We live in an era when information is always readily available. Whether you want to learn about the ancient ruins of Egypt or the wildlife of the Amazon rainforest, you can read, watch videos, and view pictures with the help of the Internet. Books also provide information on every topic imaginable! With a quick visit to the local library, you can open entire new worlds through the pages of books. At Info Doodads, we are giving you just one more source of information that will make life easier. Here you will find tips for using your local library, navigating the Internet and social media, and even reviews of some of the best new fiction lining the shelves of bookstores. Come back each day to get a new “doodad” of information to use in your day to day life.
As a kid nothing made me happier a stack of library books about my favorite subjects; ancient Greece and Rome. When we were studying Greek mythology in grade school I was euphoric; I truly was in awe of the Titians and all that they stood for. Mighty Zeus and beautiful Athena were my superheroes. During my Greek and Roman phase I would beg my mom for a sheet so I could make myself a toga. Mom would raise her eyebrows and shake her head a bit; then she would pin me together in a bed sheet toga and set me loose to conquer the neighborhood. My childhood was full of the greatest heroes of the ancient world; Alexander the Great, Spartan King Leonidas and Julius Caesar.
My whole life changed when I saw the movie “Ben Hur”. No longer were the Romans simply my heroes; I became fixated with becoming a charioteer. My best advice? Never take a cow horse and tie them to a wheel barrow. To say that period of my life was brief is an understatement. I honestly thought my plan would work since I had fixed my uncle’s horse up somewhat like the pictures in the library books showed.
After my all too brief period as a Roman charioteer I moved on to mummies. I was fascinated by ancient Egypt and her treasures. King Tut books still line my bookshelves today. My childhood was simply spectacular. I was a child with a very vivid imagination; I was blessed with parents that encouraged my flights of fancy. I still love to go to the library and check out a stack of books.
My curiosity has always been fueled by books; I have traveled the world and beyond thanks to my local library.
What is social media doing to us? Wow, that’s a complex question with an even more complex answer. Just so we’re all on the same page, let’s go over the definition of social media. Social media is a group of web-based applications and mobile innovations utilized to create interactive dialog from simpler forms of communication. Social media has completely changed how individuals, organizations, businesses and even whole countries communicate (some say social media has fueled the recent upheaval in many North African Arab countries).
The effects of social media are not entirely known much less agreed on. Some sociologists are of the opinion that our addiction to social media is not healthy for society overall. Some studies seem to indicate that social media containing violence has a definite negative effect on rates of violent behavior.
One of the more obvious things that social media has done is to provide a platform for anyone who wants to post a picture, comment, opinion etc. Especially younger adults and teenagers seem to have a hard time realizing that whatever they post will follow them forever. Say a teenaged girl decides to post a naked picture of herself intended for her boyfriend. The problem with social media is that once the photo is posted there is no going back, it will be there for every potential employer to look at, for her parents and friends to see and so forth. Once something is shared on social media it will be there forever for the rest of the world to see.
Face-to-face communication today is nearly a lost art. It’s common today for everyone from peon to CEO to text a message rather than deliver the message in person. It’s easy to criticize someone when you aren’t facing them; social media is infamous for harboring over-the-top critics and opinionated pundits.
Social behaviorists generally agree that only time will settle the question of social media’s long-term effect on society.
We all know times are hard and in general, money is short. Most of us are looking for ways to trim the family budget to fit the shrinking value of our paychecks. My family has found that one way to better live within our means is to take a weekly trip to the local public library.
A visit to the local library on Saturday mornings provides our pre-school aged twins with plenty of entertainment; Saturday morning is story hour. The librarians dress up as characters in the book of the week and the kids love it. Our kids are getting more out of story hour than they realize; they think of story hour as fun while my husband and I think of it as learning time. Our kids are learning to be quiet and listen, to use their imaginations and to socially interact with other children their age.
When story hour is done I take the twins up and down the aisles of children’s books. They each pick out 3 books for the week and I pick out one so we can have a new story each night. The simple act of picking out books becomes a lesson when approached as such. I try to let the kids haggle and negotiate (as long as they do it quietly) their book titles until they reach agreement about which to check out. Basically I am hoping that they are learning that getting along requires a little give and take.
My husband lost one of his two jobs recently; instead of feeling sorry for himself he is taking the time to study up on the latest advancements in his field. We could not afford some of the books; thankfully the local library had exactly what he needs.
Our local library provides a priceless service at no cost; this means everything to a family short on cash.
With so many new books coming out every month, it may seem like a difficult task to find one that will peak your interest. Although you may like the topic of a book, the content may not be what you are looking for a piece of non-fiction or even in a novel. One of the best ways to find out if the book is worth your time is to read a book review. There are many places where you can find reviews for books. One of the simplest is the internet.
Since so many books that you can find in a bookstore are also offered for sale online, there will surely be at least one book review to help you decide whether or not it is the kind of booking you want to read. The other benefit of reading an online book review is that you can also get a review of the seller if you are planning to purchase online as well. But readers like you are not the only ones who may be able to offer an online book review.
There are many people who review books for a living and offer their reviews online. The benefit to reading these types of reviews is that they may offer you a review that is more in-depth than say a person writing a review on an online bookstore website. The point is that you should really take advantage of the fact that others have read the book before you and are willing to offer their opinion on whether or not other readers may enjoy the book as well.
If you are struggling to find that perfect gift for your loved one this year, it is not too late to find it even though Christmas is only a few short days away. I still cannot believe it is almost Christmas, where does the time go?
There are a few digital gifts that are sure to please your loved one this holiday season. The first of the best digital gifts is a Netflix gift card. This is a great gift because everyone loves movies and many people do not want to have to go outside of them home to watch them. Anyone on your Christmas gift this year is sure to love a Netflix gift card.
Digital video camcorders are also a great gift to give if you have the finances to allow you to do something this nice. We all love to capture memories on video and digital camcorders allow us to do that in a nice and convenient way.
A digital camera is always sure to please anyone on your Christmas list. Although many phones these days have good cameras on them, you are not able to capture really good quality pictures with them most of the time, so having a good digital camera on hand is always great. You can get these digital cameras in tons of cool colors that are sure to please everyone on your list.
A great way of solving the problem of not knowing what to buy someone is by giving them a digital gift card. This allows them to be able to go online and purchase what they would love the best. E-gift cards are the way to go in my book! You simply cannot go wrong with these!
This is a story of how I was able to stop smoking last Christmas because someone gave me the gift of electronic cigarettes. I will tell you that when I first opened the package from my husband last year during the holidays I was a bit offended. How dare he think that just because I had been trying to stop smoking for a long time that I would like to try electronic cigarettes. I had already made up my mind that electronic cigarettes were just a passing fad and were really pretty stupid. My husband knew this, but yet he decided to buy me one anyway. I honestly would have rather received something like jewelry for Christmas but instead he bought me an electronic cigarette. I know now that it was a very loving thing for him to have done and I will be forever grateful. Hey, at least he didn?t buy me an iron or something like that!
As I said I had been trying to stop smoking for years and had not been successful at it. I had stopped a couple of times but it only lasted a week or so and I would be back to smoking a pack a day. My husband had been becoming concerned because I had developed asthma as a result of smoking and he was worried that it would turn into to something far worse.
As the years in our marriage started going by and my breathing became more and more labored I guess my husband was worried about losing me so that is what prompted him to give me the gift of electronic cigarettes this past Christmas.
I remember opening the package of my electronic cigarette and at first being a little disgusted it was not a piece of jewelry. After I had fully opened the package I could see that it was one of the best e-cigarettes at CocktailNerd. I decided that moment that I was going to give this thing a try. Since it was one of my main gifts, how could I not? My first step towards stopping smoking was to stop purchasing my traditional cigarettes and spend time learning more about e-smoking by reading CocktailNerd e-cigarettes reviews. This was very hard for me as I had become accustomed to purchasing a carton of cigarettes each week. This was just going to be a habit I was going to have to break.
I begin to use my electronic cigarette each day for a few hours. I soon found that I didn?t have to smoke it very long to get all that I needed as far as smoking was concerned. It was honestly about a week and a half before I was able to put all cigarettes down, both traditional ones and electronic ones and now I am smoke free!
When my friends ask me how I managed to quit smoking for good, I always point them to a review of V2 Cigs at CocktailNerd. Just last month, a friend of mine read the Green Smoke review at CocktailNerd and made the switch to e-cigs too. I also found that you can get great electronic cigarette coupon codes online to help you save a lot of money on e-cig starter kits and cartridge refills.
Overall, e-cigs were the best gift I?ve ever received. They have changed my life.
The Fifty Shades books could be the most talked about book of this summer among women. There are three books to complete the series, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. While the talk of the books may be controversial because it does involve many dark scenes, it is also about falling in love and romance. While most adults cannot comprehend some things in the book, it can be easy to try to put yourself in the situation of the young girl that is having these all-new experiences.
I would recommend that a married person or a mature adult read this book, as it does make references to many different mature bedroom scenes throughout all of the books. This is something that may be in all romance novels, however this book is descriptive and has a different level of romance that you will have to read to find out.
This book was well written and easy to follow and you could also put yourself in the shoes of the main character as you read. The ending of each book left you wanting to pick up the next book to see what was going to happen next. There are elements of surprise and things that I did not see coming throughout the whole series of books. The last book did seem a little different and in more of a faster paced type of style with different tenses, but overall I would recommend the books and enjoyed reading them.
I went to school and got the training needed to get a good job as a computer tech at a school. Everyone, including myself, thought that this was the perfect career move. Unlike the teachers, I was going to have to work year round, but at least I would be working the same hours over and over again, and I wouldn’t have to worry about bringing my work home with me. When I left the school, I’d be leaving all my work behind.
The other thing I really like about my job was that not only did my job pay well, I figured I’d have job security, after all, the school needed to use their computers and most of the teachers didn’t have a clue about how they were going to fix their computers. They needed me.
What I didn’t count on was the way things changed two years after I graduated from college. One day it seemed like working in schools was the most stable job around, the next it seemed like the school didn’t have any money and no one, not even the teachers, had any idea if they would have a job after the summer break.
At first I thought the terror rocketing through the schools was temporary. I was wrong, the school still isn’t a stable environment and even I’ve learned not to take my job for granted. The fact that the future of my job constantly hangs in the balance has made me take a look at my finances and try to decide what bills I can pay off early and predict how long I can live if I suddenly lose my job.
After looking at the situation carefully, I decide that it would be in my best interest to join an electronic cig affiliate marketing program. Between the stresses of having to deal with other people’s kids all day long and the stress of worrying about meeting the state’s new educational guidelines or losing their jobs a majority of the teachers have taken up smoking. I figured the idea of a smoke free odor free cigarette would appeal to them, particularly after they found out that it cost a faction of what they spent on cigarettes.
I visited E-Cigarettes Reviews and learned as much as I could before joining the affiliate programs. Once I prepared a sales pitch and had printed up some GreenSmoke user reviews, eSmoke reviews By Users, and Premium E Cig reviews which I passed out to the teachers that I thought would be interested. Not only did all of the teachers I speak to purchase e cigarettes through my affiliate links, I’ve even noticed that a couple have posted SmokeTip reviews of their own.
As soon as I got my driver?s license my parent?s told me that my new job was going to be driving my grandmother to the local retirement community three times a week for bingo. I?m pretty sure my parent?s thought I?d hate doing it, but I didn?t. Not only was I able to spend time with my grandmother, who I adored, I also kind of enjoyed playing bingo with her friends. It was something she and I shared that no one else in my family understood.
I don?t think Grandma and I missed a single game. When I left for college I assumed that my mom would either take my grandma to the games, or she?d make my little brother do so. It wasn?t until I got home that I learned no one was driving my Grandma to the bingo games. Not getting out of the house for her games had caused my grandmother to look like she?d aged years in the few months since I left for college. I promptly started taking her to her games.
Since Christmas break only lasted for a few weeks, I racked my brain for a reasonable solution.
Shortly before I left, I found a few great new bingo sites and helped my grandma get signed up. Luckily she was already comfortable using the computer and didn?t have any hesitation in using the online bingo sites. She and I emailed one another several times a week. It only took me a few minutes to show my grandma how to sign into her account and to teach her how to play xbingo online.
Even though I got her signed up for online sing bingo, I was worried that she wasn?t going to use the website to play. I knew that the main reason my grandma like online bingo so much was because she enjoyed socializing. She looked forward to seeing her friends when she went to the games. I couldn?t get her friends signed up, but I did set up a time that I would log on. I told her we could play a couple of games together. I figured it gave her something to look forward to.
I got the surprise of a lifetime when I logged into my account at the appointed time. Not only was my grandmother logged into her account and ready to play, she?d also convinced several of her friends, the ones that are familiar with computers and were willing to try something new, to create their own accounts. For the better part of the evening the entire group of us played online sky bingo, one game after another. By the time I logged off, my grandma and her cronies were talking about getting a whole bunch of web cams so that they could see one another while they played. It turns out that landmarkbingo is a hit with Grandma and her friends!
You don?t really need me telling you that smoking?s a bad habit. If you?ve been smoking for any length of time you?ve already had run ins with lots of non-smokers who don?t hesitate to tell you that smoking is smelly, that if you continue puffing on cigarettes it?s likely you?ll be diagnosed with some painful and fatal disease, and that the secondhand smoke you produce isn?t doing the environment any good. Non-smokers have no qualms about listing one reason after another about why you need to give up your habit.
I will tell you something you might not know. Today, there?s an alternative to cigarettes and cigars. Instead of spending your hard earned money on a fresh pack of cigarettes or a box of cigars, you should spend it on a Safe Cig starter kit. Safe Cig is constantly rated as one of the best e cigarettes in electronic cigarette reviews. I promise that it will be the best choice you make all year, maybe even the best decision you make in your life.
Electronic cigarettes and cigars provide the perfect way to placate the on-smoking population, without having to give up any of the pleasure you get from smoking. You won?t even feel like your compromising anything. You will fall in love with the e-cig, whether you choose V2Cigs, Safe Cig, or Green Smoke.
The folks who will get the most pleasure out of the Safe Cig electronic cigarettes are the individuals who favor the taste and smoke density of Marlboro cigarettes. The Safe Cig Company has put an incredible amount of time, money, and effort into making sure that the vapor juice they use is a perfect match for this type of cigarette.
The Safe Cig Company is one of many companies that currently manufactures and sells battery powered vaporizers that produce a smoke like vapor you can inhale. Some people have opted to use their Safe Cig cigarettes to help them quit smoking, others because they?ve feel the vapor is a healthy alternative to cigarette smoke, and still others have elected to use the Safe Cig because they?ve decided they just like the idea of a battery powered cigarette. Nearly every person who decided to use the Safe Cig is stunned when they discover just how familiar the vapor feels and taste when they inhale it. Most can?t tell the difference between the vapor and actual cigarette smoke.
The best way to get started using the Safe Cig electronic cigarettes is to take advantage of the starter kits that the company has put together. These starter kits contain everything you need to start enjoying the Safe Cigs. You?ll be able to find a starter kits to fit every economic and life style situation. After purchasing the starter kit, you have thirty days to decide if the Safe Cig electronic cig is right for you.
You can also learn about other e-cigarette brands online through Premium E Cig reviews. You can compare the features in Premium vs V2 Cigs forums and find out what people really think of each company before you commit to making a purchase.
When you are considering e-cigarette, Luci is a brand that is a great option. The Extended Kit provides more charging options and more nicotine cartridges for the user. The Extended Kit is not really for the beginner as much as for those who want to move onto something more sophisticated than a basic kit. After comprehensive testing it was found to be the best choice for those that are new to using electronic cigarettes. It?s really the best alternative to the uncomplicated and basic starter kits offered by other companies, especially in the selection of flavors.
The Luci Extended Started Kit includes the attractive Luci e-cig. You will love the Luci look! It is really sleek with a black body and it is printed with the logo that sets it apart as Luci. There is really nothing that can compare in design when considering using other models of e-cigarettes. It would be the difference between riding a donkey and riding a true thoroughbred.
Although Luci does cost a little more than some other e-cigs, it raises you up to one of a select few positions of vapers, which helps make the cost worth it. If you are all about the latest trend and the utmost style, it?s worth paying the extra money to vape with a Luci e-cigarette. It will really set you apart from the run of the mill e-cig users!
Luci has gone above and beyond what most e-cig companies offer with outstanding products. You will enjoy a longer battery life and a cartridge that lasts as long as about 15 tobacco cigarettes. In fact, when you order the standard three cartridges, you will enjoy as much smoking time as you would get form 45 tobacco smokes and you will save a lot of money in the process.
The extended kit is equipped with thirty cartridges while you only get five cartridges in the basic kit. If you are a new user, this assortment will be a great way to try a variety of flavors and strengths until you find the combination that is best for you. It includes 2 Extended batteries, 1 Atomizer, 1 Car charging kit, 1 Home charging kit, 30 Nicotine cartridges in both the flavor and strength of your choice and a glowing LED tip for only $199.99. Luci also has a special chip inside the design that regulates how much nicotine is released so you can better control your true nicotine usage. This is perfect for smokers who are trying to wean themselves off of nicotine altogether.
In the Extended kit, you get an extra charger which will come in handy when you are too busy to stop and plug in your e-cig at home. Take it on the go and charge it in the car or even at work by plugging it into the USB port on your computer. Without charging your battery, you can expect to consistently use the e-cig for half a day before the battery runs low. With the extra battery, you can charge up ahead of time so that you aren?t left stranded when you really need a quick nicotine boost in the middle of the day.
To learn more about e cigarette technology, check out the following sites:
-Find the SmokeTip ratings here to learn which brands people choose most often.
-Check out the Green Smoke reviews to see the many important health benefits of giving up tobacco cigarettes in favor of electronic smoking.
Everyone loves the thrill of playing a round of slots at Bet365 Casino. The online casino games that are available on the Internet are a lot of fun, but they can also be expensive and addicting. While many people play these games to try to earn some extra cash, they can end up losing a ton of money in the process if they aren?t careful. The key to successfully protecting your finances while playing games at a mobile casino is to look for free opportunities to play. Here are a few strategies that will allow you to play mobile slots and other favorite casino games for free.
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Check Forums Devoted to Online Gaming
Keep your eye on the forums where people discuss online gaming. You can often find promotions mentioned here as well! Sometimes people will share a discount code that will get you free games at Virgin Casino or other popular sites. The forums are also a great place to learn new strategies to increase your odds of winning when you play games like poker, blackjack, and slots.
Try Out New Casino Sites
Don?t fall into the trap of only playing one casino site. While you may have a favorite that you naturally gravitate towards, you will miss out on a lot of free opportunities if you don?t play the field a little. Each week, sign up at a new casino site and then rotate back and forth between all of your favorites. This will allow you to build a steady stream of winnings in multiple accounts, protecting you if a company suddenly goes under and disappears from the Internet without paying out the winnings that it has promised the players. It will also allow you to take advantage of casino bonuses that are meant for new players.
Whether you like to play games at Skyvegas.com or Bingo House, you will always have an opportunity to play casino games for free. Be smart about your online gaming time and do some research to make sure you get the best deals and save money on your weekly casino play.
Unless you are blind you probably have little insight into what possibilities await the visually impaired. Do you know that blind people go to libraries and check out items just like sighted folks? In my opinion one of the greatest features of any library is their audio CD section.
My father was not born blind. He had perfect vision until he was well into his 80’s when age related macular degeneration robbed him of his eyesight. He was used to being active and working with his hands. Dad built an extremely successful business from the ground up, making important decisions and running things. His vision loss caused a great deal of consternation in the family as we worried about how he would react to his forced retirement. We should have known that he would adjust and do what he could with what he had been given.
We contacted a local chapter of “Foundation for the Blind” to ask for help in making dad’s life as full as possible. The most valuable piece of information they gave us was that our local library maintains a huge lending library of audio CD’s. We immediately visited the local library to see what was available. Our library houses a very impressive audio book collection. Not only do we have access to the CD’s on the shelves but we can order them from a master catalogue and they will be brought in from a regional library. There are literally more books on CD in our library than most of us could listen to in a lifetime.
Weekly library trips are routine these days. I take dad in, I read him the jackets and he chooses what he wants for the week. I cannot tell you how important this service is to my father and anyone else who is visually impaired.
I am personally very thankful for the very important service that our public library performs.
When you think about libraries you automatically think about shelves filled with books. Most everyone who has been to a library before knows that there are two main types of books; non-fiction and fiction. And of course there are reference books and magazines too. Books are what libraries are all about; well almost all.
Today’s libraries are repositories of far more than just books. Most libraries receive local newspapers and often they have copies of big city papers as well; they usually have copies of financial newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal. The news section of a library is commonly a very busy section as people strive to keep abreast of current happenings and trends.
Most libraries have a bank of computers for public use. Computers in libraries are extremely popular, especially with people who do not have home computers (in some instances they don’t even have a home). The public is welcome to come in and use library computers for job searches, internet research and as a source of general information. In this day and age computer access is almost a necessity of everyday life. Library computers are an invaluable community tool and resource.
Educational seminars, classes and conferences are often hosted by libraries. Some libraries are the scene for college level courses such as Library Sciences. Libraries have always been associated with learning and most likely always will be.
Sometimes people visit libraries for social interaction; for instance people interested in genealogy meet weekly in the Genealogy section of the library to enjoy each other’s company and swap information about research techniques.
Visit your local library soon; you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find.