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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
While most sales people don?t hold a degree in psychology, that science winds up playing a major role in the sales process. Most highly experienced listing agents not only understand this ? they use it to Houston sellers? advantage.
According to a 2010 study by Avid Ratings published in the Los Angeles Times, typical home buyers have a simple hierarchy of preferences: they want it all.? Even when pressed to name what they are willing to do without, the typical homebuyer?s long list of ?must haves? remains pretty much untouched.
What they are not willing to compromise on are home offices, walking paths, children?s playgrounds and large kitchens.
Large rooms, in fact, sell homes.
Even if your Houston house is full of small rooms, your listing agent can help them appear larger by hiring a home ?stager?. Stagers are professional dream makers. Savvy about what today?s homebuyer is looking for, stagers use their designer skills to transform homes from ?Can you show us the next house on the list?? to ?Stop! I want this house!?
Homebuyers also want a home that?s in turnkey condition. In fact, a study performed by the Maritz marketing research firm found that 63% of the homebuyers polled said they are willing to pay more for a home they perceive to be ?move-in ready?. And it?s a properly staged home that is more likely to help buyers get that ?move right in? feeling.
Listing agents who provide home staging for their clients understand that a staged home sells faster and for a higher sales price. Some studies show that spending just $550 on home staging nets the seller almost $2,000 more at the close of escrow.
One possible drawback to having your listing agent provide home staging is that he or she may ask for a longer listing period in return. Higher priced homes tend to remain on the market longer than median priced homes. It only makes sense that if your listing agent invests in a designer to stage your home, they would like to have the greatest chance to realize a return on their investment.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Former “Bond” girl Rosamund Pike is expecting a baby with her partner Robie Uniacke, who she has dated since December 2009. Robie, who is 16 [...]
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Israel to Demolish EU-Funded Renewables Projects
ISRAEL - Six EU-funded wind and solar energy projects which provide electricity for 600 West Bank Palestinians have been put on a ?demolition list? by Israel, allegedly in response to an EU heads of mission report which called for laws to prevent the financing of settlements.
West Bank project managers say the ?stop work? orders as "a first step to almost automatic demolition".
Elad Orian, the co-founder of Comet-ME, which oversaw the renewables projects on the ground, said that 400 people would be left completely without electricity if the demolition plan went ahead, but one village would still have access to an 'expensive, noisy and gas-guzzling' diesel generator.
?The people will be left without light or the ability to charge cellphones, which is the only means of communication there,? he told EurActiv.
In all, the project backed Comet-ME and the German group Medico International has built 15 solar plants and hybrid systems electrifying villages with a combined population of 1,500.
Shaab al-Buttum, one village facing renewable energy demolition, contains two wind turbines and 40 solar panels currently supply 40-60 kilowatt-hours of electricity a day.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had discussed the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Ninister Ehud Barak during a recent visit, a Westerwelle spokeswoman said.
?The German government together with its EU partners is watching the situation in ?Area C? very attentively,? the official said.
Area C is under full Israeli control, comprising some 60 per cent of the West Bank - and all of Israel?s settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
?The government is concerned about the ?stop work? orders for energy systems that have been financed with German funds,? the official added.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
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Friday, February 24, 2012
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Reuters - The U.N. nuclear watchdog's latest mission to Iran failed to budge a defiant Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, sending oil prices to a nine-month high over fears of an increasing risk of confrontation with the West.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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When I reviewed the Vonage Mobile for iPhone app back in 2009, it was a very different beast. Using the old version of the app involved creating a Vonage account that couldn?t be linked to your previously existing Vonage account, leaving long-time Vonage customers in a bit of a pickle. The app was fine for newcomers, but didn?t offer a ton of benefits outside of very cheap international calling rates.
The new Vonage Mobile, on the other hand, makes its usefulness clear from the get-go. Now, accounts are linked to your cell phone number. Opening the app takes you to a recreation of your iPhone?s dialer, complete with a unique contact page and a keypad for dialing numbers. The fun starts at the contact page with the tab marked ?Free Calls.?
?Free Calls? is a list of everyone else in your contacts page who has downloaded the Vonage Mobile app. If you and another person have it, no matter where they live (assuming they live in one of the 90 countries supported by Vonage) all of your calls and texts to them will be free as long as you make them within the app. It?s absolutely brilliant. It?s not as if using Vonage was expensive before, but free is always better than cheap.
If you use the app to call someone without the Vonage app, your rates will vary depending on their country. You can check the cost before you make the call in just a few seconds on a screen within the app itself. Unfortunately, those with previous non-app Vonage Mobile accounts will still need to create a second account, but at least this time the benefits of having a mobile account are worth it.
Being able to call and text anyone you want for free makes Vonage Mobile an obvious choice for friends separated by long distances.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Two former WEC champions will appear on Saturday's UFC 144 card. Benson Henderson, the man who held the lightweight for more than a year, will fight Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight strap. Anthony Pettis, the man who took Henderson's title with the jaw-dropping "Showtime Kick," will take on Joe Lauzon.
Those MMA fans who have been living under a rock since December 16, 2010, when Pettis beat Henderson, might wonder how it's Henderson, not Pettis challenging Edgar.
After winning the WEC belt in their final event before being absorbed by the UFC, Pettis was supposed to get the next UFC lightweight title shot. He was supposed to fight the winner of Edgar and Gray Maynard's New Years Day 2011 bout.
But Pettis was put on the backburner when Edgar and Maynard's bout ended in a draw. Their rematch was more important than unifying the WEC and UFC belts. Pettis opted not to wait for a title shot, and lost a decision to Clay Guida in June.
For Henderson, it was a win over Guida -- plus beatdowns of Jim Miller and Mark Bocek -- that earned him the title shot at Saitama Super Arena this weekend. No fighter wants to lose, particularly when his belt is on the line, but the loss to Pettis still bothers Henderson. His laid back strategy late in the bout still makes him angry. Was it the best thing to happen to him?
"It was heart-wrenching," he said to MMA Fighting's Ben Fowlkes. "I was sad, and I'm still sad. It was heart-breaking. ...Every time I'm out there, I give you guys everything. I open up my heart and soul. I hold nothing back. To come up short, and to come up short in that manner, that hurt. But I'll never let that happen again."
Even Pettis has noticed the difference in his former opponent.
"Ben was on a tear. He was killing guys in the WEC. Then I come in there, we go five rounds and I win the decision, and he was back to square one. I think a loss makes everyone a little hungrier, and that's what it did for him."
Pettis beat Jeremy Stephens in October. He will fight Lauzon early enough on Saturday's card that, if healthy, he can sit in the crowd and watch Henderson take on Edgar. At just 25, Pettis has plenty of time to get back to a title fight, and what could serve as better fuel than watching the man he beat take the title shot Pettis was supposed to get.
Monday, February 20, 2012
It?s a talent that everyone has, yet they think they don?t. The power of innovation. If you?ve ever marvelled at somebody?s creative prowess, guess what, you can create and innovate too. It just takes time. Everyone is born creative. The box of crayons in kindergarten were not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential.
You know how long it took to learn to ride a bike or drive or to never commit the same mistake again? It?s the same with innovation. It takes a bit of practice and a lot of time before this mind function comes easily when called. This article will teach you a few tips on how to bring innovation into your life.
Don?t listen to what other people say. Follow the beat of your own drum. Allowing for the input of other people will only bring cacophony to the music you are trying to make. If you have an original idea, don?t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won?t. And the help you will probably get comes in the form of negative feedback. If all those geniuses listened to their peers, we would probably still be living in the middle ages.
Spend time on it. I cannot stress that enough, although, please do not mistake this tip to tell you to quit your day job entirely. Do not. This involves some tricky time management but with a little discipline you?ll be able to squeeze both in.
Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up.
Record your dreams. Aren?t some of them just the craziest things that your conscious mind would never have thought of? If you?ve had these dreams before, and I?m sure have, this only shows you the untapped innovative power you have lying within. So jot down those notes. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you.
Find your own style. You can always tell a Van Gogh from a Matisse. You?ll know Hemingway wrote something by the choice of words on the paper. So it is the same with you. People will appreciate your innovation more because it is uniquely yours and that no one else would have thought of what you were thinking. That will let people see how valuable an asset you are.
Don?t hide behind nifty gadgets or tools. You don?t need the most expensive set of paints to produce a masterpiece. The same way with writing. You don?t need some expensive fountain pen and really smooth paper for a bestseller. In fact, J.K. Rowling wrote the first book of the Harry Potter Series on bits of tissue. So what if you?ve got an expensive SLR camera if you?re a crappy photographer? Who cares if you?ve got a blinging laptop if you can?t write at all? The artist actually reduces the number of tools he has as he gets better at his craft: he knows what works and what doesn?t.
Nothing will work without passion. What wakes you up in the mornings? What keeps the flame burning? What is the one thing that you?ll die if you don?t do? Sometimes people with talent are overtaken by the people who want it more. Think the hare and the tortoise. Ellen Degeneres once said that if you?re not doing something that you want to do, then you don?t really want to do it. And that?s true. Sometimes you just want something so bad you become a virtual unstoppable. And that is passion. Passion will keep you going.
Don?t worry about inspiration. You can?t force it; inspiration hits when you least expect it to, for those unpredictable yet inevitable moments you should prepare. An idea could strike you on the subway, yet alas, you poor unfortunate soul; you have no sheet of paper to scribble down a thought that could change the world. Avoid these disasters. Have a pen and paper within your arm?s reach at all times.
I hope this article has helped you bring more innovation into your life. Keep in mind that you?re doing these things for your own satisfaction and not anybody else?s. But soon enough they will notice, and everything should snowball from there.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
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Since we started doing our polls each weeknight, the most popular requested subject from you guys was about root. People want to know who is rooting their phones, and why they're doing it. It's a choice everyone should consider before making, as these little (and not so little) pieces of glass and plastic can get pretty darned expensive to replace. Futzing around with the software can be a risky move, and when your done your phone is a bit less secure.
But man, can it be fun. So let's take a poll and see what the average reader of Android Central has to say. Do you root your phone?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
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Friday, February 17, 2012
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Welcome to the Poetry & Prose forum, you avid writers, you!
Some of us write a lot of poetry, which is fantastic. As a general practice, if you're posting a hefty, hefty amount please just make a thread reserved for all your poetry, and then update that thread as you come up with new content.
This prevents the forums from being flooded out by a massive amount of individual submissions, and allows users to see your work all in one place as a collective sort of portfolio.
PS - If you don't comply with this, you may find your poems grouped together anyways.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Wet weather will move into the central U.S. on Wednesday, as a trough of low pressure moves into the Plains from the Rocky Mountains.
A trough of low pressure in the East will pull eastward and away from the East Coast. This will bring an end to rain, freezing rain, and snow showers over the Central and Northern Appalachians and the Northeast. In parts of upstate New York, lake effect snow showers will persist along the downwind shores. In the South, a cold front extends southward from this system and pushes off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic states. This front will linger over Florida and southern Georgia, triggering widespread showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms may turn severe as it moves into the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Rainfall totals will vary around an inch, with up to 2 inches likely in areas of thunderstorm activity. Expect strong winds and large hail to accompany this system. The northern edge of this system remains cooler, which will allow for snow showers to develop across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Snowfall accumulation will be light in most areas.
In the West, a low pressure system slides through the Pacific Northwest, over northern California, and into the Great Basin. This will produce gusty winds with rain and high elevation snow showers as it passes southeastward throughout the day. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -22 degrees at Presque Isle, Maine to a high of 79 degrees at Harlingen, Texas.Associated Press
Dean Baker, Center for Economic & Policy Research, and Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal, discuss Republicans' willingness to drop spending cuts to help pay for the payroll tax cuts. They also discuss whether the President's budget will help spur the ec...
(Reuters) ? Iranian engineers have succeeded in neutralizing and purging the computer virus known as Stuxnet from their country's nuclear machinery, European and U.S. officials and private experts have told Reuters.
The malicious code, whose precise origin and authorship remain unconfirmed, made its way as early as 2009 into equipment controlling centrifuges Iran is using to enrich uranium, dealing a significant but perhaps temporary setback to Iran's suspected nuclear weapons work.
Many experts believe that Israel, possibly with assistance from the United States, was responsible for creating and deploying Stuxnet. But no authoritative account of who invented Stuxnet or how it got into Iran's centrifuge control equipment has surfaced.
U.S. and European officials, who insisted on anonymity when discussing a highly sensitive subject, said their governments' experts agreed that the Iranians had succeeded in disabling Stuxnet and getting it out of their machinery.
The officials declined to provide any details on how their governments verified that the Iranians had ultimately defeated the virus. It was not clear when it occurred but secrecy on the subject has been so tight that news is only now emerging.
Some officials said they believe that the Iranians were helped in their efforts by Western cybersecurity experts, whose detailed technical analyses of Stuxnet's computer code have circulated widely on the Internet.
Once the Iranians became aware that their equipment had been infected by the virus, experts said it would only have been a matter of time before they would have been able to figure out a way of shutting down the malicious code and getting it out of their systems.
"If Iran would not have gotten rid of Stuxnet by now (or even months ago), that would indicate that they were complete idiots," said German computer security consultant Ralph Langner. Langner is regarded as the first Western expert to identify the ultra-complex worm and conclude that it was specifically targeted toward equipment controlling Iranian nuclear centrifuges.
Peter Sommer, a computer security expert based in Britain, said that once Iran had detected the presence of the worm and figured out how it worked, it shouldn't have been too hard for them to disable it.
"Once you know that it's there it's not that difficult to reverse engineer... Neutralization of Stuxnet, once its operation is understood, would not be that difficult as it was precisely engineered to disrupt a specific item of machinery.
"Once Stuxnet's signature is identified it can be eliminated from a system," Sommer added.
Private experts say that however well-crafted the original Stuxnet was, whoever created it probably would have to be even more clever if they want to try to supplant it with new cyber-weapons directed at Iran's nuclear program.
"Aspects of Stuxnet could be re-used, but it is important to understand that its success depended not only on 'clever coding' but also required a great deal of specific intelligence and testing. It was the first known highly-targeted cyber-weapon, as opposed to more usual cyber weapons which are more diffuse in their targeting," Sommer said.
'CAT AND MOUSE GAME'
David Albright, a former United Nations weapons inspector who has extensively investigated Iran's nuclear program for the private Institute for Science and International Security, which he leads, said that spy agencies would have to go back to the drawing board if they're intent on continuing to try to hobble Iran's nuclear program via cyber-warfare.
Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes but many Western officials believe it is seeking to build nuclear weapons.
"I would assume that once Iran learned of Stuxnet, then intelligence agencies looked at this method of cyber attack as compromised regardless of how long it has taken Iran to neutralize it. It is a cat and mouse game."
But Albright added that "intelligence agencies have likely been looking at more advanced forms of attack for a couple of years that they hope will catch the Iranians unprepared."
Reports first surfaced in 2010 that Iran's main nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz was hit by Stuxnet, though some experts later said it likely first was deployed a year earlier. Experts who later analyzed the Stuxnet code said it was engineered specifically to attack machines made by the German company Siemens that control high-speed centrifuges, used to purify uranium which can fuel a nuclear weapon.
Tehran accused the United States and Israel of planting the virus. In November 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that malicious software had created problems in some of Iran's uranium enrichment centrifuges, although he said the problems had been solved.
Several experts said, however, that while they believed the virus' potency waned over time, they had not heard confirmation that the Iranians had defeated and purged it.
Experts say the inventors of Stuxnet had to be unusually clever because the centrifuge control equipment at which it was targeted - and which it apparently succeeded in hobbling - was entirely cut-off from the Internet. So not only did the worm's creators have to write a code that would cause targeted equipment to malfunction but they had to figure out a way to physically introduce the code into a "closed system."
Most experts think the virus was somehow introduced into Iran's control systems via some kind of computer thumb drive.
European and U.S. experts have said that they believe that Stuxnet, at least for a time, caused serious malfunctions in the operations of Iranian nuclear centrifuges.
Iran and its antagonists today appear to be engaged in multiple levels of clandestine warfare, with unknown assailants killing Iranian nuclear scientists and, in the last few days, bomb attacks on Israeli embassy personnel in India and Georgia. Israel has blamed Iran.
(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Need something sweet for your sweetie? How about a dessert idea to whip up in a well intentioned, but clearly strategic, move to avoid venturing out on the day of many reservations? Well, we took the time to browse through Pinterest and found the best ideas to show the ones you love just how special they are. From perfectly pink shakes to chocolate cupcakes, check out the sweetest treats from blogs across the globe.
1. Strawberry Shortcake Shakes from Spoon Fork Bacon
2. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n? Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar from Kevin and Amanda.
3. Chocolate Covered Rasberry Cupcakes from BLDG 25
4. Box of Chocolate Cupcakes from Pennies on a Platter
5. Red Velvet Strawberry Trifles with Cream Cheese Frosting from Food Gawker
Follow the links for the recipes and let the drooling commence.
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