Two Way Radios : A Beginner’s Guide

A two-way radio is a device which transmits and receives voice signals through the air. They work somewhat like a telephone, but since they do not require a central network they can be used anywhere! With two way radios, two or more people can have a discussion no matter where they are — sometimes while they are miles apart! Another common name for a two-way radio is a „walkie talkie“.

The most common type of two-way radio for regular consumers is the FRS/GMRS two-way radio. These are the radios that you typically see in the big-box stores. FRS and GMRS are the different frequency ranges, or channels, that these radios can operate on. The FRS channels are 8 though 14 and the GMRS channels are 15-22. Channels 1 through 7 are shared, and are used by both the FRS and GMRS systems.

All radios in your group will need to be set to the same channel before you can communicate. For example, if your radio is set to channel 7 it will send your voice over that channel when you talk, and it will listen for and allow you to hear other people talking on channel 7. It is always important to remember that these channels are public! Always be careful what you say over a two way radio, because you can never be sure who is listening.

When choosing a channel, privacy and range should be your primary concerns. If you are using a FRS only channel, because of government regulations your radio will only broadcast at a maximum of .5 watts of power. This wattage will typically get you between half a mile, and one mile of range. If using a GMRS channel, you can get the maximum output power and range out of your two-way radio. However, if you are using a GMRS channel, you are required by the FCC to purchase a license to operate on those frequencies.

As far as privacy goes, if you choose a channel and notice that there are others using the same channel, you should switch to a different channel to avoid confusion. Sometimes, such as at a crowed amusement park, 22 channels just aren’t enough to provide privacy. Because of this, most mid range radios and up also provide „Privacy Codes,“ which break up a single channel into anywhere between 38 and 121 sub-channels. When you figure in the privacy codes, many radios offer over 1000 individual channels for you to choose from.

Some two-way radios operate on AA or AAA batteries. You will also find that many of the radios come with rechargeable battery packs and desktop chargers. If you buy a model with a rechargeable battery pack, you will get the convenience of the rechargeable batteries and plus, you will still be able to operate them with regular batteries if your battery packs happen to drain before you get them back to their chargers.

There are many good uses for a two-way radio, but they can come in especially handy on family vacations or outings. Have you ever taken a trip to an amusement park or a ski trip and somehow got separated from your friends or family? A two-way radio would have been very helpful to locate one another. How about taking more than one car on a road trip? A two-way radio would be a great means of communication between vehicles.

Another popular sport in which two-way radios can play a big part is hunting. Hunters are always in need of some sort of communications device to keep in contact with one another throughout the woods. The avid hunter can now even find two-way radios in camouflage color!

The major brands of two-way radios include Motorola, Cobra, Midland, Kenwood and Uniden. You can find radios from these manufacturers in all different ranges of output power and distance. There are all different types of features out there you can get with your two-way radios as well. Many two-way radios even support the NOAA weather channels. There are also lots of accessories you can find for your two-way radios including headsets, handheld speakers, earbud receivers, and throat mics. A lot of these you can even operate hands-free as long as they, and the radios, are VOX capable. You can now even buy car chargers for your two-way radios!

It is no doubt that two-way radios have come along way over the years. Most people have found them impossible to live without, just like cell phones! From starting out at a maximum range of about 2-5 miles, you can now find them with maximum ranges of up to 14 miles! Next time you are on the go with friends or family, make sure you’re prepared and take a two-way radio along. They may just prove to be pretty handy.

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Source by Danny Feemster

12 Things Every Sales Super Star Knows

There are only three ways to sell more. Do more right. Do less wrong. Or, do both. Every sales super star knows that there are many skills and attitudes that contribute to their success, but there are twelve critical attributes that the sales super stars have integrated into their overall sales strategy. The following are in no particular order, but if you want long-term consistent success you will embrace and incorporate each of them into your routine sales attitudes and behaviors.

1. Make a sale, you’ll make a living. Sell a relationship and you can make a fortune.

Poor salespeople focus on just closing the sale. Successful salespeople focus on closing the sale and the relationship. Which is your approach?

Selling is not about only closing the current prospect on a particular product or service that solves one of their pressing problems, needs or desires. It is about building a trusting relationship and partnership with them, by becoming a resource, and helping them solve their on-going problems, or satisfying their continuing and evolving needs and desires. Super stars know that the lifetime value of a client is far more than the value of one sale or transaction.

2. People buy when they are ready to buy not when you need to sell.

You don’t change people’s buying habits or circumstances. What you can do is accurately discover them and then attempt to create a sense of urgency. A lot of buying is done due to momentum. It is important to discover those ‚real‘ reasons or circumstances as to why a prospect would buy now, later, not at all or never. Once you have discovered their real issues the sales super star tailors their appeal to those specific needs, desires and buying circumstances.

3. When you sell price you rent the business. When you sell value you own it.

Most poorly trained salespeople tend to lower the price when they receive price resistance. Any price, no matter how low, will always seem high to a prospect or customer if their perceived value is low. The key to effectively handling price resistance is to understand this simple, yet profound, concept.

Prospects and customers say they want low price, but what they really want is low cost. What is the difference?

Price is what customers pay for your product or service now. Cost is what the customer pays by buying late, not at all or wrong. It is their overall cost over an extended period of time.

The sales super stars sell value and don’t defend price. In the long run, it is much easier to justify high price if the value is there, than poor quality and constant product/service problems.

4. Your prospect will tell you what you need to tell them to sell them.

Accurate and timely information is the key to success in selling. One of the biggest mistakes poor salespeople make is that they give information before they get information. In other words they talk too much. If you practice this approach, you are going to make one or all of the following mistakes. 1) You will give too much information (more than is necessary to make the sale). 2) You will give the wrong information (based on the prospect’s needs, wants, desires or problems). 3. You will give information that could sabotage your success either in the short or long term.

5. If two people want to do business together they won’t let the details get in the way. If two people don’t want to do business together they will let any detail will get in the way.

If two people want to do business together they won’t let any details get in the way. If a prospect doesn’t want to do business with you they will let even the slightest detail get in the way. We are talking here about intent. Sales super stars know how to identify the prospect’s real intent or their purpose. They are not easily misled and tend to probe deeper when they feel they are not getting the real truth from the prospect or customer.

6. They need to work as hard to keep the business as they did to get it in the first place.

Many salespeople make lots of promises or benefit statements while trying to sell a new prospect. A key concept to keep in mind while selling is that the close of the sale is not the end of the sales process, but the beginning of the sales relationship.

Sales super stars know that to ensure repeat business, customer loyalty, positive references and qualified referrals that their after sales service must be one of their strengths.

7. To sell more every year, they get better every year.

Life is an interesting relationship between paying the price and winning the prize. Between self-investment and rewards. Between investing time in personal development and your ultimate success. It is never too late to begin an aggressive on-going self development program. There are hundreds of books to read, audio CD’s to listen to and seminars to attend. Sales stars don’t wait for their organization to invest in them and their future value. They take full responsibility for the quality of their life and learning. They are pro-active in seeking out learning opportunities.

8. They manage their time and territory effectively.

Each of us gets 24 hours to do with what we will. Some salespeople wish they had more while others wish time would pass a lot quicker. Some salespeople act like they have an unlimited time bank available to them and that their prospects or clients will see them whenever the salesperson would like. The sales super stars understand the importance of using every available selling minute to its full advantage.

9. The close of the sale begins when the prospect agrees to see them.

People don’t like to make decisions. The main reason is they don’t want to make a poor or wrong decision. Traditional sales closing methods asks people to make a decision. For example. Do you want it in green or red? (Alternative choice) Do you want to use your pen or mine? (Action close) Can we write up an order now? (Direct close) Each of these closing techniques, even though they do work, have two fundamental problems.

1) They ask the prospect to make a decision. 2) The sales super stars don’t use them.

Few salespeople have a ‚closing strategy‘ a process that they follow with each and every real sales opportunity. They don’t try an force a fit. They discover the prospects sense of urgency or they create it.

10. They never give up control of the sales process.

A common mistake poor salespeople make is that they lose control of the sales process at some point. There are many ways they accomplish this and here are just a few for your consideration:

They quote price before they have had a chance to build value.

They don’t ask enough questions early in the sales process. They just ramble on.

They send out literature when asked, without first qualifying the prospect’s agenda or reasons for requesting it.

They send people to their website without first getting some basic qualifying information and having a follow-up strategy after the prospect has perused their site.

Control of the sales process is one of the key strategies of the sales super star. They understand that control is not manipulation, but is in the ultimate best interests of the prospect or client. When the salesperson controls the sales process they are never broad-sided with a lost sale they thought was in the bag.

11. They never project their buying prejudices into the sales process.

The objection that you will tend to have the most difficulty answering successfully is that objection that is the most consistent with your own value system.

If you are a price buyer and your prospect objects to price you will tend to accept their objection. If you are the type of buyer who tends to think decisions over before making a purchase and your prospect says to you, „We need to think this over.“ Again, you will tend to go along with their objection as rational or making perfect sense (because that is the way you buy.)

This simple act of accepting sales objections that resonate with you because you can relate to them is nothing more than projecting your personal attitudes, opinions, judgments or biases into the sales process. When you project your personal beliefs into the sales process you are assuming that everyone who buys, buys the way you like to buy and often for the same reasons. The sales super star leaves their personal biases, prejudices and opinions at home.

12. They never lose their passion.

Passion is the great equalizer. It can make up for a lack of experience and knowledge. I am not suggesting that you not develop your knowledge or experience – only that until you do, your passion will be interpreted by others as a strong belief in yourself, your mission and your purpose.

Passion is different from enthusiasm. The old outworn cliché says „Act enthusiastic and you will become enthusiastic.“ I have never subscribed to this philosophy. The reason is that if enthusiasm is an act which you use when things are going well, how do you behave when your life is falling apart? Are you just as enthusiastic about failure, more problems than you deserve and any number of disappointments, frustrations and adversities?

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Source by Tim Connor

Dean Martin: Singer, Television Star, Movie Actor, Celebrity Role Model and Charming

Dean Martin appealed to both men and women. Men liked him because he had that cool, suave demeanor and devil-may-care attitude. Women liked him because he was literally tall, dark and handsome and had that mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

It was often said that Dean looked like a model that just stepped out of a men’s fashion magazine. I remember once hearing someone say that Dean looked as comfortable in his tuxedo as most people do in their pajamas. Relaxed and charming are perhaps two words that sum up his personality. Added to that Greg Garrison his producer once said that Dean had an enduring smile and what you see with Dean is exactly what you get.

If anyone ever wanted to find a celebrity role model, it would be Dean. The entertainment industry has always had its share of scandals but he kept his life private and certainly never contributed to them.

Instead one sees a man who was always kind to the people he worked with, would be on time for his stage calls, and supportive of other entertainers that worked with him. Charles Nelson Reilly was a guest on Dean’s TV show. He said that if they were doing a comedy sketch and Charles got a good laugh, Dean would nudge him with his foot meaning good for you, Charles.

Dean and his partner Jerry Lewis were part of one of the highest rated comedy teams ever. The Martin & Lewis team lasted for 10 years from 1946-1956. Towards the end they were hardly talking to each other except when doing their act on stage.

After several movies, their own TV show which was part of the Colgate Comedy Hour and their many night club appearances, they called it quits. Their last appearance as a team was at the famed Copacabana in New York City.

Even though Dean had an easy-going and relaxed personality he was his own man. For example it was Dean who ended the Martin & Lewis comedy act. Jerry had taken over more and more control of their movie scripts and Dean had grown weary of the roles he was told to play. He wanted to do more serious movies. Dean had enough and said he was ending their act.

Both Dean and Jerry had their own management people and of course there was serious money involved given all their various business ventures. Obviously the lawyers on each team viewed this as a disaster. At the beginning of the huge process of sorting things out one of the lawyers said to Dean ‚you can’t just walk away from 30 million dollars in income‘ and Dean replied ‚oh yeah, you just watch me.‘

Many of the Night Clubs and casinos on the West coast and East coast in those days were owned or fronted by the Mafia. Dean’s friend Frank Sinatra would kowtow and hang around with certain members of the Mafia but Dean again was his own man. He pretty well did as he pleased and on occasion would do a special benefit show for them if asked but he did not jump through hoops for any of them.

Another example was when Frank was in a partying mood and after the shows wanted to party-hardy. Quite a few of Frank’s friends were ‚yes‘ men but Dean was not. If Frank wanted Dean to hang out and party but Dean didn’t then Dean would say no and would catch up with him at a later time.

One of Dean’s passions was playing Golf. If he was going to be playing the following day he would not stay out late at night as he liked to get an early start. Dean’s son Ricci said that his father was actually an early riser for most of his working life. Dean was a really good golfer and played scratch when he was at top of his game.

There have been stories about Dean’s style when singing that said he was influenced by Bing Crosby. But the truth be told is that his main influence was Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers. If one were to see a video of the famed brothers singing it is evident that there are some similarities between Dean and Harry’s style.

Dean had been married three times. His second marriage was to Jeanne Martin and lasted for 20 years from 1949 to 1969 when they went their separate ways. The divorce became finalized in 1973. In later years they were seen together from time to time and the public wondered if they were maybe going to get back together again. Jeanne mentioned in an interview once that when Dean entered a room at a function it was like magic. It seems as though she still had some feelings for Dean.

Jeanne was a firm believer in family. She accepted the four children from a previous marriage of Dean’s to live and stay with them and loved each of them along with the three children she had with Dean.

Dean’s son, Dean Paul was an officer in the California Air National Guard and he died in 1987 when his military F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains. Many people in entertainment and friends said that Dean never recovered from the loss of his son.

In 1993 Dean’s health started to deteriorate and he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died of acute respiratory failure at home on Christmas day morning in 1995.

How could anyone ever forget some of Dean’s songs whose melodies will live on in our mind. Songs such as „Somewhere There’s a Someone“ written by my friend Baker Knight, „You’re Nobody ‚Til Somebody Loves You,“ and his signature song „Everybody Loves Somebody“ written by Ken Lane will be around for a long time to come. Even to this day I miss Dean a lot but we all still have his wonderful songs to listen to (smile).

And so, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime and we all love you, Dean. Goodnight.

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Source by Paul Romaine

The Proverbial Rock and the Hard Place – Choosing From Fear Or Faith

In the process of self-development and personal transformation often we come to a place in the road where we feel doomed either way we choose. We are caught between the Rock and the Hard Place. The way through this juncture is UP into infinite possibility.

The Rock represents your human-mind thought which is usually telling you the logical, rational and linear way to go. The safe road, the commonly taken road, the easy way out. The hard place is that deep place inside of you that wants you to follow your heart, take the high ground and follow your bliss. It is rare in this world when you are evolving to a higher level of consciousness that you avoid the crush of the rock and the hard place.

The dilemma is between you and You. The small you, the human mind you, is the one who wants the road most commonly taken. The You of you is your God-chip that wants you to follow your joy.

In the journey to higher consciousness you are reaching for the infinite possibilities but the human-minded you doesn’t quite believe them in this context. You might believe in the „miracle“ in another context, but can’t fathom it in this one.

For example: you’re talking to a friend about their leaving a miserable job where the pay is low and the boss is miserable. You can counsel them to take the risk, take that job that feels like more fun in Alaska. In this choice it seems easy for you to know that what feels better is definitely a better choice for your friend than staying put and being miserable.

However, when the choice is yours to make for you, you stew and stew on it. You continue to go to that miserable, rotten job day after day being bored out of your mind and swallowing up criticisms by an unappreciated management. Every chance you get, though, you are looking for a new job. Then, lo and behold you find one! You go to the interview and it all seems too good to be true, except for one thing: no benefits. The pay is better; the position is exactly what you’re looking for with decision making responsibilities. You make your own hours and get bonuses for projects completed on time and on budget. This is exactly the challenge you’ve been looking for. And to top it all off, you can set your own hours and even work from home. However, the position offers no benefits.

Now comes the Rock and the Hard Place over this one issue of benefits. But it is really not about the benefits, it is about your faith and trust in the Good that is Yours. Your human mind begins sounding all the doomsday warnings about sickness and accidents. Your Self is jumping up and down with glee for having found the exact perfect job that will delight You on a daily basis.

It comes down to this: you both believe and trust in the Goodness that is Yours or your don’t. You either choose to live in Faith and move that to Knowing your Good is at play; or you live „safe“ letting fear rule your adventure on Earth.

These scenarios are most gut wrenching when you are going through them; but they are exactly the ones that come in answer to your asking for a freer life, more joy, more love – but you will have to grow your consciousness from fear to faith in your Good in order to move past it. These are the defining moments of a life; the road most commonly traveled or the road less traveled.

Your Spirit, your God-chip, your True Self is reaching for the fun, the joy, the fulfillment.

Follow It; your Good is always at play. Your Good is infinite. Your Good always feels good.

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Source by Kathy Kirk

The Difference Between a Podcast and an Internet Radio Show

Internet radio shows are just like traditional radio shows, transmitting either talk or music audio, only via the web instead of traditional airwaves. One of the biggest differences between internet radio shows and podcasts is this ability to transmit live audio. Broadcasting internet radio audio is called „webcasting“ to differentiate it from traditional radio even further with etymology.

This technology is further separated from podcasting and is closer to traditional radio in the sense that the listener has no control over when or how they listen to the audio because it is continuously streaming, just like traditional radio. Listeners engage with online radio shows by typing or pasting the proper web address to summon the media player and you’re connected to their live show the moment you connect.

Time Commitment & Accessibility

Podcasts are downloadable audio files, a more „on demand“ experience you have more control over as a listener. In an ideal world, your favorite internet radio shows will take advantage of this technology, too, and provide loyal listeners with the archived recording so that they, too, can download it and listen later or listen to it repeatedly if they want to. Most webcasting platforms do not offer this technology freely, so you will find that many radio shows are one and done. No recording will be saved to the internet or your computer. Webcasters must record their own shows to provide this feature.

The last concept is a big bonus on the side of podcast listeners, however, podcast shows are less predictable, making content available whenever they like which is often less frequently than their listeners would like. Internet radio shows have a set schedule they commit to and usually webcast for the same amount of time as well.

From The Content Creator’s Perspective

From a show creator’s perspective, there are benefits to both sides. Depending on the level of time they’re willing to commit, the past two concepts will be a large deciding factor. If their motivations are tied to businesses beyond their desire to share content, they may want to consider the size of the net that’s cast with each. Web-casting via internet radio show will allow you to capture a lot of listeners at one time. If this is important to you, or if you are selling or plan to sell advertising segments within the show, internet radio is the way to go. Podcasts only reach one person at a time because they require a download, and this is not ideal for selling advertising segments.

Understanding a Listener’s Motivation

As a webcaster, you’ll need to understand your audience’s motivation behind listening to your show. With an internet radio station, you typically need to please the whole audience. Is your concept a crowd pleaser? Podcasting can be a little more specific, or niche, because the listener often seeks you or a certain topic out. Both are points to consider when formulating your whole brand and outlining „episodes“.

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Source by Aaron Phillips

Zi Wei Dou Shu Astrology – Background I

Zi Wei Don Shu („ZWDS“) is a traditional Chinese System of Destiny Statistical Science founded on the principles of virtual stars. It uses virtual stars instead of real stars. It uses 18-32 key stars but can go up to 108 Stars depending on the lineage one belongs to as well as the individual preference. Besides the stars, ZWDS also utilizes 12+1 Functional Palaces with different to provide great details during the analysis. The interpretation will then be made according to the varied interactions between Stars/ Palaces / Elemental Nature/Chinese Year of Birth/ Multiplier Flying Stars and Brightness of Stars. With so many variables employed in the reading, it is able to give detailed and unambiguous details if the person using it is highly skilled.

The location of the Self (or some called Life or Destiny Palace) varies between individuals depending on their respective birth data and the position of the other 11 Palaces will shift according to where the Self Palace is placed. The Self Palace is the most important reference point as it provides the executive summary of you and discloses your inborn capabilities, character, physical appearance, general luck and potential development.

In fact, the Chinese long form of ZWDS although can be literally translated into Emperor (Zi Wei), Constellation (Dou), System of Calculations (Shu). It is, however more widely known as „Purple Star Astrology“ in most English write ups. Zi which means purple, is actually referring to the color of the aura of the nobilities for which aptly the Emperor will possess.

Hence other authors may name it Emperor Astrology instead. In any case, Zi Wei star is the first star of the series, and its position in your chart determines where all the other stars fall in the chart.

There are two main schools of Zi Wei Dou Shu practised today. The first school emphasizes on reading the star characteristics and hails from San He lineage. The other school places an emphasis on reading the 4 Transformations (ie which means Si Hua in Chinese) and belongs to the Si Hua lineage.

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Source by Ken Toh J

Celebrity Ghost Stories – Elvis Presley

Millions of fans around the world mourned the death of the King of Rock ’n‘ Roll, Elvis Presley, on the 16th August 1977.

Despite the many rumours that Elvis is still alive and that he faked his own death, his ghost has been reported in several locations, including his former home, Graceland, in Memphis (now a tourist attraction) and at the Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Blvd., near Graceland. Elvis’s ghost also has been spotted at the Nashville recording studios, where he made some early records. Many people over the years have snapped photos of Elvis – or whom they claim is Elvis – gazing out of upstairs windows at Graceland. People have also reported seeing him standing near his grave, and he has also been spotted hurrying up the stairs inside Graceland.

The Ghost of Elvis, dressed in a white-sequined suit, has also been seen by stagehands at the Las Vegas Hilton where he often performed in the early 1970s. Elvis’s Ghost has also been seen in a dilapidated old building just off Nashville’s Music Row, which had once housed the recording studios of RCA in the 1950’s. This is where Elvis recorded his breakthrough single, Heartbreak Hotel, in 1956. Staff there claim that every time Elvis’s name is mentioned, something weird happens. For example, ladders fall down, lights pop or go out, and unexplained noises can be heard coming through the sound system.

After the death of Elvis, many psychics claimed to be in touch with his spirit. In America, a prime-time television special was produced about Elvis‘ psychic mediums. Professor Hans Holzer thoroughly tested the most credible claimants and concluded that only Dorothy Sherry, a New York medium, was genuine. The séances with Dorothy Sherry were made with the co-operation of David Stanley, Elvis‘ half-brother, who corroborated the messages as being definite proof that Elvis was still communicating from beyond the grave.

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Source by Alan Toner

Tips to Get You Invited to the Rock Concert After Party

I want to start off by clarifying that when I say „rock concert“ I am talking about small shows featuring independent local and touring bands. The kind of shows you would see in a bar or a club. If you are going to an arena show your after party is getting stuck in traffic, so have fun with that. Your goal here is party and get friendly with real rock stars and it’s at the more intimate settings that it’s going to happen.

So you find your show and the band takes the stage. Now it’s time to let loose and have some fun. Hoot and holler, dance, clap and shout encouraging words between songs. „You guys rock!“ etc. The wilder the crowd gets the better time the musicians will have. When you introduce yourself after the set, the band will remember you as someone who really went off and take an instant liking to you.

When the band is done performing, they will have two things on their mind. Getting laid and getting intoxicated. If you are an attractive and easy going person then offering sex may get you invited. If you’re a slob like me, you might want to try booze. Offer to buy a round of beers. Be prepared and say „Hey guys, I got a hooker boat (18 pack) in my car. Where’s the party?“ Some musicians may be looking for drugs. I speak from experience when I say drugs are very dangerous and you don’t want to get involved with them at all. Don’t bust out an eight ball or someone could end up dead or institutionalized.

Always be friendly after a show and thank the band personally. A quick way to find the after party is to just ask. It may be at a bar down the street that serves stiffer and cheaper drinks. If this is the case just follow the crowd.

Not every band has the ability to have a house party after a show. If you have a well stocked and empty house you could always offer to host the after party at your pad. Just make sure the neighbors are cool because it could get loud and rowdy. Also put the fragile stuff away because your place might get trashed! If your house is big enough you might even be able to talk your new musician friends into playing a house show.

This last tip is what got me invited to all the after parties. If you got the equipment, videotape the whole show. Musicians are self conscience and they are gonna want to know if they killed it onstage or totally sucked. Bring your cords and let them know you can plug into their TV and let them watch the whole show. You will be a hero and instant friend.

Use these tips and you will be partying with rock stars in no time. Some of the friendships you make could even turn into business partnerships if you have any interest in show biz. I had the time of my life and I bet you will too.

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Source by Shane A Vozar

Film Review: Taara Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth)


Taara Zameen Par is a 2007 Indian drama film directed and produced by director, producer, and actor Aamir Khan. The film has reissued its title as „Like Stars on Earth“ for Disney International viewing. The film plots the life story of an eight-year-old child named Ishaan Awasthi who has very vivid imagination. Although he excels in art, his academic performance was vice versa. He always gets red marks in his test papers. This leads his parents to send him off to a boarding school, the Tulips School, thinking Ishaan would get his act together and stop being a naughty kid. However, Ishaan’s performance in Tulips School mirrors his performance in his previous school.

Meanwhile, a new Art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh enters the scene and encounters Ishaan’s struggle in his early life. He has been bothered when Ishaan did not even paint a point in his canvas when ordered to paint whatever they want. He tries to figure out the problem of Ishaan by asking Ishaan’s physically-disabled-but-bright friend, Rajan, and his fellow teachers who think Ishaan is one of those mentally retarded whose life has nowhere to go, by checking out Ishaan’s past test papers and his red marks, and by visiting Ishaan’s parents‘ home. During his visit, he discovers how Ishaan loves to paint and figures with Ishaan’s family Ishaan’s disability. He points it as dyslexia – a reading difficulty in phonological awareness, phonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, language skills/verbal comprehension, and/or rapid naming.

Ishaan’s father, on the other hand, denies the fact and said Nikumbh was just making excuses for Ishaan the same way Ishaan excuses himself to study. Nikumbh, then, grabs a box that had writings in Chinese and asks Ishaan’s father to read the writings. Ishaan’s father says he can’t read what was written because he does not recognize the letters. Nikumbh here ridicules Ishaan’s father for him to understand and accept that Ishaan, indeed, is dyslexic.

The next day, Nikumbh tries to reach out to Ishaan by telling out a story that Ishaan nervously thought was his story. Apparent in the film, Nikumbh states the story was of Albert Einstein’s. Afterward, Nikumbh goes on citing different famous names who were dyslexic or learning-disabled but still made to do something different. Before sending the children out, Nikumbh calls out Ishaan’s attention to tell him there was another name he didn’t mention – Ram Shankar Nikumbh – his name. This figures that Nikumbh has been also dyslexic and has experienced what Ishaan was currently experiencing.

Nikumbh, who is eager to tell everyone, most especially Ishaan’s family that Ishaan is not to be treated „different“ and be sent to a special school for mentally challenged kids, walks on to talking the principal of Tulips School. He persuades the principal to give Ishaan the chance to explore himself and gain back his imagination that he draws out in painting, and let him do the job for improving Ishaan’s problems in reading and writing (literacy) and in other academic subjects. After some arguments, the principal agrees with Nikumbh after he quoted Oscar Wilde’s cliché – A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

Nikumbh goes on to enhancing Ishaan’s ability in painting further as well as his literacy skills. After some days, Ishaan’s father drops off to visit Nikumbh and tell her that his wife read about dyslexia. Again, Nikumbh tells his implication through his example story of the Solomon Islands – On the Solomon islands, when the tribes need to clear the jungle to make way for fields, they don’t cut down the trees, they simply gather and collect around it, and hurl abuses at the tree, they curse it. Slowly but surely, after some days, the trees begin to wither. It dies on its own. He implies to Ishaan’s father that what his son needs is care. Ishaan’s father, almost teary-eyed, runs away from Nikumbh’s office, and there upon his leaving, he discovers how Ishaan greatly improved. He sees from afar Ishaan reading orally an announcement posted on the school’s bulletin board. Ishaan’s father runs away with tears pooling in his eyes, filled with shame.

At the last minutes of the film has given the penultimate event – the Painting Competition set up by Nikumbh. The students, and even the teachers, have been welcomed to join the competition. Nikumbh’s guru in painting, Lalita Lajmi, arrives in the scene to be a guest judge. Nikumbh searches for Ishaan anywhere but could not find him. Ishaan’s friend, Rajan, tells Nikumbh he left the dorm even before the dawn breaks. After a few moments of waiting, Ishaan appears and Nikumbh quickly approaches him with a canvas to paint on. Ishaan moves to a much private place and begins to paint.

After finishing his painting, which is an illustration of a kid staring at himself in a pond (Ishaan painted himself), he walks to Nikumbh to show off his painting. Ishaan walks to see Nikumbh’s painting and cries himself after seeing it is him in so much glee, who Nikumbh painted on his canvas.

Before the film ends, it gives a brief view of Ishaan’s parents checking out on IShaan’s improvement in Tulips School. They find out Ishaan did a huge improvement in his literacy skills. Ishaan’s father, who is still on the verge of denying his lack care to Ishaan as his father, thanks Nikumbh after all for all that he has done for his son. The film ends with Ishaan running back to Nikumbh before leaving the Tulips School.

Strengths of the Film

The strengths of the film run down from the script itself to its direction and production up to the performances of the actors in the movie. The film is absolutely a two-thumb up. To begin with, the script was greatly written. Proper words were used to embellish the context of the film. The film used different famous names to emphasize the point of the movie – Albert Einstein, Thomas Alva Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, and Oscar Wilde. It also used adages and stories that clicked to beautify better the purpose of the film – Nikumbh quoted to the principal of Tulips School Wilde’s thought regarding cynicism. The other, he told Ishaan’s father about the story of Solomon Islands.

The music production was also done greatly. The musicality of the film gave a vivid presentation to accompany the betterment of the movie. The lyrics of the songs were fitting to the scenes of the film, particularly, the song wherein the children with special needs were featured and are likened to „stars on earth“.

Aamir Khan’s direction and the production of the film deserved a five-star rating. He greatly thought of the scenes to be produced that would surely emphasize the purpose of the film and would give impact to its viewers. Most scenes featured in the movie, if not funny to give laughter, were leaving all eyes of almost the viewers pooled with tears.

Lastly, the film’s huge success owed itself to its actors. The minor characters in the story, particularly, Ishaan’s parents performed well. Ishaan’s father, Mr. Awasthi, did a great job in portraying the role of a father who is insolent and lacks care for Ishaan. Ishaan’s mother, Mrs. Awasthi, also did a great job in acting out the role of a mother who is very caring of Ishaan despite his naughtiness as an eight-year-old boy. Darsheel, on the other hand, who was playing the role of Ishaan Awasthi, gave a splendid performance. Factually, Darsheel is normal kid who is very much unlike Ishaan, but in the movie, he seemed and appeared to be a kid who is naughty and playful and has special needs. The way Darsheel acted, from his eyes that spoke of a kid who has been neglected or uncared to his actions that are only evident to a kid who is suffering from mental disability, deserved a loud applause.

Aamir Khan, who was also the director and producer of the film, also didn’t fail to give the movie a huge victory. Aamir Khan was, without a doubt, versatile as an actor looking back on the numerous he made. Like Darsheel, Aamir Khan also acted how a teacher, who was previously dyslexic, should respond to the needs of a child who has special needs. He delivered his lines great enough to emphasize his point as Ishaan’s (played by Darsheel) teacher. Same with Darsheel, his eyes gave the movie something to pool the viewer’s eyes.

Overall, the movie was excellent, from the production, and of course, up to the performances of the actors.

Weaknesses of the Film

If there were weaknesses in the film, not even a lot would say the flaw(s) matter or affect the production of the film. On the other hand, for movie critics there was at least one flaw that the movie lacked. That is the highlighting of the other characters in the film. Given that the main characters were Ishaan and Nikumbh, it should have not focused the development of the film in them.


The movie was absolutely a two thumbs up. It achieved its purpose as indicated in its title that „Every Child is Special“. It was not just a movie for children. Rather, a movie intended for everyone, most especially to teachers who are apparently obliged to deal with students with special needs. The movie also, allegorically could have pinched and itched people’s hearts who were judging children with special needs and treating them as „indifferent“. The movie gave the children who like Ishaan, are mentally challenged, the hope that they would be treated like normal kids and be given proper and adequate care.


The film should have also highlighted the other characters who were part in developing the upshots of the events in the film.

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Source by Angelyn T Laus

Real Celebrity GPS Voices – How to Make Your Garmin GPS the Star of the Road

European GPS manufacturer TomTom has been known for allowing their users to customize the voice of their device with famous celebrities, but one might be surprised by how many celebrity voice options are available to users of GPS devices from Garmin, TomTom’s main rival. Here are five downloadable Garmin celebrity voices that will make any drive more enjoyable.

Mr. T – As one of the most popular TomTom voices of all time, it was only a matter of time until Mr. T brought his brand of jibber jabber to Garmin users. Only a fool would consider setting off on a journey without this tough talking co-pilot inside their Garmin.

K.I.T.T. (Knight Rider) – Knight Rider was an international television sensation from the moment it debuted in 1982, and according to a recent survey in the UK, its talking car star, Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), is still the most popular TV car of all time. There are many poor impersonations of this GPS voice available on the internet, but there is only one website offering the officially-licensed version of KITT which features the voice of the original TV series‘ actor, William Daniels, and addresses drivers by name, so make sure you’re getting the real thing – it’s worth it.

David Hasselhoff – Not to be outdone by his TV co-star, KITT, The Hoff also has his very own GPS voice. After all, one cannot fully embrace their inner 80’s geek without the full Knight Rider package.

Daria (MTV) – Daria Morgendorffer is the star of the hit MTV animated series, Daria, which originally aired from 1997 to 2002. Known for her sharp wit and incessant sarcasm, Daria does indeed have a personality consistent with what might be expected to emanate from a standard GPS voice were it allowed to speak its mind. If dry and sarcastic is your style, this is the navigation voice for you.

Flavor Flav – This hip hop icon turned reality TV superstar has always spoken his mind freely, and the Flavor Flav GPS voice is no exception. This multimedia impresario will leave drivers and passengers breathless as they listen to his colorful and explicit turn-by-turn driving instructions. Yeah boyee.

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Makler Heidelberg

Source by Baxter Gordon

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