Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone

If you’re feeling sleepy and want to wake yourself up — and have 20 minutes or so to spare before you need to be fully alert — there’s something you should try. It’s more effective than drinking a cup of coffee or taking a quick nap.

It’s drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a quick nap. This is called a coffee nap.

It might sound crazy: conventional wisdom is that caffeine interferes with sleep. But if you caffeinate immediately before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less, you can exploit a quirk in the way both sleep and caffeine affect your brain to maximize alertness. Here’s the science behind the idea. [read]

Police warn of ‘one-ring phone scam

Authorities say this has been an ongoing issue. Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like “You’ve reached the operator, please hold,” while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate. Police say the calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers.

The area codes used by scammers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

To protect themselves, police advise cellphone owners to ignore a call like this should they receive one. If you’re tempted to call back for whatever reason, check the number on online directories or search engines first so you can confirm where the phone is registered or see if it’s listed as a scam phone number.[read]

The Unintentional Photo Bomber

Midsummer_PhotoBomberShooting events, for me, is all about capturing the candid moments. Posed shots are boring. In that, you have to be somewhat invisible. In the case of this image, I’m standing in an open area, I’ve got an HUGE lens with an on-camera flash, and a Gary Fong lightsphere.

In this moment I’m anything BUT invisible. Yet, this brainiac, unintentional photo bomber, decides to walk IN FONT of me rather than walk behind me. Obviously I’m exposed for the young man in the left side of the frame.

Done venting. Enjoy the day.

Joe Randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography


Offering the speed and versatility required by multimedia photographers, Sony’s Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera combines a high-resolution sensor, hybrid AF system, and apt video recording capabilities, all within a compact and convenient form factor. Pairing a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera is able to record up to 6 fps continuous shooting with notable sensitivity to ISO 25600. Full HD video recording is supported in the high-quality XAVC S codec, with the ability to shoot at 1080p in 60, 30, or 24 fps frame rates. Complementing the multimedia imaging capabilities is the Fast Hybrid AF system, which pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points to deliver fast, accurate, and consistent focusing abilities. The a5100 is poised to deliver the all-around performance desired by contemporary photographers while still maintaining the convenience needed for everyday shooting.

In regard to handling, the a5100 sports a sleek design that is characterized by a large 3.0″ 921.6k-dot LCD monitor, which features a 180° upward tilting design to permit easier viewing from both front-facing and above angles. Furthermore, the LCD is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive control over image playback and menu navigation, as well as the ability to release the shutter and touch-to-focus for pinpoint accuracy. Seven customizable function buttons, along with top and rear dials also facilitate efficient control over a variety of settings and modes. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for NFC-enabled devices, is also integrated into the a5100 to support remote camera control and image sharing to linked mobile devices. [more]

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Russian Selfie Addict Possibly Damning Instagram Feed

Oh the virtues of the selfie, and social media. This combination has spelled trouble for couples, singletons, celebrities, and criminals the world over. Most notably in recent times, it’s spelt a wee bit of trouble for Russia and its fearsome leader, Putin. 24 year old Sanya Sotkin’s Instagram feed is absolutely rife with selfies, which isn’t uncommon, sadly. Unusually, however, his images are geotagged within Ukrainian territory, and more precisely, inside areas seemingly under rebel control, and some are a skip away from the location of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 that was shot down some two weeks ago, taking with it all 298 souls onboard.

Why are his images so controversial? It seems Sotkin is part of the Russian Army, and Russia claims it is uninvolved in the current civil conflict in the Ukraine, and of course, no involvement with the downed airliner. This begs the question then, what is a Russian Army member, who has posted that he “still [doesn’t] understand what we’re doing here, so we’re continuing to go slightly crazy, listen to #swedishhousemafia and wait for new news from Ukraine!” doing there, and in those specific locations. [read]

3 Classic Business Truths That Are Dead Wrong

Don’t believe everything you read. Or hear time and again, even from really smart people. That goes double for some of the business “truths” we’ve all heard manytimes.

Just ask Lloyd Shefsky, professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and author of Invent Reinvent Thrive.After interviewing many of the most successful entrepreneurs in America and conducting careful research, here are some well-known business “facts” he thinks we all should question:
1. Starting a business is riskier than working for an existing business.

We all know this to be true, and yet…not necessarily. “Everyone uses the number, give or take, that nine out of ten new businesses fail,” Shefsky says. Butanalyzing Kaufman Foundation data on entrepreneurship, Shefsky learned that while 90 percent of new businesses may fail, only a small percentage fail within the first year. Instead, the failures are spread out over five to seven years. And that means we should take a second look at the “truth” that most new businesses fail quickly. [read]

The Basics of Business Body Language (Infographic)

Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 6.40.03 PMMost of the information people take in about their surroundings is visual. When someone is listening to learn more about you and your company, they’re also closely observing your body language for even more clues. Are you conveying the message you really want to send?

This infographic from and translation service provider Gengo demonstrates how to present yourself–whether you’re meeting a potential client for the first time or you’re leading a new team. [read]

Man Creates Slick Ad to Sell 1999 Car

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.12.10 AMSYDNEY — What do you do if you have a bomb of a car that you just can’t get rid of?

If you are David Johns, you make the slickest video of your life, and wait for the offers to come rolling in.

On Sunday, Johns posted a video on YouTube titled “Buy My Barina” to sell his 1999 Holden Barina hatchback.

But this is no ordinary car ad. Johns is the digital director of Australian agency Chimney, so he got his colleagues on board, and made the used-car ad to beat all used-car ads.

The beautifully constructed footage is like a scene out of The Fast and the Furious. The blue Barina is shown speeding through city roads in all its glory, with flames shooting out from behind the wheels.

“This is driving, redefined,” the video declares, as various slogans pop up on screen, demanding your attention. “Style redefined. Performance redefined. Luxury redefined.” This is a crappy three-door car totally redefined. And it can be yours.

The car has only had one owner, comes with 10 months rego and as a bonus, includes matching seats. If that isn’t enough to get you to line up, how about 20th-century extras thrown in? There’s an AM/FM radio, auto-stop cassette player and an internal fan. This is a ride like no other. [read]

About Lyme Disease

This list was taken from a blog “lyme is a four letter word

Fact 1: Only 1/2 of people bitten (some estimates are even lower) develop the ‘tell-tale’ bulls-eye rash or recall being bitten.

Fact 2: Children are most commonly infected with Lyme Disease, so if you have little ones, please check them each and every time they come in from outdoors. Know where their moles are… Ticks can be the size of a poppyseed and look like a mole (mine did). The CDC says that Lyme Disease is most common among boys aged 5-19. This age group is affected at three times the average rate of all other age groups. Around 25% of all reported cases are children…the infection rate of children is likely much higher- probably because Lyme is frequently misdiagnosed or remains undiagnosed for many years.

Fact 3: Ticks can detect carbon dioxide and heat given off by warm blooded animals/humans. When they detect a host, they drop from trees or latch on from tall grasses.

Fact 4: Ticks secrete a numbing chemical so the host doesn’t feel their hard, stabbing mandibles pierce the skin.

Fact 5: Lyme Disease-carrying ticks have been found in every single state in the US, and on every continent other than Antarctia.

Fact 6: “There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), over 100 strains in the US alone, and 300 worldwide. This diversity is thought to contribute to the antigenic variability of the spirochete (Lyme Disease bacteria) and its ability to evade the immune system AND antibiotic therapy, leading to chronic infection.” -ILADS

Fact 7: Wearing light colored clothing can make ticks easier to spot, and tucking pants into socks can help protect feet and legs…plus, it looks really sexy!

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Lyme Disease A Silent Epidemic

This disease called Lyme is horrific. Having a family member stricken with this disease, I’m ANGRY and FRUSTRATED with the medical and insurance industries, many who remain aloof to its existence and treatment.  There is even one so-called “prominent” doctor who is actively speaking out against it.  For what reason, who knows. I truly pray that he or his family doesn’t get infected.  I don’t wish this disease on my worst enemy.

I’m afraid that until more celebrities get infected, the needed media pressure would arise.

PLEASE educate yourself about Lyme.  It can strike anyone, of any age and if one gets it, unless treated within a week or two, it will ruin the life of the one infected.


Also – check out the documentary Under Our Skin (