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Explaining the Popularity of the Noble Nine

Every year since 2002, the video game information web site has held one or two competitions to determine the most popular video game characters or series. The competition is run via a series of polls that are open to anyone who loads the webpage. The competitions between video game characters are called Character Battles. Sometime in 2003, after the first few character battles had occurred, a member of a video game forum called Board 8 noticed a pattern in the battles. This member, known as Slowflake, realized that 9 specific characters did consistently well in the Character Battles and only ever lost in polls against each other. Slowflake coined the term “Noble Nine” to refer to these nine members.

The Noble Nine are Link (Legend of Zelda), Mario (Super Mario Bros.), Samus Aran (Metroid), Cloud (Final Fantasy VII), Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII), Crono (Chrono Trigger), Mega Man (Mega Man), Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid), and Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog). While it may have been premature to label these characters after only a year, the Noble Nine lived up to their title for almost seven years. Until 2010, the Noble Nine won 124 one-on-one battles during Character Battles against characters not in the Noble Nine. During the same time, the Noble Nine characters never lost any one-on-one battles against characters not in the Noble Nine.

There are different characters whether it is Noble Nine or Non-noble nine buy let’s not categorize them in either because each one has their own brand value like Pokemon and one needs to have skills to achieve Pokemon go accounts for sale to get to goals and all of the above mentioned games fall in similar line.

In addition to being popular characters in the Character Battles, it is quite probable that these nine characters are the most popular characters in all of video games. But, if these characters really are the most popular characters in all of video games, the question is what exactly makes them so popular?

For Link, Samus, Mega Man, Mario, and Solid Snake, there appears to be one consistent answer. All of these characters are the main characters of long running series originally made popular by a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game. While console gaming existed on the systems like the Atari and Commodore 64 before the NES was released, due to the Video Game Crash of 1983, Nintendo is generally considered to be the godfather of the video game industry. Many NES games are considered classics, especially those that started popular series. The love that gamers have for games like Legend of Zelda and Mega Man transfers to a love for the characters.

The single notable exception to the above is the incredibly popular Final Fantasy series. Despite thirteen games in the series, which originally started on the NES, only one game in the series has characters in the Noble Nine. This is primarily due to the fact that Final Fantasy games rarely maintain plot or character continuity in sequels. Thus, the characters from each game are judged independent of the series. Unsurprisingly, the most popular game in the series, Final Fantasy VII, is the game that produced the two most popular characters. And, most fans of the game would claim that the reason the game is so popular is because Cloud and Sephiroth are such excellently designed and portrayed characters.

Looking further down the list, there is one character that is the main character of a series that did not start on a Nintendo console. In fact, the popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog can almost be entirely attributed to the fact that the game is not a Nintendo product. The original console wars between Nintendo and Sega were fierce. And, while Nintendo eventually won, Sega fans never forgot the rivalry. The rivalry is long since forgotten by the companies, but millions of fans continue to root for the underdog. As such, Sonic the Hedgehog is something of a dark horse favorite and has gained a cult following that is as strong as or stronger than Mario’s fan base.

The final character in the Noble Nine is considered the most unlikely. Crono is the main character of the SNES classic Chrono Trigger. While the game is generally considered a classic, it is comparatively unknown relative to the other games that feature Noble Nine characters. Chrono Trigger was a role playing game released before Final Fantasy VII made role playing games mainstream. It also has never produced a true sequel, nor did it sell particularly well on initial release. Despite this, role playing game fans almost universally agree that it is one of the best role playing games ever made. This unified popularity among fans of the genre is rare, with even classics like Final Fantasy VII having a large number of detractors. So, while the game doesn’t have mass popularity, the near universal appeal to genre fans gives the game, and the main character, a surprisingly strong fan base.

Nearly a decade later, the designation of the Noble Nine seems to be a rather insightful bit of nomenclature. In the Character Battles, these characters continue to dominate year after year. Outside of the Character Battles, despite the creation of new games and new series, no character seems to have garnered any form of massive popularity amongst a high population of video game players. Partially this is due to which games have become popular. World of Warcraft has no protagonist and Halo has an unnamed protagonist. But, this is also partially due to the fact that these original nine characters were simply incredibly well designed characters that appeal highly to gamers. Even should a new popular character come along, the Noble Nine is likely to remain popular for a long time to come.

Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Home Mortgage Loan

Buying a new home isn’t as easy as it used to be. As a matter of fact, it is downright confusing. There are so many different numbers to keep track of it can make your head spin. My advice is if you’re going to pay attention to any number at all, make it the interest rate you pay the most attention to.

For those of you looking to finance the cost of a new home, then there is a good possibility that you will face the choice of picking between more than one Dallas mortgage loan options. You’ll be offered Dallas mortgage loans with various interest rates, payment terms and length. As you can see, the interest rate you are approved for is the most obvious way save money on your Dallas mortgage.

A Dallas mortgage loan with a low interest rate means lower payments and less overall cost for the loan. For potential homeowners with poor credit, you probably won’t be approved for the best interest rate. That doesn’t mean all is lost. There are other ways to save money on your Dallas Texas Mortgage loan. Here are just a few:

Choose the right home mortgage

Dallas mortgage loans are available with a range of interest rate choices. Short term adjustable rate loans are your best bet to save money since they come with lower interest rates than 30-year fixed-rate Dallas home loans. After the initial fixed period, the monthly payments adjust with the index for the rest of the 30 year term.

You don’t need mortgage insurance

Dallas home loans with less than a 20% down payment will require mortgage insurance. There is no getting around this. This rule was created to protect the bank’s investment. The Dallas mortgage industry can avoid mortgage insurance by cutting your loan into a combo loan. The first mortgage being 80% of the loan, and the remainder of what you did not pay as a down payment. After you’ve paid 20% of the loan off, drop the insurance and save money.

Make more payments

There are a few other options which come with a Dallas Texas mortgage. One of your options is to go with a bi-weekly payment which works great for people are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Each time you make an extra payment, the life of your loan is shortened. Two payments a month instead of one, takes a little over 23 years to repay a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.

Using just one or two of these above tips can save you hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in the total cost of your overall mortgage. You can also try if you want to ensure utmost financial security. You’ll have no problem paying off your loan faster.

Network Installation Guide for the Windows XP Operating System

Hardware Selection: Important Information

You want to make sure that you already have some type of broadband connection such as Road Runner® or DSL already in place. Also, your computers will need to have wireless capabilities having either an internal/external wireless card or a USB network adapter installed. The newer computers are the more likely they already have wireless capabilities built-in. But if your computer does need wireless capabilities, then you will want to get a USB network adapter for a desktop and a PCMIA (or PC-card) network card. The next step in designing your network is to select a wireless router which will admit an internet signal to multiple connections in your home. There are many different types of wireless frequencies, the most common are 802.11b and 802.11g. 802.11g is a faster connection than 802.11b so you will probably want to choose this type of wireless router. But, if you have a wireless card in any of your computers, it will be compatible with an 802.11g router. It does help to buy the same manufacturer’s products for the network adapters and also the router, although mixing and matching manufacturers’ products seem to be work fine.

Choosing a Router

The two most popular manufactures, respectively, are Linksys® and Belkin®. Other well-known manufacturers are D-Link® and NetGear®. Linksys® tends to be a little more expensive than Belkin®, but the difference in performance is near impossible to notice. I personally recommend Belkin® over Linksys® not only because of the price but the firmware (the software that is loaded on the router) is much easier to use and it has several more features than Linksys®.

All routers now usually enable sometime of firewall, which is a basic safeguard that helps to promote internet security by blocking connections people are attempting to make to your network. And wireless routers have many different ways of securing your network so that you can have a secure environment. The instruction manuals that come with the routers usually have a good detail of information telling about the certain features each router has installed. All wireless routers also have some hardwire ports that can be used. Their price can range significantly $30 over $100. You can usually find a good deal on eBay®. Many factors help to drive the price up to such as its security features, the number of ports, the number of wireless connections allowed, etc. Most wireless routers have a certain speed, in gig hertz (GHz), so the higher the gig hertz the faster your wireless connection will be.

Network Installation

To begin the network installation, unplug the power cord of the cable modem and set the router next to the cable modem, leave it powered off also.

If Going to Have any Hard-Line Connections

Then, take a look at the length from the router to the computer(s) that you wish to connect via an Ethernet cord. You want to have a measurement of the length from the router to the computer(s) and then use this/these measurement(s) to determine the length of the Ethernet cords you will have to purchase. Once the Ethernet cords have been purchased, make sure the computers have been powered off and then place the Ethernet cords in the network port in the back of the desktop(s) or laptop(s) and then connect them to the ports in the back of the router. In the back of the router, there will be port numbers; for example, 1 to 4 for a 4 port router. Place the Ethernet cords in any of these open numbered ports. There will also be a port labeled WAN. Do not place the Ethernet cords that are going to be connected to the computers via a hard line connection in this port. This port, known as the Wide Area Network (Your ISP is considered the Wide Area Network), is used for the Ethernet cord connection from the modem to the router. This step will be performed later on.

Once you have connected the cables from the computer to the router, leave the router turned off. Then turn on the connected computers and let them start up normally into Windows®. This will allow the computers to recognize that there is a LAN connection that will soon be present (Local Area Network – which refers to your home network). You may get a message from Windows® saying the Local Area Connection has been unplugged; just disregard this message for now.

The Cables for Hard-Line Connection

The cables used for a hard-line connection are called Ethernet cables. They are very similar to telephone cables except telephone cables have 3 wires and Ethernet cables have 6 wires. An Ethernet cable must be used to connect the cable modem to the router. Most routers include an Ethernet cable in their packaging which you can use for this purpose. If a hard line connection is going to be used for a computer on your network, an Ethernet cable must be used to establish the connection. If you have an older computer, you may want to make sure you have a 10/100 LAN Network Card. This can be seen by

looking at the back of the computer. The following image gives a good idea of what the port looks like. The cable you see in the picture to the right is what an Ethernet cable looks like. Most computers post 2000 era have the network card built-in already. The cheapest place to get Ethernet cables is probably on eBay®. Most large retailer stores charge approximately $30.00 for a 50′ cable, which is pricey. Unless you are in a time constraint, shop around for the best price you can find for the length of cable that meets your needs.

Needed for All Connections (Wireless and Hard Line)

Now plug the router’s power cord into the wall. The router will not perform certain tests and diagnostics to see what exactly is connected to it. (For hard-line connections only) – The router will then recognize the connected computers. You can know this for certain if you look at the front of the router and lights

are blinking for activity and connectivity under the associated numbered ports for which the computer(s) is/are connected too. Next, make sure the modem is connected to the router via the WAN port in the back of the router. You can use the Ethernet cable that usually comes in the packaging with the router.

If completed, plug in the power for the modem. The modem will go through a few diagnostics tests; you will see blinking lights for Power, Send, Receive, and Online usually. It may take up to 2 or 3 minutes before the sequence is done. (For hard-line connections only) – After a minute or two, you will see a pop-up box on the computers that say Local Area Network connection established. This process has synchronized the router with the computers and also the router with the cable modem and ISP service. Once this is done, you will now need to configure the router’s setting.

15 Stocking Stuffers For Men For Under $5

Great stocking stuffers for less than $5? You bet and they’re not just for children either. In fact, here are some ideas for the men on your list.

Miniature toy cars: Wanna surprise him with a new car that will fit in his stocking? Miniature toy cars are great ideas and are well under the $5 mark. This works for sons, husbands, dads, and friends. The toy car keeps it fun and inexpensive while still letting him know you care enough to give him the car of his dreams.

Skin care and grooming products: Consider putting skin care and grooming products in his stocking. Avon has skin care products which are under $5, including after shave skin conditioners in a variety of fragrances as well as body washes. Yves Rocher has hair+body shampoo for $5. Trial sizes are an excellent way to experiment with a new scent or even a new product.

Gadgets: Men love gadgets, it really is that simple. Avon has a mini universal remote key-chain for less than $5. Wal-Mart and K-Mart also have a variety of small gadgets for $5 or less.

Toy guns: These are for the younger at heart, nerf makes some nice ones. Lots of fun and budget-friendly and as a bonus, good way to get some exercise too.

Puzzle books: Most of the men I know like a good puzzle. Crosswords, sudoku, and even search-a-words are all good, every bathroom needs at least one. The crosswords and search-a-words can even be customized. TV guide crosswords for the TV fan or movie puzzles for the movie buff.

Paperbacks: The least expensive way to indulge your book lover. Barnes  amp; Noble, Walden Books, and many other bookstores offer paperbacks and sometimes even hardcover editions for under $5. The best strategy is to go often and browse through the bargain books shelves. Some of these retailers have cards which give discounts and programs which will email coupons to members.

Cologne: Remember trial sizes are a great way to experiment and to keep the expense down. Yves Rocher has try me sizes of fragrances for less than $5.

Wallets: Small minimalist wallets are the hype today. These could be a nice present for guys from any ages. These minimalis wallets usually come with stylish and modern design. This can be a nice present for the men of your life such as your father, husband, friends or even colleagues.

Chapsticks: What about those lips? Men’s lips need protection from the elements too. There are many different types from which to choose. Avon has some basic chapsticks for less than $1 right now.

Gift certificate for a movie rental: Netflix has plans which start at $4.99, definitely a budget conscious choice. Some local owned video stores offer gift certificates in $5 increments. A place often overlooked is the grocery store. Most stores offer gift cards and video rentals.

Microwave popcorn: This can be purchased either individually or in a box and separated out. Either way, it makes a delightful addition to a movie rental gift certificate.

Movie size boxes of candy: Most towns have at least one Dollar Tree or similar type of store. These stores carry movie sized boxes of candy which make a great accompaniment to the movie rental gift certificate and microwave popcorn.

Golf balls or tees for the golfer: What golfer doesn’t need these accessories? If not these, how about some other accessory for his favorite sport or hobby?

Fishing lure for the fisherman: Every fisherman needs more lure or other accessories for his hobby. Most stores which have a sporting goods department have accessories for the fisherman.

Travel bag: Even if only for a toothbrush, shaving supplies, and antiperspirant every man needs a travel bag. Filling it with trial/travel sizes of his favorite products is a great way to make it more personal.

Magazine subscriptions: The men in my life love magazines, so a great personalized gift idea is a subscription to their favorites. and are two great websites which offer magazine subscriptions for less than $5 per year.

These are 15 gift ideas for men which are $5 or less each. Most can be personalized and remember it is the thought that counts when giving a gift. Taking the time to think about what the man in your life cares about and enjoys results in the perfect gift whether it costs $5 or much more.

Paint By Numbers: Perfect Method For Aspiring Artists

If you are a beginning artist in painting but don’t have any idea on how to further your skills, you are in the right place. This article will go through the benefits of paint by numbers kit for aspiring artists like you. This system is certainly the best method for you to get started and to enhance your painting skills. As such, here are the following reasons why paint by numbers is perfect for beginners.

Teaches colors

One of the most important elements of painting is color. This is something that every beginner should learn first for him or her to easily get his or her hand at painting. Colors have a strong impact and relationship to your final artwork. Generally, colors on their own will appear very different when you have painted another one next to it. Hence, it is really important to study its effects. Paint by numbers is certainly one of the best ways to learn the basics of colors.

Creative Control

Through painting by numbers you will also be able to practice and enhance creative control.  Creative color will manifest once you became more confident about your painting. As you go on painting, you will find yourself experimenting with the different types of brush strokes and you will also try some new colors. As a result, you can easily control your hand on painting and you will become more creative.

Lean dark and light values

When painting by numbers, it is advisable to start first with the darkest colors and end with the lightest ones. With this, you will be able to learn the concept of dark and light and how their values work in order to create an amazing picture. Painting by numbers will show you the dark and light areas through its numbering system. Certainly, paint by numbers is a great tool to learn these essential values in painting.


Another reason why paint by numbers can help beginning artists to gain painting skills is because the system of paint by number is organized. Whether it is a patterned or a custom paint by number, it is always organized through its number system. This will provide beginners guidelines on how to get started.

Master the brushes

For a beginner to become an effective painter, it is important to master the values of brushes. Basically, there are several types of brushes in paint by number kit. As you go on practicing, you learn the functions of each brush that you have. In addition, you will also learn the proper brush strokes that you need for the every shape in the picture.

Builds Confidence

Lastly, paint by numbers will help beginners build confidence.  It can be daunting to just look at a blank page and think of a way on how to create something great from it. But beginners no longer have to experience that with paint by numbers. Since it has a number system, it is now easier for beginners to get started.

Consumer Alert: Caffeine-infused Products – Do They Really Work?

My daily consumer alerts are ways for me to help inform my readers about potential risks or ways in which you are being misled. Today’s article addresses the growing trend of caffeine-infused skin products. These products are popping up all over the market.

There are nearly 2,000 different types of caffeine-infused products to choose from. They all advertise that they will help “infuse” you with a jolt of energy. Basically, the caffeine in the product is supposed to have the same effect as drinking a cup of coffee, soda, or even an energy drink. Results are showing that this could not be farther from the truth.

A close friend of mine, who wishes to remain anonymous, has led a group of students at his university in a study. They decided to purchase around 100 of these caffeine-infused skin products. The purpose of buying the products is so that a small group of five people would use the products. The usage of the random choice of different products would last for eight weeks. Each student was required to keep a book of data on how they felt after each use. They were also required to write down the amount they used the product, the amount of time spent using the product, and overall result.

All of the results showed similar results. The caffeine products could give us a jolt of energy, but only if you overuse the product. You would have to take nearly and hour of rubbing the product into your skin to feel any results. Why would anyone bother to do this when they could brew their own cup of coffee or pour their own glass of soda. Each task only takes us a matter of seconds to do and a few minutes to drink. So is it truly worth buying any of these products?

Results show that purchasing the products simply for their caffeine jolt is not worth the investment. Many of these “new” products coming out are products that have already been out on the market for many years, except for a small change. Manufacturers are taking popular product formulas and adding a touch of caffeine to them. This is so that they can jump on the bandwagon craze of selling caffeine-infused products.

It is a known fact that our society is currently on a “I want more energy craze”. Companies are taking advantage of this by releasing more and more caffeine relate items. You will notice this by simply going to your local drug store. The massive variety of these products is quite frightening. You can find energy drinks, candy, and even food products that have caffeine added to them. Experts believe that the market will only grow larger due to the demand of the public. A website named coffee supply here can be launched through the sellers. The demand for the coffee drinking will be increased in the economy. Different varieties of the coffee powder should be available for the sellers online. 

My consumer alert is to tell you to not purchase these products unless it is something you just want to try. There is actually no need at all for the product. The product is quite similar to many of the products you have used over the years. Try to not believe what your friends are telling you and the hype you might hear from co-workers. They are simply trying to make themselves believe that the product was a good investment and that because it was advertised to them as a pick-me-up, it has to be. The results do not lie, it does work, but not enough to waste your money.

Which Tile Saws Do You Need At Home?

Tile saws are a very important device that can help you fix and cut through tiles, as you can understand from the name. If you have come across a situation when you just threw out a chipped or broken tile right out of the window, the you already are aware of the problems of poor quality tile saws. Everyone out there always want to place clean and premium quality tiles without the risk of chipping or wavered edges.

If you invest in the wrong and inefficient tile saw machine, then you are in for some trouble. There are different kinds of tile saws that are available in the market. Take a look at them in this blog and decide for yourself which is the best tile saw.

Snap or Rail Cutters – this tile saw machine works by placing a single tile on the device anf then dragging a wheel across the tile. Once the tile is scored, the foot heel of the machine helps yo assemble the tile to snap into the scored pieces. It is a bit complicated to use and that is why you might break a few tiles initially which practicing. But, once you get into the flow, you will have no problem in setting the tiles easily. It is simple and comes with low cost mechanism. This is very much ideal for do-it-yourself projects which are done on a small scale with simple cuts and tasks that are easily manageable. However, keep in mind that you cannot use it to place stone tiles and the variants with Titanium coating offers the best cuts to the overall process.

Handheld Wet Tile Saws – handheld wet tile saws make full use of a power coated diamond cutting wheel which can easily grind away the tile it comes in contact with. Water is usually supplied with the help of a hose connection or with an on-board container. Dry cutting is only possible, but broadcasts the dust particle across the air. These tile saws are much more convenient for being used to give special cuts and design to the tiles. They are available in both corded and cordless variants. The cuts that are provided with the help of the device are natural and looks really good. It is not that heavy or bulky, making it easier for you to port anywhere.

Table Top Wet Tile Saws – with the help of Table Top Wet Tile Saws, tiles are usually pushed through the table using the diamond cutting wheel that is mounted beneath the table. The wheel continues to rotate in the pool of water that keeps it cool and drastically reduces the amount of dust that goes flying into the air. You need to be really well prepared to use this time saw and without prior experience you should not try it out. The line of sight might not be accurate at all times, making it difficult to use. The friction received by pushing the tile on the table, makes way for a smooth cutting. You can use a mitier attachment for more precise cutting.

Overhead Motor Wet Tile Saws – this tile saw travels across the table by using a rail system that goes through the cutting wheel. Some of the variants also come with stands or there are stands that come separately for purchase. Using submersible pumps, water is supplied to the delivery systems. If you want highly precise cards, then this is the best tile saw variant to use. These are the largest devices among all the other three and that is why you will need some space and time in order to set it up completely. You will get a much better and accurate line of site while using this device because the cutting wheel us situated just above the tile in front of you. There are lasers and LED lights attached to the premium variants for much better accuracy.

So, here are the different kinds of tile saws that are available in the market. All of them have their own set of benefits and disadvantages, which you should be well aware of. Depending on your needs and requirements choose any of the variant you think will be helpful for you.

Rid Your Kitchen of Clutter

Is your kitchen full of clutter jamming the linear rails of your drawers? Despite the fact that it is generally the cleanest room in your house, it is typically more cluttered due to the volume of necessities needed in that space. My kitchen is rather small, so being able to keep the chaos in the cabinets to a minimum proved rather difficult at first. I was able to eliminate the clutter though and have kept it at bay ever since. You are really going to have to roll up your sleeves though, this is tough work.

Pick the cabinet that looks like it is ready to burst at the seams, and begin with it. Take everything, and I do mean everything out. Once you have it all in front of you, go through and see what you are using and what you are not. Any non-perishable food items that are not outdated but are not eaten can be donated to your local food pantry. Anything that has expired needs to be tossed out. The same can be said of items without a visible expiration date or label.

Examine pots, pans, and eating utensils. Chances are, you have things that are not in proper working condition and shouldn’t be kept either. Just throw it away. The pots and pans that you do not regularly use, the roasting pan per se, should not be stored with the other items. The things that you just don’t use period should either be donated or disposed of. If you are anything like me, you will find several items that don’t even belong in a kitchen. Set these in a box or container to be sorted later

Don’t be too quick to put the items back in the cabinet. The goal is to not only rid yourself of clutter but to prevent it from happening again. There is an easy system for this. Least used items don’t need to go somewhere for really fast access, most frequently used goods should be right there for easy consumption. Put items that expire first at the beginning of the row so that they are used first. Organize pots, pans, and eating utensils in the same manner.

Move on to the rest of your cabinets and do the same thing. After you’ve finished, take a good look around the room to see if there are any other items in the kitchen that does not belong. A lot of people tend to collect mail and similar things on the top of the refrigerator. Make sure that there is nothing laying on the countertops that aren’t used on a frequent basis. Take the “does not belong” box out and put the items where they belong, and you are finished. Maintenance is easy, simply throw out the item when it’s not working properly or expired. Take a quick two-minute sweep, if that long, on a daily basis to make sure that nothing is there that shouldn’t be and that things are put away.

Why You Should Dump

There is a current debate raging among parents and educators about the safeness and benefits of social networking sites like Sadly, safety issues are just the beginning of’s problems. Also, there are now several amazing social media sites that offer you great features and opportunity. Instagram for example is a best platform to advertise your brand. You can also buy 500 instagram followers at Buzzvoice or more. This will give you chance to expand your network and audience. There are many reasons why should be avoided at all costs and Barefoot has outlined them here: My Top Eight Reasons for Hating

Two of Barefoot’s Eight Reasons to Hate

The eight reasons sited in Barefoot’s article are all valid problems with Let’s examine some of Barefoot’s reasons for not using and explore better social networking sites.

Barefoot wrote, as reason number eight, “You are not an HTML programmer.” Many of us, even with the fastest of Internet speeds, are tired of waiting for poorly designed pages with overlapping images and messed up fonts to load. So many profiles on look like they were created by computer school drop-outs, and are as ugly as the pink hair on a certain beauty school drop out in Grease. Really, nobody cares about your profile enough to wait that long. Sorry.

The layouts on also remind me of the early days of the web when new users through bright yellow font on an orange background with a transparent photo and floating logo made their web page stand out.

Barefoot also notes that “There is a whole industry growing up around building a MySpace page.” I found lots of inappropriate material when searching for MySpace and HTML. Perhaps Barefoot and I are just old, and not into “bling bling” sequined images for our web pages.

In his article Barefoot also noted as number five: “Those stats aren’t you.” The use of the statistics on the MySpace community is the most disconcerting. They read like a dating ad service. There is just something that feels a little seedy about MySpace’s presentation of personal data, including relationship status and sexual Devotees

The most frustrating aspect of is attempting to discuss the downside of with its cult-like followers. Their voices rise, their faces turn red, and they actually become insulted. MySpacers will defend MySpace vehemently.

It is out of ignorance, though, from not having gone around the Internet block enough times. They suffer and do not even know it, that is the saddest part.

When asked “Why” the following lame and inexplicable answers came back as “reasons.” The only part missing is the reasoning.

  1. “Everyone’s on MySpace.”

Acutally, no, they’re not. Not everyone.

  1. “It’s the only way to keep in touch with everybody.”

Please. In the day of free blogs, free e-mail, free home pages, video conferencing, and oh, a little invention called THE TELEPHONE, it is not the only way to keep in touch with people.

  1. “There’s no other site like it.”

There are two responses to this gem. One is to roll on the floor laughing, the other is to say, “Good thing.”

Alternatives to

There are alternatives. There are better social networking sites and options. Break free and run as fast as you can, to a better social networking experience.

  1. Community

At the heart of are personal journals. The LiveJournal community allows you set up a profile page with photos or images and include as little or as information as you want. Your journal entries can be public, private, filtered to certain groups, or be some combination of those options. There is a photo gallery and it’s easy to post images in your journal entries.

The page design options are easy-to-use and clean-looking, and not immersed with flashing and blinking advertising.

While LiveJournal is more than just a place for online journals. The community aspects of LJ are quite powerful. Easily read all of your friends’ pages on one page, ordered by the most recent post. The communities on LiveJournal are also incredibly diverse and very active. Users of the community can easily find a list communities simply by using keyword searching.

  1. Any other site besides

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Snub Dogs- Health Issues Faced By The Mutts

Health is the most important asset for every living being whether it is humans or animals and both need to be in sound health in order to sustain their life on the face of the earth.

Amongst the two, it is human beings that call the shots as it is dominated by them and they alone are allowed to dictate the rules and regulations here whereas the animals are destined to obey them without a second thought, which is quite natural in the sense that their erstwhile masters have the power of speech while they don’t.

Nevertheless, we were talking about health and how it is important to both of them but as a subject matter, we will limit it to the most loyal animal ever in existence. To make it easier to understand, we are focusing on a particular breed, which are the snub dogs.

Breed Culture

Everyone is aware that dogs are of varied breeds and it is this culture that differentiates one from the other but snub dogs arouse more curiosity as they are quite interesting and intriguing at the same time.

They are smaller in size compared to say a Labrador or a German shepherd and their facial structures also vary from their much larger counterparts. They have short, droopy face akin to cartoon character Droopy that is full of wrinkles while the nose is in muzzled format.

At first glance, it will give you an impression that the pup has been wrapped with a small bag around its face while the tail is quite curled and in a slanting position compared to other dogs.

This particular breed has a glossed coating for skin and that too in various colors right from black to light brown to fawn while the entire body is square shaped with strong muscles, as though it is lifting dumbbells each day.

Pitiable State

The facial structure of snub dogs will surely make you feel that they are to be pitied but that is not the case as while commuters may purchase them as pets by looking at their miserable expression out of pity, but they take good care of them at home and treat them akin to a family member.

However, there is a sad story about this breed in that they are vulnerable to diseases and ailments at a higher rate compared to others and take ill even after an ordinary bout of cold.

This pitiable state is something that needs to be discussed as to why it is so and why this breed is singled out among others when it comes to illnesses, when diseases never even spare healthy people.

A recent survey conducted by the American Kennel Club came to the conclusion that bull dogs have a bad habit of sniffing and eating anything that they come across on the ground below, mistaking it for dog treats.

They opine that French bulldogs are quite popular in the US and come in fourth position after Labrador, shepherds and golden retrievers and have broader and shorter skulls.

When there is a sudden change in season, they get a headache and start coughing and sneezing while the sound of vehicles make things worse as they are unable to tolerate so much noise pollution in the vicinity.


Flat-faced or short-nosed dogs, like Pugs have similar health deficiencies as they fall under the same category but as they are even smaller in size, they need extra care and treatment so as to make things better for them.

An interesting point of note is that pugs have a photogenic face and some medical issues that they face are due to the following conditions:

  • Excessive heat plays spoilsport as pugs have a short snout and are at a greater risk in a hot climate where they become breathless and start panting after a short walk
  • Their nostrils are quite narrow which means that they don’t have a great flow of oxygen and so when they snore it sounds more like a wheezing and choking, which is why they need to be checked by veterinarians at regular intervals
  • They are prone to eye and skin problems due to a limited vision and their skin starts to develop rashes due to excessive wrinkles on the face