Monthly Archives: February 2015

Are children born in the fall more athletic?


Do you dream of having a child who grows up to be a superstar athlete — or at least one who isn’t picked last         in gym class? You might want to take a look at this.

   ABCsays, “There’s a new study in the Journal of International Sports Medicine that found that children              born in the fall have an edge when it comes to physical fitness.”

The Guardian reports that researchers at the University of Essex in Great Britain studied more that 8,000 children ages 10-16 for three measures of fitness: stamina, hand grip strength and lower-body power.

Researcher Gavin Sandercock says:” A boy born in November can run at least 10% faster, jump 12% higher and 15% more powerful than a child of the same age born in April.”

So what makes a November baby more likely to be the next Le Bron and an April baby more likely to watch on the sidelines? The researchers hypothesize that the cause is the sun.

Babies who are in their final stage of development during the hotter summer month   have increased intrauterine vitamin D levels.

Researchers such as Victoria Drake say that vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body that helps regulate skeletal growth and muscle strength.

However, another explanation could be something we’re doing– instead of a natural cause. For years, researchers have been studying birth month phenomena. The BBC  reports that in 2009, 57 percent of players in professional English youth academies had been September, November or December babies, and a mere 14 percent were born in June, July or August.

The theory of relative age effect says the September cutoff dates we impose in school allow children with birthdays immediately after the cutoff to be almost a year older than those born in July and August. According to the BBC , this means they’re more physically developed than their classmates.

Since sports today are often through structured leagues, this early advantage in size leads to a greater chance of moving up to better teams  with better coaching.  

 But if you happen to have a summer birthday, don’t fret. Superstar athletes such as Kobe Bryant were born in the summer.

In the en, it’s really all about loving the game.

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If There’s Empty Spaces in Your Heart

If there’s empty spaces in your heart,

They’ll make you think it’s wrong,

Like having empty spaces,

Means you never can be strong,

But I’ve learnt that all these spaces,

Means there’s room enough to grow,

And the people that once filled them,

Were always meant to be let go,

And all these empty spaces,

Create a strange sort of pull,

That attract so many people,

You wouldn’t meet if they were full,

So if you’re made of empty spaces,

Don’r ever think it’s wrong,

Because maybe they’re just empty,

Until the right person comes along.


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You’ll be seeing this color everywhere in 2015

Pantone, the company that considers itself the authority on colors in consumer trends, announced in December that marsala was its pick for 2015’s color of the year. Pantone called it “a naturally robust and earthy wine red,” that’s “subtly seductive.” Here, a model walks the runway in marsala during the Mikael D show at Fashion Week in Toronto.

In 2014, radiant orchid won out. Pantone, a subsidiary of X-Rite, makes its annual color choice by surveying fashion executives and following trends in travel, music, movies and technology.

In 2013, emerald was Pantone’s choice for color of the year. The company called it a “symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity.”

Tangerine tango was Pantone’s pick for color of the year in 2012.

Honeysuckle was the color of the year in 2011.

Turquoise rose to the top of Pantone’s color picks in 2010.

Toodle-oo, radiant orchid. And oh, emerald, we’d basically forgotten you already.

The newly announced 2015 color of the year is marsala, “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” that’s “subtly seductive,” according to the color mavens at Pantone.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Pantone announced this week.

Yes, marsala, like the red Sicilian wine you might have splashed on an especially sophisticated chicken breast.

New Jersey-based Pantone, a subsidiary of X-rite, picks a new color every year based on the opinions of fashionistas as well as insiders from music, travel, movies and technology. Radiant orchid won the honor in 2014, while emerald was the top choice in 2013.

This year’s shade appeals to men and women, and is flattering on many skin tones, “a great go-to color for beauty,” Pantone said. Within a few weeks of the announcement, the color typically begins to pop up on products from evening gowns to coffee makers.

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JxE Streams: Taste the rainbow in ‘Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’

What seemed so novel and strange about Kirby: Canvas Curse ​when it came out now seems almost quaint. Only one part of the screen can be touched at a time? There aren’t gyroscope controls? What is this, an Android store launch game? Please. Just shy of its tenth birthday, though, Canvas Curse still feels like a pristine lesson in touch-control video game design despite its antiquity. It had the depth and challenge of a classic arcade game as well as a strange but clean, immediately understandable interface.Canvas Curse was a colorful dollop of fun that begged for a follow up. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is finally here, and we’re playing it for the very first time today on JXE Streams.

Starting at 3PM ET, we’re streaming two full hours of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on Wii U. Anthony John Agnello, a Kirby fan stretching all the way back to Kirby’s Dream Land in 1992, will be firing up the GamePad to check out the​ claymation style of developer HAL Laboratory’s latest.

JXE Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday from 3PM to 5PM ET and Our schedule is going to be ramping up over the coming weeks so be sure to check out what we’re playing and when at the top of

[We’re playing a retail copy of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse streamed through an Elgato Capture HD via OBS at 720p.]

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6 Secrets of Women Who Love Their Jobs

6 Secrets of Women Who Love Their Jobs

6 Secrets of Women Who Love Their Jobs

Yes, it is possible to lean in and like it!

Close your eyes and think about your job. Are you happy? Miserable? Meh? We all go through ups and downs at work, but if you find yourself constantly dreading work, you may have hit The Slump. First off, know that it’s normal; according to a Dutch study, employees in their late twenties to early forties experience lower job satisfaction and higher emotional exhaustion than their older and younger peers. The irony is that The Slump often happens as your career’s heating up: As you grow in a job, the competition for promotions increases, which can take a toll on work friendships and create more stress, says study coauthor Hannes Zacher, Ph.D., associate professor of organizational psychology at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. A decade is a long time to dread going to the office, soGlamour asked experts to weigh in with specific strategies for these crucial years. Here, a guide to getting your office mojo back.

Pretend You’re New on the Job

“The initial phase of work is exhilarating because the learning curve is so steep—we feel more motivated when we’re learning. So find new things to master, like public speaking. And it sounds surface, but when you start a job, you tend to dress up, which can give you a mood boost too. Finally, when you’re new, you extend yourself to meet up with coworkers. Get back in that habit. Just looking up as you walk around the office makes a difference.”

—Nicole Williams, career expert at LinkedIn

Work Smarter, Not Longer

“Avoid playing ‘who can work the longest.’ Competing for the boss’s attention this way is exhausting, and it’s one reason people begin to dread their job. Instead, focus on theresults of your work. That’s what you got hired for. Do good work, and it’ll become louder than how many hours you put in.”

—Jody Thompson, coauthor of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It and cocreator of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), a human resources management company

Do Something (Else) You Love

“I’ve been a stress doctor for 30 years, and I’ve never seen a patient who had balance in their life outside the office get burned out. Whether it’s playing guitar or goofing off with friends, make sure you have something that takes your mind totally away.”

—David Posen, M.D., stress specialist and author of Is Work Killing You?

Create the Job You Want

“There’s a strategy called job crafting; it means customizing your job, and it can foster more satisfaction. Try these three things: First, change how you work. For example, if sending and answering email bores you, find ways to reduce the volume. Second, change who you interact with—cultivate relationships with people you like, or become a mentor. Third, find the why , or the meaning, in your work. If you can feel that what you’re doing has purpose, then that’s really a big thing.”

—Joe Robinson, productivity trainer, author of Work to Live, and founder of Optimal Performance Strategies

Learn the “Soft No”

“Women often avoid saying no because they are afraid of being impolite, and then they end up with too many tasks. This leaves them less time to advance their careers or regenerate their energy. Practice a soft no by saying, ‘That’s a great opportunity and I would love to do it, but I’m very busy with project X.'”

—Elisabeth Kelan, professor of leadership at the U.K.’s Cranfield School of Management and author of Rising Stars

Ask Yourself What’s Still Missing

“Think about what would really make you happier—such as helming a big project—and then tell your boss. But be honest with yourself: If working less is the only thing that would make you happier, it may be time to change jobs.”

—David Burstein, consultant on millennial work culture and author of Fast Future

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Adonit boosts stylus-driven sketching with Forge

If you’re into tablet-style sketching, you’re likely familiar with apps like FiftyThree’s Paperor Adobe’s Sketch and Line. Now, stylus maker Adonit has a sketching app that’s designed to not only get the most out of its drawing accessories, but to boost your productivity as well. The software is called Forge, and its simple interface keeps tools handy, but out of the way so you can focus on the task at hand. When you need to create multiple versions of the same sketch — a logo project, for example, — the app allows you to easily copy the drawing and build on top of it, organizing the old and the new on separate layers. As a designer myself, that’s been the most useful thing about Forge: the ability to try new things with the same idea quickly and easily, without mucking up the original.

There’s also a Project Wall that acts like the wall of studio, allowing you to see all of your work side-by-side as needed. A Portfolio view displays all of the projects in the app for an overall look at the whole lot. Forge is available now over at iTunes for free, but if you want more space (pages) to work, you’ll have to open up your wallet for the paid version.

Adonit Forge app

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Life is full of disappointments, failures and setbacks. None of those things can permanently stop you. You have the power in you to overcome anything that life throws at you. There is nothing as powerful as a made up mind. Surround yourself with people who remind you that you matter, and support you in the ways that matter most to you. No person, situation, or circumstance can define who you are. Don’t give up, cave it, or stop believing that it’s possible. It’s not over until you win.


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3 Remarkable Ways Touch Can Help You Get Your Way

Build Trust
Your coworker is spazzing about your joint presentation; you need her to just chill out. Tap her on the backof her hand and clearly say, “We’ve got this,” advises Robert Phipps, author of Body Language: It’s WhatYou Don’t Say That Matters. “Just remember that the touch should last no longer than two seconds.Anything longer can come off as creepy.”

Show Leadership
If you’re a manager, give your employee a light one-second touch on the shoulder when issuinginstructions, says David Givens, author of Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language ofCourtship. “It’s a subtle show of dominance that makes it clear you’re in charge.”

Hint at Interest
Most men require subtle “green light” signals from women at the very beginning of romantic relationships,says Givens. When you’re, say, laughing at one of his jokes, nudge him on the shoulder or squeeze hisarm. “You’ll help reinforce the emotional bond you’re creating,” says Phipps.

3 Remarkable Ways Touch Can Help You Get Your Way

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Get Your Green Thumb on with These 5 Indoor Garden Projects

We’ve just barely dipped our toes into the fourth month on the calendar (cue obligatory “the year is just flying by” observations), and we already have a second holiday to celebrate. Yesterday, of course, was April Fools’ Day (did you catch our hairy DIY project?) and today — well the entire month, actually — is National Garden Month. To help spread the spirit of all things green, we rounded up a cluster of fabulous indoor garden projects you can do in your very own home. Take a look:

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Pup Love: The Wegman Dogs Are the Perfect Wednesday Pick-Me-Up!

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Whether you grew up laughing at SNL or Sesame Street, the Weimaraner-focused work of William Wegman surely captured your imagination. Spanning mediums, from photography and paintings to film and now even children’s lit, Wegman’s artwork turned to dogs in the early ’70s and ’80s with his first subjects, Man Ray and Fay Ray.

Often sweet and personal, and at other moments uniquely surreal, his portfolio has also welcomed the generations of canine models that descended from his original camera-friendly companions – Battina, Crooky, Chundo, Chip, Bobbin, Candy, and Penny.

While the ModDogs continue their getaway, we suggest stirring up a mid-week smile with a fresh cup of coffee and some of our favorite glimpses of the Wegman dogs!

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