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Elbert Zeigler

"I found 7 Speed reading. Doing eye exercises, warm-ups before reading, and how to look at words in groups instead of one at a time improved my reading and comprehension. I recommend 7 Speed Reading for you."

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7 Speed Reading is a decent speed reading software with an innovative approach. The customizable features are quite appealing since it allows you organize your speed reading training effectively.

Daniel Walters

"I have always struggled with reading slowly. Once I started using 7 Speed Reading, I did notice an improvement from approx. 200 wpm to 300 wpm."

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From learning how to read and comprehend faster to how to keep your eyes healthy, everything is covered in this course for almost any age, and a team of professionals will help you master it.

Stephen L. (Reviewer)

I liked the accessibility of it. It helps, because users are able to easily maneuver throughout the software to varying levels and practice their reading at varying speeds.

Devad Goud

After having used this software, I learned techniques and skills such as eliminating my subvocalization, which not only greatly enhanced my speed reading, but also allowed me to get more engagement in what I read.

Reinard Mortlock

The biggest problem I had was sub-vocalization, 7 Speed Reading helped a lot with techniques to improve this and substantially improve my reading speed. The application is easy to use with loads of books to read to improve your reading skills.

Adel Serag

When I seriously exercise using the app, in no time, my reading speed goes from less than 400 to 600 and my target is 900 plus.

Nik Roglich

The pace trainer is great for getting my eyes focused and sharp. Also the word search exercise is very important, gets me searching for specific text.

Jose Godinez

I have improved my speed reading and comprehension since I started using 7 Speed Reading, I enjoy using it and I will continue to use it in the future.

The Effect of Diverse Reading On a Child’s Brain Development





One undoubted charm of book reading is the way it lets us lose ourselves in the story. Storybook heroes allow us to identify with them; they inspire us to fight our own battles and give us insights on how to cope with and survive in a world we hardly can make sense of at the age of 8 or 9 .

However, a more careful look at children’s literature reveals the ways it which it is often too narrow in scope. Not all children can identify with a white, middle-class boy. There are millions of children out there who belong to a different gender, or socioeconomic status, or cultural heritage and ethnicity. So what sorts of heroes do these children relate and connect to?

Why care about book diversity?

Diverse reading serves an important and two-fold purpose. It allows people of different cultural backgrounds to find a mirrored reality in the storyline, and it also allows those unfamiliar with these cultural trajectories to familiarize themselves with – and even empathize with – something completely  unrelated to their own reality. An 8 year old girl from Washington can enjoy reading about a family in Romania; a British boy can find parallels to his own life by reading about girls’ education in Ghana.

Reading books that revolve around realities and people that are not close to our own can contribute to a child’s brain development. A child needs both aspects of literature. Children need to read about their own culture, but also about those cultures they have never heard of. This allows for the development of empathy and respect towards anything that’s different or alien, and it nurtures a more tolerant attitude overall.

The need to belong, and appreciating what’s different

Apart from reading about worlds and realms that are strange, unfamiliar, and intriguing, diverse reading allows children and their parents to engage with literature that mirrors their existence and thus helps them understand themselves and their environment.

Not every child born in the US has parents that speak English and not every child can find similarities in their life and that of a suburban boy attending elite boarding schools in Switzerland.

A child needs the confirmation that their individual reality is not strange, marginal, or looked down upon and condemned. Young readers look for ways in which their personal reality is reflected in a book in order to makes sense of and accept the world around them.

Cultures, no matter how dramatically different they are from ours, each have to be heard from and appreciated. Diverse reading helps ensure that all voices are heard and that every child in the world can find in a book the mirror of their reality as well as a door to understanding and appreciating those different from their own.


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Little Known Facts About the Month of June





People love June because it’s the end of school and the official start of summer, which can only mean one thing: fun!

To honor June, here are some little-known facts about June. Share them with your friends at the next pool party!

Named after the goddess of marriage

The sixth month of the year took its name from Juno, the goddess of marriage. Maybe that’s why so many people choose to tie the knot in June? No matter how the tradition got started, June remains the most popular wedding month.

Pearl, moonstone and alexandrite

These birthstones for June all represent positive values. Alexandrite symbolizes good health and longevity. Moonstones are all about new beginnings. Pearls, a timeless symbol of class and prestige, signify health and purity.

The zodiac in June

If you’ve got friends born between June 1st and June 20th they fall under the sign of Gemini. Those born in the last ten days of June have the zodiac sign of Cancer. Geminis are typically indecisive, witty, and energetic, while those under the sign of Cancer are known for being loyal, oversensitive, and adaptable.

Birth flowers for June

The timeless rose and the sweet honeysuckle are the birth flowers of June. Roses can signify a number of things, including gratitude, romantic love and innocence, depending on their color. Honeysuckle’s meaning is more clear, representing fidelity, generosity, and love.

Celebrations in June

In June we’ve got plenty of things to celebrate and commemorate. We celebrate dads on Father’s Day every June. And each June 6th we remember the politically and historically important “D Day” that marks the Normandy landings of the Allies during World War II.

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. In fact, June has the most days with the longest daylight hours of any month. One more reason to spend more time outdoors in June!

It Happens Every Four Years – And It Happened 2 Years




2016 was a leap year, and that means we had an extra day in February. This only happens every four years, so it is customary for people to celebrate in different ways on February 29. But many people are unaware of how this curious custom started.

Why do we have a leap year every four years in the first place?

To answer this question we need to go a few hundred years back. For the sun to make a full circle around our planet it takes 365 days plus a little more – about five to six hours.

But as you already know, the Gregorian Calendar (the calendar used by most countries as a calendar system) only contains 365 days spread out over 12 months. So what happens to that one-third of an hour?

You’re already figuring it out, I can tell. It takes three years for this 0.24 of a day to make up a whole day. We add an extra day to February every fourth year to make up for this discrepancy.

Why does it matter?

Calendars have one goal: to ensure people can properly understand and predict the seasons and the weather. If we were to omit adding one day every four years, eventually the seasons would not be in sync with our calendars.

On paper it would say May, but in terms of seasonal temperatures, it might feel like August or December, depending on how out of synch it was that year. Imagine the chaos!

If you’re a bit of a history nerd you’ll love this. Back in the days of the Roman Empire the calendar had only 355 days. To account for those extra days that the sun needed to complete its orbit, the Romans use to add a whole month – yes, a whole month – to their calendars every two years.

But when Julius Caesar became emperor of Rome in the 1st century AD, he decided that he wanted a more straightforward system. That’s when Sosigenes, the astronomer Caesar employed, created the Julian calendar, with 365 days in normal years and 366 days every fourth year.

But wait – we don’t use the Julian calendar today!

That’s because for some people, even this Julian adjustment wasn’t enough. About five hundred years later, the Gregorian calendar was created to account for a much smaller (0.002%) discrepancy.

It was a change driven by the needs of the Roman Catholic Church, which decreed that the Easter celebrations were to be held on or close to the spring equinox (end of March).

After five centuries of observing the Julian Calendar, Easter was getting farther and farther from the spring equinox, something the Church was not happy with. That’s why Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar. It was first adopted by Catholic countries in Europe, and eventually by most countries around the world, as a way to make international trade and communication more convenient.

Why the extra day is added to February and not another month?

This is a question many people have. Today, every other month has 30 or 31 days – but this was not always the case.

When Julius Caesar was emperor, July – the month named after him – had 31 days and August had 29. When Caesar Augustus succeeded Julius Caesar, he too wanted the month named after him (August) to have more than just 29 days. So he borrowed two days from February.

It’s good to be king! (Or emperor, in this case.)

What is Reading?





As you’re reading this line, aren’t you also wondering how it is that you read? What processes go into this complex cognitive skill? How do your brain and eyes collaborate so smoothly that you can understand what I’m saying right now?

There’s no need to creep you out any further. Let’s take a deeper look into what goes into this cognitively outstanding process.

Just a matter of decoding symbols?

So you know what reading is; it’s essentially making sense of symbols strung together to get the meaning.

You’re reading to extract information you can then use to communicate and share further.

But you’re also reading for entertainment, whether it’s a super hero comic, an Internet meme, poetry, or a Booker-prize-awarded novel.

However, what’s so unique about reading is that it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The reader has an active role in which – through experiences, knowledge, and sociocultural habitat – the reader shapes the words they read and interprets them, perhaps differently than the next person will read and interpret the same words.

What skills go into reading?

Well, I’m glad you asked! That’s because there are four crucial skills that allow you to read what we’re now saying.

Language Acquisition and the Ability to Read At Sublexical and Lexical Level

Sublexical reading is the process of recognizing what symbols and strings of symbols sound like, just by looking at them. Using phonics to achieve this skill is one way to go about it.

When you master sublexical reading it’s time for lexical reading. In this process, you go beyond what words sound like and move on to what these words signify. In other words, you move from phonological awareness to semantic and pragmatic knowledge of how these symbols work together. Depending on the order and context in which they occur, they can mean or signify different things.

For example, it’s context and pronunciation that help you properly decode this sentence when you hear it and properly interpret “read” as the act of having read in the past and not the color “red”.

“Bill read that his favorite movie is not available in his town.”

In the case below, context helps you know that the word “nail” refers to the hard endings on top of your fingers and toes and not the metallic, thin pieces used mostly in construction projects.

“Her nails were badly bitten because of all the stress she was experiencing while waiting outside the OR.”

Apart from language acquisition, in which reading is both a process to acquire language and improve upon your reading skill, reading also requires a certain level of critical analysis, imagination and creativity.

If you’re reading poetry literally you’re missing the point and might feel perplexed or misled by the time you’re done reading the piece. If you’re reading a technical report, you need to apply critical knowledge in order to interpret the numbers on the paper into actionable advice.

You might not realize it but being able to read is a great human achievement that, along with our ability to write, laid the basis for our civilization’s progress.


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The Historical Events That Happened in September





September is eventful one could say! Significant events and milestones were achieved that forever changed life as we know it. Let’s look at the 10 most important events that occurred in September.

#1

It was in the early hours of September 1, 1939 that World War II started. Hitler’s armies invaded Poland, marking the onset of one of the darkest moments in human history.

#2

On September 2, Napoleon the Third surrendered during the Battle of Sedan, essentially marking the fall of the 2nd French Empire. That took place in 1870.

#3

In 1993, Israel and the PLO ended years of negotiation by coming to an agreement of mutual recognition. The international community was hopeful this would accelerate the conflict resolution between the two countries. More than 10 years later the issue is still unresolved.

#4

September 11 is another dark day in the history of humanity as the biggest and worst terrorist attack on US ground takes place. About 3,000 were killed as an aftermath.

#5

In 1788, New York become the federal capital of the newly established American Government.

#6

Grace Kelly, Hollywood actress and Princess of Monaco, died in a horrid car accident in Monte Carlo. Her daughter, Stephanie, also in the car, survived with only bruises. Grace Kelly’s stunning film career ended prematurely, to the grief of millions of fans worldwide as well as her family. This took place on September 14, 1982.

#7

It’s been more than 100 years (September 16, 1908) since GM was founded by the entrepreneur William Crapo Durant in the state of Michigan.

#8

New Zealand allows women to vote. It’s the first country to do so and this takes place on September 19, 1893. The nation sets in motion a wave of new discourse that would gradually urge more countries to give women the right to vote.

#9

It’s September 26, 1960. The American people witness the first-ever presidential debate between candidates JFK and Richard Nixon.

#10

California is discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on  September 28, 1542 – when he drops anchor at the San Diego Bay.

How are you going to use these historical facts?

Are There Any Foolproof Methods For Improving Reading Speed?




Once you master reading, there’s only one thing left to do: learn to read faster. One way to do this is to read more, and just improve naturally (and slowly) over time. But if you want to read faster faster, then you’ll want to explore the world of speed reading apps, books, and software. These products are popular because they help you increase your reading speed, which lets you gain an advantage by being able to consume and acquire knowledge faster than everyone else.

Let go of (almost) everything you knew about reading (as taught in school)

Subvocalization

Sounding out the words you read in your mind and mouth slows your reading pace significantly. By eliminating the act of subvocalization in easy to medium level texts you pick up the pace of reading without sacrificing comprehension. You see, your mind can read faster than your mouth can sound out the words. By eliminating subvocalization you essentially unleash your reading speed potential.

The same goes for reading out loud. This can be a reading strategy that facilitates comprehension – especially when you first learn to read. But if you alread know how to read, it no longer serves you.

Sharpened eye movement

With eye movement being a fundamental aspect of speed reading, it only makes sense to try to improve eye movement and strength. You can achieve this through eye fixation exercises where you train your eye to read more chunks of words at a time, rather than one word after the other.

This “one word at a time” approach is a habit adopted in your primary school years and when you were first introduced to reading. You probably remember being called upon to read word by word, often out loud. But by the time you finished the sentence you had to reread the whole thing to remember what was at the beginning!

Many people have an off-center  or anomalous reading rhythm too. Speed reading exercises help you achieve a smoother, more balanced eye movement as you read, making the process faster.

Don’t read it again. Ever.

Eliminate regression with increased focus. When we read we often get distracted so we actually read the words without extracting any meaning from them. This forces us to reread so we can understand what we read (again).

This speed-reading-sabotaging habit is called regression. It’s the result of losing your place on the screen or paper, or of not being mindful of the reading process, or of distracting yourself with other tasks or thoughts and having to go over your text all over again.

Learning to speed read by eliminating one bad habit at a time

Don’t read when you’re tired or distracted. If need be take a five-minute break to unwind and focus.

Reading when you’re tired is counterproductive, especially if it’s for research or studying. You will often have slow recognition and response to what you’re reading, find it hard to understand what’s being said and as a result, have to re-read the whole thing.

Many people are slowed down by anxiety that they won’t be able to comprehend a difficult text. You’ll be surprised how much your attitude toward a text can affect your comprehension of it. Be more confident and relaxed when it’s time to read.  Have instrumental music playing in the background or take a brisk walk to clear your head beforehand.

Now, over to you for the comments. What reading habit slows your reading down? How have you tried getting rid of this habit?

BOOKS, THE ONLY LIFE-CHANGING WAY TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT (GUEST POST)




Helen Birke


Every loving and caring parent wants only the very best for their children, whether they are all grown up or still under their care. Which is why parents invest in the future of their children in every way possible. One of the most common ways to show their commitment towards the progress of their children is by paying keen attention to the education offered to them. Bearing in mind that we live in a fiercely competitive world, they make sure that their children don’t lag behind in everything they take part in.

Good parents are always there as the biggest cheerleaders in their children’s lives whether they are at the top or bottom. Parents who believe in their children are priceless and hard to come by. They understand the principle of nurturing their children’s dream and helping them realize those dreams.

Besides reading lots of self-improvement websites, I have heard it said that the best and only way to eradicate poverty and ignorance is by reading widely. Good books have the ability to transform and inspire minds of both the young and old. When taken very seriously, books are the only hope for tomorrow’s generation. They dispel the need to buy an essay to transform and equip our children adequately for the life ahead of them. This timely article will shed some light on the books to look out for and get for the young ones and the teenagers as these are the most targeted age groups in this cruel society we live in.

Top Motivational Books for Your Child/Teenager

Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins.

As the name suggests, this book is all about the journey towards self-discovery. Once your child is through reading this book, they will never ever want to settle for second best. This book will motivate them into seeing themselves through a different pair of eyes and search deeper into themselves for that rare and precious gem that is still buried deep inside. There are no words that a child longs to hear more than ‘you have what it takes, just dig deeper, I believe in you’.

You Can Heal Your Life.

This book works especially for teenagers who are at times overcome with self-defeating thoughts and outlook towards themselves. This is a book that will heal those open wounds left after constant criticism from peers and maybe teachers, coaches and the likes. Words do have an effect to either make or break the recipient.

The Six Pillars of Self-esteem.

For those kids and teenagers who are always wallowing in self-destructive thoughts and mind-sets because they are too short, too fat, they are not eloquent in their speech and other flaws they tend to pay unnecessary attention to. These kinds of thoughts take root in their minds because they allow themselves to become victims among their peers and at times, siblings. This book is the ultimate life coach and gives tips and pointers to the respective readers on how to rise above the teasing, mocking, bullying and also rejection. Once they make a commitment to refuse to see themselves through the eyes of their peers and critics, they will come out feeling more fulfilled and satisfied with their physical appearance and other areas they are not too comfortable with.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.

The name itself tells what to expect inside the book once you begin perusing through the pages. The power to achieve anything you desire in life is all inside of you. If kids and teenagers are made to understand this, all their woes are over. Your subconscious mind holds the key to your happiness and fulfillment all you have to is to unlock it and rest assured that everything you dream of achieving in this life is possible. After reading this powerful book, stand in front of the mirror and say to the reflection, ‘you can do it’. Do this every morning before you leave your room and repeat it to yourself like a mantra before you go to sleep. In due time, you will notice a big change in the way you view things around you including yourself. It is very possible if you believe.

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway.

One of the best self-improvement books. The best way to overcome your fears is by finding it in yourself to face them. The sooner we understand that our fears are the biggest hindrance to achieving our goals, the sooner we must begin to work towards alleviating them.


Author Bio

Helen Birk is a social worker at Chicago, who studied modern problems of society. Today she studies anti-racist programs, organizes support to non-formal education for developing countries and helps students at https://customwriting.com/write-my-essay. Most programs are held in small groups of people. She believes that education is the only way to prevent society from national violence and previous mistakes made by humanity.

6 Fun Reading Activities For Kids (Guest Post)





Anna Marsh


The act of reading can start a child on a journey that would take him to new places every day. Reading is encouraged by just about every educator, teacher, and parent, as this is one activity that can develop a person’s inner being as well as provide him with essential life skills.

However, getting children interested in reading from a young age can be a challenging task. This difficulty is increased multifold by the modern devices that fascinate kids these days. Laptops, smartphones, and tablets are not only detrimental to a child’s health but also decrease his attention span, along with making it difficult for him to start reading early. As children grow older, they are only surrounded by more and more devices and distractions to keep them from reading.

For the child’s own sake, he has to be exposed to reading from the very beginning of his life. In order to facilitate reading in children, reading experts have suggested certain activities that could help to get a child interested in books and words, thereby laying the platform for a healthy reading habit. Just a few of these are discussed below:

For Beginners: Baby Books

In order to inculcate reading into a routine, kids need to be shown books that they can relate to at a very, very early age. Baby books have been designed with holes to look through; textured cloth and fibers to give a tactile sensation, and even buttons to produce noises.

Such books can be a delight for very young children who have not even mastered the alphabet yet. These would help children in developing positive memories linked to a book. If the parent is the one reading or interacting with the book alongside, the memories would be even pleasanter.

Bright and simple pictures, touch-and-feel features, and the parent’s voice and proximity are what would attract a child towards books from the start. Hopefully, this would be a solid base upon which to build a lifetime of loving books.

Asking And Answering Questions

After baby books, the next step is having your child read books that answer questions. On order to get them interested here, remind them of similar experiences you have had with them. For example, if a boy and his father are walking in the park in one book, be sure to take your child for a walk sometime soon, if you haven’t in the recent past.

Experiences would help the child to connect more with what they’re reading. Visits to the library, the zoo, different houses, and museums could really get the thought process of a young mind started. The parent could further facilitate this process by asking questions, giving comments, ad, most importantly answering the child’s questions with love, patience, and attention.

The talking part of such trip, and any time spent with a child is an essential part of their development. Talking leads to increased vocabulary and an enhanced understanding of the outside world.

Books With Repetition

Repetition and rhyme is an excellent way to keep children interest in a book. Books can even turn into songs if they’re written and read in the proper way, which would again help a child feel more connected to the book than ever.

Hence, parents and teachers should seek out book version of nursery rhymes as well, so that the pictures and words could soon be familiarized and set into the child’s memory.

Good examples of repetitive and rhyming books include: What Do You See? By Bill Martin and The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.

Through listening to these books, a child could even complete the phrases or give answers. By participating like this, kids would be more likely to pick up a book on their own later on.

Pretending

Almost every kid loves to play pretend, whether it’s by playing house or pretending to shoot someone with a toy gun. The same goes for reading.

If a child is pretending to read, don’t stop them, or worse, make fun of them. Looking at words again and again was the traditional way to learn how to read, and it’s still a magical transformation and experience that every child deserves to experience.

Acting Out Stories And Poems

Acting out a story, reciting a poem with actions and gestures, and even setting up a tableau based on a book; all these are excellent and fun activities that kids can easily accomplish.

These activities would probably fill up a lifetime with memories, with videos and recordings of the acting available for revisiting one’s childhood. Additionally, these are extremely effective ways to get the story indelibly into the minds of children.

Many teachers around the world insist that their students, whether in elementary school or university, act out at least part of the text they’re reading. This is because acting out a text would give new and useful insights into the book or specific characters. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that acting’s a whole lot of fun!

Looking For Chances To Read Everywhere

Books aren’t the only medium for reading. There are reading opportunities everywhere, from cereal boxes to billboards to restaurant menus. Whenever people go out with their kids, and even while sitting at home, they can make a little game of creating reading ops.

The kids could have the task of finding words to read, or even write down the objects they see. This would facilitate both reading and writing skills.

Plus, reading the newspaper shouldn’t just be for grownups. Have your kids read out the headlines as soon as they’re old enough? However, it is recommended that they read mostly positive headlines, and on those subjects that interest them.

Plus, there are many, many children’s magazines that contain a lot of fun activities like crossword puzzles and word searches, as well as reviews and articles to sharpen the reading process.

Wrapping Up…

These reading activities would hopefully develop the enthusiasm and interest in both younger and older children. However, take note that it is the parent, guardian, or teacher who has to cheer the child on. Without their input, the activities would probably not be possible. It is even more important to realize that the child should learn to love the act of reading itself, not the prizes that come along with finishing a book or sentence. A balance hence needs to be kept while training a child to love reading.


Author Bio

Alyssa Healy is a highly experienced and qualified elementary school teacher at UK assignment writing service, who also blogs for a living. She is passionate about her teaching, and seeks to improve it in every way possible. You can reach her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Wolf Gamer, Baden Ronie, Expounded “geek speak” and More In An Exclusive Interview




Baden Ronie



“Write what you’re passionate about” is advice frequently given to would­be bloggers and online entrepreneurs (along with “don’t forget to check your spelling before hitting the [Publish] key”). Someone who’s turned his passion into blogging is Baden Ronie, who runs the popular site Wolf’s Gaming Blog. We asked Baden about writing and blogging in a recent interview.

UV: You started your blog out of your passion for gaming and a desire to share information on the topic. After more than five years of writing about gaming, do you find that you’re still as enthusiastic about your blogging?

?Generally yes. Now that I play more games than ever I do find myself getting burnt out from time to time, so these days if I’m not actively in the process of reviewing a game I tend not to play anything at all and instead spend my time catching up on movies, reading or chatting with friends.

As for the blogging, it’s largely the same answer. There are those days when you get up and feel like you’re banging your head off a brick wall because views haven’t gone up much over the past month or because nobody seems to be commenting, but then there are days when you get to play a cool game you may have never known about or when you get a pile of comments thanking you for the review that make it feel pretty awesome. There are so many other sites out there that becoming successful is pretty unlikely. Most of the time, though, I feel that so long as even a few people are reading what I write, I’ll keep doing it. Luckily, though, there seems to be a lot of really awesome people who come and check out my site. Yup, I’m pretty damn lucky.

UV: What do you do to make sure you’re always coming up with new and interesting ways to present information, when you’re talking about similar games, or upgrades to older versions?

I don’t sit down and plan out reviews or how to change up the way I describe certain things. At the end of the day there are so many similarities between mechanics in games that after a while you run out of ways to talk about them. Still, while I’m writing I do attempt to vary the way I approach talking about something. Quite honestly one of the ways I do this is by reading a lot of other reviews. By checking out the style other writers use and how they tackle talking about certain mechanics it provides a little inspiration.

In fact reading in general helps. It’s amazing how much you learn without even realising it. The way different writers piece their sentences together can vary so much. It’s amazing how versatile the English language can be. Perhaps one day I’ll actually be able to write well enough that people will recognize it as English, rather than the mess it is now :)

UV: Gamers, like other online groups, often have a jargon that only insiders will understand. Some of those words (like “noob”) eventually make it into standard English usage, but other words and phrases are confusing to non­gamers who might be looking for information. How do you handle the difference between “geek speak” and everyday English vocabulary?

I think the bigger question is where exactly do you draw the line between “geek speak” and normal English? Is describing a game as being a cover­based shooter too geeky for most people, or not? These days “geek speak” is almost is a part of the everday English vocabulary, so I don’t actually avoid using it very much. Indeed, l tend to assume that most of my readers are already entrenched within the culture of gaming and understand terms such as “noob.” If I attempted to avoid all “geek speak” then almost every review would increase massively in length because I’d have to describe a lot of basic stuff, such as what a cover­based shooter is. Having said that I try not to pepper my articles with incomprehensible gibberish. Provided a term like “noob”, for example, is presented in the right context I think even the uninitiated can generally understand its meaning, at least enough to accept it and carry on reading. Really it comes down to the fact that if I simplified everything I was saying and attempted to explain each individual element of a game or word then reviews would be messy. It comes down to attempting to concisely describe things while also describing the mechanic, theme etc. as a larger picture.

On the other hand I also review board games, and in those I tend to be a lot more mindful about using terminology that my regular readers may not be familiar with. Whereas with videogames I’m writing to an audience that already known their stuff, with the boardgames I’m hoping some of those videogame fans might read some of the boardgame stuff and check them out, so I actually take the time to stop and quickly explain what a worker­placement game is. How long I’ll keep doing that, though, is hard to say.

I guess when you get right down to it I’m probably not the most accomodating when it comes to people who have don’t have at least a passing knowledge of videogames :)

UV: In many ways media are seamless, with movies morphing into video games (or vice versa) which leads to online fanfic and blogs like yours. What’s your vision for the future when it comes to gaming and participation in communities devoted to gaming (virtual and IRL)?

Now that is a complex question. Obviously at the moment we have virtual reality entering the picture, having suddenly become a technology that anyone can acquire and have in their living room, provided they can afford the hefty price. At the same time the adoption rate hasn’t been fast, although we can probably safely assume that the high cost of something like the Oculus has a lot to do with that. The headset itself is expensive, as is the computer upgrade most people would need to run it. Until VR becomes much cheaper I don’t see it becoming too common, and thus at least for the forseeable future I don’t think gaming will change too much from what it is right now. Perhaps what is more important in the gaming landscape right now is that consoles are going to start getting hardware upgrades, moving them away from what consoles once were and closer to the PC market.

As for the other topic E­sports seems to be growing and growing, and with it Youtube. Video reviews from people like AngryJoe let people connect more with the reviewer, and through that subtantial followings are built. Written media, on the other hand, is struggling, which is bad news for me since I’m not pretty enough for Youtube! Sadly, though, we’re still seeing plenty of hostility within the gaming community, which the media loves to focus on.

Honestly, I can’t even begin to guess what the future holds for gaming. I’d love to see VR become more affordable, and for the media to grow bored of using videogames as a scapegoat for bar parenting or acts of extreme violence. But more than that I’d like to see larger companies back down from their various anti­consumer policies.While we get treated to many amazing games, we’re also treated pretty poorly by the likes of EA and Ubisoft. Awful pre­order bonuses tha tare designedto boost pre­order numbers with no real benefit to the customer, games being released in buggy states or with poor performance, and questionable microtransactions. These are just some of the problems that need to be solved.

UV: Ernest Cline’s book “Ready Player One” has been turned into a movie that looks as if it may be as popular as the book. Do you have any plans for writing a book, a movie script, or anything like that?

I’ve thought about writing a book or comic/graphic novel a lot over the last few years. I’ve always got characters, scenes and plot outlines floating around my head. But my problem is that I’m terrible at creating all the smaller things that need to happen along the way. In my mind I know the big things that occur at the beginning, middle and end, but get utterly lost when it comes to joining it all up to create a book­length tale. For this reason I think that if I really want to get into writing some stories I’d start with fanfiction. By choosing to write about characters and worlds I already know I could focus entirely on learning how to structure a story and join all the major plot points up.

My fear is that I’ll write a book and by some strange miracle people will enjoy it, but I’ll be completely unable to write another one. Maybe I’ll just have one book or comic in me. Or maybe I’m the next George R.R. Martin! But y’know, with less death and depression. Actually, scratch that, if I could be even a fraction as good as great, late Terry Pratchett I would be one very, very happy person.

15 Books That You Must Read To Achieve Success (Guest Post)




Robert Everett


In this article, I have gathered a list of 15 best business books written by various successful people, where they disclose the tricks and tips on the way to success. Many famous industry leaders, celebrities, and entrepreneurs have all given credit to the impact that these books have had on their lives. I have chosen such inspirational books which take a comprehensive approach to personal development, life and money. These motivational books will show you how to be successful in life, how to reach your goals and how to write my essay like professional. I hope this list of personal development books inspire you to work hard, never stop learning and to dream big.  

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


Even though Think and Grow Rich was published back in 1937, you could not call it outdated. This book helps to understand that whatever your mind can imagine and believe, it can achieve. Your thoughts create your beliefs. By focusing your thoughts positive, success will be much more likely to achieve, rather than thinking about obstacles and failures.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


This bestseller is a must-read for everyone who wants to learn how to build relationships and deal with people. There are many advises how to make people like you, how to change people or how to get popular within your current community.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


This book teaches us that positive and focused beliefs are required to gain success and anything you desire. The philosophies in this book have helped millions their financial, personal and spiritual goals.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki


This book is not just about money. Robert T. Kiyosaki points the differences between how poor, rich or middle class teach their children. Instead of working hard for money, try to make money work for you.

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson


The book is about the great minds and digital revolution they have made. It is about modern times, about the era of technology, computers, and the Internet.

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield


This masterpiece will teach you how to tackle daily challenges, avoid obstacles, increase your confidence, live with goals and realize your life plans.

Purple Cow by Seth Godin


Very nice book about marketing and how business should focus on creating a wonderful and unique product that meets the needs of consumers.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss


In this book, the author tells how one can build a business and effectively delegate work and home tasks as well as to avoid information overload. In general, the book teaches how to be effective for quick achievement of business goals.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel Blake Masters


Legendary investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel tells us that there are still many frontiers to explore and inventions to create. This book was written to teach you to ask questions not just follow in the footsteps of other people. We should all think outside the box and produce new unique products. Also, this book is included in a list of must-read-aloud books for every MBA student.

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell


Plenty of leadership questions are answered in this book. The author teaches us that questions are very important, what questions you should ask yourself as a leader, and what question you should be asking your team. You will improve your leadership life thanks to this book.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey


This book has many practical instructions and guides in management and leadership which are useful for both individuals and business. In the end of the book, you will rethink the attitude toward finding success.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell


The main question the author wants to answer is what makes high-achievers different. He describes the life of billionaires, great football players, and famous stars. The book is full of good stories and jokes so it’s enjoyable to read. Forbes also included this book in their list of 5 books that can help change your life.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck


Psychologist Carol Dweck describes that the right mindset is incredibly important. The way you think ultimately determines your level of success.

The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy


An incredible book by the sales guru Brian Tracy is a must-read for every business owner. This book gives you numerous ideas, strategies, and methods which you can use to make more sales.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko


This book is a collection of interviews of rich people. It is also about the lifestyle that creates wealth.

Author’s Bio

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