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  • I‘d like to share Beautiful sentences with you

    Those beautiful sentences written by RabindranathTagore By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.采撷花瓣得不到花的美丽。The furthest distance in the world,Is not between life and death. But when I stand in front of you,Yet you don't know that I love you.世界上最遥远的距离不是生与死,而是我就站在你面前,你却不知道我爱你。Sorrow is hushed into peace in my heart like the evening among the silent trees.忧愁在我心中沉寂平静,正如黄昏在寂静的林中。I cannot choose the best. The best chooses me.我不能选择那最好的,是那最好的选择我。Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.夏天的飞鸟,飞到我窗前唱歌,又飞去了。 秋天的黄叶,他们没有什麼可唱的,只是叹息一声,飞落在那里。Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves.使生如夏花之绚烂,死如秋叶之静美。We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.我们把世界看错了,反说它欺骗我们。You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long.你微微地笑着,不同我说什么话。而我觉得,为了这个,我已等待得久了。If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.如果你因失去了太阳而流泪,那么你也失去了群星。What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.你看不见你自己,你所看见的只是你的影子。The scabbard is content to be dull when it protects the keenness of the sword.剑鞘保护剑的锋利,自己却满足於它自己的迟钝。

  • How touse “etc.” correctly ?

    你是不是有时候会不知道如何正确使用“et cetera”(“etc”,意为“等等”)?“et cetera”作为一个缩略词,学校老师一般不会讲仔细讲它的正确用法。尽管如此,了解 “et cetera”的正确使用还是很必要的。下面让我们来看一看吧!1、 "et cetera"一般是指“等等”,或“同一类别的所有事物” "et cetera",同"and so forth","and so on",or "and other things" 差不多意思,同时也可以表示未列全的一类事物。这里强调, "et cetera"表示的是同类事物。例如:你可以讲:"We could use cupcakes, cookies, etc." 或者 "We could use cupcakes, cookies, and so on." 表示他们可以使用任何甜点;但不可以讲:"Bring hamburger buns, paper plates, cupcakes, etc." 因为句中列出来的并不是同一种类的东西,读者不会知道你所指的到底是哪一类。2、不要将“etc”用于 "such as" 或 "for example" 引导的介绍性短语中"Bring items such as cake, chocolates, ice cream, etc. to the party." 这样的句子是不对的。因为 "such as"本身就意味着讲话者没有列举全。可表达成:"Bring items such as cake, chocolates, and ice cream to the party" 或 "Bring cake, chocolates, ice cream, etc. to the party."3、一个句子中不能多次使用 "etc."尽管 "etc."很管用,但一个句子中是不能同时用多个 "etc."。像这种:"I have to do the dishes, wash the car, clean my room, etc., etc., etc., before the party" 是不对的。4、"and" 后面不能接 "etc.""et cetera"中的 "et"就是“和”的意思,如果前面再加“and”就显得重复累赘了。正如 "and etc." 就表示 "and and the rest."。5、当你想要明确表示某些事物时,不能用 "etc."如果你只需要cookies, cake, and donuts for the party, 那就不要说 "cookies, cake, donuts, etc." ,这会让听者以为还可以带其它甜点。6、"etc." 不能代指人"etc." 只能代指物体,"et al."可代指人。7、正确拼写你可以将 "etc."写成 "Et Cetera", "et caetera, et cœtera or et coetera",但是更常用"etc."。会有同学将这个词拼写成 "ect" 或 "cet",千万不要拼错啦!8、在"etc." 后正确添加标点符号"etc"后面是有一个句点的,大家不能丢掉喔!如果在 "etc."后面,还要接内容,可以在后面直接添加逗号;如果 "etc."就是句子的最后一个单词,就不要再多加一个句点啦~例: "They ate cookies, cakes, peanuts, fairy floss, etc., and it's little wonder they ended up with stomach aches."但有时候还会遇到加其它标点在 "etc." 后面,比如:分号、问号、惊叹号等。以下是相应的规则:在 "etc." 后面直接加问号;在 "etc." 后面字节直接加感叹号;在 "etc." 后面字节直接加分号,并在用空格隔开下一个句子;在用作插入语时,使用括号。例:"Students should not pack liquids in their carry-on bags (water, shampoo, makeup remover, etc.)声明:本文系沪江英语原创内容,转载请注明出处。本文仅代表作者个人观点,仅供参考。如有不妥之处,欢迎指正。

  • How to use the vocabulary of time

    对时间点表达的考查一直是高考英语的重点,它渗透到各个题型中,而且,在日常生活中我们也会经常用到。另外,对世纪、年月日的表达比较繁琐,就算对学习英语很多年的人来说,也不见得可以表达准确。小编总结了这两方面的内容,一起来和同学们学习!一. 时间点的表达1、所有的时间都可以用“小时 + 分钟”直接读:6:10 six ten8:30 eight thirty2:40 two forty2、如果所表述的时间在半小时之内,可以用“分钟 + past + 小时”:6:10 ten past six4:20 twenty past four10:25 twenty-five past ten3、如果所表述的时间在半小时之外,可以用“(相差的)分钟 + to + (下一)小时”:10:35 twenty-five to eleven5:50 ten to six9:49 eleven to ten4、如果所表述的时间恰好为半小时,可以用“half + past + 小时”:11:30 half past eleven2:30 half past two5、如果所表述的分钟和15有关,就有三种表达法:(15分钟又叫一刻钟:a quarter)9:15 nine fifteen ; fifteen past nine ; a quarter past nine3:45 three forty-five ; fifteen to four ; a quarter to four6、整点的表达:现在是两点整。It's two./It's two o'clock.另外英语中的 noon 和midnight 可分别直接表示白天和夜晚的12点:It's (twelve) noon. 现在是中午十二点。It's (twelve) midnight. 现在是半夜零点。7、大约时间:It's almost two. 马上到两点了。It's not quite two. 还不到两点。It's just after two. 刚过两点。8、若想表明是上午,可在时间后加上a.m.如:thirteen past six a.m.(上午六点十三分)。若想表明是下午,可在时间后加上p.m.如:four o'clock p.m.(下午四点)。9.句子范例1. It's nine forty-five. =It's a quarter to ten.2. It's two seventeen. =It's seventeen past two.3. It's three. =It's three o'clock.4. It's nine thirty. =It's half past nine.5. It's six fifteen. =It's a quarter past six.6. It's three fifty. =It's ten to four.二. 世纪、年代、年、月、日的表达1、世纪:①用“定冠词+序数词+century”表示例:在十七世纪 写作:in the 17th century,读作:in the seventeenth century②用“定冠词+百位进数+s”表示例:在十七世纪 写作:in the 1600s,读作:in the sixteen hundreds注意:这种情况下,实际表达的世纪数是阿拉伯数字本身加一。2、年代用“定冠词+(世纪百位进数+十位年代数)+s”表示例:在二十世纪三十年代 写作:in the 1930s,读作:in the thirties of the twentieth century或 in the nineteen thirties表示某年代的早期、中期和晚期,可以在定冠词后添加early, mid-和late例如:在二十世纪二十年代早期 in the early 1920s;在二十世纪五十年代中期 in the mid-1950s3、年月日1)年份① 读年份时一般分为两个单位来读,前两个数为一个,后两个数为一个:1949 读作:nineteen forty-nine或nineteen hundred and forty-nine② 如果是三位数,先读第一位,再把后两个数合起来读:253 读作:two fifty-three或two hundred and fifty-three③ 另外: 2000 读作:two thousand,1902 读作:nineteen hundred and two或 nineteen o two④ 如果要使用year,year放在数词之前例如:in the year two fifty-three B.C. 在公元前253年2)月份月份是专有名词,除了少数几个月份外都有缩写形式:January - Jan. 一月      February - Feb. 二月        March - Mar. 三月        April - Apr. 四月          August - Aug. 八月          September - Sept. 九月October - Oct. 十月      November - Nov. 十一月    December - Dec. 十二月注意:缩写形式后面的点不能省略,因为它是表示缩写形式的符号。3)日期:用序数词表示例:十月一日 写作:October 1, October 1st, 1 October, 1st October, (the) 1st of October等,其中的October都可以写成缩写形式Oct.读作:October the first或the first of October4)年月日用英语表达年月日的顺序:① 月\日\年例:2002年1月17日写作:January 17(th), 2002或January seventeenth, 2002(日和年之间需用逗号隔开)读作:January the seventeenth, two thousand and two②日\月\年例:2002年1月17日写作:17(th) January, 2002或the seventeenth of January, 2002(月和年之间需用逗号隔开)读作:the seventeenth of January, two thousand and two4. 介词的使用:若指在哪一年或哪一月,用介词in;若具体到某一天,需用介词on。例如:She was born in 1989.She was born in August.She was born in August 1989.She was born on 2nd August, 1989.END

  • How to Draw a Map of an Imaginary Place

    Questions and AnswersDrawing maps of imaginary places is wonderful fun; doing this can inspire your imagination and is also an unexplored form of art. In this tutorial you will find guidelines on how to draw maps that look natural, vivid, and visually appealing.Steps1Make a mental image of the place you want to draw. Focus on the features that tie up the map together, such as coastlines, mountains or other major features you want your map to focus on.Ad2Draw the major lines of your composition. It can be a good idea to begin with coastlines, if your map is to have bodies of water in it. Do not expect your drawing to look like your mental image, even with the simplest idea.3Leave room for lots of features you may think of later. This will help to make your map more interesting and will help you to balance the image in later phases of drawing.4Become inspired by free drawing! If you aren't sure what you want the map to look like, just start drawing lines oriented around shapes and lines.5Remember that if you want a natural looking map, the map has to be separated into regions in various ways. Then add the details later as you define the various regions; this includes coloring.6Note the details of maps. If you know enough about maps, you will see that that each area has unique features, keep an open mind and don't limit yourself to maps that look the same all over. Things to add include (some of these are elaborated on in the following steps):Mountains (^^^^)CanyonsCoastlinesRivers, lakesIslands, isletsForestsMajor roadsCities, towns, villages, outposts, hermit dwellings, farms, etc.Animal herds, groupings, etc.7Take care to detail coastal areas. When drawing coastlines try to be especially detailed and varying, make certain areas with many peninsulas and bays, and others that are straighter. Islands and lakes can be anywhere, but try to make a peaceful composition. Make the general shape of your landmass first, then add more eccentric features, you have to pull the coastlines inward and outward, otherwise the map will look unnatural.8Create mountains. Mountains are normally in small clusters or chains. If you make a large cluster, it should be connected to other areas. Mountains can be absolutely anywhere and should not be limited because they are also a very important part of your composition.9Add some rivers. Rivers can also be anywhere, make sure most of them are wavy, but they don't always have to be. Rivers in mountainous areas are usually straighter than rivers in flat areas. Try to make them originate from lakes (any size) or areas of higher elevation.10Include islands. Make archipelagos and clusters, but lone islands may also be used. If coastlines and landmasses still confuse you, try to extend your drawing to include underwater elevations.11Keep pushing the composition. Include hills, vegetation and population. Add in animal herds. Be creative and follow your heart. Add details that make it look more realistic.12Finished.

  • Birth Control

    This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the birth control pill, which many considered to have empowered women and sparked the sexual revolution. But as this list will show, women have had some control over their reproductive rights for millennia, although some of these ancient birth control methods were, admittedly, more terrifying than most of the methods in use today.To be included on this list, the birth control had to be at least plausibly effective to some degree. Records exist of women in ancient Rome and Greece relying on dances and amulets to prevent pregnancy, and we can safely assume that those probably didn’t do much. At the risk of stirring up controversy, I’ve listed both contraceptives—which prevent sperm from fertilizing egg—and abortifacients, which induce abortion. For the sake of interest, I’ve focused on methods that would be unusual today, and not on methods that are still regularly practiced—like abstinence, coitus interruptus, or fertility awareness—to similar effect now as a few centuries ago. These items are in no particular order.10LemonsCitric acid is said to have spermicidal properties, and women used to soak sponges in lemon juice before inserting them vaginally. Mentioned in the Talmud, this was a preferred method of birth control in ancient Jewish communities. The sponge itself would act as a pessary—a physical barrier between the sperm and the cervix. The great womanizer Casanova was said to have inserted the rind of half a lemon into his lovers as a primitive cervical cap or diaphragm, the residual lemon juice serving to annihilate the sperm. Lemon- and lime-juice douches following coitus were also recommended as a form of birth control, but this method was likely less effective, since sperm can enter the cervix—and hence out of reach of any douching—within minutes of ejaculation. Incidentally, some alternative medicine practitioners today suggest that megadoses of vitamin C (6 to 10 g a day) could induce an abortion in women under 4 weeks of pregnancy, but there’s no evidence that citrus fruits were used in this way in ancient times.9Queen Anne’s LaceQueen Anne’s Lace is also known as wild carrot, and its seeds have long been used as a contraceptive—Hippocrates described this use over two millennia ago. The seeds block progesterone synthesis, disrupting implantation and are most effective as emergency contraception within eight hours of exposure to sperm—a sort of “morning after” form of birth control. Taking Queen Anne’s Lace led to no or mild side effects (like a bit of constipation), and women who stopped taking it could conceive and rear a healthy child. The only danger, it seemed, was confusing the plant with similar-looking but potentially deadly poison hemlock and water hemlock.8PennyroyalPennyroyal is a plant in the mint genus and has a fragrance similar to that of spearmint. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it as a cooking herb and a flavoring ingredient in wine. They also drank pennyroyal tea to induce menstruation and abortion—1st-century physician Dioscorides records this use of pennyroyal in his massive five-volume encyclopedia on herbal medicine. Too much of the tea could be highly toxic, however, leading to multiple organ failure.7Blue CohoshBlue cohosh, traditionally used for birth control by Native Americans, contains at least two abortifacient substances: one mimics oxytocin, a hormone produced during childbirth that stimulates the uterus to contract, and a substance unique to blue cohosh, caulosaponin, also results in uterine contractions. Midwives today may use blue cohosh in the last month of pregnancy to tone the uterus in preparation for labour. The completely unrelated but similarly named black cohosh also has estrogenic and abortifacient properties and was often combined with blue cohosh to terminate a pregnancy.6Dong QuaiDong quai, also known as Chinese angelica, has long been known for its powerful effects on a woman’s cycle. Women drank a tonic brewed with dong quai roots to help regulate irregular menstruation, alleviate menstrual cramps and help the body regenerate after menstruation. Taken during early pregnancy, however, dong quai had the effect of causing uterine contractions and inducing abortion. European and American species of angelica have similar properties but were not as widely used.5Common RueRue, a blue-green herb with feathery leaves, is grown as an ornamental plant and is favored by gardeners for its hardiness. It is rather bitter but can be used in small amounts as a flavoring ingredient in cooking. Soranus, a gynecologist from 2nd-century Greece, described its use as a potent abortifacient, and women in Latin America have traditionally eaten rue in salads as a contraceptive and drunk rue tea as emergency contraception or to induce abortion. Ingested regularly, rue decreases blood flow to the endometrium, essentially making the lining of the uterus non-nutritive to a fertilized egg.4CottonIn the ancient medical manuscript the Ebers Papyrus (1550 BCE), women were advised to grind dates, acacia tree bark, and honey together into a paste, apply this mixture to seed wool, and insert the seed wool vaginally for use as a pessary. Granted, it was what was in the cotton rather than the cotton itself that promoted its effectiveness as birth control—acacia ferments into lactic acid, a well-known spermicide—but the seed wool did serve as a physical barrier between ejaculate and cervix. Interestingly, though, women during the times of American slavery would chew on the bark of cotton root to prevent pregnancy. Cotton root bark contains substances that interfere with the corpus luteum, which is the hole left in the ovary when ovulation occurs. The corpus luteum secretes progesterone to prepare the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg. By impeding the corpus luteum’s actions, cotton root bark halts progesterone production, without which a pregnancy can’t continue.3PapayaIn South Asia and Southeast Asia, unripe papaya was used to prevent or terminate pregnancy. Once papaya is ripe, though, it loses the phytochemicals that interfere with progesterone and thus its contraceptive and abortifacient properties. The seeds of the papaya could actually serve as an effective male contraceptive. Papaya seeds, taken daily, could cut a man’s sperm count to zero and was safe for long-term use. Best of all, the sterility was reversible: if the man stopped taking the seeds, his sperm count would return to normal.2SilphiumSilphium was a member of the fennel family that grew on the shores of Cyrenaica (in present-day Libya). It was so important to the Cyrenean economy that it graced that ancient city’s coins. Silphium had a host of uses in cooking and in medicine, and Pliny the Elder recorded the herb’s use as a contraceptive. It was reportedly effective for contraception when taken once a month as a tincture. It could also be used as emergency birth control, either orally or vaginally, as an abortifacient. By the second century CE, the plant had gone extinct, likely because of over harvesting.1MercuryCivilizations the world over, from the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians to the Greeks, were fascinated by mercury and were convinced that it had medicinal value and special curative properties, using it to treat everything from skin rashes to syphilis. In ancient China, women were advised to drink hot mercury to prevent pregnancy. It was likely pretty effective at convincing a woman’s body that she wasn’t fit to carry a child, leading to miscarriage, so in that sense, it worked as a contraceptive. However, as we know today, mercury is enormously toxic, causing kidney and lung failure, as well as brain damage and death. At that point, pregnancy would probably be the least of your worries.

  • 8 Realities All Incoming College Freshmen Better Expect This Fall Read more : http://www.ehow.com/ehow-extras/blog/8-realities-all-incoming-college-freshman-better-expect-this-fall/

    Freshman year of college: pretty exciting, right? It’s also a huge first dose of freedom for many. While it’s a great time in your life, a few mistakes can easily ruin the whole experience. Look for these speed bumps, and avoid them.1. You’ll be lost in a sea of freshman and your professor will never know who you are.Every fall, a new wave of freshman wash ashore on the steps of big colleges and universities everywhere, and every fall these freshman become just a name and number to their professors. The one-on-one instruction of high school gets thrown out the window.Solution: Visit your professors during their office hours. Suddenly you’ve gone from one of hundreds of faceless students in a huge lecture hall to the new kid that’s showing a little extra effort, and jaded professors put names and eager faces together. Also, office hours are where you can discuss borderline grades and ask for extra credit assignments. Just don’t suck up—professors and their TAs can spot apple-polishers a mile away.2. You’ll be tempted to skip classes.In high school, it wasn’t very easy to skip class. Unless you were Ferris Bueller, you had to go to school and be in your seat for every class. In college, the world is your oyster and you don’t have to go to that 8 a.m. Intro to American Literature. The problem is, once you skip one class, skipping additional classes gets easier.Solution: Get out of bed and go to class, frosh. It’s easier than trying to fill in the gaps and borrowing unreliable notes from your classmates. That said, if your professor takes an attendance grade, you have no say in the matter.3. You’ll regret jumping into that exclusive relationship.I know, I know—the heart wants what the heart wants, but your freshman year of college is going to be one of the busiest years of your life: overwhelming workloads, new schedules, new friends, intimidating profs, new social life, and that list goes on. The last thing you need is the drama of a relationship closing you off from loads of new social opportunities.Solution: Play it by ear—keep your schedule open. Your school will have dozens of free-for-student events every week—go to those. But what if you enter college and you left a significant other back home? Good luck. Most 17-year-olds have a hard time adapting to going off to college as they leave their S.O. back home. Ever heard of the “Turkey Dump?” It’s what happens when a student returns home from college during Thanksgiving and breaks up with their high school significant other. There are exceptions to the rule, but these are very few and far between.4. You’ll blow your wad during the first semester.Freshmen tend to get overly excited their first semester and it’s understandable—it’s their first real taste of freedom and one of the first things to go is their restraint, then the measly savings they saved up from their horrible summer jobs and grandma’s high school graduation checks.Solution: Pace yourself. Put yourself on a budget. I scraped by on $20 a week. You can too.5. You’re going to overspend on textbooks—textbooks you might not need.I know, you’re eager and excited, but don’t buy all of your books the first week of class. You will not need a $100-plus textbook on your first day of class. And you may end up switching or dropping courses.Solution #1: Find out what books your instructors will be using and compare those to older editions. Then look up the ISBNs online. There’s a good chance you can use older (but still relevant) used books online. A cool professor will tell you what the editions’ differences are. On the other hand, if your professor happened to write your required textbook, you might be forced to buy new.Soultion #2: Check the textbook out of the library or through an interlibrary loan. A student might nab it before you, but it’s worth a shot.Solution #3:  Amazon has a textbook program now where you can borrow the book for a nominal fee and return it when the class is over.6.  You’re going to gain weight.The Freshmen 15—it’s real. With late night snacking in the dorm, parties galore, and pretty much unlimited food in the dining hall, it’s no wonder freshman put on the pounds.Solution: Monitor what you eat! If the cafeteria is too tempting, go for only one meal instead of all three, and eat sensibly elsewhere. Limit your snacking to healthier choices that won’t cost too many calories (rent a mini-fridge for you dorm—it’ll help.) And look into your school’s gym: it’s almost always free (well not free—that’s where part of your tuition is going).7. You’re going to be tempted to drink that weird drink.The red Solo cup that stranger put in your hand as you walked into the party full of strangers? Don’t drink it. The jungle juice filled with chunks of fruit? Skip it (especially the fruit). Tempting Jell-O shots? Politely decline.Solution: Don’t drink anything that you didn’t pour from a tap or that you didn’t open yourself. It’s a sad truth, but people still slip drugs in drinks. Almost forgot—don’t leave your drink unattended.8. High school overachievers will have their egos crushed.You might’ve been the valedictorian in your graduating high school class, but you’re in college now and you’re going to be competing with a lot of other valedictorians. You’re probably not going to be the top dog on campus anymore—don’t panic.Solution: Stick with the game plan that got you to the top in high school. If you nailed a 4.0 GPA in high school, don’t change your study habits. This isn’t a race and those who think it is burn out fast.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/ehow-extras/blog/8-realities-all-incoming-college-freshman-better-expect-this-fall/

  • Learn to Code at Any Age With These Free Tools

    Coding is quite fashionableIt doesn’t matter what your age is, the “learn to code” movement wants you. It’s not just about building websites and apps or getting a programming job (although those can be highly useful, too). When you learn to code, you further develop logic and problem solving skills. Plus, it can be downright fun, in a brain-challenging sort of way. Some of the best resources that will teach anyone — from toddlers to centenarians and everyone in between — how to code are easy to find and, best of all, they’re free.Programming Resources for Kids of All AgesLearn to code with Lego-like building blocks Many programming courses and apps are geared toward specific age groups, but some are pretty fundamental, appropriate for all ages. As long as you or your kids are able to read and understand cause and effect, that is.The free MIT webapp Scratch, for example, is designed for kids 8 to 16 years old, but it was the first tool I was introduced to when taking Harvard’s Intro to Computer Science Class, CS50, as an adult. The reason? This graphical tool teaches you the basic logic of programming — without the clutter of code. You drag-and-drop functions and objects in a Lego-like manner to develop animations, games and stories. It’s an awesome, easy introduction to many programming concepts for everyone. My daughter was about 4 years old when she started playing it with me, and loved it almost as much as I do.Code.org is behind the Hour of Code movement and contributes significantly to the push for computer science education in schools, which is sorely lacking in most school districts.  Video tutorials on the site teach JavaScript, Python, mobile app development, and more, for kids of all ages. They’re not as interactive as some other resources listed here, but they don’t require much time investment, which is always a plus.Programming Resources for the Youngest Kids and Elementary Schoolers (5 to 12 years old)Daisy the Dinosaur iPad app: Learning through play Some programming apps are clearly designed for younger kids, with an emphasis on largely cartoon-like graphics and easily manipulated parts. They still might appeal to beginner adult coders, though.Daisy the Dinosaur, for example, is a free iPad app that teaches kids how to manipulate an object (a dinosaur) with code. For example, when you tap Daisy, she jumps. It makes coding fun and actionable. Daisy the Dinosaur is probably best for the youngest of kids, although it’s entertaining for all.Hopscotch is another free iPad app for kids who are a bit more advanced. It’s like a more limited version of Scratch, but one that’s touch-friendly. (Most of these learn-to-code apps are for iOS. Maybe we need to learn to code so we can make versions for Android and other mobile OS.)Teenagers and OlderCodecademy For teens and adults, free courses and resources abound, so it’s impossible to list them all. Bento.io, however, does a good job of showcasing different web and other programming technologies and suggesting courses to take.For hands-on training (learn by playing!), I highly recommend Codecademy. The interactive site teaches HTML/CSS, Javascript, Python, Ruby, PHP and more in courses that take usually only a few hours to complete.KhanAcademy, Coursera and edX are also excellent places to enroll in free online classes, many of them taught by distinguished professors at major universities.The free sources here should get you, and perhaps your whole family, started or further along on your coding path. Let us know if you have another favorite not mentioned hereRead more :http://www.ehow.com/ehow-tech/blog/learn-to-code-at-any-age-with-these-free-tools/

  • Christmas is coming

    Christmas Day, on December 25, is one of the most festive Christian holidays in many countries around the world. It celebrates Jesus' birth.Celebrate Christmas DayChristmas Day is a holiday in many, but not all, countries. Many homes have Christmas trees and other decorations in the weeks leading to Christmas Day. Some workplaces hold Christmas parties prior to December 25. Festive activities include exchanging presents, singing Christmas songs, going to parties.It's a special time when children get presents from family, friends and Santa Claus, or Father Christmas. Christmas cards are also given or sent out prior to Christmas Day.For some, Christmas is an exclusive family affair, while others invite friends to a Christmas buffet or pot luck meal. Churches have special services and may include a crèche or miniature Nativity scene.What's Open or Closed?Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Government offices, educational institutions, many businesses and post offices are closed on this day. If you plan to travel with public transport, check with the local transport authority on schedule changes.About Christmas DayChristmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God. His birth date is unknown because there is little information about his early life. There is disagreement among scholars on when Jesus was born. Christians celebrate Jesus’ birthday on December 25. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7.The word “Christmas” comes from the old English “Cristes maesse”, or the mass of Christ. It is likely that the Christmas date of December 25 was chosen to offset the Pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti. It it also possible that the celebration of the birth of the “true light of the world” was set at the time of the December solstice because this is when the days in the northern hemisphere begin to grow longer. Christmas holiday customs derive from various cultures, including Teutonic, Celtic, Roman, West Asian and Christian.SymbolsThe mistletoe is a commonly used Christmas decoration. By tradition, people who meet under a hanging mistletoe are obliged to kiss. Mistletoe has pagan associations. For example, the druids of Gaul regarded mistletoe growing on oak trees as sent from heaven.Other common decorations associated with Christmas are holly and ivy – both are associated with Pagan festivals as it was customary to decorate with greenery for these festivals.Images of Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, snowmen, reindeer, and candy canes are seen in cards, posters, signs and other printed or marketing material associated with the Christmas celebrations. Images of baby Jesus, the Christmas star, and other symbols associated with the religious meaning of Christmas are also seen during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  • The Most Creative Business Cards in the world, can you imagine?

    1. Cosmetic Surgeon Business CardAdvertising Agency: Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Vienna, Austria2. Yoga Trainer Business CardsAdvertising Agency: Marked for Trade3. Cheese Grater Business CardAdvertising Agency: JWT, Brazil4. Tearable Divorce Lawyer Business Card1Notice that the card has contact information on both sides.5. Yoga Mat Business CardA simple, yet very creative business card for Vancouver yoga center. The card rolls just like a yoga mat.6. Fitness Trainer’s Tearable Business CardZohra Mouhetta helps you strip away your belly! (Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)7. Designer’s Seed Packet Business Card5Designed by Jamie Wieck8. Circumciser’s Business CardAdvertising Agency: Agency: Healthy People by Grey, Istanbul, Turkey9. Event Photographer’s Viewfinder Business Card10. Dentist’s Cavity Business CardDesigned by Michael Häne & Remo Caminada11. Stretchy Personal Trainer’s Business CardIf you want to see the text on this business card, you have to do a little stretching exercise.12. Hair Dresser Business CardsDesigned by Igor Perkusic13. Cigarette Filter Business Card2Advertising Agency: Bos, Toronto, Canada14. Buy/Sell Investment Representative Business CardsAdvertising Agency: Rethink, Canada15. Yoga Center StrawAdvertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Shanghai, China16. Sommelière Wineglass Business CardDesigned by Caserne17. Your Own Personal Lego Agent18. Picture Frame Business CardAdvertising Agency: Piko, Moldova19. Stylish Transparency Business CardDesigned by Dario Monetini20. Makeup Business CardAdvertising Agency: OpusMúltipla, Curitiba, Brazil21. Toy Chair Business CardAdvertising Agency: DDB, Brazil22. Miniature Plumber’s Plunger With Contact InformationDesigned by Indelible Design23. Seed Packet Business CardAdvertising Agency: Struck, USA24.Bike Multi-Tool Business CardDesigner: Rethink Canada25. Classic Rock Theme Business CardThis groovy hair salon comb plays a classic rock theme when rubbed by fingernail, using the same principle as a musicbox comb. (Advertising Agency: Fabio Milito design, Roma, Italy)26. Transformable Cargo Box Business CardAdvertising Agency: Y&R, São Paulo, Brazil27. Restaurant Salt Shaker Business CardDesigned by flux28. Survival Training Dried Meat Business CardAdvertising Agency: Rethink, Vancouver, Canada29. Tennis Business CardAdvertising Agency: Publicis, Brazil30. Grillable Business Card4

  • Where To travel In China

    I would like to show you the most popular scenic cities with stunning natural scenery. China has many cities with spectacular views that will make a feast for your eyes and even lead you to the dreamy land. Sometimes areas with gorgeous natural beauty are located outside city in a prefecture governed by, and with the same name as, a city.  ♦ Guilin (Yangshuo/Longsheng)Situated in South China, Guilin is like a glittering pearl on a green carpet, the scenery here enjoys the praise of "top landscape in the world". It is renowned for its Karst landscape, exquisite mountains, wired caves and especially the limpid Li River that runs from downtown to Yangshuo County, all of which mix together and form a giant elegant Chinese painting. At the same time, you would not wanna miss the unique beauty of graceful rice fields in Longsheng County.  Guilin Highlights: • Li River, is the top ranked attraction in Guilin, which expressed perfectly the inner core of scenery and also the custom of the city - mild, delicate, genial but also proud. It is said that the river between Yangdi and Xingping (of Yangshuo County) is the most outstanding section. • Longji Rice Terraces is a very special site that considered the best of its kind, attracted people with its creative layout, well-toned figure and extraordinary size.  ♦ Jiuzhaigou  Situatied in the east part of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhiagou county owns one of the most famous fairy-land-like spots of the world – Jiuzhaigou Valley, which is a legendry land that recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage in 1992. Jiuzhaigou County is also a good place for people to experience unique Tibetan culture and unspoiled local custom.  Jiuzhaigou Highlights: • Called as the living paradise, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area is reputed for its bright green waters, icy waterfalls, colorful forest (especially in autumn) and pure snow mountains surrounded. It is also home of varied creatures like wild pandas, white-lipped deer.  • Huanglong, a World Natural Heritage site, touching Jiuzhaigou, is also famous for its colorful ponds, snowy mountains, deep valleys, and dense forest. Between 3,145 and 3,578 meters above sea level at the foot of Xuebaoding, the main peak of Mt. Minshan, lies a 3.6-km-long calcified hill, resembling a giant golden dragon galloping among the virgin forest, and this is how the mountain was named.  ♦ Huangshan Situated on the mid-east part of China, Huangshan city owns abundant natural and cultural resources. Boasted grand mountain-view sites, elegant water-view spots and primary national forest reserves, this city is a real popular tourist city of China. In 1990, the most outstanding site Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) was recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage.  Huangshan Hilights: • Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) is one of the top mountain-view spots of China and known as the No. 1 Mountain under heaven. It features imposing peaks, grotesquely-shaped rocks, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and those peculiarities that make the mountain outstanding among others.  • Hongcun Village is an ancient village with a history of 400 to 500 years. The original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. It was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. ♦ Shangri-la Shangri-la enjoys the reputation of “Highland Garden” and “Realm of Living Creatures”. Read about the Lost Horizon, we would know it is a remote peaceful land with transparent sky, snow-covered mountains, dignified monasteries and primary forest. Shangri-la, the lost paradise, is the place where we can expect a stunning adventure to the nature which beautiful enough to feast our eyes. Shangri-La Highlights:• Mery Snow Mountain, or Meili Snow Mountain or the Crown Prince of Snow Mountains, is known as the most beautiful snow mountain of the world. Kawagebo Peak, the main peak, is the highest peak in Yunnan Province and one of the grand four holly mountains of Tibetan Buddhism.  • 22km away from Shangri-la, Potatso National Park is the first national park of mainland China, which consists of two main attractions – Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake. With well-preserved ecological environment, primary forest, wetlands, deep valleys and alpine meadow can also be seen in this park.    ♦ Zhangjiajie  Situated in the northwestern part of Hunan, central of Wuling Mountain range, Zhangjiajie is one of the populartourist cities of China, especially renowned for its mountain scenery. Enjoying superb geographical and natural environment, its Wulingyuan Scenic Resort (including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Scenic Area and Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve), which was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in December 1992, attracting people from all over the world.  Zhangjiajie Highlights: • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first national forest park of China, with a forest coverage rate up to 98%. Renowned for its numerous sheer peaks, secluded valleys and primary forest, this park also rich in biology resource, is a decent Museum of Nature. • Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve enjoys a reputation of “grand potted landscape, mini fairyland”. Its wild primary scenery is the masterpiece of nature. There are four scenic wonders there, namely Cloud Billows, Moon Brightness, Sun Glow and Winter Snow, you would not wanna miss.  ♦ Sanya Facing the South China Sea, Sanya enjoys the best coastal scenery of Hainan Island. With bright sunshine, fine and pleasant weather, soft white sandy beach, pure sea water and comfortable seaside resorts, Sanya is an incomparable place to spend the holiday.  Sanya Highlights: • Known as “the Oriental Hawaii”, Sanya has the most beauty beach of China - Yalong Bay, which stretches 7.5 km, is a crescent-shaped soft sandy beach with gentle and broad slope. Vast shallow-sea area embraces this beach with pure clean water and calm waves, made this beach the most popular attraction and also the best swimming spot. Besides, Sanya Bay and Dadonghai Bay are also ideal places for strolling, swimming, diving and water skiing, etc.  • Wuzhizhou Island with abundant vegetation resources and flash water resource, is only 30km away from Sanya. Except for the beautiful tropical landscape, the exciting aquatic sports are another choice to experience this island. ♦ Lijiang Rich in natural and cultural resources, Lijiang is a well-known city that famous for its grand mountain-view, serenity lake-view, steep valley-view and peaceful old town-view multi-ranged scenery. It is, therefore, an ideal place suitable for a whole year round travel, for both nature lovers and anyone interested in ancient people groups and their customs.   Lijiang Highlights: • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain worshiped by Naxi people. Renowned for its dignified momentum, elegant figure and mysterious legends, this mountain is yet to be conquered by a human.  • Lugu Lake is about 300km to the northeast of Lijiang City, is a paradise that far from the stir of society and unspoiled virgin land in Yunnan. Mosuo people is the main inhabitant there, which well remained the custom of primeval matri-clan system.  • As one of the deepest valleys in China, Tiger Leaping Gorge locates 60km north of Lijiang, around 15km in length, is known throughout the world for its amazedness, awesomeness and strangeness. ♦ Hangzhou Hangzhou is famous for its profound historical accumulations, and especially, for the paradise-like natural scenery. Since ancient times, it has enjoyed a title as “one of the most beautiful and elegant cities of the world”. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular tourist cities of China, which with many splendid sightseeing attractions, attracting people from home and abroad.   Hangzhou Highlights: • West Lake is a previous natural gift of Hangzhou as an apple of the eye. Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake as a place of intoxicating beauty as for its vast serenity water surface and the long narrow river levee that full of sense of “willow down and flowers reign”. • Only 5km away from West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park is a rare and the only inner city wetland park in China, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland three together.  • Has 1,078 small islands within the range, Thousand-islet Lake hence the name. Surrounded by verdant mountains, the crystal-clear lake, which is dotted by the 1,078 islets, is like a mirror covered with a great amount of jade.    ♦ Shigatse  Shitatse means “the Best Manor with Fertile Land” in Tibetan language. It is a national historical and cultural city, but the majestic natural scenes it owns, made it one of the best destinations for nature lovers as well, which gives you the highest mountain of the world, the largest inland lake of north Himalaya and other miracles of nature.   Shigatse Highlights: • Mt. Everest (Mt Qomolangma) is the ultimate goal of mountaineers. It is the mighty king of mountains with its waist hidden in the clouds. Each year, a great number of brave robust mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long dream by climbing onto and looking over from the world's highest peak. • As one of the grand 3 sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake reflects the color of sky - elegant sapphire blue, is the transformation of a goddess.  The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northwest.   ♦ Chongqing/Yichang Yangtze River is one of the most popular tourist destinations of China, especially for the section betweenChongqing and Yichang, where you will be deeply impressed with the beauty of spectacular Three Gorges, elegant Shennong Streem or Lesser Three Gorges and mighty Three Gorges Dam, etc. Yangtze River Highlights: • Three Gorges is an outstanding natural attraction of Yangtze River, which consists of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorgeand Xiling Gorge. Qutang Gorge or Kui Gorge, though is the shortest one (8km), is considered as the most magnificent and awesome gorge among the three gorges with its steep cliffs stick into the water straightforward. Wu Gorge is known for its zigzags turnings, deep valleys and forest covered mountains. Xiling Gorge is the longest gorge among them that full of shoals and rapid currents.  • As one of the tributaries of Yangtze River, Shennong Stream is an important attraction that renowned for its special virtues of serenity, uniqueness, primitiveness and wilderness. With a total length of about 60 km, one exciting sport played here is "Gliding in Water". 

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