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Card Magic Trick – Royal Mounties

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This is one of the very easy card tricks that you can perform with your friends. No special deck of cards is required. All you need is just an ordinary deck of playing cards.

Before performing this trick, you need to secretly look at the bottom card of the deck and remember it. This will be your key.

Then, allow the spectator to select a card from the deck and have him look and remember his selected card and replace it on top of the deck. You cut the deck and complete the cut, this will place your key directly on top of the spectator’s selected card.

Then you say “There is an old story about the Canadian Mounted Police, who boast that they always get their man. This deck has two Kings who are actually retired ‘Mounties.’ Please remember the name of your card while I find my policemen.”

Turn the deck with faces toward you. Spread the cards, pretend to look for the Kings, but actually, you are looking for your key (the card which you secretly look and remember before performing the trick). After that, you cut the deck to make your key to the bottom of the deck. Also, this will make the spectator’s selected card be the top card of the pack.

Then, you go through the cards again and remove the two black Kings (Clubs and Spades). Place these two Kings on the table, face up.

You then say “Here they are, two of the Royal Mounted Police. I’m going to put them into the middle of the deck, face up.” Now, place the deck behind your back. Pick up the first King and place it face up under the top card of the deck (the selected card). Pick up the second King and put it face up on top of the deck. Then, cut the pack.

Then you say “The two boys are now in the deck and hopefully they’re hard at work looking for their man.” Then, you ask your spectator for the name of his selected card. After the card has been named, place the deck on the table and spread the cards. The two Kings will be face up in the middle, with the selected card face down between them.

Have the spectator look at the card and you might say in the end that the tale was true that the Mounties always get their man.

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Vital Factors to Consider When Choosing a Colocation Service Provider

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The process of server colocation is gaining popularity with each passing day. This is due to the many benefits that the service offers to the clients. Out of the increased popularity, many service providers have come up to meet the high demand. As a result of this, competitive prices and services have come up hence making the decision easier. However, it is important to understand that not all the service providers render what they claim. Some are out to make money at the expense of the clients hence the need to consider a few factors before committing oneself to any given provider.

The first and the most important factor that ought to be considered is the cost of the service. In colocation, one hires the equipment to get the servers up and have them well managed. This is a type of rental service. Different fee structures are incurred from different service providers. This is especially because of the high competition that exists and minor policies by the service provider. Generally, the fee is usually based on the size of the servers and the bandwidth that one will receives. Comparing can help one in getting the most competitive prices. Affordable costs enable one to enjoy all the features without any strains. However, it is important for one not to compromise the quality of the services for cost.

The next thing that one has to consider in a colocation firm is the size of bandwidth that one will get. This is the factor that determines the reliability of the connection that one will get to the servers. A poor or slow connection leads to the slow down of the business activities and the subsequent pushing away of the potential clients. It is highly advised to choose a service provider with the highest possible bandwidth. This will ease the access and hence enable better performance.

The security of the services rendered matters a lot. The company’s servers contain vital information which if poorly handled can lead to the nose dive of the business. The service provider should therefore be having the most reliable security to the servers. This is both through remote access, manual alteration by the unauthorized as well as physical damages. It is important that one check on the security measures employed by the firm and gauge whether they are reliable or not.

The services offered by the colocation company have also to be considered. The data center should be able to offer all the necessary technical support with great reliability to ensure that the server performance is ensured round the clock. It is highly recommended that one look at the professionalism of the technical support staff and how fast they are at responding to malfunctions. This will ensure reliability at all times.

It is important for one to discuss the features of the service provider with an experienced person in the field. This will help determine any loopholes and the strong points.

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The Dilemma of Edith Hope

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Edith Hope is the unassuming lonesome writer in Hotel Du lac who faces the dilemma of living a life with or without a marital status. Edith, about forty, is unmarried and lonely. Though Edith is successful as a writer, her life is plaintive and uneventful.

Demure, docile and reticent, Edith Hope is easily approachable. She has been somewhat taken for granted by her friends and acquaintances. “I sign anything that is put in front of me; I never telephone my publisher; and I make no claims for my particular sort of writing.”

Therefore, when the steadily aging and yet unmarried Edith is approached by a Geoffrey Long, who provides a most ‘excellent guarantee… of a safe and sensible future’, she is expected to accept the proposal gratefully. Edith cancels the wedding at the eleventh hour. Her well wishers are astounded at ‘her moral turpitude’ ‘for the outrage she had committed’.

Edith seems to have canceled her wedding with Geoffrey because of her refusal to marry for social convenience. While she longs for marital bliss- the peace of domesticity, Edith is unwilling to settle down with a man unless she loves him.

Love seems to elude Edith perpetually. David- her secret boyfriend with a wife, does not reciprocate Edith’s amorous feelings. He seems to be using Edith as a kind of occasional diversion from regular family life. Edith sees no future with him.

Edith receives a second chance to settle down into ‘domestic peace’. ‘I doubt if I have anything more to look forward to’ says Edith out of desperation to repair her loneliness. Neville offers to Edith yet another alliance of mutual convenience. He does not make any claims of emotional attachment with Edith but sees in her a perfect candidate to ‘fit perfectly into’ his empty and rich house. Neville offers Edith social security, independence, and companionship. ‘As my wife, you will do very well. Unmarried, I’m afraid you will soon look a bit of a fool.’

Edith receives, as if, a second chance from Neville. Edith meets Neville at Hotel Du Lac, her exile where Edith is supposed to ‘forget the unfortunate lapse’ of refusing to marry Geoffrey. Edith is expected to return home ‘older, wiser, and properly apologetic.’

Neville gives Edith the chance to repair the damage caused by her previous decision. While at home, the bleak indifference of David, whom she loves dearly, awaits her. Neville promises to her a life of prosperity and social standing. Both offers are equally loveless.

The only difference between returning home and marrying Neville is ‘dignity’. Home would be forlorn but at Neville’s house, Edith would be reduced to being a ‘part of his collections’. Edith chooses to return home.

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Korean Series: An Escape to Fantasy

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Breakthrough of Korean Series:

Korean Series, also known as Korean Dramas or K-dramas, are television series in the Korean language based in South Korea. K-dramas became popular worldwide in the early 2000s due to its Korean pop culture, also known as Hallyu/Korean Wave, and far-fetched plot twists. However, the Korean entertainment industry started booming when “Gangnam Style” by PSY hit YouTube like a tsunami. Also, Oscar-winning Korean movies like “Parasite” have spiked the growth of K-dramas all over the world. Korean dramas can go from being extremely emotional to incredibly heart-breaking to “OMG, what was that?” in a heartbeat. This is exactly what keeps the viewers coming back for more. Like any other television series, K-dramas also have many different genres such as rom-coms, historical dramas that promote Korean culture, office politics, family dramas, school life, and even horror comedies.

Korean Series: A Mental Break during the Pandemic:

Fans worldwide go head over heels for K-dramas since they help them go into the “la-la land” of romance. While K-dramas are fictional and may never happen in real life, they are still something you can believe has a possibility of happening. In other words, it’s a fantasy escape for K-fans of all age groups. During the ongoing pandemic, K-dramas seem to have had their biggest breakthroughs in India because more people found extra time and an inclination to explore contents that help them escape from the anxiety of what’s going on around them. For many youngsters, it is not only a favorite time during this pandemic but is also something that motivates them to learn the language.

The widespread craze for K-dramas led to their availability via streaming services along with subtitles in multiple languages across all over the world. Rakuten Viki, a U.S.-based Korean drama-dominated streaming platform, has witnessed an escalation in the number of K-drama viewers. OTT platforms like Netflix have also adapted this Hallyu trend and have picked up dramas like” It’s Okay To Not Be Okay,” “Start-up,” “Vincenzo,” “Crash Landing On You,” etc. Gone are those days when K-dramas were criticized for commonly used themes of love triangle/affairs or a working-class woman and a rich man being romantic. The industry is set to take unusual to the next level, blending traditional values with Western individualism and materialism. Korean dramas today mostly illustrate a meaningful message to tackle issues of Korean society such as school bullying, mental illness, corruption, classism, racism, etc.

Soundtrack and Cinematography:

The best part about K-dramas is that they emphasize high visuals and aesthetics. Also, the background soundtrack acts as a cherry on top. Being an outsider, it’s difficult to understand the language, but the melody surely hits the right chord. Even if the character isn’t speaking a word in a scene, the location, soundtrack, and background add sense to the scene so beautifully that the viewer anticipates being there.

The Influence of K-Dramas:

The craze for K-dramas has also played a pivotal role in promoting the Korean language, culture, and food. The influence of Korean culture has escalated beyond the entertainment industry. At present, a shift away from the Western-style makeup trends to K-beauty led to the growth of Korean-based commercial brands such as “Innisfree”. Interestingly, there’s also been a spike in the number of active learners of the Korean language-“hanguk.”

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