Some Interesting Facts About Silk

Did you know that silk was discovered by accident? A silk cocoon had accidentally fallen into a cup of hot tea. A Chinese Empress Hsi-Ling-Shih pulled the threads and discovered silk.

This material, a natural product which is simply the secretion from the mouth of a moth caterpillar. The hungry silkworm is raised today on special beds. Today scientists have produced a special synthetic diet that is enriched with all the nutritious that the moth needs. The interesting thing about these moths after domesticating them for thousands of years is that they have a total lack of inclination to wander far – unlike other caterpillars plus the moth’s inability to fly. These moth caterpillars are produced all year long instead of relying on the annual crop of mulberry leaves.

People marvel at the fact that you can get two kilometers of silk thread from just one silk cocoon. The methods of twisting, reeling and weaving of the silk have hardly changed since the earliest times. And there has been a revival of silk production in Western Europe in recent years.

The marriage of Princess Diana as well as the Duchess of York have revived the interest in silk. Recalling the tradition among the monarchy of Henry I in the 12th century who wore fine silks. And the ceremonial dresses of the archbishops and bishops have been made from local silks; mulberry trees were often grown within the ecclesiastical walls of abbeys and monasteries.

More recently silk was used in the making of parachutes for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and other silk went into precision instruments in the Royal Greenwich Observatories throughout the world. Another benefit to the industry are the Jacquard loom with its punched cards, which was the forerunner of the computer and that in the early part of the 20th century we have silk to thank for experiments in generic engineering.



Men Who Are Too Forward – 6 Ways to Stop a Man Who Wants to Be Physically Intimate With You Too Soon

6 ways to stop a man who wants to be physically intimate with you too soon! “He is too forward,” Christine’s mouth twisted in disgust. “Just image, I just met him and he wants to touch me up. What does he think I am – a tramp?” Her indignation was beginning to grow into mixture of anger and embarrassment. Another girl told me how utterly despicable this guy was because all he seem to want to do is have sex and they had just only met. She crossed him off immediately. Should you reject a man because he makes sexual advances on you before getting to know you properly? Well this is what Christine (and most women) did. Do you agree? Well on the surface of things she is probably right.

However let’s drill down some more. After much studied thought I am slowly coming to the conclusion that a lot of women are missing out on having a great relationship and a good man because of something that can be fixed. First let me say that most men in one way shape or form entertain a remote idea of what it would be like to have sex with you. Most men – thank goodness – manage this thought and feelings. They don’t let you know that, because they realize that you may be offended like my client. By the way if you are attracted to the man you will think likewise but you won’t show this because you don’t want to appear like a common prostitute. FACT: most men are psychosexually programmed for sex. This has nothing to do with him being nasty, earthy etc. It is simply when his seminal vesicles (the part of his testicles that store sperms) are full; he gets a strong biological urge to have sex. This may be when he goes on the “prowl”. It is similar to the urges you get around your menstrual cycle.

That said most men make an intelligent effort to control it. Another reason when some men try to push your hot buttons is to test you. He wants to find out how easy it is to score on you. Of course if you give in he will have a great time but you ratings in his eyes will drop significantly. Of course if you give in he will have a great time but you ratings in his eyes will drop significantly. What can you do? How to you handle this?

1. First you must be clear about your boundaries and principles.

a. When do you feel safe to begin physical contact. No I don’t mean sex. Holding hands, kisses, necking petting

b. Determine if you want a good night kiss and what type of kiss you will allow eg peck on cheek, light mouth peck etc

2. Also be clear about how many dates or how well you want to know a guy before having sex e.g 2,3,4 months or dates. My strong suggestion is never to have sex on the first few dates.

3. If a man begins to touch you in uncomfortable places, do not get angry, simple take his hand and gently but firmly move it back on his leg, calmly explain that you don’t feel comfortable doing that at this point.

4. Tell a story of one of your friends who gave in to a guy recently, fell pregnant and the guy didn’t want to know. Explain how cheap and worthless she feels now. Emphasise that it’s never a great idea for a woman anyway since may be just a test.

5. Be sure to be light hearted about it all. Indicating through you attitude that it good to have fun and even do things together with him but you are not about to go down that (necking, petting and sex) road at this point.

6. If he continues get up and immediately terminate the date or meeting. Here the attitude you should adopt when men try to hit on you. “Sex is great but I don’t feel comfortable doing it unless I am in a secured relationship.”



Fashion Tips and Advice – How to Pick Clothes That Flatter Your Particular Body Type

One of the most common mistakes women make when shopping is not purchasing clothes that flatter their particular body shapes. There are four basic female body shapes:

1) Pear shape – upper body is noticeably thinner than lower body. Weight gain tends to accumulate around hips and thighs.

2) Hourglass shape – very curvy body with clearly defined waist.

3) Apple shape – upper body is noticeably larger than lower body. Weight gain tends to accumulate around waistline.

4) Rectangle shape – figure appears “straight up and down”, and curves are not very well-defined.

Pear shaped figures are flattered by clothes that enhance and draw attention to the upper body while emphasizing the waist. Wrap shirts and off-the-shoulder or V-necked tops are very flattering. Jackets with nipped-in waists and pockets and enhancements around the bust work well with this figure. Pants or jeans should be cut to where they fall straight down from the widest part of your hip with a mid-rise waist. Boot cut and slightly flared pants are ideal, but stay away from tapered legs.

Hourglass shapes are flattered by clothes that are proportional on both the top and the bottom, and attention should be drawn to the waist. Wrap tops and shirts that are gathered around the waist look great on this body type, but stay away from boxy styles. Pants and jeans that fall away from the widest part of your hip look best. Fitted, straight, or flared jeans work well as long as the flare does not exceed the width of your hips.

Apple shaped figures are flatted by light, layered fabrics. Proper layering around the midsection can make you look shapely verses thick. Monochromatic themes work best on this body type, as wearing the same colors on the top and bottom will create clean, straight lines. Tops and shirts should never be tight or clingy, and should always be long enough to at least hit the hip area. V-necks and wrap tops are very flattering, while chunky styles and long, thick jackets should be avoided. Bootcut jeans and pants that fall below the ankle are a great choice. A little stretch in the jeans goes a long way to pull in the midsection and emphasize the right curves.

Rectangle, or “straight shaped” figures are flattered by more form-fitting clothes with mixed and matched tops and bottoms to create the image of curves. Wide belts are recommended around the waistline. Tops and jackets with nipped and flared waists are ideal, and the bottoms should not extend beyond the hipbones. Off the shoulder, wide necked, or V-necked tops are very flattering. Pants or slacks with wide waist bands and full or flared legs that fit low on the hips are ideal.

Remember, all body shapes are beautiful, and there is no “ideal shape”. Relax and have a blast while shopping for funky, fun clothes, and enhance the beauty that Mother Nature provided!



Mobile Content Market Trends and Opportunities 2011 – 2017

The mobile content market covers many forms of media such as music, text, pictures, videos, etc. These media forms can be accessed using a mobile device which can be a smartphone or tablet handheld device. Devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Android devices have transformed the way consumer access content.

Mobile Content Market Drivers and Opportunities

The demand for mobile content is growing rapidly. Various factors attribute to the growth of this market.

Market Drivers

Rapidly increasing disposable incomes, innovative products and technologies, and mobile devices with advanced features tend to boost the growth of this market. Decreasing prices with the competitor’s product with increasing mobile bandwidth and speed has also supported the growth of the mobile phone content industry.

A market intelligence firm has stated that the global and the U.S. mobile phone content market was worth $6.5 billion in 2011. It is anticipated to reach a total value of $18.6 billion in 2017, with a CAGR of 19% during the forecast period of 2011 to 2017.

Market Opportunities

On the other hand, factors such as decreasing market share of U.S. sales of ringtones along with distribution and marketing challenges hamper the growth of this market. However, the industry has many opportunities which will increase the revenue shares of the market.

Joint ventures between publishers and marketers and the role of devices and network in the mobile content industry will provide further opportunities for key players in this market. In addition, trends such as growth of social networking and availability of multiple options for substitute products in mobile content industry will support the growth of the market. Key players also have untapped opportunities in the sector of free and fee-based mobile phone content services.

Segmentation of the Mobile Content Industry

The global market for this report is segmented in two major parts which are the revenue-generated and user-type. These two segments are further divided into mobile games, mobile music, and mobile video.

Dominant Mobile Games Sector

The same market intelligence company has stated that the mobile games sector is expected to be the largest segment in the industry and reach a value of $11.4 billion by the end of 2017. Mobile games sector was the largest market sector in 2011 with a revenue share of 53.3%. It is predicted that this segment will further solidify its position in the overall market with a 61.7% market share by the end of 2017. The mobile games market worldwide was worth $3.5 billion in 2011 and will amount to $11.4 billion in 2017 with a 21.9% CAGR during the forecast period.

U.S., the Dominant Regional Sector

According to geography, the global mobile device market is segmented into U.S., Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. The U.S. market for mobile content stood out as the largest regional market with an impressive revenue share of 30.3% in 2011. Faster adoption of mobile content in U.S. will considerably increase the market share to 41% by the end of 2017.

Mobile Content Marketing Trends

It is predicted by market analysts, that in the coming few years the mobile market’s revenue will double than the current figures within a year.

Consumer Trends

Consumers while buying mobile device content tend to compare content features, smart devices, and innovative technologies in the market. This factor tends to impact the mobile content industry greatly. The demand for mobile content will continue to grow in future as more mobile devices arrive every month on the market.

Mobile Optimized Sites Vs. Apps

In addition, the competition is growing between mobile optimized sites versus mobile-native content. This trend is one of the biggest struggles for mobile content provides whether to invest in mobile optimized sites or to invest in mobile-native content like apps.

According to Forbes, one of the key components to monetizing the mobile content is by selling apps. However, selling apps for two dollars a piece is not the only way to make apps profitable. Selling ads is one of the way companies can make profit.

Browse the full report with TOC: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/mobile-content-market.html



Short Biography of Giorgio Armani

Born on July 11, 1934 in a small Italian town, Giorgio Armani has become a symbol, an ambassador of Italian fashion all over the world.

Particularly known for his stylish suits worn by top Hollywood actors such as Mel Gibson or Richard Gere, Armani never even thought of becoming a fashion designer in his youth.

He went to college to become a medic, but he soon realized that hospitals weren’t for him. He quit in favor of taking photography courses. However, that was not meant to last much either as in 1957 he had to abandon them in order to do his obligatory military service.

After that, he got a job at “La Rinascente”, Italy’s leading department store at that time. In 1964, Armani went to work for Nino Cerruti, an important fashion designer. In 1970, encouraged by his good friend Sergio Galeotti, he left Cerruti and established his own freelance design studio.

In 1974, the same friend helped him establish his own company called Giorgio Armani S.p.A. His first collection for men was a huge success and a year later, he launched a collection for women that enjoyed the same enthusiasm from the public.

Since then, he continuously developed the Armani Look, which can now be easily recognized by almost everyone. It is well known for its distinct clean, tailored lines.

To better understand how popular and successful Giorgio Armani is, I think it’s sufficient to mention that he owns homes in several exotic places such as San Tropez, Forte dei Marmi, Broni, and Pantelleria.



Old Fashioned Graham Cracker Cake Recipe

If you love making cakes that are simple to prepare but yet taste awesome, you will love this recipe, it was given to me by my 83 year old great aunt who used to make it for all of our family reunions and picnics. It uses ingredients you most likely have on hand. My family really enjoys this cake recipe because its different and tastes awesome. If you have a large enough rectangular cake pan, you can indeed make it in one pan instead of the 2 rounds called for in the recipe. I like to top mine with either vanilla or cream cheese frosting.

Graham Cracker Cake

3 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups milk

3/4 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9″ around cake pans. Break 8 graham crackers into blender container, cover and process to grind. Empty contents into mixing bowl and repeat with remaining graham crackers, add baking powder and salt. Put egg yolks, milk, shortening, sugar and vanilla into blender container, cover and process until smooth. Add to cracker crumbs and mix well. Beat egg whites with mixer until stiff. Fold into cracker mixture. Pour into prepared pans and bake 30-35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then finish cooling on a wire rack.

After it has been cooled, you can icing it with your favorite icing. To dress up your cake, you can use a icing tool to make swirls or a patterned design in the icing. You can also top the cake with some fresh sliced fruits.



David Yurman Jewelry And Designer Inspired Alternatives

David Yurman Brief History

David Yurman began his artistic career as a sculptor during the 1960s. During this time his wife encouraged him to transform his sculpting designs into copper belt buckles and this was the beginning of things to come.

He then worked for a brief period with Cartier and tried to expand his experience with Tiffany but was turned down. This rejection encouraged him to design and market his own unique jewelry designs which led to the creation of David Yurman Inc in 1979.

At that time the jewelry trend was gold chains and flashy medallions and he decided to buck the trend with twisted cable sterling silver, and the gamble paid off. Within four years David Yurman received the 1983 InterGold Award which finally gave him the international recognition that he deserved. His signature collection features twisting sterling silver ropes, or “cables,” fashioned into necklaces, bracelets and rings.

He went on to design and create a wide range of pieces with a huge variety of styles. His experimental nature paid off handsomely and he soon became a recognised name in the jewelry industry. People started clamoring for his designs.

David Yurman Jewelry

As mentioned above, the most popular pieces are cable jewelry made into silver ropes that are twisted into different shapes. These are then set with stones and made available in the market.

There are also thoroughbred automatic watches which are very popular with men. They look formal and rich, and go with any outfit. There are equally dazzling timepieces for women and children too.

You can get bracelets and simple chains for new born children, stunning earrings for teenage girls and a selection of wedding jewelry including grooms and bridesmaids.

David Yurman Inspired Jewelry

David Yurman creates high end jewelry but most people find them to be quite expensive. The solution came in the form of designer inspired jewelry. Professionals examine the trends set by the major players and create designer inspired pieces using less expensive materials. They might not use the exact same material as the original but they sure look as if they do.

You can have a designer image for a lot less money if you wear quality inspired jewelry instead, AND it will look just as impressive. Even a trained eye will find it difficult to tell the difference.

You can buy designer inspired pieces for as little as one tenth of the actual price of an authentic piece and no one will know the difference… unless you tell them.

Many of the wealthiest people on the planet wear inspired jewelry because it is a great way to build up an impressive collection and keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends.

Why pay David Yurman prices when affordable designer inspired jewelry will make the same impression?



Robots – A Raging Fashion in China

It is not unknown that China, the land where Mandarin originated, is now the world’s fastest developing country, striding into an opulent future. Its technological prowess that has even surpassed the US and its monumental space program are some of the fruits of its economic boom. Don’t be surprised if China succeeds in creating a futuristic world full of robots, which can only be imagined in science fictions. Remember the Richie Rich comics, where we had Irona, who ran errands for humans? The idea sounds far-fetched and outlandish but the same idea has been applied to one of the restaurants in China, where robot waitresses serve food. Baloney? Hardly!

The Dalu Robot Restaurant in north China’s Shandong province has been making headlines from the day it came into existence. The staff of this restaurant comprises six waitresses, all of whom are robots. These robots have been manufactured by the Shandong Dalu Science and Technology Company and programmed to serve up to 100 diners along a fixed trajectory. To ensure uninterrupted service, twenty one tables are arranged in circles and diners are served in rotation. If you participate in our study abroad programs and ever, happen to visit this restaurant, the staff will inform you about the robots serving and what one can expect out of their service. Now this is a win-win situation for both the customers and the staff. The “staff” does not need tips and the customers do not complain. This probably is one of the best examples of technology and humanity, going hand-in-hand.

The Chinese robotic research began in 1980s, when the country was not technologically advanced. The scientists started with the legs of the robots and eventually went on to develop its nervous system, hands and visual aids. The first humanoid robot of China finally got ready in the year 2000. Since then, China never looked back, when it came to the development of robots and the robot culture became so popular amongst the common mass that the country hosted robot Olympics in Harbin, China, in the year 2010. Robots from across the country participated in the competition. They walked, they danced and they ran, winning the hearts of thousands. The Japanese robots can now make sushi and China is not lagging behind either as is evident from the Robot Restaurant.

Chinese robots will soon be carrying out a lot of chores that we usually don’t fancy doing such as washing dishes and vacuuming and hoovering the house. In today’s world, the robot maids are no more a figment of imagination. The day is not far when each household will have a robot-maid, catering to all our needs and performing all our tedious household chores with equal dexterity and diligence.



Not Making a Fashion Statement With Ski Boots

If we women are really honest, we would have to confess to the fact that we really do consider fashion as one of the priorities when it comes to picking out ski boots. Now we know that this really is not supposed to happen. There are just too many important functions that are required from the ski boots and expecting them to make a fashion statement really should be on the bottom of the list.

For the intermediate and advanced skier being in fashion with respect to their ski boots is the farthest thing from their mind when it comes to this part of their ski equipment. This is because they have been on the slopes enough to know just what a critical part the boots play when developing one’s skills as a skier.

If you learn nothing else about your boots before you go to buy your first pair, just keep in mind how important they are to you for your overall comfort and performance. Now that doesn’t mean that you can’t get some really classy looking ski boots. Most often, you will find that you have a good selection of colors for example within the category or line that you are choosing from.

Also, whatever you do, don’t think about borrowing a pair of ski boots from a friend or buying a pair of used ones. You need to be absolutely sure that your boots are the proper fit and type for your type and level of skiing.

Take your time when you go to buy your boots. Remember to take the ski socks you will most likely be wearing. Then make sure you wear the boots for at least ten minutes and walk around the store a bit with them on. This will give you a better idea than just slipping them on and off and stating they feel fine. Nothing is worse than making your first or second ski run and your feet are killing you. The boots are either too tight or too big. They aren’t warm enough or they are not suited for the type of skiing you are participating in.

Chances are if you continue to ski, you will only allow yourself to go through this type of experience once before you are back buying a new pair of ski boots.



Disturbing Trend Used by Trainers

Today I would like to touch on a disturbing trend I see in many gyms and personal training studios lately. If you have been to a gym or a large personal training facility, you have been exposed to the phenomenon known as the”show off trainer”. This is a trainer who has his or her clients perform exercises beyond their capabilities, thereby putting them at great risk for injury. These exercises are not only extremely advanced but for the most part unnecessary. Listen, I am just as impressed as you are when I see someone performing a one handed pushup while simultaneously juggling fire, and talking on a cell phone. Seriously, I have watched as out of shape beginners are asked to “perform” jump lunges on a Bosu with a medicine ball overhand bounce. If you don’t know what that is don’t worry, either did the person performing the exercise. The benefit of such wild theatrics, while impressive, are minimal at best when weighed against the risks. Exercises like that are better left to professionals and circus performers.

These trainers place their clientele in jeopardy so that they can showcase their knowledge and impress the unwitting. Beware of these trainers folks. I don’t care how many certificates your trainer has on his wall, this sort of showboating should not be rewarded. Your trainer should be aware of your limits and never allow you to overstep them. He or she should push you right to the edge but never over it. A trainer is there for guidance and as your protection against injury. His or her knowledge should provide you with a great and safe workout, and most important of all the results you seek. A client should never be used as a sideshow in order to increase monthly sales. When a trainer is concerned with their next pay-period total, their focus is diverted from you and directed towards a dollar figure. Is that the way you want to be seen?

High turnover rate, low pay and an emphasis on monthly sales fosters this atmosphere. Competition is fierce and many find they need a second job to pay the bills. While this is certainly commendable, it doesn’t bode well for clients. Would you feel comfortable if your Orthopedic Surgeon were moonlighting as a parking attendant?

A great trainer lives by his clients referrals.