Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Roger Sanchez - Release Yourself 537 (Guestmix Lucien Foort) 31-01-2012

Roger Sanchez presents Release Yourself


Chris Mackay – The Hell With It (Witty Tunes)
Yeray Sanfiel – Ionosfera (Witty Tunes)
Miskia & Simon T – It’s Not A Game (Sound Of Square)
Oscar L & J Louis – Bridge (Witty Tunes)
Hot Download
Boy George & Marc Vedo Feat. Drew Jaymson – Don’t Take The Night [Marc Vedo Re-Edit] (VG Records)
Miguel Picasso – The Beat Conductor (Stereo Productions)
Federico Scavo – Solaris (White)
Superchumbo Feat. Celeda – Fire [Pablo Ceballos Remix] (Nervous Records)
Release Yourself Spotlight
Eran Hersh & Darmon Yos Feat. Giuseppe Viola – Don’t Go Away (GF Recordings)
Riva Starr & Fat Boy Slim – Get Naked [Club Mix] (Snatch!)
Audio Bastardz – 20Hz (Free For All)
Bobby Burns – Next (White)
Release Yourself Exclusive
Roger Sanchez & Sidney Samson – Flashing Lights [Sanchez Vs Yvan & Dan Daniels Remix] (White)
Schumacher Vs Phunk Invstigation – Believe (White)
Steven Lee Feat. Carol C – Time Goes On [Low Kiss & Ryan Riback Remix] (Hyserical)
Chris Moody – Rock Me (White)
Lucien Foort Guest Mix
Tracklist currently unavailable

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Jerry Rekonius - 10TH (Original Mix)
Kaskade with Rebecca & Fiona - Turn It Down (Deniz Koyu Remix)
Chuckie - Who is Ready to Jump (Dada Life Remix)
Hardwell - Spaceman
Quintino - The One And Only
Modek - Willow
Tommy Trash - Cascade
Dem Slackers - Schlingel
Swanky Tunes & Matisse & Sadko - The Legend
Zedd - Slam The Door
Tonite Only - Haters (Nicky Romero Out Of Space Remix)

Adrian Lux feat. Lune - Fire (incl. R3hab, Jeremy Olander, Style Of Eye Remixes)

Adrian Lux feat. Lune - Fire (incl. R3hab, Jeremy Olander, Style Of Eye Remixes)

Adrian Lux is back with his brand new single “Fire” featuring Lune. A taste of his forthcoming self-titled debut album (out in March on Ultra Music). “Fire” showcases Adrian’s adept talent for marrying a great dance track with vocals and cements Adrian Lux’s status as a rising star in the dance music world.
“Fire” is set to be released in two phases: February 7th featuring the Radio Edit, Extended and Instrumental Mixes; and February 21 featuring remixes from R3hab, Jeremy Olander, Style Of Eye and Mikael Weermets. While Adrian’s original version walks the line between pop and the dance floor, his hand-picked remixers bring things to peak time levels. 
With smash original productions “Alive,” “Teenage Crime,” “Strawberry,” “Can’t Sleep” and “Boy;” and recent remix work for the likes of Britney Spears, Natalia Kills, Roger Sanchez, the TRON soundtrack, Miami Horror and PNAU already under his belt, Swedish based Grammy nominated (2011) and Aria nominated (2011) Adrian Lux is one of the hottest young producers on the scene. His smash “Teenage Crime” is certified Platinum in Australia and Adrian consistently receives worldwide DJ support from the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta, Avicii, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn and more.
It’s also just been announced that Adrian Lux has been nominated for two Grammis (Sweden’s Grammy Awards) in the “best electro/dance track” (along with Avicii, Little Dragon, Rebecca & Fiona and Swedish House Mafia) and “Newcomer of the Year” categories.  

Original Mix

Mikael Weermets "Fire In The Hole" Remix

Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey - Room For Happiness (Gregori Klosman Remix)

Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey - Room For Happiness (Gregori Klosman Remix)

The 3rd single from Kaskade's album FIRE AND ICE will be ROOM FOR HAPPINESS. It will be out everywhere on February 7th. Here is a preview of the HUGE remix done by Gregori Klosman!

You can listen original mix below:

The Dark Side

Here are a couple of cool cuts from 1984. 1984 was an interesting year for music. The boogie greatness of 1982 was fizzling out, electro was king, and house was just getting started. These tracks highlight where genres converged and coalesced into some strange hybrids.

This first track by Zero Hour shows a lot of electro influence and can easily pass as a theme song for the oft overlooked comedy masterpiece Fletch Lives. Seems like it could have been produced by Herbie Hancock or Jan Hammer with a little help from Egyptian Lover.

The next track by Leon Love is an odd bird produced by proto house legend Patrick Adams with Ron Mindseed. It sounds a bit like electro coming dangerously close to Hi-NRG territory. Almost too close; but us in the Bay Area have a very low threshold for it.

Zero Hour - The Dark Side (Dub)
Leon Love - Once Is Enough (Dub)

eBay Seller Success Story � One Seller, One Auction, Many Successes

I recently received this set of eBay seller success stories from Joyce West:

I am a member of the Treasure Hunters Cove with Carolyn. She has been after me to send you these scores.

I went to an auction this fall that was just loaded with goodies. These are just a few of the items I found. There are many more items, both Jadeite and other items, from this sale listed in my store.

For $75, I purchased the Jadeite Coffee Jar and the pair of Jadeite Shakers. The coffee jar sold at auction for $175 and the Shakers went for $65 at the auction. The screenshots below are for the coffee jar listing and the shakers.

I also purchased the Jadeite Measuring cups for $30 and they went for $150, from my store. The shakers and measuring cups both went to the same buyer in Japan. The next screenshot shows the closed listing for the measuring cups.

With just these three items, I turned $105 into $390. I could not have done it before I learned from the Treasure Hunters Cove not to under price my items. Carolyn and Mel are great motivators.

You can click here to visit Joyce�s store, By Gone Oldies.

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Wolfgang Gartner - There And Back [Ultra Records]

Wolfgang Gartner - There And Back [Ultra Records]

“I have to make something that’s never been made before; have to make the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life - otherwise it gets stagnant or worse,” says producer/DJ Wolfgang Gartner. Whether or not his progressively more maximilist take on electro-house is your bag or not, you have to respect his exponentially steep rise through the electro-house ranks. And Lord knows, you’ve heard it -- or about it: flipping Beethoven’s 5th for the 4 am crowd; eight #1 tracks on Beatport; remix/collabs with Britney Spears, Timbaland and Black Eyed Peas; festival-highlight performances at Coachella ‘10 and Electric Daisy Carnival’s ‘10 and ‘11.

His new track "There and Back" released on Ultra Records today:

Listen/Download Release Here!

Apster - Goldcoast [Wall Recordings]

Apster - Goldcoast [Wall Recordings]
The up-and-coming artist on Wall Recordings is proven and tested as a talented DJ and now drops one of his best tracks to date! 'Goldcoast' is not your average electro track as it contains some massive original sounds that you've never heard before but will definitely make you nodd your head, if not make you go totally bonkers!
Releases on labels like Spinnin Records, Afrojack’s Wall Recordings and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and remixes for Laidback Luke, Sidney Samson, the Bingo Players and Hardwell. All big achievements that make 26-year-old Abdesamad Ben Abdelaouid, better known as DJ Apster, definitely stand out from all the talented DJ/Producers that the Dutch house scene has to offer.

Listen/Download Release Here!

Skrillex & The Doors - Breakn' A Sweat (Zedd Remix)

Skrillex & The Doors - Breakn' A Sweat (Zedd Remix)
New Zedd's remix of Skrillex & The Doors "Breakn' A Sweat". 

The remaining Doors members; Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and Jon Densmore, join the young dubstep wonder in the studio for this behind the scenes look at their collaboration “Breakn’ a Sweat”. Watch below:

Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso - Calling (Lose My Mind)

Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso - Calling (Lose My Mind)

Two dance music heavy weights – Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso – have joined forces in summer 2011 on the smash single “Calling;” a seething maelstrom of synths and white noise that delivers on all levels and takes no prisoners. Rising like a frothing tidal wave of sonic force from the darkly churning sea of dance music, “Calling” stands head and shoulders above all, propelling you to places other tracks won't even know exist. 

Now it's time to unveil vocal edit of this hit:

Listen Instrumental version below:

Chuckie - Together [Cr2 Records]

Chuckie - Together [Cr2 Records]

Fresh from rocking Amsterdam’s RAI Arena in front of 25,000 people for Dirty Dutch Blackout in December, label boss Chuckie continues his one man assault on EDM. Now back with a brand new club anthem, ‘Together’ the Dutchman delivers another huge statement of intent. ‘What Happens in Vegas’ and ‘Who Is Ready To Jump’ both soared into Beatport’s top ten last year as his unstoppable charge to the top continues to push forward, but the successes of last year look to be eclipsed once again with his latest standout cut.
‘Together’ is one for the biggest of big rooms. Built on a dirty, jump up bassline and pounding 4/4s, the track builds to fever pitch where classic piano chords and powerful vocals collide to create a moment of pure suspense. The drop explodes with all the power and energy of a sub-atomic, nuclear warhead, turning the dancefloor into unbridled frenzy.
Once again proving to be the master of the party atmosphere, Chuckie brings his typically crazy vibe to the track for all to see. A producer that is so on form that he’s started to melt the studio buttons, Chuckie will not stop until he’s got the whole world up on their feet and dancing Dirty Dutch style. ‘Lets Stick Together!’

Artist Album: Moguai - Mpire [mau5trap]

Moguai - Mpire [mau5trap]

Not many producers get handpicked by deadmau5 to conjure a full length artist album for his prestigious mau5trap imprint; so for German specialist Moguai to get the nod twice in as many years is one hefty testament to the sheer quality, imagination and originality of his musical output.
Now, and less than two years since the critically lauded release of his first ever mau5trap album We Ar Lyve back in April 2010, Moguai returns to the fray, and on the form of his life, for the agonizingly-awaited worldwide release of his latest long-player project – Mpire.
Available to buy from 30th January 2012, the album itself is an exquisite piece of craftsmanship; artistically inventive, masterfully honed, perfectly coordinated and not an ounce short of what we’ve come to expect from this outstanding producer, working so consistently at the top of his game. With the juggernaut first single (also titled Mpire) released earlier this month hitting #1 in the overall Beatport chart within days, Moguai now looks set to further silence competitors and wow critics with this stunning new set of fresh, forward-thinking soundscapes, skilfully and thematically tied by an innovative touch that only he can attain.
Diligently incorporating elements of house, techno and electro, this work – two careful years in the making – has Moguai’s signature sound stamped all over it. Whether it’s the luxuriously complex, driving harmonies of Dynamo and Heimaterde, the progressive artistry of Lyme and Tommy Trash collaboration In ‘N’ Out, or the relentlessly pounding tech-bedlam that is N.E.O, this stunning album delivers more than it’s fair share of peak-timers to satisfy the cravings of dancefloor junkies worldwide.
But it’s the spellbinding euphoria of tracks such as Invisible, Styrum and Out of Nowhere that elevate this album to that next level of innovative flair – one that so many artists struggle to achieve. Gentle, hypnotizing and evoking emotions of tranquillity throughout with their mesmerising synth progressions, these welcome moments of calm within an otherwise club-focused collection captivate the soul and carry the listener on a delicate journey through the ethereal. Just one listen and we begin to understand why the mau5 himself insisted so strongly upon another Moguai LP instalment.
With some perfectly fitting collaborations and three exclusive offerings to round off proceedings (one each for Beatport, iTunes and Spotify) this album will no doubt become a mainstay in the collections of electronic music lovers young and old for years to come. In true testament to the infamous German composers that came before him, Moguai has created a masterpiece of a symphony that is as diverse as it is ingenious.
01. Moguai - Smyles
02. Moguai - Mpire
03. Moguai - Dynamo
04. Moguai - Lyme
05. Moguai - Heimaterde
06. Moguai - N.E.O.
07. Moguai - Started
08. Moguai - Deaf by Stereo
09. Moguai - Hush Hush
10. Moguai & Tommy Trash - In N’ Out
11. Moguai feat. Polina - Invisible
12. Moguai - Styrum
13. Moguai & Kosheen - Out of Nowhere
Moguai - Monkey Business (Beatport Exclusive)
Moguai feat. Fiora - Same As You (iTunes Exclusive)
Moguai - Thrasher Disco (Spotify Exclusive)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012


We've covered Maurizio Sangineto's productions before on this site. Firefly was a dance music group composed of fellow Italians and released four LPs during their career. This track was a big tune at the Garage. The uplifting vocals get me every time. I also really like the brave use of some dynamic range in this 12" mix. It is rare to hear jams like this with such an impact when the beat comes in after the breakdown.

Firefly - Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Don't Miss Sale Event This Saturday At Big Lots

If you are looking for a great way to buy inventory to sell on eBay, then get ready to search this Saturday. On Saturday, January 28, Big Lots is having a big savings event for its Buzz Reward cardholders. Just find your deals, check out and show your Buzz Reward card to receive an automatic 20% off your entire purchase. For more information, click here.

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After our amazing week in Tucson, Kelly and I drove up to Prescott, Arizona for a few days to visit the ashram there. Kelly has a lot of patients in the sangha and local community so he did some consultations and treatments while I spent lots of time talking to my friends and generally being in the seat of "friend and sangha mate" as opposed to the seat of "yoga teacher." As usual, the time there was rich, multi-layered and provided lots of food for me. I will be digesting for a while, I think.

I have lots on my mind and heart just percolating around and none of it feels exactly reading for public consumption right now. I spent some time online following a bit of the wake of my friend Amy Ippoliti's decision to stop using the Anusara trademark to describe her work which gave me a lot to chew on as well.  I feel inspired, saddened, reassured, etc. by the outpouring of commentary on her blog and others. Amy and I have been friends for over ten years but fell in love with each other a few years ago and I count her now as one of my closest friends and colleagues. She is visionary, hard working, sincere, funny, irreverent at times (which we know I love and enjoy),  smart and courageous.  Like me, Darren, and Elena, she has chosen to formally withdraw her legal affiliation with Anusara yoga and follow her heart in both similar and different directions.

What I am mulling over is the very interesting times we live in where the boundaries between our professional and personal lives are often blurred, where private lives are often made public,  and how much commentary and sharing of all kinds is made possible through the conventions of social media. I am also really interested in exploring how the themes of authenticity, vulnerability, and transparency interact with elegance, dignity,  obligation and the multi-layered truths of duty to self and others. 

One thing I know for certain is that there is no rule book for any of this. I think living and teaching is, in many ways like asana. We study the forms of the postures, we study the actions required to perform the pose, we study the common misalignments associated with the position, we practice the component parts, we train ourselves in right action, we do these things over and over again and  we practice.  And, the thing is, then there is the pose. Even knowing all that we know, we will find that when we get in the pose, we still need to make adjustments. Even if we have performed  everything as best we can we still need to adjust and respond. Mr. Iyengar calls this reposing. Finding repose in the pose so that we can, at some point, learn to reflect on the experience of being in the pose and respond to what the pose is telling us directly. And then we will need to adjust. And we may even need to raise our hands and say, "I know something is off and I can't see my own pose clearly. Help me!!"

I could go on about this idea forever because the asana practice is always such rich metaphoric soil to till. But in the asana of living, I think study and practice is key. We need to study ourselves to know where our misalignments are likely to come. Are we greedy, selfish, self-hating, too critical, undisciplined, too casual, too trusting, blind in our faith,  etc. We need to study who has travelled the path before us and see if we can learn from their experience. 

And yet, no matter what, we are going to have to actually do it. We are going to have to get into the messy business of life, make our choices and then listen, respond and chose again how best to proceed. Our truths and their resultant actions are going to affect others. They are going to have their feelings about it. That is only lawful since we are in the business of personal relationships. I think  its a learn-as-you-go process, no matter how careful, cautious or sincere we are. I am convinced these days that Life is the Teacher and while we have help, guides, teachings, teachers, and practices to help us see clearly, we are, as yogis on the path of direct experience. Our moment to moment experience, when met with repose and skillful responses in alignment with our values is what we have.  

So, in a day and age where so many folks are scared and worried and playing it safe, I love to see bold acts of courage in the name of vision and high aim.  

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 
-Theodore Roosevelt

Today I am on my way to Minneapolis for the weekend to hang out with Laurel von Matre and her gang at Yoga Garden. I have never taught there before and we have been planning this for quite some time and I am really looking forward to it.  

more soon.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Handsome Man

Carol Shinnette put records out on Oakland's 'Optune' label. Don't ever call the 415 number printed on the front of her 7" sleeves, as the gentleman on the other end of the line will threaten to kill you. This B.E have learned the hard way.

Although the record is claiming our hometown, it turns out it was actually produced in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where Carol still resides to this day.

Carol Shinnette - Handsome Man

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

School of Yoga Week One

Well, it was a pretty amazing first week all in all.

Both Darren and I shared with the group and each other that we had our own variations of anxiety during the week prior to the intensive. I suppose the reality that we were stepping more fully into our seat and into the project we have taken on began to land in reality and not so much in theory. And like I have been writing about a lot lately, many times these kinds of thresholds are accompanied with emotions of fear and inner messages of doubt, like gargoyles that make us face ourselves and pay the price of honest self-scrunity and self-examination before experiencing the gifts and opportunities that live on the other side of the threshold. In facing fear, we develop courage. In hearing our own doubts and yet forging ahead, we develop perseverance. Like so many qualities of heart, the virtue we need lives in seed form in its opposite expression. And in these cases the only way out is through and the only way to the higher virtue is through the threshold itself.

The cool thing is that for both me and Darren, it was obvious that once we stepped into the work of the week we found ourselves enjoying the teaching, the group and each other more than ever. For me, I have always loved the work of the intensives and immersions but this week was really something different in both content and context. I did not expect the quality of my experience to be so radically different but I have to say I have never felt so at home in my skin, so relaxed in what I was presenting, so curious about the group I was teaching and so aligned with myself. In many ways, the week was both a culmination of my cumulative experience and training as well as a new beginning.

I think the thing that I loved so much about the week had to do with our aim of making the teachings relevant to the people in the room and keeping all of the larger concepts grounded in experiential exercises. I felt like we gave manageable chunks of theory and practice and provided what could actually be absorbed and digested. I watched the group have profound inner shifts and insights with relatively little breakdown in the process.

We used a model of self called the Quadrinity Model to identify the different aspects of who we are. We talked about how the School of Yoga is aiming its work on the harmony between the parts of the being-the physical, the intellectual, the emotional and the spiritual. We worked on clarifying aims for each quadrant of being and how an aim in one part should not be at the expense of the other. The conversation was rich, full of texture, grey areas and the tacit understanding that being human is not easy and that finding a way to live authentically in harmony with ourselves is a life's work. Yoga asana is one tool of integration and we worked with that while incorporating other pragmatic tools and methods as well.

We talked a fair amount about the power of ritual and ceremony and we started each day with an invocation to Ganesh, the singing of the Guru Chant which we are using as an invocation in School of Yoga and the Gayatri Mantra and a puja. It was amazing to me what taking 10 minutes to do formal ritual can do for me personally and for bonding a group. We closed every day with the offering of our prayers through a convocation or closing mantras. Many people shared that the puja was one of the most meaningful parts of the training for them.

We kept the asana focused on the level 1 syllabus and in the "hard work in the basics" which was awesome. We didn't push to big poses at all but we went very deep in the alignment and the relationships between the postures. We explored the outer alignment a lot and covered very simple unifying actions of inner alignment. We worked a lot with the shapes of the postures and how much gets accomplished in skillfully executing the shapes relative to one's actual capacity. We spent a lot of time building for work in inversions and the whole week laid a tremendous foundation for the physical practice.

The students did lots of journal writing, some art work with mandalas, small and large group sharing, learned mantra, pranayama, basic meditation techniques all with emphasis of developing a life of practice relative to one's true and authentic aim. The thing is there is no School of Yoga prescribed way to be. There are techniques we can teach and community we can share but really, the School is about offering a place to connect to one's Light and to explore ways to uncover it more fully and to express it more radiantly. That is going to look very different from person to person and it starts by having a place to come and just tell the truth about where we are at with ourselves and each other.

And all in all it was an incredible week.

Enjoy the pics.

Live the Light of Yoga: Lineage

Check out Meg's Post on Day 4 and 5.

Hot Items to Sell For Valentine�s Day 2012

Valentine�s Day is less than a month away but it is not too late to stock your eBay store with the things your buyers want! Look at a list of the current hot items buyers are looking to purchase for their sweethearts.

For women, the hot gift items seem to be accessories. Designer handbags and sunglasses top the list. Brands like Michael Kors and Prada are popular gift items. Also, silk scarves and nighties are on the list. Sunglasses are popular for men, too. Rayban and Oakley are the brands that buyers are looking for. Ralph Lauren, Hilfiger and Perry Ellis wallets are on the gift lists, as well. As always, cologne is popular. Buyers are looking for Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue for Women and 212 for Men, just to name a couple of brands. Of course, Paco Rabanne 1 Million and Marc Jacobs Daisy are on the list, too.

Electronics like iPads, eReaders, and headphones are making the list. Buyers are grabbing cameras like the Nikon J1 and home theater systems like the Panasonic 3D Blu-ray system. Apple products like the Macbook Air, the iPod Nano, and the iPod Touch are on the list again this year.

And old standards like candles, jewelry and vases are hot items. Plus, tickets to Broadway plays, sports events, and concerts are being given, too.

Other popular items include:
  • Men�s scarves
  • Tablets
  • Camcorders
  • Smartphones
  • Expresso Maker
  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • MLB Spring Training Tickets

  • While being able to sell these hot items will boost your sales, there are other tips that may help, as well. Offering gift-wrapping services will help you increase sales as well. Make sure your listings are clearly marked to show the additional services you are offering. Increase your sales by offering expedited shipping. This will help make your listings even more appealing to the last minute buyer.

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    Monday, January 23, 2012

    eBay Seller Success Story � Santa Claus Ashtray

    Carolyn Pritchett recently sent in this eBay success story:

    During an estate sale, Carolyn found a beautiful 22 carat gold trimmed, Christmas Santa Claus Ashtray by Dixon Art Studios. The vintage piece was that had no damage measured 5�� x 5 3/8�. The ashtray appeared to have never been used before. Carolyn paid $1.00 for the ashtray and then sold it on eBay for $24.99.

    The screenshot below shows the closed listing.

    You can visit Carolyn�s Country Kitchen eBay store here, and her membership website, Treasure Hunter�s Cove here.

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    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Sibling Rivalry: What Can Parents Do?

    By Lisa Pecos

    Sibling rivalry can take many forms over the years. When thesecond child is first born, it can take the form of acting out, regression, andfussiness on the part of the older child. And as the kids grow up, it can turninto arguing, physical fighting, and deep feelings of jealousy and resentment.Most sibling rivalry is more of an annoyance than a serious problem, but it canbecome emotionally taxing to parents who had hoped their children would get alongand love each other.

    There are a few points to keep in mind that might help youcope emotionally with your children�s rivalry. First, a little fighting doesnot mean your children do not love each other. Second, remember that a littlecompetition is natural, and that it may actually help build certain skills inyour children. Third, keep in mind that children who fight often go on to bebest of friends when they get older. And fourth, you are not alone. Virtuallyevery multi-child family must deal with sibling rivalry at one time or another.

    What causes siblingrivalry?
    In most cases, the causes of sibling rivalry actually arenot so deep. It is just a competition for parental love and attention. At anygiven time, one child may feel that the other is getting more, and this maylead to bad feelings, even if the feelings are unconscious. At different timesin a child�s development, these feelings may be more intense than at others.

    Meanwhile, some kids are just temperamentally more combativethan others. Perhaps one of your children is continually picking fights withanother, who usually does not start the conflict. In such cases, it is theparents� job to moderate the rivalry without seeming to favor the gentler childover the more combative one.

    Also, it has been shown that kids who live inconflict-ridden households are more likely to fight with their siblings. Whenparents frequently fight openly within earshot of their kids, for this behaviorto rub off on the children is only natural. That is one reason why parents whowant to avoid sibling rivalry should argue privately if they must argue at all.

    What should parentsdo?
    Parenting experts recommend that mom and dad stay uninvolvedin sibling arguments for as long as possible. By getting involved, you teachthe children that they can always turn to you when they have an argument, andyou risk being perceived as taking sides or protecting one child over theother. If you feel you must get involved, start by merely trying to guide thekids to their own resolution, warning them in the process not to call names orbe abusive to one another.

    In short, it is best for everyone if the kids can learn howto solve their disagreements without parental intervention. And when you decideto intervene, the goal should be to deflate the situation so everyone has timeto calm down and the disagreement can de-escalate. Often, kids just need alittle time apart to get over their feelings. And in the meantime, try not toplace blame on anyone.

    Here are a few other tips that can help parents deal withsibling rivalries:

    • Discourage kids from talking about what is or is not �fair.� Let them know that things are not always equal, and that they both need different things at different times.
    • Make sure each child gets plenty of one-on-one attention, and encourage each individually to pursue his or her interests and be who he or she wants to be.
    • Make sure the children get time apart from each other.
    • Make it clear that they need to love each other even though they fight. Banish words like �hate� and other extreme terms.
    • If the kids commonly fight over certain items or activities, set a schedule for when each child gets a turn.
    • If it becomes too much for you to handle, consider seeing a family counselor.

    Lisa Pecos is a wife and well accomplished writer on naturalremedies and natural approaches to family health. She�s written numerous articles for NaturalHealth Journals.com, ParentingJournals.com and Baby Care Journals.com.

    Baby Napping: 7 Tips for Optimizing the Little One�s Sleep

    By Marc Courtiol

    Napping seems like such an ordinary thing, but to parents ofyoung children it is a constant concern and often a source of anxiety. We knowthat getting the maximum amount of sleep possible is good for a child, yet thechild is obviously not aware of this, and many seem to naturally resist beingput down for naps. Some babies fuss, wake up frequently, and are unpredictablein when and how they like to nap. These are all simple facts of being a parent.And while you cannot stop nap troubles entirely, what you can do is minimizethe difficulties.

    1. Babies cannot nap too much. Many parents, especiallythose on their first child, worry that their babies are napping too much, andthey make an effort not to overdo it. But there are a few points to keep inmind here. First, it is perfectly acceptable for babies to sleep anywhere from14 to 20 hours a day, and it is normal for them to get tired one to two hoursafter waking up, even if the previous nap was a good one. And do not worryabout daytime naps ruining nighttime sleep. It does not work that way withbabies. In fact, good napping during the day often leads to less fussiness atnight, which makes a good night�s sleep easier.

    Also keep in mind that, again, the more sleep your babygets, the better. Crucial development happens during those naps. So do not feelbad about encouraging your baby to sleep as much as possible. It does not meanyou are selfish or that you do not enjoy your baby�s company. It is just goodparenting. And yes, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the break while yourbaby sleeps.

    2. Monitor your baby�s sleep. Babies� sleep patterns canfluctuate wildly from day to day, but if you keep track of how often and howlong your baby naps, you may begin to notice a pattern emerging. For instance,one common pattern for babies aged three to six months is to nap for an hour ortwo, eat, play for an hour and go back to sleep. In this pattern, the day isroughly divided into three-hour chunks. If you keep track of these patterns,then you will get a better sense of when your baby will be getting sleepy,which helps you be prepared.

    3. Control the conditions. Whether your baby naps in aseparate room or simply on a sofa or other piece of furniture wherever you are,control the conditions to optimize the quality of sleep and the length of thenap. Make the room bright whenever the baby is awake and feeding or playing,and dim the lights when she shows signs of being ready to nap. In the dimmerlight, she will be put down to sleep more easily.

    4. Keep noise soft. Parents of newborns typically get usedto their babies being able to sleep through practically anything, but after amonth or two the pendulum swings the other way. By around three months of age,many babies are liable to wake up at the slightest sound. Obviously, thehousehold should be quiet during nap time. But if you want to be able to goabout your business without worrying that every squeak of the floor will wake yourchild, run some white noise in the background. This will help make other soundsless jarring.

    5. Take preemptive action. When a baby moves past sleep andgets into a state of fussy irritability, initiating sleep becomes mostdifficult. Try to learn to recognize the signs your baby will be ready for anap, and begin going through the motions before the irritability kicks in. Ofcourse, some babies do not respond well to having a nap time routine (even atso young an age they resist sleep), so you may have to change things upregularly.

    6. Be flexible. During the first couple years of yourchild�s life, you can expect things to change continuously, and the pace ofchange is extra fast during the early months. So be aware that any nap timestrategies that work well today may not work in a couple of days. This can befrustrating for parents, but the key is to experiment with different things asmuch as possible. You cannot force your baby to sleep, but you can always findways to make it happen more easily.

    7. Take wake-ups in stride. Babies tend to wake up beforetheir naps are over. Sometimes they do it multiple times. For a parent, it isbest to have a sense of how much sleep the baby needs, and if she obviously hasnot finished her full nap, try to help her finish her sleep. Older babies cansometimes get themselves back to sleep, but younger ones often need to be held,rocked, snuggled, or whatever works for your child.

    About Marc Courtiol: Marc Courtiol is an accomplished healthresearcher in the field of natural wellness. A graduate from Cornell, Marc is acontributing author for several onlinejournal sites and believes in the many uses of gripe water.

    Free Kindle eBook - Barcode Booty

    Today (January 19, 2012) this eBook is free for Kindle users. Learn how find bargain inventory anywhere including garage sales, grocery stores, Walmart, Target, drug stores, warehouse clubs, home improvement stores - anywhere you can buy merchandise. Learn about free apps and strategies for determining the potential selling price of an item. I read this book last year and it is very informative.

    Click here to get your free download, today only!

    Happy Selling!

    6 Delicious 6-Ingredient Recipes!

    Chili Broccoli Potatoes
    A meal that's sure to be your best spud!

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins
    Chili Broccoli Potatoes
    The Elvis Peanut Butter SandwichThe Elvis Peanut Butter Sandwich
    A sandwich fit for The King!

    Serves: 1
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins
    Anytime Quiche
    Great for brunch or brinner!

    Serves: 6
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 50 mins
    Anytime Quiche
    Baked Apples Baked Apples
    4 ingredients + 1 microwave = dessert! How ya like dem apples?

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Total Time: 15 mins
    Grilled Tomato and Cheese Toasties
    Looking for guilt-free grilled cheese? Just add veggies!

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins
    Grilled Tomato and Cheese Toasties
    Super Easy Mustard Chicken Super Easy Mustard Chicken
    A simple, tangy twist on chicken!

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 20 mins

    Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God�s punishment to women who previously had abort

    One of my friends posted this on her facebook page and all I can is WOW! This is absolutely crazy! It makes me wonder what he would try and say my mom did with all the issues my sister has... Epilepsy, missing chromosome, ADHD, lowering IQ as she gets older, BAD eye sight. Did I mention my mother never had an abortion? So Mr. Law Maker... I'm waiting to hear your answer on this one..I'm not huge into religion, but my mom always says that God will never give you more than you can handle. I would be very embarrassed to know this man or be associated with him any way what so ever after this story.

    Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God�s punishment to women who previously had abortions.

    Bob Marshall On Thursday, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) spoke at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood. He blasted the organization for supporting a women�s right to choose, saying that God punishes women who have had abortions by giving them disabled children:
    The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,� said Marshall, a Republican.
    �In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There�s a special punishment Christians would suggest.�
    Marshall is also fighting against health care reform, saying that �Obamacare� is trying to take �your soul.� Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been pushing back against high-profile figures and entities who have been attacking people with disabilities. Will she speak out against someone in her own party? (HT: Right Wing Watch)

    Maybe he should read this bible verse:
    " As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, �Jesus, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?�.
    �Neither this man nor his parents sinned,� said Jesus, �but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
    ~John 9: 1-3

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    How to save thousands in 15 minutes or less

     Regardless of how slow the economy is rebounding, saving money is something all consumers want�from $180 a year with a new thermostat to $584 on insurance by raising your deductable. The cover story in the February issue of Kiplinger�s Personal Finance has a host of savings tips, some easier than others and all attainable in as little as 15 minutes.

    Savings tips include:
             Avoid bounced checks and costly overdraft charges
             Switch to energy-efficient lighting
             Unsubscribe from deal e-mails
             Lose your landline

    Here are more details; please include a link back to the piece.

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    She's A Party Girl

    A younger and hipper DJ friend whose taste I admire bought a bunch of records and played me a couple from his haul that he thought I would like. One was a weird, left field, boogie proto rap type edit by a producer that he was into. I recognized it, and took smug, nauseating, sad dickhead like pleasure in telling him that I owned a copy of the original record that the edit was sourced from, but for the life of me couldn't remember what it was called, so I asked him to tell me the name and artist of the track but he couldn't, because whomever had done the edit had stuck his own name all over it and obscured that of the original artist. We then had an animated discussion as to the ethics of this sort of thing. I own plenty of bootlegs, and sometimes you simply can't find the original artists behind some of these more obscure records but none the less they deserve a repress for more people to play out and enjoy, there isn't much money in these short vinyl runs anyway, but can you really take the original artist's name off the track (I think it was obscured down to a two letter initial in this case) and stick yours on simply because you extended the drum intro? Perhaps the guy didn't want anyone to know the OG cut's name but why the secrecy? I see it a lot, it just seems like an exploitative way to prop up your own brand. I mean, you don't have to pay the guy who made the song that you looped up, but at least leave his name on there alongside yours.

    Anyway, I went through my shelves and found it. Terrance Tee seems to have produced a couple of known early rap and boogie 45's that I have seen in auction lots etc, but this 12" doesn't seem to be listed anywhere. It came out on 'New York Town Records' and was written by Terrance Moore (no doubt Terrance Tee himself) and produced by T. Marcini. I cannot find anything on either of these people.

    My copy is signed in scribbled pen "To Terri, From the M.C, Terrance Tee" . Terri, wherever you are, thank you for getting rid of this weird, weird record.

    Terrance Tee - She's A Party Girl (Vocal)
    Terrance Tee - She's A Party Girl (Instrumental)

    Preview: Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Regi - Momentum [Smash The House]

    End-of-year interview with Dimitri Vegas

    They just do. Not. Stop. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike launch straight into 2012 with possibly their biggest track to date, the immense, sweeping, awe-inspiring Momentum, alongside friend and fellow producer Regi.
    Like being doused in pure dance floor gold, Momentum rushes across every inch of your body as build-ups of warm, lush instrumental layers saturate your senses from every angle. Synths, guitars, organ chords, swelling crescendos of strings, low, thrumming bass lines -- simple yet so majestic and perfectly crafted, the Belgian brethren defy you not to throw your arms in the air and let go of everything you know. Enveloping you in a three-dimensional dynamic of sound, Momentum carries you through a euphoric experience of instinctive production talent.
    Momentum is released on February 14th through Smash The House on Beatport. But if you can't wait till then, put on your headphones, crank up the volume and listen to this exclusive preview.

    Preview: Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon - Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash & Angger Dimas Remixes)

    Preview: Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon - Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)

    On the eve of his long awaited debut album release comes the hot new single from Steve Aoki's Wonderland. Featuring the vocals of American pop-dance singer-songwriter, Wynter Gordon, “Ladi Dadi" is a blazing dance floor track.

    “People are really going to like ‘Ladi Dadi’”, Aoki says of his pop skewing offering with the American songstress. “Dubstep is a major influence in my production lately”, he continues. Gordon had a #1 hit in Australia with "Dirty Talk" in 2011 and performed on our shores on New Year's Eve 2011/12.

    Arguably, no other producer has done more to raise the international profile of Los Angeles in underground electronic music circles than Steve Aoki.

    The remix package will include Tommy Trash, Angger Dimas, Pixel Cheese & Autoerotique remixes.

    Tommy Trash Remix

    Angger Dimas Remix

    Pixel Cheese Remix

    Autoerotique Remix

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

    Leonard da Vinci Handbag

    An interruption to this blog hiatus, to point out this article on the handbag drawing / design by da Vinci.  Yes, that's Leonardo da Vinci.  Another article highlights that this drawing is a reconstructed fragment.  I'd be curious to know just what that process might be.

    Here's a beautiful video of the design brought to life:

    At any rate, you can find me on my other blog more often than here. But I couldn't resist posting this gem.

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    I Wanna Feel Your Love

    Here is a great disco boogie jam produced in part by drummer Howard King. He was a member of Mtume's band and also contributed to some great LPs from Gary Bartz, D-Train, Eddie Henderson, and Stephanie Mills. This tune has pretty amazing breakdown and is just great soulful dance music start to finish. Definitely a sleeper and a kinda tough pull from the RCA disco 12" catalog.

    Candy Bowman - I Wanna Feel Your Love