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Singing: The Tonic of Life



Most people these days would associate singing with the popular music they see and hear on the radio and tv. This can make you feel like its beyond you, like it’s some form of high skill that you need to be born with. A natural talent if you like. In fact singing is much more a part of our everyday lives than you might realize, and it can be a tonic for an improved state of mind and recipe for stress reduction and better health.

The best example of this is, think about the songs that when you hear them on the

radio make you remember something wonderful in your past. The song that

reminds you of your first kiss or when you proposed to your partner, or perhaps just

some good times with friends at school or work. You can be sitting all alone feeling

sorry for yourself about the way life has treated you and a song comes on the radio

that reminds you of a great time in your life.

I’m sure you have songs that do this to you. Songs that you sing along to in the car

at the top of your voice, ignoring the strange looks from other drivers at the lights.

It can be a form of instant atitude adjustment and will often completely erase the

effects of a bad day.

This effect is multiplied ten fold if you can sing along with a favorite song. For the

moments when you sing along you get to journey through a personal fantasy, a kind

of mental movie of events that you recall related to that song. When you sing along

to a CD in the car you get to momentarily exit this reality and visit another which is

tailor made by you.

There is even a flip side to it. I still find it hard to listen to a particular Lead

Zeppelen song which I associate with breaking up with my first wife. However, when

I do hear it I feel like singing along because it makes me remember how much

better things are now than when I was with her. Funny how that works.

If you are the sort of person who has a lot of emotional ups and downs in your life

then you could try this little trick for a kind of instant pick me up. Make a CD up of

about 10 of your favorite songs and keep it with you at all times. Make sure these

songs are related to great times in your life. When you are annoyed or upset, or just

need a bit of a boost put the CD on and play one song at random.

Do not play more than one song and resist the urge to play the same song each

time. Playing the same song will reprogram you to associate it with your current

situation and it will loose it’s effect. Then sing your head off! Make sure you are

alone and sing from the heart. Don’t spare the horses – just go for it. Make sure you

take a good deep breath to start and concentrate on the sound of your own voice,

not the voice of the singer in the song. This will help you pitch correctly and make

you feel like you are a real singer on a stage.

Many people simply ignore music in their environment. They regard it as

background noise like traffic or the murmur of people talking in a cafe. The truth is

music is like a custom built emotional trigger. We all react to it in different ways.

How many times have you found a piece of music totally distracting when you are

trying to concentrate on something? This is because music is created specifically to

evoke a response, it is looking to push your buttons, to make you participate. The

next time you see some motor racing on the tv check out the sort of music they put

behind it. It won’t be Beethoven or Mozart, it will be high speed aggressive guitar

music. How does it make you feel? This music is chosen to evoke an adrenelin

response, to get you excited and feel like you are part of the action. Conversely, you

are unlikely to hear thrashing guitars used behind a documentary about gorillas in

Kenya, you will hear thoughtful music that is designed to create empathy and


All this means that you should take more notice of the music around you and try to

participate whenever you can. Above all, try to listen to music that allows you to

sing and express your emotions, let it all hang out and don’t give a damn about

what other people think.

The next step is to get better control of your singing voice. Try getting some

kakaoke tracks and sing to those regularly. From there you might consider some

actual singing lessons. The

benefits are huge in terms of improving your sense of wellbeing and confidence.

Finally, pay a visit to The Explore Your Voice Show Podcast. It’s a half hour

downloadable mp3 audio show on the net where we talk about all aspects of

singing, performing, and getting your voice into shape.

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Is Colleen Slater’s Blog Inferno Worth the Money?




Colleen Slater, the self proclaimed 60 Minute Affiliate, is about to release her Blog Inferno system which claims to be the best niche marketing guide on the internet.

Ms Slater has put together a collection of articles, mind maps, templates and videos which she claims will help the average affiliate marketer increase their online income.

I was lucky enough to receive a preview of the Blog Inferno system to review exactly what has been put together and get the chance to see if it is worth its salt or if it is just another scam.

Now first up, I want to tell you that I like Colleen’s work as the 60 Minute Affiliate. She offers a large array of guidance and tips which will help niche marketers get ahead of the competition. She even offers free one on one coaching to those struggling to make the sales that they had initially hoped for.

Blog Inferno is a collection of these guides turned into one ebook, with some of the ideas expanded upon slightly. As with many affiliate marketing guides, a lot of the information contained within the book is already readily available at no cost elsewhere.

What Ms Slater does do is offer video tutorials for the struggling masses. If you have time and patience to watch step by step guide, and you are a visually oriented person, this may be a great thing for you to do.

Blog Inferno won’t get you website rankings in minutes, and it won’t make you sales within days. But it does offer some insights for those who are just starting out in the world of affiliate marketing.

If you really want to make some impact on the internet world – your money is best spent on Andrew Hansen’s Firepow. Firepow is a tool which will have your website getting top rankings on Google within hours, as well as some neat tricks that aren’t available anywhere else – not to mention support from the a community of successful online money makers – including Hansen himself, who is quick to respond and a pleasure to deal with.

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What Is CDT?




In software testing and mobile testing fields, there are a wide range of various methodologies, techniques and principles. All of them have common goal – to make the checking procedure faster, better and more effective.

Context-driven testing or simply CDT is one of checking approaches which is widely applied in software testing company. This method was suggested by Cem Kaner, Brian Marick and other members of the context-driven school which was founded in 1999.

This particular approach presupposes to keep several ‘creeds’ which are fundamentals of the context-driven school.

What Are CDT Beliefs?

  • Every working procedure brings some value which is reliant on context.
  • The context may consist of several constituent parts. The main such element is a team of specialists who perform CDT.
  • The direction of project development and its specific features cannot be exactly predicted.
  • To find any solution, it is necessary to analyze the actual system under test (SUT).
  • The best universal practices that are suitable for every case do not exist.
  • Only challenges make the checking procedure effective.

The product success depends not only on the quality of testing services but also on the collaboration between all specialists engaged in the project realization. A smooth communication, long-term thinking and working, various aspects and peculiarities of specialists’ duties taken into account define the future of the product. This is the core idea of context-driven testing.

In general, this checking type can be defined as agile testing. This assumption may be valid because its core ideas resemble a lot the principles of Agile Manifesto. In other words, the recommendations of both are like analogous to each other.

A specialist will successfully conduct the CDT procedure if he keeps some recommendations. These tips will simplify the understanding of CDT concept and general idea as well as the checking procedure itself.

Context-Driven Testing Tips:

  • The essential role is played by metrics. The invalid data brings no use and it is a real threat to the product success. The metrics should always be updated.
  • Automated testing principles are not applicable for CDT. On one hand, this checking type simplifies the procedure and helps to save much time. But on the other hand, a human cannot be replaced by auto tests. Only a human being can make suggestions and presuppositions. Only manual testing is suitable in such a case.
  • It is important to apply various testing methods. Each of them will help to detect certain defects which may be connected with the business aspects or with end-user experience.
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Walleye Fishing Tips




Here is a simple walleye fishing tip that I use for one area of a lake I fish frequenly on Manitoulin Island and the lake is Mindemoya lake. This walleye fishing tip will work on most lakes of various sizes anywhere walleye are caught.

I have been catching walleye for over 50 years all across Canada. During that time I have learned a lot of things about fishing. But always remember that you can usually learn some new tricks and tips at any time.

Over the many years that I have fished this area I see so many anglers full of enthusiasm and expectations come and leave just frustrated with their experience fishing walleye. This fishing tip will help eliminate that frustration. It may not make you an expert, but it will make a difference in your fishing results.

Lake Mindemoya is not a large lake but to know where certain features of the lake are is great information to have. Depth, where to find shoals, sunken islands or structure that walleye love and frequent. My favorite spot on this lake is what is called Grassy Island and in the north west corner of the lake. It is actually what I call a sunken island because the only time it is actually visible from anywhere is in the summer when the reeds and grass are growing. In fact the hottest time of the summer is a great time for fishing walleye.

Now the first thing is of course is your rod and reel, sounds simple but be sure to use good fishing equipment. A light action graphite rod and reel with 6 or 8 pound test line is sufficient to catch and land most large walleyes.

The last thing is of course the simplest the hook. A plain unadorned ball-headed jig is king here. It is simple and easy to use, and deadly. Use 1/4 ounce as much as possible. If you have a problem finding the bottom you can move up to 3/8 ounce till you get used to finding the bottom.

These jigs have no action of their own, so that is up to the angler, short hops seem to work best but do not be afraid to experiment. Try to maintain contact with the bottom at all times, but try not to bounce on slack line. This can cause you to get snagged more often.

Jigs are great for catch and release, most of the time the walleye will be hooked in the top lip. Unhooking is fast and easy for you and the fish.

Tip jigs with either a minnow or a leech. I like to use leeches but at times minnows will work best. I usually carry both so I can test which is working best that day or for the area you are fishing.

Well now put this all together and lets catch those walleyes. Off the edge of this grassy island or sunken island as I call it there is a drop off and the walleye hold to this at different depths at different times of the day. Deeper during the heat of the day and closer in the evening.

The area I fish I am usually able to drift slowly over this reef from one end to the other and preset my jig and bait offering easily plus with great success. If you use electronics of any kind of course you can find these walleyes and where they are holding up. Also if it is too windy to drift the way you want a trolling motor can keep you in the thick of the action or even anchor.

Walleye do not like bright light and most anglers think that the best time for fishing walleye is early morning or in the evening and even after dark. But on Mindemoya Lake in the heat of summer you have an algae growth that clouds the water somewhat and makes for great fishing even in the heat of the day. As simple as this walleye fishing tip seems, remember it works and just experiment and you will succeed.

So to wrap this up if you ever get to my favorite place on earth, Manitoulin Island and happen to be near grassy island on Mindemoya Lake say hello to the oldtimer you see out there all alone in his Lund boat. Do not be afraid to ask questions, because he will have fish! Get out there and enjoy nature and relax!

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