12 New Year’s Resolutions for Movie Lovers in 2010

These 12 New Year’s resolutions for movie lovers in 2010 are divided into the months of the year. That way, I can focus on one at a time instead of trying to do everything at once. It also works out nicely, since a number of these New Year’s resolutions for movie lovers in 2010 deal with upcoming films.

Sure, I could try to stop smoking or swearing, but why deprive myself of such enjoyable vices? In fact, maybe I’ll bump up to two packs a day and start dropping the f-bomb more often.

Keep in mind that all movies mentioned in this post can be purchased through Amazon. Yes, we get a small commission from the fine folks at Amazon, but that’s no reason NOT to do some shopping. Besides, Christmas is always just around the corner.

January – Give away the twist in The Book of Eli – (**Spoilers Ahead**) There’s a big twist at the end of The Book of Eli, one that’s reduced many filmgoers to groaning like wounded beasts. I didn’t think it was that bad, but I’m also a glutton for punishment (after all, I own both Tank Girl and Hudson Hawk). I also love spoilers, something that tends to drive my friends crazy. Well, why stop now, right? Coming up is the big twist at the end of Denzel’s post-apocalyptic film about a lone individual trying to protect one of the last remaining copies of the King James Bible from an ambitious tyrant. Here’s the twist = Eli (Denzel) is blind. When the villain (Gary Oldman) does get his hands on the book, he realizes that it’s written in Braille, thus rendering it completely useless to him. Oh, and Denzel has also been dead throughout the whole film…and he’s actually a woman…etc.

February – Skip Shutter Island – I love Martin Scorsese, but films such as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver are far in the past. While I’m glad he finally won a Best Director Oscar, it’s hard to believe that it was for the disappointing film known as The Departed (aka Headshots). That’s right there with Pacino winning for yelling a bunch during Scent of a Woman. From the looks of the trailer, Shutter Island may not be any better. A mystery played out in an insane asylum, I’m getting a feeling that the film’s big shocker ending will be anything but (my prediction = DiCaprio’s character is actually a mental patient).

March – Root for Jeff Bridges, root against James Cameron – On March 7th, the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held. Considering his win at the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Dramatic Film, I’m confident that Jeff Bridges will get an Oscar nomination. After years of entertaining us in such roles as Duane Jackson, Lightfoot, Starman, Kevin Flynn and The Dude, Bridges is also long overdue for a little Oscar love on the night of the ceremony. Sorry, Colin Firth, I’ve just gotta root for Bridges. He really ties the room together.
On the other hand, I’ll be rooting against James Cameron. Sure, his Avatar is a big-budget orgy of computer-generated melodrama, but he already had his day in the sun with Titanic. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, should be up for The Hurt Locker, and that picture captured far more emotion on far less of a budget. Besides, does anyone really want to see Cameron proclaim himself “king of the world” again?

April – Collect spare change in a jar – In these tough economic times, it’s always smart to allocate money to essentials like paying for electricity, buying food, and time in a tanning bed. But for those of us who love movies, it’s also important to generate a little extra so we can see our favorite flicks. This could be done by donating blood, male prostitution, or simply dumping your spare change into a jar. As the days and weeks go by, you’ll be amazed at how much extra money you’re able to generate. That’s especially important in April, as the following must-see films will be releasing: The Losers, Date Night, Kick-Ass, Machete, MacGruber and Wall Street 2.

May – Bone up on 12th century British history – That’s because Robin Hood, the latest collaboration between director Ridley Scott and professional phone thrower Russell Crowe, will be hitting theaters on May 14th. At this point, I have no idea how the real legend of Robin of Loxley was supposed to have went down, but I intend to know by may. One thing’s for sure, though: no women in the 12th century had the unusual sex appeal of Cate Blanchett.

June – Start seeing a therapist – Usually, my mental health is fine, but I just haven’t been the same since seeing the trailer for The A Team, the big-screen adaptation of the classic TV series scheduled for a June 11th release. The original was hardly Masterpiece Theatre, but it did have a certain goofy charm, and guys like George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict and Mr. T seemed to be having a good time. The film version, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Copper, looks more like a run-of-the-mill action movie, devoid of such oddball tropes as locking the heroes in a barn filled with sheet metal, gunpowder and an arc welder. One bright spot: Megan Fox will also be featured in Jonah Hex during the month of June, and she’ll be dressed up like an Old West whore for much of the film. Man, I’m starting to feel better already (or maybe all the blood is just draining away from my troubled brain).

July – Start watching The ‘70s Show – If I don’t go back and thrill to the bell-bottomed adventures of Eric Forman and Michael Kelso, how else can I fully appreciate Topher Grace’s transformation into a vicious serial killer during July’s release of Predators? I just hope that Grace and lead actor Adrien Brody throw down in the jungles of the Predator infested planet. Boy, that would be better than watching Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton poke each other with cattle prods.

August – Travel abroad – While I’d normally stick around to catch the release of The Expendables (starring every action icon on the planet), I’m thinking of heading somewhere exotic in the month of August. Preferably somewhere without movie theaters. This is due to the scheduled release of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. There’s something about Emma Thompson and her insane Nanny McPhee teeth that really weirds me out. Throw in loads of precocious kids and a wartime setting, and I’m packing my bags as you read this.

September – Zombie-proof my house – My neighbor’s been acting odd lately, and I’m starting to wonder if he intends to feast on my flash at some point in the future. If that’s the case, I’m predicting September as the month that he goes batshit crazy. That’s because the latest Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, rolls into theaters. And, as you all know, the mere presence of Milla Jovovich has been known to turn men into mindless, drooling creatures. I wonder if my neighbor has been watching Return to the Blue Lagoon?
October – Watch more foreign films – If you don’t watch foreign films, how can you possibly bitch and complain about the shoddy American remakes? October sees the release of Let Me In, the Hollywood version of the stark-yet-tender Swedish vampire classic, Let the Right One In. Since the filmmakers claim that they’re going to make the movie “very accessible to a wider audience,” I think it’s time to lose myself in some foreign film goodness. Here’s hoping the American version is in 3D and features a lush jungle setting with 9-foot-tall blue feline vampires. And, of course, Michelle Rodriguez and her glowing white teeth will also make an appearance (before dying tragically).

November – Stay away from trains – I didn’t have a fear of trains until I read about the plot of Unstoppable, the November film teaming up Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. In it, an unmanned freight train a half-mile long gets out of control. To make matters worse, the train is hauling poisonous gas AND lots of combustible materials. Can a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine) stop it in time? Jesus, how often does this stuff happen and we don’t even know about it? For all I know, Denzel may spend all his spare time roaming around American stopping runaway trains with a dignified look in his eye. Me…I’m staying the hell away from trains.

December – Get more movies for Christmas – During the holidays of 2009, I picked up such films as Singin’ in the Rain, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, District B-13 and White Hunter Black Heart. I’d seen all of them before, but I’ve had great fun watching them again and exposing my friends to their brilliance. The plan remains the same for 2010, and, in the words of the immortal Hannibal Smith, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

http://www.onlygoodmovies.com/blog/thoughts-on-film/12-new-years-resolutions-for-movie-lovers-in-2010/

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February 2011 Gatherings by Camelia

“Came” means Business Networking (referral business/business gathering)

welcome to Camelia gatherings

Came 315
7 February 2011 (monday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Burger King,Sunway Pyramid Mall,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 316
7 February 2011 (monday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Kelana Street Mall,Jalan ss6,Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.(near Giant Kelana Jaya / LDP)

Came 317
8 February 2011 (friday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Coffee Bean,Pavilion Mall,Jalan Bukit Bintang,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 318
13 February 2011 (sunday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: A & W Restaurant,Suria KLCC Mall,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 319
13 February 2011 (monday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Jalan Pasar 1/21 (PJ Old Town)Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia

Came 320
15 February 2011 (tuesday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Leisure Shopping Mall,Tmn Segar,Cheras,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 321
16 February 2011 (wednesday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Berjaya Times Square,Jalan Imbi,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 322
16 February 2011 (wednesday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Berjaya Times Square,Jalan Imbi,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 323
25 February 2011 (friday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Pappa Rich,Dataran 32, Jalan 14 (jalan 19) Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia. (opposite Toyota Showroom)

Came 324
25 February 2011 (friday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Pappa Rich,Dataran 32, Jalan 14 (jalan 19) Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia. (opposite Toyota Showroom)

Came 325
26 February 2011 (saturday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Nyonya Colors,The Curve Shopping Mall,Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 326
28 February 2011 (monday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Station 1 cafe,sunway mentari, PJS, Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia. (next Sunway Pyramid Mall)

Came 327
28 February 2011 (monday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Station 1 cafe,sunway mentari, PJS, Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia. (next Sunway Pyramid Mall)

Pls Call /SMS to confirm the date/place/time.

Please give me time to reserve a seat for you.

Do not be LAST MINUTE.I will not entertain you.

You may bring your friends or bosses or spouse.

PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL, Thank you!!

Mobile : 6-016-9795515
Love Camelia
Malaysian Chinese lady

*Venue and time subject to change
*Please pay your drinks / meals
*No entrance fee and no membership


January 2011 Gatherings by Camelia

“Came” means Business Networking (referral business/business gathering)

welcome to Camelia gatherings

Came 298
2 January 2011 (sunday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Bon Ton cafe,Isetan departmental store, Suria KLCC Mall,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 299
2 January 2011 (sunday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Pappa Rich, PJ State (new town) Jln 8,Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.(near Menara MBPJ/dewan civic)

Came 300
7 January 2011 (friday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Pavilion Mall,Jalan Bukit Bintang,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 301
7 January 2011 (friday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Pavilion Mall,Jalan Bukit Bintang,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 302
20 January 2011 (thursday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Star Buck,Menara Weld,Jalan Raja Chulan,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 303
20 January 2011 (thursday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Berjaya Times Square,Jalan Imbi,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 304
21 January 2011 (friday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Nyonya Colours,Midvalley Mega Mall,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 305
21 January 2011 (friday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Jaya One,Jalan University / Jalan 17,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 306
21 January 2011 (friday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Jaya One,Jalan University / Jalan 17,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 307
23 January 2011 (sunday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Leisure Mall, Tmn Segar,Cheras,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

Came 308
26 January 2011 (wednesday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Burger King, Sunway Pyramid Mall,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 309
26 January 2011 (wednesday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Burger King, Sunway Pyramid Mall,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 310
27 January 2011 (thursday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Teh Chawan,Jalan Telawi 2,Bangsar,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

Came 311
30 January 2011 (sunday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Teh Tarik Place,1 Utama Shopping Mall,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia

Came 312
31 January 2011 (monday)
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Seri Melaka Restaurant, Amcorp Mall, PJ State (new town),Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia

Came 313
31 January 2011 (monday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Nyonya Colours,The Curve Shopping Mall,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 314
31 January 2011 (monday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Nyonya Colours,The Curve Shopping Mall,Petaling Jaya,Selangor,Malaysia.

Pls Call /SMS to confirm the date/place/time.

Please give me time to reserve a seat for you.

Do not be LAST MINUTE.I will not entertain you.

You may bring your friends or bosses or spouse.

PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL, Thank you!!

Mobile : 6-016-9795515
Love Camelia
Malaysian Chinese lady

*Venue and time subject to change

Why A Power Nap?

December 19, 2010

Sleep Benefits: Power Napping for Increased Productivity, Stress Relief & Health
The Benefits of Sleep and The Power Nap
By Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com Guide
Updated July 07, 2008

Why A Power Nap?
While small children typically take naps in the afternoon, our culture generally frowns upon mid-day sleep; however, even in those who get enough sleep (but particularly in those who don’t), many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking. And research shows that you can make yourself more alert reduce stress and improve cognitive functioning with a nap. Mid-day sleep, or a ‘power nap’, means more patience, less stress, better reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency and better health. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of sleep and how a power nap can help you!

How Much Sleep Do You Need? The body needs 7-8 hours of sleep per day; 6 hours or less triples your risk of a car accident. (Interestingly, too much sleep–more than 9 hours–can actuallybe harmful for your health; recent studies show that those who sleep more than 9 hours per day don’t live as long as their 8-hour-sleep counterparts!)

The Effects of Missed Sleep: Sleep is cumulative; if you lose sleep one day, you feel it the next. If you miss adequate sleep several days in a row, you build up a ‘sleep deficit’, which impairs the following:

Reaction time
Judgment
Vision
Information processing
Short-term memory
Performance
Motivation
Vigilance
Patience
Fatigued people also experience more moodiness, aggressive behaviors, burnout and more stress.
The Benefit of a Power Nap: Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own). The body seems to be designed for this, as most people’s bodies naturally become more tired in the afternoon, about 8 hours after we wake up.

How Long Should I Sleep? When you sleep you pass through different stages of sleep, known together as a sleep cycle. These stages include light sleep, deep sleep (which is believed to be the stage in which the body repairs itself), and rapid-eye movement sleep, or REM sleep (during which the mind is repaired).

Many experts advise to keep the nap between 15 and 30 minutes, as sleeping longer gets you into deeper stages of sleep, from which it’s more difficult to awaken. Also, longer naps can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night, especially if your sleep deficit is relatively small. However, research has shown that a 1-hour nap has many more restorative effects than a 30-minute nap, including a much greater improvement in cognitive functioning. The key to taking a longer nap is to get a sense of how long your sleep cycles are, and try to awaken at the end of a sleep cycle. (It’s actually more the interruption of the sleep cycle that makes you groggy, rather than the deeper states of sleep.)

As there are pros and cons to each length of sleep, you may want to let your schedule decide: if you only have 15 minutes to spare, take them! But if you could work in an hour nap, you may do well to complete a whole sleep cycle, even if it means less sleep at night. If you only have 5 minutes to spare, just close your eyes; even a brief rest has the benefit of reducing stress and helping you relax a little, which can give you more energy to complete the tasks of your day.

Tips For a More Effective Nap If you want to obtain more sleep, and the health benefits that go with getting enough sleep, here are some tips for more effective napping and sleep at night:

Avoid caffeine after 3pm. It’s a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep and stay in your system longer than you think; its half-life is four to six hours!
If you don’t want to nap a long time, set an alarm.
If you don’t have time for a power nap, or don’t feel comfortable napping during the day, try meditation; it gives your body a rest and produces slower brain waves similar to sleep.

http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/powernap.htm

How Not To Get Caught Wearing A Bra At Work (And In Public)

By Hope Alexander

Believe it or not, some men want to wear a bra to work, (or anywhere in public, for that matter,) but don’t want to get caught doing it. Gadzooks! How are they to achieve such a goal. I have some tips for them, which I believe will help. I can only help they read this in time, before they go running out of the house in a red lace bra under a wet white t-shirt.

The tips below should help them in their endeavors, but please, if you are among this number, be aware that unless you are wearing a suit jacket, leather jacket, ski jacket or some kind of thick bulky overcoat, your brassiere may be detectable. If you’re wearing a bra and a t shirt and someone runs their hand over your back then yeah, they’ll probably feel the band.

But, for those of your coworkers who aren’t fondling your back all day and night, these tips may help. (There’s one that will foil those people too, its right at the end. Like the butler, who totally did it.)

Match Colors

If you don’t want your bra to be too obvious, match the color of the bra to the tone of your skin, and perhaps more importantly, to your shirt. That means no black brassieres under your white business shirt.

Plain Is Better

If your brassiere has a whole lotta lace and embroidery going on, the ripples and bumps can show through your shirt. Wear that plain beige brassiere on the days you just want to feel a bra against your skin.

Cover Up

Wear more than just a bra and a shirt. Wear a bra, a vest and a shirt, or preferably, a jersey that is somewhat thick. The more layers you have on, the less likely it is that you will get caught wearing your bra. This works best in winter, of course.

Get The Right Fit

A bra that fits properly is less likely to be seen than a bra which is cutting into your flesh. Avoid flesh bumps at all cost.

T Shirt Bras

T shirt bras were designed to be the original stealth bra. By wearing a white t shirt bra under, say a thick white vest, you should be virtually undetectable to 99% of the human population. (Except those bastards who keep lingeringly running your fingers over your upper back.)

And finally, for those SOB’s, the silver bullet…

Strap Up

Put your brassiere on, wrap some wide crepe tape around that puppy and go about your day. Don’t wind it too tight or you won’t be able to breathe, which could spoil your ability to enjoy your brassiere. If people touch you, they’ll feel the strapping. You can then claim some awesome sports / shark related injury.

That, I think, is all the advice I have for you today.

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-Not-To-Get-Caught-Wearing-A-Bra-At-Work-And-In-Public

Office fight

December 17, 2010

Bad Day At the Office

Office fight (full version) http://www.harpun.no

Stress at work / Office stress COMPILATION!!!

Office stress (crazy office guy)

Is Your Office a Pain in the Neck?
from OfficePRO magazine, August/September 2004

Doing a little homework and using ergonomic products can keep you healthy and productive

BY KAREN FRITSCHER-PORTER
Office work can be a pain in the neck, literally, if you let it. Ergonomics (fitting the product, task, or environment to the person) can be the cure. It’s also the preventive measure that will waylay such pain from the start. That’s why you don’t want to miss out on some often inexpensive solutions to rid yourself of the aches and pains, eye strain, fatigue, and more that can accompany long-term office work.

Check out these products that support ergonomics in the office and are available from most office supply retailers:

1. Adjustable chair. “A chair is the foundation of the workstation,” says Anne Kramer, president and CEO of Ergo Works Inc. (www.askergoworks.com) in Belmont, California, which provides on-site workstation evaluations, ergonomic training, and ergonomic products. An adjustable chair that can be customized to fit you is an investment in your long-term health, especially if you spend most of your working days seated for extended periods of time.

Sitting for long periods of time, poor seated posture, and a poor quality chair can mean backaches, circulation problems, and more. Your chair should adjust to allow you to vary your posture throughout the day and to appropriately meet your work surface height and accommodate different tasks being per-formed, says Kramer. She says to look for four basic features in a chair that either already fits you or adjusts to do so. They are pneumatic cylinder height, seat pan, back angle, and back height.

2. Monitor riser. When office manager Peggy Catron CPS of London, Kentucky, bought a monitor riser five years ago, she intended to use it to create a storage space for stowing her telephone message book in the nook it created between her monitor and desktop. The ergonomic benefits were an unexpected bonus, she says. “Having the monitor on a higher level helped me reduce eye strain and maintain better posture while I’m seated,” Catron says. “I also don’t require a monitor screen anymore because the new height reduced the glare from the lights.” Monitor risers, also called monitor stands or monitor lifts, allow you to elevate a low-sitting monitor so that the monitor top is correctly placed at your eye level.

3. Footrest. “When you’re sitting, you want your feet firmly supported either on the ground or a footrest,” Kramer says. “If you have to elevate your chair to get to the right working height and then your feet don’t touch the floor, you need a footrest. Otherwise, your feet dangle, putting pressure on your thighs and [negatively] impacting blood circulation,” she explains. “Plus, a footrest is a comfort. It kind of helps you push yourself back into the chair and encourages better seating posture.”

While Kramer prefers a rocking footrest because it allows her to move her feet versus a constant static foot posture, she says others prefer firm footrests. When shopping for footrests, you’ll see ones that offer vertical height adjustment and angle adjustment on fixed or gliding platforms.

4. Keyboard tray. Also called keyboard platforms, keyboard trays often attach to the keyboard arm. Keyboard platforms or arms usually can be attached by bolts to the underside of your desk. An ideal setup has features that allow you to raise and lower the arm and platform as well as rotate them sideways. Also, trays often can be pushed under the desk when not in use and pulled close when you’re typing. Using a keyboard platform and arm in conjunction with your chair height helps you to have the proper keyboard and mouse height and keying posture. That means your upper arms hang straight (or perpendicular to the floor) and close to your sides. Your bent elbows and straight forearms will be at, or slightly beyond, a 90-degree (right) angle when keying. Your wrists are in a neutral (straight) position.

5. Mouse accessories. “You want a keyboard tray that has a wide enough platform for both the mouse and the keyboard,” advises Kramer. “You don’t want your keyboard down low and then have to reach up on the desk to use your mouse.” Both keyboard and mouse should be on the same level and both should allow your wrist to be in a neutral position (not pointing up, down, or sideways) when typing or using the mouse.

“Yet, a lot of trays have mouse surfaces lower than the keying surfaces,” adds Kramer. “And it’s kind of annoying because you end up extending that right or left arm down to get the mouse.” Such equipment is not ergonomically correct. While Kramer says you can solve the problem by using a book(s) with your mouse pad on top, her company also manufactures a product labeled a mouse booster for the same purpose. “It’s a 3/4-inch thick foam mouse mat that you place under the mouse to elevate it until it’s level,” she says.

Also, try to position your mouse as close to your keyboard as possible to minimize outward reach. A mouse bridge, which covers the numeric portion of your keyboard (assuming you don’t use the number pad), minimizes arm extension further.

6. Document holder. An administrative professional for 15 years, administrative coordinator Pat Potter CPS of Savannah, Georgia, says most of her jobs have involved extensive typing from paper documents. At her current position with Georgia Institute of Technology Savannah, she often types technical papers for professors. She appreciates the invention of the “document holder.”

“As paperless as we may think we are becoming, with the amount of written text I have to transcribe into electronic format, I could not function effectively without the document holder,” Potter says. Using one with a magnetic line guide helps her to stay on track, even after interruptions.

“The document holder also keeps my eyes from traveling all over, and it enables me not to experience a stiff neck or constant bobbing of my head if the paper were lying flat on the desk,” she says. Head and neck rotation and eye refocusing is exactly what you’re trying to eliminate by using a document holder, says Kramer. Though you can put your document holder close or even attached to the left or right of your monitor, Kramer believes the best document holder offers “in-line viewing.” Positioning the document between the back of your keyboard and the bottom of your monitor (usually at a slight angle) is “in-line viewing.” Likewise, she says to use a slant board, which has an inclined surface, for reading and writing at your desk.

7. Task lighting. When cubicle walls were built up and around her existing desk and workspace area, Sharon Pearson of Oberlin, Ohio, says they blocked much of the previous natural lighting. Pearson, who works as assistant to the administration of the City of Oberlin, attributed losing those rays of sun to new feelings of stress and fatigue. By scrutinizing her workspace, she noted that the area behind her desk was darkest and purchased a desk lamp for that spot. “While it doesn’t shine directly at me, the additional light to my area makes me feel better and helps to brighten my mood,” Pear-son says. “I noticed the difference in my work area immediately.”

Task lighting can be a flexible ergonomic solution in the office because you can adjust and control the amount of lighting and its location. Better lighting can even help relieve body aches—for example, pain in your shoulders and neck from constantly leaning forward in awkward positions to read documents you couldn’t see clearly from a normal sitting position. Good lighting can help eliminate eye fatigue and headaches and make you more alert and productive.

8. Telephone headset. Cradling the phone between your head and shoulder is out. Headsets are in and the price is cheap. Many cost well under $100. But the benefits are abundant. “A telephone headset allows you to work comfortably and multitask,” says Kramer. “Multitasking means you can talk on the phone and use the computer [simultaneously] with your head in a neutral position upright. So you’re increasing productivity as well as improving your posture,” she explains.

And in some cases, you’re putting an end to health problems such as a sore neck, shoulder, and upper back that result from the improper stationary shrug position you previously used to balance the phone on your neck. You’ll find telephone headsets in both corded and wireless versions in such styles as over the-head, behind-the-head, and over-the-ear with earpieces for one or both ears. Visit sites such as http://www.headsets.com and http://www.hellodirect.com to get an idea of what’s available in telephone headsets.

9. Laptop solutions. Using “laptops” and “ergonomics” in the same sentence is still an evolving concept. For example, if your main computer and monitor is a laptop, one nuisance in practicing proper ergonomics is getting both the keyboard and monitor at the recommended eye and arm levels.

One solution is to use a separate keyboard with your laptop when you’re in the office, along with a laptop platform. For instance, http://www.askergoworks.com sells a portable laptop holder that allows you to insert the keyboard portion of your laptop vertically and at a slight outward angle between a sandwich-shaped shell of cushioned aluminum. The outside of the top layer of the “sandwich” is a built-in inline viewing document holder that works in conjunction with your separate keyboard. Your laptop monitor is now raised closer to eye level (price $139).

Oh, and if you’ve got a great ergonomic workstation setup, don’t blow the concept by walking out the door lugging 10 pounds of laptops and briefcases each day in a slumped, awkward posture. That carelessness is bound to give you aches and perhaps even a muscle strain injury. Use wheeled cases or a portable luggage carrier that will take the weight off of you and enable you to walk in a more natural posture. Or leave your laptop and work where it belongs—at the office.

Mousing Around

Attention technophobics. Don’t scurry off and leave the mouse-buying decisions to someone else. Here are some details you should know when purchasing your next mouse:

Definitions:

Scroll Wheel—A mouse with a scroll wheel lets you scroll up and down the monitor screen without moving your hand or the mouse. Your finger works the scroll wheel.

Tilt Wheel—With tilt wheel technology, the entire scroll wheel tilts, enabling you to scroll from side to side.

Optical Sensor—An LED-based optical mouse uses parts such as a tracking sensor that sends images (a tiny camera takes 1,500 pictures every second) to a processor that analyzes the images. The processor then essentially tells your computer the coordinates of your mouse movement so it can move your cursor. The advantages? No dirty interiors to clean (no ball), no mouse pad needed, and smoother responses.

Track Ball—In short, the typical track ball mouse contain a ball visible on the underside that touches your mouse pad and rolls when you move the mouse. Working in conjunction with other mechanical parts of the mouse, it communicates to the cursor to move similarly. Track balls need cleaning when dirt, accumulating inside near and on the ball, interferes with smooth usage.

Wireless—A wireless mouse is cordless and uses radio frequency technology to relay coordinates of mouse movement to a receiver or transceiver connected to your computer. Some cordless optical mouse devices can be used in the air during presentations. They may need battery replacement or setting in a rechargeable battery base station. Some optical mouse devices have a “sleep” feature to prolong battery life. Bluetooth and WLAN (wireless local area network) are wireless technology terms associated with unrelated wireless formats. Watch for packaging terms like Bluetooth-enabled device and WLAN-enabled device.

Short Cut Buttons—This mouse feature allows you to program frequently used commands such as “page up” or “page down” that you then utilize with a click of a mouse button.

Connectivity—When you connect a wired mouse to the computer, you’ll use connectors (connectivity requirements should be listed on the product box). Connectors are one of two types: 1) The standard PS/2 connector socket on your computer appears round with six tiny alignment pins forming a circle; or 2) The USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector is a tiny rectangular socket. (Digital cameras and printers often connect to USB ports.) Adapters are sold that can change your connectivity options from PS/2 to USB.

December 2010 Gatherings by Camelia

“Came” means Business Networking (referral business/business gathering)

welcome to Camelia gatherings

Came 291
20 December 2010 (monday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee, Wisma UOA II,(Bangsar LRT Putraline),Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 292
23 December 2010 (thursday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,USJ Summit Mall,Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 293
26 December 2010 (sunday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Sungai Wang Plaza (entrance),Jalan Bukit Bintang,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Came 294
27 December 2010 (monday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Station One Cafe, Sunway Mentari, PJS, Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 295
27 December 2010 (monday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue: Station One Cafe, Sunway Mentari, PJS, Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.

Came 296
29 December 2010(wednesday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Old Town White Coffee,Kelana Mall,LDP,Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.(next to Giant Kelana Jaya)

Came 297
29 December 2010 (wednesday)
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue : Burger King,Masjid Jamek,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. (next to STAR LRT / PUTRALINE LRT)

Pls Call /SMS to confirm the date/place/time.

Please give me time to reserve a seat for you.

Do not be LAST MINUTE.I will not entertain you.

You may bring your friends or bosses or spouse.

PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL, Thank you!!

Mobile : 6-016-9795515
Love Camelia
Malaysian Chinese lady

*Venue and time subject to change
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Welcome to Camelia’s gatherings..

network yr way Rich..and make new friends…and also got CHANCE 2 meet me lor!!

PLEASE COME AND MEET me in person.

NO CHILDREN ALLOWED. OPEN to above 19years old.

NO ENTRY FEEs. NO COVER CHARGE.

“WORD OF MOUTH” advertising..ha haha …is more powerful than reading blogs and websites…

Drinks n Food – DUTCH/pay your drinks and own meals.

During social or business networking gatherings…WE are united, harmony and peace…make new friends. Build networking with my friends. Promote your company. Sell your products here. Share informations here….also you build your OWN community/networking.

Camelia says “I believe more friends talk MORE, MORE, MORE…about products/services/ others… create MORE VALUE and WEALTH, …that way, you can make MORE $$$.”

DURING gatherings…

We talk investment overseas…
We talk mother’s experiences
We talk opportunities business online
We talk sponsorships
We talk licensing
We talk about government projects….which…
We talk about jobs vacancy and recuritment
We talk MLM businesses
We talk creative ideas….
We talk about jobs…

We talk about politics
We talk about elections….and money
We talk about oversea investment

We talk about dirty jokes ha haha We talk about grandma’s stories
We talk …what politics???
We talk about food and yummy delicious dishes
We talk about UFOs encounters, mysteries, what NONESENSE stories
We talk about GOD, religions, customs and …cultures.

Camelia will not be held any responsibilities of any business/contracts (misdeed/misconduct/Scams/cheats/illegal/others wrong transactions) between friends and others during or after of my gatherings.

Dear Boss:
I’m resigning effective immediately! The reason for my resignation is that I cleaned my aunt’s garage this morning before coming to work and realized I don’t feel like working anymore.

See for yourself!!