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Friday, January 02, 2009
State troopers are looking for a charity to take thousands of shoes that were dumped on a Miami expressway, tying up rush hour traffic.
Lt. Pat Santangelo says the Florida Highway Patrol received a call about the shoes Friday morning.
Santangelo says he's not sure where the shoes came from. There were no signs of a crash and no one stopped to claim them. He says he hopes someone will take them because he doesn't want to send them to the dump.
Workers using a front-end loader and a dump truck were able to quickly clear at least one lane by sweeping all the shoes to shoulder, but delays were expected until they could all be removed.
...source:The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
1. A power nap can help you relax
Established research regarding power nap confirmed that even a few minutes of sleep after food is enough to revive our body and mind. As investigations have shown, a 40 minutes sleep, between 2 to 4 pm, is something that relaxes the body and increases productivity by 50%. Unlike to what many people might think, the need for a power nap has nothing to do with the climate of the region someone is living. As identified by the neurologists involved in the physiology of sleep, the feeling of sleepiness is directly related to body temperature, which varies periodically during the day. When the temperature drops, it is a sign by our organism that indicates the need for relaxation. The hours that this drop in body temperature is experienced are between 2 to 4 pm and 11 pm to 7 am. You do not need to feel guilty if you have a need for a power nap after launch and usually during working hours
2. A power nap can improve your creativity and productivity
A power nap gives us physical and mental strength, stimulates creativity and makes us more productive. It seems that many companies, particularly in the U.S., already know this because they have for their employee’s chairs and rest rooms, an innovation that helped in multiplying their profits. In Japan it is mandatory by contract for the worker to rest a few minutes after lunch, while in China, the right for a 20 minutes power nap is constitutionally guaranteed and inviolable.
3. A power nap is FREE
A psychologist at Salk Institute in California, Sara Mentnik, in her book Take a Nap! Change Your Life., it explains thoroughly the benefits of a power nap. «Imagine a product that strengthens the feeling, liven the senses, pushing fatigue, improves sexual health, helps us to make decisions, helps us to show younger, to lose weight, reduces the risk of heart disease, brings good mood, strengthens memory. Imagine also that this product is not toxic, has no side effects and, most importantly, it's free », says the psychologist. This product is no other than a power nap. Many scientists consider it even more effective than Prozac the tranquilizer medicine that has conquered half of America.
Researchers of Harvard University argue that almost one and a half hours of quality sleep is just as beneficial to the eight-hour bedtime relating to the functions of memory and learning.
4. A power nap can improve your learning and memory
The American researchers put under learning and memory tests two groups of volunteers, at specified intervals during a day and again the next morning. The first group of volunteers remained sleepless and, as expected, their performance in tests began to fall in the afternoon. The second group of volunteers slept for 60 or 90 minutes at 2 pm, while the researchers monitored the progress of sleep with an encephalogram. Some people had quality sleep, which consisted of phases of «slow wave» stages and REM (Rapid Eye Movement), representing dreams. These people had better performance in tests than the first group of volunteers. Indeed, their performance was comparable to the performance of volunteers who had participated in earlier studies having slept normally for two consecutive nights. The volunteers who did not go through REM phase showed poor performance but better than the team that was totally vigilant. The researchers published their findings in the Nature Neuroscience journal and they clearly stated: "From the perspective of behavioural improvement, a power nap is equally good with a good night sleep from the learning perspective ".
5. A power nap reduces the risk for heart diseases
People who regularly take a power nap for at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes, have a 37% lower risk of death due to coronary heart disease (leading to myocardial infarction) compared with people who dot not take a power nap.
6. A power nap helps eliminating the negative effects of stress.
It is known that stress has short-and long-term harmful effects both in frequency and mortality in coronary heart disease. The fact that the correlation between a power nap and better heart health are stronger for men than to pensioners, are indicative of different levels of stress experienced by these two groups.
The degree of reduction of the risk of death because of a power nap is similar to that offered by physical activity. This is a significant benefit achieved by the pleasant experience of a good sleep.
For the first week of the year - and longer if people seem to be smiling back - highway policemen in Thailand will wear the masks "to lift the mood of motorists," according to police officials.
"For our highway policemen, we have the policy that the police must be friendly and smiling all the time, but the problem is, when we're tired, it's hard to keep smiling," said Colonel Somyos Promnim, the Highway Police commander.
This is something I can totally see them doing, when I was there the last 2 summers everyone I met was nicer than any american stranger I've ever met.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
If anyone ever ask you to google something for them, be sure to go to letmegooglethatforyou.com It creates a link for you to send to your friend and ask them if that was so hard? Funny stuff click here to see it in action!
The good news, if you’re a Gmail user, is that you may be part of the elite: while Yahoo and Hotmail users are decidedly average, Gmail users tend to be young, have a high income, and be early adopters of technology. 54% of users are between 18 and 34, while 18% have an average annual household income between $100,000 and $149,999 (compared to 15% for Hotmail and 13% for Yahoo Mail). Another stat, probably related to the young age of GMail users: they’re more likely to be Facebook users than those on the other services.
I use mint.com and it has helped me get better credit card rates. For the list below, just add ".com" to the first word.
Buxfer - Personal money tracking: keep track of how you spend your money and who owes you.
BudgetTracker - track your transactions, bills, income and budget in one place. Organize yourself with BudgetTracker’s calendar and receive notifications of upcoming events.
BudgetPulse - free service that enables you to track your money flow, plan your budget and create fancy looking charts and diagrams. Currently in public beta.
Cyclr - Create “cycles” of money: find others who owe the same amount as you and cancel out each others’ obligations. Currently in private beta testing.
DimeWise - Dimewise is a secure web-based personal finance manager. It’s not free - the services costs $5 per month.
NetWorthIQ - create your financial profile and compare it with other users. Overly aggressive ads might put off some users.
Expensr - a free financial manager that helps you understand where all your money is going. It supports graphs, projections, and some community features like tags and public personal profiles.
I owe you - log, track and share your expenses in various currencies; generate instant reports, and access all this data from anywhere.
Mint - do not confuse this Mint with analytics software Mint from Shaun Inman - these two have nothing in common. Mint is a personal finance organizer which is currently in early beta stage, with invitation-beta coming soon.
Pearbudget - compare what you thought you’d spend to what you’ve really spent; analyze your expenses and save money. Pearbudget is a free desktop application, but a web-based version is currently in beta stage.
BillHighway - Tools for group finances: chapter finances for fraternities and sororities, paying the rent and buying group gifts.
Foonance - A simple, “Web 2.0″ money tracking solution: add your “money stores” (places where you keep your money) and log transactions.
Billster - Track personal and group expenses (including standing orders), and set reminders.
SpicyDigits - Track shared and recurring expenses within a group - notifications are sent to group members via email. Free to use.
BillQ - Slick, nicely designed service to keep track of your bills. Like Basecamp for bills.
Mvelopes - Unlike many other services, Mvelopes connects to your bank account (supported banks only) and pulls all your data together on one place. However, pop-up ads for “financial success” courses made us dubious about this one.
Iohu Money - New bill tracking service, currently in private beta testing.
Less Accounting - Expense tracking for small businesses.