Thursday, February 28, 2013
Now, egotistically, to start with of my teaching career, it used to really bother me. I'd question myself on what is it was that I was not saying or teaching that would make the difference. But as I coached an increasing number of folks, the variations between winners and losers grew to become very clear and apparent.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Click on the following location links if you were looking for other Mafia Wars looted items for Moscow, Cuba or New York.
Episode 1 - Brawler
Silk Scarf (Armor) [20 Attack, 22 Defense]
Muai Thai Bodyguard (Armor) [18 Attack, 25 Defense]
Attack Cobra (Weapon) [24 Attack, 20 Defense]
Jade Inlaid Pistols (Weapon) [23 Attack, 15 Defense]
Mastery Item = Tiger Sak Yant (Armor) [65 Attack, 42 Defense]
Episode 2 - Criminal
Dirtbike (Vehicle) [24 Attack, 14 Defense]
Royal Thai Army Beret (Armor) [28 Attack, 21 Defense]
Riding Elephant (Vehicle) [18 Attack, 30 Defense]
Bosozoku Convertible (Vehicle) [29 Attack, 15 Defense]
Mastery Item = Royal Thai Police Tank (Vehicle) [58 Attack, 74 Defense]
Episode 3 - Pirate
MalayMobil Helang (Vehicle) [19 Attack, 34 Defense]
Seua Daao Sub (Vehicle) [35 Attack, 22 Defense]
Komodo Dragon (Weapon) [34 Attack, 22 Defense]
Fugama Kame SUV (Vehicle) [33 Attack, 21 Defense]
Mastery Item = Harpoon Cannon (Weapon) [88 Attack, 51 Defense]
Episode 4 - Commandant
Forest Scorpion (Weapon) [25 Attack, 37 Defense]
Royal Thai Army Jeep (Vehicle) [38 Attack, 25 Defense]
Hung Fa RPG (Weapon) [39 Attack, 20 Defense]
BRM-38 (Weapon) [23 Attack, 38 Defense]
Mastery Item = Armored War Elephant (Vehicle) [96 Attack, 69 Defense]
Episode 5 - Oyabun (Triad Trusted Status)
Scalding Hot Tea (Weapon) [26 Attack, 35 Defense]
Tanto (Weapon) [43 Attack, 28 Defense]
Kage Jet (Vehicle) [27 Attack, 42 Defense]
Optical Camo Suit (Armor) [43 Attack, 26 Defense]
Mastery Item = Ronin Armor (Armor) [72 Attack,111 Defense]
Episode 5 - Dragon Head (Yakuza Trusted Status)
Lloyd's Spectre (Vehicle) [18 Attack, 45 Defense]
Cleaver (Weapon) [25 Attack, 44 Defense]
Type 103 Machine Gun (Weapon) [42 Attack, 29 Defense]
Monk Robe (Armor) [29 Attack, 41 Defense]
Mastery Item = Typhoon Cleavers (Weapon) [70 Attack, 112 Defense]
Looted items can give you the added boost you need in your fights. Good luck with looting all the items in Mafia Wars Bangkok.
Yantra Tattooing and Other Magical Tattoos in Thailand
Many cultures around the world have used tattoos as part of their traditions. These can be a way to signify status positions within the group or in many instances they are believed to offer supernatural protection. Magical tattoos in Thailand are popular among young men who believe that having these designs can make them invincible or even irresistible to women.
What is Yantra Tattooing?
Yantra tattooing is also referred to as Sak Yant and they are associated with the animist beliefs that were popular in Thailand before the arrival of Buddhism. These magical tattoos are usually created by Maw Pii or spirit doctors, but some Buddhist monks are also willing to apply them. Sak Yant dates back to ancient times and the art is greatly influenced by Khmer culture; in fact the blessings are written in a Khmer script called Khom.
Yantra tattoos are believed to protect those who have them from all physical dangers, illness, and mischief from ghosts. The tattoos will only remain powerful so long as those who wear them follow certain rules; the tattoo will also need to be activated for it to be any use. In the past the ink used in the tattoos would contain such things as chin fat from dead human bodies. Sak Yant/ Yantra tattoos are very popular among Muay Thai fighters and military people.
Invisible Tattoos in Thailand
These are another form of Yantra tattoo only this time they are created by invisible oils so they can't be seen by the human eye. The power of the tattoos is in the blessing itself so actually seeing the design is not the important thing. This has meant magical tattoos in Thailand can be worn by almost anybody.
As well as being well respected for their power there are also those who fear visible tattoos. In recent times they have become associated with bad elements in Thai society such as gang members. This is why the invisible tattoos have become more popular. They promise the wearer all the benefits of protection without any need for social stigma. Anybody can wear an invisible Yantra tattoo without other people ever needing to suspect a thing; business men and politicians can have tattoos without any fear of it hurting their reputations. The popularity of the invisible tattoo has meant that even some of those who believe in the power of tattoos see the visible designs as a bit vulgar and exhibitionist.
Westerners Getting Yantra Tattoos
Many tourists feel the urge to experiment with magical tattoos in Thailand. Like all tattoos these pose health risks if not applied correctly; there is a very high rate ofB in the region. Anyone choosing to get Yantra Tattoos should ensure that they are applied hygienically using sterilized needles. It is also worth while bringing along somebody knowledgeable about Thai tattoos to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. Remember as well that magical tattoos in Thailand don't come with any guarantees.
Tattoos are on the uprise in today's culture. They are seen everywhere; in TV commercial ads, on rappers in music videos, and even in movies. As some begin to accept the tattooing fad, many begin to question the reasoning behind body art. Several would agree that the increased number of tattooed persons is caused by the attempt to cover up scars and the influential ways for one to express as well as tattooing for memorial reasons. All of these reasons play a role in the increasing of body art; however, they simply are not the main causes. Tattoos result in popularity because of peer-pressure.
At one time, tattoos were looked at as signs of rebellion by many. Some examples of people who got tattoos back then were often gang members, rock n' rollers, sailors, soldier, etc. This gave people with tattoos the image of being rough or at times established a feeling of fear in others. At the time, the workplace was not the place to show tattoos because of the images they portrayed. In result, many skilled people were denied jobs because of their tattoos, or in other words, the way that they looked affected their job status. When more people started getting tattoos, employers were forced to look beyond one's image as the demand for skilled workers was steadily increasing ("Tattoo, Bling"). While tattoos were becoming more accepted in the work place, they began to appear everywhere, from rap videos to movies to sports and even shoe ads. As sources say, even the new Chuck Taylor sneakers have gone to a new approach this year; making a tattooed sneaker (Wasserman). Eventually, tattoos overcame the stereotype of being rough, causing people today to adopt this new source of culture, and tattooing became a form of body art which created the trend we know today.
One assumed reason why some might choose to get a tattoo is to cover old scars. People get all sorts of scars and it becomes a self-conscious issue to them. Simply dressing scars up with the help of body art often becomes the result. One of my friends had a scar on her back because of surgery that she had and she became self-conscious of the scar. Once her wounds healed she got a tattoo over her scar, consequently, she seemed to feel better about herself, and in fact, wanted to show off her new tattoo. Tattoos that cover up scars make it difficult to see that a scar was ever there, and with this being the case, it becomes a more likely reason as to why people who have scars get them. While covering of old scars by tattooing is convenient, it is not the main cause because the majority of persons who get tattoos do not get them merely because of a scar. Many people get tattoos to cover scars; however, there are some who have scars that are not so coverable, such as burn scars that could cover most of the body. In this example, the scar cannot simply be tattooed over. In saying so, because the number of persons who get tattoos in an attempt to cover scars is low, it becomes apparent that while a reason to get a tattoo would be to cover up a scar, it is indeed, not the main cause.
As proposed by a number of persons, another cause of the increasing trend is that many people get tattoos as memorials. One reason why someone might choose to get a tattoo for memorial purposes might reflect a good or bad memory. A person might get a tattoo that reflects a bad memory probably to remember one specific time of trial, and in return it could help them remember the positive effect that this trial had on the person. A good time might reflect a memory that the individual enjoyed so much that they wanted a personal reminder, and possibly show off to friends or family. These memorials include loved ones, loved ones who passed away, values that are especially important to the individual, sorority and fraternity symbols, and some even get tattoos of their family crest. While memorials are in fact are a reason as to why some choose to get tattoos, not everyone has a memorable time that had such a tremendous effect on them, resulting in the desire to get a tattoo as a personal reminder of the event. As some might agree, most people who get tattoos might get symbols that are important to them, however are not linked to a memory. An example of this would be getting a zodiac sign such as the Gemini symbol as a tattoo. In result, it becomes clear that the main cause as to why people get tattoos is not memorials because only some people get tattoos that serve as memorials.
One of the most recognized reasons for getting a tattoo is self-expression. As many sources say self-expression is when people express themselves, whether it's an emotion or an idea, through a behavior or activity such as art. In this case tattoos are said to help deliver the message of expression. In many cases the will to want to express oneself through the form of a tattoo would seem to involve a desire to want to fit in or feel better about ones self-esteem. For example New York Amsterdam News wrote an article on an under-aged girl who got her tattoo to express herself however, she claimed that she got her tattoo to express herself, and in return she stated that she felt better about herself afterwards ("Kids..."). Because of this example, while it is apparent that self-expression becomes a major part of the reason as to why people get tattoos, it now is obvious that it is not the main reason. The reason behind self-expression is to feel better about yourself and to portray who you are on your body. In result, while tattooing is often seen as a way to express ones self, it in return is not the main cause as to why some people get tattoos.
Finally, while reviewing what others perceive to be the main cause in the increasing of the tattoo trend, what all of these points have in common is peer-pressure. It seems as though everyone has a tattoo, and everyone makes having a tattoo appealing because most do not regret the decision they made. Suddenly, tattoos are everywhere! With the media displaying tattoos universally it becomes a new fashion that everyone wants to have. Tattooing becomes the new fad when surrounding friends and family get tattoos also. Peer-pressure comes into play, for example, when some girls decide to go get tattoos to show their support and dedication to their sorority. Personally, I have a tattoo; I got one for my 18th birthday. I decided upon a butterfly tattoo, representing the new life ahead of me at college. Sadly enough, prior to getting my tattoo I began to notice in my senior year that many of my friends had tattoos and that had a major effect on me. Once I got one, some of my friends who did not have a tattoo now desired one. Appeal and peer-pressure have a lot to do with why tattoos are so popular. On the contrary, not everyone gets a tattoo because they want to fit in. Some people do not get tattoos by being influenced by those around them, or in other words have their own reasons for getting a tattoo. On the other hand, simply because some one decides to get a tattoo for their own reasons, does not prove that everyone that gets tattoos is not caused by peer-pressure. Many people get tattoos because in their opinion they look cool; however, by getting a tattoo they are subject to feeling better about themselves because they got a tattoo. Whether it involves someone getting a tattoo and it looking appealing to others, or even telling someone that they would look nice with a tattoo peer-pressure is the answer. The increased confidence in someone after getting a tattoo also proves how tattoos are the result of peer-pressure, in which wanting to fit in and having a better ego is desired. Being self-conscious is often the result of peer-pressure and because of the reasoning; it becomes apparent that peer-pressure is indeed the main cause as to why the trend of getting tattoos is increasing.
While there are many reasons as to why tattoos are popular, the main reason consists of peer-pressure, tattoos are a part of today's youth culture, forcing society to open their eyes and to look past the images that tattoos once portrayed. A decade ago tattoos were considered bad, as they portrayed rebels and hard core rock n' rollers who in fact were not approved by onlookers. However, the truth is that tattoos are a social trend today and despite many reasons such as expression, covering of scars, or memorials, peer-pressure everywhere seems to be the main influence and the need to be "bad" or indifferent is no longer the reason. Conclusively, tattoos are popular because of peer-pressure that we receive from our friends, television shows, movies, music and much more. And because it's seen everywhere, it becomes desired everywhere, generating the trend that we know today.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
A spritz on the wrist was traditionally done to camouflage bad smell from the body, but over time, it’s become a symbol of status and personality.
We wear perfume to complement our own odour, rather than to mask the natural essence of our skin. But what is the smell that we want to leave behind? Do we want perfume to add character to our existing self or are we looking to recreate a new individual? Almost, like an alter ego.
History of perfumesEgyptians get a big chink of credit for making perfumes part of their lifestyle around the 6th century. They used real flower petals, food spices and cooking oil to create various scents that were applied by both men and women on their body, pre and post bath.
Then Cleopatra came into the picture and gave perfumes an equation of pure luxury and class, by laying in the bathtub and soaking herself in aromatic essential oils.
This craze for a splash of liquid spread to Syria, Lebanon, Italy, England and, of course, France where Marie Antoinette took serious notes on what she wanted her signature scent to be.
About 200 years ago, inspired by the flower garden of Palace of Versailles, Marie Antoinette got Parisian perfume-house Lubin to put together a custom-made scent for her and keep it a top-secret (now back on the market as Black Jade).
But in the world of fashion, it all commercially started in the 1920s, when Ernest Beaux created Chanel No.5 for Coco Chanel. Coco was famously quoted saying that a woman should wear perfume whenever she hoped to be kissed.
Truly so, perfumes are a tool of allurement; a scent ignites the fire of sex and sensuality – both in men and women. A perfume should entail a scent that makes you feel sexy and wanted. Its initial inhalation needs to levitate to a cloud of pleasure and contentment, a place where the mental metaphors go wild. A perfume should make you want to daydream two seasons ahead, the crispness of spring needs to come alive on your skin, while you should also be embraced by the dead warmth of autumn.
Rise of celebrity perfumesSo, this brings us to how to choose a scent: your signature scent, so to speak.
Do you stick with classics from the rulebook or let a celebrity dictate your senses?
Elizabeth Taylor launched the celebrity-fragrance phenomenon in 1991 with White Diamonds, and ever since, it’s become a ritual to launch a perfume for every big screen star. They don’t even have to be a superstar to do so.
Till date, Jennifer Lopez has released 16 perfumes, Celine Dion is close at 15 releases and Paris Hilton has 11 perfume titles to her name (with three for men). These numbers provide evidence for celebrity perfumes not being an alien concept anymore, be it a boy band or a mega Hollywood star.
As a consumer of pop culture, are we inclined to buy a fragrance that is bottled with fame? Surely, the prolific perfumes are attached with an aura of entertainment. Obviously, we don’t expect a tall bottle to burst out in a song, but we do relate them to a music album or movie. It reinstates our faith in the said celebrity and the bottle on the dressing table gets an image.
How could you not trust Justin Bieber to launch a top-quality perfume?
Luxury brand perfumesBut in all seriousness, where does this leave mainstream luxurious brands? Fashion houses like Elizabeth Arden, Christian Dior, Tom Ford and Gucci, who’ve been the trendsetters in the fragrance industry, are now competing in a market inundated with Disney kid stars with anime-shaped perfume bottles. Their exquisitely styled and photographed campaign images with the season’s top model, might get the consumer roaring towards their individual counters, but it still gets down to solving the dilemma between Beyonce’s latest and Chloe’s top-seller.
Has the perfume industry lost its niche with an avalanche of options readily available at airport counters? Would swimming in a sea of Chanel No. 5 still be considered a novelty? Or would you rather pick an obviously chosen scent, so when next time you walk on the street, people recognise you as Rihanna’s doppelganger?
Build your own perfume personalityA fragrance really needs to be about what you want to smell like, as opposed to who. Be it freshly cut grass, a vanilla milkshake or your Grandparent’s ancestral home, the linger in the air needs to be about the top, middle and bottom notes in the fragrance, not the name on the bottle.
And while you’re choosing that signature scent, you need to acquaint it with your natural scent. Adding your own personality to the perfume is, somehow, more valuable than letting a luxurious label introduce itself to the crowd. When you’re stuck in an elevator, would you want people to say, “Oh, she’s wearing CK One,” or would you rather have them insinuate the fragrance in an embrace?
It honestly comes down to a personal choice of letting your aura decide who you want to be for the day. You could pick the most expensive bottle on the shelf, but it’s all about the scent honoring your style, personality and lifestyle.
You need to pick a scent, whose tantalizing whiff can be associated with you and your skin. Be it patchouli, rose, ylang ylang, vanilla, musk or spicy wood, you need to decide who you want to be that day and what you want to leave behind you.
Over the next few weeks, Fashionising.com will take you on a beautifully scented tour of perfumes. We’ll feature season’s top fragrances, do perfume reviews and help you find your personality via a simple spritz. Do come back for more.
Five tips to picking a scent
For Binkley, the printing revolution means that the textiles print isn’t just the new big thing, but is becoming more important and more recognizable than the logo in the branding of fashion companies – whether it’s Prada, Pucci, or Jil Sander.
From Michael Angel Resort 2012
Danielle Locastro, Director of Operations for New York and Los Angeles-based digital fabric printer First2Print, agrees. Digital printing technology “is enabling creative individuals to get their ideas out and on to fabric,” she says.
Because designers now rely on digital technology – from Photoshop and illustrator to digital photography – digital printing is “the tool” that works best with that, says Locastro.
“Before the advent of digital fabric printing” the average designer “couldn’t take an idea – whether it was a custom design for your dress, or a photograph or a painting – and put it on to fabric,” she says, “because you had large yardage minimums that had to be met for rotary or flatbed screen printing. And you had a whole process in between about how do you get that image engraved to be printed onto fabric?”
In contrast digital fabric printers tend to specialize in small runs. First2Print focuses on “the three to 300 yard” runs.
Typically this means two types of designer are interested in digital printing. The first is the major design company that needs to produce a prototype. They want to “make their product, show it to the buyer, and get an order that is committed to 15 or 20,000 units.” Once they have the order, the client will run the thousands of yards he needs with a traditional silkscreen printer, usually in Asia.
The other major use is for short-run commercial printing. Here, it’s either new designers or high-end or couture companies that are interested. And, “this is where we’re seeing a major explosion in the fashion market place,” says Locastro “particularly with products that are being made with silk, nylons, and various types of polyester.”
“Because digital fabric printing is short run… products that fit into this market are naturally higher end, where you’ll retail at a higher price point per garment. A lot of couture designers are only producing maybe three garments per size for six sizes, so that when they need a new order they just call us up again.”
Our printed “fabric is washable, wearable, and retailable,” says Locastro. “We have to meet AATCC specifications, or trade standards, so you can sell them at retail.” And First2Print’s technology is being employed by design companies such as swimwear company Shortomatic and womenswear designer Jeremy Scott.
But short runs is only one reason why designers are turning to digital technology for printing. The major appeal comes from its relative lack of limitations, in comparison to traditional silkscreen, and its compatibility with the technology designers are using during the creative process anyway.
With “screen printing you typically have to cut a screen for each color that you’re going to use,” Locastro notes, “and its usually a limited number of colors, averaging about six to eight colors. With digital fabric printing there are no color limitations.” If a designer creates a print with 500 colors for the first time in textiles history it can be printed.
Locastro says digital printing has “broken down the barriers of traditional textiles. In digital fabric printing you also don’t have to have a specific [pattern] repeat, so you can custom engineer panel pieces to fit your garment, and the fashion designer can become more of a designer with strategic placement, about where they want their prints to fall.”
“Some high end fashion companies, such as Elie Tahari and Michael Angel, are really taking to that,” designing placement prints individually for each pattern piece of their garments, and then sewing them together.
The question for the fashion designer then becomes “do you want the print to come from the highpoint of the shoulder, or from the waistline? And that’s giving fashion designers freedom to be creative with textiles and fashion. They can think of their garment as a sculptural form.”