so badly to overcome with the media.

The factory had a faulty pipeline set up that caused on the water pipes to break and leak water all over the factory’s main production building. Everything in the factory was saved and well managed and nothing was seriously damaged except for the areas that were damped with water.

The panic was that the company she is representing sells pipes. They are one of the leading brands in the pipe business and when word goes out that the factory had a water damage incident because of a broken pipe, people will talk and people will doubt, hence, customers will diminish and sales will deplete.

She cannot allow for this to happen because it was not the pipes per se that was weak, it was the set-up of the pipes that was faulty and caused the pipes to wear down.

She immediately searched for water restoration tips so she could help out in the planning of the course of action to be taken. She contacted a well-known local expert in the field of water remediation process. She made them understand how necessary it was for the repairs to go smoothly, quickly, and quietly. They were immediately able to provide her and the factory with a proposal for a new pipeline scheme that will prevent any further damage in the lines and in the areas that have already been damped with water.

After they worked their magic in the area of the factory that was affected by the incident, they also provided the factory with guidelines on what initial actions should be done whenever accidents like so, ever happened again. After they were done with the place, it looked as though nothing happened in the area. The pipes were even neater and the areas that were damped with water were also already taken care of.

The only thing left to do was that Margareth ensure that the press gets a hold of the true story and she also have to prevent any form of manipulation of facts about what happened. The company held a press conference and explained that the pipes were working perfectly but it just so happened that the previous man power they hired to lay out the pipe arrangement was not able to deliver the best job. She also made sure that the people understand that the pipes the company is selling are still the best in the market.

Indeed, it was an ironic situation that needed a lot of good PR skills to fix and get out of.

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Vestavia Water Damage Doing the Best

Oct 3, 2015 by

Vestavia water damage can clean up this messA few years ago I was going to my study in my house. That is where I go to relax and wind down from the days work. Something that I love to do in my study is to read a good book. Just sitting around in silence and reading a good book. Life just does not get much better than that to me. Then one day my little reading session started to slowly change. It was a normal day after work. I do not know how you are, but I have my normal routine when I get home. My reading time in my study is one of them. As I was reading, I thought I could hear some dripping in the room. I really did not think much of it because it was so very faint.

A few weeks had past. It had been raining very hard this day but had stopped by the time I have gotten home. Instantly, when I sat in my chair I could hear water dripping. I still could not figure out where, though. I looked around the walls and even went outside to look around. I never did see anything. Also when I walked back in the house I did not hear anything anymore. I was still a little worried, about what I heard. So I decided to find a water damage company to come and check out my home. So I decided to find a water damage company in my hometown of Vestavia Hills to come and check it out.

They came out to my house the very next day. I was so happy that they did come so fast. They found such a huge leak in my roof. They also found some mold damage in my attic. They were able to fix all my water restoration needs! They were telling me that if I would have waited a few more months, that my house would have been almost unlivable. The mold damage would have been way too great. They also said that me finding so early saved me so much money. All the damage was still in a small area, so it was a cheaper fix. I know that I will always use them for any of my homecare needs.

 

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Learning All About Australian Comprehensive Car Insurance In a Single Day

Aug 14, 2015 by

An Unexpected Day To Know About Comprehensive Car Insurance

Just a few days ago, I had the privilege to visit a dear friend of mine, who also happens to be into words and wordplay. What she had in mind to entertain me was to deliver me to one of my favorite places to brainstorm and improve one’s knowledge; where else would I babble about but a library.

Together we had the chance to grasp upon new and exciting words of ambiguity. But what really garnered our attention is an Australian racing enthusiast, although not specified if he was a racer or just a mere fan driven to know everything there is about racing and cars, we were stoked as to how much he knows about it. Say anything that talks about wheels and this man will surely provide you accurate details, practically anything.

Given the chance to have a decent conversation with him, I asked as to what he does for a living. I was shocked as I had the most unexpected answer. This man right here in front of me is a lawyer, but specializes in the racing industry in Australia and was knowledgeable of every detail there is to know. He really wants to learn more and that is one reason why he is currently here, to study how our vehicle insurance works.

I then expressed that I was curious as to how Australians consider what’s a comprehensive car insurance to have an educational conversation. He furnished me great details about it and even recommended me one of the best companies out there that can provide an amazing car insurance quote. He strongly recommended a company namely Aussie Insurance Critic. I was curious as to why he was confident about sharing that specific company alone,  but after knowing that he the consultant when it comes to giving costumers their very own quote, I had no doubt that this company is really prominent. This man converses with me like someone with authority and is long in the business, leaving me confident that this man knows what he is talking about.

Learning All About Australian Comprehensive Car Insurance In a Single Day

After such a long talk of substantial new information, I was smiling as me and my friend discussed that in a random day, you can never know what a library can offer. On doesn’t really rely on books alone but the people in the vicinity can surely feed your mind which is hungry for more knowledge by the day.

When I finally arrived home after a long day, I checked the internet for more details and just found out how legit the lawyer’s word was. Indeed, Aussie Insurance Critic was deemed to be one of the best. I further checked a few sites, compared their prices and got one noteworthy to also be mentioned here:

http://www.gio.com.au/car-insurance/comparison

13 10 10 (within Australia)

+61 3 8650 4196 (from overseas)

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Making Long Distance Communication Cheaper

Aug 7, 2015 by

 

Readers of this site will know that I am all about communication and my preferred method is the gold old fashioned analog way of a face to face encounter with other people. Communication is one of the main distinguishing factors between humans and animals. We have evolved to a stage where practically everything we do involves communicating with other people.

What people do not think about a lot is that communication is not just spoken word. Our posture, demeanor, body language and facial expressions have become an integral part of the way we deal with each other. But modern life has also evolved through technology and fortunately and unfortunately the world has become a small place, making it easier to travel but also to communicate with far away people.

I personally have close friends and family on all 5 continents and because I hate communication through email, instant messaging and SMS I am always picking up the phone if Skype is not available. Despite phone call charges to the rest of the world having come down in the last 15 years, my phone bills have still been causing me some concern.

$150 monthly home phone bills would not be uncommon and I don’t mind paying the price to stay in touch with those close to me. But I did start doing some research into cheaper alternatives in recent months and I think I have a set up now that saving me some serious amounts of money.

The very first thing I did was to buy a cheap VOIP adapter which lets me set up my phone connection over my Internet provider. This would immediately save me the roughly $20 per month line rental that I was paying.

Then I researched some Internet phone service providers with cheap calls to all corners of the world. This is where my phone bills were racking up the highest Dollar amounts, so my focus was on reducing those. I have now been trialing 4 different providers and I am now down to 2 of them which seem to have the most reliable service while offering some very cheap calls.

Finally, I invested in a new home phone system and I found a really great Panasonic cordless phone package. It includes 3 handsets so I can have them spread around the house and I will not end up helplessly searching for a phone only to get to it once the caller has given up.

My test has been running about 3 months now and I can say that the results are nothing short of astounding. I invested about $130 in the adapter and cordless phones (the latter wasn’t really necessary) and so far my average costs have come down to under $80. But this is not really a like for like comparison. I took a closer look at my call time and here is what I have found.

Since switching to VOIP I am using the phone 20% and I am saving almost 50% per month. My initial investment has basically paid for itself already and its all savings from here on.

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