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Work Hard, Playlist Harder

As a musician and sound designer​, playlists are very important to me, I have hundreds on Spotify​, each season I release around four playlists with around 200 songs each, you can find my profile here

To really have your music heard by lots of people, submit your tracks to WHPH where they will either list it or give you feedback as to why not, and feedback is the staple diet of any great artist.

Finding Calm

Elizibeth Millard wrote this great piece on finding calm.

When anxiety knocks you down, try these 24 simple techniques to regain your balance.

You know the days: You wake up with a fresh mind, but worries soon emerge, triggered by distressing news stories, a bottleneck commute, concerns about people you love.

Before long, anxiety rears its wide-eyed head. Your heart starts racing and your mind trips over its shoelaces. If you were frazzled before, now you’re barely breathing.

We all get stressed, but when these isolated incidents turn into a state of near-constant turmoil, it can disrupt multiple areas of our lives. Chronic anxiety depletes the body, explains Henry Emmons, MD, author of The Chemistry of Calm: Digestion goes askew, sleep becomes less restorative, and the mind gets easily distracted and fatigued.

Yet just as the body knows how to rev up to protect us from danger, it also knows how to calm down — and we can help it do this more effectively. Techniques like meditation, yoga, and breath work can combine to create and sustain a tranquil mind.

“Training yourself in times of nonstress becomes increasingly important, because you build up those practices for accessing calm quickly,” Emmons says.

Even years of meditation or yoga practice, however, aren’t always enough to handle the challenges of the modern world. When anxiety takes you by surprise, these strategies will help you catch your breath and calm your mind.

Be Ridiculous

To calm yourself quickly, Emmons suggests, tell your autonomic nervous system that it’s OK to stand down. One cue that works surprisingly well is silliness. If you’re anxious before an important call, have a one-song dance party. Make faces in the mirror. Translate the day’s headlines into pig Latin.

Focus on a Game

In her book, Stress-Proof: The Scientific Solution to Building a More Resilient Brain and Life, Mithu Storoni, MD, PhD, recommends redirecting a racing mind by playing games, especially ones that require some concen-tration. Play Tetris on your phone or a round of 20 Questions with a friend.

Slow Your Breath

Rapid, shallow breathing is a common feature of anxiety, but Storoni points out that deliberately slowing the breath down — to six or seven breaths a minute — and inhaling twice the usual volume of air can lower sympathetic nervous system activity by as much as one-third.

Listen to Your Environment

One way to tune out the noise in your mind is to tune in to the sounds around you: the chirping birds outside your window, a humming air conditioner, a horn beeping down the street, the sound of a copy machine. “Allow your ears to simply receive whatever sounds arise,” recommends Nancy Colier, author of The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World. If the sounds annoy you (like a neighbor’s television), try listening without attaching any meaning to the noise.

Sniff a Lemon

One study found that when subjects sniffed lemons at 30-second intervals for 15 minutes, they measurably reduced their heart rates and blood pressure and increased feelings of calm.

Carry a Talisman

Objects have the power we assign them, says life coach and author Jen Sincero. Pick an item that has some meaning and carry it with you. It might be a stone from a beach you love, a button from your grandpa’s old coat, even a Lego from one of your kids. Pull it out whenever you need a reminder that there’s more to life than whatever concern is dominating the moment.

Take a Play Break

If you can step away from a tense moment long enough to throw a Frisbee or pet your dog, you’re on your way to calming down. Play can trigger positive neurochemicals — serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins — that increase well-being. Storoni notes that light exercise can lower cortisol levels.

Get Tech Support

Install an app like Calm, Headspace, Buddhify, or Sattva on your smartphone. Each one has simple meditations that help you start breathing again — and then, breathe deeper. Some also have reminders that nudge you to take regular breaks throughout the day.

Drink a Glass of Water

Simply slowing down to have a glass of water can be calming; it also supports stress recovery. Staying well-hydrated may reduce your HPA-axis response to stress, Storoni counsels.

Listen to Music

If you need to get out of your head, put on some tunes you love and listen actively, with your eyes closed. Calming music especially can have a direct effect on the autonomic system. This may be why music is now being used therapeutically in emergency rooms, as well as in pain-management and stress-reduction programs.

Sing

Produce your own instant music therapy by belting out a song or two (singing loudly with the radio absolutely counts). A 2013 McGill University meta-study showed that singing can measurably improve immunity, decrease stress, and raise oxytocin levels, which help promote social bonding.

Monotask

If you’re feeling anxious about having too much to do, approach each task in a conscious way, suggests Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of The Distraction Addiction. “I’m going to answer emails for 10 minutes,” for example, or, “I’m taking 10 minutes to clear off my desk.” Even if you can’t complete them on the first try, it can be calming to get a start on lingering tasks — which is often the hardest part.

Eat Some Protein

Low blood sugar is a frequent trigger for emotional upset. If you haven’t had any protein in the last few hours, eat a handful of nuts or a hard-boiled egg.

Try Alternate-Nostril Breathing

Deep breathing is useful for slowing down the sympathetic nervous system, says Emmons, and alternate-nostril breathing can be especially relaxing. First, exhale completely, and then inhale deeply. On your next exhale, place an index finger against your right nostril to close it off. Inhale though the left nostril, and then close the left nostril as you release the right nostril. Exhale completely through the right nostril, and then inhale through that side. At the top of the inhale, close off the right nostril, release the left, and exhale. Repeat for 15 rounds.

Name the Feeling

If you’re spinning out, slow down and name the feeling: “OK, so this is anxiety.” “This is fear.” “This is anger.” Simply applying language to emotions brings the neocortex, the reasoning part of the brain, back online. This helps put the brakes on a reactive response.

Pet an Animal

Find the nearest domesticated mammal and give it a friendly scratch behind the ears. Studies show that petting dogs can lower your blood pressure, and having a pet of your own can be a reliable source of unconditional love that keeps stress in check over time.

Enjoy Some Greenery

Take a walk in the woods, if possible. Research on “forest bathing,” a practice that originated in Japan, has revealed that spending time among trees and plants can measurably lower cortisol, blood pressure, and pulse rate. Gardening is also a calming activity that gets you outdoors.

Reconsider Caffeine

Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. (There’s even a gene mutation associated with slower caffeine metabolism.) Ask yourself if your current panic attack could be coffee induced. If so, try drinking calming chamomile tea instead.

Make a Request

If you’re worried, try articulating what you want instead of what you don’t want, says Sincero. She suggests being wildly specific, like, “I want to have enough time tonight for a luxurious bath while listening to the deep tracks on my old Eric Clapton albums.” Whether it happens or not, at least some parts of your brain will respond to the request itself as if it’s already occurring. She adds that you may be surprised at how often you get exactly what you ask for.

Consume News Wisely

Be mindful of how much news you consume and the effect it has on you. Priming the brain with negative images can gear it toward threats, according to Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, author of Habits of a Happy Brain, and this can spur a state of perpetual anxious watchfulness. Set a media limit (no more than an hour a day) and be selective about your sources. Avoid sensationalist news outlets, which often use scary drama to hook news consumers and keep them hooked.

Write About What Matters

If you can take a few minutes for a writing practice, try this: Stanford researcher and best-selling author Kelly McGonigal, PhD, asks her students to write for 10 minutes about their top value, such as being a good friend or working for social justice. “The main exercise is to [understand] why these things are important to you,” she says. This can change how you relate to the stress you’re feeling.

Taste Your Food

When you notice you’re wound up and scarfing down a meal, pause for a moment. Take a deep breath and try tuning in to whatever you’re eating. Chew much slower than you would normally and really experience that sensation. Taste it completely and pay attention to the texture and smells. Bonus: This kind of conscious chewing aids digestion.

Use a Mantra

Originally used as a word or a sound designed to deepen a meditation practice,  “mantra” has evolved to mean “a statement that’s repeated frequently.” Breuning notes that this kind of repetition has cognitive benefits, allowing you to develop new neural pathways based on what you’re saying. An especially useful mantra during anxiety can be the simple “I am safe.”

Express Your Thanks

Numerous studies have found gratitude to be a life changer, bringing feelings of greater well-being and reducing depression. So write a note to a friend, say thank you to three people in an hour, express gratitude for the little things every day, like “Thank you, universe, for that amazing parking spot.” Or, “Thank you, universe. I am still alive. Perhaps my anxiety doesn’t know everything after all.”

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How To Launch Your Ecommerce Store in Less Than 30 Minutes Flat

A few of you have been asking me if I know how to make money online and this is a good place to start as Shopify integrates with Facebook very well, enjoy!.

This article is a very handy step by step guide to help you learn how to launch your own ecommercestore. Oberlo co-founder Tomas Slimas created this tutorial based on what he learned from his own ecommerce success story. In this post you’ll find dozens of great tips that will allow you to focus on  making sales as quickly as possible. The best part is that you can complete the whole process in about half an hour. Who knows, the next 30 minutes could mark an exciting turning point in your life as you embark on a journey as an ecommerce entrepreneur. Let’s get started.

To be honest, it took me 12 months to launch my first ecommerce store! I followed conventional strategies to begin with. I incorporated myself, looked for wholesalers, underestimated my marketing budget, developed a great looking store, manually added thousands of products… and never made a sale.

Today, after selling my ecommerce business with $3M annual sales and with 7 ecommerce stores on my CV, I understand what I did wrong, and found a way to fix it.

I did what most people do — I concentrated too much on creating a great looking store instead of actually trying to make a sale.

People think that if you’re launching an  ecommerce business, you should do it the hard way. When you’re a first-time entrepreneur, figuring out how to start your an online store seems pretty complicated.

What I have found is that it’s much more productive to learn and create along the way. Your first step is to simply launch your ecommerce store. You can explore ad campaigns and logo designs at a later time, like once your store is up and running.

One of my favorite quotes is: “Get going, get better”.

Below I’m sharing a detailed tutorial about how to start an ecommerce store with dozens of products in under 30 minutes. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll be exactly what you need to get started.

In this article, we will build a full women’s jewelry shop that sells cubic zirconia accessories. I strongly suggest that you follow the guide as it is written and try implementing additional features and ideas after you know how to launch a Shopify store.

The Vegan Post

People often ask why I’m vegan so here’s a few reasons!
What is wrong with our world
UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimated that raising animals for food is responsible for the creation of 18% of anthropogenic green- house gasses.
“The webbed nature of oppression”
War, human slavery, and poverty arise from the unnatural way of life that grew out of animal abuse
“Historically, widespread and systemic oppression of other animals by humans is a relatively recent phenomenon that began about 10,000 years ago. Humans in Eurasia began capturing and confining free-living animals, such as horses, camels, cows, pigs, goats and sheep, and using them as food (primarily for elites) and as labourers in early agricultural society. Humans also began manipulating animals biologically by controlling their reproduction to produce offspring that better served human interests.”
 It is important to reject the term “domestication,” which masks the fact that most all animals who have “rendered service to man,” in Blackmar’s words, actually were enslaved and mistreated and suffered enormous trauma. Recognizing that other animals have been harmed and desecrated by such treatment, I refer to this oppressive process as domesecration.
There simply is not enough land and water to “free-range” the tens of billions of domesecrated animals necessary to meet the growing, socially-engineered demand.
fluorocarbon refrigerants (required for cooling meat and related products) have a global warming potential several thousand times higher than carbon dioxide
However, as the mainly-overlooked 2009 report points out, replacing products derived from oppressed animals with plant-based food would not only reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by farming domesecrated animals, but would also allow for large-scale reforestation, including much of the land mass that is currently used to produce feed crops. Reforestation would trap carbon dioxide and ameliorate the climate crisis much faster than the current conventional (mostly anemic) efforts.18
The underlying mentality causing our problems is injected into us via our cultural programming, and that it is not innate.
Human use of other animals has undermined the development of a just and peaceful world for all species, and their continued oppression—especially for use as food—constitutes one of the most significant threats to both human rights and environmental sustainability.
the beginning of systemic human exploitation and social strati- fication can be traced to the advent of agricultural society in Eurasia roughly 10,000 years ago. Agricultural systems were tied to the exploitation of large social animals—including cows, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats—who were captured and exploited as laborers and for their hair, skin, body fluids, and flesh. By their confinement, exploitation, cruel treatment (and, over time, their biological manipulation) these animals were desecrated. However, the true effects of such use of other animals, and the implications for our species, have been masked by the apparently-benign term, “domestication.”
It is important to reject the term “domestication,” a word that sanitizes and normalizes a violent practice and that serves to naturalize the oppression of other ani- mals. Because these other animals were desecrated, the word used here to refer to the injustice and violence they experience is domesecration.3
Notably, such widespread violence and destruction did not take place in regions of the world that lacked populations of large mammals to exploit
The fact that the leading cause of death in the US is heart disease — caused almost exclusively from the consumption of animals — is usually ignored by those who argue the health aspects of a vegan diet.
Today, the oppressive and destructive practice of treating other animals as food is causing chronic disease and premature death, depleting vital resources, polluting the environment, furthering climate change, and increasing the threat of regional and global violence and warfare.
We must not let the devastating practices tied to animal oppression— practices that corrupted the past and the present—determine the future.
100th Monkey
Research has shown that a minority opinion can reach a “tipping point” when just 10% of a population adopts it.42
The choices we make about our food can bring us closer to such a tipping point by popularizing plant-based foods among our friends, families, social institutions, and increasingly businesses and political decision-makers.
Animals eat much more food than they produce
As such, animals raised for food take more from the global food supply than they provide
A small amount of meat can be an overconsumption that draws unevenly or unfairly from the global food supply.
As such, the 100-calorie hamburger patty can be seen
As an overconsumption of 900 calories. Over the course of a day, 2,000 calories consumed from an animal-inclusive diet could easily carry a global cost in excess of 5,000 calories. Multiply this by two or three billion of the world’s heaviest meat consumers, and the result is a massive redistribution of calories within the global food system.
If, however, those of us in wealthy, high-consuming countries, and the high-consuming sectors of low- and middle-income countries, reduce (or better yet eliminate) our meat consumption, we could greatly reduce our enormous “foodprint” to help reverse these trends.
Cows
“cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them.”
Herbivore physicality
And it ignores our species’ herbivore anatomy and physiology
Only uncorrected habits of thought sustain it
BioHolocaust
Status Quo
In 1963, social and political philosopher Hannah Arendt famously the- orized “the banality of evil.”12She surmised that the greatest atrocities in history are perpetrated not by monsters, but by ordinary citizens who passively accept the status quo, even when the attitudes, practices, and policies are unspeakably heinous.ese atrocities persist when everyday people participate in them because “that’s just the way things are done.”
Animals dying for human consumption:
Time  Animals Dying
1min   16,500
1sec     275
Just because they are non-human we’re ok with them being slaves
Because if we are forced to acknowledge that slavery is wrong and that non humans are slaves, then we have a moral obligation to talk about abolition\
An abuse of power
Whether talking about white humans and brown ones or horses and pigs, slavery is an abuse of power.at’s what we’re here to examine.
Why do we consume animals?
The responses were as simple and concise as the question itself:
“Because I like it.”
“they’re not like us.”
“We’re just superior.”
“We have higher intelligence.”
“It’s perfectly natural.”
“God put them here for us.”
“We’re more important.”
“They don’t feel pain the same way we do.”
“It’s just an animal.”
“ They don’t reason or have complex emotions.”
“Because we can.”
“I NEED to.”
“I was raised on a farm. Nothing wrong with it. We’ve done it for generations.”
We are arguing that nearly all facets of human
life must change. No other movement has ever asked so much.

IP – Patents and Copyright

A patent is a monopoly that protects a technical invention.

The rights conferred by the patent protect the owner from others selling or manufacturing their product

captures the value within the business

Anatomy of a patent