Have a Virtual Holiday! Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Online on Your Computer posted by Mark on December 23rd, 2009 You spend much of your life on your computer, so why not use it to celebrate the holidays? Here are a dozen or so websites and online tools to let you do just that. Enjoy this holiday season in virtual splendor! And, of course, sit in front of a virtual fireplace: Tags: christmas, holidays, online media, online resources This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 pm and is filed under Culture, How To. My Modern Metropolis Where Is This Picture Taken? Discover The World With These 2 Addictive & Challenging Travel Games I love travelling, and if I can get my hands on a good road trip, you won’t hear me asking for anything else. Alas, I live in a tiny country, and I also have a job which does not play well with the Internet-free wilderness or the immense amount of money such a trip would cost, so I usually have no choice but to tame my travel hunger by looking at pictures and reading about far-away places. Another great way to satisfy your itchy feet are travel games. MakeUseOf is not new to the travel-game concept, and two years ago Saikat told you about 7 awesome travel quizzes to improve your travel IQ. There’s even more fun to be had with these 6 Google Earth games that provide a quick frolic around the globe. These two collections include some awesome travel games, with the Traveler IQ Challenge being one of my all-time favorites. Today, I’m going to tell you about two new travel games which are not only fun, but and challenging and educational. GeoGuessr This goes both ways. Bottom Line
Scenic Byways of the United States There are wonderful drives all across America including National Scenic Byways, Back Country Byways, and State Scenic Byways. A National Scenic Byway is recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one of the six "intrinsic qualities": archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic. The most scenic byways are designated All-American Roads, which must meet two out of the six intrinsic qualities. Scenic Byways: Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway Alpine Loop Back Country Byway Kansas Glacial Hills Scenic Byway Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway Missouri Cliff Drive Scenic Byway Nebraska Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway New Mexico Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway Texas Texas Forts Trail
sans titre In the movie Up in the Air, there’s a scene where George Clooney’s character, Ryan is firing J.K. Simmons’s character, Bob. Here’s how the dialogue goes: Ryan: “You know why kids love athletes?”Bob: “I don’t’ know because they screw lingerie models.”Ryan: “No, that’s why WE love athletes. Kids love athletes because they follow their dreams.” In that same scene, Clooney’s character Ryan goes on to explain to Bob that he is his “wake-up call”, and that his firing is a “rebirth” going on to say: Ryan: “How much did they first pay you to give up on your dreams?” See the full clip here When I think about why people (not just kids) love athletes, this scene immediately comes to my mind for one of many reasons. With sports being such a major part of the world in almost every culture, it’s no surprise as to why we hold athletes to the standard we do as role models in society. Sometimes unfairly, we place them on a pedestal and wish to live our lives vicariously through them. Passion Over Everything
sans titre Katelyn Ohashi, gymnast for UCLA, is no stranger to going viral for her showstopping floor routines. Not only does she wow with her impressive flips and moves, but the pure joy on her face and love for her sport is contagious to anyone watching. Yet, Ohashi didn’t always feel this way about gymnastics. Once an Olympian hopeful, she recently spoke out about how the intense physical, mental, and emotional stress of the sport caused her to leave the Olympic world to compete at the collegiate level. And Ohashi isn’t alone in telling her story. More and more competitive and professional athletes are speaking out about the demands of their sport, including swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis player Mardy Fish, baseball player Rick Ankiel, and more. Ryan Hall, half-marathon record holder for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and author of “Run The Mile You’re In,” says it’s hard to grasp what high-level athletes endure unless you’re observing them up close. Physical demands take a toll
sans titre Physiotherapy is treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being. Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness. Physiotherapists get you involved in your own recovery. What is a physiotherapist’s expertise? When should I go see a physiotherapist? If you are planning to use health insurance to help cover the cost of physiotherapy, remember to visit your insurance company's website to ensure the physiotherapist is covered. What problems do physiotherapists treat? What can I expect at physiotherapy? The physiotherapist learns about your medical history The physiotherapist assesses and diagnoses your condition You receive a treatment plan that sets goals for you You are prescribed a course of exercises and any assistive devices needed
sans titre Two other men involved in the study were also able to regain control of their leg muscles after they were implanted with electrical stimulators that could help compensate for the damage to their spinal cords, according to new research published in the journal Nature. The spinal cord carries messages from the brain to other parts of the body, allowing us to move our limbs, feel sensations like pressure or temperature, and control vital functions. If it is damaged, the neural signals can have trouble getting through, leaving a person paralyzed or otherwise disabled. In this experiment, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne used electrical implants to bridge the gap in the spinal cord, helping to carry the messages from the brain across the damaged area into a non-damaged part of the spinal cord lower down. "It really works as an amplifier," study lead Grégoire Courtine told Nature. "It's not that we're taking over control of the leg. "To me it means a lot.