Archive for June, 2014

27 jun

Is Your Company Depressed?

Kerrigan2Of all the business problems companies have, I think they become more magnified when the chief executive officers lose sight that their organization is made up of people.

In my experience, when things go wrong, the focus is primarily on finance or strategy, or both: but, not on people.

This is a big mistake—to ignore the people who will actually implement any new strategy, especially if they feel disconnected and overwhelmed by your last plan.

I’ve written about marketing from the inside out and the importance of inclusion over coercion. But, is the C-suite listening?

When your employees feel disconnected and that no one cares, they begin to shut down. Unhappy employees are unproductive employees, and this loss of interest affects every area of your business, particularly your customers.

It may be time to come down to ground level and ask:

Is my company depressed?

Here are some signs of which to be aware:

—Low energy and self esteem (Projects often seem to lose direction)

—Poor concentration (Costly errors are escalating)

—Difficulty making decisions (Deadlines are missed)

—Feelings of hopelessness (Recurring thoughts of layoffs)

—Social withdrawal (More conflict, less collaboration)

—Excessive negative thinking (Quality suffers. After all—why bother?)

—Loss of interest in jobs your employees used to enjoy (Productivity slows down or comes to a halt)

If your business is not accomplishing its goals, take a good look within, and invest some time focused on your greatest asset—people.

Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan

Michelle Kerrigan is an expert in workplace confidence and performance who advises clients how to become stronger and more successful. From growing businesses and exceptional leaders to enhancing careers, Michelle develops the 3 keys you need to succeed. More at and

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27 jun

7 Apps that Can Help You Get in Shape

RobertCordrayIt’s easier than ever to get in shape with the incredible selection of fitness apps that have been developed to help you incorporate the right exercise regimen into your daily routine.

Here are seven exercise apps that will give you all the guidance you need to reach your goals:

Nu Skin TR90

The Nu Skin TR90 app, previously available exclusively online, can now be downloaded to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. TR90, which stands for Transform in 90, is a versatile free app that tracks all the variables that help you lose weight successfully, including exercise, food consumption, and product use. A plethora of other helpful features motivate and inspire you while keeping close tabs on your progress.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

If you’re into running, cycling, or another similar sport and you enjoy being cheered on (and held accountable) by your friends, Endomondo lets you use your social media community to meet your fitness goals. The app, available online and on a variety of digital devices, lets you share your progress by posting updates to your social networks. Available in both free and pro versions, the app also incorporates a number of other dietary and fitness-enhancing features.


Offering a slightly new twist on fitness motivation, Pact lets you reap monetary rewards for meeting your health and fitness goals — or makes you pay up if you don’t. It’s a different take on accountability that has the members who don’t meet their weekly fitness goals paying those who do. You decide whether and how much you’ll pledge if you don’t manage to meet your target. This free app is available for iPhone and Android.


A fitness social network that combines a video-game-like points system and leveling-up concept with morale-boosting support from the rest of the community, Fitocracy is free for iPhone and Android and is also on the Web. With a focus on weightlifting, the app also helps you track weight loss and other exercise goals. Fitocracy also offers online coach-led fitness groups that provide a dietary and fitness program that’s tailored to your goals.

Lose It!

Available on Android, iOS, Nook, Kindle, and the Web, Lose It! logs your daily food and activity to help you achieve the right balance between calories consumed and calories expended through exercise to meet your weight-loss goals. This free app and website offers a database containing thousands of foods and allows you to add your own personal favorite commercial foods by scanning their barcodes using your smartphone’s camera.


This free mobile app lets you use your Android or iPhone’s GPS capability to track your progress while running, walking, or cycling. The app also offers an optional audio feature that enhances your experience by providing spoken updates on all the key stats you typically track to measure your fitness level.


Offering the largest nutrition and calorie database in the world, containing more than 4 million foods and growing, MyFitnessPal is a free website and mobile app for iPhone and Android. Flexible enough to support your favorite weight-loss diet, this free app and free membership offers your own personalized diet profile and preferred foods database and helps you track physical activity and food intake.

Once you’ve found the exercise app that’s right for you, the sky’s the limit on what these digital programs can help you accomplish.

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26 jun

Up and Coming IOS Game Apps

RobertCordrayIf you are looking for some time to kill with some wickedly fun games, look no further than the iTunes App Store. Here is a glance into the top 10 games in the app store and what makes them so much fun.

Smash Hit

Smash Hit offers beautiful graphics and addicting gameplay where the idea behind the game is to break through glass objects with a ball. Equally as enjoyable as the music is the music, which synchs along with each level that you are at in the game. On top of it all, Smash Hit is free, making it worth your time.

Go Dance

Go dance is a creative use of interactive media. One part dancing game and one part exercise app, it is completely fun. This app uses the songs that you have in your playlist and allows you to take photos of yourself while dancing along. You can also directly buy songs from the app, for the days that you need something new to groove to. Go Dance is surely one of the top up and coming iOS game apps you should check out.

Block Legend

Block Legend proves that there is plenty of room for nostalgic graphics, even with today’s Retina iPhone displays. This game is a puzzle role playing game, and it’s great for players of all ages. There are tons of characters and monsters that you’ll come across, all with their own blocky graphics.

Frontline Commando 2

From one end of the graphics scale with Block Legend to the other with Frontline Commando 2, this game is absolutely beautiful and maximizes the iPhone capabilities. This shooting game allows you to build a tactical squad of troops as you go on varying levels to taking down terrorists and other radical criminals.

The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2

The Walking Dead: The Game Season 1 earned plenty of critical acclaim and awards that the developers decided to come back with a second version. In this game you’ll solve puzzles and meet other stranded people, all while trying to avoid being eaten and turned into a brain-thirsty zombie.

Tanglers Blitz

If you love puzzle gams and all of the old apps on your phone are getting boring, check out Tanglers Blitz. This is a strategic game that requires you line up different aliens in order to clear rounds. Once they are matched up, new rows will be added and the challenge gets harder. You’ll download Tanglers Blitz because it looks great, but you’ll keep playing because it’s highly addictive.

Block Fortress: War

Playing off the blocky character graphics that have taken the iTunes Store by storm, Block Fortress: War is another installment into the genre. In this game you’ll take control of a variety of heroes os you go on campaign battles to take down your enemies. However, don’t get too caught up in your offensive efforts and forget about your own base, which will be under attack. You can even play with and against your friends online, making the game more entertaining.

Mines Of Mars

Mines of Mars is a 2D game where you will fight your way through a variety of different landscapes on Mars. Not only will you continually be surprised by the characters you come across, but you’ll do so while seeing beautiful graphics and listening to a wonderful soundtrack. This game was tagged as one of the most exciting games of the year for 2014 by Pocket Gamer, and it’s lived up to the hype.

8 Dice Skate

Some of the games in the app store aren’t just about what you can do on the screen, but how they make games more fun in the real world. 8 Dice skate allows you to pick up your skateboard and compete in a variety of tricks with your best friends, all while keeping score with the in-game counter. Once you knock off your buddies, you can brag about it on social media for the whole world to see.

Heads Up

if you haven’t played Heads Up yet, you’re missing out on a wildly good time with your friends. Like 8 Dice Skate, Heads Up isn’t as much about what’s on the screen, as it is the fun that will ensue with those you’re with. Heads Up offers a variety of different categories and cards, which you’ll press against your head as your friends give you clues that you’ll have to guess. There is also the opportunity to make your own cards, in case you want to add your own inside jokes to a deck.

Check out these games for non-stop fun from your iPhone and iOS device.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on June 26th, 2014 in Technology, Things We Love | No comments Read related posts in , , , , , , ,

26 jun

What You Need to Know About Skin Tags

JennaSmithSkin tags are quite common, and a person may have anywhere from one to hundreds, though the latter is not as common. While they can occur anywhere on the body, the most common locations include underarms, the base of the neck, under the breast, groin folds and the eyelids.

What Causes Skin Tags?

Skin tags result when collagen and blood vessels accumulate in the thicker parts of our skin; you may be more likely to develop skin tags if you are obese, have diabetes, suffer from HPV, are pregnant or use steroids excessively. There may also be a heredity component. Further, skin tags can form when the skin is irritated and scratched by things such as clothing, shaving and jewelry.

Are Skin Tags Tumors?

Don’t worry. Skin tags are not little tumors growing all over your body. These growths are benign. But, like any other part of the skin, there is a chance a precancerous or cancerous growth can form on them, though this is quite rare. If you notice any growths on your skin that bleed, are increasing in size or are colored pink, red, black or brown, make an appointment with a dermatologist, who can examine the growth, and biopsy it if necessary.

How Can I Treat A Skin Tag?

Skin tags do not require treatment, but you may want to remove them for cosmetic purposes. As far as medical treatments go, a doctor can freeze it off with liquid nitrogen, burn it using electro-desiccation or electric cautery, or cut it off.

If you are interested in DIY , there are several options that may work. One of the most common methods is tying the skin tag off with some string or dental floss, and either cutting it or letting it fall off after a few days. But, if that doesn’t sound too appealing, and you are in no particular rush, here are a few more strategies in which you may be interested:

· Apple cider vinegar, and its exfoliating-like properties may help ‘dissolve’ the tag. Soak a cotton ball and hold it over the tag for a couple of minutes. After about a month, it should go away.

· Natural oils are also another method for skin tag removal, particularly ones that contain homeopathic preparations with ingredients such as calendula officinalis and thuja occidentalis. Tea tree oil is great for all sorts of skin issues, from acne to athlete’s foot, and it may work for skin tags as well. Wet a cotton ball with water, and then add a few drops of the oil. Rub it over the tags every day, two times a day; in about a week or so, it should be gone.

· Placing the inside part of a banana peel over the tag , and securing it with gauze is another popular natural remedy. Leave it on overnight, and repeat until it falls off.

· Mix together castor oil and baking soda, and apply to the skin tag. Cover and leave on overnight. Do this every day until the skin tag falls off.

Will Removing Them Cause More To Grow

As of now, there is no evidence to suggest removing skin tags somehow causes them to spread or grow back, so you should not be concerned. If you notice skin tags coming back, it is simply because some people are more prone to developing them.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on June 26th, 2014 in Health | No comments

20 jun

Robots Aiding with Disabilities, Improving Lives

RobertCordrayThe aim of technology has always been to improve the lives of people, and that is no less true of people with disabilities. That’s why so much work has gone into the application of robotic replacements or assistants for various types of disability in order to make common tasks easier and give more freedom to whole segments of the population.

But there are, of course, many different ways that robotics can be used to address the needs of people with disabilities. Here are only a few of them.

Bionic Eyes

Perhaps one of the greatest dreams of the biomedical engineering field is the ability to make eyes that can replace non-functioning organic ones. Fortunately, researchers at a number of different companies around the world have developed ways to start returning sight to those who have lost it or never had any to begin with.

Among them, the most advanced bionic eyes come from Second Sight Medical Products: the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis system. The Argus II system implants 60 electrodes into the retina, connecting them to special glasses that contain a powerful set of miniature cameras. The cameras broadcast information to the electrodes, which stimulate the retina to mimic the way natural light would. It doesn’t yet perfectly replace sight, but it does produce partial sight in most users.

Stride Assistants

There is often a misconception that there is a clean, easy line between being able to walk and not, but there is a full spectrum of disability in moving and standing. In many cases movement can be severely impaired by strokes and similar afflictions, making it necessary to employ a robotic mobility resource in order to regain a certain freedom of motion.

That’s why the Honda corporation invented the Stride Management Assist, a set of battery powered legs that can help support and mimic natural leg movement in people who have lost previously present motion. The SMA uses the angle of hip movement and matches the timing of leg motion so as to create a remarkably natural stride.

Another Japanese company, Cyberdene, took the concept even further by creating a full body exoskeleton, the HAL 5, which can be worn on all parts of the body and uses various biosignals detectable on the skin in order to predict the motion of the wearer and adjust its own motion to match and support them. The HAL 5 can help the wearer lift and carry up to five times the amount of weight they previously could, including body weight they couldn’t support before.

Secondary Manipulation Devices

Not all robotic assistants are directly attached to or implanted in people with disabilities. Rather, many of them are secondary devices that are attached to wheelchairs or other items that make the user able to accomplish tasks they otherwise wouldn’t be able to, like driving.

For example, a number of different companies have developed robotic arms that attach to wheelchairs and electric walking assistants in order to help people reach tall places that they cannot climb to or retrieve items that would otherwise be out of their reach with the medical device in the way.

Similarly, the National Institute of Health just began research on a robotically enhanced cane for the visually impaired. The cane can more accurately detect potential obstacles far in advance of a standard one, relaying the information to the user via a series of intuitive signals. The NIH is hoping that this can be employed even in large crowds to present a safe method of moving about for the visually impaired.

These are only a few of the ways that robotic assistants are being employed to help people with disabilities gain some or all of the freedom they previously lacked. As the technology continues to improve, more and more of these devices will be available on the market, improving the lives of millions of people around the globe.

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20 jun

Bankruptcy: The Power of the Clean Slate

JennaSmithIt doesn’t take many clicks online to find writing and advice on how to shape up your finances, even First30Days has a great financial advice section found here. There are posts on frugal living, retirement, and even investing. Today we are going to talk about another form of professional debt assistance: Bankruptcy.

Chances are you felt an uncomfortable twinge in the pit of your stomach when you read that word. Perhaps it’s because you have always heard that bankruptcy will ruin your credit and your life. Or, perhaps it’s because you have always been told that the only people who file for bankruptcy are incredibly irresponsible and incredibly destitute.

None of those things could be further from the truth.

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal process that, according to a 1934 decision by the Supreme Court, “…gives to the honest but unfortunate debtor…a new opportunity in life and a clear field for future effort, unhampered by the pressure and discouragement of preexisting debt.”

The goal is to release you from certain debts, and to prevent creditors from taking further action to collect on those debts. Thereby giving you a clean slate, and the ability to move forward and rebuild your life.

There are six basic types of bankruptcy, but only Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 apply to the average consumer debt.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

Although both types of bankruptcy apply to regular consumers, they differ greatly in the way they deal with the debt.

Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – the type that most people are familiar with – eliminates all debts except student loans, taxes, court-ordered child or spousal support, and certain other debts to the courts, or local/federal government agencies.

Chapter 7 is usually reserved for people who have no assets, or are willing to give up non-exempt assets to their creditors. These assets could include any credit cards, vehicles under lien, and real estate. Additionally, those who file Chapter 7 usually do not have enough income to pay off their debts.

The average cost for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is $245 to file the case, a $46 administrative fee, a $15 trustee surcharge, plus whatever the attorney charges for his services. With the attorney fees, it could cost as much little as $700 or as $1,500 to file Chapter 7, depending on your geographic location. It could be tempting to save on the attorney fees and file on your own. While that is absolutely an option, it could actually end up costing you in the long run.

The federal government makes frequent changes and amendments to the bankruptcy code, and it’s difficult for a layperson to keep up. Additionally, bankruptcy involves filing a lot of paperwork with the courts. It costs money every time you do anything with the courts. If you file on your own, you could make paperwork mistakes that require you to file corrections and amendments, which could greatly increase the usual filing and court fees. Worst-case scenario, you could fail to get your debts discharged, which means you’ve just spent a lot of money to end up right back where you started.

Your best bet is to go with a knowledgeable and experienced Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer because they can do it right the first time and, ultimately, save you time and money. Their targeted area of expertise will generate a more substantial possibly for a positive outcome.

Chapter 13

Chapter 13 does not eliminate all debts and you may be able to include debts to the courts, or local/federal government agencies in the filing.

Chapter 13 is usually reserved for people who have assets they wish to keep and have enough income to make a payment agreement with the courts. Under Chapter 13, you could end up paying back all, or part, of your debts over a seven-to-ten-year period. The amount you pay will depend on your income, how much the courts can negotiate with your creditors, and which assets you want to keep.

The average cost for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is $235 to file the case, and a $46 administrative fee, plus whatever the attorney charges for his services. With the attorney fees, it could cost as little as $1,500, or as much as $5, 000 to file Chapter 13, depending on your geographic area.

As with the Chapter 7, although it is cheaper to file alone, you will have a better result if you use the services of a reliable and experienced attorney.

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19 jun

How to Give Furniture a Vintage or Rustic Effect

RobertCordrayMany homeowners use procedures to distress their furniture. When a furniture piece has a vintage look, it has more character. Although there are stores that sell vintage furniture pieces, most homeowners distress their current furniture pieces because it is a cheaper option.

Selecting An Item

Homeowners who never distressed a piece of furniture must understand a few things. For example, an expensive piece of furniture should not be distressed. Instead, choose a cheaper piece of furniture. If there are no cheap furniture pieces in the home, various options can be purchased at a thrift store. Beginners should practice their skills on cheap furniture because the end results may not be efficient.

Using The Tools

To distress a furniture piece, sand paper will be needed. The sand paper should have a coarse grit. Furniture that is unfinished must be sanded; sanding will smooth the surface. However, if the furniture has a coat of paint, use sand paper to remove most of the paint. Do not remove all of the paint because the old finish gives the furniture a weathered look. After sanding is complete, use a tack cloth to remove the dust that was produced after the sanding process.

Advanced Sanding Procedures

The edges of the furniture should be sanded because sanding gives the surface a vintage effect. The furniture can be sanded with a sanding block or a coarse-grit sandpaper. When sanding the surface, rub the edges and corners vigorously. After sanding is complete, the surface should be rounded and uneven. This procedure also gives the furniture a weathered effect.

How To Use A Hammer And Chisel

A hammer and chisel will give the furniture cracks. To use the tools, put the chisel on the wood surface. The proper location is very important because wood furniture will only crack along the grain. Once a proper spot is located, tap the chisel with the hammer several times until the surface cracks.

The hammer can also place depressions in the furniture. Depressions give furniture an aged effect. To give the furniture depressions, tap the furniture in numerous locations until small depressions appear.

How To Scratch The Furniture

A wire brush should be used to scratch the furniture. Rub the brush on the surface in various locations to scratch the material. This procedure can also be used after furniture is painted or stained.

How To Use A Drill

Furniture that is vintage has small gaps. To give the furniture these gaps, use a standard power drill. Each gap should be placed near one another. This procedure mimics insect damage.

Proper Replacement Procedures

A vintage piece of furniture will not have any shiny metal parts, so these components should be replaced. Replaced these components with aged pulls, screws, feet, and latches. These items are usually sold at vintage furniture stores. There are also stores that sell barndoor hardware.

Apply Wood Stain

Wood stain must be applied to the furniture. However, the surface should be cleaned with a tack cloth before the staining product is used. After the surface is cleaned, brush the staining product on the wood along the wood grain. Once the product is applied, wipe it off the surface using the cloth. This will help the product access the dents and cracks. After the product dries, seal it using a clean varnish.

Other Rustic Procedures

Professional painters can also give furniture a rustic effect. Professional painters will use the proper paint tones and colors to give the surface an aged effect. The process of painting wood can be challenging if the correct procedures are not used. Wood has various grains that must be painted properly. After the painter completes the project, other procedures can be used to increase the rustic effect.

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19 jun

What Exactly Made Flappy Bird Such a Successful Game?

RobertCordrayFlappy Bird remains to be one of the most popular apps in the world. It catapulted to stardom several months ago when it was reaching an average of $50,000 per day in ad revenue for the creator. With a simple plot of the game on trying to keep the bird flapping its wings to make it through the small opening, the challenging game reached millions upon millions of downloads. So what did Flappy Bird do right that hundreds of thousands of apps didn’t do?

What did Flappy Bird do right?

The app poses some interesting challenges that you would never guess was going to be played by millions. The main question now by many app programmers and businessmen in general is what they did differently. First of all, the UX of the game is so different. The user experience is oftentimes the main reason on what makes people want to keep playing. Is the game fun? Does it have a concept the majority of people like?

The game is so intriguing because it has a simple concept anyone can grasp; to get that bird in between the two “Mario Bros.” transportation areas. The game requires for users to tap the screen for when they want Flappy to jump up, and the key is to time the landing so the jumping is done at the right time to go through.

The game is also difficult in nature with its simple concept, and when a game can be played without instructions or knowledge beforehand, you know the game is interesting. It’s a fast paced game where a single try lasts for a mere 10 seconds for the majority of gamers. Flappy Bird was such an enticing game that it caused people to make their friends play against them; a strong component as to what made the game have countless people play it. The game created a bit of competitiveness in users because of its difficulty, and this form of word of mouth marketing is what catapulted the game into stardom.

The biggest misconception with the game was that it made $50,000 and had millions of downloads in just days or weeks. This couldn’t be anything further from the truth considering the game was released back in May of 2013, and it took months and months for it to gain the success it did now. It wasn’t an overnight process, but more of a 6-7 month process before it grew and made money,

What did they do differently from other games?

The game is simple and fast to play with no rules, but its difficult concept makes you want to master it. The game is somewhat famous the same way Candy Crush gained notoriety, but Flappy Bird became popular because of its easy platform with little to no instructions.

Another thing that is so different from other apps is its simple interface. The design of the game makes it look like the original Mario Bros. game, and because it only required just one click to control the game, the simplicity made it such a great idea. The nostalgia it created for most adults made it even more interesting.

Flappy Bird was a success because of being in the right place at the right time. The advertising it once got made a big difference. On Twitter, a company called Chocolate Lab Apps shared the fun game, and it caused a huge ruckus and got the app the attention it needed. Had the app not been shared by that app company or shared by others, it could have been buried in the middle of thousands of other unknown apps.

It is very true that a huge amount of luck came into its success and about being in the right place at the right time. However, it was the creator, Dong Nguyen’s, simple idea that made people interested. If it wasn’t such a noble and simple game idea, it probably wouldn’t have gotten the attention it got.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on June 19th, 2014 in Technology | No comments

19 jun

Eat Your Way to Digestive Health

RobertCordrayProbiotics. The very name is indicative of their benefits: it comes from the Greek words pro, denoting promoting, and biotic, which means life. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that live in our digestive systems and keep harmful bacteria at bay. A healthy level helps keep us disease-free.

However, sometimes we need a bit of help. Antibiotics treat anything from strep throat to skin infections. However, as they work their magic, these drugs have a down side. They unfortunately do not discriminate; for they kill beneficial bacteria along with the bad guys. The result is diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Too-low levels of probiotics can also lead to vaginal yeast and urinary tract infections and diarrhea from intestinal illnesses. What’s more, healthy bacteria keep immune responses such as inflammation under control, reducing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. For all these reasons, a regimen of probiotic supplements is vital to restore healthy bacteria to our digestive tract.

There’s a more enjoyable way to bring friendly bacteria to an optimum level than popping pills. Happily, many foods are probiotic powerhouses and have the added benefit of being great sources of natural vitamins.. Here are a few that are guaranteed to keep a healthy number of the good guys in our bodies.


Mostly made from fermented cabbage (and occasionally other vegetables), sauerkraut is chock-full of beneficial live cultures. Not only that, because of probiotics’ ability to keep immune system reactions in check, it can relieve allergy symptoms. Sauerkrauts’ abundance of vitamins B, A, E and C is an added bonus. For those who like their food spicy, kimchi (sauerkraut’s Korean cousin) is one of the best sources of probiotics there is. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse: beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2 are present in ample quantities.


Kefir (pronounced ke-FEER) is a probiotic-rich grain that, when added to milk, begins a fermentation process. The result is a beverage full of a variety of healthy bacteria, including Lactobacillus Caucasus and Streptococcus, and an abundance of helpful yeasts. Kefir milk may be a bit sour, so many add fruit or sweeteners. While you can find kefir in health food and specialty stores, it’s easy to make your own. For people who can’t tolerate dairy, almond and other nut milks, coconut milk, coconut water, and even plain water are used to make kefir that has all the benefits of the milk variety.

Miso Soup

Miso, a product of fermented soy, rye, beans, rice, or barley, is a probiotic dynamo: it has been reported to contain a whopping 160-plus strains of friendly bacteria. A spoonful of the paste added to vegetable broth or hot water makes a delicious soup that will keep your digestive system running strong.

Pickles and Olives

Lovers of these foods can rejoice: they are excellent sources of friendly bacteria. Look for unpasteurized, sodium benzoate-free, active cultured organic varieties where vinegar was not employed in the pickling process. Sea salt and water are a good medium for the growth of healthy bacteria. With a bit of effort, you can keep your digestive system strong by indulging in these can’t-eat-just-one goodies.


Everyone knows the benefits of this powerhouse. Yogurt made with live cultures needs no introduction. Whether plain, sweetened with fruit, or enhanced with vanilla and other flavors, this food is a delicious way to keep probiotic levels high. The protein, calcium, and other nutrients make yogurt a perfect food.

Kombucha Tea

Tea lovers, rejoice. This fermented drink, available in Japanese and health food shops, is a great source of friendly bacteria. It’s delicious hot or iced. A word of caution: it’s not a good choice for people with candida problems.

Since there’s a beneficial-bacteria-high food to suit every taste, it’s easy to keep your digestive tract–and you–going strong. You don’t need to be recovering from illness or living with a chronic condition to reap the benefits.

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12 jun

Flying to Work May Be Closer Than You Think

RobertCordrayTechnology is making leaps and bounds, and, every day, new innovations are being introduced designed to make life more convenient. While your car is dependable in getting you where you need to be, new advancements could make your commute quicker than you ever imagined. Engineers are taking steps to achieve the goal of introducing flying cars into the market.

Taking a Look Back

When it comes to the concept of a flying car, there is an interesting history. Many are surprised to hear that the concept of a car that could take flight has stemmed back as far as 1917. At this time, Glenn Curtiss attempted to create an aluminum vehicle with wings that spanned 40 feet. While his Autoplane never actually flew, it did make a few hops.

More recent attempts have had more success. In the late 1960’s, Robert Fulton introduced the Aerocar, a model that was intended to drive, fly, and drive again with no interruptions. The contraption worked, and it achieved an impressive 120 mph in flight as well as received approval from the FAA.

Current Updates on Flying Cars

While success has been achieved, we don’t see cars flying around today. However, this could very well change in just a few short years. A company called Terrafugia has been making advancements in the creation of a new model of car called the Transition. The introduction of the vehicle to the market has been full of disappointment, however. More than once, Terrafugia has announced the upcoming release of the vehicle without fulfillment.

In 2008, they announced it would be ready to hit the market the following year. Next, in 2009, they had their first successful flight. However, they are still not being made available for the public to purchase. The company anticipates the release of the Transition sometime within the next two years.

High Cost to Fly

While the benefits of having the ability to fly or drive your vehicle are vast, the price tag for the Transition is a hefty one. Potential owners will have to come up with an astounding $279,000 dollars to complete the purchase, yet many consumers are already prepared to foot the bill. Currently, Terrafugia has over 100 deposits to secure a Transition when they become available in the near future. The investment can prove to be one worth making for those who travel long distances often, and the convenience of having the ability to travel at such quick speeds can certainly come in handy when you wake up late for work!

Beneficial Uses

A car with the ability to fly can offer a number of beneficial uses beyond personal transportation. For example, with the influx of people choosing to do their shopping online, more are willing to pay additional shipping fees for a more expedient delivery process. A company looking to upgrade current shipping systems could certainly benefit from such a vehicle, and the investment would quickly pay off. Other benefits of the availability of this option of transportation include:

  • Less ground traffic
  • Drivers’ ability to save money on fuel by having the ability to get directly to their destination
  • The ability for ndividuals and businesses alike to save money on travel expenses for holidays and business trips

We Will See Flying Cars

While companies such as Terrafugia have long discussed the possibility of a car that will fly being available on the open market, many have lost faith. With so many false indications, some have come to the belief that this concept is just a fun myth to entertain. However, the technology is there, and successful flights have already been made. Within the next two years, we can expect to see those willing to fork over the cash flying in their cars overhead.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on June 12th, 2014 in New Directions, Technology | No comments