Pigeons live together with humans for thousand years, based on archaeologists findings in Mesopotamia, back to 3000 BC. Pigeons guano is not welcome in cities today but it is and was very premium fertilizer in the past. Pigeons were used as messengers and mail delivery and even today it is a famous fact. Famous pigeons messengers names were Cher Ami and GI Joe in WW1 and WW2. Pigeon is the most intelligent bird on this planet and one of the 6 species that can pass the mirror test – that means, that it can understand that it is just a reflection.
There are lots of different sorts of people in the world, but one of the best kind are those people who really care for others and want to devote their careers to helping people. The thing is, there are so many ways that people need help, and so many things that you could be doing, that if you are this kind of person, you may be a bit stumped as to what sort of profession would suit you best. There is of course, the medical field, which on its own has hundreds of different careers, including everything from being a surgeon to a physical therapist, a nurse to a pharmacist, or a midwife to a clinical psychiatrist. Outside of medicine though, what are some good job paths for people who live to care?
There are charities for every conceivable good cause, and all of them have a variety of roles that need to be done to continue their work. This means you can be someone on the ground, as it were, for example helping build villages in Africa or rescuing neglected animals, or you can work in fund raising, which is of course essential for any charity. As well as this, there are usually paid jobs in things like IT, administration and other operational things that while not directly related to ‘helping’ per se, allow people who have a leaning towards a certain type of profession outside of the caring field (like a knack for web design) to still do work that helps make the world a better place.
If you want to work with people who have problems face to face and have a real chance to make a difference in their lives that you can see emerge over time, counseling can be a really rewarding thing to do for a living. Counselors work in all kinds of environments, including with children, troubled teens, people who have experienced serious trauma (for example soldiers), people who are recovering from addictions, and sometimes just ordinary people who are at a bad point in their lives (perhaps due to a bereavement or divorce). It is a common misconception that counselors are there to advise people. In actual fact, their role is to encourage people to talk through their problems in a constructive way, and to listen.
Another field where you can be hands on with people who need help is as a professional carer. You can do this in places like hospices or nursing homes, or on a residential basis, and there are all kinds of people you can work with, including special needs children, elderly people, people with disabilities and people who are terminally ill. It is quite easy to find this kind of work as it is usually in high demand, so a good way to start can be to contact local home help agencies and discuss what they look for in entry level employees. You can also talk to local nursing homes, care homes and hospices and see if they hire people directly, rather than through agencies, as well.
Anthony Wong, the author of this article, is part of the team at, Family Private Care, a licensed nurse registry based in Florida. He is a culinary enthusiast and enjoys treating his clients to some of his savoury dishes.
Light displays have been a part of historic entertainment for thousands of years. The Chinese invented fireworks and have been cited as using them as far back as 600 A.D as festivities. Throughout the seasons and all over the world, brilliant light displays take place from glittering glass lights to atmospheric ambiances. In our experience with providing lights to a number of industries, we’ve come across in our research some spectacular displays which we’d like to share with you.
Ranking in the position of third place in our estimation is a drive-through light display in Perth, Australia. This is a light show unlike any other, unique to itself. In Perth, instead of there being just one house decorated beautifully with lights, there are hundreds of houses, and each one has been carefully crafted for up to 200 hours each, and can take up to a week or more to complete. Perth is home to a whole host of different light displays and shows, but the drive-through lit estate topped any of them in beauty and performance.
Ranking in the position of second place is Seoul Plaza, In Seoul, South Korea. Seoul Plaza is a vibrant, oriental light display, each colour is carefully chosen to give a delicate effect. Seoul Plaza was reopened in 2004 with the notion of providing the people of Seoul with a beautiful space to relax in. In addition to installing a water tank beneath Seoul Plaza, there are also 48 lighting systems around the grass square. However, despite it’s majesty, Seoul Plaza has been subject to gatherings and protests against Imports of US Beef in South Korea.
Finally, ranking in first place is A Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China. A Symphony of Lights is a stunning, synchronized light display produced using decorative light and lasers aimed toward the buildings and water, both sides of Vitoria Harbour are lit at approximately 8pm Hong Kong Time every night so long as the weather allows it.
The display in Victoria Harbour usually lasts from anything between 10 – 15 minutes. A Symphony of Lights has attracted up to 4 million visitors so far, and continues to attract tourists each year from across the globe.
There are a great deal more light displays out there that we could have mentioned, including natural displays such as Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights which can be seen across the Northern Hemisphere. The Aurora Borealis was actually named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek term for wind, Boreas. Other examples of displays that didn’t make it into our top three were Brussels, Belgium during the Plaisirsd’Hiver, Gothenburg, Sweden, during its Christmas season and Kobe, Japan.
Author: Simon Calvin, part of the marketing team at UK Christmas World in Barnsley is often found roaming the halls planning his own Christmas and seasonal events, without a care for the time of year.
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Satellite and cable providers have been losing customers, so-called cord cutters who rely on streaming services such as Netflix for entertainment needs. More than 5 million households no longer have television service, according to a Nielsen study, citing an article from Forbes, compared to 2007, when only 2 million households went without TV services. One thing television providers had over streaming providers was broadcast television and live TV.
A service called Aereo is looking to change that, streaming television to Internet browsers, iOS devices and the Roku-streaming media player.
How It Works
Aereo is currently available in New York City and Boston, according to PC Magazine. It’s also currently expanding into Atlanta. The service brings local broadcast channels such as Fox, ABC and NBC to an Internet browser, iOS, or television. You cannot, however, access niche channels, such as the Syfy network or ESPN. With Aereo, you receive two tuners, along with up to 20 hours of DVR storage on the base plan for $8 monthly. If you need more, you can pay $4 for 60 hours of DVR storage additionally. Aereo also works with Roku 3 and the Apple TV. Even if, you get the upgraded service, $12 is a far cry from a basic cable package priced at more than double that.
Aereo had a rough start as several broadcast networks sued the fledgling service on the grounds of copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan denied the broadcast networks the ability to file for an injunction, according to Businessweek. Had the broadcast networks gotten this injunction, they would have driven Aereo out of business. Broadcast networks continue to appeal this decision, but so far, they have not been able to overturn it.
Technical Hurdles to Overcome
Aereo still has room for improvement. While Aereo moves consumers closer to getting the same content they get on cable or satellite television, it’s not able to provide access to every channel you’ll find on air. It’s great if you want local broadcasts, but not so great if you’re looking for a true cable killer. It does continue to prove there is a strong market out there for television alternatives, and cable and satellite companies need to adapt to the changing marketplace.
Broadcast Network Adaptation
So many people go the cord-cutting route because they pay for a lot of channels but don’t watch many of them. When you’re paying hefty amounts even when you aren’t fully using your service, and you have no way just to buy the channels you want, it’s a frustrating experience. Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu cover many shows and popular movies that combined a majority of entertainment needs. The broadcast networks have needed to find some way to recapture subscribers, and they’re starting to understand the appeal of streaming, view-anywhere content.
One broadcast network expanding into online streaming is ABC, according to Reuters. The stream is live through the website, as well as iOS, Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy. However, ABC does require anyone using the streaming service to have cable or satellite subscriptions in order to access the content, missing the point of what makes streaming content so attractive to the fed-up consumer who doesn’t want to deal with virtual television monopolies.
Do you think Aereo is a worthwhile addition to your entertainment options? Join the discussion below and share your thoughts.
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We often imagine prisoners in black and white striped clothing, hands cuffed over their stomach as they slowly walk with their head down. In reality, black and white striped clothing was never the norm for prison clothing across the world, although it was widely used in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Western and European countries as clothing for people who were confined in prisons and war camps. For example, prisoners during the Holocaust were notorious for being clothed in vertical black and white stripes. Since then, black and white striped prison clothing has carried the stigma and status of suffering.
In this day and age, prisoners across the world no longer wear black and white striped clothing for several reasons:
- Humane reasons
- Practical reasons
- Ethical reasons
Currently, even the United States is changing the way it clothes its prisoners, because it is considered inhumane by some to label and signify prisoners’ status through black and white striped clothing. Many countries also find it more practical for prisoners to wear brighter, easy-to-spot clothing. This helps them stand out in a crowd. In addition, some countries want to punish prisoners by dressing them in non-traditional clothing.
Although there is some debate regarding the use of prison uniforms, they continue to persist as a part of prison culture. Here are six surprising colors that prisoners across the world wear.
Canary, or Highlighter, Yellow
In the United States, specifically Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California, male prisoners are classified by the color of their prison uniform, which includes yellow. The following show the colors for prison uniforms that are used by some United States prison systems, starting with the highest-security color and ending with the lowest security color:
- Bright Orange
- Dark Green
- Plain Gray
- Bright Red
- Canary Yellow
Another advantage to this system is that it allows prison guards to spot and label a prisoner at a glance based on the color of their clothing.
In Indonesia, special prisoners such as government officials are forced to wear embarrassing clothing for their prison uniform. The color of choice is usually hot pink or bright orange. These special prison uniforms are not only brightly colored, but they also include the following:
- The name of the prisoner
- The case number of the prisoner
- “Detainee of the Corruption Eradication Agency”
In Guantanamo Bay, male prisoners wear bright orange scrubs for their prison uniforms. They also wear masks and are kept handcuffed at almost all times.
Although most prison uniforms these days are one-piece jumpers, many of them are also two-piece pants and jacket. Scrubs, however, are almost unique to Guantanamo Bay.
In South Africa, male prisoners wear standard-issued, dark green clothing for their prison uniform. The clothing is usually threadbare and provides little to no protection from extreme hot or cold weather.
In West Africa, specifically Nigeria, male prisoners wear navy blue clothing for their prison uniform. Even government officials who fall from their high positions are forced to wear this clothing, although some of them, like Bode George, have protested against it.
In England and Wales, male prisoners wear plain gray from head to toe for their prison uniform.
As you can see, male prison clothing has been the subject of much interest and debate. Female prison clothing, however, does not have the same rules and regulations associated with it. Regardless, prison clothing is not something that anyone, even prisoners, would want to wear.
Blair Carroll specializes in criminal defense law at Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, his law firm in Austin, Texas. Carroll has also helped many Texans get out of jail and back into their own clothes and homes.
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Sometimes it’s just easier to tell someone what not to do than it is to explain what they should be doing. This way we can get a picture in our mind of precisely what we need to avoid so that we can better understand the problem and come up with a solution of our own. In web design it’s really up to you how you go about building your site and what you think looks good, but that doesn’t alter the fact that there are some definite hard-and-fast rules that need to be observed and some things you should certainly avoid. Here we will look at what a website would look like if you ignored all those rules and why that would be such a bad thing…
The colours of a website will instantly tell you a lot about the place you’re visiting and whether or not you want to stay there. You’ll notice that most websites are either white or very light blue, which has a calming effect making us want to stay there longer, and which will create contrast well with the black writing.
If you wanted to create the least attractive website possible though, you would want to ignore those features and instead create something that would be an assault on the senses and difficult to read. Think a bright red background with blue writing over the top…
A web design is more than just a colour scheme though, and equally important is to use images that look modern and professional and that draw people into your site.
If you’re building the world’s worst website though, then you’ll want to avoid crisp and professional looking images though and instead use low resolution headers designed with more atrocious colours and poor design. Likewise you might want to use repetitive images for your background to create a 1990s vibe to your website and use huge stock images in your articles that take too long to load, look like Word Art and don’t bear any relevance to your content.
So far we have a website that’s an assault on the eyes and on the data connection, so why not assault the ears too? Including music on a website is a rookie mistake in most cases as it will clash with whatever the visitor is listening too and drive away anyone with a different taste in music to you.
If someone needs to find a particular piece of information then they may be able to put up with even the most ugly web design. If you wanted to make your site really unbearable then you would also make it impossible for people to find what they want by using a hugely complicated and impenetrable navigation. Put links in weird place, defy logic and get your pages to circle around by linking them back to each other.
That will then leave you with perhaps the worst web design in the world and as such – zero traffic and dwindling profits. To avoid this fate, do the opposite thing in each of these cases or use a professional web designer.
Nathan Knowle is web designer by profession. Having plyed his trade for a considerable amount of time, he certainly knows a thing or two about web designing and has listed some disastrous design mistakes in today’s post.
A funeral is a very solemn and sad affair, especially when it is for a loved one. Sadly, these events will be a part of everybody’s lives at least once or twice. No matter what country or culture you belong to, grief is always very difficult to deal with. The sentiments may be the same, but the actual funeral ceremony differs in many ways. This article looks at some different cultures across the world and sees how they go about saying goodbye to their deceased friends and relatives.
Maasai Tribe – Predator Burial
The Maasai tribe are renowned nomads, and they spend most of their lives wandering around the East African bush, eking out an existence. When it comes to saying goodbye to a tribe member who has passed away, they have a unique approach that mirrors their own lifestyle. The Maasai do not believe in a single being or entity, they worship something known as Enkai. This is a deity who is part of the earth and the sky and everything below. Special burial ceremonies are only held for Maasai chiefs, if an ordinary member should pass away, the body is simply left in the bush for predators to consume. They do not believe in the afterlife and see this as a way of cleansing the earth.
Cave Burial – Hawaii
Hawaii has some of the most breath-taking scenery on the planet, and some of this is used for the funeral process. The deceased body is placed in a cave, usually found in the cliffs that surround much of the coastline. It is moved into a fetal position and the feet and hands are tied to maintain this shape. The body is also covered in a tapa cloth that is made using mulberry bark. This process is believed to have some effect on the diving power that is bestowed on the deceased’s family. Diving is still a large part of Hawaiian culture to this very day.
Skull Burial – Kiribati
In Kiribati, the corpse is placed in the family house for as long as ten or twelve long days. Visiting friends and relatives come to pay their respects and bring an offering for the deceased. This is a dessert that is made from a local plant, it is a mandatory activity. The body is then interned for two months, after this the body is recovered and the skull is removed by the relatives. This is then cleaned up and polished, as the body is returned to the ground. The skull is retained and takes pride of place on a shelf. The family make regular offerings to the skull, and this is believed to please the god Nakaa.
Fire Burial – Bali
The beautiful island of Bali is home to a very ancient form of human burial. The Hindu religion dictates that the body of the deceased must pass through fire before leaving this mortal coil. After passing, the body is left on a table in front of the family home, food and other gifts are placed next to the corpse. The body is then added to a mass burial site, along with other fallen village members. Eventually these bodies are placed on a large float and paraded through the village. After this process, the float is set alight and the bodies are all consumed by flames to mark their passing with honour.
Richard Earnshaw overlooks Cremation in New Haven, CT. An Undertaker by profession, he has been doing this job for considerable amount of time. He has great regards for different cultures and so has listed some interesting aspects of their funerals in today’s post.
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Samsung galaxy S3 is the best mobile phone to connect with the world. This mobile handset was released in May, 2012 in London. This Smartphone which was designed and developed by Samsung electronics runs on the latest Android operating system. The release of this gadget gave tough competition to its competitors like iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Nokia Lumina 900 etc. Wow features in Samsung galaxy S3 are
- Smart alert: once you lift the phone this interesting feature will inform you about the things that has happened. It alerts you about the missed calls and messages.
- S voice: This voice recognising command allows you to instruct the device. You can instruct the phone when to receive the call, can change your music volume and can even tell the camera when to shoot a picture.
- Social tag: With S3 you can stay connected with your friends and family. Social tag can easily identify the person in the photo album and can automatically link with their social media network. Once if you set this tag you can know the status of your friends by just seeing their photos.
- Direct call: suppose you are texting to your friend and decides to talk with him. This smart feature connects the call immediately to the desired person instead of searching call logs.
- Smart Stay: front camera on the phone will focus on the eyes and can automatically identify what you are looking for. It will instantly connect to the web if you want to read an eBook.
- Photo sharing: galaxy S3 allows you to share photos within fraction of seconds. It not only recognises pictures but also connect to their network profiles. So you can share the photos with one touch on the screen.
- All share play: using share play you can share data with several devices with the help of DLNA and wi-fi. You can access the documents and multimedia information irrespective of time and location.
- S Beam: this is an advanced feature compared to Photo sharing and All share paly. With Sbeam you can instantly share documents, contacts, pictures, videos. Just by keeping two phones together.
- Design: It has 4.8 long screen which is bigger in size compared to iphone5. The entire case is made up of plastic that is covered with flimsy and ultra-thin material. Rectangular shape was replaced with a curved shape and it comes with a removable battery.
- Pop up play: it is the multi-tasking device. You can watch videos and can send email at the same time. Powerful quad processor boosts the device power.
- LTE: with this ultrafast wireless technology downloads can be done within fraction of seconds. LTE runs twice faster compared to 3G technology.
It became the best mobile handset in the world because of its amazing features. TechRadar and stuff magazine rated it as the no1 mobile gadget beating Sony Xperia, Lumina 900 and many other smartphones.
Having grown up surrounded by them, we tend not to realise there’s something deeply weird about most musical instruments. Violins are basically wound intestines stretched and scraped with horsehair. Drums; the flayed hide of an animal pulled taut and hit with sticks. And let’s not even get started on the Didgeridoo. The point is, even the simplest instrument can appear strange when viewed objectively. So allow us to take a moment to appreciate the mind-bending insanity that went into designing:
The Sea Organ (Zadir, Croatia)
Built on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, the Sea Organ is a network of tubes that converts the flow of waves into a continuous, ethereal drone. Designed by architect Nikola Basic to liven up Zadir’s modernist concrete seafront, it manages to capture the rhythm of the ocean with more grace than even the sublimest David Attenborough documentary.
Musical Roads (Japan, South Korea, USA)
It sounds like Jeremy Clarkson’s dream: an instrument you can play with your car. But Japan, South Korea and America’s ‘singing roads’ actually have a deeper purpose; functioning as tourist-magnet, warning system for inattentive drivers and, um, Honda advert respectively. Grooves in the road, spaced at precise distances create the rhythm, with depth of cut responsible for tone. The exclamations of drivers unknowingly hitting these roads for the first time have sadly not been recorded.
Nano Guitar (Cornell University, USA)
Proving, once again, that scientists have waaay too much time on their hands, the Nano Guitar is a baffling ten micrometres long and can only be played with lasers. To appreciate exactly how tiny that is, find a ruler, measure a centimetre and then image it 1000 times smaller. Featuring strings a mere 100 atoms thick, it even comes in two varieties: classic and deluxe.
Created by Céaser López (presumably after seeing Desperado a few too many times), this entry is the only one that seems designed specifically to perform the most-bitchin’ solo ever. Somewhere in this glorious decadence resides a deeply-felt point about the gun trade; but honestly, how many of you who saw the photo didn’t immediately imagine yourselves rockin’ out before a crowded stadium?
The Singing Ringing Tree (Burnley, UK)
A vast cacophony of pipes stretching high over Lancashire, the Singing Ringing Tree is powered only by wind rolling over the bleak Northern landscape. It’s strange, near-musical lilting evokes feelings of awe, isolation and the sublime, all within a twenty minute walk from Burnley.
The Great Stalacpipe Organ (Virginia, USA)
The largest musical instrument on Earth covers a hefty 3 ½ acres deep below Virginia. Designed by ex-Pentagon man Leland W. Sprinkle, the Organ works by bashing rubber mallets against stalactites, which each give off an individual note. Weird doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Musical Tesla Coils
Combining anything with lightning is scientifically proven to make it 100% more badass, and music is no exception. Know what could make it even more badass? Adding Doctor Who.
Symphonic House (Lake Michigan, USA)
In the Wedge family home, strings stretch along walls, down stairwells and through corridors; creating a giant instrument any family member can play at any time. The only inhabitable instrument on this list, Bill Close and David Hanawalt’s experiment in sonic architecture is also one of the strangest buildings on Earth.
Famously proposed by Dr Johann Christian Reil as a way of treating patients who had lost the ability to focus; the Katzenklavier would undoubtedly grab even the most-hopeless patient’s attention. Operated by a mechanism that would yank each cat’s tail in time to create a recognisable tune, it remains to be seen whether the mere sight of it would then send the patient mad again in an entirely novel way.
The Loophonium (Liverpool, UK)
Designed by Fritz Spiegl as a piece of surrealist artwork, the Loophonium has been played on at least one occasion: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s April Fools concert in 1960. The Liverpool Museum’s website reliably informs us that, at the end of the concert, the seat was raised as a sign of respect for the national anthem.
Author: This article was compiled by DV247, Pro Audio specialists and suppliers of Fender products. There are so many fascinating instruments out there, can you think of any more?
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