Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Allow a Rich Person to Explain How Awesome Rich People Are

Business Insidera well-funded news site about airplanes, trolls its own audience with relative regularity. A piece published last week, however, takes the form to bold new heights.
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Steve Siebold is a self-described self-made multi-millionaire who has written books with titles like 77 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class and How Rich People Think. In a listicle entitled "What the Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People," he explains what the middle class doesn't understand about rich people: that they are better, and braver, and harder-working than everyone else. Interesting take—let's dig in.

1. The wealthy are comfortable being uncomfortable.

The poor and the middle-class have been devastated by their own pernicious need for comfort. Why else would they all be on welfare? The great ones—the great ones!—see things differently:
The wealthy, on the other hand, learn early on that becoming a millionaire isn't easy, and the need for comfort can be devastating. They learn to be comfortable while operating in a state of ongoing uncertainty. The great ones know there's a price to pay for getting rich, but if they have the mental toughness to endure temporary pain, they can reap the harvest of abundant wealth.

2. The wealthy dream about the future.

Monetization begins when you stop reminiscing and start remi-now-scing. Poor people are all like, "Remember the old timey days?", but rich people are like, "Let's innovate, baby."
Most of us grew up listening to stories of the good old days, when the world was a kinder, gentler place. The music was better, athletes were tougher, and business people were honest. This tradition of the masses is handed down from generation to generation while its purveyors have no idea how insidious and destructive it is. People who believe their best days are behind them rarely get rich, and they often struggle with happiness and depression.
The wealthy are future-oriented and optimistic about what lies ahead. They appreciate and learn from the past while living in the present and dreaming of the future.

3. The wealthy are more confident.

Believe in yourself. Wealth is a mindset. Think money, have money. Want what you have, and have what you want. Not arrogance: self-assuredness. You're cool, man, 'cause you're a cool man. And rich. Rich and cool. You couldn't even stop it if you wanted to. Surfs up!
The wealthy have an elevated and fearless consciousness that keeps them moving toward what they want, as opposed to moving away from what they don't want. This often doubles or triples their net worth quickly because of the new efficiency in their thinking. Eventually they begin to believe they can accomplish anything, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. As they move from success to success, they create a psychological tidal wave of momentum that gets stronger every day, catapulting their confidence to a level so high it is often interpreted as arrogance.

4. The wealthy believe money is about freedom.

Wealthy people are wealthy because they understand that money isn't actually about paying rent, or buying food, or sending your kids to school. It's about freedom.
Rich people can afford to stand up and fight oppression. They can afford to buy their way out of unhealthy work environments, bad bosses, and other unpleasant situations. They have the means to enlist the best doctors when they get sick, and they are able to make themselves as comfortable as possible when they can't get well. When they want to raise money for business, politics, or charity, a few phone calls to their rich friends is all it takes. If they need more money, they throw a party or host an auction and charge $1,000 a ticket. The examples of how much money buys freedom are endless.
This is true, of course. When you're poor, you're beholden to many more forces beyond your control than you are when you're rich. But it isn't so much an illustration of the rich man's capacity for thinkfluencing himself out of any shitty situation as it is a reminder of the awfulness of income inequality. Why you gotta rub it in, Steve?
And finally,

5. The wealthy carefully monitor their associations.

Like attracts like, yet the wealthy are often criticized for having a closed inner circle that is almost impossible to break into unless you are rich. Successful people generally agree that consciousness is contagious, and that exposure to people who are more successful has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your income. We become like the people we associate with, and that's why winners are attracted to winners.
Don't hate rich people for not associating with the filthy likes of you. Keeping you at arms length is just good business.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Amazing creatures: Quokka

The animal that is always happy. How cute is that!

The quokka the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like othermarsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, in particular on Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany.

I came across this on the internet and I just couldnt help post it. Anyone up to adopt a pet, go to Australia.

Lets all be quokka Happy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This Frank Lampard video will make all Chelsea fans emotional

He came off the bench, made a trademark run into the box, and smashed the ball into the top corner – only this time it was a goal scored against Chelsea. But what happened after goal was an outpour of emotions that only a true Chelsea fan can understand.
Watch the incredible moment here:

20 Best new Android Apps and Games this week

The Best Android Apps roundup is back, Back, BACK after a few weeks off due to travel, and the difficulties of finding anyone else foolish enough to dig through RSS feeds, press releases and information from developers on new Android apps.

So, this is a catchup week: the 20 best (in this writer's subjective view, obviously) new Android apps from the last three weeks. It's a strong selection, particularly for games, which has been a real bright spot for Android this year already.

As ever, the prices provided in brackets are for the initial download only: when an app uses in-app purchases, this will be listed as (Free + IAP). Something to look for: a new section of each app's Google Play store listing, which explains the full range of IAP (for example, “£1.23-£8.01 per item” for Ultralingua Dictionaries from this week's roundup).

More interested in iOS apps? They're covered in a separate weekly Best iPhone and iPad Apps roundup, with the latest instalment due to be published later today.

WhoSampled (Free)
WhoSampled is a glorious rabbit-hole of sampling culture to disappear down, now on Android as it is on the web and iOS. The app helps you explore the samples used in more than 270,000 songs, tracing them back to the original tracks, and then onwards to other music that used the same samples. Read last month's interview for more details on how it all works.

Camera51 (Free)
Need some help with your smartphone snapping? Camera51 is a new mobile photography app that claims to analyse the scene you're shooting, and help you compose the best frame for the picture. You can tap on objects to make them the focus for its trickery. And yes, it does work: the results are very impressive.

Treehouse (Free)
Treehouse is one of the services aiming to help people learn programming skills through online education. Well, mobile education too, now. This app provides access to more than 1,000 videos from the Treehouse service, from HTML and CSS to Ruby on Rails, PHP and Python, with bitesize quizzes and challenges to test what you've learned along the way.

Ultralingua Dictionaries (Free + IAP)
Don't need a dictionary any more now you've got a smartphone? Damn you autocorrect! But actually, there are already tens of thousands of people out there who've been tempted to download Ultralingua's Android app: a collection of more than 35 other dictionaries in digital form, with in-app purchases used to buy different languages including French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Glympse Keyboard (Free)
The main Glympse app is all about social location: sharing your current location with friends and family. Glympse Keyboard takes that idea and embeds it in... a keyboard. Tapping the relevant button generates a link that you can paste into another app (WhatsApp and Gmail are two suggested by Glympse) when letting someone know where you are.

Noyze Volume Panel (Free + IAP)
Most Android owners won't need this tweak, but for those that do – broken or jammed volume buttons being the examples suggested by the developer – it could be crucial. Noyze controls your device's volume, with plenty of options to customise the way it works depending on what you're doing with the device.

Line SnapMovie (Free)
Line is a hugely popular mobile social network in its homeland of Japan and other Asian countries, but it's trying to grow in the west too. SnapMovie might help: it's a polished app for shooting, editing and sharing 30-second videos, with the ability to share them beyond Line itself to Facebook and Instagram.

Digiduck's Big Decision (Free)
This is a very good idea: a storybook app designed to help parents and children talk about internet safety. It's aimed at 3-7 year-olds, with voice narration coming from musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mum, TV presenter Janet Ellis. The idea: a fun story, but one that sparks further conversation opportunities about safe surfing.

Findery (Free)
Findery is a startup run by Caterina Fake, previously the co-founder of Flickr. Photo-sharing is still a part of this, but there's a wider aim: helping people find out about “the places you've always wanted to visit and the places you will soon discover” through the pics, stories and tips of other users. It's early days though: getting lots of people posting is Findery's key challenge.

All Woman (Free + IAP)
She may not be a lady, but soul singer Lisa Stansfield's new app is All Woman. Released by online karaoke specialist PureSolo, it provides 17 master backing tracks from Lisa's back catalogue plus on-screen lyrics, for fans to sing over and share as audio or video covers. A fun idea, although obviously mainly for fans.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team (Free + IAP)
As a young twentysomething, I was world-beating at football games. As a 37 year-old father, I've degenerated to the point where I can only win in FIFA on 'numpty' level. Such is life. Still, this year's mobile instalment is looking very good, focusing on the Ultimate Team mode (hence the in-app purchases, which go up to £69.99), with a new Quick Simulation mode if your time is at a premium.

The Nightmare Cooperative (£2.49)
On iOS, roguelike-with-a-twist The Nightmare Cooperative was brilliant fun. On Android, it looks just as good, as you explore a series of dungeons with a team of characters who all move together, using their individual skills as they go. That may sound strange, but it's accessible, marvellous fun to play.

Star Wars: Commander (Free + IAP)
Insert your own 'Clash of Clones' joke here: this Star Wars game looks a lot like Clash of Clans with extra Wookies and lightsabers, although you could argue that Star Wars and real-time strategy as a gaming genre goes further back. Still, it's a very polished take on the genre in its free-to-play mobile form, with plenty of familiar characters popping in and out as you play. Read this interview for more details on the game.

Anomaly Defenders (£2.89)
You could easily write a 20 Best Android Tower Defence Games roundup, and even the 20th would be excellent. Android owners are spoilt for choice with this genre, but Anomaly Defenders is a strong contender for your time and money nonetheless, finishing off the Anomaly series with some very neat twists on the tower-building format.

Mage Gauntlet (£1.11 + IAP)
I happily wasted a whole heap of time on the iOS version of Mage Gauntlet when it came out, but have rediscovered the fun on my Android phone in recent days too. It's an action-RPG with plenty of retro nods, and some very well-designed controls for the touchscreen. There's lots of tactical scope as you progress, but it never gets too intimidating for newcomers to the genre.

Phantom Rift (£1.84 + IAP)
This appears to be the week for spells and wizards on Android, with Phantom Rift a worthy companion / alternative for Mage Gauntlet. It's another sprawling action-RPG, as you set off on an adventure as a wizard, collecting spells and equipment and battling through dungeons.

Unmechanical (£1.99)
As a £1.99 action game with no in-app purchases, Unmechanical is the kind of game that could sink without a trace in the modern app stores. That would be a real shame, because this is a carefully-crafted treat: part adventure and part puzzle collection starring a strange helicopter... thing. Full of character.

Hellraid: The Escape (£1.99)
More sorcery here, in a game that sets out its stall on the Google Play store with its promise of “no in-app purchases or pay-to-win elements”. It's a fantasy-themed adventure with demons, puzzles and a magical prison to escape, with impressive visuals to admire along the way.

Alien Creeps TD (Free + IAP)
Another tower defence game, this time from Outplay Entertainment. The theme here is more Rambo-meets-Robots than fantasy, but the gameplay mix of tower-building, upgrading and waves of enemies trying to get past them will be familiar to fans of the genre.

Goat Simulator (£2.99)
Finally: goats. Goat Simulator is more than a meme: it's a quirky, addictive game in its own right. But yes, the meme looms large: the sheer silliness of running around butting scenery as a goat should bring a smile to your face. The developers are making its bugs a selling point, too: “We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it...”

That's my choice, but what Android apps and games have you been using recently? Make your recommendations – and give me your views on the picks above – in the comments section.

"The Carlton" makes a comeback

Alfonso Ribeiro didn't make us wait long before he revived "The Carlton" on "Dancing With the Stars." On Monday night, the former "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" star dusted off his old familiar moves in week four of the competition.

The theme of the week was "Most Memorable Year," and "Dancing" saved the best for last. After watching the other nine celebrities and their pro dancing partners run through sambas, rumbas and jives, Ribeiro and pro dancer Witney Carson took the floor with a jazz routine set to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" -- a.k.a. the song that Ribeiro's "Fresh Prince" character, Carlton Banks, couldn't help but dance to.

Dressed in a costume straight out of his "Fresh Prince's" character's closet -- a v-neck sweater and a bow tie -- Ribeiro looked like he was having a blast re-creating those exuberant dance steps along with Carson.

The judges were thrilled, giving the couple a perfect score.

Ribeiro acknowledged that playing Will Smith's dorkier cousin during "Fresh Prince's" six-season run in the '90s did leave him pigeonholed as an actor, but he has no grudge against the dance that's come to bear his character's name.

"I love the Carlton dance. I love how it makes people feel," he said in an interview. "I certainly don't do it a lot. But I love the fact that people have this nostalgic look at that dance. ... This was all for the fans."

Viewers haven't been as overjoyed with fashion designer Betsey Johnson's performance. She was the latest star to exit the series on Monday night.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You like posting about your relationship on facebook, you might just be insecure

If you find your partner posting nostalgic photos from an old vacation or a family album, chances are that he may be insecure about his relationship status. According to a study, people who felt anxious about their partners were most likely to remind others that they are in a true and secure relationship.
‘On days when people felt more insecure about their partner’s feelings than they typically do, they posted more relationship-relevant information on Facebook,’ researchers noted. The same is true for people who were anxious in general. According to researchers, ‘the studies highlight the role of relationships in how people portray themselves to others’.

Here are some signs which signify ‘the end’ of a relationship
Lack of communication
Communication is one of the foundations of a healthy relationship. Lack of it can create a crack in this bond which increases with time. ‘A sign that it is time to end the relationship is when couple/partner finds ways to avoid healthy communication and stays out at work or with friends to avoid much interaction,’ says Dr Anjali.
Liar liar
Lying to your partner not only breaks their trust in you but shows that you don’t have much respect for them either. ‘When couple/partner starts making false excuses or start lying about late working hours, text messages, random phone calls, etc., it is a sign that he/she has lost interest in keeping the relationship going,’ she adds.
Never-ending fights
Says Anjali, ‘If a couple is constantly arguing, fighting and finding it difficult to communicate in a healthy way, it will definitely lead to a fallout sooner than later.’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Pep Guardiola cost us the Champions League title in 2010

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a dig at former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, stating that his tactical approach in the Champions League semi-final against Inter Milan had cost Barcelona the title.
The Catalan giants were the defending European champions, and to strengthen their team in the attacking quarters, they had signed the Swedish striker. He replaced Samuel Eto’o who went the other way to Inter Milan.
In spite of winning the La Liga title, Barcelona weren’t able to win the Champions League title under Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola cost us the title: IbrahimovicThe Catalan club lost to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in the semi final stage and Ibrahimovic blamed the current Bayern Munich manager for the failure.
Ibrahimovic said in an interview: “We had the best team in the world, for sure.
“But we failed to win the Champions League because of bad decisions from someone.”
He further added: “But it's like that. It's nothing to complain about today. You have to forget it because I had great moments at Barcelona.”
Earlier too, he had also openly criticized Guardiola in his autobiography titled ‘I am Zlatan’, in which he had called Guardiola “a spineless coward”.
Ibrahimovic has represented and won domestic titles when he represented Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and presently Paris Saint-German. But he is yet to lift the coveted Chamipons League trophy in his 15-year career.
“I'd be very happy if I could win it, of course," he said.
“After your career, you look at how many trophies you have. If I win, it'd be great, if not, it wouldn't be a failure,”

Ibrahimovic wants PSG to improve Champions League record

Paris Saint-Germain, the current French Ligue 1 champions, where the 32-year-old currently plays, has been building a team capable of locking horns with European bigwigs.
“We're still learning. The club are new in the Champions League and we gain experience," he mentioned about his team.
“This team has been constructed in the last two years and we've been in the Champions League quarter-finals twice. We want to go further this year.”
PSG play Barcelona on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes as the French side looks to put its 1-1 draw with Ajax behind them and get their first win in Europe this campaign.