Day: April 10, 2017

11 obscenely optimistic songs for ukulele

Jeremy Messersmith writes, “I have a new record coming out on Friday and I’ve released it early as a songbook over at my website (free with an email). It’s called ’11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond.’ It has songs about kittens, unicorns, wealth redistribution, critical thinking, and the power of love. I wrote it to be an antidote to all the toxic news as of late; a musical unicorn chaser. I’m also embarking on a 50 show, Atlas Obscura inspired sing-along tour; all free and in scenic public spaces. I’ve compiled a collection of songs that fans have covered so far into a YouTube playlist over at my website. Thanks for considering!

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Changing Perceptions: Understanding What We Can Control In Life

Differentiating what one can change and what one cannot control in life can be invaluable for some people. As obvious as it sounds, there is no point in trying to change what is outside of one’s control.

However, that shouldn’t always be the case.

Although we can’t control everything, we still have the power to change how things can affect us. And it starts with changing perceptions.

Why We Should Do This

A full understanding of the things that are out of our control gives us a greater sense of power and authority over our own lives. Accepting our inability to influence many external events allows us to focus our time on the things we can change.

For example, we cannot change our past but we can certainly change our future by influencing the present. We always have the choice to focus on the parts of our lives that can make us happier. A lot of people fail to realize this and they get pushed to a series of disappointments trying to chase things outside their control.

control in life

Although there are things in our lives that we don’t have control over, we can always work on how we think of them. How we react to a situation is ultimately our choice. One can choose his own perception of a certain event.

Take, for example, traffic.

We can’t always control the traffic in front of us but we can choose how we’ll react to it. We can shout and argue or stay calm and collected.

“Reality doesn’t bite, rather our perception of reality bites” – Anthony J.D’Angelo

In essence, there are still some controllable aspects to the things we consider uncontrollable. Once you know what they are, you’ll have more power, freedom, and clarity.

We have our own mind and its power is endless. Our choices can never be taken away from us.

How You Can Start

You can start off by identifying which areas of your life are outside and inside of your control. By differentiating them, it will give you more clarity.

Once you know the things that you don’t have too much control over, examine your feelings about them. If you realize that you are unhappy, try to start changing perceptions. You’ll be surprised at how much it can improve your life.

A common example is the rain. We cannot change the weather; it is external to us. If it rains, we should let go of any negative emotion and simply accept that we cannot do anything about it. We can, however, change our perception of it. We can either complain and be miserable, or we can choose to be strong about it and see it in a positive manner. Rain today will allow us to appreciate sunny weather tomorrow. Also, rain in itself can be a pleasurable thing. There is no point building up negative energy within you for things which are not in your control.

The Benefits

1. We will live a happier life. Once we realize that most of the things that don’t make us happy are outside of our control, we can easily start changing perceptions.

For example, when we know that we can’t force certain people to agree with us all the time, we can accept that they won’t agree and therefore be at peace with it.

happier in life

See Also: 10 Life-Changing Tips That Will Boost Your Happiness

2. We will live a life feeling more powerful. Although we can’t win all battles, there are still things in our lives that can be controlled. We just have to realize that we have an advantage over them.

3. We will live a life with greater clarity and focus. The more we understand that it is our choices that shape us, we’ll be able to have a better understanding of the people around us.

See Also: How To Find A Dose Of Clarity In Your Life

4. It will motivate us. Because we now have a greater sense of control, we can start working harder towards the goals that truly matter to us.

We shouldn’t let outside events get in the way of pursuing our dreams. Instead, we should focus more on the things we have more control over, like changing perceptions and choices.

These tips will take time and effort before they can completely change your thought process. The positives, however, far outweigh the negatives of inaction so just keep trying.

Don’t try to change what you can’t control. Instead, start changing your perceptions and you can change your reality.

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How To Make French Crêpes

How To make Crepes

For a dish that seems so fancy, crepes are surprisingly easy to make at home. After all, they are just thin pancakes – but oh, what pancakes!

The ancient origins of crepes are found in Brittany on the coast of France, where their popularity spread to make them one of today’s most beloved national dishes. Crepes can veer sweet or savory with plenty of filling options for either.

Forget about intimidating chef skills or fancy equipment. Crepes require only patience. Once you get the hang of making them, there is no stopping you.

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Microsoft acquires container platform Deis

 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Deis, the company behind some of the most popular tools for building and managing applications on top of the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration service. The companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition. While Microsoft’s Azure Container Service is agnostic and supports all the major container orchestration… Read More

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One kitty's cuddly nature proves that not all cats are total jerks


Cats can be man’s best friend too, okay?

A Texas teen named Hope recently tweeted out a picture of her cat, Holly, acting rather un-catlike. Instead of acting mean and surly, as is the unfounded reputation with most cats, Holly seemed to not only want human affection but demand it.



she grabs my hand and puts it to her face like this

— healthgoth cleancore (@fish_size) April 5, 2017

Hope told Mashable that Holly is, “the most affectionate and loving cat I have ever seen in my life, really! She is not satisfied unless she’s constantly in my personal space, licking on my hands or sleeping sprawled out across my body.”  Read more…

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Smart Tips On How to Become A More Productive Blogger

Productive people are successful people.  They get their work done, make sure all necessary tasks are tended to and leave no loose ends. If you are a blogger, however, these things can be very hard to achieve.

When you’re a blogger, you’re your own boss. You decide what gets done and when so productivity should always be a high priority for you.

To help you achieve that, we’ve compiled some of the best blogging tips that can help you do more with your time.

Make A Plan

planning blogging

Making a plan for when you’re going to write articles, post them on your blog and social media and respond to and send emails can keep you organized and on track. A plan can help you decide what you need to do for the day and limit the time you’ll have to wonder about your next task.

Delegate Small Tasks to Freelancers

You don’t have to do everything by yourself even if you are the sole owner and operator of your blog. Small things, like formatting photos, creating logos and crafting theme designs, can be done by others.

This will save you time as well as increase the quality of your blog. There are several freelancing options and platforms that can meet your budget and needs.

See Also: A Practical Guide to Hiring and Managing Freelancers

Use Your Bookmark Bar

The bookmark bar is a very useful tool that you may not even be aware of. If you haven’t used it yet, it’s a tool which you can use to save websites that you may frequently visit or need to access later.

You can quickly save a website by holding the control key and then pressing the ‘D’ button. Since you’ll no longer have to manually type the website or search for it, you’ll be able to save a good amount of time.

Utilize Time-Saving Plugins

If you have your own blog website, then this will be very useful to you.

Plugins can do a variety of things. They are like apps for your website which can save you time and a lot of hard work.

For example, Akismet is a common plugin that eliminates spam comments so you don’t have to delete them manually. There are also plugins that preserve your format, font, and layout when you want to publish a post.

However, some plugins, like Write!, have .html export options already built in. This way, you can make use of Write!’s special features without having to use plugin space. Keep this in mind as this is one of the most important blogging tips you can find.

Be Passionate About Your Topic

Finding your passion can be a bit difficult but it can help you complete any task. Hopefully, you have chosen a topic for your blog that you are very passionate about.

Some areas of blogging are really exhausting and frustrating. They can easily make you want to give up.

In order to stay on track and be productive, you should try to find something about these tasks that you enjoy. Being passionate about what you’re doing will motivate you to do your best and be at your most productive.

See Also: How To Find The Best Topic For Your Blog

Create a FAQ Page

create an faq page

Are you constantly being asked the same few questions over and over by your visitors?

If so, then you should really consider writing up a FAQ page where you can answer the most common questions from your fans. It’s a more convenient approach since you won’t have to repeatedly answer the same questions.

It may seem like a tiny thing, but those minutes you’ll use answering their questions can easily add up. It’s time you could be spending writing, posting and marketing your blog.

Eliminate Unnecessary Distractions

This tip isn’t specific for blog productivity but can also be used for any task that requires focus.

If you want an easy, sure-fire way to increase your productivity, then get rid of all of the distractions in your blogging environment. This includes signing out of social media, turning your phone to silent, separating yourself from people that will distract you, and suppressing anything that may draw your focus from your current task.

Music may help you focus or draw your focus from your work. This will depend on your preference and what you’re working on.

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People are quitting LiveJournal in droves after Russian owners ban political, LGBTQ talk


Venerable blog platform LiveJournal is now saying goodbye to some of its biggest users, after announcing it’s taking steps to comply with Russian law.

The platform, which moved its servers to Russia in December last year, updated its terms of service last week, Gizmodo reports.

Under the terms, content deemed as “political solicitation,” or that “contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation” will be banned.

Russian law gives censors sweeping powers to ban political and pro-LGBTQ content under the guise of national security. But critics say the law has been used as an excuse to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Read more…

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Singapore’s Saleswhale, which uses AI to automate sales emails, raises $1.2M

 Saleswhale, a Singapore-based startup that uses artificial intelligence to let companies automate their sales emails, has raised a $1.2 million seed round. The capital was provided by VC firms Monk’s Hill Ventures, Gree Ventures and Wavemaker Partners with a number of angel investors. Those include early Dropbox hire Albert Ni, Pieter Walraven (who founded now Google-owned… Read More

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'Tragedy' on the Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching devastates for second year


Little of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has now been left unscathed by coral bleaching.

A recent aerial survey by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has found the phenomenon leaving vast stretches of corals bone-white for the second year in a row.

A global bleaching event in 2016 saw an average of 67 percent of corals lost in the north of the reef, and scientists hoped 2017 would offer the delicate ecosystem a reprieve. The survey showed the opposite.

In 2017, scientists found the middle reef worst hit, leaving only its southern reaches untouched. This means two thirds of the reef’s corals have now been impacted by coral bleaching in a zone stretching for 1,500 km (900 miles).  Read more…

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