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70 Reminders to Help You Break Any Barrier I am pleased to introduce this guest article by a new friend John, the creator of HiLife2B, where he hopes to inspire people and to help them achieve their dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @janyasor 1. Believe that even the smallest compliment can save someone’s life 2. Remember that one person can change an entire nation 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70.

Alternate Sleep Cycles Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible? How is this healthy? Well the most important of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which has been shown to provide the benefits of sleep to the brain above all other stages of sleep. This way, you still get the benefits of 8 hours of sleep without wasting all of the time it takes to get to REM cycles, resulting in a much more efficient sleep cycle. Uberman Cycle: 20 to 30 minute naps every 4 hours, resulting in 6 naps each day. Everyman Cycle: One longer “core” nap that is supplemented with several 20-30 minute naps. Dymaxion Cycle:

Six Must-Know Online Resources for Journalists « Communicate: The Diederich College of Communication blog Posted by the Diederich College of Communication It’s no longer enough to just be a great writer; today’s well-prepared journalist must be well-versed (if not fluent) in using social media and emerging multimedia technology to gather sources and get the story out to the public. Luckily, there are some helpful resources designed to help navigate the new frontier of journalism in the digital age. Below are six must-know websites for anyone working in the profession. 10,000 According to the site description, is a place “where journalism and technology meet.” Society for Professional Journalists: List of Influential Journalists to Follow on Twitter SPJ has compiled an ever-expanding Twitter list of people offering insight into the field of journalism. AP Style Guide Update Long considered the journalist’s bible, the AP Style Guide now includes information about incorporating social media and online terminology into writing and reporting. Like this: Like Loading...

Lackadaisy Expressions Boy, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this. I've had requests for some sort of expressions tutorial dating back a while now, so I figured, "Sure! I can explain expression drawing...and it'll be way better than all those tutorials out there that are nothing but charts of generic expressions. Um. Anyway, I found all I could really do was try to explain ways to teach yourself...and then add some pictures. Seven Blunders of the World The Seven Social Sins, sometimes called the Seven Blunders of the World, is a list that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi published in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925.[1] Later, he gave this same list to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, shortly before his assassination.[2] The seven sins or blunders are: History and influence[edit] Mahatma Gandhi, who published the list in 1925 as a list of "Seven Social Sins" (1940s photo) The list was first published by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925.[1] Gandhi wrote that a correspondent who he called a "fair friend" had sent the list: "The... fair friend wants readers of Young India to know, if they do not already, the following seven social sins,"[1] (the list was then provided). In the decades since its first publication, the list has been widely cited and/or discussed. Easwaran, Eknath (1989). Gomes, Peter J. (2007). See also[edit]

E-mails from an Asshole - StumbleUpon Original ad: Hey there! My roommate and I are looking for another housemate. We live in a large apartment in Upper Darby. My roommate and I are both vegans and will only live with another vegan. If you are a vegan and want to live with two vegans who respect your personal space, please e-mail us. From Me to ***********@***********.org: Hey, I saw your ad, and I can't tell you how happy I was to see that there are fellow vegans looking for a roommate. Mike From Joanna ******** to Me: Yes, we still are seeking a third housemate. From Me to Joanna ********: Well, I am a 24 year old male, and I am currently make a living by being employed. You're not a vegan if you eat veal. Well thanks for the veal history lesson. Seeing as how you got all uppity about the veal, I guess I should tell you that I own two shotguns and an assault rifle for hunting and will need to store them in the apartment. Don't worry, you don't need to tell me anything else because you aren't going to live with us.

Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world Reprinted from The Guardian Obama cannot order pelicans not to die (no matter whose ass he kicks). And no amount of money not BP's $20bn, not $100bn can replace aculture that's lost its roots.' flickr image by kbaird Everyone gathered for the town hall meeting had been repeatedly instructed to show civility to the gentlemen from BP and the federal government. These fine folks had made time in their busy schedules to come to a high school gymnasium on a Tuesday night in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, one of many coastal communities where brown poison was slithering through the marshes, part of what has come to be described as the largest environmental disaster in US history. "Speak to others the way you would want to be spoken to," the chair of the meeting pleaded one last time before opening the floor for questions. And for a while the crowd, mostly made up of fishing families, showed remarkable restraint. "Put it in writing!" The showdown was cathartic, if nothing else. We do know this.

20 Amazing Artist-Inspired Tattoos [Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we're revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published February 16, 2011.] If we’re being honest, most of us will never own a work of art by a famous artist. Andy Warhol [via] Banksy [via] Chuck Close [via] Edgar Degas [via] Frida Kahlo [via] Georgia O’Keeffe [via] Gustav Klimt [via] Jean-Michel Basquiat [via] Joan Miro [via] Jenny Holzer [via] Kara Walker [via] Keith Haring [via] Kiki Smith [via] Marcel Duchamp [via] Pablo Picasso [via] Piet Mondrian [via] Roy Lichenstein [via] Salvador Dali [via] Shepard Fairey [via] Vincent Van Gogh [via] Yoshitomo Nara [via]