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Movie Review: Kingsman, The Golden Circle: Saving the World from Madmen
In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our brave little tailor punk gentleman knight, Galahad meets cowboy whiskeybro American secret agents to help him restore the Kingsmen and fight off some nefarious drug cartel queen and save the world from genocide, a bad American president, and keeping a date with a Swedish princess at all costs. Whiskey and Tequila are comic book fans new heroes to worship, cosplay and name their children after.
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Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049, sleek sci-fi zen epic that is unfamiliar to 80s fans
Blade Runner 2049, sequel to the cyberpunk movie from the 80s has been hailed by critics but panned by audiences who were expecting an MTV experience as good as Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell or at least a Ridley Scott visual feast. What you get is a vast, lonely adventure of an A.I. hero similar to a Miyazaki epic anime. It's not what we expected either, but it does what it does to continue the tale and pave the way for future retellings or sequels. Which is what we fans all want anyway.
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Mother! Movie Review: Surreal & Bizarro Tale About the Heart of Gaea
It's that time of the year, Chinese Ghost Month, from mid August to September, then Halloween or Sam Hain depending on your perspective of folk culture, and horror movies now abound. All the hype around Mother! by Darren Aronofsky is true. You either love it or you hate it. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, Mother! feels like a Haunted house movie, or a folk horror movie and its all that too plus everything bizarro between home as Paradise or unwelcome visitors as the Apocalypse. Watch the movie now and get a chance to watch a truly unusual story. We thought it was a gothic romance too.
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Men's Adventure Books: Occult Detectives, Crime Crusaders, and Space Cowboys
Tarzan, The Shadow, Doc Savage, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were among many men's action adventure heroes that became popular when pulp stories were big in the golden age of adventure stories in the middle of the last century. For this generation, men's adventure books are making a comeback of sorts. If women download stuff like 40 Shades of Grey and steamy pulp romance, what modern heroes do guys of all ages have as their guilty pleasure reading fix?
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Interview with Mike Wilks: Children's Book Designer and Fantasy Novelist
Reach got the chance to interview renowned children's book designer Mike Wilks, popular for his old master's painting style of Escher and surreal character collections. Wilks is also the author of his personal novel, Mirrorscape, a fantasy book series for the Harry Potter crowd. Mike describes some very interesting insights and attitudes about the craft of illustration and his work as a painter and writer.
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Movie Review: Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
Spook fans will rejoice for Quantum films and The Idea First Company are re-releasing Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B for this year's 2017 August Pinoy Film Fest. The Pinoy version of a vampire succubus in this movie is not in the same vein as previous movie treatments of the character. Ryza Cenon delivers a new iconic portrayal of the uberspook monster of Pinoy fplklore. Martin Del Rosario is the guy caught in the middle of a dark romance where a secretive and shy girl is hiding more than a black sense of humor. Go out and catch this movie for its romantic feels and spooky hooks. Then drag horror film friends back to watch it all over again.
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The Lost Continent of Mu: Ancestors of Egypt and Greece?
According to legend, a landmass in the Pacific Ocean was the location for the legendary Kingdom of Mu, a coined name for a pre-Ice Age nation and culture that was forced to evacuate and scatter to the ends of the earth after their land submerged under the sea because of volcanic activity or a geo-pole shift event. We look at what that place might have been like and how Hawaii and the Marianas islands actually form the tip of what is now a submerged land mass.
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Thrift Book Shop Finds in Manila and Baguio
Buying used books or books on sale is a great way to upgrade your personal library if you read for fun or write for a living and are inspired by hoarding books and novels of your fave authors. Most thrift bookshop guides in the Metro focus on just locations, but since most of them are already known, we show you what kind of good stuff you can purchase. The books we found may surprise you about the quality of finds in thrift bookstores around the Metro.
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Interview with Michael Swanwick: On The Iron Dragon's Daughter and Fantasy
Michael Swanwick is one of the most revered sci-fi fantasy novelists and is the author of the subversive YA book, The Iron Dragon's Daughter. As a story, the relationship of Jane and Melancthon reads like something straight out of some cult anime series--elves in mafia suits and sentient cyber-dragons-of-war that hate the Goddess of the realm. In our interview, Michael talks about writing as craft, his new book The Iron Dragon's Mother, and plenty more insights about sci-fi and pulp hero adventure books.
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Heartbreaking Rock Anthems from Band-Maid!
Love fetish rock bands from Japan? Who doesn't? Babymetal's sisters in hard driving, rock anthems that will be as indelible as kawaii death metal are Band-Maid. Five rock-out girls with amazing pipes, attitude, and the chops to play their own instruments might be on the verge of breaking out as the next Kaiju rock phenomenon the world over. BAND-MAID's endearing French Maid-uniformed music videos and live performances blow you away with how-did-they-do-that, can-we-have-more-please lasting impressions. Heartbreaking rock and roll anthems are back with BAND-MAID!
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VALERIAN: French Sci-Fi and Space Cowboys
Kids rejoiice! Valerian is your generation's space cowboy adventure for inspiring an interest in science and engineering and physics. If you could dream of a furure within reach of diverse cultures that include alien societies and the best virtual shopping town in the universe, the romance and eye candy in the Valerian movie promise a future worthy of everything. It even has a neat life lesson tucked in, but you might notice that after the hangover from all the eye boggle gorgeous you will ever see in a space opera adventure.
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Biringan City: The Only Known Supernatural Metropolis in the World is in Samar
Word of mouth has spread far and wide the presence of a supernatural city somewhere in Samar's northern portion, with both fishermen identifying a beautifully lit metropolis on moonless nights, and even 80s satelliter imaging suppoedly showing something bright and shining in the area of Samar where Biringan city is supposedly located. Is there a pocket dimension in northern Samar that used to exist where the fabled supernatural city of Biringan was located not too long ago? Is Biringan city stilll there, in the middle of nowhere, with happy engkantos lurking around in Manila and Cebu inviting hapless folks to come over for a visit?
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Back to Baguio! Bookhunting Plus Writer's Retreat
REACH returns to Baguio again as a possible Writer's Retreat tambayan or scheduled bakasyon time for young authors and even writers-at-heart bozos. Looking for a getaway where you can just kick back and do nothing but write all day? And find great steals in a thrift bookshop riight in the middle of Baguio, Bookends. We promise that when you vsit Baguio to hoard books or to spend more than a day writing, you'll get to unwind better and get great ideas down while you're at it. Don't forget to bring a big bag to haul your book haul from the City of Pines.
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Amazng La Mesa Forest EcoPark: Writer's Retreat in North Quezon City
The La Mesa Forest EcoPark is a gorgeous place in summer and one of most underrated hideaways for spending some downtime to get some writing done. The Ecopark's picnic grove has some of the best nipahut, cottage-style gazebos for family picnics. Stone benches and tables are also available in the Picnic Grove for writing sessions under the tree shade, when the weather permits. Need inspiration to get out of writer's block? Write in a big forest Ecopark north of Quezon City.
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Amazing Intramuros: Writer's Retreat in Heritage Manila
Intramuros in Manila may have haunts in plain sight that can double as writer's retreats or hideaways where you get plenty of Me-time to write your short story, start your novel chapters, or just write down some ideas to work on for the future. In downtown Manila, Intramuros has the Manila Cathedral, the yearly Book Stop Project mini-library installation, and Fort Santiago Park's nooks and crannies for sitting down to write. We lchecked out this year's Book Stop installation, took a peek inside the Manila Cathedral, and roamed around Fort Santiago park. r, and some other palces in the old Walled City for humkering down for some write stuff.
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Amazing Lolomboy Town: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon Shrine--Writer's Retreat in Bocaue, Bulacan!
Saint Andrrew Kim Shrine in Lolomboy town, Bocaue, Bulacan is as close as you can get to a Korean-styled, pagoda temple complex but it's actually a Catholic missionary shrine with a chapel and church for Sunday mass. We checked out the shrine if we could find nooks and crannies where writing as meditation would be allowed. Serene, solemn and a holy place run by several Korean nuns and Korean priests, who are very genial and treat the locals respectfully, the Saint Anthony Kim shrine should be one of the most underrated places for a spiritual and a writer's retreat. Lolomboy should be Bocaue's next great escape destination for young folks looking for a charming place to rest and write stuff all day long.
read more       Amazing Philippines
Rediscover Diatomaceous Earth! Organic and Natural Pest Control
Chemical pest control will always be harmful and unnatural so many advocates of organic and natural methods are pushing for an age-old treatment for pest control that guarantees wiping out entire colonies of whatever creepy crawlies you have in your home or garden--diatomaceous earth. Silica minerals and wood dust has long been used as a form of pest control for ages and only recently have branded products been popularized as a solution for cockroaches, fleas and ticks as well as bed bugs.
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April is officially National Literacy Month: NBDB Bookshop Tours and Literature Convention
April has been officially decreed as National Literacy Month and the NBDB ( Naitonal Book Development Board ) is following up on last year's successful initial celebrations with more good stuff. The NBDB sponsored a 3-day bookshop tour then ended the month with a Literature Convention attended by international speakers from publishers, to name authors and DIY self-publishing luminaries, plus some academe reps. Let's look at the Literature Convention held last April 26-27.
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Interview with SciFi Editor John Klima
John Klima is a well respected scifi editor who got his chops from running a critically acclaimed fanzine called The Electric Velocipede. It ran scifi short stories from 2001 to 213. Klima has also worked for Asimov Analog, Tor books and the Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is currently a professional librarian working for a Wisconsin community library. We took to his work after reading Logorrhea, a genre short story collection which worked stories off a theme of strange words. Other antholiges Klima edited are Happily Ever After and Glitter and Mayhem, the latter a genre romp inspired by disco, rollerblading and nightclubs.
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19 Books for Helping Authors Write and Craft Better Stories
Everyone who can't afford to enroll in a Creative Writing course or a Master of Fine Arts may want to know how to learn to write like a pro. Books are your first option and reading as many as you can may actually help you learn plenty more than a few semesters worth of workshops. But the key in learning to write well is to also read books that show you all the nuances of craft--structure, character development, plot development, pacing, themes, outlining work, novel publishing and everything else.
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19 Inspirational Books for Grownups
Much has been said about how most inspirational books are just a sham out to make a buck out of poor folks who can't make heads or tails out of life. But there are really good books out there that are worth the time and trouble reading through because they do show people how life is really sweet underneath all the crap thrown your way by the world (which does not owe anyone anything). Inspiring to many include the Holy Christian Bible (Interlinear Greek), the Quran, coming-of-age-stories, comfort food recipe books, illustration art books of your favorite painter--an inspiring book is anything that gives you a way out of a funk and picks up your mood to make it through the day with a song in your heart.
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19 Books for a Young Boy's Book Hoard
Boys do read books, and those who claim they don't and are proud of it may not really be sentient nor a boy. Adventure, horror, sci-fi wonder and even some romance are among the interesting stuff boys want to read so getting them a proper reading library or book hoard is part of every one's mission in life if you have a son, younger or older brothers or a grandpa weaned on stories and looking for a great read to remind him of his boyish days. Here is a list of books for boys that promise better rewards than a video game console.
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19 Books for your Kids' Desert Island Reading Library
Kids love to read and once they get the hang of sitting with a book for the sheer pleasure of losing themselves in it and losing time, they'll bug you to find them good books. You want to give them books they will cherish even when they are your age. These are books that don't lose their magic because their stories never get old. The timeless appeal of all good children's books--great storytelling and characters are what make a kid's desert island library collection one of the most precious gifts and heirlooms one can hand down to friends, family, school or even strangers.
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Petroleum May NOT Be Biological in Nature
NASA has discovered that atmospheric methane in one of Saturn's moon was produced from a geological source and not a biological source which casts doubt on age old knowledge that crude oil was produced from mulched organics such as forests and biologcal things. There are new theories that abound that the earth naturally recycles excess carbon dioxide and other carbon in its atmosphere by having its oceans soak up the compound and when the carbon mixes with the ocean's hydrogen hydrocarbons are supposedly created--first as heavy hydrogen and even possibly petroleum. If the Earth truly has a geological process for replenishing petroleum oil naturally, how will this knowledge work for or against green design and tech for energy and power generation?
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19 Books Girls Should Read
Girls bored of bookstore recommendations of what to read? Most likely that their reading list is dated and will bore you to tears. Here's what we recommend that will give you a better perspective of how the world works for girls and what they can do about it--reading about heroines and princesses from some of the most underrated writers local bookstores don't readily recommend. Also, we are recommending plenty of female authors just to give young girls a perspective on how the best women writers of genre fiction wing and swing their stuff.
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Pat Mills: On Horror and Subversive Heroes
Pat Mills is one of our favorite subersive writers for his horror epic, Requiem Vampire Knight and his post-apocalyptic sci-fi soldier romp: ABC Warriors. Mills founded 2000AD, a comics magazine that pioneered plenty of dark sci-fi tales like Nemesis, ABC Warriors, Slaine the Horned God, and may have been the seed for the grimdark subgenre in apocalyptic sci-fi. We talk to Pat Mills about horror stories (Pinoys' timeless fiction fetish), 2000AD Comics, and ABC Warriors.
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Pygmy Donkey as Guard Pet and Best Buddy
Like a pet guard-dog for your family, pygmy donkeys are comical companions and very intelligent, caring animals. They get along very well with children and you can train them to haul some small stuff, even a personal cab or cart to help you travel around your small farm or huge backyard. You must be able to afford to provide them with a regular stash of fresh hay for food but they love banana peels and orange peels too. Have precious memories raising a pair or more of the most gentle pet animals for your home/farm.
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Church Camping in England! Why not in Pinas?
Camping out in a most atmospheric of places, safe from things that go bump in the night? Church camping is trending among decommissioned heritage chruches in England. Church conservationists are promoting Slow Tourism in the rural countryside with stays arranged to include country walks, canoeing, storytelling sessions, yoga sessions and breakfast from the nearby BnB. If only the idea can be replicated in the Philippines' own beautiful countryside for low-impact tourism development.
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Sandstorm Cloud: Free Open Source Cloud Apps
Don't pay through your nose for branded cloud based apps when you can use Free and Open Source like Sandstorm OS. Easy to use. Fast. And you can even host it on your own servers for internal use. Keep your data your own and safe from spooks. The entire business side of Sandstorm as a brand has run its course and with no further dev funding the owners of the technology decided to offer it as a full time community open source cloud app. It still has everything strong going for it as the web OS of the future.
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Valentines Gifts for Him and Her (Yin-Fire Rooster)
For the year of Fresh Starts, Yin-Fire Rooster 2017's Valentine's Day celebrations should be also as exciting and interesting for couples, and loved ones. What gifts are best for him or her as inspiration to kndle more romance for your loved life? Check out REACH magazine's recommended gifts for this year's Valentine's day.
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An Electric Sun and Universe?
Astrophysicists are excitedly testing a new theory that the Sun is actually powered by the external electrical plasma field of space as a capacitor. Space is one gigantic electrical filed of currents and magnetic rivers powering stars all around.. The sun is not a nuclear fusion core that functions according to the Standard model of astrophysicists but an electromagnatic plasma-gas giant. This controversial theory, the Electric Sun, has various New Age adherents even among seasoned scientists.
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Monster Trucks Movie Review: A Boy, His Monster Truck and Creech
A fan-favorite muscle machine has always been Monster Trucks. The legendary Big Foot, giant-tyre pick-up truck on wheels fit only for heavy haul construction vehicles has been an arena spectator sport for quite a while. We look at the movie Monster Trucks and look at the culture behind the love for big pick-up trucks with giant wheels. Monster Trucks is a coming-of-age movie about a biy who befriends a monster who feeds on crude oil or gasoline and powers his scrapheap Monster Truck as its lving engine.
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Print Your Own Money: Making Soap for Barter
Having Soap for Barter is like printing your own money. Like growing your own food, making soap in volume to stock as barter stock is one smart business opportunity. Specialty herbal beauty soaps or cheap yet green (environmentally safe) detergent alternatives are almost as good as money when used as barter stock or sold for cheap as a source of income. Going into the lunar new year, it will be good to try making your own soap as a business enteprise and as a personal brand craft project. You've seen Pinoy millionaires being made making beauty soap by the dozens. It's a very worthy project.
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2017 Fresh Start? Smart Business Ideas for Yin-Fire Rooster Year
The year of the Yin Fire Rooster is supposed to be the best time for fresh starts for many enterprising individuals and groups. What are the smartest business ideas that may be good entrepreneurship or career moves in 2017 moving forward? Remember, the next year--2018 is an Earth Dog year, a time when deep social changes or a transformation will occur, so the Yin-Fire Rooster serves as a transition into that new age. REACH looks at some ongoing trends in business and social enterprise that might work for you as a reboot--for business or career.
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Invaluable Indian Inventions
An advanced society even before the Chinese, Indian scientists and mathematicians and their ancient peoples have invented plenty of invaluable ideas and knowledge as well as objects that the world often takes for granted. You might not know that Indians created the ruler or Wootz Steel for Damascus blades? Probably even the world's first space ships in Vimanas. Indians were also the first to establish an exclusive learning community where wisemen taught the young--the first university.
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Interview with Ilawod Screenplay Writer, Yvette Tan
The Pinoy horror movie, Ilawod is a possession-haunting film featuring a folk myth creature called the Ilawod. Yvette Tan is a Filipina-Chinese, published horror writer and is doing her first indie screenplay with director Dan Villegas, acclaimed indie filmamker for romantic comedies. REACH interviews Yvette about working on the go as a writer and her craft as a horror fiction aficionado.
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Growing Food Inside Abandoned Buildings: Smart Social Enterprise
Food growing warehouses in abandoned and unused buildings with vertical stacking farm tech are the rage now. From Japan after the Fukushima incident to Detroit renewing its urban wasteland with local farms and farm factories, growing food indoors has become a successful social, community and business adventure. Everything is grown pesticide-free, organic and sold fresh! Everything works as social enterprise--doing good for profit--making the best food one can grow indoors so food is free and available everywhere.
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Set Up A Solar Battery Bank In Your Home
Solar battery banks might be one of the best home improvement options for keeping your home ready for off-grid situations. Emergency power via gas or diesel generators may not be an optimal choice because of the fumes generated by burning fuel. A solar battery bank can last for 10 years and be used optimally to reduce your power bill over the lifetime of the battery bank. With Tesla now making their own battery tech open source, it opens up the arena for making battery banks for solar more affordable for everyone.
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Cinnamon: Sweet Tooth Favorite that Keeps You Alive
Cinnamon treats may be sinfully sweet, but cinnamon itself is used as a healing food regimen. The spice when imbibed regularly can help your body fight cancer, stress and germs as a natural antiooxidant with antibiotic properties. It is also good as an antifungal agent and as an analgesic agent. Cinnamon as part of your regular diet can normalize bodily functions and keep you in shape. Plus you can indulge every so often in those gloriously gooey cinnamon rolls.
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Sineguelas: Antioxidant Fruits in Your Backyard Forest Garden
Costing only P15 a kilo at your local farmer's market, the sineguelas is a small fruit, kids love to gorge on as an after playtime snack but it is also packed with very potent antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help your body fight stress, ailments and keep yourself fit. What can cure your feeling of malaise from bad air (kulob na hangin), allergies, stomach problems, and stress is a simple plum that grows anywhere in our country. If you know what's good for you, you'd plant 3 sineguelas trees in your backyard and ecourage your neighbors, local baranggay and even your city officials to have them in all public spaces.
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Extreme Metal Drummer, Hannes Grossmann: Going Indie as Craft Progression
Hannes Grossmann is revered as one of the world's best technical death metal drummer. He has played with cult-favorite tech death bands: Obscura, Necrophagist among others. Now, he has matured into a solo extreme metal musician with session guitar friends pitching in for his own production. To date, he has 2 solo albums that showcase his craft as an extreme metal drummer, letting it all hang out in one of the world's most underrated metal genres.
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Indie Action-Adventure Author: Ian Kharitonov
Many think that indie authors only work in genres like pulp romance or erotica: think 40 Shades of Grey. But many authors have their own measure of success writing men's action adventure novels like Ian Kharitonov who writes about a Russian, Indiana Jones-styled hero, Eugene Sokolov. Ian won the Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award for Adventure Writers in 2010 for his Sokolov novel The Russian Renaissance--which has become a bestselling action-adventure book series.
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The Detektiv Novel: Russians' Favorite Pulp Genre
Cultural exchange between the Philippines and Russia can also come in the form of the novels we love! Book lovers already know that Russian lliterature ranks among the world's best but there is a side to their reading culture that may be unknown to most book fans: Russians love noir and crime mysteries like Filipinos love pulp romance. Stories where heroes or heroines go up against corruption and shady mafias or murder mysteries, espionage adventure with sexy stuff, as part of a detective story are cult-favorite stories in Russia.
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Healthy Mind: Writing Longhand Improves Working Memory
Learning psychologists have proven that taking notes by writing them out longhand helps improve working memory. Longhand notetaking is meant to help students filter all facts and only choose which are important and how to string them together on their paper notebook. This activity helps one learn better and retain information longer in working memory areas of the brain. If you want to keep sharp, better keep a real paper notebook and a pen and use them all the time. A healthy mind also comes from figuring things out while you take notes.
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Travel is Amazing: Learn Street Smarts, Resilience and Life Lessons
Most of us would not want to be too far from our own hometowns when we look at places to study, work or live. But travel and relocation by itself creates a situation where you may benefit most from the learning to survive and succeed in a different place. Since next year is a Yin Fire Rooster year, it is also one of the best time for a fresh start doing work or studying in the ASEAN or anywhere you want. Find your fortune in travel.
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Manila Gaming Events: DoTA 2 Tournaments
Manila is now both a national and international hub for professional eGaming (also called eSports) events. eGaming has become a legit community recreational event all over the world and fans are crowdfunding player prizes off in-game merchandise loot offers. Because Filipinos are rabid fans of DotA2 as any other gaming country community in the world, the dedication and local support by Pinoys for the game to fluorish here for gamers has led international outfits like ESL Gaming Network and PGL to have major tournaments held in Manila. Expect more soon.
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For the Holidays: Russian Science Fiction and Fantasy!
We explore all of the world's inspiration for the future--authors from all cultures who create science fiction and fantasy novels. Russian science fiction and fantasy powerhouse contributions to the canon may be unheralded because of limited availability of English translations. REACH looks at a shortlist of some of the best Russian authors of genre fiction out there. From Gogol's phantasmagoric Viy which has a 3D HD movie adaptation as recently as 2014, to Ekaterina Sedia's A Secret History of Moscow and The Alchemy of Stone, both landmark books by a Russian female author.
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Blitz Chess: One of the most Exciting Sanctioned Board Game Sports
Most sports fan think that chess is a boring game becuase it takes hours for competitive sanctioned games to resolve. But a format change similar to volleyball may be the best thing to happen to the sport. What is Blitz Chess and who are the top players in the world? If you have a board already, you just need a clock timer or you can configure your smartphone to have a chess clock timer for easier use.
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Soman Chainani, Author of The School of Good and Evil Series
Reach got to interview Soman Chainani about his writing porcess and what works for him as a novelist. Soman is the renowned author of The School of Good and Evil YA novel series. The book is going to be made into a movie next year and works on the age-old switcheroo plot. Writer fans who want to know more about his work process should check this out.
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Raspberry Pi 3! Rig Together a Media Center for only $35! Plays Video Games Too!
The Raspberry Pi 3 is a pocket computer board that can be configured into a gaming console emulator, a media center for digital files, a robotics A.I., or used as a cheap alternative to a fully-rigged PC for basic functions such as web surfing or word processing. It is a DIY hobbyist gadget for building your own portable compact device or as a test computer for running anything you might want to code. If you want to set up better than PISO NET workstations that can double as video game consoles and media center, buy several for a fraction of the cost for a fully set-up PC network.
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11 Desert Island Vinyl Records for Rediscovering Rock and Metal
Vinyl Lps are becoming a popular collectible hobby and hipster kids want to explore musiv via vinyl again. Here is our recommended list of the top 11 desert island vinyl records you should own or look for as part of your rock music collection. If SHTF, and you won't find any music anywhere, having hardcopy vinyl records as your physical stash of rock music faves should keep you shaking your hair and stomping your foot even when worse comes to worst.
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Is 2012 Teleportation Girl Video a Hoax or Evidence of Time-traveling Humans?
Time traveling humans have been a popular conspiracy among UFO believers, but a recent viral video of a girl in a hoodie rescuing a cargo buke rider from sure death in a near-hit collision with a cargo truck has been a cause of controversy up to now. Some have debunked the video as just a viral marketing gimmick. Others say the video may actually be real because there has been up to one other video showing a person with glowing hands disappear into nowhere. Let us take a second look at the teleportation girl video and see for yourself if it looks like a staged event or an actual miracle captured on CCTV.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales: Best Time to Stock Up on Survival Gear & Electronics
While everyone else is looking for a steal of a deal for new smartphones this Black Firday and Cyber Monday's inventory clearance sales, it might be better to look for useful and underrated stuff you can use for off-grid situations and for growing food at home! Survival gear and electronics such as LED lamps, water filters, cheap hand crank radios might be the best buys you can make during pre-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy of online promos.
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Healthy Mind: Making Working Memory Work for You
Working memory has been measured as a sign of future success over high I.Q. scores. What is working memory and how do you make it work for you? A healthy mind is one that is never overwhelmed by life's troubles and keeping a healthy mind by making your working memory function optimally will keep you away from any psychological illnesses or from stress that can also harm your body. Working memory that functions well just means you are a person who can think things through and deal with hurdles without getting stressed.
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Xmas for the Movie Marathon Groupies: HD (4K) Media Players
You don't need an expensive smartphone, tablet, or PC to watch or listen to HD media files anymore. A very nice gift this Xmas or for any occasion will be the latest portable 4K--UltraHigh Definition--media players that can plug into any TV monitor or computer monitor for your music or movie marathon fix. An HD media player will be your cheap and portable home theater system that also works off-grid with any TV.
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Russian Organic Farming Surplus: Exporting Non-GMO Produce and Food
GMO Brands are currently insinuating in Manila news media that the Philippines can only avert a future food crisis if it adopts biotech agriculture (GMO foods). Russia has proven this as the biggest lie in the world by reorienting its economy to become the biggest organic food producers and exporters in the world. In fact, Russia earns more from selling food than from selling weapons to other countries! Rather than sustain GMO brands, we can resource our food requirements within the ASEAN and from Russia, and ask them to help us grow our own food like nobody's business.
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Onions: The Best Cure for Allergies and Colds and Stress
Ever been in a wheezing and sneezy fit that goes away once you munch on a raw whole onion? Onions are the unsung hero for cold remedies and allergy therapies. They also make ofr the best pizza ingredients as well as for making ordinary meals amazing! Make a sock onion to put on your feet before you sleep and allow the onion's vapors to seep into your body and help you heal and get stronger from the flu. Cut onions in a bowl can help absorb germs and the mold spores in the air to detoxify your room. Onion soup may be the best healing regimen you can include as part of your diet to fight stress.
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Russian Train Makers May Offer Ideal Choice for Pinoy Railways
With the Philippines going all out to find alternative non-western trade partners, we can take a look at Russian train makers and see if we can get a great deal out of having a local train or national rail service upgraded and improved using Russian train technology and engineering. Russian Railways has been managing a contnental train service for almost a century and its pedigree as a railway maker and passenger and freight train builder is world renowned.
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Xmas Every Month? Try Russian Candy!
Some of the best yet underrated candy and chocolate brands come from up north! From Russia to be precise. Unlike U.S. brands which may be using GMO ingredients you may not know, Russian food brands use pure natural ingredients especially the long-time favorites in their country. Russian candy is also known for being generously portioned--as big as your thumb--and their nut-filling chocolates and caramels and toffees are among Eastern Europe's favorites too. Get yourself some Russian candy this holiday season and every month after!
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Gifts for Oneself: Russian Jackets by Grunge John Orchestra Explosion
If you thought Russians were square, take a look at Russian brand, Grunge John Orchestra Explosion. Like the immmortal 90s--phat and ugly never looked as good as military and winter jackets for streetwear. Although high fashion jackets seem like the turf of western brands, Russian designer, Ivan Isaev has put together a very remarkable line using high-end Japanese fabrics and infuses them with the familiar Russian military jacket design handsome with fur hoodies to boot. Take a look at GJO E, and reconsider what gift you want for yourself, a smart phone or an heirloom military jacket?
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Fleet Farming: Orlando Community Volunteers Convert Lawns into Food Farms
Fleet Farming is a perfect example of a community based urban farming effort that promotes a sharing economy. They have a very organized system for making everything work including making use of fruits that would otherwise be spoiled--a gleaning operation meant to provide cheap and free food to the community. You can even pay them to set up your own food garden and harvest for yourself. If any good souls check them out, they would be the perfect rehab system for the urban poor, the rural disadvantaged and everyone else who wants to survive without being part of any rat race.
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Kamaz: The Russian Heavy Truck Brand that Wins Dakar Rallies
With President Duterte's push for exploring trade ties with our closer geographic neighbors, let's look at KAMAZ, one of the world's renowned builders of heavy trucks in the world. KAMAZ has won the Paris to Dakar international endurance rally for 13 times now as of 2015. The company has invested in upgrading the brand by sourcing its heavy truck engines from Cummins. A future Filipino relationship with trade partner Russia may be more fruitful than the ties with the U.S. which are now fraying because of underwhelming economic and technical support from a once staunch ally.
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Guerilla Gardening: Taking the Streets Back by Planting Food and Flowers
At a time when urban crime and homeless hungry kids roam the city streets as beggars, some enterprising people in urban cities in the U.S. are grafting fruit bearing branches onto park and sidewalk trees so that food can grow in the area. Many groups of guerilla gardeners roam urban streets in the west to reclaim public spaces for growing food and creating pollinator refuges. Going back to nature has also been advocated by some local lawmakers to solve complex urban problems with simple solutions like allowing ponds and catchments to exist in the city to solve floods. Guerilla gardeners want food to be available to everyone.
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Russian Watches: Time to Get Your Heirlloom Watch Now
Soviet-era watches and the Russian brands that still manufacture timepieces today are regarded as some of the finest in the world, second only to Swiss brands. Precision craftsmanship, with homegrown watch technology, housed in titanium or solid steel blocks, Russian watch brands are among the few wristwatches that still run on mechanical spring movements (not quartz), Not your ordinary mass market product, Russian timepieces are heirlooms by themselves and if our President makes trade ties with Russia, one of the best deals Pinoys can have out of that relationship is owning one themselves or set up an offical brand distribution shop in Manila.
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Russian Start-Up's Microgel Technology Purifies Industrial Waste Water
Just when you thought oil and toxic metals polluted rivers and waterways were doomed to oblivion, BMG Intepco, a Russian start-up based in England won accolades in the final competition of new technologies offered for purifying industrial waste water using natural microgels that absorb oils and effluent chemicals then force the dirt to settle at the bottom. The process is benign and has very low environmental impact which makes it very attractive as a low cost green clean-up tech. If ASEAN can support teh tech, rivers like Pasig's can be green again.
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The Fair Repair Movement
These days, when your electronics, gear, worktools or even clothes get damaged or worn down after a certain period, it goes to the dumpster. But in the U.S., there is a consumer rights movement that wants manufacturers to allow buyers of goods and services the right to repair what they buy. The trap of digital goods service agreements also puts buyers at a disadvantage: paying extra in the future to continue to get support to keep what they already own functioning properly. People have the right to repair, resell and to modify what they purchase and this is the cornerstone of the Fair Repair Movement.
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Want a Bike Camper?
Having a reliable mountain bike is better if you can attach a sweet bike camper to tow along on your long out-of-town trips. Bring more good stuff than can fit on a messenger bag and sleep in a cabin caravan or a tent mounted on top of your bike camper. As a survival vehicle, a bike camper is also a neat trick even if it stands out like sore thumb. Rickshaws, tuk-tuk bikes and tricycles may be ubquitous for motorized cargo bikes or passenger vehicles, but a mountain bike towing a camper is a sweet deal for downtime in safe secluded areas like nature parks.
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Hugo Author, Peter Watts on Scary Science Fiction, Villains and Open Source
If there is any need of proof that Open Source distribution of fiction WORKS, it is Peter Watts from Canada, one of the hottest hard-science fiction writers today. His Hugo nominated Blindsight novel tripled its sales after being listed online as open source and brought the spotlight on his incredibly insightful writing. His work is now part of several college courses on Philosophy, neurosychology and even a literature class in Berkeley.
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Spiders! The Filipinos Favorite Childhood Bloodsport
Tree spiders are some of the most beloved Filipino pets of all time. From your grandfather to today's rural urchins, spiders are treasured for the neighborhood weekly spider fights--some of which involve small time bets to big money bets--spiders are the insect bloodsport all true Pinoys love. The best fighters are said to have long and thick legs and a mid-sized abdomen. Lots of player lore about this peculiar Asian affection for spider fight derbies about spider types and best times to hunt for them.
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Baking Soda Molasses for Cancer Prevention
Baking soda and molasses have long been researched as an alternative homeopathic remedy and almost-cure for cancer. By itself, this therapy protocol has been looked down upon by the medico-pharmaceutical establishment for being too cheap and effective as a cancer cure so it has been discredited. But the best cure for cancer is to keep your body's pH balance alkaline because cancers thrive in acidic states. One man has put together a recipe for using baking soda and molasses as an alkaline fixing therapy to kill and prevent cancer.
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Planck Satellite Data Confirm: Earth May Be the Center of Universe!
Final reviews of the Planck probe data mapping cosmic background radiation and the SLOAN Digital Earth Telescope Sky Survey in 2005 show that the Earth may actually be the center of the universe. The Copernican model proposes that Earth is just one solar system among a multitude. But thrice in 20 years, space science has measured and mapped CMB data where far-off galazies are actually aligned to the axis and equator of the Eart. The Earth may be really be special and nothing is random about the universe. Schools and astrophysics should be teaching a different sort of astronomy and physics in the future.
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NASA Is Making All Its Research Data Available for FREE on Internet!
Most content on scientific websites can only be accessed by a paywall / subscription service, but NASA, the U.S. Space agency is making ALL of its publicly-funded, research data availble online for FREE. If people like amateur astronomers or kids studying planets want a good look at hard science research, they can now access the NASA archives online for FREE! NASA also has a dedicated webpage for STEM curriculum materials for educators and schools with FREE lesson plans and teaching aids--the NASA Wavelength website.
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The Return of Manual Typewriters! Retooling to Avoid Hackers and Spyware.
The German, British and Russian governments are all re-equipping most of their agencies where sensitive data is produced and stored with the retro document machine--the typewriter. The only way this piece of archaic tech can be hacked from the Cold War days was to place a tiny microphone inside each machine and record the keystrokes. Since tech is screened like a sieve these days, it's safe to say that the hum of a tyewriter will be safe wherever you use it.
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Flat Earth Conspiracy! Is it a Hoax or the Real Thing?
Since 2014, a huge fuss about a modern Flat Earth conspiracy has been circulating social media circles with You Tube videos naming several easy tests for showing how the earth is not really a spheroid planet but a flat planar circle bounded by a wall of ice called the Antarctic rim. The revival of the Ptolemic model of the universe had snowballed into a strong worldwide cult following among believers but there are too many historical data and everyday facts that still debunk flat earth as a hidden truth.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Survival Trailer Systems: Not Just For Camping Trips
Custom built trailer rigs with built storage units containing outdoor cooking systems, water filtration and cisterns as well as complete survival gear packd in are worth more than just overland adventure and camping trip convenience. Trailer systems might be the most ideal and unobtrusive survival rig you can get for your vehicle to get it ready for a bug out situation. Survival trailer tubs have evolved from the seeming two-wheeled, wheelbarrow cab bed used by the U.S. Army to multi-compartment, modular storage systems that can house sleeping quarters, a fridge and even be equipped with solar panel racks.
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Basketweaving Is a Life Skill
Basket weaving as a life skill should not be mistaken as some time-consuming primitive tribal task. Making a weave into a container using leaves, vines and bark is essentially a survival skill. Basket weaving can provide any off-grid community with human shelters, food storage containers, fencing, hunting tools, food wrap technology, maksehift body armor, makeshift footwear and many life-saving tools. Today's basket weaving skills can also create heriloom art installations, designer furniture and designer fashion accessories as well as bamboo mansions you can only dream of.
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Natural Engineering! Best for Flood Control and Replenishing Rainwater Cisterns
Flooding is a serious problem that that is life-changing and life-threatening. More so with the increase of violent storms over the past few years. Research in the U.K. has showed that using natural run-off solutions such as catchments, clustering forest trees along rivers actually slow down water going down to low lying areas and give people time to prepare and evacuate if necessary. Diverting highland water into rainwater cisterns might also be a green technology for keeping community water storage for off-grid situations.
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Jim DeLozier: Survivor Truck's DIY Toughness
Survival tech expert and overland adventure enthusiast, Jim DeLozier is the owner of Survival Truck, a custom builder of tough outdoors bug-out vehicles that are designed to withstand even the zombie apocalypse. Jim talks about how his company can build custom armored vehicle solutions for any overland adventure vehicle as well as offer security training for safekeeping one's family or friends in any emergency situation.
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Boeing's Reversible Fuel Celll Power Plant: The Future of Microgrid Power
Boeing invented a new reversible fuel cell that generates energy as an engine and recharges itself off its own H20 byproduct. It will be used to power U.S. Navy microgrids and Department of Defense forward bases that need sustainable and redundant power systems in addition to what they have right now. Boeing's reversible fuel cell power plant technology may also have future applications for microgrid power for off-grid communities, disaster zone shelters, far-off research facilities in the Arctic and even in space missions.
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ASEAN Philippines: Earn University Degrees, Enjoy Preppy ESL Dorm Schools, or Relocate Off-Grid as Expats
ASEAN Philippines is the hottest place to study English as a second language among South Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Indians and even Slavic stucents from the Ukraine and Russia. Western expats find the off-grid hideaways in the Philippines too charming to resist not dropping everything and settling down in far flung places like Port Barton, Sagada, Dumaguete and even Bantayan Island. Know more interesting stuff about the Philippines than everyone else knows!
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Subscription Boxes: This Generation's Goody Bag Fetish Keeps Shops Alive
At a time when buying stuff you like is an overwhelming choice, many prefer to get their favorite grabs in subscription boxes offered by their favorite online hobby stores. From hair and make-up accessories, home baked goods, or whatever fetish one is avid about. Subscription boxes have kept online shops alive and venture capitalists eager to capitalize on the new trend.
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Free Open Source Hardware: Build Your Own Computer, Mobile Phone, and Car!
The Open Source Hardware Association is a product design and manufacturing advocacy that wants people to be empowered to build their own everyday work tools or any other product and profit from them without being saddled by expensive proprietary nature of tech patents and expensive brands without infringing on any existing technlogy patents. The transition to open source systems of production should be studied as the only way for every culture and society to survive the pitfalls of unbridled capitalism.
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Award Winning Mangaka Freelancer: Jayron Zapanta
Jayron Zapanta is a Pinoy mangaka artist who has found success as a freelance comic book artist and graphic designer. We look at his journey and ask him if he would still encourage kids to go for the moon if they want to commit a career to making comics and manga. Don't quit your day job but do put in the work so that you can build an art portfolio that can be your ticket to a career doing digital art for game characters or comics and more!
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ASEAN Indonesia:: Antique Shopping in Jakarta, Expat Paradise in Bali, Metalhead Idols in Bandung
Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo has delivered on his promise to invest more into green tech communities, local infrastructure and entrepreneurial incentives while cutting on gas and oil subsidies. Indonesia is also a very nice, mixed bag of opportunities and challenges for ASEAN investors trying to set up shop locally. Many expats claim that you won't regret betting on Indonesia as a place for finding success and the best extreme metal bands this side of Asia.
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Your Dollhouse Hobby: What to Look For
Forget getting the latest smartphone for your child. If you want him or her to have a better creative play experience growing up, get them a dollhouse! There are plenty of custom builders selling your preference of dollhouse online and maybe in your nearby craft market gathering--you can even sketch plans and have a good woodcraft builder make one for you since Paete, Laguna is known for having the best of woodcraft artisans in the country. For your dollhouses accessories, you can also check dollhouse hobby shops and artisan portals like Etsy.com for one-of-a-kind mini-furnishings for your dollhouse.
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The Mystery of the Sacred Flower of Life
In world cultures, the Sacred Flower of Life has been embedded in everything from temple window details to floor inlay to mandala patterns and even in renaissance or medieval paintings. It is supposed to be a pattern that is the basis or template for all creation. From it all known shapes can be mathematically derived as well as spiritual symbols such as the Kabbalah tree. The letters from ancient alphabets were sourced from the Flower of Life. Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings were created with sacred geometry from the Flower of Life embedded in the making of the art.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Game Designer Eric Lang Talks about Board Games
Renown game designer Eric Lang had a good long talk about creating board games at a recent Games Library event in a local toy convention. Eric talked about the discipline and creative design in games that requires streamlining all elements to focus on what the heart of the game is all about. This includes tweaking mechanics and flavor through careful and extensive playtesting. He also advocated for an awareness that most inspirations or situations in life can be adapted to a game design.
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Trotting in ASEAN Thailand: Floating Market Shopping, Expat Living Hideaways and Beach Holidays
Revel in Thailand and go find the best river market shopping in the ASEAN, enjoying fresh seafood streetfood treats while you're at it. The Land of Smiles also has off-grid mountain hideaways for expats, and party-all-night beaches for schoolies, the best learning institutions in ASEAN, and tremendous opportunities for regional start-ups basing their business there. Bad press warning expats not to look for trouble here is not without reason. Volunteer tourist police--westerners integrated with the local law enforecement to take care of rowdy partying keep excesses in check. Smile, Thailand is where opportunity is the best kind of trouble you want to invest in.
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ASEAN Myanmar: Frontier for Adventure Travel and Social Enterprise
Myanmar is the hottest backpacker destination nowadays as more travelers are choosing middle-of-nowhere holiday destinations that are throwbacks to forgotten eras. The ASEAN country is finding good footing opening trade markets and taking the initial steps to a more democratic society after 30 years of wars and junta oppression. The U.S. has lifted trade sanctions to the country and Myanmar may be one of the gems of ASEAN where one can find one's fortune going against the flow and setting roots in a place where progress is looming but less obvious to tourist trap frolickers.
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Manga Girl Kurohiko (Columbia Kho) Talks About Self-Publishing Comics
Kids are into comics forever even when they grow up. This generation sees more young artist doing manga over any other comic book format. Local manga fans or comic book collectors might know Columbia Kho more as Kurohiko, Pinay artist for indie comic books: Crystal Shadows and My Facebook Boyfriend for Real. We interview Columbia about self-publishing comics as a lifetime work-hobby and a way of life.
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The Mountain Hideaways of Laos: Secret Writer's Retreats and Hermit Holidays
Laos is not a backwater country like most expect, but an unbelievable sprawl of mountain hideaway communities groomed to off-grid living and a perfect travel destination for people who want being in the middle of nowhere. The landlocked ASEAN nation is a former French colony that still has small urban centers where you can replenish supplies or get your feet back on pavement, but the real attraction of Laos for creative types is the solitude and peace for a recharge in mountain country. Living in the bush is never as bad as Survivor contestants make it to be.
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Lifestyle Malaysia: More Than Mamak Stalls and Football, Crystal Mosques and Night Markets...
Everyone loves Malaysia. As one of the brightest spots in the ASEAN Integrated Community, this peaceful tiger is enjoying prosperity and preserving the beauty of its land, with its diversity of cultures serving as its strongest ideal and its heart and soul. Going there to work, play or to live in paradise should be tops on everyone's list.
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Vietnam's Heritage: A Fine Place to Call Home
Vietnam is a country that has survived colonial rule and civil war to become THE success story of the ASEAN Integrated community. People in the region are excited for its future as a place for business, travel and for becoming a second place to call home. Thailand has had unrest and problems with traveller safety within its borders and Vietnam is being preferred as a better 'Land of Smiles.' The smart journeyman from anywhere in ASEAN should stake out his claim as soon as possible--find your niche in this gorgeous country--and the mutual rewards in Vietnam shoudl be worth the time you put in.
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Custom Arcade Cabinets: Retro Gamer
Boys will always be boys. Video games are a big part of our childhood , and these days, custom builders of Arcade Game Cabinets are making some of the best special-order gaming machines for everyone, from celebrities to large companies and even royalty. Own your own arcade cabinet custom video machine or get one for your kids. It doesnt just play one old video game classic but you can load a single arcade machine with hundreds of vintage games off the PC engine emulator.
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Need Maker Space? Build a Tool Library!
Tool libraries were around since the 1970s : a storage and workshop depot where the best work and repair tools for carpentry and building would be stored by a master craftsman and shared among those in need in the town when repairs were needed. Today, just when the sharing economy is becoming the best and strongest model for self-sufficient communities, Tool Sharing is again becoming a way of life among advocates of community development. DIY and a sharing economy drive people to pool resources than out buy each other and possess everything.
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Blitz Chess Pinoy Champ: Haridas Pascua
Hail to the Pinoy Blitz Chess wunderkind, Haridas Pascua! In a recent sanctioned torunament, the pretigious Asian Continental, Haridas bested a field of mostly higher-ranked Chess Grand Masters from all over the world and finished 2nd overall in a series of Standard chess matches and Blitz chess matches. Haridas started playing Blitz Chess (10-minutes to win) as a plucky 4-year-old and his dad would bring him to local tournaments to help him get better at the second favorite sport of Pinoys next to basketball. Know more about our Blitz Chess champ and Pinoy International Master, Haridas Pascua.
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A Holiday in Cambodia: A Frontier for Learning, Start-ups, Expat Retirement
Cambodia offers more than just the famed ruins of Angkor Wat. It is one of the fastest developing countries in the ASEAN Integrated community next to Vietnam and offers holiday surprises few may know. As the hottest new business frontier in ASEAN, take a look at the more interesting opportunties in Cambodia for investors, backpakcers, job seekers and expat retirees, or even ASEAN resettlers.
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The Lesser Key of Solomon
Solomon is revered as the wisest among the Lord's champions. It was during his reign as Israel's king that the Hebrew nation experienced its golden years. Legend has it that Solomon could converse with plants, animals, summon djinn or demons and even guardian angels. The Lesser Key of Solomon is purported to be the book that the Israelite ruler used to reach the level of mastery over all of creation. Is it really a magical tome for summoning otherwordly beings or is it just a document that lists the mythical and superstitious beliefs of the Hebrews in ancient times?
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Your Eternal Summer of Bollywood
Bollywood fever has exploded beyond the borders of Mumbai, the genteel Indian film capital, and made life-long fans of MTV song-and-dance romantic comedies. Most movie fans know a Bollywood film as some kind of romantic adventure or action movie that has at least 3 or 4 segues of an MTV-styled song-and-dance eye candy, switching in and out of the main story throughout the film. Movie fans of beautiful and exotic actors in grand epic vistas finally have their fix in Bollywood movies. Take a look at what makes Bollywood films tick.
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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Is Slow Poison, Choose Natural Organic Heirloom Foods Instead
It is of grave concern that our country allowed the biggest GMO conglomerate to set up shop locally. You see constant articles in print media and even on TV that are outright endorsements for biotech or GMO agriculture as the only saving grace for the country's food supply. The righteous path can never be travelled by the wicked because they will perish. Be aware what GMO presents and watch what foods out there are tampered biotech products.
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Boxed Sets: Are Collector's Editions Worth It?
Drooling over that new limited edition boxed set coming out? Are we going to waste good money on reissued copies of our stuff, or are we getting a priceless heirloom that will soar in value in the future? Boxed sets are always the best holiday gifts for good friends. And a personal treasure or trophy completists can't do without. Most of us use the regular CD/DVD copies to rip media onto our mobile device but keep the boxed set for private stay-at-home movie/music marathons.
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Author, Marian Tee: On Romance Writercraft
With Amazon and New York Times bestselling titles like The Demon Duke and I, How to Kiss a Greek Billionaire and paranormal romance Wolf Fight, Marian Tee may be the most underrated and successful Pinay novelist romance fans all over the world know yet she still is under the radar in our own Wattpad crazy country. We interview Marian Tee about her approach to writing and self-publishing, and how to get successful in underserved romance novel niche genres.
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The Big Bang Never Was
Astrophysicist Saurya Das proposes a whole new perspective about the Big Bang theory that WORKS with Einstein's proven theories, that space is a guantum fluid of gravitons. Which refutes the dark matter proponents in theoretical physics saying Einstein missed out on dark matter. Gravitons if proven will indicate that Space itself is an energy state or quantum fluid and may be proof that the universe has existed forever as it is without a Big Bang singularity as origin. NASA and a consortium are putting up a new satellite designed for measuring more gravity waves.
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Big Business Runs Linux...instead of MS Windows
The world's top corporations are migrating from paid license software to open source computing: Linux Apps and Ubuntu distros in particular. It might be time for you to get out of the license upgrade trap for branded software with weaker security features. The top business organizations aren't where they are too if their internal operating systems were not managed well by the awesome power of open source computing!
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ASEAN Start-Up Hub: A Culture of Tech Entrepreneurship in Singapore
The ASEAN Integrated Ecosystem offers amazing opportunities everywhere! Hear about tech start-ups turning into overnight millionaires partnering with angel investors? Looking for the chance to make ten-fold returns from a start-up tech project? Singapore has quietly achieved the status as the place to be for cultivating start-ups in the ASEAN integrated ecosystem. While you can farm your project anywhere in ASEAN, Singapore has state sponsorhip for tech start-ups and transparent business laws as well as protection of patent rights. Know more about ASEAN integration!
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Einstein's Theory Confirmed: Gravity Can Be Detected As Energy
From observing two black holes combine, a National Science Foundation special observatory system (LIGO) recorded gravity waves emanating from the anomaly. This paves the way for studying graviity as a new branch of astrophysics: as part of space-time fabric in the form of energy that can be observed and measured. It will be interesting to watch what prehistoric and forgotten advanced science can be recovered by developing modern day, gravity astrophysics.
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Airships Are Back! Modern Hybrid Balloon Aircraft Soon Flying Heavy Cargo Anywhere
Forget the gridlock traffic that is a permanent fixture of 'progress.' Airships or balloon-type hybrid aircraft are now a safer vehicle technology for freight cargo delivery, passenger ferrying, as well as for monitoring, surveillance and other important data gathering missions usually assigned to airplanes and choppers. Expect hybrid airships going around starting in 2018 as FAA guidelines allow for balloon ships to officially fly the skies.
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African Glyph Ruins: Michael Tellinger Proposes Prehistoric Civilization with Advanced Sound Technology
South African Michael Tellinger has a movement called Ubuntu Earth, a return-to-grassroots, anti-capitalist socio-civic political group, that is making people aware of ancient civilization's use of orgone and sound amplifying tech to mine and levitate gold, shape and lift rocks, and even treat ailments of the human body with healing frequencies. Check out the African ruins rediscovered by Michael tellinger dotting the whole southern part of the African continent in a mysterious grid. Are these ruins the relics of a prehistoric advanced race that may have encountered the World Flood as mentioned in the Bible and world cultures?
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Graphene: Carbon Super Material for Making Great Stuff...By Yesterday
Graphene is now the hottest idea among materials scientists looking to develop as many apps from the amazing carbon compound. Composed of a sheet of mono-carbon atoms, and layered with other 2D superconductors, graphene promises to be an all-around, multi-use solution for electronics screens, vehicle hulls, body armor, bio-engineering, and energy storage applications. In 5 years or so, expect everything in the market to be built with graphene infused materials.
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Godtype's Bible Code Pattern Research: A Time Map of Man's Existence
There have been many Bible Code theories that supposedly predict events in history but the most interesting at the moment is the Godtype pattern research website showing how Biblical verse can actually be interpreted, from Genesis 6:3 indicating that Time (man's existence) = Energy (the Spirit of the Lord), and more interesting insights like 520 year cycles between the rise of empires in the world. Godtype also collates all accurate research where coincidences in world geo-structures match Biblical texts and more.
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Food Forests: Start Growing One in Your Backyard!
Food Forests are better than crop fields as a source of food. Mono-cropping vast tracts of land uses up precious and limited resources and drains the land of its nutrients. A food forest is a self-sustaining ecosystem for any type of organic food production in your backyard or in your homestead. Even in an urban setting, any open spaces may be assigned to a food growing ecoystem built around a Food Forest and this will be an enormous boost to the local community than just ornamental foliage and walking parks.
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Jao Mapa: Going Full Circle
We take a quick look at Jao Mapa's devoted passion for illustration: Drawing and Painting. Starting as a celebrity teen star, Jao (showbiz brother of indie rockstar Diego), has since moved on into a more private life as a father of three, yet he still does occasional stints as an actor. Today, he is a full time, painting hobbyist and even accepts commissioned work. His forte is 'slice-of-life' social realism where traditional Filipino scenes convey a story. Read the interview by Anna Theresa Llamson.
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ASEAN Unified Hub 2016: Enjoy Traveling and Setting Up Shop NOW!
ASEAN Integration 2016 is a whole new era of opportunity for locals of the region. Cultural and economic exchanges will become easier for citizens of ASEAN. Take a chance and visit our neighboring ASEAN countries and find out what's going good and how to set up shop for an opportunity like no other. Our regional backyard may offer far more and even better as holiday visits go; and also for making a living!
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Tobie Abad, Cult Fave Gamemaster: On Role-Playing Games!
REACH talks to fan-favorite gamemaster, Tobie Abad about role playing games. Tobie's insights about Manila-based player communities and the local gaming dev scene reveal that a lot has been going on and it might be time that you should try visiting a local board game restaurant in your neighborhood or haul your friends for a gaming session yourself with resources that are available on the web. Some of them for FREE!.. Story-driven games rock.
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SCRIBUS! Underrated Desktop Publishing Powerhouse
If you use Ubuntu Studio (Or any Linux OS distros where you can install Scribus), you have a steal of an awesome desktop publishing rig designed by typographers and layout aficionados in Scribus. Scribus might be different from your usual desktop publishing work process but once you get the hang of the more elegant interface, you'll never go back to paid license, cloud based publishing software. Open source computing is the wave of the future. Open source is FREE.
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Rat Bikes: A Rite of Passage For Hardcore Hobbyists
Bikes that look old, tired and packed with saddlebags are now the hottest look for adventure riding and even for showboating. We take a look at one underrated motorcycle trend that has purists scratching their heads in disbelief. Who the grunge would choose a grouchy looking, rude motorcycle over chrome and sexy paint jobs? Them Rat Bike hobbyists, of course.
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Improve Working Memory Skills:: Play Board Games and Strategy Card Games!
Active working memory skills help kids learn faster and is a better gauge for future success. Smart kids with high I.Q. may become top students but working memory is what gives most kids an edge over just being smart. Board games and gameplay are some of the most important teaching aids for getting kids to hone skill sets and learn to focus on step ladder solutions to problems. Play has proven to be one of the best learning tools and board games might be one of the best available for enhancing working memory skills.
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Israeli Light Armored Personnel Carriers for Philippine Army Defense Upgrade
We got new armored troop carriers wth modern, remote controlled, overhead weapon turrets. Want to know how tough we are at protecting our own from threats within and without? The Philippine Armed Forces modernization program has taken a new stride by getting smartl upgraded and modern APCs from Israel's Elbit Systems.
read more       Muscle Machines
Keep Track of Growing Food: Farm Start-Ups!
Growing food and keeping a farm together has gone Internet-of-Things with farm start-ups providing real-time farm management tools: digital soil sensors, weather pattern recognition systems, and online vegetable garden planners! You can even purchase a self-contained portable farm from Freight Farms. Even our own Department of Agriculture is developing soil sensors for real-time RICE farm management systems for Pinoy farmers.
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Cargo Bikes Re-Energize Urban Delivery Systems!
Long a workhorse of Asian small scale businesses, the cargo bike has become one of the most popular means of delivering packages within short distances insde cities and towns. In Asia, they are known as Rickshaws--pedal powered or man-pulled wheelbarrows or traysikads, a bicycle with a sidecar attachment. In the West, cargo bike designers rig a cargo hold in front of the handlebars and right behind the front wheel or as extended rear bike cargo holds. For creating thriving biking communities for a green future, cargo bikes are a trend that will never go out of style..
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Filipino Readercon 2015: Will Read for Feels Sounds BIG! Plus, FREE Books...
First visit to Filipino Readercon yielded mixed rewards: Free books, Live readings of English pulp romance favorites by theater celebs, and a rundown on the local book scene from both the National Book Development Board and trailblazing authors as well as local publishing houses. Discussions were more on the light side, maybe because READERS were the target of the event as opposed to craft writers., Looking forward to next year's event!
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Rewilding the Earth: Starting with Urban Spaces
Half the earth is now denuded because of man turning almost any wildlands into development sprawls or mono-crop agricultural pastures. Starting with trees for rewilding urban spaces and reduce pollution and flooding, urban planners can slowly make living urban spaces a happy communal area. A bioscientist has proposed rewilding half the earth to keep our planet alive. Check out simple yet essential solutions to climate change that we should consider.
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Oshkosh J-LTV Is The NEW U.S. Army Workhorse!
Oshkosh Corp won the U.S. Defense Department contract for a NEW armored troop transport J-LTV that will replace the vulnerable and aging Hummer fleet of the Army and Marines. Check out the J-LTV and hope that the manufacturer' be allowed to make a civvie version or a premium luxury limited edition for SUV and truck enthusiasts to drool over.
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Your Luxury 'Tank' Truck: A Look at Custom Built Armored SUVs
Aside from specialist makes of luxury armored vehicles, there are niche manufactureres who customize almost any make of SUV or truck and convert it into a new, luxury armored vehicle. In the 90s or so, owning a prestigious sports supercar was every young man's wet dream. In the Gundam Century, we'd like to own a nice armored luxury 'tank' truck if you could please? And namel it 'Ironhide.' Here's a look at custom built luxury-survival, armored SUV trucks.
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NASA Study: Devil's Vine Filters Indoor Pollutants
Among the readily available and inexpensive indoor plants you can get for filtering and soaking up airborne pollutants in your home, the Devil Vine or Devil's Ivy is one hardy and prolific creeper that you should grow in your backyard. When you have some, make some cuttings for desktop plants for indoors too. Devil's Vine has been proven in some bio-studies by NASA on the Internation Space Station to filter benzene and formaldehyde very well. Avoid getting cancer from pollutants that soak the air in your home and get some Devil's Vine potted in some containers for your indoor organic air filter system.
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The Armageddon Truck: In the Age of Disasters, Own One
We encounter disasters almost yearly in every place in the world. If one hits your place, having a reliable EVAC vehicle like a survival truck might be more than just being one of those 'pimp my ride' show-offs. Your lives might be at stake if you are NOT prepared to LEAVE an extreme situation. Check out some rigs that even celebrities are having a hard-on for.
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Transition Towns
Preppers already get a bad rap as gun hoarding and food hoarding fanatics, but what about Transition Towns? What started out as a class project for helping people and communities get together to be less dependent on petroleum for survival. If the hippie community was a joke in the 60s, transition towns are today's smart villages and smarter communities that make prepping and staying resilient to extreme economic and natural events a way of life.
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The Sneakernet Is Back! Delivering Big Data By Bike Messenger IS Faster than the Cloud
Innovation also works with retro methods. Like delivering data and media by bike messenger service than sending 100s of gigabytes of data via your connection anywhere. Way faster than uploading and donwloading big data from even cloud storage sites. Given special circumstances, bike messengers are as hot today as they were in the 80s. Don't clog your connection with huge gigabyte size uploads or downloads, you're better off running your connection doing smarter things. Send your data across town via the Sneakernet!
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Schools Around the World Choose Open Source: LINUX Computing
Nations around the world are instituting a major change in all state learning institutions, moving from paid software licenses to open source free computing via Linux and Ubuntu. Russia and Germany, as well as France are discovering that Linux and Ubuntu and LibreOffice are faring just as well as MS apps and Linux network management is more secure and stable than Windows has ever been. Check out which world learning institutions are going open source via Ubuntu or other Linux distros.
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Ancient Piri Reis Map Indicates Pre-Historic Advanced Seafarers
Historians have it that accurate maps were only made in the 18th century when sextants were invented. But scraps of ancient world maps that accurately show the locations of the Americas and Antarctica's coastline way before these land masses were discovered show that an advanced pre-historic sea faring civilization existed up to 4000 years earlier than known.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Arm Sleeves: Rocking Sports and Fashion
Cosplay fangirls AND fanboys love donning arm sleeves. You used to see them only on ladies on their wedding day or prom dates wanting to look extra glamorous. Now, arm sleeves are making it as an everyday wearable. Almost all sports enthusiasts also wear them for joint support and for better circulation--from basketball, to vollyeball, to table tennis. Take a look at this seeming odd fascination about the sexiest upper garment-arm wear for all occasions.
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Waterways and Static Electricity Megaliths as Ancient Healing Zones
All those monolithic markers near ancient ruins may actually have a purpose other than as astrological calendars or symbols of worhip. Waterways and static electricity may have been used by monolith stone markers to generate healing zones in communities living near bodies of running water or near orgone sites with running water underground too.
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Boom in YA Books: Even Grown-Ups Are Reading Books for Kids
Young Adult fiction has been the strongest market for books in the past half-decade or so. YA books have also fueled plenty of media adaptations such as blockbuster movies. Publishers are making money again headlining YA books while writers of all ages are finding gold scribing YA genre books. Any reading that keeps both kids and grown-ups hitting the bookstores is a lifeline for all of us.
read more       Arts and Culture
Living Near Trees Keeps People Happy and Healthy
A recent study confirms that living near trees helps people stay sane and healthy. Green living isn't just about keeping a Food Forest in your backyard but having trees growing everywhere in our communities. Instead of manicured and sculpted gardens and parks of ornamental plants, creating an urban forest park and urban food forests might be the best renewal project for our communities. People in Toronto already vouch that they'd choose living near trees over a pay raise or living in a posh, treeless neighborhood.
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Work and Play with Krita!
Manga artist or digital painter? GIMP is the open source alternative to Photoshop if you are using most Ubuntu distros but if you happen to prefer Kubuntu, you can use Krita, the KDE paint and draw program that is better than GIMP and tops Photoshop and Painter in more ways than one. Open source is FREE and you don;t have to worry about technical support because user communities as well as developers from krita.org all assist Krita users to have the best work tool always.
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Vimānas Flying Machine: Ancient Civilzations' Open Secret and UFO Mysteries of Today
The Vedic epic poems of India give an account of an ancient war between god-like heroes using advanced flying machines and weapons. The ancient Rama Empire and its conflict with a war-like Atlantis nation for control of the earth resulted in a cataclysm that wiped out both nations. Imagine ancient, powerful, flying machines similar to airplanes and UFOs andl flying cities too! existing at some unknown era 15,000 years ago. The secret of the Vimānas Flying Machines is now a very hot topic among alien conspiracy theorists.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Finger Counting Systems ARE Better
Remember the nightmare of learning Math by memorizing flash card values? At that time teachers discouraged kids from counting with their fingers as a weaker method of learning how to count. But fast forward to the past decade, learning experts are discovering that finger counting systems that simulate the abacus are actually faster than computing off memorized values. Used by ancient civilization in their own math learning systems across the world, know why finger counting systems ARE better than ever!
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Why Kids Need Science Fiction
Kids need to read science fiction. Pulp and genre used to be relegated as low brow reading but science fiction is now more relevant than ever. If only to inspire to next generation of scientists and tech to dream big about building their future. And to be forewarned that tech often has its dark side. Good reading often inspires readers to forge ahead and make a change in the world and make dreams come true. Without science fiction we would not have walked on the moon and gotten a windfall of technology that is used to make our daily lives better.
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Why Waiting Can Be the Best Thing to Do
People grab every opportunity to get ahead of each other without thinling about the consequences when life is like a rat race.. But the secret of success that everyone should learn is that waiting with a good attitude or wu-wei is a part of every productiive endeavor. Learn to wait. But work towards your goal with smarts, patience and a good sense of humor. Remember Christ teaching us that we be of good cheer to overcome the world.
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Interview with Jane Yolen: On Prose Stylists, Myth Writing, and Children's Illustrated Books
REACH was blessed enough to interview Jane Yolen about the resurgence of prose stylist writing, myth writing and how to get into children's illustrated books and make good. Filipino fans might remember her as one of the introduction writers for the first chapter collection of The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, and as a fairy tale writer who scribes her own anthologies of magic retellings. Some of her award winning work include Dragonfield and Other Stories--a fairy tale collection, and Briar Rose--a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale set in Nazi Germany.
read more       Meaningful Life
The Blood Moon Prophecy
Since the Death of Christ, there have been 7 blood moon tetrads coinciding with monumental world events, from the discovery of America after the Jews were persecuted by Spain to Israel winning a short war and become a nation in 1967. The last and most perfect Blood Moon Tetrad will end this September 2015. This series of Blood Moon Tetrad coincidences were recently discovered by Pastor Mark Blitz. Know why we should be aware of what is happening in the world now more than ever. It will be something really special if history is an inidcation of how things always turn out after Blood Moon sightings.
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WuXia Is Swordplay Epics and Heroic Romances
Wushu is about to become an official Olympic Sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, replacing Wrestling. Looking for inspiration to guide you? Check out our look at Wu Xia films or the cult favorite swordplay heroic epics which used to be known as Kung Fu movies. The most popular of them being Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. If you've seen any of the recent fantasy Wu Xia blockbusters, you will know why Chinese martial arts films will never go out of style.
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SneakerHead Culture
Michael Jordan created a phenomenon crazier than Imelda Marcos hoarding pumps. Collecting sneakers became a street fashionista's guilty pleasure when Nike came out with year after year of limited edition Air Jordans. Even canvass Converse Chuck Taylors became high-ticket fashion sneakers thanks to the Jordan brand pushing athletic footwear as must-have 'toys' for sports fans. Know about the sneakerhead culture, both the collector's hobby and the aftermarket sales industry it has spawned online.
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The Mystery of the Shemitah: God's Seven Year Cycles
Creation was the Lord's work for 6 days before He rested on the seventh. According to the laws of Moses, the Hebrews were tasked to work the fields for 6 years but leave the seventh as a Sabbath or a rest year, because on the sixth year, the Lord would make harvests good for 3 years. The Hebrews have a 7-year harvest and feast calendar named The Shemitah. Know more about it and what it might mean for the rest of the world.
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Czech Science Fiction NOW! An Interview with Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olša, jr.
The amazing tradition of Czech Science Fiction has brought us the ROBOT (Karel Capek's R.U.R.), and the giant spaceship exploring deep space (Czech movie Ikarie XB-1)--which inspired Star Trek, Asimov and more inspiring sci-fi ideas than we can count. REACH interviews former sci-fi magazine and book editor, Jaroslav Olša, jr., now the Czech Ambassador to the Philippines and Micronesia, to get the lowdown on one of the best open secrets in goldmine genre publishing--Czech Science Fiction, then and NOW..
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Wushu Queen Janice Hung: Muzikademy and the Beautiful Fighting Dance
Janice Hung is an international champion Wushu athlete from the Philippine National Team. She has since moved on from Wushu competitions to put up a foundation for kids, The Janice Hung Arts and Sports Foundation, which trains prospective young atheltes in the competitive performance sport janice Hung also has a unique project that is part of the Foundation: Muzikademy---which trains local musicians and songwriters in honing their craft to become better performers and as well as find the best opportunities in the local and regional music scene.
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Sports Biometrics Makes Waves in the NBA
The NBA has now adopted Sports Biometrics as part of each team's athletic performance analytics and player injury prevention programs. Sports Biometrics first made its most effective presence in professional football as a way of scientifically keeping players from sports injuries and for improving athletic performance. Will the use of data analytics in sports biometrics improve professional basketball teams for the better? Or is it a future worry for privacy issues and tweaking how players naturally play?
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Streaming Music Media Portals: What Do You Like?
Music streaming portals are always popular among us music loving Pinoys. Especially those among us who hoard a playlist like it were secret prayers of bliss. Among the most popular include Spotify and Beatsmusic. Not too known but equally useful for their own features are Soundcloud and Live365. Here's a look at the most popular and useful music streaming apps for your audio entertainment fix.
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Pop Culture Fix: Fairy Tale Retellings Are Darker and Fans Love 'Em
The fairy tale revival in pop culture over the past 6 years or so has revolved around the darker retelling of the timeless tales. From the cult TV series Once Upon a Time, to Neil Gaiman's female-HEART-female scenario for Sleeping Beauty in his latest book: The Sleeper and the Spindle, to the audacious bestselling YA book The School of Good and Evil by new author Sonan Chainani, noir fairy tale retellings are becoming the new storytelling theme for our beloved and ageless fantasy stories.
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How Can Supermarkets Run Out of Food? Be Ready for Extreme Situations Always.
It is storm season again. In our typhoon corridor in the Philippines, expect at least one super typhoon to rape some farms and homes and cut off all power and supply grids in that area. In an extreme situation, you run out of food everywhere, from the local supermarket, wet market and even the sari-sari store. Be prepared with food stores. What other events should we be prepared for so that we don't run out of food?
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Avoiding the Peter Principle: Work Where You Are Most Amazing
Getting promoted to your level of incompetence now has a behavioral definition: The Peter Principle. Avoid overextending your workers so that they are still productive for your company. Demotion is better than getting fired for incompetence. If you are a startup getting core workers for your project, it is better to pay specialists who are very good at what they do than getting people who need to grow into their positions. Start-ups have a very small window to make a dream a success. Get and pay creative people who are the best at what they do from the start. Always. Less worries if you do.
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Grown-ups Make Coloring Books Bestselling Crazy
Coloring books are not making the top 10 bestseller list on Amazon because kids are fueling the craze. The hottest coloring books right now are the ones designed for grown-ups, and adults are buying them as their own preferred playtime activity workbook of choice. Neat? You betcha! Now it's time to look for your favorite set of color pencils, color sharpies or just good ole plain crayons to get you started.
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Music to Keep Alive the Soul
For most people, music is as essential for living as everything else (food and shelter). Know why people can't live without music and why it can heal everyone--from creative people who run out of ideas to kids in high school trying to soldier on and make it out alive. We keep our soul if we can still hum a tune, dance with happy feet, or play our playlist in the middle of the most trying and desperate times.
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Lost Technology: The Flying Carpet May Be FOR REAL!
A museum in Iran has ancient texts that document how the flying carpet was in actual use as recently as the time of the Mongols. The secret to flying carpets may lie in a superconductive clay cooked into the dye of the carpet fabric that allowed it to use the Earth\'s magnetic leylines like an electromagnetic rail. Many historians are downplayingmyths as nothing more than fanciful stories, but as scientific research and archaeology has dug deeper, there is overwhelming evidence that myths are actually historical accounts of what people saw and experienced and are more reliable chronicles than the currently accepted accounts of academic historians.
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The Boys of RNB Show: Interview with DJs Jimmy Bondoc and Duncan Ramos
Pinoy DJ's Duncan Ramos and Jimmy Bondoc are two popular, young, celebrity musicians on the RNB Show on 97.9 Home Radio. REACH interviews the two about keeping a healthy lifestyle, staying sharp with their music, and grabbing opportunities as they come. Learn from Duncan and Jimmy about life: going through the ups and downs and making it through wiser; making their dreams come true.
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The Earth May Have an Old Equator! Sacred Sites Are Aligned There.
Plenty of conjecture about an upcoming planetary poleshift where the earth flips over, or a crustslide where the surface of the earth slides around like the peel of an orange to a new polar and equatorial position has been put forward by various scientific and even pseudo pscientific critics. One observer has pointed to an ancient equator as evidence and incontrovertible proof that something happened eons ago and it may happen again.
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Experiences Are More Valuable than Stuff According to Cornell Study
A recent Cornell University study revealed that experiences turn out to be more memorable and valuable to people than just owning stuff. Even as a gauge for society's well being. That means going out and having fun in a concert, enrolling in some learning course that enriches your knowledge and skills, or travelling around the world as a backpacker. Memorable experiences may turn out to be a new way for the powers that be to help their citizens enjoy life. Not just the latest GDP figures for growth.
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Lost Technology: The Damascus Blade Rediscovered
The legendary Damascus Blade was regarded as lost technology until recently. These curved swords, (scimitars) used by the Muslim army occupying Jerusalem in the Dark Ages were greatly feared, yet admired in secret by the Christian Crusaders. Knights paid good money to collect Damascus blades from slain Moors for their own trophies. A team of metallurgy scientists from Stanford claim to have found the secret of how these legendary blades were forged: mainly from using carbon and hammering methods to form a superplastic metal. The rediscovered process promises better toolmaking and composite material manufacture using metals
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Filipino Martial Arts: Knife Fighting for Special Forces of the World
If Kung Fu or WuShu as a martial art has become a popular Olympic sport and entertainment spectacle for Chinese action epics , the Filipino Martial Art of Kali stick and knife fighting has become standard training for the world's Special Forces troops because of its effective and consistent performance in life or death situations. Know why you might need to learn how to defend yourself in off-grid situations with a blade fighting system.
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Moving Pictures: Book Trailers Are a Hit among Book Fans!
Quick! Check out the book trailer for the hit YA novel 'The School of Good and Evil.' Awesome? Book trailers are now a serious attraction for readers, and publishers are now making them a huge part of making authors and titles better known in the digital media age. If good reviews are not good enough to get readers interested, maybe a peek at a book trailer might get you reading the book reviews too! The way kids upload their stories on Wattpad, expect the same rabid craziness when someone offers book trailer uploads on story sharing social media too.
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Idoru Singer: In Japan, Girl Groups are Superstars
Japanese pop music is fueled largely by their own cartoon or anime sountrack fandom. Once hooked to anime theme songs, music fans get to know the inside scoop of a very unusual genre of Japanese pop music, the idoru singer. Many anime theme songs are sung by Jpop girl groups as well as older celebrity singers who also came from Jpop idol status. Look at the worldwide success of an unusual song like Babymetal's Give me chocolate and you might get a glimpse at how Jpop idol music has crossed even into death metal to become a 29 million-like hit music video on You Tube.
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Do You Really NEED an MFA in Creative Wrtiting?
Writing today is a better career path than ever. Getting a novel or anthology published is a big dream for every fiction writer who scrapes by with a day job writing for content farms or copywriting or as a journalist. A Masters in Creative Writing is one learning investment that many writers consider to better their work opportunities--to include teaching, or for some, to get time out to actually write and get better at craft. Here's a look at what an MFA offers you if you write fiction.
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Fantasy Comics! Dark One IS Greg Williams
Grow up with Fantasy Comics from the 90s? Dark One is Greg Williams, the creator and artist of Animal Mystic, a Sirius Comic Book with environmentalist crusader, Nikki Roanoke as Jatarri. With Mad Max becoming popular again as our post apocalypse hero with high octane blood, why not get the best female character in comics for a post apocalyptic scenario too? Check out the comics of Animal Mystic and see how golden, comics were in the 90s.
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Floating Schools: In Bangladesh, Floods Don't Stop Learning and Living Anymore
The yearly flooding in Bangladesh has caused people to lose farms, shelter, time and lives. A non-profit, survivalist group has created simple yet extremely effective solutions for adapting local communities to the climate change disaster by building floating schools and libraries. Many international organizations have awarded shidhulai swanirvar sangstha for their floating school project.
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Best Way to Avoid Stress: READ!
Are you having a hissy fit because everything is going to the dogs? A stressful day can really piss off anyone, but you can reboot your mood just by sitting down for a while and reading a book. Psychology research has proven that reading for 45 mintues can reduce stress. So bring books instead of an aspirin or seeing a shrink.
read more       On Higher Ground
Space May Be an Entity! Bipolar Gravity is the New Cosmic Model
A proposed new cosmic model may now be studied better by observing the orbit of a small planetoid with a satellite that is 43 times as far away as the Earth is from the Sun and located in the nether void of the Kuiper belt. If the observation laboratory confirm the model, it may change how astrophysicists apply quantum theory to cosmic size entities and not just microscopic ones.
read more       Curious Mind
Learn the Abacus Yesterday
One of the most useful tools for learning, work, and business transactions is the ABACUS. In the age of poratble calculators and mobile devices, it is still the most accurate counting machine that never quits, and will come handy in any off-grid situation.
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Trusting your Instincts: When Intuition Works
We are often told to think before we act by some gurus. But intuition and trusting your instincts may be the better way of deciding when to take risks and when to hold back. Here are some suggestions how to keep your instincts well honed, most of them just common sense advice on keeping a healthy body, mind and spirit. Be inspired, take care of yourself and know that your gut tells you more that could hold true or else you wouldn't feel that way. Whether staying away from trouble or forging ahead with a decision.
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The GEOFRONT: Does AGARTHA Exist? Another Hollow Earth Theory.
Jules Verne's science fiction pulp classic, Journey to the Center of fthe Earth may have been inspired by tales of a kingdom hidden in the depths of the earth with its own diffuse sun and unusual flora and fauna. The Hollow Earth theory has always been an interesting mystery, even if Google Maps doesn't show any visible hole in the North Pole showing us how to enter the GeoFront. Is an underground mystical kingdom an absurd relic of the past or is there anythig concrete about an Inner Realm with a kingdom known as Agartha?
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Amazing Pinoy Parks: Quezon Memorial Circle
If you can't have enough of forest parks in Manila, Right after Benigno Aquino Parks and Wildlife is the Quezon Memorial Circle. The place has plenty of activity centers for kids and families: exercise machines right in the middle of the park playgrounds, playground rides, and more. A Wattpad event was recently held at the ampitheater where a crowd of romance story aficionados stayed for the TV show presentations. Visit there for an equally satisfying lakwatsa as your visit to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.
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Computers Going Quantum: NASA Runs First Quantum Supercomputer
NASA is now running the world's first quantum computer which could possibly change the way our tech works. The space agency will first develop computing protocols that will establish the technology as an accurate, extremely eficient way of using electonic computing power before commercial applications are spinned off. 5 years from now, expect the windfall to be amazing.
read more       Curious Mind
Amazing Parks and Wildlife in QC: The Forest You Were Always Looking For at the Back of the Aparador
Forest parks are always the best places where you can spend some downtime with family, friends or loved ones. We look at the Benigno Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City and rediscover one of the best places everyone knows but keeps secret lest too many people spoil the serenity of this green park. You've never experienced QC as a pasyalan place until you've been to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.
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DIY BioDiesel: Off-Grid Solutions for Vehicle Fuel
Biodiesel has become more than just some science fair project and alternative fuel option. For off-grid situations, biodiesel actually works AND you can formulate batches of it from vegetable oil and other readily available stuff. No worries of a fuel shortage no more during extreme situations! The stuff runs on specific older diesel engine types and is your lifesaver when the SHTF.
read more       Curious Mind
Revival of Mason Jars: The Garapon as Cinderella Designer Glass
Mason jars have made a comeback as the hipster DIY container for all reasons, seasons and purposes. As a BIG bottle for pack lunch. For cocktails and beer at hipster bars and restos. As cute containers for gifts too. You can buy them locally at better hardware stores and at craft shops.
read more       Within Reach
CrunchBang: Fast and Elegant Running OpenBox
Looking for a Windows alternative? There are many low resource alternatives among the Ubuntu and Linux shells for Open Source operating systems. We review CrunchBang, a very low resource, fast install, Linux OS with all the best apps packaged with it. This one comes for FREE. But do please find it in your heart to donate to Open Source workgroups if you can so that we can still get the best they can offer for the Open Source community.
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Gamefowl Conformation: High Stationed versus Medium Stationed
Many breeders choose high stationed gamefowl as the default for their fighter pool, not only because they look 'guapo' but because they have longer reach when striking with knives. Medium to medium-high fighters have an advantage only street smart cockers prefer--when the fight is close in, they kill and win.
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Democrats: Smart Hatch-Kelso Grounders
A cross of 3/4 Hatch and 1/4 kelso, these were some of the original Power-plus-Cutting crosses that ruled the pits. Democrats are still bred pure as their own bloodline for fixing into other broodstock. Known as smart and excellent ground fighting shufflers.
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Supermaterials: A Future of Cool Stuff
In the past, materials such as Plastics, Kevlar and Carbon Composites and Superconductors have revolutionized the kind of products we can use to make our lives better. Now, materials scientists are breaking ground in making great new stuff called supermaterials: graphene, aerogels, metamaterials that can cloak light and more!
read more       Curious Mind
Guitar Hero: Be the Hero Who OutDuels the Devil
Fan- favorite Guitar Hero has surpassed fan expectations of gamers who are into rhythm video games. The game offers air guitar fans a toy for playing 'covers' of their favorite rock and metal guitar songs.. The game platfrom has even allowed some rock bands to have blockbuster hits like Dragonforce's Throught the Fire and Flames, one of the 'boss' level songs to strike a chord with gamers.
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A Look at FARM HACK, Open Source Tech for Small Farmers and Small Farms
Large farms supposedly thrive on economies of scale, but there is a catch with the capitalist model used by large farms. When hit by a downturn or any unfortunate situation like crops ravaged by a storm, weak demand or overproduction, the farm takes a huge loss and often the recovery costs an arm and a leg. Small farms are better, they recover faster from any downturn, they can specialize with cash crops or staples and with the rise of farmer's markets even in urban centers, the delivery of product to market is most often more assured than large farm set ups.
read more       Cutting Edge
AudioBooks! Store a Storyteller Library in Your Mobile Device
Audiobooks used to be clunky as cassette tape format or CD format, character actor narrated versions of books and novels. Now as digital MP3 files, you can zone out to your favorite book while doing odd chores from laundry to taking your morning walk and exercise. Even kids get to learn reading and language better if they are weaned on audiobooks!
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Dance Dance Revolution: From Freestyle to Fitness Program Favorite!
Cult arcade game that created a new excuse for every kid to FREESTYLE. This music video rhythm game is now one of the best machines for getting a fitness regimen based on dance exercise. Schools can even avail of a special wireless model called Dance Dance Revolution Classroom Edition for their Gym and Fitness programs.
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The Mystery of Dragons in Heaven
Dragons used to be thought of as just mythical monsters, but Scripture seems to reveal more than what we think we know about these majestic beasts., The SERAPHIM may be actually more than just 6-winged angels--6 winged Spirit Dragons or beings of fire--as Hebrew texts identify the most powerful guardians of the Lord's throne.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Timeless Chinese Inventions
Chinese inventions have predated many of the same devices in the western world. From ceramics to clocks to gunpowder, our life is vastly improved by these seemingly mundane inventions and we take a look at how good they have developed from ancient times until today.
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In Defense of the Hoard: Why You Can Never Own Just 100 Things...Preppers Never Do
Prepping is a lifestyle that gets you storing stuff for emergencies. Keeping stuff to stay alive is also taught in Scripture as Joseph admnished his brothers to put away corn during good harvest seasons. When some life coach or silly priest tells you: "Money can't buy Happiness!" Run away from that lying thief like your life was on the line.
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DIY Faraday Shield: Protection from Stalkers Using Mil Spec FLIR Cameras and from EMP Storms
A solar coronal mass ejection or EMP burst can flat out destroy all unshielded electronics by shorting them out with excess radiation. More dangerous is CRIMINALS using military spec FLIR cameras to illegally surveil you and steal private information. Today's FLIR cameras have a range of up to 150 to 200 meters away. A Faraday shield is one measure against this kind of illegal modus. Military spec FLIR cameras can reveal tongue movements and record self musings and conversations surreptitiously and explicitly..
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DNA as Biomolecular Data Storage Medium
Bio research has confirmed DNA as a robust archival data storage system. To retrieve the data, all scientists do is place the DNA in a solution to 'read' or decode the binary sequencing like a Turing decoding machine. In the future, humans AND any living thing can be used to carry data, and it will be kept intact for millenia. Bio-computing might seem like a legit and alternative method for data keeping in the near future..
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Amazing Chinatown: Lunar New Year Calesa Tour
For every Lunar New Year celebration, Chinatown is the best place to find your fortune, from stir-fry and dimsum specialties to tablea tsokolate, get your good luck charms early, then grab some hopia and tikoy for pasalubong. Food for the soul can be had for a song. And maybe more than a song for a hearty feast. Not just on Ongpin street either. But in places like Benavidez and Escolta. Reach takes a photo op calesa tour of Chinatown.
read more       Amazing Philippines
For the Gadget Hobbyist: Frugal Smarts Work Just Fine
Getting new gear can be a very expensive hobby. But you can still get the best purchase for your choice of electronics if you shop wisely for the good stuff...and it doesn't even have to be the latest bells and whistles if you are astute enough. Enter the frugal gadget hobbyist as a smart tech user..
read more       Tech Buzz
When Off-Grid is Tough: What to Expect
Living connected to the urban grid, we have power, a food supply grid, and tap water, plus entertainment online and from TV and radio. Living off-grid, you plan your day so you can draw enough water in your cistern, grow your own food and cook just enough food that will keep without spoiling. Off-grid cabins survive even with ample resources. You regenerate resources so you don't run out. How to cope.
read more       Building Block
Art as Trade: Cosplay, Comics, Painting, Sculpture
Artists who ply their trade for a living are renown for stunning work. The stereotype of the starving artist is now more of an inconvenience because even mediocre talent can get ahead with good work, unlike any other trade. An artist is held in high esteem, first by kids and now even by Hollywood, which commits huge resources to make their art as visually appealling to their target audience. Know the first Filipino painter who sold his painting for a million dollars...
read more       On Higher Ground
Running GIMP Might Be Smarter Over Photoshop Cloud
GIMP 2.8 may be a better value over Creative Cloud in the long run even for professional image editing requirements. Don't lose sleep over paying up a premium for converting to Cloud service subscription for your work software. Open source software is readily available and FREE for download and use. It is an advocacy that we must all support to change the way we all use the good stuff. By sharing tech and resources!
read more       Tech Buzz
Desktop PCs: Why Keep One in the Age of Mobile
In an age when everyone working has an 'Internet of Things' mobile device, keeping a desktop at home or in the office might seem like a needless redundancy--until you realize that batteries run out and that having a dedicated workstation is still best for most kinds of work. Open source computing has also reduced the cost of keeping a home office equipped with more than one computer because of FREE Ubuntu and Linux professional worktool software for everyone. A desktop computer no longer means multiple software licenses and upgrades if you CHOOSE Open Source computing options.
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MicroHydro Power: Endless Power for Off-the-Grid
Take advantage of living near any flowing waterway and utilize micro-hydro power for Off-the-Grid energy! As long as the water source or stream does not overflow, or if contingencies may be planned for such emergencies, using local waterways for micro-hydro power for community and off-the-grid power sourcing is one smart alternate energy solution.
read more       How It Works
The Music of the Spheres: Your Soul has a Song from the Heavens
Pythagoras first proposed the idea that the heavens move according to a harmony designed by the Divine Creator. Johannes Kepler proved this theory by proposing his 3 Laws of Planetary Motion all of which accurately describe the movement of the heavenly bodies as a musical harmony derived from a geometry of elliptical measurments. Do you know that your soul has a song in it derived from the astrological chart from when you were born?
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Energy of Forms? The Pyramids as an Ancient Cosmic and Geo-Magnetic Energy Grid
The Great Pyramid in Giza was a monument constructed to honor the Lord, Yahweh. It may possibly harness cosmic energy and orgone earth energies while functioning like a navigational aid for travellers from the Heavens. Many engineers say the pyramids ancient energy generators for the planet and refute all claims by evolutionists who claim that socieites evolve from primitive tools to advanced tech.. Interesting?
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Amazing Cebu: Metro Cebu Festivals and Nightlife
If you are visiting the Philippines to enjoy the best of the best among native festivals and costume parades, visit Cebu. The boom in the south has made accomodations, safety and the quality of local entertainment, as well as the colorful and festive parades, one of the most amazing photo ops for your holiday visit.
read more       Amazing Philippines
Valerie Concepcion: Meant to be a Mother
Gorgeous mom, Valerie Concepcion reveals to readers, the inspiration behind her keeping her mission as SuperMom: her princess, Fiona! Survival tips for single mothers from a God-fearing and trusting brave woman in love..
read more       Meaningful Life
Solar Maximum Cycles: Coronal Mass Ejections Can Be THE Apocalypse
We know that the Sun has a cycle when its electromagnetic activity flares up, resulting in increased sunspots, hollow areas in the corona and the most dangeerous, Coronal Mass Ejections, where the sun vomits plasma clouds into space which have a chance of hitting the earth and harming all of our electronics dependent gear--which is basically everything we need to survive.
read more       How It Works
Amazing San Rafael, Bulacan
San Rafael Bulacan is amazing for being that resort town up north just ouside Manila and for the great local culinary experiences you can enjoy as well. Check out our look at amazing San Rafael. One of the summer holiday towns to enjoy your Waterpark holiday!
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Stealth Military Motorcycle: Hybrid Motor Paves Way for Future Civilian Tech
The Motorcycle has been proven as a vital tactical operations asset in special forces military missions, and the U.S. Defense department is currently developing one very quiet Hybrid engine assault motorcycle that can travel over rough terrain with the noise of a normal conversation for one hour using the electric motor, before reverting back to the fuel engine. Imagine how this technology can be used for civilian bikes in the future...less noise pollution if the motor can maintain silent running for longer periods!
read more       How It Works
The Best Toys of 2014 at ToyCON PH
Take a peek at the good stuff you can get for yourself for next year's June edition of the ToyCON PH. From the latest movie merchandise of BigHero6, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pacific Rim, Gundam Model Kits, Lego Star Wars and even authentic Japanese brand cosplay items featuring fake eyelashes and contact lenses. The TOyCON PH is always an event to look forward to every year. Check out our ToyCON PicBlog and save up for 2 MONTHS salary for your next toy buying binge when the event comes around next year!
read more       Arts and Culture
Food Truck Businesses Taking Off!
One of the food service ideas whose time has just arrived, is the Food Truck business offering brand name fast food service options. Overseas, this idea is as old as the 80s but it has only caught on recently with local entrepreneurs investing in vans retrofitted for food service equipment. Check out what you might need if you want to invest in the Food Truck business...
read more       Muscle Machines
Making Product Models by Hand in the Age of 3D Printing
3D Printers and easy-to-use CAD applications enable designers to create a product mold in less than a day. But smarter design tells us that making models by hand is still the better design process over digital any time of day.
read more       Cutting Edge
Off the Grid: You Need a Survival Vehicle for Disaster Situations
People always try to be prepared for emergencies. The need to evacuate from a place might require more than just your family car. Here is a look at the kinds of Bug-Out vehicles available out there and what else you need to hightail it out of ground zero (an extreme situation forcing you to leave your home).
read more       Muscle Machines
An Urban Bowery for your Lifeline
Green spaces abound everywhere in the city and converting them into Food Gardens or orchards may help provide both food security and a better resilience for when the Supply Grid falters. No need to worry about the shelves of your supermarket running out during an extreme situation when you can walk a couple of blocks and get both free fresh produce or cheap local food from the municipal garden. They can even provide heirloom seeds for your own home garden needs!
read more       Green-Minded
Refrigeration without Electricity? DIY Solutions for Cold Storage
There are ingenious ways of putting together gear that can simulate the cold storage capacity and efficiency of an electricity powered refrigerator. Some using very readily available materials like sand and clay pots. Check out the ZEER POT for emergency DIY solutions for cold storage in off the grid areas.
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Soldier Food that Keeps for 50 Years: Hardtack as Survival Rations
U.S. Civil war fighters from both sides lived on these while in the field. Ancient armies were also believed to have used such rations for keeping alive. Hardtack is a baked flour, dense bread cracker that is tough as a rock yet when rehydrated with coffee or milk or soup it can be eaten as field rations and it tastes as good as fresh bread!
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Cooperative Security Locations: How the U.S. Is Keeping the Peace
Pearl Harbor is a reminder of how putting all of your eggs in one basket can be a setback in strategic military planning. These days, the U.S. no longer maintains as many bases as it once did all over the world. Instead, there are small forward bases in the most obscure islands and friendly countires near hotspots that can help the U.S. Military jump and intervene into any crisis situation without being vulnerable to any pre-emptive strike or terrorist activity.
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Ginger: Fire for Your Chi Balance, and the Best Herbal for Healing
A cure-all for colds, flu, sore throat , fever and gastro intestinal ailments as well as extreme conditions like gout and asthma, ginger is one herbal remedy that is priceless for off-the-grid home gardens and even for urban gardens. If you are running low on funds from buying expensive meds, try using ginger as a homeopathic remedy and as effective treatment for most of your ailments. Start your own herbal garden with this root spice in mind!
read more       Health & Healing
Creativity Tools: Monologue Sketchbooks are Fantastic!
Monologue notebools are the perfect choice for the artist looking for quality sketchbooks at an affordable price. Available at National bookstore and at Fully Booked, Monologue is one marquee that is as good as Moleskine and available at a very good price. Mel Cabral reviews more creativity tools for the designer and notebook fan.
read more       Within Reach
Amazing Subic: Ocean Adventure Has a New Baby Bottlenose Dolphin!
The Ocean Adventure facility in Subic has a new baby bottelnose dolphin born among its brood of captive performer dolphins! Check out this heartwarming news on REACH!
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Amazing Subic: Swim with the Sea Lions at Ocean Adventure
Ocean Adventure in Amazing Subic has a new encounter program for visitors. You can swim with the sea lions in a newly opened encounter program. Enjoy the sea lions' slappy happy, watersporty, cuddly dudebro company for 30 minutes under supervision by trained professionals! Don't miss this opportunity to swim with them when you visit Amazing Subic.
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Wireless Electricity? The Dream of Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla, the true father of modern electricity becuase of research on AC delivery grid systems had an even more ambitious dream that could have used an idealized Tesla coil for wireless electriccity. Can this still work?
read more       Curious Mind
The Sacred Cubit: Divine Measurements as Three-Dimensional Math
The Biblical measurement of the cubit has long been thought ot be an archaic system until the pyramids have revealed their true meaning matching Biblical accounts throughout including numbers 144,000 and 666.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
The Culture of Bento: Cute and Crazy TLC
Fans of Japanese culture also follow peculiar lifestyle quirks like Bento Culture. The Art of Japanese lunchbox food preparation where like Ikebana, and Origami and Bonsai, arrangement, color and love all come together to provide the most interesting food art in pop culture.
read more       Arts and Culture
PERSONAL FINANCE: How to Choose the right housing loan [This is a paid advertisement]
Lamudi offers some tips on choosing the best housing loan in order to help prospective home-buyers.
read more       Reach Out
Ubuntu Ultimate Edition: The Good, The Bad and The Latest! A Review of 3.5 and 4.0
The best part about Ultimate Edition is that you can use a distro from 3 years ago or the latest distro, and it will still run better and look sweeter than the current Windows OS and any paid software. For one of the most complete Ubuntu versions for all your computing needs, you cannot lose with Ultimate Edition.
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The Return of Analog
Digital audio has enabled everybody to enjoy high end music playback with more economical home gear. But many music lovers are still buying top end vintage equipment to set up their own pimped up home entertainement system the old fashioned way. What makes people want a listening room or just a home system based on older technology?
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Looking for New Hires for Your Big Project? Hire an Artist, not an MBA...
Design aptitude and skill sets that include artistic and creative abilities are now more valuable than ever before. A Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing or in Design is now the hottest ticket for career advancement as perceived by companies.
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Creativity Tools: Moleskine, One Notebook to Rule Them All
All aspiring writers should have ONE. Or ALL of them. As many as one can afford to keep. Moleskine is worth all the fuss, expense and its use by many creative minds for their precious work shows how beloved this incredibly simple yet gorgreous notebook is to notebook lovers everywhere. Read the notebook review by Mel G. Cabral.
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Homeschooling Rocks! Physics Genius Albert Einstein
Some of the most extraordinary minds in our history are special because they taught themselves or learned through homeschooling. Albert Einstein is one very exceptional scientist who was homeschooled and achieved far more than those who learned through the rote systems of learning. Homeschooling rocks!
read more       On Higher Ground
Pierce Wisconsin Red Shuffler
The red shuffler is an old bloodline that some affectionate breeders still keep for its killer back-against-the-wall deadliness, and still being a fast, shuffle hitting, smart fighter that can kill from any angle.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Homeschooling Rocks! Fairytale Novelist C.S. Lewis
Many writers and Christians as well are inspired by C.S. Lewis children's books, The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S. Lewis was himself homeschooled for most of his young learning life and he grew up into an amazing person, and friend of J.R.R. Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame. Their love for old languages and creative folktales fostered a kinship as well as the inspiration to create the some of the best and groundbreaking books for both fantasy and inspirational teaching.
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Mason Jar Recipes: Pumpkin Soup to Go!
Among the best ideas for Mason Jar Recipes and Meals to go are soups! You get a filling and delcious meal that can be easily reheated. Soups in Mason Jars also are best when batch cooking so that you don't need to fuss when prepareing food for the next 3 days or so.. Just stick em in the fridge andgrab em when you need em. Read Stephanie Quesada's simple pumpkin soup recipe and make your own!
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A Laser Approach to Cardiovascular Diseases
Integrated Laser and Complementary Medicine (ILACM) puts a premium on the noble attributes of commitment, unparalleled patient service and excellent quality. Our goal is to help the increasing number of Filipinos suffering from life-threatening and devastating ailments. ILACM supports the concept of INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE administered through clinically-proven approaches to conventional health care. We use all available modalities in long-established and complementary medicine.
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The Book of Enoch
Strange to discover that religious leaders censor the teachings of the Lord for their own convenience but in the end, the Word of God comes out to shine light on everything according to the Lord's perfect timing. The Book of Enoch is one such religious text that is noteworthy for all Christians to study and know how awesome the Lord was described by one of His own favorites, Enoch, the father of Noah.
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Edubuntu: Your Linux OS with FREE Educational Apps for all Learning Levels
Edubuntu is already a complete Linux package most usefful for ALL learning levels with a pre-installed suite of educational apps targeted for each student group. Save money for good books instead and a better library. Use Edubuntu for your institution's software and OS requirements. You won''t believe how much you can save.
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Amazing PAETE: That Custom Woodcraft Wundertown Hiding in Laguna
PAETE, Laguna offers everything woodcraft, from Poons or relgious iconography for your home altar, to decorative statues and wall mounted tableaus of Filipiniana lore and culture. All these amazing artefacts made by the town's woodcarvers and sculptors. REACH explored the town last summer to see what everybody missed out on. Lots of great opportunities no one else really sees!
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Ubuntu Studio: A Look at the Best Open Source Rig for Content Media Design
Don't want to bleed for paid software for media design solution? Open Source solutions like Ubuntu Linux distros are now as cutting edge as paid software and MORE. Check out the latest version of UbuntuStudio and see what you're missing.
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Use a Charcoal Poultice
Ancient healing remedies are always some of the best options when you cannot get immediate medical treatment. Knowing how to make and use an activated charcoal poultice can help save lives especially during off the grid situations.
read more       Health & Healing
Earthships: Grow Your Own Food and Live Off the Grid
One option for living off the grid is to build an earthship in places where there are no zoning restrictions on the type of dwelling you can build. Earthship blueprints allow for the best use of recycled materials and off the grid power sources to keep those who dwell within safe and enjoying life as best as you can possibly imagine and more! Earthships are also designed for growing your own food onsite too.
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Australian Aborigines: Dreamtime is Not just a State of Mind
The Dreaming is referred to by the native Aborigines of Australia as a state of existence that is eternal, of the past, present and future all being in one place and time. Know more about the Dreaming as a unique Aboriginal cultural heritage, that provides insights into a different dimension that transcends life, spiritual upliftment, the physical world, and linear time.
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Quantum Biology: Pigeons Are Hardwired In The Brain To Navigate Via Earth's Magnetic Field
Pigeons and most birds navigate home or to warmer climes using the Earth's magnetic field as their map. Pigeons in particular can sense the magnetic field via a quantum biological trigger that is a chemical reaction in their retinas. Using these incredible abilities, Pigeons can travel from anywhere back home to their home loft.
read more       Pigeon Talk
ZOO Jeans: $1500 for a Ripped Pair is a Steal!
Like all dudebros and galpals, our favorite pair of denims are distressed jeans, comfy in their glorious rips and tears and worn-out threads. ZOO Jeans shows theirs as the coolest--torn and gnawed lovingly by bears, lions and tigers, before being sewn into a pair of distressed jeans. A steal for only $1500 too!
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Trimarans and Catamarans: Why Multihulls Are the Fastest Boats in Sport Sailing
Monohulled sailboats used to race the America's Cup with sneaky tech like winged keels allowing a heavy boat to move forward at good speed even with a weak wind. Today, multihulls are used to race at the America's Cup because they are simply the fastest sailboats around.
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Not Eating Enough Chocolate? Are You Crazy?!
The health benefits of chcolate have been greatly understated. Consuming dark chocolate especially is good for your health, mind and soul. Know why eating more chocolate is really good for you!
read more       Health & Healing
Brassback: Yer Spangle Bruiser
Off-color gamefowl used to be culled as they were viewed as an inferior or recessive trait bearer. But not the Brassback, which is treasured precisely because of its spangled feathers. Brassback fowl fight as wicked as the original Albany and Warhorse broodstock and have attracted a fancy among certain breeders who like off-color gamefowl who fight well.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Kubuntu: Eye Candy and Powerful Multimedia Apps that Zip and Fly
Looking for an Ubuntu OS to migrate to? Choose Kubuntu which runs on the KDE environment. KDE is the eye candy desktop user interface packed with its own suite of power apps from graphic design packages to an office software suite. Some may prefer the clean look of Unity, Mate, or GNOME, but for getting people to switch to Open Source OS, show them all the gorgeous free goodies that'll blow them away.
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Pyle: Full Metal Slasher
The Pyle is one of unique off-color gamefowl known for its gameness and slashing prowess. An awesome killing machine with the long knife on its spurs, it takes no prisoners as a Full Metal Slasher.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
The Red Eared Slider for Turtle Power!
Pet turtles are quaint pets that are fun to keep in terrariums. Turtles are much more interesting characters as pets than fish will ever be. Check out Stephanie's feature on the Red Eared Slider, a breed of pet turtle that grows to the size of melon halves!
read more       Creature Feature
Pens and Notebooks Never Go Out of Style
Are you too attached to your mobile elextronic device or tablet for work, creativity, and design notetaking? What happens if your device becomes bricked? Can you survive with pen and notebooks? Some of the most precious work and design tools are simple and utilitarian, like a good pen and a nice notebook with good paper. Get yourself the best you can get and doodle away!
read more       On Higher Ground
SparkyLinux: Low Resource OS Packing Dynamite!
Unsure about changing to an Open Source Linux system like Ubuntu? Check out Sparky Linux! It is a compact OS designed for low resource computers that packs all the apps you need. Best of all, it is FREE.
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Rubik's Cube: A Game, a Hobby, and a Sport
Filipino Canadian Speed Cube Master, Kris de Asis is the fastest 5x5 Rubik's Cube solver in the world. Check out his sport and one of the most endearing toys and hobbies ever to come around for gamers, the Rubik's Cube.
read more       Gameplay
Military Fashion: From Kpop to Top Gun Girl
Aside from the Tokyo-Harjuku scene with Top Gun Girl going bonkers, just watch the video of KPOP supergroup Girl's Generation's I Got a Boy or 4Minute's I My Me Mine. Military-style jackets look amazing on girls, young women, and even moms! They are street wear AND high fashion. Everybody wears them. Not just soldiers or drifters. They are anti-fashion but they look as amazing as they always will, no matter who wears them.
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Jertie's Kitchen & Sugarleaf: The Green Guide to Eating Right
Jertie's Kitchen is a home based catering group partnered with SugarLeaf Organic Market and Cafe for a series of Cooking Workshops for healthier living through Organic Recipes. Food lovers can avail of the cooking workshops for a nominal registration fee. Check out the dates for your preferences.
read more       Special Feature
Open Source Ecology: Build Your Life, Build Civilization
Need an oven for your bakery? A tractor for your farm? Plans for a low cost dwelling? Factory equipment for your prodcution line? Do not worry about expensive brand name products anymore, a new Open Source engineering group has set up a website where all blueprints for your equipment needs are readily available for download so that YOU can build what YOU NEED, more affordably. And their equipment designs are already built and tested as durable and effective for their intended purpose.
read more       Cutting Edge
Susan Vergara: Organic Soil Enhancers Create 70 per cent Better Harvests
Susan Vergara and her team have been making the rounds of local agricultural regions, showing an organic soil enhancing product to farmers actively invovled in growing organic produce. King Humus Plus is a special kind of certified organic product for creating soil environments that allow produce to grow robustly according to organic farming standards. REACH interviews Susan Vergara, the business partner that distributes this amazing agricultural product.
read more       Green-Minded
The Legendary Shamir: A Reflecting Dish or Stone Crystal that Cut Stone with Sunlight
According to Ancient Texts in Jewish and Moslem Religions, the Shamir was a special stone used by Old Kingdom stone masons and stonecrafters to cut and mold very hard stone like granite into the huge stones used to build the pyramids and temple walls.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
TAILS: Your Portable Linux OS for Privacy Online
We often take for granted that surfing online at internet cafes can cause irreparable harm if we are not aware of privacy safety and anonymous surfing. When we are mobile and need to use another computer we can install TAILS on a USB thumb drive and use that as our OS when booting up ANY pubicly accessed computer to keep safe when surfing online. We can request for this option and if we are denied, it is better to be safe than sorry and find another PC to access that allows you to boot with TAILS. Know more about TAILS and online privacy and security.
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Malunggay Miracle Tree
If the government could do anything really smart for us, it would be to plant all public spaces with malunggay trees so everyone in need of a meal can just plcuk a branch and feed himself. The Moringa tree is known as the miracle tree for having everything needed to kep healthy and to heal ailments and afflictions.
read more       Health & Healing
Cats: The Good, the Bad, and the Fluffy
Some people are just Cat persons. The distinctive personalities of cats are more endearing than the unrequited love offered by dogs. Also cats kill Sleepwalkers and hateful vermin. And fight Satan to the death (as per Neil Gaiman's short story). So you're in better company with a nice lazy cat, or three, or ten. No kidding.
read more       Creature Feature
As Much Eggs as You Wanna: The Health Myth Debunked
For as long as you can remember, eggs have been given the bad rap for cholesterol and heart disease. But new studies by British health scientists have shown us that eating more can actually be beneficial and that eggs aren't as bad as people used to think they were.
read more       Health & Healing
Pineapple: Precious for Keeping Your Eyesight and Digestion
Pineapple used to be one of the most sought after fruits in the West. Today it is one of the best fruits for keeping your eyesight sharp and for aiding your digestion. It also contains powerful antioxidants that keep you safe from stress and cancer.
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BabyMetal Update: Japan Idol Metal Band Explodes for World Domination
From 3 million hits for their You Tube hit music video, Give Me Chocolate! last February when we first featured the upcoming world tour of the idol-metal band,, to 15 million likes going into September 2014. BabyMetal's World Tour 2014 is reaping great rewards for the Metal Resistance. Kawai Metal is here to stay.
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Woodcraft Work: The Best Furniture You Can Get
Real woodcraft, custom made furnishings have more value as heirloom investments and make your house feel like a real home. Check out Stephanie's look-see at nice hardwood stuff. She and her life partner are looking for good furnishings for their new home and she shares her insights about getting hardwood custom-built over assembled plyboard.
read more       Building Block
Grapefruit Juice: Fight Stress and Stay Fit
Colds and the Flu take over your body when you are too stressed and need to rest and recover. Avoid losing good days to sick time by including Grapefruit Juice to your diet. It helps fight stress, keeps you fit by helping you burn fat. And it is one of the most powerful healing fruits because it is packed with lycopene and plenty more antioxidants aside from its alkaline fixing effect on the body.
read more       Health & Healing
Yoga and Pilates: Strength Exercises that Don't Require You to Lift Weights
Stretching exercises have a more powerful effect on our body than we think we know. Yoga and Pilates are some of the best at keeping you fit, strong and toned, so you look good and beautiful and you're in top shape than you will ever be from other high impact exercises. Both these exercise regimens also help your flexibility if you are into dancing.
read more       Sports Plus
Tor Browser: For Secure Privacy Surfing the Web
Worried about your privacy getting invaded by everything from Big Brother, to identity thieves, to busybodies using infrared to monitor your activities from next door? Surf securely with the Tor Browser.
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The James Webb Space Telescope: Finding the Secrets of the Universe Soon
NASA's newest space telescope will be in orbit by the year 2016. It is designed to unravel energy signatures unseen by current space telescope technology and find more secrets lying hidden in the vastness of space. Here's a look at what the new space telescope can do.
read more       Curious Mind
Watermelon is the Cheapest Alkaline Fixing Refreshment and Fruit Bonanza
Grab a Slice of Watermelon instead of an Energy Drink next time you need a fix for body thirst. Watermelon is so underrated, it is one of the best fruits that has lycopene equal to tomatoes and has plenty of antioxidants and body replenishing nutrients.
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Monsters with Heart: Interview with M.R. Carey
M. R. Carey has a scary, new novel called THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. He's also Mike Carey, your favorite comic book writer (Neverwhere, LUCIFER, Hellblazer, The UNWRITTEN, X-Men) and author of The Felix Castor noir-horror exorcist books. REACH Unlimited was fortunate to get an awesome interview with one of our favorite British writers. Enjoy!
read more       Meaningful Life
Koreans Find Paradise South in Las Islas Filipinas
In the 1990s, Koreans started coming over hoping to get low cost education learning English so they could do better business in the world. Now they bring their whole families, leave the kids to grow up learning English from middle school to university, then keep a second home and maybe a Korean grocery shop behind. They visit the beaches and everywhere good and amazing in our country too!
read more       Amazing Philippines
Portable Wind Power: Getting the Most from Wind Energy for your Power Needs
You'd think that a windmill or those ultra sleek modern wind turbines were what you needed to get the most out of wind power. Tech for wind turbines has evolved so much that smaller and more portable gear is available for community, home or personal use. Keeping a portable wind generator and using one regulalry will help you deal better with off the grid situations and save you a bundle on energy costs.
read more       How It Works
Secret Solar Tech? Ancient Stone Cutting Methods by Incans and Egyptians
In the time of Solomon, a legendary device called the Shamir was used to cut hardboulders of stone into precise shapes for building The Temple of Solomon and other structures in the Golden Age of Israel. The same stone cutting technology is believed to have been used by other ancient civilizations from the Incans to the Egyptians. They used gold dishes to amplify the suns rays to cut stone noislessly and with precise technique.
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Balimbing as Tonic Power Drink or Health Snack
Looking for fruits to make tonics or body cleansing juices? Try the lowly but blessed Balimbing. It is full of vitamin C and beneficial antioxidants for keeping you healthy.
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How to Have FUN even while Living Off-the Grid
You don't have to mope over back breaking chores if you choose to live Off-the-Grid. If you've seen the Mosquito Coast, an old movie where Harrison Ford's screen family decides to hightail into one island for forntier life. It can be amazing if you know how to have fun!
read more       Building Block
Creativity: How to Tell a Story
Loave your hoard of romance novels? Enjoying your stash of comics and horror stroy collection? Next thing you want is doing the gig yourself! How to tell YOUR story?
read more       How It Works
Lost Knowledge, Lost Civilizations: What was the World like during the time of the wisest man, King Solomon?
In the time of Solomon, it was the Golden age of Israel. Solomon commanded the 4 winds to fly his Jinn-made flying carpet. During the time of Solomon wonders such as citadels and temples were buiilt by Jinn and Angels commanded by Solomon. What was Solomon's reign like?
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
The Oort Cloud: Is it for Real?
Dutch astronomer, Jan Oort proposed the existence of such a cloud of Comest lying out there beyond our solar system as the last things trapped iby the influence of the sun's gravity well. Is the Oort cloud for real?
read more       Curious Mind
Be Your Own Food Grocery (Living Off-Grid)
More reasons why growing your own food works in the long run. You can sell off extra and you never run out of food even during extreme situations when you can't get to the grocery. So its time to be your own green grocery! Keep those food scraps and grow them back into greens for the table. Heirloom seeds are cheap and only a few minutes a day dedicated to checking your food stores and storage bins should help you keep a home green grocer going.
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Outdoor Sandals: The new IGUANAS issss Smokin' Sexy
Outdoor Sandals in the Philippines have come a long way. Forget overpriced beach flip-flops from Brazil.. Made in the Philippines looks gorgeous and is waaay tougher. Trending local brands compete for the heart of the Pinoy who shells out hard earned moolah for the toughest pair of sandals he can get and wear virtually on any terrain, rain or shine.. We review Iguanas Sandals coolest NEW outdoor sandals, whose designer soles are as tough as they are sexy.
read more       Within Reach
An Inspiration to Dance Exercise: Watch the League of Extraordinary Dancers
It might seem like old news, but once you sit down and watch the League of Extraordianry Dancers, you will want to stretch your limbs and dance just for the heck of aping that incredible move you see. Like kids pretending they\'re like Michael Jordan. And dancing is always good for your body and your health. Get stronger, toned, and fit. Inspire yourself by checking out an old favorite on You Tube. The LXD.
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The Kepler Spacecraft: NASA's Amazing Planet Hunting Space Telescope
Kepler Spacecraft, that Space Telescope designed to specifically searh deep space for planetary systems and detect planets that can possibly harbor life was aproject of dedication and perseverance knowing that when they found what they where looking for, all things would come together for the good of space research and possible space exploration in the future. Kepler might even find that elusive Goldilocks planet that ALREADY harbors life and advanced civilization.
read more       Curious Mind
Hobbies to Live for: Collecting Dolls
Girls of all ages collect dolls and the hobby can be as affordable or as expensive as you wish it to be. Here are some ideas about the hobby from a doll collector who knows her toys well.
read more       Arts and Culture
Why Gamefowl Change Fighting Styles in the Pit?
Many gamefowl breeders are rather perplexed when their champion sparring cocks suddenly change their natural fighting form when encountering a strange opponent in the pit. Sometimes cocks may not be used to the different environment with bright lights and a crowd of noisy bettors. But more often, your fighting rooster is just doing its best to survive and kill the other rooster.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Olive Oil for Better Eating and Healthy Cooking
The Greeks and the Spaniards have the healthiest diets because of their use of Olive Oil as a staple ingredient in their cooking. Olive oil is beneficial to one's heart and digestion and it also can be used as a beauty enhancer for both hair and skin. It is the healthiest cooking oil anywhere and makes even simple dishes heavenly.
read more       Health & Healing
Melatonin as LifeSaver: Don't Die Before Your Time from Sleep Deprivation
Melatonin is one of the best health supplements that you can avail of when suffering from bouts of insomnia or if you need to return to a regular and healthy sleep cycle. It helps your brain transport wastes out of its system when you sleep so you also get natural health benefits aside from getting good restful sleep.
read more       Pharma Care
Whitehackle: Aggressive Power
Whitehackle gamefowl make for one of the finest broodstocks for any sabong aficionado, They combine power hitting and unmatched gameness into an awesome pit fighting engine of a rooster. It is also one of the broodstocks used in creating the new Kelso crosses and Sweater crosses that are very popular today.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Chicken Soup for the Sick: Mother Knows Best
Mom and Lola know best when they make Chicken Soup for you when you were a kid and sick with the flu or the colds, wrapped in blankets. Chicken soup is more than just soul food. It heals and replenishes lost nutrients and fluids and helps get rid of harmful germs.
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Kathryn Bernardo: Making Time to Finish Schooling
Celebrity actress Kathryn Bernardo is inspiring many fans as she portrays many interesting characters in both TV and movies, yet she also serves as one of the best role models for young women, who despite given many blessings, still puts her trust in finishing school and completing her education even if she has to work it around her busy showbiz schedule.
read more       Meaningful Life
A Beginner's Guide: An Interview with Jorge Goittia, expert consultant of Firebird Farms
Everything you wanted to know about Gamefowl. All the easy to understand bits and fight science, and backhistory, Firebird Gamfarm's own Jorge Goittia, a personal friend of Sir Biboy Enriquez explains his thorough knowledge of gamefowl science as well as personal anecdotes about how he fell in love with the Gentleman's Sport.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Norse Mythology: Extra-Terrestrial Technology and Worlds Beyond Ours?
Norse Myths tell of many amazing feats by the heroes of a very peculiar pantheon. Some extra-terrestrials that visit the earht have been descirbed as Nordic, tall, blonde and fair with blue eyes and are supposed to be 'on our side' as far as extra-terrestrials go. Are the myths telling us of a time when Alien technology was used on the earth in ancient times?
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The Mystery of Aliens and UFOs
UFO activity and sightings are more frequent now that we have the technology for capturing events anywhere. Sightings all over the world have been recorded and urban legends and lore of all sorts abound. Who are the aliens we are encountering and are UFOs alien spaceships or angels?
read more       Unravelling Mysteries
Amazing Batanes: The Quiet Holiday Before the Storm
Visiting the Philippines to experience a typhoon? Go to Batanes. Looking for a summer retreat better than a white sand beach? Go to Batanes. Looking for an Off the Grid place in the country to escape the rat race? Go to Batanes. Nothing less than majestic and amazing.
read more       Amazing Philippines
Amazing Quiapo: Manila's Neverchanging Everywhere of Everything
Divisoria is the best one-stop shop for bargain shopping in Manila. But what about Quiapo? It is still there of course! The Church with the miraculous Image of the Black Nazarene, The Holy Mosque for the Moslems on the other side. A maze of streets to find everything you need. You won't trade the atmosphere for some sanitized mall, no siree. You'll go back and Quiapo will stay the same. Still amazing.
read more       Amazing Philippines
Going Bananas? Grab Nature's Best Power Snack!
Peanut Butter and Bananas! Pancakes and Bananas! Oatmeal and Bananas! Bananas in Mueslix Breakfast Bowl! Saba in Adobo!, Banana-Q Stick! Going Bonkers with Bananas? Stay Crazy, Keep Healthy with Bananas in your Diet. They are Nature's Best Power Snack ever.
read more       Health & Healing
Homeschooling Works! Novelist Christopher Paolini
Homeschooling might work as a smarter and more focused way of letting kids learn craft, and core values. Christopher Paolini is a prime example of a kid who could. At 15, writing his first novel, a fantasy epic called ERAGON, which went on to become a cult bestseller and a Disney movie to boot. Homeschooling produces some incredible talent indeed.
read more       On Higher Ground
Gunship Revolution: Learning Digital Art with the Best, Why Alternative Education ROCKS!
Gunship Revolution is the church of the finest digital artists in Manila. GunREV has made projects for top gaming companies and other major product design and advertising the world over. They are the BEST Digital Art Production Studio in Manila bar none. Under their wing are some fo the finest comic book dudes, digital painters, graphic designers, 3D artists, you name it, they are IT . The studio is now offering alternative education opportuinites and school tie-ups for digital art and painting and design!
read more       Meaningful Life
Reach Magazine At The 2014 World Gamefowl Expo
Reach Magazine and Newtree Sales, both powerhouse teams, attended the recent World Gamefowl Expo last January. Check out what went on at the glorious Gamefowl Convention and Expo.
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Amazing Baguio: Panagbenga Flower Festival, Vegetarian Cafe, Artisan Village, Mountain Bike Tour
Visit in February for the gorgeous Panagbenga Flower Festival, dine at the Oh My Gulay vegetarian cafe, visit the Tamaw-an Artist's Village, and kick back for a bike tour. A holiday in Baguio need not be an ordinary R&R shopping trip, you can discover the Summer Capital's more adventurous hotspots either in February or during the offseason!
read more       Amazing Philippines
What Is Creative Writing?
Wattpad is changing social media content. People, especially kids, are sharing stories instead of selfies and gossip. Now on forums on Facebook, kids want to know....How do we write good stories?
read more       How It Works
Survival Flashlights: Stay Safe, Stay Alive
Military flashlight technology has trickled down to commercial survival flashlight makers, A flashlight can save your life, in the middle of a raging storm or when lurkers hide to attack you.
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Child Music Prodigies, Rocking: Some Kind of Wonderful
Kids are smarter than older folks and they learn best under wise parents. Child musician prodigies must have the best parents for teaching them rock music and watching them become the best at what they do for their age. They also give us geezers hope that the world is still a better place because they keep the faith.
read more       Cutting Edge
The Goldilocks Planet: Planets like Earth that can Support Life and Civilization
The Hubble telescope has detected thousands of planetary systems and even free floating planets. Many of them just gas giants, but others have a surpsiringly rocky composition.....What is a Goldilocks planet?
read more       Curious Mind
KPOP Explosion: the Korean Pop Engine is the World's Favorite
During the 2014 YouTube Video Awards, the best music video was won by KPOP supergroup, Girl's Generation with their video I Got a Boy. To the surprise of the West, popular music has now shifted in favor of Asian Pop Music with KPOP leading the way with exploding fanbases for their swinging girl groups and dancing boy bands.
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The Wisdom of BARTER: A Stash of Goods that Works like MONEY when the SHTF
Disasters have struck mankind during the last century or so and we still keep forgetting that being prepared is better than holding on to nothing. Keeping a stash will always be the smarter thing to do. Like money in the bank.
read more       How It Works
Emporium Antipolo's Kristine Garcia, Supermom Farmgirl for Organic Food
Finding organic produce AND meals to go is now not as difficult as say 4 or 5 years ago. But getting farm fresh produce delivered to you is different from just getting the good stuff at the supermarket. Kristine Garcia promotes a healthy lifestyle and makes it available for everyone via Emporium Antipolo.
read more       Meaningful Life
Blademastery at Level 20: Firebird Farms own Robie Yu Panis
Firebird Farms' Robie Yu Panis is not only one of the winningest gamefowl gaffers in the country. She is one of a few female gaffers whose blademastery has proven that a smart woman can be the best at her craft even in the bloodsport of gamefowl fighting.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Mobile For Learning: Extending Learning Beyond the Walls
Mobile devices for learning and access to mobile internet is now as vital as having a well stocked and updated school library. Learning need not stop after school hours.
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BabyMetal: Kawai and Death Metal to Steal your Soul
Bless the LORD that the coming Apocalypse will be averted. BabyMetal, idol pop combined with thrash metal, is the angel of memory that evangelizes this generation's Pop-Metal anthems, unlike everything we've seen before. Every good reason for listening to death metal is now available in the band's first rock album.
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Wattpad Is Changing The Way We Get Books.
There used to be an Ivory Tower of a sort where editors from lofty publishing houses picked books WORTHY of reading. Now WATTPAD has shown that EVERYONE Can Be Published in the crazy way nobody expected. By the writer-fan community.
read more       Cutting Edge
My Best Friend's Girlfriend and I'm a Girl! ( 3 X 3 Hearts )
Having a crush on your pretty girl friend is normal. But what if you also have the hots for your girl friend's boyfriend because he's prettier than you? Bishonen and Bishojo love is everything it is, wholesome and sweet!
read more       Memory Angel Romances
Health and Wellness: Cory Quirino
Health and Wellness is a big concern for everyone whether in their prime years or in their wiser age. Cory Quirino is one smart lady with the best advice for everyone about health and fitness as well as her personal advocacies for Filipino made everything and the Miss World pageant.
read more       Meaningful Life
Gamefowl Fighting Styles!
Want to know how each of your favorite Bloodline fights inside the ring? Here is a rundown of the most popular Gamefowl Bloodline fighting styles among the roosters you will come across in derbies and mains all across our sabong loving nation. Looking for a bloodline to help improve your own broodstock, check out our list so you know what traits go best with your own favored gamefowl.
read more       Gamefowl Circuit
Can Plants Read Your Mind?
A scientific study proving that all living things feel, Cleve Backster's polygraph experiment with plants showede that individual potted plants and even trees in your garden can sense their owners no matter how far away. Plants can even sense physical danger and emotions from people. This might help people care for their food forests and container gardens better too. Talk to your greens and it also helps you ease through the day even if other people think you are going cuckoo.
read more       On Higher Ground
Mister Dreamboy Visits (Filipino Version) 3 X 3 Hearts
Probinsyana lass meets handsome celebrity rocker who has a sexy girlfriend. Who wins his heart? Whirlwind romance and the best reason to visit Puerto Princesa and check out all of the secret places in Amazing Palawan.
read more       Memory Angel Romances
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