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Album Review: Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Chicago native Andrew Bird’s latest offering “Break it Yourself” stays true to the clever wit and one-of-a-kind whimsy that fans have come to expect from his music.

As a master of blending virtuoso violin playing and a signature whistling style that’s seemless in its own right (among other delightful flourishes), Bird manages to always effortlessly maintain a pop sensibility that warrants repeat playing without becoming too dull. It’s no different this time around.

On “Desperation Breeds”, the album’s opener, Bird delicately ruminates on the world’s bee shortage before slowly breaking into a high pitched violin squeal that dips into a mad frenzy of his trademark fingering skills. It almost literally seems to channel the frustration and confusion of the bees themselves.

“Eyeoneye”, a track that manages to correlate heartbreak and the complications of a tumor called a teratoma is as catchy as anything he’s done in the past, if not more so. The driving force of the melody makes vulnerability seem like a fun experience that no one should miss out on. This is especially clear towards the end when he sings/chants “Go ahead and defibrillate yourself” before the pounding drums build to a crescendo… and then fizzle with, of course, a light whistle; as if we just ran a hardcore marathon like it was nothing. Exhaustion doesn’t exist here, but exultation.

The hearbreak theme continues in “Near Death Experience Experience”, where the happiness of surviving a plane crash is dancing “… like cancer survivors… grateful simply to be alive”. But don’t let the dark subject matter fool you. The carefree mood of the song is so happy it’s like skipping down a sidewalk under a row of apple trees. Only when the apples hit your head do you realize the power conveyed in the lyrics of triumph over pain.

Who knew the subject of conquering fear and doubt could be so purely gorgeous? Take “Fatal Shore”, where a mellow Mr. Bird meditates on the subject as quietly subdued as ever, but no less emotionally powerful as some of his best tracks. The drums gently tap along with the guitar and bass like a gentle stroke on an aching back as Bird and vocalist Nora O’Connor harmonize beautifully while repeating such lyrics as “You never know any doubt like we who breathe in and out”.

A welcome comeback since 2009’s “Noble Beast”, we get a record not quite as immediately accessible or endlessly playful, but one that still stands as strong as most of his best work does. The details become more apparent with each listen, and that’s when the realization sets in: “Break it Yourself” isn’t just an album about a break-up. It’s actually a complete, beating entity, not too unlike a heart with its own love to give.

I personally wouldn’t want to break this kind of heart by myself. That’s where you, the listener, comes in… to feel the joy of heartbreak. An oxymoron that only makes sense in Andrew Bird’s world.



Features of a Dynamic Industry

A dynamic industry is a growing industry. The features of a dynamic industry are indicators that enable us to know that the industry is growing by their mere presence. The Plateau music industry is a paradox as it is young and old at the same time. It is old in the sense that it has recorded niggard growth despite the relatively long period during which it has been alive.

A growing industry should have people with big dreams and are determined to actualize the dreams by following the narrow path, which inevitably leads to righteousness. It appears that 70% of our artistes prefer the speed lane even when it is obvious that speed kills. In a growing industry the artistes should be patient to learn how to write good songs and make good instrumentation by working with good instrumentalists or good studio engineers. In that wise a growing industry should also have good instrumentalists or studios engineers.

One important characteristic of a growing industry is the presence of analysts/critics. These are those who look at the various components of a piece of music and comment on them. The commentaries can be positive or negative. In a growing industry the person criticized should also be ready to tolerate the criticism in-as-much, as the criticism must be constructive. Constructive criticism can sometimes take the form of reviews. Music review is a hallmark of an industry that is growing.

For one to be a good music analyst he himself must have enough knowledge of the business to enable him succeed. Some have the knowledge but choose not to play. Others have the knowledge and are playing successfully. Others have played successfully and have taken a bow. It is however rare to get a performing musician to criticize the works of his colleagues. Hence the other two are the only ones in a good position to make both positive and negative commentaries about the works of artistes.

In Jos, however, it is difficult to point to a single person that can be referred to as a music showbiz commentator especially in the area of music. Part of the reasons are that certain people don’t enjoy giving unsolicited commentaries or are afraid that certain persons may take it personal following such comments on their projects. Hence tolerance of criticism is also a feature of a dynamic industry as it leads to improvements.

But the seeming non-existence of music analysts in our community could also be due to the absence of a medium of expression. In developed countries there are TV and radio stations dedicated to music. There could also be magazines, newspaper columns or the whole print medium wholly dedicated to the cause. Here we have music shows on radio and TV that do not, however, have provisions for music analysis. This could be because it did not occur to the presenter to make provisions for such. If the community shows it is craving for such, it definitely, will occur to one or two presenters to introduce them in their shows.

This is not to say that the music industry is not growing at all but the chameleon speed is giving a lot of cause for concern. The presence of such crucial rallying points will no doubt increase the momentum of the industry so that we can begin to look beyond Jeremiah Gyang and P-Square.



Does Size Matter? The Great Mystery

Wow this is question is always going to be on mens’ mind. Well my fellow men I hope this article puts your mind at ease a little. Does size matter? The answer is yes and no. I will explain. Now recently a website posted up a survey they did on a 100 women. The age group was between 18 to 70. That is right, all ages baby. One of the questions was of course does size matter. Most of them said no. Do not go celebrating yet gentlemen, I am not finished yet. Most women out of this survey said it does not matter. Many of them said that the way they way use is more important. Remember I said most though and here is the reason why. Another question on the survey was what was the ideal size a penis should be. On average, most of the girls said between 6 to 7 inches. So guys if you are between this range you should be good to go.

But going back to if size matters. some of the girls said they do not want to be with a man with a small penis. I am assuming four inches or less, in their opinion that is just too small to give them pleasure. So again the answer is yes and no. But for all the guys out there insecure about your size. You are not alone, it is perfectly natural to feel that way, trust me all men do, even black people. Lol. But for real whenever you hear a guy brag about their penis or their sex do not listen to them. You want to ask their girlfriend or the woman they having sex with. Do not be shy about this either. This might seem a little taboo but you will be surprised what women will tell you about their lovers, especially if they are your friends. Over 75% of females fake their orgasm. That is right females are great actresses and will pretend to orgasm out of respect of your feelings. So men are better off learning advance ways to using your penis instead of making the penis itself bigger. Here is something else that might ease your mind, the average man has 5 to 7 inches. So do not be discouraged when you see these guys in adult videos with 9 and 11 inches.

Those guys are blessed freaks of nature. It is as if you like basketball and your trying to beat Jordan. Jordan was a gifted athlete. Well, so are porn stars. But going back, having a big penis does increase your confidence, and in increasing your confidence you will be increasing your chances being better in bed. Plus, the bigger you are the more potential you have using great angles and stimulating the great g spot. So again the answer is yes and no. Good luck fellow men.



How to Clean and Fix Your Oscillating Fan

When cleaning the fan, you will need the following things:

-a screwdriver, to open the fan

-detergent and some warm water to clean it

-dry cloth or a towel to wipe off the remaining water

Not really a lot of things, right? Well, that’s one more benefit of oscillating fans-they are really easy to open and clean. An oscillating fan cools down more air than a regular fan, so it’s more likely to get dirty faster and more often. That’s why it’s design must allow easy cleaning.

So, the first thing you have to do in order to clean the fan safely is to unplug it from the electricity. After that wipe off the surface dust from the fan. When you have done that, you can begin disassembling it. Remove the grill by unscrewing the screws that keep it together. Some grills don’t have crews but clips and that makes the process even easier. Remove the blades by taking off the screws that keep them attached to the fan. Now you can use detergent to clean the grill and the blades. Be very careful with this because you don’t want any electrical components to get wet. After that use a dry towel or a cloth to dry the washed parts. Before reassembling, the grill and the blades should be left for some minutes to dry a bit more. That way, you will avoid getting injured or breaking down your fan. Reassemble the fan in the reversed order in which the parts were removed. Tightly screw in all the screws, plug it in and test it. Your crispy clean fan should now work perfectly, the ticking is probably gone, and the air is better because you stopped the accumulated dust from spreading around the room.

If you can hear the clicking noise while the head of the fan moves it could be just dirt. However, it could be that the gears are worn or loose. You will have to open it anyway so unplug it and to that.

– Take a screw driver and unscrew the grill of the fan. Take off the blades and clean them altogether with the grill, the shaft and the motor housing. For the grill and the blades you can use only water and detergent but for the shaft and the motor housing vacuum cleaning wouldn’t be such a bad idea. While you are there inspect the motor. If the gears look OK put everything back together again in the reverse order and plug the fan in the electricity. The fan should be running quietly now.

– If the gears look like they need a replacement or tightening up, then your work is not done yet. First check the set screw. If it’s loose tighten it up because this screw balances the blades and when it gets loose they are not balanced correctly and that may cause the buzzing and clicking sound.

– Also inspect the gear assembly and the motor housing. Try tightening them up. If you can then all should be good. But, if they can’t be tightened that means that they are worn and you have to replace them. After they are tightened or replaced lubricate the shaft and reassemble your fan.



Diamond Jewelry

Diamond is the queen of precious stones. It is known for its flawless nature and is rare. Diamond has a broad color range and a very low reactivity towards chemicals. It is a good conductor of heat and insulator of electricity.

The sparkling diamond is just another form of dark carbon. Diamonds are available in more shapes than any other gem. “Carat” is the unit to measure the weight and size of diamonds. The deciding factors while purchasing diamond jewelry are its carat, cut, clarity and color. Diamonds come in seven different types of settings, each displaying it in a unique style. Some popular diamond settings are bars, bezels, chevrons, chanels, paves and prongs.

Diamond jewelry is one of the most expensive types of jewelry. Diamond rings, particularly diamond engagement rings, are an eternal favorite. A diamond solitaire necklace is an enviable and popular jewelry gift. Diamonds set in gold are popular the world over. Diamonds in platinum settings make a grand combination, although they are pretty expensive. The pearl-diamond duo is a picture of elegance. Diamonds in white gold settings are becoming a favorite with the younger generation. Bracelets with diamonds embedded in them are memorable gift items. Diamonds find some unusual settings too – they can be found in tiepins, watches and even ladies’ sandals sport diamonds.

Though diamonds are the Earth’s hardest materials, a single hard hit can cause one to chip. So diamonds must not be worn during heavy activity. Diamond jewelry can be best maintained by cleaning it with a gentle brush using water and a little bit of ammonia. Diamonds can be well protected from scratches if they are stored in their original velvet boxes when not being worn.

Although they were once a luxury, in recent times, diamonds have become a common possession. The glitter, hassle-free maintenance and durability of diamond jewelry justify the price. Hence, they are reserved for the most special occasions in life. A diamond, as they say, is forever.



Wardrobe Essentials – Women’s and Girl’s FASHION Guide

As the seasons change again, we think that it is important that we help you decide what to buy in upcoming sales if you don’t already own them. These are things that should be in your wardrobe, they don’t have to be expensive per say, but they are necessary if you take yourself as a fashionista. From scarves to belts and from dresses to bags whatever is needed should be there along with these essentials.

Here is the list of wardrobe essentials:

1. Dark Denim

Jeans are a must in any wardrobe, especially the dark ones. They work with any color or shirts, tee-shirts, blouses and also with any type of footwear. The best option is to go for skinny fit but you can choose boyfriend jeans or a straight fit as well. Add a belt to it and you are good to go.

2. Perfect White Tee

This is an essential according to every fashion expert in the world a plain white tee is whatever material you like is a choice you cannot go wrong with. You can go for a V-neck or a crew neck and pair it up with jeans, shorts, skirts whatever you like. They are comfortable and the perfect summer look, you can add a jacket on it if it’s a little chilly.

3. Flats

Well you have to walk right and for that what is better than flats. Now, there is a huge range of flats, it’s good to own a pair of ballet flats, a pair of studded flat sandals, a pair of flat boots whatever length you like and a pair of sporty beach slippers so that you are ready for absolutely any look.

4. Silk Blouse

This elevates your look can be paired with formal trousers and skirts or even with jeans. An embellished or metallic belt adds a jazzy touch to the look as well.

5. Black Dress

It does not have to be a little black dress always. It can be a midi or a knee length dress as well; it just has to be black. It can be plain with a cut design or have embellishments on it; that is up to you and your fashion style. Add a metallic belt to the dress of different size and make the dress go up a notch.

6. Leather Handbag

Leather is sophisticated and classy, so have a perfectly made leather handbag. It can be a messenger bag, a clutch, tote basically anything you need or like, it just has to be a leather one. The basic colors of brown as the best option and they can have prints on it as well.

7. Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is not just for the bikers and the tough gang. It is the perfect companion to your summer look be it jeans or a dress with boots and stockings. A leather jacket can be plain or have embellishments. Go for the classic shades of black and brown as they are universal and look perfect on anyone and on anything except for maybe cocktail dresses.

8. Striped Shirt

A stripped shirt is the perfect formal look that can be taken casual as well. It does look good with trousers and skirts but can also be paired with jeans and gives a formal yet laid back look. The color combination and type of stripes is completely on you and so is what you want to pair it with

9. Tailored Blazer

If you want to attain the perfect formal, business look, a well tailored blazer is a must. Go for solid colors like black, navy blue, grey, white before you go for bolder colors. It can be worn to work or business dinners and can be paired with trousers, skirts and dresses. You can add a leather handbag to complete the look.

10. Heels

As a woman, heels are a must in the wardrobe. They are classy and fun at the same time. There is a huge range of heels to choose from and if possible own one of each type. If not own the classic like pumps, stilettos and wedges to begin with. Heels go with literally anything you wear from jeans to shorts to skirts and dresses. The colors and patterns available are amazing so just own some.

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How to Get Your Girl So Wet That She Will Scream Your Name Uncontrollably (And Beg for More!)

Is your girl satisfied with your performance in bed? Are you looking for more tips to become even better in bed? If yes, you are a lucky boy today. Today, let me share with you some easy tips to get your girl so wet in bed that she will beg you for more.

To get a girl wet, you MUST NOT start intercourse before she is wet. I know this sound a little confusing – to put it simply, a girl when fully aroused, will be wet before intercourse. Many men make the mistake of starting intercourse before a woman is wet. If you do this, you are not going to give her a wet and satisfying orgasm.

The reason why nature makes a girl wet before intercourse is because the fluid makes intercourse smooth and enjoyable for the lady. If you penetrate her when she is dry, you are causing more pain then pleasure!

Now, let us move on to the reliable methods to make a girl wet and orgasm:

1. Create sexual anticipation. Sexual anticipation is your best ally to give your lady a wet orgasm. Women are very different from men – as men, we can rush straight to sex after jumping into bed. On the other hand, women take more time to get aroused and get ready for sex. For most women, sex starts well before getting into the bedroom. To increase your chance of getting her aroused, create sexual anticipation by sending her naughty text messages to start her thinking of you during the day. During dinner, engage in some discreet touching, which can be a real turn on for the both of you.

2. Tease her during foreplay. Foreplay is an important process of a good lovemaking. You MUST engage in extended foreplay if you want to give your girl a wet orgasm. Undress her slowly and move your hands all over her body as if it is your first time seeing her naked. Make circles around her breasts with your finger or tongue before sucking her nipples. Kiss and caress all her erogenous zones such as spine, neck, breasts, inner thighs, collar bones, earlobes, etc.

3. Spend more time on the neck. A woman’s neck is extremely sensitive to lick and kisses. Almost all women love their men to kiss their neck as it is a real turn on. Kiss her neck and slowly move north to tackle her ears. Most women can’t resist this.

4. Go down on her. Cunnilingus or oral sex for women is one of the best ways to give a girl an orgasm even before intercourse. This is because a woman’s clitoris is the most sensitive part of her body as it contains more than 8,000 sensitive nerve endings. Lick her clitoris and when she is about to climax, flick your tongue quickly to see her gush into a mind-blowing orgasm.

5. Learn how to finger her. Use your finger to locate the g-spot and apply pressure to it. If you stimulate the g-spot correctly, you will drive your lady totally wild.

6. Be masculine and manly. Women love their men to take control during lovemaking. Push your lady against the wall and penetrate her from the back. Take control by being strong and she will surrender and succumb to orgasm easier.

However, knowing these tips may not be enough – you must give her a last long enough during intercourse in order to fully satisfy her in bed. To be able to satisfy her during intercourse, you must last at least 5 to 10 minutes. Are you lasting long enough? If not, check out the bonus tip below to find out more.



Mastering the Female Orgasm – Female Orgasms 101

Men, hold on to your hats! You are about to be let in on a whole new world of secrets! A world that has the power to confuse, mystify, and bewilder…

The world of the female orgasm!

The female body is a complex work of art – beautiful to look at, but difficult to figure out… especially when it comes to orgasm.

Here are some quick facts about the female orgasm:

– Average length of time it takes a woman to have an orgasm: 20 minutes. Average length of time it takes a man: 2-5 minutes.

– Half of girls have had an orgasm by the time they’re 16 years old.

– 44% of men say their female partners always have orgasms when they have sex. 22% of women say they always have orgasms when they have sex. Hummmm!

– About 1% of women are able to achieve orgasm solely through breast stimulation.

– 63% of college women say they’ve had multiple orgasms.

– The G-spot is named after Dr. Ernst Grafenberg, the first modern doctor to write about it.

Many men find it difficult to understand the female sexual response cycle simply because it differs so much from their own.

Here is a brief overview of what happens during a female orgasm:

Stimulation of clitoris

Tension build-up is caused within pelvis

Tension is finally released and orgasm is experienced

Series of involuntary (yet pleasurable) muscle contractions sweep through body

Contractions are felt in the vagina, uterus, and/or rectum

Unlike with the male orgasm, women have the ability to feel many different types of climaxes. These climaxes are dependent on the types of stimuli used, and whether the orgasm is clitoral or vaginal.

So, where do you learn the finer techniques of the Female Orgasm? How about asking your lover what she likes? Or reading an eBook that covers the subject?

In today’s age of the Internet, there are many resources available to you online.



Instagram As A Shopping Platform

From being a media-sharing app for selfies and anything visually appealing, Instagram is branching out into the eCommerce field.

It will soon roll out a shopping feature which online retailers and shoppers will find very convenient.

The social giant is pretty much aware that mobile commerce is going to overtake PCs in two years’ time or even earlier, hence it wants to be one of its cornerstones.

What’s nice about Instagram’s new feature is that it could serve as a promotion channel for your products, and even more so for your online store.

As for your potential customers, they will be able to see and explore your products without having to leave Instagram for another site.

How to sell on Instagram

The regular Instagrammers among you will find Instagram’s shopping feature super easy to use.

Now, if you’re not a fan of this visual media sharing app, but looking into it as a potential revenue source, you just need to prepare high-quality photos which highlight your products.

To get started, upload a photo which features up to five products that you’re selling.

When a user clicks on the tap to view products link at the bottom left of the photo, a tag will appear on each of the items, showing the product’s name and price.

Once they click on a tag, they will be taken across to a page that shows the complete description, special features and accessories-if there are any-of a product.

While the customer is there, they may opt to click on the Shop Now link within the product details, which will redirect them to the product on your website where they can purchase it.

Know who buys from you

Instagram recently reported that it has hit 400 million daily active users, many of whom are prospective customers of yours.

Using Instagram’s shopping feature gives you the opportunity to promote your products and double your sales projection.

Aside from increasing your sales, the shopping feature also gives you access to Instagram Insights which provides crucial information that will help improve your marketing strategy.

Instagram Insights records your followers based on their demographic factors; it also shows you which of your posts draw their interest the most.

Most important of all, it lets you see who buys from your store through Instagram’s shopping feature and which of your products have high demand.

Isn’t that something worth exploring for your business?

Are you already an Instagrammer or planning to be one for the sake of selling more?



Silk Scarves – How To Tie A Silk Scarf Beautifully

Silk scarves… fashions  and seasons may change, but silk scarves with their beautiful style and variety offer many new looks to an otherwise dull outfit, simply by knowing how to tie a silk scarf beautifully. Style never goes out of  fashion  and scarves have been worn by many style icons of our time, including Coco Chanel and Jackie Onasis to name a few.

Which type of scarf you choose to wear may be determined by the season and weather as well as current print styles in  fashion . A few seasons ago Pucci was very in but not very affordable to most, so a scarf in a similar design can bedazzle with that off the cat walk Pucci look. With a few tips on tying your silk scarf beautifully the sky is the limit to what you can do.

The first thing to remember as with anything you wear, wear it with confidence. That is what sets you apart from anyone else. It is the same with wearing scarves and in time your flair will increase with a bit of practice and experience. Depending on the flexibility of the material here are some simple ways to wear your scarf. It is better to start off with the basics then progress to more complicated knots as you go along. The Ascot Knot, European Loop and Fake knot are good kick off point for scarf tying.

You start off by folding your scarf material in half, then in half again to form a simple oblong. The Ascot knot begins this way, then taking the oblong and simply placing it behind your neck and tying the front parts loosely in front of you, one forms the Ascot Knot. It can be loose or tighter around your neck depending on the mood of your outfit.

The European Loop uses the same oblong but by forming a loop you can slide the other free ends into the loop around your neck, again pulling it as high or low as you would like to match your current outfit. With the Fake Knot, allow both ends of your now folded oblong scarf to dangle down in front of you. Take one side of the scarf and tie a loose knot, take the other side and slide through the loose knot. This works with all materials but particularly well with silk or satin types of material. Then slide the knot up higher. In winter this knot looks particular sleek and appealing and pulled up high it does cover your chest area for warmth.

Scarves can be used as head adornments too, like a simple bandanna, or even as a loose shawl as well as using as a belt on trousers. For a great summer look with white trousers and a shimmering colorful scarf try the the belt loop. Take your basic oblong pull through the loops on your trousers till both ends meet equally. Then move off center and tie in a fake knot using the instructions above. Tying a scarf beautifully can completely update and change not only your look but the whole mood of your outfit.