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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iPhone Apps Perfect For Word Lovers

Oct 20, 2015 by

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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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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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Working Harder from Home

Jul 31, 2015 by

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I was speaking to a long-time friend the other day. He was a national Scrabble champion 15 years ago. He and I have known each other since the fifth grade, and we have remained friends for all these years, despite the fact that we only speak to each other about every two or three years. The last time I talked to him he was marrying his high school sweetheart. I had flown in to stand by his side and support him as his best man. Now, 32 months later, I speak to him again, and his life has changed drastically. He tells me that he had graduated college about a year after the wedding, and went to work for an accounting firm immediately. The job he took seems like it would be a dream because he works from home and gets to choose his own hours. How great is that! Unfortunately, he made a choice that turned his perfectly easy day into a hard day’s work. You see, he and his wife made the decision to forgo babysitting, and he would watch their two boys while she was at work. He told me that in the beginning he couldn’t get any work done. It was a full-time job trying to keep the boys entertained and out of trouble. One day while searching the web he stumbled across a website about a children’s cartoon called The Stinky and Dirty Show. He thought that sounded like a terrible show, and went on about his day.

Later that same day he told me his boys had completely destroyed his backpack and was going to need a new one quick. My buddy told me that he had this website he would go to before he bought anything. The lady that runs the website is a product research expert. She is a mom, and she is very picky about what she buys for her kids. He knows that if she recommends something he can count on the fact that it is the best. So while searching for a ballistic strength backpack he noticed three words….Stinky & Dirty. He could not believe that she had that show on her website! She actually had written a review about the show, and supported it. She said it was the perfect show for boys, and teaches them very good values such as problem-solving skills, and social skills. He couldn’t believe it, but decided to check it out just because she recommended it. My friend said that the show was an answer to his prayers. For the first time, his boys would play constructively. They had learned from the show to find constructive things to do, or figure out instead of running around without a purpose. Before the show they were destroying things, and after they were building things. So thanks to the mom at mommyinspection.com for the wonderful advice, and thanks to thestinkyanddirtyshow.com for setting such a great example for his sons. Now my friend can get some real work done. He works a little less hard from home now, and gets to spend some enjoyable time with his two sons.

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The Power of the Internet Over Language

Jun 26, 2015 by

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A lot of new words today are coined and made famous because of the Internet. It has become such a powerful tool to the point that it has moved and changed even language.

Well, it is a known fact that almost every year, more and more words have been added to the English dictionary. More and more words have transcend from being colloquial terms into actually being accepted as an official part of the English Language. Even other languages have these constant changes, too.

However, it is during the peak of the age of the Internet that more and more Internet slang have been included as official part of the language. We do not need to go way back. In recent years, terms such as:

Selfie- to take a picture of oneself, usually using a smartphone or camera’s on “selfie sticks.” This has even evolved in “types” such as “bathroom selfies,” “YOLO selfies (which is another term brought about by the internet which means ‘You Only Live Once)” and many more selfies taken in different scenarios and events. Though the highlight of the picture is not the scene nor the event, but oneself.

Tweet – what once was defined as the sound a bird makes, is now given a new meaning. Nowadays, a tweet means a post or an update made via the social media site Twitter.

Twerk – the hit dance craze that Miley Cyrus went viral for, is also an official part of the English dictionary. Who would have thought that such a viral and controversial act would make it to the official list of English words.

The influence of the internet on language is a sign on how powerful this tool is. It shapes societies as much as it has the power to break it. This makes it a very useful tool for progress, but also a scary one at that.

This is the reason why, in order to make sure that only the “good” kind of internet is used by people, service providers that have the ability to constrain “bad” internet and other forms of malware, should be preferred. The process of protecting your network from scary Internet stuff can be done on your own. However, if you either do not have the time to learn how to do it, or if you just want the best kind of internet and communication networking possible, then you can hire an expert service provider to do it for you.  While internet communication is one of the most famous products of this company, they can also assist you in your internet worries because they have the ability to control the networking and communication lines of your internet.

This will be very useful for those families with children, because there will be a limit to the access that your children could have. This is also very useful for families with members in geographically far places because you can be connected through a PBX system that is cost-free, rather than communicating through your usual telephone lines.

Indeed, the Internet has become a very essential part of life. So important and influential that it has also penetrated the realms of language.

I wonder what words it would come up with in the future.

 

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Importance of Words and Communication in Public Relation

Jun 3, 2015 by

 

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Public Relations is a well sought out job. This job heavily depends on a person’s capability to know how to effectively use words. Communication of all forms very much rely on words. Public Relations becomes very effective when the PRO is able to communicate using words that matter and make sense to the audience or target market he or she is trying to reach.

A lot of people wish to try their luck in this business because of the benefits to be a part of it. For one, you get to work with great companies that have lots of projects. The experience of working for them will surely make all those wishing to be part of Public Relations a very effective ways to learn, and hopefully enter the company in the long run. Another advantage of being in this line of work is that it pays very well, and it pays long term, as long as the client remains with the firm and is satisfied with the output, then the firm is well financed all throughout the years of continued partnership with the different firms. It is also a line of business where you get to be on the field and you get to meet with lots of people.

Because of this strong attraction that individuals have towards taking a career in PR that firms make it a point to choose wisely among the many candidates that wish to work for their PR firm.

The things that firms look for in a soon-to-be Public Relations Officer are:

  • Educational degree. This is important because right there and then, it gives you the idea that this applicant is serious about the job since they have studied for it. Also, it will mean easier and shorter time to train the applicants.
  • Command with words. as mentioned, ability to use the right word for the right occasion and on the right audience is key to making a good PR campaign. People who are able to develop this skill will have high potential at becoming PROs in the firms of their choice.
  • Physical looks. This factor is not intended to discourage those that are not so blessed, physically. This is actually a wake-up call for those people that wish to be in the PR business but fail to value the importance of their body in this line of work. When an applicant presents himself or herself in her best foot forward, this includes presenting himself or herself in the best state of mind and body. Because PR work requires pleasing personalities since they represent the companies.
  • Charm and skills. Sometimes, what is written in paper through educational background is not exhibited properly by an applicant because of the lack of skills that are required to put the knowledge into actuality. This is also important because PROs are ask to deal with people every day and when they lack the skill and charm to handle it, then, they are just not fit for the job.

Public Relations may be ideal for a lot of people, but it is not a career that should be taken lightly. Proper preparation and dedication is needed, and that is what PR Firms like look for in individuals.

 

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