The Difference between American and Japanese toysBoth the same character, both made by the same comp

The Difference between American and Japanese toys

Both the same character, both made by the same company, only a few years apart - but one clearly had more money and effort put into it

Note the increased articulation, the more accurate sculpting, the realistic body shape, the detailed paint apps (dagger, morpher) and the less visible joints. Not pictured are the other accessories - the optional hands and body parts, the dagger sheath, the sword…

The japanese respect their collectables and make great products.

BanDai America Super Legends Green Ranger
BanDai Japan SH Figuarts DragonRanger

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hello!! ok first of all thank you for reading this. now, i’m the type of person to be constantly stressed about something in my life. there’s like a minimum level of stress i have to be under at all times (it’s so unhealthy tbh) and usually a month before exams this worsens by ten times. i remember once i threw up before my english exam because there was so much pressure from myself and people around me to come first :’) 

these are some things i do to reduce the stress i’m under during exams and the prepping period!! they aren’t really things i do in specific to reduce stress (like listening to nature sounds), but rather things i do during revision to feel less stressed about exams :) i hope these tips help you in some way!

during preparations

start preparing at least two weeks before the exams. i’m in high school, and this is the time frame the school gives us to prepare as they handout the exam notifications two weeks before. if you’re in university, or have advanced notice of exam times and what will be tested, then start to prepare then or plan to start preparing and then sTICK TO YOUR PLAN!!! please do this; if you leave it to the last minute your stress levels will be through the roof.

i used to start revising a week before exams because i thought i had “enough time” (guess what i didn’t askjjfskddsk) and always always became even more stressed. 

at the start of the school year we also receive an overview of our assessment task dates and exam periods, so write it down in a planner or calendar beforehand!!!

doing this will (hopefully) prevent you from stressing over how little time you have for revision.

stop procrastinating. procrastination will lead to you stressing and even feeling guilty about not spending your time wisely!!! it’s something you can avoid so avoid it!!!!!!

this is a great post on beating procrastination.

actually study. this sounds so obvious but many of us tend to multitask (or try to) when we’re preparing for exams!! for some it may work, but it could lead to you getting 1) nothing done and 2) more stressed because you didn’t achieve much.

when you study, just study. turn off the television if you’re the type of person that likes to watch shows when you study because it’s just more likely to distract you from the content in front of you.

find a method that works for you. some people prefer studying while listening to music, while others can’t concentrate if there is too much noise. everyone’s studying habits are different, so find a method that suits you asap so you can become more efficient!! you’ll feel less stressed than if you were trying to study with a method that didn’t suit you.

take breaks. studying for long periods of time can lead to you burning out (which is a no no) and feeling overwhelmed by the amount of content. it might have an adverse effect as you are likely to retain less. use the pomodoro method, or find a time schedule that fits you.

relax, and reward yourself. don’t let your life become all about preparing for exams. it’s possible to have a social life and enjoy yourself when revising! it’s all about time management. here’s a nICE AF masterpost on time management!!!

also, give yourself rewards for accomplishing revision objectives. finished writing your history notes? that’s great go catch up on the latest season of suits! rewards give you a nice break from all that revision and help to reduce your stress levels!!!

a week before exams

get good sleep. make sure you’re getting sufficient amounts of sleep as you begin to revise more so that you’re not completely sleep deprived on the first day of your exams. enough sleep also helps to improve your memory so it’ll assist with your studies also!

make summaries of your notes. condense your notes (if possible) into smaller chunks e.g. flashcards, mind maps so that they are easier to digest. you should be pretty familiar with the content by this point so only put down the most important information! this may make it feel like you have less content to memorise/learn and not overwhelm you (too much).

quiz yourself. by this point, it’s important to figure out what it is that you know and what you don’t know well enough so you can work on those areas before the actual exams!! what i do is, as i write notes, i also write down separately questions about the content and possible extended response questions. this way, you have your notes and then questions on the content that you can do to test your understanding :)

right before exams!!!

ok, breathe. you’ve almost made it!!! all of your hard work is about to be put to use. it’s very easy to stress out right before an exam bUT THIS IS BAD FOR YOU omg. when you stress right before an exam, you’re more likely to forget important facts or details that you need to know. instead, take deep breaths, and collect your thoughts. (try to) be confident in yourself, knowing that you put in the effort weeks before, and even if your results aren’t as WOW!!! be happy knowing that you tried your hardest, and there are always chances to improve.

optional: stop looking at your notes!!! not sure if this applies to anyone else, but when i look at my notes when i’m outside the examination hall i begin to freak out because omf exams. it’s really easy to become overwhelmed at this point and begin stressing about getting bad marks, so if looking at your notes makes you panic then don’t do it. it’s better to go through the content in your head, and stay calm.

during the exam!!!

during exams, it can be easy to become caught up in one section and neglect the others. for 1 hour exams at my school, using history as an example, there is a multiple choice section, short answers section, and an extended response (essay). the exam suggests that we spend 10 minutes on multiple choice, 30 on short answers and 20 on the essay, but from my personal experience 20 minutes wasn’t enough to write a succinct and sustained essay. so i took less time for the first two sections so i would have more time for the essay, which made up a third of the marks.

figure out what sections you’ll need more time for, and try to account for that in the beginning of the exam. if there is an essay which you haven’t seen the question for then go to that first.

read the essay question and then think about it briefly before moving onto another section. this way the question stays in the back of your mind, and you can think about your essay structure and content while you do other parts of the test. if there is space given for a plan, then use it.

if you’re stuck on a question for more than 2 minutes move on!! fold a corner of the exam paper (if this is allowed) and come back to it later.

other really useful links!!

i hope this post helped you in some way!! sorry for taking up so much of your dash, have a lovely day!! ◕ ‿ ◕❀

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkin Gilman

[Original Story on Medium. Link here]

This may be a short story, but in now way does this story fall short compared to full length novels.

Let me start by saying (writing) that this reads like a personal diary and I have a strict hit or miss with first person narration, either it comes off as too corny or I’m amazed at the connection I feel to the character.

The first person narrator, which remains nameless, is a recent mother that has moved into a lovely mansion with her husband. She claims to be sick, but her husband and brother, who are physicians recommend plenty of rest and food. Out of sight, out of mind is their motto. She is not to speak, write, or even think of her sickness because it might deplete her health. If she gets angry with her husband, John, she is to learn how to control herself and check her “tendencies”. If she is anything but agreeable then the men don’t want to hear it, she’s meant to stay at home and sit pretty.

The amount of eye rolls I did while reading the first few pages should have been recorded. The story made me react, almost instantly, towards the situation at hand. I never wanted to speak to a character so much as I did with this story. Here was a women baring her soul into her writing, into telling us this very important time in her life, and we were in her safest place — her thoughts, which flowed so beautiful it was hard not to highlight every line.

Adding to her deteriorating mental health, She becomes obsessed with the an ugly yellow wallpaper in her room. She stays up to watch her hallucination take shape within the wallpaper, even seeing a women watching her in the wallpaper. While her husband is out one night, she starts frantically ripping the wallpaper. John returns, only to faint as he sees his wife crawling on the floor claiming she got out of the wallpaper.

I’d say. if this was turned into a move it’d be a psychological thriller. I am in love with this work, not only because it managed to grasp at so many concerning topics in such few pages, but also because it was clear and precise in its execution. I come back to this story every couple of months to check if the impact is still the same and I’m never disappointed — I think the yellow wallpaper is absolutely perfect.

A couple of things that are worth discussing.

First — the nameless women. Why leave the only person that addresses the audience names less? Why do we know so much about her life and inner thought, but not her name? Giving her a name wouldn’t lessen the effect of the story, but forgoing a name makes this women an icon; a representation of the gender. Pure genius.

Second — Men telling women what a women should do. John might have loved and cared deeply for our character, but I don’t think anybody wants that type of love and care. He silenced her in any way, shape, and form he could think of. He used his profession as a physician to invalidate, belittle, and dismiss her. He made her feel as if it were her shortcomings that were to blame, as if she was the burden that he had to carry through life. He put her in a box that only he has the key to open and close. The amount of control John had over her resonates and unfortunately it is a gender thing.

Last — The actual yellow wallpaper. I mean I understand her hatred for the wallpaper, I never liked yellow. Women’s history is neither light nor pleasant to go through, but we’ve all somehow manages to get caught up in the wallpaper at one point in our lives or someone else tries to trap us in there. She wasn’t literally trapped in the yellow wallpaper but she might as well have been. When our character writes she’s defying the men around her and when she finally manages to rip apart the wallpaper, until the very end, she thought she was freeing another women, not herself — let this story sink in.

Read this book if…

  • Reading iconic feminist works have been on your to-do list.
  • You want a quick reminder of why reading and writing is a super power.

Rate: 5/5

Time: less than an hour

Book-shelf Worthy: I’m telling you it’s a must of short-stories


John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage

It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is wise, and because he loves me so.

He says no one but myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me

John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows that there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him

Sometimes I think there’s a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.

UPDATE :: The next book reviews are….

  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkin Gilman

It was on my long list of to be reviewed books, mostly because it’s one of my favorites. The books I’ve already read are actually taking me longer to review since I have to go back and read them, but someone in my inbox told me I should review it so it’s the first on my list now to review.

  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

Another short that I absolutely loved, so why not bundle my two favorites to review.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses Series (1-3) by Sarah J. Maas

I read the series last summer and I have to revisit my thoughts of the series, but I did immensely enjoy them. I’m not reviewing the last book, A Court of Silver Flames, because I haven’t read it, yet and I’m sorta hesitating until the next book is released (Mostly because I hear it might be around Azrael, so might as well bundle the two books together).

  • Throne of Glass Series (1-7) by Sarah J. Maas

literally just finished the last book yesterday and while I did review the first one and wasn’t all that excited to read the rest of the books, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I never doubted Sarah J. Maas (one of the few authors I like off of BookTok), but the first two books were an uphill battle to get through. Though the last books make me emotional unstable…I’ll just save the rest of my comments for the reviews.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

This is the second part of a two book series (the first I reviewed here)

The gang is back again and I have to say that this sequel maintained my interest just as well as the first book. Again, I can’t stress how much I love the characters, each one providing the right amount of comfort to soothe my anxiety in the face of all this danger. While the first book focused on breaking in and out of a highly secured military base, this time the location stays in Ketterdam, where the home battles/war becomes much more personal. This was far more intricate in writing than in the first book and for different reasons. The characters are developing and that includes the bad guys! Most times it felt like all fronts of battle were under attack and they were being closed in; flipping the score was more difficult for the gang this time. I want to emphasize that this time it’s not just a job, many things expanded, one being character interaction, and the other is the amount of chest-pounded plans Kaz comes up with. Bardugo, again, creates a steady flow of events while still keeping us on our toes, waiting anxiously for how things will unfold.

Read this book if you read the first book, want revenge, AND want more Jesper making Wylan blush scenes.

  • Rate: 4.5/5
  • Time: Took 24 hours
  • Book-shelf Worthy: Yes! Gotta get the collection


I told you, I like your stupid face.

You don’t win by running one game.

You will see me once more, but only once.

The really bad monsters never look like monsters.

When fear arrives, something is about to happen.

What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

Since I picked this one before its predecessor (Shadow and Bone Trilogy), I felt plunge into the world, yet it only took a couple of chapters to get acquitted well with the world; seriously should have read the trilogy first, but no regrets in getting to meet these characters.

While it may seem that this is an underdog storyline, I think it’d be an insult to underestimate the Six of Crows. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan all form the group, and each one is from different parts of life and with different morals, interests, and baggage (psychical and/or mental). My favorite part about this book was having the pleasure of knowing each character. Each of them proves to be useful, determined, strong, and yet flawed; the morally grey characteristic checks out with every one of them and I love it. I didn’t think third-person multiple POV (Point of View) could be written this flawlessly.

Bardugo has managed to not only create a world but incorporate unique characters that you can’t help fall in love with. Now the plot centers around a heist, so there’s a lot of push and pull when it comes to how much information can and should be given to the reader to keep things interesting. Bardugo has tossed every twist, turn, trapped door, and smoke grenades at us; In the front line of danger, but always a step behind.

Read this book if you love heists, fantasy, morally grey characters, and sexual tension (and issues) that won’t get solved and you’re forced to get the 2nd book.

  • Rate: 4.5/5
  • Time: Took 3 days, read the ending near a dim lamp in the middle of the night.
  • Book-shelf Worthy: Yes!


No mourners. No funerals.

We are all someone’s monster.

Do you have a different name for killing when you wear a uniform to do it?

Better terrible truths than kind lies.

The easiest way to steal a man’s watch is to tell him you’re going to steal his watch.

I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

The only thing I regret about this book is not being able to read it earlier. The novel follows a sheepherder, Santiago, on his journey towards the pyramids to find his treasure. Along the way, he runs through worldly issues and meets peculiar characters that assist and guide him to his destiny. I think you can feel the life-altering decisions being made by the readers in some passages; it makes a simple statement that it’s never too late to pursue one’s dreams, no matter how complicated things seem to be. Honestly, I loved everything about the book, especially how Coelho conveys a depth of themes and perspectives in a simple story about a sheepherder that just wanted to see the world. I think many people can relate and have experienced, or at least thought of, finding their own treasures in life; frankly, it’s haunting how The Alchemist can give you both hope and a bit of excitement-fear that comes in deciding to follow your purpose in life.

Read this book if…

  1. Life is going a little too fast or a little too slow for your liking.
  2. You’re going on a trip and want to bring a book along
  3. Especially if you’re a fan of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this would be a great follow-up towards adolescence or anywhere in the continuous wheel of life.
  • Rate: 5/5
  • Time: quick read, but do take longer to digest the words fully
  • Book-shelf Worthy: Definitely!!!!!!


Every blessing ignored becomes a curse

Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times/

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help the person to realize his dreams.

To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation

The Old Man in The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

If you’re looking for a book that its title can summarize, then you’re in luck. The Old Man and The Sea is basically what you get when reading this. The old man is actually an old fisherman, who has spent most of his life with the sea and has gone a while without catching a fish. From the moment he saw the giant marlin (type of fish), the reader goes along on an adventure that can be interpreted in millions of ways. The entire story works as an allegory and can connect towards various classical works, with similar one-man journeys. What I’d like to wrap the review on is that it is a very pleasant story to read. The beauty is in its simplicity, and when put under the microscope, it can hold its ground.

Read this book if you’ve always wanted to read Hemingway or you’ve heard his name a little over 5 times in your lifetime — this would be a great starter novel, plus it’s not that long.

  • Rate: 3.5/5
  • Time: less than 5 hours
  • Book-shelf Worthy: Great addition to a library


It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.

I must never let him learn his strength nor what he could do if he made his run. If I were him I would put in everything now and go until something broke. But, thank God, they are not as intelligent as we who kill them; although they are more noble and more able.

You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?

Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

I may or may not have a love-hate relationship with book series that holds over 3 books. Either I love the story from the first installment or I push through the first couple of books before I can actually admit that I’m obsessed or just wasted my time waiting for the epic moment that’ll convert me into a fan. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Sarah J. Maas and mostly it culminates in the thousands of TikTok’s that have praised all of her series (ACOTAR is on the “To Be Reviewed” List, while I still have to read the others). I wanted to start with Throne of Glass because it’s her earlier series and I’d like to think authors get better the more books they write. Might not want to judge this book too harshly; it is a young adult fantasy, which means a highly more subjective review.

Honestly, didn’t really like the book at first, most of the characters seemed too cliche and got an awkward vibe (which I will pass as new book jitters). I will say that the book grew on me.

Celaena Sardothien is not the typical heroine read about. She’s a trained assassin taken out of her prison sentence by the prince in order to compete with others to serve the king. That’s the plot, and it’s not half bad. In between the testing/competition, champions are mysteriously killed off and Calaena wonders what exactly is happening around her. I think the key element that made me cringe-smile was how unapologetically themselves the characters were; Dorian a playboy prince who dislikes his father, Calaena the assassin who is still very much a 17-year-old girl, and Chaol an honorable friend and solider. Prince Dorian and Captain Chaol bring forth the ever-important love triangle, which did not overpower the story — might hold off on that for the next book. I’ll say that as of now, I’m preferring Chaol over Dorian. While the main plot was to win the competition, I found the extensive amount of loose ends amusing. It started with a competition, then a murder mystery, and now we’re at a place that is not entirely safe, but better from where we started. I won’t spoil anything, but I’d love to see how every component concerning wyrdmarks and magic plays out later. As the first book to a long series, I will say it’s an okay introduction. We’ve covered the basics of what’s occurring, but Maas doesn’t give out as much information hence why I’m already ordering the 2nd book.

Read this book if the plotline interest you and you’d like to see what all the fuss is about over on BookTok, but I get the sense that the hype might be for things further along.

  • Rate: 3/5
  • Time: About 3–4 days
  • Book-shelf Worthy: I think I’m going to have to read the rest of them to see


My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.

Libraries were full of ideas — perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons

We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.

We each survive in our own way.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

Newland Archer is our guide through the high society of New York, a lawyer engaged to May Welland, contempt with the world around him, fully immersed in his position in life and in love with his fiance. Enter Countess Ellen Olenska, who, when compared to May, is the complete opposite; she doesn’t allow social constructs and obligations to dictate her life; she questions the regulations of society and who makes them. Fearing a family scandal, Archer convinces Olenska not to divorce her husband but ends up fearing for his own growing affections.

I found Archer annoying at first, all the talk of New York society, but he’s what I’d like to call the character development effect; turns a smidge attractive as the story progresses. Olenska is hands-down my favorite character, unapologetically herself in a world where it’s extensively criticized. Archer experiences the feeling of living, but can’t hold on to it; that is what love stories are made of. This story seems to be told before, in different time periods, characters, locations, etc. The Age of Innocence reads like many historical romance dramas and I love it. It’s always the raging war and discussion between love and obligation; the answer never is as simple as we make it out to be. Spoiling nothing, I’d like to say that if you’d like a happily ever after, please read one of the other many historical romance dramas (I always recommend Pride and Prejudice) and then come back to The Age of Innocence to fully bask in the angst. I have a love-hate relationship with the ending, but I wouldn’t want to change it.

Read this book, if you’re interested in taking a trip to 1870s New York and mingling with society. Tell me if you broke a smile whenever Olenska spoke or pulled eyebrows from the love, and don’t forget to count the mental eye rolls dedicated towards society!

  • Rate: 3/5
  • Time: 2 days
  • Book-shelf Worthy: deserves to be up there with the others of its genre


Women ought to be free — as free as we are.

What’s the use? You gave me my first glimpse of a real life, and at the same moment you asked me to go on with a sham one. It’s beyond human enduring — that’s all.

To have you here, you mean-in reach and yet out of reach? To meet you in this way, on the sly? It’s the very reverse of what I want.

The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!

Each time you happen to me all over again.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

Siddhartha is introduced as a Brahmin, which speaks towards how his life is supposed to go; he’s a natural, and his position in life is already laid out for him. However, his thirst for knowledge and constant questioning pulls him into a journey of self-discovery. While I thought Siddhartha came out as arrogant, specifically when speaking to The Buddha, I think everything placed in the book (from events to characters) was entirely purposeful towards the point of enlightenment. His journey takes him far from his life as a Brahmin, turning him into a business partner, a lover, a father, and many other roles (some not as admirable). While I’ve read many stories that introduce an array of characters along the way, this novel is refreshing; turning the main character into a variety of persons throughout his lifetime.

A review cannot do this book justice, it goes down as a “must-read” to fully understand the work properly. Hermann Hesse has an amazing mind which can create a fluent storyline that not only entertains the reader but turns the gears of the brain.

Nearing the end of the novel, I cried at Siddhartha’s last words. I think the rush of emotions was partly due to how long it took to reach this point of enlightenment. It’s not a very long read, but it seems like an entire lifetime spent beside the character. Not only that, but every word was filled with the air of unreachable depth and peacefulness — the final bearing of this process. Maybe my emotions got the best of me, or this book truly sneaked up on me. Either way, it’s one of my favorites of Hesse.

Read this book if you want a tale worth contemplating over or maybe you’ve been into self-discovery lately.

  • Rate: 4.5/5
  • Time: Can be read in less than a day
  • Book-Shelve Worthy: Buy it right now!


The opposite of every truth is just as true.

I was afraid of myself, I was fleeing from myself. I was seeking Atman, I was seeking Brahman, I was determined to dismember myself and tear away its layers of husk in order to find in its unknown innermost recess the kernel at the heart of those layers, the Atman, life, the divine principle, the ultimate. But in so doing, I was losing myself

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.

He has robbed me, yet he has given me something of greater value … he has given to me myself

I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps

Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse

[Originally published in my Medium page: link here]

This book can be easily envisioned as a psychological movie, which (if directed correctly) could win an Oscar. Journey to the East blurs the lines between reality and heightened “reality” (what most would call imaginary).

Our main character, H.H, describes his spiritual travels with a group, The League, determined to find the ultimate truth. While everything seems to be going well, the disappearance of Leo marks the disintegration of the group (this small scene can inspire essays on topics such as groupthink, flow, scapegoat, etc.)

The description of the time spend travel to the east, reminded me of a cult; not the scary representation that the media has cultivated, but a more peaceful community of individuals. H.H tries to recount his experience in his novel, but fails to successfully put it into words or even recall his time within the League.

I grew a bit frustrated from how simple the novel seemed; It addressed and brought forth deep/complex topics, but didn’t venture further than that. It almost teased the reader as a “you should have been there” joke. I feel I got the bare minimum of the novel and that is exactly what Hesse wanted.

***Start of spoiler

H.H meets Leo again. Leo turns out to be the president of the league and the ultimate test of faith towards the league commenced when it disbanded. I felt bad for H.H when the League officials told him he strayed away from the league, even if he was desperately trying to find it all this time. In his search, he lost the basic practices and thoughts so he could never find his way back.

To remain faithful to a belief despite not being monitored, regulated, or in a community must be the only way to really instill a pure set of beliefs. It really brings to light who a person is or rather what they are made of without the help/influence of others.

Interesting ending — it can get confusing if you overthink it.

***End of spoiler

All in all it’s a very short novel, but when carefully dissected it becomes gigantic in terms of themes, symbolism, etc. Margin-writers must have.

Read this book if secret society with the upmost respect for knowledge is your thing or want a short story that makes your eyebrows pull together.

  • Rate: 4/5
  • Time: Can be read in less than a day
  • Book-Shelve Worthy: Might have to dedicate a whole space just for Hermann Hesse


Everything becomes questionable as soon as I consider it closely, everything slips away and dissolves.

Faith is stronger than so-called reason.

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

Surprisingly, the narrator is not present when introducing the novel, rather the landladies nephew is the one who manages to share.publish the manuscript left behind by Harry Haller. Unsurprisingly, like many Hesse novels, it reads like day-to-day journal entries, which critically focuses on human psychology.

There’s a clear conflict from the beginning, Harry Haller is too intelligent to be stuck in a world constructed by and for the bourgeois society. Haller does come off as extremely arrogant, however, his whole “spiritually and intellectually awakened” persona isn’t ideal, rather it becomes the main reason for his disconnection with society and others.

On our late night walk with Haller, we come across The Treaties of the Steppenwolf, a short pamphlet that is claimed to be “not for everyone” and is a margin-writers dream. The pamphlet examines and introduced us to the perceived duality of the soul one being a man and the other a wolf; grouping savage, instinctual qualities to the wolf and civilized, posed qualities to the man. Both sides of the soul seem to be in constant disagreement, but one cannot rule without the other. This part was pretty comical to me, first because I think anyone could relate towards this simple explanation of the human soul — the constant struggle between instinctual gut feelings and society norms. As I was getting comfortable in the rant of dualistic entities inside of the soul, the pamphlet does a complete 180 and calls this idea idiotic and rudimentary; people that accept this do not understand the complexity that the human soul actually is — not two but many that cannot be defined nor understood in this lifetime. I highly enjoyed the pamphlet.

It does also touch lightly on the subject of depression and suicide — being as they are a result of the disconnect from others. The sole focus on the self, thinks only as far as the self, hence the timed lifespan (theres a bunch of other rabbit holes one can venture down).

After the pamphlet, Hesse provides a small encounter between Harry and a past friend to further prove that his intelligence serves as more of a burden; the arrogance is not intentional rather unavoidable (almost like a sickness). That being said, Steppenwolf does leaves on a hopeful note. It emphasizes the human need to connect and the constant struggles in belonging.

The novel is a hit or miss for readers, either the tone of Harry Haller becomes intolerable, the monologues becomes gruesomely long, or simply this work dims in comparison towards Hesse’s other works.

If you think this book is about a man turning into a werewolf — totally not for you.

Read this book if you try your best to understand others and even at time try to understand yourself.

  • Rate: 4/5
  • Time: Took me 3 days, tried to pace myself — could’ve done it in 2 days
  • Book-Shelve Worthy: It’s in the Hesse collection


Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.

You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live.

In eternity there is no time, only an instant long enough for a joke.

For what I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity

The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.

I cannot understand nor share these joys, though they are within my reach, for which thousands of others strive.

I cannot understand nor share these joys, though they are within my reach, for which thousands of others strive.

Book Club: Demian by Hermann Hesse

[Originally published on my Medium page: link here]

  • Rate: 4/5
  • Time: Can be read in less than a day
  • Length: Smidge over 100 pages (short)

Demian is a coming-of-age novel of the protagonist and narrator Emil Sinclair. The reader is pulled into Sinclair’s psychological labyrinth as it grows desire, fear, confusion, and frustrations with the world and his own being. The underlying themes of the book bringing up age-old discussion and interpretations that reads differently towards every reader. I’d like to say that the first half reads as an autobiography of an ordinary person. The last bit of the novel does venture deep into Carl Jung’s’ theory of the collective unconscious, embedding archetypes and symbolisms that would make Jung proud.

I planned to take my time, reading only two chapters a sitting. However, it became impossible to want to put it down. Didn’t love Sinclair nor felt particularly any hate for him, I was curious to see where Sinclair ended up; Hesse has a way of introducing a character and wrapping you into them, as opposed to their world or relationships. I will say that I had to double-take when trying to figure out the Emil/Demian/Eva scenes.

Would you need to know psychology to enjoy the book? Nope, it’s a good story for readers that love classics and take pride in discussion (either alone or with a book club!)

Would it help to know a little psychology? Yes, and it’ll take you on a margin scribbling joyride.

Final sayings? Totally PG should be in the school curriculum, and the egg/bird quote is phenomenal

If you’ve already read it or don’t care for spoilers keep reading below.

Concept Spoilers:

  1. TWO WORLDS: At first glance, this concept seems to reflect heavily on religious upbringing that a vast majority of individuals experience. The notion of growing up with preconceived ideologies attach Sinclair to dogmatic judgements of everything from the world, his peers, and even towards himself. While this concept and system of rights and wrongs does hold some foundation, it doesn’t encompass the complexity of the real world. The black and white perspective gets ultimately defeated and rendered useless when the argument of what is forbidden and permitted come up. The individual is in control of the rights and wrongs through their own boundaries, the external enforcement (be it laws or religion) deters back the Lawrence Kohlberg’s first level of cognitive development.
  2. DEMIAN: Theres an interesting push and pull throughout the novel, as Demian, this enigmatic characters is a key figure in the development of Sinclair, allows Sinclair to do as he pleases only acting and speaking in pivotal scenes. Arriving with a district interpretation of the biblical Cain and Abel, he embodies the conflict and the temptation of breaking out of the two worlds view. He lets Emil retreat into his safe heaven after rescuing him from Franz’ tormenting, withdrawing his thoughts when going too far, and not interfering when seeing him at his lowest point. Guidance is the main word that comes up when thinking of Demian and he plays the role flawlessly.
  3. ABRAXAS: I think the presence of the bird/egg painting and Abraxas is the major turning point in the novel where Emil goes from going through life to seeking a purpose and venturing into and outside of himself. Can write a 10 page essay on just how much I love the quote. The processes of Emil being introduced to his passion and his life goal and desires depends desperately on him breaking free from his past self and world. To be reborn into something new there must be the destruction of the old self/way. Abraxas also has strong attachment towards mysticism, mystery, and exclusivity of acquired knowledge - it is something that is not found by accident, but by intention.
  4. PSYCHOLOGY: The concepts are there and this book provides great points of psychological discussion involving Freuds’ Oedipus complex and the majority of archetypes and symbols in Jung’s Collective unconscious. This shifts a lot of the relationships between the characters to be treated more like symbolic events/theories and personas. It’s would be simple to say Emil love Eva, but it wouldn’t do the novel justice by dismissing many other references that fit into this; such as the great mother, the dual mothers, and the animus-anima. Pick your poison, explore, and discuss.

Noteworthy Quotes:

  • When poets write novels they are apt to behave as if they were gods, with the power to look beyond and comprehend any human story and serve it up as if the almighty himself, omnipresent, were relating it in all its naked truth. (Prologue, Demian)
  • When I pictured the devil to myself, I found no difficulty in visualizing him in the streets below, disguised or undisguised, or at the fair or at the taverns but never at home. (Chapter 1, Demian)
  • He too was a ‘temper’ and moreover my link with the second, evil world with which I never wanted anything more to do. (Chapter 2, Demian)
  • Therefore each one of us must discover for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden as far as he himself is concerned. It is possible never to do a forbidden thing yet be the real villain. (Chapter 3, Demian)
  • It was the pattern of my life and death; It expressed the tone and rhythm of my fate. (Chapter 4, Demian)
  • The bird is struggling out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever wants to be born must first destroy a world. The bird id flying to god. The name of the god is called Abraxas. (Chapter 5, Demian)
  • When we hate someone we are hating something that is within ourselves, in his image. We are never stirred up by something which does not already exist within us. (Chapter 6, Demian)
  • I have grown accustomed to my inner life, resigned to the fact that I had lost my feeling for the outside world and that the loss of its bright colors was an inseparable part of the loss of childhood and that one must to some extent pay for the freedom and maturity of the soul with the renunciation of those pure gleams of light. (Chapter 6, Demian)

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hello and welcome to the lost book of remedies review. Basically, “The Lost Book of Remedies” is over 300-pages of our forefathers’ most powerful natural cures that have been lost to history.

A few of them are the treatments and homemade remedies our grandparents utilized when we were kids to nurse us back to health.

Others can help us heal as we’re moving into our senior years and health problems begin to creep up.

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In fact, “The Lost Book of Remedies” was made for typical folk with no previous plant knowledge.

It will allow you to turn your yard weeds into painkillers, prescription antibiotics and many more forgotten however highly effective remedies.

In times of crisis, this book will probably wind up saving lots of American lives.

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Medicine Chest in Your Backyard-The Lost Book Of Remedies Pdf Download

What could be much easier than growing an herb garden with no effort? Naturally, you’ll have to harvest your weeds, however, you would do that anyhow: it’s called weeding.

Spring is a particularly fertile time for gathering your weeds - roots and all - and turning them into medicines. Here then are some suggestions on how to find, harvest, prepare, and utilize a baker’s dozen (13) of common weeds that probably currently grow around you.

To make your medicines you’ll require glass jars of numerous sizes with tight-fitting lids. And a minimum of a pint each of apple cider vinegar (pasteurized), vodka (100 proof is best, but 80 proof will do), and pure olive oil (not additional virgin) or good quality animal fat such as lanolin, lard, or stomach fat from a lamb or kid. You will likewise want a knife, a cutting board, and some rags to mop up spills.

In general, you will fill a container (of any size) with coarsely-chopped fresh, but dry, plant product. (Do not wash any part of the plant other than roots, if you are using them, and be sure to dry those well with a towel before putting them in your container.) Then you will fill the jar with your menstruum, which is the vinegar, the oil, or the alcohol. Label well and permit to stand at space temperature level, out of the sunshine for at least 6 weeks prior to decanting and utilizing. (See my book Recovery Wise for more specific info on making preparations.).

A field guide is practical for positively recognizing your weeds. The one I like best is A Guide to the Recognition of New Zealand Common Weeds in Colour, complied by E. A. Upritchard. (Offered from the New Zealand Weed And Pest Control Society, P.O. Box 1654, Palmerston North) This book even shows you how the weeds look when they are emerging.

Ready? OK! Let’s go outside with a plant id guide or skilled herbalist and see what we can find.

Shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa pastoris) is an annual in the mustard family. Cut the leading half of the plant when it has actually formed its little heart-shaped “bags” (seed pods) and make a tincture (with alcohol), which you can use to stop bleeding. Midwives and females who bleed greatly during their period praise their timely effectiveness. Gypsies claim it works on the stomach and lungs too. A dose is 1 dropperful (1ml); which may be duplicated up to four times a day.

Cleavers (Gallium aparine) is a persistent, sticky plant that grows profusely in abandoned lots and the edges of cultivated land. The entire plant is used to reinforce the lymphatic activity. I cut the top two-thirds of each plant while it is in flower (or setting seeds) and utilize alcohol to make a tincture that relieves tender, swollen breasts, PMS symptoms, and allergic reactions. A dose is 15-25 drops (.5 - 1 ml); repeated as needed.

Chickweed (Stellaria media) has many usages, consisting of scrumptious salad greens. I cut the whole top of the plant and consume it or utilize alcohol to make a tincture, which dissolves cysts, tonifies the thyroid, and aids in weight-loss. Dosage is a dropperful (1 ml), up to 3 times a day.

Daisy (Bellis perennis) is a typical perennial weed of yards and open locations. Rather different from the native daisy (Lagenifera petiolata), the little English daisy is related to feverfew and has similar capabilities. I use the leaves and flowers to make a cast (with alcohol) or medicinal vinegar which eliminates headaches, muscle pain, and allergy signs. Dosage is a dropper full of the tincture (1 ml), approximately twice a day; or a tablespoon of the vinegar in the early morning.

Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinalis) is a persistent seasonal of lawns and gardens and among the very best known medical herbs worldwide. (The native dandelion of New Zealand - Taraxacum magellanicum - is medical too.)

 Those who enjoy a pure green yard curse the warm yellow flowers of typical dandelion. But those who want to see charm anywhere (such as kids and herbalists) treasure this weed. You can use any part of the dandelion - the root, the leaves, the flowers, even the flower stalk - to make a cast or medical vinegar which reinforces the liver.

 A dosage of 10-20 drops of the tincture (.5 -1 ml) eases gas, heartburn, and indigestion, in addition to promoting healthy bowel movements. A tablespoon of the vinegar works well, too. More importantly, taken before meals, dandelion boosts the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, hence increasing the bio-availability of many nutrients, especially calcium.

 The fresh or prepared green leaves are filled with carotenes, those anti-cancer, anti-heart disease helpers. And the oil of the flowers is a crucial massage balm for preserving healthy breasts. (There’s lots more information on dandelions in Healing Wise.).

Dock, also called yellow dock, curly dock, and broad dock is a seasonal plant, which my Native American grandmas use for “all females’ problems.” The Maori call it Pae Whenua or runa. It is another plant that disagrees with sheep, especially when the land is overgrazed.

 I dig the yellow roots of Rumex Crispus or R. obtusifolius and tincture them in alcohol to utilize as an ally when the body’s immune system or the liver requires help. A dose is 15-25 drops (.5 -1 ml). I also gather the leaves and/or seeds throughout the growing season and make medicinal vinegar, taken a tablespoon at a time, which is used to increase blood levels of iron, lower menstrual flooding and cramping, and balance hormone levels.

 If the chopped roots are taken in oil for six weeks, the resulting lotion is advantageous for keeping the breasts healthy.

Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) and Ragwort (Senecio jacobea) are hardy perennials that have credibility for poisoning animals, like their cousin tansy. Although bad for sheep, these 2 Senecios are some of the world’s most ancient healing plants, having actually been discovered in a severe 60,000 years of age. 

You can utilize the blooming tops and leaves with your alcohol to make a tincture which acts gradually to tonify the reproductive organs, ease PMS, and stop extreme menstrual pain. Dosage is 5-10 drops (.2 -.5 ml) daily, utilized just once a day, but for at least 3 months. (A bigger dosage is utilized to accelerate labor.).

Mallows (Malva neglecta, M. parviflora, M. Sylvestre) grow well in disregarded gardens and are remarkably deep-rooted. The flowers, leaves, stalks, seeds, and roots are abundant in sticky mucilage which is finest extracted by soaking the fresh plant in cold water overnight or longer or by making a medical vinegar.

 The starch is extraordinarily soothing internally (reducing sore throats, upset stomachs, heartburn, irritable bowel, colic, constipation, and gastrointestinal disorder) and externally (relieving bug bites, burns, sprains, and aching eyes). The leaves, flowers, and bark (especially) of the native Hohere (Hoheria populnea) are utilized in precisely the same way by Maori herbalists.

Plantain, likewise called ribwort, pig’s ear, and the bandaid plant is a typical weed of yards, driveways, parks, and playgrounds. Determine it by the 5 parallel veins running the length of each leaf. You may discover broadleaf plantain (Plantago significant) with broad leaves or narrow leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata) with lance-thin leaves. 

Either can be utilized to make a recovery poultice or a relaxing oil commonly considered as one of the very best injury therapists around. Not only does plantain boost the speed of healing, it likewise eases pain, stops bleeding, draws out foreign matter, stops itching, avoids and stops allergic reactions from bee stings, kills germs, and minimizes swelling.

Attempt a plaster or a generous application of plantain oil or lotion (made by thickening the oil with beeswax) on sprains, cuts, insect bites, rashes, chafed skin, boils, swellings, chapped and cracked lips, rough or sore hands, infant’s diaper location, and burns.

To make a fresh plantain poultice: Pick a leaf, chew it well and put it on the boo-boo. “Like magic” the pain, itching, and swelling vanish, fast! (Yes, you can dry plantain leaves and carry them in your first aid kit. Chew like you would fresh leaves.).

To make plantain ointment: Pick large fresh plantain leaves. Slice coarsely. Fill a clean, dry, glass jar with the chopped leaves. Put pure olive oil into the leaves, poking about with a chopstick until the container is completely full of oil and all air bubbles are released. 

Cap well. Place container in a little bowl to gather any overflow. Wait 6 weeks. Then stress oil out of the plant product, squeezing well. Measure the oil. Heat it gently, including one tablespoon of grated beeswax for each liquid ounce of oil. Pour into jars and permit to cool.

St. Joan’s/ John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) This stunning perennial wildflower might be disliked by sheep farmers but herbalists love it. The flowering tops are collected after they begin to bloom (generally on Solstice, June 21) and prepared with alcohol, and with oil, to make two of the most beneficial remedies in my first-aid package. 

Tincture of St. Joan’s wort not just lends one a warm disposition, it dependably alleviates muscle aches, is an effective anti-viral and is my first-choice treatment for those with shingles, sciatica, back pain, neuralgia, and headaches consisting of migraines. The usual dose is 1 dropperful (1 ml) as frequently as needed. 

In extreme pain from a muscle spasm in my thigh, I utilized a dropperful every twenty minutes for two hours, or until the pain totally subsided. St. Joan’s wort oil stops cold sores in their tracks and can even eliminate herpes signs. I utilize it as a sunblock. Contrary to common belief, St. Joan’s wort does not cause sun level of sensitivity; it avoids it. It even prevents burns from radiation treatment. Eases sore muscles, too.

Self-recover (Prunella vulgaris) This odorless perennial mint is one of the great unsung therapists in the world. The leaves and flowers contain more antioxidants - which prevent cancer and heart problem, among other healthy traits - than any other plant checked. And as part of the mint family, self-recover is imbued with great deals of minerals, especially calcium, making it an especially essential ally for pregnant, nursing, menopausal, and post-menopausal females.

 I put self recover leaves in salads in the spring and fall, make a medicinal vinegar with the flowers throughout the summer, and prepare the flowering tops (fresh or dried) in winter soups.

Usnea (Usnea barbata) is that many-stranded grey lichen hanging out of the branches of your apple trees or the Monterey pines planted in the plantation over there or in almost any native tree in areas of the South Island Alps, where it is referred to as angiangi to the Maori. If in doubt of your recognition: 

Pull a hair gently apart with your hands, searching for a white fiber inside the fuzzy grey-green external coat. To prepare usnea, harvest at any time of the year, taking care not to take too much. Usnea grows gradually. Put your harvest in a cooking pan and just cover it with cold water. Boil for about 15-25 minutes, or until the water is orange and minimized by at least half. Put usnea and water into a container, filling it to the top with plant material. 

(Water should disappear than half of the container.) Include the greatest proof of alcohol you can buy. After 6 weeks this tincture is ready to work for you as an outstanding antibacterial, countering infection throughout the body. Dosage is a dropperful (1 ml) as regularly as every two hours in intense circumstances.

Yarrow (Achellia millefolium) This beautiful perennial weed is grown in numerous herb gardens for it has a wide variety of uses. Cut the flowering tops (use just white-flowering yarrow) and use your alcohol to make a strongly-scented cast that you can take internally to prevent colds and influenza. (A dose is 10-20 drops of up to 1 ml).

 I bring a little spray bottle of yarrow tincture with me when I’m outdoors and wet my skin every hour approximately. A United States Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET at fending off ticks, mosquitoes, and sand flies. You can likewise make a healing lotion with yarrow flower tops and your oil or fat. Yarrow oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, and incredibly valuable in healing all types of injuries.

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Ways To Acquire Additional Website Traffic To Your Website

Whatever you do online is basically pointless without having traffic. You can have the best developed website or the very best items for sale but if you never get any website traffic, you will not have an online service.

You can pay for traffic to drive visitors to your website or you can utilize free website traffic techniques. Here are 10 ways you can increase the quantity of totally free website traffic you receive.

1. Know Your Keywords

Keywords are the words that a possible client will type into a search engine when looking for services or products that pertain to your online company. Make certain that your website material consists of these keywords. The online search engine supply a possible consumer with a list of websites that match their keyword search.

2. Construct An Email Database

When you have an email database list of potential clients, you send e-mails to your list to direct them to your website whenever you publish or publish something brand-new on it.

3. Email Signature

Include your website address into your email signature. Ask your readers to share and visit it.

4. Visitor Blog

Try to find authority figures in your market and ask if they will accept as guest article from you. If they accept publish something for you, produce an original piece of content for them and provide it with a good image or image to accompany the post. Consist of a brief biography with a link to your website.

5. Get Onto YouTube

YouTube is a wonderful free traffic generator. Videos are much easier to make than you probably believe! Include your website URL in your videos, and in the description. Do not forget to inform people to visit your website in your videos too.

6. Join a Specialized Blogging Neighborhood

Numerous specialized neighborhoods are complimentary to join. However even if there is a small charge think of joining one in order to get traffic to your website.

7. Enhance Your Seo

Discover as much as you can about seo. It’s vital if you wish to get more free website traffic.

8. Produce a Website Map

A site map is a list of pages on your website that you desire indexed by the online search engine. If you utilize the WordPress platform to handle your website you can get a plugin to help you develop a sitemap.

9. Create a Facebook Page

Develop a Facebook page so that you can display your article and posts on Facebook. Use a “discover more” tab to connect to your website.

10. Release Articles In Popular Ezines

Ezines are online newsletters and are released in just about every niche you can image. Have a look at the top ones in your market and offer to compose appropriate material for their newsletter for exchange for a link back to your website.

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How To Start My Own Online Service in 5 Simple Steps

In the present age, the web has turned into one of the most powerful money-generating tools. Personally, I are among the beneficiaries of the web. Well, prior to I got my development, I was constantly crazy about how to start my own online business. In the beginning, it appeared impossible, but today I can affirm that it has actually been a fruitful journey so far. That stated, I’ll stroll you through the actions you need to take to assist you attain your goal and succeed with your online organisation.

1. Decide what you want to do

Among my responses of how to start my own online service was to choose what I preferred to do. I selected affiliate marketing. Why did I go for it? Well, it is rather easy to run, and you will not be needed to have countless dollars to start it up. All you require to have is a well-established site that can draw in substantial traffic.

2. Choose your niche

Yep, you need to pick this before you continue with your service. Before you think about the niche to stick with, you require to ensure that you want it. As I thought of how to begin my own online company, I chose fitness and health items due to the fact that I am and have actually constantly been a health freak.

3. Establish a website, If you don’t have one, yet

A website is similar to your traditional store when it concerns online company. You may not be able to run an online organisation efficiently without a well-developed site. In my case, I already had a site, so I just needed to include important material for my website. I had a blog that I discussed health and wellness ideas, which I then consisted of a link to the products of my clients. Given that I already owned a blog site, it made me consider how to begin my own online organisation.

I began making $5 per click, which was great money because I got around 1,000 visitors in a month. $5,000 a month is excellent money, particularly due to the fact that I worked from the comfort of my home.

4. Promote your website/Page

One disadvantage of an online organisation is that you should keep your site active each and every single day for you to stay on top of the search engine result pages.

Now, back to my story. After finding out how to start my own online service, I needed to maximize my online existence. Social network was my very first target since that’s where most internet users are discovered. There is one unique item called Facebook for Business. Through this product, I handled to connect to many individuals, and I also got some insights of improving my business. Email marketing is another option that I’m sure it can assist you with your online marketing. Online marketing also assisted me in my mission on how to start my own online organisation.

5. Discover the legal commitments

Even if you’re your own employer and you do things your way does not suggest that you should neglect the legal obligations. You need to be eager to comprehend the legal guidelines that you must follow as your carry on with your business. After I had advanced further on how to begin my own online company, I had to learn more about the most current FTC guidelines. These guidelines are very important in the affiliate marketing field.

What Is An Online Company?

When we discuss the phrase “Online Business” - we are actually referring to the term used for any sort of company offer that consists of the sharing of details or information throughout the World Wide Web. This is likewise referred to as e-business.

In this present age, research study has actually shown that increasingly more businesses are being presented online on day-to-day basis. This is since it provides loads of advantages and leverage for new organisations and existing ones.

The benefits of utilizing online marketing over that of offline (brick-and-mortar) marketing is primarily that of substantial reach, robust consumer communication, target audience engagement, to name a few. Below are fundamental advantages of online organisation and marketing and why it is necessary for you to consider having your business released on the internet.

Online Business & Marketing Offers Widespread Audience Potential

If you are just starting out a brand-new business or have actually been in business for long; as soon as you decide to broaden and release out online, you will have more opportunities to connect to more consumers. Introducing your organisation online will use you access to countless potential customers online, in your area and worldwide. Internet marketing assists you reach these consumers a lot easier and even at lower charge than you would through offline company marketing. As an online marketer, you will be able to target more individuals by just placing advertisements in varied search engines, including those of Yahoo, Bing, Google, and so on. With SEO applied, and using particular essential related business keywords, business can gain first-page online search engine ranking which is fantastic for attracting loads of organic traffic and, as an outcome, more direct exposure to possible customers all around the world.

It Provides Available Information

With online business and marketing item information are more commonly and readily available to large audience of individuals who may be thinking about such products/services. It enables you to post product or service images, descriptions and rates on the internet by means of your website. Having an online service lets you reveal crucial benefits of your product or services over other competitors.

It Offers Better Tracking

With committed software - online organisations can quickly and much better track company activities online. With this, businesses can assign more advertising dollars to the ideal online search engine to produce higher volume of website traffic.

Online Business Provides Better Customer Engagement and Contact

Online business and marketing uses better consumer engagement and contact. This is due to the fact that the internet uses organisations the platform and capability to provide clear interaction to their target audience and customers. With the capacities to create e-mail leads from site visitors, effective communication becomes much easier and more direct, with much better advantage to delight in higher returns on investment. This is likewise rather less expensive to obtain than it is with offline business and marketing.


From File Systems to the Cloud and Back


Cloud storages today are a terrific alternative to saving data on local computer system or in NAS storage. Begun with Amazon S3, such options are used by a lots of business, consisting of Microsoft with their Azure Blob Storage.

The benefits of cloud storage are nearly infinite storage capability (usage as much as you need, not as you have), the range in between the storage and your location (the data won’t be lost in a mishap or fire, and access of third parties to your information is severely restricted), reduced expense of data management.

At the same time cloud storage works in the way that does not match regular approaches to storage gain access to, such as hierarchical file systems and relational databases. Internally designed as substantial tables with an index and BLOB field for information, they do not give enough versatility that submit systems or database management systems can offer to the developer and user. The developer needs to carry out translation in between the data he has in the application and the back-end cloud storage.

Another substantial drawback is a distinction between APIs, used by different services. While the majority of services provide so-called REST API, this API remains in truth a format for requests and responses sent over HTTP. Demand commands, criteria and functions provided by services, differ significantly. Due to this switching in between cloud services needs writing of different code for each API.

Lastly, the primary factor of (in) acceptance of storage based services is a concern of ensuring information safety. Though company inform us about file encryption used on their side, such encryption is performed on their systems and there’s no guarantee that it’s really reputable and if it is even carried out. So security of the data is a real problem and not a dream of cloud storage challengers.

Luckily, there exists a possibility to address all of the above problems in a simple and really cost-efficient way.

Solid File System (SolFS) provides the missing pieces that fit well into cloud storage architecture.

As many file systems, SolFS is page-based. This indicates that it operates not with random series of bytes, but with blocks (sectors on the disk, pages in memory) of repaired size. This makes it simple to back SolFS with practically any storage.

To make such backing possible SolFS supports callback mode, in which it asks your application to shop or obtain the block to or from the back-end storage. So all you need to do is implement two basic functions “put the page #X to the cloud storage” and “retrieve the page #X from the storage” in your code, which’s all - you have a file system in the cloud!

However that’s not all SolFS can use. The file system offers several advanced functions, such as built-in file encryption and compression (performed on your side, if you keep in mind the cloud security issue referenced above), nearly unlimited possibilities for saving metadata (various supplemental information about the main file or data), and to carry out SQL-like search for files. Moreover, if you need custom encryption (eg. using secrets kept on cryptographic hardware tokens), this is possible with two other callbacks - “encrypt page #X” and “decrypt page #X”.

And what if you need not a file system, but a relational database? No problems either! You can utilize your favorite DBMS and have it save it’s files on the virtual disk, developed by SolFS (System Edition). In this manner the database files are saved in the cloud storage, and your application deals with them through database management system of your option.

Another advantage of SolFS is that moving from one cloud storage service to another is as simple as rewriting 2 standard functions for storing and recovering of pages to and from the cloud storage.

You can say that you still need the code, that works with the cloud. This is appropriate, but it’s a lot easier to compose the code that shops and obtains fixed-sized files (each page has the very same size) by page number, than to try to carry out a relational database or a file system in the cloud yourself.

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Over last year or so, the term Cloud Computing has actually been making headlines. There are numerous new entrants into the Cloud Computing industry. The concept is basic, you have all these computers or servers straight linked to the cloud (The Web) and you have huge computing power within your reaches. Companies like Rackspace, GoGrid, Amazon, and AT&T are all providing one kind of Cloud Computing or another. The services offered from these business range from basic “Cloud Storage”, to totally scalable virtual servers in the cloud. When to utilize Cloud Computing The excellent feature of these services is the instant setup and “unlimited scalability”. When you want a brand-new site, with a few clicks of a mouse you bring up a new Linux or Windows box. They even make it simple for you by pre-installing services like SQL, Mail, and in some cases applications like Wowza or Windows Media streaming server. The setup process is usually wizard driven and they take the uncertainty out of setting up server software and services. A number of cloud-computing companies even partner with Content Shipment Networks (CDN) to provide Cloud Storage. Essentially you put your files in the cloud storage and they are on a CDN. Sounds good, why do I even think about a CDN?

All of these services are on virtualized boxes and shared resources. They are not dedicated. The services are not fully handled either. You would be responsible for software updates, spots, licenses, etc; although you actually should not ever be worried about hardware or bandwidth. The concept behind cloud-computing is that you simply pay more and they devote more resources to your servers. If you have an existing information center or web servers, you may be reluctant moving your web sites or web servers to a cloud-computing Company. This might suggest deserting software and hardware you’ve currently purchased. You may think about bringing up brand-new servers in a cloud environment to lower costs or get flexibility. If you have a lot of web sites it might make good sense to consider a cloud supplier versus a regular web host service provider. You will have more control over your domains and depending upon your service provider you might be able to scale simpler. Plus you would have full root access to the web servers to configure them however you desire. It would be like a devoted server bundle from a webhosting company. If you plan to utilize a cloud calculating company in lieu of a CDN, thinking you can just construct your own CDN within their cloud, reconsider! Start asking your cloud-computing supplier these concerns: how many data centers are they in? What type of peering arrangements do they have? What are their peek bandwidth capabilities/egress abilities? Where in the world are they hosted? Will your servers be replicated everywhere all over the world or just in the US, just in one information center? Exist more expenses involved for Europe, Asia, or Australia shipment? What if you need streaming servers for videos, can they do that? What about mobile delivery? Do they provide token-based authentication? Pseudo Flash Streaming? What about encoding and transcoding? Does your cloud-computing vendor have any content management software or video? Do they support live video delivery? These are all questions to consider if you believe you wish to use a cloud-computing business rather of a CDN. A tier 1 CDN like Limelight or Akamai will have thousands of servers to cache your content around the globe. They will provide all those supplementary services related to content shipment. A CDN will support streaming and HTTP progressive downloads. They will most likely have Adobe, Microsoft and Apple servers. A CDN will be able to support live occasions. On top of that you will have the ability to accelerate your entire website, with Akamai’s DSA or Spotlight’s Spotlight Site services. You are not restricted to just videos with a CDN, any piece of content can be delivered through a CDN. You will probably discover that integrating a CDN is easier and less time consuming than raising brand-new servers and maintaining them. In many cases with a CDN it may be as simple as pointing a CNAME to the CDN or simply submitting your material to them. Pricing Certainly, the pricing of cloud-computing is more appealing than a CDN. However you will require to determine what your needs are and discover the ideal mixes of services. Mosso by Rackspace $ 100/month. 50 GB of storage space. 500 GB of month-to-month bandwidth. 10,000 compute cycles. Compute cycles determine how much processing time your applications require on the Mosso cloud. 10,000 calculate cycles are approximately equivalent to the monthly capability of a server with a 2.8 GHz modern-day processor. each month. Costs increase from there. GoGrid:. $.19/ hour of RAM (add more RAM, pay more) $136/month per 1GB of RAM plus. $.50/ GB of transfer outbound. 10GB of storage included $.15/ GB afterwards. Free Load Stabilizing with F5 load balancers. Amazon EC2:. $.10/ hour approximately $.80/ hour for “As needed”. $ 325 setup up to $2600 setup + $.03/ hour as much as $.24/ hour for a “Reserved” server. $.10/ GB on inbound traffic. $.10 to $.17/ GB for outbound traffic. Storage is extra through the S3 service. Other services are additional. AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service:. Prices not disclosed. CDN Rates. Prices for CDN service will vary greatly depending on what you want and where you get if from. With the Tier 1 CDNs anticipate a minimum commitment each month and to sign a 1-year contract. With a Tier 2 CDN like Level3, CDNetwork, Edgecast, etc, you might get a month-to-month agreement and lower prices, however you may not get the same service either. Prices for CDNs will be anywhere from $.05/ GB to $1.00 or more per GB depending on what you commit to. Remember only the largest agreements in the numerous TBs to Petabytes will get down to the $.05/ GB range. When you include on ancillary services, you will contribute to your monthly expense too. It appears that Rackspace wins on pricing, although as you include on more CPU Cycles and storage they may increase significantly. Rackspace is also known for their client service, which will count for a lot. Amazon’s pricing appears complicated and complicated, it looks cheap on the outdoors, but if you add up all your inbound/outbound, storage and class of service, their prices isn’t too aggressive. Also, Amazon is not understood for customer service at all. Getting a hold of tech support might be a task. GoGrid’s prices is very near to Rackspaces’ and their item appears excellent, also the complimentary load balancing counts for a lot, so don’t count out GoGrid. Lastly, AT&T has only just revealed their cloud storage product. Their website doesn’t divulge pricing. Best of luck getting somebody at AT&T on the phone that can help you understand their item. Conclusion. If you’re taking a look at Cloud Computing to increase site performance, you might consider a CDN first. Take a look at why your website is under carrying out. Do you require more databases, do you need more mail servers? Do you require more domains? These are all factors to get cloud computing. However if you have a lot of videos, music or software downloads or your pages are sluggish, then a CDN is the way to go! Preferably, your best service will be to utilize both a cloud-computing business and a CDN. This will offer you optimal performance, flexibility, and dependability. If you have any questions about this subject, please post them here.

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Reasons or Starting An Online Business From Home

Throughout the recent economic difficulties of 2008, many individuals relied on self-employment when they could not find tasks. Although the circumstance isn’t quite as alarming as it as soon as was, many individuals are still selecting self-employment over getting a task according to New Geography. The reasons that are differed. If you’re still on the fence about self-employment, here are five reasons why you must consider starting an online business from home.

1. You’re as Utilized as You Want to Be

Organisations lay individuals off when the economy starts to go South. It’s a common practice, even with the greatest and best business. Nevertheless, once you are self-employed you won’t get laid off. You always have the choice of searching for more clients and improving your earnings. This pattern towards self-employment appears to be the trend for the future.

2. It’s Easier to Start

Starting an online business from home doesn’t necessarily indicate that you require to purchase a bunch of devices or possessions. At-home businesses like composing, graphic style, or video modifying cost much less than other services do by their nature. For that reason, unlike owning a franchise or some other type of business, the start-up money needed to the online business costs a great deal less. This allows people with smaller spending plans to go into the labor force as self-employed professionals.

3. Pick You and Your Business

Working for the man is a common joke of the typical worker. Getting a task suggests that you’re putting money in somebody else’s pocket over the long run instead of yours. However, working for yourself implies that you’re putting time and effort into developing and developing your own possessions. Starting an online business from home allows you to do simply that.

4. Make a Part or Full-Time Income

Not all individuals are interested in starting an online business from home requirement to make a full-time income. Definitely, some do, however some individuals who begin companies do so because they simply desire a couple of hundred additional dollars a month or they want some extra money to purchase retirement or their kids’s college educations. The beauty of an online business is that it enables you to work around your existing work schedule. No need to ask your employer for time off to go to another task. You just require to log onto your computer when you have some extra time and begin working.

5. Pay Less in Taxes

Another reason why individuals consider beginning an online business from home is for tax benefits. While lots of people learn about a few of the obvious write-offs like phone costs or lease, there are others that people don’t truly consider. According to Business owner Magazine, business owners can also deduct things like business travel expenses, association subscriptions, continuing education costs, and the costs of going to trade shows to call however a couple of.


If you’re one of individuals who has actually thought of beginning an online business from home, you remain in good company. Since the recession of 2008, many people have actually left conventional jobs and signed up with the self-employed. Although the economy is steadier now than it was numerous years ago, the advantages of self-employment still exist. Among them are tax breaks and the ability to manage your own fate. Why not attempt self-employment, even part-time initially? It could be in your best interest, in the long run, to do so.