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Color Can Enhance Your Mood

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* Colors symbolize certain emotions culturally
* Colors can reflect our personality and impact our mood
* Make use of color psychology in your own home

Why not use the power of color to add your own personality to your home and improve your mood

6 Home Decor Colors to Enhance Your Mood

Red

Red’s wavelength can trigger the adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, which may explain why the color is commonly associated with passion, romance and vitality. Scarlet reds can have a stimulating effect on the senses and the appetite, making it a nice addition to dining areas. Red is also great addition to bedrooms, powder rooms, or as an accent color to liven up a neutral space.

Blue

Blue is one of the most well-liked colors, associated with tranquility, balance and security. Many office spaces often use blue in interior design because it’s thought to encourage greater productivity. It’s also one of the least appetizing of colors, which is why some diet plans suggest eating off of blue plates to aid portion control. Pale blues are great in the bedroom to promote relaxation and restful sleep.

Purple

Associated with wisdom, royalty, and intellect, purple is linked with increased creativity and contemplation. It possesses the strongest electromagnetic wavelength, so it’s often used in optical illusions. Historically, purple was once the most expensive color to make, perhaps explaining why it’s commonly associated with luxury, wealth, royalty and the like. Deeper shades of purple like wine and eggplant will add a rich texture to your space, while lilac and lavender will add a whimsical touch.

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Orange

A popular hue of the popular Mid Century Modern style, orange conjures feelings of heightened awareness, energy and excitement. It’s a great color choice for areas where social engagement takes place, as it’s linked with promoting conversation. Gyms also embrace orange as a motivational tool, because the warm tone helps spike alertness and is thought to increase energy levels.

Green

Green is considered to be one of the most relaxing colors to the eye because of its connection to nature and the environment. Like blue, it’s a low-wavelength color, so it may promote relaxation, calmness and safety. In fact, the U.S. Intelligence Department used green to signify a low threat level for terrorist attacks. Culturally, green is associated with money and financial security, which adds to its calming effect to the senses. Because green is a mix of yellow and blue, however, it’s associated with balance and stability. Hence, while it can be soothing, it can also promote greater concentration and focus.

Pink

In the past, pink was associated with femininity and childhood, but thanks to the millennial pink trend, this calming color has proved that it’s all grown up. Kendall Jenner reportedly painted her bathroom pink, citing it’s appetite-suppressing effects, but research has pointed to its possible ability to reduce aggressive behavior. Some prisons and correctional facilities have even painted the cells baker-miller pink to harness the color’s relaxing effect. If you’re intimidated by a vibrant bubble gum hue, try a more refined dusty rose or an on-trend blush.

 

The Future Steering Wheel

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The steering wheel as we know it doesn’t have a bright future — in fact, it might disappear altogether as self-driving cars hit the road. Jaguar Land Rover, however, has an idea as to how it might survive. The British automaker has unveiled a concept steering wheel, Sayer, that’s designed for an era where cars normally drive themselves and personal ownership is a thing of the past. The wheel would have its own AI system, and would follow you from car to car — you’d just hook it in to bring your experience with you.

The AI would largely serve as a concierge. It would link you to an on-demand service club, whether or not you own your car, and would help you get a ride when and where you need it. If there’s a must-attend meeting, for example, you could tell the wheel while it’s still in your living room and it would figure out when a car needs to arrive and tell you when you might want to take control.

Sayer (named after influential designer Malcolm Sayer) will be a core feature on an upcoming concept car, the Future-Type.

Will something like this wheel ever reach production? Probably not. Jaguar Land Rover is making a few assumptions about self-driving cars, such as the likelihood that you’ll have a steering wheel and the need to integrate AI into a dedicated device. Your phone and a cloud service might be all you need. Instead, we’d treat this as a thought exercise. It might never come to pass, but it could give engineers something to consider when they design the first wave of autonomous vehicles.

More Mosquito-Borne Illness caused by Texas Flooding?

The devastating floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey will damage many human habitats, but after the flood recedes, the waterlogged city may become a more welcoming habitat for mosquitoes. And that means that residents already made vulnerable by the hurricane might also eventually be at increased risk for mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and Zika.

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West Nile virus has been endemic in Texas since 2002. In 2016, the state had 370 cases; so far in 2017, there have been 36 confirmed cases. Harris County, where Houston is located, has seen cases of West Nile in humans this year, and detected the virus in local mosquitoes.

Texas has also had 22 Zika cases in 2017, although local transmission has only been detected in Brownsville, a city on the Gulf Coast close to the Mexican border.

The risk of infectious-disease outbreaks shortly after natural disasters is not as high as one might think, according to an overview published by researchers from the World Health Organization in Emerging Infectious Diseases. “Deaths associated with natural disasters, particularly rapid-onset disasters, are overwhelmingly due to blunt trauma, crush-related injuries, or drowning,” the article reads. “Deaths from communicable diseases after natural disasters are less common.” The greatest disease risk, according to these authors, comes from population displacement. If people are crowded in shelters with insufficient sanitation, that could create the conditions for disease to spread.

If people are crowded in shelters with insufficient sanitation, that could create the conditions for disease to spread.

With mosquito-borne illnesses specifically, it appears that there may be a delayed effect. In the short term, after a hurricane, there should actually be a lower risk of contracting these viruses, because the water likely washed away the existing breeding sites.

“But then over time, as the floodwaters recede, you’re left with pockets of water which are good for breeding both Culex mosquitoes and Aedes mosquitoes,” says Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Culex mosquitoes carry West Nile, as well as St. Louis encephalitis and Japanese encephalitis. Aedes aegypti are the primary carriers for Zika, as well as dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

This is what happened after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There was no increase in West Nile disease or St. Louis encephalitis in Louisiana or Mississippi that year. Researchers suspected this was because not only did flooding and winds destroy mosquitoes’ habitats, but evacuees ended up in areas less affected by those diseases.

Habitual Rituals

 

943ac7834e450be7b51386eaa31eae30.400x285x1A well dressed man leaned against the window of a midtown restaurant puffing on his after dinner cigar. He seemed fascinated watching my dog sniff an often used spot on the sidewalk.

“He moves slowly”, the man said, smiling as my pooches nose brushed the ground. I said something like “she moves like a snail”, then he said feeling guilty blowing blue smoke rising from his mouth , “it’s a bad habit”, staring cross eyed at his lit Cohiba cigar .
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“What’s a bad habit?”, I said, observing his pleasures with my hound and his smoke.

“This”, he barked, holding up the thick cigar in the cool night air.

My response was slow. “It’s not that bad”, I said, “in fact it’s a ritual thousands of years old”.

Rituals are sacred space. Some rituals are more weighted than others. This observing man caught me while I was walking my dog in our three times a day ritual, which compared to praying numerous times each day may seem a triviality.

Cultures throughout history have used smoke in ceremonies, and our Original People in the Western Hemisphere believed tobacco was sacred visible prayer. Yes VISIBLE PRAYER.
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Statistics back up the fact that the use of tobacco and other smokable substances are predominately a male ritual behavior. It is that way in every society. In a world that is trying to have equality between the sexes, some rituals lean toward one gender over the other. You wouldn’t want women to not be able to cosmetically negotiate Hair in hairy places, a ritual hardly discussed or contemplated by most men.

A Water Ritual, an eating ritual after offering prayer, all prayer forms are rituals, the toasting of someone or some event, all wonderful new borns birthing rituals, pre birthing rituals, marriage rituals, bathing and toilet rituals, and of course the ritual cup of Coffee or Tea are accepted rituals.

Not drinking alcohol in a ritual when offered is a signal to some that you cannot be trusted, and some find a drink a good reason not to trust people who enjoy that ritual . Rituals differ from one person to another, one clique to another, covering macro and micro, and to not acknowledge how we need our rituals is a denial we must face.

Celebrating sometimes, honoring, dishonoring, even wishes are rituals. The future is alive and well with the rituals of exercise eating well and all the healthy stuff you add to your ritual shake before you leave home.

“To each his or her own, so goes the saying”. We do have a Congress and a political system steeped in pseudo ritual, filled with Congressmen and Congresswomen who are addicted to the money raising rituals, the endless fundraising rituals.

Celebrating the New Year is a favorite ritual to many around the world, and we say three cheers to the New Year to one and all and if it is peace you want than make it a ritual in your own life.

RENTS Never COME DOWN

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Insulated like a cement world, part coffin, part museum environment, one could get that Platonic short sighted vision of the world in a Manhattan apartment.

NYC rents have gone up consistently without stop. The economy has been stuck in neutral forty years without average incomes of citizen Joe’s and Jane’s rising along with rents. It has become a hopeless homeless reality.

Landlords like Trump have no interest unless the government steps in to protect the tenants from usurious rentals. In New York City maybe seventy percent of the city residents would have to move if there were no rent laws in effect. Landlords continually cheat on the laws take protected affordable apartments and convert them into fast turn over spaces or hold spaces empty due to tax codes that favor this practice.

A forty five year squeeze on the middle class, the gift that keeps giving the small one percent’s infinite power, and the trusting average American citizen that cannot fathom how to get out of the nightmare American cartoon dream that is our current reality. The children have no where to go and no hope of owning or renting affordable spaces, ending up living with parents who also struggle to get by.

Even gas has finally got the message and the game of glut and squeeze is ending. But not rents. Especially apartment rentals. Apartments in big cities are less available to the glee of the landlord corporation, inc., the soulless entity with only one directive, the bottom line, the soulless bottom.

Unless you are a degreed millennial working in a major corporation, you cannot afford to live in NYC. Living off of inheritances, social safety networks, rent stabilization, and the like are what constitutes the majority of people still living on Manhattan Island.

Until rents begin to reflect the real incomes of the average citizens, until they tumble to a realistic amount like the price of a barrel of oil today, before a catastrophic event forces rents down it behooves the City to get housing availability and affordability as priority number one. The direction now is a high rise full of deserted apartments with people who have seized the wealth and invested in a view of heaven.

MDC says, Ya’all FUCKED !!!

GOOGLE ZIPPER IN NYC

 

MDC highlighted the new Google Zipper Taxi Cab back in April of 2012.  It appears NYC, has its hands full with the presence of Uber & Lyft at the moment.

MDC says and bets accordingly , the Google Zipper will not appear in NYC  .

The mayor’s office said that there would be 5000 driverless cabs on New York City streets by 2014.

NYC’s new fleet of 9,000 taxis will be dubbed the “Zipper” and each car in the Google squadron will be called a “Zippie”.

The good news? All Zippies will be electric-bio-fuel hybrids filled with sweet amenities that leave regular NYC Taxi cabs in the dust. Google will not only equip each Zippie with an ATM machine, but vending machines built into the front-seat-back-seat divider will dispense everything from mouthwash to mascara to condoms and even hot food like a NY slice. According to Google, the vending machine offers will change from day to night and season to season to accommodate different needs and tastes. And if you’ve ever been one to step into a regular NYC taxi cab only to be met with a funky smell, or disturbing unmentionables left on the seat, you’ll finally be able to sit in hygienic peace. The new Zippies will be self-sanitizing, turning up a 12 horsepower vacuum to suck up all that unsightliness as soon as passengers exits the car.

So how does it work? The Zipper model is similar to that of the yellow cab, and you can either hail a Zippie — which will be recognized by Google’s above-head-mounted super sensors as a signal to stop — use the Zippie Android app on your smartphone, or hit one of the over 50,000 giant red “+1″ buttons that will be placed around the city. Once you are in the vehicle you can either speak your destination into the Zippie’s “G-phone”, or G-chat your destination to the Zippie via your smart phone, from there the car will take you where you need to go. Foreign tourists don’t need to worry about mastering English; the G-phone currently recognizes over 80 different languages.

At the start of the program, only a limited number of Zippies will go to Brooklyn and Queens.

MDC highlighted the future of autonomous cars in a past article, informing you about what to look out for in the future.