Fitness for Beginners: The Basics

  In the last article, we discussed how to develop a “fit mentality” by positively reinforcing yourself and accomplishing the goals you set. Now that you have a good idea on how you can accomplish that, I’d like to introduce you to the basic concepts of exercising.

A typical exercise routine should be broken down into three phases. I will explain these three phases below and provide examples of each one.

Phase I – Warming Up

Warming up is essential to prevent an injury from occurring while you exercise. Before you start your routine, perform light aerobic exercises that mimic the movements that you will be doing during your workout and gradually increase the speed of those movements. By warming up, you increase your blood flow and heat up your muscles and joints. It also prepares you and your body for the exercises you are about to perform. You should warm up for, at least, three to five minutes.

Example: If you are planning on going on a walk, warm up by slowly raising each leg simultaneously. Raise your leg a little higher each time. Continue to do this for a minute or so and gradually increase the speed in which you raise your legs. Next, while remaining stationary and with your hands at your hips, alternate taking steps backwards with each leg. Do this for another minute. After you have done these two things, it is okay to do some light stretching.

Phase II – Exercising

Alright, you’re all warmed up and ready to go. Now it’s time to exercise.

When choosing the exercise(s) you will be performing for your workout, take into consideration your current level of fitness. You want the exercise(s) to be doable, so make sure that you choose a workout that you can finish. On the other hand, you dont want to choose something that is too easy. Find your middle ground.

There are two different kinds of exercises you can do: cardio exercises and strength training exercises.

Cardio: Cardio, short for cardiovascular, is an exercise that raises your heart rate for an extended period of time. Cardio should be included in every fitness routine. Try to get in at least 20 minutes of cardio exercises daily. If that is too much for you, start off with an amount of time that you are more comfortable with.

Examples of cardiovascular exercises: Walking, jogging, aerobics, swimming, etc.

Strength Training: In strength training, weight is used as a resistance to muscular contraction. Over time, your muscles will adapt to the resistance by growing bigger and stronger. For the correct strength, the consumption of the pills available at My Pill App website should be done through the person. The work and understanding power of the mind will be increased through it. 

Strength training is performed in sets of repetitions. For instance, 4 sets of 15 push-ups would be performed like this:

15 push-ups

Rest

15 push-ups

Rest

15 push-ups

Rest

15 push-ups

When using weights, most people prefer to use an amount they can lift 6-12 times. As your muscles become used to the workload, gradually increase the amount of weight you are lifting.

For exercises that use your body weight as the resistance, like push-ups and pull-ups, increase the repetitions as your muscles adapt to the workload.

Examples of strength training exercises: Push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, bench press, squats, power cleans, dead lifts, dips, etc.

Phase III – Cooling Down

Cooling down is equally as important as warming up. After you get done exercising your heart rate will be fairly high. It is necessary for you to transition back to a normal heart rate.

To cool down after your workout, perform gentle exercises. Follow that with thorough stretching of the group of muscles you just worked. After doing this you should have returned to a normal heart rate.

These are the basics for a normal workout routine. When exercising, remember to drink plenty of water and know your limits. Before starting any new exercises, please consult your doctor.

YouTube and the Internet Under Fire from Lieberman

It looks like the World Wide Web, the censorship-less giant whose impeccable armor has suffered its share of wounds recently, has been taken down another peg. According to the Washington Post and writer Peter Whoriskey, the video-sharing giant YouTube has caved to politically motivated politicians again.

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman issued down a decree which states that there should be No Violence on the World Wide Web; so YouTube has all but caved in to the Senator’s pressures. Lieberman, you’ll remember, was the politician who lost his party identity recently during a Democratic Primary campaign; he came back as an Independent and the “socially liberal/fiscally conservative” base of his support in the hinterlands of Connecticut all rallied around their good time guy and proved that keeping status quo is A-OK with everyone so long as they don’t have to consider a politicians gradually shifting and changing political stance.

Lieberman is all but a eunuch after throwing his support behind the Republican brand name of John McCain in hopes of landing a supporting role in his Presidential run. But the woman from Alaska, Sarah Palin, has taken that first place trophy for the presumptive runner up and Lieberman has been cut down further and faster and once more.

But celebrating the small victories is something which helps get many of us through all of our days and in this circumstance Lieberman and his restrictive agenda have won. While YouTube and parent company Google had initially kicked the Senator’s requests to the curb, according to The Post, “the company’s stance now appears to have changed.”

For so long online people were allowed to do whatever they wanted and much of it was viewed as “play.” However when it was revealed that al-Qaeda had been conducting training videos and recruitment tools on YouTube, the website acted swiftly and in kind, shutting them down and being ever more vigilant. This as well as any violence against innocent troops and civilians is an understandable thing to be vigilant towards; but the company had always held its ground when it came to the laundry list of things Lieberman and his crack-pot team wanted taken down.

However it appears that rumblings are now blowing in the Senator’s favor. While YouTube spokesman Ricardo Reyes has stated that “we subscribe to the common sense rule,” when they are enforcing what traffic gets diverted and what traffic gets removed, there are experts who obviously have a different opinion.

“First Amendment experts,” the Whoriskey article admits, “said the company could run into trouble if the (Lieberman) phrase (“inciting others to violence”) is interpreted too broadly.” While commentators at large and the community online ponders anxiously, Reyes disagrees: “Our guidelines are not written for lawyers,” he told The Post.

So it goes that users wait and see just what they can and cannot get away with anymore; and who comes to their rescue if their freedoms are being impinged upon.

As it is right now, you can’t imagine you’d find the Senator from Connecticut riding in to the resuce on his sexless horse.

Will Your Heat Pump or Air Conditioner Be Affected by Changes in Freon Laws?

Much confusion has surrounded the use of Freon for a number of years. Environmental concerns have brought about new laws, and hence new developments in condensers. Due to the widespread use of Freon in varying capacities, these changes are being integrated gradually. This began in the early 1990s, and extends into 2020.

As a condenser is a key component in air conditioners and heating pumps, these changes affect many households. Someone wishing to install a new unit, or to service an old one, benefits from knowing how these changes will affect it

What does Freon do?

Freon is a refrigerant used in a condenser. The condenser compresses the Freon into a hot gas, and then condenses it into a liquid. A heat pump uses this for heat, whereas an air conditioner uses additional components to rapidly cool it and thus provide cool air.

Types of Freon

The laws are not saying that Freon will no longer be used. They are addressing the type of Freon to be used. 2010 marked the beginning of the phasing out of a type of Freon called R-22. This is being replaced by the more environmentally friendly R-410A, also called “Puron”. This means that manufacturers can no longer legally manufacture units that use R-22, so the new units are made to use R-410A.

Although this is the case, since such a wide number of already-installed heating and air conditioning units use R-22, it will continue to be manufactured and to be recycled in order to service these units, until the year 2020. At this time, R-22 will stop being manufactured.

How this affects consumers

Someone who is purchasing a new unit, whether it be an air conditioner or a heat pump, will want to be sure that it uses the R-410A type of Freon. Though the new units must meet the new criteria, there is always the possibility that you could be buying an item that was in stock, and was manufactured prior to these regulations taking effect.

Someone with an existing unit that needs recharging will be basically unaffected by these changes until the year 2020,except for paying higher prices as the supply becomes depleted. Though these units will continue to be legal to use for an indefinite amount of time, servicing them will be the issue after that time. There is potential that a substitute will be available for R-22, so it may be possible to continue to use the unit for the length of its natural life. Check with a knowledgeable service technician if this is ever an issue.

WiFi Digital Photo Frame Keeps Us in Touch with Family

When it comes time to buy Christmas presents, what do you buy for the person who has everything? At our age, my husband and I have about everything we want, so we decided to treat ourselves to a digital picture frame for Christmas.

After shopping at Best Buy, Kohl’s, Radio Shack and Target, we found the perfect digital frame! The Kodak Pulse Digital Frame was only found at Target, and this is unlike all the other digital frames we saw. The Kodak Pulse allows friends and family email pictures right to our frame!

We are first time grandparents, we we cannot get enough pictures of that beautiful granddaughter. My daughter adds new photos to our Kodak Pulse several times a week, so I am not missing out on her growing up. Truly, this is a unique product, and worth every penny of the $125 we paid.

About The Kodak Pulse

This product is WiFi certified, and has a seven inch touch screen with LED backlighting.

It has one USB port and 2 card slots so you can add pictures from a digital camera, computer or a smart phone.

The memory cards that are accepted by the Kodak Pulse are: SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS PRO, MS PRO DUO, and xD.

The internal memory is 512 MB, which is less than some other frames we looked at, but it holds 4000 images!

You have the ability to load photos directly from your or your friends Facebook or Kodak Gallery pages.

The built in WiFi lets you add or delete pictures easily.

To save power, you can set the Kodak Pulse Digital Frame to turn on and off at pre-determined times.

There is no software to install.

System Requirements

For Windows you will need Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher

For Macintosh you will need Safari or Firefox, both 3.0 or higher

Hardware compatible with 802.11 b/g or b/g/n router

What I Don’t Like

When my daughter had issues emailing pictures to my Kodak email, which adds them to our frame, I didn’t have a trouble shooting guide in the box. Instead I had to go online to the Kodak website and read their FAQ and help section. I would prefer to have the manual in my hot little hands when I am working on a fix. You would think for the price of $125, Kodak could have ponied up for a paper manual. There is a very small “Quick Start Manual”, but it is pretty worthless, basically telling you how to go online for more information.

Because the screen in a touch screen, it does get fingerprints quite easily. However, these come off easily with the special cleaning cloth, and no cleaning products are required.

Why I Love It

The frame comes with the power adapter and plug, and a really nice cleaning cloth that cleans better than any of my expensive eyeglass cleaning cloths. The frame is black with silver around the edges, and is very plain looking, yet elegant. I like the fact that the frame is smaller and doesn’t take up a lot of space in our living room.

I can set the time intervals for pictures to appear, and currently I have them show for 30 seconds, then they fade away and new pictures appear.

I am not a computer wizard, and am very intimidated by new technologies, but I set this up myself, and it was quite simple. The touch screen lets you choose your language (from six different choices), then you touch the start button. Connect to your computers network and create an online account. You can choose a Kodak email address, which friends and family will use to send their photos to the frame. You will also have a security code and password.

I used my computer to go to www.kodakpulse.com , I followed the instructions to create my account, then activated the account with my activation code. I was now ready to add pictures to my digital frame! Today my husband had several errands to do, and when we returned home I had a message on my Kodak Pulse Digital Frame stating three pictures were waiting for approval. I clicked on “show” and was able to view them instantly.

My daughter did have a problem with the Kodak email when she tried to send too many pictures in the same email, so she sent three emails containing two pictures, instead of one email with six pictures.

With the touch screen display I can quickly and instantly delete any pictures that I no longer want. I did find that some of the pictures don’t have the same resolution and some of them are slightly distorted, but this has only happened with a few of the hundreds of pictures that have been added to our digital frame.

When I saw the price tag of the Kodak Pulse, I was very uneasy about spending that much money, especially since Target said it could not be returned unless there was something wrong with it. However, I am extremely happy with this digital frame. If you have friends and family in far away places, it would be a great way to stay in touch with up to date photographs. I feel like I am getting “gifts” every time I see new pictures of my granddaughter on my Kodak Pulse! Two big thumbs up.

Why You Should Make Sure To Get Insurance On Your Online Orders

There are many people who ensure that they purchase the insurance option when ordering items on your favourite online store, whether it’s an auction site or popular online store. Then there are also others that tend not to believe in the extra insurance fee because of believing it’s just an extra cost or call it a waste.

Well, I used to not purchase shipping insurance because it was an extra cost and I honestly thought that packages should have been handled with care. Now, I am not a person working for a post office trying to sucker you into spending extra, but after what happened to my package, I thought I should share the experience with you.

I used to collect original film posters and movie memorabilia. Now I had 2 bad prior experiences before with my packages being damaged, but I believed this time, my luck can’t get any worse. However, it did. I finally found an original movie poster I had wanted, which was for one of my favourite movies.

Now, this poster was extremely hard to find, and I am still unable to find another copy of it to this day. I had ordered it from a seller in the UK. With the exchange rate costing quite a bit back than converting the Canadian dollars to Pounds. The insurance was an extra 12 pounds to the cost of the shipping and packaging and the cost of the poster. So I asked the seller how he would be shipping it to me, and assured me that it would have been sent in a sturdy tube, actually he called it “gorilla proof” tube. Anyway, the movie poster was put into an extremely sturdy tube as the seller had stated, and it was hard to crush. I hadn’t purchased the insurance, so when I received it, it was somehow highly damaged. I honestly don’t know how because the tube was sturdy yet it was bent majorly. Both sides of the tube were damaged, meaning the poster was damaged as well. But to think that your package can’t be sent without worrying about it, just plain sucks and is wrong. Something big must have fallen on it, because it would have taken A LOT of pressure to get the tube destroyed like that. When I got to the post office, the postal worker hands it to me as if nothing is wrong and I should have opened it right in front of them. I got home, checked the poster, of course it had been damaged. I complained to the post office for the poor service and lack of handling. Insurance included or not, they should still hand your packages with care! I also told the seller in case he was interested in my case. To date (over 6 months ago) I still have not received a reply from either the post office or seller.

So the next time you order something, think of what happened to my package, and think twice before you don’t consider the insurance option. I always make sure to get the shipping insurance now on whatever I order, if the seller does not offer it, I ask them to find out what it is. When I look at the pictures of the tube, it truly sucks what happened, yet amazes me how stuff like this can happen.

What is Hypersomnia?

Published on Factoidz.com on 12/16/2010

Hypersomnia is characterized by extreme sleepiness during the daytime, and may be extended to long periods during the night. An individual may sleep almost around the clock sometimes. Some of the reasons behind hypersomnia may include cumulative sleep loss due to studying, family demands (like having a new baby to care for), changes in work hours or a busy social life. Other possible causes for hypersomnia may include medications, sleep disorders, psychiatric and medical illnesses. In many cases hypersomnia may be alleviated by making some adjustments in one’s lifestyle habits.

Symptoms of hypersomnia

The symptoms of hypersomnia may include:

Apathy

Difficulty in thinking or making decisions

Feeling curiously exhausted all the time

Feeling sleepy, despite napping and sleeping

Increased risks of accidents (particularly motor vehicle accidents)

Memory or deliberation difficulties

Need of daytime naps

Types of hypersomnia

There are 3 types of hypersomnia. They are recurrent hypersomnia, posttraumatic hypersomnia and idiopathic hypersomnia. Within these types are sub-types such as narcolepsy and Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS),

Recurrent Hypersomnia:

Sufferers of recurrent hypersomnia have continuing severe sleepiness. Even when they sleep 16 to 20 hours a day, individuals still have a huge need to sleep.

Idiopathic Hypersomnia:

Oftentimes, sufferers of idiopathic hypersomnia are criticized for their increased need to sleep. Sometimes, idiopathic hypersomnia is referred to as non-REM narcolepsy; however, the difference between idiopathic hypersomnia and narcolepsy is that the person may sleep as long as 2 hours at a time. The person does not abruptly fall asleep as a person does with narcolepsy; neither does the person lose muscle control as with narcolepsy.

Posttraumatic Hypersomnia:

Posttraumatic hypersomnia is the excessive sleepiness which develops due to physical injury, or from a disease of the central nervous system. For instance, neurosurgery, brain injury, spinal cord injury or infection can cause posttraumatic hypersomnia. This type of hypersomnia generally goes away in a few weeks or a few months.

Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS)

Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) is an unusual sleep disorder characterized by frequent and extended episodes of hypersomnia. It may also be related with binge eating, behavioral disturbances and more infrequently, hyper sexuality. KLS usually manifests in young people and usually subsides when person reaches middle age.

The cause of KLS is unidentified, though nearly half of KLS patients experienced flu-like symptoms a few days prior to the onset of the first KLS episode. It is believed that Kleine-Levin syndrome may be triggered by a genetic mutation.

Studies have shown that Kleine-Levin Syndrome can be caused by a faulty immune system; thus it is termed as an autoimmune disease. Having an infection prior to the onset of KLS and the genetic connection may be point in the direction of an autoimmune disease.

Treatment for Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia may be self-treated or treated professionally. Talk with your physician regarding which methods will be best for you. In the majority of cases in professional treatment, your physician may prescribe medications to treat hypersomnia. Stimulants such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors and antidepressants are helpful in treating cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations, which may or may not be experienced with hypersomnia. It’s essential to remind hypersomnia patients, who are taking a medication called imipramine with stimulant medications, could be at risk of developing hypertension; they should be monitored very closely by their medical professional.

Conclusion

Hypersomnia is at times misdiagnosed as narcolepsy. Both of these conditions are similar in many ways. One major difference is that people with narcolepsy experience unexpected onset of sleepiness, and people having hypersomnia experience increasing degrees of sleepiness. Also, people having narcolepsy discover daytime sleep restorative, whereas people having hypersomnia don’t.

Using YouTube As A Belly Dance Instruction Source

Once instructional videos were the way to learn styles not offered by local teachers or to learn the techniques of famous dancers. These days most everything is on YouTube and video purchasing is dropping. How is this changing the bellydance community? I would say that the results aren’t in yet- youtube is still fairly new, but using it as a teaching source has both big strengths and big weaknesses.

Let’s start with a strength. You can find ANYTHING on Youtube (even if you can’t spell). Any style, practically any dancer, any year, it’s out there somewhere. The opportunity to learn about the dance is extensive. This is clearly a strength, but it’s also a weakness! You can find anything, whether it should be found or not! There’s no real editing or filtering- lots of crud makes it on-line. You can get mislead by bad examples and pick up things that you didn’t intend. Still, because there’s so much of it, if you’re patient, you can see enough to compare the videos and know what you’re looking at.

What about a weakness? It’s short- videos are limited to 9 minutes. That’s hardly enough to call a class. Traditional instructional videos run 90 minutes; enough for a good thorough demonstration and drill. Still, a YouTube snippet is enough to demonstrate a movement. And sometimes it’s mercifully short!

Another good point? It’s FREE! Since most dancers are chronically short of funds (probably from buying too many costumes), free is good. Of course, you get hit by ads sometimes, but where doesn’t that happen these days? The sheer volume of information available for free is amazing.

But a bad point? The quality of the filming is usually not so good, either because of bad resolution, bad camera angle, stupid editing, or all three. (Save me from snazzy spin-ins, fade-outs, and chopped up screens!) Frequently you can’t see what’s really going on and may miss a crucial element. For example, I was uncertain about the hip movements for kahlijee-style because the resolution was just not good enough to see that detail in most videos.

Back to the good: you can get alot of clips that come from the Middle-east itself. You can see what’s going on in the dance sceen there… NOW! And the language differences are not too much of a barrier, now that there’s Arabic translators on-line. Best of all, you can do it when you want it, in the comfort and privacy of your own home (assuming your home is comfortable and private!)

Bad: You can’t interact with the dancer/teacher- you don’t get to ask questions, see it again slower, see it from another angle, get the dancer’s feedback. You gotta keep up or turn in your hip scarf, honey!

And the side effects on the dance community: YouTube is cutting into live teachers’ classes. If they can’t keep a class going, there isnt going to be any ongoing classes anymore. You’ll be stuck with paying for private lessons to get interactive training. Also, the professionals who make good quality videos are being hurt by people who settle for ‘good enough’ videos for free.

So, having said all that, I’ve been mining YouTube to learn styles I’ve been curious about. It’s a slog to find the good stuff but I’m happy with my progress.

The comments on the videos are a mixed blessing- I know people who never read them just on general principles, but I did learn something important from what I thought was a snarky remark (the dancer was not moving her hips as she danced, which in the commentor’s eyes made her dance ‘like a girl, not like a woman’: in other words, girls dance more simply, but the dance should have hip movement).

Where will it all lead? If we start seeing a whole lot of new styles and movements on stages around town, you’ll know YouTube is having an effect….

Travel To Spain – Vital Information For Tourists

If you are planning a vacation to Spain, there are several steps you’ll need to take before your plane ever leaves the ground. From visas to vaccinations, this brief guide will help you get prepared efficiently.

Visa

Citizens of countries within the European Union will not need to have a visa to enter Spain, but you will need to have your national identification document. Resident of the United States and Canadians who are planning to stay in Spain on a tourist basis for less than three months will not need to get a visa before leaving. If you plan to stay longer than that, you will need to obtain a tourist, business or student visa, depending on your situation.

Passports

You will need a valid passport to travel. You can visit http://travel.state.gov/passport for an easy guide on how to obtain your passport. If you are in a hurry, there is an option to rush your passport, but it will cost extra. You will need to have two copies of a recent photograph, and basic identification documents to apply for a passport. Your local courthouse will typically have an area set aside for passport applications. If you are not sure where you should go to apply for your passport, the site mentioned above contains information on all valid passport application offices.

Health Insurance

Anytime you plan to travel overseas, you will need to make sure that you have a valid health insurance policy that will provide you with coverage while you are overseas. Traveling to a foreign country can be demanding enough, but if you are injured and without health insurance, the complications are numerous. If your current health insurance policy does not provide international coverage, it is a good idea to purchase a short-term global health insurance plan that will allow you to travel.

Vaccinations

For children, it is recommended that they be up-to-date on all of their childhood vaccinations, such as Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus/Diphtheria and Influenza. Adults should also receive a Tetanus shot if it has been more than ten years since your last vaccination. In 2006, outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease and measles have been reported, underscoring the need for current vaccinations.

Medications

If you currently take prescription medications, or rely on over-the-counter medication for allergies or other conditions, you will need to make sure that you have enough on hand for the duration of your trip. Inform your doctor of your trip so that they can prescribe any necessary medications or recommend alternatives if you run out during your stay. You may also want to request medicine for motion sickness and/or other common complaints. Skin protection cannot be overlooked during your stay in Spain, and it’s a good idea to pack extra for you and your children.

Emergency Contact Information

Before you leave, create a list of your nearest friends, relatives and physicians on a card and then have it laminated. If possible, have it translated into Spanish to ensure that there won’t be any language barrier if you get into trouble. It is also a good idea to keep the address of the American Embassy in Spain, as well as other useful information with you in case you run into any problems during your trip.

The Second Life Liberation Army (SLLA)

Second Life

Its hard to argue with the popularity of Second Life. The completely immersive 3D interactive world created by Linden Labs currently has 2 million plus users, which are known in game as avatars. This is very different from just a couple of years ago, when membership was hovering somewhere around 100,000 folks.

In the game users are able to create a virtual representation of themselves: their avatar. They are then able to explore massive three dimensional virtual world. They can buy land, make new friends, and shape the world to their liking. Combining elements of roleplaying games with more traditional chat rooms, Second Life has brought online interaction to a whole new level.

One of the things that attracts so many people is its openness and its credo: that Second Life is a world “imagined, created and owned by its residents.” The tagline on their web site reads “Your world, your imagination.”

Trouble in Paradise

For many this promise of a world of their own creation is very attractive. A fun and exciting escape from the hassles of the real world. A safe haven that they can shape into their own desires.

Some, however, see this virtual Utopian dream challenged by the rise of commercial interests in Second Life. Watching as Second Life has become a powerful online phenomenon, many companies such as Reebok, American Apparel and many more have begun to create their own Second Life presence with their own Second Life headquarters and Second Life stores. Political candidates have also entered the Second Life ring, most notably Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards.

For some longtime Second Life residents such as the avatar going by the name of Marshal Cahill, such moves do not bode will for the citizens of Second Life. Instead of being a user-created virtual society, Second Life will see itself taken over by commercial interests, just as commercial interests already dominate the real world.

The Second Life Liberation Army

Such concerns prompted Cahill to create the Second Life Liberation Army (or just SLLA for short). Although membership in the organization is small it has made a name for itself in taking part in virtual terrorist activities.

While not as destructive as terrorist activities in the real world, the actions of the SLLA can take their toll on users. Attacks have including gunning down consumers in front of the virtual Second Life Reebok store (avatars gunned down are not actually killed, but find themselves unable to access their accounts for a time) to “nuke” attacks, DoS (Denial of Service) attacks which shut down service to specific areas of the virtual world for a time.

The Goals of the SLLA

So just what is it that the Second Life Liberation Army is after? Its a pretty simple message, and one that Cahill believes cuts to the core of belief in freedom anywhere, be it in real life or in Second Life: a voice for the people. To put it another way, they seek “Avatar Rights.”

The official web site of the SLLA makes their proposal loud and clear: they want Linden Labs to offer up public shares. They would sell a single share to each avatar at a pre-set price. This would give every user of Second Life an equal say in the future development of Second Life: a true virtual democracy.

It is also made clear on their homepage that the Second Life Liberation Army does not seek to create undo damage to the normal operations of the Second Life world. Their targets are the big boys: the Reeboks, the American Apparels, the companies who are trying to turn Second Life from a computerized utopia where everyone has the opportunity to build the virtual life of their dreams into nothing more than a virtual duplicate of the real world where capitalism and the lust for money dictate the lives of its citizens.

Success of the SLLA

As of now, little movement has been made to meet the SLLA’s demands. Linden Labs has made clear that they have little interest in the plans set forward by the Second Life Liberation Army. Even the group’s terrorist activities made little impact on Linden Labs or even the majority of avatars in Second Life until the groups actions began making national headlines in the mainstream press, starting with the Los Angeles Times.

Now papers around the world are starting to pick up on the activities of the Second Life Liberation Army. Videos made of some of the attacks can be found on YouTube, the popular video sharing site. But as knowledge increases, one still has to wonder just how successful Cahill and his SLLA will be in their quest for “avatar rights.”

The Best Pediatric Dentists In The St. Louis Area

St. Louis, Missouri is truly blessed when it comes to the variety and quality of physicians and other medical resources that make their home here. Pediatric Dentists are no exception to this either. When I began looking for some of the most noteworthy pediatric dentists in the St. Louis area, my first instinct was to begin at St. Louis Children’s Hospital which ranks in at number 5 on a list of Best Pediatric Hospitals in Parents Magazine.

It’s at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where you will find:

Dr. Donald V. Heubener

Dr. Heubener’s office is located inside the hospital on the first floor at 1 Children’s Place in St. Louis, just off of Kingshighway. The office offers routine dental care and also has dentists who specialize in cleft lip and palate issues.

Quite honestly, you won’t find a more kid friendly environment at this office. With all of the bright colors, quirky gadgets and such, you nearly forget you’re in the hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Heubener, call 1-314 454 KIDS.

West County Pediatric Dentistry is where you will find the office of:

Dr. Shahnaz Ahmed.

Dr. Ahmed’s office is located at 956 Kehrs Mill Road in Ballwin, MO, just west of St. Louis. The office is open from 8AM – 6 PM, Monday and Tuesday, 9AM – 5PM on Wednesday and 8:30AM – 2PM on Thursday. You can call 636.527.2779 to reach her office.

Dr. Ahmed has obviously spared little, if any expense to make her office NOT look like a dentist’s office. You are see pictures of her office at http://kiddiedentist.com/office.html

If you live in the North County area, you might want to check out the next dentist in our list:

Dr. Candace Wakefield

Dr. Wakefield’s office is located at 13410 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florrisant. You can find her website at: http://www.thechildrensdentalzone.com/services.html

Dr. Wakefield specializes in bonding, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, and pulpal therapy.

The office is open from 9AM – 5PM, Monday and Wednesday, 9AM – 6PM on Tuesday and Thursday and 7AM-Noon on Friday. Some appointments are available on Saturdays as well. You can reach the office at 314-830-9663.

I’ve saved probably the best dentist for last. He’s not exclusively a pediatric dentist but do NOT stop reading here. I am simply not able to locate another dentist within a 50 mile radius who seems to have the reputation and the level of expertise as this dentist does.

After researching and speaking with his staff, I’m confident that the trip to south St. Louis city to see Dr. Duane Keller will be one worth making. I could go on and on about Dr. Keller. However, I won’t.