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How to use Tumblr

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Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking site that has been around since 2006. Compared to other microblogging sites like Twitter  and Plurk, Tumblr does not limit posts to 140 characters, which makes it a big internet favourite.  Learning how to use tumblr is really simple and can be really fun.

1. Go to www.tumblr.com and register for an account.

  • Choose a username which will also be your display name and a part of your URL
  • Your username can be changed in your blog settings.
  • Choose a strong password that is easy for you to remember.

2. Orient yourself with the 7 different types of posts.

  • Text  – contains plain text although hyperlinks, images, videos and html widgets can be added too
  • Photo – images accompanied by a short description
  • Quote – title text (or the quote) and one line of body text that tells where the quote is from
  • Link – descriptive text linked to a website
  • Chat – shares a short conversation
  • Audio – one .mp3 file of a music track or podcast which is playable using Flash music player.
  • Video – embedded video that can be uploaded from the computer or from websites such as Vimeo and YouTube.

3. Create your post.

  • Choose the kind of post that you want to put up.
  • Write or arrange your post
  • Click on the button that you want to use:

-post –puts the content up in real time

-draft – save your blog entry for editing and posting later

-queue – posts the blog entry even when you are offline. You get to set the time or interval for publishing posts

4. Follow people and get your own followers.

  • Followers are subscribers to your blog. Your posts will appear on their dashboard.
  • Followers can like and reblog your posts and interact with you more.
  • Clicking on the follow button allows you to subscribe to a tumblr account.

5. Interact with the tumblr community.

  • Like – clicking on the heart symbol is the way of liking a post
  • Reblog – if you find that a post is relevant or you like it a lot, reblogging is the way to go. The arrows next to the heart are for reblogging.
  • Messages – if your ask box is accessible to other tumblr users, you can receive questions from anyone in the tumblr community and anonymous visitors as well.
  • Comment – commenting on a certain post can be text or photos

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How to keep a conversation going

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Conversations are essential to human interactions. The most genuine ones are comfortable, free-flowing and fun. The thing about conversations is, it is easy to lose track, lose interest and be at a loss for things to say. How to keep a conversation going has three basic parts: listening, processing and talking.

Part 1: Listening

1. Listening to what the other person is saying will give you an idea of:

  • What the he or she wants to talk about (hobbies, job, problems, etc)
  • Their background (family, heritage, experiences, etc)
  • How they feel
  • How they think

2. Listen/Read between the lines

  • Hear out verbal cues of sarcasm, jokes and expressions of emotion
  • Look at body language to tell you the level of interest. (Learn more about body language in the tips below)

Part 2: Processing

1. While listening intently, think of things that relate to what they are saying.

2. Processing means to take their cues (thoughts and feelings) and combining it with your own.

Part 3: Talking

Talking or responding to the other person can take the following forms:

  • Asking questions about what the other person just said

-Avoid asking questions that are answerable by yes or no

-Ask a question from what that person is interested in that you are also interested in knowing more about

  • Sharing your own experience or feelings about the same topic

Tips:

  • Conversations are give and take situations. Listen as much as you talk. Hogging the conversation is a total turn off.
  • In as much as you avoid asking yes/no questions, do not answer with yes/no and one liners too.
  • Show enthusiasm and confidence when you talk
  • Be aware of current events, they make for great conversation starters and they’re better than talking about the weather.
  • Spot the following signs of positive body language and show them too:

-smiling

-hand gestures and relaxed shoulders

-good eye contact

-nodding and leaning forward (shows interest in the conversation)

  • Avoid the following non-verbal cues:

-staring (can be creepy or show the signs of zoning out)

-fidgeting (shows unattention)

-crossing of arms or legs (shows disinterest or hostility)

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How to french braid

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There are a handful of hairstyles that women refer to as their must-learns. One of these classic hairstyles is the French braid. This kind of braid appears sophisticated and chic but it is actually simple to do.

What you will need:

  • Hair that falls below the shoulders (all braids look better with longer hair)
  • Hair brush
  • Elastics
  • Bobby pins

Here’s how:

1. Prepare your hair.

  • Brush to carefully remove the tangles.
  • Dry your hair if you do not want to end up with waves after removing the braid.

2. Part your hair into sections.

Use your fingers to get 3-4 inch hair sections from the sides of your temples or just above your ears. Bring them to the center back of your head.

3. Create 3 strands out of the joined sections.

Make sure that all 3 strands are similar and even.

4. Begin the braiding.

  • Take two strands with one hand and the third strand on your opposite hand.
  • Braid a few rows (about three to four) of regular braids by alternately crossing the three strands.
  • As you continue down , incorporate the all of your hair strands into the braid.

5. Secure the braid with a durable elastic.

When you have all your hair in a braid, tie it with an elastic before accessorizing with a ribbon or any colourful hair tie of your choice.

6. Use bobby pins for the wispy sides around your nape or next to your ear if you want a sleeker look.

 Tips:

  • Braid your hair as tightly as you can because it will loosen up as you move throughout the day.
  • Using hairspray or similar products will keep every strand in place.
  • When you French braid your hair wet it will eventually dry and you will have curls when you remove them.
  • French braids work well for formal events when the strands are accessorized with jewels or tied in a bun at the bottom.

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How to delete twitter

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Twitter is one of those social networking sites that have received much support and great reviews form users and tech bloggers. While it has proven its useful to keeping people updated and well-connected to their family, friends and favourite celebrities, there are still those who do not feel comfortable with twitter.

Those who got tired of tweeting or just couldn’t get the hang out of the twitterverse usually choose to delete their twitter accounts forever. But …

how exactly do you delete a twitter account?

  1. Log in to twitter with your username and password.
  2. Go to “settings”.
  3. At the bottom of the page is “deactivate my account”, click it.
  4. Read the short details stated about your user data, removal of your account and your 30 days leeway if you would like to come back.
  5. Click the blue “deactivate @yourtwitteraccountname” button.
  6. If you are serious about deleting, just don’t ever come back within the 30 day period and you’re done.

Reminders:

  • If you don’t really intend to delete but just want a different username, that can be done in the “settings” option.
  • You may also use a smartphone in performing the steps above.
  • Should you realize you still want to tweet, simply log in within the 30 days and your twitter will automatically be reactivated.

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How to get rid of gnats

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Gnats are very irritating insect though it doesn’t do that much harm to people but its natural habit of flying most of time around people and sitting on foods make it unbearable as they fly around trash. There are some ways described below for your help if you want to know the answer of how to get rid of gnats, it will surely help you.

Some method of getting rid of gnats

There are some simple ways to get rid from gnats such as you can trap them to kill them and if you don’t want to kill them you can prevent them to come to your place also there are many sprays or foggers to getting rid from gnats.

Killing them

Spray

If you have got so irritate that you want to kill them then the best way to do so will be using foggers. These types of spray are mostly used to kill the gnats. There are different types of chemical base sprays to kill different types of gnats so you have to choose the suitable one such as you can use choose the fogger containing pyrethrum to kill the black gnats and or may choose hard mosquito preventing sprays to get rid of small gnats like eye gnats.

Trap

You also can make a trap for the gnats to catch them to kill. In that case you can use vinegar which is the main element to draw their attention to your trap. You can put some vinegar in a pot with a way to enter for the gnats. By this way you can easily trap them and kill them.

Prevent them to come to your place

Gnats are mainly watched to fly around any dirty a wet place. So you have to keep your house free from this nuisance which may attract them to your house. You can put off the house hold trash in a dustbin which is far from your house. Also you can keep your food covered to keep them aloof from gnats.

Now you know how to get rid of gnats, so try these simple steps first and solve your problem very easily.

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How to find the area of a circle

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If you want to know how to find the area of a circle firstly you need to know the formula of area of a circle to find out its area which is very simple i.e. area of a circle = Pi*r2 where Pi is a constant and r represents the radius of a circle. The procedure is described below.

Apparatus:

  • Ruler or anything that measures
  • A calculator

Procedure:

  • First you have to measure the radius of a circle using a scale. For this you have to point out its centre and measure the distance from centre to the periphery of the circle.
  • If you know the value of Pi then good but for your information Pi=3.14 approximately. Then you have to use the calculator to put the values to the formula where you have to multiply the value of pi with the square value of r which is radius of the circle.
  • Then pressing the digits into calculator you can easily get your exact radius of a circle.

Example 1

Let’s say that R=2.2 m

We know, Pi=3.14

Therefore, Area of a circle=Pi*R2

=3.14*(2.2m) 2

=15.19 m2

Example 2

Let’s say that R=4m

Pi=3.14

Therefore, Area of a circle=Pi*R2

=3.14*(4m) 2

=50.24 m2, here m is unit of length.

Now you might not have any confusion of how to find the area of a circle so proceed to your study and best of luck.

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How to ask a guy out

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Gone are the days when girls have to do all the asking. Sure it can be scary, nerve-racking and intimidating but learning how to ask a guy out could lead to great things. It could be that you have been friends for a long time or you belong to the same circle but you’ve never had the chance to be alone. You don’t have to wait for him to get all your hints, with these pointers, you can ask him out without coming on too strong and still be graceful if he says no.

Steps

1. Timing is everything.

  • Ask in a low-pressure setting where the two of you are comfortable. It could be after sports practice, in the hallway after class or when you are at a party.
  • Ask when you are alone or when there are not a lot of people around.
  • Don’t make a big deal out of it. Saying something like “Can I talk to you for a second?” is enough.

2. Have a specific activity in mind.

  • You can’t just come up to him and ask for a date or hang-out. You will look and sound silly.
  • The easiest activities to ask him for company are:

-school dance (like Sadie Hawkins or any other girls’ choice dance)

-movie, concert, game, museum or zoo visit (anything that the two of you are interested in)

-activity that he likes a lot (biking, eating Japanese food, ComiCon, etc)

-group dates are low-pressure and can be a lot of fun too

3. Plan for the best, expect the worst.

  • There is a chance that he doesn’t like you that much or he is seeing someone else and you didn’t know about it or maybe he is not free on the specific time and date you have planned. Expecting the worst will prepare you emotionally so you can still be graceful even if he says no.
  • Have a graceful exit strategy.

-Do not do the giddy happy dance in front of him if he says yes and do not drag yourself and burst into tears if he says no.

-Prepare a reason to leave the scene if he says no. Having to study for a test, hurrying to catch the bus or meeting someone will do.

-Come up with a plan B if he is clearly not in the mood. Ask for help with homework or the schedule of the next game if he is not in the mood.

4. Confidence is key.

  • Smile and talk fluently.
  • Look your normal self. Being overly dolled up when asking him is a turn-off.

Alternatives to asking him in person:

  • Over the phone –calling him eases the tension of having to ask personally, and you can have your gal pal standing by for support. The downside is, you cannot see his facial expression so you don’t know if he is interested for sure.
  • Through text, social networking and notes- this is low-key but can be pretty risky since you leave a trail for someone else to find. It can be embarrassing if someone else sees your message and you also have to worry about how to arrange your words.

Additional tips:

  • Make sure he is not dating anyone. You don’t want to get into trouble for sure.
  • Pay for the date because it was your idea. Unless he insists on paying.
  • Don’t make a big deal if he says no. Don’t stop being friends and don’t bash him too.
  • Understand if he doesn’t want to date if he just got out of a relationship.

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How to do a sock bun

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Whether it is the hot summer day or a hot date that pushes you to want the perfect bun, the secret is a simple everyday item you probably did not think was for the hair—a clean sock. Knowing how to do a sock bun is a must for young ladies and women who a polished look with minimum effort.

The perfect sock bun in 5 steps:

1. Choose a sock to use.

Pick a sock that is clean but is not useful to you anymore like one that does not have a pair or a style that you don’t like anymore. The sock’s length should be ankle or mid-shin length. Socks that are too long usually bunch up while too short socks just don’t hold.

2. Cut off the toes.

Using a pair of scissors, follow the seams and cut the bottom part of the sock. Clean the edge and hem if needed.

3. Roll and scrunch the sock until it looks like a donut.

4. Make a ponytail.

You can make it as high as you want to.

5. Slide the sock onto the hair until it reaches the crown area of the head.

6. Cover the sock with hair. Make sure that no part of the sock can be seen.

7. Slide a scrunchie or elastic to secure the hair.

8.  Secure any loose hair with bobby pins.

Tips:

  • Thicker socks make for better sock buns.
  • Multiple thin socks can be used to create one rolled sock.

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How to whistle

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Whistling is quite a fun and useful skill to learn. A lot of people learn how to whistle as children but believe it or not, there are adults who still have not figured it out.

It is never too late to learn how to whistle:

1. Pucker up your lips.

Position your lips as if you are saying the word “two” or you are giving someone a kiss.

2. Push your tongue towards your lower gum.

Your tongue will have a curved shape even if it does not touch your teeth or gums.

3.  Softly blow air in and out through your lips.

4.  You will produce soft sounds.

5.  Move your tongue and lips to change shape until you find the sound that you like.

5. Experiment and practice until you make different notes.

Tips:

  • Don’t blow too hard especially during practice because you might run out of breath and get tired easily.
  • Just like in learning other things, you need to rest in between practice.
  • For some, moist lips make whistling easier. Take a sip of water or lick your lips.
  • If the pucker with the “two” position does not work or is difficult for you, try “oh”.
  • Learning how to whistle could be extra challenging if you have some front teeth missing, have braces or dentures.

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How to install minecraft mods

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Minecraft is an interesting and exciting game played by children and adults alike. A modification or “mod” changes the Minecraft game a little from its original form, to enhance the playing experience. Most of the available mods make use of MCP to add various terrains, items or functions.

The easiest steps on how to install Minecraft mods on PC are:

1. Download the mod you want to install.

2. Make sure you have an extractor for .zip, .rar and .jar  files such as:

3. Open the Minecraft folder, find the “bin” folder and click on it.

4. Locate the .jar file and open it using your unarchiver or unzipper program

5. Install the modloader if you don’t have it yet.

6. Make a temporary folder for the mod you extracted. This will be useful just in case you make a mistake.

7. Drag and drop the contents of the mod folder into the Minecraft WinRAR window. The files will merge, so don’t worry.

8. Go to the minecraft.jar folder and delete the META-INF folder which interferes with many mods.

9. Begin playing Minecraft and enjoy your new mods.

Tips:

  • The steps may take a while if you are a newcomer. But you will get used to installing mods because the basic processes are the same.
  • Be careful of malwares and spywares when you download. Go online to trusted Minecraft related sites and forum.

Useful Tutorial Links – Youtube:

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