Wearing Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one type of glasses that have gained the maximum popularity amongst people of all ages and gender. Very simply, sunglasses are glasses with a tinted or dark lens that limits the amount of bright light entering the eye. Interestingly, the concept of sunglasses is not a modern idea. The Roman emperor Nero is reported to have used an emerald out which he would watch the gladiators. In China in the 12th century, flat pieces of quartz were used to look through, not to improve vision, but to protect the eye from bright sunlight.

Health practitioners agree that the eyes need to be protected from harsh sunlight, bright light and harmful radiation like UV rays. The best way to do this is to use some sort of protection when outdoors. This protection can be got from using caps and hats, veils and sunglasses.

However as comfortable as sunglasses maybe, they pose a problem for those having eye wear for correcting vision. These people find it difficult to alternate between 2 pairs of glasses not only because it is impractical, but also because they may not have sunglasses that are prescription glasses. With advanced technology however, this problem now has a solution: today a person doesn't have to alternate between pairs of glasses, sunglasses for wearing over spectacles being also available.

There are several options today for combining prescription glasses with sunglasses. One is get sunglasses fitted with a prescription so that even on wearing them the eyes get help with seeing. Another option is to get specialized sunglasses. These are specially designed so that they fit over your existing prescription glasses.

Origins of the Spa Term

The term is derived from the name of the town of Spa, Belgium, whose name is known back to Roman times, when the location was called Aquae Spadanae, perhaps related to the Latin word "spargere" meaning to scatter, sprinkle or moisten.

Since medieval times, illnesses caused by iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron-bearing) spring water (in 1326, the ironmaster Collin le Loup claimed a cure, when the spring was called Espa, a Walloon word for "fountain").

In 16th century England, the old Roman ideas of medicinal bathing were revived at towns like Bath, and in 1571 William Slingsby who had been to the Belgian town (which he called Spaw) discovered a chalybeate spring in Yorkshire. He built an enclosed well at what became known as Harrogate, the first resort in England for drinking medicinal waters, then in 1596 Dr Timothy Bright called the resort The English Spaw, beginning the use of the word Spa as a generic description rather than as the place name of the Belgian town. At first this term referred specifically to resorts for water drinking rather than bathing, but this distinction was gradually lost and many spas offer external remedies.

It is commonly claimed, in a commercial context, that the word is an acronym of various Latin phrases such as "Salus Per Aquam” or "Sanitas Per Aquam" meaning "health through water". This is very unlikely: the derivation doesn't appear before the early 21st century and is probably a "backronym" as there is no evidence of acronyms passing into the language before the 20th century; nor does it match the known Roman name for the location.

Sources: 1

Free Content to Use on Your Blog

As you probably guessed, I am speaking about the free article directories which help authors promote and syndicate the content written (meaning, of course, articles). Authors and promoters are allowed to get their articles out with the potential of being read by a large number of people. And when I’m speaking by the authors, I’m referring to amateur writers who are looking for a mean to get their work read or to professional marketers who use the service in order to promote their own website. This is possible due to the articles submitted to these directories, articles that inform people of particular products or services while also promoting websites.

Known as article marketing, it represents a great way of promoting your site. All you need to do is simply write good quality articles for sharing your knowledge and experience and submit your articles to a free article directory. If the readers are impressed, for sure they will want to visit your website in order to find out more.

On the other hand, webmasters all around the world use these platforms every day in order to find free content that can be included on their own sites. This content is free to use providing the links to the source page and also providing the author of the respective article. The articles placed on different websites, can drive even more traffic to your blog as people outside the platforms could potentially read them.

Pay-Per-Post Sites from IZEA

IZEA is a social media marketing company and the world leader in sponsored conversations, which operates a network of over 300,000 social media publishers and 30,000 advertisers around the globe. Below, I will present the platforms used to facilitate the connection between bloggers and advertisers.

PayPerPost. PayPerPost is the pioneer platform in the sponsored post industry. As a result, it has the largest network of blogging publishers and paying advertisers. Besides being the most popular paid blogging network, it always seems to have the most job opportunities available at any given time. PayPerPost pays bloggers anywhere from $5 to over $200 per completed and approved post.

SocialSpark. SocialSpark is IZEA’s premium social media marketing platform. The site provides robust targeting, detailed analytics and support for blogs as well as Twitter and Facebook status updates. SocialSpark is the only social media marketing platform that offers Pay-Per-Post (PPP), Cost-Per-Click (CPC) and Cost-Per-Action (CPA) options designed to fit virtually any marketing strategy. Additionally, SocialSpark is a social site where advertisers can handpick bloggers to help them promote their products and services through sponsored reviews or display advertising. If you're interested in making money through sponsored reviews, but you're concerned about losing your Google page rank because of the penalties Google often places on websites that participate in paid text link programs, then SocialSpark might be a good option for you.

InPostLinks. This service is a replacement for the original version of PayPerPost. The only difference is that the opportunities are link only, which means you don’t have to write reviews or to endorse anything. The only thing to be done is placing the link on a post. The way of integrating it into relevant content (but not with a review or endorsement) represents the fully responsibility of the blogger.

Sponzai. Sponzai is a sponsored guest posts service. It allows sponsors to write their own guest post including multimedia and links. Sponsors then select the blogs on which they want to distribute their pre-written post, and bloggers earn cash for posting this content. Basically instead of purchasing your review or you to write a blog post and include a keyword, you are now selling an entire “post” slot on your blog to an advertiser or sponsor.

SponsoredTweets. Sponsored Tweets is a Twitter advertising service that matches tweeters with advertisers. It allows marketers to hire both celebrity and long tail twitter users based on categories, keywords and other data. Twitter users tweet out messages on behalf of the advertiser in a transparent and honest way.

Keep Your Bike Dry and Safe

Why let the motorcycle shops take your money every spring when you could prepare and store your motorcycle for winter all on your own? Since the storage is very important during the cold winter months, a Motorcycle Garage could be the perfect solution.

On the other hand, getting you bike ready for storage is also very important. Maybe it is as important as the actual storing itself. If you do all it takes in order to get your motorcycle ready for storage, you will save a bundle when comes the time to ride in the spring.

And the most important thing is to store your bike in a dry area that is free of temperature swings. One way to ensure this is by covering it up, but you have to make sure you use a cover that does not retain moisture but will keep the dust off. Another way, as mentioned above, is by putting it into a Motorbike Garage, which will ensure happy riding when the spring comes. Since, this is also the time that you might want to consider any improvements that you want to do to your bike or any other adjustments; it is perfect due to the fact that you just saved something thanks to the proper storage.

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd

William Boyd is a literary craftsman whose skills keep the reader enthralled and informed from the first page to the last. In his surprising new novel, William Boyd explores how one chance occurrence can evolve rapidly into a life-leveling storm. Climatologist Adam Kindred is trying to establish a new life in London (far from his failed marriage and ruined career in the US) when he inadvertently stumbles upon a botched murder and becomes the chief suspect. Boyd manages to breathe new life into the wrong-man tale, weaving together vivid back-stories of intriguing characters, from the hired killer desperate to clean up his mess, to the ruthless executives out for profit, to the hardscrabble individuals Kindred meets while on the run. Ordinary Thunderstorms is anything but ordinary: an ambitious, engaging thriller that also raises questions about identity, religion, and social responsibility.

Boyd takes the readers into the times, places and events with unerring skill, drawing out the characters with exquisite detail of appearance, speech, environment, motivation and behavior. This is a thriller of extraordinary dimensions, and one can only hope it will be filmed, to provide again counterpoint to the mindless drivel that passes increasingly for movie entertainment these days.

Are You Happy with Your Insurance?

As you know, the vehicle insurance (also known as auto insurance or car insurance) is an insurance purchased for cars, trucks or other vehicles, used to provide protection against losses incurred as a result of traffic accidents and against liability that could be incurred in an accident. In many jurisdictions it is compulsory to have vehicle insurance before using or keeping a motor vehicle on public roads. Most jurisdictions relate insurance to both the car and the driver; however the degree of each varies greatly. Vehicle insurance can cover some or all of the following items: the insured party, the vehicle or third parties (car and people). In some jurisdictions coverage for injuries to persons riding in the insured vehicle is available without regard to fault in the auto accident. Different policies specify the circumstances under which each item is covered. For example, a vehicle can be insured against theft, fire damage, or accident damage independently.

There are a lot of vehicle insurance types: fully comprehensive auto insurance, third party, fire and theft insurance, specialized car insurance or short term insurance. And if you are asking yourself what is the purpose of the last mentioned type of insurance, then you have to be aware of the circumstances that may arise in your life. Because when your vehicle is getting repaired, or for example when you have to drive your best friend car, or even when you need to drive a van for a few days (for example when moving home), you need a flexible insurance which suits you best.