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27 June 2008

Can Money Solve your problem?

How many of us think that money can solve or fix problem in our life? For example, by having this amount of money, I could definitely fix this problem in my life. Is this sound familiar to you? If only I have X amount of money, I could have long ago start the business or I won’t be in this mess if only I have that X amount of money. Is money the absolute solution to our present problem in our life? Most of the prominent author in money management will agreed that money is not the solution. They will say something like; money will not make you happy, thinner or popular, will not deliver lasting, meaningful peace of mind and so on. Then they will go on saying that there are plenty of rich, fat, unhappy people with no real friends.

Having money to me does help solve what ever problem we have at that moment or in the months to come only if you know how to control, manage and use it wisely. Money by itself has no brain. Money is dependable on us to make them in good use. We can throw the money or burn it or put them to good use. For example spoon by itself is no use. But when we take the spoon and use it as it is intended for, it is then be come useful (to us).

To me, money can do wonders if you use and manage it wisely. I have seen a person who earns $5000 a month but still struggling to survive. Surprisingly, a person who earns less, say $ 3000 can live without much struggle. Another case where a man won a lottery in the amount of few hundred thousand and a few months after that he is back to where he use to be. The money does not solve his problem.

However, money can only and will solve you problem if you know how to manage and use it wisely. I think we need to find the cure to our problems first and then find a way of funding that cure. " it is the oil that smoothes the wheels. It isn't the engine".

26 June 2008

REVA – Electric Car is Coming to Stay

India's first battery-powered car REVAi launched
Wednesday, 25 June , 2008, 14:17Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June , 2008, 14:32

At last the time has came for revolutionary electric car. Due to the current fuel hike, it about time we change to electric car and forego the petrol hungry car and keep our wallet fat. The current Fuel price are at the highest peak and most of us are in the danger of not be able to use the car any longer. Never fear, the electric car is coming to rescue.
The first India electric car “Reva” was launched in national capital of New Delhi by chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday, 25 June 2008.
The company takes about 13 years on the research and development of the Reva Electric car and it worth every penny spent.
REVA is a battery electric vehicle designed for low speed, congested, urban conditions and is classified as a quadricycle (category L7e) under UK and European law.REVA is designed to be unique and stands out on the road as a genuine city car with a mature expression.

The advanced technologies used, make it highly differentiated and superior to other makes. It has all the inherent benefits of an Electric Car and is indeed a revelation in city mobility.

Easiest car to drive:It is a fully automatic (no clutch - no gears)

Easy to charge:

It runs on batteries and as compared to other Electric Vehicles has an onboard charger to facilitate easy charging which can be carried out by plugging into any 15 Amp socket at home or work. As simple as charging a mobile phone!

High efficiency and reliability:

It is twice as efficient as a petrol driven vehicle and has an operating cost as low as 40 paise / km.An intelligent "low battery' warning light and a fuel gauge allow easy estimation of driving range and ensure that the user is not stranded.

Low maintenance / easy serviceability:

REVA requires extremely low maintenance because of the minimum number of moving parts. From service point of view, advanced systems such as the two onboard computers and remote diagnostic capabilities (carried out with the help of a Palm PilotTM) enable quick vehicle analysis, prompt service and improve REVA's.

Very safe:

REVA has the best-in-class safety features like dent-proof ABS body panels, side-impact beams, a steel space frame and dual-braking system. This ensures minimum damage to the car and enhances protection to passengers in the event of a collision.

Feature rich:

REVA is one of the most feature rich vehicles available in the market. Features like the Climate Control Seat (CCS™) and Remote Controlled A/C have been especially incorporated to improve passenger comfort at an affordable price.

Hi-design:The design methods and manufacturing philosophy used in REVA allow it to be manufactured cost effectively even at low volumes.

Globally Tested Product:
REVA has been extensively tested and certified by the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) and received the EEC (European Economic Community) Certificate in December 2003, paving the way for an aggressive foray into European markets.


The Reva car comprised of the following main component:

a) an AC Induction Motor which can run at a high speed of 8000 rpm.

b) Power pack ; consists of eight 6-Volt EV lead acid batteries.

c) CHARGER : on-board Charger, which converts AC into DC power to charge the power pack.

d) CONTROLLER ; computerized Motor Controller. This regulates the flow of energy from the Power Pack to the Motor.

e) EMS The brain of REVA is the Energy Management System (EMS) that monitors and controls all vital functions.


Spell Check Your Web Site

Misspelled words are common mistake in writing, be it articles, fiction or anything. Having to recheck the spelling to each and individual words in your website is time consuming especially if you doing the checking yourself. Also you might missed or misspelled some words in the process. However, this pieces of application might help you. I run this particular spell checking application on my website and it manage to apprehend 82 misspelled words. The outcome is impressive and also shows you which word you misspelled and recommend the correct spelling.

That (82) is quite a lot and I thought I was careful. The checking takes not up to a minute for about 140 articles to come with the result. It a very useful tool especially if you haven’t got time to scan and do the checking. Let see how well is your site is doing when come to spelling. By the way it also gives rating based on the result. Mine has 4 stars.

25 June 2008

Naughty Necktie

Whoever thought that a necktie can become naughty sometime? The guy who owns this necktie seems to have enjoyed it very much. According to the owner, the tie is made of polyester, has a plasticky sheen and a "Rockford Files hired goon" pattern. It brings you back into the 70's era.
Now this is the interesting part, when you flip it over, hidden under the necktie is a completely naked lady holding a sword (unfortunately the image is censored).Imagine if you wear this necktie and walk around the office. It feels excited isn’t to know a naked lady is hanging from your neck. But be careful don’t get caught showing it to a lady boss otherwise she might branded you as a pervert.

The Old Apple Mac PC

The Apple Macintosh Computer - Byte review of the original Macintosh (Feb, 1984)
Mouse-window-desktop technology arrives for under $2500
by Gregg Williams

Apple established itself as one of the leading innovators in personal computing technology a year ago by introducing the Lisa, a synthesis and extension of human-interface technology that has since been widely imitated. Now the company has strengthened that reputation with a new machine, the Macintosh (above). In terms of technological sophistication and probable effect on the marketplace, the Macintosh will outdistance the Lisa as much as the Lisa has outdistanced its predecessors.The Macintosh arrives, finally, after a history of colorful rumors. It will cost from $1995 to $2495, weighs 22.7 pounds, and improves on the mouse-window-desktop technology started by the impressive but expensive Lisa computer. A system with printer and second disk drive costs about $900 more, but even at that price, the Macintosh is worth waiting for.

Vintage three wheeled electric powered Robot


As if endowed with powers of reasoning, a mechanical “rat” devised by Dr. Stevenson Smith, University of Washington psychologist, threads its way through an artificial maze like those used to study the behavior of living rats. The three-wheeled, electric-powered device moves along a grooved path that divides at several points, obliging the “rat” to choose which direction to follow. If it takes the wrong turn and enters a blind alley, mechanical feelers cause it to halt, retrace its journey, and try again until the whole course is negotiated successfully. The odd model is designed to show how automatic reflexes differ from thinking processes.

Source: Popular Science, Issue: Nov, 1935.

24 June 2008

What is the level of education required to read your blog?

Is your blog readable?

I always fascinate and feel a bit envy whenever I read an article or came accross a well written website and sometime asking myself a question” how in the hell did he wrote those pieces of shit”. I was glued into reading the articles over and over again and found many unfamiliar words that I was forced to find the meaning. It was like, hey, this fellow is good, and he better off writing books instead of blog. On the other hand, there is a blog which was badly written but surprisingly it has more visitors then my blog. At the end of the day, what makes good content? Is it the storyline or is it the grammar or both. Anyway, what ever it is, it good to know what the level of education is required to understand your blog. I found this after visiting my fellow bloggers and I kind of like the idea behind it. I am not quite sure whether the rating is accurate but who's care. Most importantly is your message get accross and understandable. So go and give it a try.

Life isn’t fair.

Who says life is fair? If life is fair there won’t be any war going on in this world today. As such, there won’t be any loser, bankrupt, stress, mad, insane, in human and so on.
I have experienced dealing with house developer trying to get some compensation due to late delivery of the property and instead, I lost money and time as well as look a bit dumb. Sometime we have to except this as a fact of life. I was so sure that I will win the case but little that I know when dealing with lawyers, they have the knowledge (to make money out of you) that I don’t have. Therefore, learn to live with them and forget about trying or attempting to get rid of them on the ground that they make money out of the poor, innocent and gullible public. The problem with the poor, innocent and gullible public, they walk in there with their wallets open crying, “help yourself”. And then complain they are broke, no one gives them a fair chance, life isn’t fair, no one siding me, it’s not my fault, they ought to be a law against it and so on. Always be reminded that there are lots of hungry shark out there, just don’t bleed. Or else you know what to expect.

Swapping one single red paper clip for a house

This is an example of a successful deal making in action. His name is kyle Macdonald from Montreal, Canada. His traded his way from one single red paperclip to a house in the duration of nine months. How did he do it? Traded a red paperclip for a house? Unbelievable it may seem but he did actually acquire the house. To summarize the process, this is how he did it:

a)He setup up his own website named, offering to swap his one red paperclip for anything ( except shit ).

b) He swapped it for a pen in the shape of a fish.

c) He swapped this for a smiley face doorknob.

d) He swapped this for a portable barbeque.

e) He swapped this for a portable genset.

f) He swapped this for a instant party pack and keg of beer.

g) He swapped this for a snowmobile.

h) He swapped this for a trip to British Columbia.

i) He swapped this for a truck.

j) He swapped this for a recording contract.

k) And in the end he swapped this for a house in Phoenix, Colorado.

Not Bad for eleven steps little deal. He says he is going to keep on doing trading until he owns a house. For how long he’s keep doing it? No body knows.

“Really, I'm looking for nothing in particular, just to make a trade and see where this goes. So if you have anything you'd like to offer in exchange for the house, and I mean anything, be sure to send in your offer!” said Kyle.

23 June 2008

How to promote your abstracts

Ever wonder what you're going to do to welcome more online user to read your articles, review, and abstracts and so on. How to get more of them to come to your site? The answer to this question is exposure. To get more exposure, you have to promote it.
You have many ways to promote your abstract, articles, review for a wider scope of online readers. Here is some of the most common method:

Social network sites :
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Promote your content by submitting it to social bookmarking destinations like, Reddit, Furl, Google Bookmarks, Yahoo Bookmarks, and others. We have done most of the work for you by adding links to some of these destinations directly from each of your summaries. The more links you submit to these sites, the chances are higher that your links will be clicked on, fyour summaries will be viewed, and you will earn more money!

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22 June 2008


(How to help an infant/child grow up with low vision)

Our child was born with low vision. To be specific the eye doctor said it was PHPV (Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous). The problem lies in the optic nerve. Images seen through the eyes do not reach the point of vision at the back of the eye as the optic nerve. Why this happens? Our doctor could not explain. It’s a birth defect that happens to 1 in 100,000 people. Something that doesn’t happen often apparently. He is very nearsighted and can see just the first two lines on the eye chart even with spectacles. The spectacles helped him see the second line.

Anyway, it was devastating to us, to say the least. Parents who have a child born with a disability will often feel this way as it is unexpected and many are not ready to cope and don’t know how to cope. Unless you are a professional eye doctor plus psychologist, it’s something you have to deal with and something you have to learn about as your child grows up. Many people will have a negative reaction to your child’s disability but this should not stop you from giving him/her the best and from teaching him/her how to cope and grow up as normally as possible. The most important things is to teach him/her self esteem, independence in getting about, and ways to adjust to this different way of looking at things.

The more time you spend and invest in your child’s upbringing, the better he/ she will be able to cope and the more loved he/she will feel despite having a disability in life. Life goes on, and so must we.

We, as parents have had to learn from scratch on how to help our child. We are our child’s first teacher. When our child was just a few months old the eye doctor recommended that we train him to focus by giving him a lot of bright and stimulating things look at with the hope that it will help him while his eyes are still developing. Below are a few things we have tried and tested. Although he remains nearsighted, he has learnt to focus and read and write. We hope it will help you in some way. Do consult your child’s eye doctor and read as much books or articles as you can. Improving your own knowledge does help. We have been given pointers by our ophthalmologist on a few eye training which we will share with you.


Bright and colourful musical Mobiles will not only attract your low vision child to its sound but also train him/her to focus. You need not make it go around. If you do wind it up, it goes around slowly and will help your child train his/her eyes on moving objects.

You can also make your own from light materials that can be hung up. Be creative and imaginative. Find handicraft pointers from books, magazines, friends, teachers or the internet.


Again something colourful and bright for your baby to focus on. Some have music to attract your child’s attention. When he/she is able to reach out while lying on his/her back, the toys will not only train the eyes to focus but also the arm and finger muscles to hold and grasp. Later the baby will be able to spin the toys for entertainment. Be careful to make sure the paint/plastic is LEAD FREE if you do allow your baby to bite the toys.


Shape sorters can come in various designs. Some are in the form of cups. Some are in the form of rings and others are boxes etc. The brighter and more colourful they are the better.

These too you can make on your own. Find colourful plastic cups. Get boxes out from your storage area and paint them or wrap them in present paper. Use your imagination.


There are many types for many age levels. Choose one suitable for your child’s age. Toddlers and younger children like posters with large colourful pictures. Post them at the child’s eye level on blank walls around the house to give your child something to focus on as he/she learns to move around the house. Use blue tack instead of selotape or double sided tape. Blue tack are easily removed and don’t ruin your wall/paint. They can also be reused again and again.

Often adults forget that there is nothing for kids to look at. Most pictures and paintings are at adults’ eye level.


These come in various sizes. Some are made of soft, colourful cloth, some are made from hardcover with thick pages and others are the usual type of books with soft pages. The more advance ones are electronic books which uses batteries and even have sounds with the pictures. Depending on your budget, get some suitable for your child’s age.

The pictures sometimes come with words and sometimes not. The child can look at the pictures at his/her own eye comfort level. You cannot force a low vision child to look at a book like a person with normal sight would. This is torturing the child. If others make comments, tell them your child has low vision. There is nothing to be ashamed about.

If you can’t afford brand new books, shop around for second hand ones or make your own. Get sheets of cardboard paper (discarded cardboard boxes are a good place to start) and cut out pictures from magazines or newspaper.


Depending on your child’s vision, you can still buy books for them. As they grow older, you and your eye doctor/optometrist will be able to decide what font size your child will be able to read. People with low vision may not be able to see far but some do have good near sight and small writings are not a problem for them. The larger and bold the writing the easier for a low vision person to read it.

I have a few sample of different font size here for comparisons.

If your child still has problems reading the larger font sizes, you can use magnifying glasses and there are also various equipments which you can use to magnify the writings in book. Contact your nearest Blind/low vision centre or Eye doctor for more information on these equipments.


For older kids, there are puzzles with small to extra large pieces available in the market. Choose those suitable for your child’s vision level. This is a fun way for him/her to focus, first on the small items then on the larger picture once it is done.


Once your child starts to go to school it is good to help him/her as much as possible in being able to write as well as read his/her own writing.

Start with pencils and colour pencils which have large nibs so that when your child starts to scribble or write, he/she will be able to see the effects of the pencil. Compare pencils nibs and clarity of writing when buying them. Very light writing are those marked with HB or H. Darker ones are B or 2B.


Low vision people can see darker colours better than lighter ones. Darker ones are like Dark Blue, Black or Purple. Medium colours are like Red, Green and Orange. Light colours are like yellow, light green and cream. Unless used on a dark paper, light colours cannot be easily seen.

If your child has the added problem of colour blindness, consult your eye doctor on which colour he/she can see best. Use these to your child’s advantage as he/she grows up.(ie; buy clothes and toys in these colours).

When your child is older and can read buy your child his/her own colour pencil set and write the names of the colour (with permanent ink) at the end of the colour pencil with large bold print. Sometimes school work requires that a child colour a certain picture this or that colour which can be quite frustrating for the colour blind child.


Train your child to see depth perception. Get him/her to colour sample pictures like this and to look at art pictures which has depth perception.


This exercise trains the child’s eyes to focus from one thing to anther. You can make it easier by spelling and reading the word for him/her but if he/she is old enough let them try it on their own. Let them be independent.

This second exercise is harder. Not only is the writing smaller but there are more numbers/alphabet to follow. You can help by enlarging the writing for your child if he/she still can see it with the help of magnifying glass.


A school age child should be able to spell simple words and find the words in the box. You can help by making a window on a piece of paper or by giving him/her a ruler to locate the words. Once he/she is getting good at this exercise, take away the ruler/ window and let him/her use the eyes instead. This may take time to improve but be persistent and patient.

Give encouragement.


This exercise is similar to the one above but it is harder. It has more words to search for. Once your child knows how to read, train him/her to memorize the words before looking for them.


Be creative. Find other ways to help your child to improve his/her memory so that he/she will be able to learn better and faster once he/she is of school going age. Even if he/she has to stand near the board to see something, he/she won’t need to do it often.

1. Shopping lists: Start with just a few things to buy (pretend) then as his/her memory improves, make the list longer and longer.

2. Object identification: Find a picture book, magazine or photo. Start with those which has only a few things or people in them. Give a time of say 1 min to memorize. Take away the picture or photo and ask your child to tell you what he/she sees in the picture. Its al right to make mistakes. Keep practicing until he/she gets better. Then find a harder picture or photo to look at and to memorize.

3. Sentences: Start with short sentences, then longer and longer. Don’t expect him/her to memorize whole paragraphs yet. Keep practicing as far as he/she can go. Don’t pressure him/her. Make it fun. Poems are good sentences to remember. Start with Nursery Rhymes.

4. Giving faces names; Cut out faces from magazine or newspapers. Give them a pretend name. Ask your child to identify and remember their names. Take away their labels and try again. Make more and more faces and names to remember as your child improves. One way of doing this is by imagining a funny feature of the person and linking it to the name (ie: Mrs White has white hair, Mr. Becks wear Specs. etc.)


Instead of carpets have you ever thought of other alternative floor coverings? The choice is quite limited.

If you live in a concrete house or apartments, concrete floors can be quite cold and slippery. You also want to minimize the noise level that your neighbours can hear from their ceiling. Do you have pets or children? They can increase your cleaning efforts around the house and carpets take a lot of work to keep clean.

Recently, a new type of floor coverings have appeared in the shops in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. They are decorated bamboo coverings. Just like mats but with more varied and modern decorations

They make wonderful concrete floor coverings, are nice to look at, minimizes noise and are easier to clean than carpet. They are better than rugs because they also minimizes the collection of dust mites which can cause allergic reaction in some people. Plus bamboo lasts quite a long time. Shown here are a few samples of these wonderful new floor mats. I personally like them and bought one for my home.


Ever seen twins? How about twin bananas. Well here they are…

You get two for the price of one.



(Do they exists?)

I said that I would do research and write about Heaven and Hell. Well my research is conclusive. These two places do exist. The only problem is that most people have seen only a bit of what either one has to offer. Their journey to Heaven or Hell is only a short one because they have to return to their human lives here on Earth. Only those who die for good will know what more these two places have had to offer and the dead seldom tell. Believe me there’s more, but I will not go into detail here.

People die every day. Some manage to live while others never come back from the brink of death. I will not put into words something which is best described in pictures or experience. For this, I encourage you to listen and watch a few video clips from people who have had the experience of death and whats on the other side. These are called Near Death Experiences (NDE). Descriptions of Heaven and Hell are consistently similar from one person to another and there are thousands of people with these experiences.

Take the advice from those who have died before. I don’t think they would like to joke or make up stories about these things.

The video clips I found title below are on YouTube.

Heaven and Hell near death Experiences (Experience recall)

This man died...returned...Heaven and Hell are real (Experience recall)

An accurate depiciton of Hell by Bill Weiss and Many Baxter (Graphic picture simulation)

Choo Thomas taken to Heaven and Hell (Experience recall)

There’s more. ... But some video clips on YouTube are just pure nonsense and made up to joke about the afterlife. You have to use your common sense to decide which ones are real and which ones are not.



(Proof that there is life after death)

Authors: Bill Gugenheim & Judy Guggenheim

Publishers : Thorsons, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Hammersmith, London, UK

Reference: Life after Life, Near Death Experiences – Dr Raymond Moody Jr.


This is a book written by Judy and Bill Guggenheim on research done on existence after death. Quoted:

Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue

to perceive, to understand, to laugh and to be able to grow.

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross M.D
German-Swiss Doctor who works with dying people

Dr. Elisabeth has had After Death Communications herself: -

I was at a crossroad. I feel I needed to give up my work with dying patients. That day, I was determined to give notice and leave the hospital and the University of Chicago. It wasn’t an easy decision because I really loved my patients.

I walked out of my last seminar on death and dying towards the elevator. At that moment, a woman walked towards me. She had an incredible smile on her face, like she knew every thought I had.

She said. “Dr Ross, I’m only going to take two minutes of your time. If you don’t mind, I’ll walk you down to your office.” It was the longest walk I have ever taken in my life. One part of me knew that this was Mrs Johnson, a patient of mine who had died and been buried almost a year ago. But I’m a scientist, and don’t believe in ghost and spooks!

I did the most incredible reality testing I’ve ever done. I tried to touch her because she looked kind of transparent in a waxy way. Not that you could see furniture behind her, but not quite real either. I know I touched her, and she had feeling to her.

We came to my office, and she opened the door. We went inside and she said, “I had to come back for two reasons. Number one, I wanted to thank you and Reverend Smith once more for what you have done for me. But the real reason why I had to come back is to tell you not to give up your work on death and dying. Not yet.”

I realized consciously that maybe indeed this was Mrs. Johnson. But I thought nobody would ever believe me if I told this to anybody. They really would thing I had slipped!.

So my scientist in me needed proof. I needed a sheet of paper with anything written in her handwriting, and hopefully her signature.

This woman knew my thoughts and knew I had no intention to ever giver her note to Reverend Smith. However, she took a piece of paper and wrote a message and signed it with her full name. Then with the biggest smile of love and compassion and understanding, she said to me, “Are you satisfied now?”

Once more she said, “You cannot give up your work on death and dying. Not yet. The time is not right. We will help you. You will know when the time is right. Do you promise?” The last thing I said to her was “I promise.” And with that, she walked out.

No sooner was the door closed, I had to go and see if she was real. I opened the door, and there was not a soul in that long hallway!

Dr Elisabeth story defied everything Bill knew and understood and assumed was trued about death and life after death, and it forced him to re-examined all his beliefs for any logical explanations but found none. Bill decided to find personal answers for some of mankind’s oldest questions: Is there life after death? Do we enter a new dimension or level of existence when our physical life is over? Will we be united with our friends and family members who have already died? Is it possible for our deceased loved ones to communicated with us now?

So began Bill and Judy’s research into life after death. There are many books on this topic. What they came up was a detailed book on Communication from the dead in various forms or After Death Communications (ADC for short). They are members of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS since 1981) and talked with hundreds of people (first hand) who reported having near death experiences, out-of-body journeys, after death communications and other kinds of spiritual experiences. These Bill and Judy wrote down and categorized.

According to them The Amerrican Health Magasing published the results of a poll (Survey) conducted by the National Opinion Research Centre of America in its Jan=Fen 1987 issue. The survey was directed by Andrew Greeley, the well know Catholic priest and author. The finding show that 42% of American Adults believe that have been in contact with someone who has died and 67% of all widows believe they have had a similar experience. These figures are quite high and show that communication with the dead through various methods occur more often than most people assume.

Many people are convinced that after death communications are not real. They are often dismissed as hallucinations, imaginations, delusions, fantasies etc. ADC’s are the result of wish fulfillment and memories caused by grief. Bill and Judy’s interview with those directly having ADC on a one to one basis show that there is not necessary grief involved when having and ADC. Some do not even know that a friend or family has died and that person has come to wish them goodbye or convey a message.

Their research done with several boundaries to outline what is termed as an After Death Communication or not;-

It must be a direct one to one experience. No medium, psychic, hypnotist or third party is involved.

It is a spontaneous event. The deceased initiated the contact. Seances, ouija boards, crystal balls or similar devices used to make contact with the dead are not counted as ADC’s.

The ADC Project started in Orlando, Florida in May 1988 with 1,000 flyers, 1,000 business cards, a telephone line, a post office box and a checking account. They found people who were willing to be interviewed everywhere they went including support groups, churches, hospices, personal growth classes, conferences, social organizations bereavement groups and spiritual bookstores. This project took 7 years to fulfill its purpose.

They had collected 3,300 firsthand experiences in all 50 Amereican states and ten Canadian provinces. The people interviewed are from all walks of life and represent diverse social, educational, occupational and economic background. They range from a 8 year old boy to a 92 year old widower. Almost all had a Christian or Jewish religious upbringing and are still practicing. Those interviewed were in good health (not senile or crazy) and were never involved in drugs or alcohol at the time of their experiences.

ADC’s are very common in other parts of the world, where they are socially accepted as real communications from the dead. The people who have had these experiences share them freely and joyously with others, and Bill & Judy believes that everyone gains form discussing these events openly.

Book Contents

1. The After Death Communication (ADC) Project: A leap of faith

Introduction to how the research came about and comments from others including doctors and professionals.

2. Sensing a Presence: Sentient ADC’s

This is the most common type. People report having an intuitive awareness or inner knowledge that their deceased loved one was with them in the same room or area. The presence felt familiar and conveyed the identity and personality of the one who had died. Many can sense the emotions and mood of that person and some may even receive non-verbal messages this way. They know when that person first appeared and when he/she is gone. People feel happy when a loved one visits them even for a short while.

3. Hearing a Voice: Auditory ADC’s

This is also a common type of ADC. Some people report hearing an audible voice that was from an outside source (not their own thoughts). This is called telepathic communications which is also known as mind-to-mind contact, mental communication or thought transference. The message or thought is usually brief and to the point like a telegram. Some people are not even sure they heard the message until it is repeated a second time. Some understand what it means the first time. Many times lives have been saved because of these short messages in a person’s head.

4. Feeling a Touch: Tactile ADC’s

This is a less common type of ADC. The sensation can be felt as a light tap, a gentle touch, a soft caress, a tender kiss, a comforting arm or even a hug. Each one is don in a loving way to express emotional support or reassurance. Regardless of what kind of touch they feel, people easily recognize their deceased loved ones. Touch or Tactile ADC usually happen between people who have had a very close relationship. Those who have died return to convey affection and encouragement to the living especially through tough times and emotional turmoil. Sometimes a voice is also heard during this time.

5. Smelling a Fragrance: Olfactory ADC’s

This is one more common ADC. Typical scents include the fragrance of a perfume, cologne, after shave lotion, flowers, food, drink, tobacco, commercial product or anything else that one can associate with a loved one. The scent is usually unusual with their surroundings or the room/place they are in and there is no source for the smell. Sometimes two people can smell the same scent. Sometimes a touch, a feeling or a voice may be present with the scent making the identity of the deceased loved one more clear.

6. Partial Appearances: Visual ADC’s

Seeing a dead loved one who has returned for a visit is very dramatic but quite common type of ADC. People report seeing only part of a body or if they saw the whole body it will appear less then solid. Some partial appearances can be in the form of a bright light, a face in a bright light, the upper part of a body, a misty body etc. Sometimes their dead relatives talk to them or send messages or touch them to say that they have crossed over to the other side and that they are happy, healthy and safe. Many who got this experience are comforted.

7. Full Appearances: Visual ADC’s

Full appearances are usually made to demonstrate the deceased loved ones are healed and whole, despite their age, physical disability or injury at the time of death. Nearly all are much happier and freer than when they had a physical body. They convey a greater love, compassion and wisdom than they had while still alive. These experiences are so warm and comforting that the living feel that they have been updated by the new condition of the deceased relative or friend and find peace from the experience.

8. A Glimpse Beyond: ADC Visions

Having seen a ADC vision is like looking through an opening into another dimension and intuitively knowing you are seeing beyond this world into a spiritual one. External visions are seen with your eyes open and may be compared to looking at projection of a movie. Internal visions are seen through your mind either with your eyes closed or open. Some are two dimensional while others are three dimensional and have bright vivid colours that radiate their own inner light, similar to a stained glass window that has light from behind. Messages can come through and sometimes people can talk to the deceased loved ones. These are rare ADC’s.

9. Encounters at Alpha: Twilight ADC’s

During the half awake and half asleep level of awareness or the Alpha state people are so relaxed that they see ADC’s. This level of semi-consciousness can also be attained through mediation exercises, hypnosis and deep prayer. Even daydreaming and feelings of creativeness can be an Alpha state. In this state you are often in a relaxed, open and receptive frame of mind. Various types of ADC’s can be experience when in this state maybe a presence, a voice, a touch, a scent, an appearances, a vision etc.

10. More than a Dream: Sleep-State ADC’s

Many people reported that they had been contacted by a deceased loved one while they were sound asleep. Because they didn’t have any other name for their experience, they usually called it a ‘dream’. However, most add that it wasn’t like an ordinary haphazard dream, jumbled up, fragmented, filled with symbolism and incomplete in many ways. In contrast a sleep-state ADC feels like actual face-to-face visits with deceased ones. They are much more orderly, colourful, vivid and memorable than most dreams. In fact some may even be visions during the sleep period similar to ADC’s while one is awake.

11. Homeward Bound: Out-Of-Body ADC’s

Out of Body Experiences (OBE’s) are not a new phenomenon. They have been constantly reported throughout history. There are a lot of books on OBE’s. Occurances of ADC’s during OBE’s are less common too. Some people can temporarily leave their physical bodies and travel to far and near places. Some people claim they are able to visit other dimensions, including the spiritual realms. Spontaneous Out of Body ADC’s can occur while you are awake in the Alpha state or during sleep. People say the experience is more real than life itself.

12. Person-to-Person: Telephone ADC’s

As it implies telephone ADC’s is when one receives a phone call from a deceased loved one. They may sound as clear as an ordinary everyday call or they may sound far and distant and sometimes they come through ‘white noise’ or background noise on the telephone. Some people have reported receiving a telephone ADC’s even when the phone line has been temporarily cut off and even with witnesses nearby. Some ADC’s are also experienced during sleep but seem so real. After the call there won’t bee any kind of disconnect sound or even a dial tone. The phone will be silent as though the line has been cut.

13. Material Matters: ADCs of Physical Phenomena

A common type of ADC are unusual things happening around the house following the death of a relative or friend for example electrical equipments being turned off and on, mechanical objects being activated, pictures and other items being moved, windows and doors opening and closing despite there being not wind or anyone else about at the time. People regard these events as messages from their deceased loved ones to show that they are still in existence or to show that they want you to remember them. There is the case of a mother who kept finding (in different places) a smiling picture of her deceased teenage son. He wanted her not to mourn and be sad for he was in a happier place now. He seldom smiled in his pictures and that particular one was a rare one of him smiling.

14. Butterflies and Rainbows: Symbolic ADC’s

Some people are sent a sign spontaneously as a gift, while others ask or pray to receive one. Depending on their belief system, they may ask the deceased to give them a sign or they may pray to God for one. Typical symbols included rainbows, flowers, butterflies, birds, insects, animals or things. Whether a sign comes immediately or takes time to arrive, most people intuitively recognize their sign right away and feel it is intended for them. These signs provide much hope to those who are grieving deeply, especially parents and the widowed. Because they a symbolic, the receiver must interpret his or her own experience and give it their own personal meaning.

15. Exceptions to the Rule: “Fearful” and Other ADC’s

Almost all ADC’s are positive, joyful and uplifting events and they generally quickens spiritual growth. For some reasons some people may experience fear when they do have an ADC. Those who have no knowledge of one before may think they are loosing their minds. Others may have irrational fear or superstitious beliefs and become frightened unnecessarily due to negative thinking influenced by movies, books or even their local folklore. This can be sad for the deceased loved ones who are trying to communicate with them for the living may not be receptive and try to avoid them.

16. Timing is Everything: ADC’s before the news

This sort of ADC happens before a person learns of the death of a friend or loved one. They have not had the chance to grieve or have grief-induced hallucinations as many people would claim. Some contacts are made soon after the person dies to warn others of their death.

17. Expect the Unexpected: ADC’s year later

Some ADC’s occur within the second to fifth year following the death of a loved one and some occur many years later when it is totally unexpected. Their purposes are more specific than earlier contacts like to warn of eminent danger. Despite being dead, they still feel a sense of connection to the live ones and are aware of your daily life and are watching over you with love and compassion.

18. Validation: Evidential ADC’s

An ADC experience is evidential when you learn something you did not know and had no way of knowing before. For instance, you may be told the location of a lost object and then being able to find it. This confirms that the dead person has the intention of helping you despite not being in the physical world. This also proves that they do exist after death.

19. Special delivery: ADC’s for protection

Nearly all ADC’s are inspired by the ongoing love and concern your deceased relatives and friends feel for you. It is therefore, understandable that they may attempt to protect you from harm or danger. Examples are protection from motor vehicle, accidents, harm from criminals, house fires, industrial injuries, undiagnosed health problems and emergencies involving young children or infants. If there is no life after death then why should your dead loved ones bother to appear to warn you of danger.

20. Saving Grace: ADC’s for Suicide Intervention

Suicide interventions are a special form of ADC’s for protection that occur at the critical moment someone truly needs encouragement. They seem to be a common experience and each one who has had this is certain that a deceased relative or friend was directly responsible for saving his or her life during times of fear, despair, sadness or depression. This is the most profound of ADC’s experience gathered during the research as it provide moral uplifting to others who contemplate the same way of ending his or her life.

21. Confirmation: ADC’s with a Witness

On some occasions, two or more people who are together at the time, will have contact with their dead relative at the same time. Descriptions of these ADC’s may be the same or different depending on each point of view. The value of having a witness is confirmation that your experience was not imaginary but real as in the example of a man who saw his deceased mother waving from her front porch after the funeral, as she always used to when she was alive. The man did not cry during the funeral or afterwards until his wife confirmed that she too saw his mother waving goodbye at her front porch. This confirmed that he was not dreaming and the event touched him so much that he broke down and cried, pouring out his grief once and for all.

22. A necklace of pearls: The Best of the Best of ADC’s

All those who experienced positive ADC’s drew strength from it, which produced lasting emotional and spiritual healing. Deeply moving accounts like these prove that the deceased are in a different kind of existence after they die.

13 June 2008

Shop for quality

I remember the day when myself and my wife shops around to find a bargain rice electric cooker. In fact we been to several electrical outlets to see and look at different model and brand of these electric cooker. After much discussion and weighing the cost and benefit, we decided to buy non-branded cheap cooker.

We feel at ease to know that we haven’t spent much of money and manage to save a few dollars. The rice cooker managed to cook the rice for a couple of weeks then it stopped functioning.

Luckily it is still under warranty. So we sent it for repair. When we called the shop, we were directed to send it to a place quite far from where we are staying. Even worst, the location is not so familiar to us and we spend time finding the exact location. Finally we did found the place. It was a warehouse, no signature what so ever. The building looks old and spooky.

Anyway, I went inside with the rice cooker and a man at the entrance usher me to see a person that do the repair. I waited there while the man inspect and repair the cooker. The repair was fast and quick i.e. 15 minutes roughly.

We took back the rice cooker and tried it for few days. It works fine but the rice is over cooked. I decided not to use it anymore since it burnt more than cook the rice. We made a decision to give it away or throw it. With that experience, we had better off buying the branded rice cooker instead of the cheap brand. The amount of time, car fuel and money wasted just to save few dollars is not really worth doing.

If we have bought the branded rice cooker in the first place, we could have enjoyed the following:

a) The rice is properly cooked not burnt.
b) The rice cooker will last longer
c) Better service centre, location nearby, familiar place.
d) Professional technical support with qualified service centre
e) Peace of mind, you know you are using a safe cooking devices.
f) The rest you can ask the salesman (I am not affilliate with any manufacturer).

The point I am making is that although the money I spend is less buying the cheap brand but it end up being waste since I had to replace it with a much better and cost me slightly more. I was throwing money and looking cheap at that.

Shopping for quality rather than the price is not so easy to do and it takes a lot of practice and consideration to be made. Buying quality product obviously cost more but it saves you money in the long run – Cheap can often be a false economy.

Corruption hurts everyone

What is corruption?

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.

Corruption hurts everyone, and it harms the poor the most. Sometimes its devastating impact is obvious:

• A father who must do without shoes because his meagre wages are used to pay a bribe to get his child into a supposedly free school.
• The unsuspecting sick person who buys useless counterfeit drugs, putting their health in grave danger.
• A small shop owner whose weekly bribe to the local inspector cuts severely into his modest earnings.
• The family trapped for generations in poverty because a corrupt and autocratic leadership has systematically siphoned off a nation’s riches.
Other times corruption’s impact is less visible:
• The prosperous multinational corporation that secured a contract by buying an unfair advantage in a competitive market through illegal kickbacks to corrupt government officials, at the expense of the honest companies who didn’t.
• Post-disaster donations provided by compassionate people, directly or through their governments, that never reach the victims, callously diverted instead into the bank accounts of criminals.
• The faulty buildings, built to lower safety standards because a bribe passed under the table in the construction process that collapse in an earthquake or hurricane.

Corruption has dire global consequences, trapping millions in poverty and misery and breeding social, economic and political unrest.

Corruption is both a cause of poverty, and a barrier to overcoming it. It is one of the most serious obstacles to reducing poverty.

Corruption denies poor people the basic means of survival, forcing them to spend more of their income on bribes. Human rights are denied where corruption is rife, because a fair trial comes with a hefty price tag where courts are corrupted.

Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law.

Corruption distorts national and international trade.

Corruption jeopardises sound governance and ethics in the private sector.

Corruption threatens domestic and international security and the sustainability of natural resources.

Those with less power are particularly disadvantaged in corrupt systems, which typically reinforce gender discrimination.

Corruption compounds political exclusion: if votes can be bought, there is little incentive to change the system that sustains poverty.

The conclusion - Corruption hurts everyone.

Source : Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption

09 June 2008

Make Money Online through Writing in 3 Easy Steps

Everyone want to make money. Actually there are many ways to make money. Some are illegal and legal ways to make money. It not easy to make money legally. You have to sweat, really sweat to make good money. To some it may be easy but many find it very troublesome and stressful especially if you have to work with a difficult boss to earn your living.

If you enjoy writing articles or novel or fictions then you have a good chance of making money online and offline. There are many online publisher and magazines that wants to buy good and relevant articles from you. One such company is the (You have to search it yourself for the others).

So, what is Shvoong?

Shvoong’ is a world-wide center for abstracts, offering a wide variety of abstracts in 34 different languages. Our goal is to summarize all that has been written throughout human history in the areas of literature and scientific research, thus providing you the essence of human knowledge. All the abstracts are written by our users, citizens of the world, who not only enjoy sharing their knowledge with everyone, but also earn royalties for their work. The site has no pretension of replacing the real thing — whether books or studies — with abstracts, but rather serve as a tool that helps you swim in the sea of information, separate the chaff from the wheat.

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