Top 6 HBO TV shows to watch (if you haven’t already!)

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For the television fanatic, it’s no surprise to assume that HBO is one of the world’s biggest and arguably one of the best television networks. HBO (Home Box Office) was launched in 1972 as has now grown into the largest American network with approximately 30 million television subscribers in America itself. HBO was the first to introduce original, fresh and gritty television programs at a time when other networks such as NBC and CBS focused on family-shows.  Their TV series epitomize what can be called ‘quality television’- they have magnificent sets, fantastic actors, engaging directors and lastly- extremely intelligent producers. The network has undoubtedly created some of the most loved television series with millions of viewers and fans all over the globe.

Here is a list of the shows that you must take out the time for, especially if you are someone who is always on the lookout for a gripping TV series. 

Game of thrones:

Viewers who have already watched this series would understand why it tops the list. Based on the fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” books by George R R Martin, this is a show that can blend intelligence, emotion, drama, violence and wit in just the right proportions. The story is set in an alternate medieval universe- the land of the seven kingdoms, also known as Westeros. With many shocking dramatic twists in the plot, the power structure that holds the seven kingdoms together falls, and the seven kingdoms are at war. Without revealing any further, we’ll leave it up to you to watch as the political power-dynamics unfold and you’ll be hooked in no time!

A very famous quote from the show, “When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die” seems to clearly define what this fantastic show is all about.

The Sopranos :

This series boasts of having the highest number of viewer ratings received by any HBO show. The story-line revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and provides a deep, psychological insight into the dangerous world of the Italian mafia in America. Marked by its dark humor and fantastic acting, this show has been regarded by many as one of the greatest television series of all time, winning a multitude of awards including five Golden Globe Awards, twenty-one Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. In fact, the series was so popular that it led to the conception of a video game, several books, a high-charting soundtrack and merchandise based on the show.  In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named it the best-written series in television history. The show is a must-watch, especially for fans of The Godfather.

Sex and the City:

An extremely popular series of the late 90’s, especially amongst women, this show can be viewed as the feminist revolution of television. Based on the novels by the same name by Candice Bushnell, the show was probably the first ever on television to talk about sensitive gender issues and dealt openly with the sexual and relationship problems of women. Set in New York City, the show follows the life of Carrie Bradshaw, a weekly columnist who writes about sex and relationships, and three of her friends, all being in their mid-thirties. It beautifully portrays the trials and tribulations of being a single woman living alone in New York City. A fantastic drama-comedy, this is a classic you can’t miss.

Entourage:

This show is often jokingly called ‘Sex and the City for men’, and gives us a taste of the lives of the rich and the famous of Hollywood, through the eyes of film star Vincent Chase, his entourage of friends and his super-agent Ari Gold. Characterized by its realism in depiction of the struggles of an actor in Hollywood, what’s commendable about the show is its fantastic and witty dialogues and the guest appearances by several real-life celebrities. The show is also said to be loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s life as an up-and-coming film star, who is also one of the producers of the show. This fantastic series which deals with friendship and the Hollywood lifestyle has garnered great reviews from critics and fans alike, being nominated for 25 Prime time Emmy Awards and 14 Golden Globe Awards amongst many others.

The Newsroom:

A compelling political drama that takes us into the behind-the-scenes working of a fictional news channel called ACN. The show revolves around news anchor Will McAvoy, and deals with not only the ethical broadcasting of the news and its content but also the themes of honor, idealism, love and loyalty. The turning point of Will’s character and his speech in episode 1 is a phenomenal leap that introduces us to the ideals of this brilliantly written show with a perfect cast. It provides a true depiction of the media in America which is battling with its principles of quality news vs. higher ratings for the channel. Now running in its second season, this is definitely a fresh and gritty show to watch out far.

Girls:

This show, with its dark and cynical humor, is an American comedy-drama series that deals with the lives of four girls in their early twenties, figuring out their lives after graduating from college with the background of the economy being in a terrible state. It starkly and honestly depicts the phenomenon known as a ‘quarter life crisis’ that affects most young people in their mid-twenties, being an extremely vulnerable and transitional period in their lives. Few have compared to the show ‘Sex and the City’, a ‘darker’ version of it, but this comparison has be shammed by critics and fans alike, for unlike the glamorized, unrealistic and light hearted series, ‘Girls’ is funny, fresh and a lot more realistic. It’s worth noting that the protagonist of the show, Lena Dunham, has written, produced, acted and directed this phenomenal show.

A few other shows by HBO that are worth a mention are- The Wire, Oz, Boardwalk Empire, Eastbound and Down and True Blood, all of which are definitely make for fantastic entertainment.
 

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Web Syndication for transmitting sites: Exploring online platforms

“Size and synergies between the different segments of the company matter. As far as we are concerned, the Internet is broadening our opportunity, as well as for other big media companies with huge resources in sports, entertainment and news. There’s just more opportunity.”

Web Syndication

These words were put forward by the great media mogul, Rupert Murdoch who appreciates the wide array of network that internet has provided to him and his company. With nearly 2.5 billion (source: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm) people surfing numerous sites nearly everyday, internet has become a way of life which connects people all over the world.

With nearly 60% of small and large businesses marking their presence on the web (source: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2012/05/study-finds-84-of-small-business-see.html), online marketing has provided an arena for the companies to take a step forward in their marketing strategies and gain a greater reach. Web syndication is one of the most efficient tools for enterprises to promote their brand digitally.

While the name sounds extremely complex, the concept is fairly easy. In the simplest of terms, it involves one site to transmit its content on a number of other sites, usually, with a link to the parent site. Web syndication basically allows any site to license its content to sites which would like to use it. It further consists of mainly two parties, first, called the receiving site and the second, called the transmitting site. The receiving site is the one which gets to display the material of the parent site while the transmitting site is the one which to display its content on the receiving site.

Web syndication has opened up various avenues for the transmitting sites and is mainly beneficial for them.  Every transmitting site gets a wider reach to its audience. So how does this work? Once content is uploaded on the site, it is made available to every other site on the net for them to put it up on their particular portal and attach a link to the transmitting site. This way, the content on the transmitting site is posted on various other web pages and can be viewed through different web links. One’s brand becomes well known as the article is displayed on other sites with the company’s name attached to it. The viewers get to be more aware about the original brand and this creates a lasting impression. This is one of the ways in which syndication helps in exploring online platforms.

Secondly, it attracts the viewers to the parent site. Naturally, when people will read a piece elsewhere, they will be curious to read more of the same kind and follow the links to the original site. This gives an added advantage on the Google rankings. Rankings on Google are somewhat determined by links on different web pages pointing at one site. The rank of this site gets improved as the number of pages pointing at the site increases. Once the ranking on Google increases, the numbers of results displaying links of the transmitting site are also more. It is estimated that there are roughly 5 billion searches on Google everyday as per statistics of 2012 (http://www.statisticbrain.com/google-searches/), thus, the traffic on the parent site can grow tremendously.

There are roughly 4 Instagram Photos uploaded, 8 tumblr posts posted, 42 tweets twitted and 5 million facebook likes every second (http://onesecond.designly.com/). Looking at these statistics, one can exactly understand the versatility and reach that social media provides in today’s world making sure that every web post at least get 1 viewer globally in a few hours, thus, proving that the transmitting site can gain more than just being able to explore online platforms.
 

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3 Easy Ways to Become a More Interesting Person

Be an interesting person: The 3 easiest ways

The word “interesting” means engaging or exciting and holding the attention of people. It means arousing a feeling of interest. It is a state of curiosity or concern about something. It is an excess or bonus beyond what is expected. Interesting is something that evokes your mental state. If you want to be interesting, learn and do interesting things. That is all you need to know. What “interesting” means is entirely up to you. Being an interesting person improves your life in several ways. It will help you find your passion. There are endless activities, hobbies, and experiences to have in this world. Find something you love and to your time to it. You might find your new favorite pastime, or even a new career. You make new friends. The more you do, the more experiences you have, and the more you can relate to others.

Here are the three secrets to be an interesting person:

Connect with people and things:

Blend an inclusive knowledge-base with new experiences and you’ll find yourself swimming in a sea of new opportunities. Because you know more and do more, you’ll meet more people. Since you’re well informed on a several topics, you’ll woo everyone with great conversation. You will engage your new friends. You will ask questions, answer questions and learn good communication skills. You will become a connector. You’ll open your and their eyes to a world of new possibilities. Connectors see the big picture. You probe into the past, look into the future and connect what you’’ve learned to the present moment. You’ll become a walking encyclopaedia and an amazing storyteller. You’ll be bursting at the stratum’s with inspiration and enthusiasm about everything. You will become more creative and a better problem solver. As a result, you will be the most interesting person in the room. Learn the principles of amazing storytelling. Stories have great power. Stories are what people remember and connect with most. At the end of the day, stories are the best way to communicate a message. Be a story distiller. When your story is over, don’t just move on to the next story. Figure out the lesson, universal human experience, practical take home value and call to action.

Keep busy and learn new skills:

Keep engaging yourself in different types of activities. Plan your days ahead of time. Keep a schedule. Do whatever you must to avoid slacking off and wasting your time. Join a group or club in your area. Local communities often have gatherings to drink, play board games, and just have fun. Go to a festival and interact with people over there. Learn their culture and traditions. Go on adventures. Whatever activities you adopt, do them passionately. Learn everything well. It can be a skill, science, or board game. Become obsessed with it, and then drop it. Move on to new things and hobbies. Find a new passion to obsess over. Continue to build a stock of skills and hobbies. Travel more and go to new places and explore more things. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the world. You will encounter unimaginable adventures by just getting away from home. Traveling doesn’’t have to be expensive. Learn a skill or take up a new hobby. Make sure to diversify. Try a bunch of different things. If you need help learning something, the Internet has all kinds of resources. Backpacking, camping, geocaching, hiking, rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving, sky diving, surfing, cooking, drawing, glass blowing, guitar, language learning, magic, photography, woodworking are a few of the infinite things you could try learning.

Establish your presence and increase your curiosity:

Presence is a very important quality. It is the blend of your confidence, self-belief, strong body language and how well you interact. It isn’’t the most important quality needed to be more interesting, but it helps. The interaction you have with people makes the difference. If you want to make your thinking, writing and speaking more unique, relevant, persuasive, and more creative, you need to make your presence felt. Create points of dissension. Vagueness fuels curiosity and curiosity is a natural motivator of human engagement. So, there’s a certain conflict when people observe an unexpected behavior. The most effective way to attract people’s attention is to break their patterns. Curiosity is a catalyst to risk-taking. Curiosity is what gets you questioning the world and your place it. This transforms you from a passive bystander to being more active element of the society. It is the key element to imagination. Make your mind wander through endless possibilities for you and where you can lead your life. Some of the best ideas strike when you just let your imagination run wild.
 

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Building your own online business

Achieving success is a struggle… but a good one

Achieve Success

Throughout my journey to achieve success, I have encountered many people who struggle to achieve success. Most of them ask me a question, how do i get success, or how can i make money from the internet.

There is a way a path a formula, and is simple . When you are working, you must constantly have in mind that at the end you will work less and earn more.

In simpler words Working 8 hours a day and produces X result (X is the amount of money you are getting now.)

Were most people fail to achieve success here : they try to earn X+Y without finding a way to work less first . They must find a way to get to Y before the get to X  (Y is the amount of money you want to get.) 

Before even thinking about or working towards getting the extra Y result, you should find ways to work less than 8 hours first and still get X result.

  1. Work 8 hours and get X result .
  2. Find ways to work 6 hours and still get X result.
  3. Work 8 hours again but get X+Y result  

Once you do that your next target is to find ways to achieve X+Y result by working only 6 hours instead of 8. Once you find that, only then you can thing about getting Z result. (Z result can be any amount of extra money you can have.)

So repeat the whole process:

  1. Work 8 hours a day and get X+Y result.
  2. Find ways to work 6 hours and still get X+Y result .
  3. Work 8 hours again but get X+Y+Z result.

Keep on repeating this process until you get the maximum results you can get.(This coult be A+B+C+X+Y+Z or whatever you dare to dream and commit to.) At some point , you will reach the optimum results where you can hardly earn more by working 8 hours a day.

Once you achive that congratulations!

Once this is done the power in your hands, fint ways to work less and earn more, but still get the same result.

 Achieve success IN A NUTSHELL work you way to the TOP.

Most people fail to achieve online success because they don’t know or understand this simple formula and practice it. In an effort to Gain they lose, time is running out, hours will never be enough . . This formula stresses on managing yours fundamentals before engaging yourself to earn more.
Someone said Failure and success are very close but so far away.

People fail to achieve more result because they try to earn more without learning how to maintain and work less. So they end up working more hours each day and thinking they are headed the right direction!

That is why you can see many people becoming more stressed when their business increases.

Achieve success is like making more money but working less.

Practicing this formula every day when i work, i will look into my existing business and find ways to reduce the time. Once i get that, only then will i thing on how to make more money.

Look at your business or your job and take ACTION apply this formula right now if you want to Achieve success.

 

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