Rants & Reviews By Woody Bateman

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The Xbox 360 Is A Great Gaming Console

Video gaming industry is rapidly growing as more and more people are being fixated by these amazing high graphics game. Not only kids but these hi-tech gadgets have become toys for men also while some women also secretly fulfill their passion of being a high-speed racer or a cop. Some men reason out that some of these games are good mental and even physical exercise while women just love the realism in the games. The game consoles come in all shapes, sizes and varieties today and one can find not only a 4 year old kid but a 50 year old man engulfed into a game as if there is no tomorrow. Hence, we look at some of the most amazing gaming consoles.

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This new version upgraded from its predecessor Xbox 360 S is slightly smaller and lighter. Xbox 360 has a huge library of games including Madden, call of duty, Grand theft Auto, Assassin’s creed, Batman and some exclusive games like Halo, gears of war, and Titanfall. However, it has two USB ports as compare to the four ports in the predecessor version.

Sony super slim PS3

This is the Playstation 3

This is the Playstation 3

The super slim PS3 is as thin as a pizza crust though figuratively but it makes it the thinnest and one of the smallest consoles. It is about 20 percent lighter than its predecessor. There are two versions of this console. Firstly, there is 250 GB model priced at around $250 and the 500 GB model priced at around $300. Most of the features are same as its predecessor in terms of performance. It is like the original PS3 in a lighter package. However, to some the use of plastic may look cheap and some may argue that super slim version is less sturdy than the original PS3 specially when placed vertically.

Sony Play station 4

Sony PS 4 has amazing graphics and a magnificent controller. Priced at about $400, it is about hundred dollars cheaper than its main competition Xbox 360 One. However, there is one bad news for people who are thinking to upgrade from their earlier version of Play station. You cannot play old games into this new gaming console.


Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS XL

This portable gaming console is for people who cannot stay away from playing games when traveling. Its 3D gaming system gives the users a better feel in the game and more realism. 3D graphics makes this console one of its kind in its league. The gadget is priced a little less than $200 and is competing with Sony play station Vita.

While these gadgets are already capturing the gaming industry, it should get even better from here. 2014 is slated to see some of the most amazing gaming consoles being launched by various leading companies. Three main companies namely Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will compete with each other by launching some of the most amazing gaming consoles in the coming year.

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Signs of a cheating patner

Signs of a cheating patner

A cheating partner is a source of discomfort in any relationship. It is a source of stress and depression. It is not easy to tell if a person is cheating on you especially if you are not knowledgeable about some of the tips that help in identifying a cheating partner. These tips include:

1. A cheating partner cares a lot about his/her appearance

A cheating partner will always want to look good. For instance, if your girlfriend dresses strangely i.e. not as before, she is probably dressing up for someone else. On the other hand, if your man spends more time in the gym, he could be trying to improve his appearance for another lady.

2. A cheating partner may withdraw from your family

Emotional distance is a sign that something is off

Emotional distance is a sign that something is off

You can also tell that your partner is cheating on you by simply studying how she relates with your family members. If your partner has been close with your family members but abnormally withdraws, there are high chances that she is cheating on you. A cheating partner will avoid your family because seeing them will remind her/him a remembrance of disloyalty. A person who also avoids your family indicates that the partner is ready to bring the relationship to an end.

3. Withdrawal from your friends

A cheating partner will try to stay away from most of your friends. In fact when you go to hang out with such friends, you will notice that his/her behavior will change. Cheating individuals will always feel uncomfortable when you are with friends. They feel that your partners may disclose what they know to you.

4. Withdrawal from sex

This is one of the surest ways to tell that your partner is cheating on you. Consider a situation where a couple has been having satisfying sex three times in a week then all of a sudden, one partner begins to show no interest at all. The first deduction that can be made here is that the disinterested partner has gotten another person who satisfies his/her sexual needs. In addition, a cheating partner will not be free with you in the bedroom. He/she will not undress as before and in most cases she will complain of tiredness or sickness whenever you suggest having sex.

5. Lose of attention on you

If your partner loses attention on you, there are high chances that he/she is cheating on you. A cheating partner will stop caring about you. She will stop asking you about your progresses at work or school.

6. A cheating partner gets secretive

Midnight secret phone calls

Midnight secret phone calls

When your partner is cheating on you, he/she will start being secretive on his phone or computer. His/her phone will be off most of the time while you are together. In addition, the partner will spend a lot of time in computer doing secretive things, perhaps chatting with the other lover

In conclusion, there are several ways that can enable a person to identify when a partner is cheating. However, it pays to take time to confirm the truths in such indicators since some behaviors may be triggered by other problems. All in all the above factors are suggestive that a partner is no longer interested in the relationship.

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Yoga is good for your health

Yoga is good for your health

Men are these days faced by a new challenge due to stressful lives they live. Work pressure, financial pressures and lack of activity has led to hampered reproductive health. The sexual health of men is suffering due to unhealthy lifestyle, obesity, stress, smoking and unhealthy eating habits. All of these factors are causing infertility, lower libido and infertility in men. Yoga since ancient times is known to treat and improve the sexual health in men.

Yoga exercise to calm your mind

Mind plays a very important role while having sex with your partner. Therefore, it is very important to calm your mind in order to have a healthy sex life. Pranayam involves deep breathing exercise, which calms your mind. It requires you to close one nostril while breathing in from the second one after which you are supposed to close the other nostril and exhale out slowly from the first one. Another good way to calm you mind is to take in a deep breath and hold it. Now chant OM (Aum) slowly while exhaling out the air in your lungs.

Yoga exercises to increase the strength of your pelvic muscles

There are various exercises in yoga to improve your pelvic muscles, which plays an important role in strengthening your sexual organs. Boat pose involves you to sit on the floor with your legs stretched out. Keep your hands on the side of your hips and lean back slightly keeping your back straight. Now attempt to lift your legs off the floor. Once you have raised your legs at an angle of 45 to 50 degrees, lift your hand off the ground and stay in the pose initially for 20 to 30 seconds while breathing deeply. Increase this time duration as you progress.

Yoga to combat infertility

Do yoga as a couple

Do yoga as a couple

Various yoga poses can help you in increasing the blood flow and controlling testosterone levels in your body. Kundalini yoga has been used by many yogis in the ancient cultures to keep improve their sexual drive. Mool bandha also helps in increasing the blood flow in the reproductive organs making it healthier.

Yoga to combat obesity

Obesity is also a main cause for infertility and reduced sex life. Those having metabolism rate (BMI) of less than 25 are generally prone to experience 25 percent reduction in sperm count. There are various yoga exercises like fast breathing to combat obesity and helps in weight loss.

Improve your sex life with yoga

Improve your sex life with yoga

There are numerous yoga exercises and poses written in old scriptures to combat the problem of bad reproductive health for men. However, yoga should not be taken lightly as some of the poses are dangerous if not done correctly. Breathing plays an important role in yoga exercises and wrong breathing may lead to injuries that could be fatal also. Therefore, if you are a beginner it is important to begin with light yoga exercises and do the complex yoga postures under the guidance of a trained yoga specialist.

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Equity Vs. Debt

How important is money for you?

How important is money to you?

Selecting the best project is one of the toughest tasks when you want to make the right investment decision. It sounds so easy and straight forward but there are a number of factors that one has to consider for him or her to come up with the best portfolio investment. A part from dwelling on the past performance of the project, the investor should also analyze other factors like, downside risk, charges and the consistency of performance. Most of the investors make wrong investment decisions due to poor financial advices and the deception of seasonal or short term high returns on some projects. This makes the investor who is not critical in his or her judgement to loose a lot of money at the end.

So, how can you make the right investment decision? As an investor, you first need to identify your investment objective, the risk involved and the time horizon of your investment plan. This is very important since is going to help you choose from equity or debt category.

Fund House Pedigree

Before deciding on an investment scheme of your choice, select a fund house on which you have no doubt to invest your money. Find out the fund houses that are significantly doing well in financial market and go for those that are long term and of good reputation.

Consistency is very crucial. Avoid investing in a debt or equity that will give good returns at sometime and then drops when the markets become volatile. A good category here will be the debt portfolio since the investor is sure of getting the interests on his or her money despite the performance of the market. Equity can also be good if its returns are constant but in most of the cases, the dividends fluctuate depending on the profit realized at the end of the trading period.

Risk-Return Trade-Off

Take a risk to get rich

Take a risk to get rich

Investment in some securities has a degree of uncertainties and if the returns are not worth, then don’t go for them. Weigh between the investments that give good returns and evaluate against their risk and compare with your debt investments.

Portfolio Diversification

Naturally, investors would like to put their money in schemes that provide diversification in terms of stocks, classes, geographies and sectors. Diversified portfolios have high returns and fewer risks than the ones that are biased towards one category of the project.

Check the past performance of the portfolio and find out about its performance and its diversification of risks.

Expense Ratio

Are you ready to invest your money

Are you ready to invest your money

The expense ratio is the yearly expenses that are incurred by the investments expressed as the percentage of the average net asset on the investment. To be able to choose between the equity and debt investment portfolio, consider the expenses that are charged by them. Projects with many or higher assets have the lower expense ratio than those with lower assets.

In general, both equity and debt investment can work well for you depending on which organisation you choose and considering the above mentioned factors.

Another option is to invest in both categories. The two forms of investment can also work well since they reduce any risk of losing all your money in case of the failure on either side. Investment in both will ensure constant inflow of cash despite the season or the current market performance.

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Thinking about franchising

Thinking about franchising?

You wanted to run a business without creating one on your own. Instead, you are eyeing involvement in a business conglomerate that is profitable, popular, and mobile. The world of business and investments has quite a few options to offer you. One of these options is franchising.

Franchising does not entail that you own a business. It only grants you, as the franchisee, a type of license to access to trade secrets, products and services, and business processes to operate under the franchisor’s company name. Before you take the leap, think about it. Franchising has its own benefits and drawbacks.


When a franchisor enters into an agreement with a franchisee, he collects an initial payment called a licensing payment. This means additional cash flow for him. The franchisor also saves a lot of money from expenses in advertising, operations, and distribution. On the franchisee’s side, owning a franchise saves him the risk of losing time and money by owning an established business instead of starting one with no guaranteed success.
A disadvantage under this part includes the pressure from the franchisor to have enough capital in order to finance franchisee needs. Without it, franchisees will not get the support they need thereby risking losses. The franchisee also needs to pay the franchisor royalties and levies. At times, the costs are exorbitant.


Create a business strategy

Create a business strategy

Franchisors maintain a central flow of command when they open up their business through franchising. This leads to additional revenues, brand consistency, and increased production levels. On the franchisee’s side, it is beneficial to operate under an existing business strategy that’s proven to work. And because he is in control of his franchise, he learns the best business practices and trends in order to increase potential revenues for his business.

However, the pressure for the franchisee to abide by the business protocols exists especially if the company has never been in the bad light. In a similar manner, franchisors may become overpowering that professional strain results between them and the franchisee.


There are risks in every market, and franchisors will find it beneficial to extend their business network in specific locations through a franchisee. When this happens, consumer behavior can be established in order to create more consumer-centric products and services.

On the franchisee’s perspective, operating under a well-known business name and implementing existing and consistent business practices means that consumers will be naturally drawn to the business.

One important drawback under this factor is the disclosure of trade secrets and business protocols to ensure that the franchise operates as expected. It needs to be done if the company is to maintain a reputable and consistent public image. However, franchisees might compromise such image if a misfit happens. In this case, it’s important for franchisors to determine which franchisees are qualified to operate under the business’s name.

Its time to sign your franchising contract

Its time to sign your franchising contract

It is undeniable that the knowledge of risks and results is needed before a franchisee or a franchisor enters the world of franchising. While the rewards are promising, the risks will continue to be there. So before making the decision, think hard. It’s not easy to pull back.

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