The 2012 London Olympics are being watched live by millions of viewers around the world but we in America are in a unique situation where NBC is showing most of the events on tape delay. While most Americans are unhappy with this situation are are tweeting with the hashtag #NBCFail, I would like to send a few Thank you notes to the wonderful staff at NBC.
- Thank you for teaching my 6-year old new words like neutering - Thanks to the incessant replay of the same commercials, my 6 year old has picked up new words such as 'neutering'. I am sure his teacher would be proud of his improved vocabulary once he returns to school from his summer break.
- Thank you for freeing up my evenings in the Fall - You ran so many ads of your Fall shows during the games that I know NBC will not be on in prime time this Fall. You will continue to be in last place this Fall.
PS: The Thank You notes concept is taken from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show, ironically on NBC
|Whoever said "In life, death and taxes are inevitable" was probably a balding man in denial. As a man who is currently going through this process and watching his friends go through this, the balding process can be categorized into 7 stages. Why seven you ask? Having read many books by management gurus (or quacks), I learnt that 7 stages is more powerful than any other number. This blog post will get more validity because its a seven stage process. The seven stages are described below.
1. Denial - For most men, the balding process probably starts in their late 30s to late 40s. One tends to notice that they are losing their hair but most choose to live in denial. Perhaps, you can feel the barber gingerly cutting the hair on certain parts of your head, perhaps the water feels more in touch with the skin on your head or perhaps you can see your hair line receding in your pictures. You notice this with all your friends, but when it comes to you "Nah! It cannot be happening to me".
2. Slow Acceptance - Within a few months, its undeniable that its happening to you. The proof is more clear. The flash reflecting off your forehead in pictures is hard to deny that the balding process is well under way. Its a tough pill to swallow but you look around at your friends and that probably is the most comforting factor.
3. Cover up phase - Somewhere between the acceptance and the next phase, there is a phase of trying to cover up. This is typically achieved by wearing a cap to every event no matter how inappropriate it is. Its your brother's wedding day and everyone is wearing their best attire but you show up there with your Manchester United cap. That cap just becomes a part of you. Probably the worst prank anyone can play on you is to steal your hat.
4. Home Remedies - Once we have begun to accept that the balding process has started, its time to start some home remedies. These range from applying various types of oils, rubbing of lemon juice, followed by various types of massages. Heck, even rubbing beer is apparently a cure. Though I think many men will prefer drinking it and going bald than wasting it on their hair. If those natural remedies do not work, the market has various products like Rogaine to help.
5. Surgery, Wigs and Other Remedies - If those home remedies still does not stop the flow then many folks resort to expensive surgery or some medical options. You will always find a cure for baldness advertisement in any publication these days, be it surgery, wigs or some other procedure. Of course, Dr Batra is legendary in India, perhaps more for making you want to pull your hair out due to his SMS messages than having any success in growing your hair. If you are skeptical of these procedures, take a look at Harsha Bhogle who may be proof that there is some hope there.
6. Reluctant Acceptance - Once you have exhausted the home remedies and surgeries, one has no option but to accept this reality. You may still continue to wear that hat everywhere, but you tend to take it off occasionally. You look straight at the camera, not at some weird angles that appear to make it look like you have more hair. You feel better than all your friends are in the same boat and you reluctantly accept it.
7. Bald acceptance - The final stage is bold acceptance of the baldness (although I think in the age of political correctness, we should be called follically challenged). Once you have attained "Nirvana", you accept your pate and move on with life, probably never thinking of all the stages you went through to get here. To those men that go straight to the final stage, I salute you but for the rest of us mortals, hope springs eternal.
Ladies, Balding is probably the male equivalent of menopause, so yes, we do have our own mid-life issues.
Life Tip: Never complain about your greying problems to a balding man.
If you are here thinking that you can put together a website, put some Google Ads, sit back and earn millions of dollars, then you can end reading this article at this point. If on the other hand, you are willing to invest time and effort to create a website with valuable content, then perhaps this article will be of interest to you. I have been using Google Adsense on my website for close to 8 years now and having been earning some money with Adsense. Many readers ask me how much can I earn with Adsense. The truth is there is no right answer, it depends on a few factors and using some sample numbers, I will attempt to tell you how much you could earn.
I started using Adsense back in about 2004 not sure how much I would earn, if I would earn anything at all. I had very little traffic but enough to bring in some amount of money every month to continue using it and explore ways to bring in more revenue. There are essentially 3 factors that determine how much you would earn. Lets look at what the factors are
- Website Content and keywords - The way Google Adsense and Adwords work is advertisers set a budget for keywords that they would like to compete for. When a user lands on your page and that page has the keywords that match, the Google systems create a real time auction and the highest bidders get to present the ads on your site. Certain industries and keywords are hotly contested and result in higher bids. e.g Keywords in the travel, real estate or legal drive some of highest bids but something like food or humor results in low bids. Google gives you (the publisher) a portion of that ad revenue (when the user clicks the ad). If Google gives you 70% and a real estate ad brings in $1, you will get 70c. However, if you get 10c for a cooking ad, you will make only 7c.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, and also known as London 2012 are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. The Olympic games are a major international event in which thousands of athletes from around the globe participate in various sporting events. These include sports such as swimming, track and field, football, basketball and numerous other events. The summer Olympic games are one of the most watched television events and cities around the world compete fiercely to host an Olympic event.
Controversy : Since the logo was unveiled, there have been a number of controversies surrounding the logo
- Iran said it would boycott the games because the logo appeared to spell the word "ZION", a biblical term that refers to Jerusalem.
- Some have complained that the logo looks like a distorted Swastika.
- Some users complained of having seizures after watching the logo on TV changing colors.
- Perhaps the most absurd one is some users with really wild imaginations have suggested that the 0 is a silhouette of Lisa Simpson performing a sexual act on the number 2. If you look closely, perhaps, but really? Was the logo designer so perverted? Maybe she is just speaking into a microphone.
The logo is fairly simple and uninspiring. London has so many wonderful monuments such as the London Eye, the Buckingham Palace or Big Ben (or Elizabeth Tower as it is now called) that could have been incorporated into the logo. Hopefully the games will be significantly more exciting with Bolt and Phelps in it.
|Most celebrities often get tattoos and also seem to be mystified by Eastern religions and such as Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism etc. Besides some elaborate artwork of snakes and dragons, I have also seem them having tattoos in Sanskrit or some east Asian languages. I set out to look for celebrities who have Sanskrit tattoos and was surprised to find quite a few of them. Its not surprising that the most popular Sanskrit tattoo is Om. Om (or Aum) is arguably the most famous symbol of Hindu culture in the west and that probably is why its is so popular.
- Rihanna has a verse from the Bhagvad Gita tattoo on her hip.
- Katy Perry and Russell Brand got matching Sanskrit tattoos, following their engagement. They both had a Sanskrit phrase inked on their bicep. The tattoo reads €˜Anuugacchati Pravaha€™, which means €œGo With The Flow€.
- Jessica Alba has the Sanskrit word €˜Padma€™ which means lotus, tattooed on her wrist. The meanign behind this is that the lotus grows primarily in the mud, but grows beautifully and is unaffected by its surroundings.
- Kimberly Wyatt of Pussy Cat Dolls has a Sanskrit tattoo on the back of her neck, which says €˜let all the being be happy and let my actions contribute to their happiness€™.
- Gillian Anderson has a Sanskrit tattoo on her wrist which translates to €˜Every Day€™.
If you know of any other celebrities with Indian tattoos, leave a comment.
|The Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event subdivided into summer and winter sporting events. The summer and winter games are each held every four years. Until 1992, they were both held in the same year. Since then, the summer games are held during the first year of an Olympiad, the winter games during the third year.The Olympics date back to ancient Greek times, but the Olympic logo was born in 1913.|
The logo was designed by Frenchmen Pierre de Coubertin for the Paris Congress of the Olympic Movement. The logo was first found on a flag and had five interlocking rings, one for each continent represented in the Olympic Movement (with the Americas being treated as one). The six colors were included as well, black, yellow, blue, red, green, and white. The colors were chosen because at least one of the colors is in the flag of the countries that participate in the Olympics. The reason for the interlocking rings on the Olympic flag is symbolic in showing that the Olympic Games are intended for all nations to be able to come and compete against one another in unity.