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Chinese New Year Horoscopes in 2008 - Year of the Rat
by. Dolvin ≈ February 1, 2008
Rat SignChinese New Year Horoscopes - Year of the Rat Your Chinese New Year horoscope can define everything in your year, from job prospects and love life, to more specifics, such as where you should take your holidays and what color socks to wear. Hong Kongers, generally being a superstitious bunch, put a lot of stock in their Chinese New Year horoscopes, and often use them to plan the year ahead.

Below is what the wise old men say is in store for each animal in the Year of the Rat.

» Rat

Being the year of the Rat, it’s action time for ambitious rodents. Rats will be tempted to cheat in both love and business to bring quick successes in 2008, however those that stay out of the sewer and show commitment will reap the rewards. Those that stay loyal will find themselves surrounded with friends, wealth and happiness.

» Ox

Rarely spectacular, but always steady, the Ox faces another year of hard work, but will be rewarded with prosperity and happiness. A year of choices can mean butting heads with those around you; however with 2009 set to bring the year of the Ox, bigger decisions should be locked away and dealt with next year.

» Tiger

Conflict stripes the road ahead for the big cat, both at home and work the Tiger can expect to find itself in plenty of arguments. Tiger’s should try and dig their claws into family and weather the storm, while focusing aggressive energy into more worthwhile projects.

» Rabbit

Rabbit’s will find themselves restless in 2008, but must try and resist the urge to hop away from problems. This is a good year for ringing the changes, and rabbits who switch careers or apartments will find themselves rewarded with prosperity. The lothario like Rabbit will also find 2008 fertile breeding ground for romantic entwinements.

» Dragon

The Dragon and the Rat are good buddies, and 2008 is the perfect year for Dragons to give their dreams wings. From the love of their life to that perfect job, Dragon’s should use the year to chase their desires with a fiery passion. Both romance and business are likely to prosper from a positive year and Dragon’s will find themselves surrounded with both new friends and opportunities.

» Snake

A blockbuster year for Snakes, who will be presented with a wealth of opportunities, both at work and play. Snakes should be quick to strike at new opportunities as success is all but guaranteed.

» Horse

Horses should stay in their stables in 2008, as the year is unlikely to bring anything but bad news. Now is not the time for new romances or risky business proposals, with both likely to fall at the first fence. Instead horses should stick with the familiar and sit back with family and friends and wait for better times.

» Goat

Goat’s are facing a potentially tough year and should hold back from making quick decisions, which could easily backfire. Instead, Goats should use 2008 to lay the foundations for future successes, listen to friends and families and do their homework for future projects. In better news, Goats are advised to expose themselves to new experiences, making it a good year for exotic breaks.

» Monkey

Monkeys will find their forest full of fruity opportunities in 2008, and will find both their careers and relationships prospering. With such a fruit bowl on offer, Monkeys should only pick the ripest opportunities, which may come later in the year.

» Rooster

While roosters will be bursting with energy in 2008, much of this energy will be will spent running around like a headless chicken. Rooster’s will find their energy causing trouble, meaning arguments with co-workers and those closer to home. The key to a successful 2008 is to act thoughtfully and calmly.

» Dog

Man’s best friend will find good fortune and new friendships this year, but they must crawl out their kennel to find them. Dogs need to be bold and confident, turning problems into opportunities. Romance could be a rocky road, and dogs need to believe in themselves to bring success in their lovelife.

» Pig

The successes and prosperity from 2007’s Year of the Pig will roll over into 2008, and Pig’s will find it easy to build on a successful year. Romance is on the cards, and wedding bells could well be in the air, while the pig’s piggybank should swell to new levels.
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History of Air Conditioning
by. Dolvin ≈ January 31, 2008

Air Conditioner... something that we can't live without.. I agree with that.. hihi..
coz.. these lately there is no air con in my office.. is so hot.. I can't think... can't concentrate... it's make me feel so uncomfortable there.. *sigh...

This.. I found the history of it... just some another inform that I found.. huehehehe...
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Air ConditionerAir Conditioner The idea of air conditioning started before a machine was created to produce the cooling effect desired. The first attempt at building an air conditioner was made by Dr. John Gorrie (1803-1855), an American physician, in Apalachicola, Florida. During his practice there in the 1830s, Dr. Gorrie creating an ice-making machine that essentially blew air over a bucket of ice for cooling hospital rooms of patients suffering from malaria and yellow fever.

In 1881, when President James Garfield was dying, naval engineers constructed a box-like structure containing cloths saturated with melted ice water, where a fan blew hot air overhead. This contraption was able to lower a room by 20 degrees Fahrenheit but consumed half a million pounds of ice in two months' time.

A close ancestor to the modern air conditioner units was first made in 1902 by an American engineer by the name of Willis Carrier. The machine at that time was called "Apparatus for Treating Air" and was built for the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Co. in Brooklyn, New York. Chilled coils were used in the machine to cool air and lower humidity to 55%, although the apparatus was made with enough precision that the humidity level desired was adjustable.

After the invention by Carrier, air conditioners began to bloom. They first hit the industrial buildings such as printing plants, textile mills, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and a few hospitals. The first air-conditioned home was that of Charles Gates, son of gambler John "Bet a Million" Gates, in Minneapolis in 1914. However, during the first wave of their installation, Carrier's air conditioner units were large, expensive, and dangerous due to the toxic ammonia that was used as coolant.

In 1922, Carrier had two breakthroughs - he replaced the ammonia with the benign coolant dielene and added a central compressor to reduce the size of the unit. The next advance was when Carrier sold his invention to movie-theater operators, with a notable debut in 1925 at the Rivoli on Broadway in New York City. In a short amount of time, air conditioners were installed in office buildings, department stores and railroad cars. The United States House of Representatives had air conditioners installed in 1928, with the Senate, White House and Supreme Court following suit in the years after. After World War II, window units air conditioners appeared, with sales escalating from 74,000 in 1948 to 1,045,000 in 1953.

Today, air conditioners have been said to be a partial cause for the changes in the South, and for most of us who have experienced its cooling benefits in times of searing heat waves, it is an invention that is hard to live without.

Source: Jones Jr., Malcolm. "Air Conditioning". Newsweek. Winter 1997 v130 n24-A p42(2).

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Meaning of Chi (ch'i or qi)
by. Dolvin ≈ January 30, 2008
ChiCh'i or qi (pronounced "chee" and henceforth spelled "chi") is the Chinese word used to describe "the natural energy of the Universe." This energy, though called "natural," is spiritual or supernatural, and is part of a metaphysical, not an empirical, belief system. New Agers often refer to this energy as subtle energy. Chi is thought to permeate all things, including the human body. Such metaphysical systems are generally referred to as types of vitalism. One of the key concepts related to chi is the concept of harmony. Trouble, whether in the universe or in the body, is a function of disharmony, of things being out of balance and in need of restoration to equilibrium.

Proponents claim to prove the existence and power of chi by healing people with acupuncture or chi kung (qi gong), by doing magic tricks such as breaking a chopstick with the edge of a piece of paper or resuscitating a "dead" fly, or by martial arts stunts like breaking a brick with a bare hand or foot. When examined under controlled conditions, however, the seemingly paranormal or supernatural feats of masters of chi turn out to be quite ordinary feats of magic, deception, or natural powers.

Vitalism is a popular philosophy in many cultures. Thus, chi has many counterparts: prana (India and therapeutic touch), ki (Japan); Wilhelm Reich's orgone, Mesmer's animal magnetism, Bergson's élan vital (vital force), to name just a few. The concept is very popular among New Age thinking, where it generally goes by the name of energy, though the concept bears no resemblance to the concept as used by physicists.

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Flowers and Personality
by. Dolvin ≈ January 18, 2008
Here are a few different personality types, along with matching floral bouquet suggestions:
Natural
People who are casual, earthy and prefer the outdoors. Flowering or green plants, meadow flowers and woodsy accents suit this personality best.
Romantic
People who are generous, spontaneous and extravagant. Bouquets of soft colors, light fragrances and accents of lace or ribbon might suit romantics.
Expressive
Individuals who seek personal betterment and are attracted to the unconventional - from new age to the arts. Exotic flowers and unusual combinations of shape, color and texture will match their creativity and artistic bent.
Traditional
People who are trustworthy, family oriented and prefer classic styles. They appreciate lush arrangements with a great variety of flowers.
Contemporary
Individuals who are cutting-edge trendsetters and enjoy living in the moment. Vogue styles such as monochromatic bouquets or arrangements with a few, large vibrant flowers are favorites.
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50 Inspirational Quotes
by. Dolvin ≈ January 8, 2008
"Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought."
- Henri L. Bergson

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
- Helen Keller

"Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough."
- Josh Billings

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there"
- Will Rogers

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
- Christopher Columbus

"To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both."
- St Catherine of Siena

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us"
- Helen Keller

"We don't see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are."
- Talmund

"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
- Dr Wayne Dayer

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."
- Theodore Rubin

"Pessimist : A person who says that O is the last letter of ZERO, instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY."
- Anonymous

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
- Thomas A Edison

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting"
- Elizabeth Bibesco

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."
- B. Olatunji

"When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on."
- Franklin D Roosevelt

"Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude."
- Zig Ziglar

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill

"The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching."
- Dennis Green

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
- Muhammad Ali

"Most of the important things in the world have been accompanied by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
- Dale Carnegie

"So many of our dreams at first seems impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."
- Christopher Reeve

"Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
- Sam Ewing

"There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there's virtually no competition."
- Steven J Ross

"Our greatest glory is never in failure, but in rising every time we fall."
- Confucious

"Many of life's failures are people who had not realized how close they were to success when they gave up."
- Thomas A Edison

"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."
- Stephen Covey

"Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things."
- Peter Drucker

"Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!"
- Donald Gardner

"Success is what you attract by the person you become."
- Jim Rohn

"You have to 'Be' before you can 'Do' and 'Do' before you can 'Have'.
- Zig Ziglar

"You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people to get what they want."
- Zig Ziglar

"The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others wish to join us."
- Hubert Humphrey

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus when the limo breaks down."
- Oprah Winfrey

"Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune."
- Jim Rohn

"It isn't what the book costs. It's what it will cost you if you don't read it."
- Jim Rohn

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"The future has several names. For the weak, it is the impossible. For the fainthearted, it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is the ideal."
- Victor Hugo

"There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice."
- Po Bronson

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Waldo Emerson

"Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
- Henry van Dyke

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
- Bertrand Russell

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."
- Winston Churchill

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point."
- Harold B Melchart

"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach."
- Benjamin Mays

"More often in life, we end up regretting the chances in life that we had, but didn't take them, than those chances that we took and wished we hadn't."
- Anonymous

"An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded."
- Pope John Paul I

"Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom."
- Earl Shoaf
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