Family Trees Tribal Totems and Tattoo Designs

Seeking deeper meaning in a tattoo is a hard task, to find a life altering image empowering enough to emblazon your breast likened as Superman’s famous S… let alone creating an original idea as a coverup, for old not so good tattoos, without being a clone to copycat art and flash. When ink is in your blood though, you can see many things from a more combined and creative light.

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As I walked the forest of life blinded by the trees, now I see the forest and know my roots. These each in their own way helped me find a new way to grow my tree of life and be awakened every time I see it. That my friends, random readers and those who really know, is a glisten of soul brighter than gold.

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Turn On Tune In Dropout Becomes Turn Off Tune Out Get In

Turn On Tune In Dropout Becomes Turn Off Tune Out Get In

So what has changed? Were they right in the wrong moment or wrong with good timing? Timothy Leary is the face behind the chemical catalyst to a movement that’s remains are now ‘the man’ themselves. So where did the passion for change go? The old idea was to roll inside and trip on drugs, that in the end was a global FAIL we still battle today. Yet the ethics and morals the hippy culture resented before the drug war games began still hold a truth we all crave.

A new ‘awareness revolution’ has come into play that already bridged the gap the 60’s movements never reached. Clear ideas and group actions. We have seen wars stopped before they could earnestly begin anew. Dictators and fierce militias brought to a grinding halt with voices of peace and global knowledge of the death that sparked a new revolution. It has been said information is the new cocaine, I would go one further. Social action is the new LSD, by ‘Turing Off’ to the idea of ‘the man’ controlling everything, we turned on the reality of people over power. When we ‘Tune Out’ what we are told to do and tune in once again to what we know to do. Then we return to the point once needing you to dropout, oddly now the point at which your option is to ‘get in’ now. As once the point was to leave the people now it is to join the ‘real people’ as one. The ‘real’ being the actual peoples and honest voices of all, so much better a format than a handful making the rules for all, is it not?

Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

In the smallest things now do we hold our species as a whole down, the vast majority of all humans can agree on at least some basic concepts. Things as simple as ‘should you take things from others without there permission’ do not need a ‘rule’ everyone can agree stealing is normally not a proper action. On a grander scale, no person on earth would say raping eight year olds then using them for lead collection in the place of body armor as you raid torture and kill a village of women and children is a nice thing to do.

Even in the absolute knowing of the greater good and now conscious we can use. Why do we still let the little things stop it. Does it hurt your life so much your neighbor prays on a day you do not that it is ok to let the greater atrocity continue until they stop? Just because the you government says so does it mean they are always making the best choice for the people? Will the world stop because your neighbor is dark skinned and you are not? This is the reason we can not be a better planet, really?

Not being able to predict the future I wanted to look back to the past, they said it helps you do better after all. Lets see what those who did tune in turn on and drop out achieved, then perhaps we can find what to do next. Otherwise we continue to do nothing until that is all we will have left…

Leary on Evolution

Timothy Leary waxes on the future of the human species…

Infamous Timothy Leary Interview (2/2)

Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 May 31, 1996) was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use, and one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out."

Infamous Timothy Leary Interview (2/2)

A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways: sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through the ingestion of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, etc. Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key—it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures.

AMAZING TIMOTHY LEARY INTERVIEW

Tim gets sand bagged by a talk show host. The host then surprises Leary with a phone call from Art Linkletter.

Timothy Leary’s Last Trip

Timothy Leary’s Last Trip – Documentary & Interview

Timothy Leary may be a mad scientist of a chemical an psychological persuasion yet he at the care made great sense. Will we begin again in a technical aspect, can a digital mad scientist breach that next step?

What if for just 1one day, one single passing of the sun, all the people in the world just said no to the wrongs. When everyone on earth can reach an internet connected device… what will the possibly 10,000,000,000 people of the world say to the few thousand we let rule it? Could you imagine what anyone or group could say to argue with the human race as a whole?

Just an idea by a random human, 1 in many billions, yet I may be on to something, depending on you…

Many thanks to the Drill Down Podcast Crew Andrew (@MrBabyMan) Sorcini, Muhammad (@Msaleem) Saleem, Lidja (@MadLid) Davis & Reg (@Zaibatsu) Saddler for having me on their show & oddly sparking the idea inside the concepts.

Banned on Digg for no Reason and Stonewalled for Asking Why

I was a digger, now I am banned. Why you may wonder… that is what I wonder as well. The support staff at Digg.com has provided no specific incident or infraction against the http://digg.com/tou they have quoted as a vague and generic reason for the ban. I have been a digg user openly as myself, not an assumed identity, not a false identity, just me, Mich De L’Orme, with the username MichDe. I was a member of the digg community for just over three months. I emailed the digg support staff through their contact form and after several hours sent a second email directly.

Sent via http://digg.com/contact :

Hello, I woke up today I can’t log in, it says my account is inactive. Can you please explain what has happened and what I need to do to fix it. Thank you very much. Mich D.

Send direct to support@digg.com :

Hello,

I can’t log in and my account is showing inactive. Can you please tell me what has happened? I went to sleep diggin’ and woke up diggless. I tried to use the contact form but have not heard back yet. Please let me know what’s going on and why this has happened.

Thanks for you time,
peace,
Mich D

On the next day I was sent this as a response:

Thank you for contacting us at Digg.com.

Your account was removed for violating the Digg Terms of Use (http://digg.com/tou) that you agreed to when registering for Digg.com.

From Digg Terms Of Use (http://digg.com/tou): 5. USER CONDUCT

As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by Digg.

By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use the Services:

9. with the intention of artificially inflating or altering the ‘digg count’, comments, or any other Digg service, including by way of creating separate user accounts for the purpose of artificially altering Digg’s services; giving or receiving money or other remuneration in exchange for votes; or participating in any other organized effort that in any way artificially alters the results of Digg’s services;

Due to the nature and severity of abuse, your account will not be re-instated.  This decision is final and irreversible.

Thank you,

-The Digg Support Team.

Being this tells me absolutely no information as to what I have been accused of, I responded with this:

Hello Digg Support Team,

Thank you for you response to my prior contact and account issues. I now know I am ‘banned’ but I am baffled by the reasoning as it is unclear as to what you mean.

Can you please explain this to me? I do not have multiple accounts and I am not paid to digg stories or submit them. The vast majority of my submissions were from top notch websites and the remainder interesting things from blogs and humor sites. I do not even submit my own content or websites. I have never compensated anyone for digging or submitting stories for me either. To the best of my knowledge I have never broken the law as part of the digg community. I do not have a system for artificially inflating or altering digg votes or comments.

Your reply has me at a total loss as to what I could have possibly done. All I ask is to be informed on what I am being specifically accused of, as I take great pride in my ability to find worthy submissions for your site and have no knowledge of any actions the types you have implied.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply.

Peace,
Mich De L’Orme

After more than twenty four hours I have yet to receive any reply from the digg staff, digg support or digg community administrators. During the past forty eight hours there have been many users from the active digg community attempting to contact the @digg_community and @digg twitter accounts, they have also tried to use both the digg contact form support email and digg comments from stories related to the overall incident leading to what is assumed to have been the reason behind it… I wrote a blog post.

Digg Twitter Accounts and Examples of the Digg community asking for help.
Digg.com’s Community Manager Jen: Jen Burton (justjen) on Twitter
Official Digg.com Community Twitter account: Digg Community (digg_community) on Twitter
Digg comment on: 3 Ways Digg Can Stop the Bury Brigade Dead in it’s Tracks
Digg comment on: 3 Ways Digg Can Stop the Bury Brigade Dead in it’s Tracks
Digg comment on: 3 Ways Digg Can Stop the Bury Brigade Dead in it’s Tracks
Twitter / QuentinsOnTheWay
Twitter / Amy Vernon
Twitter / Joyce Carpenter
Twitter / Donna Chaffins
Twitter / Andrew Burnett
Twitter / Gerri L Elder
Twitter / Angel Wardriver
Twitter / Lyle Hawkins
Twitter / Matt
Twitter / Social Gun
Twitter / Lauren Elder
Twitter / The Zoner
Twitter / EMFK
Twitter / gorgeous sand
Twitter / pingpants
Twitter / BaddBrainz
Twitter / Erin Ryan
Twitter / JD Rucker
Twitter / Shawn
This is a small sample of no less than 30 ignored community questions and pleas to the digg community and digg community manager by active upstanding self motivated diggers in the last 24hrs.

As you can see by looking at either the digg_community or community managers twitter profiles, they have both been active and responded to other persons. Why for two days straight the actual digg users who make up the digg community have not been answered is for digg to define. Perhaps it is not worth their time or an individual user does not deserve and answer. Who am I to ask for fair treatment from a ‘democratic’ social site. I only ask to know what I am being accused of doing. Not a undecipherable undefined list of possible reasons from an automated system. A simple example of what exactly I have done wrong. At this point no proof has been presented, no situations or accounts mentioned. Nor have I been told any point of misconduct I may have actually done.

For now I will leave off and hope I hear something from them soon. There has to be some mistake or evidence after all. Because digg is a democratic fair social community that respects its users and cares about the community.

All I want is to know why. I love Digging and being a Digger. Please help if you can, Peace.

Real Tattoo How to Videos on Tattooists Tattooing and Tattoo Pain

A collection of four very informative videos about the reality of tattoos and tattooing. Help with how to find a tattoo that is the right tat for you. Interviews with tattooists explaining the process of tattooing and the products used for tattoos. Even a great how to guide with tips on keeping the pain of a new tattoo to a bearable level.

How To Choose a Tattoo That’s Right For You [sourced howcast.com]

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Two part guide to getting a tattoo and how tattooing works from WatchMojo.com

How To Minimize the Pain Of Getting a Tattoo [sourced howcast.com]

Getting a tattoo will never be a walk in the park, but it can be less painful if you take a few simple precautions.

The vast majority of tattoo how to post I find are quite sub par. All of these seemed of a great quality and as a proud banded person of ink, I wanted to present something useful in the field. I spent a short time as a tattoo artist under a wonderful old school biker tattooist and know a side of it many fail to see. In a great tattoo it is a combination of knowledge planning and mixing of artist tattoo and the tattooed.

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Digg API / CompleteList: “Alphabetical List of Endpoints”

Digg API Alphabetical List of Endpoints

/containers (List Containers)
/container/{container short_name} (List Containers)
/errors (List Errors)
/error/{code} (List Errors)
/galleryphotos (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphotos/comments (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphoto/{id} (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphoto/{id}/comments (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphoto/{id}/comment/{id} (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphoto/{id}/comment/{id}/replies (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphotos/{list} (List Gallery Photos)
/galleryphotos/{list}/comments (List Gallery Photos)
/media (List Media)
/medium/{medium short_name} (List Media)
/stories (List Stories)
/stories/{comma-separated list of story ids} (List Stories)
/stories/{comma-separated list of story ids}/comments (List Events)
/stories/{comma-separated list of story ids}/diggs (List Events)
/stories/comments (List Events)
/stories/container/{container name} (List Stories)
/stories/container/{container name}/hot (List Stories)
/stories/container/{container name}/popular (List Stories)
/stories/container/{container name}/top (List Stories)
/stories/container/{container name}/upcoming (List Stories)
/stories/diggs (List Events)
/stories/hot (List Stories)
/stories/popular (List Stories)
/stories/popular/comments (List Events)
/stories/popular/diggs (List Events)
/stories/top (List Stories)
/stories/topic/{topic name} (List Stories)
/stories/topic/{topic name}/hot (List Stories)
/stories/topic/{topic name}/popular (List Stories)
/stories/topic/{topic name}/top (List Stories)
/stories/topic/{topic name}/upcoming (List Stories)
/stories/upcoming (List Stories)
/stories/upcoming/comments (List Events)
/stories/upcoming/diggs (List Events)
/story/{story clean title} (List Stories)
/story/{story id} (List Stories)
/story/{story id}/activity (Activity, deprecated)
/story/{story id}/activity/comments (Activity, deprecated)
/story/{story id}/activity/diggs (Activity, deprecated)
/story/{story id}/comments (List Events)
/story/{story id}/diggs (List Events)
/story/{story id}/comment/{comment id} (List Events)
/story/{story id}/comment/{comment id}/replies (List Events)
/story/{story id}/user/{user name}/digg (List Events)
/topics (List Topics)
/topic/{topic short_name} (List Topics)
/user/{user name} (List Users)
/user/{user name}/activity (Activity, deprecated)
/user/{user name}/activity/comments (Activity, deprecated)
/user/{user name}/activity/diggs (Activity, deprecated)
/user/{user name}/commented (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/comments (List Events)
/user/{user name}/diggs (List Events)
/user/{user name}/dugg (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/fan/{fan user name} (List Users)
/user/{user name}/fans (List Users)
/user/{user name}/friend/{friend user name} (List Users)
/user/{user name}/friends (List Users)
/user/{user name}/friends/commented (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/friends/dugg (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/friends/commented (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/friends/popular (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/friends/submissions (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/friends/upcoming (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/popular (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/submissions (List Stories)
/user/{user name}/upcoming (List Stories)
/users (List Users)
/users/{comma-separated list of user names} (List Users)
/users/{comma-separated list of user names}/comments (List Events)
/users/{comma-separated list of user names}/diggs (List Events)

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No airline wants its ad next to a story of a plane crash, yet due to the simplicity of keywords, this can happen. David Crystal explains how analyzing meaning behind language can help brands reach their target audiences.

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New Media Concepts the Digg Bury Brigade & How to Fight it

New Media Concepts the Digg Bury Brigade and How to Fight it. 9 references and 1 idea.

Digg.com has the bury function for a real and good reason SPAM! Really, we all know it is a problem with any website in one form or another. Yet with Digg the bury feature has fast become a weapon instead of a defense. The Digg bury brigade does exist, the Digg bury brigade is real. Now that we have the simple fact out of the way that the bury brigades are real, let’s make some sense of it shall we?

Digg works based on an algorithm and this system rates more than just a user and a story at a time. Each action cause a chain of reactions and tweaks to virtually every other user and story at once. So how do you fight against a bury mob or bury brigade as a user? Oddly this is rather simple just because of the algo itself, you Digg. Digg unlike Reddit does not have a visible karma system, but Digg does have one in effect. Your over Digg stats plus your comment stats weigh against your bury stats. This give you an algorithmic number equal to a quality score and makes you rank-able vs.. user & stories. Every bury you cast against a user has a diminishing return after a certain point and begins to negatively affect your own acct. The simple solution for a user to beat a bury attack is therefore rather simple. Digg and submit as much as you can handle.

Flooding is effective for many reasons. As the other users repeatedly bury you each bury begins to have less effect on your submissions. Each bury beyond a certain point will also decrease the attacking users ability to be successful on Digg. Wonderfully each submission you make will also dilute the entire balance on Digg and again force your problems diggers and pet troll to need even grater numbers to be successful in their own submission. So Digg hard, Digg heavy and sub like your a giant black & white bears with a big yellow sign. Because the more your a great digger the more your enemies will hurt themselves.

  • This has been an ongoing issue for some time and in all likelihood will continue. Here are nine fine examples.

Was I just censored by Digg? | The Social Web | ZDNet.com

Was I just censored by Digg?

Posted by Steve O’Hear @ 11:57 am
After the recent discussion about companies offering bribes to Diggers, I thought it would be interesting to run a poll asking if it’s time for the top users to be paid by the social news site itself. I was interested to hear the views of the wider Digg community so I ‘dugg’ the post too. Predictably the story quickly gathered momentum (Digg’s users enjoy stories about Digg), and after approximately 90 Diggs and 40 comments it had hit the front page.
Then seconds later it vanished!
Digg
(The odd thing is it still shows up in my profile as the only story I’ve submitted that has ever made it to the homepage.)
Now I know I’ve previously described Digg as a broken democracy, but I’ve never thought of it as a dictatorship. So what had just happened?

Hunting Down Digg’s Bury Brigade Wired.com

Hunting Down Digg’s Bury Brigade

David Cohn Email 03.01.07
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in a different form on NewAssignment.Net, where David Cohn is the blog editor. He is also a Netscape Navigator.)
All is not well in Digg town.

Finding the Bury Brigade — The Hunt is the Most Intriguing Part | NewAssignment.Net

Finding the Bury Brigade — The Hunt is the Most Intriguing Part

by David Cohn on February 28, 2007 – 10:40am.
Not all is well in Digg-town this morning. Yesterday a bug gave one smart Digger the ability to peer into the system and extrapolate the inner workings of the community. Namely, David LeMieux found a way to highlight what users were burying and why.
In about two hours LeMieux got the data on 1,708 buries, fueling growing concern about the benefit of the bury tool in the first place. The “Bury Brigade,” where anonymous groups of users bury Digg stories they find ideologically unappealing, has become common nomenclature.
With all the secrecy around buries, LeMieux’s hacking could provide insight on what is happening inside the community. But it seems even discussions about the bury effect have been closed off.

The Real Reason Behind Digg’s Bury Brigade | bLaugh.com

The Real Reason Behind Digg’s Bury Brigade

    The Real Reason Behind Digg's Bury Brigade
    Source: Digg Caught Red-Handed
    Author: Cartoon Clipart

    Watching Digg’s ‘bury brigade’ | Technology | guardian.co.uk

    Watching Digg’s ‘bury brigade’

    Conclusive proof that certain people are gaming Digg’s front page?
    Now, I’m a fan of Digg, the social news site, and last week met up with co-founder Kevin Rose.
    Digg’s done very interesting things, and it’s style is being copied by plenty of other groups at the moment.
    But the site isn’t without its problems. One of the major ones is the ability of a small number of users to "bury" stories without accountability. Burying news is meant to help separate spam and inaccurate stories from the general morass of ordinary, viable stuff. But there’s long been the suspicion that plenty of users use it to get rid of stories about things they don’t like

    Digg’s Kevin Rose Fails To Stop The Bury Brigade SearchEngineLand.com

    Digg’s Kevin Rose Fails To Stop The Bury Brigade

    Mar 2, 2007 at 8:36am ET by Danny Sullivan
    Include Buried Stories Option At DiggAfter a week of questions about Digg’s "Bury Brigade," Digg founder Kevin Rose has come in with some public comments about the system and the "alleged" brigade. Unfortunately, they’re just comments — not solutions to protect Digg from the actual brigade I myself can see. More about that in the article below, plus how buries work and can be misused.

    Digg Bury Brigade: 28 negative McCain stories buried in 30 days | Web Scout | LATimes.com

    Digg Bury Brigade: 28 negative McCain stories buried in 30 days

    09:23 AM PT, Aug 11 2008

    Mccaindigg_3

    A close look at campaign-oriented stories on Digg shows that, in the last 30 days, at least 28 stories critical of GOP Sen. John McCain have been mysteriously "buried" — meaning enough Digg users have voted against a story that the submission may no longer appear on the site’s high-traffic front page. 
    [In our follow up to this post, Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to the issue.]
    Only about five Barack Obama-related stories (positive and negative) were buried in the same period.
    According to Digg’s search results, 10 of the 28 McCain stories were zapped after they had already graduated to the front page, including several that had received more than 700 diggs. 
    The other 18 (all of which had a minimum of 180 diggs by the time I counted them) stalled out in the site’s "Upcoming" section, where stories gain momentum, with the most popular entries eventually graduating to the front. 

    The Bury Brigade Exists, and Here’s My Proof pronetadvertising.com

    The Bury Brigade Exists, and Here’s My Proof

    We’ve heard about a purported ‘Bury Brigade’ on Digg time and again, with sketchy pieces of evidence here and there but no concrete proof. Until now.
    The Digg.com FAQ describes the ‘Bury Story’ feature as,
    Stories can also be removed by users with the ‘Bury Story’ feature within digg. Once a story receives enough ‘buries’ it is automatically removed from the digg Upcoming or Popular sections. The number of reports required to bury is based on a sliding scale that takes several factors into consideration (such as number of diggs, reports, time of day, topic submitted to, etc.).
    While that system is supposed to be used to remove superfluous or irrelevant content from Digg, the mechanism is often abused to remove useful and insightful content by malicious users for self-serving and vindictive reasons. My observations are based on data collected by David using a mechanism that he tried to explain to me via email. You can get this data by using the Digg Spy JSON Array:
    The Digg Spy Array (set max items to any number)
    http://www.digg.com/spy_update?timestamp=11600000
    &showtop=2
    &showitems=1
    &showdiggs=1
    &showburies=1
    &showcomments=1
    &showtop=2
    &maxitems=25

    ZDNet Not Immune To The “Bury Brigade” | Deep Jive Interests deepjiveinterests.com

    ZDNet Not Immune To The “Bury Brigade”

    Steve O’Hear, whose blog you should read over at ZDnet on the Social Web, innocently picked up on my post yesterday, and innocently tried to run a poll about whether or not Top Diggers should be paid. Mr. O’Hear catalogued his adventures with interest, because after he set it up, he submitted it (he uses the word “dugg”, but “dugg” is more commonly used to describe “voting” … at least, that’s how I describe it). He goes on to describe what happened next:

    Digg Caught Red-Handed Censoring Ron Paul Stories PrisonPlanet.com


    Digg Caught Red-Handed Censoring Ron Paul Stories
    Self-proclaimed ‘digital democracy’ expunges articles after just a single bury
    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet
    Thursday, January 17, 2008

    UPDATE: After just one bury, this article too was deleted from Digg’s upcoming category.
    The self-proclaimed ‘digital democracy’ Digg.com has been caught red-handed artificially suppressing and censoring Ron Paul stories by expunging them from the website with just one bury, despite the fact that thousands of other Digg users are voting the stories up.

    Digg allows users to vote stories up (digg them) or vote them down (bury them). The content of Digg’s main page, which receives millions of readers a day, is decided upon this apparently democratic system.

    For months allegations have been flying around concerning how stories about Ron Paul, which routinely receive well over a thousand diggs, rarely make it to the main page on Digg as a "popular" item.

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    New Media Video How to Make a Lighter Into a Laser Burner

    How To Make a Lighter into a Laser Burner!

    Hack a cheap butane lighter and make the world’s first "flick-style" burning laser lighter! See the test results at the end

    A down and dirty fast and simple how to video. Great do it yourself geek gadget, the laser lighter torch.

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    New Media Code Use Hash Tags in URLs for SEO Video

    New Media Code Use Hash Tags in URLs for SEO Video
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    SEOmoz Whiteboard Friday – Using The Hash from Scott Willoughby on Vimeo.

    Corned beef hash, hash browns, there are many great types of hash out there (don’t start, I get it).  All too often overlooked by online marketers and webmasters, however, is the old school hash symbol (#), also known as the pound symbol.  This little beauty can do some pretty cool things for you.  It can control duplicate content problems, martial affiliate links, and even help you control the content shown to different visitors…not bad for the old shift+3. Watch the video to learn what a hash in the URL can do for you.

    New Media Code Use Hash Tags in URLs for SEO Video

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    What Happens When You Smoke Cigarettes, What Happens When You Stop Smoking and Why it’s So Hard to Quit Smoking Cigarettes.

    What Happens When You Keep Smoking?

    What Happens When You Quit Smoking?

    Stop Smoking Effect Timeline

    When smokers quit — What are the benefits over time?

    • 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.

    (Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification, Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension:41:183.)

    • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202)

    • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323)

    • 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)

    • 1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)

    • 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)

    • 10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease, too.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. vi, 131, 148, 152, 155, 164,166)

    • 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.

    (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)

    Immediate rewards of quitting

    Kicking the tobacco habit offers some benefits that you’ll notice right away and some that will develop over time. These rewards can improve your day-to-day life a great deal.

    • your breath smells better
    • stained teeth get whiter
    • bad smelling clothes and hair go away
    • your yellow fingers and fingernails disappear
    • food tastes better
    • your sense of smell returns to normal
    • everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath (such as climbing stairs or light housework)

    Cost

    The prospect of better health is a major reason for quitting, but there are other reasons, too.

    Smoking is expensive. It isn’t hard to figure out how much you spend on smoking: multiply how much money you spend on tobacco every day by 365 (days per year). The amount may surprise you. Now multiply that by the number of years you have been using tobacco and that amount will probably shock you.

    Multiply the cost per year by 10 (for the next 10 years) and ask yourself what you would rather do with that much money.

    And this doesn’t include other possible costs, such as higher costs for health and life insurance, and likely health care costs due to tobacco-related problems.

    Social acceptance

    Smoking is less socially acceptable now than it was in the past.

    Almost all workplaces now have some type of smoking rules. Some employers even prefer to hire non-smokers. Studies show smoking employees cost businesses more because they are out sick more. Employees who are ill more often than others can raise an employer’s need for expensive short-term replacement workers. They can increase insurance costs both for other employees and for the employer, who often pays part of the workers’ insurance premiums. Smokers in a building also can increase the maintenance costs of keeping odors down, since residue from cigarette smoke clings to carpets, drapes, and other fabrics.

    Landlords may choose not to rent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurance rates may rise when smokers live in buildings.

    Friends may ask you not to smoke in their homes or cars. Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events are largely smoke-free. And more and more communities are restricting smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars. Like it or not, finding a place to smoke can be a hassle.

    Smokers may also find their prospects for dating or romantic involvement, including marriage, are largely limited to other smokers, who make up less than 20% of the adult population.

    Health of others

    Smoking not only harms your health but it hurts the health of those around you. Exposure to secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke or passive smoking) includes exhaled smoke as well as smoke from burning cigarettes.

    Studies have shown that secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year from lung cancer and heart disease in healthy non-smokers.

    If a mother smokes, there is a higher risk of her baby developing asthma in childhood, especially if she smoked while she was pregnant. Smoking is also linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and low-birth weight infants. Babies and children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis, and other lung and breathing problems than children from non-smoking families. Secondhand smoke can also cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

    Setting an example

    If you have children, you probably want to set a good example for them. When asked, nearly all smokers say they don’t want their children to smoke, but children whose parents smoke are more likely to start smoking themselves. You can become a good role model for them by quitting now.

    How To Quit Smoking.

    Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

    Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times." Maybe you’ve tried to quit, too. Why is quitting and staying quit hard for so many people? The answer is nicotine.

    Nicotine

    Nicotine is a drug found naturally in tobacco. It is highly addictive — as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Over time, a person becomes physically and emotionally addicted to (dependent on) nicotine. Studies have shown that smokers must deal with both the physical and psychological (mental) dependence to quit and stay quit.

    How nicotine gets in, where it goes, and how long it stays

    When you inhale smoke, nicotine is carried deep into your lungs. There it is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and carried throughout your body. Nicotine affects many parts of the body, including your heart and blood vessels, your hormones, your metabolism, and your brain. Nicotine can be found in breast milk and even in mucus from the cervix of a female smoker. During pregnancy, nicotine freely crosses the placenta and has been found in amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants.

    Several different factors can affect how long it takes the body to remove nicotine and its by-products. In most cases, regular smokers will still have nicotine or its by-products, such as cotinine, in their bodies for about 3 to 4 days after stopping.

    How nicotine hooks smokers

    Nicotine produces pleasant feelings that make the smoker want to smoke more. It also acts as a kind of depressant by interfering with the flow of information between nerve cells. As the nervous system adapts to nicotine, smokers tend to increase the number of cigarettes they smoke. This, in turn, increases the amount of nicotine in the smoker’s blood. After a while, the smoker develops a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance means that it takes more nicotine to get the same effect that the smoker used to get from smaller amounts. This leads to an increase in smoking over time. The smoker reaches a certain nicotine level and then keeps smoking to maintain this level of nicotine. In fact, nicotine inhaled in cigarette smoke reaches the brain faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously (IV).

    Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can lead quitters back to smoking

    When smokers try to cut back or quit, the lack of nicotine leads to withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is both physical and mental. Physically, the body reacts to the absence of nicotine. Mentally, the smoker is faced with giving up a habit, which calls for a major change in behavior. The physical and mental both must be addressed for the quitting process to work.

    Those who have smoked regularly for a few weeks or longer, and suddenly stop using tobacco or greatly reduce the amount smoked, will have withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms usually start within a few hours of the last cigarette and peak about 2 to 3 days later when most of the nicotine and its by-products are out of the body. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to up to several weeks.

    Withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following:

    • dizziness (which may only last 1 to 2 days after quitting)
    • depression
    • feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger
    • anxiety
    • irritability
    • sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares
    • trouble concentrating
    • restlessness
    • headaches
    • tiredness
    • increased appetite

    These symptoms can lead the smoker to start smoking cigarettes again to boost blood levels of nicotine back to a level where there are no symptoms. (For information on coping with withdrawal, see the section, "How to quit.")

    Smoking also makes your body get rid of certain drugs faster than usual. When you quit smoking, it changes the way your body handles some medicines. Ask your doctor if any medicines you take regularly need to be checked or changed after you quit.

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