Inspiring Ezine Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:52:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Top Ten Android Powered Gadgets of 2013 http://inspiringezine.com/top-ten-android-powered-gadgets-of-2013/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:55:23 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Technology AMOLED android Gadgets HTC Tube Tablet iPad Phablets Samsung Galaxy sony Top Ten WNGA Display http://inspiringezine.com/?p=895 Top 10 Android Powered Gadgets 2013. Thanks to the wonders of technology, we are now able to take our computers with us in the form of phones and tablets. A modern wonder that now seems a given. For a long time, Apple had the biggest bite in the OS pie, but thanks to Google’s commitment [...]

Top 10 Android Powered Gadgets 2013. Thanks to the wonders of technology, we are now able to take our computers with us in the form of phones and tablets. A modern wonder that now seems a given. For a long time, Apple had the biggest bite in the OS pie, but thanks to Google’s commitment to this industry, the Android has become a suitable rival, spilling the proverbial apples from the cart.  Don’t turn your nose up – there are many big players in this field such as Sony and Samsung.  Take a step away from the Apple crowd and consider the top android powered gadgets.

top ten android gadgets 2013Not sure which android to go for? Take a look at our careful selection.  Were sure you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.

1. Sony Xperia Tablet S

If you’re looking for something that is powerful but also aesthetically pleasing, then this is the Android for you.  It is beautiful.  Powered by 1.3GHz processor with 1 GM of RAM, it has a sleek 9.4 inch display that is sure to deliver on all fronts.

2. Samsung Galaxy Heaven

We list Samsung Galaxy Heaven on 2nd position on our list of top 10 android gadgets. This is more than a phone.  It is a friend.  Looking like a gadget straight out of a Bond film, this phone is definitely for those of us who want to stand out from the crowd.  It’s flexible enough to be worn as a watch and strong enough to become a stand during video calls.  Who wouldn’t want to own one?  Best of all, it comes with the Samsung Flexible AMOLED 4.5 inch WNGA display screen with a staggering 2mm thickness.  Heaven.

Also Read: Top 5 Android Apps

3. Samsung Galaxy Note II

The best of a phone meets the best of a tablet.  Just when we thought that the power packed Samsung Galaxy Note could not be out done, Samsung launch its power twin – the Galaxy Note II.  The 5.5 inch AMOLED touch screen demands attention and promises not to disappoint.  Although launched in 2012, its popularity has meant that it needed to be included in this 2013 list.

4. The HTC 5 inch Tablet

Yet to be launched, HTC’s latest phablet is set to be a success.  You can be sure that it will have all the power needed for an Android plus the sleek attractive beauty that continues to ensure the popularity of phablets.  It will run on quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

5. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

The features and specifications of this tablet make it a worthy contender with the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Despite its slimness, the Transformer Prime holds microSD and Micro-HDMI.  Why not take a look?

6. Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Despite having a front and back facing camera and a huge screen, this tablet is surprising light to hold and is pleasant on the eye.  It is successful in delivering to a market that demands thin, light yet powerful tablets.

7. Google Nexus 10

The success of the Nexus 7 tablet inspired Google to launch the new and improved Nexus 10 tablet.  Packed with fabulous features, this tablet will certainly go head to head with the iPad (3rd Generation).  The high screen resolution will not disappoint and, as is expected, it is thin and light to hold.  A must buy!

8, 9 and 10.  HTC Tube Tablet, Phone and Laptop

Finally on the list of top ten android gadgets of 2013 is HTC. Designed by Antoine Brieux, the Tube series includes a phone, tablet and laptop.  Three for the price of one!

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5 Basic Truths about Your Toddler http://inspiringezine.com/5-basic-truths-about-your-toddler/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:33:17 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Facts Home & Family Anxiety Children Bedtime Children Problems Fussy Eater self-esteem Toddlers http://inspiringezine.com/?p=871 Many parents struggle with problems in raising their children, problems that can be approached and solved in such a manner that it will benefit both parties involved long-term. Thousands of books have been written on how to be a successful parent and theories have been developed by educational psychologists and pediatricians around the world, so [...]

Many parents struggle with problems in raising their children, problems that can be approached and solved in such a manner that it will benefit both parties involved long-term. Thousands of books have been written on how to be a successful parent and theories have been developed by educational psychologists and pediatricians around the world, so that it is fair to say that no matter the problem you are facing, someone somewhere has already found a viable and efficient solution to it. The issues that we talk about in the following paragraphs are commonly a source of great distress and frustration for parents, but usually have a relatively simple answer.

1. Bedtime struggle

bedtime struggle -Basic Truths about ToddlersAll children go through what it is known as the “no” phase, whether it involves following rules, eating vegetables or going to bed at a certain hour. The key to getting over this phase successfully is treating it with maximum attention and patience. For example, bedtime struggle usually occurs when the child is overexcited because of the activity that he/she was engaged in just before bedtime. Thus, as a rule parents should interdict over stimulating TV shows or animated cartoons, and also playing video games just before bedtime. One trick to get your child into the mood for bedtime is taking them out for a breath of fresh air and a walk. If they have a favorite stuffed animal make sure they have it and always leave the lights on if the toddler is afraid of the dark.

2. The fussy eater

fussy eater -5 Basic Truths about ToddlerPicky eating is a normal phase in every child’s developing years and it is usually found in toddlers of 2 up to 4 years old. However, an abrupt change in a toddler’s eating habits can be due to a number of reasons and probably the most notable is that children do not easily embrace change; they actually greatly enjoy routine because of the safety feeling it offers. The easiest way to approach the fussy eating problem is by taking it step by step. Parents can start by introducing mashed veggies into their child’s favorite dish and by making home-made fruit juices to quench the thirst.  It is also important to involve the child in the food making process which is a great opportunity for them to explore the texture, smell and taste of certain ingredients.

3. How to help develop a child’s self-esteem

child self esteemPsychological research shows that the input a child receives during the first five years of life are paramount to his/her later emotional and cognitive development. Thus, the fragile self-esteem structure that a child has is greatly influenced by the type of parenting style applied during the formative years. To this end, parents can help their child to build a positive self-esteem that will later on benefit him/her in adult life by considering just a few aspects. First of all, it is important that parents find the time to play with their children, to pay them attention and listen to what they want to communicate. They also should avoid harsh and indiscriminate punishing, and just accept that mistakes happen; they can also be positive role models. And last, but not least, they should be supportive and encourage new experiences.

4. The importance of early reading

5 Basic Truths about Toddlers-bedtime readingDevelopmental studies show that the sooner a child is exposed to the written language the richer his/her vocabulary will be later on. This fact goes against all traditional schooling programs and the truth is that not many parents expose their children to the written language before age 6 or 7. Besides getting one-on-one time with their parents, the child benefits greatly from early reading aloud because the activity helps with developing cognitive skills, the memory and with building motivation, and it encourages curiosity.

5. Managing your child’s fears and anxieties

5 Basic Truths about Toddlers-managing anxietiesMany children develop irrational fears and feel anxious about things that in reality are not as scary as they believe them to be. A parent’s primary job is to help the child address and suppress these fears, because if they are not treated with the corresponding importance the chances are that they will be carried out through adulthood and cause psychological distress. For example, the commonly found fear of darkness or of the “boogie man” can be addressed by encouraging the child to talk about it freely. Parents can also help their children gradually confront the fear, but always on their own terms and when they feel ready to do that.

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Best 5 Amusement Parks & Theme Parks in the World http://inspiringezine.com/best-5-amusement-parks-theme-parks-in-the-world/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:03:01 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Entertainment Home & Family People & Places Amusement Parks Best Busch Gardens Disneyland guided tour Holidays Legoland Santa Clause Shopping Malls Statue of Liberty Theme Parks http://inspiringezine.com/?p=858 Best 5 Amusement Parks, Theme Parks in the World. Amusement parks have gone a long way from the European fairs and the so called pleasure gardens that they initially evolved from. The oldest amusement park dates back to the 16th century, and it is located in Denmark, north of Copenhagen. Today, the terms “amusement park” [...]

Best 5 Amusement Parks, Theme Parks in the World. Amusement parks have gone a long way from the European fairs and the so called pleasure gardens that they initially evolved from. The oldest amusement park dates back to the 16th century, and it is located in Denmark, north of Copenhagen. Today, the terms “amusement park” and “theme park” are often used interchangeably; however, there is a clear distinction between the two types of parks: a theme park will have specific landscaping, rides and other attractions based on certain stories or themes. Some examples of theme parks are Disneyland, Dinosaur World, and Santa Claus Land. The amusement parks’ industry accounts for 54% of the worldwide revenue so that it is of no surprise that it has adapted to everyone’s needs and financial resources. The offerings range from large amusement parks to medium-sized and smaller ones found in shopping malls, for example. Here are the 5 most wanted amusement parks in the world according to Forbes magazine.

1. Busch Gardens

best amusement parks 1 -Busch GardensBusch Gardens is located in the USA, Florida and it is the perfect amusement park for the whole family. This park is ranked amongst the best amusement parks in the world because it offers something for everyone: from various rides and live shows to quick-service or full-service restaurants and a zoo for the children to enjoy. As for the thrill seeking visitors, Busch Gardens will definitely meet all expectations with one of the 5 coasters it has, each featuring a different adventure. Nearly 3,000 animals are to be found the zoo and your up-close encounter with them is bound to make you feel like you’re on an African Safari.

2. Cedar Point

Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in the U.S.A., having opened in 1870, and being located in Ohio on a Lake Erie peninsula. This amusement park, also called “America’s Roller Coast”, is worldwide known for its world-record 72 rides out of which 15 are roller coaster rides, 15 are thrill rides, and another 11 are family rides, and for receiving the Golden Ticket Award for “Best Amusement Park in the World”. Cedar Point also features 13 rides for children since 1970, and a Challenge Park which has a mini golf, go kart tracks, a Skycoaster ride, and a Booster type ride.

3. Disney

best amusement parks 3 -disneyDisneyland Park opened in 1955 for the first time in California, Unites States, being designed and built under the supervision of famous Walt Disney. He initially started the concept small wanting to create an 8-acre play park with a boat ride and other themed attractions, but he soon started visiting other world famous amusement parks such as the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and Greenfield Village in the Netherlands for inspiration and then decided that this project had considerable potential. Today, Disneyland can be found in four different locations around the globe (California, Orlando, Tokyo and Paris), offering to its visitors amazing rides, games, shows, animals, restaurants, learning centers, spa’s and virtually everything for a perfect family vacation.

4. Everland

best amusement parks 4 -everlandEverland Resort is a theme park located in the Yongin city of South Korea, having opened in 1976 for the first time. Today, this park ranks as the fifth most popular themed park in world. The resort consists of three theme parks each with its own rides and attractions: Festival World, the Caribbean Bay and Everland Speedway. Festival World has a zoo and numerous seasonal festivals. And while the Caribbean Bay stands out with its indoor and outdoor water facilities, Everland Speedway offers the opportunity to drive a car on one of the racing tracks for people without previous racing experience.

5. Legoland California

best amusement parks 5 -legolandCurrently there are 3 Legoland theme parks built around the world, and they are best theme parks for your holidays. The one that interests us is located in California, United States. This park is also a miniature park because of the many landmark reproductions it displays, including the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, Central Park in New York, Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and many more. The park has life-sized animals build out of Legos and a Lego factory tour, but also numerous hands-on activities perfect to keep children busy for a really long time while parents enjoy one of the 50 rides available.

So get ready for your upcoming holidays destinations to be in one of those best amusement parks in the world!

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Top 5 New Species Discovered http://inspiringezine.com/top-5-new-species-discovered/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:44:53 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Animals Education Science & Health amazing things Fossils Himalayan Science Discoveries Species Tarantula Walking Cactus http://inspiringezine.com/?p=838 Although hundreds of known species are endangered and disappear off the face of the Earth each year, it seems as though nature finds its way to adapt to the various man made conditions and destruction to still sustain others. Even more, scientists, in their tireless quest for the knowledge, announce to the world that new [...]

Although hundreds of known species are endangered and disappear off the face of the Earth each year, it seems as though nature finds its way to adapt to the various man made conditions and destruction to still sustain others. Even more, scientists, in their tireless quest for the knowledge, announce to the world that new species are discovered annually, species that no one has classified, described or even seen before. From the amazing Amazon forests and heights of the Himalayan peaks to the most beautiful meadows and the darkness of the narrowest caves, we bring you the top 5 new species discovered.

1. The Night-Blooming Orchid

new species 1The Bulbophyllum nocturnum is probably the most amazing orchid known today because of its unusual night-blooming cycle. Out of more than 25,000 species of orchids classified until today by botanists, this is the first orchid that flowers only at night. This orchid was discovered by a Dutch scientist while conducting his research in New Britain, somewhere near Papua New Guinea. When brought back to the research labs in the Netherlands everyone was taken aback by an unexpected thing: while the flower buds 2cm long seemed to wither during the day, just a few hours after dusk they opened up in all their splendour and closed back a few hours before dawn. Today, it is still a mystery why the Bulbophyllum nocturnum, which belongs to the largest group in the orchid family, only flowers at night, especially because of the pollinating aspect. Scientists speculate that nocturnal flies carry out this task.

2. Nepalese Autumn Poppy

new species 2Amongst the high mountains of Nepal, at an altitude of about 14000 feet, a group of botanists who were collecting plants “miles from human habitation”, risking their own lives during the heavy monsoon rains, discovered a stunningly beautiful Himalayan flower. Later on they named it Meconopsis autumnalisbecause this Nepalese Poppy blooms only during autumn.The surprising fact about this new species is that although it was collected from the Himalayan slopes on two other occasions – in 1962 by the plant hunter Adam Stainton and in 1994 by staff of the University of Tokyo – at that time it was not recognized as being new.

3. Wandering Leg Sausage

new species 3Crurifarcimen vagans is the genus name of a newly discovered African millipede and as it turns out, it translates in the more common name we know it by today – the Wandering Leg Sausage – which also describes it perfectly. Imagine a sausage-like shape with 56 fat podous rings, each with two pairs of legs. Crurifarcimen vaganswas found in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains and it is currently known to live in eastern and western Usambara Mountain forests at altitudes of 940 to 1800 meters. It has also been declared the largest millipede, measuring about 1.5 cm in diameter and growing up to 15 cm in length.

Also Read: Top 5 Science Discoveries

4. Sazima’s Tarantula

new species 4Although Pterinopelma sazimai has been discovered decades ago, during the 1970’s, by an intrepid Brazilian zoologist who first collected exemplars of this species, our top 5 includes it because today it is still one of the most beautiful tarantulas ever found and above all, because we can no longer find it in its natural habitat: the high tabletop Brazilian mountains. Commonly known as Sazima’s Tarantula – named in honour of Doctor Ivan Sazima – the Pterinopelma sazimai can be seen today only in national parks due to loss of habitat and over-collecting for the pet trade.

5. Walking Cactus

new species 5Diania cactiformis is the name that has been given to the fossilized animals found in the now famous Chengjjiang deposit in south-west China. This organism is about 520 million years old and it is thought to be the ancestor of arthropods, which is the most diverse group of animals on the planet. Diania received the nickname of the “walking cactus” because of its shape: a worm-like body to which spiny jointed legs are attached.  Scientists also discovered that the Diania genus grew about 6 centimetres long and had ten pairs of robust legs. All the facts suggest that it belongs to an extinct group of animals known as Lobopoda.

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Essential Tips for Business Card and its Benefits for Individuals & Companies http://inspiringezine.com/essential-tips-for-business-card-and-its-benefits-for-individuals-companies/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:56:08 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Design Education Brand bright colors Business Cards Card Designs Companies creativity Graphics Logo Theme http://inspiringezine.com/?p=828 Business Card is an essential need and identity for most of the businesses, companies or individuals – the purpose behind is in not just to promote the business but rather to stand out from the crowd and give a brief intro that most people in your connection want to inquire of or to extend this [...]

Business Card is an essential need and identity for most of the businesses, companies or individuals – the purpose behind is in not just to promote the business but rather to stand out from the crowd and give a brief intro that most people in your connection want to inquire of or to extend this to masses, and as such it the easiest way to get your business or identity noticed in a brief overview.

cards designBusiness cards are essentials for every business or individuals who interact with people of same or different interests. Whether your work or business is online or offline, business card serves the purpose of interaction and thereby customers get to recognize and reach you through the contacts on the card.

The content written on business cards should be minimal and not much flooded with text that covers the whole space. Graphics and logo and color need to be coordinated well with the brand. Meanwhile the graphics and coloring should need to stand a mark for the business core theme or brand. Meanwhile while taking into consideration the minimal content on the card, does not necessarily mean that it should not include some important points that are very crucial e.g., the card should include name, designation or profession, contact details such as website, phone/mobile/fax number and email address, PO Box or physical address.

Meanwhile, the format and dimensions of the business card also conveys the message and brand of business. While designing business card, every aspect and detail is taken into consideration to make it more appealing, elegant, and creative. So, don’t underestimate the hidden powers of business cards that can take the business to grow further. The design of the card must be coordinated accordingly with that specific business, profession or website. To find more about the compelling ideas & designs for business cards click here – the innovative designs, various shades of colors and perfectly crafted graphic elements such as logo, symbols added onto the card can surely make a huge difference in the business exposure and reach.

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5 Incredible Family-Friendly Home Security Tips http://inspiringezine.com/5-incredible-family-friendly-home-security-tips/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:33:14 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Home & Family Economy Family Home Security Safety Security System Tips http://inspiringezine.com/?p=821 Home security isn’t just about keeping the family safe – it’s also about giving your loved ones the peace of mind to feel safe and secure in their own home. Time and time again we are bombarded by the, mostly, bad news on the television and the radio. “The economy is falling.” “Crime is on [...]

home securityHome security isn’t just about keeping the family safe – it’s also about giving your loved ones the peace of mind to feel safe and secure in their own home. Time and time again we are bombarded by the, mostly, bad news on the television and the radio.

“The economy is falling.”

“Crime is on the rise.”

“The big bad sequester will destroy the nation.”

It can all get pretty overwhelming which is why, as a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to increase the comfort and lower the anxiety. In short, you and your family deserve to feel safe and there are lots of ways you can do this in the home.

1. Bring a Dog into the Equation

There’s a good reason why they are called man’s best friend – that’s exactly what they are. Unlike a lot of domesticated pets out there, dogs have a very unique relationship with humanity. They have stood by us for thousands of years – helping us hunt, keeping us warm, standing watch over our loved ones and just being there for us when times are tough. Dogs possess incredible hearing allowing them to detect the approach of a vehicle or a pedestrian long before you do. Statistically-speaking, homes where a dog is present are much less likely to be broken into. Add to that the fact that dogs have been known to lower anxiety and stress, and you’re left with more reasons FOR a dog that far outnumber those AGAINST.

2. Limit Cover of Darkness and Bushes

No one is suggesting that you can’t have any bushes out front or that you should light up your front lawn like it’s the Fourth of July – you just need to limit the criminal’s ability to hide. This can be done with regular maintenance of your bushes and shrubs – especially those that are flanking your windows and doors. The reason is because criminals typically spend time scoping out a target before they let themselves in. They rely on bushes to conceal them from prying eyes while they pry into your daily lives, determining what is worth stealing and when you are less likely to be home. Darkness also conceals criminals well which is why a decent set of motion-sensing lights is perfect. The more you limit their cover, the less chance criminals have to successfully target your home.

3. Strengthen All the Major Entry Points

Your doors are the most likely points of entry criminals will use to let themselves in. Front doors, back doors, even those sliding glass doors people have leading to decks – it’s extremely important that you fortify these. For the front door, you want to make sure that the locks are all sturdy and up to code. Sometimes locks and deadbolts require replacing if they are a couple years old. Mechanisms and tumblers can weaken with use. If the door is made of wood, it might be better to replace the entire thing with a sturdier slab door which is harder to crack. Sliding glass doors present a different challenge since the doors are made of glass and the locking mechanisms usually aren’t very strong. This can, however, be remedied by obstructing the sliding track with a piece of two-by-four and placing a seal over the glass.

4. Establish a Safe Zone or House

In school, your children have fire drills so that they know how best to react in the event of a fire. You can have drills for your family regarding a break-in without traumatizing anyone, as well. Establishing a safe zone or a house that your family can escape to in the event of an emergency can not only prepare them but it introduces the concept of an intrusion in a calm and reasonable manner. You can designate a piece of property or even the neighbor’s house (if you’re on good terms, of course) as a safe zone. That way your family has somewhere safe to gather in the event of an emergency and your children will know how to react during an emergency at the home.

5. There Are Always Home Security Systems

Last but not least, if you’re still pressed for ideas on how to make the home safe for your family, there are home security systems. The market is literally flooded with different providers and sites like www.tophomealarms.com/, for example, so tracking one down won’t be difficult. And, because the market is so saturated with these providers, prices are pretty competitive meaning most families with middle or low income can afford decent and reliable security systems. All you really need is the time to shop around and find the price and system that works for you.

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3 Famous Cases of Art Theft http://inspiringezine.com/3-famous-cases-of-art-theft/#comments Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:43:58 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Art Art Theft Gallery Mona Lisa Olympics pablo picasso Paintings The Concert The Scream Vermeer Vicenzo Peruggia World History http://inspiringezine.com/?p=812 Art theft, also affectionately called art napping, has been with us for centuries now. The purpose of this highly dangerous and illegal activity can be intuitively inferred: some do it because they dream of creating their own private collections, but they do not have the necessary financial resources; others do it for the money they [...]

Art theft, also affectionately called art napping, has been with us for centuries now. The purpose of this highly dangerous and illegal activity can be intuitively inferred: some do it because they dream of creating their own private collections, but they do not have the necessary financial resources; others do it for the money they get after selling the precious art pieces. The bad news, however, is that the estimated successful recovery rate for stolen art is of a roughly 5-10%. There are many fictional books venturing into the world of art thieves, but the truth is that today there is little known about how they operate, about the tactics and the tech they use, or about the black market were they find buyers for the stolen art pieces. The world has lost some of the most valuable works of art ever to be created, only to recover a few. Let us have a look at 3 famous cases of art theft.

1. The Theft of “Mona Lisa”

Mona Lisa PaintingOne of the earliest art theft cases dates back as far as 1911. On the 21st of August, Vicenzo Peruggia attempted and succeeded in stealing the famous “Mona Lisa” from the Louvre, after having been safely on display for more than five years. At first, Guillaume Apollinaire, the French poet, and Pablo Picasso were presumably suspected of the theft, but, as it turns out, Louvre employee Vicenzo Peruggia had devised a perfect plan to smuggle the painting out of the museum without ever being suspected. It is said that he visited the museum during the day, and then hid in a broom closet for the rest of the night, walking out of the building the next morning with “Mona Lisa” under his coat. It was a pretty simple and clever plan. For two years the authorities had no clue that the painting was sitting in his apartment waiting to be sold in Italy until the day Vicenzo decided it was time to take it out for a ride. He was caught just as he was trying to close a deal with the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

2. The largest art theft in world history

Art TheftThe largest art theft in the world is a rather recent event as it happened in 1990, on the 18th of March. Dressed as Boston police officers, the thieves had no trouble with accessing the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the early hours of St. Patrick’s Day. They targeted some of the most expensive paintings and relics that the museum had on display at that time, the stolen pieces amounting to a total sum of $500 million. Thirteen works of art were taken that day including: “The Concert” by Vermeer, “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” by Rembrandt, a landscape attributed to the artist and one of his postage-stamp-sized Self-Portraits, together with 5 paintings by Degas, “Chez Tortoni” by Manet, and two other valuable relics. None of the art pieces have been recovered until today, although a considerable reward has been offered for any useful information.

3. The theft of Edward Munch’s “The Scream”

The Scream PaintingThe Norwegian painter Edward Munch is famous throughout the world for his “The Scream” which is actually the name of a collection of four paintings, all versions on the same composition. All of them have been targeted several times by various art thieves, and on two occasions they went missing. The first successful attempt was made in 1994, on the 22nd of February, just as everyone was preparing for the Winter Olympics and the festivities. At that time one version of the painting was on display at the National Gallery in Oslo. However, the thieves were so unimpressed with the challenge of stealing the painting that they even left the memorable note: “Thanks for the poor security!”. After the incident they demanded a ransom of US$1 million which the Norwegian police refused to pay. The painting was recovered a few months later after an undercover operation. The interesting part with this case is that, although two years later four men were convicted for the theft, they never went to prison, being released on legal grounds.

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5 Best Types of Jewelry for Men http://inspiringezine.com/5-best-types-of-jewelry-for-men/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:45:50 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Design Fashion Inspiration Animal-themed Celtic Jewelry contemporary art Jewelry Jewelry for Men Modern Stainless Steel Symbol Tribal Jewel http://inspiringezine.com/?p=806 Men’s jewelry is more popular now than ever before. Years ago, most men wore only wedding rings, class rings and cuff links. Now, however, a whole world of possibilities has opened up for men who like to wear jewelry. If you believe the special man in your life would enjoy expressing his own individuality and [...]

Men’s jewelry is more popular now than ever before. Years ago, most men wore only wedding rings, class rings and cuff links. Now, however, a whole world of possibilities has opened up for men who like to wear jewelry. If you believe the special man in your life would enjoy expressing his own individuality and style with some fashionable pieces of jewelry, consider these five styles that are particularly popular in contemporary men’s fashion.

cross jewelry 21. Cross Jewelry for Men

Although the cross has traditionally been recognized as a symbol of Christianity, this iconic shape has become a mainstay in modern jewelry. If the man you’re shopping for would like to wear cross jewelry as an indication of his faith, there are certainly still plenty of pieces that will do that quite nicely. However, if your guy would prefer to wear cross jewelry for men simply for the sake of fashion, consider a piece with a more contemporary flair, such as a stainless steel bracelet with black resin crosses.

2. Celtic Jewelry for Men

You don’t have to have Celtic ancestry to enjoy any one of the striking Celtic designs that are so popular in current jewelry fashions. From rings to bracelets to necklaces, you’ll find a huge variety of Celtic-inspired designs from which to choose. Not only are Celtic designs attractive, but many of them symbolize important concepts of life, such as the traditional Celtic knot design and its connection with eternity and everlasting love.

3. Black Jewelry for Men

Once you see some of the stunning black jewelry available for men, you’ll no doubt understand why this style has become one of the most popular trends in modern men’s accessories. Black jewelry is particularly common in some of the more contemporary materials, such as stainless steel, titanium and tungsten carbide. One fine example of sleek black jewelry is a black tungsten carbide pendant with a single diamond accent.

4. Tribal Jewelry for Men

Tribal-inspired designs are perhaps some of the trendiest of all. These unmistakably masculine forms usually resemble shapes taken from antlers or flames. Whether the piece is sculptural in nature or simply a design that appears on a pendant, necklace or ring, these ancient motifs can be remarkably modern looking. Consider, for example, a piece that incorporates a tribal design into cross jewelry for men, such as a black stainless steel tribal cross pendant.

5. Animal-themed Jewelry for Men

Lions, snakes, bears, tigers, eagles and a myriad of other animals adorn much of contemporary men’s jewelry. Most often, the animals that are represented on these pieces are predatory creatures, but you’ll also find other less threatening figures, such as horses, parrots, fish, owls, elephants and many more. Animal-themed jewelry might be especially appropriate if the man in your life likes to hunt or fish, or even if he simply has a fondness for a particular creature.

Men’s jewelry really has come a long way in the past few years. At one time it was only acceptable for women to enjoy the benefits of dressing up an outfit with various styles of jewelry, but now men can do the same. Whether the guy in your life prefers bracelets, rings, pendants, chain necklaces or any of the other myriad of jewelry styles available, you’re bound to find the perfect piece for him from either a jewelry store or a reputable online retailer. There’s more good news: many of the contemporary materials – such as cobalt chrome, tungsten carbide, titanium and stainless steel – are not only very attractive, but quite affordable as well. With this kind of selection at prices that will fit almost any budget, you’ll quickly come to understand why men’s jewelry is the perfect gift choice for the special guy in your life.

This Guest post is contributed by Cindy White who writes about cross jewelry for men and other styles for JustMensRings.com.

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4 Reasons to Consider Buying Men’s Diamond Rings http://inspiringezine.com/4-reasons-to-consider-buying-mens-diamond-rings/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:43:00 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Facts Fashion Diamond Diamond Ring Expensive fashion Forever Groom Metals Palladium Precious Romantic Wedding Band Wedding Gifts wedding ideas http://inspiringezine.com/?p=797 The growing popularity of men’s diamond rings proves that these sparkling gemstones are not just a girl’s best friend. Men’s diamond rings make for excellent wedding bands for a variety of visual, financial and romantic reasons. Here are four reasons to consider buying your groom a diamond ring for his wedding band. 1. Diamonds are [...]

The growing popularity of men’s diamond rings proves that these sparkling gemstones are not just a girl’s best friend. Men’s diamond rings make for excellent wedding bands for a variety of visual, financial and romantic reasons. Here are four reasons to consider buying your groom a diamond ring for his wedding band. Men's Diamond ring 11. Diamonds are tough. The natural beauty of diamonds sometimes overshadows the fact that they are incredibly durable. A 10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material. Because of their durability, there’s little question why diamonds have become such a popular choice for both men’s and women’s wedding bands. Diamonds are extremely scratch-resistant and are also not prone to oxidizing or reacting when exposed to chemical materials. This makes men’s diamond rings extremely suitable for everyday wear and ideal for use as wedding bands or anniversary rings.

2. Diamonds are financially sound. With a long standing history of being used in upscale jewelry, diamonds have a luxury appeal that is unlikely to wane any time soon. Do a little groundwork before buying men’s diamond rings to ensure that you are making the best investment possible. Unsurprisingly, “natural” diamonds are more valuable than synthetic diamonds or diamonds that have been treated in some way. Familiarize yourself with the four C’s of diamonds (cut, clarity, color and carat weight), as well as what is sometimes referred to as the fifth C: certification. Diamonds that have been certified are generally considered to be a better investment than non-certified diamonds.

3. More than just “white.” While white or colorless diamonds may be considered the classic choice for men’s diamond rings, there are actually far more options available.Brown and yellow diamonds actually occur more frequently in nature, and can be less expensive than similar styles using colorless stones. Guys naturally gravitate towards the warm masculine look of men’s diamond rings with brown stones, or as they’re more often referred to as, cognac stones.

Another frequently sought after choice for men’s diamond rings is black diamonds. The rich ebony hue of black diamonds is undeniably striking and slightly edgier than white diamonds. Important to note: most of the black diamonds used in men’s diamond rings have been color-treated to achieve their deep jet color (naturally black diamonds are very expensive and not a true black).

Men's Diamond ring 24. He’ll have a ring that matches yours yet is utterly unique. With so much attention and energy devoted to finding the bride’s engagement ring, the groom’s wedding band can often be neglected and almost treated as an afterthought. Buying him a diamond ring for his wedding band focuses some of the attention on your groom, and makes him more of an equal figure in the wedding process. Many men these days aren’t satisfied sticking with a plain traditional band, hence the growing popularity of men’s diamond rings. Since most men’s diamond rings use smaller stones that function more as design elements, you’ll be able to get him a stylish band that is more reflective of his personal taste, but without breaking the budget.

Make sure to also consider setting materials outside of the standard precious metals like gold and platinum. Precious metal palladium is being seen more and more as a setting for men’s diamond rings, but other less expensive options also exist. Contemporary metals like cobalt chrome and Argentium silver offer settings that are traditional in appearance, yet a fraction of the price of their precious metal counterparts.

Needless to say, there are many reasons why men’s diamond rings are worth your consideration when choosing his “forever” band. No matter what the diamond band you end up choosing looks like, he will have a ring that truly reflects your love for him.

This Guest post is contributed by Tanya Nauri who writes articles on men’s diamond rings and wedding bands for JustMensRings.com

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