Sunday, October 27, 2013

Katana Swords - A Traditional Japanese Sword Favored By The Samurai

The Katana - A Unique Weapon And Collector's Sword

A sword traditionally used by the Japanese samurai during the feudal times in Japan was the Katana sword. When viewing this sword one will notice the distinctive curved, single-edged blade that is very slender in appearance. The Katana sword will also have either a square guard or a circular guard. The handle will also be unique in that it is long to accommodate two hands when being used. The Katana swords has become known world-wide for its cutting ability and the extreme sharpness of the blade. In modern times the Katana sword has commonly become referred to as "The Samurai Sword."
Due to the changing battle conditions of the Muromachi period (1392-1573) the Katana sword design was developed. These battle times required a weapon that could be quickly drawn and used to cut a victim in a single fluid motion. By being worn with the blade facing up, the samurai was able to draw the Katana sword to facilitate the quick draw scenario mentioned above. In previous time, the samurai had used a sword with a curved blade facing down.
The overall length of the Katana sword varied depending on the time in history of its usage. In the early times, the late 14th and early 15th centuries, the average length of the blade was between 70 to 73 cm (27.6 to 28.7 inches). In the early part of the 16th century, the blade became shorter, close to 60 cm (23.6 inches). Later on in the 15th century, it became extended once again to approximately 73 cm (28.7 inches).
When the samurai was dressed for battle, the Katana sword was usually paired with the Wakizashi or Tanto swords. These swords were similar in design but designed as a much shorter sword in length. When paired, the two swords were called the Daisho and represented the personal honor and social power of the samurai who was wearing them. The Katana was used for open conflicts or battles and the Wakizashi or Tanto was more of a side arm for those times of close quartered combat.
One must remember that the samurai did not use the Katana sword lightly or quickly. There was a bond between the sword and the samurai that was considered a very sacred link. The samurai fully believed that the Katana was linked to their soul and would only be used as a last resort or drawn under the most dire of circumstances.
In martial arts usage,the Katana was used for practice by the samurai. In modern times, the Katana is still used by many martial artists in various forms.
The various Katana swords shown in the slide show presentation give some examples of the Katana but overall, there are many different variations in appearance of this type of sword. Some are more elaborate than others with intricate detail given to blade art and engravings including some with signatures engraved upon the blade. The sword handles will be wrapped in various colors and styles as well.
The Katana sword is a sword that you can proudly display on your wall or in your sword collection that will stimulate interest and great conversation! As a owner of a sword, one must keep in mind that it is a weapon and can be dangerous and should be displayed out of the reach of children.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bubblews Versus HubPages - A Review

I am an author on both sites. On HubPages, I have been there well over one and a half years and on Bubblews I have been there right at at 3 months.

Both sites will pay you for your content with no problems.  The pay rate short-term is higher on Bubblews and long-term, higher on HubPages, with a couple of "hot" seasonal articles.  Now that is from my experience so far. You have to remember I am a short-termer here on Bubblews. :)

The content that is allowed is completely different.  The first thing is on Bubblews you just need 400+ characters to submit an article.  On HubPages, they would like a minimum of 500 WORDS, not characters.

On HubPages you have to be very careful that you do not use certain words. Words that are acceptable on other family friendly sites are not necessarily acceptable on HubPages.  You must remain on topic with your title and sub-titles. If your views fall too low, they will block your article from being seen by Goggle search or any other search engine as well by placing a "noindex" tag on the article.

The payout here on Bubblews is 50/50 from ad revenue generated.  On HubPages, the forumula is completely different.  Somehow, they come up with that they pay 60/40 percent.  But the way money is generated there seemingly is not the same as here. It appears to be a combination of factors including ad impressions and ad click throughs.

Per view Bubblews pays tops. In less than one month I  had four redemptions with a total of 50 posts at the time. Of course the first payouts were with less than with 50 posts.  So, figure a minimum of $100.00 within in the first 30 days. As of the time that this updated article will be published I will have earned right at $500.00 in 3 months on Bubblews.

On HubPages, with 80 LONG articles, as described above, I have made approximately $25.00 for the same month.

Overall, HubPages claims passive revenue for years to come from material there.  I guess in the years to come I will be able to rate that claim, but not at this time.

I am not talking badly about one site over the other, but for this past month, Bubblews has my attention!

I know that there are numerous other authors around from HubPages, so I hope they pop in and give a few words of wisdom for all of us. :)


Image Credits: MorgueFile.com (With site permission) 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Warning for Job-Hunters! Beware Of Those Amazing Internet and Email Scammers!

Keep An Eye Out For Internet Scammers!

Within the past several years, I have gained several certifications in a new field of employment that I am having to enter due to a previous on the job injury that deemed I could no longer do what I have done my whole life.
I have pursued IT courses in the computer and network areas of employment by going back to school at my young age of 55. So far I have received the CompTIA A+ certification as well as the ComptTIA Network+ certification and am working on my certification for Microsoft Windows 7 Configuration.
After receiving the two CompTIA certifications, I did an updated resume and posted it to LinkedIn, Monster as well as Craigslist, in hopes of getting some prospective leads for jobs. Needless to say, the job opportunities began pouring into my email inbox! I was delighted to start with until, over a period of time, I realized that the majority of those whom where contacting me were nothing more than scammers, criminals if you will! Scams after scams I received!
They are good at what they send you as well. The email will have a legitimate logo and email address on it, and the logo will even link to a legitimate site, that one would think would verify the email and source of the email. Not true. These all still were scams..
One offer I received was very legitimate sounding, wanting me to format seven laptops, install the O/S and various other programs on them as well as clean them. I was asked to bid on the job, which I did. Next thing I get are two certified checks in the mail, via Fed Ex, that was over the amount of my bid. I was asked to deposit the checks and then to pay the person via USPS the difference so that the laptops could be delivered. Well, needless to say, I went online and check on how to tell if such checks were fake, and sure enough, they were fake, lacking certain markings, interwoven threads and such. I have those checks still sitting here on my desk. Scam again!
Another offer was for a technical assistant, pretty much the same scenario... however I received a Postal Money Order for over the amount with instructions to deposit and Western Union the difference to another. Scam!
This list goes on, but I have learned from it. First of all, never deposit such things in your bank account as they initially be accepted by your bank and your account credited. It is further down the road that you will be notified that such items were fake and you will be held responsible at that point and out a good deal of cash as well.
Take the time to research, with is very time consuming when you get a rather large volume of offerings. I have learned that simply typing the name of the email contact into a Google search will take you straight way to forums and articles about this being a fraudulent scam.
You can also Google the particular payment document such as a Postal Money Order or Cashier's check to see what to look for if it is fake.
The whole scenario will leave you gun shy without a doubt. Last week I was contacted by a legitimate person wanting work done, and I had to screen him to make sure he was not a scammer. Lucky for me, he understood and did not take it the wrong way. I went out on the call and made a few dollars and hope for some referrals.
Lastly, be sure to report any such things to the proper authorities such as the FBI and the USPS. Remember to keep any and all emails you have received from the scammer as well as the payment documents including the envelope that contained them that was sent to you, as they will need to be turned over to the authorities.
Now, I am still seeking employment, and continuing to get bogus offers and sift my way through them. Hopefully the God/Godgess of Tech will smile upon me and send me a solid lead/job, and I can stop sifting through the offers!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

What Are Otherkin?

Be Careful Of The Creation Of A Monster

There is something very destructive in the occult community for which I call a biased authentication. Commonly this aspect is put into place in the Otherkin community. Before I get started let me state that I have nothing against that community on the whole. Are there such beings that in the depths of their soul they are not human? I believe so, I also believe that the human soul can adapt and evolve or devolve in conjunction with it's experiences. If we are to get technical the only pure humans that are in existence are the newly born who by all means are without the taint that they will soon be exposed to.
It is good to get second opinions in regards to some spiritual matters that you have called into question. Those that are otherkin usually do so however simply because an individual agrees with something you have said or want to have said about you doesn't necessarily make it true. I have witnessed in communities an aspect of which I frown upon. Many times you get those that have in numbers proclaimed otherkin who by virtue of the group they are in all agree with each other that they are indeed what they say they are. That because they hold common traits with each other, dream the same types of dreams, hold the same kinds of lifestyles, think the same way, that they are indeed created of the same stock.
At first glance this doesn't seem so bad. However some groups gather numbers by allowing each other to be accepted for what they want to be accepted for. Rules are put in place because those at the top who make the rules see a need to order the structure by which others are eagerly wanting to participate in. We must see that some leaders use this as a form of control. The aspect of otherkin is allowed for in reference to people being able to be influenced by some level of manipulation towards an objective of the head figures.
Let me give an example. An individual who knows a few folks feel more than human tells them that through some means that first individual has gleamed their secret and is in fact one of the creatures that these others want to be. Thereby through his authentication they are otherkin. They have received acknowledgement for who and what they are. Some of these folks that want to be something more so much they need only the flimsy say so of someone else to confirm it for them. Also because they are afraid of being seen as crazy they will not want to discuss this aspect with very many. So they are locked into a social circle with a very small group in order to learn more about themselves. This gives the figure head quite a lot of influence. If they are knowledgeable enough and have a certain means of showing that off their rule will more or less be law.
This is the start of something very dangerous to those that are starting out. We see the verge a small cult like status being accomplished. The initial members will be very loyal because without the group consensus of what they are they will no longer have a place within that community towards the mindset that they have received and now fear being without. As the membership grows you gain more and more people acquiring the mindset that they too are special that they too have more power than the woefully pathetic humans that are below them. As more individuals amass more voices are heard towards the storyline that the initial individual made. If someone disagrees they can simply be cast out fast enough so long as they are denounced properly to give everyone else an idea of the wrath at going against "home."
Do you see the monster that is made?
Biased authentication for aspects such as this are too easily manipulated and abused for other's self gains. They are not accurate on any level besides perhaps directing you towards more understanding for your own aims. Self authentication on something like this I feel is much more important. Who cares what someone else says you are? Particularly those of the various Pagan Paths, you needn't the permission of anyone to pursue who you are and how you want to work.
*What are "otherkin"?
These are non-human souls that are born into human bodies. Some of those would be faeries, werewolves, angels, demons, vampires, etc., that fall within the defines of the otherkin communities. Some believe that actual fairy tales were just otherkin in their natural form. This is but a short definition and one can browse the net to find out much more.
Otherkin Star Septagram/Heptagram