Golf. Is it really a game? So many people say they are going to “play” a round of golf, but then they take it so seriously that they run the risk of a heart attack.
The growth of the Mashie courses in and around my home city is great. For some reason people really do “play” when they are only on the short holed version of the game. It is clear when you see perfectly competent golfers trying to hit a shot, that would normally require a soft chip, having fun putting with their 7 iron.
On my blog spot I carry a fairly large range of golf improvement e-courses, and I am so very grateful that I am such a laid back person, as most of the e-courses I will never need personally. I don’t give a fig if my slice is so firmly entrenched into my game that I have to stand skew when I drive.
Now this is the bit that so amuses me – it completely aggravates those people that are my playing partners. Why should it bother them so much? At least half of the guys that I play with totally cannot handle seeing me not caring or freaking out when I do the dumbest stuff. I am the type of golfer that asks my playing partners if it is ok if I move my ball when I have hit it into a stupid place. (And to be honest, half the time it is off the tee when I have tried to do something impossible). So they say, no problem, rob, you play your own game. And then within three holes I can see they are fuming. Yeah, generally it is with them, they put too much pressure on themselves. But a lot of the time it seems to me to be because I am having too much fun. You see if I personally don’t get all wired up when I hit the nearest tree; I find that it really is the most fantastic way to spend some time. If I am going to spend so much money chasing after a ball then at least enjoy it. And my advice is that if the ball land in a dumb spot, move the silly thing. Hell it is good for your heart.
Here is another good reason to play the ‘rob’ way. Because you are relaxed, every second hole gives you a few really brilliant shots. You know those ones that make you think you could take on tiger or Ernie any day. And yes I do think that on the right day with the exact circumstances I could beat those two.
Ha ha, they would both have to be drunk, but I am sure I could wangle that. Easy.
I forgot what I started out to tell you. But now I remember, those of you that have all these stress issues with the really simple game of golf, I just wanted to say, come to my site, I have a lot of those e-courses that you need. There is stuff like how to cure your slice – my way is to stand skew. Another I have is how to increase the length of your drive – my way is to walk a bit down from the tee off spot and start there. And more.
In fact I will go so far as to say that if you have a problem that I don’t have an e-course for, I will find you an expert to fix it. Or at the very worst, teach you my way.
Hey that is a great idea. If in the future you see a new e-course book thingmy that gives you “THE 18 GREATEST SHORTCUTS ON A GOLF COURSE” be very careful, it might just be golf the ‘’rob’ way. And most of you call that cheating.
“Robs” way rocks.
Until the next riveting golf story. Cheers.
In the 1950’s and 60’s I remember listening to Chicago White Sox games on radio regularly with my grandfather. He had an old tube style radio cabinet in the living room, and also owned a small transistor radio that he would use when sitting in the front yard. Listening to White Sox games isn’t particularly unique except that I was living in Greenville, South Carolina at the time. The games were hosted on a small hometown radio station, WMRB-1490AM, located in downtown Greenville. As I grew older I sometimes wondered why would Chicago games broadcast into the Deep South?
My interest was rekindled in 2006 when an investor purchased and relocated the Shoeless Joe Jackson house located at 119 East Wilburn Street. Unbeknownst to me, Jackson’s house was located just two blocks from where I attended Crestone Elementary School in 1958-60. Moreover, my grandpa and I lived less than one mile from East Wilburn Street. Jackson’s house eventually became the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum now located in downtown Greenville. It was placed adjacent to the stadium that hosts a Single-A Boston Red Sox affiliate, the Greenville Drive. Again, I asked myself as to why were White Sox games broadcast in my hometown. Was Shoeless Joe Jackson’s legacy connected to the broadcasts? Were the broadcasts the result of a fan base that had developed around Shoeless Joe? The idea was both interesting and intriguing.
I begin my search by contacting the new owner of WMRB 1490AM radio. WMRB was purchased by Randy Mathena in 1987 and renamed WPCI. Randy was friendly and responsive to my queries but was unable to substantiate the White Sox broadcasts. I wrote a letter to the widow of the founder of WMRB, Frank Cope, but didn’t receive an answer. I found a research paper on the history of WPCI Radio written by some Furman University students. The paper was helpful in providing a general history of the
station, but it did not mention the Chicago White Sox broadcasts. I also contacted Arlene Marcley, the curator of the new Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. She allowed me to place a poster in the museum soliciting information but still no leads.
It was in early 2010 that I found a hint on Facebook. I had made a random posting to the Greenville, SC Facebook page and received a comment from a Greenville native. He believed that during the Textile Mill baseball league days, some mills adopted Major League teams. My contact theorized that Brandon Mills, where Shoeless Joe got his start, may have adopted the Chicago White Sox. Were Chicago White Sox broadcasts the result of Shoeless Joe Jackson’s affiliation with the White Sox and his playing time with Brandon Mills of the Textile Baseball League? I was sure that I struck pay dirt.
A quick Google search steered me toward the book, “Textile League Baseball: South Carolina’s Mill Teams, 1880-1955” by Thomas K. Perry. I wrote Mr. Perry a letter about the theory and he responded with an email. Perry wrote, “After we moved away from Greenville, Dad would take me on fishing trips to Lake Hartwell. The cabin, owned by my great aunt and uncle, was wonderfully rustic, and had no television. During those spring evenings, we would listen to the White Sox games, and I was intrigued with the performances of Tommy John and his teammates. I remember asking Dad why a Greenville station would carry the Chicago games, and he said it was because Shoeless Joe played there years ago. Not an official explanation, I know, but Dad was raised on a mill village in Anderson, SC, so he knew the history of textile sports (he played basketball). I believe his explanation to be true, though I have no official documentation.”
Alas! Finally, I had confirmation that someone else had heard the broadcasts; but what of the purpose and their origin? I thought Mr. Perry had just written a historical narrative on Textile Mill Leagues. Surely, during all that research, if mill teams had adopted Major League teams, he would have found evidence of it. I went back to Randy Mathena of WPCI and shared with him Perry’s comments. This reignited Randy’s interest and he gave me the telephone numbers for Jim Cope, son of former owner Frank
Cope, and retired WMRB disk jockey, Bill Krieger. The hunt was on.
I first telephoned Mr. Bill Krieger who was now in his mid 80’s. We had a delightful conversation discussing the history of WMRB and the city of Greenville. He said Frank Cope purchased the 1490 AM radio station with the financial backing of the Simpson partner of Belk-Simpson Department Stores of Greenville. Cope named the station WMRB taking the call letters from the phrase, “We Make Radio Better”.
Regarding sports broadcasts on the station, Krieger said WMRB was the host to South Carolina Gamecocks football. Frank Cope had also purchased the rights to broadcast “The Masters Golf Tournament” originating in Augusta, Georgia. He confirmed that WMRB became host to Chicago White Sox baseball broadcasts. Krieger said that Frank Cope and a local business associate from Household Finance brokered an arrangement with the Chicago White Sox organization. The corporate headquarters for Household Finance was located in Chicago and they were key sponsors on the White Sox Radio Network. When I asked Krieger if he thought the White Sox broadcasts had anything to do with Shoeless Joe Jackson’s fame, he stated he had no recollection that Shoeless Joe’s popularity had anything to do with the broadcasts. He believed it to be purely a business decision. He also went on to say that the Chicago White Sox broadcasts ended in the late 60’s and were eventually replaced with the Atlanta Braves in the early 1970’s.
I then called Jim Cope, the son of Frank Cope. Jim Cope told me was about 10 years old when his dad purchased the radio station. He remembered the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves radio broadcasts. Without telling him the details of my previous interview with Bill Krieger, I asked Jim to give me the reasons why his father would broadcast Chicago White Sox games in Greenville. Jim stated he had no details or knowledge of the conversations surrounding the reasons why the broadcasts got started. Cope did state that his dad would have based the decision solely on business and how it would benefit the station. I asked Jim if it was possible that with Greenville being the home of Shoeless Joe Jackson, and given Shoeless Joe’s popularity, could that have been a factor in the decision? He stated he did not recall any discussions or an atmosphere of popularity of Shoeless Joe during that time. Jim Cope did not believe Shoeless Joe had anything to do with his dad’s decision to bring the Sox to WMRB.
Fully armed with this new information, I began a web search to find a connection between Household Finance and Chicago White Sox. I quickly found a blog entry by a Lee Abrams regarding play-by-play baseball and other chatter. Abrams stated, “I remember the transistor under the covers. Bob Elson and Don Wells calling a Chicago White Sox night Game…every ad was for “Friendly Bob Adams” with Household Finance. They took you right there…an indescribable magic that combined tension, joy and a sense of security and warmth that said all is OK with life…especially since we have Hoyt Wilhelm warming up in the bullpen.” The Household Finance connection collaborated Bill Krieger’s 85 year old memory and the puzzle was now complete. Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Chicago White Sox broadcasts in Greenville appeared to be nothing more than an amazing coincidence.
Feeling comfortable that I had run my investigation to the finish line, I sought to document the results of my research. I produced a PowerPoint graphic depicting the history of radio frequency 1490AM WMRB, now WPCI. After combining the graphic with the interviews and other source files, I sent them off to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and the Greenville Historical Society. Both agreed to catalog my research for posterity’s sake. I also created a poster that now hangs on the wall of the Shoeless Joe
Jackson museum, and if you check out Wikipedia, you’ll find entries on the WPCI radio and Shoeless Joe Jackson pages. Finally, I framed my graphic and presented a copy to the owner of WPCI, Randy Mathena, where he proudly hung it on the studio wall in his radio station.
This was not a very romantic ending to my quest but it appeared to be the facts. Ironically, even though some local listeners falsely conjectured the Chicago White Sox broadcasts were the result of Shoeless Joe, this speculation may have inadvertently fueled Shoeless Joe’s popularity. I like the way Thomas Perry summarized this entire journey in an email: “Brandon Mill folks probably made the Joe Jackson/White Sox connection immediately as reason for the broadcasts. And in inimitable business fashion, the radio station would not have reason to stop this conjecture because it meant more loyal listeners. Rest assured, I ain’t giving up my memories of summer talks on the porch with my dad!”
And neither am I.
For those of us who play Eve, we know Isk is everything. It doesn’t matter what skills you have maxed if you don’t have the Isk to outfit yourself with a great ship. In the end, Isk is everything in Eve, and those who have it reign supreme. It can be tiresome to grind it constantly though, especially for those who enjoy low income high risk activities such as PvP. For us, it is nice to have an alternative source of income, and buying Isk is a great alternative to grinding. But it can be hard to find a safe place to buy Eve Isk cheap. This review will talk about SwagVault, a site known for providing not only Isk, but a variety of Eve items and services.
The first thing we should take a look at is their level of safety. SwagVault is a large site, and they have a great reputation for being trustworthy. And for those who worry about such things, their site security is industry standard, so there is less risk of hackers getting into your information. All in all, SwagVault scores high for safety.
So how is there availability? Will they have enough Isk for your purposes? Generally, yes, unless you plan to buy trillions. SwagVault is one of the largest places to buy Eve Isk cheap, and they keep a huge supply of Isk at hand to meet demands. So you don’t have to worry about this much either.
For those worried about getting caught, you shouldn’t be; SwagVault takes all possible steps to mask their transactions, and the fact that they don’t bother with risky advertising such as in-game spam means they are able to stay even further off the radar.
So you know they have the Isk, and you know they are safe to buy from, but how are their prices? Well, SwagVault is a large site, and like most large businesses they offer lower prices than the majority of their competitors. This is as true for Eve as it is for the other games they supply currency for, such as WoW and EQ2.
The Internet provides a vast variety of entertainment. Its options are nearly endless and is expanding and improving daily. With the development of broadband services, the gaming and entertainment world online has revolutionized from its early beginnings only a short decade ago. Many people, unfortunately, do not have access to broadband and many real-time online games require higher speeds than dial-up can provide.
One type of popular online games today are role playing games, or RPG’s. This means that each player is playing the part of a character in a virtual world. Many times, the game sequences in real time, and dozens or even hundreds of people can also play the same game from all over the world, and the events of the game are happening at the same time for everyone. Dial-up and other slow connections often cannot display passing events in real time because of latency, the delay experienced because of long loading times. RPG’s can be played on dial-up if it is not in real time, or if the graphics are simple and easy enough for dial-up to load. An example of this is GuildWars.com.
There are many fun and engaging games that can be played on a dial-up connection, many of which are very popular for dial-up and broadband users alike. The key to finding a dial-up compatible game is to look for flash games. Flash games are games that are loaded by adobe flash player and are run from the website itself. This means that once the game is loaded, it runs completely without using your Internet connection. Usually, flash games do not require you to leave the webpage you are on when it loads. The means you can play the games offline! The following are some websites that offer free online flash games that work great with dial-up Internet connections:
These are only a few of the hundreds of gaming websites. Other gaming websites can be found by searching for “flash games” or “free online games” on a search engine like google.
The games may take much longer to load on dial-up than they would on broadband connections, but once they do, you can play for hours without experiencing any problems because of having a slow connection. In fact, you can even disconnect from the Internet after the game has loaded, and continue playing the game from the cached webpage. This means that you don’t have to tie up your phone line in order to play for extended periods of time.
Here are a few other tricks and tips:
Save your favorite games to your bookmarks or favorites list so you can access them quickly.
Load a new game on a separate window while you play another game. This way, you don’t have to sit and wait for the new game to load. It can load in the background while you are playing on another window.
There are hundreds of gaming websites, and some are better quality or load games more quickly than others. If you find a game you like, but the game window is very small or takes too long to load, run a search query for that game’s name to find other websites that have that game. Chances are, you’ll find a website that plays the game better than the other one.
Minimize a game window rather than closing it. This way, if you have other work to do or need to leave the computer for some time, you can set your computer to “Stand by” and come back later. You can then open the window you have minimized and your game will still be there. You won’t have to start over or wait for it to load again.
Don’t let having dial-up get you down, there’s still so much fun to be had!
Billiard balls are the round spheres used in all the different versions of billiards or pool. It might not seem like there would be much difference in the type of balls used for the game, but there actually is. Each different game for pool and billiards is played with a slightly different size and coating of ball.
The friction and coating of the different balls really makes a difference in any game, and is especially important for professional games. Each billiard hall, if they take billiards seriously, will have different sets of balls for each game.
Every set of billiard balls is made in the same basic way. They are all round, and made of some variation of a plastic compound. The earliest pool balls were made from wood, with ivory being the next most common material used. This stopped, however, when people realized that they were killing all the elephants off because only 8 balls could be made from the tusks of a single elephant.
Celluloid was used for awhile, but it can sometimes be harmful, so now different chip-resistant plastic compounds are used. Billiard sports experts have their favorite brand of balls to use. The untrained person, however, will probably be happy with any brand of ball. Each billiard game is played with a different size and number of balls.
Each game of billiards uses different billiard equipment. The game that uses the biggest set of balls is Carom. This game only uses three or four balls, and they are red, white, and white with a dot.
There are several games that can be played with these balls, and they are usually played on pocket-less billiard tables. American billiards pool uses the next biggest ball. All of the American games use pocket games, and there are 16 of them. The first 7 balls are solid colors, and the last 8 are stripes.
The cue ball is always white. Some games use all the balls, but others use only 10. The next biggest sized game balls are used in British billiards, which is sometimes called blackball. These balls are 16 again, with half red and half yellow, and a white cue ball and a black 8 ball.
Blackball is played differently than English billiard pool. Snooker uses the smallest balls out of all the ball types. Snooker uses 22 balls, of varying colors. There are 15 red balls, 6 other colored balls, and 1 white cue ball.
There are many different billiard balls. Different balls go with different games. Knowing the ones to use for which billiards game is very important. Impress your friends by talking to a billiard club member about the different kinds of billiards balls they carry. If you know the right balls for the different billiard pool games, then you will have a useful skill that every billiards player should know.
Serious games are often misunderstood. Because they are associated with high levels of leadership, upper management, the military and government operations, they do have a certain mystique. Do you wonder what all the mystery and hype is about? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions concerning them.
1) What’s a serious game?
Answer: They are designed to educate, inform, and test. They are, in the broadest sense, still video games, but they have a specific application and limited use in the medical field, in the business operations world, and (most famously) in government-sponsored training for the armed forces. They are designed to be somewhat “fun” and engaging, but most people wouldn’t want to sit around playing, for example, military-designed simulation, unless they are paid to do it. Governmental and business sectors as well as contest-seekers also play these cognitive functioning boosters, like War Chess.
2) Can serious games help the majority of everyday people improving focus and problem solving skills during difficult, intense situations?
Answer: Yes. They are designed to strengthen skills and strategy. They aren’t about chance or luck (like gambling or bingo); luck and chance oppose the serious.
3) Are serious games just for the super smart type?
Answer: No. If your work requires you to train using them, you don’t have to worry if you aren’t an Einstein. They do require a certain level of concentration, however. They are very demanding. So, if you have a tough time focusing you might want to make sure you get enough sleep the night before you are going to be training with them.
4) What are some uses of serious games in the private (non-government) sector?
Answer: There are a lot of these for educational use, from elementary age school up to graduate training. They are used for personal training, for healing, health, and fitness. Some are industry specific, such as for city planning, emergency management, politics, and scientific exploration.
5) Where can I go to find some serious games to try?
Answer: SuperSmartGames is a website full of them for adults, kids, and teens. Some are on history, math, science, and fitness training. Another website, SocialImpactGames, offers a large variety for business, advertising, military, public policy, wellness, and other subjects of learning.
5) What’s the difference between serious and persuasive games?
Answer: They are essentially the same thing.
6) What’s the difference between serious and educational games?
Answer: There are a lot of great educational products out there that do sometimes cross into the serious category. To be considered a serious game, the primary use of the game is educational and not entertainment.
Picture these three scenarios:
You are at a costume party in a room full of strangers. You are dressed as an 18th Century dandy; you’ve studied the mannerisms, have affected the perfect accent and you charm every partygoer you meet. Beneath the facade, outside the realm of this party you may be a banker, a steel worker or an unemployed poet but here and now you are Monsieur Baudelaire, the fop who speaks of temperament and style as the be-all and end-all of a meaningful existence.
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You are at work where you are always the no-nonsense professional, respected by peers and underlings and depended upon by your manager to perform your tasks with skill, technical proficiency and a pleasant demeanor — an expectation that is hardly ever unmet.
You are at an informal get together with family, close friends and neighbors; you talk about sports, literature and fashion with people who know you and who understand your opinions, your quirks and your few flaws — there is no facade, no pretense, you are unabashedly you!
These scenarios that represent three versions of you in the real world are also three (of many) approaches you can take to presenting yourself to your readers in the virtual world, through your blog: as a character of your creation, as the professional at whatever you do, or as the real, unadulterated you, complete with flaws. Your blog and your blogger persona are your creations and are limited only by your choices. Consider also that whatever it is you write, in whatever form, even if it is spoof or satire, it will be considered by your readers as an expression of your true feelings.
People express themselves in many ways and for a growing number of people the need for some sort of public expression of thoughts, feelings, style or creative expression is filled by blogging. Expressing your thoughts in written words, however, is not as simple a task as it may seem to be; many people, in fact, find that it can take hours to accurately transfer the most seemingly simple thoughts to the written word. Thoughts and feelings do not require the organization or structure that is required by the expression of those thoughts and feelings.
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Some things that make the task of expressing yourself through your writing much easier are improving your grammar, improving your vocabulary and practice, practice, practice.
Grammar! As a rule you should always write to your audience — they are the ones who need to understand you. Perfection may be necessary when you are writing for an audience of scholars and grammarians who require it but, regardless of your audience, the better your grammar the better you will be understood and the easier it will be for you to transfer those thoughts to paper. There are literally hundreds of English grammar guides available online and very reasonable English grammar guides available in bookstores; good grammar is a tool you will never regret learning to use.
I have worked with Internet Marketing for some years. Tried many different ways, bought a lot of e-books and other products to make tons of money in less than 60 days (guarantee from the seller). I don’t say I could not make money from these products. I think the biggest problem was me, and my lack of knowledge of Internet Marketing and basic know-how of the tools to use.
I tried to work all kind of systems at the same time. This because I find “new and better systems” every day.
I have spent a lot of money and had very little income from these systems these years.
I have now changed all this. I have decided to work one system only. Put all my effort into this one. Learn it from the basic. The big question was: what system?
I don’t want to spend big money. Instead I am willing to spend some of my free time.
I have really set my mind to succeed with this.
I have decided to go for Blogging Online.
Now you might ask why this system. The answer is :
1) Blog Advertising is becoming big business.
Blog advertising is set to become one of the largest forms of advertising on
the web only surpassed by PayPerClick marketing, (cost money).
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Using blogging services like Blogger won’t make you the big money serious bloggers are seeing. It’s crucial that you actually own your blog including the domain name and are in control of it by having your own hosting rather than free hosting and a sub-domain like Blogger provides.
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