Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Great Resources for Movie Lovers

Are you a movie lover like I am? Well, there are some top resources that you can’t afford to be missing out on.

The Hollywood Reporter

The world has changed a lot since the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. But, like it or not, Hollywood remains the global centre for film production. Things have diversified a lot, and there is now more space for independent films. But Hollywood still holds lots of power, and they make a lot of films. And if you want to stay informed about the latest developments at the Hollywood studios, you need to make use of the Hollywood Reporter website. As far as Hollywood coverage is concerned, it’s the best website out there.


Every movie lover should really have a subscription to Netflix. There are so many different movies to explore on there. And the choice is so varied. It’s not all about mainstream Hollywood films. They also offer the best independent films. There are also lots of foreign language films from all over the world. But, if you ask me, the best thing that Netflix offers is the documentaries. They put a huge focus on documentary films, and that’s very important. They tend to be neglected by a lot of film lovers, but there are some really interesting ones on Netflix.

Observations on Film Art

This is the perfect website for anyone who wants to get a more serious and analytic look at films. The website discusses films, old and new, in a very in-depth kind of way. As the name of the blog suggests, it treats film as a valid art form. It’s run by the respected critics and academics, Kristen Thompson and David Bordwell. They’ve both published many books on film, and they certainly know what they’re talking about. So, if you want to read about film from a new perspective, head over there now.

Viral Websites

Viral websites sometimes get a bad name. But there’s a reason why they're so popular: they offer the kind of content that’s fun to read and enjoy in small bites! That’s often what people want from movie coverage. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t read longer articles. But I recently read a very interesting article on the Nigerian film industry on a viral site, follow the link to view original source. This goes to show that there is often lots of really interesting posts and articles on viral websites.

The Top Magazines

There are lots of really interesting film magazines that still exist in the world of print media. It’s important not to forget about these, even though it seems like our whole lives exist online nowadays. There are great magazines like Film Comment, Little White Lies and Cineaste. They all take a slightly different approach, so explore them all and see which you like most. And these magazines usually don’t make their best content available online, or they get posted online a month or so later. So, consider a print subscription!

E-cigs are 95% Less Harmful than Regular Smoking

In an article that was recently published on IFLScience.com [August of 2015] it was proposed that E-cigs were significantly less harmful than cigarettes according to new studies—but are these rather extremely positive numbers really true?

As it turns out, there is a lot of evidence out there to back them up—and it’s coming from some pretty substantial sources.

The biggest source is certainly Public Health England [PHE], who published a new report just recently, concluding that E-cigs are definitely nowhere near as harmful as analog tobacco cigarettes.

A lot of other things were also said in the study. Here’s a small list of what seemed to be the ‘main points’ of the discussion around the new studies.

The studies said that…
·         The National Health Service should possibly recommend E-cigs to help people who are trying to quit smoking
·         There is no evidence that E-cigs are acting as a gateway into smoking for young students and teens
·         It’s possible that E-cigs are at least partly responsible for falling smoking rates in the UK
·         Most adult vapers are ex-smokers—which helps to put to rest the idea that a lot of vapers were never smokers to begin with

This quote, given by Professor Kevin Fenton of the PHE [The Director of Health and Wellbeing], seemed to summarize the information quite nicely.

“E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm… The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely.”   --source: iflscience.com

In a sense, I wasn’t really surprised by the information learned through this study—though I believe that it does make a difference and demand some kind of a call to action. Before this, there was never any really clear percentage-based statistic to show us how safe or dangerous E-cigs were [at least, that I knew of anyway] in relation to tobacco cigarettes—though this definitely seems to fill that role.

In a way, I guess I feel like E-cigs demand different treatment at this point. Yes, I understand that they’re still new to the scene, and I understand that a lot of people are afraid of the similarity that exists between them and cigarettes—but at the same time, we now have some pretty serious evidence separating the two of those by a 95% margin!

I feel that this information will probably make bigger waves as public awareness grows—though for now, I’m hearing surprisingly little about it in most public health circles. The simple fact of the matter is that people seem to be afraid of E-cigs. They’re afraid of them because they’re new, because they use technology to do things that haven’t been done before, and because they deliver ingredients into the human body using methods that haven’t really been put to use on such a wide scale.

But does this mean that such positive evidence for them should be ignored?

I hope not. I hope that people will see and understand that we should really be looking at vaping as a possible smoking cessation tool. I’m not the only one saying it—but I hope that people start listening. The faster we end smoking, the faster we can put an end to the dangerous health issues that it causes and promotes—and that’ll be better for everyone.  

Nicole is a passionate writer and runs a blog on this topic, so if you want to learn more about electronic cigarettes, see various product reviews or get discount codes, visit Nicole’s E-cigarette blog.  

Monday, 2 November 2015

You’ll Never Guess What Condition was Recently Linked to Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is considered a ‘common, but not normal’ condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. It’s characterized by growling, sizzling, growling, gurgling, wheezing, or whistling sounds made during sleep, and can often reduce the quality of sleep for both the snorer and any potential bed or room partners. 

Sleep apnea, of course, is a bit worse than ‘typical’ snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the individual actually stops breathing for short periods of time. The brain, detecting that the body is being deprived of oxygen, then ‘awakens’ the sleeping individual—which disturbs their sleep and often causes them to ‘gasp’ for breath—all without them even realizing that it’s happening. 

But according to a new study, snoring and sleep apnea might both be linked to something much more serious. 

Snoring and sleep apnea have both been linked to diabetes in older adults
Yes, it turns out that both of these conditions have been linked to an increased risk for diabetes in older adults who suffer from them. 

The study was conducted over a 10 year period, and included findings collected from some 6,000 U.S. adults, and the results were definitely eye-opening. It sound as though people who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea may be about twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as sound sleepers. [Source: foxnews.com]

The adults in the study were recruited between the years of 1989 and 1993, and were all 65 or older. As of the time that they were enrolled in the study, none of them had type 2 diabetes. 

Up through 1999, the participants were asked [every six months] whether or not anyone around them had complained of their snoring. They were also asked about their levels of daytime drowsiness, and were asked if they suffered from any symptoms of insomnia. In addition, their levels of insulin were measured at each checkup, and a note was made if any of them developed type 2 diabetes over the course of the study. 

At the end of the study, researchers concluded that people who suffered from sleep apnea were twice as likely to develop diabetes as ‘normal sleepers’, and that people who snored were 27% more likely. In addition, it was noted that people who suffered from daytime drowsiness were 50% more likely to develop diabetes than those without any such symptoms. 

To put this in the simplest terms, it would appear that those who experienced the most disturbed-breathing symptoms during sleeping hours had a greater risk for developing diabetes at some point in their lives. 

What does this mean?
This study is part of an ever-growing pool of evidence that suggests that sleep is much, much more important than most people realize. But it isn’t just the ‘number of hours slept’ that’s important. 

Your quality of sleep is also a huge part of the puzzle. Avoiding conditions like diabetes will help you to live a longer, healthier life—but snoring and sleep apnea can definitely make doing this difficult. 

What can you do?
If you tend to suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, then it’s important that you seek help. Regardless of how old you are, it’s still going to affect the quality of your sleep—which is something that you can’t afford to miss out on. 

Sleeping well is a part of our natural regeneration process. Our body desperately needs this time to fix problems and rest certain parts of us that are needed during the day. And if we don’t get as much as we need, we’ll start to see a negative difference. We might even end up suffering from a disease or condition, like diabetes, a stroke, or a heart attack. 

If you have snoring problems now, you should look into some of the stop snoring devices that we’ve reviewed here on our website. Many of them are inexpensive and backed by clinical trials—so they’ve been proven to be effective and useful in preventing snoring and sometimes sleep apnea. 

Finding the right device for you could alleviate the problem and get you back on track to sleeping normally. 

Monday, 7 September 2015

Things To Do With Your Computer When You Want To Have Fun

Most of us seek entertainment from our iPads or iPhones. But your computer can
be a great source of entertainment too. If you’re having a night at home, why not spend some time checking out what more you can do with a computer? It doesn’t matter whether you use a laptop or a desktop computer. Enjoy the bigger screen, and have some fun.

Almost everything you can do on your tablet can be enjoyed on the bigger screen of your computer. There are even apps you can download to make the most of the big QWERTY keyboard and larger display. Google has a pretty good collection of apps, although many of them are sitting firmly in the Productivity category.

The best thing about the bigger screen is that you can enjoy streaming TV and movies. The sound systems you get with a desktop offer a better experience for movies or music videos too. It doesn’t matter if you’re running Windows or a Mac OS. Being seated in a chair means you’re less likely to get neck ache and back ache from viewing too. You can still play all your favourite in-app games from social media. But it’s the wealth of PC games that really makes my computer the winner.

When it comes to accessing the internet, mobile websites on your smartphone just don’t always cut it. They can be watered down and less functional. On your computer, you can access everything from the desktop site. Entertainment websites like Lista Buzz offer a great deal of content. I love having the choice to access it by smartphone or my computer to see the bigger picture. I can easily click from one article to the next.

I love having a QWERTY keyboard for accessing website URLs that much easier. Like most people, I can type faster this way than with a small touch screen. Longer messages like emails or blogs definitely need a proper keyboard to type. Have you ever had a go at writing? Your computer could be just the tool you need to become the next big blogger. Or perhaps you fancy writing a novel? There are some great software packages out there for your PC that can help you.

Other software packages for PC or Mac include music making programs. You can plug a USB keyboard into your computer to make up your own music. This can be done on a smaller scale with apps like GarageBand for your iPad. But having a full sized keyboard in front of you really brings out the musician in you!

Graphic designers prefer to use the processing power of a full PC too. When you are editing high-resolution images, you need a range of plug-in tools at your disposal. Best of all, the larger screen means you can see the full picture up close. You can have a lot of fun editing pictures, and then easily post them on FaceBook or Pinterest.

There are times when life is just a lot easier on a computer than your smartphone. The games for PC are on par with console games, and you can plug in a range of different controllers if you want. My computer is perfect for a fun night in.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Games to Play When You're Avoiding Work This Year

Yes, we shouldn’t do it, but playing games is often a difficult temptation to resist. Especially when the alternative is work! So, next time you’re looking for a great distraction, try these cool games.

Road Redemption

Games revolving around vehicles and driving are endless. It always seems like there’s too many of them, yet not enough good ones. It’s a real dilemma, but luckily, there are still a few good ones out there to discover. And, right now, one of the very best is Road Redemption for the PC.

It marries together a great driving game with a big dose of fun and humour. And humour is something that is sorely missing from the vast majority of driving games right now. For example, Road Redemption lets you play as a shovel. Can you think of many other games that would let you do that?

Banner Saga

If you’re looking for something to play on your mobile or tablet, you should definitely consider Banner Saga. It’s a game that focuses on strategy rather than intricate gameplay and action. This appeals massively to some people, but some will hate it. If you like to engage your brain when you play, this is for you.

The game sees you take part in an epic Viking saga. You have to travel across the vast maps and landscapes in order to recruit allies and defeat your enemies. As you travel, you’ll have to build up your skills and collect items that will make defeating your foes a lot easier.

Juicy Bazookas

Sometimes, the best games are the ones that are simple, fun and addictive. This definitely applies to Juicy Bazookas. The name alone should be enough to tempt you to play it. And once you try the first few levels, you’ll probably be glued to your computer screen for hours!

You can play the game at Playberry.com, and it’s totally free. You start off as a happy man who has just filled up his fridge. But when thieves raid his fridge and steal his food, things get nasty. Each level consists of firing your bazooka at the thieves to get your food back. It’s the kind of game that gets very addictive, very quickly.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

We’ve already seen the first two installments of The Witcher, but this is the first one to be released on the PS4. The Witcher that the title refers to is Geralt of Rivia. In this game, he is tasked with protecting the Northern Kingdoms from an invading army known as Wild Hunt.

Needless to say, you’ll spend a lot of time slaughtering evil monsters and defeating the weird and wonderful creatures the games throws your way. But that’s not all there is to The Witcher 3. You’ll also be able to to explore the vast open world environment and get distracted by side missions.

Photo source: Pixabay.com

We all know it’s true, gaming is a lot more fun than working. So, make sure you check out these great games.

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