Alleviating the Pain of Defeat

I had an amazing time in Lass Vegas last month. I went there to compete on an athletic competition show. Contestants of the show have to go through a series of obstacle courses for a chance to win money and a trip to Japan to compete against their winners. I was doing well in the first obstacle course of the competition, but eventually came to a water crossing section and fell, causing me to be eliminated. I was mad and sad that I didn’t win, but I felt better once I got an ebony Las Vegas girl from an escort service.

My loss in the competition really hit me hard. The fact that one little slip of the foot was enough to take me down as disappointing. I know I really could have gone far in the competition if not for that fall. (more…)

That Tree Had to Come Down Before They Moved in

My daughter is a single mom raising three children. When she bought a four bedroom fixer upper down the road from us, her father and I were thrilled. We knew that we would be able to help her a lot more being so much closer to us. We knew she was struggling, so her father told her that he would take care of the tree in front of the house. He contacted a Nassau County tree removal company because it definitely needed to come down. Since she bought the house as-is, that meant that the storm-damaged tree was part of the deal too.

I am really surprised that the tree was not already down because the storm that damaged it had happened months ago. I guess because it was at the end of a dead end street, there was no worry that someone would get hurt by it if it did come down the rest of the way. (more…)

Should my child watch this movie: Figuring out movie ratings

These days going to movies seems like it requires taking out a small loan. Not only are ticket prices hovering around $10 each but popcorn and soda are approaching prices that the oil companies would be proud of.

On top of this, you are expected to decipher the movie ratings which can seem rather foggy at times. Is a movie that’s rated PG suitable for your four-year-old? How about a PG-13 movie? Should a child really be 13 in order to see it?

When trying to figure out if a movie is suitable for your child the best place to start his understanding what the movie ratings mean.

The Motion Picture Association of America has five official ratings for movies. These are:

G for general audiences
PG for parental guidance suggested
PG-13 for parental guidance strongly suggested for children under the ages of 13
R for restricted to children under the ages 18 unless accompanied by adults
NC-17 for no one 17 and under will be permitted into the theater.

You’re most likely to G rating on strictly children’s movies. These will be movies that have happy endings and are completely without violence or any sexually suggestive situations and language. These movies are absolutely safe to lets children of any age watch.

PG movies are more along the lines of a family film, something that both mom and dad and the kids will enjoy. PG films may have some low-level violence such as a fistfight, mildly sexually suggestive situations such as a kissing scene or is slightly stressful situations such as when the bad guy has the good guy in a tough spot. Most children over the age of eight are more than capable of handling situations they see on screen in PG films. Children under the age of eight may be either frightened by or unable to understand some of the situations that happened in a PG film, depending on the emotional age of the individual child.

PG-13 movies are meant for a slightly older audience than PG films. In PG-13 films you are likely to find higher levels of violence such as gunfights and blood, more sexually suggestive situations, though not overly sexual, such as long involved kissing or some fondling and more suspenseful and intense situations. PG-13 may also have explicit language such as curse words or descriptive sex words. Parents should think carefully and perhaps preview the movie before taking children under the age of 13 to the movie. That being said, most children over the age of 10 are capable of handling the situations and language seen in these movies.

R movies are meant for adults. Rated R movies may have extreme violence, sexually explicit situations, extremely intense situations or a lot of extreme language. R rated films may also show drug use or more serious criminal activity. Children under the age of 16 should not be permitted without adults. Technically, movie theaters are suppose to ID children and verify that they have an adult with them but most of the time this does not happen. Parents should probably not take children under the age of 10 to these movies. For children between the ages of 10 and 16, parents should give serious consideration as to whether or not the child is mature enough to handle situations found within the movie.

NC-17 is a relatively new rating. It was created to replace the generic X rating. It is unusual to find a movie in theaters with a rating of NC-17. Most filmmakers wish to avoid this rating as is considered by the public to be the same category as porn. While movies do receive the NC-17 rating due to extremely sexually explicit situations, the NC-17 rating is meant to help a movie viewer know the difference between a crafted movie with a developed plot and characters and a movie whose sole purpose is to show sexually explicit scenes.

Unofficially, there is a rating of X. This rating has been adopted by the pornography industry in order to indicate to a customer that the film they are buying contains extremely sexually explicit situations and has been made for the sole purpose of showing those sexual situations. As most porn movies are released straight to video or are shown on only a very limited release, they are not subject to the normal rating system.

With all movies, parents need to consider the emotional maturity of their children when deciding if a child is old enough to watch the movie. Now that you understand a little bit better about the movie rating system, you should feel little more comfortable about taking your children to the movies. That is of course, if you’ve taken out a large enough loan in order to cover the cost.

Scuba Diving

One of my favorite pastimes is to go scuba diving. I learned to scuba dive in 1996 receiving my open water certification through “NAUI” later receiving my advanced certification through “PADI” and my nitrox certification through”SSI”

The feeling you get when you put on the tanks, strap on your mask, and buckle up your fins just waiting your turn to step off the boat is exciting. Your heart starts pounding with anticipation as you are going over you dive plans in your head. Did I forget anything? You are asking your self as you are rechecking your gear.

Finally you step off the boat and into the water as your head bobs under the water and back to the surface you turn and signal the boat you are okay and meet up with your buddy. You and your buddy does a final check on yours and his equipment before heading into your dive.

You slowly descend to the bottom where you come across some of the most colorful reefs you have ever seen. Then out of nowhere you see some beautiful fish that acts like you are in a zoo and swims all around you checking you out trying to figure out what kind of fish you are.

You realize that you are 60′ under the ocean with 100′ visibility you and your buddy seem to be the only humans in the whole ocean, completely weightless, you realize the worries of the world and every thing that had been bothering you is not even there. You have completely forgotten the whole world you left behind when you dropped into paradise.

You continue your dive as you and your buddy glide effortlessly over the reefs pointing out all the fish to each other and checking out all the different animals you encounter maybe even seeing a curious shark or two that don’t even act like they notice you.

Then comes the part of the dive you have dreaded long before you ever got into the water. With great sadness you signal your buddy to slowly head to the surface to return to the world you left behind. Once back on the boat you put up your gear and already start dreaming of the next time you get to know real peace.

If you have never experienced scuba diving I strongly reccommend giving it a try you will be glad you did…

Identity thieves do not take summer vacations

Pack the car, pack the kids, kennel the dogs, double check reservations. Everything set? Yes, for you and for the identity thief ready to take advantage of your summer vacation.

Going on a summer vacation is supposed to be one of the highlights of the year. We save for it, plan for it and anticipate it all year long. Unfortunately, so do identity thieves.

Summer vacations broaden the horizons for identity thieves. Most people aren’t thinking about identity theft when going on their anticipated, stress-relieving summer vacation.

A mailbox packed with the week’s mail can be an invitation to identity theft criminals. A lost wallet can be an identity theft criminals dream!


A few simple plans can minimize your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.

Before embarking on your dream vacation, have your mail put on hold with the post office for the time you are going to be away. A mailbox jam packed with credit card offers is just screaming ‘come and get me’. Not to mention, it sends a signal to potential burglars that your house is lonely and vacant for the week.

Only take the most vital cards with you. Leave the rest of your cards home locked in a safe or in your safety deposit box. You only want to take the least amount of personal identification with you as possible.

While on vacation, keep a list of the purchases you make to compare with your credit card statements and credit report. Trying to remember all the purchase you made can be difficult, unless you have a photographic memory.

If you haven’t already memorized your pin number, now is a good time to do it. Be observant for ‘shoulder surfers’ when performing transactions at ATM machines.

If using internet cafés, only use them to keep in touch with friends and family members, don’t use them to conduct banking, bill paying, or other types of transactions that require your sensitive information. It would be a good idea to use a temporary email set up for this purpose only.

If you lose your wallet or have it stolen, contact the fraud department at your credit card company immediately. Contact your banking institution if your wallet or pocketbook contained your checkbook.


If you just can’t live without your laptop and are planning to take it with you, you should take extra precautions to ensure your system’s safety while away.

Make sure you have a physical lock on your system or have your system locked in the hotel’s safe and be sure to get a receipt.

Don’t perform sensitive transactions at your hotel.

Back up your information before you leave, and remove as much information as you possibly can from your system.

If using Windows NT/2000/XP, make sure you are using the NTFS file system instead of the FAT or FAT32 file system which doesn’t support file level security.

Set a strong BIOS password on your system.

Make sure the ‘Guest Account’ is disabled on your system.

You should think of renaming your Administrator account to something non-descriptive. This won’t deter the seasoned hacker, but it will make their job a bit more difficult.

You can also create a dummy administrator account named ‘Administrator’ or ‘Admin’ and give it no privileges. Give this account an extremely long and difficult password, using more than ten characters. Enable auditing on this account so you will know if it has been tampered with.

Prevent the last logged in user from being displayed when starting your system by using the Group Policy security template. More information can be obtained at Microsoft’s site.

Consider using tracking software have your system ‘call home’ if it has been stolen. Some companies offering tracking software are CompuTrace, Stealth Signal, and ZTrace.

Your precautions don’t end once your vacation has come to an end and you are safely tucked away back home.

Make sure you monitor your credit card statements and your credit report for transactions that you have authorized while on vacation. Unauthorized or unfamiliar purchases should send up a red flag that your personal information may have been compromised. Make sure you compare your statements with your list of transactions.

Most of all, enjoy your vacation and don’t let identity thieves ruin it for you.

Google Adsense-5 rock solid tips to make more money.

Google adsense is proving to be probably the number one method of making money on the internet.
Visit nearly any website today and you will see an array of Google Adsense ads being displayed.
But if youre interested in displaying Google Adsense ads on your website how can you be sure that you are making the most return from your website visitors.

Let me tell you my five top tips to increase your Google Adsense income.

Tip one.

Use articles on your website that are of interest to your targeted market. Original articles written by yourself are best, however if you are not keen on writing why not look at obtaining some Private Label Rights articles. Most important issue here being to modify the articles extensively to make them original to you and not risk duplicated content issues.

Tip two.

Keep your web page layout simple and don’t include links to other products or services, which could distract your visitors from clicking on your Google Adsense ads. Remember this strategy is to increase your Adsense revenue, if you want to promote an affiliate product design a webpage with just your product links on and remove any adsense ads.

Tip three.

Design your Adsense ads to blend in with the background colour of your webpage and also position them in the most profitable positions available. You can get a clear idea of this layout by clicking on my website link below.

Tip four.

Keep track of your visitors and the income they produce to your website, you can do this by creating a channel in the Google Adsense backoffice. Again remember, that if your website is not producing a decent income then you need to look at different subject matters, subjects of interest that people want to read more about and are willing to visit your website in order to read more.

Tip five.

Traffic generation is the real key to success and without visitors to your website you wont make any money. This fifth tip is a complete subject on its own and I will be producing further articles on this subject which you will be able to read by visiting my website below.

I will be adding regular articles on all these subjects and more over the next few days and months so it realy will be worth a visit to see what tips and ideas you can use to increase your Google Adsense income.