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The Benefits of Outsourcing Your Translation Needs



If your budget won’t allow bringing on a full-time professional linguist to translate your website, blogs, technical documentation, and marketing collateral, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of companies fall into the category of those that outsource their translation needs. Outsourcing translation services, as it turns out, actually provides you and your company with numerous benefits that you may have never considered.

Someone else does the “vetting” for you. If you utilize the services of a professional translation company – something we strongly recommend any time you outsource your translation needs – that means that they have already checked the background of the linguist to make sure that he/she has the experience and expertise needed by you and your company.

You pay only for what you need

Unless your company is a “mega” corporation with global offices and unlimited funding, chances are you really can’t afford to bring a professional linguist onboard full-time. What’s more, few companies actually need the services of a full-time translator. When you outsource your needs to a reputable translation company, you pay only for the specific jobs you need completed, making it much more cost-efficient than paying the salary and benefits of a full-time employee.

You find the right person for the job

Translation companies employ a variety of professional linguists, all of whom bring with them varying levels of experience and different backgrounds. Your translator will need not only experience within your industry, but should also have a good understanding of your target audience, particularly if that audience will be in a different country and from a different culture. Working with a translation company affords you the opportunity to locate the best qualified person specifically for your tasks.

You’ll enjoy a business partnership

When you work with a translation company, you share a vested interest in getting your job done right and on time. The reputation of the translation company depends on making sure that their clients are satisfied and happy with the services they provide, so they’ll go out of their way to ensure that you get the best possible end product by the deadline that you set forth. That’s a business partnership that’s good for everyone involved.

You’ll experience the convenience of conducting business online

Most translation companies rely on conducting their business through the Internet. In fact, many of them are strictly ecommerce companies. This, as it turns out, is a huge benefit for their clients, who enjoy all the advantages of doing business via the Internet, such as the ability to communicate instantly with your vendor, making payments online, and many more.

To find the right translation company for you, we recommend that you start with their website

Check to see that they provide translation services for the language(s) you need and that they have experience in providing services for your industry. If you’re in an industry that requires certain certifications and/or notary services, make sure that the company employs translation professionals or are certified and that they offer notary services to their clients. Check out the testimonials of other customers. Finally, contact the company and speak with a representative. Often, these initial contacts will give you a good indication of the company’s rapport with their clients, and can even give you some idea of the level of service they provide.

Even if you choose another company, we hope we’ve provided helpful tips to assist you in choosing the right translation provider for you and your business needs, and that we’ve shed some light on the advantages of outsourcing your translation services.

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8 Tips for Making Your Virtual Job Fair A Success




If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the need to be creative and think outside of the box. Really this applies to everything we do now: From turning family gatherings to family zoom calls; attending in-person concerts to streaming concerts live; watching sports with fans to watching sports with digital fans; eating at packed restaurants to eating outside and socially distanced from others; and more. Everything that we were used to doing has been modified in some way. The same thing has applied to businesses. Traditional strategies that have worked in the past, have to be reinvented. Job fairs are a part of this mix.

Whether you are used to attending job fairs or holding your own, they now have to be virtually reinvented. So how can staffing companies transform the traditional job fair into a virtual one, but still get their bang for the buck? Here are 8 tips for making your virtual job fair a success.

1. Commit to It

Before you begin planning your virtual job fair, avoid the demeanor that it won’t be as good as an in-person event. A virtual job fair can be just as effective (perhaps even better) as long as you have the right resources and are fully committed to it. Don’t hold back on investing in resources just because it’s a virtual event. Commit to getting the resources needed to make the event a success.

2. Find the Right Platform

In order to select the right platform, first decide on the goals and format of your job fair. Do you plan to keep it simple and hold one session at a time or do you plan to have breakout rooms? Do you want to use a standard webinar platform or do you want to use a platform that allows for networking, booth time, the ability to hold more than one session at a time, etc.? All of these factors will depend on the virtual platform used for your fair.

If a webinar platform is used, such as GoToWebinar®, you can hold one session at a time and allow candidates to hop on for the sessions they are interested in attending. Each of the clients participating in the job fair can hold a session and talk about their company, positions they are looking to fill, and ideal candidates for these positions. At the end of each session, time can then be allocated for candidates to ask questions. This format is less intimate, but it allows clients to promote their company to candidates and allows candidates to learn about your clients. If the goal of the job fair is to be informative, then this format could work well.

If you are looking to hold a job fair that is more interactive and allows candidates to talk with clients, then you might want to look at doing a different format. Some webinar platforms, such as Zoom®, allow for breakout sessions. You could still have sessions with all attendees, but also incorporate breakout rooms. Each of your clients participating can have their own breakout room that allows for candidates to hop into the rooms they are interested in. This gives candidates the opportunity to ask questions and talk one on one with an employer. Depending on how many candidates choose a given breakout room, it may not be one on one conversations, but it would still allow for a more intimate conversation versus holding one large session for everyone.

If you want to go above and beyond, there are even fancier platforms that allow for the above and more! Recently, I used a platform that had virtual booths, one on one networking time, and sessions for all attendees. If you’re looking to invest a little more in your virtual fair, then this is a great option. Each client can have their own virtual booth, designed with their company’s branding. Candidates can then enter their booth and have one on one video conversations with clients. The platform I used even had a “register interest” button in each booth. So, if a candidate was interested in a job opportunity with the client, they can select a button and say they are interested in learning more. Clients can still give a presentation during a session time, but will have the bonus of also having a virtual booth for candidates to visit. There are several platforms that offer amenities similar to these if this is something you would be interested in doing.

Overall, there is no universal right or wrong platform to use for a job fair, but finding the right platform that will meet your goals is the most important.

3. Organize A Strong Program

Once the format is finalized, the program and agenda should be put together. What clients will you invite to participate? Will each client have the opportunity to give a presentation? Will there be a keynote presentation? Will there be workshop sessions for candidates throughout the event? Will there be a happy hour/networking session at the end? Organizing a strong and attractive program is essential. Afterall, you are trying to make it an event that people will want to attend! So how do you do that?

One factor to consider is if you are going to hold one job fair for all of the industries you staff in or if you will have a separate job fair for each industry. If your staffing firm works with different industries, it might make the most sense to hold separate job fairs for each industry. The more niche and specific the job fair is, the more enticing it will be for candidates and clients in that industry to attend.

Next, it’s time to decide what clients will be invited to participate. Unless you are a small staffing firm, chances are you won’t be able to invite all clients to participate. See which clients have a lot of job orders to fill, invite your key clients, invite clients you know will want to participate, and invite clients that candidates would be interested in talking to. You can also consider asking prospective clients to participate. If you have a couple of “hot” prospects you are looking to do business with, invite them to participate in the job fair! Maybe they will land up meeting a candidate they like and will want to do business together.

Besides lining up the right set of clients to participate, the agenda is also important. Will it mainly be client/candidate interactions or will other programs be incorporated throughout the fair? Starting the job fair with a motivational key note speaker and/or holding workshop sessions during the course of the event, could be ways to further entice candidates. The greater value provided to candidates, the more likelihood they will attend. Clients can even sponsor some of these additional sessions. It will give them extra exposure and they will appreciate the offer to sponsor it. It’s a win, win!

4. Promote and Market the Event for Success

Once the clients are lined up and the agenda is put together, marketing the event to candidates is the next important step. Not only do you want to have a lot of candidates in attendance, but you want to have qualified ones that clients would be interested in hiring.

Before you begin marketing, think about the graphics that will be used to promote the event across your marketing channels. If your staffing firm does not have an in-house designer, consider outsourcing these graphics to a professional graphic designer. The right marketing graphics, can go a long way. If the graphics look boring or amateurish, it won’t attract the right audience, or perhaps not even attract anyone! If your marketing graphics look professional though and portray the message that it is a “must attend” job fair, you will be able to attract more candidates to your event.

After the graphics are designed, the marketing can begin! Use your ATS to build a list of candidates to invite and create an email campaign. Send a few emails to this distribution list leading up to the event. The more promotion they see for it, the greater chance they will sign up. Texting is also a great way to follow up with candidates after the initial email. It adds a personal touch that candidates wouldn’t receive in a regular marketing email. If your ATS has a texting integration, you can easily send mass text messages to your candidates and personalize the first name. You can also follow up with a plain text email. Plain text emails look like they came from someone versus a regular marketing email. Plain text emails are another good way to follow-up and send personalized messages in bulk.

Mix in social marketing with your email and text messaging promotion as well. To ensure followers see your organic posts, try boosting them. According to a Hootsuite study, only about 5.5% of Facebook® page posts are seen by their page followers. If you pay to boost your organic posts, you will be able to reach a much greater audience.

Also consider running ads on Facebook, LinkedIn, and job boards to reach new candidates you aren’t already working with. It would cost a little more to run paid ads, however, it’s a good option if you want to expand your audience to reach new candidates.

5. Collect Resumes Beforehand

Leading up to the event, gather the candidates resumes that will be in attendance and send it to the clients that are participating. This is a good way for clients to get to know the candidates that will be attending. They can also make note if there are any specific candidates, they are interested in speaking with.

6. Make It Fun

Job fairs don’t have to be all serious, make it fun! Everyone feels a little bit “bluer” these days, not being able to do things we are used to doing. That is why it’s important to embrace new ways of doing things and have fun with it. What if you had a raffle? All candidates that register and attend the event, are automatically entered into a raffle drawing to win a prize. Maybe clients also want to give away a raffle prize to candidates that visit their booth. Or what about a social media contest? If they post to social media and use the job fair hashtags, they will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a prize! A social media contest, helps your staffing firm receive extra exposure from your candidates. Everyone likes prizes. This could be a simple and easy way to get candidates to attend and have fun while doing it.

At the end of the job fair, if you really want to go out with a bang, end with something fun! I’ve seen virtual concerts, magic shows, trivia, family feud, and more. These are all fun ways to end the day on a high note.

7. Make It Free

Unless it’s impossible to financially make the job fair free, make it free for clients and candidates to attend. A price for attending a job fair will automatically turn people away. A free event though, won’t cause any harm in attending and will attract more clients and candidates to participate in it.

8. Follow-Up After the Event

Everyone will be excited after the event; however, success doesn’t end there! Connecting candidates and clients after the event for interviews is ultimately the next goal after the job fair.

Personally, follow up with clients afterwards. Ask them how it went. Ask them if they spoke with any candidates, they are interested in. Also, follow up with candidates. Send a survey and ask them to select the positions/company’s they are interested in learning more about. This information can then be relayed back to the client. It’s possible some candidates won’t get a chance to talk to clients one on one, but are interested in a position they have open. If breakout sessions aren’t planned during the job fair, sending a follow-up survey to candidates will be even more important, since clients won’t have that one on one interaction time.

Follow-ups after the event are essential in order to get the most out of the job fair. The job fair is meant to connect clients and candidates. The next step is taking those relationships that were formed during the event and turning them into job offers.

A New Wave of Staffing

Planning a virtual job fair is certainly different then an in-person one. There are many factors to think about and consider, however, virtual fairs can be just as effective as in-person ones, as long as you are fully committed and invested in it. The most important part is knowing what you want to get out of the virtual fair and formatting it to accommodate your goals. Virtual job fairs are a “new wave” of staffing and are here to stay. So, how will you reinvent the job fair?

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Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing PHP Web Development Work




If you are a web entrepreneur and looking to setup a new monetized web application, then you must have heard about PHP web development. PHP, being a relatively newer web development language, has outclassed some of the more classical coding jargons and has established its authority over the World Wide Web. Of course like other development languages, you need to have a web developer to get your application developed in PHP and outsourcing this work has been proven more beneficial than hiring an in-house team.

Some of the key aspects of hiring offshore PHP resources are:

1. Outsourcing PHP development work to countries like Pakistan is more economical and cost friendly. As we know that these countries are going massive infrastructure development and IT services and utilities are relatively cheaper, so you get lesser priced quotations.

2. One of the major benefits of outsourcing your PHP development work is that you can go on a turnkey bases with this. Going on turnkey bases will allow you to completely narrate all the requirements, challenges, expected out come and time frame to your providers and then all you need to do is wait for the results.

3. There is a lot of competition in freelancing and outsourcing market and with financial guarantors in the middle; you won’t be getting ripped of your heard earned money easily.

4. Due to high competition in freelancing and outsourcing field, you can expect better out comes because companies will try to retain you as a loyal customer. Now this is really important if you need to have continued business relation with your outsourcing partner.

5. Usually the providers respect your deadlines and try to deliver work before the time is over.

Apparently these are some of the benefits associated with outsourcing your PHP web application development work.

However there is another side of the story that you must know:

1. There are chances that you can end up dealing with an offshore scammer that might rip you off your money.

2. You can also come across inexperienced development resource that can not only waste your time but also your finances.

3. There are chances that your freelancer might be able to first rip you off your money and then outsmart you by opening a dispute within the freelancing portal.

4. On macro level, outsourcing huge volumes of work can create problems like unemployment, poverty and increased crime rate in your geographic location.

So how do you outsource work?

1. Make sure to run some background checks on the freelancer or resource you are outsourcing the work to. Internet searching can be helpful along with contacting some of the people who gave testimonials for your shortlisted resource or development firm.

2. Make full use of middle-man guarantees offered by portals like elance and

3. Never transfer direct funds and try to use escrow as much as possible.

4. Do not act over lenient or strict with your provider. Going to extremes in both cases can result in loss of mutual trust and hence affects business relationship adversely.

5. Always make sure to sign a contract for private label rights for the codes you are getting done from your provider. This can help in situations where your code gets re-distributed etc.

6. Always Hire PHP Developer after testing the skill set and making sure that the guy knows what he is doing and claims.

So these are some of the pros, cons, challenges and proposed solutions when you want to hire php coders. These are basically generic propositions and are generally applicable on every type of outsourcing work.

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Herman Miller Envelop Desk Review – An Ergonomic Makeover For Your Workstation




Workplace ergonomics has become a popular topic in recent years. The days of people using normal desks with normal chairs are starting to disappear as evidenced by the high number of ergonomic office and task chairs that are being released onto the market and purchased not only by offices but by individuals for their home offices as well.

Herman Miller, a company well-known for its ergonomic chairs, has also takes its game into the area of desks with the Herman Miller Envelop desk.

The Envelop desk is so named because it envelops you. It slides towards you at a slight downward angle and has a cutout for the user to allow the desk to surround you rather than just be in front of you like a traditional desk. The angle is adjustable depending on what is most comfortable to the user.

The keyboard rests on the sloped part and when combined with an ergonomic chair and proper posture, allows for good ergonomics of the forearms and wrists. Monitors can be placed at the top of the desk on a surface which remains flat, or can be attached to the back of the desk with monitor arms. Add a foot rest under the desk and you can achieve some ideal ergonomic working positions.

All of this innovation is not without some drawbacks, however.

First, because the desk surface is angled, it’s hard to store anything on it. Is your mouse going to slide off the desk? Where are you going to put your cup of coffee? It’s advanced ergonomics at the cost of some functionality. Of course, this can be remedied by placing another table or filing cabinet next to the Envelop desk to put your coffee, pens, notebooks, etc. on.

Second, the desk is height adjustable (which is nice) but to adjust it requires turning the desk upside down, so it’s not something that you can just adjust on a whim.

Third, there are no drawers or anything. External storage is required. So it’s not really feasible for an all-purpose desk solution.

Finally, making use of its tilted surface requires an ergonomic chair that reclines so your body can be positioned at the correct angle relative to the desk, so if you just have a standard office task chair you might not even be able to take advantage of the Envelop.

The Herman Miller Envelop may be a great option, or it may not work at all, and it’s all going to depend on the user’s needs. But if it meets your needs then it’s definitely a cool piece of ergonomic furniture that is not only functional but also adds a stylish element to your office.

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Multitasking is the Opposite of Focus




If your job has anything to do with a computer, you have likely been persuaded that multitasking is the key to getting things done. You may even pride yourself on doing two or more things at once or getting more done in a day than your coworkers.

Has this ever happened to you?

* You read email while on a conference call and lose track of what is going on until someone asks you a question. “Can you repeat that?” you say, while everyone on the call realizes you were not paying attention.

* You answer email while talking on the phone to someone, and when you hang up you forget the details of what the caller wanted.

* You send an email to the wrong person or forget to attach a critical document and then leave your office, making your recipient wait for you to return to correct your mistake.

* An instant message arrives during an interview or meeting with your team and you become distracted trying to read or respond, alienating the people in your office.

We have all had one or more of those things happen to us, and we call it the price of doing business. After all, we are busy people, right?

Actually, we are busy people because we choose to be, not because we have to be. It takes no more time to prioritize your tasks and apply the necessary focus to get them done correctly than it does to multitask and correct the inevitable mistakes or misunderstandings.

No matter what you do for a living, it has importance to you and the target market you serve. Why not give your tasks the focus they deserve and yourself the mental break from switching gears all the time? Other professionals do it every day, and you can, too. You do not expect a surgeon to instant message or babysit children while she works, do you? Then why should you?

How can you transition from a life of multitasking to one of focus?

Give yourself a break. You did not start multitasking overnight, so the habit will not go away that fast. Start by giving yourself memory cues to pay attention to what you are doing.

* Carry a small marble in your pocket to remind you every time you touch it to think about what you are doing.

* Place a small picture or object on your desk to remind yourself to focus.

* Make it a habit to darken your computer screen when you pick up your phone.

* Write your to-dos on index cards the moment you think about them and put the cards aside to handle later. Then you can truly concentrate on what you are doing at that moment.

Most important, learning to focus means being present with the important people in your life. If you prioritize and focus on the main tasks in your day you will be free to enjoy family and friends after work is done. After all, they deserve your focus, too.

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Ins and Outs of Removable Data Media Recovery




Students and working professionals need to transfer data for their projects. Family members and relatives share precious documents and photos with one another as well. As such, thumb-drives and portable USB drives have become almost a necessity. The proliferation of mobile technology has also engendered the burgeoning popularity of cameras and PDAs. Smartphones can double up as devices to store MP3, movies and also photos.

Generally, there are different types of removable media such as solid state memory; optical; and magnetic. Let’s take a look at the different types of devices.

Solid State Memory Data Media

USB thumb drives, smart media cards, memory sticks, multimedia cards, mini SD cards and xD Picture Cards all fall under the umbrella of solid state memory data media. They are extremely light but come with a large storage capacity. They are however prone to virus attacks, bad sectors as well as denying of file access. When they become kaput, dialogue boxes prompting a reformat will pop up.

Optical Data Media

These optical data media include CDs, mini CDs, DVD and magneto optical. In the past, they were used to store and back up important data. Problems such as not being able to access the data, missing directory information and blank information are common with this type of media. Strange characters or garbage display will also pop up. There are also times when the computer would freeze when trying to access the media files. As a result, the data becomes unreadable.

Magnetic Data Devices

Floppy diskettes, Iomega Zip or Jazz disks fall under these categories. Once popular and ubiquitous, they have now become increasingly rare. The devices are made up of soft data platter -right where the data is stored magnetically as bits and bytes. They are susceptible to physical damage as well as dirt contamination, which come after prolonged usage. The common problems include errors such as “disk not formatted”, “click of death” which results in inability to access the media and freezing of system.


It is important to note that the data is recoverable. When data loss occurs, it is crucial to stop all operations on the device and do a proper ejection. Any attempts to fix the disks may cause further damage without the help of a professional. Always seek the expertise of a certified technician. He will be able to help you recover the data safely, lowering the risk of unrecoverable situation.

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Can You Really Make Money Online With Google AdSense?




There are various ways in which you can make money online. One of the most popular options is to run Google AdSense on your website or blog. Find out more about this method and get an idea of what your profit will be given the investment which you have to put in and the earnings which you will generate.

How It Works

As its name suggests, this is a program for running ads. You have to make an application to join and program and meet a set of requirements, which include website ownership, functional design and content of good quality. Once you get approved, ads generated by Google AdSense will appear on your pages. They are typically relevant to the website’s content or relevant to the unique visitor’s search and browsing history. You will have little control over the appearance of the ads. You will get paid per click and per impressions as well. This is how you can make money online.

The Required Investment

You will have to invest in a unique domain name and in a web hosting service. These costs are fairly small, however. You can use a free platform for building your website instead of hiring a professional in order to save money.

The most important thing which you need to focus on is content and its quality. It is essential for you to produce informative and attractive content on a daily basis. It is a good idea to focus on one topic as such websites typically get higher search engine rankings. You should use all effective SEO and online marketing tools and techniques. In order to make money online with this platform, you will benefit from removing ads from other platforms.

You stand the best chances of approval if your website has over 100 unique visitors per day. This means that you will have to invest a good amount of time and effort in developing your website. If you use professional SEO and marketing services, you can get more effective results, but it will still take time to achieve them.

Potential Earnings

There is no such thing as fixed pay rate with Google AdSense. There are complex algorithms which determine the pay for each individual ad displayed. One thing to keep in mind that the commission of Google is about 32% of what the advertised company pays. Additionally, you will get able to get your money once the balance on your account goes beyond $100.

The most effective way to make money online with this ad network is to get more traffic to your website and to keep it high constantly. Hence, you need to keep investing in the development of your website.

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Love is Not Love – In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, Anyway




Sonnets 18 and 116 are two of Shakespeare’s most quotable love poems. If you’re a fan of weddings, rose-petal-filled baths, or Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility, you’ll probably recognize the lines “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and “Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds.” The problem with quotes, however, is that they lack context. Let’s do a quick line-by-line overview of Sonnets 116 and 18. You might be surprised to find that one of these so-called “love” poems is very much not like the other.

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments.

This is Shakespeare’s equivalent of saying “Mum’s the word” to the ol’ “Speak now or forever hold your peace” bit of the marriage ceremony. In fact, Shakespeare won’t even admit the word “impediments” to the line that talks about marriage. Love: 1; Impediments: 0.

…Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

In other words, he’s not one for pulling any of this “you’ve changed” crap.

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

Psh, tempests.

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

The star to every wand’ring bark? That’d have to be the North Star, which never appears to move from its place in the Northern Hemisphere. The reason its “worth’s unknown” is because Europeans didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about stars back in Shakespeare’s day, what with still being bitter about the Earth’s roundness and all.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come:

Love: 2; Rosy Lips and Cheeks: 0. On a side note, remember that this is Shakespeare, meaning that anything a 12-year old could possibly construe as dirty probably is. Feel free to laugh, therefore, at the image of Old Father Time’s “bending” sickle.

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

Love: 3; Edge of Doom: big ol’ goose egg. If love could speak, it’d be saying “booya” right about now.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Did Shakespeare just take an oath upon his own poetry? Them’s fightin’ words. If you’re not sure why, it’ll all make sense when we get to Sonnet 18.

Like Sonnet 116, Sonnet 18 is ranked high up there on Sappy Poetry lists… usually by people who go for explicit rather than implicit meaning. If you’ve ever considered including a reading of Sonnet 18 at your anniversary party, the last three or so lines will probably change your mind. (If you’re a really careful reader, the first two will do the trick.) Let’s start from the top.

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Aww, how sweet! We think… To be sure, let’s read it again – aloud. Remember to stress every second syllable, like so:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Ah hah! Notice how “I” is emphasized but “thee” and “thou” aren’t? Sneaky. Let’s continue.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

Can’t argue with that.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

Yeah yeah, we get it – everything in nature fades. Go back to that “thou” person already.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Woohoo! And the “thy” is emphasized! We knew Shakespeare would come around eventually!

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

We like where this is going.

Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

Good, good. Keep it coming!

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;

Uh oh, we’ve got ourselves a conditional. So let’s get this straight: all that not fading, getting ugly, or dying business depends on growing in some eternal lines to time? What does that even mean? And please don’t tell us it has anything to do with the fact that Sonnets 1-17 are also known as the “procreation sonnets.” If Shakespeare’s saying that the best way to bottle up all them good looks is by creating genetic blood lines, we’re going to go ahead and turn down that second date.

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

Another conditional?!? Okay, okay: “so long as men can breathe, or eyes can see” is actually a decent amount of time, so we’ll let it slide.

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

At last! – an emphasized “thee”! But hold the phone: what‘s giving thee life? Some unnamed “this”?? Is Shakespeare referring back to those eternal lines? To give him a little credit, he probably knows enough about grammar to use the pronoun “these” when talking about something plural. Dare we ask… if “this” is the sonnet itself? Might Shakespeare be suggesting that being featured in his work immortalizes you? Are those eternal lines the lines of the sonnet itself? Is the final thee only emphasized because it’s the end result of Shakespeare’s awesome, immortalizing poetry skills?

Probably. After all, being Shakespeare is like being an Elizabethan rockstar: you can bully the roadies, sleep with the groupies, trash the hotel rooms, and still be the world’s darling. And let’s face it: if you went down in history as The Bard, you’d probably swear by your own poetry too.

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USENET for the Political Season




If you like keeping up with politics, USENET is a great place to be. Some people love a debate and, coincidentally, a lot of those same people seem to love the USENET system. The USENET system has some distinct advantages compared to Internet forums that you might want to consider if you’re into politics and if you’re following the presidential elections in the US this year in particular.

More and Less Focused

Internet forums tend to attract people who either wholeheartedly agree or passionately disagree with the overall position of the forums. For example, if you were to hop on an Internet forum that had to do with the environment, you’d likely find a rather dysfunctional mix of true believers and trolls who are constantly snapping at each other’s ankles. The USENET tends to be different.

First, there are newsgroups that are much broader in their subject matter than are most Internet forums. For example, you can go to groups such as talk.politics and enjoy conversations that aren’t limited by a forum moderator’s preferences. If you don’t like that newsgroup, you could go to soc.politics and see what they have to offer. These groups offer a broader selection of topics and debates than your average forum.

If you want very focused conversation, you could to a newsgroup such as alt.politics.usa.constitution to express your views on the founding framework of the United States. You’ll find that-particularly in this newsgroup-people on the USENET system are good at staying on topic compared to what you’ll see in Internet forums. Someone’s not going to barge into a conversation about economic policy and post a picture of their cat, for instance, which is nice for people who like to their conversations a bit more focused and intellectual.

Rarified Audience

The USENET is very popular-it’s got over 100,000 active groups on it-but it’s not as broad in its usage as is the Internet. The USENET is also set up in a way that encourages people to find the information they want by making targeted decisions about the newsgroups that they join. This creates a situation where most of the people on the USENET are subscribed to newsgroups because they want to participate in them rather than just wanting to cause trouble.

If you’re a political junkie or just a bit more interested than the average individual, USENET politics newsgroups might offer you something you’ll truly enjoy.

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4 Easy Tricks to Score 110 in TOEFL




Scoring at least a 110 for Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not an impossible task. You simply need to start preparing early by first coming up with an effective study plan that will help you ace the test on your first try. But what exactly is the most effective way to prepare for your TOEFL? Read on for 4 easy tricks to score well for your TOEFL test.

1) Choose the best TOEFL self-help guides for you

If you are unfamiliar with TOEFL, it’s important that you start becoming familiar with the test questions and structure. The best way to achieve this is simply by practising. Although this step might sound easy, you might initially feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of TOEFL self-help guides available these days. You can choose to get self-help books, CD-ROMs and even tapes. Don’t be easily swayed by advertising or nice covers. Take some time to think about which method will best help you absorb information. For example, if you get motion sickness easily from reading books on the bus or train, you might want to consider getting tapes so you can listen to them when you are travelling from one place to the other.

2) Consider enrolling in a preparation course

Taking up a TOEFL preparation course will definitely cost a lot more than simply getting some self-help guides. However, the help given during your prep course is generally more effective and valuable. This is because you’ll have the opportunity to personally raise any doubts or questions you have regarding a particular question. However, before immediately signing up for the cheapest prep course in town, ensure that your teacher is familiar with the TOEFL test and he or she can explain answers to difficult questions in a way that you can understand. Consider asking the school for permission to observe the class before signing up.

3) Learn some strategies to save time

You will see such similar answer choices often in TOEFL:

A) to destroy

B) destroying

C) destroyed

D) was destroyed

When you see such a question, take note that 90% of the time, the answer is either B or C. Since TOEFL generally tests on active voice (-ing form) and passive voice (-ed form), when you see both -ed form and -ing form in a set of answer choices, the answer is highly likely to be one of the two.

That is only one of the many strategies you can find out either from your prep course, or from intense practices.

4) Ask yourself if it sounds right

Everyone has the ability to think in real language without using our voice. That means that we can have a conversation in our mind as if the words have real sound. Our mind reacts to this virtual sound, not to grammar rules. In other words, we will be able to tell if a certain sentence sounds right simply by thinking it out loud.

Knowing this fact will come in very handy when you are stumped by a question. Consider taking turns substituting the choices given into the sentence and see if it sounds right. If it sounds good, more often than not, you have found the correct answer.

Although employing these four simple tricks will go far in helping you get beyond 110 for your TOEFL test, keep in mind that regular practice will always remain the key factor in acing any test.

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Amazing Tips to Create Pillar Content for Your Blog




If you are new in the blogging field then it is likely that you might not be aware of the techniques on how to write a good blog. Writing good blog is important if you want to gain traffic to your blog. For beginners having attractive blogs is important. Here are few tips that will help you in creating a good blog.

Building a pillar

• A pillar is defined as the content of the blog, it is one thing that is important and it can

• Bring traffic to your blogs as well as backlinks

• It will continue bringing traffic and they will also refer others to your blog

• It will bring traffic from search engines

• Not dependent on time so after one year it will be popular

How to create pillars?

There is not one particular formula for producing content so that it can become a pillar. But there are some key characteristics on which you can focus. You may be surprised to know that there are some articles that you can write and it can become a pillar while you might not have expected it to be. So here are some concepts on which you can focus to write pillar content

“How to” article

• Think about the niche and write an article on it. Teach people how to do something in the industry. Make sure to write an article that is easy to understand. There are the majority of the people who look for “How to” info on the internet. Here are some examples

• If you are in a marketing field then write how you can market effectively

• If you are having a pet store, then write hot to choose a breed that suits your interest the best

• If you want to write about food then how to cook popular dishes

• If you know your niche you will be able to understand how you can gain traffic to your blogs but writing “how to” articles. The relevant audience is definitely going to find it interesting. You just have to make sure that your writing is capable of making people understand. If you can tell a story then it will be a lot better thing to do on your blog.

List articles

This is one of the most popular pillar concepts and you might have seen many blogs that feature list articles. The titles for the list articles are “top 5 ways “or tips to establish” etc. these articles work quite well because

• These are easy to read and understand by the readers. These articles are writing in between 300-700 word count and there are enough bullet points, headlines that attract readers. It’s all about simplicity. List articles are very easy to write and understand. People who lack time will find these articles interesting and useful.

• These articles also provide direct actionable; lesson and people also like to share them with others.

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