Android Phones and Ham Radios Eliminate Each Other Or Work Together?

Now that people have Android phones that old ham radio thing is dead, right? You couldn’t be more wrong! The numbers of amateur radio operators in the United States of America are growing quite nicely and Android phones have a part to play in that growth. Rather than replacing amateur radio, these new small computers that happen to also make expensive phone calls can work with amateur radio output to produce nice results!

Recently I had to wait for my wife who had an eye appointment in Traverse City, MI. Rather than waste my time I decided to experiment with a new phone app that I had downloaded and installed on my new Samsung Galaxy S III. The app was called Droid PSK. PSK is a digital mode on ham radio. Originally designed to work with a ham radio and a computer it works by changing keyboard input from the computer into digital sounds that are transmitted over the ham radio. Once the digital sounds are received by another ham radio another computer is used to decode the sounds back into text on a computer screen that can be saved to a computer file. With an Android phone configuration the Android phone takes the place of the computer! Unlike a normal amateur radio and computer configuration no cable is needed to connect the Android phone to the ham radio.

My test was performed on the 15 meter band sitting in our truck in the parking lot of my wife’s eye doctor’s office. To complicate matters I had all windows rolled down and there was a high school marching band practicing a short distance away. There were also cars and people moving about the parking lot. I assumed that the noises from outside the truck would affect the accuracy of the data translation but it seemed to have acceptable accuracy in that environment.

Feeling a bit like 007 (James Bond) I simply held the microphone of the Android phone near the speaker of the amateur radio. I adjusted the volume of the ham radio and adjusted the distance between the ham radio speaker and the Android phone microphone. I was quite easily able to decode the PSK signals into very readable text on the phone. I was also able to copy the translated text and e-mail it to myself to demonstrate that this functionality actually worked.

While this configuration may seem like a very expensive toy it has some potential critical uses. One, for example, is during remote deployment as a member of organizations such as Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) or Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Services (RACES). It would be a lot easier to carry a small Android phone than it would be to carry a full-sized laptop or other computer. I do not think that this technology is available on tablet computers or notepads yet but if not I am sure it will be in the near future!

I was quite impressed how two communication technologies could work together to produce a good result for the owner. Wouldn’t it be great if all people could do the same thing?

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Source by Jon Kreski

How to Sing Difficult Sounding Trills Like Your Favorite Pop and R&B Stars!

Do you ever wish you could sing complex, difficult-sounding trills like your favorite pop and R&B stars, but find that you can’t because your voice doesn’t reach as far as you’d like it to? Or maybe the notes slide together, preventing you from getting that crisp, every-note-defined sound? Or you just simply can’t make your voice do it at all?

Many singers have this gift naturally, but if you’re not one of them don’t worry! You can learn how! This article will show you exactly how you can train your voice to be able to sing these beautiful trills and sound just like your favorite stars in almost no time!

First of all, what exactly is a trill?

A trill is a stylistic technique that a singer sings as part of a word or phrase in a song. Technically speaking, it’s a series of notes sung together in rapid succession. Trills can be small, only a few notes at the end of a phrase or word or they can be big, expanding several notes, very quickly over many beats. (Think Christina Aguilera, or Usher)

Trills are usually complimentary to the key that the song is in, but they don’t necessarily follow the key signature exactly. For example, if a song is in the key of C major, that key signature has no sharps or flats. So a trill sung in that song will contain notes that sound complimentary to that key signature, but it may still contain sharps or flats for the sake of dynamics. There really isn’t an exact formula for singing trills, but they are complimentary to the key signature. (That means they have to „work“ with the song without making it sound off or too different)

Listen to any Beyonce, Christina Aguilera or an R&B song for examples. Listen for the quick succession of notes the singers‘ sing… these are trills.

There are a few components to being able to sing good, defined trills in a song. The first is delineation. In musical terms, delineation is the ability to make each note sound crisp and defined, without slurring into the next, at the same time not disconnecting it from the next note. Your voice should not stop while it’s jumping from note to note, and if you are delineating properly, each note will sound crisp, defined and obviously different from the next.

If you can’t delineate very well now, you might notice that your voice has a hard time switching to different notes very quickly, or it sounds as if it’s slurring the notes together. If you are experiencing those problems, you can practice certain scales to train your voice to be able to delineate better.

Here are two examples. The first is a triplet scale, and the second is a note bend with a „fall off“ note. Click the link below to go to a special page where you can listen to the scale, and practice along to the notes you hear the piano playing. Practice these a few times a week and after a short while you’ll notice that they get easier to sing and the notes will have that crisp, defined sound. This is the basic technique you need to be able to put together those trills.

The second component to good trills is imitation! Style is based on imitation. When you hear a certain trill or note bend, and you want to be able to sing it, imitate it until you can do it on your own. Listen to it closely and figure out exactly what the singer does with their voice to make that particular sound. Then master it, and add your own personal touch to it to make it yours.

Trills are learned by imitating other trills and techniques and by trial and error. Try singing it one way and if it doesn’t work, keep trying different ways until you find something that does. Also, for longer trills, if you can’t seem to get it right, try breaking it down into smaller sections first. Master each section separately, then put them all together.

The last component and a VERY important one to singing a great trill is plain old, raw attitude. You have to really be feeling the song for it to come out right and have that special „oomph“ to make it fabulous. This is something that really has to come from within you; it’s not something that’s taught. You have to really feel it.

So to sum it all up, practice scales to improve your delineation, learn the trills you want to learn by imitating ones you already know and building on them to make them your own, and try to feel the music as MUCH as you can. If you do all of this, you’ll be singing along with your favorite stars, nailing all the notes before you know it!

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Source by Elisha Ewonchuk

How to Become A Rock Star Speaking on the Platform

Who is that behind those sun glasses? Wow, it must be a Rock Star.

If you want to become a public speaking Rock Star you will need to discover the secrets to becoming a persuasive speaker. The following insight will take you to the head of the class as a public speaker:

1.) As a public speaker you must be able to sell your audience on the reasons they need you to help them improve, change, develop, and successfully transform their lives and get more out of life.

2.) In order to become a public speaking Rock Star you must understand your most valuable asset is who you are. You must be credible, authentic and become a force to be reckoned with while speaking on the platform.

3.) No matter what your topic is, you must paint a picture for the audience that allows them to see the unlimited possibilities in their future. In other words your speech should include the dream of being financially independent.

4.) Public speaking Rock Stars have an uncanny ability to persuade people to do what they want them to do. Your persuasive skills will make you a Rock Star.

5.) You must be an authority with information people want to learn from you. You must develop information products that have value.

6.) Public speaking Rock Stars do not sell one to one, rather they sell 1 to 100 or even one 10 1,000. In other words you will magnify your income by speaking in front of larger audiences resulting in the opportunity for higher earnings.

7.) You must develop a marketing blue print that consist of what, when, and how you plan to distribute your information products.

8.) Develop a killer sales presentation, without it you will wither on the speaking vine. It must be memorable and persuasive in nature.

9.) Record all of your speeches and package them in the following formats: cd, dvd, book, MP3, and other forms of audio or video delivery.

10.) You must offer a 3 or 4 day training program to further enhance your client’s knowledge base.

11.) Offer coaching to audience members and you should also invest in a coaching program at the same time so you can continue to learn and elevate your knowledge base.

12.) The true measure of a public speaking Rock Star is the fact, they close at the beginning of their speech and discuss the benefits of their product at the end of their program.

Rock on public speaking Rock Stars. Your power of persuasion will result in you selling more products in the back of the room. In essence a public speaking Rock Star is a successful salesperson who helps people transform their life.

Take action after reading about what it takes to be a public speaking Rock Star. When you look in the mirror you will know who who is wearing those sun glasses.

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Source by Paul Vann

Party Decorations – How to Avoid Common Mistakes, Part II

In „Decorating Your Party: How to avoid common mistakes: Part I“ we talked about some of the selections you can consider in order to enhance the look of your party (such as, colors, size of the room, height of the ceiling). This time, let’s talk about some of the technical details party decorations and what you can do about them.

1. Production time.

You should be aware of when your room becomes available for your party. Many times, it is only two hours in advance. Make sure to let your decorator know about this at the beginning of your conversation. It does not mean that you can not use extensive balloon decorations! But it should be taken into account. There are several ways to go about it:

a) Sometimes the place where you are renting the room (whether it is a hotel or a community hall) can provide a back room for production of party decorations and then only the installation needs to be accomplished in the two hours.

b) With the help of your decorator you can choose party decorations that are fast to produce and still look astounding.

c) The decorator can get extra help, but may also charge you extra because of the time constraint.

d) The decorator can rent a truck and brings bits and peaces to be assembled on the spot quickly. This also might cost extra, as it is due to the time constraint at your location.

2. Ceiling Sensors.

Some venues have sensors on the ceiling so if a balloon goes up, an alarm sounds and fire truck shows up 20 seconds later. Costly for the owner and may be for you.

Don’t panic! You can still use balloons. Almost any party decorations that can be done with helium filled balloons (the type that flies) can be done with air filled balloons on a frame and has no need to be anywhere near the ceiling.

3. Doing it the day before.

If, for some reason, you have to do balloon decorations the day before, keep in mind that regular (11″ round) helium filled balloons will be half-dead by the morning and on the floor by the middle of the day.

If all you need are simple balloon bouquets, you can ask the decorator to use high float. This substance keeps balloons from deflating much longer. If you have more elaborate party decorations – use air filled balloons on a frame instead, as I mentioned in the previous point.

4. Transparent balloons.

Just keep in mind that they look great at the first moment, especially if you have bright balloons inside, but in a few hours they will be less transparent, kind of dim and will become more and more opaque as party goes on.

5. Balloon lights.

This is a very effective technique for low-light parties!!! For the regular light or daylight parties they are hardly noticeable. If this is the case, one has to use much stronger lights with larger balloons, cluster the lights together and so on.

6. Centerpiece bases.

Bases for the centerpieces, as well as floral long-and-low centerpieces sometimes are creations of art, as well as a noticeable part of your party decoration budget.

One thing though: they sit on the tabletop together with food. In some cases, the caterer puts so many plates on the table; the food is so colorful and plentiful, that the bases are lost. Actually, the smaller the base, the easier it is for the caterer and the less it gets in the way of your guests and food.

So, when you plan to spend money on the bases of balloon bouquets or other centerpieces – talk to your caterer first.

7. Balloon ceiling (balloons with ribbons on the ceiling)

Things to keep in mind:

a) If the ceiling is a rough surface, many will pop during production, many more during the party.

c) One balloon takes less than a square foot. So, if you are in a large room, you will need a substantial budget to cover the ceiling completely. If you do, it will work, though I would check the alternatives for the money. If you only cover the ceiling partially, the air conditioner or fan will blow the balloons around and will rub them against the ceiling. In most cases this will kill a large portion of them.

8. Balloon Drops

The perfect party decorations for the theatre – type room. That is, a room with a very high ceiling and a, relatively, small floor area. Then balloons on their way down „have time“ to fly in all directions and cover everybody in the room.

In a regular-sized room we’ll be lucky if we can cover the dance floor. In addition (and this is a matter of a personal opinion) the hanging net full of balloons does very little for decorations, as well as letting everybody know what is coming. On the other hand, if someone is not looking in the right direction at the moment when the balloons are released, they can miss the whole thing.

One solution to these problems is the so-called „explosive balloon“, also known as „popping balloons“.

Relax! There are no real explosive used! All it is a large (3-foot or larger) balloon, stuffed with smaller balloons and sometimes with confetti (check your contract with the venue!!! It might be a big „NO-NO“!) or even lottery wins. One or several of these balloons are placed on the ceiling and when the time comes, they all pop with the push of button.

You can distribute these balloons all over the room if you want to cover everybody, or use a few in a strategic spot if you choose. No more heavy hanging nets and not a single person can guess at what is coming!

Here, it is worth mentioning that one can put these balloons together to make a wall and then explode the entire wall… Let us talk about it next time.

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Source by Mikhail Liberman

Radio Frequency Distribution Systems, Equipment

Two way communication systems are revolutionizing the world today. New applications are being invented to enhance the communication properties and to ensure secured data transfer modes. Highly top secret data or information that needs to be transmitted require a high frequency and totally secured radio frequency distribution system/equipment. Especially military and government sources are in dire need of such a highly competitive system to maintain a safe transfer of their data and information.

Radio communication used to cover a huge area or a place that needs proper distribution channels. This will provide uninterrupted radio frequency control to and from the antenna. Remote areas or during war time the need for such undisturbed communication is very important. Generally the equipment used consists of routers. These routers are capable of transmitting and receiving multiple signals to and from the antenna or small set of available antennas with the help of frequency agile interference. Using this technology allows complete communication range even during simultaneous operation of the communication system.

Communication Technology is being updated day to day and hence keeping up with the latest updates is very important. The type of communication system you have now might not be the latest or the most sophisticated equipment in three months from now. Who knows the system might have become old fashioned even by now. In order to know about the latest development in the field of communication always refer to online news distribution channels. Social media is another place where the great technocrats discuss these latest updates.

Whatever type of communication systems that you use always remember to look out for certain basis features. The most important feature must be security. The data and messages must be received and sent through a secured line. Next to this, it must be user friendly and easy to use. The operations must not be too complicated. Another important function to look for is radio frequency distribution systems which can be upgraded when needed.

You company or organization might grow in few years, keep that in mind when getting the right radio frequency distribution system/ equipment which can keep in pace with the growing needs. Don’t compromise for cheap options and equipment in the name of cost cutting. It might cut off the whole communication link at any moment. Go for the best and most consistent manufacturer who will provide excellent after sales support. Technical engineers must be available 24/7 to take care of the system errors and failures to ensure uninterrupted communication network.

Make sure all the above features are available before making a purchase order of the radio frequency distribution system/ equipment. Networking through these distribution systems can be very easy if the right equipment is purchased. So first consider the area and the number of radios that will be used in the organization or for the specific purpose and then go with the best radio frequency distribution system/equipment. Communication is part and parcel of our everyday activity. Hardly anyone leaves their home without a mobile or some other two way communication system. Hence the need for better performance and usability is driving the inventions of technology driven communication systems.

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Source by Simone Icough

Is Johnny Depp Today’s Biggest Movie Star?

It is difficult to clearly state who the world’s biggest box office draw might be, but there is zero doubt that Johnny Depp would have to be at the top of the list. Over the years, Depp has been the star of countless major Hollywood releases. His ability to avoid being typecast has helped elevate his statue within his profession.

Depp’s star has only burned all the brighter, thanks to the impressive and unending success of the Pirate of the Caribbean movies. Another aspect of his success has been his repeated and often very fruitful collaborations with director and friend Tim Burton. The two have collaborated on numerous high profile films over the years including Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland. The end result is that Depp has become one of the entertainment industry’s most consistent box office draws. To date, his films have earned a total box office take well in excess of a staggering $7 billion dollars! Some of Depp’s most memorable movie rolls over the years have included What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and, in 2013, The Lone Ranger. In The Lone Ranger, Depp will add yet another diverse character to his acting resume by playing the iconic character of Tonto, in what is sure to be one of 2013’s biggest releases.

Depp loves glasses and sunglasses and is frequently seen wearing them. Whether it is in his movies, on the red carpet or in his personal life, Johnny Depp frequently opts for eyewear. Part of the reason for this could be due to the seldom cited fact that Depp is blind in one eye. Facts are that Depp has made eyewear a key part of his look and persona.

Like many celebrities, Depp frequently wears sunglasses, but there is no denying that Depp does it with a unique flare and style. Like many rock stars, movie stars and athletes, Depp has opted for polarized sunglass lenses. What are polarized sunglasses and why do celebrities often choose them? Polarization filters out bright light and dramatically reduce glare. As a result, celebrities, who are often under bright lights and professional athletes, who need quick reaction times, find that polarized sunglass lenses are a must have.

Quality sunglasses are worth the money. After all, they protect one’s vision, thanks to UV ray protection, and look great. In short, your investment in quality eyewear is worth every dollar, and you should protect that investment. When your sunglass lenses become damaged, you shouldn’t throw your sunglasses away. Instead, opt for replacing your lenses, as this is better for both the environment and your wallet.

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Source by Lainie Anderson

The 4 Hottest Celebrities With UV Ink Tattoo Art

Rebels in motorcycles, rock stars with drug problems, prisoners under long-term sentences-the rowdy people usually associated with tattoo art are a concept of the past. Now, even college students with straight A’s, beauty queens and bankers sport their own tattoos. Even famous people such as actors and musicians have their own celebrity tattoos. And because tattoo art has emerged from the underground scene to become a mainstream form of body enhancement, different variations and types of tattoo ink are now being used to push the envelope of tattooing.

UV tattoos (or black light tattoos) are created using white tattoo ink or a special kind of ink that only becomes visible under black light. This type of tattoo ink has been used in celebrity tattoos and is currently more costly than regular tattoo ink. Tattoo art done with white ink or UV ink can be more painful, though, than those done with regular tattoo ink since thicker and more high-quality ink has to be used. But this hasn’t stopped Hollywood A-listers to get their own white ink tattoo. Kate Moss started the trend and a lot of young women followed suit. Interestingly, though, no male celebrity was reported as getting or sporting a white ink tattoo. Below are four beautiful stars who dared to be different with this type of tattoo.

* Kate Moss. The supermodel, fashion designer and mother of one has had a number of tattoos done over the years. Besides small, dainty tattoos of swallows on her lower back, a heat on her left hand, a crown on her left shoulder and an anchor on her right forearm, this stunning beauty was reported to have numerous stars in white tattoo ink done all over one side of her body.

* Lindsay Lohan. This wild girl had her first tattoo art done on her forearm-a tiny, black outline of a star. She soon became addicted to this form of body art and her collection of tattoos includes the words „la bella vita“ on her lower back. Inspired by a John Lennon quote („Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like“), Lindsay had the word „breathe“ tattooed in white ink on her wrist.

* Jasmine Lennard. The feisty English model, reality TV star and ex-girlfriend of American Idol’s Simon Cowell transformed her body into a canvas for tattoo art by having Simon’s initials inked on the inside of her arm. She also has the words „trust no one“ tattooed on a finger. She also hit the parlor-not for a blowdry-but for a white ink tattoo, which spelled „amore appassionato“ (love passionately). She says she saw Lindsay Lohan’s own white ink tattoo and was inspired to get one herself.

* Khloe Kardashian. This rebellious reality TV star has numerous tattoo art in different parts of her body. She says that each tattoo she has means something to her. She has the word „Daddy“ with a cross on the small of her back, the words „I love you“ in her late father’s handwriting on her wrist, and her husband’s initials on her hand. She also has the letters „KK,“ which are the initials of all her sisters, done in white ink on her wrist.

Tattoo art has come a long way from being insignias of gangs or a good way to pass the time in prison. Tattoos are now considered a form of art and even grace Hollywood’s hottest. But even if almost everyone you know has got a tattoo, you can choose to still be different by taking it a step further like Lindsay Lohan or Kate Moss. Try a white ink tattoo or a UV ink tattoo to definitely stand out from the crowd.

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Source by John C Arkinn

Salamandra, Mountain Leather and Rock Floss – The Folklore of Asbestos

Asbestos has been considered a valuable utility for its fire resistant properties for over 3,000 years. This value was not soon diminished, in spite of the fact that the adverse effects were evident almost instantly after its discovery. It was only as recently as the dawn of 20th century that there’s been any sort of consensus on what the fibrous stone material actually is. While we know asbestos today to be the lifeblood of a slew of specialized attorneys, it used to be a major point of speculation among mystics, naturalists, slaves and kings alike. It would ultimately take hundreds of years to learn what asbestos really was, but in interim we were determined to understand it. This is what folklore is for.


Salamanders are a seemingly unlikely place to start, but they’re actually integral to the folklore of asbestos. Some quick research reveals that the word „Salamander“ is derived from persian meaning „fire within“. This may not seem to have much relevance until you understand that salamanders were thought to be „fire elementals,“ meaning that they require only fire for sustenance. It doesn’t stop there though, salamanders actually may have been one of antiquity’s most wildly misunderstood creatures. They were regarded as miraculous, dangerous creatures who were born from blistering bonfires and who could lay entire armies to waste with their poison. When it was discovered that one could weave a cloth from asbestos that couldn’t be destroyed by a hot fire, the fibers were thought to be the fur of a salamander. Of course, even if salamanders did have fur, it’d be safe to bet that no one knew what it looked like. This myth remained extremely popular until Marco Polo put an end to it after having visited a chinese asbestos mine and deducing that it was actually a stone that was dug out of the earth.

Grifters and Pranksters

Many myths surrounding asbestos aren’t so much about asbestos itself, but rather the way people used it. There was a lot of wiggle room back in ancient times when it came to utilizing a fabric that wouldn’t burn in a fire. One famous group of pranksters, aptly called „The Human Salamanders“, was particularly famous for using fire-proof asbestos based clothing to do crazy things such as roast handheld steaks whilst standing inside of an open flame. Others had more nefarious intentions, selling fireproof robes allegedly having belonged to christ was especially common in the dark ages. Asbestos, it’s origins, mythology and potential uses eventually came to be known in so many ways, across so many cultures that it was soon interpreted as several different substances altogether with names such as Salamandra, Mountain Leather and Rock Floss.

The Disease of Slaves

This last bit of folklore, unfortunately, turned out to be completely accurate in hindsight. It was considered a myth, but word in ancient greece was that the slaves that had worked in the asbestos mines weren’t worth buying due to their short life expectancy and their tendency to develop pulmonary based illnesses. Initially, before it was known for it’s unique properties, asbestos was worn almost exclusively by slaves. However, it was soon used specifically for royalty. Asbestos came to be weaved into napkins, tablecloths and used to make wicks for candles. The effect on the slaves and workers who had no choice but weave the fabric was widely observed. What was in all likelihood Mesothelioma was then called „the disease of slaves“. It could be said that a precedence was set for asbestos exposure being considered a poor man’s problem as early as ancient Rome.

Turns out there wasn’t much left to be clarified about asbestos after the salamander fur myth was debunked. Ultimately it’s defining characteristics stood out right from the beginning. It can’t be burnt in a fire and it will kill you. Hindsight is twenty-twenty and yet, asbestos still seems otherworldly hellish. But this is and always has been the primary role of folklore, to transform and diminish the things that terrify us. Maybe one day as a society we can eventually avoid these things altogether and leave the salamander fur in the ground where it belongs.

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Source by Gritte R Slattery

Growing Up With the Great Old Radio Shows

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s found ourselves at the very tail end of the era of the great old radio shows.

Truth be told, I was born too late to actually be raised on radio alone.  Television was already radio’s dominant partner. Even so, the great old radio shows still had an influence on all of us back there in the 50’s.

Who of us back then didn’t know the phrase „T’aint so, McGee?“ 

Everyone knew about  the clutter in Fibber McGee’s closet. 

And we had all heard of the Quiz Kids, Henry Aldrich, The Bickersons,  Captain Midnight,  Inner Sanctum, The Great Gildersleeve,  and Lum and Abner — even though none of them were big hits on TV.

Some of the great old time radio shows did manage to make the transition to television — and they were very popular.  I still associate such shows as Our Miss Brooks, Ozzie and Harriet, and My Friend Irma with television  — but they had their beginnings on the radio.  

One show,  My Little Margie, with Gale Storm, started on radio and television simultaneously.  Another show, Have Gun Will Travel, actually started on TV and then went to radioalthough the cast was different.

Even some of the longest running old time radio shows like  The Jack Benny Show, Burns and Allen and The Lone Ranger are generally thought of as TV shows to the folks born in the late 40s and the early 50s.   But their genesis was on radio, and they are still great old radio shows to listen to.

In fact, in recent years, digital sound has made these old time radio shows available once again.  When you listen to them you may discover you prefer their older brother versions that played on the radio for years before they showed up on television.  

What is favorite old radio show?  Well, there are about 20 on my top 10 list.

That being said, I have to admit that whenever I listen to Gunsmoke I am instantly transported back to 1954.

I am once again that kid bathed in green light, clutching his covers up around his chin and staring across the room at that big, green hypnotic eye, listening to the stories of Matt and Chester, Kitty and Doc.  Marveling at the wonderfully realistic sounds of  Dodge City, Kansas, circa 1874.

What’s your favorite old time radio show?

Whatever it is, if it has a similar affect on you, then we are kindred spirits — forever addicted to the great old radio shows as they play out in the magic of our mind’s eye.

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Source by Robert Bro

Analysing Spousal Relationships Using Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS)

In my course of practising Chinese Astrology, one of the most common questions being asked is what I can foresee about their marriage now and in the future. As a marriage has far reaching effects for many parties directly or indirectly involved, I hope readers will take this opportunity to learn some broad ways of assessing the potentials of their own marriage.

In Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS), there are 12 palaces governing the state of affairs of an individual’s life. They are Life Palace, Siblings‘ Palace, Spouse’s Palace, Children’s Palace, Wealth Palace, Health Palace, Travel Palace, Friends‘ Palace, Career Palace, Estate Palace, Blessings Palace and Parents‘ Palace. On top of these 12 Palaces, there are 108 stars that can fall into one of these palaces and we can get a good assessment of the state of affairs of each palace by looking at the stars in each palace and the elemental nature of each palace. The elemental nature of each palace is depicted by the 12 Earthly Branches or more commonly known as the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

As our subject of interest is marriage, the palace of interest will be the Spouse’s Palace. The first step is to look at which of the 12 Earthly Branches the Spouse Palace lands on. Of the 12 Earthly Branches, we can group them into the 4 Horses (Tiger, Monkey, Snake and Pig), 4 Storage (Dragon, Dog, Ox and Goat) and 4 Cardinals (Rat, Horse, Rabbit and Rooster). If the Spouse Palace falls into the ground of one of the 4 Horses, it is likely to be unstable as Horses represents movements. If the Spouse Palace is located in one of the ground of the 4 Storage, relationship will be less overt or more secretive as the name „Storage“ lends suggestion to. As for situation when Spouse Palace falls onto the ground of the 4 Cardinals, it will appear hunky dory as cardinals are also known for high romance and attractiveness index in Chinese Metaphysics. However, whether the Spousal relationship is good remains inconclusive as if the spouse is too attractive, it may also bring about negative attraction from other members of the opposite sex.

The second step would be to look the the main Zi Wei Dou Shu Stars residing in the Spouse Palace:

If the star is Tian Xiang (Seal Minister), the relationship with the spouse is good as there is rapport and communication during courtship. The spouse that one marries will be helpful and understanding as Tian Xiang is a gentle star.

If the star is Tian Ji (Heavenly Advisor) or Tian Tong (The Hedonist) or Tian Liang (Heavenly Beam) or Tai Yang (The Sun) / Tai Yin (The Moon) the relationship is likely to be amicable. This is because the Tian Ji is kind and intelligent, Tian Tong is easy going while Tian Liang is someone that looks after the well-being of those people around them. However as these 3 stars are prone to changes, this will mean the spouse may throw up some surprising decisions along the way that may bring some instability to the marriage. For those with The Sun or The Moon in the Spouse’s Palace, there is a chance their spouse will be significantly older than themselves as The Sun represents a senior male while The Moon represents a senior female. In addition that The Sun and The Moon represents Day vs Night, having either of these stars will also see to the marriage experiencing some form of extremes like the day or night can bring about.

If the star residing in the Spouse’s Palace is Zi Wei (The Emperor) or Tian Fu (The Treasurer) or Ju Men (Huge Door) or Gu Chen (Lonesome) or Gua Su (Widow) or Bing Fu (Sickness), the marriage maybe somewhat challenging. This is because The Emperor and The Treasurer likes to control others. Huge Door is naturally a skeptical and always suspecting character which makes the spousal relationship bereft of trust. Lonesome and Widow has a lonely streak in them and are poor communicators. Sickness star also makes the spouse one suspicious character.

If the Tan Lang (Covetous Wolf) or Wen Qu (Poet) or Tian Kui (Indomitable) or Tian Yue (Nobility) individually resides in, or The Sun resides together with the The Moon in the Spouse’s Palace, the marriage can be best described as tumultuous. This is because The Sun when paired with The Moon or Covetous Wolf on its own, is likely to bring about a third party in the marriage. The Sun and Moon also represents the contrast of day and night which figuratively signifies 1 spouse in the bright and another lover whose relationship is kept under wraps. Covetous Wolf is known as the top romance star because of its its flirtatiousness. Poet, Indomitable and Nobility also represents mistresses in ancient Zi Wei Dou Shu texts.

If the Spouse’s Palace houses Wu Qu (The General) or Po Jun (Resistance Breaker) or Lian Zhen (Chastity) or Qisha (7 Killing), the marriage is on the rocks. The General is a lonely star that is without peer and needs to fight. The Resistance Breaker is about breaking up and usually sees to divorce. Chastity is a star that loves anything that looks nice and brings with it legal implications (including divorce as a possibility). The 7 Killing is also another aggressive star that often pose a lot of problem in marriage due to its aggression and non-conformity.

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Source by Ken Toh J

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