28. February 2010 · Comments Off on How to Pick Up Girls – Okay Men, Listen Up, This is a Lady Speaking! · Categories: Relationships · Tags: , ,

Okay men, listen up, this is a lady speaking. I have some advice for you that my sisterhood may be a bit upset for me spilling to you. If you really want to know how to pick one of us up this weekend, just read on.

Prepare Yourself
The first tip in your quest to pick up the perfect hotty is to present yourself as being pickupable. This means you need to put more effort into getting ready to go out than rummaging through the dirty clothes for a t-shirt that does not smell too bad. You need to start from the top down.

Hair: Get it cut regularly. Heck, you should even splurge and go to a real salon instead of just the local Walmart cut and trim joint. Invest in some appropriate styling product to show off your cool style. Do not be afraid of hair products. Just tell yourself this, “Brad Pitt wears them and he has Angelina Jolie.”

Face: If clean cut is not the thing for you, get over it. Clean cut is almost always the way to go. Just because you have been slaving over your tiny precious “soul patch” since high school, does not mean it is attractive to the ladies. Shave it off.

Smell: Good golly Miss Molly, take a shower. If you stink, this is not France, and you will NOT get the girl. Remember all of those silly commercials showing the new mens body sprays. They have the right idea. Men who smell good are attractive to women. You might want to invest in something a little classier than Bod though. ALSO IMPORTANT, do not overdo it. Spray several sprays in the air and walk through the mist. That is enough to carry you through the evening smelling nice.

Clothes: You know the gay guys you make fun of? Look at how they are dressed. Unless they are wearing pink or stillettos, they are probably wearing the latest fashion and should be admired and copied. Ladies love a man with style.

Shoes: No scrubby old sneakers for the club please. No ugly thong sandals depicting your disgusting man feet. Cover those bad boys up in something fashionable and stylish. Again, check out your nearest gay for a hint.

The second tip in picking up ladies is to leave the cheesy pick up lines at home, but make sure to pack your self confidence. Self confidence is more attractive than any perfume. DO NOT be afraid of us and we will very rarely bite (in a mean way). If you get shot down by asking a woman if she would like to dance or if you can buy her a drink, do not despair. There are plenty of girls who will take you up on the offer.

Sure, it is a new age of femininism and we CAN pay our own way, but a bought drink still tells us you’re interested, and we should never have to go stag on a date. Do not buy her a rolex on the first meeting, but do not be afraid to buy a drink or three. Heck, that may loosen us up enough to think your pick up lines are cute.

09. February 2010 · Comments Off on EcoHomes Assessment – What’s it all about? · Categories: Environment · Tags: , ,

Ecohomes is a credit based environmental rating scheme.  It’s currently operated as a voluntary scheme in the UK, but has been developed to be used against new dwellings as well as major refurbishment projects.

The assessment can be carried out at any point in the project lifecycle, but usually the earlier the assessment is taken the better.  This allows for any corrective action that needs to be made to be built into the schedule of works and minimises disruption.

The EcoHomes assessment tests the development or refurbishment against a set of criteria that help determine the impact the said dwelling will have on the environment around it.  Currently, the assessment areas include energy, transport, pollution, materials, water, land use, ecology, health and wellbeing and management.

Credits are awrded against the assessment criteria, when complete all of the credits are added together to give one overall score.  It is this score that gives the final result, this can be a pass, good, very good, excellent or fail.  The aim of the credit system is to consider the concern of climate change, use of resources and the impact on local wildlife.

The wide ranging assessment criterai covers such as aspect as how far is the nearest shop?  Does it require a car journey or is it easy enough to get there on foot?  This simple scenario can effect pollution, resources and transport.  Also, how efficient the heating system is and other household appliances can also have a major effect on the environmental impact of the development and the overall score attained.

An EcoHomes assessment can be ueful in pointing out energy saving solutions early in a development or refurbishment project and potential areas for improvement.  These are areas that if rectified can help the environment but also save money on energy bills in the future.

04. February 2010 · Comments Off on Is Methane The Cause Of Past Ice Age Global Warming? · Categories: Environment · Tags: , ,

By studying gas bubbles frozen in ancient Greenland ice, University of Victoria researchers have dispelled a popular theory that marine gas hydrates caused a significant release of methane gas into the Earth’s atmosphere, triggering a period of global warming at the end of the last ice age.

“Understanding the behaviour of global atmospheric methane is important because it’s the third strongest greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide and water vapour,” says biogeochemist Dr. Michael Whiticar, part of the Canada-U.S. team that conducted the study. “Atmospheric methane concentrations have increased about 250 per cent in the last 250 years, and they continue to rise about one per cent a year.”

Methane in the Earth’s atmosphere is an important greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 25 over a 100-year period. This means that a methane emission will have 25 times the impact on temperature of a carbon dioxide emission of the same mass over the following 100 years. Methane has a large effect for a brief period (about 10 years), whereas carbon dioxide has a small effect for a long period (over 100 years). Because of this difference in effect and time period, the global warming potential of methane over a 20 year time period is 72.

The Earth’s methane concentration has increased by about 150% since 1750, and it accounts for 20% of the total radiative forcing from all of the long-lived and globally mixed greenhouse gases.

The team, which included PhD student Hinrich Schaefer, studied the concentration and carbon isotope fingerprints of the methane in the ice off Pakitsoq, Greenland. The technique enabled researchers to investigate the changes in sources and sinks of atmospheric methane – perhaps analogous to today’s rapid rise in the Pleistocene and Holocene ages.

“Methane is a gas that makes a significant contribution to global warming but has gone largely unnoticed by the public and some policy-makers,” says Schaefer, now pursuing postgraduate studies at Oregon State University. “Its concentration has more than doubled since the industrial revolution, from things like natural gas exploration, landfills and agriculture. We need to know whether rapid increases of methane in the past have triggered global warming or have just been a reaction to it.”

According to Whiticar, the study shows that massive destabilization of methane hydrates along the oceanic shelves and the corresponding release of methane to the atmosphere can’t be responsible for detonating the rise in greenhouse gases 12,000 years ago.

“Our work supports the belief that wetlands and permafrost layers are responsible for the enhanced sources of methane to the atmosphere. This is critical knowledge because again, today, we see rapid retreating of our northern permafrost boundaries due to Arctic warming.”

The findings of the team’s research were featured in an article in the Aug. 25 edition of the international journal Science. Funding for the Canadian aspects of the work was provided by the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, with collaborations with Oregon State University, the University of Colorado, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego.

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04. February 2010 · Comments Off on Turtle Tattoo Designs · Categories: Arts And Entertainment · Tags: , ,

Many people now are very much engaged in having tattoos on their body. One of the major factors for this is the freedom to express personality and individuality through the choice of tattoo designs. Another reason is the wide acceptance of the world’s culture regarding having tattoos on the skin. Because of all these, there are many designs available for tattoos, and the variety of designs will make choices not that easy. If you are considering getting tattoo on your skin, you may want to try the turtle tattoos since this design is the most popular to younger individuals nowadays. If this information suddenly caught your attention, continue reading on.

We all know that different cultures have different meaning for turtles. As an animal, turtle is a very interesting one, especially with its shell as their way of protecting themselves from any danger and their lifespan of up to century old. This could be the reason why people consider turtles as significant and meaningful animals.

To sight as an example, the Native Americans consider the turtle as sacred animal. The beginning of the world was also attached to the turtle as believed by some of the tribes, like the belief of the Huron, according to them a girl fell on the water and some water animals saw her and brought her to a wise turtle. The turtle instructed the animals to deposit some soil grains from the bottom of the ocean until the land grew and the girl and the land was formed into a world where the girl lived at ease.

This belief about the world is one of the many examples. More cultures accredited the turtle to the myth about creation or about the world. Just like the belief that the turtle is the one that directly or indirectly carries or support the world on his shell.

Some cultures admire the turtle’s characteristics of being steadfast and at peace. Some people prefer the turtle tattoos because it correlates as the symbol for strength, long life, courage, bravery, power, knowledge, safety, and perseverance.

While some individuals prefer this design, some tattoo artist would even enjoy making this art because they can add another design on the shell as they do the markings. Some artists would create extra design of Japanese characters or other symbols on the turtle shell to represent something. This is a great opportunity for the artist to put a tattoo within a tattoo.

This art does not mean you can only put Japanese characters on the shell. You can choose your own personal symbol if you want to add extra design on you turtle tattoos to make the design special and sacred.

Choosing turtle tattoos is a great choice since you can have other designs on it. The design is adaptable to other possible designs and you can have it as small and simple one or you can have it as large turtle tattoo with addition of extra designs on it.

These are the reason why turtle tattoos are considered multipurpose and to some, sacred. If you are interested in getting one for yourself, choose the right turtle tattoo design that fits your personal meaning. You can even make it more personalized by adding extra designs on the turtle shell.