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The 5 Extra Ordinary Benefits of Martial Arts

While I am no martial arts expert, I enjoy training and taking advantage of the benefits they deliver. I like to train just to train. I find martial arts fascinating and enjoy the camaraderie. The bad news is that martial arts are often misunderstood. For me, it’s about discipline, meeting awesome people, training your mind and strengthening your body. This all will vary greatly depending on what art you choose. It’s incredibly easy to start, and there are so many different arts to choose from, you’d be crazy not to at least try and see how it feels. What stops most people is intimidation. If you’re like me, you will be afraid in the beginning, but once you get past that first hump, you’ll be glad you did. When I took my first martial arts class, I went alone and I was a bit afraid. I was 16 at the time and had no idea what I was doing. In hindsight, it was one of the best things I’ve ever done, even though I ended up quitting six months later because of an injury. A few years later I picked it up again and here I am.

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The Top 10 Actors Overdue for an Oscar

What do Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, Paul Newman in The Color of Money, or even Kate Winslet in The Reader have in common? They all won Oscars for performances that very few people would call their absolute best. They could probably be called "career achievement" Oscars or merely “overdue” but it seems like the Academy has been making up for past sins in recent years by finally getting people like Martin Scorsese and Winslet their statues and it looks likely to happen again this year for one of the most underrated actors in history – Jeff Bridges. The word I keep hearing in regard to Bridges' likely win for Crazy Heart is "finally." This got us thinking – who's next? Who else is overdue for an Oscar and who might be the next actor or actress to merit a "finally"?

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5 Reasons Why You Never Hear Back After Applying For A Job

People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?

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10 Incredible Sea Forts

Sea forts were strategic bases usually built on small islands or shallows that lies at a significant distance from the shore. A sea fort was exactly as the name indicates - a giant fort with stone walls and housing cannons to fend off intruders. Today, the sea forts are mostly deserted, but some of them have been renovated and converted into tourist attractions. The seven towers of Red Sands were placed approximately six miles off Minster, Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary, over the period July 23rd to September 3rd 1943. The forts were designed to house various gun installations to combat the twin threats of enemy aircraft and E-boats (fast warships).

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29 Things You’re Too Old For As Of Your 29th Birthday

One of the biggest time sucks on the internet for me, besides reading “Lost” theories and playing online Scrabble, is reading dating columnist and “lifecaster” Julia Allison’s blog, as well as the blog that mocks her mercilessly, Reblogging NonSociety. I have no excuse; I just find the whole thing entertaining and hilarious, and it’s not like I’ve managed to quit reality TV or my bronzer addiction either. Anyway, this past weekend Julia celebrated her 29th year on Earth by having her second annual Bicoastal Birthday Bash, in which she and a friend celebrate their birthdays to the XXXTREME on both coasts. We’re talking cupcakes, costumes, balloons, presents, brunches, dinners, and lots, and lots, and lots of photos. In short, I am pretty sure Julia celebrated her 29th birthday with more self-obsessed gusto than all my birthdays combined. Which got me thinking—aren’t there some things you are just too old to be doing at the ripe ol’ age of 29? I’m 30, so maybe my extra year of wisdom makes it possible for me to see this, but there are at least 29 things every woman is too old for as of her 29th birthday. Check ‘em out, after the jump.

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6 Geeky Devices Connecting the Internet to Your Things

It's time for a roundup of the latest read/write devices that Internet of Things geeks are using to program our future. We're doing this in part because today IBM announced the free open-sourced Mote Runner Software Developer Kit. This super-simple software runs sensor-communications devices like the Crossbow Iris. Arrayent, Arduino, Pachube, Logiboxx and Nabaztag are also examples of devices that do what Iris can do. From tracking objects, to objects communicating on our behalf, to objects that gather information about their surroundings for us, our awareness and activity-tracking technologies will soon create a Web with over a trillion nodes.

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Home Defense Safety: 9 Tips For Answering Your Door

It’s hard to know how to be cautious yet polite when answering the front door. Many of us find it hard to put safety first without feeling like we’re being rude. Because of this, many people hear to doorbell ring and automatically open the door, not wanting to make the person on the other side of the door feel uncomfortable. Sadly, we can’t always be so trusting. We no longer have the luxury of trusting without question. You can’t be sure that it is a friendly visitor ringing the doorbell. With home invasions happening all over, you have to be sure before letting a visitor in.

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10 Independent Living Skills You Can Easily Teach Yourself

I too often find myself wondering how other people seem to have life all figured out. Social media shows us a carefully crafted highlights reel of the wonderful lives all our friends and acquaintances are having, from the great food they cooked last night, to the fantastic promotion they just got at work, forgetting to mention the extra hours and responsibility said promotion entails.

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24 Awesome PS3 Mods, Concepts and Designs for Sony Playstation Fans

PS3 sure is one of the most coveted consoles of our times, and there is a very good reason for that. Most people prefer the PS3 or PS3 Slim to play games, and it is the most universally used console in the whole wide world. Since so many millions of people use the PS3, you may not want your PS3 to look the same. In that case, you will have to go ahead and mod it to suit your taste and needs. Here are some really cool and weird PS3 mods that would jazz up the mundane PS3 into something else.

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10 Best New Age Weapons To Enhance Modern Warfare

The world today is seeing some radical changes when it comes to warfare and combat situation. When John Rambo said “what people call hell, I call home”, he meant to tell you that war was not a place for everyone. But today global terror is unraveling that hell near your homes and war has moved away from deserts and jungles and into urban settings with innocent bystanders caught in the line of fire. Whether it is in the Western world or in the Middle East, war is fast becoming an effort to save innocent lives. In such volatile situations it is not the flashy F-16s or the nuclear submarines that come to rescue. The specialized forces with their modern weapons execute plans to perfection and avoid disasters. Here are ten weapons of the future that our infantry could unleash to combat terror and hostile situation in varied conditions and terrain.

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Top 10 Batshit Insane Twilight Fan Moments

When it comes to fandom, there's a thin line between earnest passion and pure, unadulterated insanity. And, I think we can all agree on which side an adult woman purchasing a Twilight-themed sex toy falls into. Turns out, that's just one of many reasons why the self-proclaimed Twihards tend to fall into the batshit crazy (pun intended) category of fans. From getting pics of their fave vamps permanently tattooed on all sorts of body parts to actually assaulting anti-Twilight haters, these are the 10 things that prove Twilight fans are definitely the nuttiest fans of all. Just don't tell them we said that.

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8 Starship Enterprise Facts Every Trekker Should Know

To boldly go where no man has gone before, you'd need a really good starship - and to launch Star Trek, the pop culture phenomenon that entertained and inspired millions, you'd need a pretty darned good one! And that is exactly what the United Space Starship Enterprise delivered.

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