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Monday, February 28, 2011

Erotic ... Keira strips topless for steamy scene with Cillian Murphy

Erotic ... Keira strips topless for steamy scene with Cillian Murphy

Think you can

Britney Spears

Think you can, think you can't; either way you'll be right.
-Henry Ford

Opportunities Unlimited

Keira Knightley

When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
-Alexander Graham Bell

How to spend wisely

How to spend wisely

Today's youth have higher disposable incomes as compared to their counterparts in earlier generations. The same has resulted in a significant change in lifestyles.
Objects that were considered luxury goods say a decade ago have become necessities for the present generation. In fact, the young population has been a major contributor to the India growth story. It is widely believed that spending habits of the youth will play a major role in vitalising the economic cycle, going forward.
However, there is a need to understand that spending in an unrestrained and haphazard manner could spell disaster for your finances. Spending should be done with a degree of discipline and planning. We present four tips which will help you master the art of spending.
Spend in line with a budget
Remember the longstanding method of making a budget and then spending in line with the same. That is still the right way to go about spending. Having a clearly laid-out budget will help you prioritise your spending. For example, the highest priority must be accorded to investments that have to be made in line with investment plans and commitments like life insurance premiums. Only when the high priority needs have been taken care of, should the balance funds be used for other expenses. Although the idea of abiding by a budget for spending may seem "uncool", it is nonetheless, the right thing to do.
Track expenses
Again, tracking where you have spent your money may not qualify as an interesting way to spend time, but it is important nonetheless. It will provide you an unambiguous picture of your cash flows; this will put you in better control of your finances. More importantly, it will provide you an insight into your spending habits. This in turn can help you understand the areas that account for a significant portion of your expenses and give you the opportunity to do a reality check on their utility.

Don't succumb to impulse spending
It is now considered trendy to hangout at malls, coffee shops and lounges. And window displays and latest blockbusters are known to test the resolve of even the strongest. A young individual with access to disposable funds can be rather vulnerable in such a situation. Resist the temptations and don't succumb to impulse spending. This is especially pertinent if the spending will come at the cost of your monthly investment towards your retirement/home building corpus. Always try to spend in line with your budget.
For example, while it's good to take your friends to the movies or for a dinner once in a while, we recommend that it not be overdone. Movies/dinners can be very expensive propositions these days, which means that you stand to gain significantly if you cut down these outings even by say 20%.
For example, even if Rs 1,000 were to be saved on these outings and invested in a diversified equity fund over 20 years as a one-time investment, it would mature into Rs 16,366 (assuming 15% compounded growth).
Beware of credit cards
Easy availability of credit cards has provided a major boost to spending. A credit card gives you access to high spending limits; also it liberates you of the worry about handling cash. But credit cards have their downsides as well. For example, making the "minimum payment due" could get you entangled in a debt trap and force you to make interest payments at obscenely high rates. In fact, credit cards are so pervasive in the present day context that we have chosen to dedicate an article to the same in this guide.

60 years of making the budget

60 years of making the budget

Sunday, February 27, 2011

100 Websites You Should Know and Use

Best water slide EVER!

Alicia Keys
The World's Quietest Placest
Asolo, Italy
The Troll Ladder, Norway
The Hoh Valley, Washington State
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Big Bend National Park, Texas
The Kalahari Desert

Aishwarya Rai
TED University: 100 Websites You Should Know and Use






source: tedtalks
Kylie Minogue has the best assets!

hamsa nandini

World's Worst Cultural Mistakes

Top sex mistakes men make

India: Democracy's dance

Kingfisher amazing...

President Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office as the 44th US President with his wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha by his side at the US Capitol in Washington on January 20.

Best & Worst of the Oscars: Hugh Jackmania!

10 Fabulous Things To Do Before You Die
1. Invent something
2. Participate in a Police Lineup
3. Stay in the best suite
4. Hang your art in a gallery
5. Fly a plane

21 Ways to Get in a Good Mood

The bare minimum amount of exercise you need to stay healthy (it's less than you think!)

Top 10 Majors for 2009

Ten tips to build English vocabulary

Greed Is Good

We Never Do Random Things. Until We Do.

Investors Share Priceless Tips for Startups At Seedcamp

8 ways to boost your income

Job-Loss Survival Guide

Polish Your Resume
Create an e-mail résumé
Include critical words
Skip the objective
Let your past promote you
Weed out old jobs.
Create a new résumé for each job

The 2008 Best List

In Sickness and In Health

Gemstones to 'shine' your love life

Bliss therapy: Massage your way to bed!

7 ways on how to manage anger
1. Try to understand why you are angry.
2. Try to rest and relax.
3. Violence is no solution to anger.
4. You must realize that everyone in their lives have disagreements or disputes.
5. Solve any conflicts and misunderstandings
6. Address conflicts at a personal level.
7.There are significant advantages of resolving disputes.

9 quick ways on how to manage work stress
1. Change your alarm
2. Do not underestimate the power of a good breakfast
3. Take advantage of the time needed to travel to work
4. Prepare your mind
5. Relax and fill your batteries
6. Do not forget to drink water
7. Stand up, sit down
8. Organise your office space
9. Manage your time efficiently

5 Things You Learn In College They Never Taught You In Orientation

Oscar's fickle attention

The only thing dirtier than sex

The vegetable seller who became a millionaire

10 Confessions Of A Cash4Gold Employee

7 Items You Won't Believe Are Actually Legal

Best Web Sites

5 Places To Look For Love

The Science of Seduction: Why Him, Why Her?

The Top Five Utopian Movies of All Time
5. Metropolis(1927)
4. Logan's Run (1976)
3. The Harrad Experiment (1972)
2. Things to Come (1936)
1.Lost Horizon (1937)

Seven steps to overcoming procrastination,28323,24995008-5017672,00.html
1. Be honest about why you are avoiding the activity.
2. Commit to doing it at a certain time.
3. Prepare!
4. Just do it!
5. Reward yourself when you are finished.
6. Appreciate the feeling.
7. Consider whether you should actually be doing this job.

Watching movies helps children exercise mind

Food guide: For the single professional

Sex and myth-logy

How to save for a rainy day

8 Useful Tips To Become Successful With Twitter

5 Secrets To Ninja Writing

Mindblowing Numbers From the Obama Inauguration

The joy of confidence

Low-Stress Jobs

Celeb body secrets

The Web Celeb 25
1Perez Hilton
2Michael Arrington
3Kevin Rose
4Frank Warren
5Cory Doctorow
6Pete Cashmore
7Beppe Grillo
8Heather Armstrong
9Guy Kawasaki
10Jason Calacanis
11Robert Scoble
12Will Leitch
13Jeff Jarvis
14Wil Wheaton
15Nate Silver
16Om Malik
17Matt Drudge
18Owen Thomas
19Dave Winer
20Seth Godin
21Brian Lam
22Mark Frauenfelder
23Steve Rubel
24John C. Dvorak
25Leo Laporte
source: Forbes
How to Save Your Newspaper,8599,1877191,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Coupon Web Sites: Never Pay Full Price Again?

Myth or Reality: The Recession-Proof Career

Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job
Get the word out
Get LinkedIn recommendations from your colleagues
Find out where people with your backgrounds are working.
Find out where people at a company came from
Find out where people from a company go next
Check if a company is still hiring
Get to the hiring manager
Get to the right HR person
Find out the secret job requirements
Find startups to join
Build your network before you need it

8 Ways to Make Yourself More Marketable
Use your name as your brand, especially in email
Meet an employer's need.
Maintain a smart online profile
Ask for help
Become active in a professional association
Take a class or get a certificate
Take on a new project at work
Be flexible

India among the deadliest places for journos

Natalie Portman
The unquestioned No. 1, and four more things from the Aussie Open
Our unconscious brain makes the best decisions possible

The 50 Best Super Bowl Commercials of All Time

Rachel Bilson

Salma Hayek

Bar Rafaeli

Finding a Loop in a Singly Linked List

site of the day

Penelope Cruz

Genius Style Shortcuts

Savoring winter's bounty

5 lessons the rich can teach you

10 Websites To Make You A Photoshop Ninja

Scarlett Johansson

Sienna Miller

Megan Fox

Maria Sharapova

Kristen Bell

Keira Knightley

Christina Aguilera

Lindsay Lohan

Landmark films of the 80s

Too much TV viewing teens 'have poorer diet patterns five years later'

What Will Replace The Internet?

Comfort zones for sex

A R Rahman: The making of a genius

Want to eat better in 2009? 5 foods to try now

Turn your skills or your stuff into extra cash

The Family Guide to a Healthy Heart

6 Couples Share Their True Love Stories

Julie Benz
America's Worst Supermarket Foods

Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind

Women Have Nightmares, Men Dream of Sex

25 ideas that have shaped our lives

101 Time-Saving Google Tricks for Work, Play and Learning

10 seriously useful Photoshop tutorials

History of the Internet

Most Sought-After Female Figures!

25 Top Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

Men Confess: How I Knew She Was "The One"

5 Things you must know about sleep
1. We sleep better than we think we do
2. We need less sleep as we age
3. You can sleep like a baby (or Thomas Edison)
4. Animals exhibit a range of sleep habits
5. Get used to being tired, hit the desk

Sleep Deprivation: The Great American Myth

7 Things You Need to Know about Skin Care for Men

Eat More to Weigh Less

Diora Baird

Coblie Calliat

Christina Aguilera


Audrina Patridge

Angelina Jolie

Ana Ivanovic

Have more sex to save the planet

10 Sexual Anomalies That Will Make Your Head Spin

SEO for Firefox Updated

Ariana's Weight Loss Story

The PopCrunch 100 Hottest Women of 2009

Swimsuits for the Stars,4644,6398,00.html

Diets May Improve Memory

Work Less, Earn More

The 'Big O' foods


Bar Refaeli

What Do Women Want?

Resumes & Cover Letters
Resumes & Cover Letters
10 Vital Résumé Fixes
10 Résumé Missteps that Hurt Your Job Search
How to Write a Winning Résumé
Does Your Résumé Answer These Key Questions?
You've Written Your Résumé, Now Maximize Its Results
4 Things Your Résumé Shouldn't Be Without
When You Need a Cover Letter (And When You Don't)
Are You Using the Wrong Résumé?
True and Outrageous Résumé Lies
13 Most Overused Résumé Phrases
Marketing Your 'Hidden' Job Skills
Résumés Redefined
Keeping It Real On Your Résumé
Camouflage Your Résumé Weakness
Five Steps to an E-friendly Résumé
Does Your Résumé Have This Problem?
Stand Out With an E-portfolio
10 Ways Your Résumé Irks Hiring Managers
Five Ways to Turn Off Employers
Transitioning from Military to Civilian Employment - Sample Resume
Six Serious Résumé Blunders
Years Later, Résumé Lies Can Haunt
Resume Samples
How to Tailor Your Résumé Without Starting From Scratch
Connecting Your Résumé and Cover Letter
Dos and Don'ts of a Good Cover Letter
Write a Winning Cover Letter in 15 Minutes
Don't Lie, But Don't Be Afraid to Spin
Five Attention-Getting Ways to Start Your Cover Letter
What Employers Think When They Read Your Résumé
10 Ways to Get Your Résumé Ignored
Don’t Apply Without a Cover Letter
Résumés: Does One Size Fit All?
Tame Résumé Chaos
10 Tips for Writing a Professional Résumé
Are Paper Résumés Dead?
Infamous Résumé Lies
What's Wrecking Your Résumé?
Dealing With Gaps in Your Résumé and Cover Letter
Nine Video Résumé Mistakes
Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Résumé
Is a Video Résumé for You?
Your Biggest Résumé Mistakes
Worst Résumés Ever
Seven Executive Résumé Strategies
Seven Cover Letter Snafus
10 Résumé Killers
10 Ways to Get Your Résumé Tossed
Playing Résumé Roulette
Eight Résumé Editing Tips
The One Thing That Will Improve Your Résumé
Perfecting Your Digital Résumé
Six Ways to Embellish Your Résumé Without Lying
Write Your Résumé in an Hour
How To Handle Short-Term Jobs On Your Résumé: Five Tips
25 Words That Can Hurt Your Résumé

A Twitter Mini-Guide: 60+ Useful Twitter Resources

25 Best Jobs for 2009

World's 10 best companies to work for

8 Tools to Track Your Footprints on the Web

Top 10 Fashion Gifts for Women

Top 25 Best "It" Products of All Time

10 meals for $10 or less

8 ways to remain financially safe
Credit cards and debt
Acting in your own best interest
Paying yourself first
Emergency fund
Don't worry about the neighbours
A very personal definition
Arriving at 'responsible'

The World's Most Expensive Colleges

Top secrets of Warren Buffett’s success

100 Blogs that Will Save You Time & Make You More Productive
1. Stepcase Lifehack.
2. Zen Habits.
3. SimpleProductivityBlog.
4. Productivity in Context.
5. Scott H Young
6. Get Everything Done.
7. Productivity501.
8. The Slacker Method.
9. Productive Flourishing.
10 Dumb Little Man.
11 Marc and Angel Hack Life.
12 parent hacks.
13 The Cranking Widgets Blog.
14 Nick Pagan.
15 Productivity 101
16 An Extra Hour Every Day.
17 Tools for Thought.
18 Matthew Cornell.
19 Ian’s Messy Desk.

Mumbai: Where dreams can come true

Top 10 romantic island inns

25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You,8599,1877187,00.html

Unexplored sex destinations

Seven secrets about Disneyland or exploiting? Gok Wan with one of the competitors on the Channel 4 reality show Miss Naked Beauty

My Blog Ate My Career

Fabulous Feb

Is your diet making you fat?

Kissing feels so pleasurable due to hormone surge, find scientists

Jennifer Figge Swims Across Atlantic, First Woman

Women find men with big pupils attractive

‘Gut feeling’ leads to best decisions

How to Start a Private Tutoring Center - Online Tuition?

Blog your way to your bank

10 SEO elements all websites should have

9 Recession-Proof Careers

Increasing and maintaining blog traffic
Content is King
Promote articles through 3rd party sites.
Ensure that the blog URL is on all print
Use comment sections on other blogs
Guest authoring.
Promote your site and blog through traditional SEO methods
Use obvious post titles
Advertising and affiliates
Observe other high-traffic blogs in your niche
Use ping services
Is Sex Necessary?
Improved sense of smell
Reduced risk of heart disease
Weight loss, overall fitness
Reduced depression
Less-frequent colds and flu
Better bladder control
Better teeth

Sex is good for you: For fighting cancer to the common cold it's just what the doctor ordered

Top 10 best screen kisses

50 Best People Search Engines to Track Down Anyone

Nine-year-old writes hit iPhone app

Ten ways to become a better person
1. Pack your lunch:
2. Call your mom for no reason:
3. Volunteer:
4. Tip, even if your order was messed up:
5. Get over a grudge
6. Call up an old friend
7. Bake cookies for your coworkers
8. Finish your book:
9. Get up 30 minutes early and make breakfast:
10. Learn something new
Gmail: 90 Tools And Tips To Make You A Gmail Pro

33 Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Amazing Posters and Ads

Top 10 famous football babes

Be a Better Lover
Plan Your Encounters
Change Your Routine
Slow Down and Enjoy It
Try Different Positions
Spread Out the Love
Savour the Experience

How to Get a Solid Night's Sleep

10 Stress Busters

Surprising reasons you're not having sex

Five Ways Women Can Avoid Heart Attack

25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis,28804,1877351_1877350,00.html

Top five remedies to aid digestion
1. Amla:
2. Soonth
3. Hing
4. Cloves
5. Sauf

Top 10 video game love stories

site of the day:

keira knightly
Bar Refaeli

too hot:

What crisis? Some businesses are booming

The 50 Hottest SI Swimsuit Models Of All Time

4 Simple Exercises for Strong, Shapely Arms

Top 20 Timeless Beauties

Diet could cut risk of dementia

Kinky Sex Is on the Rise, Therapists Say

What’s the Most Profitable Online Activity

Oracle founder shares secrets of success

The Ultimate Collection Of Free Photoshop Patterns

Your daily motivational tips

The 6 best budgeting sites

5 Reasons to Have Sex Today!
1. Sex boosts your immune system
2. Sex burns calories.
3. Sex relieves pain
4. Sex decreases aging.
5. Sex is great for depression

6 Success Strategies for a Bad Economy
1. Be open to change
2. Look for new opportunities
3. Don't overdo it
4. Keep a cool head
5. Know your skill set's expiration date.
6. Take your blinders off

Media Matters: Putting the "partisan" in "bipartisanship"

List-mania: 100+ Web Tools for Editing, Maintaining, Remixing Lists

Foods That Boost Your Libido: 9 Sexy Aphrodisiacs

Making Reading Writing and Recession Work Together,9171,1879210,00.html

Top 10 romantic flicks

Top 10 seduction tips by dating expert

What women want

iReporters remember their romantic vacations

13 things to keep to yourself at work

Vitamin Pills: A False Hope?

The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating
Swiss chard
Pomegranate juice

50 of the world's best food blogs

The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist

Stop bouncing: tips for website success

Wanted: You! 10 Jobs Where Employers Come Looking For You

The 20 Best Free PC Games
Mistake-Proof Your Life
7 Ways to Have Fun Indoors

Career Experts Offer Advice to 6 People Out of Work


The One Kind of Porn You Can't Find Online

LS 2009: The 100 people who matter in the Congress

Wanted: Lousy job, low pay

30+ Websites to Visit When You?re Laid Off
Step 1: Find Support and Recover
1. eHow:
Step 2: Manage Your Money and Stay Afloat
9. Careeronestop Unemployment Benefits Map:
11. Mint
Step 3: Earn Short-term Cash
15. Craigslist:
16. Workstir:
17. HotGigs:
18. Freelance Writing Jobs:
Step 4: Network, Network, Network!
19. LinkedIn
Step 5: Time to Hunt For a Job
Don?t Lose Hope

11 Reasons He Dumped You
I Got Bored:
One of Us Was Too Serious:
I Was Tempted To Cheat:
All My Friends Broke Up With Their Girlfriends:
Divergent Lives:
Feeling Selfish:
I "Misread" My Feelings:
My Friends Or Family Didn't Like Her:
I Took Her For Granted:
She Was Too Negative:

5 Creative Ways To Pursue Your Passion

Kajal Agarwal
5 Creative Ways To Pursue Your Passion
"Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate;
to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday;
to feel a sense of self."
Erich Fromm

Pursuing your passion can draw the best of your creativity from you. Being creative lends greater meaning to your life. Others will benefit from your creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson gives here an inspiring and entertaining TED talk about creativity in education. His website is one of the most fun I have ever visited.
"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil
are located in the same individual."
Arthur Koestler

In response to my post last week 3 Tips To Awaken Your Life's Passion I received the following:

"I am pursuing my passion and have run into lots of hardships. However I am determined and often times I find myself visualizing success before it has happened just as you described in the article. If possible-- since I am dealing with this right now - write something on recovering from setbacks and dealing with adversity when you have decided not to give up no matter what. I know that may sound kind of off the wall, but I find myself trying to secure little wins to keep going. and love to hear and read about how others overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles."

Here are 5 ways to recover from setbacks and deal with adversity. You have probably heard many times the story about Edison inventing the light bulb. History relates that it took over 1,000 (some say more) attempts at light bulb before he achieved his goal. How did he keep going? Thankfully, he did.

1. Bless The Block

Accept the setback. Do not let yourself be cast down by it. It may be just what you need to take a vital next step in a direction you would not otherwise have taken. Look for the good in whatever does not seem to be going your way. Adversity can prove to be a blessing in disguise, if you choose to see it that way.

These two sayings help me keep a winning frame of mind:

Every knock's a boost and

Everything that comes to me is for me.

2. Re-energize Yourself

Do not be tempted to let your energy drop so that you become despondent. Stand up tall. Take a few deep breathes to connect you with your spirit. Smile. Have a break and do something different - give yourself a treat. Speak kind words of encouragement to yourself, as a loving parent would to their adored child. Play at something, just for the fun of it.

Drink plenty of water. It helps to clear negative emotion. Go for a brisk gratitude walk, recalling all the things you now appreciate in your life, especially the "small" things you often take for granted. Swim, even jump up and down on the spot. It may seem silly - and make you laugh. Laughter is great for getting things back in perspective.

3. Refocus On Your Passion

Connect with what your passion means for you. Feel it, see it, hear it. Immerse yourself in the beauty and magnificence of your purpose. Set aside considerations and touch into your heart, the source of your vision. Do you have images around you that help you to hold your purpose? Do you have a photo of yourself central to the images?

Remind yourself: What is calling you to express your passion? How is it a valuable contribution - to yourself, to others? Why is this vision important to you?

4. Get Support

Few great objectives have been achieved in isolation, as anyone who has watched an Oscar night will verify. Ask others for help when you need it. Be open and willing to receive assistance when it is offered to you. You may gather a team around you who enjoy participating and contributing to your efforts.

Find one or more "witnesses". A good witness is primarily a listener who shares a positive focus with you. I have several wonderful witnesses, dear friends who listen with great empathy, both when I meet a setback, but also when I have a win. It is so good to share your wins! It seems to make them bigger somehow - and that keeps me going.

5. Access Your Spirit

Saying "Help" can be the most profound prayer. Many times, I have found amazing things happening having called for help from my depths. Your creative centre is the source of what I call divine guidance. Prayer I have found to be a way of making the connection between my earthly, child-like nature and my higher spiritual self. Well chosen affirmations are a form of prayer that condition you and help move you in the direction of your passion.

Forgive yourself for the mistakes you think you have made. They may turn out to be not so wrong. I know that the spirit you are is magnificent beyond understanding. I hope that you may come to realize something of this for yourself. Begin by loving yourself, just as you are.

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
Buckminster Fuller

Have you ever overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in pursuing your purpose and passion? I would love to hear about them. As the writer above suggested, sharing our stories can give great hope and encouragement to others.

source: Huffingtonpost

Sachin Tendulkar: Sachin gets record 5th WC 100

Sachin gets record 5th WC 100

Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik creates an image of Sachin Tendulkar at Puri beach, as he pays him tribute for his 20 years in cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar. Nothing else (cricketnext)
I enjoy cricket like a 16-year-old: Tendulkar (cricketnext)
The decades of Tendulkar (
Tendulkar completes 20 years in international cricket (sify)
We The Sachin People (dnaindia)
Tendulkar's greatness is beyond comprehension (Hindustan Times)
First published on 11/15/09

Sound Sleeping Helps You Mix Custom Sleep Tracks

A photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge taken during a thunderstom
Sound Sleeping Helps You Mix Custom Sleep Tracks
If you're looking for soothing tracks to help your sleep or fill your work space, Sound Sleeping offers you the ability to mix your own custom track.

We introduced you to Sound Sleeping back in 2006. Since then they've revamped their sound mixer to include some additional source sounds and abilities.

You can mix five different sounds including outdoor sounds like rain, ocean surf, and crickets chirping, as well as man-made sounds like drums and bonfires. Each source sound can be panned left and right and adjusted in volume. With some careful sound selection, you can make some interesting effects. The screenshot above shows the positioning for a loop that recreates the effect of sitting on a beach with ocean to one side and a drum session/bonfire to the other.

If you're more interested in relaxing and less interested in fiddling with the tuner, there are quite a few premixed tracks available for download at reasonable prices.

Know of a great place online to find soothing sounds? Share the nerve-calming wealth in the comments. Thanks Rick!

source: lifehacker

Top 10 YouTube Videos About Internet of Things

Secrets of great sex at all ages

Secrets of great sex at all ages
LOVED crazy positions in your twenties, tried dress-up in your thirties and joined the mile-high club in your forties?

Then you are not alone.

On our sexual journeys, the majority of us will try out different turn-ons in the quest for a perfect sex life through the ages.

And, according to sexpert Tracey Cox, our beside manner trends are pretty standard all over the country.

Here, we look at her findings on sex at different stages of our lives, taken from the bestselling book, Sextasy.
In your twenties

He can’t stop thinking about sex

Eighty-five per cent of 20- to 30-year-old men think about sex every couple of hours.

She’s had same-sex fantasies or been bi-curious

Imagining what it would be like to make love to another woman is nearly always one of the top three female fantasies.

Statistically only 4 per cent of women tick the ‘had a lesbian experience’ box in surveys but in my experience, it’s way, way higher than that.

There’s plenty of incentive: A 2006 study of nearly 2000 people discovered that 76 per cent of women who slept with women reached orgasm (for women with men, you are pushing it at 50 per cent).

Lesbians are also the least promiscuous group and consistently report the highest sexual satisfaction.

Almost everyone’s tried ‘The Wheelbarrow’

This is the age and stage where most of us experiment with positions – the more athletic and bonkers – the better!

About one in 10 people have had a threesome And most of you did it in your early twenties.

Threesomes and moresomes aren’t quite as common as you think.

The majority of people who’ve had them try them once or twice, then go back to one-on-one sex.

The less you know the people involved, the more likely you are to see it as a positive experience. It’s also likely that you’ll visit a strip club or lapdancing club – with your friends but increasingly often with your partner – at some point in your 20s.
In your thirties

Almost all of you have had sex outside

A throwback from our teens – when we did most of our sexual experimentation behind the bike shed, in the bushes, or in the back of a car – most of us will have sex somewhere semi-public in our thirties.

Under the cover of darkness in a park, on a beach, or in your own garden are the top choices.

Sex in the shower and sex in a hot tub is also popular.

Some of you will try bondage, blindfolds and spanking

Around 20 per cent of thirty-year-olds spice up their sex life with this kind of thing in your thirties

Either you or your partner have had your hands tied together to a chair or four-poster bed on a dirty weekend away.

Lots will continue to enjoy tying each other up but only 5 to 10 per cent of the population will go on to more serious S&M.

She’ll have several gay male friends

Straight women love gay men; gay men love straight women. Why? Well, we’re more alike than you think!

Swedish research is confirming just why the two groups get along so famously – we both have symmetrical brains.

Straight men and lesbians have asymmetrical brain hemispheres.

This is more evidence that sexual orientation is not a choice – it may be attributed in part to neurobiology.

You’ll have kids – and kiss your sex life goodbye

Or will you? Some stats shows that it’s not actually that bad.

During pregnancy, couples have sex four to five times a month.

Most stop for seven weeks after the birth but four months later are back to four or five times a month.

Breastfeeding doesn’t seem to affect this either. Six months after the birth, the average couple then have sex three to five times a month.

These are the official stats, but they don’t correlate with my experience.

Judging by the hundreds of letter I receive on the topic, these stats don’t reflect real life.
My personal estimate would be that most couples have sex once a month while their kids are really young and sex doesn’t really return to normal for another two years.

The trick in getting through? Don’t pretend it’s not happening, instead reassure each other it’s a temporary glitch, keep touching and cuddling and when you do have sex, have quickies.

Her orgasm quote rises

Ninety per cent of women past 30 regularly experience orgasm, compared to just 23 per cent of younger women.

Most of this will be achieved through masturbation and oral sex.

One survey found that married women found oral sex the most enjoyable way to orgasm.

In the 1930s only 44 per cent of women ever enjoyed oral sex. Today, the number of women in their thirties enjoying oral sex is 87 per cent (the remaining 13 per cent are standing on a cliff ready to jump).
In your forties

More than half of men will have had problems getting an erection

Up to 52 per cent of men between the age of 40 and 70 will find their penises suddenly have a mind of their own.

Almost half of you will have been unfaithful

The official stats range between 22 and 42 per cent but I’m leaning towards the higher end of the figure.

Even people who rated themselves ‘pretty happy’ in their marriage cheat.

They’re twice as likely to have an affair as those who rated themselves as ‘very happy’.

Only 25 per cent of men in another study said they’d had ‘lots of marital problems’ before an affair compared to 48 per cent of women.

So how happy is happy enough to ward off extra-marital temptation?

The problem here is we’re pursuing ‘ultra-happiness’, expecting our lives to be ridiculously romantic and sex-fuelled.

The things that make us unfaithful? You’re high risk if you’ve been together a long time, have had a high number of partners before marriage, you’re male, live in the city and think about sex everyday.

You’re most likely to have unsafe sex.

STIs have doubled in under a decade in people over 45 and are rising faster than teenagers.

Whatever your age, you should be aware that STIs and unwanted pregnancies aren’t only a risk to youngsters.

You’re having less sex than ever

But the good news is, it’s better quality.
Eighteen to 29-year-olds have sex an average of 112 times a year, 30-39 year olds around 89 times a year. Blow out that last candle on your 40th birthday cake (if you haven’t passed out with the effort) and your average drops to 69.

No need to be depressed though. The frequency might drop, but the satisfaction levels rise.

Men will be regularly watching porn

Men make up two-thirds of the users of sexually explicitly internet sites and account for 77 per cent of online time.

Most women will have checked out internet porn by their 40s too.

Despite the high level of interest, few people (1 per cent) become addicted. Of those that are though, 30 per cent are married men.

Extract taken from Sextasy by Tracey Cox, published by DK price pound sterling 12.99.
(the sun)

CAT : 3 steps to master Verbal Ability

CAT 2009: 3 steps to master VA
Siddhesh Joglekar

In my last post, I spoke of 3 keys to cracking CAT. One of the keys was 'Learning to love VA'. But how do you go about it? We look at some ways shall be detailing out how to do that in this .

VA for starters is Verbal Ability. In many ways, the word 'ability' is the key here. Abilities don't come within seven days, they have to be acquired over time -- through diligent work and practice. Many students fail to grasp this and try to go the 'rote learning' way for cracking VA (that is sadly the way we have been taught to study in schools and colleges, but that's another matter altogether). So, how can you develop this ability? Here are three simple steps:

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1. Reading non-fiction
Generally, students love reading fiction -- bestsellers like Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) and The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) have been long-time favorites. However, the passages that actually come in CAT are rarely from fiction-related masterpieces. For improving comprehension and reading speed, ideally one has to read passages of a similar genre to those coming in past CAT papers. Hence, it is important to read non-fiction. Reading opinions, analyses, even biographies is critical for developing a knack for comprehending non-fiction passages. Another possible way of approaching this issue is forming groups to study -- the group meets twice a week and discusses one aspect of literature of this genre.

2. Practicing vocabulary questions
Other questions in CAT apart from comprehension passages need to be tackled differently. I would highly recommend dividing this part into subsections -- such as pure grammar, sentence correction etc. Once this classification is done, catch hold of one particular subtype and do extensive problem solving. While doing so, continuously taking notes would help in referring to problem areas.

One good avenue for practice I found was solving questions from GMAT guides. From the many mock examinations you may take during the next six months, it would be critical to learn from your mistakes and ideally avoiding the same mistake. Remember that the vocabulary section is a low-time-investment and high-returns section. In many cases, the vocabulary section makes the difference between a good score and a great score, so paying adequate attention to it is paramount.

3. Increasing pace of reading
In many cases, people good at comprehension suffer when it comes to reading the passage quickly. For passages coming in CAT, one has to be a quick reader. For this, I would recommend reading similar length passages, coming in newspapers, magazines etc. Target a step-by-step increase in reading speed. For example, if you require 10 minutes for reading a 500-word article, try to read a similar length in say nine-and-a-half minutes. Note that reducing time for reading should not reduce your comprehension level. Balancing comprehension and speed is tough, but I guess that is where your managerial skills are tested by the examiners.

This is a summary of what 'needs' to be done. Why I haven't gone into specifics is because I believe specifics will differ from person to person. Example, in my case, I could not tackle the central idea-type questions in the comprehension passages. So, I went for writing summaries of articles I could read and asked my study group to comment on the same.

As an aspirant, one has to be smart enough to identify your individual strengths and weaknesses. Working on your weaknesses definitely needs to be top priority, but the strengths should be further worked on as well.

As a final note, the importance of VA in CAT can be seen by the marks distribution in CAT 2008 -- QA and DI/LR were 100 marks each while VA was 160 marks. If there is one section that can make or break your attempt it's VA according to me. So go for it folks, study hard and study smart!

The author graduated from IIM Calcutta this year and has joined Rediff

8 Bizarre Sex Tips

8 Bizarre Sex Tips
By Jasmine Leigh

1- Bite her
It might sound vicious, but in fact biting is quite sexy and one of the most exciting of our eight bizarre sex tips when done correctly. You are not going to chew or take out chunks of flesh. What you are going to do, however, is much more subtle: Open your mouth on a shoulder, buttock or other fleshy area (her side or thighs) and attempt to close your jaw by applying gentle pressure. Your teeth should never join in the middle, and pinching the skin with the teeth is not what you are after. Don’t overdo it -- a few well-timed bites show your passion. A good example is if you are taking her from behind, and when you climax, bite her back or shoulder.
2- Oil up
Using oil as a medium for your sexual artwork is not new, but it is often underutilized. Oil provides a slick surface for your sex play, and sometimes more is better. The oil should be vegetable-based and smell good. Ylang ylang essential oil is a relaxant and aphrodisiac. The oil should be smooth, like an almond-based oil. Grab a shower curtain or other oil-proof covering, oil yourselves up and slip-slide your way to orgasm.
3- Use hot and cold
Temperature changes stimulate and excite nerves. When outside influences stay the same, your nerves relax and can become desensitized -- they know what’s coming, nothing is changing, so they go to low power. If you stimulate the nerves by changing temperature, they stay awake and, therefore, increase the power of your sexual play. You can use a variety of substances, like hot chocolate, a cool glass of wine or an ice cube. Be careful not to make the experience uncomfortable. Until you get the hang of it, ask for feedback. Use for oral sex or invent your own games.
4- Suck her feet
Some people hate feet or hate their own feet being touched. However, having your foot licked and sucked on is one of the most sensual of the bizarre sex tips. In between the toes and the arch of the foot are the most sensitive areas of the foot. Get her to do it to you, so you know exactly how it feels. Clean, trimmed feet are crucial to this bizarre sex tip’s success. Also, sucking is best done slowly. Be aware of after-shower feet -- soap doesn’t taste good.

5- Spank her
Spanking comes in line with biting, but is more pronounced and does hurt; however, it is a scientifically proven fact that buttock spanking while aroused tricks the body into translating the smack as pleasure and provides a rush of blood to the area. Slightly cup your hand, but keep it loose and give the area of the buttock furthest away from the anus a good thwack. You want to get that good slap sound and a good palm-butt connection. Don’t overdo it, porn star.
6- Rub her bum
Make sure she knows you are not going to try to insert a finger (or other object including tongue) into her anus. One method is while she is straddling you, reach around and slide your wet finger up and down over her anus, but don’t put any pressure on it. The same goes while performing oral sex on her. Let her do the same to you. Make sure you are very clean before you start -- some surprises are not hot.
7- Eat
Having a sexy picnic in bed is a great way to incorporate food and sex. Stay away from particularly pungent foods (unless you both really like them) as they can be arid on the breath. Stick to fruits and cheese platters, and use your bodies as the plate. Decadence and pleasure will breed more, so take some food to bed and have a sensual few hours enjoying each other’s company.
8- Take her from a right angle
Make no mistake about it: This is a challenge. Think of all the ways you can have sex at a right angle, and try them all. Sex at a right angle can provide some very interestingly bizarre sex positions, and yes, you are going to have to use your imagination. Some suggestions are the "tong" -- she is almost horizontal, holding herself up with one arm with her bottom leg resting on a bed or other low surface. You are standing, holding her legs and penetrating her.
keep it coming
These tips ought to refresh your memory when it comes to creative and sometimes bizarre sex. So the next time you find yourself bored with the missionary position, remember that there's a million ideas that can keep your sex life feeling fresh.

source: askmen

Binge-proof your diet: 6 Foods that keep you full and satisfied

Binge-proof your diet: 6 Foods that keep you full and satisfied
The big, fat (pun intended) irony about trying to drop pounds is that cutting calories has a pesky habit of making you eat more, and more of the wrong types of foods. Think about the last time you nibbled a plain green salad for lunch. How did you feel by 6 pm? Ready to eat an entire anything and then have seconds? Hunger is a real, physical need you can’t overcome with willpower alone. So eat already—and stock up on these foods, which will keep you satiated for hours: Fill up with fiber!

Eggs: They’re a great source of hunger-quelling protein (about 6 g per egg), plus a recent study found that women following a low-fat diet who ate 2 eggs for breakfast at least 5 days a week lost 65% more weight and averaged an 83% greater reduction in waist circumference. Not a fan? Low-fat yogurt is a great source of (breakfast-happy) protein.

Almonds: These tasty nuts contain the healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, good-for-you fats that keep your appetite sated for hours. Studies back this up—one found that after 6 months, dieters whose eating plan included almonds lost 63% more weight, lost 50% more body fat, and shrunk their waistlines 55% more than those on a high-carb diet. They’re not exactly calorie free, so watch portions (1 ounce—or 28 nuts—is about 170 calories).

Avocados: How do I love these? In many many ways, but a few slices with a little lime juice is rich, satisfying, and loaded with so many important nutrients, including those healthy monounsaturated fats, plus vitamins and minerals like potassium and folate. No, they’re not calorie free, but a few slices have between 50 and 75 calories and will make any salad or sandwich SO much more satisfying (you can even throw avocado in a smoothie, which is common in Thai food).

Try these other foods that target fat.

Apples: I’m going to resist the urge to write anything about absentee doctors and regular apple consumption, but needless to say, eating one or two of these crunchy, portable fruits really can benefit your waistline: One study found that subjects who ate one apple before every meal lost 40% more weight than those who didn’t. Plus, they’re low in calories—about 65 for one that’s medium-size.

Oatmeal: This is the food weight loss dreams are made of. It contains high amounts of soluble fiber, which slows digestion and keeps you full for hours, and one study found that subjects who ate oatmeal for breakfast every day and also walked an average of 15 to 30 minutes daily lost about 10 pounds in 12 weeks.

Peanut butter: Despite the name, peanuts are actually a legume, not a nut, but they’re still high in those craving-quashing monounsaturated fats, and research has found that dieters who snack on peanuts or peanut butter lose more weight than those who don’t. My advice is to stick with the natural kind because it’s lower in added sugars—and spread some on those apple slices next time you get the 4 pm munchies.

source: shine

Berlin "sex academy" offers tips for visitors

Berlin "sex academy" offers tips for visitors

Mannequins wait for the next step in production at Fusion Specialties in Broomfield, Colorado April 28, 2009.

Wannabe Latin lovers can improve their technique by playing with the erogenous zones of naked mannequins at a new interactive exhibition that has now opened in Berlin.

The "Amora sex academy" that opened in Berlin on Thursday welcomes visitors with the wry slogan, "Finally -- an exhibition for those who always have to touch everything."

More than 50 interactive displays guide visitors through the intimate areas of the male and female bodies, offering helpful tips on everything from striptease to oral sex and how to achieve a perfect orgasm.

"A lot of couples come in here together to learn something," said Uta Barkow, the manager of the Beate Uhse sex chain which is hosting the academy. "It's been very well received so far. A lot of exhibits have that 'aha' effect on a lot of people."

The show features several life-sized plastic models, naked and in various positions. One female mannequin light ups when touched in the right spot. A voice shrieks "That's it!" when the visitor manages to put his finger on the elusive G-spot.

Next to it is what the museum called its "Spank-o-meter." It measures the level of pleasure a mannequin receives when spanked with a leather whip.

"So far we've had just as many women in here as men," Barkow said. "Women coming in tend to have fewer inhibitions while the men tend to be a bit more embarassed."

The museum also shows film clips of various sexual positions, including the "Italian chandelier" that the viewer learns can burn up to 920 calories per hour.

Founded by Frenchman Johan Rizki, the sex academy opened in London earlier this year and is also due to come to Barcelona.
source: reuters
posted on 7/12/09

10 tips for better sex

A good sex life takes time and effort to maintain. It won’t always be easy -- our busy lives are taxing and often leave us tired and devoid of the imagination and motivation required to keep up the pace. Having good sex doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours and hours of frolicking, it can be as simple as doing something a little different just for a change.

10 tips for better sex
Women are cyclic creatures, and her sex drive will vary depending on her hormones and what’s going on in her life. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to get her hot and the same-old song and dance may not be enough. This applies to you too.

Therefore, it's important to add a few more stimulating aspects to your sex life to keep things interesting.

Here are 10 tips for better sex, which should keep the two of you hot for some time to come.
Number 10
Blindfold her
Sexual pleasure has many dimensions, but the most important sexual organ we have is our brain. When one sense is hindered, our other senses -- via the brain -- clamor to compensate. For example, a deaf person has increased sensory awareness -- sight, smell, touch, and vibrations. For No. 10 entry on our 10 tips for better sex guide, we're telling you that you can tap into this innate ability of ours and use it to your advantage: Blindfolding your partner increases her sensory awareness. She doesn’t know where you are or what you are going to do next. This creates anticipation for better sex -- the tease. Tease her mercilessly with sensory objects, such as a feather or your tongue. Start off softly, as this excites her nerve endings and makes them far more sensitive. Be careful not to overstimulate the nerve endings, however, because after a while the neurons stop firing with such intensity and the sensation becomes null and void.
Number 9
Give her instructions
After a while you may think you know how to please your partner in every way, but this is very rarely true. There is always something you haven’t tried, and there is bound to be something one of you always does that could be done differently.

To combat this for better sex, have a lesson session in which you don’t think you know it all, and are at each other's mercy as teacher. Talk about things you haven’t tried, but would like to, then choose one suggestion from each partner, and get down and dirty. We often get caught thinking we know what our partners like, and after a while it becomes "the way it’s done." Lose this myth and put yourself in the student's chair for a while for better sex you won't regret.
Number 8
Sensual touch is one of the most highly relaxing and sexy things you can do for your partner, which is why it makes it onto our 10 tips for better sex list. Our bodies are almost without exception tense in some area, if not many areas. This hinders our energy flow -- including sexual energy flow. Imagine a car that has a clogged fuel filter: the fuel (our energy) can’t get to where it needs to go quickly and smoothly, and the car performs inefficiently and ineffectively.

A relaxing sensual massage can unlock her body to some very intense orgasms and much better sex in the end. The ability to relax your partner in this way should be high on your list of skills to master. The same goes for her: The difference between a deeply relaxing massage and a sensual massage is in the manner of touch -- you don’t want to relax her too deeply because she will probably fall straight to sleep.

The key to better sex in this case is to keep her senses alert, but her body relaxed. This means a firm touch, coupled with some sensory feather-light caresses. Once you've relaxed her major muscles -- shoulders and back -- work your way down to her buttocks. Strokes can then start to wander near to, but not on, her inner thighs, butt crease and vagina. Don’t forget her hands and feet -- there are thousands of nerve endings in our hands and feet that are very sensitive to touch. If you have no idea what a good massage feels like or how to perform one, spend some time in "lesson time" with your partner and learn what you both like or just run your hands all over her body -- all over. Don’t skip to the hot spots or you’ll ruin the effect.
Number 7
Have her dress up
Pretending to be something you're not comes easily to some people. However, it has its benefits when done for fun. Stepping out of the role of being "yourself" can be a fun way to give each other permission to behave differently for better sex. Playing the role of someone else during sexual play is a very enjoyable way to give your partner some different sensations, and try things that you haven’t done before. Role playing is a great way to have better sex and to have fun with your partner in a light-hearted but sexy way. It is often the woman who does the dressing up simply because A) They enjoy it; and B) They have the resources of clothes, underwear and makeup -- but don't forget that you can play too..
Number 6
Tell her your fantasies
Talking about your fantasies with your partner is a very conducive form of sex play. It increases communication with your partner, which is of great importance, as well, it also helps you get to know each other better for better sex. Yes, you may be surprised by what comes out of her mouth, but this works both ways. Keep it light at first and don’t throw her in the deep end with fantasies about people you both know or reveal fetishes you aren't sure about. Sit back with a glass of wine and keep your clothes on -- for now. Fantasy play can also be incorporated into a game for better sex. Use your imagination, and keep it sexy. Take it in turns and see where it leads you.
Number 5
Play a game
Get a pack of cards and play strip poker for better sex. It may seem like something you would have done when you were in high school (given the opportunity), but adult strip poker is a good way to get naked. Once you are both naked (or nearly naked), you can start on the really fun part: A loss means the other person gets to choose what action is performed on them by the loser. Time limits like one minute on said action means that it is a prolonged game of seduction, which by the end will have you both clamoring to be both the winner and the loser. There are many other games you can play "strip" to, as long as there is regular winner and loser to reward and punish respectively. The great part about these games is that you can both ask the other person to do something in a certain way that you may not necessarily have ever done before. It can get rather filthy, and definitely lead to better sex in the end.
Number 4
Dirty talk
Talking dirty has turned people on for millennia and will continue to do so because it has something other sex play doesn’t: words. Because our brains are our largest sexual apparatus, we respond to the spoken word automatically -- especially when someone says our name. The spoken word evokes emotions, sensations and blood flow to various regions, depending on the topic.

This works very much in your favor when it comes to talking dirty to your lover because women are especially susceptible to what goes in their ears (and I don’t mean cotton buds or ear candles). Talking dirty is, however, an art form and when done badly can result in fits of giggles (which, lets face it, ain't so bad but isn't quite the goal here). Don’t let this deter you.
Number 3
Try a new position
You already know how to bring her to orgasm in two ways (probably). You repeat these regularly because they work -- there's no harm in that. However, if you never, ever try any new positions again, how will you ever know? New positions need a reasonably high level of arousal in your lover, so choose your time to strike a new pose when she is quite obviously feeling very randy.

There is no limit to the number of ways to have sex, so you can use your imagination and come up with as many weird and wonderful inventions as you desire. Simply changing locations can dramatically change the position, so consider this too (for example on top of the washing machine, on a bench, beanbag or table).
Number 2
Use a cock ring
Cock rings slow the drain of blood out of your erection, and keep you harder for longer. A very hard penis stimulates a woman’s insides slightly differently -- and much better -- than one that is getting soft around the edges. Cock rings are inexpensive and usually nice to look at, and make an interesting male sex toy to add to your collection. Cock rings ensure that you can maintain the pace without faltering for better sex. This is very pleasing to your lady friend.
Number 1
Try a new place
Sex in a new locale is definitely up there in exciting things to do for better sex. You can take a drive somewhere secluded where you can get a bit risqué. Try a public place (not too public) or simply move to a different room or area in your home -- or even someone else’s home. Whatever tickles your fancy. There are a million and one different places to have sex other than your home, in your bed -- use them.
increase your pleasure
The list of helpful hints you have been presented with equates to a very good head start to a better sex life. The time and energy required to plan your adventures will pay off immediately, but also over the longer term. You will be rewarded according to the effort you put in with a great new skill set, and of course better sex. Make time, conserve some energy for it and relax. Life is short!
source: askmen