Sunday, October 31, 2010

Should You Self-Publish, Then Get a Literary Agent?

Eslite Bookstore in Taichung Chung-yo Departme...Image via Wikipedia Editor Alan Rinzler of The Book Deal wrote an interesting post this week: Literary agents open the door to self-published writers.
Please take a few minutes to read the original article, but the gist of it is that agents are becoming increasingly willing to accept previously self-published authors as clients. In fact, some are more than willing—they’re actively seeking self-published authors.
On the other hand, those who were skeptics in the past are still skeptical. Rinzler quotes a couple of agents who say they aren’t opposed to taking on self-published authors, but that they simply haven’t seen anything worth considering just yet.
It seems the consensus is this: if your book catches an agent’s interest, it doesn’t really matter whether you’ve self-published or not.
Rinzler concludes his post with this opinion:
As an editor at a big commercial publishing house, almost all my acquisitions come in through agents.  So I’ve always believed that the best way for a self-published author to convert to commercial publication is with the help of an agent. A good agent who believes in your book can make all the difference in the world.
While I don’t disagree with this statement in the least, I do have one question:
Why would a writer spend a great deal of money to self-publish his book when really he hopes to break into the commercial market and secure a literary agent to represent him?
Yes, there are the lucky few who self-publish with limited commercial aspirations, then discover there’s a bigger market for their work than they ever imagined. From there they decide to approach an agent, and the deal takes off.
But, I can’t wrap my head around the idea of deliberately self-publishing with the intention of later breaking into mainstream publishing.
There are several reasons people decide to self-publish:
They want to see their work in print for sentimental, rather than commercial, reasons.They can’t find a literary agent to represent them.They don’t care for mainstream publishing.They want to be in full control of their work.
If one of these four reasons describes why a writer has decided to self-publish, then I wonder:
If your motivation is simply wanting a few bound copies of your book for sentimental reasons, do you really need an agent?If you can’t find an agent to represent your book before you self-publish it, will someone want to represent it after you self-publish it? (*That is, unless you manage to sell an outstanding number of copies.*)If you don’t care for mainstream publishing, would you care to work with an agent who is part of the mainstream publishing process?If you want to be in full control of your work, would you really want an agent anyway?
Alice Martell, an agent quoted in Rinzler’s article, believes self-publishing is becoming a way for writers to test the market for their books, so perhaps that’s one of the bigger reasons it’s become attractive.
To me, that seems like the longest, most difficult, and most expensive way to test if there’s a sufficient market for your book.
To self-publish, you still need to write the book, just as you would if you were going to submit to a literary agent in the first place. Then, to test out its appeal, you have to pay for your own editing, design, and distribution.
I don’t see the logic here, but I might be convinced if I heard from authors who’ve had success with this process.
My opinion on self-publishing has relaxed over the last couple of years. Things are definitely changing, and I’d be a fool to ignore that. I think it’s great that agents are more willing to look at self-published submissions, but I don’t necessarily agree with self-publishing with the intention of finding an agent later.
According to everything I’ve read and studied, I believe you should self-publish your work if you are confident it’s an investment you won’t regret. It doesn’t really matter what your motivations are, as long as you’re satisfied with the outcome.
That said, there are many writers who don’t want to self-publish.
What’s your take on this?
Is it a good strategy to self-publish your book first, then try to find a literary agent? (Me: I’d just try to find an agent first.)Have you ever self-published a book, or would you consider doing so in the future? (Me: Never self-published, but I would write non-fiction ebooks to create passive income. I wouldn’t self-publish my fiction.)Have you ever purchased a self-published book? (Me: I don’t think I’ve ever even seen one for sale anywhere.)
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Business Owner's Guide to Accounting and Bookkeeping (Psi Successful Business Library)

Business Owner's Guide to Accounting and Bookkeeping (Psi Successful Business Library)Business Owner's Guide to Accounting & Bookkeeping features clearly written, step-by-step explanations and practice situations to give you the basics you need to understand the economics of your business.

This essential primer takes the mystery and intimidation out of business accounting and bookkeeping and helps you interpret and prepare financial statements and organize your own set of books.

You will learn to generate your own statements, interpret your statements for internal planning, and plan for your company's future using budgets. This guide's practical introduction to business financing will also help you:
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Includes dozens of sample financial statements and rule-of-thumb formulas to help non-accountants easily comprehend and use:
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* Ratio Analysis
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* Internal Controls
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing

Bookkeeping, Accounting and AuditingThe book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website ( You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Publisher: Racine, National Institute of Business; Subjects: Accounting; Auditing; Business

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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Best-Selling Novels That Made You Snore

Audrey NiffeneggerImage via Wikipedia I remember starting a thread on a forum once, in which I asked other readers if they disliked a particular best-selling novel as much as I did—A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick.
It turned out not many had read it, but someone else started another thread about how much she disliked The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Many jumped into the conversation, claiming they also didn’t care for the book.
The reason I bring this up is because I happen to have picked up “The Time Traveler’s Wife” from the library this week, and I’m about a third of the way through it. So far, so good—although I don’t think it’s one I’ll be praising from the rooftops or anything.
A novel can’t be all things to all people. Here are some of the best-selling books I just didn’t get:
A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick. The story didn’t have me convinced, and I found the writing extremely repetitive.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I read it this past summer and found it…well… poorly written and kind of boring.
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. This is one I thought I’d love, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I just wasn’t that interested in the subject matter.
The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. When I picked it up, I didn’t realize this book was a sequel. Perhaps I would’ve liked it more if I’d read the first book, The Shadow of the Wind. It wasn’t horrible, but I found it extremely long and a bit corny.
One reader’s trash is another reader’s treasure. No two people will enjoy all the same books, and even like-minded individuals will differ in their opinions of certain stories.
However, we as writers should be able to look at a novel and recognize what factors led to its popularity, whether we enjoy reading it ourselves, or not.
Take “Twilight,” for example. I didn’t like it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand why it became a best-seller. Let’s face it: teenagers love vampires and romance. Put them together, and the rest is history.
Nathan Bransford says:
…the one question that aspiring writers should never ask themselves when reading a book is, “Do I like this?”
Whether we like a book or not is irrelevant.
Instead, Bransford advises that we consider whether the book meets the goals set out by its author.
It’s easy to look at a best-seller and say we don’t care for it, but it’s difficult to realize that no matter what we write, or how well we write, someone will think the same about our work.
And that’s okay. You can’t please everyone.
If you check out the reader reviews of the best-sellers I didn’t like, you’ll see that all of them do have a high number of four and five star reviews. That means somebody enjoyed them—in fact, the majority of readers did.
Which best-selling novels did you dislike, and why? If you need inspiration, check out:
Also, on a more positive note, which best-sellers did you love?
Some of my picks are Life of Pi, by Yann Martel; A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon; The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy; and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
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Bookkeeping Workbook For Dummies

Bookkeeping Workbook For DummiesFully updated for a UK audience Bookkeeping Workbook For Dummies is the easiest way to get up to speed in all the basics of bookkeeping: from setting up a bookkeeping system and recording transactions to managing payroll, preparing profit and loss statements, tackling tax and filing month and year end reports finances. Expert author Jane Kelly guides you step-by-step through every aspect of financial record and offers quick tips to help you work through the interactive exercises and practical problems encouraging you to find your own route to a solution and sharpen your skills along the way. Whether you’re studying on a bookkeeping course or balancing the books in a small business this book is the fastest way to get started.

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Chapter 2: Designing Your Bookkeeping System
Chapter 3: Sorting Out Your Business Road Map

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Chapter 4: Looking at the Big Picture
Chapter 5: Journaling — The Devil’s in the Details
Chapter 6: Designing Controls for Your Books, Your Records, and Your Money

Part III: Tracking Day-to-Day Business Operations with Your Books

Chapter 7: Purchasing Goods and Tracking Your Purchases
Chapter 8: Calculating and Monitoring Sales
Chapter 9:  Employee Payroll and Benefits

Part IV: Getting Ready for Year’s (Or Month’s) End

Chapter 10: Depreciating Your Assets
Chapter 11: Paying and Collecting Interest
Chapter 12: Checking Your Books
Chapter 13: Checking and Correcting Your Books

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Chapter 14: Developing a Balance Sheet
Chapter 15: Producing a Profit and Loss Statement
Chapter 16: Reporting for Not-For-Profit Organizations
Chapter 17: Doing Your Business Taxes
Chapter 18: Completing Year-End Payroll and Reports
Chapter 19: Getting Ready for a New Bookkeeping Year

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Chapter 21: Top Ten Accounts You Should Monitor
Chapter 22: Top Ten Problems You Should Practice

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bookkeeping exercises, developing the principles of debits and credits, recording transactions, the trial balance, balance sheet, statement of profit and ... closing; for beginning bookkeeping students

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Could Someone Be Plagiarizing Your Writing?

Cover of "Sideways [Blu-ray]"Cover of Sideways [Blu-ray] I received an interesting email a few days ago.
It was from someone who had found a couple of my articles plagiarized on a self-published author’s Facebook fan page.
Naturally, I was curious. Upon following the link, I did find two of my articles—one of them with a slightly different title, the other with its original title. The woman had named herself as the author of the articles, and had not given credit or linked back to Write It Sideways in any way.
Okay. So, I was a little miffed.
I wrote her a polite note asking her to credit me and link back to my site.
What happened next shocked me, although perhaps I’m naive to not have expected it.
With no real expectation of what I would find, I plugged a short excerpt of those same two article titles into a Google search, and came up with another (unrelated) site that seemed to have used my work.
Lo and behold, there were my articles again. Only this time it wasn’t just two articles.
Nearly all of the content on this site for the past three months was made up of my writing.
The person in charge of this blog had taken at least 17 of my posts, slightly changed the titles, posted large excerpts of my writing interspersed with a few thoughts of her own, and put her name on them. A few of them were cut and pasted word-for-word, still signed with her name.
What’s worse? This blog’s About page claimed it was officially connected with a self-publishing company. The company’s Facebook fan page had some of my plagiarized titles in their feed.
I sent the blogger and the company separate emails, and heard back from the blogger within 24 hours.
She gave no explanation but expressed her apologies, and has since removed all of my work from the site. However, I haven’t heard anything back from the company.
Wikipedia says:
Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as “the wrongful appropriation, close imitation, or purloining and publication, of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
So, we’re not talking about simply using someone else’s work, but using it and then claiming you wrote it.
After some time to consider things, I’ve decided this online battle with plagiarism is one I’m not going to actively fight.
Why not?
There’s nothing I can really do about it, other than ask them to take down the work or credit to me.Being angry over something you can’t change saps a lot of energy. I’d rather use that energy for something more productive.No one can build a successful blog on blatantly plagiarized content, because sooner or later they’ll get caught.It doesn’t matter whether you put up a copyright notice or not, people will still use your work and put their name on it.
Some bloggers, like Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, have uncopyrighted their material, which means people are free to use it, change it, distribute it, and do basically whatever they want with it, and not have to give the author credit.
I’m not going that far. I understand the reasoning behind uncopyrighting your work, but I’m not going to tell people it’s okay to use my stuff and take the credit for it.
That said, will I go searching for plagiarized content on a regular basis? No. I won’t waste my time. If someone brings it to my attention, as in the case of the email I received, sure—I’ll check it out.
These are my personal feelings on the issue at this point in time, but that doesn’t dictate what you can/should do in a similar situation. You can help protect yourself by putting a copyright notice on your blog, and by regularly using a plagiarism checker. Or, you can uncopyright your work and forget about it.
Anyone who has taken a high school English class knows what plagiarism is, and why it’s wrong. But what about ensuring we’re giving our sources the type of credit they deserve?
Even if work is uncopyrighted, we have a moral obligation to credit the author.
If you want to quote another blog, use only a short excerpt.Mention the author’s name in conjunction with the quotation or excerpt.Add a link to the author’s website, if they have one.If you want your readers to read another blog post in its entirety, use a link to direct them there instead of copying and pasting their entire post.When using someone else’s thoughts or ideas, mention them and add a link to their website.
Like all writers, I love it when people use my articles as springboards for their own posts, or share links to my work. I hope people will continue to do that in the future.
What would you do if you discovered your work had been plagiarized? How do you feel about uncopyrighting? Are you guilty of not giving proper credit when you use other people’s work?
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Top 5 Free eBooks for Fiction Writers

Cover of "On Writing:  A Memoir of the Cr...Cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft For several months, I’ve been amassing a list of free eBooks for writers.
There are a ton of free eBooks out there, but not all of them are relevant to writers of fiction. Juiced on Writing has a great list of 36 downloadable books you can see here.
A couple of small problems I’ve encountered in compiling this list are that (1) sometimes eBooks are offered free for a limited time only, and (2) when people give up on their blogs and the domain eventually expires, the free resources disappear with them.
I was hoping to add Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris to this list, because a while back I downloaded it free and have loved it ever since. However, there is now a small fee to purchase this book in paperback format (I still highly recommend it).
So, I urge you to download any of the following books you’re interested in as soon as possible, because you just never know if they’ll still be available the next time you check.
Here are what I believe to be the five best free eBooks for fiction writers:
Bob Mayer
Written by a New York Times best-selling author, this is a very readable book on common fiction writing mistakes and how to fix them.  You’ll cringe when you see your own writing in the examples.
Donald Maass
Over 250 pages of quality advice from a seasoned literary agent. “The Career Novelist” was actually a print book published in 1996, so it’s slightly outdated, but still worth reading.
Noah Lukeman
This is a compilation of all the reader questions asked of literary agent Noah Lukeman during his first year of blogging. A lot of FAQs about the agent process are answered here.
Noah Lukeman
Everything you ever wanted to know about how to write a query letter—free! Do you think Lukeman decided to offer this to aspiring authors because he was tired of reading poorly written queries?
Evan Marshall
Marshall’s eBook offers 52 tips on how to improve your novel, and uses great examples to back them up.
What free eBooks do you have to add to the list? Please share them in the comments below.
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Writers: How Do You Cope with Give Up Moments?

A smiling baby lying in a soft cot (furniture).Image via Wikipedia I’m feeling a little stressed these days.
Last night, and every night for more than ten months, I’ve had very little sleep. My baby likes to wake up every two hours, and get up for the day at four in the morning. I get up with him, which means by dinner I’m ready for bed.
Today, my older son happened to be sick, too. Now that my throat is sore, I’m suspecting he’s been kind enough to pass along his cold.
Still, it isn’t really the extreme lack of sleep or feeling under the weather that’s stressing me out. The sleep issue is ongoing, but I’ve sort of adjusted. The illness will be short-lived, so I can handle that.
No, the biggest reason I’m feeling stressed is because I’m finding it increasingly difficult to find time to write.
Though it sounds pretty insignificant, one issue affecting the amount of time I spend writing is the fact that my almost-ten-month-old son has recently become mobile. He’s crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything, and ready to go, go, go, all day long. Our house is pretty cramped, so danger lurks around every corner.
Now, instead of having a snuggle on the couch with baby and my laptop, and pounding out several hundred words, I’m jumping up every 30 seconds to redirect him to a safer crawling route.
Don’t get me wrong–I’m very grateful my son is healthy, happy, and full of energy. It’s just that I can’t possibly write more than one sentence at a time while he’s awake.
(Did I mention he doesn’t nap, either??)
The other day I was trying to work on a freelance piece in the midst of my baby’s exploration, and I started to realize there was just no point in continuing. It was physically impossible to do anything but follow him around everywhere he went.
I asked myself why I was even bothering with that article. In fact, for a while I figured I should give up not only the piece I was working on, but everything to do with writing.
Wouldn’t life be so much easier if I didn’t care anymore? I could go back to watching television at night. I’d have more time to clean the house during the day. My mind wouldn’t be a constant deluge of nagging ideas.
Yes, it was perfect. So I said, I give up.
I did give up writing, you know—for about 12 hours. That was all it took for me to realize I just needed a break. I also realized that if I wasn’t in this for the long haul, I would have given up ages ago.
After some time to relax and rethink things, I came up with a great idea—an idea that would help me write and concentrate a little more, while ensuring baby had room to explore in safety.
I repositioned my older son’s bed to section off half of his bedroom, and moved all of his stuff to the opposite side of the room. When I need some time to write, baby and I go in there with some toys,  and shut the door. I sit on the bed with my laptop, and baby plays in the carpeted area in front of the bed. Voila! No need to redirect him—he’s safe, and he can even pull up on the side of the bed (as opposed to the t.v. stand or the bookshelf), or look at himself in the full-length mirror bolted to the wall.
It may not be an ideal situation, and my writing sessions are much shorter than they used to be, but the point is that rather than give up on writing, I found a solution to my problem. I also remind myself that this issue is temporary. Babies grow, they change, and one day I’ll have a lot more time for writing.
What things make you want to give up writing for good? How do you deal with them?
Please take a moment to share any strategies or tips you have for coping with give up moments.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Julio Cortazar:

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Julio Cortazar lived in a constant struggle between remembering and forgetting his homeland:  Argentina. Although he was born by accident in Brussels, Belgium, where his father worked as a technician in economics from the trade delegation of the embassy, Cortazar and his family arrived in Argentina in 1918 to escape the First World War (1914-18).

En Banfield, he had a very troubled childhood, marked by the abandonment of his father when he was just six years. Graduating as a schoolteacher, he began studies at the University of Buenos Aires, which later had to leave for economic reasons. It was then that he worked as a teacher in several provinces of Argentina; however, by disagreements with the Peronist regime, the writer left the country as a self-exiled.

When the French government gave him a grant, he moved to Paris to pursue studies. His first work was the translation of works of writers Edgar Allan Poe (U.S.) and Marguerite Yourcenar (France). Later he worked as a freelance translator for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, traveling frequently in and outside Europe. In 1938, under the pseudonym Julio Denis, he published a book of sonnets: Presence. In 1949 the drama "Kings" followed, and two years later he published Bestiary, which is a dazzling fantasy.
Among his most important works: "Awards" (1960), the novel "Rayuela" (1963), "62/Modelo to assemble" (1968) and "Book of Manuel" (1973).

Cortazar was not only a stylist, but also an innovator. His short story Axolotl (Salamander) borders on the metaphysical, where the subject and the object are fused.

The literary sophistication of the writer, his reading almost boundless and ceaseless fervor for social cause, makes him a figure of dazzling literary wealth.

Much like Mario Vargas Lllosa, Nobel 2010, Cortázar was a staunch defender of revolutionary movements, defending them through numerous articles and lectures. After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro invited him to travel to the island, as he knew about the Sandinista triumph in Nicaragua, a fact about which he wrote.

On February 12, 1984 in Paris Cortazar died as a result of leukemia.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Duccio di Buoninsegna

When I was growing up in Lima, Peru, to says that someone was a master at something, we used the expression, “Tue res un ducho.” Children and grownups would repeat this expression without knowing where this came from.

One day, when I was visiting the Boston Museum of Art, I saw a painting by Duccio and I was mesmerized by it. “Wow!” I kept repeating to myself, “This isn’t just any common painter—I’m the presence of a master.”
Indeed, I was in awe of the great master Duccio di Buoninsegna (active 1278-1318), who was the principal painter in Siena, Florence's major rival at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

Duccio’s masterpiece is the Rucellai Madonna (1285). In contrast to other painters, Duccio’s style is distinctive not because of his skillful drawing, line, and color choices, but because he found a way to imbue his painting with tenderness; a feat that is unmatched in the history of art.

Now I understand where the expression “You are a ‘ducho – master’” came from.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Learn Bookkeeping in 7 Days

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Packed full of taxation tips, tricks and traps, this is essential reading for all small business owners and anyone wanting to easily and quickly learn bookkeeping.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mastering Correction of Account Errors (Professional Bookkeeping Certification)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

South Korea Leads in Broadband Quality

Daejeon SkylineLONDON (Reuters). South Korea beat Hong Kong and Japan in broadband quality for the second consecutive year, to mark a new global benchmark for speed and penetration, according to a study released today.The annual survey conducted by the universities of Oxford and Oviedo and sponsored by Cisco Systems, found that the quality of broadband, as measured by speed of download, upload and penetration in 72 countries had improved by 24 percent in one year, and 50 percent in the last three.The quality of broadband is becoming more important as social networking, downloads and video services streaming demand improved communication.Some 48 countries in the study met the requirements and have large Internet service, compared with 38 last year, the study said.And 14 countries - South Korea, Japan, Latvia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Lithuania, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Iceland and Hong Kong were ready for Internet applications art technology such as HDTV definition video online and communications.The scientists used data from 40 million as evidence of true broadband conducted between May and June on the web that measures the speed

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Why do men prefer long hair in a woman?

Translated from Spanish, Chiara Roggero’s blog published in El Comercio. 16.10.10
What is a fact is that my hair keeps falling and I'm really desperate. A woman without hair (bald-headed) is a nightmare. “I thought about cutting my hair short hoping I could hide my three stringy clumps, but my man insists I'm crazy, that there is nothing like a woman with long hair. But have you seen these threads? I say as I grab my poor little hair. They are ridiculous. But he insists that I leave it as long as possible. And then this insistence raises the question: Why men prefer long hair on women? I have a theory.

That a "hair" long produces much sensuality seems an invention. The sensuality, after all is half half true, and cultural (there I let out another theory in 2 x 1, my friend). But in reality I believe that men prefer long hair on women because it is the only hair that we can have long. In fact it is the only hair we show. Because for the underarms, arms, knees, legs and bikini line and a little more than the thin red line (or black or gold) there’s no authorization for the development or growth of any hair. In contrast, men have hair where they shouldn’t even have it (be that in their back, abdomen, neck, fingers) and since they are naturally hairy beings, they are at a crossroads when they love shorn beings—that is us women. That clash of identification rings an alarm in the man who demands that hair strands be long, anything you can do to compensate for  the lack of hair (in the woman) in other parts of her body.

You may be asking what has this writer has been smoking? This smells like burnt hair, a maudlin woman loose. Gentlemen, this is my theory, like it or not. If you have yours, you are welcome to share; yes I pray creativity and good humor.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bed Bug Inspections in New York and in New Jersey have become more innovative than ever.

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We have used dogs in the past to detect the presence of bed bugs. However, we found that they are not as accurate as one may like. If the dog is having a bad day, we may have a bad inspection as they may not let us know if they found any bed bugs.
We now have the new generation of detection system devices. We have an electronic detection device that detects the presence of Carbon Dioxide. Bed bugs are known to emit the highest content of carbon dioxide in comparison to any other common insects. The electronic detection system we have detects them right away, there are no guessing games or bad days with this machine. It is accurate, affordable and reliable.
The initial inspection will be conducted in two parts. The visual bed bug inspection and the electronic inspection. Our inspections are fail-proof and reliable. Any trained, experienced exterminator can visually spot bed bugs. Whether it’s in your bedroom, living room, car or office.
Bed Bugs produce Carbon Dioxide from the digestion of blood, our electronic detection system is equipped with the most powerful CO2 containment sensor in the world, and combined with a small vacuum pump to constantly draw in air samples. This enables the unit to detect the tiny amount of CO2 produced by just a few hidden Bed Bugs. This is great for those situations where visual inspections are not possible like deep in the folds of a couch.
Bed bugs usually hide in confined spaces such the cracks and crevices in furniture, wall sockets and/or base boards. After a few hours in these spaces the CO2 they produce builds up enough for the sensor to register and our bed bug detector will indicate their presence by activating a series of alarm beeps. How many alarm beeps depends on how many bed bugs are in these hiding spaces and for how long they have been there. In the high sensitivity mode the unit will react to a pocket of hidden bed bugs with a double or triple beep sound when the probe gets close to their hiding space. If there are a large amount of bed bugs in the same space then the alarm will sound with multiple beeps.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Milagros Agurto: The good, the bad and the ugly of cholesterol

Translated from Milagros Agurto's Blog: Sano Bocado,
Poor cholesterol, vilified, humiliated and maltreated. If there is a constitutional court for fat, I'm sure this would raise their voice of protest in defense of this substance.
And is that over the years we have heard horrible things more than cholesterol and little has been told about its importance to our body.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in foods of animal origin (produced in the liver of both animals and man. Human beings produce it in the liver, but there is another way in which it enters: food).
What is the role of cholesterol?
Cholesterol is involved:
1. In the formation of bile acids. They help in digestion of fats.
2. It is important for the formation of hormones, including sex.
3. It is a precursor of vitamin D.
When the blood carries cholesterol from the intestine and liver to the organs, it does so through a joint (particles called lipoproteins, the best known are the LDL and HDL-), thus forming the C-HDL (Cholesterol HDL) and LDL-C (LDL).
The C-LDL carries cholesterol to all cells and HDL-C reflects what has been used to be stored or excreted to the outside through the bile.
Does cholesterol raise in me, when I look you and when you don’t look at me ... or when I eat too much fat?
The increase of cholesterol in the blood (known as hypercholesterolemia) shows no symptoms or signs. It is the blood test that determines the levels we have and if they are above adequate.
Cholesterol can increase —beyond genetics— by improper diet and physical inactivity. The causes are exaggerated eating food of animal origin (full fat), rich in trans fatty acids, the abusive consumption of sugar (which is not a fat, but that enters a metabolic pathway that ultimately increases the production of cholesterol) and low exercise and inactivity are the keys to increasing cholesterol.
Foods high in cholesterol:
Among others are the products (those with more fat and little meat), poultry skin (yes, the rich grilled chicken), viscera, fat from dairy products, foods made with partially hydrogenated oils or hydrogenated (these are rich in trans fatty acids) and, I stress, excessive sugar.
What happens if cholesterol is high? When cholesterol remains above the appropriate levels, there are risks to health. Between them to narrow the arteries because they fill with fat, the occurrence of a heart attack or stroke (known as stroke).
Cardiologists (and especially my friend Dr. Felix Medina) recommend that everyone should know their blood fat levels as well as know your ID. It is very important to know not only total cholesterol but also LDL and HDL, as these are what we really can make the risks. If the HDL cholesterol is high (remember the "good cholesterol or sweeper”), the health risk decreases, and this cholesterol may increase in some cases with a good workout.
Foods that help control cholesterol:
1. For their soluble fiber content, apples and oats help lower cholesterol.
2. Flaxseed by lignans and other compounds (but only if you eat the whole seed. It’s better than whole flour).
3. Lean cuts of poultry (chicken breast), alpaca meat (which contains almost no fat or cholesterol), ostrich, guinea pigs and other lean meats.
4. Fatty fish like mackerel, bonito, tuna, anchovies, salmon, etc.
5. Low-fat milk or skim.
6. Peanut and olive oil or olives, you can be the sacha inchi and sesame seeds.
7. Fruit (not abused by the sugar content) and vegetables.
8. And plenty of exercise.
Food for a person with high cholesterol need not be boring. Simply, we must choose the proper cooking.
For example, a person with high cholesterol can eat rice with chicken, instead of frying chicken with the skin, could roast it in the overn having previously removed the skin. Instead of a breaded fried in oil, cooked in the oven is equally delicious. Rather than adding three teaspoons one is enough. And these are the little secrets.
What I recommend is that the apple and oatmeal be present in the diet. The first has soluble fiber and oatmeal beta-glucans that are already known to help control cholesterol (and if you eat oat fiber, much better).
The most important thing is to have a proper exercise routine and non-pharmacological treatment and not to neglect what the cardiologist or the physician recommends. Finally, it’s the combination that makes the strength: food-medicine-exercise. All is needed to maintain adequate levels of such dreaded substance that is also important for the body.
Milagros Agurto

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hypotheses about the origin of the first people in America : Susan Kuzminsky

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Archaeology | Wednesday 13/10/2010 - Translated from El

Hypotheses about the origin of the first people in America are mixed. It is believed that Asians crossed Russia to reach the United States and later moved to South America.

But for Susan Kuzminsky, American archaeologist, this information would be incorrect. She was in Ecuador, a week, studying and analyzing 15 incomplete skulls of the culture Las Vega, 7000 years ago (to which they belong the Sumpa Lovers, resting in the museum of Santa Elena). The remains studied by Kuzminsky were found in the same peninsula and part of the Book of Anthropological Museum of Contemporary Art (MAAC).
She supports the hypothesis is that migration was a sack, ie the Pacific coast. And, in the case of South America, before it was said, about15 000 or 20 000 years ago, says the expert. The skulls were examined to determine whether all groups have a similar skull morphology, which support the hypothesis Kuzminsky. So far, the most peculiar feature observed in Ecuador is that the skull is smaller than the California group.

The first phase of the investigation, which lasted two years, focused on the morphology of the skulls of the inhabitants of Chile, Peru, Ecuador, United States and Canada. The information obtained from the remains of skulls, faces and teeth is passed through a scanner. Thus, the technical analysis and statistical data employed bay corroborate the hypothesis of the origin of American man.

Susan Kuzminsky next year will travel to northern Chile to end their archaeological study. This thesis project to be completed within a year and a half after this time, will then show the results of their research.

Among other works, she has developed an inventory specialized in skeletal burials in Sudan and a comparative study of cranial and dental morphology of the populations in North and South America during the Holocene (the last 11 784 years since the end of the last glaciation) .