10 Things to do with Dry Erase Markers

Here is a great article on 10 things that you can do with dry-erase markers. I mean, hey. Just using them to play hangman at work would be boring, right? You don’t do that. Crap.

From the article:

Remove permanent marker The solvent in dry-erase markers will dissolve many permanent marker inks — just scribble over the permanent mark and wipe away with a paper towel. You may have to do this more than once to clean it off entirely.

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Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Guitarists

We guitarists need love too. And with Christmas coming up, what better way to show that love than to fill the ol’ stocking with gifts. Here are a few ideas, click the link to see all of them.

1. Shubb C1 Acoustic or Electric Guitar Capo

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A capo is a requirement for all guitarists, and “The Shubb” is the most reliable capo available, at a reasonable price. The Shubb C1 should be suitable for both acoustic and electric guitars (it’s not suitable nylon-strung classical guitars).

2. Elixir Guitar Strings

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Many consider Elixirs to be the Cadillacs of guitar strings, and I’m inclined to agree with them. If you’re unsure about which type to buy, consider the “Polyweb Acoustic Light Top/Medium Bottom” strings for acoustic guitar, or “Polyweb Electric Light” strings for electric guitar.

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Depression: Recognizing the Warning Signs of Suicide

As someone who used to work with teenagers, this is informations that can be very helpful for anyone:

Suicide prevention is possible. In most cases, there are warning signs that someone is contemplating a suicide attempt. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to recognize the warning signs, take them seriously, and know how to respond to them.

The warning signs are:

  • Talking about suicide (killing one’s self)
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying things like “It would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”
  • Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • A sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, like driving fast or through red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up lose ends, changing a will

Be especially concerned if a person is exhibiting any of these warning signs and has attempted suicide in the past. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20-50% of people who commit suicide have had a previous attempt.

What to do:

First, if someone you know appears to be depressed and is contemplating suicide, take them seriously. Listen to what he or she is saying. Take the initiative to ask him or her what they are planning, but don’t attempt to argue them out of committing suicide. Rather, let the person know that you care and understand and are listening. Avoid statements like: “You have so much to live for.”

Then seek help. Encourage the person to seek the help of a mental health professional. Because the person probably doesn’t think they can be helped, you’ll probably have to be persistent by going with him.

If your loved one appears to be in danger of committing suicide imminently, do not leave him or her alone; remove any weapons or drugs that may be used. Accompany him or her to the nearest emergency room.

During treatment, support your friend. Help them to remember to take antidepressant medications and to continue any other therapy prescribed.

Source: WebMD

Chuck Norris Facts

In case you have never heard of the man who is Chuck Norris, he is an amazing human. Here are some facts about him:

  • Guns don’t kill people. Chuck Norris kills People.
  • There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
  • Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
  • The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain.
  • There is no chin under Chuck Norris’ Beard. There is only another fist.
  • Chuck Norris has two speeds. Walk, and Kill.
  • The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Chuck Norris 3. Cancer
  • Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
  • Chuck Norris is my Homeboy.
  • Chuck Norris doesn’t go hunting…. CHUCK NORRIS GOES KILLING

For more facts about Chuck Norris, go here.

Four Questions to Help You Break Bad Habits

I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. –Romans 7:18-20

Here is an article on breaking those annoying habits that we want to break, but we just can’t seem to follow through. The great thing about this article is that it goes into why quitting is so dang hard. From the article:

There’s no excitement in just saying no. Have you ever tried to take something away from a little boy? Not easy. And what if you give him something else instead? Now you’re talking! If the new toy is “exciting” enough, the old one will be given up with ease.

From there, it gets into the 4 “power questions” to ask yourself. Here is number 3:

3. Is now the right time?
You’ve heard it many times. I’ll tell you once again. It’s important to focus only on one habit change at a time, so if you have too much on your plate right now, you might want to wait before introducing new challenges.

Check out the rest of the article for the full benefit. Whether it is smoking, bad eating, drinking, gambling, or anything else that you know you shouldn’t be doing, hopefully this will help you get back on the right path!

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Ryan Adams “Love is Hell”

I have had this cd for a few years now. Originally released as 2 EP’s, it now comes as a single disc. I originally listened to this disc while driving to my grandparents house late at night in December of 2004, and now when I listen to it, it reminds me of that. The only thing, is that after listening to it, I think you would get a similar picture in your head: Someone sitting at a piano, playing and singing at night somewhere cold. I know that sounds random, but listen to it, and you will understand.

This disc reveals Adam’s heart and vulnerability all throughout it, and in doing so, reveals a bit of your own as well. It is mostly somber and mellow, usually resorting to a guitar, piano, and somewhat raspy vocals.

Overall, this is a great disc that will pull you into a world of love, loss, and to an extent, a bit of redemption. Please give it a listen!

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Podcast Feedback

For the last several weeks, I have been doing a podcast called “The Quick Bite” with my friend Jeff. Long story short, and this will sound random, but we review frozen meals. Now before you go and say “seriously? frozen meals?”, there is a market for it. We have a decent listener base, but we have gotten almost no feedback yet. So, for any of you out there, feel free to listen and leave some feedback. We want it to be a good as possible!

And hey, you might learn something about that Lean Cuisine you just ate!

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